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nSTE^vV S^K;IES -"VOL, II. 



PUBLISHED BY THE EDITOR, 
BY PERMISSION OF THl^ CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN. 

MKYEESDALE, PENN'A,, 



C. F. C. Vol. XI. 




G. V. Vol. XXV. 



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GOSPEL VISITOR. 




BY JAMFS QllBflER. 



"iif ye love mc, keep my conimandrneni&." — Jesus. 



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MEYERSDALE, FA., TUESDAY, JAN. 5, 1875 Vol. II. No. 1. 



Tlie Voice of Clirist. 



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Amid the darknefs, when the storm 
Swf pt fierce and wild o'er Galilee, 

Wai seeu of old, dear Lord, ihy form, 
All calmly walking on the sea ; 

And raging elements were still, 

Obedient to thy fovereign wilj. 

S) on life's restless, heaving wave. 

When night and storm my sky o'ercast, 

Oft hast Thon come cheer and save, 
flast changed my fear at la=t ; 

Thy voice hath bid the tumult cease, 

And soothed my throbbing heart to j eace. 

But, ah ! to-) soon my fears return, 
And daik niistrusl ciislurbE auow ; 

Wbat smothered fires within yet burn ! 
My days of p.-'aca, alas ho.v few ! 

These heart throes, shall they ne'er be past? 

These stiifes— shall they forever last ? 

■^ I heed not danger, toil, nor pain. 

Care not how hard the storm may beat, 
P If in my heart thy peace may reign, 
/- And faith and pati ncc keep their seat ; 
'^ij If strength divine may nerve my soul, 
And love my every thought control. 

O may that voice that quelled the sea. 
And laid the surging waves to rest, 

Speak in my spirit, set me free 

From passions that disturb my breast ; 

Jesus, I yield me to thy will, 

And wait to hear thy "Peace, be still." 

— Sdected. 

For the Companion and Visitor. 
"Weep Witla Th«>in Tliat Weep." 



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BY NOAII B. BLOUGH. 



Dear Brethren and Sisters : 

Did you ever 
meditate on the abovo heading, and have 
you considered that the above is a com- 
mand, given i)y the enlightened a|)0.itle 
Paul, to the Kouian brethien ; and we 



must believe that Paul .=pake as the 
Spirit gave him utterance, and if so, 
we must believe that it was a command 
to the Jiomnn breihren at that time. 
And further, we learn, that all Scripture 
is uiven by inspiration of God, and is 
profitable for us, at the present day. So 
we must come to the conclusion that if 
the Roman brethren were commanded to 
"weep with them that weep," why, we 
at the present day are under tbe same ob- 
ligation ; for we have the same law now 
that the Romans had at, that time. And 
we also learn that Raul told ti'.c Corin- 
tliians, "whether one member suffers, 
that all the members should suffer with 
it." 

Now, I would like to imjjress tlic im- 
portant duty upon our minds of loving 
all our members as ourselves, and tiy and 
take tiie good admonition of Paul, and 
try and work together. And when we 
see that some members are in need of 
teuijioral things, that we all try and sup 
ply their wants ; and further, if one mem- 
ber is so unfortunate as to iall, through 
the i^evices of the wicked one, and is 
brougiit before council, and when that 
member there weeps, we should also 
ween with it, and not make light of it, 
for we know not how soon we may meet 
with the same fate, for we learn that the 
"Devil is going around like a roaring 
lion, seeking whom he may devour." So 
we should be very carctul and not make 
light of a i'allen member, or talk disre- 
spectful of them ; for I believe if we do, 
that tiiat is the very time that the devil 
takes hold of us, and then if we arc not 
very careful and resist him in all that he 
may try to entice us, we may 
soon be in the same state that our iailen 
brother or sister is. So I say again, lot 
us not only seek our own good but tlie 
good of others also, and "weep with 
those that weep." 

I think we had the experience of 
weeping at our late council meeting. One 
dear young sister had been cxpciUed lor 
some time for a high crime, and now at 
our council she came to ho again re- 
claimed, and 1 hope ami trust that she 



came with a broken and contrite heart, 
for she did weep that she could hardly 
talk to confess that she done wrong ; and 
that the church done her duty in expell- 
ing her ; ;ind to a.-<k the chmch to for- 
give her ; and that she will from hence-, 
forth do better. But was she the only 
one that did weep? Ah! no; 1 think 
the greater part of the members wept 
with her. Of. course not as loud as she 
did, but I saw myself a great many wet 
eyes. She was again reclaimed, and I 
hope that she will never forget the trial 
she had to undergo, and I hope she will 
now resist the tempter in any way and 
form that he may present himself to her. 
And 1 hope that she will never as long as 
she lives, bring reproach upon the church 
again, but 1 hope that she will be a faith- 
ful member of Christ's body and becotne 
a great and glorious ornament in the 
church militant, and then after death one 
of the redeemed in the church triumph- 
ant, is my sincere pra-er. 

Now, dear young members, and old 
ones, too, let US all take a warning from 
the above narraiive, and let us all live 
close to Christ that the enemy will not 
get between us and Christ, for as sure as 
he does, we will fall. This young sister 
was the first fallen member that I have 
seen reclaimed, and I ja-,t thought if ifis 
i-w<,'i a severe trial lor a mcmlicr to be 
reclaimed again, why, I think, it should 
he a solemn warning for every one of u.s. 
that we keep ourselves pure ; that we 
fall not into the hands of the wicked one. 
But you may go where you please, and 
you will find a groat immber of expelled 
members, and more particularly in our 
coun'y, and some of them make very 
light of it, and you can often hear the 
exnressioii, that it is just as good outside 
as in the church. But let me tell you, 
that if it is so, I have thus far failed to 
find anything to substantiate sueh doc- 
trine, for Christ came and e.stablisiicd his 
church hereon earth, and we learn that. 
lie is tlie liead of the church, and 1 ask 
you the question. How can we live with- 
out a head? I answer, it is impossible ; 
for if \to are uot for Chusl,. we are surely 



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apainstbitu. And liow c::n we be I'r 
Christ if we do not His cnmuian-huents ? 
And how can we do His comujandnients, 
if wo do not belong to tlie church ? 1 
would wish that all might ponder well 
over the above (lucslions. 

And now, in conclusion, 1 will say to 
one and all, let us all "weep with them 
that weep, and rejoice with them that 
rejoice." And let us, brethren and sis- 
ters, all tfy and get all the fallen mem- 
bers restored again, and gain as many of 
the outsiders as possible, and thus swell 
our number here in the church militant, 
and then we can all meet in the church 
triumphant, is the sincere prayer of your 
unwnrthv brother. 

A'ew Enterprise, l\i. 



For the Companion and Visitok. 
Hinder Itte Not,. 



BY S. II. SPaOQLE. 



Dear Brethren and Sisters : I have 
lately been made to realize, very sen- 
sibly, that vpc may be a hindrance 
to some precious soul, in keeping him 
from coming to Christ. The light 
that we think is in us, may. be dark- 
ness : "If therefore the light that is in 
thee be daikness, how great is that 
darkness." The possibility that' we 
may be a hindrance, should be an 
incentive to make us more careful, 
more watchful in everything we say 
or do. How awful is the responsi- 
bility we owe to God and our fellow- 
man ! God will rcciuire of us an ac- 
count of our stewardship here, and it 
in place of taking the anxious and 
trembling sinner by the hand, and 
pointing to Christ — "The Author and 
Finisher of our faiih" — wc should by 
some act of ours, as it were, drive 
bim away, we should recollect that 
the good seed has jast begun to ger- 
minate, and that it is surrouoed by 
weeds, and that before we commence 
to pull up and cast away the weeds, 
■we must first supply something to 
nourish and strengthen it, and that 
it must be protected from the scorch- 
ing rays of the sun, as well as from 
the frosts of winter. Oh, how forci- 
bly this came to my mind, not lung 
since, when a dear sister said to me: 
I thought 1 could never overcome 

that , but I have given it all 

up, and I did come; but then added 

B (referring to her husband,) 

would have been a church member 

long ago, had it not been lor , 

but BOW J fear he may never come ! 

While this will not justify the sin- 



ner in staying away, is it not sad, 
very sad, to think that we have been, 
by some means the cause of his stay- 
ing away from Christ ? There is 
such a thing as the cause being a 
good one, and that we may be sincere 
in the course we take, yet by improp- 
er management we may be an injury 
in place of a benefit to that cause. 
So I say again, let us be Ciiroful and 
prayerful : and pray God to help us 
all to overcome that great hindracs 
-self. 

In this connection let me relate a 
case — that of a neice of mine : She 
came home from the west to visit her 
parents and friends, but bad co:>;e 
with a desire to join the church ; had 
been detained at home some time, by 
the sickness of her child ; or would 
have had the satisfaction of being 
with us at some of our lovefeasts, in 
this part of the country. There arc 
no members near her home, and no 
organizad church of the Brethren 
where she lives While stopping at 
my place, she said : "There seems to 
be a dark cloud hanging over me ; I 
can not tell what or why it is.it is as ii 
I should do something more, but I 
can not tell what. I have tried to 
give up all." There, my dear breth- 
ren and sisters, is a chance for us to 
do a little tor the Master's cause, ijy 
directing the anxious, honest seeker, 
to the all-sufficiency of Christ Jesus, 
"who is all and in all," and point 
them to his am«zing grace, his won- 
derful compassion, his great love for 
us. Wc love him "becau.*e ho. first 
loved us." How many are ignorant 
of the artifices of Satan, who is ever 
whii^pering that you must go throuj^h 
a preparatory process, or you must do 
this thing or that thing, or you can 
not become a Christian ? Thus does 
the enemy of our souls ever try to 
binder us from approaching the fount- 
ain of life. 

Oh, how well do I recollect the 
time when I made up my mind to 
serve God I It looked to me as if 
Satan had marshalled all his hosts of 
hell to oppose me ; bo presented 
every obstacle ho could to my view ; 
but thank God, by coming right down 
to the foot of the cross, and putting 
my trust in Jesus, I have been able 
to come out on the Lord's side. Oh, 
how I longed for ihe advice of some 
good Christian friends, and how 
much docs it encourage us wlien we 
know that we have the prayers of 
God's people! But to the subject^ { 



1 gave through the grace of God, what 
little instruction I could. A fjw days 
after, a very cold day, the ice was re- 
moved from the water; the hymn 
v/as sung: 

''lu all my Lord's appointed ways, 

My journey I'll pureue ; 
Hinder me not, you much loved saints, 

For I must go wilh you. 

'•Through floods and llamcs, if Jesus lead, 

ril follow where he goes: 
Hinder rue uot, shall he ray cry. 

Though earth and hell oppose. 

"Thiough trials and through sufferings too, 

I'll go at his corainnnd : 
Hinder mc not, for I am bound 

To ruy Emmanuel's land. 

"And whan my Saviour calls me hom-a, 

S ill my cry shall bo — 
HiiK]:;r me uo", com';, welcome death — 

I'll gladly go with thee." 

1 could not sing, but what was bet- 
ter, I could weep. 

Prayer over, and as I took her to 
the water, she said, "Uncle I am so 

sorry you feel so ," I replied, "I 

am so glad to see you come; is all 
clear now?" "Yes, oh! I am so 
glad I can even do this much, little 
as it is;" was her reply. As we 
banded her to the administrator, it 
was a great satisfaction to sea how 
willingly she stepped into the ice-cold 
watery grave, there to be buried 
with Christ in baptism. 

In a short time she expects to go to 
her home in the west, where she will 
be away from the church and its in- 
fluence, but we do know that God 
will never leave nor forsake those 
that put their trust in him. So I ask 
your paryers for her, as well as for 
myself, that God may ever grant 
us grace to ever hold out faithful. 
Muy God help us all to pray iirighl 
for (.ne another. 

Shannon, Ills. 



For the Comvanio!» anmi Visitou. 
We are iiiis!i$ins Away. 



BY CI/MIA B ANNON. 



And the question is, are wo pre- 
pared to go home to that beautiful land, 
prepared for God's people from tho 
foundation of the world ? If we are, 
what a beautiful time it will be to us 
to lay down the cross and pick up 
the starry crown, and enter on our 
great reward, that we may walk the 
gold-paved streets with palms of vic- 
tory in our hands! Will it not ho 
joy to us to meet our loved ones 
that are gone before ? Perhaps it 
VnSij be a dear father, or a dear moth- 



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er, or some oue that was near and 
d<^ar unto us.by the strou;? ties of na- 
ture, would not it be joy to uh to 
meet them on the sunny banks of de- 
liverance — to meet to part no more? 
Those that hare come to live with 
Christ I trust will never turn back to 
the world, but that they may press 
forward and upward, till at last they 
may make their peace callin;», and 
their election sure. My prayer is, 
that we may all outride the storm of 
sin and sorrow, and at last reach a 
home beyond this vale of tears. All 
those that are yet out of the ark of 
safety, I would to my blessed Master, 
that they would turn in with the of- 
fers of mercy, and sei k salvalioc 
while it is yet called to-day, ''for 
night Cometh when no man can 
work." Oh ! friendly sinner, you 
may think that you will live a lonj? 
time. You may be in the prime of 
life ; but you do not know how 
soon you may die ; perhaps before ihe 
rising, or setting of another sun, your 
eyes may be closed in death ; for you 
have no assurance of yo'ui life. 
Death will lay his cold and icey arms 
around you, and then you will have 
to go prepared or unprepared. Oh I 
I hope you will not put it off till it be 
too late. My prayer is, that we may 
live the life of the righteous and die 
the death of the saints, and at last 
reach the portals of eternal glory. 



For the Companion and Visitor. 
Arrival ot Russinn Meunouitos. 



BY E. i,. YODER. 



"They have arrived!" "Yes, they 
have come!" Were the exclamations 
used to convey the intelligence that 
twenty families (numbering about 
one hundred souls) of Russian Meu- 
nonicGs had been landed safe in our 
country. They arrived at Oirville.on 
Monday, November 30oh, 1874, and 
were taken in charge by a committee 
appointed by the Amish Mennonile 
church, of Wayne county, and dis- 
tributed in families among the mem- 
bers of that deuominiflion. 

The natural curiosity inherent in 
man to see his brother from other 
climes and nationalities, was demon- 
strated by the eager crowd, that 
pressed around the immigrants upon 
their ariival ai the station. Thinking 
that the curiosity regarding the Mcu- 
uonites, might not be only of a locdl 
nature, I have concluded to give a 



brief outline of their appearance, and 
peculiarities, as I was able to gather 
it from a short interview with a few of 
their number. 

In appearance they much resemble 
the better class of German immi- 
grants. They ^eem to be cleanly in 
their habits, and had many apologies 
to cft'er for their appearance upon 
lauding, which was certainly as good 
as could be expected, when their long 
journey, by sea and land, was taken 
into consideration. 

Their garments are course and 
jilain, but not in all respects uniform. 
The broad-brimmed hat and rounded 
coal, asceticism of America, has evi- 
dently not been seized upon to bear 
witness to the principles of humilia- 
tion, by the Russian Mennonites. 
Perhaps the cold climate, from which 
he hails, has suggested the propriety 
for his /"ur cap and long comfortable 
coat,all buttoned up be.fore. More over, 
true to the priJiciples of asceticism 
everywhere, he seems to have seized 
upon the head to make bear witness 
to the principles of humiliation. The 
man has a uniform manner of wear- 
ing the hair, and the females of cover- 
ing the head. The latter not only a 
covering in name but a covering in 
reality, consisting of a large hanker- 
chief or shawl. 

In doctrine, they perhaps resem- 
ble the Amish Mennonites more 
closely than any other branch of the 
Mennoniie church m this country. 
Unlike the main body of Mennonites 
iu this country, the Russian Menno- 
nites with the Amish Mennonites, 
adhere to the doctrine of avoiding ex- 
communicated members. There be- 
ing a difference, however, in this, that 
the former are much more rigid in 
the enforcement of the above doctrine 
of doubtful scriptural authority 
than the latter. Why is it, that un- 
der the liberal government of the 
United States, this spirit of intoler- 
ance has become almost extinct 
among the Mennonites, whilst under 
the illiberal and persecuting govern- 
ment of Russia, it is slill retained 
with the utmost vehemence? Is it 
because toleration begets toleration, 
and intolerance begets intolerance? 

They are, as a body, united, differ- 
ing iu this respect to the Mennonites 
iu this country; and what is signiQ- 
cant in this connection is,that in Rus- 
sia, they maintained their own denom- 
inatioual schools. In these they taught 
the Qerinan language, being obliged, 



however, by the Russian government 
to teach in the Russian language two 
days, during each week. In addition 
to these two languages, they have a 
dialect that they speak vvith groat flu- 
ency, that neither resembles the Ger- 
man, or Pennsylvania dialect. The 
German is therefore the language 
that must be used between them and 
their brethren in Ohio. 

Although most of them had been in 
well-to-do circumstances in Russia, 
the loss of property incident to the 
hindrances placed in their way by an 
unfriendly government, together with 
expenses of so long a journey, has re- 
duced them to such an extent, as to 
make them dependent upon the char- 
ities of their brethren, for a season. 
The lines have indeed fallen unto 
them in pleasant places. Through 
the hospitalities of thoir brethreu here, 
they are feasting on luxuries that 
were denied them in their native 
country. They greatly rejoice in 
their happy deliverance from Russian 
oppession, and their safe arrival 
among kind friends upon Amer- 
ican soil ; and well may they, for 
the sting of their suft'eriug, and Rus- 
sian tyranny, is enough to melt the 
stoutest heart. They attribute the re- 
strictions recentlyplflced upon.t'nem to 
thainfluecce of the Crown Prince Al- 
ex's, ra h' r tlan to his fa'her the Czar. 
America has always been an asylom 
for the oppressed of every nation, and 
this is not the first time in her his- 
tory, that foreigners have there found, 
what wa3 elsewhere denied them, 
freedom to worship God. 

Let u8 continually pray God that, 
she may ever cjutinue to main- 
tain this proud position, among the 
nations of the earth. 

The superior inventive genius of 
the American Yankee, has introduced 
so many novelties in the performance 
of American Iab)r, that it will take a 
foreigner some time to adapt himself 
to theai. 

For example, a Mennonite of intelli- 
gence, who had been a farmer in 
Russia, was unable to harness a 
horse in America, after instructions. 
His axe of Russian iron he swings 
with stiffened arms, and is uesless in 
hard Aiuerican timber. He will not 
have much use for his sickels, that 
he was so careful to pack along in 
his 1 >Pg journey, lie might as well 
have them beaten into plain sha7-es, or 
pruning hooks, and speedily become 
reconciled to a Wooster self-rake 



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reapir;g' niachine, even if t-nch a "con- 
formity to tbe spirit of tbe times" is 
not a literal fulfilln-ient of the proph- 
ecy. 

We can hardly believe that the 
character of daughters differs so wide- 
ly from their American sisters, as not 
^to bo able to discover shortly, that 
calf-skin or morocco shoes are more 
comely and consequently more com- 
fortable than the iiutidy, though com- 
fortable wooden shoes in which they 
emigrated from Russia. 

It will take sometime, before they 
will become throughly Americanized, 
and while their American brethren 
can teach them many things, that 
will be beneficial, they have brought 
with themselves from Kussia, habits 
of domestic economy, and a consis- 
tency in simplicity and frugality, 
■which we as Americans could imitate 
with profit. The Amish church, in 
"Wayne county, will lose nothing in 
the long run, by helping those exile3 
from a loreign shore to comfortable 
homes in their midst. Besides the 
"blessedness" promised to the cheerful 
giver,they may expect to be benefitted, 
First: Proximately, by having intro- 
duced among them an industrious, 
economical people. Secondly : Re- 
motely, by the introduction of an in- 
flux of foreign blood, which is indis- 
pon.sible, to the physiological welfare 
of the members of a fraternity, that 
insists in confining them to its own 
narrow limits, in forming marital al- 
liances. 



For the Companiok and Visitor. 
The Nativity oi Clirist. 



of the nativity of David and his an- 
cestors. So numerous were the peo- 
ple that repaired to this place on ac- 
count of the general decree, that ev- 
ery dwelling was occupied, and Jos- 
eph and Mary, though they could 
not depart thence till after the taxa- 
tion, were forced'to take up their resi- 
dence in an humble stable, the spot 
in which it pleased the Divine Wis- 
dom, should "be born the Lord of life 
aud glory, who as a perfect example 
of humility to all his followers was to 
make his entrance into and his exit 
out of this lower world, in the same 
humble manner. 

In this lowly tenement the blessed 
virgin brought forth her firstborn, 
god-like sou, wrapped hiui in swad- 
dling clothes, and laid him in a man- 
ger. The manner aud place of our 
Lord's birth certainly demand our 
highest admiration and wonder, as a 
striking display of wisdom, both in 
the direction and acconiplishment of 
the will of the heavenly Father. Con- 
sidered in his divine nature, heaven 
is the habitation of his seat. 



For the Companion and Visitor. 
New Year's Klusiugs. 



BY J. S. FLOUY, 



BY GEORGE W. WILHELM. 

And it came to pass in those days that 
th'M-i: went out a decree from Cii'sar Augus- 
iiH, that all the world should be taxed. — 
LUKR 2:1. 

When Augustas Cfcsar, the Rom- 
an Emperor, issued an edict for a 
general taxation on all the nations, 
cities and towns subject to the em- 
pire, King Herod, in consequence of 
that decree, commanded all under' his 
government to muster in the city of 
bis people or place of his descent,that 
an estimate might be taken of their 
persons and effects. 

Pursuant to this order, Joseph and 
Mary, as descendants from the line 
of David, departed from Nazareth, 
where they then resided, and came to 
Bethlehem, a city of Judea, the place 



In the imagination of my thoughts 
I am carried forward by tbe waves 
of time to the closing hour of the 
year. I staud around the dying 
couch of 18H. The last moment has 
come and an angel's hand seems to 
clasp a volume and seal it for eternity. 
The pall of darkness seems to roll 
back, yon rising star giveth light, I 
see in the calendar of time a new 
year appear in youthful vigor, ready 
to run a race. An angel in the light 
of morning opens a book, every leaf is 
blank aud white as the driven snow. 
On the breast-plate of the angel, in 
golden letters, I read : " 2'lie record- 
ing anrjelJ' The book bears the title, 
"A record of deeds done in the body." 
As the day passes, the pen in the 
baud of the angel moves as by magic. 
Every deed is written upon the page 
of that book, the good deeds as soon 
as written assume a scarlet hue, evinc- 
ing the fact, of ourselves we can do no 
good thing, but all good cometh thro' 
the merits of Christ. Our evil deeds 
are written seemingly with the same 
pen, yet they appear in blackness and 
gloom. Every idle word, every mis- 
spent moment, is written down. Our 



evil thoughts, neglected duty, un- 
guarded actions, are all taken down 
day after day, week after week, and 
month after mouth, and at the end of 
the year sealed for eternity — for the 
day of judgment, when the "books 
shall be opened." 

Oh, reader, you with me, who are 
just entering on a new year, is it not 
true, God keeps in His remembrance 
our deeds and they are treasured up 
against the great day of judgment ? 
How important then we labor to be 
perfect. The year just closed, closed 
many opportunities of doing good; 
has left us less time to make our elec- 
tion sure. The new book is open, 
and now as we live so we make the 
book. Many thoughts, words and 
actions, we should be ashamed for our 
friends to see written, yet we must 
meet them in eternity before God and 
his holy angels. Ob, what a thoughtl 
Truly this thought should prompt us 
now to make a new resolve that we 
will try by the grace of God to do 
better in tbe future, and labor more 
for the good of the world and build- 
ing up the walls of Zion. We will 
try to cultivate tbe heart to deeds of 
charity, so the effects of covetousness 
may not be so absorbing and rigid as 
in times past. As this may be the 
last year on earth for us, let us make 
it the best on record in eternity. 

And you who are yet in the bonds 
of iniquity, make this year, and now 
iu the beginning, your year of jubilee 
— the year you was released from 
bondage, and made free through 
Christ. Oh I think of it, while living 
in sin you are. filling volume after 
volume full of sinful thoughts and 
deeds, that must iu eternity weigh 
you down to everlasting ruin. Now 
is the time to make peace with God 
that all your sins may be blotted out, 
cancelled by the blood of Christ. 



For the Companion and VisiTOU. 
!$a«I Accitlent— Another Warniiie. 



Perhaps the saddest occurrence 
that has ever taken place in this 
neighborhood, was the accidental 
shooting of Charles Oliver Ulrich, son 
of Daniel T. and Margaret Uirich. 
He was out hunting in company with 
his brother, a few years older, whi-n 
they met a couple of boys about their 
own age, and while the elder Ulrich 
was assisting one of the other boys to 
put a cap on his gun, which was 
loaded with a heavy charge of shot, 



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it was accideuUy discharged, the con- 
tents entering the right leg of Chas. 
Oliver Ulrich, just above the kiiee, 
passing obliquely downward through 
the the center of the limb, shattering 
the end of the thigh bone, the knee 
joint, and opening the large artery in 
that locality. 

The boys being nearly a mile from 
homo when the accident occurred, 
tbey, with great difficulty, cariied 
him to a barn, where more assistance 
wa^ procured, and he was taken to 
bid father's residence. The physician 
was immediately called, and succeed- 
ed in stopping the hemorrhage, but he 
had bled so much that the case was 
deemed hopeless ; however, in the 
night he rallied, and by noon, Sun- 
day, reaction had set in sufficient to 
warrant further steps toward saving 
the little snlferer's life. As amputa- 
tion was the only course that oti'ered 
any chance of success, the leg was 
taken off above the knee, by the doc- 
tors then present. The little patient 
bore the operation well, and rallied 
after it, until great hopes were euter- 
trtined by the physicians; but about 
eight o'clock, Sunday night he began 
sinking rapidly, and died in an hour. 

Thus v/e see that ia the midst of 
life and health we are in danger of 
death. Little did the parents think 
of seeing their little sou brou^^ht 
home in that condition, when they 
consented to his going to hunt. This 
should be a serious warning to all 
little boys not to meddle with, or 
handle, a gun. 

This being a sore nffliciion to the 
parents and children, but they need 
not sorrow as those who have no 
bupe, for if we believe that Jesus died 
and rose again, them also that sleep 
in Jesus will God bring with him. 

Then the consolation the bereaved 
can have is, that our troubles and our 
trials here will only make uh richer 
there, when we arrive at home. 

OIlie is now gone to that spirit 
land, as a represenlive of those who 
are left behind. 

The Saviour says : 'Except ye be 
converted and become as little child- 
ren, yo can in no wise enter the king- 
dofn of heaven." Then in order that 
we live as near the representative 
as possible, we must be converted 
afjd become as such, 'for of such is 
the kingdom of heaven." May the 
good Lord assiat the bereaved fatiiiiy 
to bear thtir trouble with Christiaa 
fortitude. 



The above occasion was improved 
by elder Jacob and Daniel Bowman, to 
a large concourse of sympathizing 
friends and relatives. The age of the 
above notice was 9 years, 10 months 
and 1 day. 

This is Christmas morning and not 
a gun is heard or a firo-cracker or 
anything of the kind, as usually 
is heard in this neighborhood, and no 
doui)t the above accident has been 
sptiaking loud to the boys of this 
neighborhood. May it speak loud to 
ail boys in all neighborhoods for time 
to come. 

Joseph Holder. 

Hagerstown, Ind. 



FoK TUE Companion and Visitor. 
Inloruiatiou Wauted. 

In No. 47, Vo'. 10, of the Companion 
(iiul Visitur, appears the following (juery: 
"What was the custom of our ancienc 
brethren at our coniiuunion," etc., with 
the request that" souiv! one among the old 
hrethien respond. 

Although I am not one of those to 
whom the apiielation of "old brethren," 
is applicable, yet I will take the liberty 
to respond. In searching for informa- 
tion upon ([uestions like the one at issue, 
wc should not. rest contentedly thi.s side 
of Christ ; by no moans at; a more recent 
date than the apostolic age-^vvlien we 
have it set forth by the head of the 
church in as explicit, languige as it, is on 
the above subject. I will therefore call 
the attention of the querist to what is re- 
corded liy the evangelists, and the "Great 
apostle of ihe Gentiles." Matthew, 
JLirl< and Luke ull testify that Jesas 
took bread and gave thanks ; in like 
manner also the cup. 

Kjud Matthew 2t3:26,27 ; Mark 14:22, 
23; Lake 22:10,20, and after having 
read the above named Scriptures, r;ad 
thu f ill.iwing declaration — word.s, written 
by the i'Spired apostle Paul. "The Lord 
Jesus, the same night in which he was 
betrayed, took bread : and when he had 
given thanks, he break it, and said : 
Take, eat, this is my body, which is 
broken fur you, this do in remembrance 
of me. Alter the same maimer also the 
cup." — 1 Cor. 11:23-25. Prom the fore- 
going testimony, we may determine with 
certainty, that Jesus, when he instituted 
rlie communion, took up the bread into 
ids hands, and gave thanks, and that, 
too, before it was broken or divided. 

I would state then : If we believe that 
theio is any virtue in adhering to the 
"ancient landmarks," (wliicli, no doubt, 
we all adnjit, ) and if we de>ire to be per- 
tt;ct, the administrator, in dealing out the 
couinm:iion, should, before breaking the 
bread, and before ssparaiing the wine, 
take them into his hands, and oth r 
thanks ibr the same ; each taken se.iar- 
ateiy, according to the example of Christ. 



After thank-igiving for the bread, he 
should break it, and then proceed, as is 
the custoui of the Brethren th.roughou'-. 
In like manner, the "cuj) of blessing." 

Tiie attentive reader will take notice 
how very explicit the apostle was in 
stating that it was after the Saviour had 
taken the bread and had given thanks, 
that lie broke it. 

"Prove all thingi 
which is good." 



-Vdiilloit, lown. 



Hold fast to that 
Jacobs Bahr. 



Tlic fi9ai>H ol Reading. 

"I have no time to read," is a com- 
mon complaint, and especially of women 
whosT occupations are such as to prevent 
continuous book perusal. They seem to 
think, because they cannot devote as 
much attention to books as they are com- 
pelled to devote to their a vocal ions, that 
they cannot read anything. But this is 
a great mistake. It issi't the books we 
finish at a sitting which always do us tho 
mo.-t good. Those we devour in tlie odd 
moments, half a dozen pages at a time 
often give us more satisfaction, and are 
more tlioroughly digested, than tho.se we 
make a particular effort to read. The 
men who have made their mark in the 
world have generally been the men who 
have in boyhoid fomcd the habit of read- 
ing at every available moment, whether 
for five minutes or live hours. 

It is the habit of reading rather than 
the times at our oaimand that helps us 
on the road of learning. Many of the 
mo>t cultivated peisons whose names 
have been famous as students, hive given 
only two or three hours a d .y to tluir 
books. If we make u-e of spare minutes 
in the midst of our work, and read a little, 
if but a page or a jiaragraph, we shall 
find our brains quickcne.d and our toil 
lightened by just as much increased sat- 
isfaction as tiie book gives us. Norli- 
iiig helps along the u.onotonous daily 
round so much as fresh and striking 
thoughts, to be considered when our 
hands [ire busy. A new idea from a new 
volume is like oil which reduces the frio- 
lion of the machinery of dfe. What \»e 
remember from brief glimpses into books 
olleii scryos as a stimulous to action, and 
becomes one of the most precious depos- 
its in the treasury of our recollection. 
All knowledge is made up of small parts, 
which woi'.ld seem insignificint in them- 
selves, but which taken together arc val- 
able weapons for the ndnd, and siib.-.tm- 
tial armor for the soul. lleul anything 
eontiimously," saj's Dr. John-!on, "and 
you will be learned." The odi minutes 
which we are ineiintd to waste, if care- 
fully availed of tor instruction, will in tho 
long run, make golden iiours and golden 
days, ibr w'nich we shall be ever thank- 
ful.— ^'r/rc/rJ. 

.^.^■^ — — . 

If God were not more mindful of 
his promises than we are of his pre-- 
cepis, wo were undone. 



CHRiyTIAJS FAMILY COMPANION AND GOSPEL VISiTOB. 



Christian Familv Companion 

AND 

GOSPEL VISITOR. 
MEYERSDALE, Pa., January 5, 1875. 



Prefatory Remarks. 

In introducing a new volume of our 
Christian journal to the public, a few 
•words in regard to our purposes may not 
be amiss. The long established usages of 
publishers of periodicals sanctions such a 
course, and the propriety of it is ap- 
parent. 

Tiie influence of periodical literature 
upon society is great, as the amount of 
such reading matter thrown upon the 
public is great. As the kind of society 
wc associate with, or the kind of company 
we keep, has much to do in forming our 
principles and characters, so it is with the 
books and periodicals we read. These 
have an influence upon us as well as the 
society by which we are surrounded. 
And as we are social beings and love so- 
ciety, so where the advantages of educa- 
tion have been enjoyed, and the powers 
of the mind in some degree awakened, 
there is a desire for reading and for in- 
formation. To meet this want, books 
and periodicals are published. And to 
render the gratification of this want sub- 
servient to the promotion of Christian 
character and edification, the CliaisTiAN 
Family Companion ani> Gospel Visi- 
tor is published. 

Such being the object of our work, we 
shall try to keep it before our own mind, 
and hope that all who contribute reading 
matter for our pages will do the same. 
Entertaining the view we do, that books 
and periodicals exert no little influence 
upon the moral characters and principles 
of their readers, it follows that there is a 
responsibility attending the publishing of 
such works. This responsibility we 
acknowledge. And we shall try to do 
hereafter as we have heretofore done, 
publish a Christiag journal whose influ- 
ence shall sanction, and whose teachings 
shall inculcate, "whatsoever things are 
true, whatsoever things are honest, 
whatsoever things are just, whatsoever 
things are pure, whatsoever things are 
lovely, whatsoever things are of good 
report." And while we would have it to 
teach whatfjoever the gospel teaches, wc 
would have it also to disapprove of, and 
reprove whatsoever is contrary to the 



gospel. For while the apostle Paul 
would have Timothy a.s a minister, "be 
gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient 
in meekness instructing those that oppose 
themselves," he would also have him to 
"reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long 
suffering and doctrine." Such we pre- 
sume is the duty too of a Christian journ- 
alist as well as of a minister of the 
gospel. 

To say the Christian Family Com- 
panion and Gospel Visitor will com 
pare favorably in the spirit that charac- 
terizes it, and in the gosper. character of 
the doctrines and precepts which it in- 
culcates, with other Christian periodicals, 
would not be saying very much in its 
favor in the estimation of .<-ome, since it 
may be doubted whether the Christian 
character of our Christian periodicals in 
general, is a safe standard to judge it by; 
and to say that we have made our paper 
as good and as useful as any one else 
could have made it, would not be com- 
mendable to our Christian modesty and 
humility ; but perhaps we' may venture 
to say that there are not many brethren 
placed in our situation, and having the 
various tastes and opinions prevalent in 
our brotherhood to meet, and having the 
same supply of reading matter to select 
from, that would have made the paper 
less objectionable to the general brother- 
hood, than wc have made it the past 
year. 

While an editor may expect to have 
his work criticized, he may ask for fair 
and honorable criticism. And the char- 
acter of a Christian periodical, like that 
of a Christian believer, should be judged 
of by its general cour.se, or by the general 
character of its contents, and not by an 
occasional article that may appear in it. 
Among as many readers as we have, wo 
are glad to believe we have a considera- 
ble number who can sympathize with the 
editor in his trials, and appreciate 
the delicacy of the work he often has to 
do. But there are many who do not, and 
therefore may exi-cct a faultlessiicss and 
perfection which they will not find ; and, 
therefore, experience a disappointment, 
which may so operate upon their judgs 
ments as to prevent them from perceiv- 
ing what is really good. 

We assure our friends and patrons, 
that whatever may be our lack of t]ie 
qualifications necessary to render our 
work perfect, wc have an ajjprcciativc 



sense of the responsibility resting upon 
us, and with that, wo shall pursue our 
calling, availing ourselves of all the helps 
within our reach that may help us to dis- 
cern what is right, and to do what i'' 
right. The rule of moral right, is what 
we want to be governed by- 

We enter upon the new year of our 
labor, and our new volume, hopcfull}-. 
A pleasing remembrance of tlie kindness 
of friends and patrons, and the faitliful- 
ncss of heaven, promi)ts us to thank God 
and take encouragement. With our own 
best efforts given to our work, and with 
the continued contributions of our devot- 
ed correspondents and contributors, and 
with the blessings of heaven to crown all, 
(for which wc solicit the prayers of the 
faithful,) we trust we shall succeed in 
making our paper a Christian companion 
and Gospel visitor indeed and in influ- 
ence, as well as in name, exerting a 
spiritual power that will promote holi- 
ness in all its readers whether saints or 
sinners. And let the thought that our 
journal may accomplish such a noble and 
desirable work, stimulate all that arc 
laboring for its success, to labor with in- 
creased interest, to make it a messenger 
of glad tidings to the erring and sorrow- 
ing sons and daughters of men. 



A New Year'H Greeting.— Cliris- 
tiaii Bl4)ss('<lut- MS. 

The grace of the Lord Jcsus Christ, and 
the love of God, and the coiumuuion ol tho 
Holy Ghost, be with you all. Auicd. — II. 
COK. 13:14. 

We think of nothing more suitable as 
a practical Christian subject, for the first 
number of our paper in the new year, 
than the one contained in the passage of 
Scripture heading our article. "A happy 
New Year," is a greeting th;.t 
will fall from many lips, at the open- 
ing of the year of our Lord one 
thousand, eight hundred and seventy- 
five. And it is in perfect harmony with 
Christian kindness, benevolence and 
charity, to begin the year with a New 
Year's greeting. And what greeting can 
be more becoming or more expressive 
than the ajiostolic or Christian greeting? 
Wc know of none — there can be none. 
Surely wc can wish our readers nothing 
better, neither can they us, than what is 
contained in this Christian greeting. In- 
deed there can be nothing better. God 
himself with all his boundless riches can 
give us nothing better. The blessing im- 



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plied in the apostolic salutation is the 
svmmnm hohiim,thc chief good of man, or 
the highest happiness of which his njorul 
or spiritual nature is susceptible. And 
the proper enjo3'n]ents of his moral na- 
ture are his highest enjoyments. 

Greetings are wishes expressed in a 
few words. Where there is a (iicndly 
feeling existing between people, they 
wish one another that which they think 
will be most conducive to their happiness. 
And while there are different words, as 
well as signs, for expressing salutations, 
tliey are all expressive of good wishes for 
those saluted. And the expressions 
made use of in saluting when meeting, as 
well as those made use of at parting, iui>- 
ply that the person who used them in- 
voked a blessing on the other. Hence 
the word in the Hebrew language, which 
means to salvte, means also to bless. The 
forms of greeting among the Jews were 
various. Among them were the follow- 
ing : "iJe thoii blessed of Jehovah ; Tlw 
hlessiiiff of Jehovah he upon thee; May 
Goilbeicith thee; May peace be yours" 
This means, blessing and prosperiiy, for 
the word peace was expressive of tiiese. 
This last form seems to have been very 
common. Sec Judges 19:20. It was the 
salutation common in the days of our 
Lord and his disciples, as is seen in the 
following words of our Lord spoken to 
his disciples : "And when ye come into 
an house, salute it. And if the house be 
worthy, let your peace come upjn it ; but 
if it be not worthy, let your peace return 
to you."— Matt. 10:12,13. And this 
form seems to have been used by the 
apostles. Peter uses it in closing his 
first epistle : "Peace be with you all 
that are in Christ Jesus." And in open- 
ing his first epistle, he says : "Grace 
unto you, and peace be multiplied." The 
word peace as used in these salutations is 
very expressive, and implies much, as 
will be seen in the use of the word peace, 
in the following passage in the writings 
of St. Paul : "And the peace of God, 
which passeth all understanding, shall 
keep your hearts and minds through 
Christ Jesus."— Phil. 4:7. "Peace" is 
a word which implies whatever is neces- 
sary to happines.s, and when used in 
greeting, is equivalent to saying : "May 
you he very happj'." And when the 
' Christian uses it, and uses it in a Chris- 
tian sense, it means peace with God, 
peace with men, and sweet peace in our 



own hearts, having an answer of a good 
conscience. 
"When mercy points whsre Jesus pleads, 

And faith beholds God's anger cease, 
And hopa to blaek despair succeefls : 
This, Father, this alone is peace!" 

With a greeting, the most of the epis- 
tles written by the apostles begin and 
end. And in these greetings we see 
manifested a very prominent feature of 
our holy Christianity. They are the ex- 
pressions of Christian men to their fellow 
Christians, wishing them an abundance 
of Christian happiness. Christians are 
neitlier malicious nor selfish. They do 
not wish men evil, neither do they want 
to enjoy their happiness alone. They 
want all men to be happy. The spirit of 
Christianity is a generous and diffusive 
spirit, seeking the welfare of all men. 
The hymn of the heavenly host, sung at 
the advent of our Lord, breathes the 
same sweet, generous spirit that the 
apostolic greeting does. "Glory to God 
in the highest, and on earth peace, good 
will toward men. "And this hymn was be- 
coming the occasion of the advent of a 
heavenly Messenger to our earth, who 
came "not to destroy men's lives, but to 
save them." The expression "good will 
toward men," had reference to the feel- 
ing of God toward men, and that was a 
feeling of good will. But surely all who 
are born of God, and arc "partakers of 
the divine nature," will have the same 
feeling of good will toward men. We 
have a manifestation of this feeling of 
good will to men in the case of the apos- 
tle Paul when he was before Agrippa, 
and v;heu he expressed his feelings in the 
following noble sentiments : "I would to 
God, that not only thou, but also all that 
hear me this day, were both almost and 
altogether such as I ara, except these 
bonds." The apostle wished Agrippa 
all the good that he himself possessed, 
but none of his suffering. What a beaut- 
iful illustration of the Christian spirit! 
Oh, that we all had more of that 
spirit ! 

But let us look at the Christian blessed- 
ness implied in the form Christian greetf 
ing which we have more particularly un- 
der consideration. "The grace of the 
Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, 
and the communion of the Holy Ghost, 
be with you all." The mind is led at 
once to the form of Christian baptism, 
when there is not only an allusion to the 



seme divine powers or characters that we 
have in the apostolic greeting, but where 
believers are represented as being brought 
into a very close and peculiar relations 
ship to tlie .same holy beings. For we 
are baptized into the Father, and into the 
Son, and into the Holy Ghost. Then 
when the apostle in his greeting wishes 
his brethren the grace of the Lord Jesus 
Christ, and the love of God, and the 
communion of the Holy Ghost, he only 
wishes them to enjoy what is implied in 
the form of Christian baptism, but ex-* 
pressed more fully in the Christian greet- 
ing. And what blessings are implied in 
this greeting I "The grace of our Lord 
Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the 
communion of the Holy Ghost." Oh, 
what a blessed privilege is it to enjoy all 
this, — to be in jiossession of the saving 
grace of our Saviour Christ, through 
whom all spiritual and eternal blessings 
are procured and conveyed to us ! And 
to have the love of God the Father 
which is the original spring and source of 
all blessings ! And to enjoy all the fruits 
and graces of the Holy Spirit by whom 
the blessing of salvation is applied to us, 
is a privilege indeed, and one for which 
we should be unfeignedly thankful. And 
the thought that we have not in the past 
year, and in our past lives, enjoyed more 
of such rich and heavenly blessings, that 
have been made accessible to us, .should 
greatly humble us. And the thought 
t,hat our heavenly Father has made it the 
privilege of his children to enjoy such 
rich blessing, and that he wants us to en- 
joy them, should stimulate us to greater 
diligence in the ye^ir and time that are 
before us, to secure and enjoy more of 
them, that we may be happier and holier, 
more faithful and more useful. "The 
grace cf our Lord Jesus Christ, the love 
of God, and the communion of the Holy 
Ghost, be with you all." 



Oar Visit to Ohio. 

We left our home in Meyersdale on 
tbeSth of December for Miami county, 
Ohio. Our visit was partly of a business 
character and partly to see friends, espec- 
ially an aged mother. We stopped in 
Columbiana to .see sister Kurtz, widow of 
brother Henry Kurtz. We also hoped 
to see brother H. J. Kurtz, expecting to 
find him at his mother's. But when we 
arrived at Columbiana, we found to our 
disappointment and regret that sister 



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Kurtz had moved to Mahoning count}', 
on ihe farm owned and occupied by her 
son Jacob, he having put up a house for 
her use. Her residence is near tlie farm 
on which she and her husband Uved 
many years, and where the Gos^pel Visi- 
tor was started. And as our arranp;o- 
uients had not been made to stop long in 
Columbiana, we could not well go into 
Malionitrg county. 

From Columbiana, we went into the 
vicinity of North Georgetown, in the 
same county, where our mother and sis- 
ter reside. We were glad to find them 
■well, though the infirmities of age are 
increasing upon our mother, showing 
themselves in the decay of the senses, 
especially in that of sight. She is in her 
eighty-fifth year. 

From Georgetown we passed on to 
Troy, where we spent a couple of days 
with father-in-law's family, and other 
friends, calling with brother 11. D. 
Davy. 

On Saturday afternoon, the 12th ot 
December, we reached Covington. We 
had meeting at night in the Brethren's 
meeting-house in town, and also on Sun^" 
day night. On Sunday morning we 
preached in the Sugar Grovo meeting- 
house, which occupies the site of what 
was formerly called the Stone meeting- 
house. We felt much at home among 
the Covington brethren and friends, and 
had a very pleasant little visit among 
them, and pleasant meetings with them. 
^\'e iiad expected to spend a longer time 
with them, but as our business at liome 
demanded our attention, we could not 
remain long absent. Wo returned home 
feeling glad and thankful th.it we had 
enjoyed the privilege we had of seeing 
and greeting many dear friends. 



Our Pronpect. 

We have but little space to occupy 
wi.h any remarks relative to our pros- 
pect for cur new volume. We would 
however .'■ay for the satisfaction of our 
i'riends and agents, that our prospect is 
encouraging. Our .subscriptions arc 
coming in a little earlier than formerly, 
and as far lis we have heard from our 
aj;cnts and patrons, the reports are fav- 
orable. Some of uur agents say they 
hope 10 double their lists. liut in the 
west where there is so much destitution, 
there will be a decrease in our subscribeis, 
Uii theic may perhaps in a few other lo- 



calities. But in many there is a nice in- 
crease. We hope our agents and friends 
living in localities free from the obstacles 
to success that are met with in the west, 
will labor, and that perseveringly, to ob- 
tain sub.scribers, that we may sustain no 
loss of patronage. We are satisfied tliat 
with a little extra labor on the part of 
our agents and friends this can be readily 
done, and more than this. We would 
say to our tricnd.-, please to continue to 
gather subscribers, wc shall be pleased to 
receive tbem at anytime. 

Ileliel tor the Rretlirea lu tlie 
West. 

As tliere has been considerable inquiry 
concerning the points to send the contri- 
butions to that are collected for the 
needy in the west, a letter is j^ublished 
in this number of our paper from Falls 
City, Nebraska, which gives full direc- 
tions in regard to the matter. We hope 
from the inlbrnialion contained in the 
letter alluded to, and from several other 
letters we have published, there will be 
no difiieulty in knowing to what places 
supplies are to be sent. And as the 
calls for help are urgent, wc hope they 
will meet with a hearty Christian re- 
sponse. 

There will be a series of meetings 
held in the Brethren's meeting-house in 
West Salisbury, commencing on the ev- 
ening of the 8ih of January. A general 
invitation is given, especially to minister- 
ing brethren. 



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account. 

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but with it no address. Wc cannot re 
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No. 37, which is the only one we can 
supply you witli of tliosc which were 
lost. 

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cations or rnannscript used, not relJirited. All 
cmimur.icai ions for publication should be writ 
tf<i upon OUO siiiti of the fhe.t only. 

Ttiuuksgiving. 

December 7, 1874. 

Brother Qitiiilcr: — 

* * * On tlic 
day set apart by our rulers lor thanks- 
givinfT, we had a njceting at the Green 
Tree Church, and feeling that the best 
way to express our gratitude for the 
favors we were receiving, was to show 
our willingness to co'itriliute to the wants 
of those not so highly favored. A con- 
tribution was therefore taken up, or 
rather a subscrijition started by which 
some of us agreed to piy a certain sum 
monthly lor the next six months. Said 
money to he applied to the relief of the 
suffering Brethren in the West. 

Can you tell me who would be the 
proper i>erson to send our donutionsto? 
And how Id should be sent, whether by 
ceriified check, or by post-ofhee money 
order/ 

Yours, &c., 

J. P. Fn /.WATER. 

Phoenixuille, Pa. 

Kelief for the SiifFercrs. 

IIE.SIDENCE OK BllO. JaCOR SnVDER, \ 

Tuesday, Eve, Doe. 8, IST-J. j 

Dear Brother James: — 

ll"nehing Council 
Bluffs from St. Joseph, I immediately 
applied to Superintendent Eddy of the 
CMiicago and North Western luulroad, 
lor transportation of supplies. He tele- 
graphed to Chicago and in one liour re- 
ceived the following reply : "We arc 
already carrying supplies for Minnesota, 
Dacotah, Iowa and Nebraska free, and it 
docs not seem pin| er that we .-hould be 
; s'icdto carry forKansas aUo. Hi weverin 
this case I suppose we ."^l.aii have to do 
so. If advised of ihe liiiie and place of 
shipment, I wiil give the necessary in- 
s'niciim to agents." (Signed) "C. C. 
WiiC'le ■, Gi n -ral Fieight Agent Chicago 
and Norili ^^'e.-tern Bailroad." 

Applying to Mr. Stephens, of the 
Chicago and lloek Island Railroad, I was 
confronted by a ciicular slating that "all 
goods to Kansas sufferers must be con" 
signed to Lieutenant Goven.or I^ S. 
Sever, President Kansas Central Relief 
Organization." Upon thi.^ I immedi- 
ately wrote to Lieutenant Gevernor E. 
S. Stover, asking him ior iho privihge 
of shiijping to his address at Edgar Sta- 
tion, St. Joe and Denver Railroad, and 
also asking him to authorize brother 
Ives as his agent to receive and distrib- 
ute the goods. By telegram the Gover- 



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: "Ship goofls to 
write your agent. 



nor replied as follows 
me at Edgar — I will 
E. S. Stover.'' 

Applying for shipruent on the Dcs- 
inoiues Valley Railroad, the agent said : 
'"Let us know when your goods are 
ready, that is all you have to do." 

Brother Bailey and I will part licre. 
He will visit the churches through Nortli'- 
em Iowa, Illinois and Indiana, and 1 will 
take a ujore southern route, arrangii:^ 
with other Railroads Cor shipment as I 
pass along. 

We do this by the advice of brother 
Jacob S. Snyder, and also by agreeujent 
between ourselves, tha t we can in this 
way accomplish more in the same time. 

And now brethren will you not liber- 
ally respond to the great necessity tbat 
has driven us to tliese measures for the 
relief of many thousands that have al- 
most nothing to eat or wear? 

We are receiving great encouragement 
and have written to brother Ives that 
the Brotherhood will send at least a hun- 
dred car loads of supplies. 

Will not every church send a car load 
or more '? 

Affectionately, 

James L. Switzer, 
J.\MES M. Bailey. 

Brooklyn, Powesheik Co. , loica. 

Eucou&'ageiuent. 

November. 7th, 1374. 

Dear Editor: — 

Seeing a piece in your paper, 
headed "ii word of caution," in wliicli 
the author seems to think that Mr. 
Elory has bestowed more praise on tlie 
country than it deserves, I am compelled 
to side with Mr. Floiy, and here are my 
reasons lor doing so : 

The country is new ; emigrants can get 
a place without money, and by industry 
and economy, they can sooo get land im-^ 
proved, so that they can make a living 
without working themselves to death. 
The author of the article alluded to, says 
that the most of the families are nnt sat- 
islied. Now, sir, my experience tells me 
that the portion of dissatisfiud familes 
compose a very small portion indeed. I 
liave been here for ten years, and 1 don't 
think I ever heard a half dozen families 
complain ; and those that came here 
this summer are highly pleased, and only 
wish they had come sooner. 

Again, we find the author going for the 
bold pioneer, who has left the states, civ- 
ilization, society, home and all that is 
near and dear to man. We see him leave 
them all and face a thousand dangers, and 
what is it tor? That those more timid, 
might find peaceful homes, that he has 
prepared lor them, where toil and care 
will trouble them not. And this is what 
he calls the lowest ebb of the moral tide. 
He surely forgot the words of the djing 
Jesus to his disciples : ''I go to prepare 
a place for you and me." The author 



seems to think tliat they would lose (heir 
religion. It seems to me that true relig- 
ion ought to stand a border life as well 
as any other. 

Not wishing to have strife with the au- 
thor, I will say that this is the place for 
a good many to come to, and I think they 
will all be satisfied. 

Yours respectfully, 

II. H Bradsiiaw. 

Tie Siding, Wyomirtg Territory. 



Relief Faud. 



STATEMENT TO THE BRETHREN. 



December 7ih, 1874. 

Brother Quinter : — 

As many of the 
brethren seem not fully to underataud 
bow and where to send their doua- 
tioQS, we, the bretbreu of the Falls 
City Church, after reading several 
letters of inquiry from different parts 
of the couatry and in consideration 
ot the exteut of territory devastated 
by the drouth aud grasshoppers, ajd 
the many appeals made from the dif- 
ferent localities, by the sufferers, feel 
that an amendment in connection with 
former arrangements is now beconaing 
necessary. 

Our former arrangements were as 
follows: 1st. — Tbat all donations of 
grain, clothing, etc., were to be ship- 
ped to Edgar Station, on the St. Joe 
and Denver Railroad, coneigued to 
Allen Ives, Burr Oak. Jewell county, 
Kansas ; and, 2nd. — Tbat all dona- 
tions of money should be addressed 
to Allen Ives, Burr Oak, Jewell 
county, Kansas. We now, however, 
make this amendment, viz : That 
brother C. L. Keim, instead of being 
Treasurer for our District only, as 
formerly appointed, is now appointed 
General Treasurer of the Relief So- 
ciety of the Brethren, for the whole 
grasshopper district in Western Kan- 
sas and Nebraska, and all moneys 
passing through the Aid Society of 
the Brethren, as relief fund, should 
hereafter be directed to C. L. Keim, 
Fall8 City, Riebardson county, Ne- 
braska. 

Brother Allen Ives is General 
Treasurer for Jewell, Mitchell, Os- 
boru and Smith counties, Kansas, 
and also for Webster, Knuckles aud 
Thayer counties, Nebraska, as far as 
his care of the church extends, and 
will properly distribute all that may 
directly fall into bis hands for relief, 
and call on the General Treasurer, 



C. L. Keim, for funds when ever 
necessary. 

All the elders in the different dis- 
tricts of the church over which their 
care extends, in the various localities 
of the devastated territory, should as- 
certain the true condition of our 
brethren, friends and neighbors, and 
call on brother C. L. Keim, Treasur- 
er of the Brethren's Relief Fund, for 
the necessary means to supply their 
wants. 

N. B. — All donations east of the 
Mississippi River, (Illinois excepted,) 
should be money instead of grain, as 
the grain sold there will bring more 
money than the same number of 
bushels will cost here. 

Owing to the poor condition of the 
teams generally in the west, for want 
of feed, it would be wise for brethren 
and friends wishing to donate grain 
for relief to first inform C. L. Keim 
and await an answer from him, to in- 
form when to ship, so as to avoid too 
much shipping at the same time. A 
distance of from forty to sixty miles 
to haul jrrain, especially io the winter 
season, with poor horses, ig not a 
small matter. 

We wish to have our brethren un- 
derstand tbat this article is not calcu- 
lated to interfere or change the hearty 
co-operation of our beloved brother 
J. L. Switzer, who is our fully au- 
thorized traveling agent in the broth- 
erhood, but supply a want of some 
means by which our beloved brother 
Allen Ives can be relieved of some of 
the burden that now rests upon him, 
and the needy more generally be fur- 
nished conveniently with the dona- 
tions forwarded for that purpose. In 
order to do this, we felt impressed 
with the necessity of having a con- 
centrating point farther east than 
Burr Oak, as Burr Oak is nearly fift;^ 
miles from the railroad, and many 
of the wants are much farther east 
and south than Burr Oak. 

This is also intended to answer the 
many letters of inquiry which we re- 
ceive, asking where to send donations 
to, and some have already sent dona- 
tions to C. L. Keim, which together 
with .all others, that may be sent 
will be receipted for and properly 
applied. 

Affectionately yours, 
C. Forney, 
John Forner, Sr. 
C. L. Keim. 

Falls City, Nebraska. 



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la 9Ieuioriam. 

NovEMiJER 2Sth, 1874. 

I received a telegraph message from 
brother Burner, on the 25th ef Novem- 
ber, requesting me to preach a funeral 
discourse for his son, and within tlnee 
hours I was at Millersbur^Ii, Iloiuies 
counfy, and was met by friend Eli Fair, 
J;-. iJe conveyed me to his father's 
house, near brother IJurger's. I re- 
mained all night with friend Fair and 
family. They are warm hearted Chris- 
tian friends. 

On the following morning I went to 
brother Burger's and found them deeply 
afflicted with sorrow, saying : '"Our little 
Bon, Edwin Orlandice, is dead ; he will 
never come to us again in this world." 
I visited the chamber wherein the little 
bark lay ; I sorrowed with the afflicted 
family, as Jesus wept with Mary and 
Wartha. I then gave them some words 
ofcomlort. Soon the friends and neigh- 
bors catue togetlier, and brother M. 
Shutt bringing the coffin, the little form 
was laid in it. 

The funeral services then began by the 
singing of the .59 1st hymn, after which 
we read the OOtli Psalm, and then prayed. 
Tiie friends of the bereaved family taking 
their final farewell of the deceased, the 
funeral procession was formed and moved 
slowly and sadly to the family burying- 
ground, on the farm, where brother 
Samuel has a little brother and sister 
sleeping in Jesus. The 5'J8th hymn was 
sung while filling the grave. 

After the service at the grave we re- 
paired to the Sugar Creek meeting house 
and I preached a funeral discourse from 
the 18th chapter of Matthew, first verse. 
I was assisted by elder )[. Shutr. After 
the sermon we read the age of the de- 
ceased as follows : "Edwi.n' Orlandick, 
son of Samuel J. and Maiy Burger, was 
born July 30th, A. D. 1872, and depatted 
this life November 2,51 h, A. D. 1874, 
aged 2 years, 3 months and 25 days, 
liis disease was brain fever." In the 
opening of our meeting, the 578th hymn 
was used, and in closing the 570th hymn. 
The little sufl'erer lay some sixteen days, 
and suffered intensely. 

The above rcuiinds me of the touching 
incidunt related in the book of Kings. 
"Wa have the portrait of an afflicted 
mother .sitting down with a dead child, in 
the sorrow of her heart, to feel her loss, 
and bewail it. One day this little boy 
Went out into the fields, where his father 
wa.i employed with his scrvatits gathering 
in the crop. While there, the hand of" 
disease was laid upon hiui. Jjcaving his 
sports, lie went to his father, and press- 
ing his little hands upon his throbbing 
temples, cri(;d out : "Oh, my head 1 my 
head!" The father sent him home to 
his motlier, and on her knee he sat till 
noon, burying his feven-d face in her 
bosom, and died. As this little boy went 
to his father in the fiehl, so brother .John 
Burger, grandfather to the child, said 



Edwin Orlandice would go with him to 
the coru field to gather in the crop. 

It is true brother John and sister 
Sophia, you call to remembrance the 
walks and prattling of your little grand- 
son, but this is not all, for while you are 
moving along through your farm, you 
will often cast your eyes upon the spot 
where the body of your little grand-son 
lies. Then as a bruised and afUicfcd 
grand-father and mother, you will bear 
on your countenance, and in your heart, 
deep traces of grief and sorrow. Then 
j'ou will call to mind the darl< night 
wlven you stood over Edward's little bark, 
whose young and unstained spirit was 
passing away. 

In every community is found many a 
broken heart, exi'.laiming : '"I have lost 
a child I" As I go out day after day, 
I hear the voice of Rachel mourning for 
her children. It is true, we are born 
unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward. 
All life-long we groan and woep, from 
the cradle to the grave ; bewail our lot. 

Dear bereaved parents, it is not likely 
that Edwin would escape sorrow, or thai 
he would be the first to pass through lil'e 
untouched by its trials, and unaffected 
by its bitterness- Now I ask if God fore- 
sees that the form which you embraced 
with such tenderness, will be racked with 
anguish, distracted with sorrow, is it not 
wise in Ilim to take it away to a world 
where there is no tears? And is it not a 
blessing to you to know that Edwin Or- 
landice has escaped the sorrows incident, 
to life, and exchanged the troubled pil 
low of sickness for perpetual life, the 
groans of earth for the bliss of heaven? 
You would thank God, and .-ing: "0 be- 
loved child, I am more than reconciled 
to thy departure then ! The little hands 
that clasped me, the innocent lips that 
kissed me, would they were present now. 
I would press theui to my heart." Lis- 
ten, bereaved parents, and you will hear 
Edwin Orlandice singing the song of 
Paradise ! Look, and you v.ill see him 
numbered with your son and daughter, 
brother and sister, and crowned with 
glory. Instead of desponding, make 
every preparation to follow your loved 
ones to the home aj/pointcd for all the 
living. Then you will sing : 

''Father, tlie pearly gates unfold, 
The sapphire walls, the shiiola of gold, 

Are bursting ou my 6i;;ht. 
The augcl band come singing down, 
And one has got niy starry crown, 

And one my robe of white." 

Blcs.=;cd be God for the religion of Je- 
sus Christ, for it has power to enlighten 
th(! darkest hour of life, and to assuage 
the severest woes, and to afford the hope 
of a blessed immortality. As the silent 
dews of night flill on the flowers, and re- 
vive their drooping leaves, .so does relig- 
ion in hours of affliction revive the spirits, 
and solace the wounded heart. That 
blessed assurance that gives us strength 



for all our trials, and takes from misery 
its bitterness, and from affliction its 
sting. "It is religion that doth give 
sweetest pleasure while we live." 

Dear and dying friends, let us follow 
the star of Bethlehem, the bright and 
morning star; the guide to him who in 
his love gave Himself for us. It will 
light us through every labyrinth in the 
gloom of life, and remove the gloom that 
gathers aroutid us in a dying hour. 

In conclusion I will say, the above 
named death occurred in the Suijar 
Creek arm of the church, located in 
Holmes and Tu.scarawas c junties. This 
church I have lived in four year.s. The 
uiinisters at present, are iMichael Shutt 
and Samuel Burger, (the father of the 
deceased ) I am glad to hear that this 
church is in a prosperous condition. 
May God bless the aDove afflicted family, 
is my prayer. 

By request of Samuel J. Burger. 

Jon.N Nicholson. 

liossvdle, Ohio. 

[Pilgrim please copy.) 



Visit ot C'oiuniittee to Owens Co., 
ludiaiiH. 

Dece.mbeh 14th, 1874. 
Editor Companion and V^silor : 

The District Meeting 
for the Southern District of Indiaiia, 
held with the Brethren in the Nettle 
Creek arm of the church, on the 28tli 
and 29: h of October, appointeil elders 
Jacob Rife and George \V. Stu'lebaker, 
to visit the churclies in Owen, Harrison, 
Ripley and Martin counties, in Southern 
Indiana. 

As brother Rife oulJ not leave homo 
for some time, and the vi.-it to Owen 
county being somewhat urgent, elder 
Daniel Bowman was appointed in his 
stead to go there, and by request I went 
along witli the brethren. 

We started on November 15th, and 
reached Spencer, the county-seat of Owen 
county, about seven o'clock in the even- 
ing, having traveled about one hundred 
and twenty-five miles. We were met 
here by brother Samuel Buiger and 
brother Dickey. We were taken to the 
hotel and furnished with a good warm 
supper, after which we started for the 
locality of the Brethren, some seventeen 
miles distant. 

We reached brother Dickey's house 
about midnight, where we remained until 
moiiiing. The day we spent in visiting 
among the members, there being no ap- 
pointment until night. We called upon 
old sister Summers, the widow of elder 
Daniel Summers. She has been sorely 
afilicted for over two years. After a sea- 
son of worship with the old sister, which 
seemed to cheer her up very much, wc 
were n xt taken to the house of elder 
David (.)nlK r, whcie we remained until 
the time to go to evening meeting. 

In the evening we found a good sized 
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neighbors assembled. Brother Studc- 
baker led in speaking. Had a good 
meeting, good order and good attention. 
We spent the night with brother Robert 
R. Goshorn. Next day had preaching at 
ten o'clock, elder Daniel Bowman leading 
in speaking. In the afternoon there was 
a choice held for a speal<er and a deacon, 
and the lot fell upon Henry Shider for 
speaker, and Jacob Mitchell for deacon ; 
Robert R. tioshorn was promoted to the 
second degree in the ministry. 

There was some dit^order among some 
of the members, which was set aright as 
far as practicable under the circumstan- 
ces, and the brethren and sisters came 
together that evening to hold their com- 
munion. Brother Daniel Bowman offici- 
ated, and brother Studebaker i^poke on 
the different ordinances in their order. 
There was a deep interest maiiifested by 
those looking on, and it was evident that 
good impressions were bein^' made. 

The members came together early the 
next morning, (Sunday,) and had break- 
fast and morning or social meeting, and 
at ten o'clock, public preaching com- 
menced. Brother Studebaker spoke fir.-t ; 
his subject was : "Baptizing tlieai in the 
name of the Father, and ot the Son, and 
of the Holy G-host." This Scripture is a 
part of the commission, as recorded by 
Matthew. He divided the subject into 
three parts: first, "Who are the jiroper 
subjects for baptism ?" Secondly, "What 
is baptism?" And thirdly, "What is the 
mode the Saviour commands?" 

The discourses of the brethren upon 
this subject were master- pieces of work. 
Their arguments were unanswerable, and 
the marked attention of the large au-- 
dience showed that it was making indeli- 
ble impressions upon their minus. (I 
may notice this sermon more in detail at 
a more convenient time.) 

After this meeting, we took our leave 
of the brethren and sisters, and was con- 
veyed by brother John L6iig back to 
Spencer, where we were kindly cared for 
ao the hotel, the brethren paying our ex- 
penses. On the tollowing morning we 
took the cars for home, and on our way 
we were detained about six hours at In- 
dianapolis. We spent the time in visit- 
ing the asylums for the blind, and the 
deaf and dumb. They were eating dm- 
ner at the deaf and dumb asylum when 
we came in. It was a sight worth be- 
liolding, to see two hundred and eighty 
persons, all in one room eating their 
dinner, and not one of them could utter 
a single word. 

Tliey were as merry a collection of per- 
sons as I ever saw. They were convers- 
ing with each other all over the large and 
spacious dining- hall, and still the room 
was as silent as death, save the clatter of 
dishes, and the soft, quiet tread of the 
waiters. 

Before concluding tliis report, 1 will 
give the names of the oiiicial brethren in 
the church referred to, namely : The 
Lick Creek Church, David Culler, 



elder ; Ananias Hensel, R. R. Goshorn 
and Daniel Summers, in the second de- 
gree of the ministry, and Henry Shidler, 
in the first degree. The deacons are 
Samuel J. Burger, John Long, (brother 
to elder George Long, of Michigan,) Fat- 
rick Keagy, Martin Row, Samuel A. 
Summers, Jacob J. Baker and Jacob 
Mitchell. 

I am authorized by brethren Rife and 
Studebaker to state that tiiey will start 
on their northern mission on the fifth of 
January. They will be with the brethren 
on the night of the fifth, at Connersville, 
and have preaching, and start for Ripley 
county, Indiana, on the sixth, and when 
through there, they will go to Harrison 
county, and on their return, they will 
visit the Brethren in iMartin county. 
Yours fraternally, 

B. F. KOONS. 

Nettle Creek, Indiana. 



From ttae I'tscific Coast. 

Decemrfr 1 4th, 1874. 
Dear Brethren and Sisters : 

It has been a 
long time since I have written to you. 1 
have often thought of writing to you, 
thinking perhaps it might be interesting 
to some, especially to those who are per- 
sonally acquaiiited with me. 

First, I will say, my family with myself 
are in moderate good health. Many of 
you are aware that my health had been 
poor for many years, before I left the 
East, but since 1 am in this state, my 
health has uiuch improved. 

The brethren and sisters in this valley 
are well so far as I know. The health 
has been good in this valley since we have 
been here. Truly, we have no reason to 
murmur. The Lord has blest us with all 
things nece;-sary to make us comfortable. 
We have Leon blest with a bountiful 
liarvest, suffering us to gather it info our 
granaries, in a good, saving condition. 
We feel at home here as far as the world 
is concerned, being favored with quite a 
brotherhood on this coast, numbering 
about forty members. Out of this num- 
ber six are speakers and two are deacons. 
We feel ha[)py to think there will be a 
flourishing brocherhnotl on the coast be- 
fore a very distant day, the Lord being 
our helper. 

We had a feast last summer, a very 
happy time indeed, though we were not 
favored with members from any other 
parts. It seemed like a small family in 
the wilderness — no Brethren nearer than 
one hundred and sixty miles. There is 
quite a number of Brethren in the Wil- 
lamette valley, under the care of brother 
David Brower, which is no less than one 
iiundred and sixty miles from here. There 
are also several members in Rogue River 
valley, but that is probably one hundred 
and seventy miles from licre. We 
had a few meetings in that valley, the 
year I came to this place. I felt sorry to 
leave that valley. It is a beautiful yalley 



thickly settled, and the people have great 
respect lor preaching. I thought tlierc 
was a great opening for a church to be 
established. All it seems that is wanted 
to do the work, is for some laboring 
brother to move there and settle down, 
carry out the principles he preaches, and 
it will not be lotig till the church would 
be established, and souls be converted to 
God. 

Now, brethren, some of you who feel 
that the old brethren are too slow in the 
missionary caus'', just go on and fill th.osc 
places as fast as you can, and you wi'l 
have done your duty. Do not let us be 
urging the old brethren, or "Yearly Jleet- 
irig, to form some system before we can 
start. I have often thought that it is no 
wonder the Yearly Meeting was, or is, 
slow in forming some system, knowing 
what they do that the great Head of the 
church had gave tljc system, over eigh- 
teen hundred years ago ; and if we form 
any other system, different from the gen- 
eral practice of the Brethren, I am afraid 
we will stand in disrespect to our Lord 
and Master. 

Brethren, I conjure you, do not hurry 
the Yearly Meeting to give us another 
plan or system, so the gospel may be 
more fully preached in different ]iarts of 
the world. \V e remember the Lord took 
six days to mtikc the world in, and the 
Brethren in the last fifty years have 
spread from the Atlatitic to the Pacific 
Oceans, spreading north, south, east and 
west. Brethren and sisters, you that 
feel interested in having the gospel 
sp;ead everywhere, I praise you for your 
zeal in the good cau.se, only do not hurry 
the old brethren. We have been a pros- 
perous people. God has blest the labors 
of the Brethren everywhere. Some per- 
sons living in this valley have expressed 
theuiselves as f 'Hows: "The Dunkards 
will take this valley ; we will nil have to 
give up to them at last. " It seems to me, 
in order that the great v7ork may still 
[irosper, we sh'-uld clieerup the family on 
earth — the great, school of Christ, where 
we all have a lesson yet to learn. Let us 
all be faithful to tliat hchool. Let. the 
world have its high .'■chools, atid if there 
are any Saul's or Atiollases among them, 
we shall be mighty through God to enroll 
them in our ranks, so we sh;dl ever be 
able to meet the world with al! its strong 
reasoning. But whenever we leurn tliis 
way, we are in danger of no longer being 



peculiar people — that spree'- led 



that 
bird. 

Brethren and sisters, we exhort you to 
be charitable to your poor ministers. 
They feel the value of poor souls and 
would break tinto th.era the bread of life, 
but they cannot, they have not the 
means ; their families at home need their 
daily labor. The above being too true, 
it is undoubtodi.T the reason many of the 
Brethren are agitating the que-liou oi'a 
better system of missionary order, or a 
paid ministry, so they can spread the 
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CHRISTIAN FAMILY COMPANION AND GOSPEL VISITOR. 



sively to a lost and rairjed world. Now, 
to avoid j^ivinp; the Yoaily Meeting tlie 
labor of foriiiitip a niisNionary pyiitcrii, or 
allowing a paid ruinit^tiy, we all ought to 
lay hold of the work. Lot the lay rueui- 
Ler count his dollars, and see how the 
Lord has prospered hiui, and f;ivo cheers 
fully to help the gospel to bo spread, and 
then, we think, we arc on a gospel plan — 
the good old way that works with- love. 
But, brethren, if man formu a system to 
raise money, it will be no more a free pift. 
It will no longer be 1< ft, to you to say : 
"How much to give ;" but it will be told 
you, how many dollars and how many 
cents you owe, and wc want it, and if it 
does not come, wHl say, we must have it. 
It seems to me, wo can see a bud begin- 
ning to swell. We exhort our dear 
brethren and sisters, who arc using their 
influence so strong to per.-uade the old 
brethren into measures that £.re strange 
t ) tliem, to desist. You may mean it as 
good as King Saul did, when lie liad 
i)avid to put his armor on to fiirbt Goiiab; 
but it was a bright armor, and David had 
' not proved it, no one having drank old 
wine straightway demandeth the new. 

Now, a few words about our Yearly 
Meeting. We have had great satisfac 
tion in the far West, lo road the iiro- 
ccedings of the Yearly IMccting ; but wo 
would have been Letter pleased had we 
gotten a /»// report, if there is no harm 
in throwing open doors to the world, (o 
eee and hear all we do. I cannot :;ce 
but what it would be justly right lo give 
:i full report. I will now leave the mat- 
ter, expecting, if I have been ir; error in 
any of my views, that souic otic will, in a 
gospel manner, teach me better. But 
what I have written, 1 trust has been in 
love of the truth. 

Yours fraternally, 

David B.\kklow. 
Olt, Coos county, Oicr/on. 



Kansas SonVrers. 

DiccEMBEa 1.5th, 1874. 

Brother Qunitcr : 

Brethren Janios SwilZ'^r and 
James Bailey, api o'nfed by the Bietii- 
ren in Kansas to tiavel aujntig the Brcth 
reu in Iowa and eastward, in order to in- 
form the Brethri-n of the ntcossity of 
rendering nssistance to the suRorers in 
Kansas and Nebraska, arc now canvassing 
through this state, and will soon get to 
Illinois, Indiana and Oiiio. They in the 
first place traveled together, but were of 
late instructed by the Hrothrcn that ihey 
shmld ira\cl sep;ir.".tely, in order lo save 
niiMiey and g:iiii liijic 

'I'hesc hrethnn do not ask any doini- 
(ions, their errand being I" irv and ur.r'e 
the brethren to render s|,iedy a si.slance, 
etc. 'J'hey arc not impostor.'-, but. «ro 
woilhy the coididence ol all. 'I'iicy carry 
their proper credentials with t.hcin. In 
the first j»lace they have their rccom- 
lucndatiunH fruui the church ; secondly, 



i from the county authorities, and, thirdly, 
I from tlie Governor of Kansas, and al-o 
from Governor Carpenter of Iowa. 

If the Brethren of the Eastern States 
wish to send money for the relief of the 
sufferers of Northwestern Kansas, they 
can send it in Eastern drafts, or regis- 
tered letters, to elder Allen Ives, Burr 
Oak, Jewell county, Kansas, If cloth- 
ing is sent, it must be consigned to E. S. 
Stover. Lieutenant Governor of Kansas. 
Anything in short that we ship to the 
Kansas sufferers, in order to go Iree of 
charge, must be sent in I"]. S. Stover's 
name. He has appointed brother A. 
Ives llcceiver at Edgar Station, on the 
St. Joe and Denver Railroad. This is 
the nearest station to these sufferers in 
Kansas, that is in the Northwestern 
counties, as above stated. 

All aid in grain, etc., shipped into 
Kansas for the Kansas sufferers, no mat- 
ter to what part of the state it is to go, 
must be shipped in E. S. Stover's name, 
then the station named wheie it is to g"'. 
Mr. Stover is the agent appointed by the 
State Aid Society. 

Brother James Bailey requested me to 
write to the editor of the Comixniion imd 
Visitor the foregoing, and you can ))Lib- 
lisli v.hatever in ycur discretion you may 
think necessary. 

Yours, 

JC. K. BUECIILEY. 
Waterloo, Iowa. 



oii::u. 

We admit no poetry under any circuinstim 
003 in eoniiuction with Obituary Notices. Wc 
wish to use all ulike, .and we could not insert 
vev308 with all. 



In the Marsh Creek church, December 4th> 
brother Isaac Mii.lkk, aged 09 years. Fu- 
neral occasion impioved by biMhrcn D. Bos- 
Bcrnian, M. Bushman and J, Sheify, from 
Psalms 90:13. 

W. C. STRICKnOUSEU. 

In the Faiivicw congregation, Appanoose 
county, Iowa, November 15th, Mautin Mil- 
LEii, aged 20 years, 9 months and 27 days. 
He was a young man of gritat natural talent, 
and fully conscious of his duty lo his Maker, 
but put off the day of preparation until too 
late. Let others take warning. 

Daniel Zook. 

In the bou'ds of the Mobi.-ou church, 
Wayne county, Ohio, October 23rd, of di])- 
Ihcria, Sauaii Gauveh, dbiighlir of Jiua- 
than and Saiah Garver, agid IG ycavp, 9 
mouths and 33 days. She was raisid from 
early childhood iu the family of brother 
Peter and sister liosanuab Gault. Funeral 
scrviC'S by brethren P. J. Brown and eMer 
C. Kaylor, from the words : "Dust thou art 
and to dust Shalt thou return." 

H. 8. Jacobs. 

In the Korlcs Settlement, Grants\nllc dis- 

tri"t, November 2Stli, Lyiii\, wife of Solo- 

n-o'i Sil)eM, nged 05 yeais, 5 months and 12 

! d.i}.'*. She was a member of the Lutheran 

j cliurch, and so \e her hufbaud. Funeial 

took, place on the oO.h of November, by the 

! writer (rom lle'i. '.i:'-'(> 27,2.S By ruiuist 

tbc services weie iu both the English and 

Gtrman. 

Jo.-^IAll tieKcllhY. 



In the bounds of G.i-and Kiver district, 
Clark countv, Iowa, on the 5th day of Au- 
gust, () ivEU son of friend Jade Barber, aged 
20 years. Funeial services by the wiiler, 
from 1 Cor. 15:55,56. 

Also, in the same district, Warren connty, 
Iowa, November SOth, si&ter Eliza Kefff.u, 
aged 06 years, 4 mosillis aud 15 Jays. Fu- 
neral services by the writer, from Hob. 13:14, 
to a large congregation. 

I J. Thomas. 

In the Green Spring arm of thft chaich, 
Seneca county. Oho, November 27th, broth- 
er Adam Hueekeman. son of brother Jacob 
Brcenenian, aged 26 yeais, 5 months and 21 
days. On the 23:d of October, he was re- 
ceived into the church by baptism. lie 
leaves a widow and one chill and many 
friends lo mourn their loss, which we hope 
is his elirnal gain. His suffeiing was in- 
deed intense, but he bore it with Christian 
fortitude. His funeral was preached by the 
writer, from Rev- 14:13, in the Brethren's 
mecting-house at Sugar Grove, to a large 
congregation. 

Samuel M. Loos. 

In the Back Creek congregation, Franklin 
county. PL-nu'a, August oi, 1874, biother 
John Henut, aged 77 years, 7 month* «nd 
23 days. Funeral errvices by Joseph Geib 
aud the writer, from B'-V, 14:12. 

Also, in the same di&trict,in Mercershnrg, 
November Cth, Saiiaii Eiizauetu, daughter 
of fiienn Samuel Hollinger, aged 1 year and 
5 moaihs. Funeral fervices bs the writer, 
from Acts 17:30. 

Adam Fheil. 

In the Broken Sword church, Crawford 
county, ()!iio, sister Eva Bakeu, «ife of 
brother Mifhad Baker, born Apiil 7lh. 1822, 
aud ('.ied October 8-h, 1874, aged .53 years 
and months. 

She leaves a sorrowing hu--hand and ten 
cbi!dr>n to mouin their loss of au allV.-clioti- 
ate eouipaiiion aud kind and loving mulher- 
Wi! lio;'e, however, their loss is her tternil 
gain. The two eldest daughters are mem- 
bers of the church. The solemn occa iou 
was improved from Rev. 14:13, to a large 
concourse of sympathizing fj lends, by the 
writer, assisted by brother Isaac Ankeny. 
Henry KELLsk. 

In Fu ton county, H'inois, October 19th, 
Hannah Coven, daughter of elder Daniel 
(dee'd) and sis-t-r Martin, aged 30 years, 6 
months aud IS days. 

She was born iu Franklin county, Penn 'a, 
in the Welsh Run Settlement. As she was 
not a men:tK-r of the church of Christ, may 
it be a wa ning to those of her once near 
and dear friends who have not yet ipp.lied 
the blood of Chi i*t, to flee to the fold Irom 
the sins that besct them. Funeral occa ion 
improved by the writer. 

Samuel Tennis. 

In the Eagle Creek ehnrch, Hancock coun- 
ty, Ohio, Noveml)er SOth, Edwaud \V. Bos- 
spkman, som of sister Sarah ami Win. Brad- 
ford, aged vS years, 9 moinhs and 25 days. 

The eutj;ei of this nolije was n woithy, 
geod.'moial youth, but like many others, 
put off the Oiie Ihi.ig ne-;dful until it was 
too late. Vi bile sick he p'omised if he re- 
covered he would \-.ai a <l:ffcreiit life, but 
God saw tit to remove him from hence. Fu- 
neral oeeasion improved by iho writer and 
Inother J;>cnl) Witniore, fiom Amos 4:12: 
"Prepare lo meet thy God." 

S- T. BOSSEUMAN. 

In the Siillwater congregation, Miami 
county, Ohio, June llih, eisler BAUUiiiA 



*4, 



uhristian family companion and gospel visitor. 



15 



MiNNicn, sged 78 years, 9 months and 19 
clays. Funeral discourse by Tobias Krider, 
Joseph Risser and the Vvriter, from Revela- 
tions 14:13 13. 

Death cau?ed by a ftroke of palsy, from 
■which she sultered very much for about six 
weeks. The last twenty-four days, it was 
said by the fiieuds, she did not eat anythipg. 
She bore till her sulferings with much pa- 
tience. 

The subject cf this notice was born in 
DauDhin county, Penn'a, and emigrated with 

her father ( Braiidt,) to Montgomery 

county, Ohio, about the year 182(i or '27-8, 
(as near as we know.) Some years after- 
wards she wa-: married to David Minnich, 
in Miami county, and there remained until 
her dea'h. 

Emanuel Hooveh. 

In the Indian Creek church, Moatjjomery 
cout.ty, Penn'a, November 25tb, sister E/.iz- 
AisETU. wife of brother Price, aged 57 years, 
9 months and 20 days. 

The sister was doing her worlc as usual, 
on Friday, NovLraber 20t,h, when bet-neen 
nine and ten o'clock, the fatal stroke of 
palsy ' ftcci' d her, and bi ought 1 er down at 
once 8;eech;ess, and at six o'clock in the 
evenirg, she was lifeless. Funeral services 
by elders Satnutl Harky and William P. 
Nice. 

J. M. DETWEILElt. 

In the Indian creek church, Montgomery 
county, Peun'a, November 4th, suddenly of 
iuflanuiaiion of the bowels, sister Mary, 
wife of brother Aaron H. Moyer, agtd 30 
years, 2 months and 24 days. 

She leaves six little children and a be- 
reaved husband to mouiu their loss. The 
f ir.eral ooT.siou was improved by bielhren 
Samuel Harley, HenryA. Pnce and Ilemy 
Bovver, a Menuouiie. B other and sister 
Moyer were baptized in Iowa, whe e thoy 
lived six jeais ago. 

Jas. Y. IIeckleu. 

In the Beaver creek district, Rockingham 
county, Virginia, November 05th, sister 
EnzAiiErtt, consort of brother Jacob Wine, 
aged 68 years and 38 d">ys. 

The Bul'ject of the above died very sudden- 
ly. She had been complainiug for severai 
years of shortness of breath at tiinec, but on 
the evening of her death she had eaten her 
supper, and retiicd to bed as usual. Wheth- 
er she slept is not known, but brother Jacob 
had been sleeping when she rcso up and 
it wakened bira. She complained of being 
sick, and in the course of half an hour, she 
was dead. She was a daughter of Christian 
Garber, formerly of Beaver Dam, Marjlard, 
Eud sister of elder Solomon Garber. Bro. 
Jiicob has been bliiid for several years, and 
this bereavement falls heavy upon him, but 
his loss is her gain. Funeral preached on 
the 37lb, to a large assembly of mourning 
friends, by the writer and brother M. Miller 
from Ps. 119:59. 

Jacob Thomas. 



1ST OF MONEYS RECEIVED for 
I SUBSCRIPTION, BOOKS, etc.. 



Struble P 1 00 

Pfoutz I 8 00 

Ridenour J A 7 00 
Mowen Geo 5 10 

Knauss SI 3 70 

Mathi«s Mary A 4 70 
Baer Maria 2 00 

Rittenhouse DM5 80 
Fike A H 2u 

Oaks PR 8 50 



Lekron 8 3 20 

Numer AC 1 50 

Bushong I 10 00 

Miller E W 1 60 

Blanch & Stutsman 

2 20 
Pearsall A 75 

Balsbaugh OS 10 
Smith J H 02 

Lesh J no 20 



Henecl A 




75 1 Moomaw P 


4 35 


Warner Jno 


1 


60 


Rodes Susan 


10 00 


Stayer Mary 


1 


SO 


Harshberger Wll 20 


Wimer II H 


1 


50 


Provance J W 


30 


Wenr^ick T B 


7 


00 


Grouse Mary 


26 00 


Yoder D D 


1 


00 


Bosserman J E 


4 45 


Troyer A E 


1 


50 


Fitz Jos 


6 40 


Holsinger A 




40 


Smith J M 


5 10 


Hawn J W 


1 


70 


Snyder T G 


1 70 


Black Maggie 


A 1 


60 


Longanecker S 


1 60 


Wertz J 


7 


00 


Spangler E D 


12 80 


Wine S 


3 


10 


Kurtz P 11 


8 20 


Beeghly E 


13 


60 


Helser L W 


5 10 


Shutt Q H 


1 


70 


Bucher Gio 


1 80 


Hollinger I 


7 60 


MsustS P 


00 


Kuruey Cath 


o 


00 


Uavy D D 


4 50 


Eycr G 


1 


60 


Teeter L W 


14 40 


Gulp A S 


2 00 


Arnold N F 


1 70 


Binkley R K 


100 





Ehy J R 


1 65 


Gulp F 


4 


o5 


Sheller D 


10 2t) 


Wagoner L L 


3 


00 


Knouff Hannah 1 50 


ScudebaUer 8 


1 


60 


Denlinger J R 


20 00 


Bucher L 


1 


60 


Wells D G 


6 70 


Schrack Malin 


dal 


70 


Leffltr J 


1 80 


Sipe P 


4 


00 


Chestle T 


1 00 


Hough Lydia A 2 


00 


Ives A 


1 60 


Newcomer C 


18 


15 


Emmert Louisa 3 20 


Unger Eliz 


1 


60 


Sawyer WH H 


3 40 


Kutzner S 


I 


On 


Shuiiz J F 


9 60 


Druckamiller J Dl 


60 


Wolf W B 


4 90 


Miller T 


8 


00 


Eyer H D 


1 00 


Flory L 


1 


70 


Royer R M 


1 55 


Stickler H W 


1 


00 


Miller Jno A 


8 00 


Hoover C 


27 


10 


Garman 8 8 


5 00 


Pfautz J E 


10 


70 


Lehman P C 


11 45 


Miller J B 


8 00 


Scott Sarah 


3 80 


V/illiams Ella 


19 


80 


Mummaw S 


3 20 


Blosser Eliz 




50 


Casscl J M 


40 


Emmert D 


1 


60 


Witmore J 


6 10 


Buiterbaugh H 


4 


80 


Holsopple G 


5 45 


Prickett h E 


1 


70 


Brandt Elizi 


1 35 


Buck J 


1 


30 


WaLick A B 


1 70 


Sipe J 


7 05 


Thomas I J 


11 16 


Keim M 


9 


10 


Stutsman 8 


1 6'J 


Longaneckcr N 10 00 


Roberts Wm 


13 80 


Brubaker H J 


9 


50 


Miller W C 


18 10 


Brumbaugh G 


3 20 


Ullcry J P 


3 20 


Barrick Jac 


3 


20 


Miller M 


29 10 


Cocauower G 


80] 


Roberts W E 


1 70 


Smith 8 


10 


00 


Shelly P 


9 00 


GingerickC A 


1 


6i) 


Mclntyre C 


1 60 


Overly .f no 


1 


80 


Beery A 


4 70 


Hendricks D" 


6 


10 


Beery J K 


4 65 


Lampton RC 


1 


60 


Worlty T A 


3 00 


Leatherman D R4 


40 


Neher 8 


1 50 



INOISl»tJTABB.E EVIDENCE. 

St. Elmo, Ills., 
July 8l1), 1874. 
R. y. I'lERCE, M. D , Buffalo, N. Y.: 
— I wish to add my testimony to the 
wonderful curative properties of your 
All. Ext., or Golden Medical Discovery. 
I have tai'icn groat interest in this medi- 
cine since I Srst used it. 1 was badly 
afflicted with dyspepsia, liver deranged 
and an almost perfect prostration of the 
nervous system. So rapid and complete 
did the Discovery effect a perfect cure 
that it seemed more like magic and a 
perfect wonder to myself, and since that 
time we have never been without a bottle 
of the Discovery andPurgative Pellets in 
the house. They are a .solid, and sound 
family physician in the house and ready 
at all times to fly to the relief of sick- 
ness — without charge. We have never 
had a doctor in the house since we first 
began the use of your Pellets and Dis- 
covery. I have recommended (he use of 



theses medicines in several severe and 
comp'icated cases arising from, as I 
thought, an impure state' of the blood, 
and in case have they failed to more than 
accomplish all that they are claimed to 
do. I will only mention one as remark- 
able, (though I could give you dozens). 
Henry Koster, furniture dealer, of this 
place, who was one of the most pitiful 
objects ever seen, his face swollen out of 
shape, scales and eruptions without end, 
extending to his body, which was com- 
plefely covered with blotches-and scales. 
Nothing that lie took seemed to effect it a 
tiarticle. I finally indticad him to try a 
few bottlf>s of the Goiden Me'djcal Dis- 
covery, with daily use of the Pellets, as- 
suring him it would surely cure him. 
He commenced its use some six weeks 
since, taking two Pellets each night for a 
week, thenone each night, and the Dis- 
covery as directed. The result is, to-day 
his skin is perfectly smooth, and the 
scaly eruptions are gone. He has taken 
some seven or eiglft bottles in all, and 
considers himself cured. This case had 
baffled the skill of our best ph3'sicians. 
Messrs. Dunsford & Co., druggists, of 
this place, are selling largely of your 
medicines and the demand steadily in- 
creases, and they give perfect satisfaction 
in every case. Respectfully, 

W. H. Champlin, 
Agt. Am. Exp. Co. 



Illfstrated Spkino Catalogue Fon 1875, 
Now Ready, sent, with a specimen copy of 
The Amertcan Garden a new Illustrated 
Journal of Garden Art, edited by James 
Ho^sr, on receipt of ten cents. 

BEA(. H, SON & CO., Seedsmen, 
76 Fulton St., Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Agents Wanted, 

To sell Buffalo Robes on commission. For 
particulars address with stamp, 

J, S. FLORY, 
49 8m. Buffalo, Weld Co , Colorado. 



Pure-ISred L.ig!it lirabiuas. 

Pea comb, t'ue to feather, and cannot be 
excelled for size, etc. We will ship hy ex- 
press to any one a cockerel and two pullets, 
for five ($5.00) dollars. AddreFs, 

S- Beard, 

35. Polo, Ills. 



ValuKbie Farm For Sale- 

A farm containing 108 acres in Westmore- 
land county, Penu'a, two and one-half miles 
south of Donegal on county line road. Al'Oitt 
85 acres cleared and balance good timber. 
Has a good orchard and also stone coal. 
The buildings are a good two story dwelling 
house with cellar ntidcr it, a largo batik baru 
with all necessary outbuibliugs ; good spring 
and also a weli near the house ; church not 
a quarter of a mile and scliool house cou- 
venient ; grist and saw mills withiu one-half 
mile. 

For particulars or any information con- 
cerning the farm call on Tobias Meyers near 
Mineral Point, Ephraim Cover near Berlin, 
or with me on the farm. 

John K. Meters. 

21-tf. Donegal, Pa. 



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CHRISTIAN FAMILY COMPANION AND GOSPEL VISITOR. 



NEWSPAPER C0M3IENT 

fPON THE 

AMERICAN NEWSPAPER ADVERTISING 

AGENCY, 

coNPVCTnn bt 

George V. KoweU A Vo., 

No. 41 I'ark Row, 

NEW YOlUv. 



I While advancinK their own interests, ad- 
vance also those of every publisher.— South 
' Bethlehem, Pa., Progress. 

The trustworthy business character and 
entc'prise is well reflected. — Utica, N. Y., 
Herald. 

Have completely systematizbd the busi- 
ness. — Griggsville, Ills., Reflector. 



• the proprietors of the fl st and most 
ative of these aifencirs iu New York, 



As 
extentive 

they are well qualified to funiiah informa- 
tion. The details of the worii transafted by 
the ageucy, and the way it Is done, the per- 
fection of the arraugeraoBts for facilitating 
the act of advertising by relieving the adver- 
tiser of iroaileand expense, ai.d bringing 
before him all the various-, mediums throui<l- 
out the couulry, with the necessary knotvl- 
edge pertaiiiiii"; to ih;;ni, ati j^iveu with a 
minuteness ihal leaves nothing to be desired. 
All the particulari respecting the character 
and position of a newspaper which an in- 
tending odvertiscr desires to know arc 
placed before him In the most conciie form. 
—New York Times, June 7th, ISli. 

It is indeed no 6nrpri«e that their house is 
so prosperous, and that they are the leading 
advertising agents in the world. We wooUl 
p.-efer. so far as we are concerned, to have a 
column or more of miscellaneous advcrlise- 
meutB from this firm, than to rec"lvc the 
same amount made up of one direct from 
each horse on their lift. The comrai-sion 
allowed is saved by lo;s6<. as they pay 
every cent they conlrsct /or, and pay it 
promptly, and the" kefrjing of one open ac- 
court with such a firm is much pleasanter 
than with the thousand persons whom they 
Bend us ai'.veitisements for. They do an 
honorable, legitimate busim g8,on .a business 
ba^-is. If publishers, having d- alings with 
them, want anything iu their Un". — and they 
eupply evc.ything from a fpring I odkin to a 
cylinder press, — typ-s, inks and allj they fill 
their orders promptly, at mMiafacturers' 
pi ices, and we can say that wr have received 
the best newspaper and book ink, ever fur- 
nished us, and at a lower pi ice tliiU w; ever 
bought for (Isewhere. The ''Rej.uhlitan" 
has had dealings with this lions j for over 
eix years, and in all that lime, we never 
have had any reason to comi'lain of onr 
trentraect. — Meriden (Conn. )Rep',jLl can. 

Arc, without doubt, the lea'ing Advertis- 
ing Agents in this United States, an,!, there- 
fore, of the woild. Til y l.avc, by the free, 
literal and yet well di:e"led nse of i: oney, 
bull themselves up in the esteem of the 
leading publ.shcis a; d adviitisers of the 
continent, and by an unuMial energy h>ve 
BUeccrdfd in perfecting in every detail a 
business that n ore than aiijtbiu;; else tills 
Of 'he growth aiid luipnitaiice of the news- 
paper bu6iDc68.— Memphis (Tcun.) Ajpeal. 

Their buslof 68 has grown to be soractliing 
enormous. Every raper l:i the coui'tiy is 
on file at thdr odice, and it ia no uncom- 
nion tliinifTor them to receive a msil of fif- 
teen or iwen'ybushelsof newspaper! — No.-- 
•walk, Conn., Giyellc. 

Have corai letely syslemniized the busi- 
ncH«, and after U-c. yiars' e>i)eiicnce we can 
truthfully stale Dint we find the firm to hi 
piomiil, coniltoiis, <f)ui;i:<;T.— Grayville, 
Jllf., Independent. 

TUcy can ho rt-llcd upon in every way, be- 
ing worthy of implicit eonadcuce.— New Or- 
Jtau.Si La., Pi ice current. 



To Advertisers. 

All persons who contemplate making con- 
tracts with newspapers for the insertion of 
advertisements should send 25 ct3. to 

GEO P. ROWELL Sc CO., 

No. 41 Pak Row, N. Y., for their One Hc>- 
DUEn Paod Pami'iii.bt, containing lists of 
3000 newspapers and estimates, showing 
the cost of advertising. 
49-tf. 

TAVE WORM. 

The symptoms resultant from this para- 
site on the Human Organism are numerous. 
Dyspepsia, a trnawing, gripin;^ sensation of 
the bowels; a defective craviue; vora?ious 
and depraved appetite; Indiees'.ion; S"ur 
Stomach; Sioo's Fetid and mixed with slime 
and partially digested worms; Foul Breath; 
Bad Taste in the Mouth, &c. Genehal 
Stmitoms : Tiembling of the limbs; Ner- 
vous; Palpitation of the Heart; Peevishness; 
Disturbed Sleep; Nightma-c; Headichr; 
Temporary Blindness; Insanity; Fits; Cold 
Feet; Weak Spells; Sallow Skin; Sunken 
EyeS; Euiaclalion; Dropsy; Worm Fever; 
and complicaied with other Complaints may 
result in Death. My treatment seldom 
fails to euro. 

Send a full history of your case, giving 
name, age, and any prominent peculiari- 
ties. Kjou w'sh a course of treatment, 
send five dollcis ; if only advice, one dollar. 
Address Dr. U. M. Bcachly, Meyersdale, 
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BY H. SHIDLER. 



The subject heading this article is 
as little regarded as any command 
within the lids of the Bible. There 
are thousands and millions of people 
who overlook this important duty. 
There are some six hundred different 
denominations extant iu the world, 
and they are all trying to get to the 
same place, but traveling different di- 
rections, when there is but one road 
end that is the narrow way. But yet 
some will hold out the idea that it is 
right to have divisions. They say 
there were divisions in the time of 
Christ and the apostles, and if it was 
right then, it is right now. There 
were divisions then ; there were breth- 
ren living at different places ; there 
were Romans, Ephesiaus, Corinthi- 
ans, &c., but Paul was laboring to 



bring them all to the same mind. 
His epistles were not verbatim. His 
mission to the Corinthians, was to 
bring them out of idolatry ; and some 
one thing, and some another. He 
says in Philippians ii. 2 : "Pullfil ye 
my joy, that ye be like minded, hav- 
ing the same love, being of one ac- 
cord, of one mind." He does not 
say there shall be six hundred minds, 
but one mind. 

There was once two ministers of 
the gospel met at the same place on 
a Sabbath for dinner. While dinner 
was preparing, they entered into a re- 
ligious conversation. Brother A. 
said it was right to have different de- 
noaiioations, so the people could have 
a choice and be better accommodated 
with religion. When they had eaten 
dinner, they parted. Brother B. 
took brother A. by the hand and told 
him that whatever he thought was 
right it was his duty to preach ; if it 
was right to have divisions, he should 
preach it; he should split his own 
church and make two out of it. 
Brother A. hung his head, and said 
no more. 

Paul says : "One Lord, one faith, 
one baptism." — Eph. iv. 5. This is 
used by some people as an argument 
against the Brethren. They say we 
are not united with Christ in baptism, 
as we baptize three times, when Paul 
says one baptism. We ask them to 
prove it. They will say : You bap- 
tize in the name of the the Father, 
and dip, that is one ; and in the name 
of the Son, and dip, that is two ^ and 
in the name of the Holy Ghost, and 
dip, that is three baptisms. But we 
can use the same argument against 
them, and prove they have three 
faiths, when Pauj gays pae faith. 



They ask us to prove it ; we ask 
them if they believe that God is the 
Father of the heaven and the earth ? 
Thoy answer, Yes; that is one faith. 
Do you believe that Christ is the Son 
of God, and did He (God) send Him 
into the world to save the world ? 
A ns wer, Yes ; that is the second faith. 
Do you believe that God sent the 
Spirit of the Holy Ghost to the apos- 
tles, on the day of Pentecost, as a 
Comforter ? Answer, Yes ; that is 
the third faith, united in one, and that 
is the same with our baptism. 

But, in the text alluded to, Paul 
was not referring to the mode of bap- 
tism. There were two faiths and two 
baptisms at that time, viz : Christ's 
and John's; and the Epbesians were 
baptizing unto John's baptism, and 
Paul was laboring to unite them on 
Christ's baptism. (See Acts xix. 2.) 
He said unto them : "Have ye re- 
ceived the Holy Ghost since ye be- 
lieved ? And they said unto him, we 
have not so much as heard whether 
there be any Holy Ghost. And he 
said unto them, unto what then were 
ye b^^ptized ? And they said, unto 
John's baptism. Then said Paul, 
John verily baptized with the baptism 
ot repentance, saying unto the people, 
that they should believe on him which 
should come after him, that is on 
Christ Jesus. When they heard this 
they were baptized in the name of 
the Lord Jesus." 

Here some were baptized twice. 
And if a person is baptized fifty times, 
if it is not done in the proper way, it 
availeth nothing. la Acts xx 29, 
Paul warns the elders of the danger 
of divisions. But there are so many 
now iu these latter days that 
keep the people bliud-folded, and get 



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Ibtm to beliere tbcir way, and ali 
they care for is money aud popular- 
ity. They are like the scrib;?s and 
Pharisees, "T&ey say and do not.''' 
'For they bind heavy burdens and 
grievous to be borne, and lay thoai 
on men's shoulders ; but they them- 
selves will not move them v.ilh one 
of their fingers, but all their v,'orks 
they do to be seen of men ; they make 
broad their phylacteries, and enlarge 
the borders of their garments, (there 
are no phylacteries now.but tbey use 
a sheet of paper instead,) and love 
the uppepfiiost rooms at feasts, and 
the chief seats in the synap^ogues.'aud 
the greetings in the market, aud to bs 
called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi. They 
shut up the kingdom against men : 
and neither go in Lhemscives, nor 
suffer them that are entering to go in. 
They devour widow's houpes, and for 
pretence make long prayer ; they com- 
pass sea and land to make one preso- 
lyte ; and when he is made, they 
make him two fold more the child of 
hell than tbemselveH." Well might 
the Saviour say: '-Ye blind guides, 
which strain at a gnat and swallow a 
camel." Matt. 23 : 24. These are the 
ones that make- the divisions. Some 
join the Church of Christ, but God's 
ways does not quite suit them ; they 
want to become ministers right away, 
and plan ways of their own, but God 
does not see fit to call them, and they 
go and join another church, or make 
a church of their own. But the Lord 
will shew who are his, and who are 
holy ; like Korah, Dathan, and Abi- 
ram of old. "They lifted themselves 
above the congregation of the Lord. 
They rose up before Moses, with cer- 
tain of the children of Israel, two 
hundred and fifty princes of the as- 
sembly, famous in tbe congregation, 
men of renown." Num. 16. It seems 
thai Korah became proud, and would 
not own Moses as his leader; would 
not acknov/ledgo Aaron as priest, the 
chosen one of God, but wanted to 
become priest himself. But be prc- 
vckcd the Lord, and the earth opened 
ber mouth aud swallowed Korah, aud 
all his fullowers: they went down 
into the pit alive, and the earth closed 
upon them. There is always a pun- 
ishment awaiting the proud ; tho 
power of earth is in tho bauds of tho 
Lord, and in due lime ho will pet over 
it one that is profitable. Ju the hamt 
of God ia the prosperity of man: and 
upon the pors(jti of tho scribe will ho 
lay his houor. Bear uot hiilred to 



thy neighbor for every wrong; and 
do nothing at all by injurious practi 
cos. Pride is hateful before God and 
man; and by both doth one commit 
iniquity. Because of unrighteous 
dealing?, injuries, and riches got by 
deceit, the kingdom is translated from 
one people to another. Why is earth 
and ashes proud? There is not a 
more wicked thing than a covetous 
man : for such a one settelh his own 
soul to sale; the physician cutteth off 
a long disease; and" he that is to-day 
a king, to-morrow shall die. The 
beginning ot pride is when one de- 
parteth from God, and his heart is 
turned away from his Maker. For 
pride is the beginning of sin, and he 
that hath it shall pour out abomina- 
tion : and therefore the Lord brought 
upon them strange calamities, and 
overthrew them utterly. Tho Lord 
hath cast down the thrones of proud 
princes, aud set up the meek in th' ir 
stead. The Lord hath plucked up 
the roots of the proud notions and 
planted the holy in their place. 
I Lcrd overthrew countries of 
heathens, and destroyed them to 
fouadations of the earth. Pride 
not made for men. 

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I'.lolntry. 

The word idol signifies literally a 
representation or figure. It is always 
employed in Scripture in a bad sense 
for representations of heathen deities 
of what nature soever. God forbids 
all sorts of idols or figures and repre- 
sentations of creatures formed or set 
up with intention of paying super- 
stitious worship to then*. Ex. 20 : 3, 
4; 34:13; Deut. 4: 16—19; 7: 25. 
2C. lie also forbids all attempts to 
represent him by anv visible form. 
Ex. 32: 4, 5 ; Deut. 4: 15 ; N>^h. 9: 
18. The heathens had idols of all 
sorts, paintings, bas reliofs and all 
vanities or sculpture, and these of 
many kind.^ of materials, as gold, sil- 
ver, brass, stone, wood, potter's earth, 
and stars, spirits, men, animals, 
rivors, plants and elements were the 
subjects of thom. Scarcely an object 
or power in nature ; scarcely a faculty 
of tho soul, a virtue, a vice or a con- 
dition of human life, has uot received 
idolatrous worship. Some nations 
worshipped a rough stone of tho an- 
cient Arabs retained by Mohammed, 
and now kept in the Caaba at Mecca. 
It ia impossiblo to .ascertain the period ' yod of tho Moabites 



at v>'hich the worship of false gods 
and idols were introduced. No men- 
tion is made of such worship before 
the deluge, though from silence of 
Sc-f-ipture we cannot argue that it did 
not exist. Josephus aud many of the 
father's were of opinion that soon 
after the deluge, idolatry became 
prevalent, and certainly wherever we 
turn our eyes after the time of Abra- 
ham, we see only a false worship. 
That patriarchs, forefathers, and eveii 
he himself, were implicated in it as is 
evident from Josh. 24 ; 2, 14. Ttie 
Hebrews had no peculiar form of 
idilatry. They imirated the snpersti- 
tious of others, but do not appear to 
have been the inventors of any. When 
tboy were in Egypt many of thom 
worshipped Egyptian deities. Ezek. 
20 ; 8 ; in the wilderoeso they v/or- 
shipped those of the Canaanite-s, 
Egyptians, Ammonites ar.d Moabites; 
iu Judea, those of the Phoenician.^, 
Syrians and ether people arou'id 
them. Num. 25 ; Judg. 10 ; 6 ; Amos 
5 : 25 ; Acts 7 : 42. Rachaei, it may 
be, had adored idols at her father 
Labau's .-^inee ffhe carried off his ter- 
apbim. Gen. 31 : 30. Jacob, after his 
return from Mtsopotamia, requind 
bis people to reject tho strange god-* 
from among them, and also the super- 
stitious pendants worn by theui iu 
their ears which he hid under a 
t'rabinth, near Sbechem. He pre- 
served his family in the worship of 
God. While he lived under the gov- 
ernment of the Judges, the children of 
Israel did evil in the siifht ofthe Lord 
aad served Bnalim. They forsook 
the Lord God of their fathers and fol- 
lowed other gods, of tho 
gods of the people that were round 
about tht-m. ^= * * * and they for- 
sook the Lord and served BaaJ aud 
Asbtaroth." Judges 2: 11, 12. 
Gideon, after be had been fnvored by 
Gcd with a miraculous deliverance, 
made an ephod which ensnared tb© 
Israelites in unlawful worship even 
till the captivity of Israel in B ibvlon 
Judges 17: 5; 18: 30, 31. During 
tbe times of Samuel, Saul, and David, 
tbe worship of God seems to have 
beeu preserved pure in I.'^racl. There 
was corruption and irregularity of 
manners, but little or no idolatry. 
Solomon seduced by complaisance to 
his straugc wives, caused temples to 
bo erected in honor of Ashtaroth, 
goddess of tho Phieniciaus. .Moloch, 
god of the Ammonites, aud Chemosh, 
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Bucceeded Solomon, set up goldou 
calves at Dan and Bethel and made 
Israel to sin. The people no longer 
restrained by royal authority, vi'or- 
shipped not only these golden calves, 
but many other idols, particularly 
Baal and Ashtaroth. Under the 
reign of Shah, idolatry reached its 
height. The impious Jezebel endeav- 
ored to extinguish the worship of the 
Lord by persecuting his prophets, who 
as a banier, still retained some of the 
people in the true religion, til! God 
incensed at their idolatry, abandoned 
Israel to the kings of Assyria and 
Chaldea, who transplanted them be- 
yond the Euphrates. Judah was 
alniost equally corrupted. The des- 
criptions given by the prophets of 
their irregularities and idolatries of 
of these nbomiriaticns and lascivous- 
ness on the high places, and in woods, 
consecrated to idols and of their hu- 
man sacrifices, fills us with dismay and 
unveils the awful corraptioa of the 
heart of p.ian. After the return from 
Babylon, we do net find the Jews 
any more reproached with idolatry. 
They exprosped much zeal for the 
worship of God, and except some 
transgressors under Antiochus Epi- 
phanes, 1 Mac. 1, the people kept 
themselves clear from sin. As the 
■maintenance of worship of the only 
true God, was one of ibe fundamental 
objects of the Mosaic polity, and as 
God was regarded as the king of the 
Israelitish nation, so wo find idolatry 
that if. the worship of other gods oc- 

. cupying in the Mosaic law, the first 
place iu the list of crimes. It was 
indeed a crime not merely against 
God, but also against the fundamental 
law of the states, and thus a sori of 
high treason. The only living and 
true God was also the civil legislator 
and ruler of Israel, and accepted by 
them as their king, and bencfe, idola- 
try was a crime against the state, and 
therefore just as deservedly punished 
with death as high treason is iu mod- 
ern times. By the Jewish law, an 
idolater was to be stoned to death 
and an idolatrous city must be wholly 
■destroyed with all it contained. Deut 
13: 12—18; 17: 2,5. At the pres- 
ent day idolatry prevails over a great 
porticn of the earth, and is practiced 
hj about S'X hundred millions of the 
human race. Almost ail the heathen 
nations, as the Chinese, the Hindoos, 
the South Sea Islanders etc., have 
their images, to which ihey bow down 

and worship. Iu some lauds profess- 



edly Christian, it is to be feared that 
the adoration of crucifixes and paint- 
ings, is nothing more nor less than 
idol worship. But when we regard 
idolatry in a moral point of view, as 
consisting not merely in the external 
worship of faU^e gods, but in the 
preference of, and devotion to some- 
thing else than the Most High, how 
many Christians must then fall under 
this charge ! Whoever loves this 
world or the pursuits of wealth, or 
honor, or ambition, or selfishness in 
any form, and for these forgets or 
neglects God and Christ, such a one 
is an idolater in as bad a sense at 
least as the ancient Ipraelites, and 
cannot hope to escape an av/ful con- 
demnation. Col. 3 : 5. 
Thornlon, West Va. 



Ciarist Oar Exampie. 

If Christ had only taught by precept, 
says an exchange, hi.s mission would have 
b:en a iiiilure. But. to precept he added 
examplo. Seneca dcokred that the fol- 
lowers of Socrates derived uiore of wis> 
don-i from Ins manners than hi.s words. 
Su wiih Christ. He spnkeas never man 
apakc, still his character im;)rGSses ns 
most when wo see him in partial life. He 
was a man among men, and there is not a 
single relation in life, that he did not 
hallow by act or word. The child has his 
model in the Nazarene boy, growin,^ by 
daily obedience, and wr.xing strong in 
spirit, because the spirit of God was upon 
h;m. Tiie 3 oath stirred by his first 
uiauly ambitiutis has his model, in the 
Jewish boy of twelve years entering at 
once upon his life work. The tempted 
learn how to triumph by his victory in 
the wilderness. Christ's was a busy life. 
Eacli wa'^ing moment had its purpose. 
How earnest he was. Follow him in his 
journeys, and behold his yeaving interest 
in men. How he rebuked sin, commend- 
ed virtue and warred against prejudice. 
Pure himself, his life could not bo taint^ 
cd with the evil about him. One of his 
pulpits was a wcll-carb, and his audience 
a woman of doubtful character. How 
patient he was. He did his duty, atsd 
left the result with his Father. He 
never worried nor lost heart, because 
men did not receive him. His faith was 
perfect, which insured the perfect success 
of his mission. AVhether denounced by 
the mob, forsaken by his f'nends, falsely 
accused neforc rulers, mock 3d! as a king, 
smitten witli stripes, condemned to death, 
groaning beneath the cross as he bore it 
to Calvary, or dying the most cruel of 
deatiis, no word of jn\fi;at\enoe escaped 
his lips. Even of hisiuurd irers he says: 
"Father, forgive tliem, for they know not 
v;hat they do." If westua y the lives of 
earth's greatest heroes, tbej ' Icse symme^ 
try, as we get nearer i& tb( m. Not so 



with Christ. The more we study his life, 
the more perfect it is. 

Clirist in his life journey met every duty 
and triumphed over every evil. In this 
ho is our perfect example. He started 
from the haunts of poverty. The man^ 
gcr was his cradle. He traveled the 
whole length of life's journey. He climb- 
ed every mountain, and traversed every 
valley. He sailed over every soa, and 
clamed every tempest. He chained 
every lion, and placed a Hght-house on 
every shoal and headland. He spanned 
the river of death, lightened and tri- 
umphing over every foe, a.scended to 
glory. As he did, so may his followers 
do. His victory was because his human 
will was perfectly submitted to the divine 
will. Christ was as divine as God, and 
as human as man. What the divine na- 
ture in Christ was to his human nature, 
the Ho'y Spirit is to the Christian to-day, 
so_ that the perfect triumph of Christ is 
within the reach of every believer. Oh ! 
the depths and the richness of the good- 
ness of God I — Selected. 



Fighting in ILove. 

A military officer, pacing with impa- 
tience the piazza of a station house, be- 
held an aged and venerable man with a 
placid countenance "on which the dove 
of peace sat brooding," and attired in 
the costume which marks the Friend, and 
which he at once regarded as a quiet at- 
tack on his military profession. He 
stood before the Friend, and commenced 
a tirade in favor of defensive war. Warm- 
ing with the subject, he declared, in de- 
nunciatory tones, what terrible thing.'' he 
would do to the m-.n who should offer 
violence to his wife or children. At length 
he paused, his whole attitude courting 
argument, and challenging a reply. 

'"Well, friend, replied the other calmly, 
"I hope thou wouldst take care to do it 
all in love." 

Incensed at the answer, he went on as 
before, supposing ca.-cs of aegression too 
hard to be borne, and saying what he 
would do, and waxing fierce in telling of 
the stabs and blows, and blowing out of 
brains with which he would repeal and 
punish the invader. AVhen exhausted, 
ho again pau.'^ed for the argument which 
he was determined to provoke. 

The meek reply was still the same — 
"I hone thou wilt do it in love." 
The officer was incensed with the sim- 
ple, and as ho at first thought, stupid 
reply. Fight in love ! Stah a man to 
the heart in love 1 or blow out his brains 
in love ! But the simple expression 
stuck with him — a nail fastened in a sare 
place. He had been a student of theolo- 
gy, and had read his Bible accurately, 
and he knew that what could not be done 
in love, could not be done 
religiously or scripturally, and throwing 
ui)his military commis.sion, he entered 
I the moral warfare, a peace advocate, and 
I the author of that sweet little book, "A 
! Kiss for a Blow""— JicssfHrycr of Feucc, 



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Oulir IVnitiug. 



(A very aged man was asked what heiras 
doiri^ now. He replied : "Ouly waiting." 

Only waiting till the shadows 

Are a little longer grown ; 
Only waiting till the glimmer 

Of the day's last breath is flown. 
Till the night of earth is faded 

From the heart once full of day ; 
Till the stars of heaven are breaking 

Through the twilight soft and gray. 
Only waiting till the reapers 

Have the last sheaf gathered home ; 
For the summer lime is faded, 

And the autumn winds have come. 
Quickly, reapers ! gather quickly 

The last ripe hours of my heart, 
For the bloom of life is withered, 

And I hasten to depart. 
Only wailing till the angels 

Open wide the mystic KotPj 
By whose side I long have lingered. 

Weary, poor and desolate. 
Even now I hear their footsteps, 

And their voices far away ; 
If they call me,l am wailing, 

Only waiting to obey. 

Only wailing till the shadows 

Are a liltle longer grown ; 
Only waiting till the glimmer 
Of the day's last beam is flown ; 
• Till from out th'i gathering darkness 
Holy, deathless stars shall rise, 
By whose light my soul shall gladly 
Tread its pathway to the skies. 

— Selected. 



Mr. Stein's I'arllug Address to 
tUft Baptist Churcb »" Neosho, 
Mo. 

Dearly Beloved : With emotions 
better fult than expressed I bid you 
farewell. We have met for the last 
time in our present church relations, 
and now that these relations cease I 
want to .«ay that I have endeavored 
to declare unto you "the whole coun- 
sel of God" as far as I could ; I have 
proclaimed His faithful doctrines ; I 
have spoken of His precious ordinan- 
ces ; I have declared His moral pre- 
cepts ; I have called to your remem- 
brance our mutual Christian duties; 
I have avowed the unswerving and 
the uncompromising^ principles of di- 
vine truth — principles as sacred to 
me as life, and of which I do not now 
feel aKhamed, though they have incur- 
red for mc much popular displeasure 
and even alienated brethren and sis- 
ters whom I had known only to love. 
I do not regret any position which I 
have taken connected with this short 
but eventful pastorate, Jf I httV? 



said or done anything which has hurt 
feelings I did not intend it. Such 
feelings have arisen, either out of a 
misapprehension of my intentions or 
in consequence of the Bible truths 
which I have uttered — truths which, 
though they have cost me personally 
loss of popular favor and fiuancial 
assistance, nevertheless, in coming 
days when the heat and ebullition of 
human passion and prejudice will 
have subsided, will shine with in- 
creasing luster from the very opposi- 
tion they have incurred. Since God 
is, truth must ultimately prevail. 
Impelled by the cherished principles 
of Christian truth and consistency, 
which I have endeavored to propa- 
gate, I feel it my imperative duty to 
attach myself to a people who exper- 
imentally and practically exemplify, 
as I believe, the New Testament pat- 
tern of primitive Christianity, viz , 
the "German Baptists," an abstract 
of whose distinctive features I will 
here state : 

1. In common with the English 
and Dutch Baptists and the various 
sects which have sprung fro n them, 
ihey believe in the existence of one 
true God, the creator and upholder of 
all things. Who is one in substance, 
power and glory, but comprehends 
three distinct persons, viz. Father, 
Son and Holy Ghost, in one distinct 
being. 

2 That the Old and New Testa- 
ment Scriptures are both divinely 
inspired, but that the New Testament 
is the Christian's only rule of faith 
and practice. 

3. That spiritual regeneration is 
essential to life and salvation. 

4. That a true church of Christ 
consists of baptizttd believers. 

5 That each church organization 
is independent in its government of 
the jurisdiction of every other one. 

6. That church and state govern- 
ments are entirely separate and dis- 
tinct from each other. 

The following are some things in 
which they are mainly distinct from 
other people : 

1. They believe in the literal inter- 
pretation of the Holy Scriptures, be- 
lieving their symbols, parables etc., 
to be so many illustrations simply to 
enforce, as by object teaching, the 
positive doctrines of revelation. Pet. 
II.: I.: 17-21. Tim. II.: in.: 14-17.; 
II. : 2. Col. II : 8. 

2. They believe that faith, repen- 
tance and obedience are all the essen- 



tial evidences of regeneration, inso- 
much tnat without them there is no 
promise of life and salvation. Mark, 
XVI. : 16. John III.: 36. Luke,xni.: 
3-5. Matt, VII. : 21. Luke, vi : 46. 
John, XIV. : 15, 21, 23. James, i : 
22-26 ; II. : 14-26 John, I. : il : 4-6. 

3. They believe that Gospel obe- 
dience comprehends not only an ob- 
servance of positive commandments 
but all the doctrinal and moral pre- 
cepts taught by Christ and His 
inspired apostles, in His last will and 
Testament. .Matt., vii. : 24-27. John, 
XIV.: 23, 24 Jude, in. Thes?., II : 
11.: 15 John, II.: IX. John, xv: 7. 

4. They believe that the one true 
Gospel baptism can be administered 
alone by triune immersion, being dip- 
ped once in the name of the Fathor, 
once ill the na'iie of the Sou, aad ouc) 
in the name of the H)ly Guost, ac- 
cording to the express command of 
our Saviour. Malt., xxviii. : 19 — 
Please analyze and parse according 
to the rules of English syntax. 

5. They believe that a strict dis- 
cipline and special regard for the 
uncompromising purity of the distinc- 
tive doctrines and ordinances of 
Christ are essential to the perpetuity 
of a true G jspel c'lurch. Matt., xviii. ; 
15-18. Luke, XVII.: 3. C.)r., I.:v: 
9-11, VI. : 9-10. Eph, V. :2 Thess., 
I. : v.: 14. Tin. II : in : 1-5. 
John, n. : VI. : 9-11. Titus, in. : 10. 
Rom., XVI. : 17, 18. Thess., II. : iii : 
6, 7. 

6. They believe that true church 
identity is found in \l^ likeness to the 
divine pattern and not in an unbroken 
succession of organic connections. 
John, XIV. : 21, 23. Matt., xxii :3(;- 
40. John, xni. : 35. Pet. II. : l : 
5-8 Acts, X. : 34, 35. 

7. They believe that practical be- 
nevolence, i. e , "distributing to the 
necessity of saints," "given to hospi- 
tality," is an essential characteristic 
of Christ's church. Jas., i . 27 , ii : 
15,16. Gal., vi.:2. Rom.,xii : 13. 
John, L: m. . 17, 18. 

8. They believe that non-conform- 
ily to the prid<'-, vanities, fashions, 
maxims and spirit of the world is 
essential to a true church. Phil , ii, : 
U-16. Rom, XII : 2. Jas., iv. : 4. 
Pet., I : ii. : 11, 12. John, L : 15-17. 

9. They belijve that fraud, idle- 
ness, covetousnces and unjust usury 
are absolutely intolerable in a Chris- 
tian church. Mark, x : 19. Thess., 
J.: iy. ; 6, 11. Thess, II.: iii.: 10^ 



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12. Luke, xii : 15. Heb., xiii. : 5. 
Cor., 1.: vi.: 10. 

10. They believe that debates and 
strivings about questions of specula- 
tive theology, to the neglect of mat- 
ters of experimental and practical 
godliness, are promotive of sin and 
subversive of Christian faith and 
piety. Titus, iii. : 9. Tim. : I. : vi. : 
3-(). 

11. They prohibit membership in 
secret organizations, since if such or- 
ganizations contain anything for the 
general weal it. is an investiture of 
the rights and privileges of practical 
Christianity, and is introduced into 
such organizations to the neglect of 
its development in the church, where 
it belongs. Besides initiations into 
such societies usually require on oath, 
which is a positive violation of the 
Saviour's express teaching. Cor., II. : 
iv. : 2. Matt., v. : 34-31. Jas., v. : 12. 

12. They prohibit their member- 
ehip from using oaths of confirmation. 
Matt., v.: 33-37. Jas., v : 12. 

13. They believe that going to law 
on any account before unbelievers, in 
preference to suffering wrong, is in- 
compatible with the law of Christ. 
Matt., v.: 40. Cor., I. ; vi. : 1-10. 

14. They believe the spirit and 
practice of war to be entirely incom- 
patible with Christianity. Malt., v. : 
9. Rom. xiv. : 19. Heb., xiii. : 14. 
Tim., XL : ii. : 22. Luke, ix : 56. 
Matt, v.: 38, 39, 44. Rom., xii.: 
19, 20. 

15. They believe that modesty in 
dress and deportment is absolutely 
binding upon Christians. Tiui., I. : 
ii. : 9. Pet, I. ; iii. ; 2-4. 

16. They observe the kiss of char- 
ity as an expression of Christian love 
and peace. Rom., xvi. ; 16. Cor., 
II. ; xiii. ; 12. Thess., I. : v : 26. Pet., 
I..- V..- 14. 

n. They believe that anointing of 
the sick with oil, and prayer fur their 
recovery, are incumbent on the elders 
of the church when called upon, as 
well as the call is incumbent upon 
the sick. Jas., v.: 14, 15. 

18. They observe feetwashing in 
imitation of our Saviour's exampie, as 
a lesson of humility and an expression 
tiftheir readiness to serve one another. 
John, xiii.: 4-17. Phil, ii. : 4-8. 
Tim., I.: v.: 10. 

19. They observe a supper or feast 
ot charity as well as the communion 
and in connection with it. Cor., j : 
V. .-7, 8; xi.: 18-22, 33, 34. Acts, 



xviii. : 21. Jude, 12. Pet., 11 : 
ii. : 13. 

To all of the above I heartily sub 
scribe, because I find them taught and 
exemplifiged in the Word. 

This change is not the dash of a 
sudden notion, but the result of a 
year of close, anxious and prayerful 
investigation of truth, involving at 
the same time an extensive corres- 
pondence with the best scholars and 
authors of our denomination in Amer- 
ica, to whom I have anxiously but in 
vain appealed for assistance, with 
some hope that the invesiigatioa 
would only result in the vindication 
of my former position. I set out to 
vindicate my denomination and to 
satisfy others on these important 
questions, but with chagrin and defeat 
I have been forced by the truth, step 
by step, from what I had considered 
many of our strongholds, while the 
admissions of error and confessions 
of ignorance on the part of our repre- 
sentative meu — (whose correspond- 
ence I have preserved) — have only 
conduced to hasten this result. There- 
fore for the sake of candor and truth 
1 acknowledge the defeat and kiss 
with gratitude the rod that has driven 
me to it. 

Last winter, when I wrote to the 
clergy of Neosho, declining participa- 
tion in certain union movements, for 
which I submitted my reasons, I ut- 
tered what I then felt and do still feel 
to be the sentiment of my heart when 
I said : "I have given my self to Jesus, 
to do and be what He thinks best." 
I was then far from anticipating even 
what I feel to be the present results 
of that position. (The future is 
known only to the Master.) I have 
been led in a way that I knew not, 
and to a conclusion entirely foreign to 
my least expectations, and from 
which the pride of carnal nature 
would have turned in proud disdain. 
Yet, with all the losses and incon- 
veniences which the change entails, I 
feel more than resigned. Already I 
find the way pleasant and the path 
peaceful, the yoke easy and the bur- 
den light, anticipating that through 
whatever earthly conflicts I may have 
to pass, or whatever perils I may 
have to encounter, a sweeter and 
deeper rest and peace of soul will 
attend a resigned compliance with 
the Saviour's precious will. 

I here relinquish my clai(a to mem- 
bership in the Baptist denomination, 
and also, at her request, that of my 



dear wife who has been my compan- 
ion through the tedious rounds and 
labyrinths of these investigations. 
How hard it is to bid adieu to the 
church of our fathers no heart but 
ours can feel. With a membership 
of over twenty years, dating from my 
eleventh year ; with the fond remin- 
iscences of bygone days with all their 
hallowed associations of childhood, 
youth and manhood ; with eight 
years' pastoral relations which have 
been mainly pleasant in the extreme, 
and all the happy ministerial and 
church companionship, fraught, too, 
with many solemn responsibilities ; 
it is hard to say farewell, especially 
as it severs the church ties of parents, 
brothers and sisters. Permit me, 
also, to surrender to you my minis- 
terial and official credentials. They 
henceforth belong to you alone. 
Respecting the sacred trusts which 
they imposed, I have endeavored to 
discharge them with becoming faith- 
fulness and integrity. I shall never 
cease to love the dear people who 
tendered them; nor the honored and 
beloved presbytery by which they 
were conferred. I expect to esteem 
them as men of sincere motive,'^ and 
deep integrity of purpose. Memory 
only recalls their names to awaken 
personal impressions of the most 
leader regard and the most profound 
respect. 

To those who make do profession 
of Christianity, whose personal friend- 
ship and favors I have enjoyed during 
my past ministry here, I desire to ex- 
press my grateful remembrance, only 
trusting they may be led to be as 
faithful friends to my Master as they 
have been to me. 

To friends of other religious per. 
suasions I desire to say that if I have 
uttered a word which may have 
given offence, I did not speak to 
offend, but only to proclaim what I 
have cherished as God's own pre- 
cious truth. 

Prom you, dear brethren and sis- 
ters, it is hard to separate, especially 
from the older members with whofu I 
have often taken sweet cuunsel. Our 
hours and half-hours of Christian 
converse have often refreshed my 
heart. Whatever afuture Providence 
may develop, and whithersoever a 
Father's band may lead, I expect to 
remember pleasaatly and gralefully 
yaur kindness during the months that 
are gone. Our social Christian in- 
tercourse has not been so frequent 



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and intimate aa it would have beea 
bfid I not been weighed down under 
these pressing investigations. May 
God lead you safely and pk-asantly 
amid the conflicts of this life, and 
may wc yet be permitted, from the 
fields of consecrated toil in our Mas- 
ter's service on earth, to mingle in 
that rest which remains for the peo- 
ple of God. 

-^^ — - 

For the Companion anh Visitor. 

A Qucstlou of Keprool- 



BY- J. W. WILT. 



And why call ye me Loid, Lord, and do 
not Uie thiu^s which I say ? — Luke vi. 40. 

Tiie above l.'U)>;uage is an exprcst^ion 
which is well worLliy our attention and 
should I'C well thoiislit on, for it was very 
wisely spoken, and by one who had tauj^ht 
and who is still teaching, many great and 
grand le.ssons. Why is he called Lord, 
Lord ? 

At this present age let each individual 
and each denominationof professed Chris- 
tians, carefully weigh the above language 
and see how large a proportion of tlicm, 
of all creeds and iiarties, sit and fail be- 
neath the condemnation of this solemn 
expression. They call Jesus, Lord,Ijord. 
Tlicy hear and do nothi^ sayings. "But 
in vain they do wors'iip me," said Jesus, 
''teaciiing lor doctrines the command- 
ments of men." They arc as one of old, 
weighed in the balances and found want- 
ing. It is but making a mock of Christ, 
ns they did, who said, "Hail King of the 
Jews." 

And again, there is another class of hu- 
man beings in this present age, who never 
liavc made any profession, but are eager- 
ly engaged in their daily teiiii)firal pur- 
suits of life, grasping for the bubble in tlie 
wind, which they often miss, to their sad 
disappoint uient. And if it should tall 
within their grasp, it is but of a lew days, 
and life will vanish away. Such, it ap- 
liears, never think of calling ]juid, Lord ; 
and thou, O thou I in wiiom the seed of 
life has never been permifted to grow, 
why tavricst thou? Aieyou in a stupor, 
and hast eyes that see not, and ears that 
hear not, or are you slov/ and negligent, 
waiting lor the .storm of adversity to blow 
over you, and the judgments of an over 
ruling Providence to be showcied upon 
you? H'so, remember that as God semis 
oil 'the hurricane of time, those beautiful 
landscapes will be upturned, and those 
lields which have moved with golden 
grain, sliall wave not again. Yon tower- 
ing oak of the forest, which disdains to 
bend, sliall totter and fall, and the song 
of the wild bird, and the note of the tur- 
tle-dove, shall he heard no more. lie- 
mend)er, when this day comes the elev- 
enth hour is past. Misfortune has over- 
taken you and alHiction is upon you, for 
God "will laugh at your calamity, atid 
Ljock when your Icar comcth." Then 



shall you call upon mountains and rocks 
to fall upon you and hide you from the 
face of the Lamb. 

And now, brethren, let us ever be faith- 
ful, not merely in forms, but truly in 
spirit, that to any of God's commands wc 
are ready to present our bodies a living 
sacriGcc unto God, in obedience to his 
commands. And by so doing, we will 
gain an everlasting entrance into his 
glorious kingdom, whicli has existed in 
days that are past, and shall lie as the 
Son of God, worlds without end. 
Amen. 

Unto Thee, O God, we pray ! 

Learn Thy children what to say ; 
So at last we may atjouDd 

In grace, and be faithful found- 
liural Valley, Pa. 

For the Companion and Visitor. 
Mku. 



while he is agitating the que.-tion in fa- 
vor of the school, if the Lord would touch 
him with the icy hand of death, and have 
to give an account of himself? 
Polo, Ills. 



To Oar Northeru Frieu«]s. 



BY P. J. KISENBISE. 



What in man, that thou art raindfol of 
hiin ■( or the son of man, that thou vi&i;ci-t 
him ? Thou iiiadest liiiii a lilLlc lower than 
the angi.-ls ; thou crownest him willi glory 
ar.d honor, and didst Sft hira over the worijs 
of thy hands."— Heb. a:6,7. 

Dearly beloved and respected brethren 
and sisters in the Lord, we draw beibn; 
us man in his origin — in the state that 
God created him. "Afrer man was cre- 
ated, God pronounced him good, and did 
set him over tb.e works of his hands, that 
is, he put him in the Garden — that 
beautiful place; we think it nmst have 
been a place of that kind — in that we un- 
derstand, was all manner of fruit that 
man could eat of, but there was a t;ee 
that he was forbidden to partake of, and 
know that it was against the will of that 
One who placed him ♦.here ; but the 
enemy told him that he could partake of 
it, and it would be all right. He con 
verses with him, and says, that as soon 
as you partake of tiiat iVuit, you shall be 
like God himself. 

And so it is with the creature, in this 
our day. He tries to tell us th it thi> 
little thing and that little thing does not 
matter, but, dear brother and sister, win - 
soever you are, that Satan tempts in this 
way, tell him as the Saviour did, when 
he tried to overcome him, that "Thou 
shall love the Lord thy God, and him 
only shalt thou serve." If we could only 
be as wise as the Ijord of glory was, he 
would not contend with us so long, but 
when we are waiting to accept of those 
trifling things whicli are so abominable 
in the sight of God, who has created us 
for better things, we feel soiry to have to 
name some of the evil things that are 
now afloat in the world. One of the 
greatest evils is the high school which 
we read so much about. IJut, dear 
brethren and sisters in the Lord, reuumi- 
ber while you are ccmtcnding in favor of 
the school, that Jesus is looking down 
upon you. How would a brother feel 



With a desire to counteract the injur- 
ious effects of mi--Teprescntations and 
false reports being circulated concerning 
the South and Southern people, and 
with a view to instruct many in(juiring 
friends and others who think of seeking 
liomes in the South, the tindcrsicned 
heads of families, who have settled in 
^lorgan county, Georgia, during the last 
eight years, cheerfully bear testimony to 
the following facts: 

Trusting that the length of time wc 
have resided, will give our views and ex- 
perience weight in the minds of an intel- 
ligent jiublie. That coming fiom a num- 
ber of the different States, our united 
conclusions may safely be considered as 
nearly correct, and that a large nuuibcr 
of us, willins to apjiear before an inipiir- 
ing i)ublic, will dispel any reasViable 
doubts as to the correctne-s of our 
view. 

In coming to Morgan county, the trav- 
eler roaches Madi-on, the county seat, by 
tlif; Georgia Railroad, citlier from tlie 
Vxiest, via Atlanta, or from the east, via 
Augusta, and thence from all parts of 
the country by rail and water. 

Our climate is so mild that winter 
pas-es with a few blusloing days, and 
occasionally a little snow and ice but no 
weather to be compared to winter in New 
York. Healthy to a lemarkablc degree. 
Abundantly supi)lied with pure spring 
water, second to none v;c have ever seen. 
Water power without limit. Timber of 
pine, oak, chestnut, poplar, and other 
varieti^;s in abundance. 

Land g< nt,iy rolling, and clear of stones; 
soil principally red clay and gray loam. 
Mucii ot it jjoor and over giown with 
briars and bushes, not having been under 
cuhivation (or a lot^g time. J5ut river, 
creek and branch bottoms arc exceeding- 
ly fertile and on every jilantation there 
is much good and productive land. All 
needs more thorough cultivation, and no 
land wc have ever seen responds more 
promptly to good treatment and 
manure. 

Fruit has been very much neglected, 
and we liave no he>itaney in pronouncing 
Middle Georgia one of the best fruit re- 
gions known to us. Grain of every va- 
riety, clover and other grasses produce 
well and in connection with cotton raising, 
ofler rare inducements for industrious 
and enterprising farmers. Stock raising, 
sheep husbandry, and dairying must bo 
very i)rofltablc, aa our mild winters ne- 
cessitate the sowing of but little prov- 
ender. 

Land can bo i>urchascd in any desir- 
able (piantity at from five to fifteen dol- 
lars per acre. 



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The people are kiiicl, hospitable and 
intellisciit. lleportcd riots, war of racfs, 
etc , have no foundation, in fact, in ?Ild- 
dle Georgia. 'J'he two races live har- 
ruonioufily ; tliere are no indications of 
trouble. Northern men feel cntiro'y 
secure in person and property, and none 
liavc ever been molested in IMoruan 
county. Worthy and intelligent, North.- 
crn people are heartily welcomed ; there 
is no aniuio-iity existins; towards such by 
na'ivo Southern people. All ininplo as 
freely and with as much sociability as 
neighbors could desire. 

Anv informal ion desired may be ob- 
tained by addressing either of the under- 
signed at iMadison. (jeorgia. 

ISanj'l W. Copciand, ibriuerly of Liv- 
ingston county, N. Y. 

JO. Hoyscr, formerly of Montgomery 
county. Pa. 

■ P. M. Griggs, P. P. Griggs and J. IM. 
Griegs, formerly of Wyoming county. 
N. Y. 

Sam'l Watrons, Livingsion county, 
xN. Y. 

Geo Cole and W. H. Cole, Columbia 
county, N. Y. 

A. J. llowell and J. L. Iloweil, Liv- 
in^'.ston county, N. Y. 

.r A. Valance, I/.vingston, N. Y. 

Mcssr-^. J;i!iie3 Fruzer, D. Taylor and 
AV. (}. Quiuby, formerly of Monroe, N. 
York. 

•John II. Morgan, Wisconsin. 

Messrs. A. J. Ackerman, A. 0. Wii 
son, J, M. Vanwinkle, W. Yaiavinkle 
and A. 11, Poremus, formerly of New 
Jersey. 

Messrs. A. Ain^lie, W. Ainsl'e, Jus. 
II. Ain.slie. Wm. Tibbolds, .John Hough, 
and A. Monroe, formerly of Ohio. 

C V. S. Y\^ilson, Schenectady, 
York. 

Reuben Miller, N. Y. 

]*] H. Kobin.-on, Illinois. 

C, D. Buck, Kansas. 



N{ 



FoK Tiig Companion and Visitok. 
A Wortilii ISctcHli i>! fb«i SnfTr- 



BY SARAH J. MILLER. 



My mind has been so much absorbed 
in tb.ougiit of our suffering Brethren, 
that perhaps it may do no harm to write 
on the subject. 

Wc read, "Blessed is lie tliat consid- 
ercth the poor." But Jesus says : "In 
asujuch as ye have done it unto i!ie least 
of those ii.y bretliren, ye have done ir, 
unto me." What a privilege licrc is 
given In minister unto Jesus ! If the 
Master was here, as he once wiis, how 
would we scei< to honor liim, Ib'goitiiig 
that this is still our privilege. in inini.-ter- 
ing even unto the lea>t of tlie saints? 

Jisus says again :"By this shall all n:en 
k cv that Tc are my disciples, if ye love 
'jnc another." John says : 'Mjetu^ not 
love in word, but in deed and in truth." 
If any be in need, and wo s-ay ''be ye fed, 



and be ye clothed, and give them not, 
hovv' dwelleth the love of God inns?" 
From this we infer that if we love God, 
we love the brethren. Christ says furth- 
er : "Blessed are liie merciful, for t^hey 
shall oblain mercy." We know not how 
sooii in the future our turn may come to 
suffer, and Jesus says : "With the .sauio 
measure we mete with, it shall be ineas 
ured to us again." Let us not forget 
this. 

In suffering from hunger and cold, I 
have no experience, but from what I Iiave 
read, it must be terrible to starve or 
freeze. T have been not a little troubled 
about our needy ones in the far west, and 
hope and pray that the Lord will help us 
to speedily act in the matter tlsat our 
delay may not, be tlie cause of still moi'c 
sufleriug. We need only give of our 
abundance and none need to perisli. Let 
them tliat are inclined to iiold their 
purse-string-! so tight, beware, for it is 
in the Lord's band to with hold the sun 
shine, rain and dew. We work in the 
hope of receiving the fruits of our labor, 
but it is all at the Lord's disposal. 

Oh I that wc might, ever see our higli 
and holy mission while here I What is 
t!;e use of Itoarding up for the future? 
We know not what the morrow may 
biing forth. All wo may need may be <i 
sUxoud, a cofBii ai!.! a grave. The Mas- 
ter says : We s-hall lay up treasure in 
heaven, where mot.h and rust do noc con 
sume, and where thieves break not thro' 
and steal. Here is an opportunity in ih-' 
present distress, hoping that not one of 
us who have coven:\nted to serve God 
will fail to do wiiat our several abilities 
enables us to do. 

I believe, if wc would all do as lite 
Good Spirit dictates, we would verily be 
as a city that is set on a r.ili, that c;:n!iot 
be bid. Then would our liglit shine, 
a,id men would -ce our good woiks and 
glorify our Father in heaven. 



For the Companion and Visitor. 
VTh'PiPC SBiftU B FJu<l A Triitt 



BY T. J. NAIR. 

Not long ago I was led to n:ako this 
silent inipiiry— not with any mixture of 
anger; not with atiy disail'ected feeling; 
tiot even an itsclination to complain, but 
with a feeling of disappoititment — sad- 
den( d, wounded. It has always been 
(juite natural for me to h.avc inuch con 
tiihnco in professed t\ii.n;i.--hin, ar.d I 
iiavi; learned too from the blessed Bock, 
tb;at we are to liave the love tliat tbink- 
etii no evil. This has accorded well with 
my feelings for years. But, alas! all 
friendship is not true, all is not lasting. 
The friendship of mortals is varying; it 
is lial.'le to many turnings. 

I do not w,.ndei' that dur Saviour was 
said to be a man of sorrow and acquainted 
with grief Was theio not n^ore than 
one reason why he was Lhui styled ? 



llow many times while sojourning in the 
desh, with all the po.rity of his spirit, 
the innoceuey of iiis life, and the sweets 
ness cf his true and loving heart, must 
he have been grieved and sorely wounded 
by (he faUity of changing mortals — griev- 
ed that for his unselfish interest, his 
yearning love, that led him to lay down 
his life for others, there was nothing in 
re; urn, but a want of appreciation, a 
.'urning away, and even cruel rejection of 
idm who was worthy of all love. Header, 
you wiih me, when sickness comes, when 
sorrow, when storms, invade (mr path, 
let Us look unto the friend of sinners, Je- 
sus is his holy name. 

It i.j said : "A friend in need, is a 
friend indeed." If so, let us not con- 
(ide in clianging mortal^, but confide in 
one who will not forsake or betray us in 
tiuie of trouble, but who will stick closer 
than a brother. Who would not like to 
have such a friend ? But let us not con- 
fide in ourselves, as the Egyptian mon- 
arch, when the children of Israel had 
left the house of bondage and were well 
on iheir journey toward the promised 
land, the ki.itr, confiding in himself, c.k- 
claimed : "I will pursue, I will overtake 
tiicm and bring them back." On he 
rushed, even into the division of waters. 
Iri bis self confidence he engaged in battle 
with Jeb.ovah, God of Annies. The con- 
flict was of short duration : the arm of 
the Lord prevailed ; Pharaoh and his 
men of war were swept away with the wa- 
ters of destruction, while Moses, with 
his brethren, confiding in God, went on 
their way rejoicing. Then let us cling to 
Jesus, who is our friend, and who will 
never forsake us, but be with us to the 

end. 

^-^-^ 

TSte fiSeait ISliioins In (be Face. 

I love a minister whose face invites me 
to make him my friend — a man upon 
whose doorsteps you read : '"Salve," 
"W^elcome. " Give me the man around 
whom the children come, like ilies around 
a honey- pot; they are first-class judges of 
a good man. Wheu Solomon was tried 
b> the Queen of Sheba, as to his wisdom, 
the rabbis tell us that she brought some 
artifici.d flowers with her, beautifully 
made and delicately scented, so as to be 
fac similes of real flowers. She asked 
Solomon to discover which were artificial 
and which were real. The wise man bade 
his servants to open the window, end 
when the bees flew in they flfw at once 
to the natural flowers, and caied nothing 
for the artitici.il. So you will find that 
children have tlieir instincts, and discover 
very sijecdiiy who is their friend, and, de- 
pend upon it, the children's iiiend is one 
who will be worth knowing. Have a good 
word to say to each and every member of 
the fami'y — th.e big boys, and the young 
lidics, to the little girls and everybody. 
Nj one knows how much a smile and a 
beany sentence may do- A man who is 
to do much wii-h men must love them, 
and feel at home with them. 



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For the Companion and Visitoii. 
An Address Upon (he Organiza- 
tion of the First Church 
in Colorado. 



An organization being effected, elder 
J. S. Flory in substance addressed the 
meeting as follows : 

Dear brethren and sisters, I hope the 
meeting we have had to-day will long be 
remembered as an event of signal import- 
ance. We are engaged in a noble work. 
A work that tends to our present and 
eternal welfare. Like causes will pro- 
duce like effects. Our minds have been 
somewhat running back to the daj's of the 
apostles, who ,had received the great 
commission, "Go ye into all the world." 
There was a cause why they should go in 
obedience to that important injunction. 
They went, and the result or effect of 
their preaching was men and women be- 
lieved, and churches were established "in 
the faith," in various parts of the then 
civilized world. The word of God was 
glorified. In the establishing of those 
churches we notice the same rule of prac- 
tice in the keeping of the ordinances and 
commandments characterized them all. 
This oneness existed among thorn from 
the fact that they were governed by the 
one rule of faith. su(;h as "was delivered 
to the saints." We have the same rule 
to-day, and by that we must walk if we 
would prosper. We maintain there is 
but one order of divine service. God 
having given no plurality of ways to 
worship him according to our faith, 
opinion or convenience, then how dare 
we assume to take any such privileges in 
things that pertain to church govern- 
nacnt. We conscientiously claim we 
have no such right, therefore in our or- 
ganization and practice we must be gov- 
erned by one general order of the church, 
especially when we find all is in harmony 
with the gospel. We are jiledged to our 
God, to the (Jhurch and our convictions 
to stand by the "old landmarks," let our 
surroundings be as they may. The AVord 
of rJod was not given in such terms that 
we may bend it to suit our changes and 
tlic times, but it is "the same yesterday, 
to-day and forever." What is right to 
enforce in the East, is right to live up to 
here in the West, true Christianity is the 
same the world over. 

When we see how the Kingdom of 
Christ here on earth is prospering — 
spreading her healing wings over the 
land we are made to rejoice. We may 
cast our mind's eye back to that handful 
of the faithful fleeing, from jiersecution — 
landing in the "New World," settling 
down near the Eastern shore of this Con- 
tinent, where Atlantic's waves have long 
washed the beach — and .see how, from 
the small beginning, true religion by the 
mercy of God rolls onward. \V'esiward 
the empire of Jesus spreads ; state after 
state and territory after territory hear 
the gladsome sound, sweet melody of the 



song of redemption. From ocean to 
ocean the "banner" has been lifted up. 
But like the great Railroad that connects 
the AV^est with the East, spanning with a 
long bound the "desert center of the 
Union," so the extending arms of the 
spreading church of Godleai)ed over this 
part of God's domain. To day by the 
mercies of God, it is our i)rivilege, brefh 
ren and sisters, to plant the standard of 
the cross of Christ here. Few in num- 
ber, yet enough, assisted by the strong 
arm of God, to lift up the "banner." We 
need not be discouraged, "great oaks 
from little acorns grow," so from small 
beginnings great things may be accom 
plished. We look back scarcely twenty 
years when we were j'et in our teens, and 
see the pioneers of the church, few in 
number, meeting to worship their God 
in Iowa; and some of those same pio- 
neers we see here to-day. At that lime 
there was but one elder in the state, and 
to-diiy we see the state dotted with many 
branches of the church of God, and the 
membershii) known by the hundreds. 

We hope we all feel and will continue 
to feel the great responsibility that sur- 
rounds us, and will appreciate the great 
blessings of God showered upon us. In 
a moral point of view, as otherwise, we 
may, by the grace of God, make the 
"wilderness," (or "desert,") "blossom 
as the rose." Oh, that our daily influ- 
ence might be such that we may be a 
light to the world, and hold forth that 
"old-time" religion so many are begin- 
ning to pine for. Nothing is of so much 
importance as an unfeigned love, one 
toward another, and above all true love 
to God. Where love predominates, all 
self will will vanish, we will esteem oth- 
ers above ourselves. jjove casteth out 
stubbornness, indifference and the spirit 
of inconsistency, therefore we will cheer- 
fully and meelvly conform to the order of 
the church. If the eminent apostle Paul 
with a heart full of love for the church 
did condescend to speak of bodily apparel, 
shall we be of too exalted a mind to 
speak of it? All the scoffs and jeers 
about there being "no religion" in dress 
never has or never will make it other- 
wise than the outward is significant of 
what is within. The spirit of insubordi- 
nation in the heart is easily discernable 
by the outside evidence, and on the 
other hand the spirit of obedience (char- 
acl eristic of Christ, ) is also known by the 
exterior appearance and conduct. Con- 
sistency is indeed a Christian jewel. To 
profess to hold the doctrine of non-con- 
f'ormity to the world, and at the same 
time practice "conformity" to the world, 
and unconformity to the church, is incon- 
sistency indeed ! The spirit and practice 
of disobedience to even the least of the 
regulations of the church leads, as a gen- 
eral thing, to trouble, loss of confidence, 
while there is nothing of worth in a re- 
ligious point of view to be gained. AVe 
should study more how to i)lcase God 
and the church by a life of consistency 



rather than how to please ourselves and 
evade the responsibility resting upon all. 
If the time that is often taken in hunt- 
ing excuses to justify disobedience was 
taken in learning of Jesus, a much high- 
er state of holiness might be attained. 

Dear brethren and sisters, let us all \n 
the outset here be of one mind; let uni- 
formity and consistency to our profession 
be a matter of solemn duty. If we start 
right, we arc more apt to keep right, and 
in our petition, as well as to day, we 
agreed to be governed by the rules of the 
church so long as they are in the channel 
of true religion. We hope by the grace 
of God we shall have such a care, one for 
another, as to labor for each other's good 
in our spiritual i)ilgrimage. By this it is 
implied 1 will try to do my duty, not as 
a lord over God's heritage, but in meek- 
ness and love, in the capacity of a ser- 
vant try to admonish you in evciy needed 
work, and deal out the word of God as 
he may give me grace and ability, and 
you will make the preached word effec- 
tive by living up to all the requirements 
of the gospel, or in other words, "prac- 
tice what we preach." 

I wish to snv a few words yet in regard 
to myself ' When I gave up the respon- 
sible ])osition of having, in a tireatmcas- 
utc, the care of a congregation in the 
East, it was not my expectation to ac- 
cept the eldership over another. I hav(5 
no desire or ambition in that direction. 
Believing every man's destiny is marked 
out, and sometimes by special Providen- 
ces, we can have a fore knowledge of 
what the Lord would have us do. We 
feel that in another capacity we will 
probably best fullfil the destiny marked 
out by the finger of God for us. We had 
hoped some other more worthy would be 
here to take more special charge of the 
church, and when such an one cometh, 
we shall willinglygive himthe responsible 
position, yet we hope to retain our hon.e 
among you, and for the pre.-ent we will 
shrink f^rom no duty incumbent upon U9, 
but do the best we can by the grace of 
God. 



For the Companion and Visitor. 
An Exaniinntinn ot Scriptnral 
ArgnuieiitN iur IndiilKiutr 
In Strong I>riuk. 



BY LEO. A. DOSOH. 



On this subject much has been said 
and v?ritten, but our reflections can 
not be too serious when we consider 
that men of the brightest genius, and 
others whose minds were deeply im- 
bued with learning, have sunk the 
victims of intemperance; when we 
are conscious also, that men of the 
most generous affections have given 
up all that was dear to them in this 
deplorable perversion of appetite. 



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Drunkenness is a vice, but it is also a 
misfortune ; and therefore the victims 
of it often demand a measure of pity. 
Drunkenness claims its victims by 
the thousands — and unfortunately not 
to them only are the sad consequen- 
ces of its influence confined, but the 
innocent often feel its direful eflfects — 
for helpless families, broken-hearted 
women, widows, orphans, every day 
attest the power of this monster. A 
great many people, however, argue 
that the moderate use of ardent spir- 
its, is not iDJurious, but on the con- 
trary that it is healthy. 

The practice of dram-drinkiog in 
the morning, is a very common pre- 
lude to intemperance. It is peculiar- 
ly hurtful to young persons — the 
habit of dram-drinkjng, although its 
effects are not so violent — but most 
people of this character are afflicted 
with the gout, the gravel, and other 
symptoms of indigestion. But we 
must not tarry here. It is for Chris- 
tians, and all good men and women 
to decide whether this fertile laud 
shall be overrun with dram-sellers, or 
with the light of proper Christian 
knowledge. It is a grand thing to 
live in these times! Shall we lend 
our influence for good or evil — for 
Christ or Belial ? The God of this 
world is marshalling his forces to "go 
up and possess the land; but if all 
■who love the Lord, will come to the 
help of the Lord against the mighty," 
for greater is he that is for us, than 
all they that be against us. Men and 
women are laboring for thjs, full of 
faith. May God speed them in their 
efforts ! 

But we are constantly met with a 
great deal of opposition. There are 
strong objections to this and that, and 
a great many are the arguments used 
against this reform. Let us consider 
some of them as they were presented, 
or as the good book says: "Let us 
reason together." I hardly expected 
to find the Saviour's command : 
"Drink ye all of it," quoted in sup- 
port of drinking; but another objec- 
tor says. "The principle of total' 
abstinence is fundamentally wrong." 
The first miracle of our Saviour was 
to convert water into wine, and that 
the solemn farewell to the men who 
were to teach all nations was signal- 
ized by his drinking of the fruit of the 
wine, and the injunction, "Drink ye 
all of it." I was constantly met with 
Scripture arguments during the late 
crusade, and not being learned, found 



that I became confused, about certain 
terms I knew not the meaning of. I 
left it for those who could learnedly 
meet them, — never claiming that the 
Bible enjoined total abstinence as a 
Christian duty. Remember, I do 
not know'but what it does, to those 
who can read the Bible in the origi- 
nal tongue. As far as I can under- 
stand it, the Bible permitted total ab- 
stinence; that by the Bible it was law- 
ful to abstain. 

I take the view that it by my giv- 
ing up that which is lawful for mo, I 
could stand between my weaker 
brother and the tempter — that which 
might overwhelm him, — and so by 
stooping to the weakness of my broth- 
er, fulihl the law of Christ. The giv- 
ing it up, then, became a positive 
Christian duty. This may not be 
very logical, but I am not logical ; I 
cannot be when so many wiser men 
say I am not. 

Another argned that Scripture 
favored the use of wine; that wine was 
spoken of with approval; only excess 
in its use, was condemned in the 
Scriptures. But there are different 
kinds of wine spoken of in the Bible, 
if [ am not mistaken. It must be so, 
for the wine spoken of as a mocker, 
cannot be the same kind as the Sav- 
iour made ; and the wine that is to be 
"drank new in the kingdom, cannot 
be the wine of the wrath of God." 
One person brought to me the pas- 
sage in Deuteronomy, where the 
children of Israel were told to obtain 
what their souls lusted after, — 
"Sheep, oxen, wine and strong drink,'' 
as God's command was that the peo- 
ple should use drink, he inferred not 
only wine but strong drink, (whiskey.) 
I at once turned to and read the 
words: "If a man have a rebellious 
son, he shall bring him to the elders 
of the people, who shall take him 
without the city, and stone him with 
stones till he die." I asked : Do 
you consider this a positive injunc- 
tion that if your son is disobedient, 
you shall take him to the magistrates, 
and they shall stone him to death ? 
"Ah I" said he, "your quotation was 
from the Old Testament; but mine is 
too," said he. 

The objections brought against 
total abstinence as a beverage, and 
especially from Christians, were va- 
rious and new. It was quoted fro,in 
Zechariah ix. H: "Corn shall make 
the young men cheerful, and new 
wine the maids." He said further. 



"Many of you have witnessed this ' 
prophecy fullfiled to the very letter. 
Have you never seen the young men 
making themselves cheerful with malt 
liquor, while the young maids were 
producing the same effect by the 
blood of the grape ? I might give a 
tew more extracts or quotations, but 
let these suffice. They are all known 
to him who has said. "Woe unto 
him that giveth his neighbor drink, 
that putteth the bottle to him and 
maketh him drunken also." — Haba- 
kuk ii. 15. 

Reader, have you ever considered 
how great is your personal influence ? 
How grand a thing it is to be a man ? 
How richly rewarded may be an 
humble and unpromising effort to do 
good? It should be the duty of every 
person to exert upon others all the 
good iufluence he possesses. Volumes 
of moral power may be wielded by 
one man. Dear reader, be stimulated 
to imitate a good example in this 
direction. 

Poor creatures still walk our high- 
ways and streets, the prey of a per- 
verted appetite, yet with all their 
disgusting appearance they have 
hearts that can feel, and repent, and 
love, and be grateful, if they can be 
reached. Words of kindness will 
often win them. Persevering efforts 
will save them. 

Before I conclude my article, let 
me urge upon every young man 
whose eye may glance over these 
pages, to remember the words of 
wisdom, "Wine is a mocker, strong 
drink is raging." "Who hath woe? 
who hath sorrow ? who hath conten- 
tions ? who hath wounds without 
cure? who hath redness of eyes? 
They that tarry long at the wine ; 
they that go to seek mixed wine. 
Look thou not upon the wine when 
it is red, when it giveth its color in 
the cup, when it moveth itself aright. 
At the last it biteth like a serpent, 
and stingeth like an adder." 

Brookville, Ohio. 

When Christians grow cold and 
neglectful of their own duties they 
grow censorious toward each other. 
As love declines, the critical temper 
increases. All along the eaves of a 
cold church hang the sharp, piercing 
icicles of criticism and censorious, 
ness. — Rev. T. L. Cuyler. 



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Christian Famiiv Companion 

AND 

GOSPEL VISITOR. 



MEYEKSDALE, Pa., January 12, 1875. 



Au Exi>Iauatioii— Tti« First Nam- 
b»?r. 

It may be that many of our subscribers 
for the new volume, who did not receive 
the first number when they looked for it, 
will not understood why it was they did 
not receive it, and may think their names 
■were not received. The cause is this: 
The letters containing subscriptions cauie 
in in such numbers, that we could not 
possibly with our help, and we could not 
get more, transfer all the names to our 
mailing books in time to have them 
ready to send out at the time we sent ou( 
the first number. And this cause may 
continue I'or a little time, but wo tlui)k 
not long, as we are making every eflort 
we can to have the subscribers names en- 
tered upon our mailing book's as soon as 
possible. The names that came in first, 
are first attended to. 

It is very difficult, if not impossible, to 
avoid all irr^'^ularities at the beginning 
of the volume, when we have so much to 
d ). We hope in a few weeks to get our 
work in such a condition that we can 
move along with our usual regularity, 
and have our paper out at the proper 
time. 

Although a number of subscribers 
whose names we have, have not yet re- 
ceived the first number, they will receive 
it. We shall print enough copies to sup- 
ply at least all our subscribers who come 
in early in the year with the volume from 
the beginning. 

From the foregoing cx[.lanation, none 
need I'gel uneasy, fearing their subscrip- 
tions were not received. The circum- 
stance that they did not get the first 
number immediately after it was issued, 
is no evidence that their subscriptions 
were not received. If, however, any do 
n)t rectii'C their paj)cr~' in a week or two, 
they will please iiiiorm us. Rut we hope 
ail will get them soon, as we shall send 
them out as fast as possible. 

Oorreai|>ou«l«iicK Kelulivo to the 
Wuu tw ol tUe West. 

'J'he cxlen-^ivc correspondence we are 
liaving in regard to the wants of our 
western brethren and friends, and the 
many appeals that arc made through our 



paper for help, are occ.ipying a consider- 
able space in it, and prevents us from 
giving our usual variety of reading matter. 
But we hope that a\\ our readers will see 
the propriety of giving those in want an 
opportunity of presen iug tR«^r cases be- 
fore the Brotherhood and the public. 
Their condition is such that commends 
them to our sympathy, and calls lor as>- 
sistance from all who have it in their 
power to render assistance. 

TlYere sceui to be move who need help, 
or the scarcity prevails over a larger ter- 
ritory, than was atfirst known or expected. 
But there is an abundaiice in our country 
to supply all the destitute, and it is a just 
CJiuse of thankfulness to God that it is so. 
Aud it is to be hoped that none will suf, 
I'cr, or at least that none will perish for 
tiie want of the necessaries of life. In 
"mure respects than one, is there "bread 
eiiougii and to spare," in our Faiiier's 
house, and we hope io will be distributed 
and applied to meet the wants of the 
needy. 

J. W.Steiu'sj Aildiress- 

In our present numl)er wi'J be found 
an interesting address from brother J. 
W. Stein to the Baptist Church of Nb- 
osho, Missouri, upon retiring from the 
pastorate of that chunih, and from the 
Baptist denomination. Our readers will 
remember brother Stein as the person 
with whom brother B. E. Moomaw had 
a correspondence, and which was given 
under the head of "Important Corres- 
pondence," in No. 41, of the last 
volume. 

it ai)i)ears that brother Siein, from an 
examination of his faith and practice, by 
the gospel rule, found it necessary to 
make some change to be more fully ident- 
ified with the early disciples of Christ. 
And though such a change required con- 
siderable sacrifice on his part, it was 
cheerfully and gladly made. We are 
pleased with the spirit and character of 
his address. He seems to have acted 
from convictions of duty, produced from, 
a careful investigation of the Scriptures, 
and not from any sudden impulse, in 
changing his Christiun principles and 
practices. 

Agreeing as he seeius to do, with the 
Brethren in Christian doctrine and prac 
tice, he designs it appears to unite witii 
us. And if lie is in union with us in 
gos]iel i>rinciples, and desires a home 
among us that lie may conform more fully 



to the will of God and life of Christ, wc 
shall welcome him to our fellowship, 
hoping that he may be a blessing to u.«, 
and our fraternity a blessing to him in 
affording him the opportunity he desires 
fur carrying out the principles of primi- 
tive Christianity. He designs to give to 
the public a more full and satisfactory 
st-atement of his reasons for leaving the 
Baptist Ciiuich embodied in the form of 
a bock. Other productions of his pen 
will probably appear in due time. A 
further notice of these will appear here 
after. 



liup«frlect AlmauHcs. 

A lot of imperfect Almanacs, has been 
returned to us, and wc have heard of 
one other lor,. There may be more of 
this kiiid. Such annoyances we meet 
with, and they are very unpleasant to us. 
We expected the work to be well done, 
and presume those who have published 
it for us, tried to do it so. But some of 
the workmen seem to have failed to do 
their work properly. We, however, 
hope that there will not maijy imperftct 
ones be found. We request ail who have 
received impel feet Almanacs, to report 
the number of imperfect ones to us, and 
we will send otisers. Donotreiurn them, 
as it will not justify to pay the postage 
on them. Wc only want to know the 
number, that we may know ho.v many to 
send, and how many to report to the 
publishers. 



A 9Ii»litUc. 

There was a mistake made in folding 
i-ome of our first numbers. Instead of 
the title page coming first, as it should, 
the first page of reading matter comes 
first, and the title pa^e after it, instead 
of before it. The sheet can be properly 
folded, and the error corrected, by those 
who receive any of the kind aliudod to. 
I'he person folding not having had much 
ei:perience in the business, made the 
mistake. Wc are sorry it occurred. 



The Aiiuiaiinc. 

Our Almamic seems to give very good 
satisfaction, as fir as we have heard any 
expression from those who have examined 
it. Wo have a largo amount on hand yet 
and we hope brethren who have not yet 
obtained one, will do so. We sell them 
at 75 cents per dozen ; single copies, 10 
couts. 



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C O R R E S P O N D E [^ G E. 



f'orrcspoHdetice of chnrcfi news solicUndfro-r- 
all parts of the BrotherJioed. Writer's name 
and adiiress required ori every cornmunicalion 
ts guarantee of good faith. Rejected communi- 
itttions or maiiicscript used, not returned. All 
cmmur.ications for publication, should be urit 
Unupon one Side of We f^he.t onlv. 

^Letter Froui Georgia. 

December 2Uth, 1874. 
: Brotlier Quinter : 

111 response to many 
inquiries, 1 wish you would say through 
tiio Companion and Visitor, to dear 
friends and Brethren, that I aru still in 
Georgia trying to labor in the Master's 
cause, as opportunity is afforded, finding 
plenty of work in churches and Sabbath 
schools, among white and colored, during 
the last year. 

I have enjoyed many happy seasons, 
and felt encouraged m the work. The 
manifestations of unkind feelings that 
formerly greeted me, have all disappeared. 
Kind words and affectionate greetings are 
everywhere extended now, and no one 
objects, becau.-.e I teach and preach 
among colored, as well as white people. 
Of course, I very much prefer the society 
of intelligent white people to tliat of ig 
iiorant blacks ; but my Bible teaches 
that God is no respecter of persons, and 
I have ever felt it incumbent upon the 
minister to bear glad tidings to all 
classes. 

I feel, however, that little can be ac- 
complished uiitil we have a small settle- 
ment of Brethren, and a church of our 
own to worship in. I trust God's Spirit 
may move the hearts of at least a few, 
and direct them to Georgia. Alone, 
among a people differing in their views so 
ujuch from me, and occupying their 
houses to preach in, it seems almost im 
possible to start the work of building up 
our church.*" Man is unable to accom- 
])lish the desired end. God is able, for 
ills aid I will pray, still work, and wait 
content v>'ith his promises. 
Yours fraternally, 

E. Heyser. 



Ma 



Georgia. 



L.et.ter From liausas. 

Oed.\r Creek Church, ) 
December 24, 1874. J 
Editor Companion and Visitor : 

Having received letters 
of inquiry from Biethren in the east, 
concerning our condition here, in this 
part of the Brotlierhood, we will just say 
in short, that we need help; we have 
some Brethren here who are actually in 
need, and if wc don't getlielp from some 
source, there will be suffering. We have 
helped one another as long as we could 
do so, and we have been also called upon 
for help by Brethren outside of our 
church, and if the Brethren east feel dis- 
posed to help us a little, we can help our- 
selves and those that have called upon us 
for assistance. 
Dry goods and flour are cheap, but 



other things nre high here and there is 
no money lo buy with. Elder Jesse Stu- 
debaker is appointed to receive all con- 
tributions that may be sent ; he will re 
ceiptfor the same, and we will see that 
they are judiciously applied. Send all 
contributions to ■ Garuett, Anderson 
county, Kansas. 

We forwarded a letter to the Compan- 
ion and Visitor some time ago, and are 
sorry it was not published, as we arc in 
need of help. 

Fraternally, 

Jesse Studebaker, 
Peter Struble, 
Emanuel J. jMiller, 
Ministers. 
John M. Miller, 

C. KOD.\BAUGa, 

L. P. Lilly, 

Deacons. 

Garnctt, A'ulemnn count;/, lemma's. 
«"^-* ^ 

Destitution iu the YVi-st. 

December l.Sih, 1874. 
James Quinter: — 

Beloved, respected and esteemed 
brother in Christ, after my hearty greet- 
ings to you, I would say dear brother 
that on Friday last, December lltii, we 
had a special council meeting in order to 
make arrangeujents for the sup)i!ying of 
immediate wants of our destitute breth- 
ren in the west. 

It is a known fact to our brethren gen- 
erally, that large portions of Kansas and 
Nebra.-ka, and parts of Dacota h, Colora- 
do and-^inncsota, have been visited, or 
rather laid waste, by the dearth and 
locusts, (grasshoppers,) the past summer, 
so that in some parts of the above named 
states and territories no kind of grain or 
vegetation were raised ; and consecpiently 
great devastion exists in all these places, 
mostly, however, in the two first named 
states, where assistance is needed to a 
great extent, and unless their wants are 
suiiplied, and that speedily, starvation 
will most assuredly ensue. 

In this church district we liave ap- 
pointed soliciting committees, who are to 
canvass the district and urge the Breth.- 
ren and others to subscribe immediately, 
such as wheat, corn, clothing, boots, 
shoes, etc. We have also appointed a 
comnjittee of the Brethren to attend to 
the shipping business- Our railroad 
companies have agreed to carry our con- 
cributions without charge. Our millers 
have agreed to do all tlie grinding at re- 
duced rates, for a mere trifle. We have 
brethren in Kansas and Nebraska, at 
certain points, who are acting as receivers 
and distributing agents. We do not 
think it prudent to ship any of our dona- 
tions to those agents appointed by the 
general aid societies, as we are well aware 
that such agents sometimes misapply the 
donations, and turn it to their own ad-, 
vantage and speculation. We shall, 
therelbre, try and avoid all occasion for 
^pe.!ulation, so that the needy may have 
all the benefit of our donations. 



Now, my dear brethren, wherever you 
are, all you that are in favorable circum- 
stances, we appeal to you for assistance ; 
we appeal to your liberality. Let us all 
do .something. Let us go hand in hand 
to do good unto our lellow men. The 
apostle tells us tc do good "unto all men, 
especially unto theiu who arc of the 
household of faith." Brethren, let us 
think of it, we that have comfortable 
houses, clothes, bread to cat, and all that 
is necessary for the comforts in life. Yea, 
let us think of it, that many of our breth- 
ren, their families, and their little ones, 
and their neighbors, are deprived of 
these blessings, pinched with hunger,cold 
and nakedness, and we that are under 
favorable circumstances, can so easily re- 
lieve them from these privations and suf- 
ferings, by each one of us doing a little 
for them. But, brethren, we must go to 
work. 

Dear brethren and sisters, I would cite 
you to what the apostle James saith, 
2:15,16. All our talking will not relieve 
them ; all our praying even, will not help 
them any, unless we show our faith by 
our works. There are thousands of our 
Brethren and other good people, who 
have not the least idea of the sufferings 
and privations of these poor people. 
Brethren, think of these things. There 
are not only a few dollars worth of pro- 
visions needed, neither will a few hun- 
dred thousand dollars suffice ; the closest; 
estimation that we can possibly make, to 
supply their suffering wants, will he two 
millions of dollars,^ ($2,000,000. ) Breth- 
ren, depend upon it, this is not an over 
estimation. Brethren, think of it,, there 
are at !ea-,t sixty thousand (60,000,) and 
probably on^i hundred thousand (100,000) 
I)ersons, who must be cared for ; they 
must not only be clothed and fed, but 
thev must be supplied with seed and feed 
grain ; unless this is done, they cannot 
put out any crop in coming spring. 

We do not expect that our brethren in 
the more eastern states shall send any 
grain tr flour from their states. We 
would simply say to them, if they wish to 
send any grain, that wheat, corn and 
oats, can be had. any quantity, in tho 
middle and northern counties of Iowa. 
Prices here at present range as follows : 
wheat, 65c. to70e. per busbel ; corn, 50c. 
to 60c. Shipping gratis. We have 
come to the conclusion that it is best to 
ship flour, as some live in isolated places 
away from mills, and probably must give 
heavy toll for grinding. We expect to 
ship some provisions this week. We» 
have sent them small donations hereto- 
fore, which were very thankfully received 
by the needy people. 

Now, biothcr James, I was requested 
by the Brethren to write the foregoing 
and send to you for publication, you can 
publish as much of it as you may think 
proper. 

Y^ours in love, 

E. K. BUECHLEY. 
Wato'loo, Iowa. 



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Uistrict Meeting. 



rroceedings of t1ie Special Meeting of tUe 
NortJieni District of Illinois. 

December 8th, 1874. 
Morning Session. 

Pursuant to call, delegates from all the 
churches, except Naperville, assembled 
iu council, at Cherry Grove, Carroll 
county, Illinoi;*, December 8th, 1874. 

After singing, prayer and the reading 
of thj 8th chapter of 2nd Corinthians, 
the meeting was organized by electing 
Martin Meyers, Moderator, and M. M. 
Eshelman, Clerk. The Moderator then 
read the call of the meeting, and stated 
the object to be the perfecting of a plan 
to collect supplies for the needy in Kan- 
sas and Nebraska. Letters and the pub- 
lished appeals of the Brethren in Kansas 
were read. 

On motion it was agreed that the name 
ot this society be "Tbe Northern Illinois 
Relief Society of the Brethren," known 
as the "Old German Baptists." 

The propriety of sending grain to the 
needy, was then considered. The opin- 
ion prevailed that no grain should be 
sent at this time, and that all grain dona- 
tions should be converted into money. 

]*ending the discussion of appointing 
soliciting committees, the meeting ad- 
journed to partake of refreshments. 

Aftebnoon Session. 

The delegates met to prepare a plan of 
operations, and to adopt a permanent or- 
ganization. They reported the following: 
Treasurer, John llowland, Lanark, Illi- 
nois ; Corresponding Secretary, M. i\L 
Eshelman, Lanark, Illinois ; Auditors, 
Jacob Zuck and Daniel Kingery. 

Soliciting Committee. 

Waddams Grove — Isaac Kemper and 
John Wales. 

Yellow Creek — Samuel Studebaker and 
Jacob Delp. 

Cherry GrOTC— S. H. Wolf and L 
Rowland. 

West Branch — J. Slifer and D. Gar- 
ber. 

Silver Creek — B. Swengly and IL 
Rowe. 

Pine Creek- J. W. Price and B. 
Springier. 

Rock River— D. N. Wingert and S. 
Riddlesperger. 

Rock Creek — J. L. Meyers and I. L. 
Conner. 

Milledgeville — J. J. Fike and A. Liv>« 
engood. 

Hickory Grove — A. Baker and A. 
Musselman. 

Arnold's Grove — D. Kingery and J. 
Royer. 

Soliciting committees to vi.sit members 
in their respective congregations and col- 
lect supplies. They are at liberty to call 
brethren to a.ssist thcui, or, if nei^c.s.sary, 
to call the brethren and sisters of their 
congregations together, All contribu- 



tions to be forwarded to John Rowland, 
Lanark, Illinois. 

The forwarding agent, or Treasurer, 
was ordered to instruct distributing 
agents to aid the needy, who are not 
members of the church, but who live in 
the vicinity of aided Brethren. "As we 
have therefore opportunity, let us do 
good unto all men, especially unto them 
who are of the household of faith." — 
Gal. 6:10. 

The delegates then returned and re- 
ported their labors. The following reso- 
lution was adopted : 

Resolved, That brethren John Forney, 
sr., S. C. Slump and Christian Forney, 
of Falls City, Nebraska, act as a distrib- 
uting committee for the states of Kansas 
and Nebraska. 

The following sums of money were then 
received : 

^yaddams Grove $ 30 00 

Yellow Creek 25 40 

Silver Creek 52 50 

Pine Creek 69 60 

West Branch 106 00 

Rack River 131 05 

Cherry Grove 141 72 

$556 27 

Sent when the calls were first made : 

Milledgeville $26 15 

PineCreek 31 00 

Hickory Grove 40 00 

$ 97 15 



Contributions to date, $653 42 

On motion the following resolution was 
adopted : 

Resolced, That a copy of these pro* 
ceedings be sent to the Companion and 
Visitor, Tlie Weekly l^ligrim and FiVt- 
dicator for publication. 

Requests for aid must be addressed to 
the Corresponding Secretary. Let those 
in need, state whether grain can be had 
at reasonable prices within reach, or 
if they desire grain to be sent to them. 
Wherever possible, churches should or- 
ganize and make their wants known thro' 
their proper officers. 

The meeting then adjourned, all feeling, 
we trust, that God is still willing to .sup- 
ply all our needs if we patiently continue 
in his service. 

Martin Meyers, 

M. M, Eshelman, Moderator. 

Clerk. 



Kielter troui Kansas. 

December 22, 1874. 
Brother Quinter : — 

1 write you a few 
lines for the satisfaction of our dear breth- 
ren, sisters and friends, who have, and 
are still extending to us their sympathy 
by their liberal donations, which are en- 
abling us to relieve, or rather help many 
that had just come to the point of dire 
necessity. I have not as yet found many 
really suffering, but if many had not been 
helped at the time they were, undoubt- 
edly they would have suffered much ; 



and it may be that many yet will have to 
suffer for the necessaries of life before 
their wants can be attended to by the 
canvassing brethren, whom we have .sent 
out tor that purpose. W^e hope howev-< 
er that our brethren may be guided by 
the Lord in the right way and to the 
most needy of his suffering people, as we 
hold this to be his work and not our own, 
but for us to perform. And here, dear 
brethren and sisters, wc ask an interest in 
your prayers, that we may be enabled in 
every move we make to act with an eye 
single to Kis glory, and thus make right 
and proper distribution of all donations 
coming into our hands that it may re- 
dound to the glory of our Father's prec- 
ious name. 

Many of our dear brethren and sisters, 
who forward to us their donations, ask 
us to acknowledge the receipt of moneys 
through the Companion and Visitor, 
which is all right, and whicli we purpose 
doing as soon as possible, but. at present 
can only promise to receipt by letter to 
every brother and_ .--ister upon the re- 
ceipt of their contribution. This rule we 
adopt, being compelled to do so from the 
present in the absence of our assistant 
treasurer and secretaiy, brother E. Gar- 
man, who left us several days after our 
council and has not yet returned, and 
thus throwing the entire labor upon our- 
self, which is no small amount. We 
shall endeavor by the help of God and 
the prayers of the faithful, to keep a 
strict account of all that pa.sses through 
our hands, so we may in the end be able 
to give full satisfaction to all. If any 
who send to us should not receive our 
acknowledgment, or receipt, in due time 
after sending, they will pli,ase inform us 
by letter, and we will notify them wheth- 
er we have or have not received their 
favor. All donations should be sent 
either in post office orders, (on St. Joe 
office. Missouri,) or drafts on First Na- 
tional Banks. 

To our dear brethren James L. Swit- 
zer and James Bailey, who arc somewhere 
in ihe Brotherhood soliciting donations 
for the needy, as it has been sometime 
since we have heard from you, not having 
received any letter from you since j'ou 
wrote from Iowa City, Iowa, we are very 
anxious to hear from you as oPtcn as you 
can make it convenient to write. On 
yesterday we heard from both of your 
loved ones at home ; they were in usuil 
good health, and seemingly content with 
their lot. We will have meeting at 
brother James L. Switzer's school house, 
on the first Sunday in January, and on 
Saturday night previous. INIay the Lord 
be with you, and go with you while you 
go, and prosper and b'c-s your labors, so 
vou may .soon be with us again. May 
lie bless us all, and especially our liberal 
and cheerful giving brethren and sisters, 
and also our esteemed I'liends in the 
East, who have and arc still gathering 
together and forwarding to us their dona- 
tious to the needy of this stricken oouu- 



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try, willing to alleviate the sufteriiigs of 
the people as much as is within their 
power. In this our position, wc can fully 
realize that it is more blessed to give 
than to receive. Our heart felt thanks 
are extended to all. 

Your brother in Christ, 

Ar.LEN Ives. 
£urr Oul; Jeicell Co., Kansiis. 



An Appeal lor Aid. 

Mineral Creek Church, 
Johnson Co., Mo.. 

December 12, 1874. 

Dear Brethren in all places, Greeting : 

Under the providence of our 
Heavenly Father, (which is always right,) 
we find ourselves in want, as our wheat 
crop has been an entire failure ; and ow- 
ing to the long continued drouth, the 
corn crop will not average over three 
bushels per acre. The oat crop also has 
been a failure. Putatoes, perhaps one- 
fourth a crop. 

Under thc.=e circumstances, with all 
our breadstuff, and grain for stock to buy, 
upon a careful estimate, by going from 
house to house, we find it will require at 
the lowest calculation one thousand and 
three hundred dollars, ($1,300.00,) to 
take us throush to another crop ; and as 
those who love God, love also they who 
are bet'Otten of Him, we therefore confi- 
dently solicit aid at your hands, of the 
amount needed. We solicit a donation 
ot seven hundred dollars for those who 
cannot repay, and the balance of the 
thirteen hundred dollars as a loan for two 
years, hoping to be able to repay by that 
time. 

Wc have appointed brethren Daniel 
Neher. Daniel IMohler, Wilson Wyatt, 
S. Fulkner and Noah Brubakcr, as trus- 
tees, to act in behalf of the needy, also 
to sign and deliver over all promissory 
notes for money lomcd to elder John 
Harshey of Warrensburg, Johnson Co., 
Missouri, who we have appointed as our 
receiver of contributions, whether donat> 
ed or loaned, also we appointed him as 
our clerk, to whom all correspondence 
relative to loaning money .^-hould be di 
rocted, who will also forward the notes 
for money loaned, signed by our trustees, 
to those giving it in loan. 

All contributions directed to brother 
Harshey he will pass into the hands of 
our trustees, they receipting for the same. 
Now in the money sent will the brethren 
please state how much of it, if any, is 
loaned, and how much of it donated? It 
may be proper to add that immediately 
north of us, the wheat crop was 
good, and large quantities raised, .so that 
flour can be bought for $2.50 and $3.00 
per hundred weight, according to grade, 
so that it can probably be bought here 
cheaper than shipping it in. 

Now, dear brethren, we know you don't 
ask of us any pitying details of the desti> 
tution among us, neither do we resort in 
baste to lay our need before you, as we 



hoped until quite lately that we among us 
could rub through until another crop 
could be secured. In this, however, we 
find our precious hopes disappointed, 
and now direct our appeal to you, and in 
hope await your will in the matter of our 
necessities, as the Lord may incline you 
to do. We subscribe ourselves in the 
bonds of love to j'ou all. Amen. 
Signed in behalf of the church. 

Samuel S. Mohler, 
Fred. Culp, 
John M. Mohler, 
Daniel Neher, 
Wilson Wtatt, 
Samuel C. Fulker. 
I can, and do, bear testimony to the 
foregoing statement. 

John Harshey. 
Johnson Co., Mo. 

Notes <»f Travel. 

December 10, 1874. 

Editor Companion and Visitor : 

Myself and brother G. W. 
Dale left home Sunday morning, Novem- 
ber 1st, and attended a meeting at 11 a. 
m., in our district, and at night at Bro. 
Bear's schooKhouse, two miles south of 
Chenoa, McLane county. Went to Che- 
noa next morning, and took the train at 1 
a. m., arriving at Bloomington at 2:30 
a. m., where we changed cars for St. 
Joseph, Mis,souri, going via of Kansas 
City, Missouri, and Atchison, Kansas. 

We arrived at St. Joseph on the morn- 
ing of the 3rd, and again changed cars 
for Fairburg, Nebraska, where we arrived 
at 4:43 p. m., same day. At this point 
we took a private conveyance for Jewell 
City, Jewell county, Kan.sas. Traveled 
fifteen miles. Staid all night with 
friend H. Lutor, and was kindiv enter- 
tained. Arrived at Bellville, Republic 
can county, Kansas, where we took din- 
ner. Crossed the Republican River at 
Scandiana. Here we found very nice 
prairie and plenty of good water, but 
timber is scarce. South of this point a 
few miles there are Brethren living, but 
we did not know it at the time. 

The night of the 4th we staid with 
friend Taylor Gaston. We arrived at 
Jewell City, in the afternoon of the 5th. 
After partaking of refreshments wc took 
a walk through the city. Later in the 
afternoon we started on our journey and 
arrived at cousins Elias and Noah Dale, 
brothers to G. W. Dale. These are 
young brethren. Staid with them a few 
hours, and took supper. We then went 
to David Dale's same evening, where we 
remained all night. Found them all well. 
On the 6th we went to vi.sit the brethren 
and sisters, and at night had meeting at 
brother David Dale's. 

On the 7th we went tolona, stopped a 
few moments and left an appointment in 
the lona school-house for night. Then 
went to brother Caleb Kinsey's, a deacon 
in the church. Took sup|)er, and then 
went to the place of meeting. Had a 



good turnout and good attention. After 
meeting went home with brother David 
Balliet, where the Brethren held there 
rotation meeting on Sunday, the 8th, at 
11a. m. And after meeting, by request, 
we went home with a friend by the name 
of Brink worth, to see his sen, a member 
of the church, as he was not able to at- 
tend meeting. At night had meeting 
again in lona. Had good order and at- 
tention. Think that there might be good 
accomplished here if they had meeting 
ottener. There arc about twenty mem- 
bers living close around the village, and 
the nearest mini.-ter tl-.e brethren have is 
about seventeen miles. After meeting 
went home with brother George Mont- 
gomery, a deacon in the church, and staid 
all night. 

On the 9th, went to Glenelder, Mich- 
ael county, on the Solomon river. This 
is a beautiful country. On the 10th, 11th 
and 12th traveled around through to see 
the brethren and sisters. Found them 
all well, but a good many in limited cir- 
cumstances on account of grasshoppers 
and the drouth l>y which they lost their 
entire crops. We think it a duty all the 
brethren and sisters have to perform to 
alleviate thewants of these distressed peo- 
ple; all Brethren who have any to spare 
should cheerfully lend a helping hand, as 
they have not grain enough to carry them 
through and plant another crop. 

On the 13' h, we left in the morning 
for brother Allen Ives, elder of this dis- 
trict. Was conveyed by brother Mont- 
gomery to brother Ives' place, about 
seventeen miles from lona, where we had 
meeting, and at night had meeting in the 
Town Hall in Burr Oak. After meeting 
went home with elder Ives. . This is in 
Jewell county, about nine miles from the 
state line on the north, and about two 
hundred miles from the eastern boundary 
line. 

On the 14th started for the railroad 
north, in Nebraska. Was conveyed by 
brother H. Faidley to brother W. Grubb's 
where we took dinner. After dinner 
brother Grubb conveyed us to brother 
Henry Meyers', where we spent the even- 
ing in exhortation and singing, with those 
young members. Was kindly entertained. 
On the 15th, continued our journey. 
Was conveyed by brother Meyers within 
about twelve miles of Edgar, Clay county, 
Nebraska, where we took the train for 
the eastern part of Kansas. We will 
just say to all the brethren and sisters, 
that they have our thanks for their kind- 
ness shown us while traveling through 
their country, and wishing the blessing of 
God, both spiritually and temporal, upon 
you all. 

We arrived at Edgar at dark. Stopped 
all night in a boarding house. While 
traveling through Knuckle county, Ne- 
braska, we were overtaken by a man who 
knew us to be members of the German 
Baptist Church. He desired us to stop 
and stay with his folks a day or two, for 
they wished to unite with the church, aa 



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CHRISTIAN FAMILY COMPANION AND GOSPEL VISITOR. 



they were acquainted wich the Brethren 
in Southern Illinois, but could not, as we 
had sent au appointuicnt ahead, (('orftet 
the person's name.) Thty live south- 
eatit ofEigar, about seven miles. 

On the IGih took the train at 5:45 a.m. 
for Troy Junction cast, and at. 5 p. m. 
changed card for Atch.ison, where we 
staid ali ni^ht. On tlie 17th took the 
train for Grasshopper Falls. Got thro' 
at 2 p. m Then traveled two ?iiiles on 
foot to uncle Andrew Hoot's. This is in 
Jefferson county, Kansas. Took dinner, 
and then went to Ozawkic, eighty miles, 
where we had an appointment in the 
Brethren's meeting house. Staid in the 
neiKhbirhood Gve or six days and had 
live meetings ; vi.'^it'iig in tlie daytime 
and meeting at night. Saw a good many 
brethren and sisters and found them all 
in good health, with exception of bad 
colds. Here I found a good many rela 
tivcs that 1 never saw boi'ore. 

On the 23rd, we left for Atchison and 
Brown county and while traveling thro' 
found four more of my cou.-ins, David 
and Jac.-)b Pager. On the 2ith, went to 
cousin II. Smail's and staid ail night. 
This is in brother Hiram Sawyer's dis 
trict of the church. On the 25!.h, went 
to cousin Theophilus Jacque's. He is a 
deacon in the cimrch. Took supper and 
at night had meeting in his school house, 
bad good attenlimi. Onlhe2G(h staiti'd 
on our journey for home. Took ihu 
train at Atchison, and arrived home at 
5:10 p. m. on the 28; h. Was delayed on 
the road on account of ,^now drifts at 
Louisiana, Missouri. Found all well, 
thank the Lord for his kind and protect- 
ing care. 

Yours fraternally, 

K. Hkckman. 

Cornell, Illinois. 

(Pilgrim and Vindicator copy.) 



KansBH Nee«ty. 

Deck.mueli 25th, 1874. 

Dear Brethren and Skhrs : 

As I have been called 
upon to write to you for aid, I will give a 
brief sketch of the condition we arc 
placed in. We made a inutial failure in 
raising a crop last year, and this year we 
made almost a complete faduro of a sum- 
mer's crop. Wheat is almost the only 
frrain we have, and that was damaccd 
very badly by the ehiniz bugs. The 
draught cutting all other things very 
fihort ; and a uuuierous swarm of Grass-, 
hoppers were bu.-<ily feeding on the h df 
withered beans, corn, leave.: of apple 
trees and pear trees, and all other vigc- 
talion that was green, devouring portions 
of the peaches with the leaves. 

From tliese cau-es, br(!lhrcii and sisters, 
we have Hreihrer! ;>nd friends among us, 
v.h'j are destitute (>!' !'"oil and r.iinmnt, 
and many more rsearly so. We feel tiiat 
Komethiug must be dono for their relief; 
therefore wc laid the case bel'ore the 



church, and she decided to ask aid of the 
Eastein Brethren, for the relifif of our 
own poor, through the Brethren's period- 
icals. We have appointed a committee 
to receive the alms sent, and report ac- 
cordingly. Direct all your donation.', in«. 
tended for the Washington Creek Ciiurch, 
to.brother John C. Metskcr ; his address 
is (Viinton, Dougla.ss county, Kansas. 

We have heard that the different rail- 
roads will shin from the east to the west, 
aid, free of charge, and if so, grain is just 
as good as money. But if they donate, 
we think money would be the best to 
send. If any shipinng is done by rail, 
Ijawrenee is the proper depot ; and if 
money is sent, please send drafts, or |iost 
office oiders, payable at Lawrence. But 
still direct letters containing drafis, to 
brother John Metskcr, Clinton, Douglass 
county, Kansas. 

Signed in behalf of the church. 

James K. Hilrey, 
John Bowek, 

rETER BllUUAICEU, 
ChllllSTOIMIEll Fl.OUY, 
JOUN W. SxiiT.SMAN, 

l^linisters. 
Daniel Weybriout. 
John L Winter, 
Eli Floky, 
Henry Svitler, 
Jacob Markley, 
Levi. Flohy, 

Deacon?. 
Ilolluiff, Kansas. 

(Pilgrim and Vindicator copy.) 



Help lite Needy. 

December 9th, 1<S74. 

Mr. James Quintcr : — 

While reading of 
the destitution and sore needs of those in 
some of t;ie Wesicrn States, I could not 
refrain from shedding tears. I at once 
resolved to send two dollars for their re- 
lief. This passage came inio my mind, 
"Freely ye have received, freely give," 
and so I send you five dollars, which I 
want you to distiibute among several of 
the Brethren whom you know to be in 
deepest need. 

I am a day laborer, and am out of em- 
ployment for the winter, but thank God 
1 am blest above many others, — I have 
enough to carry me through the winier. 

Why does not the chuich set a day for 
fasting and prayer, that God may deliver 
us all from this jianic and famine in the 
West? 1 believe, sir, if God's people 
would get in earnest abouc this matter, 
that God would pour such a bic.-sing 
upon US, that our barns and store-houses 
would not contain it, or at least relieve all 
wants. God reigns and possesses all things; 
then why not ask llim? What is the 
Use of appenling to the arm of flesh, 
whose syiii pal hies are frrzcn? 

I am not aCliristian,and am in trouble. 
Will the Brethren i)ray for my conver- 
sion and that God may deliver mo from 



all my trouMcs ? Send one dollar to Jos. 
Howe mentioned in Companion and Vis- 
itor. No. 49, page 771, December 8th. 

How many more will respond to the 
cry of those in need ? I want to add this 
testimony, viz : That I never gare a dol- 
lar to God, but that I got from fifty to a 
hundred fold in return. "In as much as 
ye did it unto the le ist of these my breth- 
ren, ye did it unto me." 
Ilespectluliy, 



uien. 

We admit no pootry under any circumstan 
ces in connection with Ol>ituaiy Notices. Wo 
wi.ili to use all alilce, and we could not inseit 
versos with a)l. 



Iq tbe CoDemauKh congregation, Cambria 
founty, Penn'a, on Monday, December 7th, 
1874, sister Elizabeth, wife of brother John 
Gossaid, aged CO years and 10 days. 

Our deceased sister who?e miiiden name 
WES liOn^i v/as born in Bedford county, Pa., 
bat afterwards moved to Indiana county, 
same state, where iu 1841 she was married. 
She was a oonsistent mcnber of the church 
of the Brethren for about twenty ycar.= , «nd 
died ill the gloiiv)as hope of a blissful im- 
mortality in the future. She li^aves a large 
family to mourn the loss of a kind and af- 
fcetioiialc wife and mother. Fr.'ieral dis- 
cour-c by D Hiliiebrand and 8. BensholF; 
T<xt, Job 14:1-7. 

Also, in the (^onemaugh church, Dec. 23, 
Bi.<ter Nancv, wife of brother John Goch- 
nour, riee'd., aged 7S ye. rs, 10 months and 
11 days. Funeral discourse by S Ilihie- 
brauii, S. Bjallier, 8. Bousholf and the 
writer. TcXt, I-aiah 3S:1. 

David Hildebuakd. 

On October 15th, of diplheria, Charles 
Hak- et, son of Chas. H. and Emeline Soper, 
and grandson of Samuel and Catharine 8 i- 
plee, aged 9 yeari, 1 mouth and 3 < ays. 

In the South Keokuk branch, • Keokuk 
county, Iowa, October 8th, old brother C. 
Wonder; ich, sr., aged 78 years, 4 raoaths 
an<l y diys. 

Ueraarks from Job 14:14. Funeral servic-3 
by tnother Jacob Brower and the writer, to a 
large congregatiou. 

John Frits. 

On the 35th day of May, near Wayneti- 
boro', PtPn'a, Nakcf Fitz, oldest child of 
David Bciichotl, and sifter of Susan F. B. 
Fnbrney, aged about 55 years. 

She h:id never joiued any church, nor dirt 
she pel fefs to know whether she i.i prepared 
to go to h'-avcn, t ut a f w (";»ys before htr 
death. Her disease was cancer. 

Also. Bl saiuo pl^ec. October, 1874, Joun 
Benchoff, sr., niicle of the above named 
8ister.'=, a^e.l over 91 yeirs. 

ile resi-'ed at the Monterey S ring, on the 

South Moui'Uin. where he r^iscl a large 

family of I'hilren. Re wa": a member of 

the M. E. Church. The chil'reu have lost 

a kind-hearted father, and the community a 

brave titir.L':), and the cit zi-ns a ^ood nciuh- 

; bor. He 1i.tr c large circle of fiieeds in 

' Catubria con ity. Pa. His remain,? «eie iri- 

I terrcd on ^is farm at the tide of Saiah, hi J 

wife, who preceded him twelve yeais. 

I). D- Fauuney. 

OutboUUiid of April, 1874, iu Waynes^ 



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boro', Franklin county, Pa., Susan Frakci-, 
Benciioff, wife of U. D. FnhrniiV, aiid 
yonugcst riauuhler of David Baucboff, aged 
S3 yeaM, 3 mouths atu! clays. 

She liad been sieli about two years, thou'.;h 
at times able to do her house-woik. On the 
24th of October 1871, she gave her heart to 
Jesus, aiid was made to rejoice in his love. 
Her last words, after passiui; throuah srrsat 
tribulation, were : "I am s;oing to my dear 
.Jesus." Her rema.ns were inleired at 
■Pi ice's Church. Funeral sermon by Dr. VV. 
T. Spott^wooii, pastor of the M- E. (Jhurch. 
She leaves a daughter ten years old and one 
three years old. 

D. D. Fadrney. 

In Wilson county, Kansas, December 30, 
of consuuipiion, Lokena Bell, danght«)r of 
Catharine auc John Spanijle, aged 13 ycais, 
7 months and 1 day. 

This is the uiulli child our beloved brother 
and sijter have lost— seven of th.t number 
by coasnmpiioa. Funeral discourse from 
Hebrews 13:14 : "For here have we no con- 
tinuini? ciy," by the writer and brother 
I F. Herr. 

Sidney Hodcden, 
IPllgrim please copy.] 

At his residence on lh3 South Mountain, 
Was ington county. Maryland, our aged 
brother J .cob Mbktz, 81 yeais of age. 

He had b' en blmd for twelve years, and 
his afllietiou was lo g, but without much 
pain. He passed away leaving a larue fa.ii- 
ily of ehildien, grand and great-grandchil- 
dren. His remains arc resting in Fuhrney's 
gvaVvyard- Funeral occasion improved 
from the words : 'Our light afflielious are 
but for a moment," by a brother. 

A. Cos . 

At his residence near Beaver Creek, Md., 
of coneunipLiou, on the 10th of December, 
Mr. Randolph Hoffma«j, aared Gf) yeais, 7 
months and 20 days. > His funeral was im- 
proved by the Rev. J. Harp, and a brother. 

A. Cost. 

In the Ilcmlocl^ congregation, Hunter- 
don couuiy, iSew Jersey, sister Margaubt 
Ann Sn PdERn, in her 51st year. 

Her disease vvas cancer, wiih which she 
Bufl'ered lonsr but patiently. Fun. ral dis- 
course by brother R. Hyde, from Joh:i 14:1- 
3 inclusive, to a very large congngatiou of 
Bympaihizing friends. 

A- Chambeelin, 

In the Dee; River con grcgai ion Puwcshiek 
county, Iowa, December 82, Tuoaias Parks, 
father of s.ster McKee, aged 99 years and 
3 momhs. 

He had long lived with bis widowed 
daughter and her children who caret for 
him as a father shoal'i be cared for. He re- 
marked just before Lis departure, thai it 
was the tirst time he was unable to help 
himfelfiiall his life. Funeral occasion 
improved by elder W. H. Palmer of the 
Brethren and elder Webtr of the German 
Reformed. 

H. R. Taylor. 

On the Clh ot October, in the Milledgville 
church, John ABR\nAM, infant son ol Ross 
Brant, aged 7 months and 2 days. Funeral 
discou:se by the Brethfen. 

Martin Meyers. 

Near McAlistersville, Pa-, December 10th, 
Mrs. Emma Smith, daughter of brother John 
and si.stcr Mary ISeshorc, aged 30 years, 10 
mouths f-nd one day. 

She made her peace with her Maker before 
she died. She leaves a large number of 
friends to mouru her loss. Funeral eeryices 



by brother Andrew Beshorc and Solomon 
Seiber, from 1st '■'eter 1 last two verpts. 

W. H. Kurtz. 
IPilgrirn pb ase copy.] 



ISTOFMONKYS RKOKIVED for 
SUBSCRIPTION, BOOKS, etc.. 



ITuri.?akerMrs. 1 25 



ILirley M J 
Freed Jac 
Martin S II 
Myers C 
Oogan S 
^Vo^k^lan N 
Buck S:uu'l 
OdeTl Marg 
L;;slie Saralt 
Bowser B F 
Khively I A 
Wogoiuon J 
Siiumons L 
Hcltzel J 
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Wi'pon N 3 20 

Ilars'nberffer S 5 25 
Stower K W IS 75 
Gable Jno 10 55 
Eikcnbcrry S 15 00 
Prowaiit D 4 80 
Mason C A 5 00 
Holtz Phebe 
Lutz I 



Boggs W 
Mahle A W 
Kollar G V 
Helser S 



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Yoder S 


5 00 


Loehr F P 


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Mvers I 


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Fike A 


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Longanecker S 1 60 [Icndriekson Zl 50 

Oruli Eliz 1 70 " " 

FrantzCath C 1 80 

Blouijh E J 1 45 

ButterbaughDS 14 40 

I'uterbaugh S 1 60 

Haws E 5 00 

Deardoiff J 5 80 

H. B. Brumbaugh 4 45 ; I. Watson 75 ; D 
Trump 1 70; KhO'ia A. Brown 5 80; Saiah 
A. Bowman 1 (JO; P. L. Lint 1 75; Eliz Hess 
1 60; Rachel Boyle 86 3.i; C Mark 4 80; R 
E. Reed 13 00 ; A. cSummay 10 30 ; D. J. 
Shaff -r 1 50; E. Mowen 1 6>; Wm Leather- 
man 15 85; J. Shick 3 00; J. W. Moats 3 00, 
Jos. Mooniaw 4 40 ; H. Stott 1 60 ; B. F. 
Swiuehea't 1 tiO ; .Jac Brubaker 3 30 ; C. 
Hiteechew 1 50; K. Smith 1 69; H. B. Rer- 
loale 3 00; N. B. Blough 43 30; W. W. Roy 
5 30; C. Custer 5 .50 ; A. MoElhaney 1 CO; 
II. Musselman 1 00 ; C Urner 1 60 ; J. K. 
Davis 75 ; Eliz. Lauriis 1 60 ; Diacah Miller 
1 60; Jos. Meyers 3 30; J J Shively 1 6"; A 
H Hanira 15 84 ; D W Wiugert 15 7 ; E 
Forney 1 60; I Voorhees 1 10; A B Wilt 1 70; 
C F M«r!,i;i 3 30; S Bock 1 60; J H Dale 90; 
G Gaiber 15 15: J C Hance 1 00; H Speieh- 
er 1 00; D Wolf 11 5), B Overholeser 85. 



Pierce, and in tiie face of such evidence 
who can longer ddubt that the Doctoi-'s 
medicines cure the wor.-it cases of Chron- 
ic Catarrh. 

The Great Favfirste %Vitb the lia- 

<lj«*s. 

Wm. Forsyih Bynum & Son, druggists 
of Live Oak, Fia., write Sept. 16, 1874, 
a.s follosvs : "Di-. R. V. Pierce, Hiiffalo, 
N. Y.— Your Golden Medical Discovery 
and Purgative Pellets- sell very largely 
and give complete sati.sfaclion, as num- 
bers of our custoniin'.^. and friends testify 
with pleasure. Youi- Favorite Prescrip- 
tion is ind(;ed the great h'avorite with the 
laiiics, and ntimbors can s-iy with joy tliat 
it h;is saved them from eking out a mis" 
arable life or meeting with premature 
death, and restored them to health and 
happiness." 

Thousands of women ble.ss the day on 
which Dr. Pierce's Favorite Prescription 
was first made known to them. A ."^iLgle 
bottle often gives delicate and suffering 
women more re-Iief than months of treat- 
ment from their fimily;physician. In all 
those derangements causing back ach.e, 
dragging down sensations, nervous and 
general debilily, it is a sovereign remedy. 
Its soothing and healing Droj)erties ren- 
der it, of the utmost value to i-idics suf- 
fering from inierna! fever, congestion, 
inflammation or ulcerMtion, and its 
siiTiighthcning effects tend to correct dis- 
placements of internal parts, the result of 
weakness of natural supports. It is sold 
by all druggists. 

Dr. Pierck"s pamphlet on Diseases 
peculiar to Women will be sent to any 
address on receit)t of two stamps. Ad- 
dress as above. 



A W»Jk,iug Aftverlist-inent. 

Li.MESTONE Springs, S. C. 
Dr. R. V. Pierce, Buffalo, N. Y. : 

Dear Sir — I am a w;ilking advertise 
ujcnt for your Golden Medical Discovery, 
Purgative Pellets and Dr. Sage's Catarrh 
Remedy, they having cured me of Ca- 
tarrh of nine years' standing, which was 
so bad that it disfigured my nose, and, 
while curing it, your medicines also cured 
me ot Asthma in its worst and most ag- 
gravated form. Before using your medi- 
cines I had becDme reduced in fle.sli from 
one hundred and hfty five to one hundred 
and fifteen pounds, and I now weigh one 
hundred and sixly-two pounds, and am 
in better health than I have enjoyed for 
twenty years. 

Yours truly, 

J. L.LUMSDEN. 

The above is but a fair sample of hun- 
dreds of letters which arc received by Dr. 



Agetsts Wanted, 

To Fell Buffalo R'ibes on commission. For 
particulars addre.'^s with stamp, 

J, S. FLORY, 
49 3ra. Buffalo, Weld Co , Colorado. 

Pure-Bred 5..ig5»t Brubutas- 
Pea comb, t'ue to feather, and cannot be 
excelled for size, etc. Wo will ship by ex- 
press to any one a cockerel and two pullets, 
for live ($5.00) dollars. Address, 

S. Beard, 
35. Polo, Ills. 

VaS««b8e FarsM For Sale. 

A farm containing 108 acres in Westmore- 
land county, Penn'a. two and one-half miles 
south of Donegal on county line road. About 
85 acres cleand and balance good timber. 
Has a good orci ard and also stone coal. 
The buildings are a good two story dwelling 
house with cellar under it, a large bank barn 
wii.h all necessary outbnildiufs ; good spring 
and also a well near the house ; church not 
a quarter of a miie bud school house con- 
venient ; grist and saw mills within one-half 
mile. 

For particulars or any information con- 
cerning the farm call on Tobias .Meyers near 
Mineral Point, Ephr.sini Cover near Bovliu, 
or with nie on the f.irm. 

John K. Meveks. 

ai-tf. Donegal, Pa. 



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NEWSPAPER COMMENT 

UPON THE 

AMERICAN NEWSPAPER ADVERTISING 
AGENCY, 

CONni'CTED BY 

Cjeorge 1>. Koivell A. Co., 

No. 41 Pauk Row, 
NEW YORK. 



Ab tbe proprietors of the first and most 
extentive of these agencies in New Yoilv, 
they aro well qualifled to furnisb informa- 
tion. The details of the work transacted by 
the agency, and the way it is done, tbe per- 
fection of tbe arranjieraiMits for facilitating 
the act of advertising by relieving the adver- 
tiser of tiou'loand expense, and bringing 
before him all the various mediums througL- 
out the country, with tbe necessary linowl- 
edge pertaining to them, an given with a 
minuteness 'hat leaves nothine to be desiied. 
All the parliculars respecting the character 
and position of a newspaper wblch an in- 
tending advertiser desiros to Itnow are 
placed before him in the most concise foim. 
— New York Times, June 7ib, 1874. 

It is indeed no snrpriFc that tbeir bouse is 
BO prosperous, and that they a'e tbe leading 
advertising agents in tbe world. We would 
prefer, so far as we are concerned, to have a 
column or more of miscellaneous advertise- 
ments from this firm, than to receive the 
same amount made up of one direct from 
each ho'JBe on their list. The comIni^8iou 
allowed is saved by lostes, as they pay 
every cent they conlrnct for, and pay it 
promptly, and the kef-iir.g of one open ac- 
count with snch a firm is much plcasanler 
than with the thousand persons whom they 
send us adverliseinents for. Tbey do an 
honorable, legitimate busiiitss,on a business 
basis, If publishers, having d<^a!ings with 
them, want anything in their line — and they 
supply eveiything fiom a fpring bodkin to a 
cylinder prets, — typ-s, inks and all, they fill 
their orders promptly, at manufacturers' 
prices, and we can say that we have received 
the best newspaper and book ink, ever fur- 
nished us, and at a lower price than w; ever 
bought for elsewhere. The "Uepubljian" 
has had dealin^rs with this bous'; for over 
six years, and in all that time, we never 
have bad any reason to cora'.ilaiii of our 
trcatmcct. — .Meriden (Conn.) Republican. 

Are, without doubt, tbe leaJing Advertis- 
ing Agents in ihc United States- and, there- 
fore, of the woild. Thy have, by the free, 
literal and yet well diic'ted nfe of nioney, 
bu.lt IhenHelves up in the t st-em of the 
leading publisbeis a"d advertisers of tbe 
continent, and by an unu.^ual energy have 
succeeded in ptrficting in every detail a 
business that nore than auything else ttlls 
of ihe giowth and i'lipmia'wc of tbe news- 
paper businesa. — Memphis (Tenn.) Appeal. 

Their bi^ein'ss has grown to be Bomelhing 
enormous. Every i apcr in ihe coui.try is 
on file at th' h cflicc, mid it is iio uncoin- 
nion thing for them to receive a mail of fif- 
teen or tweniy bushels of newspaperf Nor- 

Valk, CouD., Gi^elte. 

Have comi'lete'.y systemati/.cd the busi- 
ness, and after fi\e yeais' expeiience we ran 
truthfully state that we find the (inn to be 
prompt, couitvous, comuccj.— Grayville, 
Ills., independent. 

TUcy can be relied upon in every way, be- 
ing woithyof implicit confideDcc— New Or- 
Jeflne, J^a., I'rice current. 



While advancing their own interests, ad- 
vance also those of every publisher. — South 
Bethlehem, Pa., Progress. 

The trustworthy business character and 
enterprise is well reflected. — Utica, N. Y., 
Herald. 

Have completely systematizbd the busi- 
ness. — Griggsville, Ills., Reflector. 



To Ailvertlsers. 

All persons who contemplate making con- 
tracts with newspapers for tbe insertion of 
advertisements should send 35 cts. to 

GEO P. ROWELL & CO., 
No. 41 Paik Row, N. Y., for their One Hpn- 
DREi) Pagd Pampulet, containing lists of 
3000 newspajiers and estimates, shovyng 
tbe cost of advertising. 
49-tf. 

TAVE WORM. 

Tbe symptoms resultant from this para- 
site on the Human Organism are numerous. 
Dyspepsia, a gnawing, g'iping sensation of 
the bowels; a defective craving; voracious 
and deprnved appetite; Inditresiion; 8"nr 
Stomach; S'ools Fetid and mixed with slime 
and partially digested worms; Foul Breath; 
Bad Taste in tbe Mouth, <fcc. Genekal 
Syjiitoms : Trembling of tbe limbs; Ner- 
vous; Palpitation of the Heart; Peevishness; 
Disturbed Sleep; Nigbtmaie; Headache; 
Temporary Blindness; Insanity; Fits; Cold 
Feet; Weak Spells; Sallow Skin; Sunken 
Eyes; Emaciation; Dropsy; Worm Fever; 
and complicaied with other Comjilaints may 
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Send a full history of your case, giving 
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ties. If you w^sh a course of treatment, 
send five dollais ; if only advice, one dollar. 
Address Dr. U. M. Beacbly, Meyeisdalc, 
Somerset Co., Pa. Refer to Editors C. F. C. 
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THE "BEERS" WHEEL 

Is gilndirg with lees water than the over- 
shot. It is just improved and will use one- 
tblid less water than any Iron wheel in use 
and is cheaper and better. 
Send lor a circular. 

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Cocohimas, Juniata, Co., Pa. 

BKI.113, (jANdl.RK & CoOIiU. 

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Also, STATIONARY ENGINES, 

Boilers, Saw-Mills, etc. 
For new descriptive cataloguea, address 
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tf. Waynesboro', Franklin Co-, Fa. 



To sell DH. CFIASE'S RECIPES ; OR, IN- 
FORMATION FOR EVERYBODY, in every 
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Enlarged by the Publisher to 048 pages. It 
contains over 2,000 household recipes, and is 
suiied to all classes and conditions of socie- 
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necessity. It sells at sight. Greatest in- 
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Sample copies sent by mail post-paid, for *3. 
Exclufivc territory given. Agents more 
than double their money. Address, D «. 
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4 9 -3m. 

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Or A Vindication of Truft Vital Pi'.ty. A 
book of 300 pages. Single copy, $1.00 j per 
dozen , by express, f9. 00. Address 

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THE CHILDREN'S PAPER. 



The Ciiili'Ken's Paper is a neatly illus- 
trated i'3;ier for the young folks. The only 
paper for children published among the 
Brotberboi/d and the pioneer of its class. 
Only 2.5 e. nts per y ar. A beautiful .Mai' of 
Palest ne to agents for clubs. Specimen 
copies on receipt of stamp. Address, 
H. J. KfUTZ, 

2 tf. PolatKi, Jtnhotiinfj Co., O. 



Is tbe title of a new book, by J. W. Bi;eii. 
It contains a cou.'^ideration of Time as used 
by the inspi ed wi iters ; the typici 1 charac- 
ter of the Jewish Pussover and its fullillment 
iuCbiist; the instiMilion, observance, and 
design of the Lord's Supper. 

The woik contains at)ont S.'iS psges, and 
will be iHiilly bimnd in fine English el th. 
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dozen, by txjjress, J8.00. 

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C. F. C. Vol- XI 




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BY JAMli'lK (ll]19iT£R. 



"Tjf 7JS love me, kecj) my commandmhtU."— Sjlsvs. 



At ^1.60 Per Anniiiu. 



New Series. MEYERSDALE, PA., TUESDAY, JAN. 19, 1875. Vol. II. No. 3. 



TheEutl. 



BY ANNIE B. J01Irs:>N. 



Dear, suffaring so\\\, boar up ! 

The pain can not be laug ! 
Across the chasm of our griefs 

1 cry to thee, "Be strong !" 

Yes, thoutjh within the darls 
Woe's bi ink we both have trod ; 

As pilgrim's lost) we call to each 
These words, "Hope thou iu God !" 

The end lis?, just before ; 

Mayhap, with glad surprise, 
Tliou Boou sh'll see the way made clear, 

Before thy wondering eyes ! 

Lo! even now his lijrht 

Strikes throjgh dim forest ways! 
Beyond ! Beyond ! Fly, bleeding feet, 

To gain ihu 'Gales of Praise !" 

No more ! no more to weep ! 

(Oh, clasp the full, rich joy,) 
Thy huutefl soul shall rest ! yes, rest. 

Where naught can e'er annoy. 

Then, cheer thee, dear, sa.l heart, 

The end lies just before ! 
Though dark the forest maze doth seem, 

He leads ! Canst ask for more ? 

— Selected. 



For the Companion and Visitob. 
B>ress. 



BY M HADY. 



That some put too much stress on 
dress is true and correct ; that we may 
not put euongh on it, may be equally 
true. Chiistians ought lo be a plain 
people, we believe, and although 
others may not agree with us iu prac- 
tice, yet they will admit, that it is no 
barm fur auy onu to dross plaiiily. 
The Brethrcii are cluaetd with tbo 



plainest people in the world. Yet 
we must beliere, that their simplicity 
in dress, is not what it was years ago. 
It is truo, we may admit, that any- 
thing which is common, should be 
plain enough for us, yet on the other 
hand it is equally true, that if we love 
God and his people and church, we 
must love simplicity in dress. And 
where ooulJ we see this more than in 
our old brethren and sisters ? It 
often has done me good to look at 
their simplicity in dress, and we all 
should admire, and rciapect them for 
it. I for my part, cannot help but 
love these dear old fellow meaibers 
for conformiog so strictly to the old 
order of the cliurch. What heavenly 
thoughts has often arisen in my mind 
at our love-feast and other meet- 
ings of nearly the same nature, to see 
the old and yoang sisters arrayed 
nearly all alike, in plain, common 
apparel. Look at other churches, at 
their communion meeting, and you 
will not notice this. Our brethren 
from a distance come to as, and 
although we know them not in the 
flesh, yet we know they are brethren. 
A brother not long since related to 
me the following circumstance. He 
with several other brethren, while 
traveling in the state of Maryland, 
were directed to a brother's houso, 
but did not reach the house of the 
brother, until quite early iu the morn- 
ing. They rapped on the door, when 
the brother opened, and his first 
words were, "Oh brethren come in, 
I know you are brethren." Now bow 
did he know it? It was by their 
appearance. Another case : I remem- 
ber two brethreu with their wives 
(all members,) going to a iove-foast. 
Ou their way to tLe meeting, were 



directed to the house of a brother to 
stay over dinner. Ou reaching the 
house, the sister only was at bonne. 
Ou telling her where they were bound 
for, she looked at them, doubting^ 
their sincerity. And why? Because 
she expected brethren and sisters to 
wear the right kind of uniform, and 
so she refused to believe, until the 
sisters showed their caps, which had 
been put away in the satchel. Had 
the sisters kept these coverings where 
they belong, and what they had been 
intended for by the church, they 
would have been known at once. Had 
the dress of the brethren corresponded 
with their calling, they would have 
been acknowledged as brethren. 
Though we can be good men and 
good women without living up to 
these things, we cannot bo consistent 
members of the church to which we 
belong until we do live up to it.? rules. 
Let ministers, deacons and all consid- 
er, that although we may think we 
can be good without being so par- 
ticular, yet as long as v/e are not 
willing to be governed by the rules 
of the church in all things, Satan has 
a hold of us in some way, or a place 
in some corner of cur heart. 

Bat while I endorse all this, I am 
afraid, that some of those who live 
up in this particular to the order of 
the churches, it may be that thc-y 
imagine, that this is all what is 
required to make them good Chris- 
tians. But in living up to one rule, 
we roay forget others ; while we 
serve God in one way, we may for- 
get our duty iu others. While some 
put too little stress on drcs.i others 
may put on too much. While some 
may see no rciigiouH character what- 
ever in it, oth«ia may have uutbiug 



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but cloth religion. We may get so 
far as to. think if we are only dressed 
like other Christians all is right; for 
we are apt to imitate, and we are 
snre to imitate in those things which 
will be seen by others. Now these 
things ought not to be. We should 
dress as is becoming our profession. 
But if we live up to our other duties, 
we not only can show that we are 
members of the church, and that we 
dress humbly, but we can show it in 
a good many other ways. I remem- 
ber of a case, where a brother (lay- 
member) with a friend of his, a mem- 
ber of the Christian or Disciple 
church, held a meeting together, both 
spoke on Sunday. A few days after 
the brother being on business a few 
miles from the place of meeting, he 
met a boy of twelve or thirteen years 
old. Says the boy, "you are a Dunk- 
ard." How do you know this, boy ? 
why we all knew it from your speak- 
ing at the meeting last Sunday. Well 
yes, I belong to the church commonly 
known by that name. But whilst you 
did know this from my speaking, can 
you tell nie, to what church the other 
speaker belongs ? No, I cannot, no 
one could. Here we have a boy, who 
knew from what was said, that one 
of the speakers was a Du?)kard, and 
80 we should do; show it in dress, and 
much more in our conduct, that we 
are Dunkards. 1 know there are 
church members, who do not like to 
be called by that name. But I glory 
in it for Christ's sake. It was not 
with the Christians where the name 
by which now all feel proud to be 
krjown, originated. I like to be ridi- 
culed for tiie sake ol Jesus and his 
churches ; and would like to see on 
the front of every one of our meeting 
houses, in large letters, "Dunkard 
Meeting House." 

The true loyal soldier, never is 
ashamed of his uniform. And so the 
Christian should never feel ashamed 
to show where he or she belongs. 
Sister, when you can do nothing else, 
this one thing you can do, when you 
go out among worldly people, wear 
your caps. If it will do nothing more, 
it will make them inquire, what it 
means. Some one will say, she be- 
longs to the Dunkard Church, and 
next they will wonder, who these 
Djnkards are. And who knows, you 
may in this wipe bring souls to Christ? 
And brethren never feel ashamed of 
your church. We have as much 
reason to feel ashamed of our parents. 



And you all know, how unreasonable 
this is. If we love the church, we 
love her members, we love to associate 
with them, and above all, we love 
Christ, and through him we try to do 
what is pleasing to God. And if we 
are friends of God, Christ and the 
church, all will be right. 
Meyersdale, Pa. 



For the Companion and Visitor. 
An Essay in Belialt ol (he Needy 
iu Kansas and Nebraska. 



BY JACOB BAHR. 



"Open thv month, judeje righteously, and 
plead the canse of ttie poor and needy." 
Proverbs 31 : 9. 

To judge righteously, the cause of 
the poor and needy, enjoins upon us 
a duty which requires us to cherish a j 
proper view with respect to their con- 
dition. The Saviour said : "Jurige 
not according to appearance, but judge 
a righteous judgement." This injunc- 
tion requires us to consider impar- 
tially and examine minutely, the cause 
of their poverty or destitute condi- 
tion : not to be rash, or hasty, or too 
ready to decide, or to come to some 
permanent conclusion at once. A 
second view of their condition may 
bring to our sight quite a different 
aspect from what we observed at 
first view. Some people, when they 
speak of a poor or destitute person, 
are quite ready to attribute their pov- 
erty to a mismanagement. "If they 
would contrive and manage as I do 
they might get along as well as we,"— 
such like expressions are produced in 
abundance. I admit there is a great 
deal in contrivance and management. 
Much may be saved by using econo- 
my. However, it is very important 
that we bear in mind that all people 
are not blessed with the same reason- 
ing faculties. And we do know that 
the disposition of different individuals 
is very diverse. Observation has 
induced me to believe that there are 
people, who, when they do their very 
best, do not succeed as well in busi- 
ness as others who seem to be rather 
indifferent in their habits and manners. 
Besides this I am fully pursuaded in 
my own mind that it is not in the 
power of every individual to give 
success to his business or engagements. 
In the fir,st book of Samuel 2 : 7-9, 
is contained the following declaration : 
"The Lord maketh poor and maketh 
rich : be briugeth low and liftetb up. 



He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, 
and lifteth up the baggar from the 
dung-hill, to set them among princes, 
and make them inherit the throne of 
glory. He will keep the feet of his 
saints, and the wicked shall be silent 
in darkness ; for by strength shall no 
man prevail." This declaration of 
Holy writ establishes the correctness 
of the idea advanced in the foregoing 
argument. By a careful examination 
of the Scripture, we may readily come 
to this conclusion : ilie Lord has 
designed that there should always be 
poor people in this tvorld, as long as 
it remains in its present state. In 
support of this argument, I will quote 
from Deut. 15: 11, "The poor shall 
never cease out of the land." In iMatt. 
2fi : 11, we have nearly the same 
words : viz. "The poor ye have al- 
ways with you." It being the design 
of the Most High, that there should 
be poor people, it is therefore of vast 
importance that we regard the injunc- 
tion contained in the text: "Judge 
righteously the cause of the poor and 
needy." As it regards the condition 
of the people for whom I am now la- 
boring, management had very little, 
if anything, to do in their case. I look 
at it as having been providential. It 
may seem strange to those who have 
not given the subject their attention, 
that God should have aught to do in 
the case of some people being poor 
and others rich or wealthy; but it 
appears obvious to my mind that this 
is truly the case. And although we 
may not be able to comprehend every 
note in this design, one thing seems 
quite comprehensible to me, viz: The 
Lord in bringing some low, extends 
an opportunity to those who have 
this worlds goods, to lay up treas- 
ures in heaven. 

"My ways are not your ways, and 
my thoughts are not your thoughts, 
hut as the heavens are higher than 
the earth, so are my ways higher 
than your ways and my thoughts 
than your thoughts;" saith the Lord. 
MouUon, Iowa. 

[To be continued.) 

Heresy. 

"Who shall privily bring in damna- 
ble heresies, denying the Lord that 
bought them." "A man that is an 
heretic after the first and second admo- 
nition reject." These once familiar 
words, we believe, still stand in our Bi- 
bles. But in these broad-gauge times 
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respectfully bowed out of good society 
by the liberal teachers of to-day, if 
they ventured to apply such utteran- 
ces aa the above, in the care of our 
churches. 

It would be a curious study, could 
one trace out and exhibit the forces 
which have swung back the popular 
mind from straining out the gnats of 
heresy, to swallowing its camels. 
Time was, when the presence of a 
Greek iota in an adjective describing 
the nature of Christ, was deemed a 
badge of orthodoxy ; parties were 
formed, and men actually fought and 
bled upon the question whether 
Christ'e substance was similar to the 
Father's or the same. In those days, 
provinces in p]iir()p8 were thinned by 
the execution and banishment of 
witches. 

In the United States, where but 
nineteen supposed witches were hung 
before the fetters of European super- 
stition had fallen off, we have swung 
to the opposite solstice from supersti- 
tion and over-belief, till the minister 
suspected of having convictions of 
truth which he means to abide by, is 
an unpopular man. 

Dr. Schafit, who visited Germany 
in the interest of "The World's Evan- 
gelical Alliance," reported the present 
German Emperor as saying, "Tell the 
Americans to beware of superstition 
and unbelief, — the two worst enemies 
of mankind." And they are indeed 
two extremes of error, which have no 
midland of truth between them. Rep- 
resentatives of Romish priests and 
German infidels sat together in the 
Cincinnati School Board and voted 
the Bible, and all other religious 
books and songs out of tho common 
schools. Hosts of broad-gauge Chris- 
tians cried, "Amen ; Let the Bible be 
put out." Bishop McQuaid, now in 
the same State, assails the public 
school system as godless and irreli- 
gious. We shall see the same "lib- 
eral" persons, having so tar as in them 
lies, put the Word of God out of the 
national schools, consent to slip in the 
word of a priest in its place. 

There is one thing the heart of man 
naturally bates, — that is, God. "Now 
have they seen and hated both me 
and my Father," is the testimony of 
Christ himself; and hence false belief 
is popular one day, and no belief the 
next. One would think the absurdity 
of one sitting down to the communion 
table, who believes Christ Jesus to 
have been only a man, now dead and 



gone, like Alexander or Caisar, to be 
simply transparent. How can such 
persons "discern the Lord's body'' in 
the bread, and his blood in the cup, 
when he was no "Lord ;" and his 
body and blood are long ago blown 
away in gases or still lie in ashes 
where he fe-il, and went to decay ? 
And yet we could name half a dozen 
papers, professedly Christian, which 
hail ihe communing together of 
LTnitarians, Universalists and ortho- 
dox as a sign of the coming millen- 
nium. 

Such periods have again and again 
passed over Christendom and have 
always left desolation in their track 
We are now in one of them ; and the 
two ghosts, superstition and inOdelity, 
are dancing a reel before .the popular 
mind till its brain whirls, and the 
same man with the most whimsical 
solemnity one hour prays to the god 
of the lodge, and the next, as the 
French did, says with the fool's heart, 
"There is no God." 

The Spaniard had a double revenge, 
who made his victim disown Christ, 
and then stabbed him to the heart; 
and a similar fate awaits any nation 
whose churches teach and whose al- 
tars guard no truth of God. "The 
church of the living God is the pillar 
and ground of the truth ;" and when 
it ceases to be that, it is nothing; 
and the civil law becomes nothing 
but the bludgeon of a giant, and a 
blind giant at that. — The Christian 

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I ought to examine my dreams — 
my floating thoughts — my predilec- 
tions — my often recurring actions — 
my habits of thought, feelings, speech, 
and action — the slanders of my ene- 
mies — and the reproofs and even ban- 
teriogs of my friends — to find out 
traces of uiy prevailing sin — matter 
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For the Companion and Visitou. 
Yrslerday aud To-»»y. 



BY MUS J. S. TUOMAS. 



Yesterday I beard the signal, 

As I'd often done before ; 
And to yonder cemetery 

Came a funeral of lore. 

Slowly tolling, tolling, tolling, 
Ento'S now the stately train ; 

Solemnly the horses prancing, 
Keeping time to martial mien. 

Handsome plumage, golden casket, 
Flowers of rarest culture strewn, 

Costumed bearers, badgod attendants, 
Are proud escorts to the tomb. 

To a spot both grand and lovely, 
Best within tbc grounds Ihty say ; 

Here is where the earth is wailing, 
To receive this mortal clay. 

Eulogistic in his praises. 

The professed man of God ; 
As he bids these myriad mourners, 

''Faint not ueath the chastening rod.' 

"Uust to dust, ashes to ashes," 
Tlien the digger drops the clay ; 

While tti y each in silent rcvercncoj 
A last mournful tribute pay. 

Ceremonies being ended. 
Slowly now they each repair 

To ih'-ir home's in gorgeous can iage. 
And their dead is in God's care. 

lie will do th<=m no injustiee-. 
Father of the rich and poor ; 

Thos'j that love Ilim, shall be happy — 
Death but o;eL6 heaven's door. 

Hark ! to-dny the bell is tolling, 
'Tis again the funeral knell ; 

While a f ingle ca.riage enters 
Bearing lovely little Nell. 

No proud cortege train attends her ; 

No giy plumes, no flowers no show ; 
But they bear the little darling 

Way down to the strangers' row. 

Not a sound of prayer is offered ; 

Not a word of comfort given j 
Not a soul to say, poor motber. 

Your Bwet't babe is now in heaven. 

But the rough grave-digger tak^s her. 

And lowers the colTiii low ; 
Then rudelj^oovers her over, 

Because in the strangers' row. 

Weep not, poir sorrowing mother, 

In heaven the high and low. 
Are alike to Jesus precious ; 
And there is no strangers' row. 
PhladHphia, P.. 

Note. — In I'hlladclphin, as well as other 
large clllcB, very high prices arc demanded 



for lots in which to bury the dead, so that our brother lay needy at our eate ! 

poor persons, or those of 1 mited means, are ! -r^- _„j „^ f„„^.,„„ti„ „,„i„ u , „? 

obligid to purchase a single grave in what is \ P^ "^^^ ^^ frequently make houses of 
callud the "Strangers' Row." Thesa graves | least.lDg Of your honies, but take of 
are generally dnsr very deep for the first one your abundant Stores, to feed the 
interred, and as other members of the same ] ^.^^^^y ^nd clothe the naked. Here 



family die, they are jilaeed one upon anoih 
er, until three and four occupy the same 
resting place. 

This method is not confined to the strang- 
ers' row alone, but is visible all over the city 
cemeteries. Mas. J. 8. Thomas. 



For the Companion and Visitor. 
Tlie Souse ol Monruing. 



BY BARBARA SNOEBERGER. 



"It is better to go to the honao of 
mourning, than to the house ot feast- 
ing: for that is the end of all mon ; 
aud the livipg vpiil lay it to his heart." 
Ecc. 7 : 2. The book of Ecclesiastes, 
way written by one who had tasted 
every earthly pleasure. lie pro- 
nounced mirth and ploasure, 
vanity ; he built palaces, and planted 
vineyards and trees, and made pools 
and fountains ef water ; he gathered 
much silver and gold and prociou? 
stones, lie had mueic to cheer him 
in hi^ hours of gloou) ; be had every- 
thing the heart of man could desire, 
and was s^atiated with all. This 
voluptuous king knew what feasting 
was, for he had feasted in all the 
magnificence of oriental splendor, and 
had experienced that it is better to go 
to the house of mourning, than to the 
house of fasting. It is not wrong to 
enjoy the good things of this life, in 
their season, and when we are bur- 
dened with the toils and cares and 
sorrows of life, we need amusement, 
but we should remember that we 
were created for something liobler 
than earthly plea!?ure, and that pleas- 
ure and wealth aud gratified ambition 
cannot satisfy the longings oJ" the soul, 
for something purer and better than 
earth can give. 

There are many bouses of mourn- 
ing in these times, of commercial 
crisis. Many families who formerly 
could live in comparative comfort, are 
now from want of employment, utter- 
ly destitute. While we enjoy the 
comforts of our cheerful homes, on 
the.oe cold winter evenings we perhaps 
do not think of those who are not so 
pleasantly situated. If we could rea- 
lize that there is so much poverty 
and sufToring around us, wo would 
not bo 80 indifferent. How guilty wo 
would be in the sight of (}od, if wo 
fared like Dives sumptuously, while 



is work for the followers of him who 
said : "I was naked and ye clothed 
me, I was a hungered and ye fed 
me," and "Inasmuch as ye did it unto 
the least of these of my brethren, yo 
did it unto me." We believe that 
more than fonr-fifths of all the poverty 
and crime in the world, is caused by 
intemperance in drinking, luxury iu 
eating, and extravagance in dress. 
Then let ns deny ourselves of these 
superQuities which minister only to a 
depraved appetite. We may think 
our neighbors live in luxury, and they 
when company is entertained have 
such a superabundance on the table, 
that we luust too, to show that we 
are as rich as they. Every Christian 
woman should take an independ'^nt 
stand on this subject, and not make 
herself a slave to serve those who 
often only wau't a good meal. While 
our ministers rage a fierce war against 
extravagance in dress, they suem not 
to ."'ce the evil of luxurious living, 
probably it is because they love a good 
meal themselves. 

When one of ourloved ones is call- 
ed away from earth and our bouses 
become houses of mourning, then how 
often are they turned into houses ot ' 
feasting This should not be so, and 
we hope it will soon be done away 
vvilb, especially among the Brethren. 
Go to the house of sickness and death, 
not to fv'ast, not for idle curiosity, but 
to comfort those whose hearts are 
sad, whoso sky is dark with clouds. 
Jesus went to the house ot mourning. 
He wept with the sisters of B^'thany 
at the tomb of their brother. Go not 
only to those of the same faith, but 
to the despised aud oppressed. Speak 
a word of warning, perhaps you can 
lead them from a path of sin to one 
of holiness and peace. 

If we do not go to the hou.se of 
mourning it will come to us, for "it is 
the end of all men." It may come 
soon to some of us ; it may even now 
be at the door. We do not know 
what is before us, in the year upon 
which we enter to-day. But this we 
know, that this year will have its 
portion of troubles and temptations 
for each oue. Let us all then gird 
on our armor for tho battle is fierce, 
and if thi.4 year should bo our last, 
may wo all hear the happy words, 



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"well done, enter into thy rest.'' Aud 
you my yonng friends, do you ever 
think that to you too, this year may 
be the last of time, and that your 
eternal destiny for weal or for woe, 
depends on your actions heie? These 
pleasures will not always please. If 
you are not weary of them now, you 
will soon be. May you be awake to 
your highest interest and seek a Sa- 
viour before it is too late. 
ATtoona, Pa. 



For the Companion and Visitor. 
Southern Euiigratiou. 



BY S. Z. SHARP. 



In view of the uianj' sufferings to be 
endured in the far west on account of the 
grasshoppers, drouirhr, long cold win- 
ters, scarcity of timber, etc., I would 
like to call attention to the inducements 
held out to emigrants by the "Sunny 
South." 

The tide of emigration has ever boon 
westward sincu the time the great Celtic 
race departed from western Asia, spread- 
ing over all Kuroi)c, finally crossing the 
•Atlantic and sweeping across this entire 
Continent, until it has reached the Pa- 
cific shores. Like every other c\irrcnt. it 
is liard to divert this from the direction 
in which it has been flowing for more 
than two thousand years. In addition to 
lir.bit, there are other causes which di 
rect emigrants westward. Climate in- 
duces the Danes and Scandinavians to 
settle in the more northern portion of the 
Western States, the Germans further 
fs'-utii and the Spaniards in Loui-^iana. 
For a like reason emigrants from the 
l<]astern and Middle Stites settle in the 
northwest and the southern planters in 
Tixas and Arl<ansas. The westward 
flow of emigration is also largely owinsi to 
the influence of fiiends who have i)ro- 
ceded ; besides, the institution of slavery 
had much to do in preventing emigration 
coming from the north; but this is abol- 
ished and every obsiaclc to north.ern emi- 
grants is removed, even a hearty welcome 
ise;itended where a few years ago they 
were not wanted. 

SOIL. 

The soil of East Tennessee is quite var- 
ious, and on an average less productive 
than the rieh prairies of the west, but is 
capable of being raised to a higher state 
of productiveness than the soil of tiie 
Kastern or Iiliddle States. Limestone 
land prrdominates in the valleys, but is 
intermixed wiih every variety of soil, 
often three to six different kinds of soil 
on 'he same farm, j'iie surface is gen- 
erally rolling and divided by nutnerou-i 
low lid.gcs into fertile valleys abundantly 
watered by swift streams, affording 
abutidancc of water-power. The water 
is not as cool iu the summer as iu the 



north, but of excellent quality. Mineral 
springs abound. 

PRODnCTIONS. 

All the grasses cultivated in the north, 
with proper treatment, flourish here, as 
do all the cerials, while the sugar cane, 
(sorghum,) sweet potatoes and stock-peas 
attain a high degree of perfection. Upon 
land that is manured, wheat is considered 
nccer to fail and produces flour of super- 
ior quality. Apples, peaches, plums, 
pears and quinces flourish, also the Con- 
cord, Ilarlibid, and a few other kinds of 
grapes. Blackberries are so abundant as 
to become a drug. Flowers abound. 
Wild pansies bloom all the year round — 
hiding themselves from the frost among 
the leaves and grass. While I am writ•^ 
ing on this first day of January, the Ja- 
jjonica is putting forth its flower buds to 
usher in the spring. 

In the forests are found all the varie- 
ties of oak, the hickory, chestnut, walnut 
and poplar, all remarkable for being 
straight and tall. Yellow pine of super 
ior quality is everywhere abundant, 

THE CLIMATE 

in East Tennessee we believe, will com- 
pare favorably with that of any section in 
the United States. Persons from all 
parts of the Union will generally find 
their health improved by coming b.erc. 
Those having weak lungs, especially, ha\e 
been much benefited by this mild climate. 
Tlie winters arc short and the summers 
nj warmer during the Warmest days, than 
they are in the north. 

MINERALS. 

The country included between the 77th 
and 88ih degrees of west longitude, and 
tiie 34th and 'J7th degrees of north lati- 
tude, is about seven hundred miles in 
length and two hundred miles in breadth, 
embracing parts of Virgiina, Kentucky, 
North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and 
Alabama, is not only the grand mineral 
store-house of America, out of the world. 
No terricory of eciual extetit. can be fuuiid 
on the globe having the same amount 
and variety of minerals. This alone is 
sufficient to make this section one of the 
richest on the Continent. 

MARKETS. 

The nearness to the eastern and south- 
ern seaports always affords this section a 
good market. Illinois may raise more 
corn than Tennessee, but the latter gets 
more money f'l^r the same number of 
bushels raised. Tiie great variety o!' pro- 
duets in this country always enables the 
farmer to realize something, no matter 
what has been the nature of the season. 

EDUCATION. 

This is not what it ought to be except 
iu towns and cities wideh have good 
schools. The troubles incident to war 
have required some time to put a free 
school system into operation. Much 



progress has however been made and we 
hoi)e that in a few years to have schools 
of which we well may be proud, unless 
something unfbrsecn overtakes us. 

RELIGION. 

Nearly all the various denominations 
are represented, but Blothodists and 
Baptists seem to be much the strongest. 
The nuniljcr of Brethren in the District 
cf East Tennessee, is estimated at four^ 
teen hundred members. 

This sketch is by no means'cxhauslive 
and we wi.sh none to emigrate here on the 
strength of what we have written, but wo 
want all to come and see for themselves, 
feeling as.-ured that those capable of 
judging can be accommodated, whi'e the 
presencu of those lacking judgment is not 
specially desirable. 



Cbristfan Diligence. 



Christian diligence is constancy in the 
performance of all those duties enjoined 
on us in God's sacred Word. It ineludes 
activity and' vigor — watchfulness against 
intruding objects — firmness and resolu- 
tion — c.atience atid perseverance. The 
shortness of our time ; the impin-tance of 
our work ; the pleasure which aiises from 
discharging duty ; the uncertainty of the 
time of our dissolution ; the cot;ciousness 
that we do not labor in vain ; together 
with the example of Christ and all good 
men, shotdd excite us to the UiO-t un- 
wearied diligence in the cause of God, of 
truth and our own souls. 

[The above is taken from the "Ency- 
clopedia of ileligious Knowledge," a very 
worthy and instructive book to those 
who seek for such knowledge.] 

Landon West, 



Music as an Eienieut cf Wotrsihip. 



There is, perhaps, no subject in the 
world which has been more mi-appre- 
hended than music in its connection with 
divine worship. In our pviiicip.il ehurcii- 
cs it is neither participated in by pastor.^ 
or congregations. The beauty of church- 
es please the eye, but the music is not 
compreiiended or appreciated. Ought 
we not to use any lej;itimate means to 
draw people to places of wor.-hip and 
raise then) nearer to God ? VVheri the 
weary week of labor is ended, and we lisc 
on tlie Sabbath ujorning to tliat solemn 
and peaceful sense of quiet whicli per- 
vades the air, and we m:irch to chureh to 
the sound of Sabbath beIN, we ate in a 
frame of mind in which our emotional 
nature is mo.-^t easily acted on. lit ligion 
in its highest sense is emotional. In the 
musical v^orship of God we have one of 
eur Inghest sources of eiuoional power 
known to the wcrld. 

I have assisted in establishii g a series 
of free concerts in the north t:nd of Bos- 
ton. Soiue of the best artists have sung 
before an audience composed of men and 
women with wliom your lives would 



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^ carccly be safe when their passions are 
arouseil, and jet by the power of heaven- 
ly music I haye seen these people melted 
into tears of repentance and grief In 
mission work 1 have never found any- 
thing wake up the heart w'.th more ef- 
fect than music. Tbe church has no 
right to disregard any means of salvation. 
Music as a means of worsliip has been in 
common use in all ages. It was heard in 
the early days of Israel. In the temple 
of Solomon the glorious praises of the 
Lord of Hosts were sung, in the New 
Testament the same is to be observed. 
Our Saviour commends music to us. St. 
Paul advises the choral worship of God. 
The early clmrch recognized song in the 
practice of devotion. During the first 
three hundred years of the Christian 
church nothing but congregational sing- 
ing was known. In the year 315, choral 
services were first celebrated. 

After that, in the dark ages of the 
church, to more completely exclude the 
congregation, the singing was rendered 
in Latin, and the whole worsliip of God 
\jas surrendeted to the priests. In the 
sixteenth century Martin Luther appear- 
ed and roused the whole world by singr. 
ing with uplifted voice the praises of 
God. In Germany, both choir and con- 
gregational singing is practiced. In 
America, with but few exceptions, the 
singing is confided to the choir, and the 
congregation sits mute and criticises its 
efforts. We should have church music 
that the c^jngregation with one accord 
can join in. A great mistake is made by 
those who in congregational singing look 
lor exact time, or even tune. The very 
roughness of it is part of Us charm. No 
true musician will object to it because it 
is rude. Nor will He to whom 
it is ofTrrcd condemn its rude simplicity. 
The union of choir and congregational 
singing will be found the most effective, 
the choir to lead, sustain and supply the 
harmony. 

I visited Berlin some few years ago, 
and there in the great church, where the 
music had been supplied by Mendelssohn, 
artistic and beautiful beyond anything I 
ever conceived, the congregation, num- 
bering over three thousand, rose and 
burst into the glorious melody, "For a 
Strong Castle is our Lord," with irresist- 
able power. I was overcome, and stood 
motionless, overpowered by the new 
revelation tliat had entered my soul, and 
my huu'ble cffoits since have been to 
make congregational singing the strength 
and power of our worship. But how is 
congregational singing to be produced? 
Grown up peoi)le say they cannot sing. 
But very few children are unable to sing. 
It remains for the church, by the aid of 
children's voices to foster the spirit of 
song. The house of God ought to be 
resonant with children's voices. J^et the 
clergy be educated in music. AVho, if 
not they, should initiate the great re- 
form ? Luther says, next to theology 
sacred music has the highest place in re- 



ligion. The inappropriateness of most of 
the music furnished in our churches 
leads tbe thoughts astray from God. The 
music of the concert room and the opera 
is not fit for the house of God. — <S'e- 
lected. 



For tue Companion and Visitor. 

To a Yonns iSaint tu the Wilds 
ol the West. 



BY C. H. BALSBAUGH. 



You are on the backside of Horeb, 
where deep shadows fall, and bleak 
winds blow. But if your soul is 
wedded to Emmanuel, and your af- 
fections set on the inheritance that 
fadeth not away, you may have hea- 
ven opened even in Midiau, and en- 
joy the revelations of the Holy of 
holies, which eclipse the light of sun- 
nier localities. Tbe .sacred bush is 
there, even if not ablaze, and your 
fidelity to the cross will, in due tiaie 
bring the Jebovah-angel into glorious 
manifestation, eo that the efi'ulgcnce of 
your north will outglow the radiance 
of the south. There is many a sun- 
rise, and many a mid-day glory, on 
the boreal mountain slopes, whose 
light streams down from a firmament 
above the firmament, filling the hor- 
izon of Christ-loving souls with the 
wonders and denizens of the upper 
world. Such may yours be, and will be, 
if you"walk with God, "and transfigure 
the gloom of your exile into the beat- 
itude of the celestial commonwealth. 
There is not an atom of dust in this 
prodigious globe that has not vouch- 
safed to it the superintendence of 
Ooinipoteuce. And shall not an heir of 
the eternal God, a blood-bought, 
blood-washed daughter of the King 
of kings, in the lonely outskirts of 
Israel, be upheld by the Everlasting 
arms, overshadowed by the Everlast- 
ing wings, clasped to the Everlasting 
bosom, cherished, filled and thrilled 
with the Everlasting love? Will not 
tbe providence that succors the spar- 
row, protects the alpine flower, and be- 
stows his beneficent care on beast,and 
fowl and insect, also environ his 
faithful worshippers — although wan- 
dering in sheep-skins and goat-skins, 
and secluded in the dens and caves 
of the mountains — with his almighty 
power, sooth and satisfy them with 
his presence, and make them pavil- 
ions of his blissful dwelling? No 
God-fearing, heaven hungering pil- 
grim ever traversed the wilderness 
without finding a Bethel, and an au- 



gel-thronged stairway bridging the 
chasm between his solitude and the 
light and gladness of celestial society. 
In the depths of the desert, where na 
saintly face meets you, no saintly 
voice greets you, where no saintly 
knee bows in fellowship with thine, 
and no saintly heart is knit in sym- 
pathy with your trials and struggles 
and sorrows, God's sparkling Cherith 
flows for your refreshment, and his 
raven ministers bring you the boun- 
ties of the Everlasting Garner, for 
your spiritual sustenance and invig-^ 
oration. Make your Patmos an or- 
atory, and God will make it an apoc- 
alypse of wonders and glories which 
"it is not lawful to utter." If you 
are cut off from sweet personal inter- 
course with the saints of God, you 
may enjoy hallowed, ravishing com- 
nuiuings with the God of the saints. 
The Bridegroom of the soul keeps tryst 
with a lonely, isolated saint, as read- 
ily, faithfully, and lovingly, as with 
a crowded congregation. His sweet- 
est, most overpowering revelations 
are reserved for the desolate, barren,^ 
wave-washed, storm-swept Patmos. 
Let this be tbe sublime, all-domio- 
atiag motive of your present position : 
"for the word of God, and for tho 
testimony of Jesus Christ; and you 
may with confidence await the fulfill- 
ment of the glorious promise record- 
ed by the Holy Ghost through the 
seraphic pen of Isaiah 41 : 18-20. 

Be a true Christopher in your far- 
off seclusion, and the angels will feel 
themselves honored to bear you com- 
pany ; and the mystic telegrams of 
your steadfastness and patient endur- 
ance will thrill the Metropolis of the 
universe with joy that vibrates even 
tbe essence of the Godhead. "Stag- 
ger not at the promises of God 
through unbelief" You are "Coin- 
passed about with a great cloud of 
witnesses," who behold all your de- 
feats and triumphs, who are in pro- 
foundest sympathy with your tears, 
your wrestlings, your heart-burning 
longings for higher saactification, and 
the thousand obstacles within and 
without that impede your arduous, 
earnest ascent to the glad, glorified 
summit of holy character. 

Replenish your lamp perpetually 
witb pure olive oil from Geth.semane. 
Let no grass grow round the altar of 
El-Elohe-Israel. RjII up to heaven 
a vojume of sweet smelling savor 
morning and evening, or ofiener, and 
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Pray and weep yourself into the 
heart of God, and live yourself into 
t'-e hearts of those around you, and 
bathe them with the beauty of holi- 
ness emanating from your person 
and demeanor. Make your home a 
center of Divine influences, so that 
from your rude log-cabin the gales of 
the Spirit may waft the gossamers of 
a heavenly life, with the seeds of eter- 
nal truth attached, thus sowing the 
wilderness out of the granary of Je- 
sus, and preparing for a glorious bar- 
vest to be reaped when, with harp 
and voice, you are swelling the ever- 
lasting song amid the glories of the 
upper sanctuary. 

May the good Sod bless this frag- 
nient,and make it to your soul as a loaf 
from the golden table in the bauquet- 
ing-house of the Beloved. 

For the Companion and Visitor. 
A I^etter trom Caliioruia. 

Dear Brother Quinler : — 

The following letter 
from a sister in California has been 
interesting to me, and may be so to 
the readers of the Companion and 
Vitiitor. Publish it if you see proper, 
if not put the paper on which it is 
written into the waste basket, so that 
in due time it will be made clean 
white paper again. 

D. P. Sayleb 

Ft. Louis, Sierra Co., Cal. ) 
December 20,1874.]" 

Dear Brother Sayler : 

My mind has 
reverted frequently to you since my 
stay in California. When thinking 
over the past, all former friendships 
will fill the mind. Your many kind 
admonitions, your friendly face, and 
fatherlike way to all the brotherhood, 
can and will haunt the minds of many 
poor wandering souls through this 
world. You were a comforter to 
many sin-sick souls, as well as toil- 
worn ones in the flesh ; a kind word 
for all, and a never ceasing prayer 
for all. But since the bereavement 
you have met with, 1 have wondered 
bow many of these poor creatures 
have tried to comfort your bereaved 
heart? I know that many will re- 
member you, if not by letter, by 
prayer and kindly hoping for your 
Bustainance through the mercy of our 
blessed Lord in your bereavement. 
Sit-ter Rohrer was the first to inform 
roe of the sad news of your beloved 
companion's death. Although I 



never bad the pleasure of meeting her, 
I had the assurance of others that 
she was a highly esteemed lady of the 
brotherhood. Kind and entertaining 
to all who visited you, showing the 
affections of her heart through the 
kindness of her actions. I greatly 
sympathize with you and the child- 
ren ; knowing from experience the 
sadness it cost me to loose both fath- 
er and mother, rather earlier in life 
than moat of people. I was in my 
fifteenth year when I followed my 
father to the tomb ; and in my twenty- 
sixth year, and fourth year after mar- 
riage, and in my first years residence 
in Illinois, my mother's death 
was announced to me. Ob, what a 
sad report it was to me, there so far 
from home and the family ! But the 
Lord saw fit to keep me from over 
anxiety of mind, and I was comforted 
by the gracious promises given in his 
holy word ; and to follow after her 
kindly wishes, to do good all the days 
of my life, and then we may expect 
to meet above. Wishing that your 
heart may also be comforted by the 
word of Grod, which is sweeter far to 
the soul than all else on earth. May 
the good Lord bless you. 

I can now tell you something of a 
California life and that of a miner. 
We left our Eastern home on the 12th, 
of August, with many good wishes 
from all for our future success and 
safe journey to our far western home. 
It grieved our hearts to bid our sis- 
ters and brothers "good-bye," perhaps 
for the last time ; but we trusted in 
the Lord, as he bad cared for us in 
former days, so we all might expect 
further protection fronx His almighty 
and everlasting hand. 

We arrived here on the 29th of Aug- 
ust. We stopped off by the way where 
ever we had t'riend.s ; at Lowistown, Pa,, 
a few days ; at Altoona, Pa., three day.--; 
Chicago one day and part of a night. ; in 
Iowa, with nephew?, two days. We left 
Omaha, the 22nd of August, a five days 
journay from there to Marysville, Cali- 
fornia. Stopped there a few days, one 
day's ride up here, seventy-five mile.«, a 
very tiresome one. Found all well, but 
did not think we would stop long here on 
these lofty mounts of Sierra. It is a very 
different country from ours, although I 
never rode over mountains in cars, and 
therefore think these are very steep. 
The Sierra Mountains are covered with 
loi'ty pine trees, and the magenta and 
other evergreens, which make them have 
a summer like appearance everywhere. 
The snow is on the ground. We had an 
unusual early snow on the 22nd of Octo- 
her, two and one-half feet deep, but it 



only Inid two weeks and a'l was gone. 
The .-^un is warm, so hot that it is un- 
pleasant to he in it on calm days. In the 
morning the mercury stands at 22° above 
zero ; at noon 55° to G0° above. That 
has been the range for the last few days. 
It lias generally been 32° above, in the 
morning, and 70° above, at noon, sit.ce 
October. 

We are 4560 feet above sea level. Our 
health has greatly improved since we are 
here ; both the girls and self have gained 
from seventeen to twenty pounds each. 
My Inisbnnd has sold his interest in the 
Pioneer Tunnel. IMr. B — , for whom D. 
was overseer, sold his claims for $200, -< 
000.00, to a company of capitalists at San 
Praiici-;eo. The company will open out 
extensively. D. is overseer for the now 
compLiny, and gets a good salary. We 
are surinunded with good, quiet neigh- 
bors — this point is noted for its sobriety. 
There are three towns close by, one and 
a half miles to the nearest postoffioe. 
There are some extensive mining com- 
panies in this country. This mine i.s 
worked by hydraulic process, a fall or 
pressure of 250 feet. It is wonderful to 
see the banks swept down through the 
piping. Mr. B — found a diamond here 
worth $500. He made a fortune in the 
last three years. There is a tunnel of 
4000 feet in this claim, and they are about 
muking another of the same length. 
They work three f-hifts of men, four in 
each shift. All white men get $3.50 per 
day ; Chinamen $1.75 perday ; overseers 
from $5. to $10. 

1 expect to go below next spring to see 
the Brethren. I have a sister corres.-^ 
pondcnl, sister Ganebal, who writes mo 
to visit her. I expect to meet with theiu 
if all goes right, next spring. Give my 
love to sister (Annie) Lujmert, and tell 
her to write sometimes. We are bet-er 
contented since together as a fami'y, and 
T feel as if 1 did my duty towards the 
completion of the matter, and mny be 
for our interests. It was a hard task for 
me to start, but when on the way found 
it a plt-asant trip. 

God bless you and us, is my prayer. 
Kate G. Siover. 

It may not be known to all tlie readers 
of the Companion and Visitor, that sis- 
ter Stover's husband has for several 
years past, been in the mining district of 
California, while she and her two children 
(daughters) remained among friends in 
the east, (Waynesboro', Pa.,) but now 
are united. She and her daughters made 
the trip alone, and found it, pleasant. 

D. P. S. 



Resisting Falsehood. — When the 
immortal Sidney was told that he 
might save his life by telliug a false- 
hood by denying his hand writing, he 
answered, "When God hath brought 
me into a dileutma, in which I must 
assert a lie, or loose my life, he gives 
me a clear indication of my purity ; 
which is to prefer death to fa's ihood." 



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Tbe Harvest Home. 



Old Mo»es. 



From the far off fields of earlLly toil, 

A goodly host they comu ; 
And sounds of music are on the air, 

'Tis the song of the harvest, home. 
The weariness and the weeping, 

The darkness has all passed by ; 
And a glorious sun has arlscU) 

The sun of eternity. 

We've seen those faces in days of yore, 

When the dust was on their brow ; 
And the scalding tear upon their cheek,- 

Let us look at the laborers now. 
Wc think of the life long sorrow, 

And the wilderness days of care ; 
"We try to trace the tear-drops, 

Cut no scars of grief are there. 

There's a mystery of soul-chastened joy, 

liit up wiih sunlit hues. 
Like morning flowers most beautiful, 

When wet with midnight dews. 
Th're arc depths of earnest meaning 

In each trua and trustful gaze ; 
Telling of wondrous lessons 

Learned in their pilgrim days. 

One had climbed the rugged mountain 
side, 

'Twas a bleak and wintry day i 
The tempest had scalteitd his precious 
seed, 

And he wept as he turned away. 
Bat a stranger hand had watered 

That seed on a distant shore ; 
And thd laborers now are meeiiug, 

Who never had met before. 

And one who had toiled 'mid burning 
Eauds, 

When the scorching sun was high, 
He had grasped the plow with a fevered 
hand, 

And then laid him down to die. 
But anothe •, and yet another. 

Had filled that deserted fieli, 
Nor vai.ily the seed they scattered, 

Whete a brother's care had tilled. 

Some with eager step went boldly forth 

Broad-casting o'er the land ; 
Some watered the scarcely budding blade 

With a tender, gentls hand. 
There's one, her young life was blighted 

By the withering touch of woe ; 
Her days were sad and weary, 

And she never went forth to sow. 

But there rose from her lonely couch of 
pain, 

The fervent, pleading prayer, 
She looks on many a radiant brow, 

And she roads the answers there. 
Yes, sowers and reapers are meeting, 

A rejoicing host they come ; 
Will you join the echoing chorus 7 

'Tis the Bong of the harvest home. 

— UdecUd. 



(published by request.) 



Mr. B. was a merchant in Balti- 
more, and did a very heavy business, 
especially in grain. One mornin,a: as 
be was passing over the vessels that 
lay at the wharf, with their various 
commoditios for sale, ho stepped upon 
the deck of one at the stern of which 
he saw a negro man sitting whose 
dejected countenance gave sure iiidi 
cation of distress, and he accosted 
him with — 

"Ha! my man, what is the matter 
with you this morning?" 

The negro lifted up his eyas, and 
looking at Mr. B., replied: "Ah, 
maaea, I's in great trouble." 
Mr. B— "What about?" 
Neg.""© — "Kase I'se fetched up here 
to be sold." 

B.— "What for ? What have you 
been doing? Have you been stealing ? 
Or did you run away ? or what ?" 

Negro — "No, no, massa, none o' 
dat ; its bekase I didn't mind de 
auders." 

B. — What kind of orders ? 
Negro — Well, massa stranger, I 
tell you, massa William wcrry strick 
man, and werry nice man too, ebry 
body on de place got to mine him, 
and I break trew de rule, but 1 didn't 
tend to break de rule doe ; I forgot 
myself, an' I got too high. 

B. — It is for getting drunk, then, 
is it? 

Negro — no, no, sah, not dat 
nother. 

B. — You are the strangest negro 
that I have seen for a week. I can 
get no satisfaction from you. K you 
would not like to be pitched over- 
board, you had better tell me what 
you did ? 

Negro — Please, massa, don't frow 
de poor 'flicted nigga in de wata. 

B. — Then tell me what you are to 
be sold for. 

Negro — For prayin', sah. 
B. — For praying I that is a strange 
tale indeed. Will your master not 
permit you to pray ? 

Negro — O yes, sah, he let mo pray 
easy, but I hollers too loud. 

B. — And why did you halloo so in 
your prayer ? 

Negro — Kase the sperit comes on 

mo, an' I gits happy, for I knows it ; 

den, don I gone ; kant trol myself 

den ; den I knows nuthin about maa- 

Isa'srule; don I haller if old eattau 



hisself come wid all de rules of de 
'quisition. 

B. — And do you so suppose your 
master will really sell you for that ? 

Negro — yes; no help for me 
now ; all de men in the world could 
not help me now; kase when massa 
William say one ting he no do an- 
oder. 

B — What is your name ? 
Negro — Moses, sah. 
B. — What is your master's name ? 
Moses — Massa's name Col. Wil- 
liam C. 

B — Where does be live? 
M. — Down on de Easin Shoah. 
B. — Is he a good master, does he 
treat you well ? 

M. — O yes, massa William good ; 
no better massa in the world. 

B. — Stand up and let mo look at 
you. 

Moses stood up and presented a 
robust frame, and as Mr, B. stript up 
his sleeve his ar;u gave evidence of 
unusual muscular strength. 
B. — Where is your master? 
M. — Yonder he is, jis comin' to de 
warf. 

As Mr. B. started for the shore he 
heard Moses give a heavy sigh, fol- 
lowed by a deep groan. 

Msses was not at all pleased with 
the present phase of affairs. He was 
strongly impressed wjth the idea that 
Mr. B. was a tradi r and intended to 
buy him, and it was this that made 
him so unwilling to communicate to 
Mr. B. the desired information. 

Mr. B. reachi;d the wharf just as 
Col. C. did. lis introduced himself, 
and said : I understand you wish to 
sell that negro mau yonder on board 
the schooner ? 

Col. C. replied that he did. 
B. — What do you ask for him ? 
C— I expect to get $700. 
B. — How old is he ? 
C. — About thirtv. 
B.— Is ho healthy? 
C. — Very ; he never had any sick- 
ness in his life, except one or two 
spells of the ague. 
B. — Is ho hearty ? 
C. — Yea, sir, he will eat as much 
as any man ought, and it will do him 
as much good. 

B. — Is he n good hand ? 
C. — Yes sir, ho is the best hand on 
my place. He is steady, honest and 
industrious. He has been my fore- 
man for ten years, and a more trusty 
uegro I never knew, 
B — Why do you wish to sell Lim ? 



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C. — Because he disobeyed nay or- 
ders. As I said, he is my foreman, 
and that he mifjbt be available at any 
moment I might wact him, I built 
his quarter within a hundred yards 
of my ov^u house, and I have never 
rung the bell at any time in the night 
or morning that his horn did not an- 
swer in five minutes after. But two 
years ago he got religion, and com- 
menced what he terms family prayer; 
that is prayer in his quarter every 
night and morning; and when he 
began his prayer it was impopsible 
to tell when he would stop, especially 
if (as he termed it) he got happy. 
Then he would sing and pray, and 
halloo for an hour or two together 
that you might hear him a mile off. 
And he would pray for me and my 
wife and children, and all my broth- 
ers and sisters and their children, and 
our whole family connection to the 
third generation ; and sometimes 
when we would have visitors, Moses' 
prayers would interrupt the conversa- 
tion and destroy the enjoyment of 
the whole company. The women 
would cry, and it would get me al- 
most frantic ; and even after I had 
retired, it would sometimes be nearly 
daylight before I could go to sleep, 
for it appeared to ine that I could 
hear Moses pray for three hours after 
he had finished. I bore it as long as 
I could, and then forbid his praying 
so loud any more and Moses prom- 
ised obedience, but he soon trans- 
gressed ; and my rule is never to 
whip, but whenever a negro proves 
incorrigible, I sell him. This keeps 
them in better subjection, and is less 
trouble than whipping. And I par- 
doned JMoses twice for disobeying in 
praying so loud, but the third time I 
knew I must sell him, or every negro 
on the farm would soon be perfectly 
regardless of ray orders, 

B. — You spoke of Moses' quarter, 
I suppose from that he has a family ? 

C. — Yes, he has a wo:i;an and 
three children, or wife I suppose he 
calls her now, for soon after he got 
religion he asked me if they might be 
married, and I presuaie they were. 

B. — What will you take for her and 
the children ? 

C. — If you want them for your 
own use I will take $700 ; but I shall 
not sell Moses nor them out of the 
state. 

B, — I wish them all for my own 
use, and will give you the $1400. 

Mr, B. and Col. C. then went to 



Mr. B's store, drew up the writings 
and closed the sale; after which they 
returned to the vessel, and Mr. B. 
approached the negro, who sat with 
his oyo h.xed upon the deck, seem- 
ingly wrapt in meditations of the 
most awful foreboding, and said . 

Well Moses, I have bought you. 

Woses made? a very low bow, and 
every muscle of his face worked with 
emotion as he replied: 

I's you, massa ? where is I gwiue 
massa ? is I gwine to Georgy 7 

No, said Mr. B., I am a merchant 
here in the city ; yonder is my store, 
and I want you to attend on the store; 
and I have purchased your wife and 
children too, that you may not be 
separated, 

M, — Bress God for dat ; and massa 
kin I go to meetin' some time? 

B, — Yes, Moses, you can go to 
church three times on Sabbath and 
every night in the week, and you can 
pi ay as often you choose, and get as 
hsppy as you choose ; and every time 
you pray, whether it be at home or at 
church, I want you to pray for me, 
my wife, and all my children, and 
single handed too ; for if you are a 
good man your prayers will do us no 
barm, and we need them very much ; 
and if you wish you may pray for 
everybody of the name of B. in the 
state of Maryland. It will not injure 
them. 

While Mr. B. was dealing out these 
privilegps to Moses, the negro's eyes 
danced in their sockets, and his full 
heart laughed outright for gladness, 
exposing two rows of as even ivories 
as any African can boast ; and his 
heart's response was, Bress God, 
bress God all de time, and bress you 
too massa; Moses never tinks about 
he gwine to have all dese commoda- 
tioners ; dis make me tink bout Jos- 
eph in de Egypt. 

And after Mosca had poured a few 
blessings on Col. C, and bidding him 
a warm adieu, and requesting him to 
give his love and farewell to his mis- 
tress, the children, and all the ser- 
vants, he followed B. to the store to 
enter upon the functions ot his nev7 
ofiBce. The return of the schooner 
brought to Moses his wife and chil- 
dren. 

Early the next spring, as Mr, B. 
was one day standing at the store 
door, he saw a man leap from the 
deck of a vessel, and walk hurriedly 
towards the store. He soon recog- 



nized him as Col. C. They exchang- 
ed salutation, and to the Colonel's 
inquiry after Moses, Mr. B. replied 
that he was up stairs measurintr 
grain, and invked him to walk up 
and see him. i*^-oon Mr. B's atten- 
tion was arrested by a very confused 
noise above. IIo listened and heard 
an unusual shuffling of feet, some one 
sobbing violently, and some one talk- 
ing very hurriedly ; and when he re- 
flected on Col. O.'s singular move- 
ments, and the peculiar expression of 
his countenance, he became alarmed, 
and determined to go up and see 
what was transpiring. 

When he reached the head of the 
stairs, he was startled by seeing 
Moses in the middle of the floor,down 
upon one knee, with his arm around 
the Colonel's waist, aod talking most 
rapidly, while the Col. stood weeping 
audibly. So soon as the Col. could 
sufSciently control bis feelings he told 
Mr. B. that he had never been able to 
free himself from the influence of 
Moses' prayers, and that during the 
past year he and his wife, and ail his 
children had been converted to 
God. 

Moses responded : Bress God, 
massa C, do I way hea, Pneber for- 
git you in my prayers ! I oilers put 
de old massa sid(3 de new one, Bress 
God, dis make Moses tink bout Jos- 
eph in de Egypt agin. 

The Col. then stated to Mr. B. that 
his object in coming to Baltimore, 
was to buy Moses back again. 

But Mr. B. assured him that was 
out of the question, for he could not 
part v^ith him ; aud he intended to 
manumit Moses and his wife at fo."ty, 
aud his children at thirty-five years 
of age. 

Moses was 'not far wrong in his 
reference to Joseph. For when Jos- 
eph was sold to Egypt, God over 
ruled it to his good; and he obtained 
blessings that were far beyond his 
expectations, so with Moses event- 
ually proved the instrument of sav- 
ing the lives of those who sold hiai. 
Moses proved the instrument in God's 
hands of saving tho man's soul v*"ho 
sold him. 

Old Moses is still living and doing 
well. He long since obtained his 
freedom, and at present occupies a 
comfortable house of his awn ; and I 
suppose sings, prays and shouts to 
to his hearts content. — <MttJioclist 
Protestant. 



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Christian Familv Companion 

AND 

GOSPEL AaSITO II. 



MEYERSDALP], Pa., January 19, 1875. 

Enconragement. for All. 

Let none despair of impropement eith- 
er in knowledge or in Cliristian pietr. 
The progress in both with some may be 
plow, but in all it may be real and sure. 
"With patience, perseverance and diligence 
the most ignorant and slow to learn, if 
there is no natural deficiency, may make 
progress in the path of piety and knowl- 
edge. But one new idea obtained by 
reading, or conversation, or observation, 
or reflection, or experience, each daj*, 
will amount to considerable in a year. 

The history of many men gives us noble 
examples of what perseverance and dili- 
gence will accomplish under great diffi- 
culties. It seems to be a principle in our 
constitution that the scvLrc discipline to 
which some have been compelled to sub- 
mit, and the hardships through which 
they have had to pass, have been an ad- 
vantage, rather than a disadvantage to 
them in developing and strengthening 
both their mental and moral powers. 
There are springs of power within us, 
that can only be reached and made to 
flow by some shock, or mighty effort put 
forth under some peculiar or trying cir- 
■cumstance. 

There are but few pcr.'ons but what 
■could reach, at least, a mediocrity, or in 
.^ther words, a fair and honorable attain- 
ment in Christianity, though their sur- 
Toundings in life may be the most unfav- 
orable. It is by no means necessary that 
we should be the creatures of circum- 
stances. We may rise superior to cir- 
cumstances ; and instead of being alto- 
gether controlled by the circumstances 
under which we arc placed, they mty 
often be used in subserviency to the pro- 
motion of our holiness. The circum- 
Btances under which Jacob was jilaccd, 
when he was to meet his brother J']sau, 
whom he greatly feared, were very alarm- 
ingto Jacob. But those circumstances did 
not discourage him, or derive him to de-. 
Bpair ; but they were so used by him, as 
to render them an advantage to him. 
Tbpy drove him to jirayer. And in his 
j)raycr, God came very near to him, and 
he saw and felt God as perhaps ho had 
never done before. lie gave to the place 



in which he had successfully wrestled 
with the angel of God, the expressive 
name of Pcniel, which means, The face 
of God, because he there saw God, face 
to face. So we should not be discourag- 
ed because our circumstances are unfav- 
orable, since we can often turn the cir- 
cumstances which seem to be against us, 
in our favor, and make them conduce 
to our good. 

None of us then should feel satisfied 
with a very low attainment in the divine 
life, or with a mere form of godliness, or 
to remain in darkness and ignorance, 
because our natural abilities are so ordi. 
nary, and our situation in life not all we 
eouid wish it to be. We should not look 
60 much to earth, or to earthly circum- 
stances, as to lose sight of heaven and 
heavenly circumstatice.s. If we are born 
from above, as wn may be, and as we are, 
if we are true cbildren of God, we sliould 
'ook up to our native place. And if we 
are risen with Christ, as we arc, if we 
have risen in our baptism to "newness of 
life," then should we set our affection on 
things above, and not on things on the 
earth. So admonishes the apostle. And 
if our attention is properly directed to 
God, and we remember that he can do 
wonderH ; that he can make the fboli.sh 
wiae, the evil good, the weak strong, the 
blind to see, the lame to walk, and even 
raise the dead to life ; and then put our 
trust in him, not expecting him to make 
us what we should be, and what we want 
to be without our own exertions, but 
looking to him for his help and for his 
blessings upon our labors, and thus be- 
coming co-workers together with him, we 
will not fail to make improvement in 
knowledge, and holiness. And "this 
honor have all the saints." Let none 
then despair, or be discouraged but let 
all put forth their best efforts, and suc- 
cess will crown their labors. The objects 
in view, the improvement in Christian 
knowledge and piety, the objects that all 
Christians should have in view, and 
which they will have in view if a proper 
foundation for a Christian cdiaractcr has 
been laid, are noble objects ; and success 
in the pursuit, will afford us comfort, as 
well as increase our facilities for use- 
fulness. 

The thought we wish to impress, and 
which we are laboring to impress upon 
all our readers, is the thought that wc all 
may become wiser and better ; that under 



the gracious government of God, and \n 
our present state of existence, trial and 
probation on earth, our race may improve 
in every respect. The wicked may bcs 
come good, the good may become better, 
the ignorant learn wisdom, and the des-^ 
ert and waste places of human nature 
under the culture and remedial system of 
the gospel, be made to "blossom as the 
rose." The thought is a pleasant one. 
The prospect of becoming good and wise, 
and useful on earth, as the saints of God, 
and not only so, but of being kings and 
priests to reign with Christ forever, is 
surely a glorious one, and one well worthy 
of the consideration of all men. 

From the train of thought which we 
have been pursuing, designed to show 
that all may become wiser and better, 
and to encourage all to make; the effort 
to do so, wc shall draw two inferonces : 
1st. — None should despair, or be dis- 
couraged. Every person may rest as- 
sured that others as bad as lu', as ignor- 
ant as he, and as unf'avoral)'y circum- 
stanced in life as he, have by their dili- 
gence, perseverance, and the blessing of 
God, risen to distinction in holiness, 
knowledge and usefulness. 2nd. — As we 
all arc susceptible of improvement in 
knowledge and holiness — in all that is 
essential to our well being ; and as God 
in Christ has made provision to help us 
to make that improvement, there is a 
great responsibility resting on all men, 
and none have any just reason for do6 
being faithful Christians, and lights iu 
the world, and saints in glory. 

Header, tak^ncouragement, and "gird 
up the loins of your mind," and "press 
toward the mark for the prize of the 
high calling of God in Christ Jesus." 
That mark can be reached, and the prize 
secured by all. 



Brother J. I^ SwKzer. 

Brother J. L. Switzer, of Kansas, una 
expectedly called with us on Saturday 
afternoon, the 9th instant. On Sunday 
morning we accompanied him to Salisbury 
in our congregation, at which place our 
bretJnen were holding a series of meet- 
ings, where he preached for us. On 
Sunday evening he preached at our placci 
at our usual Sunday evening meeting. 
We believe his labors gave general satis- 
faction. Uis object in risiiing the 
churches is to lay boforc them the condi- 
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them to administer to their wants. He 
represents the conJilions of many in the 
West to be such, that immediately and 
for some time, help will be needed, if 
suffering and starvation are prevented. 
On Monday brother Switzer left us to 
pursue his journey eastward. His vi!<it 
was pleasant and his company enjoyable. 



Brother Hershey's Li^tter. 

In the department of correspondence, 
will be read with interest, we hope, a 
letter from brother Hershey. We may 
form some ideas from thr.t letter what 
labor our brethren in the western country 
have to do, and what deprivations they 
may sometimes have to endure in per- 
forming that work. There is a large 
field open for gospel labors, ripe for har- 
vesting, and the ot'portunity that seems 
to offer for suocesafuJ ministerial labor, 
seems to be inviting. And we are glad 
that some brethren appreciate the situa^ 
tion, and are ready to face the diflBculiies, 
and to go forth perhaps "weeping," 
"bearing the precious seed." And wo 
are also glad to know they often realize 
the fulfillment of the promise, "they shall 
doubtless come again with rejoicing, 
bringing their sheaves with them." — 
Ps. 126:5,6. 

We hope the brethren who are enjoy- 
ing the comforts of home and the ease of 
wealth, will not forget the brethren who 
are making the sacrifices that our minis- 
tering brethren are making for Christ's 
sake and the gospel's. They should be 
remembered in our prayers, and have 
our sympathy and encouragement, and 
our help in whatever way it can be af- 
forded them, to lighten their burdens. 

It will be seen from brother Hershey's 
letter that brother Stein, whose address 
we gave our readers in our last, with sev- 
eral others who had been members of the 
Baptist church, were received into our 
fraternity, and that a church was organ- 
ized in the neighborhood in which they 
live. The report given of those that 
were received into our fraternity is quite 
favorable, and we hope their union with 
us will be an addition of holy influence to 
our number. 

m m 

Answers to Correspondents. 

S. p. Zimmerman : Your subscrip- 
tion expires at No. 16. 

John Shriver ;— Not right. Accord- 
ing to our books you have overpaid $1.23. 
What shall we send you ? 



CORRESPONDEN CE. 

Correspondence of church news solicited /ro:r. 
all parts of the Brotherhood. Writer's name 
nnd address required on every commnnicalion 
fs guarantee of good faith 1 Rejected communi- 
cations or manuscript used, not returned. All 
c nnmurAeations for ptiblication fhould be writ 
tin upon one Side of the rhe-.t onlv. 

A YiHit to Texas and Newton 
Counties, Missouri. 

December oOtb, 1874. 
Brother Quinter : 

This is to inform you that 
brother S. S. Mohler and I have just ro- 
turned home from our visit to Texas and 
Newton counties, having traveled over 
one thousand miles. 

Brother A. Baker met us at Marshfield, 
Webster county, and we all were con- 
veyed to Texas county, on a wagon, by 
brother Sink, who resides there. Not 
having met brother Baker as expected, 
(though not his fault,) we had to layover 
one day, and that only left us one day and 
the next until 10 o'clock to meet the an- 
pointment for their church meeting. So 
we traveled till about dusk, brother Sink 
having provisions with him. Then we 
kii.dled a fire, made us some coffee and 
ate our suppers, then traveled till about 
11 o'clock that night over a very rough, 
hilly country. 'rhen we halted at a 
stream of water, on the hanks of which 
we again built a fire, and staid by it to 
rest our team. We took the wagon bed 
off the running gears and fixed it before 
the tire, and in it some bedded, while 
others lay and sat and stood around the 
fire, till about five o'clock in the morning. 
We then ate a snack, and before it was 
quite daylight, we were on the road pur- 
suing our journey, and arrived at brother 
Sink's residence, (at which place was the 
church meeting,) about 11 o'clock in the 
morning. 

We met with the members in council 
.that day and the next until du>k, and 
gathered in this time all the evidence we 
could on all that was to be adjusted by us 
as their committee. We then dismissed 
the members and the committee pro- 
ceeded to their work of adjustment, and 
labored till about five o'clock next morn- 
ing in order to dispose of their business 
in the Mountain Grove Church, Texas 
county, so as to be ready to leave on 
Monday morning for Newton county, to 
attend to the wishes of brethren and sis- 
ters who had formerly been in fellowship 
with the Missionary Baptists. We ar- 
rived there according to previous ap- 
pointment, by Wednesday evening, then 
we had several public meetings and sev- 
eral more private ones, and durin.u these 
meetings and our minglings with them, 
we were assured from their views of the 
New Testament Scriptures, as expressed 
by them, and by their brotherly and sis 
terly kindness, that they were prepared 
in heart to enter into fellowship with the 
brethren and sisters of our Fraternity, 
having declared themselves to be one in 



heart and in understanding, in all that is 
peculiar to us as the children of God. 
The sisters having before our arrival, 
provided themselves with plain covering 
fiir their heads when en;;aged in prayer. 
So on Christmas day brother Sj.ein and 
wife, brother Ilubbert and wife, brother 
Forney and wife were received into foN 
lowship by a trine immersion. Others- 
being present that were persuaded in. 
their own hearts that they should have: 
done likewise. 

All those received were recommended! 
to us by members of churches, and hy 
others that were no church members, as 
having by a consistent life, gained a name 
for honesty and consistency. These 
members were not organized into a brunch 
of church fellowship themselves, but con- 
nected with the Shoal Creek Branch, 
the general body of which lives off about 
twenty miles. Some of them being 
present, a council was held, and con- 
cluded that their situation was such as to 
make it necessary to elect one to the 
ministry and one to the deaconship. 
Present at this meeting with us as elders, 
was : Brother Harrader and son, (both 
ministers,) of Iowa, brother John Wam- 
^ler, Elder A. Baker's wife, brother 
Prickett and wife, all of Jasper county. 
Wo mention these names to satisfy the 
Brethren throughout the Brotherhood 
that we had in our council, to our helpj 
members from different states, and from 
different arms of the church in this state, 
Missouri. 

The ministry was laid upon, or fell to 
the lot of brother Stein, who is reported 
to have been an able and faithful minis- 
ter in the Missionary Baptist Church. 
He is quite a scholar, and if he continues 
to be faithful, (which we have no reason 
to doubt,) God will have blessed his own 
good cause in the west, by converting one 
from the errors of his way, who, like 
Saul, was already educated. Brother 
Hubbert was chosen to the deaconship. 
He also had been licensed to preach. 
He and his wife, and brother Forney and 
wife, were reported to us as consistent, 
honest people and as having been posts 
in the Baptist Church. But by investi- 
gation they found that they were not 
Seripturally baptized, and were not where 
they could consistently practice all the 
commandments of the New Testament. 

Brother Stein's age is about 34 years ; 
brother Hubbert and brother Forney are 
men of between 50 and 60 years of age. 
Fraternally yours, 

JouN Harshey. 

Kotlice. 

There is a man traveling through the 
country by the name of Charles Weaver, 
sometimes claiming to be a member of 
the church and sometimes not. He 
speaks a mixed language — French, Ger- 
man and English ; he is from Germany, 
or near there ; he bears plain marks of 
deception — is collecting money as he 
goes. Brethren, be on your guard 1 

Wm. Sadler. 



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Cliarcli News. 

December 26th, 1874. 
Brother Quiutcr:— 

For the satisfaction of the 
Brotherhood in general, 1 will 'give your 
numerous rcHilors a brief account of our 
8.2ries of mcetinfrs that were held_ in the 
Free Spring Church, commcncinjr on 
Saturday eveninj.', Docenilier ]9tli. 
Speaiccrs present, brother (Iraybill Mey- 
ers, of Blair county, brcihren Christ. 
Meyers and Isaac Book, of the Perry 
county church, and brother John M. 
Moler, of Mifllin county. 

Saturday cveniner meeting opened by 
brother Graybill Jleycrs. Text, Matt. 
1K:10. Subject: '-teach all Nations." 
Meeting on Sabbath at JO a. m. Subjeni : 
"Baptism." Afler meeting four souls 
were added to the J'old (f Christ. Tiie 
luceiinp continued until Thursday morn- 
ing, holding services during the forenoon 
and evening of Monday, Tuesday and 
Wednesday. The lest on Monday even- 
ing was : "My Spirit shall not always 
strive with man." On Tuesday evening 
it was: "This heaven and earth, that 
now is, is reserved against fne." 0;i Wed- 
nesday evening it was : ''Hear the con^ 
elusion of the whole matter, fear God 
and keep his commandments." 

On Thursd:iy evening, there was a 
meeting held in McAli-^terviilc, by brother 
Graybill Meyers. On Christujas at 10 
a. m. and in the evening, meet int's were 
held in this place by brother G. Meyers. 
Tlie meetings were well attended, a kind 
jirovidence favoring us with good weather. 
We believe some lasting impressions were 
made. "The Word will be as bread cast 
upon the waters." 

By order of the Church. 

W. II. Kurtz, 
. _ Cor. See'y. 

Van Wert, Junidta Co., l^a. 



Inlorniuticu Wauled. 

December 17th, 1874. 

Brother Quinter : — 

Wc liave now collected 
some produce and some liioney, which v.'c 
desire to send to connnittees in Kansas 
and Ncliraska, to relicM- the sufiferirig 
people of those Stales. We will likely 
Bcll the produce here and send the 
money. 

This money was collected by us, and 
througli us by sub comtnittens, with the 
understanding that it should be distribu- 
ted by otir brethren in the west, or by 
committees appointed by them. Wc 
now respectfully ask you that you ask the 
Brethren in those states, through the 
Cdiiipiiviim (1)1(1 Vi.sil'^r, to appoint or 
name acommiitee in eacli of those states 
to receive the money we desire to forward 
them. 

We shall hold the money now until we 
can have person.s named in tho.se stales 
to receive tbo same, and with whom wc 



can correspond and arrange this matter. 
This money is not only intended for our 
Brethren, but for any persons who may 
be in need. 

Please publish this request in the 
Companion and Visitor, so we can hear 
or have a report soon. 

Fraternally yours, 

John Beechly, 
Isaac M. Gibbee. 
Auhurn, Ills. 



The Kansaet Needy. 

December Itith, 1874. 

Dear Brother Jiimes : — 

By the solicitation of 
Brethren in this part of Illinois, and for 
the information of those who have sug- 
gested plans for the relief of the suffering 
))Cople in Kansas and Nebraska, I will 
say, that on the 6th of this month, at a 
meeting held at Sugar Creek Church, in 
this county, (Sangauion,) brethren John 
Bucchley and Isaac Gibble were appoint- 
ed a committee to raise funds and pro- 
visions to be sent to those in need. 

This committee has appointed sub- 
committees, who are acting in different 
localities, in the collection of money and 
provisions, which is all reported at Au- 
burn, and taken charge of by said com-^ 
mittee of two, who take charge of the 
same and forward it to "where it will do 
the most good." 

This committee will see that all entrust- 
ed to their care will be projjcrly handled 
and in due time wdl report their entire 
proceedings. 

Fraternally yours, 

G. W. MuRa.\Y. 

Auhurn, Ills. 



Notes of Travel. 

January 5th, 1875. 

Editor Companion and Visitor ; 

In our former report, 
we eave an account of our journey thro' 
the "Krasshopi)er district" of Nebraska 
and Kansas, as far as White Rock, Jew 
ell county, in the latter slate, which dates 
to November 23!d. I was, at that time, 
at the house of brother Henry G. Meyers. 
Brother Meyers, although living in Kan- 
sas, is well provided for. 

In the afternoon of November 23d, left 
for brother Wayne Grubb's and staiii all 
night at brother James L. Sweitzer's. 
Here we had a jdeasant liMJe season of 
worship in the evening, wilii sister Swit- 
zer and brother Garman and family. 
We could have much enjoyed brother 
Switzer's company, but as duty seems to 
have called him eastward — to gain some- 
thing for the relief ol the needy — this 
could not be. 

Nov. 24.— -We made our way in the 
direction of brother Allen Ives', through 
about four inelies of snow and a cold, 
cliilling wind blowing from the north. 
Our trip was made with a sled ; the dis- 



tance about twenty miles we«t, or along 
White Rock Creek. Here most of the 
people seem to have enough to eat at 
this time, but many of them will need 
seed and feed by spring, while some few 
need assist:;nce at once, or they mtisfc 
suffer. Many more will be needy before 
long, and if our Eastern brethren and 
friends were to see them, they would con- 
clude they are already needy. Dear 
reader, rest assured that but few of our 
Western friends ask for anything before 
they ae'.ually must have help. With 
some it is hard to find out their true 
condition. 

Nov. 25- — Left brother Ives' en route 
for Jacob Teeter's, on Limestone, Mich- 
ael county, Kansas, a distance ot twenty 
eight miles, mainly south of Burr Oak, 
Jewell county, near Glen Elder. Sister 
Teeter seems still to retain good courage. 
The prospect of having a home of her 
own, which may furnish her wiili a livli- 
hood in her older days, seems to Lear her 
up in this time of trouble. This country 
must be furnished help or suffer seriously, 
and be no belter off by the time of next 
crop. 

Nov. 26.— Left friend Teeter's travel- 
ing westward. Stopped with brother 
Daniel Shook in Osborn county. Brother 
Shook sent out his son to invite his 
neighbors and friends to assemble in the 
evening at his hou.se. So, in the evening, 
we had a (ileasant little meeting, and 
much interest was manifested by our 
hearers. This place, like many others, 
needs more preaching by the I5rethren. 
This is a beautiful country, but too young 
to help itself in this time of need, and 
must have help or sufller to the extent of 
st:irvation in some cases. A few diiya 
before my arrival here, there were thir- 
teen teams seen going west to their 
lioujes again, which they had left earlier 
in the season in seareli of somo place east 
where their circumstances might for the 
winter be bettered, but found tiiemselve.s 
disappointed, and had to return to their 
homes again. 

Nov. 27. — Left brother Shook's en 
route for lona, Jewell county. Stopped 
at brother Georee Jlontgomery's. Had 
meeting at the lona school-house in the 
evening. Lodged all night at brother 
David Balierd's. 

Nov. 28. — Attended council at Burr 
0:ik, near brother Allen Ives'. 'I'he 
cnuiieil was held principally for Tnaking 
full arrangements for the distribution of 
donations to the needy. Had meeting in 
the evening at the same place. Allea- 
tion good. 

Sunday, Nov. 29. — Preached funeral 
sermon for liroiher Ives' litile son, Md- 
liard, who died November tVh. Had 
meeting same place in the evening. 

Nov. 151). — Left Btirr Oak aeeomjta- 
nicd by brother Ives, as far as White 
RoeU, on our way homt^v.ard. Had 
uieiuing at the Grubb school-house in the 
evening. 
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home, not feeling as v?ell as we would like 
to have hiui feel to start on his journey 
of twenty miles. In the evening had 
meeting at Switzer's school-house. After 
this we had two meetings about six miles 
north of White Kock City. On the ev>> 
eningof the 2nd in.st. , by request, we 
spoke upon the subject of the Lord's 
Supper. This we supposed would be 
our last meeting, but owing to the condi- 
tion of the ice on the Republican Riyer, 
f I was delayed one day longer and gave 
' the people one more meeting at the same 
place. 

Dec. 4.— 1 left brother Henry G. Mey- 
ers' for Edgar station, on the St. Joe and 
Denver Railroad en route for home, a 
distance of thirty-five miles to the Rail- 
road. To make this trio we had to tviiv 
el north through Knuckles county, Ne- 
braska, into the edge of Ulay county, 
most of which was fine country in ap- 
pearance, and, no doubt, good in quality 
of sod and nearly all uncultivated as yet. 
Wheat yielded about twelve bushels to 
the acre, oats about forty bushels. I aui 
happy to state that after my arrival at 
Edgar station, I learned there was one 
car load of wheat, there consigned to 
Allen Ives, to be distiibutcd among the 
sufFeiers. I have also seen some of the 
donations forwarded to brother Ives, dia 
tributed to the needy. I returned home 
December 5ib, and found all well, for 
which God be thanked. 

Our observation has been such (hat we 
reed not fear that we vrill soon overstock 
the wants of the needy in the West, as it 
will require a great amount of donations 
to keep them iVom starving and freezin,^;, 
not taking into consideration the amount 
it will take to keej) them from 
fcufFering. There must, also, be some- 
thing furnished for their stock, in way of 
grain, or many of their horses naust per- 
ish for want of feed. If their horses, 
generally were in good condition, and the 
hay a little better, with the (luaniity of 
straw that most of them have, their 
prospect uf getting tho.\r horses through 
wiihout giain would be much better, even 
then they would not be able to do vmcJi 
work in the spring. 

Our Saviour says : "The poor ye have 
always with you and whensoever ye would 
36 can do tliem good." Brot'iren and 
friends, lie that giveth to the poor lerid- 
eth to the Lord. What a treasure we 
can lay up with the Lord, and where our 
treasure is, there will our hearts be also ; 
and how much pleasanter the thought 
with us will be, that we have saved some 
poor human being's life, and have a 
treasure in heaven, than after awhile 
learn that some one has been left to Ffcirve 
or freeze, while we have plenty. How 
could we bear to hear our children cry for 
bread, when it would be out of our power 
to give it to them. How v.uiv.y little 
faces we can make hapi»y ; how ujany 
mother's hearts can be relieved by bouni- 
jful donations from those who liave 
enough and to spare, the Lord only knows. 



I know what my feelings were when 1 
would see the tears rolling down over a 
mother's careworn cheeks for want of 
something ordinary to place before those 
for whom she was getting a meal of vie 
tuals. I know what an impression it 
make^f upon my mind to see an old father 
weeping and latncnting over the condition 
of his family, and for want of some way 
to see his fmiily through in reach of an~ 
other crop. If all who have in abun- 
dance will give as the Lord has prospered 
them, none need cry for bread. I am 
glad to say the health has been good 
generallj', wherever I have been. 

Yours, in the hope of a better world, 
C. Forney. 

Falls City, Nch. 

C'burcU News. 

January Gth, 1875. 



Brother James : 

For the benefit of the 
members of the Home Mission Board of 
the Western District of Pennsylvania, and 
others, I send this for publication in your 
worthy periodical. 

Aeording to a notice received from 
elder C. G. Lint, one ot the members of 
the Homo IMission Board of the Western 
District of I'ennsylvania, stating that I 
should attend to a call for preaching in 
Olearfidd eouniy, Pennsylvania, which 
was arranged by brother Peter Boer to 
co;umence at Chestcreek Cross Roads, on 
the 7th of November. 

In pursuance of above, I left home on 
the morning of the Gth of November and 
got as fur as elder Sauiuel Brallicr, six 
miles below Ebensburg, Cambria county, 
that day. I remained over night with 
brother Brallier and enjoyed th.e hospi- 
tality of his kind family. On the follow- 
ing morning I renewed my journey for 
Chestcreek, wh>n-e I arrived late in the 
evening, after a h-ud' day's ride. At 
Chestcreek I met brother jMark Menser, 
and wo staid over r.ight with fiicnd An- 
drew Richen. I enjoyed brother Menser's 
company very much until the afternoon 
of Sunday, the 8th, when he left lor his 
home. 

On the night of the 7th I preached in 
Chestcreek school house, and continued 
meeting every night until Sunday night, 
the ]5th. Brother Peter Beer had prom- 
ised to meet me the first of the week and 
accompany me to the northern jiart of 
this county, but on account of sickness 
in his family failed to do so. So we had 
eleven meetings at this place, imd they 
were all goed tucetings, too, — good con- 
gregations, excellent order, and marked 
attention to the word preached, were 
prominent features, and constitute what I 
call a good meeting. 

Last year when I was here there were 
only two members, and now there are six. 
And if the Brethren will continue to give 
them preaching, there is no doubt but 
that there will bo twice the number of ad- 
ditions before long. It appeared to me 



that quite a number were counting the 
cost, as I learned from their own expres- 
sions. Now, brethren, let us not forget 
the exjircssion of the inspired apostle : 
"Paul may p'aiit, Apollos may water, but 
God must give the increase." Then, 
brethren and sisters, pray to (jod lor his 
blessings to accompany our labors, that 
his word may not return void ; that the 
seed sown may at least be as ''bread cast 
upon the water," and if not sooner, be 
eatliercd ^ome time hence. 

On Monday, the i6th, I started tor a 
place they call Hiekoiy Kingdom, near 
the Elk county line, some forly-five miles 
distant. I wmit down the Chest creek to 
the Siisquehanna river, and down the 
Susquehanna to Bcllville, where I crossed 
the river, and touk dinnei\ and started 
for Lewisburg. From here I went to 
Peimville, and then to Rockton, where I 
remained over night vnih friend Charles 
Brown, who really ought to be a brother, 
lor it! sentiment he is one. Next morn- 
ing the 17th it rr.ined and wa.i quite dis- 
agreeable, and as I !iad no appointment, 
I waited until the following morning and 
again started on my way. 

In the evening of the 1 8th I arrived at 
Hickory Kingdom, and stopped with 
friend Samuel Brown, whose wife is a 
sister in the church. We went to his 
father's, soiue tv,-o miles distant, and 
found the old brother and sister in good 
Irealih. As brothei' Brown had not got 
notice of my coming, wo made ar- 
rangements for iireachinc, and continued 
prcaeliing over the second Lord's day, in 
the Pine Grove atsd Hickory scliool- 
houses. These appointments were about 
three or four miles apart. I had two 
meetings. These meetings were small 
couapared to our meetings in Somerset 
count}', but i^till, considering this, they 
were well attended. 

This is a mountainous country, thinly 
settled, but if. appears that what land is 
cleared is reason:! bly productive. Btifc 
this is not giving an account of our meet', 
ings. Though our meetings v/ere not as 
large as we sometimes have, I can truth'^ 
fully say we had better ortJer and atten- 
tion to preaching, than we often have 
where there is a great deal more jireach- 
ing done than there is here. Brotb.er 
Stephen Hildebrand and my.self were 
preaching here la.-^t Jidy one year ago, 
and since that time those three members, 
wliieh are all the members within forty- 
five miles of this place, have not heard a 
brother preach. When I left them this 
time, tbeir last inquiry was : ''How 
soon will we set preaching again?" Sis- 
ter Rl'.oda Brown vaid : "I hope you 
wont put us off, i0 long the next time? 
Try and have arrangements made to give 
u-^ preaching sooner." Under existing 
circuinstan^-es, I could not promise. 

No-.v. bro!lu\n atid sisters, I w-int yo'i 
to consider this, atid that piayerfuliy, too, 
and especially such as have tite privilege 
to attend preaching every Lord's day. 
Ifyouhke to meet with the church in 



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public worship, think that thoss isolated 
members stand in need too of preaching. 
And so do others oufsidc of" the ciiurch, 
•who are starvin;; for want of the broad 
and water of eternal lil'o- And by a con- 
sideration of those facts, see whether wo 
•will stand justified before the Judge of 
all this earth at a coujiiik dav, when we 
"hear his expression as reconl'd in the 
25ih chapter of Matthew : "Whatsoever 
ye have done to the least of those m}' 
brethren, ye have done it uoto me ; and 
whatsoever yc have not done unto the 
least ot these my brethren, ye have not 
done it unto me." 

Sunday, the 30th, I had my last mcet- 
ina in the evening. Monday, the 1st of 
Pecember, I came back ten miles and 
preached that night near Roo'^ton. This 
was m3' last meeting in CIcavfiold county. 
1 i)rcached twenty-eight times during my 
absence from home, to quite interesting 
congregations, as it appeared to mc. On 
Tuesday, the 2ud, being very disagree- 
able — snowing, cold and stormy — I left 
for home, and came as far as brother 
Peter Beer's that night, having ridden 
about forty miles, and in consequence I 
was considerably fatigued. After supper 
I enjo3ed mysulf in pheasant and inter 
csting conversation with brother Peter 
and bis family, until after ten o'clock. 

On the following u)orning I again 
started houjcward, and traveled as far as 
brother Jacob Ret)logle's in the Manor 
congregation, Indiana county. I staid 
over night with brother lleplogle. Next 
morning I started for home. The road 
was quite muddy on account of the snow 
and rain. I went on to brother Jacob 
Ilol.-japple's and staid over night. Next 
day I arrived liome and found all well, 
thank the Lord for His u.ercy and Provi- 
dential care. And to the brethren and 
Bisters I saw during my trip, and the 
many kiLd friends among whom 1 have 
been, and who used me as well and as 
kindly as Brethren would have done — to 
all these, 1 tender my bineore thanks, 
and pvay that the grace of God and the 
jjLft of the Holy Spirit will bo with you 
and finally qualify us all for the discliarge 
Ot cveiy duty to our God, lo ourselves 
and to our fellow- man. 

Yours in Chri.-tian love, 

JOSKI'II BliKKEY. 
Shade, Somerset connty, Pti. 

Auother Cull For Uelp. 

January 4ih, 1874. 

BroUier Quinter : — 

By request, I will 
report the condition of our Brethren 
here at this place. They were ail poor 
wlien thoy come here. 'J'his summer all 
tlic Brethren raised put together, did 
not make thirty buKheU of corn ; no po- 
tatoes, no garden truck of any kind, 
wa- raised. 'Y\\i\ drouth and tiic chintz 
buKs were the cause. 
We hud bub littlu wbcul sown, and now 



we have not twenty bushels of it among 
us. None of us knows how we 
are going to live until we can raise an- 
other crop. There is no work to do that 
amounts to anything, and it is only from 
twenty^five to fifty cents per day in trade, 
and not much to do at that price. 

Now, Brethren, if you think we are 
worthy of soiuc help, please respond. If 
you think 1 make it worse than what it 
is, I refer you to any brother in the 
church, or to any person out of the 
church, that is acquainted with our con-^ 
dition. 

Those wishing to send us money, will 
please send it by post oflBce order, or in 
registered letter. Send it to Holla, 
Phelps county, Missouri, to the under- 
signed. 

Solomon Stump. 

By tlio Brethren. 

John Laie, 
David Laiu, 
Eiders. 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS. 

Sugar Creek Church, Whitley county, 
Indiana, by D. M. Truby, $31.00; lo be 
divided among the destitute in the Beav- 
er Creek Church. Phelps county, Missouri, 
to the best advantage. 

Fraternally yours, 

Solomon Stump. 
RoUa, Mo. 



MARRIED. 

By the undersigned, near ConnelUville, 
Peiin'a, December 87th, brother Neri H. 
SiPis and sistiT Tillie J. Kelly, both of 
Fayette county, Pa. 

A1"0 by the. Panie at Mcyersdtle, Pa., on 
the 14' h of Jaiinaiy, 1875, Mr. Levi Gaustz 
and Mi.-'i c AiiOi-iNB IIlcnUAN, both of 
Giriett county, Md. 

J. W. BEi'.u. 

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UICI>. 

WcailmitJio poetry under any circumstan 
cea in connection wilu Obituary Notices. We 
wish to use all alike, untl we could not insert 
verses -will) all. 



In the Ilo'iewell church, Bedford connty, 
Pa., Sopiember 6th, Mauy Ann Mil/.er, 
aged 3J yuars, 4 mouths and 17 days. 

Also, Benie church, October lllh, Baubara 
Ellen .VIillek. aijcd 2 raoiiihs and 9 days. 
Fuueral services by the Brethren. 

IIeNUV OLAPfEU. 

In the Indian Creek congregation, West- 
moreland county. Pa., on Decerabcr the 8th, 
Mary M. Miller, daughter of brother Wm. 
and hisler Catharine Miller, aged 9 years, 11 
months and 14 days. Funeral services by 
brethren D. D. Horner, James Bennett and 
the undersigned. 

J. M. MlLLBK. 

In the Milledirtvillo church, on the 9th of 
November, David son of hiothcr Al'raham 
and sister Fuiiiiv Livcngood, aged 17 years 
and 15 days Funeral dstouise by Samuel 
Hillery aud other Brethren. 

Martin Meyers. 



In the Iowa River chu-ch, October 23Dd, 
brotber Joseph Nicholson, aged 31 years, 
6 moiiths and 14 days. 

The deeeased leaves a widow and three 
small children, the oldest not four years old. 
The funeral services by V.rother Hall, of 
Tama connty, in the Stone Church, near tlie 
buryirg.irround of the Brethren, in Marshall 
couuty, Iowa. 

John Mcrrey. 

In the Elkhart Valley district, December 
11th, brother David Grauam, aged 28 years, 
1 month and days. 

The occasion was improved by D. Shively 
and D. B. Stut-man, from Heb. 9:27, to a 
large congregation. Brother David, we 
thifk, truly died th' death of the r^tuhteous, 
as he was willing to obey all ihe commards 
to the last, and called for the elders of the 
chareh and was anointed with oil, in the 
name of the Lord. K'eaea to his a^hes. 

Also, in the Bango district, Elkhart couQ- 
ty, Indiana, Doe. .5th, friend Jacob Sayier, 
aged 68 years and 8 days. 

The occasion was improved by the writer 
ani D. Brenntraan. fron l:t Peter 1:24.25, to 
a large congtegaiion. 

Gabriel Frame. 

Near New Paris, Elkhart county, Ind., 
Dec. 1st, of lung fever, Oiniel Edwin, sou 
of Clark and Lavina Druckitniller, ag- d I 
yeir, 3 months and 24 days. Funeral dis- 
course by brother Uavii Yontz, from let 
Peter 1:24. 

Rebecca GALLiouKB. 

In the Cherry Grove ehnrch, Carroll coun- 
ty, Illinois, December 3rd, John, son of 
brother Francis and sister K»te McNut, aged 
9 years, 9 month* and ",9 dajs. 

The above is the first one in the Brethren's 
new buryine-sround, at Shannon. Funeral 
services by Henry Ma-tin and Lemuel Hil- 
lery, from Matt. 18:1-3. 

Elias Forney. 

In tte Perry congreeatloa, Juniata connty, 
Peun'a, December 12, Lira, datighter of 
broth -r Isaac and Rieter Mary Book, ai>ed 5 
months and 8 days. Text, James 4:;4: 
''For what is your life ? It is ev«n a vapor, 
that apptareth for a little time and then 
yanisheih away." Services rendered by the 
Brethren. 

C. Meyers. 

In the Tippecanoe congregation. Noble 
county, Indiana, Au.;us' 26lh, sister Mary, 
sfcoiid wife of brother William Brumbauijh, 
Jr., and daughter of friend Israel Cooper. 
Disease, abortion. 

Sbe leaves a kind husband, five children, 
a fattier, sisters and mauy friends, to mourn 
lh''ir loss, which we belifve is her laerual 
gain. Fuueral services improved from these 
words: 'Jesus said unto her, 1 am the res- 
urrection, and the life, he that he!iev<lh in 
me, though hi- were dead, yet siiall he livr," 
(St John 11:35 ) by S Phells, assisted by 
the writer, to a large and attentive leather- 
ing of ptoplo. 

E. Brcmbai-ou. 

In the Tuscarawas arm of the chu'ch, 
Stark county, Ohio, at the residence of his 
brother in-law, bro.her John Miller, Eliza- 
beth Kr'D.r, aghd 7G years, 1 tnomh uud 
19 days. 

She was born In Franklin county, Pona'a, 
October 23, 1 70S. She never was man led. 
Sbe united with the churcli about ten years 
ago, aud lived a consistent Chiietian life. 
Her disease was palsy. She lay in a helpless 
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bore her aflliclion with Christian resignation. 
Fune'al iTnpiovfd by the writer, fiom 1st 
teter 1:3,4. 

John K. L. SwiH'.RT. 



Iq Jefre'son county, Iowa, Aueust 6th, 
sister Elizabi-th Kinsey, aged 91 years, 
6 months .nd 30 days. 

The above with her family, moved from 
Frederick county, Maryland, iu 1831 to 
Montgomery county, Ohio, residing there a 
few years »i.d then removed to Miami 
county. In 18'4 she moved to Indiana, 
living there eleven years, and then returned 
to Miami county, Ohio. In her old days not 
being contented living there, she went to 
live wilb one of her daughters in Iowa, 
where she eaded her days. She wss the 
mother of liine children, four only h«viug 
survived her. Her husband died seveuteeu 
years Rfio. She often expre-sedthe wish 
that her time for diparture was here, so that 
she mit{ht be gathered home. Funeral ser- 
vices by the Brethren. 

David Kinsey. 

In Green Spring district, December 4th, 
friend Joun Bowm4n, soi of brother John 
Bowman, aged 25 years, 8 mouths and 
12 days. 

His suffering was much; he got alarm- d 
about his salvation and sent for Brethren 
with whom he consulied ; he promised to 
follow the Lord in all his ways ; he rt quest- 
ed ba))lisin as soon as he ■would gain 
strength, but the messenger death stepped 
in. Let this be a call to many. He leaves 
a dear widow, ivfo children and a circle of 
friends to mourn their loss. Funeral occas- 
ion Improved by brother D. Koop and the 
undersigned, from Rev. 3:18, to a large 
congregation. 

S. M. Loos. 



T 1ST OF MONEYS RECEIVED for 
Jj, SUBSCRIPTION, BOOKS, etc., 

S D Shirl< 8 30; 8 Bock 10 30; B F Darst 
3 40; S Wine 8 10; J nf.lMnger4 80; I Smith 

I 60; DM Truby 7 25; L Kauffman 6 00; 
D Clem 16 00; F Ennekinff 7 00; D S Hale 

II 70; H Row 19 00; J Reed 3 30; Allen 
Boyer 20 00; Mrs Juo Enelar 3 20; J W 
Bowman 1 70; R Meyers 4 00; H Hershbpr- 
ger 11 00; DShaelT.:r 1 60; H H Beau 1 70; 
J Knupp 1 60; S Gilbert 1 80; M John 3 20; 

I J Rnsei)beig.;r 1 00; H Wirth 1 60; J Swi- 
gart 1 80; Mae Ga'berl 50; D Ac'ueubach 

II 20; J H Erb 7 15; D H Riddlesbareer 

3 .50; J G WincT6 30; D FuHz 3 60; Wm 
McWhortey S 40; G Gerlach 13 20; D Shid- 
ler 5 20; U Kcim 7 50; A F Snyrler 00; J 
McCrearv 4 80; D Artz 75; L A Dnsch 1 15; 
W A Chen back 4 80; D Zuek 10 70; I Roycr 

4 70; S Emmert 1 60; H Thompson 1 60; 
Cath Crouse 1 80; R Hyde 2 00; Lizzii^ N 
Price 2 00; D 3oker 1 70; Jno Brindh^ 1 70; 
Jno Driver 3 40; Mrs N Kimmel 1 60; .-* S 
Smith 6 10; Jno K Wellineton 7 00; Jco 
Fiant 6 00; Mary Bowlby 5 00; D W George 
7 30; J S^ineer 9 60; Jac Fyock 75; Jos 
Stoner 1 60; S Hawver 13 85; F Cotterman 
1 CO; G W Prlser 1 70; DA Bail<^y 2 80; 
Geo Nangle 16; Jos Barnhart 3 20; D D 
Markley 6 30; M Neher 1 60; E iz Robins 
1 60; Anna Oakes 1 60; H Kline 1 60; C C 
Gish 4 50; Susannah Snyder 20; Barbara 
HolTman 19 30; E A P Horning 1 75; B B 
Witmer 8 00; Hannah Hoover 2 40; W 
Henry 1 70; Sarah Stem 75; D P Long 3 30: 
D Crofloid 75; Geo Brubaker 17 30; I Smith 
22 '.>8; C R Paige 1 80; Susannah Miller 
4 42; Jae L Meyers 1 00; O Metz 6 .50; J D 
Rosenberger 1 60; I Gutter 7 80; J F Neher 



3 80; R E Roed 1 6^; J F Shuey 1 60; S 
Molsbee 5 00; J L Switzcr 5 00; J Michael 
8 35; G Buekh w 3 20; L M Kob 2 00; Jas 
A Ridenour 7 70; D Boyer 15 00; J W Cool 
1 60; J H Gellison 75; J S Suowberger 4 75; 
Sarah J Miler 1 60; Jac Mohler 16 00; J H 
Witmer 7 60; J S Snyder 10 I 0; G W Thom- 
as 8 25; A B Fisher 3 40; J C Lehman 5 80; 
J H Biltiter 6 50; F Auglemyer 8 00, J 
Leedy 1 60; D L Bowman 5 00; E Zimraer- 
raan 5 00; W H Pulkn 5 55; B F Paul 12 80; 
HS Jacobs 2 1 00; D Kiras 1 70; Mary 
Snowheryer 3 20; G 8 Wine 23 17; 8 F Rri- 
man 5 00; J Holsopple 1 10; S Bowser I 60; 
A M Hibb^ 1 70; S T Bossermaa 4 50; D 
Stover 1 70; N Loneanecker 8 00; Mag Dnt- 
ton 1 10; W Wells I 60; J E Williams 1 60; 
8 Driver 12 00; W H Pullen 1 60; P H Kertz 

1 70; Nathan M 11-r 3 30; D Holsinger 1 70; 
C Hiiikle 1 6 ; 8 Lulz 3 30; 8 Geib 3 39; 8 
Studebaker 75; A Bare 1 00; D Coy 1 60; 
J N Shick 9 60; G':o Arnold I 60; J L Wine- 
land 5 00; Sarah Hoover 1 70; A Hock 4 80; 
AnnaE Miller 2 00: Su>annali Bare 1 GO; 
A Ives 5 00; P Miller 4 50; A Mack 

2 60; I B Neff 3 30; P H Slagle I 50; D 
Brower 17 15; Jos Holder 14 46; A 
Blough 4 14; Jno Saunders 3 30 ; David 
Black 3 20; J R Deppen 1 60; S Brown 

I 70 ; D M Werking 1 60 ; D McCon- 
aughy 1 60; A H Baltiiuore 11 20; J C 
Hatice 12 80; Mary Fisher 1 60; J Root) 

II 55; A Wimer 3 20; C Shellenberger 

4 70; B W Dewirt 6 40; S E Arnold 
7 50; J F Eri,iil:ir 14 40; N Miller 6 20; 
E Horn 3 20; Jas Murray 1 50, Eliz 
Stonington 1 60; S R Meyer 1 70; Ella 
Williams 2 10; J Deeter 1 60; H K Brick- 
ster 1 60; A Srliwattz 1 60; I Roop 9 30 
U S Meyers 1 50; Barb Jordon 5 00; J 
Hollinger 10 10; I Newcomer 3 20; Jno 
Mohler 31 30; E Graybill 4 25; S S Meiz- 
ger 3 20 ; N W Longanecker 4 80 ; E 
Walters 8 00; J Snyder 3 77; G W Wi- 
mer 3 20; S B Stucky 4 80; Jac Beeghly 

20; P Detrick 19 20; M Beshoar 27 20; 
E B Hol!in-pr 1 60: J B Gibbcl 2 50; J 
Overholser 1 60; S Mohler 28 70; •] Camp 

1 60; B Z Eby 1 60; A Daily 1 60; D J 
Whitehead 9 60; A G Black 7 39; Geo 
Hoover 6 20 ; A Brubaker 1 60 ; Win 
Bvrd 3 20; J B Pence 2 00; H 3Ievers 

5 00, S Suplce 5 00, D Early 1 60, G W 
Annon 1 60, Mrs M A Snjith 1 60, J S 
Snyder 3 20, J Il'irley 4 00, Jas Essam 
1 60, J Bowman 6 40, 1 Brubaker 1 60, 
C M Wenger 1 60, Fannv Horner 1 70, 
David Gerlach 5 00, F Hamilton 3 20, 
Eliz Vincent 1 70, Jon Mo,=er 5 00, T H 
Stevenson 15 80, TD Lyon 15 00, J 
Shultz 1 70, D M Snavely 14 75, E Ston- 
er 3 30, J B Sweitzer 3 40, V P Klipple 

6 40, D B Heiney 75, S T Bosserman 
19 60, E Whitfen 1 60, J S Kcim 75, 
Sarah Bowman 1 60, S F Sieber 4 40, I 
S Landis 1 60, S P Miller 6 40, Isaac 
Watson 13 00. Geo Paul 17 60, D W 
Stoner 1 60, J M Cassel 1 65, P Heifer 
4 90, Wm Meek 1 60, Wm Sadler 35 90, 
P Moomaw 1 60, L W Tet ter 6 40, S 
Riddle 4 80, S R Zug 8 00, Jos Snyder 
1 60, D J Spichcr 1 70, J P Lichty 1 50, 
F W Kohler 7 46, A Schwartz 4 80, Sar- 
ah Heath 1 60, J H Jellison 1450, Susan 
Coughnour 1 50, J A Strayer 5 00, M H 
Hockman 6 40, G L Snyder 3 40, 1) M 



Witmer 24 00, Rebecca Wampler 8 00, 
J R Foglesoiigcr 6 40, D B Stutsman 
1 50, Wm !Mi>-er 1 20, Nancy E Swiharb 
12 10, H B Dilling 1 50, Anna M Shirk 
1 75, J B Hollinger 12 50. S S Griffin 
8 85, EL Prather 1 00, H Broadwater 
1 60, J D Meyers 2 00, M Nead 2 50. 



The huge, drastic, griping, sickening 

Eills, constructed of crude, course and 
ulky ingredient.-', are fast being super- 
.scded by Dr. Pierce's Pleasant Purgative 
Pellets, or Sugar Coated, Concentrated 
Root and Herbal Juice, Anti^Billious 
Granules — the "Little Giant" Cathartic 
or Mnltum in -Farvo Physic. Modern 
Chemical Science enables Dr. Pierce to 
extract from the juices ol the most valu- 
able roots and herbs their active medici- 
nal principles, which, when worked into 
little Pellets or Granules, scircely largtir 
than mustard seed, renders each little 
Pellet as active and powerful as a large 
pill, while they are much more palatable 
and pleasant in effect. 

Dr. Ira A. Thayer, of Baconsburg, 
Ohio, writes : "I regard your Pellets as 
the best remedy for the conditions for 
which you prescribe them of anything I 
have ever used, so mild and certain ia 
effect, and leaving tlio bowels in an ex- 
cellent condition. It seems to me they 
must take the place of all other cathartic 
pills and medicines." 

Lyon & Macomber, druggists, Ver- 
million, D. T., say: "We think they 
are going to sell like hot cakes as soon as 
people get acqusinted with them and will 
spoil the pill trade, as those that have 
used them like them much better thaa 
large pills." 

To fell Buffalo Robes on commissiou. For 
particulars addre«s with slauiu, 

J. S. FLORT, 
49 2ra. Buffalo, Weld Co., Colorado. 

Pure-Bred Light Brabinas. 

Pea comb, t^ue to feather, and cannot be 
excelled for size, els. We will ship by ex- 
press to any one a cockerel and two pullets, 
for five ($5.00) dollars. Addreep, 

8. Beakd, 

35. Polo, Ills. 

Valuable Farui For fSale. 

A farm containing 108 acres in Westmore- 
land county, Penn'a, two an'1 one-half miles 
Routh of Donegal on county line road. About 
85 acres cleared and balance good timber. 
Has a good orchard and also stone coal. 
The buildings are a good two story dwelling 
house with cellar under it, a large bank barn 
wiLh all nfcessary outbuildings ; good spring 
and also a well near the house ; church not 
a quarter of a mile and school house con- 
venient ; grist and saw mills within one-half 
mile. 

For particirlars or any information con- 
cornivg the farm call on Tobias Meyers near 
Mineral Point, Ephreim Cover near Berlin, 
or with me on the farm- 

John K. Meteks. 

21-tf. Donegal, Pa. 



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NEWSPAPPni COMMENT 

UPON Tns 

AMERICAN NEWSPAPER ADVERTISING 

AGENCY, 

CONrrCTED BT 

George P. K«>w^Jl tt Co., 

No. 41 I'AnK Ro>Y, 

NEW YUliK. 



As t>ie proprietors of the first and most 
extentive of these ajjecci'* in New York, 
they oro well qua lifiiid to furiiish infoiiiift- 
tiou. The dclaila of the work iransar-tcid by 
the agency, aud the way it, i« done, the per- 
fection of the arraugemeuts for faciliiatiiig 
tho act of advertising lij nliuvinsr ihc adver- 
tiser of troJ'Ieaud (iijensis and bricgi'jg 
hc'ore him all the various medium!>lhrou;rL- 
out the couutry, with the necessary knowl- 
edge pertaining to thcrn, are uiveu with a 
minuteness ihal leaves nothing ;oUedesiied. 
All tVic particulars resp'Cling the character 
and position of a i)ewA()aper which an in- 
leuding adveitiser desir.-s lo ki:ow are 
placed before him in the most C(>ncl»e form. 
—New York Times, Juue 7Ui, 1871. 

It is indeed no surpriiie that their house is 
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Time aud Eternity. 



It is not time that flies ; 

'Tis we, 'tis we, are flying ; 
It is not Life that dies ; 

'Tis we, 'tis we, are dying. 
Time and eterniy are one ; 
Time is eternity begun : 
Life changis, jet without decay ; 
'Tis we alone who pass away. 

It is not truth that flies ; 

'Tis we, 'tis wc, are flying: 
It is not Faith that dies ; 

'Ti8 we, 'tis we, are dying. 
O ever-during faith and truth, 
Whose yonth is age, whose age is youth ! 
Twin stars of immortality, 
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Selected. 



For the Companion and Visitor. 
Tlie Biiriiiu;; Bui^Ei, i» Symbol ol 
Dlirist s C'Uurcti. 



BY J. T. MEYEHS. 



Religion is a po.^itive thing. It is not 
a system of morals and doctrines to be 
gotten up by ourselves and taught, but it 
is a system of truth and doctrines direct 
from God, which it is our highest privil- 
ege to accept, hold, practice and propa- 
gate to the ends of the earth, as we have 
received them from direct divine au- 
tority. 

We are not at liberty to propagate 
whatever religious doctrines we please, 
but must hold ourselves bound as adher- 
ents to the principles of the doctrine of 
Christ to accept the whole of his teach- 
ings as fundamental and positively es- 
sential. 

The simple designation as a disciple of 
Chritt, is proof enough to me that we 
dare not deviate I'rom the fundamental 
doctrines of Clirist'fe teaohings. Tlic least 
deviatiou ia a fori'eiting of our disciplc- 
ship, 



_ Let us here notice the relation a dis- 
ciple sustains to his teacher. The word 
disciple, presupposes a teacher, 
and a teacher has the prerogative to 
command and teach, which precludes the 
possibility of a disciple being superior to 
his Master. Hence the followers of a 
teacher, or head of any partic 
ular sect, are called his disciples. In this 
same manner we also speak of the dis- 
ciples of John the Baptist, the disciples 
of Moses, and the discii)les of Christ. 

]3ut the di.sciples, when .spoken of in 
the Christian sense of the word, are: ]. 
Learners of Christ, followers of Christ, 
adherents to all the divine principles of 
Christ, members of his church, against 
which the gates of hell shall not 
prevail. 

When Christ camo into the world he 
meant to establish a people, who were to 
be flesh of hi? flesh, bone of his bone, and 
who were to make him the grand central 
in hi^-tory, and his nanjc the most noted 
in the annals of the world. Almost one 
entire book ot the New Testament is de- 
voted to the singular planting and train- 
ing ot this peculiar organism under 
Christ, while another is almost exclu- 
sively devoted to its more prophetic por- 
trayal. Its history is also interwoven 
with the entire history of the world, 
dating back to the first stage of existence. 
The first representation we have of the 
condition of the people of God was mani- 
fested by the hillsides of lloreb's 
moun'. • 

It was there that God appeared unto 
Moses from amidst a himiing bush, and 
delivered unto him a legation, which 
brought a new nition into existence, in- 
troduced a new life, consecrated a pecu- 
liar people, and broke down Egyptian 
bondage. We shall now propose to no- 
tice the peculiar nature and represeuta 
tion of the burning bush, as exhibited 
before Moses. 

1. I remark that the chirch fx intend- 
ed to he a living and growing organism. 
It is represented by a hush, and a busli is 
an organic body, consisting oi' dillerent 
parts, with one life pervading it. A 



bush has its roots, its branches, its trunk, 
its life-giving and life- pervading sap, by 
virtue of which it stands, grows, and is 
sustained. Of this same nature is the 
church. Its trunk is Christ Jesus, that 
good olive tree, in'o which faith ingrafts 
the soul, makes it bud and bloom, and 
prepares it to bring forth fruit unto eter- 
nal life. Its roots are the divine influ- 
ences, running away back into the hidden 
depths of the divine eternal, into the 
springs of divine compassion, from whence 
she is ever nourished, fed and sustained. 
A bush is one, and so the church ought 
to be. It grows from the .same roots, is 
sustained by the one trunk, and lives the 
same life. A bush also has many limbs 
and branches. Thus it is with the 
church. She must have many divarica- 
tions and divergent parts to fill out the 
figure of beauty ; she must have families 
and sub families, to present an unnum- 
bered variety in the same unity. 

A bush is a growing organism ; and so 
the church ought to be, ever advancing 
her increase and general strength. Tho' 
its leaves do all fade and die, fresh put- 
tings forth are always seen. Thus ifc 
should be with the church ; instead of 
the fathers and mothers, should be their 
children, and thus ever advancing the 
cause of Christ. 

The little bush, though humble, tender, 
pliant, frail, is ever aspiring heavenward 
in its growth ; ever expanding its boughs, 
as if to claim equality with the tall cedar, 
that pride and glory of yon mountain. 
Thus my brother, thus my sister, it should 
be with thee — ever struggling for the 
more exalted heights and serencr climes 
of spiritual beauty. 

The burning b"sh had this peculiarity, 
God was in it. Child of God! thou 
needest not fear the fires of aftiiction — 
God is with thee ! 

2. The condition of the church, one of 
affliction. It is a busli burning v/ith tire. 
God appearing unto Moses from amid.-^t 
the burning bush seciiicd to him an 
alarming signidcance. Uiit- it was only to 
t<acii tiic man Mo.-,c.-i of the miuiy fires 
God's people would have to go through. 



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CHRISTIAN FAMILY COMPANION AND GOSPEL VISITOK. 



In all apes the ch'Tch was one oC affl'c- 
tion. i""rom Adam until now, the history 
of the church is one of blood and tear^. 
How was Abel slain ; and the good old 
Elijah driven to the desert wilds ; and 
Moses taunted and reviled ; and Noah 
j'ersecutcd and mocked ; and Daniel 
put into the den of lions ; the apostles 
persecuted and slain ; and the Wickliffes, 
Luthers and friends of trutii, put under 
the ban of empires, and made to broil in 
the fires of sore persecution ! Header, 
have you ever thus been made to suifcr? 
Cease now to complain of thy troubles. 
Yours is a clear sky, hardly a cloud 
to be seen, and why shouldest thou com- 
plain? 

3. Tiie church, though always in fires, 
is never consumed. Did not the bush 
live on ? "And the angel of the Lord ap- 
peared unto him in a flame of fire out of 
the midst of a bush : and he looked, and, 
behold, the bush burned with fire, and 
the bush was not consumed." Blessed 
truth! Glorious encouragement! 

The bush lived on. Its branches were 
like asbestos to the fires. God made it 
thus ; and will not the same Jehovah 
Angel preserve his church? Whence is 
that voice ihat says : "The gates of hell 
shall not prevail against it"? And did 
not God always lead his church through 
fires? But there are fires about it tliat 
are m t by any means affliciive : flames of 
light, truth and love, which only prepares 
the soul for heaven — flames of tire that 
will only purify the gold from ihe dross. 
Let us take fre.<h couiage in the cause of 
Christ, though we may meet with sharp 
conflicts. Tlie angel of the Lord pre- 
served the burning busli, and he will also 
preserve us, if we but trust in him. 
Philadelphia^ P<i. 

For the Companion and Visitor. 
Tliongtits on I^uke 6:30— S4. 



BY A. S. CULP. 

And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples 
and said, Blessed be ye poor : for yours is 
the kint'dotn of God. — Lukb 6:30. 

Blessed be ye poor! This must have 
been sweet, consoling food lor those who 
were present at the time our Lord deliv- 
ered this message for the welfare and 
benefit of the poor, for they were truly 
made to feel that God is no respecter of 
persons ; as our Saviour took great pains 
to have the gospel jireachcd to the poor 
as well as to the rich, resorting to the 
mountains where they collocfcd in great 
numbers to hear him. And his teaching 
was food for the poor hungry soul, in 
that day when our jjord was |)rcsentliere 
on earth. So it is to day to all them that 
hear, believe and obey his words. For 
we read tiiat his word is truth. "Though 
lieaven and earth pass away, my word 
shall not pass away," said Jesus. 
"JJlcssed arc ye that hunger now, for ye 
fihatl be filled.'" 

We are Jed to bcliCYP fr"r' ^b^ forego- 



ing language, that our Saviour made use 
of, that many were hungering and thirst- 
ing after righteousne'fes, even that which 
comcth down from above, which is peace- 
able, kind, gentle, loving, preferring one 
another, thinketh no ill of his neighbor, 
and many other Christian graces which 
they were de prived of by those Phirasa- 
ical Jews, who by their own traditions 
ladencd them with heavy burdens, but 
would not so much as put forth one of 
their fingers to move them. But the 
Saviour says, in the 21st verse : "Blessed 
are ye that weep now : f«rye shall laugh." 
It, seems to me, from this and the pre- 
ceding language, that many, when they 
began to see the glorious plan of salva 
tion that the Saviour ot mankind was 
about to establish, were overcome so 
much that they wept aloud. But our 
Saviour comforts them by saying, "Bless- 
ed are ye that weep now : for ye shall 
laugh." 

I believe that those who love God and 
the cause of Zion, and the souls of sin- 
ners, are often made to weep. This was 
an attribute in our Saviour. He was 
found weeping, but I have not found 
anything on record that he ever laughed, 
while here on earth. Oh, how solemn 
the thought ! How much time is spent 
in laughter and foolish jesting, by not a 
['avi, but by many. The apostle Paul 
says : "Let tbis not so much as once be 
named among you, as becometh saints. 
But ratlier giving of thanks." The 25th 
verse reads as follows : "Woe unto you 
that are rich ! for ye have received your 
consolation." 

1 might draw a number of truthful 
sayings how I have observed the rich 
ensnared, seduced, giving away to temp- 
tation, and finally becoming hardened, 
justifying themselves in their avaricious 
ways, but the above text should be suf- 
ficient to those who have much of this 
world's riches. 

Now the law of love comes in and says: 
"Do unto others as you would wish them 
to do io you." If your brother is a poor 
man and comes to you to borrow money, 
you begin to say : "I have no money." 
But the same day there comes a specula- 
tor, sui>posed to be a rich man, and he 
ects all tlie money he want'. Again, 
there is a poor man, or a poor widow, 
who wants a few bushels of corn or wheat, 
lie then begins to feel and quiz around 
as to whether they have the ready cash, 
and when he finds they have not, he 
commences to reject, by saying ; "i don't 
like to drib my grain out, or I am not 



found them. He comforted and consoled 
them, both by speaking words of encour- 
agement, and doing acts of kindness. 
Never once do we remember of reading 
where Jesus, or the apostles, or prophets 
ever reflected scriou-ly upon the poor, 
by publicly exposing them. 

Our Saviour said : "The birds have 
nests, the foxes have holes, but I, the 
Son of man have not where to lay my 
head." Why the poor have kind and 
sensitive feelings that ought to be re- 
spected as well as those who live on well 
seasoned food, and in spacious mansions. 
But my.self, with all the rest of mankind, 
arc liable to err. How ready we are to 
rebuke, but how little can we. How 
careless to watch that I enter not into 
temptation. 0, let us exclaim with the 
poet — 

"My soul! be on thy guard ! 
Ten thousand foes arise ! 

But let us all learn to bear one anoth- 
ers burdens, and so fulfill the law of 
Christ. Strive to have a part in the rcs- 
U! rtction of the blest. 

Monticello, I lid. 



For the Companion and Visitor. 
Christ Blessiug Little Cblidren. 



BY EMANUEL SLIFER. 



ready to sell ; I think the price will be 
better," or perhaps a number more such 
frivolous excuses, and so turn away those 
poor who have asked. But "love your 
enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping 
for nothing again, and your reward shall 
be great, and ye shall be the children of 
the highest, for he is kind to the un- 
thankful and the evil." 

Jesus was a true friend of the poor, in 
xyhntcver condition or circumstance he 



"Then were there brought nnto him little 
chUdieu, that l.e should put bis hands on 
them, and pray: and the disciules rebuked 
them. But Jesus said, Suffei- little chil Inn, 
Hud forbid them not, to come unto me : for 
of such is the king'lom of heaven. Aud he 
laii! his hands oil them, and departed thence." 
Matibew 19 ; 13—15. 

The circumstance recorded as indi- 
cated above, is one of the many 
spokeu of in the Holy Scriptures, iu 
which the Saviour of mankiod is ex- 
hibited in his glorious character. 

Children under the old dispensation 
required something to be done to, or 
fur, tbem, to render them aceeptablo 
to God, aud, at the same time, to 
exonerate their parents from just cen- 
sure from God, because of neglect of 
duty. One of those duties was to 
circumcise their small children when 
they arrived to the age of eight days. 
The conduct of those parents above 
spoken of, was not at all surprising, 
some of whom v.-ere circumcised theni- 
Belves, iu conformity with the require- 
ments of the law of Moses. But 
here is a teacher who makes no such 
demands upon them. Hence, in the 
absence of such requirement, they 
make a request of the Saviour, to 
recoguize their ofifspring as well aa 
themselves, as fit subjects for the 
new spiritual kingdom which the Sa- 
viour came to set up. They do not 



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51 



only make a demand for their recog- 
nition, but they suggrest the precise 
manner how this recognition should 
be made — "That he should put his 
hands on them and pray." 

"And the disciples rebuked them." 
Here, now, is a diietuna; at least, it 
would have been one for mortal man, 
placed under similar circumstances. 
To have granted their request in all 
its parliculars would have been a re- 
flection upon his disciples; and to 
have also rebuked those persons who 
brought those children to be recogniz- 
ed by him, would have been incon- 
sistent with the character of the 
Saviour, given to him by iMoses and 
the Prophets. To the Saviour the 
matter was not diGcult of settlement. 
Hence the answer j "Suffer little 
children, and forbid them not, to come 
unto me, for of such is the kingdom 
of heaven." 

I presume, at this time the disci- 
ples themselves felt rebuked ; yet the 
Saviour does not here rebuke them, 
as he did subsequently to this time. 
1 suppose he did not do it because 
they knew but little themselves of 
his purposes as yet. But lest those 
who had charge of those children 
should not be fully satisfied, by what 
the Saviour said in reference to those, 
as well as all other little children, he 
proceeds to gratify them in part by 
complying with one of tl»eir requests: 
"And be laid his hands on them and 
departed tbencs." It will be per- 
ceived, that he did not "pray." 

Now as to the reason why he did 
not pray, many surmises may be 
started. One! will suggest: may it 
not have been to soothe the wounded 
feelings of the discipies ? It would 
have had that tendency most assur- 
edly. 

But what does this circumstance 
teach MS, living, as we do, some eigh- 
teen hundred years after this matter 
transpired ? 

1 .It teaches us that we can do noth- 
ing for little children to better their 
condition spiritually, nor, by any- 
thing we may do, improve their 
prospect for heaven. For they are 
emphatically born iu the kingdom of 
Christ. N«t that they are free from 
tendencies to sin, yet, being uncon- 
scious of the fact, they are not account- 
able — "Sin is not imputed" Their 
status is such that the Saviour makes 
it a criterion to test the qualifications 
of ill! conscious adults. 

2. We draw auother inference from 



the circum.'^tauee, and it is this, that 
it was not really necessary that the 
Saviour should either "lay his hands 
upon them," or pray either, because 
he had before declared them proper 
subjects for the kingdom of heaven. 
Yet His incliuatioD is evinced to do 
for us anytJaing noi inconsistent with 
His glorious character, or that may 
prove detrimental to our spiritual 
prospects. 

3 Lastly, We discover on the part 
of the Saviour, in this circumstance, a 
disposition to compromise a matter 
between his disciples and per.^ons who 
were so solicitous about their child- 
ren's welfare. 

It has never been charged upon the 
disciples, that they wished those 
persons "rebuked" because they had 
an ill-will towards them ; but rather, 
that their Master's time was too pre- 
cious to be wasted upon those child- 
ren, when others were suffering, 
(adults, if you please,) for want of 
his fttteution. Ills compromising 
Spirit led him to gratify both parties, 
in part. Here some of our brethren 
and sisters too, can learn a lesson, by 
making this subject a matter for con- 
sideration when thoy are contending 
for uniformity in things upon which 
the Scriptures are silent. But let us 
always "cocteud earnestly for the 
faith once delivered to the saints." 
{Pilgrim please copy.) 



For the Companion and Visitor. 
A Troubiecl Conscience. 

About one month ago a m^oa by 
the na;ae of Peters come to the Sher- 
iff at Lebanon, asked permission to go 
into the jail. He a^ked him what he 
meant ; that he believed him to be in- 
sane. He answered that he was as 
sane as he, (sheriff,) and then told 
him that about 16 years past he 
was the cause of his wife's death ; 
that he was in the horse stable and 
she came to catch a chicken for a 
meal, they having visitors. A dis- 
pute arose between tbem, and he 
struck his wife on the head with a 
club, and she fell under the horse. He 
raised an alarm, and when they took 
her out, the print of a horse shoe wa.s 
on her head, which made the general 
impression on those present that the 
horse killed her. They took him 
before conrh the other ■ceek, and they 
pronounced him wot guilty. No 
doubt there wero pGue very nnxious 
to punish hixs, Mf^ SiH'^intr trflvtlt;fj 



through 16 years with a troubled 
conscience, which preyed upon him 
that those who saw him say that he 
is reduced almost to "skin and bone." 
No doubt he spent many sleepless 
nights with remorse preying within ; 
while people looked to him as a res- 
pectable man. About eight years 
ago he was in Lebanon for the pur- 
pose of confessing his crime, but went 
home so again. He also married, but 
there was no relief. But now he has 
done what he could and although his 
great crime, be may fare better at the 
judgment than some who niake "long 
prayers." He may have been a great 
sinner ; but for such our Maker has 
a healing balm, if they are willing to 
follow his precepts. 

This was a general sensation, nearly 
every paper in the Union had some- 
thing to say of him, not considering 
that there are hundreds, yea, thous- 
ands of others iu the land, not carry- 
ing loads on their conscience 16 years, 
but some as long as fifty and sixty 
years. The trouble may not prey on 
all as heavily as on poor Peters ; but 
if there would be ajudge and he read 
their crimes, they would no doubt 
try and hide themselves where no 
man couid see them. They do not 
try to bs healed although they have 
seen others around them healed, re- 
ceiving a seal of a good conscience, 
and they have locked on for "thirty- 
eight years." But there is a day 
coming, and a Judge will be there, 
and their crimes will be made known 
to all the world, and that is not all, 
the punishment will also follow, more 
severe than sitting in a county-jaiL 
There will not be a drop of water 
there to cool their parched tongues. 
But for those that v/ere healed there 
will remain a place of rest, where 
remorse will not prey upon the troub- 
led soul. Oh ! that all would work 
more for that liberty which heals, 
which makes us truly free, and bring.s 
us home to everlasting rest and peace. 
Cyeus Bucuek. 

Eeistville, Pa, 



There's no music in a rest, that I 
know of, but there's the making of 
music in it. And people are always 
missing that part of the life melody, 
always talking of perseverance and 
courage, and fortitude ; but patience 
is the liueat and wortliioat part of lor- 
UtUilc ixw\ tho rarest tuu. 



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Not AC'bristian. 



Lines 8agge«fed by hcaiicg a young lady 
tay— "I'm i;ot a (^hilslian!" 



BY J. L. BAllLOW. 



"I'm not a Christian !" beard I say 

A la3y young and fair ; 
These words upon my spirit fell, 

And woke deep sorrow there. 
I could but looii upon her face 

And read the tale it told :— 
There seemed of trifling not a trace, 

Nor was her manner bold. 

H«T voice seemed calm, and yet it spoke 

Mo-e than a conscious thought — 
Oi craving want yet unexpressed, 

Or into language wrought. 
How simple were those words, and yet 

How mighty was their scope ! 
They told of life, as yet unbles". — 

A future without hope ! 

She's "not a Christian !" yet a wife — 

Her life-bark out at sea — 
Her heart's best trca?nTes ail on board, 

Exposed to wild winds free. 
Life's only Chart is not her guide, 

Nor Pilot points her way ; 
That ship at last must be a wreck — 

Its fraruered hopes a prey. 

"I'm cot a Christian !" Must this be 

For e'er her plaintive cry ? 
iiife's com-ng burdens can she bear, 

Without life's Helper nigh ? 
Spirit of Father and of Son ! 

Thy light and life impart — 
Call home this weary, wand'ring one, 

And heal the sin-bruised heart. 

— Selected. 



For the Companion and Visitok. 
Education as a Konrce ol lull- 
delity. 



BY J. B. a. 



The word of God is a savor of life unto 
life, or of death unto death. So i.s cdu^ 
cation, because it is an element in that 
Word. 

God sa.\ s to a certain class of profes- 
sors : "Because thou art lukewarm, and 
neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out 
of my mouth." Education is a creature 
of (iod, in the .^ame sense that love has 
its origin in Him. The word loue, in the 
right sense, represents to the true believer 
the center around which ail other heav- 
enly attributes revolve, and yet if it is 
lukewarm, God will spew i; out of His 
mouih. It will however still be love, 
and it will wax worse and worse, because 
it will, in that condition, be a savor of 
death unto death. It must inevitably be 
one or the other, hecauso it is one ini- 
jtortant elcmeut oJ tbo ¥9li of God, 



which says in itself, and of itself, that it i 
is a "savor of life unto life, or of death ; 
unto death." It may therefore be said j 
truthfully, and consistently, that love is 
the most potent cause and source of un- 
belief, in the same relation that education 
is a source of infidelity to the religion of 
Christ. 

A man is full of love when he is in the 
gall of bitterness, and has neither part 
nor lot in the goodness of God. A man 
is also thoroughly educated when he 
stands forth like a Ruloif, or a Burr, or 
like a Saul of Tarsus. Love and educa- 
tion are therefore both divine elements, 
always existing in one of two conditions; 
namely, a savor of life or a savor of 
death. 

But the most fruitful source of infideli 
ty occasioned directly by education, is a 
lukewarm condition of it, in which the 
faith of millions is overthrown by t!ie 
glaring surface of worldly wisdom, whicli 
invariably attributes properties to truth 
that do not belong to it. 

The most prominent phases of this ab- 
normal condition of education gulp up 
voraciously the deception that lias ever 
proceeded from the misrepresentation, or 
from the abuse of such sciences as spirit 
ualism, mesmerism, phrenology, etc. 
None of these, nor any of their kindred, 
has any real power over those persons 
who arc said to be uneducated, but with 
half educated people there seems to be 
constant danger of drifting into infidelity. 
Indeed, with almost all that tarry be- 
tween ignorance and a thorough knowl- 
edge of men and things. There seems, 
with them to be an inevitable inclination 
to be drifted about by "every wind of 
doctrine," wliile those who are thor- 
oughly acquainted with all the known 
sciences are rarely swept away by them. 
Of course there are exceptions, as there 
are to every other general truth. 

Education, therefore, is in itself pure 
and harmless. It is an eniargeiuent of 
the understanding discovered by man 
soon after his creation. It is a greater or 
less element in his being that can never 
be annihilated. It is inseparably and 
indispensibly esocntial to his existence 
anywhere. No man or woman ctm suc- 
cessl'ully blot out this fundamental prin- 
ciple. A successful refusal to build on it 
may be partially accomplished. A struc- 
ture of any kind may be built on it. The 
army of Abaddon may have his quarters 
— his headquarters, on it. The Jjord 
Jesus Christ may choose it whereon to 
erect his throne in the heart of the 
Ciiristian. 

The prevailing condition of education, 
which tends toward infidelity, must be 
met with that which elevates the soul 
towards the faith of Jesus. The soul 
that has been led away from truth by 
education, must be led back by the same 
clement, wielded by a different inner 
spiritual power, whose name is Jehovah. 
Infidelity caused by education is a dis-< 
cased condition of the soul that can ncV' 



er bo successfully treated, except upon the 
principle of meeting fire with fire — of 
meeting an unholy education with that 
which is h'My. 
Allen, Pa. 



For the Companion and Visitob. 
New Proverbs. 



When two waja are before you, the 
one safe and the other doubtful.always 
take the safe way. 

The example of the untatored may 
be belter than the advice of the learn- 
ed ; but neither should be followed 
Dor njected without due cousidera- 
tion. 

Between the world and unfaithful 
ministers many of God's dear children 
are greatly ii.jured, if not totally 
ruined. 

When the slander has been heard, 
it is too late to close the ear ; but tbo 
heart may be governed, the tongue 
restrained, and the slanderer reprov- 
ed and admonished. 

As a pane of glass prevents the fly 
from enjoying the bright world be- 
yond it, 80 do circumslanees often 
hinder us from enjoying or accom- 
plishing the good we see and desire. 

When you call on your friend to 
save you from impending death, do 
not thoughtlessly cut your own throut. 

If not a fool, he acts very foolishly 
who travels in the storm and mire, 
when, just as direct or nearer still, is 
a dry, smooth, and sheltered wav. 
J. W. Beer. 



(Six »$liort Hints. 



1. Never neglect daily private 
prayers ; and when you pray, remem- 
ber that God is present, and that he 
hears your prayers (1 John v. 13.) 

2. Never neglect daily Bible read- 
ing ; and when you read, remember 
that God is speaking to you ; and that 
you are to believe and act upon what 
be says. All back-sliding begins 
with the neglect of these two rules 
(1 John V. 39.) 

3. Never let a day pass without 
doing something for Jesus. Every 
morning reflect on what Jesus baa 
done for you and then ask yourself, 
"What am 1 doing for him?'' (Matt. 
V. 13-16.) 

4. If you are ever in doubt as to 
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can do it in the name of Jesus, and 
ask God'8 blessing on it (1 Cor. iii. 
17) If you cannot do tbis, it is 
wrong (Rom. xiv. 23 ) 

5 Never take your Christianity 
from Christians, or argue because such 
and such people do so and so, that, 
therefore, you may (1 Cur. x. 12.) 
You are to ask yourself: "How 
would the Lord have me act ?" Fol- 
low him (John x. 27 ) 

6. Never trust your feelings, or 
the opinions of men, if they contra- 
dict God's Word. If authorities are 
pleaded, still "Let God be true, but 
every man a liar." (Rom. iii. 4 ) — 

Selected. 

— ■ • • 

For the Co>fPANioN and Visitor. 

Pride. 



BY CYRUS BUOIIER. 



We frequently hear the saying, "If 
the heart is right a!! is right.'' This 
may be true, but as we cannot see the 
heart, we must judge by the fruits, 
and if the fruits are not good, Certain- 
ly there must be some defection at 
the heart. The question to me soaie- 
times is: "Is pride naturally in the 
heart?" I do not believe it was in 
the heart of Eve, but the serpeut 
awakened or created pride, and caused 
her fall. So with us at the present 
time. Pride may not naturally be in 
us, hut it is created in diilVrent ways, 
and then eats its way into {be heart. 
We have an example in the apple- 
worm or codliug-aiotb, wbicb depos- 
its its egga in the young fruit, perhaps 
before the flower is fully eft. This 
worm grows, eats or burrows into tbw 
apple, and causes ii to fall ofl", and if 
not to fall off, it will ripen prema- 
turely. Some may escape until they 
are gathered, but when eating it we 
find the dtfeci from the worm which 
was working its way into the apple 
slowly but surely. 

This codling-moth is the worst ene- 
my of our apple-orchard, and Satan is 
the worst enemy of our church. He 
goes about lik(3 a roaring lion, — at 
times like an angel of light, and in 
the latter manner is like the codling- 
moth, hard to conquer. In workiiig 
pride into the heart, his ways are le- 
gion. With one he may succeed if he 
cau only get him to wear a fancy 
coat. With another, a fancy cover- 
ing of the head. Still others he has 
whom he may lead astray by the nice 
borses, farms, or the large amount of 



money they may possess. His de- 
vices arc often not seen on the out- 
side, but like the apple, they are not 
sound at the core. 

Some parents may yet help Satan 
to work pride into their children, and 
we ought to be veiy careful in this 
respect. It is true that if pride was 
to-day cleansed from the earth, to- 
morrow it would be here again, [f 
we then would be proud, let us like 
the apostle, glory iu that which is 
good, and not to be led astray with 
the trifling things of earth which will 
sooner or later undermine U3,aud eat 
its way to our very hearts, and per- 
haps before we are aware, we will 
fall ofi', not like the apple to rot on the 
ground, but after our bodies will be 
decayed, our souls will suffer for the 
deeds done in the body. 

We have all more or less to fight 
the enemy in this respect, and could 
we but hold together faithfully, hum- 
bly and manfully, we could, with the 
help of Him who is stronger, be able 
to keep the enemy at bay, so that be 
would keep his weeds out of the 
church, and God could call us and 
say: "Come, thou faithful servant, 
yes, come, tbou faithful church, into 
the baven of eternal rest." 

Beistville, Fa. 



Purity oJ Slotive iu Prayer- 



By this I mean that the blessings 
for which we pray should be sought 
for the proper reason ; and the piopcr, 
the coiuprehensive reason is, that 
Qcd pjay be glorified. When Christ- 
ians pray that they grow in grace, 
tiiey should desire progress in the 
divine life far more that God may be 
glorified than on account of any con- 
siderations persoaal to themselves. 
Parents should desire the salvation 
of their children, not merely that the 
solicitude growing out of parental 
love may be glorified, but promote 
the Divine glory. How many par- 
ental prayers are never beard because 
they are so thoroughly imbued with 
the spirit of selfishness! Many a 
minister prays to be useful, but does 
not, as he should do, look upon his 
usefulness as'the means of glorifying 
God. He is too anxious, it may be, 
for it to be known through the news- 
papers that he is living to some pur- 
pose. A church may pray for a re- 
vival, and desire it principally as the 
best uielhod of gaining the vantage 
ground among conflicting religious 



deuoiuinations. — There may be sect- 
arian earnestness, and even par- 
oxysms of sectarian agony in prayer, 
but the agony of God is comparative- 
ly uncarcd for, and Heaven does not 
give ear. How important that we 
should scrutinize our motives in pray- 
er lest they, almost unconsciously to 
ourselves, become tinctured with im- 
purity. — Selected. 



For the Companion and Visitok. 
Preserve Your Papers. 



Readers of the Companion and Vi'si- 
tor, 1 wish to make some remarks in re- 
gard to preserving the papers published 
by the Brethren. 

I have 01)00 s:tid that I esteem the pro- 
duction.:) of the Brethren next to the sac- 
red writings ; and, unless convinced of 
its wrong, I will not yield the as.^trcion. 
You migiit as well lell mo that commit- 
ting ;i sermon to memory was immaterial, 
as to say that preserving the papers was 
U:elcs.s. In one sense, the Bretl-.ien's 
understandings ot the ditferont .-.uLjects, 
are worth more when given on paj.er 
than when delivered in a sermon, from 
the fact, that, when forgotten, you cau 
call them to memory by &imi)ly rcl'erring 
to them, which you can seldom do other- 
wise. 

Then, if they are of such value, why 
throw tiicm carelessly about tiie iiouso, 
and have them torn by cliildroi), or use 
them for wrappin;^ papers, etc. '.'' This 
wo know is the cour.se pursued by many. 
A few, however, preserve them to the 
end of tiie jear, and then bind them, 
whicii Qiakes a complete volume to add 
to the library. 

I have Leon a reader of the Compctn- 
ion for ten years. Thj three last volumes 
I have complete, and I now much regret 
the course I pmsued tl.c hi si; seven 
years. If I had the ten volumes I could 
find the luind of the brethren and sisters 
on any suLjeot called in question, an J the 
older they get the better. J'jX|)erienee 
has taught us that a brother's or si.-)ter'.s 
production is read wiih much interest 
after the death of the writer. 

J. F. Neher. 

Scdeni, dlls. 



Foil TUE Companion and Visitor. 

Tbe Ju«lge ia the Last Day. 

"He ttiat lejuctcth me, and rcctivtth not 
my worths, hath one that judgeth Lira : thj 
word thit I Lave gpokeu, the laiuu shall 
juJgr! him in the last day." John 12 : 48. 

I am fully awave that I of myself 
am utterly unable to write oa this 
mon:eutous subj.ct, as it should be 
done ; yet it has been forcibly im- 
pressed up.)u my mind to try, by the 
aid of the Holy Spirit, to bring it to 
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dead in Christ, and the ungodly who 
may read. I would just say here, 
that in sorrow I coufeHS I have for 
the last three years been asleep in 
that dangerous sleep. 

I will notice first, "He that roject- 
eth me." I assume that we virtually 
rtject him, when we lose our enjoy- 
ment in ."piritual life, unless wo are 
truly seeking and mourning for the 
return of his Spirit. We cannot re- 
ceive Lis word.s in that state of mind, 
and conscquenlly, we then have one 
thatjudgeth us. ' Who is it? "Tlte 
vord thai I have apoken, the same 
shailjudge us in the last day." Now 
it is evident that any one who can 
read the gospel, is capable of judging 
us, that is, such can see if wo, living 
in the profession of Christianity as 
therein taught, are so doing. Oh, 
huw careful we should be, in view of 
so many all around us. that are capa- 
ble and ever ready to judge us I Let 
us daily cry unto God for the guid- 
ance of his Holy Spirit, to keep us in 
the narrow way, and guide u.s into all 
truth, that we may be able to stand 
the test of ibis Judge, even the word 
spoken by him, who spake as man 
never spoke. 

'•The last day." I would say in 
conclusion, as to the lost day, we 
have no right to say how near or how 
remote it may be, yet, we all know 
that to each of us it may come at any 
time. The present is all the time we 
can call our own. God ! in mercy, 
help us to improve the moments as 
they pass, that we may in the last 
day, bear that welcome plaudit, ''Well 
done, good and faithful servant." 

J. C. 

Oshorn, Mo. 

^-^ 

For the Companion and Visitor. 
Tbc Keveallng I>ay. 



of that coming day, we are uot to e.K- itself out without one failure will be 



BY C. D. SWEITZER. 



One sublime image iu the scrip- 
tures has strong hold of the imagiua- 
tioDS and hearts of men. It is that 
great day of judgment, when, in the 
eight of the universe, every wrong 
Bhall be riglued, and perfect justice 
be awarded to all. Toward that day 
have looked with unutterable long- 
ing, myriads who have suffered un- 
der the strange and unecpial condi- 
tions of this lifo. The promise of it 
is the divine response to the desire of 
the heart to see right and justice en- 
throned over the earth. In thinking 



pect a literal coming of the Almighty 
upon visible and substantial clouds, 
and with audible peal trumpets, or a 
literal marshalling of the generations 
of men upon some great plain ; but 
we are to rest in full assurance upon 
this : that in the future life, there will 
be to us a revealing, full and wonder- 
ful beyond our power to imagine, ot 
the regulation of the universe by di- 
vine and perfect justice. It is not to 
bo supposed that the Almighty does 
in any case postpone to some distant 
time the right adjustment of all'airs. 

He does not, like a human creditor, 
let an accoujt run for a long time 
without settlement, and clear it at a 
stroke. His justice is eternal and 
constant. He is always administer- 
ing the government of the word )n 
righteousness. What the future will 
bring will not be a change on his 
part, not a remedying of what he, has 
before let pass, but an opening of our 
eyes to what he has always been do- 
ing. As Elisba prayed that the eyes 
of his servant might be opened so 
that he could see the horses and char- 
iots, so ought we to pray to God that 
he may open our eyes when troubles 
are before us. The Lord's guardian- 
ship never fails. All we need for 
our comfort is to know that he is 
there. And the light of the great 
day will show this: that the whole 
course of man's life, has been under 
the superintendence of perfect good- 
ness. 

That day will fulfill the longing 
desire in men's hearts in this, that it 
will justfy the ways of God. That 
which wo now take by faith, will 
then be clear by right. That vision 
will fill the eyes with satisfaction un- 
utterable. "Shall not the Judge of 
the earth do sight." "Bl^issed are 
they who have not seen, and yet 
have believed," who build their lives 
on this rock, namely : faith in a iust 
God. 

But, the great disclosures of the 
future life will extend not to God's 
ways only, but to our own lives. We 
are like men working in the dark, 
who know not their own work until 
morning breaks upon them. The 
prizes appear to fall often to the wrong 
ones. The best people are sometimes 
buried in obscurity. Those who 



clear to our eyes hereafter. We are 
sowing wheat or tares every hour, 
and we go our way and know noth- 
ing of what follows. Some day in 
God's time we shall see the harvest. 
Every single seed brings forth after 
its kind, and as we have sown so we 
reap goldon grain of ennobled charac- 
ter, or mis( rable weeds of bli^'ht and 
death. We are like workmen set 
each by the architect upon some sin- 
gle bit of carving. TooQe it falls to 
carve a head without a body ; to 
another a lovely face ; to another 
some of the members ; but the task 
of each demands long labor and ut- 
most care. At last the various 
blocks are put together, and behold 
there rises a glorious structure filling 
eye and heart with beauty and love- 
liness 

So the temple of the living God, 
the heavenly Jerusalem, is building 
through the ages. Whoever in high 
place or in low, is living the life of 
fidelity and love, is carving a stone 
for that fabric. The pattern for hia 
work is given by the Master in the 
heart of eveiy one that humbly asks 
it. That which conscience approves, 
that above all which love inspires, 
is the seed of a heavenly harvest. 
15e patient, and hope unto the end. 
The morning will dawn, when the 
long-sulTering One shall show to our 
longing eyes that for which we have 
wailed. What was hard to bear will 
be sweet to remember. 
Salisbury, Fa. 



The Bible's Or«l4^Al. 



the 



stand high in power, in fame, iu 
things which men most desire, are 
often of coarse and bare natures. The 
ways iu which the Divine law works 



llemeuibcr that there never was a 
period of research so sifting of inquirj', so 
un.scrupulous, so unprecedented as tlie 
last fif'.y years. Never, if we except the 
grcit Reformation upheaval, was there a 
time when so many shams have exploded, 
and so many phantoms have been torn to 
tatters ; never have so many hoary prej. 
udices been marched off the stac;e,and .so 
many time errors been consigned to obliv- 
ion, as within our living day ; and be- 
twi.xt the severe tests of historic accuracy 
introduced hy Niehuhrand the unexpect- 
ed icvfiations of aniquity which have 
rewarded historic enterprise, much tiiat 
once i)assed for history is now no more 
than historic fable. It has been a ner- 
vous time for imposture, it has been a 
noble time for the Bible. Each fresh 
discovery has been a new leaf to its laurel, 
a new gem to its coronet. Lieutcuant 
Lynch floated down the Jordan, and ex- 

1)lorcd the Dead Sea, and his sounding 
las fetched up from the depths, physical 



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confirmation of the catastrophe which 
destroyed the cities of the plain. 

Kobinson and Wilson, and Bartlett, 
and Bonar, have taken pleasure in the 
dust and rubbish of Zion ; and they have 
couje back declaring that the Bible is 
written on every phase of the holy land. 
Since Larborde opened up the lost Petre, 
its stones have cried aloud. Many a verse 
of Jehovah's Word stands graven there 
with a pen of iron on the rock forever. 
Skepticism was wont to sneer and ask, 
where is Nineveh, the great city of three 
f!:iys' journey ? But since Botta and 
Layard have shown its sixty miles of 
enclosed wall, skepticism sneers no longer. 
Hidden in the sands of Egypt, many of 
God's witnesses eluded human search till 
within the last few years ; and now, 
when Bibles increase, and men are run- 
ning to and fro, through the earih, and 
when fresli confirmations are timely, God 
gives the word and there is a resurrection 
of those witnesses ; and from their sphinx- 
guarded sepu!chers, old Pharoabs totter 
into court and testify how true was the 
tale that Moses wrote three thousand 
years ago ; while Nineveh and hev long 
buried monuments, Moab and her long 
chiselled stones, and the scattered relics 
and memorials of a long forgotten world, 
all confirm the statements of the book of 
God, and tie a millstone around the neck 
of unbelief, and cast it into the depths of 
the sea. 

"In my youth," said Caviglia, when 
].inrd Lindslay found him in the East, 
'"I read Jean Jaques and Diderot, and 
believed myself a philosopher. I came 
to Egypt, and the Scriptures and the 
pyramids converted me." And even so, 
a visit to Palestine, the reading of 
Keith's fulfillment of prophesy, nay, the 
mere sigiit of the Assyrian excavations, 
have given faith to many a doubter, just 
as I could scarcely imagine any one read- 
ing Dr. Stroud on the "Phv.--ic:il Cause 
of Christ's Death," or Mr. Smith on the 
' Sliipwreck ot St. Paul," witliout the 
firmest conviction of these historical facts, 
and consequently, of all these vital truths 
which the facts by implication involve. 

And if during this interval the ram- 
yiart has been strengthened, the wall 
itself has risen higher. It is not only the 
wall of ciicumvallation which has received 
fiesh facings, as well as vaster blocks into 
its fabric; but the citadel itself is becom- 
ing a taller and more etl'ectual stronghold. 
The outward confirmations have no doubt 
(■cen multiplied, but tlic internal evidence 
lias augmented still more. I do not refer 
to those njinute mutual confirmations 
which the sagacity of Parley was the first 
to indicate, and which Blunt, Biiks and 
otlicrs have so accurately followed up ; 
but 1 mean tliose demonstrations of the 
Gospel's divinity which have been given 
on a larger scale in our day than in any 
i'ge since Pentecost — the individuals and 
communities among which it has been 
isignalized as the power oi God and 
the wisdom of God unto salvation. — 



A Moth'rN Example— The First 
Book and tlie Last. 



"There's mtisic in a mother's voice, 
More sweet than breezes sighing ; 

There's Jiindaess in a mother's glaucet 
Too pure forever dying." 

'"The first book read and the last book 
laid aside by every child is the conduct of 
its mother. " 

1. First give yourself, then your child, 
to God. It is but giving him his own. 
Not to do it is robbing God. 

2. Always prefer virtue to wealth — the 
honor that comes from God to the honor 
that comes from inen. Do this for your- 
self. Do it for your child. 

3. Let your whole course be to raise 
your child to a high standard. Do not 
sink into childishness yourself. 

4. Give no needless commands, but 
when you command, require prompt obe 
dience. 

a. Never indulge a child in cruelty, 
even to an insect. 

G. Cultivate a sympathy with your child 
in all lawful joys and sorrows. 

7. Be sure that you never correct a 
child until you know it deserves correc- 
tion. Hear its story first and fully. 

8. Never allow your child to whine or 
fret, or to bear grudges. 

9. Early inculcate frankness, candor, 
generosity, magnanimity, patriotism and 
self-'deuial. 

10. The knowledge and fear of the 
Lord are the beginning of wisdom. 

11. Never mortify the feelings of your 
child by upbraiding it with dullness, neith- 
er inspire it with self conceit. 

12. Pray for and with your child, often 
and heartily in your closet. 

13. Encourage all attempts at self im- 
provement, "with humble trust in 
Jesus." 

i^iuthers— 

"There is e special worfe marked out for you; 
II may be of the lowest kind : it may 
Be such as shall the lofiiest powers display ; 
But none beside yourselt your worK can do." 

A pious mother, then, is the greatest 
of all earthly blessings. The iutlueijce 
she exerts is tiic most excellent known 
on eartii. Children brought up by a 
Godly mother — who knows.her duty and 
does it— who doubts their salyation '.'' She 
makes the earliest, the deepest, and the 
most lasting impressions on their hearts. 
In their minds, religion is associated 
with all that is kind, winning and pleas- 
ant in home-life. They grow up with 
ruverencc for the Bible, the Sabbath, the 
house of (jiod, and the ministers of 
Christ. They do not remember when 
first they heard the name of Jesus, or 
bowed their knees in prayer, or lisped tiie 
praises ot God. They are instructed to 
hate and shuu vice and the seductions to 
it, and to admire and practice virtue. 
Having been traiued up m tire way they 



should go, when they become old they 
will not depart from it. 

How great is their resi)onsibirtty 1 God 
has committed to them the salvation of 
their own oS"s])ring. To secure the faith- 
ful discharge of the trust he has planted 
in the maternal heart an affection which 
no toil, care or sacrifice can exhaust. 
No mother who studies her responsibility 
or the interests of her children can con" 
sent to be without the sustaining and 
guiding influence of Divine grace. 

" A mother's love ! How sweat the name ! 
What is a mother's love ? 

The noblest, purest, tenderest flame 
Enkindled from above ! 

Wiihin a heart of earthly mold 
Ab much of heaven as heart can hold ! 

Nor ihruukrh Kternity grows cold — 
This is a mother's love ! 

— Selected. 



Whkn a soul ha!5, through grace, 
been led to seek for pardon through 
Christ, and has received the full as- 
surance of His love, it begius to long 
and thirst after righteousness, and 
this leads to a diligent inquiry and 
adoption of every means that may 
help in conforming the mind to that 
of Christ. Sanctification then he- 
comes the one prevailing desire of 
the soul, and oftentimes it nnay be 
that it engrossos the attention so ex- 
clusively, that the recoUectiou of the 
justifying ojerits of Jesus is cast in- 
to the shade. Then comes the ten.p- 
ter in his moat subtle form as an an- 
gel of light, leading the sonl by de- 
grees into one (;f these two eriors — 
either to build its hope of favor v;ith 
God on the change that has taken 
place, and the sanctification which, 
however imperfect, is still begun in 
itself; or to a gradual distrust of sal- 
vation through the want of those 
evidences of holiness which it es- 
teems needful to prove its title to 
God's acceptance, and so to be con- 
tinually cast down, iu doubt, fear, 
and uncertainty. — Maria Hare, 



The sun is full of heat and light, 

and it asks no questions as to how it 

shall do good, but is perpetually 

pouring out its golden flood. The 

spring that .sparkles at the foot of the 

bill is full ; and asking leave of no 

i one, is forever welling forth its sweet 

I waters. So the Chrisliaa if only full 

I of the love of God and man, and shed- 

! ding around him benign influence as 

! a natural result, cannot help doing 

good. 



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A V iut4>r V»n. 



1. B CUESSINOI.K. 



Cold, cold the winter wind (^oth blow, 
And thicker falls the fiathercd snow, 
Covering the bleak and frozen ground 
Whitening the prospect all around. 

Chill, chill is hoary winter's breath 
Touching all nature as with death, 
Stripping the verdure from the trees, 
Causing the waters bard to freeze. 

No more, no more the notes are beard 
Of babbl ug brouk, or singing bird, 
The lakes in icy fetters bound 
No more give forth a n quiem sound. 

Hard, hard ! the needy think their lot 
Who by the prosperous are forgot ; 
The widows and the orphans poor 
Who begging go from door to door. 

Warm, warm now is the rich man's cot. 
Though others freeze, he heeds it not ; 
Of clothei and food an ample store, 
Yet nothing giveth to the poor. 

Hark, hark ! ye who do sumptuous fare 
And to the poor give not a share, 
The time may come when you will plead, 
Then I'll not hoar, the Lord hath said. 

Come, come, now open wide your door. 
Give to the shivering, starving poor ; 
And for it jou will richer be 
la time and in eternity. 

— Sleeted. 



For the Companion and Visitob. 
Suegestions About tlte Use ol 
Tobacco. 



BY J. F. NEIIEIl. 



Much has been said and written on the 
subject of tobacco, in order to persuade 
thoi-c habituated to its u*e to abandon it. 
Yet we discern but little difference as to 
the extent it is ii. use aoiong the Bretlj- 
rcu, though they have been reminded of 
the bad effects it has on botli tiic uiiiid 
and body. They have also been told that 
it was required of us to present our bod- 
ies holy unto God. Furthermore they 
have been warned of the offensiveness, 
indecency and bad qualities generally ; 
and in many otiier ways the iJretbren 
have been trying to persuade them to 
quit the use of it. But they all seem to 
say with one accord, "We will satisfy our 
carnal desires, say what you will." 

JJut can your feelings not be touched, 
when we draw a contrast, between your 
condition atid that of those sulferers in 
the West? When you sit down to your 
loaded tables, think of those that sit 
down to bare tables. And wlicn you 
"spend your money for that which is not 
bread," think of the children crying for 



bread. O sisters ! you can do a great 
deal in this niaitci ; nothing on earth 
has more influence over a man than a 
woman. Say to him : "Come, dear 
husband, reduce that expense ; how 
could I bear to hear my children crying, 
and saying, 'Mother, give me a piece of 
liread,' when I would not have it to give? 
Come, reduce it one-half this year, and 
we will send it to those deprived of suf- 
ficient bread and clothing." 

Where is the brother then that would 
not yield to such intercession ? But now 
we will come to figures and see what they 
say. It is estimated that the population 
of the Brotherhood exceeds one hundred 
thousand ; but we will reduce it one-half, 
and then say that one eighth are tobacco 
chewers, and we will suppose each one 
would use only twenty five cents worth a 
week, (this is a small calculation;) but 
again reduce that expense one-half, and 
in one year you will save money enough 
to buy bread for one thousand families 
a whole year, allowing forty dollars to 
each family. I hope this view of the 
subject, if seriously considered, will in- 
duce a great miiny to curtail such expen- 
ses to some extent, at least*. But there 
is a great deal of money spent for other 
vanities, that might be contributed to 
the wants of the needy. But as i do 
not approve of long articles, I will close 
the present. 

Salem, Ills. 



For the Companion and Visitor. 
The Last Days. 



BY G. W. ANNON. 



'This know also that in the last days peri- 
lous times shall come." 2 Tim. 3 : 1. 

The apostle knew very well that in 
the latter days perilous times would 
come. And it is evident, that we are 
living in the evening hour of the 
world, from the fact that Peter, on 
the day of Pentecost, standing up 
with the eleven, lifted up his voice 
and said unto them : ''Ye men of 
Judea, and all ye that dwell at Jeru- 
salem, be this known unto you, and 
hearken to my words. For these are 
not drunken as ye suppose, seeing it 
is but the third hour of the day. But 
this is that which was spoken by the 
prophet Joel ; and it shall come to 
pass in the last days saith God, I will 
pour out of my Spirit upon all ffesh : 
and your sons and your daughters 
shall prophesy, and your young men 
shall see visions and your old meu 
shall dream dreams." — Acts 2:14. 

This certainly shows plainly that if 
the Acts of the apostles were written 
eighteen hundred and forty-fivo years 
ago — after the death of Christ — and 



Peter said, when he spoke, that it 
was the last days then, we surely 
have now passed the middle hour of 
the world, and must be drawing close 
to the evening hour. The apostle 
Paul has given us some very plain 
evidence how we may know that it is 
the last days or evening hour of the 
world. (See 1 Tim. 4:1 ) He says : 
' Now the Spirit speakelh expressly, 
that in the latter times some shall de- 
part from the faith, giving heed to se- 
ducing spirits and doctrines of dev- 
ils." Paul also says, in 2 Tim. 4:2-4: 
"Preach the Word; be instant in sea- 
son, out of season ; reprove, rebuke, 
exhort, with all long sufTv-ring and 
doctrine. For the tinie will come 
when they will not endure sound doc- 
trine; but after their own lusts shall 
they heap to themselves teachers hav- 
ing itching ears ; and they shall turn 
away their ears from the trutii, and 
shal! be turned unto fables." 

Dear brethren and sisters, has the 
time not come when we can see these 
things plainly? Ob! look at the dif- 
ferent denominations professing godli- 
ness, and denying the power of the 
gospel to those who have been en- 
lightened. It is heart-rending to see 
some professing Christians deny the 
Word of God, saying that it la not 
necessary to obey God's word in all 
things. Our Saviour, in his tempta- 
tion in the wilderness, said : "It is 
written, man shall not live by bread 
aloue, but by every word that pro- 
ceedeth out of the mouth of God " 
Here our Saviour says, that we shall 
live by every word that proceedeth 
out of the mouth of God, not by a 
part only, but by every word. Paul 
says in Ileb. 4:12: "For the word 
of God is quick and powerful, and 
sharper than any two-edged sword, 
piercing even to the dividint; asun- 
der of soul and spirit, and of the j.)int8 
and marrow, and is a discerner of tbe 
thoughts and intents of the heart." 
We should be very careful how we 
deal with tbe word of God, for we 
wiil be strictly held to give an ac- 
count for our behavior here upoQ 
earth. Paul speaks of a certain cla'^s 
of people, "having a form of godli- 
ness, but denying the power thereof,'' 
and says : "From such turn away. 
For of this sort are they which creep 
into houses, and lead captive silly 
women, laden with sins, led away 
with divers lusts; ever learning, and 
never able to come to the knowledge 
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just such people with us, who are 
teachers, aud who are teaching the 
people that it is not necessary to ob- 
serve all ihings, but only as much as 
you think is binding on you. Is not 
this having a form of godliness and 
denjing the power thereof ? This is 
another evidence that we are in the 
evening hour of the world. It is fast 
drawing to a close. The apostle 
Peter says something concernins: the 
lasttimes, see 2 Peter 3 :3, 4: "Know- 
ing this first, that there shall come 
in the last days scoffers, walking 
after their own lusts, and saying, 
Where is the promise of his coming ? 
For since the fathers fell asleep, all 
things continue as they were from 
the beginning of the creation." John, 
the beloved disciple, also says: "Little 
children, it is the last time : and as 
ye have heard that antichrist shall 
come, even now are there many anti- 
christs ; whereby we know that it is 
the last time. They went out from 
us ; but they were not of us ; for if 
they had been of us, they would no 
doubt have continued with us; 
but tbey went out, that they might 
be made manifest that they were not 
all of us." 1 John 2: 18, 19. "But, 
beloved, remember ye the words 
which were spoken before of the 
apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; 
How that they told you there should 
be mockers in the last time, who 
should walk after their own ungodly 
lusts. These be they who separate 
themselves, sensual, having not the 
spirit." Jude 1 : lT-19. The apos- 
tles have given us much evidpnce that 
we have been in the last times since 
the bir4;h of Christ. And now it has 
been almost nineteen hundred years 
since that event, and so I think we 
are in the evening hour of the world. 
We can see the scoffers, the mockers, 
and those who deny the word of God. 
Paul says in 2 Thess. 2 chapter, 
"Now we beseech you brethren, by 
the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, 
and by our gathering together unto 
him, that ye be not soon shaken in 
mind, or be troubled, neither by 
spirit nor by word, nor by letter, as 
from us, as that the day of Christ is 
at hand. Let not man deceive you 
by any means : for that day shall not 
come except there come a falling away 
first, and that man of sin be revealed, 
the son of perdition ; who opposeth 
and exalteth himself above all that is 
called God, or that is worshiped ; 
80 that be as God, sitteth la the tem- 



ple of God, shewing himself that he 
is God. Remember ye not, that 
when I was yet with you, I told you 
these things ?'' Dear brethren and 
sisters, read the histories of the 
churches, and we can plainly see that 
there has been a falling away, aud we 
should be very careful to keep God's 
word and his commandments, that 
we may be counted worthy, and that 
we may become fit meet for the Mas- 
ter's use, and that we can say as 
Paul said, "For I am now ready to 
be offered and the time of my depart- 
ure is at hand. I have fought a good 
fight, I have finished my course, I 
have kept the faith : henceforth 
there is laid up for me a crown of 
righteousness, which the Lord the 
righteous Judge shall give me at that 
day, and not to me only, but unto 
all them also that love his appearing." 
Thornton, West Va. 



"Thel^ord Tliinketb lor Hie." 



Few men have known how to make 
nature minister to faith, and thanks- 
giving, and joy, better than Luther. 
Once, on a journey, says one of his 
biographers, while he was passing a 
fine, rich grain-field, he broke out into 
a kind of rapturous thanksgiving to 
God, saying, ''Oh, how good Thou 
art to u s, unthankful and evil !" When 
seated at his table one day, he noticed 
the keen and eager looks with which 
his children were eyeing a dish ot 
sliced peaches on the table, and said, 
"See now, I pray you, the assurance 
of hope set forth in the longing looks 
of those dear children 1" Seeing one 
of his boys ordering about a powerful 
dog, and handling him as dogs will 
let nobody but boys handle them, 
Luther said, "That boy shows forth 
the law of God in his words and ac- 
tions. God gave to man dominion 
ovei the creatures, and see him exer- 
cise it over an animal ten times as 
strong as himself. And how patiently 
the dog bears his little orders and 
buffetings!" 

But the most beautiful incident of 
the kind related of this great-aiinded 
and simple hearted man, (at least so 
it seems to us,) is the following. 
Looking out of his window, one siiiii- 
mer evening, he saw, on a tree at 
hand, a little bird making his brief 
and easy disposition for a night's rest. 
"Look," said he, "how that little fel- 
low preaches faith to us all 1 He 
takes hold of his twig, tucks his head 



under his wing, and goes to sleep, leav- 
ing God to think for him /" 

It was, indeed, a most 

beautiful thought. And how happy, 
beyond al! riches and greatness, is 
the mind which receives such impres- 
sions from nature, which can see and 
hoar the great God in so little a thing 
as a bird going to roost on the twig 
of a tree ! How wonderful and blessed 
that talisman which can thus turn the 
material into the .spiritual, the earthly 
into the heavenly, the little into the 
great, the subiime, the divine ! "I 
have meat to eat," said the Saviour, 
"that ye know not of And he who 
has this "mind that was in Christ" 
can say, "I have teachers, preachers, 
counsellors, books, companions, that 
ye know not of." To such a mind 
the world is a great library, every 
leaf of which is fraught with delight 
and wisdom ; a boundless vista of 
pictures, every glance of which re- 
veals some matchless touch of the 
Divine Artist, — of Him who paints as 
man never painted. 

It was a beautiful thought of Lu- 
ther's. Bat it was not an original 
one. Some three thousand years be- 
fore his time, a suffering soul had 
found comfort in the thought, "the 
Lord thinketh for me.'' "I am poor 
and needy, but the Lord thinketh 
upon me ; ( P^al. xl : 1 Y) or, as it may 
be rendered, "for me;" especially 
when the word is compared with the 
sense in Peal, cxxiv. 1; Ivi, 11; 
cxviii. 6, and Isaah vi. 8, where, as in 
other instances, the Hebrew means 
"for, in behalf of" The word trans- 
lated "thinketh" signifies also "to 
contrive, devise, plan, invent, to weave 
a curious texture, to compose a song 
or strain ot music." "The Lord con- 
trives, ponders, plans for me." The 
iufiuite Mind, the Almighty Hand, is 
at work "for me." The condescend- 
ing goodness of God, the security of 
the believer, the certainty that "all 
things shall work together for good ;" 
that through life's dark warp of "many 
sorrows" Divine skill will draw such 
bright threads of love and wisdom as 
to make the whole pattern at last an 
object for angels to gaze at, "an eter- 
nal excellency," a display forever of 
"the manifold wisdom of God," — all 
this is included and assured in that 
"the Lord thinketh for me." All 
tormenting care, ail doubt of a happy 
issue, vanish when faith cau say, 
"The Lord thinketh for me !" 



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Christian Familv Companion 

AND 

GOSPEL VISITOR. 

MEYE.RSDALE, Pa., January 26, 1875. 

Means of <«race. 

The great importance of what is called 
in the Christian Scriptures, Tlie grace of 
God, will be readily acknow'edgcd by all 
that read the Scriptures and have any 
thing like a fair knowledge of their con- 
tents. Among the passages of Scripiture 
in which the importance of grace is taught 
are the lol lowing : "By grace ye are 
saved." — Eph. 2:5. Hi re wo are said to 
be Kaved by grace. "The grace of God 
that bringeth salvation, h:ith appeared 
to all men." Here grace is again con- 
nected with salvation. "My grace is suf- 
ficient for thee."— 2 Cor. 12:9. When 
the apostle Paul was greatly annoyed by 
something he calls the "thorn in the 
flesh," and "the messenger of Satan," 
and prayed to the Lord for its removal, 
he was answered by the Lord, who said : 
"My grace is sufBcicnt for thee." Our 
subject is the mccma of f/nuc. But that 
the importance of the vieans of grace 
may be appreciated, we want our readers 
to understand the importance of grace 
itself. Hence we have quoted a few 
texts bearing on the importance of 
grace. 

And it may not be amiss to liave the 
idea of grace itself distinctly before the 
Uiind when considering the means of 
grace as we arc now duing. Grace is ex- 
plained to be favor. And the grace of 
God is explained to be the favor of God. 
This may be plain enough. But perhaps 
the ordinary mind may more readily un- 
derstand the idea, if put in this way : 
The grace of God is the divine power of 
■God brought to bear iavorably upon matj; 
not to destroy him, but to save him, by 
regenerating and renewing him ; by pre-- 
eerving him from sin; by sanctifying him; 
hy strengthening him in the performance 
of his duties, and by imparting to him 
comfort and joy as an encouragement to 
prompt him to duty. This grace or 
<livine pofrer is made available to man 
through Christ, and applied by the Holy 
fSpirit through the word, or such means 
as arc contained in, or authorized by the 
word. 

JJy the phrase, "means of grace," we 
Tinderhtand those means which if proi)erly 
ued, or those conditions which il prop-. 



erly complied with, will i ut us in posses- 
sion of the grace of God. As this grace 
is the gift or production of God, it is 
given by him as all his ble.-isings to man 
are given. It is often said, and said 
truly, that God works by means. That 
is, in the accomplishment of his purposes, 
and in the creation of liis works, he does 
something. And as the result of what 
he does, the things which he purposed 
are accomplished. "God said, let there 
be light: and there was light." — Gen. 
1:4. And Peter says : "By the word of 
God the heavens were of old." — 2 Peter 
3:5. And when the sacred historian 
comes to describe the creation of man, he 
says : "And the Lord God formed man 
of the dust of the ground, and breathed 
into his nostrils the breath ot life." — Gen. 
2:7. When our Lord would restore to 
sight the man that was born blind, "he 
spat on the ground, and made clay of the 
spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the 
blind man with the cla}', and said unto 
him, go, wash in the pool of Siloam." — 
John 9:0,7. He d'd as he was command- 
ed, and obtained his sight. The washing 
and the clay were the means our Lord 
used to accomplish his purpose in regard 
to the blind man. Now as we would not 
limit the Holy One of Israel, we would 
not affirm that God cc-uld not have made 
the light without speaking as he did, or 
that he could not have given sight to the 
blipd man without the clay and washing, 
but we see he did not. He accomplished 
his works by means. And this is his 
common way of doing. The earth yields 
her increase, but seed must be commit- 
ted to the earth ; the clouds pour out 
water, but the rising vapors form the 
clouds. 

Grace has been made available to man. 
"The law was given by Moses, but grace 
and truih came by Jesus Christ." — John 
1:17. And as grace has come, it is now 
given unto all believers. "Unto every 
one of us," says Paul, "is given grace." 
Eph. 4:7. But it is given unto us by 
means ; and these means we call the 
means of grace. And by this language 
we understand those various exercises 
ordained of God, to be ilic channels 
through which he communicates unto us 
the grace of our Ljrd Jesus Chiist which 
convicts, converts, preserves and sancti- 
fies its subjects. 

The means of grace may, for the better 
understanding oi the subject, and to help 



us retain it in our minds, be divided as 
follows : 

1. External, or outward means. These 
are, {u) the preaching of the gospel. 
This is an excellent means. The advan- 
tages of the gospel, when preached by a 
faithful minister of God, can not well be 
over estimated. There is information to 
instruct, stimulants to prompt to action, 
reprools for our correction, and comfort 
for us when we are in trouble. Hence 
those who are trying to Hve a holy life, 
and appreciate the means that are to be 
used to prepare them to live such a life, 
have always been regular attendants upon 
the public ministration of the word of 
the Lord, and do not let trilling objects 
keep them from the sanctuary of God. 
[Ij] Prayer is a means of grace, and a very 
important one. It cannot be done with 
out by those who would sorve God. We 
are exhorted by the apo^ile to "come 
boldly to the throne of grace, that we 
may obtain mercy, and find grace to help 
in time of need." At the throne of 
grace is an excellent jdace to obtain 
grace, if we go to it in a proper way. 
(c) The ordinances of the church, as bap- 
tism, the communion, the lovcfeast, and 
the washing of feet, as a Christian rite, 
are all means of grace, and when properly 
u.-cd, they will communicate urace to us. 
[dj The reading of the Scriptui es is u very 
important means of grace, and one that 
has always been highly prused by the 
laithful. The Scriptures are termed by 
the apostle, "the word of grace." And 
the more we are brought into contact 
with Scriptural subjects, if our heattsarc 
open to receive it, and we are anxious to 
receive it, the more grace will we receive. 
(e) The reading of Christian literature, 
in the form of books and periodicals, 
may also become a means ol' grace unto 
us. In this way we become acquainted 
with the experience and thoughts of 
other Christians, and these may be very 
usel'ul and edifying unto us. (/) Fasting 
may also be classed auiong tlic means of 
grace, and has been jiracticed as such by 
the faiihi'ul, and oftentimes greatly to 
their advantage. (</) The giving of alms 
and the cxeicising of our benevolence, 
when we do them as unto the Lord, are 
uieuu.s of grace, and a very effecfual one 
too. The Lord loves a cheer i'ul giver, 
and his love is grace, while his "smile is 
bliss." 

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comprises the internal means of grace. 
These are, (a) Meditation. Every Chris- 
tian should cultivate the habit of reflect- 
ing upon divine things. "While I was 
musing," said David, "the fire burned." 
"Meditate upon these things," said Paul 
to Timoth}'. {b) Selfexamitiatioii is a 
very important means of grace, and one, 
too, that cannot be neglected without 
spiritual loss. And it may be classed 
with the internal means of grace, as it 
takes place within us. The practice of 
reflection, and of turning our thoughts 
upon ourselves, and upon the spiritual 
state of our own hearts, will be found to 
be very useful to all who are striving to 
attain unto the gospel standard ^of holi- 
ness. 

3. The public means of grace. While 
the external means of grace, a division of 
our subject already noticed, may properly 
include the public means of grace also, 
we think it well to look at what may 
properly be called public, as that which 
may be distinguished from what we may 
call the private means of grace. By the 
public means of grace, we understand 
that of a public character. And to those 
belong the observance and use of the 
Lord's day as a day of devotion, and as a 
season designed for our spiritual improve- 
ment as well as for other purposes. It is 
a day set apart by ciyil authority, among 
Christian nations generally, as well as by 
divine authority, for our moral or spirit- 
ual good as well as for our physical. 
And it is an institution eminently adapted 
to these ends, and should be so used. 
(b) To this class of means designed for 
spiritual growth., advancement and im- 
provement, belongs the general worship 
of God as performed in the public sanc- 
tuary, on the Ljrd's day, and at such 
times as the church deems it expedient 
and proper to assemble for the ordinary 
worship of God, or for the observance of 
those sacred festivals, such as the com- 
munion season, which the gospel enjoins 
on Christians, and which they, out of 
regard to both the authority of their 
Redeemer, and to their own well being 
and comfort, delight to observe. And 
all Christians should, if they desire to 
abound in the work of the Lord, avail 
themselves of every opportunity afibrded 
them for enjoying and using the means 
of grace contained in the public worship 
of God. "Not forsaking the assembling 
of ourselves together, as the manner of 



some is," says the apostle Paul, "but ex- 
horting one another : and so much the 
more, as yo see the day approaching.' 
"Strength and beauty are in his sanctum 
ary," says David. 

4. The fourth and last part of our sub- 
ject, is the private means of grace. 
There are some things we cannot do alone. 
There are others, however, that we can. 
And here we see manifested to us the 
wisdom and goodness of God. If we 
have no Christian friends to associate 
with us, and to help us. there are some 
means of grace we can use when lel't alone. 
(a) Secret prayer. Prayer is a wonderful 
thing, and it has accomidished wonders. 
And among the dift'erent kinds of prayer, 
that the gospel enjoins, and that have 
been successfully used by Christians, is 
secret prayer. "When thou prayest," 
said Jesus, "enter into thy closet, and 
when thou hast shut thy door, pray to 
thy Father which is in secret ; and thy 
Father which seeth in secret, shall re-^ 
ward thee openly." What a precious 
promise 1 And how precious also are the 
means to secure its fulfillment ! {b) Fast- 
ing may also be classed among the private 
means of grace. It is true, it must not 
necessarily be confined to privacy. It 
may also be a public means. But we 
notice it here under the head of private 
means of grace. "When thou fastest," 
said our Redeemer, "anoint thine head, 
and wash thy face ; that thou appear not 
unto men to fast, but unto thy Father 
which is in secret : and thy Father which 
seeth in secret shall reward the openly." 
And what shall the reward be? What- 
ever else it may be, it will be "grace to 
help in time of need." 

Now, dear readers we have tried to ex- 
plain and point out to you the means of 
grace. We have not mentioned all. 
Other things might have been named. 
We would further remark, that the faith- 
ful performance of every duty, may be- 
come a means of grace. The talent 
improved becomes multiplied. The 
grace that is not received in vain, will be 
increased. Then as we are saved by 
grace, if we are ever saved at all, we 
hope our readers will appreciate the 
great importance of the means of grace, 
and the absolute necessity of making a 
proper and diligent use of them, and act 
accordingly. And remember, if we would 
obtain grace, the means must be used_ 
God has provided grace, and also means 



by which it may be obtained. So "all 
things are ready." And "great grace" 
may be upon us ; but the means must bo 
used. Do not mistake the means of 
grace, for grace itself, and think because 
there has been a formal observance of the 
means, we have the grace. What we do 
we muat do "heartily," and in faith. 
When we are sick, we are not satisfied by 
simply taking the medicine prescribed, 
but we want to feel well. So the grace 
of God, if we have it, will make us spir- 
itually well — ttrong, holy and happy. 
And if these results do not follow the use 
of the means of grace, we may conclude 
they have not been properly used. 



The pi ess of business at the commence- 
ment of the year is such that we find it 
almost impossible to give due attention 
to all our patrons and correspondents as 
soon as we would like to do, or as they 
expect us to do. We must a.->k the indul- 
gence of our friends, and we will attend 
to their wants as soon as we possibly can. 
Some mistakes will also be likely to occur. 
Where such is the case, if our subscrib- 
ers do not get their papers in a reasonable 
length of time after they send in their 
names, they will please drop us a postal 
card, or give us information in some way. 
We shall with pleasure correct all mis- 
takes. 



Hyiuu Books. 

We are out of Hymn Books just now, 
hut will have a supply in a short time. 
We have a number of orders on hand, 
and will fill them as soon as possible. 
Those having sent orders, seeing this, 
will understand why their orders have 
not been filled. 



Almanaes. 

We still have a good supply of Alma- 
nacs on hand and shall be pleased to re- 
ceive further orders from the Brethren 
for them. Every family of the Brother- 
hood should have one. 



Back Numbers. 

We have printed a large edition of the 
numbers already issued, and can supply 
our new subscribers with back numbers. 
If any of our subscribers have failed to 
get all the numbers already sent out, and 
will let us know, we shall be pleased to 
send any they have failed to get. - 



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CORRESPONDENCE. 

Correspondence of church news solicited frotr, 
all partf of the Brotherhoad. Wriler^s name 
and address required on every communication 
IS guarantee of good faith, llejected communi- 
caiions or niannscript used, not retzirued. All 
c >mmni:ications for publication should be writ 
tiHiipon on^. side of <Ae </'«.< only. 

Jiotes ot Travel. 

December oOlh, 1ST4. 
Brother James : 

I left home on the 27lli 
of November, and attended a chureh 
meeting at Shock Coiner, Hnntinftton 
county, Indiana, on the 28ih. Preached 
at the same place Sunday nipht,the 29tli, 
and held a collection in behalf of the 
Kansas sufferers. Received iibout thirty 
dollars, to be credited to the Clear Creek 
Church. 

From here I went to Roanoke, same 
county, and attended a meetini». Held a 
collection for the Kansas sufferers, and 
received fourteen dollars. From thence 
I took the train for Stark county, Ohio, 
^ and stopped with my uncle, old brother 
Ciiri.stian Wehy, nine uiilcs south of 
Canton, and held four meetinirs in com- 

?iiny wiili Irithren Kaler, Swinehart and 
xjnganecker, in mcctinsj-house called 
Zon. 

From this place I was conveyed to Ca- 
nal Dover, in Tus;arawas county, Ohio. 
by brother John Kaler. From there I 
walked three uiiies west, on the Shanes- 
ville road, to my two brothers in-law, 
Joseph and George Suiuts- I stopped 
there three days, and held two cvei.ing; 
meetings, and again held a collection in 
behalf of the Kansas and Nebraska suf- 
ferers. I received nine dollars and twen- 
ty five cents. 

From this point I was conveyed to 
Rogersvilie, in the western part of the 
county. Stopped there from Saturday 
until Monday, with my friends. Held 
two meetings in the village. Held a 
collection, and received thirteen dollars 
and fifty cents. From thence I was con- 
veyed to brother John Burger's. Stop- 
ped in that neighborhood three days. 
Held three meetings at the Sugar Creek 
meeting house, and held one collection, 
and received thirty-five dollars and ninety 
ccn(s. 

From this place I was conveyed to near 
Frederick.sburg, Holmes county, and 
Btaycd over iiiKlit with brother Josiuh 
IIoKtetler. Next morning 1 took the 
train lo Oirville, on the Pittsburgh and 
Ft. Wayne Railroad. From thence I 
went to Fort Wayne- From there I went 
to Huntington. From thence 1 was 
conveyed to Sugar Creek, Whitley county, 
Indiana, and attended cluircb meeting on 
Saturday. Preached Saturday night, 
and Sunday, morning and evening. Held 
a collection and received thirty-one dol- 
lars. I then t( ok the train for home, 
and arrived there ^londay evening, safe 
and sound. I found my family well. 
I enjoyed good health a'l the while I was 



gone. Thanks to God, for his kind favor. 
In this visit I was absent three weeks 
and four days, and visited many friends 
whom I have not mentioned in this arti- 
cle. They all treated me very kindly, 
tor which I return them all my heart-felt 
thanks. 

I will now make a statement how I 
distributed the money collected, which 
amounted in all to one hundred and thir- 
ty three dollars and .•^ixiy-five cent-s : 

S C. Stump, Falls City, Nebraska, I 
gave $44 00. 

Solomon Stump, Phelps County, Mis- 
souri, $31 00. 

Jacob A. Truby, Republic County, 
Kansas, $30.00. 

Su.^an Arbaugh, Morris County, Kan- 
sas, S28 00. 

For postoflRce orders and stamps, nine- 
ty-two cents. 

Fraternally yours, 

D. M. Truby. 

La Grange, hid. 

• m-»- 

A Snggestiou. 

December 25, 1874. 
Dear Editor: — 

Since last April I have 
been in the great West. Four months 
passed in California, two in Nebraska 
and Kan.sas, and the last two in this state, 
Illinois. 

It has been my fortune to see many 
things and to learn ii:uch of which other- 
wise I would have been ignorant. I have 
been made aware too, that we can only 
truly understand material things by com- 
ing in contact with them through our 
senses. Not more than one sees the 
world with the t-ame eyes. My previous 
impressions were from reading and study, 
and I have learned how inferior they are 
to those formed from observation. 

By traversing the American Continent, 
much of the wealth and grandeur of 
God's creation is seen. The soul must 
be gross that cannot discern God in rivers, 
plains and mountains, and do humble 
reverence to Him. 

But it was to write of other matters 
that I took up my pen. It seems to me 
that our periodicals should give more 
church news than they do. A column of 
paragraplis, such as are given in many 
newspapers, would do much to supply 
what is needed. We are creaiures of 
flesh and blood, .is well as of faith, and 
an abundance of items of both body and 
spirit, would increase Droiherly love and 
zeal for the church. 

Wc are a distinctive and "peculiar" 
people, scattered over many states, hence 
each little branch siiould be known by 
the entire body. Families leave the 
homes of their childhood, and the roof 
under which they first hoard the gospel 
pieaehed to live in a new country. They 
are eager to hear whatever occurs in the 
old chureh, while many there will long 
remember the distant ones. 

Events arc constantly occuning in each 
church that is of vital interest to mem- 



bers and would be read where ever the 
Companion and Vusitor is taken. True, 
the correspondence published in our 
papers does in a measure su|)ply the 
want, but too often these letters are ex- 
panded too much, the matter which 
should be related in a brief paragraph 
being spread over a column. Brother 
Moomaw's letter, though containing 
faults enough, is the best of the kind 
that I have seen for a long while. I know 
that too much can be expected of editors, 
but T think that a skillful journalist, if he 
had time, could glean enough matter to 
supply an interesting column of news 
each week. 

As you bid me write freely whenever 
I wanted to, I have done so in love. 
Your bio; her, 

D. Elmer Wolp. 

Mt. Morris, Illinois. 
■ ^ 

Notes ot Travel. 

December 30th, 1874. 
Brother James : — 

I left home November 
! 0th for a second trip west, and arrived 
af Lost Nation, Clinton ct.unty, Iowa, 
November 13tli. at the house of brother 
John Gable. We made our home with 
brother John until December 4th. Dur- 
ing this time wc had attended nine meet- 
ings, mostly well attended and good order 
prevailing. 

I left Davenport, Iowa, Deeember7th, 
for home, via Chicago and Pittsburgh, 
arriving at home December 'J;h. I found 
all well, for which we praise the Lord. 
We are very thankful for the kindness 
shown us by the brethren and sister.5 and 
friends while with them in Iowa. 

I would further say to our friends with 
whom we have been on our (brmer trip, 
that if the Lord is willing, we intend to 
make this our home in the spring, having 
made purchase of a farm at Lost Nation 
town, Clinton county, Iowa, believing 
that our services in this district is needed. 
The district is large, and the labor 
abundant. 

Dear brethren, .sisters and friend.s, a 
word in recard to the Kans-as and Ne- 
braska sufferers. Let each one respond 
li!)erally, as the Lord has blessed him or 
her, for the calls that have been made 
require prompt action on our part. Let 
every church come promptly to their re- 
lief. 

In my travels I have seen many things 
that caused tears lo flow, when we were 
permitted to behold such a bountiful 
country and at the same time witnessed 
so much poverty in many families. May 
the good Lord open the heart of every 
one that may see these few lines, and 
lead them to respond lib.^rally. Wc have 
made their wants known wherever we 
have been traveling, since we left them, 
and we have been informed that aid has 
been sent already. 

Brethren, keep the door of mercy and 
relief open I The winter is long ! "Tho 



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pooryc have always with you," and you 
can do them good whensoever you will. 
And further, the Saviour says: ''In as 
much as ye have done it unto the least of 
these luy brethren, yo have done it unto 
me." May the Lord bless us with wil- 
ling minds, and give us grace to live out 
the principles and doctrines of Christ 
in deed and in truth, is the prayer of your 
weak servant in the Lord. 
Fraternally yours, 

Isaac Barto. 
Millerstown, Pa. 



From Iowa. 

November 23rd, 1874. 
Brother Quinter : 

By your permission, I will 
saj' a few words to the Brethren in gen- 
eral. 

As many brethren are changing their 
Eastern homes for homes in the West 
every year, and in making that change 
they dcsiie to better their condition in 
some way ; to such as are contemplating 
a change, or have a desire to come West 
to locate, I would say, brethren, call and 
see our country before locating elsewhere. 
Our land is cheap compared with the 
land in the East — wild land, and there is 
an abundance of it yet. It ranges from 
$8.00 to $15 00 per acre, on ten years 
time, at six per cent, interest per annum, 
and lour years before any part of the 
principle isrerjtiired. 

The above terms apply more particu 
larly to the railroad land, notwithstanding 
some ppeculato.^s give the same terms. 
We have a deep rich soil, producing all 
kinds of grain and vegetables abundantly. 
Good water in abundance ; very healthy ; 
ague almost unknown. On our uplands 
there is a considerable amount of timber 
for fencing and fuel. Stone coal in any 
quantity desired, and not very far to haul 
it. Fruit is raised to some extent. In 
a few years there will be an abundance of 
apples, cherries and all kinds of im.ill 
fruit. Some orchards are now in bearing 
condition. 

The winters in this section of Iowa, 
are dry, no rain falling from November 
until March or April, and not much snow, 
lloads generally good in winter. I like 
the winters here much better than in 
Indiana. We have good society. There 
is an organized church of the Brethren 
here, numbering about eighty members, 
with brother Christian Harader as our 
elder. 

Now, Brethren, any desiring further 
information in regard to our country, will 
please address the undersigned, and I 
will give all the information I can. I am 
informed by one of the principal land 
agents, George C. Beam, of Red Oak 
Junction, Iowa, that land is being taken 
up faster now tlian at anv time since he 
has been agent. All kinds of crops are 
good in this county, (Montgomery,) this 
season ; no grasshoppers nearer than one 
hundred miles, to my knowledge, to do 



any harm. May the good Lord bless all 
the dear brethren and sisters everywhere, 
with heaven's choicest blessings, is my 
sincere prayer. 

Your brother in Christ. 

N. C. Workman. 
Sciola, Iowa. 



Book Notice. 

^^ Trine Immersion Traced to the Apos- 
tles.,'' has for sometime been out of print, 
and, up to the present date, we have 
been unable to fill orders, though they 
are steadily coming in. The demand for 
the work, eyen at this time, seems to be 
nearly as great as when the bcjok was first 
published; which of itself, is proof that 
the work is generally sanctioned by the 
Brotherhood. That the work is doing 
good, we know from the many testimonies 
received at this office. We could fill 
several pages of the Companion and 
Visitor with them, many of which are 
quite interesting. 

To accommodate those yet desiring the 
work, and at the same time, help to 
maintain and establish the practice of the 
Brethren, we have concluded to publish 
another edition, which makes the third 
edition that the book has passed through 
in a little more than two years. The 
work is now in press, and will be ready 
for delivery soon, and we hope that all 
those desiring the book, either for read- 
ing or general distribution, will send in 
tiitir orders immediately. The price 
will be, as heretofore : 1 copy 25 cents ; 

5 copies$1.10 ; fO copies $2.00. Church- 
es or members wishing to purchase them 
by the quantity, tor general distribution, 
and will take 25 or more copies at a time, 
can have them for 12 cents per copy. 
Bear in mind this is for gratuitous distri- 
bution only. For the above prices, the 
work will be sent postpaid. 

'' Campbell IS ni Weighed in the Balance 
and found Wanting," is a tract of IG 
pages containing a sermon in reply to 

Elder C . In this work the author 

has poiut'-idly contrasted some of the 
modern religious practices with primitive 
Christianity, and at the same, showing 
up some of the superior claims of tlie 
Brethren's practice. Sent postpaid, on 
the following terms : 2 copies 10 cents ; 

6 copies 25 cents ; 25 copies $1.00 ; 100 
copies $0.50. 

As many readers of the Companion 
and Visitor, have not a list of our works, 
and are making inquiries about the price, 
etc., we will here append a list with price 
annexed : 

'•Historical Chart of Baptism," 50 
cents. 

"Perfect Plan of Salvation," 15 cents ; 
2 copies 25 cents ; 10 copies $1.00. 
^ "Origin of Single Immersion." By 
P]lder J. Quinter. 2 copies 10 cents. 

"The liast Supper." A picture of 
Christ and his apostles. 15 cts. 

\ye cannot too warmly express our 
gratitude and warmest thanks to the 
brethren and friends, who have taken 



such an active part in purchasing and 
distributing our works. In this way, 
thousands I'.ave fieen reached, and there 
are yet millions more who should know 
and understand the gospel in all its prims 
itive purity. There are multitudes of 
men and women, who will not attend 
preaching, that can be reached with books. 
The eye can be had when the ear is closed. 
Oft times you can send books and tract.s 
where you cannot send a preacher. A 
certain writer .says : "Books are like 
bomb shells — they can be thrown over 
walls wlio&e gates are closed." You may 
fail to induce a neijjhbor to attend meet- 
ing, but give him a little book and he 
will not only lead it, but lend it to his 
friends, and by so doing, may save both 
himself and other.s. A few dimes prop- 
erly applied, may be instrumental in 
saving a soul from hell and hiding a mul- 
titude of sins. 

We have never yet asked for donations 
to our 'Tract Department, but still they 
will come from those who are much inter- 
ested in our work, nor neither do we now 
intend to ask for any, but simply oll'er a 
suggestion or two to those who have 
meun-j that they wish used in forwarding 
the cause of Christ. 'Those sending do- 
nations should state distinctly in what 
way they wi.^h me to use their gifts. We 
have two ways of applying them : 

1st. — The Printing Fund ; i. e. , to pay 
for the priming of books and tracts. 
The more of tiiis fund we have the great- 
er number and varieties ol books and 
tracts we can keep on hand, .^o as to 
supply the general wants of the Brother- 
hood. 

2nd. — The Distributing Fund. This is 
to be used in the gratuitous distribution 
of books and tracts in the parts of tho 
country where tlie doctrine and practice 
of the Brethren are not very generally 
known. 

Wehavemr.ny calls for tracts for dis- 
tribution, from members who are too 
poor to pay for them, which our limited 
means will not enable us to .-upply. Of 
this class we have an important request 
from Washington Territory that ouglit to 
be attended to. Also, another from one 
of the leading cities of Kansas, where 
there are but, two old meuibers, whose 
son has created quite an inquiry about 
the Brethren by purchasing a lew dollars 
worth of our books, which he s;:ys have 
been read and li.indkd by the people till 
they are about worn out, and then comes 
a request for works to be distributed. 
These are only a few of the many coming 
to this office. 

We will aim to give notice, through 
our papers, of our works as we publish 
them. This we are requested to do by 
muiy who feel anxious to read the works 
we have in course of preparation. 

Rums of . '5^2. 00 and over, would better 
be sent by posi office order, draft, or have 
letter registered. Addn.ss, 

J. il. Moore, 
Urbana, Champaign Co., Ills. 



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L.eller Prom Bro. Beer. 

Warnock, Ohio. ) 
December 'Jih. 1S7-4. j 

Editor Companion and Vixitor : 

My l;i.->t communication 
was dated, Cameron, West Virginia, 
>(ovcmber 2Stii. On thiit day broiiicr 
A. Wl.-e and 1 went to broiht r M. Piles', 
Marshall county, West \'ir>;ii.i:i, a few 
miles ^outhwe.st of llie souiliwe^t corner 
of renn;<ylvania. On that evening we 
had a meeting in the M. E. meeting-- 
house at Geruiantown, a sm;ill viliaj,'e on 
liocky Run. Next day, Sunday, at 11 
o'clock, also on JMonday at ilie corros- 
ponding hour, we had meeting at the 
fame place. 

On Sunday evening, brother Wise 
jireacbed at the Carney i^chool-house, 
about three miles distant, and I at the 
house of brother I'ylcs. On Monday 
evening we were at the Miller school 
house, and held ibrth the liuth there. 
And on Tucbday evening we a;.'ain bad 
meeting in brother Ty''"''' house. Our 
meetings in this neiphborhooJ were held 
at different places by request to accom- 
mouatc tuch as could not otherwise 
attend. 

On Wednesday and Thursday evenings 
we had meetings at the Carney school- 
house, in Wetzel county, West Virginia. 
On Thursday at U o'clock, and ou Fri- 
day at lO o'clock we met at brother W. 
Wade's at the moutli of Knob Fork- 
Here, on Friday, a dear sister was re- 
ceived by baptism. OiS.ers expressed 
their purpo-e to unite with the Lurd's 
people. There was eon.-idjrable interest 
manifested at the different points men- 
tioned in this report ; and we were sorry 
to leave, but wc had to do so in order to 
meet other engagements. On Saturday 
we reached brotlier AVise s home in 
Greene county, l*enn'a, and preached in 
their seliool house on Sunday. 

On Monday, December Ttli, brotlicr 
'Wise and 1 touk the train at Caujeroii, 
West Vir^'iiiia, lor AViirn-)ck, 15eliiJont 
county, Oliio, where we ai rived safely at 
nightfall. Here we iuquiied aficr iiieiid 
David Snyder, and were inlbni.ed that he 
lived nearly two uiiles di.-tant. Our in- 
formant directed us on our way and 
kindly proffered us the use of his lantern, 
which we gratefully a.-cei)ted. In due 
time wc arrived at the house of our 
friend, where we were received and 
welcomed, and wliere wc aic now 
lodging. 

Friend David Snyder and his wife 
weic raised in Snmerset coinity, Pciiii'a. 
lie is elder A F. Stiydcr'.-< .^on. 'J'liey 
came to this place in the !-piing of l!<o5. 
They live on the line of railroad known 
as the Ceniral Ohin divisinn ot the Haiti- 
more and Ohio itailuad, about iificen 
miles West of Heilairc. JJclu-oiit ceuniy, 
contains alioul .OtlO Mjiinie mili.s, and in 

Iioint of wealth, raiiU.- eigblh in ilie ^latc. 
lere, near the middle of iliis county, 
our liicndij arc very comfortably tilualcd, 



with one exception. I here refer to the 
want of church privilege.^. They lio'.d 
the faitii of the Brethren, but we have 
no organization here, and, in fact, we 
have never had meetings here. This 
tells us again that we need a more gen- 
eral and extensive system of evangeliza- 
tion ; and wc both pray iuid hope that 
the day may soon come when we shall 
have it. 'J'liis evening wc expect to have 
our first meeting here. It will be in a 
Presbyterian meeting-house at Warnock. 
We do not know how long we may re- 
main here, as circumstances must deter- 
mine. Brethren, pray for us. More 
anon. 

So far I iiad written, but a.s the fore- 
going did not appear at the time intended, 
I subjoin this 

Conclusion of my Repout. 

Our first meeting in Oliio was in the 
evening of December 9th, 1874. We 
had very good attendance, and the,-e 
people gave unusual atteution to the 
word spoken. Wc had six meetings in 
this vicinity — five in a Presbyterian meet- 
iiighouse at AN^arnock, and one, Sunday, 
13th, at lU o'c'oek a. m., at Iriend (now 
brother) I*avid Snyder's house. At first 
our friends seemed to have a reluctance 
in graiitintr us the use of their house, as 
but few of them knew anything about 
the ]5rethren's faith and practice. After 
a lew meetings, however, they seemed to 
bccnmc decul}' interested, and they mani- 
fested a very warm feeling toward us. 

On Siindiiy, brother David Snyder and 
sister Susan, his wife, were baptized "in 
the name of Jesus Christ, for the remis- 
sion of sins." Quite a number of spec- 
tators were present ; and it was evident, 
from tlieir (juietude and soleuinily, that 
mat.y of them were deeply impressed 
v.itli the scene. Our la.-t meeting at 
A\'arnock was on Sunday night. It was 
hard lo leave iliese dear people, who at- 
tei;ded so regularly and listened ^o eager- 
ly ; and it was all the harder, when a 
number of tearful eyes invited us to 
remain. 

On Monday morning, December 14th, 
we were taken to the station by brother 
Snyder, where we gave him the parting 
hand. As trains did not connect at JJcn- 
wood, AVest Virginia, we run to Wheel- 
ing, four miles above on the Ohio River, 
wliere wc spent most of the day in sight- 
seeing. In the evening we took the train 
to Cameron ; and tlien walked alioutfbur 
miles to brother Wi-e's home, here we 
found all in usual health. 

1 remained with the Brethren in 
(Jreoiie county, juincipally at their meet- 
ing house on Wheeling Creek, until 
Monday, December 21st, when I bade 
them farewell. During the week spent 
among these brethren, we had some 
retVesliine sea.-ons from the jiresence of 
the IjokI. We bad eight meetings wliich 
were well ati( nded. 

1 will not burden your columns with an 
account of my ir p liumcward, wliieh 



would be of interest to but very few ; but 
I wiH sum up as follows: I left home 
ou the lOih of November and reached 
home again, thankful to find all well, on 
the 23id of December, having been ab-< 
sent about fbrty-thne days. I preached 
forty sermons. Brother A. Wise was my 
companion and co laborer, whose com- 
pany I much enjoyi-d ; who also preached 
several times. ^^'c had the pleasure of 
receiving three souls into the church, and 
the satisfaction of knowing that many 
good impressiono were made, which wc 
trust will remain to the glory of God. I 
made the acquaintance of many brethren 
and friends, whom Isfiall long remember. 
Everywhere I was the recipient of kind- 
ness, for which I shall ever feel thankful. 
Here I feel like acknowledging (he recep- 
tion of a gift, in the form of a bedquilt. 
It was presented by brother A. Wise in 
behalf ot his wife, daughters and daugh- 
ters-in-law, (all sisters,) who with their 
busy hands made it while I was with 
them. It was donated as a token of their 
appreciation of my humble labors, and 
of >ister Beer's self denial. They have 
our thanks. 

1 leave the result of our labors with 
the Lord, praying that his iian.e may be 
glorified, and that much good may follow, 
i may at a future time give some practi- 
cal reflections and suggestions in relation 
to our Home JMission. 

Fraternally, 

J. W. Bekii. 

M( ijersdide, Pa. 

AckiiOMlt-dguieiit. 

Brother Quinier : — 

Acknowledge through 
your paper the receipt of the following 
amounts from the different churches, for 
the relief of the Kansas and Nebraska 
sufferer.-i : 

Grcen^ Spring Church, Oliio, $40.00 ; 
Black Swamp Cliuich, Ohio, $15 00; 
Elderton, Armstrong County, Penn'a, 
$12.20 ", Snake Spring.s, Bedtbrd County, 
Penn'a, $40.00; Maple Grove, Ashland 
County, 0., $12.85 ; Montieello Church, 
Ind., $9.00; Green Tree Church, Mont- 
gomery Co., Pa., $60.00. 

In behalf of the suffering people, wc 
thank the brethren and friends for their 
timely assistance. It will certainly alle- 
viate much suffering. May th.; Ivord 
continue to move the liearts of his people 
with compassion for the needy. 
Yours in love, 

C. Ij. Kei.m, Trcas. 



Notice. 

January 4tli, 1875. 
The brethren will please not send any 
more money orders in my name, for tlic 
relief fund, as I am el>oscn one of the 
traveling evangelists, for the purpose of 
spreading the go.-pel in Northern Mis-« 
souri and Southern Iowa. 1 .-hall, tb.crc" 
fore, be from home after the 7ili of Jan- 
uary, 1875, perhaps, until M.uoh, As 



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63 



no one ciin lift tlie orders only those to 
whom they are payable, they will lie dead 
until my return. Send all monies, either 
by draft or otherwise, to C. Forney or 
C. L. Kcim. 

John Forney, Sr. 
Falls City, Neh. 



MARRIED. 

By tbe DDdersigued, at bis residence, 
November 29th, 1874, in the tvening, Mr. 
Ananias Livengood and sister Sabina En- 
field, both of Elklick township, Somerset 
county, Fa. 

Jonathan Kelso. 

At Salisbury, Pa., December 29th, 1874, at 
the residence of bi oti or Silas Liv. ugood, by 
the undersigned, brother A. D. Beacht to 
Bister Mary E. VValkek. 

S. C. Keim. 



Wo admit no poetry under any clrciimstan 
CC8 in connection with Obituary Notices. We 
wish t© use all alilte, and we could not insert 
verses with all. 

In the Ccrro Gordo church, Macon county, 
Illinois, November 8th, sif^ter Susan.naii, 
wife of brother Solomon Eby, aged 63 years 
and 5 months. 

The subject of this notice emigrated from 
Cumberland county. Penn'a, with her sister 
in the spring of 18.57. She was a daughter 
of David Niekey of the above named coauly. 
The funeral was preached by the writer and 
others. 

Josspa Henuicks. 

Near Lacona, Warren county, Iowa, Aug- 
ust Slst, brother Jacob J. SiiL'PE, aged 69 
years, 10 mouths and 13 days. 

His diseaso whs palsy. lie was anointed 
with oil 'in the name of the Lord." He 
was the fnther of eight children (one of 
whom precL-ded him in death,) and thirty- 
two grand-children, and one greai-graud- 
child. He was a faithful brother and served 
the office of deacon for many years. Thus 
si-ter Cynthia A. Shupe was called to part 
with her Christian husband, tbe chiluren 
with a kind father, deeply feeling the loss 
of him who has cared and provi.led for them 
many years. May the Lord in mercy re- 
member them and sanctify there loss and 
sorrows to their eternal interest, that tht y 
may meet in the kingdom of heaven with 
unending j'ly, where the sad hour of deeth 
never comis. Funeral services by brethren 
G. K. Liaker, D. Sink and J. Beard, to a 
large assembly of sympathizing people,from 
Job 14:14. 

Also, in same district, April 30th, brother 
Samubi, I KUMRiNB, of lung disease, aged 
68 years, 5 months and 28 days. 

His wife died two yeais previous to his 
death, with brain fever. They were faith- 
iulmcmbeisof the church about twelve 
yeara. The parents of ten children (hve 
died previous to them,) and one great-grand 
child. Sister Eliza Ckumrine was aged 55 
years, 11 months and 2; days. Their bod- 
ies were both followed to iheir resting place 
by their children and a great many friends. 
Funeral services by the above named breth- 
ren and brother S. Garber, to a house full of 
hearers, from the following words : "What 
is man, that thou art mindtul of him, or the 
Eon of man, that thou visitest him. 

Nathan Miller. 



In the Panther Creek church, Woodford 
county, Illinois, November 3;id, of diab.tes, 
sister Lbannaii Biiown, wife of brother D. 
S. Brown, aged 57 years and 19 days. Fu- 
neral discourse by brother John Metzgar to | 
a large congregation of sympathizing friends 
and neighbors. 

The sui)ject of this notice was a daughter 
of Thomas Robinson, of Roanoke county, 
Virginia, where she was born, raised and 
married to David S Brown. Not long after 
her marriwge shi became a member of the 
church ; was a member up to the time of 
her death, about twenty-seven years. She 
was confined to her bed about three months, 
and at times suttVring severely, all tbe linie 
wearing away, she was not unmiudful of 
her duty, but called for the elders of the 
church and was anointed. She was con- 
scious until witbiu a day or two of her 
death, when she gently breathed her last. 
As a wife sbe was a helpmeet indeed, a kind 
mother and a good neighbor. She leaves a 
husband (.a orother) and eight children 
three of them members) to mourn the loes 
of a dear wife and mother. 

R. Gisu. 
[Pilgrim pKase copy.] 



r ISTOFMOiNEYS IIEUEIVED lor 
Ll SUBSCRIPTION, BOOKS, etc., 

Emma A Miller 3 20j Calh Smithson 17 50; 
Val Blough 18 OU; J VV Metzger 1 60; N F 
Underwood 1 75; Jacob Mohler 5 13 ; G A 
Nickel 1 60; A burkholder 3 30; Jno Price, 
sen , 1 60; J M Bowman 3 20; S C Keim 
1 50; Aaron BroweY 1 70; A Brenlser 1 60; 
Jno Garber 4 80; W F Murry 1 80; A Youuee 
41 75; J B Sweitzer 3 20; Jno Diehl 8 00; 
D Brower 6 40; J Y King 3 30; E Newcomer 
13 71; S Poiter 1 00; F Annou 1 60; Sarah 
P Fouiz 1 6 ; W R Deeter 17 .50; Polly Mil- 
ler 1 60; J Sonafrank 1 70; R B Beard 00; 
Mary A 1:1 Uiup^cker 1 60; H Musseloiau 
23 04; J M Yodtr 50; U A Huftord 3 00; B 
Mus^er 17 60; S Gartjer I 00; M Hohl 3 30; 
D N Snyder 1 60; L Stephen 4 50; J Mishler 
12 00; D Htckman 5 55; Mary R Charles 

3 20; J J Hoover 3 20; J Fahruey 8 00; Rob 
Smutz 7 15; J R Nisewonger 8 00; L Miller 

4 80; G W Shively 3 30; Jno Wise 15 00; 

5 Swihart 4 35; J D A Milne 6 40; M Witter 
1 70; J VY Parsley 2 .50; D Roihrock 1 GO; 
Eiiz McBrifte 1 80; C Shafer 32 00; I Franlz 

6 O'l; R>brcca VVoolverton 4 80; Jae H L >ng- 
aneeker 16 45; J Lesh 14 15; M Row 15 .5; 
J R.-plogle 1 60; W F Neal 1 7 ; D Helser 
3 30; J K Beery 1 00; .M Kirkpalriek 1 50; 
M:s Maggie Riugler 1 50; E Nearhoof 8 65; 
J H Dak I 00; W B Himes 1 .50; S Book 
1 60; J StuUebaker 4 80; G M Luiz3 00; 
Louisa A Eiigle 6 40; A Whitmer 3 63; Mos- 
es Milier 2 90; M M Bashorl 75; Mary A 
Burger 1 60; Phebe E Uilery 5 92; Mary J 
Condry 1 60; Dr C Bomberger 3 30; J Hunt- 
ington 1 00; J K Smith, M. D , 4 32. 

"A Drop 01 Joy iii Every Word." 

Flemington, Hunterdon Co., N. J. ] 
June 2C), 1874. j 
Dr. R. V. Pierce, Buflalo, N. Y.: 

Dcni- jSir : — It is with a happy 
heart that I pen these lines to acknowl- 
edge that you and your Golden Medical 
Discovery and Purgative Pellets are bless- 
ings to the World. TlJosc medicines 
cannot be too highly praised, i'or they 
have almost brought me out of the grave. 
Three mouths ago I was broken out with 
large ulcers and sores on my body, limbs 



and fice. I procured yourGoMen Mo, Il- 
eal Discovery and Purgalive PelL'ts, and 
have taken six bottles, and to day 1 am 
in good health, all those ugly ulcers hav-< 
ing healed uiid lel't, my .'•kin in a natural, 
healthy condiiion. I thought at one 
time I could not be cured. Although I 
can but poorly cxjhcss my gratitude to 
you, yet there is a drop of joy in every 
word I write. God's bles>ing rest on 
you and your wonderful medicines is the 
humble prayer of Yours truly, 

Jamts O. Bellis 
When a medicine will promptly euro 
such terrible eating ulecis and free the 
blood of the virulent poison causing 
them, who can longer doubt its wonder- 
ful virtues? Dr. Pierce, however, doe.s 
not wish to place his Golden Medical 
Discovery in the catalogue of quack pat- 
ent nostrums by recommending it to cure 
every disease, nor does he so recommend 
it; but what he does claim is this, tliat 
there is but one form of hlood disease 
that it will not cure, and that disease is 
cancer. He does not recommend his 
Discovery for that disease, yet he knows 
it to be the most, searching blood cleanser 
yet discovered, and that it will free the 
blooaand systx^n of all other known blood 
poisons, be they animal, vegetable or 
mineral. The Golden Discovery is war- 
rented by him to cure the worst forms 
of Skin Diseases, as all forms of Blotches, 
Pimules and Eruptions, also all Glandu- 
lar owellings, and the worst form of 
Scrofulous and Tjlccrated Sores of Neck, 
Legs or other parts, and all Scrofulous 
Diseases of the Hones, as White Swelling, 
Fever Sores, Hip Joint and Sjiinal J)is- 
eases, all of which belong to Scrofulous 
diseases. 



Afjt'ut'* Wanted, 

To fell Buffalo Robes on comraissioa. For 
particulars address with stamp, 

J, S. FLORY, 
49 3m. Buffalo, Weld Co , Colorado. 

rure>ltr('d Sii^Iit ISruhuius. 

Pen comb, ti ue to feather, and cannot be 
excelled for size, etc. We will ship by ex- 
press to any one a cockerel and two pullets, 
for five ($5.00) dollars. Addrefs, 

S. Beard, 

35. Polo, Ills. 

YalnHble Farm For Sstle. 

A farm coutaiiiirg 108 acres in Westmore- 
land county, Penn'a, two and one-half miles 
south of Donegal on county line road. About 
85 acres cleared and balance good timber. 
Has a good oictard and also stone coal. 
The buildings are a good two story dwelling 
house with cellar under it, a large bank barn 
wiLh all ucccssaiy outbnildinsi-s ; good spring 
and also a well near the house ; church not 
a quarter of a mile and school honse con- 
venient ; grist and saw mills within one-half 
mile. 

For particulars or any information cou- 
cernivg the farm call on Tobias .Meyers near 
Mineral Point, Ephrtum Cover near Berlin, 
or with me on the farm. 

John K. Meters. 

21-tf. Doneg.nl, Pa. 



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NEWSPAPER COMMENT 

UPON THE 

AMER[CAN NEWSPAPER ADVERTISING 
AGENCY, 

CONDl'CTEI) BY 

George 1*. Howell & Co., 

No. 41 Tauk Uow, 
NEW YOllK. 



As the proprietors of the first and most 
extentive of these afjcneus in New York, 
they aro well qualified to furnish infornia- 
lioa. The details of the work transarted by 
the agency, and the way it ii^ done, the per- 
fection of the arrangements for fai-iliiating 
the act of advertising by relieving thi- adver- 
tise"- of trouleand expense, a. id brins:ing 
before him all the various mediums througi- 
out the country, with the necessary knowl- 
edge pertainin": to ih'-m, are nivon with a 
minuteness i hat leaves nothing to be desired. 
All the particulars resprciing the character 
and position of a newspaper which an in- 
tending adveitiser desires lo know are 
placed before him in the most concise form. 
— New York Times, .Tune 7ih, 1874. 

It is indeed no surprice that their house Is 
so prosperous, and that they are the leaiing 
advertising agents in the world. We would 
prefer, so far as we are concerned, to have a 
column or more of miscellaneous; advcriise- 
ments from this firm, than to rec■^iTlt the 
same amount made up of one fiirccl- from 
each bouse on thtir list. The coramibsion 
allowed is saved by losses, as they pay 
every cent they contract for, and pay it 
promptly, and ihe ke<|if.g of one open ac- 
count with snch a firm is much jilcasanter 
than with the thousand persons whom they 
Bend us ai'.vei lisemeuts for. They do an 
honoratile,legitini»te business, on a business 
bafis, If publishers, having d>a!ir.gs with 
them, want anything iu iheir line — atid they 
supply eveiything fiom a spring hcdUin lo a 
cylinder press, — typ s, inks and all, they fill 
their orders piomptly, at manufacturers* 
prices, and we can say that wc have received 
the best newspaper and book ir;k, ever fur- 
nished us, and at a lower price th in wj ever 
bought for elsewhere. The ''RcpuMitau" 
has had dealint'S with thi.s huus'i for over 
eix years, and in all that time, we never 
have had any reason to omnlain of our 
treat men I — .VIeriden (Conn.)Republica'j. 

Are, without doubt, the lea iug Advj'rtis- 
Ing Agents in the United States, an>i. there- 
fore, of the world. Th-y have, by the fret;, 
literal and yt-t well diie'ted u«c of nioney, 
b.i It theui-Klves up in the i st' em of the 
leading imblishe.'S a'd advitrlisers of the 
continent, and by .in unusual energy have 
Bucceided in p rf< ctiiig in every detiiil a 
bu.^iness that iiiore tlMii ainthing else tells 
of .he iirowth and i'nijoi ta'cc of the news- 
paper business. — Mtmiihis (Tenu.) Appeal. 

Their btisin'BS has grown to be Bonietbing 
enormous. Every i aper in iho cou'.'try is 
on file at th'ir cfllce, and it is no nncoin- 
mon thing for them to receive a mail of fif- 
teen cr tweny busheUof newspi^perj. — Nor- 
walk, CouD., Gazette. 

nave romi lete'.y syF.terr.otlzed the busi- 
ness, and after li' e y( ars' expeiienee we can 
trnthfiilly f^tata that we find tlie firm to bo 
pri)iii|it, couittons, toi;i:Ker.— GrayvlUe, 
Ills., indepcnd'-ut. 

They can be relied ujion in t very way, be- 
ing woittiyof implicit eonlideucu. — Now Or- 
leans, La., I'l ice current. 



While advancing their own interests, ad- 
vance also those of every publisher. — South 
Bethlehem, Pa., Progress. 

The trustworthy business character and 
enterprise is well reflected.— Utica, N. Y., 
Herald. 

Have completely systematized the busi- 
ness.— Griggsville, Ills., Reflector. 



To Advertisers. 

All persons who contemplate making con- 
tracts with newspapers for the insertion of 
advertisements should scud 23 Cts. to 

GEO P. ROWELL & CO., 

No. 4' Pa' k Row, N. Y., for their One Kvs- 
T>nv.T> Pagd PAMniLET, cont.iining lists of 
8000 newspapers and estimates, showing 
the cost of advertising. 

49-tf. 

TAI'E WORM. 

The symptoms resultant from this para- 
site on the Human Organism are numerous. 
Dyspepsia, a enawing, griping sensation of 
the bowel-; a defective craving; voracious 
and depraved appetite; Indifiresiion; Sr.ur 
Stomach; Siools Fetid and mixed with slime 
and partially digested worms; Foul Breath; 
Bad Taste in the Mouth, &c. General 
Symptoms: T-embling of the limbs; Ner- 
vous; Palpita'ion of the Heart; Ptcvii-hness; 
Disturbed Sleep; Nightmaie; Headuche; 
Temporary Hlindnees; Ineanitj; Fits; Cold 
Feet; Weak Spells; Sallow Sl;in; gnnken 
Eyes; Emiiciation; Drop'^y; Worm Ftver; 
and complicaied with other OompUints may 
result in Death. My treatment seldom 
fails to curp. 

Send a full history of your case, giving 
name, age, and any prominent peculiaii- 
ties. Ifyouw-sh a course of treatment, 
send five dollRis ; if only advice, ore dollar. 
Address Dr. U. M. Beachly, Meyersdale, 
Somerset Co., Pa. Refer to Editors C. F. C. 
andG. V. 



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THE "BEERS" WHEEL 

Is grinding with less water than the over- 
shot. It is just improved and will use one- 
third less water ;lian any Iron wheel in use 
and is cheaper and better. 
Scud lor a ciiciilar. 

J. Li. Kegus & Sons. 
Cocolunius, Juniata, Co., Pa. 
Uu us, <!.\t-(ii,):u As t.!()0KH- 
Seleub Grove, ttnydcr Co., Pa. 



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NEW AND LATEST IMPROVED 
PORTABLE FARJC EKfJlNE. 

Also, STATIONARY ENGINES, 

Boilers, Saw-Mill»i etc. 
For new descriptive catalogues, address 
Frick A Co., 

tf. Waynesboro', Franklin Co., Pa. 



Jiiyti Aueuts WAiited. 

To sell DR. CHASE'S REClPEb : OR, IN- 
FORMATION FOR EVERYBODY, in every 
County in the Unitei< Starts and Canadas. 
Enlargi-d l>y the Publisher to 64S pages. It 
contains over 2,000 household recipes, and is 
suited lo all classes and condilioiis of socie- 
ty. A wonderful book and a houschould 
necessity, it s^lls at sight. Greatest iu- 
ducerneuts ever offered to book agents. 
Sample copies sent by mail posi-pai.i, for $3. 
E.xelu>=iV'! territory given. Agents more 
than double their money. Address, D <. 
CI1A.SE'S STEAM PRINTING HOUSE 
ANN ARBOK, MICII 
49-8m. 



IVon-Coufarmity t» tlie World, 

Or A Vindication of True Vital Piety. A 
book of 300 pages. Single copy, $1.00 ; per 
dozen, by express, f9. 00. Address 

M. M. ESIIELSIAN, 

41-8ra. Lanark, Carroll Co., Ills 



THE CHILDREN'S PAPER. 



The CiiiliiHen"s Paper is a neatly illus- 
trated paj-er for the young folks. The only 
paper for children published among the 
lircthe'ho. .d and this pioneer of its class. 
Only S.5 c nis per y ar. A lieauiiful Map of 
Palest ne to agenis for clubs. Spe^imeu 
copies ou receipt of stamp. Address, 

H. J. KfHTZ, 

3 tf. f'olanil., Jfahoniftg Co., 0. 



PHSHOver and Lord's Supper. 

Is the title of a new book, by J. W. Beer. 
It contains a consideration of Time as used 
by the inspied wiiters ; the typicj 1 charac- 
ter of the Jewish Passover and its fulfillment 
InChiist; the institution, observance, and 
design of tiie Lord's Supper. 

The work contaius 358 pages, and 
Is neatly bound in fine English cloth. 
Price, single coi'y. by in-jil, $110; per 
dozen, by e.vpress, $8.00. 

Address: J. W. Bber, 
Meyersdale, 

35. Boiueiset Co., I'a. 



C. F. C. Vol- XI 




G. V. Vol. XXV. 






GOSPEL VISITOR. 



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BY JAMIlS QU1KT£R. 



"Tjf ye love me, keep my cortimaiidmtiiU.^' — Jesvs. 



At $1.60 Per Annnin. 



New Series. 



MEYERSDALE, PA., TUESDAY, FEB. 2, 1875. Vol. 11. No. 6. 



Selected for the Companion. 
Siuucr's Warujag. Ij. M. 



JOHN K, NISEWONGEU. 



While watchmen blow the trntnpet round, 
Conic lUtPU to the solemn sound ; 
And be assured there's danger nigh, 
How many aro prepared to die I 

Come old and young, come i ch and poor, 
You'll all be called to stand before 
The God who made the earth and sea, 
And now proci.'iimshis majesty. 

Will you, preferring foolish toys. 
Deprive your souls of heavenly joys ? 
And will the call you hear to-day, 
Besligbted still and pass'd away ? 

Your day of g'ace will soon be o'er, 
When gospd truths you'll bear co more ; 
The coflin, earth, and winding sheet. 
Will scon enclose your frames complete. 

Then while your friends walk by your 

tomb, 
And Bee the grass around it grown, 
They'll raise a s gh, and think your gone 
To lands from whence there's no return. 
Oran, Ohio. 



For the Companion and Visitor. 
<Jo«l in Afflictions. 



No. 1. 



In endeavoring to write on the 
above subject, I v?ill review, revise, 
and correct some of my former at- 
tempts on a somewhat similar f.ub- 
jeet, namely: the peculiar benefits 
that may be derived from be\ng af- 
flicted ; by which I might '.Delude, 
Dot only bodily atiliclions, but trouble, 
distress, sorrow, temptatijjj^ adver- 
sity, and persecution, Iro-^n whatever 
CRUse they may origins, (« ever keep- 



ing this in view, that "affliction com- 
eth not forth of the dust, neither 
doth trouble spring out of the 
ground." Job 5 : 6. Who knows 
but that, the hand of God may be in 
it, to draw them more effectually 
from the transient and perishable 
things of this world and life, to woo 
them by his loving-kindness, his am- 
azing love and mercy, in and through 
.Jesus Christ, to fallen humanity. 
That afflictions of some kind or other, 
(and God in his all-wise providence 
knows what is best calculated to 
work for our good in the end,) are 
OS necessary for our spiritual welfare, 
as the bread we eat is to nourish and 
sustain the natural life of the body 
is what I will try to make Appear 
and illustrate. We naturally shun af- 
flictioa. It is not desirable nor pleas- 
ing to the flesh, but now, since mao 
fell from his original state of inno- 
cence, friendship and communion 
with God, he is a sinner by nature, 
and under a curse, from which, 
through repentance and conversion 
to God, he is again reinstated into his 
favor and friendship. lie then has a 
warfare, "for flesh lusteth against the 
spirit, and the spirit against the 
flesh," hence in this warfare, a life of 
labor and sorrow, &c., has become a 
necessary consequence, and is a re- 
straint on sin, converting the curse 
into a blessing. 

I will commence with the Patri- 
archs, who were greatly benefited by 
afflictions, especially Jacob, Joseph, 
and his brethren. When Jacob, in 
in search after peace and all alone, 
first became acquainted with God. at 
Bethel, in the vision of the ladder, 
the fjord said tinto him, after renew- 
ing the covenant promise, "And be- 



hold I am with thee and will keep 
thee in all places whither thou goe.st," 
so that every event in his eventful 
life shall work together for the best, 
for his spiritual welfare and advsnce- 
ment. And his was also St. Paul's 
experience. He says, "For we know 
that all things shall work together 
for good," &c. Rom. 8 : 28. This 
includes all believers. But this ex- 
alted privilege did not exempt Paul 
from great trials and afflictions in the 
flesb, neither will it exemptyou nor me, 
dear reader, if true believers, though 
perhaps we may not suffer one tenth 
part as much as Paul did, at least for 
righteousneps' sake ; yet he says,"For 
our light affliction, which is but for a 
moment, worketh for us a far more 
exceeding and eternal weight of 
glory." 2 Cor. 4: 17. To follow 
Jacob, we find that God did, accord- 
ing to promise, "go with him and 
keep him," so that everything in re- 
spect to his life seemed to prosper in 
his hand. But this did not exempt 
him from trials and temptations, for 
they rather increased, being frequent- 
ly disappointed and called upon to 
endure great hardship : "In the day 
the drought consumed me, and the 
frost by night, and my sleep depart- 
ed from mine eyes." Gen. 29 : 25 ; 
31 : 40. But we bnd that in his pil- 
grimage, he not only met the appro- 
bation of God, but also the roinistra. 
tion of angels to encourage and 
strengthen him on his way. But did 
this exempt him from great pending 
trials ■/ No, for they were still ac- 
cumulating, he had just been deliver- 
ed from one enemy and dfficulty, but 
ther was apparently, another greater 
obstacle ia the way : "then Jacob 
was greatly afraid and distressed." 



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How unworthy he felt in view of 
past mercies, and how very depen- 
dant upon God in bis then pendinp 
trial. His supposed enemy with bis 
army was approaching, and meet him 
he must. How liheral he was with 
bis wealth, if possible therewith to 
appease him. But he had still in re- 
serv a better and surer way to sub- 
due and appease his enemy, so as to 
meet him peaceably, namely, the sure 
mercies and promise of God : "And 
the Lord said unto Jacob, return 
unto the land of thy fathers and to 
thy kindred, and I will be with thee," 
Gen. 31 : 3; which promise he now 
laid hold ot and pleald, wrestliner 
with God in prayer until the break of 
day, and most glorious was his vic- 
tory achieved. "Thy name shall be 
called no more Jacob but Israel, for 
as a prince hast thou power with 
God and with men, and hast prevail- 
ed." Gen. 31 : 1—28, &c. Israel 
prevailed through the redemption 
purchased by Christ. Paul says, 
"Who shall scpa'-ate us from love of 
Christ"? Shall tribulation, or distress, 
or percutions, &c. ? Nay, in all these 
things we are more than conquerors 
through him that loved us." Horn. 8 : 
35 — 37. And in reference to afflic- 
tion the prophet ^ays, "In all their 
affliction he was afflicted, and the 
angel of his presence saved them : iu 
Lis love and in his pity he redeemed 
them." Isa. 63; 9. Though this 
prophecy was not yet written, it was 
realized by Israel in his afflictions. 
Oh, how consoling and sustaining it 
is for every believer and lover of 
Jesus to have and realize such a 
sympathizing friend I "For iu that 
he himself hath suffered, being 
tempted, he is able to succor them 
them that are tempted." "For we 
have not an high priest which can 
not be touched with the feeling of 
our infirmities ; but was in all points 
tempted like as we are. yet without 
fiin." Ueb. 2: 18; 4: 1.5. But this 
exalted privilege of Israel did not ex- 
empt him from groat trials and afflic- 
tions, for, even along with the great 
blessing received, like Paul, there 
was given him a thorn in the flesh . 
"He touched the hollow of his thigh, 
and Jacob's thigh was out of joint, 
as he wrestled with him," which tem- 
tation and affliction in the flesh he 
had to feel and endure, being ueedful 
and for his good, else it would not 
have been given to him. It proved 



and steadfast." Seeing "Through 
manifold trials and temptations, that 
the trial of his faith, being much 
more precious than that of gold 
vvhich perisheth, though it be tried 



requirement of the parent should be 
law without appeal. The tender, 
immature being shut in by the un- 
known, where every relation is a 
mystery, and every advance an exper- 



v,nlh fire, might be found unto praise, iment, has a right to find itself every- 



nnd honor, and glory, in the end." 1 
Pet. 1 : 6, 7. "Although the fig tree j 
shall not blossom, neither shall fruit 
be in the vine, &c." As under a 
seemingly adverse and frowning 
Providence, Israel exclaimed, "All 
the.se things are against me," when 
they were only preparing him more 
fully to aypreciale future happiness 
and joy. How cheerful he went 
down into Egypt, especially when on 
his way God spake unto him in vis- 
ions of the night, and said, '-Jacob, 
Jacob, fear not to go down into 
Egypt: for I will go down with thee, 
and will there make of thee a great 
nation, and I will also surely bring 
thee up again, and Joseph shall put 
his hand upon thine eyes." Gen. 46 : 
2 — 4. And when the time came that 
Israel must die, he calls his sons t' - 
gether to bless them, and while under 
a spirit of prophecy he exclairy.ed, 
"I have waited for thy salvation, O 
Lord." Gen. 49 : 18. " What he had 
waited for so long in humble pious 
hope, is brought nigh to cheer him in 
his last moments. D. N. 

Welsh Bun, Pa. 



Rights Gt €bil(lrcn. 

The first right of every child is to 
be well born ; and by this I mean that 
it has a right to the best conditions, 
physical, mental, and moral, that it is 
in the power of the parents to secure. 
Without this, the child is defrauded 
of his rights at the outsat, and his 
life can hardly fail, of being a pitiful 
protest against nature's broken laws. 
Good health, good habits, sound men- 
tality, and reverend love should form 
the basis of every new life that is 
invoked. The mother who gives her- 
self up to morbid fancie.'!, who con- 
siders her health an excuse for petu- 
lance and nou-exercise of self-control, 
proves herself unworthy of the holy 
ofliee of mother, and ought not to be 
surprised if she reap, at a later day, 
the bitter harvest of her unwise 
sowing. 

Second in importance to none, as a 
means of securing the happiness and 
best good of childhood and youth, is 
the right to be taught obedience. It 
is easy to submit to what we know id 



where sustained and directed by the 
parent. It should not be tempted to 
resistance by laws that are imper- 
fectly enforced, nor subjected to the 
injurious friction of discussion by 
having a long list of reasons given 
for every requirement. The habit of 
ebcdience to the parents may be form- 
ed before the child is two years old ; 
and this is a necessary precedent of 
obediecce to law, the next stage of a 
true development. 

The child has a right to employ- 
ment and the free use of its faculties. 
"What shall I do?" is the plaintivo 
wail of many a little one imprisoned 
in rooms where everything is too nice 
to be played with, and among grown- 
up people who cannot endure noise. 
*'Sit down and keep quiet," is too 
ofien the impatient answer — an an- 
swer which I never hear without an 
indignant mental protest. I admon- 
ish you, father, mother, guardian, into 
whose hands God has committed the 
sacred trust of a child's life, be care- 
ful how you betray it! Beware how 
you hinder a soul's development by a 
selfish seeking of your own conven- 
ience ! 

Absolute reliance on the love cf 
the parents, faith in their wisdom that 
forbids doabt, are indispensable con- 
ditions of a healthy and happy devel- 
opment. They constitute the fertile 
soil and genial atnio-^phere in which 
all beautiful human affections bud and 
blo.'^som. "Father does what is right,'" 
Mother knows better than I," are the 
instinctive utterances of a child whose 
life and education have been rightly 
begun. That the.'^e utterances are 
not oftener heard, is a severe com- 
mentary upon our methods, a fad 
indication how much the rights of 
children have been neglected. 

The child has a right to ask ques- 
tions and to be fairly answered; not 
to be snubbed as if he were guilty of 
an impertinence, nor ignored aa 
though his desire for information 
were of no consequence, nor misled 
as i.nt did not signify whether true 
or fa3se impressions were made upoa 
his mind. He has a right to be taught 
everytbing which he desires to learn, 
and to b-^ made certain, when any 



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it is only deferred till he is older and 
better prepared to receive it. An- 
swering a child's questions is sowing 
the seed? of its future character. The 
slight impression of to-day may have 
become a rule of life twenty years 
hence. A youth in crossing the 
fields dropped cherry-stones from his 
mouth, and at old age retraced his 
steps by the trees laden v,'ith luscious 
fruit. But pjany a parent who8e 
heart is l.icerated by a child's ingraii- 
tude might sny : 

''The thorns I bleed witbal a:c of the tree 
I planted." 

To answer rightly a child's qnes- 
tiors would give scope fo.'* the wiHciom 
of all the aiicients ; and to illustrate 
needed prccrpts by example would 
require the exercise of every Christian 
virtue. — Victoria Ufagazine. 



For the Companion asd Visitor. 
The 9]JH.sionBry Cunse. 

The language of the great com- 
mission given by our Lord, indicates 
how near the missionary cause lay to 
his heart, and how earnestly he de- 
sires that his salvation should be 
kno7/n uuto the ends of the earth. 

If I were an ambassador, and 
stood on the v.atch-wails of Zion, I 
should feel moro disposed to personal 
effort and pecuniary sacrifice for this 
noble euterpri-c\ 

"Go ye into all the wojld and 
preach the gospel to every creature." 
The glorious effects of the uiessage 
of the gospel of <;lad tidings, when 
believed, are p^irdon to the guilty, 
purity to the polluted, p.ud deliverance 
to the enslaved. U declares that 
■"God was in Cbrii-t, reconcili.ng the 
world unto himself, not imputing un- 
to men their trespasses ;" that "God 
so loved the world that he gave his 
only begotten Son, that whosoever 
believeth in him should not perish, 
but have everlasting life." It is 
summarized iu is these words : "He 
that believeth and is baptized shall 
be saved ;" not because baptism is as 
indispensible as faith, for 'By grace 
we are saved through faith," but be- 
cause wherever faith is genuine, it 
will lead to that open coufessioa 
which is made in baptism. The ad- 
verse side of this me.^ssage of good 
news is, "He that believeth not shall 
be dammed." The gospel presents 
au alternative lo men, and leaves 
them to make their choice. This gos- 
pel is to be published, ^)¥er all the 



world, because all men as sinners, 
need it, and because it alone can 
meet their case. 

One of the earliest effects of sin was 
to make one say, "Am I my brother's 
keeper ?" But the first effect of the 
gospel is to make every one who ac- 
cepts it, responsible for the presen- 
tation of its terms to his fellow-men. 
The duty of publishing these glad 
tiding rests on every 'oeliever in 
tbrui. This precopt was given to 
the disciples as such. It hen term it 
on these grounds, the apostles' com- 
mission, but that does not aiean, if I 
undersiand it right, that it is to be 
res-trictcd to the apostles, or office 
bearers of any sort in the church. 
It is addressed, if I understand aright, 
to all believers; for the law is, "Let 
hid! heareth say come." 

The above remarks I have hastely 
written. And though I am not yet 
a member of the church, nor have I 
felt the transforming power of the 
go?pei, I am very thankful that God 
has endowed me vvith a talent capa- 
ble of understanding his word, which 
I hope may at some future day be 
the mraus of making me ail that 1 
should be, namely : a new creature 
in Christ. I know that, "in a little 
while he that shall come will come, 
and will not tarry." And as the gos- 
pel is designed to prepare men for 
the coming of the Lamb, and we 
all need a preparation, it should be 
preached according to the commis- 
sion, to every creature. 

Samuel S. W. Hammers. 

Oettyshurg, Pa. 

A tJRre tor Trouble. 

Many persons attempt to drown 
trou'ole in driuk. You might as well 
atteiiipt to drown a fish in a brook. 
It is the element in which trouble 
lives and thrives. Others nurse their 
trouble in idleness. They say. "I 
don't like doing anything." No doubt 
about that. The first effect of trouble 
is to absorb all your energies, and 
make you feel that all effort is diffi- 
cult, perhaps useless. But it is effort 
which cures trouble. Work is the 
only certain remedy for it. If misfor- 
tune has come upon you, work must 
retrieve it. If sudden calamity has 
struck you hard, jou must strike some- 
thing else hard, or it v.'iil crush you. 
If you have mot with losses, you need 
all your energies to make them up, 
and these you cannot .havo if you lie 
awake tbiukiug aboqj, your troubles. 



Every sleepless hour at night takes 
away half the value of a waking and 
working hour by day. Do not mope 
over your di.nner, but eat it and away 
to work again. 

Don't spend your breath in telling 
unsympalhiziag friends of your mis- 
fortunes. Don't disturb your wife by 
useless groaning in the night season. 
Work off your troubles during the 
day, and you will be certain to sleep 
them off during the night. 

There are some troubles which 
time only can heal, some, perhaps, 
which no time can heal, but there is 
no burden of trouble v/hich will not 
bo made lighter by good hearty, 
honest work. Try it and see. 

And remember that, as most of our 
troubles are caused by departing from 
duty and from God, there is no per- 
fect cure for them until we penitently 
return to Him who "binds up the 
broken heart," and who, having been 
himself a man of sorrows and ac- 
quainted with grief, knows lietterthan 
anyone else how "to comfort all that 
mourn." 

"What a friend we have iu Jesus 
All our sins and f^iief to bear ; 
What .-J priviligc to carry 

Svci ything to God in prayer." 

— Sdectcd. 



For the Com^'anion and Visitor. 
Tho I'jithollc itloKle ot Baptism. 

The following; mode of baptism used by 
the Catholic Church, I have extr^ted 
from a work written by the Mo-t Rov. 
Dr. Challoncr, of Pliiiadelphia, in 18H. 
lit! siiys: 

"Then the prie.'^t as^ks the per.son that 
is to he baptized, N. Dost thou rotioutiee 
Satan? To which the per.son hiiusell, if 
at age, otherwisothe god-father and god- 
mother, in his name atistvers : I renounce 
him. The priest goes on — And all his 
woiks? Ans. I renounce them. Priest 
and ail hi.s pomps? An.-,wc:-, I renounce 
thoiu." 

On page 38, he says: 

'•After this the priest ask.s : N. \\h\t 
thou bo baptized ? Ans. 1 wiii. Then 
the god i'atiior and god mother both hold- 
ing or touchintr their god-child, the priest 
pours the water upon his head tliree 
times iuthe form of across, or where 
the custom is to dip, dips him three 
times, saying at the same time these 
words: N. '1 baptize thee in the name 
of the Father, and of the Son, and of the 
Holy Ghost,' which words arc pronounced 
in such manner that the throe pourmgs 
of the water concur with the pronouncing 
of the tiirce names of the divine pcrsous ; 
tor the form is to be iironouneed but 
once." John W. 1'iIovanoi:. 

l'\inniitg('»i, W. Va, 



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^f'liat Pleases dioti. 



BY GBRHAUDT. 



What God decrees, child of His love, 
Take patiently, though it may prove 
The storm that wrecks thy treasure here, 
Be CO nforted ! thou aeedst not fear 
What pleases God. 

The wisest will is God's own will ; 
Rest on tliis anchor, and be still ; 
For peace around thy path shall flow, 
When only wishini^ here below 
What pleases God. 

The truest heart is God's own h»art, 
Which bids thy grief (>nd fear depart ; 
Piotecliug, guidinsr, day and night, 
The soul that wekomes here aright 
What pleases God, 

Oh ! could 1 ^ing as I desire, 
My grateful voice should neve' tire, 
Toltll the wondrous love and power 
Thus working out, from hour to hour, 
What pleases Gwd. 

The King of kings, lie rulo^ on earth, 
He sends us sorrow here, or mirth, 
lie bears the ocean in His hand ; 
And thus we meet, on sea or laud, 
What pleases G jd. 

His church on earth He dearly loves, 
Although He oft its sin reproves ; 
The rod itself Hi3 love can speak. 
He smites till we return to seek 
What pleases God. 

Then let the cro'^d around thee seizj 
The jotfs that for a season please, 
But willingly their paths forsake, 
And for thy blessed portion take 
What pleases God. 

Thy heritage i.; safe in heaven ; 
There shall the crown of joy be given ; 
There shalt thou hear, and see, and know 
As thou couldst never here below, 
What pleases God. 

— S.lectcd. 



"Ricli Hs a Jew.'* 

"Rich as a Jew," is a phrase which 
has become 80 common that it is an 
every day expression, just as the old 
llonian, when measuring a man's 
wealth, spoke of him as being as rich 
as Crccsus. We had a conversation 
■with the late Johanas Hopkins a few 
years previous to his death on the 
growing wealth of the American 
Jflraelites, and there were few men of 
his day whope judgment on such niat- 
ters was more sound and Kufo. Speak- 
ing of the Jowe of J^altimore, ho 



said: — I have always found them 
safe men to dfal with ; they value 
their credit more thou they do their 
money, and will make any sacrifice 
to maintain it. In his bankinc; oper- 
ations he had dealt largely with them, 
and found them true to these engage- 
ments, and frequently anxious to take 
up their notes before they were due 
to save the interest. During the past 
twenty years the Jews of this country 
have made rapid strides in the accu- 
mulation of wealth, and in many 
branches of mercaotile business they 
are realizing a pre-eminence that is 
creditable to their sagacity and enter- 
prise. Men who v/ere at one time 
wanoering over the country under a 
pedlar's pack, are now at the head of 
leading mercantile firms, in the West 
and South especially, and in Tt-xas 
all the leading business of the country 
is in the hands of the Israelite.s. At 
Saratoga, Cape May, Ntwport aud 
Long Branch, and all the principul 
summer resorts, they are to be found 
every summer in large force, and 
where they display rich equipages, 
diamonds and other evidences of 
wealth, there is an assurance in the 
mind of the beholder that there is an 
abundance of stocks, bonds and se- 
cure investments behind them. This 
is not always the cafe with visitors 
at these fashionable resorts. 

It might be well for the Gentiles to 
inquire into the causes that enable 
the Jews to keep on amassing wealtii 
steadily and rapidly. In the Jewish 
fdn>ily all are active workers. There 
are no drones in the hive. Ca;e is 
taken to train the sons to business 
habits, and they are reared with the 
sppcial object of taking position along 
side of their fathers as soon as their 
education is finished. We seldom 
here of a Jew being a drunkard or 
living beyond his means, or, in other 
words, living on the money of his 
creditors. They have no prodigal 
sons scattered over the world, spend- 
ing in riotous living the money which 
their parents have labored to accumu- 
late. It has become with most classes 
of people, are anxious that the rich 
men of one age are the poor men's 
son's of the preceeding age, and that 
the sons of the rich generally die poor. 
This however is not the case with the 
Israelites in any portion of the world. 
Wealth with them is never squandered, 
but is always multiplying and in- 
creasing. The wealth of the Rotha- 
childs has grown through seyeri^j 



generations. We seldom hear of a 
Jovv investing money in any of the 
baubles that tickle the cupidity of the 
less wary investors. He likes a 
good percentage, but he must also bo 
sure that be is not risking the princi- 
pal to secure a good rale of interest. 
In short, neither father nor son ever 
lives beyond bis iucame, and never 
wastes money in indcavoring to moke 
a show or to rival his neighbor in 
( quipago or dress until he is amply 
aliie to do so without fear of having 
to ever make a step backward. It 
would be well for all the world to im- 
itate the Israelit'S in ibis particular." 
— Baltimnre Am-Tican. 

Thi.s characteristic of the Jews, 
morality and economy, is by no means 
overdrawn by the Ainei-ican. It is 
literaly true and the Gentile, as well 
a.^ the so-called Ohii-slian world, can 
and ought to learn lessons of sobriety, 
economy, and good morality from 
them. The American says : "We 
seldom hear of a Jew being a drunk- 
ard." And I will add : We never 
hear of a Jew being a murderer. So 
well do they understand the law of 
God ; "Thou shalt take no sati.-^fuc- 
tion for the life of a murderer; he 
shall surely be put to death," to be 
the .sin uulo death, that they never 
commit it. But while good morals 
and economy are commendable trivits 
in their character, we inu.st deplore 
their blindness iu the Christian relig- 
ion ; but as "blindness in partis hap- 
pened to Israel, until the fulness of 
the Gentiles be come in," perhaps it is 
no fault of theirs. 

The Ilabbi, Jacob L. Mayer, of the 
liar Sinai Hebrew Riiform Congrega- 
tion, delivered an address on the 
Messiah and the Jews, which gives 
an idea of how intelligentand learned 
Hebrews all over the world look upon 
the subject. He said the Maccabees 
certainly were the anointed of Jeho- 
vah, and the blessed sons of God in 
distinction from all other men, who 
were simply sous of God. In tht; 
gospel of Luke, Adam is called the 
sou of God, and the descendants of 
Adam, whether good or bad, are nat- 
urally sous of God. Men whose lives 
are beneficial to the world at large, 
are the blessed sons of God, and all 
those who, under the government of 
Supreme Wisdom, are instrumental 
in the achievement of humane and 
j salutary ends in Israel are, to us a 
! Biblical term, auoit:ted with the Spir- 
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a M?saiab. The Jews of Germany 
loi ked upon Napoleon L as their 
Messiah, as be had actually pav« d 
tbeni from oppressors, and ir.augiir- 
afed the era of freedom among the 
Israeiiles in p]tirope. In the sar.ie 
Becse the Rabbi said he referred to 
the Maccabees as the auointed souy (;f 
God in Israel 

The pure Hebrew term, said the 
Rab''>i, is the word 3[a.iheeach, wlich 
translated into Greek, is Chr-isios, 
from which, by way of Latiu adop- 
tion, the English language got its 
Christ; meauing the anointed one, 
in Israel, of course anointed in the 
Jewish spirit and custom, for the de- 
velopment and eventual restoration 
cf prosperity in the Common weahh 
of Isiael. In this sense, Judah, the 
Maccabee, was a Messiah, as well as 
Cvrus, King of Persia, who is ppukf-n 
of by Isaiah, chap. 40, as a Messiah. 

* * He said Moi'es was the first 
Messiah, then Josbua, Deborah, (Jid- 
con, Samson, Saul and David. Eve- 
ry helper iu time of need, was a Mes- 
siah in Israel. * * lie said they 
wished for another government ; a 
kirigdoai of heaven upon earth. Such 
haid lie being the feelings and aspira- 
tioii6 of the masses, he who was bold 
enough in the face of the ruling power 
to proclaim .'■uch kingdom — of heav- 
en — would be the long sighed for 
Messiah. Not a Messiah for the re- 
mission of sins, but a strong, pov>'er- 
ful, glorious and courageous warrior 
aud conqueror, descended from amidst 
the princely nations, overthrowing 
the government of oppression and es- 
tablishing a heavenly kingdom on 
earth, the yoke of which v/on!d be 
la-iy to bear. Such was the Messiah 
they expected. Here the Kubbi 
named some who aspired to this 
Messiahship, and says, Jesus of Naz- 
areth followed them. He also had 
Lis adherents among the lower class- 
es, and he also spoke in the sense of 
his predecessors. He also proclaimed 
the kingdom of heaven, and preached 
the same moral and religious doctrines 
literally, which Hillel bad propound- 
ed eigiJty years before him. The 
lower classes called him their Mes- 
siah, sou of David to-day, and the 
iiext day they exclaimed. Crucify 
him ! and be was crucified. His 
views were exclusively Jewish ; those 
of Paul of Tarsus, the great Jewish { 
apoi-tle to the Gentiles, were cosmo- | 
politan. The labors of Jesus were, | 
like those of hia predecessors, in tbo 



interests of his country ; Paul labored 
fjr all humanity. Jesus died a Jew, 
in Judea; Paul died a citizen of the 
world, in some unknown place. Jesus 
aspired for the Messiahship iu Israel ; 
Paul made him the Son of God among 
the Gentiles. 

The Uabhi said: It is noteworthy 
that Paul utterly ignores the Messiah 
of Jesus of Nazareth, whom he pro- 
cloiiiis to the Gentiles as the Son of 
God, while Peter, the apostle to the 
Jews, never alludes to this supernat- 
ural divine worship of Jesus, who.m 
as Son of God, he glorifies as the 
Messiah of the Jews. The position 
of the two apostles was different, 
hence the difference of their ways to 
treat the subject common to both of 
them etc. * * He finally conclued 
by saying: "They do not wait any 
more for the Messiah of the house of 
David, the Jews in the North, West 
and civiliz'd South of Europe. He 
has come in the person of a Huss, 
Guttenberg, Luther, Copernicus Col- 
unibus, Heider, Lessing, Dohm, Hum- 
bolt, and hundreds of other great 
men, who were briliiaut stars in the 
heaven of humanity and progressive 
reform aruong men, and above a!!, is 
thegreat republic of the United States, 
the blessed land of anointed ones to 
Israel, Washington first, aud after 
hiiii the great host of noble men, ou 
the broad platform of freedom, to all 
aud everybody, is respective of creed 
or {)osition. We fl jck arouud the 
baaaer of these auointed ones, aud 
endeavor each of us to act iu t!ie 
spirit of messianic truth and love to- 
wards all, who as human beings have 
claims in the blessings of a Messiah."' 

This being the teaching of this 
vfrij learned blind leader of the nat- 
urally blind Israelites, what religious 
faith and obedience to the law of God 
through Christ can be expected from 
them. The Jew, like the massea, 
among whom even Brethren are found, 
believe more than a comujon educa- 
tion is necessary to qualify a man to 
preach, or to teach the nations. None 
are more learned than the Jewish 
Kabbi ; and none more ignorant of the 
truth than he. A man who can but ' 
read hia Bibie, and reads : ( 'The Lord , 
thy God will raise up unto thee a ' 
prophet from the midst of thee, of thy I 
brethren, like unto me ; unto him i 
shall ye hearken. • • I will raise | 
them up a prophet from among those j 
brethren, like unto thee, and will put ; 
my words in bis mouth ; and be shall 



sp ak unto them all that I shall com- 
mand him,") knows that this prophet 
was not Washington the soldier or 
statesman. Aud if he reads, "Behold 
a virgin shall conceive, and bear a 
son, and shall call his name Imman- 
uel." Aud reading on : "For unto 
us a child is born, uuto us a son 13 
given: and the government shall be 
upon his shoulders, and his name shall 
be called Wonderful CounselUr, the 
Mighty God, the everlasting Father, 
the Prince of Peace. Of the increase 
of bis governmeot and peace there 
shall be no end. "etc. He will bo 
slow to believe that either Huss, Lu- 
ther, or the United States were meant 
by the prophet who spake as he was 
moved by the Spirit of God. It was 
by this law and the proj^hets with 
other similar ones, that Paul proved 
that this Jesus whom I preach, is the 
Cnrist; aud not by any artificial or of 
man made education ; as many sup- 
pose. And if ever llabbi Jacob L. 
Maver is brought to the cross of 
Christ, it must, and will be done by 
the L'lw, Prophets, and Psalms. And 
not by any education the schools can 
teach. 

D. P. Saylok. 



For the Companion aud Visitor. 
lor aTli!r!iity soul iu the 



BY C H BALSBAUGH. 



Only a drop my beloved, but well- 
ing out from beneath the Tlirone, it 
has the freshness of the Eternal Foun- 
tain, and may quicken thy soul aud 
turn thy Rephidim into an Eliiu. 

Sin i» a dreadful evil. It has wast- 
ed the ranks of heaven, populated 
hell, and blighted the earth. It is 
the Marah of our existence, and the 
L^pua of the Universe. But for sin 
you aud I might be as free from paia 
as the elect Angels, and as happy as 
they. But there is not only an 
Abaddon, but a ll'^deemer. The 
"Abolisher of dea'Av' has opened a 
rill out of the "River of Life" into 
every soul that longs for deliverance 
from the dominion of death. To faith 
death is stiugless, the grave without 
a victory, and sin the death of sin. 
In being slain by sin, Chri.'<t slew 
sin. Ha v.'aH dead, and is alive for- 
evermore. The bloody garment — the 
"coat of many, colors" — which was 
exhibited as the triumph of malice, 
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Uediatorial Throne, to dispense the 
treasures of the overflowing granaries 
of Heaven. 

Ifthereisany glory in suffering 
for Christ, you and I have special 
reason to be thauliful for our high 
privilege. It is certain that in Heav- 
en we cannot honor Iliia in "the 
fellowship of His sufferitigs," and 
should therefore make all the more of 
His cross while we have the oppor- 
tunity. It is well to long for His 
coming to take us to Himself, but it 
is better to say from the heart, "Not 
as I will, but as Thou wilt." Jesus 
knows your seclusion, knows the in- 
tensity of the flames that try your 
gold, and has His eye constantly on 
the process that is to make you "meet 
to be a partaker of the inheritance of 
the saints in light." Your sighs and 
groans are heard in Heaven, your 
tears are preserved for a testimony 
against the Great Day, and your 
prayers are gathered into the Golden 
Censer. The bitter dregs you drain 
from your earthly cup, will be trans- 
muted into a hallelujah beverage 
through all Eternity. May the Be- 
loved grant you a prelibation out of 
these lines. A wooden cup may hold 
the drink of Angels. 

Have faith in God. It is His de- 
light to attend to cur impossibles. 
He is gloriQed in honoring the faith 
that honors Ili.s Oaiuipoteuco. "Fray 
■without ceasing" for love and patience 
and endurance, so that the glory of 
the Cross n:ay pale the sun, and 
make your sick room a Cetbel, and a 
Peniel, and a Heaven-mirroring 
Patmos. Let all who leave your 
chamber feel that the place isaMaha- 
naim. May saint.and sinner be in- 
spired by a Tabor spirit in beholding 
the transfiguration of your suffering 
humanity, and become living taber- 
nacles of the AU-Beautiiul. Keep 
yourself in the summer of the upper 
Paradise, so that when it is winter 
with others, — their comforts withered 
and frozen — they may visit your 
"garden of epices," and behold the 
beauty and inhale the fragrance of 
Emmanuel's evergreens. Keep thy- 
self ready for the Lily-Gatherer, for 
His chariot is on the way, and His 
heart burns as ardently for you to 
come as yours does to go. The Won- 
derful in life, will be more wonderful 
in death, and most wonderful in 
Eternity. Be thou wonderful in Him 
now and evermore. 
Union Dcjiosit, Pa. 



For the Companion and Visitou. 
Truflic la Ardent i^piritii. 



BY SIMON MIKESELL 



The proposition that I am aboui to 
make is this : the manufacturing aud 
vending of ardent spirits is morally 
wrong. We take the position that it 
is wrong and ought to ho abandoned. 

The Bible condemns it most conclu- 
sively. It contains one hundred and 
twenty-one warnings, besides seventy- 
one warnings and reproofs; twelve 
times denounces it as pinsonous, and 
five times tota.lly prohibits it. In ex- 
amining this, let it be renieiobercd that 
the reason why this occupation is 
engaged in, and the only reason is to 
make money. Is it right for a nmn, 
for the sake of gain, to be engagr-d 
in the sale of a poison attended with 
destruction to the property, health, 
happiness,, peace, and salvation of his 
neighbor, producing mania and in- 
digence, poverty, and curses, and 
death, and woes innumerable to the 
land and to the church of God. 

Barnes a well known writer says, 
that the traffic is a violation of that, 
law, which requires a man to honor 
God. "Whether ye eat, or drink, or 
whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory 
of God." And yet, is this a business 
that was ever engaged in, or ever 
pursued with a desire to honor God? 
Is it an employment over which a 
man will pray ? Can he ask the God 
of heaven to give him success ? Let 
him then in imagination follow what 
he sells, to its direct result ; let him 
attend it to its final distribution of 
poverty, and woes, and crimes, and 
death, and then kneel down before 
heaven's eternal King aud render 
thanksgiving tor this success. Alas, 
it cannot be : man pursues it not from 
a desire to honor God. 

The man who would pray over a 
business like this, would be mocking 
God. The business may be abandon- 
ed without difficulty. The only 
question is whether the love of con- 
science, and the love of God shall pre- 
vail over the love of that polluted 
gold that will drag your soul down 
to hell. 

Sometimes we are told that the 
traffic is a source of gain to the coun- 
try. Now this is known to be fal.se. 
The Honorable Charles Buxton, of 
London, says: "It is intoxication 
that fills our jails : it is intoxication 
that fills our lunatic asvlums: it is 



intoxication that fills our workhouses 
with poor. Were it not for this one 
cause pauperism would nearly be es- 
tinguished in England. -- 

The Westminster Review says : 
"Drunkenness is the curse of England, 
a curse so great that it far eclipses 
every other calamity under which wo 
suffer. It is impjs.sible to ex >g;r^^rat« 
the evils of drunkeunes.^." Wbilo it 
is the curse of other nations, it is no 
less so of America. Its blighting, 
withering, deadly effi^cts are more or 
less seen and felt in every section of 
our fair land. It is said that in the 
ypar 1800 there were 88,002,797 gal- 
lons of spirituous liquor distilled, and 
5,115.146 barrels of fermented liquors 
brewed, worth $739,020,570 at retail 
prices ; while the value of all the flour, 
cotton goods, boots, shoes, woolen 
goods, clothing, aud books; newspa- 
pers and other printing produc^id in 
the United states, was $610,000,000. 
The time lost by drinking, cost of 
crime, pauperism, litigation, etc., 
would make the total expense at least 
$1,250,000 000. The civil and diplo- 
matic expenses for 18G3 amounted to 
$11,0GG,13S,U. Thus the people tax 
tbem.selves §728,000,000 more for 
liquor than the cost of the United 
States government in ordinary times. 
I have no time to notice other objec- 
tions, that the manufacturer and ven- 
der might give. I would just add 
here, do anything, beg, dig, do any- 
thing but this. It would be a glori- 
ous martyrdom to starve cont-asted 
with obtaining a livelihood by such 
an employment in this land. Now in 
conclusion remember the word of the 
prophet: "Woe unto hia> that giveth 
his neighbor strong drink, that puttest 
thy bottle to him, and makest him 
drunken also, that thou mayest look 
on their nakedness." Uab. 2: 15. 
Troy, Ohio. 



For the Companion and Visitou. 
A i'recions Prooiise. 



BY J. MATCIIETT. 



"Ask and it shall bo given you." — Matt. 
vii. 7 

As I have never written any for the 
Compi'iiion and Visitor a.s yet, I will try 
and offer a few thoughts on a suhjoct that 
i.s of vital importance to some of its read- 
er.-i at thi.s lime. 

The above heading sceins to he lan- 
jruaf^e that is positive — word.s used by our 
Saviour over eighteen hundred years ago. 
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ask, we shall receive. And these prom- 
ises are "to you tuid your children and all 
that are afar off." Now, brethren, if we 
ever expect to dwell with Christ, alter 
leaving this world, we must do whatever 
he bids us do. 

He tells us it we will do as we are told, 
or taught by him, we are his brothers. 
\Vould it not be joy to a person to know 
that he was a brother to Christ ; that he 
felt satisfied in his heart that this wa-i 
the case. Now, brethren, the Scripture 
just reads the same to us all. Ask and 
ye shall receive. That's the way Christ 
offers to treat u ■. Now Ictus comeriiiht 
_ti the point. Do wc know any one that 
i-sa-king, yes, pleading and calling, "day 
after day, for bread," for poor children? 
Sliadi say, yes? And they offer, too, to 
pay in trust for the money advanced. 
They have asked in many ways. Urcth- 
■ ren, let us remember what became of 
that man, the crumbs of whose table 
Were desired bj' a i)oor man. 

One thing we may be sure of, if we 
shut up our bowels of mercy, our going 
to meeting will avail us nothing. Now, 
dear brethren, don't depend one on an- 
other, but try and open your own hearts 
a'id let that man in, that will go with you 
aiid sup with you, and you will find pas- 
ture for your souls. , Do for mercy's sake 
sit down by your desk and count out a 
nice sum of money for Christ. He will 
not promise you ton per cent., but you 
may expect ten fold the amount, when 
he comes, who will give you a white 
stone in which there is a name written 
no one knoweth, except him that re- 
eeivcth it. Brethren, let us give this 
matter an earnest thought. God h.as 
Messed us with many a good crop, and 
how soon he may send a famine we know 
not. 

Would it not be a wonderful sin and 
shame for the German Baptists to with 
hold their substance, and let the people 
in the West perish ? And I must say 
that while I think our church is the best 
church, after all wiihout chaiity a mem- 
bership in it will avail nolhi'sg. Now, 
brethren, though some people call us riL-h 
Dunkards, let us be careful that we don't 
say we sent so much and so much, and 
depend on that '■, but let us say, we will 
send a little at every call, and at every 
opportunity that v,'e may have. 

Hagcrstoicti, Ml. 

For the Companion and Visitor. 
A SSrokeu Bail. 



BY JOHN CALVIN BRIGnT. 



I went from our little village to the 
city of Dayton by rail this morning, 
January 9th. Tbe temperature be- 
ing some fifteen degrees below zero, 
and the winds from the Arctic regions 
blowing at a dashing rate from the 
porth west, caused one, eveaia a well 



furnished coach, to draw his over- 
covering close around him to keep 
comfortable. And as the road was 
in a poor condition, many of the ties 
being considerably decayed, timid 
minds had their anxieties called in 
that direction also. As we sped on- 
ward at a cautions rate toward the 
city a terrible jolt told the story of 
"A Broken Rail." Nothing serious 
occured however as the train all came 
down on the track again. And no 
loss anyway unless perchance a strain 
that may tell on the wear of tbe run- 
ning gear of the car. But many 
shook their heads with terror when 
they thought what viight have, been — 
how they might have been whirled 
over the bank into the icy .chilly watrfrs 
of Wolf Creek on this terrible cold 
day. While the more considerate, 
though they exhibited no signs of 
fear, yet the expression of their coun- 
tenances evinced a thankfulness and 
g.-atitude to the Benevolent Parent 
fur his fatherly care and protection. 
As another train was due shortly, we 
returned and repaired the casualty. 
After all was righted we proceeded 
onward toward the city without 
further interruption. A serious affair 
always sets me thinking, and as f 
was in a medtitative mood at the 
time the following cogitation rushed 
through my mind as the iron horse 
drew us toward the city. 

God created man in his own image 
and gave him dominion of the fowls, 
fishes, and beasts, and pronounced 
him very good. Man by disobedience 
lost his blessed privileges etc , to some 
extent. But ample preparations have 
been made by an all-wise Providence 
lor their recovery. The thought that 
struck us was, that notwithstanding 
all this men will "go on tbe same 
forever" in the course of sin, rolling 
it as a sweet morsel under their 
tongue. Though mercy invites with 
outstretched arms, though Justice 
threatens with eternal misery, though 
serious accidents daily call numbers 
from this stage of action, though the 
seeds of death are in us and bis hand 
lurks in every path we tread, and 
though we almost continuall see trains 
"sable and slow paced" move toward 
the fresh mounds of earth in the cem- 
etery, yet the complaint of an ancient 
prophet looms forcibly up, "my people 
will not consider." Friends will 
gather around the riged forms of the 
departed and mourn with a fervency 
of a devoted mother, listen to the 



blessed truths of the gospel of salva- 
tion as it falls from the lips of the man 
of God, and anon with joy receive it, 
but the cares of this world, and tho 
deceitfulness of riches choke the good 
seed, and then they mind earthly 
things, glorv in their shame, make a 
God of their bellies, and with panting 
eagerness, pursue honor, riches and 
pleasure until a dart from the Pale 
Rider lays them low, and rushes thena 
unprepared into the august chamber 
of the .Judge of the quick and dead, 
lu our coach were some that evinced 
considerable fear, but as soon as they 
discovnred tbat all was Well they 
uttered some blasphemous oaths. 
May they learn the value of piety, 
and be also walking commentaries of 
the Scripture — "Casting all your care 
on Him, for he earath for you." 

Here our reflections took a new 
turn. We thought this broken rail 
might represent a loose or unsound 
plac<? in our characters. We appeal 
particularly to the youthful readers 
of the Cumpanion and Visitor. A 
boy with a fine intellect but with a 
brow of daring and independence, 
violated his parents command with 
boldness, became disorderly at school, 
violated the laws of his state and 
expiated his crime ori the gallows. 
Disobedience to rightful authority 
was his broke ! rail, and ' No danger, 
bis creed." Want of punctuality is 
another irrievcufl fault with many. 
One of Napolean's generals was an 
hour behind time at Waterloo, and 
the world knows the result. "By 
and by" is the decayed rail that 
thumps them off the track. And 
Drinking and gaming, with their 
watchword of "just this once" are 
broken rails with a smooth bark on 
out side. May we expunge all such 
worthless material from our charac- 
ters, and instead lay t'-e solid planks 
of truth and honesty as a foundation 
on which to build all the Christian 
graces, girdling them all with charity 
the bond of perfectness, and learn of 
Him vjho is meek aud lowly of heart. 
Then when the spark of life is fled, 
we with harps of gold and voices of 
untold sweetness will cause the heav- 
ens to reverberate with our soiigs of 
free grace and love. Hallelujah I 
Amen. Here the watchword of the 
brakes.man was, ''Dayton," and our 
musings are brought to an end. 

Dayton, Ohio. 



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TbiuBS ('onspcratcd. 



lU' n iNAU. 



By sleep He consecrated sleep, 
And tauijhl us how to lay our head, 

VVilh trust like His, diviue aud deep, 
In slumber ou our nightly bed. 

By death He consecrated death, 
Aud made the grave a holy home, 

In which our flesh, the turf benca'-h, 
Shall rest in hope until He come. 

Keeling, He consecrated rest, 
And bade us in His rest to dwell, 

As when, with weariness oppressed, 
He sat at noon on Sychar's well. 

Weeping, He consecrated tears, 
And showed the mou ner how to weep ; 

Aud yet the tear-sick eye He clears, 
L.est sorrow be too long and deep. 

Loving, He consecrated love, 

Lifting it out of human sin. 
Making it pure, like things above, 

Aud deepening the fouut within. 

— Selected. 



For the Companion and Visitor. 
Wiioevcr is Boru ol fj!o«l Dotb 
Not Coiuuiit Sin. 



BY' MATirK A. LEAR. 



[The following passages of Scripture were 
sent me by sister Lear, of Christian county, 
Illinois, with a request that an explanation 
be given ; and tha; all may enjoy the bene- 
fits of our investii^ation, we couclude to an- 
swer this through the colfirans of the Com- 
panion AND VisiTon] 

"If we say that we h.ave no sin, we de- 
ceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and 
just to forsiv'! us our sins, and to cleanse us 
from all unrighteousness. If we say that 
we have not siuned, we make him a liar, 
and his word is not in us." — 1 Joun 1. 
8, 9, 10. 

"Whosoever is boru of God, doth not 
commit tin ; for his seed remaineth in him ; 
and be cannot sin, because he is boru of 
God. — 1 Joun iii. U. 

My Dear Sister: — 

I very uiuch admire the 
spirit manifested in your letter of incjuiiy. 
jou .say (bat in tlic above texts there 
appears a contradiction ; but you believe 
that the trouble is in your inability 
to understand, and not in the word of 
God. Would to God that this same hu- 
milily of mind pervaded the hearts of all 
who search the sacred volume, for then 
would there be less diversity of opinion, 
and less disputing among the children of 
God. The apostle John lived to see 
many errors creep into the cliuich. He 
lived long enough to see many false 
teachers arise ; and he witnessed the 
effecta of their pernicious doctriueH. His 



zeal for the peace and purity of (he 
church, constrained him to expose thos;'. 
errors, and to vindicate the cau-se of 
iruih. 

According to (lie (cstimony of some of 
the early fathers, John vrro(e his gospel 
to refute certain errors which were prev- 
alent in his day. The first three gospels 
are nioruof a historical narradvc ; though 
the leading facts of our Saviour's life. 
and his admirable precepts for the rcgu 
lation of our conduct, are faidifully re- 
corded, yet concerning the person of 
(/hrist, and the creation of the world, 
they have scai'cely touched. These two 
points thus left unguarded by the sacred 
penmen, could not long escape the notice 
of false teachers ; taking advantage of 
this silence, they soon involved the sub- 
ject in inextricable mystery and coiifus 
ion. John, therefore, undertook to 
write what has been emi)ha(ically called 
a x})in'tu<d gospel. He at once strikes at 
the very root of tlie prevailing errors, 
and without any hesitancy, boldly asserts 
the divinity of (^luist, and the creation 
of the world by II im. 

Some critics have thought tliat Jolin 
wrote his gospel while on the isle of Pat- 
moSj and sent it (o the church at Ephe 
sus, and (hat his first epistle was written 
at the same place, and sent to the same 
community, cemmendiug and dedicating 
the gospel to them. Between John's 
gospel and this epistle there seems to be 
an inseparable connection. Now if we 
turn to Rev. 2:1-7, we may learn some- 
thing of the condition of the Kphesian 
church at that time. The church at this 
))lace had been founded by the apostle 
Paul, and while ho was a i)risoiier at 
Home he wrote them a uiost glowing 
epistle. Oveijoyed with the account 
which their messenger brought liim of 
the steadfastness of their faith, and the 
ardency of their love to all the saints, 
Eph. 1:15, and transported with the con 
sideration of the unsearchable wisdom of 
God, displayed in the work of man's re- 
demption, this great apostle forgot his 
own jiainfu! condition as a prisoner under 
one of the worst of tyrants, and soars into 
the most exalted contemplation of those 
sublime topics. But this church, 'hough 
she ri)so in such unclouded splendor, 
though her first love was so warm and 
glowing, yet scarcely thirty five years 
elapsed before she is censured with having 
Ir/t her first love. This declension was 
no doubt the result of internal factions 
and false doctrines. 

The great fundamental doctrines of the 
Christian system arc the incarnation of 
the Holy Trinity and his vicarious atone- 
ment. Hence the apostle says : "Many 
false prophets are gone out into the 
world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of 
God ; every spirit (hat confesseth n«t 
that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, 
is not of God; and this is that spirit of 
antichris(, whereof ye Lave heard that it 
should come ; and even now already is it 
in the world."—! John 4:1-3. 



This spirit of antichrist, which is coex- 
istent with Christianity, has always under 
some name or other, aimed its blows at 
the great author of our holy religion. In 
the primitive ai;e of the church tbc Cor- 
inthians denied the diviiiiiy of Christ. 
During the middle ages the Arians held 
the sume views; and in modern times 
this, blasphemous system has been propa- 
gated by the Socluians and Unitarian--'. 
The doctrine of human depravity is 
closely associated with the doctrine of tbc 
vicarious atonement, (o deny the lat(er, 
is to deny the former, and hence this 
seems to be the very error wiiich .John is 
refuting in 1 J"hn 1:^,9,10. As (he 
same errors exist at (he present age that 
existed in John's day, the same refuta» 
(ion is applicible, hence whosoever will 
deny their fallen and sinful condition, or 
in the language of the apostle, say that 
they have no sin, and hence have no 
need of Christ's atonement, deceive 
themselves, and the truth is not in them. 
Jiut says the apostle : "If we confess 
our sins," if we acknowledge our lo.st and 
ruined condition, if we confos our help- 
lessness, our ignorance, and the dreadful 
corruption of our d(;praved natures, then 
is he faithful and just to forgive us our 
sins, and to cleanse us from all unright- 
eousness. 'They that be whol-', need 
not a physician, but they that are sick. 
Christ came not to call the risihteous.but 
sinners to repentance." — Matt. 9:12,1.'^. 
The publicans and the harlots go into the 
kingdom uf God before the self righteous 
Pharisees ; because those feel und own 
their guilt, while these boast of their 
morality. 

This subject is most forcibly illustrated 
in the prayers of the j)harisee and ])ub!i- 
can. The former boasted of his virtues, 
a poor tribute fo bring to God. The lat- 
ter confessed his sins and plead nothing 
but (he mercy of God, and in his case 
was the promise of the apostie verified 
that God is faithful and just to forgive 
us our sins, for he went down to his 
house justified. "Whosoever is born of 
God doth not commit sin, for iiis seed 
remaineth in him, and he cannot sin ; 
because he is boru of God." The early 
heretics whom John had occasion to re- 
fute, were also noted for the gross imiuor 
ality of their lives. This immoral con<. 
duct was the result of the false system 
which they had imbibed. The genius 
and very soul of Gnosticism, (a system of 
heresy with which the early Christians 
had to contend,) was mystery ; its end 
and object was to purity it^s followers 
from the corruptions of matter, and to 
raise them to a higher scale of being, 
suited only (o those who were become 
perfect by knowledge. And this purity 
they taught was only to be acquired by 
holy contemplation. 

They persuaded themselves that knowl- 
edge was everything, and despised the 
distinctions of the moral law. Hence 
they would not permit any restraint upon 
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intrinsically evil, over which they would 
assume no control. They thus wholly 
neglected to govern their moral conduct, 
claiming that purity consisted not in 
good or bad actions, but in devout medi- 
tations. With what force then is the 
language of the apostle hurled ;!!,'nin>t 
such visionary schemes ! lie strikes at, 
the root of tlie u atrer. lie does not 
hesitate to unchristiaiiize stich fanatics. 
"Whosoever is born of God doth not 
commit sin." "Sin," we are told, "is 
a transgression of the law." Whosoever, 
therefore, is born of God doth not trans 
grass the law, which they affected to de- 
spise. Their profession and conduct 
snowed that they were not born of God, 
but were influenced by the evil one. 

The word of God deals very leniently 
with those who err through weakness, 
but with willful transgressors, or those 
who try to justify their wicked actions, 
no extenuation is offered. "His seed 
remaineth in him ; and he eannot sin." 
Chirst tells us that 'che seed is the word 
of God." If this seed by which we have 
again been begotten, and reinstated into 
the favor of God, remain in «s, then in 
the strong language of John, we cannot 
sin. This renovating agent, if it. has 
really and truly found an inlodgment in 
our hearts, will completely metamorphose 
us. So completely change the current 
of our passions and desires, that we will 
no longer have any relish for sin. In^ 
stead of finding any pleasure in those 
abominable practices wliich so much de- 
light the carnal mind, and which they 
run after with so umeb greediness, the 
child of God detests. "Because he is 
born of God" This princely birth has 
exalted us into such a sphere of holiness 
and purity, has wrought upon us such a 
refinement of manners, such purity of 
tastes, such exaltad sentiments that we 
cann t stoop to anything low and grovel- 
ing. In the language of John, "we can 
not sin ;" because we are born of God. 
What is more excruciatingly painful to 
the refined Christian ear than low vulgar 
language, or unmeaning jargon? liow 
much rather would he be alone, than in 
the society of those whose conversation 
is anything but profitable, and which 
only reveals the utter want of cultivation, 
both of liead and heart. 

But such visionaries, as those with 
whom John had to deal, were not con^ 
fined to bis day. Previous to the refor- 
mation, it was the prevailing and popular 
belief that pood works were meiitorious 
and that such works would render God 
propitious. Thus man, in his arrogance 
and presumption, dared to appropriate to 
himself a part of the merit of his salva- 
tion, and to pluck from the brow of 
Christ a portion of those laurels which he 
so dearly bought. 

After the reformation the popular cur- 
rent of belief flowed into the opposite 
channel. "Salvation by faith alone 
without works," then became the pre-- 
vailing dogma. This tenet being ad- 



vanced by Luther and his colleagues ; 
was further speculated on by those who 
lived immediately after him, until most 
monstrous errors were propagated. 

In 1525, a sect arose called the Liber- 
tines. The principal tenets of this sect 
were that the Deity was the sole operat- 
ing cause in the mind of man, and the 
immediate author of all hutuan actions; 
that, consequently, the distinctions of 
good and evil, which had been established 
with regard to those actions, were false 
and groundless, and that man could not, 
properly speaking, commit sin ; that 
religion consisted in the union ol the 
spirit with the Sui)reme Being ; that all 
those who had attained this happy union 
by sublime contemplation and elevation 
of mind, were then allowed to indulge 
without exception or restraint, their ap- 
petites or passions. 

The Antinomiins, a sect who flourished 
a little after, taught doctrines equally as 
erroneous. They held doctrines that 
clearly superseded the necessity of good 
works and a virtuous life. They main- 
tained that good works do not promote 
our salvation, nor ill ones hinder it, 
equally as well will the second part of our 
text apply to these errors, as to those 
that existed in John's time. 

Good works are not a means of our 
salvation, but the result of the means. 
The blood of Jesus Christ clcanseth us 
from all sin. This precious blood is the 
unly purilying agent. Again, this fav- 
ored apostle asserts this glorious truth, 
when on the isle that is called Patiuos ; 
banished there by a relentless tyrant. 
He was visited by his risen and glorified 
Master liom whom he received a mes- 
sage to each ot the seven churohes of 
Asia. He tells the churches that these 
messages are from Jesus Christ, and then 
goes on to describe him, and winds up 
by saying : "Unto him that loved us, 
and washed us from our sins in his own 
blood." And when he saw that great 
multitude, which no man could number, 
of all nations and kindreds and people 
and tongues, before the throne, and 
belore the Lamb, clothed with white 
robes, and i)alms in their hands, one of 
the elders told John, that "These are they 
which came out of great tribulation, and 
have washed their robes and made them 
white in the blood of the Lamb. Tliere- 
fore, or because they have been thus 
cleansed, not because they have endured 
much tribulation, are they before the 
throne of God, and serve him day and 
nightin his temple." 



TUe liHud ol Palestiue. 



Palestine sits in sackcloth and 
ashes. — Over it broods the spell ot a 
curse that has withered its field and 
fettered its energies. Where Sodom 
and Gomorrah reared their domes 
and towers, that solemn sea now 
floods the plain, in whose bitter wa- 



ters no living thing exists — over 
whose waveless surface the blistering 
air hangs moliouless and dead — 
about whose borders nothing grows 
but weeds and scattered tufts of cane, 
and that treacherous fruit that prom- 
ises refreshment to parching lips, but 
turns to ashes at the touch. Naza- 
reth is forlorn. About the ford of 
Jordan, where the hosts of Israel en- 
tered the promised laad with songs ot 
rpjoicing, one finds only a squalid 
camp of fantastic Bedouins of the de- 
.«ert; Jericho, the accursed, lies a 
mouldering ruin today, even as 
Joshua's miracle left it more than 
three thousand years ago; Bethle- 
hem and Bethany, ia their poverty 
and humiliation, have nothing about 
them now to remind one that they 
once knew the high honor of the Sav- 
iour's presence ; the hallowed spot 
where the shepherds watched their 
flocks, and where the angels sang 
'Peace on earth, good will to men," 
is untenanted by li-ving creature, and 
unblessed by aijy feature that is 
pleasant to the eye. Renowned Jer- 
usalem itself, the stateliest name in 
history, has lost all its ancient grand- 
eur and has become a pauper village ; 
the riches of Solomou are no longer 
there to compel the admiration ot or- 
iental queens ; the wonderful temple, 
which was the pride and glory, of 
Israel, is gone, and the Octomen cres- 
cent is lifted above the spot where, 
on that memorable ground of the 
world, they reared the holy cross. 

The noted sea of Galilee, where 
Roman fleets once rode at anchor, 
and disciples of the Saviour sailed in 
their ship, was long deserted by the 
devotees of war and commerce, and 
its borders are a silent wilderness ; 
Capernaum is a shadeless ruin ; 
Mdgdala is the home of the beggar- 
ed Arabs ; Bethsaida and Choraziu 
have vanished from the earth, and 
the "desert places," round about 
them, where thousands of men once 
listened to the Saviour's voice and 
ate the miraculous bread, sleep in the 
hush of a solitude that is inhabited 
only by birds of prey and skulking 
foxes. 

Palestine is desolate and unlovely. 
— But why should it be otherwise ? 
Can the curse of a Deity beautify a 
land? 

» ♦■« — : 

Could a full history of our race be 
written, what a scene of misery, blood 
and tears would be presented. — Landon 
West. 



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Christian Familv Companion 

AND 

GOSPEL VISITOR. 
MEYERSDALE, Pa., February 2, 1875 

Eminent Saints Only Men. 

Elias was a man subject to like paBsions 
as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it 
migh' not raiu : and it raiued not on the 
earth by the space of three years aud six 
months. And he prayed a^a-n, aud 'he 
heaven gave rain, aud the earth brought 
forth her fruit.—JAMSs v. 17, 18. 

The apostle when he made the allusion 
that he did to Elias, was admonishing 
his brethren to pray for one another, and 
made the statement that "the effectual 
fervent prayer of a righteous man avail- 
eth much." And as an illustration and 
confirmation of the statement, refers to 
the prayers of Elijah by which the watery 
heaven was closed and opened. 

When men in holy league with God, 
and by the communication of his power 
to them, have done wonderful things, as 
they often have done under these circum- 
stances, the impression at times has been 
made that such men were not ordinary 
men, but belonged to a higher order of 
beings, or that they were gods in human 
iorm. Hence when Paul and Barnabas 
came to Lystra, and found a poor cripple 
who had never walked, and he hearing 
Paul preach, had faith in him, and the 
apostle perceiving his iaith, healed him. 
"And when the people saw what Paul 
had done, they lifted up their voices, 
6aying in the speech Lycaonia : The gods 
are come down to us in the likeness of 
men. And they called liarnabas, Jupi- 
ter ; and Paul, Mercurius, because he 
was the chief speaker." But the apos-' 
ties reproved them, and said of themselves 
what James said of Klias, "We also 
are men of like passions with you." — 
Acts J4:.S-]9. 

Mcn,lil<e Paul, and Barnabas, and Elias, 
and a host of others, have had much 
faith in God, and much godlincs.'*, and 
with that, much power, and have been 
able to do great exploits, though they 
were only men, and men of like passions 
with other men. But they were men of 
God, and through him closed and opened 
heaven, "subdued kingdoms, wrought 
righteousness, obtained promi.ses, stopped 
the mouths of lions, (juenchcd the vio- 
lence of fire, escaped the edge of the 
Bword, out of weakness were made strong, 
\raxcd valiant iu H^ht, turned to flight 



the armies of the aliens." — Hebrews 
1 ] : 33, 34. 

lie was a man subject to like passions 
as we are, in other words, he was subject 
to the same infirmities that other men 
are, having the same nature, feelings 
and weaknesses that they have. We 
have a very striking manifestation of his 
infirmity and weakness, and perhaps of 
his four, at the threatening of Jezebel, 
the wile of King Ahab. Jezebel hearing 
what Elijah had done to her prophets, 
sent the following message to him : "So 
let the gods do to me, and more also, if 1 
make not thy life as the life of one of 
them by to-morrow about this time." 
Hearing this he fied, "and came and 
sat down under a juniper tree: and re- 
quested for himself that he might die : 
and said, it is enough ; now, Lord, 
take away my life ; for I am not better 
than my fathers." — 1 Kings 19. Here 
we see that the man whose prayer had 
raised the dead, and who had shut and 
opened heaven, and to whom God had 
given such signal tokens of his love and 
favor, and whose courage failed not when 
he charged Ahab to his face as the cause 
of Israel's trouble, 1 Kings IS, is greatly 
alarmed, and flees to the wilderness in 
what seems to have been by no means a 
commendable state of mind for a man of 
his character and geneial attainments in 
piety. But the prophet was in one of 
those doubting and desponding states of 
mind, that David was in when he said : 
"Hath God forgotten to be gracious? 
hath he in anger shut up his tender 
mercies?" But when he came to him- 
self, and collected his thoughts, he ex- 
claimed ; "This is my infirmity." — 
Ps. 77. So it was the infirmity of Elijah 
that led him to flee from Jezebel, con- 
iirming the account that James gives of 
him, that he was a man of like passions 
with us. But vvhi'e lie showed the infir 
mity of a man, he also showed the faith 
and power of a saint of no ordinary at- 
tainment, for as a prince he had power 
with God and with men and prevailed." 
Gen. 31:28. 

James having introduced the ease of 
Elias to confirm his statement that "the 
effectual fervent prayer of a righteous 
man availeth mucli," then says, he "was 
a man subject to like passions as we are." 
He stated this fact in regard to Pjlijah to 
meet an objection which liis readers 
might be ready to advance. They might 



say that Elijah was an uncommon char- 
acter, a supernatural being, and they 
might urge the consideration that he 
was taken to heaven in the wonderful 
manner he was, to prove their position. 
And looking upon liim as more than a 
common man, and as a being of a super- 
ior order of intelligence, they might 
argue that his example could not with 
propriety be urged for our imitation. 
Ileuce the allusion of James to the hu- 
man side of his character. And his ex- 
ample becomes valuable and important, 
in showing us what men may become, 
and what wonders they may accomplish, 
when CO operating with God, and when 
enjoying his friendship and favor. 

The history of the redeemed that we 
are favored with, shows us that men 
naturally as weak as we, and subject to 
the same temptations of vanity, pride, 
fear, wrath, envy and malice, have by 
the power of God overcome all the obsta" 
cles in the way of their salvation, and 
have not only saved themselves, but have 
been a blessing to their raco, and have 
done great things to further the purposes 
of God. They overcame the would by 
their faith, and by the power of God 
which they enjoyed in no ordinary de- 
gree. They did not plead their infirmi- 
ties as an excuse for slothfulntss and 
wrong doing, but made the presence of 
such intiimities in them, a reason for 
more watchfulness, prayer and piety. 

When we look at what men have done, 
and af what they have become, though 
of a fallen and ruined race, there is in- 
deed, hope for humanity. "Wiiere sin 
abounded, grace did much more abound." 
Rom. 5:30. 

"1 looked," says John, "and, lo, a 
Laiub stood on the mount Sion, and with 
him an hundred, forty and four thous- 
and, having his Father's name, written in 
their foreheads. * * Those were re- 
deemed from among men, being the first 
fruit.i unto God and to the Limb. And 
in their mouth was found no guile ; for 
they are without fault before the throne 
of God."— Rev. 14:1-5. These faultless 
saints with the Lamb ou uiount Sion, 
singing on their harps the new song, 
were men "subject (o like passions as wo 
are," for "they were redeemed from 
among men." Oh what an encouraging 
thought ! If upon the deliverance of 
Israel from the oppresbion of Egypt, it 
was said, and said with astonishment, 



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"What hath God wrought!" with how 
much greater propriety wili that languai^c 
be used when the redeuiption of the 
saints is fully consummateci! Frail child of 
humanity, with many infirmities upon 
thee, and with all tliy passions and lusts 
to contend with, if thy faith and hope are 
in God, despair not ! Think what otheis 
of thy race, subject to like passions as 
thou art, have attained unto, such as 
Elias, and tho hundred and forty and 
four thousand, and ihen run with pa- 
tience thy race, and tiiou too wilt reach 

the goal, and receive the prize. 

-- — ■ ♦"♦ 

ToOar Ageuts &u«I Frleudn. 

We hope our agents and friends will 
not cease their efforts to obtain subscrib- 
ers for us. For the successful labors al- 
ready performed for us, we tender them 
our thanks. We shall be glad to receive 
subscriptions at any time, and are pre- 
pared to furnivh all new subscribers with 
back numbers. 

C^liaiigfS of Address. 

Brother Samuel Jlurray has changed, 
his address from Huntington, Indiana, to 
Wal):ish, Indiana. 



CORRESPOWDEN CE. 



Uorrcspondence of church tteios solicited fro'.r, 
all parts of the Brotherhood. Writer's name 
atid address required on every communication 
IS guarantee of good faith. Rejected commuui- 
culious or manuscript used, not returtted. All 
c jmmiii'.icaiions for publication sTiftiW &e writ 
tsnnpoti one side oft?ie "l-e.t 07dy. 

HeIs>I Oil, Help Us I 

Much suffering and even starvation is 
now beginning to look some of our poor 
and needy in the face, and yet how long 
before these needy people can expect a 
crop from which to live ! I received a 
letter from brother Allen Ive*, dated 
January 3rd, stating he had visited ten 
families that day, and but two out of that 
number thought they could get througli 
without help. Two families were already 
suffering for the necessaries of life, and 
the other six families thought they could 
shift along a little while. 

Brother Amos Keed writes, under date 
ot January 16th : "Brother Lewis Jor- 
dan and I have just distributed $200 00 
worth of goods and provisions in our dis- 
trict, and came home yesterday from a 
nine days' tour. We have left provis- 
lions to last two weeks, and covered most 
of the naked. Some women and children 
are still left bare footed." 

Republic county, Kansas, has been 
canvassed, and the result is, that nine- 
tenths of the people have not food 
enough to last two months. We have 
forwarded $200.00 more to brethren 



Reed and Jordan, so they will be able to 
renew their journey by tlie time tiie tirst 
two hundred are exhausted. But our 
treasury will soon be exh.iustcd, unless 
our brethren and friends continue to con- 
tribute liberally, as the number of needy 
ones is daily increasing, and hence the 
amount forwarded must be increased in 
the same proportion or starvation must 
be the clo.-e of their sufferings in very 
many cases. 

Statements from the different localities 
of the drouth and grasshopper district, of 
the amount on hand upon which to sub- 
sist, show that a very great aujount must 
be donated. Some of our statements 
show a much greater want, in proportion 
to the number, than Republic county, 
Kansas. 

The wants seem to be much greater 
than were at first supposed, and, there- 
fore, we must conclude to give much more 
than we at first thought of giving, and 
continue to do so, from time to time, as 
the wants and numbers of the needy keep 
increasing. 

It would be well to notice Paul's in- 
structions. See 2nd Cor. 9. And after 
the same manner, let each one purpose 
in his heart to lay by him in store before- 
hand. Say, every week, or every month, 
which would be better, probably, in this 
case. Do it cheerfully. Remember the 
Lord lovcth a cheerful giver. Dear 
reader, the Lord, in his infinite wisdom, 
never enjoined a duty upon his creatures, 
without offering them an opportunity of 
giving to the poor, afforded unto every 
one. Let us respond to this calling tor 
help by giving bountifully. 

We need not be fearful of giving too 
much in this case very soon. About 
sixty thousand (60,000) persons must be 
fed, or left to starve ; and some, prob- 
ably, to freeze before warm weather 
comes. They are dependant upon those 
whom God has blessed bountifully, and 
now asks to give to the poor. The Sav- 
iour assures us that whatsoever we do 
unto the poor we do unto him — 
if we feed the hungry now— it 
will be remembered in the judgment, 
and may win for very many tlie invita- 
tion, "Come inherit the kintrdom pre- 
pared for you from the foundation of the 
world. 

It should be remembered that these 
needy, if not helped to seed and feed in 
the spring, will be left without employ- 
ment, and will continue to be in a condi- 
tion of want, so that furni.shing them 
seed will be as furnishing to them bread 
for the next year. How could we bear 
the idea of seeing our stock suffer much 
less starve to death, which must be the 
result with much of the stock, unless 
some feed, in the way of grain, is placed 
within their reach. Inasmuch as we 
know the condition of our brethren and 
friends in the West, if any should starve 
or freeze to death, as long as there is 
enough and to spare in our hands, or 
while it lies in our power to save them, 



it would almost seem as though the bretho 
ret) could not be "pure from the blood of 
all men," as was one of old. Such a nc-i 
gleet of duty would not be in harmony 
with the nature and character of the 
world's Redeemer, who, wh'le on earth, 
was ever so very ready to alleviate and 
relieve human suffering. Are not our 
sympathies drawn out suflicicntly, by the 
cries and;ippcals for holj), in this time of 
great want, in the We.>t and South, by 
our brctiiren and friends, to cause us to 
act and prevent freezing and starving? 
They cry not only for temporal, but also 
for spiritual food. 

Lot us all think of the poor shivering 
hungry mothers and children, and then 
think of how much lies in our power to 
do for them, and think that God will 
hold us accountable for what we can do 
and faithiully continue to act before it is 
too late. May God help us to be faithful 
in his cause, is my prayer. 

C. Forney. 

Falls City, A^chra.-iJcti. 



False Rumors Corrected. 

Januaky 19th, 1875. 
Brother Quintcr : — 

There seems to be 
a necessity to have noticed in the Com- 
pnnion avd Visitor, that a report is iu 
circulation in some localities in the East, 
that the people of Kansas are ;• peculating 
through the destitution among them, off 
of the Eastern t>eople ; that is, that con» 
tributions for the needy are so urgently 
solicited, that more is being secured than 
their crops would have amounted to had 
they been ordinarily good. 

We think our Kansas brethren should 
be apprised of this matter, so that they 
be fully prepared to show their innocence 
of said matter as reported, should any 
thing of the kind ever become necessary 
to sustain the good name of the brethren. 
This we feel is a very important consider- 
ation, and one, we trust, which the Kan- 
sas brethren have not overlooked ; and 
we further suggest, inasmuch as the 
brethren distribute donations also to those 
who are not members, but are needy, 
that the appeals for help should not be 
entirely confined to those of our brethren 
in the east, as there are those who are 
not members with us that would contrib- 
ute to the relief of the destitute in the 
West, if they were included in soliciting 
such contributions. To confine soliciting 
means to the brethren, for all the needy 
living among the destitute Western 
brethren, would certainly tax them pretty 
heavily. The liberality of the brethren, 
with which they have responded to their 
destitute Western brethren, is praise- 
worthy. May moderation characterize 
the needy, who are receiving this liber- 
ality of the brethren so that in good con- 
science brotherly love may continue. 
John Harshey, 
Sam'l S. Mohler, 
Fred. Colp. 
Cornelia, HJissoiirL 



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A Request. 

Companion Office, ) 
January 11, 1874. ) 

Dear Brithrcn : — 

Allow me to luaUe this 
requesit of you, viz : Do not acknowiedjio 
the receipt ol' aioriey and supi>lie.s_llirouf?h 
tlie ('am pan ion and i'isitnr / Vou have 
little idea what, an amount of extra print- 
ing and work this makes ibr brother 
Quinter; and the space thus occui'ied 
can be tilled with matter and articles liiat 
will do more lor the advancement of the 
relief cau.-e. Do not a>k him for t.pacc 
for these public acknowlcdgenients. Ac 
hnoidcdge eveiy contrihutlon atrijally to 
the donor, and publish only such things 
as are of especial interest, or seem from 
peculiar circumstances to demand it. 

The churches everywhere I request to 
appoint soliciting committees in every 
congregation, and instruct them to vi^it 
personally members, neighbors, friends, 
everybody. Take contributions of any- 
thing that will do to eat or wear. Send 
clothing and money to Fulls Oily, Ne 
braska, as directed in No. 1 of the cur 
rent volume. Kastera cliurchcs should 
sell grain and heavy, bulky contributions, 
and send the money. 

1 make the following extract from a lale 
circular is-ued liom Topel<a, Kansas: 
"iSuppIics to paiticular localities, must be 
Bcut iu care of Yi. iS. Stover. Goods so 
consigned, will be transported over all the 
principal railroads of the country lice." 
Therefore, all goods shipi)ed to C. L. 
Keim, Falls City, Nebra.-ka, should be 
sent in care of E. S. Stover. 

jjct me call especial atteniion to broth- 
er Fiizwater's communicaiion, in No. I 
of current volume, from PLeenixvilic, 
Penn'a. He says, tlicij pnn/o.sc inoutldy 
CQuln'l/ulKjns. An excellent, idea! For 
it should be remembered that aid must 
be continued until we can raise our next 
crop. iMuch has been done ; much 
luorc is to do. Keep the good worU 
going UD I 

Fraternally yours, 

Jawks L. SWIT/KR, 
Brethren's Agent. 



Deckmuer Gth, 1874. 
Brother James : — 

To you and to the readers 
of the Compuuion and Visitor, I send 

Jrecting, through the giacc ol our Lord 
esus Christ, the Protect cu' of our lives, 
Preserver of our souls and lledeemer ol' 
our spirits. 

I will give you a little church news 
from the 3lontgomery Church, Indiana 
county, Pennsylvania ; and also u lew 
thoughts. 

The Holy Spirit was at work with us 
to day, and found his way and place into 
the hearts of two penitents that were 
baptized, or buried in the watery grave. 
Seven have been added to our ciiurch by 
baptism sitice last June, and one restored. 



May the jilorious gospel light so shire in 
the hearts of our brethren that restora- 
tion will be a total stranger among us, 
not being needed. 

We feel to rejoice with the angels of 
God, that the gospel ship is still moving 
Zionward, steadily. Perhaps soon she 
will land in the harbor, by the sunny 
banks of deliverance, with many passen- 
gers. O sinner, where are youV This 
ship is not like the one Jonah took pas- 
:^age on. None but the righteous will be 
carried to that point. Sinner, for>ake 
your sins, and get on board, for this may 
be her last trip to you ! The first oppor- 
tunity is always preferable ; the second is 
a waste of time. 

On the 2nd of December we were sur- 
jirised, and agreeably too, by brother Jos- 
Ijcrkey, one of our evangelists, returning 
homeward from his field of laboi-. He is 
the fellow laborer of brother J. W. Beer, 
of whom we have heard since he is in his 
mission labors. 

My dear brethren, I hope we have not 
been slack concerning prayer, which hath 
been so earnestly solicited by them. Let 
us pray to our God, that much good may 
be done through their efforts. May God 
grant them many souls for their labor, 
and a honje in heaven with all the sanc- 
tified, is the prayer of God's children. 

Brethren, pray for the missionary 
cause ; pay to the missionary cause ", 
send in your dollars lor the cause, or 
your twenty five cents, or your dimes, 
that you can sonsistcntly [lay to so noble 
an institution ; then the J>ord will answer 
our prayers, and the work will prosper. 

Brethren, let us pray for one another ; 
let us remember our starving Brethren in 
the West ; let us minister to their tem- 
poral wants ; then the good Lord will 
hear our prayers, and grant an answer of 
peace to our souls, and the suffering will 
be made to rtjoice. The apostle James 
illustrates this subject more fully. 
Fraternally yours, 

I'ETEa Beer. 

Dcclcers Point, Pa. 



January 5th, 1874. 

Brother James : 

By request of my brethren 
and sisters, I will send you a little church 
news for publication. 

I left home on the 2.5t.h of December, 
it being Christmas day, which was a day 
of great pleasure and enjoyment to soiue, 
but not so much so to me, a.« my 
thoughts were somewhat divided, partly 
with my fiimily which 1 had left behind, 
and partly at the place where I was going. 
Many thoughts passed through my mind 
while on the way to the station, thinking 
how others were enjoying theu)selves witli 
their faiuilies, etc., but with the i bought 
that we were called, and that we must 
go, I went on to Oakland, wiierc I staid 
over night with brother Franklin Nair. 
Next morning 1 took the y:21 train for 
place of meeting. 



I arrived at Nuzum's Mill same day at 
12:3U, and was met by brother Welslcy, 
who took U)e to his home and kindly en- 
teitained me. After dinner we went to 
the place of meeting, for evening service. 
Here we met brethren Z. Annon, J. W. 
Provancc and L Ball. 1 formed my first 
aequ.-iintance with brother Provanee afc 
this meeting; with the other two breth- 
ren I liad had former aequaintanco. We 
labored together for Christ's cau-e from 
Sattirdry the -6ih until Wednesday the 
liOth of December. During this time we 
held eight meetings. There were three 
applicants, two of whom were immersed 
in the mouth of a stream emptying into 
the Valley River. 

During this series of meetings the 
weather was very disagreeable, neverthe- 
less the meetings were well attended, and 
very good order and attention were prom 
inent features ihroughoul the entire 
time, which gladdened (>ur licarts very 
much. We believe many were made to 
fool that it was good to wait upon the 
Lord. We ho))e the fruits of this meet- 
ing v.ill be realized in the biighr morn of 
the first resurrec;ion. \Ve believe the 
Lord has begun a good woik in this place, 
and may the prayers of all (jod's people 
ascend the hill of the Lord in behall' of it, 
that the L'Ood work may be carried on to 
the uttermost. 

On the 30th, at two o'clock p. m., I 
took the train for Oaklat-d. and airived 
tlicie at hix o'ch^ek that cvmiiig. I staid 
all night with IMr. Siuain Fike. Next 
morning T walked twelve miles to my 
home, and upon my arrival there found 
all well, for which we tliaiik the Jjord. 
We owe our best th.niks to the breihreu 
and sisters and kind friends, who have 
treated us so very kindly during the 
meeting. We hope the Lord will bh'ss 
them, and all oisr labors to^'ether, and 
keep us bound together with cords (f 
love, and at la.st bring us to eternal hap- 
piness and glory. 

Fraternally yours, 

Aaron Fike. 

January lOtli, J 874. 

Brother Quinter : ^ 

By request of some of 
my dearly beloved brethren, 1 herewith 
send you the following items. They arc 
correct to the best of my knowledge and 
belief. 

During tiie fall months of September 
and C)etoDer, I, in comiiany witli brother 
J. J\L Johnson and brother K. lUed, paid 
a visit of love to the Brethren of Arm> 
strong county, Pennsylvania, called by 
those congretrations to be present at their 
lovefeasts. Of the three bodies visited, 
oidy two held lovefeasts. But we spent 
about three weeks, i)reaching mostly 
night and day. 

At Cowanshannock we labored the 
more earnstly, and, we think, the most 
inces.sently. Here the order and atten- 
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clement and roads very muddy, yet the 
love gained advantage ground. Hcie an 
election was held for a choice of two 
deacons. It resulted in naming brother 
Samuel and brother Joseph Wilt to that 
important trust. They being so minded 
to obey the gospel, it but indicated that 
those brethren have among themselves 
fruits which can "be known of God," 
that his calls arc by his children both 
heaid and appointed. Brother Samuel's 
lady was then holding credentials within 
the Presbyterian ordei-. However none 
the less did the Lord call her among us 
to do his holy will — having opened her 
heart he filled it with filial fear to the 
end that .she should have eternal life. 
On the second Saturday she voluniecred 
to carry the cross, and brother llobcrt 
Whitacre knows whereof she coiifossed, 
and unto whom she is covenanted. Sis 
ter Isabella, does not the "light of Jesn-; 
now fully shine in your heart to the full 
a.ssurance of faith" ? 

At Plum Creek the Brethren were in 
harmony and we had a good, orderly 
feast ; three sisters were here baptized. 
ILre too the effort of brother Lewis 
Kimmel, a warm advocate of normal 
training among our young Brethren. 
Brother Lewis labors to promote a prac- 
tical education, above the cknientary 
grade of infant classes, in orthography 
and advancing into higher mathematics, 
and lessons in the earlier and riper text- 
uals of the classic grammars and readers. 
We did not have the pleasure of their 
ct!tertainme'. t as appointments were at 
our hands to preach the go.-pel when so 
called. However, we think, had we boon 
present ai, the entertainment, we could 
iiave had but a feeble idea of the pupils' 
j)rogress, not knowing his advancement 
at the commencement. Those desiring 
the benefit of such a school, should not 
fail to communicate with the Principal, 
Lewis Kimmell, Eldcrton, Armstrong 
county, Pennsylvania, 

At father Beer's the attention and 
order was Christian-like. At Red Bank 
we had, we think, edifying meetings. 
Two were baptized. But as we spoke 
somewhat about the abuses of the primi- 
tive order of apostolical baptism, and the 
current customs and usages of these lat- 
ter days, it gave rise to some dissatisfac- 
tion among a few, that worship God with 
a different mind from us. We endeav- 
ored to preach the importance of the 
sameness of gospel command and ordi- 
nances now as then , the power to bless 
and comfort now as then. In this we 
tried to bo plain and intelligible. How 
far we have succeeded, God only knows 
best. 

An article in the National Baptist, ap- 
peared giving a history of us as a people 
and of the sermon of this Tunker preach- 
er. In said article we were credited with 
tenets, usages and teachings, such as we 
might consider as both good and evil. 
The reflections made against ourself were 
contradictory and confusing. These 



things having come to my knowledge I 
felt it my duty to visit those Brethren, 
and their neighbors of other persuasions, 
and trace up the origin of the article re- 
flecting ill-credit upon us. Accordingly 
we visited them on Saturday, the 2()th. 
Found thciu enjoying good health and on 
interchanging views with the author of 
the article, found that he had never be-> 
come acquainted with our people except 
from books ai/d heaisay, or as impressions 
gained upoti him. With this as a basis, 
he agreed to publish another article, as a 
correction, with our approval. From this 
we tried to preach ;i number of discourses 
upon points calculated to awaken inquiry 
with us all. Two wore baptized in this 
last visit. The church here has no 
preacher elect, and should have one by 
all means. 

At Gla'le llun we preached mostly day 
and night for eleven d-jys, and baptized 
six souls. These last six, with the thir- 
teen a month before, gives an increase of 
nineteen members to this beloved body. 
Thus we see the necessity, brethren, of 
more vigilance, labor and sympathy 
among our brethren, and also among the 
unconverted. Let us all do our part no- 
bly. To all the brethren in the above 
named churches, I would say, you have my 
prayers and sympathy, as well as humble 
thanks. 

Yours in Jesus name, 

Jos. I. Cover. 



Notes ot Trav**!. 

January 12, 1875. 

Dear Editor: — 

On the 21st of December, 
in company with brother Michael Cline, 
I left home on a mission of love to the 
brethren in Boulder county. About 
noon on the 23rd, arrived at Greeley. 
Had expected to preach here, but all the 
church houses were being fitted up fjr 
Christmas, with evergreens, Christmas 
trees, and the necessary accompaniments 
preparatory to show, were used in an 
abundant manner, — revelry, feasting and 
pious (?) gambling, was the rule ; devo- 
tional service, the exception ! Truly, 
popular religion is hugging the world 
close! Oyster sujipers twice a week in 
some churches ; baked beans and pork a 
speciality in others ! All to raise funds 
to pay the trumpeter, and adorn the 
"Temple of Diana." 

On the 24th, we traveled all day arriv- 
ing, at night, at brother I'atlerson's, near 
Longmont. Next day, Christmas, com 
menced a series of meetings at the Stone 
school-house, on St. Vrain. Had full 
bouses, and the best of attention paid to 
the word preached- Sunday morning, 
the 27th, solemnized the rites of matri- 
mony between brother and sister Pye's 
daughter, Tabilha E., and Wm. McDon- 
ald. Monday morning, in company with 
brother Turner and family, went into the 
mountains — distance sixteen miles — to 



the town of Sunshine, situated in one of 
the most flourishing gold mining districts 
known in Colorado. .Arriving at brother 
Turner's home, we were very agreeably 
entertained. 

On the following mortiing we set out 
to spend the day prosjiec tmg, and take a 
look at the extensive quanz mills now in 
course of erection. We also interviewed 
the town which is but four months old, 
and has near one hundred houses ; and 
buildings going up daily. The ls,t day of 
January, 1874, tiie first discoveries were 
made at this place. There are some 
rich mines already ojien, and quite an 
excitement exists. There arc fortunes 
there for some, but it is like a lottery, 
there are many blanks ; and to get the 
shiny ore, the love of which is the root of 
all evil. It takes work — hard work to get 
it out of the flinty quartz. Many will do 
belter to get gold out of the rich soil by 
the farmer's process, than to come to the 
"gold diggings" to get it. 

On the 30ih, we came down out of the 
"hill country" into the beautiful plane. 
At night had another meeting with the 
brethren and friends, making six meet- 
ings at that point. The prospects are 
encouraging. A resident minister is 
much needed in that locality. An efl5>- 
cient brother \fi that capacity could, I 
think, soon have quite a church there. 
Who of the many in the East will say, I 
will go and cast my lot there, and work 
for tlie welfare of Zion. it is a beautiful 
locality ; land is rich, and yet cheap ; 
water, pure and healthy, is abundant ; 
timber, for fuel and fencing, i)lenty, and 
free to all in the foot hills near by. The 
scenery is grand, and the climate healthy. 
Farms for rent, can be had on easy terms. 
Mills, stores, etc , and excellent schooK 
houses conveniciit. Society in the main 
good. 

On the last day of 1874, came to Gree- 
ley and spent iS'ew Year's day in town. 
January 2nd, spent in thecity of Denver. 
But few cities in the West are improving 
as rapidly as this city of the plains. 
Quite a number of brick is moulded 
every month at the mint, that are worth 
from fifteen to twenty thousand dollars 
each 1 They are of pure gold. In this 
state the precious metal is shipjied east. 
Efl'orts are being made to have a coining 
mint established in Denver. Up to Jan- 
uary 4th we had an unusually tine winter. 
Monday, the 4lli inst., it commenced 
snowing, and turned cold. We started 
for home on tlie oth, but the weather 
was so severe we only traveled twelve 
aiiles and put up at a ranch, where we 
were lucky in finding good quarters. A 
blazing log tire, in a huge chimney, made 
us think of our boyliood days, and under 
the circumstances was enjoyable indeed. 
Oav host has been a settler in Colorado 
for thirty-six years ; is a man of more 
than ordinary intelligeiice, is wealtliy 
and, of course, respected ! notwithstaud-i 
ing he has two Indian squaws for wives 
and a large lamily of half "injins." He 



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told us many aJ ventures of early frontier 
lile. He was frequently with the noted 
Kit Carion, also with General Fremont, 
acting at time:^ as/iuide fur ti:eui. 

The next morning l>i.iiiji clear and more 
favorable, we pursued our jouinej-, also 
tiie day i'oliowing, putting u|' at nitrl'.l at 
"\S'ild Cat Ranch." Duriij.i; the night 
it began storuiip.t; again. We lay over 
all next day. Tiie ranch we sftopped at, 
is a block ranch, owned by iMr. liiff, the 
cattle king of the plains, lie has some 
eight or ten lil<e ranches, where his 
herders stay, and at which points his 
cattle are gathered up in the spring to 
brand them. He dues not make any 
provision whatever for .i-heiter or feed in 
the winter for his stock. Ho has i)rub- 
ably over twenty tliousand iiead. Last 
year he siiipped over two hundred thous- 
and dollars wortii of cattle, and had an 
increase irom his own herds of over lour 
thousand calves. 

On January Qth, we arrived at home 
and found ail well, for vthh-h we feel 
grateful to the giver of all good. Wo 
are now at this date having some severe 
weather for this country. We have been 
thinking of the district where the grass- 
hoppers destroyed the crops, and lear 
there will be suffering, botli with iho 
people and stock, yet we houe the hand 
oi' charity has done her duty, and of the 
abundance of the East those districts 
may have enough. it is a sad thing to 
think any of our fellow-being-;, especially 
those of the same family, spintualh, 
should suffer for the neeosaries of life, 
when we think of the thousands of dollars 
Bj)ent to no good use in many places. 
How can we spend to the satisfying of 
our carnal desires, or at the mart (A' 
I'ushion and folly — open our purees in such 
waslefullno.'^s, when we hear in our ears 
the cry for bread and lait-jcnt coming 
Irom our fellows in the West, or even 
other places? 

To our brethren who were so consider- 
atu as to think of us and make iii(|uiry 
as to our wellaie, and made overtuies of 
assistance, we will take occa-ion here to 
thank them and to say we have been so 
blessed by the hand of God, as to have 
enough, and have no special ajjpeals to 
Hiake in behalf of the church hero, other 
than for offeiings to God in jirayer for 
our spiritual guod. It does not cost dol- 
lars and cents to subseribo to such an 
appeal, hence we don't want to be Ibr- 
gotten. 

We have been visited during the last 
season by the grasshopper plague to a 
considerable extent, yet L'ulorado has 
enough and to spare. We are not as 
liable to be umler the necessity ot' calling 
for assistance in the event of the I'ailu.e 
of crops, as some other sections. From 
tiic fact agriculture is no;, our mail; de- 
peniientc. Our stock in'erest is gieater 
than the farming, and is iiKicpetuient uf 
it. So is (jur mining interest. Thcrc- 
Ibrc if the grassiieppcrs take all our 
crops, our cattle "of a ih'iusimd hills," 



■ and minerals will be left, for "hoppers" 

I can't eao them. As to the drouth, we 

I have no fears in that direction, as our 

crops are not dependant on rain ; we get 

! abundant irops without it. W'hilo we 

have nothing to boast of, we arc satisfied 

"we are what we are," and arc where we 

are. We are conscious of the I'act, it is 

more imporiant huw we live than where 

wo live, and all we have is ot God and to 

him all praise and honor is due. 

J. a. Flouy. 
JSiiffulo, Colorado. 



Notice. 

At a meeting of our district, the peo- 
ple and iJrethren appointed me as Treas> 
urer. All donations and moneys should 
be sent to me, at Bunker Hill, llussell 
county, Kansas, in place of Alfred 
Scowell. We will be very thankful for 
all cionations, and wiil acknowledge by 
receipt and through the Voinpaiiioa and 
Visitor. 

Wm. B. HlMES. 



Auuoaucemeuls. 



District Mec;tings 



The District Meeihig for tlie Northern 
D. strict of Iowa aud Miuuesota, will b« held 
ou Friday, the 19th day of Kel)iuary, in ihe 
Coldv.alti' (Jhuich, Iowa. (iieone. (prot)- 
al)ly ou the Cedar Falls and Miuue.sola 
Braaoh of the Central ll.iooi;) Itainoad,] is 
ihe ncare.-;t station, and is but a fchoit uis- 
tance Iioia the place of meeting Au iiivi- 
taliou is exieudeu to ali who wish to meet 
with us, an 1 especially to tliose in the di=- 
liiel. Ii io veiy de.-iraljle lo have a full lep- 
roseuiatioTi of lh';ehnreh s of ihe di-trict, so 
that, business Ijefore the meeliug may be 
disposed of sat fcfaetorily to a'l. 

John F. Eikekbekkt. 

The District Meeting for the Northern 
Ui tiieiol .viisoi>aii, will be held in ihe Ham- 
iKou coagnji(.iliou, Caldwell county, .Mis- 
eoiiri, oa l-ue 19. h day of April Urxt, at ilie 
Mill Creek t-Cijojl-house. three and oue-ha.l 
luiles west from Hamiltou and four la.les 
southea t of liidder. Those toiiiiug by 
railroad will slop oil" at Hamilt 'U. Di,legaleB 
are ri quested to be in the cougregation oa 
ihe iStU, as there will be preaching iu the 
morning and evening of the 18lh, aud coun- 
cil meeting «i,l begin at 9 a. ni. O'l the I9lii. 
A geueial lepresouiatiou is desired. 

(tEokoe WiTweu. 



MARRIED. 

By the undcrsigued, at the residence of 
the bride's j^areiiis, ou the 4ih day of Janu- 
ary, S75, in the city of I'lru, Indi ua, Dav- 
id l)E HV aud Kehbcca Rey.meu. 

John P. W lf. 

On the 81 St of December, at the residence 
of the bride's parents, Mr. Jacob A. Faist 
an 1 Jennie 8. HocK, both of Roxbury, 
I'm a 'a. 

Al^o, o;) the 12th iust , at the residence of 
elder Jacob Keinhoid, Lancaster Ciiy, Mr. 
O. 11. Nao/.e and Hansaii Anna liEiNnoi.u, 
of Lancustir City. 

I. F. ,/>i,I,EN. 



By the undersigned, at hi^ residence, Jan- 
waiy 13;h, 187.5 .Mr. John N. Flake and 
Miss .Mauv a. Su.livan, bota of Fulioa 
county, lUinoif. 

A1.<o, by the tnderpigned, at the residence 
of the bride's patents, Mr. John Ekfiand 
and Miss Ph<ebe A. (..ook, both ct Fulton 
coauty, Illinois. 

SakuiilTksnis. 

By the undersigned, at the nsidenco 
of the bride's mother, on the 23ud 
of D eeinber, 1874 Mr. (^eokge Cuawi'okd 
and Miss AmaNDA Metkus, both of Ai-hlaud 
county, Oh^o. 

Also, bt my re idecce, December 27ih, 
1874, Mr. Levi Ahtz, of Ne-brasKa, and sis- 
ter .\Iauy liiLUEFNEH, of Ashiand county, 
Ohio. 

Also, at my residence, December 27th, 
1874, Mr. Lemon V\ eidleu aud Miss El- 
MiuA Meyeks, bo.h of Ashland county, 
Ohio 

D. N. Workman. 

On the 29;h ot December, 1874, in Ui'per 
Cauawa:;o church, Adams couuiy, Peiiu'a, 
Mr. M cuABi. T. BuKJBT and Miss Liz/Iie, 
youngest daughter of brother John Brough. 
Petek B. Kauffman. 

By the undersigned, at his residence, Jan- 
uary a.'ith, 187), Mr. Jac>ii Kindsisoir, of 
Summit township, and Miss Lyuia Hand- 
WEUK. of Elklick towush;p, both of Soin.-r- 
Bct county, Pecu'a. 

JOBL GNAGV. 



UIKU. 

We admit no poetry umler any circumsum 
CC8 in connection with Obituary Notices. We 
wish lo use all r.like, mid we could not insert 
versus Willi all. 



In the Mahoning church. .Mahoning Co., 
OhiO: D cember 25th, 1S72, sister CiAKAa, 
wife o! brother Henry OsUoru, aj;3d 59y.s., 
7 inoaths and 23 riajs. Funeral occasioa 
improved from Heb. 13:14. 

Also, in the same church, at Columbiana, 
Jauuiiy r<J, 1874, elder IIbnuv Klutz, aged 
77 yea s, 5 months and i-l days. Funeral 
services from ReV. 14:12,13, by brethreu C. 
Kahler, M. Wearer and L. Glass. 

Also, in Leetouia, Columbiana county, 
Ohi;> February II. 1874, John Stiveu, agJd 
86 years, ."j months aud 12 days. Fuiieitl 
serviv'us by brethren J B- Shoemaker aud 
M. Weaver, tiom John 5:2.i-29. 

Also, in the name chu-ch, in Cjlumbiana 
county, OSiio, March 16 h, si-ter Sauah, 
daughter of brothe Jacoti ijongeuerkcr,agid 
33 years, 10 months and 17 days. Funeral 
services liom 2jd Co iulhia.is 6:1, by the 
writer. 

Also, in the same church, .Mr.honing Co., 
Ohio, (Je!,()ber 16, lister Catii.iuine widow 
of brother Jacob Sumniur, uecM, a^ed 73 
yeais, 11 months an i 1 day. Fuueial ser- 
vices by el :.T M. Weaver and Ihe writer, 
from Phil. 1:21. 

Jacob N. Klutz. 

In Huron county, Ohio, DecemSer 12th, 
Charles A., inf.ni soi/ of, bro;her William 
aud si.^ler .\Iaggre .Hiogle, aged 1 year, 6 
iLonths aiid 27 days. Funeral discourse by 
the undeibigued, fioiu Malt- 18:3 

S. A. Walkeu. 

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county, Pfontz's Valley, Penn'a, January Maut Ellhn McEsTiiia, dauifbler of broth- 
13lh, 1875, Ll'BSTHA S. Bihm)T, dnUsjhter er and eislur Ecker, aged 21 years and 10 
of bioihrr Daiiul aud sister Brandt, aged months. 
6 years, 7 mouvhs and 11 days. Funeral! She unitPd with the Lutheran Church in 



services by the Brethren. 



Isaac Barto. 



In Sandyrille, TuBcarawas conereKation, 
on the 25th of Decem'^er, William Hknuy, 1 
eon of John and Mary Lebold, aged 10 uios. , 
and a days. Funeral occaf^ion improved by ' 
the Brethren, from the Ps. 103:15 i 

COSKAD KADLER. 

In Upper Cauawago congregation Penn'a, ' 
brother Samuel HoLLiNGKK, aged 5t>ycai8, 
7 months aud 15 days. j 

The deceased was for a cumber of years a ; 

very ifficient and much beloved deacon in | 

the church. i.ift a widow and three chil- i 

dren (all members) to mourn ihtir loss. j 

Susan B- Gitt. i 

In the Indian Creek branch, Westmore- 
land county, Pcun'u, on the 15th of Decern- j 
her, brother Jacod Myers, aged 63 yeais, j 
5 months and lU days. 

His disease Wrs giavil. Funeral services 
on the iGih, in the borough ot Ligonier, in 
the Methodist church, by the wiiter, assist d 
by ReV. Lieonard, Methodist, to a large con- 
course of people. Teit, St. John's Go. pel 
11 chap, part ol 25i.h veise. 

U. D n.'RNBB. 

At Burr Oak, Jewell county, Kansas, Nov. 
6th, Millard, son of bmttier Allen and 
Bister Mary Ives, aged 5 years, lacking two 
mouths and two days. Funeral diceourse 
by the writer, from the words, 
«:Be ye thereforvs also ready." 

C. FORNKY. 

[ AJf/rim pi ase copy.] 

In the Otter Creek congregation, Macou- 
pin county, Illinois, depaited tiiis life Janu- 
ary IsL, lb75, brother Geokge buuLL, aged 
37 years and 6 months. 

Disease, iullaiuraatary rheumatism. Bro 
Shull leaves a wife, chiidien and many 
friends to mourn bis departure Fuutral 
occasion iujproved by the Brethren, from 
John 7:17. 

Geo. W. Mathias. 

In Sac county, Iowa, of typh )id fever and 
congestion of the lungs, Sidney Bartlet, 
6on-in-law of John and Elizab-,th Gable, 
aged about 24 years. 

He I aJ been married only three monlhs, 
Funeral service by a Free-VVill-Baptist min- 
ister, to many fnem'.s. 

E. Gable. 

Near Berkley's Mills, Somerset county, 
Penn'a, Janumy 11th, Nettie Lula, daugh- 
ter of Samuel S. ard Henrietta Bittntr, aged 
8 months and 6 days, i uneral services by 
the editor. 

In the Middlecreek congregation, Somer- 
set county, Penn'a, on the 2Lst of August, 
at her sou's, sister Polly Lindaman, aged 
73 years and about 3 months. Funeral ser- 
vices on the 2and, at Kingwood, bi' brother 
Josiah Berkley aud ihe writer. Text, Kev. 
14:13. A. F. Snyder. 

In the Somerset district, Wabash county, 
Indiana, December 23rd, brolhtr D. Daily, 
of lung fever, aged about -10 years. 

Brother Daily has been subject to fits the 
greater pait of his life. He leaves a wife 
and five children to mourn his loss. Funeral 
services by the Brethren, from Is. 40:29;30. 

H. K. MiNNICK. 

In the Mohicon congregation, Rousburg, 
.^Bhland county, Ohio, December 10th, 1874, 



the vtar 1870 and lived a consistent and ex- 
emplary m-'mber of the same until her death. 
Her husband who is a member of the same 
church is left to mourn his loss. Funeral 
services by the Rev. Brown of the I^uberau 
faith, assited by the writer, from Isai.ih 
40:6,7 8. 

Also, in the Danville congrccation, Knox 
county, Oh^o October ■.4lh, Hannah Fau- 
cet, wife of J. M. Faucet ard daugh'er of 
brother John and sister Workman, aged 34 
years, 11 months and 25 days. 

She was married January 14th. 1858, and 

we are glad to say proved herself a faithful 

companion snd aflectionate mother. S e 

I l.aves a kind husband and six children, tin- 

\ oldest of whom is fourtcn and the youaest 

one year ol.l , to lament her departure. 

i While in her last illness she turned to God 

I in repentance aud resolved to unite with 

i the Brethren if her life was spared to do so, 

i but God saw Bt in his infinite wisdom to 

, direct otherwise. A few days previous to 

her death she trave her babe to her sister and 

j requested tie writer to preach her funeral 

discourse ; also, to be dres ed in a plain 

shioud, as her mother had been a fesv 

months previous, ai^d to bi3 bmled by the 

side of her chiM that had crossed the cold 

river of death heforf her. Funeral set vices 

by the writer, from Heb. 2:3 

D. N. Workman. 



T 1ST OF MONEYS RKCEIVEI) for 
Jj SUBSCRIPTION, BOOKS, etc., 

Wm Domer 3 50; Jno Billhart 3 20; E 
Henry 1 8 ; J S S.ntsman 8 00; Mark .Min- 

I ser 75; Joel Shively 5 9^; Geo Studc baker 
4 55; J S Newcomer 4 80; I L uster 3 40; 
8 Y Souder 3 20; Hannah H hbs 1 70; E P 
Peflly 7 20; C Newcomer 7 20; Jr.o HoUiuger 
1 45; G Albright 3 40; L P Keim 4 80; J S 

; McFadden 1 50; Jo.^ Schinactenbersrcr 1 00; 

1 M .M Eahelman 1 6 ; J H Ehersole 19 20; 

' Jno Rover 1 60; J S Shirk I 60; A W Ment- 
yer 5 76; P Sheilenber^er 2 35; A Hoi inger 
20; Joel Flo y 2 25; Jacob Ehcrly 12 70; 
Beuj Benshotr 15 50; Miss S A Mort 1 7U: a 

; Spicber t 00; S A Garber 4 80; J Fitz 1 50; 
B Witwer 1 60; Grabill Meyers 1 70; S i' 
Frame 1 70; E i 'rowel 1 60; S Mattes 2 10; 
John Shiiver 28 96; A Summy 2 45; D 
Stump 1 50; W H Lichty 50 00; E Oxley 
1 80; W Diivis 90; Jno Neff 3 3li; L Andes 
12 10; W G Nninger 3 40; I G Royer 8 70; 
J H Ownby 2 00; F K Cine 1 60; J W Hitt 
1 60; A F.iond 1 60; J Barrell 1 60; M Ling- 
eufelter 8 70; J Weaver 1 70; W K Simmons 
1 60; S Ryraan 3 00; B P Miller 1 70; Geo 
Fishbaucher I 5 ; D L Miller 16 40; Sarah 
Armstrong 1 60; Nancy Seymour 1 60; W 
A Pecht 1 70; H M Miller 3 25; S 8 U;lery 
3 20; P H'^rden 3 20; G R Kistler 3 00; E A 
Brenner 1 50; J W Em" erl 1 60; A. J Stir- 
ling 1 60; M G Cline 1 7 ; K Walters 1 GO; 
Eiiz Plank 1 60; C Bucher 8 16; J M Harsh- 
be.ger 4 80; S D Keyser 1 60; Daniel Renner 

I 70; D H Replogle 3 20; D Wysong 8 64; 
J Kittenhoi.se 12 80; P Keich 1 60; H J 
Hauger 33 00; J Bahr S'OO; J Holder 3 30; 
Cath l,oi>g 2 00; J Y Heckler 38; C Hoover 

II 70; M -Vl Reed 1 60; ID Huntsberger 
3 20; Sarah Northup 1 70; Chiistie Ann 
Royer 1 25; J S UUerv 1 60; H S Kiser 1 00; 
S Smith ::5; E C. Pecker 1 60; .M Zigier 
1 60; P Shade 1 60; L H Flack 1 60; Wm 
A Smith 1 60; W H Reed 1 50; J S Yoder 



75; Jos Fisey 80; Wm Merrill 1 75; J P Eb- 
ersole 1 00; S A Walker 20; S Geib 1 60; A 
K iw 1 GO; J A Byer 1 70; \i Leer 6 95; J W 
Tucker 35; M H Shiv. r 8 70; H Gibble 75; 
M S Urice I 60; J R Denlinsrer 32 00; S H 
CaNlor 10 25; G W Maihias 4 80: A G Koim 
1 5 .; J R Uilery 2 00; Jno (- Bucher 4 80, 
J C Lehman I 5 ; J L .Vlyeis 1 60; O Shu- 
maker 1 60; C Wolfe 1 6 •; S Thomas 1 60; 
J Y Koeny3 85;.I (Jris-o 3 30;M A Knnppl 60 
D R Kline I 90; E L F«hnestock 3 90; Sarah 
M Langdon 1 50; Jos ElUnbertrer 4 80; 
Frank Holsii ger 1 7ii; P R Wrights iiau 
3 00; Ruth Smtsman 1 50; A O Diehl 1 60- 
J P Rei lOL'le 4 35; W II R nner IS 85; 8 B 
Shirkcv 4 70; J R EllenberL'er 6 00; J M 
Miller 25 00; P Beer 20; P Hoffert 6 40; A 
Phc-il 4 80; vv H R n .er 1 40; Jno Snider 

9 00; D H Sell 1 60; L Lichty I 60; G Sala 

10 00; C Bi'k 1 50; J P Ebersole 1 60: Hen- 
ly Kellar 5 90; Abner Fidler 1 60; D E Bru- 
baker 4 80; Jacob Deardorff 1 60; C Myers 
3 20; M H Saiith 4 .50; Sam'l Ridenour 1 70; 
D M 8nav. ly 1 50; R C Holl 1 GO; Jno Gar- 
ber 3 iO; Jos Stifier 3 3 ; J B Shoemaker 

3 20; D 8 T Bmlerbauich 1 60; T ? Iraler 
1 87; D G Varner 20; J Mohler 5 13; D N 
Drcter 3 50; I H Crist 3 10; H Swadely 

4 80; J 1 Cover 1 50; W R D>'eter 1 50; H 
ReplOile 15 ; J K Reiner 3 50; H B Bium- 
baueh 4 45; Jno Evert 4 8'; A Bender 1 60; 
Jac Lehman 17 60; J F Hess 3 50; E Brooks 
3 30; A Pheil 8 00; C Sheller 1 60; S D 
Faulkender 5 13; H Clapper 8 00; CM 
Whitmer 6 40; D Liaderaalb I 60; Z Leath- 
erman 3 00; S Goehnour 1 60; G W Mathias 
31 20: S Sheller 37 86; Mich Bollinger 1 60; 
C Heise 10 50; Jac Conner 40 00; D Goeh- 
nour 3 00; J Kiinmcl 1 60; J B Wampler 
7 35; 8 A Sisle: 10 00; D Garber 13 .50; E B 
Pluiue 7 0; H Slitzel 6 40. 



For All F^tmale <'oniplaiuts 

notliing equals Dr. Pierce's Favorite 
Prescription. It is a most powerful re- 
storative tonic, aL-o coiubiniiig the mosfc 
valuable nervine properties, especially 
adapting it to the wants of debilitated 
ladies sulFeiing from we:;k back, inward 
fever, conge.siiotj, inflammation or ulcer- 
atio!), or i'roiu nervousness, or neuralgic 
pains. Mr. G. W. Seymour, druggist, 
oF Canton, N. Y., writes D;'. Pierce as 
follows : "The dcnand for your Favorite 
Prescription is wonderful, ana ono man 
stated to me, that his wife i;ad riot dona 
a day's work iti tivo months, when she 
commenced taking your Pavorite Pre- 
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the third bottle, and is able to do her 
house-work alotie and milk fourteen cows 
I twice a day." Dr. Pierce's Favorite 
I Prescriptioti is sold by all dealers in medi- 
I ernes. 

I Ageitt!^ Wanted, 

To sell Buffalo R.jbes ou commission. For 
particulais address with stamp. 

J, S. FLORY, 
49 3ra. Buffalo, Weld Co., Colorado. 



Pure-Bred IJght Brahnias. 

Pea comb, true to feather, and cannot be 
excelled for size, etc. We will ship by ex- 
press to any one a cockerel and two pullets, 
for five (!|5.00) dollars. Address, 

S. Beard, 

35. Polo, Ills. 



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NEWSPAPER COMMENT 

UPON THE 

AMERICAN NEWSPAPER ADVERTISING 
AGENCY, 

CONnrCTEI) BY 

CSeorge P. Kowell »t l"o.. 

No. 41 Pakk Row, 

NEW YORK. 



As the proprielors of tlie (iist, and most 
extentive of these agencies in New Toik, 
they are wtU qualified to furnisli informa- 
tion. Tbc details of the work transacted by 
the agency, and the wiiy it is done, the per- 
fection of the arrauf^eiuiiits for fa''iliiatiiig 
the act of advertising by p.-lievi!:g llio adver- 
tiser of trou' le and expense, and bringing 
before hiin all the various mediums througl- 
out the country, with llie necessary knowl- 
edge pertaininjc to ih'ni, ar; given with a 
minuteness 'hat leaves nolliir.ir to be desired. 
All the jiarliculars rcsp' cling the character 
and position of a uew^^paper which an ia- 
teudiug adveitiser desires to know aic 
placed before him in the most conci-e form. 
—New York Times, June 7uU, 1S71. 

It is indeed no surprife that their hou.'c is 
80 prosperous, and that lliey are the leadinir 
advertising agents in the world. We would 
prefer, so far as we are coiicerned, to have a 
column or more of miscellaneous adveriise- 
ments from this firm, tli;ui to recive the 
eame amount made up of one direct from 
each house on their list. The corami^6io^ 
allowed is saved by losses, as they jiay 
every cent they eontr-'Ot for, and pay it 
promptly, and ihe ke'-| ir;g of one open ac- 
count with S'leh a firm is much jileasantur 
than with the thousand persons whom Ihey 
eend us adverlisements for. They do an 
touorat'le, legitimate business, on a • u.^iness 
basis, If publisliers, having d' alingR with 
them, want anything in iU> ir line. — and they 
supply everything fioin a spring bodUin lo a 
cylinder press, — typ s, inks and all, they li!l 
their orders pioniptly, at manufac.urers' 
prices, and we can say that we have reciived 
the best newspaper and book ink, tver fur- 
Bishcd us, and at a lower pi ice limn we ever 
bought for elsewhere. The ''Re;)nidita;i" 
has had dealin_'S with this huus-, for over 
six years, and in ell that iin)e, we never 
have had any reason lo comidain of our 
treatmtct. — .VIeriden (Conn.)Rep>,blicau. 

Arc, without doubt, tlie lea 'ing Advertis- 
ing Agents in '.he United States, ami. there- 
fore, of the woild. Th y have, by Uie free, 
literal and yet well di'C' led use of niouey, 
bn.li themselves up in ihe csteera of the 
leading i)ubl sheis a'd advertisers of the 
continent, and by an uiainial energy have 
Buccecded in perfecting in every detail a 
business that n.ore than anything else tills 
of the growth and impoiia'Tc of the news- 
paper business. — Memphis (Tcuu.) Ajipeal. 

Their business has g-own to be something 
enormous. Every i apor in :he country is 
on file at their oflice, and it is no uncom- 
mon thing for them to receive a mail of fif- 
teen or twen'.y bus>lielsof newspaper;. — Nor- 
walk, Couu., Gazette. 

Have comt letcly Bysterr.alized the busi- 
ness, and after fi. e years' expei ienee we can 
truthfully stati Ihat we find the Drm lo be 
prompt, courteous, fOmiKCT— Grayville, 
Ills., Independent. 

They can be rejied uj)OU in every way, be- 
ing worthy of Implicit conlideucc. — New Or- 
leans, La., I'rjce current. 



While advancing their own interests, od- 
vaneo also those of every publisher. — Sooth 
Bethlehem, Pa., Progress. 

The trustworthy business character and 
enterpiise is well reflected. — Utica, N. Y., 
Herald. 

Have completely systematized the busi- 
ness.— Grigg.«ville, Ills., Reflector. 



To Advertisers. 

All persons who contemplate making con- 
tracts with newspapers for th'! insertion of 
advertisements should send 25 cts. to 

GEO P. ROWELL & CO., 

No. 4' I'a k Row, N. Y., for their One Hni.- 
nitni) Pagd I'jMl'iiLBT, containing lists of 
SOOO newspapers and estimates, showing 
the cost of advertising. 
49-tf. 



TAS'E WOKn. 

The symptoms resultant from this para- 
site on the Hum;\'.i Organism are nuuierous. 
Dyspepsia, a u'nawing, griping sensalion of 
the bowel-; a defective craving^ voracious 
and depraved oi'petite; Indiiies'.ion; S^ur 
Stomach; Sioo's Fetid and mixed with slime 
end partially diiiested worms; Foul Hreath; 
Bad Taste in the Mouth, &c. Genehal 
SvMPTOMS : Trembling of the limbs; Nei- 
vons; PalpiUiiou of tlio Heart; Peevi-hncss; 
Disturbed Sleep; Nightraa e; Headache; 
Temiiorary iilindness; Insanity; Fits; Cold 
Feet; VV<ak Spells; Sallow 8l;i;i; Sunken 
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and complieaied with other Com] l^inls may 
result in Death. My treatment seldom 
fails to cu'i'. 

Send a full history of yfur case, giving 
name, asfe. and any prominent peculiaii- 
ties. If you w sh a coui»e of treatment, 
seud Ave rloll.irs ; if only advice, one dollar. 
Address Dr. U. M. Beaclily, Mcyersdale, 
Som'-rsci Co , Pa. Refer to Editors C. F. G. 
andG. V. 



WAIEK WIIEEIi! 

T II E " B E E R S " W H E E L 

Is grindii.g with less water than the over- 
shot. It is just improved and will use one- 
third le^s water Oiau any Iron wheel iu use 
and is cheaper end better. 
Seud lor a circular. 

J. L. Beers A Sons. 
Cocolnmas, Juniata, Co., Pa. 
BE-.in, Ganolek vt COOKK. 
Si lens Grove, Snyder Co., P». 



Yalniible Farm For Sale. 

A farm containing 108 acres in Westmore- 
land county, Penc'a, two an! one-half miles 
Kouth of Donegal on couniy line road. About 
85 aeies cleared and balance good timber. 
Has a good orcLard and also stone coal. 
The buildings are n good two story dwelling 
house with cellar under it, a large bank barn 
wiih all necessaiy outbuildings ; good spring 
and also a well near ihc house ; church not 
a quarter of a mile t.nd school house con- 
Viuient ; grist aud saw mills within one-half 
mile. 

For particulars or any information con- 
cerning the (artrr call on Tobias Meyers near 
Mineral Point, Kphraim Cover near Ucrlin, 
6t with ma on the farm. 

JouN K. Meters. 

21-lf. Donegal, Pa. 



THE ECLIt'NE. 




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Boilers, Saw-Mill», etc. 
For new descriptive catalogues, address 

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Exclusive territory given. A^^cnts more 
than double their money. Addi'ess, D t. 
CHA.-E'S STEAM PRINTING HOUSE 
ANN AUBO.<, MICH 
49 8m. 



IVou-Caii(t>riiiity to <lie tVorlfl, 

Or A Vindication of True Vital Puty. A 
book of 200 pages. Single copy, $1.00 ; per 
dozen, by express, 19 00. Address 

M. M. Esuelman, 
41-8ra. Lanark, Carroll Co., Ills 



THE CHILDREN'S PAPER. 



The Cuilmien's PAt ek is a neatly illus- 
trated ia;er for the young folks. The only 
paper for children published among the 
Brotherhood and the pioneer of its class. 
Only 2.5 e.nts per year. A beautiful Mat of 
Palest ne to agents for clubs. Specimen 
copies on receipt of stamp. Address, 
H. J. KiiiiTZ, 

2 tf. Pi.land, Mahonioig Co., 0. 



I'asMover au«3 Eurti's Kni>i»pr. 

Is the title of a new book, by J. W. Beeu. 
It contains a con? idetation of Time as u.^cd 
by the inspi cd wi iters ; the lypici I charac- 
ter of the Jewish Passover and its fiilUUment 
inChiist; the iustituiion, observance, and 
design ot the Lord's Supper. 

The woik contains 258 p.iges, and 
!■> neatly bound in flue English el th. 
Price, single copy, by mail, $1.(0; per 
dozen, by exjjrcss, $8.00. 

Address: J. \\. Beek, 
M'*.yersdale, 

35. Bomeiaet Co., Pa, 



C. F. C. Vol- XI 




G. V. Vol. XXV. 



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BY JAIKKS ni^lNTKU. 



"7/' ij( love me, keep my cor/mianf?mfw?s. "—Jesvs. 



At 91.60 Per Annum. 



fe. 



New Series. 



MEYEESDALE, FA., TUESDAY, FEB. 9, 1875. Vol. II. No. 6. 



It is Fiulsbed. 



Chris! hss done the mighty woik ; 

Nothing left for us to dO) 
But to enter on his toil, 

Enter on his triumph too. 

lie has sowed the precious seed, 
Nothing left for us ucsown ; 

Ou'S it is to reap the fields, 
Make the harvest joy our own. 

Hie the p^f'^on, ours the sin, — 
Great the sin, the pardon great ; 

His the good and onis ths ill, 
His the love and ours the hate. 

Ours the darkness aud the gloom, 
His the bhade-dippelling light ; 

Ours the cloud and his the suu. 
His the daysi%ng, ours the night. 

His ihe Ubor, ours the rest, 
His the death and ours the life ; 
the fiuita of victory, 
^^he agony and strife. 



Bonar. 



''AWhfiie a 



For the Companion and Visitor. 
€iod in Afltictious. 



No. 2. 



jLgel of the Lord appeared unto 
him in a tlarae of fire out of the midst of a 
bush : and he looked, and behold, the bush 
burned with fire, and the bush was not con- 
BUmed." Exodus 3 : 2. 

Iq the history of Abraham we have 
a noble example of the triumph of 
faith, and he is worthy of all imitation. 
But he bad to endure great trials of 
temptation. The impression of my 
mind seems to be, O that I had more 
of his faith, while I am endeavoring 
to write coucemiDg the same. But 
pirhaps, 1 may be encouraged and 
Btiobgliieued while bo doing, as I have 
been, since I couimeacf d trying to 



write on the above subject. When 
God called Abram from Ur of the 
Chaldecs, he said : "Get thee out of 
thy country and from thy kindred into 
the land that I wiilsbow tbee.andl will 
make of thee a great nation, and I 
will bless tboe and make thy name 
great, and in thee shall ail families of 
the tarlbbe blessed." Gen. 12: 1—3. 
Abraham's whole life almost was one 
series of trials : bis leaving his native 
country aud kindred, his sojourniug 
in the land of promise, as in a strange 
land, his being driven by famine to 
seek for sustenance in Egypt, and so 
loDg^time intervenyig between the 
promise of a numerous posterity and 
the birth of a son ; the birth of [sb- 
mael so long before that of Isaac, the 
painful observance of circumcision, 
and the expulsion of Hagar and 
Ishmael, were all so many severe 
trials of his faith and obodience. But 
more severe than all these was the 
command to offer up his beloved sou, 
who was to be heir of the promises, 
and father of the blessed seed. No- 
tice also how Abraham's other sons 
abound in children, while Isaac in 
whom his seed is to be as the stars of 
heaven for multitude, remains- chn^ 
les3 for twenty years after his map^ 
riage ; and that too, a marriage on 
which the divine blessing had been 
so remaikably sought and obtained. 
(Gen. 24 chapter.) In view of which 
the apostle treating of the faith of 
Abraham says: "as it is written, I 
have uiade thee a father of many na- 
tions, before him whom he believed, 
even God, who quickeneth the dead, 
and oalioth those things which be not 
aa though they were; Avho agaiust 
hoi)e believed in hope, that he might 
become the iulber of mauv uaiiouB, 



according to that which was spoken, 
So shall thy seed be." Rom. 4 : 17-18. 
While enduring the said trials of his 
faith and afflictive dispensation of 
God's providence, the Lord appeared 
again to Abraham in a vision, repeat- 
ing to him the promises, and accom- 
panied them with the most gracious 
declaration of bis favor. He appoint- 
ed a certain sacrifice for him to offer, 
and caused a deep sleep to fall upon 
him, attended by a horror of great 
darkness, during which there were 
revealed to him some of the most im- 
portant events in his future history, 
and that of his posterity, and which 
were all accompliahed in due time, 
and with wonderful exactness; "And 
he said unto Abram, know of a surety 
that thy seed shall be a stranger in a 
land that is not their's, and shall 
serve them ; and they shall afflict 
ihem four hundred years; and also 
that nation, whom they shall serve, 
will I judge: and afterwards shall 
they come out with great substance. 
And thou shalt go to thy fathers in 
peace; thou shalt bo buried in a good 
old age. But in the fourth generation 
they shall come hither again. Gen. 
15: 1—16. According to Bible 
iphronology, from Abraham's arrival 
m Canaan, to the birth of Isaac, was 
twenty-five years, Isaac was sixty 
years old when be begat Jacob : aud 
Jacob was one hundred and thirty 
years old when he went down into 
Egypt. Makijjttogethec^two hun- 
dred and fifteei^^'aps ; and from the 
time bis family came into Egypt till 
their departure was just two hundred 
and fifteen years more, making atolal 
of four huudrcd and thirty years. 
Exudual2: 4U-41.— And 'all the 
souls of the house of Jacob, which 



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came into Egypt, were seventy." 
Gen. 46 : 27. So that in the space of 
two hundred and fifteen years, ihey 
iccreaeed to, "almost six hundred 
tbt u.-nud on foot that were men, be- 
Bidts children, and a mixed nmllitude 
wont np also with tbem." ExoduH. 
12: .S7, 38.— "And the angel of the 
Lord appeared un^o hira in a flame 
of fire, out of the midst of a bush, etc.' 
The time being come for the I^reai 
ites to depart from tlie land of their 
servitude to their long promised pos- 
session, being oppressed to the height 
of endurance, Ave read, "and tiio Lord 
said, I have surely s^een the cliiiction 
of my people in Egypt, and have 
heard tbcsir cry by reason of their 
task Masters : for I know their sor- 
rows ; and I am come down to deliver 
tbem." God prepared and appointed 
Moses to be the leader and iustrii- 
ment in bis band to deliver them. 
He was first directed to this work 
while watching his flocks near mount 
Horeb. lie there aaw a bush which 
seemed to ba sll on fire, and yet it 
was not consumed. "And Moses 
said, 1 will now turn aside and see 
this greac sight." As he approached 
nearer to exatnine, "God called unto 
him out of the midst of the bash, etc." 
In the bush, burning and not being 
consumed, and the symbol of the di- 
vine presence in it, we have beauti- 
fully represented the affliciions of the 
Isrealices under the cruel oppression 
of Pharaoh and the Egyptians, but 
God was in it. Hence the safety of 
the burh aniidstthe flames, the Lord's 
adiriirable care and protection of his 
poor suffering ones. None is so ten- 
derly cartful as Christ;" In all their 
afiiiction he was alTlicled, and the 
angel of bis presence saved them : in 
bid love and in his pity be redeemed 
ihem." Isa. 03 : 9. "js^ow there arose 
up a new king over Egypt, which 
knew not Joseph, and ho said unto 
his people, behold, the people of the 
children of Itratl are more and 
mightier than we, come on, let us 
deal wisely with them, lest they mul- 
tiply, etc." Thfu 



Faid I ut the more they ^fflictf d them, 
the nore they multiplied and grew." 
Exodus I: 8—12. 

D N. 
Welsh Bun, Pa. 



For the Companion and Visitor. 
Hear Wliiit (lOd ISayr^. 



BY J. S. FLOKY. 



spc 



; will hear what 
ak."— Psalms 85:8. 



God the Lord will 



were their afllietions iucrea.sod, for 
Pharaoh saw how astonishly fast 
they increased, and^Aiiring that the 
Isrealites would bcconie more nun'cr- 
0118 and mighty than the Egyptians, 
they increased their burdens and 
nfllicted tbem the more, thiukiugthere- 



Yes, bear what God has to say 
about the matter. But how prono 
man is to consult man. IIov/ natural 
for us to try to please men that they 
may talk well of us. How sensitive 
we are to iha praises of men. How 
we will bo.v and scrape, acd often 
pamper to custom, that we might gain 
the laudations of men of ''standing," 
or men of renown. Often niuch con- 
cerned about what they will say. It 
is more important to concern our- 
selves about what God will say, or 
what God will think about us. If 
God approves of our course what 
need we care for others? If God 
condemns, no matter if the whole 
world approves, we should be 
ashamed. 

"I will hear what God the Lord 
will speak," should be our motto in 
all we undertake. If this were the 
standard of all religionists, falsity 
and bypocri.sy would have no hiding 
place. • Pompous show and outside 
put-on would be at a discount. We 
need not perplex our minds about 
v/hat is right, or what is wrong, if 
v.e only will listen to what God says. 
God speaks by bis Spirit through his 
word, not only once, but God speak- 
eth often. Through our consciences 
and by hie providences he speaks to 
us. In these last days he speaki'th 
"unto us by his Son." He ppenketh 
unto us by the apostles, for Paul 
says: "The things that 1 write unto 
you are the commandments of the 
Lord." 

How dare wc rest at ea?e in the 
more especially I cradle of vanity or worldly conform- 



ity, because our preacher does not 
say anything about the matter. See 
what God says about it and act ac- 
cordingly. What ! ask of man the 
liberty to do so and so? God has 
not delegated to man the right to de- 
cide in matters of right or wrong,only 



by to hold iLeia in check, and to keep : by //?.s rule of decision. Thereforo 

them from increasing so fust, but to i see what God says, and take bis an- , . „ 

)jiH utter amozeniept pud prief, it is bwer as a positive rule, Ilis ausAyer ' lo^ every dainty tit bit of thcologi 



wiil settle the matter at once and 
have no room for equivocation. Ili.^ 
answer is always found as the equalor- 
ial lino, never in lalUude ! Men muy 
reason, suppose, infer and take f^r 
granted this or that theory will meet 
divine favor, but when God speaks he 
means just what he eajs. See to it 
tlieu what be does say,and you will 
know what be means. Some good 
preachtrs are continually telling the 
people what they believe The duty 
of the preacher is to tell the people 
v.'hat God says, not what they bf>- 
lieve; believe what you please and 
let the people believe what thi-y 
please, that is none of your businesr-. 
Preachers of the Gospel, you tell your 
hearers what God says, not what 
you believe. He means just what ho 
does say. Tell them what be speaks 
about his Sou, whom he gave a ran- 
som for sinners. Tell theai what he 
says about sin and the soul that sin- 
neth. Tell them what he says about 
damnation, not what you believe 
about it; or be so compassionate to- 
ward your bearers as to shun to tell 
them ju.st what God says about the 
wicked, for fear you shock their fine 
sensibilities. If you are called to 
wield God's spiritual sword, use it 
with the same edge he gave it. The 
lightrniiig of his word should never 
find a hindrance in you. Let it strike 
the heart, let the dread thunders 
awake the sleeping soul, leave iho 
result of the ''earth quake" to God. 
Tell just what God says of the bene- 
fit of faith ; just what he says must be 
done to win the Holy Spirit. la 
God's own words tell of the glories 
of heaven, rather than mount up to 
mountain bights beyond the illimit- 
able universe. Lofty high-stand ora- 
torial voyages often make the bead 
dizzy.' It is a blessed truth, t'ia' God 
speaks so the child may under.^iaod. 
In telling v/hat God says, tell it ia 
his own word. To attempt to dress 
God's word in a mantle of scientific 
loie, is like a snail on a plate of gold, 
a slimy pathway tells which way il 
went. 

Reader, if you are reclining at. 
ease in Sion, or on the stool of do- 
uothing, excusing yourself because 
the Christian world is quarrelling 
over creeds and councils, go and hear 
what God says iu your case, and let 
the world gaze on iu blind adhereucu 
to what man says. If they have 
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cal mince-meat, ground out of scieuti- 
fic morality, thai is no reason jou 
should shut your ears to what God 
says, or your heart to the wisdom of 
the Bible. If you are a member of 
Chrisl'd Church, you are duty bound 
to "hear what Gud the Lord will 
speak." lie will ppoak to your un- 
dcrstandinp if j/ou are willing. Ah ! 
there is the difficulty, we are ofteu 
not willing to hear. We want to 
serve the world, just a little. Don't 
want to hear him tell us "be not of 
the world ;" or "love not the world." 
Wo think probably mure viself than 
others do. We want to give self a cir- 
cumscribed limit to lis in. If we 
crucify ourselves entirely, the world 
will be dead to us. We love the 
world's minds, the world's approba- 
tion, and now then like to painper the 
carnal appetite, so we do not care to 
hear what God says about these 
things, for we have a vague. idea he 
will not comfort in them. Yes, there 
is where all the trouble comes in. We 
have heard a whi.eperiog, now and 
then, it is wrong, so we are careful 
not to enquire too cksely ol God. 
To ease conscience, perchance we en- 
quire of man about the matter, 
being careful to a&k as we think will 
not be as precise as God is. 

I ouce was admonishing, in a 
very pleasant manner, a young sister 
of the impoi'tance of living consist- 
ant to our professsion. During the 
couvcr.'^ation she went to her trunk, 
and taking out a fashionable bat trim- 
med in gaudy style, she said, "Will 
you allow me to wear tbal ?" I said 
yes, it the Lord will sanction the 
wearing of it by a di=ciple of his. 
Do what be says about it, for I kuow 
you know what he says about wear- 
ing that that is highly esteemed 
among men. She said not a word more 
about it, and that ended the matter. 
But had 1 given the least encourage- 
ment, how acceptable no doubt it 
•would have been. See what God 
Bays about thtse n;atters, and we 
shall know how to live, how to walk, 
how to talk, buw to deal, and how to 
Tun the race tlat is set before us. 

Some thingH God tells us is not 
joyous so long as there remains life 
in the "old man," but there is much 
he tells is full of peace and joy, and 
how eager we are to bear his 
gracious promises! Right here let 
us stick a pin, and remember we 
must hear him in all things, or the 
promises wiii not be ours. It is not 



our privilege to stop our ears to that 
v;e do not likp,and listen only to that 
we do like and be benefited thereby. 
We must listen well to the story of 
the cross, or the'story of the crown 
will cot charm our f.»ars. 

In conclu.-,ion I would say, let us 
all hear what God says now, and it 
will be happy word.^ We shall hear 
from him in eternity, words of joy 
unsoenkable and full of glory. 

Buffalo, Col. 



Til'.- €ientl?!!P8S ol Jesus. 



The conversation of Christ with 
his disciples, when he took leave of 
them at bis last supper, was most 
swett, loving and- friendly, talking 
with them lovingly, as a father with 
his children, when he must depart 
from them. He took their weakness 
in good part, and bore with them, 
though now and then their discourse 
was very full of simplicity ; as when 
Philip said, "Show us the Father." 
etc. ; and Thomas, "We kuow not the 
way," etc ; and Peter, "I will go 
with tbeo unto death ;" each freely 
showing the thoughts of the heart. 
Never, since the world began, was a 
more precious, sweet and amiable con- 
versation. 

Is it not a shame that we are al- 
ways afraid of Christ, whereas there 
never was in heaven or earth a more 
loving, fan'.iliftr or milder man, in 
words, and demeanor, especially to- 
wards poor, sorrowful and tormented 
consciences? Ilence the prophet 
Jeremiah prays, saying : "O Lord, 
grant that we be not afraid of thee." 

I expect more goodness from Kate, 
my wife, from Philip Melancthon,and 
from other friends, than from my 
sweet and blessed Saviour, Jesus 
Christ ; and yet I know for certain 
that neither she, nor any other person 
on eanh, will or can suffer for me 
what he has suffered ; why, then, 
should I be afraid of him ? This, 
my foolish weakness, grieves me very 
much. Wc plainly see in the go?pel 
how mild and gentle he showed him- 
self tovv-.ird his disciples ; how kindly 
he passed over their weakness, their 
foolishness. Ue checked their unbe- 
lief, and in all gentleness admonished 
them. Moreover, the Scripture, 
which is most sure, says : "Well are 
all they, that put their trust in him." 
Fie on our uubelieviug' hearts that 
we should be afraid of th-is man, who 
is more loyiug, ftieudly, gentle and 



compassionate towards us than are 
our kindred, our brethren, and sisters ; 
than parents themselves are toward 
their own ciiildren. — Martin Luther. 



Tlie DisbauUed (jirnnge. 

The Good Hope Grange, of McDon- 
ougb Co., 111., has disbanded. At the 
regular meeting on the 20th of June, 
resolutions disbanding the organiza- 
tion were adopted witb only two dis- 
senting votes. A financial report 
shows, according the Carthage lie- 
publican, receipt of $522, G5 for initia- 
tions and dues, and expenditures of 
$45.5,15 amount paid to Stale and 
National Granges and for grange 
tools and regalia, leaving a baiance 
of $68 40 only for grange purposes. 
The delinquent fees from members 
amount to $250. The resolutions de- 
clare — 

1. That the original principles 
and objects of the order have been 
ignored, and that State and National 
officers have asumed powers that 
are arbitrary and tyrannical. 

2. That large sums of moneg 
have been exacted by State and Na- 
tional Granges from subordinate 
Granges for which no adequate re- 
turn has been realized 

3. That there have been repeated 
attempts by those in the lead and in 
authority in the granges to divert the 
order into a political party, contrary 
to its constitution and against its best 
interests. 

4. That the order is burdensome 
and expensive to the members of the 
order, without adequate compensa- 
tion for money expenses, that it is 
now engendering a spirit of class 
legislation and mutual distrust be- 
tween the agricultural and commer- 
cial intercourse of the laud, thereby 
demoralizing and debasing the stand- 
ard of relations the community bears 
to each other. And further, that the 
order, as ruled by designing men 
connected therewith, has been entire- 
ly prostituted from its original pur- 
pose, and brought into subjection to 
further their personal and political in- 
terests, to all of which we do most 
sincerely snd emphatically protest. 

— _- ^ 

"I am a home missionary," once 
observed a Christian mother; "six 
pairs of little eyes are daily watching 
my looks, as well as listening to my 
words; and I wish my children never 
to see in me that which they may not 
imitate." 



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Satisfl<'«l. 



"O Je6U, Fr< and der Seelen !" 
O Jesus ! Friend uufailiiig, 

How dear art thou 10 ine ; 
And cares or fears ass-iilinp, 

1 find my strength in thee ! 
Why should my feet grow weary 

Of this, ray pilgrim way ; 
Rough though the path and dreary, 

It ends in perfect day. 

NauEht, naught I count as treasure, 

Compared, O Christ ! with thee ; 
Thy sorrow without measure 

Earned peace and joy for me. 
I love to own, Lord Jcjus, 

Thy claims o'er me and mine ; 
Bought with thy blood most precions, 

VVhose can I be but thine 1 

What fills my soul with gladness t 

'Tis thy abo'inding grace ; 
Where can 1 look in sadness 

But, Jesus, on thy face T 
My all is thy providing. 

Thy love can ne'er grow cold ; 
In thee, my refuge, h.ding. 

No good will thou withhold. 

Why should 1 druop in sorrow ? 

Thou'rl ever by my side ; 
Why, trembling, dread the morrow t 

What ill can e'er betide '. 
Jf I my cross have taken, 

'Tie but to follow thee ; 
If scorned, dc6pi::ed, forsaken. 

Naught severs thee from me. 

Oh, worldly pomp and glory ! 

Your charms are spread in vain ; 
I've heard a sweeter story, 

I've found a truer gain. 
Where Christ a pUce prepareth, 

There is my loved abode ; 
There shall I gaze on Jesus, 

There shall I dwell with God. 

For every tribulation, 

For every sore distress. 
In Christ I've full salvation, 

Sure bel(., and quiet rest. 
No fear of foes picvailiug, 

I triumph, Lord, in thee; 
O Jesus, friend unfailiag ! 

How dear art thou to uc ! 

—Selected. 



For the Companion and Visitob. 



BY MATTIE A. LEER. 



We love him because 
1 John Iv. I'J- 



he first loved us — 



Pcrliapj no one was over more tlior- 
ouglily luibued with tho love of God 
tlian was the apoiitlc Jolin, lie styles 
Jiiiuself, That disciple whom Jchuh loved. 



There is something pecuharly touching 
and beautiful in this cxpre.-sion. John 
does not say, That disciple who loved 
iJcsus. There would be in such an ex 
prcssion something of egotism ; and noth- 
ing could be more foreign to a properly 
instructed saint than self commendation. 
This expression shews that it was the 
grace of Jesus, and not his own merit 
that was prominent in his enlightened 
mind. "That disciple whom Jesus 
loved." 

He knew that it was the love of Jesus 
thai had placed hitu in his exalted posi- 
tion, that had wrought such a complete 
tran.-formation in him. When he looked 
buck and saw what he once was, perhaps 
liarsh and unfeehng toward those who 
differed from him, perhaps of a relentless 
disposition, for we have a few instances 
in the life of this holy man when he first 
began to follow Jesus, that present his 
cbaracter in no very enviable light. One 
was when he saw others casting out dev- 
ils in the name of his Master that did 
not belong to his company, he forbade 
them. John would have tliem work with 
him or not work at all. 

This spirit of exclusiveness was incom- 
patible with the spii it of his Master, and 
John received a mild reproof Again, 
upon an other occasion John exhibited a 
s[)irit equally or more unchristian. When 
the Samaritans refused to receive Jesus, 
John's indignation was aroused, and he 
said to his Master, "Lord wilt thou that 
we command fire to come down from 
heaven, and consume them, even as Eiias 
did?" His divine Master rebuked this 
fiery and persecuting spirit. Certainly a 
spirit of bigotry and persecution was 
originally in John. No wonder, then, 
when he looked back and saw what he 
once was, and what he might have been 
had that spirit become fully developed, 
how he might have been a bigoted, per- 
secuting pharisee, and what he now was 
through the influence of divine grace, 
how that intolerant spirit had been extir- 
pated — no wonder that he extols the love 
of Jesus I Nojwoiider that he feels in his 
very soul, that he is an object of that 
love I It was not liis merit that had 
preserved him from the depth of guilt 
into which his impetuous nature would 
have plunged him, neitlier was it his love 
to Jesus, but it was Jesus' love for him. 
It was this that thrilled his soul. It was 
this love that had so completely metamor- 
phosed him. In all the dealings of his 
blaster with him he could sec only the 
hand of love. What if he had been torn 
from home and friends, and banished to 
a desolate isle, by order of a cruel ruler, 
did he not there receive new exhibitions 
of his Master's love? How infinitely 
sujierior was his eundition on that barren 
rock, to that of the Emperor Domitian in 
his imperial palace. 

The crime with which he was charged 
w. 8 that of sedition. To preach or pro- 
mulgate a religion new to the Roman 
empire was an act chargeable with this 



guilt. And those who were thus guilty 
of preaching a new religion were sent to 
solitary and deserted places of banish- 
ment. John's place of banishment was 
the isle of I'atmos in the ^-Egean Sea. 
And here at the age of ninety, it is .'^aid, 
that he was obliged to work in the mines 
and quarries. To he condemned to such 
hard labor, under a heathen taskmaster, 
and at such an advanced ago, would cer- 
tainly be a terrible punishment. But 
John makes no complaint, instead of sit- 
ting down and repining at his hard lot 
and sjiending his time in useless murmurs, 
he engages in acts of devotion, and those 
barren rocks are made to resound with 
prayer and thanksgivini:. 

Though Joh.n is removed from his 
fellow- beings as not worthy of their .soci- 
ety, yet Jesus notes the place of his exile, 
and while his holy though prof-cribed ser- 
vant is meditating on his love and good^ 
ness in those lonely and desolate wilds, 
he reveals himselt to him, as he never 
revealed himself to any other mortal. No 
other spot on earth has ever seen such 
displays of divine glory. Nowhere else 
has the great God--man ever appeared in 
all his regal magnificence and grandeur! 
And on that sea girt isle, away from (he 
din and confusion of the world, John had 
its future history disclosed to him; he 
saw nations rise and fall, he saw the on- 
ward march of truth, and beheld her 
struggling with error in fiery and deadly 
encounters. He saw him in all his giar.t 
strength trampling truth beneath his 
iron tread. 

Thus was John's intended punishment 
so overruled by his munificent blaster, 
that it proved to be the mo>t glt)rious 
period in his life's history. No wonder 
then that he could look back over a life 
of so many vicissitudes, and changes a 
I'.fe of nearly one century spent in the 
service of so good and kind a Master, and 
exclaim in the language of our text : 
"We love him, because he first loved 
us." 

Love begets love. Those who feel and 
appreciate Christ's love most, are those 
who love him most in return. John 
secQied to be thoroughly permeated with 
this love, and he .-jeems to have responded 
mot heartily in love to Je-us. His 
whole being was aglow with love. All 
his writings show that this attribute of 
Jesus more than any other attracted his 
attention. The first three evangelists 
seem to have recorded that which struc'.v 
their senses with the greatest awe. John 
seems to have recorded that which 
touched his heart the most forcibly, and 
that was the disinterested love of Jesus. 
"We love hiiu, because he first loved us." 
We have something to base our lovotipon. 
His love toward us as exhibited in his 
life of humility and suffering, shows us 
how he made himself of no reputation, 
and took upon him.self the form of a ser- 
vant, yielding humble obedience to all the 
demands of the law, even to the suffering 
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long forbearance with us, his repeated 
warnings, hischaseiiing.s, his correction-^, 
all, a^^ to draw us from ruin and death, 
to life and eternal happiness. All this is 
calculated to excite our dormant love, to 
arouse our affections. Every new reve- 
lation of him, is only a new exhibition of 
his beauty and perfections, as our knowl- 
e ige increases, so does his loveliness in 
crease to our sight, until we behold hiiu 
as the chief among fen thousand and the 
One altogether lovely. 

But wliat does lie see in us to attract 
his love? Ah! how vile and hideous 
must we appear in all our natural di^form- 
ity in his holy sight! It was not mrrit, 
or worth, that drew him to us, but pity 
for our wretched condition. A knowl- 
edge of our ruined and lost condition, 
and that great love that could draw him 
to us despite our vilencss and pollution 
is all calculated to rivet our lore. 

The prayer of the nfflicted but patient 
Job, should be the prayer of every saint, 
"JMiike me to know my transgression and 
my :?in. " Jeremiah tells us that "The 
heart is deceitful above all things, ;uid 
desperately wicked," and then he ;;sks, 
' Who shall know it?" Who indeed can 
fathom the depth of wickedness that 
luiks within the human heart. Some 
times we have a terrible exhibition of it 
in .some poor wretch who has thrown off 
all re.>-traiiit, and has alandoned hiui.^tif 
to vice. A knowledge of our moral pol- 
lution, though revolting, is necessary to 
the formation of a Cliiistian ehaiacter. 
Self ignorance, and moral blindness, oh 
what evil they have wronghi ! These 
coupled with an unsanctified zeal insti- 
tuted the inquisition with all its fhoek- 
ing horror.-; the.se have liirhted the fair- 
got, and drawn the sword. Sucli fearful 
e.\hibitions of a mistaken zeal, of an un- 
enlightened mind show us the imbecility 
ef our poor race, and how much we need 
lisiht aod power outside of our own. 
Wha'. is a man if left to himseif, if guided 
by his own judgment? A form < f religion 
without the i^owcr, only makes man more 
intolerant, and more repulsive. Bat a 
knowledge of our own transgressions and 
our sins, a knowledge of our own shi)rt- 
comings, our hcait-reiidings, our im- 
psrfections, and coldness of love, will 
sink us in our own estimation, make us 
m")re tolerant toward other's faults, and 
cause us to exalt the love of Jesu.s. "We 
I'lve I'.im, because he first loved us." 
With Paul we realize that it is "By the 
grace of God that we are what we are." 
We are wholly indebted to the love of 
Je US for ail the light and knowledge 
that, we have, lor all the peace, and joy, 
and comfort that we have in believing. 
Wiiat was it that drew him to us, that 
caused iiim to undertake our desperate 
ca.-e, what but hve'^ Truly, God is love, 
aid we love him, but not without a cause, 
because he first loved us. 

Jcditi, in addressing the seven churches 
in A>ia calls himself their brother, and 
oompaaiou iu tribulatioD. There ii> 



something very sweet iu this, and some 
thing which shews how thoroughly he 
had imbibed the spirit of his divine 
Master. Though he had been favored 
with so many visions, and had received 
so matiy proofs of his Master's high 
esteem; thouch he had been employed 
as his Master's amanuensis in giving his 
approvals and reproofs, to the seven 
churches]; yet all these distinguished 
honors do not exalt this venerable saint. 
Fie siill feels himself on an equality with 
the rest ; he is but their brother and 
companion. He comes out of the sacred 
pu'ilion, where he has held such long 
and familiar converse with the great King 
of kings, clothed with the same garb of 
humility, the same kind brother, the 
same approachable companion. lie 
courts no lionor.«, he does not want in 
any way to be distinguished from the 
rest. 

We are told that after the death of 
Domitian, John was released from ban 
ishnient, and returned to Ephesus. The 
declension of love in this church had no 
doubt long been noticed by this eminent 
apostle, and had no doubt been a source 
of great sorrow to him. His gloriou-; 
Master had noticed tlie same defect, had 
pointed it out, and had expressed his dis- 
approval of it, accompanied with the ter- 
rible threat that he would remove their 
candlestick out of his i)lace except they 
repent. V\"n\\ this dreadful doom ring- 
ing in his ears, we may well imagine that 
this holy man put forth every effort to 
rekindle in this waning church the origi- 
nal flime of love, to bring thera back to 
that light from whence they had fallen. 
It is said that when John was too feeble, 
by reason of his great age, to go into the 
congregation, or assembly of the Chris 
tian Church at Ephesus, in his own 
strength, be used to be conducted there 
by some of his brethren, upon whose 
arm he would lean, upon one of these oc 
oasions, being supported by two young 
men, who had been converted to a knowl- 
edge of the truth, he again met his 
brethren in church, being too feeblo to 
preach, or scarcely to speak, so as to be 
lieard, he looked around over the con- 
gregation, his aged eyes sparkling with a 
glow of love, his venerable countenance 
beaming with kindness. An unearthly 
glow lights up those placid features. 
Once more he gives utterance to words 
that are so characteristic of him — the 
very breathings of a heart wholly coiise- 
craieil and sanctified by divine love: 
"Little children, love one another" 
These were his last words on earth and 
)priate as t 
ie then fo 
of that precious Saviour whom he had so 
much loved in life, and of whose love 
toward him he had had sa rich an exi 
poriencc. 

A more touching and beautiful death 
could not be conceived, but it was wholly 
in keeping with his beautiful life. We 
need uut be told how the good man dies; 



how appropriate as the last words of sucli 
a man. lie then fell as'eep in the arms 



ah no ! if we serve Christ faithfully in 
life, we need have no fears of death. He 
will take care of us at that trying time. 
His grace will always be sufficient in 
life for its trials and temptations, and at 
last it will be sufficient to enable us to 
triuiHph over the last foe, which is 
death. 

Uibana, Illinois. 



FoK TUE Companion and Visitor. 
Kiay Memberj^' Respousibililles. 

BY M. UADY. 



It is an easy matter to tell others 
of their duty and responsibilities, but 
to know, see aud feel our own is quite 
a different thing. Wheu we go to 
meeting aud listen to a sermon, we 
can easily judge whether the sermon 
was good, too long, too rough in ex- 
pression, cold or warm, &c. Yta, we 
may talk about it for weeks, forget- 
ting if it was cold, it suited us, for 
cold members generally help to bring 
about cold sermons, and of course 
cold meetings. In another article on 
"Ministerial Responsibilities," I said, 
that as a general thing, members 
carry out the doctrine the ministers 
preach from the pulpit. Now, this is 
certainly so in regard to the points I 
have mentioned. In other denomin- 
ations the ollicial membir dictates; 
not so with u:s ; the voice of the 
bamblest member counts as much as 
that of the most exalted minister. 
Tnen brethren aud sisters, look at 
this, should it not make us tremble, 
when we look at the responsible posi- 
tion we occupy. If our ministers 
would dictate, rule and preach f^r us, 
and wo would buy our church-mem- 
bership with tv/enty dollars per year, 
then we m'gbt sit a d rctt easy. 
Then when we would go to meeting, 
we might fall asleep, while our broth- 
er might deliver or read his sermon 
to the congregation, nothing would 
be required at our bands. Look at it 
in this way, and then say, our respon- 
sibilities are not great. We, the lay 
members, help to make the tub sin 
our church. If they are wrong, can 
we blame the minister, or ourselves ? 
We look at our ministering brethren 
and even at our Deacon brethren, aud 
we want every one of them to be 
Christians. How soon we see when 
they lack in any of the order, how 
soon do we detect their faults, forget- 
ting ourselves, aud not thinking our 
own souls are as precious as theirs. 
We want them to conform to the or- 



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der of the church, it makes uo dilT^T- 
euce, whether we are so particular. 
They must be praying meu, forget- 
ting that every one who has named 
the name of Christ should be. Breth- 
reu and sisters, it is not my object to 
Bcreen myself. When I write, I must 
say what I feel, let it hit myself or 
any one else. It is true, we luvc our- 
selves, but we should at nil times love 
the good cause more What will it 
piolit us, if every one is tryiug to get 
bis brother or sister right, and forget- 
ting ourselves ? It is certainly not 
more than right, that the cfficial mem- 
bers of the church should be a speci- 
men of the church or of what she 
teaches. But how liiuch better is it, 
when every member is such ; and if 
they should not live up to their duty, 
so much the better for us if we do. 
Let us at all times look to Christ 
first, and pattern afrer him ; and then 
if cur brethren ministers or deacons 
are wrong, we may help them to get 
right. But let it be done in love. 
At no time show a disrespectful 
feeling to them. If they feel they 
are weak, oh, let us encourage them ! 
A deacon brother, a very good broth- 
er, a short time back said to me : 'Oh 
I wii^hed a hundred limes already, 
the church would not have elected me 
to this oflice." Our brethren feel the 
responsibilities resting on them. Can 
we not in love encourage them ? Yea 
we ought to help to bear their burden, 
not always seeing their faults, and 
talking about their short comings. 
We always should remember, it is he 
or she, who wishes to do right, who 
sees his own shori comings first. We 
may profess to love God, his church 
and members of the church, but as long 
us we cannot help each other along as 
bccometh brethren and sisters, all our 
boasting is in vain. We may boast 
of our zeal in the cause, yet as long 
as we do not love each other as be- 
come members ofoae family, all is 
in vain. But how can we encourage 
these brethren, it may bo asked. This 
may be hard to answer here. Wo 
would say in short, we should en- 
courage them, where they need en- 
couragement. We should encourage 
the minister to preach the truth. 
This we can do, when we come to 
meeting regular, and there with our 
actions, prayers and looks, show him, 
we are interested. Brethren often 
tell us they cannot preach, when we 
seem to take no interest in what is 
said. Here then we have it. Don't 



fall asleep, when under the preaching 
of the gOi-pel. In this way we can 
encourage the minifter. We moy ie!i 
them or bring to their mind soaie of 
the subjects most interesting to us, 
the neglected duties of the church 
and v.'hat we thir.k should be attend*=d 
to within the church. All this will 
show we are|iutere&ted. Of course we 
should never mention anything to the 
minister until we are certain our feel- 
ings are right. The subjects should 
be important and not only idle no- 
tions. We should at all times show, 
that the power of religion prompts us 
to do our duty. But how should we 
eucouraf>e the deacon brethren? In 
much the saaie way. Almost every 
member of the church knows the duty 
of the deacon, and whenever they feel 
too weak to live up to these, then let 
us encoarage them all in love, and not 
with a spirit of prejudice. We should 
not tell them they are not fit for the 
office. This would be far from en- 
couragement. These then are some 
of our duties; but our responsibility 
goes further. We hear our ministers 
preach that we should live a pure, 
godly, holy, prayerful life, and we 
acknowledge they tell us the truth ; 
but oh ! how do we obey ? We 
scarcely ever think about it, and for 



For the Com "anion and Visitou. 
A lew Tlioiigbts on I>ray«r. 



BY C. M AMBKUST. 



"Piajnng always with all prayer and scp- 
plication iu the epiii., and wa'ching there- 
unto w.lU all perseverance a)id supplication's 
(or all saints. Ami for nie, tli;U utterance 
maj- be ijiven unto me, that I may open my 
mou'li boldly, to make kuown th-. mystery 
of the gospti." Ephesiana C : 18, 19. 

What a wide fi?ld the above two 
passages of Scripture present to an, 
for prayer, and it seems that if the 
apostle Paul needed th e prayers of 
the church to enable him to open his 
mouth boldly to preach the gospel, 
being endowed with the Holy Spirit 
a.^ he was, the thought has iajpresa- 
ed ri^y mind, should not we as lay- 
members pray more for those that 
God has called to preach the gospel 
iu this our day, and where can wo 
better pray for those, than around the 
family alta-. It is certain thai there 
would be more good done, for we read 
that "the etfectual fervent prayer of 
a righteous tuan availeth much." 
But we need not only pray fur our 
preachers. What can we do better 
than morning and evening call our 
fa :iilies together and raise our hearts 
in prayer to him who has 8aid "pray 
get that God will hold us responsible i without ceasing ?" Aud we know 
for every gospel sermon we hear, that it is pleasant to have family 
No ; we do not think that if we are worship, not merely as a form, but 
disobedient, every sermon we hear, come to God with a desire to have 



will only sink us that much lower in 
ruin. We often think and talk of 
ministerial respouEibility, but we foi'- 
get that we have after all, our own 
souls to save. Wc like to talk about 
others, how they should live, but we 
ourselves, can serve the devil all the 
time, feeling satisfied, only 80 we 
have united with the church, only so 
we conform to the order or forms of 
the church ; feeling easy o.^ily so wc 
are members ; only so the church has 
uo cause to cut us off altogether. Do 
we ever think of it, that we never 
brought forth fruit in our position, 
perhaps taking the live sap of some 
of the other branches, of the great 
vine? If we never did, let us do so 
now. Let us feel that in order to be 
good members, we roust be fruit- 
bearing ; we must do some good in 
the church, commence at home, and 
then we can go aud help our friends. 
Let each feel the responsibility of the 
position we occupy, in the sight of 
God. Only the "pure iu heart" shall 
see God. 



our spiritual strength renewed. And 
then when God is visiting us in our 
family devotions, should we not re- 
member our preachers, and pray for 
them that they may be able to "divide 
the words of truth aright,'' and that 
"saint and sinner may recieve their 
portion in due season"? But some 
will say, ' 01), I have not time !" or 
"I a:ii so ignorant that I cannot pray 
in public or in my family." To such 
1 would say, will you ever l^econio 
better by neglecting that which God 
demands of you, and which should bo 
a means of strengthening us iu our 
warfare? Nay verily ,but in the words 
of the aposiie James 1 : 5, "If any of 
you lack wisdom, let him ask of God 
that giveth to all men liberally and 
upbraideth not ; and it shall be given 
him." Verse G, "But let him ai-k in 
faith nothing wavering." Ob ! who is 
there in the church that can neglect 
family prayer, and feel satisfied before 
God ? Are there any that think they 
are discharging their duty to their 
family by neglecting prayer ? Can 



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any say tiiey are training up their 
children in tbe admonition of tlje Lord, 
while they are doing: so? Now I 
earnestly ask th--8e who read 
this, if they have never prayed in their 
faniilie?., to begin at ouce. ! hrelh- 
ren and aisters, think of iho iuflweuce 
of prayer ou your chiidieu. What 
will ycu say at that great day of 
rtckouing: should your children say, 
"If yon bad only tnught us to pray, 
we with you, might now be in ever- 
lasting blisd, instead of this place of 
torment." 

''Sweet, hour of prayer ! Sweet hour of 

prajer ! 
Thit calls pji; fiom a world of care, 
And bids ine al my Fatber's throuii 
Make all my wants and wish'S kuowu ; 
lu seasons of distress and grief, 
My soul has often found relief ; 
And oft escav'd the t< mpter's snare 
By thy return sweat hour of prayer." 

Bug^^alo Col 



tyr ages ; but the mass itself, called 
0!-iristian, was pagan still. Jt is no 
marvel that for ten centuries tho in- 
grafted superstition poisoned and 
corrupted the pure truth. But the 
included truth contiaut d to leaven 
the lump despite the powerful corrupt- 
ing forces. — SflecU'd 



For tbe Companion and Visitoh. 
Askiug SSi'Curiiy— Is itKigiil? 



BY O. B. REl'LOGLE. 



Chriiitiauity n.ixA t>i» Kouiikii 

C:H|>ire. 

When three centuries were goae, 
the Roman empire accepted Christi- 
anity. One day, in the senate-house 
they voted down Jupiter, aud voted 
up Christ. That was a great step .' 
But was it, really ? The churches 
had rest ; persecution cea^^ed ; pagm 
temples became Christian temples; 
all up and down the Mediterrtini-an, 
from Asia to western Europe, Chris-! 
tiau hymns and prayers and ordiLiun- ' 
ces were oelebrated. l*agan llo.ne, 
the most povveriul empire on the earth, 
became Christian Homo. Let us net 
be deceived. There was much that 
was good in this change ; but there 
was much that was evil, also. The 
pure and divine religion that glows 
in the breasts of martyrs could not be 
transferred by an imperial decree into 
the hearts of pagans. If paganism 
was christianiz-d, Christianity was 
paganized. It was inevitable that 
the introduction of this vast mass of 
ignorance and superstition ahonld 
Corrupt both tbe faith and the prac- 
tice of the church. To say the lea.st, 
i was doubtful whether the nominal 
cLristianiz'itioa of Rome was more a 
blessing than a curse Certain it is 
thbt the Christian faith, henceforth, 
Oi tiie throne of the world, was hin- 
oered rather than helped by p.)li;.;eal 
power. There wa* within the mass 
the same pure, holy faith and experi- 
euce that had characterized the mar- 



^Ve wish to call the attention of the 
Brotherhood to what i.s commonly known 
in business circles as ''personal security;"' 
i. c., one going security for his i'ricnd, by 
."•ignin?: promissory no;es, or other con 
tiivots with him, thu.-< becoming surety in 
the event th;'.t the friend fails to make, 
or be able to make, iniyment, or fullill 
theconlruct. \Vu do not know when, 
wiicre, or how the practice originated, 
but we have long been im.nresscd with 
tho thought that it is wrong and in3on- 
sistcut ibr men professing Christianliy to 
practice it. 

Credit systems are at best, systems or 
chance, and all who deal on credit are 
playing games of chance. Then it follows 
that when we a.-k our friend to sign our 
note as -sureiy for us, that we involve 
hi 1! in our game of chancn, and if the 
e'ltince teiujinates unfavorable to u^, he 
is to be the loser, without any prospect 
of ttonetit in ease the matter terminated 
favorabl}'. Is it right? 

Again, I sell a neighbor a horse on 
coiid'.tion that he gives his note for the 
a'uount, wirh brother IT. as security. 
No-v, if I conclude that my neighbor is 
fither unai:le or unwilling to pay tor ihe 
hor>e, 1 do wrong iu the very thought of 
putting my brother in the danger. If 1 
intoud to collect from him, I commit 
wronjr. If I dii not so intend, I do an 
iiiconsisteuoy ; I act the hypocrite, and 
may give him uneasiness thas I c<ju!d as 
v;cl! .--pare him 

Brethren, are these tlang.i i)ropcr 
au.ong the people of Grod? 1 should hke 
to hoar from others. But, brethren,' 
when you go to writing on this subject, 
let me admonish you to forget your 
greenback interests as much as pi)ssi- 
ble, and think only of what Cod might 
approve. 

tie Ye Ni-£>ariite. 



From the very bogimiing, (jod intended 
that his people should lie a separate 
peoplo ; hence we read Exodus xi. 7, 
■"the Lord hath put a difference between 
the Eg\'ptians and Israel," and this plan 
is earned ou'' througli tbe history of the 
Israeliie.s. Ju-L in that njea^ure as they 
kept th:jtu,5elves mi.-poUeJ and unmixed 
from the other nations did they prosper. 
The same rule is visible in the new dis- 
pei,satioa ; "Be ye separate, saith the 



Lord," '1 Cor. vi. 17 ; and "rede;;m('d 
i'rom the earth, redeemed from amon-^ all 
men," Rev. xiv. 3, 4. 

it cannot he denied, the more earthly 
a eliureh becomns, the less of the divine 
lil'o does she exhibit, and spiritual dearili 
is inevitable. It is al>o a deplorable fae' 
that there is too nmch tendency amo!)g 
churehes in (mr day to compromi>c with 
the woild ; it is a curse which bliglits 
!ier lauest prospects and de.-troys Iser 
tendcrest vines. One of tbe;-o causes is 
perhaps to bo found among her minist-jr.s 
who hanker afier notoiicty, and covet 
tht^ World's favorable opinions. 

We will help you ; wc will buy your 
churches, organs, and give your ministers 
donation-;, says the world ; «'e will saii-l'y 
your mini-ter's ambition imd pay your 
tiebts, but we want a favor in return. 
We camiot help you under existing cir- 
cumstances ; ^ive us concerts, strawberry 
fi'siivals, niiie .-societies ; be less strict 
with your young members, relax your 
discipline, be mn;-e genial in your pleas- 
ures and les-: spiritual, wink at our short- 
coming-, and we will support you. 

Rest assured, Chiis'ians, you pay 
deariy for every fivor the world bestows 
upon you. Balaam taid to the king, it 
ii impossible to overcome the people of 
Israel so lo:igas their God is with them , 
neiiher tonu'sie nor svvoid will oveicomc 
them, but decoy tliem away from their 
(jrod, entice them to share ymir ways and 
h.abits, seduce them into your sins, and 
God will give them over into your Ininds. 
i'liis is true a>. gospel, even in our day. 
Oh, that Chri::!i;ms were wise ui.d would 
consider these things. Wliut good ^f,i\\ 
I he woild's help acccmpli.ih in iuriash- 
ing us nice and costly organs, cat pets and 
churches, if ihe Ljrd lefusts to dwell 
therein? 

What will become of the ohuruh when 
her members, the parents of hercbildi'en, 
begin to argue that dancing is am.cessaiy 
pa: t of edueu;ion, that 0( era^■, theitres 
and concerts are innocent amu-i-meu's? 
When her minister- defeiid fairs and 
f.-'.-tiva's as a neecsaity to lie')) oti our 
churches and religious ju titutions, and 
encourage thesJ gaieties bv their pres- 
ence? What is the t nd.ney when 
worldly i-oc.e ies and clubs open our 
cliurches, and their Lader desecrate our 
altars by presiding tlierein over their 
deliberations about how to allure the in- 
noi^ent young Chiistian and how to blind- 
fold i!ie old wi-tchmen? 

O church of God, put on thine armor ! 
Yii watc'unen sound alotid the trumpet 
of alarm and danger ! Woridiiness is tho 
present great danger of the church. 
'Be ye separate saitli the Ijord." — *S'c- 
hcteJ. 



If all men wore to bring their irii,-- 
fiitnufs together ii:> one place, must 
would be glad to take bis own Lome 
agaiu, rather than take a portion out 
of the commoa stock. — boloii. 



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CHRISTIAN FAMILY COMPANION AND GOSl'EL VISlTOt?. 



Auskwers to Trayfr. 



Our Saviocr in the iiaclen wept, 

And thrice he pioycd to God ; 
And while his tired ditcipU-s slept, 

lie sweat sjreat drops of blood. 
But though the cup his Father gave 

Must never p-.ss him by, 
Yet strength to bear and power to save 

Are sent him from on high. 

Ills servant prayed that God would take 

The piercing thorn away ; 
Yet, tlough he prayed for Jesus' sake, 

The thorn mu^l with him stay. 
And yet in answer to h'-s prayer, 

A heavenly grace was sent, 
To help its agony to bear. 

Until hia life was spent. 

A child is bearing in his bands 

A little pack of ware, 
But by his side his father stands, 

And guards his child with care. 
Sj wMlelhe father stands so uear, 

To shield from rude alarms, 
Ilia child, when faint or filled with fear 

lie gathers in his arms. 

'Tis thus our heavenly Father cares 

For those who love his name ; 
lie hears their oft-repe*ted prayers, 

And lores them juit the same. 
And those who have some thorn or load 

That seeius too hard to bear, 
lie guards them all along the road 

With a more watchful care. 

ficUctcd. 



For the Companion and Visitob. 
Kinigrutlou. 



BY U. r. SAYLER. 



The suffering condition in whicli the 
pcoi)le of Kansas and Nebraska arc rep- 
resented Ljy the Brethren's papers to be, 
has caused me .-eriously to consider the 
propriely, or iuii)ropriety, to emigrate. 
Tiie prevailing disposition of man through 
out tiie wliolc world, seems to be to emi- 
grate to some other point. When people 
of" the Euroj)ean continent emigrate to 
America, 1 see some good reasons for it. 
But when well to do people in comfort- 
able homes become so restless as to leave 
all their comforts to make their home in 
the wilds of the new states, and their 
live in "dug-outs," or so<l houxcs, in a 
temperature which settles down to 4r)° 
below zero ; and then urge these, with 
their isolation from brethren and churches 
etc., as a claim upon the sympathies and 
clutrity of their more contented friends, 1 
can see no reason for it. 

The grasshopper plague in Kansas and 
Nebraska last year, is no new tiling. All 
reading iiensons know, and all migrating 
pcrMnti oiif/lit to, that the Ramc thing /<//» 
occurred, and will continue to occur, every 



year in which a general summer drought 
prevails over the llocky Mountains, dur- 
ing tl'.e time the grasshopjicr eggs are 
laid and hatched in such numbers tliat 
they fail to find subsistance in their native 
home, and hence they too must migrate. 
They never can become so numerous in 
seasons of rain, and much moisture dur- 
ing laying and hatching time ; neither 
can they exist long under copious falls of 
rain, they soon perish and die. These 
being well known facts, all persons afBiet- 
ed with the migratory mania, should 
consider well where they intend going 
before they leave well tried and conilort- 
able homes. If there are valid reasons 
to migrate to a country that is and ever 
will be subject to a grasshopper plague, 
and to a climate where the temperature 
goes to 45° below zero, it ought to be en- 
couraged ; but if no valid reason exists to 
do so, it ought to be discouraged, though 
it lie viipopiilnr to do so. 

General llagan, in an article in the 
iVo/-^/t AmcrioDi Review, says: "The 
whole amount of available land for agri- 
cultural purposes in the middle states of 
the great west, is so small, and the aver- 
age rain so insufficient, that the new 
states umst decline and the old states 
prepare for a considerable increase of 
population." If, then, the condition of 
the people of Kansas is as bad as the 
Brethren's papers represent it to be, 1 
would advise all to leave for some more 
congenial clime as soon as iiossible. The 
idea however of a country being applaud- 
ed for its natural productiveness and sa- 
lulirious atuiosi)here, as Kansas has been, 
and then her inhabitants to be reduced to 
destitution, want and starvation by the 
ravages of a swarm of grasshoppers, in 
the short period of one month, is not 
easy to comprehend. I, however, have 
no doubt but what this matter is greatly 
exaggerated, and the Brethren have cer- 
tainly given it much prominence. 

In supi)ort of my belief of exaggera* 
tion, I olfer the following testimony : 
I received a letter from a man living in 
the grasshopper district ; the man called 
me brother, (I do not know him.) The 
letter was written before the hei/ginrj was 
l)Ut in motion. He said he owed a pay- 
ment on his land, for which he had 
jiledged his team, and now having lost 
ills corn crop he must feed his wheat, and 
to save his team he wants aid to meet his 
obligations, etc. 

On last Sunday I was shown a letter 
written December 5ih, ]S74, by a former 
citizen of Frederick county, Maryland, to 
a friend at his old home. He very vividly 
describes the swarms of grasshoppers 
and their ravages, and how long, and 
how far he had to haul water for family 
use, and forty-two fattening hogs, and 
how abundant the prairie chickens arc, 
with a great variety of local news and 
gossi]>, etc., but not one word docs he 
hint at either want or starvation. 1 
would multiply similar testimonies, but 
will only give f.n extract from an editorial 



in the Chicago Tribune, oitha 17th inst., 
(January.) It says : 

"The rcportsof the suffering in Kansas 
from the ravages ot gras.shoppers, have 
been greatly exaggerated. There has 
been proof enough to sati.>fy the public 
that there has been considerable snfTering 
in some of the northwestern ciunties of 
Kansas, but subsequent information 
shows the truth has been grossly exag- 
gerated for the purpose of working upon 
the .sympathies and pockets of charitable 
people in the Middle and Eastern, as well 
as the Western States, and getting con- 
tributions for the relief of suffering Knn- 
sus. The country is literally swarming 
with beggars from that State, who are 
magnifying the accounts of suffering, 
and collecting in propoition to the di- 
mensions of their stories. 

"When the Legislature of Kansas, on 
the call of the Governor, met in extra 
session, a short time ago, it authoiized 
all the county boards to issue and sell 
bonds for the relief of the people in each 
county who had sulfered from the grass- 
hopper scourge, so as to enable them to 
put in their winter crops and obtain secvl 
for their spring planting. Only one 
county (Reno) availed itself of this priv- 
ilege, and that county, throiigli the oper- 
ation of a ringof speculaiors, had already 
issued bonds to an amount exceeding the 
selliiig value of property in the county. 
In addition to this, it is a notorious f.ict 
that Kinsas is full of cattle, fodder, grain 
and fruits of all kinds. Its farmers were 
never better off financially than now. 
Notwithstanding this, nothing has been 
done in the State toward relieving itself. 
The begging committees in the State 
itself, which is overflowing witli jiroducts, 
and which boasts its three thousand miles 
of railroad, and its 600,000 or TOO.QiX) 
population, have not tarried at home, 
but have set off on their mendicant pil- 
griuiage througli the East and the We.-t, 
and are now narrating their stories of 
destitution and obtaining provisions and 
money to the valuu of tens of thousands 
of dollars. The point to be impressed 
upon the public i» that Kansas is abunde 
antly able to take care of its sulforers 
without outside aid, and this point we 
feel warranted in as>seiting upon good 
authority, as up to this time she has 
done little or nothing, because the people 
abroad have rushed en masse to the suc- 
cor of starving (?) Kan.sas." 

As far as I know the churches East 
have generally responded to the demands 
made upon them, and therefore think it 
a useless expenditure of money to pay 
expenses of traveling canvassers. 



No real greatness can long coexist 
with deceit ; the whole faculties of 
niau must be exerted in order to call 
forth noble energies ; and he who is 
not earnestly sincere lives but half 
bia beingi^elf tnutiiatod,gelf paraljzed. 



CHRISTIAN FAMILY COMPANION AND GOSPEL VISITOR. 



89 



FOR THE YOUNG 



Tbree Good I^eBsous. 



".One of my first lessons," said Mr. 
Sturgis, the eminent merchant, "wa8 
in 1813, when I was eleven yeara 
old. My grandfather had a flock of 
sheep which were carefully tended 
during the wars of those time?. I 
was the shepherd boy and my busi- 
ness was to watch the sheep in the 
field. A boy who was more fond of 
bis book than the sheep was sent 
with me, but left the work to me, 
while he lay under the tree and read. 
I did not like that, and finally went 
to my grandfather and complained. 
I shall never forget the kind smile of 
the old gentleman as he said : 

"Never niind, Jonathan, my boy : 
if you watch the sheep you will have 
the sheep."' 

"What does grandfather mean by 
that?" I said to myself 'I don't 
exp^'ct to have the sheep." My desires 
were moderate, and a fine buck was 
worth a hundred dollars. I could 
not exactly make out in my mind 
what it was, but I bad great confi- 
dence in him, for he was a judge, and 
had been to Congress in Washing- 
ton's time; sol went back content- 
edly to the sheep. After I got into 
the field I could not keep his wordi; 
out of my bead. Then I thought of 
Sunday's lesson : "Thou hast been 
faithful over a few things, I will 
make thee ruler over many things." 
I began to see through it. "Never 
you mind who neglects his duty : be 
you faithful and you will have your 
reward." 

I received a good leeson soon after 
I came to New York as a clerk to the 
late Lyman Reed. A merchant from 
Ohio, who knew me, came to buy 
goods and said : "Make yourself so 
useful that they can not do without. 
you." I took his meaning quicker 
than I did that of my grandfather. 

Well I worked upon these two 
ideas until Mr. Reed oilered me a 
partnership in the business. The 
first morning after the partnership 
was made known, Mr. James Geery, 
the old tea merchant, called to con- 
gratulate me, and he said : "Be care- 
ful who you walk the streets with." 
That was lesson number three 

And what valuable lessons they 
are! "Fidelity in all things ;" "do 
your best for your employers ;" "care- 
fulness hbout your associates." Let 



every body take these lesions home 
and study them well. They are the 
foundation stones of character and 
honorable success. — Selected. 



A l<rav« Reply. 



"Come on, boys, to the lower pond," 
said Tom Thom.«on as he swept up 
in front of Frank, Charlie, and Fred. 
"They are having glorious fun down 
there. Bill Smith has built a large 
shed on the bank, and opened a saloon. 
They have a good fire, rafiling, music, 
and warm, spiced ale, only ten cents 
a glass." 

"Not for me," said Frank, the mid- 
dle boy of the three. 

"Why not," said Fred. 

"Because," answered Frank, "I do 
not wish to make myself a liar and a 
thief. I promised my mother that I 
would not go to the lower pond ; and 
if I did go, I should not only lie, but 
rob her of the confidence she now has 
in me." 

"But she would not know, so yon 
would not take away her coufideuco," 
said Charlie. 

Frank looked indignant. 

"Do you thinka big boy like myself 
could look a sick mother in the eyes 
after cheating her, without her seeing 
traitor written on my face ? Why, 
she would know I had beeu a mean 
boy as soon aa she looked at me. Be- 
sides," said Frank, "why should we 
go? Here everything is pure ; there 
nothing is pure. The glorious moon 
gives better light than Smith's lamps, 
without the smell of coal oil. The 
steel on the ice with our jolly song, 
is better music than is made by the 
asthmatic organ at the saloon, and 
without the accompaniment of oaths. 
We can get warm with our skates, 
without the tobacco smoke. We have 
a belter drink, without the ten cents 
a glass. Here all is pure ; there all 
is mixed with sin; so I stav where 
I am." 

"So will we all !" sang out the 
boys ; and away they went across 
the pond, and even Carlo barked in 
approval of his young master's senti- 
ments. 



Yon Will Not iSwear. 



One day a gentleman abserved a 
group of boys, bent on play, strongly 
urging another boy to join them. He 
was struck with the very decided 
"No" which the boy gave to all their 



entreaties. Anxious to see the result 
he stepped into an entry, where he 
could hear and see, and not be much 
observed. 

"That boy has a will to resist the 
whole band of them," he said to him- 
self " 

A last effort was made to induce 
him to come with them — 

"Now, James, will you not come ? 
you are such a good player." 

"Yes," he replied, "but on one con- 
dition. Give me your hands that you 
will not swear, and I will go." 

They did so, and with joy they ran 
ofi" to play. We are sure the game 
lost none of its interest for the want 
of swearing. Noble boy 1 not asham- 
ed to show that he was on the Lord's 
side, even in the face of ungodly play- 
fellows. 



Ttae liiltle Drawer. 



"Where did you get your orderly 
habits?" I at-ked a lady who never 
had to waste a moment ia hunting 
for things out of their place. 

"When I was four years old," she 
answered, "my mother gave me a lit- 
tle drawer to put my clothes in. 
'Make it your business, my dear 
child,' she said, 'to keep that drawer 
neat and tidy. Let me never find it 
in disorder.' 

"Once she sent for me to come 
from a party of little girls in order to 
put away a pair of stockings careless- 
ly left on the floor ; and I used some- 
times to think mother was hard on 
me ; but now I see I owe my good 
habits to the care I was made to take 
of the little drawer when I was four 
years old." 

You see how easily habits are form- 
ed. It is never too late to begin a 
good one. 



A Screw Loose.— When I hear a 
boy speaking of his father as "the old 
man" or "the governor," I know that 
there is a screw loose, and the boy 
has taken a long step towards the 
bad. And the girl who pouts when 
reproved by her mother, and jerks off 
her bonnet in a pet when restrained 
from going abroad, has already mu- 
tinied against the law of Heaven, and 
entered a road that leads to a gulf 
from which there is no return. 



A hypocrite with his mouth des- 
troyeth his neighbor ; but through 
knowledge shall the just be delivered. 



PO 



CHRISTIAN FAMILY COMFANIOl^ AND GOSrEL VISITOR. 



Christian Familv Companion 

AND 

GOSPEL VISITOR. 
MEYEllSDALE, Pa., Feb. 9, 1875. 

The Majesty ol Goodness. 

The evil bow b(foie the ijood ; ami the 
TPicked at the ga.es of ihe righteous.— 
Prov. XIV. 19. 

Associating with the word how, the 
meaning of reverence, respect, homajie, 
or worship, or all of them together, which 
the word in common use properly ex- 
presses, we have conve3'ed to us in the 
language of the Scripture quoted, the 
idea that the evil res|)cct, and more tlian 
respect, the good ; that i.i, that wicked 
persons pay respect and homage to the 
good. But how cun we reconcile this 
with the facta that the history of the 
world presents to us, or with what our 
own observation and ex|ierience .'-ecui to 
teach us? Are not the wicked the su- 
preme in society ? Do they not usually 
occupy the highest seats of honor and 
influence even in Christian countries, or 
in what is regarded or called Christian 
society ? And do not the good seem to 
■ be despised and oupres.sed? 

That the wicked seem to rule and 
prosper, while the good are ol'ten desti- 
tute and oppressed, is one of the things 
which lias often per|)lexed the minds of 
good men ; as it would seem to be coti-' 
traiy to what we might expect under the 
government of a benevolent and just God. 
Jeremiah expressed himself as I'ollows : 
"Kiglueous art thou, O Lord, when I 
plead with thee : yet let me talk with 
thee of thy judgments: Wiierefore doth 
the way of the wicked prosper? Where- 
fure are all they happy tliat deal very 
treach'*ri)usly ?" — .Jer. 12:1. Tiie psalm- 
ist had a strong temptation to envy the 
wicked when he saw their prosperity, as 
his language shows: "But as forme, 
my feet were almost gone ; my steps had 
well nigh slipjicd. For I was envious at 
the foolisii, wlien 1 saw the prosperity of 
the wicked."— Pd. 73:2, 3. To the eye, 
then, of the common observer, it would 
appear that the good bow to the wicked, 
or that the wicked arc the honored in the 
world, ahtate of tliiuirs directly oi)]jositc 
to that declared in the jia-sage heading 
our article. But (iod "calleth those 
things which be not, as though they 
were." — Horn. 4:17. That is, he speaks 



of things as they ought to be, and a.^ they 
will be, as if they were already so. 

'"The evil bow before the good." This 
imlieates a state of thiiigs that alwaj-s 
ought to be, if it is not. It is just and 
proper that it should be so. The good 
are the truly great, honorable and royal. 
They are a "royal priesthood." — 1 Peter 
2:9. They are the "sons of God," — 1 
John .3:1 — "heirs of immortal crowns 
divine." They can trace their lineage to 
the royal family of heaven with as much 
certainty and precision as could the Jew- 
ish priests theirs to the family of Levi. 
Tiiere are more true royalty, honor and 
dignify, in the log cabin of ihe godly, 
tlian in the palace of a wicked monarch. 
The good are the salt of the earth ; and 
it there were no good people in it, it 
would soon be as Sodom and Gomorrah. 
The good, theiefore, are deserving of the 
liomage and respect of the wicked, and 
therefore the "evil should bow to the 
good," since these are far .superior to the 
wicked. 

"The evil bow to the nood." This is a 
state of things which every mind not ex- 
tremely depraved, and dead to all that is 
good and right, mu-^t approve of. What- 
ever may be the moral or religious char- 
acter of many ; however little the prin- 
ciples of the gospel may seem to influence 
them ; and they may even go so far under 
some circumstances, as to withhold their 
assent i'rom the truth or importance of 
Christianity ; nevertheless, within their 
own hearts, if their conscience and judg- 
ment are left to act with any degree of 
freedom, they cannot but respect and pay 
homage to such a cliaracter as the perfect 
aw of God inculcates, requires, and forms 
when in a proper state of mind it is sub 
mitted to. Bad men are often compelled, 
by the laws of their mor.il nature, to re- 
spect and pay homage to the good. 
Honesty, benevolence, truth and chastity, 
with all the elements that constitute the 
CInistian character, must command re- 
spect. And where is the conscience that 
bows not to them? Yes, "the evil," es- 
pecially (he evil in Christian countries, 
who liavc the advantage of gospel light 
to enable them to form a just estimate of 
the influence of both sin and Christianity 
upon human life, character and destinyi 
cannot resist the impuhc to "bow to 
goodness," so far, at lea.st, a.s to acknowl- 
edge it is preferable to vice, as will 
clearly appear when their effects upon 



mankind are considered and understood. 
And in many cases were it nut for the 
pride of their hearts, and the love of the 
world, they would with all the feelings of 
a true worshiper, bow to the source of all 
goodness, to God himself, and sincerely 
adore him, and woi>hip at his altar. 

Again, there is another way in which 
the evil bow tc goodness. It is when the 
afllictions of life overtake them. \Vhcn 
adver>;ity comes with its sufi'erir.gs and 
troubles, and when death comes with its 
stern demands, to whoui do the evil go? 
Do they not bow to goodness, by going 
to the good for relief and comfort? It 
was so with Pharaoh. When he saw tire 
|)la,i:uc upon his land and people, he 
"sent and called for Moses and Aaron, 
and said unto them, I have sinned thii 
time: the Loid is righteous, and I and 
my people are wicked. Entreat the Lord 
(for it is enough) that thtrc be no more 
mighty thunderings and hail." — Ex. ix. 
27,28 And so it often liappen^ with 
those who have served the world, and 
bowed to the authority of its cu-toms 
and fashions, when brought to a djing 
bed, they then bow to goodness, by ac- 
knowledging that it alone can prepare 
them to meet God. 

There is another aspect under which 
the statement th it "the evil bow before 
the good," should be looked at, and 
from which the truth of the statement 
will further ajtpear. Tho tra j is coming 
whet) good and evil in their time and real 
characters will be so fully revealed, that 
the abhorent character of evil, and the 
majesty, the glory, the excellency and the 
importance of goodness, will be acknowl- 
edged by all inte!liget:t beings. This 
revelation of goodness and evil will be 
made in the judgment if not before. 
Tiien will things be seen apd known as 
they never hail been before. "And the 
foolish said unto the wise, give us of your 
oil ; I'or our lamps are troiie out." — Matt. 
25:S. Here the lbo!i.-h virtually acknowl- 
edge their f )lly, and pay homage to the 
prudence of the wise. 

Chri.-tian reader, the ciuse you have 
espou.sed, in embracing Christ and his 
doctrine, muot sooner or later command 
the homage and respect of even the evil, 
since it is not only divine in its origin, but 
wisely adapted to the promo: ion of the 
highest interests of mankind. Your 
position then is right ; maintain it with 
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as will compel the ungodly to respect it. 
and bow to it. And let the unconverted 
remember that the frood, and the 
g ol only, are right and safe; 
that the life and principles of the good 
will one day receive the approval of all 
jnte'ligent beings. If you are now con 
strained to render homage to the good, 
a"* you probably are, do not only bow to 
the good, but al.so bow to the .>;cepter of 
Christ, and possess not only a respect for 
goodness, but goodness itself 



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(Jorrespoiuimcce of church tiews solicited frorft 
all parts of the Broihcrhoed. V^'riter's name 
atid address required on every conwi^itiicatioti 
IS guarantee of good faith. liejected co)nmutii- 
ttLtions or manuscript nsed, not returned. All 
e immuf.ications for publication should be xerit 
tiHUpon one mitl&ofthe ^he-,t only. 

From SoHtberu Kausas. 

Left home on foot, the 18th of Decern 
ber, to visit tlij scatcermg brethren thro' 
Wilson and JMoiitgouiery counries, iho^e 
two counties composing but one church. 
We had twelve meetings, and there was 
much interest manifer>ted among the 
brethren in their Master's cause. I was 
gone from home nearly two weeks. On 
my return found all well. Many (hanks 
to the dear brethren who treated us .^o 
kindly while among them. May the 
]jord bless the effort that we tried to i)Ut 
forth for good. 

S- HODGDEN. 



Cburcli News. 

January 20, 1S75. 

Brother James : 

As church news seems to be read 
with pleasure by must persons, we here 
give you a short sketch of our meetings 
in tlie Coventry Church the present 
winter. 

Elder Graybill Meyers and his brother 
Cliristian 3Ieyers, came and paid us a 
visit on the 2()th ot December and stayed 
with us until the 4th of January. Jiro. 
J. P. IJetrie, from Philadelphia, oame on 
Tuesday and stayed until Thursday, the 
7th in>t. 

We have two stated places of worship 
in the Coventry Church, viz : The Breth- 
ren's meeting housb of North Coventry, 
Ciiester Couniy, where we meet for wor- 
ship every alternate Sunday, and the 
other at Lawreneevilie, where we meet 
the other Sabbaths. We held three meet- 
ings at Lawreneevilie, while the breth^ 
ren were with us — the three first- Wo 
had meeting the balance of the time in 
the North Coventry meeting-house. 

'We had meeting every evening from 
Monday until the next Wednesday even- 
ing a week following, as stated above. 
Also, live day meetings, including Sab- 



bath. Tfie meetings were pretty well at- 
tended by the members of the church, 
who live .vcattered, and also largely by 
neighbors who are friendly to the Breth- 
ren. Good order prevailed, and very 
strict attention was paid to tlie word 
spoken- 

Among other ministering brethren who 
labored among us, were brethren Isaac 
I'rice and Wm. Nice, and the minister- 
ing brethren who are at heme with us, 
four in numher. The brethren urged us 
to examine the law and the testimony ; 
not to pin our faitli to any huinaa being's 
sleeve, but look alone to Jesus, the Sav- 
iour of the world. 

Tlie brother who last spoke to us told 
us that we, each one, could do something 
fur God ; each one could pray, each one 
could speak a kind word to the weary and 
heavy laden, and each and every one 
could pray earne,-tly for the minister that 
his tongue might be made loose, that he 
with boldness might speak all the words 
of this life. And we say we think by the 
grace of God each can set a good example 
to the world, and the members of the 
church, that others out of love may Le 
constrained to full ia with the offers of 
meicy, and seek the Lord while he may 
be found and call upon him while he is 
near. 

We have not heard of any who have 
yet been induced to come with us to serve 
the Lord, bat trust the seed thus sown 
may produce fruit to the glory of God, 
that in eternity we may r(joicc that the 
effort was made by the chuich to reach 
sinners. May God in his inlinite mercy 
bless us abundaiitly out of the rich treas- 
ures of his grace. 

Fraternally yours, 

John Y. Eisenbekq. 
JEast Coven b-y, Fa. 



ferson County, Kansas ; and all money 
should be sent to his address at Grasshop- 
per Falls. 

Now, brethren, if this be carried out 
tlure will be no trouble, and the needy 
will get it. And further, unless there be 
feed soon sent for the horses, there can 
be no crop raised thii year. We hear 
almost every day of horses dying for the 
want of leed. Now, if any of our breth- 
ren want better infiirmation they can 
have the same by addressing Wm. Gish, 
Fiock Creek Station, or the undersigned 
at Osawkee, ICansas. 

Yours iu brotherly love, 

A. L Pearsall. 



SulTiriiig lu Kansas. 

January 28th, 1875. 

Mr. James Quinter : — 

Dear Brother :— For the benefit 
of our Brethren in the Eatt, who are 
making contributions fnr the needy in 
Kansas, I thought 1 would try and give 
them a true iiistory of the suffering here 
in Kansas. 

There are some families already suffer- 
ing lor the necessaries of life, and more 
soon will be unless immediate steps 
be taken to relieve them. ^Ve have 
already received some aid from our Breth- 
ren, and I understand that there has been 
some goods sent by our brethren to the 
general receiving agent at Topeka, Kan- 
sas, which cannot be had. 

Now, brethren, let me say to you, be 
very careful and send no goods or money 
to any one, except those brethren ap- 
pointed by the Brethren for that purpose. 
We, the members of the Grasshopper 
Valley Church, have appointed William 
Gish as our agent. All goods should be 
sent to him to llock Creek Station, Jef- 



From IIIluols. 

January 10th, 1875. 

Dear Brethren, Sisters and Friends : 

A few days ago we received a 
letter from one of our Eastern friends, 
staling that they heard we were burned 
out entirely, and that some inquiry had 
been made concerning this report, and 
many of our friends were wondering why 
we do not write to them. Some thoujflit 
we had forgotten our Eastern friends, 
and .said they would write to us if they 
knew our address, etc. 

Now, as we do not know who would 
like to hear from us, and write to us, we 
thought we would take this method of 
informing all tho.-e that feel an interest 
in our behalf, where we are and how we 
are. It is far from it that we have fore- 
gotten our friend-. But I wrote so olten 
to so many different ones of my old 
friends and acquaintances, and sometimes 
even on business without getting an an- 
swer, till I got discouraged, and stopped 
writing. 

Vv'^e live in McD<_'nough countj', Illinois, 
eight miles southwest of Macomb, the 
county seat of MeDonough county. Ma- 
comb is about two hundred miles south- 
west of Chicago, on the Chicago, Bur- 
lington and Quincy Railroad. _ The land 
is good ; the most of the farming land is 
prairie. Timber is near at hand. Coal 
is plenty at 7 to 8 cents per bu.shel, or 
$1.75 to $2.U0 per ton at the bank. 

lam living with my son Samuel, and 
we are all will. The climate seems to be 
healthy. IMy hcakh is better since I 
came to ihis country, than it was for 
years bef jre, for wliieh I feel very thank- 
ful. We have a small church here, num- 
bering between forty and fifty members, 
and spread i)ver a territory of fifty miles, 
nearly all English. 

About the western fire we know noth- 
ing. Our crops were tolerably good. 
The chintz bugs done some injury to the 
spring wheat and corn. The grasshop- 
pers did us no harm. All those that 
wish to hear from us should write and 
we will answer. 

My love to all. 

JO.SEPH 1\IyERS. 

Fandon, McDonongh Co., Ills. 



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Church Newa. 

January 19, 1S75. 

Brother Quinter : — 

We have just closed a series 
of meetings in our meeting hou^e, in tlie 
Bpringfielu Church, coniujcncing in the 
evening of January lotii and ending on 
the J 7th, nine meetings in ail. 

We exi)ectcd elders II. D. Davy and 
C. Kaylor to he with u<. Brother Davy 
wa.s called to a council meeiing in Stark 
county, on the Vlih inst., and about the 
time of the council meeting took sijk 
with erysipelas and was obliged to return 
to his home the morning of the 13th. 
Brother Kaylor came on alone, and he 
with our own brethren and bretlircn from 
neighboring churches, continued the 
meetings as previously arranged. 

Our iiieetiiigs were well attended, and 
the gospel effectually promulgated in its 
primitive purity. We at first felt some- 
what disappointed that brotlier Davy 
could not be with us, and deeply sympa» 
thizcd with him in his afflictions, but felt 
to cheerfully submit ourselves to the 
will of the Lord, who doeth all things 
well. 

The word spoken seemed to have a 
deep injjircssion on tlie members and 
we fondly hope that all have oeen built 
up in our most holy faith and that the 
result of cur meetings may bring many 
Bouls from darkness to the marvelous 
light, and that the Lord may ble.-6 our 
dear brethren who have been here and 
labored so assiduously and liiitlifuUy for 
us in the vineyard of the Lord. 
Yours in Christian love, 

Jacob Misiiler. 

Mogadore, Ohio. 



liittle Anna is Dead ! 

Four small words, yet what a flood of 
tenrs it has caused. Three years ago the 
father of little Anna bade his wife and 
child farewell, and started west to secure 
a hou^e to move into, and expected to 
meet his family in a few weeks. He 
rented a house and was getting all ready, 
but, alas ! wlicn the time came for them 
to go, the tyrant death laid his cold hand 
on the motlier, and in place of meeting 
his family, he received the sad news of 
her death ; and now, without a moments 
warning, tbc notice of the death of bright 
little Anna. 

We all think it hard when death enters 
our home, but how must tiiose I'eel, when 
the first news they receive, is that the 
cold grave enclo.^es their loved ones in 
death's cold sleep? 

Jvittle Atma was living with her grand- 
parents. Ilcr death was caused by a 
B'jald. The injunction, "\\'cep with 
them that wtep," wa.s indeed done in 
this case. I think many of those at the 
fanerul, will long remember tiic day ; may 
it be a h'.sson to us all. 

Dear reader, pause, think, "What are 
thy hopes beyoud the grave ?" 



"Death enters and thf^re's no defense, 
His time there's none can teli." 

We are all hastening to eternity. So 
let this be another warning, and let us be 
wise and profit by it. 

Little Anna, the idol of the family, 
how fair her torm, how bright her eye ! 
But— 

"Alas ! how changed that lovely flow'r, 
Which bloom'd and cheer'd our hearts." 

How uncertain is life, and liow true the 
.saying: "In the midst of lite we are in 
death," While enjoying health, and in 
her childhood glee, the pale messenger 
comes and in the short space of twenty- 
four hours she is gone. She is no longer 
a citizen of earth — 

"The once loved form — 
Now cold in death," 

is free ; far — 

"From adverse blasts aud low'riag storms, 

Her favored soul has gone. 
And with jon bright, angelic forms, 

She lives to die no more." 

Though we now feel .sad, and the ties 
of nature twine round our hearts as tho' 
they could not be riven, yet we are glad 
to know that — 

"Hope looks beyond the bounds of time, 

When what we now deplore 
Shall rise in fuil immo: tal prime, 

Aud bloom to fade no more. 

"Cease, then, fond nature, cease thy tears ; 

Thy Savioar dwells ou high ; 
There everlasting sprlug ai>pears ; 

There }ojs shall nuvor dlj." 

S. H. Sprogle. 
SJiannon, Ills. 



From (he Paciflc Coast. 

January 5, 1875. 
Dear Brethren and Sixters, and Friend. i 

in the East : 

I have for some weeks felt 
as if it might be my duty to drop a few 
lines to the Companion and Viiitor, for 
your perusal, especially to those which 
have had correspondence with me since 
I have been on this coast. The number 
has been many, atid quite a rmuiber have 
made up their tuinds to move to this 
country, as soon as they can make the 
proper arrangements. And as I know 
they feel a desire to know what they can 
do here, shouM they part with Uioir 
homes in the East, that have afforded 
them a living for years gone by, and not 
alone that, but many of their dear friends 
they would have to leave back, never to 
sec their faces again in this world, while 
they go to seek their comforts and homes 
in the far west. This is the thought 
every Itither and mother siiould have who 
have a home. 

I will say, consider the matter well, as 
it la quite ati undertaking ibr a family 



with .several children, yet it can be done 
with courage and patience. Now then, 
I will try and tell you what you con do 
here, which as the object of this letter. 
The chances have been good for buying 
bind this fall and winter, as good as at 
any time since we have been here, espec- 
ially for those who can command some 
money. Fur more satisfaction to you, 1 
will give you the price of a few tracts of 
land near here. One tract said' to con- 
tain three hundred acres, two thirds or 
mote river bottom land, and hill good for 
pasturing. This bottom land is a sandy 
loam, perfectly free from stone; it is 
thickly covered with ash and myrtle tim- 
ber ; on the hills cedar and fir,— can bo 
had for three thousand dollars. This 
tract lies near a good school- hou'ie. 

Another tract of one hundred and sixty 
acres, fifteen acres of which are cleared, 
said to be nearly all river bottom land, 
cm be had for fifteen hundred dollars. 
Anoi her tract of one hundred and sixty 
acres, about all bottom land, probably 
twenty acres cleared and under fence ; 
house on it, so tliat a family can just be 
at home — price two thousand dollars. 
This is a choice home ; plenty of good 
soft water. Another tract containitg 
one hundred and .sixty acres, several 
acres cleared and under fence, v>-ith house 
on it. This tiact is probably one-half 
river bottom land — price one thousand 
dollars- There is plenty of good bottom 
land olfcred for twelve and a half dollars 
per acre ; and there arc plenty of chances 
to buy eLims from those that have not 
lived on them the five years as the law 
retiuires. Such can be had for from five 
hundred up to fifteen hundred dollars, 
according to improvenjcnis ; they relins 
quish their right aud you ciin homestead 
it. The chances for taking new home- 
steads are not good. 

Now, brethren, you that have express- 
ed a desire to move to this country, don't 
be discouraged. In regard to health I 
would say, there have several members 
moved to this valley in j>oor health, and 
they are getting along well ; some arc 
getting riglit .stout. The winters are 
very mild. We only have had a few 
frosts this winter, and at no time was the 
ground frozen so hard as to interfere with 
l)lotting. To-day, .January otli, many 
are busy sowing wheat. Tiie ground is 
in very good order fijr putting in the 
crop. I feci fully satisfied liiut you can 
make homes here that will be pleasant, 
with contentment and industry. I don't 
know that ever I held forth the idea 
that men would inereasc their earthly 
store by coming here, but I have held 
forth the idea that men coming to this 
valley, and being industrious, and the 
Lord adding his blessing, they can have 
plenty to make themselves comfortable. 
1 have, however, written somewhat en- 
couragingly to those that are weakly arid 
in poor healtli, and who cannot stand the 
cold winters of the east. 1 do think, 
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many of you to try the pure air coming 
from the sea. 

Now, brethren, I have written this 
letter for the benefit of those who have 
exprcs.'^ed a desire to move to this coast. 
1 know it is an undertaking that ought 
to be well considered ; but one thing is 
certain, it is home here to us. God's 
blessing is over all his works, and when 
you leave your dear brethren, don't think 
you will never find such ones again, for 
ull the Lord's children are alike, and 
there are a few, we think, on this coast, 
that have been with Jesus. Their com- 
pany i.i sweet to me, so I feel at home 
here with my brethren and sistcri, as 
much so as at any other place ; and for 
your satisfjiclion, I would say, there is 
room and eiianccs for hundreds to gof 
homes at reasonable rates, and labor 
plenty for the young men, especially dur- 
ing the summer season, at $1 50 per day, 
c-ommon hibor. By the month, from 
$35.00 to $50 00. about $40 00 being the 
common price. The labor is lumbering, 
chopping and clearing. 

Now, brethren and dear friends, you 
that know me, and those that do not 
know me in the flesh, I want you to lake 
what I have written for what you think 
it is worth. As for myself, what I have 
written, I have done it; in all good con^ 
tidence. 

From your brother, 

David Bauklow. 

Ott, Oregon. 



Notes ot Travel. 

November 1G, 1874. 

Brother Quinter : 

By the request of many friends 
and brethren, I will give a brief sketch 
of my visit of love. 

I left Buckhannon, October 22nd, in 
company with friend George W. RatlifF 
and VVm. II. Gibson, and stopped at the 
house of our esteemed brother, Dr. P. 
C. Mu.s.s'^r, in the West Fork arm of the 
church, Lewis county, West Vircinia. 
Tried to preach that night in the Breth- 
ren's meeting house, which was a difficult 
task, as I had somewhat of a sore 
throat. Next day, 23id, we took our 
leave of that esteemed family, and started 
to Dodridge county. Stot.ped at the 
house of our beloved brother, Milton 
Czigan, and tried to preach that night in 
brother C. Zigan's house. The congrega-- 
tion was small, but attentive, and seem>- 
ingly interested. 

On the following morning, 24th, we 
took leave of this friendly family, and 
started to Ritchie county, with friend 
Isaac (V.igans, as pilct, and slopped at 
the house of brother John Fiicdley, in 
the Rock Camp arm of the church, and 
tried to preach in a school-house on Bro. 
John's farm, at three o'clock, to a small 
but attentive congregation. Here we 
had the pleasure of making the acquaint- 
ance of brother Martin Cochran, a co- 



laborer of brother Friedley. We were 
met here by brother Peachey II. Reeves, 
from Cairo station, this county, on the 
Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. We en« 
joyed the friendship of brother Friedley 
and family for the night, and the next 
day, Sabbath, 25th, went to the Den Run 
school house, some five miles from Bro. 
Friedley'?, and tried to preach to a very 
large congregation, so much so that not 
near all could get into the hnuse, and I 
had to stand in the door. The sermon 
seemed to be received very favorably, as 
there was some that gave expression ol 
it by their tears. Took dinner with 
brother Michael Hoover, who lives near 
the place of meeting. Tried to preach at 
night, at the house of brother Martin 
Cochran, to a full house, having good 
attention. We tried to impart to them 
some of the laws of high heaven. AVc 
enjoyed the friendship of brother Coch- 
ran and family fur the night. 

On the followini: morning, 26th, in 
company with brother Reeves, we started 
for his home in Cairo, and as the Baptist 
friends were carrying on a meeting, we 
had no meeting at this place. We were 
met here by brother Thomas II. Reeves, 
who lives seven miles dowi. the Ilnghes 
River from Cario, to pilot us to his home. 
Next day, 27ih, in company with brother 
Peachy Reeves and sister Catharine, his 
wife, we went to brother Thomas H. 
Reeves, on Gillespie's Run, and tried to 
preach that night to an attentive congre- 
gation, at the house of brother Thomas 
Reeves. Next day, 28th, we tried to 
preach the funeral of Samuel Middleton, 
at the Gillespie school-house, at 3 o'clock. 
Text 38lh chapter of Isaiah, latter clause 
of the first verse. The deceased was 
aged 21 years, 8 months and 3 days. 
Meeting again at night. In this vicinity 
of the county they never heard the 
Brethren preach before. The attendance 
and attention was good, considering the 
busy time of the year. Some began to 
make inquiry concerning the doctrine 
taught them, and we tried to give the 
best instruction possible from the gospel. 
We hope the seed sown among them will 
some day be productive of a harvest unto 
eternal life. 

On the morning of the 29th, I and 
friend Ratlaff started for Wert county, 
with brother Thomas Reeves as pilot, 
some twelve miles over to Oil Rock, some 
six miles from Elizabeth, the county-seat 
of Wirt county. We left Wm. R. Gib- 
son at brothei Reeves', as his horse was 
not fit to ride, having his back hurt. We 
were very sorry to have to leave him. 
parting at brother Reeves, I and friend 
Ratiifl" went on to Elizabeth, the above 
named tovvn, crossed the Kanawha River 
on a ferry-l'ont, ;iiul then took up Tucker 
Creek. AVe began to make inquiry lor 
Brethren, and were directed to brother 
George Gott's. The Wirt county Breths 
ren knew nothingof our coming. At the 
time I made arrangement to go to Roane 
county, I knew nothing about the route, 



and therefore I did not let them know of 
our coming. But while in Ritchie 
county, the Brethren there informed us 
it would not be much out of the way to 
go that way, and as we had the time to 
spare, we went, and arrived at brother 
Got's awhile before nicht. We con- 
cluded to have meeting that night. Bro. 
Got started his son out to give the word, 
while we went to brother Samuel Boice's 
house. Brother Boicc has charge of 
thii arm of the church, with brother 
Thomas Shownlier and brother John 
Got to a.ssist him in his ministerial duties. 
At night we I'.sscmhicd at ti)e Brethren's 
meeting house, where we tried to preach 
again. For the short notice of but a few 
hours, we bad a very good congregation. 
At this place they bad the best singing 
that I heard while I was gone. I stayed 
all night at brother Boice's, and enjoyed 
their friendship. 

Next day, .30th, we started for Roane 
county, arriving at brother Charles D. 
Hess', at night, who lives six miles above 
Spencer, the county- seat of Ro.ine county. 
Brother Hess moved from the Buckhan- 
non arm some three years ago. Next 
day, 31st, had meeting at a school house 
near brother Hess', at 1 1 o'clock, and 
took dinner at old Mr. Cavenees. We 
had meeting aguin at night. Lodged 
again at brother Hess'. Next day, Sun> 
day, November 1st, we tried to pseach 
the funeral of brother Charles and sister 
Mary Hess's child, little Ida, who died 
April 15th, 1874, to as large a congrega- 
tion as we ever stood up before to deliver 
heaven's law. Text, 2nd Kings 4:26 : 
'"Is it well with the child ?" In this vi- 
cinity of the county, they never heard 
the sound of a Dunkard's voice behind 
the sacred de>k. They flocked in from 
far and near, some came the distance of 
fitleen miles to meeting. On Sunday, 
while standing before this large multitude 
of human beings, my prayer was sent 
away to the hill of heaven, for help, for 
Jesus to make one in our midst, not 
knowing there was any of my brethren or 
sisters near, only the two above named. 
While preaeliiiig, I turned to look out of 
the window that had been hoisted to let 
the sound go out to reach the ears of 
those who had assembled at the window 
to hear God's word, and to my great joy 
I saw just outside of the wiodaw, an old 
brother who bore that visible mark of the 
Brethren on his forehead, which made 
my poor heart rejoice within me. It 
gave me new courage, strengthening me 
to think some Brethren were near- to 
raise me up though I should fall. Breth- 
ren what joy it gives to sec those we lore, 
and if we are eliildren of God, we will 
love, and what a nice thing it \g to sco 
brethren and sisters in their uniform fol- 
lowing in the fbotstejjs of Jesu*^, not 
■'being conformed to this world, bnt 
being transformed,'' thr.t we may be «blo 
to prove what is the perfect will of God. 
After meetinif 1 umdo tbu l»«»py <»•- 
quaintance of brother James S. Sears and 



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OHRISTIAN FAMILY COMPANION AND GOSPEL VISITOR. 



brother E-au Cliannel, who had landed 
in Koano coun'j' jast one week b.'fore, 
froiu Tunker eoiinry, W'c.-;! Vir>ri!iia,lVoi)i 
the Sliilo ari;i of ilio church, which 
brother elder ]i}ii:>.s A>:vil proside;; over. 
The abi)ve naiued hiotlircii's addre-'s is 
Kecdyville, Riane ooiinty,\Vo.st Virginia. 
1 rtlso niado iho acquHiniaiio'! '•(' i/ld pistcr 
Sophia Noel, wha had moved from ^Imh- 
roe county, West Yir;^itiia, IVom tho arm 
of the church in which eider lOiijih Fie.sli- 
luan has charge. SI e is liviric wiih 
her sou, Jame^ W. Noid. Tiieir address 
is Shainblin:: Mill, Kcmnc county, W'e.-t 
Virginia. We ail went to the house of 
brother Hess for dinner a'.id iiad u social 
taik together. 

Having been traveling and prcacliing 
for eleven days already, and having no 
help, and being very lioarsp, and nearly 
worn out, I thought to have no more 
meetings ; but while at dinner at brother 
lloss', Mr. Wm. S. Harris pleid for 
one more meeting, and so I yielded to his 
wish, and had a meeting in his neighlior- 
hood lliat night, which is some ten miles 
from brother Hess'. There wasaprayei 
meeting aopointed at a school house near 
his house, and instead of a prayer meet- 
ing, they had a sort of a piea'ihintr, and 
friend ilarris gave me his hand for mem- 
bership, but was not received in I'sill as 
yet, but will be in some future time, if 
God is willing. 

I stayed all night with friend Harris, 
and eiijoyed their friendship. I liO[)e the 
time is not far distant when that friendly 
family will all be Jkethren. Tiie next 
day, November 2nd, 1 started for home, 
that name to me so dear, botii spiritually 
and temporally, knowing that there was 
loved ones [ooking lor n'c to come in 
both homes. We calicJ at the htmse of 
brother Solomon Wilson, in Calhoun 
county, We.-t Virginia, for dinner. The 
brother said if wo would slay until the 
next day, he would go wiih us on his way 
to Barbour county, wlure he was going 
to visit relatives. 

On the 3rd we went to James Math- 
ency's, in Giimore couriry. Staid all 
night with friend James, and as I'rieud 
llailifi" had relatives living near mis 
place, we laid over one day to visit theui. 
Tl'ie news went firth, and at night, 
Novemijer 4, we met at the house ot 
friend Keaster's for wor.-hip, wiien we 
tried again to preach. Ne.^t d ly, the 
5! II, we landed at home, and ibund all 
well, for which we thank the Author of 
our being, for his mercies and i>ic.ierviiig 
care. 

We feel tothank the dear brethren and 
Iricnds for the kindness which they have 
kIiowii u* wiiile among theiii hoping and 
praying God will reward all with eternal 
life i.eyond this vale of tears, and is the 
fiinec re wish of your unworthy Lirotlier in 
tile liOid. Allien. 

Daviij J. iMii.i.iiU. 

JJuc/ihounon, H'. \'ii. 

{I'llijiim please copy.) 



Ackuowl^«igineutst. 



F.\LLS Cixy, Neiiuaska, ) 
January 22d, 1875. J 

Brother Quinter : — 

Please acknowledge 
throntrh the columns of the Comprnn'on 
(uid Visitor, the receifit of tlie following 
amount.-, reci'ived for the relief of the 
Kansas and Nebraska sufferers, from the 
Brethren : 

Green 'i'rce Church, Montgomery Co., 
Penn'a, $.30 00; Manheim Church, Pa., 
?M 3(5.00; Swann CrecU Church, Fakon 
County, Ohio, $27. oO ; Fall Creek Church 
Highland County, Ohio, $.mo0; lA.rtage 
Cliurch, Wood County, Ohio, $33.00; 
Pipe Creek Church, Carroll County, Md., 
$74.00; IjOA'cr Cumberland Church, Pa., 
!?iJOt)0; \\'e!sh Run ('hurch, (Western 
Maryland Disirict,) $100.(10 ; Friend D. 
Rodes, Erie County, N. ¥.,50^., Pine 
(Jreek Congregation. St. Joseph County, 
Indiana, $4.5. 10 ; West Salisbury, Som- 
erset Co., I'a., ?29.10. 

In behalf of the suffering people we 
thank the Brethren for their timely dona- 
tions, which, when distributed, will alle^ 
viate much suffering 

Affectionately yours, 

C. li. Keim, 
Treasurer Kansas and Nebraska llelief 

Eund. 



Falls City, Neijrasiva, 1 
January 30d), 1875. j 
Di ar Brother Quinter : — 

Acknowledge throuirh 
(he columns of the Compiinioa nud 17.9- 
//(/'• the following amuunts for the needy 
in Kansas and Nebra.ska from the indi- 
viduals atni ciiurclies, to wii : 

1). A. JMlMz. W'hite County, Indiana, 
!?12 60; Antioch Churcli, Ind., $24.50 ; 
JJeer Criet Ciiurch, Christian County, 
llilnois, .$100.00; l)ry Valley Church, 
JM.lihii County, Penn'a, $25 00; S|)iing- 
li.-ld Coogicguion, Sumeiit and Portage 
Couniics, Oiiio, $00.00; Cbippaway 
Cliureh, Wayne County, Ohio, ^50.00 ; 
Codorus Church, York County, Penn'a, 
$91.00 ; Maurertown, Shenandoah Co., 
Va., $10 00. 

Tiic elders here are distri'uuling the 
money among the needy as fast as circum- 
stances permit. Thus far all have been 
scantily .■supplied, at least cnou,\;h to keep 
alive. The wor,->t time, however, will 
coinc when seed will have to be f'urnislied 
as well as bread. We hope the Lord 
will provide for this extremity. Tiiank- 
ing the donors lor their charity lor the 
needy, 

i remain yours in love, 

C. L. Kelm, 
Treasurer Kansas and Nebraska Relief 

Fund. 



ho]^jier Church, received $72.00 from the 
Hiiwar.d Church, Howard Countj-, Indi- 
ana, i'i){ which I lie brethren and friends 
have our humble thanks. May God bless 
and save us all, is my prayer. 

CiiKi.sriAN Holler. 
Os'ncJicCy Kunsds. 



A Uedncfioii. 

The publishers of "Non Conf'irinity to 
the world," having thrown off some on 
tlicir charges, I am enabled to tell the 
botik iit reduced rares. Hereafter it will 
be mtiiled free of postage on receipt of 
75 cents, or $S (X) p<'r dozen. Hoping 
the bretliren generally will avail them- 
selves of the opportunity to secure, 
die p'y, a well bound book, containing 
observations upon the doctrine of huniii- 
i.y, — a .subject not at all pleasing to the 
depraved mind of man. 

I remain your brother in Christ, 

M. M. EsilEL.MAN. 

L'lii'.irk, Ills. 



Auuouncvni^nt. 

Febuuaby 1st, 1875. 

Brotlicr Quinter : 

Please announce through the 
(^ompmiion mid Visitor, that the District 
Meeting of the Second Disirict of A'ir- 
giiiia. will he held on llie 15iii and Ifiih 
of April, 1875; at the Lower JjinnviUe 
Crcc'K meeting house, Rockingham coun- 
ty, Virginia. Those coming hy railroad 
will stop off at Broadway, within one 
luile of the place of meeting. 

Samuel Zioler. 
Bioctdioni/, Va. 

[I'ilrjrim plea.sc copy.) 



i>ii':s». 

We admit no poctrv under anvcircumafnn 
ces in connection ■with Obituaiy Notices. Wo 
Wiaii iM use Hll alike, ,inil \vocoui('. not insert 
verses with all. 



.lANlI.MtV 25lh, 1875. j 
Brother Jaiiiea : — 

I'Ira.sc state through the (Jom- 
pdiiioii and Visitor, that we of the (trap.s- 



lu the Yrllow River congregation, Mar- 
shall couDly, Indiana, of lung fever, Samuel 
Tn 'M.\s, agvd 67 years, 5 inoutliS aud 

13 d.l\8. a 

Saiiiut! was a member of the church of 
Ch'-ist atjoui forty four years, and died in the 
faith, leavuig an Old coinpa.iion and ten 
cliililieii to mourn their loss; but we hope 
tiieir 1 i.'s is hi? g.iln. Funeral from 1 fet. 
1:24, ii the United Hrethreii's o»iu:eh, in 
Bourbon, to a large coucourse of fu nds and 
neighbots. 

T. H. Selleks. 

At Salishu-y. Son-.er.*et county, Pdin'B, 
January od, 1875, fii-^ivl Miciiaki. Lonos- 
DouF ago'i 01 years. 5 nioulhs aud 15 days. 
Funeral oervieea by tje brethreu, from 
Hc'j. 9:27. 

In the 8 u'.h Bend Chu-ch, St. Joseph 
couuty, Iiulii' H, Davio Goon, son of Uaniel 
and Margaret Goad, di' d Aucut 25:h. 

Ilr died principally ot eon- u:upti.)n. He 
was iiorii 11 Ko.'ni:igliatn eounly. Virginia, 
Fehrunrj 2Jnd, ISUtl, and lived (15 years, (I 
months aud o days. He was a worthy mem- 
ber for HO or Zh years, during which time ha 



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was very fai hful. He died the death of «n 
aged ai:d Loly Chiis'.inn fa.her. He was 
pick only two .lays before he fell asleep in 
Jesus, who, wc have every reason lobtUeve, 
received him hotce to his heavenly Father's 
kingdom, iu ihat eternal rest. He leaves a 
dear couipauiou, two boos and a daughter, 
all belonging to the ch.irch, who are left to 
niouiu their great loss, which is his glurious 
gain, ruuciiil se'victs by elder David il.l- 
Icr and Jacob nildebrand 

Jacob Good. 

In the Somerset district, Grant county, 
Indiana, oa the 5th of January, of typhoid 
fever, Et.,1, eon of biother Henry and shter 
Mary Kller. 

The occasion was improved by the Breth- 
ren, at their meeiiog-house in Mt. Vernon. 
He was a very iutere->liug youug man in the 
23ud year of his age. 

Jacob Mnnicu. 

In the Cherry Giove congregation, tlliuoii, 
January 17ih, As>a Fox, gr!.ud-dau;i,hler of 

brother ELas and sisier Forney, aged 

3 years, 9 months and '6 day?. 

The subject of ihis notice was a very 
bright l:ttie girl, and met oeath iu one of 
his most terrible forms —by a seald. S e 
lingered twcuty-l'our hours when death put 
a Slop to her sulferiug. Funeral oceasl 'U 
improved by brethren .Uartiu and B. F. Mil- 
lei, f.OUifMaili 10:13,14,15. 

{J. H. SruoGLE 

In the Perry church, Penn'a, January 2nd, 
brother Hezkkhu J. Dayton, aged i9 years, 
11 months ana 'Z\i days | 

He leaves a wife and eitcht children to ; 
mourn iheir loss, ihou.ch tuey need not 
uiouin as those wuo liave no hjpe. Bj other | 
Dayton was a faithful member iu the cbureh i 
for abju:- seveut'-en years. About two d-iys ' 
before he diel, brother Isaac Ehy aud lue 
writer visited hiui. He expressed himself 
nady to go, BuJ had the inj auction of the , 
aoostie James admi. istered to him in the 
auoiniiug of the Loid. Funeral occasion 
iuiprjved by brother Isaac £b; and the 
writer, Irora 2nd (Jorinthiaus, first part of 
the fifth chapter. i 

E D. Book. | 

In the Naperviile conarregalion, DuPage 
coaiity, I iinois, on the ^Tth of Djeeiuber, 
Ctuus, sou of brother Michael and sister 
Sarah Sollenberger, aged months and 
15 days. I 

The Lord s,,id : "Suffer little children to ' 
come unto uie, lor of such is the kingdom 
of heaven." Thus we can rrjoicc lo: the 
blessed promises. 

JOUN HotLINGEU. I 

In the Squirrel %-eek congregatiou, Wa- 
bash county, Indiana, May 28th brother 
Joel Br jWEU, aged 59 years, 1 month and 
29 days. 

He has left many friends and relations to 
mourn their loss. Funeral services by brother 
David Nctl', from Matt. 35:31. 

Also, in the same congregation, county 
and state, October 24th, brother Geouge 
Oken, aged 77 years, 6 months and 20 
days. 

Brother Oren has also left many friends 
and relatives to mourn their loss. Funeral 
services by brethren I. Myer and D. Neff, 
from Job 14:14. 

S. A. 
[Pilgrim phase copy.] 

In the Ur.sh Creek Church, Hocking (^o., 
Ohio, November 23rd, of consumption, Bro. 
JouN Blisser, aged G9 years, I month and 
9 days. 



113 leaves a wife, children and many 
friends to mourn their loss, but from his cx- 
criiplary life we have abundant reason to 
believe that ihtir lo-s ^s his eternal gain, j 
We weic sent for ai the lime of his inter- 
ment, but was oiher*" ise engaged in a mat- ■ 
ler over which we had no control, and there- 
lore could not crantthat time, but went and i 
preached the funeral on the 0th of December ' 
in the Marion meetiug-hou-e, as;isted by 
brother M. Moore and others. 

W. Arnold. 

In Marion connty, West Virginia, Frsd- 
ERICK G. Sandkus, son of brother Johti and 
sister Jane Sanders, aged C years. Died in 
the year IBOd. 

Also, in the samr; county and Ptato, Hexrt 
M., son of the above parents, died October 
3vl, 1807, aged 4 years and 5 months. 

Also, in the same county and state, July 
3lst, 1874, -VlAur Alice, dausjliier of the 
above parei.ts, aged 4 years, 9 months and 
4 days. 

Funeral occasion improved by the writer 
and Chambers E Uleun, toa laige conrourse 
of fiiends from the words : "And the dead 
in Christ shall rise fi Bt 

Z. Annon. 

In Shiloh church, Barbour county, West 
Vi (iiuia, January 3d, 1875, Lacra F., 
daughter of friena James Barnes and wife, 
aged 3 months and 8 days. 

Fuiieial discouise by the writer to a large 
concoursu of s-ympathiziug and mourning 
friends, from the text : "The Lord gave 
and the Lord lakcih away ; blessed be the 
name of the Lord." 

Also, in the sanie congregation, December 
l7Lh, Willie C^stok, ton of brother Silvan- 
us and friend Ueipliia Coalbank, aged 3 
years, 3 months and 1 day. 

Funeral discourse by the writer, «s-!Stcd 
by elder E, Anvil, to a largo concourse of 
sympathizing friends, from the words : ''As 
for man, his dajs are as grass, and as a 
flower of the fiilu so he flourishetn ; for the 
wind passeth over ii and it is gone, and the 
place thereof shall know it no more; but 
the mercy of ihe Lord is from everlasting to 
everla'=ting u;ion them that fear him, and 
his righteousin'FS unto children's children." 
Ps. 103:15,10,17. 

Z. Annon. 

In Labette county, Kansas, Amanda, 
daughter of John and Hannah Hotl, aged 1 
year, 10 months and i day. Funeral ser- 
vices conducted by the writer. 

S. ITODGDEN. 

la the Dry Creek church, Linn county, 
Iowa, on Sunday, Januiry 24th, Danisl 
Harry, infant son (first-born) of bro'her 
Jacob and sister Anna Snyder, aged 2 mos. 
and 4 days. Funeral occasion improved by 
elder J. C. Miller and others, from Rev. 
21:4. 

Tnos. G. Snyder, 



T 1ST OF iMONF.YS RECKIVED for 
Jj SUBSCRIPTION, BOOKS, etc., 

Nathan S'ttler 1 70; A Chamberlain 5 00; 
I Lutz 7 25; A H Hsmin 10 C8; Jno Kinse- 
ley 4 60; C Slouff^r 1 60; W B Sowers 2 00; 
Noah Snider 1 GO; Julia A Danner 1 70; Jsc 
Keho 3 30; D B Martin 75; V R Haishber- 
ge-12 85; C P Swihan 8 00; Sim'l GalU in 
1 75, Hiii.nah Weller 1 80; W H Deeter 15'; 
H Zuck 4 25; I nell 3 30; C C Lehman 1 50; 
C Bucher 1 00; Sevilla M Sheline I 00; T O 
Cloyd 1 00; J Hiestind 3 00; S NoUor 10; A 



H Fike 2 35; S Eikenberry 6 00; A Whit- 
rao' a 44; Jno S Hcffcrt 5 00; Nancy Stoner 
1 00; J W Pntt.-ibaosrii 7 .50; 8 Hiirrison 75; 
S W Wil; 50; D cub y 4 40; O Mot7. 7 0; J 
Swinger 1 .; J K a .ill 3 20; J F Oll.M- 1 50; 
H Row 4 S i; J IL-rr 1 60; Jocob HoUinger 
5 CO; E Mishi.-.r 6 7 ; J L. h nan 11 10; 8 
Click 1 60; S S'.oner 1 00; J G Bashure 3 30; 
Blanch and Stu'sman 1 6 ; H P Strickler 
3 20; F Me\e:f 15; Jno K 'der I 60; J K 
Bytrly 3 80; .A Mohler.^ 8.i; II Boniijardner 
10; J B G ow 3 20; S Tennis 1 00; HE 
Light 1 00; .( Markley 3 00; S Meii.le 3 20; 
C A .Ma>on 3 00; W A Mausi 1 6 ; J B TaW- 
zer 1 6i'; Juo H Y tra-r 2 OJ; J S .Mohler 
5 00; Jno K Hance 1 60; C .Mellon 1 CO; D 
A Baily 4 2'); D IKrb ,ter 1 60; Jno Brubaw-er 

1 70; A Stu.U b.ik. r 1 6'); D Scbcononr 3 20; 
Wra B.;acbl,-.r 1 fiO; J U Slini.liiir 1 00; Bar- 
ba'-a Hfll'inan 1 6U; >) L Keiin 3 20; J Ulue- 
baugh 1 O'J; a MolilerO 6J; Jno Fritz 14 4'; 
Jno A Miller 3 ;0; Mary Meyers 1 .50; Jno 
Shellaberger 2 M'; M Keefer 3 40; VV Arnold 

2 00; S A Walker 8 40; F Coitcrman 1 50; 
S Stump 1 00; M A Riggle 1 60; I Smith 1 56; 
L D Rourer 1 60; I G Harley 4 80; I J Hos- 
enboruer 27 95; VV J H Bauman 10 00; J 
Spai gle 5 00; N B Johnson 6 0; M B Leas 
1 bO; Isaac Uarber 1 UO; A Nighswander 
5 7->; Eraan'l Slifer 6 40; D Garber 4 00; J B 
Light 1 10; Sacn'l Basher 3 20; VVm J Purs- 
ley 3 30; J Rife 1 -^O; Keim and Liveni,ood 
85; E .M Horner 1 60; Geo K Fun^erbulga 
I 60; SB Miiler 13 2.5. 



Tlie Houtl to Health. 

Cicanse the stoiuaoh, bowels and blood 
froui all the acrid, corrupt, and oiFeiisive 
accuuiulaiions wliieii produce I'unccional 
derangement, and you reiuove tiie cause 
of most diseases which afflict the htimaa 
family, and thus tave large doctors' bills. 
The luost ctt'jctual and reliable remedy 
for this purpo.-e is found in Dl: Pierce's 
Pleasant i'ui^^ative Pellets. No cheap 
wood or paper boxes, but kept fresh and 
reliable in vials. 

High livers, those indulging in ease 
and plea.sure, and those of sedentary 
habits, can i)revciit Boils, Carbuncles, 
Gout, Red yKin, Eruptions, Pimples, 
Constipation, Piles, Dro.vsiiiess, JJilliou.s- 
ness, and other conditions induced by 
taking from tour to six of Dr. Pierce's 
Pleasant Purgative Pellets once a week, 
or, betfer still, one or two each night. 
They are sold by dealers in uiedieines. 

Non-Coutortujty to the World — 

2l.>.pag(s. Every pro.fessor of religion 
should read it. Single copy, po^t-paid, 75 
cents ; per doze.i, $8. Address, 

M. M. ESUELMAN, 

6-tf. Lanark, Carroll Co , Ills. 

i Ageuts W«iite«Z, 

I To sell Buffalo Robes on commission. For 
I particulars address with stamp, 

J, S. FLORY, 
! 49 3ra. Buffalo, V/eld Co., Colorado. 



Piire-BreiB Light lirahuiH!<i. 

Pea comb, t-ue to feather, and cannot be 
excelled for size, etc. We will ship by ex- 
preSN to any one a cockerel and two pullets, 
for five ($5.00) dollars. Address, 

8- Beakd, 

35. Polo, Ills. 



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CHRISTIAN FAMILY COMPANION AND GOSPEL VISITOR. 



NEWSPAPER COMMENT 

I- PON TIIF, 

AMERICAN NEA'SPAPEU ADVERTISING 
AGENCY, 

CONDICTEU BY 

(jieorge V. Kowfll A- Co., 

No. 41 I'ARK Row, 
NEW YORK. 



As the proprietors of the fust and most 
eitcclivtt of these agenci'-s in New York, 
thcv aro well qualified to furnish inforina- 
tiou. The details of the worlc transacted by 
the agency, and the way it is done, the per- 
feciion of the arrangements fo- faf>ili'atiiig 
the act of advertifii'g by ri'lieviug the adver- 
tiser of trou' le and fxp.-nse, and hriuging 
before him all the various mediums tlirouijl.- 
out Ihe country, with the D'^cesfrary knowl- 
cd{;e pertairinp to ihom, art ^iven with a 
minuteness ihat leaves nothinjr to be desiied. 
All llie particulars rcsp cling the character 
and position of a iicws'>aper which an in- 
tending advertiser desires to know are 
placed before him in the most concise form. 
—New York Times, June 7ih, 1871. 

It is indeed no surprise that their hcuf e is 
BO prosperous, and that they are the leading 
advertising agents iu the world. We would 
prefer, so far as we arc coucerued, to have a 
column or more of miscellaneous adverlise- 
meuts from this lirm, than to rec^ivp the 
same amount made up of one direct from 
each house on th^ir list. The commission 
allowed is saved by loFfcs. as they pay 
every cent they contract for, and pay it 
promptly, and the Ueii ii.^- of one open zc- 
connt with sieh a linn is much pleasauter 
than with the thousand jicrsous whom they 
send us advertisements for. They do an 
honorable, li-gitimite business, on a liu*iness 
bafis, If publishers, having rii-alitigs with 
them, waul auything iu iheir line — and they 
supply everything fiom a spring bodkin to a 
cylinder press, — typ'S, inks and all, they fill 
their orders promptly, at manufacturers' 
prices, and we can say that we liave received 
the best newspaper and book ink, ever fur- 
liished us, and at a lower price than we ever 
bought for elsewhere. The "Repu'rdiian" 
has had dealin^'S with this hons'! for over 
six years, and in all that lime, we ni-vcr 
have had any reason to comijlaiu of our 
treatmcEt. — .Meriden (Conn.)Republican. 

Are, without doubt, the lea^iliig Adveitis- 
Ing Agents iu the Uuited Stal( s, and, there- 
fore, of the world. Th-y have, by the fre-, 
literal and yet well diicted use of rjoney, 
bu;lt themselves up in the csli cm of the 
leading publishers ard advcriisers of the 
continent, and by an unu«ual energy hnve 
Buccerded in perf'.'cting in every detail a 
business that more than anything else tells 
of -he trrowth and iinportai:;e of the news- 
paper business. — Memphis (Teun.) Appeal. 

Their bnslnfss has grown to be something 
•normous. Every paper in ihe coupt-y is 
ou file at their ofliee, and it is no uneotn- 
mou thing for them to receive a mail of fif- 
teen or twen'y bushels of newspaper?. — Nor- 
walk, Gone, Oarette. 

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"Mary has clioscti that good part, whicb 
Bhall not be lakcu away f:oin her." — Luke 
X. 23. 

Have I chosen Jesus '} 

Then I'll not repine, 
If some little portion 

Of His croes bo mine. 

Have I chosen Jesus ? 

Then, npoa His breast, 
Erory weary longing 

Soon will flnii its rest. 

Have I chosen Jcsus ? 

Then I've nought to fear ; 
Satan caur.ot barm me i-- 

With ray Saviour near. 

Have I cho?en J.*6U8 ? 

Griefs may come, and pain, 
But 1 kaow Ili6 chastenlcg 

Will not be in vein. 

Have I cho-scn Jcsns ? 

Then I need not arrieve 
Earih or earthly treasures 

At His call to leave. 

Have I chosen Jesus ? 

Then Til spend my days 
Waiting for His co:uin)j, 

Livirig to His praise. 

Have I chosen Jesus? 

Dying 1 may sinir, 
''Swallowed up in victory," 

Death hath lost its sting ! 

Have I chosen Jesus ? 

Well may I r<joicp, 
Since 'twas Ifis own chcosing 

Led mc to the choice. 

Chosen, saved by Jesus! 

Now He is ray guide ! 
Can I fear He'll fail me, 

When for mc Ho died 1 

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BY CYRUS BUCHEa. 



In reading commeuts oa the above, 
I thought 'ignorance is bliss and it is 
folly to be wise." The conin)ents 
were on an address delivered by Prof. 
Tyndall before the British as^ociatiou 
at Belfast. Tl;ey claim the true God 
when they .'^ay that "all plants and 
animals and even niaa himself have 
arrived at their present stage of being 
by regular evolution and not instan- 
taGeoiihly,iu obedieoca to an arbitrary 
fiat of the Almighty." Although the 
God in whom we believe and tru.st 
is, by them, called the "God ofsuper- 
s'.ition," we cannot accept science to 
be just and fair in this respect both to 
God and ourselves. We believe the 
word of God, as it is written by in.«pi- 
ration ; and weihcre learn that God 
in the beginning created all things 
and when he hud finished it, he saw 
everything that he had made, and be- 
hold it was very good. And not that 
alone, God said : "Lei us make man 
in our own image, after our likeness; 
and let them have dominion over the 
fith of the sea, over the fowls ot the 
air, and over the cattle, and over all 
the earth, and over every creeping 
thing that creepeth upon the earth. 
So God created mau in hia own im- 
age ; in the imt'.go of God created ho 
him ; male and female created he 
he them." Gen. 1: 26, 27. We think 
Prof. Tyndall, and his creed are 
using vain sophistry when they say 
mau arrived at his present stage by 
degrees, by evolutions, etc., — that 
man may have descended from the. 
monkey tribe and by degrees came to 



the present stage of perfection. But 
we do not believe it, we believe God 
to be a sublime being and we were 
created in his own image. And we 
further believe that if a change in 
man has taken place, it is the reverse 
of what sience preaches — that we are 
7)ot as perfect as when man was first 
created — that we are no more the 
image of God as Adam and Eve were. 
For man ha.s transgressed and was 
driven from Eden, their sorrows were 
multiplied, the ground was cursed for 
their sakes the truth of which we see 
to the present day. And we conclude 
if a change in man has taken place, 
that is, in the physical structure, it is 
for the worse. We are no more in 
the image of God ; but we await the 
time when we again "shall be like 
him." They say "the contest is not 
over God and no God, but over a God 
who works by invariable methods, ns 
opposed to a God of shifts and de- 
vices, who can be diverted from hia 
purpose by prayers, and prevailed 
upon to change his plans by urgent 
entreaty." This they call the 'Inst 
lingering remnant of heathanism." 
We consider the language used in this 
respect to be shocking. When the 
serpent beguiled Eve, it did not try 
to make her believe "there is no God," 
but it is not as God says, "you shall 
not surely die." In thi^i way the scien- 
tific school argues, we d:) not say there 
is no God, but he "is not such a God 
as you think.'" They very well know- 
that if they would try to get the peo- 
ple to believe "there is no God," 
they would at once be met with de- 
rision. But they work by degrees, 
what Descartes and others have be- 
gun, the past century, Tyndall Iluxly 
and Darwin are trying to complete 



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in the present. Already some learn- 
ed ministers or doclors, are conunjf to 
Ibeir aid. F. W. llobertaon of Enp;- 
land rebuked the idea of prayer. lie 
fajs God has his systematic laws 
esitablished and cannot be diverted 
from his course by prayer. Tbey also 
claim in their comments that if any 
doubts exist, we should consider the 
eurprising exhibition of many worthy 
people a tew months ago on occasion 
of the severe drouth, with which the 
country was afflicted. When tbey 
entreated God to produce rain. 
Brethren, is this superstition, when wo 
believe in prayer? Although God 
may have Lis plans systematic, which 
w« believe he has when we consider 
bis handiworks ; we however believe 
in prayer, and although we do believe 
in prayer we conclude it is not al- 
ways answered. For instance if wo 
take the drouth as above, who knows, 
but God did answer ? And if 30t he 
may have had some higher, some 
nobler purpose in vievv than we at 
the tiu>c conceived. lie may have 
had the object in view which the 
drouth has brought about, viz., an 
opportunity for tboso not afflicted to 
have a means of grace to do good to 
their fellow creatures, and to fulfill the 
law of Christ, "Love thy neighbor as 
thyself." By the word of God wo 
consider the idea absurd in the ex- 
treme, that God will not hear and 
answer prayer. For no have instan- 
ces where the sun stood still, where 
the heavens did not giro rain for 
throe years and tix months. And 
again when "Eliaa, who was a man 
of like passions as wo prrxyed again, 
the heaven gave rain, and the earth 
brought forth her fruit." Daniel 
prayed and the lions wore to him 
gentle as lambs. The three men in 
the firey furnace are another instance 
of the great power of prayer. We 
conclude therefore ihat if these scien- 
tific scholars destroy prayer, they 
may just as well say "the Scriptures 
are false, there is no God." But we 
are glad to pay science has not thus 
far advanced yet, and hope it never 
may. An aged brother and minister 
among the brethren, once said, "1 am 
Bomelimes troubled with unbelief, that 
the Scriptures arc fable.s, but again 
when 1 look at God'y creation, at his 
works, I must exclaim t.Scy are indeed 
true." So wiih us all we see the hand 
of God in all Lis works, we also bc- 
jieve iu his power to forgivo ejus, 
vvhicb is Auolher B'JF? anchor for our 



souls, that when the enemy is strono:. 
when storms and troubles hover over 
us, we think of the time we have 
spent when Christ has received ua 
into his fold. When we felt some 
supernatural power work m us a new 
life, which to us was dearer than all 
else besides. And although iheao 
comments give to Tyndall's senti- 
ments the honor of genuine wisdom, 
and call him a true philo.iopher ; wo 
cannot see a particle of true morality 
in it. We believe the word of God, 
and neither philosophy nor persecu- 
tions, if wo know ourselves arin;bt,can 
divert us from that course. Paul ex- 
horteth the Colossians to beware of 
vain traditions and also of philosophy 
when he says, Col. 2:8, 9, "'Beware 
lest any man spoil you throntjh phi- 
losophy and vain deceit, afrxir the 
traditions of men, after the rudimonts 
of the world, and not after Christ. 
For in hini d-veileth all the fulness of 
the God-head bodily." The word of 
God; the more we study it, the 
dearer it is to us ; and no man 
with an honest mind, can study it 
and not be convinced of its truth and 
power. And again ; he cannot es- 
cupe the convictions it brings to him, 
that he will not work for the salvation 
of his soul. 

It makes me feel sad wiien I read 
such such articles that do injustice to 
God's word, and bis people, but then 
has it not always been so ? Men have 
not only v/ritteu and lectured against 
the word of God, but they have per- 
secuted those who have advocated 
its truth and power. Christ himself, 
and many of his followers, have 
sealed its truth with their blood. 
And it is for his sake and for his 
people, that I feel sad. JN'ot on their 
account alone, but having done so 
much for man, he is so profligate iu 
using the means given to him. 

We should therefore pray anew, 
pray iu faith, that such men may be 
diverted from their course, as Paul 
was. Oh ! would they not be an 
ornament and power in the cause of 
Christ, if they would once become 
blind so that in due time their eyes 
might be opened as Paul's, and they 
would see tho glorious light of tho 
gof^pel ? 

Jiut although there may be sophis- 
try, and false teachers around ua, let 
us the more earnestly contend for the 
faith once delivered to the saints. 
Lit U6 work and faint not, for in due 
time we shall bo rewarded. But let 



US not work for the reward alone, but 
for the love we owe to him who died 
fir us, and for all men, that all men 
should bo saved. [ v.-ill close with a 
verse from t^e German which suits 
well to the above. 

Nie-'and bat uoch aus KeKruendct, 

Ui) 'hr nocb so lioch gelehrt ; 
Wa6 die seel in Jesn fludet, 

Ule der welt den rueclc'n kehrt. 

Jtdslville, Fenn'a. 

For the Companion and V'sitdk. 
Tlie Exaltf <l €li»racter ol Our 
Kavionr. 

In treating the subject of man's 
redemption, there are some things we 
should ever remember. 

When ppeakiug of what has been 
said by Jesus Christ, as tho rule or 
law of Heaven ; we should ever re- 
member that be had dwelt there. 
When R'e speak of what produces j'ly 
i'j Heaven, we should ever bear in 
mind, that he had heard that joy and 
knew what gave rise to it. 

When be speaks of the will of his 
and our Heavenly Father, we should 
ever keep in mind the thought that he " 
from all ettrnity had been subject to 
tlsat will, and that there is no oth' r 
suhj.ctofit, who knows better what 
II is than himselt. 

So that when he speaks of Heaven, 
its King, its people, its law, its light, 
its boundless extent and the amplo 
provision that id made there for all 
the redeemed, out of every nation and 
kindred and tongue and people, w»> 
should keep this thought ever in mind; 
that he himself had been and is nov 
a resident of that country, had ever 
been subject to its king, has always 
associated with its people, was best 
ccqnainled with its law, and knew 
wLat it was to live in a country where 
the will of God is done. He also knew 
the power and extent ef that provi- 
sion that he was then making, — a 
work iu which all Heaven seemed to 
be engaged, — for those of the human 
family who would be willing to ac- 
cept it. Therefore we conclude, that 
to be sure we may obtain the benefits 
of all his promises to his people, wo 
should ever seek to know his plan for 
gaining acceptance with God. What- 
ever will exalt, or make humble, 
whatever will mnko wise and happy, 
whatever will insure our acceptance 
at the court of Heaven, is the very 
thing we should labor most to do and 
know. Landon West. 



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For the Companion and Visitor. 
Go<I in Amtctious. 



No. 3. 



S"t the more they sfllictcd Uiem, the more 
they muUiplied and grew. Exodus 1 : 13. 

In the preceeding Nos., I tried to 
ehow and illustrate iiow, that from 
the calling of Abraham, Isaac and 
jACob, God did, from obscure and 
small beginnings through the Patri- 
archs, continue his church, making 
apparently alow progress at first, and 
8ometin\e8 to pass through intricate 
and lifHictipo dispensations of his 
providenca ; but this only served to 
establish and increase it tho moro, 
until it became very numerous under 
the cruel oppression of Pbaraoh: 
"But tho more ho Riilicted them, the 
more they mullip'ied and grew," in 
number, strength and power. The 
whole history of their oppression and 
ofiliction, under Pharaoh, is typical 
and figurative of tho Church's oppres- 
sion and persecution by Satan, the 
spiritual Pharaoh and his adherents, 
and hence will apply in after ages to 
the church and her enemies. In the 
hit^'tory of king David, and his perse- 
cution, we have this subject further 
illustrated. I will here first notice 
his obscure birth-place, Bethlehem, as 
being "little among the thousands of 
Jndah," being too insignificant to ho 
mentioned among the other cities of 
Judah. Josh 15. It was here that 
king David was born, and is still 
more sacred as the birth-place of the 
King of kings, the blessed Saviour of 
whom he, David, was an eminent 
type. Such was the wender-workiug 
providence of God, at that eventful 
period in the history of tho Israelites, 
which wo now proceed to consider. 
The career of king Saul was soon to 
end. His disobedience to the divine 
commands had caused the forfeiture 
of bis crown. "I have rt^jected him 
from reigning over Isrp.el," was the 
declaration of God to the prophet 
Samuel. "Fill thy bora with oil, and 
go, I will send thee to Jesse the 
Bethlehemito, for I have provided me 
akingamoQg his sons.'' David being 
the younges.t son of Jesse, and the 
last and least in the CRtimatioa of his 
father and the prophet, to be made 
king. When Saiiujcl saw Eliab, he 
said : "Surely the Lord's anointed hi 
before him, but the Lord said, look 
yet on his couutentiuce, or on the 



hf ight of his stature, because I have 
refused him, for the Lord seeth not 
as man seeth, for man lookoth on the 
outward appearance, but tho Lord 
looketh on the heart." "Again Jcsso 
made seven of bis sons to pass before 
Samuel, and ho said the Lord hath 
not chosen these ; are here all thy 
children? and ho said, there remain- 
cth yet the youngest, send and fetch 
him, and when he came the Lord said. 
Arise, anoint him ; for this is he, atid 
the Spirit of the Loril came upon Da- 
vid from that day forward, but the 
Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, 
and an evil spirit troubled him." 
1 Samuel 16:1 — 14. From this 
time on, v/e may safely infer from the 
sa'Ted narrative, that David and his 
kingdom began to increase and gather 
strength, and Saul and his kingdom 
to decrease and get weaker. So also 
did his trials and pfflictions increase, 
as the opposi'ion and persecution in- 
creased and raged through Saul. 
Soon after, Saul was engaged in war 
with the Philistines, and their cha-n- 
picu, Goliath, said, "I defy the armies 
of Israel this day ; give me a man 
that we may fight together. When 
Saul and all Israel heard those words 
of the Philistine, tbey were dismay- 
ed and g.'-eatly afraid." On David's 
arrival at the camp, he learned the 
circumstances respecting Giiliath, and 
expressed a wish to engage with hi'n 
iu contest : "And David said to S<xul, 
let no man's heart fail because of 
liim." ''"Thy servant slew both the 
lion and the bear: the Lord that 
delivered me out of the paws of the 
Hon and the bear, v^iil deliver me out 
of the hand of the Phili.stine." 
"And David said to ths Philistine, 
thou coraest to me with a sword, and 
wilh a spear, and a shield: but I 
come 10 thee in the name of the 
Lord of hosts, the God of the arasies 
of Israel, whom thou defiest : for ths 
battle is the Lord's." A noble example 
of trnst and faith in God, and a beau- 
tiful type oi the tffioacy and triumph 
of faith over all .spiritual enemies. 
Hence, Paul exhorts tho Ephcsiaos 
to put on the whole ar.mor of God, 
in iheir spiritual warfare, saying, 
"For the weapons of our warfare are 
not carnal, but mighty through God 
to the pulling down of strongholds." 
Again he says: "For we wrestle not 
against ll-jsh and blood, but against 
principalities, and powers ; agaiudt | 
the rulcr.s of tho darkness of tbia 
world ftud spiritual wickedues iq 



high pla'^es." 2 Cor. 10 : 4. Epb. 6: 
12, 1.3. 

"So David prevailed over the Phil- 
istine with a sling and a stone. &o. 
And when the Philistines saw their 
champion was dead, they fled ; and 
tho men of Israel and Judah arose 
and shouted and pursued them." 
The great victory over Goliath and 
tho whole army of the Philistines, 
had bean as a turning point in the 
career of king David. Ilis noble 
soul and heroism, like a powerful 
magnet, attracted to him such like 
noble men as Jonathan, Saul's son. 
"Whose soul was knit with tho soul 
of David, and Jonathan loved him as 
his own soul." A type of the love, 
union, and communion which tho 
Chri.-tiau and the Church has iu 
Christ, its head, "Who. sticketh 
closer than a brother; and whose 
love is as strong as death." Prov. 18: 
24. Sol. Song 8 : 6. "And it came 
to pass when David was returned 
from the slaughter of the Philistines, 
that the women came out of all the 
cities of Israel, siugiug, Sau! hath 
slain his thousands, and David histeu 
thousand.-. And Saul wasvery wroth, 
aud the saying displeased him, and 
he said, what can he have more but the 
kingdom. And Saul eyed Dp.vid from 
that day and forward.'' Then he began 
to iifilict and persecute him, "But tho 
more he afflicted iiini, the more he mul- 
tiplied and gerw." "Aud David be- 
haved himself wisely in all his ways : 
and tho Lord was with him ; and 
S:ml hated him, and was afraid of him, 
because the Lord was with him, but 
all Israel and Judah loved David." 
1 Sam. 18: 1-16. D. N. 

Wehh Bun, Pa. 

[To be Contiiinc'I.) 



There is one noble means of aveng- 
ing ourselves for unjust criticism; it 
is by doing still better, and silencing 
it solely by increasing excellence of 
our works. This is the only true 
way of triumphing; but, if instead of 
this, you undertake to dispute, to de- 
fend, or to criticise by way of reprisal, 
you involve yourself in endless trou- 
bles and disquietudes, di>;turb that 
tranquility which is so uecessrry to 
the successful exprcise of your pur- 
suit, and waste in the hara.ising con- 
tests that precious time which you 
hhould oonoyDtrato to your art. — 
Canom. 



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For the Companion and Visitok 
•'A Voice From IleaTen.** 



SELECTED BY B 8. SOPEB. 



For the Companion akd Visitob. 
Religion. 



BT JOHN EISENBISa 



I sbine In the light of Oo>1, 

His likeness stamps my brow ; 
Thro' the shadows of death my feet hare 
IroJ, 

And 1 reign in glory now. 

No breaking-heart Is there, 

No keen and thrilling pain, 
No wasted cheek, where the frequent tear, 

Ilath rolled and left its slain. 

I hare found the J->y« of heaven, 

I am one of the angel band ; 
To my head a crown of gold is giveR, 

And a harp Is la my hand. 

1 have learned the song they sing, 

Whom Jesus hath set free. 
And the glorious walls of heaven shall 
ring, 

With my new born melody. 

Vo sin, no grief, no pain — 

Safe in my happy home 1 
My fears all fled, my doubts all slain. 

My hour of triumph come. 

O friends of mortal years, 

The trusted and the true, 
Ye are walking s'.ill In the vale of tears, 

But I wait to welcome yon. 

Do I forget 1 Oh, no ! 

For memory's golden chain 
Shall bind my heart to the hearts below, 

Til; ihey meet to touch again. 

Each link is strong, and bright. 

And lovis electric flame. 
Flows freely down, like a river of light, 

To the woild from which I came. 

Do yon mourn when another star, 
Shines out from the glittering sky 7 

Do you weep when the raging voice of 
war, 
And the storms of conflict die? 

Then why should your tears run down. 
And your hearts be sorely riven. 

For another gem in the Savionr'*8 crown. 
And another eoul in heaven. 

The above beautiful lines reached me 
from fome unknown eonrce, just after the 
death of onr only son. And thinking they 
might be a source of comfort to some other 
gr.ef-f tricken mother, I send them for pub- 
llcatioT, should you deem thtm worthy a 
place in your paper. E. 8. 8. 

Danvlle, Pa. 



If yoa stop your ears at the cry of 
the poor, you also eball cry youreelf, 
Jbut shall not be heard. 



A (OftD'0 pride shall bring him low. 



Pur« religion and undeflled befora Ood 
and the Father, Is this : To virit the fath- 
erless and widows in their •miction, and to 
keep himself unspotted from the world — 
J\iiES 1:27. 

Id the word, religion, we think, is itu- 
plied service, and that to Gtod. When a 
uian or woman obeys God, they are con- 
tinually in his service, devoting all their 
time in his work. For he has a work for 
every one to perform, and that work is to 
work out his soul's salvation, "with fear 
and trembling." When a nersou is in 
possession of pure religion, tncn 1)« is a 
Christian; then he is a child of God, 
then he devotes all his titne in Vm 
Father's service, then he will exert his 
influence in the right direction, becauie 
we are all creatures of influenco, in one 
or the other direction, in doing good or 
evil. The Saviour .says : "lie that 
galhcreth not with me, scatterelh 
abroad." 

It is pos>ible for men to think they 
are religious, and at the same time, their 
religion is vain, becauNe they do not 
bridle their tongue. Pure religion does 
not speak disrespectfully of bis brother. 
If his brother is in an error, he loves him 
so that he will do all in bis power to con- 
vert him. If he succeeds, then he knows 
that he has '"saved a soul from death, 
and will hide a multitude of sins," The 
Spirit will cause the relicious to pursue 
tliis course, because he "esteems others 
belter than himself," and continually 
keeps his tongue bridled. In regard to 
bodily health, when a physician wishes 
to understamd more fully the symptoms of 
the disease, he looks at the patient's 
tongue ; so will religion leave a mark on 
the Christian's tongue, showin^r by his 
conversation that he belongs to the chiU 
dren of God. 

We understand from the apostle's lan- 
guage, that the true Christian will not 
let his tongue act the part of an agent in 
deceit, because we see it is not the gross 
crimes, as murder and theft, and such 
like, but it is the family quarrels, and the 
street gossip, tliat they who do not keep 
their tongue's bridled indulge in, and de- 
stroy peace in the family union and 
sweet fellowship in the church, and pros 
perity in society generally. Oh I that wc 
all would labor with ceaseless care to keep 
the church in union and sweet fellowship. 
And there is only one way to do this suc- 
cessfully, and that is for each one to get 
right, love right, and continue right. 
This wc could call pure religion. And 
then our influence will run in the right 
direction. Because when we die we 
leave an influence behind us that survives. 
The echoes of our words are evermore 
repeated and reflected along fho ages 
after us. It is what man was, tbat livM 
and acts after hitu. Wkat ke eaid, 



sounds alone the years like voices amid 
the mountain gorges, and what ho did, \n 
repeated after him in ever multiplying 
and never ceasing reverberations. Krery 
man has left behind him influences fur 
good or for evil, that will never exhaiut 
thomsclvoii. 

"Lives of true men all remind ns. 

We can make our lives sublimtt, 
And departing, Uave behind ns 

Foot-prints on the sand of »lt)e." 

When a man starts in his Master's i>cr- 
vice, he should well consider the cot-t, »o 
that he docs not make shipwreck of hi.i 
faith, because the promise is not in the 
beginning, nor in tne middle of the race, 
but he that is able to endure unto iho 
cud, the same shall be saved. 

Dear brethicn, the subject that I am 
trying to consider in my weakness, is iu 
my j'jdgiuent one of great imiiortancc for 
UH to know. It is to bo known that we 
pos-ess pure religion. It is clearly an- 
dcr-too'i th-<t if we do not embrace pure 
religion, we will be of tho^e that are put 
iu the balance and found wanting, and 
ihen can not claim a rest in that which 
remains for the people of God. We are 
now as pilgrims traveling from time into 
eternity, and if there is any good that wc 
can do for our fellow man, let us attend 
to it now, for it is evidi nt that wc will 
not pass this way again. We should 
prepare ourselves for the work as a man 
siiould be prepared for the surroundings 
in life, as they come ; to mount the hill 
wlien the hill swell.-, and to go down the 
hill when it lowers ; to walk the plain 
when it stretches before him, and to 
ford the river when it rolls over the 
plain. 

Dear brethren and sister.*, we, to adorn 
our profession with an upright walk and 
a cha.=te conversation, should be very 
careful what we say or do. I sometimes 
think that it is not the right way,whci) a 
brother or sister writes an article for pub- 
lication for another brother to give such 
a sharp reply as is sometimes the case ; 
because when an article is published, it is 
not only read by the Brethren, but it is 
read aKso by all classes, and sometimes 
those standing outside the church say, "If 
that is the way the Brethren write pub- 
licly about one another I don't want to 
belong to the church." In that way we 
may lose the saving influence that we 
should have as the salt of the earth. 
Such articles and replies, we think, are 

I personal, and should be addressed to 
jrelhren privately. 

Dear brethren and sisters, let us "be 
steadfast, immovable, always abounding 
in the work of the Ixird, inasmuch as wc 
know that our labor is not in vain in the 
Ijord." It is a ^ood thing for a man to 
be established in his own mind. "Let us 
not be weary in well doing, for wc .^hall 
reap in due time, if we faint not. It is 
now the seed time with us, and if we 
"fitw to the Spirit, wo shaJI of the Spir- 
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rur flesh, we sliall of the flesh reap cor- 
ruption. " Let xi-i then sow to tlie Spirit, 
that when wc reap, we iu«y not reap 
ppuringly, but that we may reap plenti- 
fully. 

[ would just here say, I have nothin;,' 
to boast of I have been engaj^ed in my 
Ilcavtnly Father's service over one-half 
of tny nhoTt lif<\ und only have one thiiiB 
ioTearct, and tliat is when I look buck 
over the past, I sec so many missteps 
tliat I am almost made to shrink; but the 
a 1)0.- tic said to Jesus ''To whom .«liall wc 

So, thou hast words of everlasting life." 
^ut with all my .xhortominKSr I <'" "Ot 
feel like pivin>< up the ship, for therein 
only can we be saved. Therefore, what- 
ever we do. whetlter we eat or drink, 
write or talk, let us do it to the clory of 
God the Father, and to the edifying of 
the member.^ of his church. 

'•Ueligion should our thoughts engage, 

AmlJet our youthful bloom ; 
'Twill Ql us for dccliuing age. 

And for the awful tomb." 

While wc write and use the pen, let it 
never — 

'•Slander write with death black ink ; 

Let It be thy best endeavor, 
But Jo pcu what good men think ; 

Thus thy words aud thoughts jeeuiug, 
IIontBt praise from wisdom's tougae, 

May iu lime be as euduriug, 
As the f^t.raius which Homer sung.'' 

Dear editor, 1 submit this to your 
judgment. If you think it worthy of 
^paee in your columns, it is in your liaudo 
to do as you think best with iu 

ShdiuiOii, lll.r. f"- * n f"^ n^ 

., -^ -^^ '■- 

For tub Companion and Visitou. 
inedjtalious. 



BY BENJ. B. V.'lllTMEll. 



All men have their seasons of gloom 
and despondency, as well as their seasons 
(if .-unshiue and rejoicing. This is the 
history of the patnareha and prophets. 
It is inscribed on almost every page of 
the psalmist. We read it in the book of 
^\ isduiu. In Job, we learn that man 
born of woman is of few days and full of 
trouble and sorrow. The same is true of 
young and old, rich and poor, high and 
low, bound and fri-e. Many a blight nnd 
jtrumising youth for whom we cherished 
tlie anticipati'>n of long life and a briglit 
career of usefulness, has through sad dis- 
appointment in after life, severed at a 
hiiigle blov.', the ihreail of life that held 
l.im from eternity. JIauy have desired 
death long ere it entered their abode of 
clay. 

Kiijah, when he tat under the juniper 
tree, riiiuested fur lamself that he ikight 
die. Jonah desired the sliip men that 
they thould east him overboard into iK'i 
j:i\\iiii:g feulf, ihinkiig lie eculd find 
Ifcliifee lit-iu the pvttcuce of the Most 



High, llowbeit when the great fi.>h 
which the Lord had prepared, arrested 
the sitil'ul design of disobedience in 'the 
heart of Jojiah, he cried mightily unto 
God by reason of his affliction, and God 
iieiird him. But wc need not go to the 
voice of the prophets or flie record of 
the Pentateuch for testimony on this 
fubject ; nor need we go back eighteen 
hundred vears to the time when an angel 
.•pake to /acharias, saying : "Fear not ; 
thy prayer is heard." We find it in our 
very midst eveiy dav of our mortal and 
temporary sojourn In our probationary 
state. 

Well may an eminent writer have ex- 
pressed : ''Health and sickness lie down 
in the same apartment; joy and grief 
look out of the same windo>N;arid hope 
arid despair dwell under the same roof." 
Vcs, wo see it in the mansions of the 
wealthy as well as in the hut of the pov- 
erty -trickcn. It is indeed a truth notice- 
able in all classes of society, and every 
department of life — both saintand sinner 
arc alike victims to these alteiiiate 
eiianges. There is, however, a marked 
diflVr^ nee in the happy contemplation of 
the saint over that of the sinner, and of 
the righteous over that of the wicked. 
\Vhile the righteous in their hours of 
gloom and despair, need not sorrow as 
tho-e who have no hope, the ungodly 
will only have to add terror to their sor- 
rows in the midst oi a feaiful looking for, 
of Judgment and fiery indignation. Yea, 
ju.-t at the moment when the g'oom, 
which sometiiues hovers around the 
droop ng saint, will be dispelled by the 
Son of righieou-ncss breaking forth with 
healing in his wings, then with increased 
fury will the ungodly cry for rocks and 
mountains to fall upon them to hide 
them from the face of him who will de 
liver into chainsof darkness to be reserved 
unto judgment. "Fortheljord knoweih 
how to deliver tlio godly out of lempta 
tion, and to reserve the unju.-t unto the 
day of judgment to be piiiiished." Then 
the most soul soothing thought of differ^- 
eiice contemplated by the righteous, is 
that all sorrows, trials and lribu!atioi-8 
will ciase with time, and their millenium 
of the universal reign of everlasting joy 
and peace will oiny commence ; when 
time as measured by the sun will be no 
more. There will the righteous be more 
fully qualified to comprehend the lan- 
guage of the apostle, that their light 
afflictions here, which are but for a mo- 
ment, work cut fur them a far more ex- 
ceeding and eternal weight of glory. 
Ves, man in this life-time cannot fully 
comprehend his probationary existence 
eouipaicd with a moment. But when 
we s^iall be like iiim, (for we shall see 
hiui as he is,) then we will learn to com- 
pute time with the apostle, as one day 
being with the Lord as a thousand years, 
uikI a ihou.-atid years as one day. Then 
will the groans and sighs in this lower 
world of auiuatcd being, which heaven 
has wiiuessed tor nearly Ax thousand 



years, have an end. Then the righteous 
all havinit been baptized by one Spirit 
into one body, will all be qualified to sing 
one song, the song of the Lamb. Yea, 
when mortal man contemplates the state 
of the redeemed in paradise, compared 
with our own frail nature, it causes him 
to wonder when will be fulfilled the 
prophecy, "I will make a man more 
precious than fine gold, even a man than 
the cold of ophir." 'Ihcn thanks to our 
God for his great scheme of redemption, 
through the gospel ol his only begotten 
Son, which opens to our virion endless 
life. 

Vawnee, Ills. 



Selected for the Compa.nion. 
Ta n'oinen Ont ol Work. 



BT C M. AMBRUST, BUFFALO, COLORADO. 



The following characteristic letter from 
Mrs. Swisshclm appears in a late number 
of the Chicago Tribune: 

■'Permit me to say, tlirough your col- 
umns, to all the women in this city who 
are out of employuient, that I am nut 
publl.-hing a paper or carrying on any 
business that requires assistance ; and 
that, when 1 was, 1 never employed man, 
woman, boy, beast, or machine, because 
he, she, or it wanted work, but always 
Ixcdiise the work wanted thcni ; that, if [ 
wanted five hundred women, 1 wi-uld not 
engage one who came to me with a top- 
heavy load of feathers, flowers, bugles, 
beads, bows and bands, on her head, 
presented a painted lace behind a masque 
vail, or wore a dress either trailing in the 
mud or bcUounced, befulded, and befud- 
dled, until she looked like a French iien 
with her feathers all turned up, while she 
eom plained of hard times and want of 
employment. 

''I do not know any one who wants 
coiying done, or wishes to employ a wo- 
man to do office-work. 1 have no influ-« 
once with any publisher by which I could 
induce him to publish anybody's letters, 
or "pomes," or stories. I know no one 
who has any genteel employment for 
which he or she is willing to pay large 
wages ; and my time is of importance to 
me. 1 am fifty-seven years old ; have 
spent the fortune my parents left me in 
helping the slave to freedom, and women 
into a position where they might help 
themselves. I gave my health aud 
nearly my life, in liospital service ", am 
literally worn out, poor, and entirely de- 
pendent on my own labor for a living, 
except when 1 break down altogether, 
and am obliged to accept the assistance 
my friends arc always ready to give me. 
1 live in very plain lodgings, and wear a 
very plain dress and bonnet from ten to 
fifteen years,beeause 1 cannor affuid new; 
for 1 could not if 1 would, and would not 
ifIeou!d, do tiiat k.nd of literary work 
for which there is a ready market and 
biglj price. Uue third of tuy work goed 



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into editorial waste baskets because 1 
sjioil it with my idiosyncrasies ; but I 
never giumble, and try to owe no man a 
dollar. If I were out of work ai;d tlireat- 
enod witli want, I would po into a family 
to render such servicos us 1 could — cook^ 
in?:, dishwa.'hin.sz, {reneral housewo:k, or 
any sjjccialty — and take such wates as I 
could cam, whether it w-s one dollar a 
wet k or (il'iy c<'nt!5 ; and no emiiloyer 
siiould put nic out of my place, wherever 
that was. I sliould never Lc found in 
the i)arlor when the kitchen was my 
sphere, and should take pride in being a 
good vcrvant. Such hcin.f; the i^tand 
l>oint iVom which I view life, 1 cannot, 
of course, feci sympathy with the line 
ladies who come every day, robbing me 
of my time and strength in listening to 
their recitals of sentimental sorrows. So, 
to all women out of work, 1 say, take off 
your furbelows and set about the first 
houcst labor which jprescrjts itself. 

Jane Grey Swisshkui. 

P. S. — That Detroit Free Press man 
knows very iittle about bonnets. Mine 
which he mistakes for a model of patient 
industry, is only a bit of silk basted 
loo.-ely over a fiame. I made it iu one 
hour, and it cost $1.4o. Neither is it 
ancit lit, as he hints ; for I have only 
worn it tln-cc summers. I take it off in 
churoh and all other publio i)liicc-!, be- 
cause anything which jirotccrs the head 
out of doors nnist be very injurious to the 
brain if worn in a heated room, and be- 
cause I would not mock the apostle Paul 
by tubstituiing anj' modern milliner's in- 
vemi;n for that covering of the bead 
which ho required the women of Corinth 
to wear when preaching or praying in 
public, and which to-day finas its only 
relative in the slat sun bonnet common 
in rural districts. 

J. a. s. 



For the UOMPANIOM AND ViSITOU. 

lleli> or We I'erii^k. 



BY M. 8. BOOL. 



Gras.shoppers came in and covered 
mtiuy pleaeaut plains of the West. 
Proppcrity and hope were before them; 
but devastation aiid discotiragenieut 
marked their progress, and dtstitu- 
tiou and suffering followed iu their 
Cv urse. 

Many, but a short time '•ago, mi- 
grated to the great West with buoy- 
ant hpiritB and high aspirations, hop- 
ing to belter their temporal cunditiou ; 
but now they arc disappointed and 
df-jectod, if not really destitute and 
Buffering: their fond anticipations 
have been defeated, and their bright 
Lopes have been blighted. Many a 
beart-aehc has been felt; many a cut- 
ting sigh has goue toward former 



eastern homes, and, no doubt, many a 
tear has fallen. Mothers have looked 
wifh sympnthy on their help!e.«s 
cbildren, a'>d fathers have anxiously 
prospected for means to support their 
dependant families. 

Want found a tongue to speak, and 
the call for help came eastward and 
spread throughout the more favored 
states ; and the thought of hunger 
and nakednep.'«, and the fear of starva- 
tion and freezing have entered and 
moved many sympathizing hearts. A 
deep interest is felt, and a general 
disposition to help the suffering and 
the needy prevails. Wo Lave sous 
and daughters, brothers and sister.", 
and, perhaps, parents there, and we 
must help them in their time of need. 

Railroads carry donations free, if 
properly marked ; aid societies have ' 
been organized ; churches have been i 
active, and money food and clothing | 
have been transported. Thus many 
of the destitute have already been 
reached, and their spirits have been 
revived — their hearts cheered. Bless- 
ings have been pronounced by the 
relieved, and have gently fallen on 
their benefactors, who have felt that 
"it is more blessed to give than to 
receive." Much has been done ; more 
remains to be accomplished ; but v?e 
are glad that the people are aroused, 
and especially do we rejoice that the 
Brethren are so active iu this good 
work. 

But what is this that we hear? 
Hark ! it is a call from some one for 
help! Nay, it is the sound of many 
voices united. A cry is ascending 
the skies — an earnest and persistent 
cry — "Lord, help, or we perish !" It 
is going up from the plantations of 
the South, from the prairies, moun- 
tains and vuliycs of the West. What 
can it be? It is the prayer of those 
in great destitution. They are poor, 
famishing, naked ; and they want 
riches that cannot fail ; bread aud 
water of life, aud robes that grow not 
old. On abnost every passing breeze 
we hear wails of anguish, and cries, 
as from Macedonia, "Come over and 
help us." Scattered sheep are wait- 
ing for shepherds; and straying 
lambs are anxious to be taken into 
the fold. Call after call for the pure 
doctrine is coming to us continually. 
Hearts must be bleeding; souls must 
I be perishing. 

I We hear another sound. Who is 

I Bpcukiug now ? It is the voice of the 

Son of God, whom we call our Lord. 



Sweet voice — sweet words — welcome 
message of comfort and encourage- 
ment to famishing souls I What 
docs be say to them ? "Blessed are 
they who hunger and thi.st after 
righteousness; for they shall bo fill- 
ed." But he also speaks to his own 
servants — to his chosen ministers — 
"(jloyc into nil the world and jrench 
the gospel to every creatuse." Oh, 
how kind is our Saviour! He prom- 
i.ses the bread and water of life to 
those who arc in want and calling for 
help ; and then be commands his 
chosen to bear his blessings to them. 

Behold, our brethren, the heralds 
of the gospel, going forth with all 

possible speed, to do Brethren, 

pardon me; 1 was v^ritiog from a 
mental vision, knowing that it is our 
duty with alacrity to go and do our 
Lord's bidding. It is true that a few 
have gone forth to spread the glad 
tidings of salvation, aud to respond 
to the calls for help ; but, oh, how 
few! Something has been done — 
thank the Lord 1 — but much remaiun 
to be done. Lord, help, or we perish ; 
for our work is great aud respoasible, 
aud we are weak. 

Last Sabbat h,iu different places.from 
two to ten niiiiisteriug brethren were 
together. They prayed that sinners 
might be brought home to God. There 
were many calls for help ; but they 
were unanswered if not unnoticed. 
Have not some of us heard our Sa- 
viour saying, ''Why call ye me Lord, 
Lord, and do i.o the things which I 
say?' We have heard a any and 
repeated culls, aud we have also heard 
the command to lespond to them, and 
yet bow little have we done I Are 
these calls not important ? They 
certainly are. la the command uot 
important? Itsurelj'is. Then why 
are the culls not regarded and the 
command obeyed ? Will our minis- 
ters tell us ? Will the laity tell us? 
Will our annual conference tell us? 
Who will be accountable for the neg- 
lect and disobedience ? Our Saviour 
spake a parable to show the prevail- 
ing disposition of finnera to reject 
the gracious invitation to the great 
gospel feast. Some were kept a%vay 
by their pos8C8.^ions and some by their 
kindred. But we cannot find that iLo 
servants refused to go forth to extend 
the invitation, •'Coii e, for all things 
are now ready." 

Brethren, does it not occur to us 
that we ought to do more than we 
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calls for the pure word of God ? I do 
not think we can read those caruest 
appeals, which appear iu the Coui- 
2>anion and Visitor so frequently, 
without feeling that there ought to 
be something done, and tliat immedi- 
ately. If it is not possible to do more 
than we are doing, of cours", wo are 
excusable. But who, after thinking 
of our cumbers, talents and wealth, 
would say that we can do no more ? 
Certainly no one can come to such a 
conclusion. 

It here occurs to my mind, (and I 
submit it to my dear brethren. )that 
we have both the will and the ability. 
I<]ven if our niiui.oters must bear all 
the burthen and defray their o^-n ex- 
penses, among them we find both the 
means and the de.*ire to respond to 
the calls. You will a.«k, why, then, 
does not the noble work go on 7 A 
very important question, and one that 
is eutilled to a plaiu auawer. My 
answer is this: The will and the 
wealth do not often meet in the same 
brother. This may seein to be a hard 
eajing; but look at fucts with which all 
are acquuiuted, and then tell me 
whether it is not correct. We have 
tiiiuiatcring brethren who are worth 
from ten to fifty thousand dollars. 
This every member kuows to be a 
fact. How many of these can you 
count, who have gone to respoud to 
tlse calls of those in the S"uth aud 
West. Many of them could go n\x 
months or a year, without injury to 
any one. They have the meaus, why 
do they not go? I will not answer 
here ; but the thought suggests itself 
to every one, that they have uo will 
to go; for when we have both the 
desire and means to do anything, we 
generally do it. Then we have other 
brethren who have a strong desire to 
rei^pond to the calls, but they are too 
poor to go. 

But is it right and reasonable that 
our ministers alone must bear this 
loa.d ? Certainly not : it is both un- 
reasonable and uascriplural. Among 
our lay-men'bers, we find both charity 
and weulth enough to carry the glori- 
ous work furwurd, Why, then, does 
it not move onward ? Yes, here we 
meet with the same trouble again : 
wealth and charity do not often meet 
in the same person. We have breth- 
ren who could keep a minister in the 
field all the time, and who would 
still have a handsome yearly income 
left; but how many do it? Why is 
it, uut done ? I aeed aot aaswer. 



Again we have members who feel 
lik»i giving liberally to carry on this 
great work, but they have scarcely a 
"widow's mite" to spare. 

The truth of what I am trying to 
tell you will appear very clearly from 
the following circumstance, which 
comes under my personal knowledge. 
A minister, (who might easily be 
v"pared, as there are several others in 
the same congregation.) has been try- 
ing for a year to sell hi-^ little home, 
at a reasonable price, so that he might 
move to one of the many places where 
aid is wanted, and yet he has not 
been able to sell. To this I may add 
that the congregation in which he 
resides is worth, perhaps, a million 
dollars. And to this I add that there 
are mpmbers in that congregation 
who have many thousands drawing 
interest. From these facts all may 
draw their own conclunions. 

Is not this a lamentable state of 
nftiirs? Perishing souls are calling 
for help; our Lord commands us to 
help, many are willing to help, but 
cannot ; n.any could help but will not. 

''Wall may thy s^jrvants inourD, my Gotl 

TUe chuicti's (iesolalion ; 
Iha state of Zion calls aloud 

Forgilef aud lanientailon. 
Once ^ho was all alive to tiioe 

Aud tiiousands wero con vc ted ; 
But now a sad reverse We see — 

Iter glory Is departed." 

I will conclude this article by the 
following suggestions: 

1. Let us all pray to the Lord that 
he may iseud forth laborers to till the 
earnest aud repeated calls that are 
made, and to spread the gospel 
throughout the world. 

3 Let those of our ministers who 
are able, go forth and devote their 
time and means and taleuts to the 
great woik to which they have beeu 
called. 

3. Let those who have the meaus 
at command, use them so as to enable 
those who have a desire to respoud to 
the calls to do so. Iu short, let every 
meuiber of the body feel the impor- 
tance of this great work, and do what 
he an to carry it forward. 



For lUc Companion and Visitou. 
A rt-port***! ctkse ut Ntarvatiou. 

Brolher Qiiinter : — In order that 
those who have an abundance of the 
necessaries of life, may know the 
.wherabouts of some of those who are 
really needy, I will here append the 



main part of a letter from Shawno's 
county, Kansas, which will show that 
the brethren and friends in this part 
of Kansas arc in some way overlook- 
ed, or their cries and entreaties disre- 
cardod by the Aid Department of 
Topeka. Here is the letter : — 

Richland, Kans.vs, ) 
Jan. 2Tth, 1875. ) 

Dear Sister: — "I take my pen ia 
hand to drop you a few lines to let 
you know that we have not got that 
box of goods yet, and we don't know 
whether we ever will. Ifyou please, 
have it looked after, for if we have 
ever been in need, it is now. You 
said something about the aid that the 
brethren got from the East. I will 
tell von how much they got. They 
got $2t)0 to be divided among the 
poor, aud the pirt of the members in 
want. Now how much do you think 
one will get ofit. We nor any of 
the members can live on that until 
we rais:G something to live on. I will 
tell you there is plenty of general aid 
sent to Topeka for every county ex- 
cept Shawnee. They say in Topeka, 
that it is a disgrace fur Shawnee 
county to draw aid, because the capi- 
ta! is iu this county. They are going 
to starve u^ in Shawnee county. V/e 
had two committees to g) oui and 
try to got aid, but they would not let 
them have any. There was a widow 
iu Top;-ka, who went three times to 
get aid ; but they would not let her 
h!ive any, and finally she had t'j 
starve. I think that was more dis- 
grace to Shawnee county than if they 
would have given her aid. Tnis is 
the way tuey do here. They do any- 
thing but that which is fair. I think 
that about one half of the people here 
will die before spring of sickuess and 
btai'vatiou. it looks so to me at thi.s 
time. I hope I may be wrong ia my 
opinion. Write as toon as you get 
this, and don't forget it. I do not feel 
much like writing. 

(jiEOUGE I). SOUDERS. 

From the above it appears that 
Shawnee couuty is suffering severely, 
and it would be well for the brethrea 
to take coguizauce of this fact. The 
box mentioned by brother Sanders iu 
his letter, was shipped to his addres^ri 
from L;irvvill, luO., ou the 9i,h, of 
December. 

E. U.MUAUOII. 

Filgrim please ccpj. 



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For the Comtanion and Visitok. 
Ill 9|f inoriuui. 



SACKED TO THE 

MK.V10KY OK MY BBOTIIEK WILLIAM, 
Wno Died August 28tii, 1S74. 



BY SALI.IE A MOUT. 

Oh ! how little we thougiit one year to-day 
Of the danger that near our thresliold lay — 
That those eyes, then radiant with love and 

life, 
Should soon be closed to this world of strife. 

But time sped swift with its changes 

fraught — 
Its flight unheeded and its cares un*ou-^ht, 
Till the winter too with the i>ast had lied, 
With ii.3 (ailed hojes and pleasures dead. 

Sprinj; came with its bcauilis, and still was 

btaid 
The blow, though the axe to the vine was 

laid ; 
Then dawned the summer with rosy hours, 
I 6 joyous birds, and bsSauteous flowers. 

Ah ! little wo thought ero again they'd 

bloom, 
That the winter's snow would enshroud Lis 

tomb ; 
But his seat s vacant, and we list in v«in, 
F.if the welcome touud of his voice again. 

Ycs ; the hour came and the bolt was 

burl'd, 
And the pagj by Death inscribed uufurl'd ; 
And seatler'd far were our garnered sheaves, 
As scatieretb the winds'ihe auiumn leaves. 

Though bitter the cup, which our Father 

gives, 
We drink ia hope that our loved one lives ; 
Redeemed through the merits of a Saviour's 

blood, 
From his sufferings here, to a home with 

God. 

Thougli chastened sore, we admit it just ; 
And the hand that smote us, we humbly 

trust. 
Will kindly lead us through life's dreary 

way, 
Till we meet again in the realms of day. 
Dayton, Ohio. 

For the Cohpanion and Visitok. 
An KKsay in BetiaEl of tlie Ne«dy 
iu HuuMaH uuil SiebruKku. 

Continued from page 34. 



The eecond injunction contained in 
the text, is: "I'leud the cauFo of the 
poor mid needy." By calculuiiou, we 
find tbat the poor are referred to, or ii,t 
least the word jioor, occurs more 



than one hundred and ei^rbtv ti.iips ■ 
in the sacred volume; und it is evi- 
dent that the Most High has always 
manifested a special repard for the 
poor and needy ; and calls for the sym- 
pathy of those whom he has blessed 
with the good things of this world, to 
the poor. And to those who give or 
donate their earthly substance, and 
do it cheerfully, an inestimable re- 
ward is guaranteed. In support of 
this assertion we turn to Deut. 15: 
7-11. (Please read the Scripture.) 
Here the promise is to those who 
give liberally : '"Tbe Lord will bless 
them iu all their work.-*, and in all that 
they put iheir haud.s to." In Fs 41: 1, 
deliverance in time of trouble, is 
promised. Now let us turn to Prov. 
lil : 13, and call to mind, in part, the 
fate of those who disregard the ap- 
peals for help. The scripture reads 
thus: "Wbo.so stoppeth his ears at 
the cry of the poor, he also shall cry 
himself, but shall not be heard." 

Next we will turn to Isa. 58 : 7-11, 
and call forth some more of the great 
and glorious promises, held forth as 
inducements to assit in alleviating 
the suffering of the needy. Tbe 
prophet here speaks upon the subject 
of fasting, and asks the question : 
"Is it not to deal thy bread to the 
hungry, and that thou bring the poor 
that are cast out, into thine hou.=;e ? 
when thou seest the naked that thou 
clothe him ?" The idea comprehend- 
ed in this scripture, appears to be, 
that the de.'^ign of fasting is, to be 
enabled to do more for tbe poor and 
needy, and for so doing, the promise 
is: "Thy light shall break forth as the 
morning. Thou sbalt call and the 
Lord shall hear. Thy darkness shall 
be as the LOon-day. The Lord shall 
guide thee continually, and satisfy 
thy soal in drought. Thou sbalt be 
as a watered garden ; and like a 
spring of water, whose waters fail 
not." 

The necessity of devising some 
plan for disseminating primitive 
Christianity, or to have the gospel 
(as we believe and practice) preached 
more extensively, has recently been 
agitated, perhaps to the satisfaction 
of all. SoiTio important, as well as 
appropriate,reraark8 upon the subject, 
have saluted us in an article from the 
Pacific coast, inserted in current vol- 
ume, No. 2, which I think we would 
do well to reread and retain. Breth- 
ren, and all readers of the Compan- 
ion, an opportunity ia now extended, 



for all who are blessed with an abun- 
dance of this world's goods.to lay up a 
"'Treasure in heaven;" to become 
preachers, not in word but iu deed. 
"Actions sometimes speak louder 
than words." This is a true sayiog, 
and no doubt will bo made manifest ia 
the present distress. Who knows 
but what the present sufferiog.s in 
Nebra&ki, Kansas and Missouri, oc- 
cassioned by the grasshoppers and 
drought, is one of the Lord's ways, 
or means, by which he desighs spread- 
ing the faith we preach and practice 
in our churches at home ? Fur if the 
brethren continue to the last, (and uo 
doubt they will,) as they have begun 
everywhere, and see those suffering 
people provided for, until they can 
raise a crop, ''their light (undoubted- 
ly) shall break forth as the morning.'' 
"Ye are the light of the world.'' The 
souls v/e may win for Christ, by con- 
tinuiug in doing an active part in pro- 
viding for those suffering people, may 
be vastly more numerous than those 
which the labors of many ndssioa- 
ariea could haved saved : for who 
would not love and desire to be neigh- 
bor to a people who will thus sym- 
pathize and pity iheir fellow-members 
and neighbors. 

"Weep with those that weep," 
Fast with tho.-*e that fast ; 
The Lord his saints wiil keep, 
Secure from every blast. 

J. Baub. 

MouUon, Iowa. 

{To he coutiitiiaJ.) 



Industry — Man must have occu- 
pation or be miserable. Toil is the 
price of sleep and appetite, of health 
and enjoyment The very necessity 
which overcoaies our natural sloth is 
a blessing. The word does not con- 
tain a briar or a thorn which divine 
mercy could not have spared. We 
are happier with the sterility, than wo 
could have been with spontaneous 
plenty and uubouudi-d profusion. The 
body and the mind are improved by 
the toil that fatigues them. The toil 
is a thousand times rewarded by the 
pleasure it bestows. It enjoyments 
are peculiar. No wealth can pur- 
chase them. No iudolence can taste 
them. They flow only from the ex- 
ertions which they repay. 



The husband of a good and faitbfu! 
wife is known in the gates when ha 
sittcth among tbe elders of the laud. 



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FOR THE YOUNG. 

From the London Cbrislian. 
Yoiiue: 9Ieu. 



BY DR ANDREW BONAR. 



There was a lime in the history of 
the church, when its best witnesses 
were three young men of Israel. 
Shadrach, Mesbach, and Abed nego, 
ia their daj, held up the pillars of 
truth in the earth, and the Son of 
God was with tlieni. (Dan. iii. 25). 
There was a time in Scotland wiien 
pome of her noblest witnesses for 
Christ were young men. Three 
young niarlvrs (one only seventteu 
years of age) wrote thus to their 
friends — "Our time is short ; we have 
little to spare, having our sentence at 
one o'clock, and we are te die at live 
this afternoon. Good news 1 Christ 
is no worse than lie promised. 
Blessed be He that ever we were 
born to bear witness for Him ! Be 
valiant for God. Him that overcom- 
eth He will make a pillar in His 
temple." 

Young men, there are three tralhs 
regarding you, wherein God contra- 
dicts the world. 1. The world reck- 
ons the sius of youth as mere excusa- 
ble than the sins of others. God 
declares them to be peculiarly aggra- 
vated. Job (xiii. 2G) speaks of the 
sins of his youth as not easily forgot- 
ten by God ; and David (Ps. xxv. 1) 
ftars the sins of his youth most f pt-c- 
ially. Thoughtlessness characterizes 
youth ; and thoughtlessness is xinbe- 
lief ; and unbelief makes God a liar. 
(1 John V. 10). 2. The world thinks 
there is no occasion for haste on your 
part in coming to Christ. God ex- 
pects you to come in the days of your 
youth "Remember, in the days of thy 
youth, thy Creator" — what He hath 
done for you, how He has so loved 
you, how He seeks your soul. (Eccles. 
xii. 1). 3 The world says you are 
more likely to be really converted 
when you are older and amid the re- 
alities of busy life. God savs, "To- 
day." Heb. iv. 7 ; Ps. xcv. 7. He 
asks you at once to receive His un- 
speakable gift, Christ Jesus. Mat- 
thew and Zaccheus accepted the first 
call that came to them. Peter, 
James, John, Andrew, Philip, Na- 
thauial, and the dying thief, came to 
Jesus \,\iQ first day they beard of His 
salvation. 

"Rejoice, O young man, in thy 



youth," says Solomon in awful irony, 
"and let thy heart cheer thee iu the 
days of thy youth, and walk iu the 
ways of thine heart, and the t.ight of 
thine eyes, but knmo Uiou, that for 
all these things Ood will bring thee 
into judgment." Eccles. xi. 9. 

Ou the other hand hear the jubi- 
lant voice of one who, in early youth, 
found salvation : '' 2^his is the victory 
that overcometh the world, our faith." 
1 John V. 4. — i. e., our knowing and 
believing iu the Christ of God. So 
writes John the apostle, the same 
who tells of "young men" who were 
"strong, and bad OAcrcome the wicked 
one," because they had found forgive- 
nes-'S of sin and kept the word of God 
abiding in them. 1 John ii. 14. 

Think well of that word, "Excr-pt a 
man be bora again, he cannot see tiie 
kingdom of God. John iii. 3. The 
Lord asks you to accept at once 
Christ the Saviour, the sianer'.s Sub- 
stitute, the Sin Bearer, the Burden 
Bearer. This is the Holy Spirit's 
way of subduing you to Christ. As 
many as receive Him, to them He 
gave power to become sons of God. 
John i. 12. 

There is a solemn warning spoken 
iu full view of the fountain of Life 
by Him who Himself gives its waters 
to the thirsty. "But ihe fearful, the 
cowardly, who keep away from 
Christ because of man's frown or 
man's favor, "shall have their portion 
in the lake that burneth with fire and 
brimstone, which is the second 
death." Rev. xxi. 8. 

Young men, this is a time when 
the Lord is saving many of your 
number in a remarkable manner. He 
has put into the hearts of hia people 
to pray for you very specially. "No 
man cared for my soul,'* cannot be 
your coinplaiut. But best of all, the 
Lord Himself is caring for you ; will 
you hear His voice ? 

<"Twtts grace my wayward heart first won, 

'Tis grace that holds me fast j 
Grace will complote the work begun, 

And save me to the last." 



Bad Boys Make Bad Men. 



An aged sea captain, who had spent 
a long life upon the ocean, said to a 
lady, "Oq ship board, I can tell in a 
very short lime what any sailor was 
in bis boyhood." It was because "the 
boy was father to the man." He ad- 
ded, '-I find invariably that a bad sai- 
lor ia made out of a bad boy." When 



he saw a reckless, profane, vicious 
"sou of the deep," he at once conclu- 
ded that be was little better when a 
lad. Now this is just vvfhat might be 
expected. It is just what is seen in 
other things. Poor wool or cotteu 
makes poor cloth. Poor cloth makes 
a poor coat. Poor faruis produce poor 
crops. Poor timbt^r makes a poor 
house. And so wicked children make 
wicked men and women. 

It is said that Emperor Nero of 
Rome, when a little boy, delighted to 
torture and kill flies, and would pur- 
sue the little creatures hour after hour 
to pierce them and see them flutter 
and die ia agony. As he grew older, 
he exhibited the same cruel disposi- 
tion towards men. Whea made Em- 
peror, he advanced in cruelty at a 
fearful rate ; killed his own wife, and 
ordered hia mother to bo assasiuated. 
Nor was this all. He finally ordered 
the city to be set ou fire, just to see 
how it would loi'k. And when it v/as 
burning, he seated himself upon'a high 
tower, and played upon his lyre. 
Was this strange ? Is not a cruel 
hoy likely to become a cruel man? 
Killing men in manhood is only a 
further development of killiag flies in 
childhood. 



Bv^tter Than Gold. 



We often hear little boys telling of 
the wonders they will do when they 
grow to be men. They are looking 
and louging for the time when they 
will be large enough to carry a cane 
and weflr a tall hat; and not one of 
them will say that he expects to be a 
poor man, but they every one intend 
to be rich. 

Now money is very good in its 
place; but let me tell you, my little 
boys, what is a great deal better than 
money, and what you may be earning 
all the time you are waiting to grow 
large enough to earn a fortune. The 
Bible tells us that "a good name ia 
belter than riches." 



— Let no young man exp«c' suc- 
cess or prosperity who disregards the 
kind advice and pious instructions of 
his mother. What can be more con- 
soling and heart-cheering in severe af- 
fliction than a food mother's prayers 
and tears poured forth and shed ia 
infancy for her beloved offspring ? 



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GOSPEL VISITOR. 


MIOYEUSDALE, Pn., Feb. IG, 1875. 



Onr Dnty to the I'oniig. 

We have read of a gcntleiuan who was 
once walking over the farm of his friend, 
and observing the very superior sheep 
wliich he had, he a-kcd hiui how it was 
he eauic to liave them so fine ? His reply 
was, '"I take care of tuy lambs, t^ir." 
This is a very suggestive and instructive 
reply for all who have the care and man- 
agement of the young — for parents, 
teachers, ministers and legislators. If 
we would have the future generation to 
be sober, honest, wise and religious, we 
must Kive attention to children, for the 
coming generation of mt-n will be made 
up of those now in their childhood. Upon 
the early culture given by the farmer to 
many^f his crops, depend the value and 
yield of those crops. So upon the early 
culture of the hearts and minds of our 
children, depend their fuiure characters 
in a great measure. If no attention is 
given to youth, they may grow up in ig 
liorance \ if, for the want of good instruc- 
tion and training, the enemy bows tares 
in their minds when very susceptible of 
receiving impressions, the fatal result, 
may be skepticism, downright intideliiy, 
ungodliness, or even gross immorality ; 
but if care and pains are bestowed upon 
them, and they are trained up "in the 
way they should go," such a training 
will be likely to be productive of a 
character, which will be a blessing to 
themselves and to the world, and an 
honor to God. 

The number of criminals that every 
country produces has become a painful 
and an alaiming suljoct to every observ- 
ing and reflecting philanthropist- And 
upon more thought and reflection being 
given to the subject, it was louud that in 
a large pro|)oriion of the cases, abandoned 
und neglected children constituted the 
raw material out of which the criminals 
were produced. The discovery of this 
fact and a proper application of it, have 
led to the organization of schools and in- 
Btitutions for tlie education, protection 
and refovming of children, as their condi- 
tions in society seem to require. It is 
now generally admitted that when par 
ents cannot, or when they will uut edu- 



cate their children, and by neglecting 
them cause them to become an injury to 
society, that a nation may, out of regard 
to its own interests, interfere to promote 
the educatiun of the young. 

"Train up a child in the way he should 
go : and when he is old, he will not de- 
part from it."— Ps. 22:6. 

"Faihers, provoke not your children to 
wrath : but bring them up in the nurture 
and admonition of the Lord." — Eph. 
6:5. 

The last of the above passages teaches 
us how children are to be brought up, 
namely, "iu the nurture and admonition 
of the Lord," that is, in that wholesome 
discipline and instruction which the 
Lird has iirescribed. Aod^lhe first pas* 
sage teaches the fame duty that the 
second does, and in addition to the duty 
taught, we have the happy result as a 
general rule, the coniiuualion and stabiN 
ity of the child taught, in the principles 
and pious habits in which it was early 
instructed. We have an illustration of 
this in the example of Abraham, who, it 
is said, Gen. 18:19, "Commanded his 
children and his household after him, 
and they kept the way of the Lord, to do 
justice and judgment." This passage in 
the history of Abraham sliows that his 
children and household "kept the ways 
of the Lord which they had b.-eu taught." 
We have quoted it, for another purpose, 
namely, to show what it is to keep the 
way of the Lord. It is "to do justice 
and judgment." And this is what is 
meant by the apostle's language, "'the 
nurture and admonition of the Loid." 
it has special regard to the religious edu- 
cation of children, liy good instruction 
and example, they are to be led into the 
doctrine of Christ. This is to be the 
principal thing, though there should also 
be attention given to their j)h>^ieal and 
intellectual education. 

Children are born into the world ignor- 
ant. And the rudiments or principles of 
religion must be gradually implanted in 
them, as their capacity increases to re- 
ceive them. And who are the must 
likely to accomplish this work eilectually? 
It is the parents. They can best under- 
stand their capacities and best appreciate 
their wants and difficulties. And the 
afl'ection children have for their parents, 
and the conGdence they have iu tiicm, 
give the parents peculiar advantages over 
them. And hence great rejjpoosibility 



rests upon the parents, both from the 
excellent opportunities they have for 
training or instructing them, and also 
from the duties that God has imposed 
upon them. 

And where tlie parents possess any- 
thing like the qualifications they should, 
fur instructing their children, home is 
still the best, as it is the oldest school. 
But there arc many difficulties in the 
way of home training. In some cases the 
want of qualifications, and in others the 
want of time, prevents the parents from 
giving tlic attention to the, training of 
their children that it would be very desir- 
able they should have. But though it 
may often happen that the circumstances 
of the parents are such as prevent them 
fiom giving the attention to the training 
of their children that they would like to 
give, yet no circumstances will justify the 
parents from negitcting nkogcther the 
proper training of their children while 
they have thcui under their care. And 
with the qualifications that the grace of 
God gives to Christian parents, whatever 
may be their natural deficiency, or what- 
ever obstacles may be in their way, they 
can do much in laying the foundation for 
a Christian character in their children, if 
they appreciate their responsibility, and 
do all they can do, in the work u|)on 
which the weal or woe of their children 
may df pend. In giving us children, 
God has given us love to them, which 
will be a wonderful help to us in laboring 
for their good when that love is guided 
by Christian prudence. Love to our 
children should lead us to labor to train 
them in principles and habits of pi Jty ; 
t.nd our labor to accumpli.>h this, will 
tend to increase our own power to labor, 
while, if prajerfully ontinucd, it will not 
be likely to f-iil altogether in tio n^rgood to 
Che young. And so a pa:cnL's capacity 
ior the work will increase as his labors 
continue. There is then cue )uragement 
for all parents to labor to bring up their 
children "in the nurture and admonition 
of the Lord," however poorly they may 
feel they are qualified for the work. 

But the special object wo had in view 
when we commenced this ar.icle, was to 
notice the obligations we are under to the 
young to save them from the errors and 
evils to which thoy are exposed, and to 
form their minds while young, in the 
mould of Christiatj truth. Tiie young 
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our duty and faithful to our trusL Here 
is a field white and ready to harvest, and 
one that is promising to the Christian 
laborer. 

In looking at the suhjcct, we ehonld 
not fail to notice the duty the Lord en- 
joined upon the Jews to instruct end take 
cure of the young. The following direc- 
tions were given theui : "Therefore 
shall yc lay up those my words in your 
heart and in your soul, and bind llieu) tor 
a sign upon your hand, that they may bo 
ti.-: I'ronlltts between your eyes. And ye 
shall teach them to your children, fpcatt- 
ing of then) when thou f^ittest in thine 
house, and when thou walkest by the way, 
when thou liest down, and when thou 
riscst up. And thou shalt write them 
upon the door posts of thine house, and 
upon thy gates."— Deut. 11:19,20. 

Dr. Jahn, in his Biblical Arohicoiogy, 
page 175, has the following upon the 
nurture of children among the Jews : 
"The sons remained till the fifth year in 
the care of the women ; they then ceme 
into the father's hands, and were taught 
not only the arts and duties of life, but 
were instructed in the Mosaic law, and 
in all parts of their country's religion. 
Dent. G: 20-25; 7:19 ; 11:19. Those who 
wished to have them further instructed, 
provided they did not deem it preferable 
to employ private teachers, sent them 
away to some priest or Levite, who 
sometimes had a number of other chil- 
dren to instruct. It appears from 1 Sam. 
1:24-28, that there was a school near the 
holy tabernacle, dedicated to the instruc- 
tion of youth. There had been many 
other schools of this kind, which had 
fallen into discredit, but were restored 
again by the prophet Samuel ; after 
whose time the members of the Semin- 
aries in fiuestion, who were denominated 
by way of distinction //i-c sons of the 
praphfts, acquired no little notoriety." 

As we have already seen in the passage 
quoted from Paul, (and other passages of 
similar import could be quoted,) the 
Christian Scriptures, as well as the 
Jewish, contain precepts making it the 
duty of Christian parents and guardians, 
to give special attention to the cultivation 
of the young. And wc find from the 
history of the early Christians, who lived 
in times near the apostolic age, that the 
education of the young in the principles 
ot Christianity, was regarded as an im- 
portant duty. Dr. Cave, in his primitive 



Christianity, has the following in regard 
to the subject under consideration. He 
is speaking of the knowledge of the 
Scriptures which the primitive Christians 
labored to obtain, and which the^ pos 
sessed : "Nor did they covetously 
hoard up and reserve this excellent 
knowledge to themselves, but freely coiu- 
municated it to others, especially were 
careful to catechise and instruct their 
children and servants in the principles of 
religion. St. Clemens praises the Corin- 
thians, that they took care to admonish 
their young men to fo'low those things 
that were modest and comely, and ac- 
cordingly exhorts them to instruct the 
young in the knowledge of the fear of 
God, to make their children partakers of 
the discipline of Clirist, to teach them 
how much humility and a chaste love do 
prevail with God ; that the fear of him is 
good and useful, and preserves all those 
who with pure thoughts lead a holy life 
according to his will. * * * fhis 
was the discipline under which Chri.xtians 
were brought up in those times ; religion 
was instilled into them betimes, v;hich 
grew up and mixed itself with their ordi- 
nary labors and recreations, in so much 
that the most rude and illiterate persons, 
instead of profane wanton songs, which 
vitiate and corrupt the minds of men, 
as Chrysostom calls them 'songs of the 
devil's composure,' used nothing but 
spiritual and divine hymns: so that (as 
St. Jerome relates of the place where he 
lived) you could not go into the fie'd, 
hut you might hear the p'ouKhman at 
his hallelujah?, the ihower at his hymns, 
and the vine dresser singing David's 
psalms." — Page 131. 

The conversion and Christian training 
of the young, that they may enjoy the 
comforts and protection of Christianity 
themselves ; that their influence in 
neither youth nor manhood may be 
thrown on the side of evil ; and that they 
may become active and useful members 
of the church, is a subject that commends 
itselt to the attention, not only of every 
individual Christian, but to the church as 
a body. We have seen that we as Chris- 
tians have important duties enjoined upon 
us concerning the young, and we are 
fearful we have not discharged those du- 
ties as faithfully aa we should have 
done. 

In regard to the best way, or in what 
different ways we can most iuflueuoe the 



young, and most successfully labor for 
their crood, is also a subject that should 
receive the attention of cur brotherhood, 
and wc hoi)c it will. 



It appears from a letter in our present 
number, from brother John Iler^hey of 
Missouri, that it is desirable there should 
be a better understanding in regard to 
who are the proper persons to receive the 
contributions that are designed (or the 
needy in the West. As a number of 
those who need help at this time have 
land, it seeiiis it is thought by some that 
they should borrow money and in that 
Way help themselves, and then the char» 
itable contributions could be applied to 
tho?e who have no other way of obtain- 
ing help. His suggestions are intended 
for the brethren in Missouri, though he 
thinks it would be well too for the breth- 
ren in other localities to give the subject 
some thought. 

The fiul ject is one of a delicate nature, 
but as there are many that need help, 
and as help will be needed for some time 
yet, it id very desirable that the most ju> 
dicious application of the contributions be 
made, that extreme suffering, at least, 
may be prevented. It is also desirable as 
brother Hershey suggests, that the repu- 
tation of the brotiicrhood does not suffer. 
We make these remarks to call attention 
to brother Hershey's letter, and hope 
that his suggestions will have their de- 
sired effect. 



Aloianacs. 

Thinking the Brethren generally would 
want Almanacs we had such a number 
printed that we thought the wants would 
demand. But as they were not got 
ready for distribution as early as they 
should have been, we have a considerable 
number yet on hand. We shall be glad 
to receive orders from any who have not 
yet received an almanac. Thg brethren, 
as far as wo have had an exjircssion from 
them, are pleased with the almanac. 

As it seems we had some imperfect al- 
manacs, we would again say, that we will 
send good copies to any who have rei 
ceived imperfect ones, if they will inform 
us. And if any who have sent for alma» 
nacs, and have not received them, and 
will infoim us of this circumstance, wo 
will with pleasure send them. 



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CORRESPONDENCE. 

Vorre»pouiicnce of church nctct solicited /rot/, 
all parts of the Brothcrlwtd. Writer't name 
auil addrcst. re(jtiired ou every communication 
ts guaratUee of good faith. Rejected commuui- 
iutiotis or manufiript used, not retunted. All 
c tmmur.ieat ions fur publication rhouldbe writ 
t-.H upon oue si tie of the ''e.t onlu. 

Report ol u miMsSoa to Siouthern 
ludlaua. 

Januauv 27th, 1875. 

Editor Companion and Visitor : 

There were dift'crent calls in 
Southern Indiana for bruihren to come 
and preach the go^Dcl. Accordingly, 
brother Jacob Rife and 1 were appointed 
ai tiie District Meeting of Southern In* 
diana to no on tiie mission. 

In pursuance of appointment, we met 
at the While Water meeting-house, oti 
tiie night of the b'Ai of January, and on 
the morning of tlie Clh, wo started for 
Kipley county. We arrived at Osgood at 
5 o'clock p. lu., niid walked Ave miles to 
Versailles. While at supper, at the 
AVilson Hotel, in the latter place, the 
landlady seemed to notice us veiy closely, 
and we remarked that we were [jilgrinis 
and ministers. Slie asked what order 
wc belonged to? We replied the people 
call us Dunkards. That, said she, is 
what lam, and gave us die right hand of 
fellowship. We never had met with a 
strange member that seemed so glad as 
she was. We continued in Versailles 
and Tanglewood over Sunday. On Sat- 
urday the mercury biood at 18° below 
zero. 

In Versailles there was a poor mortal 
living at the point of death, wild and dis- 
tracted with what is calied delirium 
tremens. On Sabbath niurning his suf- 
ferings in this world ended. what an 
awful death ! O what a lemperanee lec- 
ture ! O you dnim drinkers, will you not 
take warning and cease to partake of the 
intoxicating bowl! you moderate 
dram drinkers, will you not call to mind, 
and leflect that, "by whatsoever a man 
is overcome by the same he is brought 
into bondage. ' — 2 Pet 2: IS. 

On Monday, the Ilih, brother llife 
baptized David Sehouuover and wife, 
son in law and daugiuer of sister Wilson. 
Friend Joseph Wilson, who is u warm 
iViend oi' the Brethren, seemed to bo 
afiaid that his step-daughter, being weak 
and the weather being so cold, would not 
Ktand it very well. lint i am glad to 
say, if he or any one else tliought so, 
they were agreeably deceived. JJrother 
Shoonovcr had never heard the Brethren 
preach, and to his knowledge never saw 
any before brother Kife and 1 came to 
liis house, but. was brought into the 
faith by reading the Coinpanion uiid 
Visitor. 

On Tuesday, January 12th, wc started 
for Harrison county, South Back C.'retk 
Church. Arrived late mi the evening, 
aud couliuued ovur Sunday. On Monday 



two old men, both over sixty years old, 
made the good confession, and were 
buried with Christ in baptism. And to 
accomplish this, we cut the ice eight 
inches thick. When liroihcr Lewis Kin- 
sey and I were sent on a mission to the 
Southern States, in 1867, we staid a few 
days in this vicinity. There were four 
persons received into fellowship, but 
there was no organized church of the 
Brethren within a hundred miles. And 
now there arc over thirty members, and 
a good meetinghouse (nearly Snished. ) 
And the congregation in a healthy con- 
dition. Jonathan aud Joseph ZimDier- 
man in the iccond degree, and George 
11. Iloke and Leonard Love in the 6rst 
degree in the ministry, and James Bir- 
kem and Elhanen Zimmerman arc the 
deacons. 

Some of the Brethren thought, and it 
was even intimated in the Compunion 
and Visitor, tliat our labor was in vain. 
But I don't know that we ever did more 
good in as short time than we did on our 
southern mission in 1807. The above 
named cliuich is now under the care of 
brother Eli Caylor. When we saw the 
love and sociability manifested by the 
members and people generally, we called 
to mind the old adage, "a poor country 
for rich Biethrea, and a rich country for 
poor Brethren." 

On Tuesday, January 19ih, we started 
for iMartin county. In i)assiiig through 
Floyd and Lawrence counties, wc were 
told that the Dunkards, some tliirty or 
forty years ago, had one church house in 
the northern part of Harrison county, and 
two in Lawrence county, and one in Du- 
bois county, and quite a number of mem- 
bers. But. said the man that told us, 
they were used up or eaten up by the 
Campbellites. But by inquiry, we found 
that they were not in fellowship with the 
Brethren, but were what we u-eJ to call 
the Hostettler, or* Kentucky Brethren, 
those that fell from the true faith a num- 
ber of years ago. what a piiy ! There 
is not much doubt in my mind, liad those 
Brethren been .satisfiod with the order of 
the gospel and church, llie above named 
churches would be in a tlourishinic condi- 
tion, and many more added. Whereas 
they are now in a dilapidated slate. 

Brethren, 1 have traveled in fourteen 
different states, and never have found 
that there was one church of the Breth- 
ren gone down like those. O you back- 
sliders, take warning! 

^Ve arrived at Shoals, Martin county, 
January 2Uih, and continued there and 
in the vicinity of brother Stephens, over 
Sunday. Here we found five members, 
but the Brethren had not preached here 
for eleven years. On Saturday three 
added, one of them not quite thirteen 
years old. And it came to pass that a 
certain man, who had never heard the 
iJrethreu preach, before we came here, 
but was convinced by reading the Coin- 
jKinion and \' isilor, and other books pub- 
lished by the Brethren, that the princis 



Cle and platform that we stand on is as 
road and long as the gospel, after going 
home from meeting on Friday night, 
told his wife he wa-^ going to join the 
chuieh, but she opposed him. But by 
Sunday evening she chanircd her mind 
and when we talked of taking the train 
that night aflcr pre«ching the man .said, 
"My wile and I wish you to baptize us 
tomorrow." Accordingly, on Monday 
they were received into fellowship. We 
advi-cd the members here to hold regu- 
lar meetings. 

On Tuesday morning, at 2 o'clock, we 
t'>ok the train for Indianapolis, where we 
parted from one another, at 4 o'clock 
[>. m. I arrived home at 8 o'clock, and 
found all well, except an only dear son, 
who was sorely afHictcd with painful 
carbuncles. 

Brethren, I am sorry that our District 
Meeting is not in the .'•pring, so that we 
could make arrangements to send other 
brethren to Southern Indiana, (for I be- 
lieve in changing,) fur the harvest truly 
is great, but the laborers are few. Now, 
brethren, if you hi ar a call '"come over 
into Southern Indiana nnd help us," if 
you possibly can do so, obt-y the call. 
The prospect is very flattering to do a 
great deal of good in that part of God's 
inora! vineyard. jM ij' the good Lord 
help the dear brethren to do their duty, 
and bear in mind the Lord asks no more 
of us than we are able to do. We are 
requested to have our report published 
in the different )>eiiodicals. 
Fraternally vours, 

Geo. W. SruDKB.'^KEa. 

(I'ilgrim and Vindicator copy.) 

— » ^ — 

Cbiireli News. 

Janu.\ky 3Uib, 1875. 

Brother Jamen : — 

Having a little time I will 
give you some church news for publica- 
tion, and I hope it may prove of much 
good, as ofttimes we are loo easily dis- 
couraged. 

On the second Sunday in this month, 
the coldest day we have had this winter, 
there was a young man made application 
for baptism. He had been for over a 
year unable to do anything, aud through 
the winter so far has only been able to go 
about the house. I went about one mile 
to where he was staying, accompanied by 
the brethren, several histers and friends, 
who thought it was too cold lor him to 
be baptized. But he said he would not 

tint it off any longer. And for my part 
never can say to morrow, to day is the 
time, to morrow maybe too late. 

So, after giving the usual instructions 
in the house, he was then taken in a sled 
lour or five hundred yards to t!ie water- 
tide. A ver.se or two wa« Hung and 
prayer was offered up and he then was 
taken into the water, where the ice had 
been removed, and the ordinance of bap- 
tism was administered to liim, without 
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plod and rcturnftd to the bouse, and he 
feenicd not to bo chilled in the least. 
The mercury was 1 i° below zero at 8 
o'clock in the morning. 

Ou the third Sunday in this month 
there was another young man baptized, 
on which occasion it was also necesNary to 
remove the ice. And on the fourth 
Sunday of the month there was a young 
woman baptized, who has been ailing for 
two years and has not been expected to 
live. She has the consumption. We 
had meeting at the house on Saturday 
night. The house was crowded. Sun- 
day morning, at 9 a. m , the ordinnnce of 
baptism was adtuinistered in the prchence 
of a large orowd. Many thought she 
was not able to endure what she beiiovod 
to be her duty. She wa« carried into the 
water on a ehair, wbca the ordinance was 
administered without any trouble. She 
was then carried back to the house, a di«- 
tttnce of about one hundred yards. It 
seemed that one could read her joyful 
feelings in her oouuteoance, and fhe ex- 
pressed fhctti with bcr lips. She was a 
sinter of the young uian baptized ou the 
seeood Sunday mentioned. 

Now, what has oaiised me to ootioe 
thciie baptiftuis to fully, is tbi- : There 
was a man, who had been very wicked, 
and who was taken very ill, and lived but 
a few moDibs, and who seemed to be 
very much concerned about "tlse one 
thing needful,"' that "good pari" that 
M^iry made ture of, and desired to come 
into the church by Lajitii-m. It could 
hiive been done, but because some per- 
suaded him that he was not able, he de 
p!\rtc<l thia life without his request being 
complied with. I have thought some 
times there was a lack of faith, and a fail- 
ure to do our duty. 

If this in worth putting in print, you 
can publish it. You may be the judge. 
Yourg in Christ, 

Emas Auvil. 

Yalley Furnace, \Y. V<x. 



Tour lu Kansas and 9Ii«honrl. 

Januauy 30t.h, 1875. 
Dear Brethren and Sistert : 

By request I will give you a 
phort fketch of a tour to Kansas and 
Mi.s^iouri. 

1 left my home on the 5th of December 
and stopped with the Brethren in Union 
county, and had three meetings in a 
Bchool-house near brother Lewis Keim's- 
I here received $12.50 for the Kan.sas 
Relief Fund, having previous to my de- 
parture al*o received $35.50 from the 
church at Mt. Etna. 

I then started on ray way to Kansas, 
taking the train at Kent Station, on the 
Creston and St. Joe Railroad. I got to 
brother Joseph Carlier's, in Neosha 
county, Kansas, on Wednesday morning, 
and held meeting in the evening. On 
the next day Thursday, December 10th, 
I was met by brother elder Addison 
Baker and my son, Daniel Harader, from 



Jasper county, Missouri. We had meet- 
ing at a school-house, near brother Gar- 
bcr's, at candle light. 

On Friday evening elder Baker and 
D. Haradcr had meeting again at the 
same phice, and I went with brother 
Sidney Il.idgden to his place of residence, 
and had meeting in a school house near 
there, at canale-light. On Saturday 
evening I returned to brother Garber's 
school house, and brother Baker and D 
Harader went to brother Hodgden's 
school-house. On Sunday I fiUnd an apn 
pointment away cast, in a Methodist 
community, where the Brethren's doc 
trine was never before preached by the 
brethren. 

On Sunday evening we all met at the 
school-houso near brother Garber's. 
Here we for tho first time met Henry 
Clay, who is now h'nitile toward the little 
body of Brethren here- what a pity 
that Brethren will for a time labor 
together seemingly in love, and when 
something occurs to create coldness, that 
they will try to destroy what they have 
labored to build up. How can we thus 
dare to reproach the Brotherhood? 

I now paid to brother Joseph Garber 
the amount of charity fund in my hands, 
$48.00. Brother Garber having pre- 
sented his books, and having received 
over fi»e hundred dollars. We were sat- 
isfied that brother Garber was distribut- 
ing the charity funds sent to him with 
economy, and that he is a faithful and 
trust- wort by bi-other, we giving him the 
best advice we could. We then on Mon- 
day morning, the 14th, started for Jas- 
l,er county, Missouri. Stopped with 
brother Cobock, near the town of Chero 
kee, in Cherokee county, Kansas, and 
had meeting at candle lit;ht. I will just 
say here that this is a tine country, soil 
good and fertile, the face of the country 
as nice as any I have seen, good markets, 
stone coal in abundance, water middling 
good, timber scarce, land cheap and easy 
to get. I think this would be a good 
point for brethren to settle. 

On the morningof the 15th, we started 
for Jasper county in the private convey- 
ance of our son Daniel, and got to his 
place of residence, on the fiirm of brother 
John Wampler, (^ne and a half miles 
from Carthage. Here brother Addison 
Baker left us, and went to meet elders 
John Ilorshey and Samuel Mohlcr, to 
serve on a committee in Texas county, 
Missouri. We occupied the time in 
holding meeting in the neighborhood 
until Tuesday, the 22nd, when we start- 
ed for Elm Springs, in Newton county, 
Missouri, to meet brother Stine, the 
Baptist elder who had made application 
for admission into our church, with oth-- 
era of like mind. We here met eiders 
J. Hershey, S. Mohler and A. Baker. 
After examing the faith of the applicants, 
it was found that six out of the number 
were fully willing to accept of the doctrine 
of CluLst a:j believed and practiced by the 
Brethren. 



Those applicants were baptized on 
Christmas day, in tho presence of many 
spectators who had never witnessed th.i 
like before. Those who were received by 
ba|)tisui, were Johit Stine and wife, Hub- 
bard and wifi' and Forney and wife. A 
number of others, all i)roininenr members 
of the Baptist Church, expressed them- 
selves about ready to couie. Brother 
Stein was ^et apart to the ministry, and 
brother Hubbard to the deaconship. 
The brethren had a ntuuber of mcctii.gs, 
all in private houses prepared for that 
purpose, tititil Sunday evenin;:, when the 
brethren all started for their homes, ex- 
cept elder B:iker who was unwell. He, 
however, as we liave learned, has recov- 
ered enough to take the journey to his 
home. 

From this point we were conveyed by 
brother David Moore and brother Allmari 
to the Shnal Creek Church. We got to 
brother Moore's on Saturday evening, 
the 26tb. Here we met the Brethren 
for the first time, in the Valley school- 
house. On Monday we were met by 
brother Stein, who faithfully labored 
with us until I left for home, being on 
the 4th of .January. We think many 
lasting impressions were made in and by 
our joint labors. Two fallen members 
were reclaimed io the last named churcii, 
and we hope the word preached will be 
as bread cast upon the waters, and will 
be gathered U)i many days hence. I left; 
brother Stein and son Daniel, who de- 
signed to continue the meeting some 
longer, as a deep interest seemed to mani- 
fest itself 

Fraternally yours, 

C. IIarader. 
-W<. Eina, loioa. 



From Kansas. 

January 18tb, 1875. 
J a mcs Quiiitpr: — 

Dear Biiother :— Much you have 
had before you in regard to us beggars of 
the West, and yet duty seems to urge us 
to pen something more for tho press, as 
some of our correspondents wish us to 
give notice throu;;h the Companion and 
Yisftnr of the manner in wl'.ich we make 
distributions. 

We would just say to our beloved 
brethren and fi lends, who have trusted 
their donations in our care, that we arc 
putting in ail our lime in trying to find 
out the actual wants of our people, both 
in and out of the church. We distribute 
no money only to the agents of Brethren. 
We buy such goods as we know are really 
needed, and distribute them to those in 
want. We, however, buy no horse feed 
for any outside of our church, as that 
would take more means than we are 
likely to get. 

We would, however, like to help our 
people in that respect, as we know of 
several persons who have already lost 
their teams of horses for the want of feed. 
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yet. The Railroad C'lm panics refuse to 
ship grain of any kind to us in bulk free 
ot cliar>;c. Grain sl.ouid be put inio 
barreN and scut to our a Idicss, in care of 
the Kansas CVntral Uolief Comiuiitcc, 
Topcka, Kansas. Wo th;;ik i» that way 
we will get it all right. We expect grain 
to be bhippod to u^ oru long. 
Yours in love. 

JosKPU Qaurkr. 

v. S. — We hope our contributors wiil 
pivc us instructions how they want Ud to 
use their contributious. 

J. G. 

Parsons, Kaitsas. 



From th» Suntltwast- 

Wauuknsuuuo, Mo. 1 
February 4, 1875. ) 

Dear Brotlier Quinlcr: 

It occurs to 
my mind that I should state soiuethinu 
to you for publication in the Companion 
and Yi'sitor, in reference to the manner 
of distributing, as weil aa the manner of 
collecting and bringing tOKCthcr means 
and feed for the southwest, or all called, 
or .said to be destitute, so that peace and 
good wiil iray bo preserved, both in and 
out of the church. 

Now I find a d.ffjvence cf opinion ex- 
ists already, and has become a talk, as to 
whom, or what community should be 
considered destitute, and a»k for, or re- 
ceive, free contributioni. I saw the con- 
dition of our church, and some out of 
the church, that thoy could not live 
tlirough until another crop was raised, 
without help. I perceived that they 
were too spirited, or in other wonL*, too 
I^roud, (at least some of ilitiu), to make 
their condition known. Ho without their 
knowledge I wrote to old brother Samuel 
Mohler, just whit 1 thoualu w*.; iheu, 
and would be, their condiiion ore long, 
his ihiidren aionii with the rest. Old 
b.o. her Samuel answered and said, we 
bad bnter make it. known ; that tbcy 
liad ;;ivon $78.00 already for iiiijsas ; 
cnJ no doubt that the folks tbore would 
huve let others distributed to Kansas 
uhd ra'her help us. ISo wo utade <>uch 
ao appeal as we thought whb becoming. 
The Mahlcrs, neighbors aud the church 
in Allen county, have miidc up about 
$700.01) for the destitu'e. Some have 

(;ivcti, they .say, to t!)i» fund whoa.re day- 
aborers, out of i)ity for the starving poor 
iu the west) and think that ibowo better 
off in the world than thcmsdves, nre not 
destitute ; that as long &i muu have 
farms and stock, ihougu without food 
and bread, they ought to appeal lo tbeir 
friends and rich neighbors lu other parts 
and imike loans and pay back vvbcu more 
prosperous times conw?. 

Now here is the diilieuliy. How to 

I)rocccd with a fui;d ui' that kind, and 
or whom bhall we continue to ask help, 
60 as not to be published, pcrhajis, in the 
newfi|>aper« of tiic land as having dc 



ceived the people, and because of a few 
destitute, we availed ourselves of their 
condition to collect oflfof the community 
aud Uiany poor folks, much poorer than 
themselves, bread and feed, and who 
have also rich friends who could trust 
them fjr several years. 

Now, for the s^ke of right, and for the 
church's credit and prosiierity, could not 
a way be readied ihrouch our periodicals 
that would be more .safe, thau to leave 
it to us hero? We may pity ourselves 
to our injurj'. Could not the donors give 
Bome rule for distributing, aud say who 
shuU apply to their own friends for help, 
and who to the church, and the benevo- 
lence of all that give charity? Now if 
you think there is room for action in the 
case, jvlcasc point out bomething. If 
there is aoythiug in this that can be 
useJ, why mukc use of so much of it as 
you ihink iiro[)er, or write something 
entirely independent. But I say ugain, 
I, iu my weak judgment, fear trouble, 
for the report in already snread, that, 
there is not much destitution here, i'et 
men and hearts cinuot live witliout help 
fruui loauiuif, or some way else, till an- 
other cro() can be raised. Flea>e do act 
soou, if at all. 

John Haushky. 

•-• 

From The Slarab I'reek I'burch. 

FicuiniAitY 2ud, 1875. 
Brother Quiilcr : — 

I am happy to communicate to 
you and the Bretliren generally, some 
glad tidings from this part of God's 
moral vineyard. 

On the 15th uU., brother D. F. Good, 
of the Antictam Church, reached our 
borders, and on the next evening meeN 
ing «as held at Friwnd's Grove. The 
work at tf.ib place was nrosccuicd faith- 
fully by our devoted brother, until the 
liUt, when bieihrcn K. Stoner aud Amos 
Ci«ylor, of fine Creek Ciiuich arrived. 
Aud througii llie abundant grace of God, 
and the combined efforts of our self-sa«- 
riticiug brethren, the meetings were con- 
duc ed to soiue sigual prodt. 

Ou the 23id ult.., meeting was held at 
Marsh Creek aud continued one week to 
very apparent advantage. Our, visiting 
brethren left us on Saturday, the ;}Oih, 
alter liaving tilled about thirty appoint- 
ments. 1 tbiiik 1 can sal'ely .say, the 
members here have been built up iu ihut 
uio&i holy faith, and sinners have fell the 
evil effects ol' bin, and also tiic power of 
saving grace. A number of youthful 
peraoiis gave evidence of I'aiih and rcpeut- 
anee, and were ba|)tized iu obedience lo 
the rectuiremcuts of the gosjte'. May we 
all hcnoeronh soiieit the dictation ot the 
Holy Spirit, through which wc may at" 
tuiii uuio all the Christian graces and 
adiirn our protes.sion and the doctrine of 
('lirist, to the gldiy aud honor of our 
Heavciily Father. 

From your weak brother, 

IJ V. KnTeNOKti, 

Aihnm Couht)/, l\nna. 



Annoniicoaients. 



DlSTUICT Mettinos. 



Brother Qiunter : — 

The Di.«triet Meeting 
for the Northern District oi Mis.souri will 
be hrlJ in the Hiimilton Cougregaiion, 
three and one-half miles soutliwest ot' 
Hauiiltoo and four miles southeast of 
Kidder, at the Mill Creek school-house, 
on the 19ih day of April Tho<c coming 
by railroad will sio)) off at Hamilton. 
Ministers and deh'gai^s arc requested lo 
be iu the vieiiiiiy on the ISth, as tlioro 
will be preaching at 11 o'clock a. m.. and 
als-) iu ihe evening of .«aid day. Council 
to begin at 'J o'clock a. m. of the 19th. 
A general representation is earnestly 
desired. , 

George WiTwER. 



Brother James: — 

The Di.strict Meeting 
for the Middle District of Indiana, will 
be held in the Wabash Congregation, on 
the 7th day of April next, in the Iketh- 
rcii's mcciing-house. seven miles sou'h 
of W' abashtown. Those coming by rail- 
way will .stop off at Wabash, where they 
wiil meet conveyances on the day of 
meeting. 

John P. Wolf. 
(Pilgrhn please copy.) 

The District Meeting of the second 
district of Virginia, will be held on tho 
15iliandlGth of April, 1875, at tho 
Lo.vcr Linuville Cre<k meetinghoii.se, 
Rockingham county, Va Tho.se coming 
by railroad, will stop off at Broadway, 
within ouc mile of place of meeting. 
Samuel Zicjleh. 
(Pi/grim please copy.) 

MARRIED. 

Bj the nudersigne<1 at the reeldenec of 

JoUii Baruhait, near Uoinewortli, ('oluTiihi- 

an» couLl;, Ohio> November 29. li, lS7t, 

Puiur EiD»Ni\n and (J*tua.rink IIivklv. 

Lbwis Glass. 

DIEU. 

We admit r.o poetry iini'.cr .Hnyclrciinistftn 
CC9 in connection ^villi Obituary .Notices. Wo 
Wisli t» i;ec all alike, and we could not insoil 

V'JVdcM Willi nil. 

In the Dry Crt-ek rtiitii'-t. Noveinbtv 7lh, 
Linn couuiy. Iow.i, sister Rttnaccv exvDKii, 
■ged alioul ;)? years 

Theru are seven nmaU children J«ft to 
raouru lUo Iocs of agjod, liind ind atT^clion- 
atu molUor, «ui alio a bercHvcd liu.sband 
to mourn lliu lo«8 ot' au aiTccliouuto wife. 

Also, lu tbu samtj oi^liiet. JHDuary 13. h, 
brvylljcr t'ltuiSTiAN Fkaziii, aged 7.j yeaih, 
3 luontbs aud 2{ day$. Funeral occafiion 
liiiprovid in' »ln" w.iler and I), llolsi igi-r, 
from Kev. 1 4: 'It 

Ta s G Snydbb. 

Ib III* Olado Kun (joogrega'ioii, Arm- 
filroiig Co iiily, I'u.. Decuuber 0.1), ISTt lu 
tlic 75-ti y.-ar ot his Hj^'J; brother l.on'UC 



UURISTIAN FAMILY COMPANION AND GOSPEL VISITOR. 



Ill 



McHaddbn. Brother McHadflen was at 
oik; liinc p «achinfj for the people of the 
•bove nniiircl place. He, like many of us, 
po8st'e'?cd a /.sal iu the work ; but zeal, mis- 
jcnided ot en fruitrates the uuioD of our 
b.olhcihoo 1. In this we are iold his labors 
iu the uiiaisiry were not sanctified to the 
pjace and comfort of all with whom he as 
Bociated. However, in due time, he was 
restored into fellowship, and w&s much eii- 
deartd among his brethren. He w«8 anoiul- 
eJ la the name of ihe Lord • few days pre- 
vious to hi» dea;h, ai the instaace of a call- 
ing of eMcr* of the church, and became 
deeply ^-nifaypd about the speedy apprisal 
of his latter end. It is said his evidence 
wascon&oliQ!{ to all who visited bim, and 
to his bereaved family. We have been told 
that durini; the past year he coulinually 
carried the 8<-rlpvuros, and read Ihcm for 
comfort Uts fuueriil wua improved to lue 
pood of souls, by ihe writer, ou Sunday, 
January iird, 1875, to a full and attentive 
house, frcm Hell. 0:10 Ho leaves a ki.nd 
and afra''tiou«te widow, and two young aoiis 
of coi,8i.Jer»ble pioniise; the eldest s>)U be- 
inu iraiuersed on the day of the funeral. 
May the Lord bl<-KB the aisiictlon and minis- 
tration of the Word to ihe glory ot his pow- 
er and to the beneflt of precious souls. 

JoSIil'U I I^OTSR. 

In Lower Oonawavro church, York couuty. 
Pa., January 13lh, 1875, sister Mauy Bkow.-* 
widow of Mictiael Brown, do-eascd. aifed 74 
years. 4 months and 12 days. Fuaoral dis- 
course by the Brclh.-cn, from 2 Cor. 5:1. 

J AC B P. LUUBW. 

In the Coal Creek rongre<aiioQ, Fulton 
county, 111-, Juijuary 35, 1875, Cuiusi'sna 
Ash, widow of David Ash, deceased. Her 
age was 80 years, 4 mouths and lU days. 

AUo January SJud, infant son of Joseph 
and Mary MsTtKS, son and daughter-in-law 
of brother Henrr and sister Maria Myers, 
at;ed 6 week*, li'uneral services by the wri- 
ter. 

Jacob Neoly. 

On the 19th of January, near Harleysville, 
Wontgomcrj county. Pa., 6lsan, wife of 
our f lend and -relative Manasses Barley, 
aj^ed 27 years and 27 days. She, too, line 
many others, not having uiaJe propiratioas 
to meet Oo'* when the Destroyer came, went 
down the del k valky to tlie ucseen world 
without au anchor iu Christ Jesus. Let 
this be a warning — a solt-mu warning — to 
the unconverteri, to prepare to meet ih'-.ir 
God ! Tbu funeral o< casioa was improved 
by brethren aotnuel Harley, Jonas Harlev, 
and M A frice. 

Ja3. Y. Hbcklru 

In the Elklick congregation, Somerset 
county. Pa., January 30Lh. j875, sister Sat.- 
I.IE FiKE, wife of brother Joseph Fiiic, 
aged 67 jears, 'S months and 17 days- The 
funeral services were performed by the 
Brethren, In the Brethren's meeting-house 
in Meyersdale, in the presence of a large 
congregation of sympathiziug friends. 

Editor. 

Died, January 38th, 1875, Pubbb Mau3T, 
daughter of David and Amanda Maust, 
aged 1 year and 20 days. Funeral services 
by the writer. 

JoBL Gkaot. 

In the South Bend church, St. Joseph Co., 
Ind., Uauah Good, wife of David Good, and 
daughter of Jacob and Susan Miller. She 
was born in Rockingham ceunty, Ya., Jan- 
uary I9tb, 1815, and died January 37th, 1875 



of lung fever. Her age was 63 years and 8 
days. She was a very pious and faithful 
sister In the (ierman Baptist Church for 
thirty years, during which tirne. she lived 
very prayerfully, and obedient to the gospel 
and order of the Brethren. Sho was indeed 
an ex«mple to her children, for Qodliness, 
true holiness and humility, which iho man- 
ifested as a light to them and the worM 
around. She leaves two »on« and one 
daughter, members of the sam'' church, who 
are left to mourn their great loss, whlth is 
their molhor'< immortal and glorious gain — 
a home In heaven at God's right hand for- 
oTcr. Funeral service* by Dani'l Whitraer 
and Elder David Miller, who had "anointed 
her with oil in the mine of the Lord," at 
her requ'st. Text, Rev. 14:13-;5. 

Jacob Good. 



T 1ST OF MONEYS IIKUKIVED for 
Jj SUBSCRIPTION, BOOK8,ctc., 

J Eisenbise, 1 60; P Shoemaker, 5 00; P 
B Kauflm.-ju, 1 Hi); 8 N I'Mcher, 1 5J; J 
Baker, I 60; J 3 Emraert, 1 35; Susan Gra- 
ham, I 70; .fobn Bahr, 500; E L Yorier, 
15 00; J S Siuisraan, 1 60; J Y Hetkler, 
13 00;Susau Harter, 1 50; 3 F Reiman, 
13 00; Wia Reed, 1 60; Jno Metzl.)r, 1 60; 
E C Packer, 1 liO; Joel Lesh, 1 60; George 
Gill, 1 70; 8 F Behm, 1 70; D B Studebaker 
1 60; Amanda Turner, 1 60; S .M Miunich, 
5 00; J Stuisman, 17 00; Jno L Myers, 8 00; 
A F Thomas. I 70; Benj Keeny, 3 30; John 
Moomaw, 1 SO; D B Sturgis 3 30; Adam 
fheil, l&J, D«vid Ziick, 5 50; HG Mohler, 
a 20; Lybrook ^t Hart, 3 30; S ZIgler, 7' ; 
Jac Fyocic, 6 35; Fre-I Young, I 60; H Hoov- 
er, 1 60; Dan Kbie, 1 60; G V/ Crissmau, 
5 40; Tliora G-av, 3 30; Elia Long. 50; Eliza 
Dc-irick. 3 3'; Jno Bennett, I 60; D J Miller, 
3 30; P C Mu«s«; Si^■, P S Newcomer, 1 60; 
B F Koons, lOOU, 

«»«ip— — !■> , III! nn 



A Wr«aiC Cuiitoiu Corrected 

It i.s quite generally the custom to take 
strong liver .stimulants for the cure of 
liver complaint, and both the mineral 
and vegetable kingdoms have been dili- 
gently searched to procure the most dras- 
tic and poisonous purgatives, in order to 
produce a powerful effect upon the liver, 
and arouse the lagging and enfeebled or- 
gan. This system of treatment is on the 
same principle as that of giving a weak 
and debilitated man large portions of 
brandy to enable him to do a certain 
amount of work. When the stimulant 
is withheld, the organ, like the system, 
gradually relapses into a more torpid or 
sluggish and weal^ened condition than 
belore. What then is wanted? Modi 
cines, which, while they cause the bile 
tj flow freely from the liver, as that or 
gan is toned into action, will not over- 
work antl thus debilitate it, but will, when 
their ukc is di.scontinucd, leave the liver 
strengthened and healthy. Such reme- 
dies are found in Dr. Pierce's Golden 
Medical Discovery and Purgative Pel- 
lets. 

A CURE OF LIVER DISEASE. 
Rusk, Texas, May 10th, 1873. 
Dr R. F. Pibrce, Buffalo, N. Y. : 
Dear Sir .-—My wife last yeat at tUis 



time was confined to 1ier bed with 
Chronic Liver Disca.se. I had one of 
the best doctors to see her, and he gave 
her up to die, when I came upon somo 
of vour medifine. I bought one bottle 
and commenced fiving it. She then 
weighed 82 pounds ; now she weighs 140 
pounds, and i< robust and hearty. She 
Das taken eight bottles in all, so you see 
I am au advocfcto for your i\I<^<licinos 
WM. MEAZEL. 

IIoLi.A.ND UousK, Rockford. III., 
A[)ril 20. Ib74.-Dr. R. V. PiEitCE, 
Buffalo, N. Y. : iV/-— I have now takcu 
four bottles of y.iur Golden Medical Dis- 
covery in connection with your Pellets, 
and must say that nothing I have ever 
taken for my liver has done me as much 
good. I feel like a new man. Thanks 
to your wonderful medicine. 

W. F. CODY. 



ViCK'3 FLOBiL GdlOE 

FOR ,1875. 

Pablished QuttrJerly.— January 
Number just issued, and contains over 100 
Pages, 500 EagravlJifs, depcriolioas of mora 
than ^00 of our tiest Flowers au4l Vejj- 

etnblvs, with ("ireclions for culture. Col- 
ored Plato, Ac. The mo"t useful and ele- 
jtant work of the kind iu thd world. Onlv 
twenty-flve ccuu for the year. Published 
in English and Q-rraaa. Address, 

JAMES VICK, Rochester, N. Y. 



FABU FOB StLE, 

Adjoining th» tov?n of Brneeton, and only 
one mile west of the town of Brandonville, 
Preston, W. Va , contalnini; 300 acres, one 
half of which is cultivated, with laree two- 
gtory Brick House, large Bank Barn, Tenant 
House and other buildings. Also two good 
orchards Thf firm is in oa« of the best 
ncighbo'hoods in this county, convenient to 
Mills, Faciories, Schools, Churches, &c. 
The 'Brethren'' have a larg« a.id well-or- 
ganized church within a few miVs of this 
place. The country is healthy, land pro- 
ductive, Lime and Coal in abundance. Will 
give ros'essiou on the first of April nort. 
For further inforinstion call upon, or ad- 
dress, JOHN C FORMAN, 

Bruceton MilN, 
4t8 Preston Co , W. Va, 

Non-Couforoiity to the \f orld — 

2l5 pag'S. Every professor of religion 
should read it. Single copy, po^t-paid, 75 
cents ; per dozen, fS. Address, 

M. M. ESUELMAN, 

6-tf. Lanark, Carroll Co., Ills. 



Ageuts Waoted, 

To sell Buffalo Robes on commission. For 
particulars address with stamp, 

J, S. FLORT, 
49 3ra. Buffalo, Weld Co , Colorado. 



Pure-Bred IJght Brabmas. 

Pea comb, true to feather, and cannot be 
excelled for size, etc. We will sbi)) by el- 
p-esA to any one a cookercl and two pullets, 
for five ($5.00) dollars. Address, 

S. BnAnn, 

35. Polo, Ills, 



112 



CHRISTIAN FAMILY COMPANION AND GOSPEL VISITOR. 



NEWSPAPER COMMENT 

vroN THE 

AMER(CAN NEWSPAPER ADVERTISING 

AGEVCY, 

CONDUCTED B? 

Geor^i^ I*. l(uw<>!l A Co., 

No. 41 Pauk Row, 

NEW youK. 



As the proprietors of the O'St and most 
cxtentive of these atj'^i'c'Ks in New York, 
thcv aru Well qnatiflcd to furnish iuforma- 
lioiJ. The details of ihe work transacti'd by 
the agency, and llie way it is done, Ihe per- 
feciion of the arraiiKi'mcnts fo'- fai-iliialing 
the act of advei Using liy nlievi-.ig the adver- 
tise'- of tiouleand ixpense, ai.d briugiag 
before him all the various niediunis thrcugl.- 
ont the CQiiutry. with the nrcissnry knowl- 
edge pertaining to th'-iu, art tivcn with » 
iiiiauteness 'hat leaves nothiujr to be dcsiied. 
All iVe ;>ariiculars resp. cting the character 
and position of a uew<i>8per which an in- 
tending adveitiser desires lo know aie 
placed before bim in tlic most confine forra. 
—New Totk Times, June 7ih, 1871. 

It is indeed no surprise that their hou = e is 
80 prosperous, and that they are the leading 
advertising agents ill the world. We would 
prefer, so far as we are concerned, to have a 
column or more of iuiscelleneou'= advenisc- 
ments from this firm, than to recive the 
Baine amount made up of one ■Urcct from 
each house on th< ir l:st. The eon;rai.-sion 
allowed is saved by losfcs. as they pay 
every cent they contract for, and pay it 
proini..tly. and the kct-i ir.g of one open ac- 
cciunt with such a lirm is much jdi-asantcr 
than with the thous:ind jjcrsons whom they 
Beiid us adveilisemenls for. Tbey do an 
honora' le,l<gitiinatc businis8,ou a i.uiiuess 
ba-i», If publithers, having d< aliigs with 
thera, want anything in ihcir line — and they 
Euppiy eveiytbing fiom a spring bodliin to a 
cylinder pri:fcs, — typ'S, inks and all, they fill 
their orders piomptly, at manufactureis' 
piic(-6,and we can say that we have reci ivcd 
the bcft newspaper and book ink, ever fur- 
bished us, and at a lower pi ice than we ever 
bought for (Iscwhere. The '"RepuMiiaa" 
has had doalinns with this lionse for over 
six years, and in all that time, we Dever 
have had any reason to comilain of our 
trvfltmtct. — Meiidea (Conn.) Republican. 

Are, without doubt, the leai'iug Advertis- 
ing Agents in ihv United States, and, there- 
fvire, of Ihf; woild. Th' y have, by 'he frc, 
literal and yet well diie^ted use of iijoney, 
bu.lt llieniselves uj) in the tslicin of the 
Kadiiig publ shers aid adveiiisers of the 
continent, .nnd by an unusual tneigy have 
Buoccrdid in p'rfi-cting in every detail a 
bU'^iness that n ore than anything else tells 
of he urowlh and inijoitaTe of the news- 
paper business. — Memphis (Tenn.) Appeal. 

Tb( ir b'-6'n<-88 has giown to be something 
enormous. Every i-ajier iii ihe couvtiy is 
on file at Ih- ir (ifllee, and it is no niicom- 
mon tliir.g for them to receive a mail of fif- 
trtn or twen'v bu'bcl-f of newBp%perf. — Nor- 
wulk, Couu., flsyetiu. 

Have comtlete'.y Bystemaiiz'd the busi- 
ness, and i.fler fue yi ars' expciienee we can 
trnlhfnlly Flatc thai we llnd the fnin to he 
prompt, cou ttous, conitnCT.— GrnyviUe, 
Ills., indcpeiideDt. 

They ran he rclkd upon in every way, be- 
IriK worthy of implicit eorifldencc.— New Or- 
leaoB, La., Price current. 



While advancing their own interests, ad- 
vance also those of every publisher. — Sonth 
Bethlehem, Pa., Progresg. 

The trustworthy bnsineBS character and 
enterprise Is well reflected. — Utica, N. Y., 
Herald. 

Hnve completely bystbma.ti7,bd the buai- 
nesB.— Griggsville, Ills., Reflector. 



To Adverlisers. 

All perfons who contemplite making con- 
tracts with newspapers for th« insertion of 
advertisements should send 25 at-*, to 

GEO P. KOWELL k CO., 

No. 4' Pa-k Row, N. Y., for their One Hr>- 
nnr.n Fagd Pamphlbt, contiining lists of 
3000 newspapers and estimates, showing 
the cost of advertising. 
49-tf. 



TAJ'E WORM. 

The symptoms resultant from this para- 
Bite on Ilia Human Organism are numerous. 
Dyspepsia, a eiiawing, gripiiitc sensation of 
the bowels; a defective craving; voravious 
and deprav'd aj'petite; IndiKesiion; 8'^ur 
Stomach; Spools Fetid and mixed with slime 
and partially ditrested worms; Foul Breath; 
Bad Taste in the Mouth, &c. Genehai, 
STMproMS : Tiemblii.g of the limbs; Nei- 
vous; Palpitation of the Heart; Pievi-hness; 
Dislnrbed Sleep; Nightraa e; Ileadochr; 
Temporary Blindness; Insanity; Fits; Cold 
Feel; WVak Spills; Sallow Skin; bunken 
Eyes; Em^cialion; Dropsy; Worm F- ver; 
and conipliea'ed with other CompUinis may 
result in Death. My treatment Seldom 
fails to cui«. 

Send e full history. of your case, giving 
name, acre, and any prominert piculiaii- 
tles. Jf yon wsh a course of treatment, 
send fivedollais; if only advice, one dollar. 
Address Dr. U. M. Bcachly, Mcyeisdale, 
SoiU'ipet Co , Pa. Refer to Ediiors C. F. C. 
audG. V. 



THE "BEERS" WHEEL 

Is giiadii.jj; with less watei- than the over- 
shot. It is ju.^t improved and will use one- 
third less water ihan any Iron wheel in use 
and is cheaper and better. 
Send lor a ciicular. 

•J. L. Besrs a Sons. 
Cocoluinas, Juniata, Co., Pa. 
Be.r3, Gangleh it COOKB. 
SileuB Grove, Snyder Co., Pa. 

Vulniible FHriu For Nale. 

A farm containing 108 acres in Westmore- 
land county, Penn'a, two and one-half mllcB 
south of Donegal on county line road. About 
85 acres cleared and balance good timber. 
Has a good orcLard and also stone coal. 
The buildings are a good two story dwelling 
house with et-llai under it, a large bank barn 
with all n' ccssaiy cuthuildlngs ; g,^od spring 
and also a well tjear the house ; church not 
a quarter of a mile and school honse con- 
T'Tiient ; grist and saw mills within one-half 
mile. 

For particulars or any Information con- 
cerning the larin call on Tobias Meyers near 
Mineral Point, Kpbriiin Cover near Berlin, 
or with me on the farm. 

John K. Mnrj-iis. 

2I-tf. Donegal, Pa. 



THE ECLII'SE. 




NEW AND LATEST IMPROVED 
PORTABLE FAR1I EKGINE. 

Ai^o, STATIONARY ENGINES, 
Boilers, 3aw-Millf, etc. 
For new deBcriptivc catalogues, address 
Frick A: I'o., 

tf. 'Wnyneshoro', Franklin Co-, Pa. 



Live Asenls \Vi*nf<>«l. 

To S.-11 DR. CHASE'S RECIPES ; OR, IN- 
FORMATION FOliEVKRYBODY, in ev«ry 
County in the Utiitci? Slaii s and Canadas. 
Eul-.iged by the Publisher to 648 pages. Il 
contains over 2,000 household recipes, and is 
sui'ed to all classrs and conditions of socie- 
ty. A v.onderfnl book and a househo'ild 
necessity. It sills at sight. Greatest in- 
ducements ever offered to book agents. 
Sample copies sent by mail pos'-pail, for %S. 
Exe;ufive territory given. Agents more 
than double their money. Address, D'^. 
CHAFE'S STEAM PRINTING HOUSE 
ANN AKBOK, MICH 
4'JZiQ. 



fion-Vont-^rmity to the World, 

Or A Vindicaiioa of True Vital Piity. A 
boolj o( 2(10 pages. Single copy, |i!.00 ; per 
dozen , by express, f9 00- Address 

M. M. EsilELMAN, 

41-Sm. Lanark, Carroll Co., Ills 



THE CHILDREN'S PAPER. 



The Ci'ilpken's Paieu is a neatly illns- 
trati-d 1.1 ler for the young folks. T!ie only 
paper for chiUlrcn published amonij the 
Brotbeiho.id and the pioneer of its class. 
Only 3.") c. nis per y ar. A beautiful Mai- of 
Palkst NK te ageuis for clubs. Speuinen 
copies un receipt of stamp. Address, 

U. J. KlHTZ, 

a tf. F'danri, Muhouiufi Co., 0. 



I'aHstover niitl Ii<!r<l*N Niipper. 

Is the title of a new book, by .1. W. Beku. 
It contains a consideration of Time as used 
by the luppi ed writers; the typicfl chxrac- 
ter of the Jewish PaB.«overaud its fnlfiUment 
lu Christ ; Ihe inslimtion, observance, and 
desigu of the Lord's Supper. 

The v.o-k contains 2.58 piges, and 
Is neatly bound in fine F.nglish cl 'th. 
Price, tingle copy, by mill, $1.(0; per 
dozen, by express, $800. 

Address : J. W. Beer, 
M'yersdale, 

S5. Soiucisul Co., Pa. 



C. F. C. Vol- XI 



♦ .♦.. 




G. V. Vol. XXV. 



—AND- 




GOSPEL VISITOR. 




EY JAKES OL'IKTIER. 



"■(T I'f t"^'* >"*> keep my commaricimenis.'' — Jesus. 



At f:J 60 rer Anuntu. 



New Sehies. MEYERSDALE, PA., TUESDAY, FEB. 23, 1875. Vol. TI. No. 8 



For tbc Companion and Visitor. 
The (Hll Far SSru^ad. 



BY CYKUS BUCnEK. 



The .sufferers, oh hear them call ! 
'Tis to you, to one anj all ; 
Do uot K-t them call in vain, 
Do DotUt them etlFur p. in. 

Thev call for bread, hoar tho cry ! 
Do ^ot pass them hccdie.-s by, 
You who bftve enough ij s.ode, — 
All yon may need, and much more. 

For help they csk, hut to live ; 
Come, b. other, con)e, let us sjive.' 
'Tis hut lect'ing to the Lord, 
'TiE but fniniliag bio word. 

'Tis our duty as Christians, 
A helping hand to advance ; — 
Our purses to o^en wide ; 
'Tis noble, 'ti;; just and right. 

Do not let tbem call in vain. 
Do not let them call aga.n ; 
Let it not for once be said, 
That they die for want of bread. 

They must have cloihes loo to wear, 
In this cold and wiutiy air ; 
You who are warm, — well supplied, 
Think of others too bueide, 

Who are not as blest as you, 
Unt feel cold and h ingv.r too ; 
Will you let them call in vai». 
Will ycu let them c&li agaiu J 

There is corn iu Egjpt's land, 
Joseph too is still at baud ; 
The supplies are coming on, 
By the iioa-horses drawn. 

Now, no move the children call, 
"O mother, our bread is all !" 
No more from cold thty shiver, 
For there was e noble giver. 

Blill another call we hoar ; 
:Tis 8 Epblp call, my dear. 



If ihe boily i3 supplied, 
Tliore are other wants beside. 

Tlie bread of life frecfly give, 
That their inner inan may live ; 
Again, again, hear the call. 
Lit us try to feed them all. 

¥ov "the bread of life," they call ; 
Come, and let us feed them all ; 
Do not let them cill In vain, 
Since our duty is so plain. 
Hcis'v-lle, Pa. 

Selected for the Companion. 

The principles of reIigiou.s fanati- 
cism ever sppear similar in tbeirinaa- 
ifestations ; the sarae intolerant big- 
otry, tLe same superabundant zeal, 
tiie grcatpr in proportion to the iguo- 
ranci) of the subjects, and the eamc 
arrogant assumptioae, lave always 
been exhibited in the history of fanat- 
icisEi. With the character of the 
Morinon delusion the public ia 
familier. Not .so with, perhaps, a 
more singular class of 'jnthuniasts, 
known by the name of "the pilgrims," 
who emigrated from the north to the 
valley of the Mississippi about the 
year 1817. A gentleraaa who resided 
a faw years later as a inisfiionary on 
the Arkansas at the post about fifty 
miles from its mouth, met in that 
vicinity, with the wretched rcaiaias 
of that singular class of enthusiasts, 
dviiudlcd down by sickness and mis- 
fortune to only six persons, the proph- 
et and bis family. They were sick 
and living in poverty and rags, with 
which they were oriKiualiy habited, 
to excite attention and to bt; i(j keeping- 
with thfir uume and ii.:isunjpl:oo,wei'e 
then retained frorj^ necessity. From 
i the vdfe of th@ prophet and otber 



sources, he gleaned the information 
v/hich follows, of their origin, pro- 
gress and end. It seems that tha 
fermenting principles of the society 
began to operate iu Lower Canada. 
A few religious people began to talk 
about the deadness and uu worthiness 
of all churches as bodies, and they 
were anxious to separate from them 
in order to form a more perfect soci- 
ety. The enthusiasm c lught in other 
minds, like a spark fallen iu flax. A 
number immediately sold everything 
and prepared to commence a course 
toward the southwest. In their pro- 
gress through Vermont they came in 
contact with other minds affjcted 
with the same longing with them- 
selves, and doubtless most of thera 
perfectly honest. 

The '-prophet," a compound of 
hypocrisy and enthusiasm joined him- 
self to them, and from his superior 
talents or contributions to the com- 
mon stock of the society, became 
their leader. Tbey went on accumu- 
lating thr.ugh New York, when 
their numbers amounted to nearly 
fifty. Tiiere they eneonatered the 
Shakers, and as thar had .'^ome no- 
tions in common, a kind of coalition 
was attempted with them. But the 
Shakers are neat and industrious to a 
proverb: but industry made but littlu 
part of the religion of tbo pilgrims, 
and neatness still Icfcs ; for it was a 
maxim with them to wear their 
eiotbes as long as they v>'ould last on 
the body, v;itbout washing or chang- 
ing : and the more patched or parti- 
colored the better. If they wore one 
whole shoo, the other, like the pre- 
tended pilgrim of old time, -vas clou ei 
and patched. Tbey made it a point 
in short to be as ragged and dirty as 
juight be. Of course afier a long 



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debate with the Shakers, in which 
they insisted upon industry, cleanli- 
ness, and parting from their wives, 
proving abundantly and quoting 
profusely that it ought to be so ; and 
the pilgrims proving by more numer- 
ous and opposite quotations, that 
they ought to cleave to their dirt, 
rags, laziness, and wives, and that 
they ought to go due southwest to 
find the New Jerusalem. It termina- 
ted as most religious disputes do; 
each party claimed the victory, and 
lamented the obduracy blindness and 
certain tendency to everlasting dee- 
iruction of the other : and they prob- 
ably parted with these expectalious 
of the other's doom. We knew noib- 
ing of their course from that placu to 
New Madrid, below the mouth of the 
Onio. They were then orgftnized to a 
considerable degree and hud probably 
eight or ten thousand dollais ij coni- 
raou stock. The prophut was their 
ruler, spiritual and temporal. He 
had visions by night which were ex- 
pounded in the morning and deter- 
mined whether they should stand still 
or go on ; whether they should ad- 
vance by land or water; in short 
everything was seltld by immedint'i 
in.-'piralion. Arrived atN'jw Madrid, 
they walked ashore in Indian Qle; 
the old men in fronf, then the vv^omen 
and the children in the rear. They 
chanted a kind of tune, a^ they walk- 
ed, the burden of which was "Praise 
God ! Praiae God I" 

Their food was mush and milk, 
prepared iu a trough, and they suck- 
ed it up standing erect, through a 
perforated stalk of corn. They en- 
joined severe penances, according to 
the state of grace in which the peni- 
tent was. For the lower stages the 
penance was very severe, as to stand 
four successive days wiihout reclin- 
ing or sitting : to fast one or two 
days. In fact fasting was a primary 
object of penance, both as severe in 
itsilf, and as economical they aflected 
to be ragged and to have dilferent 
strips in iheir dresses and caps, like 
those adopted in penileniiaries as 
badges in the charariier of the con- 
victs. 

So formidable a band of ragged 
pilgrims marching in perfect order, 
chanting wilh a peculiar twang, the 
short phrEB'i, "rruise God I Praise 
(jrod !" had in it something imposing 
to a people like those of the west, 
8'rongly governed by feelings and 
jmpreaeioua. S-jnailjle nica an.swcred 



me that the coming of a band of these 
pilgrims into their houses nff.cicd 
them with a thrill of alarm, which 
they could hardly express. The 
untasted food before them lost its 
savor. While they heard these 
strange people call upon them stand- 
ing themselves iu the posture of stat- 
ues, ncd uttering only the word-*, 
"Praise God 1 repent I fast! pray 1 ' 
Small children waggish and .profane, 
as most of the children are, were seen 
to shed tears, and asked iheir par- 
ents if it would not be fasting enough 
to leave off one meal a day. Two of 
their most distinguished members 
escaped from them at New Madrid, 
not without great difficulty, and hav- 
ing been both of them confined to 
prevent their escape. Que of them 
an ami;<ble and liccompli.-thed woman, 
whoso over-wrought iiuaginaiion had 
been carried away by thuir imposing 
rites, died soon after, worn down by 
the austerities and privations which 
she had endured. 

The hu.sbnnd had an emaciated 
look, like the Shakers, a sweet voico 
for music, and was preaching in 
union wilh the Methodists. At Pil- 
grim Island, thirty miles below, and 
opposite the little prairie, they staid 
a long time. Tiiese di.ssensions l)cgan 
to spring up among them, emaciated 
with hunger and feverish from tilth 
and the climate, many of them left 
their bones. They were ordered by 
the prophet from some direct revela- 
tion which he received to lie unburied; 
and their bones were bleaching on 
the island when wc were there. 
Some escaped from them at this 
place, and the sheriff of the county 
of New Madrid, indignant at the 
starvation imposed as a discipline 
upon the little children, carried to 
them a pirogue of provisions, keeping 
off with his sword the leaders, who 
fain would have prevented those inno- 
cents from satiating their appetites. 
While on that island a great number 
of boatmen are said to have joined, to 
take them at their profession of hav- 
ing no regard for the world, or the 
things of it, and robbed them of all 
their money, differently stated to bo 
from five to ten thousand dollars. 
From that place, reduced in number 
by desertion and death, in their 
de.sccnt to the mculh of the Arkansas, 
there were only the numbers surviv- 
ii g which I saw. 

This history of the delusion and 
d' iUructioii of Ixitwoou thjrty and 



forty people, most of them honest and 
sincere, left a deep and melancholy 
i'lipression of the universal empire of 
bigotry and its fatal influence in all 
ages and countries. 

To this narrative I shall only add, 
thai I heard an aged man with a 
long beard, preacliing, as they called 
it, at New Madrid. He descended 
the Mississippi a year after these 
unfoitunate people, and he also call.d 
himself a Pilgrim. He was as wild 
and visionary as they were, and 
talk(;d and acted like a maniac. Ho 
appeared deeply impressed that by 
going in that direction he should 
finally reach that city. There was a 
numerous audience, and I beard many 
of them express their admiration of 
his preaching. Tjct none think that 
the age of fanaticism has gone by. 



The Stuiiy ol Ihe Bible. 

Any one who has endeavored to 
translftle from a foreign language La^ 
encuuntered word.s for which he found 
III) full I quivaleut in his own tonguo. 
This dilli'jully would occur to a 
Frenchman undertaking to translate 
'Home, S^veet Home," because the 
French language has no such word 
as 'Home;" he may use '•Hotel" or 
"Mansion," but the precise idea con- 
veyed by our word home is absent 
from his thoughts, and therefore from 
his speech. This difficulty of finding 
a synonymous word lor "Hone," we 
can conceive would be still greater 
wilh tribes of wandering Arabs, and 
even worse again with Bushmen or 
ModocB. To convey to a South Sea 
IslandiT all that we take in when a 
"Telegram" is spokeu of, would re- 
quire a long di.-quiditioD. Our scien- 
tific terms have no synonymous ones 
where the sciences of astronomy bot- 
any, chemistry, etc , have no existence. 
Tncse difficulties we appreciate in 
matters purely social or intellectual ; 
and our missionaries have found tre- 
mendous diffiiiuliies iu trying to t;a is- 
fer the doctrines and truths of the 
Gospel into heathen languages Such, 
and so arduous is the task when 
beings of the same order of creation, 
only diffiring in degree and not in 
kind, endeavor to transmit thought 
from one to another. If this difficulty 
obtain between creatures who are ou 
the same plane of being, how infinitely 
difficult for us to understand the micd 
of the Divine Creator I In what way 
shall He communicate that which is 
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He translate divine triitha into the 
language of men ? Surely for this 
purpose, lie must employ a language 
wiich is itself the highest in the 
Bcalp. For this purpo-e, the subtile 
and exact Greek language was em- 
ployed, and no doubt prepared. The 
eminent Grt'ok philosophers had 
reduced logic to a science, and exer- 
cising their intellects on mental rather 
than material affairs, had, in fact, 
produced mA'jy schools of thought. 
Theee schools were much more free 
of orientalis'ms than the Pfr.-'iaa or 
Hindooslanee philosophies, and had 
trained up a clas.? of brilliant writers 
who used words as the keen tools 
which indeed they are. Thev had 
seats of learning in different parts of 
the Empire, notably at Alexandria 
where seventy most highly educated 
men tranylaltd the Hebrew Scriptures 
into Gret'k. 

"V/hen the fulness of the time was 
Ci)me, God sent forth His Son," and 
the Apostles of Jesus Christ were 
enabled to set forth in a widely 
known language, and in perspicuous 
words and phrases, the truths God 
intended at, that time to reveal. Paul, 
a man very learned and able, speaks 
in their own tongue and quotes from 
their ov.'u authors when brougbt into 
the Areopagus. He also writes out 
for the Gentiles (in his epistle to the 
Romans) and for the Jews (in hU 
epistle to HebrewLi*) a well digested 
doctrine of Christianity — a corxipend- 
ious Christian theology. Being In 
the form of several short letters (ar- 
ranged in the canon of the Now Testa- 
ment in the order of their length, 
except the one to the Hebrews, which 
Las not his superscription), they are 
more attractive and easy reading 
than if condensed and thrown into 
the form of a purely doctrinal work. 
The human element and incidents 
-which are intermi-jgled take off the 
formidable appearance of a more 
formal work. His writings, and those 
of the other Apostles and P]vangelists, 
•which God has ordained to bs pre- 
served to us, are illuminated and 
their meaning expounded by the 
Septuagint translaiiou of the Old 
Testament and the large body of 
Greek literature, likewise preserved, 
of course, by the same Divine author- 
ity and interposition. By tracing the 

*Ilthe Episile to the Hebrews was wiitlou 
by Paul, which is duubtfiil. Siiii« Uihlic.il 
Rth«il.i-6 ascribe i'. to .\tolloa..--l!;.<. F.iendt' 
B- vieui. 



uses of words in profane authors, we 
are able to discover exactly the mean- 
ing of the words employed in the 
New Testament, and this study 
(which leads into history and all the 
realms of human thought) is full of 
profoundest interest. 

13y the study of words, we discover 
hidden analogies of richest worth ; 
and as we trace a word back to its 
derivation and follow it in its uses, 
we discover the habits and history 
and mental condition of those who 
have used it familiarly. 

Take a few instances in our own 
tongue : "to ponder" is to weigh, as 
it were in a balance, arguments for 
and against; "to imagine" is to make 
mental images; '•Genesis" is the 
generation of a world, and the crea- 
tion of a separate people for God's 
glory; 'Exodus'^ is the exit of His 
people;" a "TestatDent" is the writ- 
ten instrument, which testifies (like 
a living witness) to the will of the 
dead. A man's "will" is the purpose 
he has in his mind, but his 'last will 
and testament" in documentarv shape 
and under legal forms, conveys ^or 
carries over) to his appointed heirs 
his property. So "The New Testa- 
ment of our Lord and Saviour Jesus 
Christ" conveys to those who accept 
it by faith, the riches of salvation ; 
by the acceplanca of which believes 
ia Jesus become "joint heirs" with 
Jesus of all that He receives of the 
Father. 

if then, the knowledge of such 
riches is conveyed by this written 
document, how important that we 
should study its metes and bounds, 
its courses and distances (as we 
would say of an earthly tract convey- 
ed by a will). E^ch living witness 
as to the extent of the domain would 
be interrogated, and his testimony 
corroborated by that of others. So 
scholars interrogate contemporaneous 
writers as to the meaning of the word.^ 
which convey to us our spiritual 
riches, and ail the results of historical 
investigiUion, geographical explora- 
tion, and philological acumen, are 
brought to illustrate the teachings of 
Christ and His Apostlps. 

Some indeed there are who take 
the words as they stand in their own 
version, and interpret Scripture as if 
the editions and translations ia their 
hands b:i'J i:o arstecedents. Oond 
Christian meu, but furgelfai of erudi- 
fiiin, .^<i;iu:tim('>^ ful! into errors vvliir:!i 
call lorlh a smiie iVi;)u mon^ thoijght- 



ful men. The following is narrated 
to illustrate such mistakes: A Penn- 
sylvania Gorman was discussing 
what was the original language (a 
stock subj.-ct for debate, even with 
the learned, a few years ago), and 
his friend asserted that Hebrew was 
the original language. "X«i, Nei," 
said the German, "when God spoko 
to Adam He says, "Wo bist du 
Adam." This was ccnfirmatioa 
strong as Holy Writ, for had not the 
German read those "ipsissima verba" 
in his edition of Luther's Bible ? 

There is perhaps on the part of 
some a dit-position to carry on the 
investigation of literary matters per- 
taining to the Holy Scriptures ia an 
unjjrayerfui, and in fact unchristian 
spirit; but this should not dissuade 
nor discourage the followers of Jesus 
from a careful study of their Bible 
with all the critical helps at their 
command, ever looking to the Holy 
Ghost as alone able to truly interi)ret 
its whole spiritual meaning. — Friends 
lieviev). 



Tlie Cnre B'^or lutemperauce. 

In an address to lii.s townsmen on the 
results and les-^ons of last j'ear's temper- 
ance wo;k in Ol'io, Mr. Clifton M. Nich- 
ols, the editor of the Springfield RipuLlvi 
said : 

Af.er all, the most poteut iuGuence in 
s.jcieiy— the most powerful ft'eapon in be- 
half of the right — is the grace of God. 
After all, this ia the grandest power ! If 
we attempt to lop off the branches of 
evil we shall fail short of a successful re^ , 
suit. We must strike at the root of 
thought and action. We must reach the 
heart of the victim of intemperance. To 
reform his habits is not to reform him. 
We mu.'^t reach and save men's hearts, 
and then we have reached and saved 
them. They will have a new spirit within 
them. That we m;iy do this, we must 
ourselves stand on high ground ! To lift 
men wc must stand higher than they, to 
that we can give them a helping h-Jtid 
and raise them to us. Especially is iliis 
tiie work of the Ciiristian men and wo~. 
men ol'to dyj'. What could not he done 
if th.e five thousand professed Chri.■^tians 
cf this city were activ^jly, zealously, heart- 
ily and lovingly engaged iii soelc way in 
th'swork? We should see a real rc\o-_ 
lu'.iou— not a revolution of force or of 
blood, but a crus;ide ai;-ainst wrong and 
in behaifof the wrong u^jcr, in-pireU only 
by love of God and man, and a detcrmin-^ 
ation to change the hearts and lives of 
men ! There have been such revelations 
as this. There have been many in:-:lane''.s 
in whicli wiiole com'tuuiiities have hiOii 
moved hy the Dlvir.o Spirit to I'.u-.-akc! 
ihcu sin< and io '.onuiitiiee iho new li!e i 
'J'tiat IS wh;it v«e uevd. 



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VT " 



GOMFANIOi* AND GOBPEL VlSIl^Oil. 



For the Companion a.nd Visitou. 



BT MRS. 3- S. THOMAS. 



Up !'i the raorninsj quito early, 

Siitehiiit'j 5'.itching away ; 
rias.ily ylying tho ucetUe, 

Through the loug wiary day, 
DoA'Q in a loatly c-Uar, 

Where the saushinu revor peeps ; 
Kvor aaoa she labors, 

^rid. eoaaiant vigilance iiceps. 

Why is she over th'is toiling, 

Wcariu;! her life sway ? 
Lisleu, the faiat aof wer coracth: 

'For my cliildrcn, 1 toil and p-ay. 
Two little ones I've in bi'tiv<;u, 

Twa Qioro yet ou earth ; 
Dear liltio dolicate liowers, 

111 fitted lor their pojr birth." 

Tear^ stnrt afresh from Ihoso lashes, 

And down ths liot chatlis II iw. 
As Eho tuiuks of the happy niomeuts, 

la the years of long ago, 
VVhi^n file as a briiic was ho.j'py, 

VVith her husband hy her fide, 
But the cold chills now creep o'er her, I 

As cha thluks of the nigUt he died. ; 

■ ■ I 

hong since has he been sletpi;;g, j 

And left ms hero filoao : j 

Intrusting to my safe iieuniag, i 

Tiiese darlings -j11 ihai I owq. I 

Thus after the midnight hi)ur, 

By the light of a. dim old ianip. 
Still sews that faithful mother, 

lu a cellar cold and damp. 

Mil. Ehitok : — This ia 3 true spicimen of,, 
one out of thy ma 
~vfho lino on: a m 

great ciiy, oa accoKut of the rdlfecidbie 
j'.ices paid by Uivjreiuii.ts, do., lor worli. 
\Vhat would our sjenllewauieri ij tha couur 
try 11) ink of mailing a cot>l for fifty ceula, 
lined and w^ded ; e pen- ^ of ■ pantjjoons for 
twenty-live cc-i;i8, auJ a S't;*t for fifleeii a.id 
twinij cuts. These are consideied fair 
prires. A short ti:nc aeon poor w.iTnen 
told me elie had toiied oiii^eiiUy for three 
dayd and o«ly earnod uiU'ty centa. 

Voii'-H, itc, ilU3 J. S. T. 

PhilaiUljihia. 

For tha CoMPANiou asdj Visitor. 

UY W. G. HCKOOK. 



ar.d b/ed by perscvcranco auJ practii'e. 
F'.rtuiiatuly, this urJiJippy clar^s i.- in tna 
minority. To svich I would say, in orJer 
to cultivate a I'riendiy disposition, go 
ui'ich in society ; conviTso freely and 
openly, as muoh ii.s in your power lie.-^ ; 
be nor too exolu.'<ivo in tbe ciioice cf your 
as.sr,ciato^, and when in corupniiy that is 
not perhaps as intfTe.«tin;; as desirable, 
take advat^tagc of tho opportunity r.ovrr- 
tl^TJiCii to ponversp freely I'lion such sub- 
jects as the occii-io;i, intelii^^erce and 
dijitiity of the couipany v.'ould seem ;o 
rcquiie. No opportunity .slutuld be lost 
at any tiiuo, and by all clas^'es, a^ least t:j 
cniliviite a frici'dly dispoMtl'.m. Tlavinr? 
this aoiewovlby fjn:''.ity wiihin our iniri.i.s 
and a clmru'-icr uniiKp'^nehed, our circ's 
oi'iVionds will inoron.'e from titno toti!?!'^, 
and ii\u.^ the oppoitunity for improvinf.'; 
friendship facilitated. 

\Vere it not that the Creator hnd im- 
planted ibis Godgiven faculty in our na- 
ture, I his world of ours wou'd certainly 
be a very dreary and lonely piiice. But 
iu con.-oqaonco of tb.is, U!en form t.l^tKi'!- 
siMve.i into .socioties. Even from tha 
Cc>rlis.H ages cf the '.vorld up to this prsM- 
ent time, men associated fco^etlifr f'»r 
pieasiirc, real p!ea.^ure and mutual im- 
1 iovement. "Tho sou! ofJnr.athan was 
. Tho question taight arise, whence Jt». !'-it. v.ith the soul oi' David a!;d Joiiathjn 
(>r!;;iri? 'iVo 'r.p.;^'ver it. originitcd in Uio lovcdjiim -is h'< o.^n soul." ILto i.-> au 



() ..I i;! ■.\\< uiin;;'" and couiij.!.:; \- v.i.;i 
his own kind, and to procure unto hioi 
self happiness. The very Lmguage of 
friend.-hip, when active, disp6:-;es pcr.sous 
to embrace and ciinc; to each other. This 
is especially noticeable in persons who 
are ujvjn go;id t.crui.'^, separated for .soui;; 
tivne and when meeting each other will 
lo-e, as it were, ali control of lhcTr..dves. 
How the >-rn=p rnch other .^^o firmly by 
tho i'.an 1, and how fondly th?j' embrace 
each other in the spirit of true friend- 
ship. 

liore the feelinj; becomes so strooa 
th;.t. tlic natural lao;tuagc of adhesive- 
LOSS plainly showo that an r.ffoctiouate 
f<^cliagol' fau'lnossis experience.l, thut 
i'rocecds only from the bc.>rt md goes to 
the heart of the oDJect adht'f-cd. 

I would not. hero undertake to say that 
an individual's friendly di^josiiicD, or 
the difrevent rlcgrces of friendship, can at 
all times be determined by the u-.anucr of 
biiakin,!.^ hands. But as a general rule it 
hold.i (rood, !>ud as a natural c.^iLSequene--^, 
n-ar!y al! warm hcnrted, social persons 
give the hand a firm, b»t 'f^ni-^ ny\>\ steady 
grasp. This means something, and such 
hand-.shaking car.cot ■ help but reach 
the heart of tho would be friendly for- 
Lualist. 



i.iind of tb.e Doity himsjif It, i;; the yifl exj.tiiple of genuine fnend.-ihip taken fr.;ui 
of God to man, and is left for n-.sn to cu!- [ th.'^ words of inspiration ; nn example 

w.^rshy cf imita-ir>!i. This case mJi'.' ho 



< 'VHt>?. It c^innot, if properly controlled, 
be cultivated to excts.;, and h'.^nce, in the 
c.'tiDiaiiou of the writer, it never require.^ 
rcS'traiut. it, ueods no re-training, but 
like all other good characteristics of the 
mind, it must necessarily be Cv)!!tr.5iitd 
and guided by the higher mi)ral .senti- 
ments. It Diav bo abused aS' well cs a 



applied to all and should bo beld in hi^rh 
cstimaiioo. As it was in former ages so 
Khijuld ifc be at the present day. The 
Bible is full of examples of the like, a.i 
well as history outside of the Biblj. But 
ail true friendship cenires ia one in.tivi-.l-- 
was never ^uilc 
p, • 



ual, in whose mouth 
uy biinared uu<j(ile-worn€u i Kre^'t i"t'-"y Other things, but this can' loxin-j, who spnice as never man ^Spako 
iserabie existence in this ! edstly bcl avoided by ' not. brsi owing 3ur rafliely, t^hrist Je.su"^, ''the Mftner' 
friendship upoii un worthy objects, «. -v . 



The t(nin,fn'(.uiMuJt^ sifftdfies a close 
and iiitimat'; attach mont, that one person 
lias lor another. it is icuin'cd upon af- 
feclii.n and a proper estiiMation of those 
whom we consider as our friends. 

!<'rioDdship, also terracid adhesiveness 
in M nsal Koienee, is one cf thoori^'innl 
or fundaiuentai pow<:r.- of th" niiiid. Tiie 
Creator saw fii, in tho formation of man, 



iiiemlship, ou t'lo coiitrary, ehould bo 
much cuirivtJiod in min;ning as much as 
l)o.ssit;Io vviih bur friends, nci^'h.i'ors and 
with ai! we chance to cor.-c in contact 
with. We should have our heart!; open 
and free to all influ<'neos of as-oeinl cli;i!- 
acter. Xiiis iiss a good tendency to m;ike 
tis moi'O social in oompany conversailon, 
and iu all the divertiHed relations of life, 
wherever atid whom-vcr we associalc with 
our fojbw-Licn. Wliy should we not;' 
v;hen it, i.< an ndherent principle in onf 
niiture and udmit« cf .so much '.'uhivation 
;jnd improvement? True, some people 
are again so coiisi,it'.ited hy birth a.s not 



fiien.d. '.' The Savi!>ur, in di.'scours.iEp (o 
his dl^ciplcp upon this subject, .said : 
' Tlii.'s is luy commandment, that ye- love 
oue another as 1 h.ive lo.ed you. Great- 
er love hath no man than fhi.s, tLit a 
man lay down his life for his friend-'. Yo 
are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I com- 
mand you."' A friend iu need is a friend 
indeed, and Much is the one s?ho speaks 
tr, us iu the !au<^ua^e above quoted, pro- 
vi'.iinj^ we subuiiit to h'u precepts in all 
rosnccts. 

Al hou^-'li we have a rjg'lit to nix and 
a.'<:Oeit(e wiih all classf.«;, and iiir.kc ouri 
selves nscfu! and social in their society, 
yet v.o u.asl caiel'uily guard oui selves 



to. be companiouabio at ail. Tou feel that we do not fall iu the su:ircs of tho 



lost ia their compauy ; n"t at home, aiid 
what they do say is raid in .sucii a cold 
Hud fjrijja! manner, thai it .-.corns not to 
have much meaning and influence. They 
arc likt a cloudy day in cold midwinter, 
and the social, friendly rays of (lie sun, 
are oh,- cured bchliid ihr^r cold, icy, fn-y.en 
hcaris, ro that they ciiimot in>p:rc th(\-<o 
around thct!! with that fcdin;' of warmth 



10 endow him wuh .social i)Owers of luind and alfoction that they othcrwi.-e could, 
;n Older that lie inav be ifistinciively I were fhcy differently frujcd by (lature, 



wicked, adopt the maxims, fashions ami 
c-k-lunis that, would iu the least couHict 
wiih tho do.-'riucs [j-.c.icribL'd by tho 
friend of sinners. The word of ttuih 
uu^t be our crircrion,by which we obtain 
l-ower to properly diseriminnte botwecri 
light and wrong, or elao the friendship of 
tiu' world will supcr.v de the friv^nd-kip 
of God. Hence says St.. Jame.<) : "Knowi 
ye not that the friendship of tho world is 
onemity with God i" Whoever fchcrvjlbr-:) 



CHRISTIAN FAMILY COMPANIOI? AND GOSJ KI. VlSlTOiu. 



IIT 



will he tlfo fnenil of the world is il-.o ene- 
my of God." I do not undor.-tand tlie 
ap'^stle (o nie.i!! )iy the wordd '"tViiiTid- 
ship of the world," as not to ?.-^^of;i:i*c 
vriih the pcopifl oi' the world, l-ut t;it3<n!y 
noi da as f!io wc^rld lioic.i outside cf thit 
Wiiich Is i^irbidden in the wovd oi' (i'>l. 
i In our eatin,c, drinkiiia and Lateral h.i.-ii- 
pcirij trun.-aetion.s with the v^ovlil, ;is well 
?i" social inrcvoour.-p, etc., anicr.g th.cm, 
we should ho an ('xauii)le n;ito ihc world 
in our wall*-, t;ill<, eoiivcrsition and gonr. 
»;rni deportment in h'V). \iy .«o doing we 
let our lipht, shine tliat men may see onr 
good works, and in cons' (inoijce be eiin- 
riinained to do Jiko^vi'je i\nd jrlicify tlicir 
FaihtT which is in heaven. Oihtrwit-e if 
Ve TT'iuld not conirnin^;!e v.'ith our feilow- 
' men, and avoid them as we would a gang 
■ of 'rhieves, wc won1r> tlnMvby hide our 
light under a 1/Ushel. The writer has 
»::adeita rule len^ ajjo to crsdt-avor to 
behave himself in a beeouiing way whe~e- 
ever he ^oes and when<iver ho ha? come 
short oi' thi.'-, it was done out :.'f weH.k- 
rii's-s'and not wilfully. [i becomes ii-; ill 
' to be i:Cfj>eetfn! and obliging to all wiih- 
(rRt'ret'iieef- of person. •. ' -■ 

We ncoti not ruakc ouvsolves repulsive 
-in the eyes oi'the world on account of ov-r 
I'^iigion, and insinuate froiw cur very ;k- 
ti">ns and ianguagf',.that we are too h.oiy 
to be in the presence of sinnn-s' for fc&r 
<>f becniiing eonauiiriated. Ttie Saviour 
f-cvcrt-ly rc;)i!njandcd the self rich tcot!.s 
j^harisees for rcruindins !iis di^'l;iples thut 
their -M-iSttr eats wiih publicans t-nd sii'.- 
lier.x. In reply lo wiiiti'. tli-" Saviour 
fVf'.: ''Tlipy tliat be whole ne^d s.iof a 
phT;s.icip.n, but they that arc sick," and 
''1 nn i!0t come to call the risriitfon.?. 
b'!t sinners to i-epehtancM." For this 
viiy object the i?:>vioiif catne into the 
wovhl to cure tiie siok and to. eail feiTmers 
t<' repentance. His ini.sJiori was' loi Have 
t.h« wo>ld, and Iherefore he would resort 
i'lcc^ueat.ly to places where whole ujuhi- 
tij'ios of K;l cla-tes would a-^>en,ble. 
Tiiese 'places aifur.led liirn nn opporrun'ry 
ofrevealin.!; his hcavjniy Fatlier'.s wih. 
F-) in like manner wo, who clai'.n to bo 
i:i.s fi>liowRr.s, should not .«hun the outside 
world and places where the world .'.-.scji- 
bios, espreiaiiy when business calls us to 
fueii jlace.-', reuicuiberi.jj,', howovor, 
thnt our ivitcrcourse niuft be coJisistent 
with our piofes.'^ion. So far, our rdation- 
Bbip and friendship with the wo:ld may 
acluaily prove a blessing and not an in- 
jure. ■ ■ • . , 

Friendirhtp Tna3'Jtt<So'wi*« he oir-hert\vie 
or fai'c. IVne friends hip hiis iieeu j 
ii>ai::'y trcUed in th.o above con.-idera- j 
liiin-, F.nd wi'jiout which there can,l.o no , 
true nnd la.-i!n,'c happiness, whetlier in ' 
the faiTinj' or comnjunity at larjce. And j 
where thcrt'is no crc-nnitic fricndsTij'p, u,-; I 
n natural coni^cqnen'je, there is no ^aoe. 
On I he ot.h.er iiatid, when we turn il:?! 
picture arid present fckse ftioiidihip- in ail ' 
its hideous ibivUi aj>d . .vipet'i^!, whst do i 
wo heboid but a 'monster of i.iiiqui'i? ■ 
haii-o friends ;irc ccrtaiuly the cnemic? of 



j mankind. Our wor.st enemies frequently 
disguise theuiseh-cs under the cloak of 
I friendshi|> and then really pretend to "bo 
' our iwst i'riends when at the same tin;e 
tiiey arc our bitterest enemies. A would 
be friendly i'ace and a §iu</i.Ui, fia-ttcrini,' 
l(>,-igue iv.iJ hkc the kisses ., of an en,€;niv, 
utterly (Jceitfuh • The wise '.uiiin truly 
said: ''h\ii!.hfu! are. the wounds of a 
frif-tid, bn.t thr> !-i'.srr, of an cncinv are 
decoitftil.''' 

For the Comi^anion and VisrroK 
BY J. s. pr.OiiY. 



IdTone;!s is a sin. It wa.s God's dc.-.irrn 
tl;;;t iiiau should work even from tlic bo-< 
irinning. He gave our first parents 
fionjcth.ing to do even before the fall. 
Idleness is the dovii's opportunity and !;e 
piakes good use of it. ldlcnifs;> enrrupis 
the \\\ii}\%. iind opens the door for evii 
tiioiii^h.ts, It prcuipt.-i tho in,dl'. i.iaa! 
n;an to s6e!i" pleasure in the walks of sin 
aric" iniquity. Idiciio'sfi'is a mean fi^liow 
t-hsit ircniBralPy couica to poveriy, rags and 
a bad end. Idlcneps :s .uhvi'ys in deb', 
uever .pays for, anytJdug, and lives by 
liie cruuj bs that falls. fi om iiidujtry V ta- 
ble. Jn'.ctivity is,- the Alji-;pring of idle- 
tiess, rust follows inactivity at;d ru.-t 
cankers botli body a!)d .'?ou!. Idibnoss 
ii'tid r;-!t.s::on are irjcouipatibie one wit.ii 
the otl)er. -Idle men rtkI women cr.n't 
bo OinisjiatiS, for he that would be an 
heir of licavcn must work, Idiai-ess is a 
nuii^aaee in the worid--a:dead wsiglit to 
KU(."Oty. Idleness never built cities, ijju- 
pn,'v;:d a ?ar:i;, or tamed an honest penny. 
ifilenCf's, sin ;ind SatAn 'are fa'-t fri;-n<Js. 
They l?\'feinth.e sanie hort?e, pbiy toj^etln v 
an^i slepp ilj each, ouievs arms.. Siitpn 
himself' is not an idler, but he dearly 
loves idier.s. They arc so ready to <!() his 
biudinjr ; s> deyoied lo his Satanic majes- 
ty. In fac, idleness is .such an iuacuve, 
indolent, lazy, v-lugs'^b, u-eless, vain, 
mean, insolent, leisurely and jrood for- 
nothing kind oi' a icllow, that it would be 
wise ro .show him no favor ; turn him (•t.t 
— shut the door — put the dogs on him 
and drive him out of society I aud let in 
a more worthy guest. 

INDUSTKY. 

Industry is a per'-'onajre of gocd-chav^ 
actcr. Industry civilized the world, built 
cities, made a thoutand wildernesses 
bivS'om as tho vote. industry fills big 
bar'is,' jilwuys has SiOck \n batik some- 
where. Industiy hold.y the tccr;jt of 
iie-ilth, 1ii\ppy life, good glpcp and a 
hc;.rty appetite ", and always has plenty 
to cat and wear. In-iusirv keeps a cheer- 
ful countenance ; often has i;rown h.atids, 
but a tender heart. Industry h.os a big 
soul and rai open hand. 

industry is always ready, to da ^pnjic- 
ihing ; di.ing many little tiiLn;t^., she ha:- 
the credit of doing great things. If in- 



dustry can't find miae.^ to open, or cities 
to build, she wi!! );iak3 two blades of 
grass grow where only one grew before. 
Industry is always busy, cither with hands 
I or head, so the devil has h.ard f/ork to 
■ get an opportunity to :how his hand at 
j triokery. Iiidusiry luakes a good Chri.s- 
j tian ; she has time to wa'.eh and jiray ; 
j time to serve God, as well as time to ren- 
der unto Cfcsar the thin--;-- that arc 
Cassar'a. ' ... •' 

j Industry .alwaj's pays tierdebtis; never 
has orcasioii to go in rngs or begging. 
; She is an indcpendcut queen, of noble 
; bloc«4. Her kingdom is prosperous, her 
subjects happy end her prospects glorious. 
I i!>du-t!y fills the origir^al disign, of her 
creation — that of makiilg man liappy, 
he;d:hy and p.rosporouK, as well as bo the 
^■rand incentive to proiiiote the best and 
highest interests of m:m beyond the pres- 
ent life. 

Open wide the gates and let industry 
come in, give her room and place to 
d'veii in tl:y" ccurts, oh man I for she 
brii:.;^est wrsdirui; health and honor, 
paving tlic way to a ' blessed immor- 
laiiiv. ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ 

Bnfii1(^, Oolovad'). 



For tho OoMPANioN and VisiTon . 
"Bs:itc.n WSiJi Ro«Ss." 



IJY C IT. tJALSBAUGri. 



To John E'tcr, B Whop of the lilq Svja- 
tiir.i Ckuydi. ' ■' ''. .'^ ''" ' 

Why sittGst thou "undor tlic Juniper 
tree," bemoaning thy stripes, as though 
it wofi^ HO friory to suffer ropror.eh f'or 
Je8a.-.'sak8? — i K'n,>>s H!;4. Be-riusfta 
p.uifed up GciuKii) Reformed hirL-Jing bus 
veiittd hi-j windy anathemas on your 
head, is it meet to halt and liu)!) as if the 
eternal v.TOftler hud shaken your thi«h 
ouo of joint'?— G'j-i. o2:25. Called by 
Providence into the piCsoDce of a man 
wiio hates liic tiutli and dospiscs vhe 
follower.-> of J e.'^u.s, what could you expect 
but riiat a declaration of the whole 
"countcl of God," would stir his gall and 
make you the target of his venom? Such 
a sermon as you tn-'.^ached, in tho pres- 
ence of a seuii popish :nfa;).sprinkler, 
who had just been profaning the holy 
ordinance of baptism by sprinkling the 
man at whose funeial you were ofiiciat- 
ing, cannot pass without such rebuke as 
learned bigotry knows how to admini.<iter. 
Ho saw that your bomb shell was packed 
witli ihc expdo.^ive.s of the gospel, and 
that if he would not just, .thercand than 
follow it with a hunared pounder, fresh 
and hot, fro;n the catechetical matrix, 
there might be a scattering of his Uock. 
Your efl()rt is an honor to your lieart ar.d 
head, and the casli^'.ation ihst was mated 
out to you. in couionuence, is your glory ; 
while it is lliu Hcanda!, before men and 
tinsels, of hio) who gave it. 

"Ocuut it all joy," eo far as you and 
Christ are tOQcerned, when sect-uiongora 



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r."gc, when the scribes and pharisee.s "'set 
tht'UJselvcs," and "take couf.stl to/jether, 
against the Lord, and again.-^t His anoint- 
cU.'' — f.s. ~:2. "'J'lie dl^eil)ic is not above 
l:is MH.stcr." "If !hey liavc called the 
Mvistcr ol'the liou.-c IJclzebul), how mucli 
iijorc .shr.Il thov call thcni of His house- 
hold."— Matt.' 10:25. If they "thrust 
you out of the city, and lead you unto 
tho hiow of the hill, (hat they uiichtcast 
you down heaJloni^" into tho Swalara, 
the frnlh will burvivc, even if you would 
not. Ch'ist luay he crucified, but the 
truth will live all the more piorinusly and 
friu;i)|i!iantly, bci.-.usc He (li(d lor it. 
You drove ihc truth home with oin|iliasis, 
and the excited pcdo raniist only clinched 
it in some minds byhi.s indignant protest. 
Be not disheartened, because Herod is on 
your track. Be not dismayed because 
some patent J•o^pelcr ha< Imrlod stones at 
you. Jjot the mini-lerof God stand firm, 
though he yc bespattered with all the 
traditional mud that can ho shoveled 
to.irether in Christendom. ^Vhen a^^ain 
called to speak for God, in the presence 
of tchool-madc preachers, titisheath "the 
bword of the Spirit" with the boldness of 
a heaven ai)i)oiiited, hcaven~sustained 
ambassador. Lot an=;ry, truth splitting, 
sect-defetiders, "i'bam out their own 
shame," and stigmatize you as ignorant, 
and hold you up to [)ublio odium, be thou 
niiridl'ul of "tlio charge committed unto 
thee," to ''^■pfnich llw wiuJ," wiiethor in 
.season or out of sf,ason with those who 
liave substituted the gospel by "the tra- 
ditions of men." "J5o not afraid, but 
Speak, and hold not thy ])oaco : for I am 
with iliee, and no man shall set on thee 
to hurt thee."— Acts 18:'J,!0. It is bet- 
ter to suffer for the truth, than that the 
trutli suffer by our fear of its hones-t 
proclamation. Jezebel will be dragged 
into eternity by infuriated dops, while 
the "man of God" will be wiu^eled into 
the golden city, in a chariot of fire, amid 
the acclamation of angels. Consider the 
end, and preach Christ. 



For the Companioh and Visitoh. 
The Gr«:at Ciotpel Tbeuie. 



BY D. P. SAYLKB. 



Hut wc preach Christ cruciQcd. 1 Cor. 1 : 
23. 

The life of tha apostle I'uul, fur- 
uiaheB more nmterial for serious 
thought and elaborate commeutary, 
OS well as iilu.^trates the mission of a 
Christian minister than any other. 
The history of his early years, with 
the remarkable manner of eouversion, 
bus manifested, even to cursory read- 
ers of the scriptures, and especially 
to Christians, the duties and practice 
of a Christian minister. When I'aul 
embtaced the religion of Jesus, ho 
atked : "Lord, lohal wouldst thou 



have me to do?" Not only, "What 
niust I do to bo saved ?" but also, 
what wilt thou have me to do to 
serve thee ? To the 6rBt the Lord 
answered him by the ministry of An- 
anias. To the second the Lord said : 
"He is a choseu veseel unto me, to 
bear my naiue before the Gentiles, 
and kings, and the children of Is- 
rael." Being told by Ananias that 
be must be baptized for the washing 
away of his sins, (Acts xxii. IG.) he 
arose and was baptized. Acts i,x. 18 
Being now a penitent, baptized be- 
liever in the Christian church, and a 
chosen vessel to bear testimony to 
the truth both to the Gentiles and to 
Israel, he straightway preached 
Christ in the synagogues, that he is 
the Son of God; and was sent as a 
witness to the Gentiles, to open their 
eyes, and to turn them from darkness 
to light, and from the power of Satan 
unto God that they might receive for- 
giveness of sins. 

Being thus set apart, he entered 
upon a career of duty frotn which he 
never faltered, and with a zeal that 
never flagged. His ministry became 
the great purpose of his life. Every- 
thing else was subordiuaie to it. He 
was willing to be nnythitig or no- 
thing, not even counting his life dear 
to himself, so that he might liuis^b his 
coursa with joy, and tho ministry 
which he had received from the Lord 
Jesus. Under tho iuQeuce of this 
spirit, he travels frotn country to 
country, preaching the goepel every- 
where, willing to spend and be spent 
for the spiritual welfare of those to 
whom his ministry was directed. 
The result of his labors was the gath- 
ering congregations over a wide ter- 
ritory, and the churches that rose 
through his ministry, showed not 
only the tflect, but the permanent 
fruit of his labors. He was the in- 
strument for bringing many souls to 
Christ. 

The spirit by which the great apos- 
tle was animated, is set forth in his 
life, and it would be well if tho minis- 
ters of the gospel would imitate it. 
Let us select a single held of his lab- 
ors and mark the manner of his min- 
istry. The text directs us to such a 
field, and furnishes us with all the in- 
formation we desire. Corinth, at tho 
time Paul directed the epistlo which 
contains tho text, was one of the 
most opulent and finest cities of 
Greece. Its position made It the 
mart of all surroundiag countries. 



The pride of its population, 
kept pace with their increasing 
wealth, until their impudeiice and 
haughtiness raised the pride of Rome, ^ 
and Corinth, with all its splendor, 
was brought to the dust. Its geo- 
graphical position, however, favoring 
tiade, soon attracted population, atid 
it rose again. Once niore it gained 
splendor and opulence, pride and 
haughtiness. Every form of philoso- 
phy, and every kind of vileness and 
corruption prevailed in it. Such 
were the elements gathered to that 
city when apostle Paul entered it, to 
turn men from sin to righteousties, aud 
from the power of Satan to God. 
Nothing more discouraging could be 
presented to his mind. Many of us, 
1 fear, would conclude in our minds, 
that we are not learned enough to 
combat the prevailing customs and 
usages of a city which are all opposi- 
tion to the cause we are to call men 
to. Humanly speaking. Paul could 
expect no return for his labors except 
persecution in its varied aspects. 
But had he abandoned the undertak- 
ing, that would have been to give 
up his relations to the Lord Jesus 
Cliriat He went, and Low did he 
do? Did he hurl his unathetnus 
agaiusi polution at once ? No, that 
Wiyuld have been unkind atid unchris- 
tian, and he would have failed to 
gain an audience. Did he aim to ac- 
ccmodate his ministry to those he was 
to turn from sin to righteousness, by 
excellency of speech ? No, that 
would have been a vain display of 
his huiiiao attainments. Ho well 
knew what would please them, and 
what they required. He knew that 
the Jews required a sign, the exer- 
cise of that miraculous power which 
was exercised by the early teaching 
of the gospel, would secure the re- 
spect of the Jews. And be knew the 
Greeks sought after wisdom, and that 
if ho would adora his discourse with 
the ornaments which suited their 
tastes, it would fix their attention. 
Jfe could have done either, but he did 
neither. But while the Jews requir- 
ed a sign, and the Greeks were seek- 
ing after wisdom, he preached Christ 
crucified ; though it was to them a 
stumbling block and foolishness, he 
knew that it was both the pover of 
God, and wisdom of God. This con- 
tains the whole system by which he 
accomplished so much. It is the sys- 
tem of which Jesus is the sum and 
substance. 



CIIUISTTAN PA:\I1LY companion and GOSrEL VISITOR. 



119 



Christ crucified, is the ouly system 
I)? vvbich fiiuners can be reconciled to 
G)d ; aud this 8\steiu bas been 
brought down to our day. It is the 
system which recognizes man's mor- 
al ruin, and reveals the only remedy 
f')r uurigbieousiioss. It gives the 
Lumiliating tilVct of man's apostacy 
from God, aud the ouly mode of con- 
versiou to bis service. It rcgard.< 
man as belplens to relieve hiaiFelf from 
d( tiienient and ruin. It reveals the 
aniuziug mercy of oiu^ God, who sent 
his own Son for our salvation. It re- 
veals the solemn truth that God spar- 
ed not hifl own dear Son, but freely 
delivered him up fur us all ; having 
bid the splendor of his divinity in 
the veil ol humanity, tabernacling 
among men, and becoming one of 
them as their brethren, traiisac'ing 
for their redemption, and bringing 
salvation to ihosa who had fallen, 
aud by his ddatti cjusummated the 
arrangtnent for the forgiveness of 
sins, and then asking sinners to come 
0!id have the full benefit of his death. 
First suQ'eriug in our stead, and then ! 
unking us to come him and have the i 
b.-nefit of his death, is love loo deej) | 
i'jt finite sinner to compreheiKl. ! 
Ciirist crucified is inviliiuj, enlreat- ' 
i/ig, aud commaudiog ail mou every- ] 
wliere to repent of their sins, that ' 
they may be partakers of eteriial r' - 
demplion. This the apostle recognizt^d 
when he preached Christ cruciti'id. 

The object of the n:i.iistry of the tros- 
pel is, to turn siuueis from sin to God. 
And Christ crucified i.-; the great, priu- 
ciple of the gospel. Men talk of sin, 
aud its evil const qaenca.a. Why ihHii 
do thoy submit to its dominion ? 
It is becau-^e uf ths corn;p;ie-s ot j 
human nature. 31au's natuie is not i 
ouly liable to sin, but if he in nature { 
ever would, or could obey every law j 
<f God, he would do no more than j 
Lis duty, and could do nothing to 
a' one fur sin. The nature must be i 
changed, or the moral evil will con- ; 
tiuue. Aud the ouly way to chnnge j 
nature is by turning to God. Aud 
bow shall we turn to God? Shall 
we preach the ravages of siu upon 
the beautiful creation of God ? Shall ' 
we uncover the bosom of Ti;hpet j 
and shun the wretched condition of j 
the impeuiteut castaway, aa some are ! 
wont to do ? We might do this until 
the hearer's spirit shook within him, 
and it will ouly curb the torrent, only ' 
interrupt for a mt meut his eagerness 
ill biu. By sucb preacLiug his heart 



will remain unchanged still, as tbou- 
saudsof now living witnesses prove 
the fact. But impress the understand- 
intr of man with the truth that 
Christ crucifipcl became a voluntary 
victim for man, making such a sacri- 
fice of himself as will make atone- 
ment to impute justice ; euduriue all 
tljat the utmost cruelty can inflict; 
deserted by men, and even by hea- 
ven, to bring man to God. If that 
docs not show to the hearer the ex- 
ceeding sinfulness of sin, and lead 
hia) to renounce it in all its forms, 
his captivity is irredeemable. lie 
will stand the most powerful mani- 
festations G')d has ever furnished. 
Christ crucified shows how God can 
be just, and yet be the Saviour of sin- 
ners. 

When the sinner comes to God 
through Christ crucified, his nature 
will be changed ; and he will keep 
the law of God in all its spirituality 
ai;d purity, as an evidence of his 
fidelity to, and faith in, God, which is 
his reasonable duty to do ; and iu its 
ob.-ervauce he has the promi.-e of 
the remission of sins, and the gift of 
the Holy Spirit. But apart from this 
all the expedients human ingenuity 
ha.s derived, with a hope of pardoning 
bin have, and forever will, fail to 
show how the perfection of God can 
be reconciled with forgivness of sin. 
Then brethren preach Christ cruci- 
fird ; fear not to go into the dens of 
vice and corruption ; mistrust not 
your ability for want of human at- 
tainments. Go as Paul did with 
Christ crucifit-d, which is the power 
of God, and the wisdom of God. 
With this power you will prevail. 



How to liitike Af ischift. 

Keep your eye on your neighbors. 
Take care of them. Do not let thecu 
siir wiihout watching. They may do 
something wrong if you do. To be 
sure, you never knew them to do any- 
thing very bad, but it may be on your 
account they have cot. Perhap<^ if 
it had not been for your kind care, 
they might have disgraced then. selves 
a luug time ago. Therefore do not 
relax any effort to keep them where 
they ought to be. Never mind your 
own business — that will take care of 
itself. There is a man passing along 
— he is looking over the fence — be 
suspicious of him ; perhaps he con- 
templates stealing some ot these dark 
nights; there is ao kuoA'iug what 



queer fancies be may have got into 
his head. 

Ifyou find any symptoms of any, 
one passing out of tho path of duly, 
tell every one else what you see, and 
be particular to see a great many. It 
is a good way to circulate s;uch things, 
though it may not benifit your.self or 
any one else particularly. Do keep 
something goiug — silence is a dreadful 
thing; though it was said tueie wa-! 
silence in heaven for the space of half 
an hour, do not let any i-uch thing 
occur on earth ; it would be too much 
for this mundane sphere. 

If after all your watchful care you 
cannot &oe anything out of the way 
in any one, you may be sure it is not 
bocauac they have not done anything 
bad ; perhaps in an unguarded mo- 
ment you lost sight of them. Throw 
out hints that they are no better than 
they should be; that you should not 
wonder if the people found out what 
they were after a little, while then 
they mav not hold their head.s so 
high. Keep it goiug, and some one 
else may take the hint, and begin to 
help you along after a while ; thiiu 
there viill be music, and everylhi.-ig 
will woi k with a charm. 

Vanity ol IJfe. 

When I look upon the tombs of the 
great, every emotion of envy dies 
within me; when I read the epitaphs 
of the betiulifui, every inordinate 
desire goes out , when I meet the 
grief of parents oa a tombstone, tuy 
heart melts with compassion ; when 
I see the tombs of parents themselves, 
I consider the vanity of grieving for 
those whom we must quickly follow ; 
when 1 see king3 lying by thoje who 
deposed them, when I consider rival 
wits placed aide by side, or the holy 
men that divided the world with 
their contest, 1 rafltct with sorrow 
and astonishment on the little compe- 
titions, factious, and debates, of man- 
kind ; ^beu I read the dates of the 
tombs of some that died but yester- 
day, aud some six hundred years 
ago, I consider that great day when 
we shall all be cotempories, aud 
make our appearance together. 

A rich, bat parsimouious old gen- 
tleman, on being taken to task for his 
uucharitableuess, said : "True, 1 don't 
give much, but if you only knew how 
it hurts me to give auy thing, you 
would not wonder." 



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OlilUyTiAJS FAMILY COMPAJSlor^ A^'D G01^PfiL VISITOB. 



For the Companion and Visitob. 
Tlse Narrow W»y. 



IJV JAME3 Y UECKLi:R. 



How Diauy a path ihat leads sstiay, 
Aside the one wbioh Jos'ts trod, 

Deceives the travcleron his w^y; 
Aud leads hiin fr\r ruray from Ood. 

Tlio nsfi-ow path which Ju=Ut trOl, 
Fov fbliowvjrs of the Nizareita, 

Is wide eiiou>{h : it leads to Gol, 
And in liis word is clearly scon. 

The prophet savr this narrow path, 
This only way of holiness : 

He viewed it with an eye of f lith, 
As leadin;^ Ihrouiih th'i wilderness. 

The p»th no eagle's eye h^th seen, 
Is still clear as 'twas of old ; 

Notion's whelp can walk therein, 
And none its pavement can b hold. 

How many a traveler in this vale, 
Belio!ds a inth to suit his mind ; 

A way that leads him down to hell, 
To Wi.ich by natu'^e he's incli'ied. 

How few perceive the nai-row way, 
Or know the peac". therein to fl'id ; 

But choofeii.tT' lath'.T go aslray, 
To suit the purpose of ihiir luiud. 

How few compared with all mankind, 
Are vvilli'Mj; in this narrow path : 

The ni'^ek and lowly of one mind, 
One practice and one faith. 
UarUys'iille , Paiii''a. 

FOU THE COMPANION AND VISITOR. 

A !ew iyaM«Ier!i:2 Tbcnghts. 



BY S. F REIMAN. 



While pernsi.Tnr the pajrea of the 
Companion o.nd Tis ifor, No. 3, cur- 
reat Vol., nij thoughts were some- 
what aronsed aud my attention con- 
siderably attracted by brother Iladv's 
article on dreps. It indeed pleased 
me 80 well that I thought it might be 
edifying to the readers of the Com- 
panian to pen a few additional 
ihoughts on the same subject, sr.ch as 
Cairo across my mind while reading 
bis article, llo in the outset of his 
article, puts considerable stress on 
simplicity and plaiuness of dress, and 
then goes on aud shows the rflicacy 
and utility of a strict adherence to 
uniformity of dress, by relating to his 
readers se-verul striking circuaistan- 
ces. The authenticity of which I do 
not doubt for a moment. It just now 
alao occurs to my mind, that about a 
year ago I had a couversation with a 



certain brother, on the same topic, 
who so earnestly and strongly con- 
tended that it was not uecesyary for 
all the brethren ;ind sisters, and more 
especially those of a higher rtmk and 
Btaiion in life, to conform so strictly 
to the old order of the church. This 
I did not consider good lo|2ic, bat 
mere uDphi]o.«ophicftl reasoning. 
From the faat that uniformity of dress 
is in reality what make;? the brethren 
that peculiar people of God in appear- 
ance ; and by which they can b« 
known from the world. Tbe thought 
often has struck my mind, as to what 
tbe Church of the Brethren, in regard 
to dress wiil be iii'ty years hence, if 
she conlinaes to deviate from her old- 
e.Btablished order of unifortn, as fast 
as she did for the Itist Qfty years. I 
imagine, and am fearful, she will al- 
most, if not entirely be on a level with 
some other churches, that go as it 
were with the current of time, and 
the world in all its vp.iu and foolioh 
fashions. But oh, what n pity, that 
there is so much inconsistency in the 
church in this particular 1 It seems 
to me asthoufih it would be much 
more Christ-like, aud far better for 
every brother aud sister, botii in this 
world and the world to como, if we 
could yield obedience to iho church, 
in this as well as in every other com- 
niand. I cannot forbiuir to say, with 
brother Hady.that I much resp'-ctour 
old brethren who coutorm so strictly 
to the old order of the church, and 
who stand in the defence of all the 
ancient landmarks that oar fathers 
have set. For v/ere it not for them, 
I iselieve the church would soon bo 
shipwrecked and be passing down as 
it were.the current of apustasy. But 
brother Hady thinks that some may 
put too much 3tress on dressi and run 
into extreiue, and become what may 
be termed clothes religionists. This 
may be possible, but I hope it is not 
often the Jttnse. This recalls to my 
memory an event of almost two years 
ago. Having l>een away from home, 
I crJIed in at a certain brother's bou.se 
just about noon, found him and his 
family taking their dinner, with them 
also dined an old ministering brother 
from a distance, who was very plainly 
dresBod, and indeed conformed to the 
order of the brethren. This old 
brother having left, I also took dinner 
with them, when it was remarked to 
me that this old brother was too plain 
end cooimon in his dress, so much 
so that he will be laughed at aud 



pointed on with the 6ager of scorn. 
Now such expressions are not very 
commendable, especially when they 
come from our fellow brethren, who 
should have leairued and experienced 
that it is always safe for the true 
Chi istian to keep in the valley of hu- 
mility, though tempests rage high, 
and he be snenred at with contempt. 

It is an impossibility for the true 
Christian to serve two raanter.?, — God 
and Mammon But 1 regret to say 
that we sometimes have to see breth- 
ren and sisters who profes.s to h» fol- 
lowers of that meek and lowly Lamb 
Jesus, indulge so freely in the vain 
and foolish fashions of this world. 
Yes, dress as the world does when 
among the worldlings, and when 
with the brethren, perhaps, dress with 
ihem. Now this is very inconsistent 
and should not be so, for I truly be- 
lieve that every loyal soldier who has 
enlisted under the banner of King 
Immanuel, will not be ashamed to 
wear a becoming uniform wherever 
he goes. Let it be among the rich or 
poor, tbe high < r low, for this i<i 
one of tbe ways in which he may let 
his light shine. But if he hides it 
under a bushel, when he goes out 
into the world how ca.u . it fihin*: ? It 
seems to me it all the mouey spent 
for superfluities in dress, would be 
given to the poor and needy, or prop- 
erly applied in the promulgation and 
dissemiuation of the gospel, it might 
be productive of a great deal of good 
in bringing souls unto Christ. Now 
when I speak of superfluities in dress, 
I do not mean that which iscamforia- 
hlo and beconiing to tbe Chrittiau, 
but merely what is worn for I'je sako 
of fashion, and that mostly always to 
our disadvantage and disconn.fort. I 
would yet, ia conclusion, say thitw-', 
as the people of God, should be very 
cautious, for we might go to extremes 
in this before wo are aware of it, and 
thus become a stumbling-block to 
many, aud also give cause to tho 
world to say, these people do not live 
up to their profession. May the good 
Lord enable us all daily to become a 
little more humble aud Christrliko. 

Berlin, Pa. 



The provisions of grace are such 
that the .strongest habits can be over- 
come, the most depraved heart c;iu bo 
made clean. 

— Often forgive others but never 
thyaelf — J'ublius Byrus. 



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FQR THE YOUNG. 

"Give Ds Manly Boys— Not 
licyjsla Myu." 

As wo ii';leni-d, srijs a writer, lo 
the utterance of this sonlituent by 
one beluved and houoretJ, we were 
deeply iir.,pr«-sat;.cl willi its force aud 
iiiiportiiDco. yYo 'j''.«ntal!y added, 
give us also womanly girls — Dot girl- 
ish wotr.en. But who are to give us 
Buch boys and ,?iris ? Ib tbftre any 
epecial uecd for such a demand al 
Ibe pret-ent day ? Upon the parents, 
guardians and fducatora of onr 
jourli does society make this claim, 
and needa no niarked aatuteneas to 
describe the claim. The great aim 
of the juvfuiles of both sexes now-a- 
days ii would seem, i« to doff, as ear- 
ly possible, aud habilimeut that savor 
ot childhood and to don those of ma- 
tority, together with the habits and 
maunera of the beau end tho belie. 
We bate loo sudden traueitions from 
the tJurEory aad short clothes to "so- 
ciety" r.nd fuil dress. The tinie our 
young people should epead in prepar- 
ing for life, they are too eager to de- 
vote to self-exhibition and the e;ijoy- 
nient of life. And our daughters 
marry v^bile yet they need Uiateraal 
guidance, and our sods launch out 
upon life, without standoa, without 
moral development, vritbont manly 
vigor; they fiud ihemselvea boys 
where they should show themseiv<-8 
men, because forsooth, they neglect- 
ed the ii.anly cultare in their boy- 
hood, which would have secured a 
strong maturity. 

We do not syicpatbize with those 
who thiuk "old heads should be found 
upon young pbouiders," but we do 
believe in strengthening and prepar- 
ing tboge "yoi;ng shoulders" to carry 
the bead with firmness — with manly 
and womanly grace, when crowned 
with diguity, and weighty witb the 
responsibilities of maturity. To this 
end, we would have the young long- 
er limited to the sphere of discipline, 
subordination, and study — longer 
subjected to domestic and practical 
training than present custom seems 
to sanction. 

Our sons aud daughters come out 
too early. They somehow contrive 
to throv/ off all too soon, and too 
easily, parental authority, aud to 
think and act for themselves. Their 
minds are diverted from the most 
important siudias and pursuits at just 
the period v^hen months are worth 



prebious yeara, and years eorapreheaa 
in their resolta and advantages whole 
decades. 

Why cannot our youth see that it 
is character, culture, habits and prin- 
ciples, that make the man or woman ? 
Jt is; not drct^3 or uasoilcd hands, nor 
flirtations, ncr Bfl"i'.cted airs nor per- 
sonal beauty, noither is u'calthy par- 
ents or friends, nor aught that wealth 
can produce, that makes a true and 
nob-le uiau or woman. We havo 
often found all these combined where 
every element of high-toned and de- 
sirable character was wanting. 

How beautiful is disciplined resolu- 
tion, industry, subordination to 
authority, h n rable aims and ambi- 
tions, with the buoyancy and euthu- 
siam of youth. But is there not 
many a boy of sixteen who feels that 
a well fiiting suit from his tailor's, in- 
cipient whiskers, a good cigar, a fash- 
ionable bair dresser, and the privi- 
lege of controling his own time, aud 
of determming bis own out-goings and 
in-comings, are by far the more im- 
portant helps toward the attainment 
of manly digiiity ? What, think such 
ODCs, are respect and obedience to 
parents — what affection and rever- 
ence for the silver-haired grand-pa- 
rants — what the manift'stalions of de- 
licate attentions to sisters, compared 
with these weightier coasiderations ? 
From such a boyhood, we gather no 
hopes more ehtering than what clus- 
ter about the puerile and cootractfd, 
if not a vicious and baneful manhood, 

lie who takes but one stride from 
early boyhood to the uncontrolled 
freedom of the man, fails to live ; he 
blots out and omits one of the most 
important aud salutary periods of his 
existence. Fitness for the responsi- 
bilities of maDhood, capacity for the 
struggles and labors of heroic con- 
flicts that beset aud ennoble life, are 
only to be acquired by a well-spent 
and a well-disciplined youth. He 
who would govern well, in the state, 
the church or the household, must 
learn in his childhood, and practice 
in his youth, tho lessons of obfdience 
he would exact from others. Youth I 
'tis the golden period of life's seed 
time and culture. 'Tis that portiou 
ol probation when questions of fun- 
damental importance are agitated and 
settled for the untried future, both 
time and eternity. 'Tis a time v/hen, 
if ever, industry, self-culture, habits 
cl application, and the love of home, 
honor and virtue put forth their green 



blades of -promise. Who would wish 
to blot out tliis period from his life ? 
Who would voluntarily shorten it? 
Ah I the youth tli'it dors, and tufns 
rather to cD'eminate pleuaure and in- 
dolence, or warp.^ hiniself around 
with reckless indifference to aught 
beyond the present,'sball find in the 
harvest d»y cf manhood that the 
sheaves for his gleaning are few, and 
the ears upou il\em worthless. 

There is a noble, a stf-ong, a pure 
and generous aianhood. It is attaina- 
ble by all — it is worthy the ambitioii 
of every boy. Its titles and preroga- 
tives may be secured, despite world- 
ly disadvantages. Now young man, 
in this period of youth will you have 
it ? Then shrink not from the whole- 
some restraints of your home or pa- 
rental authority. Meet with reeolu- 
tion aad energy those difficulties that 
lie in your pathway. Accept gladly 
and gratefully the discipline of study 
and labor, and i>e8k to be strong and 
manly, to be true and wonhful, in 
your inner life and feelings. Leave 
the fopperies, and pleasures, and 
n>eaniugless gallantries of grown up 
dandies till yon are up — perhaps you 
will then find neither ti;.ne nor taste 
for them. It niay^ be tbat having 
tac^ted the purer, more sparkling wins 
of a vigorouB manly life, you will re- 
gard the other as .«tale and flat, ev-en 
to disgust — SelceU'd. 



A correspondent of the New York 
Uvangelifit relates the following in- 
stance of a child's faith : Last year, 
coming from Pittsburgh east in a 
sleeping car. my apartmeut v.-aa nexo 
to ttiat occupied by a gentleman, his 
wif.', and their little baugbter, per- 
haps lOur years old. The lady was 
excessively tinjid — not to put too line 
a point upon it, terribly nervoua. 
The Horseshoe Curve seemed to bo 
her especial terror, and my sleep, and 
I presume that of others, was dis- 
turbed by her talking to her husband 
of the peril. The engineer might be 
asleep, or the sv/ilch-teuder might bo 
asleep, and tho train would certainly 
ba plunged down the abyss. But it 
was worth while to ba awake, when 
I heard the sweet rebuke, not intend- 
ed, but real, of the little one : "Ma, 
God takes care of us, and does God 
sleep ?" Was not this the ordaining 
strength out of the mouth of babes ? 
Happy tho mother if it proved 
strength to her faith I 



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AND 



GOSPEL VISITOR. 



MEYEUSDALE, Pa., Feb. 23, 1875. 

FulthinlnfHS .Illustrated nud 
Knconraged. 

"She hath done what she could." — Mauk 
xiv. 8. 

What a noUe testimony to whole- 
hearted devotedness lo Jesus ! She hath 
done what she could. And the humble 
work she did, was no le.s3 acceptable and 
gratifying to our Lord, tlian it was honor- 
able to iier that performed it. It is said 
of our Lord, tliat he "needed not that 
any should testify of man : for he knew 
what was in man." — John 2:25. And 
being thoroughly acquainted with the 
entire organization of man, he knew pre- 
cisely what man can do under the circum- 
stances of life under whioli he may be 
placed, and he adapted the woik alloted 
to liim to his capacity. We should 
never murmur or complain that the 
duties our heavenly Master has enjoined 
upon ua are too great or too many ; much 
less should we ever indulge in the (Jod- 
dishonoriiig thought that we cannot do 
what the Lord haii rtqiired of us. 
Should he require of us what we cannot 
do, then would he be indeed, an austere 
and hard IMaster. When we speak of 
our capacity to work for the Lord, or to 
obey his holy law, we mean when we are 
in possession of the divine aid, which a 
kind and gracious heaven ever vouchsafes 
to all humble souls that are striving to do 
right. 

.SVte hdth done what nhc conhJ. It is 
said "a good name is better than precious 
ointment." — Eccl. 7:1. So while the 
ointment that the devoted disciple of 
Jesus poured U|)on the body of her be- 
1 jvtd Master, sent forth an odor that was 
delijilitful to I he company present on the 
occasion, the simple act prompted by the 
loving lieart of her who did it, gave her a 
name more precious than her ointment ; 
and that name perfumed by her noble 
and heroic act, sent forth a sweet savor 
that was as gratifying and pleasing to 
the Lord as was the burnt offerings that 
Noah oifered on the altar, and in relation 
to which it is said, "And the L>rd smclled 
a sweet savor." — Gen. 8:21. 

If our Lord can say of u-, as he said of 
the woman whose eulogy he pronounced 



in such honorable terms, "they have 
done what they can," however little that 
may have been, the plaudit will follow, 
"well done, good and faithful servant." 
Matt. 25:21. It is not what we t-imply 
do or give that commends us to the Lord; 
but it is the feeling which prompts, and 
the state of heart that accompanies our 
service, that gives the value to our service 
in the sight of the Lord. Hence the poor 
widow that threw into the treasury her 
two mites, which made only a farthing, 
cast in more than any, according to the 
judgment of the Saviour, who was oh 
serving the people casting their money 
into the treasury, becau.se she gave all 
she had ; "For all they did cast in of 
their abundance ; but she of her want 
did cast in ajl that she had, even all her 
'iving."— Mark 12:44. She, like the 
women who anointed our Lord, did what 
she could. Could she have given more, 
she cheerfully would have done it. The 
Lord taw a large heart, warm aflections 
and a willing mind. And the two mites 
coming I'rom such a heart, possessed a 
great value in the estimation of Jusus. 

She ?i(t(h done tchat she could. Here 
is the limit of our obligations. The Lord 
knows what we can do, and that is what 
he require.-) of us. If we can do much, 
much is required. If we can do but lit- 
tle, but little is required ol" us. lint we 
all should bo careful, and not deceive 
ourselves, and think that the little we do 
for the Lord arises from a want of ability, 
when it may arise from a want of will- 
ingness and inclination. We must do 
what we can in whatever office we arc 
called to fill, in whatever sphere of life 
we are called to move, and in whatever 
labor we are called to take a part. And 
whether we do much, then, or little, our 
heavenly Master will accept of it, recog- 
nize our Qdelity, and reward our labor. 
We have sometimes asked our Christian 
friends how they are getting along in the 
service of the L )rd, and they replied, 
''we are doing all we can." But we have 
been fearful that the full import of the 
answer was not properly understood, for 
it implies much ; — not so much worl<, 
but much readiness, much devotion to 
the Lord. It is to be feared there are 
many in the church and out of the church, 
who are ready to say, and who do say, 
not only to themselves, but also to others 
if an occasion offers for un expression of 
their tuiuds, "1 am doing uU I can." 



While at the same time they arc doing 
very little, and .some of the cla^s referred 
to, nothing at all. Some would perhap.s 
be astonished at themselves, if they knew 
how little thoy are really doing for the 
promotion of their salvation, and to honor 
and j)lcase the Lord, and if they knew 
that the real cau.se of them doing so little 
is not from a want of ability or opportun- 
ity, but from a want of willingness. 
Well, we shall all know .'^onie time how 
little wc have done, and that too when 
it may be too late for us to do more. 
And our condemnation may follow, not 
simply because we did so little, for others 
that did less may be juslitied and accept-, 
ed. But because we did so little when 
wc had ability and opportunities to do 
more. 

We have read of a circumstance which 
shows what intense devotion to a cause 
will do. When the French invaded Piuss 
sia in 1S13, great sacrifices were made to 
resist the invasion. Wliile the people 
wore contributing in various ways to 
meet the expenses of the war, there was 
a young woman wiio felt mjch distressed 
on account of her inability to contribnto 
to her country's di fonse. She was poor, 
and posse.-ised nothing that she could dis- 
po.se of to obtain means (o promote a 
cause that her heart was in. Slsc finally 
thought of her hair. It ws.s of great 
beauty, and the thought struck her that 
it might be of some valup. So she went 
one morning to a hair-dresser, and sold 
her beautiful tresses for a couple of dol- 
lars. The per.S()n who bought the hair, 
being struck with the girl's conduct, kept 
the hair f«>r special fiurposes. And as 
the circumstance became public, he sold 
so many of the articles made I'rom the 
hair, that beside the money, which the 
girl herself applied to tiie neces.-ities of 
her country, he also subscribed a hundred 
dollars. The sacrifice the girl made was 
worthy of a notiler cause. We have also 
read of a young man, who being present 
at a missionary meeting, at which the 
claims of the heathen were feelingly and 
strongly urged, and ho c itching the spirit 
of the meeting, and having his sympa- 
thies much drawn out towards the heath- 
en, and seeing others continue to the 
cau.se, and having no money to give, he 
came forward and offered himself, and 
declared him.self willing to go, if his offer 
was accepted. He diJ what he could. 

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then like the holy woman that anointed 
our Lord, devote ourselves, and all wc 
have to his blessed service. And whether 
our positions in the world enable us to do 
nmeh or little, let U5, like her, "do what 
we can," and wc shall receive our heav- 
enly Master's approval, and the recom- 
pense promised unto the faithful servant. 



Tlie Collectlou ot Miuntes of the 
Auuuul Jtloetlug. 

There was an appointment at ia<t An- 
nual Meeting of a committee to collect 
and publish in pamphlet form the JIiii- 
utes of the Annual Meeting. Brother 
II. I*. Duvy and ouroclf arc the commit- 
tjc. At an interview between brother 
H. D. Davy and oursclf sometime ago, 
the sulject was talked over, and brother 
Davy informed us that it was the expec- 
tation of many bretluon, that the com- 
mittee was to make a general coileciion, 
or a collection of all the Minutes that 
cau be obtained, and unless this is done 
our work would not give satisfaction. 
Our own understanding of the matter 
was, tliat we were to collect and publish 
in pamphlet form, the Minutes adopted 
since the publication of the Brethren's 
Kncydopedia. This evidently was the 
meaning of the query under which we 
were appointed to act. But brother 
Davy ascertaining in liis communications 
with the brethren, that something more 
was wanted, he proposed to defer the 
matter until next Annual Meeting, and 
got further instruction from the Meeting 
upon the subject. We consented to defer 
the matter, and hence the publication of 
the Minutes will be deferred until after 
next Annual Meeting- 



The Debate iu Indiana. 

Understanding that arrangements had 
been made for a public diacu'ision between 
brother Robert H. Miller and a minister 
of the Uliristian, or New Light denomi- 
nation, at North Manchester, Indiana, 
upon several subjects, and wishing to 
give the readers of the Christian Fam- 
ily Companion and Gospel Visitor 
the advantage of whatever light might be 
shed by the discussion upon the subjects 
discussed, as fur as that lii:ht could be 
obtained by us, and communicated to our 
many readers, we requested brother Beer 
to attend the discussion, and obtain for 
publication iu our paper all the informa- 
tion he could. He, therefore, left on 



Monday morning for the meeting, as it 
was to commence on Wednesday, the 
17th instant. We hoped to l»ear some- 
thing from brother Beer before this num- 
ber would go to press, but in this we ha\e 
been disappointed. We however hoi)e, 
by tlie time we issue our ne.\t number, 
to have something from brother Beer 
about the meeting. 

Forney Fund— Free Papers. 

We would say to our agents and friends 
thai we shall appropriate some of tlie 
proceeds of the Forney Fund to the fur- 
nishing of our paper free of chaige to 
such persons outside of out Fraternity 
who may desire to read it. As the 
amount to be so used is limited, we prob- 
ably cannot supply all the applications, 
but we will sui)ply as many as we can, 
and perhaps it would be well to liave the 
ajiplications from different parts of the 
Brotherhood, and not too many from any 
one congregation. 

It will be understood, we hope, that 
this offer is not for the poor in the church, 
nor particularly for the poor out of the 
church ; but for such out of the church, 
whether rich or poor, who would not be 
likely to read it unless sent to them free 
of charge. Wo shall be pleased to have 
the names and addresses of some persons 
of this kind sent us. 

t'lnuicrei-k Normal iichool. 

This school located near Elderton, 
Pennsylvania, will re-open April 12th, 
1875, for a term of five months, with an 
intervening harvest vacation. 

This institution, possessed of all the 
vigor and life of youth, is running on its 
merit, and not upon a reputation acquired 
years ago. Its object is the training of 
teachers and the laying of a broad and 
sure t'ouudation in the elements and 
higher branches of a sound Englisli edu" 
tiou. To the great majority of students 
who are educating themselves, this 
school presents some advantages not 
found elsewhere ", thorough teaching, 
professional training, a low rate of board- 
ing, a quiet and healthy location, and a 
community thoroughly in sympathy with 
the school and its management, are some 
of its leading characteristics. 

To those who love of a 'good time" is 
paramount to thorough work, we have 
no inducements to offer. 

To the youth of limited mean, this 
School offers the very best facilities for a 
good uso of his time and money. 



In the immediate vicinity are excellent 
places for self boarders — different build- 
ings for the sexes — and by the right par- 
ties clubbing together expenses may be 
reduced to a minimum. The principals 
will, as heretofore, take pleasure in as- 
si.sting to schools such students as by 
their conduct and competency justify 
such action. 

Students can take a thorough prepara- 
tory course in Mathematics, the Lan- 
gutges and the Sciences. The Tuition 
will be dependent upon the itudcnt's 
grade iu the school, and one half of all 
bills is required at the pupil's enroll- 
ment. The students will bo charged 
from the time of entrai.ee only, but no 
subsequent deduction will be made — save 
for sickness or similar providential de- 
tentions. 

Prof. Howard Miller will remain in 
connection with the schcol, and have 
charge of the classes iu the Physical 
Sciences, and in iho department of pro- 
fes-iional instruction in Theory and Prac- 
tice. 

Prompt attention will be given to en-« 
quirics addressed to the Piiucipal. 
]jK\vis Kimmkl, A. M , 
Elderton, Armstrong Co., Pa. 

Answers to Correspondents. 

Lkvi IIoffeud :— Eighty five cents. 
I. J. llosENBERGEH :— Exactly right. 
Thank you. 

W. J. II. Bauman:— -One dollar and 
seventy one cents. 

D. MoCoNNAUGdEY :— We are scml- 
ing the paper to the aged sister. We 
address it to Foosland, Champaign Co., 
Ills. Is that right'/ 

To SHOW our readers a copy of the 
many brain perplexing letters which we 
are daily in receipt of, we publish the 
following : 
Bi->.llier Qiiinter : — 

By some niisbap No3. 1, 3 and 3, 
of Companion, have failtiJ to reach ilu. 
Hease torward the above numbers of pres- 
eut volume. Yours, Ac., 

Henuv Swigaut. 

Now, we would gladly furnish brother 
Swigart with the numbers desired, if wc 
onljj knew liis address. This is often 
the reason why subscriber's orders are not 
promptly attended to, simply because 
they neglecte>l furnishing some part of 
their address. Persons writing to us will 
do well to suppose that we have no mem- 
ories, and when writing in regard to 
previou."! business, please write as though 
we never knew anything about it. Give 
Post-office, County and State in full. Be 
CLEAR, CONCISE and ACCURATE. 



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ciilllSTiA^T FAMljlif COl^irA^loi AN!} GOSl'El^ViSli'OR 



C O R fS E S P O N D E N C F-. 

Oorrer.pondct!.ce o/ c/iti.rch newi .wiictteajrO'A 
t..l parti of Ihe Brothtrhoid. 7/r^tr\'i name 
a-i'i addrcif ni'.iircd vn eWry crtmrriuriicat'on 
<?» guaruKtes of jovlfrnii.- Reacted ^onununi- 
f^iioiis or r.^arSusrii'!, vr.ed, net reiurwd. All 
c itiiiiTni'.icaCioHS jcr pnbli:-pticn thould be urit 
tin upon OXMS Si^e of the ♦*rf.t onht. 

A V&1\ For Aid. 

February" G, 1876. 

]it\utl>£V: Quiuter : — 

' Wc.the Bre'tiren ot Crawford 

County, Kansas, have beeu considc-iinL' 
the cifcuiu.>tanc;'.s of our brethren .'.fia 
sisters and iVictiii-. in this viciiiil}, We 
liave vi-:iteJ a'.id inquired into the cir- 
cnmstaiiecs oi' many and (itid it ir.it>os'^i- 
biu Ibr Uiaiiy to t;ct liiroujih without iu- 
tcQS'j hufft-iiiji;, il' not starvation with 
poioe. \v»j had hoped that we could get 
alon;; without calling {or aid, l<u( finding 
Ei^iuy almost dc.-tiiute already, we fear 
fliat we liave delayed tao loJig, and wo 
call upon our Ucthren ih^t r.rc bicssod 
with plenty, to rcuicniler us iu this part, 
jindaiilusa little in ibis trying' tiiue, 
av.il Ihe gnod Lord will bhiss you. There 
ha.s L>een a failiriointiops for iwoHcasons 
now, as in other parts of the Wcif, and 
what bread and iced we use,^ uauat be 
bduj^ht, and nolliinfr to bny with.' 

Now, brethrtjn, vii! you remember hs 
here? Bcj-idcs a hvin}?, We musr, havo 
feed and Be(*d, or vi^i uuinot put out a- y 
cio:>s, and rhcii we will stiii be worse olF. 
So we will leave lliis to Uit <jou»Ldcfatirin 
of tlie nihuy roadens of the Compunion 
avd Visitor. We cannot tell what amount 
will bo needed to relieve the wants of the 
dc. t;tu:e. Send pos: eiiice orders, checks 
or drafts, to Jauob F. D;ile, Mulberry 
Giove, Crawford County, Kiaj-as. 

(Signed.) John.)'. Hooveh, 

W, W. llEYNrtl.DS, 
Ministers. 
Jacob F. Dale, 
Jacob Rooi', ■ 
Deaccn?i. 
I casi, and jcjo bear teatimony to the- 
foregoing btai'eajQu'v ^n<i.;iruiy hope tjje 
lire'.hrcn will heed the cail aud,:aet with 
pioa)ijtnegs. 

JouK J. lioavKu, Elder. 
Mulberry Grove, Kuiix-i.*'. 

([■'•Ifjrim pkas« copy.") 



CburcU N«WH. 

FSBKUAUy 8, IbTS. 

Jirothcr Qiiuiter: — 

Thinking it ujight he ioterestiiij; 
to the luiiny leaders of the (-'o/njH'nwii 
o:id \i.sU')r, we Send you a little ohutch 
news. 

On Cliii-stnias evening we comijienecd 
a FCviiM of aicet'iiig.s aiihe ( laee called 
tils' Fruuland Cliureb, iwo and one-half 
niileni from Foriland The ineocin;; i:vst4,d 
o.er a week ; prtiaCiiiiig at uiKiit except 
buiiduy orjiy. 



We broke the ice and bajitized fourteon 
in ail. They were .ill youncr, with the 
exception oi' three or four. Th«y did not 
iiiar ilie cold, but boldly wefit down into 
il.'e water iir.u were buriod with Chri^;t in 
baptisni. There were a'so two r"piiinicd. 
M:(ny oiore nre lialiing bilwecn tWo opin- 
ions, wlio arc now rfv.dy to come in soon, 
fhc bpeakeis ihac were iiere durintc llie 
ineetin^r, were l>rethreu (:ilen_n, U. Buck-- 
low, Solomon Bik>WI*w, T. Nair and the 

W«tCT.»l»<i •«•■»»■).::(••< 

; .J Fraternally your.«, 

S. .'A. SlSLEll. 
PortUnul, W. Ft ' ' '" 

Xo ©iir tVK-nds. 

^ Fkbruary 13, 1875. 

Dear Brpthd-' Quihter : 

As f^oiue of tbo readers of the 
Coiyijitniioh rtnd Vixif.of, and eppcciaMy 
boaie of uiy foruier as<cH;iates, have uiado 
inquiry of our whereabouts, etc., by your 
permission, thrcu^ih this .n:ediuai. J wiil 
iiiioi-ui thcni that in the fjll of IS60, ^'^c 
moved f;om Roanoke- C'Utnt^y, Vivjjinia, 
(cur native county,) ta Hcdford County, 
.«a7i:c state, r.nd .•settled ■ji.bimg thcTuckey 
lIoe.s, (so piled,) eight/ uiiles cast ol 
Libcrfy, trtM county seat- 
After three yeai's labor and toih rent- 
ing and iiirniiiig, a.s lj<!st. 1 could under 
the circumstances, the OvfTiSeers of the 
PvC-r of thocmniy elected no steward of 
the Alms !iou.-c, in which calling I scrv^^l 
one year, and after the rlisrgc of the con- 
stitiu'ioti I waa eiectoi Sufierinterident of 
tlia Poor for (he term (if three year.s, 
at tlie c.xpiratio-rflf whicii tinu I was 
re dected, which csHiug we are a^jll try- 
ing to fill. 

Now I would Hay to thoso -;tbat may 
chance to read this, and who are limited 
in this v?or!d'.H goods, (hat (hey had bet- 
tor strive, while in good h<^:drh, to r'ftve 
enough, that they may .shun such a place, 
iji the case. of misfortune, as l.do think 
th<^re are Houic of the i.)wcst, c'assos of 
p'ir.-.bns, both white and blyik,'at o'.ir 
pr-or house, that inhabit the enrl!;. 
Of O-Turce there arc J^me lev/ exceptions 
auHinj< theui. ■< ..'■.' ,. .., 

iN'iiw, coDCcruing our spiritual affair;*, 
since our counn^ uito tne county, the 
Brethren have built up a little church, 
tho!igh they are ve^y niucii scattered. 
Two speakers and four deacons have been 
elected, since tlie organization of the 
church, which is but three; years old. and 
I think tin; pro.-'poct go 'd for a large 
church, at no distant day. But Paul tuay 
plant and Ai-ollos water, the increa.-e 
ujust coinp from God- Jlay hi.-j Spiiil 
gi.-i'jc, diiect and as-ist us, with ail liis 
peoj)U;, to servo Ilini better in thefutnrc 
than we have done; in the p-:st, and iLi;'y 
the tiTne lia-<t(n on w'ii>ii his kingdom 
s!:ail eouie, und hi.s will bo done on earth 
m il is in beiven. i; i hu sijicore ptaycr 
ot your buiitblo brother , - 

,• i: I. A. B. JlKuaimEtiaaii. 
Liberty, V(i. 



rrcin Kiknsas. , 

FEiiRiiAiiy 3»d, 1 875. 
iJcitr Bnftlicr Jumes.;— . ., 

pi ease allow me to ask 
of Brethrei), through the (fonipii.iiun 
and Visitor, tO still cohrinuc the good 
work of sending us reiieii 

A tierce sioriu is now.ragiog. Since 
the first of J^tnuaiy the weatlier has been 
\«ry severe. Oar suppjieri, are ^(x% fcU4"«- 
fii.'leht "to ujcel the pressing _want8. Pri- 
vation, and almost siarva'i'iun in many 
case.s, is the rule here. Piea.sc send us 
jiioiic;/, bretiiren. We fear that other 
supplies are not comins; to us as they 
should. Money cotucs safpiy and money 
is in every case :ivail;:bk!. 

The nc'-esisity and demands for help 
seeia to be rapidly increasing. Multi- 
tudes oi'applicjiit.s for relief are di.sap- 
poitiied. If ibis severe weather con- 
tinue<. it. is difficuit to see how many of 
our suffering iwo'le will get tiiriJU^h. 
Brcliiien, you have be.en kind. lou 
have airenj^ly responded liberally in many 
place--. Jl;ive you done al! tliat you can ? 
It not let luc ciltrcat you' cotiiinue the 
good work. 

Afl'ectionately yours, 

/J 4M«s. i^. SyiTZBa. 

Whi^s Riid:., K'tit. ,.,.,,, 



From :V{:ch:g(tu. 

NiiVEsmai'. 29, 1S7I. 
Dtar Brolhtr Quinler: .,,,, 

1 liiouiint I would give you 
a little church t:ews froyi oi;r part of 
Michigau. 

Our first meeting was held here on the 
evening of the 20ch -jf .luno. by elder 
George Long, of ,ionia.y;<iuniy, jMiciiigaD, 
and elder Isaac Milicr, of Ba: ly County. 
They licld thiee meetings for us. 

In Atigust there''were two applicanfs 
wantofh to unitii v/itii the chureli. .so I 
wrote for the brefchreu to eouie and per- 
foriu the work. So, on the oiii of Sep- 
teiubor, bA>ih'r George L mg arrived and 
on the G:h. h-.; led two widirjg souls inro 
the ilowiug stream and GOieniuly iinmers- 
ed tliem. 

Brother Long preached two serinbus, 
and «n the lOch of Oerobor, we held our 
lovefea^t. The spoHkura prdsent. were 
brethren George Long and Jacob llepner, 
of Ionia Couii'y, brother Isanc Smith, 
of Barry County, and brethren G-M.rge 
Brower and Isaac P'i.-her, of Miuiui 
Counf.y. Indiana. 

We liad ihe best order I eve: saw at a 
eoiumunion iu.:etiug, alth >Ui;h our crowd 
was i.'ot very 1 ;rge. There were two 
u:ore come out no the Lord's side, and 
turned their t);5cks on tlw ^^;.(«^ worirl. 
W\i number liere, at presei;t. iwulve 
uiciub;ns, and in a week or two, there 
will 1)0 four m.ire move in, hpre. " Ws 
ffrt^ in the C(>rnors of Siiirin iw; Shinwas 
fi'-e. Clinton anl Gratiort counties. i\V'o 
have no .speulicr among a-t. 'i'hey held a 
choice for a deucon, at lovcllatt, iiA the 



<.:±1E1STIAN, FAiyULY COyifAi$iOWyAJ;^D, GOSPEL yiBITOK. 



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lot I'ell on your poor servant. Thc\-e arc i 
four uieoibors living fifteen lailcs south 
of here. 

I thought some of" the brothren would 
take it. upon them to do this writing, as 
you des>i;e oIiu.oU news, Imt as no one 
Sftld anything from our corner, so I have 
taken the duty upon myself. I wish 
souie of the brethren ihat are seeking 
homes would call and loci; at our ccuniry. 
I will not advise ar,}' onn to come and 
move here, v.ithoat their first coming 
and looking for themsolveti. Wild land 
irf wor;h fr;)m §9 to $15 per acre. if 
any one RishLS to come and see u.-^, or 
any laboring breihrcn will come and labor 
for us, and vvii! drop us a few lino<, v<e 
will meet L!:em at Ovid, on the Detroit 
and JMiiwaukec llailroad, or 0:ik!ey, on 
the Jackson and iSaginaw itailroad. 

We would like very raaoli to have 
brethren come and see us, as wc arc on 
the frontier border.'^, and it is not very 
likely fir brethren to call on us the same 
a:; though we lived where brothrea were 
all around u.s. I have one n c]iie.--t to 
make, and hopesfiiue brothsir will answer 
i'jr the iuiormaiiou of a i'riend wlio is 
seeking after the iruo religion. lie 
wants some brother io write through the 
(lompunion and Vkitor., on bapiisui. 
Why wc bj prize iVrward? And also ex- 
plain ihesixih chapter of Roman.-', third 
and fourth verso.~. 

Your,, truly, 

Z.'VCnARlAH AtB.ALl,G!I. 

Elsie, Mich. 



Ijtttcy oi Encoarngemeist. 

February 1st, 187-5. 

Vfxir Brothir Qiiinier : 

' The e.nclosed letter from our 
beloved brother iil'sLehi'an has so uiiich 
encouraging trutli to me that I send io 
fjr pubJijation, t)c!ieving it will comfort 
and eucouryge otb.er hearts. Enclosed 
tnd my reply. 

Yours fraternally, 

J. \V. Stein. 
Neosho, Mo. 



t}.\j;uARY'28th, 1S75. 

J. W. Si'KiN : — 

My Dear Brother in Christ Jfsus: — 
Your "Address" in il::). 2, Vol. 2, of the 
Companion and Vi-nitor, has, by me, been 
read with much intere.it. God can and 
does work, and no man can hinder. 
Thcrcibrc let us praise the name of God. 
Oh,ho\v wo should love !lim ! 

1 write you by way of encouragement, 
not to teach you. Jf I can comfort you 
on your way to the celestial city, I shall 
do so. ''Jjovo the Brotherhood '' ''By 
this shall all men know that ye are my 
disciples, if ye love one another." Love 
must characterize every heart. It must 
root deep, and receive heavenly nourish- 
mtnt each day. 

Your brother, the writer, was for quitg 



awhile bound with the chain of Metho- 
dism, but by the grace of God (always 
sufficient) he was brought under the iU 
luminating, vastly penetrn.ting rays of 
divine truth. Oh, how unworthily the 
child of God feels! 

Jjcaving friends, (associates most dear.) 
ii truly trying ; l>ut what can wc not suf 
fer for Jesus' sake? To lay down our 
lives for Ilim i.s duty most sweet, for it 
will bring rewards unending and full of j 
glory. Then to leave fi lends and associ-- 
ciates, is an e.isy tisk compared v.'ith 
laying down our lives; yet i'O'h are 
blessed with promises of jjood. On my 
(lart 1 found the new friends and associ- 
ates vastly superior to those I left. Tb.ero 
v.'as this diffirence : The new Iriends (ilie 
Brethren) manifested greater !.>ve, more 
genuine l-ospitallLy, more charity, and 
above all there was more equality. 
There, souio were exalted, others con- 
tinually sitiivii.g to be; here nearly all 
tried to walk humbly. But oh ! the 
wre.jt!ing to become freed from the. 
snares oi' the enemy. 

1 rejoice that you "find the way ple?.s~ 
ant and the path ptaceful, and the yoke 
easy, and the burden light." Duty per> 
formed i.s l-urden liglitei;ed. To comply 
with the Saviour's will is rest and peace' 
to the soul v.ulch the exalted cannot un- 
der-tand. 

Thou ha.-5t been chosen to spread the 
glad tidings of salvation. Perhaps the 
good Father may shew tliee how great 
things you must suffer for Kis nauij's 
sake. rtemember this in all your trials 
and ssfBiutioas. Rctuember He will a! 
ways make a way for you to escape. "If 
ye be reproach(;d for the name of Chri.'^t, 
happy are ye ; for the Spirit of glory and 
of God rciteth upnn you." — 1 Peter 
iv. 14. Keproach lor Jesus' sake brings 
happiness. 

Y'ou are :'.ow in a position to do much 
good ; therefore, I earnestly jiray God to 
guide you aright, and may thy life 
be such as to c-.use our Father's abund 
ant grace to ioilow thee in every good 
work. 

I this day send you a copy of "Ndn- 
Gonformity to rlie Worhi, or True V^.al 
Piety,'' which.! beg you to accept- as a 
token of my Crsteem for you and yours. 

* * * I l.'opa you, * as well as 
the other dear brethren at your place, 
may find some encouragement Ziotiward 
in perusing its pages. Let our hearts 
glov/ with hope. Let us so hve as to 
rcc-rive God's approbation, whether we 
receive men's or not. "There is no fear 
iu love ; buD perfect love casteth out 
fear." 

Lot us "stand fast therefore in the 
liu-jrty wherewith Christ has mnde us 
free, and be not entangled agahi in the 
yoke of bondage." Christ's yoke is suf 
ficient. It is well known that we cannot 
wear Christ's yoke and the yoke of bond- 
age tc 0. One yoke, and that Jesus, and 
ail will be well. 

Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, 



be of good comfort, be of one mind, Hvo 
in peace, "and the God of love and of 
peace shall bo with you." Amen. 
Yours in the faith of JtfSus, 

M. M. Ksii F.L.MAN. 
Lanar!:, I'is. 

FEuauAUV 1st, 1S75. 

I'hiOER M. M. Ebuelsian :— 

Beloved Brother in the Lord : — I hardly 
kn<>w how to express my appreciation of 
your welcome, congenial favor of the 28tli 
ult., and your pncioas little book, viz : 
"Non (Jonformity to the world." It is 
so congenial to the spirit of truth and iho 
whole tenor of the guf-pcl, th>.t I wish 



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everybody had a a.ipy. if I iiad a dozen 
copies I would keep them preaching in 
circles which cannot be reached hy a liv- 
ing ministry. I hope it will find us way 
at least into the homo of every brotlier 
and sister in Christ. 

Accept a C'.ipy of "Family Hales and 
R.i;gu!atlon.-." Pri.?o, per Copy, 20 cents. 
Liinguage is too poor to express my ap- 
preciation of the love and encouragetueuo 
1 receive from my dear brethren. 
Yours i'.j Jesu^', 

J. W. SX£IN. 

Neosho, M). 



Au Ai>i>ea5 lor Aid. 

FiiBRUARY 27, 1875. 
Brother James : — 

Wc find it necessary to call 
the attention of the Bretlireu to our ap- 
peal for aid, as it appeared in No. 2, of 
the current volume, and to add that we 
find the estimate we then m-j.de of the 
amount necessaiy to nseet the pressing 
wants here ; tiuit is, thirteen hundred 
dcliars, to ho entirely insufdcicnt. 

We at the timcof making said estimate, 
wanted to keep from being more burden- 
some to the Brethren than was actually 
necessary, au'i supposed v.dtii said amount; 
we could see t.he wants here mcasurab-y 
supplied ; and 1 will say further, that 
even then wo did not realize the utterly 
destitute condition of many families as 
v/e since have leiirucd ; and having seen 
more of the hfliilessnebs of the peop'i 
here since, we fiad it necessary to havo 
the readers of our appeal to realize that 
there is extrenjc desiiturion here, ?rrJ 
that our only hope is in receiving lib'-raily 
outside aid. 

I have been to sec some of the more 
destitute ones laiely, atid fotind them 
without meat, potatoes, meal or provis- 
ions oi any kind, over one week's supply, 
with nothing to get any witii, while oth- 
ers, who otherwi.se might sell stock, can 
not do so, becau-c there is no market for 
stock on account of no feed here to keep 
them on, and stock being generally so 
poor that it is unsalable. jj'.'t rae give 
an example of a case which is fully an 
average case, and that is of a brother 
who, with a'oout one hundred and tea 
ucrea of laud under cultivation daring the 



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CHRISTIAN FAMILY COMPANION AND GOSPEL VISITOR. 



past season, has sold, all tyld, not over 
live dollars worth of iiroJuci, and has 
none on hand, and has bought (li'ur, 
meal and feed sinoc Septcuibcr and must, 
depend on buying ui;iil a new crop is 
niado, with nowhing to turn imo money to 
buy wiih. 

Taking tiiis case as an example, dear 
brethren, you U'.ay ri-alizc f-omelhing of 
tbe dc&iiiutiou aiuonx us. Wo are per- 
suaded that if the situation here cnuld be 
s en by tlio^e who feel to relieve the 
needy, nothiof; more wuuid be necft>s:iry 
t) have their aid in this our sore ne<:d. 
We cannot i>e!i) but I'ecl that wo ont;ht 
to apologize to the Drethreu for sciiiciting 
ciiariiy of ihcm, but what shall we do? 
lleie wo are, with our wives and ehildnn, 
depending on us for support, and our 
stock also, but in tiiis situaiion we can 
onfor nothing in apology but hopelessness, 
and hope that our brethren will aecept 
tliis as sufficient and in return favor us 
with the fruits of sympathy and the 
offerings of warm, generous, Christian 
hearts. 

Yours fraternally, 

S. S. MoiILEIt. 



Letter Froui KuusaH. 

January loth, 1875. 
Editor Companion and Visitor : 

Deau BuoTiiEii :— 1 am post- 
master atDorranee, Kussell County, Kan- 
sas. I have an opporluniiy oJ' huudlinx 
a great many news))aper.s ; aauiux t'uose 
papers that come to this offiee tor delivery, 
1 find tiie Cimifxniioii und I'lmtt/r ad- 
dressed to W. 15. llimcs. I took it up 
to-day to read some in it, and 1 found it 
to be very intere^ting and coiiiinued 
reading it until I got it through. 

I do not myself belong to tlie Brethren 
Church, but i love the people of God 
wherever I meet them. i have some 
near relations that aie memboris of your 
church, and 1 don't thiiik I urn uiiy the 
worse J'or that. 1 have a warm feeling 
ibr all those that arc ti} int; to walk in 
the narrow way. 

1 was made glad when 1 read your 
journal and saw what a great iiiteiest 
was manil'ested among ilie Brethren and 
tlicir Church, towards poor, suffering 
humanity in the Far W'esi, the labors of 
wliicli Providence has seen tit to Irown 
upon and suffer to be destroyed by the 
grasshoppers, and uo.v they are left, with 
out anyiiiing to subsist on. 

'Jhi*, 1 consider, is a ChriBtian spirit — 
a spiiit of love to tiod ai>d man ; a .-.iiiiit 
we should all try to culiivaie lu our own 
hearts. M^y (Jod help u> to manifest a 
►piiit of love towarJs our fellus".' m.in. 

In our Kcho(»l district, t lure are brother 
and bister \V. B. IIinie>, grand i)ap and 

f;rand uiolher Uiuies, Levi 111 men and 
lis wife, and a iSunvell, who are 
incinbi i> (I ihi; Breiliiin Cliureh, not- 
witli.-tand ng we are all ready. 1 
uiust have liclp from some .--ourcr («r an- 
Cii'cr, or tiitfer, boili man and bea^l. 1 



believe the Lord is at work in the hearts 
of the people genetally, to give to the 
needy ones. 

Tliere h-xa some aid como to our county 
already, but it has not been distributed, 
in many ruspects as it sh<ni!d have been, 
conse(iuenily the poor still suffer and are 
in need. 

I see an nriicle headed, "Thanksgiv- 
ing,"— December 7th, 1874, — in which it 
was stated, that at a meeting at the 
Green Tree Church, a sub-criptiou was 
started, to continue for si.ic months, 
monthly, for the relief of poor sufferers 
in the U'est. It contained ati inquiry as 
to who would be the proper person to 
.send donations to, and how they should 
be senti' Kit her way would be safe 
enough, by checU or po.-)t-offioe money 
ordt;r. I would prefer cheek. 

1 would here say, if you should want to 
send any donations in this way, W. B. 
liiines is a competent man, a brother in 
the church and a Cliri-stiasi. i feel satis- 
fied he would do Justice in case such con- 
fidence was rejiosed in him. 

With these few remarks, I will close, 
wisl;ing you God speed and prosperity in 
the divine life, and hoping that. G'd will 
abund uiily biess all those who have at 
heart our welfare through our destitute 
circumbtanccs. 

llespectfuUy your.s, 

JouN Hemmingku. 

Dorrancr, KdiiS'fS. 



From WcMt Virsiuin. 

Feuiiuauy JOih, 1875. 

lirolher Quinler : — 

In current volume. No. 5, page 76, 
I see a nquest I'loui James li .Switzer, 
r((iuesiing iht; Brethren not to make 
aciiiiow lidgmeiits through the Cunqxiii- 
iijii and \ isilor, of uioncy and supplies 
received, as it would make an extra 
amount of printing and work for brother 
Qainter. 

Now, brother Swiizcr, that was the 
programme in the start, that tlic receipt 
of all donations from the diifercnt arms of 
the clninh, should be acknowledged in 
the Bieihren's periodicals, and that is 
what we still desire to see punctually 
carried otU. 

Calls for help are being made all the 
time from the grassh.oopcr di,-~trict, tliro' 
the medium of the Brethren's papers, 
and I think the brotherhood generally 
desire to see the acknowledgetnents of all 
donations received. It would be great 
saiisfaction to know to what extent the 
culls are responded to. 

As 1 have great sympathy for the 
suftvring, I u!.--o have a desire to know to 
what extent their wants are supplied, and 
I think tliattlie public acknowiedgmcn's, 
by the agents or treasurer on receipt of 
all donations from the IJrethrcn, would 
be interesting to tht' numerous readers of 
this journal, as it would rttiuire but a 
small space in (■a('h number. 

1 \\n, !i) oomiiany of live, and on lead- 



ing brother Swiizer's request, they all 
with one nc;ord said they wanted to see 
the acknowledgments of all public dona- 
tions in the ('oinjxnn'on and Viaitor. 
One of them, an old brother, strongly 
urged me to makt! known their desires by 
writing to your journal. 

Your sister in the Ijord, 

P. A. Cl-ABK. 
J/rndsciUr, W.Ya, 



Noklce. 

NovEMiJKR 11th, 1874. 

To whom it miiy coiiccru : 

The Brethren of the Southern 
District of Iowa propose to send two 
mitiisters to preach the gospel, where 
such preaching may be wanted in locali- 
ties too remote troui organized churches, 
to be convenicntiy reached by the local 
niitiisiry. 

lleq nests for visits and preaching by 
said ministers, should be addressed to 

G. litPF.<)(!I,K, 

Unionville, 
Appanoose Co., Iowa. 

Tin; above notice was overlooked by ua 
or it would have appeared in our pajjcr 
at the proper time. We arc sorry it was 
overlooked. EniTOit. 



AckuoTOi4)<lgnieu(. 

Brother Josciih G arbor, of Parsons, 
Kansas, acknowledges the receipt of 
$25.00 from brethren and others, at 
ijuihrop, Sarjoaquin County, California, 
lie also de.^ires the acknowledgtucnt 
mjde through the Pil;jrrim. 



MARRiED. 

By tbe undersigned, at tbe honse of Jacrib 
Bowser, in Armslrou;; county, Pcnu'a, Ue- 
cciiilier 23nd, IbT-i, Jonx Bowsait to TlLi.ii: 
BuoocniiK. 

Levi Wbli.s. 



We admit no poetry under any circuiustan 
cea In eonncction with Obituary Notices. Wo 
wisli lu luse all alike, and we could not insert 
vt-rsc.f .villi iill. 

In ihf Ojbw congregavlon, Piatt couDty, 
Illinois, on Ihf 7ili ..ay of KKhrtiary. bioilior 
HnNHY Staldeu. aged 40 years, 2 monihs 

and 7 itayo. 

His dv.aih rts illud of coiisuinplion. Ho 
le«v s a widow and bve ciiil<lri:u to mourn 
ituir lo>s. Hi.s fau'-ral scrvicj.s w.;rc por- 
t'orm-d liy liiollicr Sl-.u;ler, (loiu lli^ Icxl : 
•■Blis.rd an; tiiu diad wliiL-h dio in tbo 
Lord "—lUv 14:13. 

I 1' KuPI. lOLIi. 

[ ril'ji im pi ase copy.] 

In ('h»nii>uiv'iie county, lilino s Nov. 10, 
little Lov.NA DoTiii^T, a/ed "J years ancl 'i 
ino!ilii>. 

lli-r (iialh re ulled of lyplioi'l pneumoni.-*. 
"fiiir-r liitl 1 iliildren loe'tu; iiiiio ui>-, .-iml 
foibid tbcm not, for otbuoh u IJiJ kia;; Ijuv 



uimiSTIAN FAMILY COMPANION AND GOSPEL VISITOJR. 



127 



ofhc.avMi." Funeral services by W. J- Sni- 
der, a luiuisler oflhc Uiscipl'f. 

D- McCONAUOHBY. 

In U p^ir Salford, Montgomery oomity, 
Jatiuaiy 11), after a Bhorl illn^Sis Busan, 
wife of Mduuoscs Uarley> aged 27 ye»r6 and 
27 days. 

She leaves a kind husband and two email 
children to mourn her early departure. Yes, 
dear Saean ha^ left U8. She has pone to 
that country from whence no traveler has 
yet returned. She has gone the way of all 
llesb. SUc was no menioer of the church, 
but • kiiMl, aud atfectiouaie, and useful wo- 
man, aud lovtd by a>l who knew her. We 
might pause, and ask, why h'»8 God tiken 
her aw.iy when she was bo much needed in 
her family ? We doubt not for some wise 
purpose which we cannot see at preseut. 
Sakau S. Haui bt. 

In the Beaver ('reek congregaliou, Roek- 
ingbam couuty, Vi>girii», our ag'd bifler 
Keukcca Carn, ilcpiirtttd thi^ life, January 
29. Her exact age is not knowu ; bdt, as 
nrarly as we cau learn, she was born iu [ 
1791. I 

She emigrated from Maryland p-Thaps | 
sixty years ago, fioni the vieiuily of Sharps- 
burg, where, no doii'-t, some ol her friends 
61 ill reside. She never w.:S man led ; w^s a 
worthy sister, and w«3 desirous to be absent 
frotn the to^y siui priSMit with the Lord, 
ller hod; was followed to its resting place 
at the B'.avcr Creek chnrch, where ihc oc- 
casion w.is improved by brother M*rlin Mil- 
ler aud the writer, from i Cor. v. 1-4. 

Jacob Tuom»s. 
[/'•/(/rim please copy ] 



T 1ST OF MONEYS lli!:UKiVED lor 
Li BUJJSCKIfTION, BOOKS, etc., 

L Kimrael 16 60; Z Anuon 9 75; N F Tray- 
er 3 20; LheiewOU; S Boek 25; I II Crist 
1 50; N KiltKy 1 50; Jcre Beeghly 10 00; 
JiioCJoiidyca: 1 70; A Neher 1 45; H I'obst 

1 60; J Harvey 1 60; E Brallier 1 6'; A Um- 
bel 1 60; J S Kuip 3 fiO; W K Deeser 1 60; J 
Hellzel 1 60; U B Miller 1 60; J K Marquis 
134 ; S Beaver 4 80; J DeardurtrSO; L West 
330; J B Shirk 14 40; A f Deeier 2 95; J 
Dea.doUieO; V R- iehard 19 50; J liilde- 
brand 10 00; U Balliet 2 40; 1) R-Uieuherger 
13 80; J NiehoUon 5 00; J S Good , 70; El- 
len McQuJid 3 10; J F Uale 5U; S S Moiilrr 
3 30; H A Mumaw 1 00; 1 B Kslulman 1 75; 
KG:»ybill 3 8"); J Beeijhly 1 45; J KesF-ler 

2 40; S Heller 1 6'; S^rah Bnkci 8'.'; W Rob- 
erts I 60; G a Grim 1 t)0; U Leedy 1 .50; A E 
Meteger 1 6J. 



which ho does not extol as a cure all, but 
one which admirably fultills a .singleness 
of piirpo.se, being a luo.'-t positive and re- 
liable rcuicdy tor tho.-e weaknesses and 
complaints that afflict the women of the 
present day. This natural sncciGc com 

found is called Dr. I'ierce s Favorite 
'rei-cription. The (bilowing are among 
those diseases in which this wonderful 
medicine has woikcd cures as if by mag- 
ic and with a certainty never before at- 
tained by any medieincs : Weak back, 
nervous and general debility, failing and 
other di.-phicouients of internal organs, 
resulting from debility, and lacli of 
strength in i:atural supports, internal 
fever, congestion, inflammation and ul 
ceraiion and very many other chronic 
diseases inciddi', to women, not proper 
to mention here, in which, as well as in 
the cases that have been enumerated, 
the Favorite Prescription effects cures — 
the marvel of the world. It will not do 
harm in any state or condition of the 
system, and by adopting its use the inva- 
lid lady may avoid that severest of or- 
deal-, — the consulting of a family physi- 
cian. Favorite Prescription is sold by 
dealers in medicines generally. 



fflodcru Women. 

It is a sad commentary upon our boast- 
ed civilizati,)n that the women of our 
times have degenerated in health and 
physique until they are literally a race of 
invalids — pale, nervous, feeble and back- 
achy, witli only here and there a few 
noble exceptions in the persons of the ro- 
bust, buxoiu ladies characteristic of the 
sex in days gone by. By a very large 
experience, covering a period of years, 
and i;ujbracing the treatment of many 
thousands of cases of those ailments pe- 
culiar to Women, Dr. Pierce, of the 
World's Di.--penoaiy, Buffalo, N. Y., has 
pyrfucted, by the combination of certain 
vegetable extracts, a natural specific, 



cxpcneCB of papT aud printing, we are not 
Bill" t" make any di?-ccuut or allow any pre- 
mium to friends who may make special 
eir.)rli> to rx'eiid its eirculalion. Under the 
ntw law, whi( h r-^qjires payment of postage 
in advance, or.u di liar a ytar, willi lw»nly 
ceots the ccst ot prepaid postage added. Is 
the rate of hUb<.-ti(.iiioii. Il is not nece.'sary 
to grt up « club In oid;;r to have the 
WEEKLY £UN «t li.is rale. Any one who 
sendij O".' dollar and twenty cents will gel 
the paper, poflpaid for a year- 
We have no iravrling agents. 

THE WEEKi.y SUM --Eight pages, fifly- 
six eolumiiB. Ouiy Jl 20 a y<ar, postage 
prepaid. No discouiiis troiu this rate. 

THE DAILY SUN —A large four-pago 
newspaper of iwenly-eight coluiens. ])»\]y 
circulaLion over '.20.000. All the news for 3 
cents. Subfcripiioii. postngc prepaid, ,55 
ceuls a month, or 10.50 a year. To clubi of 
10 or ever, a ilistounl of 30 per cent 
AdilresB, 

TIIK SUN, New York <^ily. 



THE SUN. 

DAILY AND WEEKLY FOR 1875. 

The approach of the Fresidential eleclion 
gives unusual importance to the events and 
developmeuis of 1875. We shsll endeavor 
to describe them tally, faithfully, and fear- 
lessly. 

THE WEEKLY SUN has now attained a 
cinuUtion of over seventy thousand copies. 
Its reader* are found iu every Slate aud 
Territory, and its qual.ty is well Known to 
the public. We shall not only endeavor to 
keep it fully up to the old standard, but to 
improve and add to lis variety ann power. 

THE WEErwLY SUN will couiinue to be 
a thorough newspaper. All the news of the 
day will be found lu it, condensed wheu un- 
important, at full length wlien of moment, 
and alwa>8, we trust, treated ia a clear, in- 
teresting aud iiisiruciive manner. 

It is ou.- aim lo make the WEEKLY SUN 
the best lamilj newspaper in the world, it 
will be full of enteitaiuing and appropriate 
rea-ing of every so't, but will print nothing 
to offend the most scrupulous and delicate 
taste. It will always contain the most in- 
teresting sioiiea and romances of the day, 
carelully scieeted at.d legibly panted. 

The Agiieultural Department is a promi- 
nent feature iu the WEEKLY SUN, aud its 
articles will al*ays be found fresh and use- 
ful to the farmer. 

The number of men independent in politics 
is increasing, sad the WEEKLY SUN is 
their paper especially. It belougs lo no 
pariy. and obeys nodicta'-ion, contending for 
ptiucipl', and for the elec'ion of the best 
men. It exposes the corruption that dis- 
graces the countrj and threatens the ovc:- 
throw of repu ilican inslituiions. It ha^ no 
fear of knaves, aud seeks uj favo s from 
their supporters. 

The inai kits of every kind are regu- 
larly repo.ted in its columns. 

The price of the WEEKLY SUN is one 
dollar a year for a slieei of eight pages, and 
fifty-tix colqinne. As this barely pays llij 



The Catal -gues of Siseos and Plants for 
1S75, of FiTnu Hkndiiusos & Co., o5 Cout- 
LANDT St., Niiw Y UK, are ju.-l re eived — 
they number about 180 pages, iire firey Il- 
lustrated, and ill addition contain 5 beauti- 
ful colored pKies of the following ; 

A GROUI' OF ROSE'^. 

" '' VKRI'.ENAS. 

" " FINKS. 

" " LO BELLAS. 

AND A NEW VEUETABLE. 

These Caialoi'ues, with all the plates, are 
mailed to all apj'licants by Peter Henderson 
& Co.. on reeeii'l of 5) ceuts. Also to all 
imrchasers of their books, '-Gardening for 
P-oUf au'l 'Practical Floricultu'-e," (the 
cost of which is ?l 50 each, p-epaid by 
mail,) they will annually send plain copies 
without cUarsic. 



FAStn FOSC SAI.i:, 

Adjoining th' town of Brueeton, and only 
one mile west of the town of Brandonville> 
Preston, W. Va. > co;itainin|; 300 acres, one 
half of which is cultivated, with lartre two- 
story Brick House, large Bank Barn, Tenant 
House aud other builJnigs. Also two good 
orchards The farm is in one of the best 
neighborhoods in Shis county, convenient to 
Mills, Faciorits, School^-, Churches, &c. 
The 'Brethren' hav-; a largo and well-or- 
ganized church within a few mdes of this 
place. The country is healthy, land pro- 
ductive. Lime and Coal in abundance. Will 
give >.08«cs6ion on the first of April nett. 
For further in foi m\tion c«Il upon, or ad- 
dress, JOHN C KORMAN, 

Brueeton MilU, 
4ts Preston Co., W. Va, 



AgeutB Wanted, 

To sell Buffalo Uobes on commission. For 
particulars address with stamp, 

J, S. FLORY, 
49 3m. LufTalo, Weld Co , Colorado. 



I'lirc-ltred tJ{;ht Itrtttiiuas. 

Pen comb, t'Ue to feiilher. and cannot be 
excelled for size, etc. We. will ship I'y ex- 
press to any one a co: kertl and two pullets, 
for Upe ($5.00) dollars Addiesf . 

S. BlS\RD, 

35. iok., Ills. 



123 



CHRISTIAN FAMU^y COMPANION AND GOSPEL VISITOR. 



NEW SPAPER COM ^IR NT 

IIPON TUB 

^MERrCAN NBWSPAPEK ADVERTISING 
AOSyCY, 

CONDL'CTBl) BT 

tieorge i». It.»w<*fl «k Vo., 

No. 41 f'AKK Row, 

NEW YORK. 



As the proprictore of the fl'Pt and most 
ext.'ative of these a^encu-s iu New York, 
t'liey aro wcli qualified to furnisli iafonna- 
lion. The details "if the v/ork trausa'-tod hy 
the agency, and the wiy it is done, the per- 
fection of the arrntipfi'iiiouts fo^- faciliialinij 
t»nj act of advertieiiig hy relicvins; the adver- 
I'sar of tiou lear.d i-xpon3e> and l>riDii;iog 
betore him all the varioiiB aitdiumbllirouj;L- 
out the couLtry. vriih tbe n-ccBsary knc«l- 
edgd perliiiLwig lo 'h-rn, a" tiv.-n wiih a 
luinuteuess 'hat. leaves tiothitiff to bedesiitd. 
All tUe parUculars usp- ctlnj; tlia character 
Ei'.,'i position of a iit;v7«uaper which a!i iu- 
tL'ii.Uiii: advoniscr dtsir^s lo kiio'.y ai l; 
placud hcfiirc him ii; tiie most cr>iui~e foru-.. 
— New York Times, June Tih, 1S7*. 

It IE indeed no rurprise that their houfc i; 
80 prosperous, aud that they a-c the lea linsf 
advertieinx agents iu the v/oild. We vvould 
prefer, so far as we are concerned, to have, a 
column or mire of inisceHaneous adveni.se- 
ments from this firm, than to rec<^iv<t the 
eame amount made up of one direct from 
Ciich house or their list. The coi5i mission 
allowed is saved by IC'^r-eR. as they pay 
eveiy cent they cont.-'Ct lor, aud pay it 
j'.ronn'tly. Slid the kei-.s ir;g of one open ac- 
coUiit w'tu s'lch a firm is much j.leasantur 
tiiac with the thousand persons ■.'.hoin they 
6ci;d us a.^veriiseuients for. They do an 
honora'ie,l(-gitiniate businrsSjOU a i-nsiness 
bafi», If pntilifliers, haviiir d'-aliiigs vvilU 
them, warM aiiytl:i!ti,' iu lUii'- lice — and they 
fn;'ply everythjoe fio.n s ^prlue hodkin lo a 
cylinde; press, — typ-s, iuLs and all, thoy fill 
their orders proinptl-, at niaiiufaclure is' 
piice8,s;)J we can say thai wj have rreiivcd 
the best newfriaper and bocik ink, ever fur- 
liished us, and ai a lower price th'in w- ever 
bouf^bt for elsewhere. The "Reptilditan" 
ba"! had dealintfs with this 1k/'ir" for over 
eix years, and in all lh«t time, we luvor 
hnvi^ had anv reason lo coitirdain of our 
trtBtmfcEt. — Meiiden (Oonn.)Republicaii. 

Are, wilhcnt doubt, the Ic a'-inir Arivcitis 
Jn£f Atfentf. in the Uriiteu States^ and. tbere- 
foro, of Iho world. Th y have, by the froe, 
)i'..i;r.-.! and yet well diiC' led use of u.oney, 
hn Ir theuiseives up in the esl'-era of tiie 
leading puhliahcrs a^d r.dver'isers of the 
continent, Riu! by en unusnal energy have 
Buccerdi-d in p.TfcetiiiK in every detail a 
l.usincES tliat MOrc than aiiythi:);; else ttlU 
of 'ho prowth aud i"nporla"ee of the news- 
paper bufeiuess. — Memphis (Tunu.) Appeal. 

Their beBin"-63 has pjiown to be soiuel'uiiit; 
eiio: lUOLie. Every caper in ill's eouitry is 
on file at th- ir ofllee, a-.;d it ir, no uncom- 
moi; thing for them lo receive u mail of fif- 
t<' n tr iwtciy bu'^hel-iof newspupcro. — Nor- 
Wdlk, Coun., Ga/.etla. 

Have comrlclely systenr.aiized the bnsi- 
DfeRS, and iflfcr C' e years' expi-.rience wc can 
truthfully ftotc ;hnt w-. find the firm to be 
prompt, con'ti>ou8, couukct. — Ornyville, 
ills., ludcpeiid<'iit. 

TUey oau bii relied upon in every way, be- 
Uv, worthy of Implicit coufldeuce. — New Or- 
leans, ^o.> i'rjce current. 



While advancing their own Interests, ad- 
vance also those of every publisher. — South 
Bethlehem, Pa., Progress. 

The trustwoi thy businces character and 
enterprise is well reflected. — Utica, N. Y., 
Herald. 

Have completely ST3TEXA.TiznD the busi- 
ness. — Grii_'g.*ville, Ills., Reflector. 



To Advertisers. 

All person* who contemplate makine; con- 
tracts with newspapers for the insertion of 
adveitiseraents should seed 35 ets. to 

GEO P. HOWELL k CO., 

No. 41 Pa k Row, N. Y., for their Onh HrN- 
Dnrn Pagd Ptjirili.ET, containing lists of 
JlOOO newspapers and estimates, showing 
the cost of advertising. 
49-tf. 



The symptoms resultant from this para- 
site on the Human Organism are numerous. 
Dyspepsia, a t'nawir.g, griping sensation of 
the bowels; a defective craving; vorr. ■ions 
end depraved appetite; Indigestion; S'>ur 
Stomach; Sioo's Fetid aud mixed with slime 
end partially digested worms; Fonl Urer.th; 
Bad Taste in the Mouth, &c. Gf.nkual 
SvMrroKS : Tienibliiig of the limbs; Ner- 
vous; PalpiLAliou of tlie Heart: Peevisbness; 
Disturbed Sleep; Nitrhtinaic; Ilcad-iche; 
Ter.'Miorary Ulindnsss; Insanity; Fits; Cold 
Keel; W< ak Spells; Sallow t*kin: Sunken 
Eyes; Enihciation; Dropsy; Wc;i'.i Fi ver; 
and complicaLcd with other OomplHinis may 
result in De'.ilh. My lreati:;eut Seldom 
fails to cur«. 

Send a full history of y(ur case, giving 
name, aKe> and ."iny prominci.t peculiai- 
tiee. If you v.'sh a course of treatment, 
send tive dollais ; if only advice, one dollar. 
Address Dr. U. M. lJe.ici:ly, Meyersdale, 
Sv)i;i' -•.sei Co., Pa. Refer to Editors C. F. C. 
andG. V. 



THE •■BEERS" WHEEL 

1p griuciiir vith lees watev th.-tn l.he over- 
slio;. It is j ur,t improved and will use one- 
thiid less water ihna any Iron wheel iu use 
aud is cheaper and better. 
Send lor a circular. 

•J. L. Beers & Sons. 
Oocolumas, Juuiata, Co., Pa. 
13E"KS, Ganglek & COOKR. 
Seleus Grove, tJnyder Co., Pa. 

A farm containing 1C3 acres in Westmore- 
land county, Peun'a, two and onu-balf miles 
Fouti) of Donegal on co-jnty iino road. About 
8.") acres cleared and balance good tiu.bcr. 
Has a good orclard and also stouo coal. 
The buildings arc a good two story dwelling 
bouse with tillar under it, a large bank baru 
with all u<CeBsaiy outbuildings ; good sjirlng 
and also a well near I he house ; church uoi 
a (luarier of a mile aud school house con- 
Viuienl ; grist and saw mills within one-half 
oiiie. 

For particulars or nay information con- 
ccrni!)g the larni call ou Tobias .Meyers near 
Mineral Point, Ephr&ira Cover near Berlin, 
or with mq on the farm. 

John K. Meters. 

21-tf. Donegal, Pa. 



Ti!E EDUPSE. 




NEW AND LATEST I.MPROVED 
i'OKTABLE FARS3 E%'GIKE. 

Also, STATIONARY ENGINES, 

Boilers, Saw-Mill*, ttc. 
For new descriptive catalognes, address 

Frfck «S: t"o., 
tf. Wayriesboro', Fi.".iiklin Co-, Pa. 



To sell DR. CHASE'S RKGIPES; OR, IN- 
F(JRM.'VTIC<N FOU EVERYBODY, in every 
County in the UnileJ Sta'uS ai;d Canadas. 
Eiilarged by the Publisher to 048 pages. It 
contains over 3,000 household ree l\:s, ard is 
suiied 10 ail elaf&( s and conditions of socie- 
ty. A-«vonderlul book and e househonld 
necessity. It 8>-ll9 at sight. Greatest in- 
ducements ever ol^.-red to book agents. 
Stjuiple copiej sent by mail pos^-paid. for #8. 
Exclusive territory giveu. Agents more 
than double their nioucy. Address. !)'<. 
C^A^ES STEAM POINTING HOUSE 
ANN ARBOti, MICH 
4'.I-S.ii. 

Non-Conior(n«tf to tlie World — 

2l.'i pas;»8. Every professor of religion 
should read it. Single copy, po»t-paid, 73 
cents ; per dozen, fS. Address, 

M. M. E.s;iBi.MA?j, 
6-tf. Lanark, Carroll Co , Ills. 



THE CHILDREN'S PAPER. 



The Cmm.ren's Pafuk is a neatly illus- 
trated t'ai'tr for the young foike. TiiC only 
paper fur cLildrea pi;bli9hed amon.r; the 
Brotherho. .d ard thn pipneer of its class; 
Only 2.'; ci-nts per y ar. A bccutiftil Mai' of 
Palest nh to ng^.'nts for clut'S. Spe'iiacn 
copies ou receij t of stamp. AddresBj 

H. J. KiRTZ, 
2 tf. rolanJ, Mahoning Co., 0. 



a*asfC'S'«r and l..onI's Supper. 

Is the litiP of a new book, by -I. W . Bzer. 
It contniub a eoiii.ideration of Time as used 
by the Iti.-pied wiiterc; the typici 1 charac- 
ter of the Jewish Passover and its fulfiUment 
in Christ ; the inR<i!«tlot<, observance, and 
design of the Lord's Sujjper. 

The work contains 2'j& pitges, and 
is neatly bot'ud in Cue English cl. th. 
Price, tjingle copy, by mail, Jl.tO; per 
dozen, by express, §80^!. 

Adciross: J. \V. Bber, 
Meyersdale, 

35. Bomeisot Co., Pa. 



C. F. C. Vol- XI. 



® 



#* 




G. V. Vol. XXV. 



—AND— 



GOSPEL VISITOR. 




BY JA9IKS 4(UINTER. 



'■^If ye love me, keep my commandmetits." — Jesus. 



At, fil.CO Ver Annnm. 



New Series. 



MEYERSDALE, PA., TUESDAY, MAR. 2, 1875. Vol. II. No. 9. 



To-Morrow. 



SELECTED BV (JEOIiOR W. ANNON. 



To morrow, mortal, boast not thou 
Of lime an<l tide tliat are not now ; 
But think, in one revolving day, 
How earthly things may pass away. 

To-day, tlie bl'oming spouse may press 
Her husband in a fond caress ; 
To-morrow, and the hands that pressed 
May wildly strilte a widowed breast. 

To-day, the geutlc babe may drain 
The mill{-s:ream from its mother's vein ; 
To-morrow, like a frozon rill 
That tKjsom's current may be still, 

To-di^y, while hearts with rap ure spring; 
The youth to beauty's lip may cling ; 
To-morrow, and ihst lip of bliss 
May sleep unconscious of bis kiss. 

To-day, thy merry heart may feast 
On herb and fruit, on bird and beast ; 
To-morrow, spite of all thy glee, 
The hungry worms may feast on thee. 

To-morrow, mortal, boast not thou 
Of time and tide that are not now ; 
But think, in one revolving day, 
That e'en thyself may pass away. 

ThortUon, W. Va. 

For the Companion and Visitor. 
Euiigratiou— Defense of the snf- 
feriiig in the W«'st. 



BY KNOCH BEERY. 



Reply to brotber D. P. Sajler on 
"Emigration," or the suffering condi- 
tion ot the people of the West, in 
Companion Vol. 2, No. 6, page 88, 
where be says, "the prevailing dispo- 
sition of man through the whole 
world seems to be to emigrate tO 80me 
other point." 



I thiuk there are some exceptions 
to this general rule. I would except 
the Africans, Chinese, Japanese, and 
several other of the old Eastern Na- 
tions, and the result in those nations 
is ignorance and superstition, heath- 
enish darkness and idolatry. It is 
true, the German, Irish, English and 
Americans are generally possessed of 
this spirit of emigration, and thj. re- 
sult is a steady and rapid progres- 
sion, iu the arts and sciences, and a 
general development of useful knowl- 
edge, financially, intellectually, and 
morally. Even in America, I think, 
the western states arc outstripping 
the eastern states iu agriculture and 
agricultural implements. 

But enough of this, I muat hasten 
to review other points in brother 
Sayler's article. He says : "When 
people of the European Continent 
migrate to America he can see some 
good reason for it." I can see at 
least one of the .«ame, and perhaps, 
principal reasons for people emigrat- 
ing from the eastern to the western 
states, namely: Density of population, 
and an insufficiency of agricultural 
products for them all to subsist on, 
to say nothing of anything more than 
a mere subsistence. 

For mj part I am very glad that a 
portion of our young and enterpris- 
ing people are possessed with the 
spirit of emigration; and also glad 
that some, like brother Sayler.are con- 
tented to remain in the comparatively 
poor, hilly, eastern states, where 
there is not corn and wheat enough 
raised for their local demand ; but 
where their extensive manufacturies 
give employment to thousands of the 
working classes, and ship their goods 
to the western states, and get in re- 
turu the pfodugts pi' tho rjgb and 



fertile prairies of the west, such as 
corn, wheat, pork and beef, without 
which tho eastern people could not 
well subsist. I think it would be well 
for brother Sayler, and other eastern 
brethren and friends, to remember our 
dependence upon one another as well 
a^ our dependence upon a merciful 
God, and try and cultivate a willing- 
ness to assist one another in cases of 
particular misfortune like the present 
misfortune of parts of the West; In 
regard to brother Sayler making the 
assertion, that that country is and 
ever will be subject to the grasshopper 
plague, is an assertion that I would 
be slow to make, knowing that God 
only knows what is in the future. 
But this we know, that he is able to 
send the grasshoppers or som.e other 
plague, over the Middle or Eastern 
states, and in that event we would 
all be glad to Vave some of the pro- 
ducts of the now destitute West. 

Brother Sayler seems to ask for "a 
valid reason" for migration west, or 
as he calls it, "to a country that is 
subject to a grasshopper plague." I 
have already given one very good 
reason for it, namely, density of 
eastern population. Another reason 
is, God has comiuauded in an early 
age of the world, to "multiply and 
replenish the earth." I don't say 
replenish Europe, Asia, Africa, and a 
part of America, but the "eaW/i," and 
I am sure that Missouri, Kansas, and 
Nebraska, constitute a part of the 
"earth," and as he did not except tho 
western states of America, I include 
them in the great work of replenish- 
ment. Suppose the people of that 
western country would all take broth- 
er Sayler's advice, and leave that 
country and go back to the East 
whore they cauio from, or ftU try tQ 



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crowd into some other locality, and 
of course if the country is not to be 
inhabited by other men and women, 
they could not sell their real estato 
and public improvements, and would 
have to Unve with what little loose 
property they could pack with them, 
which would perhaps on an average, 
not be enough to pay their way back 
to where they emigrated from! Just im- 
agine 000,000 or 700,000 people from 
Kansns, and that cumber from each 
of the several other grasshopper 
states, crowding back to the eastern 
states, and the most of them without 
emp!oyn)ent or any means of support I 
The extent of the misery, wretched- 
ness and suffering, I will leave fur 
brother Sajler to decide. 

I will give yet another "valid rea- 
son" for migration, and that is for the 
spread of the gospel. Long exper- 
ience, as well as our general confer- 
ence, has decided that imigratiou is 
the best and almost only permanent 
way to carry on uiist-ionary labor. 
How n.sny are the calls (in our 
church papers,) for speakers to move 
to certain localities in those western 
states, to preach the go.-^pfl to the 
scattering brethren and friends in that 
country ! And how many are the 
churches that are being organized and 
almost daily increasing in numbers ! 
I am inclined to think, that upon sec- 
ond thought, even brother Sajlcr 
would not have all those churches to 
disband and leave there. 

I will now examine some of the 
witnesses of brother Sajler's to prove 
the exaggeration of the suffering in 
Kansas and Missouri. The first is a 
letter from a man in the West who 
calls him brother, but whom Sayler 
has no knowledge of, not even to 
know whether he is a brother or not. 
This witness says, ho owes a pay- 
ment on his land for which he bad 
pledged his team, and now having 
lost bis corn crop, (of course by the 
grasshoppers) he must feed his wheat, 
and to save his team be wants aid to 
raeet his obligation. It there is any 
weight to this, it certainly counts on 
the other side (-f the question. Jt 
tentifies to the failure of the corn, and 
the wheat had to be fed to stock. 
Again, this individual man begging 
money to pay hi.s individual old 
dcbla, is not the kind of begging I am 
trying to defend. I am only defend- 
ing the begging for fuad and raiment, 
jii.d if pohfible to keep t,heir horeea 



and cows alive so they can raise a 
crop next summer. 

llis next witness is a letter from a 
man of the world, formerly a citizen 
of Maryland, written the 5th of la.«t 
December, whose main object in 
writing seems to have been to inform 
his friends of bis own individual cir- 
cumstances, and from the number of 
hogs he was fattening, (42) he is one 
of the few that have the means to 
support themselves, and for aught I 
know, one of that kind that has but 
little concern for the wants of his fel- 
low men. 

iVext, brother Sayler brings a wit- 
ness from away up in Cbicajro, the 
editor of "The Tribune." This wit- 
ness goes on at great length to show 
the exaggeration of the suff-ring in 
Kansas. This witness certainly ex- 
aggerates on the other side, when he 
says, "it i.s a notorious fact that Kan- 
sas is full of cattle, fodder, grain, and 
fruits of all kind, its farmers were 
never better ofTiinancially than now," 
and speaks of the state "overflowing 
v;ith products." I am astonished at 
brother Sayler for accepting such 
flimsy exaggerated testimony, and 
from such sources ; and he seems to 
indorse it, and offers it to the brother- 
hood at large, notwithstanding the 
many witnesses of our own brethren 
who live in the immediate region of 
destitution, have testified to the ac- 
tual suffering, and probable starvation 
if no relief is obtained. This evi- 
dence coii.es from a number of our own 
brethren, and ministers of our own 
church with whom we have been ac- 
quainted fortwenty or thirty years, and 
who are noted for their truthfulness. 

It seems to be one of brother Say- 
ler's peculiarities to tfiku one side or 
the other in matters of question, and 
then go to extremes on that side, and 
make strong efforts to sustain bis 
position. 

I have no doubt his article in the 
Companion and Vii<ilor will have the 
influence to stop hundreds of dollars 
from being sent to the relief of the 
poor suffering people of the We=;t. 
Whether brother Sayler will be held 
accountable for this influence or not, 
is more than I am willing to decide. 
Ooe thing is certain, the few dollars 
that each one of us would give would 
not be seriously felt ; and would, if 
prompted by proper motives, be a 
ble.ss-ing to those who give, and also to 
tliose who are the proper receivers of 
the gift, 



For the Comtamon .\ni> Visitor. 

Ta One who Is Seckiiis "The 
FonatMiii ct (!ie Water ol 



BY M. M. ES1IELM.A.N. 



Dear Friend George : — 

Blessed be the God 
and Father of our Lord and Savi.-ur 
Jesus Christ, who hath said, "He that 
cometh to me, shall never hunger ; 
and he that believeth on me shall 
never thirst." Though the gods of 
this world may offvr food which seems 
h'.led with fatness, yet it will vanish 
as the dew under the silent rays of 
the sun ; yet we have one who lovelh 
to deal out the "bread of life" to thoso 
"who by patient continuance in ivi-ll- 
doing, seek for glory, and honor, and 
imr.iorta'ity." 

Hold fast to that which thou hast 
gained that thou mayest soon be a 
ruler in the bouse of the Lord ; 
"whose house are we, if we bold fast 
the confidence, and the rejoicing of the 
hope firm unto the end." 

Thou hast mourned Josus love to know, 
Thou hast lov'::d ihe saints below ; 

Th-; eaints love you, and ready B:and, 
To welcome you with outstretched band. 

Thou art not forgotten. As the 
beautiful sun rises in the East, and 
steadily advances and looks down oii 
the earth, sending his ra\s 
into every nook, giving life — 
and vigor to all creation, so doth the 
Son of righteousness shine in the 
hearts of tho^-e who ''love bis appear- 
ing." And lie stands at thy door 
kuockiijg, waiting to hear the kind, 
I good words, "Come in, and sup with 
me, and I with you." His penetrat- 
ing rays can difpel every cloud. No 
"blackness of darkness" can remain 
where the nil-powerful rays of the 
go.^pel sun penetrates. 

God is good. This thou hast long 
ago learned. His mercy is beyond 
our comprehension. It is limitless an 
we look backward. As unfruitful 
fig-trees we are left to stand. IJut 
still he calls us to come unto Him, and 
become "Trees of righteousness." 

Once brought to Him, our work 
shall be tried of what sort it is. The 
bitter wo must tak-i with the sweet; 
water from the well of life, and fire 
from the enemy. Only maintain 
enough water in thy vessel to bo able 
to put out every fire the enemy kind- 
les. Never retire with empty vesetjla. 



CHRISTIAN FAMILY COMPANION AND OOSI'EL VISITOR. 



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Go down deep into the well of life : 
the det'pRr the more powerful. Pass 
not to and fro upon the earth with- 
out God's fire extinguisher — tie Word 
of God. 

Has any put filth in thy tracks so 
that thy way to Zion bath been hind- 
ered ? Ask God to Pend the consum- 
ing power of his word upon it "Our 
God is a consuining fire." Stand any 
in thy way, touch them with the lovo 
of Josua aud they will flee. 

'Ob, the depth of the riches of 
God's goodness I I am persuaded that 
thou wishest to obey. Then when 
the good Spirit calls, oh ! do not delay. 
Shake off every fear, rjove right on 
to God. Obey every coraniaud in 
his Pacred word. Seek the saints, 
company, and help tbem to do good. 
Be kind to all m<io, and thus feed 
tbem with Christ's food. 

And thy dear companion, bring her 
with thee to Jesus' grace. Oh ! let 
your minds be one in serving our 
heavenly Father. Go hand in hand 
serving Him who gave bis life for 
you and me. Jesus says : 'lie that 
overcometh, the same shall he clothed 
in while raiment; and 1 will not blot 
out his name out of the book of life, 
but I will confess his name before my 
Father and bis angels." Overcome 
then ail the barriers of the enemy, 
and fl-e to Jesus. Seek Him in pray- 
er. Lay all your wants before Him. 
Consider thyself as an unworthy 
L'hild ; and his grace will support 
thee. The angels in heaven rejdice 
when the wanderer returns home. 

God is love. The blades of grass 
confess it: the tender leaves deny it 
not. The rill declares it. The spar- 
row owns it. Tbe beast of the field 
hides it not. All these do shew God's 
love, yet are wiihouv. reason. Should 
not man, tbe image and likeness of 
God, endowed with reason, much 
more declare God's love ? If we had 
ten thousand tongues, could we praise 
him more than we can with one ? 
Nay, if only one tongue would do its 
duty, thoQ would God be greatly 
praised. 

There are many, maay fond hearts 
waiting to welcome theo and thine to 
a seat around the Lord's table. Many 
are longing and praying to nee thee 
practice the good things in the house 
of the Lord. Make haste then and 
come, and shara with us our joys and 
sorrows, and when thy pilgrimage ou 
earth shall be completed, oh ! may 
we all unite in {\\^ (ngroiag of the 



resurrecuon to glorify our Father, — 
to be led by our Redeemer, — to view 
the boundless goodness of God sur- 
rounded by the holy angels. OhI we 
can well afl'jrd to be abused in this 
life. We lose nothing by self-denial ; 
but our gain will be more than we 
deserve. Come then, oh, come to 
•'the fountain of the water of life and 
dnnk freely." Jesus says. Come! 
Come ! 



A Wor«l to itlothi^rs 



SStray Gnltieriii{;s. 



Reason never shows itself so rea- 
sonable as when it ceases to reason 
about things which are above reason. 
When Paul was a Pharisee, he 
thought be was blameless; when he 
was a Christian, the chief of sinners. 
Where sin enters, pride will enter 
too, aud supply the place of real hon- 
or, and as iniquity aboundjlh, pride 
aboundeth also; else how could sin- 
ners boast of dignity, and take up 
mighty state, on account of verbal 
lilies, or of transient manors, when 
they theuiselves must presently be 
eaten up with worms ? Pass by the 
learned, the mighty, and the wise, 
for they are dust; but let us rever- 
ence the iitile children ; for they are 
God's messengers to as. Mini.'^ters 
only draw tbe bow successfully when 
God's Holy Spirit sharpens the Gos- 
pel arrow, and wings it to the hearts 
of them that hear. It does not re- 
quire much religion to cry hosannah, 
haiielujab, or glory to God, or praise 
the Lord at the top of your voice. 
Almost any one can do that, and use 
all the vaiQ repetitions you can, and 
not have religion. It is the pure in 
heart who shall see God. A few 
minutes' devotion at night will not 
clear tbe conscience of a foul trick 
done during the day, nor will going 
to church on Sunday atone for the 
wilful sins of a week. Men plant 
prayers and endeavors, and go next 
day looking if they have borne graces. 
Now God does not send graces as he 
sends light and rain, but they are 
wrought in us through long days of 
discipline aud growth. Acorns and 
graces sprout quickly, but grow long 
before ripening. Tlje only way to 
find comfort in earthly things ia to 
surrender them, in a faithful careless- 
ness, into tbe huuds ot'God. He who 
carts for our eternal t;alv'atiou, will 
not forget our temporsl wants. — 
Ch'Tistian Cynosure^, 



Each mother is a historian. She 
writes not the histories of empires or 
of nations on paper, but 8be writes 
her own history on the imperishable 
mind of her child. That tablet and 
that history will remain indelible 
when time shall be no more. That 
history each mother will meet again, 
aud read with eternal joy or unutter- 
able woe in the far ages of eternity. 
This thought should weigh on the 
•mind ot every mother, and render her 
deeply circumspect and prayerful, and 
faithful in her solemn work of train- 
ing up her children for heaven and 
immortality. The minds of children 
are very susceptible and easily im- 
pressed. A word, a look, a frown 
may engrave an impression on the 
mind of a child which no lapse of 
time can efface or wash out. You 
walk along the seashore when tbe 
tide is out, and you form characters, 
or write words or names in tbe 
smooth white saud which lies spread 
out so clear and beautiful at your feet, 
according as your fancy may dictate, 
buc tbe running tide shall, in a few 
hours, wash out aud efface forever all 
that you have written. Not so tbe 
lines and characters of truth or error 
which your conduct imprints on the 
mind of your child. There you write 
impressions for tbe eternal good or ill 
of your child, which neither tbe floods 
or storms of earth can wash out, nor 
death's cold finger can erase, nor the 
slow moving ages of eternity can ob- 
literate. How careful, then, should 
each mother be of herself in the treat- 
ment of her child. How prayerful, 
how serious, aad how earnest to write 
tbe truths of God on his mind — these 
truths which shall bo his guide aud 
teacher when her voice shall be silent 
in death, and ber lips no longer move 
in prayer in bis behalf in commend- 
ing ber dear child to her covenant 
with God. — Selected. 



■^»"»--» a» " 



WoULDST thou know the lawfulness of 
the action which' thou de.^irest to under 
take? Lst the devotion recommend it 
to divine blessing : if it be lawful thou 
shalt perceive thy heart encouraged by 
thy prayer ; if unlawful thou shalt find 
thy prayers discouraaed by thy heart. 
That action is not warrantable, w'nich 
either blu.-^hes to beg a bles.sing, or, hav- 
ii.g succeeded, dares not present thanks- 
giving. 



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Joy In Sorrow. 

I've foand a joy iu sorrow, 

A eeeret balm for pain, 
A beautiful to-raorrow 

Of sunshine aflcr rain ; 
I've found a branch of healing 

Near every bitter spring, 
A whispered promise stealing 

O'er every broken string. 

I've found a gUd bosanna 

For every woe and wail, 
K handful of sweet manna 

When grapes of Eschol fail ; 
I've found a Rock of Ages 

When desert wells were dry ; 
And, after weary stages, 

I've found an Elim nigh — 

An Elim with its coolness, 

Its fouctaiuB and its shade ; 
A blessing in its fulness 

When buds of promi«e fade ; 
O'er tears of soft contrition 

I've seen a rainbow U<ht ; 
A glory and frul'ion 

So near ! — yet out of sight. 

My Saviour the possefsing, 

I have the joy, the balra. 
The healing and the blessing, 

The sunshine and the psalm ; 
The promise for the fearful, 

The Elim lor the faint, 
The rainbow for the tearful, 

The glory for the saint ! 

Selected. 



For the CoMi'ANiON and Visitor- 
Hope us au Aiiciior to the Soul. 



BY NOAU LONGANECKEB. 



Hope Is a desire of some good, with a 
belief I hat it is obtainable. In a general 
sense, an anchor is that on which we place 
our dependence for safety ; in a st)ecial 
Bcnse it is an instrutuent for holding a 
sliip or vessel of some kind at rest in the 
water. Wiien the wind ia boisterous, 
tlic sea is troubled and cannot rest ; and 
for a ship to undertake to cross it with- 
out something on which it might depend, 
to hold it at rost during such boisterous 
winds, wou'd be fully. 

Our own "sweet land of liberty" is 
separated from loreign countries by the 
Bca : and nuuibcrs, who have lieard of 
this happy land, have lelt their homes 
and sailed across the briny deep to be- 
hold and enjoy its blesnings ; liut all had 
to cuter into a vessel of some kind if they 
would safely cross the waters. It is a 
dangerous sea to cross. 'J'lierc are rocks, 
quicksands, whirl[)Ools, shoals, etc., that 
arc hidden beneath its boisterous waves, 
tliat destroy vessels when driven upon 
them by si onus; and if a vessel should 
even sail witliin sight of the port or dock, 



and be overtaken by a storm, she might 
fail to enter the harbor, and might be 
driven upon the rocks ^f the shore, or be 
carried far away into the illimitable ocean, 
and there cast upon some object of de- 
struction. To prevent all this and injure 
her safety, she is supplied with instru- 
ments to hold her at rest on the waters ", 
these arc called anchors, because they 
hold her fast and keep her in safety. 

There are different kinds of anchors, 
or at least of different sizes. "The larg- 
est and strongest, and that on which 
most dependence is placed, is the sheet 
anchor. Then comes the b'Sst bower, the 
small bower (so called from being carried 
on the bows,) the spare anchor, the 
stream anchor, and the hedge anchor, 
which is the smallest." As the sheet 
anchor is the main one, and that on 
which most dependence is placed, it is 
reasonable that Paul, in Ileb. 6:18,19, 
should refer to it. As the vessel per- 
forms bcr voyage through the tempe.-tu- 
ous and dangerous sea, she may frequent- 
ly need her anchors, but more especially 
when she approaches near the pon, 
where the water is shallow, and the 
tempest high ; where the dangers are 
many and great ; all of which prevent 
her from entering the port, the haven of 
safety. Although she cannot go in her- 
self, yet by means of her life boat, or 
some other boat, she sends her sheet 
anchor within the pier, in order to fasten 
it at some strong head of the pier: and 
thus the vessel is fastened by means of 
her strong cable, which is fastened to 
the ship on the waters and the strong an- 
chor within the pier, — and is prevented 
from drifting out on tlie sea again ; thus 
she is kept at rest and rides out the 
storm in safety ; and when the storm 
ceases, and the tide flows back, .-he 
moves in toward her anchor into the 
pier. 

Now her vo3'age is completed ; her 
dangers are past ; sho is within the port, 
her haven of rest. Oh ! who can describe 
the rejoicing, both on the ship and on 
the shore. This world is the boisterous 
sea through which the church of God, 
the heavenward beund ship is making 
her voyage to that better land, that hap 
py country, that land of rest, the home 
of the good, the kingdom prepared for 
the blessed from the foundation of the 
world. . The Lord God is king of that 
kingdom. This world has become guilty 
before God by rebelling against his laws: 
and thus our iniquities have separated 
betwixt us and our God. We went into 
a far counry, away from God our Father, 
from tlie Lord our king, from Eden the 
paradise of God. As our iniquities have 
separated between us and our God, and 
as the wages of sin is death, it follows 
that death separHtes that land of glory 
from this ; or, rather, this world is the 
place where the king of darkness reijrns, 
and where all are dead in trespasses and 
sins. There is confusion, distress, and 
destruction, from the cradle to the grave. 



The storms of life are boisterous. The 
hoi-e of eternal life, the hope of heaven, 
is the anchor to all in the church of God, 
the heavenward bound ship. God i< the 
owner of this ship, and he did not only 
launch it on the boisterous waters of de- 
struction, but has alsc supplied it with 
nil things necessary so that it will mnke 
a sure voyage from time to eternity, from 
death to life, from earth to heaven, ttie 
port of everlasting felicity. 

God gave his promise, — and his word 
is immutable. — and on it ail the faithful 
have cast their anchor, hope. And not 
only so, but "God, willing more abund- 
antly to shew unto the heirs of promise 
the immutability of his counsel, confirmed 
It by an oath : that by two iiumutable 
thing'', in which it was impossible for G<">d 
to lie, we might have a strong consola- 
tion, who have fled for refuge to lay hold 
upon the hope set before us : which hojie 
we have as an anchor of the soul, both 
sure and steadfast, and which entcreth 
into that within the vail." Si then we 
see that the anchor, hopp, is fixed upon 
that which is sure, steadfast, and eternal. 
When God gave the promise he confirm- 
ed it by an oath. "For men verily swear 
by the greater : and an oath for confir- 
mation is to them an end of all strife." 
The Lord declared "heaven and earth 
shall pass away, but my words sliall not 
pass away." Peter declared that "the 
word of the Lord endureth forever." 
When God gave his nromi.se, "he 



pledged his faithfulness and justice." 
When he confirmed it by an oath he 
pledged "all the infinite perfections of 
His Godhead." God is infinite and enn 
not fail, and as he sware[by him-elf, His 
oath necc.s.sarily must be of eternal obli- 
gation. Hence we .see that the hope of 
the faithful is 6sed on that which cannot 
fail. None have ever become ashamed 
of their hope,if they hoped unto the end 
of their journey. Although the church 
of God lias been launched out for year'', 
yet we find that even to-day it is receiv- 
ing those who fell overboard and were 
lost, and thus "such as should be sayed" 
are taken into the sure anchored shii> 
until the proper time arrives, that God 
has appointed, when he will come and 
coniiuct his people to the shore of im- 
mortality, to the haven of rest. Whether 
in an individual, or in a collective sense, 
the nearer the approach to the shore the 
more numerous the boisterous storms of 
life. We are iu the last days, the la>t 
time. The ocean of life is perilous, but 
the time is short. The ship is nearing 
her port. The danger is great. The in- 
dividual soul, or the church might bo 
driven far away from God into the bois- 
terous sea of the wicked and deceitful 
world. 

As in the illustration, so here ; the tido 
of time and life is not yet for her to bo 
taken into the haven prepared for, and 
awaiting the reception of her. Christ, 
our forerunner, has volunteered to ptiss 
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deuth, and allhouj;h the storm was high 
and the billows loud, yet through his 
resurrection, or the "life boat, which the 
little sailor said was the best thing that 
floats, he has gone before us, and as our 
forerunner, he entered into the holy of 
holies, within the veil, to God our Father, 
the king of that heavenly country ; and 
thus has fixed our hope, the anchor of 
the soul, upon God the Eternal. Faith, 
like the cable of the ship, is the connect- 
ing uicdiutu between the soul or church 
and God. 

The storms of tliia world may continue 
for a short time yet ; the soul or church 
will be tossed about with various tri:ii-i or 
temptations, but c.-in never be driven 
away from God unle-s she should make 
shipwreck of iicr faith. }*aul dcclaies 
''that neither death, nor life, nor angels. 
nor principalities, nor powers, nor thitiirs 
l)resent, nor things to cimie, nor liciKht. 
nor depth, nor any other creature, shall 
be able to separate us from the lovo of 
God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." 
C'hri.«t, in speaking of the church, says: 
"The gates of hell shall not prevail 
against it." And of the members thereof, 
Ilesay^: "They shall never perish, neith- 
er shall any pluck them out of my hand. 
My Father, which gave them me, is 
greater than all ; and none is able to 
pluck them out of my Father's hand." 

"Faith, works and hope hold fast." 
'This is the victory that oyercometh the 
woild, even our I'aith." We know that 
Cliri.-(t was in the world, that he died, 
thai he was resurrected, that he ascended 
to heaven, and that when the storms of 
lifo are over our souls will be carried by 
the tide of God's grace against the an 
ehor ol hope, which is still securely fixed 
in God ; and thus it is as it were drawn 
by it-s cable of faith until it reaches the 
port of heaven, where it can rest from all 
its works of faith and labors of love. 
Tliere ' God shall wipe away all tears 
IVom their eyes ; and ilure shall be no 
more death, neither sorrow, nor cryin.L', 
neither shall there be any more pain," 
for the former things have all pas.sed 
away. 

The love and goodness of God toward 
this lost and perishing world, must be 
bfjoi:d comprehension, or, at least, it 
"passeth knowledge." "For God so 
loved the world, tliat he gave his only 
bt'gottcn Son, that whosoever believeth 
in him, should not perish, but have ever- 
lasting life." He is "not willing that 
any should perish." Even as the projjh- 
ct has declared : "Say unto then), as 1 
hvp, saith the Lord God, I have no 
l)leasure in the (Jeath of the wickeii ; but 
that the wicked turn from his way and 
live: turn ye, turn ye IVom your evil 
wajs; for why will ye die, O house of 
Israel?" And not only so ; but we liiid 
also that as there is a general rejoicing, 
both in the ship and on the land, when a 
fchipairives in iier port ; so there will be 
a time of great rej (icing when the soul, 
crtho general church will be brought iuto 



its haven of rest. This rejoicing will not 
be confined to the saints alone, but the 
angels with all the heavens will partici 
pate in ir. This rejoicing commences 
when the sinner is found and is received 
into the heavenward bound sliip, or the 
church of God. There was gladness, 
and they praised God when "he added to 
the church daily such as should be 
saved." 

Christ in the parables of the lost sheep 
and |)ieeeof silver,refers to this rejoicing. 
I will only refer to the last. Of it, he 
saith : "What woman having teti pieces 
of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not 
li>!ht a candle, and sweep the house, and 
seek diligently till she find it? And 
when she hath found it, she calleth her 
friends and neighbors toeether, saying, 
rijoice with me ; for I have found the 
pioce which I had lost. Likewise, I say 
unto you, there is joy in the presence of 
the angel's of God over one sinner that 
repenteth." Comments cannot make 
this plainer or more Ibrcible. 

Oiie of the peculiarities of the kingdom 
of God is, that it is "joy in the Holy 
Ghost." The soul that will reach that 
nort of glory will be invited in by the 
Lord as follows : "Enter thou into the 
jt)y of thy Lord." 'The Lord is that 
Spirit," and "the fruit of the Spirit is 
joy.'' I do not believe that God, nor 
any holy being, desires, nor delights 
in the destruction of any one ; nor do I 
believe that tiie puni.--hment of the 
wicked, by divine justice, will detract 
from the saints in lieaven any of their 
happiness. Head Psalm 90:11-13. Then 
'every creature whichis in heaven, and on 
the earth, and underthe earth, such as are 
ill the sea, and all that are in them, heard I 
saying, bles.-ing, and honor, and glory, 
and power, bj unto him thatsitteth upon 
the throne, and unto the liamb, lorever 
and ever." Of the saved, it will be 
said, "and they overcame him by the 
blood of the Lamb, and by the word of 
their testimony ; and they loved not 
tlieir lives unto the death. Therefore, 
rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in 
tliem." Until then, "we have hope as an 
anchor of the soul, both sure and stead- 
fast, and which entereth into that within 
the vail. Rejoice in the Lord alway, 
and again, 1 saj', rej.iice. Kt-j'ice ever- 
more, and pray without ceasing. Finally, 
brethren, "hope to the end for the grace 
that is to be brought unto you at the 
revelation of Jesus Christ." 



For the Companion and Visitor. 



(Continued from page 104.) 



In l*roverbs 22 : 9, wc read "He 
that hath a bouutiful eye Bhall be 
blessed, for he giveth of bis bread to 
the poor." In the same book, 19 : 17, 
"He that hath pity on the poor lend- 
eth auto the Lord, aud that, which be 



hath given will he pay him again " 
Therefore it is said in this connection. 
"He that giveth to the poor shall 
have no lack." "He flhall not lack 
from the fact that the Lord will pay 
him again : that is, Ho will pay him 
again provided it be for his general 
good, or he has need : and if he does 
not receive compensation in this 
world : he will in that which is to 
come:" "He shall find it again after 
many days." 

We remember the Saviour said : 
"Lay up for yourselves treasures in 
heaven, where neither moth nor rust 
doth corrupt, and where thieves do 
not break through and steal." He 
also said, "Make unto yourselves 
friends of the mammon of unright- 
eousness : that when ye fail, they may 
receive you into everlasting habita- 
tions." And Solomon the wise said, 
"Cast thy bread upon the waters for 
thou shalt find it again after many 
days." "Laying up treasures in 
heaven — making to ourselves friends 
of the mammon of unrighteousness, 
aud casting our bread upon the wa- 
ters are synonymous and imply the 
same thing ; aud are accomplished by 
distributiug of our earthly goods to 
the poor. When the great apostle 
of the gentiles was sent on his mis- 
sion to preac!) the gospel, two special 
requests were made or enjoined upon 
him ; one was, that he should "Re- 
member the poor ;" which says be "I 
was also forward to do."' In his 
noble address which he delivered be- 
fore an assembly of elders at, Miletus, 
after he had rehearsed before them 
the course i-f his Christian lifo aL;d 
practice, he concludes with the fob 
iowiug words: "I lave coveted lo 
man's iiher or gold, or aj] ar 1, 
Yea ye yourfjelvea know, that thesd 
hands have ministered unto my neces- 
sities and to them that were with aie, 
I have showed you all things, how so 
laboring ve ought to support the 
weak, and to remember the words of 
the Lord Jesu.'^, how he said, "It is 
more blessed to give than torecieve.'' 

It is more bljssed to give than to 
recieve, (a) fnm this r asou : In 
giving we may make happy many a 
home, aud at the same time gain the 
appiohalion vf Jehovah, whereas iu 
recieviiig, the rtc pieuts though bless- 
ed, are brought undiF obligatiois. 
(b) By giving w, may save, not only 
the lives of mauy people, but we may 
by this n.eaus be instrumental iu 
saving many bouls, which will be aj 



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shining etara in our "crown of right- 
tousnfaa." "They that be wiae shall 
bbine aa the brigbtnesa of the firnia- 
ment, and they that turn many to 
riKhteousneaa, as the stars forever and 
ever." Dan. 12: 8. The promise ia 
also to him who hath dit^persed 
abroad, aad given to the poor: "Ilia 
righteous remaineth forever." 2 Cor. 
9: 9. Soii>e persons, in giving, may 
perhaps have imagined and felt as 
though that which they donate and 
send to those distant regions ia gone 
forever, and for this reason have given 
sparingly, and perhaps grudgingly ; 
but if we have faith in the word of 
God, such auggeationa are easily 
banished. When we call to mind 
acme of those glowing promises, con- 
tained in the r-acred Book, they must 
vanish like mist before the rising sun, 

"lie whioh soweth sparingly shall 
reap also sparingly ; and he which 
soweth bountifully shall reap also 
bountifully. Every man according 
as he purposetb in his heart, ao let 
him give ; not grudgingly, or of 
necessity ; for God loveth a cheerful 
giver. And God is able to make all 
grace abound toward you ; that ye, 
always having all sufficiency in all 
things, may abound to every good 
work." 2 Cor. 9: G— 8 

Jacob Baiir. 

MouUon, loiva. 

( To lic coittinued.) 



For the Companion and Visitok. 
rialu Talk. 



BY S. 8. MOIILER. 



After reading brother D. P. Say- 
ler'a article 00 Eiuigration in No. G, 
current V'ol., I could not feel satisQed 
to let it pass unnoticed. I must con- 
fess my inability to discover his 
reason for publishing the sentiments 
of said article. Ilia implication that 
the Brethren in the West are par- 
ticipants iu fraudulent ropresenta- 
tiona about the exi.-sting destitution, 
is certainly a bold atroke, and ia to be 
attributed more to the reading of 
Newspaper literature, than to an ex- 
amination of the Word of God to learn 
the rulo of Christian fellowship. 
Wheu considering the source of his 
information — from which he pre- 
sumes to tell the. truth about the 
scarcity in the West, we here don't 
hesitate in aaying, brother Sayler 
knotvs 7iothing about it. If his opera- 
tions at such a distance from where 



he lives, are to l)e estiniated by his 
Euiigrai.ion article, what a blessing 
it would be to confine hia operations 
nigher home. The entire article is 
uncalled for, and is as to the matter 
of scarcity wide of the truth. Instead 
of brother Sayler bringing comfort to 
the suffering brethren and sisters and 
friends, wliicli many other dear Chris- 
tian hearts are doing, by substantial 
tokens of syt!)i)athy, he has struck a 
deep wouud, and caused many to 
shed tears Itia almost incredible to 
believe, that a brother having bis age 
and experience, can breathe such a 
spirit of wholesale imputation of dis- 
honesty against such a large body of 
members, as are living in the desti- 
tute districts. The source of his in- 
formation is first a letter from Kansas 
by a man not known to be a brother, 
who having failed to make a corn crop, 
was obliged to feed his wheat to his , 
horses; and therefore could not make 
payment on bis land, and novv asks 
aid. This, brother Sayler, makes a 
standard case. The second is a letter 
from a former citizen of Maryland 
describing the gra.sshopper ravages, 
the distance he hauls water, the 
abundance of prairie chickens, and of 
fattening forty-two hog.s, and yet says 
nothing of any scarcity. This is 
made another case, and then quotes a 
lengthy extract of an article published 
in the Chicago Tribune agaim^t the 
united testimony of the Kannas and 
Nebrat^ka brethren. Does brother 
Sayler know anything of the charac- 
ter of the editor of said paper, for 
truthfulness ? He ought to know be- 
fore spreading an assumption before 
the world, based on that editorial that 
80 cruelly impeaches our brethren 
with foul work. Brother Sayler as- 
sumes that the testimony of two 
unknown men, and an editorial from 
an unknown editor of an irreligious 
journal, ia auflicMeut to set aside the 
testimony of hundreds of western 
brethren, and affi.^ t9 them the char- 
acter of imjwslor.s, sending out men- 
dicant pilgrims purposely to filtch off 
of the eastern people. I am certain 
that nothing short of a retraction of 
hia article will restore to brother Say- 
ler the Christian eateem in which he 
was held. That Chicago Jirarual 
article we know ia positively untrue 
iu so far as it bears on the dcstitutioa 
in Kauaas; and brother Sayler has, 
by quoting it. grieviously violated 



live in Kansas, and seen a number of 
persons and families, who fled from 
the devastated districts, and also, 
that railroads carried free of charge, 
many who lost all meana of auste- 
nauce. Strange indeed, that so many 
persons should flee bleeding Kansa.n ; 
which by the editor of the Chicago 
Tribune is said to be "Jull of cattle, 
fodder, grain, and fruits of all kind." 
I know something about the western 
destitution from personal observation. 
For this destitution extends eastward 
from Kansas into Missouri, from 
fifty to eighty miles east of the Kan- 
sas line. In this county (Johnson) 
it was estimated at a meeting held 
lately in Warrensburg, that 100 head 
of horses and cattle are dying every 
day for want of feed. I know fami- 
lies who would have perished before 
this iu the absceoce of outside help. 
I know of families of children that 
have passed so far into the winter 
bare-footed, and where four persona 
made meals ou one biscuit to the per- 
son. I have seen the tear trickling 
over the face (and our momb' rs at 
that) wheu informed of the meana 
at, hand, sect to us by our uoble 
Christian brethren and friends for 
their relief. Brethren moved V)y the 
divine impulse of their Christian prin- 
ciples opened their hearts, and with 
liberal hands, are feeding the hungry 
and clothing the naked. And after 
all the testimony of families suffering, 
and stock perishing, brother Sayler 
aaya, (to the generous donors who 
are positively k'^eping a people from 
atarvatioii) Brethren you are impos- 
ed upon, Kansas is full of grain, fod- 
der, and fruits of all kind, the western 
brethren have exaggerated the want 
among them, and are collecting ac- 
cording to the dimensions of their 
stories. But this matter ia too pain- 
ful to continue the review of brother 
Sayler's article. Now the de.^titution 
iu this county is not owing to tho 
newness of the country. This has had 
acttlera upwards of forty years, and 
ranks the fifth county in wealth in 
the state, and I have heard men aay 
who lived here fony years, they 
never saw such a time. I accept 
brother Sayler's severe remarks as 
equally to apply to us, as to the Kai-- 
aaa and Nebraska brethren. Now if 
brother Sayler will confess his error 
in writing his "emigration article" 
and thus remove the obatacle he 



Chriatian courtesy. I have bothaeen, | threw iu the way of the brethren iu 
and converaed with, brethrou that tho east, who were bo uobly respond- 



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135 



\nfr to ueedy suff<^rcir3 of the West, 
ail will be well. It ia wiib exireuie 
regret that a demaud of this kiud is 
uecossarj to tmike ot brother Sayler. 
V/e hopo he will admit the propriety 
of relit viug ihose he ofieuded through 
the same inediuiii he gave the offence. 
We waut brother Quiuter to print 
this iu behalf of the aggrieved. 
Wanentiburg Mo. 



For the Comi'anio« and Visitok. 
Au Idea ou Covetousuess. 



BY DR. P FARHNEY. 



Miuistera seldom dwell ou the sub- 
jrct of covvlousuess. This may be 
owing to the fact that uo cue cnu' be 
"Lit" by such a ditcourse. TLe rich 
nsaa will not take it to himtelf, and 
ibe poor, or those in humble circjin- 
btauces, would not, for a nionteut, eu- 
ttrtain the thought thai such a charge 
(hjuid be laid at their door, so com- 
ruoD is it to suppose that the rich are 
otily accountable fur this vile siu. 
Let ud look into this iiiaUer. 

What is covetousuess ? Acawer : 
When a man has an iuordiuate dt sire 
f-.>r his neighbor's properly, and when 
he cohlrives to gel ii without giving 
an tquivaleut for the same. Tue eu- 
tuiuiug of i-uch thoughts niight be 
classed with covctousueRs. This 
may uot be Webster's deliuiiioo, but 
such a greedy-miuded person surely 
is coveious. Uesid s, ujcu have been 
kbowu to lend uiouey to person.^', aud 
thujget them iuvolved, and lioally 
have iLeui sold out by the sheriff, to 
gratify a desire to become iu pos^es- 
Biuu of a farm, or other properij, uot 
otherwise obiaiuable. 

Tbis might be n-garded as covet- 
oii!<ue8S iu its ugliest form. ]{ul ail 
rich men are uot so minded. Take a 
I'.iau who, by honesiy, industry and 
frugality, in time gained a competence. 
T'hey are, a^ a rule, uot envious, but 
are free in giving advice to those who 
have the same chuuco. A uiau who 
will admouish his hired man to save 
up his taruiugs, aud give every as- 
eisiauce iu the way of good, whole- 
some council, can uot be called a sliu- 
gy, selfish man; and, therefore, uot 
covetous. 

But, on the other haud, we find a 
pr» at majority if maukiud uot rich. 
Wt do uot, of couise, reft-r to those 
wLo, by a successiou of Jiiisfortuiscs, 
were dwindled down ; fur their day 
will yet como. If uui tu thuai, pur- 



haps to their children. Those in 
liuiuble circumstances are not always 
able to trace their condition to any- 
thing, but the siu of improvidence. 
Half conscious of this, they aim to 
UfU the clofik of religion as a covering, 
by quoting from Scripture, thai covet- 
ousiicss is "idolatry ;" that "it is eas- 
ier for a camel to go through the eye 
of a needle, than fur a rich man to 
enter the kingdom of heaveu." 

Do we uot often see men, who nev- 
er had anything of their own, ia the 
way of real property, (and it is not 
likely they ever will,) because their 
parents and graad-pareuts before 
them had been, and their children 
after them will be destitute, all be- 
cause iiujjrovideace, like drunkenness, 
may be hereditary? But all this is 
no evidence that tbty do not crave 
other people's property. They only 
dvspise the method of acquiring the 
t^aine, by giving value for it. They 
are the most liberal borrowers, and 
pay the highest rate of interest. To 
refuse them, is to meet with a rebuke; 
to a.-k for it when due, is an insult; 
for they had never made any arrange- 
ii:euts to refund the same, because 
tijcy are im[)rovidout, aiul the loudi'st 
in talking about "grinding the faces 
of the poor." Is uot this covetous- 
ness ? if uot, then what is it ? 

Tte worthy poor iu free America, 
are comparatively few. Those who 
have uo ambition to acquire compe- 
ttiuce, but, on the othcn- hand, iw&y, 
aud ofieu do, euvy those who have, 
aud maaitest a disposition to drag 
dowu to their own level, are many. 
'It is uo use to depend oa rich rela- 
tious," is to hi heard ou every haud. 
Siich people are to be su.^pected of 
covetous aesires, far a true aud uoblc- 
miuded mau will not depend ou rela- 
tions, but go to work with the hands 
aud intelk-ci God has given him, aud 
will be too thaukful when uot obliged, 
through disire.-^s, or mi.'^ fortune, to 
fall back upou the liberality of his re- 
lations. Such a man is uever iu want 
of friends. Let him go where he will 
it ia the covetous, improvident iadi- 
vitlual v^ho Cuds little favor in the 
world. 

See the numerous "strikes," right 
in the midst of bard times, when 
capital is scarce, aud, therefore, labor 
ai a discouut. If these men saved 
the money they pay into the treasury 
of their oathbouuil organization, fer 
tiio very purpose of disuessiug Ihem- 
tielves, their faiuiliea aud f>illo\y-atan, 



just to show what they can do in 
some future contemplated strike. If 
they, instead of doing this, used fru- 
gality iu their (Xpensep, then it ia 
s»fe to say that iu about ten years 
tiicy would have created sufficient 
capiiul to run the very busiuess 
•ivliich gives them employmeut. If 
they have the elements of organiza- 
tion amongst them, which they seem 
to have, why do not they orgauizo 
co-operative com panics, and buy out~ 
the capitalist v/uois oppressing them, 
or start up opposition works with au 
orj^auiz'jd effort of this kind ? They 
could get more than even with their 
employer. It would be a permanent 
and very honorable strike — onewhii'h 
would uot bring distress, and ofitiiaes 
suffering to the very door of their i:i- 
uocent fa-.nilies, but that would not 
he in keeping nith their covetousness. 
Th'.ir purpose is not to get up in the 
world ana live iadependeat of the 
capitaiist, and dispense with him al- 
together, but ever are they ready to 
drag hiin down to their level. It is 
this principle of improvideuco aloni', 
whi(;h .Kiiifars cajjiinl to be either de- 
stroyed or motiopoltz -d. 
Chicngo, Ilh. 



We aiust row \vi(h the oars we have, 
i ani as wg cianot order tiio wiud, we are 
ohlii^ed to ?ail with the itvitid that Go I 

Patience aii'j attenuon v.ill biing us 
f.iT. [!' 11 cat watches long enouL'h at 
t!ie mou.se's nest, the mouse .-hall not 
e.'^cipo. 

i'ersevorancj will obtain good c:ibna>:o 
and lettuc.>, where oiherwisd notliiiig hue 
thi<tles will ^row. 

Tlie iiloivmii; mast go up anl down, 
and whatever elsa may h-; done, there is 
no 01 her but liiis long way to do the 
work well. 

Ijearn to sleep with one eye open. As 
soon as tiie chifil<en goes to roost it is a 
good time for the t'ox. 

Fools always will ask what time it is, 
bur the wise know their rime. 

Grind while the wind is fair, and if 
i'ou neglect, do not complaiu of God's 
providence. 

God gives feed to every bird, but lie 
docs not bring it to the nest ; in like 
iiianiicr Fie gives tis our daiij' bread, 'out 
hy means of our daily work. 

The dawn of day has gold in its mouth. 

He that Lgs behind in a road where 
many are driving always will bo iu a cloud 
of dust. 

Never set your feet in a dirty and crook- 
ed path for the love of money. It is a 
w>rk that will brin,.? had iiitarest if you 
wish to suck houey of thistles. 



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Christian family companion and gospel visitoe. 



Repose iu Christ. 



Can cartb co'itaio a ereater bliss, 
A holier, liearer joy than this, 

To have in Christ a fiieud f 
To know hi-i care, to ree hi-- face, 
In each event his love to trace, 
As gentle dews of heavenly grace 

Upon the 60)1 descend ? 

They biJ life's vexing cares depart. 
And pi-aceful trust pervades the heart 

That di'th in Christ repose. 
Our follies, faults and sins forgiven, 
The darkest cluud by light is riven ; 
We have a foretaste here of heaven ; 

Its golden gates tinclose. 

Our rich inberitaDce seems near ; 
The stars of faith serenely clear 

Upon our being shine. 
A rest unknown before we lind ; 
Pure aspirations fill the mind ; 
We see the uplifted cross entwined 

With beams of light divine. 

A gloiions promise, full and free. 
That "where Christ is we too shall be," 

Who have his name coaftssed, 
Points upward to a happier clime, 
A life eternal and sublime, 
Beyond ihe changing s'lenes of time. 

Where weary ones lind rest. 

O hope divine ! O life above ! 

Bought by a Saviour's matchless love ; 

We llcss his grace which Hows 
In "living waters," fountains free ! 
Wliere all who will may ransomed be, 
And blest throughout eternity, 

In Christ our Lord repose. 

— S: UclecX. 



For the CoMrxuioN and Visitor. 
Obedience. 



BY C. II. AVALKER. 



Obedience njeausa compliance with 
a comriianQ. and is of a two fold na- 
ture, viz., voluntar}' and involuntary. 
Voluntary obedience alone can be 
acceptable to tJod. His laws and 
commandments are pure, just and 
true, and cannot be amended or re- 
modeled by fallible man. Man is 
placed in this world as a free agent, 
he can voluntarily accept Qod's law 
and live forever, or involuntarily 
reject and be forever banished from 
the presence of him, who mete.q out 
justice to all. Obedience to God's 
law is a principle we all should pos- 
BCPB ; a principle, that should rule 
predominantly in our hearts. An 
olxdient child is a lovely creature 
iodced, and it will be beloved by all 



around it. But bow many of us who 
have come to the years of accouJita- 
biiity can say, that we heeded or 
obeyed the first commandment, — 
"Children obey your parentis, " — 
"Honor thy father and tuolher," etc 
I don't suppose there is a person liv- 
inj; on this mundane ppbere of ours, 
that can say, I have not violated this 
commandineut Hence it follows, 
that we are so unhappy and unfortu- 
nate in this worl i : for every trans- 
gression shall receive its just recom- 
peuce of reward. When we seriously 
meditate upon this commandment, 
what solenin thoughts are impressed 
upon our minds ! With solemnity, so- 
briety and sadness wo look on our 
days of foolishness and joyful mirth, 
too late now to recall those indifferent 
words and actions. If we look back 
through the dim vista of the past, and 
there learn how our frail bark was 
tossed to aud fro, it makes us to e.x- 
claim with anxiety, were I to live it 
over again, I would devote that time 
to better and more nobler service. 
Every servant should obey the com- 
mand of his master or mistress, for so 
says the Bible, and a violation of the 
Bible is certainly a gross transgres- 
sion. We should one and all be sub- 
ject to our superiors in wisdom and 
knowledge, aud make use of their 
rich admonitions aud instructions; 
as we might profit by them. It might 
cause us to pry into hidden matters 
and into our frail characters and de- 
velop such things as might lead us to 
bury in oblivion some of our habits, 
formed in youth that are detrimental 
and are carrying us fast to ruin, which 
are sorely ft It by our pious parents, 
who have watched over us and fos- 
tered us by their gentle arms, from 
our cradle up to manhood aud woman- 
hood. How sad and forlorn parents 
will feel as they see their offspring 
roam over this rugged world in their 
mad career, causing a stigma upon 
them, which they must or will carry 
to their graves. Many a tender 
mother's heart is broken by seeing 
their sons and daughters di.sobeying 
God's law and acting outsiuful acts, 
aud following the broad and dismal 
road to perdition, and the displeasure 
of God resting upon them. I appeal 
toyou,son.^aiiddaughters,undcr who<e 
notice these linos may fall, if you arc 
guilty of these crimes, to turn from 
the error of your ways, be con- 
strained to throw your lot with those 
who are sincere, upright, just, prudent 



and honest. It is truly worth while 
for all of us to come to mature delib- 
eration, for the time will come where- 
in DO man can wofk. Therefore 
persist not in your own conceited mo- 
tives, for if you do, the time will come, 
that you tvill, with tears in your eyes 
and with a down cast look, sorely 
regret it. Be sober minded, vigilant, 
always abounding in the grace of the 
Lord. 

Berlin, Pa. 



A Cbeerlul Home. 



A single bitter word may di.s(]uict an 
entire family for a whole day. One surly 
glance casts a glooui over the houriohold, 
while one smile, like a gleam of .sun.shine, 
may light up the darkest aud weariest 
hour.s. Jjike unexpected flowirs, which 
spiing up along our path, lull of fVe.sl.- 
nes.s, fragrance <ind beauty, so do kind 
words and gentle acts and sweet di.^posi- 
tions make glad the home where pea c 
and blessing dwell. No matter \o\v 
humble the abode, if it he thur; garui.-h' d 
with grace, and sweetened with kin Iness 
and smiles, the heart will turn lovingly 
toward it from all the lumult.s of ihj 
world, and home, if it be ever so homely, 
will be the dearest spot beneath the cir- 
cuit of the sun. 

And the influences of home perpetuate 
themselves. The gentle grace of" iho 
mother lives in the daughter long after 
her head is pillowed in tliedu.st of death ; 
and the f'atheily kindness finds its echo 
iu the nobility and courtesy of sons wlio 
came tj wear his mantle and to fill his 
place ; while, on the other hand, from 
an unhappy, misgoverned, and disordend 
home go forth persons who shall make 
other lioiues miserable, and perpetual! 
the sourness and sadness, the contemions 
and strifes and railing.s which have made 
their own early lives so wretched and 
distorted. 

Toward the cheerful home the children 
gather "as doves to their windows," 
while from the home which is tiie abode 
of discontent and strife and trouble, they 
fly forth as vultures to rend tlieir prey. 

Tiie class of"mcu that di.-turli and dis- 
order and distress the world, are not 
those horn and nurtured amid the hal- 
lowed influences of Clinstian homes ; 
but rather those who.se early life hua 
been a scene of trouble and vcxat on — 
who have stated wrong in the pilgrima.^e, 
and who.se course is one of liius er lo 
themselves, and trouble to those around 
them — ISdeclcd. 



— If a niau Uvea after the flesh, he 
lives but as a beast ; if he lives after 
the Spirit, angels are bis companion?. 

— Proud looks lose hearts, but 
courteous words win them. 



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FOR THE YOUNG 

A Child's I'rayer. 



I was very much interested last 
evening iu a story told me by a ladv 
of her little boy, only four years old. 
She said he bad always been timid. 
and efpecially afraid in the dark, 
always roquiriiig a light kfc iu the 
room upon going to bed. She said 
to him one night, "Jimmy, you have 
nothing to fear — (jud 8e(-s and takes 
care of his little-ones iu the dark, ju.-t 
the same as in the light." "1 kuow 
it, mamma, hut I can't help feeling af- 
raid." "Do you a.-k God to keep you 
froDi being afraid ?" "No." "Then 
I would." 

Not many days after he atked his 
mother for au apple. She told him 
be could have it, if he would go him- 
self and get it. A (ii\v Ujiuutes after, 
she i^aw him go into another room, 
kneel behind tue door, acd heard him 
make his little prayer: 

"Lord, do you love me? I love 
you — don't let me be afraid I I want 
to be good — don't let me be afraid I 
I have a little brother — will you love 
bim loo ? Don't let him be afraid 
either I When I grow up to l>e a man, 
don't let me go into wicked places 
and drink naughty stuff, that makes 
men bad. Amen." 

Then he arose from his knees, 
went down into the dark cellar, and 
got an apple from a barrel iu the 
farthest corner. "Did you get one ?" 
asked his mother, upon his return. 
"Ves ; but I didn't hurry. I wasn't 
afraid."— Evangeliat. 

I..uve wtuH I<oT«. 

"Mother, the birdies all love 
father," said a little boy of five suu;- 
mers, as he stood with his mother 
watching the robins eujoying their 
morning ceal of cherries from the old 
tree that overhung the bouse. 

"Dues anything else love father, 
Charlie ?" 

"Oh yes ! you love him, and I lovo 
him; but we know more than the 
birds." 

"What do you think is the reason 
the birdies love your father ?" 

Charlie did not seem to hear the 
question. He was absorbed iu deep 
thought. "Mother,'" at last be taid, 
"all the creatures love father. My 
dog is almost as glad to see him as 
be is me. Pussy, you know, always 
comes to bim, and seems to know exact- 
ly what be is sayiug. Even the old 



cow follows him all round the mea- 
dow, and the other day I saw her 
licking his hand, just as a dog would. 
What can be the reason, mother ?" 

"Think, Charlie; try and find out 
a reason yourself." 

''1 think it is because father loves 
them, mother. You know he will 
often get up to give pussy something 
to cat ; and pulls carrots for the cow, 
and pats her, and talks to her ; and 
somehow I think his voice never 
sounds 80 sweet as when he talks to 
the creatures." 

"I think his voice sounds plea.«ant 
when he is talking to his litte boy." 

Charlie smiled. "Panther loves 
me," ho said, "and I love him dearly. 
lie loves the birds, too, I am sure. 
lie whistles to them every morning 
when they are eating cherries, and 
they arc not a bit afraid of him, 
though he is almost near enough to 
catch them. Mother, I wish every- 
thing loved me as well as they do 
father." 

"Do as father dees, Charlie, and 
they will. Love all living things, 
and be kind to them. Do not speak 
roughly to the dog. Don't pull pus- 
sy's tail, nor chase the hen, nor try 
to frighten the cow. Never throw 
stones at the birds. Never hurt nor 
tease anything. Speak gently and 
lovingly to them. Feed them and 
seek their comfort, and they will love 
you, and everything that knows you 
will love you too." — Trad Journal. 



A Boy Habit aci<l What 
C'Hine oi it. 

"Lend me a postage stamp, Hal," 
said Nicholas, as he was folding a let- 
ter to send home." I am out of 
stamps and change. I will pay you 
back when my next allowance comes." 

Hal handed over the stamp and 
then went on with his writing. 
Nicholas mailed his letter and 
thought no more about the stamp. 
Hal did not care, so you think there 
was no barm done. But there is 
where you make the mistake. He 
had defrauded bis school-mate out of 
three cents, and had added another 
link to the chain which was fast biud- 
iug bim. Evil habits are so easy to 
form, but so hard to break up. The 
next time he borrowed ten cents, 
"just till to-morow, when he would 
get a bill changed.'' Then he made 
himself noted in school for borrow- 
ing pencils, pens, knives, and such 
like schoolboy possessions ; acd seve- 



ral of the obliging boys had lost con- 
siderable by him. At last it grew 
the custom to decline, when he wish- 
ed to borrow. But there were gene- 
rally new boys, coming from time to 
time, who had to find out his propensi- 
ties for themselves. 

If you had called Nicholas a thief, 
I .suppoye he would have repelled the 
idea with scorn. But he was, for all 
that. The habit was growing upon 
him daily. He grew very reckless of 
the rights of others. He was always 
borrowing as a boy and as a yonng 
man. His acquaintances grew shy 
of him, and crossed over on the other 
side, rather than run the risk of being 
iiiiporluued for "a short loan." He 
obtained a situation in a bank, and 
in an evil hour he was tempted to 
enter into a speculation, "that would 
surely make fifty thousand dollars." 
He "borrowed" twenty thousand 
from the bank, secretly, intending to 
return it in the same way, as soon as 
his fortune was realized. But his 
scheme failed, and the wretched 
young mau fl-d to avoid exposure. 
He was ariested, however, and con- 
fined to a felon's cell, leaving a 
stricken household to the grief and 
shame with which such an act must 
overwhelm them. It was the natu- 
ral end of the habit of borrowing and 
not returning small sums. Boys, let 
the strictest honor characterize your 
dealings, down to the smallest parti- 
culars. — Schoolday Magazine. 



Tiie First Falsehood. 

An aged nian, who hoped that his 
sins had been forgiven, said that 
through his whole life his first false- 
hood deliberately uttered was present 
to his remembrance. His mother had 
forbidden him to goto bathe at a cer- 
tain place. He had been led to trans- 
gress her command by the ridicule of 
his companions, who taunted him 
with being afraid of being whipped 
by a woman. When he came home, 
► he saw from the derangement of his 
dress what he had been doing. She 
asked bim if be had been bathing,and 
with a flushed countenance he answer- 
ed, "No, ma'am." She gave him a 
lock of pain, and retired to b^r cham- 
ber. That first falsehood led to oth- 
ers ; yet it was never forgotten by 
him, and never remembered by him 
without pain. 

There should be no first falsehood, 
and then there will be no succeeding 
ones. 



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Christian Familv Companion 



AND 



GOSPEL VISITOR 



M1']YP:IISDALK, Pa., JIarch 2, 1875. 



Ths Famln* in «he West. 

By a peculiar dispensation of Provi- 
dence, a scarcity of provision for both 
man and heast prevails over a consider 
able portion of our country. But as ex- 
tensive as the territory is over whicli the 
famine pievail.", and as nunjcrous as the 
population is tlint is needing help, that 
territory is sniall in proportion to the 
partof our country that is blessed with 
abundance, and the population that is 
now rrquirin^' ai d calling for liclp, is 
small in proportion to the number of the 
wealthy and tliose in moderate circum- 
stauces who have enough and to spare. 
Consequently, none .^hould be left to per- 
ish with liungcr, or even to feci tlie keen 
pangs of hunger. The tliou^ht of starv- 
ing, or of being in extreme want, is so 
terrible, that we all feel, wlio give (he 
Kubjtct some tljouglit and attention, and 
who are able to render some assistance, 
that it will not. do to let any die from 
Imnger, or even to suffer from it. Such 
is the feeling, no doubt, of every reflect- 
ing person — a feeling prompted often by 
our humaniiy, but always by our Cliris- 
tianity, if it is the Christianity of the 
compassionate, the benevolent, the self 
denying an'l fivuipaihizing Jesus. But 
thoagb. tliere is such a feeling prevailing 
among tlic people of our country gener- 
ally, and both ability and willingness to 
render the help needed, still there is 
danger, and great danger, of many sufR^r- 
ing severely, and indeed of dying from 
want. Though we may liuvc both the 
ability and will to help, the needy arc not 
immediately under our notice, and hence 
we may not make the exertion we .'jliould 
to get what is needed to tliem. Activity, 
energy and perseverance are nece.-sary to 
make our means designed to relieve the 
nc'jdy, available. 

Dear reader.'?, we would remind you all, 
and especially you, beloved brethren, that 
\7hile we arc writing and talking about 
sending relief to the needy, many of 
them are actually suffering and suffering 
^evcr(;ly. Therefore, dehiy not to decide 
what your duly, uiider exi.-jting circum- 
stances, rtcpiircdyou to give, nor slow in 
giving what a sense of duty dicta'es 



should be given. Much is required to 
supply the wants until another harvest 
relieves u.s of our duty to give. And for 
that harvest there must be seed. Then 
the poor beasts must be provided for. 
Their services will be needed, for their 
labor will be required to help to produce 
the prospective crops, that are looked to 
and relied on with .so much interest. 

There is now an excellent opj.ortunity 
afforded us for doing good. Let us not 
lose the opportunity. Let there be a 
united effort in every community. And 
let there be a united effort iu each con- 
gregation of the Brotherhood.' it seems 
to us that all that is waniiiii: to get the 
bretlirep. to act, and to act charitably, is 
to present the maiter in a proper way to 
them. But somebody must do this. 
Let some active brethren make ilie move, 
and they will hardly fail to have the co 
operation of the church iu such a good 
cause, if a judicious course is pursued. 
We are muoli in favor of a monthly, or 
weekly contribution until tlie demand is 
superseded by a home tupply. Lot us 
not become weary iu well doing. As 
long as we have plenty, and perhaps are 
iiicrea.-iiig our own stock or wcaltii, why 
should we complain tliat we arc so f.e- 
quenlly asked to give ? If we are more 
able to give to day than we were yester- 
day, or iu other words, if we have more 
this year than we liad last, tliough we 
have given much, should we not be more 
willing and ready to give 'l" It would 
surely seem so. The duty of giving to 
the needy and suffering, we liave not 
dwelt upon. It has been well done by 
others, and this feature of the subject we 
did not design to notice. lie lounl ac- 
tion, united action, reptattd action, I'.vt- 
'mediate action. The occasion requires 
it.. Are we ready for it ? We hope we 

are. 

We liave not reached the i)oint we had 
in view when we commenced this article. 
Our thoughts seem to take another 
course, and we suffered them to iiave 
their way. Under another head, we 
shall present the points we desired to 
present in this article. 

Are tbe Niiirci-iuif and H'aut ot 
the WvNt E.vttiiK<*ru(,«<l ? 

Blessed as our country u- ually lias been 
wiih abundance, it seems almost impossi- 
ble to credit the reports of the extreme 
want and buffering in several of the West- 
ern Stales. And us such reports arc 



sometimes exaggerated, and the suffering 
of the people used by designing men lor 
speculative purposes, it seems that some 
have thought that the scarcity of provis- 
ion that lias existed for some time in the 
V\'^est has been exaggerated, and that the 
want is not as general or as great, as has 
been represented. And it is I'eared that 
the spread of lliis idea may operate to 
tlie disadvantage of the suffering by 
making people indifferent to their wants. 
Hence the publication of an article from 
brother D. P. ISayler Nn "Emigration," 
has been tiiought by a good many to be 
injudicious at, this time, thinking it may 
La\e a tendency to lessen the amount of 
contributions made to meet the wants of 
the destitute. It surely would be an un- 
fortunate circumstance if such an effect 
should I'ollow its appearance in our pa- 
pers. If such an effect should follo-.v, 
we fee! sure ic would be painful to broth- 
er Saylcr, as well as to others, since such 
was by no means his olject iu giving his 
article to the public, through our iiaper.-^. 
He llaught there was danger ol bad men 
taking advantage of the occasion ol' the 
suffering of the people in I tie West to 
promote their own seilisli purpo.-es, aini 
he wrote his article to prevent the charit- 
able from being imposed upon. Perhaps 
little more reflection on the part of broth- 
er Saylcr would have impressed his mind 
with the iaet that there is danger of the 
needy tutferiiig as well as the charitable 
being imposed upon, and witii that im- 
pression, he might not have given hid 
article to tiie public. But brother Say- 
ler's design was good. lie is himself a 
cliaritalle man, and there is none more 
ready than he to extend a helping liand 
to tbe needy. He forwarded i-o 00 to 
us from the Double Pipe Creek Church, 
of which he is the elder, to be applied to 
the destitute in the West. 

We have received quite a number of 
articles in answer to brother Sayler's. 
Some of these we shall pubiish, but all of 
them we cannot. And we hope that 
those that have written, who may not 
see their articles in print, will not think 
hard of us fcr not publishing them, since 
we cannot with propriety puOii-h all. 

Tlic want and suffering of both man 

and beast are great. Of tlii.s, the testis 

muny is icliable and conelu-ive. In an 

I article fiom brother Cain, IVeim Waterloo, 

I Iowa, pubiii^hed in our present nuinter, 

the stulemeut is made (but brother Ctiris- 



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tian Long, having visited the scene of 
fuffering, pronounces it inexpressible. 
Brother Long is well known, and his tes- 
liiuony can be relied on. Brother S. S. 
Mohlcr, of Missouri, inforujs us that at a 
meeting held in Warrensburg, the county- 
seat of Jolmson County, Missouri, it was 
estimated that one liundred head of 
horses and cattle are dying daily for want 
of feed. What a terrible state of ihiuKs 
to exist in a cmmry in wliicii there is 
plenty! Let the work then of seiidiii,:^ 
supplies be conrinued wiiii unabated zcal, 
and increased liberality. Bretiiren, act 
with promptnc^.', but with wisdom. 
^.^ 

A Word ill Itrgar«1 to the Ac- 
knowlt'dKln;; ot Contributious 
S<itt T%>st lu Oar Fnper. 

It was not becaufc of anyihing we 
.said that brother Swiizer made the sug- 
gestion he did in No. 5, of the prqscnt 
volumf, i 1 regard to acknowledging the 
contributions nceived by the needy in 
the West. What he .stated originated 
wiih himself, and not with us. It sccnis 
that some want their contributions ac- 
knowledged in our paper, and where tbi.i 
is the case, it can be dene. We have 
given considerable space in our paper to 
articles relating to the suffering in the 
West. This wc have done cheeifully. 
And we have had no intimation of any 
dissatisfaction on the part of our sub- 
scribers. And wc hope there has been 
no dissatisfaction. The condition of our 
brethren and friends in the West, wc 
mean buch as are in needy circumstances, 
appeals strongly to our sympathy, and 
we hope we all feel like doing whatever 
we can to relieve their wants and allevi- 
ate their sufferings. While, however, 
we shall most cheerfully publish whatever 
may tend to promote the interests of the 
needy, we ho[>e that all articles on the 
subject will be as mucli condensed as 
possible. 

While on tb.is subject, we would furth-. 
or "ay, our desire to give ibe ariitlc* 
written on behall' of the Western suffer- 
ers, as early a place as possible in our 
paper, has caused other correspondence 
to be delayed. We hope this explana» 
tion is satisfactory. 



dren must be cared for, and their proper 
wants supplied. In thinking of the pro- 
priety of such a department, wc were led 
to pen the thoughts under the h.ead of 
'"Our Duty to the Young," which ap- 
nt^arcd in our jiaj^er a week or two ago. 
Now we shall be pleased to have c<>nlri- 
butois to reuieuiber the young, aud to 
contribute fur their department. Let us 
not forget the young in our praying, 
preaching, or writing. They should have 
a share of whatever they can understand 
and enjoy, of all that is good. 



Oar I>ei>nrtnient lor the Yooug. 

It will be noticed that we have opened 
a department in our paper for the young. 
We have done this in compliance with a 
request of our patrons, and also from a 
conviction of our own mind of the pro- 
priety of such a departiaont. Oar chil- 



A St'riouiii L>o8ti«. 
We have learned by a letter from 
our daughter at Covington, Ohio, that 
the liouse of cur beloved brother, elder 
Samuel Mohler, with nearly all its con- 
tents, was destroyed by fire, on last Lord's 
Jay one week ago, while ail the friinvly, 
but one, was at meeting. Brother Moh- 
ler will have tlie sympathy of many 
fiiends and neighbors, as he is always so 
ready to sympathize with others and 
help them in their troubles and losses. 

•-• 

Auswers t(» (/orrespoudetits. 

D. W. SiiiVELY : — Correct. 

Geo. W. Taylor:— Your-cubscription 
expires at No. i3. 

J. II. El.LF.NBERGEU : — Wc cannot fur- 
ni>h you with back numbers of '74. 

H. S. Jacobs :— The amount you sent 
squares your account. 



CORRESPOMDEN CE. 



is, we are living out of pocket, until wc 
can raise another crop. We have a little 
food and a little raiment, and we try to 
be content. Brethren and sisters, you 
that are blest with plenty, when it is well 
with you. remember us in the distant 
West. 

We will do the best we can. Hope the 
brethren and sisters will remember us at 
the throne ot grace, as we don't expect 
to realize aisy of the donations sent to 
Kansas, as there arc some that need 
tlicni worse than we do. This cold weath- 
er is hard on the needy. We read Irc- 
quently in our papers of some people and 
children that were frozen to death. There 
case is a painful one. We tire all well as 
a family. We have now started on a 
new year, brethren and sisters, let us all 
try and make some improvement in our 
Cinistir.n race. 

Your unworthy brother, 

Geouge Mveus. 
Wades Branch, Kansas. 



'JorresjJOttiUnce <>j chitrch iicwn iv'.icited JrotT, 
%'d partf of the Brotherhoad. IVi-iZer'* narr.e 
tnd address reqiiired on every cotntHfitiication 
IS QMaratUee of good faith. liejeeled comnmni- 
cutiotit or mawiscript used, not retiirtied. All 
e <mfnii>:icatiojtx for publication rliould he urit 
lenupon one sitte ot'ths ^t'e.t only. 

To My E->ieu«!s. 

J.4.NUAiiy 17, 1875. 
Brother James :- - 

As I am receiving some letters 
from my fiiends in the East, as to my 
circumstances, 1 take tiiis method of let- 
ting them know. You will please axcuse 
my pencilling. 

We have had very cold weather for four 
weeks past. My ink is frozen so hard so 
that it is of no account, and hence I use 
a lead pencil in writing this letter. In 
the first place, I shall give my own cir- 
comstanccs. There are some that have 
much more, and some that have much 
less. Our last summer's crop consisted 
of seventy-five acres of corn, from which 
we realized about one hundred and fifty 
bushels, very inftrior ; twelve acres of 
oats threshed one hundred bushels. The 
cause was chintz bugs. 

The grasshoppers were very numerous 
for about ten days. They came too late 
to injure us m.uch. So you can .sec our 
summer's crop was u failure. The result 



Frcni Uau!!>a». 

Eebruauy 3rd, 1875. 

Brotlttr Quhitcr : — 

Inasmuch as I promised to report 
through the press the amount donated 
for our present relief, you will please 
make the report as soon as convenient 
and oblige the undersigned. 

The Ibllowing is a list of what we re.-' 
ceived, with exception of a few that re.- 
()uested a private report. If there has 
any one remiued that has not heard 
from me by private acknowledgment, or 
is not on this list, write me immediately, 
stating the amount sent, and how sent — 
whether in money, post office order or. 
registered letter. 

We have had quite a liberal responso 
for immediate relief, but we must have 
more aid, as uiisf'ortutie appears to ha 
our lot. I expected to be able to get my 
family in shape so 1 could leave liomo 
and earn souiethiug toward our support, 
but our eiiiest son, thirteen years old, 
slipped and fell on the ice and broke his 
arm. My wife also is very sick at th'S 
lime, and I am ni'ce^sarily compelled to re- 
main at home. We have twin boys about 
six months old, and they require mucii 
care. 

Taking all these things into considera- 
tion, it is easy to be seen that we n quiro 
more aid than we would utidcr more lav- 
orab'e ciicumstaiifes. Accept our licart-- 
felt thanks for what we have received. 
jMay a golden harvest be your reward, is 
our heart's desire. 

W^e herewith acknowledge the receipt 
of the lollowitig donations : A. A. Own- 
ly, .$3 00 ; A. iloovcr, 50 cents ; Levi L. 
Landis, $2 25 ; Two Sisters, (in one let- 
ter,) $1.50; J. M. Zuck, $1 00; Jacob 
Kintner, Maumee District, $8.00. To- 
tal, $10.25. 

Your brother in Christ. 

Leavls O. Hummer. 

North Topeha, Kansas. 



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Clinrch tiews. 

Febuuauy 13, 1875. 

Biotha- Quinter : — 

We have been requesfcd 
by the brethren, to write a brief sketch 
of our meeting lield in tlic Uarsiow Valley 
Church, couiuiencinj^ Jaiiuary 31st and 
endiiij 
in ail. 



ending February 8t 



g January 
a, elevcu 



meetingij 



We had present with us, Stephen Ilil- 
derLiraud, ot'3Iineral Point, Penn'a, Sam- 
uel Cox, of Sabbath Host, brother Conrad 
luiler, of Altoona, Grujbill Meyers, of 
Eldorado and brtlhren Jauierf and Bricc 
iSell. 

As a concregation,we owe many thanks 
to brother llilJerdrand for his excellent 
and well delivered sermons, and we hope 
that the words spoken by him may take 
deep root in the hearts of tiiose who are 
yet out of the lold of Ciirist, and that 
they may accept Jesus as their nearest 
and dearest liiend. 

- Notwithstanding the inclemency of the 
weather, we had a full house, and we 
think that all enjoyed liie meeting very 
much. The order, during the prayers of 
the meeting was good, and we offer many 
thanks to all who took part in the good 
A\ork. 

Yours in Christian love, 

Louisa A. Englk. 
DuHOcinsvdlc, Pa. 

^^ 

liett«r From Kuusas. 

Fkbruaky 15th, 1S75. 
Dair Editor : — 

I notice an article in your issue of 
February Tith, headed, '"Emigration, by 
D. P. Sayler," in which he gives some 
very extensive ideas as regards the Wes- 
tern settlers and "dug-outs," which I 
consider, with many otliers here, to have 
been a great injusti.ic. 

In the article referred to, I). P. Sayler 
advances the idea that it is good enough 
for the Western peofile, who liave left 
their Eastern homes and come West that 
they should have known better. 

Now, I wii»h to infurui the gentleman 
that nine out of ten did not leave their 
homes, for they had none to leave ; but 
come to the far west in order to get a 
home, so that they would not have to 
work one-third or one half their time for 
Bouic one else. Tliey did not have fine 
parlors and golden slippers to walk on, 
nor did lliey txi)tet sucli here, but lio|)ed 
to get them a iiouie on which they could 
make a jiving for them.-elves and their 
f'amilieH, and i;ot be dracging their fami 
lies around from one rented farm to an 
Other every year. 

Now, wc have farmers in our county 
who have stock and money and do not 
want aid. Hut tlie m.ijority of the farm- 
ers have fcld all their slock in order to 
gel grain and feed for thiir tianis, and i 
have kept just as little us jio.'-siblo, so 
that tliey will hardly have teams enough ! 
to farm with, the coc:iug seuisou. I 



Now, we do not ask those who are not 
willing to give cheerfully. We are will- 
ing for them to lay up their treasurer as 
the rich man did — have their promises in 
the next world ; and though we shelter 
our families under the mother sod, we 
hope our prayers will go as high as those 
who live in the Eastern mansions and 
wear golden slippers. 

Yours truly, 

P. N. Gisri. 

Rock Creek, K'Visns. 



^ From Ohio. 

Fehuuauy 8th, 1875. 

De^av Brother Quinter: 

I thought strange 
of it, when reading No. 5, present 
volume, page 7(J, asking the lirethren not 
to acknowledge the contributions which 
have been promised u--,f'or upon the prom- 
cs so made, we liave been soliciting dona- 
tions, telling the people, or some of them, 
that all donations would he reported 
through the periodicals. Now we look 
for it, and I have heard diiferent ones 
make remarks that it looked as though 
there might be unfair dealing if not re- 
ported. So say 1. 

Dear brethren, be careful ! and fuU- 
fil what ever has been prouiised, lest you 
may make darkness out of the intended 
light. If not reported as prouiised, I do 
not feel like asking any more donations 
from my neighbors, who seem to liave 
confidence in us that we would see th-it 
their donations are rightly distributed. 
And how can we tell unless we see a 
report? I ask you to ."-eriou-ly ciinsider 
the matter and print what will be be.st for 
all, in our periodicals. 

Your brother in Christ, 

J. Vaniman. 

Trotwood, Ohio. 



A I..ett«r From the FI<'1<I ot Con- 
test—Near Nortli Mhii- 
chester, lud. 

Brother Quinter : — 

Without consuming time 
or occupying space in giving a detailed 
account of my trip to this place, I will 
merely slate that I left home on the 
morning of Monday, the l.")ili inst., and 
arrived at North Manchester on the ICth, 
about noon. Never having been here 
before, and there being no brethren at 
the depot when I stopped. I was at first 
at a loss to know what to do or where to 
go. I however soon mak(! up my mind. 
I knew that there was a fair list of sub- 
scribers to the Companion iind Visitor at 
this place, atid 1 therefure decided to go 
to the pnst-ofTiee to obtain the inlbrma 
lion I needed. I went, and so>)n found 
(piite a number of breihren. among whom 
1 felt at home. IJroiiier Jlihoii (Jill, one 
of your Hubsciibors, kindly took me on 
his sled in the direction of the place ap- 
pointed for iho approaching discussion, 



between brother K. II. Miller, nf Ladoga, 
Indiana, and friend Wm. S. M.«nville, of 
^'alpar<liso, Indiana, of the Christians, 
or New Lights. He brought me out 
about three and one-half miles from the 
town to tlic hou-o of brother Joseph 
Jijsh, where I was kindly received, and 
am receiving ilie hospitalities of brother 
Joseph and his family. 

\Vhen arriving at the brother's house, 
I learned that the disputants and a num- 
ber of brethren and friends had gone to 
the meeting house, (New Light liou.se,) 
to arrange the proi)osiiions and prelimin- 
aries for the discussion. Aficr their 
work was done, brother Milh-r and several 
other brethren came to the house of 
brother Lesh. From them I learned that 
they firmed quite a favorable opinion of 
fi iend Manville ; and al.so that the pre- 
liminaries were arranged pleasantly. 

They have arratiged ten propositions, 
as follows : 

1. Do the Scriptures teaeh the doc- 
trine of the trinity — three persons, or di- 
vine powers, in one God? — Miller aflirms, 
iManviile denies. 

2. Do the Scriptures teach that dip- 
ping a proper subject b.ickward into tlie 
water once is Christian baptism ? — Man- 
ville affirms, 31 iller denies. 

3. Dk) the Snipiures teach that per- 
sons mu-t believe, re|)ent, and have the 
pardon of their sins, to uiuke them fit 
sulijeots for baptism? — Manville affirm--, 
Miller denies. 

4. Do the Scriptures teaeh that feet- 
washinjr is an ordinance ofiiie church, to 
b>; observed as it is dune by the German 
Baptists?— Miller aifirm.4, Manville de- 
nies. 

5. Do the Scriptures teaeh that the 
bread and cup of eomiLunion is to bo 
taken as it is done in tlie New Light, or 
Christian Church, and called the Lord's 
Supper? — Manville affirms, Miller de- 
nies. 

G. Do the Scriptures teacli the holy 
kiss to be observed by the eliurcli, as it 
is done among the German Baptists? — 
Miller afHims, Manville denies. 

7. Do the Scriptures teaeh that the 
church set up by Clirist and his apostles 
hliail only be called, or named, the Chri.s* 
tian cliureh, as it is done by the people 
commonly called liie New Lights. — Man* 
viile affirms. Miller denies. 

8. Do the Scriptures leach that the 
church has the right and power to choose 
its ministers, as it is doue by the German 
Baptist Church? — Miller affirms. Mans 
viile denies. 

9. Do the Scriptures teach that the 
membcrso!' the body of Christ may join 
the secret societies of our day, as is done 
by members of the Christian, or New 
Jjighi Church?— Manville affirms, Miller 
denies. 

10. Do the Scriptures teach that the 
chuieh shall enforce plainness of dress, 
and non conformity to the world, as is 
done by the German Baptists?- Miller 
affirms, Manville denies. 



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I have not learned particularly how 
this discussion originated, but learn that 
the Brethren are in the defensive. 

To-uiorrow, 17th inst , 10 o'clock a. m. 
is appointed to begin. There are to be 
two sessions each day ; and in each ses- 
sion there are to be four half hour 
speeches. It is probable that the dis- 
cussion will continue about ten days. 
As the work progre.sses, I will try to let 
the readers of the Companion and Visitor 
know more about it. 

J. W. Beer. 



Itetter From J. Ij. Swltzer. 

February 5, 1875. 
Dear Brother Qiiiiiter : 

Please send me your treatise on trine 
immersion in reply to elder Adamson. 
Will pay you by and by- 

About the circular.-", I came to the 
conclusion from hearing unfas'orable word 
from brother Ives to come home and de- 
fer hsving I hem printed till I ascertained 
something about how the bu^ine.■;s was 
going on. It is lucky I did so. Much 
that has been sent as freight to us bus to 
all appearance gone beyond our reach. 
Brother Ives is now trying to truce up 
some of the good-'. What success he will 
have, remains to be seen. 

The goods missed the consignee and 
passed rapidly on to the '"In care of," 
and from there, who knows? If the 
bu-<ines.s was to do over, I would take a 
different course in sending ; but what 
has been done it is perhaps too late to 
remedy now. I sent you an article for 
publication today. I Fcnt it because 
much help is still needed, and suifering 
must cn^ue unless help, and more ot it, is 
received. We feel grateful to you for 
the as>isfance that you have so kindly 
given through your columns, and we will 
try to show you some substantial evidence 
of the same by and by. 

Yours fraternally, 

Jakes L. Switzer. 

White Rock, K'Uisus. 



Churcb Nf ws. 

February J 7, 1875. 

Brother Qidn ter : — 

The Brethren of the Black River 
congregation held a series of meetings, 
commencing on the evening of the 24th 
of December, at our meeting-house in 
Chatham, and continued until the even- 
ing of the 3rd of January at thi.s i)lacc, 
then it was removed to our meeting- 
house in Homer, and continued until the 
evening of the 8ih. 

Brother Jo.seph Kauffman, of DeQraff, 
Ohio, was with us and labored in the min- 
istry during the entire meeting. We 
had good attendance, and interesting and 
instructive preaching. Brother KaufF 
man was assisted by brethren G. Irwin, 
P. J. Brown, G. Worafc, A. Dickey and 
Ptbers. 



There was one added to the church by 
baptism, and many more made to see 
their dangerous condition, while living in 
sin. We pray that they may not indulge 
in procrastination, 

"Until the Lord In vengeance drest, 

Will lift his hand and swear : 
You that defplsed my promised rest, 
Shall have no portion there !" 

Your sister in the Lord, 

Mary Hoover. 
Chatham, Ohio. 

TliA Suireriuga iu the West a Ter- 
rible Rc-allty. 

February 1G, 187.'). 

Brother Qimiter : — 

The undersigned, with brother 
S. H. Miller, are appointed a shipping 
committee. We are shipping car load 
after car load of supplies, — grain, flour, 
meal and clothing from this point. (Wa- 
terloo, Iowa.) to the suffering in Kansas 
and Nebraska. \Vc are in almost daily 
receipt of letters from there. The breth- 
ren here and in Illinois, are doing nobly. 
We have q'lite an amount of grain on 
hand yet, readv fur shipment. We are 
shipping it olF as fast as we can. All 
these supplies have been donated, and 
chiefly by Brethren. The railroad com- 
panies carry it free over their roads. 

I have heard a letter read, lately writ- 
ten by elder Christian Long, of Adell, 
Iowa, who has recently returned from 
Kansas and Nebraska. He says the suf- 
ferings there arc inexpressibly great. 
Other letters, from other brethren, of a 
similar character, are almc-^t daily re- 
ceived by our brethren here. We are 
doing the best we can to relieve the suf- 
ferers in the West. We do it willingly 
and cheerfully, in order to relieve their 
wants and sufferings of our brethren, 
their neighbors, their little ones, their 
beasts, etc. But leally we must say, 
that we feel grieved, almost above meas- 
ure, to see an article published in the 
Companion and Visitor, current volume, 

t)age 88, also in the Filgrim, by a brother, 
leaded, "Emigration." W'e deem it 
very unwise, and unbecoming a brother, 
to publish such an article, and especiallj' 
at the present emergency, when so many 
thousands are suffering for the want of 
bread, clothing, etc. 

We do not think this a proper time for 
censuring people for emigrating, etc. 
This is the time to feed the hungry, 
clothe the naked, to do good unto suffer- 
ing hum.'inity. Our faiih and prayers 
alone, will not avail them anything ; we 
must show our faith by ou^ works. (See 
James 2;15,16.) 

Our worthy brother refers us to one, 
General Ilax/an, and also to some one 
else, once a citizen of Frederick County, 
Maryland ; also to what the Chicago 
Tribune has to say /row hearsay, etc. If 
all this thftt the brother here rclQrrgd to, 



will feed the hungry, clothe the naked, 
supply the wants of the destitute, then 
most certainly he has done a noble deed ; 
but if to the contrary, he will have to 
bear the censuring of those who feel 
themselves aggrieved. 

We will here cite the render to a quo- 
tation of the brother: "In addition to 
this, it is a notorious fact that Kan>as is 
full of cattle, fodder, grain and fruit of 
all kinds. Its f'ariuers were never better 
off financially than now." We will right 
here ask the rr-hdcr whether this will 
agree with what the brother saith, in fir.st 
column, second paragraph of his article. 
"The grasshopper plague in Kansas and 
Nebraska is no new thing, all reading and 
migrating persons ought to know that 
the same thing has and will continue to 
occur every year." 

If this is as the brother saith, an an-* 
nual occurrence, from whence then, we 
would ask, comes the great abundance 
referred to by the brother. In short, we 
think the brother's article is an episode 
uncalled for. It cannot possibly accom- 
plish any good whatever ; but on the 
other hand, it may be an injury to the 
good and i:oble cause. Starvation may 
result from it. We hope the brother 
will sec his error and retract Irom what 
he hath said. For if we were not better 
informed, we should not ship another 
bushel of grain, or particle of clothing. 
We know it to be a sud truth, th(t there 
is great suffering and destitution in those 
places referred to, the worst has not yet 
been told in our periodicals. If the Lord 
grants us gmce we will still try to render 
aid to the ni:cdy in Kansas ana Nebraska, 
and will try to exhort our brethren else- 
where to do the same. 

Yours in brotherly love, 

Samuel Cain. 

Waterloo, Iowa. 

«-« 

Cedar Creek Oltnrch. 

February 15, 1875. 
Brother James Qaintcr: — 

To our dear brethren and sisters 
I send greeting : — 

By request of some of my dear breth- 
ren, I will try to five a short history of 
our church, called the Cedar Creek 
Church, Anderson County, Kansas. 

The Brethren here organized two years 
ago with nine members, two of that num- 
ber being ministers. These were breth- 
ren Jesse Studebaker and Peter Struble. 
Since that time the church has been in- 
creasing, until at this time we have a 
membership of about forty, (eight having 
removed,) with three ministers, and three 
deacons, under the care of elder Jesse 
Studebaker, who has labored hard to 
build up the church of Christ in this 
place, preaching every Sunday, and ad- 
monishing his neighbors during the 
woek to seek the Lord, while it is called 
to-duy. 

Brother Studebaker has had a great 
deal oq hi^ hands since he came hero, 



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having tlie oversi^^ht of the Bourbon 
County Church, of which lie is now re- 
lieved by the proniotion of brother Joh