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Ml Morris, 111., and Huntingdon, Pa., July 3, 1883. 

No. 26. 


H. B. BRUMBAUGH, Editor, 

And Business Manager of the Eastern House, Box TO, 

Huntingdon, Pa-. 

The Duncansville, Pa., brethren have rais- 
ed over one hundred dollars for the Altoona 
church, and the major part of them are in 
only ordinary circumstances financially. Will 
our rich churches follow their good example: 
Brethren, be liberal, as the cause is a good 

We hope our friends will all be pleased 
with the new paper, and that you will get to 
work and see what you can do to enlarge our 
list. Only fifty cents for the balance of 
the year for the Gospel Messengeh, in 
which will be found all the church news of 
the Brotherhood. 

' On last Sunday our audience in the Chapel 
was enlarged by the presence'of sisters An- 
nie Koinigmacher and Sadie Mentzer, of 
Ephrata, Pa., and sister Prudence Keedy, of 
Keedysville, Md., former students of the 

^ Normal. They will remain with us until aft- 

c\t er closing exercises. 

o Bito. McCann spent last Sunday some ten 

3 miles out in the country. He has been 

preaching for the brethren there, and his 

ministrations are highly appreciated, as they 

^ do not have preaching as frequently as they 

ft} would desire to have it. A hungry congre- 

-«■ gation is easy to feed, and it is a pleasure to 

do it. 

As brother Joseph Haider announced his 
intention of traveling West, Bro. Joel Moo- 
maw requests that he stop off with him at 
Caddonia, Mo., where h 3 will meet him if he 
is notified of the time. His address is Cad- 
donia, Andrain Co., Mo. Other ministring 
brethren traveling through that way are also 
invited to call. 

If you wish to enjoy a car ride where you 
can feel as safe as if you were riding in your 
own carriage, and at the same time have the 
pleasure of enjoying the most beautiful scen- 
ery in the East, take the Pennsylvania Cen- 
tral. The whole run from Pittsburg to Phil- 
adelphia is indescribably grand, and no lov- 
er of natural scenes of beauty, can help but 
be delighted. 

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In , ccopting the position hero allotted to 
us we have no promises to male or changes 
to suggest, more than that we will continue to 

labor with the ability given us for the good 
of the church and for the promotion of the 
Master's cause. The peace, union and pros- 
perity of the chureh lies closest to our heart, 
and everything that shall tend towards this 
most desirable end, vn shall advocate. As 
the course pursued by the two papers, now 
consolidated, for the last year was so nearly 
alike, but little change need be expected for 
the future. The true journalist must be nei- 
ther bought, nor sold frowned nor flattered 
from pursuing the cause that his own judg- 
ment dictates to him as being right. Policy 
is said to be allowable for the politician, but 
for the Christian, never. The man who is 
willing to sacrifice for the sake of principle, 
always comes out best in the end. Upon this 
line we have started, and upon this line, by 
the grace of God, we expect to fight it out. 
But while wo stand fast in our own convic- 
tions, we, at the same time feel it our duty to 
exercise due deference towards those who 
conscientiously diner from us. In doing this 
it frequently necessitates us to submit our 
judgment to respect the opinions of others, 
who may be equally conscientious of being- 
right. This is the principle which enables 
us to prefer one another and at the same time 
cautious to labor with an eye single to the 
glory of God. 

Our position is not only an arduous one, 
but it also entails upon us grave responsibil- 
ity. Peeling this, we ask the aid, the sym- 
pathies, and the prayers of all those who 
have an interest in the welfare of our beloved 
Zion. Hoping that the union of our papers 
may resiilt in the best of consequences, we 
remain your fellow- worker in the cause of 


P»y arrangement, June 22nd wasappok] 
asthe time that we, as children, shoalrl 

meet at the old homestead, and most gladly 
did we accept the invitation. That we might 
meet at a suitable hour Ave took the evening 
train of the Broad Top road, and as the sun 
was lowering in the west amidst golden-lined 
clouds, that seemed to be capping Tussey's 
Mountain, just to our right, the scene was 
a grand one indeed. Never did nature s 
to put on a more beautiful robe. And as t lie 
evening breeze softly wafted through the 
coach, richly semted from the the new blown 
clover, and the flowers that had closed and 


opened again to catch the evening dew, the 
ser/saiions produced were such thai none 
could help but admire. It is true, that our 
feelings have much to do with the appear- 
ance of things around and about us, 'and be- 
cause we were homeward bound, may have 
added new attractiveness to the objects as they 
were presented to our view, but that the eve- 
ning had special attraction, we cannot but be- 
lieve. To our left was Piney Ridge, this, 
while well covered with pine, the different 
kinds of oak, maple and many other varieties 
of trees that might bo named, has an undw-' 
growth of laurel. This was in full bloom. 
The trees and flowers so beautifully planted 
together, presented the appearance of a vast 
flower-bed, that was noticed and admired by 
all. Truly, God in his beauty, is manifested 
in all his works. 

By G o'clock we reached Grafton, when 
brother met us— self and family, J. B. B. and 
wife and a few friends— and we were soon on 
our way over tho ridges, for t : :« pla 
learned to 'drill Home. In good time w< i 
ed the place, and, after the usual greeting, 
and a pleasant social family talk, the Bible 
was brought forward, a chapter read, a throne 
of grace approached, and we all retired for a 
pleasant night's sleep. 

On the next day, the other members of the 
family met for the purpose of having a dis- 
tribution made to us, of some of the goods 
prepared for us by the ever indulgent mother 
who now sleeps in the cemetery at the Bethel. 
O, how good was mother, and how good is 
father!— and still better is our Heavenly Fi - 

After this, followed the sale of goods. that 
was left. The going home and meeting 
ther, brothers and sisters, was a reason of 
but the selling of the household, the old '-cor- 
ner cupboard," the "kitchen dresser" and the 
"table," From which 
the Eood prepavpd I hands, i . 

vividly before us most h. !our 

by-gone daj s. All these things teach us that 
time is passing, and with it we are b( 
ried towards our long home. May we p.ll 
meet then. 

On Salurhy morning, with baskets well 
filled with large luscious cherries, we again 
started for the train, and by one o'clock 
were home again. The home meeting was , 
en joye I by us .all and forms another event 
in our Hi', ry that we hall 

back to with inteiv -t. 




St inly to show thyself approved unto God. a workman till! 

neodetli not be ashamed, rightly dividing the 

Word of Truth. 


l'.Y BVA T. E. POOLE. 

Ready to fight for Jesus, 
It* the trumpet call resounds, 
And the rallying hosts of evil 
Fill earth's great, battle-grounds. 
Ready to raise his banner 
'Mid the foeman's fi rcc.-t din; 
Or ready to die in his service, 
If death win the clay for Hun. 

Ready to speak for Jesus, 
If he needs a human tongue, 
To tell out the wondrous story 
That from age to age has tung; 
With never a thought of laurel, 
And never a hope of gain, 
Content to be just an echo 
Of his matchless love to men. 

Ready to work for Jesus, 
If work be his will for me: 
By swift light-hearted service, 
Showing my loyalty — 
Stooping to lift a burden, 
Or offering sympathy; 
Thankful to share with angels 
Such happy minist y. 

And ready to sit down silent, 
To lie at his wounded feet, 
If service or speech be denied me 
I3y his wili supremely sweet. 
Ready to suffer for Jesus, 
If suffering bring him praise, 
If any new ray of glory 
I've won by my weary days. 

Ready to give to Jesus 
My life, my love, my all; 
If my heait, alert and eager, 
Hear his sweet constrain'ng call. 
Never a thing w't'iholding 
That He stoops to ask of me, 
Giving my cho'cest treasures 
With a glad heart, willingly. 

Ready to wait for Jesus, 
If He wills to tarry long, 
Whiling away the watch night 
With soft and heaven-taught song, 
Watching each pale star waning, 
Ere the golden glory dawn 
Floods eaith and sky with brightness 
And crowns the coining morn. 



No. 15.— Prayer. 

As the vapor ascends from the earth into 
tin: heavens to form clouds, from which boun- 
teous showers descend to gladden and refresh 
the plants and trees and other growing things, 
and the snow which silently clothes the grass- 
es and crops as a protection from the cold, 
searching winds of Winter, so should the 
humble petitions of the confiding child of 
God ascend to the throne of God, to descend 
in the form' of blessings and manifestations 
of his peace and reconciliation to his Heav- 
enly Father. His thoughts should often and 
silently go forth in praise and adoration for 
the expressions of love and kindness we have 
already felt. When he feels weak and de- 
spondent, he should steal away and humbly 

ask for strength and grace to press his way 
onward and upward. "When he feels strong 
and mirthful, he should inquire of his Fa- 
ther whether he is not better satisfied with 
himself than God is. When he feels tempt- 
ed, he should find refuge in prayer. When 
he would desire more wisdom, he should 
commune alone with his God. When he is 
undergoing a baptism of sorrow, he should 
enter an ideal Gethsemane, and God will re- 
lieve him of his load. When he has been 
strong in his own strength, and been overtak- 
en in a fault, he should kneel humbly before 
the shrine and implore God's forgiveness. 
In fact, the Christian is placed under no cir- 
cumstances that would make prayer inappro- 
priate. "Pray without ceasing," is never out 
of season. 

The fervent, effectual prayer of the right- 
eous availeth much. How much good prayer 
does, or how much has been accomplished by 
it, cannot be told. The last resource against 
temptation is prayer. Prayer is as a wall of 
fire around us. When we once cultivate the 
habit of inward devotion and are rescued 
from the wiles of the enemy, we find the in- 
vitations as numerous and encouraging as 
they are merciful. When danger threatens 
us, we fly to God for help. When we become 
sick, and our bodies are wasting away, and 
the grave seems open to receive us, we feel 
more than ever the necessity of prayer. Ob, 
how our hearts become filled with emotion, 
and desire a closer walk with God and hold 
sweet communion with him whom we trust- 
ingly ask to care for and guard our souls in 
death. All our surroundings become solemn 
grandeur. The birds in the leafy branches 
pour forth their most plaintive notes to cheer 
us the remaining time allotted us, while the 
pine and fir seem to mourn for decaying nat- 
ure. What sweet deliverance in prayer! 
Habitual prayer is our only safeguard. It 
makes the Word of God clearer and more de- 
lightful. What charms it discloses to our 
view! What fragrance emanates from the 
divine promises — a glorious foretaste of heav- 

There are two classes of prayers: The 
prayer of the righteous man availeth much; 
the prayer of the just is a delight to God, 
while he wdio does not the will of God, even 
his prayers are an abomination to God. Prov. 
38: 9. If we abide in Christ, and His words 
in us, our petitions will be granted unto us. 
We should only ask that which is in accord- 
ance with God's will. This the child who is 
born of God holds as his theme. He has 
found that selfishness is a stranger to his 
heart, as it has made humble resigna ion of 
all to the will of his Redeemer. "The eyes 
of the Lord are over the righteous, and his 
ears are open Unto their prayers." "And 
whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, be- 
cause we keep his commandments and do 
those things that are pleasing in his sight." 
"Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen 
you, and ordained you, that ye should go and 
bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should 
remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the 
Father in my name he may give it you." 1 
| Pet. 3; 12, 1 John 3: 22, Joim 15: 16. 

We find Jesus praying. He loved the se- 
cluded places, and often repaired to the 
mountain to counsel and plead with High 
Heaven. His followers prayed fervently and 
frequently. Why should we be ashamed to 
follow their examples? Why should we neg- 
lect a duty that is fraught with so many 
blessings — brings peace to the troubled soul; 
brings comfort to the bleeding heart; satisfies 
the longing desires; repels evil thoughts; 
shields from temptation; strengthens faith; 
confirms hope; "perfects love; quiets fears; 
gives tone and a touch of love and beauty to 
all the surroundings; and every other bless- 
ing is derived from God by prayer, through 
our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Then we should not manifest the spirit of 
the Pharisees, who made long prayers to be 
heard of men. We should be careful how 
we pray. Our prayers should not be so long 
at any time as to tire the weakest, and cause 
them to become impatient. We might say 
more, by way of analyzing the Lord's Pray- 
er, but will proceed to erect the home altar. 

Though much has been achieved by pray- 
er, both in secret and in public assemblies, 
much more is gained by prayer in the family 
circle. We cannot measure the influence 
family worship has in the government and 
training of the children. Sometimes the par- 
ent grows impatient and hasty words of an- 
ger are about to pass those lips, but the hab- 
its of family worship bring to his remem- 
brance the family group and the silent hour 
of prayer. He opens the Holy Bible and 
perhaps reads, "Provoke not thy children to 
anger," "Husbands, love your wives," "Chil- 
dren, obey yo»r parents," etc. 

We should be very careful that avo ap-'' 
proach the altar with no unkind deed resting 
upon our conscience of which we have not re- 
pented. We should not surround the altar, 
vestured with unholy robes. We can find no 
limit to the power of the prayers offered by 
the trusting child of God at the home altar. 
The blessings derived from answers to these 
prayers are not all the benefit we get, but the 
influence the parents' words have over the 
life and actions of the children. We may 
not realize the amount of good resulting from 
family piayer. Time alone will tell, God 
only knows the silent tears that are driven 
forth by repentant sorrow. We know not 
how many have felt a sense of guilt awaken- 
ing their conscience and resulting in a new- 
born child. 

The child who has knelt at the family al- 
tar from his earliest recollections, and listens 
to the pleadings of parents in his behalf, can 
never feel that he came by chance or from 
the moneron, but that his creator is a God, 
with whom he must deal. A parent who has 
no family worship is without one of the most 
powerful aids in the rearing of his children. 

Now, my dear brother, if you have never 
erected an altar for the family, delay it no 
longer. Let no excuse deter you. Time is 
precious, I know, but as I have told you be- 
fore, if we have our thoughts upon the world 
and worldly things, we cannot see God. He 
is our God, and only at His shrine dare we 
bow. We must worship Him in spirit and in 



truth. Think not of time, but get the family 
Bible down, read a chapter, kneel down and 
pray. It will sweeten your work. Every- 
thing will smile and look pleasant. 

You may think you cannot pray, but you 
can say as much as the humble publican : — 
"God be merciful to me a sinner!" I would 
not advise you to aspire to reach the sphere 
of the publican's would-be-superior, but sim- 
ply ask God to supply your wants, and if Ho 
has blessed you in any manner, thank Him 
with all your heart for it. 

Consider the matter, and see how much 
you would have left to enjoy, should God 
suddenly deprive you of everything for which 
you are not truly thankful. Do you reason 
thus? We should also be careful not to cul- 
tivate a murmuring Spirit. It does not ap- 
pear well to rise from prayer and go to the 
window and look out to complain of the 
weather or conjecture the destruction of crops, 
etc. The same Unseen Power, to whom you 
were just talking, guides it all, and will work 
all for the good of those who love and 
trust God. 

Then in after years, as you sit around the 
fireside and look at the family circle which 
time has thinned out, the same old family Bi- 
ble and the accustomed and loved altar; many 
memories of olden times will throng your 
mind. The children, where are they ? Some 
have gone out into the world to erect other 
home altars, while some may have passed to 
the other shore. They will not return again. 
Your mind may take you to the time when a 
son or daughter experienced the shedding 
abroad of a new love in his heart; or when the 
weary, care-worn remnant of the family si- 
lently assembled for worship, while a dead 
one lay in another room. 

Many other scenes come up before you. 
Then the mind of children will often revert 
to childhood's days. What trains of thoiight 
L have been awakened! What emotions have 
been roused! What impulses were awaken- 
ed to live the life of the righteous! O! the 
Home Altar ! who would miss its joys and 
happy fruitions? 

"Prayer is the greatest achievement of the 
Christian's warfare on earth." 



have done to help others to make them better, 
or shall we continue in doing good, ever in- 
creasing the power for good which we exert 
over others? 

We should not be contented. It is right 
that we have those feelings. God has im- 
planted within our souls desires, that should 
be treated with respect, and should be direct- 
ed in the right way. They are a power for 
good, when used right, but when abused, 
they will bring destruction upon us.' . 

Life is too precious to waste in extrava- 
gance in living, or for us to idle the time 
away. The prize must be won or we are not 
worthy to be the followers of Christ. ■ Yet 
there is a sense however, in which we should 
be content. If we are doing all that we can 
to elevate ourselves to the noblest conditions 
of manhood and womanhood, we should be 
contented with the progress which Ave are 
making. If we are earnestly striving to the 
extent of our abilities to become more useful 
and are not as successful as Ave should be, let 
us do the very best Ave can, and not become 
discouraged, for it will do no good. Remem- 
ber the words of our Savior, Avho said to his 
disciples when they Avere assembled on the 
Mount of Olives, "Which of you, by taking 
thought can add to his stature one cubit? — 
We ought to express the thought in this Avay, 
let us not become fretful if Ave are not as suc- 
cessful as Ave should be. It will not make 
our burdens lighter to bear, and Ave cannot 
change anything. This Ave should carefully 
consider; Avhatever may affect our life, and, 
best of all, be contented with our lot, when Ave 
cannot make it better; Avhen Ave are laboring 
faithfully for Christ, and are doing all in our 
poAver to make ourselves useful. Then let us 
be content; but neA r er in the sense of being 
satisfied to remain as we are. We should 
not be satisfied until we have received the 
crown Avhich Christ promised us if Ave are 

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■ WEtt'e naturally discontented persons; we 
are nor, satisfied. There is a longing in every 
soul for something which he has not, for 
something which the pleasures of this Avorld 
do not satisfy. This state of unrest is often 
brought forward to pro\ r e that the spirit is 
immortal, and nothing temporal can satisfy 
it. But ( there is a future in which the soul 
will find rest. Are Ave contented to remain 
in the condition Ave are at present? No in- 

Are we contented to be ignorant and neA'er 
make an effort to obtain knowledge? — 
Shall Ave be satisfied with our present attain- 
ments in morality and religion, or shall Ave 
continue to grow better every day, and more 
like Christ, who is an example for us to fol- 
low? Shall Ave be contented with what Ave 


He owns considerable property anil belongs 
to the church. He works hard through the 
week, and attends church on Sundays and 
evenings. If he says anything about the 
preaching it is generally about the faults 
which he noticed in the sermon. He seldom 
attends church meetings; if he did attend he 
might have an opportunity of being obedient 
to the will of God in the way of giving mon- 
ey to provide for the poor. He is not oppos- 
ed to Sunday-schools and missionary work, 
but he has no money to spare for such pur- 
poses. He does not often visit the sick, al- 
though there is sickness and death among his 
neighb n s nearly every month in the year. — 
He don't believe in family prayer; at least he 
neA r er engages in such worship. He neA-er 
gives anything to beggars, because, he is 
afraid they Avill not make good use of it, but 
he is not afraid of Avillfully disobaying one 
of the plainest commands of the Gospel, in 
Christ's own language. Matt 5: 42. 

Who is he, and is he a true follower of 
Christ? S. 


He owns some property and belongs to the 
church. He labors manfully to support his 
family. He attends church as often as he 
can and Avhenever he talks about the preach- 
ing he mentions the best points in the ser- 
mon, and applies them to practice in his dai- 
ly life. He generally attends church meet- 
ing and gives something to help the poor. — 
He tries in every way to do all the good he 
can for the church. He has family prayer. 
He receives every meal with thanksgiving. — 
He does not treat beggars like the rich man 
treated Lazarus, but he always gives some- 
thing to those who ask for it. He gives mon- 
ey to support Sunday-schools and missionary 
work. He loves his neighbors, and is always 
friendly and sociable. He Ausits the sick, 
feeds the hungry and gives clothes to those 
who need it. He tries to live at peace with 
all men. When he talks, his conversation is 
generally about usefid matters and is always 
edifying when he talks about spiritual things. 
He is zealous in keeping all the commands 
and. precepts of God. Who is he, and what 
will be his reward? 



We want a religion that softens the step, 
and tunes the voice to melody; that fills the 
eye Avith sunshine, and checks the impatient 
exclamation and harsh rebuke; a religion that 
is polite, deferential to superior.-, courteous 
to inferiors, and considerate to friends. A 
religion that is in a family, and keeps the 
husband from being cross when dinner is late, 
and keeps the Avife from fretting Avhen the 
husband tracks the newly-washed floor Avith 
his muddy boots. A religion that makes the 
husband mindful of the scraper and the door- 
mat. A religion that keeps the mother pa- 
tient Avhen the baby is cross, and amuses the 
children as well as instructs them; cares Eor 
the servants besides paying them promptly. 
A religion which makes the happy home like 
the Eastern fig-tree, bearing in its bosom at 
once the beauty of the tender blossom and 
the glory of the ripened fruit. We Avaut a 
religion that shall interpose between the ruts 
and the gullies, and the rocks of the higlnvay 
of life and the sensitiA - e souls that are travel- 
ing oA'er them. 


Rev. Eli Lucas, Trenton, X. J.: — 

I RECEIVED one of your tracts, headed, 
"Jiv | as the Matter Stands," and ' 
duty, ns i i that loves the e 
and his ordinanct s, to write through- this 
dium in defence of the words of our blessed 
Master. I read the tract and I was much 
pleased with the zeal manifested in regard to 
the ordinance of baptism, as I am also of the 
same mind on that sul I believe it is 

essential to salvation as well as all his ordi- 
nances are, because Christ Avas sent as a 
her from God. lie says, 'The wcr Js I 
k unto you, are not mine, but his that 
. ■ i judge no i 


but the words that I have spoken shall judge 
you at the last day ; therefore it is indeed 
very important that wo give heed to his words 
and obey his instructions to the letter, not 
only in baptism, but in all of his command- 
ments. Baptism is one of the first principles 
of the doctrine of Christ, and then wo go on 
to perfection from grace to grace. Christ 
also commands us to come out from the world 
and be a separate people, and take up our 
cross and follow him; daily crircify the flesh 
with all the lusts and affections, etc. Now 
unless we are willing to do this, and become 
new creatures in Christ Jesus, and all old 
things pass away and all things become new, 
our baptism becomes of no effect. The things 
we once loved in the flesh, we now hate. If 
we loved to decorate these mortal bodies with 
the foolish fashions of the world, we are now 
willing to lay them off, and clothe ourselves in 
modest apparel, such as becometh those that 
profess godliness. We are willing to obey 
the teaching of the Apostle in Rom. 12: 1, 2, 
3, "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the 
mercies of God, that ye present your bodies 
a living sacrifice, holy acceptable unto God, 
which is your reasonable service. And be 
not conformed to this world: but be ye trans- 
formed by the renewing of your mind, that 
ye may prove what is that good, and accept- 
able, and perfect will of God. For I say, 
through the grace given unto me to every 
man that is among you, not to think of him- 
self more highly than he ought to think; but 
to think soberly, according as God hath dealt 
to every man the measure of faith." But, I 
am sorry to say, that we see cpiite the leverse 
by some of those who have been baptized 
and eontend for the same. But after they 
have been buried with Christ in baptism, 
they continue still to walk in the same exam- 
ple of unbelief, and are not willing to present 
their bodies as a living sacrifice, but still con- 
tinue to think too highly of themselves, and 
are not willing to come out from the world 
and be a separate people. You ask in your 
tract, what is baptism? I ask, what does bap- 
tism signify ? Immersion is not all, but it 
signifies a death, a burial and resurrection 
from the dead, to walk in newness of life. 
Unless we arise from our baptism to walk in 
newness of life, and things we once loved in the 
flesh we now hate, our baptism is of no effect. 
Your arguments are good and strong in de- 
fence of immersion, but in connection with 
that, contend also for self-denial and non- 
conformity to the world, including all the 
words of the Lord Jesus, for he says, except 
a man deny himself, and take up his cross 
daily, and come and follow me, he cannot be 
my disciple. So it is very important that we 
deny ourselves and come out from the world 
after we are baptized, if Ave want to be the 
disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. Now in 
regard to the ordinance of feet-washing, you 
say it is no ordinance ; that it was only an or- 
iental custom because the people wore san- 
dels. If it was a custom why did the Sav- 
ior say unto Peter, "What I do thou knowest 
not now, but thou shalt know hereafter" ? 
He would explain the matter after he had 
performed the act; which he did fully to 

their satisfaction. But you say we do not 
read that the disciples ever practiced it after- 
wards. Do you believe the apostles obeyed 
Christ? If you do, you must believe they 
obeyed him in feet-washing, because there is 
not one command so positive as feet-washing. 
Now, you futher say in your tract, Very em- 
phatically, that Christ was the prince of 
teachers. Now if he was the prince of teach- 
ers, is it not very important that we take heed 
to what he taught, both in precept and ex- 
ample? "Do as I have done unto you." Did 
he not teach them to observe all things he 
had commanded them ? And is not feet- 
washing one of the plainest of his teachings ? 
If we are not willing to accept this, can we 
not with the same propriety reject baptism? 
He says, "the words I speak I speak not of 
myself, but of the Father which sent me." 
And further he says, "I judge no man, but the 
words I have spoken shall judge you at the 
last day." You say further, in your tract, "May 
not our prejudice, and our unwillingness to 
obey, be the hinderance to a clear knowledge 
of what Christ has clearly taught, etc." If 
any man will do his will, he shall know of the 
doctrine. Now is not the above truly the 
case in regard to feet-washing, — unwillingness 
to obey, such a humiliating ordinance? But 
you say, Christ did not intend feet-washing 
as a religious ordinance; I ask on what occa- 
sion was it instituted? Was it on that event- 
ful night, when he ate his last supper with 
his disciples, at the same table he instituted 
the Lord's Supper and Communion? You 
are willing to perpetuate the Communion, 
that was instituted that night and say it is a 
religious ordinance, but not feet-washing. If 
one is to be perpetuated, should not the other 
likewise? In regard to the Communion he 
says, "As oft as ye eat this bread, and drink 
this cup, ye do show forth the Lord's death 
until he comes." In regard to feet-wa&hing 
he says, "I have given you an example that 
ye do as I have done unto you. Ye call me 
Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I 
am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have 
washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one 
another's feet. For I have given you an ex- 
ample, that ye should do as I have done to 
you. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The ser- 
vant is not greater than his Lord: neither he 
that is sent greater than he that sent him. 
If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do 
them." John 13: 13, 14, 15, 16, 17. 

You take very strong ground in your tract 
when you say, To say of any law of Christ 
that it is unimportant or non-essential is clear- 
ly to insult the Son of God. And further you 
say, that man has no right to sit in judg- 
ment with God's enactments, for that belong- 
ed to infidels. But we as Christian believers 
should ask the Lord, "what wilt thou have us 
to do." 

Now there are none of the words of Christ 
more positive than in regard to feet-washing, 
in none of his commands did he say as he 
did in feet-washing, "I have given you an ex- 
ample that ye do as I have done unto you; if. 
ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do 
them. Very positive language indeed. 

I am very fearful if we reject such a plain 

command of our Lord Jesus Christ, and con- 
tend for baptism alone, we shall suffer loss, 
because the Savior says, we are happy if we 
do these things; therefore it follows if we do 
not those things he commands, we are not 
happy. I would therefore say in conclusion, 
if you contend strongly for baptism, (or im- 
mersion) contend earnestly for the whole 
faith as it was once delivered unto the saints, 
because Christ is coming again, in- flames of 
fire, to take vengeance upon those that obey 
not the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Be- 
fore he ascended into Heaven he says, "Now 
all power is given unto me in heaven and in 
earth; go ye therefore and teach all nations, 
baptizing them in the name of the Father, 
and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost." — 
This makes a triune baptism, one in three 
and three in one; "teaching them to observe 
all things whatsoever I have commanded you, 
and lo, E am with you always, even unto the end 
of the world." Matt. 28: 18, 19, 20. Now we 
are not obeying him unless we carry out his 
teachings. He commands them to baptize 
in the name of the Father, and baptize in the 
name of the Son, and baptize in the name of 
the Holy Ghost, for that is what is meant — in 
the name of the Father, and of the Eon, and 
of the Holy Ghost. One action will not fulfill 
the demands of this language; but three ac- 
tions in one baptism will. If we honor the 
Father, we must honor the Son and the Holy 
Ghost, according to the command of Christ. 

The time has indeed come that men will 
not endure sound doctrine, but are heaping 
unto themselves teachers having itching ears. 
"And if any man shall take away from the 
words of the book of this prophecy, God shall 
take away his part out of the Book of Life, 
and out of £he Holy City, and from the things 
which are written in this book." Rev. 22: 19. 
Therefore if it is so important that we do not 
take away from the words of the Lord Jesus, 
(or our part will be taken from the Book of 
Life) is it not very important that we teach 
the whole gospel, and not only part of it? 

I will now submit the above to your se- 
rious consideration. What I have written I 
have written with a sincere motive, and not 
for controversy. May the Lord bless us and 
help us to obey the whole truth so that we 
may have a right to the tree of life and may 
enter in through the gates into the city. 

Wm. N. Clemmeb. 

Lanark, 111. 



— Can a man do good or evil to others, 
without doing good or evil to himself ? 

— True religion has nothing narrow nor 
selfish about it. 

— Epochs of infidelity have always been 
epochs of wickedness. 

— Circumcision is nothing and uncircum- 
cision is nothing, but faith that worketh by 

— True religion is not content with scorn 
and hatred. 

— Another youngster has been to church. 
" How Hirl vou like the sermon," asked his sis- 


ter ? "Pretty well," replied the youthful crit- 
ic. "The beginning was very good, and so was 
the end, but it had too much middle." Are 
there not a good many sermons that have "too 
much middle?" 

— Some people begin religion by loving the 
church more than the truth, and go on to love 
their own party more than the church, and 
end by loving themselves most of all. 

— Now let us consider our baptismal vow. 
"While upon our knees in the liquid stream, 
before God and witnesses, we all promised to 
believe that Jesus Christ was the Son of God, 
and that he brought from heaven a saving 
Gospel. When one denies this part of his 
vow, we all in chorus exclaim, infidel ; and it 
is true. While in the same position and be- 
fore the same witnesses, we also promised 
"willingly to renounce Satan with all his per- 
nicious ways, and all the sinful pleasures of 
this world." Now what do we say when a 
brother or a sister violates this part of their 
solemn vow — or do we say anything? We 
have no single word that we can apply quite 
bo well, but would not the nature of the case 
place him in the same relation to God and 
the church as the other? How must that 
brother or sister feel who has gone after the 
world in its sinful pleasures, and Satan with 
his pernicious ways,— when thinking over 
that vow? Is there one in the church who 
has violated his vow? If so, for the Lord's 
s?ke renew your vow at once, and don't say 
again that you are in the "same faith" unless 
you determine to live it, for you cannot serve 
two masters— the friendship of the world is 
enmity to God etc. 

"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are 
true, whatsoever things are honest, whatso- 
ever things are just, whatsoever things are 
pure, whatsoever things are lovely, Avhatso- 
ever things are of good report; if there be 
any virtue, and if there be any praise, think 
on these things. 





Having a little leisure and a desire to en- 
joy a little inspiration from nature, I wended 
my way to the top of a peak that towers in 
majestic grandeur about three hundred feet 
above the level of the country, and there, 
spread out before me, was the Juniata valley 
— a picture of nature which neither poet or 
painter can excel. After looking around in 
contemplation and adoring silence, and drink- 
ing the inspiration it could give, I sat down, 
pushed aside the white clover, and made a 
writing desk of the sod and noted the follow- 
ing: The red clover, a few wild flowers and 
some wild briars were the ornaments of my 
sanctum. The humming of the bumble-bee, 
and the songs of the mocking-bird and the 
twitter of the goldfinch broke the stillness 
and made the air vocal. The day was pleas- 
ant, the air balmy. The blue dome above 
was hung with fleecy clouds which screened 
me from the heat of the great k'ng of day.— 
The beautiful valley with its almost endless 

variety of scenery reminds one of the beauti- 
ful Valley of Eden, as embellished by the 
poets. Here in one view are the waving 
fields of grain tinged with yellow. These 
are interspersed with fields of mingled timo- 
thy and clover, and to bring these out in bold 
relief, they are mingled still with the striped 
corn fields and potato patches. At irregular 
distances appear the farm buildings, sur- 
rounded with yards, gardens, trees, vines and 
shrubbery. Ever and anon along roads, fenc- 
es and in fields may be seen trees of various 
sizes standing solitary and alone: while in 
sinks and on knolls they stand in clusters, 
in a state of nature, adding variety and beau- 
ty to the scenery. Through the midst, with 
fertile fields on either side, serpent-like flows 
the historic and beautiful Blue Juniata river, 
skirted and fringed along its margins with 
Avillows, which are reflected on the bosom of 
the water. The canoe of the red man that 
once glided over its surface, has long since 
rotted — its owner passed away; but in won- 
dering beauty and loveliness the water still 
flows on. The clear placid water reminds one 
of the stream that flows from the Throne and 
makes glad the city of our King. 

By the side of the river is the canal — one 
of the enterprises of other days. It is still 
used in some places as a medium of transpor- 
tation, and also gives power to machinery for 
crushing sand for glass. Lengthwise through 
the valley, the Pa. B. B. is stretching out its 
iron arms to receive the articles of commerce 
and convey the traveler to or from his home; 
and the stillness is frequently broken by the 
clatter and roar of the great iron steed as he 
goes dashing over his iron path. From the 
knoll on which I sit I look down on McVey- 
town. The houses are mingled with trees, and 
at first sight it reminds one of a flower-bed. 
The valley is surrouaided and bordered by 
hills towering into mountains, forming a back- 
ground extravagantly grand. I viewed the 
scene with mingled feelings, — feelings of 
pleasure and longing. I thought of Moses 
on Mount Nebo, looking over with longing 
eyes, into the goodly land. I thought of 
Adam in his beautiful home in Eden, of Je- 
sus on Mount Tabor. I thought — and there 
was joy in the thought, that there is a valley 
still more beautiful than the one before me, 
and when the hills and valleys of time shall 
have all passed away, that may be my home 
forever and ever. And if the songs of. the 
birds and the beauties of nature are so trans- 
porting here, what must it be to be there; 
where one draught from the ambrosial foun- 
tain of life shall fill the enlarged and enrap- 
tured soul with ineffable glory. 



We learn from the Scriptures that we were 
created for a good purpose, for Ave are his 
Avorkmanship, created in Christ Jesus, unto 
good works, Avhich God has before ordained 
that we should walk in them. Let us be care- 
ful to maintain good Avorks. The church of 
God is represented as a city "set oh a hill," 
which can be seen by all; even the distant 

traveler may see it, and know from its ap- 
pearance, that he can find a place of rest 
Avithin its limits. Just so is the church of 
the living God, if its members Avalk Avorthy 
of the A'ocation AvhereAvith they are called, 
Avith all lowliness and meekness, and long- 
suffering, forbearing one another in loA'e. — 
The purity of the church is one of the means, 
ordained of God, for directing those Avho sit 
in the region and shadow of death to the 
fountain of eternal life. The church should 
be a model, Avorthy of imitation by all man- 
kind. But oh! what a warfare avc have to 
Avage and endure to be successful. We must 
put on the Avhole armor of God. "We wrestle 
not against flesh and blood, but against prin- 
cipalities, against powers, against the rulers 
of the darkness of this Avorld, and against 
"spiritual wickedness in high places." Know 
ye not, Brethren, that the church is compar- 
ed to salt? We know the saving qualities of 
salt; let us try our utmost and be to the 
world Avhat salt is to flesh. "Ye are the salt 
of the earth, but if the salt haA'e lost its savor, 
wherewith shall it be salted; it is thenceforth 
good for nothing, but to be cast out and trod- 
den under feet of men." Matt. 5 : 13. I hope 
none of us deserve to be cast out and trodden 
upon by men. The prayer of all should be, 
Help me from unbelief; but by no means 
should Ave pray and not work. It appears to 
me that about the loudest prayer ever mads 
was through obedience. But, says one, I am 
sorry for all my sins. Very well, friend, but 
remember that repentance, to be accepted by 
God, must be that sorrow for sin Avhich pro- 
duces newness of life. We should remember 
the promises of God's Word, that if thou shalt 
confess with thy mouth, the Lord Jesus, and 
shalt belieA r e in thine heart, that God raised 
him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. — ■ 
Bom. 10: 9. We also made a confession be- 
fore God and many Avitnesses, denying our- 
selves of all ungodliness and worldly lusts, 
promising that Ave would liA - e soberly, right- 
eously and godly in this present world. Titus 
2: 12. 


President Young, of the Louisville, New 
Albany & Chicago Railway, has honored him- 
self by an act which ought to receive the 
praise of every God-fearing man in the land, 
and of every person as Avell who has any re- 
gard for the sanctity of the Lord's day. .1 lo 
has issued an order prohibiting the running 
of trains on Sunday "except those which are 
absolutely necessary"— referring. Ave presume, 
to those which carry the mail. He says: 

"You will, in future, run no excursion trains 
of any kind, for any purpose, on Sunday. 
This order applies t :> camp-meeting trains. 
If Christians can not find other places of 
worship, this company Avill not violate Divine 
and civil law and deny its employes the es- 
sential rest of the Sabbath to carry them to 
camp-meeting grounds."' This is terribly se- 
A"ere on certain Methodists who have for years 
maintained a camp-meeting at a point on the 
line of the road, the principal share of the i e- 
ceipts of which meetings has been from the 
gate fee of ten cents from persons carried on 
the "Sunday" excursion trains. Who will say 
that it is not Avell deserved? All honor to the 
man who has so bravely done a Christian duty 
and laid the axe at the root of a most unholy 
traffic. — Christian at Work 




151" ALEX. W. KEESE. 

"In like manner also, that women adorn themselves 
in modest apparel, with Bhamefacedness and sobriety; 
not with braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; 
but (which becometh women professing godliness) with 
good works." 1 Tim. 11: '.', 10. 

The Gospel assumes to be a revelation 
from God, and, as far as expression is giveni 
it is the exponent of the Divine Will. It is, 
therefore, authoritative, and the only infalli- 
ble rule of faith and practice. It is full, 
rounded, complete, symmetric, perfect. It 
has all the beauty and moral sublimity of a 
work emanating from the mind of God. It 
has all the majesty and dignity of law. All 
mankind are the subjects of this law. Its 
obligations — its duties — its restrictions rest 
alike upon all. 

From the operations of this law there is no 
escape. It is the final Court of Appeal. Its 
decisions are immutable, inflexible, eternal. 
But, in striking contrast with the results of 
human legislation, the law of God is perfect. 

The Bible is called the Book of Life, be- 
cause it contains the plan of salvation, includ- 
ing the terms and conditions upon which the 
human race may escape from the corruption 
and bondage of sin, and inherit eternal life. 
'Tor the wages of sin is death, but the gift 
of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ, 
our Lord." 

It is, therefore, the most important Book 
that was ever given to man. The investiga- 
tion — the careful, serious, thoughtful study 
of the Sacred Volume, has not only the Di- 
vine command of our blessed Savior in its 
behalf, but appeals to the highest interests 
of man. It contains the issues of life and 
death. "The momentous concerns of an 
eternal state" are plainly and fully set forth 
in the Inspired Word. But the benefits to 
be derived from a careful study of the Word 
"of God, can only be reached through obedi- 
ence to the Divine commands. 

The subliine principles of holiness and mo- 
rality, contained in the Scriptures of Divine 
Truth must be incorporated in the daily life 
and conversation of the child of God. "Ye are 
my disciples," said our adorable Master, "if 
ye do whatsoever I have commanded you." 
And this law of God is comprehensive and 
wide-sweeping in its demands. It must be 
accepted, not only in its totality, but in its 
minutest details. And this is eminently in 
accordance with "the eternal fitness of things." 
It is our "reasonable service." God com- 
mands no self-denial on our part, that is not 
for our highest good. He forbids no indul- 
gence that is not hurtful to the human soul. 

These sublime truths were reached even by 
the philosophy of heathen ages. They are 
confirmed by reason's voice, they find re- 
sponsive echo in the history of the race, and 
in the universal experience of mankind. 

I might here say that the reflections, em- 

ed in the present sketch, were aroused 

by a conversation between the writer and a 

highly cultivated and intelligent gentleman, 

Whom I met in Kansas City, on my return 

from our recent Annual Meeting, at Bismark 
G rove. 

The gentleman, alluded to, held an impor- 
tant oilicial position in the service of the Un- 
ion Pacific llailroad, and, consequently, had 
a line opportunity of witnessing the vast 
crowds of our people that passed over that 
great thoroughfare of travel to and from 
A. M. 

In the course of our interview, he spoke in 
high terms of our people, and further re- 
marked that he was sensibly impressed with 
the neat and modest appearance of the wom- 
en, and the quiet dignity and frank, open, 
honest countenances of the men. 

He said their principles are to be com- 
mended, and, "On the whole," he pleasantly 
remarked, "I like them — they are a first-rate 
sort of people, but one thing about them I 
don't like — you are too hard on your women, 
you ought to let them fix up a little more. A 
beautiful Avoman is the most beautiful crea- 
tion of God's hand, and you ought, at least, 
to allow your sisters to ivcar a few roses in 
their hair" 

The outlines of my reply to our friend on 
these points, will now be given, and over 
which we had a lengthy, though pleasant dis- 
cussion, he, at the time, being re-enforced by 
some questionable logic on the part of an 
elder brother of mine according to the flesh. 

The love of the beautiful — the aesthetic 
principle — was implanted in the human soul 
by the Creator himself: and it was given to 
man for a wise and beneficent purpose. 

There are those, however, who believe that 
the aesthetic principle does not enter into the 
economy of God's grace, and that, so far 
from being encouraged, it should be sternly 
repressed. In this view, the writer does not 

On the other hand, some are inclined to 
give undue prominence to the aesthetic feat- 
ure, both in social and religious life. The 
truth lies, as in all extremes, perhaps, in the 
golden mean. In this practical, and severe- 
ly utilitarian age, the aesthetic has been sub- 
ordinated to the useful. The ideal has given 
place to the real. 

Time is too valuable, and money too easily 
made in America, and these facts, more than 
severe moral principle, are unfavorable to the 
production of dreamers. 

Without entering into any lengthy investi- 
gation of the beautiful in nature: whether 
the lily, fashioned, in' all its loveliness, by the 
hand of God, and of which it is declared by 
our Savior Himself, that "Solomon in all his 
glory was not arrayed like one of these:" 
whether the matchless landscape, outstretched 
in its exquisite beauty before the eye: — 

"The bills, rock-ribbed and ancient as the sun, 

The venerable woods, riven that move 

In majesty, and the complaining- brooks 

That make the meadows gieen; and poured round 

Old ocean's gray and melancholy waste," 

shall excite within the bosom of man emo- 
tions of pleasure and admiration, we. pass to 
the contemplation of the beautiful in crea- 
tive art. 

We know that it cannot be wrong to ad- 
mire the lily and the rose, the majestic forest, 
the mighty river, for God created them. But 
can this fact justify us in seeking to adorn 
our perishing bodies with the vain trappings 
of human pride? Where is the analogy in 
the cases? Because the rose i3 the most 
beautiful of flowers, and excites pleasure in 
seeing it where the hand of God placed it, 
will that be called a reason why the sisters 
should wear a few of them in their hair? 

The same principle would apply to other 
objects of beauty in nature, and, by-and-by, 
when these could not be procured, then it 
would be necessary — in order that the sisters 
should keep pace with the rosthetic move- 
ment in the ranks — that a resort would be 
had to artificial means to supply the demand. 
Then, as gold and pearls are found in nature, 
the step would be quite natural and easy to 
bring these into service as ornaments to set 
off the beauty of woman to the admiration 
of the male sex, and the envy of her own. 

The temptation to personal adornment has 
its origin — not so much in the genuine a33- 
thetic principle of our nature, as it has in 
the promptings of human vanity and human 

Now, it is evident that humility underlies 
the whole superstructure of the Gospel of 
Christ. Our blessed Savior was the exponent 
of this principle in His own person. He 
taught it daily in the streets of Jerusalem — 
in the desert, on the Mount — by the sea of 
Galilee, and everywhere else, and finally ex- 
emplified it in his cruel death on the cross. 

His disciples and apostles re-echoed the 
sentiments that fell from their Master's lips, 
and verified His teachings in their daily 
lives, following His footsteps even unto the 
death! Do the modern disciples of "the 
meek and lowly Jesus" need more than this? 
"Ye are my disciples if ye do whatsoever I 
have commanded you." 

Does the dear sister, who has been buried 
with him in baptism, and rose from that liq- 
uid grave to "walk in newness of life," pine 
for "the plain hat," or "a few roses in her 
hair?" Does she sigh for the "plaited hair," 
"the gold, or jewels or pearls" with which to 
adorn her perishing body — with the things 
plainly forbidden of God? I trow not! 

Does the beloved brother, who is bought 
with the precious blood of Christ, seek to 
clothe the Temple of the Holy Ghost in the 
"Babylonish garments" of a sinful and God- 
forgetting world ? Does he sigh for "Prog- 
ress" in the ranks of Zion? Does he forget 
his baptismal vows and shun the Cross of 
Christ, lest he should be considered "odd" 
by an evil and adulterous generation? 

Does he shrink from the finger of scorn? 
Does he fear to acknowledge his Lord and 
Master by refusing to wear the uniform of 
Christ? Is he ashamed to confess Him be- 
fore men — at all times — everywhere, under 
all circumstances? No! by the grace of God, 

But the Christian needs all the restraints 
of the Gospel to keep him in the safe and 
narrow way. Carnal appetites, passions, in- 
clinations all plea'd for indulgence. The 


world, with its varied and innumerable fasci- 
nations and allurements, invites us astray. 
The Evil One is ever ready and alert to tempt 
our feet from the paths of righteousness and 

O, what a warfare is this! But, cheer up, 
comrades in the fight! The great Captain 
of our salvation is mighty and able and will- 
ing to help them who call upon Him. Shun 
not the cross ! Look unto Jesus ! 

"Take up thy cro^s and foMow me, 
Nor think till (loath to lay it down; 

For only he who bears the cross, 
Miiy hope to wear Ihe glorious crswn.'' 
Warreasburg, Mo. 



Nothing contributes more to our real en- 
joyment than true courtesy. One who is ev- 
er willing to treat his associates with respect, 
will always be admired by them and will nev- 
er be in want of a friend. Our little acts of 
kindness brighten the countenance of a 
friend, or even of an enemy, as the little 
drops of rain brighten the meadows. Sir 
Walter Raleigh is said to have won the fav- 
or of a proud queen by performing for her 
an act of civility. 

Not only is personal beauty enhanced by 
courtesy, but homeliness is concealed, and 
even plainness made more agreeable. "A 
beautiful form," says one of our American 
essayists, "is better than a beautiful face, and 
a beautiful behavior better than a beautiful" 

Courtesy is the finest of fine arts. It, like 
the other fine arts, affords a pleasure when 
truly possessed. But manners may be as- 
sumed as a disguise, just as some persons as- 
sume a virtue when they do not possess it. 
Some appear to be what they are not. Their 
ways are all affected. How truly has this af- 
fectation been compared to a coat of many 
colors and pieces — ill fitted, and neither 
stitched nor tied, which some poor mortals, 
through incessant pain, endeavor to hold to- 
gether and wear. 

Though this imitation may, at first, be 
awkward and forced, yet the person assum- 
ing these manners may practice them until 
they become perfectly natural, and it is no 
easy task to detect them. Such a person may 
be likened to a wolf in sheep's clothing, go- 
ing about seeking those whom he may 

While there are those who possess assum- 
ed, polished manners, there are some who 
pride themselves in being just the reverse. 
They glory in their rudeness, which they of- 
ten dignify with the name of frankness. — 
Their manners, too, strictly speaking, are as- 
sumed. They may be good at heart, perform 
many acts of benevolence, but do it in such a 
manner that greatly depreciates the valus of 
the favor. In desiring to appear natural, 
they forget that there is nothing which so 
much prevents our being natural, as the de- 
sire to appear so. There are many attractive 
and becoming ways which we may possess, 

without running the risk of being deemed 
foppish or affected; for if true dignity exists 
in the mind, it will not be wanting in the 

But it is not by our actions only that our 
reputation is formed; for, as an author has 
said, "Our actions, words, looks and steps 
form the alphabet by which others may spell 
character." Our words, as nearly as any- 
thing else, form a type of what we are. — 
They, coming from the heart, show our in- 
tentions; for, it has been said by our Great 
Judge, that "from the abundance of the heart 
the mouth speaketh." 

When we are conversing with a friend and 
his language is clothed in a comely garb, 
pure and refined, it awakens within us a feel- 
ing of satisfaction and a realization of true 
merit. Did not the wise man say, that 
"words fitly spoken are like apples of gold in 
pictures of silver." 

On the other hand, if one comes to us, hav- 
ing no respect for himself or for those around 
him, what is the result? We, fearing to trust 
him, shun him. He has few associates. — 
Thus he is not happy, and causes others to 
be in the same condition. 

It has often been asked, Do manners make 
the man? In part, it may be said, that man- 
ners do make the man. Thry make for him 
his reputation. Our true manners make our 
character, and our character has been termed 
our fruit. Then, as we are known by our 
fruit, who can deny that manners do make 
the man? 

Taking this view of the subject, we should 
endeavor to make courtesy an important part 
of our life education. It should be practiced 
in the family circle. Children should early 
be taught that true politeness is not a gar- 
ment that can be donned at pleasure, but one 
that is to be worn at all times, at home as 
well as abroad. 

Courtesy is one of the Christian graces; 
for the Christian takes the rules for his ac- 
tions from the Bible. In this book are found 
many excellent rules of courtesy. The first 
rule, which epitomizes all the rest, is, "Thou 
shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." If Ave 
also observe the Golden Rule in all our so- 
cial conduct, we shall have that true courtesy 
which is the last touch, the crowning perfec- 
tion of a noble character. 

Avert/, I ok a. 



"God is our refuge and strength, a wry present help 
in trouble." Ps. 46: 1. 

If it were not for that strength and help 
that comes from God how could we bear up 
under our persecutions and tribulations.— 
Bless God for that precious help that each 
and every one stands so much in need of; but 
we must always bear in mind that we must 
ask God for that strength and help which he 
so freely gives to those who ask him in faith 
not wavering for he that wavereth is like a 
wave of the Sea, driven with the wind and 
tossed. James 1: 6. We ought to know if 

we ask, and not in fait!), wo receive nothing; 
for .Tames 10 plainly tells us so. But if we 
ask in faith and in the name of our Heavenly 
Father, we shall receive. Jesus said: "If ye 
ask anything in my name, I will do it." — - 
John 14: 15. David says: "Vain is the help 
of man." Ps. 108: 12. Sometimes we grow 
weak, when we are persecuted on every side; 
we think that God has surely forsaken us. — 
But when we turn to his Holy AVord, and 
read his glorious promises, and ineditate]over 
them, we feel ashamed of our weakness, and 
without a doubt we see where we have been 
sadly mistaken. Then by-and-by, the dark 
and gloomy clouds pass over. Sometimes we 
feel that we are cumbered with so much care 
and trouble, — that it is almost impossible to 
bear up under it. But then the thought 
comes to our mind, "Whom God loveth he 
chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom 
he receiveth." Heb. 12: 0. "If ye endure 
chastening, God dealeth with you as with 
sons." Heb. 12:7. "For what son is he whom 
the father chasteneth not?" Heb. 12: 11. — 
"Now no chastening for the present seemeth 
to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless, after- 
ward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of right- 
eousness unto them which are exeicised 
thereby." Whilst we are persecuted and 
chastised let us always remember that "God 
is our refuge and strength; a very present 
help in trouble." The poet says: 

"Affliction-', though they seem severe, 

In mercy oi't aie sent, 
To slop the prodigal'd career, 
Which caused him to n pent." 


Please give your views (through the Stand- 
ard) of the 9th verse of the 3rd chapter of 
the 1st epistle of John: "Whosoever is born 
of God doth not commit sin; for his seed re- 
maineth in him and he can not sin, because 
he is born of God." J. W. Montgomery. 

Seymour, Ky. 

It is speaking of the bent and current of 
the life, and not of exceptional acts. Com- 
mitting sin is working at it as a trade or vo_ 
cation. While a child of God may be over- 
borne by temptation and overtaken in faults, 
this is exceptional; the rule of his life is obe- 
dience to God. If any one is found living a 
life of sin, it is evident that he is not a child 
of God. The phrase is descriptive of charac- 
ter—of the bent of one's life, and not of ex- 
ceptional acts. See chap. 1: 8. "He that com- 
mitteth sin, " in chap. 3: 8, is placed in con- 
trast Avith "him that doeth righteousness," in 
verse 7. "The normal direction of the believ- 
er's energies is against sin; the law of God 
after the inward man is the ruling prin- 
ciple of his true self, though the old nature, 
not yet fully deadened, rebels and sins. The 
magnetic needle, the nature of which is al- 
ways to point to the pole, is easily turned 
aside, but reseeks the pole." "The child of 
God," says Luther, "in this conflict receives 
indeed wounds daily, but never throws away 
his arms or makes peace with a deadly foe. — 
Isnac Evrdt. 

Promise to pay is the father of bankruptcy. 




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13 ko. S. J. Harrison and wife spent one 
day in the Mount last week. They seemed 
to enjoy the visit quite well. 

Bro. Levi Dogiie has been ordained to the 
eldership, and William Kree elected to the 
ministry, both of Mason Co., Mich. 

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Mt. Morris, 111. 

July 3, 1883. 

Bro. S. M. Eshelman, who two years ago 
was the efficient mailing clerk of the Breth- 
ren at Work, gave us a short call last weeic 

TnE way Isaac Errett explains, "Whosoev- 
er is born of God doth not commit sin," will 
commend itself to Bible students generally. 
See page seven. 

Bno. E. A. Orr writes that the Brethren 
have just organized a Sunday School at the 
Brethren meeting-house near Plattsburg, Mo. 
He reports an interesting school. 

Do not fail to heed the Supplement in this 

The story of the lost brothers did not come 
in time for this issue. 

There is some excellent reading in the 
"Home and Family" department this week. 

The Gospel Messenger takes the place of 
the Brethren at Work and Primitive Chris- 

Thurston Miller has changed his address 
from Warren Cenfer, Ind., to South Bend 
same State. 

Brethren Eli Kittenhouse and Geo. Maul- 
ler, of Silver Creek church, Ind., have been 
elected to the ministry. 

Bro. Keller and wife, of Ephrata, Lancas- 
ter Co., Pa., spent a few days visiting ac- 
quaintances here last week. Bro. John Sut- 
ton, of Van Clevesville, W. Va., also called 
on us. 

Show the Messenger to your neighbors 
and ask them to subscribe at least to the end 
of the year. Price only 50 cents till Jan. 
1st. 1SSI. 

This week Bro. ■ Jas. A. Sell tells of a sanc- 
tum that we would like to have enjoyed with 
him a few hours. Nature makes some de- 
lightful things. 

Bro. W. B. Woodard, of Manatee, Florida, 
would like to have the address of members 
living in Georgia. He reports health good 
in Florida, and the thermometer up to nine- 

Seven recently united with the church in 
North Carolina, during a series of meetings 
conducted by Bro. J. "C. Moomaw, of Va. A 
number more have united with the church 
since then. 

Bro. Sharp returned from Iowa last week, 
remained at home two days and then started 
on an extended trip through Indiana and 
Ohio. His first stopping place will be Mon- 
ticello, Ind. 

The Brethren of Linn Co., Iowa, are 
building a new meeting-house near the spot 
where the Quinter and McConnell debate was 
held some years ago. It will cost in the 
neighborhood of $2,200. 

We would like a number of good articles 
for the Home and Family department. For 
that department make your articles short 
and to the point. 

When last heard from, Bro. David Brow- 
er was preaching in the vicinity of Garfield, 
Washington Territory. He reports good 
meetings and excellent interest. 

Eld. Amos Faw, of North Carolina, has 
fallen asleep in Christ. He is said to have 
been a man highly respected by all, and will 
be greatly missed by the little church. He 
died sometime in the Spring. 

Bro. Reese makes it clear that while we 
may admire the beautiful works of nature, 
there is no reason for using the same things, 
in a way not intended, for the purpose of ren- 
dering the body more charming. 

Bro. W. H. Roose's article on "Prayer" 
this week is replete with excellent, practical 
thought. Especially do we commend that 
part referring to secret prayer and the fami- 
ly altar. 

There are many busy hands around Mt. 
Morris College just now. Many parts of the 
large building are being completely remod- 
deled, and much more conveniently arranged. 
We shall take a stroll through the building 
when the work is completed and tell our 
readers more about it. 

We desire church news from every part of 
of the Brotherhood. As we now have but one 
paper among us our readers will expect that 
the church news department be kept full 
and interesting. In every instance make 
your reports short and to the point. Notes 
of travels, etc., should be very condensed. 

Some of those who had been getting both 
papers may also receive two copies of the 
Messenger for a few weeks till we get our 
list properly adjusted. They can give the ex- 
tra copy to some one who may be benefitted 
by it. Some of them may also receive their 
paper a few days later than others, for a few 

Bro. S. C. Bashor, of Longmont, Colorado, 
thinks of going still farther West, and would 
like to know the address of members living in 
Washington Territory, and especially would 
he like to hear from localities where a minis- 
ter is needed. He hopes to aid in advancing 
the cause where his help in the ministry may 
be needed. 

Last week the Mississippi river, east of St. 
Louis, was the highest ever known since 1858. 
Hundreds of families have been rendered 
homeless and near one million dollars worth 
of property destroyed. Vast fields of fine 
wheat, corn and other grain were under water. 
Most of the sufferers are poor, and their great 
loss will be keenly felt. 

The Gospel Messenger is published in 
the interest of the Brethren or German Bap- 
tist church, among whom it has the largest 
circulation of any paper ever published by 
thai order of people. 

Lottie Ketring usually writes on practical 
The last page of the Messenger may be subjects, but this week she speaks of a fault 
used for suitable advertisements, but noth- that everybody we ever met seemed to ac- 
ing of a doubtful propriety, will be admitted knowledge. There are but few contented 
under any circumstances. Our large circula- people in this world, and there will be less in 
tion makes our space valuable to advertisers. J one part of the world to come. 

Sister Anna S. Miller's article on "Cour- 
tesy" calls our attention to a subject that is 
much neglected by nine-tenths of the profess- 
ing Christians of the present day. It is a 
subject concerning which there is not enough 
of preaching and writing. 

Whether that Great Pyramid prophecy 
is being fulfilled or not, there is no question 
that Ave are passing through an era of great 
atmospheric disturbance. The venerable 
"oldest inhabitant" remembers nothing like 
it before. We as much expect to read of the 
daily cyclone when we take up our morning 
paper, as we do of the daily murder. The 
past three or four weeks will be a season long 
to be remembered by dwellers on our western 
and southern prairies. 

We are in receipt of a fifty-two page pam- 
phlet, entitled the "Brethren's Reasons," 
claiming to set forth the reasons why the 
Old Order element left the Brotherhood. It 
is largely a rehash of petitions and resolu- 
tions, from the Miami Valley, with a number 
of other things that have appeared to some 
extent in the Vindicator. It is full of com- 
plaints, and gives but one side of cases it re- 
cites. Ten thousand copies have been sent 
out free. The work will have but little influ- 
ence with those acquainted with both sides 
of the things to which it refers. 



JggT'THOSE who have been taking both pa- 
pers can either have their time on the Mes- 
senger extended six months, or donate the 
extra copy to a friend, named by them, the 
remainder of the year. "Please inform us by 
card immediately what you want done. tf. 

Several of our readers have requested us 
to make, in this department, some mention 
of each article that appears in the Messenger. 
They think that such a notice from us would 
greatly aid them in forming some idea of ar- 
ticles before reading them. We may endeav- 
or to accommodate them as we get time to do 

Bro. 0. C. Boot, of Missouri is the kind of 
a missionary to put in the mission field. It 
takes something more than barb wire and 
deep ravines to keep him from the Lord's 
sheep in the woods. We want preachers who 
will go out into the highways and hunt for 
the sheep, not simply stand and call. See 
his article in this issue. 

come acquainted with the character of the readers than they would be read by under 
paper, we have concluded to offer it to the \ the former arrangement. 

One who carefully notices the phenomena 
of nature will sometimes find things that will 
put him to thinking of the possibilities in the 
future. While a south-west gale was blowing 
at Long Point, De Witt County, 111., last 
month, with a drizzling rain, the wind sud- 
denly shifted to the north-west, bringing a 
scorching atmosphere that wilted oats and 
burnt blades of grass, causing amazement 
among the inhabitants. 

end of the year for the small sum of fifty 
cents. Let it be announced to all of the con- 
gregations in the Brotherhood that the con- 
solidated paper can be had to the end of the 
year for fifty cents, and some one appointed to 
take the names and money and forward the 
same to us. We trust that our agents and 
the housekeepers in the various congrega- 
tions will see that this is promptly attended 
to. If sample copies are desired, drop us a 

Address all communications to the Breth- 
ren's Publishing' Co., Mt. Morris, Ogle Co., 
111., or Box 50, Huntingdon, Pa. 



We have the pleasure of laying before our 
readers the first number of the long-looked- 
for consolidated paper. It it not as large as 
we would like to have made it, but we have 
concluded to continue this size and shape to 
the end of the present year, with a view of 
other improvements. The Gospel Messen- 
ger now takes the place of the Brethren at 
Work and Primitive Christian, with the in- 
tention of supplying the Brotherhood with a 
class of reading that will prove both instruct- 
ive and edifying; especially will this prove 
true of the church news. Having one paper 
will tend to bring our people closer together, 
and unite them still more fully as a church 
and a band of Christian workers. They will 
become better acquainted with each other, 
know more of the doings throughout the 
whole Brotherhood, and thus be knit togeth- 
er by a kindred feeling which always results 
from reading the same class of literature. 

Uniting the two papers gives the Messen- 
ger a large circulation, but we desire to still 
increase that circulation, for the more readers 
we have, the more good can be accomplished. 
If possible, we desire to get the Messenger 
into every family in the Brotherhood, and 
hope that all of our present readers will make 
a special effort to aid us in tJiis part of the 
^work. Proper efforts upon their part will 
double and even treble our circulation. To 
aid in thus increasing the circulation, and 
give the people everywhere a chance to be- 

Our readers have noticed remarks in our 
paper from time to time in regard to the con- 
solidation of the Brethren at Work and the 
Primitive Christian. To prevent temptation 
to improper competition between the two pa- 
pers, and for some other reasons, the propri- 
etors of the two papers made a partial con- 
solidation—a consolidation of our interests, 
sometime ago. And from the action that the 
Annual Meeting of 1882 took upon the sub- 
ject of consolidation, and from the feeling 
that was manifested among the brethren at 
that meeting in favor of consolidation, we 
have since that time been considering seri- 
ously and prayerfully the propriety of a 
complete consolidation of our publishing in- 
terests, and of our two papers. And things 
seemed to so open and so to work as to favor 
the consolidation, and it has been done. 

The patrons of the two former papers will 
now receive the one consolidated paper. They 
perhaps have not been looking for this quite 
so soon, but we hope they will cheerfully ac- 
quiesce in what we have, upon mature consid- 
eration, thought would be best for our read- 
ers, for the church, and for ourselves. In 
looking at the subject under some aspects, we 
would have preferred to keep the papers sep- 
arate. But taking all things into considera- 
tion, we concluded it would be best to consol- 
idate. First, in having but one paper, we 
shall have all the church news, which is gen- 
erally considered an interesting department 
of the paper, in the one paper which can be 
read by all. Whereas, while we had the two 
papers, the church news divided between 
them, and the readers of the one paper did 
not get to read what was in the other. 

Secondly, there were often articles which 
appeared in one paper, that were of such a 
character that it was desirable that they 
should be read by as many of the members 
of the church as possible. But unless they 
were copied from the paper in which they 
first appeared, by the other paper, they would 
only be read by the readers of the one paper. 
Under the present arrangement such articles 
will be read by a much larger number of 

Thirdly, by concentrating the writing tal- 
ent of the church upon one paper, the paper 
can be made better in its contents of reading 
matter than when we had the two papers. 
Fourthly, by concentrating the writing talent 
of the church, a paper can be made that will 
be likely to accomplish more good in the 
world than the two papers would have done. 
Fifthly, those who took both papers before, 
will have less to pay and less to read than 
they had before, while they will have, it is to 
be hoped, nearly the advantage of reading as 
they had when they received two papers. 

Sixthly, as there are several families that 
live upon the income of our business, it is 
very desirable that the business be conducted 
as economically as possible. And we think 
we can publish one paper more economically 
than we could the two. 

In looking at the subject then, under such 
aspects, we think we can increase our useful- 
ness to the church, and to the world, and al- 
so promote our own interests by our consoli- 
dation. But we are fully aware to accom- 
plish the anticipated advantages of the change 
in our papers, there will have to be much 
wisdom, discretion, watchfulness, and caution 
used by all the editors. And this we hope 
will be done. The responsibility we hope is 
appreciated by us all. We all have had con- 
siderable experience, and that experience has 
added to our knowledge of and fitness for the 
business. We also hope that we all appreci- 
ate the present condition of the church, and 
the duties devolving upon us in view of our 
relation to the world, and to all bodies of 
professing Christians, and that we shall la- 
bor harmoniously and successfully, for the 
peace, the purity, and the prosperity of the 

And we want to say to our beloved breth- 
ren, that our interest in our work as an 
editor has not abated in the least, and 
we shall continue to labor with the abil- 
ity that God may give us, which ability 
we shall try to improve by experience, 
culture, and this divine assistance. We have 
hoped that our labor and responsibility 
would be somewhat lessened by our present 
arrangement, for we feel that this is very de- 
sirable. And if our desires are gratified, we 
shall feel relieved and pleased. Our position, 
however, on the editorial staff is such, being 
the senior editor, that we shall feel a great 
responsibility resting upon us, and relying 
upon divine help, we shall do our utmost to 
meet that responsibility. 

We think we fully appreciate the kindness 
of our brethren in extending to us their pat- 
ronage, the long time we have been connect- 
ed with the press, and we take this opportun- 
ity of expressing our gratitude. At this 
juncture of our editorial life, and in making 
the change we are making, we have taken a 
retrospective view of that life. And we trust 



a little allusion to it here will not be out of 

It is twenty-seven years since we became 
connected with the press. In his preface to 
the 6th volume of the Gospel Visitor, Bro. 
Kurtz makes the following reference to us: 
"This constant increase of labor became ex- 
ceedingly burdensome and grievous to us, 
and long already we looked around for as- 
sistance. We durst not to make our own 
choice. We waited patiently for some token 
of Providence. The Lord graciously grant- 
ed us such a token at the last yearly meeting. 
Then our dear brother Jame3 Quinter was 
nominated as our assistant in the clerkship, 
and performed the duties thereof acceptably, 
as we have reason to believe, to the whole 
meeting. From this we took courage to call 
him to our assistance in the editorship, as be- 
ing pointed out by the finger of God, and we 
rejoice to say that he has accepted the call, 
and will shortly enter upon the active duties 
of the same." This was in January, 1856. 
In the following June we commenced our ed- 
itorial work, and in the number of the Gospel 
Visiior for that month appeared our Inau- 

In taking this retrospective view of the 
past, oh, how many things crowd upon our 
memory! Our heart is melted to tenderness, 
and we feel very humble before God, at what 
he has done for us, and for the confidence 
the beloved brethren have placed in us, 
though we have been so very unworthy. 
Well, though we have served the church 
twenty-seven years as editor, and labored in 
this capacity long enough to know the per- 
plexities of the profession, and would gladly 
retire if duty and circumstances would per- 
mit, but as such a permission does not seem 
to be granted, at present, we shall continue 
to labor for the edification, the defence, and 
the prosperity of the church. 

We entered upon the editorial work con- 
scious of its responsibility. We feel that re- 
sponsibility more at this time than we ever 
felt it. And we shall try to labor with the 
same caution hereafter, that we have labored 
with in the past. In our past editorial la- 
bors, while we have tried to the best of our 
ability, to maintain the truth as it is in Jes- 
us, we have also tried to observe the apos- 
tle's admonition in which he says, "Give none 
offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gen- 
tiles, nor to the church of God." And we 
shall still try to do the same. 

We hope our beloved brethren, will cheer- 
fully accept the change we have made in our 
pai^ers, and that when we get the work under 
the new arrangement fully under way, that 
it will prove satisfactory to our subscribers 
and to ourselves. In the meantime, we ask 
a hearty co-operation on the part of our 
brethren in our work. And let us all labor 
and pray that we may have a sanctified 
church literature, to promote the cause of 
Christian truth. Jaji-es Quieter. 


Sunday before last, Bro. D. N. Wingert, of 
this place, enticed the editor into his comfort- 
able buggy, and took him to Franklin Grove, 
eighteen miles south-east of Mt. Morris. We 
reached the Brethren's large, commodious 
meetingdiouse a few minutes before services 
opened, at 10 A. M. The day was beautiful, 
the house neat and pleasant, and the congre- 
gation quite large. We tried to preach the 
Word to the best of our ability. This is per- 
haps the best constructed and most beautiful- 
ly located meeting-house in Northern Illinois. 
The membership is quite large, and the min- 
isterial force is able and examplary. Many 
of the members here are in excellent circum- 
stances, and the visitor will find among them 
model farmers and model housekeepers. — 
Wherever you go you see the fullest evidence 
of neatness, order and enterprise. We sel- 
dom meet a more intelligent and wide-awake 
looking congregation than we found at this 
place. We found that the members here are 
not ashamed of the Gospel religion. They 
aim to fully carry out its principles, at home 
and abroad. We took dinner with Bro. Ja- 
cob Miller, at whose pleasant and neat home 
the saints will always find a hearty welcome. 
We also spent an hour with our aged brother, 
Eld. Levi Baffensberger, who was confined to 
his bed with a fever. He was in quite a fee- 
ble condition when we visited him. His wife 
also had been confined to her bed nearly one 
year, but was able to attend our meeting, for 
the first time in a long while. Bro. Baffens- 
berger is the oldest elder in this congregation, 
but he saw that he was too old to properly at- 
tend to the work of the church, and had the 
good sense to resign and rest in his old days. 
Bro. Daniel Dierdorff is the present house- 
keeper. He is a man well fitted for the place. 
We preached again at the meeting-house 
at 4 P. M., and had unusually good attention 
on this occasion. We lodged with Bro. Levi 
Trostle, six miles north-west of the meeting- 
house. He is one of the ministers of this 
congregation. Our visit to this intelligent 
Christian family was very encouraging. It 
is pleasant to visit homes where religion, in- 
telligence and industry constitute a family 
trinity. We reached home a few hours after 
the last issue of the B. at W. was put on the 
press, hence the delay of this report. J. H. M. 


We have before us a copy of the proceed- 
ings of the Progressive Convention held at 
Dayton last month. It is a pamphlet of 77 
pages, price 25 cents, published and sold by 
J. B. Denlinger, Dayton, Ohio. It is a sten- 
ographic report of the Convention, but was 
revised and greatly condensed by a com- 
mittee, before going to press. We have read 
the work, and weighed all parts carefully, 
and would be pleased if each of the readers of 

the Messenger could also read it, and then 
judge for himself. Those who read this re- 
port will see a marked difference between the 
manner business is done by the Progressives 
and the Brethren. The Convention did two 
things to which we call special attention: 

1. They have decided to call themselves 
the Brethren Church, wholly dropping the 
name Progressive. In localities where they 
are not known they may create a little misun- 
derstanding for a few months, as some may 
think they are indeed the Brethren. And 
then when they give letters, or certificates, it 
will be done in the name of the Brethren 
Church. This too will create a little confu- 
sion in some localities. We mention this that 
our members may keep a little on their guard. 
Of course their claim to this name will not 
aid their cause in the long run, as the Breth- 
ren Church has held the name so long that it 
will be impossible for a few to come forward 
and wholly appropriate the title in such a 
way that the people will call them by that title. 
Much of our church property is also deeded 
to the Deacons of the Brethren's Church. — ■ 
This too, will doubtless give rise to some lit- 
tle confusion in a few localities, but those 
avIio have read the Progressive Christian 
know that they called themselves Progressive 
Brethren prior to the Dayton Convention, 
and by reading their report, it can be seen 
that they adopted the name Brethren, June 
6, 1883. 

2. It seems that they have now agreed to 
keep their paper clear of so much controver- 
sal matter, bitterness and strife, and labor 
to build up their own cause, and leave the 
Brethren to do as it seems best to them. We 
are certainly glad of this. If two cannot 
agree to walk together, there is certainly no 
reason for them to spend precious time abus- 
ing each other. We expect them to carry out 
this promise, and we hope our readers will 
endeavor to help us keep the Messenger free 
of all bitterness and strife also. Let us do 
what we think is right, and the Lord will 
judge between us. 

On account of the Beport being revised by 
an interested committee, who took the liberty 
of expunging some of the matter and discus- 
sions, and also condensing speeches so as to 
give them more force, the report is rendered 
much less interesting and reliable. We 
would like to have seen a report of the Con- 
vention just as it occurred, giving the matter 
that was out of season as well as that which 
was in season. 

We offer these remarks, hoping they will 
be of some aid to our readers. Bro. Landon 
West has been giving us a report of the Con- 
vention. His report closes this week, and 
what we now say may very properly close up 
this matter. Let each of us now see how ed- 
ifying we can make the Messenger, j.h. m. 

The Czar of Bussia rules 90,000,000, people. 




Home, home! sweet, sweot home; there is no plaoe like home, 


In these days when so many people are 
false to the trusts committed to them, an in- 
cident like the following is worth remember- 

Gerhardt was a German shepherd boy, 

and a noble fellow he was, although he was 
very poor. 

One day he was watching his flock, a hun- 
ter came out of tbe woods and asked: 

"How far is it to the nearest village." 

"Six miles, sir," answered the boy, "but the 
road is only a sheep track, and very easily 

The hunter looked at the crooked track, 
and said: "My lad, if you will leave your 
sheep and show me the road, I will pay you 

"I cannot leave my sheep, sir," rejoined 
Gerhardt. "They will stray into the woods, 
and may be eaten by wolves or stolen by rob- 

"Well what of that?" queried the hunter. 
"They are not your sheep. The loss of one 
or two wouldn't be much to your master, but 
if you think necessary, I, myself, will stay 
and take care of them." 

The boy shook his head. 

"The sheep," said he, "do not know your 
voice, and — " 

"And what? Can't you trust me? Do I 
look like a dishonest man?" asked the hun- 
ter angrily. 

"Sir," said the boj% "you tried to make me 
false to my trust; how do I know that you 
would keep your word?" 

The hunter laughed, for he felt that the 
lad had fairly cornered him. He said: "I see, 
my lad, that you are a good, faithful boy. I 
will not forget you. Show me the road, and 
I will try to make it myself." 

Gerhardt then offered the contents of his 
scrip to the hungry man, who, coarse as it 
was, ate it gladly. Presently his attendants 
came up, and then Gerhardt, to his surprise, 
found that the hunter was the Grand Duke 
who owned all the country around. The 
duke was so pleased with the boy's honesty 
that he sent for him shortly after that, and 
had him educated. In after years, Gerhardt 
became a very great and powerful man, but 
he remained honest* and true to his dyin 
day. — Kind Words. 


The Gold Basic. 

A good many years ago, a merchant missed 
from his cash-drawer a gold eagle, which is 
worth twenty dollars. No one had been to the 
drawer, it was proved, except a young clerk 
whose name was Weston. The merchant had 
sent him there to make change for a customer, 
and the next time the drawer was opened, the 
gold eagle had disappeared. Naturally, Wes- 
ton was suspected of having stolen it, and more 
especially as he appeared a few days after the 

occurrence in a new suit of clothes. Being ask- 
ed where he had bought the clothes, he gave 
the name of the tailor without hesitation ; and 
the merchant, going privately to make inquir- 
ies, discovered that Weston had paid for the 
suit with a twenty-dollar gold piece. 

That afternoon the young clerk was called 
into the merchant's private room, and charged 
with the theft. 

"It is needless to deny it," the merchant 
said. "You have betrayed yourself with these 
new clothes, and now the only thing "that yon 
can do is to make a full confession of your 

Weston listened with amazement; he could 
hardly believe at first such an accusation 
could be brought against him, but when he 
saw that his employer was in earnest, he de- 
nied it indignantly, and declared that the 
money he had spent for the clothes was his 
own, given him as a Christmas gift a year 
ago. The merchant sneered at such an ex- 
planation, and asked for the proof. 

"Who was the person that gave it to you? 
Produce him," he demanded. 

"It was a lady," answered Weston, "and I 
can't produce her, for she died last Spring. 
I can tell you her name." 

"Can you bring me anybody that saw her 
give you the money, or knew of your having 
it?" asked the merchant. 

"No, I can't do that," Weston had to answer 
"I never told any one about the gift, for she 
did not wish me to. But I have a letter from 
her somewhere, if I haven't lost it, that she 
sent with the money, and in which she speaks 
of it." 

"I dare say you have lost it," sneered the 
merchant. "When you have found it, sir, 
you bring it to me, and then I will believe 
your story." 

Weston went home with a heavy heart. 
He had no idea where the ietter was; he 
could not be sure that he had not destroyed 
it; and it was the only means of proving his 
innocence. Unless he could produce it, his 
character was ruined: for he saw that the mer- 
chant was fully convinced of his guilt, and 
appearances, indeed, were sadly against him. 
He went to work, however, in the right way. 
He knelt down and prayed to God for help 
to prove that he was innocent, and then he be- 
gan to overhaul the contents of his desk, and 
trunk, and closet. 

He kept his papers neatly, and it did not 
take long to see that the letter was not among 
them. He sat down with a sense of despair, 
when he was convinced of this. What else 
coidd he do? Nothing, but pray again for 
help and guidance and strength to endure 
whatever trouble God might choose to send 
upon him. Skeptics may sneer at such pray- 
ers as this, but Weston (who is now a middle- 
aged man, prosperous, respected by all men, 
and deserving of respect) would smile and 
say, "Let them sneer." 

"When I rose from my knees," he said, tell- 
ing me the story years afterward, "I happen- 
ed to catch my foot in an old rug that I had 
nailed down to the carpet because it was al- 
ways curling at the edges. The nail at the 
corner had come o\it, and stooping down to 

straighten the rug, I saw a bit of paper peep- 
ing out. I pulled it from its hiding-place, 
and it was the letter. 

"How it got there, I don't know. The fact 
that I had found it was enough for me, and if 
I hadn't gone on my knees again to give 
thanks for such a deliverance, I should be 
ashamed to tell you the story now. 

"I brought that letter to my employer. It 
proved my innocence, and he apologized. A 
month afterward the gold-piece was found in 
Mr. Finch's overcoat. He had never put it in 
the cash-drawer at all, though he thought he 
had. He raised my salary on the spot to pay 
for his unjust suspicions; and I have never 
yet repented of trusting the Lord in my troub- 
le. — Young Reaper. 

•Home, Sweet Home." 


When our homes can truly be called by the 
above title, what beautiful places of rest they 
are. There are but very feAV persons who do 
not love home, and love to be there, "be it ever 
so humble." There we are at rest and ease, 
away from the busy cares and turmoils of life, 
and surrounded by our dearest friends. If 
everything is peaceful and happy, no spot on 
earth is more blessed; but what a place of 
misery and woe, if the surroundings are filthy, 
neglected, and the occupants noisy, brutal, 
quarrelsome, and sometimes intoxicated. But 
the most attractive link within any house is — 
mother! Oh, word that thrills with delight, 
— our good, Christian mother! Many and 
many a time have I inquired first for mother, 
if she was not in sight, when coming home 
very weary and footsore, and a heart torn 
with the trials and vexations of the school- 
room, and her loving, welcome smiles have 
lifted very heavy burdens from my mind, 
more than once. Oh desolate homes without 
mother! Now, if our earthly homes can be 
made so happy, what must the heavenly one 
be? Think of the rest there, the ease, the 
peace, the joy, the happiness, the lack of mis- 
ery and woe, the grand and thrilling music, 
which renders praise and thanks to the Lamb, 
and all the beauties which he is now prepar- 
ing for us. Oh, do you not want to get thea e, 
my brother, my sister, my friend? Will you 
let Satan keep you out of it, by listening to 
his flattering voice here? If a happy home 
here is a foretaste of heaven, a miserable 
home here must be a foretaste of Satan's 
abode, and who desires it? One momenfs 
rest in the arms of Jesus will be better than 
the longest life-time's deceitful happiness in 
this world. There Christ will be to us more 
than a mother! If a mother is so dear here, 
how precious, oh, how precious will Jesus be 
there! Oh, let us all resolve to start anew, 
so that we, too, may be remembered among 
the blest in that heavenly home. 

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the true 
antidote both to presumption and despair. 

The Christian who would now grow in 
grace must resist and overcome the world, the 
flesh and the devil. 



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"Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord." 

EOOYER,— In the Salimor.y congregation, Huntington 
Co., Ind., May 11, sister Nancy, wife of Bro. Jobn S, 
Hoover, aged 63 year.--, 1 month and 5 days. 

Deceased was a daughter of John and Mary Bare, 
dec'd., of Morrison's Cove, Bedford Co., Pa., and was 
born April 6, 1820. Joined in marriage with John S. 
Hoover in May, 1838; united with the church of the 
Brethren Sept. 19, 1842; emigrated to Huntington Co., 
Ind., in 1840. 

She was much devoted to the church, and took a deep 
interest in all its affairs; was an active woiker in the 
Sabbath-school, and a ready helper to the needy and af- 
flicted. Her sickness, which was a complication of dis- 
eases, commenced in October last, and during the last 
fourteen weeks of her life she was confined to her bed, 
much of the time entirely helpless, suffering extreme 
pain, but never complaining or murmuring. For a 
while previous to her death, she called the elders of the 
chinch and was anointed with oil, and often requested 
the brethien to pray with and for her, when they came 
to visit her. She requested that Elds. Samuel Murray 
and Daniel Shideler should preach at her funeral, which 
they did on Sunday, May 13, from Jno. 14: 14, to the 
largest congregation ever assembled on a funeral occa- 
sion in our meeting-house. 

She leaves a husband, 7 children, 27 grandchildren, 
and a large circle of friends to mourn their loss, which 
we feel assured is her gain. A. H. Snowueegee. 

REPLOGLE.— In the Osceola church, St. Clair Co., 
Mo., April 26, Bro. Samuel Replogle, aged 62 years, 
8 months and 21 days. 
He was sick only four days, of pneumonia. He was 
a son of Peter Replogle, of Ind., dec'd. In his death, 
the church has lost a worthy member, the community a 
good citizen, straightforward and upright in all his deal- 
ings. Funeral services by the writer, from Amos 4: 12. 

N. C. Workman. 

SMITH.— In the Donald's Creek church, Clark Co., , 
March 21, sister Mary Jane, consort of C. M. Smith, 
aged 39 years, 10 months and 27 days. Disease, ery- 

Sister Smith was a faithful worker in the church, a 
living Christian; not a drone, but ever ready to go and 
do what she could. The church feels her loss, but we 
trust our loss is her gain. She left a husband and eight 
children to mourn for her. Funeral services by J. N. 
Kauffman and others, from Rev. 14: 13. 

STOTTLEMYER.— In the bou> ds of the Donald's 

Creek church, 0., Feb. 8 Daniel Upton Stottlemyer, 

aged 25 years, 3 months and 14 days. Disease, fever. 

He was expecting to come to the church soon, but 

like many others, waited too long. Let us all take 

warning. He left a wife, one child, father and mother. 

Let the wife take warning before it is too late. Funeral 

services by the writer, assisted by D. Leatherman, from 

1 Pet. 1 : 24. 

FRANTZ.— In the Donald's Creek church, 0., June 16, 
Lundy Jacob, son of Bro, S. Frantz, aged 6 years, 2 
months and 25 days. Funeral services by the writer, 
from Matt. 18 : 3. 
HALL.— Near Ottawa, Franklin Co., Kansas, Nov. 1, 
1882, Bro. Horace R. Hall, aged 56 years, 3 months 
and 21 days. 
Bro. Hall had been ailing for some ttme, yet died 
very suddenly, without any warning whatever, Walk- 
ed to Ottawa (two miles), the evening before he died. 
Left a wife and three children. Funeral services by the 
writer, from 2 Cor. 4: 17. Henry Frantz. 

MILLER.— May 22, Chailie Earl, son of Bro. Esta aad 

sister Sarah Miller, aged 1 year, 1 month and 6 days. 

Disease, cholera infantum. 

His remains were taken to the Frantz grave-yard, 

3 miles west of North Manchester, Inch, followed by a 

large concouise of sympathizing friends end neighbors. 
Funeral services b. David NcfF and R. H. Miller, from 
the words: "Suffer little children to come unto me, and 
forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven." 

BROWN.— June 17, Bro. Henry Brown, aged 72 years, 
6 months and 10 days. Disease, erysipelas. 
He was born Dec. 7, 1810, in Stark Co , O , and 
married Miss Catherine Keller, in that county, I think. 
He afterward removed to Hancock Co., same State, 
where, about 34 years since, he buried his companion. 
He married his second Wife, with whom he lived until 
about two years ago, when she died. 

Bio Henry was father of sixteen children; two have 
gone to the spirit world. Just half of his children were 
present at the funeral, which took place at the Breth- 
ren's meeting-house, near Bryan, Williams Co., O., 
June 19 Bro. Henry came to the last-named county 
over thirty years ago, where he has lived continuously 
until his death. He united with the German Baptist 
chuich about forty years ago; was chosen deacon a few 
years later, and for over 35 years he faithfully served 
the church in this capacity. 

Funeral services by the writer, from the solemn warn- 
ing of the prophet Amos: "Prepare to meet thy God." 

Thurston Miller. 

HIPES.— In the Rock Grove church, Floyd Co , Iowa, 
May 22, Elizabeth, only daughter of Bro. Wm. and 
sister Hester Hipes, aged 23 years and 6 clays. Fu- 
neral services by Bro. I. F. Eikenberry, of Greene, our 
Elder, from Heb. 9:27. 
The subject of this notice neglected the one thing 
needful until upon her dying bed, A few days before 
she died, she told her father that she often stood by the 
water-side, seeing others baptized; she felt it was her 
duty to do likewise, but when she looked into the church 
and saw so much trouble and division, she would still 
put off her turning to the Lord. Now she knew she 
must die, and the gave herself into the hands of the 
Lord and hoped He would forgive her. G. M. Noah. 

REIFF.— In Panther Creek church, Woodford Co., 111., 
June 24, bister Sarah J., wife of Samuel Reiff, aged 
33 years, 8 months and 25 days. She leaves a hus- 
band and one son. Funeral services by J. J. Kindig, 
in the M. E. church, in Roanoke, from Isa. 40: 1, 2. 

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From Martinsburg-, W. Va.— June 18. 

Dear Brethren: — 

Our Love-feast meeting closed last 
evening. We held the Feast on Saturday 
evening. Had a very pleasant meeting, and 
the very best of preaching, by brethren D. 
¥. Stouffer, C. Castle and Samuel Utz, of 
Maryland, Daniel Baker, of Va., and G. W. 
Bricker and John Myers, of Pa., for which 
we are very thankful; also to the brethren 
and sisters from other churches, for their vis- 
it. We hope the Lord will bless them. If 
any Brethren would like to come to our 
neighborhood, to buy homes, there is a good 
farm for sale, of 115 acres, limestone land; a 
smooth and level farm, and close to our meet- 
ing-house. The price is $50 per acre. # Oth- 
er farms are also for sale. We would like to 
have Brethren settle among us. 

John Brindle. 

From the Mohican Church, O. 

Dear Brethren: — 

Again we address you because we deem 
it a duty we owe to the Brotherhood; as we 
presume there are many who are interested 
in the welfare of this congregation. 

May 26, we had a Love-feast. As it was a 
rainy day, many were hindered from attend- 
ing; yet those present had an enjoyable sea- 
son and were ready to exclaim, "What must 
it be to be there!" During the afternoon 
services, two more deacons were chosen from 
among the brethren, and the lot fell on Bro. 
Homer Saner ( our S. S. Supt. ) and Bro. Jnc. 
Pike. The next morning, our Sunday-school 
was entertained by a short address by our 
Bro. Huber, Professor of Languages; and 
the church was edified by Gospel news from 
brethren T. Hoover and Geo. Worst. 

The next Sunday, June 3, we assembled 
again, to lay away in the cold, damp grave, 
the remains of our dear sister, Mattie Berk- 
ey, the beloved and faithful wife of Bro. Jo- 
nas Berkey, one of the deacons of this con- 
gregation. Sister Berkey attended the Love- 
feast on the 26th u]t., although in feeble 
health for some time. She was also at 
preaching the next day, and again met those 
brethren and sisters that came together on 
Monday morning to set the house in order, 
and there is where many of us saw her dear 
face for the last time, until death had robbed 
it of its smiles. She leaves a husband in 
rather delicate health, and eight children, 
who will all sadly miss her. She was within 
a few days of being 46 years old, and had be- 
longed to the church about five years. Her 
daily walk, her chaste conversation, her mod- 
est appearanee, her gentle, peaceable and 
consistent example, all "became a woman 
professing godliness." 

. Truly, her Christian life was a success. O, 

may the Giver of all good sanctify this great 

loss to us, as a church; may it be the means 

1 of making us renew our diligence in the good 



work! And especially may He sanctify this 
terrible loss to the unconverted part of her 
beloved family, that they may hastily seek 
the merits of the shed blood of a crucified, 
risen and glorified Bedeemer, and prepare to 
meet that dear mother in the world beyond 
the grave. 

Sunday, the 10th, we were richly rewarded 
for "assembling ourselves together," by a 
sermon from Bro. I. D. Parker, of Ashland, 
from these words: "These are they which 
came out of great tribulation, and have wash- 
ed their robes and made them white in the 
blood of the Lamb." 

There are people claiming to be Christians, 
who will say that we advocate that water will 
wash away sins, but Bro. Parker showed them 
clearly that their robes were washed and 
made white in the blood of the Lamb. He 
was able to show the skeptic, too, that there 
were mysterious things all around him, quite 
as hard to comprehend as that "the blood of 
Christ cleanseth us from all evil." 

E. M. McFadden. 

The Mountain Normal School- 

Has just completed its first session. Up- 
on the whole, it has been a success. Fifty-one 
students were enrolled. It has created quite 
an awakening in the interest of education in 
our section. Circulars can be had on appli- 
cation to Eld. J. B. Wrightsman, Hylton, Va. 
We bespeak a liberal patronage for the Nor- 
mal. C. D. Hylton. 

From John Metzecr.— June 10. 

Dear Brethren : — 

I left home June 1, and started for Ful- 
ton Co., 111., to attend the Communion meet- 
ing in the Woodland church, near Astorir. 
The meeting was a very pleasant one, long to 
be remembered. One was baptized. That 
church is prospering. May the Lord blej s 
their labor of love. Many thanks to the 
brethren and sisters, for their love shown to 
me during my stay with them. 

From North Carolina. 

I have the pleasure of reporting an account 
of my visit to North Carolina, during the 
early part of May. It had been my desire to 
attend the A. M. but it appeared to be other- 
wise ordered, therefore I had to yield to what 
I thought to be of the most importance. 
Hence when the time came to leave for the 
field of action, I went alone to the work, hav- 
ing failed to find a brother who could be 
spared from other duties. The peculiar cir- 
cumstances which made it necessary that 
brethren should go to that point, are truly 
distressing. This church, under the care of 
Eld. Jacob Faw, whose great age and feeble 
condition, render him almost unable to dis- 
charge the duties of his position, has suffered 
a heavy bereavement in the loss of Bro. Amos 
Faw, who was also an Elder, ( and son of old 
Bro. Jacob,) who but a short time ago, after 
an illness of but a few days, from pneumonia, 
passed away from his beloved people in the 
midst of his usefulness, and at a time when, 

to all human reason, it looked as though the 
time must have been near at hand when in- 
stead of him, his aged Father would have 
been called to his reward, and he left to take 
care of the church, which for nearly half a 
century has been nourished by this faithful 
man. The funeral of Bro. Amos Faw and 
Sister Johnson, as well as a Love-feast occa- 
sion were the necessity of my visit, and I have 
to note the most striking evidence of high 
moral worth, and the value of having lived 
before his people as wise men will always do, 
as attested by the very large number of 
brethren, sisters, relations and friends, who 
came together in mourning countenance 
and costume. While I portrayed before them 
the blessedness of those who die in the Lord, 
my thought of the great loss that both peo- 
ple and church have sustained in his death 
was much enlarged; not only by the great 
concourse of people, but also by their deep 
distress when his life, labor and death were 
referred to. May God heal up their deep 
wounds and raise up one to fill his place. 

At 3 o'clock, same day, the funeral of sis- 
ter Johnson was attended to, and attended 
by the same congregation, all remaining un- 
til both services were over. 

From what we felt and saw, it appeared to 
be the time to thrust in the sickle. The peo- 
ple were distressed and wanted comfort, so 
we arranged to remain until the following 
Sabbath, with meetings at the church and 
elsewhere — during the week beginning with 
the Love-feast, on Monday, and the evening 
of that day. The meetings were well attend- 
ed and a growing interest was to be seen; yet 
no visible results appeared until the closing 
of the week, when one by one came forward 
until it looked as if we would gather a great 
harvest indeed, could we only stay longer; 
but we could not. 

The last meeting, on the second Sabbath of 
our stay, seemed to promise great satisfac- 
tion. The morning Avas beautiful and pleas- 
ant. The Spirit of the Lord would appear 
as coming down upon each breeze, and rest- 
ing upon every man and woman, as their ear- 
ly appearance at the house of God and their 
eagerness to be in hearing of His Word 
seemed to attest, while the meditativeness of 
their countenances suggested that surely 
while their bodies were bathed in the morn- 
ing sunlight, their souls were receiving a 
fresh portion of Jesus' blood upon each sun- 
beam, as they came fresh from the East and 
and Calvary. And, indeed, we were not mis- 
taken. For, indeed, when we returned to the 
house, from our retirement in the woodland, 
where wo sought strength by prayer, and 
heard their voices in earnest praise by song, 
our strength increased, and we stood in their 
midst with other strength and spirit than that 
which belonged to a poor w r orm ; and as we 
brought out the evidences of the coming 
Kingdom from "Thy kingdom come," and 
opened the door of the kingdom to men, sev- 
en precious souls pressed into it. 

The moment was deeply impressive and 
the meeting at the water will long be felt and 
remembered. As the moment of our depart- 
ure drew near, and our hand was warmly tak- 

en by the hand of those whom we so lately 
learned to know and love, we felt the strength 
of that fellowship which will bind all true 
brethren together in one common Brother- 
hood. Those dear people have our humble 
thanks for their hospital ities, and may the 
Lord bless us all together. J. C. ICoOMAW. 

From Tiffin, O.— June 18. 

Dear Brethren: — 

The happy season again returned when 
the people of God, in this part of His vine- 
yard, met to do His commandments and com- 
mune together. It was one of those quiet 
and very enjoyable meetings. The visitors 
showed great respect in their attentiveness 
and order. Ministers from the neighboring 
churches were, Bro. Stephen Walker, Levi 
Dickey and Geo. Wise, of Hancock Co., and 
Bro. Bradford, of Harden Co. They told us 
so many good things that were food to our 
souls. Both Christians and those who were 
not, thought it was good to be there. 

The children's wants were not neglected at 
this time, as they too often are. Bro. Walk- 
er addressed them on Sunday morning, very 
profitably. The parents showed their inter- 
est in having their children instructed in the 
Lord, by bringing so many there. The house 
was well filled by half past nine. After the 
address to the Sunday-school, Bro. Dickey 
preached a very instructive sermon, from 
Matt. 4: 10. 

God is still giving the increase. On the 
10th of June, we rejoiced to receive a lamb 
into the fold. A little girl of fifteen Sum- 
mers had found comfort enough in the prom- 
ises of Jesus to unite with the church, where 
she could more fully serve the Lord. How 
happy we are to see them come in the Sum- 
mer of life, and in a calm, composed manner. 
She was an interesting pupil in the Sunday- 
school for several years, and now has come to 
greater usefulness in the Master's cause. — 
The Sunday-school is an additional help to 
proper home training for early piety. 

J. E. Young. 

From Woodland, Fulton Co., 111.— June 18. 

Dear Brethren: — 

Our Love-feast was an enjoyable occa- 
sion. The congregation was large both days. 
Ministers from abroad were Eld. John Metz- 
ger from Cerro Gordo, and Conrad Fitz from 
Astoria, who delivered the Word to the en- 
couragement and building up of Zion's chil- 
dren, through the day and evening; exercises 
assisted by Bro. D. Hollinger, through next 
day's exercises. One precious soul came out 
on the Lord's side, and was baptized, we trust, 
to walk in newness of life. On Sunday morn- 
ing a choice was made for a speaker which 
resulted in the election of Bro. Cyrus Bucher, 
formerly from Lebanon Co., Pa. Two more 
united with the chureh since our feast, which 
makes six baptized and four by letter, this 
Spring. Church here is in union, and we 
work together as best we can for Zion's good; 
and concerning the labors and order of our 
meeting generally, Ave must say Ave had a 
feast of fat things for the soul. To the 



brethren that labored for us, we would say, 
dear brethren, come again. For all the good 
we enjoyed, wo thank the Lord, and take 
courage. S. P. H. 

From Ladoga) Intl.— June 20, 1S88. 

Dear Brethren: — 

Ox the 17th inst. a young man who is 
in his seventeenth year and so severely afflict- 
ed with scrofula that the amputation of an 
arm has become necessary, came twelve miles 
to be received into the church that he might 
have an interest in the blood of Christ. Al- 
though weak in the body, he was strong in 
the spirit, and baptism was received with no 
apparent inconvenience. While we Avere sad 
to see one so afflicted in the bloom of youth, 
Ave all rejoiced that he sought comfort and 
consolation from the only true source. That 
he will not seek in vain we are sure, for "those 
that seek me early shall find me." Prov. 8: 17. 
About two months ago the family were called 
upon to give up a sainted father, Avhose last 
thoughts and devout prayers were for the 
eternal happiness and salvation of his chil- 
dren. The last part of James 5: 16 is well 
illustrated when Ave remember that one soul 
is Avorth more than the whole world. May 
God by his sustaining grace enable our broth- 
er to endure his suffering with Christian for- 
tude. Salome A. Stonre. 

Home Asratn. 

-Joys and Woes of Mission 

Just four weeks, less twelve hours, from 
the time I set out for an indefinite term of la- 
bor, I again vieAved the smiles of "Home, 
sweet home." And one will perhaps best 
knoAv Iioav to appreciate home, and God's 
care and protection of those left in His care, 
after having had communication cut off be- 
tween himself and home, by obstruction of 
railroads, telegraphs, as well as bridges on 
public roads, and every other mode of travel . 
or correspondence, for a time only to be de- 
termined by the going down of the w T aters, 
and the lingering completion of an immense 
reconstruction of wrecks, such as the annals 
of our West had never chronicled, and, per- 
haps, was never surpassed in any country. 

But, to return to our subject. Of all our 
concern and anxieties, of home, and things 
at home, I found not so much as a hair of a 
head harmed, although two cyclone days had 
passed, during the time of my absence. Oh, 
how humbly and deeply I can thank the 

Of the joys that can cheer one under such 
events, are the mingling with the angels in 
Heaven, rejoicing over sinners that turn to 
God ; and also at seeing so many worthy, no- 
ble-hearted brethren and sisters, Avho had not 
heard the sound of the primitive Gospel for 
years, noAV hunted out by the Lord's hunters, 
from amongst the hills and dales, and induc- 
ed to meet, at a time and place appointed by 
said hunters, and now the joys of the evan- 
gelist come from his happy success in gath- 
ering the Avandering, bleating flock together, 
and in seeing them so exceedingly relish that 
for which they had long panted, uoav so much 

refreshing them — for the want of Avhich they 
Avere famishing, iioav so much animating 

Arrangements are now made for a fold to 
be organized, upon Avhich others make appli- 
cation for membership; just as if without 
such mission-call having been made, and such 
an opportunity afforded, and such access giv- 
en them to an organized church, they must 
other Avise have remained forever unaAvaken- 
ed ! God help our mission work ! ! O, help 
Thy people to realize its ends! ! ! 

Just such fields for the Avork did I find — 
four in the space of four weeks' labor; and I 
can find four more in four more weeks' simi- 
lar work, all in the limits of the Northern 
Pistrict of Missouri. Brethren, shall Ave go 
on? If so, you must say so. 

Of the Avoes of this work, some are already 
told in this article, and many more consist in 
such as setting out to hunt a brother at such 
a distance from place of appointment, as to 
be compelled to overdo your steed to make it 
in time, or of exhausting the last vista of any- 
thing like a road, and finally be cut off by a 
barb-wire fence. Leaving the horse, thus, on 
one occasion, I took to foot, and, reaching 
view of the hut, I found myself once more 
cut off by a raA r ine, so deep that it Avas fairly 
dark, overstretched by a foot-log, so high and 
so scaut that cooning became the necessary 
mode of travel for one not accustomed to 
bridges of such eminence and narrowness. I 
thought to myself, "And narroAV is the Avay." 
But not finding the brother himself, at home, 
he was, neA r ertheless, at meeting that even- 

I have now traA r eled, in all, about 1,010 
miles on our Home Mission, for the year 
ending September, 1883. Of this, I traveled 
on horse -back about 465 miles, by rail about 
395, by vehicle about 95, on foot about 75. 
This, hoAveA r er, includes the traA r el in Adsiting 
from house to house, daily, while engaged in 
a series of meetings. And Avere it not for 
the example of the ancient evangelists, as 
Avell as that of brethren of modern times, 
their unabating zeal, their ultimate success, 
etc., we could scarcely conceive of Iioav the 
great "Go ye" could be endured by us now. 
But for an answer, as to what prompts us in 
the Avay of ' success or rewards, I refer you, 
dear reader, to the records in the great "Over 
There." C. C. Boot. 

Dayton Convention. — Concluded. 

Beport on the ministry and ministerial 
support, made by Worst, as foreman. Was 
adopted before I could obtain all its impor- 
tant features. It provided for the appoint- 
ment of a committee to receive requests for 
preachers, and in this Avay supply the church- 
es in need of speakers. 

Holsiuger said he knew of ten churches 
noAV in need of speakers, and that some of 
these would pay tAvo and three hundred dol- 
lars per year, for a speaker, some Avould pay 
five hundred, and one that Avould pay "tAvice 
five hundred." 

It Avas now announced that a collection 
would be made to pay balance due Judge 

Haynes, of Payton, for a decision given J. 
W. Beer, and published in Progressive Chris- 
tian last year. Some had been paid, but 
there Avas a remainder of $62.50. $33.00 was 
collected here. 

At this point, it Avas announced that three 
delegates from Penn'a., who had been delay- 
ed, Avere present, and that their names would 
be taken. 

The Committee on Church Charter asked 
that tAvo more be added to their number, as~ 
the laAV requires the number of five. They 
also asked for more time. 

The Committee on Sabbath-schools report- 
ed again, Avith slight changes. 

They suggest that this Convention appoint 
a Committee in each State. 

Spanogle moved to appoint a National 
Committee. The following States, — Pa., 2, 
Ind., 1, Iowa, 1, Neb., 1, — Avere represented. 
Beer moved to name a Committee to compile 
a Hymnal for the use of the Brethren. Pass- 
ed.,, but the names of Committee I did not 
get. Spanogle moved that after report of 
Committee on Besolutions, to adjourn sine 
die. Beer amended with provision for call- 
ing a future Convention by one church. 

Worst opposed, unless the call Avas made 
by at least six churches. 

Cover proposed an Annual Committee, of 
five or seven, to call a Convention when need- 

Spanogle AvithdreAV his motion, and Cover 
seconded a move by Yoder to appoint a Com- 
mittee of five to call and arrange for Conven- 
tion Avhenever required. Passed. 

To me, this began to ring something like 
the name of a Standing Committee. 

A good speech was then made by Bashor, 
urging a spirit of love for the future, with 
freedom from all bitterness: and "do our 
Avork in the name and by the help of God, 
as though there were no opposing force what- 

I could not help thinking, What a pity 
all could not get and show this spirit one and 
two years ago ! 

Spanogle ruoved to give the Progressive 
Christian such substantial support as may 
double its present size. Accepted. 

A paper by H. F. Hixon, presenting a vote 
of thanks to Bailroads, brethren and sisters 
and citizens of Payton, with a prayer for all. 

Beports of this Convention to be ready in 
one week, for tAventy-five cents. 

At this point, H. F. Hixon stepped to the 
front of the stage, and holding up to the au- 
dience a neat little Testament, moved that it 
be kept as a memorial of the Convention and 
for coming generations. Adopted. 

Committee on Hymn-book Avork forgotten. 
Business Avent rapidly, and I could not 
gather it well; and just uoav, a paper was 
read by Worst, which gave evidence of hope 
for a better day and also of a better spirit 
amongst the pilgrims of the lowly Avay; and 
was addressed, I think, to the entire Brother- 
hood. I quote it in part: "We regret the 
causes Avhich led to our separation, and hope 
the day Avill soon come AA r hen Ave can all unite 
upon the Bible." Spanogle said, "There is 



a peculiar ring about a regret for what we 
have now done. I think we ought rather to 
thank God for it." Worst gave a few words 
of explanation, and the paper passed. 

Ridenour then moved to use the Gospel 
Hymns instead of Brethren's Hymn Book, 
until their Hymnal could be published. 

Holsinger told him that his motion was out 
of order, and could not be heard. 

Adjourned sine die, and to meet at the call 
of the National Executive Committee. 

The above is a hasty sketch of the Meet- 
ing, and is not at all claimed as a full report. 
Should any contradiction, or difference of 
statement occur, it is hoped that the mistake 
will not be thought intentional. Our aim is 
to tell it as it was. Landon West. 

From Kearney, Neb.— June 24. 

Dear Brethren: — 

Our Communion meeting of June 23rd 
was a model meeting. The weather was very 
pleasant, and the roads good; so that a num- 
ber of brethren from adjoining counties were 
enabled to come and partake with us of the 
emblems of Christ's death. Ministers from 
abroad were, D. Bechtelheimer, of Juniata, 
J. Snowberger, of York, and J. Fitz, from 
the State of Iowa. These, with our Elder, 
S. M. Forney, made a strong force as leaders, 
and all seemed to feel the importance of the 
work. The meeting was held at Bro. Moses 
Snavely's, whose house and barns are always 
open for the Master's use. 

Our Western churches, though having to 
labor under some disadvantages by not hav- 
ing church-houses, are not behind in the 
Christian graces. The church here is in love 
and ui*ion; all seem to be traveling together 
for one common good. The brethren preach- 
ed two earnest and instructive sermons on 
Sunday following the Communion. May 
their labors not be in vain. 

Brethren, pray for the little churches on 
the borders of Zion, there are souls that 
should be saved, even in Nebraska. 

Otis D. Lyon. 

From Edna Mills, Jnd. 

Dear Brethren: — 

Attended a Love-feast in the Palestine 
church, Darke Co., Ohio, June 12. Truly 
had a feast of rejoicing. This church is in 
love, and in a good working condition. Their 
Elder, T. B. Wenrick, was very sick at that 
time, and sent for the Elders to come and 
anoint him, which was attended to. Bro. 
Wenri ;k has the oversight of the Palestine 
church at present. The members seem to 
have a warm feeling for their Elder and for 
one another. May much love prevail in the 
Pah stine church, is our prayer. 

J. W. Metzger. 

From Kosciusko Co., Ind. 

Dear Brethren : — 

The Communion meeting in the Solo- 
mon's Creek congregation, Kosciusko Co., 
Ind., came off June 23. We had an excellent 

meeting, full attendance, a strong ministerial 
force and excellent order. We met on the 
24th, at 9 A. M., in Sabbath-school, and had 
several stirring speeches on Sabbath-school 
work, after Avhich we listened to short, spicy, 
heart-cheering admonitions from a number of 
the Lord's ministers. We all felt it was good 
to be there, and we heard the remark fre- 
quently, "What an excellent meeting!" 

W. B. Deeter. 

A Trip to Iowa. 

A short time ago, we received an invita- 
tion to be present at the dedication of a 
church near Brooklyn, Poweshiek Co., Iowa. 
We responded to the call, and on the evening 
of the 23rd inst, met with a goodly number 
of the Brooklyn Brethren and friends in sol- 
emn worship. 

On Sunday morning, there was a Sunday- 
school organized in the new meeting-house, 
Eld. J. S. Snyder being elected Supt., J. Lin- 
coln, Asst., and Bro. Connell, Sec'y. The 
neighbors, as well as the Brethren, seem to 
take a deep interest in the school and we 
trust much good may be done. At 11 A. M., 
the house was filled to its utmost capacity, 
and a large number stood outside. The or- 
der and attention were excellent. 

The propriety of building a house in the 
fear of the Lord and for his worship was ad- 
vocated. "Unless the Lord build the house, 
they labor in vain who build it." Ps. 127: 1. 

Though the heaven of heavens cannot con- 
tain the Almighty, yet He often manifests 
His special presence in particular places, as 
when He spoke with Adam in Eden, to Abra- 
ham in Mesopotamia, Moses on Mt. Sinai, 
etc. He approved of a special place dedicat- 
ed to his service, as shown by his direction to 
Moses to build a tabernacle, and to David 
concerning the building of a temple. 

Dedicating a temple to the worship of God 
is setting it apart for a sacred use alone and 
must then not be desecrated by fairs, festi- 
vals nor anything that would destroy the sa- 
credness of the place. Christ showed his 
disapprobation of anything done for specula- 
tion in the house of God, by driving those 
out of the temple who sold doves. The prop- 
er services in the house of God are worship, 
instruction, consecration of one's self to God, 
and observing the ordinances as the Lord 
commanded. 1 Cor. 11: 1. 

As Bro. Snyder is alone in the ministry in 
this part of the church, we would recommend 
ministers to stop off at Brooklyn, on the 
Rock Island and Pacific R. R. Bro. Snyder, 
an. I his estimable wife — sister Snyder, will 
make you feel at home. . 

The new meeting-house is a credit to those 
who built it, and is located three-fourths of a 
mile from Brooklyn. S. Z. SiiARr. 

From Moiiticcllo church, Ind.,— June 15. 

Dear Brethren: — 

Our Love-feast is one of the events of 
the past; one that will long be remembered 
by us. Although the weather was very dis- 
agreeable at night, yet we had a large audi- 

ence. Quite a number of brethren and sisters 
from other churches were present. After the 
evening services, three precious souls united 
with us. Ministerial aid from abroad were, 
Bro. Frantz, of 111. ; Adam Beaver, of Pa. ; 
Bro. Hamilton, of Howard Co. ; Bro. Amick, 
of B. at W. : Bro. Geo. Cripe, of Tippecanoe 
Co.; Bro. Isaac Cripe, of Clinton Co.; Bro. 
J. C. Murray, of Huntington Co.; Bro. Free- 
man, of Pulaski Co. Bro. Frantz ofliciated. 
We are all greatly built up in the cause of 
o ir Master. On Saturday we were made to 
rejoice and the angels to give glory to God 
for the Holy Spirit- so operated upon the 
souls of five more precious lambs, that they 
came forward and make confession of their 
sins. It made fathers and mothers shed tears 
of joy to see children coming to Christ. One 
more since that has made application for 
baptism, and many are still thinking about 
their condition. May the Lord help them is 
our prayer. J. A. Weaver. 

From Maxwell, Story Co., la.— June*22. 

Dear Brethren:— 

Indian Creek church Communion on 
the 20th of June, passed off pleasantly. We 
had a hard rain storm the first day. The last 
days were very pleasant except that bad roads 
interfered with the attendance. Elds. Dick- 
ey and Murray, from Marshall Co., Iowa, were 
present. The brethren held forth the Word 
of God with power. We pray God it did 
good outside, as well as inside the cuurch. — 
May the Lord bless the labors of those breth- 
ren. May He be with them through all the 
blessed work and when they are done with 
things on this earth, may they receive a 
crown that will never fade. 

Martha E. Weaver. 

From New Carlisle, O.— June 20. 

Dear Brethren : — 

The ark of the Lord is still moving 
along steadily in the Donald's Creek church, 
Ohio. Last Sabbath, we went to the water, 
and, by the help of the Lord, baptized an 
aged sister, of seventy-five years. She was 
carried into the water on a chair, as she could 
not kneel down. She came at the ele\ enth 
hour, to work in the vineyard of the Lord. 
But O, dear friends, how few live to the age 
of our dear old sister! So come, while the 
door of grace is standing open before you. 

Henry Fraxtz. 

From Northern Indiana. 

Dear Brethren: — 

The churches of Northern Indiana are 
getting somewhat sifted out, without sustain- 
ing any serious loss. The progressive element 
is not very successful; like a burning brush- 
heap, the blaze is going down and nothing 
substantial left, while the faithful are becom- 
ing more united. May the Spirit of God pre- 
vail in the camp of the saints! A little more 
self-denial, a renewal of baptismal vows, and 
promises of faithfulness till death will bring 
about that heavenly union in sweet commun- 
ion with God. J vcoc HlLDERBBANP. 




From C. Hope.— June 12. 


Our beloved brother, N. C. Nielsin, is 
at present at our place, and has settled 
on the plan to start for America, with his 
family and om little brother from Thy- 
lind, from Bremen, the 27th inst., on the 
steamer "Elbe," direct for Mt. Morris. 
As his wife does not understand English, 
and dislikes to travel, he has given up 
the intention of stopping in the East, on 
the way, but will strike out at once for a 
ne.v home. 

I have purchased ground in Thyland 
for a meeting-house, and hope to get the 
money to bui'd even this Summer. 

I have lately been out, assisting some 
friends on the south coast of this island, 
in a lecture on tempeiance, and gained 
some new, warm friends, and got invita- 
tions to several other places. 

I have also been twice in Sweden lately 
and have leave to come and preach 
among the Separatists, a kind, earnest 
class of people, who have withdrawn from 
the State church, and are getting back to 
the good old paths in many respects. 
They have large meeting-houses in many 
of the larger cities in Sweden, and those 
nearest to Denmark understand me very 
well. I will devote all the time I can 
from henceforth to Sweden. I have been 
introduced there by a man who was born 
in North Russia, and who preaches our 
doctrine well and does all he can for the 
cause, though he yet stands outside the 
fold. He speaks Finnish, Swedish, Ger- 
man and Danish perfectly well, and is a 
man of much use for Jesus. I hope that, 
sooner or later, he will come out on the 
Lord's side in all things. 

Three have been added to the church in 
Thyland; and all, so far as I know, is as 
usual in the churches. 

We have seen that A. M. passed off 
peaceably, and we feel glad it did so; but 
are exceedingly anxious to know all about 
it; how they have acted on my several 
propositions in regard to the foreign mis- 
sion. Please, some one let us have a re- 
port . 

We now wait for brother and sister 
Miller, from Mt. Morris, and sister Sax- 
ild; hope soon to haye our anticipations 

May God now bless you all everywhere 
to continue in peace and well-doing, as 
well as us. 

Our united love to any and all in the 
great Brotherhood. 

Copenhagen, Denmark. 


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Sept. 28th, at IP M., Bear Creek church, 
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Oct. 4th, at 10 o'clock, in the Clear Creek 
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Oct. 11th, in the Pine Creek church, St. Joseph 
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Oct. 12, at 4 P. M., in 'lellow Creek church 
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On Monday, June 5th, 1882, the following 
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Leave Huntingdon. Arrive Pittsbgh. ■ 

Pacific Express, 6 45 P. M 1 35 P. M. 

Mail 2 13 P. M 8 50 A. M. 

Fast Line 6 00 P. M 11 30 A.M. 

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The following schedule went into effect on 
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Leave Pittsburgh. Arr. Chicago. 

Day Express 17 32 A. M 8 10 A.M. 

Mail Express . . . *1 42 A, M 6 25 A. M. 

Limited Exp'ss,*8 27 P. M 10 40 A. M. 

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the only line running North-Western Dining- 
Cars, West or North-west of Chicago. Pull- 
man Sleepers on all Night Trains. 

Insist upon Ticket Agents selling you tick- 
ets via this road. Examine them and refuse 
to buy if they do not read over the Chicago 
and North-western Railway. 

tSflf you wish the Best Traveling Accom- 
modations, you will buy your Tickets by this 
route, and will take none other. 

All Ticket Agents sell Tickets by this line. 
J.D. LAYNG, Gen.Pass. Agt., 

Gen. Sup't, Chicago. Chicago 


"Set for the Defense of the Gospel." 

Vol. 21, Old Series. 

Mt. Morris, 111., and Huntingdon, Pa., July lO, 1883. 

No. 27. 


H. B. BRUMBAUGH, Editor, 

And Business Manager of the Eastern House, Box 50, 

Huntingdon, Pa. 

Eld. B. F. Moomaw sends us a very inter- 
esting paper, — "A Greeting to the General 
Brotherhood." It will appear as soon as room 
for it can be had. 

We are entirely out of German Hymn- 
book sheets, and cannot fill the orders sent 
us until a new edition can be printed. This 
we expect to do soon. 

Eld. J. W. Brumbaugh, of the Clover 
Creek church, Pa., sold his mill with the in- 
tention of retiring from active business and 
giving his time more fully to the ministry. 

The vacation at the Normal will be spent 
in renovating and putting the building in 
trim for the coming Fa] 1 term, when we hope 
that we may have the pleasure of seeing a 
large number of the old students return, and 
a good supply of new ones. 

®S=f*All accounts due our office up to July 
1st must be paid to Quinter & Brumbaugh 
Bros., and should be settled as soon as possi- 
ble, as we are anxious to have our business set- 
tled up to that date. Please make a note of 
this, and let us hear from you as soon as con- 
venient and much oblige. 

There are some words that have, within 
the last few years, been made unpleasantly 
prominent, that we would now like to see 
placed on the obsolete list as far as possible. 
They are "Progressives," "Old Orderites," Se- 
ceders, rebels, etc. We hope the pages of 
the Gospel Messenger may be kept as free 
as possible from such words. 

How anxiously some people look forward 
to and after persecution! As the plea of per- 
secution has become a matter of policy, many 
a little circumstance is manufactured into a 
pretext for persecution. We do not say that 
the spirit does not exist, but we should not 
court it; neither should we exercise it by 
charging the innocent with it. 

The Pennsylvania Railroad Co., have made 
a very liberal proposition to the brethren in 
the East, to secure for them a convenient 
place to hold our next A. M., in the East. 
But as yet, they do not feel prepared to ac- 
cept. We are sorry for this, as it is admit- 
ted by all that the East is entitled to the 
meeting, and we are abundantly able to hold 
and manage it. 

We have an interesting sermon before us, 
on the subject of Prayer, by Bro. B. C. Moo- 
maw, of Virginia. We ask for it a careful 
reading, as it is a theme that is too much ne- 
glected by many of our preachers. Many of 
his points are well taken and Avill have a ten- 
dency to set us to thinking while attending 
to this very blessed privilege. 

The Minutes and Report of Annual Meet- 
ing are now completed, and all orders filled 
as far as received. We still have a supply 
on hand and will be pleased to fill all orders 
sent us as long as our supply lasts. It con- 
tains 109 pages, and is a good report through- 
out. First ordered, first served, and those 
who would be sure of getting one, should or- 
der soon. 

We were made sad on learning of the se- 
rious illness of Libbie Keim, daughter of the 
late Eld. N. C. Keim, of Elk Lick, Pa. She 
was a student of the Normal during the early 
part of the present term, but went home sev- 
eral months ago on account of ill health. We 
hope that she may yet be restored to health 
and to the family that has already been so 
deeply bereaved. 

The prayer-meeting on last Wednesday 
evening was one of special interest. As it 
was the last one held in the school-year now 
closed, many hearts were made very tender, 
and a number expressed the joy they felt for 
the change they experienced since they were 
with us. A church-meeting for the members 
followed, when Bro. Quinter gave a warm and 
heart-felt advice, especially directed to those 
who united with the church while here, and 
were about leaving. It, seemingly, was well 
received, and we hope will prove a lasting 
benefit to all. 


Another year has sped rapidly away, and 
yesterday we witnessed another closing of the 
Normal. For the last four or five days the 
friends of the school had been gathering in, 
so that, by the time for closing, there was 
quite a number of friends with us, and among 
them quite a number of former students, thus 
showing that the attachments formed while 
together, are not soon forgotten. Though the 
first part of the week was cloudy and rainy, 
with Thursday morning came a bright sky 
and pleasant weather. All nature seemed to 
be in hallowed sympathy with the many glad 
hearts that so earnestly wished for a beauti- 
ful day, and there was a very general rejoic- 
ing on the part of all. 

The morning exercises opened at 9 o'clock 
and were largely attended. Those on duty 
acquitted themselves very well indeed, and 
an interest was kept up for the whole session 
of nearly three hours without any apparent 
abating. What made it especially interest- 
ing and esteemed by all good-thinking peo- 
ple, was the religious elements that were 
made prominent in all the orations, recita- 
tions and essays. While it was enjoyed as a 
literary entertainment, it also afforded a rich 
religious feast to those who delight in the re- 
ception of spiritual food. And these happy 
selections were not made .through any regu- 
lations of the Facility or Board of Trustees, 
but were the outgrowth of the sentiment and 
influence characteristic of the school — the 
legitimate fruit of its teaching. 

In the evening, at 7 o'clock, we again met 
for the Commencement exercises. Th ese were 
participated in by the graduating class and 
were spent the same as in the 'morning by 
singing and prayer, closing Avith the Lord's 
Prayer. Long before the time for opening 
arrived, the spacious hall was crowde.l with 
an anxious and expectant audience, and still 
they continued to come, until all the aisles 
and every available space was literally pack- 
ed, and a large numbsr was seated in the 
yard, and within hearing distance from the 
rostrum. The class, we think, fully met the 
expectations of all present, ami from the 
close attention given, we believe that the vast 
audience was not only entertained but also 
instructed. The closing scene was a grand 
one indeed, — the conferring of the diplomas 
to the class, all of whom were members of 
the church. The congratulations were ni any, 
warm and sympathetic, and they go away, 
carrying with them the best wishes of both 
church and school. 

We need among us, more educated young 
men and women, but that such education may 
be utilized to the glory of God, it must be 
sanctified by the religion of Jesus Christ. — 
This was the design and is still the object of 
the Normal. Every brother and sister that 
comes here as a student, or a friend of the 
cause, assists us in carrying out the original 
design and object of the school. Hence we 
bid all such a hearty welcome, and our hearts 
have rejoiced that so many appreciated this 
welcome and were with us. The occasion 
was a pleasant one, and Ave hope that it may 
be our privilege and pleasure of enjoying 
many similar ones. 

Have you hatred in your heart for any hu- 
man being? The mind that is in Christ, 
casts out all that. 






thi±: gosipexj mebsengee. 


Study to show thyself approved onto God. a workman that 

needeth not be aslmraed. rightly dividing the 
Word of Truth. 


[A sequel to "Over the Hill to the Poor-houso. "J 

I, who was always counted, they say, 

Rather a bad stick any way, 

Splintered all over with dodges an' tricks, 

Known as "the worst of the deacon's six;" 

I, the truant, saucy and bold. 

The one black sheep in my father's fold, 

"Once on a time," as the stories say, 

Went over (he hill on a Winter's day — 

Over the hill to the poor-house. 

Tom could save what twenty could earn; 

But givin' was somethin' he never would learn. 

Isaac could half o' the Scriptures speak— 

Committed a hundred verses a week; 

Never forgot an' never slipped; 

But "Honor thy father and mother" he skipped, 

So over the hill to the poor-house. 

As for Susan, her heait was kind 

An' good — what there was of it, mind; 

Nothin' too big, an' flothin' too nice; 

Nothin' she wouldn't sacrifice, 

For one she loved; an' that *ere one 

Was herself, when all was said and done. 

Ah' Charley an' Becca meant well, no doubt, 

But any one could pull 'em about. 

An' all our folks ranked well, you see, 

Save one poor fellow, an' that was me; 

An' when, one dark an' rainy night. 

A neighbor's horse went out of sight, 

They pitched on me as the guilty chap 

That carried one end of the halter strap; 

An' I think myself, that view of the case 

Wasn't altogether out of place. 

My mother denied it, as mothers do, 

But I am inclined to believe it was true, 

Though for me one thing might be said — 

That I, as well as the horse, was led; 

An' the worst of th<: whiskey f purred me on, 

Or else the deed would never have been done. 

But the keenest grief I ever felt 

Was when my mother beside me knelt, 

An' cried an' prayed till 1 melted down, 

As I would'nt for half the horses in town. 

I kissed her fondly then and there, 

An' swore henceforth to be honest an' square. 

I served my sentence — a b'tter pill 
Some fellows should take who never will; 
And then I decided to go "out West," 
Concluding 'twould suit my health the best; 
Where, how I prospered I never could tell, 
But Fortune seemed to like me well, 
And somehow, every vein I struck 
Was always bubblin' over with luck. 
And better than that, I was steady and true, 
And put my good resolution through. 
But I wrote to a trusty old neighbor an' said, 
"You tell 'em, old fellow, that I am dead, 
And died a Chiistian; 'twill please 'em more, 
Than if I had lived the same as before." 

But when this neighbor he wrote to me 
"Your mother's in the poor-house," says he, 
I had a resurrection straightway, 
And started for her that very day; 
And when I arrived where I was grown 
I took good care that, I shouldn't be known; 
But I bought the old cottage, thro' and thro', 
Of some one Charley had sold it to; 
And held back neither work nor gold 
To fix it up as it was of old. 
The big fire-place wide and high, 
Flung up its cinders toward the sky; 
The old clock ticked on the corner-shelf — 
I wound it and set it agoin' myself; 
And if everything wasn't, just the same, 
Neither I nor money was to blame, 
Then over the hill to the poor-home'. 

One blowing, blustering Winter's day, 
With a team and cutter I started away; 
My fiery nags were as black as coal; 
(They some'at resembled the horse I stole) ; 
I hitched, and entered the poor-house door — 
A poor old woman was scrubbing the floor; 
She rose to her feet in great surprise, • 
And looked quite startled, into my eyes; 
I saw the whole of her troubles' trace 
In a line that marred her dear old face; 
"Mother!" I shouted, "your sorrows are done, 
You're adopted along o' your horse-thief son; 
Come over the hill from the poor-house." 

She didn't faint; she knelt by my side, 
And thanked the Lord till I fairly cried. 
And maybe our ride wasn't pleasant and gay. 
And maybe she wasn't wrapped up that day; 
An' maybe our cottage wasn't warm and bright, 
And maybe it wasn't a pleasant sight, 
To see her a-gettin' the evening tea, 
And frequently stoppin' and kissin' me, 
And maybe we didn't live happy for years, 
In spite of my brothers' and sisters' sneeis, 
Who often said, as I have heard, 
That they wouldn't own a prison bird, 
(Though they are getting over that, I guess, 
For all of 'em owe me more or less.) 

But I've learned one thing — and it cheers a man 

In always a-doin' the best he can: 

That whether on the big book a blot 

Gets over a fellow's name or not. 

Whenever he doe3 a deed that's white, 

It's credited to him fair and rihgt, 

And when you hear the great bugle's notes, 

And the Lord divides his sheep and goats; 

However they may settle my case, 

Wherever they may fix my place, 

My good old Christian mother you'd see. 

Will be sure to stand right up for me, 

With over the hill from the poor-house. 

— Selected. 



(Preached Sunday Evening, June 24, 1883, to the Graduating 

Class, and the Students of the Huntingdon 

Normal College.) 

"Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem 
and see now, and know and seek in the broad places 
thereof, if ye can find a man, if there be any that exe- 
cuteth judgment, that seeketh the truih; and I will par- 
don it." "Jer. 5:1. 

This is a part of a prophecy of Jeremiah, 
delivered to the Jews at a time of great de- 
generacy or apostasy. And in consequence 
of their apostasy, they were threatened with 
terrible judgments by the Lord. We shall 
read a few verses in the closing part of the 
chapter, preceding that from which our text 
is taken, referring to the threatenings of the 
Lord: "For thus hath the Lord said, the 
whole land shall be desolate; yet will I not 
make a full end. For this shall the earth 
mourn, and the heavens above be black: be- 
cause I have spoken, I have purposed it, and 
will not repent, neither will I turn back from 
it. The whole city shall flee for the noise of 
the horsemen and bowmen; they shall go in- 
to thickets, and climb up upon rocks: every 
city shall be forsaken, and not a man dwell 
therein. And when thou art spoiled, what 
wiit thou do? Though thou clothest thyself 
with crimson, though thou deckest thee with 
ornaments of gold, though thou rentest thy 
face with painting, in vain shalt thou make 
thyself fair: thy lovers will despise thee, they 
will seek thy life." 

Our text contains the reason why the Lord 
purposed to inflict the punishment upon the 
people that he did. It was because of the 
universal prevalence of sin in Jerusalem. — 
The state of the Jews at that time reminds 
us of the condition of the antediluvian world, 
in reference to which it is said, "And God 
looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was 
corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way 
upon the earth." Gen. G: 12. 

According to our text, there was not a man 
in Jerusalem. The Lord could see none. — 
And yet there was a large population in Je- 
rusalem. And no doubt, had some Jew an- 
swered the Lord, he would have said, "We 
have a great many men in Jerusalem." But 
according to the Lord's meaning, he would 
have answered, "You have many men accord- 
ing to your idea of a man, but according to 
my idea of a man, you have none." This 
must have been startling to the Jews, to have 
it insinuated that there was not a man in Je- 
rusalem with its great population! We are 
reminded of what is said of the Lord in con- 
nection with the selection of a king to fill the 
place of Saul. It is said, "The Lord seeth 
not as man seeth; for man looketh on the out- 
ward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the 
heart." 1 Sam. 16: 7. And it was when the 
Lord looked into the heart of the people of 
Jerusalem, and saw not that inward state of 
thought and feeling that are necessary to con- 
stitute a real and true man, that he expressed 
himself as he did, in language that implies 
there was not a man in Jerusalem. "Run ye 
to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, 
and see now, and know, and seek in the broad 
places thereof, if ye can find a man, if there 
be any that exocuteth judgment, that seeketh 
the truth; and I will pardon it." 

Our subject will be, True Manhood. And 
we shall present our thoughts under the four 
following heads: 

1. God's idea of true men. 

2. The scarcity of true men. 

3. The value of true men. 

4. The formation of true men. 


His language implies that there was not 
a man in Jerusalem. As we remarked above, 
according to human judgment, there no doubt 
would have been many men in Jerusalem. — 
But God's judgment and men's differ in re- 
gard to many things. It surely is a very un- 
fortunate circumstance for man that he finds 
his original nature so perverted and corrupt- 
ed that his judgment is in conflict with that 
of God's. When God and man differ in their 
judgment, there should be, and we hope there 
will be, no hesitation in deciding who is right. 
God cannot err. Hence the apostle's lan- 
guage, "Let God be true, but every man a 
liar." Bom. 3: 4. Let us not forget that God 
is always right. This great truth is the foun- 
dation of our faith in God. And however 
strange the idea may seem that there was not 
a man in Jerusalem with all its swarming 
population, it was correct. But God could 
not accept man's idea of a true man. God 
made man originally "upright" and "in his 
own image." But he has lost so much of his 
original character, that until he recovers what 



he has lost, God cannot recognize him as a 
true or real man. 

It has been said, and probably with much 
truth, that were an angel sent to find the most 
perfect man, he would probably not find him 
engaged in forming a body of divinity ; but 
rather find him to be a cripple in a poor- 
house, whom the people of the parish wish 
dead. He would also be very humble before 
God, and perhaps havo lower views of him- 
self than others have of him. We may, per- 
haps, confirm and illustrate this idea by the 
rich man and Lazarus. Had it been left to a 
man of the world to decide which of the two 
was most of a man, no doubt the decision 
would have been given in favor of the rich 
man, who "was clothed in purple, and fine 
linen, and fared sumptuously every day." — - 
Wealth, and display, and power, are much 
more prominent elements in the world's ideal 
of true manhood, than purity, meekness, and 
poverty of spirit. The prophet Malachi, in 
reproving the people of his day for their er- 
rors in judgment, says, "And now we call the 
proud happy ; yea, they that work wickedness 
we set up; yea, they that tempt God are de- 
livered." Mai. 3: 15. It is the men of wealth 
and of show, that the world honors most, and 
elevates to positions of authority in govern- 
ment. We were in a community, some little 
time ago, and the character of public men 
was the subject of conversation. It was said 
that in an election in the past, there was a 
oandidate for an office, whose competency was 
not questioned. But he was poor, and a crip- 
ple, and he was defeated. Such occurrences 
are not uncommon. True manhood passes 
with many at a discount, while wealth and 
display command a premium. 

But what is true manhood in the estimation 
of God? And whatever it is in his estima- 
tion, it is in truth and reality. He is de- 
scribed as one that seeks the truth. We pre- 
sume you will all agree with us that by truth 
in our text, we are to understand the holy law 
of God, as He has revealed it to us in His 
Word. "Sanctify them through thy truth: 
thy word is truth." <Jno. 17: 17. So prayed 
the Savior, and so honored He God's Word 
and truth, in making it a means of purifica- 
tion in the system of redemption. In seek- 
ing the truth, there is implied a conscious 
need of the truth. Man, in his natural or 
sinful condition, is represented as being 
"dead." His spiritual nature is so stupid, un- 
feeling, and debased, that he is represented 
as being dead. Aod while he is in that stu- 
pid and indifferent condition, in regard to his 
spiritual nature, and his eternal interests, he 
has no desire for the truth of God, and of 
course will not seek it. He does not want it, 
though he much needs it. His animal nature 
is alive, and he needs provision to meet its 
wants; his intellect is alive, and he craves 
knowledge, and seeks knowledge to satisfy 
his intellect, as he seeks food to satisfy his 
bodily wants. But while the spirit slumbers, 
or is dead, there is no felt want of spiritual 
food, or of the truth of God, and it is not 
sought. When, however, the spiritual nature 
in man is awakened, and begins to be quick- 
ened, then he begins to feel the need of some- 

thing spiritual to meet his spiritual wants, 
and he begins to seek the truth. Or, in the 
language of our Lord, he begins to "hunger 
and thirst after righteousness." It was the 
deep and religious wants of David's spiritual 
nature, that prompted him to use the expres- 
sive language that he did, when he exclaimed, 
"As the hart panteth after the water-brooks, 
so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My 
soul thirsteth for God, for the living God." 
Ps. 42: 12. 

We have another plain illustration of the 
point we are upon, namely, the fact that when 
the higher nature in our manhood is quicken- 
ed, there will be a turning to the truth of God 
for the obtaining of the necessary provision 
to satisfy our spiritual wants. The case we 
allude to is that of the Ethiopian eunuch. — 
Amid the religious influences that were in ac- 
tive operation at Jerusalem, the place to 
which he had been to worship, his mind had 
been greatly awakened to the importance of 
religious things. He became a seeker. And 
from what source did he seek light and com- 
fort? He sought the truth. He turned his 
attention to the Word of God and was read- 
ing the prophet Isaiah, when Philip joined 
himself to him. Here he sought effectually 
what he needed. The prophecy was opened, 
and Christ was found in it, and he was pre- 
sented to the eunuch, and he believed in him, 
and he and Philip both went down into the 
water, and he was baptized by Philip, and 
then went on his way rejoicing, because his 
anxious, troubled, and thirsty spirit was satis- 
fied. He felt as David had felt, when he 
said, "My soul shall be satisfied as with mar- 
row and fatness ; and my mouth shall praise 
thee with joyful lips." Ps. 03: 5. 

But notice, the character that God recog- 
nizes as a man, must seek the truth. This 
implies labor, research, and investigation. — 
God has given us his Word, and He has giv- 
en us the ministry, and other helps. Never- 
theless, we must seek to know and understand. 
God's Word comes to us through human lan- 
guage, and we must get the meaning of God's 
mind and will, by fairly, justly, and properly 
interpreting the language through which 
God's Word comes to us. We are especially 
concerned to understand the English version 
of the Scriptures, as this is our language, 
and the language through which God speaks 
to us. 

Again; the truth has been misinterpreted, 
and there is much error in the Avorld. And 
the author of error has mixed some truth 
with his errors to make them more effectual 
in deceiving. And the early education of us, 
perhaps, has not been altogether free from 
error. We have different churches, and we 
preachers of the different churches do not all 
preach alike, or explain the Scriptures alike. 
We said a while ago, that riiilip and the eu- 
nuch went down mto the water. Now some 
will tell you that they did not go down into 
the water. And as we said before, Ave differ 
in regard to Christian rites and Christian 
doctrine. Hence the necessity of all of iis seek- 
ing. And we further remark, we should seok 
diligc nt'y. In the folio viog promis \ cur suc- 
cess is conditioned upon earnest effort: "If 

thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up 
thy voice for understanding; if thou seekest 
her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid 
treasure; then shalt thou understand the fear 
of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God." 
Prov. 2: 3-5. 

We should also seek the truth prayerfully 
and humbly. Our Lord thanked his heaven- 
ly Father that he had hidden divine truths 
"from the wise and prudent and revealed 
them unto babes." Our Heavenly Father 
does not, by any direct agency or power, hide 
the truth from any. But He has adapted it 
to the hurnble and simple mind ; those that have 
such a mind will understand it, and receive 
it; Avhile it is not adapted to a A r ain and self- 
conceited mind, and such Avill not appreciate 
its beauty nor receive it, and hence it is said 
to be hidden from them. KnoAvledge is hid- 
den from the idle student, but revealed to the 
diligent, patient and persevering. Such are 
the results of the ordinary laws governing us 
in such things. 

In the second place, a true man is describ- 
ed as one that executcth judgment. The 
Avord judgment, in the Scripture, frequently 
means law. Such seems to be its meaning in 
the following passages: "I will praise thee 
with uprightness of heart, when I shall have 
learned thy righteous judgments." Ps. 119: 7. 
Bridges says, in his exposition of this verse, 
"Tlte righteous j udgments of God" include the 
whole revelation of his Word — so-called — as 
the rule by which he judges our present state, 
and will pronounce our final sentence." Such 
also seems to be the meaning of the word 
judgments in the folloAving passage: "My soul 
breaketh for the longing that it hath unto thy 
judgments at all times." Ps. 119: 20. 

A true man, then, executes judgment. — 
That is, he executes the law of God, he ap- 
plies it as it is to be applied in all the affairs 
and business of life. This laAV is said to be 
"exceeding broad," Ps. 119: 9G. It covers all 
the duties that grow out of the relations we 
stand in to one another, as well as those we 
stand in to God. And a faithful and true 
man will execute the law of his God in all of 
its requirements and in all of its applications. 
As the head of a family, he will execute it in 
his family; as a pastor of a church, he will 
execute it in the church; in whateA-er position 
in life he is called to fill, he will use his ut- 
most endeaA'ors to execute the truth. And in 
his individual capacity he will do the same, 
whatever sacrifices he must make, or whatev- 
er self-denial he must endure. So will the 
true man — the man of God — the man recog- 
nized by God to be a man, execute judgment, 
and do justice and right to all. 


There was not found a true or good man, 
according to the standard of true manhood, 
in Jerusalem! This is a humiliating truth to 
the pride of man. This is not the only pas- 
sage of Scripture avc have declaring the 
scarcity of good men. Ten good men could 
not be found in Sodom. But it may be said, 
these are special cases: But we have Scrip- 
ture testimony that makes this truth of a 
A T ery general character. "Who can find a A-ir- 

tuous Avoman?" 

Solomon. Pt. 30: 10.— 



Solomon has been thought by some to be 
pretty severe in his insinuation in regard to 
the female sex. But it would seem from the 
following language, that he had no better 
opinion of his own sex than he had of the fe- 
male sex: "A faithful man who can find?" — 
Pv. 20: (5. So according to Solomon's lan- 
guage, faithful men were scarce, as well as 
virtuous women. And the great Christian 
Teacher declares, "Strait is the gate, and nar- 
row is the way, which leadeth unto life, and 
few there be that find it." Matt. 7: 14. Our 
Lord also teaches that there will be few true 
believers upon the earth when he comes again. 
He puts the suggestive truth He wished to 
present, in the form of a question, thus: — 
"When the Son of man cometh, shall he find 
faith on the earth'?" Luke 18: 8. There is 
much profession at the present time in the 
world, but it is to be feared there is compar- 
atively little true Christianity; little of that 
true manhood which in the estimation of God, 
constitutes true and good men. And so it 
appears it will be when our Lord will come. 
"While there will probably be much that will 
be called "faith," there will be comparatively 
little true faith, little of that faith that ac- 
cepts all the teachings of Christ as impor- 
tant, and as essential to the formation of per- 
fect Christian character. 

From the solemn truth taught in our text, 
and confirmed by numerous other texts of 
Scripture, that there is a scarcity of good 
men in the world, we all should look well to 
ourselves, our principles, and our characters, 
to see whether we are right, And let us not 
forget that it is not according to the world's 
standard of manhood that we are to be judg- 
ed, but according to God's standard, His Ho- 
ly Word, and if we want to meet his appro- 
bation and enjoy His favor, we must execute 
judgment and seek the truth. 


One good man, according to God's estima- 
tion of a true or good man, would have saved 
Jerusalem. And ten righteous men would 
have saved Sodom. And as Sodom was de- 
stroyed for the want of righteous men, and 
as Jerusalem was severely chastised for want 
of a true man, the fact that other places have 
not met the same fate, would seem to indi- 
cate that these places have been more favor- 
ed with the holy influences of the good than 
were Sodom and Jerusalem. 

The influence that good men have exerted 
in the world, is yet to be realized, for it nev- 
er has been. "Ye are the salt of the earth," 
said Jesus to his disciples. The good have 
always been the salt of the earth. They 
have preserved the earth, and they have been 
the earth's benefactors by blessing it with 
their holy labors, and by bringing down the 
blessings from Heaven upon it by their pray- 
ers. And you, beloved hearers, we are fear- 
ful, do not appreciate your obligations to the 
good of the world for what you now are, and 
for what you are enjoying. Many of you 
have had good parents, and your ancestors 
before them were good. And had it not been 
so, your condition to-day would in all prob- 
ability be very different from what they are. 
It is to the good you are indebted for your 

greatest privileges and your richest blessings. 
Our mind dwelling on this train of thought, 
oh, how deeply are we impressed with the ob- 
ligations we are under to the good Christian 
friends under whose good influences we were 
thrown, and thus saved! Among those gath- 
ered into the fold of Christ in our late reviv- 
al, there was one, whose father we well knew, 
and Avhom Ave regarded as a good man, and 
an humble and faithful minister of Christ. — 
In thinking about the conversion of his son, 
Ave were impressed with the thought that per- 
haps that father's holy influence is now bear- 
ing the fruit of his son's conversion. The 
influence of a good and holy life, often con- 
tinues after the death of the good. Let us 
say to you, honor and respect the good. — 
They are your best friends and benefactors. 
Above all, honor and respect God, who has 
blessed us with the influences of the good. 


While the state of man, in his guilty and 
fallen condition, is sad to contemplate, we 
are glad to know that that condition may be 
improved. God has remembered us in our 
low estate, and laid help upon one that is 
mighty. And by availing ourselves of the 
provision provided for us in Christ by our 
Hea\ r enly Father, our lost manhood may be 
recovered. By "being born again, not of cor- 
ruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the 
Word of God, Avhich liveth and abideth for- 
ever," (1 Pet. 1: 23) Ave are made "partak- 
ers of the divine nature," (2 Pet. 1:4) and 
thus become men of God, and true men. — 
There is, then, hope for man. Jesus has 
died, and man may liA r e, and live forever. — 
Paul, in addressing believers, says, "Ye are 
God's husbandry, ye are God's building." 1 
Cor. 3; 9. Under the transforming power of 
God, the barren land becomes fruitful, and 
the temple in ruins is rebuilt. 

And now, beloved hearers, will you not all 
seek to become true men, that you may enjoy 
the honor, glory, and value of true manhood? 
Surely, you all should feel a deep interest in 
our subject, as it concerns you all. Young 
Avomen and young men, let us say to you, 
seek the culture and deA r elopment of your 
Avomanhood and manhood to the highest pos- 
sible degree. And while we AA r ould, from the 
great importance of our subject, press it up- 
on you all, we would call the special attention 
of the graduating class to it. By no means 
let your education and culture stop short of 
true manhood. It is the cultivated and re- 
newed mind that makes the man. Dr. Watts, 
the author of many of our hymns, was dig- 
nified in his conduct and manners, but below 
the common size of men in his stature. On 
one occasion when he was in company, it was 
said by one, "Is this the great Dr. Watts?" 
In good humor, he turned round suddenly, 
and repeated the folloAving stanza from one 
of his poems: 

"Were I so tall to reach the pole, 

Or grasp the ocean with a span, 
1 must be measured by my soul; 

The mind's the standard of the man." 

The company manifested silent admiration. 

Let us then give less attention to the 
adornment and gratification of the body, and 

more to the mental and spiritual culture of 
the mind, as it is the mind that makes the 



Pursuant to previous arrangements, I left 
.home June 14, 1883, to attend a Love-feast, 
Avhich took place the same evening, at the 
Bryan meeting-house, Williams Co., O. Met 
about seventy-five of my Heavenly Father's 
children, with whom I enjoyed a rich feast 
of good things. This was indeed a, pleasant 
season, as the large church-house could just 
about contain all that came, hence was not 
troubled Avith the annoyance of a jam at the 
doors and outside, and inside the very best 
of order was observed. It was gratifying, 
too, to meet and renew the pleasant acquaint- 
ances among Brethren and friends, formed 
during our meetings at this place last Win- 
ter. The forming of many new acquaint- 
ances was a very pleasant feature of this 

This (Lick Creek) church is presided over 
by Eld. John Brown, assisted in his office by 
Eld. Jacob Brown, and in the preaching of 
the Word by Simon Long and Christian Kra- 
bill, both in the second degree of the minis- 

This church seems iioav to be in peace and 
love, and with its efficient corps of ministers 
and deacons to aim to press onward and up- 

Here I met Eld. Jacob Shaneour, of Silver 
Creek church, located some twenty miles 
north in the same county; whither we pro- 
ceeded on the folloAving day. * 

On the morning of June 16, at 10 A. M., 
met for public worship. Addressed a large 
and attentive audience, upon the subject of 
the Atonement. 

The members of the church here, upon 
consultation, thought good to call another of 
their number to the ministry of the Word, 
and so proceeded to give their voice for a 
choice. And when all had thus expressed 
their minds, it Avas found that two instead of 
one were called; there only being a difference 
of one. 

The matter was then referred to the church, 
which quickly responded that both should 
be installed. Accordingly, the next morn- 
ing, at 9 o'clock, the installation service was 
administered; the lot falling upon Bro. Eli 
Bittenhouse and Bro. Geo. Mauller; both in 
the deacon's office. May God in mercy bless 
and guide them, that they may be noble ex- 
amples of Christian piety and simple sub- 
mission, and strong pillars in the church. 

The brethren and sisters of this church, 
with very feAV exceptions, were strangers to 
me by face, but it is pleasant to note that 
they appeared, talked and acted like my Fa- 
ther's children; who, to the number of about 
a hundred and fifty, surrounded the Lord's 
table on the evening of June 16, once more 
to commemorate the sufferings and death of 
our Lord. Here also, good order Avas observ- 
ed by a densely-crowded audience that filled 
a very large church-house. But as not more 



than half could get inside, there was, at 
times, a little confusion outside the doors. 

Eld. Jacob Shaneour has this church in 
charge, assisted in the ministry by brethren 
Joseph Moore, Jesse Long and another whose 
name I cannot now recall; all, I believe, in 
the second degree. These, with the two new 
additions in the ministry, and seven deacons, 
constitute the official force in this congrega- 

They now number about one hundred mem- 
bers. One sister was baptized just in time 
to commune at this Feast. 

At 11 A. M., Sunday, again addressed a 
full house. Subject, "Our relation and obli- 
gation to God and one another," from 2 Cor. 
6: 18. Much interest was manifested in this 
subject by all present. Meeting at 4 P. M. 
closed this interesting and, I think, profita- 
ble Love-feast season. 

Met Bro. Jeremiah Gump, of Ari, Inch, at 
this Feast, and although our acquaintance 
was of long standing, we had never before 
met upon such an occasion. But his strong 
and pleasant voice was rendered almost use- 
less from a severe cold; the source of much 
regret on the part of the writer. Ministers 
Simon Long and Chr. Krabill, from Lick 
Creek, were also present, and others whose 
names I cannot recall. 

Monday morning, returned to Bryan. — 
Tuesday, preached the funeral of old Bro. 
Henry Brown, at 10: 30 A. M. Boarded the 
west-bound train at 1 P. M. Stopped at Wa- 
terloo, De Kalb Co., Incl., and with Eld. Jno. 
Brown started, on foot, for the Love-feast in 
Eld. Michael Shotts' church, eight miles dis- 
tant; no one being apprised of our visit to 
this church. Fortunately, we forwarded our 
baggage, and sent word to Bro. Shotts that 
we were coming. 

Bro. Shotts, on getting the message, at 
once sent relief to us in the shape of his own 
horses and buggy, with a willing driver, who 
met us about two miles from the place of 
meeting. We "thanked God and took cour- 
age," and also took seats in the buggy. A 
few minutes more, and we were set down at 
the meeting-house among a large gathering 
of brethren and sisters who were awaiting 
our arrival, as the time for services (5 P. M. ) 
had come. 

A hasty exchange of greetings, and we pro- 
ceeded once more to surround the Lord's ta- 
ble. About one hundred members feasted to- 
gether here. The house was filled with an 
audience of quiet listeners, who seemed to 
feel a deep interest in the solemn exercises 
of the evening. Services at 8 A. M. next 
day. This closed the work of this pleasant 
ramble among the churches. 

The effect has been to very much revive 
the work of grace in my own heart, and I 
trust it has been mutual. Many thanks to 
the dear brethren whom I met throughout 
my visit, for their kindness shown. God 
grant that we all meet beyond the river. 


Some time a^o, I saw a request in the Neio 
York Tribune, by one of its correspondents, 

wishing to be informed respecting a German 
publication of the Book of Psalms, by a Mr. 
Saur, in Germantown, 1883, meaning, no 
doubt, 1773. He wanted to know which Ger- 
mantown of the United States'. I enclosed 
the slip of paper containing said request to 
Bro. A. H. Cassel, of Harleysville, Montgom- 
ery Co., Pa., desiring that he should answer 
the request, feeling assured that he would 
give some information worth knowing. Aft- 
er some' time, and but a few days ago, I re- 
ceived his answer, which I had supposed he 
would send to the Tribune. And now I have 
concluded to give the information to the pub- 
lic through your paper: 

"Germantown is about six " miles north- 
west from Philadelphia; was founded by 
Francis Daniel Pastorius in 1682, the same 
time that Philadelphia was founded by Wm. 
Penn, for settling the poor, persecuted fugi- 
tives on it, who were mostly driven from 
house and home during the Thirty Years' 
War, which preceded. My great ancestors, 
Johannes and Arnold Cassel, were among the 
number. The above-named Pastorius was the 
Company's agent. 

This accounts for the Brethren and all oth- 
er persecuted Protestants stopping awhile in 
Germantown, on their coming into this coun- 
try. Among them came Elder Christian Sau- 
er, in 1724. He was a good scholar, and by 
occupation a maker of clocks and mathemat- 
ical instruments. 

Our Brethren had established a small print- 
ing office already in Europe, soon after their 
organization. But after 'the severe persecu- 
tions had driven them away, their little print- 
ing press was sent after them to Germantown 
about 1735. As the Brethren then were all 
poor and lived in small huts, except C. Sauer, 
who was possessed of some means, and hav- 
ing a larger house than any of the others, 
the printing press came into his custody. — 
And as he was a born genius, he experiment- 
ed in setting type and printing small matters. 
He succeeded so well, that he soon got at 
casting type, making paper, printer's ink, 
etc., and opened a small printing office in the 
Fall of 1738. It was the first and only one 
in America that did German printing. 

The demand for printing soon became so 
great that he constantly enlarged his opera- 
tion until he became quite an extensive pub- 
lisher of books, a newspaper, and a religious 
magazine. At the request of the Centennial 
Managers, I prepared a catalogue of his pub- 
lications, of over 300 titles, and among the 
"Psalms of David" mentioned on your en- 
closed slr£, 1883 is evidently wrong; it should 
be 1773. But the first edition was printed in 
1746, the second in 1760, the third in 1773.— 
This must suffice for the present. 

Abeam H. Cassel. 

And now, dear Editors, I feel like adding 
something, by way of comment. I cannot re- 
frain from saying, if such was the energy, 
industry and zeal of some of our early breth- 
ren, why was it not continued in after times'? 
Was it because of lack of ability, capacity or 
disposition of their successors, or lack of op- 
portunity in those who had aspirations to em- 
ulate their ancestors? I think the latter was 
the cause. 

Our brethren had a printing press already 
in Europe. They saw the propriety of it, re- 
established one soon after coming here, but 
for many years we had no press. Bro. Kurtz 
at length got one, but it was muzzled for a 
long time. I remember its history; I helped 

to make some of its history. I feel grateful 
to the Good Being that the press is not now 
muzzled. It only wants proper regulation to 
be made the vehicle of untold good. 

Emaxuel Slii-er. 
BurkiitsviUe, Md. 



Those who read the Bible know what gave 
rise to the above expression. Do not some 
of us lack something yet ? Are we not too 
much concerned about the things of this life? 
Do we not neglect our duty? We have many 
preachers who preach a great deal at, or near 
home. Jesus says, "Preach the Gospel to ev- 
ery creature." We haye old, gray-headed 
men and women in this county, who never 
heard one of the Brethren preach. The har- 
vest truly is great here, and no laborers at all. 
If some of the Brethren will come and 
preach in this part of the vineyard of the 
Lord, it will doubtless do ^nuch good. Such 
should write to me one month previous, as I 
live seven miles north-west of town, so I can 
publish the appointment. 

Estillville, ticott Co., Va. 



It is now in order, as I suppose, to talk of 
what A. M. did — as I some time ago said — ■ 
we spent the first six months after A. M., 
talking of what A. M. had done, and the 
next six months talking of what it would do. 
But let this be as it may, A. M. did two very 
commendable things — possibly more, but I 
am assured of these two. One was to repeal 
the Mandatory Decision' of 18S2. We can- 
not make Christians by law; Ave must make 
them some other way; and when they are 
made, we have sufficient law to govern them, 
and what we can do, is sufficient to have a 
rule, or one rule to govern all the churches. 

Some still insist there is no difference; but 
I think I can see clearly that there will be 
some, and in fact a material difference in the 
administration of it in the several churches, 
and the many rulers in the several churches. 

The other thing is this, if I am rightly in- 
formed. The Revised Minutes are to be pub- 
lished and a copy put into the hands of ev- 
ery church in the Brotherhood, for their in- 
vestigation. This is surely as it ought to be. 
It is a matter that interests each and every 
individual member in the church, and each 
and every member has as much right to know 
what is being done in that particular as any 
other one. Not that we have not perfect con- 
fidence in the Revision Committee, but if 
they have a right to do a thing, others have 
an equal right to know what they do. I'pon 
the whole, Providence rules all for good to 
those who love Him. 

Character is higher intellect. A great 
soul is strong to live as well as strong to 
think. — Emerson. 

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The qualifications that are involved in a 
preparation for college are, in general, also 
involved in a preparation for an honorable 
and successful life. In view of this fact, can 
it be maintained that the time spent in prep- 
aration is more wasted than that spent in col- 
leg*? or that the preparatory course should 
be made as short as possible? Which is the 
more profitable, to build a hous3 of green 
timber that will soon fall to ruins, or of well- 
seasoned timber that will stand firm for 
years? As it is with the house, so it is Avith 
life. Life is a building, the foundation and 
character of which are formed in the prepar- 
atory department. Since this* is true, what 
should be made the object of this course and 
how long a tkne skould be assigned for its 
#0 repletion? 

As was before shown, Ave want, first, well- 
seasoned timber, then the building. The 
body, in childhood, is weak and unable to do 
a man's work, but by growth and exercise it 
becomes strong; so, also, it is with the mind. 
Therefore, the object of this course must not 
be so much the accumulation of knowledge 
as the obtaining of discipline and culture, 
and this requires time. But it is very genei 1 - 
ally considered that life is too short to spend 
much time in the preparatory course; that 
two years and no more ought to be allowed 
for its completion, in order that the student 
may the sooner enter college — as if he would 
learn more, or become a more thorough stu- 
dent by being classed in the collegiate de- 
partment than in the academic. 

This theory conceives the mind as a recep- 
tacle, into which there is to be pressed a cer- 
tain amount of Latin and Greek or Mathe- 
matics or Sciences, in order to prepare its 
possessor for college. Does this agree with 
anything else in nature? Does the acorn, as 
soon as planted, become a gigantic oak; or 
does it send forth, at first, a single shoot, then 
branchjes from year to year, until finally it be- 
comes king of the forest? Does a man be- 
come perfect as soon as he commences a 
Christian life, or does he "grow in grace and 
in the knowledge of the truth," as he advanc- 
es in days and in years? If, then, the spiritu- 
al part of man's nature is not perfect, but 
capable of development, must not the intel- 
lect, which is inferior, become strong by grad- 
ual growth? As overloading the st»mach 
with food is most injurious to the physical 
health, so, also, knowledge can be obtained 
successfully only as it serves to develop the 
latent powers of the mind. Blackie, in speak- 
ing of the great original thinkers and writ- 
ers, has very truly said, that "you will feel 
only too painfully that you cannot always lay 
hold of them in the first stage of your stud- 
ies; you will require steps to mount up to 
shake hands with these celestials; . . . these 
steps are for you the necessary lines of ap- 
proach to the great fortress of knowledge and 
cannot safely be overleaped." 

If we would hope successfully to gsapple 

with the difficult problems presenting them- 
selves in college or in after life, we must first 
master each step of the preparation. In or- 
der to do this, another element besides time is 
required, and that is self-reliamte. There 
can be no self-advancement without self -la- 
bor. Ever^ time a student receives assist- 
ance from another, when it could be dispens- 
ed with, he not only loses that opportunity of 
strengthening his own faculties, but he en- 
courages the dangerous habit of depending 
upon others. Each difficulty overcome makes 
it so much easier to overcome harder ones. 

But self-reliance is of little advantage if 
unassisted by perseverance. "We cannot ex- 
pect to become great scholars without long- 
continued effort; hence the necessity of early 
learning to struggle with each subject we un- 
dertake until we have become masters of the 
same. No scientist is regarded as authority 
who is not known to be thorough in his in- 
vestigations; so it is in every department of 

So far, I have considered discipline, self- 
reliance ond perseverance as necessary ele- 
ments in a preparation for college. By culti- 
vating these, a man may become a great schol- 
ar; but is scholarship all that is required in a 
preparation for college ? Is not yet the foun- 
dation of an honorable and successful life 
omitted? And wha4; is that but character? 
A young man may have attained the highest 
excellence in scholarship, but, if he is not 
fortified with a character suited to guard him 
against the evil inflnences that must necessa- 
rily surround him in college — for there are 
the bad as well as the good in every society — 
what will his learning profit him? What 
blessing can a man be to the world who, 
though he has acquired great powers of mind, 
is a moral wreck? 

Discipline, self-reliance and perseverance, 
for the most part, are to be obtained while 
pursuing a course of studies, but not so with 
character. The cultivation of right princi- 
ples begins at the mother's knee and contin- 
ues throughout life. As it is begun, so it is 
most likely to end. "Bring up a child in the 
way he should go, and when he is old he will 
not depart from it," said the wisest of men; 
therefore, upon the mother devolves the duty 
of moulding the character of the cjhild — a du- 
ty which, if unperformed, no school can sup- 


The object of the college is to give to the 
world in each student the "assurance of a 
man." But if only those who take a college 
course are to be men, we shall have but few 
comparatively; therefore, we must also have 
some other course, which is within the reach 
of all, that has for its object manhood. This 
can only be the preparatory course; therefore, 
let it be sufficiently long to allow the mind to 
develop and become strong, as doe» muscle, 
when subjected to steady and continued la- 
bor. The object here is not to become walk- 
ing encyclopedias, but to acquire mental 
strength, refinement, culture and a scholarly 
character. For the accomplishing of these 
ends, we have different courses of study, re- 
quiring three years for their completion, 
suited to the various tastes and necessities of 

different students. Let these be pursued by 
every one with the determination to accom- 
plish the above-mentioned aim, and the world 
will be blessed with as many noble men and 

Decor ah, Iowa. 

From the Primitive Christian. 


Geo. and Joseph Cox of Bedford Co. 
Compiled by Matthew Sell. 



"Do not forever with thy veiled lids 
Setk for thy noble children in the dust; 
Thou know'st 'tis common; all that live must die, 
Passing through nature to eternity.'' 

— Shaksjjeare 
The fifteenth morning (different from any 
since the departure of the children,) came in 
pleasant and delightful. Brilliant clouds like 
silver fleeces illumed the East. The sun, 
clad in all the splendor of Spring magnifi- 
cence, embossed the hills with the gold of his 
rising glory. The warcn breathings of the 
spicy winds awoke the minstrels of the hills 
that long had filled the mountain with their 
morning melodies. But the sun had scarcely 
touched the mountain with his golden man- 
tle, before the tramp of the surrounding pop- 
ulation everywhere throbbed with the kin- 
dred impulses of humanity. O, who would 
not delight to live in such ii community, 
where every family strove to surpass its neigh- 
bor in kindness to the poor and needy, and 
where every inhabitant wished to be formost 
in bestowing blessings and benefits upon all 
the afflicted that came within their reach. — 
Already for fourteen days had the mechanics 
left their unfinished work, the merchants 
their busy stores, and the farmers their half- 
ploughed fields and went day after day into 
the bleak and dreary desert ever anxious to 
find and save, (if possible) the lost brothers. 
And the kind-hearted ladies not only urged 
their husbands, sons and brothers to continue 
their exertions to save the children, but they 
prepared and supplied from day to day all 
the provisions necessary -for the tired search- 
ers. The willing and benevolent people had 
already donated over fourteen thousand dol- 
lars in provisions, money and other necessa- 
ries, to carry on the search for the absent lit- 
tle boys. The mountain was now echoing 
with the voice and march of five thousand 
people, all anxiously seeking for George and 
Joseph. Mr. Dibert and Mr. Wysong had 
already gone in the direction of the Blue 
Bidge. At last, stopping on a narrow point, 
Mr. Dibert said, "Here is the place marked 
in my dream, and there is the winding stream, 
and yonder is the tree, at the root of which I 
saw in my dream the two little brothers." — 
Hastening down from the ridge, the two 
friends descended into the ravine, crossed the 
brook and want in the direction of the tree. 
Hurrying along toward the spot, Mr. Dibert 
stopping suddenly, replied, "O, sir, I believe 
I see the children." Mr. Wysong coming up 
to him and gazing toward the tree replied, 
"0, yes, yonder are the lost brothers!" and 



running along together they came up to them, 
but 0, they were dead! the spirits of the 
children had fled away to their rest; they had 
gone to the homestead of God to strive and 
die no more forever. 

The signal that the children were found 
was now given, and in a few moments a voice 
was heard in the moiintain declaring that the 
children were found! Then, rose to a shout 
and echoed along the hills, "The children are 
found!!" Then swelling louder and louder, 
until like the echoings of the tempest, the 
mountain resounded with "The Lost Brothers 
were found." Then began the hurried march 
of the excited multitude toward the place 
where the bodies of the babes were found, 
and soon the long lines of approaching hun- 
dreds came in view and like an immense 
army poured its mrdtitudes around the chil- 
dren. Solemn and silent the sympathizing 
thousands took their stations about the spot 
where lay the bodies of George and Joseph. 
It was plain that they could go no more, then, 
buried in anguish and despair, they laid down 
and died.- Their clothing was hanging in 
shreds and strings upon their torn and lac- 
erated limbs. Their feet, worn through, must 
have marked their path with blood. From 
the appearance of the two bodies, Joseph, the 
youngest, must have died a day or two before 
his brother. When little Joseph died, 
George had taken out a smooth stone and 
placed it under his dying brother's head in 
the form of a pillow, thinking, perhaps, that 
he was only gone to sleep. Then seating him- 
self down on the cold ground by the side of 
Joseph, he watched an*d waited long for him 
to awake. There, naked, chilled and starv- 
ing, through the cold, inclement day and the 
long, dark and freezing night, sat little 
George leaning over his cold brother and 
faintly calling him to awake from his slum- 
ber, until at last, falling down by his side, he 
closed his eyes and also fell asleep. There 
side by side reposed the lost brothers in the 
sleep of death. But the lamented parents 
had not yet beheld their children. At length 
it was said that "their father was approach- 
ing." Leaning on the arm of a friend, he slow- 
ly entered within the circle of the multitude 
and fixing a look of unutterable sadness upon 
the corpses of his children, he suddenly stop- 
ped before them, and while the large tear- 
drops rained down his cheeks, and his breast 
heaved with emotion, he said in a voice so 
mournful that hundreds were melted to tears 
of pity, "0, my dear little boys,— George and 
Joseph have both gone and left me. Here 
are their torn bodies, but they are in heaven," 
then sinking down he fell between the corpses 
of his two children. 

Toward evening the bodies of the little 
brothers were removed, and the next day they 
were both placed in one coffin, and in the 
presence of the mourniug parents and weep- 
ing relatives, and a vast but solemn assembly, 
they were consigned to the silent tomb, there 
to remain until the voice of the resurrecting 
angel shall awake their sleeping dust. 

"Then from their bed of slumbers, 
These babes will spring to men, 
And in the new Eden's bower*, 
Their parents meet again," 

The parents returned no more to this their 
mountain home, — their goods were removed 
and their house left solitary and desolate as 
you now behold it. 

Thus, in my own feeble way, have I told 
you the narrative of the "lost brothers." 

Cyrus Jefferies. 



We are informed that some Indian shawls 
are composed of hundreds of pieces, some but 
the eight of an inch square, and others of va- 
rious sizes, and none larger than a square 
half-yard. Each piece even the smallest, 
forms a complete bit of the pattern, and the 
right side, being the under side on the frame 
on which it is woven, is not seen by the weav- 
er until the piece or shawl is entirely com- 
pleted. Those pieces are all so beautifully 
and tastefully arranged and joined together 
that it is impossible to find the seam or join- 

This is a good illustration of Christian life. 
How natural it is for us to become "discour- 
aged because of the way," because we can on- 
ly see the wrong side of the pattern our dai- 
ly life is weaving. We fail to discover the 
use of the seam which unites the dark and 
bright parts. 

Know we not that we are "looking through 
a glass darkly?" Were the pure, spiritual 
vision clear, and undimmed, free from nature's 
mists, we could always see brightness beyond 
the darkness, for there is always a sunbeam 
in every cloud. Yea, "He doeth all things 
well." "All things work together for good, 
to them that love God." The bright side of 
life's pattern will never be seen here but it 
will be entirely unfolded in the great here- 
after. But now we see only in "part," we 
"know in part," but then shall we see the 
grandeur of that heavenly garb, — yea, see it 
in the "beauty of holiness". Remember, 
though our place in the work be very small, 
yet this great fabric — the Church of God, 
would not be complete, were that place unfill- 
ed. Let us always be willing to unite and 
join the seams of sorrow and joy, even though 
we utterly fail to discern in it the "handwrit- 
ing of God." "What God joins together, let 
no man put asunder." Notice another point 
of similarity: In this simple, Indian garment, 
each thread is bleached perfectly white before 
it is re-dyed for the shawl ; so, we also, before 
we become a part of the church, must be 
"washed and made white in the blood of the 
Lamb," that he present it to Himself, a glo- 
rious church, not having spot or wrinkle, nor 
any such thing: but it should be "holy and 
without blemish." 

Such, and only such, shall compose that 
glorious throng of the Heavenly Jerusalem, 
that have "washed their robes and made them 
white in the blood of the . Lamb." O, that 
precious atoning blood! Who and will 
refuse to wash in it, and cleanse their earthly 
sin-defiled garments? Who would fail to 
wear that righteous robe? Who would ap- 
pear without having on the wedding garment? 

Here we see many unbleached garments; 
many professing to wear the new garment, 
when behold! they are clothed with none oth- 
er save the old garb of nature. There may 
be a few patches put on the old garment but 
the rent is only worse. Christ is our only 
perfect pattern. Would we be true Chris- 
tians, put HIM on and wear him on earth 
and Ave will be LIKE HIM IX HEAYEX. 
Greenland, W. Va. 

"Blessed are the dead which die in the L9rd." 

,~ — tz. — ' — i ~ — ~ — ' — i 1 

SWOPkl. — Near Harrisonburg, Va , June 19, our agfd 
and esteemed friend, Piter Swope, aged 66 years and 
1G days. Funeral services by D. Huatwo'e and the 
writer, from Isa. 55: 5. S. T. Sakgbb. 

WALKER.— In the Brothers' Valley congregation, 
Somerset Co., Pa., June 15, sifter Man - Ann Knepper 
Walker, aged '■)', years and G days. 
Sister Walker leaves a husband, seven children and 
a great many relatives to mourn their loss. She was a 
very pious and exemplary woman: ever manifested gen- 
tleness and kindness to r.ll around. "Loved in life, 
and mourned in death." Funeral occasion improved by 
the Brethren, from John 11: '■)'>, to a crowded house. 

S. F. Riemax. 

FACKLEPi. — In the Pigeon Liver church, Steuben Co , 
Ind., June 10, Bro. Jacob Fackler, aged 70 years, 9 
months and 4 days. He was a deacon, and faithful to 
his calling. Leaves a widow and four children to 
mourn the loss of a kind husband and father. Funer- 
al by the writer, fiom Rev. '22: 14. 

ALLERHOUSE — In the English Prairie church, La 
Grange Co., Ind., June 19, Rebecca Allerhousc, aged 
53 years, G months and 14 days. Funeral by the 
writer and Peter Long, from Ps. 10:1: 14. 1">. 

M. C. Shotts. 

HARBAUGH.— In Pine Creek church, St. Joseph Co., 

Ind., March 31, sister Sarah A. Harbaugb, aged CO 
years, 9 months and 9 days. Disease, palsy. 
She was baptized 34 years ago, in the An'.ietaui 
church, Franklin Co., Pa. Was a very exemplary mem- 
ber; though dead, yet speakelh. She leaves a husband, 
four sons and two daughters to mourn the loss of a 
Christian mother. May the sorrow-stricken family pre- 
pare to meet mother in heaven. Funeral sei vices by the 
writer, assisted by the Brethren. 

Jacob Hildbbbbabd. 

STOVER.— In the West Branch .hureh, Ogle Co., III., 
June 11, Bro. John Stover. 
He was born Nov. 27, 1795, and was, consequently, 
at the time of his death. 87 year?, 6 months and 18 da\s 
old. He had lived a life of faith, and died in full hope. 
Funeral services by Ekl. Joshua Shnltz, of Iowa. 

VINCENT— In Mt. Carroll, 111., June 25, 1883, Sarah 
Ann Vincent, aged 57 years, 8 months and 20 days. 
Funeral services in the Brethren's meeting-house, 
from John 11: 25-26. She was very kind and affection- 
ate to her husband and family, yet, like many other.-, la- 
mented on her death-bed her neglect to follow the Savior 
in all things, but still felt resigned to the mercies of 
GoJ. J. J. Emmfrt. 

LEEDENBURG.— In the Clover Creek church, June 23, 
Sister Esther, wife of Bro. Henry Leedenburg, aged 57 
year-, G months and 13 days. Disease, dropsy. 

Funeral services by elders D. M. Holsineer in En- 
glish and Jacob Miller in German. The subject of this 
notice suffered a long time, but she bore it very patiently. 
She leaves a kind husband and s>: children, seveial 
grandchildren and a large circle of friends to mourn their 
loss which we have reason t<5 believe is her eternal gain. 

T. B. Maddoc ks. 

SAGER —Near Daylon, Va.. May 22, Bio. Abr. Bager, 
Aged 71 years. 3 months and 16 days. Funeral servic- 
es by Eld. Samuel Garber, from Heb. 4: 9. 



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July 10, 188JS. 

The Quinter and McCoimell debate is out 
of print. 

The Family Companion will be about ten 
days late this month. 

Bro. Eshelman makes a good point against 
the Infidel this week. 

The Brethren in Denmark are arranging to 

build another meeting-house. 

When sending in church news, do not for- 
get to give the name of the State. 

Before writing church news, read the mot- 
to at the head of that department. 

Five lately united with the church at In- 
dian Creek, near Harleysville, Pa. 

The Marriage Notices were crowded out 
this week. That department will appear in the 
next issue. 

Bro. John Zuck, of Clarence, Iowa, reports 
one applicant for baptism, crops encouraging, 
and health good. 

A cyclone passed over portions of New 
York last week, killing nine persons, and 
wounding others. 

J. J. Emmert, of Mt. Carrol], 111., was the 
first one to send us a letter in which the Gos- 
pel Messenger is mentioned. 

Bro. C. C. Boot, of Missouri, reports an ex- 
cellent opening at Martinsville, Mo., for the 
Brethren and missionary work. 

Our readers woidd be pleased to hear from 
Bro. Enoch Eby. We have heard but little 
of his travels since the Annual Meeting. 

Bro. N. C. Nielson and family, and Bro. 
Hope's little brother are now on their way to 
America. We expect them here in a few days. 

Bro. Jas. Y. Heckler reports a wonderful 
growing season in Pennsylvania this Summer, 
but considerable malarial fever, caused by ex- 
cessive dampness. 

An outline of the temple at Jerusalem, 
traced on glass, has been found in the Cata- 
combs at Rome. 

Bro. Eshelman is taking an extensive trip 
through Southern Kansas, thinking of going 
as far west as Garden City. 

Bro. David Brower is still at work in Wash- 
ington Territory. • He reports five additions to 
the church and good meetings. 

This week Bro. B. E. Moomaw asks the 
members not to expect too much of the re- 
visers in regard to the Revised Minutes. 

Bro. Allen Ives, who is now in Washington 
Territory, expects to return to his home at 
Burr Oak, Kansas, about the first of August. 

When writing for publication please do 
not write on both sides of the paper, and al- 
ways leave one inch blank at the top of each 

We hope our friends everywhere will make 
special efforts to increase our list. If possi- 
ble, get the paper into every family in the 

We learn that Eld. Jacob D. Trostle of 
Maryland, has sold his farm, and will soon 
come West to look up a new location. We 
presume that he has an eye on Kansas. 

Some one at Mt. Etna, Iowa, has mailed us 
an envelope containing a Postal Order of 
$1.75, and fails to give either his name, or the 
least hint in regard to what the money is for. 

Bro. J. N. Barnhart, of Walkerton, Ind., 
has returned home from the Eureka Springs, 
not very much improved, however, as the 
weather was not favorable while he was there. 

This week Bro. S. M. Goughnour tells of 
his travels in California and Oregon, but 
does not say one word about how he likes the 
country, etc. Perhaps he forgot that part. 

Bro. Jas. Y. Heckler writes that nearly all 
the members of the Philadelphia church will 
remain loyal to the Brotherhood. He says 
less than a half dozen will go with the Pro- 

Bro. Jacob A. Murray, of Waterloo, Iowa, 
is now devoting all his time to preaching. 
The Brethren in northern Iowa and Minnesota 
have concluded to keep him in the mission 
field at least one year. 

Bro. G. Myers and wife, of Monticello, Ind., 
spent a few days with us last week. Sister 
Myers is a sister to Bro. Amick's wife. They 
had spent some days visiting relatives near 
Nora, before they came here. 

Bro. E. A. Orr reports a good Sunday- 
school in the Brethren's meeting-house near 
Plattsburg, Mo. He says the teachers have 
taken up a regular course of reading, prepar- 
ing themselves for the work. He further says 
he will return to Mt. Morris in the Fall, ac- 
companied by a number of others, who will 
attend the school here. 

We are a little late this week, and it will 
be a few weeks before we will be fully on 
time. Our large and constantly increasing 
list makes much extra work in the mailing 

Bro. J. C. Johnson reports the church in 
peace at Meyersdale, Pa. The church there 
recently elected Wash. Lowery to the minis- 
try, and Solomon Knepper and Herman Stahl 
to the deaconship. 

Eld. Henry Cassel of the Mingo congre- 
gation, Montgomery Co., Pa., died the 28th 
of June. He had a stroke of the palsy a short 
time before his death. His age was 68 years, 11 
months, and 17 days. 

Bro. Henry Bacon, of Le Sueur Co., Minn., 
has been elected to the ministry. He was 
baptized about two years ago. All his fami- 
ly are members. He was formerly an elder 
in the Advent church. 

TuEFamily Companion, the cream of Amer- 
ican papers, will be sent from now to the end 
of the year for 25cts. Stamps will do. Do 
not fail to subscribe at once. Address: J. H. 
Moore, Mt. Morris, Ogle Co., 111. 

There are but twenty-six members in the 
Round Mountain church, Arkansas. They 
are struggling hard to raise means to build a 
meeting-house, and need some help. Read 
their call elsewhere in this issue. 

In the Moravian church when a church- 
building is burned, a collection is forthwith 
taken by all congregations in aid of their af- 
flicted brethren. This is the kind of chari- 
ty that will always make the world better. 

When good does come from an unexpected 
source, it begets a feeling of gratitude that 
is never to be forgotten. That feeling is 
most admirably portrayed this week in the 
touching poem, entitled, "Over the Hill from 
the Poor-House." 

The Helping Hands for June is on our ta- 
ble. It has been somewhat improved, and 
now presents an attractive appearance. The 
illustrations are touching. If you have not 
yet seen this interesting journal, send to Da- 
vid Emmert, Huntingdon, Pa., for sample 

While reading Bro. Wm. M. Lyon's ar- 
ticle on "Christian Life Illustrated," we could 
not help thinking that while weaving our 
characters, we look on one side, and the peo- 
ple on the other. As a rule we look on the 
wrong side, and seldom pass in front of our 
work so as to see ourselves as others see us. 

A scheme is now on foot to dredge that 
part of the Red Sea crossed by the children 
of Israel, hoping to find the chariots and 
war implements of Pharaoh and his army. 
Over one hundred thousand dollars has been 
raised for that purpose. It is reasonably 
certain that Pharaoh's body has been found 
in a cave in Egypt, and now if his war imple- 
ments can be recovered, the infidels may feel 
still more puzzled. 



Bro. R. K. Berkeybile writes that one 
more lately united with the Poplar Ridge 
church, Defiance Co., O., the last day of June. 
He also stated that their elder died at 8 A. M. 
the same day. 

In answer to a correspondent we state that 
we know of but one member living in Florida; 
he may be addressed, W. B. Woodard, Mana- 
tee, Manatee Co., Fla. We have one minister 
living in or near Madison, Morgan Co;, Ga. 
His name is Emanuel Heyser. 

ggTTHOSE who have been taking both pa- 
pers can either have their time on the Mes- 
senger extended six months, or donate the 
extra copy to a friend, named by them, the 
remainder of the year. Please inform us by 
card immediately what you want done. tf. 

In this issue Bro. Jacob Rife says: "We 
expect now to have the best paper that has 
ever been published in the church." We 
hope our readers will not expect too much of 
us in the start. We shall endeavor to bring 
out a good paper, but it will require a little 
time to get all parties fully adjusted to the 

Bro. D. M. Miller and wife, of Milledge- 
ville, 111., spent a few hours in our office week 
before last. Bro. Miller had just returned 
from his work in Minnesota where he had 
spent two weeks in Rice and Wynonia coun- 
ties. He was in company with Eld. Jacob A. 
. Murray, of Iowa. They had meetings every 
day, or nearly so; attended two Love-feasts, 
and saw many encouraging features in their 

Bro. S. H. Myers, of Timberville, Va., has 
just returned from quite an extended trip to 
Colorado. He went from the Annua] Meet- 
ing into the wilds of the West, and seems to 
have enjoyed his trip finely. He says he was 
from home 67 days, had good accommoda- 
tions, enjoyed good health, and was well 
pleased with the trip. He traveled over 
G000 miles, or nearly one-fourth the distance 
around the globe. 

Bro. Thomas D. Lyon is too much of a 
Christian to think hard of us for interpreting 
James 5 : 19, 20 differently from what he does 
this week. It is the soul of the one that is 
converted from the error of his way that is 
to be saved from death, not the soul of the 
one who is instrumental in securing the con- 
version. The multitude of sins covered are 
the sins of the converted man. Do not fail 
to read Bro. Lyon's explanation too. 

Some one at Emporia, Kan., sends us thir- 
ty three-cent stamps in an envelope, contain- 
ing not one single line of writing. We do 
not know who the stamps are from nor what 
to do with them. We can read most any- 
thing that is written, but a thing of this kind 
puzzles us. 

Teh Rescue is the title of a wide-awake 
monthly just started at Goshen, Ind., in the 
interest of moral and political reform, is op- 
posed to war, and promises to make it warm, 
even in this world, for the secret societies. 
If the Masons in Goshen will take the paper 
to see whether it tells the truth, and the rest 
of the people will subscribe to learn the se- 
crets of Masonry, the Rescue will doubtless 
become popular. Price only -50 cents per an- 

In his article this week, Bro. J. B. Lair is 
mistaken in regard to the late A. M. repeal- 
ing the mandatory act. The act referred to 
was modified but not repealed. The Annual 
Meeting did not decide that a copy of the 
Revised Minutes should be placed in the 
hands of every church in the Brotherhood. — 
It was decided that the Revised Minutes be 
published in pamphlet form and sold to all 
who want a copy. The work is not to be giv- 
en away. 

The Inter Ocean reports Hon. T. P. Singisu 
as saying: "The Mormons are more disloyal 
to this government than the most uncivilized 
race on the face of the earth. In their pro- 
cessions they treat with contempt the flag of 
our country. They permit the stars and 
stripes to drag in the dust, and the oath taken 
in the Endowment House is Avorse than dis- 
loyal; it is infamous, and every syllable of it 
is impregnated with death to the government 
of the United States. They have no more idea 
of the purity of a woman than you or I have 
of the wardrobe of an angel. They are utter- 
ly and hopelessly destitute of any of the finer 
feelings of mankind. Polygamy is the small- 
est feature of their institution. Perjury, hist, 
theft, bigotry, ignorance, and all that is terri- 
ble are the planks in their platform. 

The simple fact that other religious bodies 
have concluded to take upon themselves the 
name Brethren, will not long militate against 
our people, for we have borne that name so 
long that it is useless for others to attempt 
to make it appear that we are not entitled to 
the appellation. To assume a good name will 
not give success. People look for deeds. If 
a newly organized body desires to gain the 
confidence of the people by calling them- 
selves Brethren, they may deceive for a short 
time, but such a course cannot prove success- 
ful in the long run. 

The Illinois Legislature passed a good com- 
pulsory educational bill, which our people will 
doubtless sanction, yet those who serve as di- 
rectors will find it necessary to enforce the law 
contrary to our principles. The bill requires 
the schooling of children from eight to four- 
teen years ef age for not less than twelve 
weeks of each year, unless excused by the 
school directors or board of education of the 
proper county or city. Exceptions are made 
of children taught in private schools, or those 
physically incapable of confinement, or where 
no school is taught within two miles of the 
residence of such child or children. A fine 
of from $5 to 820 is imposed upon parents 
who refuse or neglect to comply with the law. 
Prosecutions occurring under the act must be 
instituted by boards of education or school- 
directors on their own volition, or upon re- 
quest of any tax-payer residing in such dis- 



The regular price for 

the Messenger from 

July 1st to the end of the year would be 75 

We need more Testaments in most of our 
meeting-houses. There ought to be several 
coarse print Testaments on the table. On 
many tables we find a large Bible, too heavy to 
hold in the hands with convenience, while the 
table is much too low to leave the book lay on 
it and read, but if there are a few large print 
Testaments on the table, it will be much more 
convenient for speakers who desire to fre- 
quently read quotations while preaching. 
Testaments of this kind may be purchased 
at most any town where there is a Bible Depos- 
itory, at a very small cost. 

cents, and some have been sending in that 
sum for the paper for that length of time. — 
But in order to double our list, if possible, 
and give the people a chance to test the mer- 
its of the Messenger, we last week announc- 
ed that we would send the paper from the 
time the money was received to the end of 
the year for 50cts. The great bulk of the 
names thus sent in, will reach lis near the 
last of July and first of August, so that, in 
reality, we will be sending the paper five 
months for 50cts. We do not expect to make 
anything directly out of this project, but we 
do it with a view of holding the most if not 
all of these new subscribers, for years. We 
hope our readers everywhere will push the 
good work, that we may see our list more 
than doubled within the next thirty days. We 
will send back numbers as long as we have 

In most of our meeting-houses, the speak- 
er's table and seat are so close together that 
there is hardly room to kneel with any de- 
gree of comfort. And when one gets up to 
speak there is barely room to stand with 
proper freedom and convenience. It seems 
to us that the speaker's table ought to be at 
least three feet from where the speakers sit. 
We suggest this for the following reasons: 

1. It will give plenty of room for the speak- 
ers to kneel. 

2. It will give the preacher plenty of stand- 
ing room while preaching, so he need not be 
uncomfortably wedged in between the table 
in front of him and the bench in the rear. 

3. When a speaker at the lower end of the 
table desires to speak, he will then have room 
to walk in front of the other speakers, to a 
point near the center of the house, where he 
can be heard much better. 

1. It would break our preachers of the very 
bad habit of leaning with their elbows on the 
table and their chin resting on their hands. — 
A sight of that kind, to a congregation is ri- 
diculous. They ought to be taught to sit up 
straight, like the rest of the congregation. — 
We think it would be a good idea to move the 
deacons' seat about three feet from the table 
also. Such an arrangement would make less 
stoop-shouldered people, and perhaps induce 
less sleep among the officials. J. h. m. 

False confidence fails in time of need. 




If, notwithstanding every appearance of 
truth, you suppose the testimony of the apos- 
tles to be false, inexplicable circumstances of 
glaring absurdity crowd up on you. You 
must suppose that twelve men, of mean birth, 
of no education, living in that humble station 
which placed ambitious views out of their 
reach and far from their thoughts, without an 
aid from the| State, formed the noblest 
scheme that ever entered into the mind of 
man, adopted the most daring means of ex- 
ecuting that scheme, and conducted it with 
such address as to conceal the imposture un- 
der the semblance of simplicity and virtue. 
You must suppose those men guilty of blas- 
phemy and falsehood, united in an attempt 
the best contrived, and which has, in fact, 
proved the most successful for making the 
world virtuous; that they formed this sin- 
gular enterprise without seeking any advan- 
tage to themselves, with an avowed contempt 
of honor and profit, and with the certain ex- 
pectation of scorn and persecution; that, al- 
though conscious of one another's villainy, 
none of them ever thought of providing for 
his own security by disclosing the fraud, but 
that amidst sufferings the most grievous to 
flesh and blood, they persevered in their con- 
spiracy to cheat the world into piety, honesty, 
and benevolence. Truly, they who can swal- 
low such suppositions have no title to object 
to miracles. — Hill. 



Guilt, and fear, and shame, sent .Adam 
under a tree. His understanding in some re- 
spects opened, and in others beclouded, he 
felt unprepared to meet God. Alienation of 
heart, blinding of the understanding, and a 
resistance of his will unfitted him for the 
state in which he had been, and put him in 
another state. But he knew God, and any ef- 
fort of his to believe that God is not, would 
have been futile. He knew God in creation 
and in providence. 

The latter-day unbeliever or infidel tries to 
console himself with the thought that there 
is no God who superintends the affairs of all 
his creatures. He attempts to put his under- 
standing, his feelings and affections further 
from God's providence than Adam. In this 
effort he seeks relief by appealing to the God 
of nature, forgetting that the God of nature 
is also the God of revelation. "Whom, there- 
fore, ye ignorantly worship, I declare unto 
you." Acts 17: 23. 

But let us look at the plea of the infidel. — 
He rejects the God of revelation, " because," 
says he, "he seems to be cruel in that he per- 
mitted his children to kill and utterly destroy 
other nations." It is this destructive attitude 
of God which beclouds his reason, and he 
turns for rest to the God of nature. 

Turning to the God of nature, we observe 
that this, the unbeliever's chosen field, is also 

full of trouble and vexation. The winds are 
not always peaceful and lamb-like. They 
sweep over the land, uprooting trees, demol- 
ishing buildings, slaying the people and caus- 
ing havoc wherever they go. The infidel has 
taken "high ground." He has chosen nature 
as his God, because he believes nature or 
sense is always peaceful, generous and bene- 
volent; but we see the very air he breathes is 
sometimes turbulent. 

Looking at the infidel's testimony from an- 
other angle, we see that electricity is not al- 
ways "kind" to the infidel. In a moment of 
time it may relieve him of his breath, and 
cause that noble, natural body of his, to sink 
helpless upon the earth. 

Again, the clouds may open, and send down 
their contents in great floods, so that his 
dwellings may be swept away, his cattle 
drowned; yea, even himself turned to dust. 
These are some of the works of nature, and 
he accepts these in his creed, forgetting that 
for destructive tendencies he rejects the God 
of revelation. He seems to love the laws of 
nature, though they, at times, carry terror 
and destruction in their paths. He rejects 
the God of the Bible, because He vindicates 
justice at times. You see, unbelief is gener- 
ally lame in one part, if not in both. 

While nature is God's own, it can never re- 
move from man the sense of guilt, and bring 
his affections into proper relations with the 
Divine Being. A thbxl volume, — the Bible — 
alone can do this, wherein the character of 
God, as respects morality and redemption, is 
revealed. Nature for the body; the Bible 
for the soul. As the body is subject to the 
storms and thunders and floods, so the soul 
of man is subject to the devices, allurements 
and destruction of Satan, and needs a model 
in the life and character of God's Son to save 
it. Trusting in him as the only-begotten 
son of God for us, and we have a hope that 
maketh not ashamed, — one that is founded 
upon nature, providence and revelation. 


Bro. M. J. McClure desires an explanation 
of James 5: 19, 20. In the different transla- 
tions it reads as follows: 

"My brethren, if any one among you wan- 
der from the truth, and some one turn him 
back:- Know you, that he who turns back a 
sinner from his path of error, will save his 
soul from death, and will cover a multitude 
of sins." — Wilson's Emphatic Diaglott 

"My brethren, if any of you shall err from 
the truth, and any one convert him; he must 
know that he who causeth a sinner to be con- 
verted from the error of his way, shall save 
his soul from death, and shall cover a multi- 
tude of sins." — Do nay Bible. 

As the text stands in the above versions, I 
understand the passage to be simply this: If 
one wanders from the truth, and is in danger 
of drifting entirely away to perdition, and 
one convert him (restore him), let hjm know 
(let the restorer know), that he will save his 

(own) soul from death, and will hide (cover) 

a multitude of sins (of his own). 

Thos. D. Lyon. 
Hudson, III. 

A Chicago clergyman told his wife, the 
other morning, that he must finish his ser- 
mon, and couldn't be interrupted. But a la- 
dy with an album succeeded, somehow, in 
getting by the sentinel, and presented her 
album for his autograph. He finally accom- 
modated her, together with a reference to his 
favorite text, Timothy 5:13. On getting 
home the lady looked up the reference. It 
was as follows : " And with all they learned 
to be idle, wandering about from house to 
house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and 
busybodies, speaking things they ought not." 

A drunken man came up to Kowland Hill 
and said, "I am one of your converts, Mr. 
Hill." "I dare say, you are," replied he, "but 
you are not one of the Lord's, or you would 
not be drunk." 

Two men stood under a tree at Bay St. 
Louis, La., last month, disputing over a small 
debt, when lightning killed them both. Mor- 
al: — men sho aid pay their debts, then they 
need not dispute about them. 

The spirit of the European age is looking 
toward the utilization of Palestine for busi- 
ness purposes and overturning the Holy Land 
in the interest of modern trade. 

The reason why we find so many dark 
places in the Bible is, for the most part, be- 
cause there are so many dark places in our 

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It recognizes the New Testament as the only infallible 
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And maintains that the sovereign, unmerited, unso- 
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That the vicarious sufferings and meritorious works of 
Christ are the only price of redemption : 

That Faith, Repentance and Baptism are conditions of 
pardon, and hence for the remission of sins: 

That Trine Immersion or dipping the candidate three 
times, face-forward, is Christian Baptism: 

That Feet- Washing, as taught in John 13, is a divine 
command to be observed in the church: 

That the Lord's Supper is a full meal, and in connec- . 
tion the Communion, should be taken in the even- 
ing, or after the close of the day : 

That the Salutation of the Holy Kiss, or Kiss of Chari- 
ty, is binding upon the followers of Christ: 

That War and Retaliation are contrary to the spirit 
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That a Non-Conformity to the world in dress, customs, 
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and Christian piety. 

It maintains that in public worship, or religious exer- 
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It also advocates the scriptural duty of anointing the 
sick with oil in the name of the Lord. 

In short, it is a vindicator of all that Christ and the 
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Home, homo! sweet, sweet home; there is no place like home, 

The Modern Fables. 

Many fables are as old as the days of 
iEsop, but here are two new stories of the 
kind: — 

A fox met a rabbit, and remarked, "See 
here, my friend, I am not to blame for being 
born into the world, and now that I am here, 
the world owes me a living. I am going to 
eat you." 

The rabbit protested, but in vain. The fox 
was picking his teeth of the last bit of meat, 
when the wolf came along, and remarked, "I 
think your logic very fine, Mr. Fox. The 
world also owes me a living, and I think I 
shall enjoy a dinner of fox." The fox tried 
to prove that the theory applied only to rab- 
bits, but he was knocked over and devoured. 

While the wolf was chuckling over his good 
luck, the lion suddenly appeared. "Why did 
you murder the fox?" asked the lion. "Be- 
cause the world owes me a living, and fox- 
meat was the only kind of provision handy. " 
"The point is well taken, and as wolf-meat 
is the only kind of provison handy for me, I 
shall dine on wolf." And he did. 

A fine fat pullet was roosting on the limb of 
a tree, safe from harm, when a fox approach- 
ed and saluted her, "Good evening, Miss Pul- 
let; I never saw you look better. Your figure, 
I think, is perfectly lovely." "Do you really 
think so ?" "Certainly I do, I'd give anything 
if I could wear my hair done up in French 
rolls and have it become me as it does you." 
"Dear me, but is that so ?" "Indeed it is. They 
were talking about you at the Branch," by the 
Big Oak, just now, and said how pretty you'd 
look walking in the moonlight." 

"Oh, la!" "Need I add that it occurred to 
me, aw, with your humble admirer, aw?" 

The vain pullet came down from her roost, 
and in about two seconds the fox was telling 
the night hawk how spring chicken, which 
had been so high all Summer, had suddenly 
come down within his means, "Flattery," 
remarked the old rooster, as he looked down 
at the few bones and feathers — "flattery" is 
the soft purr of a cat — the sweeter the purr, 
the longer the claws and the sharper the bite. 

— Golden Days. , 

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Strong Foundations. 

A story is told of Lepaux, a member of the 
French Directory, that with much thought and 
study he had invented a new religon, to be 
called "Theophilanthropy," a kind of organ- 
ized Bousseauism, and that, being disappoint- 
ed in its not being readily approved and 
adopted, he complained to Talleyrand of the 
difficulty he found in introducing it. 

"I am not surprised," said Talleyrand, "at 
the difficulty in your effort. It is no easy 
matter to introduce a new religon. But there 
is one thing I would advise you to do, and then 
perhaps, you might succeed." 

"What is it? what is it?" asked the other 
with eagerness. 

"It is this," said Talleyrand: "go and be cru- 
cified, and then be buried, and then rise again 
on the third day, and then go on working 
miracles, raising the dead, and healing all 
manner of diseases, and casting out devils, 
and then it is possible that you might acom- 
plish your end!" And tho philospher, crest- 
fallen and confounded, went away silent — tiel. 

What Is in Thine Hand? 

What is in thine hand, Shamgar? An ox- 
goad, with which I urge my lazy beasts. Use 
it for God, and Shamgar's ox-goad defeats the 
Philistines. What is in thine hand, David? 
My sling, with which I keep the wolves 
from the sheep. Yet with that sling he slew 
Goliath, whom an army dare not meet. What 
is in thine hand, disciple? Nothing but five 
barley loaves and two small fishes. Bring 
them to me — give them to God, and the mul- 
titude is fed. What is in thine hand, widow? 
Only two mites. Give them to God, and be- 
hold! the fame of your riches fills the world. 
What hast thou, weeping woman? An ala- 
baster box of ointment.. Give it to God; 
break it and pour it upon the Savior's head, 
and its sweet perfume is a fragrance to the 
church till now. What hast thou, Dorcas? 
My needle. Use it for God, and these coats 
and garments keep multiplying, and are cloth- 
ing the naked still. You are a manufacturer, 
or a merchant, or a mechanic, or a man of 
leisure, a lady of fortune, or a student, or a 
sewing-woman. God wants each of you to 
serve Him where you are. You have your 
business, use it for God. Order it in a godly 
manner. Do not allow any wickedness in it. 
Give goodly wages, preach Je3us to your 
clerks, not by a long face, but by being like 
Him — doing good. Use your profits for God, 
feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visit- 
ing the sick, comforting the wretched, spread- 
ing the Gospel far and wide. Use your 
wealth, which in your hand is as easily moved 
as the pen which gives your signature, to keep 
that family in their home and not to eject 

What a field you have to glorify God in, 
just where you are! If you have nothing, use 
your tools for Him. He can glorify himself 
with them as easily as He could with a shep- 
herd's stick, an ox-goad, a sling, or two mites. 
A poor girl avIio had nothing but a sewing- 
machine, used it to aid a feeble church. All 
her earnings above her needs were given to- 
ward building a house of worship, and in a 
year she had paid more than others a hundred 
times richer than she. So you can do if you 
will. Think of the widow with her two mites, 
the woman with the alabaster box, and Dorcas 
with her garments. You can do as much and 
have as great a reward. — Free Church Rec- 

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Reading- Aloud in the Family. 

Books and periodicals should be angels in 
every household. They are urns to bring us 
the golden fruit of thought and experience 
from other lands. As the fruits of the trees 
of the earth's soil are most enjoyed around 
the family board, so should those that grow 

upon mental and moral boughs be gathered 
around by the entire household. No home 
exercise could be more appropriate and 
pleasing, than for one member to read aloud 
for the benefit of all. If parents would intro- 
duce this exercise into their family, they 
would soon see the levity and giddiness that 
make up the conversation of too many circles, 
giving way to refinement and dignity. 

Hints On Speaking. 

1. Resist the temptation of circulating 
evil reports; spread them not at all. 

2. If you cannot speak well of another, at 
least do not speak ill of him. 

3. Never speak ill of another behind his 
back. Why should you consider his charac- 
ter of less value than your own? 

4. Speak of others as you would were they 
present; speak as a friend of him who is ab- 
sent, and cannot speak for himself. 

5. Consider yourself the guardian of the 
character of those who may be absent, as you 
would wish others to guard your character 
in your absence. 

6. W r henever it maybe needful to mention 
anything to the disadvantage of another, let 
it be done with truthfulness, tenderness and 
humility, and with the recollection of how 
much has been forgiven thee. 

7. Live as in God's sight, mindful of thy 
position as a child of God and as a servant of 
Jesus. Meditate on his Word: pray always. 
Then you will know when to open and when 
to close the lips; when to listen and how to 
behave if wrongfully accused. 


On the table by the turning-lathe lay a 
rough, gnarled knot of hard pine. "Utterly 
useless, except to burn," was the general ver- 
dict. Not so thought the turner. With keen 
eye and skillful fingers he "centered" the 
shapeless lump, turned up the set-screws, 
slipped on the belt, and had it spinning be- 
fore him. Then he laid a sharp chisel across 
the iron "rest," and moving it nearer and still 
nearer, chipped off the first rough protuber- 
ances, cutting more and more, until the whole 
outside was smooth and even. Another tool, 
smaller and held in a different position, cut 
out much of the inside, leaving a mere whirl- 
ing shell. Gentle touches with emery cloth 
and burnishers finished the task. The belt 
being thrown off and the shell removed, it 
appeared transformed into a beautiful vase, 
highly polished, and rich in unique veining. 

" There," said the turner, "that is my every- 
day lesson. No matter how rough-looking 
your material may be, don't call it useless 
until you have tried it. There is many a 
hard character, many a tough knot, which, 
under the right kind of turning, might be 
fashioned into a vessel fit for the Master's 
use. — SeL 

Teachers fail to derive pleasure from their 
work because they sink down to mere routine 
work. Others become disgusted because they 
wish to accomplish the impossible. Study 
your work, study your pupils; go intelligent- 
ly to work, and teaching will not fail to be a 
pleasant duty. 

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As cold water to a thirsty 'soul, so is good news from a far 

From John Metzsrer.— June 27. 

Dear Brethren: — 

Last S turday, the 23rd, at 1 P. M., I 
stepped on the train and started for "West 
Lebanon, Ind., lo attend some meetings. — 
Upon arrival, I found my son, John W. Metz- 
ger. Had three meetings; one was baptized. 
The Brethren at West Lebanon, have a place 
of worship, and ministering brethren, travel- 
ing over the Wabash, St. Louis & Pacific P. 
P., should stop with them, if possible, and 
hold a few meetings. As they live rather iso- 
lated from the Brotherhood, they only have 
meeting once a month. Remember them! 

Cerro Gordo, III. 

From pigeon River Chureh, Intl. 

Dear Brethren: — 

On the morning of the 19th of June, in 
company with Bro. Peter Shuitz, and Bro. 
Henry Bock, I attended the Communion 
meeting, in the Pigeon river district, twenty- 
four miles from where I live. The brethren 
gathered in from other districts; speakers, 
James Barton, John Brown, Thurston Miller, 
Jacob Gump, N. Shutt, Ellison and Staffer, 
were from other districts. Michael Schotts 
is the Elder. About sixty communed, had 
very good order; I hope many good impres- 
sions were made; brethren and sisters seemed 
very much revived. Levi Hostetter. 

From Primrose, Williams Co., O.— July 1. 

Dear Brethren: — 

I attended a council meeting June 30, 
at the Berkeybile meeting-house, about 30 
miles south-east of where I live. The coun- 
cil business began at 2 P. M. The principal 
business was to elect one to the ministry, and 
two to the deaconship. This church has suf- 
fered a serious loss in the ministry. They 
lost four of their speakers almost at one time. 
Bro. Horn going with the Progressives, Bro. 
Brumbaugh to the Old Orderites, Bro. Aaron 
Berkeybile, moving to the far West, and old 
Father Stutzman, their Elder, had a stroke 
of the palsy, so he is in his bed perfectly 
helpless, but thanks be to the Giver of all 
good, he has not lost his speech or his good 
mind, but his eye-sight is injured much. — 
The old brother was anointed by Eld. John 
Brown, of Bryan, Ohio, and myself. He 
seems very hopeful, strong in the faith, and 
prays God to grant him his speech and right 
use of his mind to the last. His children and 
brothers and sisters are very kind to him, and 
he truly appreciates their love toward him. — 
There were only two speakers left in thi3 
church, able to work, namely, David Berkey- 
bile and Perry McKimmy. The church keen- 
ly felt the need of more help, hence, had an 
election. The choice fell on Bro. William 
McKimmy, for minister, and John Reganole 
and George Hall, for deacons. These three 
brethren are all married and their compan- 

ions all are members. All three are under 
thirty years of age. Strong in body and I 
trust, also, strong in the faith. I think all 
are well gifted to fill their station. It was a 
heavy blow to Bro. McKimmy and wife. — 
May God help them, and give them grace to 
bear their cross. The crown will be obtained 
beyond the cross. They were all installed 
into their office, but one of the deacon's wives 
was not present at the council, hence could 
not be installed. Your unworthy servant did 
the instructing and installing, assisted by 
Bro. Brown. 

The church decided to have a Feast in 
September, the Saturday nearest the full 

Jacob Shaneoub. 

From Round Mountain Church, Ark. 

Dear Brethren:— 

We are moving along smothly. Health 
is good and a fair prospect for a good crop of 
corn; wheat is better than was expected. — 
There will be a very good crop of fruit. As 
working time is nearly over, Ave will soon 
commence our meeting house, as we have re- 
ceived some help from the Brotherhood. — 
As we have made no report through the 
Primitive, we now report through the Mes- 
sengee for the benefit of all, thanking each 
one for their kindness. As we still lack some 
means, we conclude to make another call, and 
if there are those who think it would be do- 
ing a charitable act to send a few dollars to 
this little church in Arkansas, their donations 
will be thankfully received. We would like 
to have at least one meeting-house in the 
State. We do not ask for thousands of dol- 
lars, but just a few dollars to help us out. — 
Only four or five hundred. If we could get 
that much we could make the rest ourselves. 
We will do all we can. We really need help, 
as we are all in limited circumstances. Now 
will you consider the matter and help us? — 
We have just twenty-six members. Send 
money by registered letter to Marshall En- 
nis, Maguire's Store, Washington Co., Ark., 
or by P. O. order to Fayetteville, Ark. 
A. J. Vermillion, 


The folloAving donations have been recceiv- 
ed for the meeting house. 

Ella Williams, Md $ 2 00 

Lottie Ketring, Pa 1 00 

A Sister, Col 30 

Joseph Grey, Mo 1 50 

A. Hutchison 40 00 

S. T. Bosserman, Samuel Bame, J. R. 

Spacht, Ohio 5 00 

John Metzger, 111 7 00 

Salimony Church, Ind 1 45 

S. M. Neher, Mo 1 00 

Eld. Jacob Witmore, Mo 8 35 

S. S. Mohler, Mo 4 70 

Leah Replogle, Pa 10 00 

Ella Shoonover, Ind 1 00 

E. Bosler, Kan 1 00 

E. R. Wimer, Ore 25 

Joseph Studebaker, Ohio 1 00 

James R, Gish, 111 10 00 

Elizabeth Eshelman, Anna Oaks, O . . 1 75 
Joel Click, Mo 1 00 

J. S. Snell, Ind 50 . 

Susan Ikenberry, Iowa 2 00 

Sarah Berkley, Iowa 1 00 

A Sister, per S. S. Mohler 50 

Collected at A. M., 1883 30 00 

Marshall Ennis. 

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From Farmer's Grove, Pa.,— June 21. 

Dear Brethren: — 

Our Love-feast in Farmer's Grove 
meeting-house, on the 13th and 14th, is now 
in the past. Though we were few in num- 
ber, we realized the promise; we felt that we 
had God, the Holy One, in our midst. Only 
our dear young brother, John Shoop, from 
the Aughwick church, and Edmund Book of] 
the Perry side of our church, for the work.— 
They felt their weakness for the task, and 
God gave them power; this is what makes 
good meetings. Hoping their labors may be 
abundantly blessed by a production of good 
fruits among us, and they themselves realize 
that is good to lean forever on the strong arm 
of the Lord. Mary Rohrer. 

From J. A. Murray.— July 4. 

Dear Brethren : — 

My last communication was written 
from Gay lord, Sibley Co., Minn., where 1 1 
closed my first series of meetings, on the 7th 
of June. From there I went to the town of 
Ottawa, Le Sueur Co., Minn., where I preach- 
ed each evening, until the 12th. On the even- 
ing of the 13th I preached in the Disciple 
church at Sharon. From here I went to Wa- 
terville, to attend the Love-feast. Here Bro. 
S. Obliger was the only minister. 

I was joyfully surprised to meet Brethren 
H. Strickler, of Grundy Co., Iowa, and Daniel 
M. Miller, from Lanark, 111.. Bro Strickler 
preached on the evening of the 15th at a 

On the morning of the 16th we wended our 
way to the farm of Bro. Bennet, where the 
brethren had erected a tent in which we held 
the Feast. The attendance was not as large 
as we are used to see in the older churches, 
but the interest seemed good. This branch 
of the church is scattered over a large terri- 
tory, the members living in three counties, 
which makes it very inconvenient for them 
to meet together for worship. The church 
having previously decided to elect one broth- 
er to the ministry, we proceeded to hear the 
voice of the members and the result was Bro. 
Henry Bacon was elected and duly installed 
into the ministry. The meeting passed off 
quite pleasantly. On Sunday evening we bid 
farewell to Bro. Strickler, while Bro. Miller 
and the writer remained to hold a few more 
meetings. We however closed on the evening 
of the 18th and on the morning of the 19th 
took the cars en route for Lewiston, Winona 
Co., Minn., where we arrived safely the same 
day. Commenced meeting on the evening of 
the 21st; also on the 22nd. On the 23rd was 
the time appointed to hold their Love-feast. 
Here we again enjoyed a Love-feast occasion, 
and continued evening meetings up to the 



26th. On the 27th we bid farewell to Bro. D. 
M. Miller, who returned to his home, but I re- 
mained and continued the meetings each even- 
ing. On the 29fch we went to the water and 
baptized one young sister who desired 
to forsake sin, and follow the Master in his 
footsteps. We still continued until the even- 
ing of the first of July, at which time we 
closed the meetings. From here, in company 
with Bro. C. F. Wirt, we came to Bro. Jacob 
Harshman's who lives about twenty miles 
from the brethren. We tried to gather a 
congregation on the evening of the 3rd, but 
failed on account of a heavy rain, which oc- 
curred about sis o'clock. It is raining this 

Omstcad Co., Minn. 

From Colorado.— June 18. 

From our late Annual Meeting, I came to 
Colorado, and have been visiting ov*er the 
country from Denver to Ft. Collins, on the 
plains, in the mountains, to Colorado Springs 
to Blackhawk and Central city, to James- 
town, and Estes Park, near the snow range, 
where we passed through snow five inches 
deep, the thirteenth day of June, more than 
-7000 feet above sea level. West of us are still 
higher mountains, where the snow is never 
known to melt. I was in company with Bro. 
Samuel Meyers, of Bockingham Co., Virgin- 
ia. We traveled together several days, look- 
ing on mountain sceneries with astonishment. 
There is not much land in the mountains that 
can be cultivated. The valleys that are wide 
and not too steep, are covered with grass and 
weeds, where cattle are kept Summer and 
Winter, without feeding. The plains are 
nearly all one quality of land, except a few 
alkali flats, generally along the streams. 
With that exception, the land is fertile, where 
it can be irrigated. It is not as dark in co - 
or as the land in the States further east, but 
will produce as much wheat, oats, and vegeta- 
bles as other countries, except corn. • The 
nights are too cold to produce large corn, al- 
though there are some large fields planted 
this year. Late potatoes do well ; early po- 
tatoes are apt to freeze. Anything that is 
easily frozen must be planted late. Fruit 
trees do not grow well here, there are a few 
bearing apple trees that have some apples 
on now, time will bring more knowledge how 
to cultivate fruit, and other things more suc- 
cessfully. The farming is not done as it might 
be. Farmers undertake to do too much 
where the season is so short. 

I am often asked the question, how I like 
the country. The best answer I can give is, 
Only tolerable. It is pleasant and said to be 
healthy. The wheat that is raised here is of 
the best quality, and makes the best of bread. 
Milk and butter are good. Meat is not as 
good as farther east. Pork is not much used 
and very few hogs are kept in Colorado. 
Beeves are not fed on grain, during the fore- 
part of the Summer. Much beef is shipped 
from the east, the latter part of the season. 
It is said beef gets very fat on the wild past- 
ure, which is a short fine grass, called buffalo 
grass, and is said to be very nutritious. 

. The weather is changeable; almost every 
morning clear. Often through the day the 
wind and clouds will raise, and about four or 
five o'clock, clouds can be seen at a distance, 
and thunder heard in different directions; 
the next morning all will be clear and calm 

In regard to health, I have not been here 
long enough to learn, only from information. 
It is said to be healthy ; yet I know people 
will take cold as readily here as anywhere, 
and if people are consumptive in the East, 
they need not come here to be cured. There 
are many proofs of that here; chills and fe- 
vers are also known, perhaps not so much as 
in some localities East. There are said to be 
about eighty members of our brethren and 
sisters here. Brethren J. S. Flory and Geo. 
Fessler are the Elders, and Joseph and Sam- 
uel Bashor, assistant ministers. They have 
a church-house built of stone, where they 
have meeting and Sabbath- school every Sun- 
day. The Church appears to be in union; 
love seems to flow freely. The Church's ap- 
pearance can easily be recognized as a branch 
of the general Brotherhood. I now close 
with my best thanks to the dear brethren and 
sisters and friends in Colorado. 

David Eupel. 

Not Off Yet. 

In No. 22, near the close of my fragmenta- 
ry autobiographical sketch, I noted my in- 
tention to spend some months with Dr. Rob- 
ert Walter, in Mountain Park Home. The 
intention of two months ago is no more than 
intention to-day, whether ever to be realized 
I am unable to predict. On my birthday — 
April 16 — I started for the "Park," but just 
as I was leaving my home I had a severe fall 
which dislocated my right thumb at the sec- 
ond joint, causing such intense suffering for 
a few days as to threaten lock-jaw. Perhaps 

It takes a long while to learn to know our- 
selves and others, and strange experiences 
are necessary to this end. An arm of flesh 
is not the safest repose, and we need rough 
shaking out of confidence in order to discov- 
er that what Ave call Brother is after all, or 
may be, only a bundle of self-interest. The 
Davids and Jonathans are "few and far be- 
tween," while those that "seek their own, and 
not the things that are Jesus Christ's," are 
in the majority. We must get into the spir- 
it of the wonderful exemplification recorded 
in 2 Cor. 12: 15. Then both cheeks are ready 
for the smiter, even if the blows come from 
brethren. The love that suffereth long and 
endureth all things is never self-generated. 
The highest development of the finest natur- 
al temper never attains it. It is the incarna- 
tion of very God, and a rare production it is 
in these days of mammon and self-worship. 
A good tobacco patch in some fertile little 
Eden meadow is with many an object of 
keener interest than qualifying some self-sac- 
rificing soul with the necessary mental train- 
ing to bear the message of salvation to the 
bestialized heathen, whether of our own oi 
another tongue. O what wrestling with God 

and self it requires to have such a concep- 
tion of truth, such an enshrining of the Eter- 
nal Love*, as to sustain us, and keep the heart 
pure, bright and sweet, when all human sym- 
pathy seems withdrawn, and the Crucified is 
disparaged, and his disciple disesteemed. — 
Then the reality of our loyalty to the cross 
is tested. C. H. Balsbaugh. 

From Kearney, Neb.— June 28. 

Dear Brethren : — 

Our Love-feast in the Wood River 
church was held, according to appointment, 
June 23 and 24. It was a feast of love in- 
deed. Quite a number of members from ad- 
joining congregations were present. Elder 
John Fitz, of Iowa, officiated. Elders John 
Snowberger, of York Co., Neb., and David 
Bechtelheimer, of Adams, were present and 
did some good preaching. S. M. Forney. 


We still like the country, and have no rea- 
son to regret our coming here. We have a 
fertile soil, and a good healthy climate. We 
have a country settling up very fast. We can 
stand on a hill and count twenty-five houses 
or shanties around us. Three months ago, 
not one could be seen. Bailroads and vil- 
lages are expected near us. We are located 
in McPherson Co., on the east side of Brown 
Co., which it joins. 

All the surveyed land is taken up, but 
there is plenty of unsurveyed land yet, on 
which immigrants can settle and wait until it 
is surveyed. Those who settle on unsurvey- 
ed lands, can file either on a homestead or 
pre-emption ninety days after it comes into 

We would like to see more brethren come 
in and help us to build up a church here. 
There are seven of us here now, and we ex- 
pect some more. We hav T e no organized 
church yet, but hope to organize this Fall. 
We have regular meetings every two weeks 
in our neighborhood, held in a tent on the 
premises of Bro. Wm. Horning. Bro. John 
McClane of Mt. Carroll, 111., is now among 
us looking at our land and we hope he will 
settle among us. Bro. B. Clemmer, too, has 
purchased a claim near Frederick and will be 
within reach of us. 

Crops look pretty well, but we have had a 
dry spell of nearly two weeks; though it 
looks black and threatens rain as we write. 
Vast quantities of land are broken up this 
year, and much cereal product'ons will be 
raised next year. We hear no one finding 
fault with the country anil all who come to 
live, are pleased with it. If brethren desire 
good, cheap homes let them come to Central 
Dakota. James Evans. 

Frederick, Broicn Co., Dal;. 

We all need less of the dispositon that 
looks downward, and is Bid, and more of that 
spirit which looks upward towards the sun- 
shine, and is "always rejoicing full of praise 

and thanksgiving. 



From Carson City, Micb.— June 22. 

Dear Brethren: — 

Our Communion of New Haven church, 
Mich., is past. It was truly an enjoyable 
Love-feast, to the greater part of us. The 
truth was held forth with power by brethren 
Bairigh, Fryfogle, Albaugh, Krabill and oth- 
ers. Deep and lasting impressions were made 
on some of the hearers. Upwards of a hun- 
dred and thirty members communed on the 
evening of the 16th, and on the 17th, upwards 
of seven hundred people assembled at the 
place of worship, the largest assembly ever 
known in this part of Michigan, on such an 
occasion. There were two additions by letter 
this Spring. We still feel to praise God for 
his mercies. 

The church and membership of Michigan 
are considerably scattered. A small body of 
members living in Mason Co., were, by the 
help of Eld. B. Berkeybile, organized into a 
sub-district, known as Sugar Bidge church, 
with Bro. Levi Dogue as only minister, he 
being in the second degree. Brethren Oliver 

Williams and Shulmyers were elected 

to the visit. This church numbers, in all, 
about fourteen members. This colony of 
Brethren wished to hold a Love-feast, so they 
wrote to Elder Chambers to be with them on 
June 23, for the purpose of assisting them, 
and to bring such other help as he saw prop- 
er. On the 22nd, Elder Chambers and the 
writer boarded the train at Fenwick Station, 
and wended our way to Eeed City; thence 
west to Custer, on the P. M. F. E. E., where 
we soon found our way to Bro. L. Dogue' s, 
wdiere the meeting was to be held. 

The brethren all seem to be in somewhat 
limited circumstances, but rich in faith, — 
nearly all earnest workers in the Master's 
cause. We had a very pleasant Love-feast 
with this little band of believers. This little 
body was also consulted in regard to advanc- 
ing Bro. Dogue to the full ministry, and all 
thought it was proper to do so. At the same 
time, they expressed themselves that it was 
necessary and advisable to hold a choice for 
a minister, which was attended to between 
the afternoon and evening services. The lot 
fell on William Eree. The installing and or- 
dination then took place, in the beginning of 
the evening services. Hope the Lord will 
give the grace to discharge their duties in 
their different offices. 

This little band of members ought to be 
remembered by the Brotherhood in their 
prayers and in the missionary department, 
for they need help. E. Bosserman. 

The Revised Minutes Again. 

be adopted as a whole, and in the interchange 
of views with the brethren associated with 
me, was perfectly willing, of my own accord, 
in many points, to make changes, and in many 
instances preferred the work of others to my 

It is true, that in some cases, I would have 
been glad to retain what the committee, in 
their combined wisdom, thought best to ex- 
punge, to which, however, I cheerfully sub- 
mitted, with the hope that under an overrul- 
ing Providence, it would be for the best. — 
But I must say that in my labor in impor- 
tant church work since my return home, I am 
impressed with the thought, that in some cas- 
es, we have abridged our work too much, 
and will probably offer some amendments be- 
fore the work is completed. 

So I can say, with my brother Bosenberg- 
er, that it does not suit me as it has gone to 
the press, and if I had now to do the work 
over, with the interchange of ideas while with 
the committee, I would make a good many al- 
terations, and doubtless all of us would do 
the same thing, and more, if we had to do it 
over from time to time, we would still make 
alterations and amendments, so we w r ould not 
be likely ever to get it to suit us in every re- 
spect; and if this was possible, it would cer- 
tainly not suit everybody else, with their pe- 
culiar views. 

And though it may not suit me in every re- 
spect, and nobody else would be altogether 
suited, yet it may (as a whole) be about the 
best that can be done, with all our human im- 
perfections, and as such it may suit our Di- 
vine Master, and under His Providence may 
meet the wants of the church, and prove a 
blessing to His cause. I therefore say, in the 
language of my brother Eosenberger, "Do 
not expect too much and do not ask too much, 
but let patience have its perfect work, and 
pray God for a blessing upon it." 

B. F. Moomaw. 

characterize the paper, its editors and con- 
tributors. In order that the Messenger be- 
comes successful, the editors will have to be 
careful what they publish, so that it will not 
m air th e title of the paper, or they will be held 
responsible. The success of the paper does 
not depend entirely upon the editors, but the 
contributors will have to bear a share of it, if 
there are any errors or mistakes. Hence, 
those that write for the paper should write 
such articles as will be of interest to the 
many readers, and conducive of good. Some- 
times our editors have to pass articles to the 
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to either party, while the contributor wishes 
his article to be published, the editor in his 
judgment thinks it not best to do so. Hence 
the carefulness on the part of the writer, that 
all his pieces be published. We expect now 
to have the best paper that has ever been 
published in the church, as we think the tal- 
ent of our ablest writers will be centered in 
one paper, from which we will get good read- 
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terest in the Messenger, and every family 
in the Brotherhood will take it and give the 
encouragement it needs. With this we wish 
the blessings of God to rest on its message 
of joy that it brings to its many readers. 

Jacob Eife. 

From Newry, Pa.— June 27. 


Dear Brethren: — 

Bro. I. J. Eosenberger's article in No. 
21, induces me to say something upon the 

When I was engaged in preparing my copy, 
I am sure that I was in solemn earnest, and 
prayed fervently for wisdom to guide me in 
its prosecution, and no doubt, other brethren 
did the same; and when I had got through, 
I can say truly that my own work did not 
suit me, and had no idea that my copy would 

In Volume 8, No. 25, of B. at W. we see 
the consolidation of the Primitive Christian 
and Brethren at Work, assuming the name 
The Gospel Messenger, — a work that we 
think will be approved of our general Broth- 
erhood, and we think it will still have a ten- 
dency to unite us together in the spirit of the 
Gospel, as it bears the name Gospel Messen- 
ger — one that bears tidings to its thousands. 
May they be peace and good news to every 
reader of its pages. In the first place, we 
think our brethren who owned those papers 
have done nobly in this matter, as considera- 
ble sacrifice had to be made. 

1. The giving up of the names of those pa- 
pers which had become dear to them, was a 
sacrifice indeed. To us these names were 
dear, as we have been a reader of both papers. 
We would have been satisfied if they could 
have retained the names of the former papers 
in the consolidation. 

2. We presume they made some pecuniary 
sacrifice. This Avould naturally follow, as a 
result. The paper starts out with its mes- 
sage of love and peace, which Ave hope will 

Dear Brethren:— 

The time appointed for our Love-feast 
was the 16th, and it is now among the things 
of the past. The attendance was not so 
large as at some of our former meetings. A 
very heavy rain came up, thus hindering 
some that otherwise would have been pres- 
ent. Notwithstanding, however, we had a 
good meeting. There were three received in- 
to the church by baptism, and one reclaimed. 
May they be faithful children of our heaven- 
ly Father. The ministerial force was, S. M. 

Cox, of Warrior's Mark; Bro. Hollin- 

ger, of Altoona; and H. B. Brumbaugh of 
Huntingdon. Brethren Cox and Hollinger 
remained only for the evening services. H. 
B. Brumbaugh preached on Sabbath fore- 
noon to a respectable congregation, on the 
beauty and importance of Christians endur- 
ing faithfully to the end. The sermon was 
evidently a good one and appreciated by all. 
Had meeting the same evening. 

Thus ended another Love-feast meeting in 
the Duncansville church. Dear brethren and 
sisters, truly our heavenly Father has been 
good towards us, which should cause us to be 
very humble, careful and faithful. May He 
help us to live to his honor and glory. 

David D. Sell. 

From Greenland, W. Va— June 25. 

Dear Brethren : — 

According to the request of my afflict- 
ed father, on Saturday night, June 23, at the 
writer's home, we had a Love-feast and Com- 
munion, and tried to observe all the ordin- 
ances of God's house. Though the number 



of communicants was but fourteen, yet in- 
deed we all felt that it was a season of great, 
spritual enjoyment. Surely, " Eternal wis- 
dom hath prepared a soul-reviving feast." 

Here father, mother, sisters, brother and 
others, near and dear, not only kindred in 
Christ, but in the flesh, could surround the 
Lord's table and enjoy the benefits of this 
heaven-born institution. Eld. D. B. Arnold 
administered, and, during the exercises, made 
some excellent remarks on the ordinances. — 
Eld. Wm. Michael and Bro. Charles Frantz, 
were prefent also. 

Father is still very poorly, and verily, it 
was a solemnly touching, yet soul-strengthen- 
ing season, to be permitted to enjoy these sa- 
cred blessings with those who seem to be very 
near the kingdom of ultimate glory — where 
all will be fulfilled with the King of kings, 
and Lord of lords, and all the sanctified and 
redeemed. Wm. M. Lyon. 

For the St. Louis Church. 

g^T'The following amounts have been re- 
ceived since our last report: 

Cerro Gordo church, 111., $110 75 

Z. Henricks, Polo, Log Creek church, 

Mo., * 2 00 

State Center church, Iowa, per A. H. 

Miller, 4 90 

Catharine Long, Boann, Ind., 50 

Sister Atwood, Boann, Ind., 10 

Mary Isenbarg, Silver Lake, Ind., ... 25 

A Sister, North Manchester, Ind., ... 1 00 

A Sister, North Manchester, Ind., ... 25 
Geo. Grossnickle, North Manchester, 

Ind., 1 00 

No Name, North Manchester, Ind., . . 50 

A Sister, North Manchester, Ind.,. .. 25 

Bro. Bowman, North Manch'tr, Ind., 50 

F. C. Myers, St. Louis, Mo., ........ 1 00 

Catharine Spahogle, Shirleysb'g, Pa., 1 00 

Some members, Woodland ch'ch, 111., 2 95 

David Meyer, Girard, 111., 10 00 

Phebe Brower, Mexico, Ind., 2 00 

Isaac Studebaker, Troy, Ohio, 25 00 

A Brother, Lanark, 111., 5 00 

Mary Buckingham and son Elias, 

Cerro Gordo, 111., 50 

John Bennett, Elbinsville, Pa., 1 00 

Levi Miller, Mexico, Ind., 10 00 

Sarah Metsker, Mexico, Jnd., sent by 

Sarepta Stonebarger, 1 00 

Miller & Amick, B. at W. office, Mt. 

Morris, 111., 11 00 

William B. Goodrick, West Lebanon, 

Ind., 50 

E. L. Holmestock, La Due, Mo., 5 00 

John Mftzger. 

From Garrison, Iowa,— July 1. 

Dear Brethren: — 

We were called upon to administer bap- 
tism to a sister in a very low state of 
health. We were made to feel that she just 
made her escape. Doubts were entertained 
by some as to whether she would endure it 
or not. Others said we will go to see her 
die. Thank the Lord, when she came out of 
the water she felt happy and made strong ap- 

peals to her comrades, saying, "O turn ye, 
turn ye, why will ye die?" May the Lord 
bless her, and grant grace sufficient for her 
days and the afflictions thereof. 

Stephen Johnson. 

On the Winy. 

As we are taking a flying visit tb rough the 
States of Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, 
we head our article "on the wing." We are 
trying to serve the Master by advocating the 
cause of education and religion. We find 
many warm friends of the former wherever 
we go, and deep interest in the latter wher- 
ever there are Brethren. What an advance 
we have made during the last four years, in 
the face of disappointments! One hour spent 
in the "Queen City" of the West is enough to 
convince us that it will soon surpass Carthage 
and "lofty Rome." We changed cars at Lo- 
gansport and had time for a ride around that 
thriving little city, before the train came to 
take us to Monticello. 

The farming country around Logansport 
is rich, the wheat heavy, and the corn and 
grass promising. The canal that formerly 
passed through this country, and bred fever 
and ague, has been filled up. 

We called on the board of health in the 
city, and were agreeably surprised at the sta- 
tistics showing this to be so healthy. The 
ditching through Indiana and Central Illi- 
nois during the last six years, has worked 

On Sunday, we tried several times to 
preach to the Monticello church, and attend- 
ed one live Sunday-school. The Elder of the 
church is Superintendent of the Suhday- 
•school. If he has to go ten or twelve miles 
away in the morning to preach, he is at his 
post in the afternoon to take charge of the 
Sunday-school and inspire it with his own 
zeal. It is one of the best country schools 
we have visited for some time and has the ad- 
vantage of efficient teachers. 

The church, too, is wide-awake, and has 
eleven places within its limits where meet- 
ings are held, and all the preachers ha"\e 
work each Sabbath. How much better that 
is than to have five or six preachers at one 
place and only three or four places of wor- 
ship in the district. Churches are like farms. 
Thin sowing and little labor brings scanty 
harvests and gives ample opportunity for the 
enemy to sow tares. The fruit of such labor 
in this church has been, ten baptized since 
February, and the church is in a growing 
condition. The members have all the liberty 
they could ask to serve God, and liberty to 
serve self, Satan or the world, a true Chris- 
tian does not want. 

Here we found an organization calling it- 
self "New Dunkards." Their leaders with- 
drew many years ago from the mother church 
because they wanted more liberty. From 
what we could learn, their church boundaries 
are extensive enough to give ample room for 
Congregationalists, Thurmanites, Leedyites, 
and Progressives. What a pity they did not 
discover this sooner and save the trouble of 
so many organizations, since it was discover- 

ed at the late Dayton Convention there was 
no need of so many organizations. 

S. Z. SnARP. 

From Elkhart, Iowa. 

Dear Brethren: — 
. I last wrote from Lathrop, California. 
Meeting in the evening. The next day visit- 
ed Stockton. Went home with Bro. H. Eby. 
With him, visited some members on the 
coast range, at a place called Altamont; one 
meeting. Back to Bro. Eby's, where we had 
two meetings. Then -again to Bro. J. P. 
Wolfe's. Meeting next day at East Union 
school-house; at night near Bro. Freder- 
ick's. On Monday, we left for San Francis- 
co. Stayed one night with Jonathan Myers, 
of Oakland. After spsnding t vo days in San 
Francisco, we boarded the steamer for Port- 
land, Oregon, where we arrived after sixty- 
four hours' ride. From there to Bro. M. M. 
Bashor's, and on to Albany, and to the house 
of Bro. Daniel Leedy, whom we found quite 
sick. Bro. Leedy we knew in our youthful 
days, when he was a young minister in Jeffer- 
son Co., Iowa. Here we also met Bro. Shani- 
berger, from Missouri, and with them enjoy- 
ed four meetings, after which I left lor Sa- 
lem. Home with Bro. D. Early. Next day 
had meeting near Bro. David Brower'e; 
also at night; then home with Bro. Brower's 
family. Sorry we could not see brother Da- 
vid, as he had gone on a preaching tour to 
Washington Ter. Next day, we turned our 
face homeward, Avhere we arrived June 29. 

We would like to say something about the 
kindness of our Brethren towards us, both 
in California and Oregon, but space forbids. 
My health was good, my trip I enjoyed, and 
am trying to be very thankful to the Lord 
for His preserving care over us all. 


From Majeniea, Intl.— June 25. 

Dear Brethren: — 

The old Salamonie church is in peace, 
so far as I know, — at least we have no serious 
trouble on hand, but there is not the warmth 
and zeal in the church, we would love to see. 
At our June church-meeting we had one ad- 
dition to the church by baptism. We also 
appointed a Love-feast for Sept. 12. We 
number between 250 and 300 members, have 
seven ministers and eight deacons. Brethren 
Samuel Murray and Daniel Shideler are our 
elders. We are painting and otherwise re- 
pairing our meeting-house this Summer. We 
have had a very wet season so far. Spring 
was very cool, and farmers were very late get- 
ting their crops in the ground. 

Health generally is good. This country 
formerly was in rather bad repute, on account 
of ague. We have a little of it yet, some- 
times; but I am safe in saying, we have not 
the tenth part of what we had fifteen or 
twenty years ago. Thorough draining will 
make things still better. 

A. H. Sxowberger. 

Signs of nobleness shine on all deservers. 




Henky Ward Beccher was 70 years old 
the »5th of June. 

De Lessei-s wants the Suez canal light- 
ed by electricity. 

Tiie uncomplete poition of the North- 
ern Pacific railroad is now only about one 
hundred miles- 

TnE honor of being the oldest English 
church in America is claimed by the old 
Friends Church, in Benton, Va. 

The people of Europe are as much af- 
fl'cted by storm and flood as we are. 
The disasters m Germany are fully as de- 
stiuctive of life and property as those along 
the Mississippi. 

John R. Shaker, of the Iowa Agricul- 
tural Bureau, hopes that Iowa will raise 
200,000,000 bushels of corn and 22,000, 
000 bushels of wheat this year, and the 
oats crop promises to be the largest known. 

The empire of Japan is more than 1250 
miles in length, and its breadth varies 
from 75 to 150 miles. The latest census 
gives the population as 36,358,994, of 
which 18,423,274 are males, and 17, 935, 
720 are females . 

The possibilities of Colorado as an agri- 
cultural State are shown by the fact that in 
twenty-three years the wheat acreage has 
increased from ten acres to 50,000. The 
large scale upon which irrigation h now 
being planned and carried out, will soon 
cause a very large increase in the acreage 
available for the ra'sing of wheat, as well 
as other cereals. 

Many circumstances go to show that 
Monnonism is not dead nor dying, but it is 
managed by statesmen. Its work in the 
South is thoroughly organized, with head- 
quarters at Chaltanooga It has presiding 
eldeis, or something like them, for the var- 
ious districts, and eighty-five preachers of 
the rank and file. It is claimed that they 
made three hundred and thirty baptisms 
during the last year in the South, princi- 
pally in Tennessee, Georgia and North 
Carolina. More than a hundred of their 
missionaries have sailed for Europe with- 
in the past few weeks. 



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at the house of Bro. J. K. Cripe, two miles 
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Sept. 15 and 16, at 10: 30 A. M., Coldwater 
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Kept. 15, at 2 P. M., Somerset church, Wabash 
Co., Ind. . 9 miles south of Wabash. 

Sept. 15 and 16, in the Crooked Creek church, 
six miles north east of Keota, Washington 
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Sept. 28th, at4P M., Bear Creek church, 
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Oct. 4th, at 10 o'clock, in the Clear Crook 

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Oct. 11th, inthe PinoCreok church, St. Joseph 

Co., Ind., threo miles north-west of Lapaz. 

Oct. 12, at 4 P. M., in Xellow Creek church 
Elkhart Co., Ind., seven miles south-west 
of Goshen, Ind 


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Iowa, Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Califor- 
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Montana, Nevada, and for Council Bluffs, 
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the Territories and the West. Also for Mil- 
waukee. Green Bay, Oshko6h, Sheboygan, 
Marquette, Fond du Lac, Watertown, Hough- 
ton, Neenah, Menasha, St. Paul, Minneapolis, 
Huron, Volga, Fargo, ' Bismark, Winona, La 
Crosse, Owatonna, and all points in Minnes- 
ota, Dakota, Wisconsin and the Northwest. 

At Council the Bluffs Trains of the Chicago 
and North-western and the UP. R'ys depart 
from and arrive at the same Union Depot. 

At Chicago, close connections are made 
with the Lake Shore, Michigan Central, Bal- 
timore & Ohio, Ft. Wayne and Pennsylvania, 
and Chicago & Grand Trunk R'ys, and the 
Kankakee and Pan Handle Routes. Close 
connection made at Junction Points. It is 
the only line running North-Western Dining- 
Cars, West or North-west of Chicago. PuU- 
man Sleei ers on all Night Trains. 

Insist upon Ticket Agents selling you tick- 
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to buy if they do not read over the Chicago 
and North-western Railway. 

{^~If you wish the Best Traveling Accom- 
modations, you will buy your Tickets by this 
route, and will take none other. 

All Ticket Agents sell Tickets by this line. 
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spel Messenger. 

"Set for the Defense of the Gospel." 

Vol. 21, Old Series. 

Ml Morris, 111., and Huntingdon, Pa., July 17, 1883. 

No. 28. 


H. B. BRUMBAUGH, Editor, 

And Business Manager of the Eastern House, Box 50, 

Huntingdon, Pa. 

Es^All monies due Quinter & Brumbaugh Bros., for "Prim- 
itive Christian" and "Young Disciple," Books. Hymn-books, 
Hymnals, etc., ordered before July 1st, must be paid to them, 
an! should be so directed. When money for the old and the 
nt-w firm is sent together, the amount for each firm should be 
naTicd. As we are especially anxious to have all business con- 
n 'Cted with the old firm settled, we kindly ask that all indebt- 
edness to us made prior to July 1st, be sent us as soon as pos- 
sible. Please attend to this and much oblige. 


Box 50, Huntingdon, Pa. 

Bro. J. E. Miller, a late graduate of the 
Normal, is booked as a teacher in the 
"Bridgewater, Va., Normal" for the coming 
year. "Jo" has our best wishes for success. 

On last Sunday, brother Quinter gave us a 
very interesting sermon on the soul retiring 
to, its rest. He told us how the soul may 
lose its rest, and also, how it may be regained. 

Bro. J. B. Wampler, of Blanco, Pa., in- 
forms us that at the regular church-meeting 
of the Cowanshannoc congregation, held 
June 24, four were added to the church by 

Eld. Emanuel Slifer, of Burkittsville, Md., 
says: "We are in the midst of haryest. The 
wheat crop is very fine, and the grass crop 
was very heavy, but much of it spoiled on ac- 
count of the wet weather." 

Bro. David Zook, of Bushnel], 111., says: 
"We see in your last paper that you and the 
B. at W. have consolidated your papers. 
We are taking both, but will donate my claim. 
If I get one good paper I will be satisfied." 
Accept thanks. How many more will do 

We were made sad to 'learn of the bereave- 
ment in the family of our brother B. C. Moo- 
maw, of Virginia. They buried their little 
son, eight months old, on the last day of June, 
and their little daughter, five years old, was 
dangerously ill with the scarlet fever. We 
extend to the family, our tender sympathies. 
May the Lord abundantly sustain them in 
■ this, the time of their affliction. . 

We have received an interesting letter 
from a Methodist minister who has been a 
reader of our paper for some time, and has al- 
so been a diligent searcher after the truth, 
as it is in Christ Jesus. He has organized a 
small body of believers who are in entire har- 
mony with the Brethren Church, and now 
writes to know how he and his followers may 
become fully identified with us. His case 
has been referred to the Mission Board and, 
we hope, will receive prompt attention. 

We had the pleasure of a call from Geo. 
N. Falkenstein, a former graduate of the 
Normal. Such calls are always appreciated 
and all feel like giving him a hearty welcome. 

Brethren S. N. McCann and John E. 
Keeny will spend several months in Somer- 
set and Bedford counties, this State. Their 
business is to make soft beds for the people, 
that they may sleep sweetly. We wish them 
success and hope that the buyers as well as 
the sellers may feel that they have been ben- 

Since our last, we have been informed of 
the death of sister Libbie Keim. As the 
fiower of the field we bud, we bloom and then 
pass away — but, no — not as the flower, to 
bloom no more — pass away only to bloom in 
a fairer and happier clime. The bereaved 
family will please accept the sympathies of 
the church and school of this place. 

On account of consolidation, changing of 
galleys, etc., our subscribers did not get their 
papers for several weeks, and as a result, we 
have a deluge of enquiries as to Avhat is wrong. 
While we are sorry for the disappointment, 
we are pleased to learn that the paper is so 
much missed and appreciated by our readers. 
A sister says: "We have preaching only once 
a month, so, when the P. C. does not come 
we feel lost, as we love it next to our Bible. 
I do not see how we could do without it." 
This is the substance of many letters lately 
received, and we rejoice to know that there is 
so much hungering after spiritual food. We 
hope by this time, all have received the new 
paper and are happy. 

The other day we had occasion to visit fa- 
ther-in-law, some eight miles out in the coun- 
try, and as it was in the midst of harvest, we 
concluded to walk out into the field and have 
a little practical experience. The day was 
very warm and the grain was on a hillside, 
where it was necessary to use the grain cra- 
dle instead of the reaper. We thought that 
Ave could still handle the machine, and at it 
we went, against the heavy, tall rye. For a 
little while it went very nicely, but soon a\ e 
concluded that our strength was not equal to 
the occasion, and laid aside the cradle lax 
hands more accustomed to that kind of labor. 
The crop, in this part of tho State is most ex- 
cellent and the farmers will be richly reward- 
ed for their labor. The wheat, rye, and bar- 
ley is heavily filled, oats is heavy in straw 
and promises well. The corn isy^t small, but 
has a good stand, and with favorable weather 
will give a good crop. 

If you Avish to deposit a little money in 
the Lord's Bank, send it to the Orphans' 
Home, at this place. All donations for this 
pu 1 pose most gratefully received. Direct to 
D. Emmert, Huntingdon, Ta. 

Bro. John BotorfF, of Nashville, Mich., un- 
der date of July 1st says: "We haA r e very wet 
weather here, and the highest waters over 
known. No hay made yet. Wheat promis- 
ing, corn small. The church is in union yet, 
but how long Ave know not." Keep the strife 
out and peace will continue. 

Erom present indications, we have reason 
to believe that the consolidation of our papers 
will meet Avith a A'ery general acceptance 
throughout the Brotherhood. Had the wis- 
dom of such a course been acted upon years 
ago, Ave would haA'e been, to-day a more unit- 
ed people. That our papers have moulded 
opinions, is a fact that none can deny, as the 
divisions that we have among us are largely 
the mouldings of our former recognized pa- 
pers. It is true, if all the papers had advo- 
cated the same principles such results would 
not have folloAved, but in that case there 
would have been no use for such papers, as 
the patronage of the whole church is not 
large enough to giA r e one paper a respectable 
support. It now remains to be seen whether 
the church will be disposed to stand by our 
Avork o£ consolidation, or whether it will 
again assist in duplicating our past follies. 

The Normal teachers are enjoying A'aca- 
tion. Bro. J. W. Swigart is at home, enjoy- 
ing the society of the young Prof., avIio, we 
are glad to say, is rapidly improving in his 
elocutionary poAvers. J. H. Brumbaugh is 
off, attending the Pemia. Educational Insti- 
tute. Bro. J. E. Saylor"is down in the East- 
ern part of the State at his home. As he i -> 
yet in single blessedness Ave shall not say 
what he is doing. Perhaps revieAving his 
Greek and Latin, and, perhaps, something 
else — Ave don't know. Bro. M. G. Brum- 
baugh has been boating in the Juniata 
and helping his father, like all good boys 
should do. Pro. Perry has gone Y\ i .1 
to see the Beerys. We all join in say- 
ing, success to Beery. Bro. D. Emmert and 
his wife intend to spend part of their vaca- 
tion among their friends in Marylan 
look after the wants of the homeh - 
friendless. Of course the "Orphan's H< 
Will not he forgotten. After a year of lifts • 1 
labor, we Avish them all a happy and r< 

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Study to E>how thyselt approved unto God. a workman that 

needeth not be ashamed, ri|*litly dividing the 

Word of Truth. 


Written for tlie New York Clipper, by J. Trescott EJdridge. 

[The portraiture drawn is that of a depraved "out- 
cast," a nymph dupave still young in years, but so old 
in sin, so cemplett ly fallen, that she is beyond all hope 
of salvation in this life, though tenaciously clinging to a 
hope hereafter. She'is one of that too fearfully large 
number that swell the population of the larger cities. 
Her prototype can be found on any night issuing from 
the dens of Water and Baxter streets, in the city of New 
York. Awakening from a state of delirium, she finds 
herself the inmate of a lower dungeon in a city station- 
house, into which she has been dragged during the 
night by a minion of the law, who had found her pros- 
trate upon the sidewalk, overcome by intoxication. In 
these sobered and reflective moments, she soliloquizes 
upon her fallen condition, reviewing the sad changes 
since she. the once accomplished, cultured, artless, lov- 
h\g and trusted maiden fell a victim to dissolute man.] 



An "outcast," the streets poor and friendless I roam, 

With no place on earth I may claim for a home; 

But driven from cellar to garret am I, 

Too wretched to live and too wicked to die. 

Oh, merciful God! what a life I have led, 

Bartering my body for a morsel of bread; 

I've no one to pity me, none to caress, 

No, not one in all this world's wide wilderness, 

The life I had pictured is not what it seemed — 

How sadly, how vainly, alas! I have dreamed — 

Too late to repent of the scenes that are past, 

Their sad, dread realities fathomed at last, 

Earth's future is hopeless, I cannot atone. 

My beauty has perished, my youth, it has flown. 

As once the hand-writing appeared on the wall, 

So stamped on my face is the tale of my fall. 

My God! when I think of the years now gone by 

And view the gay picture, in colors that I 

In youth's inexperience, painted so bright, 

Now dim, and so faded, seen in the light 

Of later days, robbed of his imag'ry vain, 

The fires of insanity burn in my brain. 

Sad, sad disappointment, my spirit has crushed, 

Soon my vain lamentings in death will be hushed, 

Soon, soDn, the grave's pillow my head will 

pre ss 3d : 
Oh, God! may I hope that I then shall find rest! 
My parents who reared me, aye, worse than in vain 
Long have mourned my wrecked life in anguish 

Deep drain I the wine-cup my sadness to drown, 
Then roam, sad and homeless, the streets of the town; 
My b auty and charms, they have long since been sold 
To wanton suppoiters for ill-gotten gold; 
In acts so depraved, so wicked and dread, 
I shamelessly traffb for rum and for bread. 
Oh, the years that have passed since when as a child, 
From virtue's bright path so blindly beguiled, 
Abandoned myself to a merciless fate, 
My God! when I think, (but, too late, ah, too late,) 
What "might have been" once, but can ne'er be aga ; n 
Sin's brand on my forehead must evei remain. 
And these to whose arts I have yielded a slave-, 
Not one of them now will stand over my grave, 
A mourner repentant, or sen-owing friend. 
Oh! foul, black ingratitude, this is the end; 
And women, my sisters, aloof ye all stand, 
Refusing an "outcast'' your sisterly hand; 
Oli! would I "contaminate" all who'd relieve 
The wants of a lost one, who lain would retrieve 
The sins of hf-.r past by a future more bright, 
Were one gleam of hope but revealed to my sight. 
A decade's not passed, when in the freshness of youth, 
Bright woven for me were the garlands of truth; 
Now withered and robbed of their virtuous green, 
The roses all faded and vice thorns only seen; 
In walks then, of innocence, daily I trod, 
All faithful in duty, my knee bent to God; 
These days of the present I could not foresee, 

My Future' seemed hopeful, as e'en it could be, 
Sad day when the tempter my pathway did cross. 
Who robbed me of virtue, then mocked at my loss. 
Forth, forth from parents, home, all I departed, 
The "one more unfortunate,'' rash; broken-hearted; 
I'd tasted the vice cup, its wine had seemed sweet, 
Madly determined the sad sequel I'd meet, 
Gay, graceful in figure, with beauty of face, 
Most charming in accent, seeming all love and grace, 
Untried child of nature, unpracticed in art, 
Blind passion, false judgment ruling my heart; 
'Twas done, I had fallen, I would not relent. 
My future hereafter in shame should be spent. 
Thus, oh! was my destiny fated te be? 
My God! can this wandering outcast be me? 
Oh! maiden so fair, lend thine ear to my warning, 
Hold fast to thy virtue, while yet in life's morning; 
Lest stealeth upon thee blackness of night, 
When groping like me, thou findest no light. 
Beware of the tempter, whatever his guise, 
To his arts and his smiles close thine innocent eyes; 
Oh! heed not his voice, 'Us a siren's to charm, 
To lure thee to ruin. It meancth hut harm. 
His snares so seducive are woven to call 
The bird to his meshes, thence down to its fall. 
Be faithful in duty, to virtue and self, 
Not vain of thy beauty, nor greedy of pelf, 
Be virtue thy handmaid, thy chosen desire, 
She'll guide thee aright, and shield from the mire, 
The pit-falls of woman, everywhere spread, 
To swell with the living the lists of the dead. 
And you, heartless man, to bright virtue so blind, 
To frail, loving woman, so worse than unkind, 
Who seeketh by baseness, reduced to an art, 
To drag her to hell, by the way of her heart; 
Be to her as to thy sister thou'd'st be, 
Or to the young daughter that climbs on thy knee; 
Be true to thyself, and to her, thy fond wife, 
Who gilds with her virtues thy story of life. 
I've spoken too long, and perchance said too much, 
Yet, oh! if my story can only but touch 
The heart of another one, templed like me, 
All pain and all effort rewarded will be. 
The cold winlry winds chill my thinly clad form, 
Ah, now I remember, I swooned in the storm, 
Then dragged here with violence into th's cell. 
By prowling night watchmen, with souls fit for hell, 
Who thrust me in darkness down, down on the clay, 
To weep and to curse, and to shiver till clay, 
My mind in confusion, now roves at wiff; 
Back, back, then, foul fiends, why tempt ye me stilly 
My hours upon earth are numbered, I feel- 
Down, pressing my neck, is the monster man's heel, 
Strangling out life, life so hated and cursed, 
Oh! welcome the grave, when my corse shall be hearsed. 
No stone shall e'er mark my last resting-place, 
No priest shall pray o'er it, the grace of disgrace. 
My God! oh! my God! to lhee only I look, 
Blot, then, from remembrance out of Thy book 
All record against the poor penitent, she 
Who, dying, at last looketh up unto Thee, 
Take me home, pard'ning Savior, there to be blest, 
Where "wicked cease troubling, and weary find rest." 



Theee has not been any one subject in an- 
cient or modern times that is subject to as 
much controversy as that of baptism. Learn- 
ed men find different meanings in the word 
used to express this ordinance. This fact 
has led to utter bewilderment to many hon- 
est searchers for the path that Christ and 
his immediate followers trod. There are 
many modes of baptism, among which are 
single sprinkling, pouring and immersion, 
and a trine sprinkling, pouring and immer- 
sion. Some baptize bj r the forward, and oth- 
ers by the backward dip. Some will make 
the first dip in a bowing posture, the second 
dip by forming a cross by rising and extend- 

ing the arms, and the third clip is a backward 
one. Thus we can readily see that there are 
many ways of administering this sacrament. 
We could not come to the conclusion that all 
these modes are taught in the New Testament. 
We have here ten ways of observing this or- 
dinance. Nine of the ten are inevitably 
wrong, should one of them prove to be right. 
Christ set the example for every Scriptural 
mode; Christ was baptized one Avay only. — 
He evidently baptized by the same mode by 
which he was baptized, hence only one mode. 
Paul tells his Ephesian brethren that there 
is "one Lord, one faith, one baptism." There 
was not one mode for the Jew, one for the 
Gentile, another for the Pharisee or Saddu- 
cee. They were all brought into covenant re- 
lations with the Trinity by "one baptism." 

Every mode but one, should the true one 
still be in existence, is the invention of men 
or of ecclesiastical bodies. It would not be 
safe to trust to "the traditions of men" as 
we would then be making "the command- 
ments of God of none effect." God has 
commanded us to be baptized, but he does 
not say anywhere whether we shall be sprink- 
led^) poured(?)or immersed, either by a 
single or a trine action; but he employed 
faithful men to record the words of our Sav- 
ior and the apostles, and Ave contend that they 
have given us enough evidence of some mode 
that would be safe. This mode we should be 
free to accept and observe willingly, as the 
faith Christ demanded of us will surely* 
prompt us to so do.' 

Our minds should be free from prejudice, 
and open to honest investigation; quick to be- 
lieve the truth, and loth to accept error. I 
will ask the reader to take a walk with me 
through the Holy Bible, and Ave will see, be- 
fore we get through, whether there is not a 
particular mode taught in the Scriptures, 
without expressing it in so many words. 

We learn nothing from John's baptism, on- 
ly that he Avas at Jordan because there Avas 
much water there. Hence, Ave might infer 
that it Avas an ordinance that required much 
water. We also notice in John's baptism, re- 
garding Christ's baptism that Avhen he was 
baptized, he came up straightAvay out of the 
water. We next come to the baptism of the 
eunuch; here we learn that he and Philip 
came to a- certain water, both went down into 
the water. Philip baptized the eunuch; both 
came up out of the Avater; Philip was caught 
up by the Spirit. ■ 

Here Ave learn, from AAdiat we have already 
read, that the way or method of administer- 
ing this rite was such as to require much wa- 
ter. They were obliged to go down into the 
Avater, baptize the applicant, then come up 
out of the water. Now, Avhichever mode re- 
quires this, is the true, Scriptural mode. 

No doubt but the readers of this article 
have seen all the modes herein expressed, ob- 
seiwed. Now we would earnestly ask you to 
reflect for a moment, and see which of these 
modes requires the most Avater; Avhich neces- 
sarily compels you to enter the water in or- 
der to be baptized. This is enough to teach 
which mode should be observed. The com- 
ing up out of the Avater does not have much 



bearing on the subject, as it is in consequence 
of the "going down into the water," only 
where the baptism of Christ is recorded, it 
does not say he went down into the water, 
but "he came straightway up out of the wa- 
ter," which proves that he went down into 
the water. 

This seems to be the method used to bap- 
tize those who believed. Some of the ad- 
ministrators and applicants follow their ex- 
amples to the present day, while others, to 
say the least, deviate in this respect. 

Paul refers to baptism as a burial or plant- 
ing. To be sure, we do not rely upon the lit- 
eral meaning of the terms "buried" and 
"planted," any more than their spiritual mean- 
ing. Paul was speaking to baptized believ- 
ers, who had their sins remitted upon the ap- 
plication of Christ's blood to their hearts in 
the act of baptism. He was speaking to a 
people who did not bury their dead, and they 
undoubtedly understood what Paul meant by 
the terms burial and planting. 

Then we find that even in the apostolic 
days, some were mistaken in the design of 
Christian baptism. Peter solves the mystery 
by saying, "The like figure whereunto even 
baptism doth also now save us; not the put- 
ting away the filth of the flesh, but the an- 
swer of a good conscience toward God by 
the resurrection of Jesus Christ." By this 
explanation of the design of baptism, we see, 
the members to whom this epistle was writ- 
ten, mistook baptism for a washing or cleans- 
ing of the natural body. Probably this no- 
tion was conceived from the fact that it had 
been referred to as a washing of regenera- 
tion, washing of water by the Word, etc., re- 
peatedly by the apostles, and the manner of 
its observance. 

Now then, we will again ask the reader to 
consider which of the modes enumerated 
most resembles a washing or cleansing. Is 
it the sprinkling or pouring of water upon 
the person, or the immersing of the candi- 
date in the water, that most resembles the 

I am confident the reader has already de- 
cided which mode is the proper one, but we 
shall notice a few objections made against 
the "one baptism" theory. We are told that 
the preposition info, as recorded in Acts 8: 
38, sometimes means near, by or at. Harvey 
says that the preposition "into" should al- 
ways follow a verb denoting entrance. He 
went, or walked into the garden; he put his 
pen into his pocket. The phrase near by, af, 
or to does not convey the same meaning that 
"into" does in any sentence whatever. The 
preposition to should be corrected by placing 
"into" in its stead in many expressions, such 
| as, went to Cincinnati, went down to Troas, 

It is claimed that the word baptize has 
both a primary and a secondary meaning, 
hence, we cannot confine them alone to the 
primary; thus they have a baptism that will 
answer as well as immersion. We would 
kindly remark that God has no secondary 
laws, nor worshippers; except it be they who 
have exalted themselves or those that repre- 
sent the goats in the final separation of the 

good from the wicked; here we have the sec- 
ondary only. 

We should make our wills of secondary im- 
portance and the service of God of primary 
importance. Christ plainly teaches this in 
his command to Peter to follow him, but Pe- 
ter would turn and bury his father, whereup- 
on Christ says, "Let the dead b*ry the dead." 
We might give many examples, such as ac- 
cepting the secondary meaning of "drink" in 
the Communion of the body and blood of 
Christ. No one would think of this notion 
for a moment. To be sure, we find the word 
"sprinkle" in the New Testament and many 
times in the Old Testament. The places 
where it occurs in the New Testament have 
reference to the places where it is mentioned 
in the Old, and never refer to Christian bap- 

We are told by able scholars that the words 
sprinkle, pour and baptize do not come from 
the same root or primitive word. The words 
"sprinkle" and "pour" are translated from 
the original Greek words raniizo and echeo 
respectively, while "baptize" is but a slight 
change from the original. 

Then again, we could not possibly accept 
the secondary meaning in the ordinance of 
baptism, because we cannot substitute either 
sprinkle or pour for baptize. Should baptize 
include the words sprinkle and pour as sec- 
ondary definitions, they would necessarily be 
crowded off the list in administering the rite 
of baptism. If they are included, they can 
be used interchangeably with baptize itself. • 

Let the reader imagine himself an admin- 
istrator with an applicant for baptism and 
use the words that correspond with baptize, 
in meaning, and it will not require a thorough 
investigation to find which is the "one bap- 
tism" or only true mode. 



Doubtless" many will regret to lose the fa- 
miliar name to which they became so accus- 
tomed, and which reminded us all that we 
were brethren and workers together in the 
great field of Christian duty to which we are 
called; still we shall have little cause of re- 
gret, if indeed a Gospel message comes to i:s 
week after week, laden with the precious 
gems of truth, making us richer in the knowl- 
edge of divine things, and cheering our 
hearts, with which the Gospel is so replet \ 

Let the new paper be, then, a faithful ex- 
ponent of the Gospel of God's grace and love 
to men. Let it teach sinners the way of life 
and salvation. Let it give no uncertain 
sound, but tell men what they must do to be 
saved. Let no part of the counsel of God 
be shunned, "but let it declare it all as God 
has made it known. Let its pages teach tiie 
whole truth and nothing but the truth. True, 
neither the editors, nor the correspondents are 
inspired or infallible, therefore we expect to 
read statements sometimes, that to our minds 
are not according to the oracles of God. 
But when this is the case, we can exercise for- 
bearance, inasmuch as Ave ourselves may write 
, what other brethren disapprove of. 

Let us not boil over with indignation if we 
find a sentiment or an article that does not 
suit us, but read it as the honest conviction 
of a brother who Lives the truth as well as 
ourselves, and let us never forget the golden 
rule, "Do to other.-; etc." 

Wo want a GrOBPEL MeSSENGEB to tell OS 
about the success of the Gospel, Jesus com- 
manded to be preached to every creature 1 . 
We want a paper to teach us our duty in 
making known the love of Christ to all; the 
unsearchable riches, and fullness of Christ. 
We want a paper whose pages will sparkle 
with the rays of heavenly truth, teaching 
saints and sinners, co-operation with the Spir- 
it in convincing the world- of sin, righteous- 
ness and a judgment to come. 

We are in the last days of this dispensa- 
tion. The -faithful servant gives meat in due 
season. He adapts his teaching to the days 
in which he lives. By the chart of prophecy 
he finds that we are approaching a period of 
unprecedented tribulation to be followed or 
accompanied by the resurrection of the dead 
in Christ. As a faithful servant he imparts 
this knowledge and thus creates watchfulness 
on the part of the household of faith. True, 
he is no false alarmist, like the boy in the fa- 
ble, who cried wolf so often that no one be- 
lieved him when the wolf really came. What 
the faithful servant is to the household, let 
the G. M. be to its, we trust, thousands of 
readers. Let it speak out boldly in sin, 
righteousness, and a judgment to come. 
Let not the day of the Lord overtake its read- 
ers unawares, but by its faithful warnings 
prepare us all for the great future. 

Let it take a firm stand for the simplicity 
of the Gospel. Let no spurious, flesh-pleas- 
ing, progressive tendencies find any quarter 
iii its pages. Let it stand firmly on the Gos- 
pel which teaches separation from the world, 
and preserves a peculiar people in the world, 
but not of it. 

Lastly let it offer no irrational opposition to 
any means that do good, that- dissipate ignor- 
ance and superstition. Let not the church 
become an enemy to education of the highest 
order. The Gospel is not opposed to mental 
culture but rather sanctifies, directs,ancl uses 
it for Christ's sake. When we advocate and 
and glory in ignorance, we are advocating 
what would remand us back to the dark ages, 
when the Bible was almost unknown and 
men were almost savage. We are thankful 
that the Gospel will save us withoutcducation, 
but when it sanctifies and wins to itself an 
educated man, he becomes an instrument of 
good. Let us throw Gospel influences and 
restraints around the whole moral intellectu- 
al and physical life of. maD, and thus we 
shall serve our generatio 1 by the will of 


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"I wu.ii therefore that men pi ay everywhere, lifting 
up holy bunds without wiat i antl i i uhtirg." 1 Tim. 2:8. 

We discover, in the preceding part of the 
chapter, that Paul, by virtue of his apostolic 
authority, delivers the precept of the text, so 



that prayer becomes a duty as well as a priv- 
ilege. This not only has reference to the 
professed disciples of our Lord, but k> all 
men everywhere — every rational creature. — 
All are equalty dependent upon God. Unin- 
structed by the Holy Spirit, a man in vigor- 
ous health and comfortable circumstances 
may not be conscious of dependence, and 
may be slow to believe it, but we will venture 
the simple statement that if God, in the be- 
neficent operation of his natural laws, and 
special providences, should, for a moment of 
time, withdraw himself from you, the light 
of life in the beaming eye would be quench- 
ed forever and the towering form would grov- 
el in the dust. 

God is the infinite and inexhaustible Source 
of all life and blessing — "the Giver of every 
gool and perfect gift." "We look upon the 
splendid array of shining orbs in the mid- 
night sky; it is but the golden fringe of the 
garment of his glory; it is but the overflow of 
his fullness, the spray that flies from the bil- 
lows of the boundless sea of life. 

And this little world, with all its wealth 
and beauty, is only a speck — an atom of dust 
floating in the illimitable sea of ether. But 
God's resources — his wealth, his ability, is 
not greater than his bounty; for while all 
these things were created for his pleasure, 
they are also for the benefit and comfort of 
his creatures. We see, then, the necessity 
and beauty of prayer. 

God has an absolute right to dictate his 
own terms aud conditions, and although he is 
fully acquainted with all our wants, even be- 
fore we ask, yet by his own wise arrangement, 
we must ask before we have the promise of 
receiving, or some one must ask for us. In 
all natural phenomena, there is a universal 
law of cause and effect, and the relation be- 
tween the antecedent and consequent is, in 
every case, fixed and unalterable. The same 
law obtains in spiritual things and applies to 
prayer: "Ask, and ye shall receive; seek, and 
ye shall find." 

There is nothing more definite or more ab- 
solutely certain. Unless we are brought to 
the point of asking for a benefit by a sense of 
need, we are not in a proper condition to re- 
ceive and appreciate it. Intensify the sense 
of need, and we a«e not only impelled to ask, 
but to "seek." We may lightly ask for any- 
thing, but to seek, implies strong desire, deep 
earnestness, and a diligent, persevering appli- 
cation of the proper means to the desired 

We come, now, to the second and most im- 
portant condition of receiving, namely, strong, 
intelligent, unwavering faith. Our Lord said 
to his disciples and to us, "What things soev- 
er ye desire when ye pray, believe that ye re- 
ceive them and ye shall have them." How 
can we believe that we receive them unless we 
have the testimony of our consciousness? I 
answer, consciousness has nothing to do with 
it. The unwavering Word can alone be the 
basis o!: an unwavering faith. A faith which 
depends upon the feelings is not faith at all. 
To believe that we receive Avhat things soever 
we prop illy ask, is a matter of the will. We 
can determine to believe, even against the ev- 

idence of our senses, and we can stubbornly 
refuse to doubt, relying upon the immutabil- 
ity of God's Word. 

He has said, "ask, and ye shall receive. If 
that is not enough, you may find special 
promises, which suit the varied circumstanc- 
es of every possible case. God cannot lie, 
but if we refuse to believe his Word, we make 
him a liar, and he will not honor those who 
dishonor him. His Word is always fulfilled 
in the very broadest scope, and fullest meas- 
ure of its proper meaning. 

Unbelief, afraid to venture where it cannot 
see, — afraid to expect large and seemingly 
impossible things, limits the promise of God 
to the very narrowest meaning, or robs it of 
meaning altogether. True faith seizes upon 
the broadest significance and looks upon ev- 
ery shadow of meaning as of the utmost im- 
portance, of which every jot and tittle shall 
receive definite fulfillment. The rivers may 
flow back to their sources, the green grass 
and the floAvers may refuse to Come forth at 
the falling of vernal showers; rocks and 
mountains may crumble to dust; the sun for- 
get his course; heaven and earth pass away, 
but God's Word cannot pass away or fail of 
its eternal purpose. 

Faith, then, resting upon such solid ground, 
ripens into constant and joyous expectation. 

Here, perhaps, is a point of almost univer- 
sal failure. We are told to watch as well as 
pray, but I have heard Christians speak of 
having forgotten certain petitions, until the 
definite and unmistakable answer brought 
them again to remembrance. Expectation, 
instead of being moulded by faith, is oftener 
moulded by unbelief, as illustrated by the sto- 
ry of the woman who prayed for the removal 
of the high hill which stood before her door. 
So much is this the case, that, as some one 
has well said, if God should want to astonish 
people, all he would have to do,- would be to 
instantly grant their requests. 

Expectation of failure, or absence of ex- 
pectation altogether, is the melancholy and 
miserable fault of vast numbers of people 
who pray. Not until this gives way to a prop- 
er and reasonable confidence in God's Word, 
and reliance upon it, followed by a constant 
and unwavering expectation of the blessing 
for which we have asked, will there be any- 
thing like full and satisfactory results. 

Again, we must ask according to his reveal- 
ed will, for James tells us that if we ask ac- 
cording to his will, he will hear us; and if he 
hears us, we know that we have the petition 
which we have desired. This is explained by 
our Savior, when he says, "If ye abide in me, 
and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what 
ye will, and it shall be done unto you." No- 
tice, it is hot a changeable condition, but an 
abiding, a resting in him; his Word, his law, 
his precepts, his commandments, his prom- 
ises, written upon the heart. His thought 
becoming our thought, his life our life, his 
spirit our spirit, his ways our ways; — "God 
manifest in the flesh." This is the mystery 
of godliness; the key to all the infinite treas- 
ures of providence and grace, the door which 
opens to full blessedness and salvation, here 
and hereafter. 

We must wait upon the Lord and not be 
discouraged if we do not always receive a 
speedy answer to our prayers. It is often 
the Divine policy to cultivate the patience, 
and try the faith. His purpose is formed at 
the very moment of the petition, yet for the 
reason mentioned, he will often bear long 
with his clamoring children. God is never 
in a hurry. Haste would be unseemly in him. 
Yet he is never too slow,nor too late. There 
is a sublimity of leisure in all his operations. 
Infinite resources, and eternal ages are before 
him for the accomplishment of his purposes. 

There are many, however, who excuse their 
unbelief on the ground of God's delay. Be- 
cause they do not receive their petition to- 
day or to-morrow, because they have waited 
a week, a month, or a year, they readily yield 
to the temptation of unbelief, or altogether 
give up in despair. 

Delay is no excuse for unbelief. It is the 
unwavering faith that conquers. See, Abra- 
ham waiting twenty-five years for the prom- 
ised heir, and Moses forty for the deliverance 
of his people, and yet forty more for Canaan. 

O, there is a divinity about that faith which 
laughs at impossibilties, and which refuses 
to be discouraged by the flight of time. The 
gates of hell may conspire to shut it up in 
prison walls, but its song of triumph will 
shake the foundations and open the iron 
doors. Kindle about it the flames of mar- 
tyrdom; they shall become a fiery chariot for 
heavenly ascension. Above every obstacle 
and difficulty, — the cruel agonies of fiery per- 
secutions, — the vague and shadowy horrors 
of death and the grave, it rises in eternal tri- 

Patriarchs and prophets waited for ages 
for the promised Messiah. The church has 
been waiting through other ages for its final 
victory and the coming of the Kingdom. — 
Our Savior himself, perfect in faith, perfect 
in every respect, has been waiting for centu- 
ries for the answer to some of his prayers. — 
He is now. represented as sitting on the right 
hand of the Majesty on High, "expecting till 
his enemies be made his footstool." Is he 
discouraged, is he tempted to despair by the 
lapse of ages and the long delay ? Never.— 
Full well he counts upon the eternal and im- 
mutable Word. Though fools and infidels 
boast of the failure of his mission, he knows 
that the time is surely coming and close at 
hand, when all the kingdoms of the world 
shall be his;— that glorious time, when the 
banner of peace shall wave over every land, 
and the melody of joy shall be wafted upon 
every breeze. 

We are come again to the season of har- 
vest. The sowing of the last Autumn has ri- 
pened for the sickle. For those who sowed 
sparingly, there is a small harvest; for those' 
who scattered liberally; there is a bountiful 
ingathering. While we see this law of pro-, 
portion, there is another law of dispropor- 
tion; for the sowing of one seed in good soil 
produces fifteen, twenty, thirty. : This life is 
the seed-time for the harvest of eternity, and 
prayer is an important, essential part of the 
work of sowing. For those who sow sparing- 
ly, there will be a limited harvest; for those 



who sow liberally, constantly, there will be a 
large ingathering. 

And we find the other law of disproportion, 
or increase, for God will give to his children 
"far more abundantly above that they are 
able to ask or even to think." "Only believe." 
"Have faith in God." The rich soil of his 
promises will indeed produce the "hundred- 
fold" and there can be no failure. 

Pray without ceasing, in secret, around the 
family altar, — at public worship, — "in season 
and out of season." Spend the days of a long 
life in earnest, humble, believing prayer, and 
not a word of it shall fail or be forgotten. — 
There shall be first-fruits of your harvest in 
this life, but the ripe and golden grain shall 
mostly be found upon the fields of eternity. 

You are agonizing for the perfect victory 
over the world, the flesh, and the devil. Oth- 
ers have agonized for that victory, and now 
as they repose under the overshadowing of 
cherubic wings, will there ever be an ending 
of that harvest of joy? You are praying for 
the salvation of your friends, or perhaps your 
children, — that wayward son or those worldly 
daughters. Others, in the ages past, have 
wrestled for the same dear objects, and now 
that they are gathered together, an insepara- 
ble family, under the shadow of the Tree of 
Life, or in the gorgeous halls of the golden 
mansions, or fly in fiery chariots over the 
fields of glory, will there ever be an ending 
of that harvest of joy unspeakable? Never, 
while the "Crystal River flows from beneath 
the eternal rocks, — while the Tree of Life 
brings forth its fruit, and bears its leaves for 
the healing of the nations, — while the bright 
domes of the Golden City are lifted into the 
light of that sun which never sets, — while 
endless ages roll round their infinite cycles — 
while the eternal Throne remains unshaken 
and unmoved, never! never! never! O, let 
the child of God make it his constant em- 
ployment, and let the unconverted learn the 
heavenly art. 



A gentleman in Pononia, California, by 
the name of B. F. Crabb, writes in the 
Weekly Witness how he quit selling tobacco. 
This is what he has to say to the public: 

"Stopping in at one of my neighbor's to- 
day to evade a shower, I heard the good bro- 
ther read from the 'Home Department,' a re- 
quest by 'D. D.,' asking some one to give his 
opinion on professors of religion selling to- 
bacco. He should have said Christians, for 
professors of religion, I fear, often do a great 
many things that Christians cannot. I was a 
clerk for a number of years in different cities 
and towns, and always, where they had dry 
goods and groceries connected; and for some 
time before I quit the business I was troubled 
as to whether a Christian could sell tobacco 
and remain a Christian having the light of 
God's truth. Every one would say 'It's an 
evil, filthy habit.' Then Bible truths present- 
ed themselves in these words (1. Thess. v. 22), 
abstain from all appearance of evil,' also (2. 
Cor. 7., 1). 'Having therefore these prom- 
ises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves 

from all filthiness of the flesh and spirt, per- 
fecting holiness in the fear of God.' The dev- 
il would suggest, 'You don't use it, it's no 
harm to sell it.' I told a Christian brother 
about my convictions, 'Oh,' he said 'people 
will have it; you might just as well sell it as 
anyone.' I just said, 'people will have whis- 
key, but I won't sell it.' This passage seem- 
ed to ring in my ears, (Rom. 4. 1), 'What 
shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin 
that grace may abound? God forbid.' And I 
said, 'By the help of God I'll never sell it 
again in any shape or form,' and I never have 
from that hour. I was living in Parsons, 
Kansas, at the time, getting $55 per month, 
and did not know what to turn to, for every 
store in the city that had dry goods, had gro- 
ceries at that time, and groceries meant tobac- 
co. The proprietor excused me from selling 
tobacco. I stayed two weeks, but found it 
very unpleasant, being called upon to sell, es- 
pecially while some of the clerks were at 
their meals, so I quit. I have even refused 
to buy it for others who wished to send for it 
by me, while I stopped in the country for a 
short time. I suffered financial loss, lived 
close, and the Lord tried me wonderfully on 
that point, for I refused places in the stores 
where it was sold, when I felt needy; 'but 
thanks be to God which giveth us the victory 
through our Lord Jesus Christ.' Since then 
the Lord has blessed me wonderfully finan- 
cially and spiritually. With the light I have, 
I could not sell tobacco without backsliding 
and bringing condemnation to my soul. Nei- 
ther can any other man who has, as I had, 
the light of God's truth; and if any who read 
these lines have not that light he had better 
get it. 'The entrance of Thy words giveth 
light.' 'Know ye not that ye are the temple 
of God, and that the spirit of God dwelleth 
in you? If any man defile the temple of God, 
him shall God destroy, for the temple of God 
is holy, which temple ye are.' ( 1 Cor 3., 16 
17). Which is the greater evil, to sell whis- 
key or drink it? Or to sell tobacco, smoke, or 
chew it? 'For he that biddeth him God speed 
is partaker of his evil deeds." 

This Christian brother certainly speaks the 
truth, and doubtless, the sentiments of many 
who may chance to read this article. He 
speaks my mind on the subject, exactly. 
Having myself been an inveterate user of the 
vile stuff from my early youth, until the last 
few years, I am fully acquainted with the 
many evils arising from the use of it. For 
five years, I, too, helped to sell the filth to 
chewers, smokers and snuffers. 

I have never yet met one, (even those who 
positively declare they relish it,) that seemed 
anxious to advise others to use it, but all 
rather feel to condemn the use of it, even in 
themselves. Ah! this is Satan's Egypt, in 
which he enslaves his millions of people an- 
nually. How did I ever quit using it? I 
simply quit buying it, begging it, and respect- 
fully declining all free offerings of chews and 
cigars. Besides, sticking to such a resolu- 
tion, and every time the hunger for it comes 
over you, if you will concentrate your 
thoughts on God in solemn prayer, by so do- 
ing, in a few weeks the battle will be won. — 

This is the way I did, and thanks be to 
God, [ am a free man once more in this re- 
spect. Brethren, think on these things pray- 
erfully, and allow yourselves to be admonish- 
ed in the language of the Savior, "Go, and 
do thou likewise," even as this Californian 
did, so do ye 



How often do we see people fail to keep 
cool! They let their excitable passions get 
the upper hand of their good common sense, 
and sometimes to such an extent that they 
will rush headlong to their own destruction, 
as well as others. Let a building get on fire, 
or a similar accident occur, and in almost ev- 
ery instance they Avill rush about in a frantic 
manner, even trampling their fellow-men un- 
der foot. How nruch better if every one 
would keep cool, and use a little forethought. 
Valuable lives and useful property could oft- 
en be saved thereby. How often, even in 
deliberate bodies of professed Christians, do 
we see this excitement manifested, and often 
language is made use of, which the speaker 
would gladly recall, but can only make some 
apologies for the words spoken. If they had 
only used a little more forethought they 
would not have uttered them. But they are 
gone, and often prove injurious to the cause 
as well as their own souls. 

How calm and deliberate the holy men of 
old were, such as Moses' and Samuel with 
many others. With all their trials and dif- 
ficulty we see them cool-headed and using 
great discretion, seldom showing any signs of 
excitement. Our Savior leaves us the best 
example; he says: "Blessed are the meek, etc." 
And though they reviled him, he reviled not 
again. In all his trials and dealings with 
mankind we see him cool and calm, strictly 
living out his Father's will. Imbibing his 
Word into our souls, will greatly assist us in 
overcoming this difficulty, as well as many 
others, and will fit and qualify us for that 
great day, for he says his words shall judge 
every one at the last day. 

South English, Iowa. 

There is in our day a marvelous idolatry 
of talent; it is a strange and grievous thing to 
see how men bow down before genius and 
success. Let us draw the distinction sharp 
and firm between these two things; goodness 
is one thing, talent is another. When once 
the idolatry of talent enters the church, then 
farewell to spirituality. When men ask their 
teachers, not for that which will make them 
more humble and God-like, but for the ex- 
citement of an intellectual banquet, then fare- 
well to Christian progress. — F. II'. Robert- 

— i^ i —i 

A good man in England once adopted the 
rule of trying to make one person happy ev- 
ery day. This is a very good rule. Every 
one of us might adopt it and practice it— 
Then we should make three hundred and six- 
ty-five persons happy every year. In ten 
years, there would be three thousand six hun- 
dred and fifty persons made happy by each 
one of us. And if this oue were multiplied 
by hundreds and thousands, what streams of 
happiness would be flowing everywhere! — ■ 
How much good could be done in this sim- 
ple way! 





I am the the ncsurrsction and the life. John 11 : £5, — 
The above sentence was spoken by Christ, 
to Maririia, when troubled and weeping, con- 
cerning the death of her brother. It is short, 
bnt not so readily understood by all of God's 
children, at the time when Jesus spoke 
the words to Martha. The church at Corinth 
did net comprehend the meaning of it. — 
Many of them- did not believe in a resurrec- 
tion at all, for they could not understand how 
a man when he dieth can live again. And 
hence many in all ages have denied the res- 
urrection of the dead, and still thousands are 
doing it in our time, and among them some 
that profess to believe in Christ as the Sav- 
ior of mankind. I am convinced that the 
cause of this trouble arises from the fact that 
not all Paul-like strive "that they may know 
him, and the power of his resurrection, and 
the fellowship of his sufferings, being made 
conformable unto his death." But Paul learn- 
ed this power by being dead unto sin, with 
Christ, and to be crucified with Christ to the 
world, and the world to him, and he giveth 
his reason for it thus: "If by any means I 
might attain unto the resurrection of the 
dead." Philpp. 3: 10, 11. Paul, with all 
other true believers in Christ, did not only 
believe that Christ is the resurrection and the 
life, but was assured of the fact that "if the 
same spirit that raised up Christ from the 
dead, dwelleth in us, will also raise up pur 
mortal bodies." And we look for the Savior, 
the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall change our 
vile body that it may be fashioned like unto 
his glorious body, according to the working 
whereby he is able to subdue all things unto 
himself. Philpp. 2: 20, 21. For the Al- 
mighty Father gave his Son the power to 
lay down his life, and to take it again. And 
he gave him power also, to raise all the dead; 
not only bring their spirits forth (as some 
have it) but the body, that part we lay in the 
grave, will he call forth with his voice. A 
mighty shalang of dry bones will take place 
when the last trump of God shall sound, O, 
that will be a glorious time, when God through 
the power of his son will bring together again 
the bones of all the Israel of God, and put 
again the breath of life in them. Thus saith 
the Lord God: "Behold, O my people, I will 
open your graves, and cause you to come up 
out of your graves', and bring you into the 
land of Israel. And ye shall know ihat I am 
the Lord, when I have opened your graves, 

my people, and brought you up out of 
your graves." Ezek. 37: 12, 13. 

Tkis is the Lord's doing, men may disbe- 
lieve and deny it, but cannot hinder it. He 
will do it so sudden and so complete that 
there will be no lack of our perfection both 
in body and mind. "For then shall I know as 

1 am known. 1 Ccr. 13: 12. "For we shall be 
like him, and shall see him as he is." 1 Jno. 
3. Jo]) looked for this, — the prophets and 

Tor this glorious resurrection, and I, 
with my believing brethren look for it. Oh 
may it soon come that this mortal can put on 

immortality, and death be swallowed up in 
victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. — 
Then shall the kingdom that Daniel saw be 
given to the saints of the Most High, and 
shall possess it for ever and ever. May we 
all be possessers is my prayer. 
Abilene, Kan. 



After a sweeping storm has passed over 
the land and has done its work of destruction, 
we find some smooth and fine-looking trees 
prostrated upon the ground, such as have 
been standing the test of storms in former 
days, and great surprise is expressed that 
they would snap asunder so easily by the 
storm. But upon examination it is found 
that little worms called borers, have been 
boring its trunk through and through, until 
they have completely perforated its body and 
left it without strength to Avithstand the fury 
of the tempest. This accounts for the catas- 

In the Christian world and church we find 
a similar work going on. Prom time to time, 
as the storms of adversity arise from the con- 
current action of the evil one, we naturally 
seek protection, and repose our confidence in 
those whom we thought to be true to Christi- 
anity, whom we trusted and honored in days 
gone by. But without the slightest warning 
they break down and fall to rise no more. — 
Upon careful examination it will be found in 
a great many instances that before the crash 
occurred, borers had been at work, — secret 
evils to entrap the simple-minded, — underly- 
ing elements of deception and corruption, — 
hidden iniquities, whereunto is reserved the 
blackness of darkness forever. Those are 
found to be some of the borers that have been 
working in the heart, exhausting the strength 
and vitality of the immortal soul, hence not 
able to withstand the contending storms and 
must fall. Then I will say to those who wish 
to stand before the tempest and storms of life 
as standard bearers for the holy religion of 
Jesxxs Christ, that they must seek at all haz- 
ards to preserve the integrity of their inward 
life, to walk honestly as in the day, and as 
the children of light, and not be contaminated 
with the unfruitful works of darkness, but 
rather reprove them, and stand aloof from 
the deceiving powers of carnality. Nothing 
is safe which depends on concealment, shrewd- 
ness and trickery. If such works will not 
come to light before men while time lasts, 
and be brought unto repentence, they will 
pass with the soul into eternity, there to he 
revealed before the Great Judge, and shall 
receive their reward as they are left on rec- 



Upon the justness, expediency and religious 
consistency of capital punishment people have 
widely differed in their opinions. I propose 

at the present time to consider briefly the 
first, dwell more particularly upon the second 
and third aspects of the question; and, if pos- 
sible, produce sufficient argument to prove 
conclusively the un justness, inexpediency and 
inconsistency of the death penalty for crime. 

First, it is unjust because the power of the 
State is given to it by the people and each one 
individually constitutes a member of that 
State. You will agree with me that no one 
has a right to take his own life; now, if this is 
true, is not the right to place any such power 
in the hands of civil authorities simply assum- 

The advocates of capital punishment claim 
that it is expedient ( 1 ) in that it remunerates 
the injured, and life must be given for life; 
(2) in that it prevents future crime. If the 
offense is murder, the injured cannot be re- 
munerated; if it is treason, will the perpetra- 
tor's life correct the deed that has been com- 
mitted? Can it do anything but satisfy the 
public feeling of revenge? But what is this 
feeling of revenge save the result of passion 
and quickly-drawn conclusions? And it may 
be said that justice requires the execution. 
Who knoAvs when justice is satisfied? Only 
the God in Heaven knoAvs, and amid all the 
imperfections of human justice we should be 
Avilling to leave it all with him and 1st him 

It does not prevent future crime. For this 
object principally has it been established, and 
its advocates have clung to this as unansAver- 
able; nor could Ave find so much fault with 
their motives, if Capital Punishment did pre- 
vent future crime. Rome for 250 years was 
without the death penalty ; Russia for 25 years; 
several of the States of Germany have abol- 
ished it; Belgium has done away Avithit since 
1831; Maine since 1835; Michigan since 1847; 
and several of the other States for shorter 
periods. "The experience of these States and 
countries," says Wendell Philipps, "has been, 
that crimes are fewer and life is safer with- 
out the death penalty." 

In England, about forty years ago, the death 
penalty Avas removed from all the forms of 
crime punishable Avith death except murder 
and treason. In the five years immediately 
preceding 727G persons were committed, of 
whom 196 were executed; but in the five years 
following 7120 were committed of whom none 
were executed, showing in the first five years 
under the new experiment a decrease of 156 
crimes besides 196 lives saA r ed. Why will not 
the same result come from the abolition of the 
death penalty for murder and treason? 

The question is being agitated in England; 
at present an attempt is being made to estab- 
lish a Court of Criminal Appeals similar to 
the United States, making death less sure to 
the criminal and in some cases even rescuing 
him from death. After the long experience 
of Englishmen under their system of swift 
doom, does not the very agitation show the 
spirit of public sentiment? 

Again the execution of innocent persons is 
enough to convince me that the death penalty 
should be abolished. You will agree with me 
that there are many persons executed for 
crime and afterwards found to be innocent. 



This takes from a person that which, if found 
to be taken unjustly, can never be given him 
again; then who will bear the stains of inno- 
cent blood upon his hands? Who, who I say- 
wants a law that may go so far as to take in- 
nocent blood? 

Again it is claimed that the very horrors of 
execution prevent crime. Let me echo the 
Avords of Rantoul when he says: "The great- 
est safeguard of life is its sanctity, and this 
sentiment every execution diminishes." When 
death is seen constantly, it becomes a common 
thing and ceases to be a horror. And "in- 
deed," says Philipps, "unless the death penal- 
ty can be shown to be absolutely necessary, it 
has been said that society commits a second 
murder in inflicting it." 

Is it not inconsistent for a government to 
allow the very source of crime to exist in the 
country — the uneducated youth — then execute 
them when they have grown up and commit- 
ted crime out of a want of education? Yea, 
grossly inconsistent! But I say, abolish the 
death penalty and establish schools for those 
who are deprived of educational advantages. 

Again the inconsistency of capital punish- 
ment in a Christian land appears, when we 
call to mind these words from the Bible : "Do 
good to them that despitefully use you." 

Think to yourselves for a moment of Jesus 
summoning to his aid legions of angels and 
sending those who persecute him to perdition. 

As for us, while we are hanging a man up 
by the neck till he is dead, we pretend to be 
anxious about his welfare and salvation. It 
is the climax of mockery! ! 



Even nature gives evidence, that whatsoev- 
er a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 
The person who is of an amiable disposition, 
and always cheerful, has a pleasant word for 
every one he meets, and as a result finds oth- 
ers ready to return the same courtesy; while 
the surly and selfish character, sees a reflec- 
tion of his own countenance in the faces of 
those whom he may be accustomed to meet. 
Also the person who indulges his appetite, in 
eating or drinking to excess, will reap the sad 
results of intemperance and misery. And 
while he may impute his misfortunes to bad 
luck, and envy those who through soberness 
and industry are enjoying the comforts of 
this life, he nevertheless is only reaping as 
he has sown, and his luck and chance are the 
result of his own management and choice. 
It is then of great importance that we give 
heed to the kind of seed we are sowing for 
our reaping by and by. "He that soweth to 
his flesh, shall of the flesh reap corruption; 
but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the 
Spirit reap life everlasting." Gal. 6: 8. — 
Should you, my unconverted friend, peruse 
these lines, let me entreat you to pause a mo- 
ment and consider, what kind of seed you are 
sowing. What are your hopes of gathering 
precious sheaves in the great and coming har- 

Will you bring them forth rejoicing, or will 

you blush for shame, of the productions of 
your own labor? These thoughts are worthy 
of our greatest attention, and should demand 
our best efforts; for upon this life depends 
our future destiny. 

Acquaint now thyself with God and be at 
peace, and thereby good will come unto thee. 
Job 22: 21. Having thereby assurance of the 
blessings of this life and of that which is to 
come, let us not think it strange if we meet 
with trials and temptations, which but prove 
our stability. Genuine faith never shrinks 
when duty calls, never wavers when persecu- 
tions arise, but goes ever onward, ever upward, 
and when attended with much patience is 
willing to wait if the case demands. When 
we desire to find a friend who can sympathize 
with us in trials pertaining to this life, we 
find none so sympathetic and ready to bear 
our burdens, as those who have experienced 
similar trials. Let us then, who have accept- 
ed Jesus as the Captain of our salvation, ever 
remember that we have not an High-priest 
which cannot be touched with our infirmities, 
but who was in like manner tempted as we 
are, and has promised sufficient grace unto 
us, that we may overcome all. Having these 
promises, let us not be weary in well-doing, 
for in due. season we shall reap if we faint 

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In our school-house, in the Summer-time, 
hung a mirror for the purpose of accommo- 
dating the little girls who were in the habit 
of combing their hair at noon-time. One 
day the mirror accidentally got broken in 
pieces. As soon as the little school-girls no- 
ticed it, one was heard to exclaim, 

"Girls, we can't comb now, the looking- 
glass is all broken to pieces;" to which the 
teacher replied, "Can't you comb one anoth- 
er?" "Yes, yes," replied a dozen little voic- 
es in concert. 

It was no sooner said than begun. One 
girl did not comb several, for in that way 
some would not get to comb any; but Mary 
combed Ann and in turn was combed by her, 
and the rest did likeAvise. 

Just before school was dismissed, two little 
boys were brought before the teacher on the 
charge of having quarrelled. They were on- 
ly seven years of age. 

"Charley," says the teacher, "did you strike 
one another?" The answer was, "No, sir. — 
Freddie struck me, but I did'nt strike him." 

I could not help being struck with the 
readiness with which these little children un- 
derstood the meaning of the term, one an- 
other. If all our brethren understood it 
equally well, as those little children did, then 
there could be no difference of opinion in 
our fraternity, on the subject of feet-w r ashing. 

Covington, O. 

"My will, not thine, be done," turned Para- 
dise into a desert. "Thy will, not mine, be 
done," turned the desert into a paradise, and 
made Gethsemane the gate of Heaven. 

SHAW— ROHRER— In the Disciple m eetiDg-house in 
Pine Creek township, on Sunday evening June 24. ljy 
Eld. G. W. Ro3s, John H. Shaw of Woosung, to Me- 
lissa J. Rohrer, of the former place. 

BURKET— HELSEL.— By the writer at his residence, 
June 28, Mr. Samuel Burket and sister Jennie Helsel, 
all of Roaring Springs, Pa. D. D. Sell. 

Jfalfoji J^toep. 

"Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord." 

SAGER. — Near Dayton, V.r„'inia, Bro. Samuel Sager, 
aged about 68 yeara. Fuaeral te. vices -by the writer 
from Gin. 5:27. S. F. Sanoek. 

STEINMAN.— Near New Sla k, 0., July 4, Lillie Maud, 
daughter of Mr t and Mrs. Da?id Steinman, aged three 
months. Funeral sei vices in the Brethren's meeting- 
house by the writer. S. T. Bossekmax. 

KEIM.— At his residence in Falls City, Neb., June 30, 
1883, of consumption, Bro. C. L. Keim, formerly of 
Somerset Co., Pa., aged 53 years, months and 14 
The funeral took place July 1st and was largely at- 
tended. The occasion was improved by the writer from 
John 11: 25. C. Fokxey. 

LEAVELL.— June 24th, in Appanoose Co., Iowa, Mrs. 
Ella J. Leavell, aged 20 years, 9 months and 1G days, 
leaving a sorrowful husband and one child. Funeral 
by the Brethren. Jos. Zook. 

CRIPE.— Near North Manchester, Ind., July 1, of ery- 
sipelas, sister Hannah, wife of Bio. D. C. Cripe, aged 
39 years, 4 months and 29 days, 
A husband and five childrea greatly mourn this 
early loss, as do the uian? relatives and the church. The 
esteem in which sister Cripe was held, was manifested 
by the large assembly of sympathizing fiiends, upon 
the funeral occasion, which was improved by Bio. R. H. 
Miller, using as a text, Rev. 14: 12, " Here is the pa- 
tience of the saints; here are they that keep the com- 
mandments of God, and the faith of Jesus-'' 

Mary E. Bowman. 

GIBSON.— In the Smith Fork church, Clinton Co., Mo., 

July 5, 1883, Bro. Isham Gibson, aged 38 years, 5 

months and 9 days. Funeral services were conducted 

by Bro. J. E. Ellenberger, assisted by Bro. John Stur- 


Bro. Gibson leaves a wife and five small children to 

mourn his loss. May the widow 'a God, the Father to 

the fatherless be their rod and staff in the conflicts of 

life, is the irayer of many sympathizing hearts. 

E. A. Orb. 

MATHIAS.— In the Lost River church. Hardy. W. Ya., 
May 14, 1883, Bro. Jacob ilathias, aged 82 years. 
He had been a faithful member of the church for 
upward of forty years, but for several 3 ears unable to at- 
tend meetings. He v as anointel with oil in the name 
ot the Lord, and died in th^ hiumphs of a living faith. 
Funeral services by Bro. F. Clme. and J. Schickle, from 
Rev. 14: 12. 13 to a large and sympathizing congrega- 
gation. L. D. Caldwell. 

PENCO.— June 27th, Jennie Perley Pcnco, only daugh- 
ter of friend Albert and Roscy Tcn^o, 1 ged 3 years, 1 
month and one day. Funerd discourse by Bro. G. 
W. Stambaugh, from Amos 4: 12. to a large and 
sympathizing congregation . 

La Fayette Sutphik. 

WARFIELD.— In Am >L.'s Grove congregation, Carroll 
Co., 111., May IS. 1883, sister Elizabeth Warfield, ag- 
ed 63 years, 2 months and 18 days. Funeral services 
by Bro. William Eisenbise from 1 Thess, 4: 13—18. 

Noah Blovgh. 



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Mt. Morris, 111., 

July 17, 1883. 

Three recently united with the church at 
Ladoga, Ind. 

Bro. Enoch Eby has been in Kansas ever 
since the Annual Meeting. 

One w r as received into the church here by 
confession and baptism last Sunday. 

Bro. Sharp returned to-day from his trip 
through Indiana and Ohio. 

J. C. McMullen reports two recently receiv- 
ed by baptism in the Richland church, Ohio. 

The Progressive Christian has laid aside 
its old name, and now calls itself the Breth- 
ren's Evangelist. 

C. C. Root's address is changed from Mara- 
bile, Caldwell Co., Mo., to Kingston, same 
county and State. 

Bro. J. G. Royer, of Monticello, Ind., spent 
one day with us this week. He seems to be 
enjoying good health. 

When writing to a minister expecting an 
answer, you should enclose a stamp. So says 
one of our contributors. 

The Bevised Minutes are now in type, and 
will soon be ready for orders. We will an- 
nounce price next week. 

Those who read Bro. L. J. Shellabarger's 
article, headed "'One Another," should re- 
member that old people can sometimes learn 
from childreu. 

The earth after its creation was said by God 
himself, "to be good and that very good," yet 
man is trying to improve it every day by 
building, bridging, trenching, etc. 

Bro. B. C. Moomaw gives us a good line of 
thought on prayer. His article is a little 
lengthy, but it is well filled. We need more 
simplicity and less display about our prayers. 
More solid words. We need less formula and 
more earnest praying for the things we act- 
ually need. 

Tiiebe is no use in people having a spite 
at each other, just because they cannot agree 
about religious matters. 

There are two methods of defeating an op- 
ponent — soft words and hard arguments, or 
silence; frequently the latter will prove most 

In Germany, Baptists are not allowed to 
hold a Sunday-school under that name. To 
make it lawful it must be styled, divine ser- 
vice for children. 

There are only eight cases of suicide men- 
tioned in the Bible: Abimelech, Samson, Saul, 
his armor bearer, Ahithophel, Zimri, Razis 
and Judas Iscariot. 

Ie, God intended a man to have more than 
one wife why did he not take several ribs out 
of Adam's side and make Adam the corres- 
ponding number of help-meets? 

• We must ask our readers to be a little 
patient w ith us till we get the mailing lists 
fully adjusted. We find it quite a task to 
get the two lists together, so all the papers 
may be mailed at the same time. 

Bro. Geo. S. Grim could not well find a more 
important subject than he treats this week. 
If people were as careful to avoid the borers 
in their souls as they are to exclude them 
from their trees they would be much better 

The Philadelphia Neios says: 'As you jour- 
ney through life, remember that the side-show 
makes the most noise." There is more truth 
than humor in this, for some very small peo- 
ple make as much noise as an empty coal-wa- 
gon passing over a mountain road. 

A young man by the name of Daniel 
Stonebraker, son of Frank Stonebraker, liv- 
ing one mile north of Mt. Morris, was drown- 
ed Sunday evening in Bock River, three miles 
north of Oregon. He was bathing at the 
time, and was taken with a cramp. 

President Eliot, of Harvard, mailed a cir- 
cular to the parents and guardians of all the 
under-graduates, inquiring whether they had 
daily morning prayers in their own house- 
holds. He received 741 replies, and five men 
out of every seven said they did not. 

if£ir = TH0SE who have been taking both pa- 
pers can either have their time on the Mes- 
senger extended six months, or donate the 
extra copy to a friend, named by them, the 
remainder of the year. Please inform us by 
card immediately what you want done. tf. 

We find the July number of the Microcosm 
well filled with interesting and instructive dis- 
cussions. Wilford Hall, the editor, has a 
very interesting article on "Cyclones — Torna- 
does; their, cause and remedy." He holds 
that these destructive instruments of nature 
can be greatly mitigated by retimbering the 
treeless regions of our common country. 
Had we space to spare, we would like to give 
his article in full. 

Several cyclones visited different parts of 
the country last week. Dodge City, Kan., 
w r as considerably damaged, and a few places 
in Michigan were lately torn up. London, 
Ontario, was deluged by a rain-tornado which 
lasted eight hours; much property destroyed 
and many lives lost. Parts of Illinois, Mis- 
souri and Iowa also suffered from cyclones. 

We hope all our readers will carefully read, 
and seriously ponder the touching lines head- 
ed, "The Outcast's Lament." It tells a sad 
story far more frequent than most people are 
prepared to admit. If there is a class of peo- 
ple on earth to be pitied and helped, it is the 
wretched outcasts, who feel the weight of sin 
resting so hea \ ily upon them, and are anx- 
ious to reform; but no one gives them the 
least encouragement. 

Bro. Neilson and family from Denmark, 
reached Mt. Morris last week. They were 
accompanied by a young brother — not Hope's 
brother as mentioned before — about fifteen 
years of age. Their voyage across the ocean 
was very unpleasant. The accommodations 
were not good, hence the children and moth- 
er were quite sick, but they are improving. 
Bro. Neilson is a deacon in the church, and 
comes to us well recommended as a Christian 
and a worker in the church. By occupation 
he is a tailor. We hope the family will be 
pleased here, and enjoy themselves among us. 

Last week Daniel Dierdorff, Edmund For- 
ney and the writer were called to the Mil- 
ledgeville church, ten miles south of Lanark, 
to aid the congregation in some church work. 
The early part of the meeting passed off both 
pleasantly and satisfactorily, but the latter 
part of the work did not result as encourag- 
ingly as we had hoped. We however trust 
that all may come right, and the church be 
permitted to work in peace. The Milled ge- 
ville church is large, wealthy and intelligent, 
and if the members will stand united they 
will have it in their power to acomplish much 
good. We labored for the union and peace 
of God's people, knowing that in division 
there is weakness, while in union there is 
strength. J. h. m. 

We acknowledge the receipt of a neatly 
printed, well-bound volume of 198 pages, en- 
titled, "The Christian Ordinances" by Eld. C. 
H. Forney, editor of the Church Advocate. 
The work is mainly against trine immersion 
and the Lord's Supper, as practiced by the 
Brethren. The chapter on feet-washing is 
good, and contains much valuable testimony 
in its support. The arguments presented 
against trine immersion are not new. Many 
of them are weak and predicated upon prem- 
ises that are neither logical nor reasonable. 
We have not yet read the chapter on the 
Lord's Supper. The work is written in a 
kind spirit, and displays a degree of scholar- 
ship and smoothness that will make the book 
popular. We had expected to view the work 
through the Messenger, but so far w r e have 
not had time to prepare even an outline for 
the parts read. Price $1.00. Published by 
Eld. J. Haifleigh, Harrisburg, Pa. 



Bro. Fahrney, of Chicago, sent us a descrip- 

^tive circular of his Sani-Couche, a very con- 
venient and a much needed structure, of his 
own invention. It is a large bed, with an 
oval glass case; is so constructed that it may 
be placed in any room, even in the parlor, and 
contain a diseased person in a manner that 
he may be seen and waited upon, yet others 
in the same room need not be exposed to the 
disease. One pipe passing through the win- 
dow supplies the patient with fresh air, while 
another pipe carries off all foul air. The con- 
trivance is a very simple one. 


On an evening preceding the commence- 
ment exercises of a female seminary, six young 
ladies, candidates for the graduating honors 
of the institution they had been attending, 
were seated together conversing about their 
intentions and prospects for the future. Each 
one in turn expressed her plans for the future, 
until five had spoken. The sixth hesitated, 
and was prompted to speak by one of her com- 
panions, putting the suggestive question to 
her, "What are your plans?" She answered. 
It is not however with her answer that we 
now have to do. 

We read the circumstance above narrated 
with interest, the question, "What are your 
plans ?" having impressed our mind. We can- 

Kot expect to accomplish much in life without 
plan. And yet there are many that have 
o definite plan formed by which to be gov- 
erned in their future life. When no plan is 
formed, by which to live, whatever is done 
seems to be done by accident or chance. 
And while there are no definite plans formed, 
what is done will not always be of. the best 
character. It is, therefore, highly important 
that we all have our plans for future life 
formed, always, however, remembering that 
the unseen events of the future may have 
more or less influence upon them. First it is 
important that we have plans for doing good, 
because we shall then be less likely to do evil; 
and, secondly, we shall be likely to accom- 
plish more good if we have a plan before us, 
than we shall if we have none. 

Young people when about setting out in 
life, are very likely to have their thoughts 
more or less directed to the future, and in 
their imaginations there are formed some 
bright pictures of the future. But these pic- 
tures, however dazzling and beautiful to the 
young mind, are often altogether visionary, 
and the plans laid to secure them, if there are 
any plans, are as void of wisdom, as the con- 
ceived pictures themselves are void of reality. 

All persons entering upon the responsible 
duties of life, and having in a great measure, 
their own destiny to work out, should have 
some plans formed in relation to their char- 
acter and their calling. To have no definite 
object before them, and to have no rules to 
regulate and govern themselves by, is to 
expose themselves to a state which is both 

unpleasant and dangerous. It is unpleas- 
ant, because they are unsettled, and when 
unsettled, they will be vacillating and 
changeable; and this is an unpleasant state 
of mind to be in. It is also a very dangerous 
state of mind to be in; for while the mind 
seems to be void of any worthy or noble pur- 
pose, it is exposed to the danger of imbibing 
wrong principles, and of forming bad habits. 
Plans of life, therefore should be formed 
by all. And those plans should be based up- 
on principles that will secure them success, 
and success, too, that will prove a blessing to 
them and not a curse. It is no less import- 
ant that our plans be right than that we form 
plans. And if our plans are right, they must 
be formed in accordance with our lawful de- 
sires and our highest interests. And if they 
are thus formed, they will be formed in har- 
mony with the law and will of God. Our re- 
lation to God and his moral government of 
the world is such, that opposition, and even 
indifference to him will hinder us from reach- 
ing a noble and honorable destiny. The fol- 
lowing language of Job is highly suggestive: 
"He is wise in heart and mighty in strength; 
who hath hardened himself against him, and 
hath prospered?" 

Our plan of life then should be based up- 
on the principles of eternal truth and justice, 
to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk hum- 
bly with God. Mic. 9: 8. Such a plan, sin- 
cerely and considerately adopted, and carried 
out with an humble reliance upon the merits 
and righteousness of Christ for the needed 
assistance to execute it, will conduct all, 
young and old, who adopt it, safely through 
the world, let the temptations, the danger, and 
the difficulties be whatever they may, and as 
great as they may, and secure to them the im- 
mortality of the good. 

BeloUd reader, "What is your plan?" Is 
it the plan of God, the plan above stated? 
Strive to carry it out. Have you no plan 
formed? And if so, to say the least is not 
this most unwise? Do you not want to ex- 
perience a peaceful death, and a glorious fu- 
ture. And if so, will you trust to the chang- 
ing circumstances of a sinful world to bring 
you to the peaceful end to which you desire 
to come? What a fallacy! Adopt at once 
the Christian plan already stated or given in 
another form thus: "Abhor that which is evil; 
cleave to that which is good." J. Q. 

should now turn around and try to enforce 
upon us a name that we never accepted, and 
one that he was never willing to accept, we 
cannot quite understand. 

It is true that in 183G, A. M. decided that 
in recording deeds for meeting-houses it 
should be done in the name "Fraternity of 
German Baptists," and in 1871, in giving let- 
ters of recommendation, "German Baptist 
Brethren." But these decisions both were 
made for special uses, and never intended to 
change the original name of the Church, 
"The Brethren Church." That the name has 
not been changed is evident from its use. 
We have Brethren's Hymn books, Brethren's 
Hymnals, Brethren's Almanacs, Brethren's 
Certificates of Membership, and had a Breth- 
ren's Normal College, but because the Breth- 
ren thought it best to not have our schools 
named after the Church, we were asked by A. 
M. to drop the name Brethren and to avoid 
offense we did so. 

If A. M. intended that we were to be 
known, as a Church by the name "German 
Baptists," there would not have been much 
good sense in being offended because we call- 
ed our school, "The Brethren's Normal Col- 
lege." We have not a single book, periodi- 
cal or anything else published in the name of 
the German Baptist Church, neither will we 
have by our vote. We are, strictly speaking, 
neither a German or a Baptist, — never joined 
a German Baptist Church. We united with 
"The Brethren Church" and have never 
changed our church relationship, neither 
do we expect to do so, hence we will contin- 
ue to call ourselves "The Brethren" as we al- 
ways did. If you persist in calling us "Ger- 
man Baptists" you can do so, but you do it 
against your former declarations and against 
the wishes of the Church. H. B. B. 

The regvdar price for 
the Messenger from 
July 1st to the end of the year would be 75 
cents, and some have been sending in that 


The Progressives at their late Convention, 
in forming their new organization, accepted 
for a name "The Brethren Church." Now 
we have no exceptions to take to this as they 
have a right to call themselves what they 
please. But since then they have, very per- 
sistently, been calling us the "German Bap- 
tists," a name that we never accepted, neither 
was it ever accepted by H. R. Holsinger, 
while in full fellowship with us. Why he 

sum for the paper for that length of time. — 
But in order to double our list, if possible, 
and give the people a chance to test the mer- 
its of the Messenger, we last week announc- 
ed that we would send the paper from the 
time the money was received to the end of 
the year for 50cts. The great bulk of the 
names thus sent in, will reach us near the 
last of July and first of August, so that, in 
reality, we will be sending the paper five 
months for SOcts. We do not expect to make 
anything directly out of this project, but we 
do it with a view of holding the most if not 
all of these new subscribers, for years. We 
hope our readers everywhere will push the 
good work, that we may see our list more 
than doubled within the next thirty days. We 
will send back numbers as long as we have 

Tom Thumb died at his residence in Massa- 
chusetts last Sunday, aged 40 years. He was 
in comfortable circumstances, having used his 
means sparingly. 


tiie gosi^el messenger. 


The regular Asiatic cholera has broken 
out in Egypt, and is killing off the people by 
the hundreds. In places whole cities are be- 
ing depopulated. The disease threatens to 
spread, and some think it may yet spread to 
this country. If it should, there is nothing 
so valuable as a reliable preventative. People 
should keep themselves very clean by bath- 
ing every few days; let the air and sunshine 
into every room in the house; keep their 
dwellings well ventilated. Especially should 
bed-rooms be well A r entilated. Drink pure 
water, use healthy food, discarding cucum- 
bers and other things of like nature. Keep 
the premises clear of all stagnant water, and 
decaying matter. Occasionally burn sulphur 
in the house and especially in cellars. Build 
a little fire in the house on cool and damp 
days, and do not forget to keep the mind 
cheerful and the conscience clear. This man- 
ner of living will not only prevent the cholera 
from spreading, but Avill greatly modify other 

But if you do get the cholera, it will be 
very important to have in your house a rem- 
edy that has seldom, if ever, been known to 
fail, when taken in time. Of this remedy the 
Chicago Herald says: 

"The Sun will be remembered throughout 
New York and the New England States in 
connection with the best cholera medicine 
ever prescribed. Eor more than forty years 
what is known as the "Sun Cholera Medicine" 
has stood the test of experience as the best 
rem3dy for looseness of the bowels ever yet 
devised. It was once vouched for by the 
New York Journal of Commerce, 'No one 
who has this by him and takes it in time, will 
ever have the cholera.' Even when no chol- 
era is anticipated, it is an excellent thing for 
the ordinary Summer complaints, colic, diar- 
rhoea, dysentery, etc., and we have no hesita- 
tion in recommending it. Here it is: Take 
equal -parts of tincture of cayenne, tincture 
of opium, essence of peppermint, tincture of 
rhubarb, and spirits of camphor. Mix well. 
Dose, fifteen to thirty drops in a wine-glass 
of water, according to age and violence of 
the attack. Repeat every fifteen or twenty 
minutes, until relief is obtained. 

Do not fail to preserve this article, and 
place it in the hands of as many of your 
friends as possible. j. h. m. 


"Why do the Brethren, who profess to do 
the whole will of God, as near as we know 
how, not have the Supper on the table before 
beginning to wash feet as John 13: 4 is so 
plain ixpon that point? "He riseth from Sup- 
per, etc." And why do we not leave the rem- 
nants upon the table, when through eating? 
I am unable to find any Scriptural authority 
for removing them, but, on the other hand 
that it should be left on, as Matt. 26: 26 says, 
"And as they were eating, Jesus took bread 
and blessed it and brake it," and, further- 
more, I think it would save much time, pre- 
vent much confusion and hold the attention 

of the audience much better. And why are 
we not better united on the question of one 
person both washing and wiping another's 
feet, for it says plainly in St. John 13, that 
Christ first washed the disciples' feet and 
then wiped them. If Christ gave us an 
example in this, why do we not follow it 
more closely. I think it is fully as important 
as many other matters which we strive to 
follow to the very letter. 

Would it not be well for some one who has 
the ability to do so, to write up this subject 
from time to time, in order that all may see 
it in its true light, and therefore bring a 
greater union in our modes of following 
the ordinances? 

One more topic. Is it right to allow mem- 
bers to come to the Communion table, or, in 
fact, anywhere, with gold watch chains, gold 
rings and gold breast-pins adorning their 
frail bodies. I have seen this and I believe 
it is very wrong, yet I do not want to be a 
fault-finder, and think it may have a better 
effect, for good writers to give us good doc- 
trinal essays for and against the things we 
have herein mentioned. A Sister. 


The above was not intended for publication, 
but we give it that the attention of our read- 
ers may be called to a few points mentioned 

1. At one time the Brethren were some- 
what divided in regard to having the supper 
on the table at the time of feet-washing, but 
of late years they are becoming more fully 
united, till now there are but few localities 
where the Supper is left off the table during 
the feet-washing exercises. Our people are 
inclined to follow additional light on this as 
well as on other subjects, and it will not be 
many years till they will all have the supper 
on the table; for it is very evident that that 
is the way the Savior and the apostles had it. 

2. The different ways of washing feet 
have given rise to much controversy among 
the Brethren. There are strong minds on 
both sides. The only argument that will like- 
ly remove this difference is that, which sets 
forth the conveniences. If one mode is 
shown to be more convenient than the other, 
that will likely fill the bill. This manner of 
reasoning could not well apply to all ordin- 
ances, but in regard to feet-washing it so 
happens that the most convenient mode fills 
the bill in all its parts. We will have to con- 
tinue to exercise proper forbearance towards 
each other, till we can all see alike. If we 
have proper Christian charity, we will not al- 
low differences of this kind to divide us, or 
to ever create unpleasant feelings. The Broth- 
erhood is rapidly growing towards the single 
mode, and, like the Supper on the table, it 
may yet become general, or almost so. This 
mode happens to be our preference, as it 
makes less confusion during feet-washing, 
and, at the same time, permits all the mem- 
bers to both wash and wipe. Still, for the 
conscience of others we are willing to prac- 

tice the double mode wherever we have an 
opportunity of doing so. 

3. The wearing of gold as an ornament is 
too plainly forbidden to be allowed either at 
the Communion table or any place else. Such 
things belong to the world, and should be 
left there by those who profess to follow a 
better way. Our adorning, says the apostle, 
should not be the putting on of gold. Gold 
is lawful, when properly used, but it should 
not be used for adorning. We see nothing 
wrong in a gold watch, if used on account of 
its superiority as a correct timekeeper, but if 
worn as an ornament for the purpose of de- 
corating the body, it becomes a sin. So it is 
with anything that is worn in the sense of 
adorning. Anything so plainly forbidden, 
ought to have the law speedily enforced 
against it, but before doing so, the parties 
guilty of wearing ornaments as mentioned 
above, should be kindly admonished by some 
of the members. If possible, let them be 
admonished privately. And we suggest to 
our sister and all others, that when they see 
members doing wrong, they should make it a 
point to have a friendly Christian talk with 
them, and labor to convince them of the er- 
ror of their way. We do not believe in mak- 
ing church-matters out of all these missteps; 
most of them can be remedied privately, and 
thus save the church trouble, and the parties 
themselves many perplexities. If each mem- 
ber would endeavor to watch over others for 
good, hundreds would be saved from little 
sins, that now lead them to ruin forever. 

J. H. M. ' 

The Nashville Christian Advocate says: 
"Some brethren seem to think that the true 
way to "provoke" those of other communi- 
ties to love and good works, is to stir up their 
wrath by denunciation and ridicule. That is 
not the sense in which the holy Apostle used 
the word." We add, others seem to think 
that the best way to preach the Gospel, is by 
exposing the faults of others. This is also a 
deviation from apostolic preaching. 

Bro. Solomon Buckalew,. of Clifton Mills, 
W. Va., says: "We are laboring, as best we 
can, for the good cause. Had no additions 
lately, but we are striving for the kingdom. I 
have just returned from the Feast at Mark- 
leysburg. Had an enjoyable meeting indeed. 
We expect to meet in council in two weeks, 
and among the things for consideration will 
be our feast. 

Bro. E. J. Blough, of the Quemahoning 
church, Somerset Co., informs us, that they 
had a soul-refreshing season at their late 
Communion services. Had good assistance 
from the surrounding churches. Also Bro. 
D. Brallier, of Altoona, Pa., was with them. 
Four were received into church-fellowship at 
their church-meeting, and they are laboring 
together in peace. 



Home, home! sweet, sweet home; there is no place like home. 

Who Named the Baby? 

Some beautiful angels came down, 

Four months ago to-day, 
And brought the sweetest little thing, 

And then they went away. 

We never heard the faintest tread, 

Nor saw them in the air; 
But they came down to our house, 

And left a "treasure" there. 

Her hair was brown as chestnuts are; 

Her feet, like 'shells, were pink; 
And it was fun to sit and watch 

Her lovely blue eyes wink. 

Papa was glad, and said to me; 

"She is your little sister," 
And then I very softly touched 

Her pretty face, and kissed her. 

And said to her: "How do you do? 

Please tell me what's your name, 
And how did those good angels look 

That brought you when you came?'' 

She never answered me at all; 

I thought it very odd 
That she should only stare at me 

And give a little nod. 

Perhaps she wondered who I was, 

And how I learned to talk, 
Or it may be that she was pleased 

To see that I could walk. 

Yet, what she thought, or what she liked, 

I'm sure nobody knew; 
But I'm so giad that she has come 

I don't know what to do. 

And I'm so glad that we can say 

That now she has a name; 
But she had none till yesterday; 

And wasn't that a shame? 

Only to think that she should be 
For almost four months here, 

And Papa call her nothing else 
Than just "my little dear!" 

Aunt Esther, too, has been to blame, 
For she has called her "Siss;" 

And Mamma's said "Poor little soul!" 
And given her a kiss. 

But any man who scolds Mamma 

Don't know what he's about. 
She worked so hard to find a name 

That she is tired out. 

Papa don't scold, but still he said: 
"If I were baby's mother, 
I'd take a book and hunt it through, 
And then I'd try another. 

"I'd look until I found a name, 

If I sat up all night; 
I'd call her Love, or something else, 
Before the morning light." 

To put around my sister's neck, 

I made a daisy charh, 
And Papa clapped his hands, and said: 

"We needn't try again. 

"A name has come to her at last, 
When I was growing lazy. 
No more we'll call her "little dear,' 
For she is little Daisy. 

"But I must own, though I'm a man, 
It takes a deal of wit, 
When dainty buds, like her, unfold, 
To find a name to fit. 

"And I am glad that daisies grow. 
And boys can be so smart. 
Ah ! precious boy and precious girl. 
I hold you to my heart. 

Then Papa sang a funny song, 

And danced me up and down, 
And Mamma laughed and said he was 
"The funniest man in town." 

Well, now, the baby has a name 
That pleases "baby's mother," 

And some one else I know is pleased, 
It's baby's little brother. 

Tuny Bunch 

"Tuny Bunch," as he is called, lives on the 
same street that I do. His real name is Fred- 
die Boice, and he is six years old, though you 
would never take him to be more than four. 

Sometimes he is called "Punch and Tuny." 
He is a very sturdy, independent little fellow, 
and people are very fond of talking to him. 
One day he came into my house and said 
to me, "Has your father any old pants?" 
He calls ladies' husbands their fathers. 
"What do you want to do with old pants?" 
I asked. 

"I want them for my mother to make me a 
pair of pants out of; I expect to have a bicycle, 
and that will wear out a great many pants." 
"But," he added thoughtfully, "It isn't beg- 
ging to ask you, is it? I don't want to be a 
beggar, but I would like to help papa and 
mamma a little, and I'm too little to earn 

He got the pants, and they were made into 
small ones, too, before his mamma knew any- 
thing about it; but I have not seen his bicy- 
cle yet. 

When Tuny began to go to school, the 
teacher told him he was too small to come to 
school; he straightened himself up with the 
answer, — 

"If I am little, I am old." 
It seems needless to add that he remained 
in school. 

But, best of all, Tuny is a good boy at 
home. Instead of quarreling and finding 
fault with his little sister and his baby broth- 
er, he is always trying to amuse them, and 
they are made happy when they hear his foot- 
steps outside the door. 

"I have two pairs of hands and feet, when 
Tuny is around," says his mother, "so ready 
and anxious is he to do something for me." 
She calls him "mother's comfort." 
Tuny may never be of very great size in 
body, but I'm sure he will be a veritable 
giant in kindness and usefulness. 

A magnificent duchess having one day ask- 
ed him, "Pray, do you know Lady Lorton?" 
wa3 quickly answered, — 

"Yes, madam, I do, and she is the best-dress- 
ed lady in Ireland." 

"How very odd! Best-dressed lady in Ire- 
land! What a strange man! Pray, how is 
she dressed?" Bat her Grace's surprise was 
converted to satisfaction when Thaddy rejoin- 
ed, "Yes. madam, Lady Lorton is the best- 
dressed lady in Ireland, or England either, for 
she is clothed in humility." 

Here is a hint for those who are looking 
for new and seasonable clothing. — The Chris- 

■ ♦ . 

True Wisdom. 

"The Best-Dressed Lady in Ireland." 

Most ladies have a natural ambition to be 
well-dressed; and most people admire neat, 
elegant, and tasteful apparel. It is to be re- 
gretted, however, that many persons array 
themselves at great expense, but without good 
taste and a proper discrimination. 

An Irish preacher named Thaddy Conellan, 
who greatly assisted Dr. Monck Mason in his 
labors connected with the revision of the Hi- 
bernian Bible Society's Irish Bible, was emi- 
nent not only as an orator, a wit, and an hum- 
ble, unostentatious Christian, but was un- 
moved by the splendor and gayety which 
surrounded him, and retained his simplicity 
amid it all. 

A man may know all about the rocks, and 
his heart remain as hard as they are, a man 
may know all about the winds, and be the sport 
of: passions as fierce as they; a man may know 
all about the stars and his fate be the meteor's, 
that, after a brief _ but brilliant career is 
quenched in eternal night; a man may know 
all about the sea, and his soul resemble its 
troubled waters, which cannot rest; a man 
may know how to rule the spirit of the ele- 
ments, and not know how to rule his own; a 
man may know how to turn aside the Hash- 
ing thunderbolt, but not the wrath of God 
from his guilty head; he may know all that 
La Place knows, all that Shakespeare knew, all 
that Watts knew, all that the greatest geniuses 
have known: he may know all mysteries and 
all knowledge, but if he does not know his 
Bible, what shall it avail? I take my stand 
by the bed of a dying philosopher as well as 
of a dying miser, and ask of the world's wis- 
dom as of the world's wealth: "What shall it 
profit a man if he gain the whole world and 
lose his own soul?" 

I despise not the lights of science; but they 
burn in a dying chamber as dim as its candles. 
They cannot penetrate the mist of death, nor 
light the foot of the weary traveler on his way 
in that valley through which we all have to 
pass. Command me, therefore to the light 
which illumines the last hour of life; commend 
me to the light that can irradiate the face of 
death; commend me to the light that when all 
others are quenched, shall guide my foot to the 
portals of that blessed world where there is no 
need of the sun, and no need of the moon, and 
no need of any of the created lights; for God 
and the Lamb are the light thereof. Brethren, 
leave others to climb the steps of fame ; brother, 
sister, put your feet upon the ladder that scales 
the sky; nor mind though your brows are nev- 
er crowned with the fading bays, if you win, 
through faith in Jesus, the crown of eternal 
life.— Dr. Guthrie. 

God is no respecter of persons, but of char- 
acter, and this character is one who does the 
will of God as it is made known to him, oi- 
lier, and was exemplified in the life of Christ, 
and is attainable by ail who live His life and 
follow His example. It is a lovely character. 
Let all who name His name strive to attain 
it, press into it. 




As Bold water to B thirsty Isoul, so is good news from a far 

From Walla Walla, W. Ter.— June 28. 

Dear Brethren: — 

I see that the good cause keeps moving 
forward in the Brethren church. God speed 
Christianity everywhere. Eld. David Brower, 
of Salem, Oregon, reached my place, May 31, 
on his mission of love. He remained with us, 
and friend David Bashor and wife, until June 
4th, when he departed for Eastern Washing- 
ton Territory and Western Idaho. He 
preached twice at the Lawrence scLool- 
house, in our neighborhood, and once at the 
Birch Creek school-house, where the writer 
is Sunday-school superintendent; at both 
places, at the hours of 11 A. M. and 3 P. M. 
of the same day. 

We are very sorry, friend G. A. Shamberg- 
er, could not suit himself in a location for the 
colony from Nodaway Co., Mo. I am afraid 
he overlooked much good country. He wrote 
me from Sodaville, Linn Co., Oregon, June 
4th ; he said he was staying with Bro. Peebler. 
We are sorry to let such organizations pass 
by, as we know what the Brethren are as a 
people. We would like to see something 
more from the brethren of Monroe Co. Iowa; 
it being like a letter from home, as we once 
lived there. We took our leave of that coun- 
try, the Spring of 1864. Times here are very 
good, crops fair, fruit crop light. Health 
pretty good, other than Diphtheria; forty 
cases reported in Walla Walla on the 25th. — 
It appears to be very fatal. If any of the 
brethren should chance this way, they will 
be met at the Depot at Walla Walla, by noti- 
fying me in due time. 0. AV. Hartness. 

From Lone 

Pine, Whitman Co., W. 
—June 28. 


Sunday, the 23rd, I attended Communion with 
the brethren near Moscow, I. Ter., and two 
meetings on Sunday. It was thought by some 
that this was the best Communion ever held 
there. Many out, excellent order and atten- 
tion; one person added to the church by bap- 
tism on Sunday. I expect to hold some meet- 
ings here, on Hangman Creek, in two neigh- 
borhoods; commence here this evening, have 
two meetings thence down the creek about 
fifteen miles and continue there over Sunday. 
My health is good, thank the Lord. Pray for 
us, brethren. David Brower. 

From Kipon, Cal.— June 30. 

Dear Brethren : — 

On the 26th of May last, was our quar- 
terly council meeting, and we had the pleas- 
ure of forming the acquaintance of Bro. S. 
M. Goughnour, of Iowa, who preached for us 
the same evening, and the following day at 
11 A. M., it being Sunday. The 11 o'clock 
sermon was given from James 1: 26,27. — 
Congregation reasonably large. We accept- 
ed our share of that wonderful text. Would 
that every religious professor would do like- 
wise, and bridle that unruly member, that 
his religion, indeed, may not be in vain. The 
following Sunday Bro. S. M. Goughnour 
preached for us at our school-house in the 
evening. Spent the rest of the night with 
us, had a pleasant little visit, as he was ac- 
quainted with some of our old neighbors in 
Iowa. The following day (June 4th) I took 
him out through part of our farming country 
which seemed to please him very much. In 
the evening we bid him farewell, as he left 
for Lathrop, on his way to Oregon. We 
hope to see more brethren from across the 
Rockies. Leave that foul seed of discord be- 
hind and do not forget to bring the Gospel 
with you. B. G. Frederick. 

their arrangements to build a church-house, 
36 by 48 feet. It is now under headway ; 
think it will be completed during the Sum-" 
mer. This is the oldest congregation in the 
State, and appears to be in a prosperous con- 
dition at this time. Elders present at the 
meeting, David Barklow, Allen Ives and Sam- 
uel Goughnour from Iowa, also our dear 
brother, G. A. Shamberger from Mo. The 
Gospel was preached with power, from Satur- 
day night the 9th until Sunday evening the 
17th, eleven sermons in all. No addition 
during the meetings, but good congregations 
and good attention, and we believe much good 
was effected in building up the members in 
their most holy faith. During the meeting 
we were made to rejoice at the arrival of our 
oldest son, George W. Bashor and his wife, 
Mollie, from Colorado, and also our uncle, 
Martin Bashor and his son, Allison, from 
Andrew Co., Mo. They were well pleased 
with the meeting. They say we have a good 
country, but think it will take considerable 
money to locate here in the valley. Our un- 
cle and son have gone to Washington Ter- 
ritory to look at that country. Expect to re- 
turn soon. M. M. Bashor. 

Stolen Mail Bag-. 


At my last writing for B. at W., I was at 
Pleasant Home, Multnomah Co., Oregon. I 
arrived at Walla Walla City, on the 30th of 
May. Held three meeting*?, ten miles south 
of Walla Walla (near our dear friend O. W. 
Hartness'), on Saturday night and Sunday 
the 2nd and 3rd of June. Attention very 
good. On the 6th of June I arrived at Day- 
ton, W. Ter. Bro. I. E. Hopkins met me at 
Dayton and conveyed me to his residence the 
same day, and from there he conveyed me to 
what is called Assotin Flat, about twenty 
miles south of Lewiston, I. Ter., and about 
fifty miles nearly east of Bro. I. E. Hopkins.' 
Said flat is in Garfield Co., W. Ter. Here we 
held four meetings in a new country, where 
the brethren had never preached before. — 
Commenced our meetings on Saturday, 10 P. 
M., June 9th. Had two meetings on Sunday, 
and one on Monday, the 11th. During said 
meeting, four persons were made willing to 
unite with us, and on Tuesday morning, the 
12th of June, were buried with Christ in bap- 
tism. From there I was conveyed to the Pa- 
taha Flat same county. Had some meetings 
there; one sister, who had went off with the 
Adventists, returned to the fold. On last 

I received last week, from some friends, 
nearly a dozen copies of the B. at W. for the 
early part of the year. On the margin was 
printed the name of Isaac Kemper. The per- 
son who sent them, will please accept thanks 
for the same, as it is a feast to me to read pa- 
pers published by the Brethren. 

In one of those papers I see a card from 
Bro. Larkins, asking for addresses of breth- 
ren living here. My address is Bedfield, 
Spink Co., Dak, but expect to be in Illinois 
before long. Crops are looking pretty well, 
have had good rains. A great deal of break- 
ing was done this Spring and Summer. 

H. C. Lucas. 

Inasmuch as the mail-bag was stolen and 
robbed of its contents, in Frederick, Dak., on 
the evening of July 4th, and as a letter ad- 
dressed to the writer was in said bag, if any 
brother has written to him just previous to 
that time, he should inform him of it, or 
write again. The envelope was found but not 
the letter. Any one writing to us should 
address Box 213. James Evans. 

From Texas. 

From Oregon. 

Dear Brethren: — 

I will inform you that the annual 
church visit of the Lebanon church, Linn Co., 
this State, came off on the 9th of June. Con- 
siderable business before the Meeting. All 
went off as well as could be expected, especial- 
ly the last part of the council was very pleas- 
ant. At this meeting the brethren completed 

Dear Brethren: — 

We are a little band of brethren and 
sisters located in Cook Co., Texas, about nine- 
teen in number. The writer, a minister, is 
getting somewhat advanced in years and 
feeble in health; cannot labor as much as he 
should. We are all poor; hence cannot offer 
much inducement to brethren from a distance 
to come to us. In church council we con- 
cluded to hold a week or ten days' meeting in 
August or September, if we can get some 
brethren from the North to help us. We 
took a collection, and raised twenty dollars 
for the purpose of defraying the expenses of 
the one or more that would come to us. As 
we are willing to dig, and not ashamed to beg 
in this way, we thought we would solicit the 
help of some brethren from the North, as 
Bro. Levi Stump has informed us that breth- 
ren in Missouri and Kansas have missiona- 
ries appointed to go and preach, and that 
they also had a missionary fund out of which 
to remunerate those men for their labor. — 
Now, brethren, I wish to appeal to your 
conscience concerning this matter, as I am 
aware that many are sent out to preach, and 
it is too often the case when they start out to 
preach, they go into the strongest and wealth- 
iest churches where they are able to help 
themselves, and where they have from two to 



four and sometimes six to eight ministers be- 
hind the table, and where they have the most 
commodious meeting-house and the richest 
and best filled tables. This however is not 
always nor everywhere the case, but is often 
so, and wherever this is the case, those who 
are lim ited in circumstances and isolated from 
the main portions of the body are neglected. 
And now, brethren, we are hundreds of miles 
from any other organized church of the Breth- 
ren, and I would just say here, that if there 
are any brethren who wish to emigrate to 
where land is cheap, they would do well to 
come and take a look at Texas. Good land 
can be had cheap yet, and as mild and pleas- 
ant a climate as can be found anywhere, and 
the best grazing country in the world. We 
also expect to hold a Communion at the time 
of our meeting; would be very glad to have 
some elder come, but will be satisfied with 
any one who can help us. 

Those wishing further information should 
address me at Pleasant View, Box "Gaines- 
ville," Cook Co., Texas. 

Henry Gephart, 
By Order of the Church. 

From Ladoga, Ind. — July 12. 

After spending a pleasant Lour in Sunday- 
school work, the 8th inst, we went to the wa- 
ter-side where baptism was administered to 
three applicants. It is but reasonable that 
we thank God for the continual blessings 
pinch are showered upon us. "May he hide 
them under the shadow of his wings." Ps. 17: 
Salome A. Stoner. 

On the Old Trail. 

By the courtesy of the Atchison, Topeka 
and St. Fe Railway, wife and I were permit- 
ted to pass along the old Santa Fe Trail as 
far west as Garden City, Kansas — "the gar- 
den spot" of Kansas, as many of its admirers 
choose to call it. 

We left our home July 3d, and the same 
day had the pleasure of stopping with broth- 
er John Peck at Emporia. Bro. John is do- 
ing well, and seems to have no regrets that he 
took Greeley's advice — "go west." Emporia 
is a city of about 8000 inhabitants ; is beauti- 
fully located on the Cottonwood river; the 
center of a large trade, and with its machine 
shops, State Normal School, Business College 
and other enterprises is destined to be a not- 
ed place. 

We tried to hold forth the Word of Life the 
same evening in the Disciple house. Here 
for the first time met O. W. Miller who at one 
time was (and should yet be) a member of our 
fraternity. He is at the head of the Com- 
mercial College at this place. 

On the 4th Ave went on to Newton, Harvey 
County, and were met at the depot by brother 
John Wales, who, by the Avay, is an indefati- 
gable worker in Christianity. The ,5th was 
spent in looking at the country, and behind 
such a fine team, as brother John has, Ave 
cannot help seeing "much land" — and some 
water, too, as we can truly testify, since a bath 
in the beautiful creek Emma, is a thing not 

soon to be forgotton. This fine stream of 
clear, cool water runs through Bro. John's 
farm and for stock purposes is hard to beat. 

The wheat crop is good, oats promises a 
large yield, and corn bids fair to bring forth 
a golden harvest. 

In short, Harvey county is a grand country ; 
and it Avould be a noble deed for some good 
minister to locate there and feed the sheep 
and lambs. Bro. Wales offers the use of 40 
acres for ten years to a minister, and if there 
were a house on it, it Avould not long go beg- 
ging. Still it is a good offer to one who can 
put a house on it. On account of previous 
arrangements I could not remain over Lord's 
day to preach. We would haA r e enjoyed 
fellowship with the saints there. 

The 6th found us at Hutchinson, Reno Co., 
Here we met Mr. A. H. Beegle, an uncle of 
my wife's and by him Avas taken ten miles 
South-east, on the south side of -the Arkansas 
river. Mr. B. located here on a homestead 
two years ago, and recently sold ■ his place 
for $3500. All kinds of grain and vegetables 
look Avell. A fine rain while we Avere there 
freshened up things lively. On the 7th we 
went five miles South to Mr. John Cowen's, 
who certainly lives in a nice and beautiful 
country. In the afternoon we came to Hutch- 
inson and took the train for Nickerson. The 
brethren not knowing of our coming, did not 
meet us, but a friendly Irishman by name of 
Mc Fadden took us out to brother Deterer's 
where we arrived at milking time. Of course 
it w r as a surprise, but none the less enjoyable 
for all that, The next morning brother Percy 
Trostle came over and we had a short visit 
with him, and though it was Sunday and we 
much desired to remain and preach Jesus, 
we were obliged to go on to Garden City, hav- 
ing arrangements with three others to meet 
them on the train. 

At Nickerson we were again joined by Mr. 
Wm. Lescher the gentlemanly Transportation 
and Field Agent of the A. T & S. F. R. R. 
Mr. Lescher is a hard worker*. He is kind, net 
given to exaggeration, and fills a place Avhere 
he can do much for mankind. He was with 
us at Hutchinson, and Ave feel that it is a 
pleasure to meet one who is ever ready to 
kindly aid in making all feel good. 

At PaAvnee Rock jve were joined by Mr. 
Beegle and wife, and by 4 P. M. just as the 
people were emerging from Sunday School, 
we alighted in Garden City, of which and the 
surrounding country we shall speak next AA-eek. 


Notes and Jottinjrs. 

On June the 21st we left home, to visit a 
colony of members in Henry county, that 
were formerly under our care. Spent that 
evening and the next day visiting the mem- 
bers for their encouragement. Our donations 
of time, labor, and money had previously ev- 
idenced our concern for the cause among 
them, which Ave yet retained. We Avere men- 
tally pained to find the spirit of division from 
the labors of one who had come among them. 
We hoped for better things of him ; — "by the 
fruits Ave knoAv the tree." With Eld. John , 

Provont, and E. H. Rosenberger met with 
them in council next day. Called the mat- 
ters of difference up, and alloAved, and even 
solicited every brother and sister to express 
their mind freely. In love, the advantage of 
humble union Avas shown; and our humble 
prayers. Avere more than met. After several 
meetings with them, Ave left Avith very satis- 
factory evidence of an encouraging future 
with them. They have a commodious house 
for worship, Avith but a trifling indebtedness. 

Bro. Provont feels much encouraged in 
his own immediate field, having neither of 
the recent ruinous extremes to destroy the 
flock. Reported twelve received in the last 
eight months. 

Our Sabbath-school is encouraging, having 
no opposition. Our beloved elder, Samuel 
Mohler has charge of the Bible Class. 

The old saying that "if it rains on Whit- 
sunday, it aa ill rain for seven successive Sun- 
days," was true with us this year. 

We are pleased with the result of the con- 
solidation of our papers. That to us is an 
exponent of our future union. Annual Meet- 
ing has committed errors, no doubt; and to us 
one of its errors has been, in alloAving peri- 
odicals to be published among us, to mould 
elements for division in the church. 

I. J. Rosenberger. 

Under date of July 17, Bro. C. H. Bals- 
baugh says: "To-morroAv it will be S6 years 
that my mother Avas born. She died on New 
Year's day 1874. On the 4th inst,, it was 90 
years that my father saw the light. He died 
Nov. 21, 1871. They lie side by side one hun- 
dred yards from where I am writing. They 
grow dearer to my soul as the years roll on. 
They being dead yet speak, and the voice is 

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A Greeting to the General Brotherhood. 

We propose to sot forth in order a declara- 
tion of the fundamental principles of the 
Gospel which are most surely believed among 

First, faith in the being and attributes of 
the -one true and living God, in three Per- 
sons, the Father, the Son, and the. Holy 
Ghost, three in one, and one in three, a Trin- 
ity in Unity, and a Unity in Trinity. "He 
that cometh to God must believe that he is, 
and that he is a rewarder of all them that 
diligently seek him." Heb. 11: 6. 

The obligation we are under of paying re- 
ligious regards to each of these Divine per- 
sons respectively, arises from the respective 
relations in which they each stand to us. — 
These relations are made known to us by 
reason and revelation. First, by the exercise 
of our intellectual endowments in contem- 
plating the econoinjr of nature, the mind is 
impressed with the being and attributes of 
the Father. "For the invisible things of him 
from the creation of the world are clearly 
seen, being understood by the things that are 
madej even his eternal power and Godhead, 
so that they are without excuse." But Chris- 
tianity is to be considered as containing an 
account of a dispensation of things not dis- 
coverable by reason, in consequence of which 
several distinct precepts are enjoined upon' 

Christianity is a promulgation of God's 
general providence as Governor of the world, 
and contains a revelation of a particular dis- 
pensation of Providence, carried on by his 
Son and Spirit for the recovery and salvation 
of mankind; and in consequence of this rev- 
elation being made, we are commanded to be 
baptized, not only in the name of the Father, 
but also of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, 
and other obligations of duty (unknown be- 
fore), to the Son and Holy Ghost, are re- 

The importance of these duties may be ob- 
served from the offices which appear, from 
Scripture, to belong to these divine Persons, 
or from the relations which, we are there in- 
formed, they stand in to us. By reason is 
revealed the relation which God, the Father, 
stands in to us. Hence arises the obligation 
of duty which we are under to him. 

In Scripture are revealed the relations 
which the Son and Holy Spirit stand in to us. 
Hence arises the obligation of duty we are 
under to them. The truth of these premises 
being admitted; that God is the Governor of 
the world, upon the evidence of reason; that 
Christ is the Mediator between God and man; 
and the Holy Ghost, our Guide and Sanctifi- 
er upon the evidence of revelation: it is no 
more a question why it should be command- 
ed that Ave be baptized in the name of the 
Son, and of the Holy Ghost, than that we be 
baptized in the name of the Father. 

Second, God commands all men everywhere 
to repent, because He hath appointed a day 
in which He will judge the world in right- 
eousness, by that man whom He hath ordain- 
ed; whereof He hath given assurance unto 

all men, in that He hath raised Him from 
the dead. Acts 17: 30, 31. 

An evangelical repentance comprises the 
following considerations : 

1. Conviction of sin, and that we stand 
exposed to the righteous indignation and 
wrath of God. 

2. That we are sorry for sin, and that we 
have offended His majesty. 

3. That we are cultivating a hatred to sin 
in all of its forms. 

4. That we are determined to renounce all 
the sinful practices and pleasures of the 
world, God being our helper. 

5. That we covenant with God to reform 
our lives, and conform to His will, as reveal- 
ed in the New Testament Scriptures. 

C. That we believe on, and accept Jesus 
Christ as our Redeemer and Savior, trusting 
in his blood for reconciliation and pardon, 

7. And waiting for the comforting influ- 
ence of the Holy Spirit (our Guide and Sanc- 
tifier) to refresh our memory "and guide us 
into all truth, tliat we may perfect holiness 
in the fear of the Lord," and with that grace 
which is to be brought unto us at the revela- 
tion of Jesus Christ, prepared for the enjoy- 
ment of the mansions of the blest. "Ye be- 
lieve in God, believe also in me," says the 
Master. "In my Father's' house are many 
mansions; if it were not so, I would have 
told you; I go to prepare a place for you, 
that where I am, ye may be also." John 11: 
1, 2. B. F. Moomaw. 

My Trip West.— Continued. 

When I last wrote,. I was stopping in the 
city of Lawrence. At this place I enjoyed 
the hospitality of the family of Bro. Thomas 
G. Winey, formerly of Juniata Co., Pa., also 
visited the families of brother and sister 
Supplee, and Kantherman. Sister Winey 
accompanied me to the University. It is a 
fine structure built of stone, situated on a 
hill overlooking the city. We were shown 
through the building and out to the cupola, 
from which we had a grand view of the 
country. The height of the building is nine- 
ty feet, and on that clear, beautiful afternoon 
the scenery from the top was very fine. The 
library is an immense one, and surely the 
students there have no reason to complain of 
a want of reading-matter. The museum 
contains quite a large collection. They have 
an agent traveling every Summer collecting 
specimens. The chapel will seat fifteen hun- 
dred. Six hundred were there during the 
last year. The students were busy preparing 
for commencement, which took place the sec- 
ond week in June, and as we passed through 
the halls, we heard them rehearsing for the 
occasion. The location is a beautiful one and 
the institution an honor to the State of Kan- 
sas. ' The building cost over $200,000. 

On the following Sunday I attended the 
Brethren's Sunday -School at the Pleasant 
Grove church, eight miles from the city. 
The work is rather in its infancy and not 
many children present, but I was pleased to 
see a number of fathers and mothers there, 
and manifesting an interest in the school. 

Too often the parents think that they are too 
old to attend Sunday-school, and the result 
is, the children want to follow their example. 
Children, as a rule, feel safe in doing what 
father and mother do, and if parents wish 
their children to take an interest in Sunday- 
school, they should encourage them by going 
with them. Example is more potent than 
precept, and children can very soon discover 
whether or not their parents are interested in 
the good work. The country schools labor 
under many disadvantages that we know not 
of, but this should not cause discouragement 
nor impede the work. ' 

We also spent a day with sister Mattie 
Hertzler, formerly Bashor, from Perrysville, 
Juniata Co., Pa. A few years ago I formed 
her acquaintance in her eastern home. She 
was then a young school girl and not a mem- 
ber of the church. Since, she has married 
and moved to Kansas, where she is very 
pleasantly located. 

Among the most pleasant events of my vis- 
it in Lawrence, was an evening spent at a so- 
cial prayer-meeting, at the home of our old 
sister Rothrock. She requested to be anoint- 
ed, and for that purpose the meeting was 
apointed. Eld. John Forney of Abilene, of- 
ficiated, assisted by brother Baker from the 
home church. Among those present was our 
old sister Supplee, of Philadelphia, who took 
an active part in the meeting. Several States 
were represented and the occasion was one of 
interest, and was richly enjoyed by all. Such 
seasons have a tendency to unite still closer 
Christian believers, and were they more prev- 
alent in the church to-day, greater good would 
be accomplished. The little band in the busy 
city of Lawrence, very much needs meetings 
of this kind, and they expressed a desire to 
have them. Ever since the Brethren, have 
preached in Huntingdon, a weekly prayer- 
meeting has been in progress, and we have 
realized that it has been a powerful means of 
keeping us united, and giving each one "some- 
thing to do." Those who have been here and 
have gone out to battle with the world, can 
testify to the benefit they derived while at- 
tending them, and when leaving, expressed 
regret that the churches, into which they 
would go, did not have them. Workers are 
needed in the church, and there is a vast har- 
vest field ripe and ready for reapers. 

. On the afternoon of May 30, while thou- 
sands were congregating in the Park, to hear 
the speeches incident to Decoration Day, I 
left for the East. By six o'clock, I was in 
Kansas City. Soon I took the C. & A. for 
St. Louis, and as the sun sank in the western 
horizon, and the evening shades gathered, I 
could not help but feel somewhat isolated, 
surrounded by strangers in a strange land. — 
Not a familiar face was to be seen. It was 
Wednesday evening, and as the hour arrived 
for our prayer-meeting at home, I longed to 
be there. The occasion afforded a good op- 
portunity for meditation. In my musings, 
realizing that we were exposed to danger 
while the train was rushing rapidly through 
the darkness, the language of the Apostle 
Paul, when he was shipwrecked, came forci- 
I bly to mind; "For there stood by me this 


4 r / 

night the angel of the Lord, whose I am and 
whom I serve." There is much comfort de- 
rived from the promises of the Bible, and 
were it not that we can claim these as ours, 
our pathway through life would often be dark 
and gloomy. Belying on the strength of the 
"everlasting arms," all is well, and so on this 
occasion. The darkness passed away and the 
"king of day" shone forth in his usual bril- 
liancy, and we were safe from all harm. 

By 7 o'clock, we entered St. Louis. It is 
a great railroad center, and crowds are con- 
stantly coming and going. Left there at 8 
o'clock, for Cincinnati. By my side sat an 
old gentleman from Kansas City, on his way 
to Kentucky. He said he made the trip for- 
ty years ago in twenty-one days, by private 
conveyance, and now he could go over the 
same distance in two clays. Quite a change. 
In the evening arrived at Cincinnati, and 
was glad to get a glimpse of the Ohio Biver. 
The far West is noted for muddy, sluggish 
streams, — very different from those that wind 
their way among the grand old hills of Penn- 

By 7 o'clock the next morning, we crossed 
the Allegheny again. The sun shining on 
the grass and flowers wet with the dews of 
the night, the sparkling water as it ran from 
the sides of the mountain, the beautiful 
stream, Cheat Biver, as it rushed over its 
rocky bed below, constituted a pieture that 
was calculated" to awaken feelings of rever- 
ence and adoration toward the Divine Artist 
and Architect. The scenery from there to 
Cumberland is very rugged, but to my mind, 
exceeds, in real grandeur, any I saw in the 
Western States. 

By 10 o'clock, reached Cumberland, where 
I spent a short time at the home of Bro. L. 
D. Bohrer. In the afternoon, accompanied 
by sister Emmert, we left for Huntingdon, 
and in the evening reached home. Several 
changes had taken place during the four 
weeks, some of which were very pleasant to 
contemplate. Among the most enjoyable was 
the addition of eleven to the church. These 
were all students of the Normal School, caus- 
ing great rejoicing. 

On the following day, our Love-feast was 
held, and it was a feast indeed, and one that 
will long be remembered by those present. — 
Notwithstanding many were happy in their 
new relation, others were sad and longed to 
be released from their cruel bondage. 

On the following Wednesday evening we 
again resorted to the river side, and three 
more made the good confession, and since, 
two, making sixteen in a few weeks. We 
feel that those added will be ornaments to 
the Church, and willing workers in the good 
cause. As they leave us and go out into the 
sinful world where they will not be surround- 
ed by such favorable influences as here at 
school, we feel to pray the prayer of the Sav- 
ior for his disciples, not to "take them out of 
the world but to keep them from the evil that 
is in the world." The Church greatly needs 
their assistance, and we trust wherever they 
go, they will all help to build up the waste 
places of Zion and prove true to the princi- 
ples of the Gospel. Finally, when the war- 

fare is ended, when we are done meeting in 
earthly sanctuariSi, and at the baptismal wa- 
ters, what a grand reunion that will be, when 
we can all meet where sin and sorrow never en- 
ter, and where there are no sad partings— in 
the sunny climes of heaven. 

"A few more meetings here, 
Shall cheer us on our way ; 
And we shall reach the endless rest, 
The eternal Sabbath dyy." 

Wealthy A. Clarke. 
Huntingdon, Pa. 

From Richland Church, Ohio. 

Dear Brethren: — 

Our Love-feast is past. Large attend- 
ance and good order; ministers present, Wil- 
liam Murray, George Worst and Budy, of 
Ashland Co., Ohio; William Workman and 
David Brubaker of Loudonville, Ohio. May 
the Lord bless them for their labors. 


with the dear brethren at Mt, Morris, will 
ever be a verdant spot in memory's wreath; 
and I hope that the future years which I 
shall spend with them may be many. 
Eoann, lnd. 

From Covinyton, Ohio.— July <S. 

From Hardy, W. Va.-May 21. 

Dear Brethren: — 

Our church-meeting held at Crab Bun, 
on the 19th inst., passed off very pleasantly. 
We were made to weep for joy on seeing two 
wandering souls return to the fold, asking 
fellowship with us again. Health is good ; fine 
growing weather. Let us all be faithful to 
God, and a few more days we will all meet in 
our Father's House. L. D. Caldwell. 

From James M. Neff. 

Dear Brethren: — 

After spending three months at Mt. 
Morris, I am again at home. And in behalf 
of Mt. Morris, the students and the church 
at that place, I wish to say a few words 
through your worthy paper. 

To say that I am highly pleased with the 
College, and the culture and influence afford- 
ed by it, would but half express it. The Col- 
lege is conducted under the most judicious 
management, and supplied with a most pro- 
ficient corps of professors, and the instruc- 
tion is very thorough, being given in a clear 
and effective manner. 

Although the advantages received from the 
intellectual training are great, yet they are 
not surpassed by the advantages received 
from the social and religious influence which 
the school affords. 

The students, as a rule, are of the most re- 
fined and Christian character, and the moral 
influence exerted by such associations cannot 
be over-estimated. 

The brethren and sisters are plain, courte- 
ous, modest and unassuming. The church is 
in a prosperous condition, there being no 
trouble with either of the opposing factions. 
Under such circumstrnces fraternal love can 
freely flow. 

Services are held in the chapel every morn- 
ing; and, besides this, we have the privilege 
of attending preaching, Sunday-school, and 
prayer-meeting every week. All these ad- 
vantages make it a very desirable home. 

The three months which I have just spent 

Dear Brethren : — 

This morning I had the pleasure of 
meeting with the beloved members and 
friends at Sabbath-school and church in Cov- 
ington. Although the weather was a little 
unpleasant, there was a good attendance. — 
The interest manifested in the Sabbath-school 
by both parents and children was exceedingly 
encouraging. The dark cloud that for awhile 
seemed to be casting its shadow over us, is 
fleeing away, the sea of disturbance becoming 
cpiiet and the "old ship" is again gliding 
smoothly, as it were, over the once troubled 
waters. We were very interestingly enter- 
tained this morning with a sermon delivered 
by Bro. I. J. Bosenberger. Taking his text 
from Matt. 16: 18, the basis of his discourse 
was the church. Truly no one present and 
interested could help but be benefitted by the 
appropriate remarks made. 

It is quite a pleasure to meet with tbe dear 
friends at home again, yet we shall never for- 
get the dear members at Mt. Morris, nor the 
many kind words they gave us, and the good 
lessons we learned of them. Quite often do 
I vividly recall the pleasant recollections of 
kind teachers and school-mates, whom I met 
in the halls and class-rooms of the dear old 
College. Although we are now separated 
may our greatest aim be to please God, and 
our united prayers for the increase oi bis 
fold. Vina Eller. 

From South Keokuk Church, la. — June 8. 

Dear Brethren : — 

This arm of tbe church seems to be in 
love and union. Our regular quarterly coun- 
cil was held on Saturday, June 30th; every- 
thing passed off pleasantly; nothing came up 
to disturb the peice and harmony of the 
church. We have regular meetings every 
first and third Sundays. On the first day of 
July the church was made to rejoice by two 
precious souls that confessed their sins, and 
were made willing to accept Christ. One was 
a young man who has been afflicted for some 
time. He was carried into the water and was 
baptized. He then walked out in newness of 
life, Ave hope and trust, to serve and praise 
his Maker the remainder of his days. Xext 
day he called for tbe Elders of the church 
and was anointed with oil in the name of the 
Lord. AVe hope and trust that many more 
wall see the error of their ways before it is 
too late. Ma: y C. Wondbrlich. 

A Missionary writes from Ceylon: "It is a 
noticeable fact that where Christian women 
are married to heathen husbands, general^ 
the influence in the household is Christian; 
whereas, when a Christian man takes a heath- 
en wife, he usually loses his Christian charac- 
ter, and the influence of the household is on 
the side of heathenism." 




The British Lords, Thursday evening, 
June 28, rejected the bill permitting mar- 
riage with a deceased wile's sister. 

Report has been made by the Boaulof 
Health, to. the Collector of Boston, that 
within six months '23,550 assisted immi- 
grants had been examined at that port, 
many of them being so aged and infirm 
that they must necessarily become public 

Shad and other varieties of food fish 
are disappearing from the Potomac. 
Twenty years ago the annual catch of 
shad alone amounted to scores of millions. 
Hardly as many thousands are now takes, 
and the price has advanced in Washing- 
ton to 25 cents per pound. 



Aug. 18 and 19, at 10 A. M., Monroe Co., con- 
gregation, near Frederic, Monroe Co., Iowa. 

Aug. 23 and 24th, at 11 A. M., Deep River 
church, Powesheik Co.. Iowa. 

Sept. 1, Little Traverse church, Arbor 
Springs, Emmet Co., Mich. 

Sept. 8 and 9 in the Verdigris church, Madison, 
Kan. Those coming by rail will please 
notify 'Chas. M. Yearout. 

Sept. 15 at 2 P. M., Somerset church, Jalapa, 

Sept. 15, at 2 P. M., Dorchester church. Neb., 
at the house of Bro. J. B. Cripe, two miles 
east of Dorchester, Saline Co., Neb. 

Sept. 15 and 16, at 10: 30 A. M., Coldwater 
church, Butler Co., Iowa. 

Sept. 15, at 2 P. M., Somerset church, Wabash 
Co., Ind. . 9 miles south of Wabash. 

Sept. 15 and 16, in the Crooked Creek church, 
six miles north east of Keota, Washington 
Co., Iowa. Those coming on the Chicago, 
Kock Island and Pacific R. R., will stop off 
at Keota; those on the B., C. R. &N. R. R., 
will stop off at Nira, where they will be 
met by informing Benjamin Miller. 

Sept. 22 and 23, at 2 P. it. in the Bethel church 
at the house of Bro . Samuel Teeter, about 
9 miles N. W. of Carletou, Thayer Co., 
Neb., on the line of the St. Joe and West- 
ern—a branch of the U. P. 

Sept. 28th, at IP M., Bear Creek church, 
Christian Co., 111. 

Oct. 4th, at 10 o'clock, in the Clear Creek 
church, Huntington Co., Ind. 

Oct. 11th, in the Pine Creek church, St. Joseph 
Co., Ind., three miles north-west of Lapaz. 

Oct. 12, at 4 P. M., in Xellow Creek church 
Elkhart Co., Ind., seven miles south-west 
of Goshen, Ind * 

Oct. 13 and 14 at 10 A. M., in the Spring Run 
church, at their meeting-house six miles 
east of Prairie City, Fulton Co , 111 . 


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Rough and Ready 

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Pisher's Summit 

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7 10 

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4 48 

11 35 

7 25 

9 52 

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4 35 

11 20 

7 30 

9 57 

Hopewell. .. 

4 29 

11 13 

7 40 

10 07 

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4 17 

11 03 

7 51 

10 15 


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10 27 

3 58 

10 43 

8 05 

10 30 

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3 55 

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Mt. Morris, 111., and Huntingdon, Pa., July 24, 1883. 

No. 29. 


H. B. BRUMBAUGH, Editor, 

And Business Manager of the Eastern House, Box 50, 

Huntingdon, Pa. 

83?~*A11 monies due Quinter & Brumbaugh Bros. , for "Prim- 
itive Christian" and "Young Disciple," Books. Hymn-books, 
Hymnals, etc., ordered before July 1st, must be paid to them, 
and should be so directed. When money for the old and the 
new firm is sent together, the amount for each firm should be 
named . As we are especially anxious to have all business con- 
nected with the old firm settled, we kindly ask that all indeb- 
tedness to us made prior to July 1st, be sent us as soon as poe- 
sible, Please attend to this and much oblige. 


Box 50, Huntingdon, Pa. 

Eld. Isaac Price, who has been suffering 
for the last few weeks, informs us that he is 
now (July 16,) greatly relieved, and happy 
in the Lord. We wish thee well. 

In brother S. H. Myers' "Notes By the 
Way," P. C, No. 2, we made him say: "beau- 
tiful country," instead of "beautiful scenery," 
as he wrote it. We gladly make the correc- 

Bro. J. B. B. and wife are off on a visit 
East and will be gone several weeks. After 
their return they expect to prepare for school 
work and will commence with the coming 
school year. 

The "Revised Minutes" are now ready for 
distribution. They are nicely printed, with 
marginal notes, and indexed, and will be sent 
to all who may order them at 20 cents per 
copy or $2.00 per dozen. 

In order to close out the Reports yet on 
hand, of the last A.*M., we will hereafter send, 
postpaid, single copy for 25 cents or five for 
$1.00. Stamps taken for change. The Re- 
port is a very good one and should be read 
by all. Send for it. 

We pride ourselves in being able to deciph- 
er almost anything in the shape of writing 
that comes within the scope of legibility, ex- 
cept names. These should be written in leg- 
ible characters. In writing, please remember 
this and few mistakes will be made. 

Bro. J. B. Thompson, of Swedonia, Kan., 
says: "Health is good in this vicinity. Crops 
of all kinds look splendid. Corn promises 
a large yield,— have had roasting ears on the 
market for some time. Peaches promise a 
fair crop. This is a splendid stock country." 
—July 10th, 1883. 

We pity the brethren who write us for 
certain numbers of the paper "to know what 
is being done," saying that they have not 
been taking any of the church papers during 
the present year. We pity them because 
they are abundantly able to pay for the pa- 
per, but are not willing to do so. 

Dr. P. Fahrney, of Chicago, has invented 
a "Sani-couche," a contrivance to keep cool 
and puiify the air of the sick chamber, or 
any other chamber in which pure, cool air is 
desired. It is a novel invention and we ad- 
vise those who wish to know all about it, to 
send for his circular. 

Sister Mamie Quinter will spend sever- 
al weeks in the "Green Tree" Congregation 
visiting her sister and brother-in-law, J. T. 
Myers. Sister Laura Keeny and sister B. H. 
Funk are down in the "Old Dominion" State. 
Sister Funk visiting among home friends, and 
sister Laura calling with former Normalites. 
We wish them all a pleasant visit. 

Bro. S. J. Garber, of Middle River church, 
Va., says, at their last meeting they were 
made to rejoice at the reception of three 
members by certificate, all young and zeal- 
ous, one, H. C, Early, being a minister. 
They were also made to mourn the loss of 
one of their own members by death, Daniel 
Seroyham. He fell from a cherry-tree and 
was so badly hurt that he died in about ten 
days. His family, consisting of a wife and 
five children, has the sympathy of the entire 

Our Legislature has appropriated $200,000 
more, towards continuing the work of the 
State Reformatory that is being built just 
across the river from our office. It has been 
already two years building and will require 
several more to complete it. It is a sad 
thought that many a darling boy that now 
nestles in the fond mother's bosom is a can- 
didate for a position behind those iron bars. 
Who is it that will prepare them for the po- 
sition? Go and ask the rum-seller. Ah, 
thou fiend in human form, ihou art the man. 

Bro. and sister Detwiler, of Summitville, 
lad., says: "We are much pleased with the 
new paper and especially with the renewal 
of old acquaintances, as Ave had not felt able 
to take more than one paper for some time. 
We wish the new firm a larger patronage and 
much success in their labors for promoting 
love and holiness in the church." Your good 
wishes are appreciated and we hope that you 
may not be disappointed in your expectations. 
To make our work a success, depends large- 
ly upon the patronage given us by our breth- 
ren and sisters. The "Messenger" ought to 
go to every home in the Brotherhood, and 
there is no reason why it should not, espe- 
cially for the balance of the year, when it can 
be had for only fifty cents. A pull all togeth- 
er, will greatly enlarge our list. 

Bro. D. C. Moomaw in speaking of being 
present at one of the Old Brethren's Meetings 
says: "In the speeches made on the occasion 
of the divisions here, it was repeatedly stated 
that the "traditions of the fathers" must bo 
preserved. On yesterday, the occasion of 
their first devotional meeting, the same speak- 
er affirmed that the primitive Christians were 
persecuted because they followed the tradi- 
tions of the fathers, and intimated that they 
should expect the same treatment. If he 
will just reverse the statement, it will serve 
the cause of truth better. The traditions of 
the fathers need noi be preserved and the 
primitive church w r as persecuted because 
she would not preserve them." 

Bro. Jacob Shaneour, of Primrose, Ohio, 
says that the dropping of the names of the 
former papers will seem strange for awhile, 
to many, but hopes that all will soon learn to 
lov,e the Gospel Messenger even, better 
than the others. We hope, too, that this may 
be so. We shall try to make its character 
correspond with the name it bears, and if so, 
a Gospel Messenger should be a welcome 
guest into the home of every Christian fam- 
ily. He farther says that as the papers are 
now consolidated, he hopes that it may be the 
means of uniting our hearts more truly than 
bhey have ever been before. So may it b . 
He reports harvest as being good, hay heavy, 
corn small and bat few apples in the i 
around,- but thanks be to the Giver of all 
good, we have plenty to eat, to drink ami t > 
wear, and "a little to spare." This little to 
spare we ought all to have, and it ought to be 
for the Lord— for the promotion of his cb 

As .the time is now here that we wish to 
commence making preparations to issue the 
"Brethren's Almanac" for 1881, Ave want to 
call the attention of our ministering brethren 
to our "Ministerial List." Corrections shoul. I 
now be made, and made soon. We suggest 
that two or three or more, in each District 
take this matter into hand and then attend to 
it at once. To all who are willing to do this, 
we will send a copy of this year's Almanac 
free, in Avhicli to make corrections. And I 
the lines are now sufficiently drawn between 
the different- divisions to determine wl 
each one belongs, it is suggested that we in- 
sert the names pf those only, who stand iden- 
tified with the regular Brethren Church, and 
that all other names may be erased. Now, 
nil who are willing to aid us in getting the 
list as correct as possible, let us hear from 
you at once, and do not wait till after the Al- 
manac is published and then commence 
pointing out the errors. Now, is the tim^ to 
do this and we want it done soon. Any sug- 
gestions in regard to the work or conti 
tions for its columns will be thankfully 



tup: gospel messenger. 


Study to show thyeolf approved unto God. a workman that 

needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the 

Word of Truth. 


Wiiere shall we learn to die? 

Go, gaze with steadfast eye 

On dark Gethseinane, 

Or darker Calvary, 

Where, thro' each lingering hour, 

The Lord of grace and power, 

Most lowly and most High, 

Has taught the Christian how to die. 

When in the olive shade, 
His long last prayer He prayed; 
When, on the Cross, to Heaven 
His parting spirit was given, 
He showed that to fulfill 
The Father's gracious Will, 
Not asking how or why, 
Alone prepares the soul to die. 

No word of angry strife, 

No anxious cry for life, 

By scoff and tovtuie torn 

He speaks not scorn for scorn; 

Calmly forgiving those 

Who deem themselves His foes, 

Id silent majesty 

He points the way in peace to die. 

Delighted to the last 

In memories of the past; 

Glad at the parting meal 

In lowly task to kneel; 

Still yearning to the end > 

For mother and for fiiend; 

His great humility 

Love* in such acts of love to die. 

Beyond His depth of woes 
A wider thought arose, 
Along; His path of gloom 
Thought for his country's doom, 
Athwart all pains and grief, 
Thought for the contrite thief — 
The far- stretched sympathy 
Lives od, when all beside shall die. 

Bereft, but not alone, 

The world is still his own; 

The realm of deathless truth 

Still breathes, immortal youth; 

Sure, though in shudd'ring dread, 

That all is finished, 

With purpsse fixed on high 

The friend of all mankind must die. 

0! by those weary hours 
Of slowly ebbing powers, 
By those deep lessons heard 
In each expiring word; 
By that unfailing love 
Lifting the soul above, 
When our last end is nigh, 
0. teach us, Lord, with Thee to die! 
— Dean Stanley, in Macmillan' s Magazine. 



To Bro. Samuel Reed, of Birj Swatara 
Church, Penna. : — 

When you pruned my grape-vines this 
Spring, I promised you, as equivalent for 
your services, the outline of a sermon on 
John 1: 51. The subject is, 


When Christ says "verily," we may be sure 
he has an important truth to announce. — 
When he says "verily, verily" he means to 
call our attention to a matter of the very 

highest consequence. Verily, Verily, is the 
same as Amen, Amen. When the Godman 
litters his double Amen, he is opening to us 
the very heart of redemptive truth, the inner- 
most of His and our being. 

When man sinned, and fell from holiness, 
he fell from God and heaven; he was driven 
from Paradise, and the home of beauty and 
ecstasy was shut. God shoved the bolt of his 
righteousness across the gate of Eden, so that 
the sinner's return was impossible. Omnipo- 
tent holiness stood between man and bliss. — 
That door had to be opened before heaven 
could be entered. Christ came for the very 
purpose of drawing back the bolt with which 
the Almighty had barred the passage to the 
Tree of Life. "lam the Door; by me if any 
man enter in, he shall be saved." John 10: 9. 
No man cometh unto the Father but by the 
Son. When God and man are at odds, a God- 
man Mediator is requisite to reconciliation. 
The being whom God makes out of His own 
substance, can be redeemed only by the sac- 
rifice of His own substance. This demon- 
strates the essential immortality of human 
nature. God incarnate is the Shepherd of 
the sheep, the Door of the fold, the Lamb of 
God, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Tree 
of Knowledge, Tree of life, Bread of life, 
Water of life, yea, the Life. Wonderful Je- 
sus. He is mighty to save, meek to suffer, 
wise and tender to guide, and full of eternal 
life to nourish and strengthen and sweeten 
and beautify the soul with the very power 
and peace and blessedness of God. It is fit- 
ting that his name is "Wonderful." His of- 
fice is to open Heaven, to shut Hell, to undo 
the effects and the power of sin, to bind the 
devil, to "lead captivity captive," and conduct 
us back into Paradise through the open, 
blood-baptized, holiness-hinged, crystal door 
of Golgotha. He must be more than perfect- 
ly human — "God manifest in the flesh," very 
man, very God, "holy, harmless, undefiled, 
separate from sinners." Heb. 7: 26. When 
man sold himself to the Devil, there was no 
self-restorative energy left. The first Adam 
was "corrupt through the deceitful lusts," 
and a New Man, a Divine Man was necessary 
to break the tyranny of Apollyon over hu- 
manity, and unbind the fetters of evil desire 
and debasing habit. 

The first thing that we learn when we sin 
is that Heaven is shut, that God's face is veil- 
ed, and that Paradise is no longer ours. This 
is the beginning of Hell. This is the first 
spark of the unquenchable fire. No sooner 
is wrong committed than we feel in our con- 
science the gnawing of the undying worm. 
This flame must be extinguished, this worm 
must be slain, this door must be unlocked, 
unbolted, and set wide open, and we must en- 
ter in, into the very heart and holiness and 
serenity of God, or the incipient hell of earth 
becomes the consummate hell of Eternity. 
Paradise was a miniature Heaven, and this 
garden of delights was man's congenial home. 
Sin made us homeless, outcast tramps among 
thorns and thistles, baptized us in our own 
sweat, covered us with shame, filled us Avith 
self-reproach and the condemnation of God, 
and sinote us with spiritual and physical I 

death. There is perhaps nothing that will so 
amaze us when we reach the spirit-world, sav- 
ed or unsaved, as the virulent, damnable nat- 
ure of sin. "Blindness hath in part happen- 
ed unto Israel," or there could occur no 
schism save for one reason, viz., that which 
necessitated the Divine Incarnation and cru- 
cifixion. But the sad truth is, that what is 
no sin per se, becomes so to us because we 
are sin. What shuts Paradise to one does 
not necessarily shut it to another. But there 
is no truth so liable to abuse, and none with 
which it is so difficult to deal, and none, per- 
haps, which the Brethren understand less, 
and none wherein we more easily practice 
self-deception. Here comes in a broad law 
of expediency, the ignoring of which has 
much to do with our ecclesiastical perturba- 

The first question of the Old Testament is, 
"Where art thou?" The inquiry comes from 
the lips of God, and tells man that he is a 
prodigal, away from home, feeding his swin- 
ish nature with less satisfaction than the 
filthiest brute. It is natural and compliment- 
ary for a sow to wallow in the mire, but for a 
being created in the image of God to "walk 
after the flesh," is abnormal and suicidal. — 
The first question of the New Testament is, 
" Where is He?" Matt. 2: 2. This is the New 
Man, the better Adam, the conqueror of sin 
and death, who was dead and is alive forever- 
more, who carries at his golden girdle the 
keys of Hades and the last enemy, who open- 
eth and no man shutteth, and shutteth and 
no man openeth, whose Being is absolute Per- 
fection. His first "verily, verily" includes 
both these primary questions, and declares 
that henceforth Heaven is open, God is rec- 
onciled, man can return home and rest in his 
Father's embrace, and be co-heir with Em- 
manuel of the exhaustless wealth of the All- 
possessor. The question which God puts to 
man reveals his apostasy; that the bond of 
perfectness uniting him to God is broken, 
that he is self-centered and hellward bound. 
The "where" in God's interrogation also in- 
cludes the what Alienation and distance 
mean orphanage and destitution and misery. 
"Where art thou?" is an awful question, yet 
the simple fact that it is put carries with it 
the yearning love of the maltreated Father 
of mercies, and has hidden in it all the wealth 
of redemption. The question of the Magi 
unlocks all the riches of God's purposes and 
all the love of his heart, and is the glorious 
complement of the stunning question in 
Eden. "Where art thou?" means separation 
from the Source of life and peace, slavery to 
the devil, and the horror of the Divine dis- 
pleasure. "Where is He?" means Emmanu- 
el, God with us, the healing of the fatal 
breach, the opening of the bosom of Eternal 
Love, and the welcome of the outcast to his 
forfeited estate. The first double Amen of 
Jesus is an epitome of the fall and the resto- 
ration, a linking of Eden and Gethsemane. 
Had not Heaven been shut by sin, there had 
been no need of a Divine Incarnation to open 
it. Plucking forbidden fruit is a dreadful 
crime, for it means insulting God, and believ- 
ing the devil in preference to Jehovah, and 



necessitating the Eternal to clothe Himself 
in flesh, lie swaddled' in a manger, and hang 
upon the cross expiring in agony and igno- 
miny. So horrible a thing is sin, that a sin- 
gle infraction takes the co- eternal Son out of 
the bosom of the Fafher and nails him to a 
wrath-blasted tree, a curse and an object of 
public derision. If we lose God's life we are 
unfit for God's fellowship, and to restore both, 
God and man must meet in one Person, and 
become the "Way, the Truth, the Life." Who- 
ever "apprehends that for which also he is 
apprehended of Christ Jesus," sees Heaven 
opened, and the old Bethel-dream fulfilled. 

The stupendous fact of an open heaven 
stands at the threshold of the Gospel. It de- 
mands Christ's first "verily, verily." Were 
it not for this great primal truth, we would 
have nothing to preach but a Gospel of de- 
spair. Man is damned, and he knows it, how- 
ever much he strives to hide the dreadful 
fact from himself. The sinner's very laugh 
betrays his lost condition. Some would-be- 
Christians had better think of this when they 
feel their risibilities rise. Even preachers 
sometimes advertise their carnality by their 
laugh. We were made to laugh, and laugh 
all the elect will by-and-by; bat in this life 
much of the Divine laughter is through sighs 
and tears. God himself laughs. Ps. 2: 4. — 
Nothing is more inopportune, shocking, and 
amazing than the laugh of a soul on whom 
rests the wrath of God, and who carries in 
heart and forehead the seal of hell. Afar off, 
unseen but heard, we discern in the sinner's 
low, boisterous joy the fact of his separation 
from God, and his degradation to the world, 
the flesh, and the devil. When the Heaven, 
opened in Jesus, also opens to and in us, we 
see our real self for the first time, and the 
sight is appalling indeed. Such a soul need 
not be told that he is lost, God-accursed, sin- 
fettered, devil-claimed, or that he must hum- 
ble himself into the very ashes of self-abase- 
ment, to "crucify the flesh, with the affections 
and lusts," to forsake the world and fight the 
devil with all the desperation inspired by the 
pressure of eternal issues. The open heav- 
en of the Incarnation opens our deepest in- 
ner being, makes sin exceeding sinful, reveals 
God in his awful majesty and holiness, lays 
bare the blackness of hell, and the blacker 
blackness of hell's Prince, and the outer 
darkness of the inner abyss of corruption 
and woe. 

Heaven was unveiled to the Godman in 
baptism, because there He fully came to his 
self-consciousness as God made flesh, and ful- 
ly consecrated himself to his work as Ke- 
deemer of humanity. At twelve years of age 
he had a strong intimation of his nature and 
mission, and longed to be about his Father's 
business. No doubt as a mere child, when 
he yet played with other children in the 
streets of Nazareth, he felt "stirrings of Di- 
vinity within." But it was in his liquid bur- 
ial, when he unreservedly committed himself 
to the sublime object of his incarnation, that 
the first audible recognition of his Sonship 
was vouchsafed to him. He was the Son 
from the beginning, but he had to reach a 
certain stage of self-recognition before the 

Heavens opened, and announced his qualifi- 
cation for the Messiahship. So it always is. 
Christian water-baptism is infinitely more 
than water. A Christless triple dip, even 
when administered by the holiest hands that 
were ever laid on applicant, will not avail.— 
This is the sad mistake that some of our 
evangelist brethren perpetrate. Some are 
over anxious for large additions to the church, 
and rather than dismiss their work without a 
net full of fishes, they will drag through the 
shallows instead of "launching out into the 
deep." Superficial conversions are the fruit 
of emotional clap-trap, so much in vogue 
with a large part of Christendom, and so as- 
siduously practiced by not a few of our own 
preachers. When Jesus went into Jordan 
He was Emmanuel, and this drew back the 
curtain of the sky, opened heaven, and called 
forth the voice of God. He was the Door, 
and therefore to him as well as in him was 
heaven opened. To be baptized as Jesus was, 
is to see what he saw, hear what he heard, al- 
though we may have great light and a high 
and glorious vision before. "Baptized into 
his death," "planted in the likeness of his 
death." I take this to be one of the most 
wonderful passages in the New Testament. 
It is a small matter to be in the likeness of 
his burial, in a merely external way. But to 
be baptized in the likeness of his death — 
this is to be Christed indeed. No wonder 
that Heaven opened to Christ in Jordan, and 
that a like experience is vouchsafed those who 
are with Him in the fullness of their self-sac- 
rifice and consecration. Water is the sym- 
bolical door to the visible kingdom of God, 
while Jesus is the Door, and no less the King- 
dom. There is an inbirth no less than an 
outbirth, and when Christ is both, baptism is 
Christian, The two are complemental. A 
Christ of pure Divinity is no Kedeemer, but 
a consuming fire. A Christ of pure human- 
ity is impotent to effect our salvation; the 
test of Gethsemane and Golgotha would de- 
stroy him. God and man must coalesce, and 
the Person so constituted must do all that is 
possible to man in the fulfilling of the law, 
and all that is possible to God in man in aton- 
ing for its violation. Water and Spirit are 
needed to the double birth that inducts into 
the double Kingdom. 

The first "verily, verily" of Christ deals 
with a radical work, leaving nothing in God 
or man, or devil, or sin untouched. It de- 
clares the tremendous significance of tin 1 in- 
carnation with all its antecedents, concomi- 
tants, and consequents. The startling ques- 
tion of Nathanael, "Whence knowest thou 
me?" merges into the thrilling confession of 
Hagar, "Thou God seest me." Gen. 1G: 13.— 
The prophetic dream-apocalypse of the fugi- 
tive patriarch at Bethel unfolds in the heav- 
en-opening, Cod-revealing Christ with over- 
powering reality. The mystic ladder stretch- 
es from earth to Heaven, and on it the God- 
and-man-serving angels descend and ascend. 
What Jacob saw in vision as far future, is in 
Christ a glorious, waking fact, "The temple 
of God is opened in Heaven, and there is 
seen the ark of his Testament," ami the Di- 
vinely-sensed soul is greeted with the most 

wonderful exhibitions of the Divine presence 
and character — "lightnings, voices, thunder- 
ings, earthquake, and great had." Bev. 11:19. 
When Heaven opens in the full revelation of 
God in Emmanuel, Sinai is forgotten in the 
greater glory and marvel and terror and grace 
of the Manger and the Cross. Among the 
"voices" that come down along that telegraph- 
ic ladder is this, "I am the Lord God, behold, 
I am with thee, and will keep thee in all plac- 
es whither thou goest, I will not leave thee, 
until I have done that which I have spokea 
to thee of." Gen. 28: 13, 15. Philip. 1: 6.— 
And with the subdued terror of Jacob, and 
the radiant, open-hearted amazement of Na- 
thanael, we will be constrained to say, "Sure- 
ly, the Lord is in this place and I knew it 
not: this is none other but the house of God, 
and this is the Gate of Heaven." The sin- 
bolted Eden has been unlocked at great cost, 
the sacrifice unto death of God's only-begot- 
ten and Avell-beloved, and we are not only to 
gaze through the open door into "the glory 
that excelleth," but to enter, and be with God 
and like God, and see Him as he is, and 
share his exaltation and rapture forever.— 
God is the proper home of man, and where 
God is, there is Heaven and to see Jesus is 
to look into the heart of God. "Marvel not 
that I said unto yon, ye musthe horn again," 
"born of God," bom into God. "Behold I 
have set before thee an open door, and no 
man can shut it." Bev. 3: 8. 

Who will enter? 

Eternity will answer. 



"And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, 

believing, ye shall receive." Matt. 21: 22. 

'"And the prayer of faith shall save the side, and the 
Lord shall raise him up.'" Jas. 5: 15. 

Why were these words written? Were 
they for those only who lived at the time they 
were written? Surely not. They certainly 
have the same meaning in this nineteenth 
century that they had at that time. While I 
believe that "God reaches us good things by 
our own hands," I also know that we receive 
numbers of blessings that no effort of our 
own, except the prayer of faith, can bring us. 
Jas. 1: 5. Bead the eleventh chapter of 
Hebrews, and note some of the results of 
faith. "Women received their dead raised t> 
life again." Could anything short of the faith 
taught by Christ, Matt. 17: 20, Mark 11: 22, 
21, Luke 17: 5, 6, and many other places 
raise the dead? Jas. o: 17, 18. 

Elias, a man subject to like passions as we 
are, prayed, earnestly that it might not rain. 
Did lie not haye. faith? Yea, verily. Other- 
wise his grayer would never liavo been an- 
swered. Eor what other effort could he I 
put forth that would have availed anything?' 
Some persons seem to think it impossible for 
us to have faith like that of Elias, and like 
that faith that Christ taught his disciples. 
Why do they think so? Is there anything in 
the Sjcriptures to lead them to think so?— 
Certainly not. Were not Elias and those* ah- 



ers who received such answers to prayer, 
ilesh and blood, and subject to like passions 
as we are? 

Did not they have temptations like we? Did 
not that "sin that doth so easily beset us" 
(unbelief) trouble them as it does us? Was 
God's rich love and grace any more freely or 
lovingly bestowed then, than on bis humble, 
tiustiug followers now? No, God is un- 

"But -without faith it is impossible to please 
him." Then if we expect to have our prayers 
heard and answered, we nmst become as little 
children, not only in humility and obedience, 
but also in child-like trust in our loving, heav- 
enly Father. Jno. 14: 12. "Verily, verily, I 
say unto you, He that believeth on me, the 
works that I do, shall he do also: and greater 
works than these shall he do; because I go 
unto my Father." Now, without help from 
God we can do nothing. How are we to get 
help? Through the effectual, fervent prayer 
of faith. What the world needs is earnest, 
praying, believing Christians. A consistent, 
lowly follower of Jesus preaches a more pow- 
erful and effective sermon by his life and ex- 
ample, than man can ever preach in words 
from a pulpit. Our faith shining through all 
our actions is what convinces and converts 
the skeptic and the infidel. 

"Then let us be careful for nothing, but in 
everything by prayer and supplication, with 
thanksgiving let oar requests be made known 
unto God." And then we have the promise 
of that blessed peace of God that passeth all 
understanding. Sometimes we may feel that 
we know not what we should pray" for. — 
"But he that searcheth the hearts, knoweth 
what is the mind of the Spirit, because he 
maketh intercession for us." I have often 
asked why it is that many professed followers 
of Jesus are inclined to murmur about too 
much rain instead of asking the Lord to 
Avithhold the rain, as did Elias, and in time 
of drought asking him to send rain. 

Some will say, I do not believe that the 
Lord answers such prayers as that now. Ah, 
there's the trouble. You do not believe, and 
of course he will not answer. Jesus said, 
"All things, whatsoever ye shall ask in pray- 
er, believing, ye shall receive." I believe he 
meant temporal as well as spiritual things, 
when he said, all things. I believe it is right 
for us to pray for rain when we need it, and 
to ask God to withhold it when we have too 
much. Then instead of murmuring, let us 
trustingly bring our petitions to him who will 
never leave or forsake us. If our petitions 
are reasonable and we have faith, he will hear 
and answer us. 

We can, however, pray for patience, wis- 
dom, power, the Spirit of Christ, that we may 
at all times do those things that are pleasing 
in his sight. Who of us has not some dear 
friend or relative that is yet unconverted and 
with whom words of ours have no apparent 
effect? We can offer the prayer of faith for 
the healing of their souls. Ah! if we had 
not received blessings in answer to prayer 
that could not have come otherwise, then our 
faith might not be so strong. But we must 

believe. May God help us all to trust him 
more fully. 
Girard, III. 



Why do the heathen rage, and the people 
imagine a vain thing? 

Let every worldly-minded person read 1 
Jno. 2: 15-17, and, in fact, much other Scrip- 
ture, and just get right into the spirit of 
Christ, and let the world go for what it is 

— If we convert ten thousand sinners, there 
will be ten thousand more, and when they are 
all converted, there will be just as many as 
there wei e before. 

— We don't believe in long sermons for the 
reason that congregations don't want them; 
but it looks a little strange that people wdio 
are preparing to spend an eternity with God, 
and in His praise, will complain of an hoar's 
service in this world, and that just once a 
week, or probably just once or twice a month, 
will not such persons have to change? Think 
of these things. 

— If standing on street-corners and whit- 
tling store-boxes would make men Christians, 
there would be a great many more than there 
are. Add to this, smoking and chewing to- 
bacco, spinning yarns, and an occasional sip 
at the tippling-bowl, and make them condi- 
tions of salvation, and the "narrow way" 
would have to be enlarged to accommodate 
the rushing crowd. So much for the men. — 
A=trii- gossiping and promenading and fol- 
lowing all the vain and foolish fashions of 
the world, were Christian graces, the great 
mass of the women would be so pure that the 
judgment would sit in vain so far as they 
would be concerned. 

— It is not the fault of the Gospel of Christ 
that religion is declining. 

— And now the consolidated paper is be- 
fore us. Its name is appropriate, its make-up 
commendable, and its size — Avell, large enough 
for the price, but I am of the opinion that one 
paper the size of the Messenger is not suffi- 
cient to give all the news and writings of the 
Brotherhood; for that reason, I was not so 
favorable to a consolidation; but if the pat- 
ronage will warrant, the publishers will doubt- 
less enlarge to the required size, to give all 
the productions of the church. I do not 
want to be understood as already demanding 
an enlargement of the paper, for I am aware 
that it ATOuld require a greater patronage than 
it will be likely to get, before it can be mater- 
ially enlarged, without an increased price, and 
that would militate against its circulation, as 
many people are opposed to paying what they 
term "big prices" for papers, and yet don't 
mind paying ten cents for a cigar, and smoke 
it up in a few minutes— just about what they 
would want to pay for a good, readable paper 
a whole year — saying nothing about innumer- 
able, unnecessary unmentionables. I have 
digressed; but we shall expect of the pub- 
lishers just such a paper, in price and size, as 
the patronage will warrant, and no more. 

Now I do not wish to turn dictater, nor I 
anything that might be the editors' businei , 
to say ; but I beg leave to say a few words i 
the contributors, and here it is. If you ha-" 
not time to write a short article, just wait m 
til you can get time before you write; for 
whole-page article with less points than co 
umns is enough to put anybody to sleep the* 
warm days. If you have time to write a tw<> 
column article, don't send it away just yet- 1 
but wait until you get time to reduce it to or 
column; and then wait a little longer — pe:r 
haps you can find spare time enough to m 
all the points in just space enough to mat 
exactly half a column, and then send it awaV 
then Ave will have a good, readable -paper hi 

Now, you may think that I can tell a lit! 
better how to do, than I do myself; — well, ; 
is your liberty to think just as you please. 

— And now about that little mistake < 
mine. I believe I was the first one to makt 
public the idea of publishing the Revise 
Minutes and putting them in the hands of a 
the churches — so to speak — but I had nevej 
as yet, conceived the idea of a free distribr 
tion of them. But I still think that ever 
church ought to have them and study then 
and every delegate be prepared to vote intel 
ligently upon them. 

And as to the Mandatory Decision, yc* 
may call it "modified" if you please, — it I 
enough to know that the term mandatory I 
stricken out, and "rule" substituted, so th 
idea of law is destroyed, and that is what th 
hue and cry was about. 

— There are many people in the world, whc 
if they get to heaven at all, will get there i:| 
a way of their own making; for, in their Ava;> 
of thinking, there is no way right but thei 
OAvn — Christ's teachings to the contrary not 

— It is not the mission of the Church t< 
crowd its aisles and pews, as the manner o 
some is, but to present the pure, simple trutl 
of God's Word, — this is what humanity i 
waiting for. 

"Let every one that nameth the name o.\ 
Christ depart from iniquity." — Bible. 

Andrews, Ind. 


Accompanied by my wife, I left my hom< 
at Lena, 111., May 10, en route for Bismarl 
Grove, Kansas, Avhere I enjoyed one of th< 
best Annual Meetings I ever attended. Aft, 
er the close of the meeting, in company witl 
my oldest son, Bro. J. D. Trostle, of Mary 
land, and numerous other co-laborers o. 
Northern Illinois and Iowa, we accepted the 
kind offer of the A. T. & S. F. R. B. compa! 
ny to visit Hutchinson, Reno Co., about ond 
hundred and seventy-three miles south- wes v 
of Lawrence. After enjoying a Feast Avitl 
the members at and around Nickerson, some 
of our company left for home, others for Abi- 
lene, while wife and I w r ent to Peabody 
where Ave enjoyed another Feast. Frorc 
there we went to Newton, Harvey Co., Avhere 
we held some meetings with the few members 
and friends at that place. We also preachecj 



the- Baptist church in the town of Newton. 
e congregation was very large; many were 
able to find room in the house. We re- 
ned to Lawrence, then went to Topeka, 
ere we stopped over night with some of my 
fe's friends. The next day, visited my 
fe's brother, Henry Lauver, in Miami Co. 
Te I held a few meetings, then returned to 
iwrence in company with Bro. Geo. Meyers, 
10 met a part of the Committee of Arrange- 
snts to make a final settlement of the financ- 
of the late A. M. Bro. M. M. Eshelman 
eached in Lawrence the same evening. — 
ere We spent one day visiting the manufac- 
ring establishments, where much of the art 
d wisdom of man may be seen. 
The most interesting was the State Univer- 
ty, where the wisdom and skill of man is 
it to shame and silence by the handiwork 
God, as exhibited in the thousands of spec- 
hens in which his Divine hand is clearly 
lown and demonstrated, as much so as in 
le starry heavens. Especially did we see 
lis in the working of the silk-worm, manu- 
icturing its silk, and encasing itself (after 
eing fed a few weeks on osage orange 
saves) in its comfortable cocoon. Mulberry 
saves are preferable for feeding them, but 
?hen not obtainable, osage orange leaves are 
:sed. In the Spring, we see the lowly little 
rarm come from its cell a beautiful butterfly. 
To us, this is a striking resemblance to the 
esurrection of the saints. Here the great 
nd wise men must stop and look on with ut- 
er astonisment and confusion, and can only 
ay: "Great and marvelous are thy works, O 
jord God Almighty; in wisdom thou hast 
lade them all." 
Especially would we invite the belle, in her 
ilk attire, strutting along the streets, like 
tie vain peacock, walking and mincing as she 
oes, to go to the worm, and learn a lesson, 
nd be wise and humble; and often sing, 

"How proud we are, how fond to show 
Our clothes, and call them rich and new; 
When the poor sheep and silk-worm wore 
That very clothing long before. 

The tulip and the butterfly 

Appear in gayer coats than I; 

Let me be divssed fine as I will, 

Flies, worms, and flowers exceed me still." 

We had one meeting in Lawrence in the 
vening; next day, took our leave for the 
ome of our son, L. H. Eby, near Sabetha, 
Femaha Co., where we enjoyed the (so-call- 
I) dedicatory services in the Brethren's new 
leeting-house at Sabetha. In consequence 
£ the heaviest rain-fall and flood ever known 
l this country on Saturday night and Sunday 
lorning, the services were held at 3 P. M., 
istead of 10 A. M. The attendance was not 
d large as Avas expected, on account of bridg- 
3 being washed away; much damage was 
one, miles of railroad being washed out, tel- 
graph poles broken down, so that mail and 
slegraph communications were cut off for 
3veral days. Some eighteen persons are re- 
orted drowned in this county. 

I hopa the consolidation of our chuich pa- 
ers will prove a blessing to the church, in 
romoting her peace and unity as well as 
rosperity. The Gospel Messenger paid its 

first visit to us a few days ago; hope it will 
give general satisfaction, and that there will 
be a general effort to increase its circulation. 
My address, until further notice, will be, Sa- 
betha, Kan. 


The minister of a fashionable church once 
preached a beautiful sermon on this subject. 
He drew the picture of a very beautiful heav- 
en. We would walk in sunlit groves, by the 
music of waterfalls, and gaze out on the am- 
aranthine fields. "And then, too, we shall 
know each other there," said the minister, 
and then added, "there'll be no strangers in 
the New Jerusalem; we'll all be friends." 

"Beautiful!" said Deacon Sham, as he trot- 
ted down the aisle. 

"A lovely sermon!" said Miss Simkins, as 
she put her bonny hand into the minister's. 
She was stopped by a poor mechanic, who 
came up and addressed the preacher: 

"Mr. , I am glad we shall recognize 

each other there. It will be a great change, 
though — for I have attended your church for 
over four years, and none of the members of 
this society have recognized me yet. But Ave 
shall know each other there." 


Suppose it were possible to convert all the 
men in a single place, and leave the women 
just as they were, I believe that in the second 
generation you would see little or no improve- 
ment, — the great wave of conversion Avould 
have passed over that place, and left but lit- 
tle trace. But suppose the reverse of this. — 
Suppose all the women were converted, and 
the men left untouched. I think I should be 
found right in saying that a large proportion 
of the second generation would be Christian 
men and women, and an immense and perma- 
nent improvement would be found to have 
taken place. How is this? Simply becaus3 
God has intrusted into the hands of us wom- 
er, the nursery, the house, the moral influence 
on, and the formation of, the character of 
the rising generation. — People's Magazine. 


Prof. John A. Warder, the most noted nat- 
uralist and horticulturist in the United States, 
who died on last Friday, at North Bend, Ind., 
was buried in Spring Grove Cemeteiy, in Cin- 
cinnati, at 3 o'clock this morning. Attending 
the funeral were features of a decidedly sen- 
sational character. The two sons of the de- 
ceased attempted to haA r e made for their fath- 
er a slat coffin so that the earth would come 
in contact Avith the body directly and cause 
it to decay immediately. The undertaker re- 
fused to make such a coffin, and then the com- 
monest kind of a coffin, such as paupers are 
buried in, Avas used. The sons Avanted the 
burial performed at midnight, and they had 
it as near that unseasonable hour as they 
could under the circumstances. The coffin 
Avas hauled to the cemetery in a wagon and 

nobody but the two sons and the undertaker 
attended the burial. They rode in the same 
wagon that conveyed the corpse. No seiwices 
of any kind were held, and the noble gentle- 
man Avas dumped into the ground as though 
he had died of small-pox instead of old age. 
Members of societies to Avhich Prof. Warder 
belonged are exceedingly indignant at not be- 
ing notified of the burial — Ex. 

This is the result of the absence of religion. 
Men may stand in the very front ranks among 
their fellow-men, yet when they come to die 
they are treated like brutes. This is the very 
conduct to which infidelity Avill lead. 

FOR AUGUST, 188:{. 

The August "Popular Science Monthly" is 
the most vigorous and brilliant of the year. 
Its most important article is the last, and it 
is likely to cause considerable excitement 
among the holders of telephone stock. It is 
notorious that the most unblushing and in- 
considerate monopoly in the history of patent- 
right extortion is the Bell Telephone Com- 
pany. They say to the public: "We hold the 
patents of a new art; we have patented talk- 
ing through a wire, and the courts pronounce 
our patents valid; noAV help yourselves!" But, 
if the statements in this article are true, the 
whole claim is now exploded, and nothing re- 
mains for the courts but to reverse their de- 
cisions, and make the telephone free to the 
world. The art of talking through a Avire 
was im r ented first, not by Bell, but by Beis, 
of Germany, who devised every one of the 
contrivances now used, in their essential prin- 
ciple and Avorking effect. He designed it 
for a talking telephone; he and many others 
talked tl_ rough a Avirebythe aid of i lectiicity, 
and his machines will now do the same thing, 
Avhile his inventions are long anterior to Bell's 
patents. Prof. Sylvans P. Thompson has 
gathered all the proofs of the case, making a 
volume of the life and inventiA'e researches 
of Prof. Beis, and Dr. William F. Chauning, 
of Providence, has summarized the Avork for 
this number of "The Popular Science Month- 
ly," A\ith illustrations of the apparatus and 
explanations of its performance that forever 
settle the question as to who is to haA'3 the 
honor of priority in these brilliant inA-entions, 
and demonstrate that this art should be 
opened to unrestricted public use. 

NeAv York: D. Appleton & Company; 50 
cents per number, 85 per year. 


A young mother Avhile dressing a very 
young child said in rather au impatient tone, 
"You are such a queer-shaped lump of a thing 
it is impossible to make anything fit you." — - 
The lips of the child quivered, and looking 
up with tears in its eyes, it said in a depre- 
cating tone, "God made me." The mother 
was rebuked, and the little "lump" Avas kiss- 
ed a dozen times. 

Remember, you are not a tree that can liA _ e 
or stand alone. You are only a branch. And 
it is only while you abide in Christ as the 
branch in the vine that you will flourish, or 
even live. 




"Whose adorning let it not be that outward 
adorning of wearing of gold, or putting on of 
apparel." — 1 Peter 3: 3. 

What harm can there be in the wearing of 
gold, or silver, or precious stones; or any oth- 
er of those beautiful things, with which God 
has so amply provided us? May we not ap- 
ply to this what Paul has observed on other 
occasions, that "every creature of God is good, 
and nothing to be rejected?" 

It is certam, that many who sincerly fear 
God have cordially embraced this opinion. 

And their practice is suitable thereto; they 
make no scruple of conformity to the world; 
putting on, as often as occasion offers, either 
pearls, or gold, or costly apparel. 

And indeed they are not well pleased with 
those who think it their duty to reject them; 
the using of which they apprehend to be one 
branch of Christian liberty. Yea, some have 
gone considerably further; even so far as to 
make a point to bring those who had refrain- 
ed from them for some time, to make use of 
them again; assuring them that it was mere 
superstition to think there was harm in them. 
It is, therefore, certainly worth our while to 
consider this matter thoroughly ; seriously to 
inquire whether there is any harm in the put- 
ting on of gold, or jewelry, or costly apparel? 

You know in your hearts, it is with a view 
to be admired that you thus adorn yourselves; 
and you would not be at the pains, were none 
to see you but God and his holy angels. 

Now, the more you indulge in the foolish 
desire, the more it grows upon you. You 
have vanity enough by nature; but by thus 
indulging it, you increase it a hundredfold. 
Oh, stop! Aim at pleasing God alone, and 
all these ornaments will drop off. 

The wearing of costly apparel is directly 
opposite to being adorned with good works. 

Nothing can be more evident than this; for 
the more you lay out on your own apparel, 
the less you have left to clothe the naked, to 
feed the hungry, to lodge the strangers, to re- 
lieve those that are sick and in prison, and to 
lessen the numberless afflictions to which we 
are exposed in this vale of tears. If you 
could be as humble as when you choose plain 
apparel ( which I flatly deny); yet you could 
not be as beneficent, as plenteous in good 
works. Every shilling which you save from 
your own apparel, you may expend in cloth- 
ing the naked, and relieving the various ne- 
cessities off the poor, whom "ye have always 
with you." Therefore, every shilling which 
you needlessly spend on your apparel, is, in 
effect stolen from God and the poor! And 
how many precious opportunities of doing 
good have you defrauded yourself of ! How 
often have you disabled yourself from doing 
good, by purchasing what you did not want! 
For what end did you want these ornaments? 
To please God? No! — but to please your 
own fancy, or to gain the admiration and ap- 
plause of those that were no wiser than your- 
self. How much good might you have done 

with that money? And what an irreparable 
loss have you sustained by not doing it, if it 
be true that the day is at hand, when "every 
man shall receive his own reward according 
to his own labor?" 

I pray you, consider ' this well. Perhaps 
you have not seen it in this light before. 
When you are laying out the money in costly 
apparel which you could otherwise have spar- 
ed for the poor, you thereby deprive them of 
what God, the proprietor of all, had lodged 
in your hands for their use. If so, what you 
put upon yourself, you are in effect tearing 
from the back of the naked; as the costly and 
delicate food you eat, you are snatching from 
the mouth of the hungry. For mercy, for 
pity, for Christ's sake, for the honor of his 
Gospel, stay your hand ! Do not throw this 
money away. Do not lay out on nothing, 
yea, worse than nothing, what may clothe your 
poor, naked, shivering, fellow-creatures. 

Many years ago, when I was at Oxford, in 
a cold winter's day, a young maid, (one of 
those we kept at school) called upon me. I 
said, "You seem half-starved. Have you 
nothing to cover you but that thin gown?" 
She said, "Sir, this is all I have." I put my 
hand in my pocket, but found I had scarce 
any money left, having just paid away what 
I had. It immediately struck me. "Will thy 
master say, 'Well done, good and faithful 
stewai'd? Thou has adorned thy walls with 
the money which might have screened this 
poor creature from the cold.' " O justice! 
O mercy ! are not these pictures the blood of 
of this poor maid ? See thy expensive appar- 
el in the same light; thy gown, hat, head- 
dress ! 

Everything about thee which cost more 
than Christian duty required thee to lay out, 
is the blood of the poor! Oh! be wise for the 
the time to come. Be more merciful. More 
faithful to God and man. More abundantly 
clad (like men and women professing godli- 
ness) with good worlcs. I conjure you all 
who have any regard for me, before I go 
hence, that I have not labored, even in this 
respect, in vain for near half a century. 

Let me see before I die, a Methodist con- 
gregation, fully as plain dressed as a Quaker 
congregation. Only be more consistent with 
yourselves. Let your dress be cheap as well 
as plain. Otherwise you do but trifle with 
God and me, and your own souls. I pray let 
there be no costly silks, among you, how grave 
soever they may be. Let not any of you who 
are rich in this world, endeavor to excuse 
yourself from this by talking nonsense. 

It is stark, staring nonsense to say, "Oh, I 
can afford this or that!" If you have regard 
to common sense, let that silly word never 
come into your mouth. No man living can 
afford to waste any part of what God has 
committed ot his trust. None can afford to 
throw away any part of that food and raiment 
into the sea, which was lodged with him on 
purpose to feed the hungry and clothe the na- 
ked. And it is far worse than simple waste, 
to spend any part of it in gay or costly appar- 

Por this is no less than to turn wholesome 
food into deadly poison. It is giving so much 

money to poison both yourself and others, as 
far as your example spreads, with pride, van- 
ity, anger, lust, love of the world, and a thou- 
sand "foolish and hurtful desires," which tend 
to "pierce them through with many sorrows." 
O God, arise and maintain thy own cause! 
Let not men and devils any longer put out 
our eyes, and lead us blind-fold into the pit 
of destruction! — Wesley's Sermons. 



This is an age of progression. Eapid de- 
velopments are being made in art, in science, 
in literature, and yet "Onward" is the battle- 
cry that resounds through the vast universe. 
The tiny rivulet as it rattles over the pebbles 
through the green meadows does not stop to 
rest in the sunshine, but hurries onward un- 
til it reaches the mighty ocean. 

The student is not satisfied with his few 
intellectual attainments. He is continually 
looking forward. His mind is engaged in 
the great subjects, which enlarge and expand 
his reservoir of thought; the midnight oil is 
consumed that he may make progress in the 
acquisition of useful knowledge. "Onward, 
ever onward" is his motto. The individual, 
as he enters upon the Christian life, feels that 
he has been raised from the "miry clay" — has 
emerged from darkness to light, but there are 
greater achievements to be made. The light 
in the future shines with much greater bril- 
liancy, and it is his desire to rest in the gold- 
en beams reflected therefrom. With an eye 
of faith he penetrates the darkness, and in- 
tensely longs for the hour when he may enjoy 
the glory of the light beyond. In his anx- 
iety to reach the blissful state, he must real- 
ize the mournful truth that there is no royal 
road to the light, or to anything grand and 
glorious; but by laboring constantly, by mak- 
ing onward strides, by setting his mark high, 
and making every effort in his power to reach 
it, he will finally gain the desired haven, and 
bask in the radiant sunlight, which reflects 
from a life of faithful adherence to right. 

"Onward, ever onward, "should be the mot- 
to of all who desire to make their lives useful 
and sublime. There is nothing gained by 
standing still. The quiet water becomes a 
stagnant pool, while the active, running 
stream is fresh and pure. Life is a journey, 
an onward march from the cradle to the 
grave. Those who are satisfied with their 
present attainments will make but little pro- 
gress in the world, and their usefulness is, in 
a measure, retarded. There is a grand fut- 
ure, and in order to be prepared for its re- 
sponsibilities, the present must be a scene of 
preparation — a continual striving, and ad- 
vancing and progressing in those things 
which make life important. Onward to 
greater achievements and grander results. 
Such is the longing desire of all earnest lives. 
When the great work of life is ended, and the 
obscure • problems all solved, how sweet to 
feel, as nearing the shores of eternity, that the 
propelling power all along the mysterious 
and difficult way was, "onward, ever onward!" 



"Grow in grace," is progression. In lan- 
guage unmistakable the mind is impressed 
with the thought that in order to attain to 
Christian perfection there must be a constant 
advancement. Little by little, the evil dispo- 
sition is curbed, and the carnal nature sub- 
dued. We cannot attain to perfection in a 
day or hour, but 'onward to duty' overcomes 
;he difficulties and master efforts remove the 
obstacles. It requires a life-time of faithful 
warfare before the result is achieved, and the 
portals of heaven gained. The crown is not 
in the beginning of the journey, nor the mid- 
dle, but at the end. 

"The heights of great men leached and kept, 
Were not attained by sudden flight, 

But they, while their companions slept, 
Were toiling upward in the night." 



"Bv this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, 
if ye have love one for another. John 18: 85. 

Love is the basis of true knowledge and 
right doing. Without love, religion degener- 
ates to doctrines and theories that are unpro- 
fitable. What is even morality without love? 
And what is religion without love? They 
are as a building without a foundation. 

If charity means love, we can see its great 
importance by referring to 1 Cor. 13. Peter 
says: "See that ye love one another with a 
pure heart fervently." 1 Pet. 1: 22. Even 
conjugal love is strong, as is well-known to 
all who have experienced its power. Even 
the common love between friends closes the 
eyes to faults, and the mouth, that it utters 
no slander against a friend. How much 
greater then is the "brotherly love," that all 
Christians should possess, which is love from 
the Father! And how much deeper, sincere, 
and effectual are its workings ! 

It is said, we should love our enemies ; to 
some, this seems hard to do. And while we 
are to love them, yet I feel that we are not to 
love them as we are to love the Brethren. 
And right here I will add that this thing of 
talking so much against members and the 
church, is no characteristic of true love. 

It is no use to condemn the Pharisees, that 
have been in their graves 1800 years; when 
the same thing besets us all; we all try to get 
away from the center, and dwell contented on 
the circumference. We are satisfied to take the 
flowers without the root to them, and stick 
them into our little gardens, when, of course, 
they shortly die. People may try to cultivate 
virtue without religion, and to acquire cor- 
rect ideas of moral and spiritual truths, they 
may temporarily and partially succeed, but 
the one will be a yoke of bondage, and the 
other a barren theory. If you have that firm 
foundation laid in the soul, then the knowl- 
edge and the practice will be built on God's 
own plan as near as the carnal nature is able 
to go. But if not, the higher you build the 
temple, and the more aspiring are its cloud- 
pointing pinnacles, the more certain will be 
its toppling Over some day, and the more awful 
will be the ruin when it comes. Where there 
is no love, there is neither light, nor heat, in 

the soul, and the knowledge is a field of bar- 
ren notions, and the so-called religion is a 
soul-destructive self-righteousness. We are 
informed, if we break one of the least of the 
commandments, we are guilty of the whole, 
if so, what will be the consequence, if we 
break this greatest, which is to love one an- 
Somerset, Pa. 



How beautiful and acceptable with God it 
is when the elders and ministers of a church 
stand united in principle and the unity of the 
Spirit! Take notice where such is the case; 
what a thirsting and hungering there will be 
among the members of that church, to as- 
semble with their beloved elders and minis- 
ters in the worship of God, and the result will 
be, many souls added to the fold. 

They read the Word of God alike; they do 
alike, they preach alike. The world will take 
notice of this, and will be impressed to say, 
"Those plain, good people truly are God's 
chosen people. See how they love each oth- 
er; how kindly they speak to each other and 
to all men they meet with, because they have 
banished that evil spirit whose name is Ha- 
tred, Evil Surmisings, Jealousy, etc. 

Then please notice a church where the eld- 
ers and speakers are not united, and do not 
work together harmoniously. Let the elders 
and ministers be at variance. They dispute; 
they quarrel; they disagree in sentiment; they 
speak forth evil insinuations; give way to 
jealousy, and envy the lot of each other. 

Will it stop here? No; but it passes right 
from their lips, with lightning speed, to the 
hearts of their influenced friends and breth- 
ren. Next, the laity will take part in it. The 
power is now running so high that the good 
with the bad grains will be carried overboard 
into the lake of sin. Next, the world gets 
hold of it, and will say, we are just as good 
Christians as those plain professors are. 

They will not come to hear the brethren 
preach. The result will be, no additions; 
members grow cold, stay away from meeting; 
some unite with other denominations; others 
fall back into the beggarly elements of the 
world, and there perish; hence, a ruined 
church. Who is to blame for all this loss? 

"If a man say, I love God, and hateth his 
brother, he is a liar; for he that loveth not 
his brother, whom he hath seen, how can he 
love God whom he hath not seen? This com- 
mandment have we from him, that he who 
loveth God, loveth his brother also." 1 Jno. 
4: 20, 21. 

Hosannah to Jesus, how I love peace! 
My heart from ill feelings and hatred release; 
Omnipotent Father, in mansions above, 
1 wish to know nothing but heavenly love. 
Roann, Ind. 

Lord Houghton, when asked why he did 
not visit the United States, replied: "I am 
afraid to go, because I might never want to 
come home again." 

Jfftffetf J^lMp* 

"Blessed are the dead whioh die in the Lord." 

GATES. — In the Hopewell church, Bedford Co., Pa., 
July G, Mrs. Belle (rates, aged 22 years, 4 months and 
15 days. 
The subject of this notice, like many others, neg- 
lected the one thing needful until on her dying bed, 
when she sent for the elders and expn ssed a willingness 
to be baptized. She was amiable and respected by all 
who knew her. She leaves a sorrowing husband and 
many friends to mourn her departure, but we trust their 
loss is her eternal gain. Funeral discoursa by David 8. 
Clapper, from Deut. 32: 2'J. 

CO' JAN. — In the same church, July 7, Maria E. Cogan, 
daughter of Bro. Win. and sister Leah Cogan, aged 
11 months. Funeral discouse by Bro. John Rush, 
from Isa. 40: 6-8. Bettie 

MYERS.— In the Waddam's Grove church, 111., June 
14, at the residence of her brother-in-law, W. K. 
Moore, sister Lizzie B. Mjers, youngest daughter of 
Eid. Isaac Myeri, elee'd., of Buffalo Valley chursb, 
Union Co., Pa., aged 38 years and 15 days. 
Sister Lizzie died of consumption. Two years ago, 
while at Ashland, 0., at the A. M., she took cold, and 
began to decline in health. One year ago, she went to 
Colorado for her health; was in the Hygienie Home five 
months; afterwards in a private house with Bro. ii. W. 
Fesler, but continued to get worse, until she was not 
able to come back without assistance. Her brother-in- 
law brought her to his home in Illinois, where she had 
her home. She called the elders and was anointed by 
brethren Knisely and Rupert, of Ind., before she started 
for her home in Illinois, where she died. 

She was much devoted to the church, and took a deap 
interest in all its affairs; was an active worker in Sab- 
bath-school, and a ready helper to the needy. Was lov- 
ed by all who knew her. We trust our loss is her great 
gain. W. K. Moore. 

BAKER.— In the Lower Cumberland church, June 25, 
John, son of Christian Baker, aged 39 years, 3 months 
and 19 days. Funeral services by Eld. J. A. Sell, from 
Pa. 103. 

GERHART.— In the Allison church, Lawrence Co., 111., 
March 9, Bro. Basil Gerhart, aged 73 years, 5 mouths 
and 13 days. Cause of death, throat and lung dis- 
ease, attended with dropsical affection. 
Deceased was born Sept. 2G, 1S09, near Baltimore, 
Maryland. His father. Jacob Gerhait. having died 
when Basil, the youngest child, was two years old, the 
widow Gerhart and her four children (three sons and one 
daughter) emigrated to Ohio, settling at Dayton al>out 
the :ear 1830. Basil was married to Catharine, daugh- 
ter of Eld. Moses Shoup, in 1839. They removed to 
Whitley Co., Ind , in 1844. Basil and Catharine united 
with the church in 1864, while on a visit to Ohio, being 
baptized by Nicholas Brobaker. Removed to Lawrence 
Co., 111., March, 1869, where the family still reside. 

Eleven children were born to him; eight still living, 
five having united with thechuich, and hope to meet fa- 
ther in heaven. According to the faith and request of 
the family, he was anointed with oil in the name of the 
Lord. Funeral services by Eld. Meuno Stouffer, of Cer- 
ro Gordo, 111., from Rev. 14: 13. 

GERHART. — In the same congregation. April 21, of 
malarial fever, Menno, infant son of Bro. B. R. and 
sister Amanda Gerhart, aged 1 year, 4 moxlhs and 11 
days. Funeral services by the Brethren. 

LOGSDON.— In F.ostburgb. Alleghany Co., Md , Feb. 
17, of consumption, sister Nancy C, wife of Elias 
Logsdon, and daughter of Chiistian and Annie Bloch- 
er, aged 45 years, 7 months and 4 days. We feel as- 
sured that our loss is her eternal piin. Her Bib'e was 
her guide in lite. Funeral service- July 8, by Kid. Si- 
las Hoover, of Somerset, at Mt. Zion M. E. church, 6 
miles west of Frostburgh, at 10: 30 A. M. 

Nathasiel Nekkill. 



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Mt. Morris, 111., 

July 24, 1883. 

Two were recently added, to the church at 
Waddarn's Grove, 111. 

On Sunday, July 15, two united with the 
Honey Creek church, Nodaway Co., Mo. 

Father Bechet, a French Catholic mission- 
ary, has been beheaded by the Anamites. 

We are very thankful for the many en- 
couraging letters we are receiving at this time. 

Eldehs and ministers will do well to heed 
what Bro. Joseph John has to say to them this 

If you have a free-will offering to send to 
Bro. Hope and family, forward it to this office 
at once. 

In the Sherbro district of West Africa, fif- 
ty persons were recently roasted alive for 

We regret that the messenger is late this 
week. We cannot remedy it till we get our 
new press up. 

The Teacher's Institute is in Session at the 
College this week. About forty teachers are 
in attendance. 

Until further notice Bro. Enoch Eby's ad- 
dress will be Sabetha, Kansas. He has not 
yet fully decided about going to the Pacific 

Ten thousand cigar makers have struck in 
New York. Now let all the smokers in 
America strike for ten years, and we will have 

Bro. Peter Wingert, of Miami Co., Kansas, 
gave us a short call last week. He moved to 
that State when it was yet a Territory, and 
still thinks there is no place like Kansas. 

Bro. S. M. Eshelman, formerly mailing 
clerk on the Brethren at Work several years, 
has taken charge of the mailing department 
in the Messenger office. He is giving the 
entire list an overhauling, and will eoon have 
it in excellent condition. 

Bro. Evans desires all his correspondents 
to put Box 213 on the letters they address 
to him at Frederick, Brown Co., Dak., as there 
is another James Evans who lives there. 

We are now ready to receive orders for the 
Revised Minutes, price 20 cents per copy, or 
$2.00 per dozen. Those desiring the work, 
will please send in their orders immediately. 

All of our people should work for more 
real piety in the church, and a higher grade 
of Christianity than is now found in the world. 
For this kind of work we have a large field 
before us. 

A new post-office has been established at 
the Hygienic Home in Colorado,. All persons 
addressing J. S. Flory or the Hygienic Home 
Company, will address: Hygiene, Boulder 
Co., Colorado. 

Those who wish to subscribe for the Mes- 
senger from now till Jan. 1st, 1885, can do so, 
by sending $2.00. We mention this for the 
benefit of those who find it inconvenient to 

send small change. 

The editoral item on page 24, in No 27, 
from J. C. Johnson, Meyersdale, Pa., should 
be J. C. Johnson, Middle Creek, Pa. We fail- 
ed to understand the import of his letter. 
Will try and do better next time. 

Bro. Thos. G. Snyder writes that their 
new meeting house in Linn Co., Iowa, is un- 
der roof, and will be completed in time for 
dedication in September. The size of the 
house is 40x62, and 18 feet inside. 

When the brethren are assembled in their 
spacious meeting-houses, think of the hand- 
ful in Dakota, meeting in a tent and trying 
to hold up the standard of the Cross. Breth- 
ren, remember them at the Tjrone of Grace. 

We may have published Wesley's sermon 
on dress before. It is however good enough 
to be repeated every year. If the churches 
could only be induced to heed his good advice, 
there would be more happy Christians and 
successful homes in the world. 

HS^Those who have been taking both pa- 
pers, can either have their time on the Mes- 
senger extended six months, or donate the 
extra copy to a friend, named by them, the 
remainder of the year. Please inform us by 
card immediately what you want done. tf. 

Jenny Lind is living in retirement at her 
beautiful home, South Kensington, London. 
She is 63 years old, has two married daugh- 
ters, and a son in the army. She occasionally 
sings, and her voice retains many of the 
charms which aroused the admiration of the 
world years ago. 

We were simply surprised last week, when 
we were tol I that nearly one hundred stu- 
dents have already made applications for en- 
tering Mt. Morris College the coming Fall. 
If there are that many now enrolled, we may 
expect a still greater number when the time 
comes to open the school. 

Bro. D. P. Sayler's article, this week, con- 
cerning the work of the A. M. Committee in 
the John A. Bowman trouble, in Tennessee 
will be read with considerable interest by 
those who attended the late A. M. 

The Home Mirror, published at Long- 
mont, Colorado, has bowed itself out of exis- 
tence, and its editor, J. S. Flory takes an edi- 
toral chair on the Longmont Press, a wide- 
awake weekly. He is assisted by his son W. 
H. Flory, proprietor and publisher. Success 
to the Press. 

The prayer-meeting here last Thursday 
evening was conducted by Bro. D. L. Miller, 
it being the last prayer-meeting that he could 
attend before starting to Erope. The sub- 
ject was "Faithfulness to God." The meet- 
ing was a most excellent one, and many things 
were said that would be well for us all to 

When we sent out our prospectus, a few 
weeks ago, we expected to see them return 
with one and two names, but they are com- 
pletely overrunning our expectations. Many 
of them return with from six to twelve names. 
The efforts made by our friends to double our 
list are truly encouraging, and we hope to see 
it continue. 

Bro. Michael J. Good on a card to this of- 
fice says: "I am glad the papers are consoli- 
dated into one paper, and now hope to see 
the day when the Holy Spirit will lead our 
ablest and best thinking Brethren to contrib- 
ute thereto, and also hope every member in 
the Brotherhood will have the privilege of 
reading the same. 

At the Annual Session of the Trustees of 
Mt. Morris College, last week, the following 
officers were elected for the ensuing year: D. 
L. Miller, President; S. Z. Sharp, Vice Presi- 
dent; D. L. Miller, Secretary; M. S. Newcom- 
er, Treasurer. During Bro. Miller's absence 
in Europe, his place in the school will be fill- 
ed by competent workers. 

We owe an apology to our readers for the 
bad press- work on last issue. The press we 
now have is not sufficient for the amount of 
printing required here, hence the Company 
has just purchased a large, first-class, Potter 
Cylinder, capable of printing 1,500 papers an 
hour. It will require about two weeks to get 
the press here and put it up ready for work. 
After that our readers may look for a much 
better printed paper, coming out fully on. 

The Sundaj-school Times says: If a super- 
intendent really wants order and quiet in his 
school as a preliminary to beginning the exer- 
cises, he can have it without fail. He need 
do nothing more than to take his place in the 
desk and — wait. If he will not begin until 
there is quiet, he will have quiet before he 
begins. But if he enters into a competiton 
with the school, to see which can make the 
most noise, with bell or voice, the majority 
will be pretty sure to win. 



To-day, July 24tb, Bro. D. L. Miller and 
wife took leave of their many friends in Mt. 
Morris, and started on their trip to Europe. 
. They will spend a few weeks in Pennsylvania 
and Maryland, and set sail at New York, at 
8 A. M., August 22nd, and if all goes well, 
will reach Bremen, Germany, about the first 
of September. They sail in the steamer 
'Werra. They take wfth them the good wish- 
es of the people of Mt. Morris, and especial- 
ly of the members wherever they are known. 
We all unite in wishing them a safe and 
prosperous journey. They expect to be ab- 
sent about one year. Upon his arrival in 
Germany, and until further notice, Bro. D. 
L. Miller's address will be as follows: "D. L. 
Miller, per Adr., Postsecretair Richard Loh- 
mann, 57 Fehrfeld, Bremen, Germany. 

Sister Effie Ashbaugh, in her well-written 
article on "The Prayer of Faith" this week, 
takes very strong grounds in favor of a faith 
which will produce miracles. She is not 
alone in this belief. Many intelligent and 
sincere Christians hold the same doctrine. 
We wish to remind them that in the days of 
the apostles and prophets, those who believed 
that way could generally succeed in having 
prayers answered, calling for rain, drouth, 
healing the sick and raising the dead, but 
tloie of like faith now, cannot obtain answers 
1o the same kind of prayers. They claim 
the same kind of faith, yet cannot do the 
works thire faith calls for. The object of 
miracles, in this day, was not to benefit man 
temporally, as much as to demonstrate the 
power of God, and to establish his teachings 
among the people. When that was complet- 
ed, miracles ceased. 

our ministers will heed the call, and spend at 
least one month preaching in that State, for 
by all means we ought to have a large body 
of members in Texas. It was suggested that 
Bro. Andrew Hutchison, of Center view, Mo., 
should respond to the call, and in reply to 
that request sends us the following: 

"I am glad to know that there is some pros- 
pect of a revival of the good work in that 
country, and if my health would permit I 
would at once say I would go. But I am 
fearful to undertake it, as I have nervous apo- 
plexy and am therefore unfit for such long 
tours. I saw Bro. Gideon Bollinger yester- 
day, and I think he will go, and I feel perfect- 
ly safe in intrusting the work to him. He 
lives in this congregation. He can fill the 
call well. I hope to see the work set on foot 
tliere again. In Cook and Grays Dn counties 
there is some very fine country, and the Breth- 
ren ought to go in and possess it." 




Some time ago it was stated that as Bro. 
Miller would likely visit Denmark while in 
Europe, it would be well for the members to 
send Bro. Hope's family a liberal contribu- 
tion, and that such as wished to send a free- 
will offering for that purpose should forward 
the same to Bro. Miller at this place. A few 
responded to this call, and those who send in 
donatioi s after this, should send them to this 
office. The following has been received. We 
hope to hear from many others soon: 

Julia A. Wood $ 1 50 

Francis C. Myers 1 00 

A Sister from Iowa 1 00 

A Brother at Polo, 111 5 00 

Jacob Mitchell 5 00 

Jacob and Amanda Witmore 10 00 

M. M. Eshelman 50 

Judson Beckwith 1 00 

Martha A. Huff 1 00 


We are pleased to learn that the Brethren 
m Cook Co., Texas, have made arrangements 
to hold a series of meetings the coming Fall. 
They have invited brethren from the North 
to aid them, and have raised 120.00 to help 
pay traveling expenses. We hope some of 

There are some who think their judgment 
upon moral subjects and doctrinal questions 
is infallibly correct. And such think they do 
no wrong, only when they go contrary to the 
convictions of their own conscience. This 
however is a mistake. They may do wrong 
when acting in lnrmony with their con- 
science, as well as when acting contrary to it. 
While it is impoitant that every person has a 
tender regard to the dictates of his own con- 
science, his chief concern, however, is not 
that he does not offend against his conscience, 
but that his conscience is right, and formed 
in strict harmony with the teaching of the 
Christian Scriptures. Men may sin when 
acting with their conscience as well as when 
acting against it. In the trial of our Lord, 
the Jews said, "We have a law and by our law 
he ought to die, because he made himself the 
Son of God." John 19: 7. "They sinned 
with their conscience." Pilate on the same 
occasion sinned against his conscience, for he 
evidently had misgivings in regard to the pro- 
priety of giving his consent to our Lord's 
death. The Apostle Paul after his conversion 
did not regard his own conscience as an in- 
fallible rule of right and wrong, as is evident 
from his language: "But with me it is a very 
small thing that I should be judged of you, 
or of man's judgment: yea, I judge not mine 
own self. For I know nothing against my- 
self; yet am I not hereby justified; but he 
that judgeth me is the Lord." 1 Cor. 4: 3, 4. 
(Revised Version.) The meaning of the 
Apostle seems to be this: With me it is a very 
small thing that I should be judged by any 
man's judgment, as even the judgment I pass 
upon myself I know is not to be the final 
judgment that is to decide my character and 
destiny. And though I find nothing against 
myself when I examine myself, as I am doing 

my utmost to live with a conscience void of 
offence toward God, and toward man, never- 
theless, I know that my finding nothing 
against myself, will not be sufficient to justify 
me in the final judgment, for I with all oth- 
ers must be judged by the Lord, and my char- 
acter be decided by him and the requirements 
of his Holy Law. 

The Apostle's language given above has im- 
pressed us very much, and it suggested the 
subject and thoughts of this article. We find 
people sometimes maintaining the correctness 
of their own opinion when they become in- 
volved in trouble, against the judgment of 
others, and even against the judgment of the 
elm r oh, with as much zeal and tenacity as if 
they were to decide their case forever; 
It is true, such persons may be right, and we 
would not intimate that they are always 
wrong. But the point we want to make, or 
the thought that we wish to impress upon 
our readers is, that we all should remember 
that we are not to be the final judge of our 
character and conduct. Consequently, we 
shordd not maintain the correctness of our 
position against all others, especially when 
the testimony we have to offer is not of the 
mofct convincing or satisfactory character, 
with the earnestness and determination as if 
we were to make a final settlement of the 
cas?. This the Lord is to do at his coming. 
In the meantime, we should prepare for that 
great and solemn event, by frequently judg- 
ing ourselves by the divine law, and by mak- 
ing the improvements we may find necessary, 
and by making the advancement in the divine 
life that it is our privilege and duty to make. 
And if we are judged faithful in the final 
judgment, we shall then have "praise of God," 
1 Cor. 4: 5. And to have the praise of God, 
will be the highest honor. j. Q. 

OUR SPECIAL QFrER ! T " <$*» ?™% {ar 

the Messenger from 

July 1st to the end of the year would be 75 
cents, and some have been sending in that 
sum for the paper for that length of time. — 
But in order to double our list, if possible, 
and give the people a chance to test the mer- 
its of the Messenger, we last week announc- 
ed that we would send the paper from the 
time the money was received to the end of 
the year for 50cts. The great bulk of the 
names thus sent in, w r ill reach us near the 
last of July and first of August, so that, in 
reality, we will be sending the paper five 
months for 50cts. We do not expect to make 
anything directly out of this project, but we 
do it with a view of holding the most if not 
all of these new subscribers, for years. We 
hope our readers everywhere will push the 
good work, that we may see our list more 
than doubled within the next thirty days. We 
will send back numbers as long as we have 

Over four hundred persons 
cholera in Egypt last Monday, 
is raging to an alarming extent. 

died of the 
The disease 




The Sabbath-School. 

Last Sabbath, July 8th, Ave met as usual 
at 9 o'clock for Sabbath-School. It was a 
rainy morning and many of the children re- 
mained at home, yet there was a fair attendance 
considering the inclemency of the weather. 
There were, in all, including teachers, be- 
tween eighty and ninety present, and what 
was most encouraging, both teachers and pu- 
pils seemed in earnest. We generally have 
an attendance of about one hundred children, 
which, taking into consideration our field, is 
a good attendance. Of this number there are 
not a dozen of the Brethren's children, and 
yet,' as far as we know, the Brethren's child- 
ren are all in attendance. Our school is com- 
posed largely of children we gathered in from 
families of non-professors and such as are 
not prejudiced by the spirit of sectarianism. 
In fact our field is by no means an easy one 
in which to work. It requires a constant and 
persistent effort, and had it not been that we 
have had first-class Sunday-school workers, 
we would not have the school we have to-day. 
Many of our brethren and sisters, we fear, un- 
der similar circumstances would have become 
discouraged. Many of the children's parents 
are entirely indifferent and the children re- 
ceive little or no encouragement at home to 
attend the Sabbath-school, hence about all 
the incentives they have to attendance are the 
teacher's efforts to interest them and to make 
the place pleasant and attractive. Then too, 
back of all this, we think there has been 
something else. Our brethren and sisters 
have been united, earnest and sine are in their 
work. Many a heartfelt prayer has gone up 
from the family altar and the closet in behalf 
of the work, and this, after all, is the secret of 
success. "What can we accomplish unless 
God is with us, and what is it that we can 
not do, that is right, if we have His blessings? 
Think of this, Christian fellow-workers. Do 
not attempt to conduct Sunday-schools, or 
Christian works of any kind, without a deep 
sense of responsibility and without often tak- 
ing thework to the Lord in prayer. 


Last Sunday we had with us a Bro. Winter, 
of Ohio and Bro. G. M. Falkenstein. Bro. 
Falkenstein graduated from the Normal last 
year and since then has been pursuing his 
studies at Oberlin College. He was, while 
with us, a teacher in the Sabbath-school and 
an active worker, and we are glad to find that 
he has not lost any of the zeal that character- 
ized him in days gone by, that he is firm in 
the faith of the Gospel, and ready and willing 
to do what his hands find to do and to do it 
with his might. At the close of the school 
he gave an earnest talk to the Sunday-school, 
which was appreciated by the pupils and all 
present. As our lesson was "Crossing the 
Jordan," we selected a stanza of the old hymm, 

"On Jordan's stormy banks I stand" in which 
the entire school joined heartily. 


At 10: 50 was the regular Sunday morning 
service. The congregation was not large but 
we had a feast of good things, and we think all 
felt that it was good to be there. Bro. Quin- 
ter preached from the 7th verse of the 116th 
Psalm. Subject, "The Rest of the Soul." 
Rest of the Soul, he said, consisted, first, in 
consciousness of safety: Second, in conscious- 
ness of right: Third, in congeniality of pur- 
suits and associations. It was a soul-thrill- 
ing discourse; in fact, we enjoy great religious 


We have two discourses every Sabbath and 
in commendation of our ministry we say, they 
are well prepared and contain much food for 
thought. Many of our brethren used to think, 
and some of them, perhaps, still entertain 
the idea, that it is wrong to study a sermon. 
With all deference to such brethren we think 
the idea is a mistaken one. God helps those 
that help themselves. These same brethren 
doubtless, carry out this principle in aiding 
their fellow-men. They would discard the 
idea of helping any one who would fold his 
hands and depend on the aid of , another. 
The same principle obtains in God's dealings 
with his people. He wants them to be active, 
to improve the talents with which he has en- 
dowed them, and until they have done this, 
they cannot consistently ask his help. Then, 
too, our brethren should remember that Paul 
made study a duty. To Timothy he says, 
"Study to show thyself approved unto God, a 
workman that needeth not to be ashamed, 
rightly dividing the Word of Truth." To 
rightly divide the Word of Truth and apply it, 
requires study, and may not those who fail to 
improve the capabilities which God has given 
them for this purpose, be regarded as un- 
faithful stewards? Of course, discourses 
should not be studied to tickle the ear and to 
obtain the applause of men. Such a motive 
is wrong, but when it is done with a view of 
getting truth intelligibly before the minds of 
the people, and to honor God, it is right, and 
not only so; it is the duty of every faithful 
harbinger of Jesus. 


On Sunday evening Bro. Swigart gave us a 
short and pointed discourse in which he por- 
trayed the obligation heartily and sincerely. 
Everybody can do something and do it well. 
If you can do nothing more than dig 
sewers and break stone; do it with your 
might. Such men are useful, and the world 
could get along much more easily without 
some men that occupy prominent positions 
than it could without the men that dig the 
ditches and break the stone. No one has 
any reason to be discouraged, because he can- 
not do good things. If he does the little 
things well, he fills his mission and will be 

regarded as a faithful servant. This ended 
the Sabbath, and for the precious seasons of 
grace and the hallowed influences of the day 
we give God the praise. j. b. b. 

Huntingdon, Ph. 


Some of our correspondents frequently ex- 
press a desire to have some "able preacher" 
move among them. This seems to indicate 
that something rather more than common is 
desired. It may be well to remember that 
nearly all of our able preachers have as much 
as they can do at home, and very few of them 
feel disposed to move. We all love to hear 
able preaching, but as a rule we have to put 
up with what we get, even in large flourish- 
ing churches. "Able preachers" do not al- 
ways do the most and best work. They may 
preach sermons that will sometimes fairly 
raise the congregation to its feet, and greatly 
astonish the people, but in many instances 
they do not seem to get down among the peo- 
ple. It is the common preacher, with not a 
lazy bone in him, who usually accomplishes 
the most work. He preaches common ser- 
mons in a way that the common people will 
receive the Word gladly. He is not afraid to 
get among the people, and work among them. 
It is not the great preacher that you need on 
the frontier as much as it is the inveterate 
worker. You want a man who is determined 
to do his part towards saving the people from 
their sins. He should not be a noisy man, 
nor does he need such a fine education, but 
must be a worker who will study to rightly 
divide the Word of Truth. Hence instead of 
calling for "able ministers" to move into your 
locality, call for working preachers. We 
have a host of good workers among us, who 
would gladly settle where they are needed, 
but when you call for "able ministers" they 
do not even as much as raise their heads, 
for they feel that they cannot fill the bill. 
Get some of those common preachers among 
you and after a while they may grow into 
great usefulness even if they are not so pol- 
ished. Then by the way, common preachers, 
who are prudent and energetic, take best 
among the common people. J. H. m. 

We need more true vital piety in the 
church and in our families, and for this we 
should earnestly work. Christian ordinances 
are not enough to take us to heaven. We 
need more of Christ and his life, personally 
in our hearts, daily walk and daily conversa- 
tion. Without this piety there can be no sal- 
vation either from sin or in heaven. Then 
let us earnestly work for that which is so es- 
sential to our present and future welfare. 

The hiding places of men are discovered 
by affliction. As one has aptly said, "Our 
refuges are like the nests of birds: in summer 
they are hidden among green leaves, but in 
winter they are seen among the naked branch- 



A Prayer. 

"I ask not wealth, but power to take 
And use the things I have, aright; 
Not years, but wisdom that shall make 
My life a profit and delight. 

I ask not that for me the pUn 

Of good and ill be set aside, 
But that the common lot of man 

Be nobly borne and glorified. 

I know I may not always keep 
My steps in places green and sweet, 

Nor find the pathway of the deep 
A path of safety for my feet. 

But pray that when the tempest's breath 
Shall fiercely sweep my way about 

I make not shipwreck of my faith 
In the unfathomed sea of doubt. 

And that though it be mine to know 
How hard the stoniest pillow seems, 

Good angels still may come and go 
On the bright ladder of my dreams. 

I do not ask for love below, 

That friends shall never be estranged, 
But for the power of loving, so 

My heart may keep it? youth unchanged. 

Youth, joy, wealth — Fate, I give thee these; 

Leave Faith and Hope iill life is passed 
And leave my heart's best hnpu'ses 

Fresh and unfailing to ihe last. 

For this I count of all sweet things, 
The sweetest out of heaven above; 

And loving others, surely brings 
The fullest recompense of love." 

"What is Your Life?"— James 4: 14. 


Sometimes early in the morning we can 
see a mist or fog, and when the sun rises it 
disappears. We cannot see where the fog 
has gone neither can we see where it had been. 
So is it with our lives. We exist here for 
a short time and then quickly disappear from 
the world. The brevity of life is an impor- 
tant thought. We are more apt to improve 
our moments if we try to realize this solemn 
truth. The young and the old look at life 
from two different standpoints. To the young 
everything looks bright and promising, and 
to them old age appears to be something afar 
off in the distant future. The young, look 
ahead to the future, while the aged look back 
over the past. The young are apt to think 
it will be a long time till they become old. 
This is a mistake. The longest life is too 
short, if it does not prepare us for heaven. 
Only a few people attain to what is called old 
age. Official statistics show that over one- 
half the children born, die before the 6th 

year of age. Christ was 33 


years on 

That is the average life of man. As many 
persons die below that age as they do above 
it. There are many people living in the world. 
I am not old but I can remember the names of 
many acquaintances that have lived and died. 
Some were old people but the majority had 
not attained the middle age of life. Reader, 
you will die. It may not be this week nor 

this year, and it may be sooner than we ex- 
pect. We cannot avoid death, but we can 
avoid heaven by leaving undone those things 
which God wants us to do. Many people and 
even some of our brethren think that because 
they deal honestly and do not commit any 
bad deeds that they are doing all that God 
requires of them. This is a great error. We 
must keep God's commandments to prove that 
we love him. If God says "Give to him that 
asketh thee" 'and we do it not, it is evidence 
that we do not love God. If our Lord says 
"Love one another," and instead of doing so 
we hate somebody then we are not keeping 
His commandments; then we can have no 
part with Him unless the Bible is not true. 
We are admonished to feed the hungry, clothe 
the naked, visit the sick, pray for our ene- 
mies, etc. ; if we do not, we will be among the 
number on Christ's left hand, to whom it 
shall be said, "Depart from me ye workers 
of iniquity, I never knew yon.''' What is your 
life? "It is even a vapor, that appeareth for 
a little time, and then vanisheth away." ( Jas. 
4: 14.) O the brevity of life! To-day we 
may be engaged in the sunshine of worldly 
pleasure;. to-morrow Ave may be tossing to and 
fro on the thorny bed of affliction or adversity. 
To-day we may be full of life and hope ; to- 
morrow we may be silent in the cold embrace 
of death! 

Will you live unconverted and die uncon- 
verted or will you "repent and be baptized for 
the remission of your sins ?" If we have been 
initiated into the church by baptism, will we 
continue to live conformed to anything in the 
world of an evil tendency, or will we be trans- 
formed by the renewing of our minds and thus 
seek the kingdom of God by trying to keep 
all His commandments? Our life is a test, 
a trial, a conflict, and a prophecy. When a 
ship is built, it is launched upon the ocean 
for trial to see if it will withstand the pressure 
of the water, the action of the waves and all 
the many conditions to which it would be 
subjected in actual service. The ship may 
move over the ocean of waters very well un- 
til storms arise. When the winds blow and 
the waves dash furiously about the ship, then 
if there be a defect in its material or work- 
manship, it will be made manifest. So it is 
with our lives. We are launched into this 
world of sin and suffering upon a test trial, to 
see if Ave can Avithstand the dangerous temp- 
tations of Satan. A small hole in a ship, if 
too long unobserved, may sink the ship in 
mid-ocean. And so with our lives: small de- 
fects of Christian character, if disregarded, 
may sink our souls to perdition. The Bible 
is our compass and Jesus our pilot. Thus we 
can all know in Avhich direction we are going. 
By what we do in this life Ave can know what 
to expect in the life to come. 

In this sense, our present life is a prophecy. 
In the light of a prophecy what is your life ? 
What kind of thoughts are uppermost in your 
mind? What is the chief aim of your life? 
Are you laying up treasures in heaven? 
When you talk of doing this or that next Win- 
ter, or next year, or some time in the future, 
do you say "if the Lord xoill, toe shall lire," 

plain Gospel command? Do you pray often, 
or do you neglect that duty ? Do you receive 
everything "with thanksgiving, or do you sel- 
dom or never thank God? "Ye cannot serve 
God and Mammon." Whom are we serving? 
What is your life / What is my life ? Some- 
time Ave Avill die, and Avhat then ? Oh let our 
efforts be united in the direction of qualify- 
ing ourselves for life eternal beyond the 
graA r e! 

Too Much for bis Father. 

you will do so and so, or do you disobey that 

Once upon a time, the editor called on his 
aged father and mother, Avho then lived in a 
beautiful little city. Near by they had j>leas- 
ant and agreeable neighbors. One of these 
neighbors had two bright little boys who were 
as smart and mischievous as they Avere good. 
One day one of these little boys ran into my 
mother's room and told her to come OA r er 
quick, as Frank, his little brother, was very 
sick. The old mother was soon at the side 
of the sick boy, and found him deathly pale; 
the cold perspiration was standing in great 
drops on his brow, and his body was full of 
pain. His mother was much frightened, for 
she could not imagine Avhat could be the mat- 
ter with her poor boy. Camphor was applied 
to his temples; some Avas also given inwardly, 
and in a short time he grew much better. — 
Our old mother could not think what might 
be the cause of the boy's sickness. After a 
Avhile, a ray of light came to her mind. She 
asked the boy's mother if the little boy had 
not been down in town? After learning that 
he was, she suggested that perhaps some of 
the larger boys had given the little fellow a 
cheAv of tobacco. Sure enough, that Avas 
found to be Avhat was the matter Avith the lit- 
tle sufferer. 

When his father came home, and learned 
the trouble, he proceeded to give the little 
fellow a piece of fatherly advice, telling him 
that he ought not to use tobacco; that it was 
not becoming a boy like him, and it Avas a 
very bad habit. 

Says the boy: "If it is such a bad habit, 
why do you use it, papa?" 

"But," says the father, "it is such a filthy, 
nasty, dirty habit, and I do not Avant you to 
fall into such a nasty habit." 

"If it is such a nasty thing, why don't you 
quit?" replied the boy. 

The father soon retreated, finding the little 
fellow too much for him in argument. The 
father afterwards said that the pointed talk 
of that boy made him think. 

He was very Avilling to giA'e advice to his 
boy, but Avhen the boy turned the good ad- 
A r ice back, it Avas more than the father could 
stand. Parents should learn to put their ad- 
vice into practice before giving it to their 
children. J. H. M. 

It is said that inhaling the fumes of sul- 
phur Avill cure catarrh. This statement caus- 
es the Albany Express to make the following 
reflection: The course which many people 
pursue in this life gives promise that they 
won't be afflicted with catarrh in the next. 




As cold water to n thirsty 'soul, so is good news from a far 

From Dakota. 

To-day (8th) we had services in the tent. 
Bro. Horning led in speaking, followed by 
the writer. Brethren McLane and Clemmer 
were with us. They are thinking of locating 
among as. "Wo would say to all enquirers, 
if they desire cheap, fertile land, a good, dry, 
healthy climate, then come to our country. — 
The water is good. We dig from eight to 
thirty feet for it. The fertility of the soil 
cannot be surpassed. Bat it is not Eden re- 
stored. "We have a black bug which eats the 
potato vines. It came on us unexpectedly. 
"We were not prepared with Paris green. 

We shall soon have railroads, towns and a 
thickly settled country. We want Brethren 
to come in and possess the land. Do not 
come greedy of land, but come to get com- 
fortable homes, where independence may be 
gained by God's blessing and honest indus- 

We have as yet no house-flies, but plenty 
of mosquitoes. James Evans. 

From Arrow Rock, Mo.— July 15. 

Dear Brethren : — 

We are in peace and union in the Clair 
Creek congregation at this place. No seed of 
discord has yet been sown among our own 
little band of faithful workers, hence we feel 
to praise God for this blessing. I herewith 
send a report of the money received for our 
meeting-house. We fear we will not be able 
to build this Summer, unless the Brethren 
lespondmore liberally. Brethren, we do net 
like to beg, but I see that we will have to do 
so now. Let me appeal to you once more in 
behalf of this little congregation of brethren 
and sisters. Permit me to tell you of our 
misfortunes this Summer. Our crops are 
all washed away by the high waters of the 
Missouri river. Nearly all of the brethren 
were farming on the Missouri bottom lands. 
Some had a little of their crops left that hap- 
pened to be on high ground, but most of them 
had their entire crops destroyed; hence in- 
stead of having something to give towards 
helping to build the meeting-house, many of 
them will ha^e to work out by the day to sup- 
port their families. This is the third year 
that some of them have thus suffered by high 
water. Our old brother Abram Wallace is 
the one to feel the stroke the hardest. He is 
now seventy years old; has lost all his crop, 
and now the poor old man has to work hard 
to support his family by day's work, and yet 
preach twice each month. As most of the 
members here are poor, we hope the Breth- 
ren will aid us that we may by able to build 
a house of worship. 

Money received for Clair Creek meeting- 
house since my last report. 

Mary A. Turner, Eairville, Mo $ 5 00 

Joseph Waybright, Trotwood, 1 00 

Donated at A. M 30' 69 

Sister Bosserman, Dunkirk, 1 00 

John McLain, Traer, la 1 00 

Prairie View church, Mo 6 00 

David Province. 

Death of Elder Jacob Lehman. 

The funeral of Eld. Jacob Lehman, of the 
Poplar Ridge church, Ohio, took place to-day, 
July 3, 1883. The large concourse of people 
that assembled at his residence, and followed 
the remains to the meeting-house, indicate 
the strong hold that he had upon their heart?, 
and the influence he had in the neighborhood 
and the church where he lived. He was lov- 
ed and respected by all, and will be greatly 
missed in his family and the neighborhood, 
and especially will he be missed in the church. 
He was no extremist, but kind and always 
ready to forgive. He w r as a good counseler. 

Bro. Lehman was born in Germ a ay, Au- 
gust 24th, 1807, and died July 1st, 1883, and 
was consequently at the time of his death, 
seventy-five years, ten months, and six days 
of age. He settled in Defiance Co., Ohio, 
forty-three years ago; united with the church 
in 1848, was elected to the ministry in 1856, 
and in 1862 was ordained to the eldership. — 
He spoke mostly in the German language; 
was considered a good reasoner, and the 
church prospered under his care. 

He leaves an afflicted wife to survive him, 
who needs the sympathy of all in her afflic- 
tion and loss; also nine children, all in the 
church; the grandchildren, also three broth- 
ers and four sisters. 

He was anointed about three or four weeks 
prior to his death. He bore his sickness pa- 
tiently, and always said he had given him- 
self over to the Lord. When the end came, 
without a struggle he passed with his right 
mind to the other shore, and, we believe, he 
is in immortal glory. 

The funeral was conducted by the writer, 
assisted by Elders John and Jacob Brown of 
Williams Co., O, from John 14: 1, "Let not 
your heart be troubled." 

R. K. Bekkeybile 

On the Winer. 

While in the State of Indiana we thought 
it expedient to make a flying visit to Ashland, 
Ohio, as it has become somewhat famous in 
the history of the Brethren Church. 

One object of our visit was to see some of 
our old students, who we thought might want 
to attend some school conducted by our 
Brethren. Of course we recommended the 
school at Mt. Morris. On reaching the town 
we noticed the many excellent new buildings 
erected during our two years' absence. Ash- 
land is about as well built and does perhaps 
more business than any other town of the 
size in the State. On passing from the de- 
pot to our old home, we met old friends by 
the score, whose warm grasp of the hand and 
hearty welcome, revived our strong attach- 
ment to the good citizens of Ashland. On 
their earnest request we preached in the Col- 
lege chapel, which was obtained for oar ac- 
commodation. The citizens turned out by 

the hundreds, which gave us an opportunity 
of seeing many we would otherwise not have 
seen. The Brefliren from Maple Grove, Oak 
Grove and Ashland churches turned out to fill 
the spacious chapel. Our veteran, Eld. W. 
Murray, of Oak Grove, assisted us. We also 
had the pleasure of meeting with the breth- 
ren and sisters in Oak Grove and so-called 
Dickey church. Great have been the chang- 
es in Ashland City. The once prosperous 
church and inspiring prayer-meetings are 
things of the past. The sword of the enemy 
cut the church in two parts, both of which are 
diminishing in numbers, since many of the 
Brethren moved out of town, and a number . 
of the Progressives are moving to Dakota. 

The College, too, has suffered. The Trust- 
ees concluded to change the College course to 
that of a Normol School. This induced all 
the professors to resign. The citizens who 
subscribed ten thousand dollars toward a col- 
lege, are now greatly dissatisfied, and nearly 
all the students of last term protested against 
the change, and when it was made, resolved 
not to return again. We think this sufficient 
to answer the many inquiries made concern- 
ing the College. S. Z. Shabp. 

From Warrens!) urg-, Bio., Church. 

Dear Brethren: — 

To-day this church met in quarterly 
council, and amidst brotherly feeling trans- 
acted considerable business. The attendance 
was good, and as far as we were able to see, 
an excellent spirit pervaded the meeting. — 
Bro. S: S. Mohler and Fred. Culp, ministers 
from Mineral Creek church, and A. Hutchi- 
son and G. Bolinger, ministers from Center- 
view Congregation were present, and assisted 
in the labors. The church here is in love, and 
the future prospects are truly encouraging. 
Bro. J. F. Ebersole of Macomb, Ohio, has 
taken up his residence among us. There are 
now four ministers in this congregation. We 
are glad to see laborers and workers come 
West, for the field is truly large. 

M. M. Eshelman. 

From Chippewa Valley Church, Wis. 
—July 17. 

Dear Brethren: — 

We are prospering as a church here. — 
The church seems to be in love and union. 
We had our Communion on the 23rd of June; 
had a very pleasant meeting. Ministers 
present, Wm. Clark, S. H. Baker and Samu- 
el Crist. Two were reclaimed on the day of 
the Feast. Last Sunday was our regular 
meeting day, we had a very interesting meet- 
ing; four precious souls made the good con- 
fession and were baptized. 

Katie A. Baker. 

From Mt. Vernon. 111.— July 15, 

Dear Brethren: — 

I bead in the Gospel Messenger that 
Elder Jacob D. Trostle, of Maryland, has 
sold his farm, intending to look up a home 
in the West. Such a brother is needed here 

the gtos:p:k*l mesbengek. 


very mucli, and if Bro. Trostle lias not yet 
located or set his affections on some particu- 
lar place, we would be glad if he Avould stop 
and see our country. We say the same to 
any other brother who is contemplating a 
westward move. We have good land and, Ave 
think, good water; good health, plenty of fruit 
and a good climate. A small church in love 
and union, and a large field to labor in, 
could be made effective if we had more min- 
isters here alive to the cause. The doctrine 
of the Brethren is a new thing here: and old 
experienced ministers coald do much good 
here. D. F. Eby. 

From Flora., Ind.— July 20. 

Dear Brethren: — 

We are getting along pretty well; Ave 
have a good Sunday-school and are having a 
few accessions by baptism, this Summer, and 
several by letter. Although Ave have discour- 
agements, we feel to press on to the end. 

A. Clingenpeel. 

The Gospel Messenger. 

Much respected Visitor: — 

We hail thy coming; though thou hast 
been a little unregular, we still wait patient- 
ly for thy visit, we are glad and feel much 
pleased that it will be devoted to the interest 
of the church. Hope that its pages will not 
be stained by any article referring to any of 
the factions that have separated themselves 
from the church, but let her be truly devot- 
ed to the very best interests of the church. 
I think,' Bro. Moore, you should give us a ser- 
mon from your department eA r ery tAvo Aveeks, 
and one every two weeks from Huntingdon, 
as I hear the sisters say they like to read 
those sermons published in our paper. — 
Please don't forget tins, let the paper be well 
filled Avith good, sound doctrine and church 
news which all of us like to read. We love 
to hear church news, such as the increase of 
the church in numbers, and of piety and ho- 
liness; also travels of the brethren; the toils 
and sacrifices they are making for our bless- 
ed cause. Oh, if Ave all could deny ourselves 
and go forth and preach and labor for the 
welfare of the church! 

We, as a church are advancing a little, we 
trust, not only in numbers, but also in holi- 
ness and piety. On last Sabbath one was re- 
ceived by baptism. He was in his sixty-first 
year. His companion Avas reclaimed, who Avas 
disowned several years ago, So we are en- 
couraged to go on trying to preach to the 
people as best Ave can. Several of our oldest 
citizens died in the past month. David Brock 
in his eighty-third year, Jacob Snowberger in 
his eighty-second year and Samuel Hollinger, 
in his eighty-fourth year. The first two Avere 
Old Orderites. So Ave are passing away one 
after another; also, Harvey Wiles, in his 
tAventieth year, a young man of sterling mor- 
al qualifications; he was an exception to the 
young men of the day, yet he neglected the 
one thing needful. Oh Avhat a pity ! This 
should be a Avarning to the young, all avIio 
are yet out of Christ, not to put this impor- 

tant matter off to the dying hour. The Lord 
Jesus says, "Come to me." J. F. Olleh. 

From Donalds Creek, Ohio. — July 2.'3. 


Dear Brethren : — 

"Rejoice with those avIio rejoice. 
our council meeting, Saturday 21, one more 
sister made the good confession, and exem- 
plified her faith by obeying the truth. The 
Lord bless her and enable others to do like- 
wise. The meeting passed off pleasantly and 
a Communion meeting was appointed for Oct. 
11th, at ten o'clock. In the evening Bro. I. 
J. Rosenberger made his appearance and Ave 
had the pleasure of hearing his familiar 
voice once more. We had a very agreeable 
season of AA r orship together, and were made to 
rejoice and feel glad for the great concern he 
manifested for the ingathering of precious 
souls. He also preached a very able sermon 
for us, on the 22nd, to a large and attentive 
audience. His visit to us was interesting 
and very instructive. And it Avas a pleasing 
thought that it was the happy .privilege of all 
present to share the profits. 

B. F. Millek. 

From Franklin Co., Iowa. 

Dear Brethren : — 

On July 15th, Ave had meeting at this 
place. Bro. N. Trapp, of Greene, Butler Co., 
la., preached two sermons. One young man 
was received by baptism, this makes two 
young brethren received at this place in the 
last year, and there is quite a number of oth- 
ers almost persuaded. 

This is a part, or arm of the Cold Water 
church, at Greene, Iowa, and is twenty miles 
from the main body of the church. There are 
about twenty members in this county that I 
know of. Thirteen live close together, and 
have regular meetings, but the rest have no 
meetings, and hardly ever get with us at ours. 
I wish, brethren that travel would come to 
us, and preach the truth to these people, and 
help us to build up the Master's cause here. 

If there are any that Avant to locate in the 
West, they cannot do better than to come 
here. H. W. Hanaavalt. 

Items From Covington, Ohio. 

On the morning of the fourth of July, Dr. 
Cable of our town calmly fell asleep, after a 
protracted illness of pneumonia. The Dr., 
some years ago, was an active member of the 
church. He was a son of Eld. John Cable, 
one of the early and devoted pioneer fathers 
of the church in Miami County. The de- 
ceased left a widoAV of Christian deportment; 
also a son and daughter. His large estate he 
bequeathed to these three heirs. H. R Hol- 
singer Avas secured by telegram, to lead in 
the religious services of the occasion. A lit- 
tle to our surprise, Henry had committed his 
discourse to paper, except some printed poet- 
ry Avith which his reading Avas interwoven. — 
His reading occupied about tAventy minutes. 
When young, we were necessitated during a 
term of school, to listen regularly to our Pres- 

byterian preceptor read his sermon, by Avhich 
Ave lost all taste for that kind of pulpit exer- 
cise an'1 we noAV think we shall never recoA r er 
from its effects. 

By request the District Meeting of Southern 
Ohio, at their meeting, called upon her differ- 
ent congregations to renew their collection 
for the aid of Bro. Hope in his noble Avork in 
Denmark. • The Covington church has taken 
a partial collection, twenty-eight dollars be- 
ing reported. 

Among the Feasts it Avas our privilege to 
attend, Avas the Feast at the well known 
Grove church. On .driving into the yard, the 
first object that caught our attention was the 
new church-house, about completed, by the 
side of our brethren's old house. I was for- 
cibly reminded of two line fences about two 
and a half feet apart. The mo it remote 
stranger in passing by, could A*ery readily in- 
terpret the spirit that Avould erect such fenc- 
es; and Ave greatly fear that the same spirit 
builds such churches. It occurred to us that 
great care will be necessary, on the part of 
brethren of the Grove church, to guard the 
cause properly. The circumstance of the 
tAvo houses will have a tendency to keep the 
unhappy event reA'ived, and thus cause bitter 
tears in eternity. May the Lord in mercy 
possess the dear GroA r e members Avith grace, 
to fit them for their day and trial. 

It is pretty well knoAvn that John Cadwal- 
ader, of Newton, four miles south of Coving- 
ton, became separated from the church some 
years ago, and organized a church of the 
Congregational Brethren. The cause neA'er 
prospered, and on. his death-bed he remarked 
with a sigh, that " There, never was enough 
difference to justify a divisio>i." I Avonder if 
there Avill not be others Avho will make the 
same disco\ r ery, either in time or eternity! 


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ti-ih: oohi 3 iiil iviEssiiiiNrGim. 

My Western Trip. 

Dear Brethren: — 

I wish to inform the readers of your 
worthy paper that on the 11th of May, I start- 
ed for our A. M. at Bismark Grove. Stop- 
ped in Chicago, stayed over night at Bro. Pe- 
ter Fahrney's. On the 12th I left Chicago 
got to Bismark Grove on the- 13th, found 
many beloved members assembled already. — 
I stayed at A. M. till all was over. I have 
attended many Annual Meetings, but I do 
think among all, this last one was the best I 
was ever at. There were a few warm speech- 
es, but after the acknowledgment I felt good 
over it. 

In company with Bro. J. S. Flory, sister 
Flory, Bro. David Bupel and many others, I 
started for Longmont, Col. We got through 
to the Hygienic Home, all right, thank the 
Lord. I dare not tell all I saw, as it would 
make my article too long, but as I promised 
to give a short history of my travels, I will 
say I am very well pleased with the Hygienic 
Home, as it is a neat and clean place, so much 
so, that if an invalid will go there and do as 
directed by the managers, he will be much 
benefitted. J. S. Flory and his wife will do 
all in their power to make everybody comfort- 
able. As far as 1 could learn all that are 
managing the Hygienic Home are very kind 
and at their post. I think sister Flory is a 
great help to the sick, as she is very pleasant. 
After visiting the family of Bro. David Wea- 
ver's, a son-in-law of David Bupel, and at- 
tending Sabbath-school, and seeing a good 
many there, and good order, and also meet- 
ing after Sabbath-school, I tried to preach to 
a very attentive congregation. I visited some 
members and enjoyed myself very much 
among them. I saw much snow on the 
mountains. On the 22nd of May I went to 
Denver City, and left Eld. David Bupel at 
his daughter's at Longmont. Got to Denver 
in good time, to take the train to Georgetown, 
where I landed at about 7 o'clock P. M. Was 
met at the station by sister Anna Puterbaugh 
and little Harry Myers. I was glad to meet 
them; they conducted me to David Myers', 
who is married to my wife's sister. Found 
all well; friend David Myers was at his silver 
mine, but came home the second evening. — 
I enjoyed myself • here very much in their 
company and family, as they did all they 
could to make me comfortable. I went with 
my brother-in-law, David Myers, to the mines, 
which are high up on the mountains. I went 
with the men into the tunnel, where they get 
the silver. The tunnel is about 800 feet long. 
I stayed over night with the miners, ate four 
meals with them; though the cooking was 
done by miners, meals were well gotten up. I 
could eat with a good appetite. I found very 
pleasant people in the mines and in George- 
town; stayed some ten days. It snowed a 
good many times while I was in Georgetown. 
I and friend David Myers took his little boy 
and went on the mountain some 14,000 feet 
above the level of the sea. There is one peak 
called Gray's Peak, that is about 15,000 feet 
above the sea-level, but there is so much snow 
on it that I could not ascend it. 

I left Georgetown on the last day of May, 
went to Denver, which is a nice place. I took 
the train at Denver in the evening for Law- 
rence, Kan. Got to Lawrence on the 1st of 
June; stopped with Bro. Moses Flory. On 
the 2nd I was taken by friend Henry Fayger, 
to his home. Here I was taken by Bro. 
Hicks to Bro. Samuel Baker's, in the Pleas- 
ant Grove church. Had evening meeting; not 
many out, as it was muddy and dark. On 
the 3rd had Sabbath-school; well conducted, 
a good attendance; meeting after Sabbath- 
school ; one was baptized. On the 6th I start- 
ed for home, got there on the 8th, found all 
well, thank the Lord. David Myers and his 
brother George are very fine men. 

John Knisely. 
Plymouth, lnd. 

Some Mistakes at our Love-feasts. 

1. It is a mistake to protract our Love- 
feast exercises to such a late hour of the even- 
ing. The injunction, "Let all things be done 
to edification," deserves no little attention on 
our Love-feast occasions. Whilst no doubt 
all feel to "wait with the Master one hour," 
when it comes to four, five and even six 
hours, although "the spirit is willing," the 
flesh will prove weak. Hence, the exercises 
should commence promptly on time, with ev- 
erything pertaining to the meeting in full 
readiness, as the brethren do in many places, 
it being a saving of time. We recommend 
that the feet-washing should be going on 
while the chapter on feet-washing is being 
read; and that the bread be prepared, while 
the chapter on the sufferings and death of 
Christ is being read. If desirable to clear 
the supper table, before dismissing the con- 
gregation, it can be done with convenience, 
while the closing or farewell hymn is being 

2. It is a mistake to say, "the death and 
sufferings of Christ," for it was "the suffer- 
ings and death of Christ." 

3. It is a mistake to say "the Lord's ta- 
bles," for while, "we being many, are one 
body in Christ," so there being a number of 
tables, they become one table, "the Lord's 

4 When supper is prepared it is a mis- 
take, or at least a want of fitness, for a broth- 
er to offer the verse: "Be present at our table, 
Lord." We having surrounded the Lord's 
table, it is therefore at His table, and not our 
table, that we desire the Lord's presence, 
hence our sentiment should be; "Be present 
at Thy table, Lord." 


Covington, Ohio. 

About Rebaptizing-. 

Dear Brethren: — 

Whereas the decision of the Committee 
from A. M. of 180G to the J. A. Bowman mem- 
bers in Tennessee, Avas referred to as a pre- 
cedent to receive into the church, members 
without so-called rebaptism and declaring 
that said Committee held the J. A. B. bap • 
tism valid up to a given date, I feel it to be 

my Christian duty to correct the error into 
which some brethren have fallen. And to do 
this, I beg the Editors to publish said report 
in the G. M. as it was published in the G. V., 
December No., 1866, but this request is made 
on the fact that comparatively but few breth- 
ren who now read the G. M., and the report 
of last A. M., read the G. V. at the time, and 
hence are not competent to form a correct 
conclusion of the reference made to said 
Committee's decision. 

Beport of Committee of brethren, appoint- 
ed by the Yearly Meeting of 1866 to confer 
with a body of Christian people known as the 
J. A. Bowman Brethren, and if possible ef- 
fect a union: 

"Said Committee report that it met a sim- 
ilar Committee of the J. A. Bowman Brethren 
in the Knob Creek church, on the 3rd of Sep- 
tember, 1866. And after organization and 
preliminaries were settled, one of their Com- 
mittee, James D. Bowman, moved that a un- 
ion be effected. This was seconded, and 
unanimously carried by these Committees. — 
Whereupon it was concluded by the Breth- 
ren's Committee to examine into the cause of 
a disunion being among us. And after spend- 
ing two days in patient and close examina- 
tion of many witnesses, have arrived at the 
following conclusion; 

Upon a close examination of all the facts 
in the case now pending before us, we find 
the testimony somewhat conflicting and 
therefore conclude that there was some error 
on both sides, and if the parties were all liv- 
ing we would require an acknowledgment of 
each. But as the case now is, we propose to 
meet you, the brethren of the J. A. Bowman 
part, on the principle of compromise, and 
will receive you into fellowship as brethren 
upon the condition that we acknowledge en 
error on the part of our brethren in the pro- 
ceedings in the case, provided you acknowl- 
edge that you on your part erred in the 
course you have taken, in not applying to the 
Yearly Meeting for assistance, and also for 
sustaining J. A. Bowman in organizing a new 
order of worship. And when these acknowl- 
edgments are made, we will receive you into 
union and fellowship with us, you relinquish- 
ing all your order at variance with the order 
and practice of the Brethren, complying with 
all the order of the church, giving and re- 
ceiving counsel, as taught by the Savior, and 
practiced by the Brethren as decided by the 
Brethren in Yearly Meetings, with this provi- 
so: that the officers of your organization be 
installed into their respective offices accord- 
ing to the order of the church, as we do. 

This report being read to the Committee of 
the J. A. Bowman Brethren, on the morning 
of the third day of the meeting, and after a 
protracted conference, and free interchange 
of views with them, the five following of the j 
eight brethren accepted it and signed their 
names to it with many tears on both sides.— 
Joseph Wine, Garret D. Bailey ,( Elders or-; 
daijqe,d by J. A. B.), Wm. Gibson, John H. 
Bowman (Elders), and John Bowman (pri- 
vate). But whereas the members of the J. 
A. B. part were not present, it was unani-i 
mously concluded, that Joseph Wine and P. 



E. Wrightsman be a Committee of brethren 
to visit all the J. A. B. members on the North 
of both the rivers, and Michael Bashor and 
Wm. Gibson be a Committee to visit the J. 
A. B. members on the South of said rivers, 
for the purpose of informing them of the con- 
clusion of the Biethren's Committee, read- 
ing and carefully explaining the same to 
them, and ascertain their minds on the same, 
informing them that if they accept this con- 
clusion, they will be received with us as mem- 
bers in full fellowship and Communion, but 
if they reject it, they will not be recognized 
as members. The above named visiting 
brethren shall report the result of their visit 
to the church in council meeting assembled 
in Knob Creek meeting-house, on the 1st of 
October, 1866, where the following named 
elders, (or as many of them as can meet), 
shall be a Committee in our stead. Henry 
Garst (foreman), Henry Brubaker, David 
Derrick, A. J. Carroll, Joseph Wine, Garrett 
D. Baily, Simeon Isenberger and Henry Mas- 
ters, who shall declare all those of the J. A. 
Bowman part, members in full fellowship 
with us who have accepted the Committee's 
conclusion; and the term, J. A. Bowman 
Brethren shall be used no more. And shall 
declare all those who have refused to accept 
it, no members' of the church, but if any of 
those who regret their conclusion, wish to 
unite with the church after the above named 
council meeting, they can only be received 
according to the order of the church, namely: 
those who have been baptized by any one in 
the J. A. Bowman order, shall be received by 
baptism, and those who may have gone out 
from the Church by satisfactory acknowl- 
edgement. And this shall be final 
Signed by: 

H. D. Davy, Joseph Hendricks, Ohio; 
D. M. Holsinger, Pa.; D. P. Saylor, Md; 
Christian Long, John Metzger, 111. ; Sol- 
omon Garber, Daniel Thomas, Va. ; H. 
D. Davy, Moderator, D. P. Saylor, 
This is the report of the J. -A. Bowman 
Committee, and it will be observed that bap- 
tism was no point in the settlement of the 
case. The testimony, though conflicting, 
proved that there was great prejudice, and 
under its influence J. A. Bowman was expell- 
ed; and upon carefully weighing all the facts, 
* the Committee unanimously concluded that 
J. A. Bowman was illegally expelled, and 
hence the validity of his baptism was not in 
question. The departure from the general 
order of the church in his new church organ- 
ization caused the trouble; and if the J. A. B. 
members had been present, all would then 
and there have been settled. But they had 
the idea that none but their Committee dare 
be present, hence the necessity for time that 
all can hear and understand the conclusion of 
the Committee, and for this a visiting Commit- 
tee must be appointed, and a Committee of 
elders to represent us in a called meeting of 
the church to hear the report of the visiting- 
Committee, and receive all into fellowship 
who accepted the decision, and to declare all 
who rejected it to be out of the church. But 
if they at any subsequent date, wished to re- 

turn to the church, they can only do so by 
baptism and acknowledgment as per report. 
Is there anything illegal in this? Certainly 
not. Then where is the foundation for the 
declaration that the J. A. B. Committee had 
recognized his baptism up to a given date, 
when baptism formed no part in the question 
to be settled? 

The decision was based on the ground that 
all who would reject it did so with their own 
free will, and by their own deliberate act 
make themselves of a body declared by the 
Committee not to be in accordance with the 
Gospel, and could not plead that they were 
led astray under influence and excitement. 

The J. P. Moore, and members in New Jer- 
sey, is another case in some respects similar. 
The testimony in that case was conclusive, 
that according to the order of the church, J. 
P. Moore was not only illegally, but without 
just cause, expelled from the church; but a 
petition signed by seventeen members, pe- 
titioning the church to grant them the privi- 
lege to withdraw their membership until 
such time that the case could be properly 
adjusted; and the endorsement of the church 
granting said privilege written on the back, 
proved conclusively that there was dissatis- 
faction with the action of the church. 

But not a trace of evidence was, or could 
be produced, to prove that the church had ev- 
er expelled any of the petitioners. This, to 
the Committee, was a plain case. J. P. M., 
a minister in the second degree, was illegally 
and without cause expelled; seventeen mem- 
bers, under a petition granted by the church, 
withdrew their membership until such a time 
that the case would be properly adjusted. 
They choose J. P. M. to, be their minister, and 
they together worship God in the faith and 
order of the church more fully than did the 
church from wnich they withdrew, and made 
and baptized a number of disciples. The 
Committee decided that the baptism and or- 
ganization, as it stood, was valid, the mem- 
bers all being present, and unanimously ac- 
cepted the decision, and all were received in- 
to the fellowship of the general Brotherhood. 

But how can either of these cases be refer- 
red to as precedents for receiving into 
church fellowship persons baptized by either 
the Old Order, or the Progressive di- 
visions in the church? Surely there is no 
similarity between them. D. P. Saylor. 


The District Meeting for North Missouri 
District will be held, God willing, SeptT 7 
and 8, in Honey Creek congregation, Noda- 
way Co., Mo., at the residence of Wm. F. 
Dowis, commencing at 9 A. M. There will 
be a Communion meeting at same place, com- 
mencing at 2 P. M., the 8th, to last over Sun- 
day. Brethren coming by rail, stop off at 
Hopkins, on K. C. from St. Joseph; from the 
North, on the C. B. & Q. We expect a good 
representation of the District, and extend a 
general invitation to members to be with us 
at our Peast. 

Bro. Daniel Boyer, of Hopkins, Mo., will 

meet members on the 6th, if notified of their 

| coming, or the writer at Gay nor, Nodaway 

Co., Mo. D. Boyer lives six miles south-east 
of Hopkins; the place of meeting is ten miles 
south-east of Hopkins. Wm. B. Sell. 

From Belleville, Republic Co., Kan. 
July lO. 

Dear Brethren : — 

Bro. Jno. Mohler, of Ohio, came to us 
from A. M. ; labored in our midst about one 
week. May God bless such brethren and pre- 
serve their lives that they may live long to 
adorn their profession, and the church be 
blessed by their example. Two precious souls 
were added to the church. 

We met July 4, for worship; had a pleasant 
and profitable meeting. The Lord was there 
and to bless; one more was made willing to 
die unto sin (we pray) to become alive unto 
God. A. W. Austin. 

From Swedonia, Kau. — July 16. 

Dear Brethren: — 

We are still moving along in the even 
tenor of our way. Our meetings are well at- 
tended. The members are being revived. — 
Hope the good work will continue, Some 
are trying to sow discord among the brethren, 
which thing, Solomon says, is an "abomina- 
tion to the Lord." But I hope they cannot 
do much harm, and they do not want to do 
us good. "By their fruits ye shall . know 
them." My wife's health has been poor for 
some time; but is able to be about. She 
asks an interest in the prayers of the faithful. 

John Wise. 

From Flora, Incl.— July 18. 

Dear Brethren : — 

A terrible cyclone passed over this 
place on the 12th insi, moving houses off 
their foundations, unroofing buildings, and 
blowing down several small ones. The oldest 
inhabitants never saw such hail. It knocked 
out window-glass by the hundred. Several 
persons were severely pelted, but no one seri- 
ously. The church is still troubled with 
some that do not feel to walk with us any 
more, and will seek an organization where 
they expect to be remunerated for their serv- 
ices in this world, but I fear that in the end 
they will find they have failed in laying up 
treasures. Wm. L.vndis. 

From Camp Creek, 111. 

Dear Brethren: — 

I AM the only minister and elder of 
Camp Creek church, McDonough Co., 111. I 
have five regular appointments every four 
weeks. We expect to hold our Communion 
meeting Oct. 20 and 21. We work together 
in union; do the best Ave can. One applicant 
for baptism three weeks ago. 

We had a big hail-storm in this county last 
week. Around Macomb it destroyed all the 
corn and oats; broke all the window-lights on 
the north side of houses for miles. The 
storm reached Gales burg; was about five 
miles wide. AVith that exception, the crops 
are all good in our county. Health generally 
good. John L. Myers. 





Aug. 18 and 19, at 10 A. M., Monroe Co., con- 
gregation, near Frederic, Monroe Co., Iowa. 

Aug. 2! and 21th. at 11 A. M., Deep River 
church, Powcsheik Co.. Iowa. 

Sept. 1, Little Traverse church, Arbor 
Springs, Emmet Co., Mich. 

Sept. 8 and 9 in the Verdigris church, Madison, 
Kan. Those coming by rail will please 
notify Chas. M. Yearout. 

Sept. 15 at 2 P. M., Somerset church, Jalapa, 

Sept. 15, at 2 P. M, Dorchester church, Neb., 
at the house of Bro. J. R. Cripe, two miles 
east of Dorchester, Saline Co., Neb. 

Sept. 15 and 10, at 10: 30 A. M., Coldwater 
church, Butler Co., Iowa. 

Sept. 1"), at 2 P. M., Somerset church, Wabash 
Co., Ind. . 9 miles south of Wabash. 

Sept. 15 and 16, in the Crooked Creek church, 
six miles north east of Keota, Washington 
Co., Iowa. Those coming on the Chicago. 
Rock Island and Pacific R. R., will stop off 
at Keota ; those on the B., C. R. & N . R. R., 
will stop off at Nira, where they will be 
met by informing Benjamin Miller. 

Sept. 22 and 23, at 2 P. M. in the Bethel church 
at the house of Bro. Samuel Teeter, about 
9 miles N. W. of Carleton, Thayer Co., 
Neb., on the line of the St. Joe and West- 
ern—a branch of the U. P. 

Sept. 28th, at4P M„ Bear Creek church, 
Christian Co., 111. 

Oct. 4th, at 10 o'clock, in the Clear Creek 
church, Huntington Co., Ind. 

Oct. 11th, in the Pine Creek church, St. Joseph 
Co., Ind., three miles north-west of Lapaz. 

Oct. 12, at 4 P. M., in "iellow Creek church 
Elkhart Co., Ind., seven miles south-west 
of Goshen, Ind 

Oct. 13 and 14 at 10 A. M., in the Spring Run 
church, at their meeting-house six miles 
east of Prairie City, Fulton Co , 111. 


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The following schedule went into effect on 
the Huntingdon and Broad. Top Mountain it. 
11. on Monday, May 14th, 1883. 








T. M. 

A. M. 

p. jr. 


fi 05 

8 35 

.. .Huntingdon.. . 

5 55 

12 40 

6 15 

8 48 


5 40 

12 35 

fi 22 

8 55 


5 35 

12 23 

6 35 

9 05 

. . .Marklcsburg . . 

5 25 

12 10 

6 43 

9 13 

.. . Coffee Run . . . 

5 15 

12 00 

6 50 

9 20 

Rough and Ready 

5 09 

11 55 

fi 57 

9 25 

5 01 

11 48 

7 00 

9 38 

Fisher's Summit 

4 58 

11 45 

7 10 

9 41 


4 48 

11 35 

7 25 

9 52 

.. .Riddlesburg... 

4 35 

11 20 

7 30 

9 57 

4 29 

11 13 

7 40 

10 07 

.. .Piper's Run. . . 

4 17 

11 03 

7 51 

10 15 


4 07 

10 52 

8 02 

10 27 


3 58 

10 43 

8 05 

10 30 

....Mt. Dallas.... 

3 55 

10 40 

8 15 

n no 


3 30 

10 20 

9 55 

12 35 

.. Cumberland... 

1 55 

8 45 

P. M, 

P. M. 

P. M. 

A. M. 

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On Monday, June 5th, 1882, the following 
schedule went, into effect on the Pennsylvania 

Leave Huntingdon. Arrivo Pittsbgh. 

Pacific Express, 6 45 P. M 1 35 P. M. 

Mail -..2 13 P.M. 8 50 A. M. 

Fast Line 6 00 P. M 11 30 A.M. 

Leave Huntingdon. Arrive Phil'da. 

Johnst'n Exp'ss, 9 00 A. M 5 05 P. M. 

Day Express.... 1 25 P. M 7 35 P. M. ; 

Mail 3 50P.M. H'bg., 7 30P.M. 

Mail Express ....8 05 P. M 2 55 A. M. 


The following schedule went into effect od 
the Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne and Chicago Rail- 
way on May 27, 1883. Trains leave Pittsburgh 
(city time) for Chicago as follows: 

Leave Pittsburgh. Arr. Chicago. 

Day Express.... t7 57 A. M 

Mail Express... *1 12 A, M 6 40 A. M, 

Limited Exp'ss,*8 57 P. M 10 40 A. M,> 

Fast Line §11 42P. M fi 55 P. M, 

Trains leave Chicago, (city time) for Pitts- 
burg as follows: 
Leave Chicago. Arr. Pittsb'gh 

Day Express.... +8 40 A. M 6 12 A. M 

Limited Exp'ss,*5 00 P. M 6 57 A. M 

Mail Express. . .*5 40 P. M. 12 22 P. M 

Fast Line *11 30 P. M 7 57 P. M 

*Daily. tDaily, except Sunday. §Daily 
except Saturday . 



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"Set for the l>el'euse of the Gospel.' 

Entered at tbe Post-Office at Ht. Morris 111. 
as Second class Matter. 

Vol. 21, Old Series. 

Mt. Morris, 111., and Huntingdon, Pa., July 31, 1883. 

No. 30. 


H. B. BltUMBAUGH, Editor, 
And Business Manager of the Eastern Houao, Box 50, 

Huntingdon, Pa. 

. * 

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itive Christian" and "Young Disciple," Books. Hymn-books, 
Hymnals, etc., ordered before July 1st, must be paid to them, 
and should be so directed. When money for the old and the 
new firm is sent together, tho amount for each firm should be 
named. As we are especially anxious to have all business con- 
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Box 50, Huntingdon, Pa. 

Don't fail to read the Eeport of last A. M. 
Only 25cts, or five for $1.00. Minutes lOcts, 
or 60cts per dozen. 

Sister Hartman and her sister, daughters 
of Bro. I. G. Harley, of Philadelphia, are 
visiting their friends in our city. 

The "Revised Minutes" are now ready for 
distribution. They are nicely printed, with 
marginal notes, and indexed, and will be sent 
to all who may order them at 20 cents per 
copy or $2.00 per dozen. 

On last Sunday morning, a young man of 
our city, because his father thought it good 
to reprimand him for his wrong doings, got an- 
gry, went to his room and shot himself twice 
through the heart, causing iustant death. 

If there are any who have anything that 
they would like to have in the "Brethren's 
Almanac," please send it in at once, or as 
soon as possible, as we expect to commence 
work on it soon. Whatever will be of gener- 
al interest, will be gladly received. 

On last Wednesday evening we enjoyed a 
very pleasant and interesting prayer-meeting 
at Dr. Brumbaugh's. We expect to hold 
them round at the members' houses for a sea- 
son. It affords an opportunity of working up 
a greater social feeling among us. 

Bro. Walter Yount is on a tour North, re- 
cuperating his health. He goes by way of 
Niagara, Toronto, Canada, Quebec and 
Montreal — was at the White Mts. when last 
heard from. He expects to return by the 
way of Boston and New York. We wish him 
a pleasant and profitable trip. 

On last Sunday, instead of enjoying our 
usual church privileges, we were confined to 
our bed-chamber by a severe spell of sickness. 
Though in distress, it is consoling to know 
that we have One that we can look to, who is 
able to give us grace to sustain us as well as 
to relieve us of our infirmities. Truly, God 
is our refuge, and a very present help in 
times of trouble. 

We were just informed that our aged and 
esteemed Elder, John G. Glock, of the Augh- 
wic church, this county, while walking 
across above the threshing floor, he stepped 
upon a board which broke and he fell through 
unto the floor, badly injuring himself. When 
heard from he was confined to his bod. 

We are in receipt of a copy of the Long- 
mont Press, Col., of which Bro. Howard 
Flory is proprietor and publisher. It is 
quite a respectable sheet, and we wish him 
success in c|uill driving. From it, we learn 
that his father, J. S. Flory and daughter are 
out among the mountains on an editorial ex- 

Bro. D. Yount, of Virginia informs us that 
they are having a fine season in Va. Weath- 
er warm and plenty of rain. The wheat and 
grass crops were excellent, and a fine pros- 
pect for corn. Truly, how good is our God, 
and in remembering his goodness we should 
not forget that we are stewards and give unto 
him that which is due. 

Eld. D. P. Saylor sends us an article on, 
"Re-baptism," which will appear in the near 
future and for which we ask a careful read- 
ing. His views on re-baptizing as relates to 
our church we most heartily accept, not sim- 
ply because they are the views held by our 
aged brethren of the past, but because they 
are in harmony with reason and the spirit of 
the Gospel, and can be entertained by us, as 
a church, without dismembering ourselves. 

Bro. J. E. Sale of Burlington Junction, 
Nodaway Co., Mo., Avrites us a lengthy sketch 
of a very destructive storm that visited their 
town on the 13th day of the past month. 
Had we the space we would be pleased to 
give the account in full. He reports a large 
number of the business houses as lying in 
ruins, while orchards, fences, crops and 
everything were swept before it. It was the 
most destructive storm ever known in that 
section of country. 

Brethren, in writing us for Sunday-school 
cards and papers, frequently expect a return 
before it can be possibly made. We just 
now have a letter before us, dated in Ind, 
July 19th, and requesting a return the 21st, 
the day we received the letter. We make it 
a point to fill orders as promptly as we can, 
but a letter must have time to reach us and 
also to return, before a reply can be expected. 
Send in your orders at the earliest date you 
can and we will then try and not disappoint 
you by any unnecessary delay. 

As harvest will soon be over, thanksgiving 
or haryest-meetings will be in order, and as 
our land and people have been especially blesr, 
there will be unusual causes for seasons of 
thanksgiving. We should not only thank 
God for the beautiful harvest reaped, but al- 
so for the many favorable circumstances 
thrown around us, which enables us so fully 
to enjoy the blessings received. We will be 
pleased to receive reports from these meet- 

Some of the contributors of the Baptist 

Flag are discussing the subject of feet-wash- 
ing and some of their Missourians are also 
practicing it. But the editor,~m his self-im- 
portant way, says, "The Savior did not wash 
his disciples' feet in connection with the 
Lord's Supper. Feet-washing should never 
be practiced as a church ordinance. We 
should obey Christ." Indeed, thou hast said 
well, "we should obey Christ," but why is it 
that you p?rsist in teaching people not to 
obey him? Christ says we ought to wash 
one another's feet, but you say we ought not 
to do so. 

A few feel like reprimanding us because 
we do not flurry up and strike back every 
time we are hit. That would be human nat- 
ure and we sometimes think too, that we 
should exercise a little more combativeness. 
But on mature reflection we can see no good 
that could come from such a course. Truth, 
in the end, will defend itself, and anything 
we do ought to stand the test of truth. In- 
stead of us always standing up in our own 
defense, we have come to the conclusion that 
it is better to turn our attention to our own 
actions and so deport ourselves that no one 
will believe an untruth when told against us. 
One of our besetting sins is self-defense. 
There are many who seem to think if they 
can only maintain positions taken, they have 
gained a victory. This is a mistake. If po- 
sitions are true ones, when taken, they are a 
victory from the beginning. If not true, they 
are losses and the longer they are maintained 
the greater become the losses. 

LONDON, July JHX — The death of Surgeon 
Lewis is announced from Cairo. The Tinas 
says that one per cent of the Egyptian army 
of occupation died within the first week of 
the appearance of cholera in the army, an 
alarming fact, and one which that paper de- 
clares as most "extraordinary.*' The official 
reports from Egypt announce the deaths i f 
twenty-three more soldiers from cholera, A\i I Ji 
thirty-on 1 new cases which have arisen to- 
day, in and near Cairo and Ismailia. 




Study to show thyself approved unto God. a workman that 

nscdeth not be asliamed, rightly dividing the 

Word of Truth. 



Tkhue is a God! no need to tell 

Of miracles to fathom this; 
There is a God! oh. doubting heart, 

A world of woe, a home of bliss. 

There is a day, when all who live 

Shall be rewarded for their sin; 
Tnere is a day, when all shall know 

And feel conviction from within. 

The birds that in the desert live, 

He sees and guides them all; 
He raleth all things on the earth, 

He even notes the sparrow's fall. 

There is a God! oh, wandering soul! 

Who guides thee with His mighty will; 
Though high life's adverse waves may roll, 

His voice ye hear: "Peace, peace, be still!" 

When faltering, shrinking in despair, 

0, soul, be not dismayed; 
•'In time of need, lo, 1 am there; 

T'is I; be not afraid!" 



There is an element in the nature of man 
which seeks the excellent, which recognizes 
and appreciates the complete and faultless, 
which has a corresponding aversion for the 
incomplete and ugly. 

This element may be called the faculty of 
mental taste, or that power of mind which 
discerns the beautiful and perfect. 

Taste, as used in this sense, is innate and 
universal; no complete man is wholly without 
it; it forms an elementary, an essential part 
of his being, just the same as does hope or 
love. It is, moreover, among the highest and 
noblest of the mental powers; it is that one 
which most clearly distinguishes man from 
the lower animals; nowhere, even in its low- 
est and feeblest manifestations, is it possess- 
ed by the brute; with man it is always pres- 
ent and helps to ally him to superior natures 
and to his Creator. 

In every nation and age of mankind since 
the birth of the human race, the "sense of 
the beautiful" has manifested its presence, 
and, though at times differently cultivated 
and developed, its history has been one of 
continued progress. It has always been the 
aspiring propensity wherever mind has exist- 
ed, and through it men have been led to seek 
the perfect and thus to develop the intellect- 
ual and moral world. Among the Hebrews 
and in the age of Moses, it was linked with 
religion; it dwelt in the mysteries of worship 
and faith ; it built costly altars and placed up- 
on them costly offerings; it erected the taber- 
nacle and draped it with curtains of purple 
and scarlet; it arrayed the high priest in his 
gorgeous and consecrated garmei ts. Among 
other nations, it has shown its presence in a 
refined sensuality; it lapped the soul of 
Greece in a sensual elysium; it embodied its 
ideals of physical grace and loveliness in the 

statues of Apollo and Aphrodite; it fashion- 
ed from Parian marble all the abstract con- 
ceptions of beauty, virtue, and power; it call- 
ed the goddess of love from the froth of the 
sea; it peopled the waters of the deep, the 
rivers, the wooded mountains and caves with 
nymphs the most beautiful in face and form. 

At ottier periods and among other nations, 
it has manifested itself in other forms than 
these, under other circumstances and influ- 
ences and with different results. 

Considered more specifically, we may best 
understand the nature and power of this fac- 
ulty by consulting our own consciousness; we 
may never have made it the subject of special 
contemplation ; we may not ba able to make 
it a matter of philosophical analysis; but we 
all feel its presence and influence just the 
same as we feel the presence of affection or 
hope. There are creations in nature and art 
which at all time call forth our admiration; 
there are creations in nature and art which 
always repel us; there are human faces which 
we universally regard as beautiful, there are 
human characters in Avhich we discern refine- 
ment and purity; there are human faces and 
human characters which we just as vuiiver sal- 
ty behold with feelings of repugnance. 

As the "sense of the beautiful" has been 
differently cultivated and developed by differ- 
ent nations, so is it with reference to individ- 
uals; there are those in whom it is weak and 
inactive. We observe that a person of this 
class is usually satisfied with that which just 
answers the purpose; he discards as useless 
all things that are especially designed for 
their beauty. If his machine does that for 
which it is made, if it plants his fields and 
gathers his harvests, if it bears him about 
from place to place, if it manufactures his 
clothes or the utensils he uses, it meets all 
the requirements. Whether it be painted, 
mounted with silver, symmetrical or none of 
these, he cares little. If he builds a house, 
he builds it to keep out the rain and cold, 
and if it only does this, he is satisfied; he 
does not care whether it stands fronting the 
street or not; he does not trouble himself 
about white paint and green blinds and a 
neat fence; he does not believe in flower-gar- 
dens and would much rather utilize their 
space for potato-fields. 

If he become a student of learning, it is 
not with the purpose of expanding the capac- 
ities of his mind, of perfecting his being; he 
aims merely to acquire a "bread and butter 
education;" or mayba that education which 
will bring him most quickly the lower forms 
of respectability and honor. 

It is hardly necessary to add, that an indi- 
vidual of this class is seldom found in the 
higher walks of life; is never found in those 
departments of human endeavor where the 
sculptor calls up his dreams in stone, where 
the painter transfers to canvas the lofty im- 
agery of his fancy, where the poet speaks in 
rhythmic eloquence and "gives to airy noth- 
ings a local habitation and a name." 

With this explanation, it is evident that the 
manifestations aid influences of the faculty 
of mental taste are as various as the almost 
infinite combinations it may form with the 

other faculties of the mind. We are, more- 
over, led to believe that in any of its forms 
or manifestations, it may be strengthened and 
developed just as any of the mental endow- 
ments or bodily functions may be strengthen- 
ed by judicious exercise. If this be true, 
since it is one of the higher attributes of the 
soul, its education becomes just as important 
to us as the training of our various other 
physical and mental powers; its proper edu- 
cation and exercise are manifestly the sourc- 
es of exalted and refined pleasure and may be 
made the instruments of aid in every mental 
employment, from the most abstruse problem 
of the astronomer or engineer to the airiest 
fancies of the musician; from the loftiest 
thoughts of the nature and existence of the 
Infinite to the management of a little child. 

Like the other faculties of the mind, this 
one can be developed only by bringing it in- 
to contact with those things in which it espe- 
cially delights, those things which have di- 
rect reference to its own nature; hence it fol- 
lows that the "sense of the beautiful" de- 
mands beautiful scenes and objects as its nat- 
ural stimulants, and the study of these as its 
proper education. 

And what are these scenes and objects? — 
Are they accessible to all, or are they limited 
by location and price ? Must we go abroad 
to seek them? Do we need wealth to pur- 
chase or learning to understand and enjoy 
them? Not so; the best of them are all about 
us, over our heads, under our feet. This 
earth upon which we walk, this broad earth 
with its daily and yearly changes, whose man- 
ifold attractions we cannot fully appreciate 
because so intimately associated with them, 
has] it not been cast in the very mould of 
beauty? We cannot open our eyes without 
having them filled with the images of fair 
and perfect forms. The bold mountains that 
rear aloft their snow-covered summits; the 
fertile valleys that lie in lowly and quiet love- 
liness at their feet; the broad landscapes that 
stretch before our view bathed in alternate 
waves of light and shadow — these with all 
their beauties, apparent and hidden beauties, 
are ours to study and to enjo}'. The sky over 
our heads, is it not a vast canvas, painted with 
ever- shifting scenes? In the morning, when 
Aurora, rosy daughter of the dawn, looks 
forth, and with her flashing beams tinges ev- 
ery object with gold, at noon, when the sky 
is cloudless and the blazing sun stands a lone 
sentinel in the great dome of the heavens; in 
the evening, when the curtains of night are 
drawing and light and shadow are chasing 
each other hither and thither; in the still 
midnight, when earih's labors are hushed and 
the gentle moon and stars are shining down 
from their illimitable depths, can we not wit- 
ness our highest conceptions of physical 
beauty and perfection? 

This is but a partial enumeration of the 
scenes and objects which attract and gratify 
the "sense of the beautiful," I have spoken 
only of material and unconscious nature, but 
there is in animate life a field equally pleas- 
ing and instructive. 

The earth and air and water teem with 
myriads of beings whose lives and habits 



show a general and specific beauty in the 
works of creation, a gradually ascending 
scale of existence, which finds in man its 
highest perfection, the type of the Creator of 


These things all men may study ; these ele- 
ments of a great universe of beauty without 
may be made by each and all of us to unfold 
the spiritual beauty within, may lead us into 
an understanding of that perfection of life 
which we see not, yet know to exist. 

But the "sense of the beautiful" is, in it- 
self, and by its own exclusive action, the 
source of the highest and purest happiness; 
it urges us onward; it is the very germinat- 
ing principle and soul of our progress; it 
holds out high ends, and although these may 
often be in themselves ideal and unattainable, 
the struggle to reach them carries us farther 
than we should otherwise go; it stimulates to 
increased activity all the intellectual and 
moral powers; it keeps alive the freshness of 
youthful feeling and carries the hopeful, 
trustful enthusiasm of early life into riper 
years; and more than all this, it feels and 
knows that there is something better than 
our material surroundings, than our physical 
existence with its gratifications and disap- 
pointments, its pleasures and pains. Like 
conscience and faith, it lays hold upon anoth- 
er and higher life, where the imperfections 
of this shall be remedied, where the desires 
of the spirit shall be satisfied, where its ca- 
pacities shall be filled, where its end shall be 
reached, where it shall finally rest and forev- 
er in the bosom of Him who is All Beautiful, 
who is All Perfect. 

Lexington, III. 


The following we clip from the Spring- 
field (Ohio,) Republican. It will prove in- 
teresting reading to many, and may be some- 
what profitable to all. For the sake of brev- 
ity we somewhat condense the article: 

The oldest man in Clarke county is George 
Grisso, who resides on his farm, three miles 
west of Springfield, on the National Road. 
His centennial birthday anniversary was 
celebrated last Friday. Your correspondent 
had the pleasure of being present, and col- 
lected the following facts for the Republic: 
He was born of German parentage, Coifintree 
township, Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, 
July 6, 1783. When he was yet a child his 
parents emigrated to /Virginia. He came to 
Ohio in 1812, to, which has since become, 
Clarke county, and has lived on the farm, 
which is still his homo for the past sixty-five 
years. When he first saw Springfield it had 
only fifteen or twenty log houses in it. Its 
chief rival was Boston, situated near the 
present residence of Leander Baker, on the 
Valley pike, which was, perhaps, half as large. 
He remembers quite v vidly the contest about 
the Court-house, and how much the citizens 
of Springfield rejoiced when they learned of 
their victory, even though the friends of Bos- 
ton had a very few votes less. In politics 
he has been a life-long Democrat; but paid so 

little attention to Governmental affairs that 
he seldom voted. In religion he was a quiet, 
though consistent, member of the German 
Baptist or Dunkard church. In answer to 
my question, he promptly responded: "1 
was baptized in 1812 in Peter's Creek, near 
Salem, Virginia, on the Roanoke, by William 

In the war of 1812 he was drafted, but as 
his church opposed all war and taught that 
all disputes should be settled by peaceful 
methods, he hired a substitute, and instead of 
fighting the British, came to Ohio to be a 
pioneer in clearing out the woods and devel- 
oping this new State. 

In 1809 he married Catharine Frantz in 
Virginia, She became the mother of all his 
children, eight in number, and died in 1841, 
aged 55. 

Two years later he married a cousin of the 
former wife, Nancy Frantz, but they had no 
offspring. She died in 1870. 

Of his children one died in infancy, and 
seven lived to marry and have families; and 
five sons are yet living. 

The oldest son, Christian, a resident of 
Springfield, is now seventy-three years of age. 
He is the father of ten children, five of whom 
are living. He has twenty- three living grand- 
children, and two great grand-children, boys 
ten and two years old respectively. 

The second son is George, now seventy-one 
years of age. He is the well-known miller, 
long employed in the flouring mills of Joseph 
Arthur & Son. Of his two children one is 
living, and also three grand-children. 

The next child was a daughter, Catharine. 
She married a man named Brubaker. — 
Their home was in Preble county, Ohio. She 
died at the age of sixty, leaving five sons, who, 
in turn, are parents of twelve children. 

The third son, John, died in Indiana at the 
age of fifty-two. He was the father of thir- 
teen children, of whom nine are living. His 
living grand-children number twelve. 

Another son, Benjamin, aged sixty-two, is 
a resident of Wabash county, Ind. His fam- 
ily numbers nine children, seA^en yet living 
and nine grand- children yet living. 

Emanuel is the next sou, now aged fifty- 
eight, and also resides in Wabash county, 
Ind. He has six dead and six living children 
and four grand- children. 

Finally, the youngest son is Joseph, aged 
fifty-four. He resides on the old home farm 
and is the father of six children. 

George Gi'isso, the centenarian, is indeed 
a patriarch - the ancestor of one hundred and 
twelve living persons- five son?, thirty-nine 
grand-children, sixty-six great- grand-children 
and two great-great-grand-children. 

It is a rare sight in this world of luxury 
and excess to sec five generations of one 
family present at any occasion. Yet July (;, 
1883, Was a gala day for the Grissos — at least 
fifty of whom were present, with two or three 
hundred others, to celebrate the birth-day of 
their remarkable sire and friend. 

In his prime he was five feet, ten inches 
tall and light of weight; but since he quit 
hard work has averaged one hundred aud 
seventy-five pounds; and I judge will weigh 

that much now. As I saw him, he sat in an 
armed rocking chair, in perfect health appar- 
ently. His face had the ruddy glow of youth, 
and was not furrowed by a single wrinkle. 
His hair and beard were very heavy, yet not 
so white as one often sees. He is one centu- 
ry old, yet many would readily agree that ho 
looks not move than seventy-five. 

For his birth-day dinner, he ate with his 
natural teeth, and with apparent relish, a 
largo slice of broad and butter and a piece of 
cherry pie and drank nearly a pint of milk. 

His dinner was placed on a stand by his 
side and he helped kirnself. I was Burprie 
to see the steadiness of his hand and nerves. 
The palsy of age has not come upon him at 
all. Perhaps this is the result of his man- 
ner of life. He was temperate in labor and 
in eating and drinking. He used no tea and 
little coffee. 

Ho never used tobacco in any form. Nev- 
er drank intoxicating liquor as a beverage; 
but, as was the old custom, always kept bis 
bottle of pure spirits as a medieine or bitten, 
yet even abandoned that custom twenty years 
ago. He has no disease; but he hurt him- 
self internally, about six. years ago, while 
lifting a heavy rail upon the fence, from 
which he has not fully recovered. He uses 
very little medicine, and, except liniment, etc., 
never did. He hardly was sick in his life un- 
til, twenty-seven years ago, he had fevers. 
He was attended by the physicians and did 
not improve any. At last he refused- any 
more medicine, and then speedily recovered 
and so continued. His hearing grew ' 
about ten years ago; yet he still hears some. 





It would seem strange indeed if the peo- 
ple in all our larger cities could assemble at 
their ' respective halls or opera houses, and 
listen to a speech made by a man at any one 
of the cities. It has been proposed to accom- 
plish this by connecting the cities with I 
phones. If it could shortly be arranged that 
that a sermon preached at Alt. Morris, could 
be strictly heard and understood at E 
meeting-house in the Brotherhood, every meet- 
ing-house would be crowded with eager listen- 
ers. We pass by this possible human 
achievement to notice the heavenly re 
mentioned in our text. "Our conversation is 
in heaven." In some way, we need not 
know how. all that we say is heard in 
place where our Savior dwells. It would 
be any more difficult for our thoughts 
our words bo go to heaven than for our souls 
to go there after death. If you or I wen 
vast multitude of people all of whom were 
talking, we could not hear and understi nd 
all that the multitude said; neither can \-e 
understand how the Supremo Being can 
so, and yet we are told that we shall gi- 
account of every idle word in the day of .. 
ment, Whether we can comprehend i1 
not, the fact remains that a record is ke; 
nil our words. "For by thy words thou • 


the; gospel messengee. 

be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be 
condemned." Matt. 12: 37. By kind and 
charitable words let us try to lay up treas- 
ures in heaven. 



Insurance is an insuring or assuring 
against a loss or damage. Property lost can 
be claimed a loss, or a damage; but I have 
serious doubts whether we can, from Gospel 
authority, claim death a damage, but we can 
claim it a loss, and a great loss to its surviv- 
ors, especially if it be one upon whom the 
maintenance of others depends. 

In a city or town, it looks like it is almost 
a necessity for one to have his property in- 
sured; but a few years ago, say forty, such a 
thing was hardly known. For a much short- 
er time than forty years has the question of 
insurance been talked of, and agitated the 
minds of our Brotherhood. At first, they 
thought it dangerous, and so I see it now, if 
we make it so. One says it cannot be made 
dangerous; some say there can be no tempta- 
tion in a Mutual Insurance Company or in a 
Fire Insurance Company. 

We have great temptations when we have 
a store-house and goods insured for four or 
five thousand dollars, and our house and 
goods run down to three thousand or less. — 
We have a case in mind now where the store- 
house and goods all burned up last Fall, and 
the insurance was demanded immediately. 
So in fire insurance we find men who are 
tempted; as it was (and still is) claimed in 
this case, that one » of the firm burned the 
store, and hence law-suits are involved. As 
for a brother to have his house, barn, mill, 
machine-shop, store-house or goods insured, 
I can see no great harm in it, and if it were 
not for money, or for the anxiety to keep it, 
there would be no such thing as any noise 
about insurance. 

Now, if I have no property, I see no use 
or reason to find fault with the brother who 
has his property insured, or if I have prop- 
erty, I need not oppose him because I have 
not mine insured; but if my brother violates 
any Christian principle in the insurance bus- 
iness, try him for that, as our goods, hous- 
es and lands are our own. Acts 5: 4. An- 
anias and Sapphira were not dealt with for 
their property, but for the lie that was in 
their hearts; they lied to the Holy Ghost. — 
So if a brother, goes into a mutual or fire 
insurance company, or if he takes a policy in 
either, if there is any violation of truth, jus- 
tice or charity in his conduct while in said 
insurance company, let him be dealt with ac- 
cordingly. Luke 12: 13-21, shows the great 
danger of us losing sight of rightly applying 
our temporal things. One of us may want a 
division, when there is no reason for one, or 
need either. We, as members of the church 
of Christ, should find no fault in any broth- 
er on account of his poverty or wealth; and 
if by insuring our property in a mutual or a 
fire insurance company, would cause u< to 
seal up the bowels of compassion against our 

poor brother ( Jas. 2: 1G); if our identity with 
insurance companies would cause us to do so, 
we ought not to have any connection with 
them, although we sometimes find very penu- 
rious (permit me to say) brethren among the 
rich and the poor, antl it would be very hard 
to decide whether it could be the insurance 
policy that would destroy any part of their 
hospitality or not. It might be like the hid- 
den leaven, and would work under such cir- 

We claim that, as our property is our own, we 
have a perfect right to dispose of it so as not 
to abuse it, in a way that would bring us un- 
der the displeasure of God or the censure of 
the church. 

We sometimes get an idea, if Ave get a life 
insurance policy, we try to get our lives pro- 
longed, and are not willing to trust God Al- 
mighty. This, at first thought, might look 
plausible, but the man who has his house in- 
sured acts a little as if he were afraid to 
trust God Almighty. We ought always to 
feel that all is in the hands of God. We 
have our property insured, so if we lose it, 
we may rebuild, or set up again in business, 
and the one who takes a life policy wishes his 
heirs to be benefitted by his policy. Money 
is what both are working for; one, that he 
may rebuild and his heirs receive the benefit, 
or rather, himself and his heirs; and the life 
policy one, that his heirs may receive the 

It is not wrong for parents to lay up for 
their children; so Paul says (2 Cor. 12: 14). 
If a parent would think that the best way to 
lay up for his children was to take a life in- 
surance policy, where is any violation of any 
principle of moral right? One brother pre- 
fers investing his money in bank stock, an- 
other one in machinery, another in town lots, 
another in lands, and another in a life insur- 
ance policy. All aim at money in the future 
or an increase in money, for present and fut- 
ure use, and all expect a future increase, the 
rich and poor alike. 

The poor man goes into the Far West to 
homestead, for gain for himself and his heirs; 
he takes a policy also for the benefit of his 
heirs; the rich man takes a policy as well as 
the poor man, and does not homestead, but 
enters in a large land purchase, — land he 
never saw, and also takes part in a large 
cattle ranch or some other business; and who, 
by the authority of Divine law, Can condemn 
any of these pursuits? So life insurance is 
gone into as any other future money-making 
business is gone into. Many land sales have 
proved a failure to many a purchaser; many 
a fine mill, built with the expectation of a 
fortune, has proved to be an expense, and 
many an insurance policy, fire or life, has 
proved a failure. Likewise, many have prov- 
ed a success, both in fire and life insurance. 

There is no difference between wealth and 
and poverty as regards life insurance, for 
both rich and poor are taking poli jies — some 
of our richest men are taking life insurance 
policies. A distinction between the two can- 
not legitimately be made, and a man of 
wealth or a man of poverty should not in- 
dulge in the thought that wealth is exonerat- 

ed and poverty oppressed, for money is the 
object, and ail the difference that is visible to 
me is, the man of property, if insured in a 
good company, can get the money, rebuild, or 
go into some business himself — and the one 
with a life policy gets nothing, but his heirs 
do. So fire insurance pays the man for what- 
ever he has insured, and life insurance pays 
the wife and children or the heirs, whoever 
they be. 

Written by one who has neither and does 
not want either. 


You come to us as a bearer of news, and 
with your given name, "Gospel," we learn 
what kind of news you bring. Now, I can- 
not say that I like your name "above every 
name," nor that it means more than any oth- 
er name, yet the fact that you are a messen- 
ger and a bearer of the Gospel, calls for my 
respect and attention. My preference was 
Brethren at Work — not simply because much 
of my life is woven into it, but because it was 
significant of the people whom it represent- 
ed — brethren who ivork. Then it represent- 
ed a distinct class of believers — the great 
body who believe the whole Gospel, respect 
it, teach it, obey it, and enjoy it. You do not 
so distinctly and clearly represent this peo- 
ple; for there is another Gospel Messenyer 
published at Butler, Georgia, in behalf of the 
Primitive Baptists, and we would much pre- 
fer not to have you two the same name; for 
while we have the primitive faith and prac- 
tice, and are Brethren, we do not belong to 
the class known as Primitive Baptists. 

And we think that good name — strong in 
many a battle and dear to many hearts — the 
Brethren at Work, should not have been laid 
away in the tomb so early. It was in the vig- 
or of manhood. Its name, "Brethren," was 
fitly a representative of the Brethren avIio 
cannot yield their name just because some 
others want them to. 

Now, while I am powerless to turn you out 
of doors, dear Messenger, and will humbly 
submit to your efforts to instruct and enlight- 
en, I feel that another could have accom- 
plished more. Further, I feel to inform you 
that at this juncture of entanglements and 
attempted upturning of the peace and pros- 
perity of the Brethren, it was exceedingly un- 
fortunate to yield that good name, Brethren 
at Work, for another. There is too much 
yielding along the line. The cords are being 
loosened, the strands sundered, and weakness 
instead of strength rolls up to the surface too 

And what shall you see and hear? Much 
everywhere. Some will laud you when you 
come with a spoonful of vinegar and a 
bushel of sweetmeats. Others will cast you 
out when you bring wines, and olive oil, 
and myrrh, and frankincense, and amethysts, 
and pearls. Other some will find you bitter 
when you are sweet, and some will see great 
clouds of blackness Avhen there is only a 
speck. And the "liberalists" and the "unbe- 
lievers" and the grumbler and the stickler 
will fret and fume over your clear-cut and 



sunshiny messages. The grieved, the rebel- 
lious, the unruly, the high- minded, the hypo- 
crite, the sensual, the "slow bellies," — all will 
gnash their teeth upon you if you bring the 
pure Gospel — the whole Gospel — the all-wise, 
all-powerful Gospel of Jesus. You must be 
abundantly prepared by sweet grace for buf- 
fetings, for fightings, for storms, for misrep- 
resentations, for perils without and within, 
for every evil work of the wicked one. Draw 
around thyself the truth, the spirit of truth, 
the love of the truth — all of the truth. Be 
clothed with humility. Gird on the whole ar- 
mor. Use the sword that cuts and the fire 
that burns. 

Let not the smell of fire come upon thy 
garments. "Unspotted from the world" keep 
thyself. "Finally, 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; if there be any vir- 
tue, and if there be any praise, think on these 
things." Phil. 4: 8. M. M. Eshelman. 



"And when He, the Spirit of Truth, is come, lie will 
convince the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judg- 

We prefer to render the Greek word elenx- 
ei "will convince" instead of reprove, inas- 
much as the same word is rendered convict 
and convince in Jno. 8: 9, 46. It properly 
means to bring to light so as to work convic- 
tion in the mind. 

The work of the Spirit, then, is to convince 
men of three things, the most important in 
all the range of thought. The modus oper- 
andi, or how the Spirit works, is not so im- 
portant to us, as to be convinced of these 
three things which affect our present, future, 
and eternal welfare. The first thing the 
Spirit seeks to work in us, is a conviction that 
we are sinners before God, unreconciled to 
him, and by nature the children of wrath. 

All men are accounted sinners, and are sub- 
jects for the exercise of God's mercy and 
grace in Christ. No man can plead excep- 
tion to the charge of sin before God. All the 
knowledge we acquire, unless it shows us our 
sin, is utterly useless. No step heavenward 
can be taken, until we are convinced of the 
law as transgressors. We cannot learn right- 
eousness until we learn what sin is. Sin is a 
universal leprosy, more terrible in its visible 
effects on some than on others. Its tendency 
is to cast off the fear of God ; to enthrone self 
and render man forgetful of God, the Crea- 
tor. We see the symptoms of the disease ev- 
erywhere. Society in all its forms is influ- 
enced by sin. 

There are three words used by Paul of aw- 
ful meaning, viz. : law, sin and death. The 
whole chain is, God, law, sin and death. — 
Why do men, in the blindness of their heart, 
seek to abolish the idea of God? Evidently, 
to abolish law, and substitute the law of force 
or necessity, the breach of which incurs no 
moral guilt, and has no vindicator. These 

men would dry up the fountain in order to 
arrest the perpetual stream of guilt that flows 
into their minds and disturbs their sinful 

God implies law. The creature owes obed- 
ience to the Creator's will, and when this 
obedience is thrown off, then sin is born. — 
Sin is the transgression of law, but it implies 
a state of the soul, similar to the disease, the 
symptoms of which alone are visible to us. 

Death is the wages of sin. The sinner is 
dead in sins, alienated from the life of God. 
Sin paralyzes the soul, and renders it inac- 
tive to the exercise of all good. The mother 
often abandons her offspring. The most sa- 
cred ties are cut asunder by sin, and the most 
appalling of deaths, viz., a complete moral 
death is the result. To live after the flesh is 
to die. Who can define this death? One 
form of it is, for God to destroy both soul 
and body in Gehenna. To reap corruption, 
to utterly perish, and be punished with ever- 
lasting destruction from the presence of the 
Lord, are some of the elements of that death 
to which sin is hastening all who are unsaved 
by grace. 

This conviction of sin is necessary to pre- 
pare the way for the next part of the Spirit's 
work, namely, righteousness, as the antidote 
of sin. And this shall be our theme when 
we write again. 



From month to month it is the business 
and ambition of the publishers of the differ- 
ent magazines, to fill them with such reading 
matter as will m iet the wants of their read- 
ers; all, of course, have special reference to 
the different fields they occupy. Among peo- 
ple of literary tastes, none lias a better de- 
served reputation than The Century, and the 
August number is fully up to its average in 
interest. Among the more interesting arti- 
cles to us, is, "Bob White," the game-bird of 
America; "The Present Condition of the Mis- 
sion Indians in California"; "Under the Ol- 
ives," etc. The number is quite attractive, 
and gives quite a variety of reading matter. 

Lippincott for August starts out with "A 
Holiday on French Rivers," and is followed 
with a "Moose-hunt in the Ottawa Valley," 
and "Hydrophobia," by Dr. Chas. W. Dallas. 
He argues that there is much misconception 
and exaggeration relative to the disease and 
that many cases are of a purely physical nat- 
ure and the result of fright. This paper 
alone is worth the price. It also contains 
much other reading of rare interest. 

The North American, for solid reading, is 
excelled by no other publication of its kind 
that comes to our office. The August num- 
ber contains the following papers: "Mental 
Instruction in the Public Schools"; "Making 
Bread Dear"; "Woman in Politics"; "Henry 
George's Social Fallacies"; "Crude Methods 
of Legislation"; "The Unsanitary Homes of 
the Rich," and "Science in Prayer." All 
well written and of general interest. 

Port • Prominence is a handsomely bound 
volume of 226 pages, edited by Rev. Y. B. 

Meredith and published by Walden k Stowe, 
of Cincinnati. It purports to be the history 
of a church and its minister. The object of 
the work is to show the duties that Christians 
owe to their pastors; and notwithstanding we, 
as a church, do not approve of a salaried min- 
istry, we believe that it would do us all good 
to read it. It is feared, and justly, too, that 
covetousness is one of the great sins of the 
church, and the sooner we learn that a part 
of what the Lord gives to us, belongs to him, 
and should be devoted to the promotion of 
his cause, the better it will be for us. We 
read the book with much interest. 

Dio Lewis' Monthly is the latest, and, we 
hope, the best thing out in the shape of Mag- 
azines. No. 1, for August, is before us, and 
it is truly a magnificent looking volume of 
126 pages, and just as good and interesting 
as it is pretty. The doctor's world-wide rep- 
utation as a writer is a sufficient guarantee 
that the magazine will be one of more than 
ordinary w'orth and will, no doubt, greatly 
popularize sanitary science. "A Ride for 
Life," by the editor, "An Italian City," "In- 
dia," "Insane Asylums," "Outdoor Life for 
Girls," "Health for Women," "Parental Im- 
pressions," "Good Old Times," etc., are a few 
of the subjects treated in this number. It is 
published by Clarke & Brothers, New York, 
at 82.50 per year. 


The North American Review for August 
opens with a very spirited discussion of the 
subject of "Moral Instruction in the Public 
Schools," by Dr. R. Heber Newton, who of- 
fers a practical scheme for conveying ethical 
instruction without reference to religious ten- 
ets, and Dr. Francis L. Patton, who main- 
tains that the Bible must be made the basis 
of all moral teaching. Henry D. Lloyd ex- 
poses the tricks and frauds of speculation in 
grain, which operate to make bread dear, and 
maintains that they should be repressed by 
law, as being flagrantly in opposition to pub- 
lic policy. "Woman in Politics," by ex-Sui - - 
geon-General Wm. A. Hammond, is a caustic 
discussion of certain facts of nervous organ- 
ization which in his opinion render* the fe- 
male sex unfitted for participation in public 
affairs. Hon. Francis A. Walker reviews 
"Heniy George's Social Fallacies," criticis- 
ing in particular his doctrines regarding 
land-tenure and rent. The evils resulting 
from "Crude Methods of Legislation," both 
national and State, are pointed out by Simon 
Sterne, who advocates the adoption of cer- 
tain rules of legislative procedure -which, in 
English practice, have been found to serve as 
an effectual barrier, both against lobbying 
and against the mischiefs of ill-considered 
law-making. Charles F. Wingate writes of 
"The Unsanitary Homes of the Rich, - ' and 
there is a joint discussion of "Science and 
Prayer," by President Galusha Anderson and 
Thaddeus B. Wakeman. Published at 30 
Lafayette Place, New York, and for sale by 
booksellers generally. 

Never laugh at the misfortunes of others. 





These are the words of the prophet Isaiah, 
as he spake, being "inoved by the Holy 
Ghost." Isa. 1: 18. Therefore, let us open 
our Bibles and reason together, concerning 
the "way of life." God always seeks to rea- 
son with his people and employs this method 
to save lost souls. All his holy apostles and 
prophets reasoned with the people to accom- 
plish conversion, and so it should be in deal- 
ing out the Word of Life to all generations. 
Tet this Christian rule is sometimes violated. 
One must be convinced, before conversion. 
Paul's manner of teaching the unbelievers 
was by reasoning from the word of God. 
God demands nothing but a "reasonable ser- 
vice." Roni. 12: 1. How important, then, 
that we deal reasonably with all men. Pre- 
sent the truth with sound speech that cannot 
ba condemned, not wisdom of words, "nor 
exoellency of speech," but with simplicity, 
judgment and good reason. Take not judg- 
ment in our own hands. Let the Word judge. 
We judge neither ourselves, nor one another, 
says Paul. 

For instance, we are sometimes assailed by 
some who do not believe with us, and accused 
of being selfish, strenuous and uncompromis- 
ing. We deny the former, but admit the lat- 
tef, and think it right, from the fact, we have 
no authority whatever, to compromise where 
and what the Gospel leaves unconapromised. 

That we have a few extremists, and some 
who may be somewhat unreasonable, in our 
church, will not be denied. What church 
will plead "Not guilty?" But I purpose giv- 
ing in this article, my plan of reasoning with 
the reasonable, and with those devoid of rea- 
son, "Cast no pearls before them." We ad- 
vocate the right to observe many commands 
that are considered "non-essential" by a ma- 
jority of the professing denominations of 
Christendom, such as feet-washing, Lord's 
Supper, salutation, anointing, etc. 

14 is sometimes said, "Ah! you Dunkards 
think you are right, and everybody else 
wrong;"' "you saved, all others lost. 

When thus approached, be reasonable and 
calmly call their minds to that "plain way, 
where wayfaring men, though fools cannot 
err." Go no further than God's lawful limit. 
And be ready always to give an answer to ev- 
ery man that asketh 3*011 a reason of the hope 
that is in you, with meekness and fear: having 
a good conscience; that whereas they speak 
evil of you, as of evil-doers, they may be 
ashamed that falsely accuse your good con- 
versation in Christ. 1 Pet. 2: 15, 16. 

They inquire, "Why do you wash feet? 
Tell them, "Because the Master said we 
odght" to do as He did. He said also, "If ye 
know these things, happy are ye, if ye do 
them." How can we obey without "doing" 
and bow can we "do them," without "washing 
one another's feet," and how can we gain prom- 
is id happiness without filling the command 
in "deed and in truth." If I, your Lord and 
Master will do this to you, will ye not like- 
wise do the same to one another? Surely, I ' 

think ye ought, "For I have given you an ex- 
ample, that ye should do as / have done to 
you." Remember, too, Jesus is vested with 
full power and authority from his Father in 
Heaven. Jno. 13: 3. 

On the same night he also ate a meal, a 
shipper, (not the Jewish Passover,) ond tells 
them of its fulfillment in the "Kingdom of 
God." After this he institutes the Com- 
munion, intended to show forth his death till 
his second advent. 

How readily we see the the design of the 
communion. Why not accept the design of 
feet- washing? If the former has a spiritual 
import, why not the latter? If the Commun- 
ion be observed by engaging in breaking 
bread and sipping wine, why not observe 
feet-washing by engaging in the work? 
Both ordinances, and the Lord's Supper also, 
were enjoined upon the disciples by the same 
Lord, the same night, and all intended to re- 
present or teach some fundamental feature 
of Christianity. If we accept one, why reject 
the other? Dare we disjoin what "God has 
put together?" O! who can separate them? 
Echo answers who? But the opponent says, 
"Ah! these things will do, I suppose, for those 
that believe in it, but will not my faith save 
me?" Let reason and God's Word decide: 
Please, answer these queries: If faith will 
save with washing feet, why not save and not 
observe the Communion? If there is saving 
efficacy in one, why not in the other? Will 
washing the "saints' feet" and eating the 
Lord's Supper, as saints on earth diminish 
our faith? Nay, verily, but rather strength- 
en it. Paul thought he was right when he 
exercised faith in the Jewish religion. Did 
that save him? Look, also, at the case of de- 
vout, alms-giving Cornelius. The same log- 
ic would prove the doctrine of Catholicism 
safe. Another reason: Paul speaks of "ordi- 
nances" to be kept as delivered etc. Where 
is plurality in the ordinance of the Commun- 
ion? The same apostle, also, in speaking of 
the qualifications of the Christian widow, 
names in connection with other "good works" 
that of washing the "saints' feet." O! can- 

thy answer? When we reason on these 
things, how can we neglect to observe all the 
"ordinances." Did Jesus tell us something 
vain and useless? Brethren, do we reason 
as we should on these things? Let us not 
be rash, but reason with patience, and we 
may do much more for Jesus, who told us to 
obey him, as he did his Father. I have writ- 
ten this merely to show what I believe to be 
the gospel way of making true disciples, and 
to briefly illustrate it, I chose to advance and 
meet a few questions in regard to the com- 
mands we observe which are disregarded by 
many devout persons. These should always 
be taught in connection with the first funda- 
mental principles of Christianity i, e., faith. 
repentance, baptism, etc. Let us always try 
to teach principle with practice, spirit with 
form, internal with external, and above all 
things else, be living examples in "deed and 
truth" and then will we pattern after Jesus 
and '■fulfill all righteousness," even as HE 



— Why must churches have steeples ? Di 
ever any one climb to heaven through a stee 
pie? Was ever a church a failure because i 
had no steeple? 

— Be deaf to the quarrelsome, blind to th] 
scorner, and dumb to those who are mischiev 
ously inquisitive. 

— Was ever a woman made better by fol 
lowing the fashions of the world? But how 
many have been made base, frivolous, an 
raiser able by f ollowing them. Was ever ma' 
the better by having his coffers filled wi 
gold? But wdio shall measure the guilt it in 
curred to fill them ? 

— Emerson said, "Nothing great was ever 
achieved without enthusiasm." 

— Laurance Saunders, when bound to the 
stake to be burned, on the 8th day of Febru- 
ary, 1555, said, "Welcome the cross of Christ, 
welcome everlasting life." 

— "Let every one that nameth the name of 
Christ depart from iniquity." 

— Are not the love of goodness, and the 
love of God identical? If so, how can any 
lover of God oppose any measure that tendi 
to good? 

— Matt. 8: 21: "And another of his disci 
pies said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to 
go and bury my father." Christ did not deem 
the excuse valid. What sinner has one equal- 
ly good? 

— It would be well for us to recollect that 
our every thought and act is continually ex- 
posed to the eye of God. 

— If you have a disposition to resist the 
devil, do not fear to begin the battle for the 
want of help; Jesus has promised you aid. — j 
"My grace is sufficient for thee." 

— Many persons lay claim to liberty of con- 
science. And when they have it, they take 
all the liberty that flesh demands; and be 
cause of this, some think that people shoul 
not have liberty of conscience at all; bu 
without it, no one can serve God acceptably 

— In prayer, why do men presume to tel 
God so much — as for instance: "We hav 
bowed in thy presence"- -"we have been spar 
ed" — "we come in thy name," etc., etc. As 
God knows all, is it not enough to thank him 
for such things rather than tell him of them? 
Let us strive to avoid "long prayers for a 
pretence," and "vain repetitions." 

Cheap Beligion. — Religion is cheap, easi 
ly manufactured to suit all tastes and fancies, 
can be made by anybody to suit everybody, 
and those whom it fails to suit can make 
their own to suit themselves. This cheap re- 
ligion costs nothing, gives you no trouble, it 
amounts to nothing, nobody will ever know 
you have it. It is so thin you can see 
through, and so soft you can't feel it, so light 
you can take it ANYWHERE, and if you] 
think you have got it, see whether you have 
got what you think! 

But cheap religion is what the age de- 
mands, and "Here it is!" cries the cheap-re- 
ligion maker, as he goes to and fro with his 
Gospel wares in his hand and a glib tongue 





in his mouth. Before him are the gaping 
multitudes, behind him his shipwrecked vic- 

There is any quantity of this cheap, easy 
and worthless religion offered in the world 
to-day. It is the devil's counterfeit. It is 
the bogus currency by which he defrauds 
countless dupes. He knows that people must 
have some sort of religion, and that it is not 
possible to cheat them out of religion unless 
he offers them something that looks like it. — 
He therefore gets up all sorts of devices, and 
suits them to every taste, whether the taste 
be for gilded sham or solid humbug. 

He would doubtless be happy if he could 
upset all religion and turn the whole human 
race into the downward course to ruin. But 
he has learned by experience that it is use- 
less to attempt such a job; and so he takes on 
the airs of respectability, while he draws 
weak-minded people into his arms by the se- 
duction of a cheap, easy and false religion; 
he smiles, and points them to Heaven, even 
while he is leading them in the way which 
goeth down to destruction. And thus many 
are deceived and even lost, who are not prop- 
erly instructed in the nature of true and gen- 
uine religion. 

— Religion claims not only to dominate, 
but to pervade the thoughts, acts, principles, 
hopes, fears and purposes of mankind, and 
claims an empire, not only over the spirit, 
birt over the bodies and the minds of men. 

— Many theologians of to-day are teaching 
the people that "by faith are ye saved," but 
Paul says, "By grace are ye saved through 
faith." Will you believe Paul or the theolo- 

Andrews, Ind. 


Will some one please reconcile or explain 
the following passages: 

Gen. 1: 26-29: "And God said, Let us make 
man in our image, after our likeness, and let 
him have dominion over the fish of the sea. 
. . So God created man in his own image; 
in the image of God created he them; male 
and female created he them. And God bless- 
ed them and said unto them, Be fruitful and 
multiply and replenish the earth, and subdue 
it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea 
and the fowl of the air. And God said, Be- 
hold, I have given you every herb bearing 
seed, which is upon the face of the earth, and 
every tree in which is the fruit of a tree 
yielding seed to yon; it shall be for meat." 

Now, in Gen. 2: 5, latter clause, we read, 
"And there was not a man to till the ground." 
Here seems to be a clashing; hence an expla- 
nation is desired. 

Query No. 2: We read that after Cain slew 
Abel, he went out from the presence of the 
Lord, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the 
east of Edeai, and Cain knew his wife. Gen. 
4: 16, 17. What kind of people dwelt in that 
land, as we have no account of Adam and 
Eve having daughters? It is said that Adam 
and Eve were the first people upon the earth, 
but from this Scripture, it seems there must 

have been people on the earth before Adam. 

Samuel Shawver. 
Bellefontaine, O. 


Hearts, like doors, can ope with ease 

To very, very lit tic keys; 
And don't forget that they are these — 

'Thank you, sir," and "If you plea*e." 

The Bible is the only real cement of Na- 
tions, and the only cement that binds relig- 
ious hearts together. 

He who refuses justice to thedefenceless 
will make every concession to the powerful. 

The strongest man is rarely strong enough 
to hold his tongue at the right time. 

Adversity borrows its sharpest sting from 
our impatience. 

"Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord." 

WORKMAN. -^ Near Danville, 0., Bro. Solomon C. 
Woikruan, aged 76 year?, 5 months and 20 days.— 
Funeral services by the ■writer. W. P. Workman. 

REDDING. -In' the La Porte church, Ind., July 8, at 8: 
30 P. M., sister Ursula Redding, aged 53 yeais, 10 
months and 20 days. 
Her maiden name was Blue. Married in early life 

Mr. Doty, who died, leaving one daughter. She 

then married Bro. Lewis Redding, with whom she Lved 
until death. This sudden death cxused a shock through- 
out the community. She retired in usual health, except- 
ing a feeling of excessive weariness, until within ten 
minutes of her last breath, when she called her husband 
for assistance. With the conscious knowledge of her 
condition, she closed her eyes, and in the arms of her 
frantic husband, she passed without a stiuggle into the 
Paradise of God. 

Sister Redding united with the church about twelve 
years ago, and leaves a bright example of piefy and de- 
votion to the cause of Christ. Funeral discourse in the 
M. E. church near Waterford, by the writer, from 2 Cor. 
5:1, after which a large concourse went to the low grave- 
yard, where, at the going down of the sun, the dear re- 
mains were consigned to rest. Thurston Miller, 

REYNOLDS.— At Kerr's Creek, Rockbridge Co , Va , 
June 18, Bro. Wm. Reynolds, in his 74th year. 
He Wets one of the first baptized by the Brethren in 
that little isolated 'congregation. The writer and Dan- 
iel Miller, Sr., paid them a visit June 9 and 10, and 
found the brother suffering vwy much with dropsy. He 
'enjoyed our presence very much; when the time of our 
leave came, at his request, he was anointed with oil in 
the name of the Lord. A. D. 

ROYER — In the Coon River church, Iowa, May 4, Wil- 
liam Royer, aged 4 years, 8 months and 5 days. 

ROYER. — Also, May 13, Isaac Royer, aged 8 years, 1 
month and 14 days. 
These were the only children of Bro. Geo. and sis- 
ter Amanda Royer. Disease, scarlet fever. Funeral 
services June 3, by Bro. J. W. Diehl, from 1 Cor. 15: 57. 
These bereaved ] arents deserve the sympathies of the 
saints. By faith look over Jordan and behold jour lit- 
tle ones beckoning you to look higher. 


SHAMBERGER .— Tn the White Cloud congregation. 
Nodaway Co , Mo., July 14, sister Elizabeth Sham- 
berger, aged GO years, 3 months and 26 days. She 

had been a sufferer for many years. Fur.eial by the 
writer, from Job 38: 17. S. A. HOKBEBSBR. 

KEA.GY.— Near Hauserioin, Owen Co., Ind.. May 3, 
of consumption, Patrick Keagy, aged 62 yean, 6 
months and 12 days. He was confined eight months. 
He was boin in Somerset Co., Pa. His father's 
name was John Keagv; his mother's, Margaret Meace. 
He was married to Long in 1847, in Coshoc- 
ton, ; united with the church in 1852; lived a faithful 
member until death. He was Luritd in the Burger 
grave-yard, close by the Dunka-d meeting-house in Ow- 
en Co., Ind. Funeral services by Robert Gosborn, from. 
Heb. 10: 23, the Sejip!uie previously selected by the de- 
ceased. May Cod bless the beieavcd widow and orphan 
children. W. II. Lon<;. 

SPRINKELL — In the Allison church, Lawrence Co., 
111., May 14, of consumption, sister Fioia Ann, daugh- 
ter of E. M. and siVer Caroline Sprinkell, aged 21 
years, 1 month and 27 days. 

Sister Flora united with the ehurch at fourteen, 
years of age. Was of an amiable deposition, living an 
exemplary Christian life, taking delight in obeying all 
the rceiuirements of the Gospel, as taught by the Breth- 
ren. Was anointed with oil in the name of the Lord. 
She parsed away after giving affectionate farewell to 
friends and relatives, soliciting thevn to meet her in 
heaven. Funeral di course by Bro. Jacob Gerbart, to a 
large assembly of friends and neighbors. 

J. H. Jelljson. 

KE1M.— In the Elk L'ck congregation, in Salisbuiy, 
Somerset Co., Pa., of emick consumption, our much 
esteemed young sister, Libbie, daughter of S. C. 
(dee'd ) and sister Annie Keim, aged IS years, 8 
months and 28 days. Funeral services by the wi iter, 
July 4. Nathaniel Mehrill. 

STOVER. — In Ogle Co, 111. July 1, Sarah Ellen, 
daughter of Bro Emanuel and sislei Saiah Stover, 
aged 9 years. 6 months and 12 days. Funeral tcivices 
at the West Branch church, by Jos. Amick and M. S. 


HALDEMAN — At Morrill, Kansas, June 24, of heart 
disease, Bro. Daniel, son of Bro. Joseph Haldeman, 
aged 17 years and some days. 
Funeral occasion improved by Bro. Martin Meyers, 
assisted by friend lie, mimstei cf the River Bielhrea 
church, from Heb. 13: 14. Our young brother suffered 
ever s ; nce last Spring. While his place in (he dear fam- 
ily below is vacant, one more place is filled in the family 
above. Eli Rule. 

HORNER.— In the Indian Creek congregalhn. West- 
moreland Co., Pa., Bro. A. M. Horner, the only child. 
of Eld. I>. D. and sister Mary Horner, aged 30 years, 2 
months and 7 days. 
Bro. Horner had been in declining health for forae 
time. He visited Dr. Waller's Mountain Park to re- 
ceive medical aid; after being there under the treatment 
of the doctors one month, the fad news rame that he 
was dead. He was brought home May 21, and the fu- 
neral took p'ace on the 22nd. It may tiu'v le raid that 
the chuich has lost a zealous and consistent young broth- 
er, and (ho neighborhood a good citizen. He leaves a 
companion and one chile 1 . 

We would say to the dear sister, lcok to Jesu*. who 
has promised to be a Father to the fatherless, and a Hus- 
band to the widow. Funeral services by the writer, to 
a very large and sympathizing congiegation. from Job 
14: 1. F. B. Weimer. 

BECHTELHEIMER— hi the Beaverdam church. Kes- 
ciusko Co , Ind , April 21, Ero. Simeon Bechtehicim- 
er, ageel 63 years, 7 months and 2 days. 

Deceased came to his death by being thrown from 
his buggy. The horse becoming frightened, the buggy 
turned over, dislocating his reck. His funeral was at- 
tended by a huge concourse of people, and a very im- 
ps essive sermon was preached by the Brethren. He liv- 
ed an exempl iry n ember in the Brethren church fci 
many years. S. E. Bcrket. 



The Gospel Messenger, 

Published Weekly. 


Brethren's Publishing Co., - - Publishers. 

J. H. MOORE, Managing Editor, 

Bcsikess Manager of Western House, Mt. Morris, 111. 

Communications for publication should be written on 
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Subscription J*riee of the GosrELMESSENGBRis $1,50 
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will recoive the paper free one year. 

Agents IV anted in every locality to gather subscribers. 
Sample copies and agents' outfit free. 

Sendttif/ Jfoney.— Send money by Drafts, Postal Orders, 
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Brethren's Publishing Co., Box 50, Huntingdon, Pa. 

Hymn JBoohs and Hymnals to be sent by mail may be 
ordered from either place. When to be sent by Express, order 
from the nearest, office 

Mt. Morris, 111., ... - July 31, 1883. 

Bro. Sharp starts on a two weeks' trip to 
Indiana this week. 

In Ostrog, Bussia, several Jews are report- 
ed to have been tortured and murdered. 

Many of the persons destroyed by a recent 
Hood at London, Ont., remain in the streams 
uncared for. 

The inside of the earth is a mass of fire; 
the volcanoes are the chimneys, and the hot 
springs the tea kettles. 

The Vindicator is now edited by Jos. I. 
Cover. We learn that he was selected by 
Samuel Kinsey before the latter died. 

A ministering brother is needed at Osce- 
ola, Missouri. A good country and a mild 
climate. Address C. Cripe, Osceola, Mo. 

Bro. J. S. Flory has just returned from a 
visit to Salt Lake City. He seems very un- 
favorably impressed with the place and effects 
of polygamy. 

A postal order now costs only eight cents 
for sums of ten dollars and under. 


Please do not write on both sides of the 
paper, if intended for publication. 

The leprosy, is spreading to an alarming 
extent in the western part of Arabia. 

New subscribers will commence with this 
number, as we are now out of back numbers. 

Some of the politicians are getting into 
quite a muddle. They are telling on each 

Bro. Eshelman reports two baptized in the 
Walnut Creek church, Johnson Co., Mo., two 
weeks ago. 

S. S. Mohler says, speaking of the Mes- 
senger: "I consider the paper an honor to us. 
Keep it that way." 

It is thought that we will have the New 
Bevision of the Old Testament before the 
close of next Winter. 

We have excellent facilities for doing good 
job printing at either Mt. Morris or Hunting- 
don. The book-binding is done at the Hunt- 
ingdon office. 

Eld. J. G. Boyer, of Monticello, Ind., has 
been elected to the chair of English Litera- 
ture in the Mt. Morris College. We welcome, 
him among us. 

The cholera has visited this country every 
seventen years of the present century; 1883 
is the year for it to appear again according 
to that reckoning. 

The season for camp-meetings is approach- 
ing. There need be nothing wrong about 
these meetings if people will behave them- 
selves while there. 

Bro. M. T. Baer, says the churches in 
South-eastern Kansas are in a prosperous 
condition, so far as he knows. He also re- 
ports the crops in a good condition. 

Those who are receiving their paper later 
than usual will please be a little patient. We 
are behind three days, and cannot possibly 
catch up till the new press is set up. 

See last page for Love-feast notices. When 
writing notices for publication, word them 
like they are printed. 

This week Bro. Landon West has a word 
to say in regard to a church-house for the 
colored Brethren in Ohio. 

Some one will please send to Aaron Coy, 
Dayton O, the addresses of the members 
living in Nemaha Co., Kan. 

Bro. Eshelman will continue his account 
of Garden City, Kansas, in his Youth's Help- 
er, published at Warrensburg, Mo. 

Jg@°*THOSE who have been taking both pa- 
pers, can either have their time on the Mes- 
senger extended six months, or donate the 
extra copy to a friend, named by them, the 
remainder of the year. Please inform us by 
card immediately what you want done. tf. 

Bro. Jacob Shaneour writes that there are 
over one hundred and twenty-five members 
in the Silver Creek church, Ohio, instead of 
one hundred as reported some weeks ago. 

We are now ready to receive orders for the 
Revised Minutes, price 20 cents per copy, or 
$2.00 per dozen. Those desiring the work, 
will please send in their orders immediately. 

In a letter just received from Bro. Enoch 
Eby, he says that he is not yet certain of 
going to the Pacific coast, but if he does he 
would like to have company. His address is 
Sabetha, Kansas. 

Bro. Joseph Amick has been spending a 
few days on his farm last and this week. 
He will return to his desk with a vigorous ap- 
petite for business. We expect him home 
to-morrow. He will find a pile of letters at 
his desk. 

Bro. P. S. Garman, of Warrensburg, Mo., 
thinks of taking a trip through North East- 
ern Missouri soon, and would like to have the 
names and addresses of Brethren living in 
that part of the State. 

Do not wait till the Brethren's Almanac is 
is printed and then point out mistakes in the 
ministerial list. Send your corrections to H. 
B. Brumbaugh, Huntingdon, Pa. Drop him 
a card for an Almanac in which to mark cor- 

Bro. I. H. Crist reports the Olathe Church, 
Kansas, in a good working condition, number- 
ing over 50 members, six speakers and three 
deacons. With their large force in the min- 
istry, they still have more calls for preaching 
than they can fill. 

For agricultural products, Johnson Co., Mo., 
was the banner county of the U. S. in 1882. 
There are many Brethren living in that coun- 
ty, which accounts for the large yield, or else 
the productiveness accounts for so many 
Brethren moving there. Which? 

During the last seven months 2, 895 persons 
have suffered violent death by land or sea, 
flood, flame or tornado. If the remaining 
five months should prove equally destructive 
to life and property, it may well be regarded 
s the year of great calamities. 

ro. D. L. Miller writes that after a very 
pleasant trip from Mt. Morris, via Hunting- 
don, Pa, to Hagerstown, Md, he had reached 
the scenes of his youth, and that he and his 
good wife were enjoying themselves finely. — 
He sails for Europe the 22nd of August. 

Bro. Nielson, lately from Denmark, is a 
good tailor, and would like to locate at some 
place in the West where there are plenty of 
Brethren, and a good point for his trade. — 
Brethren knowing a good location will ad- 
dress N. C. Nielson, Box 215, Mt. Morris, 111. 

We are pleased to record that Bro. Otis D. 
Lyon, the former efficient mailing clerk of 
the B. at W. office, has united his life inter- 
ests with sister Kate A. Snavely. The happy 
event took place July 29. His many friends 
unite in wishing him long life and happy 

If the Bible required women to wear bangs 
as they now do,, there would be an uprising, 
among the females, against that good Book 
that Avould be really serious to contemplate. 
But since the fashion comes from the oppo- 
site of Divinity, it is received and submitted 
to with the greatest of meekness. 

It appears that the importation of Bussian 
Jews has proved a sorry failure. About a 
fifth of the twenty thousand who came, have 
been sent back. The manager of the Hebrew 
Emigrant Aid Society in New York, sayr, a 
Bussian Jew, owing to early marriage and 
hardship, is an old man at thirty-five and for- 
ty. He comes over here with a big family 
hanging to him, is dull, and it is next to im- 
possible to wake him up and get him to learn 
or do anything. 



As we are in receipt a card from John Mc- 
Clurg and J. Freds, containing neither post- 
office, county nor State, this is only way of 
finding their address. They will please for- 
ward the same that the business ] ef erred to 
on their card may be attended to. In this 
connection permit us to say to others that 
much business is delayed, and sometimes 
wholly neglected, because parties writing 
fail to give their address. We state this for 
the benefit of scores who may censure us for 
not attending to their business, caused by 
their failure to give address. 

We occasionally spend an hour in the Teach- 
£ ri' Institute at the College, wh re there are 
perhaps fifty teachers being instructed and 
drilled in the rudiments and theory of teach- 
ing. The exercises are both instructive and 
edifying. It must be a dull teacher who can- 
not learn something there. If the gentleman 
who has charge of the lecture department 
could manage to get the directors to attend 
his course of lectures, he might accomplish 
wonders for the cause of education. It is 
well to drill the teachers most thoroughly, 
but by all means ought the directors to have 
a course of instruction in regard to their du- 
ties and the demands of our common school 
system. Then, by the way, we think that all 
teachers, both old and young, ought to attend 
these Teachers' Institutes, and if it would 
not disturb the work too much, we would ad- 
vise everybody else to attend occasionally. 

burst forth. In places the earth opened and 
swallowed up entire dwellings. Whole cities 
were thrown to the ground, and hundreds 
were buried beneath the ruins. It is esti- 
mated that at least 3,000 lives were lost. The 
excitement is intense, and the loss of life and 
property throughout the whole island is very 
great. It is still feared that the danger is by 
no means past. 


This week Bro. M. M. Eshelman tells us 
what he thinks of our name. It would be 
difficult to select a name that would please 
all, but we presume that the Brethren do not 
care so much for the names as they do for 
what is in the papers. Both of the former 
names were near and dear to our readers, but 
as each name could not be retained, it was 
thought best to drop both. As for other 
small papers having the same name, that 
will in no way militate against our work and 
success. Judging by the way new subscrib- 
ers are coming in, we would conclude that 
the name is very acceptable with our read- 
ers. Our readers will soon become accustom- 
ed to the name Messenger; then it will be 
all right with them. For our part we are 
not concerned so much about the name, as 
the matter we get in the paper. If we can 
succeed in making the paper as good as its 
name, we will certainly feel happy. 


One calamity is scarcely passed when an- 
other commences. We walk the earth seem- 
ingly with safety, scarcely thinking that be- 
neath our feet is a mass of fire that is liable 
to burst forth without a moment's warning. 
Near the western coast of Italy, not far from 
the city of Naples, is the beautiful little is- 
land Ischia, 19 miles in circumference, noted 
for its mild climate, fertile soil, beautiful 
fields and mineral springs. It has a popula- 
tion of about 26,000. Last Saturday night 
about 9 o'clock the island was shaken from 
center to circumference by a volcano that 

Bro. Moore: — 

Will you please answer this question: Is it ac- 
cording to the Minutes of the Annual Meeting to take 
the voice of the church to see if the church will accept a 
minister in h's standing after his letter of recommendation 
is read? If not according to the Minutes what is the 
order of the Brotherhood in a case of that kind? 

S. E. Edgecomb. 

In 1859 the following passed the Annual 


If a brother in the ministry or deaconship move from 
one congregation to another, having a certificate of good 
standing in his office, has the congregation to which he 
moved a right to refuse to receive him in his office? We 
consider they have [it has] not. 

From this we learn that if a minister pre- 
sents a good certificate, on removing to an- 
other congregation, that the congregation can- 
not refuse to receive him in his office, and if he 
cannot be refused, we see no need of consult- 
ing the church about it. The custom of the 
churches in Northern Illinois is to treat all 
certificates alike. When handed in they are 
read to the congregation the first convenient 
opportunity. If an elder or preacher pre- 
sents a letter, it is read to the congregation, 
and he is then regarded as one of the officers 
of the congregation, and is duly respected as 
such. We never ask the members whether 
they are willing to receive him as a preacher 
or elder. We think that is no part of our 
business. If he has a good certificate as an 
officer we have not the power to deprive him 
of his official position any more than we have 
a right to deprive him of his membership. 
As long as he conducts himself properly he 
is entitled to his position. If there should 
be any suspicions about the brother or his 
letter, that should be inquired into prudently, 
for it would not be just to injure the man, es- 
pecially without a cause. J. n. m. 

commercial room, on the same floor, but in 
the east end of the building, are designed for 
society rooms, thus enabling both societies 
to meet the same evening, and have a more 
quiet place to hold their meetings. The 
seating will be with chairs, and the rooms 
will be heated by stoves. 

The upper half of the Chapel has been cut 
off, and made into three large recitation rooms, 
the eastern room to be used foi the Commer- 
cial Department. These rooms are neatly 
plastered, well painted, and will be supplied 
with excellent black-boards. The Commer- 
cial Boom is entered by a stair- way in the 
north-east corner of the Chapel. The other 
two rooms are entered by doors opening into 
the hall on the second floor. This arrange- 
ment places all of the recitation rooms on the 
lower floors. The seating of the Chapel re- 
mains the same. The furnaces have been re- 
moved, and the entire east end of the build- 
ing, as well as all the recitation rooms 
throughout the whole building, will be heat- 
ed by stoves. 

In other parts of the building seven addi- 
tional dormitories have been made, thus en- 
abling fourteen more students to be accom- 
modated in the building. The rooms through- 
out both buildings have been well whitewash- 
ed, and are now being neatly carpeted, and 
will be fitted up in excellent condition for the 
use of the students. We are confident that 
those who return next Fall will be well pleas- 
ed with the arrangements and general im- 
provements. J. H. M. 

m mm am 


One day last week we took a ramble 
through the College building to see what im- 
provements have been made. We conclude 
that it will be interesting to hundreds of our 
readers to learn what these improvements 

On the fourth floor, in the west end, a 
large room 20x10 has been made, by remov- 
ing partitions. A part of the large upper 
room, in which the prayer-meetings were 
held, has been used in constructing this room. 
It is now one of the neatest, and most desira- 1 
ble rooms in the building. This, and the ' 

The regular price for 
the Messenger from 
July 1st to the end of the year would be 75 
cents, and some have been sending in that 
sum for the paper for that length of time. — 
But in order to double our list, if possible, 
and give the people a chance to test the mer- 
its of the Messenger, we last week announc- 
ed that we would send the paper from the 
time the money was received to the end of 
the year for 50cts. The great bulk of the 
names thus sent in, will reach us near the 
last of July and first of August, so that, in 
reality, we will be sending the paper five 
months for 50cts. We do not expect to make 
anything directly out of this project, but we 
do it with a view of holding the most if not 
all of these new subscribers, for years. We 
hope our readers everywhere will push the 
good work, that we may see our list more 
than doubled within the next thirty days. We 
will send back numbers as long as we have 

On another page will be found an article, 
on Life and Property Insurance, by Abram 
Molsbee. There is one thing about the arti- 
cle that we like: the writer proceeds to give 
his views on a controverted subject without re- 
plying to others, or censuring those who may 
honestly differ from him. In this way we can 
have both sides ■ of a question presented in a 
way that will neither stir up controversy nor 
cause hard feelings. 


thjh: oobi j ii;i^ MKysETsraim. 

that you may run and not be weary, and walk 
and not faint. Be humble enough to make a I 
small, and a very imperfect beginning. But 
then try to improve, and hope to improve. — ' 
But do not expect proficiency or perfection 
in your first productions, whatever may be 
the nature of your work. This is. unnatural, 
and uncommon. 

Hoping to encourage our brethren and sis- 
ters thereby to make a beginning where a be- I 
ginning has not been made, to exercise them- 
selves in the servioe of the Lord publicly, 
when an opportunity is afforded, and when 
they can edify their brethren by doing so, we J 
will give them some of our own experience. I 
When young in age, and young in Christian 
experience, it was our lot to associate with 
active workers in the church. Many of these, I 
like ourselves; were young in spiritual age. — 
We all felt the need of each other's help as 
we did the help of the Lord. We for some 
time had no organized church, and had not 
preaching very often. Under such circum- 
stances we met together, and exhorted one 
another, and prayed together, and in this way 
we had very pleasant and profitable meetings. 
Although we were all babes is Christ, as al- 
ready remarked, we were but a youth in age 
and felt very weak in taking any part in the 
public services. But we felt that we would 
like to help in the good work, as we felt it 
was a good work, and enjoyed it very much, 
and those that did perform the public part of 
the worship, desired to have the help of as 
many as they could get to take a part, and 
encouraged all to do so. We finally did not 
only fe"el that we would like to help in the 
work, but we also felt that it was our duty to 
do so. But how could we, that felt ourself 
to be but a child, talk and pray! We felt so 
little, and so weak, and that whatever wa 
would do, must necessarily be done^very imJ 
perfectly. And we felt discouraged at first 
from trying. But feeling it to be our duty, I 
we sought divine assistance, and took up the 
cross, and made an attempt to take part in 
the worship of the Lord in our social meet- 
ings at Lumberville, as we then called the 
church that is now called the Green Tree.' 
Our attempts were weak indeed, but we felt | 
that we were doing what we could, and we 
felt comforted. 

Then do not hesitate to help in the public 
worship of the Lord when the occasion seems 
to require it, and when you can help promote 
the edification of others by so doing. And 
do not deceive yourselves by waiting until 
you can do it more proficiently. Your first 
attempt will be likely to be imperfect when- 
ever it is made. Then take up your cross, 
and make a beginning however imperfect ii 
may be. Proficiency is to be attained after 
you commence, not before. J. Q 


There is a great hesitation on the part of 
many to begin to do a thing at first, because 
they feel it will be so imperfectly done. It 
is true, what has never been before done by 
those commencing it, will be likely to be done 
imperfectly. Nevertheless, this consideration 
should not deter any from doing whatever 
seems to be proper for them to do. And it 
may afford such some encouragement to know 
and to remember that those who may be 
somewhat proficient in the same thing now, 
did it quite as imperfectly, when they com- 
menced it, as those would do it who are now 
hesitating, and who are so timid in making 
the attempt. 

Such is the very common experience of all 
in commencing anything that is new to them, 
or in what they had no previous experience. 
And there is some timidity or shame, or 
fear or something that will be an obstacle 
in the way, by whatever name it may be 
known, for it may not be exactly the same 
to all who feel it. 

We see the truth of our remark more or 
less illustrated in the common affairs or busi- 
ness of life. But we refer to it, to make our 
application of it to Christians, in some of 
their services in the church of the Lord. — 
The most of the persons who engage in a 
Christian life, and who become members of 
the church, if they feel the interest, and ex- 
perience the holy joy, that a genuine conver- 
sion, and a sincere consecration to God will 
be accompanied by, will feel, at times at least, 
that they would like to speak a word for the 
Lord to their friends in the prayer or social 
meeting, or on same other occasion, or to of- 
fer a prayer in public, as they have them- 
selves realized the happy effects of such ser- 
vices when performed by others. 

And we would like to encourage our breth- 
ren and sisters to use such liberty, and to 
cultivate their gifts ; for we believe it is both 
their privilege and their duty to so cultivate 
them, that they may render themselves in 
some degree useful in the church and to the 

Paul's admonition, " Exhort one another 
daily, while it is called to-day; lest any of 
you be hardened through the deceitfulnes3 
of sin," Heb. 3: 13, seems to be addressed to 
Christians in general, and not only to the of- 
ficial members of the church. And the same 
apostle, when writing to his Corinthian breth- 
ren, and when writing to them upon the cul- 
tivation and exercise of their spiritual gifts 
says, "Ye may all prophesy, one by one, that 
all may learn, and all may be comforted." 1 
Cor. 14: 31. 

From the passages we have quoted, and 
from the tenor of the general Gospel teaching 
it appears that Christians are not only per- 
mitted to use liberty in exercising their gifts 
for the edification of the church, but they 

are also admonished to do so. And by exer- 
cising sincerely, humbly and discreetly, they 
will feel the better themselves for doing so, 
and they will promote the edification of their 
brethren and sisters, and please and honor 
the Lord. 

It being so desirable, then, that Christians 
should cultivate their gifts, and use liberty 
in speaking and in praying, as we said above, 
we would encourage them in doing so. And 
we hope they will not be deterred from mak- 
ing the attempt because of the fear they en- 
tertain that their first effort will be very im- 
I erf ect. 

Be humble and make the effort, and though 
it should be as imperfect as you had expect- 
ed, do not be discouraged. Repeat your ef- 
fort, and, relying on the Lord for his help, 
resolve that you will persevere, and success 
will crown your humble and self-denying la- 
bors. Remember that growth is the great 
law in the kingdom of grace, as well as in 
the kingdom of nature, and that, however 
small may be the beginning, improvements 
will mark your steady course, and though 
you may never attain unto a very high de- 
gree of proficiency, you will satisfy your own 
conscience and the Lord, and as a consequence 
you will feel richly rewarded in the sweet 
peace of mind that you will experience in the 
consciousness that you have done your duty. 
But there is a precious promise to this effect: 
"For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, 
and he shall have more abundance." Matt. 
13: 12. 

These are the words of our Lord; and he 
evidently meant, that if we diligently and 
discreetly use what grace be given us, he will 
then give us more. It is no darkly revealed 
truth, that we can only expect growth and 
improvement in the divine life, by husband- 
ing the precious and blood- bought grace of 
our Lord Jesus Ch.iist, and by judiciously 
applying' it, as will best subserve our divine 
Master's purposes, in edifying his brethren 
and in doing good to the world, for whose re- 
demption he died. However humble our 
talents may be, and however limited our in- 
fluence, under the cultivating power of the 
heavenly husbandman, we may be made a 
blessing to some poor creature of our ruined 
race, and thus prevent ourselves from being 
a mere cipher in the church and in the world. 
Then make a beginning, however imperfect 
it may be, in whatever way you can throw in 
your offering to the Lord, though it may be 
but two mites. Hesitate not. The sooner 
you make a beginning, the sooner you will be 
on the way of improvement. There is some 
self-denial to be endured, and some cross to 
be borne, in commencing to simply speak a 
word for the Lord, or to preach, or to pray in 
public. But under the weight of the cross, 
you will rise in the divine life, for the cross 
will be wings to you to raise you towards 
heaven, and self-denial will give you strength, 

"Humility is, of all graces, the chiefest, 
when it don't know itself to be a grace at all." 



Home, home! sweet, sweet home; there is no place like' home. 

Must Bang's and Frizzes Go? 

The Chicago Herald, has this remark to 
make about the departure of bangs and friz- 

If left to themselves and time they would 
undoubtedly get tired and silently steal away. 
They would become a recollection to this 
generation and a moral to the next, which 
would point to them in the prints of our 
time as the prcof of what frights women 
make of themselves for fashion's sake. Our 
successors would also seek to discover 
whence came the hideous style. If success- 
ful in their research they would locate Tar 
Plat, San Francisco, as the birth place of the 
"bang" without which the "frizzy" is nothing 
out of the way. The female hoodlum first 
invented the bang to make herself look as vi- 
cious as possible, and she succeeded. The 
bold, brazen, dare-devil look this gave her 
face made her famous even beyond her broth- 
ers and the young men upon whom she be- 
stowed favoring glances. How the bang ev- 
er came to be adopted by respectable young 
girls is one of the mysteries of fashion. It 
probably spread like the Canada thistle. It 
rapidly beclouded the fair brow of beauty 
and placed the bright eye of intelligence un- 
der the same overhanging fringe as the dull 
eye of stupidity. It drew an indiscriminate 
curtain over the front of innocence and the 
forehead of shame. It was a sad leveler of 
the distinguishing marks which virtue and 
vice stamp upon the face of woman. We 
had hoped that it was to be allowed to depart 
in peace. But it seems not. The Eev. Fa- 
ther O'Haran, pastor of St. Mary's church, 
Wilkesbarre, Pa., has inaugurated a crusade 
against the "bang." Children wearing bangs 
and frizzes are not to be allowed to attend 
Sunday-school. Although the reverend fa- 
ther's holy horror over the bang meets with 
our entire approval, we question the discre- 
tion of his course. We greatly fear that his 
injunction will stir the hair of a dying fash- 
ionable craze. As well try to stop the full 
impetus of a child's swing as to interfere 
with the unreasoning dictates of a raging 
fashion. Better "let the old cat die" than 
get knocked over in trying to reason with 
something that defies every rule of sense and 

Value of the Past. 


'"We may build more splendid habitations, 

Fill our rooms with paintings, and with sculptures, 
But we cannot buy with gold the old associations'" 

— Long fell ou\ 

There is a sacred feeling connected with 
oar childhood days that is not found with 
any other part of our lives. Our old home- 
steads are dear to our hearts. The rooms 
wherein we have passed many happy hours, 

the groves where we have often rambled, the 
streams along whose flowery banks we used 
to wander and fish, are planted forever in our 
memories as pleasant. 

As we became older, new scenes were con- 
tinually opening to our view. With what 
pleasure do we look back to the old country 
school-house where we were taught the alpha- 
bet and the first principles of mathematics. 
We found friends in those days from whom 
we thought we would never be separated. 
But as our minds matured, our thirst for 
knowledge became stronger,- and we natur- 
ally followed our most worthy desires. As 
our inclinations were different, we were separ- 
ated, each occupying new fields of labor and 
forming new ties of friendship. Some went 
to college where their duties became of a 
more important character. There hard tasks 
were performed, trials were overcome, and 
our fellow-classmates who shared our work, 
through association, grew to be warm friends. 
But this circle was broken and new ones 
were formed. Thus we pass through life, form- 
ing new acquaintances and losing old ones. 
- Many different scenes were brought before 
us in our lives. We have taken the parting 
hand of some cherished friends who have 
gone to foreign climes expecting never to re- 
turn. We have had dear ones taken from 
our circle by the cruel hand of death never 
more to be replaced. They are gone from 
our presence and we cannot recall them. 

We may return to the scenes of our child- 
hood and spend days in its old haunts. But 
the place has changed; the old associates are 
not there, and the home once so dear has no 
more charms. We may go to the college to 
satisfy our longing for by-gone pleasures. 
The halls ring with merry voices, but they 
sound strange to us. The rooms only bring 
to mind what we once enjoyed. We may 
pass on through our past scenes until we 
come to the places where we were once enga- 
ged in real, practical life. Here Time has 
wrought his work. New and better build- 
ings have been erected. The business we en- 
gaged in is now arranged by other persons. 
We can only recall the busy hours we spent 
there. We return to the old homesteads 
where our fathers and mothers used to exer- 
cise parental care over \\s. But they are not 
there. Our hearts become sorrowful and in 
a few moments we are moving slowly toward 
the graveyard. We stand by their graves 
and look upon their tombstones erected to 
their memory and read their names which 
are so dear to our hearts. There their bod- 
ies lie. We can recall their pleasant coun- 
tenances and kind words. They are gone for- 
ever from us and all we have done for them 
of good or ill can never be changed. 

We may make our homes like those of our 
childhood; we may hang upon the walls the 
best paintings of the favorite scenes of our 
lives; we may hang with them the portraits 
of our absent friends; yet these are not the 
associations of the past. We may visit the 
places of our childhood, of school-life, of bus- 
iness, but all these only impress more vivid- 
ly upon our minds that the dear associations 
and pleasures of the past are gone — gone for- 

ever from us. Not all the diamonds of the 
earth, not all the pearls of the sea, nay, not 
all the wealth of the world can buy them 
back for a single moment. 

This unobtainable past is what we have 
helped to make it. As we made it pleasant 
or sorrowful, so our recollections of it are 
pleasant or sorrowful. And since it cannot 
be bought back when once gone, how impor- 
tant it is that we who are in the prime of 
life, properly improve the present, so that we 
need not look upon our past lives and wish 
to live them over. Let us so act in the pres- 
ent that as we are drawing near the eve of 
our lives and the shadows are lengthening on 
our pilgrimage here below, we may look up- 
on the past with a degree of comfort which 
will console us in our last moments here and 
give us a free passport into the realms of 
eternal bliss. 
Huntingdon, Pa. 

A Sad Accident. 

On the 10th of July, our little nephew, 
John Harley, aged four years, one month 
and fourteen days, son of Bro. James Har- 
ley, who with his mother and brother had 
been spending the Spring and Summer in the 
country with his grandparents, was playing 
in the yard of his grandfather, Mr. Landis, 
where a bucket of hot water had been placed 
for some purpose. The child had a long line 
and, playing "back horse," accidentally 
backed into the water. He was immediately 
carried to the house, but did not seem to suf- 
fer. The father, who was about his business 
in Philadelphia, was telegraphed for, the 
physician summoned, but notwithstanding 
all the kind sympathies and attention shown 
by them, the little spirit took its departure. 
He lingered about eleven hours, conscious of 
the past. He said "he had not much pain." 

In the midst of life we are in death. We 
grieve, for we learned to love the little pel 
very much during his stay with us. "The 
lines have fallen to him in pleasant path- 
ways; his is a goodly heritage." The fathei 
came, but on his arrival, he no more heard 
the voice of his darling boy shout, "0, papa, 
papa, there's papa!" as before, but a dying 
boy instead. 

"All that's bright must fade, 

The brightest, still the fleetest; 
All that's sweet was made 

But to be lost when sweetest," 

Funeral services by Bro. Isaac Kulp ant 
Bev. Joseph Hendricks, from 1 Sam. 1: -k 

Katie S. Harley. 
Harleysvillc, Pa. 

The condition of Vesuvius has again be 
come an object of serious attention to Pre 
fessor Palmieri and of wondering interest t 
ordinary spectators. Since the 21st of Jun 
the activity of the crater has been steadil 
increasing, the first symptom being the iq 
burst of a column of Maine, visible at a grea 
distance. Every night a fiery glow, like a g 
gantic crown, hovers over the summit, forn 
ing in the clear Summer night a spectacle c 
mingled picturesqueness and terror. 




As cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far 

To the Brethren and Sisters of Northern 

It seems that our late A. M. fell short con- 
siderably, of supporting itself, and the Com- 
mittee of Arrangements has reported to us the 
quota of Northern Missouri of said deficien- 
cy, and have also appointed three brethren 
in our district to strike an apportionment be- 
tween our churches, and to collect the same. 
This assessment has now been made by these 
brethren, and you will soon be notified; and 
now, as we find our quota to be so very rea- 
sonable, we ought surely to be very prompt. 
I would, therefore, propose that the brother 
so notified would at once forward the amount 
and then collect again as he could, so that 
the Committee be not detained by waiting for 
quarter councils, etc. 

We hope no one will refuse to help us on 
the ground that they did not attend A. M., 
for it was certainly a great sacrifice in rail- 
road expenses of thousands of eastern breth- 
ren and sisters to give us the meeting in the 
far West. And if we forfeited this granted 
opportunity, we must now be none the less 
sure to meet its demands, in order to be wor- 
thy of it being afforded us again to have the 
A. M. in the West. For if the Eastern 
churches pay large railroad fare to give us 
the convenience of the meeting, and then yet 
make up its deficit funds, they could justly 
hereafter, keep it in the East, and save ex- 
penses. C. C. Koot. 

To the Churches of Southern Ohio. 

It will be remembered by those of you who 
were present at our District Meeting in April 
last, that the call for aid in the building of 
a meeting-house for our colored brethren of 
Frankfort, Ross Co., Ohio, was made more 
directly to the churches within this District 
of the Brotherhood. And now we, a Com- 
mittee, to act for the Frankfort body, wish 
to call the special attention of the members 
and of all the churches of the District to this 
subject, hoping that all who have not al- 
ready presented their gift will do so at an 
early day, in order that this work may go on 
to completion. 

The call has been made to some in private 
correspondence, but can be made best in this 
way, in order that all the churches of the Dis- 
trict may get the notice, and act in the matter 
at the same time. 

The advice given in our District Council, 
was, that the call be made upon all the church- 
es of the District, and so we do; but are will- 
ing to accept of and acknowledge the gifts of 
any one and from any part. Gifts have al- 
ready been received from Iowa, Kansas and 
the Pacific States, and also from churches 
here, all of which are gratefully acknowledg- 
ed, but much is yet wanting to complete the 

We were to visit this devoted little body 
July 1st, and preached for them twice, and 

for the whites at night. The members seem 
to be very grateful and much encouraged be- 
cause the whites are aiding them to get the 
house, and they are doing all they can and 
some aid has already been subscribed by cit- 
izens of the town and vicinity, but they say: 
"We want to see that you are in earnest, and 
we will do more." The amount received and 
subscribed is near $250.00 but not more, and 
that needed to erect and complete the build- 
ing will not be less than 11200.00. The 
members for whom it is to be built, are all 
willing and ready to do their part, but must 
give it in labor. But what they do give 
comes as a heart's gift, for they all love the 
cause and the One Name. 

Send all donations in registered letter, to 
Wm. D. Mallow, Austin, Ross Co., Ohio. 

Wm. D. Mallow. } n •,, 
Landon West. } Committee. 

do not pass this call by unheeded, let us hear 
from you, we must have help. C. Crtli'E. 

Notes by the Way., 

From Osceola, Mo.— July 23 

Dear Brethren : — ■ 

We want a ministering brother to move 
into this congregation and preach for us. — 
We will soon be left without a minister and 
but one deacon. Last Spring two of our min- 
istering brethren that have been here nearly 
ever since the organization of the church, 
moved away to Wyoming Ter. Last Fall 
Bro. N. C. Workman moved into this congre- 
gation, and has been preaching for us ever 
since, and his labors are very acceptable. He 
preaches the whole Gospel to us with earn- 
nestness and power, and we would gladly re- 
tain him but he is making his arrangements 
to leave us this Fall, and then we will be a 
little flock without a shepherd. As many 
brethren are going to move West this Fall, who 
will come and locate with us? We have a 
small congregation of members about eight- 
een in number, living near the center of St. 
Clair Co., Mo., on the Osage River, near Os- 
ceola, which is our county-seat. We have a 
good country north of the river, mostly prai- 
rie, but a sufficient quantity of good timber, 
and an inexhaustible amount of coal, of good 
quality, and very cheap. We have a healthy 
country, the land is mostly rolling, conse- 
quently no stagnant ponds to create sickness. 
The country is well watered by springs and 
living streams; good well water is obtained 
at a depth of from twenty to thirty feet. Our 
country is well adapted to farming or stock 
raising; grasses of all kinds do well, and per- 
haps there are but few sections that will sur- 
pass this as a fruit country for apples, peach- 
es, cherries, pears, grapes, etc. ? Land here at 
the present time is very cheap, but is going 
up in price very fast as we are getting a rail- 
road through the section of country where 
the Brethren are located. It will be finished 
to Osceola by October next. Now, brethren, 
we have given you a brief sketch of our coun- 
try and our wants. For further information 
address, C. Cripe, or J. S. Mohler, La Due, 
Henry Co., Mo. Bro. Mohler has the over- 
sight of this church, but he is too far away 
to be with us much. As Eld. Mohler is a poor 
man, those writing to him will confer a favor 
by inclosing stamp for reply. Now, brethren, 

At 8:25 was the time set to board the train 
at Longmont, so we bade farewell to our 
brethren and friends. The thought came, 
shall we ever meet again on earth? More 
than likely we will never thus meet again. — 
Let us, however, live faithfully till death, that 
we may meet in a better clime than this. — 
Many thanks to all in Colorado for their love 
and kindness towards me. 

In due time we left Longmont in company 
with J. S. Flory, David Rupel, and his daugh- 
ter, sister Weaver, — all wending our way to- 
wards Denver, which place we reached, feel- 
ing much refreshed. At Denver we took the 
narrow gauge route to Blackhawk and Cen- 
tral City, two quite old mining towns of con- 
siderable size, up in the mountains. Here 
may be found many valuable mines. We then 
entered what is called Deer Canon. It real- 
ly looks more suitable for deer to pass over 
those rugged hill, than for a railroad to make 
the attempt. But the road is there, and it is 
wonderful to see these railroads. When 
coming to Blackhawk the road goes right over 
the town, up a grade so steep that the cars 
cannot make a curve in turning, but must run 
backward, out on to a switch till the engine 
passes, and then pulls the train up the mount- 
ain over trestels, high and fearful looking, 
terminating at a point said to be 9,000 feet 
high. Going up, we noticed sister Weaver 
drawing over from the high side. I do not 
think she en j oyed that part. It takes a good 
nerve to enjoy a ride of that kind. But we 
landed in safety and made some observations, 
and then lodged till the next morning at the 
Granite House. We walked down to the 
town of Blackhawk, as we could reach the 
place that way much sooner than on the train 
that had to wind around the mountain. 

So we again boarded the train in Black- 
hawk and soon were winding down the can- 
yon towards Golden, quite a town, and pass- 
i lg down and beholding those large mount- 
ains of rooks, for which they have names. — 
Oae is called Mother Grundy. We were 
glad when out again, and think this one trip 
will do me, unless I change my mind con- 
siderably. We arrived at Denver at 11 
o'clock, refreshed ourselves and rested. By 
that time I had fully made up my mind to go 
East. The brethren were going to Colorado 
Springs and Pike's Peak, and wished my 
company, but I thought I had seen enough 
for once, and at 6:25 we left for Kansas City. 
I stopped at Detroit, in Dickenson Co., a few 
days, then went to Kansas City, with the in- 
tention of going -by the way of St. Joseph, 
b it on account of the roads being much 
uader water, I came to Louisville, Ky., by the 
way of St. Louis. I stayed in St. Louis one 
day. On my way I saw much wheat and corn 
aid also many houses standing in the water. 
I reached home on the 23rd of June, found 
all well. I was absent 67 days, had good ac- 
commodations, and was blessed with good 
health. I had a pleasant trip that will long 


r rr 

be remembered. I traveled about six thou- 
sand miles. S. H. Myers. 

From Weatherford, Tex —July 23. 

Dear Brethren: — 

We are still trying to serve God in our 
isolated condition. My wife's health is not 
very good, she has been very sick but is better 
now. At one time she wanted to be anointed, 
but could not, on account of not knowing 
where to find the Brethren in this State. Now, 
brethren, let us know where to find an organ- 
ized church in Texas. "We have our letters 
and would like to hand them to the church. 
Why is it, brethren, that we don't send mis- 
sionaries to Texas? Remember, God says, 
"Preach the Gospel to every nation." Why 
not send a few crumbs to Texas, for we are 
in need of a perfect Gospel ? You need not 
come here expecting to find good houses to 
worship in. In our neighborhood the people 
worship under a brush arbor. There are 
three members in Erath Co., about forty 
miles from us, and two more expect to move 
here from Illinois in a few days. Crops are 
good in this part of Texas. Health general- 
ly good. This is a good country for a poor 
man. Land is cheap, and climate mild. I 
will answer all letters from Brethren want- 
ing information. J. S. Buckley: 

From New Lebanon, Montgomery Co., O. 
-July 23, 1883. 

Dear Brethren: — 

The Gospel Messenger has come to 
our place of abode, and its pages are read with 
pleasure. When we get used to the name, it 
will seem as dear to us as the old names were, 
and we hope it will be the means of helping 
us all on the way to that home in heaven. If 
Bro. I. J. Bosenberger's conclusion is right 
in the last Brethren at Work about sisters 
not breaking bread, would some one be so 
kind as to instruct us sisters what conclusion 
to come to, when we are administering the 
ordinance of feet- washing, and the salutation 
of the holy kiss to one another around the ta- 
ble of the Lord? I hope I am not out of 
place by asking this question. 

Julia A. Gilbert. 

The Fearful Calamity. 

Since writing our editorial concerning the 
destruction of life on the island of Ischia, 
near Italy, we find the following in the Chi- 
cago Herald: 

Naples, July 30. — One solitary building 
remains in tact at Casamiceiola, and two oth- 
ers partially stand, and are in good enough 
condition to afford shelter. This is all that 
remains of a town which had a permanent 
population of over four thousand, and was 
full of Summer visitors, of whom it could ac- 
commodate 1,500. The dead are everywhere, 
mostly in such positions that they are recov- 
ered only with the greatest difficulty, being 
wholly oi partially buried under the ruins, 
or so deeply engulfed that they can never be 
found. Many were buried alive, and their 

cries can still be heard coming from the ruins 
and from the earth. Few of those yet alive 
will probably be saved, but there is no lack 
of effort, the government having to-day for- 
warded two corps of trained sappers and a 
second, full regiment of infantry to aid them 
as laborers. Every church on the island left 
standing has been turned into a dead house, 
and the houses at Forio have been turned in- 
to hospitals. Terror and confusion still pre- 
vent an accurate estimate of the loss of life, 
and accounts vary all the way from 2,000 to 
5,000. The original estimate of 3,000 can, 
however, scarcely be an exaggeration, since 
there are over 1,000 dead in sight, and the 
buried must largely have exceeded that num- 

The many hundreds of wounded who have 
been brought to Naples have, in the excite- 
ment, never been enumerated. The govern- 
ment has impressed every steamboat within 
reach, and they are laden on every trip with 
the dead and dying or wounded. The au- 
thorities here have found the' demands on 
their local resources greater than they can 
meet in the matter of accommodations, and 
they have sent lumber and workmen to Forio 
to put up shelters for the homeless and food 
to supply them for a time rather than bring 
them to the mainland. A few only of the 
dead have been recognized, owing to the 
mutilated condition in which they are found 
and the fact that dirt, plaster and particles 
of debris are pressed into the flesh, and many 
of the bodies are almost denuded of clothing 
and other means of possible identification. 
In addition to the already published list of 
names of the prominent is that of the Mar- 
chesa Pacca Laurate. 

From C. C. Root. 

After having traveled as well as resided in 
several different States, I have concluded 
upon the fact of a statement I once heard our 
dear old brother John Metzger make in re- 
gard to North-western Missouri as a country, 
for its many advantages in agriculture and 
commercial pursuits; 1st. as laying bounded 
entirely by the most thriving commercial 
circuit in all the west: to wit, from Chicago, 
via Qnincy, St. Louis, Kansas City, Atchison, 
St. Joseph, Omaha and Des Moines City; 2nd, 
for its fertility of soil; its timber and stone, 
and excellent water. 3rd, for its convenience 
of small prairies with its even and general 
interspersion of good timber all through it. 
And for the fourth part I would say, that 
through our missionary exertions and other 
means, brethren could scarcely settle in ai y 
part of Northern Mo. where there is not easy 
access to Brethren organized or desirous to 
become so. And as a center and a point io 
well represent all above stated, I propose to 
suggest Darlington, Gentry Co. After trav- 
eling o-ver six other counties all around it in 
June, I find their crops at least two weeks in 
advance of those fifty miles south of it, owing 
to a warmer state of soil. Darlington is a 
thriving little place springing up at a crossing 
of railroads near Grand Liver. Brethren writ- 
ing or traveling will address, C. G or E. 

From Round Mountain Church, Ark 
July 16. 

Dear Brethren : — 
Our quartely council met the 14th. There 
was nothing before the meeting to disturb the 
peace. After some steps were taken in regard 
to pushing the work on the new meeting- 
house, it was agreed to hold our Love-feast 
on the 15th of September, if the brethren 
from Mo. could be with us at that time. All 
are invited, especially ministering brethren. 
We return our thanks to brother Amos Sliel- 
labarger for $1.00 for the meeting-house. Suu- 
day before last two were added to our num- 
ber by baptism, and yesterday one applicant. 
Sigued by order of the Church, 

J. A. Vermillion. 

From Blanco, Armstrong Co., Pa. 
July 23. 

Dear Brethren: — ■ 

The Brethren church at Cowenshannock 
is in love and union, and our regular meet- 
ings are largely attended. Yesterday one 
more Avas added to the church by making the 
good confession, and being baptized in the 
name of the Lord Jesus. May the good work 
of the Lord continue everywhere. 

J. B. W ampler. 

From Osawkie, Kan. 

Dear Brethren: — 

Our church has never been in better or- 
der than now. Love and union and a united 
effort for the promotion of God's cause seem 
to be the mind of our dear members. Oh 
what a church meeting we enjoyed last Sat- 
urday, — all peace and harmony. I thought 
such meetings would be a fit place for holy 
angels to assemble. Four have been baptiz- 
ed in the last three weeks, and another ap- 
plicant for next Sunday. Praise God for the 
word of reconciliation, and the spirit that 
predominates in the hearts of His dear chil- 
dren. J. A. Boot. 

From Loraiue, 111. — July 27. 

Dear Brethren: — 

After a few clouds and a cool breeze, 
the ark of the Lord glides smoothly along; 
and now that we have been blessed with a 
bountiful harvest and some of the sheaves be- 
ing already gathered in, we, the Brethren of 
Loraiue, have concluded to hold our Harvest 
Meeting, Saturday, August IS, at 10 A. Bff., 
and will, the Lord willing, continue the meet- 
ing a week or ten days. Wo much desire 
some of the ministeiing brethren to come and 
assist us. H. W. Stricbxeb. 

The salaries of the clergymen in the U. S. 
are about i?o, 000,000, or less thau one half of 
the taxes paid on dogs. So it costs much 
more to keep \\r^. dogs than it does the 
salaried miuiste" s. 

Says Emerson: If you would lift me, you 
must be on higher ground. If you would lib- 
erate me, you must be free. 


ti-ih: gosi j ;k:l MisssiLizsrGiiiii. 

Notes of Travel. 

The eleventh Summer excursion of the 
Pennsylvania Editorial Association, was to 
Old Point Comfort, Ya., June 11th to 15th, 
and was enjoyed by a large number of the 
editors, their wives or daughters. The Pa. E. 
E. Co., with its usual courtesy, granted trans- 
portation over its main line and branches 
from all points in the State, to Baltimore, 
Md., and return. From Baltimore, the Bay 
Line steamers conveyed the excursionists 
down the Chesapeake Bay to their destination. 
The weather was very fine, and the trip down 
the bay one of the most delightful, and gave 
an opportunity for the members to enjoy 
"moonlight on the water," and see the glory 
of a "sunrise from the sea," for just as we 
pass the entrance to the broad Atlantic, and 
while land is not in view, the gilded East re- 
minds us that the day is approaching and the 
rising of the sun is at hand. To those who 
have never beheld the sight, it is a wonder 
how quickly the sun mounts from the waves 
after the diverging rays are first seen. The 
writer and his wife enjoyed the magnificent 
sight— arising at 4 A. M., as the gray light 
appeared upon the deck ten minutes later, 
when the gilded rays diverged beautifully 
from behind the tossing waves; at 4:20 the 
upper edge of the disc appeared in view, and 
in a few minutes more the "Orb of Day" was 
riding clear of the water, fresh and bright 
after a fashion not to be beheld among the 
hills, where the air is already hot and sultry 
before the sun is in view. 

Arrived at Old Point Comfort and Hy- 
giea Hotel at 8 A. M., in time for breakfast. 
The hotel accommodates 1000 guests, and ad- 
ditions are now being erected to make room 
for the constantly increasing number of visit- 
ors. It is located immediately on the water's 
edge, upon one of the most beautiful beaches 
on the Atlantic coast. Nothing could be 
more delightful, as Ave sat in our room upon 
the lower verandah with the ever-restless 
waves dashing within fifty feet of us, studded 
further out with the frolicking bathers, men, 
women and children; the timid near the shore, 
but some venturesome ones going out away 
beyond the designated lines of safety; the air 
fresh, cool and invigorating. Here all day 
long, and all night through, choosing to lie 
awake, one may ever listen to the "music of 
the sea," always so delightful. Further out 
and just in front of our window, is the cele- 
brated Eip Eaps, now dismantled as a fort, 
and merely a matter of curiosity, and away 
beyond the outlines of the land running back 
from Cape Henry, yonder, lies the U. S. 
frigate like a watch-dog before his master's 
door, quiet and almost immovable, while all 
through the great expanse of water are all 
sorts of crafts plying, lying, drifting, run- 
ning, — making the whole expanse almost like 
a busy thoroughfare. At the proper time, 
and almost with the precision of a railroad 
train, come dashing along the swift-running 
steamers of the Bay Line, or Washington 
Line, and it is wonderful what time tLey 
make. A day, a week, aye months, may be 
spent here, in the most delightful enjoyment, 

ever varied, ever new. This place is rapidly 
becoming prominent as a health resort for 
Winter and Summer, and it is deserving of 
its popularity. Midway between North and 
South, it is pleasant in Winter and delight- 
ful for Summer recreation. 

Just back of the hotel is Fortress Monroe, 
so close, that from some of the rooms you 
might readily toss an orange upon the ram- 
parts. A trip within the Fortress affords an 
almost endless variety of enjoyment and even 
wonder. Finishing theory at West Point, 
the graduates are sent here for a term of 
three years to put their knowledge in prac- 
tice, and work out their theories in actual op- 
erations. On one side, and outside the ram- 
parts, are acres covered even piled high, with 
the now useless shot gathered from northern 
forts just before the war by the traitor Floyd, 
that it might be captured by the confederacy. 
These shots are of hard white iron and not 
adapted to the velocity of firing with modern, 
guns. Since then the country has grown the 
growth of ages, and we look back with won- 
der over the few years that have elapsed 
since the firing upon Fort Sumter stirred 
and aroused the people of our country to ev- 
ery boundary. But even this fortress, sur- 
rounded by its great trenches filled with wa- 
ter, and foundations encrusted with oyster 
shells, its draw-bridges to prevent approach, 
reminds us of the ages when archery was the 
means of warfare, and castles with dykes and 
draw-bridges the defences. As useless as 
they seem to us now will these appear to the 
generations that follow us. But the science 
of warfare is learned within these vast em- 
bankments of granite and earth. The firing 
of guns is done by electricity, the speed of 
the balls calculated by the same agent, the 
force of the wind determined, everything 
worked out with an accuracy that approaches 
perfection. Within the fortress, being ex- 
hausted with the walk, and desiring a place 
to lie down and rest, the writer entered a 
building and was offered the hospitality of a 
"bunk," and to his astonishment found him- 
self in a printing offiice, where a paper is 
published, books printed and bound, the draw- 
ings and lithographing done in a very credit- 
able manner. Soldiers are printers, artists, 
scientists, mechanics, etc., and all we met 
here were gentlemen. It was my pleasure to 
call on Dr. Page, the post Surgeon, and enjoy 
his courtesy. 

A few miles back of the Fortress is the 
town of Hampton, once famous as an educa- 
tional town, but reduced to ashes during the 
war. There is now a Soldiers' Home and an 
Indian school here, but not an extensive town. 
The editors of Norfolk having offered the 
hospitality of the city, Wednesday afternoon 
was set apart for its enjoyment; but a sudden 
and terrific storm coming on immediately on 
the arrival of the boat at Nor'o'l-, drove the 
excursionists into the shelter of the adjoining 
pier, where they were detained until the ar- 
rival of the returning boat. A few, who were 
able to walk and brave the storm, went out 
in search of matters of interest, and found 
the old church, with its marks of the "conflict," 
returning with sprigs of ivy and magnolia 

blossoms. The magnolia blossoms would be 
a glory to a country, even if it Avere good for 
nothing else; but the immense warehouses, 
and Avharves piled high with the thousands 
of bales of compressed cotton show that 
either the country around must be fertile in 
cotton, or else this is the principal mart for 
its shipment. A great improvement in the 
shipment of cotton has been made of late 
years. It is now so compressed for shipment 
and bound so solid Avith iron bands, that a 
vessel laden with these bales might take fire, 
and being days from port, reach its destina- 
tion in safety, by carefully closing off the 
drafts, so slow is the headway made by fire 
among the bales. A vessel has been known 
to be eight days in reaching port after being 
on fire, and sustaining little damage to the 
cotton bales. They are compressed so solid 
that Avater does not penetrate them. 

A. B. Brumbaugh, M. D. 
To be continued. 

From Lebanon Church, Ohio.— July 15. 

Dear Brethren: — 

Yesterday I received the first number 
of the paper entitled The Gospel Messen- 
ger. I can say that I am Avell pleased with 
the name. First, it is a "high" name, But' 
as the Psalmist David said o. the know! d^e 
of God, "I cannot attain unto it," so I ask of 
our editors, can you "attain unto it," such a 
high name as Gospel Messenger? Second, 
I believe it will do much in uniting our be- 
loved fraternity upon the one mind and one 
judgment; because the editors have agreed 
to drop the two names that were so dear to 
them, and consolidate into one periodical, 
that all might be benefitted. 

A. H. Baltimore. 

From B. F. Moomaw.- July 20. 

Dear Brethren: — 

I have just returned from Floyd county, 
engaged in church work for a week, two com- 
mittee meetings and a number of meetings 
for preaching. We found some things in a 
condition quite unfavorable to the develop- 
ment of the Christian .character of the church, 
or the advancement of the Master's Kingdom. 
But Ave think through an overruling prov- 
idence our labors will work out good results. 
The members appeared to be well pleased 
and heartily accepted our decisions, so that 
we have reason to belieA^e that our labors will 
be a blessing to the church. But our work 
in our district promises to be arduous and 
unpleasant for a Avhile, as the missionaries 
of the faction that has left the church, with 
expelled elders, etc., are very zealous and 
active in visiting individuals and churches, 
and by misrepresentation, abusing the minds 
of the uninformed members, create dissatis- 
faction; of course make some proselytes. If 
only they Avould cease their sneaking around, 
and meet the representatives of the church 
in open day, their influence would not amount 
to much. They are unscrupulous in pander- 
ing to the passions of the members, telling 
them that their A. M. has taken off the re- 



straints of members making intoxicating liq- 
uors, that their fruit, etc., is their own, and 
they may make such use of it as they may 
choose. "We are calling the churches togeth- 
er as much as we can, and trying to put them 
on their guard, by showing them the real po- 
sition occupied by both sides respectively. — 
It is exceedingly unfortunate that so many 
of our members are so poorly informed upon 
the questions that are agitating the church 
and hence so easily imposed upon by design- 
ing men. If we could only induce the mem- 
bers'not to act precipitately, but wait calmly 
until they could hear both sides, wo would 
have nothing to fear. Dear brethren and 
sisters, be slow to make haste in matters of 
so much importance. B. F. Moomaw. 

Bonsacks, Va. 

From Hygiene, Colo. 

Dear Brethren : — 

Having just returned from a trip to 
Salt Lake City, I will give a few notes con- 
cerning our journey to that much-talked-of 
city and people — the Mormons. In company 
with my daughter Lizzie, we went via Denver 
and the Eio Grande R. E. Crossed the 
snowy range at Marshall Pass, — plenty of 
snow near the road. On the western slope of 
the Rocky Mountains Ave passed through 
some fine country, especially in the Garrison 
and Grand River valleys, in Colorado, a 
section of country recently vacated by the 
Indians and now rapidly settling up by an 
industrious class of people who will soon 
make a great country out of it. After get- 
ting into Utah Territory we traveled through 
some uninviting desert country until we 
struck the Wahsatch Valley, when we emerg- 
ed into a fine section of country, mostly set- 
tled by Mormons; thence along the Jordan 
River Valley into the Salt Lake Valley. — 
"While at Salt Lake, we took a run by rail to 
the Great Salt Lake, a body of salt water 
ninety miles long, and forty wide; it is called 
the Dead Sea of America, as it is almost des- 
titute of any living thing in it. The only 
live thing found in it is a species of shrimp, 
similar to a wiggletail and only about half an 
inch in length. The most of our party, some 
sixty in number, men and women, took a bath 
in the lake, and it was the most delightful 
bath I ever took; it was very invigorating, 
the water was as transparent as glass, and 
the bottom of fine white sand. One cannot 
sink in the water but will float almost like a 

"We visited all the points of interest in the 
city; the temple tabernacle, Brigham Young's 
former private offices, residences, tithing 
house, palaces where some of Young's wid- 
owed wives live, his grave and the co-opera- 
tive store of the Mormons, where they sell 
$5,000,000 worth of goods yearly. "We were 
shown the canyon through which the Mor- 
mons emerged in their pilgrimage to the val- 
ley, also the hill on which Brigham Young 
said he saw Gabriel standing blowing the 
trumpet to attract his attention, and then 
pointed to the valley and toll him to camp 
there apd build the Kingdom of God on 

earth. "We attended the services in the Tab- 
ernacle on Sunday; about eight thousand per- 
sons were present. We had quite an inter- 
view with one of the Mormon preachers, in 
which we learned much concerning their doc- 
trine and peculiar customs, of which we will 
speak more at length more likely in a future 
communication. Having seen with my own 
eyes, and heard with my own ears, I can write 
more intelligently. I must say I was not as 
favorably impressed with the surroundings 
as I expected I would be. The fruits of the 
abominations of polygamy were manifest in 
many ways. 

On our return we came by the way of Og- 
den and Cheyenne, having travelled about 
1,500 miles. J. S. Flory. 

Beware of Swindlers. 

As brethren and others have occasionally 
been dealt with dishonestly by "sharpers," it 
may not be out of place to call attention to a 
comparatively new scheme of swindling that 
has several times attracted my attention. I 
have reference to those medical humbugs in 
New York City, that pretend to send reme- 
dies free of cost to anyone who answers their 
advertisements. It is done in this way: 
When you answer their advertisement they 
will send you "free of cost," a receipt for mak- 
ing the remedy you wish to have, but the 
names of the ingredients in the receipt are 
not known to the druggists where you may 
live, and if you want the remedy you are com- 
pelled to send to the proprietors of the re- 
ceipt and pay a good price to get it filled. — 
Remember that anything that is worth hav- 
ing, is worth paying for. And whenever you 
see "free" medical advertisements, it is best 
to leave them alone, for they are humbugs. 
All they want is your money, and it is a mat- 
ter of little consequence to them whether 
their medicine kills or cures you. 

L. T. Shellababgeb. 

Covington, Ohio. 

From Enoch Eby. 

In referring to my long silence, in your pa- 
per, I was made to wonder why so many of 
our dear brethren who possess superior tal- 
ents in writing for the press, are so silent, es- 
pecially Bro. R. H. Miller, who in former 
days was a regular correspondent,, but for a 
long time has been silent. We would be glad 
to hear from him and many others through 
the GosrEL Messengeb ; for we have reason 
to expect a paper under its present able corps 
of editors and managers, to excel anything 
the church ever had; and we hope our able 
and experienced correspondents will take an 
interest in making it all it is desired, by con- 
tributing to its columns, as well as increas- 
ing its circulation. 

I have been in the harvest-field considera- 
bly of late, as it is rather a busy timejx) hold 
meeting. Hence I had no interesting church 
news to send, and to say much about the 
things of this world is not edifying. 

The people of Kansas (the north part, at 
least) have little to complain of, but much to 

feel thankful for. God has blessed the la- 
bors of the husbandmen, so that plenty 
crowns their fields; and if all would heed the 
directions of the Savior, "First seek the 
kingdom of God and its righteousness," there 
would be a rich harvest for the Lord in many 
places where sin and iniquity reign and the 
deceitfulness of riches choke the AVord. 

May "Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done 
in earth as it is in heaven," be the daily pray- 
er of all God's dear children. 

From Cerro Gordo, Ill—July 2."5. 

Dear Brethren: — 

We had a season of rejoicing at our 
meeting. Last Sunday evening in Cerro 
Gordo, one of our number that had left us 
and went with the Miami Brethren, came 
and said he was not satisfied, he would like 
to be received into the church again. He con- 
fessed he did wrong in leaving the church, 
and asked the church to forgive him. All 
willing to forgive him, he was received in 
fellowship. John Metzger. 

From Lower Twin Church, Preble Co., O. 

Dear Brethren: — 

We have now a very pleasant Sunday- 
school in running order, with some seventy 
scholars and seven teachers. Bro. Lnndon 
West is our Superintendent. The outlook of 
our school is encouraging. The Progressives 
are surprised to learn that we have such a 
promising school. Health and crops good. 
H. C. Buttebbaugh. 

The best society and conversation is that 
in which the heart has a greater share than 
the head. 

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And maintains that the sovereign, unmerited, unso- 
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That the vicarious sufferings and meritorious works of 
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That Faith, Repentance and Baptism are conditions of 
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That Trine Immersion or dipping the candidate three 
times, face-forward, is Christian Baptism: 

That Feet- Washing, a* taught in John 13, is a divine 
command to be observed in the church: 

That the Lord's Supper is a full meal, and in eonn<-c- 
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That the Salutation of the llolv Kirs, or Kiss of Chari- 
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That War and Retaliation are contrary to the spirit 
and self denying principles of the religion of .lesns Christ: 

That a Non-Conformitv to the world in dress, cus 
daily walk and conversation is essential to true holiness 
and Christian piety. 

It maintains that in public worship, or religious exer- 
cises, Christians should appear as directed in 1 Cor. 

It also advocates the scriptural duty of anointing the 
sick with oil in the name of the Lord. 

In short, it is a vindicator of all that Ch'ist and the 
Apos'les have enjoined upon U", and aims, amid the con- 
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The papers will soon be full of recipes to 
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The following schedule went into effect on 
the Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne and Chicago Rail- 
way on May 27, 1883. Trains leave Pittsburgh 
(city time) for Chicago as follows: 

Leave Pittsburgh. Arr. Chicago. 

Day Express.... f 7 57 A. M 

Mail Express... *1 12 A, M 6 40 A.M. 

Limited Exp'ss,*8 57 P. M 10 40 A. M. 

Fast Line §11 42 P. M 6 55 P. M. 

Trains leave Chicago, (city time) for Pitts- 
burg as follows: 
Leave Chicago. Arr. Pittsb'gh, 

Day Express . . . . t8 40 A. M 6 12 A. M. 

Limited Exp'ss,*5 00 P. M 6 57 A. M. 

Mail Express. . .*5 40 P. M 12 22 P. M. 

Fast Line *11 30 P. M 7 57 P.M. 

*Daily. tDaily, except Sunday. gDaily, 
except Saturday . 


The following schedule went into effect on 
the Huntingdon and Broad Top Mountain R. 
R. on Monday, May 14th, 1883. 






Exp'ss Mail 

P. M. 

A. M. 

P. M. 

P. 31. 

13 05 

8 35 

.. .Huntingdon.. . 

5 55 

12 40 

6 15 

8 48 


5 40 

12 35 

6 22 

8 55 


5 35 

12 23 

6 35 

9 05 

.. .Marklesburg .. 

5 25 

12 10 

8 43 

9 13 

. . . Coffee Run . . . 

5 15 

12 00 

6 50 

9 20 

Rough and Ready 

5 09 

11 55 

6 57 

9 25 

5 01 

11 48 

7 00 

9 38 

Fisher's Summit 

4 58 

11 45 

7 10 

9 41 


4 48 

11 35 

7 25 

9 52 

. . .Riddlosburg.. . 

4 35 

11 20 

7 30 

9 57 

Hopewell. ■ . 

4 29 

11 13 

7 40 

10 07 

.. .Piper's Run. .. 

4 17 

11 03 

7 51 

10 15 


i 07 

10 52 

3 02 

10 27 

3 58 

10 43 

8 05 

10 30 

....Mt. Dallas.... 

3 55 

10 40 

8 15 

11 00 


3 30 

10 20 

9 55 

12 35 


1 55 

8 45 

P. M, 

P. M. 

P. M. 

A. M. 

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On Monday, June 5th, 1882, the following 
schedule went into effect on the Pennsylvania 
Railroad : 

Leave Huntingdon. Arrive Pittsbgh. 

Pacific Express, 6 45 P. M 1 35 P. M. 

Mail 2 13 P. M 8 50 A. M. 

Fast Line 6 00 P. M 11 30 A. M. 

Leave Huntingdon. Arrive Phil'da. 

Johnst'n Exp'ss, 9 00 A. M 5 05 P. M. 

Day Express.... 1 25 P. M 7 35 P. M. 

Mail 3 50 P.M. H'bg., 7 30 P.M. 

Mail Express ....8 05 P. M 2 55 A. M. 



Is the Oldest, Best Constructed, Best Equip- 
ped and hence the Leading Railway to 
the West and North-West. 

It is the shortest and best route between 
Chicgo and all points in Northern Illinois, 
Iowa, Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Califor- 
nia, Oregon, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Idaho, 
Montana, Nevada, and for Council Bluffs, 
Omaha, Denver, Leadville, Salt Lake, San 
Francisco, Deadwood, Sioux City, Cedar Rap- 
ids, Des Moines, Columbus and all points in 
the Territories and the West. Also for Mil- 
waukee. Green Bay, Oshkosh, Sheboygan, 
Marquette, Fond du Lac, Watertown, Hough- 
ton, Neenah, Menasha, St. Paul, Minneapolis, 
Huron, Volga, Fargo, Bismark, Winona, La 
Crosse, Owatonna, and all points in Minnes- 
ota, Dakota, Wisconsin and the Northwest. 

At Council the Bluffs Trains of the Chicago 
and North-western and the U. P. R'ys depart 
from and arrive at the same Union Depot. 

At Chicago, close connections are made 
with the Lake Shore, Michigan Central, Bal- 
timore & Ohio, Ft. Wayne and Pennsylvania, 
and Chicago & Grand Trunk R'ys, and the 
Kankakee and Pan Handle Routes. Close 
connection made at .function Points. It is 
the only line running North- Western Dining- 
Cars, West or North-west of Chicago. Pull- 
man Sleepers on all Night Trains. 

Insist upon Ticket Agents selling you tick- 
ets via this road . Examine them and refuse 
to buy if they do pot read over the Chicago 
and North-western Railway. 

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route, and will take none other. 

All Ticket Agents sell Tickets by this line. 
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Gen. 8tlP't( Chicago. Chicago 

Gospel Messengee. 

"Set for the Defense of the Gospel." 

Entered at the Post-Office at Mt. Morris, 111. 
as Second ('lass Matter. 

Vol. 21, Old Series. 


Morris, 111., and Huntingdon, Pa., Aug. 7, 1883. 

No. 31 

, _ . 

H. B. BRUMBAUGH, Editor, 

And Business Manager of the Eastern Houte, Box 50, 

Huntingdon, Pa. 

0^~AU monies due Quinter & Brumbaugh Bros^,, for "Prim- 
itive Christian" and "Young Disciple," *(ooks. Hymn-books, 
Hymnals, etc., ordered before July 1st, must be paid to them, 
and should be so dir'e&feS . When money for trfe old and the 
new firm is sent together, the amount for enoh lirm should be 
named. As we are especially anxious to Iuifo 'all business con- 
nected with the old firm settled, we kindly ask that all indebt- 
tadness to. us made prior to July 1st, be sent us as soon as poe- 
B.ble, Please attend to this and much oblige. 


Box 50, Huntingdon, Pa. 

Every minister. is requested to see if his 
name is correctly placed in the Ministerial 
List of the "Brethren's Almanac." Please 
report to us at once. 

Bro. G. D. Haughtelin, of Panora, Iowa, 
is pleased with consolidation and hopes that 
all may be benefitted by the change. We 
hope so too. He reportb Bro. Z. H. Genn- 
ings as still improving. 

No doubt many of our Brethren will be 
pained to learn of the death of Eld. Jacob 
Rider, of the Chigues church, Pa. He pass- 
ed away on the 11th of July, aged seventy- 
nine years, four months, aod twenty-sis days. 

Sister W. G. Shrock, of Brothers' Valley, 
Somerset Co., Pa., had the misfortune of a 
fall while hunting eggs, and a sprained an- 
kle is the result. We hope the hurt may not 
be serious, and that she may soon be well 

The "Revised Minutes" are now ready for 
distribution. They are nicely printed, with 
marginal notes, and indexed, and will be sent 
to all who may order them at 20 cents per 
copy or $2.00 per dozen. Reports of last A. 
M., 25cts each, or five for $1.00. 

Bro. D. L. Miller, a member of the West- 
ern house of our firm, gave us a short call, 
the other day. He with his wife, sister Mil- 
ler, are visiting among their friends east, 
prior to sailing for Germany. We much en- 
joyed their visit and our best wishes attend 

The "Limited Express Train " on the Pa. 
Central R. R., is one of the late wonders in 
the line of fast travel. There is now, a daily 
train running each way, between Chicago 
and New York. The entire distance is 913 
miles, and is made in twenty- five hours and 
twenty-five minutes, being twelve hours less 
time than the fastest of the regular express 
trains cover the same ground. The train is 
made up of Pullman cars, dining cars being 
attached at meal times. Stops are made at 
Harrisburg, Altoona, Pittsburg and Fort 

Those who were students at the "Normal" 
during the sessions that Bro. Thomas Benton 
Rice, of Hagerstown, Md., attended, will be 
pained to learn of his sudden death, which 
occurred July 27th. He joined the church 
while with us, and was known to all as a 
faithful student and zealous worker in the 

If any of you who have children to send 
away from home to be educated, where they 
can be surrounded by good, Christian influ- 
ence and enjoy a church-home, you cannot do 
better than send them to Huntingdon. The 
past workings of this school have been greatly 
blessed and we hope that its future may be 
no less successful. The teaching force for 
the coming school year will be increased by 
a linguist, who will take care of the classical 
department, thus enabling students to enter 
and complete the higher courses, if they wish 
to do so. The College is now preparing a 
publication, relative to its work, that will be 
of special interest to all who think of going 
to school. It will be sent free to all. Send 
for it. 

Bro. Heyser, a "Normal" student, is spend- 
ing the greater part of his vacation in the 
building. He is is having his room papered 
and fixed up as snugly as a parlor, with the 
intention of making himself feel at home, 
while completing the course. The ladies' 
dormitories and other rooms are also being- 
papered, and other substantial improvements 
are being made that will tend to the comfort 
of those who will attend the 'Normal.' Bro. 
Keeny, our efficient steward, is doing much 
both inside and outside of the building, to 
make things attractive and pleasant. We 
hope that our brethren and sisters will ap- 
preciate the labor and expense we are going 
to, that our young people may have places to 
go to, where they can obtain a good, Chris- 
tian education, and at the same time, be sur- 
rounded by the most happy, safe, and bene- 
ficial influences. Catalogues sent free, on 
application. The Fall term begins Sept. 3rd, 
and continues sixteen weeks. 

hopes and saddening reflections, that strength 
and vigor should fail, that life and beauty 
should fade before the fullest development 
is attained. 

Seldom does there settle over a community 
a deeper shadow of sorrow and regret than 
that which followed the announcement to the 
people among whom he lived and labored, 
that Thomas Benton Rice was dead. A 
young man, not yet twenty- seven years of age, 
quiet, and industrious. A man of high mor- 
al principle, a devoted Christian, and diligent 
student. He gave high promise of distin- 
guished usefulness, both in the church and 
in the world. The large concourse of people 
that came together on the occasion of his 
funeral, to the stranger gave a basis for an 
estimate of the esteem in which he was held. 

Bro. Rice attended school at Huntingdon 
several terms, where he was known as a most 
conscientious student. It was while there 
that he united with the church, and from the 
first manifested such earnestness and Chris- 
tian zeal as to give all, high hopes of his fut- 
ure usefulness. The same hopes were enter- 
ed into by many of the members of the con- 
gregation In which he since lived. He took 
rank among the first teachers of his county, 
and it was said of him that he had no need 
to seek schools; the schools sought him. 

He was married but a little over a year, 
and recently rejoiced to see his wife join him 
in a Christian life. Having died on the 27th 
cf July, he was buried on the 29th, at the 
Broad Fording meeting-house. Brethren 
Nicholas Martin and Samuel Foltz officiat- 
ed. He died of Bright's disease. 

D. Emmebt. 

Hat/crstoicn, Md. 


"We all do fade as a leaf." 
When the old and full-of-days go down to 
the grave, there is a calm resignation to the 
decree that has set a bound to human exist- 
ence. We review thei** lives and are satis- 
fied with their accomplishments and the op- 
portunities they had to serve the world as 
citizens and to prepare for death. When the 
young fall, even though there may be the 
same resignation, there are disappointed 

Bro. J. G. Winey, of Campbell, Mich., says 
that it was so wet there during harvest that 
the reapers and self-binders mired in the 
field?. AVheat, about a two-third crop, oats 
very good, hay abundant, apples not plenty, 
but an ample crop of all kinds of berries and 

Was Simon ol' Samaria truly converted or not ? 

The Scriptures say that he "believed and 
was baptized." Christ says, "He that believ- 
eth and is baptize 1 shall be saved," or have 
his sins forgiven. It is therefore evident 
that Simon was a pardoned man. He after- 
wards fell into grievous sin. Peter com- 
mands to repent not of his past life, but "of 
fhis, tby wickedness and pray God, if per- 
haps the thought of thine heart may be for- 
given thee." This is all clear. He need j I 
forgiveness of "this wickedness" and of ' 
thought of his heart." 

Christian Standard. 




Btudy to show thyself approve;! ivnto God. a workman that 

needeLh not be ashamed, ri'jfhtly dividing the 

Word of Truth. 



0, why should the spirit of mortal be proud? 
Like a swift-fleeting meteor, a fast-flying cloud, 
A flash of the lightning, a break of the wave, 
Man passes from life to his rest in the grave. 

The leaves of the oak and the willow shall fade, 
Be scattered around and together be laid; 
And the young and the old, and the low and the high, 
Shall moulder to dust and together shall lie. 

The infant a mother attended and loved, 
The mother that infant's affection who proved; 
The husband that mother and infant who blessed, 
Each, all, are away to their dwellings of rest. 

The maid on whose cheek, on whose Lrow, in whose 

Shone beauty and pleasure — her triumphs are by: 
And the memory of those who loved her and praised, 
Are alike from the minds of the living erased. 

The hand of the king that the scepter had borne; 
The brow of the priest that the mitre had worn; 
The eye of the sage and the heart of the brave 
Are hidden and lost in the depths of the grave. 

The peasant, whose lot was to sow and to reap, 

The herdsman, who climbed with his goats up the 

The beggar, who wandered in search of his bread, 
Have faded away like the grass that we tread. 

The saints who enjoyed the communion of Heaven, 
The sinner who dared to remain unfbrgiven, 
The wise and the foolish, the guilty and just, 
Have quietly mingled their bones in the dust. 

So the multitude goes, like the flower or the weed, 
That withers away to let others succeed; 
So the multitude comes, even these we heboid, 
To repeat every tale that has often been told. 

For we are the same our fathers have been; 
"We see the same sights our fathers have seen; 
We drink the same stream, we view the same sun, 
And run the same course our fathers have run. 

The thoughts we are thinking, our fathers would 

think : 
From the death we are shrinking, our fathers would 

shrink ; 
To the life we are clinging, they also would cling; 
But it speeds for us all, like a bird on the wing. 

They loved, but the story we cannot unfold; 

They scorned, but the heart of the haughty is cold; 

They grieved, but no wail from their slumbers would 

come ; 
They joyed, but the tongue of their gladness is dumb. 

They died, aye! they died; and we that are now, 
Who walk on the turf lies over their brow, 
"Who make in their dwelling a transient abode, 
Meet the things that they met on their pilgrimage 

Yea! hope and despondency, pleasure and pain, 
"We mingle together in sunshine and rain; 
And the smiles and the tears, the song and the dirge, 
Still follow each other like surge upon surge. 

'T is the wink of an eye, 't fi the draught of a breath; 
From the blossom of health to the paleness of death; 
From the gilded saloon to the bier and the shroud; 
0, why should the spirit of mortal be proud ? 



All pedo-baptists believe it to be criminal 
to, as they say, rebapfee a person, Clatke 

says: "In my view, it is an awful thing to it- 
erate baptism, when it had bfcen ' b, ejfpre rs- 
sentially performed ; by essentially perform -i_ : 
ed, I mean administered by sprinklings ivash^ 
ing, or plunging, by or in water; the name 
of the Father, Son, and Spirit, being invok- 
ed at the time. Whoever has had this, lias 
the essence of baptism, as far as that can be 
conferred by man : and it matters not at ivhat 
period of his life he has had it, it is a sub- 
stantial baptism." All unbiased Scripture 
readers know that this view is erroneous and 
deceptive; there is not one word in the Scrip- 
tures to sustain the idea that baptism is 
Scriptural when received in an unbelieving, 
or unconscious age, and hence, all who are so 
baptized are not baptized at all. And the 
Brethren, with all Baptists, have ever so re- 
garded, and so treated it. Neither are there 
two opinions among the Brethren in regard 
to persons baptized by sprinkling, pouring, 
or single immersion; neither of these modes 
are recognized by them as constituting Scrip- 
tural baptism. But to rebaptize believers 
who have been baptized for the remission of 
sins according to the order and mode the 
Brethren recognize as the only proper order, 
there is a difference of opinion among the 
Brethren. And as this subject has given me 
much and serious thought, I have impartial- 
ly investigated it; and" on rebaptizing I find 
that, excepting what is said in Acts 19: 1-7, 
the Scriptures are silent. But in the Scrip- 
ture referred to, there is evidently a case of 
rebaptism, and is the only key to unlock this 
question. i 

So when Paul came to Ephesus, he found 
certain disciples; when he came to Tyre, he 
found disciples; and when he came to Put6o- 
li, he found brethren. -'- And brethren were 
found scattered all Over that country; but in 
no instance were they addressed as Paul ad- 
dressed those at Ephesus. Have ye received 
the Holy Ghost since ye believed? There 1 
must have been a reason for this interrogato- 
ry; and this reason lean oiily surmise. The 
Scriptures record the fact' that in that age of 
the church there were visible manifestations 
of the Holy Ghost with those that believed; 
and to me it seems that with these disciples, 
this manifestation was absent, and Paul ob- 
serving this, asks them, "Have ye received 
the Holy Ghost since ye believed?" They 
answer, "We have not so much" as^ heard 
whether there be any Holy Ghost." The an- 
swer suggests the question, "Unto what then 
were ye baptized?" They said, "Unto John's 
baptism." Then said Paul, "John verily bap- 
tized with the baptism of repentance, saying 
unto the people, that they should believe on 
him which should come after him, which is, 
on Jesus Christ." 

This gives us substantially the formula by 
which John baptized; and according to the 
Scriptures, many were baptized by him; and 
there is no evidence that the disciples had 
any other baptism, and some even think that 
some of the three thousand added to the 
church at Pentecost, had been baptized by 
J ohn or his disciples, and under that baptism 
were added to the church. I cannot recon- 
cile this idea, with Peter's answer to the en* 

quirers, Whcd shall we do? Repent, ajid &£'; 
baptized, &very onet of you. 

Be this &S it maj/, it is certain thai many! 
were baptized 'by John's baptism, but "this is' 1 
the only recorded instance of any being re- 
baptized; there surely must something have 
been wrong with this baptism. I don't be- 
lieve that that wrong was in their faith, in 
the mode of their baptism, or in the person 
who baptized them, but in the formula alone.. 
We have seen that the formula under which 
John baptized was, ' Believe on him which is 
to borne. This was valid until he who was to 
coipe, had come, and annulled it by the sub- 
stitution of the formula he would give. 

Now, to my mind, it is clear that these 
twelve disciples were baptized, by , some one 
unjier the formula John baptized after Christ 
had given the charge to baptize in the n^me 
of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Ho- 
ly Ghost. These twelve surely were not bap- 
tized under this formula, for if they had, they 
ceijtainly would have heard that there was a 
Holy Ghost, for then . they would have been 
baptized in the name of the Holy Ghost! — 
Asi there is no evidence that Paul corrected 
any other error in this case but the formula, 
I .conclude there was no other. They being . . 
baptized in the name of him who was to ; come 
after he had come and commanded to baptize . 
in the name of the Father, and of the Son, 
and of the Holy Ghost, their baptism was 
wrong. "When they heard this, they were 
baptized in the name of the Lord- Jesus"; 
that is, under his. authority and direction. 

Now, as the only error in this case was in ' 
the formula, does it giveusa precedent to re- 
baptize believers who have been properly bap- 
tized by an accredited minister of another 
church? I think it does not. And in this 
view I am sustained by the action of our fa- 
thers up to forty years ago. I am fully per- ; 
'suaded that baptism receives ! no virtue from 
the administrator. 

. Although I do notJhink JLcriminal to re- 1 
baptize a believer who was baptized in the • 
proper order of the Gospel by another body 
of believers; yet I think the Brethren would • 
be perfectly safe to do as our fathers did, re- 
ceive' into church fellowship believers who 
were baptized by trine immersion by another 
church organization. I am well acquainted 
with a faithful bishop in the church who was 
so received into the church forty-five years 

,, In my younger years, I, with more zeal 
than knowledge, strangely advocated the the- 
ory that all members of the church must ba 
baptized by the Brethren ministers; bat un- 
der mature thought and reflection, I have 
come to the above conclusion; and believing 
now that our fathers were nearer right on the 
subject than we are, and wishing to put my- 
self upon this record, I ask a place for this ; 
in the Gospel Messenger, in " 




pride reigneth, true religion 



—"Belief is action in thought, life is belief 
in action." 

— As the needle which has been touched 
by load-stone, ( turns to a given point, so it is 
with the heart that has been touched by the 
love of God ; it turns to God again. 

— I approach a man and ask, Please, what 
is your name? Mr. Jones, sir. Are you a 
native American ? Yes, sir. Have you a fam- 
ily? Yes, sir. Are you in business? Yes, 
sir. And what are your politics? I am a 
Simon pure — — , sir. Do you drink liquor? 
No, sir. Are you religious? Yes, sir,— most 
emphatically. Do you believe there is a heav- 
en? Yes, sir, — more emphatically. Do you 
believe there is a hell ? "Well, I am not so 
sure about that, a great many people don't be- 
lieve there is a literal hell, and — . Do you 
believe the Scriptures? Yes, sir. Well, the 
I Scripture teaches us there is a lake of fire— 
what do you think of that? Well, I was just 
going to say it was a figurative expression. — 
Well, then, Heaven is also a figurative ex- 
pression — but do you love God? Hesitates, 
I think I do. 

This man knows his name, his nationality, 
his politics, his religion, and knows there is 
a heaven, because he wishes that were the on- 
ly place he had a chance to go to, he hardly 
thinks there is a hell, because he wishes there 
were n't, he rather thinks he loves God, but 
is not right sure, — once in a great while he 
thinks of God,— and he hopes He will accept 
that as love. 

Does this shoe fit anybody ? 

— Strange that the publishers of some pa- 
pers are so slow to learn that "vinegar never 
catches flies." 

Peace. — -Nothing can be more desirable 
than peace. Christ gave His peace to his 
followers, and not as the world- gives peace, 
but he gave an ever-abiding peace — and His 
peace still remains with His children. The 
absence of peace in the church is the best ex- 
isting evidence that Christ is not in the 
church. Christ's Kingdom is a Kingdom of 
Peace, and when peace is gone, Christ is also 
gone. Hence, we should follow after peace; 
"the things that make for peace" — Gospel 
peace — peace with each other — peace with 
God — peace in this world— and a blessed 
peace in heaven — amen and amen. 

— "Come ye, hearken unto me, I will teach 
you the fear of the Lord." — David. Herald 
this message to the four winds — that some 
misguided professor may catch the idea, and 
learn the ways of Jesus before it is everlast- 
ingly too late. 



"Faith is the substance of things hoped 
for, the evidence of things not seen." Or 
fully realized, it is an unswerving, implicit 
trust and confidence in the "Word of God as 
the Holy Truth. Christian faith embraces 
the whole Gospel, and allows no doubts. It 
does not swerve from a single point of duty. 
It moves steadily forward, regarding all the 
duties enjoined in the Scriptures. 

But how weak and swerving is the faith of 
many. They declare they cannot do this or 
that, or submit to some thing i the Word of 
God requires. In this distrust and unbelief, 
is where thousands fail, and come short of the 
glory of God. 

We must overcome self, sin and Satan by 
obedience. Satan will, if possible, produce a 
practical unbelief, and thus keep. us from liv- 
ing a Christian life. And too frequently his 
effprts prove successful. • We know our weal - 
ness, and this sometimes enables Satan to ob- 
tain an easy victory over us. This is because 
we trust too. much in self and not enough in 

With a single act of duty, we cannot, ac- 
complish the righteousness of God, by rely- 
ing on self. Relying on self is self-righteous- 
ness. We should leave self out of the ques- 
tiojn in any Gospel duty. Our faith should 
lesid lis to. God,. to trust in his grace. If we 
are determined to become practically loyal to 
the Gospel, we will receive grace to help in 
time of need. '.. '. 

There are many, seemingly well establish- 
ed! in the Gospel, yet they are . weak on some, 
points, concerning which they have doubts 
about them being essential to obedience. — 
This is weakness in faith. They fail to clis-. 
cern what is right, and also . fail to exercise 
faith in these particular parts of God's Word 
and purposes. They do not. realize that these 
parts are also positive, and', that all of God's 
requirements are pure and from heaven. 

There is no variableness with God. He 
has set the line of Christian, duty, and de- 
mands that we walk therein. He is not cruel, 
but is a friend, full of tender love and heav- 
enly grace, and is ever willing to help those 
who need him, and will- call on him in true 
faith. "Without faith it is impossible to 
please God." He is merciful to saye to the 
uttermost all that call on him, but let them 
call in faith; ask for grace to help them in ev- 
ery point of Christian duty. 

Let us call upon him, be saved from wick- 
edness and made strong in the Lord, so we 
can go forth to accomplish the things which 
he has appointed. in the Gospel, as the Apos- 
tle Paul did, declaring that he could do all 
things through Christ who strengthened him. 
Paul was led by faith, saying, we run not the 
race of faith by sight. The blessings of God 
are not visible to the literal eye, but by faith 
we enter into the services of the Gospel, and 
by this faith the blessings are brought nigh. 
The blessings are not seen, but felt. They 
are not understood by natural comprehension, 
but by faith. W T e cannot hope for things 
that are visible and already experienced; it 
is then a matter of fact, and faith has no more 
to do with it.' 

Many overlook faith, and seek for matters 
of fact to the understanding, that they may 
comprehend what God has designed in the 
different commands or instructions in the line 
of Christian duty. Such cannot exercise 
faith proper, until they are made able to for- 
sake this course, and implicitly trust God's 
Word, and exercise hope in the promises bas- 
ed upon the conditions of the Gospel. We 
must do all in faith to God through Christ, 

to his honor Mid glory. Faith must lead us 
to all Christian duties, and must be directed 
by the Gospel. We need just such faith as 
does not go beyond or -fall short of the Cos- 

It is no difficult matter for us to get people' 
to exercise- faith in the things that seem 
great and important. They are ever expect- 
ing great things. Sin exalts; and in our ex- 
alted state we allow our expectations and vain" 
imaginations to run too high, to permit us to 
condescend to some of the humble duties Of'' 
the Gospel. Exalted expectations, based on- 
ly upon vain imaginations, shut out active, liv- 
ing faith in the teachings of the Gospel, and 
not unfrequently, the most essential princi- 
ples, too, are lost sight of. 

Those things that frail humanity deems lit- 
tle, are'not really little; they are parts in tlie 
make-up of a Christian faith, and often be- 
come the most essential. They are the most 
trying points with us; the most difficult for 
us to get faith to take hold of. If we can get 
our exalted selves low enough to' allow tho 
mind, through faith, to consent to the right- 
eousness of all the little things, that we im- 
agine to be little, in the Gospel, we may be 
made strong in faith to .stand steadfastly on 
the whole council of God. 

JYes, dear ones, it is imagining little things 
of the Gospel, that tries and tests our faith, 
of j what sort it is; whether it is trusting in 
the councils and teachings of our Savior. — 
There are many who allow other docti I 
and teachings, not of the Lord, to swerve 
their minds, and beget distrust in some of the 
teachings of 'Jesus. 

The apostles have furnished several exam- 
ples of faith that existed under the old cove- 
nant. Let us, for a moment, look at the ex- 
ample of Noah, when preparing the ark. — ■ 
God gave him all the information as to the 
necessity of preparing tho ark, and just how 
to prepare it, and of what material. Noah, 
moved with fear, prepared it as the Lord had 
directed. It was to be made of gopher-wood. 
Noah might have reasoned, as we are prone 
to do, and concluded that he could get other 
timber a little handier, and that it made no 
difference, so that he did his work right. For 
convenience, he would work in a little walnut 
or pine. 

This reasoning would appear about as 
plausible as modern reasoning against some 
of the plain teachings of the Gospel. "If the 
heart is right, all is right," no matter what 
follows, is an argument that we frequently 
hear. So if the joints were made to fit, it 
would keep the water out, no matter what 
material Noah worked in. But Noah was 
moved with /car, and worked by faith, confid- 
ing in tbe counsels of the Lord, as wc have 
to do, it' we are ever saved. The Lord must 
give the instructions, ami it is enough fo 
fco heed them. We must consider that we 
know nothing as to our salvation, except i s 
we are guided by the counsel of the Lord, ex- 
ercising faith in all the Gospel. 

• To refect well among old things, is ah 
equal to inventing new ones. — TrubM. 




BY 0. K. DODDEBElt. 

"But some man will say, How are I lie dead raised 
up? and with what body do they comeV" 1 Cor 15: 35. 

The question, or query, raised in the above 
Scripture, very naturally rinds a response in 
the mind of every enquiring Christian. But 
let us see what kind of a body we have here, 
and then we shall be better able to come to a 
correct conclusion as to what kind of a body 
will be raised. My skeptical friend says: It 
is all nonsense to talk about the resurrection 
of the body, and that after this mortal body 
has been laid in the tomb for ages, and crum- 
bled to dust, it wovdd be impossible to raise 
the same body, and even some of the Breth- 
ren cannot understand how this mortal has 
within itself the germs of immortality, which 
Christ shall quicken at his coming, and raise, 
not a mortal, but an immortal body, but think 
rather, that we shall be given a new body, 
which, to my mind, would be a creation, and 
would do away with the resurrection of the 
dead. "For if the dead rise not, then is not 
Christ raised; and if Christ be not raised, 
then is your faith vain." 1 Cor. 15: 16, 17. 

The modern scientist claims, that when 
this material body dies, the spirit of man dies 
also. He tells us that our spirit is "merely a 
mode of molecular motion;" and as a matter 
of course, "Death ends all." I can imagine 
myself with such a man passing along down 
through a valley, and as we come to an old 
house in ruins, he would say, The people that 
once inhabited this house are all dead, being 
so blind ( spiritually ) that he could not see 
the new house upon the hill, that as far ex- 
ceeds what the old house had ever been, in 
grandeur and beauty, as day exceeds the 

What is this "inner man" that Bro. Paul 
refers to so often? Is it only a "living prin- 
ciple," as some claim? Webster defines soul 
as "the spiritual and immortal part of man; 
life; intellectual principle; a human being." 
Does the above definition fully satisfy the en- 
quiring mind? I think not! Scripture and 
reason teach me, that this inner man is an 
actual entity, substantial, although incorpor- 
eal, and is formed just the same as our mate- 
rial body, with hands, feet, eyes and arms. — 
"But," says my skeptical friend, "I could nev- 
er believe that the spirit of man is a substan- 
tial entity, for according to my scientific 
teaching, it is impossible to destroy an enti- 
ty, and I would thus virtually acknowledge, 
not only the possibility, but the probability, 
of a future life. No! no!! this inner man you 
talk so much about is only a motion or force 
inherent and natural to man; it is practically 
a nonentity." 

Such is, in reality, the teaching of Prof. 
Haeckel, of Jena University, Germany; there- 
by confounding the effect with the cause, 
which is enough, in itself, to condemn such 
a false line of reasoning. A. Wilford Hall, 
in his article on the Immortality of the Soul, 
gives an illustration which' brings out our 
idea so forcibly, we take the liberty to qu -te: 

"Materialistic philosophers, who claim \ ar . 

excellence to reason logically upon this sub- 
ject, deny entity to the only part of man 
which does the thinking, feeling, loving, hop- 
ing, etc., because, forsooth, as they ask, Who 
ever saw a soul? Who ever handled a spirit? 
Who ever heard, or smelt, or tasted an intel- 
lect? Yet these philosophers gaze upon an 
inert mass of matter, and see it walk and 
smile, hear it talk, laugh and sing, feel it 
grasp the hand, and kiss the lips — while all 
these evidences of a substantial but invisible 
controlling entity within the mass, go for 
nothing because this entity defies the obser- 
vation of the senses, and does not possess 
material properties. These are the logicians 
who, regarding nothing as substantial, save 
that which is material, are capable of con- 
ceiving the idea of a clock running and keep- 
ing time without weight, spring, or other sub- 
stantial motive force. And this is the philos- 
ophy, that would scout the existence of any 
such spring, or weight, even while seeing the 
clock run and keep time, if, perchance, such 
motive force happened to be cunningly con- 
cealed in the case, beyond the observation of 
the senses." 

But we have testimony in the inspired 
Word that sustains us in our idea that this 
inner man is a veritable entity. See 2 Cor. 
4: 16: "For which cause we faint not, but 
though our outward man perish, yet the in- 
ward man is renewed day by day." Here the 
Apostle recognizes the fact that man is a du- 
al being; and in the 18th verse, the difference 
is shown, the inner < r unseen man being 
eternal, while the temporal is the outward 
man. See also Eph. 3: 16, and 1 Pet. 3: 4 

Do Ave have a spiritual body between death 
and the resurrection? The Scriptures do not 
sustain the idea that there is a spiritual body 
until after the resurrection, unless 2 Cor. 5:1 
could be so construed. While the first part 
of the verse, evidently refers to our mortal 
bodies, when it speaks of this earthly house 
or tabernacle being dissolved, I caDnot be- 
lieve, where it says, "We have a building of 
God, a house not made with hands, eternal 
in the heavens," — I say I cannot believe that 
it refers to a spiritual body. Why ? 

Let us notice the language of the inspired 
writer very closely. He says, "We have a 
building," not, we will have, or shall have. — 
Now, let us suppose, for a moment, that it 
does mean that we have a spiritual body 
ready, as some seem to think, to clothe the 
inner man at the hour of death, there would 
then be no resurrection. But Bro. Paul says 
that "it is sown a natural body (that is, at 
death) and that it is raised a spiritual body — 
when? Why, it will be when the Lord him- 
self shall descend from heaven, with a shout, 
with the voice of the archangel, and with the 
trump of God, and the dead in Christ shall 
rise first. 2 Thess. 4: 10. I cannot conceive 
of a more literal resurrection than is here 
spoken of, and it would be entirely unnecessa- 
ry if we had already obtained a spiritual body. 
Thus we we find that our corruptible bod- 
ies are sown at death, and that they will ger- 
minate and bring forth more glorious and in- 
corruptible bodies at his second coming. — 
Angels were frequently seen in the days of 

the patriarchs, but the fact of their being 
seen does not prove that they had a material 
body, and the bodies of the saints who arose 
after Christ's resurrection, were not material 
bodies, but immaterial and unsubstantial. 

But my skepti ial friend says, "Your theo- 
ry is very good, but unfortunately, it will not 
stand the test of reason ; and the Apostle Pe- 
ter says, you should "be ready always to give 
an answer to every man that asketh you a 
reason of the hope that is in you, with meek- 
ness and fear." 1 Pet. 3: 15. Why, to change 
this corruptible body to an incorruptible 
body and raise it from the tomb, is contrary 
to the laws of nature, and God would not vi- 
olate His own laws, and science has failed to 
find any law in nature, by which an inert 
mass or dead body can be brought into life 
and activity. In a word, it would be a mira- 
cle, and a miracle is unscientific and itnrea- 

I have two objections to the above reason- 
ing. 1. He claims to have found out God's 
law, in the book of nature only. Let my 
skeptical friend demonstrate to the world, by 
what natural law, an electro-magnet draws a 
piece of inert steel, as if it were pulling it- 
self by tangible cords; let him explain how 
those invisible threads, even while passing 
through the most impervious material bodies 
known to science, such as glass, platinum, 
etc., still grasp this piece of inert steel and 
move it as easily as if nothing intervened; 
and it is my candid opinion, he will find, be- 
fore he is through with it, that he has a mir- 
acle in nature, and that he cannot scientific- 
ally -analyze the first principles in the law of 

During a period of six hundred years, B. 
C, the Greeks were the most learned nation 
in the whole civilized world, and sought to 
find out God. With such men as Socrates, 
Plato, Aristotle, and Pythagoras at their head, 
their combined efforts were, as they express- 
ed themselves, to find the "Source of all 
things." Their miserable failure is attested 
to by the fact, that after having about thirty 
thousand gods, they must erect one altar, 
with the inscription, "To the unknown God." 

Here we see, that with all their learning, 
with all their scientific attainments, they fail- 
ed to find the "Source of all things," and the 
God of the learned skeptic to-day is an un- 
known God. This being the case, how can 
they claim to understand His law ? Do they 
tell us how life first came upon the earth? — 
No! Darwin admits that at first, a few sim- 
ple forms, or one form of life must have been 
created, and thereby admits indirectly that 
one miracle, at least, must have been per- 

Taking the same line of reasoning, if one 
miracle had to be performed, to start life in 
one species of animal life, why not have a 
separate creation for all the different species ? 
And if God had the power to put life into in- 
animate matter at the creation, He has the 
power to raise our inanimate and dead bod- 
ies, an incorruptible and glorious body at his 
second coming. Prof. Haeckel, seeing this 
difficulty, does away with a Creator, and says 
that life started by spontaneous generation. 



but fails to tell us how an inert or dead mass 
can generate life without a generator, or is 
created without a creator. 

All scientists agree that there was a time 
when it would have been impossible for any 
living thing to have remained upon the earth 
on account of the intense heat rising from its 
surface. And as we now see the whole earth 
covered with both animal and vegetable life, 
it is self-evident that there must have been a 
creator, and so our learned Professor's theo- 
ry must fall to the ground. 

My second objection is, that not knowing 
God, he limits His power; but as we are com- 
pelled to acknowledge His creative power, we 
must admit that he has the power to resur- 
rect our decayed bodies. Job foretold the 
resurrection of his body and acknowledges 
His power, when he says, "For I know that 
my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand 
at the latter day upon the earth; and though 
after my skin worms destroy this body, yet 
in my flesh shall I see God." Job 19: 25, 26. 
Job not only knew the power, but also how 
it was to be manifested, through the sacrifi- 
cial death of Jesus Christ, who was to stand 
at the latter day upon the earth, and this Re- 
deemer would raise him up, not a spirit, but 
a substantial body. Yes, he says, "In my 
flesh shall I see God." 

Again, the Almighty, wishing to show 
forth His power to resurrect a dead nation, 
carries the Prophet Ezekiel in the spirit into 
a valley full of dry bones; and he said unto 
him, "Son of man, can these bones live?" — 
And the prophet answered, "O, Lord God, 
thou knowest." And the Lord said unto him, 
"Prophesy upon these bones; hear the Word 
of the Lord. Thus saith the Lord God unto 
these bones, B jhold, I will cause breath to 
enter into you, and ye shall live. And I will 
lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh 
upon you, and cover you with skin, and 
breathe in you, and ye shall live. And ye 
shall know that I am the Lord." Ezek. 37. 

The prophet prophesied as he was com- 
manded, and with a great shaking the bones 
came together, bone to his bone, and sinews 
and flesh came upon them, and breath enter- 
ed into them, and they stood upon their feet, 
an exceeding great army. This vision of the 
prophet aptly illustrates our subject. It not 
only shows the power, but also the manner 
in which our dead bodies will, in all proba- 
bility, be raised, and also, with what kind of 
a body they will come. 

In conclusion, I will say that Jesus Christ 
came to redeem man from sin and its conse- 
quences, one of which is the separation of the 
soul and body. To redeem and bring our 
soul and body together again, He must take 
a human body like ours; and in this body he 
was tempted in all points as we are, yet with- 
out sin, that He might be able to succor all 
those who are tempted. He suffered and 
died upon the cross, "to give his life a ran- 
som for many." His body rose from the 
tomb on the third day, was seen by his disci- 
ples for forty days, and the last view his fol- 
lowers had of him was when he bodily as- 
cended, and was received in a cloud out of 
their sig^ht; and as they stood gazing up to- 

ward heaven, behold, two men stood by them 
in white apparel, and told them that this 
same Jesus, which is taken up from them, 
"shall so come in like manner, as ye have 
seen him go into heaven." Acts 1: 9-11. 

Yes! He is to come again, with the same 
body He ascended with. Yes! the same body 
His disciples had handled, and seen walk, 
and heard speak. And, my brethren, "we 
shall be like him, for we shall see tim as he 
is." Then we may await with confidence our 
"adoption," even the "redemption of our 

Virgil City, Mo. 



Already the harvest has ended, and we 
can see a wide extent of land, where, but a 
few days since, stood broad acres of wheat, 
waving in all the symmetry of golden beau- 
ty, but now the voice of the reaper is hush- 
ed, the work of the sickle is ended, and the 
yellow swaying grain is gathered into sheaves, 
all ready to be conveyed to safer shelter from 
the inclemencies of the weather, there to 
await the process by which it will be made to 
yield its hidden treasures. 

The husbandman rejoices, the laborer is 
freed from the scorching sun, and all exult 
in the abundance of the harvest sheaves. They, 
clasped by golden circlets are gathered to- 
gether. All look back through a harvest well 
spent in securing the products of their toils, 
given them by an all-bountiful Father, and 
all are rewarded for their faithfulness — the 
farmer by his crop, and the laborer by his 

Life may be represented as one vast har- 
vest-field, wherein we, as faithful stewards, 
may make it grand and glorious by earnest 
and well-directed efforts for truth and right, 
or by faithlessness, debased, degraded, and 
sin-polluted, by yielding to evil desires in the 
service of injustice and infamy. 

Let us compare the-results of the husband- 
man, who, by putting forth honest and well- 
directed efforts, reaps the reward of his toil 
in bountiful crops, well-filled granaries, and 
a happy and prosperous fireside; and the one 
who, by his slothfulness, made no effort to 
plant his ci'ops, and at harvest-time reaps, as 
his compensation, poverty, suffering, bitter 
anguish and repentant tears. 

The one is happy; the other mourns his de- 
plorable condition. The industrious man is 
surrounded with peace and plenty; the sloth- 
ful sees poverty and wan despair staring him 
in the face. The former, at the close of the 
harvest season, rests upon his fruitful en- 
deavors, singing a glad refrain to "Harvest 
Home;" the latter gropes amid untold miser- 
ies, reaping the requital of his hapless life — 
the just retribution of his indolence. The 
earnest worker gathers his sheaves of golden 
grain and has a net balance, the inactive, on 
summing up his accounts, finds he has "noth- 
ing but leaves." 

Life is made up of little kindnesses, which, 
considering them in their individual nature, 

seem insignificant; but taking them collect- 
ively, they go toward making up a true and 
noble life, just as the sand on the seashore 
contributes to forming a broad and extensive 
beach. Great deeds are seldom accomplish- 
ed with one effort, but each kindness shown, 
each benefaction rendered, add to the catego- 
ry of virtues and form a glorious column that 
will stand amid the storms and wrecks of 
time, a splendid monument, commemorating 
the records of such a character. 

Many lives are left void of all usefulness, 
simply because they awaited an opportunity 
to accomplish some remarkable deed and 
thereby gain applause, not once thinking that 
therein lay their mistake; for, not what great 
deed, but what amount of small sacrifices for 
others' good, will make the final decision as 
to what constitutes genuine true worth. The 
Savior's rernai'k to His disciples, speaking of 
the spiritual harvest, "Already the wheat is 
white unto harvest," gives us to understand, 
that although the natural harvest was some 
time distant, the opportunities for doing 
good — working in the spiritual harvest— are 
always present, and by being diligent in our 
service, can ever be adding sheaves to our 

The master demands of each of us a contin- 
ual and undivided service, and unless we can 
carry Him into our daily avocations — have 
Him mixe 1 with our lives and the very es- 
sence thereof,- -we can never expect to reap 
the full and happy fruition of our labors and, 
when the sheaves of the Savior's harvest will 
be included in that number prepared to sing 
the praises of the Lamb in that beautiful and 
bright "forevermore" 

Harrisonburg, Va. 


With some, scolding is chronic. Life is 
one long fret. The flesh is feverish, the 
nerves unstrung, the spirit perturbed and in 
a state of unrest. The physical condition 
and the material surroundings may have a 
strong tendency to disturb our equanimity 
and to exasperate our feelings; but we should 
to bear in mind that the scolding never did 
anybody any good, and Avithal grows to be 
very uncomfortable to the party who indulg- 
es in it. Inappropriate in everybody, scold- 
ing appears most hateful in parents. Set to 
be dispensers of kindness and love to those 
with whom they are especially associated, it 
is horrible to see gall distilled instead of 
sweetness. Scolding turns a household into 
a pandemonium. Bear in mind that kind- 
ness and gentle speech are a great deal easi- 
er to practice than their opposite?. Why 
practice the worse thing when harder to do? 
Arrest yourself in the indulgence of this bad 
habit right here. Begin now, and put your- 
self under bonds to be good-natured. — SeL 

Most of the shadows that cross our path 
are caused by our standing in our own light. 

The bread of life is love; the salt of life is 
work; the sweetness of life, poetry; the water 
of life, faith. 





To Maria B. Zorfman, my only sister in the 
J Irs It :— 
Goodness alone is great. Great minds make 
great fools unless God-possessed.- We have 
found out in the Brotherhood what cultured 
intellect can do and will do if not subject to 
the Law of God as revealed in His incarna- 
tion. The infleshing of God is the summing 
up of all Divine Revelation. Every letter in 
the Bible finds its proper interpretation in 
Emmanuel. Christ lived the entire will of God, 
no matter in what form previously .or subse- 
quently expressed. "Looking unto Jesus" is 
the abbreviation of the holy oracles. Moral 
being is an awful fact. To know that there 
is a future is to belong to it. The sense of 
responsibility is the proof of immortality. We 
need no other. The conception of God and 
the consciousness of relation to Him, is the 
great argument of our personal eternity. We 
cannot escape the intuition, however hard we 
may labor to disprove the fact. We are, and 
we must be forever. Overwhelming thought. 
More overwhelming still the dreadful truth 
that endless being means to myriads endless 
misery. Sin is not so great a marvel as its 
necessary possibility as a fundamental princi- 
ple in the moral universe. God lived through 
a by-gone Eternity alone, having no need of 
society save his own Tri-personality. Why 
did He create at all, if the dread possibility 
of sin inheres in moral being? Bold ques- 
tion, but earnest souls cannot help asking it, 
and the more the intellectual and moral hori- 
zon widens, the more profoundly and painful- 
ly it presses upon our hearts. Eternity is 
not too long to solve this solemn and fearful 
enigma. "It is a fearful thing to fall into the 
hands of the living God." This shows that 
God is clear of all responsibility in the 
matter of sin. He made man- in his- own im- 
age, and that was enough to keep the possibil- 
ity in sin as completely under- the qyow- 
er of volition in the finite as in the Infinite. 
God can sin but will not. Freedom of action 
in opposite directions is an essential factor 
in all moral being, God included. We can- 
not bear God's image and* lack this. Let us 
tremble -at our tremendous endowments. 
God made us not without knowing what He 
was doing. However inexplicable to us seems 
our own existence, with its awful possibilities 
and issues, the .eternal ages will justify the 
wisdom and the justice and the love of God. 
. We do not get to know what- sin is until 
our eyes are opened to see what holiness is. 
Sin is the opposite of God, ancbwhen the im_ 
maculate glory of Emmanuel shines into our 
hearts, we see the utter ugliness and hateful- 
ness of sin. When we stand at the foot of 
the cross, and behold how the God-man must 
suffer and agonize to. atone for sin, we need 
not wonder that He has prepared a lake of 
f«e and brimstone for its everlasting torment. 
Sj i aud hell always go together. No sooner 
is wrojlg done than hell is here with its flame. 
Heaven and Hell' have both their beginning 
on earth. The future and final hell is made 

up by heaping into one awful aggregate mill- 
ions of separate evils which people here car- 
ry in their consciences. So Heaven is com- 
posed of millions of pure, glad, Christed 
hearts, made white in the blood of the Lamb, 
and shining with the radiance and . beatitude 
of the Holy Ghost. We are daily, hourly, 
adding something to our inner being which 
will fix our destiny in the other world. 
Where our treasure is, there is our heart, and 
that will determine our Eternity. Our heart 
makes our endless bliss or woe, "Keep thy 
heart with all diligence, for out of it are the 
issues of life." Prov. 4: 23. 

God has a heart, something that is- central 
to Him, from which all his manifestations 
proceed. He is right by choice, and has giv- 
en us the same power and the same induce- 
ment. One wrong in God would sink Him 
into a Hell such as no other being could 
reach. His image in us is the power to be 
right because right is our choice. This is 
what constitutes God. In the Incarnation 
humanity has been reconstructed. Jesus is 
the Model Man. As he lived so must we. 
The Spirit that enabled him to live his beau- 
tiful life, is also given unto us. "Be ye ho- 
ly, "for I am hoi f." God in the flesh opens up 
to us the realization of our utmost possibili- 
ties. "This is the Lord's doing, and. it , is 
marvelous in our eyes." God alone can 
achieve such a work. We must give up .eyes 
and hands and feet, and even life itself, to 
reach the Divine goal. How hard it goes to 
die, but die we must if we would live. No 
matter in what county, or State or country we 
live, we' have to fight the world, and the 
flesh, and the devil if we are to be saved. 
We have a universe in our constitution, and 
it is on that ground that the- great Armaged- 
don for Eternity is bought. So long as the 
Devil was outside of humanity, the fall -was 
not consummated. When Adam and Eve 
willed to-do a's the Serpent suggested, dhe 
great deed was done, and death and hell be- 
come the heritage of the race. We ; do" not 
study Jesus' half enough: He is the human 
embodiment of "all the fulness of God." 
Very God, very man, for no other purpose 
than to redeem us from all iniquity, and trans- 
form all into his own- everlasting beauty, and 
lift us into the participation of his ineffable 
blessedness. He was a man, and felt as we 
feel, was in all points tempted like as we are, 
and yet he baffled Satan in every temptation. 
Read and read and read Heb. 12: 2, 3,- 4. ' 

The whole secret of salvation is contained 
in those verses. We get to Heaven at heavy 
cost; and if we keep back one mite of our own, 
that mite will drag us to hell: We -must be- 
come paupers before we become heirs. Smyr- 
na- was the poorest church of the Seven, and 
yet the richest. Laodicea was the richest, 
and at the same time "wretched, and misera- 
ble, and poor, and blind, and naked." So it 
is still. So long as our own self makes us 
rich, we are bankrupt without knowing it.— ^ 
When we buy the Gold of Calvary at the 
dear price of self-crucifixion, we are rich as 
Christ, rich with all the fullness of God, rich 
for Eternity. This is the great life that God 
proposed when he made man, the life He liv- 

ed when he became man himself, the only 
life that has anything sublime and ecstatic in 
store for the endless future. In it is the 
strength, the purity, the peace, the rapture, 
and the glory of God forever and ever. 



Kind reader, did you ever see the differ- 
ence between salvation by God incarnate and 
His written, revealed, ratified Word? 

Were every mind to discriminate properly 
between "God in the flesh"'and God in, the 
"Word," it would silence a world of contro- 
versy on the general terms of the Gospel. — 
But you ask, "Was not the Word made flesh 
and dwelt among us?" I reply affirmatively. 
But the' question is this: Are not the terms 
and conditions of salvation according " to the 
New Testament, sealed by the blood of the 
Lamb and his apostles, more than, and differ- 
ent_ from those requirements of the Savior 
Himself, when He taught the people on the 
earth? ' I answer again in the affirmative, — ■ 
Reason, itself, teaches us that God requires 
more of the seeking' soul in order to be save^d, 
since the sacrifice of; His only-begotten Son, 
than He did while He (Jesus) Was proving 
the truth of His holy mission by His mighty 
deeds among the people in order to convince 
them. Consistency declares* that there is a 
greater debt due God from his people since 
the death of His Son, than while He dwelt 
among men. 

Christf orgave sins on earth, taught the peo- 
ple to believe on Him through His mighty 
miracles and "wondrous works, did the will of 
his Heavenly Father, fulfilled all righteous- 
ness, by obedience even unto death, by the 
blood of which he sealed the New' Testament, 
thereby completing the grand scheme of hu- 
man redemption. What He did prior to His 
death, was to convince the world that He was 
the true Messiah. The truth of His mission 
was sealed by the mighty power manifested 
in the world by His superhuman deeds and 

It is so common for the professor of to-day, 
who bases his salvation- on faith alone, when 
trying to support his doctrine of justification, 
to point you to the thief - on the- cross, blind 
Bartimeus, the' woman healed;of the plague, 
etc. True, " these are all recorded in Holy 
Writ, but have their respective places to fill 
in the great chain of principles which com- 
pose- and complete the essential elements of 
Christianity. Christ was willing, even at the 
hour of death, to forgive the imploring peni- 
tent on the cross. He had not yet uttered, 
"It is finished." He willingly shoAved His 
power on earth to forgive sins, even until He 
had to bow His meek head in death, but aft- 
er having sealed his Testament with his own 
blood, there is no salvation, save through his 
life-giving Gospel. It marks the- pathway to 

Repentance precedes pardon, and true, gen- 
uine repentance must be wrought by "-godly 
sorrow." This must be admitted. Point me 
to the case of blind Bartimeus, and I a§k you; 



to point me his "godly sorrow" and repent- 
ance. Bead Mark 10: 46-52. "Lord that I 
may receive my sight," was the request made 
of Jesus. I believe thou art able to restore 
my vision. Wilt thou not have mercy? Do 
we think for a moment that "godly sorrow" 
and repentance was required of him in order 
to have his sight restored? Can we compare 
our case with his? Do we see the difference? 
Read Mark 5: 25-34. Was repentance re- 
quired of the diseased woman who was cured 
by touching the garment of Jesus? Surely not. 
Is it required of us ? Yea, verily ; then, where 
is the agreement and where the difference? — 
Those cases cannot represent to us the means 
and conditions of, our salvation. If so, we 
could then do without repentance, baptism, 
find the ordinances. Numerous other instanc- 
es might be adduced, showing the power of 
God through His Son, by healing the sick, 
cleansing lepers, giving hearing to the deaf, 
sight to the blind, life to the dead, etc. 

Christ did many miracles, even when be- 
sought by no one. He used His supernatural 
power when not requested. Hence, if we rea- 
son from these circumstances, as giving the 
boundaries of our duties necessary to pur 
salvation, we can thus prove that in some cas- 
es, nothing is required in order to be saved. 

Let us then be careful not to think that Je- 
sus requires no more of us than the thief on 
the cross, br that we can be saved spiritually, 
as easily as the blind, deaf, and diseased were 
healed physically. We must take all the 
Gospel. What Jesus says DO we had better 
not leave undone; — not doubt His meaning. 
Is he not good authority ? Read the first part 
of John 13 and be convinced. Search the 
Scriptures and see if you can find one in- 
stance where He gave a command, and it was 
disobeyed and the subjects justified. When 
Jesus told his disciples to " Take eat" and 
"drink," to remember my death, is it any 
plainer or more positive and binding than 
when he gave them the example • and told 
them, "Ye should do as I have done to 
you"?. -. 

How can we, how will iwe accept him in 
one instance, and reject him in the other? '-— 
Echo answers, How? Paul says, "Keep the 
ordinances," The Communion makes one 
ordinance; where are the others? Baptism 
is an ordinance, but not to be perpetuated. 

In conclusion, dear reader, I Would say 
that if you have any doubts in your mind as 
to the plain commands of God, be careful to 
divest yourself of every preconceived opinion, 
and then read carefully and compare all the 
Scripture and see whether what Jesus plainly 
says, do, ought not to be done above all that 
man directs. "If ye love me; keep my com- 

I judge, you not, but my words shall judge 
ypu in the last day, says Jesus. 

May we all accept every part and particle 
of his words, and do them, is my humble 
prayer. "Blessed are they that do his com- 
mandments, that they may have a right to 
the tree of life, and enter in through the 
gates into the city." 

Greenland, W. Va. 


One night I went home with a lad who had 
left his father's house, so that he might be free 
from the restraints of home. I told the fath- 
er that his son was penitent, but that he fear- 
ed to come back alone. I shall not soon for- 
get the loving look of reproach on the father's 
face as he said to his son, "Night after night 
have I watched for your return, and lay awake 
listening to the sound of footsteps as they 
approached the door, in hope that it was yours. 
As they passed by, my heart often sickened 
with anxiety and longing for your return." 
How like this is the beseeching cry of God 
to his backsliding people ! If they could on- 
ly realize how he longs for them, they would 
rush to his arms and find the unspeakable 
"bliss of full salvation there." 


In 2 Kings 2: 11, we read, "And Elijah 
went up by a whirlwind into heaven." — 
Christ says; "No man hath ascended up to 
heaven but he that came down from heaven, 
even the Son of man which is in heaven." — 
John 2: 13. Will some brother please recon- 
cile the above Scriptures? J. A. Root. 

Some one truthfully says, " A tender con- 
science is like the apple of a man's eye; — the 
least dust that gathers in it affects it. There 
is no surer way to know whether our con- 
sciences are dead and stupid than to observe 
the impressions small sins make upon us. If 
we are not very careful to avoid all appear- 
ance of evil, and to shun whatever looks like 
sin; if we are not so much troubled at the 
rising up of sinful desires in us as we have 
been formerly, we may conclude that our 
hearts are hardened, and our consciences are 
stupefying; for a tender conscience will no 
more cdlow of small sins than of great ones." 

Spurgeon, in a recent sermon on "A Sure 
Foundation," pithily remarked, "that if men 
got a firm grip of Biblical truth nowadays, 
they were termed bigots, and he felt almost 
inclined to start a new denomination, to be 
called Bigots, for they did need such a race 
in the world at the pi-esent time— people who 
did believe something." 

The industrious bee does not stop to com- 
plain that there are so many poisonous flow- 
ers and thorny branches in the road, but buz- 
zes on, selecting the honey where she can find 
it and passing by the place where it is not. 

The best things that the world sees are not 
wrought by strokes of genius, but by patient 


ULRICH— FUDGE —At the residence of the bride's 
parents, in Preble Co., 0., by Landon West, Daniel 
Ulrich and Miss Laura E. Fudge. 

H. C. Bl'tterbauoh. 

<f alien J^U*p. 

"Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord." 

PLAT— Near Frisco, Coloiado, Jan. 26, 1883, Freder- 
ick Plat, aged 27 years, C months and 11 days. 
Deceased, at the time of his death, was in the em- 
ploy of a mining company, and was killed by a snow- 
slide. His body wa? buri'.d near six months in that 
mountain of sno v, when it was found by the only broth- 
er, who for nearly two months had continued his lonely 
search, when, on the 6tb of July, he dug down in the 
snow at a point som : little distance from where he had 
been searching 8") long, <>nd found the body under five 
feet of snow. His body was taken to Poweshiek Co., 
Lowa, where he row rests in the beautiful cemeteiy of 
the Ge~man Lutheran church, suirounded by the scenes 
of his childhood. 

He was an honest and industrious young man, belov- 
ed by all who knew him, and his death is sadly dep'or- 
ed generally. He leaves a kind brother and an affec- 
tionate sister to mourn their loss. They have our heart- 
felt sympathies in their sa 1 bereavement. Funeral serv- 
ices July 11, by Rev. J. Meyer, of the German Lutheian 
church. CoitDEi.iA Bashor. 

CARPENTER —Near Rockbridge, 0., Bro. Emanuel 
Carpenter, aged 59 years, 5 months and a few days. 
He married Mary Seipbard, with whom he lived 
about thirty-five years. He was the father of nine chil- 
dren and fourteen grandchildren. He was hurt by a 
horse, which caused his death. He lived two weeks, 
within a day, which time he was almost helpless. He 
was a faithful member of the M. E. church. Funeral 
services by brethren Shinn, Fes ani Rickets, to a large 
congregation. S. F. Blosser. 

METZ — At Norborne, Mo., July 7, of heart disease, 
Bro. Eli Metz, aged 60 years, 5 months and 9 days. — 
He was a member of the church thirty-seven years, a 
minuter for many years. Funeral occasion improved 
by A. Harper and the writer, from Rev. 22: 12-14. 

S. B. Siiipky. 

GISH.— In Panther Creek church, Woodford Co , 111., 
July 28, Susan Gish, wife of Bro. Bert Gish, aged 33 
years, 1 month and 29 days. She leaves a husband 
and three children. Funeral services by Bro. Thos. 
D. Lyon, from Ps. 37: 29. J. J. Kindig. 

BEItKY.— In the Yellow Creek church, Elkhart Co., 
Ind., July 15, sister Rachel, wife of Andrew Berky, 
aged 53 years and 26 days. Funeral by J. Metsler 
and the writer, from 2 Cor. 5: 1, to a la»ge concourse 
of sympathizing friends. JonN Nusuavm. 

NEDROW— In the Indian Creek church, Westmore- 
land Co., Pa., July 26, sister Catharine Nediow, aged 
65 years, 4 months and 16 days. 

Sister Nedrow was a very jicus and faithfu' num- 
ber of the church for 38 years; has been afflicted and 
c mfined to the house for the last 21 years, but sre bore 
it all with a lamb-like fp'rit and in her last moments 
called her children to her bedside and exhorted them to 
be faithful and frue to the church. She leaves a hus- 
band, seven childien and nintteen grandchildren. 
Funeral by D. D. Horner and F. Murray. 

MANKING— In Wakendah church, Ray Co., Mo . Ju- 
ly 28, of consumption, sister Susan M. Mankinp. ag- 
ed 27 years, 10 months 19 days. 
Funeral d'scjurse from John 10: 11, by A. Harper 
and the writer, to a large and sympathiz'ng congrega- 
tion. She was a daughter of Eld. Joseph Harshbarger, 
of Macoupin Co., 111.; was married not quite two years; 
was a member of the church about thirteen years. We 
hope her good inrtuenco may ever remain with us. 

S B. SnrFKT. 

GOCFF.— In the Milledgeville church, Cauoll Co , 111., 
July 22, of consumption, Huldah F. Gouff, aged 25 
years, 8 months and 28 days. She died in full hope. 
Funeral by the Brethien. 



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Mt. Morris, 111., 

Aug. 7, 1883. 

Spubgeon is now in his fiftieth year. 

There are 107 cases of leprosy in San Fran- 

Mind your own business, is one of the best 
rules on record. 

Over eleven thousand persons have already 
died of the cholera in Egypt. 

Crops in Northern Illinois are in a very 
promising condition. Corn looks splendid. 

The temperance people of Kentucky have 
nominated a Baptist preacher for Governor. 

We are pleased to learn that Eld. Thomas 
Wenrick, of Union City, Ind., has about recov- 
ered from his late illness. 

If you have any corrections to make in the 
ministerial list in the Brethren's Almanac, 
send them in immediately. 

Those who write Bro. Hope should address 
their letters thus: C. Hope, Faxegade, Cop- 
enhagen, Denmark, Europe. 

If you have aught against your brother, go 
and have a friendly talk with him about it. 
Do not spend time telling it to others. 

Some tares cannot be separated from the 
wheat till the judgment. But that should 
be no reason for tolerating all the tares. 

The buildings formerly used in Kansas for 
breweries are being turned into factories, 
pork-packing establishments, and the like. 

President Arthur spent one day in Chica- 
go last week. He is on a trip to the Yellow- 
stone Valley, and other points m the West. 

Those desiring Almanacs, in which to 
make corrections in the ministerial list, can 
get them by addressing Mt. Morris, 111., also. 

Kukltjxism has broken out afresh in some 
of the Southern States, and many of the col- 
ored people are being shamefully butchered 
1. y disguised men. 

Bro. Hope is not publishing his Danish 
paper at present. 

Some liberal donations are coming for the 
free-will offering for Bro. Hope and family. 
We will report next week. 

European drinking habits sustain 40,000 
breweries and consume annually 2,250,000,- 
000 gallons of malt liquors. 

Next week the Messenger will publish a 
timely sermon by James Quinter, headed, 
"Christ's Method of Dealing with the Doubt- 

Bro. Martin Meyer writes that the church 
at Morrill, Kansas seems in a good working 
condition. Four were baptized in June and 
one in July. 

Bro. D. F. Eby and wife, of Mt. Vernon, 
111., expect to take a trip to Ohio shortly. — 
We hope they will return by the way of 
Northern Illinois. 

During the past twenty years 17,000,000 
Bibles, or Bible portions, in fifteen languag- 
es, have been sold or given at the Crystal 
Palace Bible-stand. 

Morgan Morgans, the Disciple minister 
who held a debate in Missouri with Bro. R. 
H. Miller last Summer, is now editing a de- 
partment in the Christian Standard. 

Bro. Martin Neher reports crops generally 
good in Crawford Co., Kansas, but wheat 
light in places. He says the members are 
trying to keep in the good old path. 

Eld. David Bechtelheimer, of Juniata, 
Neb., expects to spend three months visiting 
in the State of Indiana. Until further no- 
tice his address will be Beaver Dam, Ind. 

Brethren, * when writing articles for the 
press should not crowd the lines so close to- 
gether. If' the paper is ruled, follow the 
rule3. If not ruled, keep your lines about 
one-half inch apart. 

Brc. John Snowberger reports that the 
church at York, Nebraska is moving along 
harmoniously, with good prospects of some 
ingatherings. The meetings are well attend- 
ed and interest good. 

Brethren John Metzger and Daniel Vani- 
man were in St. Louis last week, looking up 
the interest of the Brethren's meeting-house. 
They expect to have the house ready for ser- 
vices inside of 90 days. 

Another outbreak against the Jews in 
Russia took place last week. Troops chanc- 
e 1 to be on the spot in time to protect the 
Jews. The mob was dispersed after several 
of their number had been shot. 

Bro. Levi Trostle and wife, of Lee Co., 111., 
expect to start on'atripto Maryland next 
week. It is thought that the trip may be 
good for Bro. Trostle's health. His health 
has not been good for three years or more. 

An exchange says: A paper that has not 
soul and pith enough in it to offend some of 
the very numerous family of fault-finders of 
this day, would not be worth the wrapper on 
which it is directed to the subscribers, to say 
•nothing of other incidentals. 

Some of the dailies in this country are ar- 
ranging to publish Spurgeon's sermons in 
their Monday's edition. It is hoped that 
Spurgeon's simplicity and zeal may beget a 
like feature in the preaching of some of the 
popular preachers of America. 

Brethren, when writing notes of trave 1 , 
etc., do not weave your business into it. If 
you are selling maps, or have a farm for sale, 
there is no need of putting it in your corre- 
spondence to a newspaper. We do not like 
to spend time scratching out things of that 

A disappointed looking gentleman, with a 
wild glance in his eye, entered the Patent 
Office at Washington the other day, laid down 
a card on a counter, and went out without 
saying a word. On the card was written: 
"God hath made men upright, but they have 
sought out many inventions." • 

This saloon-keeping is a desperate busi- 
ness. Recently 1,600 saloon keepers met in 
St. Louis and resolved to defy the Sunday- 
law of that State. This shows what a disor- 
derly class of people are running the saloon 
business of our nation. They care little for 
the laws and less for the souls of the people* 

While we are censuring men for having 
but one idea, it should be remembered that it 
is far better to have one good idea than to 
have a dozen not worth naming. If a man 
has one good idea, let him stick to it and 
push it to success. Some men with one good, 
leading idea will turn the world upside-down. 

A brother told us a few weeks ago, that 
as soon as the Messenger was received at his 
house, it was run through the sewing ma- 
chine, and then cut vv ith any kind of a knife 
that happened to be in reach. His paper is 
always in a good condition to read and pre- 
serve. It requires but a few minutes to do 
the stitching even without a machine. 

Bro. T. C. Wood, Sycamore, Va., who had 
his house burned some weeks ago, writes 
that he has succeeded in getting into his new 
house, but must now contrive to pay for it. 
His neighbors gave him about $40.00 in var- 
ious ways. He seems to be spending much 
of his time preaching and is doing a good 
work. In- our former notice we got his name 
L. C. Wood instead of T. C. Wood. 

Bro. P. R. Wertz, Springfield, Mo., writes 
that he is anxious for some minister to move 
to that place and help build up the cause 
there. Springfield has a population of 18,- 
000, five railroads, an excellent climate, and 
the surrounding country is well adapted to 
stock-raising and fruit. There are about 20 
members in the vicinity and they would like 
the Brethren to take a look at their country 
before settling elsewhere. 



If the next issue should be a little late 
about reaching you, do not become impatient, 
as we expect to pull down the old press and 
put in the new one just as soon as this num- 
ber is printed. It will require at least four 
days to complete the job. After that we will 
push things as lively as possible, and will 
soon have the paper appear fully on time. 

We clip the following from the Free Press, 
published at Frederick, Dakota: About four- 
teen miles South-west of here is a colony of 
Dunkards, a hard-working, thrifty, and very 
religious sect of people. They hold church 
services every two weeks in a large tent, Rev's 
Horning and Evans officiating. On last Sun- 
day they had a very interesting meeting, 
large numbers being present, coming from 
miles around. 

their data and they only yield to it a provis- 
ional assent. * * * Long antecedent to 
his advice I did exactly what Prof. Virchow 
recommends, showing myself as careful as he 
could be, not to claim for scientific doctrine a 
certainty which did not belong to it. * * * 
I agree with him that the proofs of it are 
wanting. E hold with Virchow that the fail- 
ures of proof have been lamentable, that the 
doctrine of (spontaneous) generation is utter- 
ly discredited." — Popidar Science Monthly. 
Vol. 44, pp. 266-290. 


A citizen of Gardner, Maine, who died re- 
cently, it is said, left a fund of $2,000 to a 
Methodist church of the village, provided that 
society would give up its church sociables. 
The fact is significant, so far as it calls atten- 
tion to some of the harmful customs which 
have barnacled themselves on the average so- 
cial gatherings of the church in so many 
places. When these otherwise helpful as- 
semblies are made an occasion for silly talk 
on the part of the young people and sillier 
gossip on the part of their parents, when fool- 
ish games are played and private theatricals 
and other out-of-place performances are 
made a part of them, it is high time they 
were dispensed with as nuisances or worse. 

Bro. J. R. Eby, the enterprising merchant 
and nurseryman of Lanark, J 11., has just re- 
turned from a visit to Jefferson county, 111., 
where there are but few members, and where 
his brother, D. F. Eby, ot Mt. Vernon, is the 
only preacher of the Brethren, in the county. 
Bro. Eby says if he was ten years younger 
he would assuredly locate in Jefferson county 
in preference to any county in the State. He 
says the country cannot be excelled for the 
fruit business. Our reason for stating this 
is two-fold. There is a good opening for 
building up a church around Mt. Vernon, the 
land is cheap, climate good, and timber in 
abundance. Then when a man like J. R. Eby 
says a country is first-class, there is some de- 
pendence to be put in what he says. We 
would like some of our Eastern Brethren, 
who think of going West, to locate in Jeffer- 
son county and help build up a good church 
there. Bro. D. F. Eby lives within a few 
miles of Mt. Vernon, which is his post-office. 


We wish to call the attention of the dif- 
ferent Mission Boards throughout the Broth- 
erhood to the necessity of activity in the 
work assigned them. Whatsoever thy hand 
findeth to do, do with all thy might, should 
apply to Mission Boards as well as individu- 
als. They are not to be content by merely 
waiting for calls, but they should hunt for 
suitable openings, and work to fill them with 
working preachers. 

Their work requires not only energy, but 
thought and planning. The cost must be 
considered, and the benefits resulting from 
the work should be taken into account. Then 
we think these Boards should send reports of 
their work to the Messenger for publication 
that the members may know what is being 
done. In most instances these Boards are ap- 
pointed and but little is heard of their work 
till the next District Meeting, and as but few 
attend these District Meetings, it follows 
that a very large majority of the members do 
not learn what the Mission Boards are for, 
nor what they really do. 

Then we think they ought to work so as to 
put to good use all the money appropriated 
for missionary purposes, not by being extra- 
vagant, but by having more work done. There 
are plenty of places, where work is needed, 
and plenty of men to do the work. Do not 
labor to do as little work as possible during 
the year, so as to report a good balance in 
the treasury, but make an effort to use all the 
money placed in your hands in the most ef- 
fectual way possible. j. h. m. 

fallen, they would have given up all hope, 
but when they saw his triumph over death 
and the grave, they became so rejoiced that 
the fall of Judas did not cause* even a ripple 
in their faith. So it should be with the fol- 
lowers of Christ now. If we have genuine 
faith in Christ, the falling of men from 
grace will not cause us to denounce our Sa- 
vior and go back to the world. If others re- 
lax their hold on Christ, falling headlong, 
that need not cause us to lessen our energy, 
though it may, at the time, show our nerves. 
Cling to the cross, and that will carry all 
safely through the worst of storms and the 
most gloomy periods. Faith in Christ and 
the Christian's religion is our only security. 

J. H. M. 



It is customary to talk of "Evolution" as 
established on a scientific basis. Here is what 
Prof. Tyndall says : "I have never advocated 
the induction of the theory of evolution into 
our schools. ***** Being for the 
moment on the side of Virchow. * * * 

* Evolution belongs to the dim twilight 
of conjecture and the certainty of experiment- 
al inquiry is here shut . out. * * * * 
Those who hold the doctrine of evolution are 
by no means ignorant of the uncertainty of ' they were concerned about 

When it became known that Judas had 
turned traitor, betrayed Christ, and then com- 
mitted suicide, it seems to have made but lit- 
tle impiession on the minds of the disciples. 
They did not proceed to pronounce the Chris- 
tian religion false, just because a leading 
preacher had fallen from grace. Nor did 
they say, they would no more have confi- 
dence in any man. Their faith was not hing- 
ed to man, nor had they pinned themselves 
te Judas' sleeve. They were watching Christ 
and not Judas. 

The fall of Judas did not affect their faith 
in the least; it was the fall of Christ that 

If Christ had 

Hearing that our mother was sick, we (in- 
cluding family) drove over to Lanark last 
Saturday, to see our parents. We found 
mother improving. She has the bone erysi- 
pelas. Father and mother are growing old. 
They were strong in their day and have pass- 
ed through many hard conflicts. Heretofore, 
when we stopped in Lanark, we were kept so 
busy going here, and attending meeting 
there, that we could spend only a few min- 
utes with our parents. This time we resolv- 
ed to spend at least one day with father and 
mother. This accounts for our non-attend- 
ance at the meeting at Cherry Grove, though 
only three miles away. We longed to te 
with the members there, but another line of 
duty said not. 

Lanark is destined to become the leading 
town of the county. Thirty new buildings 
have gone up there this Summer. The tele- 
phone conveniences are excellent. We spent 
a good part of one hour talking with Bro. S. 
J. Harrison, who lives two miles from town. 
Then, with a little adjusting, we talked with 
our youngest brother, living in Mt. Carroll, 
seven miles away. From the same point we 
could talk to Brethren in the Milledgeville 
congregation, five, seven, and ten miles away. 
We could talk with all the towns in the re- 
gions round about, with merchants, bankers, 
editors and private families. Distance se:ms 
to be nothing where there is a wire between 
the points and an instrument at each end. 

We returned Sunday evening, and learned 
that the Brethren lacked one of having 
enough ministers to fill all the appointments 
that day. At present we have seven minis- 
ters; there will be nine when Brethren Roy- 
er and Orr come in September. Perhaps 
there will be work for all of us. J. H. M. 

Brethren Tobias Meyers and D. M. Miller, 
of the Milledgeville church, spent a few hours 
with us last week. They report the Milledge- 
ville church in a very hopeful condition, and 
really feel encouraged over the prospects of 
the future. 




It is reported that there is a movement on 
foot to cut a canal through Galilee, Palestine, 
so as to let the water from the Mediterranean 
Sea into the Sea of Galilee, the River Jordan 
and the Dead Sea. Should this scheme 
prove successful it would make the water in 
the Sea of Galilee 600 feet deeper than it 
now is; cause the water in the upper part of 
the river Jordan to rise 600 feet, and the low- 
er part of the stream over 1,200 feet. It 
would also cause the Dead Sea to rise 1,300 
feet, and flow southward over the desert till 
it would reach the Sea of Archibald, thus en- 
abling large vessels to pass down the River 
Jordan on their route to India. At present 
the river is not more than from 50 to 200 feet 
wide, but this scheme would make it several 
miles wide, and over 600 feet deep at the 
shallowest, place below the Sea of Galilee. 
What effect it would have on Palestine is im- 
possible to estimate, but as there is at present 
a sea in front of Jerusalem, there would be 
one in the rear, fulfilling the state of affairs 
predicted by Zechariah 14: 8, as follows: 

" And it sLall be in that day, that the liviDg waters 
shall go out from Jerusalem ; half of them toward the for- 
mer sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in Sum- 
mer and Winter shall it be." 

It would make Palestine a great commer- 
cial center, and render traveling to the place 
both pleasant and inviting. j. h. m. 


All through the history of the human race 
it has been considered a sad affliction to bury 
a member of the family. This affliction is 
experienced as keenly by the poor as by the 
wealthy and learned. But to this affliction 
custom is adding another burden that proves 
equally painful to many families in limited 
circumstances. We refer to the expenses and 
labors attending sickness and death. By the 
Scriptures we are required to visit the sick 
and administer to the wants of the afflicted, 
and also, weep with those that weep, and 
mourn with those that mourn. But we are 
certainly not required to lay burdens on peo- 
ple that are unjust and wholly uncalled for. 
Let us now refer to some of these burdens. 
A family is afflicted by one of its members 
being sick, nigh unto death. The neighbors 
are expected to help care for the sick. Sev- 
eral women manage to be on hand for dinner, 
thus requiring an extra amount of cooking. 
Those who are to " watch the sick at night, 
manage to be there for both supper and 
breakfast. Thus it continues during the 
whole period of sickness. Why could not 
the women manage to call in the forenoon 
and also in the afternoon, and so manage 
their visits as not to put the family to the ex- 
tra expense and trouble of cooking for them ? 
Those who are to care for the sick could 
also manage to call after supper and leave be- 

fore breakfast. They should make a special 
effort to make the burden as easy as possible. 
There are instances in afflicted families when 
the women folks work themselves almost to 
death, cooking for visitors that come to see a 
sick member of the family. There is no use 
m making a tavern out of a house just be- 
cause some one in the family chances to be 
sick. It is good to have many friends, but 
they should not make too much of a burden 
of themselves. With a little effort in the 
right way they could easily make themselves 
an aid instead of burden. 

If the sick person chances to die, the 
friends become still more burdensome. Some 
one must be sent to the store for a load of 
provisions. Then several of the neighboring 
women must spend a whole day, baking, cook- 
ing and getting up a big dinner for the day 
of the funeral. During all this time the 
house looks more like a house of feasting 
than a house of mourning'. We do not like 
to call it a sin, but we do say that it is an un- 
called for piece of extravagance. What is 
the use of all this expense and burden? 
Look at the cost of it ? There are hundreds 
of instances where this very thing is carried 
on at the expense of a man who has to work 
by the day to make a living. This is some- 
thing that we cannot lay at the door of others, 
for the Brethren are just as bad as the world 
in this respect, and in most instances they 
may be a little worse. We preach non-con- 
formity to the evils of the world, and then 
fall right in with one of the errors, and actu- 
ally excel the world in it. This is a specimen 
of some of our inconsistency. 

Now for the remedy. Our ministers should 
occasionally point out this evil to the people 
as well as any other evil, and then be careful 
that that they do not practice the evil them- 

While attending the sick, endeavor to be a 
help instead of a burden. And when there is 
a death in the family, let no more cooking be 
done than what is necessary for the family 
and the few that may be helping with the 
work. Let others take their meals at home. 
Let every thing be done with a view of aid- 
ing the afflicted family. Instead of having a 
big dinner on the day of the funeral, close up 
the house, take the bereaved ones home with 
you and let them have a rest. 

People who desire important reforms have 
a chance to do an excellent work here. Mill- 
ions of dollars may be saved annually, and 
many hearts be made to rejoice, by having 
their burdens lessened. It is not right to 
perpetuate a custom that is distressing to the 
poor, and of no particular benefit to any one. 

J. H. M. 

In his article on the resurrection this week, 
Bro. O. K. Dodderer teaches that there is no 
spiritual body between death and the resur- 
rection. We cannot see how he can harmo- 
nize that doctrine with a few things very 

clearly set forth in the New Testament. 
Long after his death, and before the resur- 
rection, Mosas appeared on the Holy Mount 
with Christ. If the body was not spiritual, 
we are a little puzzeled to know what it was. 
Furthermore, we find both the rich man and 
Lazarus in the unseen world with bodies that 
were certainly distinct from the bodies they 
possessed while living. Then John saw un- 
der the altar the souls of those who were be- 
headed for Christ. These all had shapes, — 
bodies by which they could be recognized 
and identified. The souls of men must cer- 
tainly possess forms even independent of the 

Aug. 17th is the day set for. delegates, from 
the differ3nt congregations of Southern Ohio, 
to meet in what is known as Nead's upper 
meeting-house to make preliminary arrange- 
ments for next Annual Meeting. The notice is 
s lort, but it is hoped ' that all the churches 
will be represented. Several places have al- 
ready been examined, and will be offered. 
The different railroads are also manifesting 
some interest in regard to the location. This 
notice ought to have appeared last week, but 
it did not reach us till about five hours after 
the last issue went on the press. 

The Cynosure is mistaken in saying that we 
hold to the name German Baptists. From 
times immemorial our people called them- 
selves the Brethren. Our hymn book is 
called "The Brethren's Hymn Book," and the 
term has become so woven into our literature 
that it cannot now be dispensed with. Histor- 
ically the name German Baptist has been 
largely applied to us in former years, but of 
late it is used but little. We shall continue 
to call ourselves the Brethren as we have al- 
ways done heretofore. 

The Gospel Messenger, 

A rkligious weekly, published in the interest of the 
Brethren, or German Baptist church, is an uncompro- 
mising advocate of Primitive Christianity in all its an- 
cient purity. 

It recognizes th<^ New Testament as the only infallible 
rule of faith and practice. 

And maintains that the sovereign, unmerited, unso- 
licited grace of God is the only source of pardon, and i 

That the vicarious sufferings and meritorious works of 
Christ are the only price of redemption : 

That Faith, Repentance and Baptism are conditions of 
pardon, and hence for the remission of sins: 

That Trine Immersion or dipping the candidate three 
times, face-forward, is Christian Baptism: 

That Feet- Washing, as taught in John 13, is a divine 
command to be observed in the church: 

That the Lord's Supper is a full meal, and in connec- 
tion the Communion, should be taken in the even- 
ing, or after the close of the day : 

That the Salutation of the Holy Kifr, or Kiss of Chari- 
ty, is binding upon the followers of Christ: 

That War and Retaliation are contrary to the spirit 
and self denying principles of the religion of Jesus Christ: 

That a Non-Conformity to the world in dress, customs, 
daily walk and conversation is essential to true holiness 
and Christian piety. 

It maintains that in public worship, or religious exer- 
cises, Christians should appear as directed in 1 Cor. 

It also advocates the scriptural duty of anointing the 
sick with oil in the name of the Lord. 

In short, it is a vindicator of all that Christ and the 
Apostles have enjoined upon us, and aims, amid the con- 
flicting theories and discords of modern Christendom, to< 
point out ground that all must concede to be infallibly: 

Price, $1.50 per annum. Sample copy and agent's 
outfit free. Address Brethren's Publishing Co., Mount 
Morris, Ogle Co., III., or Box 50, Huntingdon, Pa. 



Home, home! sweet, sweet home; there is no place like home. 

have had, bad they been allowed or taught to 
enjoy the 6unlight when young. 



Sunshine is a blessing: the greatest natural 
blessing that God has bestowed upon us. If 
the sunshine was suddenly withdrawn from 
'us, everything would finally perish. Nothing 
would grow, and it would not rain anymore. 
Sunlight is the commonest thing we know of 
and at the same time it is one of our greatest 
earthly blessings. The sun warms and ani- 
mates tlie eartli. We see its handiwork in the 
•growth of the forest, the carpeting of the 
meadow, and the tinting of the rose. On the 
ladder of the sunbeam water climbs to the 
sky and falls again as rain. Up to the sun 
then we trace all the hidden manifestations of 
power. As we sit arid read by our oil and 
gas lights, how strange the thought that their 
light and heat streamed down upon the earth 
ages ago, and were kept safely stored away by 
a Divine care, in order to provide for our com- 
fort! ' To carry the idea still further, we see 
that the present warmth of our bodies all 
came from the same source — the sun. It 
mostly fell in the sunbeams of last Summer 
upon our gardens and fields, was present in 
the potatoes, cabbage, corn, etc., we have eaten, 
as fuel, and to-day re-appears in our bodies as 
heat and motion. 

The relation of sunshine to health is a very 
important matter. The potato sprout that 
grows in a dark cellar is pale and tender, 
while vegetation that grows in the sunlight 
has more strength and color. Sometime ago 
a mother took her pale and sickly ch'ld to the 
doctor to see what could be done for it. "You 
are slowly killing j'our child by keeping it 
from the sunlight," exclaimed the doctor. 
"Your child does not need medicine. Dress 
it comfortably and let it be in the sunshine 
very day." The mother did as the doctor 
advised her, and in a few months she was 
gratified to see her child rapidly improving 
in health. After it was allowed to enjoy the 
pleasant sunshine day after day "the darling 
little one" soon began to have the beautiful 
rosy cheeks of health, colored by the same 
power that paints the rain-bow and the flowers. 

I have heard mothers use language like 
this: "Dear, child do put on your bonnet; the 
sun will tan you as black as a little Indian"!!! 
It is wrong to speak in that way, for it engen- 
ders pride. The child is apt to grow up with 
the impression that it is something dishon- 
orable to let the sun shine in his face, because 
tt tans his skin. Our daughters, especially, 
soon learn to avoid the sunshine almost as 
they would a serpent. And when they grow 
up to womanhood they discover that ruddy 
meeks are considered pretty and in too many 
instances they are tempted to resort to artifi- 
jial paints which Satan has invented to de- 
ceive them. And more than all that, they 
ivill not have as good health as they might 

A Letter of Consolation from Dr. 
Jin to Miss E Hubbard. 


Philadelphia, Febuary 12, 1750. 

Dear Child— I condole with you. We 
have lost a most dear and valuable relation, 
but it is the will of God and Nature that 
these mortal bodies be laid aside when the 
soul is to enter into real life. 'Tis rather an 
embryo state — a preparation to living; a man 
is not completely born until he is dead. 
Why, then, should we grieve that a new child 
is born among the immortal?, a hew member 
added to their society? 

We are spirits. That bodies should be lent 
to us while they can afford us pleasure, assist 
us in acquiring knowledge, or in doing good 
to our fellow-creatures, is a kind and benev- 
olent act of God. When they become unfit 
for their purposes, and give us pain instead 
of pleasure, instead of an aid become an in- 
cumbrance, and answer none' of the intentions 
for which they were given, it is equally kind 
arid benevolent that a way is provided by 
which we may get rid of them. That way is 

We ourselves, prudently in some cases 
choose a partial death. A mangled, painful 
limb, which cannot be restored, we willingly 
cut off. He that plucks out a tooth, parts with 
all the pains and possibility of pains and 
diseases it was liable to or capable of making 
him suffer. 

Our friend and we are invited abroad on a 
party of pleasure that is to last forever. His 
chair was first ready, and he has gone before 
us. We could not conveniently all start to- 
gether; and why should you and I be grieved 
at this, since we are" soon to follow, arid we 
know where to find him? 

Adieu, my dear good child, and believe 
that I shall be, in every state, your affection- 
ate papa. Benjamin Franklin. 

accomplish the object of his earthly existence. 
It will be our constant aim to secure cheerful 
obedience. If we succeed in teaching our 
darling little son to obey from principle, 
from a sense of duty and love, we shall feel 
well repaid for all our efforts at his training. 

Power of Kindness. 

A Soliloquy.— One Year Old To-day. 


The first year of Jesse's life ends to-day. 
We, too, are that .much older, — that much 
nearer the grave. What the future events 
of our child's life may be, we do not know, 
nor do I wish to know. The past is a record: 
the future is a blank, yet to be written. Sim- 
ply to wish that his life may be useful and 
happy, will do but little good unless we can- 
nect with that wish our utmost endeavors to 
mould his character in accordance with the 
Divine will. The wearing of plain clothing 
is obedience to an important Gospel principle, 
and so the eating of plain food is obedience 
to the most important law of Hygiene. The 
eating of pies, cakes, jellies, preserves, etc. 
is unnecessary and is as much a violation of 
Hygienic law, as is the wearing of ruffles, 
flounces, jewelry, etc., a violation of Gospel 
law. We shall try to teach our child the im- 
portance of plainness in dress, in food, in 
manners and in everything that will best 

The world of fiction hardly contains a more 
thrilling chapter than an incident which mark- 
ed the life of the late Kev. Mr. Lee, Presby- 
terian minister of the Village of Waterford, 
New York. 

Mr. Lee was sitting in his study, about mid- 
night, preparing a discourse to deliver to his 
congregation, when he heard a noise behind 
him, and became conscious that some one was 
in the room. 

Mr. Lee exclaimed: "What is the matter? 
"And turning around in his chair, he beheld 
the grim face of a burglar, who was pointing 
a pistol at his breast. The ruffian had enter- 
ed the house by a side window, supposing all 
the occupants were locked in slumber. 

"Give me your watch and money," said he." 
"and make no noise, or I will fire." 

"You may put down your weapon; for I 
shall make no resistance, and you are at lib- 
erty to take all the valuables I possess," was 
Mr. Lee's calm reply. 

The burglar withdrew his menacing pistol, 
and Mr. Lee said: 

"I will conduct you to the place where my 
most precious treasures are." 

He opened the door and pointed to the cot 
where his two children lay slumbering in the 
sweet sleep of innocence and peace. 

"These," said he, "are my choicest jewels. 
Will you take them V 

He proceeded to say, that as a minister of 
the Gospel, he had few earthly posessions, 
and that all his means were devoted to but 
one object — the education of the two mother- 
less childreri. 

The burglar was visibly affected by these 
remarks. Tears filled his eyes, and he ex- 
pressed the utmost sorrow in regard to the 
act which he had been about to commit. 

After a few remarks by Mr. Lee, the would- 
be criminal consented to kneel and join in 
prayer; and there in that lonely house, amid 
the silence of midnight, the offender poured 
forth his penitence and remorse, while the 
representative of the religion of peace, and 
good-will, told hin to "go and sin no more." 
Such a scene has few parallels. 

The progress of Christianity since the be- 
ginning is given as follows: Day of Pente- 
cost, 3,000; end of first century, 500,000; reign 
of Constantine, 10,000.000; eighth century, 30, 
000,000; Kef ormation, 100,000,000; in 1S83, 


. ♦ . 

"James," said a young wife, to her hus- 
band, a few days after marriage, "you were 
honest enough to tell me that the chiinney 
smoked, but why didn't you tell me that you 
smoked yourself?" 

Men and watches 
when they run down. 

don't amount to much 




As cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far 

From Campbell, Ionia Co., Mich.— July 22. 

Dear Brethren: — 

A few lines from this part of the Lord's 
vineyard will not be out of place. Will let 
you know that we are still alive temporally, 
and I hope spiritually. We are not altogether 
dormant, though we are not as lively as we 
should be. In the one good cause — the 
Sunday-school cause, this neighboibood has 
awakened from their lethargy and sleep. In 
May we organized a Sunday-school, and our 
attendance of scholars is from 75 to 105, av- 
erage about 90. A good interest is manifest- 
ed by both teachers and scholars, verses mem- 
orized each week by the children average 
from 400 to 699. As liigb as 80 verses were 
memorized in one week by a single scholar. 
Our members, however, generally speaking, 
are slack in attending. If members send 
their children to Sunday-school, they ought 
to go too, and help to instruct them and oth- 
ers. "Teach a child in the way he should go, 
and when he is old, he will not depart from 
it." J. G. Winey. 

Notes of Travel. 

On the 8th of February, for the purpose of 
visiting my relatives, and also to improve my 
health, I left the beautiful Valley of Vir- 
ginia, and a host of kind friends, en route for 
the West. And had it not been for the 
thought of leaving dear children behind, the 
ride over the mountains, which abound with 
grand scenery, would have been richly enjoy- 
ed. Arrived in Eaton, Pueblo Co., Ohio, on 
the 10th; was met by my youngest brother, 
Samuel D. Niswander, whom I had not seen 
for twenty-two years, he being only a boy of 
eighteen years, in the time of the Eebellion, 
when he and two older brothers, left the Val- 
ley of Virginia in order to rid themselves of 
the great calamity that was flooding the coun- 
try at that time. Now twenty-two years have 
passed by since that time; through the kind 
hand of Providence, I ha^e been permitted to 
meet them all again, but not as we met be- 
fore. I could see many traces of sorrow on 
their brows. The gray locks on their heads, 
indicate that time waits for no man. In that 
vicinity I spent three weeks pleasantly, visit- 
ing friends. I also visited that beautiful 
town, Eaton; spent several hours with my 
nephew, Isaiah C. Niswander, ( son of Chris- 
tian Niswander of Virginia, ) who was at his 
post as a telegraph operator. I was then tak- 
en to Wheatville graveyard, three miles 
south of Eaton. There I was overcome with 
sadness, while standing by my mother's grave, 
who had been sleeping there fourteen years. 
There I thought of the many good counsels 
and admonitions that fell unheeded from her 
lips. Now the little mound overgrown with 
sod, and the white marble, whereon her name 
is written; all show positively that she is 
dead) her sweet voice is heard no more; those 

hands which used to administer to our wants, 
are cold in death. 

In 1869 after the war closed, and all was 
calm, she left her home, near Harrisonburg 
Virginia, in perfect health, for the purpose of 
visiting her dear boys, whom she had not 
seen for a long time. And while enjoying 
their company, the pale horse and his rider 
passed that way, and laid his icy hand on my 
poor mother. 

On the 3rd of March, in order to see more 
of that beautiful country, and also to get a 
good spring-wagon ride, in company with 
brother Isaac, his wife and little daughter, 
we started for Union City, Dark Co., Ohio, 
near which place my brother, Joel Niswander, 
resides. As the weather was very cold, and 
the distance being forty- five miles, I did not 
enjoy the ride as well as I expected; never- 
theless, we got there. Found my brother 
and family well. I was much pleased with 
his new home, which he purchased a few 
years ago. Spent several days with him 
pleasantly, a^tar which tincn I sfcirLed for 
Lima, where resides my brother-in-law, John 
H. Beery, who married my sister. Oh, what 
joy to meet with dear friends whom we have 
not seen for a long time. We almost forget 
for a time, the sorrow and trouble that this 
life is heir to. But notwithstanding all this, 
I enjoy myself very well in visiting frinds 
here in Allan Co. Met many kind friends 
whom I never saw before, but their kindness 
to me will always be remembered. 

This is a beautiful country, and apparently 
very healthy. I have been here over four 
months, and heard of only one death. My 
health is improving rapidly, for which I am 
very thankful. 

Wheat harvest is just over; is said to be a 
very light crop. Oats, hay, potatoes and veg- 
etables of all kinds, in abundance. Fruit is 
scarce here, and as I am a great lover of fruit, 
it makes me think more of home, in Virginia, 
where fruit is plenty. 

"What joy to meet with friends so dear; 
Whoes absence caused a bitter tear 

From weeping eyes to flow. 
But meeting here, is all in vain, 
We only meet to part again; 
J n this sad world of woe. 

"But there's a land of joy, and peace, 
Where lasting pleasures never cease. 

There Jesus Christ doth reign. 
There parted fiiends, again shall meet; 
With love and joy. each other greet, 

And never part again." 

Kate A. Gocghenour. 

St. Louis Meeting-house Fund. 

Dear Brethren: — 

The following amounts have been re- 
ceived since our last report. 
James Royer, Lexington, West Cones- 
toga chureh, Pa $17 00 

Samuel Shawver, Belief ontaine, Ohio. 4 00 

Allen A. Oberlin, Venice, 111 1 00 

Sarah Berkley, South Waterloo church, 

sent by W. Ikenberry, Iowa .'.... 5 00 
Wm. M. Lyon, Greenland, Greenland 

church, W. Va 2 30 

Lewis W. T, eeter, Hagerstown, Nettle 

Creek church, Ind 3 50t 

David C. Ullery, South Bend, Ind. . . . 49 71 

David George, Ashton, 111 5 00 

A Sister, Polo, 111 1 (XX 

John Metzgeb, Treasurer. 

Froni Moore's Store, Va. — July 24. 

Dear Brethren: — 

We held our regular Council-meeting 
at Flat Rock last Saturday, in the forenoon, 
harvest-meeting in the afternoon, and preach- 
ing next day. Our Brethren from Linville 
Creek were present to cheer us on in the path 
of duty. Brethren Wine and Zigler address- 
ed us at our harvest-meeting, and brother S. 
H. Myers next day. Our Communion-meet- 
ing will be held at Flat Rock, on Saturday, 
Oct. 13th, beginning at 2 P. M. All seem 
to be well pleased with the Gospel Messen- 
ger. May peace flow like a river throughout 
the borders of Zion. Daniel Hays. 

From Thornton, W. Va.— July 24. 

Dear Brethren : — 

I received a note from Bro. Cochran 
to come and baptize his daughter Ella,, as she 
was in a critical condition and he thought 
she could not last long. So on the 21st we i 
boarded the train at Thornton, and at five 
o'clock of the next evening we were at our 
place of destination, and the first man we 
saw and knew, was brother Friedly. We 
found all well, except the young woman re- 
ferred to. The evening passed away in pleas- 
ant conversation. The next day at 11 o'clock 
we had meeting at the house of Bro. Cochran. 
A large crowd gathered, and after preaching; 
we went where there was "much water," and 
administered the rite of baptism to two of I 
brother Cochran's daughters, instead of one. 
We carried the sick sister in on a chair, and! 
she was "born of water," and we don't hesi- 
tate to say "and of the Spirit," in the pres- 
ence of a large and well-behaved people. 
The sight was one of more than ordinary; 
solemnity, and it seemed that the "Spirit of 
God moved upon the water," and joy and f 
gladness seemed to crown our efforts. The 
The people in this place, Toll Gate, had never 
seen our people baptize before. We tried to.| 
preach in the evening in the Baptist church- 
house. After meeting we retired to brother 
Cochran's and, after a hearty repast, tooki 
the train at 8 : 20 P. M. and were s oon on our ! 
way homeward. Z. Annon. 

Glen Hope Church Dedication. 

The church-house at Glen Hope is now 
completed, and, no providential interference, 
we expect to have the dedication on the 2nd 
of September. The members also decided to 
hold their Love-feast at the same time. An 
invitation is extended to our brethren and 
sisters to be present at the meetings. As* 
there has been considerable interest manifest- 
ed in the Glen Hope project, we look for a 
good representation from our surrounding* 
churches. Those that expect to come by rail, 
will make their arrangements, so as to bpar4 



;he morning train, on the main line of the 
Pacific E. E. to Bells Mills. From here they 
will take the narrow guage road to Utahville. 
We have the promise of excursion tickets 
from Bells Mills to Utahville and return. 
[n order that ample provisions will be made 
for all, I would suggest that all who expect 
;o come, either by rail or private conveyance, 
inform the writer of the same. 

J. W. Wilt. 
Warrior smark, Fa. 

Home Again. 

After an absence of six months, traveling 
in Oregon, Washington T'y., and Idaho T'y., 
we are at home again. We are thankful for 
i safe and pleasant trip. Some may wish to 
know what the North-west affords: to such we 
will give what facts we have, if they Avill write 
;o us. It may be enough to say here that we 
lid not find the country we were looking for. 
Very many who went to the Pacific coast to 
ive, are coming back. Before you sell and 
nove, go and see the country. We found ex- 
jellent brethren and friends on the way; 
;hey are all remembered and their kindness 
ives in our hearts. God will bless 
ihem. As we neared home, our heaits beat 
ight in bright anticipation. The old home 
lad become dearer while we were deprived of 
ts joys. The thought of meeting the folks 
it home was most sweet. Bat, oh, when al- 
nost there, we heard that mother had cross- 
ed over the river. The old home is not what 
t used to be. She was Christ's for many years. 
Mother, gentle, kind and good, rest in the love 
tncl peace of God. 

After awhile God will take us home too, 
o the land where we shall be satisfied. 

G. A. Shambebgeb. 

Graham, Mo., July 30, 1883. 

Another Opening- in Missouri. 

Dear Brethren : — 

Eecently I visited some friends in 
Springfield, Mo. There I met with a brother 
aid his family, who, not having the privilege 
I hearing the brethren preach very often, 
equested me to hold service at their resi- 
dence. A few neighbors assembled who seem- 
d desirous to know something of "this pe- 
uliar people." Bro. Wertz thinks, and I am 
ure, there is plenty of room in Springfield to 
atroduce primitive Christianity. There I 
eard of a few families of the Brethren living 
bout twelve miles North-west of Springfield 
t the town of Bois D' Arc on the Kansas 
fity, Ft. Scott & Gulf Eailroad. By postal 

made arrangements to stop with them, and 
eld meeting three times in the school-house 
nd once in the Baptist church. The attend- 
nce and attention were good, and the people 
re quite willing to hear the Gospel preached, 
lere, like many other places, is a goodopen- 
ig for the Brethren to build up a church, all 
aat is necessary is for the brethren to go, and 
am sure the members there will gladly co- 
perate, as they are quite anxious to have the 
brethren come and preach for them. I 
ope some who are not living so far from them, 

and I think there are some in adjoining coun- 
ties, also in the same, will make arrangements 
to go and preach for them, and also remember 
the few in Springfield. For information as to 
time and place for preaching, address, P. E. 
Wertz, Springfield, Greene Co., Mo., and eith- 
er of the following named brethren at Bois 
D'Arc, Greene Co., Missouri, S. P. Frame, 
Nathaniel Frame, or Harrison Huston. 

These brethren and sisters are zealous and 
kind, and they have my thanks for their kind- 
ness during my stay with them, and my pray- 
er is that God may sustain them, and I hope 
this letter may be the means of inducing some 
to go and preach for them. 

David Ausheeman. 

Middletown, Md. 

From North Manchester, lad. — Aug - . 2. 

To-day our church met in quarterly council. 
Brotherly feeling seemed to prevail. The at- 
tendance was fair, and considerable business, 
we believe, satisfactorily adjusted. The fut- 
ure prospects of this church are truly encour- 
aging, under the care and management of Eld. 
E. H. Miller. 

We were again made to rejoice to see three 
precious souls make the good confession and 
unite with the church by baptism. 

D. C. Ceipe. 

From St. Louis, Mo.— Aug. 2. 

Dear Brethren: — 
. We are again in this large and busy 
city, for the purpose of getting the St. Louis 
meeting-house on foot, which we hope now 
to have ready for meeting in from 60 to 90 
days, and now once more we say to the breth- 
ren who have subscribed for said house and 
not paid, please remit at once to John Metz- 
ger, Cerro Gordo, Piatt Co. 111. 

John Metzgee. 

Daniel Vaniman. 

From Salem, Oregon.— July 25. 

Dear Brethren : — 

At my last writing I was at Lone Pine, W. 
Ty. Held two meetings there. On Satur- 
day, June 30th, in afternoon, went to Waverly 
P. O., Spokane Co., W. Ty. Held one meet- 
ing Saturday night and two on Sunday. On 
Monday, July 2, had a small Communion 
meeting with eleven communicants. This was 
the first feast of the Brethren ever held there. 
The isolated members desired to have a feast; 
therefore we granted it, and they seemed to 
enjoy it very much. From here Bro. Samuel 
Pefley and Susan Pefley conveyed me to their 
residence, near Moscow, I. Ty. ; had one meet- 
ing. From there Bro. S. Pefiey, Bro. Nathan 
and Sister Mary West, conveyed me back to 
Assotin county, near Lake P. O., Garfield Co., 
W. Ty., about twenty-five miles nearly South 
of Lewistown, where we held four meetings 
in June, with four additions by baptism. This 
time we held meeting on July 7th, in after- 
noon. On Sunday, the 8th, held two meet- 
ings, and by request a small Communion on 
Monday, July 9th, in the afternoon, with 
twelve communicants. Bro. and sister Hop- 

kins met us here. The attention and order 
were excellent; something new to nearly all 
the spectators and some of the members. 
Next morning, early, baptized two sisters, 
making, in all, first and last, six additions 
here by baptism, where the Brethren never 
held meetings before. Took the parting hand 
the morning of July 10th. Bro. A. E. Troy- 
er and wife conveyed me to their residence; 
distance, about thirty miles. Held one 
meeting there; thence to Bro. I. E. Hop- 
kins'; distance, fifteen miles. Held three 
meetings; thence to Dayton on the 17th, and 
by railroad to Portland, Oregon, on the 19tb. 
On the 20th, Bro. Abraham Laman and I 
visited the Lunatic Asylum in E ist Portland. 
By inquiry I ascertained there were about 
265 males and 105 females. Had to think, 
we, who are blessed with our reasoning facul- 
ties, how thankful we should be to the Lord! 
The patients will be moved to Salem in Sep- 
tember, to the new, commodious building that 
the State of Oregon has built for the care of 
the Insane. Held services on S iturday night, 
and twice on Sunday, July 21, and 22, near 
Hubbard, about twenty-five miles nearly north 
of my residence. 

Arrived home on Monday noon, July 23rd, 
found all in usual health. On said trip, was 
absent two months, delivered about forty-five 
discourses in my weak way, enjoyed pretty 
good health. True, at times, I was much fa- 
tigued from travel and labor. Was genera 1 ly 
very well treated, kindly received by both 
Brethren and others. On said trip I travel- 
ed about 1000 miles; about 680 by rail, the 
balance on wagon and spring-wagon ; camped 
out a few nights. Upon the whole I had a 
pleasant trip. For the blessings and privi- 
leges I enjoyed, I feel to thank and praise 
the Lord, and take courage. I also thank 
the Brethren and friends for the kind treat- 
ment they exercised towards me oh my jour- 
ney. Hope the attachment formed will nev- 
er be erased, On said trip there were nine 
additions by baptism, and one reclaimed. — 
Let the good Lord have the praise. While I 
was absent, there were five additions by bap- 
tism here in this county, making in all, since 
New Year, sixteen accessions by baptism in 
the Salem church. May the work of the 
Lord go on and souls be saved. 

David Bboweb. 

From Milford, Ind.— A us 

Dear Brethren : — 

We, the members of Gravel ton, Ind., 
are moving along slowly. We are at a stand- 
still at present. None added by baptism for 
some months. We expect the water soon to 
be troubled, and then to hear that sweet voice, 
"move forward," when some wandering sin- 
ner may be seen to hasten back to his Father's 
house, where the Saints will be heard to say, 
' Bless the Lord, O my soul, for this convert- 
ing power upon oar sons and daughters." — 
Health generally good; the wheat crop in this 
section of country, especially on the clay, 
promises well. Corn very back vt r I — nights 
too cool. Weather dry. 

J, H. Millee. 



Notes of Travel. 


Thursday was set apart for a trip up the 
James River to Richmond, by the Chesapeake 
and Ohio railroad. No one can understand 
this country without traveling through it, and 
many things heretofore a mystery to the writ- 
er, Were made astoundingly clear by this trip. 
The run from Phoebus to Newport News is 
through low, sandy country, with larger or 
smaller bodies of water, seemingly the re- 
mains of the receding tide. The cultivated 
portions are in patches among the marshes, 
and one is made to wonder why any one 
should attempt to cultivate such land, and 
how they manage to subsist by it. One thing 
is clear, if this barren land had not been set- 
tled first, it would never have been settled at 
all. After leaving Newport News, the run is 
up the James River on "the Peninsula," 
where McClellan's vain dream of reaching 
Richmond was terminated in failure. With 
such a country to traverse by an army, with 
success, must have been a grand conception, 
but would have required other than human 
leaders. First, it is barren, so far as a sub- 
sistence is concerned; next, it is swampy; then 
the swamps and upland are all covered by a 
tangle of scrub oak, jack pines, swamp oaks 
and a nameless underbrush, rendering the 
parts not cleared scarcely penetrable by any- 
thing but Southern hounds, thinned down by 
the poorness of the Country. There is abso- 
lutely no thrift here. The farming that is 
attempted is in patches, and we would run for 
many miles through these swampy thickets 
and not see even a hut, then there would be 
a few cleared patches looking as though it 
might have been under the same kind of 
cultivation ever since Noah's flood. 

The buildings are not extensive on these 
tracts, but consist of shanties, seemingly 
without doors, built of the poles the jack pines 
afford, with clapboard roofs. The corn stalks 
of last year are for the most part left stand- 
ing and are so far apart that they look as 
though they must have been lonely when 

Away up towards Richmond are still the 
remains of some of the old slave plantations. 
After traveling for many miles through the 
thicketed, swampy lowland we came to high- 
er ground, where many scattered acres are 
cleared and the buildings •- of the olden time 
are seen; the old mansion, usually one-story, 
encircled with wide verandahs, and having 
high steep gables, while at a distance, or scat- 
tered about, are still the small buildings, or 
slave quarters. No other country than such 
a one, could successfully foster the institution 
known as American slavery with its horrible 
evils, and no other than slave labor, could 
sustain or maintain such a country. Take 
away slavery, and the country is ruined, and 
such has been demonstrated in Virginia. At 
several points along the way are to be seen 
the monuments of the foolishness of some 
Northern dreamer, who meant to redeem that 
country by "Northern capital and Northern 
enterprise," and who found after he had erect- 
ed his buildings, cleared off the brush, that 

only about three years were necessary to 
spend his enterprise, sink his capital, and 
then the sheriff comes along and sues his 
worthless land for debts. It will be a, very 
long time before "Northern capital and en- 
terprise" will, in a general way. seek that coun- 
try for an outlet. . , . 

On starting up through this region the 
question arose to the writer's mind, is it pos- 
sible that we are in the United States, and in 
this age of boasted progress? And why not? 
Here, to the right, is a negro man plowing. — 
Think of it, you farmers with your fine teams 
and beautiful steel plows, turning up a soil 
rich, and so deep that even your subsoiler 
does not reach an intimation of its depth? — 
This man has a miserable looking little steer 
attached to a wooden plow, and is scratch- 
ing a couple of inches deep on an inexhaust- 
ible bed of sand, so sharp and .raw, that it 
would wear out one of those fine steel plows, 
in p. day's plowing; , Yonder, is a man with 
two of the same kind of , cattle vainly trying 
to keep them between the rows of straggling 
corn. "Betty and the ox-cart" may be seen 
an^ morning down at the wharf — a lean, lank 
steier attached i between the shafts of a great 
lumbering cart,, upon which rides a colored 
woman, with such , produce as she has been 
able to raise for market. Some one suggest- 
ed that this was not a verification of the 
Scripture promise"Thy yoke shall be easy and 
thy burden light," for here the yoke is gall- 
ing, and the burden often very heavy, Avith 
the lazy darkey perched on top of the load. 

On our way we saw the genuine "Virginia 
Pig," with its lank body and rooting append- 
age almost half as long as its body, looking 
as though by natural selection it had become 
adapted to pass through the thickets, and 
foot up artichokes (of which there arenone) 
from a long distance below the surface; in- 
deed the whole country seems to have become 
adapted by natural selection — the land to the 
people, the people to the land, and the stock 
to both, so that all agree; and they manage, 
as in olden times, to get along without fences 
of have only those of the most primitive 

At Richmond the scene changes somewhat, 
but everything as compared with our flourish- 
ing northern towns arid cities, seems dilapi- 
dated. We were in the "Rebelcapitol" and 
in the rooms Where the "Rebel Seriate and 
House of Representatives" met. What a 
vain dream, aye! what a sad reality was the 
Rebellion ! We were received by Governor 
Cameron and eritertairied hospitably. The 
members then took carriages arid drove to 
the different points of interest connected with 
the war, and no point received more attention 
than Libby prison, now converted into a 
warehouse for fertilizers, arid the cemeteries, 
where the thousands of the Union and Reb- 
el dead are entombed. The bitter, sad mem- 
ories that are awakened by all these things 
are not, even at this lapse of time, easily ban- 

The excursion throughout,' was a very 
pleasant one, and enjoyed by the participants. 
Too high praise cannot be given to R. S, 
Menamim, the efficient permanent Secretary, 

for his painstaking and care of the comfort 
of the excursionists. 

A, B. Brumbaugh, M, D. 


, Wife and I left Chicago July 6th. I trav- 
el in the interest of my business, and wife 
desires a chance to visit relatives and recu- 
perate her health. We spent a few hours in 
Liijna, Ohio, very pleasantly, on the old farm 
where I had toiled through boyhood. Found 
the, crops in Northern Illinois, Indiana and 
Oliio, along the railroad, rather, late, but. 
promising well. On my way to Dayton I 
foi|nd the crops good. Spent several days 
visiting wife's relatives around Dayton. ,The 
churches , ,in this part of the State are in a, , 
prosperous condition, and many are being 
added to the church. They are of that class , 
whjo feel disposed, to follow the Master. My 
wife remained here, while I went north to Li- 
ma- and Dunkirk. Found Bro. S. T. Bosser- 
majn busy, supplying farmers with hardware 
on the week-days, and laboring in the Sun- 
day-school and ministry on Sunday. The 
church here seems in a very prosperous con- 
dition. I noticed splendid crops of wheat . 
alorig the line of travel to Pittsburg, Somer- 
set and Meyersdale, Pa. At the latter place 
are good prospects for all other kinds of 
crops. The churches at these places seem in 
a good condition; I was really surprised, hav- 
ing read and heard adverse reports concern- 
ing their condition, hence expected to find 
the churches throughout the South-western 
District of Pennsylvania, in a bad condition. 
But I must say that I was agreeably disap- 
pointed, and do not now hesitate in saying 
that these churches are now in a better con- 
dition than they have been for many years. — 
They are pushing the work right along, are 
strongly united, and working for the advance- 
ment of the cause. The opposing element 
seems to have lost the influence it once had. 
The Brethren at Meyersdale have one of the 
largest organized churches in the Brother- 
hood. The members are plain and energetic. 
There is also a large membership around the 
place. They have one of the largest Sab- 
bath-schools iri the Brotherhood, with double 
the numbef in attendance that has* been re- 
ported. We found Bro. C. G. Lint faithful- 
ly at his post. Next week I expect to write 
frorri Virginia and Tennessee: : 

B. A. Hadsell.' 

Is it True? 

I am informed through a letter frofn a 
brothef near Dayton, Ohio, that extensive 1 
circulation is given to a report "that over one 
hundred of our members in Rockingham Co.,' 
Va., have joiried the "Resolution Fraternity." 
The 'brother with no little anxiety asks "Is it I 
true?" to which we say in reply, that we are 
well acquainted with our membefs in Rock- 
ingham Co., and so far as we know, not a sin- 
gle member has withdrawn from us with the 
view of joining either of the factions that have 
gone out from us, and from present indica- 
tions wo nc> r any one ejge need entertain any 



fears of such results within Eockingham, or 
iny other county in the second District of 
Virginia, embracing over a dozen counties, 
in our State. 

"While peace and prosperity is ours, may 
?lory and honor be the Lord's. 

S. E Sanger. 

Rockingham Co., Va. 

Come this Way, Please. 

Dear Brethren : — 

Since the tide of emigration West, is 
ncreasing, I have been requested to write to 
:he Gospel Messenger and say to those who 
ire contemplating coming West, to give us a 
jail, and take a look at our country. ! There 
ire several farms for sale here, of 40,; 80 and 
L20 acres each, at $20 per acre. Good land 
md right among the Brethren; we miich de- 
sire some good Brethren to purchasje those 
'arms; we have good schools. The District 
Meeting for North-western Mo., will be here 
m 7th and 9th September; also Love-feast. — 
[ will here say to those who come from a lev- 
si country, they will think this quiie roll- 
ng, and those coming from hilly and mount- 
dnous countries will think this quite jevel. — 
[here is a large stock farm for sale, hear the 
>orders of Iowa, about 20 miles east of here. 
t is well improved, has a large orchard, and 
san be had for $20 per acre. Write to Ja- 
job Bryant, Beading, Iowa, and for informa- 
ion concerning those farms in the north-east- 
srn part of Nodaway Co.; address W. B. Sell, 

aynOr City, Nodaway Co., Mo. 

From Garden City, Kausas. 

Dear Brethren: — 

This quiet, neatly located town is 118 
liles west of Kansas City, and about 200 
liles east of Pueblo, Colorado, on the A. T. 
nd S. E. B. R, in Finney Co., a new county 
armed last Winter, out of Lequoyah, and 
everal other counties. Garden City is but 
ixteen months old, and is well named, for it 
3 located in a garden — one of the most beau- 
iful spots in the "great West." It is on the 
sft bank of the Arkansas Biver, on the bot- 
am, and is surrounded by fine farms which 
ow teem with grain and vegetables, and is 
a thing of beauty," if not a "joy forever." 

Looking east and west, that is down the 
iver, then up, we see for miles a vast level, 
hen turning northward vou see, for three 
files, the same beautiful country, all of which 
an be irrigated, 


No forests, no trees, save what have been 
lanted, are anywhere visible. No large 
iarns — no immense wheat fields — no thou- 
ands of acres of corn are yet visible; still 
here is corn and wheat. Neither will you 
nd streams of fresh water; yet good water 
Q abundance whenever you want it. 


Leaving the first bottom where there are 
iumerous farms in successful operation, and 
idiere thousands of acres await the patient, 
ndustrious toiler, we go north to the table- 

lands, which are about thirty-five feet high- 
er than the land along the river, and your eye 
will behold land, yes tens and hundreds of 
thousands of acres of land, so neatly, so even- 
ly and grandly put together, that if 100,000 
men with shovels and spades had put it there, 
they could not do it nicer. Here you find 
some farms just opened a year or two, and 
large ditches filled with water, rushing on to 
refresh the corn, oats and vegetables of the 
workers. Here man may make a Paradise, 
so far as beauty and thrift; is concerned. Ev- 
erywhere the water may be led to help along 
vegetation. Not an acre of the thousands 
need go thirsty. I am not: exaggerating when 
I say no country anywhere possesses such 
natural advantages for irrigation. I go fur- 
ther and say that any maik with care and pa- 
tient industry can soon : have a lovely and 
productive home on these table-lands. They 
extend for twenty miles east and west, and 
are from six to ten miles wide. Already sev- 
eral ditches extend through this tract for 
twenty miles. I see here a fine opening for 
men of small means, as well as for those who 
have much money. A man who can come 
here with $1000 may, by prudence, get him- 
self a fine home in a few years. But he must 
not reach for many acres. He may be call- 
ed blessed if he will content himself with 
forty acres. With $1000 he may purchase 
forty acres and fix himself quite well. In 
future letters we shall point out why forty 
acres will be enough for a start. 

In our rambles we saw wheat, oats, corn, 
potatoes, beans and onions by the acre, sweet 
potatoes, artichokes, cabbage, tomatoes, let- 
tuce, radishes, alfalfa, parsnips, clover, blue- 
grass, grapes, apple trees, .peach trees, and 
have been told that strawberries, raspberries 
and blackberries do well. In fact I saw 
enough to convince me that fruit, grains and 
vegetables can be raised successfully. 

Suffice it to say that in this altitude, I feel 
as free of catarrh and bronchitis as before I 
was afflicted with them, and my "youth is re- 
newed as the eagle's," aches and diseases 
seem to have fled. M. M. Eshelman. 

July 10, 1883. 

A Board with a History. 

I spend most of my time out of doors, 
stretched on a board which is covered with 
an old comfortable, resting my head on a 
pillow of wood. On this board lay the corps- 
es of my venerable grandfather, my saintly 
father, and more saintly mother, a brother 
who died of starvation in consequence of a 
tumor in the mouth, and a dear young sister 
who went through the dark valley with a 
marvellous song of triumph on her lips. It 
has been the death-board of our family for 
thirty years. More than a quarter of a cen- 
tury ago it was standing one whole night at 
the window of my chamber whei*e I lay ap- 
parently wrestling with the last enemy. My 
father set it there early in the evening in antic- 
ipation of my decease before morning. Near- 
ly all of those who then encircled my couch, 
witnessing the terrible struggle between life 
and death, have since passed over, Here I 

lie hour by hour, face turned upward, gazing 
into the empyrean through the foliage of a 
cherry tree, thinking, thinking, O what 
thoughts. You must not suppose that I am 
troubled about my hard pillow, or equally 
hard bed; on the contrary, I am aft en thank- 
ful that so many things in my lot remind me 
of the voluntary humiliation of my Savior. — • 
My only aspiration is to be like Jesus, and 
my only sorrow that I am so little like Him. 

C. II. Balsbaugh. 

Don't Borrow. 

Have you been in the habit of borrowing 
this paper? If so, put it down, and go 
straightway and subscribe for it yourself. — 
You say you jenjoy reading the paper, but 
cmnot afford 1}o pay for it yourself. Would 
you rather sponge on your brother or sister, 
who is equally as poor as you are, for theirs? 
Why don't you borrow the baker's loaf or the 
butcher's steak or roast. You might as well 
do either as to boi row a newspaper. There 
would be no newspapers to borrow if all were 
like you; for the printers could not afford to 
print them for the benefit of borrowers; and 
publishers would have to close their offices, 
and go out of business altogether. 

What would be thought of a man who 
would make it convenient every day about 
meal-time to drop in and seat himself at his 
neighbor's table? You might as well do that 
as to avail yourself every week of his intel- 
lectual food without paying for it. The mail 
arrives at the post-office, the papers are open- 
ed and distributed, and you make it conveni- 
ent to hang around and get hold of the paper 
and read it, perhaps even before the owner 
has a chance to get it. He may be too polite 
to repel or deny yon, but you may be sure 
that you lessun yourself, in his estimarien.— 
Review and Herald. 

Lite Insurance. 

I AM opposed to life, or any other insur- 
ance, because I do not believe it is right, nei- 
ther morally, nor scripturally. 

For instance, the Brethren will take poli- 
cies for life insurance all over the country, 
and some one is unfortunate, (some of the 
brethren might say he was fortunate) as to 
die in a short time, and his family should 
get a thousand dollars; is it right that they 
should have the thousand dollars? Have they 
earned it by the sweat of their face ? Is it re- 
ally theirs ? Did they get it honestly ? I think 
not. How did they get the money to pay 
over this thousand dollars? By taking it 
from the people all over the country. Out 
of the thousands they get from the people, 
they pay over this one thousand, and put the 
balance in their pockets, and have thousands 
to loan; have become independently rich. It 
is similar to a lottery; they sell tickets all 
over the county. Some one will draw a val- 
uable prize, and the rest of the ticket buyers 
have paid for it, and more too. Is that an 
honest business? Did he get that prize hon- 
estly? Is it really his? I think all kLcda of 
insurance run somewhat in the same channel. 

S. S. Gar man, 





Aug. 18 and 19. at 10 A. ML. Monroe Co., con- 
gregation, near Frederic, Monroe Co., Iowa. 

Aug. 23 and 24th, at II A. M., Deep River 
ohurch, Powesheik Co.. Iowa. 

Sep*.. 1, Little Traverse church, Arbor 
Springs, Emmet Co., Mich. 

Sept. 8 and 9 in the Verdigris church, Madison, 
Kan. Those coming by rail will please 
notify Chas. M. Yearout. 

Sept. 8 and 9 at 10 A. M.. Beaver Creek church, 
York Co., Neb , at the house of Bro. Sol. 
Furry, 5 miles west, and 4 miles south of 

Sept 12 and 13, at 1 P. M. , in Yellow Creek 
church, Stephenson Co., 111. 

Sept. IS at 2 P. M., Coon Kiver church, Iowa, 
2 miles north of Panora. 

Sept. 14, Black lUver church, Van Buren Co., 
Mich., at Bro. Divid Thomas', about four 
miles north-wist of Bangor. 

Sept. 15 at 2 P. M., Somerset church, Jalapa, 

Sept. 15, at 2 P. M. Dorchester church. Neb., 
at the house of Bro, J. R. Cripe, two miles 
east of Dorchester, Saline Co., Neb. 

Sept. 15, Deep Water church, Henry Co., Mo., 
Stop off at La Due. 

Sept. 15 and 16, at Brownsville, Saline Co., Mo. 

Sept. 15 and 16, at 10: 30 A. M., Coldwater 
church, Butler Co., Iowa, v 

Sept. 15, at 2 P. M., Somerset church, Wabash 
Co., Ind. . 9 miles south of Wabash. 

Sept. 15 and 16, in the Crooked Creek church, 
six miles north east of Keota, Washington 
Co., Iowa. Those coming on the Chicago. 
Rock Island and Pacific R. R., will stop off 
at Keota; those on the B., C. R.&N.R. R., 
will stop off at Nira, where they will be 
met by informing Benjamin Miller. 

Sept. 15 and 16 near Williams, Josephine Co., 

Sept. 15 and 16, at 10 A. M . 2" 2 miles south-west 
of Burr Oak, at Br~. Eli Renner's . 

Sept. 15 and 16. at 1 P. M., Rock Creek, White 
side Co., 111. 

Sept. 18, at 3 P. M., in the Indian Creek 
church, Fayette Co., Pa. 

Sept. 19 and 20, at 1 P. M., at Arnold's Grove, 
Carroll Co ,111. 

Sept. 20, at 3 P. M.,.2'4 miles south of TJnion- 
ville, Appanoose Co., Iowa. 

Sept. 20, at 2 P. M., Bachelor Run church, Car- 
roll Co., Ind., three-fourths of a mile 
south-east of Flora. 

Sept. 21, at 4 P. M., Cherokee church, Chero- 
kee Co., Kan. 

Sept. 12. at 4 P. M., Salamcnie church, Hun- 
tington Co , Ind., at Lancaster meeting- 

Sept. 22 and 23, at 2 P.M., Elk Creek church, 
Johnston Co., Neb., in the meeting-house 
one mile north of Elk Creek Station. 

Sept. 22 and 23, at 2 P. M . in the Bethel church 
at the house of Bro . Samuel Teeter, about 
9 miles N. W. of Carleton, Thayer Co., 
Neb., on the line of the St. Joe and West- 
ern — a branch of the U. P. 
Sept. 28 at 2 P. M., Redwood church, Warren 
Co., Ind. Stop off at West Lebanon, on 
theW.St.L. &P. R.R. 
Sept. 28th, at4P M., Bear Creek church, 

Christian Co., 111. 
Oct. 4th, at 10 o'clock,. in the Clear Creek 

church, Huntington Co., Ind. 
Oct. 6 and 7. at 2 P. M., North Beatrice church, 

sefen miles north of Beatrice, Neb. 
Oct. 6 and 7 at 10 A. M., Middle Creek church, 
Mahaska Co., Iowa. Conveyance from 
New Aharon on the 6th. 

Oct. 6. at 10 A. M., Hudson church, 111. 

Oct. II. allO A M. , Donald's Creek church, 

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mineral poisons in them, unless prescribed by 
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the mortality during an epidemic would be 
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The following schedule went into effect on 
the Huntingdon and Broad Top Mountain R. 
R. on Monday, May 14th, 1883. 








P. M. 

A. M. 

P. M. 


6 05 

8 35 

.. .Huntingdon.. . 

5 55 

12 40 

6 15 

8 48 


5 40 

12 35 

6 22 

8 55 

5 35 

12 23 


9 05 

.. .Marklesburg .. 

5 25 

12 10 

6 43 

9 13 

. . . Coffee Run . . . 

5 15 

'12 00 

6 50 

9 20 

Rough and Ready 

5 09 

11 55 

(5 57 

9 25 

5 01 

11 48 

7 CO 

9 38 

Fisher's Summit 

4 58 

11 45 

7 10 

9 41 


4 48 

11 35 

7 25 

9 52 

.. Riddlesburg. . . 

4 35 

11 20 

7 30 

9 57 

Hopewell. .. 

4 29 

11 13 

7 40 

10 07 

. . .Piper's Run. .. 

4 17 

11 03 

7 51 

10 15 


4 07 

10 52 

3 02 

10 27 


3 58 

10 43 

8 05 

10 30 

....Mt. Dallas.... 

3 55 

10 40 

8 15 

11 00 


3 30 

10 20 

9 55 

12 35 

.. Cumberland,,, 

1 55 

8 45 

P. M, 

P. M. 

?• M? 

A. M, 

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On Monday, June 5th, 1882, the following 
schedule went into effect on the Pennsylvania 

Leave Huntingdon. Arrive Pittsbgh. 

Pacific Express, 6 45 P. M 1 35 P. M. 

Mail 2 13 P. M 8 50 A. M. 

Fast Line 6 00 P. M 11 30 A.M. 

Leave Huntingdon . Arrive Phil'da. 

John-t n Exp'ss, 9 00 A. M 5 05 P. M. 

Day Express. . . . 1 25 P. M 7 35 P. M. 

Mail 3 50P.M. H'bg., 7 30P.M. 

Mail Express ....8 05 P. M 2 55 A. M. 


The following schedule went into effect on 
the Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne and Chicago Rail- 
way on May 27, 1883. Trains leave Pittsburgh 
(city time) for Chicago as follows: 

Leave Pittsburgh. Arr. Chicago. 

Day Express t7 57 A. M. 

Mail Express... *1 12 A, M 6 40 A. M 

Limited Exp'ss,*8 57 P. M 10 40 A. M. 

FattLine §11 42 P. M 6 55 P. M. 

Trains leave Chicago, (city time) for Pitts- 
burg as follows: 
Leave Chicago. Arr. Pittsb'gh, 

Day Express.... t3 40 A. M 6 12 A.M. 

Limited Exp'ss,*5 00 P. M 6 57 A. M. 

Mail Express... *5 40 P. M 12 22 P.M. 

Fast Line *ll 30 P. M. 7 57 P. M. 

*Daily. tDaily, except Sunday. §Daily, 
except Saturday. 



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the West and North-West. 

It is the shortest and best route between 
Chicgo and all points in Northern Illinois, 
Iowa, Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Califor- 
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Montana, Nevada, and for Council Bluffs, 
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Crosse, Owatonna, and all points in Minnes- 
ota, Dakota, Wisconsin and the Northwest. 

At Council the Bluffs Trains of the Chicago 
and North-western and the U. P. R'ys depart 
from and arrive at the same Union Depot. 

At Chicago, close connections are made 
with the Lake Shore, Michigan Central, Bal- 
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and Chicago & Grand Trunk R'ys, and the 
Kankakee and PaD Handle Routes. Close 
connection made at Junction Points. It is 
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man Sleepers on all Night Trains. 

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to buy if they do not read over the Chicago 
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route, and will take none other. 

All Ticket Agents sell Tickets by this line. 
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Gen. Sup't, Chicago. Chicago 

The Gospel Messenger 

"Set for the Defense of the Gospel." 

Bntered at tbe Post-Office at Ml. Mori 
Second Class Matter. 

Vol 21, Old Series. 

Ml Morris, 111., and Huntingdon, Pa., Aug. 14, 1883. 

No. 32. 


H. B. BRUMBAUGH, Editor, 

And Business Manager of the Eastern Hou&e, Box 50, 

Huntingdon, Pa. 

B^~A11 monies due Quinter & Brumbaugh Bros., for "Prim- 
itive Christian" and "Young Disciple," Books. Hymn-books, 
HymnalH. etc., ordered before July 1st, must be paid to them, 
and should be so directed. When money for the old and the 
new firm is sent together, the amount for each firm should be 
named . As we are especially anxious to hare all business con- 
nected with the old firm settled, we kindly ask that all indebt- 
tedness to us made prior to July 1st, be sent us as soon as poe- 
siblo. Please attend to this and much oblige. 


Box 50, Huntingdon, Pa. 

J. B. B. and wife have rented their pleas- 
ant home and have taken quarters in the 
Normal for the coming year, with the inten- 
tion of devoting their time to school work. 

The Altoona City, Pa., Brethren, we are 
informed, have commenced their new church 
building. We wish them success, and hope 
that they may secure enough money to meet 
the whole cost. 

Bro. B. W. Neff, of Mi Jackson, Va., re- 
ports a pleasant thanksgiving meeting and 
one baptism. Bro. Shaver was with them. 
He says that their church is in peace and un- 
ion, as far as he knows. 

The "Revised Minutes" are now ready for 
distribution. They are nicely printed, with 
marginal notes, and indexed, and will be sent 
to all who may order them at 20 cents per 
copy or $2.00 per dozen. Reports of last A; 
M., 25cts each, or five for $1.00. 

George Brumbaugh and son and son-in- 
law, of Waterside, Pa., called upon us on 
last Sunday morning, on their return from 
Eastern Maryland, where they have been 
spying out the land with a view of locating 
there in the near future. There are several 
families there already from their neighbor- 
hood, which will make it more homelike for 
those avIio may yet go. 

Bro. C. H. Balsbaugh says: "I have been 
alone and yet not alone, through the season 
of haying and harvesting. Many and deep 
and high and sad and joyous have been my 
thoughts and feelings in my isolation. My 
heart and head are full to bursting with great 
things God has given me to say to "Zion and 
the world." It affords us much comfort to 
thus learn of the fullness of some, in the 
midst of the terrible leanness that seems to 
have taken hold of so many. That there is 
a great leanness of soul in the Christian 
world, is a sad truth apparant to many. Not 
because there is a lack of spiritual food, but 
the appetite for it is declining. We are grow- 
ing into spiritual dyspepsia. "O, that my 
people would consider." 

There seems to be considerable misunder- 
standing about the work of our last Annual 
Meeting. Those who are anxious to know 
just what was done should send for a copy of 
the Report. It will cost only 25cts, and will 
give you all the information you may want. 

We, of late, have received several postal 
orders calling for fifty cents. To pay thir- 
teen cents to send fifty seems like a waste of 
money, and we feel to advise our patrons 
against doing so. For sums of less than one 
dollar send stamps until the postal notes can 
can be had, which will be soon. They will 
cost only three cents, and will be a great con- 
venience when once in circulation. 

On last Monday morning we buried our 
aged and highly respected citizen, Thomas 
Fisher. He was one among the earliest set- 
tlers of the place, and for many years, the 
leading business man of the place. Being 
strictly honest and upright in all his business 
relations, he made to himself many friends, 
who looked to him as one in whom implicit 
confidence could be placed, and in all his 
dealings, no mean thing could be laid to his 
charge. In his habits of life, he was regular 
and temperate, which gave him wealth and 
health, so that he passed away as a sheaf ful- 
ly ripe, honored and respected by all who 
knew him. He was a consistent member of 
the Presbyterian church, — was kind to the 
poor, and was ever ready to give good coun- 
sel to those who sought it of him. Thus, one 
after another, the old fathers are called to 
their reward. 

Through the vigilance of brother Keeny 
and his lawn mower, the "Normal College" 
yard presents unusual attractions. The lawn 
is beautiful indeed, and the blooming flower 
beds along the walks add greatly to the at- 
tractions of the place. But it is not the out- 
side alone that is being made presentable to 
the eye and comfortable to the touch. The 
inside is also securing touches of beauty and 
comfort. The paper hangers are now busily 
at work on the ladies' hall, and when done, 
and neatly carpeted, the dormitories will be 
as neat and tidy as little parlors. These, 
heated by steam, cannot be otherwise than 
comfortable. Sister Keeny and her helps 
are also busy, canning huckleberries and 
blackberries, of which there is an abundant 
crop, thus making due preparations for the 
inward, as well as the outward man. On the 
whole we think that the prospect for an en- 
joyable stay at the Normal for the coming 
Winter is very good, and we hope that there 
may be a goodly number present to enjoy it. 

Bro. Quinter goes to the Aughwic church 
on Saturday to attend their harvest-meeting, 
which they are in the habit of holding an- 
nually. At such meetings would be a good 
time to take a collection for Missionary work. 

Any minister, by sending three three-cent 
stamps to Rev. A. J. Junkins, Room 10, No. 
87 Washington Street, Chicago, 111., can get 
a copy of "The People t's.the Liquor Traffic," 
a book of 300 Avell printed pages. It is said to 
be one of the best books out on the temper- 
ance question. 

The tombs of Egypt continue to furnish 
evidence in support of the Scriptures. In one 
at Sakkarat the name and titles of Joseph 
have been found, and inscriptions virtually 
calling him the savior of the people. In an- 
other at Thebes a painting has been discover- 
ed, which it is decided, represents the He- 
brews making bricks. In every field of orient- 
al archaeology confirmations of the Scriptttres 
are found. — Ex. 

We sent Almanacs to several persons in 
each District, for the purpose of having the 
"Ministerial List" corrected. Eld. D. P. Say- 
lor was the first one to respond. It came 
back, with the list corrected, in five days from 
the time it left our office. If all would dis- 
patch business in this way, our list would 
soon be ready for the printers. If any who 
have received the Almanac for correction, 
have not yet attended to it, we hope they will 
do so at once, or it will bo too late. 


Dear Brethren: 

I do not want you to think that I am a 
fault-finder, but I woidd like to ask you why 
you put advertisements in your paper; such 
as Railroad and Clover Hullcr advertise- 
ments. M. L. B. 

Answer: It takes close managing in a 
printing office to make both ends meet, and 
by inserting a few reliable advertisements, 
we help to defray our expenses. Advertisers 
generally pay well for space in a paper like 
the Messenger; and that is quite a help to 
the office. Railroads usually grant publish- 
ers, special traveling favors, and then, in turn, 
desire us to insert their time table in the pa- 
per. If we- did not favor them in that way, 
our traveling expenses would amount to sev- 
eral hundred dollars a year. We aim to in- 
sert nothing that will prove injurious to ei- 
ther the paper, the cause of religion or the 
success of our patrons. We reject more than 
half of the advertisements offered to us. — 
We think more of principle than money. 

t. H. M. 




Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that 

needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the 

Word of Truth. 


Bed in the day with God! 

He is thy sun and day; 
His is the radiance of thy dawn, 

To him address thy lay. 

Sing a new song at morn ! 

Join the glad woods and bills, 
Join the fresh wind and seas and plains, 

Join the bright flowers and rills. 

Sing thy first song to God! 

Not to thy fellow-man, 
Not to the creatures of his hand, 

But to the glorious One. 

Awake, cold lips, and sing! 

Arise, dull knees, and pray ! 
Lift up, man, thy heart and eyes; 

Brush slothfulness away. 

Look up, beyond these clouds ! 

Thither thy pathway lies; 
Mount up, away, and linger not — 

Thy goal is yonder skies. 

Cast every weight aside ! 

Do battle with each sin; 
Fight with the faithless world without, 

The faithless heart within. 

Take thj- first meal with God! 

He is thy heavenly food; 
Feed with and on him; he with thee 

Will feast in brotherhood. 

Take thy first walk with God ! 

Let him go forth with thee; 
By stream, or sea, or mountain -path, 

Seek still his company. 

Thy first transaction be 

With God himself above; 
So shall thy business prosper well, 

And all the day be love ! 

— Selected. 



Thebe is no more spiritual strength or life 
to be received from the manner of observing 
the ordinance as regards the mode, as in the 
action or posture. We should be as careful 
how zealous we become in defending the 
primitive mode of baptism. It avails but lit- 
tle when we contend for a certain form, re- 
gardless of historical, together with the Scrip- 
tural evidence, that stand ready to condemn 
us. It does not matter whether Ave contend 
for sprinkling, pouring, single or trine im- 
mersion, when we follow Christ, John, Phil- 
ip and the rest of the apostles in the prepa- 
ration for baptism. "They went down into 
the water." This part is absolutely necessa- 
ry; then what use is it to endeavor to shun 
the rest of it? "When we once get "down in- 
to the water," we are not so particular wheth- 
er we are immersed or not. 

There are many links missing in the chain 
of time. Many changes have been made in 
handing down the doctrines of the mother 
churches to their successors. Many faithless 
hands have ministered. Fanatics, not de- 
serving the honor conferred upon them by 
confiding brethren and sisters, imagined they 
were inspired from on high, invaded the 

councils and "changed the ordinances," and 
elevated their respective opinions above the 
plain Word of God. Such is the manner by 
which words of life have been desecrated. — 
Yet there were embers of truth that had not 
yet ceased to burn in zealous hearts. They 
glowed forth in burning revolutions or refor- 
mations with splendor and telling effect. — 
Thus it has been and probably will be till 
"the end shall come," when God himself will 
come to wreak vengeance on those who have 
defied Him and His powers. 

The Scripture references used in our last 
article do not teach what the action in bap- 
tism is. They tell us what mode they prac- 
ticed. We find only one command in the 
New Testament — that what baptism should 

Before the ascension, Christ was teaching 
and encouraging the disciples and telling 
them of His power. Finally He says, "All 
power is given unto me, in heaven and in 
earth; go ye therefore, and teach all nations, 
baptizing them in the name of the Father, 
and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost." — 
The latter part of this text is used by nearly 
every administrator, yet it is questionable 
whether they make their actions correspond 
with their words or not. We shall endeavor 
to make all sides clear before we get through, 
then let the unprejudiced reader decide for 
himself, which is Christian baptism. 

By Christian baptism, we mean that ob- 
served as Christ commanded. We shall now 
apply the form used. "Go ye therefore, and 
teach all nations, baptizing them in the name 
of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Ho- 
ly Ghost," is an imperative sentence; "ye" is 
the subject, "go" and "teach" are the predi- 
cates, modified by "therefore," a simple ad- 
verbial element of the first class, and "na- 
tions," an objective element of the first class, 
modified by "all," an adjective element; bap- 
tizing is equivalent to a conjunction and the 
simple form of the verb; however, this does 
not alter the grammatical relations existing 
between the elements used in the construc- 
tion of the formula. "Baptize" is limited by 
"them," an objective element of the first 
class, and by "in the name of the Father, 
and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost," 
three adverbial elements of the second class, 
of which "in name" is the basis, modified by 
"the," a simple adjective element of the first 
class, and by "of the Father," an adjective 
element of the second class, of which "of 
Father" is the basis, modified by "the," an 
adjective element of the first class. "And" 
is a co-ordinate conjunction, connecting sim- 
ilar elements. 

Thus far in the analysis, we fear no con- 
tradiction, hence will pass on to the second 
adverbial phrase or adjunct, "of the Son;" 
this is a part of, or a whole adverbial modifi- 
er; which? If a whole, it is an adverbial el- 
ement limiting "baptize;" if a part, it is some 
other element modifying some other kind of 
an element. Would it be proper to say, "bap- 
tize of the Son" ? If "in the name" is not 
understood or to be supplied, this is the only 
way to dispose of it; but as it was called an 
adjective element limiting "in the name" in 

the first adjunct, it should undoubtedly be 
considered as such in the second and third 

It is unnecessary to parse the Commission, 
as it would swell this article beyond its wont- 
ed bounds; besides, it has been parsed many 
times by the Brethren. We have seen some 
who oppose the 'trine immersion doctrine, 
present sentences to represent the Commis- 
sion in its grammatical construction, but they 
have been decided failures, in that they al- 
most invariably aimed to represent the unity 
of the Godhead, without that distinction in 
the Trinity. 

We would remark, that there is nothing 
that expresses the relation between the Be- 
ings of the Trinity better than that of par- 
ent and child. It has been thought by some 
that man and wife would represent this rela- 
tionship, but in fact, they most naturally ex- 
press or represent the relations that man 
bears toward God in his different spiritual 
phases. In no case, unless closely affiliated, 
can a plurality of persons so perfectly bear 
similitude to the ever-concurring desires, ac- 
tions, and in the consummation and perfec- 
tion of the designs of the Holy Trinity. 

They have the same mind, speak the same 
things, unite in the same work, and complete 
their designs according to their own good 
pleasure. This can rarely be found in the 
human race. We can, however, offer sentenc- 
es, similar in construction to the Commis- 
sion : "Go ye, therefore, and invite the guests, 
leading (or showing) them into the suite of 
the parlor, and of the library, and of the 
dining-room." "They shall persecute you, 
delivering you up to the synagogues and in- 
to prisons." Luke 21: 12. "We beseech you, 
approving ourselves in much patience, in af- 
flictions, in necessities, in stripes, in impris- 
onments, in watchings, in fastings, etc." 2 
Cor. 6: 4, 5. 

. We shall stop with these examples, as a 
multitude of them would have no weight in 
clearing the minds of men, should these few 
plain ones fail. We ask the candid and hon- 
est searcher for truth, how many leadings or 
actions he must execute, or of deliverings, or 
how many times must we approve ourselves, 
in order to closely and faithfully conform our 
actions to the wording of the above? Can 
you lead a man into these three apartments, 
deliver him up to the synagogues and into 
the prisons, or approve yourself in all these 
things by one action? Cannot one be deliv- 
ered up to the synagogues; then be freed? — 
Can we not approve ourselves in afflictions 
and fastings, yet still be sadly deficient in 
the rest? Then, can we possibly come to any 
other conclusion than that there are distinct, 
successive steps to be taken to fulfill all that 
these propositions embody? 

"Admitting that the Commission teaches 
trine immersion," says some one, "there are 
other expressions in other parts of the New 
Testament that do not so clearly teach it, 
such as, 'buried with him by baptism,' 'wash- 
ing of water by the Word,' 'one baptism,' etc. 
These phrases or similitudes nearly all aim 
to teach the actual change that baptism or re- 
generation has wrought, hence are not calcu- 



sd to resemble baptism in every particu- 

The "one baptism" has reference to the 

partiality of God to the different tribes or 

ions in imparting to them the benefits of 

Gospel of Christ. 

D aul exhorts the brethren to unity. The 
ie conditions to which the Gentiles must 
iply, were demanded also of the Jews. — 
ay were both alike brought into the church 
fold of Christ by one and the same bap- 
nal covenant. Then, we would ask the 
der, which of the two would most natur- 
i convey to your mind the idea of a wash- 
, single or trine immersion? Then again, 
ipose the apostles had taught a different 
m of baptism; would their teachings or 
itrines invalidate the command of Christ? 
d they the right or power to make void 
rist's laws and commandments? But we 
I assured they varied not in their teach- 

>ome tell us it is a monument of the death, 
•ial, and resurrection of Christ. Very 
1. Did not all the powers of the God- 
id have a part in the redemptive scheme? 
is not God's work silent when the gloom 
death enshrouded the Son? There was 
atonement without the death of Christ; 
ice, would not a monument be appropriate 
ill the Divine participants in the incarna- 
q? This is undoubtedly the reason why 
formula is worded as it is. 

t has also been clearly proven that trine 
nersion has been traced to within a hun- 
d years nearer the time when the Com- 
ision was uttered, than any other mode of 
>tism, by historians; besides, there are 
tings of good men that assert that trine 
nersion was the apostolic mode of admin- 
sring baptism. We have been told that 
re were so many heresies, innovations and 
ruptions taught, invented and practiced, 
t we cannot rely upon their evidences as 
iof. We are confident there was one he- 
ical doctrine taught; one innovation con- 
ded for; one corruption handed down to 
iterity by one Eunomius. There was an- 
er one handed down by Cyprian. 

3ut we would kindly ask our single-im- 
rsion friends, why is it, they will wander 
>r the pages of ancient histories and grasp 
3very hint at immersion, and use it as evi- 
tce in their defense of immersion? Why 
t they cannot see the word "trine" that 
:cedes the word baptism or immersion? — 
anot a man as easily be wrong in his in- 
pretation of a word as in the construction 
be put upon a proposition in his language? 
it not just as probable the ancient writers 
re as much mistaken about the meaning of 
ptize as in the number of actions in the 

ilave not our friends who contend for 
inkling or pouring, as much right to re- 
ie to accept proofs of immersion when 
Dted from historians of the third, fourth, 
1 fifth centuries, as our single-immersion 
ands have to reject them as evidence in fa- 
' of trine immersion? Surely, a Unitari- 
should not quote from the writings of a 
initarian to prove his doctrine. 


In answer to an inquiry concerning the 
historical evidence in support of feet-wash- 
ing among the primitive churches, we give 
the following extract from C. H. Forney, on 
"The Christian Ordinances," pp. 105-113: 

"Our reading of the testimony of history 
in favor of feet- washing as an ordinance con- 
vinces us of three things, viz: 

1. That feet-washing ivas practiced from 
the time of the Apostles as a religious ordi- 

2. That such practice was based upon the 
Divine institution and the practice of the 

3. That the current interpretation of 1 
Tim. 5 : 9, 10 was carried out in regulations 
with reference to the deaconesses of the ear- 
ly church, who were required religiously to 
wash the feet of female members of the 

"In these views we are fully borne out by 
the eminent Dr. Philip Schaff. In his histo- 
ry of the Christian Church from the Apos- 
tles- on he has occasion to note the practice 
of feet-washing. He endeavors to look upon 
it with the eyes of those early saints, and 
then testifies as follows: 'This washing of 
feet seems to answer fully the conception of 
a sacrament. There is the outward and visi- 
ble sign — the washing of feet; and the prom- 
ise of salvation connected therewith; and the 
express command of Christ — "I have given 
you an example," ' etc. 

"In Chambers' Encyclopedia we have the 
same testimony, also abundantly confirming 
our conclusions as above stated. Under the 
word 'Washing of feet' it is said: 'The origin 
of this observance is extremely ancient. It 
is founded on the example and exhortation or 
precept of our Lord Jesus, John 13: 5-14, 
and is traceable in the writings of Justin, 
Tertullian, Ambrose and Augustine. The 
writings of Augustine plainly show that this 
practice was in use in his day * * * * as a 
solemn institution of Christ.' 

"Justin, to whom reference is here made, 
was born A. D. 89 and died A. D. 176. He 
is the first author after the Apostles, so far 
as we now know, in whose writings this sub- 
ject is mentioned. We have not his words 
at our command, and so can only state upon 
the authority of others that he speaks of the 
washing of feet as a religious rite. From 
this time on we shall find ample testimony to 
show its regular observance among the prim- 
itive churches. True, at some points it was 
rejected, as at Rome in the time of Ambrose 
(A. D. 340), and in other places its practice 
was prohibited by Councils, as in Spain in 
A. D. 306. 

"The testimony of Dr. William Smith to 
the existence of the practice of washing feet 
in the early church is very emphatic. He 
says: 'The principal ceremonial ablutions an- 
ciently used in the church * * * * are * * 
* the washing of the feet of the catechu- 
mens' (Diet. Chr. Ant., Vol. II. p. 2030).— 
Again: 'The pedilavium or washing of the 
feet of the catechumens, of which some trac- 

es appear in the ritual of the early church' 
(Ibid. Vol. II, p. 1160). Again: 'A peculiar 
custom prevailed in the early Gallican ritual, 
of a symbolical washing of the feet of the 
newly baptized, having reference to the ac- 
tion of our Lord recorded in the Gospel of 
John 13: 1-16' (Ibid, Vol. I, p. 164). The 
positive testimony to the fact that this wash- 
ing was in imitation of Christ's act appears 
from the words of the ritual itself. The dea- 
con or deaconess officiating is thus instruct- 
ed: 'While washing his feet thou shalt say, 
"I wash thy feet, as our Lord Jesus Christ 
did unto his disciples." ' 

"It appears, therefore, that this rite was 
not always performed on the same occasion. 
Sometimes it was connected with baptism, 
either preceding or following that ordinance, 
and at other times with the Communion. — 
Sometimes it had no connection with any 
other ordinance. It was on different occa- 
sions a matter of serious dispute at what 
time this rite was to be performed. We have 
no doubt that in the earliest times it preced- 
ed the Communion; but how long it held this 
place cannot now be determined. 

"The author of the Racovian Catechism, 
a work published in A. D. 1602, thus refers 
to the early practice of feet-washing: 'That 
this holy custom was held in esteem and ob- 
served by the ancients appears from the writ- 
ings of some of them. See Tertullian, lib. 
II, ad Uxorem; Cyprian de Lotione Pedum. 
Ambrose (lib. Ill, de Sacram.), affirms that 
this holy custom was retained in the church 
of Milan down to his time, which Grotius no- 
tices under John 13: 15. So also Bernard, 
like these writers already named, regarded 
the washing of feet as a sacrament (Sermo 
de Ccena). Moreover the XVIIth Council of 
Toledo, held in the year 694, commands that 
"bishops and priests should wash the feet of 
the faithful at the celebration of the Lord's 
Supper, after the example of Christ; adding, 
'in order that the neglected custom may be 
again introduced.' " "Thus likewise Zacha- 
rias, bishop of Rome, in reply to the inquiry 
of Boniface, bishop of Mentz, whether it were 
allowable for holy women, as was the custom 
among the men, to wash one another's feet at 
the Lord's Supper, and at other times, states: 
'This is a command of our Lord.' " Of 
course, this latter incident is further remov- 
ed from Apostolic times than we care to go 
for evidence; but it serves to show the con- 
nection which history to a great extent estab- 
lishes between the washing of feet and the 

"We have already seen that Justin, who 
lived at the close of the Apostolic era, testi- 
fies relative to the practice of feet-washing 
in his day. We shall now introduce several 
other ancient witnesses, already mentioned, 
and hear what they have to say. Origen, the 
recognized father of Biblical criticism and 
exegesis, born A. D. 185, furnishes us some 
testimony of a negative character. His tes- 
timony is especially valuable in its bearing 
on our interpretation of 1 Tim. 5: 9, 10. Dr. 
Smith (Diet. Chr. Ant.) assures that of the 
widows who were the objects of care to the 
church officers, some were formally enrolled 



in earliest times on the Kahdogos as a dis- 
tinct class or 'crap.' It will be noted that 
Katalogos is the very word Paul uses in 1 
Tim. 5: 0, 10. The formation of this 'ordo,' 
or class, or order, is attributed by the Clem- 
entine Homilies to the Apostle Peter (Rec, 
ogn. 6, 15, Horn. 11, 35). These Clementine 
Homilies are called the Homilies of the Apos- 
tle Peter, and are said to have been written 
by Clement of Rome, the fellow-laborer of 
Paul mentioned in Phil. 4: 3. As early as 
the writing of the pastoral Epistles, restric- 
tions were placed upon admission to this 'or- 
do' or class, and these restrictions are said to 
be formulated in 1 Tim. 5 : 9, 10. They were 
consistently and strictly maintained in the 
early church upon the authority of Paul, and 
are elaborately repeated in the Apostolical 
Constitutions. Now, that the condition as to 
the 'washing of the saints' feet,' as stated by 
Paul, w r as enforced literally in many places 
is evident from the fact that it was specifical- 
ly made the duty of the members of this 'or- 
do,' as already seen, to perform this service. 
It also appears from the writings of Origen, 
as above instanced. Dr. Smith says: 'Origen 
shews (in Joann, torn. 32, c. 7, vol. iv. p. 422) 
that stress was laid upon every part of them 
[these restrictions in 1 Tim. 5: 9, 10] by ar- 
guing against too literal an interpretation of 
the clause "if she have washed the saints' 
feet." ' Some undoubtedly favored literal 
washing of the saints' feet, otherwise there 
was no occasion to argue against it. Besides, 
it is not in evidence that this position of Or- 
igen was against the custom as an ordinance, 
but against the interpretation which it re- 
ceived. We know that on other points he 
gave great offense in his teachings by explain- 
ing, after the manner of the Midrash, known 
to him through the Jewish masters, allegor- 
ically and symbolically that which in the 
Scriptures warred with the common human 
understanding, or seemed repugnant in man-- 
ner or matter (Lib. Univ. Knowl., vol. xi, p. 
65). And so in this case he may have oppos- 
ed the too literal interpretation of the rite, 
preferring the symbolical now so widely ac- 
cepted. In any event, his words prove that 
a literal rite was not unknown in his time; 
indeed, was widely known, or it would not 
have invoked the opposition (if it did) of so 
celebrated a bishop of the church. 

"Origen on doctrinal points is, moreover, 
not a reliable leader. He was not only a lib- 
eralist; but, on some points, a heretic. Aft- 
er what is called his "transition from uncon- 
scious to conscious belief," he carefully ex- 
amined all the different systems of human 
speculation which came within his reach. — 
He adopted the principle "that we are not, 
under the pretence of piety, to pin our faith 
on that which is held by the multitude, and 
which, therefore, alone seems to stand on 
high authority; but on that which results 
through examination and logical conclusions 
from established and admitted truths." . But 
this liberality of mind led him, while up- 
holding all the ethical portions of the Bible, 
to reject a great deal of its supposed histor- 
ical and legal contents for all purposes ex- 
cept as starting points for homiletics (Lib. 

Univ. Knowl., Origen). Upon such grounds 
he might oppose the ordinance of feet-wash- 
ing; but still, by his opposition, he gives evi- 
dence of its acceptance by others in his time. 
It evidently was not well established at that 
time what came from the Apostles or what 
did not, for Origen claimed that infant bap- 
tism is a rite derived from them. He might 
believe feet- washing is not. 

We next come to Ambrose, born A. D. 340. 
He was bishop of Milan, in Italy, A. D. 374. 
In a work published in 1837 by Dr. John 
Henry Hopkins, entitled 'The Church of 
Rome in her primitive Purity, compared with 
the Church of Rome of the present day,' he 
refers to the testimony of Ambrose on feet- 
washing. He says: 'In a discourse upon the 
sacred ceremony of washing feet, which was 
used in primitive days by many of the 
churches, and was greatly esteemed by Am- 
brose, he saith: "We are not ignorant that the 
Church of Rome has not this custom; this 
custom of washing feet she does not retain. 
Behold, therefore, perhaps she has declined 
on account of the multitude. There are 
some truly who endeavor to excuse her by 
the plea that this custom is not a sacred rite, 
but it is simply to be done to our guests as a 
mark of hospitality. But it is one thing to 
perform an a?t in token of humility, and an- 
other thing to perform it in order to sancti- 
fication. Hear therefore how we prove this 
to be a sacred rite in order to sanctification. 
'Unless I wash thy feet thou hast no part 
with me.' I do not thus speak that I may 
censure others, but that I may commend my 
office. I desire in all things (law.ful) to fol- 
low the Roman church, but nevertheless we 
men have sense also, and therefore what is 
more correctly practiced elsewhere we are 
more correct in practicing. In this respect 
we follow the Apostolic Peter himself; we ad- 
here to the example of his devotion. For 
truly Peter the Apostle is our authority for 
this assertion. Peter himself saith: 'Lord, 
not my feet only, but also my hands and my 
head' " (Ambrose on the Sacraments, book 3, 
chap. 1, sec. 5, Vol. 2, p. 362-3). Dr. Hop- 
kins thus comments: 'Notwithstanding the 
attachment of Ambrose to the Roman church 
(Romana ecclesia) he presumes to differ from 
her; to retain and practice a sacred ceremony 
which she had cast away; to argue against 
her openly in a public discourse; to charge 
her with declining after the multitude, and 
to prefer his own judgment and the custom 
of other churches on a point of sacred order, 
which he regarded as a means of sanctifica- 

"Upon the testimony of Ambrose, as well 
as from the Gallican Sacramentary, from the 
early Gallican Missal, from the Gothic Mis- 
sal and from other sources, we learn that at 
this period in the history of the church, and 
for some time prior, the rite of washing feet 
was religiously observed in Spain, in Italy, 
in Gaul and in the countries northward and 
eastward of Italy. But in Spain, as we have 
already stated, the rite was suppressed short- 
ly after the time of Ambrose, by the canons 
of the Council of Elvira. And we learn the 
additional fact, that the women serving at the 

celebration of this ceremony did so as me 
bers of an 'ordo' or class, upon the author 
of Paul in 1 Tim. 5: 9, 10, and of Peter (ti 
or false), according to the Clementine Ho 
ilies. Bingham in his Antiquities of i 
Christian Church assures us that 'amo 
those | churches] which always received I 
[the washing of feet] is the church of 1 
Ian,' of which Ambrose was bishop. 

"We have one more witness whose test in 
ny we wish to produce. This is Augusti 
the greatest of the Latin Fathers, born 
Tagasti, in Numedia, November 13, M 
354. The Racovian catechism refers to hi 
among others, as testifying to the observar 
of this rite. So does Dr. William Smith 
his Dictionary of Christian Antiquities, 
also Calvin, Lange, and others. He spea 
of the ordinance in two of his Epistles, 
the one addressed to Januarius (Epistle 11 
he refers to Ihepiacticeas then existing, a 
also to the doubts entertained as to the pre 
er day when the ceremony ought to be,pd 
formed. In his Epistle 119 he speaks of 
effort then making to 'recommend it by fixi. 
it to some more sacred time, and yet distil 
guish it from the sacrament of baptism.' 
These chose either 'the third day of the c' 
taves, or the octave after baptism itself, I 
most convenient for this purpose.' 

"In view of the historical evidence th : 
furnished, taken in connection wiih the plm 
command of Christ, we need not feel any sis 
prise when the fact becomes clear that the 
is a constant stream of testimony to the C 
servance of this expressive rite from i 
Apostles down the present time. Even t 
Church of England, according to the stat 
ment in McClintocli and Strong's Cycloped% 
'at first carried out the letter of thecommam 
This work also is authority for the stateme 
that in the early post- apostolic times t! 
command, 'Ye ought to wash one anothei 
feet,' was observed not only after the spir 
but also after the letter. We need, therefoi 
not hesitate to re- affirm the proposition 
which we laid down upon the threshold \ 
this inquiry into the Tpost-apostolic practi 
of feet-washing. What were then mere t 
firmations are now valid conclusions. Henc; 
we lay it down as matter of fact: 

1. That feet-ioashing was practiced fr&\ 
the time of the Ap>ostles as a religious ore 

2. That such practice teas based upon /.I 
Divine instiltdion and the practice of t\ 

3. That the current interpretation of 
Tim. 5: 9, 10, teas carried out in regulatio, 
with reference to the deaconesses of the ea 
ly church, icho were required religiously 
wash the feet of female members of t 

"If, therefore, we would maintain our co 
sistency we cannot accept the Communion 
an ordinance of religion and reject the was> 
ing of the saints' feet. This is the positie 
occupied by the Quakers. Barclay, in hi 
Apology for the True Christian Divinity, h{ 
ing an explanation and vindication of tl ! 
principles and doctrines of the people calk 
Quakers, argues at some length to show th, 



let-washing is as much an ordinance as the 
ommunion; and as the former is spiritual- 
'ed by the majority of Christians, the latter 
lould be also. That, therefore, the Chris- 
an world is inconsistent in retaining the lit- 
•al Communion and rejecting feet-washing, 
hile the Quakers, who believe in spiritual- 
ing the washing of feet, to be consistent 
lust reject all. formal ritual observances. — 
he error of the Quaker is in spiritualizing 
1 ordinances; the error of others is in in- 
msistently spiritualizing one and retaining 
vo in their literal sense. We prefer to ap- 
ly the same principles of interpretation in 
1 1 cases, and thus to follow the Lamb whith- 
rsoever he has led." 


I'lom Mt. Morris to our Old Home 
in Maryland. 


After much serious and prayerful reflec- 
ion, and a long discussion of the matter, we 
ave determined, by the blessing of our 
[eavenly Father, to visit some parts of the 
)ld World. 

In this, we have been actuated by a desire 
:> carry out a resolve to visit the "Faderland" 
nd to become better acquainted with the 
mguage and the country, from which . our 
hurch emigrated nearly two centuries ago. 
^or many years after reaching America, our 
Jfethren wrote and spoke only in the Ger- 
lan, and all of our early church literature, 
oth printed and in manuscript, is in that 
mguage. Hence, the desire to become bet- 
ir acquainted with the German. We also 
ave a strong desire to visit the field of our 
ear brother Hope's labors, and, if possible, 
3 say an encoui aging word to him. Having 
lius definitely settled our purpose, we pro- 
ose to give our readers, from time to time, 
otters containing a summary of observations 
nd reflections made on our trip. We shall 
lake no promises as to the frequency of 
aese letters, but shall write as often as we 
lay have items of interest to communicate. 

On the morning of July 23, we bade fare-, 1 
r ell toour friends at Mt. Morris and started 
n our long journey. The parting, to us, was 

sad one, and especially was it hard to say 
ood-bye to those with whom we have been 
o closely connected in the school. Four 
ears we had labored together, in a workoe- 
et by many perplexities and anxieties, and in 
11 that time, our pleasant relations had not 
een marred by an unkind or unpleasant 
rord. We met with many discouragements 
nd trials, but we stood together as one man, 
nd success, to some degree, at least, had 
rowned our labors. To cut loose from this 
rork and to separate from our co-workers, 
ras a task harder than Ave had at first thought 
t would be. 

Then, too, as the time for parting came, we 
nought of our prayer-meetings, our Sunday- 
chool, and our church services. How we 
lave, in the past, enjoyed these spiritual 
easts! How often, when cast down amid the 
ares and difficulties consequent upon our 

work, have we had our souls refreshed, and 
our spiritual strength renewed, by the com- 
munion with kindred spirits in the "Upper 
Room" at our prayer-meetings. How the 
kind, helpful, encouraging words of our dear 
brethren and sisters have given us fresh cour- 
age to take up again the burden, made light- 
er because we were made stronger to bear it. 
Brethren, do not neglect the prayer-meeting; 
it is a means of grace, — if properly used, can- 
not fail to strengthen you in your spiritual 

These reflections, with many others, crowd- 
ed upon us as the hour for our departure 
came. The last farewell was said, and we 
were speeding on our way to Chicago. Here 
we met brethren Moore and Amick, and made 
some arrangements for a new press for the 
Gospel Messenger. In the evening, at five 
o'clock, we left Chicago via the Bait. & Ohio 
II. R., for the East. The air was delightful- 
ly cool and pleasant and we enjoyed the ride 
along the shore of Lake Michigan very much. 
The road has been greatly improved. New 
steel rails have been laid, and it is now one 
among the best roads running East from 

An all-night ride brought us through In- 
diana, and in the morning, we were rapidly 
passing through the rich farming lands of 
Ohio. At Tiffin, Ohio, we had hoped to meet 
our Bro. J. E. Young, but as we passed 
through at night, we did not have this pleas- 
ure. During the forenoon, we crossed the 
Ohio River into Virginia, and were soon en- 
joying the grand scenery and the pure, fresh, 
invigorating air of the Allegheny Mountains. 

Our trip, so far, has been a delightful one; 
The weather has been cool and pleasant, and 
if this is to be a harbinger of what is yet be- 
fore us, we shall surely have a pleasant time. 
But storms will come; a life of sunshine is 
given to no one. A daylight ride through 
the mountains, over the picturesque B. & O., 
at this season of the year, is indeed an enjoy- 
able one. The scenery is, perhaps, not so 
grand as that of the Rocky Mountains, but it 
is much more enjoyable. The mountains are 
not so high, the chasms are not so deep and 
precipitous, but they are high enough and 
deep enough to fill one with awe at the won- 
derful Avorks of the Creator, and to excite ad- 
miration for the engineering skill that plan- 
ned, and the industry that constructed a road 
over and through these mountains. 

We say ihroi.cgh, because from first to last, 
there are some twenty tunnels cut through 
the rocks, some of them over a mile in length. 
On the top of the mountain range which di- 
vides the waters flowing through the Ohio in- 
to the Mississippi, and so on to the Gulf of 
Mexico, on the West, from those which feed 
the Potomac and Chesapeake, until they emp- 
ty into the Atlantic, on the East, the Compa- 
ny has expended immense sums of money in 
fitting up Deer Park and Oakland for health 
and pleasure resorts. Here come by the hun- 
dreds during the hot months; — the tired den- 
izens of the city, glad to escape from brick 
walls and dusty streets, to enjoy the health- 
giving waters and the pure, fresh air of these 
mountain homes. So popular have these 

places become, that the hotels and boarding- 
houses cannot accommodate all who desire to 
take advantage of them. 

As we left Deer Park, the shades of even- 
ing began to descend upon mountain and 
valley, the peaks were lost to view, and a mys- 
tical veil gradually touched every trembling 
leaf and intermingling bough, until all was 
hid from view. 

At nine o'clok, we reached Cumberland, 
Maryland; when, after a refreshing night's 
rest at the St. Nicholas Hotel, we started for 
Huntingdon, Pa. Here we enjoyed the pleas- 
ant association of our Huntingdon brethren 
for a short time. After enjoying a social re- 
union Avith them and attending to dome busi- 
ness pertaining to our publishing interest, we 
took the train again, and on Saturday after- 
noon, we reached our old home in Maryland. 

Here, for the present, we Avill rest, and vis- 
it friends and relatives. I hear many good 
words for the Gospel Messenger, and all 
seem Avell pleased with the consolidation. — 
We have both, so far, enjoyed excellent health 
and the rest and quiet of this place is doing 
us good. I may have something to say of 
my rambles here in my next letter. 

D. L. Miller. 


If some of those who think the population 
of the world could not have been very great 
within the first few hundred years, will con- 
sider the following healthy growth, they may 
think it good to change their minds: 

"An old man 93 years of age, a native of 
Spain, has just returned from this country, 
where he has been living many years, to his 
native land. There is nothing remarkable 
about this, but the prodigious family which 
accompanied him back was certainly remark- 
able. It consisted of sixteen daughters, 
twenty-three sons, thirty-four granddaugh- 
ters, forty-seven grandsons, forty-five great- 
granddaughters, thirty-nine great-grandsons, 
three great-great-granddaughters, and seven- 
ty-two sons-in-laAV and daughters-in-law, mak- 
ing in all 279 persons. The old man has 
been three times married, and his oldest son 
is seventy years of age. The ship upon 
which he and his astonishing family colony 
went to Europe belongs to him, and is com- 
manded by one of his numerous grandsons. 
Notwithstanding his age, the old gentleman 
enjoys excellent health. Every day he takes 
two hours' gymnastic exercise, walks for two 
hours, and directs the education of his great- 
grandchildren. He has never used spiritu- 
ous liquor in any form, and does not smoke. 
He Avill shortly be presented at the court of 
Madrid. — Inter-Ocean. 

Be neat and orderly. Do not think, be- 
cause "things are tucked out of sight," your 
work is done. AVe knoAv some homes where 
open draAvers and closet doors would reveal 
strange stories of thriftless housekeepers. 

A cheerful face is nearly as good for an 
iiiA'alid as healthy Aveather. 




Trench the Word.' 



"Now when John had heard in the prison the works 
of* Christ, he sent two of his disciples, and said unto him, 
Art thou he that should corno, or look we for another? 
Jesus answered, and said unto them, go and shew John 
again those things which ye do hear and see: the blind 
receive their sight, and the lame walk; the lepers are 
cleansed, and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up, and 
the poor have the Gospel preached to them. And blessed 
is he whosoever is not offended in me." Matt. 11 : 2-6 

With the interesting history of John the 
Baptist you are all more or less acquainted. 
The paragraph we have read is a part of that 
history. We have John presented to us as a 
prisoner. And from his imprisonment and 
confinement he was not delivered until his 
death. And while he was in prison, accord- 
ing to our text, he sent two of his disciples 
to our Lord, to inquire of him whether he 
was the Messiah that was to come, or wheth- 
er they were to look for the Messiah in some 
other person. It appears there were doubts 
in the minds of some, or doubts somewhere, 
whether Jesus really was the Messiah, or in 
the language of John's disciples, whether he 
was "he that should come." The language 
addressed to our Lord evidently implied 
that there were son: k that doubted his Mes- 
siahship. And while the language of the 
query implies this, our Lord's answer implies 
the same. And as the text clearly shows that 
there were some that were annoyed by such 
doubts as we have referred to, and as our 
Lord condescended to answer the question in 
the way that he thought would be best to give 
the desired information, our subject will be, 


First, — We have said that both the ques- 
tion of John's disciples, and our Lord's an- 
swer, show that somebody doubted his Mes- 
siahship. Or, if this was not the case, it 
wo aid seem that there was a concerted plan 
between our Lord, John the Baptist, and 
John's disciples — a plan suggested by the 
Holy Spirit, to prepare a remedy for any 
that might doubt the Messiahship of Jesus. 
It is, however most likely, that there were 
doubting minds at the time among the friends 
of Christ to be relieved of doubt, confirmed, 
and comforted. 

But while the portion of Scripture read im- 
plies that some doubted the Messiahship of 
Jesus, it is not so plain who they were that 
doubted. Upon this subject a difference of 
sentiment has obtained among commentators 
and such as have examined the subject. 
Some have thought that it was John the Bap- 
tist himself that doubted, and that it was be- 
cause he entertained some doubts, that he 
sent his disciples to Christ with the question 
that he did. But there are objections present- 
ed to this view. And those who make the ob- 
jections think that John the Baptist, after 
having witnessed such striking manifestations 
of divine interposition to prove the divinity 
and Messiahship of Jesus as he had at his 

baptism, and after having been so fully per- 
suaded by the supernatural occurrences at 
his baptism, and by other strong testimonies, 
that he was "he that was to come," or the 
Messiah, could not have entertained any 
doubts in regard to the Messiahship &l Jes- 
us. And such thinking that John could not, 
after having the assurance that he had that 
Jesus was the Christ, or Messiah, and after, 
having given such strong testimony to Jesus 
as he had given on different occasions, have 
had any doubts in regard to Christ, attribute 
the doubts to the disciples of John, and be- 
lieve that it was on their account that John 
sent his disciples to Jesus with the question 
he did. They think that John knew the 
minds of his disciples, and knew that their 
faith was undergoing a severe trial, in seeing 
their master in prison, and he also knew that 
they would be still subject to a greater trial 
when they would witness his martyrdom, and 
fearing that their faith might fail them in 
the time of their severest conflict, he sent 
two of his disciples to Jesus believing that 
he would give them such testimony of his 
Messiahship that would so confirm their faith 
in him, that they would then be prepared to 
endure the severe shock that they were to ex- 
perience in the death of their beloved Master. 
We say that this is the way that those reason 
who think that it was for the benefit of John's 
disciples and not for his own benefit, that he 
sent his disciples to Jesus with the question 
they bore. 

It is very probable that if John himself 
was troubled with any doubts of the kind al- 
luded to, his disciples were not altogether 
free from them. And so it is very likely that 
it was the welfare of his disciples, at least in 
part, that he had in view in sending the ques- 
tion to Christ that he did send to him. We are 
inclined to think, it was some perplexity in the 
mind of John, or some misgivings of some 
kind that prompted his action, in sending his 
disciples to Christ for the purpose for which 
he sent them. The statement of the occur- 
rence as we have it in our text would seem 
to indicate this. And then the circumstance 
that Christ directed the messengers from 
John to return to him, favors this idea. 
"Jesus answered, and said unto them, go and 
shew John again those things which ye do 
hear and see," etc. It is most likely our Lord 
understood the whole subject, and knew what 
gave rise to the question, and from whom it 
came. And had the disciples of John been 
the persons most deeply interested in the mat- 
ter, it would seem reasonable to expect that the 
answer to the question proposed would have 
been given with some special application to 
them. But John is named as the one to whom 
the answer was to be returned. And these 
considerations, it seems to us, indicate that 
John was somewhat interested in our Lord's 

That the mind of John the Baptist should 
be somewhat perplexed, and even subject to 
some doubts, under the trying circumstances 
under which he was placed, is neither strange 
nor uncommon. Though, according to the 
words of Christ, "Among them that are born 
of women, there hath not arisen a greater 

than John the Baptist," still he was but 
man, and "subject to like passions as we are,' 
and hence liable to the temptations that we an 
exposed to. In the life of every saint of God 
of which we have a record in the Scriptures 
there are manifestations of human weakness' 
and indications that there were, at least ai 
times, seasons of comparative darkness.— 
"Think it not strange," says the Apostle Pe- 
ter addressing his tired and tempted breth- 
ren, "concerning the fiery trial which is to tr^ 
you, as though some strange thing happen 
ed unto you." 1 Peter 4: 12. It is true, it 
is one thing to be tempted, and another thing 
to yield to temptation. And you know, breth- 
ren, that we preach to you that we ought to 
live very holy lives. And we cannot preach 
otherwise to preach the true Gospel of the 
Son of God. We would not like to preach 
to you that we must necessarily sin, and 
that we cannot live without committing sin. 
But then 'who has lived any considerable 
length of time in the world without sin? We 
do not watch and pray, and there our grace 
declines, and our faith grows weak, and then 
doubts and perplexities come, and we are,< 
cast down. We do not by any means say that 
this must be so. We do not say that the peo- 
ple of God must have doubts, and fears, and 
seasons of darkness. But we know that they 
all have. 

Let us look at some of the faithful whose 
record we have in the Scriptures, and we shall 
find that with all the manifestations of 
God vonchsafed to them, and with much ex- 
perience in divine things, and with much in 
their character that God approved of and 
that he commended, there was also consider- 
able weakness of faith shown by them 
at times. This was the case of Gideon. 
You will remember that we preached upon 
the subject of Gideon and his fleece some 
months ago. After the Lord had positively 
assured him that he would be with him andl 
make his work successful, as he did in the 
following language, "Surely I will be with 
thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as 
one man," Judges 6: 16, still he asked a two- 
fold sign of the Lord, in the wet and dry 
fleece. Judges 6: 36-40. That Gideon 
should have any fears or doubts after the 
Lord had given him such assurance of his 
presence and of his help, is strange. But it 
was so. Though he was one of God's chosen 
men, and one whom God greatly favored, he 
showed considerable weakness of faith. 

And even in Abraham, who was so remark- 
able for his faith, and who is called by divine 
authority, "faithful Abraham," we find a 
manifestation of weakness, and a weak- 
ness of faith too. On one of those occasions 
on which the Lord appeared to Abraham, he 
said unto him, "I am the Lord that brought 
thee out of Ur, of the Chaldees, to give thee 
this land to inherit it?" Gen. 15: 7. This 
language is very positive, and the meaning of 
it could not be misunderstood. And Abra- 
ham knew the character of God who made 
the promise to him. And we would suppose 
he would accept the promise of God with- 
out any dbubt, and with the utmost assurance. 
But this was not the case. And he replies to 



the Lord as follows: "Whereby shall I know 
that I shall inherit it." Gen. 15: 8. He 
wanted something more than the Lord had 
given him to establish him in the truth of his 
great promise. And the Lord, in condescen- 
sion to the weakness of Abraham's faith, gave 
him a sign. "A deep sleep fell upon Abra- 
ham," and the Lord appeared unto him, and 
said, "Know of a surety that thy seed shall 
be a stranger in a land that is not theirs," etc. 
In this vision Abraham was assured that the 
land promised, should in due time be given 
unto his seed. Gen. 15. Other instances 
could be given of the same kind, showing that 
a weakness of faith and perplexity of mind 
under trials and temptations, are reconcilable 
with the pious character of God's devoted 

And if we find a weakness of faith in so 
many of the servants of God, we need not be 
surprised to find it in John the Baptist. It 
does not detract from the excellent character 
that is drawn by our Lord of John, and 
which is attributed to him so readily and so 
generally by Christians. There surely was 
much that was commendable in this fearless 
and devoted servant of God. If there were 
some doubts in his mind in regard to the 
Messiahship of J esus, the course that he pur- 
sued was the very best he could have taken. 
He sent his disciples to Christ to gather facts 
and to obtain testimony concerning him. He 
proved by this course that he had faith in 
Christ, and that he was ready to accept his 
word. His peculiar state of mind was one of 
perplexity approaching doubt, or perhaps of 
doubt in some degree, but it was not what is 
properly called unbelief. For he appears to 
have received the testimony brought to him 
by his disciples, as there is no intimation 
whatever that he sought the royal favor of 
his offended sovereigns by taking back the 
reproof he had so justly administered to them, 
and by acknowledging the lawfulness of the^r 
marriage, and the propriety of their course. 
And had there been any doubts and perplexi- 
ties in his mind, we may reasonably suppose 
that the answer from the Savior relieved his 
mind of all uneasiness, and that he met his 
death when it came with the calmness of 
mind that characterizes the death of a believ- 
er in Christ. 

Secondly, — We shall notice in the next 
place the manner in which our Lord replied 
to the question of John, or the manner in 
which he sought to relieve the minds of his 
friends of perplexities and doubts. It ap- 
pears there were many persons with Christ 
who had come to be healed, when the messen- 
gers of John came to Jesus. Having then 
ample opportunities for showing his miracu- 
lous power, he did so, and in the presence 
of John's disciples performed a number of 
miracles. In Luke's account of the subject, 
we are using as our text, it is said, "and in the 
same hour he cured many of their infirmities 
and plagues and of evil spirits; and unto 
many that were blind he gave sight." Luke 
7: 22. And after our Lord had performed 
the miracles which he did in the presence of 
John's messengers, then he said to them, "Go 
and shew John again those things which ye 

do hear and see, the blind receive their sight, 
and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, 
and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, 
and the poor have the Gospel preached to 
them. And blessed is he, whosoever is not 
offended in me." Our Lord would prove that 
he was the Messiah by his divine and mirac- 
ulous works. On such testimony he relied. 
Hence when he was speaking to the unbe- 
lieving Jews, he said, "If I do not the works 
of my Father, believe me not. But if I do, 
though ye believe not me, believe the works: 
that ye may know, and believe, that the Fa- 
ther is in me, and I in him." John 10: 37, 38. 
In the miracles that our Lord performed, 
there was manifested, a supernatural power, 
for what was done could not have been done 
by mere human strength. There were also 
benevolence and mercy seen in them. The 
afflicted and suffering were relieved. There 
was likewise a spirituality of purpose seen in 
the works of our Lord, for he said to John's 
messengers, "the poor have the Gospel 
preached to them." The Gospel was glad tid- 
ings to the ruined and lost. Our Lord heal- 
ed the spiritual as well as the physical mala- 
dies of our diseased race. 

From the works and miracles of our Lord 
as stated to the disciples of John, there are 
two arguments to be drawn to prove that he 
was the Messiah. The first is drawn from 
the consideration that a supernatural power 
was manifested in the miracles that he 
wrought, for human power could not have 
performed them. And the second is drawn 
from the consideration that the life-work of 
Christ and his character were attributed to 
the Messiah in the prophecies of the Jewish 
prophets which related to the Messiah. In 
other words, the Christ of the New Testa- 
ment is the Messiah of the prophets. This 
is seen by comparing such prophecies of the 
Messiah as we have in Isaiah 35 and 91 with 
the life of our Lord as we have it recorded by 
the evangelists. 

There are several practical thoughts to be 
gathered from our subject: 

1. It teaches us that to test the divine or 
Christian character of men, we must examine 
their works. If men would prove that they 
are the sons of God, and the servants of God, 
they must show that they have the divine nat- 
ure of God, and that they do the works of 

2. If at any time we are troubled with 
doubts, we should at once go to Christ, and 
consider well the many and convincing evi- 
dences that he gave of his divine mission, and 
then we can say with the apostle John: "We 
know that the Son of God is come." 1 John 
5 : 20, and with the poet, 

"Hence and forever from ray heart 
I bid my doubts and fears depart; 
And to those hands my soul resign, 
Which hear credentials so divine." 

3. As Christ is the Messiah, his mission is 
divine, and his testimony true. And upon 
the belief of his testimony our salvation de- 
pends. "He that believeth and is baptized 
shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall 
be damned." Mark 16: 16. Think, my un- 
converted friends, of your danger, and be- 

lieve the divinely attested testimony of 
Christ, and accept of him as your Savior, that 
you perish not. 


DUNLAP— FOX.— By the undersigned, July 2, on Al- 
legheny Mountain, Blair Co., Pa., Mr. Archie Dunlap 
and Miss Cora E. Fox. J. W. Wilt. 

STROUP— STUCKEY.— At the residence of the under- 
signed, July 19, Bro. Allen Stroup and sister Ida 
Stuekey, both of Columbiana Co., Ohio. 

Simon B. Stuckey. 

of the bride's parents, Bro. Jeremiah Nearhoof, near 
Warrior's Mark, Pa., July 18, by S. M. Cox, Mr. 
Samuel M. Shollenberger, of Tyrone, Pa., and Miss 
Louella E. Nearhoof, of Warrior's Mark. 

gMm ^$Ut\u 

'Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord.' 

MILLER.— In the Loudon ville church, 0., July 1G, sis- 
ter Malinda A. Miller, aged 52 years, 3 months and 
21 days. She leaves a husband and two daughters.— 
Funeral by the brethren, from Job 14: 2, 10. 

STEFFEY.— In the East Nimishillen congregation, 

Stark Co., 0., July 26, Bro. David Stetfy, aged 49 

years, 7 months and 21 days. 
On the day previous to his death, Bro. Steffy bad 
been working in the hay-field, in his usual health, and 
retired in the evening without complaint, except of a 
weariness in his back. About 3 o'clock next morning, 
his wife was awakened by an unusual noise he made by 
gasping for breath. Sister Steffy awoke just in time to 
see him breathe his last on earth. 

Bro. Steffy leaves a wife and nine children, three of 
whom are members of the chnrch. He united with the 
church some eleven years ago, and has lived a quiet and 
peaceable Christian life ever since. He was a regular 
attendant at church, and as a rule, took as many of his 
children along as circumstances would permit. 

His death created quite a shock throughout the vicini- 
ty. Funeral sermon by Bro. David Young, to a very 
large concourse of sympathizing auditors, from Matt. 
24: 43, 44. A. Brumbaugh. 

RINGLER.— In the Middle Creek District, Somerset 
Co., Pa , July 8, sister Sally Rangier, aged 86 years, 
6 months and 24 days. Funeral in the Lutheran 

HECHLER.— In same District, July 12, Bro. Aaron 
Hechler, aged 56 years, 2 months and 15 days. Fu- 
neral in the Lutheran chinch in New Centerville, by 
Valentine Blough. 

NETZLEY.— In the Naperville church. Du Page Co., 

01., July 29, sister Netzley. aged 67 years, 10 months 

and 13 days. 
She has raised a family of fourteen children, all of 
whom survive her, except one daughter, Lydia A. Netz- 
ley, who died Nov. 9, 1882, aged 23 years, 7 months and 
25 days. Simon E. Yrxivr. 

RENCH— At Eaton, Ind., Dec. 8, 1882, sister Jane, 

wife of Bro. John Bench, aged 50 years, 7 months 

and 2 days. 
She was a devoted Christian and a faithful mother. 
With many tears fo.r the welfare of her children, has 
she entered the gate of heaven. She leaves a husband 
and several children. Samuel Yovxt e. 

WILLIFORD.— In the French Broad congregation, 

Jefferson Co., Tenn . June 22, Bro. James Williford. 

He united with the church about eight years ago, 

was chosen to the deaconship soon after, and was one of 

our most useful members. He leaves a wife and nine 

children. Funeral by the writer. Jacob Wixe. 



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Mt. Morris, 111., - - u - Aug . 14, 1883. 

Bro. L. M. Eby, of Iowa, is visiting in Lan- 

We can still furnish back numbers from 
August 1st. 

Six recently united Avith the church at 
Rossville, Ind. 

The Fall term of the Mt. Morris College 
opens September 5th. 

If James Parmer will send us his address, 
we shall change his paper. 

The free-will offering report was unavoid- 
ably crowded out this week. 

After the first of October you can pur- 
chase a postal order for three cents. 

Bro. S. Z. Sharp and wife, reached Lome 
this week from a pleasant visit in Indiana. 

On another page will be found an interest- 
ing article, concerning feet- washing in history. 

Remember that the price of the Messen- 
ger till the end of the year is only 50 cents. 

Eighteen have been baptized in the Still- 
water Church, Ohio, within the last eight 

I. J. Ott, of Carleton, Neb., would like to 
have the address of members living near 
Dodge City, Kansas. 

J. W. Jarbol, of Bell, Norton Co., Kan., 
has changed his address to Pleasant Grove, 
Douglas Co., same State. 

Bro. W. R. Deeter, in this issue, offers a 
motion that will certainly carry, if properly 
understood by our readers. 

Our familiar three-cent postage stamp is 
doomed to retirement. The two- cent stamp 
taki^s its place, October 1st. 

The Hindoos have a story that Adam first 
sinned and then led Eve astray. A writer 
says, the Hindoos are heathen, and form con- 
clusions from what they see around them. 

Bro. John W. Metzger writes that six re- 
cently united with the Middle Fork church, 

Clinton Co., Ind. 

Bro. Geo. W. Fesler, of Longmont, Colo., 
writes, that he is not now President of the 
Hygiene Home, of that place. 

The churches of Northern 111., will notice 
what Bro. C. S. Holsinger has to say to them 
on another page of this issue. 

Cannot some of our readers send us an oc- 
casional sermon? The senior editor cannot 
fill that department each week. 

Bro. D. L. Miller reports three baptized in 
the Shady Grove church, Pa. He says his 
health is good and he feels happy. 

Eld. Adam Brower, of Adams Co., Pa., who 
had his collar-bone broken some weeks ago, 
is now so far recovered that he can attend 


One of our readers would like a good ar- 
ticle on Sorcery and Witchcraft. He says 
the evils of the practice need ventilation 
even in this age. 

It makes no difference how well you know 
an editor, nor how often you write him, always 
give your postoffice when writing. In short, 
never write to any one without giving your 

We have two feasts announced for Sept. 15, 
in the Somerset church, Ind. The one at 
Jalapa is an error. The meeting is to be 
held at the meeting-house nine miles South 
of Wabash. 

The missionaries among the Indians of 
Alaska regard them as probably a branch of 
the Japanese of Corea, and report their 
moral principles to be better than those of 
more civilized people. 

Bro. David Cripe, of Indiana, wishes to 
knoAv why Christ did not have his feet wash- 
ed, if feet-washing is to be considered an or- 
dinance to be practiced in the church. Some 
of our contributors will please answer. 

Prop. J. W. Jenks, professor of Ancient 
Languages in Mt. Morris College, left for 
Germany this week. He visits Europe for 
the purpose of spending two years in a Ger- 
man University, in order to become still more 
proficient as a teacher. 

Eld. Jacob Trostle, of Maryland, and his 
brother Levi, of Lee Co., 111., called on us 
this week. Bro. Jacob is prospecting for a 
new home in the West. After remaining 
here a few days, he will go to Iowa, and from 
there to Nebraska, Kansas, and perhaps Mis- 

The Brethren in Marshall Co., 111., expect 
to have their meeting-house ready for serv- 
ices by the first of October. The churches of 
Northern Illinois, that subscribed money to 
help build that house, should now collect the 
same, and forward it to C. S. Holsinger, La- 
con, Marshall Co., 111. 

Bro. L. R. Peifer, of Waterloo, Iowa, bur- 
ied his wife to-day (Aug 14). She died yes- 
terday after a lingering illness of some years. 
Her suffering has been long and intense, and 
while her devoted family and friends may 
weep over her departure, they may rest assur- 
ed that the sweet sleep of death, is far more 
agreeable than the pains and troubles of dis- 

On another page of this issue will be found 
Bro. D. L. Miller's first letter, headed "My 
Trip to Europe." We expect these letters to 
prove both instructive and edifying. Bro. 
Miller expec's to spend some time among the 
common people of Germany in order to write 
up their customs, habits and manner of liv- 
ing. This part of his letters will likely be 
very interesting to our readers. 

Bro. J. M. Snyder, editor of the Brueder- 
boie says he will not print the Minutes. of A. 
M. in the German Language. It would cost 
about $20.00, and so far he has received but 
$5.00 worth of orders. And by the way, Bro. 
Snyder called at our office a few weeks ago 
while we were away, and we said not one 
word about it. We regret that we were ab- 
sent, and ask Bro. Snyder to call again. 

We have frequently thought that it would 
be well to remind our readers of the necessi- 
ty of exercising great prudence in looking for 
homes in new countries, especially in terri- 
tories just opening for settlement. Thou- 
sands have moved into new countries unpre- 
pared to battle with the hardships and priva- 
tions of frontier life. People who have no 
means should not move into a new country 
just for the sake of procuring land. On new 
land it requires money to erect buildings and 
make improvements. Your family must be 
clothed and have something on Avhich to live 
while the first crop is being raised. All this 
requires money. Hundreds have been ruin- 
ed by heeding deceptive descriptions of coun- 
tries where fortunes may be picked up. 
Many of our readers are emigrating to the 
West. We know much of it is a fine country. 
We have traveled over it extensively, but we 
want to suggest to our readers that they al- 
ways go and see before they move or pur- 
chase. It makes no difference how good re- 
ports you read in the Messenger, it will be 
better and safer for you to examine the West 
before you venture. You may like it, and 
then you may not. 


Bro. James Y. Heckler, of Harleysville.Pa., 
has written a very instructive poem, making 
a very neatly printed little book of 131 pages, 
tracing the history of the Brethren, from their 
rise in Germany in 1708, to the present time. 
It also gives a complete summary of our doc- 
trine and practice throughout, besides much 
other additional information. The book is 
written in poetry, and will doubtless have a 
very large sale among the Brethren. We find 
it the most interesting little work that has 
come to our desk this season. Price, bound 
in paper cover 30 cents per copy, or $3.00 per 



dozen. Cloth binding 40 cents per copy, or 
$4.00 per dozen. Do not fail to send for a 
copy. Address Jas. Y. Heckler, Harleysville, 


It probably will be no great mystery to 
any intelligent and reflecting person, why the 
life of an editor or of a conductor of a pub- 
lic journal, whether it be a religious or a sec- 
ular journal, should have at least as many 
annoyances and trials in it as most of the 
professions and callings in life have. When 
it is remembered that a paper with eight or 
ten thousand subscribers has forty or fifty 
thousand readers, and these having the pref- 
erences, tastes, opinions, prejudices, likes 
and dislikes, that are usually found to exist 
in that number of persons belonging to a 
race of mortals characterized by the peculiar- 
ities and singularities that our race is char- 
acterized by, it will not appear strange that 
it is a labor attended with no little difficulty 
to furnish mental and spiritual food, or read- 
ing matter to gratify the wishes, and to meet 
the wants of so many. And if it is not done, 
then there will be likely to be dissatisfaction 
and complaints manifested, and the editors 
will hear of them and feel them, and in this 
way, many of their annoyances and perplex- 
ities come. 

But then there are many and weighty re- 
sponsibilities devolving upon editors, because 
of the great influence they exert through 
their papers in forming the principles of the 
people. And this is especially the case with 
editors of Christian journals. And when 
men realize their responsibility as we all 
ought to do, there will be more or or less con- 
cern and perplexity of mind, arising from a 
fear that their responsibility will not be met 
as successfully as it should be met to secure 
the peace of a pure conscience, and the ap- 
probation of our divine Master. From these 
and such like considerations, arise many of 
the perplexities and trials in the life of con- 
scientious editors. 

The editors of the Gospel Messenger re- 
alize, at least in some degree, the great re- 
sponsibility that attends their position as ed- 
itors. And it is our prayer that we may re- 
alize it still more fully until the vastness of 
its magnitude is fully appreciated. And 
while we,, as editors, should want to feel the 
responsibility continually when we write,, and 
when we are generating thoughts to -write, 
and when we are making selections from the 
writings of others to put into our paper, we 
also want all our correspondents and contrib- 
utors to share with us the weight of respons- 
ibility that we have to bear. And surely they 
do share with us in that responsibility. They 
cannot avoid the responsibility, and what we 
are anxious for, is, that they may feel that re- 
sponsibility as we feel it. 

All of us, wht ther editors or contributors, 
who write for Christian journals, assume to 
be expounders or promulgators of Christian 
Truth. AVe assume to teach the ignorant, to 
correct the wayward, to encourage the de- 
spondent, and to conduct the initiated into 
the higher realms of the divine life. We en- 
ter into the domains of spiritual life, and 
write and labor for eternity. How solemn 
the thought! And we shculd ever write as 
well as preach, when sacred subjects are our 
themes, under a deep conviction of the fact, 
that both we and our wcrk bear an important 
relation to eternity, and must pass the orde- 
al of a judgment day. "Every idle word 
that men shall speak, they shall give account 
thereof in the day of judgment." 

We are all, we mean all the true friends of 
our Brotherhood, anxious to see our paper, 
the Gospel Messenger, possess all the prop- 
erties of an efficient Christian journal, that 
it may be an auxiliary to the ministry. And 
it will be what the editors and contributors 
make it. They mold the literary and spirit- 
ual character of the paper. This we want all 
who write for the paper to feel. The editors 
are not only responsible for what they write, 
but they are also responsible in some degree, 
for what their contributors write. This, we 
hope, will be understood by all. And hence, 
the editors exercise their judgments in re- 
gard to the articles that are admitted into the 
paper. At times, they must decline to pub- 
l : sh articles sent them, believing *bat the 
publication of such articles would not pro- 
mote the cause of true Christianity. In oth- 
er cases, they are much perplexed, cot know- 
ing what to do. ]f they admit some articles 
into their paper, they are censured by some 
who think such articles aie not intended to 
do good. If those articles had not be?n pub- 
lished, then the writers of them would have 
been hurt. Here are some of our troubles. 
But, says one, I would publish whatever I 
think ought to be published, let it please or 
offend. Exactly so. So we proj ose to do. — 
But then the difficulty is, in many instances, 
we receive articles that are of such a charac- 
ter that we cannot readily dr c'de whether 
they should, or should not be published. — 
And that is a very unpleasant state of mind 
to endure. Men of true Chii&tian characters 
will do right. It is true, even suc'a men may, 
under strong temptations, be led to do wrong; 
but generally, they will do right. But then, 
as things are in the world, with our imper- 
fect wisdom, we cannot always readily tell 
what is right. It is true, it is said, "If atiy 
man lack wisdom, let him ask of Gcd, that 
giveth to all men liberally, anil upbraideth 
not; and it shall be given him." Even with 
such a promise, we are at times perplexed. 

In view of the foregoing considerations, 
we kindly request all our contributors to save 
us*as much as they possibly can, the perplex- 
ity alluded to. We hope they will remember 
that the work that they and w 3 in common 

are engaged in, is an important work, involv- 
ing interests of the highest character, the 
eternal interests of men, and the honor of 
God. And in remembering this, lot us all 
write with care, weighing well our words in 
regard to their meaning and tendency. Let 
us remember, especially when reproving and 
condemning, the proverb, "A soft answer 
turneth away wrath; but grievous words stir 
up strife." And let our "speech be always 
with grace, seasoned with salt." 

We desire our brethren to write, and we 
encourage them to do so. And if he that 
gives a cup of cold water to a disciple of Je- 
sus from a proper motive, or because he is a 
elisciple of the divine Master, shall not lose 
his reward, those who give but a crumb of 
comfort, or the least edification to a disciple 
of Jesus, from a proper regard to the Savior, 
through a Christian periodical, shall not lose 
their reward. 

The motto of the Gospel Messenger is, 
"Set for the defense of the Gospel." We 
want to defend through our paper, the doc- 
trines, the practices, and the Christian life 
and character taught in the Gospel. And as 
our Brotherhood is founded upon the Gospel, 
and accepts the Gospel as its rule of faith 
and practice, a defense of the Gospel is a de- 
fense of the Brotherhood. So we are like- 
wise set for the defense of our beloved Broth- 
erhood. And we want all our brethren that 
can do so, to help in the good work in which 
we are engageel. But let us work wisely and 
discreetly, or with all our zeal, we may do 
more harm than good. Let us write in the 
fear of the Lord, and in the Spirit of the 
Loid. And if we all write thus, the blessing 
of the Lord will attend our humble labors, 
and they will go out through the Gospel 
Messenger, carrying light, peace and com- 
fort to humble and seeking souls. J. y. 


It took five days to pull down our old press 
au 1 put up the new one, hence we are at least 
that far behind. We are also putting in a 
new engine and boiler which will require a 
few days longer. The paper next week will 
also be late. 

The InC.rji endi ni the following statistics 
and we would like to know where they obtain the infor- 
mki'icn : — Fv tngeliet. 

The Gp rman Baptists organized six new churches last 
year, Diufcing 168 in all, with a membfn-hip ol 30,442 
agaiast28 9 G last year. Since 1878 the number of Sun- 
day enhoili increased from 178, "with 6M teachers and 
^•94 scholars to 402, with 1,146 backers and 8,954 [18- 
9:4] tcholaw. 

There is an organization in the United 

States kno\Mi as the Gorman Baptist, and to 

them this item refers. They are unlike the 

Brethren, and so far as we can learn they are 

all German. In some of our exchanges we 

| see something concerning them every week 

or two. Were we to cease calling ourselves 

Brethren and use the name German Baptists, 

it would beget some confusion in those who 

make statistics. 




WE frequently Lear it said; a thing once 
right is always right once wrong always 
wrong, and at fii»l thought we accept it as 
good logic. But bsifc so really? If rigid and 
wrong were thing-* in derial and lasting, of 
course they could not change and therefore 
they would continue to stand in relation to 
other things as in tin 1 heginning. This how- 
ever, is not the case. Bight and wrong have 
principles to deal with, and are governed by 
attending circumstance-;. Things are right 
and wrong relatively, and not ulateii lly. By 
referring to the Bible we find that some of 
the things that were accepted as right under 
the Abrahamie Covenant, would be consider- 
ed very wrong now, not because the things 
or the acts have changed, but the attending 
circumstances have changed. Again, then 
there were things considered as wrong then 
that are now accepted as right. On the pin - 
ciple that right is always right, some men 
persist in standing still or continuing in the 
old rut, forgetting, that while they are stand- 
ing, the world around them is moving. Our 
fathers did thus and so, in pursuing a cer- 
tain course, and because they succeeded,- we 
can succeed in the same. They seem to 
think that the theory is good, but by their 
practice they show that it is wrong. The old 
wooden plow that was right and good in its 
day, has been, long ago, cast aside and substi- 
tuted by something better. The old dutch 
scythe and the little anvil, with which it was 
pounded to an edge,' have been succeeded by 
the keen-edged steel blade and the clicking 
mower. The sickle and cradle have given 
away to the modern reaper and self-binder. 
All these things were good and right in their 
time, but as time sped away, they passed 
with it. 

There was a time when our only means of 
travel was on foot, or on horseback, and when 
more convenient and enjoyable means were 
afforded, some good people had great com- 
punctions of conscience whether it was light 
to avail themselves of the advantages thus 

Not long ago Eld. Grabill Myers told us 
that when his father could no more ride on 
horseback without great inconvenience, being 
a very lusty, heavy man, he got himself a lit- 
tle one-horse wagon, without springs, then 
called "Dearborns," and because they were 
then a new thing, he was counseled by his 
brethren to put it away. Jt was considered 
a wrong then. But as these kind of wagons 
multiplied and became common, th objec- 
tion was removed and the wrong became a 
right in their estimation; not because the 
wagons had changed, but the attending cir- 
cumstances. The same objection was made 
against spring buggies when first introduced, 
And the same may be said of the, use of 
blinds, etc., in windows, and carpets in the 
houses. All these things came in under pro- 
test. All were once considered as being 

wrong, but none accepted as right. It is 
true, it may be a question whether they were 
even morally wrong, but as they were offen- 
sive to some, that fact alone made them 
wrong, or the use of them, according to Paul's 
ideas of Christian ethics. 

Again, notwithstanding we were always a 
temperance people, so considered, both, in 
practice and in theory, there was a time when 
our brethren thought it not wrong to keep a 
barrel of whiskey on their garrets, or in their 
cellars, give their hands three drams a day, 
keep it in the harvest field and offer visitors 
the friendly glass. We do not now think 
that this was ever right, but it was so con- 
sidered. To day, our ideas of temperance 
are so changed that it would be considered 
very wrong to use such liberties with so de- 
structive an evil. Many things are right and 
wrong relatively and proportionately. In one 
relation a thing may be right. In another 
relation it may be wrong. Again, we pro- 
portionate things according to their capaci- 
ties. Go beyond this, and it is wrong. It is 
right to eat food enough to healthfully sus- 
tain the body. More than this is gluttony — 
is wrong. Alcohol may be rightly used as a 
medicine, but to use it as a beverage is wrong, 
so that a thing once right is not necessarily 
always right. 

We frequently hear it said, what would 
save a man eighteen hundred years ago, will 
save him to-day. Yea, verily, there is but 
one plan of salvation. This cannot change, 
but the ways and means of presenting it to 
the people have changed. Our aged fathers 
who have passed away, went to meeting on 
foot or horse-back, while the mothers and 
daughters perched on the now obsolete side 
saddle. To-day, we use the railroad coach, 
or the sof t-spriuged carriage. The barn floor 
made the sanctuary, and the rough pine slab 
was the seat for the one-hunclred-yeart-ago 
Christians, — and it is said that they did not 
sleep during church in those days, — but now 
we have the nicely finished, well-backed seats, 
which are not only more comfortable for 
hearing, but also for snoozing, a's the sleep- 
ers are not so liable to fall to the floor. 
These are all changes that have come to pass 
through the force of circumstances, or as a 
good brother says, "the pressure of the 
times." The ministry has also underwent 
some change. We do not mean to say that 
they are religiously better, but the change 
has simply adapted them to the circumstan- 
ces that meet them. Christ placed himself 
in such a position towards the world as made 
it possible for all people to come to and min- 
gle, socially and religiously with him. A uni- 
versal salvation requires a universal Medi- 
ator. Such was Christ. Such must be his 
ministers. They must be prepared to meet 
the world, not as it was a hundred years ago, 
but as they find it. 

So, in determining right and wrong, we 
must be governed by principle, and not by 

the changing things of life. Try all things, 
and hold fast to that which is good. To say 
a thing is wrong simply because the world 
does it, or uses it, is the height of folly. The 
world, so-called, has given lissome very good 
things, and, in many instances, it does things 
that should put to shame those that are call- 
ed the Children of Light. h. b. b. 


We had intended to notice Bro. S. S. Gar- 
man's article, which may be found on page 
95 of the Messenger, last week, but forgot 
all about it till the paper was on the press. 
With his article was a note stating that if he 
was wrong he would be pleased to stand cor- 
rected, hence we take the liberty of making 
these remarks. 

We shall not enter into a discussion of the 
insurance business, but merely point out a 
few errors held by those opposed to insur- 

1. It is held that because insurance com- 
panies have much money to loan that they 
are dishonest, and are swindling the people. 
We wish to state that the law compels these 
companies to invest large sums in real estate 
in order to secure the policy holders. The 
laws of Ohio are very strict concerning that 
point. By lending the money on real estate 
the policy-holders are secured and the com- 
pany prevented from speculating with the 

2. It is held that insurance companies are 
like lotteries only a few get the benefit This 
is very incorrect. If a man has his house 
burned, and it comes within the regulations, 
prescribed by law, he gets his money. There 
is no chance work about it. Every thing is 
fixed by an agreement known to both partie?, 
and governed by law. There is nothing 
about it resembling a lottery, or game of 
chance. Both the rich and poor alike get 
just what tlie}^ pay for. No one draws a val- 
uable prize, unless he pays for it. To illue- 
trate; a man takesout a policy on his life for 
$1000.' He pays $21.00 a year. When he dies 
his family gets the one thousand dollars. 
Or he can pay $28.00 a year, and at the end 
of twenty-two years he owns the one thou- 
sand dollars and can get it if he chooses. 
Or there is another way; he can pay $54 00 a 
year for ten years. If he dies before the ten 
years expire, his family gets the one thou- 
sand dollars, or if he lives past sixteen years 
he can draw the money himself. This is the 
rule for rich and poor alike — no one draws a 

We do not say this to prove that insurance 
is right, or wrong; we write simply to 
correct incorrect impressions that are enter- 
tained by many. It is a regular business 
transaction wherein a man agrees to pay so 
much for a certain sum of money, which he 
or his heirs, can get whenever all of the 
parts are complied with. We carry no insur- 
ance on either life or property, and yet we 
will not advise either for, or against it. 

- T. H. M. 




Home, home! sweet, sweet, home; there is no place like home. 

Nothinjr to Do. 

"NoTiiiNti to do"' in (bis world ot'oiuv. 
Where weeds ^iow up with the fairest flowers 
When; smil.M have only a fitful piny, 
Where hearts are breaking every day? 

"Nothing to do" tlon Christian sou', 
Wrapp n<r thee round in thy selfish stole? 
Off with the garments, of sloth and sin, 
Christ, thy Lord, hath a kingdom to win. 

"Nothing to do!'' There are prayers to lay 
On the alter of incense, day by d ty ; 
There are foes to meet, within arid without, 
There is enor to conquer,, s-lrong and stout. 

"Nothing to do!" Thiue are minds to teaeh 
The simplest forms of Chr:stian speech; 
There are hearts to luie with loving wile, 
From the grimmest haunts of sin's defile. 

"Noth ngto do!" There are lamb* to feed, 
The precious hopes of the church's need; 
S'rength to be home to the weak and faint, 
Vigils to k )i'p with th-: doubting saint. 

"Nothing to do!" and thy Savior said, 
"Follow thou me, iri the path I tread." 
Lord, lend thy help, the journey through, 
Lest, faint, we cry, "So much to do!" 

— Selected. 

Christian Martyrs of Madagascar. 

In the present interest that attaches to the 
French occupation of Madagascar, it is worth 
while to recall again some of the qualities of 
the Hovas, the leading tribe in that land. In 
the first quarter of the present century, King 
Radania I. .ruled over the Hovas. He was a 
sort of Peter the Great, bold, intelligent „ and 
tolerant. Under his rule Christianity made 
great progress. He was succeeded by Queen 
Ranavalomanjake, who resolved to extripate 
the Christian religion. Its prohibition, in 
1835, was followed by as fierce persecutions 
as ever disgraced England or Spain. This 
was the test which tried the Hovan character, 
and nobly did it respond to the demand. Old 
men, women, girls, children went fearlessly to 
death, rather than abjure the name of the 
Savior, who walked the far-away hills of 
Judea, eighteen centuries ago seeking his lost 
sheep of the universal Israel of God. At 
last, in 184!), there came a day when there 
were eighteen victims at once. Fourteen 
were to be hurled from the fearful precipice 
of granite which drops unbroken for 300 feet 
at the southern extremity of the ridge on 
which Antananarivo stands. And four were 
to be burned alhe. A native eye-witness 
tells the story of the latter : After the whole 
eighteen had sung a hymn, "There is a Bless- 
ed Land," the officers "tied them by the 
hands and feet to long poles, and carried 
them on men's shoulders." And those breth- 
ren prayed and spoke to the people as they 
were being carried along. And some who 
looked upon them said that their faces were 
like the faces of angels. * * * And as they 
took the four that were to be burned alive, to 
the place of execution, these Christians sang 
the hymn, 'When Our Hearts Are Troubled, 
Then Remember TJs.' And when they came 

to Faravohitra there they burned them, fixed 
between split spars. And there was a rain- 
bow in the heavens at the time. They pray- 
ed as long as they had any life, and they died 
softly and gently. And all the people were 
amazed who beheld the burning of them 
there." Of the fourteen at the rock, one was 
saved alive. They tied them with ropes and 
hung them over the edge of the precipice. 
The executioner then called upon them one 
by one to recant. As fast as one refused, the 
rope was cut and he was dashed to pieces up- 
on the rocks below. Yet not one of the her- 
oic fourteen failed in that awful hour. Thir- 
teen went to death with songs of joy. The 
last, a little girl, to every demand said, "I 
will follow my friends." Whereupon at the 
last moment, the executioner roared out, 
"She is an idiot; take her away." And he 
concealed her himself in a distant forest, 
until the fury of persecution was past. This 
is the quality of the Hovan people of Mada- 
gascar. — Chicago Herald. 

Take Your Hands out of Your Pockets, 
Young: Man. 

To begin with, it does not look well, when 
a young man crooks his arms and thrusts 
his hands into his pockets, making a figure 
eight of himself, and then stands up against 
the sunny side of the house, like a rooster 
in December. 

How would the girls look, all turned into 
eights and leaning against the wall? How 
would your mother look in that posture? 
Catch her doing it! You don't find her hands 
in her pockets. Your mother's hands ! While 
you are loafing, they are the hands that sew, 
and bake, and stew, and fry and sweep, and 
darn, and nurse; but she does not sink them 
in her pockets, and then loll against the build- 

Are your hands cold? Swing the hammer; 
drive the plane; flourish the axe. There is 
untold caloric about a spade, a trowel, a 

Besides, pocket heat is not profitable. Have 
you money there, though ? Are your pockets 
the safes in which 3 on have hidden treasure, 
and are your hands the bolts that secure the 
door? Money may be there to-day, but it 
won't be a guest over to-morrow night. An 
idlers money is apt to leap out of his pocket. 
It is likely to go for a pipe, a cigar, a tobacco 
plug, a mug of ale. There is no money in 
pocket warming. 

Take your hands out of your pockets, young 
man ! You are losing time. Time is valuable. 
People feel it at the other end of the line, 
when death is near and eternity is pressing 
them into such small quarters, for the work 
of this life craves hours, days, weeks, years. 
If those at this end of the line, if youth, with 
its abundance of resources, would only feel 
that time was precious! Time is a quarry. 
Every hour may be a nugget of gold. It is 
time in whose valuable moments we build our 
bridges, spike the iron rails to the sleepers, 
launch our ships, dig our canals, run our fac- 
tories. You might have planted twenty hills 
of potatoes while I have been talking to you, 

young man. Take your hands out of jonr 

The world wants those- bonds.' Tin* woiM 
is not dead, asleep under I he pyramid*, h 
mummy by the Nile. The world is alive, 
wide awake, pushing, struggling, going ahead. 
The world wants those handp. You. need not 
take them out of America They can find a 
market here at home. The country wants 
those hands, selling dry goods in New York, 
cradling wheat in Minnesota, raising cotton 
in Alabama, weaving clot U in Lowell, picking 
oranges in Florida, digging silver in Colo- 
rado, catching mackerel from the, deck of a 
down-east fishing smack. Take your hauls 
out of your pockots! 

And what a laudable thing it is to meet the 
wants of society, and do your best! When 
you are an old man, what an honorable thing 
your hand will be! 

Did you ever think of the dignity investing 
the wrinkled hand of an old worker? It has 
been so useful, lifted so many b irdens, and 
wrought in such honorable service. Who 
wants a hand without a character when old 
age comes on — a soft, flabby, do-not I dug hand? 

You are willing to work, you Say, but can't 
find anything to do? 

Nothing to do! Do the first thing that 
comes along. Saw wood, get in coal, go on 
errands. In short, do anything honest with 
your hands, but don't let them loaf in your 

A good example of what c.ui be done by a 
young man who takes and keeps his "hands 
out of his pockets," was set by one who grad- 
uated a few years ago at Harvard University. 
He determined to be a cotton manufacturer. 
Instead of relying upon his general education, 
and waiting for an opening, as many of his 
classmates did, he began at once to prepare 
specially for the business he had chosen, by- 
entering a machine shop as a workman— mak- 
ing full hours and acquainting himself with 
every part of the machinery of a cotton mill. 
From the machine shop he went into a cotton 
mill, and by hard work and close attenti< 11 
rapidly acquired a thorough knowledge of all 
the processes of cotton manufacture. 

While some of his classmates were waiting 
and looking for an opening in business, and 
and others were with difficulty filling sub- 
ordinate positions, he was rapidly rising, step 
by step, until he is today in charge of one of 
the largest cotton mills in New England, with 
ample salary, and what is better, discharging 
the duties of his position with great! satisfac- 
tion to the company lie serves. SdeotHtl by 
A. H. 

Opposil ion. 

A ceht.un amount of opposition is a great 
help to a man; kites rUe against the wind and 
not with the wind: even a h ird wind is better 
than none. No man ever worked his passage 
anywhere in a dead calm. Let no man wax 
pale, therefore, because of opposition; oppo- 
sition is what he wants and must have, to be 
good for anything. Hardship is the native 
soil of manhood and self-reliance. He who can 
abide the storm without flinching, lies down 
by the wayside to be overlooked or forgotten. 




As oold wnter to n thirsty soul, so is Rood news ftoi.i h fur 

From Rossville, I ml.- Ai 

Dear "Brethren ; — 

To-day was our quarterly council; not 
nmch business, but all passed off pleasantly, 
with love in the church. Appointed our Com- 
munion, of which you will receive a notice. 
Much rejoicing on the part of the church, to 
see some present who were willing to be re- 
ceived into the church by baptism; six young 
sisters were received. May God help them 
to be faithful and and thereby others be per- 
suaded to come into the church. Now, dear 
brethren, let us care for those lambs in Christ, 
treat them as such, show that we love them, 
by always meeting them kindly, and with a 
smiling look. Pray for us. 

Michael Flory. 

From Lawrence, Kan.— Any. 1, 

Dear Brethren: — 

Our quarterly council will be at Pleas- 
ant Grove, next Saturday. There aie about 
twenty members here in the city. We meet 
every Thursday evening in social worship. — 
Bro. Joseph Kauffman has bought a house 
and lot; will move here sometime in the fut- 
ure. We have the use of a neat brick church 
in which we intend holding regular meetings. 
We would be glad to have Brethren stop 
with us. By notifying Bro. Moses Flory, he 
will meet you at any of the railroad- stations. 
John A. Studebaker. 

From Miami Valley, ().— Aug'. 7 

Dear Brethren: — 

On the fourth of August, wife and. I 
wended our way to the well known district, 
Stillwater, where John Smith and George 
Garver are the present elders. Met for wor- 
ship at their house four miles west of Dayton, 
in the evening. Here we met with Bro. I. 
Frantz, of the Newton District. Preached 
with the ability that God gave me, to a very 
attentive audience. Sabbath morning peo- 
ple from all the region round that old Jeru- 
salem, flocked to hear the Word of the Lord. 
Seats were carried in the aisles, but the house 
was not large enough to accommodate all. — 
The <neeting was addressed by Bro. Frantz, 
who is one of our young speakers, but needs 
no apology on that account. After services 
met at the water; four daughters were add- 
ed to God's family, making eighteen in eight 
weeks (remember it was here that one of the 
reformers advertised that a quorum could 
not be raised). Met again in the evening 
with a large assembly of anxious listeners. — 
Was again made glad by the presence of H. 
Frantz, of Carlisle, and Bro. Coppock, of the 
Grove District, who had been laboring for 
the cause, farther West, and was returning 
homeward. Some of God's children from 
the old Bear Creek District, were in attend- 
ance. There the cause was tried with a 

house of worship on either side, built by 
tl ose who withdrew from the church. Com- 
passed about as our dear brethren were down 
there, I feared and quaked for the cause; 
but bless God, grace did much more abound, 
and at almost every meeting during the Sum- 
mer, the good confession has been made. We 
returned home Monday. Were made glad 
that the services in the Ludlow, and Painter 
Creek District were largely attended, and one 
added to the church by baptism. These 
three districts have added about one hundred 
members, by baptism, since August, 1881. — 
Other districts have done quite well, and love 
prevails, and in the language of Nehemiah 6: 
3. "Why should the work cease?" 

Silas Gilbert. 

From Covington, O.— Aug, 7, 

Dear Brethren: — 

Last Thursday, the 2nd, was the time 
appointed for our quarterly council-meeting. 
The business before the meeting was disposed 
of in a satisfactory manner, besides the ordi- 
nary business. Held choice for two deacons; 
the lot fell on Bro. Levi Mohler, and Bro. 
Wm. Shellenbarger. We decided to have a 
Communion-meeting this Fall, commencing 
at 2 o'clock, on October 17th. G. C. F. 

Select Notes. 

— We are commanded to make no provisions 
for the flesh, etc. (Rom. 13: 14.) And yet 
thousands make provisions for nothing else. 

— The individual who wrote that, "dressing 
for Christ's sake was a delusion," had cer- 
tainly overlooked 1 Cor. 10: 31, Col. 3: 17 and 
1 Pet. 4: 11. 

— Bom. 14: 11: "For it is written, as I live, 
saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, 
and every tongue shall confess to God." — 
How very different that sounds, to what peo- 
ple do nowadays. 

— The Thief on the Cross. — We fre- 
quently hear this from the pulpit, and oft- 
en we see it in print, and how varied are the 
explanations put upon it. Some infer from 
this case, that there is salvation without bap- 
tism. Others, for fear it might prove this, 
distort the passage into a simple interroga- 
tive, that Christ used to evade a direct an- 
swer to the poor, dying penitent. And still 
others explain the passage, by saying that 
while Christ was on earth, he had power to 
do anything and so he promised the thief 
salvation. But I am not ready to believe 
that any person received from Christ while 
on earth, a greater degree of grace than it is 
possible for anyone to receive now. True, 
Christ did, while on earth, heal many of bod- 
ily infirmities, but this was done in demon- 
stration of his divine power. But the one 
thing that the circumstance teaches is this, 
that whenever, wherever and under whatever 
circumstances a sinner is made sensible of 
the saving power of Christ, is truly convicted 
of sin, and calls on Christ for forgiveness, 
Christ hears and the sinner gets it. It may 
be the publican in the temple, the thief on 
the cross, the vilest sinner on earth, every 

penitent prayer is heard and the promise is 

— And Henry Ward Beecher opened his 
mouth and spake, saying, "The church needs 
poor men and wicked men, as well as rich 
and virtuous men, too much of one kind won't 
do, there must be a healthy circulation." — 
Now if Beecher means 'poor men in the sense 
of Matt. 5 : 3, he is right, but in the name of 
sense what does he want with tricked men in 
the church ? Or does it take a certain amount 
of wickedness to create a healthy circulation 
in Mr. Beecher's church? That may be ac- 
cording to — well we will not mention any par- 
ticular Scripture, but array the entire Script- 
ure against the expression. Neither does 
the church need such rich men as we find in 
Matt. 19: 16, 22, also Luke 6: 24, James 5: 1. 
But it does need such rich men as are found 
in 1 Tim. 6: 18, 19, James 2: 5, Bom. 2: 9, etc. 
And why does Mr. Beecher say "too much of 
one kind won't do"? Can there be too much 
"virtue?" Won't there be a healthy circula- 
tion if there are too many virtuous people in 
the church? Must there be wicked men in 
the church in order that Christ can present 
to the Father, a church with a "healthy es- 
calation?" Why did not Mr. Beecher say, 
the church needed more "virtuous" men in 
order that it might have a healthy Christian 
circulation, that Christ might present the 
church to His Father without spot, wrinkle or 
any such thing, and he would have saved 
three-fourths of his words, and this notice. 

— Once upon a time, there lived a man that 
loved God exceedingly; he loved God more 
than he did his tobacco, yet he had his tobac- 
co in his mouth all the time, but. prayer to 
God seldom employed his tongue. He loved 
God more than he did his money, yet he 
handled his money frequently, and God's 
Word seldom. He loved God more than he 
did himself, yet he counseled himself fre- 
quently and God seldom. He loved God so 
much that he knew that He would save him, 
he did not need to keep any of God's com- 
mands in demonstration of his love to Him; 
for God knew that he loved him anyway, and 
would save him. His heart told him that he 
loved God; that was enough, he expected 
eternal salvation. I turned me about and 
seeing a vine entwining its tendrils around 
its own leaf-stems for support, I won- 
dered which of the two had the best support. 

— Your correspondent, by request, took a 
seat in the buggy on the first Sabbath of 
this (Aug. )month and drove over to the Sal- 
omony church. Preached two sermons for 
them to large and attentive congregations. — 
Had the pleasure of seeing one person led 
into the water, and be baptized for the re- 
mission of sins; they received one shortly be- 
fore, so the work is prospering at Salomony. 

This is the church where that old veteran 
and elder, Samuel Murray presides. There 
are few men in the church to-day who have 
labored longer, and done more hard work in 
the ministry than he, still he is found at his 
post, though feeble, but always ready to work 
in the Master's cause. This church, not yet 
being driven on the breakers of dissension, 
is enjoying comparative peace. Our prayer 



to God is that it, with all others, may stand 
aloof from the "Lo here, and lo there;" re- 
main in the Old Ship Zion, and at last an- 
chor safe in harbor, where there will be none 
to disturb their peace. J. B. Lair. 

From Southern Missouri. 

Dear Brethren: — 

By your permission we wish to give 
through this medium, a list of the amounts 
assessed to the different congregations of the 
Southern District of Missouri, to help make 
up the deficiency of the expenses of the late 
A. M., held at Bismark Grove, Kansas. 

Black Water, Saline Co $16 00 

Buffalo, Dallas Co 2 50 

Brush Creek, St. Clair 5 00 

Clear Creek, Saline Co 2 50 

Centreview, Johnson Co 68 00 

Mineral Creek, Johnson Co 68 00 

Holden, Johnson Co 5 00 

Warrensburg, Johnson Co 18 00 

Walnut Creek, Johnson Co 10 00 

Cedar County 12 00 

Eldorado, Cedar Co 10 00 

Dry Fork, Jasper Co 8 00 

Spring River, Jasper Co 10 00 

Grand River, Henry Co 25 00 

Prairie View, Morgan Co 15 00 

Mound ohurch, Bates Co 10 00 

Nevada, Vernon Co 25 00 

Shoal Creek, Newton Co 10 00 

Total. . . .$320 00 

There being a difference in the different 
congregations* in point of earthly goods, we 
could not apportion to each member the same 
amount, without doing injustice to some. — 
We therefore have tried to do the very best 
we could under the circumstances, to make 
the amount assessed to each congregation as 
near equal as we could, and therefore ask all 
to accept it, as being the best we could do. — 
Hoping that all will be satisfactory, and that 
all will at once respond to the call, we now 
submit it to you in the fear of the Lord. 


S. Click. V Committee. 

A. Hutchison. \ 

Unholy Hands Doing Holy Work. 

An anonymous letter from Indiana, at the 
request of a sister who doubts the validity of 
her baptism, begs to know whether the ordi- 
nance can be Christian when administered by 
"a brother who is a hypocrite" ? 

Judas Iscariot had an apostle's commis- 
sion, and did an apostle's work in the high- 
est sphere of the Divine Kingdom in its ob- 
jective aspect. The sacred record makes no 
exception in the apostolic function in rela- 
tion to Iscariot. Ho held his place and did 
his work by Divine appointment and accept- 
ance, notwithstanding he was "a devil." A 
man's character does not invalidate his offi- 
cial work. The office and its functions trans- 
mit not to the recipient the bad qualities of 
the administrator. A hypocritical bishop 
breaking bread to a congregation of one 
thousand, will not defile a single member. — 
"To the pure all things are pure." A devil 

in the apostolate wi'l not turn the eleven in- 
to devils. Official corruption is not trans- 
muted into individual contamination. The 
"messenger of Satan transformed into an an- 
gel of light" will not make baptism less than 
baptism, or communicate his virus lo the re- 
cipient. Wast thou right with God when 
buried with Christ in baptism, not knowing 
that the administrator was an Iscariot? Be 
content. A lecherous Solomon can, as King, 
be an accepted functionary in the Theocracy 
of Israel. Be what your baptism signifies, 
and be not distracted by identifying office 
and person. The holiest administrator's 
character cannot be. transferred to an un- 
worthy recipient, neither will a hypocrite's 
administration invalidate the ordinance to a 
worthy recipient. The best and worst men 
can do no more than attend to the symbol. — 
If to the recipient it is only symbol, it is 
no fault of the office or the administrator. 
If the baptism is "in the likeness of Christ's 
death," the administrator did not make it so. 
God has brought many a blessing to the 
church and the world through unholy hands. 
The blood of Christ comes to us through 
blackest hearts, and hands steeped in the 
dripping soot of hell. Be good and do good, 
and commit the rest to God. 

C. H. Balsbaugh. 

From Delta, O.— Aug. 8 

Dear Brethren: — 

This (Swan Creek) church, is in union 
at present; may it continue so. Our much 
esteemed Elder Stutzman was stricken down 
with palsy, about seven weeks ago, and is 
still confined to his bed. We miss him in 
time of meeting; the seat he occupied is va- 
cant; his voice is heard no more and won't be 
for some tine to come. We have a very in- 
teresting Sunday-school, under the care of 
Harvey Halsy. One young sister committed 
to memory one Sunday 216 verses, and last 
Sunday she had 234. Health is good, we are 
having cool nights, and warm days. Wheat 
was a heavy crop, corn about half crop. We 
have changed our Love-feast from September 
to October 13th, 2 P. M. An invitation is 
extended especially to the ministry. 

David Berkeybile. 

From Wayneshoro, Pa. 

Dear Brethren: — 

I see that the good old ship Zion, "The 
Brethren's Church," is moving along stead- 
ily, though occasionally she is hindered by 
the debris that present itself in her way, but 
patiently she waits and looks away from the 
things of earth from whence cometh her help, 
then passes on. We see and realize further 
ourselves that God is with his people, that 
while standing out on the pier of time, the 
Lord is working with his people and even 
finding them work by giving his blessings to 
attend their labors. The good news comes to 
us weekly through the blessed medium, the 
Gospel Messengeb, that here and there they 
are forsaking their sins, and turning in with 
the people of God, the Brethren. We have 

baptized one since I last wrote, on the day of 
our quarterly council, being the 26th of Ju- 
ly; — a young man of twenty yearp. I often 
thoagilt, what a blessing it ip, to see our sons 
and daughters coming into the church; they 
arc the strength of I lie church if they are 
wholly devote I to the ca'ise. Oh, what should 
claim our attention more II, an the One thing 
needful! What will it benefit us if we gain 
the whole world, and yet lose our souls, or 
if we enjoy all the pleasures for a whole life- 
time, and then bo east away. What would 
we give in exchange for our souls! 

J. F. Oller. 

From Juniata Co., Pa.— Any. 10. 

The good work is going on in our little val- 
ley; we have preaching by the Brethren ev- 
ery six weeks at the Poplar Bun school-house. 
The Brethren labor very ea)nestly with us. 
We are doing a good work for the amount of 
people, though they come from far and near 
to hear our doctrine. Last Summer our 
church began to liven up, and the result is, 
there were nine added t_> the number last sea- 
son, and so far this Summer five more, and 
many have almost made up their minds to 
come to the church. Others said they would 
be with us soon. July 8, we had preaching 
at our school-house. Brethren John Shope 
and Thomas Chicot did the preaching. One 
young lady made the good confession. We 
also had meeting Aug. 1 and o. One came 
on Saturday evening; she could not wait till 
the next day to be baptized. The next day, 
Sunday, two more young ladies came out on 
the Lord's side, and were numbered with us. 
The last two are sisters, and have no parents 
living. They are quite young and well re- 
spected. Jas. E. Huffman. 

A Motion. 

Whereas, calls for help to build meeting- 
houses are being made frequently, and as the 
St. Louis meeting-house has the precedence, 
and as there is almost money enough paid 
and subscribed, and as our people are an ag- 
ricultural people: Therefore, in order that 
the St. Louis house may soon be completed, 
that w r e may respond to some of the other 
calls, I move, each brother (who is a farm- 
er) sell one bushel of corn, or one bushel 
of wheat, and every sister, that is a farmer's 
wife or daughter, sells one dozen eggs or one 
pound of butter, and send the proceeds there- 
of to Eld. Jno. Metzger, Cerro Gordo, 111., by 
Sept. 10, 1883. And all who are in favor of 
this motion, will signify by sending as above 
proposed, in the name of Jesus. The above 
motion is for those in ordinary circumstances, 
the rich should give more, the poor less. 
Those who are not farmers may give propor- 
tionately. Let us have a response all along 
the line. What do you say, brethren and sis- 
ters? W. R. Deeter. 

A hafty life is like neither a roaring tor- 
rent nor a stagnant pool, but a placid and 
crystal stream that flows gently and smooth- 
ly along. 



From Auspio, Kan. — Any. -. 

Dear Brethren,; — 

Wi: have aq organized church in Pot- 
tawatamio Co.. Kan. The Brethren do not 
know much about us. There are only six 
members here in these parts. Father died 
in April last, leaving one less. We have 
meeting once in a great while. The Douglas 
county Brethren came and preached for us, 
but have not been here for over two years. — 
They have promised to come and preach for 
us again this Fall. We would like if some 
of the Brethren, when traveling West, would 
stop with us. We have a good country, good 
land well-meaning people. Why cannot 
some of the Brethren coming West stop and 
see our land? I know it would suit the East- 
ern brethren, for we have good water, some 
of the finest springs that man ever looked up- 
on. We like the new paper very much, it 
comes to us every week regular, and is a wel- 
come visitor, no one knows how much good it 
does us to read the good news it contains, it 
is food to oar souls. We would say success 
be to it; may the Lord help you to make it 
so. S. M. Teetee. 

From Sycamore, Va.— Aug. 2. 

Dear Breihren: — 

On the fourth Sunday of July, last we 
met the good people of Whittle's Station, to 
whom we tried to preach the Word as best 
we could. One was made willing to come to 
the church. At four o'clock the same day 
we met at the water and baptized that one in 
the presence of a, large crowd of the most or- 
derly people we have seen; the most profound 
silence prevailed. We felt that the Lord was 
there, and that the good spirit was moving 
upon the hearts. Brethren we need help and 
and would be glad to meet some of the breth- 
ren at any time on the fourth Sunday of the 
month, as that is my regular day at that 
place. Much good can be done. We have 
crowded houses and the best attention. The 
first Sunday we meet the good people of 
White Rock, Bedford Co. These two places 
I go to once a month, and we are the first 
of our people that have held meetings there, 
and no one to help me, but I believe the Lord 
will stand by me. T. C. Wood. 

From Koanoke, Va. 

Dear Breihren: — 

I am still having a lively time with the 
Old Orderites. I met three of their Evange- 
lists at a church- meeting last Saturday in 
Montgomery county. They introduced their 
case with a clamor for the tradition of the 
Fathers reading the Miami Resolutions, with 
the motto Old Order, Old Order. Such is 
the sum and substance of their argument, 
connected with misrepresentations of the 
General Brotherhood and individual breth- 
ren so as to prejudice the minds of the unin- 
formed members. AVe met them with a crit- 
icism Ol the weakness and inconsistency of 
their premises and with a defence of the de- 
cisions of A. M. as being in harmony with 
the Bible, as understood and practiced by 

the church from the first of its organization. 
Some of the members were somewhat carried 
away with the clamor. Old Order, for the time 
being. I preached three sermons, and had 
much talk with the members before I left 
them. I have reasons to believe with good 
results, and that, with proper attention and 
management, all will come right, very soon. 
It is very unfortunate that our members are 
not better informed in our church matters. — 
I think that the Revised Minutes will accom- 
plish much, and should be in the hands of as 
many as possible. B. F. Moomaw. 

From West Alexandra, Preble Co., Ohio. 
- Ana. 2. 

Dear Brethren: — 

I have just come home from council 
meeting; we had a very pleasant meeting, all 
in love and union once more. We have had 
a very gloomy time for two years, but the 
Old Ship is once more sailing in a good breeze. 
We also appointed a Communion, October 
12th, commencing at 10 A. M., in the Upper 
Twin Creek church. Samuel Milleb. 

Endless Beina;. 

To a Friend in Despair : — 

Yours of 22nd of July is before me. — 
First of all I thank you for your remembrance 
of me. The stamps were very welcome. I 
am kept unusually scant in stamps and sta- 
tionery, and would be grateful for a few ra- 
vens with their beaks well filled. 

Your letter is simply heart-rending. It is 
a sad sign when we can draw personal com- 
fort from the revolting doctrine of annihila- 
tion. Such a book as you are reading is rank 
soul-poison. Those who revel in sin and can- 
not stop, and those who have sinned them- 
selves into remorse and despair, are the first 
to find comfort in the Gospel of annihilation. 
Why not trust in the perfect atonement of 
the Godman, and the perfect embodiment of 
God in our SaAdor-brother, and do away with 
all necessity of giving any thought to post 
mortem destruction? The Bible is utterly 
dumb as to extinction of responsible being, 
and well it may, as the doctrine is wholly in- 
consonant with the psychology of man, and 
the Divine Incarnation. Can you tell me 
why a being made in the image of God should 
be blotted out of existence ? If you go to the 
bottom of this question, you cannot fail to 
see how repulsively selfish the doctrine of 
annihilation is. It demands unspeakable 
grace to be conferred on sinners as sinners, 
on wholly selfish grounds. It is like a crim- 
inal appealing to the government to reduce 
his term of twenty years to ten, although per- 
fectly conscious he deserves imprisonment 
for life. We know the terms of probation, as 
given in the life of Christ; why not accept 
them? We know the threatened doom re- 
sulting from neglect c% these terms: why de- 
mur? "Is God unrighteous who taketh ven- 
geance?" Rom. 3: 5. Why hope in the ces- 
sation of being when the sin that gives birth 
to the hope is of infinite demerit, whose pen- 
alty can never be exhausted save by an Infin- 

ite Expiation? For the single violation in 
Eden, God must become incarnate and suffer 
crucifixion. After such a revelation of the 
Divine Mind it is both ridiculous and blas- 
phemous to talk about the mortality of the 
soul and the finite evil of sin. The doctrine 
of annihilation is the offspring of corruption, 
invented for a class who are not even vouch- 
safed a drop of water to cool their tongues 
in the flaming torments of their own procur- 

Jesus is an all-sufficient Savior, but he saves 
here. In the flesh He made propitiation, 
and in the flesh he redeemed humanity from 
sin, and in the nature of the case could not 
otherwise. In the flesh He is able and will- 
ing to save the vilest, after death none, not 
even by the fiery boon of annihilation. Trust 
Him, and that fully: He will not belie the 
meaning of his incarnation, crucifixion, res- 
urrection, ascension, and Divine-human dis- 
pensation of the fulness of God. His sinless 
life, His sin-cancelling death, and his sir-aud- 
death-abolishing resurrection, is pledged for 
our redemption. God in the flesh, your flesh, 
is stronger than the devil and all his infernal 
legions. You can be a joyful instead of a de- 
spairing man. You may stand next to the 
literal murderers of Christ in the catalogue 
of iniquity, you are not beyond the possibili- 
ty of salvation, so long as you are in the body 
and want to be saved. "Cease to do evil, and 
learn to do well," and commit to Jesus as ab- 
solutely as He committed himself to humani- 
ty, and know nothing and desire nothing but 
what the cross can make you. If you rightly 
apprehend the Jehovah- man, you must love 
him and trust him, and love will take all 
strain from self-denial and from sternest de- 
votion to the cross with all its flesh-slaying 
demands. Turn away from the paralyzing 
contemplation of the second death, live as 
Jesus lived, "cleanse yourself from all filthi- 
ness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holi- 
ness in the fear of God," and "your calling 
and election will be made sure." Divinity 
and humanity had to co-operate in one per- 
son to make a Christ, and they must do the 
same to make a Christian. Were God and 
man not constitutionally one,, this were im- 
possible. The fact of the Incarnation so re- 
veals the essential nature of humanity as to 
put annihilation out of the question. The 
doctrine of extinction shames God and man. 

C. H. Balsbaugh. 

From Dakota. 

Dear Breihren: — 

Inasmuch as we are in the receipt of a 
good many letters from Brethren inquiring 
about Central Dakota, we think it best to an- 
swer them in a general way through the Mes- 
senger, presuming that these brethren take 
and read the paper, and those who neither 
take it or read it, are not the ones we want 
here to help us build up the cause of Christ 
in this far West. 

The questions asked ar