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Vol. XXYIII. aA.lNlLJ.A.FRV", ISQS. No. l. 

Entered «t th« Post Office «t East C«nt«rbury, N. H., a« S«cond-Clast Matter. 

THE PROGRESS OF SHAKERISM. 
NO. i. 

By Elder Henry C. Blinn, 

IT is now quite uniyersally admitted that the unfoldment of the human 
mind has been very gradual and yet of continuous growth. The animal 
man does not change in the twinkling of an eye, from low to high estates. 
Even the most radical Biblical students who were positive that the days of 
creation, as recorded in Genesis, were periods of time, of only twenty- four 
hours each, now admit that the morning and evening which formed the day, 
may as well have been one thousand, ten thousand or forty thousand years 
each, as to have been only twenty-four hours. 

Figuier says, — ''The mind recoils dismayed when it undertakes the com- 
putation of the thousands of years which have elapst since the creation of 
man." 

This being the case, even admitting that prehistoric man was made near- 
ly on a level with the brute creation, we wonder that so many thousands of 
years could have past away, and brought to the race no higher moral stand- 
ard than is represented in the book of Genesis. That there was a gradual 
development of the mind, altho it may have been at a snail's pace, is gener- 
ally conceded, as a writer of the Sacred Book, places man in advance of 
the animal race and denominates him when standing upright, to be a ''son of 

God." 

Isolated individuals may have been found no doubt who were equally as 
far advanced as was the one we call Adam, but the race, as a whole, was 
very far from being what we should consider, either sons of God or even an 
ordinary standard for humanity. The historian in illustrating the condition 
of some orders of society, at that date, says ; — "every imagination of the 
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4 THE MANIFESTO. 

Sach a condition would be hard to conceive, and still more difficult to ac- 
cept into the mind, even tho we should bring forward the most uncivilized 
races that exist at the present time. K the development of man before the 
advent of Adam was twenty thousand or even ten thousand years, and the 
time from Adam to the present date has been only some six or seven thous- 
and years, then we should readily admit that the advancement of humanity 
for the last term has been wonderful. 

But the six thousand years of man's existence may be no more exact than 
was the minister who said that the three holy children were not in the fiery 
furnace, but just near enough to be comfortable. The eagle-eyed commen- 
tators have found some one hundred and forty opinions of the date of the 
creation ''and that between the varying extremes there is a difference of 
three thousand one hundred and ninety-four years ; a difference which only 
applies to the period between the commencement of the world or birth of 
Adam and the birth of Jesus." 

A slight acquaintance with the Phrenological chart will perhaps show us 
how easily the good or bad conditions may predominate in the mind. How 
the moral and intellectual faculties may rise through many degrees to a high- 
er and better form of humanity, while a departure from right or from good- 
ness will as certainly lead to brutality and to a sensual existence. 

Having this thought in mind it is not strange that the family of man should 
have been formed into classes, and one should have been designated as the 
"sons of God, and the other as the sons of Belial." Then as now it was a 
matter of discipline that made an honorable state of society or through lack 
of discipline made those of low conditions, that were a disgrace to humanity. 

From the days of Adam to the present time ; from the first religious and 
murderous quarrel of the two brothel's, and these were sons of God, down 
through all the races of men, whether savage or civilized, the same contest 
has been going on, and yet we have this assurance, that the better quality of 
the human mind has predominated, and the great family of man has moved 
forward in everything that makes life of more value upon the earth. It has 
also as steadily moved upward toward a higher ideal of man's duty towaixi 
man, and no less toward the kingdom of God, the consummation of our 
greatest hope. 

That there should be some nations or tribes that should be savage and sen- 
sual, and of a degraded type, is no more strange than that there should be 
found in some well-ordered families, one or more of the children who become 
a sorrow and a disgrace to their parents. 

At the advent of Shakerism, so early as the year 1770, there were wars 
and rumors of wars. The thirst for conquest and the thirst for gold wei*e 
quite closely conjoined and aroused all the passions of the mind to do and 
to dare, even to the utmost cruelty and savagery of their animal natures, and 
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lieved in the name of the Prince of Peace and iu the advancement of the hu- 
man nice. 

Four thousand years of selfishness, of wars and of slavery, had made in- 
delible impressions upon the mind. Out of this great body, a few individu- 
als may have been found who gave their lives for th«^ good of humanity as 
did the man of Galilee. Obscund as this may have been, it sometimes 
found willing advocates whobC testimony was as the sword of the God of 
P»'f.ce. 

Fiiim this Fabylonian mass came the first ShakcMS and the voice of the 
Sjiiiit was the same to them as it was to the primitive Christians, — ''Repent, 
for the kingdom of God is at hand." Shakeristn, is by no means an instan- 
taneous conversion. Those who have bi*en travi ling many years from right 
toward wrong, nia}^ be as many years in trav.?ling from wrong toward right. 

It was a wonderful power that could enter into the mind of a selfish man 
and take him wliile so filled with the war spirit, with the love of money, with 
the love of honor, and a great name in the eaith, and lead him to love God, 
as a Heavenly Father, and then to pray for his porsecntors. 

To place men and women in a Cin-istian community » after they had been 
developing all the variations of hclf-love for twenty or forty years, was a 
test of Christianity, that but few have experienced. 

A fair illustmtion of the disciples who entered into Christian fellowship, 
would be to visit the service held by the evangelists of the present day. If 
the word of God should reach such a class, it would take them as it found 
them, and it would find them as it found Cain and Abel ; as it found the 
people in the days of Noah ; as it found the inhabitants of Sodom, or as Jo- 
nah found the people of Nineveh. If the cross prevailed it would take them 
as St. Paid took them into his church. Did he accept those who pilfered? 
Indeed, he did. He said to his brethren; *'Let him that stole, steal no 
mor.^." Did he accept the selfish and overbearing? He says, ''Wherein 
thoii judgest another, thou condomnest thyself." Did he accept those who 
were wiak in the faith? '"Him that is weak in the faith receive ye," and yet 
there were some who would put stumbling-blocks in the way of others. They 
were carnal and indulged in strife. Some of his members were less reputa- 
ble in their characters than were the sensual Corinthians. This may be 
quite like the promiscuous gatherings of the men and women of even this 
year of grace. 

Paul says the brethren went to law against their own brethren, and the 
Christian churches of to-day do the same thing. Srme were so covetous that 
they neglected to eat at home, that they might consume the more at the com- 
munion table. This is a sad picture of unregenerate man in the early Gen- 
tile Christian church, before the advent of the Shakers, and yet it was quite 
the same when the Shakers formed their communities. 

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6 THE MANIFESTO. 

SOIENOE V. s. THE CHRIST. 

By Charles Jay Maclaughlin, 

■\ IXHEN schism crept into the primitive church, causing it to fall, men 
VV came under the bondage of creed. The original faith and practice 
of the church of Christ as taught by our Savior and reiterated by his apos- 
tles gradually disappeared. The doctrine, '* Work out your own salvation with 
fear and trembling ; for it is God which worketh in you both to will and to 
do of his good pleasure" was set aside. Practically, men were told to allow 
the individual understandiug to decay and listen only to the voice of the 
priest and prelate. This state of aflFairs brought with it the dark ages and 
the notorious corruption of the Roman clergy against which Savanarola 
hurled his anathemas, Melancthon penned his disquisitions and Luther thun- 
dered his denunciations, opening anew the scriptures to individual inquiry. 
While the Refomiation broke the power of Rome it signally failed to lift the 
people from the bondage of dogma hence orthodoxy has not given forth that 
light which it claims. In the original gospel there was no dogma, no creed, 
no system of theology, but a living faith and practice. 

Martin Luther, however, began the work of individual thought carrieil for- 
ward by such men as Jacob Brehme, Emanuel Swedenborg and the whole 
host of names which have givtn lustre to the pages of modern literature. 
But the difference between the work of Brehme, Swedenborg aud Ann Lee 
lies in the fact that their minds were illuminated while others brought forth 
the inspiration of natural genius. Herein lies the distinction between science 
and the Christ. Dante, Schiller, Goethe, Kant, Shakespeare, Mohere, 
Montague, Rorscean, Carlysle, Browning, Emerson and the rest belong to 
the realm of natural inquiry properly denominated science (from scire, to 
know;) but to know a thing from the standpoint of the natural mind is very 
diflferent from perceiving it by illumiuation. 

In the efforts of mankind to break away from creed there have come forth 
in these latter days with the running to and fro, divers doctrines which 
while an aid to the development of the natural intellect are no part of that 
mind which was in Christ Jesus our Lord and which carries with it the only 
genuine power for soul healing from which all sin, sickness and death emanate. 
Theosophy, Ethical Culture and the vaiious forms of mental science belong 
to this class. They are neither substitutes for the Christ nor effective pana- 
ceas for the ills of humanity. All things springing from the natural mind to- 
day are tainted with the spirit of the prince of this world. Jesus said to the 
Pharisees; "Ye are of this world; I am not of this world.'' This doctrine 
of the Christ is just as true to-day and ever must be. We have reacht a 
time when the old serpent through the natural powers of man will be able to 
counterfeit everything from Heaven but the saving of the soul. It will be 
remembered that Moses threw down his rod and it became a serpent ; the 

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Egyptian magicians then threw down their rods and they also became serpents 
but MoBi*8 took up his rod again as a rod while the rods of the magicians re- 
mained serpents. 

Pantheism of which all these new doctrines are a part, teaches, but has 
never demonstrated the proposition that the human mind is without limitation 
in the possibility of its achievements. Aristotle and Plato, Cuvier, £[ant, 
Shakespeare, Darwin, Spencer and Agassiz to say nothing of Buddha or the 
Hindoo adepts have never proven it. ^^There is no new thing under the sun." 
Why ? God alone, as exprest by Emerson, is the eternal child, the bound- 
less, the limitless, unchanging mind. As Job expresses it; '^Canst thou by 
searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection? 
It is as high as heaven ; what canst thou do ? deeper than hell ; what canst 
thou know? The measure thereof is longer than the earth, broader than the 
sea. ' For vain man would be wise, tho man be bom like a wild ass's colt." 
£ven the human in Jesus cried out at the last ; ^^My God ! My God ! Why 
hast thou forsaken me." 

This new school of mentality which is rising would set at naught the 
Mosaic law and declare that sins committed in violation of that law are simply 
mistakes. It works itself up into a state of ecstacy wherein it imagines that 
everything is divine and that there is no evil to be overcome, which idea it 
uses as the source of its healing power. Such repeated affirmations as the 
following are said to bring strength to this purpose ; '^I am pure !" ^^I ain di- 
vine!" "I am healed!" "There is no evil!" Many cases of healing are re- 
ported to have been effected by this means. The healing is not accomplisht 
instantaneously as in the times of Christ and his apostles, but gradually. 

We are glad for all benefited by these mental, not spiritual means, but is 
the benefit lasting? We do not believe it because the remedy applied is of 
a mesmeric character as are all intellectual persuasions. Jesus healed 
through the law of sympathy. He was touched with the feelings of our in- 
firmities because he was the at-one-ment with God. He taught the doctrine 
of the angel life and community of goods as the only method of developing 
those divine forces in men and women which make the whole world akin. 
If persons living in the natural life with its mine and thine, who have never 
come to any deep conviction of the lost condition of mankind through sin as 
did Ann Lee, can create a system of healing that is all-sufficient for the soul 
then we are unavoidably forced to one conclusion, to wit : that the mission 
of Christ is at an end. It is only by the principles of bear and forbear in 
the communistic life and of the daily cross against evil that deep love and 
sympathy of the soul can be brought ioxih which really bears the stamp of 
the divine. ''All souls are mine" saith the Lord. If this statement be true 
as well as the one that all weakness arises from a diseased condition of the 
soul, then only from the house of the Lord can go forth that cleansing power 
to Uft mankind from the crawling serpent. ^,g„,,, ,y v^ v.Ogle 



8 THE MANIFESTO. 

This is a matter of vital importance to Zion. Let no man take thy crown. 
All else in this world is antichrist but an obedience to that great summary 
of the law as enunciated by Jesus of love to God and the neighbor. That 
law was repeated and emphasized by the Christ spirit in Ann Lee, and 
through the work which she inaugurated, tho but in its infancy, there 
has been made more definite progress towai'd the settlement of the' one 
great question — that of sex — than has boen made by all other movements of 
the times. In Zion there is to be found an inner way partaking not of the 
form but of the spirit which will yield salvation, and to her has been com- 
mitted the task of cpnsummating that one great declaration of supernal truth, 
— There is neither male nor female in Christ. 

Movements springing from the earth may train the natural mind to think 
and teach self-control and thus far are valuable, but in the daily, practical, 
spiritual life personal experience with the diflSculties to be met and overcome 
sets aside all theory and calls for an application of those Christian principles 
which alone can develop the real man and woman. A complete sacrifice of 
self and self-interest to the spirit of truth is the only way of attainment. 

To all filled with the aflflatus of pantheism to the effect that men can rise 
"of their dead selves to higher things" let the example of the Nazarene suf- 
fice, made perfect by Christ through suffering. The natural precocity of Je- 
sus d^ a boy was evident from the fact of his having confounde:! the doctors 
and lawyers in the temple with his questions. His intuitive genius and com- 
prehensiveness of mind derived from his lineage were made manifest while 
the knowledge he had acquired previous to his conjunction with John must 
have been a treasure to him, yet he knew that of himself he could do nothing 
for by the God power alone with which he had been anointed through the 
descent of the dove was he enabled to raise the dead, heal the sick and 
preach the gospel to the poor. The complete earthliness and limitation of 
the natural mind with all its philosophy and science, valuable enough in their 
sphere, were thus clearly demonstrated. The revelation of God in Jesus 
through the witness, John, is an unanswerable testimony against pantheism 
with its inadequate individualistic development. 

Let vain-glorious man with all his researches and philosophies remember 
that while he may write books and add proposition to proposition that the 
childlike simplicity possest by our Great Examplar who said his doctiine 
was not his but his Father's who sent him, is a resignation of the human to 
the divine which the spirit of truth demands. 

The difliculty in regard to the teachings of Christ with the majority of 
people lies in the fact that they have not grown to them and therefore con- 
clude that some new ideas, so-called, claiming to point to the higher life are 
an improvement upon them. This delusion arises from sheer ignorance. 
No production in all literature is comparable with Christ's Sermon on the 
Mount. He spake the eternal truth as never man spake it. Notwithstand- 



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ing all the evolutions of thought by the mind of man it will be discovered at 
the Last that the everlasting gospel which John the Revelator saw the angel 
standing in the sun (divine illumination) proclaiming to all peoples, nations 
and tongues possesses the only power to fulfill that prayer indicted by our 
Lord ; "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done in earth as it is in Heaven." 
ML Lebanon, N. T. 



[_The following was written at Enfield^ N. H,, Jane 30^ 1826.'] 
TESTIMONY OF EZEKIEL MORRILL. 

MY native place was South Hampton, in New Hampshire. I was born 
November 15, 1747. In my childhood, my father moved with his fam- 
ily to Canterbury, where I lived till I was forty years of age and then re- 
moved to Enfield, N. H. 

My parents were Calvinists, nnd I was brought up under the influence of 
their principles. In my youthful (lays, I had religious impressions, and felt 
some concern for my soul ; but having little hope that I was one of that 
small number who were elected to salvation, I resolved to pureue the couree 
of the world to the extent of my abilities ; but determined, at the same time, 
that if I should ever feel any call of God, by the movings of his Spirit upon 
me, I would embrace it. In this situation I prist my time, till I was about 
thirty-one years of age, when I was stiuck with a deep conviction of my lo«<8 
from God, which put an end to all my worldly [nirsuits and carnal phasures. 

About this time, a great light broke out in the vicinity, attended with a 
great outpouring of the Spirit, which was evidently the spirit and power of 
Ellias, and might be compared to the work of John the Baptist, to make 
ready a people prepared for the Lord. Under my conviction, I united with 
this body of people, who were afterwards called Free-will Baptists, and I 
endeavored to live to the light manifested in it. My conviction led me to 
seek salvation from sin, fully believing that the Church of Christ iduj^I be a 
pure Church, and that there could not be a pure head and a coiTupt body; 
and I well knew that Christ was generally acknowledged as the head of his 
body the Church. It was therefore clearly evident to me, tliat there had been 
a falling away from the primitive purity of the gospel ; and that the power of 
the holy people was lost. But having in myself an inward corrni)tiou. >vhlch 
was not removed, and which brought me into captivity to the 8[)irit <»f dark- 
ness, I was unable to live up to the light of my conviction ; nor was 1 vMa 
to find the canse by the light which I possest, or by that which was in the 
body to which I was joined. This led me to believe jt could not be found 
short of a new revelation. 

My faith led me to believe there must be a travel in the regeneration, but 
this I could not find. I also believed that a cross was required ; but what 



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this cross was, qr in what it consisted, was still unrevealed : fi>r notwith- 
standing all n\y exertions to bear this cross, or to find it, my soul was yet in 
bondage to sin. While laboring under this distress of soul, I had several 
visions, in which I saw the pure Church, and received some bright and en- 
couraging manifestations of God, that I should see it establibht in my day. 
I continued in this situation of mind alK>ut four yeare, laboring and strag- 
gling in deep tribulation. And I believe it would have lerraiuat(*d my ex- 
istence, had I not found deliverance tlu'ough two messengers of Christ, com- 
missioned by Mother Ann Lee, to preach the gospel of salvation. 

These messengei-s came to Canterbury in the latter part of the year 1782, 
with the testimony of the everlasting gospel. When I first saw them, I knew 
them, having a number of times seen them in vision, during the time of my 
labor and tribulation to find the way out of sin. When they came to open 
the gospel, in its purity, they showed what the real cross of Christ was ; — 
that the lust of the flesh was the vail that darkened the soul ; and that living 
in the gratification of it, was the reason why we could not travel in the re- 
generation, nor find the way out of sin. They had spoken but a few words 
before the prison doors of darkness were set wide open, and I saw and knew 
that the lust of the flesh was the man of sin. They testified that we must 
confess our sins, and bring our deeds to the light. Their testimony was ac- 
companied with such convincing evidence, that I was constrained, by my 
conscience, to confess my sins in the presence of God and before his wit- 
nesses. I then set out to forsake them forever, and to bear my daily cross, 
by which I felt my soul releast from its burden, and brought into a new ele- 
ment of life. 

Shortly after this, I went to see Mother and the Elders, who were then at 
Ashfield ; and I found them to be just such a people as I had been seeking 
after. I saw and felt the evidence that Christ, by his Spirit, had commenced 
his second appearance in Mother Ann. I afterwards visited them often, and 
had many opportunities of seeing them, and hearing their testimony, the 
whole object and tendency of which was, to make an end of sin, to pui-ge out 
and subdue all its evil propensities, and to bring in everlasting righteousness. 
I can testify, from long experience, that in obedience to Mother's testimony 
through the Elders and leaders, I have found an increasing victory over every 
propensity to evil, and have received the baptism of the ''Holy Ghost and fii-e." 
— Matt, iii., 2. And in proportion as I have gained victory over the nature 
of sin, so have I felt my soul rise in the resurrection power of life. And I 
can bear witness to all mankind, that I have proved the truth of all that I 
have been taught from the beginning, by those who have stood in Mother 
Ann's gift, and kept her testimony. And in obedience thereto, I now live 
in the elements of spiritual life, as sensibly as I ever felt the elements of nat- 
ural life. 

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THE MANIFESTO. 

JANUARY, 1898. 

OFFICE OF PUBLICATION. 

The Manifesto is publisht by the 
"United Society of Believebs^' on the 
first of each month, and is the only work 
issued regularly by the Shakes Comhu- 
NiTT. Its aim is to furnish a plain and 
simple statement of the religious views of 
the Ordkb and to inculcate the s|>irit of 
righteousness. 

Address all communications to 
Henbt C. Blinn, 

East Canterbury, 

Mer. Co., N. H. 
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NOTES ABOUT HOME. 



Mt. Lebanon, N.Y. 

November. 

Average of Weather at Mt Lebanon. 

Thermometer. Rain. Snow. 

1896. 42.67 2.125 in. 4in. 

1807. 88.13 7.25 '' 8" 

Highest Temp, during this mo. 64 above 



Lowest " 

Number of rainy days 
" " snowy *' 

" " clear '' 
" " cloudy '* 



»» 12 " " 

" 11 
" 3 
" 3 

" 13 

Nov. 1897. 
NoVEHBEB has been a stormy month. 
It has spread its gloom over more than 
the weather and this has been dismal 
enough for the most somber mind. Tet 
when it enters our household and strikes 
the vital fountain with the death of those 
who are a consolation in our cherisht do- 



main; taking from cur ranks such needed 
ability as Sister Martha J. Anderson in 
the prime of life, it is enough to make 
angels weep. 

When life has been perfected with full- 
ness of years and crowned with virtue and 
usefulness, fully ripe for the harvest we 
can have a joy in seeing them borne by 
Angel bands to the beautiful mansion of 
the redeemed as on the 28th day of this 
month they conducted our noble, angelic 
mother, Eldress Eliza Ann Taylor. Her 
funeral was attended by representatives 
from Watervliet, Enfield, Conn., and Han- 
cock in connection with the Brethren and 
Sisters at the Mount It was a season 
that will be remembered by those who 
were in attendance. 

We are trying to repair the dilapidated 
places in our possessions. November has 
brought its modicum of cold and chilli- 
ness, requiring artificial heat to enable us 
to sustain the vital warmth of our physical 
systems. Among our many temporal fail- 
ures this year, the failure of our heating 
apparatus in our dwelling-house is added. 
We are taking out the old sectional boiler, 
that is rusted out and shall put in a new 
tubular boiler, which we trust will give 
us more heat with less expense for fuel. 

The fire fiends are at work again. Soon 
after this yearns section of the state road 
between Lebanon and Hancock was com- 
pleted, the bam that had been used for 
lodging of the hands, was burned to the 
ground. A few weeks ago the barn (owned 
by Simmons of Pittsfield,) located in the 
the valley of New Lebanon, was also burn- 
ed. In the evening at about 10 o'clock, 
Nov. 28th the old Shapley barn above the 
South family was fired. This was evident- 
ly the work of an incendiary as the rail 
fence enclosing the yard in which young 
stock were herded was opened and the 
rails were turned and laid straight, which 
could not have occurred if the cattle had 
thrown it down. The wicked will do 
wickedly I Those of us who still remain 
in time, bid fair to tread the earth a while 
longer, and feed on tangible food to re- 
cuperate our depleted energies. 

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South Family. 

Dec. 1807. 

NoYEMBEB ban been the bearer of tidings 
glad and sad. On the 19th we were made 
glad by an interesting visit from our 
brother, Hamilton DeGmw, a life member 
of the Sonyca Society. He gave us a 
pleasing account of his recent return trip 
to the dear old home, of tlie markt reno- 
vations perfected there since our depai*t- 
ure, but we shall ever love best its home- 
like plainness. 

Nov. 21st (to-day) we go to the North 
family to attend the * 'Welcome Home 
Meeting" of our loved Sister Martha J. 
Anderson, the noted hymnologist of the 
age, and inspii-ed singer of Mt. Lebanon. 
Now that she still lives, we trust she will 
have time to visit us. 

Sister Martha was one of God^s noble 
women, possessing in a markt degree, the 
qualities that constitute the Christian vir- 
tues. 

Nov. 25th we observed as a special day 
of thanks-rendering, recounting the many 
blessings, spiritual and temporal that are 
ours to enjoy, remembering that in the 
year 1621 the first Thanksgiving hymn 
was sung, by the noble band who crost 
the sea for freedom^ s land. 

Nov. 28th records one of the sad scenes 
of 1897 a barn containing thirty tons of 
hay went up in smoke. The structure 
was an ancient landmark erected during 
tlie days when Mother Ann Lee traveled 
through this section. We pray that a pro- 
tecting power may surround our Zion 
homes and "keep them from flood, from 
flame and famine and in God^s goodness 
may we share, thus we implore thee heav- 
enly Father for thy protecting hand of 
care.'' 

Dec. 1st we are invited to be present at 
the memorial services of our angel mother, 
Eldi*es8 Ann Taylor, beautiful and pro- 
phetic were the tributes rendered in honor 
of her long and useful life, her parting 
blessing '*love to all" was given to the as- 
sembly, by Sister Ann Maria Graves, to 
whom she made known her last wish. 
May this be our motto **Love to all." 
Oenevieve DeGraw. 



Shakers, N. Y. 

Dec. 1897. 

In seeking for riches, honor and fame 
we many times have to suffer disappoint- 
ment; but in attaining the gifts of the 
spirit there are no false calculations. In 
that realm, the instruction, "seek and ye 
shall find," is without variableness or 
shadow of turning. 

We spent a week in the month of Nov- 
ember with our gospel kindred of Mt. Leb- 
anon ahd West Pittsfield, and we found a 
goodly band of those who have given all 
they have to the cause; who were of that 
number who do not worship Baal nor do 
homage to his image. We enjoyed a beau- 
tiful visit with our beloved Mother Eldress 
Ann Taylor, and tho feeble in body her 
spirit is full of zeal. She said, "give my 
love to all of the Brethren and Sisters," 
and in receiving that beautiful benediction 
we thought, "these are they who have 
come up through tribulation and have 
made their garments white." May we 
keep in union with those blessed saints so 
that from out the destruction of our rudi- 
mental life may be evolved a glorious 
destiny. 

Our national Thanksgiving was observed 
and what imprest us in the Elder's address 
was the reminder of what we owe to the 
labors of those old pioneers, the Pilgrim 
Fathers whose efforts on the line of polit- 
ical and religious freedom made it possi- 
ble for coming generations to worship 
God according to the dictates of their 
consciences unmolested. 

For every advance made either by na- 
tions or individuals towards that goal, the 
universal brotherhood of man, there has 
had to be the wormwood and the gall. 
Some souls have had to suffer, be a for- 
tress behind which the coming time could 
prepare more advanced conditions of life. 
Those to-day who are the human repre- 
sentatives of that mighty power which is 
shaping human destiny for its weal whoso 
thoughts even are as ministering angels 
pointing to a better way, come from the 

humbler walks of life. 

Hamilton DeOraw, 

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Shaker Station, Ck>nn. 

Dec. 1897. 

North Family. 
**I TUBN a page whereon to write. 

On which in future I must dwell ; 
I find it spotless, clean and white, 

No shades of blight thereon hath fell. 
Oh in tbe light of love serene. 

How would my heart this fair page fill ; 
How would i that no deeds be seen 

My soul to blight, my heart to chill. 
Oh that the pen of time may stamp 

Thereon the beautiful and true ; 
Ah how in earnestness I pload, 
As I these stainless pages view.*' 
The coining New Year I Oh that we may 
have garnered all that is precious from 
the days that are past. May the experi- 
ences of the faded year teach as to live 
better for God and humanity. 

Brethren and Sisters are still making 
improvements as fast as time and means 
will allow. We have succeeded in arrang. 
ing a chapel in the new building, and the 
former place of worship will be occupied 
as a school-room. 

Two large heaters in the basement mod. 
erate the cold air in the halls to an agree- 
able temperature. In a short time, our 
bath-rooms will be completed and we shall 
once more enjoy the blessings afforded by 

such facilities. 

Edith ShufeU. 



Enfield, TX. H. 

Dec. 1897. 
**We are living, we are dwelling 
In a grand, eventful time, 
In an age on ages telling. 
To be living is sublime." 
The truth of this poetical declaration, 
is realized as we think of the great inven- 
tions man has made in the halls of art, 
music and mechanism. 

Life is only sublime, as we live in 
thoughts and acts that are stampt with 
the sublimity of the Christ spirit A spirit 
that keeps itself unspotted from every de- 
filing element and is devoted to God, of 
wbom, every product of nature, not created 
by finite powers, and the stars radiant in 
their golden silence, constantly remind us. 



*^There is a way that seemeth right un- 
to a man, but the end thereof is death.** 
Narrow or sin-diseased must be the mind 
that can not distinguish right from wrong. 
No one need to master all isms, sciences 
and philosophy to work out a sublime im- 
mortality, it is only to ^ 'cease to do evil 
and learn to do well.** 

The doctrine of Christ does not appall 
or enchant, but instinicts to right living, 
and the life of the Christian, is not a sol- 
emn drama, of masquerading of seem-to- 
be Christianness, but a life as open and as 
pure as the heavens; full of good fruits, 
without partiality ahd without hypocrisy.*' 

We had a very profitable Thanksgiving 
service and entertainment, both of which 
added comfort to the aged and cheer to 
the young people. 

We lattily had the pleasure %f entertain- 
ing Misses Gould and Davis of Lebanon, 
N. H. who gave us a recital of their visit 
to the convention of Christian Endeavor, 
held at California, also, of lihtening t) 
an excellent discourse on missioniiry work 
among the fallen and poor of New York, 
by Mr. Fred Partington of Mt. Kisco, N. Y. 

For all our blessings, we render thanks 
to God and associates and hope at the end 
of the coming year we may be able to re- 
port greater advancement in spiritual and 
material growtfi. 

George JET. /foxier. 



Narooossee, Fla. 

Dec. 1897. 

Dear Editok ; — Through your paper, 
we thank our dear friends in the north, 
for their kindness extended to us. Dur- 
ing the past few weeks we have been the 
recipients of many excellent letters, es- 
pecially from our own dear home and 
from the dear friends at Canterbui-y. 
These have been letters, both of joy and 
sorrow. The death of our gospel sister, 
Martha Anderson, awakened our sym- 
pathy. A noble soul has fallen in the bat- 
tle of life, while clad in full armor. 

The outlook for this state seems more 
propitious than ever. The orange crop is 

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greater than was estimated, and the fruit 
i8 commanding fancy prices. The vast 
lierds of cattle that are raised for the mar- 
ket, is also a great source of income to the 
state. Spain's doubloons are sure to tind 
their way into the poclcets of the people. 
War is a tenible thin^% and the follower 
of the meek and lowly Jesus will never 
lend an influence for its advancement. 
But sometimes out of evil come blessings 
of recompense. 

Thousands of cattle are being shipt to 
Cuba for the Spanisli soldiers. We have 
been selling some of our beef stock to 
these same parties, and the demand will 
hold good for months to come. 

It has been said that the best poor man*s 
country is Florida. Everything except 
wheat and coffee can be grown here. Our 
pinery* has grown to double its former 
size, and is now filled with young plants. 
In twelve months from this date we may 
write of results. A Merry Christmas and 
a Happy New Year to all. 

Andrew Barrett, 



Watervliet, Ohio. 

Dec. 1897. 

The summer is past with all its beauty, 
and the falling leaves remind us that win- 
ter is drawing near, and tliat we must be 
• prepared. 

We are trying to carry out the principle 
of godliness in our home. As cleanliness 
is next to godliness, we have been putting 
our home in order. A new coat of paint 
on our kitchen and dining-rooms will add 
much to the pleasantness of these places. 
We have also removed some old buildings 
that were not in use. 

We have been blest with an abundant 
hay crop and the late rains have brought 
forward our wheat crop, so that we have 
great reason to be thankful. 

The interest on good roads has given us 
employment for several weeks and as it 
was by order of the County, it proved to 
us a double blessing. The cutting down 
of some old trees near the buildings has 
been to the village, a decided improvement. 



Spiritually, let us strive to lead a pure 
and holy life; forgetting the past, let our 
lives be in peace and harmony. **Let us 
not be weary in well doing, for in due 
time we shall reap if we faint not" Have 
thankfulness for our present home, how- 
ever small our inheritance on the earth. 
If faithful we shall realize more than the 
poet^s dream and more than the prophet* B 
expectation. These are my expressions 
of love and gratitude to God, and may 
The Manifesto spread the glad tidings 
of truth, throughout the whole earth. 
John Weatwood. 



East Canterbtiry» TX. lEL. 

Dec. 1897. 

••In duty enduring* in bearing believe, 
Forgiving if any my npirit should grieve ; 
Bememb'ring at all times, as Mother did say. 
To set out anew and begin every day." 

How anxiously we have desired that a 
voice from the unseen might speak a few 
words, — only a few words, that we might 
believe. It is in the above quotation that 
we hear the spirit of our worthy Elder 
Issachar Bates, and even at this date it 
gives forth no uncertain sound. 

It is the voice of the Christ, "Forgive, 
and ye shall be forgiven." 

Accepting this voice of loving inspira- 
tion, let us begin the New Year with a 
clean record. 

Abundant cares confront us on every 
hand. The affairs that pertain to the hap- 
piness and prosperity of this life are im- 
perative in their demands, and we must 
**Provide things honest in the sight of all 
men," during our pilgrimage on the earth. 

Nearly seven hundred cords of fire- 
wood must be provided for this Commun- 
ity from year to year. When Br. Andrei;?^ 
sees this statement he will evidently, re- 
joice in his Florida home. Our potato 
crop was a failure, but of apples we had 
a good supply. By and by "seed-time aii<i 
harvest" will come again, and then we 
may have reason to rejoice more fully. 
Henry C. Blinn. 
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CONDIMENTS. 

Thb powerful inflaming influence of 
rich, highly-seasoned foods is well known 
aB a fact of observation. It may be well, 
however, to consider briefly the physio- 
logical facts upon which this influence de- 
pends. 

The effects of mustard, pepper, and 
other condiments upon the sexual organs 
are so well recognized by physicians that 
they are always prescribed in all cases of 
acute disease of these organs, as in gon- 
orrhea in men, and they enormously in- 
crease the flow of blood to these parts. 
The reason is very evident The irritat- 
ing oils to which the special properties 
of these condiments are due are eliminat- 
ed by the Icidneys, and hence, being con- 
centrated in the urine, affect particularly 
the genito-urinary organs. In the case of 
capsicum, cayenne pepper, mustard, and 
similar condiments, the indigestable par- 
ticles which contain the acrid oils are car- 
ried along down with the food and depos- 
ited in the rectum, where they produce 
congestion, irritation, and resulting ca- 
tarrh and hemorrhoids, as well as increast 
sexual excitability. — Temple of Health, 



ly Ik the political world the last strong- 
hold of prejudices, the rights of women 
are being recognized. We have to-day a 
President and Congress elected in part by 
the votes of women. The constitutions 
of Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and Idaho 
secure to women the full suffrage. — The 
Woman' 8 Tribune. - 

|^*A new commandment by F. S. W. 
"Employ thy mind and thy body about 
thine own business and avoid insanity."- 
Humanity. 

jgr^lN Mexico it is the custom to eat a 
diBb of raw ants at the close of the din- 
ner. It is called the honey ant 



A HOLY lilFB. 

A HOLT life is made up of a number of . 
small things. Little words, not eloquent 
speeches or sermons; little deeds, not one 
great heroic act of martyrdom, make up 
the true Christian life. The little con- 
stant sunbeam, not the lightning; the 
waters of Siloam, "that go softly" in the 
meek mission of refreshment, not the 
"waters of the river great and many," 
rushing down in noisy torrentK, are the 
true symbols of a holy life. The avoid- 
ance of little evils, little sins, little incon- 
sistencies, little weakuesses, little follies, 
indiscretions and imprudences, little foi- 
bles, little indulgences of the flesh, go far 
to make up, at least, the negative beauty 
of a holy life. — Selected, 



IPje»tlrs, 



Martha J. Anderson, at North family, 
Mt Lebanon, N. Y. Nov. IP, 1897. Age 
53 years and 10 months. 

Nov. 19th Sister Martha J. Anderson 
past beyond our sight and touch, but 
never beyond our deepest, highest love. 
She has been in failing health for some 
time, a nervous trouble which at one time 
threatened blindness. When our f ilends 
go over the Border Land so near, and yet 
in health and strength seeming ro far, 
their faults are forgotten and their virtues 
heightened; the very faults of our dear 
sister leaned to virtue's side, being unjust 
to herself in her unselfish care for all 
others. Her sweetness and utter forget- 
fulness of self made her life among us 
from eleven to fifty-four years of age, like 
the golden path thrown by the setting sun, 
all brightness and beauty, in whose light 
others might walk and ever grow better 
and stronger. — Anna White, 

Eldress Ann Taylor, at Mt. Lebanon, 
N. Y. Nov. 28, 1897. A memorial will be 
publisht, in which an extended account 
will be given of the life work of Eldress 
Ann. ^ - 

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Not a little favorable oomraent has been 
made by the press on the special announce- 
ment by The Outlook that iU chief feature 
for the coming year (In the Magazine Num- 
bei*s) will be a series of papers by Edward 
Everett Hale on ••Lowell and His Friends." 
The general interest expi'est assures a partic- 
ularly cordial welcouie to this series of arti- 
cles. ($8 a year. The Outlook Company, 13 
Astor Place, New York.) 

HUMAKITT for Oct. and Nov. has a discourse 
by Dr. J. E. Roberts who is denominated a 
minister of this world. This article is ••Con- 
cerning Prayer" and to read it is to be made 
better. A mong the many good things that are 
said is this ••Religion is to live well, to do jus- 
tice, to love mercy and to be fraternal and 
kind." 

••Is he a Good Man," can be read very profit- 
ably several times. 

Other nice articles may be found in this 
same* number, which may require a careful 
study, and a thoughtful consideration. 

Publisht at Kansas City, Mo. 

The Christmas number of Frank Leslie's 
Popular Monthly is brimful of attractive 
articles and entertaining stories for the festal 
season. The number opens with a Christmas 
story by Frank R. Stockton, entitled Old Ap- 
pleJoy*s Ghost; which contains a particularly 
clever idea workt out in Mr. Stockton's well- 
known pleasing manner. It is illustrated 
with three full page drawings by George 
Wright. This is followed by the second paper 
in the magazine's important series on Andrew 
Jackson, and his times and compatriots, tak- 
ing up this month Andrew Jackson as a Mili- 
tary Commander, written by A. Oakey Hall, 
and containing portraits and views and an 
excellent picture of Jackson spending Christ- 
mas Day, in 1814, by H. M. Eaton. Hunter 
MacCulloch contributes an entertaining pa- 
per on The Music of Christmas time, which is 
made particularly interesting by the insertion 
in the text of reproductions of the music of 
some of the old time songs and carols. Fa- 
mous Ranchos of the San Gabriel Valley, writ- 
ten by Beatrice Bellido de Luna, has many 
fine Illustrations. Perhaps the most impor- 
tant article in the number is one on The Bap- 
tists, in which General T. J. Morgan, Corres- 
ponding Secretary of the American Baptist 
Home Mission Society, describes the history, 
growth and creed of that religious body in 
this country. It is the first of a series of arti- 
cles on the Religious Denominations of Amer- 
ica. There are other Interesting articles; sev- 
eral short stories In addition to the one by 
Frank R. Stookson, contributed by Amelia E. 
Barr and Margaret E. Sangster; poems by 
Ella Wheeler Wilcox and Minna Irving; an 
attractive department for the boys and grirls, 
etc., etc.— l?Van* Lesli^t PvbliBhing House, New 
York. 



The Journal op HroEio-THBRApr for Oct. 
and Nov. contains a large amount of useful in- 
formation >in regard to the treatment of the 
sick . "A successful system of treating the 
sick without the use of Drugs," is certainly a 
grreat lK»on to those who are deprived of 
health. 

Dr. T. V. Gifford & Co. Kokomo, Ind. 

The Phrenological Journal and ScieKce 
OF Health for Dec. is largely the Messenger 
of sorrow which will reach the homes of a 
large class of the readers of the Journal. The 
first mentioned, is the death of Prof. Nelson 
Slzer, the President of the American Institute 
of Phrenologry* It is said of him "So remark- 
ably tender, subtle and electric were his feel- 
ings that he could call forth a tear or a smile 
in quick succession. He will be missed in all 
lands by all classes. 

The untimely death of Henry George has been 
the sorrow of thousands of his friends. ••Pure 
in motive, high minded, absolutely devoted to. 
the service of his f ellowmen, he has fallen 
battling against the tyranny and corruption of 
one-man power." 

The great Journalist, Charles A. Dana has 
also past beyond time. His whole life has 
been in the interest of humanity and he is 
said to be ••the greatest all around newspaper 
man America has ever produced." 

The duchess of Teck or Princess Mary en- 
deared herself to the hearts of the English 
people and few have workt so hard so inde- 
fatigably and unselfishly as this noble woman 
has done for years. 

An article bearing^the name of Mrs. Henry . 
Ward Beecher, is also found in this number. 
These several notices are all Illustrated with 
portraits of the individuals which will make 
the Journal one of special interest. Much 
other valuable reading will also be found in 
the Dec. number. 

Fowler & Wells Co. 27 East 21st St. New York, 

The Ladiei* Home Journal has secured what 
promises to be the great magazine feature of 
1886. It is entitled The Inner Experiences of a 
Cabinet Member's Wife. In a series of letters 
written by the wife of a Cabinet member to 
her sister at home, are detailed her actual ex- 
periences in Washington, frankly and freely 
griven. The letters were written without any 
intention of publication. They give intimate 
peeps behind the curtain of high official and 
social life. They are absolutely fearless, they 
study Washington life under the search -light 
as it has never been before presented. The ' 
President and the highest officials of the land^ 
with the most brilliant men and women of 
the Capital, are seen in the most familiar 
way. As these are all actual experiences the 
name of the writer is withheld. The letters * 
will doubtless excite much shrewd guessing 
by readers and study of internal evidence to 
discover the secret. The "Experiences," 
which will be beautifully illustrated, begin In 
the December number and will continue for ' 
several months. ^ l * - 

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Th e Uet ember ivuiiiljf?r of Htjw Tt* Gitow 
FLifweuj* l)»ii very iittnic^tlrtj nii(<, Tlii» leHd- 
ing iirtlflci*iir(»tU'Vtvtts<i to "Tlif rurhsof Pittt* 
l>urg*^' mi<) **Ptowi^r»st llu^ KHAhvfltf; Kx|>ijjsI- 
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Entered at the Post Office at East Canterbury, N. H., as Second-Class Matter. 

THE PROGRESS OF SHAKERISM. 
NO. 2. 

By Elder Henry C. Blinn, 

IN the forming of the Shaker Communities, ministers, deacons, lawyers, 
doctors and tradesmen of all kinds were brought together, with their wives 
and children, and they were quite like those mentioned by the Apostle in 
Corinthians, Galatians and Ephesians, and like those who are found in every 
city and village. So soon as the Community was organized a Christian dis- 
cipline was brought forward, and by multiplied, gradual steps the work has 
past on through many degrees of religious experience. 

The sermon on the Mount now became the subject for contemplation, as 
preferable to the study of military tactics or to the accumulation of selfish 
interests. "To live righteously, soberly and godly in this present world," 
became a theme for practical righteousness, as this new family or church of 
Christ came out from the relations of the old inheritance, and were baptized 
into that life which comes from God. These old heroes of the Revolution 
had now enlisted in the army of the Lord, and were fighting as zealously for 
the kingdom of God, as they had fought for the success of their national 
freedom. In the service of their country, and in the service of their God, 
they became the victorious conquerors and could rightfully say with the 
Apostle, — "We have fought the good fight, we have finisht our course, we 
have kept the faith." 

It was a wonderful refonnatory work that these soldiers of the cross had 
entered, and in their zeal to fight against the sins of the worl^^^gj^^nj^t^sa^Q 



18 THE MANIFESTO. 

were past over, that at a later date must be brought to the test of a Christian 
discipline. 

While there may be much neatness and much kindness among Ameri- 
cans, there may also be much love for tobacco and strong drink. The ora- 
tors want it when they make a speech, and the ministers of *an earlier date 
wanted it when they preacht a sermon. One of the old poits tells us why 
tobacco was so largely used, — 

"Men of sound reason used their pipes, 
For colic pains and stomach gripes." 

A record of the installment of a Christian minister informs as that two 
barrels of New England rum were purchased for the company. During the 
few past years the temperance people and the anti-tobacco society have ac- 
complisht a wonderful work. 

It was customary in the earlier part of the century to place before all vis- 
iting friends, the glass and decanter. Sometimes it was a glass of common 
cider, while at other times it was blackberry or strawberry wine, or perhaps 
a glass of cider brandy. Regular drams of spirit were taken every morning 
before breakfast, and then more or less cider at each meal. 

At the lime of establishing the Shaker Community and the accepting of a 
Christian life or discipline, as leading toward a more spiritual order, all the 
elements of human nature were brought together. These had existed in the 
family of man since the day that they entered the garden of Eden. In some 
communities might be found not less than three hundred people of all ages, 
of both sexes, and with multiplied religious professions. 

In the year 1828 a temperance wave past over the United States, and the 
several Societies of Believers at that time agreed to discontinue the use of the 
morning dram and the practice of placing wine or cider before any visitors. 
No spirit was to be drank except by order of a physician ; and from this date 
a markt reformation began. It had, strange to say, taken some forty years 
to be able to comprehend the necessity of this advanced step in Christian 
progression. 

Altho the subject of temperance was more earnestly agitated in England 
than in America, yet neither those in the Christian church, nor many out of 
the church made any special change for several years. 

In 1837 the subject of eating and drinking was agitated and became a mat- 
ter worthy of consideration by those who had accepted the life of Christ, and 
were learning how best to accomplish the most good as Christians of the res- 
urrection order. The subject was brought before the people in several Soci- 
eties, and quite a large number of the Brethren and Sisters abstained from 
the use of fat and blood and from the grosser kinds of meat that came to the 
table. Some even abstained from meat of every kind, and no less from the 
use of tea and coflPee. This was in accordance with the spiritual profession 
of the Shakers and could not otherwise than do a large amount of good. 

uigiTizea oy vjv-'V-^p^iv. 



THE MANIFESTO. 19 

Up to this date the majority of good Christian people had given but little 
or no thought to the subject of dietetics and were quite well satisfied to eat 
that which was placed before them, asking no questions. A slice from a 
ground hog was accepted with the same relish as a piece of roast beef, while 
a "coon" well basted was a tidbit for an epicure. 

Believers in the Bible must be interested to know that Abraham has the 
honor of being the first reformer in this line and that he made a radical 
change from the customs of his day. Moses followed the example of Abra- 
ham and made more advanced regulations in dietetics. A most remarkable 
success attended the children of Israel, the foundation of which was laid while 
on their wilderness journey. At the time that Abraham instituted the refor- 
mation, the human family ate very much as did the wild beasts, and like 
them made fat and blood a luxury. The Bible holds on record this remark- 
able commandment, — "Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you," 
and the race has followed t«his to the very letter. 

Every thing that could be procured, whether on the land or in the water, 
whether beast, bird or i-eptile has probably been used more or less for food. 
Strange as this may seem, the carniverous, and even the omniverous habit 
still rules the human race and so late as the nineteenth century, the civil- 
ized nations find appetizing food in the cooking of reptiles. As food and 
drink have a ruling influence over the mind for good or ill, no Christian can 
well aflfoi-d to allow the subject to pass without a thorough investigation. 

(To be continued,) 



ENROUTE. 

By Aurelia G, Mace, 

IT was a lovely morning, — the 22nd of October 1897 — when Elders Wil- 
liam Dumont and Henry Green, Eldress Elizabeth Haskell and the writer 
started from Alfred, Maine, for a visit to the Societies of Believers in New 
Hampshire. Through a clear, crisp atmosphere, the smoking engine hurried 
U8 along, over hill and through dale, by pleasant woodlands and cultivated 
farms to Alton Bay. Then for a number of miles, along the shores of Lake 
Winnipiseogee, through whose clear, placid waters could be plainly seen the 
while pebbly bottom of the lake. One view of Mt. Washington, far to the 
north-west and we are off to Laconia, at which station we are made glad by 
meeting two Brethren from Canterbury, Elder Benjamin Smith and Brother 
Arthur Bruce, with carriages to take us to their pleasant village twelve miles 
distant. We arrive as the shades of evening are falling and are welcomed to 
one of our most beautiful homes, by our own Brothers and Sisters. All 
things needed for our comfort are amply supplied by their love and care. 
The days of our visit come and go, all pleasant days, bringing pleasures 
and surprises manifold. ~^ r\r\n\i> 

uigiTizea oy vjjOOQLC 



20 THE MANIFESTO. 

In the Office of The MANipfesTO, our beloved Elder Henry C. Blinn, ex- 
plains to us the machinery by which our thoughts are stampt upon paper, 
and the little pamphlets are made, which carry our ideas to the Societies of 
Believers and to the outside world; all doue under his watchful guidance. 
He then took us to his museum where are carefully ntored many relics of old, 
BO interesting to us in these latter da3^s. We i-aw the skeleton in the closet, 
reminding us that we are "fearfully and wonderfully made," and while these 
earthly forms are mouldeiing to dust, the spirit, which is the reality, is 
marching on in the beautiful life beyond. 

We are visiting with those we have long loved, and surrounded by scenes 
which call to mind historical events of the old times. Not the least of these 
is the building in which the Sacred Roll was printed in the year 1843. Be- 
fore us, we seem to see Philemon Stewart in all the gloiy of his great inspira- 
tion. Of oui* company, only one can remember those days. 

The evenings are delightfully enjoyed. One evjening we listen to the quar- 
tet, to the piano and organ ; the next to the orchestra ; but the evening in 
which the pilgrims marcht to the Holy City, was the entertainment which 
took the palm. We saw the beautiful city with its battlements and towers. 
We saw the shining ones passing out and in, guiding the pilgrims along their 
weary way. We saw Doubt and Scorn and all the powers of evil vanquisht. 
Then the door was opened to receive them, amid the rejoicing of the angels. 

At this time there came a scene for which we were wholly unprepared. 
Elder William Dumont said to Elder Henry Green, *'Let us go in, it may be 
our only chance." So they past in, and '*in my dream," I saw them no 
more. 

Under the loving control of Eldress Dorothy A. Durgin, these entertain- 
ments are perfected and carried out. The magnetism of her spirit smooths 
down the roughness, always strengthening the wt»ak and drawing out the 
good. It is the divine Mother Spirit, in her, personified. 

"Beauty reigns all around thy borders, 
Where her lovely feet have trod, 
Peace and order, love and union, 
In the power and gift of God." 

As time passes on, the Sabbath comes. This day is marred by no cloud. 
It is a perfect day. At the appointed hour, the Sanctuary is opened, not 
only for the Believere, but also for those friends who choose to attend. The 
singing is in perfect harmony, and most beautiful and inspiring. 

In this seiTice we had the privilege of listening to a discourse from Brother 
T. A. Dwyer, late from the outside churches, and now establish t in the New 
Jerusalem which hath come down from God, out of heaven. The Word is 
held forth in perfect language, and as the Testimony of true Shakerism falls 
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pleading tones in the Universalist church in Laconia, turned to their homes 
in tears of joy and new resolves for the future. Thus will the old heavens 
and earth pass away and all things become new. This day came to a close 
like the others, and it will never be forgotten. 

In the course of the coming week, Elder Henry C. Blinn and Eldress Em- 
eline Hart conducted us to their home in Enfield. Places of interest were 
pointed out to us along the way. We past the birth-place of the immortal 
Webater, and the Webster Lake, where, in youthful days, he spent hours of 
recreation in fishing. The journey was made very pleasant for us, and the 
time past quickly, bringing us to their home in Enfield. Eldress Joanna 
Kaime met us at the door, and her kind welcome gave us the assurance that 
we were not among strangers, but with our near and dear relation. Great 
kindness is shown to us in this home, where Elder Abraham Perkins spent so 
many years of his devoted life, the home of his heart's deep love. 

We remained nearly a week in this beautiful place, visited the North fam- 
ily, which was the home of Elder John Lyon, that gieat expounder, who 
kept the sieve full and kept it shaking. Would that he were here now, to 
continue the work, until the deserted villages were filled with the ''Elect," 
* 'Sought out and chosen." 

The scenery here is magnificent. The Brethren of our company went to a 
lake, far up the mountain, on the west, fifteen hundred feet above the level 
of the village, from which the Society is always sure of an abundant supply 
of water. It seems to be in the crater of an old volcano, and there is no 
danger that it will ever break away and damage property. 

Elder William Wilson very kindly took us around Mascoma Lake, east of 
the village, pointed out the spot where the first Shaker meeting was held in 
New Hampshire, where the home of James Jewett, the first convert, was sit- 
uated and where John Cotton received faith ; he being the first one to bring 
the gospel testimony after the order of our Church, into the state of Maine. 
That meeting was held the 8th of Sept. 1782. 

We stopt a day over our time that we might meet Eldress Rosetta 
Cunnings and Sister Caroline Whilcher and three young Sisters who were 
absent from home. We enjoyed a lovely visit with them in the afternoon. 
In the evening had our farewell visit with the Ministry and Elders, only for 
the present, however ; many meetings are to be in the future. 

The next day we were taken to the station by Brother George Baxter, and 
saying farewell to him until our next meeting, we retraced our way to Can- 
terbury. When we arrived in Concord the rain was falling in gentle show- 
ers. Elder Henry Green left us at this point for Boston, homeward bound. 
We were expecting Sister Lucy Ann Shepard and a company of Sisters from 
Canterbury, who were on their way to Boston. We enjoyed an hour's visit 
with these loved ones, and then went on to Canterbury with the young Breth- 
ren, leaving the Sisters to take the tram. When we drove up to the Ofl3ce, 

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many anxious ones were there to meet us ; altho the rain was pouring, the 
quartet was out singing of the ''patter, patter of the rain.'* 

One day more in lovely Canterbury, which is to be wt4l improved. We 
are granted another short visit with our dearly loved Sister, Asenutli Stick- 
ney, who is suffering from injuries received by a severe fall ; also an addi- 
tional visit with Sister Harriet Hastings whom we have all known to love. 
Then we enjoy a delightful season with Elder Abmhani Perkins and tell him 
of our visit to his home in Enfield. He bears up remarkably under his ninety 
years. 

By the kindness of our Canterbury friends, Sister Ednah E. Fitts is to ac- 
company us to our home at Sabbathday Lake, stay with us during the winter 
and teach music. The last morning arrived, and with Sister Ednah we are 
taken to the station in Laconia. Here we part with Elder Benjamin and 
Brother Arthur, who have been so kind to us, and we are on our way home. 
We stop at Alfred over night and go on to Sabbathday Lake I he next day. 
All is well. We again take up the thread of life in the old accustomed way. 
Our music teacher arranges her classes and commences her labor of love. 
Music is in the atmosphere and a song of rejoicing in our souls, — a song that 
can only be learned by the hundred forty and four thousand. The half has 
not been told. 

Sabbathday Lake, Me. 



PRALSE. 

By Annie B, Stephens, 

For the rich autumn days, the summer's rare treasures, 

That past like a glad spii-it's flight ; 
For the gift of our lives, their unfailing pleasures. 

We thank Thee, O Father of Light I 

An unending chain of mercies eternal 

From life's rosy dawn to its close. 
Has filled all our days with blessings su[>eiDa], 

While joy like a fountain overflows. 

We'll count the calm hours of sunlight and gladness, 

And walk where the hope-light appears, 
We'll banish the clouds of sorrow and sadness, 

And praise Thee through smiles and through tears. 

Then hear. Father, hear our songs of thanksgiving, 

Accept our sweet incense of praise ; 
Our voices shall tell in the courts of the living. 

The worth of our fullness of days. 
Mt, Lebanon^ N. Y, 

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FORGIVENESS. 

By Eva Larkin, 

HEN an experioDccd woodsman hews down a tree, he can not only 
tell the age of the tree by the wood grains exposed by the cutting, 
but by close observation he can read the history of past seasons. Each has 
left its impression upon the wood, the dry or rainy, pleasant or dreary peri- 
ods are plainly discernible. 

So with our life. Each j^ear adds to our spiritual growth, each trivial act 
fonning a tiny grain, which in the future will tell what the life has been. 

As the tree grows, each year the outer ring is pusht toward the centre, 
leaving a place for the new growth constantly forming. 

So our characters are daily adding new growth. What we now give or re- 
ceive, our thoughts and words, as truly as deeds, in process of time is pusht 
into the heart-life becoming a part of our characters. 

As good wood is not formed in constant sunshine, neither is the truest life 
obtained by continual prosperity. Days of wind and rain, of trial and dis- 
appointment are necessary to a full development ; and temptation firmly re- 
sisted, proves the strengthening tissue. But how often when yielded to they 
make upon the character, a blemish. We may be rude and ask to be ex- 
cused, or thoughtless and implore forgiveness until the "seventy times sev- 
en" have been fulfilled, in a thoughtless half-hearted manner, but such sor- 
row does not work repentance. If we are sincerely repentant and in humili- 
ty, pray for strength to atone for the wrong committed, it will be given. 

When this spirit prompts a search for forgiveness we own our hatred of 
wrong, acknowledging before others our standard of right, thus strengthen- 
ing our purpose to live more perfectly in the future. When again tempted 
to a like sin, we will think, "I met this evil once and was conquered by it, 
this time I will be the conqueror, for the seal of time forgiveness is, 'Go and 
sin no more.' " 

In the battle of life we often are wounded ; sometimes unknowingly, by 
those around us, while at the same time we may send a dart at another, 
wounding those whom we hold dear. So it behooves us often to apply to the 
needs of others the oil of love and forgiveness, that we may in retm-n merit 
the same. If we are wounded while fighting for the right, so deeply wound- 
ed that we feel we can no longer stand, we need not regret it, for it is only 
by losihg the natural life that we gain the eternal. 

The soldier who returns from battle, bearing many scars as test of faithful 
8er\'ice, is more honored than he who flees from the dangers and escapes un- 
harmed. So the Christian approaching heaven's gate, when the battle is 
ended and the final roll is called, will count each scar an honor, while the 
dangers are forgotten m the joy of the welcome, "Well done." 
8hdkerB, N. T. 

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24 THE MANIFESTO. 

TME EVERLASTING TRUTH. 

By Hamilton DeGraw. 

FOR the advaucemeDt of the human soul along the lines which are near, 
ing that goal, to reach which has bt en the hope of the founders of all 
forms of religious belief, and the desire of reformers in the poliiictd world 
for ages, organizations have been establisht among men for the purpose of 
solidifying and making the efforts to that end more effective. In reviewing 
history it is plainly realized that necessity is the parent of the forces that are 
evolving human destiny. For a larger scope and a broader freedom that will 
enable life to realize those conditions which are more favorable for its ad- 
vancement new sects and parties have been establisht ; the result of a break- 
ing away from the old lines of thought which formerly controlled. The effort 
to attain this ideal is not prompted by the d.^sire to win fame, for the per- 
centage of such lives as have been recognized by their contemi)oraries is so 
small in comparison to thd whole as hardly to be discerned. 

When in the course of human events the vestments worn by nations and 
races, by sects and parties have become outgrown, ragged and moth eaten, 
there must be a change. It is bot merely a question of like or dislike, for 
from its exalted station the everlasting truth has given the command to ad- 
vance, and obedience must be rendered. The Reformer who undertakes the 
beneficent tusk of educating human thought to a high;*r standard of duty must 
be a soul that is in close communion with its divine Parentage and can re- 
ceive its inspiration unmixt with human follies and wrongs; one who can 
me6t the errors that i.fflict life with an unflinching look and condemn its in- 
famous reign without cringing. One who has received the everlasting truth 
in his life and made it his permanent possession. 

**What is Truth?" This was the question askt of the divine Teacher and 
is being repeated by ever}^ one who realizes that his life is capable of further 
unfoldment, and is anxious to come into a more perfect knowledge of that 
power which is able to clear away the debris of false ideas and customs and 
illuminate the soul with more perfect light ; and as that is attained the an- 
swer is given. Human progress is not the result of forces moving in a eon- 
fused and unorganized manner, but like the student in the rudimentary school 
who is led up to higher gi-ades by a systematic development of the latent 
powers, so is the unfoldment of tinith in its varied manifestations to the soul 
who is prepared to receive it. We are astonisht at the operation of laws 
which are evolving from apparent chaos an orderly condition, and call it the 
mysterious. That border land loses its claim for recognition in proportion as 
the truth is made manifest. 

No arbitrary lines can establish the boundary with — no further shalt thou 
go — for being the offspring of the infinite Spirit we can only be satisfied when 
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is the conservative of the succeeding ; for with the experience gained through 
the success and failures of life comes the knowledge which enables us to un- 
derstand that the spirit of truth is the one supreme and Almighty power. 

The environments that to the outward sense control the individual life, many 
times prevent it from realizing that "there is a Divinity that shapes our ends, 
rough-hew them as we may," even making the wrath of man or his ambition 
for personal honor redound to the benefit of his fellow-beings. Bonaparte, 
the central figure in thoLe mighty events which the opening years of the nine- 
teenth centuiy witnessed is the most prominent one of modern times. The 
ecourging that was given to the effete despotisms of Europe that were styled 
ei^dlized and Chribtian governments but whose principle object for existing 
was to live on the plunder extorted from the people regardless of the cres of 
the opprest and which compelled them to come to the people as supplicants 
asking for help to resist the invader, granting concessions which the ruling 
powers have never recovered, proving that life is more than the re>ult of ex- 
ternal forces, and that the immortal principle which alone can make free is 
the directing power in human events. 

When all the energy of life is given for the purpose of developing this prin- 
ciple, the question is not askt, — Is it popular? What will the people think? 
But is it right? The uplifting power of truth is best exemplified in the words 
of the divine Teacher, — ''If I am lifted up I will draw all men U!i(o me.'* 
The higher plains of thought and life cjui offer no compromise, and if we 
would commune with the dwellers it must be by ascending to their ideal. 
Gan-ison whtn he was contending against the powers of slavery sa-d, "1 will 
not retract one word, and I will be heard." Expediency, thou art a delusion 
and a snare. The honest man is honest whether mateiial gain or loss is the 
result. Policy can not sit as an honored guest in the parlor of the soul who 
is entertaining that Comforter, even the Spirit of Truth which alone can 
grant absolution from the conditions of ser\itude from which every progres- 
sive soul is longing to be free. 
Shakers, N, Y, 



A PRAYER. 
O KoLY Spirit of God take me as Thy disciple : guide me, illuminate 
me, sanctify me. Bind my hands that they may do no evil ; cover my eyes, 
that they may see it no more; sanctify my heart, that evil may not dwell 
within me. Be Thou my God ; be Thou my guide. Whithereoever Thou 
leadest me I will go ; whatsoever Thou forbiddest me I will renounce ; and 
whatsoever Thou commandest me in Thy strength I will do. Lead me, then 

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THE MANIFESTO. 

FEBRUARY, 1888. 

OFFICE OF PUBLICATION. 

TuE Manifesto is piiblisbt by tbe 
"United Society of Believers" on tlie 
fii*8t of eacb month, and is tbe only work 
issued regularly by tbe Shaker Commu- 
nity. Its aim is to furnisb a plain and 
simple statement of tbe religious views of 
tbe Order and to inculcate tbe spirit of 
rigbteousness. 
Address all communications to 
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NOTES ABOUT HOME. 

Mt. Lebanon, N. Y. 

December. 

Average of Weather at Mt. Lebanon. 

Thermometer. Rain. Snow. 

1896. 24.42 )4 in. 8.5in. 

1897. 29.97 4. '' 2ft. 9>^" 
Highest Temp, during this mo. 58 above 0. 
Lowest '' '' " " 8 " " 
Number of rainy days ** " 4 

" " snowy " " '* 8 

" clear '» " " 6 

" " cloudy " " '' 13 

Dec. 31, 1897. 
December, with its terminus, passes 
1897 into tbe vortex of by-gone years, 
laden with two feet of pure white snow 
for a winding sheet. We willingly bid 
adieu to the past year with all its pleasant- 
ness or unpleasantness. 



Altbo storms and clouds have been 
superabundant, yet we share one of life's 
choicest blessings, — good health. While 
sickness is very prevalent, yet, our family 
have escaped its contamination, for which 
neglect we are truly grateful. 

Christmas was a festive day with us. 
The youth and children did themselves 
honor and made tbe day replete with en- 
joyment by their juvenile manifestations. 
Our dining-hall was beautifully festooned 
with woodbine and other ornamentations. 
While we were seated at the breakfast 
table, boding no surprise, we were sudden- 
ly serenaded by the juvenile company 
marching into the room, appropriately 
caparisoned and surrounding an organ 
they had.placed in the room, gave us an 
unusual musical entertainment both vocal 
and instrumental. At the conclusion, the 
band departed as quietly as they had en- 
tered. 

In tbe evening we met in tbe dining- 
hall and had a season of enjoyment which 
was made doubly pleasant by tbe enthusi- 
asm manifested by the young, even to the 
least The meeting was interspersed by 
recitations alternated by vocal and instru- 
mental music. An hour or more waa 
filled by tbe young people, and the an- 
cients of the mansion were made glad by 
the inspiration which permeated the 
meeting. At the close of the sociable 
we were treated to tbe bounties provided 
by those in temporal care. In this the 
young people were tbe waiters to carry 
the viands and drink and confectionary 
about to the company. As pleasant as the 
entertainment was, the nobility exhibited 
by tbe actoi-s, filled tbe hearts of we re- 
cipients with a love and Christian blessing 
for them that language is incapable of ex- 
pressing. 

Calvin O. Reed. 

South Family. 

Jan. 1898. 
Christmas morning dawned cold, clear 
and breezy. St. Nicholas made his annu- 
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Sister, Polly C. Lewis, leaving useful and 
delicious gifts for each member. St. Nick 
and St. Polly made Christmas pleasant to 
all. Sister, Polly has past the eighty-third 
mile-stone of her earthly pilgrimage. Her 
life since a child of four years has been 
spent at the Mt. Lebanon family where she 
still lives to love and bless all who come 
within tlie radius of her benign influence. 
Christmas afternoon a party from this 
place attended a reunion and festival with 
our friends at Second family. The time 
was devoted to singing, reading, speaking 
and recitations; the hours glided away all 
too quickly; the interlude was an enjoy - 
able repast from the liberal supplies of old 
Santa Claus, the people's best friend. One 
of the interesting featui*es of the occasion 
was the fine violin exlilbitions rendered by 
(brotlier) "Paul an apostle of Jesus.'* 
Each act in the program was perfectly 
rendered. The family hall was richly 
decorated with evei greens artistically ar- 
ranged, reminding us of the Evergreen 
shores where the Christmas bells will 
daily chime and friends will meet in that 
happy clime. 

Pbogram. 
Hail all Hail, Song by All. 

Introductory Remarks, by the Elders. 
Life of Christ, Dialogue. Ida and Susie. 
I Would Rather Be a Farmer, Poem. 

Violin Solos. Paul. 

Love Divine, Song by All. 

The Little Heart, Poem. Lena. 

Grandfather Snow, Poem. Mabel. 
The Household Tragedy, Poem. Lillian. 
Carol, Brothers, Carol, Song by All. 

Fm Always Well, Poem. Boys. 

The Question Answered, Poem. Ida. 
Family Financiering, Poem. Lillian. 
Bird Song, Poem. Behave Yourself. 
One Hundred Years Ago, Song by All. 
Christmas Bells, Song. Little girls. 
Song of Christmas, Poem. Bessie. 
Informal Prayer, Poem. Lena. 

Ding Dong, Song by All. 

Home, Living Christ, Ida. Susie. 

Closii^ Song, Praise ye the Lord. 

The old year 1897 expired in silence 
and was buried in a snow bank. The 
New Tear 1898 is hard at work finishing 
what 1897 failed to accomplish of blow 
and snow Mid bluster. Sunday morning 



Sister Louisa Rice the family veteran who 
lias witnessed eighty-five winters went 
weather exploring and returned with the 
information that the mercury recorded 
ten degrees below zero. Only a few were 
brave enough to encounter the cutting at- 
mosphere. Sister Louisa is the good 

Samaritan of our family. 

Genevieve DeGraw. 

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Shakers, N. Y. 

Jan. 1898. 

The festive season of Christmas and 
New Year has come and gone. Its record 
we hope will be a verdant sp«>t in the 
memories of those who were the partici- 
pants. Willing hands placed a beautiful 
evergi'een tree in our chapel, and with its 
brilliant illumination from the candle 
lights presented a very cheery aspect. 
But best of all was the burden of gifts 
placed thereon by that dear old friend 
Santa Claus. He must have a splendid 
miemory as no one was forgotten. On 
Christmas eve we met to receive the gifts 
tliat he had to bestow. Hope that every 
fireside and home in our land was visited. 

While we stei) on the tlirt-sludd of the 
New Year and find its page clean and 
white we question what will be its record 
at the close? Just what we make it. Only 
one moment at a time is all we have to 
carry and the future ceases to be, by be- 
coming the present 

As we read of rumors of war and see 
the belligerent attitude assumed by the 
dying monarchies of Europe as a bluff to 
frighten their enemies; at the same time 
trembling with fear at the portends of the 
coming revolution which will be their 
overthrow, we pray that in our own be- 
loved country the counsels of wisdom 
may prevail, so that her mission can be to 
direct the nations of the eartli to that 
condition of life which is founded upcm 
the spirit of love as it is the all conquering 
power. 

May all who love the truth be encour- 
aged. We wish all of our gospel friends 
a prosperous year, and may the cause that 
we have given our life to sustain be blest 
as the result of faithful efforts. 

Hamilton DeGraw. 
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West Pittsfield, Mass. 

Jan. 1898. 

We enter the Home Circle lor the first 
call since 98 has heen substituted on the 
record of time, for the familiar 97 of the 
past year. 

That, now, has taken its place in life's 
history, and the present and future await 
our writing. May its pages reveal to us 
the beauty of a life of true consecration, 
and of Christ-like deeds. 

As we took up a paper this morning we 
noticed these woixis by Phillips Brooks; 
"What is going to be our truth for the 
New Year? Is it not that the love which 
has never deserted us shall come closer to 
us, because it finds us readier to receive 
it, — making us better, stronger, purer, 
nobler, more manly, more womanly, more 
fit foi life. Not because God loves us 
any more, but because we with new 
openness are more ready to receive him 
into our lives." 

There are beauties in the rocks and 
stones which we daily see, not noticed, 
until by careful study we learn of their 
wonderful formation. The smallest flower 
possesses a double beauty for us when we 
analyze each separate part, and realize the 
use of each in forming the perfect whole; 
and the dainty flakes of snow, reveal to us 
liistory of past miracles, as we investigate 
the truths of their formation. 

All around us are hidden beauties which 
only eyes opened to see, and a mind pre- 
pared to receive can fully appreciate. So 
with our spiritual natures quickened, we 
shall see in every phase of life the wisdom, 
love, and power, of an unseen hand. 

We have had some very cold wintry 
weather. The snow fell, the wind blew, 
and the cold was so intense that their 
united forces nearly formed a blizzard. 
The thermometer stood at ten deg. below 
zero at one time which was a signal for all 
water pipes so situated as to be able to 
hear of it, to refuse to hold the frozen 
water within them, until coaxt to resume 
their work once more. 

Among the blessings for which we daily 



are grateful, not the least is the daily ad- 
dition of strength, which Brother Ira ob- 
tains, tho at present not free from suffer- 
ing, we are glad for all taken from him. 

Our little girls were made glad on 
Christmas eve, by a nicely laden Christ- 
mas tree, its variety of fruits were eagerly 
gathered by them. 

May the coming year be one of true 
blessing to all of our friends, while each 
day as a step heavenward, leads to perfect 
happiness the glory of a Christ-like life. 

Fidelia Enttibrook. 



Narooossee, Fla. 

Jan. 1898. 

The tide of winter travel and business 
has never set so strong toward Florida a« 
it does to-day, all telling a good record for 
the future of the State. The leading ques- 
tion of the tourist is this, —"Is the soil of 
Florida capable of raising enough to sus- 
tain the farmer? " 

Florida is willing to trust her own un- 
aided charms, even against the false re- 
ports that have been made. Let the farm- 
er come and show for himself or go and 
see what his neighbor has done. The en- 
terprising advertiser of the Pacific coast 
has caught the men who deal in wheat, 
and pork and beef, while Florida has done 
all too little to offset these efforts of the 
California boomers. Since writing the 
above we have had another sad experience. 
Jan. 1, 2, and 3rd. Florida is again visited 
with an untimely freeze. The mercury 
fell to 25 deg. below freezing, which killed 
much of the vegetation that was not pro- 
tected by fire or shelter. 

This may, for the present, retard the 
tide of emigration which has been so 
strongly turned this way. Like the other 
states, Florida has a dark side, and has 
also a bright side. Three years ago we 
had a big freeze which cut down most of 
the fruit trees north of the frost line, and 
the state has hardly recovered from that 
sad blow. "A smooth sea never made a 
skilled mariner." We can hai-dly learn 
liumility and tenderness, except by suffer- 

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Shaker Station, Conn. 

North Family. 

Jan. 1898. 

How fast time flies! The years speed by 
before one has scarcely time to realize they 
have begun. Another month and a year 
will have expired since the first Canaan- 
ites migrated to the beautiful land of 
Connecticut How strange, and yet how 
real! 

Once more the holidays have bid us 
adieu. Christmas was spent in a ver> 
pleasant manner. In the a. m. all Enfield 
attended Service at the Church. 

In the p. m. an entertainment was given 
at the North family in which the three 
families participated 

We have many blessings for which we 
need be thankful; one we should prize 
above all others, is the pure relationship 
we are called to sustain as Brethren and 
Sisters in Christ, in vhose hearts dwell no 
envy, anger, nor strife, for this must be 
consumed by the love of God. 

Edith ShufeU. 



Pleasant Hill, Ey. 

Jan. 1898. 

So far our winter has been quite pleas- 
ant. Only a few days since the mercury 
fell to 10 degrees above zero. Our first 
snow fall was about Christmas, of some 
two inches, but in a few days it was all 
gone. 

During the autumn we had two months 
of severe drought, but subsequently the 
rain and sunshine revived and gladened 
the fields with a lovely carpet of green. 

Our apples were almost a failure, but of 
small fruits and vegetables we had a good 
crop. 

During the past season the West family 
made some needed repairs on several of 
the buildings, and after the painting had 
closed a decided improvement was mani- 
fest 

We have many blessings for which we 
make many expressions of thankfulness. 
Nancy L. liupe. 



Enfield, N. H. 

Jan. 1898. 
"Man LIKE it l8 to fall Into sin, 
Fiend. like it is to dwell therein, 
Christ-like it is for sin to grieve, 
God-like It is all sin to leuvK." 

The above quoted rhyme, is a good one 
to preface the new year's volume of 
events, to remind us that virtue pays, and 
the way of the transgressor is hard. If 
it is written with the life pen of loyalty to 
faith, home and associates, it will he wor- 
thy of divine acceptance when finisht. 

To reflect upon the progress and fail- 
ures made during the past year, will be 
time well spent, if we reconstruct any 
wreckage made, stiive to make more 
practical the law of love, that in honor 
preferreth one another, and endeavor lo do 
what we can to keep pace with the light 
of our day. 

One of the gladsome events of the old 
year, Christmas, we spent in a m;mner 
worthy of our calling. Our dining-room 
was tastefully decorated with wreathes 
of evergreen, spruce branches and potted 
plants. While at breakfast, Eldre^s 
Kosetta Cuminj^s, read a Christmas essay, 
after which, six little girls mirclit 
around the tables singing a merry Christ- 
mas song. At ten o'clock, our North 
family assembled with us, and wc devided 
an hour to singing hymns, giving testimo- 
nials of faith, and the rendering of two 
pieces written for the occasion, by Sisters, 
Abbie Appleton and Agnes Parker. In the 
evening, the Sistei-s prepared a surprise 
oyster and cake supper, after which, wo 
spent an hour in social communion, fol- 
lowed by an entertainment, given by our 
youngest people, and the unlading of a 
heavily laded Christmas tree, in whose 
gifts all shared. 

With us, the old bell of tradition, toll- 
ing out refrains of fear, bigotry and super- 
stition, notes of "sounding bi*ass" denot- 
ing ways unprogressive and inconsistent 
with right living, has been substituted by 
the one of sweeter cadence, of kindness 
and deeds that spiritualize and make 
gladsome home life. Its new strokes. 



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sound the alarm of danger in remaining in 
the maze of regarding all things as they 
are, as well, and not passing into clearer 
and newer conceptions of duty, that 
**build as the wise build," a character of 
stronger virtue and larger usefulness, — 
thus bettering society. 

We wish every reader of Thb Manifes- 
to a happy new year, and long life to our 
organ of faith. 

George H. Baxter. 



OUR EXOHANQES. 



The Religious Telescope of Dayton, 
Ohio, is an able advocate of the '^United 
Brethren in Christ.'* Its editorial care is 
under the management of I. L. Kephart, 
D. D. A close application to the teach- 
ings found in the Telescope would estab- 
lish a beautiful church of united Christian 
Brethren and Sisters. 

The Nashua Weekly Teleobaph is 
publisht in Nashua, N. H. under the di- 
rection of the Telegraph Pub. Co. It in- 
forms us that it is **A political, Literary 
and Home Journal." 

Sent of God is publisht in Tabor, Iowa, 
by the "Hepzibah Faith Home Associa- 
tion." All workers connected with it 
work free, and trust God for their support. 
It is indeed, a great mission to be sent of 
God. 

The Diocese of Albany is a Magazine 
of Church Literature and publisht in the 
interest of the churches of the Albany 
Diocese. 

The Good Way is publisht by the 
*'Good Way Association" at College 
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L. W. Brewster and Son at Portsmouth, 
N. H. It is a paper of Literature and 
Politics and for more than one hundred 
years has been the weekly visitor to a 
large class of readers. 



I:^=*We are informed that since the 
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by Funk and Wagnalls, tbat not less than 
three hundred, including Editors, Pub- 
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to adopt Rule 1st in "Simplified Spelling." 
The change is very slight, and yet a step 
in advance. 

2i^=*0NE account says there was.in the 
Ark, 1794 snakes and 2600 crows. 

J^^'Thomas Paine was the friend of 
Washington, Jefferson and Monroe. — if. J. 
Mangerum, 

S:^='Spider8 are raised in Philadelphia 
and sold at s^lO.OO per hundred. They are 
used for stocking wine cellar^ 

2;^~A Maltese cat in New York has 
six toes and from time immemorial these 
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of India in the World's Congress of Relig- 
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Chicago after his return to Calcutta, said: 
*'It is a sign of the times that from the 
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would go to immortality. It is a shame 
that the eDlightened poilion of the world 
continues to kill and eat innocent birds 
and animals ^*and it is more shameful still 
that Christians continue to fatten, kill 
and eat hogs, the very hogs that their Bi- 
ble commands them not to eat. What 
vices, what crimes, what sins are Chris- 
tian nations not guilty of? — Selected, 



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AN ACROSTIC. 
By James Carr. 

The man who does little things for God 

with fidelity will be given the power 

to do great things. 
Happy is he that can look up but to be 

useful we must look down. 
Every guide-board pointing toward heaven 

says, **Start now.'' 
Man is not right in his religion when he 

makes a wrong use of his money. 
All admire pluck but more like to be 

pluckt 
No man can ask God for much who is not 

willing to do much. 
It is not what we give to God but what we 

keep from Him that makes us poor. 
Faith in God will move mountains, money 

can only make a tunnel through some 

of them. 
Everybody who tries to make others hap- 
py gets paid for it in heaven's coins. 
Some people can trust God as long as they 

have plenty of money, but when the 

bank breaks their religion goes with it 
Take from love the power to suffer and it 

could never speak. 
One of the most terrible things about sin, 

is that it makes us dissatisfied with 

God. 

South Union, Ky. 



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TRDB TO LIFE. 
The editor of the Murfreesborou;;h 
(Tenn.) New» thus accounts for hard 
times: "We let our timber rot and buy 
fencing. We throw away our ashes and 
grease and buy soap; we raise dogs and 
buy hogs; we raise weeds and buy vege- 



tables ; we catch five-cent fish with $4 rods ; 
we build school-houses and send our 
children off to be educated, and, lastly, 
we send our boys out with a §40 gun and 
a $10 dog to hunt ten-cent birds. 



[Contributed by Eldrens Harriet Goodwin.] 
HOPE. 
liy J. r. 

Oh I do not trail your banners, 

But raise them up on high; 

Shout! shout the glad hosannas, 

Immortals never die. 

With God above, who loves you. 

Almighty to defend. 

Mind not the storms which prove you, 

He is your faithful friend. 

Tho on life's stream your voyage 
May be fierce and wild and long. 
Or gentle as a Summer's day 
With little seeming wrong; 
StilK let us take it as it comes, 
Shun lethargy and hate 
For *'niany mansions/' many homes, 
For those who trust, await. 

Seek good and true companions, 

Be pui-e in thoujrht and speech. 

And let the li^ht of reason 

E'er guide on sea and beach. 

This world is but a training school. 

We can but go through college; 

Up yonder's our post-graduate. 

To seek eternal knowledge. — Selected. 




Indiana Pilkington, at Pleasant Hill, 
Ky. Dec. 25, 1897. Age 91 years and 7 
months. 

Sister Indiana has been a member of 
this Society for twenty-nine years. She 
was a woman of sterling character and of 
intelligence. All who knew her, loved 
her and she was, indeed, a Mother in Is- 
rael. Death had no terror, and she gladly 
obeyed the summons, "Come up higher." 

J. W. S. 

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An important and interetstlng article on 
Mexico occupies tbe leatling place in Frank 
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tions. The third paper of the series on An- 
drew Jackson is given in this number, and in 
It Captain John M. Tobln tells about The Mil- 
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Logan describes graphically the attractions 
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the German Army, New Yeai*'s Day Festivities, 
A Probable Clorgione, and The San Carlos In- 
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the serial The Catspaw% which appears to be 
drawing to a close; several short stories, con- 
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of the White House. Mrs. McKinley forward- 
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the Sousa composition complete in its next 
issue. This magazine has also received for 
the >ame number a new and large portrait of 
Mrs. McKifiley, taken a few days ago in the 
White House ctmservatory . This is the second 
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allowetl to be taken within ten years, the first 
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Several illustrated articles of more than or- 
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THE PROGRESS OF SHAKERISM. 
NO. 3. 

By Elder Henry C. Blinn. 

MOSES gave rules, what should and what should not be eaten, and the 
wisdom of his inspired judgment is an honor to his name and age. 
Jesus and the Jewish Christians must, no doubt, have maintained these rules 
with the utmost precision, and they should have been kept in full force by 
all Christians. 

On the introduction, however, of the Gentile Christians, into the Church 
of Christ, who did not believe in Moses, nor in Mosaic discipline, they re- 
tained all their former habits and customs, and these finally became the rule 
of government for the modern Christian church. 

The God-inspired example of Abraham with the laws that Moses had pro- 
mulgated, and no less, the discipline of Jesus and his disciples, were all 
tbrown to the winds, and the savage and warlike Christians, ate the fat and 
blood of animals, and used for food nearly every living, creeping thing. 

As the Shaker Societies receive all their accessions from the ranks of the 
iworld, they must be subjected to many of these vaiying influences that arise 
from the generative order, whether through heredity or through broken laws. 
As the ruling spirit of the age, is generation without law, and appetites and 
passions without discipline, the order of ascendency into the life of Christ, 
must be very gradual, if it is made at all. This forces all reformations, 
"Whether of the mind or of the body to be more or less spasmodic. 

The thought that entera into the life of one person, and^mducesji^qwth 



34 THE MANIFESTO. 

for higher and better qualifications, in everything that makes man more of a 
man, may pass by the next mind without even causing so much as a ripple of 
thought on this important subject. 

The next general reformatory wave that past over the Shakers, was in 
1842, when they decided to abandon the use of swine's flesh as an article of 
diet. Up to this date pork had been universally used and as one writer saya, 
* 'Nothing was left of the beast but the bristles, which were sent to the shoe- 
maker. This creature's scrofulous ears, and feet and snout and even his 
tail were placed upon the table, for good people to pray over, and then to eat 
with profound thanksgiving." 

The presentation of the roasted swine's head (as repellent as it must have 
been to a sensitive mind) was made the high honor of the feast, at which sat 
the dignitaries of the so-called Christian Church, and over which they prob- 
ably uttered a special Christian grace. 

Dr. Foote says, *'I am firmly convinced that mankind are injured by eat- 
ing swine's flesh, and I am disposed to believe that the hog, if a healthly 
animal to-day, would in time become diseased by eating man." ''Swine are 
addicted to filthy habits, and one of the causes of blood impurities is the use 
of pork." '*As an article of diet, pork exerts a most pernicious influence on 
the blood, overloading it with carbonic acid gas and filling it with scrofula." 

It was a god-sent revelation to the Shakers to discontinue the use of 
swine's flesh as an article of food. In this revelation they had the most im- 
plicit faith. Intelligent minds, at once, accepted the advanced step and an- 
ticipated the beneficial results that must arise in their favor. The predispo- 
sition of so many persons to scrofulous taints, warrants particular care on 
this subject, as health of body is one of the great blessings of God. 

Altho the drinking of dmms had been largely discontinued so early as 
1828, the universal discontinuance of drinking cider was not brought about 
till the year 1842. The old time-honored cider mill suddenly became of less 
value and cider, for vinegar only, was made. As there was no manufactur- 
ing of this article, the interest in drinking it became less and less, till the 
Communities well earned the name of Christian temperance societies. 

In the dismissal of cider drinking and pork eating may be included that 
also of tobacco chewing and smoking. Early in the century it was one of 
the special customs in nearly every private family, to receive an invitation to 
smoke a pipe of tobacco. It was to the Americans about the same as was 
the mug of beer to the Germans. Almost every room you entered, whether 
in a public or private house, you found the air strongly impregnated with the 
fumes of the noisome weed and quite often the floor befouled with a quantity 
of tobacco juice. The pipe became the daily companion of both men and 
women, and when two or three of these worshipers of the weed were earnest- 
ly engaged, it was with difficulty that one could see distinctly across the room. 

**I)r. Woodward after presenting a long array of facts, showing the tend- 

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THE MANIFESTO. 35 

ency of tobacco to produce disease — apoplexy, consumption, headache, dys- 
pepsia, cancer and insanity, concludes with the following inquiry; — *'Who 
can doubt that tobacco has destroyed more lives and broken down the health 
of more useful members of society than have been sufferers from the com- 
plaint of bronchitis V 

In many cases tobacco fumes poison the air that we breathe, while the 
clothes and breath of those who use it beloul the air with a very disagreeable 
stench. 

The foregoing, of course, have been radical measures for the moi-al and 
spiritual advancement of the Communities, as well as for the general health 
of the body. The agitation of these necessary subjects has by no means been 
useless labor. Like the leaven, so aptly illustrated in the parable, it has 
changed the lives of a large number of pei-sons, and brought about conditions 
more congenial and more in harmony with the age in which we live. It has 
enabled many persons to make a practical application of the advice of the 
Apostle, — ''To live soberly, righteously and godly in this present world." 
It has had a salutary influence on the use of correct language and in the 
manifestation of care and kindness in the geneml interest of each other and, 
indeed, for all humanity. 

In the growth of these reformatory movements that have gone through the 
land, there are many examples of heroic characters who have wrought out 
their freedom from the slavery of perverted appetites and become the victori- 
ous conquerore. 

To hold this position for so many years, and with such signal success, is 
indeed, a great victory. Sometimes the quandary arises; — Shall we be able 
to maintain this Christian position against the strong influences that are 
around us? 

With the general intelligence and the practical knowledge that is abroad 
in the world to-day, it does not seem as tho it could be possible to return 
to those things which we have so wisely abandoned. We are assured that it 
was for the best good of all concerned, and neither as a matter of pei-sonal 
taste, nor in conformity to the custom of a special class in Society, should 
we deviate from a matter of right. 

"Down to the third and fourth generation of those that hate me," says the 
word of the Scriptures, and that hate is a departure from knowledge, and 
from the laws of God for the safe going of man. While all the animal tend- 
encies are bom with man, they have their legitimate use, but a perverted ap- 
petite and an unbridled passion is quite below that which we designate as 
animal. With this class there may be neither thought nor desire for any 
change. 

An hundred years have come and gone, and the Shakers have moved care- 
fully along the way, accepting the many lessons that have been proffered for 
the tempoi'al and spiritual prosperity of the Community. 

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36 THE MANIFESTO. 

It is the mission of the disciple of Christ to become a new creature. To 
be made anew, and that in the likeness of the anointed, spiritual Teacher. 
With this newness comes a new language, such as may be spoken in the 
kingdom of our God. 

Well might we live in the prayer, "Leave us not in temptation," as the 
language and the influences of a low estate surround us. We go abroad in 
the world, and as a guest we may be invited to drink ; — at thejtable we are 
served with swine's flesh, and so soon as this is over comes the invitation ta 
smoke. These are the leeks and garlicks of our own land of Egypt, towanl 
which we may be tempted. Under the influence of a weak conscience we 
find it hard to turn away. Little by little the protective barriers are taken 
from around us and we find ourselves heavily laden with those very things 
from which we had covenanted to abstain. 

When a point has been gained that can be shown to have accomplisht ben- 
eficial results, for the Uest good of Society, it would be a sad mistake, to 
neglect, carelessly, our advantages and allow them to pass from us. '*Hold 
fast that which thou hast gained" is the admonition of the Scripture, and for 
our present and future prosperity we may do well to bear this in mind. 

(The End.) 
*«^ 

MARCH. 

By Martha J. Anderson, 

The March winds are soughing and sighing 
Like the roar of the murmuring sea. 
And the icy-armed kings of the forest 
Engage in a harmless melee. 
While flashing and dashing, and clashing 
Like steeds that are heard from afar ; 
Loud the trump of the wind god is blowing 
The blast of the last wintry war. 

Like billows the dark clouds are rising 
Far south of the mist-shrouded sun. 
Whose halo crowned disk is apprising 
That Vulcan's storm reign has begun. 

The chains of the frost king are breaking, 
And icy gorged river tides swell. 
While mighty floods compass the lowlands 
Where many in peaceful homes dwell. 

As we list to the surging of waters 
That rush through the rocky ravine. 
And gaze with delight on the frost work 
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Where the spray molds in stalactite crystals 
The stone hedged and turretod glen, 
We think not that sorrow is shading 
The flood destroyed dwellings of men. 

The tempest so fitful and wrathful 
That sweeps like a besom of war 
0*er woodless expanse of the prairies 
That stretch to the westward afar ; 
Is broken by bulwark of mountains 
That circle our hill-side retreat, 
And so the strong force of the wind god 
Is subject to hopeless defeat. 

The weather wise prophets well ai-gued 

And true their predictions have proved, 

Por winter all stern and relentless 

Along a strange pathway has moved. 

There are snows piled where skies are the warmest, 

And blizzards on Britain*s fair strand. 

While earthquake and tide-wave upheaving 

Have past o'er the sea and the land. 

There are sleet storms and rain storms with thunder 

And lightning's electric display 

Then mercury far below zero, 

Such changes aie markt day by day. 

But March, bitter March is now dying. 

His requiem gladly we'll sing. 

When drops the dark pall o'er his presence 

And bright April heralds the spring. 
ML Lebanon, N. F. 



Remarks Made at the Funeral of 
Sister HANNAH P. SHEPARD. 

By Eld€re88y Joanna J, Kaime. 

ONE of the most prominent traits in the life and character of our dear 
Elderess Hannah was fidelity to principle, especially conspicuous where 
her religious convictions were involved ; so singularly genuine in regard to 
truth, that many times I have thought that no alloy could be detected in her 
lostructioiis to the young, while in the exercise of her duties in the Eldership. 
Her rebukes were so tempered with a loving sympathy, that no erring one 
could mistake the kindly feeling from her true Mother's heart, tho no cover- 
ing from the light, or daubing with untempered mortar was allowed. 



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88 THE MANIFESTO. 

Well has the poet exprest it, — '*Death loves a shining mark, a signal 
blow," and we have been conscious for a long time that the grim Destroyer had 
so aimed the blow, that time, tho freighted with the prayers and earnest en- 
treaties of loving friends, could not stay the poisonous dart. 

We humbly pray that those who have shai-ed her beautiful ministi^ations, 
may treasure them in clean and honest hearts and from the pure seed so rich- 
ly sown, we shall reap a bountiful harvest, which will redound to the honor 
and glory of God. 

Methinks, now fi'eed from earth's burdens, that our Sister will exultingly 
sing, — "I know that my Redeemer liveth, because He lives I shall live also.'* 
And when we look for her in her accustomed places in earth-life, the Spirit 
voice will gently whisper, — '^She whom thou seekest, is not here," she has 
risen to die no more. 

East Canterbury^ N, H, 

« ♦» 

A PLEA FOR THE HELPLESS. 

By Catherine Allen, 

THE Antivivisection Societies of Europe and America represent a move- 
ment which can not fail to call forth the blessing of every one of just 
and humane sentiments, who has knowledge of the terrible facts which make 
such organizations necessary. 

The experience of those who undertake to forward the work proves how 
very few, even of those who suppose themselves informed on the subject, be- 
gin to know to what extent needless cruelties are being practiced on animals 
in hundreds of colleges and lesser schools, or who would believe for a mo- 
ment that friendless hospital patients and criminals are in some places being 
experimented on by merciless operators. 

Not long since, the writer was earnestly solicited by an outside friend to 
use her influence in summoning aid in this work from the sevei-al Shaker So- 
cieties, and have not earnest workers in the various f ragmentaiy reforms 
of the world, a right to look for co-operation by a people who are called to 
embody in practical life the truth and goodness in the many phases toward 
which they are working? As a part of the great life of humanity, is it not 
vitally essential to our existence as a people to interest ourselves in every 
movement which tends toward the general progress of the race? In ser\ing 
our fellow-creatures we find the greatest privilege of life. The bix>ader our 
fields of labor the richer will the harvest be, and through such support as it 
is in our power to give to many worthy movements of our time, may we not 
find favorable opportunities for spreading a knowledge of those truths which 
have been committed to our keeping. The Secretary of the Antivi\i8ection 
Society, after thanking for the "proffer of fraternity from the esteemed 
Shaker Community," exprest a desire for printed matter concerning us, prov- 
ing how readily a mutual interest is awakened throu^,^9-^j9pef,^)Li^*e effort. 



THE MANIFESTO. 39 

The writer has sent to the Secretary the names of a few whom she thought 
might do some work in the Cause. The signatures of Brethren and Sistei-s 
in our Society have been added to the "National Petition" and some financial 
aid has been given. Could not every family of Believers help in the good 
work by keeping in our reception rooms some of the literature which will be 
sent promptly to any who will apply for the same to Mrs. Fairchild Allen, 
Secretary of the Antivivisection Society, Aurora, 111. Thus many names 
might be added to the roll of Petitioners and some financial aid be secured. 
All have some outside acquaintances. By enclosing leaflets on the subject 
and ui-^ng action on the part of those receiving it many others may be stim- 
ulated to help. Ministers and school-teachers have wide influence, they 
should be remembered. Thus, by united effort may we not accomplish much 
in the cause for God's helpless suffering creatures ? 
ML Lebanon^ N, T. 



Carrje«|i)9f«i^)ntJCje^ 



Boston, Mass. Feb. 2, 1898. 

Dear Brother Albert; — It pleases me more than I can tell you to hear 
that yon are becoming more and more a ^'partaker of the heavenly calling." 
This is the glorious power of resurrection as experienced by all who enter in- 
to the life of Christ. As you advance in spii-ilual travel you will learn that 
this resurrection is no far off promise to be experienced after the dissolution 
of the body. It is a present gift. It is not the offer of a meager hope. It 
is the joy of Christian posession. It is the power of regeneration. 

''Except a man be bom again he can not enter the kingdom of heaven." 
Just as soon as a man is born by the power of God's Spirit, he has already 
entered into the kingdom of heaven which the dear Jesus opened to us by his 
glorious life and death. So, my dear brother, as you open your heart more 
and more to the eternal life that is held out before you, you will begin to have 
eternal life abiding in you. May God make you very rich in both is my fer- 
vent prayer. 

Your countryman, Mr. Varley and myself have become fast friends. I am 
to spend this evening with him and Mrs. Varley. They are staying here at 
this hotel. I am delighted and pleased with Mr. Varley, both as a man and 
as a preacher. He has become deeply interested in the Shakers. The churches 
are packt to hear him. 

I am longing for the day to come when I shall turn my face homeward. 
0, how I think of you all ! You are always with me. How could it be other- 
wise 1 My heart is in dear Canterbury. 

Do not let anything trouble you. Do not let your thoughts dwell a single 
moment, on th^te things you lef d behind in old Babylon, but reach out and 

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40 THE MANIFESTO. 

grasp the better thingfl that await you Id happy CanaaD. Remember you have 
not a burden, or a temptation that the dear Christ does not share. I beg you 
to study his life seriously, as recorded so beautifully in the precious New 
Testament. Let his life fill your life, let it make you brave, hopeful, and 
wholly unselfish. Let it make you, what every Shaker should be, a man of 
Ood, living in His service, rejoicing in His love, and feeling more and more 
each day, in your obedient soul the power of His everlasting life. What 
tongue then will be able to define your peace and happiness? 

My heart is filled to-night with gratitude for the grand success of my mis- 
sionary work. Night after night a large host of eager listeners gather around 
me. It is so easy to make the world trust one, when one can feel that he is 
trusted and loved by the dear Brothers and Sisters that form his own house- 
hold. Adieu, dear Brother until I see you in our dear home. 

Your true brother, 

Thomas. 



THE l^ATW OF LOVE. 

By Ezra J, Stewart^ 

THERE are probably few who, in the course of their experience, have not 
often queried as to the true nature of love. Many have been prompt- 
ed to the most heroic self-sacrifice for what seemed to them the fullest em- 
bodiment of love and yet have failed to reach that deep satisfaction which on- 
ly the attainment of their highest ideal could give. This disappointment 
awaits us all in whatever efforts we put forth just in proportion as we mis- 
conceive and misinterpret this most potent and all-pervading force. The de- 
sire to understand more clearly and fully the real nature of love, to learn its 
true analysis through daily experience will bring to us the opening of a new 
life wherein each successive step brings a clearer perception and more posi- 
tive knowledge of the great drawing power of love, the law of all laws — at- 
traction. As we are drawn into a perception of this love we see the good as 
an omnipresent force, the only vital power in the universe. 

Love is life, and all that is necessary to gain more life and a higher grade 
of vitality is a fuller recognition of the love principle and power which is ever 
around and about us, only awaiting the opening of individual perception when 
it shall be ours to possess, to appropriate for personal benefit, and for the up- 
lifting to a higher plane than the merely sensuous all who come within the 
sphere of our influence. 

With love in the intelligence all desirable things become possible and easi- 
ly accomplisht ; while without it, life seems dreary and hopeless ; hardships 
fill the pathway, and failure like a haunting demon casts the dark shadow of 
discouragement over every effort till we are led to query why above all things 
men should desire life. But the answer comes — It is because love, the pos- 

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ThE MANIFESTO. 41 

Itive, self-existent and eternal in our being ealleth for its own. More, more, 
of life, of liberty, essentially of love, has been the cry of humanity through 
the ages, and to-day we realize our heaven in reaching for and manifesting 
more and still more of ''the greatest thing in the world" as Dinimmond has 
80 beautifully exprest it. 

Paul understood this when he wrote "love suffereth long and is kind." It 
seems as tho everything of worth was contained in those brief words. Un- 
der the baptism of this gift how the heart expands in sympathy and kindli- 
ness towai-d all creatures ; how willing are we to suffer, to bear and forbear 
and patiently wait while working for a greater unfold ment of this divine life 
in those around us, because we have positive faith in it and in its uplifting, 
all prevailing power. 

In the early histoiy of the race when the human was lifted but a slight de- 
gree above the animal, all conquest was attained through the combative and 
warring qualities innate in those cmde conditions. In the primitive ideal of 
their personal God was found hate, vengeance and wrath, and every warlike 
attribute. As the race has gradually evolved to a higher state the conception 
of God has been divested of personality and correspondingly improved, and 
is now recognized as the spirit of love and peace. Instead of fighting and 
struggling so much against evil (so-called) we are learning to turn toward the 
good, to look for the good in others and to nourish it by kindly thoughts and 
deeds, to improve every opportunity to so strengthen this good that error 
shall be displaced, overcome by gieater truth. 

There are those who still struggle and fight like good warriors against what 
they call the evils of life, not having come to an undei-standing of the law by 
which all things work together for good to those who are uplifted from fear 
and bondage into the liberty of the love realm whence cometh all power. 
We may be reminded of the old proverb, *'The fear of the Lord is the be- 
ginning of wisdom," but later we are taught that "Love is the fulfilling of the 
law," and that '^Perfect love casteth out all fear." Love begets self- trust. 
To have conscious knowledge of the soul's oneness with the All-Good is to be 
whole or holy. In this oneness we will manifest more and more the divine 
life latent within, and in that confidence, hope and trust which becomes true 
men and women, we will find a shield from all harm outwrought through the 
exercise of the perfect law of love. 
Mi. Lebanon, N. F. 



Only through spiritualization of thought and feeling do we rise above the 
base passions and gross inclinations of our lower nature, and feel within our 
souls the quickening and unfolding of the higher powers of life. This is the 
tme resurrection of which the blessed Master spake. — M. J. A. 

Simplicity, is the invariable characteristic of truth. 

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THE MANIFESTO. 

MARCH, 1808. 

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NOTES ABOUT HOME. 

Mt. Lebanon, TX. Y. 

January. 
Average of Weather at Mt Lebanon. 
Thermometer. Rain. Snow. 
1897. 23.68 .75in. 2 ft 

1808. 25.45 1.25 '' 3>2 " 

Highest Temp, during this mo. 48 above 0. 
Lowest " " " " 12 below" 

Number of i-ainy days '' " 1 
" " snowy " " " 8 

" " clear " " " 7 
" " cloudy '' '' " 15 

We are having an old-fashioned winter 
of blizzards, pelting snow, and sleety 
rains, putting us in mind of Thompson's 
reflection from a review of winter : 

*♦ 'Tis done ! Dread winter spreads his latest 
gloom. 
And reigns tremendous o*er the conquered 
year, 



How dead the vegetable kingdom lies! 
How dumb the tuneful !— -Ye good dlstrest 
The storms of wintry time will quickly pass. 
And one unbounded spring encircle all.** 

When we reflect upon the uncertainty 
of life for man and beast, by storms and 
other disasters by land and sea and by hu- 
man invention, it makes one yearn for 
that unbounded spring encircling all. 

.The late catastrophe in Boston caused 
by the late blizzard sweeping from their 
fastening the electric wires, causing such 
terrible destruction, is a strong evidence, 
that the greatest blessings, under certain 
conditions, may prove the greatest curse. 

Notwithstanding we have some unpleas- 
ant weather, yet the blessing of a pleasant 
home, interested Brethren and Sisters, 
and a sufficiency of the comforts of life, 
and united by the bond of peace, love and 
union, are still ours to possess. 

"Thanks to God for every blessing; 
Thanks to God for what we've galneil. 
Thankfulness we are possessing. 
Holiness is here obtained." 

Our Ministry, having given us their 
farewell blessing, were taken to West 
Pittsfield, Feb. 2, enroute for Watervliet, 
where they will tarry for one month, at 
least, blessing and being blest. 

At present date the business of our fam- 
ily is getting wood to keep us warm and 
harvesting ice to keep us cool. An electric 
road is being built from Pittsfield, west, to 
Tillitston's factories, if not to West Pitta- 
fleld. The prospect is that the State road 
will be built this year to New York state 
line, if not further. New York state is 
waking up to improve its highways. Aft>- 
er a time this old Earth will be better 
fitted for a pleasant dwelling-place for 
Man, and he may be better fitted to dwell 

upon it. 

Calvin G. Reed. 

North Family. 

Feb. 1898. 
We are in the midst of a snow-storm 
whose force, at present, can not seemingly 
be spent This reminds us of the beauti- 
ful poem, "Snow-Bound." 

♦'The morning broke without a sun ; 
We lookt upon a world unknown, 

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43 



On nothing we conld call our own. 
Ground the glistening wonder bent 
The blue walls of the firmament, 
No cloud above, no earth below— 
A universe of sky and snow." 

With snow above and all around we are 
literally walled in by banks of snow. The 
school was not opened on account of the 
storm. 

The large tank for hot water which has 
been located on the fifth floor of dwelling 
house for many years, has been lowered to 
first floor, by the skillful management of 
Elder Charles Greaves and his core of 
faithful Brethren. It is now connected 
with the furnace in the cellar and with less 
fuel we expect to be abundantly supplied 
with hot water. 

Sisters, with the help of Brethren, are 
weaving rugs. When finisht there will be 
many nice ones for sale. 

The subject of Vivisection has been 
pressed upon our attention by workers in 
the Antivivisection Society. When con- 
fined to Medical Colleges, and for the sole 
purpose of better, understanding the hu- 
man anatomy, even then it is an outrage 
upon helpless creatures too great for com' 
pensation in the benefits professedly de- 
rived ; but as any evil unchecked leads to 
greater evil, we have now to work against 
that feature in public schools which is 
nourishing in thousands of pupils those 
sentiments of cruelty which inevitably 
tend to criminality. We view the cruel- 
ties as practiced by many vlvisectors as 
another form of the Inquisition. 

Should we not do all in our power to 
lessen evil and increase good wherever we 
have opportunity? 

Sarah J. Burger. 



Shakers, N. Y. 

Feb. 1898. 
Fbom the window of our room where 
we are domiciled penning these Notes, we 
can look out upon the garden plat where 
in a few weeks we shall be engaged pre- 
paring the ground for the reception of 
seed with the hope that it will bring forth 
many fold of the good things of life in the 



shape of fruits and vegetables. At pres- 
ent it is a wilderness of snow and ice, and 
our picture is in the anticipation of an 
ideal to which we are looking forward for 
fulfillment. 

If it was not for this persistent urging 
to gain possesion of that which at present 
we do not have, whether in the spiritual 
or material phases of life, the main stimu- 
lus to exertion would be gone and the 
energy at present displayed would be 
fossilized in that of an autonomon which 
is dependent upon power foreign from it- 
self to move it to action. 

While perusing the last editorial upon 
the advancement made in dietetic reform 
in our Communities we were made assur- 
ed that the world does move and no in- 
telligent person would wish to go back to 
the (good?) old times of hard cider on the 
dining table, or the social smoke. "Phy- 
sician heal thyself," could with propriety 
be said to the advocate of abstinence from 
sti*ong drink who was suffused with the 
fumes of tobacco smoke or chewing the 
filthy weed. That such habits have a 
derogatory influence upon the physical, 
intellectual and spiritual organization of 
the user is well known. To what extent 
is determined by the resisting power in- 
herent in the individual constitution. 

We rejoice in the advancement that has 

been made, with an earnest hope that the 

good work will go on to still greater'per- 

fection. 

Hamilton DeGraw, 



West PittsfLeld, Mass. 

Feb. 1898, 
February came to us on the winds of a 
blizzard. The snow fell thickly, the wind 
tost it about in the air and finally piled it 
in huge drifts in most inconvenient places, 
in front of doors and across paths; like 
giant battlements they stood, requiring 
armed forces to break them down. 

For a while it seemed as tho peace 
could never be produced from such chaos, 
but lo ! in a few hours a change is wrought 
The next morning the sun, quietly and 
without hurry, yet with patient persist- 

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ency sends its beams over the earth, sub- 
duing the windH until they become a mur- 
mur, and then disappear leaving the earth 
once more to the reign of peace. 

Nearly every morning during the last 
month a procession could be seen starting 
from our valley and wending its way up 
the mountain sides, there to lay seige to 
the fort held by the forest kings. In a 
short time they descend, bringing their 
captives taking them to the mill at the 
base of the mountain, where they received 
a course of training to fit them for future 
use. Some are to aid as timbers for a new 
bam in the place of our west bam. 

The ice harvest has been gathered. The 
huge blocks, fourteen inches thick have 
been stowed away, for days which we can 
hardly imagine at present. 

With Brother Ira's hand once more at 
the helm we move steadily onward. 

Nearly six weeks of the new year has 
past and as we daily tum the pages of our 
calendar should not each day bring us 
nearer to the fulfillment of our resolves. 

Our aim is, progression; our motto, 
"Excelsior,'' so tho each succeeding day 
brings like duties to perform we may im- 
prove by each repetition, until like the 
road which, continually winding around 
the mountain, with each turn brings the 
summit nearer, we may find our steps 
leading farther from the self-life, and 
nearer to the life divine. 

We would gladly reach our hands to 
our young friends in each Society for a 
firmer grasp, while we unite in a resolve 
that our future lives shall be deeper con- 
secration, more earnest endeavor, and 
greater loyalty to faith;— that from the 
seeds we now are sowing may grow a har- 
dest to bless the reapers by and by. 

Fidelia Estabrook. 



Sabbathday Lake, Me. 

Feb. 1898. 
MiD-wixTER is here. Snow lies in huge 
banks all about us, and it is often remark- 
ed,— **We are having a real old-fashioned 
winter." Several fierce storms have vis- 



ited this vicinity lately making prisoners 
of us for a day or two and weather severe- 
ly cold at the same time. Now the days 
are growing longer and we are rejoicing in 
the thought that winter will not last for- 
ever. 

The Brethren succeeded in harvesting a 
quantity of fine ice before the big storm 
came. At present some are engaged in 
lumbering. A brother has lately felled an 
old growth pine, four and a half feet in 
diameter at the base. 

Since last Nov. we have been studying 
the rules of music. An hour each day 
for the different classes has been spent un- 
der the careful training of Sister Ednah 
Fitts, to which we gladly respond. We 
most certainly appreciate the kindness of 
our brothers and sisters of Canterbury who 
are so lovingly bestowing upon us from 
their fund of knowledge. 

Elder Wm. Dumont and Br. Wm. Paul 

are kindly giving their time caring for our 

aged Father Samuel Kendrick who is still 

lingering with us, — "Only waiting till the 

shadows are a little longer grown." 

Ada S. Cummings. 



I^arooossee, Fla. 

Feb. 1898. 

The incoming year has dawned upon 
Florida with brighter hopes than was at 
first expected. Not only has Florida 
overcome the recent disaster of the freeze 
but at this early date almost everything 
denoting a visitation from Jack Frost has 
been removed and the farm and garden 
have again been planted. 

The crops are looking welL The orange 
groves which have been the main depend- 
ence of income, was not so badly injured 
as at first reported. In some sections of 
the town of Narcoossee the grove«j receiv- 
ed no perceptible damage, while others 
show it in a small degree. 

One writer says we can balance our ac- 
counts this way, — **From five to seventy- 
five per cent of the foliage is hurt" 
This shows that the frost came in waves. 
It struck some locations heavier than 
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If the farmer and gardener can not pile 
up money as fast as he can at the north, 
he is able to make for himself a good 
comfortable home. The greatest of all 
gains made by the people of this state is 
seen in their temper and in thought. Ex- 
perience has brought to them the full 
conviction that they can live for them- 
selves. There will be no such time of 
general depression as we have experienc- 
ed Our self-confidence has been restored 
and without arrogance we stand on our 
own feet. 

We have had at our home for the past 

three weeks our Br. Francis Pennebaker 

of Pleasant Hill, Ey. His general health 

has not been so good as he would wish 

and he comes to obtain more health. So 

you see, Florida has some advantages. 

We h^l the New Year! We need only 

play our part. Florida will do the rest. 

Please say that the Mercury in time of 

the freeze indicated seven degrees below 

freezing. 

Amlrew Barrett. 



Enfield, N. H. 

Feb. 1898. 

From the heart of the Christian, swells 
out the anthems of gratitude ; each stan- 
za noted with good deeds to be done for 
the good of humanity. 

As a nation we can render tributes of 
praise to the noble workers in the field of 
life, for sacrifice given to better human 
conditions. Thankful that no blotch of 
cruelty smears our republic life, like that 
which defiles the Turkish nation, whose 
fanatical, blood-thirsty spirit, dealt death 
and misery to thousands of helpless 
Armenians and Greeks. Thankful that 
no tyrannical force has been spent upon 
■abjects like unto that which the cruel 
Spanish executed upon our Cuban neigh- 
bors; also thankful that no spirit of covet- 
OQsness like the greedy European Powers 
has moved us to grasp the Hawaiian Is- 
lands. 

Thankful that at the head of the grand- 
est caose of fellow helpfulness to souls 



struggling in the whirlpool of intemper- 
ance, stands a pure, intelligent and active 
woman, Frances Willard, of whom a nation 
may well be proud. Thankful that at 
the head of our government, is one we can 
look upon with respect, and trust his 
generalship in matters pertaining to 
America and her institution's welfare. 
Thankful that no famine like unto that 
which has smitten beautiful India, has 
spread a covering of woe upon our coun- 
try, and very thankful for the encouraging 
signs th^t come from every field of Chris- 
tian labor, that the past year excels any 
previous one in work done in the name of 
Christ and Christian brotherhood. 

Thankful for love and good wishes 
brought by our revered Br. John Cuming» 
from our Enfield, Conn, kindred at whose 
home he spent a few days. We extend 
our thanks and grateful feelings for kind- 
ness extended to him. 

An important and lengthy work, of 

painting the one hundred and eighty-two 

windows of our Dwelling House, is being 

done by Sisters, Ann Cumings, Marinda 

Keniston and the writer. 

George If. Baxter. 



East Canterbury, N. H. 

Feb. 1898. 

If a blizzard can add any beauty to the 
winter season, then we are having a beau- 
tiful season. On the last day of January 
some ten inches of snow fell somewhere. 
During the storm of snow came the storm 
of wind and all day and all night the snow 
fell and the wind howled. The elements 
brought about a wonderful work, and in 
some places the snow was piled into huge 
drifts, and all of one day but few persons 
attempted to walk out, and for two days 
the roads were so blockt with snow that 
no carriages could be used and conse- 
quently we had no mail. 

Directly in front of our dwelling we had 
a beautiful drift of not less than five feet 
deep, wholly covering the path where the 
people wisht to walk. Such are the beau- 
ties of winter. The ice is being harvested 
and is reported to be fifteen inches thick. 

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1700 cakes 22x22 are expected to be taiken 
from the water. 

Eigbty-five gallons of milk are reported 
at tbe dairy per day. Witb a separator 
and a chum most of it is soon converted 
into butter, and all that can be spared is 
sent to market. 

A few orders for Sweaters demand ac- 
tive work in that department for several 
days. 

We are thankful for all blessings, tem- 
poral and spiritual. 

Henry C. Blinn. 



Stab, Ada Co,. Idaho. 
Jan. 17, 1898. 

Beloved Eldeb Henby; — I presume 
it would be interesting to some of the 
readers of The Manifesto to hear from 
the State of Idaho, especially from one of 
the household of faith. We have six 
inches of snow but the mercury has only 
been down to five of zero, and winter did 
not commence until the 2nd of Jan. 

The winter months seem to be propi- 
tious for revivals, which are well attend- 
ed. Two ministers of Boise City are con- 
ducting a revival in the Christian or 
Campbellite church at Star and I have 
attended several of their meetings. 
These blind guides are clamoring for 
unity of all churches, yet they claim their 
church advocates the doctrines of Christ 
and all others should fall in line with 
them. But the Baptists and several other 
churches claim they are the true followers 
of Jesus, yet we are told that, — "By their 
fruits ye shall know them." 

The minister stated last evening that 
none could claim to be followers of Jesus 
the Christ unless they "walk even as He 
walkt and purified themselves even as He 
was pure." I entertain grave doubts as 
to whether, one of his vast audience com- 
prehended those sayings, for none can 
"walk as he walkt" and live the pure life 
of Jesus and Ann and their followers and 
yet live in the works of the flesh. I 
preacht three sermons in the Methodist 
church a short time since and a few days I 
ago I learned they did not want any doc- I 



trine preacht in their church which did 
not grant them license to live in the flesh 
and that marriage is a divine institution. 

My text — "Be of good cheer, I have 
overcome the world." In the course of 
my remarks I called the attention of my 
audience, to what John meant where he 
said, — "All there is of the world, the 
lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye and 
the pride of life," stating that these cor- 
rupt conditions must be overcome or we 
could find no place in his kingdom. The 
good Apostle said truly, — "So then they 
that are in the flesh can not please God." 
— Rom. viii., 8. Why, because they have 
their husbands and wives to please. — I Cor. 
vii., 32, 33, 34. For this cause alone I am 
denied the use of the church. Many non- 
professors said they would come and hear 
me, because I explained passages of 
Scripture, that other ministers dare not 
handle but the good Christians have re- 
fused to let me occupy their churches. 

Now dear Brethren and Sisters I can 
truly say I am living the virgin life and 
shall hold out to the end of my faith. 
Paul said, — "He that preaches the Gospel 
should live of the gospel." May The 
Manifesto live long to enlighten this 
darkened and sin-curst world, is my earn- 
est desire. 

Your Brother, 

William W. Bellmirb. 



OTJB EZOHANOES. 

Christian, is publisht by Dr. T. J. 
Shelton of Little Rock, Ark. Dr. Shelton 
is a healing medium, but we will copy his 
own word. "No one can heal. The Word, 
the I Am, the Yahveh, is the only healer. 
There is but one Physician." 

The Soothsayer before us is No. 1 of 
Vol. I. from the Soothsayer Pub. Co. of 
New York City. It says,— Our columns 
will be open to the Spiritist, the Theoso- 
phist, the Christian Scientist and the ad- 
vocates of every form of investigation of 
the occult phases of human life. 

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47 



Nbw Hampshibb People is the leading 
Democratic paper of the City of Concord, 
N. H. It was establisht in 1809 and 
through this long series of years, it has 
been the unswerving advocate for Demo- 
cratic principles. It has recently past un- 
der the editorial management of Greorge F. 
Willey. 

The Modern Philosopheb a monthly 
Magazine for progressive people. It is 
under the Editorial management of Albert 
Chavannes and is publisht at Enoxville, 
Tenn. 

The Tehple is a monthly magazine 
devoted to the fuller unfoldment of the 
Divinity of Humanity and issued by The 
Temple Pub. Co. of Denver, Col. 

Freedom is a Journal of Realistic 
Idealism. Edited and publisht by Helen 
Wilmans at Sea Breeze, Fla. Freedom is 
publisht in the interest of Mental Science 
and the Editor makes this statement, — **I 
can cure those whom the doctors have 
failed to cure." 

Young People at Work is publisht in 
the interest of the Young People's Socie- 
ties of the Churches of Hartford and vicin- 
ity. The managing Editor is Albert H. 
Crosby. The paper is well worthy of 
universal circulation. 

The Harbinger of Light is devoted 
to Zoistic Science, Free Thought, Spiritu- 
alism and Harmonical Philosophy. It is 
publisht by Wm. H. Terry of Melbourne, 
Aus. and is an able exponent of Spiritual- 
ism and Advanced Thought 



gy^lN Germany, horses are shod with 
paper shoes and their durability and light- 
ness are found very satisfactory. 

jy^HE youngest preacher, known, is 
L. Lawrence Dennis of Atlanta, Ga. He 
is four years old and converses readily on 
subjects in the Old and New Testaments. 
8ome think he is gifted with supernatural 
powers. 



2!^"The sickness of the *'Ed." has 
caused the delay in the publication of The 
Manifesto this month. We hope it may 
be better next month, that is the health 
side of the case. 



Make your most simple act complete; 
do your most common daily duty from its 
divinest motive, and what a change will 
come I Still your life will need days of re- 
tirement, when it will shut the gates up- 
on the noisy whirl of action and be alone 
with God. But it will not be upon them 
that it will mostly depend for spiritual 
nourishment. They will be like groat ex'- 
ceptional banquets and extraordinary 
feasts of grace. The daily bread of spirit- 
ual life, the ordinary feeding of the soul 
on God, which really makes its sustenance, 
will be in the perpetual doing of the works 
of life for Him. The real sitting down to 
be fed will be mysteriously identical with 
the most eager and energetic standing on 
the feet to do His will.— PAfZWp« Brooks. 



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Melinda Hubbard, at Enfield, N. H. 
Jan. 23, 1898. Age 78 years 5 mo. and 14 
days. 

She had been with the Society for sixty 
years and was widely known and univer- 
sally loved and respected both by those of 
her own home and many who had shared 
her loving ministi-ations outside the home 
circle. Such, we know hear the welcome 
summons, "Well done, good and faithful 
servant, enter thou into the joy of thy 
Lord. R. C. 

Hannah P. Shepard, at East Canterbury 
N. H. Feb. 1, 1898. Age 66 years, 11 mo. 
and 20 days. 

Thomas Noyes, at Sabbathday Lake, 
Me. Feb. 9, 1898. Age 84 years 2 mo. 
and 6 days. 

Harriet Hastings, at East Canterbury, 
N. H. Feb. 22, 1898. Age 90 years 9 mo. 
and 17 days. 

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What will no doubt prove the most practl- 
cal and best illustrated magazine article on 
the Klondike gold regions that has yet been 
publisht is announced to appear in Frank 
Leslie's Popular Monthly for February. 
It is written by Henry Clay Colver, a well- 
known resident of Seattle, and treats the. sub- 
ject in a simple yet exhaustive manner. Aft- 
er describing the various expeditions that 
have set out from Seattle for Dawson City, the 
author gives some valuable and interesting 
information to those about to embark for the 
gold regions, including a list of necessary pro. 
visions, utensils, etc., to last a man for a year. 
This article is supplemented by one giving a 
general description of Alaska, its resources, 
people and customs, by R. H. Herron. There 
will be more than thirty fine half-tone illus- 
trations of scenes and people in the gold re- 
grions and parts of the Territory and a hand- 
some map of Alaska, 17x23 inches, showing 
the location of the places of interest along the 
Yukon and the Klondike. Those who arefpre- 
paring to take advantage of the opportunities 
presented in Alaska, and those who are only 
indirectly interested in the new El Dorado, 
should by all means read these articles. 

The Phrenological Journal and Science 
OF Health, for Febniary opens with a char- 
acter sketch of Charles T. Yerkes by J. A. 
Fowler. Phrenotypes and Side views, No. 20. 
by H. S. Drayton, M. D. This article has spe- 
cial reference to the nose, and to make it 
still more Interesting, It has several lUustra- , 
tlons. 

Charactei sketch of Rev. Wm. L. Watkin son 
by D. T. Elliott. A remarkable skull of which 
three illustrations are given. This skull is 
said to have been taken from a shell mound 
in the state of Washington. 

An Interview with Mrs. E. J. Bacon, by 
Jessie A. Fowler. Mrs. Bacon has In posses- 
sion the renowned stone portrait an Illus- 
tration of which may be seen In the Journal. 

An Interview with the Superintendent of 
Prison industries, F. H. Mills. The healing 
Art In the twentieth century, by Susanna W. 
Dodds, M. D. 

Child Culture, by Uncle Joseph Is Interest 
Ing and prettily Illustrated, and then comes 
the Inquisitive Boy. Many other articles of 
Interest will please the careful reader and 
furnish him with a fund of information. 

THE Journal of Hyqeio-Therapv for Jan- 
uary is very interesting. Dr. Glfford has an 
article on the use of salt and contends that its 
use is not a necessity. He then extends his 
article and treats of the cause of Dropsy and 
then of the treatment. 

Prof. Bland has an article on A Big Bacteri- 
ological Blunder, which has diverted the at- 
tention of physiologists from the correct line 
of Investigation. Prof. Allison says, ''You 



rarely find one who believes what he eats has 
any influence on his character." "Faith," 
says the Bible, "comes by hearing" and it 
may come by reading. Read and see. 
Dr. T. V. Gifford & Co. Kokomo, Ind. 

Israel's Messiah or Why the Jews Reject 
Christ, By H. L. Hastings. Mr. Hastings 
sends forth this little book trusting that it 
will assure the careful reader that the reason 
Why. will be made perfectly plain. Any one 
interested in this subject can easily be assur- 
ed from the many proofs which the little work 
contains. It costs only five cents and can be 
obtained at 47 Cornhill, Boston, Mass. 

Guessing enigmas is an innocent recreation; 
but guessing enigmas in order to win a prise 
and paying a sum of money or purchasing an 
article, for the privilege, is a "grame of hazard, 
in which small sums are ventured for the 
chance of obtaining a larger value, either in 
money or In other articles,"— and this is Wor- 
cester's definition of a lottery. 

Its motive is "to gain something for noth- 
ing," which is the motive for gambling. Its 
effects upon the mind and character of Its vic- 
tim mav be as Injurious as the effects of gam- 
bling. 

Its prizes are given on the same principle 
by which a gambling house divides the "bank" 
among the fortunate gamesters. It allures to 
repeated trials, not only novices but also suc- 
cessful as well as unsuccessful guessers, by 
the chance it offers of winning coveted 
am junts and by the certainty of receiving a 
certain value, as a package of tea or a sub- 
scription to a paper, in return for trifling out- 
lays. 

The well-baited Inducements offered by the 
papers which have recourse to the enigma 
lotterj'. for the double object of notoriety and 
of increasing their subscription lists, consti- 
tute. In fact, lotterj*, advertisements, and sub- 
scrlptlons to these papers are sold In place of 
lottery tickets.— T/ie Contributor. 

New Hampshire REoi8TER,Jwhich has'come 
to be an indlspensible hand-book for business 
and professional men, has appeared for 1S98. 
The book was never so.complete as this year, 
and we note that it has been increast by over 
forty pages not counting advertlsments. The 
greater part of this Increase represents addeil 
names, so that the Directory Is as nearly 
complete as such a book Is ever likely to be. 

A careful estimate of the added names makes 
the net Increase over 5000 names, Many 
names of dead men have been dropped so 
that the Register is up to date this year. 

The calendar, pages for daily memoranda, 
lists of United States and State ofHcials, offi- 
cers of various State associations and societies 
and all the other information about New 
Hampshire which has made the Register such 
a handy book of reference for so many years 
will be found brought fully up to date. 

The price remains at 25 cents and the book 
may be procured of local dealers or will be 
sent, post paid on receipt of price, by Wm. J. 
Drew, Concord, N. H. ^ i 

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OTJR MISSION-ITS AUTHORITY. 

By Jessie Evans. 

THE ministry of Jesus, as recorded in the four gospels, is acknowledged 
universally to be the guide and pattern for the entire Christian world 
to-day ; it has been the stake to the maityrs of old ; and we believe that it 
will ever be the formula, by which all the difficulties which beset humanity 
may be wisely and peacefully adjusted. 

This, then, should be our primary study, as professed disciples of Christ. 
Much in the memoirs of Jesus impresses us concerning his love, his sympa- 
thy, his tenderness for the children, bis forgiveness, and his charity ; but 
there are sterner qualities, too, in the character of Jesus, which should not 
be lightly passed over by the student of Christian biology. 

Let us pause for a moment, and with careful scrutiny mark the beanng of 
our Savior, when surrounded by the haughty Scribes and Pharisees. He has 
just left the presence of the feeble, the halt, the leper, the blind ; at his bid- 
ding the deaf ears catch the music of his loving voice, and at his gentle 
touch the unclean spu*it, reminded of its legitimate place, instantly seeks it. 
In the hearts of the proud Pharisees rises the thought : "Is not this the car- 
penter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren * ♦ ♦ and 
his sisters, are they not all with us ? Whence then hath this man all these 
thii^?" 

The stilled tempest, the resurrected Lazarue, the liberated ones who were 
but lately so grievously afflicted, are not accounted for on these lines. Nay, 
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as is heaven from earth ; yet how perfectly the heavenly manipulated the 
earthly in his ease ! Ah, herein lies the secret of success ! "If a house be 
divided against itself, that house can not stand," he said to his followers. 
With the majority of so-called Christians to-day, the trouble comes from this 
division. Conscience demands what the physical refuses to express — hence 
the discords, the failures, the sufferings, so world-wide. 

The ties of consanguinity should lay no bias upon the soul. He who 
preached that eloquent sermon on the Mount was not the "carpenter's son." 
Long years after the carpenter first ckimed him as son, came the voice of the 
Divine, which said, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." 
After this spiritual relationship was established, Jesus ignored the plane of 
nature, not as an evil, but as a stage from which he had risen, as a bud for- 
gotten in the full blossom, as the home nest to the bird that has plumed its 
wings and taken its flight into the broad heavens of God's watchful provident 
care. He had been "born again." Henceforth his parentage was in God ; 
his brotherhood, man ; and this admitted no circumscribed ministrations. 
"Whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, 
and mother." 

They who judged from nature's stand-point reiterated the inquiry: "Is 
not this the carpenter's son ? From whence hath this man these things ? And 
what wisdom is this which is given unto him?" 

Enumerating the physical relatives of the messenger, however, far from 
answering the questions, only added doubt to doubt concerning the spiritual 
message, with which the soul of Jesus was burdened ; but they who were 
spiritually awakened, when asked by the Savior who he was, replied, "Thou 
art the Christ, the son of the living God," and divine commendation sealed 
the truth. 

All through the career of Jesus the line is distinctly drawn by him, disas- 
sociating the workman from the work. When the tribute money was dis- 
cussed, how wise was the reply : "Render to Caesar the things that are Cae- 
sar's, and to God the things that are God's." The human, in obedience to 
human law, must yield its own, but the spirit — "against such there is no law." 
"Though ye believe not me (the workman) believe the works." 

Among the sayings of Jesus, little may be traced to merely human origin ; 
when the physical gave utterance, how instantly were the words modified by 
the superior ! Even in the fearful agony of Gethsemane, when the human 
pleaded : "O my Father, if it be possible let this cup pass from me," unhes- 
itatingly followed the spirit voice, "Nevertheless not as I will, but as thou 
wilt." 

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tioning arises. Are not we, as avowed disciples of the Savior, oftentimes sat- 
isfied to see as "through a glass darkly?" Do we not, as Believers in this 
Christian authority, too often confound the human with the spiritual? As 

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the Christ matured, Jesus as a physical existence became less and less prom- 
inent, as the "carpenter's son" was lost to view in the multitudes which 
flocked to hear, how distinctly rose the Christ tones in that sermon of ser- 
mons upon the Mount ! 

The sacred Covenant which we have subscribed, is something more than a 
legal compact. The Virgin Church is not a Shaker village, however per- 
fectly the material envii-onments may be adjusted. However low and mean 
we, as workmen, may be when compared with the "carpenter's son" — the 
fruit of obedience to nature's law — our faith, our covenant, our call from the 
resurrection heavens, bind us to the self-same spintucd mission, which actu- 
ated the life forces of Him, who said, "I and my Father are one." 

The walls of our material homes will crumble as dust to dust, but what of 
the mission entrusted to us ? Any individual or community, whose life cur- 
rents move in parallel lines with the example and testimony of our Savior, is 
successful in every sense of the word and at every bend of the way. The in- 
dividual may be boycotted by his associates, but it is "for my sake and the 
gospel's" and bitter becomes sweet in the assurance. The community may 
be reduced in physical membership — is gold of less value because it loses 
l)ulk by the subtraction of the dross? Is wheat the worse for the removal of 
the chaff? 

Our persecutions as a people have done us good — they have taught us and 
brought us precious humility. Our seeming enemies, in passing from our 
midst, have proved friends in disguise. Their vituperations have revealed 
pungent truths, perhaps unwelcome ti*uths, which our several Communities 
have been wise enough and brave enough, thank God, to embrace. In the 
time of Jesus, the "love of many waxed cold," but the Christian truth gath- 
ered followers enough - to pei-petuate the testimony, which will live despite 
persecution and obstacles of every name and nature. 

There are no dying qualities in the essence of the Savior's mission, there 
are no short-lived phrases in the testimony of eternal truth. We are bound, 
by our Covenant, as assignees of our suffering founders, to be the "salt of 
the earth ;" we hold in the grasp of our consecrated wills "the pearl of great 
price." With the unobtrusive yet unflinching authority of the Christ, may 
we hold our rightful place among the churches of this land ! The silver lin- 
ing of divine goodness gleams through the ebon cloud ; God's workings are 
deep, his designs for us are as yet unfulfilled. Our holy faith, as 
perfect as God is perfect, will yet be coupled with works, which will attract 
and convince the whole world of our sincerity ; then though they believe not 
in us, yet the purity of our work shall lead them to glorify God. This is 
our mission ; who will be the missionaries ? 
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SAVIORS. 

By Alonzo G. Hollister, 

^^ Saviors shall co^ne upon Mount Zion to judge the Mount of Esau^ and 
the kingdom shall be tlie Lord's," 

"I AM, I'm your Savior, your friend and protector, 
I guard o'er my choBen with i>eculiar care; 
So fear not, beloved, I'll guide you from danger 
And thou of my blessing may most freely share. 
When deep tribulation like a flood is descending, 
And sorrow like waves of the ocean doth roll. 
In the depth of affliction rely on my power, 
And I will preserve you safe from all harm." 

Who is the Savior that thus promises safety and consolation, and who is 
the party addressed? Doubtless it was first given to aa individual sufferer 
for Christ's sake, but it stands equally good for every true disciple of the 
lowly Nazarene. The party speaking is evidently some one thoroughly identi- 
fied with the Spirit of Truth, which is the real Savior. Nothing but the Spirit 
of Truth can induce free rational beings to sacrifice their own lives and individ- 
ual interests in a straightforward, persistent, unselfish effoi-t to save and ben- 
efit others. 

It is true that individuals impelled by natural impulse, or sympathy, or 
love of glory, have sacrificed their physical lives, for a friend, for their 
country, for honor, ambition, affection or hate, but when such motives are 
traced to their origin, we believe they will be found in part or wholly selfish. 
But the spirit which puts by its own will and pleasure to serve not a narrow 
circle of related individuals, but many, regardless of flesh and blood ties, in 
a life-long devotion to their highest good, is of divine origin, and is divine. 

We have the first and chief example of this in Jesus of Nazareth, who re- 
jected the will of his natural, inferior self, that he might make it his pleasui-e 
to do the will of his Father in this respect. The Father loveth me, he says, 
because I lay down my life for the sheep. His giving his life a ransom for 
many, did not consist in his death on Calvary — but was given all along in 
serving, and in the daily cross which he bore for his disciples' sake. Since 
his time, he has had many imitators, imbued with the same spirit, and mak- 
ing the same sacrifices of self to carry on the good work by him begun. He 
said. He that believeth on me, the works that I do, shall he do and greater 
works than these shall he do, because I go to my Father. What does the 
term, greater works,, here signify? It means the growth and increase of the 
work, which in him was only in embryo, to its mature, fruit-bearing culmin- 
ation in organized communities of consecrated individuals. 

There were twelve Apostles, concerning whom, we have the fullest record, 
by Paul. It is a record which shows him to be a worthy disciple of him who 
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sheep, in the same manner as did Jesus, altho he received his gospel by reve- 
lation, after Jesus had entered the Eternal World. If Paul, or any other 
disciple did greater works than Jesus did, either they were not recorded, or 
they were not of the kind commonly supposed to be miraculous. 

If Jesus was the truth, his Apostles were the truth. For he, or the sj)irit 
in him, was the vine, and they, or the spirit in them, was the branches ail of 
one substance and mutual supports to each other and so the branches contin- 
ued to grow one upon another in regular succession, so long as he had any 
followers by the daily cross of self-denial. 

After this cross ceast to be borne among those claiming Christ's name 
and authority, then came the night which Jesus foretold. Walk while the 
light is with you, for the night cometh, wherein no man can work, the works 
of God as he had taught them. This period is known in history as the dark 
ages, because mankind in those parts of the world which claimed the greatest 
enlightenment, were so ignorant, so barbarous, savage, lawless and corrupt, 
contentious and vile, as to distinguish the period between five hundred and 
one thousand five hundred after Christ, in the eyes even of natural men, from 
the ages before and since, for its unparalleled brutishness and depravity of 
conduct. 

At the close of this distressful period, the Spirit of Life from God, de- 
scended again to mortals, (Rev. xi., 11) and the character and title of Savior 
was revived in Mother Ann, into whom the Spirit of Truth entered to abide. 
That living Branch of Righteousness which was raised up in her, has put 
forth other branches that have borne fruit and the succession of branches 
has been maintained through Apostles to the present time. The life of the 
Savior is still given, inasmuch as they manifest his spirit of self-sacrifice for 
the welfare of the body, to all the members who are walking in his steps. 

We know we have this power, because by it we have been raised from the 
death of nature and nature's darkness, to life and light and \ictory over the 
world. And this is the time we read of in the Pi'ophets, — ''Behold the days 
come saith the Lord, that I will perform the good word which I have spoken 
concerning the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and 
at that time, will I cause a Branch of Righteousness to grow up unto David, 
and he shall execute Judgment and Righteousness in the land. In those days 
shall Judah be saved and Jerusalem shall dwell safely. And this is the 
name whereby she shall be called the Lord our Righteousness." — Jer. xxxiii. 
And so it is. David means beloved; Judah means praise. This Branch 
grows up to the Lord's beloved ones, and He is their Savior, operating 
through mortal .instiuments, who have dedicated themselves to praise Him in 
this sei*vice. 

In Christ's first appearing, this Branch was raised up only in the male or- 

• der, as proved by the male officered church, which claims to be the continuation, 

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has been entirely excluded from having any voice in her councils and assem- 
blies for worship, hence the miserable plaint that follows the Prophets de- 
scription of the Branch of which it is said, — ''He shall be called The Lrord 
Our Righteousness.'* — Jer. xxiii. This plaint of the Prophet, applies to the 
church of Antichrist, which ruled after the apostacy from the primitive faith 
and the cross of Christ, till the time of Christ's second appearing, or for 
about one thousand three hundred years. 

After this, the Lord again caused a Branch of Righteousness to grow up 
unto David and to execute judgment and righteousness in the land. As the 
only fit sequel and support to the first, this Branch came forth to visibility 
through Woman, — ''For this is the name wherewith She shall be called, the 
Lord our Righteousness." — Jer. xxxiii., 15, 16. 

This Branch being now establisht alike in both pai'ts of manhood, the 
counsel of peace is between them, and there is no longer any complaint of 
dereliction from duty, nor of deviation from righteous rectitude and equity 
and brotherly and sisterly love, but an affirmation of Jehovah, strong as the 
ordinances of heaven and earth and the covenant between day and night, 
that the seed of this union plant shall be multiplied as the host of heaven and 
as the sand on the seashore for multitude, and prosperity shall attend them 
forever. 

If Judah was saved and Jerusalem dwelt safely in the time of Christ's first 
appearing, it must have been chiefly in a spiritual sense. Literal Judah and 
Jerusalem, were both under the dominion of foreigners. The nation was torn 
by factions who were saved from shedding each other's blood, by the iron rule 
of Herod the Edomite, their hereditary enemy. * 

The Jerusalem alluded to, must be the "Jerusalem above, which is the 
Mother of us all," and which is descending out of heaven, from Grod, for 
Mother's children to inhabit, in the Dispensation of the Bride — the Dispen- 
sation especially of woman clothed with the Sun of divine righteousness and 
revelation ; shedding abroad that light which makes the New Day perpetual 
wherever she abides. Compassing man, both masculine and feminine, with 
light and knowledge of eternal things. Undoubtedly, literal Judah and Jeru- 
salem, what remains of them, when the justice and righteousness of the New 
Era shall become so expanded in operation as to recover their ancient herit- 
age, will share in the general and mighty renovation. 

But where on the inhabited earth, after one hundred and twenty years of 
prosperous growth of this Branch of Righteousness, can the praise of Grod, 
rising from hearts that are saved, that worship Him in the Spirit of Truth, 
and the Holy Jerusalem inhabited by gentle, peace-loving souls, dwell safely, 
but in this liberty-loving land of America, where freedom of conscience is 
guaranteed by the organic law of the Nation, and maintained by the power 
of God operating through enlightened public opinion ? Can we see the hand 
of God in this, to fulfill the word spoken by the mouth of His Prophets, twen- 



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ty-five centaries ago. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see their 
God. The eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be 
unstopt when they turn with their whole heart, to seek and to serve the Lord. 
"For in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance as the LoixJ has 
said and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call." — Joel ii., 32. 
MU Lebanon^ N. T. 



KEIAKK8 HADE AT THE FUNERAL OF OUR SISTER, 
HARRIET HASTINGS. 

By Elder AbraJutm Pei'kins, 

"Ti JTY acquaintance with our departed Sister has been that of many years. 
JA-L I learned of her life, her character and her principles, during my asso- 
ciations with her in the Ministerial Order. Whatever the circumstances and 
conditions which existed in our several Societies, requiring the counsel or 
judgment of the Ministry, I always found her seeking wisdom to enable her 
to do duty honorable to herself and as became a Christian leader and minis- 
ter of our Church ; that in a case coming before the Ministry for judgment, 
or before her as a member thereof, in a demand for a verdict, she might do 
justice and give no cause for suffering through selfishness, partiality or error 
on her pai*t ; that in results there should be no cause for accusation of injus- 
tice, and that Zion should not be dishonored by the weakness and acta of its 
officers. 

The motto of her life was truth, justice and honesty, — loyalty to her Chris- 
tian faith, to her Communal Covenant and covenantal relations, and just and 
honest dealings with all people, whether friends or foes. 

The words of the Psalmist well apply to her life and character, truly dem- 
onstrating her trust, her readiness and willingness to be known and judged 
in the divine order of Grod, as portrayed in the Twenty-sixth Psalm, — 

"In Thee, O Lord, have I put my trust. Prove me, and judge me. Thy 
loving-kindness is before mine eyes. I have walked in thy truth. In inno- 
cency I washed my hands, so would I compass thine altar. I have loved the 
habitations of thine house, and the place where thine honor dwelleth. My 
foot stood in an even place. In the congregations, I bless the Lord." Thus 
may it be tnithfuUy said of our departed Sister. 

For many years she has been confined to her room under suffering. Dis- 
abled by infirmity of body, she was unfitted for active service, and deprived 
of many blessings pertaining to the social and spiritual relations of our Church, 
all of which she has borne with saintly patience. Realizing, as she did, that 
physical restoration was impossible, she had long desired a passport to that 
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preparation, truBting to the welcome and embrace of friends who in this life 
had been with her as Christian laborers and co-workers. 

With her I rejoice that her releasement has come, — that her reward is with 
her, and is such as we might all covet. 
East Canterbury^ N. H. 

1^* 

IN THOUGHT OF MARCH. 

From Mary to Fannie. 

By Mary Whitcher, 

And who can help welcoming 

Spring with its cheer? 
The thought of a spring month, 

Brings gladness more near. 
And tho the rough winter 

Holds light in its grasp 
Every spring like appearance. 

We see 'neath the mask 
A beauty unfolding — 

'Twill be ours in its day. 
Its breath may be March, 

But 'tis spring, same as May. 
O how we love beauty, 

And pleasure and joy. 
Then why not let duty 

Grasp all in employ ? 
It need not be March, 

Or April or June, 
But just as well winter, 

December as soon. 
If spring hath a place 

In the heart and the mind. 
The months need not vary — 

Our spring life to find. 
We'll ever keep youthful 

And pleasant and gay, 
For nothing that's truthful 

Has blight or decay. 
'Tis roses in winter. 

All sunshine and noon, 
For nothing can hinder 

Uprightness to bloom. 
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ThE MANIFESTO. 57 

Remarks Made in Church Service^ March d, i8g8. 

By Eliza A, Stratton, 

WE read in the f<ood Book, — "Make melody in your heart to the Lord." 
How to do this is the precious thought of the morning, that has come 
with its brightness and freshness. Outward scenes indeed bring to our lips 
psalms of thankfulness and gratitude, but the Sabbath of Sabbaths which 
Believers may every day enjoy should, and does, draw forth unceasingly, 
melody which wells up in the soul, and will increase as all the keys of our 
Deing are touched by a sacred purpose that brings with its touch no discord. 
The tones which make the pui-est and richest of melody are love, joy, 
peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance. 
Would not these sounding through our thoughts, our actions and our words 
make beautiful melody unto the Lord, and perfect harmony with all of his 
children ? Oh ! a life of good service is the richest of melody ! 
Ea$t Canterbury, N, H, 



^THAISTK YOU." 



IT is a lamentable fact that the word of hearty thanks is exprest by so 
few people. How often is it that we show some one a courtesy, do some 
friend a favor, only to find it past unnoticed. The intention of the recipient 
to say "thank you" may be of the best, but the fact remains that it is not 
said. An intention is a veiy laudable thing, but when it remains an inten- 
tion, and nothing more, it becomes the reverse of being laudable. 

Too many intentions die with their conception. We mean well enough, no 
doubt. We say to ourselves, "I must thank So-and-So," and our resolution 
ifl undoubtedly good. Then something transpires, the "thank you" is de- 
layed, and what is the result? It is never said — or, if it is said, it is said so 
long after the time when it should have been that the saying has lost all its 
flavor and acceptance. And yet these delayed "thank you"s, these unex- 
prest thanks, this acceptance of courtesies, as our nght, is fast becoming a 
fixt habit. 

It was only a few days since that a physician was askt by a friend to grant 
him a favor. The favor was granted, and the next day came a note of thanks. 
**There," said the physician to me, "that is the first time in thirty years of 
practice that I have ever received a note of thanks from a man to whom I 
have shown a favor. And yet in those thirty years I have given free advice, 
have lent my time and my services without pay to hundreds of people." 

*> ^Odd, isn't it, how people take as their due what they really have not the 
remotest right to ask or expect?" Exceptional experience? No, not at all. 
On the contrary, it is a most common one. — Ladies' Home Journal, i 

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THE MANIFESTO. 

APRIL, 1808. 



OFFICE OF PUBLICATION. 

The Manifesto is publisht by the 
"United Society of Belieyebb^* on the 
first of each month, and is the only work 
issued regularly by the Shakeb Commu- 
nity. Its aim is to furnish a plain and 
simple statement of the religious views of 
the Order and to inculcate the spirit of 
righteousness. 
Address all communications to 
Henry C. Blinn, 

East Canterbury, 

Mer. Co., N. H. 



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One copy one year, postage paid. 

A cross in the margin will show that 
your subscription has closed. 

Remittances for subscription by Mon- 
ey Order should be on the Post Office at 
Concord, N. H. 



NOTES ABOUT HOME. 

Mt. Lebanon, N, Y. 

February. 

Average of Weather at Mt Lebanon. 

Thermometer. Rain. Snow. 

1897. 26.5 ^in. 15.75 in. 

1898. 29.5 >a " 23 " 
Highest Temp, during this mo. 50 above 0. 
Lowest " " " " 8 below " 
Number of rainy days " *' 2 



" snowy " 


»» 


»i 


7 


" clear " 


»» 


»» 


8 


" cloudy '' 


»» 


i» 


11 



March, 1898. 
Lo ! The winter is past with Its cold chilling 

blast, 
With its storm bursts and blizzards distressing 
We hall the young Spring, for we're sure it 

will bring 
The musical birds, and to earth vernal dress- 
ing. 
At the close of the day, February 28, 



1898, we gave winter an obituary farewell. 
Its obsequies were performed with unal- 
loyed pleasure. It is the only death that 
has taken place worthy of note, for more 
than three months 

Health, a prime blessing, has been a 
boon companion attending us in the varied 
duties of life, through the past winter. It 
would be a unique innovation of the com- 
mon methods of humanity, if there should 
not be any disturbance in the biliary se- 
cretions that would produce a complaint. 

We strive to keep a watch over our 
spirits, that they do not become incurably 
diseased with malaria of indifference or 
any maleficence, so as to lose the divine 
protection of kind guardian spirits. It is 
the strife to keep alive our gospel faith; 
"The faults of all others to freely forgive, 
but never make peace with our own faults.*' 
The Church and North family hold meet- 
ings together on the Sabbath whenever the 
weather will permit We know that our 
union is a bond of blessing. 

Monday morning, Feb. 14, Elder Joseph 
Holden, Eldei-ess Harriet Bullard, and 
Sister Emma Jane Neal started for Florida 
to visit Olive Branch to judge of its future 
prospects. They reserve their opinions 
until they return. They have commenct 
their homeward journey, and will stop in 
Georgia to view a part of the 46 square 
miles that the Union Village Community 
have purchast there. 

♦'So we go, to and fro; 
While we tarry here below. 
But by and by we shall hie 
To a dwelling up on high." 

Calvin G. Reed. 

South Family. 

March, 1898. 
We'ke always looking forward 
For something that^s to be 
But tlie greatest yet to happen 
Is the Great Eternity. 
To-day we're looking forward 
For spring which is to come, 
When trees will be in blossom 
House-cleaning well begun. 
With gardens renovated 
To "blossom like the rose,'* 

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And orchards pruned with neatness 

Where finest fruitage grows, 

When sidewalks will be minus 

Of banks of ice and snow 

When no more danger there will be 

Of tumbling down, you know. 

Our ice was nicely gathei^d 

They say twelve inches thick, 

Some was thirteen and a half 

All solid as a a brick. 

It is the sixth of March to-day 

And Tery much like spring. 

Roads are good for sleighing yet 

For sleigh-bells daily ring. 

But birds outvie them with their songs, 

We daily hear them sing. 

We're glad to learn our editor 

Still dwells upon this side 

Of that mysterious river which 

Is called the "Great Divide." 

'Tis said no sickness there can come 

If so it grand must be 

To dwell apart from all that's ill 

In that Eternity. 

Now, kind editor, we hope 

Some time you'll come this way. 

And spend a few weeks at our home 

When summer comes to stay. 

Genevieve DeGraw. 



Shakers, TX, Y. 

March, 1898. 

We fully endorse the hope that our be- 
loved editor may not long remain under 
the bonds of physical affliction, and that 
the blessed angel that cometh with heal- 
ing in his wings will be a constant attend- 
ant; for there are none to spare, especially 
in the editorial line, for those who are 
able to compile a magazine so replete with 
good things, beneficial to the soul life of 
earth's pilgrims toiling on their upward 
journey as was the March number of The 
Makifksto, must be sustained. This is 
not mere sentiment, but we believe the 
voicing of the honest feelings of its read- 
ers. 

One more royal soul has joined the tri- 
umphant band. The name of Frances £. 
Willard rests like a blessed benediction 



over the lives of those who are struggling- 
to burst the fetters of that demoniac pow- 
er, — the liquor traffic. As President of 
the International Temperance Union she 
won immortal laurels. May the mantle of 
her zeal and consecration rest upon those 
who are left to continue the battle she so 
nobly led ! 

March has commenct its record with a 
quiet demeanor that is not generally as- 
cribed to its character. Hope it may con- 
tinue, as we are ready to welcome the 
beautiful spring with its birds and flowers. 
Hot-beds are being prepared and tlie sow- 
ing of seed and its care will be the busi- 
ness to occupy the mind of your corres- 
pondent and his co-laborers. 

Hamilton DeGrato, 



Enfield, TSf. H. 

March, 1898. 

Fob all to whose home the hearse of 
transition called and bore from its shelter 
a loved one, we send a wreath of loving 
remembrance and fellow-sympathy. Wheu 
we heard of the higher call of Frances 
Willard, we grieved, for we could not say 
it was well, as she had not reacht the halt- 
ing place of inability to benefit humanit>'» 

Is not her life one of the best testimo- 
nials in favor of the Christ work of human 
elevation and the Christ-like spirit of pu- 
rity and intelligence that graces our Na- 
tion's history of illustrious Christians? 
She is of those who knew that they must 
pursue the way in which they would lead 
others, and school themselves would they 
teach others how to devastate the wilder- 
ness of sin and gloom, and transform it 
into fruitful fields of active goodness and 
virtue. 

As nature contains no useless forces, 
communities to be garlanded with the 
vine of success, can not. So we catch the 
echoes from natuie's vast domain, — **ToiL 
thou for the future; Tho hidden may be 
the structure you build by devotion and 
care, but if founded in virtue its worth 
will appear." 

As we turn the telescope of mental sight 
upon the earth's surface, we see and hear 



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of "wars and rumors of wars," which re- 
mind us of our duty to do what we can to 
quell the storms of evil about us. As we 
poise it higher, we see the glorious sun 
and dome of white and blue, which teach 
us that the elements of heaven are life- 
giving; and as we put on a spiritual lens 
we perceive a glorified host of the redeem- 
ed, who sing, — ^^Blessed are the peace- 
makers for they shall be called the chil- 
dren of God." 

Having lost the work of putting togeth- 
er the Corn Planters, an industry for many 
years carried on in this place, yet we lose 
not all profit, as through the successful 
manipulation of the trade machine oper- 
ated by Brother John Cummings, we will 
supply the new company with the neces- 
sary lumber for their annual need. 

It is a general verdict that this winter 
has been the worst experienced for ten 
years. The severity of the weather has 
not resulted in sickness among us, yet we 
rejoice that soon a carpet of green will 
have replact the present one of white, and 
hoes and pruning knives will take the 
place of shovels and plumbing tools. 

George H. Baxter. 



Narooossee, Fla. 

March, 1898. 

Among the things which are of special 
value to the Southern states may be men- 
tioned the Japan persimmon, of which we 
have several trees that will come into 
bearing this year. When ripe the fruit is 
of a scarlet red color and extremely lus- 
cious. It can be depended on as an every 
year crop, fully equal in bearing to any of 
our Northern apple trees. 

In the way of diversity we think the fig 
comes next in value. This is a little more 
sensitive to the change of weather when 
young, but when fully matured it will 
stand the temperature below freezing. 
We have quite a number growing on our 
place. 

With these we can number six grape 
fruit, twelve orange, six pear, six apri- 
cot, with three hundred peach trees. 



This with two thousand pine-apple plants 
sums up the number of fruit-growing trees 
on our place. 

Sweet potatoes all through the South 
have become the poor man's as well as the 
rich man's luxury, while Irish potatoes 
are as yet somewhat of a rarity and but 
very little grown on account of the small 
yield to the acre. 

We have on our place ninety-two head 
of cattle both old and young stock of our 
own. One hundred and ninety-six head 
of our neighbors, which we take to past- 
ure. For over a week past we have 
enjoyed the presence of the Lebanon 
Ministry accompanied by Sister Emma J. 
Neal; also Brother Francis Pennybaker, 
of Pleasant Hill, Ky. They have been 
like angel visits to us. Tho far away our 
friends still remember us, and we them. 
Andrew Barrett. 



East Canterbury, TX, H. 

March, 1898. 

Season follows season, and we have 
only blessings to i^cord. Home in heav- 
en, and heaven in the home makes bur- 
dens light and yokes easy. Even in the 
illness of our beloved Editor, the **silver 
lining" turns our way, and we are permit- 
ted at this date to bridge the chasm light- 
ly and send kind greetings across In be- 
half of all the readers of The Manifesto 
from whom we have many anxious words 
in this connection. 

The buzz of the saw is making music 
near by and busy hands and feet are mov- 
ing in quest of the necessaries of life, 
which we find indeed a standing necessity. 

Winter term of school will come to a 
close on the 17th inst and while the chil- 
dren chatter about it, the birds chime in 
from their nature studies in the tree-tops. 

Beloved Elder Freeman White, of our 
North family valiantly made way through 
the drifts some days ago with brothers* help 
to the Sugar Camp, and is already collect- 
ing the sweets of his labor. How like the 
noble old monarchs of the forest seem such 

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loyal ones in ZioD, always yielding profit 
and sweetness! May God^s blessing be up- 
on us and upon **the whole, whole world P 
J€$9U Evans. 



18 THB OLD TEAR DEAD? 
By Kancy L, Rupe. 

The old year is dead, is re-echoed around, 
Out of the calendar, out of the sound 
Of clamorous voices, of present events, 
FulBlled the mission for which he was 

sent 
€k)ne, ever gone? Nay, his influence still 
Both live in the present, and, live ever 

wiU; 
Not one of those years since the great 

birth of time. 
But live in some record which they've left 

behind. 
0! man hast thou erred in an unguarded 

hour? 
Abused and dishonored thy God-given 

power, 
Hade home desolate, crusht paternal 

hearts. 
And trifled with time, as her days did de- 
part? 
Then none need to tell thee the old year 

stia lives, 
Nor can his successor, with all that he 

gives. 
Erase from thy soul the dark deeds of the 

past. 
Or vanish from memory the lives thou 

didst blast! 
Or hast thou been swift with a slanderous 

tongue? 
The fame to deface of the aged or young? 
Or filled up thy coffers by cheating the 

poor. 
Then none need to tell thee the old year's 

no more ! 
It haunteth thy pillow, it stingeth thy 

heart, 
Thou may'st argue its absence, or bid it 

depart! 
It will laugh at thy anguish, and mock at 

thy sorrow, 
Will tell thee it liveth to-day and to-mor- 
row. 



If imprisoned, some poor fallen mortal 

doth groan. 
Thou mightest have rescued by act, word 

or tone. 
The cup of intemperance to others did'st 

give, 
Then none need tell thee the old year doth 

live. 
Hast thou smoothed the rough pathway 

of some fallen one, 
A boon of compassion on others bestown? 
In sickness or sorrow a kind act or word. 
With grateful emotions thy heart's pulse 

been stirred? 
Of thy great abundance did'st bountifully 

give? 
Then thy heart respondeth, the old year 

doth live. 
Thus live the past years, in the depth of 

the soul. 
Thus writing their record as vast ages 

roll; 
And each living soul will its own record 

keep. 
In glory or shame, all will sow what 

they reap. 
Then sigh not and say not the old year is 

dead, 
Tho' its date from our calendar ever hath 

sped. 
Thus thousands have ended, and millions 

will come. 
Frail man but an atom, his race is soon 

run. 

Pleasant Hill, Ky. 



[Contributed by Eldret»9 A una E. Charles.] 
RECEIPT FOR A LADY'S DRESS- 

In looking over some old papers I found 
in a copy of the "Weekly Register," pub- 
lisht Wednesday, July 31^ 1816 a receipt 
for a lady's dress, and thinking the fashion 
would be just as charming to-day as 
eighty years ago, I venture to send it to 
your very interesting pamphlet. 

"Let your earrings be attention, encir- 
cled by the pearls of refinement, the dia- 
monds of your necklace be truth, and the 
chain Christianity ; your breastpin charity, 
ornamented with the pearls of gentleness ; 

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your finger rings be affection, surrounded 
with diamonds of industry; your girdle be 
simplicity, with tassels of good humor; 
let your thickest garb be virtue, and your 
drapery politeness; let your shoes be wis- 
dom, secured by the buckles of persever- 
ance." 

It seems such a dainty conceit that I 
thought the readers of your pages might 
enjoy it too,— Selected, 



IP WE KNEW. 

Could we but draw back the curtains 

That surround each other* s lives, 
Hoe the naked heart and spirit. 

Know what spur the action gives, 
Often we should find it better, 

Purer than we judge we should; 
We should love each other better 

If we only understood. 

Could we judge all deeds by motives. 

See the good and bad within. 
Often we should love the sinner 

All the while we loathe the sin. 
Could we know the powers working. 

To overthrow integrity, 
We should judge each other* s errors 

With more patient charity. 

If we knew the cares and trials. 

Knew the effort all in vain. 
And the bitter disappointment — 

Understood the loss and gain — 
Would the grim external roughness 

Seem, I wonder, just the same? 
Should we help where now we hinder? 

Should we pity where we blame? 

Ah! we judge each other harshly, 

Knowing not lifers hidden force; 
Knowing not the fount of action 

Is less turbid at its source. 
Seeing not amid the evil 

All the golden grains of good. 
Oh! we'd love each other better 

If we only understood. — New Orleans 
Picayune. 



He commands enough who obeys a wise 
man. 



TWINB- 

Fbw persons have an idea of the enor- 
mous consumption of twine in this coun- 
try. One of the greatest demands for the 
article comes from the farmers, who con- 
sume thirty-five thousand tons annually 
upon the self-binding harvesters. Allow- 
ing five pounds to the mile, this would be 
equal to a string long enough to go more 
than six times round the earth. It takes 
a length of about three feet of twine to tie 
a bundle of straw. The farmer sits on his 
machine, drives alone through his grain 
field, and without any assistance cuts, 
bundles, and ties twelve acres of wheat 
grain per day. 

The twine used on the self-binder is 
generally made either of Sisal or Manila 
hemp. The Sisal is the cheaper material, 
but it is not so strong or durable as the 
Manila. In some twines a mixture of 
the two is employed. For binder pur- 
poses, the twine should have sixteen turns 
to the foot, and a length of three feet 
would have a breaking strength of not 
less than seventy pounds. The twine 
must be carefully made, free from swells 
or knots, or it will not run smoothly 
through the knotting device of the binder. 
The average consumption of twine on a 
binder harvester is two pounds per acre. 
About twelve hundred feet of twine per 
acre are required. It costs the farmer 
about twenty-five cents an acre for his 
twine. 

The Manila hemp makes much the bet- 
ter twine, being stronger, smoother, and 
more durable. The raw material costs 
more, and its twine sells for more than 
Sisal hemp, but the Manila twine goes 
further, and is actually cheaper in use for 
the farmer; but this fact, however, is not 
appreciated by him ; and he sticks to the 
Sisal twine because offered a little less 
per pound than the better article of Ma- 
nila. Then, again, the Sisal twine breaks 
much of tener while running through the 
binder than the Manila. At every break 
the farmer must stop his machine, and 
spend ten or fifteen minutes to fix up. 
He never thinks of charging his lost time 

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aga nst his poor twine. As long as he 
gets it for a cent or two less than the bet- 
ter article, he is perfectly satisfied, no 
matter if it does bother him.— Scientific 
American, 



[Coutribated by Mary Jobuston.] 
FRIENDSHIP. 

If there^s one thing more than others 

That emotion always sends 
To a tired and weary wanderer, 

'Tis the memory of his friends. 
Time may drift him seaward ever, 

Tide may waft his bark away, 
Homeward turns his better nature. 

To his friends he longs to say, 
Words that burn within his bosom. 

Thoughts that daily, hourly come 
Of life,s friendship oft remembered 

In the sacred ties of home. 
Ctenius may give power and plenty, 
. Fit us for important ends. 
But the drive-wheel of promotion 

Is the recommend of friends. 
As the magnet of the compass 

Turns the needle to the pole, 
So the heart of friendship ever 

Nerves the impulse of the soul; 
Sends the warmest, richest feeling 

Through the heart, tho sad or gay. 
Wakens in our inmost nature 

Thoughts that live beyond to-day. 
What are riches, power and plenty. 

If to gain them all depends 
On the risk of health or honor 

Ever absent from our friends? 
Often tender words have fallen 

On a heart all worn and weak, 
Driving back the tide of sorrow, 

Waking thoughts that none can speak. 
And our thoughts will span the prairie. 

Or e'en fly beyond the sea. 
Touching tender chords of friendship. 

Keeping silent company. 
Then be brave and own your friendship, 

Press the hand of friends you see. 

One good word or act of kindness 

Vibrates through eternity. 
Harbinger of Light. 



CARELBSSNESS-FOBQETFUIiNESS. 

The usual excuse of a child for neglect 
of duty is "I forgot" This may be true, 
and yet not be an adequate excuse, for it 
is a part of one^s duty not to forget to do it. 
Carelessness and f orgetfulness are grave 
faults in children, which ought to be cor- 
rected lest they grow into habits. They 
are grave faults because they represent a 
selfish disposition, heedless of the wishes 
of those who have a right to direct, and 
one so absorbed in selfish thoughts and 
aims that all other things are forgotten. 
The child forgets to perform some allotted 
task because he is at play and his mind is 
concentrated upon his pleasures. He is 
careless about his manner of doing work 
because he is thinking of something else 
and anxious only to be releast. His faults 
in this respect, tho they may be trivial 
in themselves, have within them the seeds 
of a character dominated by self. The 
child whose selfishness renders him care- 
less or indifferent acquires a bad reputa- 
tion. It is in the interest of tho child to 
prevent the formation of such habits 
which may be regarded as, at first, alter- 
nately the results of selfishness and a po- 
tent force for the development of selfish- 
ness. Discipline of some kind should be 
employed to admonish the child that he 
must remember what he has been told to 
do and must do his work well, as other- 
wise he will be thinking all the time of 
his own plans of enjoyment, and grow up 
not only careless and forgetful, but selfish. 
—Selected. 



^je»*irs^ 



Ann Maria Angus at West Pittsfield, 
Mass. Jan. 31, 1898. Age 68 years 7 mo. 
12 days. 

Sister Maria came to this Society when 
eight years of age, and is the last repre- 
sentative of the Angus family, that were 
so numerous here forty year^agg^^L |t L- 



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H^nvkft ^ ^npj^si^ 



All will be interested to read The Phbeno. 
LOGICAL Journal and Science of Health 
for March. Several character sketclies rang^- 
in^ from the devotional mind and benevolent 
bearing of Rev. Geo. Han»on to the suggestive 
pbrenotypes of some of our unfortunate 
criminal brothers— lead the minds of Intelli- 
gent readers into cliannels of profitable 
thought. 

The bicyclist is Informed '^thatas'long as he 
can breathe freely with tlie month closed, he 
is safe, at least so far as heart strain is con- 
cerned.*' Read all about the children, con- 
cerning whom much excellent advice is given. 

m fact, there is something for every age 
and class in this well freighted magazine. 

Fowler A Wells Co. 27 East 21st St. New York. 

The Journal of Htoeio-Therapy always 
has something educational for the public. 
The Feb. No. is by no means an exception. 
The Science of Life, by Dr. Gilford; directs 
attention to rheumatism, so widely prevalent 
these days. The Influence of Food upon 
Character.by T. R. Allison, shouldbe read by 
vegetarians and particularly by all others. 
Parents and instructors of the young will 
And pertinent suggestions In the excellent 
article by E. C. Smith entitled Shall our 
Children become Drunkards? Only 10 cts. a 
copy. 

Dr. T. v. Giflord & Co. Kokomo, Ind. . 

The wide range of the circulations of Amer- 
ican magazines and the manner in which they 
penetrate the farthest points of the earth 
found new evidence last week, when a single 
list of five hundred subscriptions to The 
Ladies* Home Journal was received by that 
magazine from Bulgaria, the list being head- 
ed by the name of Her Royal Highness, the 
Princess Maria Louise. George Kennau, the 
Siberian traveler, said that he found this mag- 
azine in homes In the steppes of Siberia, while 
Peary met with it in Greenland. It is an in- 
teresting fact that The Ladies* Home Journal 
has subscriptions in flf ty-nine of the sixty-five 
generally accepted civilized nations of the 
earth. During the single month of December 
last, for instance, it received subscriptions 
from Syria, Japan, Uruguay, Turkey, Congo 
Free State, Transvaal, Liberia, Natal, Sierra 
Leone, Zululand, Bavaria, Bahamas, Burmah, 
Brazil, Bohemia, Canary Islands, Honduras, 
Costa Rica, Nicaragrua. San Salvador, Chill, 
China, Egypt, Cuba, Fiji Islands, Germany, 
Hawaii, Madras Presidency, Hungary, Korea, 
Java, Straits Settlements, Malaysia, Siam, 
Samoa, Palestine, Peru, Portugal, Tasmania, 
and the Danish West Indies. 

The American Boys' League is a new organ- 
ization, combining the gootl features of the 
ClmntauQua Circles with those of the Young 
People's Societies, besides a philanthropic 
department intended to aid neglected, home- 



less and wandering boys. Its work, except 
in the philanthropic department. Is confined 
to boys between the ag^ of 12 and 21 vears. 
These may become members by signing the 
following pledge : 

BOYS' LEAGUE PLEDGE. 

Believing that the use of tobacco and Intox- 
icating drinks and Indulgence in profanity, 
gambling in any form, and licentiousness (in- 
cluding all Impure acts, thoughts and lan- 
guage) are all ninderances to nay success In 
life, as well as sins against mv Creator, I do 
of my own free-will, declare that I will con- 
stantly try to keep entirely free from all these 
habits. And, further, it shall be my constant 
effort to secure a better education, to save a 
part of mv earnings, to keep entirely free 
from debt, to preserve my health and strength 
to be always manly and honorable, to main- 
tain our countiy's honor and integrity, to up- 
lift the lowly and to teach others these prin- 
ciples. 

And fully believing that whatever my sur- 
roundings may be, I may still, by my own ef- 
forts. Improve my condition, I take for my 
constant and life-long Inspiration the motto, 
"Self-Help." 

The School is heartily endorsed by the Min- 
isterial Alliance of Denver. Ralph Field, its 
founder and present Superintendent, is the 
General Superintendent of the League. Tlie 
official organ for this great work is a hand- 
somelv printed weekly, called Brightbidk, 

gubUsnt at Denver. It is bright, crisp and 
andsomely illustrated with naif -tone engrav- 
ings of pupils of the School, and is issuea for 
$1.00 a year. 

Among the many attractive features of The 
Outlook's Magazine Number for March may 
be mentioned An elaborately illustrated arti- 
cle on "The Background of Wordsworth's Po- 
etry," by Dr. Hamilton W. Mabie, with ten fine 
Illustrations; another installment of Dr. Ed- 
ward Everett Hale's "James Russell Lowell 
and His Friends," which grows In interest 
monthly, and this month has some unusually 
Interesting, heretofore unpublisht anecdotes 
and chat about Boston in the "forties," and 
Lowell's social relations while he was at Har- 
vard—the whole illustrated by many portraits 
and other pictures; an article by James R. 
Sheffield, ex-President of the New York Board 
of Fire Commissioners, on the New York Fire- 
man, with illustrations especially drawn by 
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TRUE LIFE. 

By Jessie Evans. 

^^'T^HAT was not first which is spiritual, but that whicli is natural ; and 
JL afterward that which is spiritual," says the Apostle. We can but 
marvel at the beauties of the natural world. At this season, pjirticuhirly, 
there is much to interest the observant eye and reflective mind. Tlie frigid 
earth waVms under the mild sunshine, the tiny shoots spring up like trump.trf 
to herald the approach of blossom with promise of fruit, the buds swell in- 
to bursting life upon the tender branch, the brooks laugh at their happy re- 
leasemeut and ''the time of the singing of birds is come." 

How profound is the economy of Mother Earth ! Not one atom too much, 
not one particle idle, the law of change, ceaseless change, is written uj on 
her broad surface. Nature is, indeed, a mysterious volume, into whose hid- 
den wealth, accoi-ding to their own affirmation, our most noted scientists even 
have but glanced. The celebrated Sir Isaac Newton said of his noble re- 
searches and those of his compeers and predecessors. We are but as children 
upon the seashore, playing with pebbles, while the eternal ocean of God*s won- 
ders lies undiscovered and unexplored before us. 

So the world, doubtless, will g.) on changing and interchanging — affording 
countless themes for the philosopher, abstruse problems for the mathemati- 
cian, charms for the naturalist and geologist, and beauties for all. 

Our Savior illustrated many of his spiritual teachings by object lessons 
from nature. ''Consider the lilies how they grow" opened the way for the 
deeper call to implicit faith in God. The lovely figure of the sowing of seed 

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66 THE MANIFESTO. 

was employed to show God's work in the minds of men. One of the deepest 
spiritual parables on record expanded itself from the simple words : **I am 
the Vine, ye are the branches." The life of nature is response to natural law, 
the life of the spirit is response to spiritual law. 

We see no confusion in the mineral or the vegetable world. Rising higher 
in the scale, animal transcends vegetable ; of the former, however, mankind 
was ''made a little lower than the angels,*' it is said; yet, as we contemplate 
the conditions which exist in the human family, we can but exclaim with the 
Psalmist, ''Whit is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, 
that thou visitest him ? " 

The divine Hand that moulded the. lily cup and assigned its modest sphere, 
gave to man — his last creation — much in common with the beasts that per- 
ish ; but God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness, and 
let them have dominion over * * * all the earth." From time immemorial, 
the fruits of human life have been upon the earth. S[)lendid specimens of 
physical vigor, of moral excellence, and of intellectual culture have enriched 
generation after generation ; and histoiy will, doubtless, repeat itself. But 
the physical is not the real, the seen is not the ultimate. Moi-ality has often 
proved but a veneering when the true is sought. 

Etiquette may give the hypocrite a placid face and suavity of manner for 
the moment; but deceit can not always deceive, "God is not mocked," reap- 
ing follows sowing, and the seed brings forth after its kind. Longfellow 
beautifully affirms, "It is the heart and not th^ brain That to the highest doth 
attain." The physical has its limitations ; the soul, like its Author, is "fi-om 
everlasting to everlasting." The physical dies, the spirit may expand from 
one degree of life to another. The Apostle Paul says of the seekers after 
earthly pleasure that they are dead while they live. The young man turned 
away sorrowful when the Christ opened to him the conditions under which ho 
might be born unto the perfect^ the true life. He had already nobly fulfilled 
the obligations pertaining to the earth life, and St. Mark says that "Jesus 
beholding him loved him" for his faithfulness — loved him as one well fitted to 
embrace the "one thing" lacking, \\z. the opportunity to enter the perfect 
life. But, alas, the richer the prize, the higher the price; and when the 
whole is not given, God*s inexorable justice holds the treasure, and mercy 
pleads in vain. 

Is not this why only a minority among so-called Christians are conscious 
that the true life has dawned to them? The conditions of spiritual birth 
are not fulfilled, the narrow way that ' 'leadeth unto life" is shunned, and the 
weary enquirer after true happiness turns from the very elements which alone 
ensure rest and satisfaction to the soul, to mingle again with the maddening 
crowd that hasten after that which can never come to the carnally-minded. 

When the lawyer, tempting Jesus by his enquiry into the higher life, put 
the question: "And who is my neighbor?" the beautiful lesson of the Good 

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ThE MANIFESTO. 67 

Samaritan was given by the divine Teacher, who closed with these significant 
words ; '*Thi*j do and thou ^halt live." 

Had not the man lived before? Not according to the Savioi^'s acceptance 
of the term. He referred to the full life, to the generous, universal divine 
love which he hud repre^iented to the world as the commission from God — the 
TRUE LIFE which dawus only when the sun sets upon all selfish preferences, 
and when the persoial will is c )nsecrate I to divine service. ''If any man be 
in Christ, he is a new creature : old things are passed away ; behold, all 
things a IV became new." 

What we need to-day is practical righteousness, not theory alone ; person- 
al consecration, not creed lore. A perfect Christian is the only man who 
really lives. Christ said dislinctly of hiujself : *'l am the way, the truth, 
and the life,'' The old life of pleasure- seeking, with its attendant unrest and 
seal hunger, has failed to satisfy ; earth has never yet given solace to a 
troubled conscience — her fruits afford no spiritual sustenance. The true 
life, the Christlike life, on the contrary, has never disappointed any soul. 

The heart that embraces it has a comfort through tribulation, a feast amid 
famine, a covert from every storm of earth ! 
Eaut Canterbury y N. H, 



Extracts From a Testimony Delivered by Isabel/ a 

Russell^ in Religious Service at Enfield^ N. IL 

AS 1 have nevt r had occasion to regret my early choice to live the 
true Christian life, I do not hesitate to advocate the truths which have 
made my soul free from the bondage of sin. If I did, I should justly merit 
the appellation of a moral coward ; if I did, I could not hope to meet justifi- 
ably, the loyal Pioneers and faithful companions, who have past beyond mor- 
tal vision in whose presence I have so often pledged myself to be loyal to the 
principles of this Church. These sacred vows of consecmtion loom up be- 
foi'e me at this hour with added responsibility, reminding me that ''One more 
testimony to the many given; one more proof that I am still bound for 
heaven" is in order, and may be a ray of light to brighten the pathway of 
some toiling fellow-traveler. 

1 recall those earlier days of my experience, when our seasons for woi-ship 
were lai'gely devoted to the '^breaking away" from forms and ceremonies 
which only tend to check the circulation of the genuine freedom which the 
gospel gives, and substitute in its stead, a lifeless condition ; or an opposi- 
tion, which would seal the life, and silence the voice which would presume to 
proclaim that testimony which is like a consuming fire to every worldly lust 
and selfish ambition. The question arises, Where should the testimony of 

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G8 THE MANIFESTO. 

truth abound, and whose lips should utter it, if not those who professedly are 
living the virgin life, as preacht by the founders of this Church? 

I fear sometimes we do not make a proper distinction between the real 
principles of Shakensm, and the peculiar characteristics of individuals hence 
the remark, that ^^If such an individual having been in the Shaker Church a 
loqg term of years, is a specimen of the teachings of the Shaker doctrine, 
then I prefer to spend my life elsewhere." But is this an intelligent con- 
clusion, when we reflect that it is not the name, the profession, or the posi- 
tion of individuals of this Society, or any other that constitutes the true 
Christian character. It is far better for us to face these facts in the light of 
common sense and leason, and govern our life accordingly, than to excuse 
ourselves from doing right, because some other one is doing wrong. Indi- 
vidual errors, mistakes and persistency in individual peculiarities is not what 
Shakensm has done, but what it has failed to do in the moulding of life and 
character of the individual, and the idea of putting any other construction 
upon it is belittling and degrading to every progressive mind. 

I am aware that I voice the true sentiment of evei-y loyal member of our 
Church, when I affirm that we can not evade our responsibility of keeping 
alive the testimony of truth and purity under the false impression, that there 
are those appointed to care for the spiritual interest and welfare of the young 
and inexperienced members of our Church, and we have nothing to do but 
stand idly by ; or work in the vineyard where we are appointed ; we shall 
have them for our associates in future years and they will be the representa- 
tives of our Order, with all their crudeness and ignorance, undisciplined in 
those essential qualities which mark the character of the genuine Christian 
man or woman, and if they leave our Society, upon us falls the disgrace of 
sending such material into the world as the result of the training and educa- 
tion of our Church. 

Again I say this responsibility can not rest upon two or three individuals, 
but upon every member who has placed his name to the Church Covenant, 
and is devoting his time and talents for the interests of our home, wh ch has 
long been known as a place consecrated to God, and designed to be a refuge 
and protection from the snares and temptations of a worldly life. I am 
deeply interested in its growth, its honor, and its prosperity. When I be- 
come lost to its interests, I am lost unto the mission appointed me and to the 
salvation of my soul. 
Enfield, N. H. 

LIFE A SONG-. 

By Fidelia Estabrook, 

LIFE has well been compared to a song, — God the composer, we the per- 
formers, given the power of producing beautiful, inspiring music or pa&- 
•ive, lifeless sounds. ^ , 

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T](E MANIFESTO. 69 

God places iu our bands the book containing tbe song of life. In it we 
find the long sad notes of sorrow, the shrill notes of trial and anguish, the 
bitter strains of disappointment, perhaps ; but there also are the light bright 
notes of joy, the soft sweet cadences of love, the firm measures of courage 
and truth as they mark the time of our march. All the parts which united 
will form a perfect harmony are placed before us. 

How careful we should be in the reading ; how watchful in the performing, 
striving to place upon it our best efforts thrill it with life, enthuse it with a 
power beyond the mere harmony of tone ! A beautiful piece may be so ren- 
dered as to become even disagreeable to the ear, its tones inharmonious, en- 
tirely devoid of music. But place the same piece before one who is capable 
of bringing out its best tones, of softening its sweet measures, of thrilling its 
joyful ones, of throwing power into its grand strains, of gliding from its 
changes with ease and grace, and the music is transformed. What before 
was discoi*dant sound, now becomes a living breath filling our whole being 
with its power, carrying our thoughts from the present with its care, to the 
future, where it is changed to glory. 

So our lives by true living may become living powers of good. The sor- 
rows if rightly borne will make the sweetest strains ; the trials and disappoint- 
ments — the chords of strength, like the minor keys change to most sacred 
blessings ; the thwarted hopes and ambitions are tuned to notes of praise and 
thanksgiving, while the passages of joy, pface and love resound with rapture 
at the mercy and power of our Heavenly Father. 

Often we omit the notes of praise, or hardly touch the chords of thanks- 
giving, while if we but accentuated them, often voluntarily adding trills of 
love, and "grace notes'* of joy, our music would be richer and sweeter. We 
each have our especial part given us to perforin. If we fail to render each 
measui'e correctly the mistake will be readily detected. God requires of each 
the best music, the whole of our being the entire surrender of self that it may 
be used for the maintenance and glory of the nght. 

Our lives must be so attuned that each action and thought may become a 
part of this living song. Let us take this life as given us, with its modula- 
tions, its opportunities of awakening high aspirations, its power of drawing 
down heavenly inspiration ; take its portions of joy or pain, its sorrows and 
care, from the hand of a wise Father and Teacher ; take it and cause it to be 
a power for good, a song of "glory to God." 

But how, we ask, can this be done ? How can we produce the perfect mu- 
sic. It is only by daily practice ; by close study of the outline, by faithful 
following of rules and measures that perfect rendering can be attained ; it is 
only by daily acts and thoughts rigbtly centered, the eager search for the 
knowledge of the tinith and closely following of it that the life may be 
brought into harmony with the Author and Finisher of our faith. As a stu- 
dent vainly trying to imitate the master asks, — "Why does not the music 

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70 THE MANIFESTO. 

possess the power which it does uudor your touch ? 1 play every note cor- 
rectly, 1 have filled each measure with perfect lime and yet the p.rfeci music 
is not there, the rich, living notes will not sound to my touch.** *'You must 
yourself feel the music if you would interpiet the soul of the Composer,** is 
the reply. Ah ! that is it. We can not give to our lives the full power, the 
richest, grandest music, unless the spirit of Christ dwells in us, unless we feel 
t!ie life, the tmth puls.itinj our whole beiag, euterin^ our life, encircling, en- 
nobling and uplifting every desire. 

Let us by drawing constantly from the everlasting Strength ; by honest, 
i amest endeavor fill each measure of life to completeness, making it a ricri, 
grand harmony. Then shall we be prepared to join the chorus of angels, the 
^'hundred four and forty thousand** of the redeemed, singing of the love, 
mercy and goodness, that have crowned our days. 

We shall then see that all these long years of practice were needed to train 
our voices and fit our hearts for our Master*s use. 
West Pitt^eld, Mobs. 



CEIS^TER OF BEING-. 

By Oliver C. Hampton, 

THERE is a center of Being, a divine solitude, a sublime refuge in each 
of us, our Savior called the Kingdom of Heaven within us. If we will 
accustom oui*selves to retire, at certain periods to a solitary place, and con- 
rcentate our entire thought upon this point, we shall be able to reach this in- 
most center of our being, and enjoy great peace therein. This Center, is 
pure SPIRIT. It is an emanation direct from the Father and Mother of us 
all. It is what the Quakers call the Christ within. It is that Word which in 
the beginning was with God and was God. 

In this Kingdom, a heavenly communion of those Beatitudes named by 
our Savior in his sermon on the Mount, rest in perfection. They are not 
vitiated by any taint of sensualism or rudimental imperfection. They shine 
in the glory and beauty of Christ himself. No jealousy, no hatred nor un- 
forgiveness, no anger nor impatience ever intrude in that retreat of Peace 
and rest. Here Conscience quietly rules and directs everything. No rebell- 
ion against the Lord*s visible Oi-der and government, here on the Earth in 
his true Church can ever arise to disturb her peace and quiet. All is right- 
eousness and joy in the holy spirit. The more frequently we visit, and the 
longer we remain in this holy Center of our being the more obedient and sat- 
isfied we become. No joy is equal to that of this divine Inmost. We have 
all experienced it at times and therefore know it. We have past through 
many scenes of tribulation, disappointment and sorrow in search of this place 
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We have met many scenes of trial and self-abnegation, and at times, con- 
ditions which seemed almost to savor of injustice on the part of , the Divine 
Disposer of events ; but have been able by the goodness of God to reconcile 
all vicissitudes, with the Divine Wisdom, and to fully justify the ways of 
God to man. We have more than once experienced the unuttemble aban- 
donment to despair, which seemingly caused our blessed Savior to utter the 
exclamation, ^^£loi Eloi lama Sabacthani." But now we see that even these 
devious ways were necessary to our soul growth. This rudimental life has 
none too much felicity in it at best and it is good and wise to select all that 
shall contribute to a permanent good and reject all that will not. Whether 
we saffer or rejoice it is good to have faith in the overruling hand of a Di- 
vine Providence which will smely conduct all his plans to a happy culmina- 
tion. 

When this faith is once thoroughly fixt we shall find it much easier to meet 
and become reconciled with every mutation of life, and especially to patient- 
ly endure in the hour of adversity. Under the afflatus of this subduing 
faith, many things will appear to be good which otherwise would be set down 
to the account of evil. In this holy faith and accompanying discipline one 
finally learns that — 

'^God^B Providence is over all this boundless Universe 
And even the wormWood and the gall, the blighting and the curse 
Are but the blessing in disguise, the turning of his hand, 
From which salvation will arise at His Divine command.^* 
Union Village, Ohio. 



A Tribute to Sister FRANCES GILLEPIE. 

By Marion Johnson. 

There is no death to the true Christian, 
His sun goes down to rise upon a fairer shore. 
Bright in the kingdom of our Heavenly Father 
He lives, where earthly sorrows come no more. 

There is no death to the true Christian, 
What we call death is but the dawn of life, — 
Immortal life, in bliss expanding ever. 
Beyond these scenes of conflict, toil and strife. 

There is no death to the true Christian, 

He only passes from our mortal sight ; 

Love's golden chain, death has no power to sever 

When called irom earth, to dwell in endless light. 

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There is no death to the true Christian, 
'Our Sister has beeu called to draw aside 
The veil which hides from us the bright forever, 
And pass within, safe to the other side. 
East Canterbury^ N, H, 



FROM THE '-SOCIAL. GOSPEL." 

rf 1HE Christian Commonwealth that has been organized in the state of 
JL Georgia, is another effort made in the right direction, and w hether it is 
of short or long duration, it has an educational influence in the line of Com- 
munism.. We should wish the dear friends the best of success in this new 
enteiprise and shall hope that they may be able to meet in full, the spirit of 
their Constitution, which has this note; — *'The recognized unalterable or- 
ganic law of the Chiistian Commonwealth shall be; — 'Thou shalt love the 
Lord thy God with all thy heart and thy neighbor as thyself.' " 

If this rule can - be made a part of the life work of the little society then 
we might say of them in the words of Jesus; — "Thou art not /ar from the 
Kingdom of God," The Commonwealth has 931 acres of land. One or- 
chard of 35 acres has peaches, plums, peai^, apples, cherries and other 
fruits. Other acres are used for farming and gardening. 

Preachers, professors and poets have worked side by side. They have 
sermons on Sunday and talks and Bible studies and prayer meetings. The 
dear friends are learning even so soon, that a Society of men and women, 
must have a system of discipline, or there will be but little practical right- 
eousness. They say, — "We have also learned that some need Christian cor- 
rection and moral restraint, the individual conscience needing to be stiiTed 
up and educated by the more enlightened and by expressions of the general 
conscience." 

This first step in advance, toward the Brotherhood of man is a lesson that 
may prove profitable, not only to the class directly interested in the move- 
ment, but also to others who have a silent inthrestin a corresponding "Social 
Gospel," for the much needed advancement of the human family. 



ALL FAITHS REPRESENTED. 

Those pious people who, in the awful visitation under which India is groaning, 
see the hand of divine Providence seeking to call the attention of the world to the 
fact that men are mortal and should think of deeper things than those which 
absorb-most of their attention will find great satisfaction in the fact that from the 
heart of the country where the bubonic plague is raging there has gone forth a call 
for a great Congress of Religions, in which every nation of the earth shall be repre- 

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sented. This is to meet at Dellii in 1898, and discuss the question of the true way 
of Balvatiou according to the teachings of wise men of every race. 

The call emanates from a Hindee of illustrious descent, bearing the title of Mau- 
lana Syed Nusrat Ali Saheb, son of Imam-i-Manazira Sayad Nasir-ud-din Mohom- 
med Abul Mansur. Nusrat Ali is the editor and proprietor of the Moslem Chroni- 
cle, (The Nusrat) a Delhi paper that is printed in both native and foreign languages 
and has a wide circulation in India. The call for the great Religious Congress has 
been printed in various languages and scattered broadcast over the face of the earth. 
It has gone to the innermost recesses of China in those mysterious characters that 
only the Chinese understand, and disciples of Confucius are invited by it to come 
and explain on what ground they base their belief that the way to heaven is through 
the worship of the gods of the Celestial empire. 

In Persian characters the theologians of the land of the Shah are called to come 
and speak for their prophet, and tlie Sultanas most learned expositors have been in- 
vited, in Turkish, to do likewise. The Egyptians have been summoned from the 
shadow of the pyramids to defend their beliefs against the attacks of the pious peo- 
ple of England and elsewhere who preach that salvation can only be found by way 
of the cross, and that Mohammed is a false prophet. In the purest Hebrew, the 
Jews have been invited to present the claims of a religion that denies the divinity 
of Chiist, admonishing them to come and tell the anxious seekers from every clime 
the one true path to heaven according to their creed. 

Nor have the distant heathen been forgotten. The Islanders of the southern seas 
who bow down to wood and stone, will receive messages in their native language 
setting forth the object of the Congress, and telling them that even the worshiper 
of idols will be welcomed to the great gathering and his views listened to with re- 
spect Hawaiians, both Christian and Heathen, will be there; Salvationists, filled 
with the deepest religious enthusiasm, will rub elbows with the medicine man from 
Africa who carries his god beneath his robe and believes he can influence the very 
elements by its aid. Imams from the mosque will compare notes with Methodists 
from missionary stations in the jungle. Enthusiasts from Hindoo temples will re- 
veal the mysteries of their teachings to the sympathetic Theosophist. 

All will be upon one common level, and the Congress will be inspired by one 
thought, — a fervent seeking after the knowledge that will aid men to find their way 
to the gates of heaven. 

No personal criticism will be allowed. Everything is to be done with a view to 
separating from religion the hopelessly entangled part which consists only of dark 
tradition or observances beyond human solution and carrying to the outside world 
the 'more fundamental doctrine that will be the marrow of all sensible religious 
teachings. It will surely be a great gathering and will do much toward harmoniz- 
ing the discords of the religious world and bringing all races to recognize one com- 
mon creed based on spiritual facts, with all fictions eliminated. — The Dallas Morn- 
ing News, 



Who walks in a garden of roses 

Of thorns must be ever aware, 

Where pleasuie a bright charm discloses 

Lurks ever temptation's blind snare. — M, J, A, 

The will that is not resigned to God, is always impatient, bscause it 
knows no law above itself. — Moore, 



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NOTES ABOUT HOME. 

Mt. Lebanon, N, Y. 

March. 
Average of Weather at Mt. Lebanon. 

Thermometer. Rain. Snow. 

1897. 38. 2 in. 8.25 in. 

1898. 40.5 l}i'' 2 " 
Highest Temp, during this mo. 62 above 0. 
Lowest " " " " 14 below" 
Number of rainy days " " 5 



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" clear 
" " cloudy '» 

March, 1898. 
Takino the month of March in review, 
it gives us, as a whole, many kindly feel- 
ings for the usual characteristics of the 
old storm month. In reflecting on the 
mild atmosphere it has assumed the pres- 



ent year it casts a rhythmical halo around 

our mental vision, thus; 

March again has past away; 
Marcb has blest us many a day, 
March ban clfarcil the HcMh of snow, 
March has made the rivers flow. 
March has drawn the frost from earth, 
Marcb giveo spring a reneweil birth, 
Marcb has filled the month with cheer, 
Marcb has graced the present year. 
March of eighteen ninety -eight! 
Marcb! We oft shall quote this date; 
Marches are but sehlom found, 
March the centuries up and down, 
March will seldom grace a year 
With such welcome pleasant cheer. 

Home life and incidents move in such a 
usual round; there is but little occurring 
of historical importance that would inter- 
est readers of Thk Manifesto. Our boys 
conceived the idea to revive, for a novelty, 
an ancient industry. They went to the 
old sap bush and drew from the sturdy 
maples the saccharine juice which the Sis. 
ters reduced to syrup, and spread on pan- 
cakes. This gave them a dainty morsel 
for the stomach. 

The month of March favored us to get 
our wood sawed and sheltered. It gives 
exquisite pleasure to learn that the Editor 
of The Manifesto has foldedius angel 
wings and concluded to tarry yet a while 
with we earth-bound pilgrims. Hope for 
many years to come he will keep a sharp 
keen eye on old Father Time and avoid the 
dire edge o/ his sharp scythe. We have a 
longing desire to have him again in our 
midst, that we may view his silvered locks 
and the earthly tabernacle in wliich his 
sainted spirit dwells. Come and dwell 
with us once more, and as soon as possible. 
Many desire to see you. 

1 find it noble to correct errors of im- 
portance, no matter how they may occur. 
In my last Home Note I made a statement 
intimating that the Union Village Com- 
munity had purchast forty-six square 
miles of land in Georgia. I made the es- 
timate on thirty thousand acres which I 
was told they had bought. Now it is said 
it is eight thousand acres, which brings it 
to twelve and one half square miles^ 
This they took in exchange for a vineyard 
at Cleveland, Ohio. 

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"Lay not up for yourselves treasures up- 
on earth, where moth and rust doth cor- 
rupt, and where thieves hreak through 

and steal.** 

Calvin G. Seed. 

North Family. 

March, 1898. 

Spring and winter interblend like lights 
and shades of an evening sky. The cool 
breezes after the wjirm days, have chilled 
Uie little birds and their early song has 
ceased to vibrate upon the morning air. 
We hope soon again to hear Nature's mu- 
sic blend in universal harmony. 

The maple trees in front orour house, 
which a few days ago were called bean 
poles, have been tapt for the first time; 
the boys, quite interested to see the sap 
evaporated into syrup, were kept busy be- 
tween school hours in gathering the sap 
and bringing fuel. 

Eldress Anna White has planted some 
tomatoes and red and white strawberry 
seeds. Tomatoes are coming up nicely. * 
A friend from Windsor, N. Y.,— C. M. 
Comstock, — with Brethrens* help is mak- 
ing carpet whips: completed over five 
hundred in one day. Have also made a 
few rug whips. 

*'Iiife is only another word for activity." 
With spring comes the activity of the sea- 
son ; all life bursts forth to show growth 
in plant and shrub. Sisters who try to 
keep pace with the elements are improv- 
ing the dwelling within by clearing away 
the accumulation of dust that has gath- 
ered through the winter monjbhs, while 
Brethren plant and clear up the outward 
premises^ thus we are striving to make 
our home beautiful within and without, a 
dwelling place for all who are seeking the 
bigher life. 

Sarah J. Burger. 



Shakers, N. Y. 

April, 1898. 
The leading article in the April Mani- 
F'SSTO has our unqualified indorsement. 
Xhe latter half of the essay where it di- 
rectly deals with conditions in our com- 



munal homes is strong but wholesome di- 
et It can not but do good if accepted in 
a right spirit and should be read and re- 
read and well digested that the full bene- 
fit may be realized. Hope there will be 
more presented, dealing with the same 
subject, and in conjunction with it we are 
reminded of the remarks made by one 
who was considered a leader among the 
legal fraternity of the West; he said ,"The 
danger with you is internal; keep your 
covenant and no external power can break 
it.** 

While our earnest prayer is that the arbit 
rament of war may not be resorted to in 
the settlement of the misiinderstandings 
that have arisen among the nations, yet if 
they as well as individual entities must 
reap what they have sown, how can that 
nation which has had its soil soakt in the 
blood of mai*tyrs, and has caused in this 
enlightened -(?) age the last decade of the 
nineteenth century over three hundred 
thousand suffering colonists to perish by 
starvation, whose only crime is struggling 
for the rights of man, evade the hand of 
the avenging angel when directed by the 
law of stem justice? As Believers in the 
divine law of peace and good-will toward 
all we can hope that the right may pre- 
vail, but also must recognize the fact that 
there are conditions existing in human 
society that at present will not be settled 
right because of the selfishness of man 
which .is a barrier to the operation of the 
law of love. The result of these mighty 
conflicts the coming of which is inevitable 
will be the cleansing of life's temple and 
preparing it for entertaining a higher or- 
der of life than is now admissible. We 
will gather into the Lord's pavilion till 
the storm passes by. 

Hamilton DeOraw. 



Enfield, N. H. 

April, 1898. 
The large number of magazines and 
papers we take, combined with the cheap- 
ness of good literature, afford us ample 
means for useful knowledge, and no one 

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can justifiably remain ignorant in regard 
to the events of the day, or tari7 beliind 
the van of religious, scientific, or humani- 
tarian progression. Litei*ature, — the. best 
of all company. 

Telliug each one to act nobly life*** part. 
Having the law of full truth In the heart; 
Witfdoiu that teacher to gi^'^ unto all. 
The brave, the tlniitl and tho^e who may fall 
The 8tatf of knowledge, the true light of life. 
Sweet fulcrum of re.st to all In the strife. 
For 8elf-culture unquestionable worth, 
Aiding the soul to arise from the earth. 
To beware of the false, shun the impure. 
Cleave to the good which will ever endure 

Next comes pleasant, profitable enter- 
tainments, of which our Society enjoyed 
one on the 17th of March, two hours in 
length. Thirty- two members took part. 
Among our invited friends was Mrs. Fred. 
Fogg, of Enfield, one of New Hampshire's 
celebrated pianists, who favored us with 
an excellent piano solo. 

Already the foliage is stirring to new 
life. Through the season, storms will 
destroy and the sun and rain will strength- 
en and heal. 

What of us as a people possessing quali- 
ties capable to build or wreck? Surely as 
we exercise our best faculties, we will 
gather in all beneficial inspirations from 
whatever source originating, thus work- 
ing with the good forces of life. Should 
we see a broken reed, a life not encircled 
with a band of moral growth, or one fal- 
tering before engrossing temptations, then 
it is the duty of the physicians who have 
healed themselves of the plague spots of 
evil, to strengthen the drooping soul in 
His name, who said, — ^^Inasmuch as ye 
have done it unto one of the least of these, 
ye have done it unto me.'* 

The only safety for ourselves, is to turn 
our backs resolutely against every de- 
.raoralizing pleasure and appetite. 

'•The good need feel no law. 

It is his safety and the baci man's awe." 
George H. Baxter. 



East Canterbury, N. H. 

April, 1898. 
Into the arena of our ever busy home 
life, spring comes with added tasks for 
hand and heart. 



The supply of wood, to counteract the 
effect of next winter's bleak winds, has 
been sawed into convenient lengths, and 
awaits storage in well rooft sheds. The 
farmers have opened their spring cam- 
paign, and. like the celebi-ated sower of 
old, **went forth to sow" a few days ago. 
Eighteen rows of green peas are planted 
and rhubarb stood two inches high on the 
8th, but the latter soon shmnk away from 
the frosty air that breathed upon it, and 
we look for a more permanent attempt by- 
and-by. As the seed is sown, we find our- 
selves almost unconsciously humming: 
"What shall the harvest be?'* A bounU- 
ful supply of all tilings conducive to our 
material well-being, we trust, for 1897 
gave grudgingly, and the effects upon a 
large family make us anxious that the 
present year may deal "with a free and 
liberal hand'* towai-d the inhabitants of 
the sterile Granite estate. 

Sisters ai'e in the midst I'f the inevitable 
"liouse-cleaning" seeking to i*ejuvenate 
the noble old structures of a century's 
standing; and as hands keep time to the 
ever present needs of our dear earthly 
home, the hearts of the faithful ceaselessly 
pulsate toward the fullfilment of the 
prophet's message of old: "Yea, every 
pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be 
holiness unto the Lord of hosts." 

Jessie Evtins. 



Narooossee, Fla. 

April, 1898. 
On our first coming to Florida, the old 
Settlers or Crackers as they are called, 
had a very meager system of farming, es* 
pecially in preparing the land for crops. 
It was the old Egyptian method of shal- 
low or surface plowing. It was claimed 
that from two to three inches deep was 
sufficient for any crop; and so it was for 
the crops that were raised; from ten to 
fifteen bushels of com to the acre was the 
average tlirough the state and a poor 
quality at that. Other crops were at the 
same ratio. But since the northern ele- 
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last three years it has given a now system 
to agriculture as well as everything else. 
They have come into the state bringing 
their own ideas of farming and one among 
the most essential is deep plowing, hold- 
ing to their same old belief that plowing 
year after year to a depth of a few inches 
leaves a hardpan which is rendered hard- 
er than it was in a state of nature by the 
tramping of the team and pressure of the 
plow, and the roots of plants can not pen- 
etrate this hardpan and the deep waters 
of the earth can not rise up through. 
Hence eventually comes exhaustion of 
soil through thif skimming process, and 
the lack of water which is the universal 
solvent, and the feeding medium for 
plants. The argument in a nutshell is 
that deep plowing renders the under stra- 
ta of soil like a sponge capable of holding 
water and permitting it to ascend to the 
roots when needed whereas hardpan sheds 
the water and retains no reserve in time 
of need. 

So to-day we hear and read of the farm- 
er raising from twenty-live to forty bush- 
els of good corn to the acre, and the 
drouths are not half so troublesome. Now 
what has made this change but goo(l com- 
mon sense farming ideas? Florida has 
greater advantages than any state north 
of Mason and Dixon's line as to raising 
farm and garden crops, and when it gets 
filled enougb with the right material to 
crush oat old staid ideas and systems 
inaugurated by slavery it will be one of 
the gardens of the world. 

We have planted about one and a half 
acres of com. Part of it sweet for home 
consumption and part for cattle feeding. 
This we have given the best of northern 
treatment as to plowing and fertilizing; 
the result we will know later on. We 
have over an acre of velvet beans which 
it is said will give more green fertilizer 
to the land than any other crop, also 
an acre of rice and two acres of sweet 
potatoes, with an intersperse of garden 
vegetables sufficient, I hope, to make the 
little family comfortable. 



We have three additional membei"s to 
the household,— good, bright, intelligent 
people, so the good work has commenced 
in Florida. 

Andrew Jiarrett. 



West Fittsfield, Mass. 

April, 1898. 

It is the joyous Easter day, and we 
thought to enjoy a few of its moments in 
a pleasant chat with the friends of the 
Home Comer. 

When this shall appear to our friends 
the time for extending Easter greetings 
will have past, and yet we can not refrain 
from extending the wish, that a joyous, 
happy Easter be found in each home. 

Can we not create a daily Easter, a con- 
stant resurrection, an ascension from the 
earthly, to the heavenly, or rather, by the 
temporal reaching the spiritual, for the 
poet truly said, **If you want to grow 
higher dig deeper. 

As I look from my window every thing 
in nature greets me with its varied form 
of life. The buds on the trees are swell- 
ing, while their light tinted stems denote 
the awakening of life within. The grass- 
es are changing their dead brown for 
bright, living green, and somewhere, I 
know, are nestling sweet blossoms of the 
Trailing Arbutus, for representatives of 
their family are at present on the table 
befoi-e me, exhaling their sweet perfume. 
Sweet emblems are they of love and faith 
perfected, for under the cold snows and 
storms of winter, not long since rested 
these bright little blossoms. Can we not 
read the message they bring? Under the 
darkest trial often the sweetest blessing 
is growing. 

It is the repetition of an old story to 
note the return of the birds; yet it is new 
every year. Their beauty and cheer al- 
ways receive a fresh welcome. Indeed, it 
seems that never before were the robins 
so plump, bright and happy. The swal- 
lows hold confidential conversations un- 
derneath the eaves, and the sparrows 
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the shy blue-birds, — so choice of their 
beauty,— seem to have dropt to us from 
the sky above, with pieces of the blue 
ether upon their backs, and fragments of 
the white clouds tipping their wings. 
There is life, there is hope, there is 
glory in the afterward. The present is 
but the corridor, leading to the palace. 
Our voluntary choice is to follow the 
life of Christ, tho it bring us to the 
cross, the deepest testings of faith, the 
most bitter suffering. After the cross 
Cometh the crown, after the testing, 
strength and purity, and only by crucify- 
ing self-life do we obtain the Christ life, 
becoming ^^heirs of God and joint heirs 
with Christ" 

Spring work with us is commencing its 
general routine, foremost in the list of 
which are ploughing and house-cleaning. 
This week the building of the new barn is 
to commence. 

We were very much pleased to read of 
the recovery of our beloved Editor; may 
the days be long and many, yea we would 
wish that they extend indefinitely, before 
illness again visits him. To him and his 
helpers in the printing department; to the 
whole Family ; indeed to every family, 
from the north of Maine to the south of 
Florida, we extend the true Christian love 
of those in the Berkshire Hills. 

Fidelia Estdbrook. 



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Hawthorne evidently believed that 
what a man ate, had more or less influence 
upon his character. In his experience at 
his new home he tells how he lived in 
"Blithdale" by the side of old Silas— who 
rinsed his fingers and his face in a little 
tin pan of water and then teased his hair 
with a wooden pocket comb. 

Hawthome was fearful of a personal 
Change that would not be congenial.^ ^^The 
physical man," said he, "will be trans- 
muted into salt beef and fried pork at the 
rat« of hjklf a pound or more a day, and 



your pastime will be to smoke some very 
vile tobacco in the stump of an old, black 
pipe." 

There is a wonderful sympathy between 
the stomach and all other parts of the 
body, but that between the stomach and 
the brain is so active and perfect that the 
most skilled physician is often greatly 
puzzled in trying to decide when one is ill 
whether the brain or stomach is really to 
blame. 

Nothing is more common than to meet a 
long-standing case of dyspepsia in which 
the prominent and almost the only symp- 
tom is a dull and fretting headache. Per- 
sons have suffered for many years from 
what they believed to be a grave organic 
disease of the stomach, and were them- 
selves fully convinced that cancer at least, 
was the cause of their suffering, but it 
turned out upon a post-mortem examina- 
tion that a healthier stomach than the av- 
erage was found, but there were evidences 
of long-standing and serious disease of the 
brain, — in fact, sick headache is the result 
of eating too much and exercising too lit- 
tle. In the majority of cases its cause lies 
in the fact that the food last taken is so 
rich in quality or so excessive in quantity 
that the stomach can not digest it. 

A simple diet of grains and ripe fruit, 
with sufficient exercise in the open air to 
keep up a gentle perspii*ation would speed- 
ily effect a cure. With some persons this 
headache comes on at regular intervals 
and is the stomach's signal of distress at 
having been imposed upon. To take two 
teaspoonf uls of powdered charcoal in a 
glass half full of water will sometimes give 
relief; or a teaspoonf ul of lemon juice 
fifteen minutes before each meal, and the 
same at bedtime. — New York Ledger, 



How not to write for the Press, by H L, 
Hastings in ^'Family Circle.''^ — Do not say, 
**I write in a hurry, please correct all mis- 
takes." You have ten times the oppor- 
tunity to do this that the editor has. H« 
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fire, and then they will never trouble any 
one any more. You nrust do your own 
work if you want it done. It is said that 
Newton wrote his chronology over fifteen 
times before he was satisfied with it, and 
Gibbon wrote out his memoir nine times 
before sending it to the press. No begin- 
ners ought to expect better success or less 
labor than such learned men. 

Do not write poetry. Most who try do 
not know what poetry is, and they can 
not be told till they have learned a great 
deal more than they know now. Ninety- 
nine one hundredths of the rhyme writ- 
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PBEST FLOWEBS AND QBASSES. 
By Cora C. Vinjieo. 

Hemsntos of a season true, 

Well stored with every gift divine. 
You mind me of the summer dew 

And bright sunshine. 



From out the wind-storm^s noisy speech, 
Through you I hear the songs of spring 

Faintly as distant bells, that each 
Intoning ring. 

I hear the copious falls of rain, 

That sang the weary brain to sleep ; 

Hear the wind sighing through the grain. 
So soft and deep. 

These songs are old, but when the year 
Moves to the resurrection time, 

New life will come to flower and spear 
Like thought to rhyme. 

The new will gild the tamisht old, 

And turn life's bitter wine to sweet, 

While God's great blessings manifold 
Our joys complete. 

The hope that rules the tides which rise 
As moonbeams rule tlie mighty sea. 

And bring through purposes grown wise 
Tranquility. 

And as we walk life's grassy meads. 

Where sunbeams lay the shadows low, 

May lasting flowers from precious seeds 
Around us grow. 

That when the close of life draws near, 
And cold and weary seem the hours. 

May we all keep for latest cheer 
Grasses and flowers. 

Mt, Lebanon, X. Y, 



Sbenil^A.. 



Frances Gillespie, at East Canterbury, 
N. H. April 2, 1898. Age 77 years 8 mo. 
and 21 days. 

Eldress Sophia Copley at Enfield, Conn. 
April 14, 1898. Age 51 years 8 mo. and 17 
days. 

She was born in England and entered 
the Community in May 1852. Her de- 
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usefulness is deeply lamented. She was 
truly a valiant soldier of the cross of 
Christ, and altogether a very capable per- 
son. In all things ready, faithful and 
willing. G. W. 

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by the usual editorial Easter talk; while the 
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said to have relation to a full-page repro<iuc- 
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picture, by a Venetian artist, Roberto Fermz- 
zl. in adttltlon to articles already named 
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with special relation to the introduction of 
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Mr. Clifton Johnson, on "Child Life In Great 
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4 

THE OFFERING. 

By Elder Henry C, Blinn. 

f^"riHERE may be many of these incidents found in the "Good Book/' that 
_X_ have for years awakened thought and possibly may have led some to 
step forwaixi into a better life. 

Jesus was not a man to sit in the chimney corner and write homilies for 
little sinners. He was an active worker. He was interested in doing good 
as well as being good. He was acquainted with the rich as well as with the 
poor, and by this peculiar instance which we now have in mind, we may well 
understand that he had some insight into the subtlety of the human heart. 

While on one of his errands of mercy he made a visit to the temple. Pos- 
sibly his little company made a slight contribution to the fund that was for 
the support of tUat sacred place. 

We have learned from the Scriptures that Jesus and the disciples readily 
paid their taxes, and we also remember how curiously he obtained the mon- 
ey, at one time, for this purpose. 

The little company all took seats near the treasury, to observe the people 
as they cast in their money. All classes were moving along, having this one 
object first in mind, and to be approbated by the priests, for their generosity. 
Jesus evidently knew some of the rich Jews as readily as we know the 
wealthy people of our state or nation. 

But the special feature in this case, that made the lesson so valuable for 
the disciples, was that they might see the offerings made by the poor Jews. 
It was the Lord's treasury and every person was expected to contribute the 

" "^ * * uigiTizea Dy v^Jv^v^S: iv. 



82 THE MANIFESTO. 

amount of their tithe, so that those who had but little of this world's goo is 
could give only their due proportion. 

Following closely in the rear of those who were drest in ''purple and fine 
linen," was a poor widow. As she past the sacred treasury there fell ivom 
her feeble but generous hand, only two mites. It was a mere pittance. Pos- 
sibly in value, one mill of United States money. 

As we think of those dominant priests who watched with eager tyes the 
gifts that were contributed, it becomes questionable if they would have thank t 
her for the offering. Some persons at the present day, think it is decidedly 
mean to pass one cent only, into the contribution box, aud say that it ought 
to be refused. It may be that such churches have no poor widows, who 
visit them for prayers or for consolation, and on that account an offering 
from the poor is ruled out. 

When we learn that some twenty-four thousand priests lived in Jerusal m, 
and were supported by the offerings made at the temple, we do not wouder 
at their anxiety for the money that was contribtited. 

Jesus, however, was acquainted with all the circumstances of the case, and 
he could not let the favorable opportunity pass without a special notice. His 
disciples must have the benefit of this remarkalile act. '*And lu' saw :ils> a 
certain poor widow cast'^ug in thither two niite-*. Aud he said, of a truth I 
say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all ; for all 
these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God : but she of 
her penury hath cast in all the living that she had." 

What do we learn from this lesson? Was it written for our mstruction in 
righteousness? As the disciples had progrest but a short distance from the 
selfishness of the world, they were not over anxious to make sacrifices either 
for God or for the temple. No more anxious than we should be. 

Professing as we do a more exalted religious cab, having a clearer under- 
standing of the duties that are incumbent upon those who live in the light, 
does our faithfulness excel or even equal that of the disciples of two thou- 
sand years ago? 

To them it was said, *' Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, 
and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind ; and 
thy neighbor as thyself." This left but little room for a selfish interest. 
Live for God and for humanity is the duty of man. All this discipline was 
necessary to establish a kingdom of God on the earth, and the whole history 
of the Jews was only a preliminary work to one that was greater, — a work 
of self-denial and the cross. 

The spirit and testimony of Jesus Christ was long anticipated. One of the 
prophets had said that it would be in its purifying process, like unto a re- 
finer's fire and for making people neat and clean, soul and body, it would have 
an effect quite like that of fuller's soap upon a soiled garment. 

It was to be a new day, and men were to worship a new and living God. 

uigiTizea oy v_jv^v_.rpiiv^ • 



ThE MANIFESTO. 88 

Idol gods of wood and stone were to be cast away. To the multitudes of 
deities that presided ov?r the affairs of this world, 6 very thing, good and bad 
had been offered. Men treated their gods as they treated each other. K 
the gO(is acceded to all their wishes, they were feasted, but if they failed to 
do this, they were scourged or pulled down from their sacred places. 

Jesus taught a better lesson, Render to Caesar, said he, that which belongs 
to Ctesar, and then offer that sacrifice to God which is in the interest of your 
spiritual lives. Jesus taught his disciples the necessity of giving their whole 
life to God, — ''All that a man hath," said he, ''yea, and his own life also." 

Modern Christianity however, has seen fit to bring in a bill of betterments. 
That old way of two thousand years ago was well enough for those stiff- 
necked Jews and even for the apostles. People did not know so much in 
that age, and were filled with superstitious notions. 

But there can be only this one way. To follow Christ, we must do as he 
did, live as he lived. Be crucified to the elements of the world. Selfishness 
in the present is the same as selfishness in the past, and to make Christ the 
author of our selfish, religious views which may cover any amount of un- 
cleanness, is placing the religion of to-day, far below that which was preacht 
in the desert of Arabia some three thousand years ago. 
East Canterbury y N. H, 



ANaEL VISITATION. 

By Elder George W, Clark, 

FROM the land of the Leal they come, the silent visitors, more often un- 
seen than seen, unfelt than felt, tho occasionally the vail is lifted and 
we see behind it, and we catch a glimpse of this wonderful land and its in- 
habitants. It was so at the time of which we speak. 

The labors of the day having been faithfully performed we had retired to 
our couch, and as usual directed our thoughts to the Invisible Source of all 
sources, and to spirit agencies to whom we are indebted for spiritual gifts 
and sustenance. 

We b^an to query in our mind after this manner, — are material objects at 
all times visible to spirits, or must they first become endowed with sight to 
see them, the same as certain oi^anisms here are given sight to see things be- 
hind the vail which others not so endowed can not see. Whether walls or 
closed doors are obstacles in the way of their ingress or egress ; and whether 
they really see as one person would see another. 

Suddenly, while thus ruminating, a spirit form appeared but a few feet 
distant, revealing distinctly the head and face of a Shaker sister. The figure 
wore one of our oi-dinary Shaker bonnets. We eagerly scanned the features 
to ascertain if it were some one whom we had known in earth life but not be- 
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i-aised her arms and pointed upward to a beautiful star, and in a clear im- 
pressive tone said "Come up higher.*' We had not noticed the star until she 
spoke. It was almost directly overhead and seenjed to be quite a distance 
from us. It resembled one of our brightest constellations tho it was not; 
for the position we occupied affoi-ded a liiijited view of the sky. In order 
to see the heavenly bodies overhead we must resort to the window. 

A striking peculiarity of the vision was, that w hile looking di?ectly at the 
figure in front of us we could see the star at the same time as plainly as tho 
we regarded that and nothing else, and yet it was directly overhead while the 
form was in front, so that the lines of vision were at right angles to each 
other. The figure was visible for a moment or more and then disappeared. 

The relation of spirit to matter is yet an unsolvi'd question, but one thing is 
as clear and bright to our mind as was that beaut ful star and the angelic spir- 
it to our vision, — That there is in the invisible realms of the Eternal, a heav- 
enly home for all who earnestly seek to find it and who cheerfully make sacri- 
fices here to obtain a glorious reward hereafter. True, our work is before us, 
and our reward is with us in this stage of existence, but as it is written, "Eye 
hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entei*ed into the heart of man, the 
things which God hath prepared for them that love him." 

While the vision tarried, there came a wave of inspiration, which thrilled 
our whole l)eing and gave rise to the following lines : — 

There's a higher more glorious life to obtain 
Than e'er can be found upon earth's broad domain. 
Where angels with joy their voices upraise, 
In ravishing, soul-thrilling pagans of praise. 
Oh would that their chorus might sound far and near, 
It would help lift the burden, give comfort and cheer. 
Dispel the vague fancies that oft come and go 
Like the tides of the sea as they ebb to and fro. 
Come higher, up higher, away from the world. 
Let purity's banner be widely unfurled, 
Arise from the vain, fleeting pleasures of time, 
Tread firmly the narrow way mortals must climb. 
A highway is cast up^'tis beautifully clean — 
Made sacred and pure by love's holy sheen, 
Where the feet of the conqueror often hath trod 
As he wended his way up this mountain of God. 
The thorns and the briars may oft wound and pierce, 
And beasts of the forest all eager and fierce 
Attack on the way; but the balsam is there, 
And purity, peace, are shielded by prayer. 
Oh come, come away, again we repeat, 
The immortal life is worth more than meat. 
Yea, upward we'll soar with you, spirit friend. 
And ever prove faithful and true to the end. 
Ei^ld^ Conn, 

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BETHESDA. 

By Cora C. Vinneo, 

Without the Holy City's ponderous gate, 

Lay blight Bethesda's sweet refreshing pool, 

Whose waters gusht £1*001 hidden fountains cool. 
Beside its banks lay stricken ones whom fate 
Had made to suffer, there to watch and wait 

Till God's good Angel came, as was its rule. 

To bring the gift unknown to man or school. 
That would restore the sick and desolate. 
We all have sin and weakness and distress. 

That need the healing of the cleansing wave ; 

That need the power of the AngeFs touch. 
We all must pray for comfort and redress. 

Must seek the help that mighty is to save, — 

We can not serve our Savior overmuch. 
ML Lebanon, N. T. 



\^Note8from the Diary of WiUiam Deming^ of Hancock^ Mass. who with 
Brother Eliab Harlow of New Lebanon^ N. T, visited the Believers at Union 
VUUigey Ohio^ Pleasant HiU and South Union^ ^y.] 

ON the 2l8t of May 1810, William Deming and Eliab Harlow, were sent 
by the. Society at New Lebanon, to visit the Believers in Ohio and 
Kentucky. The distance from New Lebanon, N. Y. to Union Village, Ohio, 
was seven hundred and fifty-five miles. This journey was to be made on 
horseback, as much of the way no roads had been made for carriages at that 
early date. They were enabled, however, to reach some public or private 
house every night, where they could secure good food and a comfortable rest- 
ing place. Their zigzag journey becomes interesting as it is so different from 
what it would be at the present date, 1898. 

At night, on the first day, they put up at Stocking's tavern in Hudson, a 
distance of twenty-eight miles from New Lebanon. Then crost the North 
River at Catskill and reacht the village of Kingston. The third night they 
were in Montgomery. On the 24th of May they past the Goshen Court House 
and reacht Brooktown. On the 25th, they left the state of New York and 
entered New Jersey, and at night were in the town of Hardwick. 

From New Jersey they past into the state of Pennsylvania and stopt at 
. Easton Hotel. For the first time, during the journey, they now meution the 
crossing of a toll-bridge. 

They next past through a Moravian town and at night stopt at the village 
of Kutestown. The next day they reacht Mayorstown and on the 29th of 

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May they were in Harrisburg, and were pleased to note that the house kept 
by Jeremiah Rees was '^a place of good entertainment." They now crost 
the Susquehanna river and reacht the village of Shippingsburg. The jouniiy 
took them over the Blue Ridge Mountains and over Sideling and Race Hills, 
to the tavern kept at the foot of Dry Ridge. After riding some thirty-seven 
miles farther they rested for the night. 

While passing over Mount Pleasant a large rattlesnake lay coiled by the 
side of the road. Providing a safe place for the horses, the Brethren ob- 
tained some weapons from an old fence, and soon put the venomous reptile 
where it could do no harm. This night they rested in South Huntington. 
After crossing Monongahela river, and getting their clothes very wet and 
muddy, they rode on till they reacht the village in Washington. 

On June 5th they entered the state of Virginia and crost the Ohio river, at 
the ferry, and remained at that place during the night. Their next stop was 
at Morristown. Leaving this place they past through Cambridge and over 
another toll-bridge and rested for the night in Union township. They next 
crost the Muskingum river and stopt at Redding. The next day they past 
through Lancaster and rested at night in Pickaway. Then crost the Scioto 
river, and at night rested in Fairfield. 

Altho they were nearly at their journey's end and had traveled some twen- 
ty miles they made this special note, — "It was by the worst road that ever 
any man would desire to see." When they rv'acht the village of Vernon and 
made preparations to rest for the night, it must have been with thankful 
hearts for the protecting care of a kind Providence. 

On the 12th of June which was the last day of the journey and was to be 
about twenty miles, they crost the little Miami river and then past through 
the village of Lebanon, which was only a few miles from Believers. A kind 
and hearty welcome was extended to the Brethren on reaching the family 
where Elder David Darrow lived. There was great cause of gratitude for the 
safe arrival of the Brethren, after making such an extended journey of seven 
hundred and fifty-five miles. 

These Brethren, altho so far from home were not wholly among strangers , 
as several Brethren and Sisters had been sent to Union Village, as early as 
1805, from the Society of New Lebanon. 

June 13. As this diary was written by Brother William Deming there is 
but little said about Brother Eliab Harlow altho he was evidently in the com- 
pany most of the time. ]t is a curious fact that the first building which the 
Brethren visited for inspection was the Meeting House. The eariy Shakers 
manifested a very commendable zeal in provid ing a place for public worship, 
as a building of the first importance in the interests of the Society. They 
next visited the saw-mill and learned that the Shakers hauled and sawed their 
own lumber for the several buildings which they were proposing to build. 
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leather and were also able to sell to those not of the Community. William 
entered at once into the duties of the place and became an interested and 
profitable visitor. One day he accompanied the Brethren to the woods, to 
obtain a load of butternut bark and the next day he was at work in the saw- 
mill. He assisted them in laying the sills to the new dwelling and then in 
the drawing of stones for building purposes. 

As Brother Eliab was a very skillful physician, he was evidently more or 
less occupied in the duties of his special office. 

The visit at Turtle Creek, as Union Village was then called, lasted till the 
11th of July. A Public Service was held on each Sabbath. The preachers 
were Elder Benjamin S. Youngs and Richard McNemar. 

Two Bi*ethreu from Busro were at Union Village on a visit, Robert Gill 
and John Stoveu. John had been taken prisoner by the Indians, several 
times and through them suffered much abuse. It was fear of these Indian 
raids that caused the Believers to leave their settlement in Busro. 

On the 11 th of July the Brethren from New Lebanon left Union Village 
for Pleasant Hill, Ky. in company with Joseph Allen. It was a journey of 
four days. ''The land on which the Believers have settled is very excellent, 
but rather uneven, stony in some places and everywhere a solid body of rock 
underneath. On the 21st of July, 1 accompanied eight Brethren to Salt 
River, on a fishing excursion. We waded in the water for six hours and 
caught forty-eight little fishes. They were bull-heads, perch and flat-sides." 

"With Bix>ther Joseph we visited the Deer Park of Col. Thomson. He 
had five elk and forty deer." 

''The Meeting House was not finisht and I assisted Samuel Hooser, who 
was at work on the building, during one day. We visited several families of 
Believers who had not yet moved to the Community and enjoyed a vei^ prof- 
itable time." The settlement at Pleasant Hill, at that date was called Shaw- 
nee Run. 

July 30. The Brethren left for South Union or Jasper and reacht that 
place on the evening of the third day. On this trip they forded the Roll- 
ing Fork, Green River, Little Barren River and Big Barren River. They 
visited two caves and went in about ten rods and pronounced them beautiful 
sights. A visit was made to the families of Elisha Thomas, John Rankin 
and Samuel Edes. 

"We entered one cave that was forty feet deep. At the bottom of this 
cave was a swift rushing stream. It was a river in the earth.** "On the 
Sabbath we attended the Public Service, but some of the spectators behaved 
very rudely.'* 

On the 7 th of August the Brethren left Jasper and directed their courpe 
homeward. They past by a mound that had recently been uncovered. It 
proved to be very interesting. Trees were growing on it that measured some 
thirty inches in diameter. The mound was thirty feet high and forty rods in 

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circumference near the ground. On the 9th of August they again reacht 
Shawnee Run or Pleasant Hill and remained there till the 21st, when they 
moved on to Union Village where they arrived at evening on the 23rd. The 
distance traveled since leaving Ohio was five hundred and fifty-eight miles, 
and the expenses $7.48 

The Brethren remained at Union Village till the 13th of September when 
they left that place for home, returning by the same route that was taken on 
their journey west. Two Sisters who had been visiting at Union Village re- 
turned with them to New Lebanon, where they aU arrived in safety at noon 
on the 3rd of October. They had traveled during their journey two thousand 
two hundred and eighty-seven miles, and their expenses were $65.43 



[ Written for Brother Samuel Kendrick,'} 

SAFELY ANCHORED. 

By Ada 8. Cummings. 

All was quiet in the Hai'bor, 
Evening shades were close at hand, 
Where the ever restless waters 
Beat upon the silv'ry sand. 
And the sun was slowly sinking 
'Neath the cloud's resplendent rim, 
When a barque from life's long journey 
To the port, came sailing in. 
Now throw out the anchoring hawser 
And make fast the sturdy barque, 
Which has stood through storm and danger. 
Out upon life's ocean, dark I 
For unto the port of Heaven 
Comes the craft, all safe at last ; 
Oh how grandly o'er the billows 
Has it rode thro' tempest's blast ! 
Thus, within the twil^ht's gloaming. 
Many ships come sailing in ; 
Sailing in from storm and danger, 
There a place of rest to win 
Where the wicked cease from troubling 
And the weary are set fi*ee. 
Safe, within the golden harbor, 
Where the many mansions be. 

There, beneath the glimmering shadows 
Of the sunset's borderland, 



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Where the ever murmuring waters 
Beat upon the shining strand ; 
There, our barques will some time anchor 
To the moorings on the shore, 
Whei-e the beacon from the Lighthouse 
Sheds its rays foreveimore. 
There the weary sailors gather 
When their sun sinks in the West, 
And the Captain, — Christ, our Father, 
Gives to them their well-earned rest. 
There they dwell beside the river. 
Safe within the port of Love, 
Firmly anchored to the Haven, 
In their happy home above. 
Sabhaihday Lake^ Me, 



A FRIENDLY ^W^ARNING. 

. By Virgie Breedlove. 

EVEN tho there should exist in every Community, one or more of that 
very unpleasant class known as mischief-makers, our duty to Society 
becomes more imperative, as we walk among them to see that we are not 
brought under the same influence. 

As we would avoid a scorpion through fear of its deadly poison, so we 
would avoid the influence of an habitual mischief-maker, who destroys the 
happiness of Society 

Some have compared these unpleasant busy bodies, to the "Stormy Petrels" 
of the ocean, as their presence is quite certain of a forth-coming storm. 
. But while the little bird is innocent of doing any harm, the man or woman 
who engeiiders strife by exaggeration, or by false representations is a sad af- 
fliction to any society. 

By some eminent minds this is clast as a disease, and sanitary means 
should be used to bring, about the return of a better state. Sometimes their 
very presence is an indication of trouble. Their woid is not reliable, they 
twist and contort the simplest i-emark, till it becomes entirely changed. 

Sometimes these persons are known to misrepresent even their best friends, 
and in this way not only injure others, but bring great harm npon themselves. 
Truly '*the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of dead- 
ly poison," especially if it becomes the medium of the social mischief-maker. 
South UnioUi Ky, 



l^OTHiNG great, nothing curious, nothing marvelous, nor even miraoulous in creat- 
ures, tends in the least to effect the work of regeneration. This is wrought by daily 
self-denial, mortification and suffering: by quietly and patiently doing and Buffering 
the will of God, and rejecting our own.— 5. W, P. ^^^^^^ ^^ ^ v^v^^iv. 



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JUNE, 1898. 



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NOTES ABOUT HOME. 

Mt. Lebanon, N. Y. 

April. 

Average of Weather at Mt Lebanon. 

Thermometer. Rain. Snow. 

1897. 45.77 3.5 in. 4 in. 

1898. 42. 3.125 '' 8 " 
Highest Temp, during this mo. 66 above 0. 
Lowest - " " " 18 '^ " 
Number of rainy days " " 10 

" " snowy " " " 4 

" '' clear " »' " 9 

'' cloudy '' " '' 7 



May, 1898. 
The spring has put on its vernal attire. 
The green fields are decked with yellow 
and white floral tints, and violets open 
their petals to variegate the sombre green. 



The trees are opening their blossoms to 
afford labor for the busy bees to gather 
honey all the day from every opening 
flower. The husbandmen are busy turn- 
ing the greensward and putting in the 
seed for the future harvest of cereals and 
vegetables, the life sustaining products of 
man and beast The planting and sowing 
is risky business this spring, we are hav- 
ing so much rainy weather, but with all 
the hinderances we are making progress. 
We have started a new strawberry bed of 
between two thousand and three thousand 
plants which chiefly are the Bubach No. 5 
with an admixture of Lovett as fertilizers. 

The medicine business is our chief 
source of revenue in the Brethren's line of 
industries. The Sisters have a variety of 
fancy work which furnishes them with 
needful cash. The Brethren and Sisters 
work harmoniously in bearing the burdens 
of life, in this they are the light of the 
world. They stand on a plane of equality 
in things spiritual and temporal. 

At present, the available help of both 
Brethren and Sisters is employed in divest- 
ing two hundred coon skins of fur and 
hair. This tries the texture of the skin 
on the hands of the workmen; but as the 
Irishman said; *'Sure for the money it 
must be done." This fur-pulling uses up 
the best part of three weeks. 

With all the burdens to keep the mortal 
temples in uprightness we endeavor to 
keep our spiritual sanctums fitted for the 
entrance into the home eternal in the 
Heavens, so that we may be made welcome 
by the denizens of the Christ sphere, the 
realm of supernal glory. At present we 
have living ministers among us who keep 
the gospel furnace flaming hot for the 
consuming of sin of every name and nar 
ture. 

The health of the family is evidently 

good as all attend to taking their daily 

rations, and are ready and willing to use 

their strength where it is felt they can do 

the most good. Blessed are they that can 

love and bless both with heart and hands 

for they shall be crowned with life eternal. 
Calvin Q, Reed. 



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South Family. 

May, 1898. 

Live, love, laugh and joyous be 
Grand truths In nature quickly see 
Learn the music in the air 
Which is floating every where. 
Note the beauty of each plant 
Know that Go:l to each does grant 
Special care all of his own 
To each rock and tiny stone. 

On Tuesday evening April 12th, in the 
Hall of the Church family, Dr. Peebles 
lectured on his circuit around the world. 
Many went to hear him tell of scenes and 
people he had seen. It was strangely 
charming to hear about his foreign travels, 
first to far Australia's shores and their 
ways and peculiar style of living, as the 
Bushmen apart from culture and civiliza- 
tion. Of the heathen and their life, of 
India, that land of wondrous fame; of 
the Brahmans and Buddhists. He witness- 
ed many scenes of the Brahmans won- 
drous skill ; the power they have to move 
material things by their will. Some books, 
he said, were laid upon a table in a room 
where sat a wise old Brahman who beckon- 
ed to them to move across the floor to him 
saying, '*come, come," when instantly the 
table rockt and the books moved along 
the floor and stopt just where the Doctor 
stood. He took them up, examined them, 
and found they were real books. 

At the close of the lecture the congre- 
gation sang that grand old melody, **God 
is infinitely able to sustain the weak and 
feeble." 

On April 13, we held a meeting and 
Dr. Peebles spoke again, which made the 
people glad. Singing and speaking was 
In order, and not a few spirits of departed 
friends were present. We marcht the 
good inspiring march and sung the old 
songs ; — the same sweet songs we used to 
sing when we were young. That meeting 
we will not soon forget. 

Among the fine entertainments of the 
season we record the Arbor Day exhibition 
by the public school. The dialogs and 
recitations were of the very best; all orig- 
inal, — the work of Sister Ada Brown the 



Principal of the school. Each part was 
perfectly executed, the singing was com- 
mendable. Sister Rosetta Stevens pre- 
sided at the organ. A pretty piece was 
sung entitled **You Know Where the 
Violets Grow" words and music by Sister 
Rosetta, assistant teacher. 

At the close of the exercises the National 
air was sung by the school and the schol- 
ars marcht away a merry band. Repre- 
sentatives from all the families were pres- 
ent to participate in the loyal spirit of the 
day. 

Geiieiyieve DeOruw. 



Shaker Station, Conn. 

North family. 

May, 1898. 
Mark our wnys, bow qoiseless 
AJl, and sweetly voiceless, 
Tbo the March winds pipe to make our pas- 
sage clear; 
Not a whisper tells 
Where our small see«l dwells, 
Nor Is known the moment greou when our 
tips appear. 
We threa l the earth in silence. 
In slleift'c build our bowers. 
And leaf by leaf In silence show, till we 
laugh atop sweet flowers. 

Again the earth has donned her emerald 
robe, and seems to have quite forgotten 
the pure mantle she so recently wore. 
Cherry-trees are white with bloom, and 
peach-trees promise a harvest. The or- 
chards are much improved by the skillful 
use of the pruning-knife. Fruit trees 
past their days of bloom, and others un- 
serviceable have been hewn down, and in 
their stead have set out one hundred and 
ten cherry and plum trees. We have al- 
so set out a large bed of asparagus. 

Our Sister Florence Staples who was so 
successful in the cultivation of currants 
in Canaan, has already commenced lier 
favorite employment with five-hundred 
slips. 

Future prospects are bright. **\Ve fear 
not the coming time,^^ but while we are 
progressing and prospering in temporal 
affairs, we earnestly pray that we may not 
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of the spirit, and for the attainment of 

all virtue, that we have banded oui-selves 

together and we serve the Lord with 

gladness. 

EdUh ShufeU. 



Sliakers, N. T. 

May, 1808. 
The effort that is being made to bring 
the different religious beliefs into a closer 
communion is a commendable one. The 
World's Congress of Religions, held in 
1893 was an educator on the line of pro- 
gressive thought, and the one to be held 
in India, the present year, will be a con- 
tinuation of the work which is removing 
the angularities and overrt^aching the 
boundaries of that exclusiveness which 
for so many centuries has been the cause 
of the contentions that have arisen among 
the ^ arious beliefs. That the call should 
come from one representing a belief that 
antedates our own by many centuries is 
evidence that "the world moves onward 
and the light grows stronger." Certainly 
good must come by a compapson of ideas 
which will help remove the rust and 
mould that have collected through ages of 
exclusiveness. 

The workers on the farm and garden 
are renewing their activity and sowing the 
good seed. At present we are having a 
superabundance of rain which is retarding 
the progress of spring work; but before 
the close of the season we may be calling 
for rain, so we will accept what comes 
and be thankful. 

We enjoy the perusal of the home circle 
notes; it seems like a personal commun- 
ion with our friends, and the thoughts 
ezprest by those who are striving to sus- 
tain the publication of our Monthly are ac 
cepted with pleasure. 

Hamilton DeOrato. 



Bnfleld, N. H. 

May, 1898. 
Easteb-dat will long remain indelible 
on memory's page. Our chapel was 
well decorated with evergreens, vines, 



plants and flowers, while the varied exer- 
cises given, afforded invited friends and 
ourselves, a feast of good things. Mak- 
ing Easter, 

A day bright with mnslc, emblematic of tho*t. 
Sacred mementos of Christ, whose life bro't 
The glad tidings of love, parity and sweet 

peace, 
Frnits of a kingdom that e'er will increase 
In that sphere where truth rules and blest 

justice bears sway, 
Where night is eclipst with brightness of day ; 
Where the ensign of freedom e'er floats o'er 

the land. 
Where service to God, means service to man. 
Thus resurrecting from the darkened tombs * 

of sin. 
Souls bright with hope, all glorious nithin, 
Christ's mission on earth as his teaching's 

portray, 
Was to raise a standard and pave a way. 
Whereby to resurrect from error's dark night, 
A gospel of love, liberty and light. 
Of industry, equality, Justice and truth. 
Heaven's high estate for aged and youth. 

Our maple harvest fell below last year's 
record, yielding but one hundred and 
ninety gallons of syrup. While in operar 
tion companies of three to thirty of our 
young people, spent a few hours at the 
camp, indulging in the much prized **chop- 
sticks,^' (maple candy cooled on snow) 
swinging and having a good time. 

As I write the word camp, thought 
contrasts the peaceful significance of oars 
to the turbulent ones of the brave, liberty 
aspiring Cubans and our own American 
army. There opens to my vision the hort 
rors on sea and land and already occurred 
and must happen before the red, white 
and blue with one star can float in fi>de- 
dom. 

I turn from our dark National war 
scene and cast upon the banner of Society 
news, the bright picture revealing the ap- 
pointment of Elder William Briggs to our 
ministerial order and whose Enfield kin- 
dred give the salute, — It is well and could 
not be bettered. 

Elder Henry whose long period of ser- 
vice to East Canterbury and Enfield, 
should be untaxt with extra Society 
weight as he enamels the closing records 
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faithfalness. Unoecessary taxation of 
oae*s mental and physical structure w hen 
nearing the immortal sphere is not con- 
ducive to a cheery entrance where joy and 
sweet rest are as luxuriant in growth as 
seeds in peculiarly rich soil. 

George H. Baxter. 



Sabbathda^ Lake, Me. 

May, 1808. 

This is a beautiful morning but the 
bleak, cold wind seems unwilling to go 
and is roaring wildly among the branches 
of the trees. April has been very cold and 
rainy and we farmers and gardeners are 
much disappointed in the tarry occasioned 
by the cold weather, after such a warm and 
delightful March, but we now hope for bet- 
ter days. 

In the meantime, we have been busy, — 
Sisters on the fancy work for sale and both 
Brethren and Sisters in the greenhouse, 
days at a time, transplanting celery, cab- 
bage and flower seedlings and over eight 
hundred dozen tomato plants have been 
transplanted twice. This is pleasant work 
when blest with plenty of sunshine but 
the dull days that we have been having 
the past month have almost given us **the 
blues." 

During the past week the Sisters have 
set out a thousand strawberry plants and 
sown part of the sweet peas. The Breth- 
ren have set a row of maple trees on the 
west side of the road through our village 
which adds much to the beauty of the 
place. 

Our good aged father Samuel Kendrick 
has left us for his home in **Mansions of 
Light^' and while we miss him very much 
no doubt his influence for good will still 
remain. 

Ad.i S. Cummings. 



Narooossee, Fla. 

May, 1898. 
It may not be too much to say that dif- 
ficulty assists in the strengthening and 
conserving of human power, altho it may 
seem to the individual like passing over a 



xocky mountain to find a pleasant valley. 
It is quite true that the force which is 
used to break down the opposition, be- 
comes in the future so changed that it en- 
ables us to face new difficulties with much 
greater power. Through this we are be- 
ginning to find what may be required of 
us ti> form a home in a new country. 

Could we have shared the experience we 
now have, when we moved to Florida, we 
might, at this date, be able to sing the 
Victor's song. To-day the clouds have a 
more beautiful silver lining than ever be- 
fore. Knowledge has been gained by our 
failures and our difficulties. 

If there is to be any more Florida or 
Georgia movements we should sugpcest, 
that we look well to our laurels, and move 
slowly. We should obtain correct infor- 
mation in regard to the people, and then 
of the land we are to cultivate. 

During the past three months we have 
experienced a severe drought. The lakes 
have less water and we are able to ploi gh 
nearly two acres of muck land, and shall 
plant it with northern potatoes. Our ta- 
ble is now supplied with sweet potatoes, 
beans, cabbage and lettuce, direct from 
our garden, and on April 22, Brother 
Benjamin brought in the flrst ear of corn. 

At times we hear rumors of war, but it 
does not mar our peace. We are able to 
hold our meetings and to follow the voice 
of conscience. We are Believers in our 
quiet and humble life, and are not moved 
by the sound of war, altho it has come so 
near. We are studying diligently the 
spirit of true heroism, where the burdens 
of life are cheerfully borne and sacrifices 

willingly made. 

Aiulrew Barrett. 



THE TURNKEY. 

No. 1 

By Elder H. C Blinn. 

And now I am wondering if you ever 
saw a **Turnkey." It is a curious, little 
surgical instrument formerly used by the 
Dentists. It may be some six inches long 



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and weighs not over an ounce or two. 
The shaft of the instrument is bent at 
right angles with the handle and opposite 
to the fulcrum. 

The instrument received this name from 
the manner in which it was used. One 
turn of the hand was the only motion male 
in extracting a tooth, — hence the name. 
Forceps were not generally used till about 
1830, and even tl.en the Dentists held te- 
naciously to the key, by saying that all the 
teeth could not be extracted with the for- 
ceps. 

Persons sometimes love to tell marvel- 
ous stories of the wondei*ful instruments 
of torture which they have seen in some 
foreign country, and yet we have one in 
our own home that has won a markt dis- 
tinction through a long series of years. 

Who invented the Turnkey? History is 
lortunate in that it leaves us to conjecture. 
Some say the credit or discredit should be 
awarded to Garengeot, who lived in Eu- 
rope, but as the '^Dental Canthook*' is al- 
so said to have been invented in Europe, 
the whole matter of inventions may be 
open to doubt.* 

If the writer of the book of Genesis had 
inserted so much as one paragraph about 
aching teeth we should have believed at 
once, that some son of Cain, as they were 
all cunning workmen, made this wonder- 
ful instrument. And yet, neither Jabal 
nor Jubal nor Tubal may have ever seen a 
Turnkey. 

Possibly it may have been invented at 
the time when men were studying for 
forms of exquisite torture, to make other 
men deny their faith in a just God. It 
would no doubt, have been a valuable ac- 
quisition to the set of tools used for that 
purpose. 

History is positive in reference to the 
use of pincers for pulling out the finger 
nails and toe nails of the condemned, and 
like their notable descendant, Snyder, they 
may have used these same tools in the ex- 
traction of teeth. 

We may, after all, be obliged to credit 
a more modern page of history, and look 
among the peaceable yeomen of the old 



country for this now discarded instrument 

Dr. Fitch thinks that an interest must 
have been taken in the care, in the use- 
fulness and beauty, as well as in the gen- 
eral appearance of the teeth from the earli- 
est age of man. That even then some 
means were provided to correct deformi- 
ties and to extract broken or decayed 
teeth. 

In his Dental Surgery, page 7 he says: — 
**That the Natural History of the teeth, bo 
far as regarded their development, and 
their Anatomy as far as concerned their 
form, external appearance and insertion 
in the jaws, must necessarily have been 
known to the earliest races of men.^* 

With the Brahmans, the care of cleaning 
their teeth is coeval with the date of their 
religion. The early Greeks had a class 
whom they spoke of as Physicians or Sur- 
geon Dentists. They have also spoken of 
artificial teeth as a common occurrence. 
Martial, a Greek poet, says; — "Are you 
not ashamed to purchase [artificial] teeth 
and hair, but what will you do for an eye, 
as there are none to sell." 

In the "Dark Ages'' came a night of ig- 
norance, and much of science and art was 
hid from sight. On the return of learning 
at a later date, with other things came the 
better knowledge of the teeth, and in 1563 
Eustachius publish t his first work on 
Dentistry. 

Other works followed this, and by 1771 
a long list could be named that treated 
moi*e or less fully upon the Anatomy and 
use and abuse of natural and artificial 
teeth. 

One of these dark age physicians was 
consulted in regard to a swelling of the 
cheek, and decided it was a tumo^. The 
tumor however, proved to be an accumu- 
lation of tai*tar. He then procured a 
hammer and chisel and went to work. 
The tooth and tartar were soon dislodged, 
and the specimen was sent to the Academy 
of Surgery in 1789 where it can be seen, 
as well as the error of the surgeon. 

We have still another line for investi- 
gation, and it seems to be quite favorable. 
' If we could establish the date of the in- 

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vention of the "Canthook," I think there 
would be no doubt about the **Tiirnkey." 
They evidently were brought out, on the 
same day. One would almost think that 
they were invented by a man who hauled 
logs or workt in a saw-mill, as they bear 
so close a resemblance to one of the tools 
which these men use. 

In the rolling of logs, levers of different 
patterns are used, but the most eti&cient 
instrument in this work is the Canthook. 
When it is fastened to a log it does not 
easily quit its hold, and with its long 
handle it affords a powerful leverage. 
(To be continued.) 



MY HOMB. 
By WUliam Bird. 

Take me home to^the place 

Where I first saw the light. 

To my dear Shaker friends take me home. 

Where they sing with delight,. 

And praise God, day and night, 

To my loved Shaker friends take me home. 

In that good Shaker Home 
Where they learn to serve the Lord, 
Where they do his holy will 
And praise in one accord. 
Here they live as Sister — Brother 
And serve the Lord together 
Rejoicing in his work all the day. 
East Canterbury, A', ff. 



BBOINNINQ THE DAY. 

OuB early hours tune all the rest of the 
day. Broken, discordant, or disfigured 
days are possible largely because we have 
not learned to protect their beginnings. 
We trust to chance to get through the 
day. Against such dangers a devotional 
habit is the surest and most natural pro- 
tection. An appeal to oui* own experience 
reveals that only as we have made it a 
rule to pray have we prayed effectively. 
To respect this rule rather than our moods 
is the only guarantee of secure and steady 
living. We may say as little as we please 
about our devotional habits, but a Chris- 
tian life which can rely upon itself is sure 



to have them. There is a sustained power 
in the life which carefully observes its de- 
votions, and nowhere do we need them 
more than at the beginning of each mys- 
terious new day, with all its unknown 
dangei*8 and blessings. — S. S. Timea. 



THE CHILD'S VOJCB. 
liy Ar.hur E. MasHry. 

The voice of a child 

In a wilderness wild 

Came floating on dew laden air. 

It rivaled all sound, 

And made my heart bound. 

Till all things lookt wondrously fair. 

The heavens seemed brighter. 
My steps grew much lighter, 
I breathed a soul prayer void of speech ; 
'Twas the voice of Great AUM 
Spake through that child form, 
A sweet lesstm my sad soul to teach. 
It said; "Be a child. 
Pure, humble and mild, 
Consider the lilies of earth. 
Bid all care depai-t, 
That Christ in thy heart 
May now seal thy Spiritual birth " 
Xarcoossee, Fla. 



The confession of sin to God, is one of 
the foundation principles of the Shaker 
Church. It is taught from Genesis to 
Revelation and in Christ^ s church must be 
a ruling feature. An unconfest Christian 
would be quite like the description of old 
Babylon, as given by the Revelator, — **The 
habitation of demons, and the hold of ev- 
ery foul spirit, and a cage of every un- 
clean and hateful bird." 



2!^='In the days of Slavery, Canaan 
New Hampshire Academy was broken up 
for the unpardonable sin of admitting a 
few colored pupils on equal terms with 
the white, by vote of the people in legal 
town meeting assembled. The edifice 
was lifted from its foundations, and by 
three hundred men and a hundred yoke of 
oxen was hauled out of town. — Acts cf 
Anil' Slavery Apostles. ^ t 

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Having been faithful to the end, we 
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Sophia Gregory, at Pleasant Hill, Ky. 
April 27, 1898. Age 88 years and 9 mo. 

Sister Sophia entered the Society when 
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THE SPIRITUAL HEGm^^TAY. 

By Elder Henry C. Blinn. 

ON our journey through this life, beset as it is with so many allurements, 
it is well to bear in mind that there is a highway in which the Lord's 
people may walk, — a state of righteousness into which they may enter, and 
a Kingdom of God in which they can own an inheritance. In some things 
we may claim to be in advance of those who have gone on before us, but we 
may feel amply compensated if by watchfulness and prayer we may attain to 
the gospel interest that was so fully set forth by the apostle who prayed that 
he might be able "to present eve 17 man perfect in Christ Jesus." 

With what zeal he toiled, day and night, to impart a knowledge of the 
testimony of the Christ. Hear what he says of the persecutions that he suf- 
fered while preaching the Christian faith, — "Thrice was I beaten with rods, 
once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day have I been 
in the sea. In perils by robbers, in perils by my own countrymen, in perils 
in the wilderness and in perils among false brethren. In weariness and pain- 
fulness, in watchings, in hunger and in thirst." — 2 Cor. xi., 25. 

In this we have the record of a minister of the Christ, who dared to do the 
work to which he was called, and to become crucified to the world. May the 
people of God in this day, be no less faithful and no less zealous to work for 
the cause of righteousness. The Apostle had no confusion in his mind when 
he informed the church that he would like to present every one perfect in 
Christ. He had been acquainted with the history of mankind for several 
thousands of years. He had learned that in the beginning God had made 

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man upright; — had made him after his own image and likeness, and hud be- 
stowed on him a fulness of divine gifts. He had learned that God had walk- 
ed and talked with man, face to face, as one friend converseth with another. 

He was now learning that man had neglected to keep the laws of God, ami 
had put righteousness far from his soul, and in some cases had become des- 
perately wicked. Some of the best witnesses thought that the evil spirit was 
in the ascendency and in their confessions had said, — ''There is none thiit 
doeth good, no, not one." It must have been a low state of society when 
men could defraud each other, could rob and even destroy the lives of their 
fellow-men and then reach the place in history, where by doing these things, 
they could believe they were engaged in God's S( rvice. 

But the earth is the Lord's and ihe fulness thereof, and this day of wars 
and slaughter must come to an end. The God of Love and Peace would 
rule the earth. The Prophets began to assure the people of a better day 
when nations should learn war no more ; when the knowledge of God should 
cover the land as the waters cover the sea. That a day should come when 
the testimony of truth should burn as an oven, and all the proud, yea and all 
that do wickedly should be consumed as stubble. 

The Apostle had lived to see that day and had heard the testimony of the 
Christ, to repent and make strait paths for himself and for the -LorvUs people 
in which they could walk with safety. A day in which every knee should 
bow and every tongue confess after their baptism into the Holy Spirit and fire, 
that essential ministration of the Chrtst's Kingdom. He had lived to see 
the day when all unrighteousness would be consumed as stubble and men 
would grow unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of the Christ. 

Then comes the mystery that men have thrown around the gospel work. 
Making public profession that they could not understand it themselves, and 
were quite well assured that others could not understand it. By the side of 
this they have built up a creed and then multiplied to themselves fonns and 
ceremonies till the truth is almost wholly obscured from sight. That which 
Jesus had taught was soon lost from view and in place of his spiritual mission 
the church accepted all the worldly relations that had occupied the mind of 
man. They chose darkness rather than light and from this darkness grew 
the distorted views of a future life. 

Whatever may be said by speculative minds upon the subject of present or 
future happiness, an unerring guide has been given that we may not miss the 
prize and this privilege is awarded to the pure in heart, to those who by 
an honest confession are made able to deny themselves of all ungodliness and 
every worldly lust. It is for them to put off the old man with his deeils and 
put on the Lord, Jesus Christ. "For every knee shall bow" before the spirit 
of the Christ, "and every tongue confess" to the light that comes to them 
from God. This forms the discipline of the gospel work for evei-y man. It 
is to be the rule of his whole life. He is to t>ecome a new creature in his 



THE MANIFESTO. 99 

general deportment. To speak a new language of which the angels of God 
need nut be ashamed. 

To b3 presented perfect in Christ Jesus we must be cleansed from all un- 
righteousness. This must include the whole of life ; the manner in which we 
eat and drink, the language we speak, the raiment we wear, and no less the 
spiritual foundation upon which we build. 
Eaat Canterbury, N. H, 



FAITH. 

By Jessie Evans, 

FAITH is distinctly a gift of God to the soul. The natural mind knows 
nothing of the spiritual insight which is "the substance of things hoped 
for, the evidence of things not seen;" "the natural man receiveth not the 
things of the Spirit of God : for they are foolishness unto him ; neither can 
be know them, because they ar^ spiritually discerned." The mind which 
grasps only material evidence and believes only what the senses convey to 
it, can not lay claim to the possession of this essentially immaterial virtue. 

Faith is far-sighted. It sees the victory beyond the battle, harvest be- 
yond seed-time, calm after storm, plenty after famine, glory after conquest, 
answer during prayer and fulfillment in promise. Faith is never discouraged, 
never cast down. Faith breathes optimism. Present conditions, while any- 
thing but gratifying are viewed, not as a permanent evil, but as a means 
leading by its bitter, its serious lessons to an all -glorious end. The exceed- 
ing whiteness of soul alluded to by the inspired Revelator was that "which 
came oitt of great tribulation" — not untried virtue. 

Faith is a strong gift, which succumbs to no opposite element. "Change 
and decay in all around" we see, human affections rise and fall, fortune's 
smiles and frowns alternate ; and while at times we are permitted to feel that 
every wind is in our favof, at others we experience the reverses which make 
ns wary. Faith comes from the heavens to our relief, as an unfailing spring 
in a desert — a deep abiding trust that our God is an arm that is "not short- 
ened," an eye that never slumbers, and an omnipresence that takes cognizance 
of every parching wind of earth that sweeps over us. Like charity, faith 
'*hopeth all things, endureth all things" and "never faileth." 

Jesus's life was a glorious reign of the Christ faith. The record of his 
divine ministry shows the extremes of human expression. He was both reti- 
cent and aggressive, taciturn and eloquent, persuasive and compulsive, sim- 
ple yet mysterious — but all proceeded from the spirit power which was an un- 
obstructed emanation from God to him, and which may t)e as freely trans- 
mitted to us through Christ as mediator. The faith manifested by Jesus, the 
faith which buoyed his soul even through the death agonies of Gethsemane, 

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may be ours. How dark, how hopeless is a life unlighted by the sunshine of 
faith ! 

The eye of the human sees the heavy burden, the weary nei-ves sink 
under the pressure of its iron hand, but the eye of faith catches sight of the 
"everlasting aiin," which is underneath, always between us and the trial — 
and tho the burden must still be borne, with Christ we whisper, "My yoke is 
easy and my burden light,'* since the Almighty is with me. "Without faith 
it is impossible to please God," for this is the avenue through which he 
speaks to his earth children. 

With what glorious faith is the Lord's Prayer freighted! — "for thine is 
the kingdom and the power and the glory forever!" Faith such as that 
which sustained our holy Savior, if sown in the human family, tho only as 
grains of "mustard seed,*' would revolutionize all the affairs of men. The 
"mountain" is "cast into the sea" at the command of faith ; if we still strug- 
gle with the mountain we have no faith, since Christ's words never have been 
proved false. 

But carnal reasoning has crept insidiously into our religious circles and its 
sinister influence clouds the vision. Faith does not stand before the bar of 
human argument. We should at all times be able to give a reason for th$ 
hope that is within us, yet who can "by searching find out God?" Faith is 
the breath of the eternal, hence can not be defined by the finite. Can a 
child tell why he reposes implicit faith in the mother love that is his wing of 
safety, whatever betide ? Neither are we able by any force of logic to impart to 
another the history of our heaven- born faith. "Deep calleth unto deep," 
and through spiritual media alone does faith find expression. It is "as if 
a man should cast seed into the ground and should sleep and rise night and 
day, and the seed should spring up and grow, he knoweth not how." 

A writer has left this beautiful allusion to the subject ; — 

**With constant faith surpassing doubt 
I stand and watch the tide go out, 
That 'twill come back I say to you 
I do not kno^T, and yet I do. 

At eventide I see the day 
Put night on guard and go away, 
Will morning come the mist to woo? 
I do not know and yet I do. 

I see the sere that autumns bring. 
Will verdure come with waking spring? 
My faith alone can answer true — 
I do not know and yet I do. 

We see our loved ones droop and die, 

Hath heaven a brighter life on high? 

Is death the vale that leads thereto?— 

I do not know and yet I do." ^ , 

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''The faith once delivered to the saints" has been entrusted to our keeping 
— ^the faith of the martyrs who have died for it, the faith of the holy who 
have lived for it. It behooves us to stand fast to its behests like men and 
women of God. The good old gospel ship has not lost one of its timbers. 
Its crew, few or many, are all "free volunteers," the deserter shuns the 
working force. 

Passengers leave at all ports ; but officers and men are at the post of duty 
until the voyage is ended. Our spiritual ''stars and stripes" float aloft un- 
harmed by a century's cannonading from the enemy. 

Faith — a living failh borne out in practical righteousness — gives us hourly 
impulse toward freedom and victory, and doubt dies in its presence. God is 
God, "the same yesterday, to-day and forever," and our faith is anchored 
there. 

East Canterbury J N, H. 



VISIT OF OUR BROTHER, DR. J. H. PE EBIES. 

By Catherine Allen, 

THROUGH the "Banner of Light" we learned that our esteemed friend 
and brother of long acquaintance was again to cross the continent, leav- 
ing his home in San Diego, California for regions near our home, his object 
that of attending the fiftieth anniversary of the advent of Modern Spiritual- 
ism held in Rochester, N. Y. 

For a long time he has kept his connection with us only through conespond- 
ence, but responding to an invitation from the North family to again visit us 
in person, he gave a most cordial reply and on April 11, we had the pleasure 
of receiving Jiim in our home. 

Since our last meeting, time had whitened his locks, but in his erect form 
and energetic manner we noted not failure, but rather an increase of vigor, 
which at the age of seventy-seven gave promise of verifying the teachings of 
one of his books entitled, "How to Live a Century and Grow Old Gracefully." 

It may interest many to know by what means and to what degree. Doctor 
Peebles holds the relationship of Brother to our Order. About thirty years 
since, when attending a convention of Reformers in New York City, at 
which Elder Frederic W. Evans was present, he felt strongly imprest to ac- 
knowledge the latter as a spiritual Father. Moved by this feeling, after the 
meeting he sought introduction to Elder Frederic, and expressing a desire for 
a further interview was invited to the hotel where he made known the lead- 
ings of the spirit and took the initiatory step by freely opening his mind. He 
thus practically acknowledged the principle of mediation as establisht in our 
Church, believing that it would prove to him a protection from the influences 
of nnregenerate spirits and a means of quickening the receptive faculties to a 
fuller influx from celestial realms. 

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Being a spiritual spiritist and deeply religious, he placed no undue value 
on the chaff of merely phenomenal manifestalions, but sought tlie living 
truth that would touch the inner life and elevate to that high plane to which 
Jesus referred when he said; — "If I be lifted up I will draw all men unto 
me." To be ministered to by ''Christ angelb" and through conquest of the 
earthly life within, to hold permauent relationship with spirits in and out of 
the body who had thus entered the resurrection life, was hi« expressed desire 
at the time of his first meeting with Elder Frederic. Subsequently he visited 
Mt. Lebanon, which he has ever since consideied his spiritual center, — the 
home of his soul. 

In his recent visit he immediately put himself at our service, and tlie firat 
evening the Church family met with us for an informal meeting where we 
heard much of interest, connected with his travels and experiences with peo- 
ple and places. He seemed alive with the Spirit and desired that chairs be 
set aside while we entered into the march, but the room being rather small 
for so large a company, this was deferred till another occasion. 

As a physician of long experience, and one who has studied man as a tri- 
une being, body, soul and spirit we felt confidence in his advice concerning 
the treatment of disease. Without denying that matter is matter and that 
evil is evil, he accepts and teaches what to us seems the central truth and vi- 
tal principle of the many Christian Science and Mental Healing theories, that 
Grod, goodness, truth and health are pohilive in nature, evil and disease neg- 
ative conditions, that all creative and renewing forces work from within out- 
ward. He believes that medicines (from the vegetable kingdom) may some- 
times be helpful on the same principle that different qualities of food may 
supply certain deficiencies, intelligent observance of physiological law is always 
necessary, but most potent of all healing properties is that influx from the 
divine creative Source, made possible to those who cultivate the receptive 
faculties to this end. 

' The second evening, the four families of the Society assembled at the 
Church family to hear a discourse upon things of this world and that whieh 
is to come. Rich in instniction and inspirational power were the two houi-s 
of our assembling there. 
Mt, Lebanon^ N. T, 

[^The following sketch from the pen of Dr. Peebles ^ is taken from ^^ The 
Light of Truth'' of May 7, 1898.;\ 

THE SHAKEE8 AND 8HAKEE SPIRITUALISM. 

By Dr, J, M, Peebles, 

Tho several times encircling the globfe, I have never seen— never found a Christian. 
I have found Methodists, Baptists, Presbyterians, Mormons, Seventh-Day Advent- 
ists— selling, cheating, persecuting, marrying, robbing, fighting and even killing 

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each other on gory battlefields, and all "In his name." But not a Christian, a real 
genuine, spiritually-minded Christian, did I see. I saw and heard of those professing 
Ohiistianity, but professing and possessing are very different things. Those profess- 
i Dg were just as scheming, worldly and wicked as those they condemned for not 
having a creed fashioned after their own. In fact, they were earthy and fully in line 
with John Milton^ s Mythic Demons. On a sunny spring day, I was dropt down from 
the carriage into the midst of several families or societies of Christians — and what a 
change! what quietness! what peace ! Altho advocating for many years tliat heaven 
was only a condition, I was now half inclined to say — **It is a place — and I have 
found it" 

Tho the Shakers have existed in America for a hundred years or more, the masses 
du not seem to fully understand their teachings or the heavenly lives that they live. 
The Shaker socialism is largely a pattern of an Essenean or Nazarenean commu- 
nism of Apostolic times. They are a spiritual people. They do not profess per- 
fection, but they are seeking to attain the highest and the purest. 

I know of no locality where there is so much freedom, real soul freedom, as in 
Shaker communities, and by freedom I mean liberty, the sweet liberty to do right 
—to come into order and live the better, higher life. These Communities are not 
as numerously peopled as they were many years ago. This was prophesied by their 
seers and visionists, and it was further prophesied that ere the close of this century 
there would begin a great ingathering of ripened souls. 

The Shakers are a progressive people. They seek the new improvements in ma- 
chinery, in culinary affairs and also in literature. They will not fight During the 
Civil War, in Kentucky, both armies, the North and the South, marcht through and 
over their farms and they fed both armies from their bams, their storehouses and 
their tables. They believe in arbitration for the settlement of difficulties. 

The Shakers have made a practical exemplification of woman suffrage, of woman's 
equality with man, for a hundred years. In their families the government is held 
and equally administered by both male and female, the two halves of one circle. 

Many, very many whom I know would be infinitely better off, physically, mental- 
ly, morally and spiritually if they were to gather into these beautiful Shaker homes. 
Here they would find tender, sympathizing brothers and sisters. Here they would 
find music, libraries to read, gardens to be cultivated, fields to be tilled, and asso- 
ciations at once refining, loving and spiritualizing. Of course they would not find 
perfection — perfection does not abound upon this earth. There is but one absolute 
perfection in the universe, and that is Ood — ^but there is no place whei*e the perfect 
life is so readily and philosophically attained as in a Shaker community. 

The above description of what I saw, or heard or know of the Shakers, especially 
at Mt Lebanon, is true, and the truth as I see it I will fearlessly speak and fearless- 
ly write, and that, too, if I offend every acquaintance, forfeit every friendship, part 
with every friend and lose every earthly possession. This is my motto: "Peace- 
peace if possible, but the truth at all hazards and at all prices." 
Indianapolis, Ind* 



In Memory of our Sister, SALLT CEELET. 

By Elder Abraham Pei'kina, 

^^/^ OD is good to Israel, to such as are of a clean heart;" — and such 

VJT was the character of Sister Sally. For seventy years I have been 

acquainted with her life and know whereof 1 speak. Of her genuine good- 

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104 THE MANIFESTO. 

ness, her kindness of heart, her gentleness of spirit, her humility and self- 
sacrifice, I have seen and known much. 

With a God-fearing spirit she abounded, ever bearing testimony ngainst 
every form of evil, tho it cost her suffering, and tho in a degree, it severed 
friendships she would gladly hold ; and yet, with that testimony she exer- 
cised care and gentleness, to avoid giving wounds ; and knowing such effect 
it grieved her and reconciliation and pardon would invariably be sought. 

In the order of the anointed priesthood, a strong faith was early planted 
in her soul and it was with the greatest care and interest, spiritually vital, 
that she sought to understand the gift at th^ altar and the will of those who 
ministered thereat, so firmly did she believe this to be the means of God for 
salvation. Indeed there was no rest for her, until she could feel her soul un- 
vailed before the light resting there, and through that mediatorial oixler she 
received blessing. Persistent as was Jacob who would not sufi'er the angel 
to go until he blest him, so our Sister wrestled for that spirit and life which 
crowns her conqueror. 

Very soon After my admission to fellowship in our Christian church, I met 
with the dear Sister and- learning that from early childhood she had been ed- 
ucated among this people, how pure and innoc?nt must be her life, I 
thought, — how unknown to her must be the si us of this world ; how fault- 
less must she be before God ! 1 ventured to make some such remark to her. 
Her reply gave me a surprise ; it showed me her convictions. I perceived 
she had been with Christ who had revealed to her the knowledge of her hu- 
manity and an acquaintance with the human heart. 

Protected as she had been, she discovered in herself a world to overcome. 
At that early day of my gospel privilege, I was but a tyro; ignorant, com- 
paratively, of the vastness of the Christian work before me and of the weak- 
ness of humanity, therefore I was unable fully to comprehend her meaning. 
Since then, I have had experiences which have enlightened my soul and giv- 
en me knowledge of the lesson she set before me. I have been in constant 
attendance at a school which has given me many profitable lessons, given me 
a key to my own heart and actual knowledge of the work of God unto salva- 
tion, clearly delineating the branches of knowledge pursued by our departed 
Sister early in childhood which, I believe, has given her an honorable and 
coveted graduation, fitting her for the society of the just made and making 
perfect and for a home and an alliance with angels. 

She has left for us a bright example of righteousness worthy our emulation 
which should stimulate others to "go and do likewise." 
East Canterbury^ N, H, 



To climb the golden ladder, which doth lead to God above ; 
I must have my strength made great, by feeding on God's tove. 

W. C. McGinnia. 



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THE MANIFESTO. 105 

CAUSE AND EFFECT. 

By Hamilton DeGraw, 

IN comprehending and illustrating this Divine law, we are entering a 
realm which has been considered too sacred for man. if we are to judge 
by the methods of procedure by which he has dealt with the momentous 
questions pertaining to his life and destiny. But to deny that there is a 
realm forbidden him to explore is only proclaiming a truth known to illumin- 
ated minds of all ages. He has been debarred only by his inability to under- 
stand the facts pertaining to those questions, which will be removed as he 
develops his capacity for their comprehension. 

The laws both of heredity and climatic influences are as operative with 
nations and races as with individual entities ; they being some of the promi- 
nent causes which have produced the diversified lines of thought manifest in 
the different races. The effects produced are largely shown in their religious 
beliefs and with that hold upon the intellect and conscience which makes the 
efforts to turn the cuiTent of national thought into a foreign channel an al- 
most hopeless task. In the efforts to Christianize the old religious beliefs of 
India which date back long anterior to the foundation of our religious cycle, 
and rejecting the causes by which they were produced and ignoring the uni- 
versal truth which underlies the foundation of all religious beliefs, and trying 
to place them upon false premises has produced the effects which are appar- 
ent at the present time. 

Assertions that they do not sympathize with modern thought and are hold- 
ing back the car of progress that to outward appearances is moving forward 
with increasing speed is not satisfactory, for while accepting the belief of all 
religious systems in the universal destiny of the race, may they not find ac- 
ceptable reasons for rejecting that which to those who are looking into the 
interior life is moving on a line which unless changed will culminate in results as 
disastrous as those which overthi-ew the nations of antiquity. "All is not 
gold that gutters nor wealth that shines," and in our own country the efforts 
made to alleviate the unfortunates in life's battle by building asylums ^vhere 
they can find relief, and places of refuge where the criminally inclined can be 
incarcerated and society protected from their depredations is without doubt 
prompted by feelings of kindness ; but it is only dealing with the effects as 
they are made apparent and n^lecting the causes which are productive of 
Bach discordant results. 

When through gigantic combinations of wealth the necessities of life can 
be advanced in price beyond the limit which the laws of trade demand, and 
the rights of the people rejected to the extent that millions can be placed to 
the credit of the combination as witness the recent coal combine, where is the 
limit to be placed and how will those poverty producing forces be brought 
under the control of the higher law of love to our fellow man ?^ By donating 

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106 THE MANIFESTO. 

a tew thousand lo the fouudiug of asylums or to prosecute those unforta- 
uates goaded to desperation by waul they may think to quiet their conscience 
and be represented before the world as her benefactor. But "tho blood of 
tliy brother crieth unto me from the ground" is the voice of the divine Spirit 
and never before has it been with such distinctness as at the present time. 
We are n«>t sounding the note of an aliu-mist who believes that the efforts 
which are being nintle for improvement are futile to stem the revolutionary 
tendencies but whether the transition fro'u the convulsive period of the pres- 
ent to the more peifict one of the coming time shall be through a peaceful 
educational development of an understanding and acceptance of the Divine 
law which says that, while one being created in the image of the Father suf- 
fers hunger or cold, or has not the means placed within its reach that it can 
use for its material and spiritual improvement society has a great preparatory 
work to do and is on dangerous ground until it is accomplisht. Or will it be 
as has been the changes of the past through clashing of interests culminating 
in the arbitrament of war? 

The pilot that is to direct human life out of the almost interminable laby- 
rinth into which it has plunged largely through ignorance of the laws govern- 
ing its own life, is the Divine law which says that every effect is the result 
of a corresponding cause which clears away the mystification that has to the 
external mind clouded the truth and in the form of creeds and senseless cere- 
monies made it diflScult to understand, when "the wayfarer the a fool need 
not err" in his comprehension if presented unmasked. Geology tells us that 
the present forms of life retain faint traces of markings by which they can 
be traced back to the more primitive forms from whence they came and 
placed in their true order by the divine law of evolution as it has operated in 
the material world. So in the realm of the spmtual the forms of thought 
which are the effects of a past barbaric age have left their impress upon the 
present, but which is passing away through the ability of the soul to more 
perfectly understand the truth enabling it to discriminate between the forces 
that are only transitory in their operation and those that are eternal. 

While in the darkness of night we hope for and have confidence in the 
coming of morning ; so in the present blindness, measures that at best are 
only temporary in their operation will give place to that knowledge which 
will go to the foundation of the social structure, placing the temple that will be 
reared on a basis that is enduring, proving the truth of the words of the 
Divine Teacher, "for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." 
Shakers, N. T. 



True repentance is turning from evil to good ; from self to Grod. Tears 
without turning will never be owned for repentance. — B. W. P. 

He walks with God who walks with man aright. — M. J. A. 

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NOTES ABOUT HOME. 



Mt. Lebanon, N, Y. 

May. 
Average of Weather at Mt Lebanon. 

Thermometer. Rain." 

1897. 66.74 2.25 in. 

1898. 56. 3.875 " 
Highest Temp, during this mo. 80 above 0. 
Lowest " *' " " 40 " »' 
Number of rainy days " " 10 

" clear " " " 8 
" " cloudy '* '' '' 13 

June, 1898. 
May has been profuse in blossoms. 
Fruit trees of all kinds; shrubs, vines, 
plants and even the mosses have been clad 



with all the vai legated tints that produce 
beauty and impart aioma to give pleasure 
to the artisUc mind and to suffuse the ap- 
preciative sen^s. If fruits are produced 
in proportion to the profusion of blossoms 
we can not n asonably say that we are 
scantily supplied \aithfrugiverous aliment 

The month has been superabundantly 
suffused with rain and overs!)adowed with 
clouds, so that very little planting has 
been d(»ne either on the farm or in the 
garden. Upon the whole, the spring 
months have been quite backward. We 
have had but eight clea^ days in May. 

About the 8th of Juno we shall have the 
presence of our Ministry with us for a few 
days to arrange the program for the sum- 
mer and then away they will be gone most 
of the ensuing year. We are informed 
that the Alfred Ministry will be with us 
some time this week. It is quite an inter- 
val since we were privileged to enjoy their 
company. They will be very welcome. 

Some repairs are being made for home 
accommodations, and our tenants. Turn 
and turn and overturn are tht? necessajy 
requisitions demanded if we keep abreast 
of this progressive age, even if we abstain 
from battering the fortifications of Spain. 
We have a paramount duty to keep at bay 
those discordant passions that make ene- 
mies of nations and that produce discord 
among members of the same family, and 
as a religious body to maintain tlie prin- 
ciple and the practice of unsullied peace 
and harmony that ultimately will result in 
the Great Millennium, which is the antici- 
pated outcome of the Christian Dispensa- 
tion, when swords shall be beaten into 
ploughshares and spears into pruning 
hooks; when cannons, guns, bayonets and 
pistols, shall be turned into implements of 
peaceful industry; when war vessels 
shall be used for commercial purposes 
only, and nations shall neither learn nor 
practice war any more. Even so, angels 
and men speed the day t 

It is a time of general health in our fam- 
ily, and so far as I know of the Society. 
May this blessing continue with us, and 
may we truly feel; 

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•Ani^el!* e'er arc near us. wntclilng o'er our 

way. 
We may hear their voices luitl the toil of day, 
We may know their prenence, giving strength 

and cheer; 
Weary not, worry not — angels e'er are near." 
Calvin G. Heed. 

North Family. 

June, 1898. 

June, lovely June, with its sunshine 
and showers gives us of its beauties in the 
8i>ringing forth of fruits and flowers. 

The Brethren, engaged in the necessary 
sowing and planting have walcht with 
careful and anxious eye for the growth of 
vegetation. Fear, many times, has taken 
possession of the sower lest frequent rains 
might destroy the tender plants. 

Eldress Anna White and Sister Ann Of- 
ford spent a few days in the vicinity of 
Boston. Much interest was shown by the 
fi lends there through the investigation of 
Shakerism, also the subject of Arbitration 
was discussed bringing up both sides of 
tlic question. The Sisters distributed 
many tracts entitled "War Positively Un- 
christian.'* On their return home they 
stopt at Enfield, Conn. The meeting of 
gospel kindred strengtliens the bond of 
love and friendship which only the true 
disciple of Clirist can realize and appre- 
ciate. 

The article in the Ladies* Home Jour- 
nal, "A Wonderful Little World of Peo- 
ple,** has awakened many minds to the 
knowledge that in this beautiful world 
there is a people who are living in it, but 
who are not one with it, that pleasure 
and enjoyment does not necessarily con- 
sist in outward or external amusement. 
The fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, 
peace and everlasting life. 

Sarah J. Burger. 

South Family. 

June, 1898. 
A NEW season has dawned, a summer of 
beauty and action lies before us, the res- 
urrection of life in its fullness. Old 
things are passing away, behold all things 
are becoming new. 
With the aid of paint, energy and perse- 



verance a newness of life is being printed 
on our home, external and internal, and 
we wonder 

"If our home is so beautiful here. 
What must be our final home! 
If things that perish, so lovely appear, 
What must it be in the world to come!*' 

We have at present a promise of a 
fruitful harvest; if a profusion of blossoms 
is a forerunner of such glad tidings no 
one need want for the fruitage of the 
vineyard. 

Just now we are anticipating a delega- 
tion from the East. They will compose 
our Maine company and be our Maine stay 
while with us. 

Decoration day was pleasingly observed 
by members of Second family with a par- 
ty from our family who spent a few hours 
among the graves of many who **died on 
earth but live in heaven.** Songs appro- 
priate to the occasion were sung, readings 
recitations and dialogs were spoken in 
harmony with the observance of the day. 
The graves were richly strewn with flow- 
ers of the season. Kind thoughts of the 
departed were exprest as the floral offer- 
ings were carefully deposited in memory 
of the absent ones, and we thought of our 
dearest friend and Sister, Lydia Dole 
whose spirit is happy above and ofttimes 
visits us during the active hours of the 
day and holds sweet communion with us 
while we travel through dreamland. 

The far-famed Shaker chairs of Mt 
Lebanon are in constant demand from all 
points of the compass. They are recom- 
mended for their beauty, perfection and 
comfort. 

Should any one care 

For a good Shaker chair 
At Mt. Lebanon, N. T. let them call, 

We have them Just right 

Cherry color and white 
And can suit both the great and the small. 
Qenevievt DeGraw, 



Shakers, N. Y. 

June, 1898. 
Thsrb has been evolved from out of 
the struggle between the cold of spring 
and 8ammer*B warmth a royal diadem of 

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roses. Lovely Jane is now triumphantly 
enthroned as the leader and director of 
the forces which will, when the shades of 
autumn deepen, bdng to us the consumma- 
tion of gainers well supplied, we hope, with 
the products which a bountiful season has 
placed at our disposal. 

The diary notes from the travels of the 
early missionaries who visited the West in 
the early years of the century are inter- 
esting. They went forward with their 
life in their hands, ready to lay it down 
at the call of duty. Of such souls are 
constituted the hero martyrs who by their 
example have made it honorable to be 
counted with those who are willing to suf- 
fer for the truth. Those who were re- 
ceivers of that divine light, as well as the 
mediums through which it was given, know 
that its promulgation was fraught with 
dangers that the ordinary mortal would 
not have braved unless inspired by a zeal 
and consecration that could make the 
words of the divine Teacher applicable: 
'^Greater love hath no man than this that 
a man lay down his life for his friends.** 

We have realized of late more than usu- 
al the conscious presence of those dear 
friends who have past beyond the limits 
of the shadows that to a greater or less 
extent enshroud our earth life. In our 
seasons of devotion they have especially 
manifested their presence to admonish and 
to comfort those who yet have the battle 
of life to fight 

Hamttton DeGraw. 



West Pittsfieldy Mass. 

June, 1898. 
Junk, the ideal month of sunshine and 
beaut J is with us once more, and we are 
enjoying its many virtues, realizing that it 
will leave us all too soon, and imagining 
a day in the distant future when we may 
enjoy preserved June sunshine, taken from 
the abundance of that month for use dur- 
ing the cold winter. Since our last call at 
the Home Circle nature has been busily at 
work. The trees have budded and blos- 
somed in all their varied beauty, and have 



now cast aside their holiday attire, and 
are hard at work forming the fruits for a 
harvest by and b^. 

A step from the artificial brings rs to 
the useful, in the plant kingdom, and re- 
minds us of the stores of hay gathered last 
summer by the wise people of Hancock. 
After wintering the stock from the supply 
and losing between sixty and seventy tons 
by fire, this spring there has been prest, 
ohe hundred ninety-five tons, and one 
hundred tons still remain. Last week ^ix 
car loads were sent from our depot to New 
York. The price paid however, is too low 
to give satisfaction and the remainder will 
be kept until brighter days and higher 
prices appear. 

Some of our buildings are renewing 
their youth, at least in appearance, by 
fresh paint. The Ministry's fihop is just 
completed and is greatly improved. Oth- 
er buildings are to share the same treat- 
ment The new barn is finisht with the 
exception of the covering of the roof with 
tin shingles. 

The familiar couplet, "There's never a 
day 80 cloudy but a little sun appears'* 
might be reversed t > suit the present occa- 
sion with us. for that there's never a day 
so sunny but a little cloud appears is 
proved true by the departure of our loved 
Ministry to-morrow for Mt. Lebanon. But 
having resolved to be unselfish, we will 
congratulate our friends over the mount- 
ain for the presence of souls so true. 

As we are writing the door opens and 
we are inti'oduced to friends from Mame, 
Eldress Harriet Goodwin, Elders William 
Dumont and Henry Gi*een, who are mak- 
ing a very short call at our home, for like 
golden opportunities we hardly realize 
their presence when we find they have left 
us, having delivered, however, messages 
of courage and good cheer. 

Fidelia Efttubrook. 



Enfield, N. H. 

June, 1898. 
The daring, heroic deed of Lieut. Rich- 
mond Hobson and his associates in sinking 
the Merrimac in the Santiago harbor to 

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bar in the Spanish fleet, not only adds an- 
other mark of merit to American naval 
history, but tells in clarion tones of strict 
discipline and self-surrender to duty's 
call requiring a whole life in service. No 
less is required of the followers of Christ, 
called to battle the evils that war against 
the bulwarks of truth and virtue, — a di- 
vine engagement, prohibiting conquests 
by all things that bear the stamp of un- 
christllness. 

"Grain by grain tlie treasure's won. 
Step by step the race in run, 
Then be patient, toil away, 
Gain a little every day." 

To idly wait for an occasion to do some 
great deed which idle dreaming may cast 
upon the glass of transitory imagination, 
and let pass the many little acts of fellow- 
helpfulness each day presents, denotes a 
slipsliod state of morality, a treasure well 
rusted with sordid selfishness. 

The fruits of our faith are the acts done, 
by intellect prompted, and only absolute 
mastery of self and strong faith in the 
possibility to gain the aspired-for attitude 
of spirituality can make chastity's fortress 
impregnable and her treasures such as 
bless humanity. 

Idleness is inconsistent with a Christian 
life and sweet musings of no inspiring 
virtue, are the cobwebs of spiritual dis- 
ease, which if not removed from the life 
will ultimately deface the whole super- 
structure of character and active goodness. 

An inspection of our orchards revealed 
trefes heavily laden with blossoms, foretell 
ing an abundance of fruit, no unseen foe_ 
appearing. Our three strawberry beds, 
set out and managed by Sisters, Isabella 
Russell and Lizzie Curtis, also promise 
a large crop of our favorite berry. 

Iron pipe, comprising nine pieces and 
weighing nearly seven tons, has been pur 
chased to replace the old wood pipe 
which has done good service for over half 
a century at our saw-mill, where over 
thirty thousand shingles have been sawed 
this spring by one of our young Brethren. 

With love to all, we would live out the 
inspiration of Emerson's grand thought: — 



•♦And each shall care for the other, 

And each to each shall bend; 
To the poor, a noble bi*oUier, 
To the good, an equal friend." 

George H. Baxter. 



East Canterbury, N. H. 

June, 1898. 

Faith and industry are beautifully com- 
bined in the ideal Christian character. 
This dual element of success challenges 
the world for a greater. 

Our farmers are particularly active at 
this season, and the home bulletin gives 
full scope to their reports. One and a 
half acres of early potatoes, and ten of 
later variety are already planted. Ensi- 
lage com covering twenty acres has 
put in an appearance three inches tall, 
it seems to realize that three large silos, 
each of 100 ton capacity, are to be well 
stockt in the fall. Field com covers three 
acres. The farmer prophets notify "all 
whom it may concern^* of an ample hay 
crop D. Y. adding the toothsome message 
that green peas will be ready for con- 
sumption before the end of the month. 
Asparagus and radishes have already been 
consumptive, but we diagnosed the case 
successfully. 

All fruit trees promise well, and we 
have put in large orders. Qaterpillars 
form an opposing army, but some skir- 
mishing has been done in this direction. 
**We have met the enemy and they are 
ours.^' The crow instinct is strong at 
this season, but few damages are record- 
ed as yet. 

Small fruits promise well, cultivated 
blackberries and raspberries are welcome 
strangers. 

Three severe thunder-storms, with al- 
most cyclonic wind, came this way on the 
9th but without destruction. 

The pastures so green at this date af- 
ford ample diet for the cattle, and as 
grateful response thirty-two fine cows 
produce ninety-five gallons of milk per 
day. This enables us to sell on an aver- 
age perhaps one hundred pounds of but- 
I ter per week. 

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Ill 



Love to ZioQ and her interests, spiritual 
and material, being the loom which cen- 
ters all the threads of daily devotion, our 
web can bear the scrutiny of the keen or 
the curious. 

Jessie Evnns. 



Narooossee, Fla. 

June, 1898. 
'FBiriT trees and vegetables of all kinds 
from middle to southern Florida are suf- 
fering very much /or the want of rain. 
The Managers of the great St. Cloud Sugar 
Plantation were at our home last week 
and exprest a deep feeling of interest 
about their sugflr-cane. They said unless 
there came rain and that soon, their crop 
would be an entire failure. If such be 
the case it will be a bad stroke to Osceola 
Co. They exprest a very satisfactory feel- 
ing as to the looks of our cane, pine-apples 
and Irish potatoes, all telling the worth 
of irrigation. For over a month our wind- 
mill and tank have been in constant use. 

Our young Believers three in number, 
have attended to this part of the program 
while we old settlers have been making 
three miles more of fence to protect us 
from the herds of marauding cattle that 
are now covering the plains of Florida, 
let loose by their owners in search of past- 
urage and water in hopes of sustaining 
life through this terrible drought. Every 
part of Florida that has not a fence to 
protect the farmer is free plunder. 

Our tomato crop, which is the largest 
we have ever planted, is just beginning to 
ripen, and judging from present prospects 
we shall have some to sell and many to 
can. Com crop all through the state is a 
failure and this tells on the poor farmer — 
75 cents a bushel. Sister Annie Lane is 
just now putting in part of her time in 
poultry-raising— thus far it is a success. 
The old hen hatohes the chickens and aft- 
er two days Sister Annie takes them to 
the Brooder to do the rest. This certain- 
ly makes the labor in raising a flock of 
chickens far less. All information in re- 
gard to raising chickens by Brooders can 



be had from Brother Francis Pennybaker* 
of Pleasant Hill, Mercer Co., Ky. To 
those who make this abuslni-HR it is worih 
their time to look into the matter, for in 
this way we have not lost a chicken, while 
with us and with others, it was comniDn 
at times to lose a third of the brood. A 
word to tl>e wise is sufficient. 

Corn and rye tnsila«?« is beginning to be 
used in Florida and farmei"s are experi- 
menting as to its worth in the dairy line. 
Could tlie dairy business be well regulated 
in Florida it would improve the advan- 
tages of living very much. The whole 
drift has been for beef cattle and but very 
little attention given to tiie dairy. 

Life means learning to abhor the false 
and love the true. Every day teaches us 
lessors in our new home, and can we only 
reject the errors and hold to the true we 
shall finally succeed. 

Atufrew Jinrreft. 



Watervliet, Ohio. 

June, 1698. 

Season follows season, and we know it 
has been declaied by the word of Cod 
that "seed-time and harvest shall not 
fail.'* We have many blessings to record 
in the past and present. The uumth ot 
June is now with us, and nature mani- 
fests herself in beauty which delights the 
eye and the thoughts. 

Bright prospects of bountitul harvests 
make us particularly t'.iankful. Our 
meadows say that there will be a large 
crop of liay, wheat is looking well, rasp- 
berries and strawberries are in line condi- 
tion. In fact we expect a generous croj) 
of all kinds of fruit this year, for whicli 
we have great reason to thank God. 

We have been blest by a visit from our 
Ministry of Union Village, between the 
4th and 7th inst. During church service 
on the Sabbath we were addrest by Polder 
Jtjseph, and by Elder Oliver C. Hampton. 
Tht» words that were spoken came from 
experience, and we believe much good 
will r -suit. 

Our Brother James McBride is very 

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feeble, otherwise the health of our Soci- 
ety is good. 

As our prospects seem bright in all 
temporal things, let us ever be mindful of 
the goodness of God and his mercies, and 
seek to realize our spiritual ideals in the 
life that is aud that which is to come. 
John Westwood. 



WHICH IS THE BEHER WAY! 

How many of us when we come into 
Cvtllision with another think that he also 
may be hurt? 

A little boy bumpt his head against 
the wall, and ran to his mother crying to 
be kissed. She said: *^What a bad waU 
to. hurt poor Willie I Go hit the wallT' 
Another day he bumpt his head against 
a playmate, and at once struck him to 
punish the injury. 

Another child, with a wiser mother, 
hurt himself, and after the spot had been 
duly kist, the mother said: **But who 
will kiss the poor chair? You hit the 
chair when you tumbled against it." 

When he fell against his little brother, 
and they both got hurt, he remembered 
the lesson, and said : **Kiss HaiTy, too." 

Which is the better way, and which 
child will be more likely to grow up kind 
and considerate in all the relations of life? 



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121^^ As soon as a hermetically sealed 
fruit can is opened pour out all the fruit, 
as the acid on the tin and the acid of the 
atmosphere, will generate a poison. 



MitrsAk^A* 



Rebecca Edwards, at South Union, Ky. 
April 11, 1898. Age 70 years 1 mo. and 
25 days. 

Sister Rebecca entered the Society for- 
ty- nine years ago, and has been an interest- 
ed laborer in the vineyard of the Lord, giv- 
ing her talents unreservedly to his service. 

J. C. 

Sally Ceeley, at East Canterbury, N. H. 
June 4, 1898. Age 92 years 5 mo. and 5 
days. 

A ripened sheaf is gathered into the 
"harvest home." J. E. 

Eldress Angeline Alvira Conklin, at 
Shakers, N. Y. June 4, 1898. Age 72 
years 4 mo. and 10 days. 

She has been among Believers since 
childhood, has filled all places of care and 
trust in the family. Faithfully, honestly 
and conscientiously she has proved her 
faith by her works. "No greater love and 
consecration can any soul show, than to 
willingly lay down his life for the cause.** 
This she has done. In her we lose a 
mother, counselor and friend. I. A. 

Jerusha Truair, at Shakers N. Y. June 
6, 1898. Age 81 years 7 mo. and 27 days. 

She had been with Believers for sixty- 
six years, first with the Society at Sodas, 
with whom she removed to Groveland, 
thence to Shakers, K. Y. She has been 
an honest, industrious, faithful soul, and 
has lived a long life of usefulness. 

E. E. W. 

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OUR PILGRIMAGE. 

By Elder Henry C. Blinn. 

**Grain by giain the treasure is won, 
And step by step the race is run.'' 

THIS is so like our pilgrimage through this life, — so like the growth of 
the body and then so like the growth of the soul. Altho there may be 
a religions revival and a sudden ascendency from wrong to right, from low 
estates to a seeming exalted Christian character, yet the lesson that we are 
constantly learning from nature's law, is that everything moves by the law of 
its being and unfolds with unvarying pi^ecision. 

During the weary term of forty years, the children of Israel were moving 
from the slavery of Egypt, over the mountains and through the wilderness to 
enable them and their children to enter the land of Canaan as a free nation. 
They made a bold attempt to free themselves from the land of servitude and 
so distanced their task-masters that their exultant voices on the shores be- 
yond the Red Sea, had already a triumphant sound. 

Altho it was an assured victory, it was only the victory of one degree. 
They had left the land of Egypt, but that was all. In their manners and 
costoms, in all their appetites and passions, and in then* religious belief even 
to the worshiping of idols, they were exactly as were the Egyptians from 
whom they had so recently parted. 

After their exaltation with mosie and dancing they took up the line of 
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ceived some wonderful specimens of fruity and which had been i*epre8ented 
to them as ^^a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths 
that spring out of valleys and hills ; a land of wheat, and barley, and vines, 
and fig-ti*ees, and pomegranates, a land of oil-olive, and honey ; a land where- 
in thou shalt eat bread without scarceness, thou shalt not lack anything in it." 
'*A land that floweth with milk and honey." 

But so soon as this nation of Hebrews and the heathen camp followers 
commenced their journey, the selfishness of human nature began to assert 
itself, and this favored people, who had inspired teachers sent of God, who 
had angels commissioned to watch over them, and who had the direct pres- 
ence of God as a special protection ; with all this care they had not manhood 
enough to deny themselves of the idolatrous customs of the Egyptians or 
even to abstain from the food and drink of those omnivorous eaters. 

They wanted the leeks and garlicks and cucumbers as were provided by 
their task-masters. ** Would to God we had died by the hand of the Lord in 
the land of Egypt," said they, *'when we sat by the flesh-pots, and when we 
did eat bread to the full." 

But the journey to that land of promise, and the life they lived is a long 
story. The trials and temptations, the struggles to keep in the right way 
and the enduring of influences from in and out of the body demanded an 
obedience to the spirit of God, as the only sure passport into the land of 
plenty. 

Habits and customs have a tenacity upon the mind that it may take many 
years to overcome, even when it has been admitted that the habit was wrong. 
A less sensitive mind may not only ignore a change, but may both by pre- 
cept and example, hold others from advancing. 

Jesus accepted this same thought when he spoke of the Pharisees, and 
said, they would neither enter the kingdom of God themselves, nor suffer 
those that are entering to go in. In all probability they concluded that the 
coui*se they pursued was as good as the more modem one, and as it proved 
agreeable to their idea of right, possibly it was their best way, but it was not 
a way of personal Christian discipline. 

It is generally conceded that what defiles one man, will defile all men if 
they pursue the same course of life, and that which purifies one man will pu- 
rify all men if they walk in the light, and accept the cross of Christ. 

On this same line of thought are the woixis of Mary Hayes Chynoweth ; — 
^^There is something more than eating and drinking that a man must over- 
come. Thinking and feeling wrong will pi*oduce poison in the blood and 
make people believe there is no God. They will fret and get angry and find 
fault with circumstances." 

"Keep your bodies clean to bear the messages of God. You can not do 
it by eating the things that poison the blood and bring sickness and death. 
Think of this and see to it that nothing foul or unclean shall be put into your 

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mouth, and no thoughts that are unclean and unmoral shall proceed from 
your bi-ain." 

If the education of children was continued along these lines of kindness, 
of honesty, of truthfulness and of chastity, till the coming of more mature 
years, there would be a wonderful change for the better, on the full develop- 
ment of the mind. It is the step by step. The gradual growth from one 
degree of knowledge to another, and the maturing into that state where the 
intelligent reason shall guide them into the best conditions that may be 
known. 

To those of more mature mind it is the putting away of an education of 
unrighteousness in its every phase and the accepting of an education in the 
fulness of righteousness, which is the highest light that God has given to man. 
East Canterbury^ N. H. 



C)9trtrje«t>«ti2Kjmjerje^ 



Japan. March 24, 1898. 

To A. G. HOLLISTER, 

Dear Friend in Christ; — ^Your very welcome message of Feb. 12, 
reacht me a few days ago. It is so spiritual and broad in its declaration of 
truth, I have read it over several times and have also read it to a few friends 
who were delighted to hear it. It gives me great pleasure to become ac- 
quainted with a people who are evidently striving after a life no less perfect 
than that which our dear Master and Way-shower presented and taught us to 
follow. 

How evident it is that the mind of Christ is at work, for individuals, tho 
having never met in person, are of one mind, seeing the same spiritual mys- 
teries by revelation from the Father. Thus we may know and understand 
each other, tho oceans roll between. Our friendship, unlike that of the hu- 
man mind, will stand the test of time and eternity. 

Having risen above my fellow-beings here, I am no longer as one of them, 
and naturally hunger for the communion of those who are spiritual enough to 
see the same spiritual mysteries and understand me. You are one of such, 
and I have a deep feeling of gratitude to have had the privilege of learning of 
the faith of the body of people to which you belong. 

I can not understand how men professing to have searched the teachings of 
the New Testament for centuries are blind to the truths which are so plain 
to you and me and others. It can only be that they loved the way of the 
flesh, and so ^jould not develop spiiitually. They were willing to give up a 
part, but not * 'aU. " ' 'Except a man forsake all that he hath, he can not be my 
disciple." Blind preachers teaching a blind people, and *'how great is 
that darkness!" I do not know of any other body of people who strive to 

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116 THE MANIFESTO. 

follow as closely after the teachings of Christ as the Shakers, and I am 
glad to learn from one of your books the meaning of that name. 

At the time of my .first distinct revelation, I felt quite alone — since then 
others have written who undei'stand at least in part, and now I have the 
pleasure of knowing that you as a body of people have been trying to prac- 
tice this /aith for many years. When I sent out my booklets, many wrote 
condemning the work, others did not deny its truth, but said it would do 
harm instead of good because it was premature. The thought came to me, 
Truth is always premature to those who do not want it. When Christ came 
eighteen centuries ago, His teachings nailed Him to the cross, but he was 
not premature. Truth can never be premature, for ''He whosjB right it is 
shall reign" and evil should never be. 

I am glad to learn what 1 have of sister Ann Lee, and to know of her ad- 
vanced spiritual life, and the example of her practical life while here. But I 
do not understand why you call her Mother. Jesus said, '*Call no man fa- 
ther upon earth, for one is your Father which is in Heaven ;*' is it not as much 
principle to call no woman Mother? Since God is the Parent, both Father 
and Mother, let us be called Brethren for we must becon>e as little children or 
as virgins who bear no parental title. Did sister Ann Lee work open mira- 
cles as did the early followers of Christ? 

I read your letter to a Bible class of young men (Japanese) this morning 
and again in the evening to a class of some eight or ten seamen. Our inter- 
ests are one in Christ, hence we need have no fear of each other. Purity of 
thought extends the boundary of human friendships and seals them to all 
eternity. As the "bride" of Christ, each must prepare his own "wedding 
garment," that when the Bridegroom comes to claim his own, we may be found 
clothed in pure wkite — a character without spot or blemish. 

Yours in that love which binds us together with bands not to be broken 
even by death, which is to have no power over the righteous. 

M. B. 



SOME kind friend has been sending us The Manifesto in which I find 
many good things. The current number is especially good, and its con- 
tents much in advance of the thought of to-day, and expressing so much 
truth that will be recognized by all truth-searchers, in which I am glad to en- 
roll myself, tho marching under no especial banner, save the banner of 
"Truth" or "Good." There is a "Free Masonry" that is only felt and re- 
cognized by those in the same ranks and it is the sesame that unlocks the 
treasures of the wealth within and reveals it to the "whosoever will" may 
come. 

Here and there one and another are awaking to the fact that man has do- 
minion over many things that have had dominion over him. Our blessed 
Master and Way-shower taught it and said, "These things can ye do and 

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greater" and there is no other way to the Father **but by me" or by my way — 
* 'Follow me." It is not I, but the Father or Spirit **that dwelleth in me, He 
doeth the works." That same spirit dwells in each and every one of us and 
it is this that makes us great. 

I can but think that we have kept ourselves and our brothera down, by on- 
ly seeing the seeming evil and not looking deeper and thus recognizing the 
divine and calling the latter into activity. How quickly a child responds to 
the thought that it is good, or it is bad ! Our best educators are recognizing 
this, and are using the ideals and teaching that those ideals are in each and 
can be brought into manifestation, that we do not pour knowledge in but we 
educe or draw it out, and that we are all store-houses of inexhaustible knowl- 
edge, having God for the source. 

When more recognize this, if it is a fact, we must make greater progress 
Oodward than we have done in the times past, when we have thought of our- 
selves as poor, vile, weak worms of the dust, with no good in us. 

Emerson says, I believe, *'Evil is unripe good," just as we might say of 
an unripe plum or peach on trying to eat it, **It is not good," and one that 
had never seen the fruit in its ripe state or condition could not be blamed for 
saying, I can see no good in peaches and plums — but one who knew the de- 
liciousness of those fruits when ripe, will wait with patience until that time 
comes. 

So we only see the unripe conditions of humanity and judge accordingly ; 
but God can see the end from the beginning and knows that all is good. We 
have only the one ripened specimen of our race — Christ, the Conqueror of 
death, hell and the grave — but this one is sufficient to show us how glorious 
mankind is. 

I believe we are seeking the truth and we can join in speeding the day 
when superstition and ignorance of every kind may be * 'shaken" till the 
things that can not be shaken may take their place. S. F. T. 

Tacoma, Washington. 



EVOLUTION. 

By Oliver C. Hampton, 



^^ A ND the Spirit and the Bride say. Come." This voice of the Spirit 
-Ljl_ and the Bride, is that divine energy, which has been eternally urg- 
ing the more and more perfect unfoldment of all things, and which in our 
language goes under the name of Evolution. If we will listen attentive- 
ly we shall hear it in all the departments of Nature and Grace. It called 
Abraham out of Chaldea ; it called David to the earthly throne of Israel and 
Jesus to the spiritual throne of the Universe. O my soul, listen diligently 
to this sublime call, which has never ceast to reverberate through all time and 
all eternity, and whose word is from everlasting to everlasting, ''come up 

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118 THE MANIFESTO. 

The evolution of man upon this earth, is an unspeakably sublime and won- 
derful phenomenon. There can be no doubt but he was placed here under 
the circumstances we find him in, and the environment *which followed, for 
some good and glorious purpose, and allho he is not yet sufficiently dervelopt, 
to see and avoid the horrors of the mutual destruction of his fellow-man, and 
his fellow-man of him, still he is rising to a higher altitude of spiritual light 
and perfection, and ere many centuries, will rub off this barnacle of ancient 
bai'barism. 

Atheism and materialism are likely to be utterly annihilated by mere science, 
leaving out the sweeping, overwhelming evideaoee against it contained in 
spiritual inspiration and intuition. For example, the materialist looks to the 
oft-quoted atom for a foundation whereon to build his theory. If this fail» 
him, what then? And now we hear it announced that the atom is not what 
we call matter at all, but merely a vortex of energy. So then the central 
plank of materialism falls away forever. 

But what if all vidiWe phenomena can be proven to be spiritual in nature? 
or at least had its origin as an effect, of Spirit as a Cause? And what is an 
effect but the end of a cause? So much the better, for now we have only 
one long magnet to study into, and all the old impossible theories gotten up 
by the old school of Theology, (as useful as it may have been in its day,) can 
now be dispenst with, without the loss of any valuable material. 

The great law of Evolution relegates ignorance and erroneous theories to 
the limbs of a silent and hopeless oblivion, and altho this is a gradual process, 
it is none the less inevitable and inexorable. The process when brought to 
bear on man, is necessarily painful. How agreeable to the sensual man are 
the lower lusts and excitements of the rudimental condition ! But the edict 
of Divine Evolution is "Come up higher" every time. Then comes the cross 
against lusts and affections, and in favor of purity of life, love, wisdom, 
peace and glory. I am not the least surprised, that our holy Savior exacted 
such extreme conditions of sacrifice of those who would follow him. After 
every outward possession and animal pleasure, then ^<his own life also" must 
be given up. Herewith, the very last cord of individual selfishness is snapt 
asunder. This consists in surrendering himself entirely subservient to the 
will of the visible order — the Institution God has establisht for the evolu- 
tion, protection, travail, and final salvation of man here below. 

This was the plan of the Pentecostal Church and Jesus knew it would re- 
quire just such an institution, to set man on the highest round of evolution 
he could ever hope to reach. The whole economy of the plan of Jesus for 
the elevation of humanity to higher perfection, peace and glory, hinges on 
this visible order and has its foundation (logically speaking) in the great law 
Paul gave utterance to, — * 'Without aU contradiction, the less are blest of the 
better." — Heb. vii., 7. 

Did you ever notice what a beautiful and sublime reference the rapt Propb- 

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et made td this Pentecostal arrangement of the visible order? If you have 
not, I will quote it for your delectation. ^^And a man shall be as an hiding- 
place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest ; as rivers of water in a 
dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land." — Isaiah xxxii., 2. 
In this sublime arrangement, salvation and peace are found ; but none can 
know this only by trying it, and none can try it faithfully and be disappoint 
ed. '*The spirit and the bride say, Come.** 
Union Village, Ohio. 



A VISION. 

By Martha J. Anderson. 

In the seclusion of a lovely spot. 
Where bloomed the laurel and forget-me-not. 
Where the dark cypress — all in shadows plumed — 
Waved in deep sadness o'er the earth entombed; 
I saw there, carved in alabaster white 
A fountain, glistening in the morning light. 
Whose seeming spray with silvery whiteness shone,. 
Whose crystal basin was a gleaming zone. 
Encircled with a wreath of ivy leaves. 
As perfect as the type of nature weaves. 
Design so delicate, so chaste and fair. 
Wrought by the Sculptor's hand with skill and care I 
I gazed upon that peerless work of art. 
And pondered o'er its meaning in my heart. 
O living spring ! upwelling pure and free. 
True emblem of man's immortality. 
No death can dry the fountain of the soul ; 
No change can check the stream that on shall roll. 
No blight of time, or withering frost can sear. 
The wreath that twines the soul's perpetual year. 
Mt. Lebanon, N. T. 



RESURRECTED. 

By Alonzo G. HolHster. 

Happy are those who truly keep 

The gospel in its purity; 

A bounteous hanrest they will reap, 

Their souls well satisfied will be: 

Who keep their understanding bright, 

Their mental eye-sight strong and clear, 

Their spirits shall be clothed in white, 

With perfect love which casts out fear. ^ i 

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'TTT'HAT can one desire beyond perfect love ! Love is life — perfect love 

V V is perfect life, and perfect joy of life, and is attended with perfect 
conduct in all the relations of life. It obeys perfectly the law of God, 
which is the law of life, and'has no other desire than to do the right in every 
time and place. Consequently, it reaps a full blessing continually, and is 
clothed with the power of the commandment which it obeys. 

Once I served God through fear. The Apostle says, ''Work out your sal- 
vation with fear and trembling." I had a fearful conflict in my youthful^ 
days and early manhood, through the clash of opposite elements and influences 
drawing me away from the tnith and the cross of Christ. 1 feared I might 
miss the mark, and fail of conquering the enemy of my soul, — of all souls, 
and of all righteousness, fail of reaching the goal of my aspiration. Fear 
hath torment ; fear hath restraint, and restraint is torment to the liberty- 
loving. But perfect love casts out fear. 

I now serve God through love. The contrary desires, the struggle and 
fear have vauisht — have been outgrown, and I have risen to a higher plane 
of thought and feeling, — to a plane where life, much of the time, is ec«tatic 
joy. I had sometimes foretastes of this joy, earlier in life. But then, I had 
not been sufficiently tried and pruned, or purified to have it abiding. Per- 
fect love casts out fear, and the service of love, is free service, and no other 
seiTice is free. 1 serve God now through love and not through fear. And 
it is by obedience to the testimony of Mother Ann Lee, that I am made able 
to do this, — by beai'ing the cross of Christ against self-will and the carnal 
life, till all is conquered by the cross. I give this testimony concerning the 
results of my Christian experience to encoui-age the young. 

I saw but one way of happiness for me. Either the angel which came 
down from above, and who with the aid of my teachers in the gospel, taught 
me how to overcome the lower nature and compel it to serve, must be obeyed, 
or the evil elements of this world, would drive out the angel — make it impos- 
sible for the love of God to dwell in my heart, and make it desolate of sym- 
pathy,- and of all that constitutes true freedom, or life, or enjoyment. 

There was no middle coui'se for me. I did not desire one for various 
reasons. One was, — it could be only for a short space of time at the long- 
est. For what is man's life-time, or a hundred years, or even a thousand 
years compared with Eternity ? It is less than a needle's point to the whole 
round world. Another, and the principal one was, it would only delay an 
issue which must finally be met, before I could be at peace, with all my debts 
cancelled. It would be a prolonging of the struggle, and making it a ten- 
fold greater torture, than if immediately taken up and carried to a finish. 

Mother Ann said. Better ten souls be lost that never heard the gospel than 
one that has, — which signifies a ten fold greater loss to such, and Mother Ann 
had the gift of God to know by what power she spoke. I wanted the best 
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the glories of heaven, for a brief season amid the shadows of time^j or for 
pleasures that sting and stain, and vanish like a morning cloud, or for any of 
the prizes which the world can bestow. 

Nevor have I regretted my choice, nor the struggle it has cost to secure it. 
Their spirits clothed in white, signifies purity, victory, gladness and rejoicing. 
White reflects the rays of pure light, and the wearers have become transmit- 
ters of light. Is not this the true resurrection, or rising from death to life ? 

With those who follow in the steps of our divine Teacher, this mortal is 
putting on immortality and this corruption is putting on incorruption, so that 
when the garment of flesh falls off, because it has ceast to be of further ser- 
vice, the creature is changed as it were in a moment, from its old and tem- 
poral, to its new and eternal habitation. It is not the mortal and corrupt- 
ible that is changed, but the tenant, till then imprisoned therein. For flesh 
and blood can not inherit the kingdom of God, neither doth coiTuption inherit 
incorruption. These are left to return to the elements whence they were tak- 
en, while the freed spirit rises to life forevermore. 
Mt. Lebanon, N. Y. 

«^« 

TRUST. 

By Annie J?. Stephens. 
It seems but yesterday — when winter's gloom 

Its somber robes of desolation spi*ead. 

When leafless trees swayed lonely bare and dead. 
And now, what glorious resurrection from the tomb ! 
The frozen bough is white and pink with bloom. 

The woodland violets faintest perfume shed. 

O'er velvet slopes on cloth of gold we tread 
That sunlight weaves, dark places to relume. 

And so we trust the hand that guides the year, 
Who, to the arid wastes new life can bring ; 

Serene we wait without a doubt or fear 
For Hope to bloom, for Joy to soar and sing ; 

For out of life's dark reaches sad and drear, 

A touch divine shall bring immortal Spiing. 
MU Lebanon, N. T. 

«♦» 

'♦Which is a part of the natural law, the ebb or the flow? Either, certain- 
ly. Likewise with life's sufferings and life's joys. — As you can not say the 
ebb is good, the flow is evil, so you can not say of pain or joy (life's ebb 
and flow) this is good, that is evil. As long as your spirit is not immutable, 
whether on the high-way strewn with palm leaves and joyful cries of *'Ho- 
sanna" around you, or on the road to the cross with the fiendish yell of 
'♦Crucify him" piercing your ears, you have not yet entered the ''holy of 
holies." — Ernest Pick. 

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NOTES ABOUT HOME. 

Mt. Lebanon, If. Y. 

June. 
Arerage of Weather at Mt Lebanon. 

Thermometer. Rain. 

1897. e3.93 4 in. 

1898. 68.88 5.625 " 
Highest Temp, during this mo. 90 above 0. 
Lowest '* " ♦♦ ♦♦ 40 V " 
Number of rainy days " " 10 

'* clear '' " " 11 
" cloudy »' " '» 

July, 1898. 
Since 1898 was usherad in, accepting 
the statement of Astronomers, we haye 
taken a free journey on the earth's stu- 
pendous railway, without having met with 
any accident by collision or otherwise. 



195,392,000 miles, at the rate of 68,000 
miles each day. The Lord's conveyance 
is far safer than a Pullman sleeping car, 
and all without charge. We have ridden 
through six signs of the zodiac, viz. ; 
Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, Taurus, Gemini 
and Cancer, each including 1800 geograph- 
ical miles. Having gone so far safely, I 
shall patronize this safe conveyance 
throughout the year. Having entered the 
constellation Leo, we find the Lion's 
breath rather too hot for unalloyed com- 
fort, but we will abide the heat. 

It is a busy season of the year, and all 
hands are plying skill and strength in the 
line of duty, in making needful repairs, 
cultivating crops, and gathering small 
fruits of which we have a plenty for home 
comfort and some to sell. 

The wet weather has subsided since 
July has taken the throne, yet Professor 
Hicks predicts electrical storms from the 
4th to the 15th inst. If the electric 
bolts strike terra firma, may they choose 
a place that will do no harm. 

We have commenced haying in the 
fields of clover and if we are favored with 
good weather we shall gamer a supply of 
excellent hay. Potatoes are looking fine 
and if they are not soakt to death by con- 
tinuous wet weather, we shall have an 
ample supj>ly i*t this esculent vegetable. 
Crops genertdly are looking well, but it 
requires the use of the cultivator and hoe^ 
and also the particular use of the fingers 
to keep the weeds subdued. 

The State Road on the mountain is 
having an additional section put in travel- 
ing order. Hands are working the worst 
part of the road between Lebanon and 
Pittsfield. New York State has made ap- 
propriations for improving the roads in 
this state. Surveyors are selecting the 
best line through New Lebanon from the 
terminal point bf the state of Massachu- 
setts. 

We opened Public Services to-day, Ju- 
ly 8. A goodly number of spectators at- 
tended and showed mark t. appreciation of 
the spirit of the gathering. The speaking 
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the entire service with heavenly, inspiring 
gifts. 

The health of the family as a whole is ex- 
cellent. There are none to my knowledge 
that are not able to take daily rations, 
and to perform their daily share of man- 
ual labor. Thus in blessing we are blest 
Calvin O. Reed. 

North Family. 

July, 1898. 

Old Sol seems now in earnest to make 
tip for past delinquencies. Some of the 
crops may come forward, but peas are al- 
most an entire failure and other garden 
produce will be late and inferior. Cher- 
ries and currants ai*e abundant and are 
being daily sent to market. 

Our Sabbath services were opened to 
the public the 8rd inst. Many better en- 
joy the seclusion of our home services, 
but we can not look at it otherwise than 
selfish, to withhold from others a knowl- 
edge of that which we so highly prize, and 
if we sow not how can we expect to reap? 
It is reported that Columbia Hall at Leb- 
anon Springs is to have many guests this 
season. 

Many letters are still being received as 
the result of the article concerning our 
Society which appeared in June number 
of "The Ladies' Home Journal." The 
greater number of these letters are from 
those advanced in years or in unfortunate 
circumstances who think they would en- 
joy a home among us, while others are 
from intelligent, high-minded people in 
whom a deep interest has been awakened 
to visit and learn directly concerning the 
principles and life practice of the people 
inhabiting "The Wonderful Little World." 
A few are from those who seem to feel 
that a revelation has thus been given 
them of the means to attain the life and 
the peace which the world can not give. 
May we have grace and wisdom to impart 
to such the needed help. 

On the 21st. of June we received into 
our home for a brief tarry our dear friends 
of long and loving acquaintance. Sisters, 
Hannah Wilson and Eliza Brown from 



Enfield, Conn. Only those who have risen 
into the spiritual life through sacrifice of 
the earthly, can know of the "richness 
and fullness of heavenly love whose inter- 
change makes such seasons of meeting a 
privilege and joy." 

We hope that all of our friends who 
have seen the many gross misrepresenta- 
tions concemihg the action taken by Al- 
fred H. Love, President of the Universal 
Peace Union in his efforts for peace be- 
tween our country and Spain, will also 
read the facts of the case as stated by 
himself in the June and July numbers of 
the "Peace-Maker" of which he is editor. 
His long years of earnest and devoted 
labor in promoting the cause of peace en- 
titles him to our fullest sympathy and sup- 
port In behalf of the Brethren and Sis- 
ters of North family, Eldress Anna White 
has written him a letter of appreciation 
and encouragement which can not fail to 
be most welcome to one thus unjustly 
persecuted. 

Catherine Allen, 

South Family, 

July, 1898. 

JuNB 10, we had the pleasure of meet- 
ing the Ministry from Maine. We deeply 
enjoyed our visit with them ; it was all 
too brief, but we shall long remember 
them and their pleasant tarry. 

Tuesday afternoon pf the 21st ult. we 
attended the funeral of Sister Ximena 
Oates at Second family. As earth to earth 
was rendered the gates of heaven opened 
and her soul entered, where the blind see, 
the lame walk, the deaf hear and the dumb 
speak; where no darkness nor death can 
come, but all is life, light and liberty. 

On the 24th ult. we renewed our ac- 
quaintance with Sisters Hannah Wilson 
and Eliza Brown who spent a portion of the 
day at our family. They were formerly 
of Canaan, now hail from Enfield, Conn. 
Their tarry among us, like the visit- 
ation of ministering spirits will add to the 
happy remembrance of the past 

To all lovers of truth we call attention 
to the article in the June number of the 



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* 'Ladies' Home Journal" entitled **A Won- 
derful Little World of People" by Miss 
Madeline S. Bridges. Slid has gathered 
many interesting facts during her recent 
visit at Mt. Lebanon and knows whereof 
she speaks. The work is richly illustrat- 
ed, containing photos of people and places 
of our beautiful hill-side home, arranged 
especially for the "Ladies' Home Jour- 
nal." Miss Bridges is an interesting writ- 
er and a friend of Sister Cecelia DeVere. 

We hope our friends in the summer 
land of Florida, the land of orange blos- 
soms -and crocodiles, will find much pleas- 
ure in their Southern venture, and contin- 
ue raising cane and all fruits of the sunny 
South. 

Kindest love and sympathy to our dear 
Editor. May time and Providence restore 
him to health and activity again. 

Genevieve DeGrato. 



Shakersy TS. Y. 

July, 1898. 

During the month of June we were 
very pleasantly interrupted in our usual 
vocations by a visit from our gospel friends 
from the state of Maine, Elder William 
Dumont and Elder Henry Green. If 
friendship and the bond that holds us in 
spiritual communion are strengthened by 
the application of the adage, "Short visits 
make long friends," oUr alliance must be 
indissoluble. Yea we* will "remember the 
Maine," but with the spirit of peace that 
makes all those who love our blessed 
cause and are striving for its prosperity 
one in spirit and purpose, instead of the 
revengeful interpretation which at present 
is given to that saying. 

We also had a very pleasant visit from 
our Sisters Emma Thayer and Celia 
Thorpe of West Pittsfield, Mass. We 
wffre glad to hear from them that our 
good Brother Ira Lawson is improving in 
health. May the angel which cometh 
with healing im his wings restore him to 
perfect health. 

As we write these Notes on this pleasant 
Sabbath morning, July 8, our thoughts 



have been moving forward to the contem- 
plation of the probable results of to- 
morrow. How many realize the true im- 
port of and the spirit that should prompt 
the celebration of our Independence? 
That it might be a reality in our national 
life there were those who suffered and 
gave their lives for their country, and the 
present generation if they are to hold as a 
sacred and indissoluble inheritance what 
has been gained must be prepared to meet 
the living questions of to-day with the 
same heroism and confidence in the ulti- 
mate triumph of the truth that our fore- 
fathers had. 

Summer has put on her royal robes and 
the vegetation that has been so backward 
is at present hurrying forward to complete 
the task assigned. July 8, gives us the 
highest registration of the season to date, 
— 08 degrees in the shade. 

Hamilton DeGrato. 



West Pittsfield^ Mass. 

July, 1898. 

We come once more from the Berkshire 
Hills with a greeting of love for our 
friends in other homes. 

We are enjoying the fulness of active, 
growing summer. It seems to us that we 
can faintly hear the mysterious forces so 
busily at work, forming the material for 
the growth of each tree and plant or flow- 
er. Every morning we realize the pro- 
gression constantly at work about us, and 
at evening can trace the result of sun or 
shower by the growth toward maturity of 
fruit or grain. 

Potatoes promise an excellent harvest, 
and the hay crop we think, will exceed 
that of last year in abundance. 

While truly grateful for the many bless- 
ings which are ours and recognizing the 
benefit of so peaceful a home, our hearts 
are filled with sympathy for the brave 
ones, who beneath the tropical suns of 
Cuba, are fighting so courageously for a 
poor and opprest people. Never before 
in the history of any country has the spir- 
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the people, and while we desire t^e ad- 
vancement of peace, we pray for the com- 
ing of the day when man shall acknow-. 
ledge the universal brotherhood of man; 
when the cry of the slave and cruelty of 
the master shall cease. 

There oame to our family a few days 
since two Sisters from the *'Canaan-£n- 
tield*' family, Hannah Wilson and Eliza 
Brown. They are traveling toward the 
west in life's journey and the radiance 
from a golden setting sun even now 
brightens their faces, as they impart mes- 
sages of courage and strength to those 
whom they meet They attended meet- 
ing with us benefiting all thereby. 

Sister Annie Case, of Watervliet, also 
paid us a fljring visit, but as the good 
things of life are best appreciated when 
not to#> freely bestowed, we will look for- 
ward to a repetition of the hurried call. 
Fidelia Entabrook. 



Enfield, N. H. 

July, 1898. 

The first of this month we had the hon- 
or of entertaining our friend. Honorable 
E. H. Cheney, editor of "The Granite State 
Free Press," of Lebanon, N. H. and Ex- 
Consul to Matanzas, Cuba. In the even- 
ing he gave us a very fine discourse, inter- 
sperst with many of his experiences while 
stationed in that beautiful, war-blighted 
island. 

As we think of the cruel power admin- 
istered by the Spanish upon their subjects, 
can we do otherwise than hope that the 
Cubans will soon realize their long- 
dreamed-of state of republicanism and 
personal freedom? Surely from out of 
the black war cloud mow hovering over 
Spain* s colonial possessions and our own 
country, we can believe that there will 
arise moral effects, enriching to each race, 
the consequence of a larger and better 
light of civilization and righteousness pre- 
vailing. 

On the evening of July 4, we gathered 
upon the lawn before our large Dwelling, 
which was well decorated with flags, as 



were .also the fruit trees about, and en- 
joyed an entertainment of music and reci- 
tations, given by our little girls, after 
which, a collation of cake, ice-creafm and 
berries was indulged in. , Thus closed the 
"glorious Fourth" of 1898, so eventful 
with national rejoicing. 

July 5, we again welcome Elder Henry 
C. Blinn, who was prevented by journey- 
ing "into the valley of tlie shadow" from 
making his regular visits to our Society, 
for a little while. We are also pleased 
to renew our relations with Elder William 
Briggs, and greet him as the associate in 
office with Elder Henry. Our first service 
with them was fraught with gratitude for 
past blessings and petitions that added 
strength and zeal may be had, enabling us 
to work as the heart of one. 

George H. Baxter. 



Narooossee, Fla. 

July, 1898. 

Our drought which has continued more 
or less for six months has finally given 
way to the earnest feelings of the brainy 
toilers of the soil whose prayers and desires 
have been from morning until night for a 
shower of rain. None came of much ac- 
count until June 5, but within a short 
time we had two and one half inches, but 
far too late to save the thousands of droop- 
ing crops except where there were facili- 
ties for irrigation. 

This may look to some very discourag- 
ing, but not so to the Florida farmer 
whose pertinacity of feeling to combat 
with such things is not checkt by defeat. 
As soon as the rain came the ground was 
again ploughed, old stubble turned under 
and a new crop sown. Should we take a 
consistent view of such conditions, it 
would soon show us the necessity of 
something more to rely on for permanent 
crops than the elements. 

It is certain beyond a doubt that farm- 
ing can not be carried on successfully in 
Florida without some kind of irrigation. 
The present season demonstrates this 
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have in a measure saved their crops, while 
those who have not were left to see their 
crops go down among the thousands who 
have lost all. To those who are looking 
to Florida for a home I would say look 
well before you take the step. 

The irregularity of the seasons has been 
the source of discouragement to hundreds 
of honest people who have come] here un- 
der the recommendations of dishonest 
speculators and put in their thousands to 
build up a comfortable home, and after 
years of hard labor and toil were com- 
pelled to forsake their homes at half the 
cost and return to their former homes. 
I weuld not say this has been the case 
with all but with a great majority. In 
the advantages of the soil and climate of 
Florida it is only the equal of the other 
states in proportion as one estimates the 
value of climate over soil, which is to say 
that while the climate is just about as 
satisfactory as one would ask for; the 
soil is not so in consideration of or rela- 
tion to the world's present knowledge of 
agriculture. There is some, a large 
amount in fact, of really good land in 
Florida, but as a state its soil is poor, be- 
ing sandy and non-productive. So in or- 
der to have a crop the farmer must make 
his soil. That there will eventually be 
found something of value that these lands 
are especially adapted to that will make 
them equal to other lands, is the hope 
of many minds. But give me for farm- 
ing the home of my childhood the hills 
and valleys of old New England! 

Andrew Barrett. 



THB TURNKBY. 

No. 2. 

By Elder H, C. Blinn. 

As the first human beings evidently cut 
down trees and then rolled the logs, we 
may possibly touch the right point by go- 
ing back to some of those first lumbermen. 
Jubal Cain according to Biblical history, 
made organs and harps, and was' in all 
probability a wood-chopper and a log-roll- 
er. These brothers, Jubal and Tubal, 



were skillful workmen and soon brought 
out a nicely wrought Canthook. 

We may be assured that Jubal was 
pleased, even tho the Bible may be si- 
lent on the point The Canthook was a 
success in pulling logs out of a bad place, 
and it was soon seen that a smaller in- 
strument made after the same pattern, 
would be a nice thing to pull an aching 
tooth from its socket. 

Assuming all of this to be correct, we 
have no hesitancy in believing that Jubal 
Cain was the first dentist that ever used 
a Turnkey in the extracting of teeth. Its 
form may have changed slightly since 
that early day, but not enough to destroy 
its original design. 

Dr. Harris, who publisht his work on 
Dental Surgery in 1856, would spoil this 
idea of giving the credit of invention of 
the key to Jubal Cain, as he says:— "For 
about fifty years the key of Garengeot 
was almost the only instrument used in 
the extraction of teeth." But this does 
not say that Garengeot did not get his 
idea from some one of an earlier date. 

One might easily so arrange his mind as 
to readily believe that the very same per- 
son that invented the canthook also in- 
vented the Turnkey, as they are so much 
alike; and if it could be proved that Jubal 
Cain owned a saw-mill, the whole mi^tter 
would be perfectly clear. 

Altho considerable ingenuity has been 
displayed in the manufacture of dental 
forceps they were not made, as a general 
thing, with such nice adaptability till near 
the beginning of the present century, and 
were not brought into general use till 1830. 
The Turnkey was presented at first, on 
nearly every occasion, except in the ex- 
tracting of teeth for children, and for 
the upper and lower front teeth of adults. 

It was the custom of the family physi- 
cian to take with him a small box of den- 
tist's tools, that he might be able to ex- 
tract a tooth if his services were demand- 
ed. As the Turnkey or Dentist's Key was 
made on the same principle as the Cant- 
hook, when it was placed on a tooth, 
and the physician had hold of the handle, 

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it was sure to bring the tooth from its 
socket or brealc it off in the attempt 
Should it so happen that the tooth broke 
and the roots were left imbedded in the 
Jai^, the key was laid aside and the forceps 
brought into use, or possibly a hammer 
and chisel were used to separate the roots 
that they might be drawn more readily. 

It was not a pleasant thing to fall into 
the hands of a heroic physician, in those 
days, before any preparation of ansesthesia 
had been discovered. If the forceps failed 
to extract the roots, other tools were used 
and they were lifted from their socket, as 
the farmer lifts a bowlder from the ground. 

We might anticipate a patient who has 
through a long day and a still longer night 
endured the severe pains of an aching tooth 
welcoming almost anything that would 
promise to afford relief. A visit to the 
physician and a brief story of aches and 
pains might possibly awaken his interest. 

Quite a lengthy and wise examination 
must now be made in order to determine 
what should be done and to see what tools 
would be necessary for the case. At this 
date but few persons owned a dentist's 
chair and the common form not answering 
the purpose, the patient is ordered while 
standing to designate the tooth that he 
wishes to have extracted. Very few if any 
questions were askt by the physician, why 
the tooth should be taken out, as it was 
enough to know that the patient had askt 
to have it done. 

The dentist of to-day kipdly proffers 
his advice, whether or not a tooth should 
be extracted, and the patient is expected 
to be governed accordingly. But the den- 
tist with an office, and with an education 
that fitted him for this special branch of 
surgery, had not come forward save in a 
few of the largest cities. In many places 
the extracting of teeth was even trusted 
to men who gave evidence of a little me- 
chanical genius, and when it was not con- 
venient to reach a physician, these self-ap- 
pointed dentists performed the operation. 

The forceps at tliis date were quite rude 
when compared with those now in use, 
and as a general thing were only for the 



extraction of the front teeth. At a some- 
what earlier day, and espeeially in places 
a few miles distant from the city, it was 
not uncommon for the shoemaker, or car- 
penter, or even the blacksmith to take up- 
on himself the office of a dentist and do 
some heroic work. 

Within the memory of the writer a ludi- 
crous instance of this kind occurred. It 
was a boy of some twelve years. An ach- 
ing tooth had brought him to the shop of 
the old shoemaker. A hurried examina- 
tion was made and the boy was told to 
stand near the bench of the cobbler. Tak- 
ing the boy's head within the circle of 
one arm, the lancing of the tooth was soon 
accomplisht Under the most favorable 
circumstances a shivering dread passes 
through the system so soon as a lance or 
a pair of forceps comes in sight. 

In this case the forceps were a pair of 
shoemaker's pincers. They were large, 
awkwardly made, and wholly unfit for any 
such purpose. So soon as the little fellow 
saw those formidable things and learned 
that they were to be put into his mouth 
he began to cry from mere dread. 

The shoemaker, however, retained his 
grip, but took time to deliver a severe re- 
buke to his little patient, and then order- 
ing him to stand still, was successful in 
getting the great pincers into the boy's 
mouth, and attaching them to one of the 
molar teeth. Possibly it may have been 
the right one, but as none of them ached 
at this time, it was difficult to determine. 

When everything was made right the 
would-be dentist attempted to display his 
skill. So soon as he began to pull, the 
poor frightened boy gave a leap and the 
pincers slipt from the tooth. The crying 
of the boy and the scolding of the shoe- 
maker closed the operation, and the little 
fellow was glad to escape any more torture. 
(To he continued. J 



"LET THE MUD DRY FIRST." 
Hebe is a capital lesson that may well 
be imprest upon the memory of both 
young and old; Mr. Spurgeon in walking 



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and she has entered those mansions of 
joy, prepared for the pure in heart in 
God's everlasting Kingdom. 
Memphis^ Term. 



THB SHADOW OF SBLF- 

It is told of Michael Angelo, the great- 
est sculptor the world has ever known, 
that it was his hahit to work much at 
night, when quiet hours gave him oppor- 
tunity for the severest thought, which is 
so evident in all he wrought He found, 
however, that night labor was not without 
its disadvantages. No matter where he 
placed his light, at some critical moment 
or in some unexpected place his shadow 
was sure to be thrown upon the statue he 
caived. But at last he hit upon a plan 
that did away with the difficulty. He 
fastened a candle to the stiff paper cap he 
wore while working, and then the light 
shone clear and full upon the portion of 
marble he was carving, with no shadow of 
himself flitting between his eyes and his 
work. 

There is a lesson here for all. The 
greatest hindrance to us as sculptors of 
life is this shadow of self which is so 
prone to fall in unexpected places, dim- 
ming our perception of the clear, sharp 
outlines of truth and duty, and spoiling 
by false proportions the dignity and beau- 
ty of the character we would portray as 
our own. 

To do a kind thing that we may be 
thought obliging, is to miss entirely the 
grace of the act, so far as we are con- 
cerned. To be generous for fear of being 
thought mean, is little if any better than 
downright selfishness. In short, to do 
right for any other reason than because it 
is right, is to fall short of the ideal, to 
make a false stroke on life's statue be- 
cause the shadow of self has come be- 
tween it and the light. 

Does some one ask. What is the light 
by which we may guide ourselves as day 
by day we chisel out character that must 
endure throughout eternity? There is 
but one answer — Christ. And as the 
great sculptor placed his candle on the 



front of his cap while he wrought, so we 
must put Christ above our own prefer- 
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of that Light upon each day's appointed 
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we shall make no mistakes. — Young Peo- 
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It is a beautiful little teacher of the law 
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Fannie McCoemack, at South Union, 
Ky. July 20, 1898. Age 58 years 1 mo. 
and 6 days. 

Sister Fannie entered the Community at 
the age of eleven years. J. C. . 

John Pilot, at Watervliet, Ohio. Aug. 
4, 1898. Age 83 years and 6 months. 

Brother John has devoted forty years to 
the upbuilding of our Zion home, a con- 
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William Birde, at East Canterbury, 
N. H. Aug. 12, 1898. Age 43 years 1 mo, 
and 15 days. 

Eldress Dorothy Ann Durgin, at East 
Canterbury, N. H. August 24, 1898. 
Age 72 years, 9 months and 1 day. 

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ASOENDINa LIFE. 

By Martha J, Anderson, 

The fine and subtile laws of alchemy 

A secret power of transmutation hold, 
Touch with refining sensibility, 

And bring to light each hidden grain of gold. 

Thus, from earth's basis to ethereal spheres 

In pui*e atomic substance wisely planned, 
More sublimated each degree appears 

That forms successive kingdoms, high and grand. 

Life's occult forces work with magic skill 

To build anew, till earth and heaven blend. 

Eternal laws of progress to fulfill 

In chain of being that shall never end. 

Mark the material forms that round us rise ! 

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But spirit hath a growth that never dies. 

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Tis spiritual force that guides the suns 

And worlds that fill immensity of space, Onoalp 



146 THE MANIFESTO. 

Electric fluid through each atom runs 

That evolution gives a form and place. 

Man — crowning point of the created whole — 
The impress of his Maker's image wears ; 

This microcosm — body, spirit, soul, — 
Resemblance to creation f uUy bears. 

Each special phase of being here combined, — 
The soul and sentiment of every thing — 

Is germinal within the immortal mind 

That yet shall blossom in eternal spring. 

My wisdom placed within this rudimental sphere 
To give his noble powers unf oldment free. 

His childhood state brings teachers, year by year. 
Who spreads for him the chart of destiny ; 

He reads and thinks, he learns and understands, 
Aspires still further with a yearning hope. 

And lo ! his God-like soul expands. 

And ever fruitful fields before him ope. 

*Tis life progressive, ever on and on, 

A glorious resurrection day by day ; 

'TIS step by step, and starry summits won, 
That mark our ever upward, onward way. 
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NOTES FROM OUR DIARY. 

We left home on Monday Aug. Ist and only reacht the City of Concord, a dis- 
tance of twelve miles. Elder Wra. W. Briggs was one of the company so far as this 
place. 

Auo 2. Left Concord at 10-15 a. m. for Boston. Several hours were occupied in 
canceling some obligations that demanded attention. While walking along the 
street, the voice of singing was heard and a little boy proffered this information 

**It is only two or throe doors ahead of you, mister.** 

"What is it that's only two doors ahead?" 

"They are haying a meeting, sir. It is right up these stairs." 

Thanking the little man, we ascended the stairs and soon found that we were 
among Salvationists. They were having a private meeting, and we soon learned 
that not many strangers would be admitted as the Captain came and fastened the 
door, so that others could not enter, — but did not ask us to retire. 

We enjoyed the singing and speaking, and at the close of the service converst very 
pleasantly with the Captain, who extended an invitation for us to come again. 

Auo. 3. Took the cars at 8-30 a. m. at the Boston & Albany Station for Pittsfield, 
Mass., the ticket costing $8.00. On reaching Pittsfield at 1-15 p. m. we found 
Brother Ira Lawson, with a carriage waiting to convey us to jtil@e¥iPagA»jS0Bte three 



THE MANIFESTO. 147 

miles dlAtant. A kind welcome greeted us on arrival at the Trustees' Office and we 
«oon found ourselves in Hancock among the best of friends. 

In the p. m. two enquirers called, one being a young minister and the other a 
physician. We are happy in the anticipation that they went from the Tillage, wis- 
her and better for the interview An enjoyable, social chat with Elder Louis Basting 
made a pleasant close for the evening. 

Aug. 4. Took a stroll over the new, State road which has been built through this 
Tillage and is being continued to the top of the mountain, on the road to the Vil- 
lage of Mt. Lebanon. 

At most the grade is only about five feet in one hundred. If the New York com- 
missioners decide to build a new road on the west side of the mountain it wiU be of 
immense value to the traveling public. Another enquirer called at the Office. He 
assured us that the Lord sent him, altho we soon learned that he had a debt of 
^00.00. Persons should cancel their debts before they attempt to enter a religious 
community. 

Aug. 5. The Iron Ore Company that least a section of land belonging to the Com- 
munity has suspended work. The machinery has been sold and the buildings are 
being moved away. 

Two little girls came out from the City of Pittsfield, yesterday, on their wheels, 
to visit the Shakers. They were the daughters of wealthy citizens. A heavy thun- 
der-storm past over the Village and they feared to return. A message was sent to 
their parents, that the Shaker Sisters would care for them until morning. 

Having an excellent water privilege in this place, we find a motor in the dairy and 
a Davis chum. The milk is set in pans. Wood working machinery may be found 
in another building and ample reservoirs supply water for this, and other places. 
The best of drinking water comes from springs found on the mountain. 

Brother Ira, the Trustee of this Society, has within a few years made important 
additions to the Trustees* Office, which is now a beautiful building and has been 
furnish t with all the modem conveniences. In the Office room are two sets of fans, 
revolving very rapidly, being propelled by a small water motor. 

Aug. 6. The Society in this place has three families. The Church, Second and 
East The Mayor of the City of Pittsfield and the City engineer called at the Office. 
We had an introduction and enjoyed a very pleasant and social conversation. The 
Mayor told of the recex>tion that was given to the 1st N. H. Regiment of Volunteers 
when they past through the City. Col. Rolfe had retired for the night, but the 
Mayor had him get out of bed and witness the demonstration made in honor of the 
aoldiers. 

We made a short visit to the Second family and had a very pleasant interview with 
Eldress Sophia Helfrich and the other members of the family. In the p. m. ac- 
cepted a ride with Brother Ira. He drove to the reservoir or lake in the town of 
Richmond. This water is held for the Grist Mill and other mills, and covers sever- 
al hundred acres. From this place he drove over some very interesting roads till we 
reacht the Village ot Richmond, some five miles south of the Shaker Village. In 
this poor little town, one mile of State road has been built and the people anticipate 
the building of another mile. I hardly think we shall be able to find a road, a mile 
long, in N. H. that will compare favorably with these roads in Mass. After reach- 
ing home we estimated our trip to have been some fifteen miles or more. 

Sunday, Aug. 7- We had breakfast at 7 o'clock. Elder Louis'called at the Of- 
fice and extended an invitation for us to attend the morning Service which com- 
menced at 10 o'clock. Members from the several families attended. Elder Louis 
made a few remarlfs at the opening of the Service. He 1 



148 THE MANIFESTO. 

the hymn. An organ accompaniment rendered valuable service to the voices, and 
the whole was very pleasant to the mind. The Service continued about an hour, 
and the time was well filled with singing and speaking. In the p. m. several of the 
Brethren and Sisters from the Society of Mt. Lebanon, called at the Office. The 
interview was very pleasant, and the invitation to visit their home very much ap- 
preciated. 

Auo, 8. We accepted the invitation to take a ride with Brother Ira to the City of 
Pittsfield. We rode many miles around the country before w^ reacht the City, and 
entered fully into the enchantment of the scenery of western Mass. where the moun- 
tains and valleys and lakes remind us so forcibly of those in New Hampshire. We 
called at the Berkshire Atheneum which has a Public Library and a large collection 
of works of Art It has also several cases of geological specimens and a great vari- 
ety of curiosities. On our return we met Elder Joseph Holden who had just arrived 
from Watervliet 

At 5 o'clock p. m. Mr. Robert Brannen and lady, of Denver, Col., called. They 
had driven from Troy to see their Shaker friends. Mr. Brannen is a wealthy bank- 
er in the City of Denver. His visit to the Community was a very pleasant surprise. 

The cutting and drying of sweet com is one of the industries of this place, and 
they have the best of facilities for expediting the business. The Circular bam is a 
novelty, but, no doubt, it has many advantages which could not be obtained by 
building in any other form. The cows are all stalled with their heads toward the 
center. In thJB upper loft the teams drive in at one door with their loads of hay, 
and after unloading can drive around on the inside of the bam and pass out at the 
same door that they entered. 

. The Family Dwelling is a large, commodious brick building. Liberal minds 
planned it, and also arranged it for the convenience of the Community. Additional 
improvements have been made within a few years and it now stands among the 
modem dwellings. The underpinning stone, the door-steps and fence posts are 
mostly of marble found in this section of the country, while the stone walks are 
generally of coarse limestone. A fine specimen of Granite would be hard to find. 
Some beds of gravel are occasionally found, and this has been used largely on the 
State Road. 

On our return from a morning walk, we past on to the Laundry and received a 
kind invitation to enter. We found several Sisters and two or three little girls bus- 
ily engaged in washing the clothes. Two of the Sisters gave us special attention 
and conducted us through the several departments. The boiling, rinsing and other 
holders are supplied with hot water from a large boiler. The washing is still per- 
formed by hand, but an excellent wringer reduces much of the hard work. The 
floor of the laundry is laid with marble slabs, which at first might seem objectiona- 
ble on account of coldness to the feet. It was thought, however, to be preferable to 
wood. The room for ironing adjoins that of the wash-room, and has an arch and a 
stove well arranged for the heating of the fiat-irons. 

The Sisters accompanied us to the Corn-drying establishment which will soon be 
in operation. Not less than four corn-cutting machines will be used to keep the 
four klhis well supplied with com for drying. 

Aug. 10. We walkt to the Cemetery which is but a few rods distant from the Of- 
fice. The stones are of marble and contain the full name, with the age and date of 
death. The place presents a very neat and orderly appearance. We found within 
the enclosure the resting place of Anna Berdick, who was appointed to the Order ot 
Ministry in Canterbury and Enfield, Feb. 16, 1792. She returned to Hancock, in 

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THE MANIFESTO. 149 

Brother Ira invited Eider Joseph and the writer to accompaiiy liim to Lenox. 
A covered carriage offered sure protection against the threatening rain. Lenox is 
twelve miles distant, and is largely built up by the wealthy residents of New York. 
We drove through the Village and then directly home, reaching the Trustees' Office 
at 12 m. The rain had been a little disturbing, but not enough to deprive us of the 
pleasure of sight seeing. 

Limestone seems to be the predominant rook, and it is of beautifully variegated 
colors. When we reacht Lenox we saw the homes of wealth. Thousands and 
thousands of dollars have their representation in the beautiful residences, and in 
many places even the bams are as richly fumisht as the family dwelling. Tens of 
thousands of flowers are to be seen in the beautifully cultivated gardens and lawns. 
As Grod made the flowers they are all **very good*' and worthy to be admired in all 
their beauty. 

Our return trip was over the Berkshire Hills where Brother Lra says the health 
air may be found. If going up and up and up would help us to find health, then 
certainly it must have been found. All in all it was a delightful ride, as the whole 
journey presented some of the most beautiful scenery. 

Aug. 11. At 1 o'clock we took a ride with Brother Ira to the top of the moun- 
tain over the new road. On our return we entered one of the fields, and were shown 
a section of land where a company of Indians lived when the Shakers settled in this 
place. We were shown the old foundation, where the house of Nathan Goodrich 
formerly stood, in which Mother Ann and the Elders held religious Services. It 
was in this place that Mother Ann said to the mob that came to the house, — **Draw 
back, or I will smite the horse and his rider." The horses immediately ran to the 
road, some ten rods distant, and the riders had no power to govern them. We 
made a visit to the East family and had a very pleasant interview with Eldress 
Catherine Pepi>er and others. They have a small store in the Office where they ex- 
hibit some fancy articles for sale. 

SuKDAY, Aug. 14. The day was spent as noted at an earlier date. At 6 p. m. we 
attended a religious gathering at the Family Dwelling. A company of young Sis- 
ters, with the little girls were present. A director or superintendent was chosen 
from among the company present, and the exercises moved along quite pleasantly. 
Bible reading, singing, and the reading of original or selected articles occupied the 
time. This can not otherwise than be a profitable, educational school. 

Aug. 15. We again walked to the Station and found the Railroad Officials very 
gentlemanly and affable. By the road side we stopt to examine a wild fiower, and 
soon discovered the plants so familiar in New Hampshire, Blue Vervain, Toad Flax 
Wood Sorrel, Nettles, Scabish and several other varieties. 

On reaching the Second family, Eldress Sophia Helf rich invited us to call and see 
the cloaks that they were making for s^le. Visitors to the Village call at this place 
to see the goods and make purchases. A great many people pass through the Vil- 
lage on bicycles, but very few stop for dinner. The gardener at the Second family 
says that the worms are destroying his cabbages and he has been advised to sprinkle 
them with Paris green. 

Eldress Caroline Helfrich has in safe keeping a collection of antique curiosities 
which we were invited to see. Several patterns of bonnets, the oldest being made 
without a cape. The frame was of pasteboard and covered with silk. The length 
some thii*teen inches. A cap made of thick cotton cloth, but with a mushn border. 
A great variety of kerchiefs, aprons, dresses, etc, etc. 

Aug. 17. At 1-15 p. m. Brother Ira with a span of horses and a covered carriage, 
took the writer to the Trustees' Office at Mt. Lebanon. Two Sisters accompanied 

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150 THE MANIFESTO. 

us. A ride over the new State Road took us to the top of the mountain. Every— 
body speaks in its praise. Of the road on the west side of the mountain but little 
need be said. We may, however, anticipate an improved highway when the Com- 
missioners of New York decide to locate it 

On reaching the Church family at Mt. Lebanon, we were soon among friends, and 
proffered a very cordial welcome. Our visit to the several families was somewhat, 
limited, yet it was pleasantly appreciated. We had the pleasure of meeting the 
Elders of every family and many of the Brethren and Sisters. We saw some little 
girls playing a game of Enchantment, and others equally as happy seated in a lawn, 
swing. 

Mt. Lebanon is a beautiful place. Every thing about it is neatly arranged, while 
the care of the lawns and flowers in front of the Family Dwelling are really attract- 
ive. The large, brick Dwelling at the First family, and the Family Dwelling at the 
Novitiate Order are especially handsome buildings. The Church or House of Wor- 
ship attracts the attention of all visitors. The rooms formerly occupied by the Or- 
der of Ministry have been vacated since the building of the new residence. A pub- 
lic Service has been held during the season. 

Sister Amelia Calver in connection with many other duties has the charge of sev- 
eral colonies of honey bees. That she appreciates the pleasure of the employment^ 
there can be no doubt, as all the care given to the *4ittle busy bee,** meets with a 
ready and sweet response. Not even man's best friends, the dog or the horse is- 
more appreciative of care and kindness than is the -*Queen and her family.** 

As our time was limited we made only a brief visit to the several families. In. 
these visits we thankfully shared many acts of care and kindness. This is the cen- 
tral home of all our gospel relation, who have accepted the cross of Christ, and be- 
come sons and daughters of our God. 

Aug. 21. Public Service was held at 10 a. m. Elder Calvin Reed conducts the 
Service one Sabbath, Elder Timothy Rayson the second Sabbath, and Elder Charles 
Greaves the third. Quite a large company of spectators were present, and we 
learned that the speaking and singing were excellent and appropriate for the occa- 
sion. The dear friends at the Trustees* Office, were all that friends could be, and 
our every need was amply supplied. 

Three little girls and their Caretaker made us a visit at the Office. Other Breth- 
ren and Sisters were also present, and all were pleasantly entertained by the chil- 
dren, who sung several pieces and played their own accompaniments on an organ. 
This was followed by some very pretty recitations and formed a fitting close for the- 
day. 

Aug. 22. At 9-45 we §aid "Good-bye** to Mt, Lebanon, and Brother Ferdinand 
Gainebin with two Sisters were at the door with a covered carriage and a span or 
horses. We were now on our way to Hancock, which we reacht via. Canaan Lower- 
family, Queechy Lake, and Richmond Lake, at 12-15. 

Aug. 23. Left Hancock for Albany, N. T. at 7-35 a. m. Ticket, $1.08. Reacht 
Albany at 9-10 a. m. and found Elder Joseph Holden present with a carriage. We 
drove through a beautiful City Park, and then through West Albany, and reacht the 
Shaker Village at 11-15. As the Ministry of Mt. Lebanon were at this place, we vis- 
ited them at their residence. This Order was establisht as the leading authority in. 
all the spiritual interests of the Community at large, and through this, their care 
becomes universal. This little interview was very pleasant. 

As the time was quite limited for the visit to this Society, only a very short time 
could be spent in any one place. Our home was in the Trustees* Office, which is. 
under the management of Brother J. Philip Smith and two Sistei's» Every care and 

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kindtiess was extended to make the time pass pleasantly. We visited each family 
and enjoyed the privilege of meeting with the Elders, and with many of the Breth- 
ren and Sisters. It was a busy season of the year, and three of the families were en- 
gaged in the canning of beans, peas, tomatoes, etc. 

Auo. 24. Last night we were visited by a thunder-storm that gave us a continu- 
ous flashing of lightning, and an incessant roar of thunder for three hours. It was 
a fearful exhibition of the powers of the air, and it was a great relief to the mind 
-when the outburst was over. The downpour of rain was as in the days of Noah 
when the windows of heaven were opened. While it did no damage to the Com- 
munity, it destroyed many buildings and trees in its lii;ie of march. The several 
families in this Society' are quite distant from each other, and entirely hidden from 
the view of either one. The Cemetery at this place presented a very neat appear- 
ance. The stones were of white marble, and placed in the best of order. Of this 
little enclosure no one need be ashamed. It manifested a kind regard for the de- 
parted and a respect for the living. 

The First family has a large two story brick building for a Trustees' Office. The 
rooms and halls are of liberal size and high posted. Some of the rooms have recent- 
ly been papered on the sides and overhead, and present a very pretty appearance. 
The Family Dwelling is a frame building, of two stories and well arranged for the 
comfort and convenience of the family in every respect. Every family has ample 
accommodations in their dwellings, and all of these buildings present an appearance 
that is highly commendable to our religious Community. 

Aug. 26. We bade adieu to the good friends of Watervliet and were taken to 
"West Albany in a carriage, and were at the Station and ready to take the train for 
West Pittsfleld, where we arrived at 4-20 p. m. Brother Ira Lawson was in wait- 
ing and we were soon riding on our way to the Church family. 

Auo. 27. Took a walk to the reservoir which supplies water to the dwellings and 
to the mills. The water was as **clear as crystal'' and the supply we trust, never 
faiUng. 

Sept. 1. We made a visit to the vacated Society of Tyringham. At 7 a. m. 
Brother Ira Lawson was at the door with a carriage and a span of horses and with 
Eldress Sophia Helfrich and Emoretta Belden we were soon on our way. We past 
through Richmond, Stockbridge, South Lee and reacht Tyringham at noon. 

In the building formerly used as the Trustees' Office, we found a family who were 
taking charge of the property. Mr. Nash invited us into the house, and then very 
kindly offered to show us about the premises. We past into the Office, and then 
through the Meeting House. These buildings had been entirely remodeled on the 
inside to accommodate the summer boarders. We made a hasty inspection of the 
other buildings, and everywhere was to be seen the substantial work of consecrated 
hands. Force of circumstances, however, had obliged the Believers to sell the 
property and take up their abode in other Societies. 

The Shakers of Tyringham selected a remarkable place for the location of their 
Village. It is in a mountainous region, and while the mountain rises several hun- 
dred feet above the buildings, the valley in which was to be found their best land 
for tillage, was many hundred feet below them. Some of the houses that were en- 
tered from the roadway and built for a two story dwelling, were in the rear a four 
story building. A marble tablet in the Family Dwelling shows the date of the 
building to be 1823. Several other buildings were in a good state of preservation. 
A little building was made in the side of the mountain, and about ten feet square, 
to be used for the setting of milk and the storing of butter. A large limestone slab 
formed the roof, and assisted in making this a simple cold storage. ^ . 

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The place is now being ^tted up for Summer boarders. It is six miles from a 
Railroad Station and in a section of the country with few inhabitants. The scenery, 
however, to those who love lofty mountains and deep valleys, is enchanting. 

Bidding adieu to the once loved Community home, a sad, unbidden thought 
flitted across the mind. We reacht Stockbridge at 1-45 p. m. and dined at the Rod 
Lion's Inn. As the Believers are so well acquainted with the Proprietor and 
his lady we felt very much at home. The house was filled with guests and many 
called only to be refused for want of room. At this place we were shown a 
museum of curiosities, in furniture, in crockery, etc. etc. A shelf extended around 
the large dining room and on this were hundreds of plates, of all patterns, sizes and 
ages. Some were of historical value, while others were prized for age and others 
illustrative of some special incident in life, while others were of great value on ac- 
count of being rare specimens. The guide informed us that some of these plates 
were valued at not less than $40.00. The Proprietor, Mr. C. H. Plumb, very 
kindly took us to see his tall, brass clocks. He had three very nice specimens 
and one in a mahogany case could not be purchased for $150.00. After dinner 
we continued oiir journey toward home, and past through Lenox and on through 
the City of Pittsfield, reaching the Village at 7 p. m. to the satisfaction of the 
whole company, after such an interesting excursion. 

Sept. 2. At 9 a. m. in company with two Sisters we took the cars for Pittsfield. 
After closing our business in the city we took an electric car for Lake Pontoosuc a 
few miles distant The little lake is one mile long and three quarters of a mile 
wide. A small steamer took us around the lake for ten cents each. A man steers 
the boat but a woman officiates as an engineer. We called on some friends of the 
Believers, and then returned to the City for dinner. After attending to some more 
business calls we took the cars for West Pittsfield. 

Sept. 5. At 9 a. m. in company with two Sisters we took the cars for Pittsfield. 
Several Sisters also accompanied us from the East family. As this was **Labor 
Day," the Catholic Temperance Societies had arranged for a parade. Delegations 
were present from several cities in Mass. and not less than ten or twelve bands of 
music were in the procession. It was estimated that 18000 persons were present, 
but the best of order prevailed during the day. The Sisters from the East family, 
soon after took a car for Lake Pontoosuc where they spent the day, while we went 
to Dalton Village some five miles distant. We dined at the Hotel and then returned 
to the City, and at 4-20 p. m. took the cars for West Pittsfield in company with the 
other Sisters. All seemed of the opinion that they had spent a very pleasant day. 

The cultivation of music is receiving increast attention in every society. A 
piano or a Cabinet organ may be found in nearly every family. Not many, however 
use them during the time of religious worship. Since the organization of the Com- 
munity these several changes have been taking place, — in the architecture of the 
buildings, in the general management of their business, as well as in articles of diet 
and in the manufacture of their clothing. 

Medieval customs and habits were eminently proper in that age, but as the earth 
or world moves, the people must move with it or be left in the rear. To stop this 
onward progress would be like attempting to stop the wheels of time. It was only 
a few years since and no Shaker would have worn a beard, or even accepted the gift 
of an artificial tooth. A drab coat and a broad-brimmed hat designated the order 
to which he belonged, and the Sisters were no less conspicuous in their lace caps 
and high heeled shoes; but as hats and coats are quite destitute of religious vitality 
some families have felt at liberty to bring forward a system more in accordance 
with the light of to-day. 

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In Memory of our Loved Sister, NANCT DOW. 

By Elizabeth Sears, 

A LOVED one has left us and past through the portals 

That lead to an endless fruition of joy. 
Perfected through suffering she joins the immortals 

The purified number in heavenly employ 
Through scenes of adversity, conflict and trial 

Our Sister has past with an unshaken trust 
Through noble endeavors and true self-denial 

Secured the reward of the upright and just. 
In life's early mom when temptations surrounded 

She chose the straight path which our Savior e'er trod, 
With faith in his teachings her spirit abounded 

Devoting her all to the service of God. 
While many turned backward in search of vain pleasure 

Companions and friends who were dearer than life 
Our Sister chose rather the heavenly treasure 

Contentment and freedom from turmoil and strife. 
Her talents and strength with unswerving devotion 

Were most freely given, Zion's cause to sustain 
She made no reserve but with full consecration 

Gave all she possest for its honor and gain. 
In acts of benevolence freely she tendered 

That love which pervadeth her spirit each day. 
To the stranger and friendless sweet services rendered 

To aid and encourage them in this pure way. 
How deep was her interest and strong her endeavor 

To lighten the burdens of each weary one. 
With kindness and love for each sister and brother 

She faithfully toiled till each duty was done. 
Dear sister and friend, may thy shining example 

Be ever a light to illumine our way. 
And while here we journey through sunshine and shadow 

Permit us to share in thy blessings, we pray. 
Nareoossee, Fla, 



OUR OLIVE BRANCH. 

IN Kunnymede township, one mile from Ashton station on the Sugar Belt 
Railway, lies the splendid domain of the Shaker colony known as Olive 
Branch. To call it a farm would belittle the plaoe in a section where farms 
are so small as here, for it contains nearly seven thousand acres, of which 

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sixteen handred are enclosed with a substantial fence, and an*angement8 ai*e 
about c6mpleted for fencing as much more. 

If all the "doubting Thomases" in Florida would visit Olive Branch, their 
opinions as to the capacity of soil for producing stock, cereals, fruits, vege- 
tables and cane would change materially, or at least be modified, as their 
land is but a fair sample of what may be found in any portion of Osceola 
county. The writer recently inspected the place through an invitation from 
the business manager, Mr. Benjamin Gates, and came away convinced it 
only needed the patient, intelligent industry manifested here to make farm 
life not, only a delightful, but a remunerative occupation. In the grounds 
connected w^h the house and business office are orange, peach, apricot and 
persimmon trees with a large number of flowering plants. It seems to be the 
policy of this community to unite the beautiful with the practical ; so you 
And here fruit trees, vines, shrubs, tropical foliage plants and flowering bulba 
all in one group relieving the lawn from that stiffness noticed in public parks. 
An irrigating plant supplies the flve acres immediately adjoining the house. 
For fleld crops they are this season growing Irish and sweet potatoes, cane,, 
velvet beans, cow peas, beggar weed, rice and pumpkins. All of them look 
well, the cane being remarkably good. 

Living largely, but not exclusively on vegetable food, the gaixlen is al- 
ways a feature in a Shaker community. I noticed remarkably fine tomatoes,, 
okra, beets, spinach and turnips. 

Most interesting of all to visitors is the pinery, which is now buddings 
blossoming and fruiting. The plants are uniform in size and fruiting well. 
While not as large a pinery as some others in the state we have visited, for 
health of plants and general neatness of the grounds it has no superior. The 
design of the community has always been to make cattle growing the great 
industry, and for this the place is admirably fitted. It has numerous lakea 
with abundant water for every pasture. Stockmen who have had cattle on 
this i*ange claim it is one of the best in Florida. At present there are about 
nine hundred head of cattle in the portion enclosed. With the additional 
pastures to be enclosed this fall they can carry 2,000 head. 

It is a fact that the revenues of the place now make all the improvements, 
and that it is not done, as many claim, with assistance from kindred associa- 
tions north. Under the able management of Mr. Benjamin Gates, and hia 
aids, Andrew Barrett and Brother Egbert, Olive Branch will soon become a 
landmark in Florida, an experimental station without state aid. There are 
no secrets here. Success is obtained and made possible by brains and muscle. 
A pleasant and profitable day it was we spent at Olive Branch, and to Sia 
ters and Brothers we tender our sincere thanks. 
— Selected, 



Pbatee prevails against temptation and brings the tried soul p^ftQ<^T^ 

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THE MANIFESTO. 

OOTOBEB, 1808. 

OFFICE OF PUBLICATION. 

Ths Manifesto is publisht by the 
"United Society of Belie vebs'' on the 
firiit of each month, and is the only work 
issued regularly by the Shaker Commu- 
NTTT. Its aim is to furnish a plain and 
simple statement of the religious views of 
the Ordkb and to inculcate the spirit of 
righteousness. 
Address all communications to 
Henbt C. Blinn, 

East Canterbury, 

Mer. Co., N. H. 



One copy one year, postage paid. .60 

A cross in the margin will show that 
your subscription has closed. 

Rehittances for subscription by Mon- 
ey Order should be on the Post Office at 
Concord, N. H. 



•NOTES ABOUT HOME. 

Mt. Lebanon, "S. Y. 

August. 
Average of Weather at Mt Lebanon. 

Thermometer. Rain. 

1897. 67.52 4.5 in. 

1898. 72.84 10.75 " 
Highest Temp, during this mo. 92 above 0. 
Lowest " " " " 50 " " 
Number of rainy days " " 14 

" " clear " " " 8 
" " cloudy " " " 9 



Sept. 1898. 
Hebe we are standing on the front 
steps of the portico of autumn, taking a 
survey of the exodus of summer which is 
floating away upon the boundless sea of 
eternity. We shall never again see the 
summer of 1898. The flight of time 



brings forcibly to mind the reveries of the 
poetWhittier: 

*'0 welcome calm of heart and mind ! 
As falls yon flr tree's loosened rind. 
To leave a tenderer growth behind, 
8o fall the weary years away; 
A child again my head I lay 
Upon the lap of this sweet day." 

Prof. Hicks, the great weather prognos- 
ticator, said that from the 4th to the 15th 
of July we should have electric storms, 
but July was very quiet, not being affect^ 
ed especially with this element; August 
abounded in electric storms, some of 
theni terriflc. Of late we have had a 
sui>erabundance of rain, which cut deep 
gutters in the face of Mother Earth. 
Nevertheless between storms we have got 
our hay crop safely garnered. We have 
commenced digging potatoes. The wet 
weather is causing the rot to affect the 
crop some. 

Elder Henry C. Blinn has been spending^ 
a season at the Church family, Hancock, 
to recuperate his health. From August 
18th to the 22nd, he called at the Mount, 
and we spent a very pleasant time with 
him for he is skilled with tact and ability 
to make time pass pleasantly while in his 
company. He makes the impress, 

»Tis Joy to meet with kindred minds 

And spend the social hour 
Replete with pleasure pure, refined 

Distilled from heaven's bower. 

Sympathy is a heavenly gift that causes- 
us to joy with those who joy: to weep 
with those who weep ; to share in one 
another's grief and loss; to impart conso- 
lation to the sorrowing; to show a divine 
inspiring radiance to light the pathway of 
the mourner. Our spirits mingle with 
yours, dear gospel relation, in your late 
bereavement in the passport of your dear 
Eldress Dorothy. With some this will be 
your day of trial, but keep the Faith that 
will make you worthy to receive the crown, 
of life, that will weave for you and adorn 
you with the robe of angelic purity and 
the diadem of unsullied beauty, and 
the blessing and inspiring influence of 
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to gpilde you safely in the pathway of 
Tighteousness and abiding peace. 

Calvin G. Reed, 



Morth Family. 

Sept 1808. 

It certainly is delightful to draw a 
breath of pure restf ulness at last without 
scorching reminiscences of our new tropi- 
cal possessions or of that other place 
which Ridpath politely designates the bot- 
tom of the old theologies. This summer 
has been one of many visitors from the 
numerous resorts among the Berkshires. 

The world is surely fast growing better, 
more thoughtful, more sensible, more as- 
piring, or we are honored by calls from 
the best of its people, for our visitors this 
summer have been of an exceptionally 
high type, people of culture in the broad- 
est sense of that word, wide awake to the 
necessities of the times and eager and 
earnest in their inquiries for any and ev- 
•erything by which these necessities of 
body, brain and soul might be supplied. 

Dear Sister Catherine has talkt from 
mom till dewy eve explaining and ex- 
pounding, and then frequently supple- 
ments this talking by means of letters in 
-answer to would-be questions forgotten at 
the time. Among all the pleasant memo- 
lies of our visitors none are more satis- 
factory than those connected with Elder 
Henry Blinn. And yet this pleasure is 
tinged with a thought of sadness. Have 
we, perhaps in our mistaken kindness, re- 
tarded instead of hastened the health we 
so earnestly desire him to possess? Our 
full sympathy, best wishes and highest 
jhopes attend his goings forth and his 
liome comings! 

Sisters Lydia Staples and May Rull- 
hausen are in Chatham presiding over the 
Shaker exhibit there. This exhibit has 
<^alled forth warm words of commendation 
in the columns of the local paper. Our 
family have about forty entries of arti- 
cles for competition in the Ladies' Indus- 
trial Department. 

The course of events at home is as usu- 



al. We believe with our poet; 
"God is in His Heaven 
All is right with the world" 
or will be when the coming kingdom 

comes. 

O, Ada Brown. 

South Family. 

Sept 1898. 
Thr closing summer month was made 
delightfully memorable by a visit from 
our sainted father and friend Elder Henry 
C. Blinn. We had long lookt for his com- 
ing and as each year waned we said, he will 
surely come the next, it must be we shall 
meet him again in this life. But oh, we 
so much regretted his brief tarry with us, 
while we are not disposed to envy our 
neighbors over the way we congratulate 
them on their good fortune of entertain- 
ing an angel and we wish such had been 
our pleasing mission too. 

But we'll hope in the futnre 
As we've hoped in the past 
That a^in he will come 
While yet life shall last. 
So good-bye we'll not say 
But a welcome extend 
For the coming again 
Of our father and friend. 

Mr. and Mrs. Brannen of Denver, CoL 
made a pleasant call at our home some- 
time ago. They are interested in all relig- 
ious and spiritual improvements of the 
age and are workers in the cause of hu- 
manity. They are personal friends of the 
late Eldress Alvira Conklin of the Water- 
vliet Society. 

Work on the farm and in the house pro- 
gresses grandly, hay and grain are of the 
very best; apples we fear will be a ghost of 
the past, they are few and inferior, but we 
shall live and give thanks for the numer- 
ous blessings which are ours to enjoy. 

Fine weather prevails. September is 
glorious for the harvesting of fall produce. 
Health and prosperity rules our family. 
Genevieve DeOraw. 



Shakers, N. Y. 

Sept 1808. 
We have had another proof of the truth 
of the ancient proverb that*^all good cornea 

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to those who waif We have anticipated 
and hoped that the Editor of our Mani- 
festo would find time to give us a call, 
and we almost concluded that we were 
hoping against hope, when his benign 
presence appeared in our midst. We were 
thankful for the short period of social 
communion that we enjoyed with him and 
will hope that sometime in the not dis- 
tant future it may be repeated. 

The quickening of the moral and spirit- 
ual sensibilities of the nations as manifest- 
ed in the proposal of the Autocrat of Rus- 
sia to call an International Conference to 
consider the question of the disarmament 
of the nations, is evidence that the bru- 
tal system which has literally made bond- 
slaves of all races has seen the hand 
writing on the wall, and is realizing the 
fact that its days are numbered. We will 
pray and will work to hasten the consum- 
mation of that time 

"When the war drum throbs no longer 
And the battle flags are furled, 
In the parliament of man 
The federation of the world.** 

September has heralded its advent with 
a tropical climate. Up to the present date 
of writing, the 5th inst, the thermometer 
has daily registered in the nineties. But 
we enjoy the autumnal season when the 
result of the anxiety and- toil in producing 
fruits and vegetables is realized. 

HamiUon DtOraw. 

4^« 

Enfleld, N. H. 

Sept 1898. 

The past month has been an especially 
busy one for the sisterhood, in caring for 
numerous companies of visitors. One day 
seventy-eight individuals called, of which 
number fifty-eight partook of dinner. 

While consecrated strength has been 
given to care for temi>oral affairs, the ed- 
ucational, spiritual and social duties have 
not been slighted, and we are pleased to 
record the kindness of friends who have 
added their gifts with ours to help bright- 
en and edify the lives of our own kindred. 

Our towns-lady, Inez Packard, a late 
graduate of the Boston School of Oratory, 



kindly entertained us for an hour, with 
various selections of prose and poetry. 
On another occasion, Mrs. Ida Harrington,, 
of Worcester, Mass. entertained ns with 
music and songs of a high order. As oc- 
casional intermissions, some. of the young 
Sisters sang and rendered recitations. 

We also entertained for a short period, 
the Rev. M. W. Borthwick, of Manchester,. 
N. H. While with us, he delivered an im- 
pressive lecture on Temperance. Among 
many fine remarks he said, what we would! 
not tolerate in our individual lives we 
ought not to tolerate in our society. As a 
people, believing that God takes more no- 
tice of our deeds than of our sentiments, 
we can endorse the above counsel, know- 
ing, — He that knoweth what is right and 
doeth it not committeth sin. • 

Companies of Sisters attended the camp> 
meetings held at Lake Sunnapee and Wil- 
mot, N. H. also the Vermont State Fair. 
Those who sold fancy articles, report good 
results. We drew first premium on 
braided and knit mats, bread, onions and 

beets. 

George H. Baxter. 
«♦« 

East Canterbury, N. H. 

Sept 1898. 

This season has past into history with 
full record of thunder-storms and sudden 
showers. Winds and rains have done 
their best to test the standing strength of 
the luxuriant growth of com now at hand, 
but it succumbed at last. Twenty acres 
of fine ensilage com bowed to the ground 
and had to be cut by hand, while the Com 
Binder was for once useless. Cutting for 
the silos commenced on the 13th inst, at 
the rate of seven or eight tons an hour. 

About 1400 squashes of unusually fine 
quality must have, at least, honorable 
mention. 350 bushels of oats have been 
thrasht. Now the nuts are claiming at- 
tention and the butternut trees offer em- 
ployment for many hands. The squirrels 
are nimble and avaricious, but we shall 
apply for our rightful share of all varieties. 

One of the perpetrators asks to have re- 
corded that 40 woodchucks met a violent 

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death this season. Partridges have been 
protected by law in this state from Jan. 1 
to Sept 15, under penalty of a $10. fine, 
but sportsmen are now taking advantage 
of their freedom. 

The register at the dairy records 03 gal- 
lons of milk one day last week. Sisters 
have canned over 1000 quarts of fruit dur- 
ing the month. The peaoh harvest is es- 
timated at about 150 bushels, all varieties 
included. 

School opened foi fall term on the Idtb, 
with fifteen pupils and — twenty classes (?) 

Thanksgiving Day has dawned to an 
eternity with us, for we see God's good- 
ness written upon every gift, we feel his 
unerring wisdom directing every dispen- 
sation of discipline; and even when the 
keenest blow falls we can but say, *^Thy 
will, not mine, be done.'' 

Jessie Evans, 



NarooosBee, Fla. 

Sept. 1898. 

The love that labors and waits is the 
rewarded love. Our prayers are borne to 
God on the wings of our deeds, and this 
fruitage of the spirit can not be realized 
save through labor and sacrifice. Con- 
sistently 8i>eaking we have no faith in 
that love that is not a working or doing 
love. Go to work is the word and accom- 
plish something for the good of humanity. 

God, if he blesses us with the fruits of 
the Spirit, expects us to make our pro- 
fession good by acts. Are we fulfilling 
our obligations to our divine Father or 
have we concluded to sit down with fold- 
ed arms and wait for him to do our work? 
The smallest deed done in a great spirit 
becomes significant. The most obscure 
life lookt upon by the invisible and the 
eternal becomes rich and full at last. Is 
there, then, any reason why our ranks 
should not be filled with true and noble 
souls if we do our whole duty? The ex- 
tent and responsibility of our living does 
not wholly depend on beautiful surround- 
ings of the material conditions. If it did 
then some of us might say we have done 



our work, and we will trust to the aocom* 
plishment of the rest 

* ^Variety is the spice of life." Change 
sometimes gives food for thought Orange 
trees are growing beautifully. All the 
late com has made a good yield; — ^Peas 
are blooming and bearing. The largest 
sweet potato crops ever known are plant- 
ed in this section and are growing to beat 
the band, and take it altogether we might 
be a great deal worse off than we are. 
We should be and are thankful for small 
favors until larger ones can be received. 
Andrew Barrett, 



Watervliety Ohio. 

Se|>t 1898. 
Wb are having fine weather for fall 
seeding. Crops are fine, but prices low. 
This is not encouraging, when we think 
of our heavy taxes. 

J. O. Tyler. 



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[Contributed by Genevieve DeGraw.] 

OUB liOVBD ONBS. 

What are our loved ones doing to-day? 
Those who have orost o'er the chilling tide. 
And landed safe on the other side. 
Those who have left in the shrouding's fold 
Beautiful clay for the grave to hold. 
What are those dear ones doing to-day? 

I who must deal with sorrow and care, 
I who am hoping the crown to wear, 
I with a heaven to lose or win, 
I who am tempted and tried within. 
Long to step over the bounds of time. 
And see what is done in that glorious clime. 

Waters of life untroubled are there. 
Life's fair tree hath its fruits to bear. 
Songs far sweeter than poets dream. 
Angels sing by the fiowing stream. 
Folding their snowy wings they glide 
Over the sands by the river's side, 
Welcoming those who pure and white 
Enter the beautiful gates to-night 

Oh, to be with them! Oh, to be there! 
Oh, to be free from this cumbering care I 

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159 



Oh, to be safe in the heAV^tily fold, 
Out of the gathering storms and cold 
Only to know my sorrows all past 
Jesus has loved me and crowned me at last. 

Soul be content, thou mustlabor and wait, 
Toiling and trusting both early and late, 
Jesus knows when to call thee up higher 
More than his will dost thou ask or desire? 
Called in the morning or called in the night 
Called from earth* s darkness or called 

from its light, 
Patiently wait thou and all will be right 
^Selected. 



PBRPBOT PBOPIiB. 

Pebhaps no one of our friends is ex- 
actly as we would like to have him. He 
has his good qualities and strong points 
which attract and win us: at the same 
time he has defects of character to which 
we can not be blind. We have gone far, 
however, in cultivating the art of friend- 
ship when we take our friends as they 
are, and recognize that what we deem 
their faults are often closely connected 
with their excellencies. You can readily 
imagine a man more attractive to you in 
«ome elements of character than Jones, 
but if Jones were exactly the kind of man 
you would like to have him, he would not 
be Jones at all. 

A friend of ours was in search of a <^ 
horse that was an excellent roadster, full 
of spirit, and yet safe for his little girl to 
•drive. He soon discovered that while 
there are many excellent roadsters and 
also many horses that children can drive, 
yet there are not many horses that have 
spirit and at the same time are perfectly 
safe in the hands of a child. This com- 
bination of qualities is pretty hard to get 
in horses. And there are combinations of 
qualities that it is pretty hard to find in 
men. 

We say that we love and respect Jones; 
that, in truth, he is one of our best friends 
but we wish that he were different in this 
or that respect. Ah, yes, but the quali- 
ties that he has you do not often find in 
men who have the qualities that he lacks. 



A man with push and energy if endowed 
with the gentler qualities which make up 
the character of his neighbor, would not 
be himself, with outstanding characteris- 
tics which give him an identity, but sim- 
ply a mediocre, — a faint resemblance to 
himself and a shadowy likeness of his 
neighbor. 

If we could make over Jones to please 
our idea of what he should be, he might 
not be as good a specimen of the race as 
he now is, and yet we can very clearly 
point out the improvement he might make 
in his character. 

Let us remember that we, too, have our 
deficiencies and excesses and be charitable 
to our friends and trust that time, and in- 
tercourse with noble and intelligent minds 
will yet add to their character the sterner 
traits which they lack, mayhap, or adorn 
them with those graces, which will mark 
them as followers of the meek and lowly 
Nazarene. 

Perfect men are not very common, and 
furthermore, the kind of man that we 
should deem perfect, because of his rela- 
tion to our own qualities might not be 
perfect by any means. What most of us 
mean by a perfect person, is one whose 
qualities harmonize with or supplement 
our own. — Selected, 



CHARITY. 

By Sister Mary WhUcher. 
My soul hath a secret 
ril keep it secure. 
That if coolly treated 
The same 1*11 endure. 
And never repeat it 
In one mortal ear, 
With God rather leave it 
Who only should hear. 
No malice 1*11 harbor 
In view of the same, 
No sadness shall cover 
My brow with its claim. 
But onward in duty 
My steps shall proceed, 
Beholding but beauty 
And working for need. 

£ast Canterbury^ N. 3^^ 



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DONT TALK OF TOUR ILLS. 

**£yEBY one of us has his and her own 
ailments,** writes Edward W. Bok in the 
December Ladies^ Home Journal^ decry- 
ing the unpleasant habit many people 
have of discussing their bodily ills. **It 
is enough for us all to keep well ourselves: 
to be compelled to listen to the ailments 
of others does not make that task any 
easier. Besides aU this, these unneces- 
sary narratives of personal ailments are 
positively injurious to ourselves. Physi- 
cians all agree that many of the slight ill- 
nesses, of which some people make so 
much, could be cured if they would but 
take their minds from themselves. Too 
many people work themselves into ill- 
nesses, or prevent themselves from get- 
ting well, by talking about a petty ailment, 
which, if forgotten, would right itself. 

It seems that one of the most impor- 
tant lessons we can all learn is to refrain 
from inflicting upon others what is pure- 
ly personal to ourselves. Let us cease 
this tiresome, this inconsiderate, this un- 
necessary talk about our ailments. Cold 
and hard as it may seem, the fact is 
nevertheless true, and will ever remain so, 
that the vast majority of people are in- 
terested in what is pleasant in our lives, 
but not in what is unpleasant. Pains 
and sorrows are elements in our lives 
which are sacred and interesting only to 
ourselves." — Selected. 



UNCONSCIOUS INFLUENCE. 
It is daily life that tests us — the man- 
ner of men we are. It is not our prayer, 
it is not our profession; but it is the tone 
of daily intercourse and conduct that de- 
cides how we stand. The little, homely 
graces; the cheerful, every-day amenities; 
the Christ spirit uttering itself not so 
much in conscious act as in unconscious in- 
fluence; not so much in deeds as in that 



subtle aroma which, without name, ex- 
udes from the saintly soul to equals and 
inferiors ; to agreeable and disagreeable ; to 
rich, poor, ignorant; to young, to old; 
bearing burdens, accepting crosses, seek- 
ing no great thing to do, content to put 
self by, and be a servant of the lowest — 
these are fruits of only one root — fruits 
that none may counterfeit. — Selected* 



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Aug. 29, 1898. Age 81 years. 

Nancy Dow, at Narcoossee, Fla. Sept. 
1, 1898 Age 69 years, 6 months and 25 
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The battle is fought and the victory is 
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and like the true patriot fell while sus- 
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CHRISTIAN COMMUNISM. 

By Elder Henry C. Blinn. 

WHOEVER becomes interested in the teachings of Jesus the Christ, 
becomes also interested in all that is an outgrowth from that work. 
It is very true that Jesus never establisht a permanent community, altho his 
life was wholly given to that end, and those who were called to be with him 
were a kind of first-fruits of the kingdom of God. 

"All who believed were together and had all things common. Neither was 
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houses, sold them and distribution was made to every man according as he 
had need." 

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unity of Grod in Christ. The family of Christ is one, one body and one head, 
one Lord and one baptism. 

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admitted and encoui-aged the dissemination of a love and care which might 
extend beyond the borders of the private, selfish family interests. 

A remarkable lesson on this subject was the gathering of the manna by 
the children of Israel. Every one gathered as he had need. All shared 
alike. If through selfishness any one gathered more than his right, it spoiled 
in his house so that he was in no better condition thAn his neighbor. Dur- 
ing forty years that people held their property in common and when they 
reacht the land of Canaan, "This land is mine," saith the Lord. If they 

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162 THE MANIFESTO. 

bought and sold for me and mine, it was for a limited season and then all 
debts were cancelled and all the bondsmen were made free. 

It is very readily seen that Jesus in the first of his ministration left the 
selfish course of the world and accepted the principle of united inheritance. 
To be a disciple of Jesus was peculiar in itself, and all men would know it 
by this one expression, — Their love one for another. Other religious lead- 
ers had- their disciples and their corresponding selfishness, but the family of 
Christ was to be one in its self-denial, in its cultivation of peace and in its 
general life practice. 

Jesus was a Teacher and one of his pupils was a rich young man. He 
ran to meet Jesus and kneeling before him, askt, "Good Master what shall I 
do that I may have eternal life?" — Matt, xix., 16. We suppose that the 
joung man had great love for Jesus and a strong faith in his testimony. He 
was anxious to learn from this good master. The reply that Jesus made was 
that of a kind and hopeful parent, "Thou knowest the commandments." 
It was as tho he had said, *'If thou wilt enter into life keep the command- 
ments." 

This was not a prodigal son that had ruined himself thiough the trans- 
gressions of the Law, and he replies, — "All these things have I kept from 
my youth," and yet with all this care and discipline he could not enter the 
community or family of Jesus. He had done well so far, but said Jesus, 
-"One thing thou lackest. If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast 
and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven." 

Why should Jesus ask this young convert to sell all his possessions? Why 
should he be told to give his property to the poor, unless it was to teach him 
a lesson in community interest? In this unitary home there would be no 
rich, no poor, but all would be Brethren and Sisters. The remark that was 
made to this upnght, rich man so astonisht the disciples that they began to 
enquire, "Who then can be saved?" It had never occurred to them that a 
little personal property would prevent them from being disciples of the Lord. 

While the community system was being discussed, Peter gave evidence 
that he was quite prepared for the work. "Behold," said he, "we have for- 
saken all to follow thee." And yet there was a doubt in his mind. He could 
not see clearly the advantage of forsaking his business relations and giving 
bis goods to the poor and running the risk of getting little or nothing in re- 
turn. 

At this same time Jesus was saying to the disciples, "I have not where to 
lay my head." I am not so well off as the birds of the air. It was the rep- 
resentation of extreme poverty. "The king's sons," said he, "can dress in 
purple and fine linen and fare sumptuously every day." 

It is not strange that people of wealth should turn away sorrowfully, after 
they have learned that they must sell their goods and give their money to the 
poor, before they can be accepted. If the heavenly kingdom is to be estab- 

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THE MANIFESTO. 168 

lisht on earth, the same condition that makes the heaven in the world to come 
will also make a heaven in this present life. 

Here is the petition, *'Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth as 
it is in heaven." And the kingdom is truth, justice, purity and Grod*s love for 
man. How very different is this from the present state of Christian society. 
Many who call themselves the saints of God on earth, dwell in palaces and 
live like king's sons. They know no want, while their Christian brethren 
may dwell in an ill- furnish t cottage or be provided for in the almshouse. 
That this should be the condition of the children of this world does not seem 
strange. *'They have their reward." 

While the apostles were waiting in Jerusalem for the holy spiiit to be 
poured upon them, the day of Pentecost arrives and Peter in his anxiety 
makes this enquiry, "Men and Brethren what shall we do?" 

They could only do this, — inspire the multitude with the testimony of 
Jesus, as they had been inspired at a former day. They could teach only 
that which Jesus had taught — to forsake all and follow Christ in the regen- 
eration. The history of this first church informs us that the multitude were 
of one heart. Neither said any of them that aught of the things which he 
possest was his own. Neither was there any among them that lackt, for as 
many as were possessors of lands or houses, sold them and brought the prices 
of the things sold to the apostles. 

Jesus and his disciples must have maintained this same equality, and the 
same lessons were being carried forward at the feast of Pentecost. Stepping 
out of their selfish interests, they were brought into fellowship so that those 
who believed were together and had all things common. They sold their 
possessions. *'Go," said Jesus, "sell all thou hast." 

No such sacrifice of one's property for the good of the whole could ever 
have been made unless the spuit of God was manifest in it. But the promise 
of God was sure. They received an hundredfold of houses and lands, fa- 
thers and mothers in this world and in the world to come, eternal life. 

This story of the church is well worth studying by all professing Chris 
tians. The pretended consecration of Ananias and Sapphira was met by a 
just retribution. Peter says, "While it remained, was it not thine own, and 
after it was sold was it not in thine own power ? Thou hast not lied unto 
man, but unto God." The apostles were in no especial need of the property. 
He might have kept the whole of it, and he knew this fact quite well. The 
poor man was double-minded. He wanted to be received into the church, 
and still wanted to retain a part of his selfish possessions. 

This man is a type of the many who have professedly consecrated them- 
selves before God, who have assumed a form of Godliness, while at the same 
time they 'have reserved for themselves some of this world's goods, or some 
idol of the heart. It was a failure. Failed to give up all, failed to bear a 
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the comforts of earth and the blessings of heaven are equally alike. ^^Let 
the brother of low degree," said James, "rejoice in that he is exalted, but the 
rich in that he is made low." The apostle was making a contrast between 
the rich and the poor as referring to property. 

But in this day the subject would create no interest in the Christian church. 
The poor man has no special benefit over which he need rejoice, but in the 
Pentecostal community he would have been exalted and would have shareii 
equally with his rich brother. The rich man at the same time could rejoice 
that he had the privilege of shanng with his poor brother. 

In accepting this testimony of Jesus the Christ, we accept his life example 
which leads to a separation from the world and to a universal brotherhood of 
peacemakers and thoughtful workers in practical righteousness. 
East Canterbury^ N, H, 



THE COMINGS SAIL. 

By Jessie Evans. 

WE are upon the beach. Why we were so placed or how long we must 
remain we know not, we only know that we are here within sight of 
the broad expanse of waters between us and the land beyond. At first, we 
were satisfied with this life upon our vast island home, and found pleasure 
and sorrow enough this side of the tides to absorb our attention from day to 
day. At first we were happy in exploring the hidden wonders around us, 
content with the friendships of the loved ones near us, and engrossed in the 
interests of our bright, beautiful home ; but once, long ago, we caught sight 
of a sail which broke the human horizon for the first time. On it came un- 
til it reacht the port of our loving welcome. Then the angels at the helm 
whispered to our eager attentive minds tidings of that other shore just across 
the waters, new sweet voices invited us over, and when they past away from 
us again they left in our hearts newborn hopes, new ideas, new longings ; 
for we realized that this island home is not our native country, that by and 
by when the "coming sail" so commissioned shall reach us, we shall take 
passage, one by one, for that Fatherland on the other side. Since then, all 
the cares and joys here we view but as the flight of hours which draws us 
nearer to the life whose cares are all joys. The idea of permanence has gone 
now. Our eye is eagerly scanning the face of the waters to catch the next 
sail, for many have called this way since that memorable day so long ago. 
As they came and went, we learned more and more of that other home. 
Some of our companions were too busy on the sands to watch for the incom- 
ing barques, but those who waited on the border line caught each time the 
precious whispers. 

Sometimes they brought sad news perhaps that a beloved co-worker must 
take pasoage, and mid our tears we said farewell. Still at all times, breath- 

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ings of a holier atmosphere reacht us, healing the wound and soothing our 
sorrows. Through this medium our souls reacht out in their aspirations over 
the waters. Our prayers, deep and fervent, found the spiritual telegraph 
which spans the distance and now we talk as of yore with the dear ones who 
seemingly left us. Across the deep, our ideals have touched the diviner 
shore. 

Now, as we fulfill our lesser duties upon this nether beach from day to day, 
we fail not to watch for the "coming sail" which keeps us in touch with the 
land from which they come — the ''heart's true home." 

Spiritual expectancy is a virtue to be encouraged. Nothing is worse than 
an indifferent self-satisfied Christianity, if such can exist. If we possess that 
tyf>e of so-called religion, which allays the continual hungering and thirsting 
after righteousness ; if we are so good that we are satisfied to be no better, 
it is time to question our status. A plant that ceases to grow commences to 
decay. There is no such state as indiflFerence in a Christian's mind. He is 
continually reaching after new themes for thought, restful yet ever restless, 
satisfied yet dissatisfied, ever rich yet longing to be richer toward God. A 
mind that is content with one type of happiness, one grade of education, is 
not a mind worthy the name. Eternal progression, endless growth, is the 
law of the mind. Growth is maintained by inspiration, physical and mental. 
The hope of a nation or of an mdividual is its growth. As one has truly 
said, "It is not so much where we are, as in what direction we are moving." 
Our nation encourages enterprise and invention in its citizens by holding out 
strong inducements to the fittest, by denying its responsible oflSces to the in- 
capable. Hence we are bound to be a growing government. 

It is said of Edison, that when one of Bis wonderful schemes is perfected, 
his interest holds it no more. He relaxes his mental grasp upon it that he 
may attempt another and greater benefaction, is pleased with one success 
only until the possibility of another is conceived. Thu^ should it be with 
men in every vocation, attempt and attainment constantly alternating and 
ascending. 

A nation bound by irrevocable laws ; a church anchored to an iron creed, 
cold and inspirationless ; a mind whose circle of vision is what has been — are 
crimes before the light of present revelation which administers "strength ac- 
cording to thy day." 

The "coming sail" toward which the gaze should ever be turned, means to 
us just wimt we need. God's inspirations, so beautifully adapted to our short- 
comings, are sent to answer our prayers, to echo our pi*aises and to suggest 
the new line of consecrated service. 

Into each horizon come these blessed "sails." Are we too busy with our 
tasks in the sands to note their approach ere tliey have past? 



East Canterbury^ N. H. 

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South Groton, May 20, 1861. 

Kind Sister; — We received your letter and were all well pleased with its 
simplicity and kindly spirit. In perusing the expressions of gospel faith, 
and the good deteiminations you make to obey them, I conclude that I was 
particularly fortunate in my last contract, for an addition to the number of 
my near and dear relation. I will attempt to explain the portions of an- 
cient Scripture to which you have so kindly called my attention. 

The prophet Ezekiel lived and wrote in a remarkable period of Jewish 
history. He was a poor suffering child of mortality, and placed great de- 
pendence on the Holy Spirit, as his name signifies, * 'Supported of God, or 
God is my strength." Babylon or the Chaldean empire, where the Jews 
were then in capti\'ity, was a portion of Mesopotamia, a name which signi- 
fies, '*A land, or valley lying between two rivers." It embmces many 
names spoken of in early Scripture. The whole valley was the garden of the 
earth and the f ei-tile portion of it was the glory of the Chaldean empire. This 
valley lay between the Tigris and Euphrates. It is said to be from twenty to 
two hundred miles in width, and from six to eight hundred miles in length. 
All historians agree that the tower of Babel was enclosed within the veiy 
walls of Babylon. This holy prophet could look upon the remains of this 
idolatrous tower and could see what it had done for many generations, even 
before Abraham was called from that region. In ten generations from Shem 
out of this valley Abraham was sent, to start the Jewish nation. 

Stephen says, — ''The God of glory appeai*ed to our father Abraham, when 
he was in Mesopotamia." — Acts vii., 2. The Chaldeans, or "worehippers 
of fire," seem to have been of the blood that Abraham was called out from, 
to plant a people who should receive the promises, and give birth to the Mes- 
siah. By the most remarkable demonstration of power, the Hebrews were 
led into\ and delivered from bondage ; received the laws of God in the des- 
ert, which they repeatedly broke, for which in the days of Ezekiel, they were 
sent into the most desolate captivity. 

The pious prophet had spent the earliest years of his life in the great city 
of Jerusalem. He began to prophesy ^wq years after the captivity and con- 
tinued denouncing idolatry for twenty-one years, for which he was slain. 

Born of the priesthood, he had bowed to God in early years among the 
sacred types at the Jewish altar, and had trod the courts of the temple in all 
their magnificence and glory. His lamentations for his people began in the 
tabernacle of Israel. He had stood in the outer court in which the multi- 
tude listened to the word of God, from between the cherubim, and when the 

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tribes of Jadah went into captivity, be bitterly knew how deplorably they had 
fallen. When brought ander judgment for their sins, he saw them hurled 
from their high stations, crusht from among the nations, and their beautiful 
city and temple levelled to the dust. With them, he was humed away to the 
dismal prison-house of Babylon, to lie buried in the grave of slavery in the 
ancient valley. 

This prophet went into exile with his people, into a land of beauty, wa- 
tered by the rivers of Babylon, but every scene about him was calculated to 
embitter his life. As he wandered in his devotions and pious rambles along^ 
the banks of the river Chebar, (a branch of the great Euphrates,) sorrow- 
fully and sadly could he say, — ''Nearly eighteen hundred years ago this 
ground was made sacred by the footsteps of the righteous Noah, who was 
perfect in his generation, found favor with heaven, and escaped the deluge. 
Here in this delightful valley, God made with Noah the second covenant with 
the race, re-establisht the simple patriarchal religion in the New world, and 
as with Adam the first, made him earthly Lord of his generations." 

He could see also where Nimrod came to establish idolatry one hundred 
and twenty years after the deluge. The very name of that personage signi- 
fies "Rebel against God's mediatorial government." He could see the very 
structure that this ancient tumaway constructed, to oppose God's rule through 
ancient mediatoi-s, and overturn patriarchal authority, and set himself on high 
to introduce false worship. Noah was clothed with the name of the true God 
and they who set out to erect this stinicture said, — "Let us make us a new 
name." — Gen. xi., 4. In every direction the prophet could see that the abom- 
inable rites started then, had spread abroad and come down to that genera- 
tion shutting them out from the knowledge of God's rule and order. Here 
he could see what Abraham was called out from, and why he was cautioned 
never to return. Perhaps he prayed to heaven by the same river, or in the 
very grave where Abraham was told to leave his father's house, and plant a 
new generation of people. In this trying condition, and in these extremes 
of feeling, he must have viewed the dead condition of his people. Under 
these disadvantages he, without doubt, labored in sorrow to learn how the 
promises of God made to Abraham concerning his kindred were to be fulfilled. 

I have written thus, to take the most direct way to show you that history 
informs us that the valley in which the prophet saw the dry bones was some- 
thing more substantial than a vision. I have taken the most simple method 
to show you that in his entranced state he saw the bones as a figure, but they 
were evidently in the valley of Mesopotamia. By quoting a few verses of 
the preceding chapter we can see the meaning of the vision more clearly. 

The prophet says, "The word of the Lord came to me saying, Son of man 
when the house of Israel dwelt in their own land, they defiled it by their do- 
ings, and I scattered them among the Heathen. I will take you from among 
the Heathen and bring you into your own land. I will put my spirit within 

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you, and caase you to walk iu my statutes, and ye shall dwell in the land 
which I gave to your fathers." — Ezekiel xxxvi., 16, 27. 

He continues, ^^The hand of the Lord was upon me, and set me down in 
the midst of the valley which was full of bones, and he caused me to pass 
them round about, and behold they were very many in an open valley, and 
lo ! they were very dry, and he said to me, Son of man can these bones live? 
and I said, O Lord thou knowest; He said, prophesy unto them, O ye dry 
bones, hear the word of the Lord. Behold I will cause breath to enter into 
you, I will lay sinews and flesh upon you, cover you with skin and ye shall 
live. And as I prophesied there was a noise and a shaking and the bones 
came together. The sinews and flesh came upon them, and skin covered 
them, but there was no breath in them. Then he saith unto me, prophesy 
unto the wind, and say, Thus saith the Lord, come from the four winds, O 
breath, and breathe upon these slain that they may live. So I prophesied, 
and breath came into them and they lived and stood upon their feet an ex- 
ceeding great army." — Ezek. xxxvii., 1 — 10. 

Here is one of the most descriptive visions ever given to a prophet. It 
was to show this suffering man of God, that his people would be awakened, 
raised from their dead state of transgressions and brought back to the land 
and law of their father. There is no lack of evidence to show that this was 
the real meaning of this vision as you may read. *'Then said he to me. Son 
of man, these bones ai*e the whole house of Israel. They say our bones are 
dried, our hope is lost, and we are cut off from our parts (lands.) Therefore 
say unto them. Thus saith the Lord, behold, O my people, I will open your 
graves, and bring you into the land of Israel." 

The sending of the Jews into Babylonish captivity was to cast the old 
transgressore out of Canaan and let their carcasses fall among the heathen. 
The idolatrous portions of the younger generations never returned to Jeru- 
salem but remained among heathen idolaters. History informs us that the 
most sincere portions were the only remnant that returned, who built up the 
city, erected the second temple and establisht the law. This vision is one of 
the most remarkable pieces of Biblical literature. The Chaldeans, Medes 
and Persians generally had great reverence for the memory of this prophet. 
They believed in a sort of literary resurrection, and by this vision, the mean- 
ing of which they could not comprehend, they were undoubtedly strengthen- 
ed in that belief, as were many of the Jews. 

More than ten thousand sermons have been preached from it for the same 
purpose. It was the very vision selected by the Advents to prove that the 
literal body was the real eternal man, and that the four winds of heaven, or 
the common air we breathe was the true spirit of God which was finally to 
reanimate these bodies. The simple revelations of Mother Ann Lee which 
divide between flesh and Spirit, set all right upon this subject. They show 
that the body returns to the dust, and that the spirit travels up to the spirit- 

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ual heaven in Christ-like purity and the beauty of holiness. It is somewhere 
said that "the golden moments for proper action should never be lost.*' 

On every plane of life, everything elevated and Godlike must be gained by 
virtue, diligence and labor. There is no way we can attain immortality un- 
til we have marshalled for the conflict, fought the battles and endured the 
hardships of the campaign. On the battle-field conflicts are waged, deeds of 
valor performed, and palms of victory borne away. I know how the cross 
of Christ feels to a young, ardent, golden-dreaming, impetuous nature, but 
there is a priceless knowledge which lies just beyond this battle ground, 
which has not yet opened fully to your understanding. To those who early 
embrace the cross of Christ, and are loyal disciples till they pass the meridi- 
an of life, there is a serene tranquility that none carf experience who have 
not fought many battles, and come off victorious. Such Christian warriors 
are crowned with a glory that the earthly hero never knew. They have 
fought through fields where Napoleon or Alexander would have been put to 
flight, or slain upon the battle ground. In this condition the Christian has 
past the first conflict, and firmly stands. He has gained a substance, and 
enjoys the true rest which remains for the people of God. 

Your Brother in the Gospel, William Leonard. 



SELFISHNESS. 

By Annie B, Stephens. 

SELFISHNESS has been truly called the ''first angel of evil.*' We have 
only to cast our eyes outwardly, yea even inwardly to have this verified. 
Self-interest, — how like a net-work it runs through the whole fabric of our 
lives ; let us analyze our best motives ; are they not most frequently subject 
to the influence of personal consideration ? 

"Know thyself* was the injunction of a Grecian philosopher; yet man 
knows everything better than himself ; he has peered into the stellar world, 
dug into the interior of the earth, controlled many of the subtle elements of 
nature, and even mapped the bottom of the ocean, yet he is far from know- 
ing his own nature and its essential attributes, we may suppose that through 
his knowledge of these things may yet be evolved something superior to the 
present animal man. It is well for us at times to tear away the veil of self- 
ishness, and let the light penetrate our hearts, revealing our true condition 
and how far our lives are actuated by this sin. It is not only manifest in the 
desire to appropriate material gain to personal use, but in pride, arrogance, 
self-will, love of power, envy and malice, indifference to the welfare of oth- 
ers ; if we harbor these things the love of the Father is not in us ; these are 
but a few of the branches of that great evil tree that has its roots in the low- 
er life, that Jesus told his followei*s they must lay down to inherit eternal 

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170 THE MANIFESTO. 

Popular religious belief is founded upon selfishness, — selfishness that has 
its origin in the sordid heart, not in the true spirit of religion. Many of our 
churches are gilded monuments of selfishness, where the worshipers idly rest- 
ing on the merits of a crucified Savior, bow to the gods of wealth and fashion 
and leave unheeded their suffering brother and sister. 

"Self-interest is the genuine lever of Archimedes — its fulcrum, the sordid 

heart, — it moves the world." Let us take a broader out-look and see how 

this demon of self rules the world. It is written, *'thou shalt have no other 

gods before me," but, 

* ^Mammon sits before a million hearths 
Where God is blotted out from every house." 

With what tenacity mankind has clung to the god of gold, that selfish in- 
stinct of acquisitiveness that appropriates all it can grasp, while the weaker 
brother * 'bites the dust of poverty." 

''Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself ;" this would imply a broad fra- 
ternal relationship ; but let us look at the system of war by which all civil- 
ized nationa are opprest. Millions of human beings trained, armed, disci- 
plined and equipt for mutual destruction ; — can anything be more opposed to 
' the love of the neighbor ? The whole system of modem ci\alization is the 
triumphant despotism of self ; the strong against the weak, producing many 
inequalities, while the whole earth gi'oans with the countless miseries that 
come in consequence of its domination. There are none, however imperfect 
their knowledge of the trend of human events, but what feel a nameless ap- 
prehension of danger ahead, a revolution that must sooner or later arise to 
dethrone the god of self that the divine Spirit may reign in human hearts. 

"Unselfishness is the very essence of true nobility." Moses taught the 
principles of "love to the neighbor," but it only extended as far as the Jew ; 
it was left for the great Teacher to inaugurate the system of universal broth- 
erhood. What an inspiration to all, is his life example of self-sacrificing 
devotion to others ; how full of tenderness for the suffering, pity for the af- 
flicted. The parables of the Prodigal Son and the Good Samaritan, — how 
rich in imagery : how full of illustrations of that unselfish spirit that loves 
the neighbor better than self. In serving the neighbor we are fulfilling the 
highest law, — the law of love ; in doing this we are serving God, for the 
highest manifestation of God is found in human hearts. Oh, that we might 
dethrone this god of self ! Selfishness, — it hangs a veil over our eyes, dark- 
ening our minds to the tnie light of the Spirit ; it places a stone against the 
door of our hearts barring them to the reception of every good thing ; let 
us roll away this stone bidding the angel of the Resurrection, the angel of 
love, come forth enrobed in her beautiful garments. 

Do we wish to enjoy a foretaste of heaven now? the surest way is to rise 
above all conditions of self. Do we wish to advance the Divine Kingdom in 
earth? the only way is through the conquest of selfishness and this should be 
th3 aim of every individual. 

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NOVEMBER, 1898. 

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NOTES ABOUT HOME. 

Mt. Lebanon, N. Y. 

September. 
Average of Weather at Mt Lebanon. 

Thermometer. Rain. 

1807. 61.6 1.75 in. 

1808. 65. 2.25 " 
Highest Temp, during this mo. 00 above 0. 
Lowest " " " " 36 " " 
Number of rainy days " " 5 

" " clear " " " 15 
" cloudy '' " " 10 

Oct. 1898. 
This is the harvest season of the year 
as the constellation Libra or the Scales de- 
notes, the season of gathering in the fruits 
of the earth. This work is now nearly ac- 
complisht. Soon we shall be able to draw 
the Balance-sheet and ascei-tain the result 



of th^ labors of the year. Our hay crop 
has been excellent. Green fields and pas- 
ures have been continuous from budding 
Spring to the present date. The weather 
I has been rather too wet for potatoes, con- 
sequently they have been affected with rot* 
Corn has been excellent; the same can be 
said of Hubbard squash and other culina- 
ry vegetables. Our apple crop has been 
medium: cherries abundant; other small 
fruits variable. Our temporal larder hafr 
thus far been well supplied so there is 
small probability that we shall perish 
with hunger, physically. 

The culture of our moral and spiritual 
necessities depends as much on our own 
wise tactics as do the temporal. Public 
Meetings are still held and whosoever will 
may come and partake of the waters of 
life freely. New York State has finally 
shaken off its lethargy and is following the 
good example set by Massachusetts in the- 
improvement of the highways, so that 
now, without doubt, there will be a State 
road built between Pittsfield and Albany, 
thus making the passage over the Berk- 
shire Bills easier and pleasanter. 

Our well tried friend Dr A. J. White we- 
learn has past that bourne, whence no 
traveller returns. Our blessing rects upon 
the noble Doctor, ^e have no deaths to 
chronicle in our Community. All are able- 
to do duty with slight exceptions. 

Co/rf n O, Reed. 



South Family. 

Oct. 1808. 
We've had a splendid pouring rain, 
A nd hope we'll get some more, 
Streams were getting vei-y dry, 
So well we prized the pour. 
It rained from north. 
It rained from south, 
It rained from east and west, 
'Twas just the kind of rain to have, 
A rain tliat rains the best. 
The Notes by Elder Henry C. Blinn in 
Oct. Manifesto were decidedly interest- 
ing. The **IIome Notes' ' department is a 
pleasing feature, as it forms a link in the 
brotherhood from Maine to Kentucky, 
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profitable in these days of constant finan- 
cial ruin, huiry and rush. 

Our sweet corn drying is in full blast, 
and the corn could not be better. When 
finisht we shall have a choice lot of the 
best and finest stock to be found in mar- 
ket. Our tomato harvest was very light, 
but the deficiency has been cancelled by 
the generosity of our North family friends 
who liberally supplied us with a full and 
perfect measure which they heaped up, 
pressed down and filled to overflowing. 

The demand for Shaker chairs, foot 
rests, woolen dusters and many items in 
the fancy work department continues. 

Sisters Abigail Brooks and Amanda 
Tiffany of Enfield, Conn., made us a short 
call last week. The world revolves rapid- 
ly, so we must move briskly to keep pace 
with it all. 

Oenevieve DeOraw. 



Shakers, TX. Y. 

Oct. 1898, 
In perusing the Notes from the Editori- 
al diary, tlie closing paragraph introduced 
a train of thought which is thus illustrat- 
ed. The conservative mind that can in- 
telligently separate the chaff from the 
wheat, rejecting the ideas and practices 
of the past that have proven by their own 
record their falsity, and retaining those 
which are founded upon the everlasting 
truth; and viewing the advance of human 
life in its progressive march to higher 
ideals, can call steady, steady, be sure you 
are right, then go ahead, is of a type so 
different from that conservatism which 
opposes the new moon because it respects 
the old, that no comparison can be drawn 
between them. 

"We are living, we are dwelling in a 
grand and awful time, when to be living is 
sublime.'' The forces that are molding 
human thought, and changing human so- 
ciety, are moving with such rapidity, and 
displaying such tremendous energy in 
their operation that those who, be- 
cause they do not conform to their fossil- 
ized ideals seek to check their advance had 



better heed the warning voice, — Beware. 
While all change is not progress, all prog- 
ress is change from the old and dying civ- 
ilizations of the past, into the new and 
resurrecting life of the advance thought 
of the present. 

We can not view life through the same 
object glass as those who hold that the 
only ideals worthy of acceptance are those 
which the past has given us, and any ef- 
fort to change them for something higher 
would only result in retrogression. Ger- 
ald Massey, in his poem *The Coming 
Time," voices an everlasting truth in the 
following, *' 'Tis coming up the steep of 
time, and this old world is daily growing 
brighter." ' 

The opening days of October gave us 
a sample of the same weather that the 
preceding months did — a summer temper- 
ature. At date, Oct. 8, we have had two 
light frosts; but nothing to injure tender 
vegetation. It is a season of usual health. 
One of the dear mothers. Sister Sophronia 
Dole is patiently waiting for the angel 
that directs the life boat to pilot her 
over to the evergreen shores. 

Hamilton DeGrctw. 



West Pittsfleld, Mass. 

Oct. 1898. 

October, the treasurer of the year is 
come, and we are collecting the interest 
due on the toil of the preceding months, 
and also returning to her safe deposit, 
treasures which we may draw, on some 
distant rainy or snowy day. 

First among her treasures, and enclos- 
ing them all like the folds of protecting 
papers, are the beautiful leaves. Their 
description becomes a worn subject of the 
pen, for Webster allows only just so many 
descriptive woixis, but never does their 
beauty become tiresome to the eye. We 
do not wonder that so many are attracted 
to the Berkshire Hills, and leaving the 
crowded cities, throng the towns, to spend 
a few days in wonder and admiration. 

Apples are fairly good and sufScient for 
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cutting and drying completed some days 
ago, and since that timn, the entire lot 
has been sold, the result of a hasty trip by 
Brother Ira to New York and Philadel- 
phia. 

All around are rumors of disasters, the 
result of the heavy rains. We have es- 
caped even the least of these, for which 
we are grateful, although sympathetic 
with those less fortunate. The moisture 
has averted the frost and kept vegetation 
in smiling freshness. 

The mile of State road west of us will 
be completed in a month, and preparations 
are making for the building of another 
mile east. The Electric railway has also 
crept nearer us, although not near enough 
as yet to affect us directly. 

During the summer months there have 
been, grazing upon our verdant hill-sides, 
numbers of the quadruped family — calves, 
but such poor apologies as they were when 
first sent there I Yesterday, however, as 
we watched them in their gambols we 
hardly thought them the same, so im- 
proved were they with their pasture diet. 
An addition is being built at our new bam 
to house sixty or seventy of them this 
winter. 

We have had the pleasure of a few 
weeks companionship with Elder Henry 
C. Blinn, a pleasure which we value, and 
the close of which we have signed "D. C." 
to be repeated until the finale occurs. 

If the light of the Divine presence has 
shone on our darkness, should we not 
throw out its rays to others who are pur- 
suing life's pilgrimage? 

••For the soul that gives Is the soul that lives, 

And in bearing another's load 
We lighten our own, and shorten the way. 
And brighten the homeward roa<l." 
Fidelia Estabrook. 



Enfield, N. H. 

Oct. 1898. 
The articles in the Oct. Manifesto re- 
ferring to our Florida society, bring to 
mind the saying,— Life is exalted by the 
action of its varied elements. In the case 
of our "Olive Branch'* kindred, the ele- 
ments of industry, intelligence and virtue 



consecrated to faith and life works like 
that of their Northern kindred, have 
wrought good results to their honor, and 
to the honor of Zion at large. ^May the 
fruits of their labors yield, not only a 
large harvest of the fruits of the earth, 
but an abundance of the joy of the spirit, 
for the laborious work so nobly and cheer- 
fully done. 

Our home is environed with nature's 
most radiant gifts of autumnal colors, 
making a picture, beautiful to behold, 
and reminding us that by **the action of 
its varied elements," the earth never fail- 
eth to perform her mission well. Her pro- 
ducts giving a silent sermon of loyalty 
and exaltation to the Creator of all good. 

We miss the merry songsters, the fields 
of ripened grain, and the well stockt veg- 
etable gardens, but later on we shall en- 
joy the harvesting of field and garden, 
when snow and bleak winds take the place 
of the present genial atmosphere and 
beauteous scenery. 

We are pleased to record a short, but 
pleasant visit with Brother Arthur Bruce 
of East Canterbury, and subsequently one 
with Sister Eliza A. Stratton of the same 
place. 

The past month, our townsman Mr. C. 
Rich, kindly favored us with a fine pro- 
gram of phonographic selections, making 
an enjoyable evening. 

Sisters have prepared 218 gallons of 
vaded fruit sauces, and are to add more 
are also engaged on fancy goods for next 
year's sales the past season being an ex- 
ceptionally profitable one. 

We hope, with Brother Hamilton De 
Graw, that before long the nation with 
nation will cease to war, and their "spirit- 
ual sensibilities" by "the action of its 
varied elements" clasp them in bonds of 
eternal peace. 

George 11. Baxter. 

4^» 

Narooossee, Fla. 

Oct. 1898. 
The business outlook for east and south 
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orange groves that have been properly 
•cared for have a fair yield of fruit. 

The men of the woods are doing quite a 
stroke of work in the turpentine camps, 
and the lumbermen at the mills say they 
have all the work they can do to fill their 
orders. This speaks very well for our 
nearest town, Kissimmee, which for two 
years after the freeze had a very disconso- 
late look. Being the center of many beau- 
tiful orange groves, it depended on them 
for life, and for many years previous it 
was about the entire business of the peo- 
ple of middle and southern Florida. To 
Florida the freeze was a blessing instead 
of a curse. It showed to them the neces- 
sity of relying on something more than 
oranges for a living. Hundreds of its in- 
habitants, while they have renewed their 
groves, have also planted large acres of 
different kinds of vegetables, which will 
add largely to the pocket book and also 
lessen the expenses of living. 

Everybody is gratified that the summer 
is past and that there has been no yellow 
fever in Florida. The State Board of 
Health stands higher than ever in the con- 
fidence and esteem of the people. We are 
looking with more or less pleasure upon 
our small acres. 

Our sugar cane stands over twelve feet 
high and is a wonder. Our rice which we 
have begun to harvest is an equal crop 
and will give us all the hay we -^ant for 
our mules and horses. Pine-apples are 
just beginning to ripen and we have a few 
every week to supply home neighbors at 
town. Our rainy season is over and Old 
8ol is again pouring down his intensity 
upon our heads. 

Amlretr Barrett. 
•♦« 

Facts About Florida. 

Olive Branch, Sept. 1898. 
We now have fenced and in good condi- 
tion, four pastures. 

No 1 pasture contains 2000 acres 
No 2 pasture contains 1000 acres. 
No 3 pasture contains over 000 acres. 
No 4 pasture contains over 400 acres. 
Every pasture is on the border of a lake 



where cattle can get water the year round. 
The four pastures will furnish choice feed 
for over two thousand cattle every month 
during the year, and cattle thrive and 
grow without any other feed I Not having 
the means to purchase cattle to occupy 
the four pastures, which we exceedingly 
regret, we have been obliged to let most 
of the pastures to cattle dealers at a small 
compensation, when compared with the 
profits made by owners of the cattle. 
Narcoossee, Fla. B. G. 



Sabbathday Lake, Me. 

Oct 1898. 

Having just read in the Oct. Manifes- 
to, the very interesting account of our be- 
loved Editor^s visit, 1 am prompted to ex- 
tend thanks to him for his kindly thoughts 
which are both interesting and instructive. 

We are enjoying a pleasant visit with 
two Sisters from Mt. Lebanon, Sarah Bur- 
ger and Annie -R. Stephens, also two from 
Harvard, Mass., Sister Olive Hatch, now 
over 90 years old, and erect and smart yet, 
and Sister Myra McLean. The meeting 
with these gives us a pleasant interchange 
and one that we very highly prize after the 
busy summer. Their presence among us 
is conducive to spiritual strength and the 
good influence thus shed upon all serves 
to draw us nearer to the God of purity 
and love. 

We have had several privileges the past 
summer. Prof. Osgood of Boston has 
kindly favored us with two hours musical 
training and made several short calls while 
he tarried at Poland Springs. Later, the 
two leading musicians from Poland Springs 
came down to our home and kindly gave 
us two concerts from the organ and violin. 
They belong to the Boston Symphony Or- 
chestra which consists of eighty men. 

Our crops are almost harvested except 

the apples of which there are but few this 

season. Later, apple-pie will be **a rarity" 

with us. Winter is close at hand and the 

Summer has past so quickly that it seems 

like a dream to look back over the past 

months. 

Ada S. Cummingt. 

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East Canterbury, N. H. 

Oct. 16, 1898. 

Home Notes rather husky this time, 
for either by com or cold all have been 
touched. The statistician is not prolific 
on farm topics, merely reporting silos full 
and more to follow. Dairy steady. Po- 
tatoes good crop, probably five hundred 
bushels, other vegetables very respectable 
both in quality and quantity. 

In honor of this unprecedented corn 
year, a "Corn Corn-cert" was held on the 
evening of the 6th inst. The program 
rendered may interest our readers, and at 
the same time adjust the Home Notes col- 
umn for East Canterbury to the standard 
length. 

Corn Cokn-cekt. 
Com-vivial Com-vergence. Quartet 

Com-flict, Orchestra. 

Com-sentaneity, Children. 

Com-glomeration Duet, Piano & Organ. 
Com-temporatlon, Quartet. 

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Corn-sumption. 



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Piano & Organ. 

Quartet. 

Children. 

Orchestra. 

Quartet. 

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Pleasant Hill, Ky. 

Oct. 1898. 
Our peaches and apples are a failure. 
Vegetables and small fruits are good. It 
has been many years since we noted a 
failure in our apple crop, and yet we have 
many blessings for which to be thankful. 

Xancy Jliipe. 



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KEEPING WARM. 
A COMMON error is that Orientals in- 
habit lands of eternal summer and dress 



the J ear through in flowing silks and 
wondrous muslins. Many of them do en- 
joy this kind of existence. Those for ex- 
ample, in southern China and on the 
great plain of Hindostan, but at least a 
hundred millions live in a territory as 
cold as this city, and at least fifty millions 
in a land whose conditions ai*e similar to 
those of Canada. Centuries of civilization 
have taught them numberless expedients 
for securing comfort and pleasure, in 
spite of the snow and ice which surround 
them in the winter season. Many of these 
are known and utilized by the western 
world, but the most are unknown, or, if 
known, are viewed as freaks or laughable 
oddities. 

Thus, for example, the Japanese and 
northern Chinese employ what are known 
as pocket stoves. These consist of shells 
of metal in iron, brass, bronze, silver, and 
for the very wealthy gold. Charcoal or 
perfumed charcoal is put into the shell 
and ignited. The shell itself is inserted 
in a special belt or cloth, and worn about 
the waist, or is fastened to the inside of a 
woman's skirt. A cold individual may 
wear as many as a half dozen of these lit- 
tle stoves, while a warm-blooded person 
is satisfied with one. 

There are beautiful little foot warmers, 
which can be taken into bed, and in which 
a slowly smouldering fire safely secured 
inside a metal box, emits warmth the 
night long, and makes the coldest bed as 
delightful as a hammock in summer 
weather. Then there are portable stoves, 
which bum perfumed charcoal and can be 
carried from room to room. There are 
pajamas which are lined with fur; kimo- 
nos, whose interior is as soft as fleece or 
the silkiest goat hair; cloaks and peig- 
noirs, which are really f ui*8 with the warm 
side in. There are fur-lined slippers, 
and most delightful of all for those who 
dwell in chilly rooms, or like to sleep 
with the windows open in midwinter, 
fur-lined socks or short stockings, which 
can be drawn on in a second, and which 
make the coldest floor agreeable to the 
foot. — New York Mail and Express, 

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I HAVE DREAMED OF MY HOME. 
By Florence Staples. 

I HAVE dreamed of my home in the morn- 
ing land, 

And its visions before me rise; 
The domes and spires of its city sublime 

Reared 'neath lovers radiant skies. 
The city where truth her altar builds, 

And peace her banner unfurls, 
Where the shining ones pass to and fro, 

Through the glittering gate of pearls. 

I dreamed of its gardens so wondrously 

Of flowers that ornate the sod ; [fair,. 
Of fruitage that death^s chilling breath 
could not blight, 

In the beautiful garden of God. 
No discord is known in that Eden of bliss; 

No shadow casts o'er it a gloom; 
The rich balmy zephyrs wake music most 
rare. 

Mid its wealth of perpetual bloom. 

I have dreamed of its mountains that rise 
proud and high; 
Where the lion's foot never hath trod; 
Nor the eye of the vulture the brightness 
hath seen 
That halos the mountain of God. 
Blest vision of glory! Oh sacred retreat! 

That feasted ray wondering gaze; 
The holy of holies where pure angels 
meet; 
The breath from thy height is but praise. 

I dreamed of a valley, the valley of rest. 

Oh grandeur sublime to behold I 
The river of life gently threading its way, 

0*er a sandy bed studded with gold; 
Its rich vernal margin in flower-crowned 
grace 

Lay kist by the beams from above ; 
The lily in whiteness breathed sweetest 
perfume. 

There blossomed the roses of love. 

I dreamed a peace that ray soul compast 

A sweet calm pervaded the air; [round; 
And there neatli the wings of a bright 
seraphim. 
I knelt at the altar of prayer. 
My heart felt the thrill of an unction di- 
vine, 



My being refresht by its flow, 
A rest in the arms of an Infinite love, 
A peace that the world can not know. 

I dreamed of the laurels that might 
wreathe my brow, 
The trophies for victories won; 
Of the bright stainless robe that my form 
yet might wear 
When the earthly race fully is run ; 
The gems and bright jewels through toil 
and pain stored. 
Where time can not tarnish or blight; 
Where the weary worn pilgrim the Father 
calls home 
To his merited treasures of light. 

I dreamed of the loved ones who faded 

As the dew of a fair eventide; [away 
Through the mists they were waiting and 
watching for me 
On the shores of eternity's side; 
Their whispering so soothing still falls on 
mine ear; 
So peaceful no discord or jar; 
The light of their love beameth bright 
o'er my way; 
**To me 'tis the Bethlehem's star." 

Oh was it a dream? to my questioning soul^ 

There cometh a touching reply; 
Look upward Oh mortal ! mount upward 
thro' faith! 
Soon the shadows of earth will pass by ; 
And the city, the garden, the mountain 
and vale. 
The bright crystal waters that flow, 
The laurels of conquest the peace for the 
strife 
In the mansions of rest thou shalt know. 

EffjieM, Conn. 



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Sept. 9, 1898. Age 76 years 7 mo. and 
5 days. 

She had been with the Society for many- 
years. A loving interested Sister, and of 
such it may well be said, "Well done good 
and faithful servant, enter thou into the 
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In 1882 somebody told me in London the sto- 
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Foreign Minister, had sent him. Lord Gran- 
vUle, in a friendly note, asked him to dinner, 
saying at the same time that he knew how 
foolish it was to give such short notice "to the 
most engaged man in London." Lowell re- 
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dine with the most engaging." 

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Lowell was not only the Minister from the 
people; he was a messenger to the people. 
And he had sense enough and historical 
knowledge enough to know that since there 
has been an America on the western side of 
the Atlantic, the English people— the rank and 
file— have been in sympathy with the thought 
and feeling and purposes of that American 
people. When my brother Cbarles was in 
London in 1863, and the English Government 
was acting, on the whole, as badly as it dared 
toward the United States, a member of the 
Cabinet said to him one day, "The clubs are 
against you Mr. Hale, but the people of Eng- 
land are with you." This was true then ; it 
was true in the American Revolution; it was 
true in Cromweirs time—he has no title 
which is more sure than that of the "Friend 
of New England." The same thing is true to- 
day. Now, Lowell never said to himself, "Go 
to, I will address myself to the people of 
Great Britain," or "The people of Great Brit- 
ain is one tbing, and the clubs of London an- 
other." But because he was the man he was, 
he was always glad to meet the people and 
the men of the people, and let them really 
know what America is,^The Outlook. 

The Journal of Hyoeio-Therapy for Octo 
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will be found in the same number. Dr. T. V. 
Gifford & Co. Eokomo, Ind. 

A City of Confusion. The Case of Dr. 
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CHANGE THE MINI). 

By Elder Henry C. Blinn, 
^^ Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand" — Matt, Hi. 

THERE is something very interesting in the manner in which John intro- 
duced himself to his audience. He came, it is said, preaching in the 
wilderness, and the beginning of his sermon was a lesson full of life. 

The crowd that came to hear him must have listened with astonishment as 
he, without any preliminary words called upon them to repent, — to change 
their minds, — to begin to think dififerently from what they had been thinking, 
for the Kingdom of God was at hand. 

There was no time to waste in foolish excuses, nor in telling him what 
they expected to do. The Jews already understood that they were a people 
peculiarly favored of God, that Abraham was their father and Moses and 
the prophets their inspired directors. 

In all probability, John had made himself familiar with the Jewish history, 
and did not hesitate to tell them wherein they had neglected to keep the 
Mosaic Law, and were worshiping false gods. The traditions of men, in 
many cases, were more readily accepted while the commandments from 
Sinai had been carelessly thrown aside. In their anxiety to be and to do 
like the idolatrous nations around them, they had turned from Gk>d, only 
to be lost in their own selfishness. 

The Douay translation of the text prefers to have John say, — Do penance 
for the kingdom of God is at hand. The Catholics and Protestants are a 
little at variance in regard to some few Biblical expressions, but the difference 

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178 THE MANIFESTO. 

is very trifling. Whether we repent or do penace it seems quite necessary 
that we should change the order of our lives and do better in the future than 
we have done in the past. One commentator thinks it should read, — * ^Re- 
form because the royal majesty of the heavens has approached.*' 

The making of a change in the life of an indi\ndual seems to have been the 
essential feature, as Jesus used the same language on the introduction of his 
first sermon. John and Jesus must have been very much in harmony in 
then- revival work. Both taught their followers the necessity of leading a 
new life and of walking more uprightly before God. 

John not only considered it necessary that his converts should be baptized 
in the water, but that it was equally as necessary for them to confess their 
sins. While the Protestant church seems to hold tenaciously to the baptiz- 
ing of the new convert in water, the last, and we should say the most essen- 
tial part is wholly neglected. 
East Canterbury y N. H. 



C«rr«tf{i«n2Kjenxr«^ 



South Groton, Sept. 14, 1863. 

Kind Elderess Mary Whitcher ; — I should have complied with your re- 
quest long ago and have sent you the little narrative, related by Brother 
Abijah Worcester, concerning Lafayette, but I now send it with many thanks 
for former favors and with my best love to all. To render it a story with a 
beginning as well as an end, and to show the consistency of his being attract- 
ed by the inspiration of Believers, I will Introduce the matter by a few re- 
marks upon his evidently peculiar organization. 

Believers in special providences, have long considered that the Marquis de 
Lafayette was one of the best mediums ever brought under natural inspira- 
tion. His physical, moral and circumstantial qualifications were happily 
adapted to his remarkable intuitive capacity. He came forward in life a 
young man, uncontrolled by others, before he was of age. He was of noble 
lineage, great powers, strong mind, ardent love of character, strict moral in- 
tegrity and his sweetness of disposition, inspired for him love and universal 
respect in all circles of Society, in an extraordinary manner. He was bom 
to move among the highest aristocracy at the French Court. At the age of 
nineteen he was in public life ; and among the millions of Frenchmen none 
had more fairly entered the road to earthly glory and honor. 

Before he was twenty years of age, he was commissioned in due form to 
hold rank in the French army. It was at this penod, that the American 
Colonies were struggling for independence. Prince William of England was 
making a tour through France, near where Lafayette's regiment was quartered, 

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and was a gnest of a French nobleman in that neighborhood. The loquacious 
English prince, tho among the more liberty-loving Frenchmen, commenced 
an unreserved conversation respecting the American war. Perhaps none at 
the table but himself had any definite knowledge of the character of that 
struggle, or the true object the Americans were contending for. With great 
frankness the duke talked the whole matter out without the least duplicity or 
covering. 

There is no believer in inspired cause and effect, but would discern at a 
glance, that his caution was controlled, his perception beclouded, and his 
descriptive powers excited, by some higher presiding agency. He is report- 
ed to have been very eloquent, candid, and to have represented the Ameri- 
cans an opprest people sti'uggling for liberty, tho he seemed unconscious of 
what he was doing. 

Deep down in the soul of the youthful Marquis, lay slumbering a noble 
patriotism, unbounded liberality, a universal love of his race, and a disposi- 
tion which would prompt him, when lightly inspired, to sacrifice all, and pour 
out his life blood like water, in defence of the rights of man. 

The story of the prince, and the spirit that inspired it thrilled the inexperi- 
enced soul of Lafayette like holy fire. It awakened the budding powers of 
iiis manhood and aroused the newer and greater qualities of his being into 
action. In contemplating the man, to many he seemed quickened and 
transformed into a new being. He suddenly became developt in the wisdom 
of a Sage, and the courage and daring of a hero. He soon presented him- 
aelf as the champion to crush out tyranny that human freedom might be 
erected upon its ruins. He seemed moulded for the very age in which he 
lived ; his whole career in the new and old world, and the part he took in 
both, proves it. On the world's wide plane, upon which he acted, no man 
ever had a better opportunity to show the weakness and blemishes of the hu- 
man character ; but tho moving among the most varied and corrupt masses, 
and effecting the most fearful overturns, his character through life for con- 
sistency, firmness and moral virtue, ever stood untarnished. 

Lafayette's firat interview with Washington, goes far to prove that he was 
a strong medium, passing review under the severe inspection of a Master 
spirit, of the same oi-ganization. With a board of Officers, he sat down to 
<iine with Washington, and before the hour had expired, by careful observa- 
tion and deep impression, his whole character was read, and read correctly, 
by the great American Chief. Tho a child in years, by clear penetration 
and the impulse of an incomprehensible inspiration, he was attracted to 
Washington, as to some guai*dian angel. In him he saw all the qualities of 
sage, soldier, and civilian for which he longed ; and drawing near to the 
great chief to study there, he was unconsciously influenced by spirits, which 
ministered to the Father of his Country. 

We introduce this singular man in this manner, to claim that it was n^ ' 

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180 THE MANIFESTO. 

pos8it)le for him to enter \vhere any kind of inspiration was agitating human 
beings, without being excited by it. Among the many confidential labors 
and missions entrusted to Lafayette, he was sent from Albany to negotiate 
with the Indian tribes, to take up the war hatchet for the Americans. In his 
intercourse with them, he commanded their veneration and enlisted many of 
the red warriors, in defense of the colonies. It was on one of these missions 
as he past that way, he called on the Believers in Watervliet. 

It was an important period in the inspiring commencement of "the latter 
day." A time when many were flocking to Mother Ann and the Elders to 
hear the gospel requirements, and the tidings which bix)ught salvation; a 
period when all became quickened by the power and inspiration which attend- 
ed the first witnesses of truth who proclaimed Christ's second coming. When 
the Marquis entered the neighborhood at Watervliet, where the gathering was 
fast progressing, he heard of their meetings, and in company with another 
officer, he called to visit them. 

Among the Believers there were many who had been connected with the 
army from the beginning; some who had joined before, and some after 
Lafayette had entered the service, and as both officers were in second regi- 
mental dress they were easily riecognized. He entered very quickly the little 
dwelling where they first held their meetings. Some were conversing, some 
passing in and out, and some were under singularly inspired operations. 
Among the most eccentric of these cases were the outward manifestations of 
Abijah Worcester. He and many others were men and women of strong 
minds. They had investigatecj diligently, had received faith correctly, and 
believed that Mother Ann was inspired by Spirit power to declare to them the 
most self-sacrificing word of God ever uttered. According to the laws that 
control organizations, it was utterly impossible for Lafayette with his singu- 
lar powers, to enter a place with such sm*roundings and not feel the state of 
the atmosphere and the electrical current into which he had entered. 

Lafayette was tall and majestic and he silently and busily engaged himself 
in closely inspecting the strange scene before him. True to his mediumistic 
powers, where the most remarkable inspiration was apparent, there he was the 
soonest agitated and attracted. Abijah Worcester was at that time under 
peipetual agitation, jerking, shaking, twisting in sudden convulsion. Seated 
in the rear of the room, Lafayette past directly through the crowd, and quiet- 
ly seated himself by his side ; to him he devoted his undivided attention. 
He looked steadily and watchfully upon him, and when agitated and moved, 
he would lay his hand upon the limbs of the subject. Thus closely observing 
him at all times, embarrassed Abijah greatly. He said he felt him to be a 
powerful spirit, that brought him into great bondage. Wishing to break this 
disagreeable spell, and find relief from the singular freedom thus taken with 
his gifts and person, he said to Lafayette, ^ ^ You seem desirous of obtaining 
*^his power," but the only answer received was, "It is desirable." 

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By this time, Abijab became so disconcerted, that he suddenly arose and 
walked out of the door, but Lafayette rose as suddenly, and ioUowed him. 
Determined to make good his escape from Lafayette, he cast about in his 
mind to determine what he should do next, and finally went down to the 
bam ; but his investigator followed. The condition of the pursued was ren- 
dered more awkward, in every movement the pui-suer made, and to make it ap- 
pear to the latter that he had business there, he seized the broom and went 
to sweeping the bam floor ; taking all the pains to clean and put the place in 
order that was necessary, but the patience of his inquisitorial friend was not 
to be exhausted, for speechless and motionless, he serenely waited to see 
what the next move would be. 

The sweeper of the thi-eshing floor now started for the house but close in 
his footsteps followed the man. Resolved to escape at all hazards, he lifted 
the hatchway and walked down into the cellar, Lafayette still following. 
The confusion of Abijah at this period of the chase, may be imagined, but 
not easily described, but resolved upon one more effort to escape, a rude lad- 
der extended from the cellar to the room from whence they started ; Abijah, 
ascended hastily, but as hastily was he followed up by the unrelenting 
Lafayette. In all these moves, turns and round turns nothing like levity or 
ridicule was apparent in the man, but a settled determination to learn what 
power or impulse controlled Abijah and caused these strange movements. 

When they returned, Mother and some of the Elders and others were in 
the room, and by these Lafayette was soon drawn into conversation. Abi- 
jah se^^ed a favorable moment to slip away from the company. What fol- 
lowed, he learned from those who were present at the interview. 

Lafayette enquired what the nature of the religious movement among them 
was, that brought so many people together. Mother Ann described to him 
the work Believers were engaged in. That the kingdom of Christ was grad- 
ually opening upon the earth, and many were awakened to see their lost con- 
dition, and were coming to judgment. That after passing through a prepar- 
atory work they received the spint of Christ and became inspired with the 
true light and power of salvation. 

Lafayette enquired why he could not share in this power as well as others. 
Mother Ann now under inspiration, plainly declared to him, that his time had 
not come to share this blessing. She seemed to understand his plea and in- 
formed him that a great work lay before him on the earth plane, and that he 
would have to pass through a wide field of suffering before he could ever re- 
ceive this gospel of salvation. 

In after years he may possibly have recalled the words of this singular 
prophetess, when what was promist under inspiration became a fact in his 
8onx>wful life. It may often have come back to his meditations as he lay 
bound for years in the cold dungeons of 01m utz and Magdeburgh. Howev- 
er this may have been, in the bloody struggles of the French Revolution or in 



182 THE MANIFESTO. 

his exile in foreign lands something of this kind was unquestionably revived 
in his recollection when his spirit took its flight from the noble earth form of 
the Marquis de Lafayette. 

Many, I think, remember the startling intelligence that reacht America of 
his sudden death. After his decease was reported in Paris the first packet 
that came to America, brought the sad news, but ministering spirits at the 
time of his death, honored Believers with the first reliable dispatches. The 
night after his death, one of the Brethren at New Lebanon saw Lafayette and 
others near him in a vision, and from his own spirit he learned that he had 
past into the regions of immortality. DanieVs vision was no more certain to 
him than this was to the more modern visionisl. From the impiession made, 
the dreamer was so confident of the fact, that when he arose with the morn- 
ing, he stated without qualification that Lafayette was dead. The statement 
made its impression ; the dream of course was remembered ; the date record- 
ed ; and when the tidings reacht this continent the statements were proved. 

Washington was born to break the strong chains which bound the colonies 
to the old world. Lafayette was led by that power which guided the destiny 
of nations,, to join hands with Washington and pass through this first fiery 
struggle and be taught by his genius, and to drink deeply of his inspiration. 
Their leal labors lay in two hemispheres. Washington ever cherisht the same 
tender recollection of Lafayette, that a father would for a beloved son. In 
the bloody struggle of the French Revolution the sympathy of Washington 
was the strongest power which supported the Marquis ; and while suffering 
through gloomy years of prison life, the toil he had shared and the good he 
had done under the Father of our Country, were among his most sustaining 
recollections. After he obtained his liberty, he still toiled for the welfare of 
France, and died, as he lived, imitating the example of the man he held dear 
and who had long used his influence to obtain his liberation. 

On the hard fought fields of the American revolution, he formed a tender 
acquaintance with the old patriots and heroes, who gained for America her 
independence. When his tiied soul was releast from the fetters of mortality 
his spirit instinctively turned to his deai'est friend Washington, and to his old 
associates in arms, of revolutionary notoriety in this hemispHere. When hii» 
stormy life was closed and he was awakened to realize his entrance into the 
abodes of the departed dead, the first consolation he sought, was the sym- 
pathy and friendship of the noble patriots who first found a place in his 
youthful affection in this far-off nation. 

Inspiration teaches that many of these spirit friends were then in the work 
of God in the spirit land. At the head of these stood Washington, who like 
a guardian angel stood ready to gather into the order of redemption all who 
had suffered and bled with him in defence of the rights of man. It would 
seem certain that many of these early friends hovered over the dying couch to 
soothe the last agonies of the noble French hero. No doubt they were anx- 

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THE MANIFESTO. 188 

ious to conduct him to that restiDg place, where they had found the treas- 
oree of immortality and eternal life ; and when his soul had broken the fet- 
ters of clay they tenderly conveyed him to their own resting place. 

Under these considerations how singular appeal's to have been his first at- 
traction to Mother Ann and the Elders, while he was a soldier in arms, a man 
of earth, and destined to act as the champion and leader for long years, in 
some of the most thrilling scenes which man ever suffered. How simple are 
heaven's mysterious providences, that such a man could be thus inspired 
and touched by hallowed fire, in the morning of life, in his attraction to Be- 
lievers, to fix his attention upon the great fact which was to secure his salva- 
tion, when scenes of earth should close upon him forever. 

From your brother, William Leonard. 



[ I would be pleased to have you insert the following letter in The Manifesto, 
as the writer is an interested reader of oar publication. J. W.] 

Boston, Oct. 14, 1898. 

My Dear Good Elder Brother ; — I received two charming letters, filled 
with the love spirit — prest down and overflowing from you. I have been to 
the Fair twice and find much there to interest and instruct. It is wonderful 
what progress has been made in the present century to promote man's com- 
fort and convenience. What a stride in electricity from Benjamin Franklin's 
bringing electricity from the clouds, which was deemed little short of a mira- 
cle, to what is being accomplisht in the present time, by its means, and we 
as it were standing upon the shore looking out upon the limitless ocean of its 
possibilities. 

How the assurance "he gave man the dominion over them" is being veri- 
fied daily. Truly He who through the ages led man upward and onward, will 
in these latter (or as Theodore Parker would say these) older days surely 
watch over and protect his children for the Mother love, that wonderful gift 
that Cometh from above, will never weary. Oh ! that the ages of the past 
had dealt more with the Mother God whose heart always yearned for the cry 
of her children. It would not have taken poor humanity so long to have 
learned that the Father of us all is not a God of wrath, "an angry God and 
an avenging one" but filled to overfiowing with love, who searches for the 
sheep that has strayed, and resteth not until it is safe again, and then his 
angels rejoice ! 

So my beloved Brother, go on in your uplifting work preaching love in 
God and love in man. The seed may appear to fall in barren ground, but it 
has not, and does not, but will bring forth fruit abundantly ! With what 
pleasure do I look back upon that quiet Sabbath mom when it was my privi- 
lege to meet with the Believers and receive into my soul a love spirit from 
the good Father and Mother, that the world can not give or take away. And 

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184 THE MANIFESTO. 

inasmuch as then, you caused it to enter into one of the least of his children, 
ye did it unto Him, and into your heart will come ^^well done good and 
faithful servant, 'inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these 
my brethren, ye have done it unto me." May God's blessing and Mother's 
love rest on you and yours is the sincere wish of your friend and brother. 



THE MODEL PRAYER. 

By Lizzie D. Horton, 
"YTTE may define the beautiful prayer of our Savior, as the true model of 

Y ^ prayer. ''After this manner," he says, — tracing the lines on which 
we should frame our petitions. The woi-ds so wonderfully and beautifully 
combined, counteract the selfishness with which we often express our desires 
and heighten our aspirations, to comprehend the welfare of the whole world. 

One grand feature of this prayer, is the word "our," which sets aside the 
ceremony of the priest alone in the holy place and the people in the outer 
court and illustrates the one faith and one baptism through Jesus Christ, 
and the worship of one God for all nations, that with one voice in public 
praise and private prayer, we worship our heavenly Father. 

"Which art in heaven," implies that all our aspirations, desires and af- 
fections, should ascend above the earth. In the words, — "Give us this day 
our daily bread," we are taught to recognize our dependence upon Divine 
guidance for all our temporal and spiritual needs. Linkt with this invoca- 
tion we pray, — "forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors," asking 
also for deliverance from evil ; not to be saved from the consequences of our 
sin, but to be kept free from the indifference in which all failure originates. 

If we pray sincerely and in our daily lives we hallow his name, and subject 
. ourselves unto his truth, we shall be establishing within and around us the 
kingdom of Christ. 

East Canterbury, N. H, 



He who is pure in heart can never be vulgar in speech, and he who is 
meek, can never be rude in manner. Man is never so sincere as in his idle 
moments. Idle words, more apparently than any other, are genuine manifes- 
tations of character. A life of use is a life of holiness, and a life of idle- 
ness is a life of sin. — Selected. 

Ingratitude comprises in itself all the other vices. 

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NOTES ABOUT HOME. 

Mt. Lebanon, N. Y. 

October. 
Average of Weather at Mt Lebanon. 

Thermometer. Rain. 

1897. 52.23 .75 in. 

1898. 64. 7.75 " 
Highest Temp, during this mo. 80 above 0. 
Lowest " " " " 36 »' ' 
Number of rainy days " " 8 

" "clear " '» " 8 
" cloudy '• " " 15 

Nov. 1898. 
It is but a short time since we left our 
mooring at Port Aquarius to take a sail 
in our terrestrial ship around Old Sol, and 
here we are again almost in sight of the 
port we left but a few days ago. How 
rapidly the seasons fly I We take no note 



of time but from its passing. Yesterday 
we commenced life's journey full of life 
and brilliant anticipations. To-day we 
behold lifers sun rapidly approaching its 
western horizon. To-morrow we sink 
from mortal sight. 

What have the years of toil and strife 
availed us? Is the prospective harvest 
cheering? Have the anticipations of life's 
rising sun been realized. In the course 
of its revolution has its lustre been aug- 
mented, giving brilliant hope of a glori- 
ous immortality? It is said; — ^Natural 
things are typical of the spiritual; that 
our mortal existence is only the nursery 
sphere of our eternal fruition. Then how 
careful should we be to have it trained to 
virtue, grace and goodness. 

The seasons each have a special influ- 
ence in the production of the varied i*e- 
sults of the natural world, and the per- 
fection of the varied fruits, whether they 
be mineral, vegetable or animal, are de- 
pendent on the degree of perfection of the 
seasons as to their growth and develop- 
ment Entire clouds or entire sunshine; 
entire moisture or entire drouth are not 
conditions to produce perfection in any 
domain of nature, but a consistent alter- 
nation of these is essential to produce 
the desired result. As are the natural, so 
are the spiritual conditions properly and 
wisely administered, necessary to develop 
a perfected spirit. These are home reflec- 
tions. 

«0n earth we've no abiding home, but tost as 

billows beat; 
Then Father in thy boundless love permit us 

a retreat. 
Permit us life and joy In Thee, as purer we 

become, 
And at the last, O gather us to Thee, our 

peaceful home. 

Things with us in this mundane sphere, 
are pursuing their wonted course. Plenty 
of work for both heart and hands. The 
products of the soil are chiefly garnered. 
Winter work wiU soon be ours. Health 
of the family is convalescent. Idle hands 
are absent. We have received calls of 
late from the two Enfields of Conn, and 
N. H. Such visits are like sweet reviving 

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THE MANIFESTO. 



showers, or pleasant sunshine; they are 
feasts of joy. New York hands and teams 
are working on the State road. Their am- 
bition is to have it graded by New Year's, 
and to have it ready for travel by next 
July. 

Catvin 0. Reed. 



North Family. 

Nov. 1898. 

All good things come to those who 
wait, and Italy has come to us in the sev- 
eral scores of laborers upon the new State 
road running through our choicest mead- 
ow lands and apple orchards. 

Our gift to the State is certainly a free, 
will offering, and no compensation will 
come to us in any way excepting the hap- 
piness of making the traveling public 
more comfortable and probably, for that 
very reason, the State government more 
secure. For comfort brings contentment, 
and contented citizens are always the 
most loyal. 

The old earth seems to be swinging in 
spirals, moving higher and higher at every 
revolution and we are rejoicing at the 
broadening and deepening of the light 
Visitors still come, of the highest order 
of intelligence and aspiration, and some 
are asking entrance to our homes, that 
here, withdrawn from the strifes and tu- 
mults of business they may work for God 
and for His Christ. 

More and more do we feel the necessity 
of being prepared for these eager seekers 
and questioners. More and more do we 
feel that we must keep ourselves close to 
the heart of the all-pervading Christ; 
that the best of mind and heart and spirit 
must be ours would we attract and secure 
the best. That to stand on a plane above 
the spiiitual of the outside life means 
now to stand very high indeed. We feel 
that we must keep constantly in mind the 
truth, that not the customs of our Order, 
grown stiff and mouldy with years, at- 
tract and retain, but the principles of 
which no jot or tittle shall ever fail; for 
€k>d is eternal and they are of Grod. 

** • Ada Braum, 



South Family. 

Nov. 1898 
On a sunny afternoon of Sept. last we 
took a ramble in quest of new scenes and 
pleasures. Our first call was at the Office 
of the Church family where we found a 
busy band, sowing the seed of industry. 
There was Eldress Dorothy Wright, who 
is a faithful worker in the cause of right, 
Sister Florinda Sears, one of the "Sears of 
the Ages," Sisters Emma J. and Sadie 
Neale who kneel daily in prayer and 
praise, and our younger Sister Carrie 
Wade who will wade through time a 
trusty helper in the **cause that needs as- 
sistance." All were engaged in the man- 
ufacture of cloaks, and fortunate are they 
who purchase of them, for theii work is 
perfection. 

Leaving the genial company of cloak- 
makers, we past to the family dwelling 
where we found Brother Ferdinand who 
guided us through unfamiliar halls to 
the neat and airy kitchen. A party of 
Sisters were completing the noon work.. 
Here we met Sister Amelia Calver, who ift 
known as a writer, scholar and teacher 
participating in the duties of domestic 
economy on which she is the best author- 
ity. She piloted us through the winding, 
ways of their light, convenient cellars 
where order and neatness reign supreme. 
Then through the well cultivated vegeta- 
ble gardens we went, where the harvest 
had commenced. Elder Calvin 6. Reed 
has special care of the garden and a bet- 
ter one would be impossible to find. 

In a nook by the dwelling house may be 
seen a mound of small stones, overgrown 
with flowers of various colors forming a 
pretty and unique fancy flower bed. This 
is the work of Brother Martin Jones. 

We called on some of the ancients of the 
city and found Sister Mary Hazzard busy 
and bright, tho eighty-six new years have 
past since she commenced the battle of 
life;— 

Yet she is happy at her work. 

The nicest things she makes, 

She knits fur caps and nice fur glovea 

And moulds out sugar cakes. 

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187 



And baskets, dainty ones they are, 
They're blue and pink and white. 
With pretty cushions nicely wrought, 
Which would a queen delight. 

And Sister Matilda Reed who has wit- 
nest the frosts of eighty-two winters, 
makes and repairs garments for the broth- 
erhood, and executes some of the finest 
work on the cloaks. Verily, verily I say 
unto you she runs with patience the race 
which is set before her. Sister Matilda 
was for many years the presiding Eldress 
of the Church family. 

We had a pleasant visit with Sister Ann 
Maria Greave^ who, like the' others, was 
stitching on cloaks. Sisters Cornelia 
French and Sarah Cutler, makers of the 
pies and bread and other goodies, enter- 
tained us most agreeably and we sampled 
some of their delicious dishes. Thus the 
afternoon was pleasingly and profitably 
spent 

Nov. 7th Sisters Caroline Whitcher and 

Myra Green of Enfield, N. H. made us a 

flying visit They only paused to rest 

their wings, but we were just glad they 

were weary enough to rest among us. 

We hope others will be induced to seek 

rest and find it 

Genevieve DeGraw. 



Shakers, N. Y. 

Nov. 1898. 

We have been reminded of the words 
of a good old hymn commencing, **Let 
names and sects and parties accost our ears 
no more." The reminder came while 
comtemplating the fact that even if used 
aright they were only temporary instru- 
mentalities in the development of life; in 
the advancing of its ideal to a higher 
plane and causing it to more fully under- 
stand the universal scope of the power of 
truth, but its ultimate triumph does not 
depend upon the success or failure of any 
sect or party. 

We have increast in hopefulness and had 
our conscious knowledge of the progress 
of truth strengthened by the perusal of 
"The New Man,'* — **A magazine devoted 
to the mastery of sin, disease and poverty." 



Truly the testimony of the everlasting 
gospel is going forth in the earth, not in 
the forging of creeds that only cause the 
human soul to place a limit to its advance- 
ment, but in the proving that the univer- 
sal brotherhood of the race is not afar off 
but is even nearer than our limited vision 
and understanding is willing to admit 

The literature that has het^n placed be- 
fore the public and is constantly renewed 
dealing with the questions of the respon- 
sibility and obligations of human society 
to more intelligently understand what is 
its duty and how to proceed in the elimin- 
ation of the wrongs that have largely been 
transmitted from the past as well as those 
which the present age must be responsible 
for, is increasing at a ratio never before 
known. We have had placed in our hands 
for review a work entitled, "The New and 
True Religion," by Charles M. Stebbins. 
It deals vigorously with the questions 
that are calling for reform in the Political, 
Social and Religious world. We certainly 
can not help but be encouraged to keep 
toiling for an increasing light on the lines 
which as an organized body of religious 
communists we believe is right, when we 
realize that all who with an honest heart 
are seeking for a more perfect understand- 
ing of the truth are being blended togeth- 
er in spirit as the heart of one, regardless, 
of external environments. 

November records the first snow of the 
season, on the 7th inst and tho of that 
amount it needed the operation of the im- 
aginative powers to help in the observa- 
tion, enough to say we had a flurry of 
snow. Our autumnal season has been 
very fine giving us beautiful weather for 
hai*vesting our crops, of which on the 
whole we can not complain, tho some 
have fallen short of the average. 

Hamilton DeOraw* 



East Canterbury, N. H. 

Nov. 1808. 
The first snow storm arrived in this vi- 
cinity on the 10th inst, just one day earli- 
er than last year. About one inch fell, 

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which the small boys were quick to use 
for architectural purposes during its brief 
stay. 

About five hundred bushels of apples 
have been kiln dried this autumn; and for 
the first time with us a squash-bee was 
lield, during which fifty large squashes 
were cut into sections about an inch thick. 
The process of drying the latter occupied 
a day and i^ half, and results gave good 
-satisfaction. 

General Repairs is in active service at 
present date and a lively **hammering 
campaign** is before him. Leaky roofs 
and uncertain fiooring have occasioned 
several vigorous attacks already. We de- 
cide to give the **minute men'* winter 
quarters here, that any sudden uprisings 
may be settled at once. These northern 
winters are calculated to test the endur- 
ing qualities of all things animate and in- 
animate, and the approaching one is to be 
among the keenest, so say the weather- 
wise. The chickadees and .'sparrows have 
decided to cast in their lot with us, it 
fleems, and the crows are still in the 
neighborhood. 

Sewers not sowers are brought to the 
front this season, the farmers* favorite 
topics fall ofif with the leaves. Sisters re- 
port brisk motions and fanciful notions in 
the line of sale needlework, in anticipa- 
tion of additional calls during the holiday 
shopping. 

Jessie Erans. 



Narcoosseey Fla. 

Nov. 1898. 

Thekb is nothing more discreditable to 
the southern agriculture than the slow 
neglect of cultivating some of the differ- 
-ent grasses, and stop the large importa- 
tion from the north. It is a common 
thing to hear this argument, — "The grass- 
es of the tropics grow wide apart and are 
<;oarse, while those of the north are fine 
and sweet. They are far more nutritious 
and better for animal food.** 

But why should this justify the neglect 
when many of the northern farmers, even 



of our nation, are trying some of the 
northern grasses, and thus far give good 
testimony as to their growth here in the 
sunny south. Our own experience has 
taught that Crab Grass can be grown to 
profit When rightly cared for and cured. 
That our animals will eat it with willing- 
ness as they would eat the fine Timothy 
grass. Crab Grass is the natural grass of 
this state. 

Grass culture has always been the index 
of progressive agriculture in newly settled 
countries. The first aim of the farmer, 
always has been, in our northern states, 
to make good feeding grounds for the an- 
imals. This has been a total neglect on 
the part of our southern farmers with 
their great plains and prairies as they 
have depended on the wild grass that na- 
ture has given them. Thus we see the 
cause of the inferior breed of cattle that 
has filled the state. But northern people 
who are now looking to the sunny south 
for a home in old age, and know the value 
of a northern acre of grass, are making a 
gradual change, to prove to our southern 
friends that certain northern glasses will 
flourish here as well as in the north. 

Slavery rendered cotton and orange 
growing general and almost exclusive, be- 
cause of the limited capacity of the negro 
race. Most every improvement had been 
neglected until the freeze of 1894 — 95, 
which was an experience unknown to 
this generation, and in fact without a par- 
allel in the history of the state. The 
farmers seemed dazed and knew not what 
course to pursue. Destruction and ruin 
stared them in the face. These people, 
however, did not give up to despair. Not 
depending wholly on fruit culture, they 
entered largely into the raising of vegeta- 
bles, which is proving of untold wealth to 
the country. We now see car loads of 
vegetables as well as of fruit, pass out of 

the state. 

Andrew Barr^, 



Enfield, N. H. 

Nov. 1898. 
No other event ever oast the pall of 

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gloom over our town as did the suicide of 
Bertha Huse, on Oct. 81, when she left 
her home at early morning and last seen 
on Shaker Bridge, spanning Mascoma 
Lake. Divers from Boston were engaged 
and spent two days inspecting both sides 
of the bridge. Failing to discover the 
body, dynamite was purchased with the 
purpose to dislodge the body. Large 
companies of men explored the hills think- 
ing she might have strayed there. 

On Nov. 3rd. Mrs. Geo. Titus of Leba- 
non, N. H., a clairvoyant and a stranger 
to the Huse family, appeared upon the 
scene and stated that she could locate the 
body. She walked to the middle of the 
bridge on the left side, and said the body 
would be found there, the head in a hol- 
low and the feet upward. With many 
scruples, and amid the hum of skepticism 
of the people, the diver went to the place 
indicated and returned with the astonish- 
ing news that the statement of Mrs. Titus 
was correct. He had previously made 
what he considered a thorough search of 
the locality, but owing to the brush and 
logs which comprise the foundation of the 
bridge, failed to discover the body. 

Is not this wonderful case one more im- 
peachable fact in proof of Spirit power? 
Is it unreasonable to believe that the un- 
fortunate one, forced to her rash act by 
the power of inherited blood, after the re* 
ceding waves of diseased materiality had 
rolled away and she came in contact with 
incoming waves of spirit life, her first 
awakened thought was to relieve the 
heavy burden of anguish from her grief 
stricken relations? and through the sensi- 
tive organism of Mrs. Titus, found the 
channel of so doing? 

The closing of the harvest season re- 
cords 300 bushels of apples dried, 1400 
weight of beet seed, 300 weight of onion 
seed, 20 barrels of seed com, 26 barrels of 
pickles, many hundreds of heads of cab- 
bafl^e, beside other products of consecra- 
ted labor which merits praise and helps to 
keep in circulation the spirit of goodwill 
and blessed faith that sanctifies and hap- 
pifies life. 

George J7. Baxter. 



Union Village, Ohio. 

Nov. 1898. 

Pebhaps a bnghter, pleasanter Novem- 
ber morning never dawned upon us, than 
the present. Weather moderate; sky 
clear, and the colored leaves dropping to 
the ground. The union, love and good 
feeling in the family, all that could be de- 
sired, as each goes about his particular 
vocation. Our crops are all in and well 
housed but com, and that is coming in as 
fast as husked. It proves to be a very 
good crop, but some of it is a little soft, 
which can be fed to the pigs and chickens 
before it moulds. Our potato crop was 
very light as is mostly the case in the 
S. W. section of Ohio. On the whole the 
season has been very propitious in the 
supply of plenty of rain, and also fine 
days for harvesting the grains and fruits 
of the earth. 

Tidings seldom reach us from the Geor- 
gia Colony, but we hope they are doing as 
well as the drawbacks of our day will al- 
low. One of these, and perhaps the 
greatest, is the spiritual death and dark- 
ness covering the U. S. A. at this time. 
Money greed, sensual pleasure, political 
gambling seem to have absorbed the aver- 
age American citizen and all religious 
feeling is supprest beneath its crushing 
influence. 

It seems uncertain whether or not the 
war is over, but we earnestly pray that 
such is the case. What a hideous relict 
of barbarism war is. What a dismal blot 
on the escutcheon of any people. Just 
think of it, — A nation professing Christian- 
ity, which demands of its votaries. Love 
to all enemies, and prayer for those who 
despitefully use them and abuse them; — 
meeting one another to see who can kill 
the greatest number of his fellow-beings 
aye! and Christian priests acting as Chap- 
lains for their encouragement in shedding 
the blood of their brethren! — and these 
Christians continue to inflict capita] pun- 
ishment upon murderers, as tho one mui^ 
der was one atom better than another. I 
would no sooner destroy a man^s life, un- 
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O Christianity I — What unspeakable crimes 

have been and are committed in thy name. 

But €k>d will sooner or later correct all 

this. But notwithstanding all this our 

Heavenly Father is gradually moving this 

and all other worlds into higher, happier 

and holier conditions. So let us be patient 

and one of these days we shall see the 

right prevail. 

O. C. Hampton. 



DAY BY DAY. 
By Stuan Coolidge, 

If I were told that I must die tomorrow, 

That the next sun 
Which sinks should bear me past all fear 
and sorrow 

For any one, 
All the fight fought, and all the short 
journey through, 

What should I do? 

I do not think that I should shrink or fal- 
ter, 

But just go on 
Doing my work, nor change nor seek to 
alter 

Aught that is done; 
But rise, and move, and love, and smile, 
and pray 

For one more day. 

And lying down at night for a last sleep- 
ing 

Say in the Ear 
Which hearkens ever: "Lord, within Thy 
keeping 

How should I fear? 
Ajid when to-morrow brings Thee nearer 
still. 

Do Thou Thy will." 

I might not sleep for awe; but peaceful 
tender, 

My soul would lie 
All the night long; and when the morning 
splendor 

Flashed o'er the sky 
I think that I could smile, and calmly say 

"ItisHisdayr 
Let me keep on, abiding and unfearing 
Thy will alway;— Selected. 



Through a long century's ripening fruition 

Or a short day's; 
Thou canst not come too soon, and I can 
wait 

If Thou come late. 



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A BOX AND HIS MOTHBR- 
By Annie Armour. 

Can a boy get away from the prayers of his 
mother. 
Or sink to a depth tbat her love oaa not 
reach? 
Can the billowd of time pile so high on each 
other, 
That he can't see her form on the white, 
shining beach? 

Can the dark clouds of sin fold so closely 
about him, 
That the light of her faith does not shine on 
his "way? 
Can he feel all the friends of this world spurn 
and doubt him. 
While his mother has faith, love and trust 
to still pray ? 

Ah, no! not a boy can escape from the plead- 
ing. 
Ascending each day, from her bedside to 
God. 
He will still hear the tones of her voice inter- 
ceding 
When the dear form is laid *neath the flower 
strewn sod. 

Then pray, mothers, pray while the boy still 
IS breathing. 
And pray if Death's angel has sung in his 
ear. 
That God in his mercy the boy is reoelving. 
For the sake of the prayers you have said 
for him X^ere.— Selected. 



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HUMILITY. 

Humility is perfect quietness of heart. 
It is to have no trouble. It is never to be 
fretted or vext or irritated or sore disap- 
pointed. It is to expect nothing, to won- 
der at nothing that is done to me, to feel 
nothing done against me. It is to be at 
rest when nobody praises me, and when I 
am blamed or despised. It is to have a 
blessed home in myself where I can go in 
and shut the door, and kneel to my Father 
in secret and be at peace as in a deep sea 
of calmness when all around and above is 
trouble. — Selected, 



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N. H. Nov. 14, 1898. Age 87 yekrs 11 
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Acrostic, An - - 
AU Faiths Represented, 
Anchored, Safely 

Being, Center of - 
Bethesda, - 



Ceeley, Sally, In Memory of 
Christian, Am la 
Charity, 
Communism, Christian 



Page. 

31 

. 72 
88 



- 70 
85 

.' 103 
129 

- 159 
161 



Dead, Is the Old Year - - - 61 

Dress, Receipt for a Lady's - " 

Doming, Wm. Notes from Diary of 85 

Day, Beginning the - - - ^5 

Diary, Notes from Our - - 146 

Dow, Nancy, In Memory of - 158 

Day hy Day 1^ 

s. 

Enroute, 1® 

Effect, Cause and - - - 105 

Evolution, 11'^ 

Exchanges, 30, 96, 112, 128, 144, 160. 

Forgiveness, 23 

Friendship, - - - - 63 

Faith, ^ 

First, Let the Mud Dry - - 127 

Famum, Louisa, Tribute to - - 143 

Gillespie, Frances, A Tribute to 71 

Gospel, From the Social - - 72 

Grasses, Prest Flowers and - 79 

Gates, Ximena, A Requiem to - 158 



Page. 
H. 

Home, Notes About 11, 26, 42, 58, 74, 
90, 107, 122, 138, 155, 171, 185. 

Hope, 31 

Helpless, A Plea for the - - 38 
Hastings, H. Remarks at Funeral of 55 
Home, My . - - - 95 

Highway, The Spiritual - - 97 

Home, I Have Dreamed of My - 176 
Humility - . - - - 190 

I* 
Influence, Unconscious - - 160 

Knew, If We - - - - 62 



Life, A Holy 15 

Life, True to - - - - 31 

Love, The Law of - - - - 40 

Life, True 65 

Lessons, Frost - - - - 133 

Life, Ascending - - - - 145 

Loved Ones, Our - - - - 158 

Leonard, Wm.— Letter - 166, 178 

Letter, 183 



Morrill, Ezekiel, Testimony of - 

March, 

Mission, Our - - - ^ 
March, In thought of - - 

M. B Letter 

Mind, Change the - ^ - 
Mother, A Boy and his 



Offering, The 
Olive Branch, Our - 

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Praise, 

Prayer A - - - - 
Press, How not to write for the 
Peebles, Dr. J. M. Visit of 
Pilgrimage, Our - - 

Path, The Silent 
People, Perfect - - . 
Prayer, The Model 



Page. 

22 

- 25 
78 

101 

- 113 
135 

- 159 
185 



Kossel, Isabella Remarks in Service 67 
Resurrected - - - - 119 



Shakerism, Progress of - 3, 17, 33 

Science, vs. the Christ - - 6 

Sanitary, - - 15, 30, 78, 160, 175 
Shepard, H. P. Remarks at Funeral 37 

Saviors, 52 

Stratton, £• A. Remarks in Service 57 
Song, Life a ... - 68 

S. F. T.— Letter - - - 117 

Shakers, Persecutions of the Early 132 
Spiritually-Minded, What is it to be 135 
Self, The Shadow of - - - 144 
Sail, The Coming - - - 164 
Selfishness, .... i^g 

Truth, The Everlasting - - 24 
Thomas, — Letter - - - 39 

Thank You, - - . . 67 

Twine, 62 

Turnkey, The - - 93, 126, 141 
Trust, 121 



Visitation, Angel 
Voice, The Child^s 
Vision, A 



Warning, A Friendly - 
Way, Which is the Better 



119 



112 



DEATHS. 

Anderson, Martha J. 
Angus, Ann Maria 

Birde, William - 

Copley, Sophia 
Ceeley, Sally . - . 
Conklin, Angeline Alvira 
Curtis, Mary Ann 

Durgin, Dorothy Ann - 
Dow, Nancy - - . 
Dunning, Daniel . . - 

Edwards, Rebecca 

Fish, Lizzie C. - - - 

Gillespie, Frances 
Gregory, Sophia 
George, Irena 
Gates, Ximena ... 



Hubbard, Melinda 
Hastings, Harriet 



Page. 



Eendrick, Samuel 

McBride, James 
McCoemack, Fannie 

Noyes, Thomas 

Pilkington, Indiana 
Pilot, John 

Shepard, Hannah P. 

Taylor, Ann 
Truair, Jerusha 



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story is told in the November Cosmopolitaic, 
and the most exciting pages of Dnmas's fic- 
tion seem tame in comparison with the facts. 
Crossing the frontier in a first-class carriage, 
be was by a trifling accident brought into 
conversation with a yonng Spanish nobleman, 
presently who shonld come along but the son 
of Oeneral Weyler. This acquaintance led to 
his receiving many attentions from Weyler 
when they reached Madrid, and the General 
actually gave up a day to a trip to the Escu- 
rial. Imagine this grim arch-enemy of ours 
laying himself out to please the secret agent 
whom the government had sent to find out 
the weak places of Spain. How trifling the 
demarcation between the position of honored 
guest and that of spy who, if discovered, 
would have been all the more quickly sent to 
his death ! The same issue of The Cosmopoli. 
TAK contains four pieces of fiction by such fa- 
mous authors as Frank Stockton, ZangwiU, 
H. Q. Wells, and the lamented Harold Frederic 
but none of it half so exciting in its interest as 
this true story. 

Frank Lesus's Populab Monthly for No- 
vember is the initial number in the new and 
improved form of this loug-time favorite il- 
lustrated family magazine, with a handsome 
cover in colors and gold. Its price is reduced 
to ten cents, one dollar per annum. This is 
unquestionably a wise Budpopuiar move on 
the part of the publishers; and the return of 
Mrs. Frank Leslie to the editorship of the 
magazine assures for it a future as brilliant 
as its past has been prosperous. The current 
(November) number of the new Frank Les- 
UR*8 Popular Montrlt makes good its 
promises in a splendid table of contents, 
which includes; An illustrated symposium on 
Greater America; with contributions by Col. 
A. K, McClure, Gen. Fitehugh Lee and Sena- 
tors Chandler and Davis; With Wheeler and 
Roosevelt at Santiago; by the Rev. Peter 
MacQueen; Clara Barton on Red Cross Work 
in Cuba; Walter Camp on Football; Mrs. 
Frank Leslie on The Southern Woman ; Con- 
verting Silver into Gold— an account of the 
wonderful discovery of Dr. Stephen H. Em- 
mens; the opening chapters of April Bloom; 
the new serial story by Egerton Castle (au- 
thor of The Pride of Jennico;) illustrated by 
Wenzell ; complete short stories by Frank R. 
Stockton, Margaret E. Sangster, Etta W. 
Pierce and E. Louise Liddell; sketches and 
poems by Louise Chandler Moulton, Lillian 
Whiting, H. VilliersBamett, Madison Cawein, 
Isaac W. Eaton, Charles Crandall, R. K. Mun- 
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"What <io I fear?" i» a qut'Ht(oii worth ask- 
InjJT by each imni rir -w oiimn. Prrhuprt >\ ithont 
recoKniziiig It the reader of this para,<rai>h is 
being iufluenced in his or her dally life by 
grounrtleHs fenr« thnt Hrei-nlnoth? to character. 
Thk Cosmopolitan Magazine ha** taken up 
thia subject t»iui \h obtaining the views of » 
great many prominent people, where they are 
williiig to open their mind«* franlcly. A great 
many other prominent people have refused 
TueCuhmofolitAn's retiuest, being afraid to 
tell the pnblic whut they fear— perhaps even 
afraidtoconfe^stothemselveHWhat they tear. 
The December issue Includes statements from 
Wm. Dkan Howells, Riohabd Crokeu, Admi. 

ral iiHKHAKliJ*OHAUNCKY M. DEPEW, VIOLA 

Allen, Mne. JANAUECiiEKand Ella Wheeler 
WIL40X. The second seiies will, It Ispromlst 
be &v%Mi mbre interesting.- ^ 

Leavitt's Farmer*8 Almanac for 1899. 
Publisht by Ed.-^on C. EUhtman, Concord, N. H. 
More than a century has already pa**li since 
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household companion, an oracle for consulta- 
tion by those who travel by land or sea, or by 
those wlM> remain quietly In tlielr own homes. 

The Kinooom of iIeavkn is at Hand by 
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In tlieinterest of the Co operative Common- 
wealth, and as it is very interesting and in- 
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pleasure in reading it. Publisht bv Charles 
H. KeiT & Co. 56 Fifth Al^e., Chicago, 111. 

Uncle Ike's Idees by George McA. Miller. 
This Is In tlie interest of the Ct)-op«iatlve 
Commonwealth t>ut the author taitM taken the 
4mpvy view of writing his little book of sixty 
pages in verse. Uncle Ik© reads tlie Bible and 
ti0 4.ioes I'arson Toatly, Init they do not see eye 
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Vol XXIX. 4JJ^ISIX_JJ^F^V", ie&&. No. 1. 

Entered at the Pott Office at East Canterbury, N. H., as Second-ClaM Matter. 

A NEW^ BOOK. 
By Jessie Evans, 

"TXT'EARY of the blotted page, the frequent mistakes, the unsatisfactory 
V V penmanship and the war of words over irksome subjects, the child in 
the schoolroom hurries to pen the last word on the last line of the closing 
page, and with a sigh of relief turns to the teacher that he may receive the 
promised ''new book." How lovingly he fondles it, how especially attractive 
seem the clean pages in contrast with the soiled ones so willingly hidden 
from view, and how restfuUy he settles his little mechanism of brain and body 
to transcribe upon the first page something -"just perfect — ^my very best, 
teacher !" 

Just so, methinks, it is with us in this larger schoolroom of ours. The 
volumes of our life are handed to us one by one by the great Guide of human 
destinies, and whether we approach our daily lessons cheerfully or reluctant- 
ly, write we must — just so much each day. If the human side revolts in its 
submission, there is an invisible current withm that, tho involuntarily, throbs 
to the inexorable will of the great Law-giver. So, as the moments slip by, 
their record glides into place; as thoughts rush through the mind, each 
registers itself upon the unerring bathometer ; tho words take wing, their 
vibrations touch the life page as they pass and the key-note records its true 
or false ring ; each heart throb takes up a little space in this strange volume 
— ^thus our history files itself away where the "angel of the years" stands 
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We have all been at these varied tasks from day to day, the once spotless 
leaves of the 1898 issue are spotless no longer. Strange events, unlookt-for 
pleasares, weary trials, sincere resolutions quickly formed and as quickly 
broken, conclusions unwillingly accepted yet dobly maintained, hopes and 
fears whose birth and death write themselves side by side, sunshine and long 
shadows, have crowded into our book linking themselves into language best 
translated by each author. 

We are writing our last line, but like the child we can not resist the im- 
pulse to turn to the first page whereon we put "our very best." Grod knows 
we meant to carry those firm lines all through the book, the heavenly Teach- 
er understands how disappointed we now feel that the blots are so many, the 
curves so irrelevant as to make us wish to hide it away. But "like as a 
father pitieth his children, "so the divine Parentage is moved with compassion 
at our waywardness and weakness now so noticeable as we trace it from page 
to page, and the New Year book with its stainless pages slips into our eager 
grasp as a balm and benediction. 

God's school is beautifully graded, tho, no class work here to force or re- 
tard individual development. Instead of many pupils under one teacher, here 
are rather many teachers molding the chai*acter of each pupil. The lessons 
presented to us for study or recitation are nicely adapted to our needs and 
abilities. If we found the lessons so recently mastered difficult, the future 
work will demand greater effort. We can not look forward with certainty 
to tJie future, "we know not what is folded there, we know not whether joy 
or agony, whether life or death is writ within the fearful scroll — but 'tis 
enough to know the gift is God's." 

The old book is an excellent landmark. Like' the little one let us put the 
finisht volume out of sight with all its defects for a while, while we pass on 
buoyed with profitable repentance in the guise of new-born courage and 
aspiration to engage our minds with the new themes which God has already 
assigned to each one. Then "some sweet day by and by" when the vital 
glorious issues of our consecrated life are inscribing themselves in unbroken 
rhythm upon the unblotted page, we will turn i^ain to the unsightly work of 
the past and amid our tears of sad remembrance praise God for the New 
Years that rise so mercifully from the ashes of the old. 

As a loving greeting to the New Year of 1899, let us say with William H. 
Channing ; — 

**To bear all oheerfully, do all bravely, 
Await occasions, never hurry,— 
In » word to let the ^ilritiial life 
Grow up, through, and above the conniiOBy-^ 
This is to be my i^ymphony of Vd»,^ 
EoBt Canterbury, Jf. JET. 

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PEACPl 

^i/ Hamilton DeGraw. 

**Anokl of peace thy white wings o'er sliadow us, 

Tiiy hand scatters blessings around, 
Thy power hath stilled the whispers «f strife, 
And thy chain in its golden links bound us." 

WHEN General Shermao was requessted to describe war he replied, 
'*War id hell." '^Oh Consistency thou art a jewel," but if we have 
it not in possession how can we estimate its value? The assertion is made, 
and it can not be successlully coutradictod, that tliere is not a Christian na- 
tion on this earth acting in its official capacity. Ilcreuie some of the proofs. 

In time of apparent peace there are in Europe three million armed men, 
ready at a moment's signal to commence the horrid din of war, maintained at 
the yearly expense of a billion dollars. When such an eminent statesman as 
Gladstone expresses his views on this subject and points to the shoals on 
which the nations are drifting as the n'sult of these expensive armaments, 
there must be occasions for thoughtful consideration as to the result. 

There are individuals amon^ all nations who understand and obey the teach- 
ing of Christ when hu said, **Put up thy sword, f5r all they that take the 
sword, shall perish by the sword." That is the coHdition of our modern civ- 
ilizaticn. It is perishing ; the renult of fostering the war spirit represented 
by her mighty aniiies and* formidable navies, and profession of peace has 
become a hollow mockery, au insult upon the name of civilization ; and the 
maintaining of the armed truce is iu many respects uot any better than open 
hostilities. 

The chip which the pugnacious boy places on his shoulder accompanied 
with the challenge that whoever molests it will get a whipping, illustrates the 
condition of so called Christian nations. They stand to-day as instructors in 
the art of modern warfare. The skill of her inventors is exercised in devis- 
ing more effective weapons of destruction. But the wiath of man will be 
made to redound to the glory of that time of which only a few have caught 
a faint glimpse. General Grant voiced it when he said, '*Let us have peace." 

There is a growing sentiment which favors the settlement of misunderstand- 
ings between nations by arbitration rather than the sword. The desire for 
peace is gaining a foot-hold and its influence is being felt, but the factor 
which has been largely instrumental in bringing about the result is the awful 
destructive power of the modern enginery of war. The intelligence of man 
has, by perfecting those forces placed a check upon them. The race is not 
yet ready to plead guilty to the inditement of being fools ; both sides are be- 
coming anxious and are calling quit. Let us hope that the limit of those de- 
structive forces has been reacht ; certainly before the great nations of the 
earth have been roused and a conflict precipitated, the result of which would 
be awful to contemplate. 

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Conmencing the forepart of the present century and continumg to the 
present, an active interest has been taken to Christianize the Asiatic nations 
of China and Japan, and to-day Japan has taken her place in the ranks of 
the modem nations. She has a well-organized army and a navy of modem 
war vessels, well-equipt with the most perfect implements known for de- 
stroying her foes. Remember she has taken these lessons from those nations 
professmg to be followers of the Prince of Peace, — believers in the Christ of 
the new dispensation. While not as one who is hopeless of better conditions 
believing that the war demon will forever be the curse of life, resting like an 
incubus upon human energies, turning the current of life downward ; but 
that in the good time coming nations will learn war no more and their strength 
will be used for the upbuilding of the stiucture. 

£veryone who loves peace and is anxious to see its principles become a 

permanent factor in human society must be saddened when he realizes how 

little an incident will stir the war spirit, even with the results so apparent 

which will follow in its wake. Europe to-day is over a volcano, ready at any 

moment to burst forth in a continental war. Longfellow in the poem, ''The 

Arsenal at Springfield," asks ; 

"Is it O man with such discordant noises 
With such accursed instruments as these, 
Thou drownest nature* s sweet and kindly voices, 
And jarrest the celestial harmonies?** 

Rev. C. A. Dickinson spoke words of truiih when he said, "The only thing 
which will settle the turmoils and wars which agitate the world to-day is a 
proper respect for one another." 

When the divine Master prayed that his disciples might not be taken out 
of the world, but be saved from its sins as they had a mission to perform in 
presenting to the world a better way ; its appropriateness to the present time 
is apparent, especially to our own Church. The testimony that Believers 
have held forth has been, first pure, then peaceable. The causes producing 
war are in their primary origin the results of the violation of the law of di- 
vine purity. If any one doubts these statements or thinks them over-drawn, 
let him peruse the criminal records of our newspapers and he will be con- 
vinced. The prayer that can with propriety be offered by all who have been 
shown a better way is that the temple of life may be cleansed from its un- 
righteousness, and then will be heard the beautiful benediction pronounced 
by our Lord, — **Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you." 

'^Bown the dark future through long generations, 
The echoing sounds of war grow fainter and then cease; 
And like a bell with solemn, sweet vibrations 
I hear once more the voice of Christ say peace. 
Peace I and no longer from its brazen portals 
The blast of war's great oigan shakes the skies I 
But beautiful as sones of the immortals, 
The holy melodies of love arise.'* 
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LAY DO^\rN THY LIFE. 

By Frederic W Kechnie, 
Lay down thy life, if thou wouldst live ! 

1 heard a heaven-angel cry, 
Lay down thy life ! and they shall give, 

God* 3 holy ones who dweU on high. 

The life that nevermore shall die. 
Lay down thy life ! with all the lust 

To have, to hold, to fight, to win ; 
And for thou willst, not for thou must. 

Put far away each darling sin. 

And let the power of God come in. 
Lay down thy life ! small is the loss. 

But large the prize and great the gain ; 
Thou carriest but a passing cross ; 

And bearest but a little pain. 

For joys that wax and never wane. 
Lay down thy life ! they call for thee ; 

The valiant souls who steadfast stood ; 
Shake off thy fetters and be free. 

They say, who faced the fire and flood. 

And gave ungrudged their heart's best blood. 
Oh heed, my soul, and let the world, 

The foolish world, drive blindly on, 
No longer in its eddies whirled. 

On with thine armor, and be gone ! 

A kingdom waiteth to be won. 
ML Lebanon^ N, T. 

1^* 

DAYS OF YORE. 

By Oliver C. Hampton, 

IN the long ago, when we used to have our good and pleasant Union Meet- 
ings, Brother R. W. Pelham and I were sitting one evening in one of 
theoi, near a table, on which lay a slate. I wrote on it the following couplet 
and handed the slate to him, viz. ^^ How fondly clings the mindj 

To days and scenes ofyore^" 

He replied under them, ^^But we must leave these scenes behind 

And press to scenes before." 

O. C. H. ^^But what if they were sweety 

And pleasant to the mind T* 

R. W. P. ^^Tet their results they did complete^ 

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And so we went on for some time, each saying the best he could for his 
own side. Since that ancient time I have come to think he was not far wron^ 
in his sentiments on the subject. Altho there is no harm in the memory of 
good that has past, yet it is well to depend upon the good of the present, and 
the hopes of the future, for our peace and consolation. But to learn this is 
a great and almost invaluable attainment. What we want to gain, is a com- 
plete dominance over our environment, so that no vicissitude of the present, 
can interfere with, or destroy our peace of mind. Let us suppose we were 
there now. What then? Why it would make no difference how much vitu- 
peration might be uttered against us either truly or falsely ; — our tranquillity 
would not be interrupted at all by any amount of it.. All the ordinary vexa- 
tions and annoyances (and they are legion, to the undisciplined mind,) of this 
present existence, would flee away forever and leave us in the possession of 
invulnerable tranquillity. Suppose we had arrived at the condition of mind 
and spirit, that Jesus declared himself to be in when he said, "I and my 
Father are one !" This must be possible, for our Savior said, — ''Verily veri- 
ly I say unto you, he that belie veth on me, the works that I do, shall he do 
also; and greater works than these shall he do." — John xiv., 12. 

Now we know that the Father is ever tranquil in mind and can not be an- 
noyed or affected with pain, sickness or sorrow. So from this promise we 
ought to be thoroughly convinced, that this ti'anquil condition is possible for 
us ; not only the spiritual perfection, but thaumatui^ic element of power, by 
which he healed all sickness and even raised the dead. This is a most glori- 
ous promise set before us and can we do better than to travel into it as soon 
as possible and really come into the possession ^ of the peace that is in Jesus 
the Christ? If we shall be so happy as to gain it, then how soon will all the 
little contemptible silly annoyances of this life, (and all future existence) flee 
to "the uttermost parts of Egypt,'* never more to return. 

O let us as one, direct all our efforts and energies to that one point : that 
is, let us learn to be one with the Father and try to feel just as he does in 
every vicissitude. I read an article in a little book of religious precepts and 
admonitions, one chapter of which was headed * 'God's Chariots." The au- 
thor called all trials, great and small, and all suffenngs so many of God's 
golden chariots, for our safe and pleasant conveyance away from all sorrow 
and suffering. And that if we would only get up into them and ride with 
him, (that is become positive to, and dominate and reign over them,) we 
should soon dissipate all the sting of their character and feel the same as the 
Father did toward them. 

This was setting forth the virtue of resignation in a new and interesting 
light and since that, I have tiied it, and find it a very comfortable policy 
to pursue under all circumstances. Once more ; — if we will take a little 
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located the kingdom of heaven,) and there concentrate our minds upon the 
eoansels there to be communicated from the Infinite fountain, we may at 
least seal our peace and tranquility for that day. And our Savior said it was 
best to lake one day at a time. 
Union Village^ Ohio, 



[The following article was sent to us, hy a dear friend, from the far away city of 
Los Angeles, CaL but the writer comes only the distance (if Jive miles, from the Vil- 
lage of Loudon. We publish it in part. Ed.] 

A VISIT TO EAST CANTERBURY, N.H. 

The writer, a poor, sick old Boston musician, whose health has greatly suffered 
by years of battling with the inconsistent freakiness of the elements, and his purse 
equally so by speculating iu, that is to say, in buying and disposing of many and va- 
rious medical compounds termed **sure cures,*^ has been summering in the little town 
of Loudon, N. H , just three miles from the Shakers, at Canterbury. May I hope to 
entertain a few of the readers of these columns with a brief description of trips 
numbers 1 and 2 with a small party to Shakerdom? Now here, as did we, is 
what the visitor must do. After hitching your pony, go direct, to the trustees' office. 
After registering you will probably be met by Brother Arthur Bruce, who is one of 
the trustees, a kind and courteous gentleman, and, as well, a musician. But do not 
be surprised should you find him drest, not as your mind had previously pictured 
all Shakers, in broad-brimmed hat, stiff neckwear, high straight-cut vest, long gray 
coat and homespun trousers. Oh, no I the younger Shakers do not dress so now ; 
nor do they wear their hair banged in front and long behind; but on the contrary, 
they just dress as they please, like us world's people. Brother Bruce will kindly 
procure for your pai-ty a guide, who is, I think, always a Sister; who may be a typ- 
ical Shakei-ess, sedate and prim, but always the courteous lady. Or it may be a 
Sister younger in years, intelligent and sprightly, but in any and all cases the Sis- 
ters will be found to be kind and faithful guides. 

Our visit No. 1 was what is usually termed a flying one, we having no definite aim. 
Upon this visit we were taken in charge by Eldress Eliza Stratton, a beautiful wom- 
an, rather on the shady side of life, but whose sweet face was plainly indicative of 
purity and love, and whose soft speech was golden. A grand and noble lady, and pa- 
tiently and faithfully she performed her duty. Visit No. 2 was more of a business 
one. Now 1 could tell of lots of things that we saw, but space in these columns is 
valuable, as is time to the reader. Moreover, Shakerism is old and its origin dates 
far back, to France in 1689. To the time of Ann Lee, bom 1736 in England, and died 
in America in 1784; to the time of the first community in America, at New Lebanon, 
N. Y., 1787, and to the time of the Canterbury, N. H. Community formed in 1792, 
Shakerism has been much talkt and written about by able minds. I could have 
much to tell of the great barn, length 250 feet; of the forty splendid cows that give 
forth sixty to sixty-five gallons of milk daily; of numerous — as the ladies remarkt— 
darling little bossies ; of the three silos, capacity of each one hundred tons. Of the neat 
and tidy creamery and dairy, with its tiny cream separator, its churn and its butter 
worker, all run by steam-power. At this point I would remark that every known 
labor-saving device is in use in the various working departments. 

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in print. Shakers and opera — ^but there are many of them that would — mind I only 
think this^njoy a fine opera. Of the knitting room, where are made — much Aus- 
tralian wool being used — sweaters of the finest, also golf and bicycle stockings. 

Of the laiindry, with all the latest improvements. Of the printing office where are 
many prt^sscs, both of ancient and modern construction, and where are printed tlieir 
p:ipei, their raiigazine and many pamplilets, and even their church music is set up 
aud printed here, the Sisters doing the work. Of the kitchen work, its patent ov- 
e.is for baking bread, pies, etc. Oh yes! tliey eat pies, but not pork apple pie. Of 
tlie immense stove, in the oven of which could be «towed away a ten-year-old boy. 
And such nice bread as they make I We bought some. Of the dining-hall, where 
one could literally eat from off the floor. We know that^haker neatness is proverb- 
ial. X could tell of the bright, sunny and cosy little schoolroom and its blackboard 
sketches in colored chalk, one being our ill-fated ship Maine. Of the sewing and 
music rooms, where were seen many bits of landscape and flower pieces in oil, the 
handiwork of the Sisters. 

Here we come to the crowning feature of our visit. At our special request we 
were kindlj permitted to enjoy the excellent singing by the so highly praised quar- 
tet of Sisters, who kindly sang three admirable and pleasing selections. To illus- 
trate their musicianly qualities, I would say that one piece was a beautiful and in- 
tricate arrangement by the Sisters themselves. Being a musician, I would, space 
permitting, like to dwell longer upon this subject, but will close it by saying that 
one would have to travel far and wide in order to hear better singing than that 
which afforded our party so much delight, and which was so beautifully and tune- 
fully rendered as a quartet by Sisters Sarle, Fish, Wilson and Evans, and as a quin- 
tet with the addition of Brother Arthur Bruce' s admirable baritone voice. Thus 
ended our visit to the Shakers, and all agreed to the fact that it was an instructive 
and a most enjoyable one. 

Before parting we were cordially invited to call again. Much has been said and 
written of these quiet people that is unfair, unjust, and, as well, untrue; still, they 
plod along in their inoffensive way and say nothing. It is true that in many ways 
they are peculiar, but not more so than those of various other sects. I would ask, 
how many of their faith are to be found in our penal or pauper institutions? 

For all moneys received from the world's people they return a fair equivalent. 
The rules which govern them are not so inconsistent as many may imagine. Neat- 
ness, tidiness and perfect system are forcibly evident at every turn one makes. 'Now 
the question is often askt, "What if all the world were Shakers?'' Well, all the 
world are not Shakers, nor ever will be. Tet when we read of the misery, vice and 
crime, all of which are so common with the world's people in densely populated 
places, one might be led to think that it would be well if at least one-half of the 
world could be Shakers. 



Duty faithfully performed opens the mind to truth, said Dr. Channing. There is 
nothing which may not be attained by repeated effort ayd continued and diligent 
application. Attempt nothing until you have first counted the cost, then having 
decided, bend every energy to accomplish your purpose, set heart, mind and every 
fibre of your being in vibration to respond to the call of duty. Then will the mind 
be opened to truth — Truth which is an emanation from the (4od-head itself. The 
end crowns the work, and "the truth shall make you free." — SeU^ted, 

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NOTES ABOUT HOME. 

Mt. Lebanon, N, Y. 

November. 

Average of Weather at Mt Lebanon. 

Thermometer. -Rain. Snow. 

1897. 38.13 7.25 8 in. 

1898. 89.07 3.126 11 " 
Highest Temp, during this mo. 60 above 0. 
Lowest " " " " 18 " ' 
Number of rainy days " " 6 



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Dec. 1898. 
The IV heel of time poruues its annual round, 
Revolving seasons in tbelr order placed. 
By the Omniscient Ruler of all worlds 
And systems Infinite; and gave to each 
Its periodic revolution, so 
Wiiiely planned, that ne'er a clash occurs in 



All the circling universe of globes. To earth. 
First came llorescont Spring with life replete, 
Unfolding beauteous germs of flowers and 

fruit 
Prophetic of perfected sheaves of golden grain 
And luscious fruit on plants and bending 

boughs. 
Next came the glorious, gladsome Summer 
Enlivened by the sun's effulgent rays; 
Crowning the teeming earth wlthharve«t field. 
And gordens robed with plants and fruits 
To recompense the faithful laborer's toil. 
Next came fair Autunm with perf«ptetl stores 
Of earth's abundant pro<luee, ready to 
Be safelj' stored for our support, through all 
The dreary, cold, inclement winter hours. 
Yet Winter has its rightful place In the 
Great wheel of time's unceasing revolution; 
Giving rest for Earth's recuperation. 
Thus every season acts a part In the 
Grand circuit of each perfected year, 
Declaring thus the wisdom, power and skill 
Of the great Architect Omnipotent. 

When the wheel of Time has made twen- 
ty-seven more revolutions we can bid 
adieu to the year 1898 with Its visitations 
of storms, cyclones, tornadoes, volcanoes, 
typhoons, electrical disturbances, floods 
and destruction of lives and property on 
land and water. Seldom does a year con- 
tain such an amount and variety of sad 
catastrophies as the year 1898 chronicles. 
In ages past, when superstition over-awed 
the human mind, calamities gi*eat or small 
were held to be dispensations of chastise- 
ment direct from the hand of God as a 
special punishment for obdurate, sinful 
humanity. Why these dispensations had 
no respect for persons but swept all. both 
good and bad, into the great malevolent 
abyss of destruction, was a problem they 
could not solve. Progress has made peo- 
ple wiser and more scientific. 

1898 is indelibly stampt upon the mem- 
ory of millions of earth^s inhabitants. 
Who can fail to give thanks that escaped 
these terrible convulsions? 

We have a State Road in line of con- 
struction, that is intended to make our 
transit over the Berkshire Hills easier 
than in the past The road is not where 
we would like it nor where we would have 
it. Much of the travel will be out of the 
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anticipation in our cemetery by placing 
honorable head-stones to the graves. 
Tho multitudes have past from earth to 
the Spirit world tho present year, yet in 
our ranks we have no deaths to record. 
Calvin Q. Reed. 

South Family. 

Dec. 1808. 

The last days of the Old Year are fast 
approaching and soon we must say our 
hurried good-byes and pass on to welcome 
the New Year with its blizzards and 
showers, its sunshine and flowers. Oft- 
times with a flood or a drouth, but we'll 
welcome it here the happy New Year that 
smiles on the north and the south. 

The flrst snow-storm of the season came 
this way Thanksgiving morning like a si- 
lent benediction, frequent showers of snow 
have fallen since and many merry sleigh- 
ing parties have improved the snowy op- 
portunity for making "music in the air." 
The skaters too have gone on their wintry 
travels around the ponds spending many 
mirthful hours in the healthful pastime, 
thus each rising son becomes a Knight of 
the Skate and the ice. 

We are busy indoors repairing and pre- 
paring for the spring-time, for **old things 
must pass away and all things must be- 
come new.'' We've no time to lose, for 
we must work while it is day and faith- 
ful be to watch and pray. 

Representatives from the Granite State 
have added much to the brightness of the 
fall. Nov. 15th Eldress Emeline Hart of 
East Canterbury and Eldress Rosetta Cum- 
mings of Enfield honored us with their 
presence for a few hours. Our doors will 
ever stand ajar for their return when the 
good time comes. 

Genevieve DeGraw. 



Shakers, N. Y. 

Dec. 1898. 
The year has transmitted to the Ac- 
countant of Time a record of its trans- 
actions. We hope and trust that in the 



compilation of the balance-sheet, the cred- 
it side will have the supremacy; and that 
the weaiy and burdened hearts opprest by 
the antagonistic forces of life have liad 
those blessed angels, hope and courage, 
enter into the innermost chambers of their 
soul as loving companions to cause their 
despondent lives to renew their strength 
and purp(»se to grapple with the questions 
and problems of the coming time which 
will demand a solution, with earnestness 
and strength. 

While the principle of peace, and the 
arbitration of all disputed questions is the 
highest and most civilized method of deal- 
ing with the affairs of life both at home 
and abroad, we have seen our beloved 
country employed as the instrument of 
higher intelligencies to overthrow the ad- 
vei-se conditions that have existed for cen- 
turies and proclaim religious and political 
freedom to those who were in bondage. 

As Believers in the higher law of peace 
on earth and good- will unto all of. the hu- 
man family; giving our earnest prayer 
and labor for its blessed consummation, 
we can endorse the results ^lat have been 
accomplisht while deploring the necessity 
for the arbitrament of war as an instru- 
ment used in its consummation, tho recog- 
nizing the fact that the seed which nations 
as well as individual entities have sown 
must have a harvest-time. Father James 
Whittaker once remarkt **that the time 
would come when all wrongs would be 
righted," and tho the mills of God grind 
slowly they grind exceeding small. 

As we are entering upon the burdens 
and pleasures of the New Year we wish 
all of our friends and enemies too, (if it is 
admissible to recognize the fact of such 
an existence) a happy and prosperous 
year. 

May its close witness the successful ad- 
vance of human thought and life one step 
farther toward the desired result, the uni- 
versal unity of all races in the bonds of a 
permanent fellowship and an abiding 
peace. 

HamUton DeGraw, 



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West Pittsfleld, Mass. 

Lee. 1898. 
Whjsn this message shall have reacht 
the memhers of our Home Circle another 
year will have opened to us. O that we 
might pause on its threshold to cast a 
glance backward at the pathway along 
which the old year has led us, and for- 
ward, into the way which stretches be- 
foFe us — the new. 

But nay I the pendulum ceases not its 
endless swinging as each moment passes; 
nor does the sun pause in its constant 
joamey, all nature pushes onward, and 
we must join the moving throng. 

Let "onward" be our motto, through- 
out the New Year. Even as we journey 
we extend the hand of fellowship to our 
comrades on the march, with loving greet- 
ings for the Year, for tho our fields may 
be widely separated we are following one 
great leader who has said, "Lo I am with 
you alway." 

To friends in northern, pine-scented 
forests; or beneath southern palms; or on 
bioad prairies of the west; or verdint 
mountains of the east, we send our best 
wishes for a blessed New Year, and glori- 
ous march in the battle of life. We know 
that victory crowns the efforts of valiant 
soldiers in the cause of right, and so we 
press on *'for the prize of the high calling in 
Christ Jesus,'^ trusting in the fulfillment 
of the promise for "strength according to 
our day." 

Thanksgiving morning came, bringing 
to mind our many blessings, "tllustrated 
l^ the myriads of snow-flakes filling the 
air. From tiie next day to the present, 
sleighing lia^ been quite satisfactory. 

This snow also drove the live stock from 
the pafltures, indeed they had predicted 
its arrival and sought shelter about the 
middle of November. This wise company 
numbers two hundred cattle including 
eighty oalves that were bought last June. 
Ftfteen horses and colts have also been 
purchased and commenced the task of 
emp^ing our large bams of the immense 
mows of hay. 



Our saw-mill has been undergoing re- 
repairs, preparatory to its winter's work. 
A new pen-stock 16 ft long and 6 ft. in 
diameter, made of steel, with connecting 
gates etc., has been erected, and other im- 
provements made. The steam-boiler at 
the Office, which for years h is faithfully 
performed its work, of heating the halls 
and rooms, suddenly collapst and conse- 
quently a new one is in process of con- 
struction. 

But while these workers have been so 
busy out-of-doors, equally as busy have 
been the active fingers within. The 
house-work with its necess:iry details, 
form the prominent points of each day's 
picture, but the many cornel's and empty 
places are filled with the work upon fancy 
articles manufactured, and we are now 
busily sewing the seed for next summer^s 
harvest. 

Let us determine to make this year, 
1899, a glorious, crowning year in the his- 
tory of our lives, our homes, our cause. 
Glorious, because filled with the radiance 
of the "Ufe hid with Christ in God." 

Fidel Ui Kiiubroik 



IVarooosaee, Fla. 

Nov. 189S. 

In times of depression or when compe- 
tition has grown too heavy, — the cultiva- 
tion of staples may cease to be remunera- 
tive and the unfortunate producer be com- 
pelled to adopt some other means of live- 
lihood. Such a misfortune may overtake 
the farmers of the United States. 

The western farmer who relies <»n his 
crop of wheat or corn for a living;, is met 
with an overloaded market and to save the 
crop from utter ruin, he lets it go at a re- 
duced price. It may barely pay the ex- 
penses. Such is competition the world 
over. 

The expences in Florida to get the prod- 
uce into the northern market is exorbi- 
tant. This has killed all the courage of 
the producer. 

There is but little compared to what 
ought to be in the fruit and vegetable line, 
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'held by two monopolists,— Flagler and 
Plant system. The prices are fixt to meet 
tlu ir drronnds, instead of an encourage- 
m« nt to the laboring i>eople. 
* Some of the leadin<; minds are now 
w< rkinir t<»r .; cliange. They see that un- 
los this one ti ing can be changed, Flor- 
id I is doomed for another set-back in civ- 
ilization. All thronp^h the state we can 
pee people tilling the soil for a living, and 
the increase is small compaied with the 
labor. For that little increase they want 
some compensation if they keep the wolf 
from the door. 

As many are miles away from the mar- 
ket where they would be glad to dispose 
of their produce, they are forced to accept 
the mercy of the railroad Corporations. 
As the inhabitants are so few and their 
means so limited but very little can be ob- 
tained through that channeL 

I understand that one of our neighbors 
sent a car load of melons to some north- 
em city, and when everything was settled 
he realized twenty-five cents. Many 
acres of melons are left on the field, just 
for this reason. 

Through the goodness of some leading 
minds of the Stat«, a Bill has been 
brought before the Legislature and Com- 
missioners have been appointed to correct 
the error. There is still a hope for the 
poor man in Florida. 

Andrew Barrett, 



Sabbathday Lake, Me. 

Dec. 18»8. 
TuE words of the Quaker poet seem in 
keeping with the present times wherein 
he says; 

"Let the north wind strong 
And golden leaves of Autumn, be 
Thy coronal of victory, 
And thy triumphal song " 

Most certainly it seems that the victims 
of the virreck of the Portland who were 
destroyed by the furies of the North wind, 
a short time since, must need some as- 
surance; some coronal of victory, which 
no doubt they received after their souls 



were wafted to a more friendly port, 
where the furies of such fearful tempests 
are unknown. 

While we are enjoying the winter holi- 
days we will not forget to extend greet- 
ings over the banks of snow to our pre- 
cious kindred in other homes, neither will 
we forget the needy who are always with 
us. 

We are deeply interested in the accoant 
of the visit of Lafayette to Watervliet, as 
narrated in the December Manifesto 
which has just arrived. 

Sister (renevieve gives a delightful de- 
scriptiop of her visit to the Church fami- 
ly, which makes us feel envious as we 
have no' other family near us to visit. 

Winter has set in uncommonly early 
and cold; bringing some sickness, but we 
trust all are convalescing. 

Ada 8. Cummingi. 



Enfleld, N. H. 

Dec. 1808. 
"Home swett home, God's precious gift to me 
Home s-weet home, my life shall hone r thee." 

As we look at our home, not viewing 
especially the lovely picturesqueness of 
nature^s associations, but at the more 
precious treasure , — its inmates, we may 
well waft heart pseans of gratitude to God 
for the many blessings that are ours. 
For kindred, as beautiful in character as 
the flowers we admire, as solid in princi- - 
pie as the rocks of the hills about us and 
as constantly serving good as the stream 
that courses down the mountain side. 
Souls tested*fcy the power of divine tmth 
and affliction, ever self-sacrificing for the 
good of homers inmates, transmitting in- 
fluences of pleasantness and bespeaking 
wisdom's works as genuine as the stars 
spangling the blue dome of the heaven 
above. 

As works advertise our condition and 
faith, to enrich home, we must blend with 
the realities of to-day. Dissect, oonstmct 
and adjust matters in harmony with prin- 
ciples that lead on to victory over sin. 
The mortal so working has a sacred tx'eas- 
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adoration than any sacred relic incarcerat- 
ed in cathedral, palace or institution. 

Our Thanksgiving Service was **brim 
foll^* with soul-inspiring testimonials, 
which with the hymns, added strength 
and good cheer. In the evening an hour 
and a half was given to an entertainment 
by twenty-eight home folks. A beautiful 
feature of the event was the numerous 
pictures ot arisen ones of our other Com- 
munal homes, decorating wall and piano. 

The last of the month we had with us, 
friends. Dr. G. Coding, of Chrfstian 
Science school and Mr. Galen Fish, of 
Randolph, Yt. Hr. Fish a student of the 
Detroit Training School of Elocution and 
English Literature, gave us an excellent 
entertainment, rendering many dramatic 
and humorous recitations. As intermis- 
sions, the modem marvel Gramophone af- 
forded pleasure. 

Oeorge H. Baxter. 



East Canterbury, N. H. 

Jan. 1899. 

Gob bless the survivors of 18981 May 
tiiey realize a prosperous **Happy New 
Year" is the fervent wish which sounds 
through our ideal ^'Alpine horn,'* as we 
seek to communicate with our sister soci- 
eties east, west, north and south, across 
the snow-clad Union. Yea, let the mes- 
sage of good cheer reach from New Eng- 
land's hill-tops and vales to the heights 
and levels of Kentucky. Let it wing its 
way to New York, thence to far Narcoos- 
see, thus wafting a breeze of comfort to 
every Christian home between these dis- 
tant points, and finally reaching out to the 
**whole, whole world*' to which we ever 
have a duty. 

The busy old year is gone-— its material 
harvests are stored — ^but we have many 
benefits to recount as we refiect upon the 
past. Wer%we to try to number the com- 
mon blessings of a day even, how futile 
would be the attempt I 

The blessing of daily association with a 
large household of true friends, is not of 
small value. Plenty of honorable employ- 



ment always at hand precludes the neces- 
sity for soliciting work which yields tlie 
**daily bread." Toiling at our several 
tasks by our own pleasant firesides, where 
are none to ^^molest or make afraid," is 
certainly an added mercy. 

Greater than this is the conscious integ- 
rity of striving daily to grow in grace by 
the unselfish performance of duty in it8 
varied aspects, helping the numy rather 
than the/eic, thus gradually outgrowing 
the narrowness of innate selfishness. 

Let New England, therefore, breathe the 
**home notes" of musical content, even 
though the blizzards have come and the 
summer warblers have fiown. We love the 
birds, the summer breezes, and the flow- 
ers, but — listen^ A chickadee is singiog 
even while we write his name. Every syl- 
lable of his evening hymn is enunciated as 
clearly as a profest elocutionist could ut- 
ter them. He seems to say, 

Cliiok-a-cleedee-deed«e, 

The drifting snows don't trouble mc, 

Tliere's lots of fun In yonder tree, 

Chlck-adeedee-dee-dee 

The bobolink can't rival me, 

and so he seems a perfect imperstmation 
of content Truly, *^A contented mind is 
a continual feast.." 

The storm which proved so disastrous 
around the coast of the B:iy State reach t 
us on the 27th ult., but no loss of life or 
property is recorded for this vicinity. 

Asenaik C. Sticknejf. 



[ Contributed by Ezra J. Stewart ] 
I WILL BB WHAT I WILL TO BB^ 
I MBAN to tread this narrow way, 

Whatever may betide; 
I care not what my flesh may say, 

In all its lordly pride; 
I will be what I will to be ; 
From all the chains of sense set free. 

I wiD to be at one with God— 
And that and nothing less — 

In everything with full accord 
I will Id His ways press. 

E'en tho He say the flesh must die; 

At once that flesh 1*11 mortify. 



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If I am weak, what matter that? 

The Master's leal and true. 
His spirit's leadings have begat 

What can but bring me through. 
Ne'er as a coward will I liee 
The strife which sets my inmost free. 

I am determined to pursue 

The course I have begun ; 
And with abounding life in view 

All down that course I'll run. 
Hinder me not, you fearful crew; 
To all that's good I will be true. — 8el, 



[Contributed by E. B. GilleU.] 
A DREAM OR VISION. 

Over two years ago I dreamed that I 
saw three beautiful cloudy pillars of pure 
white. I was so delighted I turned to 
call another peraon to see them, when I 
lookt again the pillars had assumed the 
shape of a most enti*ancing white city 
surrounded by a high wall of pure white. 
Overcome with delight I dropt to the 
floor exclaiming **0 my God, I love thee." 

Oft have I grieved as to the significa- 
tion of the three pillars. Lately it has 
come clearly to me. The three pillars are 
significant of the three aspects presented 
in the true spiritual family. First, parent 
to child. Second, child to child. Third, 
child to parent. All was pure white. 

—Selected. 



A Discipline that hcis life,— The Catho- 
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Bend, Ind. with 1500 students is in Prohi- 
bition Territory. "Two students while 
on a visit to the City, became intoxicated. 
It came to the ears of the President who 
expelled them by telephone. They were 
not permitted to return to the College 
and their trunks were immediately sent to 
the depot."— T^e ^cw York Voice. 



Hi^^THE Episcopalian bishops are at 
variance on the subject of Marriages and 
Divorces. The church tries hard to make 
it a divine institution, but it still remains 
in the hands of the civil law. 



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quite misleading. The Shakers ose the 
same version of the Bible as is used in all 
the Christian churches. The Book which 
some are pleased to call a Shaker Bible is 
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''Kind words are the music of the 
world, they have a power which seems to 
be beyond natural causes. It seems as if 
they could almost do what in reality God 
alone can do, soften the hard and angry 
hearts of men. No one has ever been 
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if the sarcasm was clever enough, bu^ 
drawn nearer to Gk)d, never." 

jjy Those who write for "Home 
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that department, and write an essay on 
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The above is from Thb Maitifbsto of 
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Age 89 years and 9 days. 
Brother Philip hs^s been an active mem- 
ber of the Society at Harvard for thirty- 
five years. He was a man of sterling in- 
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Rico and Cuba. As I had jnst come from both 
these places myself, 1 uii>ntioned !lr«tthemar- 
ket life in Porto Rico. .\ll buniens are cai rie*l 
on their hea<ls by the native women. Satur- 
day being tli* great nuirket day throughout 
the island, the roads leaillng to all the villages 
on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings 
are thronged with men. women anti chihiren, 
lemiing donkeys loaded with fruit and vege 
tables, on their way to market. The women, 
old and young. Amrch along straight and erect 
upon their heads loads varying in weight from 
Ufty or morejpounds, d(»wnward. They travel 
without shoes, many condng frcnn l<mg dis- 
tances. On arrival they seem as fresh as 
when sighted miles away. Tbe same <iistance 
has to be traverse<i at the close of the market 
day. All have a pleasant word for the travel- 
er an<l generally a courtesy thrown in. The 
market is a large frame structure open on ail 
sides and on payment of a small fee a place 
can be obtainetl \\ herein to liisplay wares. 
Bananas, oranges, yams, breadfruit, cocoa, 
plantain and other kinds of tropical fruits 
and vegetables abound. The greatest regu- 
larity and goixi behavior prevail among these 
native women, and nine-tenths of their cus- 
tomers are of their own complexion. — Gilmn 
Willette, in January Donahoe'8. 

The same supreme p<»wer that demanded 
this war will demand the complete fulfillment 
of its purpose. It will demand in tones which 
none can misunderstand ami which no power 
or party can be strong enough to disregard, 
that the United states flag sliali nevei be furl- 



ed In any Spani>*h province where it ha« be^o 
planted by the hend!»ii of our army ami navy. 
Call it Imperialism if you will; but it i.-< n«it 
tbe Imperialism that is inspired by the lu-t of 
conciuest. It is the higher and nobler Impiri- 
allsni that voices the sovi^reign power of ihl* 
nation, and demands the extension of our ftaif 
an«l authority over the provinces of Spain, 
solely that "government of tlie people, b> the 
people, anil for the pe(»pl^> shall not perish 
from the earth." Such is the Imperialisiu that 
has become interwoven with the tiestlny of 
our great free government, and It will be wel- 
comed by our people regartiless of party line* 
and will command th^ coBiniemlatioi* of the 
enlightened powers of the old worhl, as it 
rears for the guidance of all, the grandest 
monuments of freedom as tlie proclaimed pol- 
icy ami purpo-»e of the i»oulest g«>vernment 
ever reared by a man or blessed by Heaven. — • 
Co/. A. K. McClure, in Frank LeMit'B PojnUttr \ 

Monthly. I 

Ntmbek in Natitre. by Edward White. The ' 
object of this L. cture is to present "an evi- 
dence of Creation Intelligence," In the use of 
numbers. That the creative plan has been 
wrought out by a wise Master buibler, and i» 
not the work of chance or of a blind force. — 
Published by 11. L. Hastings, 47 Comb ill, Boc». 
ton, Mass. 

We have before us a beautiful Calemlar for 
l«)9, just received from Hyde Park, Vt., the 
home of Gov. Canoll S. Page. It is printed in 
bright colors of red and green, and isoii.>heet» 
not less than 22x*.&< inches. The figures are 
nearly two inches and may be ea-^ily set^n 
across a large room. A line picture of the 
(jovernor is on every sheet of the Calendar, 
and those of a social mind can make hiiu a 
pleasant visit each montu of the year. WitU 
an eye to the interests of his special business* 
not the least available space is wasted. The 
Calendar means business well worthy the at- 
tention of all who buy ami sell. For theOfUce 
Shop or vStore tliis will prove to be equally aj» 
ornamental and more jseful than many arti* 
cles of much greater cost. Send ten cents) in 
silver and obtain one of these beautiful Cal- 
endars and ytm will have a pleasant compan- 
ion for the New Year. Address,— U. S. Pa^e, 
Hyde Park, Vt. 

The Ciikist Question Settled, or Je8U8, 
Man, Medium, Maktyuh, by-J. M. Peebles, 
M. D. 

This is a recent work from the pen of Dr. 
Peebles. It is written in the Interest of that 
Spiritualism which Is the spirit of truth as 
tound in a Cliristian life. The work is a po'W- 
erfui a<lvocate of the existence and apiiitual 
mission of Jewus, the Christ, and must Interest 
that large class in every Christian dcnotnlnst- 
tion that would live in the light of tbe present 
day. The Doctor calls to his aid wltuet»ses 
from many lands and from everj' shade of re- 
ligious belief in order to prove the soundness 
of his positive assertion. His three journeys 
around the world have afforded biin a fund 
of knowledge on this and kindred subjects 
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hij |Kani|0,fjt(r. 



Published by the Shakers. 



Vol. XXIX. F^]E^F=?l-J.fi.F=?^^, 1Q9©. No 2. 



Entered at the Post Office at East Canterbury, N, H., as Second-Class Matter. 

THE DISCIPLES OF JESUS. THE CHRIST, J BE NOT OF THIS WORLD. 

By Elder Henry C. Blinn, 

TIIE above statement seems almost paradoxical, as the disciples were 
taken from the walks of life common to all other people. Most of 
them, probably, were poor fisherman living near the sea of Galilee, and as 
their laborious work for a frugal living kept them so closely confined, they 
gave but little thought to anything higher, or interested themselves in a 
spiritual experience. They were in this world and had never thought 
otherwise. 

Suddenly, as they were engaged in the mending of their fishing nets, a 
man salutes them in these words. — "Folio »v me, and 1 will make you fishers 
of men.** Such a remark no doubt, astonisht them, as fishing for men must 
have been a novel idea, and a perplexing enigma. 

At this time they were subjects of King Herod and living in the kingdom 
of Judea. So interested, however, were they in this invitation of Jesus and 
expecting, withal, to find an increase of wealth, they at once left their nets 
that they might accompany Jesus and secure the promist treasures that he so 
liberally proffered. It must have been quite a sacrifice to these poor fisher- 
men to leave their boats and nets to engage in an enterprise so beclouded in 
their minds, and which at this time they could not understand. 

Possibly, these Jewish laborers may have the vague idea or rather the ex- 
alted thought that Jesus would be a new king, as he told them that in return 
for every sacrifice that they made, they should receive an increase of an hun- 

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18 THE MANIFESTO. 

dred-fold. If they gave up their one house, with its acre of land, they would 
receive through him an hundred houses and an hundred acres of land. Such 
an offer with its subsequent explanations was not to be slighted, and there is 
evident reason to believe that they became deeply interested in the new mis- 
sion. 

This may have changed somewhat as days past on, and the lessons of a 
spiritual life were unfolded to them. The hundred-fold of houses and lands, 
and boats and nets did not materialize so fast as they had anticipated. At 
this anxious moment they must have interrogated Jesus, as he soon makes 
this remark, while speaking of those who accompanied him as diHciples, — 
"They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world." — John xvii., 16. 

Then he gave them to understand that his kingdom was spiritual, and al- 
tho his followers might, by some, be considered as soldiei-s, they were harm- 
less, as their warfare was wholly spiritual and on this account his soldiers 
would not fight. Gradually, the disciples accepteil the ministration of Jesus 
and learned that their mission was to be one of peace and not of war. That 
there was a higher life for man to live than the cruel and merciless killing of 
each other, for an avaricious gain. 

It is generally conceded, however, altho in very loose terms, that Christ's 
people or his church are not of this world, and that there must be some sacri- 
fices to ensure a fellowship in his company, while very few may have a fixt 
thought to bear any distinguishing mark to the mind. 

The first sacrifice of Peter and Andrew, as they left their boats and fishing 
nets on the shore of the sea to follow Jesus was more than many would care 
to make even at this present date, while assuming to understand fully the 
whole mission of Jesus. When he informs his disciples of the different rela- 
tions that exist between his people and the world, and that to be a Christian 
they must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow him, they 
soon find that he is leading them where the children of this world can not go. 

As the world loveth its own, it would not be expected to favor that which 
manifests an opposition to its worldly course. As it was bitter and envious 
in its remarks about the divine Teacher, it could not be expected to be other- 
wise in regard to those who accepted a communion in his life. Jesus unde^ 
stood this so well that he informed his disciples that as the world hated him 
without a cause, it would also hate them after the same unreasonable manner. 

There was no occasion for dislike of him as an individual which so often 
culminated in persecution, as Jesus is said to have increast in wisdom, and 
even grew in favor among men. But it was the doctrine of the cross, and the 
system of self-denial which he taught that was so intensely hated. It was 
the establishing of a new religious belief, and the preaching of righteousness 
that if they would be the children of God they must accept the fatherhood of 
God and the brotherhood of man. That his doctrine would establish peace 
on earth and good-will toward all. That wars and rumors of wars would 

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THE MANIFESTO. 19 

c^^ase, and that the vision of the prophet would be glonously fulfilled when 
men should beat their swords into plouglishares and their spears into pruning 
hooks, and the nations should learn war no more. 

We are- well as>ured that the church of God must have a living testimony 
and ihat there must be a discriminating line between that church and the peo- 
ple of I he world. This will be so disticct tliat all doubt will be obliterated 
aa the faith and the works become manifest in their presentation. It may 
not take much time for any class of examiners to determine the position that 
is occupi»:*d by the church. Those who reject the first Adam with his God- 
given works of generation, and have put on Christ, through the baptism of 
the holy spirit, will according to promise, be raised from the dead by the glo- 
ry of the Father and at the same time be able to walk in newness of life. 
And if '^we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall 
be [raised] also in the likeness of his resurrection." 

It is not at all singuUir that the world loves its own, or that it has a hatred 
to that testimony which destroys its influence on the minds of men. Follow- 
ing the course of nature in which it was establisht, its life is the fulfilling of 
the desires of the flesh and of the mind. It is the work of the first Adam 
and can not otherwise than lead the children of this world to marry and to be 
given in marriage. 

This is quite different from the manner in which the followers of Jesus are 
led. As they are with him in the resurrection, they neither marry nor are giv- 
en in marriage. These two classes are placed in sharp contrast with each 
other. One is called "The children of this world," and they are engaged in 
the selfish work of mine and thine. Their foundation is laid in a life of 
generation and they are married to sustain it. 

The other class like Jesus have consecrated their lives and till they possess 
for the peace and prosperity of their fellow- men. Their foundation is laid on 
the principle of righteousness, and having put on the Lord Jesus Christ they 
make no provision for the flesh to fulfill the lusts thereof. Many who thi'ough 
profession have renounced the first Adam and entered into Christ, are still 
actively engaged in the interests of the world and can manifest no discrimi- 
nating line between the flesh and the spirit, and none between the church of 
Christ and the world. 

"The Angel of Mercy flew over the church 

And whispered, *I know thy sin:' 
Then the church lookt back with a sigh and longed 

To gather her children in; 
But some were off to the midnight ball, 

And some were off to the play, 
And some were drinking in gay saloons 

So she quietly went her way." 

We are quite well assured that the separation of a man from the spirit of 
the world is in his acceptance of the cross of Christ, and in the living of a 

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20 THE MANIFESTO. 

new life, free from sin and from sinners. It would be as impossrble now as it 
was in the days of Jesus for a man to serve two masters especially if Christ is to 
be one, and the world is to be the other, ''for be will hate the one and love 
the other, or he will hold to the one and despise the other." 

But a new day is dawning upon us and it comes as a precursor of light to 
lead us into the beautiful pathway of righteousness and man will care for his 
brother man, as he will by nature care for the interests of his own personal 
existence. 

East Canterbury^ N. H. 



THE ORDER OF MEDIATION. 

By Elder John Lyon, 

THE order of the old creation was entirely different from that of the new. 
The second dispensation of the old creation was one of types and shad- 
ows, while the mediatorial office was the foundation of the new creation and 
established in the first appearance of the Anointed. '*If the foundation be 
destroyed, what can the righteous do? " — Psalms, xi., 3. 
The order and foundation of the old creation : 

Man was created a rational soul, and this made him a free ageut and lurd 
of creation. 

How did God make known his will to man ? 

Man was not made to plan for himself what he should do, or what he 
should not do. Had he been made to be his own director he could not have 
been an ageut for another. That he was made for an agent, under God, to 
rule the natural world, is evident. Not being endowed with omniscience, he 
was provided with atteudant spirits, to suggest to him how to act without 
controlling his free agency. 

On the other hand man was more or less influenced by spirits fronj the op- 
posite source who were trying to seduce him fi-om his dependence upon the 
Creator. Being placed between these two agencies, gives man a fair oppor- 
tunity to exercise his volition and free agency in choosing which to follow. 
If he chooses to follow the good, the evil agents must step aside, but if he 
chooses to follow the evil, the good agents will withdraw. Herein lies the 
accountability of man, and the freedom or his choice makes the action his 
own. 

Man was made a free agent, but it does not appear that there was any vis- 
ible order of mediation. That patriarchal authority was established by the 
law of nature, is very true. It was established in the law of nature, both in 
the human and brute creation, for the parents to have dominion over their 
offspring. 

Jacob could no more expiate the sins of his sons before God, for their 
murderous attempt upon Joseph, than could Isaac that of his son Jacob for 

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THE MA NIFES TO, 2 1 

his deceit in relation to his brother Esau. God made the vine of tlie earth to 
bring forth its fmit in cUisters, and it was designed by the Creator that man 
should h*ave father and motlier, and cleave to his wife, and they should be- 
came one tle-sh. As soon as the human race had borne children, under their 
paients, they became parents themselves, and the head of their respective 
cliisler. This was, and still ^lands as the order of nature for all the children 
ol' the old creation. 

When the time arrived for the opening of the second dispensation, about 
1491 years before that of the new creation, God chose one people out of all 
the brancbes X\v\i s[)rang from Noah, and he mnde them a type of this new 
er atiou. He appoinied Moses a mediator to stand between himself and the 
people, and to hijn the will of God was made known. Moses was anointed 
\\\^ Messiiih with all the elements and principles of that day, so that there 
weie no further nquirements mude by God, nor by angels, nor by prophets. 
^ViJen the people had gone astray, the}^ must return again to the command- 
ments. Moses was appointed the perpetual mediator as long as that typical 
work sbould endure. Through this medium a soul could find access to God. 

Moses was something more than a man — he was an anointed man. And 
God said to Aaron and Miriam; "Hear now my words. If there be a 
proplift among you, I the Lord will make myself known unto him in a vision, 
and will speak unto him in a dream. My servant Moses is not so, who is 
faithful in all mine house. With him will 1 speak mouth to mouth, even ap- 
parently, and not in dark speeches ; and the similitude of the Lord shall he 
behold; wherefore, then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant 
Moses?" — Num. xii., 6, 7, 8. Aaron was the high priest, and Miriam was 
a prophetess, the highest, visible oilicers that ever stood among the Jews 
after Joshua. What was Moses that these two high functionaries could not 
claim an equality with him? Moses was the Lord's anointed, God manifest- 
ed in the flesh, to typify the great mediator, the Author and Finisher of eter- 
nal salvation. 

God chose one people through whom to show, in a figure, how he would 
lay the foundation of his work, to save man from his lost state and raise him 
to an order above that which is earthly. All the rest of the human race were 
left under the universal laws of creation or nature to be directed or influenc- 
ed by spirits, to regulate them according to the law of nature, or else to be 
influenced to an opposite course. This typical nation was to be led by in- 
visible spirits, but God placed his requirements in an earthern vessel where 
they had his will continually before them. lie required them to adhere to 
the person he had appointed, and to obey the law given through the human 
mediator. In doing this they were serving the one living and true God. 

They were forbidden to turn from the order of God's appointment after 
other gods, angels, spirits or their own ways for a director. But "were all 
under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and were ^jJzcfe^pfe^vWt^ 



22 THE MANIFESTO. 

Moses, in the cloud and in the sea. And did all eat the same spiritual meat 
and drink the same spiritual drink, for they drank of that spiritual rock that 
followed them, and that rock was the anointed." — 1 Cor. x., 1, 2, 3, 4. 

They were all baptized unto the anointed mediator to whom they were to 
look if they would receive anything from God. This people were not left to 
set up for themselves a god to sei-ve, agreeably to their own inclinations, nor 
to seek after spirits to direct them in a way congenial to their cornipted pro- 
pensities. They were placed in a situation where there was no alternative 
for them if they would enjoy the blessing of God. 

If they turned from it they fell under his displeasui-e. After God had 
anointed a mediator in whom he could deposit his requirements, he gave his 
laws and oi'dinances through this earthen vessel which was calculated to curb 
their immoral desires. These laws typified a work that could consume the 
element of the flesh, the fountain from whence all immoral desires and actions 
proceed. 

The great desire of the people was to know whether it was God who re- 
quired obedience to these laws, or whether it was the man Moses. All they 
knew of these laws and requirements was, that it was the man Moses who re- 
quired obedience, and while he was in the mount receiving the law, the peo- 
ple began to show that opposition which reigns in man, against submitting to 
God through a mediator. The people gathered themselves together unto 
Aaron and said to him, ^^Up, make us gods which shall go before us ; as for 
this Moses, the man that brought us up out of Egypt, we know not what has 
become of him." — Ex. xxiii. 

All that had been done for them from the time that they left Egypt until 
that day, they ascribed to the man Moses, not to God, because it came to 
them through a mediator in human form. They could make for themselves a 
god of their jewels and through this acknowledge all the benefits that they 
had received. "These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of 
the land of Egypt." 

There is nothing so repugnant to man's nature, as to acknowledge God 
in his order of mediation. They could accept God in a piece of wood, in a 
stone, in gold, silver, brass, and lastly in themselves, where there is no sub- 
mission or reverence of any kind required, but to acknowledge God in a 
mediator of his own appointment was too humiliating and an opposition to 
the mediatorial order of God was the point at which all their rebellious and 
derelictions from the order which God had appointed conmienced and was the 
source of all the misery and calamities which afterward befell them. 

(To he continued,) 



Defend the character of the absent, even of those that are bad, as truth will 
permit; the rest conceal unless duty absolutely require its exposure. — B» W, P. 

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THE MANIFESTO. 23 

PSYCHE. 

By Martha J. Anderson. 
O SOUL, in the smallest globule sent 

From the innermost sours bright portal, 
With infinite purpose and life intent 

When fledged are thy wings immortal. 
No I'olding thy powers, when once they have sprung 

From the chrysalis that confined thee, 
From life's first note is the pa?an siing 

Of the ages that enshrined thee. 
Thy breath in the atom first is felt, 

Rock, plant and tree enfold thee ; 
Dissolving matter may freeze and melt 

Yet its various forms all hold thee, 
Progresb^ing toward the destined height 

Through mineial, phmt and creature, 
Till man appears as a God of light 

Perfect in form and feature. 
ML Lebanon, N, Y. 



[The Boston Sunday Globe of Oct, 30, 1898, has publisht a very interesting article 
hating reference to Eldress Eliza Babbitt, who is now in the ninety-third year qf her 

age,] 

EJL.DRESS OF THE HARVARD SHAKERS. 

In the several Shaker communities in the country, there is one venerable Shaker- 
ess who is especially well known — Eldress Eliza Babbitt of the Harvard community. 
This particularly gifted woman is hijfhly regarded by those of her faith for various 
reasons. She is appreciated because of lier long association with the community, 
with which she has been identified nearly all her life, having been a member quite 
seventy-nine years. Eldress Babbitt is now in her ninety-third year, and retains 
in a remarkable degree those characteristics which have made her presence so un- 
mistakably felt in the administrative and executive affairs of the Harvard Shakers. 

Eldress Babbitt received The Globe reporter with that graciousness which to 
those who know well the average Shakeress seems so much a part of their nature. 
She talked very entertainingly of her life in the community, evinced a deal of pleas- 
ure in tracing some of the humorous phases of affairs, and manifested a keen and 
witty disposition. A warm, sympathetic and conservative nature has made her a 
woman greatly admired by her associates, who have showered upon her such posi- 
tions of trust and responsibility as were within their power to bestow. 

When it was intimated that in her prosaic life there could not have been much 
room for the romantic or the dramatic, she replied with energy that there had been 
both, and then referred in a very interesting manner to the rise and decline of the 
community, to the radical departure from the volume of business at one time carried 
on at the settlement to the comparative quietude of to-day to the change in the 
methods and customs of those of her faith, to the kaleidoscopic transitions which 
have taken place in the outside world, all of which, she remarked, must, to the keen 
observer, seem both romantic and dramatic. GoOqIc 



24 THE MANIFESTO. 

She is said to be the oldest Shakeress living. When she was fourteen years old 
her mother, with six children, came to this community from Norton, where they 
had been living. Her father died five years before. The eldress said that her 
mother, having visited in Harvard, learned much concerning the life of the Shakers, 
became greatly impressed with their ideas and mode of living, and so took up her 
abode with them. She volunteered the information that so far as the financial 
standing of the family was concerned there was no necessity for such a course, as 
there was suflScient to suppoi-t her mother and her children comfortably, but her 
mother believed devoutly in the ideas of the Shakers and decided to cast her lot 
with them. 

In her early life Eliza Babbitt learned the tailor's trade, and for twenty-three 
yeai-s she cut and made all the clothing worn by the male members of the communi- 
ty, of which she was iov many years one of the trustees. So ably did she di8char«;e 
the duties of that position that she was chosen to fill a vacancy among the elders. 
Her success in that order so thoroughly stamped her as a woman of exceptional 
abilities that she was installed into the oflSce of the ministry, a position which she 
has held for quite forty years. She became superior eldress in 1872. 

It is the duty of Eldress Babbitt to know all about the financial affairs of the com- 
munity, which she does thoroughly, having received not a little of her business 
training during the seven years she was in charge of the oflSce of the community. 
It is a part of her duty as minister to decide questions relative to the conduct of 
affairs, and to determine who are eligible for admittance into the little settlement. 
She is tlie balance power of the community. Her sagjicity and keen iusight into 
business matters has miide her an invaluable member of the little colony. 

With her it has been a cardinal principle never to venture an opinion upon any 
matter which involved differences of thought until she had fully heard all sides, and 
her decisions upon vital questions touching the community's welfare have ever been 
satisfactory. She has been retained in the ministry, as was frankly stated by her 
associates, because there is no one to equal her in judgment and in nice discrimina- 
tion as to what is right and just and for the best interest of all. 

This venerable woman finds not a little pleasure in showing some of the results of 
her handiwork of the past three years. In that time she has made twenty-eight log- 
cabin quilts, and because of severe trouble with her eyes much of the sewing was 
done by feeling the seam as the work progressed, but the quality of the labor does 
not indicate that it was performed under other than the most favorable circum- 
stances. These quilts are to be left as legacies to her friends. Besides making 
these quilts she has done much in the line of crocheting. Aside from failing sight 
her faculties are as alert as ever. 

Eldress Babbitt talks very entertainingly of this Shaker community when it was at 
the height of its prosperity, a condition which she aided materially in creating. At 
that time a lively business was done in making brooms, while a great amount of 
milk was sent daily to the Boston market. Herbs in immense quantities were col- 
lected, pressed and packed for the retail trade,and that branch of work is still car- 
ried on to quite an extent. Here were raised for the market in great quantity gar- 
den seeds, while the Shaker apple sauce is still well known as the best of its kind. 
In those days cloth for the dress of both sexes was all of domestic manufacture. 

At that time there was a large saw mill, a tannery, a blacksmith shop, there was 
much done in fruit preserving, braiding of palm-leaf and straw, and in supplying the 
market with wool. There never was occasion to question the weight, measure or 
quality of the articles sent out from the community. The community prospered 
then, and as the result of that time it is highly prosperous to-day. 

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THE MANIFESTO. 25 

Sarvh Bibbitt, a cousia of the eldress, gave to the world the benefit of several in- 
ventions evolved from her active brain which revolutionized some branches of labor. 
Sirah, with harf ither and sister, joiaed this community. 6he became known a-« 
sister Tabitha. To her genius is due the introduction of the cut nail. She got the 
idea from watcliing the operati jn of making wrought nails. She conceived the idea 
of cutting them fr.)m a sheet of iron when it should be rolk-d to the desind thick- 
ness. Her i<lea was put into practical operation and found tp be a success, and tl:e 
wrought nail b.^came a thing of the past. 

One day while watching the men sawing wo()d, she noted that one half the motion 
was lost and she conceived the idea of the circular saw. She made a tin disk, and 
notching it around the edge, slipped it on the spindle of her spinning wheel, tried 
it «»n a piece of a shin rle and found that her idtja was a practical one, and from this 
crude beginning came the circular saw of to-day. Sister Tabitha's first saw was 
made in sections and fastened to a board. A Lebanon Shaker later conceived the 
idea of making the saw out of a single piece of metal. 

One can hardly believe that the people who comprise this community, at the head 
of wliom is Eldress Babbitt, with their quiet, peaceful, unobtrusive ways, are the 
successors of others of their faith who helped make for Harvard the most exciting 
and sensational pages of its history. Here was one of the places in the east where 
Motlier Ann Lee made her appearance, and here her great power w;is very forcibly 
felt. When she came she said she h.id some time belorc s^oii tl-.c place an I the pe»»- 
ple in a vision. Many of tlie people '.»f the town knew her as tlie teuiaie C'l ri^t. 
S!ie had many followers, and whole famiies became imbued with her ideas. 

So powerful was lur hold upon a certain element in tlie town, and ti^ snch an ex 
tent were the ceremonials of the sect cairied, tliat the devout enthusiasts of other 
religious faiths became alarmed at what they termed the fanaticism of Ann Lee and 
her converts. A town meeting was held in response to a petition *'to determine on 
8(»me means to remove the shaking Quakers/' The town voted to prosecute tlum 
and appointed a committee to carry the vote into effect. The l(»cal military cor.i- 
pany marched to the Shaker rendezvous of tliat time and warned Ann Lee and her 
followers to leave before a certain hour. Mother Ann Lee left and returned several 
times. 

Upon one of her visits a day was set when the Shakers were to be driven out. 
Notices were posted in the villages bidding people to assemble <m Harvard common 
for that purpose, and two barrels of cider were furnished those who responded to 
the call, to stimulate their zeal. Heeding wiser C(Minsel, it was decided to waive 
any demonstrations at that time, but latci the tlireat to drive out the non-resident 
followers of Ann Lee was carried out, and over a route of ten miles, the Shakers 
were subjected to many indignities and cruelties. Scourging formed a part of the 
persecution on this memorable day. After one offender had received half the num- 
ber of blows to be administered, James Haskell, a highly respected citizen of Har- 
vard of that time, rode to the scene of brutality, dismounted, took off his coat, and 
offered to receive the last ten blows. His action so filled the persecutors with shame 
that they released their victim, who had borne himself vith great fortitude. 

The feeling toward the Shakers greatly changed as the years rolled on, as attested 
by the fact that the late elder, Elijah Myrick, was a member of Harvard's sclio^d 
board for ten years, besides being honored in many other ways. To-day, no one is 
more highly esteemed in the town than that bright, lovable leader of this communi- 
ty, Eliza Babbitt, whose beaming face is an index of her philanthropic nature. — Bo>i- 
ioti Sunday Globe, Oct, 30, 1898. 

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THE MANIFESTO. 

FEBRUARY, 1899. 

officp: of publication. 

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NOTES ABOUT HOME. 

Mt. Lebanon, N. Y. 

December. 
Average of Weather at Mt Lebanon. 

Thermometer. Rain. Snow. 

1807. 29.97 4 in. 2 ft. 9>.>in. 

1898. 30.2 .76 17 " 

Highest Temp, during this mo. 54 above 0. 



Lowest " 


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4 below 


Number of rainy days 


11 




1 


" snowy '' 


11 




7 


" clear '' 


11 




7 


" cloudy '* 


11 




10 






Jan. 


1899. 



The closing day of 1898 gave a farewell 
serenade to the exodus of the expiring 
year. The incipient ceremonies opened 



with rain, which changed to sleet, and 
then to snow which at New Year's dawn 
was a foot in depth, which has g^ven us a 
diversified storm as a farewell to the re- 
tiring year, and a pui*e white robe to 
adorn the infant New Year. 

We willingly bid a long and eternal 
farewell to 1898 with its tornadoes, whirl- 
winds, hurricanes, typhoons, volcanoes, 
floods, electric bolts, sun-bun?ts, and all 
its destructive machinations of life and 
property of every kind on land and by 
ocean's foaming, dashing billows. 

Columbia County has had its full share 
of destruction by the angry elements and 
many thousands of dollars will fail to re- 
pair the damages. The storm apparently 
spent its fury in prostrating S. J. Tilden & 
Co's new steel smoke-stack to their New 
Laboratory. 

The N. Y. State Road is less than one 
half done. At the present time, prepara- 
tion for putting an iron bridge across the 
gulley east of our machine shop pond is 
being executed. The intention is to have 
it accomplished before Spring opens. 

There is some physical inability among 
us, but no death to record. I ran a nar- 
row chance of passing the fatal ordeal, 
but I feel at present that I can stand quite 
a brush with the giim monster. Even so 
let it be. 

Calvin O. Refd. 

North Family. 

Jan. 1899. 

Chbistmas has come and gone and 
standing on the ridge dividing the Old 
from the New Year, we sniif some of the 
savor of saltness from the dawning cen- 
tuiy just beyond — a century of whose 
coming the poets and prophets have writ- 
ten. 

The usual religious Services marked the 
morning and the usual festal entertain- 
ment the afternoon and evening of Christ- 
mas Day. At 10 o'clock a. m. we met our 
friends of the Church family in their 
pleasant chapel, spending about two houn 
in singing, reading and speaking. All the 
services partook more or less of the spirit 



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of the day. In the afternoon a number of 
the Church family made our entei*tain- 
ment the more enjoyable by their presence 
and showed a cordial appreciation of its 
program, with the usual Christmas feat- 
ures, singring, recitations, etc. 

At the close of the exercises, a simple 
luncheon was served to all. We must not 
omit to mention that our beloved Eldress 
Harriet and Eldress Augusta were among 
the welcome guests. Altogether our 
Christmas day was full of Jesus, His life, 
His work and we trust His spirit. 

G. Ada BroioH. 
South Family. 

Jan. 1899. 

The Old Year 1898 was completely fro- 
zen out, while the New Year of 1899, has 
become thoroujjhly frozen in, with the 
mercuiy ranging from 10 to 12 dej;. below 
zero. 

Our years they come find ro 

All too quirkly hrre bolow. 

But we wirth tli«y long initrht stay 

For the good they've sent our way. 

Leaving blessings) at our door 
Daily giving raore and more, 
So the year** they go and come 
Benefltting ev'ry one. "* 

The holidays, as usual, were scenes of 
spiritual and social communion, Santa 
Clans & Co. made their annual tour of 
gift distdbuting; each member was re- 
membered by good old Santa and his hon- 
ored staff— St. Nicholas— noted for benev- 
olence and a marvelous memory. 

By invitation from our Second family 
friends, a delegation from this family 
were present at their Christmas festival 
on the afternoon of that day. The chapel 
was decorated with evergreens. The vo- 
cal and instrumental music was highly 
commendable. The reading and recita- 
tions were conducted most admirably. 

The singing of a German Christmas 
song with an autoharp accompaniment 
was pleasingly executed by Brother Al- 
bert, who not long ago hailed from that 
far away land of music and song. 

At the close of the entertainment a 
bountiful repast was served in the family 



dining-hall and all were merry as the 
Merry Christmas. The following is the 
program given; — 

"Words of Welcome," by the Elders. 
**Round the Christmas Fire." Song by the 
Congregation." Recitations — **Lo! I Am 
With You Always." by Lillian. '*Know 
Thyself." by Lena, **Fear Thou Not." 
SonjT by Congregation Recitations, — 
*'Family Greeting." by Henry. Dialog,— 
"Daily Hints." "Peace and Praise." 
Song by tiie Quartet "Whispering Hope." 
Song by Eugenia and Alma. Rec;itation,— 
"Hope Why Mockest Thou." by Alma. 
"Evening at the Farm." by Three Little 
Girls, "Four Little Sunbeams." by the 
Little Girls. "Any How." by Earle. "Tale 
of a Sun." by Curtis. "Song of the 
Months." by William. '^Christmas Bells." 
Song by the Quartet. Recitations,- "Man 
•nd His Shoes." by Mabel. "Bearing 
Ot-lier's Burdens." by I^ena. "Natural 
Laughter." by Clarisai. "Little Nut Peo- 
ple." by Bessie. "A Little Girl's Wish." 
by Flora "Babe of Bethlehem." by 
Jennie. 

G(u evie re Dc a ratt. 



Shakers, N. Y. 

Jan. 1899. 

The Christmas and New Year celebra- 
tions, in their active manifestation, have 
past away, but their remembrance and the 
joy of their participation will last through 
the >ear. 

Christmas evening we had an Enter- 
tainment of one and a half hour's duration 
which was both instructive and entertain- 
ing; and as our beloved Editf»r and assist- 
ants were not here to share in its pleas- 
ures, we will, if not crowding other mem- 
bers of the home circle, present the pro- 
gram. [It would have given us all much 
pleasure to have been present.— Ed.] 
March. — "Coronet Band." Cantata. — 
"Birth of Christ." Recitations— "Gentle 
Words." by Ethel. "The South Wind." 
by Byron, "Boy's Suggestion to Teach- 
ers." by Arthur. "The Snow's Masquer- 
ade." by Lottie. "W^f^lJifnUO^^^te 



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Chester. "Drum Corp's March." Music, 
by Lulu. March, *'CcronetBand." by Es- 
ther. **A Model School." by the Class." 
Recitations— *'Kittie Knew." by Nellie. 
"How the Squirrel got his Stripes." by 
Fred. *The Two Orphans.'* by Agrnes. 
"It was Cr.icked Before." by Ella. "Rinfr, 
Ring, Ring." Song by All. Recitations — 
"The Sweetest Cliarity." by Jennie. "Xot 
So Easy." by Eddie. Dialog, by Arthur 
and Wright. Recitations — "Patrick's 
Colt." by Louise. "The Yankee Boy." 
by Robert. "Carve That Possum." Song 
by J. L. L. C. Recitation— "A Lost 
Type." by Daniel. Duet — Instrumental 
Music, by J. and L. Recitations — "A Dis- 
course on Apples." by Charlie. "How to 
Cure a Cough." by LuelU. Dialog — "A 
Minister's Donation Party." Recitations 
—"At Christmastide." by Mabel. "Al- 
ways Some One Below." by Samuel. Can- 
tata.— "The Sister Graces." "Joy! Joy!" 
Closing Song by All. 

On the evening of the 26th we met to 
receive the distributions from the Christ- 
mas tree, and hearts were gladdened by 
the mementos from dear friends. Such 
seasons of pure enjoyment bring those 
who are striving for the right into a one- 
ness of spirit, and make them strong in 
their efforts for good. 

While listening to the recitations of our 
Christmas party and realizing the ability 
manifested, our thought in prayer was, 
Heavenly Father and Mother, bless the 
rising generation! May their affections be 
inclined toward Thee, that they may be 
the ministers of the new dispensation; foi 
only a little while and they will be the 
directors of that spiritual power wliich 
will be called upon to wrestle with the 
mighty problems which the twentieth 
century will present for solution. 

Hamilton DeOraw. 



Narooossee, Fla. 

Jan. 1899. 
Leaf turning on New Year's day is 
somewhat conducive to good habits. 
Doubtless there are many to-day holding 



a rehearsal over their life's book. As 
page after page is reviewed, and the bl«»t8 
and blemishes stand for account, new res- 
olutions aie made to be more careful the 
coming year. 

To turn over a new leaf i.s not an easy 
task, when erratic conduct has blotted 
mnny pages. Strong and determined res- 
olutions and long and continued efforts 
will help us to succeed. We may turn the 
pages of each Year book with pleasure. 

On Christmas we sang a hymn in re- 
membrance of our fiiends in the homes of 
our childhood. We hoped that the same 
inspiration that overshadowed them would 
reach us in our wilderness home. We 
would wish that it might help us, with 
then), to usher in the New Year with such 
strong resolution of heart that the pages 
of life's book will not be sullied by one 
blemish. 

On the 1st of January we dug our fall 
crop of northern potatoes, and on the 6th 
w^e planted the same ground for another 
crop of the same kind. What a contrast! 
Our friends who write us from the north, 
tell us of the snow banks that cover the 
land, and of the task of keeping the paths 
open from h<3use to house. Here we are 
basking in the sunshine of summer weath- 
er. The thermometer ranges from 60 to 
80 deg. almost every day. We have had 
but one frost that has done any damage. 
Then the mercury fell to 40 deg. 

These occasional frosts make winter 
gardens very uncertain, and for this rea- 
son many do not plant after September. 

We send greetings to all. 

Andrew Barrrii. 



Enfield, N. H. 



Jan. 1899. 
New Year's day dawned bright, 16 
deg. below zero, yet, despite the frosty 
air our morning Service was well attend- 
ed. With the new resolves given to be 
and to do what duty demands the Service 
was more of a memorial, sacred to the 
memory of our arisen, noble, gifted co- 
worker, Eldress Joanna Kaime, who for 

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about thii-ty years, was closely connected 
with our Society's welfare. 

To give full recognition to so complete 
a life of righteousness, no poem or eulogy 
could tell the half of her richness of char- 
acter and worth to the cause of human 
regeneration. A life, so fruitful of good 
virtues, qualities and thoughts, all form- 
ing a noble, intellectual and strong indi- 
viduality, can not be minimized to "Well 
done good and faithful servant.' ' Eldi-ess 
Rosetta Cummings and Sister Nancy A. 
Moise, carried to our sorrowing kindred 
at East Canterbury, our wreaths of re- 
spect, fastened with the bow of fellow- 
sympathy. 

Personally, I think thnt if articles 
were inserted in The Manifesto, referr- 
ing to the experiences, capabilities and 
graces, acquired and cultured by the 
truths ui the Christ spiiit, of such souls 
as Eldress Joanna Kaime of East Cant?r- 
bury and Eldress Ann Taylor of Mt. Leb- 
anon, and others who have honored our 
Chui-ch, they would scintilate sparks of 
spiritual encouragement to the young peo- 
ple of our Societies. 

We commenced Christmas festivity the 
evening before, with a social gathering, 
the unlading of a well-stockt tree of gifts, 
for the young people, and a supper of 
fruit, assorted cake, ioe-cream and ooffee. 

Sabbath morning's Service ^2t» rich 
with messages of the Spirit of Christmas, 
telling of the beauty and bf-nefit of the 
Christ spirit and mission, also that spirit- 
ual and industrial action are the cultur- 
ing forces of life, as well as the means of 
spreading peace and good-will to man. 
In the evening, a concert, appropriate 
for the day, afforded profit and pleasure 
to invited friends and home relations. 

To all our friends who dwell 
In torrid or frigid Hpliere, 
We send a Sew Year*?* ine.HMU^e; 
May you have a glad New Year. 

George H. Baxter. 



Sabbathday Lake, Me. 

Jan. 1899. 
Christmas cheer and good-will reigned 
in our home during the holidays, and the 



good-will we hope to retaiu throughout 
all the days of the year before uk. On the 
eve of the 20 ult. the young people gave 
an entertainment which pleased all who 
attended, most especially our good friends 
from Poland Springs who favored us with 
their preseuce. 

Sister Aurelia is now in Farmington, 
Me. where she is supei intending the pub- 
lication of her book upon the life and 
light of Believers. We wish her every 
success as she has always been earnest in 
her efforts to have the life of a Shaker 
better known. 

School is in progress and the Singing 
Classes are working with untiring zeal to 
further the work so nobly started last 
winter. 

We extend kind thoughts and loving 
sympatliy to our dear fii-nds in (/jvnter- 
bury who are nt»\v sultering the loss of 
their good and faitlif il L.'ulci-s, E diess 
Joanua and Eldress Dorotliy. 

4(1(1 S. Cumm'ngH. 

East Canterbury, TS, H. 

Jan. 189). 
In hushed tones the New Year's gieet- 
ings past from lip to lip in our saddemd 
household, for tlie last moments of 18J»8 
bade us lay to rest our beloved Eldress 
Joanna J. Kaime. At the funci-al service 
held in the afternoon of the Blst ult. 
Eldress Rosetta Cummings and Sister 
Nancy A. Morse were present in behalf 
of the Society at EntieUI ; and grateful 
tributes, written and unexpressed, rose 
from the liearts of all. But the current of 
true appreciation for the beloved Mothers 
called from our midst, runs deep in the 
hearts of their people, who best under- 
stand the solemn burden of the withdraw- 
al; yet we feel the pulse of our Zion in 
sympathy and kinship. The old year 
passes on, its foot-prints lie deep in our 
memories, yet we clasp hands with the 
New Year, realizing that whatever the 
grief or burden, **underneath aretheevei^- 
lasting arms.'^ 

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The storm of Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 covered 
the line of demarkation between the old 
and the new years, hut the newly printed 
calendars put everything right; and by 
the 3rd Inst, the ice harvest op« ned in cold 
earnest witli marking and ploughing. 
Within the three days devoted to the bus- 
iness, a Januaiy thaw and a snow-storm 
crowded themselves in, but at the close of 
the 5th an ample bulk of ice, tho not of 
A No. 1 quality, was in place of storage. 
With the mercui-y slipping down to 10 
deg. below zero, we do not feel the im- 
mediate need of King Winter's bounties, 
but by Independence Day we can tell bet- 
ter whether we are really dependent or 
not upon these wise provisions of nature. 
It is well that this is not the visiting sea- 
son, for even the horses turn a **cold 
slioulder" to us. 

School closed on the 11th inst., the win- 
ter term of sixteen weeks having drawn to 
a successful close. 

Jessie Evans, 



From the Bible Classs. 

WANDERING IN THE WILDERNESS. 
By Eva Walcott. 

It took the Childi-en of Israel forty 
years to reach the land of Canaan. Some 
writers say they might have reached it in 
much less time had they obeyed the com- 
mandments of God. 

The journey of the Children of Israel is 
a type of the journey of tho soul. Every 
soul must take this journey in order to 
roach the land of Canaan, but it depends 
on the obedience rendered to the land- 
marks given by the heavenly guide, as 
light and understanding increase, that 
determines the length of time needed for 
the journey. 

When a soul Is convicted that living in 
Egypt, or being a slave to an earthly, sen- 
suous life does not bring him peace or 
satisfaction, the first words of comfort 
that ho hears are,-^**Come unto me, all ye 
that labor and are heavy laden and I will 
give you rest; take my yoke upon you and 



learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in 
heart and ye shall find rest unto your 
souls.** 

When realizing the peace that is enjoy- 
ed in the Christ life, which gives those 
who live it, an eternal home in the land of 
Canaan, he longs for that life more and 
more. Here the first guide appears, — 
**The first step of a Christian life is obe- 
dience." 

After reading this he finds he must obey 
the convictions received and leave Egypt, 
or the worldly life he is living, but he is 
still uncertain what to do. He desires the 
enjoyment of the higher life, yet he is not 
reconciled to give up the pleasures of the 
lo^ er. He wants to enjoy both. Here 
the guide says, — **Seek ye first the king- 
dom of God and his righteousness and all 
tliese things shall be added unto you." 

Having obeyed this counsel he receives 
strength to take the next step. Though 
he has decided to serve God and seek the 
righteousness of the kingdom of Heaven, 
and has started on his spiritual journey, 
yet when he sees the sins and passions, 
(his enemies) to which he yielded in Egypt 
following him, he, like the Israelites of 
old, murmurs and doubts, and longs for 
his former slavish life ; yet warnings again 
appear, — ** Agree with thine adversary 
quickly." **The way of the transgressor 
is hard." ^^Except a man forsake all that 
he hath he can not be my disciple." 

By prayer to God he is able to cross the 
Red Sea of doubt, and conquer his ene- 
mies. With new courage he presses for- 
ward with tho comforting assurance, — 
"Lo I am with you always even unto the 
end of the world." 

To him, this is the cloud by day and 
night. Happiness is insured to him when 
he continues to watch and pray lest he be 
lost in the desert of sin. Feeling a loss of 
the support of the eternal presence he may 
become hungry and thirsty; losing faith 
in the promised help, he murmurs; but 
through divine mercy water is sent, reas- 
suring him that God is ever near. By 
lack of faith the water is bitter; not until 
he fully obeys do the waters taste sweet, 

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for — **Whoftoever exalteth himself shall 
be abased, and whosoever humbleth him- 
self shail be exalted/* 

Being cai*ef ul to put on the whole armor 
of God, with earnest prayer and supplica- 
tion for mercy and strength, he passes 
victoriousiy on his way, with the assur- 
ance that now, all is well. He takes little 
thought lest he fall, and becoming weary 
in well-doing, returns to worshiping the 
idol of selfibh ambition, the golden calf of 
the Egyptians. For a time this gives him 
the pleasure sought, but how bitterly he 
now understands the Savior's words; — 
"Wide is the gate and broad is the way 
that leadeth to destruction, and many 
there be which go in thereat.'' 

Through the strength of temptations 
resisted and victories won, he is able to 
advance more swiftly to tlie Land of Ca- 
naan. By sending nut the spies of Truth 
and Light to view the land he sees the 
successes and failures to be met in the 
way, though he hears the i-eport from 
Doubt and Fear who tell him that he will 
not be able to conquer the land. Still, 
he hears the good report fi*om the Caleb 
and Joshua of Light and Truth who as- 
sure him that the land is equal unto the 
promises of God. Before he can reach 
that land, however, he must cross the riv- 
er Jordan. As the pure in heart only can 
enter, he must first pass the Jordan and 
be cleansed from all impurity by an honest 
confession, and through his humility the 
waters divide and he is led forth, forgiv- 
en. Before he can gain a final victory he 
must become repentant. This means a 
conscientious walk in right and duty un- 
til at last he will have "Come up out of 
great tribulation," and will stand crowned 
as a victor and rejoice in the presence of 
the Eternal Father, for "Him that over- 
cometh will I make a pillar in the temple 
of my God and he shall go no more out, 
and I will write upon him the name of the 
city of my God which is New Jerusalem." 
East Canterbury, K. H. 

Strive to do good rather than to be too 
conspicuooB. 



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A PHYSICIAN who is connected with an 
institution in which there are mauy 
children, says: 

"There is nothing more irritable to a 
cough than coughing. For some time I 
had been so fully assured of this that I de- 
tei-mined for one minute at least to lessen 
the number of coughs heard in a certain 
ward in a hospital of the institution. By 
the promise of rewards and punishments 
I succeeded in inducing them sim))ly to 
hold their breath when tempted to cough, 
and in a little while I was myself sur- 
prised to see how some of the children en- 
tirely recovered frcm the disease. 

Ctmstant cougliintr is precis ly like 
scratching a wound nn the ontsitle of tin- 
bod> ; s«» long as it is done the wound will 
not heal. Let a pei*8on whin tempted to 
cough draw a long breath and h«>ld it un- 
til it warms and sootlies every air cell, 
and some benefit will soon be received 
from this process. The nitrogen whicli is 
thus refined acts as an anodyne to the mu- 
cous membrane, allaying the desire u* 
cough and giving the throat and lungs a 
chance to heal. At the same time a suit- 
able medicine will aid nature in her effort 
to recuperate." — Sun Francisco Examiner. 



Nanhen, the greatest living explorer of 
the extreme North-land says: 

"My experience leads me to take a de- 
cided stand against the use of stimulants 
and narcotics of all kinds, from tea and 
coffee on the one hand, to tobacco and al- 
cohol on the other. The idea that one 
gains by stimulating body and mind by 
artificial means betrays, in my opinion, 
not only ignorance of the simplest phys- 
iological laws, but also want of experience 
or perhaps want of capacity to learn from 
experience and observation." 



When overcome by bodily fatigue or 
exhausted by brain labor no stimulant, so- 

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called, serves so well the purpose of re- 
freshment and rest, both bodily and men- 
tally, as milk. When heated as hot as one 
can i*eatlily take it, it may be sipt slowly 
from a tumbler, and as it is easily dipjest- 
ed one feels very soon its beneficial effect. 
Few pers ms realize the stimulatinfj quali- 
ties of this simple beverage.— Ladies' 
Home Journal, 



The Medical Record, an English Jour- 
nal, thus comments on the injurious ef- 
fects of anger. 

Anger serves the unhappy mortal who 
indulges in it, much the same as intoxi- 
cants constantly taken do the inebriate. 
It grows into a sort of disease which has 
various and terrible results. Sir Richard 
Quain said, not long ago: ^*Ue is a man 
very rich indeed in physical power, who 
can afford to get angry." 

This is true. Every lime a man becomes 
"white" or "red" with anger he is in 
danger of his life. The heart and brain 
are the organs mostly affected when fits 
of passion are indulged in. Not only does 
anger cause partial paralysis of the small 
blood vessels, but the heart's action be- 
comes intermittent, that is, every now and 
then it drops a beat — much the same thing 
as is experienced by excessive smokers. — 
Selected, 



Wk have pity for the Spanish youth 
who have been compelled to fight and die 
in the Spanish army and navy, and we 
have had, with thoubands of others, great 
sorrow for the sufferings inflicted on our 
own soldiers and on our army horses and 
mules, to large numbers of whom death 
has been a happy release — and we wish 
there could be posted in every schoolroom 
of our land those words of James Russell 
Lowell:— "War is Murder!" and these 
words of Gen. Sherman:— "War is Hell!" 
— Otir Dumb Animals, 



Over and over again, 

No matter which way I turn, 
I always find in the Book of Life 

Some lesson I have to Jearn. 

J 

I must take my turn at the mill, » 
I must grind out the golden griin^ 

I must work at my task with resolute will. 
Over and over again. — J. Pollard, 



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S^^'The Audubon Society of Mass. pro- 
tests against the slaughter of little birds. 



William Johnson, at Shakers, Albany 
Co., N. Y. Dec. 18, 1898. Age 59 years 
and 6 mo. He has been a member of the 
Community twenty-one years. We mourn 
the loss, but he has gone to reap the re- 
ward of his faithful labors. J. B. 

Andrew Bloomberg, at Pleasant Hill, 
Ky. Dec. 20, 1898. Age 80 years. Br. 
Andrew was born in Sweden, but has 
been a member of this Community during 
forty-three years. He was a pure, true 
and honest man. J. W. S. 

Eldress Joanna J. Eaime, at East Can- 
terbury, N. H. Dec. 29, 1898. Age 72 
years, 2 mo. and 10 days. 

Hulda McGaughey, at Pleasant Hill, 
Ky. Jan. 11, 1899. Age 78 years and 
4 months. 

Sister Hulda has been a member of the 
Community thirty-nine years, and a very 
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Philinda Minor, at East Canterbury, 
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2 mo. and 25 days. 

Polly C. Lewis, at Mt Lebanon, N. Y. 
Jan. 14, 1899. Age 83 years 2 mo. and 

3 days. 

Sister Polly was brought to the Society 
at Mt. Lebanon, from Savoy, when only 
two years of age. For many years she 
was the principal business manager In 
the South family. She was the friend of 
all, old and young. S. A. C. 

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Portraits and ^ketchea of men who are now 
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Thus, there is a very fine portrait of Dr. N. D. 
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be regaixled as one of the last great songs of 
the unmntilated Church, when dogma was 
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Entered at the Poet Office at East Canterbury, N, H., as Second-Class Matter. 

TRIFJLiES. 

By Jessie Evans, 

^^ Trifles make perfection^ but perfection is no trifle,** 

DID it ever occur to you to trace the happiest moment in your life to its 
foundation, or to question the cause of the deepest sorrow you have ex- 
perienced? Passing backward in thought, leaving behind the windings and 
ramifications, you may be surprised to find how slight was its source. The 
turning-point in many a life has been perhaps a smile, a hand-clasp of fellow- 
ship, when seemingly all others passed by "on the other side;" a word of 
encouragement in the silence of despair, or a whispered prayer in the hour of 
danger. 

In our rushing, ambitious life, crowded with much that engages the mind 
only because it is beyond our power to attain, we often lose sight of the glo- 
ry of our possibilities, often forget the value of so-called trifles. We are 
quite too busy to give attention to the little courtesies of life, too eager to be 
fortified against the great trials that seem likely to assail us to be mindful of 
the little vexations of every day, that consequently creep in and overpower 
as — us who were so perfectly on our guard against less insidious enemies. 

It is one thing to be constantly anticipating what will never come, and 
quite another thing to meet what actually occurs, with patience and discre- 
tion. A pivot is but a trifle, so common parlance has it, but if perfectly ad- 
Justed it may balance a mighty weight. A helm is tiny compared with the 
bulk which is guided by its skillful manipulation. A word is but a breath, 
but it may be freighted with fragrance or with poison, with life or with death. 

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34 THE MANIFESTO. 

Faultless we cannot expect to be yet, but the fault of undentitiug the val- 
ue of little things will not long survive ainoug the thouglitf ul. Thought urg- 
es upon us the responsibility which attaches to the ever present ininuliie of 
life. It takes great minds to recognize the magnitude of liltlent ss, siuaU 
minds seem to be ever dreaming of unattainable greatness. Nature is not 
at fault in this respect. Her smallest works are often the most wonderful. 
The beauty of the green sward is not marred by carefully analyzing one blade 
of grass, indeed it is enhanced by the knowledge that the whole is a multipli- 
cation of just such wonders. The microscope reveals a world of beauties un- 
known to the naked eye. Note a snow-flake, an insect wing, a rain tlrop. 
Who can do so without looking '^through nature up to nature's God? ** Camp- 
bell truly says, '* *Tis distance lends enchantment to the view," but there is a 
charm equal, if not greater, in the analytic when compaitd with the synthetic. 
The stem of an apple — how tiny compared with the fully developed, juicy, 
red-cheeked fruit; yet by the soundness of its almost unnoticed fibres, liie 
magical union is established between root and fruitage. Yet we grasp the 
fruit and despise the stem ; and too often, alas, we carry out this policy in the 
daily growths of our human life, unmindful of the cause in our enjoyment of 
the effect^ forgetful so often of the "bridge that carried us over." 

Only occasionally does a Washington, a Lincoln or a Napoleon arise. To 
one Washington there are thousands of untitled privates, but what could the 
General accomplish without that phalanx that morg.'S its conflicting iiuliv.d- 
ualities, into the one electric stroke that vitalizes his verbal command I A 
page in our national history ascribes the loss of a battle to the disobeilience 
of one man. A trifle? Perhaps so, but // so then just such trifles have 
moved the world. 

The stroke of a pen is a little thing, but it may mean emancipati<m to thou- 
sands of suffering hearts oi it may seal the doom of a waiting convict. A 
* 'grain of mustard seed" is in itself a trifle, but this quantity of pure Chris- 
tian faith is a remover of mountains. A sling and a stone in the hands of 
an unarmored David brought a sneer to the face of the mighty Goliath, but 
when they were exercised "in the name of the Lord of hosts," they accom- 
plished no trifling work. Such trifles make history, such trifles make men. 

Our Savior showed a bea-jtiful appreciation of small things. The lily, the 
sparrow, the little leaven, the cup of cold water, the branch in the vine weie 
great in his divine sight ; and while the proud and haughty were allowed to 
pass unaccosted, "Jesus called a little child unto him and set him in the 
midst of tliem" as a text to that wonderful sermon upon true conversion, in 
which he let fall the words : **Take heed that ye despise not one of these lit- 
tle ones." The two mites cast timidly into the Lord's treasury by the poor 
widow did not escape the eye of the gentle Master ever so watchful for the 
springing up of the gospel seed which he had sown so liberally in the heart 
soil all around him. The spiritual much that hallowed the giving of the ma- 

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terifU trifle called forth the approval: "I say unto you that this poor widow 
hath cast ia more than they all/' 

The significant lessons from Scripture, from history, and from the eveiy- 
d:iy battle fields teach us that no thought, expression or action should be 
deemed trivial until its effect proves it so. Someone has said, ''Fidelity in 
little thiuirs is the great test of life." How true ! 
E'lHt Canterbury^ N. //. 



THE ORDKR OF MEDIATION. 

NO. 2. 

By Elder John Lyon, 

IT is well known that every time the Israelites disregarded the law which 
God had given them through him, God manifested himself to them in dis- 
pleasure and showed them by his judgments that inasmuch as they rejected 
His anointed mediator, they rejected Him. When God found his typical 
people outside of their order, He sent messengers to call them to their duty. 
He sent angels, spirits and prophets, and if they rejected these, He would 
send His judgments upon them until they were humbled enough to return to 
their duty. When they were found beyond the order of mediation and blend- 
ing with the world, God visited them as He did the children of the world. 

They had no need to call in spirits either good or bad, to teach them their 
duty ; this was given to their mediator in his anointing, and there was the 
place for them to look. The Lord said unto Moses, ' 'Gather unto me seven- 
ty men of the Elders of Israel whom thou knowest to be the Elders of the 
people, and otticere over them, and bring them unto the tabernacle of the 
congregation that they may stand there with thee, and I will come down and 
talk with thee and I will take of the spirit which is upon thee and will put it 
upon them and they shall bear the burden of the people with thee, that thou 
bear it not thyself alone.'* 

And Moses told the people the word of the Lord and gathered the seventy 
men of the Elders of the people and set them round about the tabernacle. 
And the Lord came down in a cloud and spake unto him and took of the spir- 
it that was upon Moses and gave it unto the seventy Elders, and it came to 
pass that when it rested upon them they prophesied and did not cease. — Num. 
xi., 16, 17, 24, 25. God did not say that He would send seventy spirits t4» 
take possession of the men, but told Moses that He would take of the spirit 
that was upon him. 

The order of mediation was the rock which followed them, and this rock 
was the foundation on which the typical dispensation stood. '*If the foun- 
dation be destroyed what can the righteous do? " It could not be destroyed 
as God had laid it, although the people of Israel could and did swerve from 



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36 THE MANIFESTO. 

the foundation and lost the blessing of God. God was faithful to his promis- 
es. *'You only have I known, of all the families of the earth; therefore 1 
will punish you for all your uiiquities." — Amob, iii., 2. 

Moses told them that they would lightly esteem the rock of their salvadou. 
He also told them that they would sacrifice unto gods whom they knew noi. 
'^Of the rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten Goil 
that formed thee." — Deut. xxxii. This the Lord saw and he abhorred thein. 
When they disregarded the foundation on which they 8too<l, they disregaitUd 
God, and if they attempted to worship God under the rites and ceremonies of 
the law, it was an abhorrence in His sight, as He spake by the prophet Amos, 
'*I hate, I despise your feast days and I will not smell in your solemn assem- 
blies." "Though ye ofifer me burnt offerings, and your meat offenngs, 1 will 
not accept them, neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts. 
— Amos, v.. 21, 22. 

When this typical people disobeyed God in the order of mediation, ihey 
were left to reap the fruit of their own doings. Paul says, — '*Now th^^^se 
things were our ensamples to the intent we should not lust after evil things as 
they also lusted." — Cor. x., 6. We have the plain evidence in this dispen- 
sation of types and shadows that God was true to His promise. Moses did 
not sanctify the Lord before the people, by acknowledging that it was God 
through him that brought the water out of the rock ; instead of this he sanc- 
tified himself and his brother Aaron, saying, *'Hear now ye rebels : must we 
fetch you water out of this rock?" — Num. xx., 10. For this disregaixl lie 
was debarred from entering the promised land. 

Eli was a high priest and his sons were ministering priests to the people, 
yet they were not suffered to go unpunished, any more than tht» lowest of the 
people. It will be said that Moses, Nudab and Abihu, Aaron^s sons, and 
Eli with his sons were in the line of the anointed. Very true, and it shows 
clearly that God's order of mediation can not be trampled upon with impunity 
by any class of people. It also shows that each will be rewarded according 
to his works ; to whom much is given, of him will much be required. 

Nadab and Abihu, soon after they were established in the priesthood, 
trampled upon God's law by disregarding the order given to them by the me- 
diator ; and fire came forth from the Lord and destroyed them. The sons of 
Eli profaned the anointing that was upon them and disregarded the law given 
by the anointed mediator. Their father knew this but did not restrain thein 
preferring his affection for his sons above God, till God's wrath fell upon him 
and his whole house. 1 Sam. ii., iii., iv. 

The order of God could not be violated with impunity, but God would sus- 
tain the honor of the order of His appointment. God said to Eli, ^*Thein 
that honor me, I will honor, and they that despise me shall be lightly es- 
teemed." This was verified by judgments that fell upon him and his house. 
Eli fell backward from his seat and was killed. His sons were both slain in 

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one day. Abimelech also was slain with eighty of Eli's line of posterity, 
and all were driven from the priesthood. 1 Sam. xxii. 

(To he continued,) 



Tribute to Sister POLLY LEWIS. 

PAS8IH0 AWAY OF THE AN0IEHT8. 
By Cecelia DeVere. 

When the ancients of the city pass away, 

Sorrow gently mingles love with pain. 
And the sombre portals dim and gray 

Vibrate with the angel's lifting strain. 
Golden latch and golden hinges are not slow to ope. 

And our glorious banner's fringes glow with cheering hope, 
Yet we feel a human sorrow and a human cross, 

And we know that earth's to-morrow holds our heavy loss. 
Ah ! we miss the forms we cherished thro' the vanished yeara, 

Long for voiees that have perished 'mid our falling tears. 
She whose soul was pure and lowly as the sweetest flower, 

With a faith divinely holy walked in dauntless power. 
No display of gift or treasure brought she vainly forth, 

Yet we could not guage the measure of her innate worth, 
'Twas a daily revelation in her temporal place, 

As her spiritual salvation shed translucent gi*ace. 
In the mart of custom standing, meeting with the world. 

Honor's highest meed commanding e'en where folly whirled. 
Lightest minds grew staid before her, wild emotions settled down, 
'Neath the halo shining o'er her, she was never known to frown. 
**Dear Aunt Polly" strangers named her, with a reverent look and air, 

While they felt the light that framed her was the circle of soul prayer. 
Fragile form and quiet beanng yet a tower of strength. 

Labor's heavy burdens sharing through her brave life's length. 
Round the loved ones she is leaving in her little central home, 

We our tenderest thot's are weaving that some signal good may come. 
While the ancients of the city are a potent unseen band, 

To life's changes bringing pity, and the wise and helpful hand. 
Mt Lebanon, N, T. 



Count not that time lost which is spent in holy meditation and prayer. B. W. P. 
8PEAK well o£ all, do good to all, and 111 to none.— B. W. P. 

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KIND REMEMBRANCE. 

By Andrew D. Barrett. 

AN atmosphere of love promotes harmony and favors health of body and 
mind. It fills the soul with peace ; it encouiages every ennobling func- 
tion ; it carries with it the dignity, gentleness and refinement of ti'ue culture. 
In the ebb and flow of the ever moving tide we see a lesson of human life . 
We see that love must be the magnet in winning souls to God. When the 
soul is so filled with love that it can go out to help the needy, it has reached 
a degree of true culture far more exalting than all intellectual training. 

These thoughts have been pressed upon my mind on hearing of the demise 
of our beloved Eldress Joanna J. Katme. As I was a resident of Mt. Leba- 
non, N. Y., for some twenty-five years I became acquainted with Eldress 
Joanna, as she quite frequently visited that Society in the capacity of a min- 
ister. Her Christian kindness made a permanent impression on my mind, 
and increased my love toward goodness and truth. Now the voice says, — 
Go and do likewise. 
OUte Branch, Flo. 



GRO\^^TH. 

By Fidelia Estabrook, 



Are you growing, daily growing in the likeness of the King? 
Does His love, so strong, so lasting in your heart with fervor spring? 
Does the life of Christ, our Savior, thro your life with brightness glow? 
Does His spirit dwell within you? Do you daily, hourly grow? 

Are you growing as the seedling, sending forth strong roots of prayer, 
Gaining strength and careful guidance from eternal sources there? 
Are you pushing to the sunlight leaves of earnest, Christ-like deeds. 
Are yoiu: plants of worth and beauty, or but tares and worthless weeds? 

Are you growing as the lily, tnistful, pure, in grace each day? 
Caring not for coming morrows, pushing upward all the way, 
Leaving death, and doubt, and darkness, looking to the light above, 
Catching rays of richest blessing, and reflecting beams of love? 

Are you growing in the Savior? Are you drawing from the vine 
His own strength, His love and power, making truly His will, thine? 
Are your tendrils ever clinging to the promises, so sure ? 
Will the harvest yield the fruitage that forever will endure ? 

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Are you gi'owing in His meekne«8? Are you growing in His love? 
Never i*esting, never doubting, pressing toward the realms above. 
We must die to selfish pleasures, die, that true life we may win, 
Only by complete surrender does the perfect life begin. 

Perfect life — His found by growing, first the seed, then blade, then ear, 
Each one perfect in its forming till the perfect fruit appear. 
Growing, when the days are cloudy, growing when the hours are bright, 
Since we ever must be growing, may we grow but in the right. 

Growing thro' the bitter trial clean and pure, from self-life, free, 
Growing with each well-borne testing, more, O Savior, like to thee. 
Growing, when the storms of sorrow beat in tempests, far and near, 
And when God's rich Bow of Promise writes above us, *'Do not fear." 

Growing in His peace, so precious, rooted, growing, deep and free. 
E'er abiding in His presence, I in Christ, and Christ in me. 
Hidden in His life, forever, may my life His glory show, 
By His cross in daily bearing, I to perfect stature grow. 

And when dawns the day of harvest, and the reapers shall appear 
Gathering to the Master's gamer souls from out earth's garden here. 
Tho ours may not be the blossom, or the fully ripened grain, 
Yet may we be found still growing, till perfection we attain. 
West Pitt^fleldy Mass. 



THE HOLY SPtRIT. 

By Alonzo G, Hollister, 



HOLY, set apart to the service of God, sacred. Free from sinful affec- 
tions. Pure, guiltless. 

When about to leave the world, Jesus said to his disciples, I will not leave 
you comfortless. I will pray the Father and He shall give you another Com- 
forter, even the Spirit of Truth that she may abide with you forever. I have 
yet many things to say to you, but ye can not bear them now. But when she, 
the Spirit of Truth is come, She will lead you into all Truth. She will glori- 
fy me, because She will take of mine and declare to you. She will show you 
things to come. 

People who uphold a system which excludes woman from all ministration 
in holy things, falsely represent the Holy Spirit in the masculine gender, 
whenever referred to as a personality. In Hebrew, the language of the peo- 
ple who first used the term, it is feminine, and so regarded by the Piimitive 
Christians, as the best informed writers and scholars, like Farrar and West- 
cott, agree. The attempt to falsify the record is an artifice of Antichrist to 
exclude woman from her rightful place and oflSce in the work of redemption. 

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Any class of people that holds woman in bondage to man, whether by mar- 
riage or legislative enactments or by public opinion, do thereby prove that 
they are of the world, and the spirit of the Lord Jesus is not in them nor with 
them, for where the spirit of the Lord is there is liberty of body, soul, mind 
and conscience. 

The only free conversation which Jesus had with a non- Jew during his min- 
istry, that we find recorded, was with the woman of Samaria. To her he con- 
fided this important truth, — God is Spirit, not a spirit. The hour cometh 
and now is, when they that worship the Father, must worship Him in Spirit 
and in Truth — or in the spirit of Truth, for the Father seeketh such to wor- 
ship Him. The last sentence conveys the impression that such are few. 

They must first receive of His Spirit. Then only those who are thereby 
drawn to seek Him, will retain, or be found in it. He says in Joel — I will 
pour out my Spirit upon all flesh created in my likeness. That is, after cer- 
tain days, evidently after all our sins are purged away in the judgment. 

Jesus sent the woman of Samaria with a message to her people. It was 
a woman also whom he first commissioned to bear a message, after he came 
forth from invisibility to be seen only by witnesses, chosen before, of God. 
Ann Lee was a chosen witness, anointed yi'xlh. the Holy Spirit of Truth, who 
purified her own temple by the word of God and the dail} cross, abolished in 
her own person the curse of the great transgression, brought life and immor- 
tality to men and women who had sought it in vain in the nominally Christian 
churches, and became the free, joyful Mother of spiritual children, who keep 
the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus against all sin. 

These are the woman's seed who crush the serpent's head of fleshly lust, 
or sexual attraction. For this is the grim giant which stands till conquered 
between every soul and its final inheritance with saints in light. It must be 
overcome and destroyed by the daily cross, or it will enslave the soul, prevent 
advance to the higher, and eclipse if not destroy all prospects of happiness 
in a life to come. All who have escaped victors from the Beast described in 
Revelations, through obedience to Mother Ann's testimony, do bear witness 
in their lives that her testimony is true, and they are many in one Holy Spirit 
of life everlasting. She did, what Jesus said the Comforter would do, con- 
vict the world of sin, of righteousness and of Judgment. 

Of sin, by reproving certain actions as sin which the world does not con- 
demn. Of righteousness, by works of righteousness which she obeyed and 
taught others to follow. Of Judgment, by making souls feel the necessity 
of self-judging and confessing their sins before an appointed witness, and 
forsaking them forever. Those who do this escape the post mortem judg- 
ment of condemnation, because in so doing they pass from death unto life 
while clothed in mortal bodies. 
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AN ILLUSTRATION. 
By Elder Abraham Pei-kins, 

AMONG the good woixis spoken by Elder Henry C. Blinn in our Service, 
I was deeply imprest with his reference to the testimony of Eldress 
Polly Reed of the Ministry of Mt. Lebanon, who years ago said to us in this 
place, that we are to be individually our own Elders, yet we realize the lia- 
bility to so construe and apply it in a manner as to remove us entirely from 
the foundation of genuine Christianity. 

The remark was simply and altogether an illustration of the making of 
Christian life practicable by so cautiously guarding all our thoughts, wortls 
and acts, so completely controlling our spirit, that no emanation or influence 
from our lives should leave a blot on our character as Christian disciples or 
work weakness in other souls by drawing them into a condition of independ- 
ence, thus removing from the school of Christ its members, who are to be- 
come as children easy to be taught and to be subject to the order and polity 
of the institution. 

Elder Henry carefully added in his remarks, the necessity of a pilot at the 
helm, a guide to preserve the harmony of the body, which among the truths 
of the gospel is an essential item for the safety and redemption of the Chris- 
tian traveler. To the disciples of Jesus, it was his closing and special charge 
that his baptism was to be their baptism, his life and testimony they were lo 
handle and preach, giving the assurance that he who accepted and received 
it receiveth him and Him that sent him. 

No clearer revelation could be given of the order of a central ministration 

in the house of God, unto whose teachers he gave the power of loosing and 

binding on earth as is the order and law in heaven and the means alone for 

heirship and rightful claims in the heavenly kingdom. 
East Canterbury, N, H, 

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PERFECT THROUGH! SUFFERING. 

By Annie R. Stephens, 

A CLOUD o'erhangs my way ; I can not see ; 

A darkening tiial fills my soul with dread. 
And every doubting step my feet must tread. 
Leads but to labyrinths — uncertainty. 
Where weird- like shadows flit unceasingly. 

O faithless heart ! O blinded sight that's led 

Where phantom shapes their ghostly presence shed. 
Anoint thine eyes with faith and thou shalt see. 
Shalt see the cloud fringed with hope's radiance blight ; 

Shalt see thy woe an angel sanctified. 
That gently leads thee on through sorrow's night. 

If thou but calmly trust, in faith abide. 
Ope wide thy soul, let in the holy light. 

And lo ! thy inner life is glorified. 
Mt. Lebanon, N. Y. 

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THE MANIFESTO. 

MA.ROH, 1899. 

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*'United Socikty' of Believers" on tlie 
fii-st of each month, and is the only work 
issued re<rularly by the Shaker Commu- 
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simple statement of the religious views of 
the Order and to inculcate the spirit of 
righteousness. 

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NOTES ABOUT HOME. 

Mt. Lebanon, TS. Y. 

January. 
Average of Weather at Mt Lebanon. 

Thermometer. Rain. Snow. 

1898. 25.45 1.25 in. 3)^ ft. 

1899. 26.8 1.125 " 17 in. 
Highest Temp, during this mo. 54 above 0. 
Lowest " " '* " 6 below" 
Number of rainy days '* " 3 






12 
14 



'» " clear " 
" " cloudy'' 

Jan. 1899. 
It can not be said of this month, we 
have nodeaths to record, — at 11 o'clock 
a. m. Jan. 15, Sackett Root. At 7 o'clock 



45 min. Jan. 31, Sister Mary Hazzard. At 
5 o'clock p. m. Jan 14, Sister Polly Lewis. 

January has been a very sickly month 
in our Community. Very few have es- 
c^aped its malarial attacks. Once in thir- 
ty-three years or there abouts, our planet 
is subject to be afflicted with some kind of 
disease which ends the mortal life of an 
unusual number, as the records show. 
February is destined to be a sickly month 
and thus far it has been. 

Temporalities in the business line are 
prospering. We have the major part of 
our year's stock of fire wood at home 
ready to be sawed. We have 175 tons of 
ice securely housed ready, when summer 
comes, to cool our milk and broth. 

Men are working on the State Road, 
building the bridges and putting in the 
4 ft. cylinders to conduct the water in the 
ravines under the road bed. 

Our highway roads are rather change- 
able, wheeling intersperst by sleigliing; 
at times the snow would be dissolved and 
the sleighing would be destroyed. At 
present six inches of snow covers the 
ground and sleighing is used in transpor- 
tation. 

Calvin Q. Reed. 

South Family. 

Feb. 1899. 
Cold contiaues loiid winds blow 
And anon comes down the snow, 
Shall be glad when winter's througb. 
Wintry days are never few. 
Oh ! for summer days to come 
When we hear the glad bird's song. 
When again the earth Is seen 
Not in white, but robes of green. 

La Grippe has past through here and 
shaken hands with many in this section; 
we hope he will soon depart never more 
to return; he came uninvited, and unin- 
vited he will go, an unwelcomed guest 

Our dear Eldress Annie has been shut 
in for a few weeks ; a patient La Grippe 
patient but through the skillful manage- 
ment of our local physician. Dr. Cleland, 
she is daily improving much to our satis- 
faction, we trust she will soon be re- 
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Since our last writing we have witnest 
the ascension of three of the '* Ancients of 
the City," Sisters, Polly C. Lewis, Mary 
Hazzard, and Sophronia Dole. Sister So- 
phronia was one of a noble family w ho 
united with the Community at Sodus, and 
with them removed to Groveland in 1836, 
where she lived a long and useful life do- 
ing good to all around her. Sister Laura 
Dole is the last surviving member of that 
family; years of faithful service has markt 
her record, we trust that peace and pros- 
perity may attend her declining years. 

One by one they're passing on, 
Friends we long have known; 
Bat we'll meet them all again 
In oar spirit home. 

Genevieve De Grata. 



Shakers, N. Y. 

Feb. 1899. 

We endorse without reserve all that Br. 
George H. Baxter has stated in February 
Manifesto in reverencing the character 
of those departed saints, but would kindly 
suggest the following amendment. While 
it is beneficial to the individual soul to 
contemplate the example of those who 
have past over to the other side; be it re- 
solved that we will not wait for that time 
to arrive but remember those pure and 
brave souls who are at present in the bat- 
tle of life and gather from them that bless- 
ed inspiration which flows from those ex- 
alted lives and who are waiting patiently 
to be seen and appreciated. 

Those who have past to the evergreen 
shores faithfully performed their duty. 
We are here to perform ours; to be 
strengthened by their noble example. 
But to those weary and overburdened 
souls who are ready to give their lives for 
the truth, a kind word and a sympathetic 
look is accepted with a blessing; let us 
give it in overflowing measure. 

Day by day as we watch old Sol's ad- 
vance as he moves northward, we are re- 
minded that time is swiftly passing and 
soon Spring will be here with her inspira- 
tion in song-birds and flowers, and with 
toil on the farm and garden. The efforts 



that have been made in the later years to 
lift agriculture and horticulture out of the 
rut where it was supposed any ignoramus 
who was not flt for anything else could be 
a farmer or gardener, are bearing excel- 
lent fruit. Farming is classed with the 
most advanced scientiflc attainments, 
where brains and an intellectual training, 
as well as physical development are the 
factors that make the successful farmer 
and gardener. 

Hamilton De Grata. 



Enfleldy N. H. 

Feb. 1800. 

The past few weeks we have battled 
with humanity's enemy, La Grippe, who 
crept in among us and placed his debilitat- 
ing power upon many of our folks. At 
date of writing, Feb. 8th, La Grippe has 
less weight and ve are seeking his speedy 
banishment. 

On Jan. 30th, the bell of Immortality 
pealed forth its notes of '*Come up Higher*' 
for our loved Sister Zelinda Smith, who 
for many years honored our Noi-th family 
'with Christly culture and faithful work. 
In her life we have an example of nobility 
safe to imitate. On the following day, 
our valued Brother Thomas Steadman, 
responded to the higher summons. Sixty 
years of noble consecration to our cause, 
forms his priceless diatlem. As overseer 
of our large barn and stock, he ranked 
the best. In that realm where man is 
judged, not by scholarship, position or 
profession, but by his life acts, Brother 
Thomas will reap a rich reward. 

Two more vacant places. Upon the 
horizon of coming events, we perceive the 
on-coming messenger for others who must 
soon pass beyond Eternity's cui-tain that 
obscures from our sight the '*Land of 
Souls." 

Even death has its message to us not 
only hope for better things, but also as 
old laws and materiality pass away work 
for the readjustment of nociety's condi- 
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If we as a class are to keep our God- 
given estate free from the monopolizing 
greed of the world, and are to pass on 
G'Ki-ward, we must work as the heart of 
one for the good of all. Waste no time 
soaring in the heaven of sentimentalism, 
predicting evil and debating upon non-es- 
sentials, to the neglect of the spiritual and 
industrial parts of our body politic. Let 
us train oui-selves to greater endurance 
in fulfilling the responsibilities which 
the honor of our Chujch demands. 

Oeorgt H. Baxter. 



East Canterbury, N. H. 

Feb. 1899. 
Candlemas Day dawned "fair and 
clear" so, according to the prophecies of 
the ancient weather-wise, we are still to ex- 
pect winter. One storm came into line 
on the 7th, as if to verify the time-honored 
couplet; 

**If Candleraas Day dawn fair and clear 
Beware, for winter has not been here." 

At date, 14th, the elements are conspir- 
ing to furnish us with an old-fashioned 
blizzard, which opened its first act Sunday 
a. m. It brings one keen disappointment 
on its snowy wings, however, since it 
necessitates a postponement of the long- 
anticipated visit of our beloved Central 
Ministry, who had agreed to be with us 
on the 15th. Still, **the storm will not 
always last," and our loving welcomes are 
safely deposited in the bank of Heart and 
Home, which issues all payments with 
compound interest. 

Despite the inclemency of the weather 
our worthy Brother, John Bradford, has 
found his way from Enfield, N. H., and is 
now securely environed with us on the 
hill from which, happily, there is no es- 
cape for him at present. We are always 
much pleased when our good friends call 
this way, and when our influence is not 
strong enough to hold them we willingly 
accept foreign aid even when it takes the 
guise of huge snowdrifts. 

Jessie Evans. 



Narcoossee, Fla. 

Feb. 1899. 

The balmy breezes for the past two 
months are having a salutary effect 
upon the fruit trees of Florida. The 
peaches in many sections of the state are 
in full bloom and some blossoms have 
even fallen. 

To pass through an orchard of one or 
two thousand trees, and inhale the 8wi>et 
fragrance, is a thing to gladden the heart 
of every lover of nature. The last orange 
crop has nearly all been gathered, and the 
nursery men are now fertilizing the trees 
for the coming crop. Sweet potatoes will 
not be ready for market before June. 
The long, dry season since last spring pre- 
vented their growth. 

If our crop of potatoes does not mature 
in one season, it is left in the ground and 
begins a new growth the coming season 
without the least injury. 

Every year tells a little better for the 
lands we are cultivating. We are now 
trying our luck on a crop of onions and 
from present appearance we anticipate a 
good crop. Hope on, hope ever, is the 
motto for Florida. 

Andrew Barrett. 



In Hemory of Sister SOPHRONIA DOLE. 

By Louise BusseU. 

Our Mother has crost the dark river. 
Been called to an eternal rest, 
And joined with the angels in singing 
The song of the ransomed, so blest. 

Like a ripened sheaf, she was ready, 
Her toils and her labors were o'er; 
And gladly she heard the sweet summons 
To rest from all care evermore. 

She spent a long life in God's service, 
Was one of the faithful and tried; 
A pillar of strength, she was ever 
A soul who all sin had denied. 

Her words were like balm to the weary, 
She blest every one in the right, 
Gave courage and strength to the doubting 
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And now as we tender love's tribute, 
How brightly her virtues do shine, 
Inciting us onward ard upward, 
To joys that are pure and divine. 

And O, in our hearts is erected, 
By her life so noble and pure, 
A monument strong in its structure, 
For truth is its corner-stone sure. 

We love thee, and bless thee, dear Mother, 
For the seed of good thou hast sown; 
And for all thy toiling and sowing 
A harvest for thee has been grown. 

Go, reap the reward of thy labors : 
The angels have welcomed thee home^ 
I hear them proclaim the glad tidings, 
No more on the earth shalt thou roam 

But ere thou dost enter the portals, 
Remember the toilers below. 
And wave o'er our pathway thy mantle, 
Thy love and thy goodness bestow. 

O, help us to live for the gospel, 
To swerve not from duty's straight line, 
To carry aloft the bright banner. 
And work for the cause that's divine. 

We want to be blest with a fullness. 
Of goodness, of mercy and love. 
We plead for a power that is mighty 
For the strength which comes from above. 

That we may be true to our calling 
Be workers in Zion's rich field. 
Devoting our all to God's service. 
That our lives rich blessing may yield. 
Shakers, .V. F. 



Mt. Lebanon, N. Y. Jan. 8, 1890. 
Dear Elder Henry: — I mail you the 
following poem thinking it may please 
and interest some of the many readers of 
The Manifesto. It teaches a most val- 
uable lesson, one we should ever keep in 
view on our journey through life. 
Kindly your Sister, 
Polly C. Lewis. 

ALWAYS SOME ONE BELOW. 
By Ella Higginson. 
On the lowest round of the ladder 

I firmly planted my feet. 
And lookt up in the dim, vast distance 
That made my future so sweet. 



I climbed till my vision grew weai*y, 
I climbed till my brain was on fire, 

I planted each footstep with wisdom 
Yet I never seemed to get higher. 

For this round was glazed with indifference 
And that one was glazed with scorn. 

And when I graspt firmly another 
I found under velvet a thorn. 

Till my brain grew weary of planning 
And my heart strength began to fail. 

And the flush of the morning's excitement 
Ere evening commenced to pale. 

But just as my hands were unclasping 
Their hold on the last gained round. 

When my hopes coming back from the fu- 
ture, 
Were sinking again to the ground. 

One who had climbed near the summit 
Reacht backward a helpini> hand 

Andrefresht, encouraged, strengthened 
I took once again my stand. 

And I wish — Oh I wish— that the climbers 
Would never lorget as they go 

That, tho weary may seem their climbing, 
There is always some, one below. — Jtmr- 

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THE FOOD WE EAT. 
By Elder H. C BUnn. 

The position that is occupied by the 
human family in its claims for existence 
is, indeed, very peculiar. Just how far 
man has adhered to the original plan, will 
no doubt, be very difficult of solution. If 
we can entertain the thought that the 
race came into existence on the same 
plane as did all the beasts of the tield, the 
birds of the air and the fishes of the sea, 
and that each -order accepted the food 
that nature provided, then we only have 
to study the other animals to see what 
would naturally be the drift of the hu- 
man. 

While the beasts, birds and fishes, in 
all probability, eat very much to-day as 
they did on the day of their creation; 
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This m'\y well become a quandary in 
the minds of those who are interested in 
what man should eat. if be was intended 
for an lierbiv«»rous or gr irainivurous animal 
he has et riainly departed to a sad extent 
from the oii^inal plan. If it was antici- 
pited that he would become an omnivor- 
ous animal f and appropriate aS food every 
thing that he could obtain on the land or 
in the sea, then his present position may 
be more readily understood. 

Specialists can easily work out a theory 
in accordance with their religious or 
scientific views, and after long and labored 
dissertations it may prove satisfactory, 
especially to themselves, that man was 
made to subsist entirely on the fruits, 
vegetables and grains. 

Another class, equally as religious, and 
no less intelligent, are positive that man 
was made to live on a mixed diet and to 
accommodate himself to that which hap- 
pened to fall into his possession. The 
first theory is strengthened by Biblical 
authority, "I have given you every herb 
bearing seed, and every tree in the which 
is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you 
it shall be for nieat.^' It is also claimed 
in defense of this position, that the teeth 
of man are made for the eating of the va- 
ried kinds of fruits that are grown in the 
vegetable kingdom. 

The advocates of the second theory, 
place man among the omnivorous animals 
whose food is obtained from both the an- 
imal and vegetable kingdom. If an ani- 
mal crossed his path, it was at once 
slaughtered for food, and if fruits were to 
be obtained, they also were accepted. 

This class also quote the Bible as a wit- 
ness of the position they occupy, and say 
that one of the first acts after the creation 
of man, was the slaughtering of some ani- 
mals, and the skins were made into gar- 
ments for those who lived in Eden, and in 
all probability the Edenites ate the meat — 
and Noah's first offering to God, on leav- 
ing the ark, was the fat and blood of 
slaughtered animals. 

Soon after this date man seems to have 
become a universal scavenger in accord- 



ance with the Biblical command, — **Every 
movinjr thing that liveth shall be fo<»d f t»r 
you." Certainly all believers in the Bild<< 
and in flesh eating should have respert 1o 
this remarkable provision of food for man. 
Whatever m.iy have been the divine plan 
in regard to the human economy, it is sale 
to say that we are quite well informed of 
the custom that prevails among us at the 
present time and our health and prosp* r- 
ity claim our earnest and special int<irest. 

Those human beings who inhabited the 
earth, on the first days of creation should 
have no more influence upon us in regartl 
to our food, than in regard to our lan- 
guage or our general habits or customs. 
Mankind has grown, through thousands 
of years of valuable experience and the 
savagery of eating and drinking as those 
did, either before or after the flood, would 
hold us among a class of semi-civilized be- 
ings. The moral quality that has been de- 
velopt in the mind of man, has given rise 
to many questions, and the subject of food 
preparation must find its legitimate place 
as essential and imperative for the pros- 
perity of mankind as are the questions 
concerning right and wrong in civil cases 
or in matters of religious belief. 

If we look at the several classes of ani- 
mals, we find them as they always have 
been so far as we may know; the herbiv- 
orous eating the same kind of food as in 
the day of their creation, while the car- 
nivorous or flesh eating animals continue 
to devour all they can capture. Even this 
savage, animal nature has had a place 
among some of the races of men and they 
have signalized themselves as cannibals 
by even killing and eating their own spe- 
cies. Aside from the mere habit of taste, 
one creature may be as acceptable as an- 
other and essentially so as it was the com- 
mand of the Bible, that *'Every moving 
thing that liveth shall be food for }0u." 

The world is not so old but this com- 
mand still continues more or less in active 
operation, as the Christians and Heatlien 
contend with each other to see which shall 
secure the largest number of moving 
things to be used as foQd. We have only 

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to interest ourselves with this subject, in 
order to find that so late as the closing of 
the 19th century, but few things live and 
breathe that are not appropriated by man 
as food. 

Even tho it should be proved, that man 
did for thousands of years live as an om- 
nivorous animal in common with all other 
creatures of that same order, we are ii^ 
terested to know that a change came so 
soon as it did to give evidence of a better 
way. 

( To be continued.) 



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POOD AND TEETH. 

**It is a remarkable fact," said a prom- 
inent New York dentist recently, "that the 
teeth of the poor are stronger and usually 
last longer than those of the well-to-do 
classes. The reason for this is that what 
food the poor give their children is of a 
variety that goes to make bones and teeth. 
This food consists of the outside of all the 
grains of all cereal foods, that contain the 
carbonate and phosphate of lime and 
traces of other earthy salts, all of which 
nourish the bony tissues and build up the 
frame. If we do not furnish to the teeth 
of the young that pabulum they require 
they can not possibly be built up. It is 
the outside of com, oats, wheat, barley, 
and the like, or the bran, so called, that 
we sift away and feed to the swine that 
the teeth require for their proper nourish- 
ment 

The wisdom of man has proved his fol- 
ly, shown in every succeeding generation 
of teeth, which become more fragile and 
weak. Our modern flouring mills are 
working destruction upon the teeth of 
every man, woman and child who partakes 
of their fine bolted flour. They sift out 
the carbonates and phosphates of lime in 
order that they may provide that fine, 
white flour which is proving a whitened 
sepulchre to teeth. Oatmeal is one of the 
best foods for supplying the teeth with 



nourishment. It makes the dentine, ce- 
mentum and enamel strong, flint-like and 
able to resist all forms of decay. If you 
have children never allow any white bread 
upon your table. Bread made of whole 
wheat ground, not bolted, so that the 
bran, which contains the minute quanti- 
ties of lime, is present, is best. Nothing 
is superior to brown bread for bone and 
tooth building. Baked beans, too, have 
a considerable supply of these lime salts 
and should be on every one's table, hot or 
cold, twice a week.'* — Selected. 

BRUTALIZING AND INFAMOUS. 

Massachusetts has the first law pro- 
hibiting vivisection in the schools, and in 
defence of it W. W. Niles, the Episcopal 
bishop of New Hampshire, says: 

"The torturing of dumb animals in the 
presence of a class of young people for 
the purpose of instruction is inhuman, 
brutalizing and infamous. Far better is 
it for both society and the individual that 
the scholar should know nothing that is 
taught in the schools than that he or she 
should be thus degraded and turned into 
a brute. The monster in human form 
who could give such an exhibition to 
young persons or defend it in another 
ought not one hour longer to be tolerated 
for a teacher of youth, ile ought to be 
dismist instantly, and a superintendant of 
a school board who could tolerate such a 
wickedness ought not longer to be suf- 
fered to misrepresent a community of men 
and women. Words fail me to ex]jre8s 
the horror with which doings of this kind 
fill my soul." — Journal Transcript. 



WEAVING. 

Yes, I'm a weaver, and each day 

The threails of life I sj«in. 
And be the colors what they may, 

I still must weave them in. 
With morning light there comes the tho't 

As I my task begin — 
My Lord to me new threads has brought, 

And bids me "weave them in.'* 

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Sometimes be pves me threads of gold, 

To brigrhten up the day; 
Then sombre tints, so bleak and cold, 

Tb It cbanjje ihe jrold to grav. 
And s<» my sliuttle .s\>iftly fiies, 

Will thnads both gold and gray; 
And oij 1 toil till daylijjht dies, 

And fades in the nigbt away. 

O'l, when my day of toil is o'er. 

And I shall cease to spin, 
He'll optn wide my Father's door. 

And bid me rest within. 
When safe at home in heavenly light, 

How clearly I shall see 
That every thread, the dark, the bright, 

Each one had need to be I 

— Christian Advocate. 



MY BEST. 

I MAY perform no deed of great renown, 
No glorious act to millions manifest; 

Yet in my little labors up and down 
V\\ do my best. 

I may not paint a perfect masterpiece. 
Nor carve a statue by the world conf est 

A miracle of art; yet will not cease 
To do my best. 

My name is not upon the rolls of fame, 
'Tis on the page of common life imprest 

But I'll keep marking, marking just the 
same, 
And do my best. 

Sometimes I sing a very simple song. 
And send it onward to the east or west: 

Altho in silentness it rolls along, 
I do my best. 

Sometimes I write a very little hymn, 
The joy within me can not be represt: 

Tho no one reads the letters are so dim, 
I do my best. 

And if I see some fellow-traveler rise 
Far, far above me, still with quiet breast 

I keep on climbing, climbing toward the 
skies, 
And do my best. 



My very best, and if at close of day 
Worn out, I sit me down awhile to rest, 

[ still will mend my garments if I may. 
And do my best. 

It may not be the beautiful or grand. 
But I must try to be so careful, lest 

I fail to be what's put into my hand, 
My very best. 

Better and better every stitch may be, 
The last a little stronger than the rest, 

Good master I help my eyes that they may 
see 
To do my best. — From Womankind, 



2;:^"Thin spirals of paper are wound 
around each interior telegraph wire. The 
cost is much less than rubber. 

2iy At an auction in London, 400,000 
skins of humming-birds were sold in one 
week. 



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Tabitha A. Hardin, at Pleasant Hill, 
Ky. Jan. 24, 1899. Age 78 years. 

Sister Tabitha has been a member ot 
this society for more than sixty years. Of 
her we can say, "She hath done what she 
could.'* J. W. S. 

Zelinda Smith, at Enfield, N. H. Jan. 
30, 1899. Age 79 years. 

It was the birthday of Sister Zelinda, 
who had been feeble for several months. 

Thomas Steadman, at Enfield, N. H. 
Jan. 31, 1899. Age 77 years, 8 mo. and 
16 days. 

Sophronia Dole, at Watervllet, Ohio. 
Jan. 31, 1899. Age 84 years. 

Mary Hazzard, at Mt. Lebanon, N. T. 
Jan. 31, 1899. Age 87 yrs. 2 mo. and 10 
days. 

Maria L. Ward, at Hancock Mass. Feb. 
1, 1899. Age 82 yrs. 6 mo. and 2 days. 

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Blending of Puritan and Cavalier. 
A will whose force stern waniors oaineto ask 
A heart that melted at a mother's teaf— 
• H'hese brought ho to his superhuman task) 
Over a tragic soul he wore a comic mask. 
He was the South's child more than of the 

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Firm unto friend, and loyal unto foe. 
Such birthrights all environment forestall, 
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THE HIDDEN MANNA. 
By Jessie Evans, 

AMONG the breathings of God given for the courage and heavenward 
pei'severance of sools, perhaps none is more precious than the sublime 
promise : ^'He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the 
charches ; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna.'' 
It seems to add a sequel to the Savior's words : "Blessed are they which do 
banger and thirst after righteousness ; for they shall be filled." 

Much has been experienced and written of the conflict through which the 
soul must pass in order to merge the selfish will into the divine will, sacred 
writ is flooded with light to lead the soul to an attainment of this all-impor- 
tant result, yet the desirable blessing remains to many still afar off. The 
world is full of wranglings and unrest, and the sea of human life is crested 
with many billows. Creeds are dissected and discarded, the church vainly 
seeks a remedy for its scant assemblies, the pulpit is derided for proclaiming 
too much or too little truth, or rather because it does not present that type of 
truth (?) which is elastic enough to circumvest personal pride and still ease 
the pangs of a sleepless conscience. But a revelation of this nature has not 
yet come from God, and those who defer the vital decisions of salvation until 
a day of legal compromise will wait in vain. 

The voice "crying in the wilderness" awakened some who had "ears to 
hear" and the "Lamb of G<xi" followed to find a few souls waiting for his 
immortal doctrine. Will this doctrine ever please the public ear? The text 
seems to point to the negative view. ugmzea oy vjOOqIc 



50 THE MANIFESTO. 

The overcome!* referred to is not a passive character who has acquired a 
title without toil; he is in every sense of the word a reformer, a transformer. 
Into his life has been received, willingly or not, a powerful, pungent testimo- 
ny, which, received from the lips and life of the uncompromising Savior, and 
sealed by the Fatherhood which authorized the Christhood, puts to the swonl 
all the enemies that refuse to surrender. Narrow, selfish affections dissolve 
in the broad universal love which the new commandment signalizes. Per- 
sonal preferences are gradually, often painfully, merged into the all-absorb- 
ing yearning to follow the divine appointments. This is not the work of a 
moment, nor the bauble of a child. The sinews of his manhood are daily 
tested by a law before which human strength is weakness, in whose even bal- 
ance the least shall be the greatest, ^'a little one shall become a thousand and 
a small one a strong nation." The fibres of his self-will vibrate with many a 
thrill of suffering unechoed by the world, the tears of his soul he conceals 
behind a placid countenance lest men should gain his spiiit's secret and cloud 
the horizon of his pure sacrifice with their weak human sympathy. But the 
struggle escapes not the slumberless One, God is ever cognizant, and his 
perfect law provides for the safety of his wrestling children lest at any time 
they dash the foot against a stone, human or otherwise. Though of the 
earth, earthy, they have established in their hearts a new kingdom where an 
enlightened conscience is enthroned, to whom every faculty of body and mind 
gives honor in willing subservience. 

While resident on the earth, they are not '*of the world," their minds have 
risen ^^above the blue" into the hidden pastures by a path that '<no fowl 
knoweth, and which the vulture's eye hath not seen ;" and a '' highway shall 
be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness ; the unclean 
shall not pass over it," not because the redeemed guard the holy spot from 
intruders but because the force of God's law is inexorable. 

The overcomer enters into a wonderful inheritance. He finds himself, by 
divine promise, an **heir of God" and a '*joint heir with Christ." 'The fruit- 
fulness of the earth insures the maintenance of the natural man, that which 
conduces to the health of the body springs up on every hand." But the Lord 
is mindful of his own, he remembers his children," and his grace is richly 
provident of the good things invisible that sustain and build up the soul. 
Famine comes only to the prodigal, husks are eaten in the ^'far-off" countries, 
^^bread enough and to spare" is in the Father's realm. 

They who meet the discipline of sorrow and realize the blessedness of the 
refining processes outlined by the law of eternal right, enter into a communi- 
ty of soul, whose open doors ^^no man can shut." Kindred souls find each 
other sooner or later, a common bond attracts them, a freemasonry of spirit 
exists among them, and the signs and counter-signs invite a confidence never 
misplaced. 

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foe a minority, the prophets speak in comforting tones. The lichest promises 
of God rise from the pages of sacred history for their consolation. The 
strife between practice and principle having ceased, the Christian feels the 
power of peace resulting from the relinquishment of his life forces to divine 
law. Surrounding influences exert a great power as he awakens to the re- 
sponsibility of adapting his little life to the larger life around him that God's 
glory may he the issue of every hour. Godly lives corroborate his experi- 
ence, holy counsel confirms his faith, thoughtful prayers strengthen his cour- 
age, and a brother's hand of fellowship communicates a vigor that gives a firm- 
er ring to his voice, leaves a deeper furrow behind his plough of daily serv- 
ice, and imparts a richer hue to his consecration. Contrary influences, on 
the other hand, try and rivet his faith, they test the resisting capacity of his 
steadfastness, under the strong wind of adversity like a sound tree he strikes 
his roots deep and wide to withstand the force, and in the storm he best 
leaiiis the use of his anchor, compass and sounding-line. So the Christian 
loves his friend and his enemy. Both foster his spiritual growth, both fulfill 
a wise design in the divine planning. One strengthens his virtues, the other 
exposes his weaknesses. Neither must be evaded if the growth be symmet- 
rical. Truly, God's wisdom has pifovided good friends for the Christian. 

But all this points outward. Away from the strength that circumstances 
and associations bring to him, there is in the heart of the overcomer an abid- 
ing substance, a living presence, a divine entity, which proves true, at every 
mUe-stone of his ennobling journey, the sacred promise quoted by the Reve- 
lator. His spiritual senses recognize this invisible reality, this necessity. 
His soul accepts with avidity the blessed food, that tones up its tissues and 
empowers it for renewed activity, and looks never in vain for its constant be- 
stowal. Every day the manna drops from heaven into the inner wilderness 
and his soul freely gathers it in according to its need. Once this precious 
manna puts vitality into a man's inmost being and the hunger is gone forever, 
for the supply never fails. He who feeds his soul energies upon this food 
shall live forever, for as the natural manna repaired the waste of the physi- 
cal man, so this ''hidden manna," bestowed by an all- wise Providence, con- 
tains all the elements for the upbuilding of the spiritual man. As he prays 
"Give us this day our daily bread" and his hands earnestly labor for the 
*'meat which perisheth," his soul reaches upward into the goodness of God's 
promise to secure its daily supply of that ''meat which endureth unto ever- 
lasting life." If he gather much in his mental voracity he has "nothing 
over," and if in humble sorrow he gathers little he knows "no lacks," for He 
who sends - the precious food supplies just what is needed, and the soul is 
permitted to appropriate only what is for its nutrition. 

Our Savior said, "If any man eat of this bread he shall live forever." But 
reception only is not sufl9cient. This must be followed by the slower, more 
permanent processes of absorption and assimilation, ai|4zeFJ|er9vJrh$-/ 'stature 



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of the fulness of Christ" is maintained, the hygiene of the soul imposes f dat- 
ing as well as feasting days. Spiritual law is wonderfully adapted to the 
health of souls, all so similar in need yet so strangely different in structure. 
^^One man's meat is another man's poison" as really in the spiritual as in the 
physical economy ; and the relish of the soul is directed intuitively toward 
that which is for its best good. Hence we can not follow with impunity the 
regimen of others. Were we dependent upon others' givings for our soul 
supplies, the problem of capital and labor might intrude itself upon the reli- 
gious as upon the material world, but monopoly ceases when we enter the 
new birth. Here it is man for man. "Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall 
he also reap." We may do good for and to each other, and the world cries 
out daily for more of this philanthropic spirit, but the law of eternal equity 
metes out to the giver the measure of his giving and to the receiver the meas- 
ure of his receiving, '*God is not mocked." Influence dc»es much to fashion 
individual character, but when in the history of souls judgment is laid to the 
line and ''righteousness to the plummet," the spiritual stature of man — will it 
not be determined by the "measuring rod" of personal power, asph*ation and 
attainment? 

"I have meat to eat that ye know not of," the Savior said, and to the soli- 
tude of the mountain he repaired for his soul feast. As did he, so should 
his disciples do. Christian silence marks the hour of truest worship, for then 
the soul is eloquent, and in holy communion it feasts on the bread broken 
and blessed by its "Author and Bishop." All the real things of God are in- 
visible to the natural eye, and unspeakable in human syllables. We may 
speak o/them, but we can never describe them. So the heavenly manna is 
known only to "him that receiveth it," but the life which it supports, the 
eternal energy which it establishes is destined to people the Christian world 
with manhood and womanhood, citizens worthy the name and nerved to meet 
the crises of the times without blenching. 

Are you still hungering in spirit? Christ says to you, "I am the bread of 
life ; he that cometh to me shall never hunger ; and he that believeth on me 
shall never thirst." 

East Canterbury^ N, H, 



[^Contributed by Elder John Whiteley.'\ 

THOUGHTS PENNED BY AN INVALID. 

^^Give U8 this day our daily bread," 

'TTT'E are too apt to dwell on the future rather than in the present mo- 

V V ment 1 How frequently we hear people say, "I will do such a thing 

to-morrow" or next spring or fall or the coming year. I heard some one say 

a few days since, "We are talking over our plans for next^summer" ^d the 

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thought came to me ^'Ye know not what a day may bring forth for in such 
an hour as ye think not the Son of Man cometh." Man goes forth in the 
morning full of strength and hope, and before the evening comes, he is cut 
down and the place that knew him knows him no more ! 

How important then it is for us, my gospel friends, that we should guard 
and improve the present, for upon this day and moment the future must rest, 
for the now will soon become the past^ beyond recall — and as we reflect 
upon it we should ask ourselves *'if we have quit oui-selves like men." 

In order then to obtain a proper spiritual frame, our souls must be fed 
with that bread of life which cometh down from Heaven, seeking only for 
that which is highest, purest and best. 

Too many persons are apt to think that when we ask for our daily bread, 
it means simply, that which supplies our physical wants ! But it means more, 
for while we should see to it with scrupulous care that nothing enterB into 
the "temple of the living God" that would debase or weaken it, we should 
be all the more impressed with the great importance of having our spiritual 
natures furnished with proper food and nourishment, and that regularly and 
constantly. How often are we inclined to neglect to furnish by prayer and 
faith, the nourishment needed to fill our soul's requirements. 

We say we will wait for ''some more convenient season" which in many 
cases results in nothing being done. As the body becomes weakened and un- 
fitted to do its proper work if it receives not proper nourishment, so must the 
soul that is neglected become dwarfed and enfeebled. 

We then can not too urgently or frequently ask the good Father and 
Mother to send love into our hearts, for if we are filled with that, we have 
indeed the bread of life which will enable us not only to enter into the joys 
of this life, but will help us to journey on cheerfully toward the joys that 
belong to the home above, the delight of which we can but faintly imagine. 

For there will be no tears, no separations, but love divine abides. May 
the daily bread of love, peace, faith and joy ever be found on our life's ta- 
ble, and the loving Father and Mother its constant guests. 



ADTOBIOGRAPHT OF SISTER MART HAZARD. 

I WAS born November 11, 1811, in Hancock, Berkshire Co., Mass. My first known 
ancestor, Bobert Hazard, came from Wales, in 1640 and settled in Rhode Island. 
Some time in 1700, Jonathan Hazard, his grandson, and my great-grandfather with 
his family moved to Hancock, Mass., then a new country, where my father was bom 
in 1775. My mother, Lucy Vaughn, was also born in 1775, and they were married 
in 1796. I was the youngest of eight children. My father, a Justice of the Peace, 
was called Squire Hazard. He represented the town and state and was for a time 
Senator of the state. 

During his term in office there was great excitement about war, and all must en- 
list as soldiers or pay a heavy fine; and it was through my father's influence that the 

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Shaken in MaasachuBetU were exempt, on account of religiouB principles, from 
learning? war or paying the fine. The Brethren from the Shaker settlement fre- 
quently called to see him on business, and altho a child, I saw something in these 
Brethren which seemed so good and pure that I was very much attracted to them. 
About this time I became acquainted with Mary Fairbanks, a distant relatiTe, 
who had children among the Shakers. She told me much about her youngest 
daughter Olive, how happy she was, and once when returning from a visit to the 
Shakers, brought me a letter from Olive in which she invited me to visit her at New 
Lebanon. This invitation pleased me, and I wanted very much to go there and at- 
tend school. I askt my parents but my mother opposed the plan. My father being 
better acquainted with the Shakers, made no objection but insisted if I went that I 
nhould return when the school term closed. 

Shortly after this two Brethren called on my father and he mentioned to them my 
desire to go to the Shaker school. They replied that he had done so much for the 
Shakers they would be pleased to have me come. **But," said they, *^hat if she 
wishes to stay?** He said he would willingly consent, but my mother was opposed 
to my going even for a short time. Nevertheless I continued my pleadings until 
mother consented. 

In June 1824 two Brethren came again to consult with my father, and invited my 
parents to attend the dedication of their new Meeting house on the Sabbath, July, 4. 
They accepted the invitation and decided to grant my long cherished desire, to go 
with them and remain for the school term; and when I went to get my books I bade 
a silent farewell to my former school, feeling I should never return to it; which 
proved to be true. 

As soon as I arrived at the village I felt perfectly at home. The next day being 
the Sabbath we attended the dedication of the Church. Afterward, my parents vis- 
ited with the Brethren and Sisters, and my mother's opposition changed into love 
for the people, and she readily gave her consent for me to remain if I chose to do so 
and my parents both promist never to take me away and their word was as good as 
law. Living so near my parents, at their request I often visited them, and some- 
times my young companions, just entering into society, would plead with me to re- 
main with them and held out many temptations of the worldly life; but my love 
for and interest in my Shaker home was stronger than all their enticements and they 
past me by as tlie idle wind. 

My parents always gave me good counsel and taught me to be industrious and 
prudent; be kind, and if it was my choice to remain with the Shakers, to live ac- 
cording to my profession. My father would say: **Mary, if you want to be a Shaker 
be what you profess, and don't be a hypocrite. Be careful of the company you keep 
for there is danger everywhere of young people gathering to those of weak moral 
character instead of the strong.'' My mother always said she took more comfort 
visiting me than any of her children, altho they were all wc^ll married and comfort- 
ably settled in life. 

I have always had a double love and honor for my parents that they were willing 
to give me up to follow my own religious inclinations, and to 8ti*engthen me in my 
belief and altho I had everything in my father's house that I could desire, it was 
not to be compared to the happiness I enjoyed in my Shaker home with so many 
like myself, who had sacrificed the world for the pure spiritual life. During the 
thirteen years I lived at the North family, my parents provided all my clothing or 
gave me the money to use as I needed. 

In 1837, there being several deaths in the Church family, I was askt by the Eld- 
ers if I was ready for a fuller consecration, to leave my home at the North family 



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and become a ^'Church member^' which in those da>s meant more of a separation 
from my natural kindred. I replied that I would go. I then went with some of my 
Shaker friends to acquaint my parents with my proposed change, telling them i 
should not see them as frequently as I had done, all of which seemed right to them 
and when on the 7th of June I ascended the steps to my new home at the Church 
family, I felt like a Tirgin about to consecrate her life in the Temple of Holiness. 

In the year 1846 I was askt to assist in the Office and in 1851 was appointed one of 
the deaconesses, where I remained until December 1806. In all my years of service 
I have aimed to be just in all my dealings and true to the Community whose inter- 
est I was privileged to guard. 

Having signed the Church Covenant soon after my admittance into the Church, in 
all the years I have occupied as financial assistant I have never spent the value of a 
dollar for myself only as I shared with my Sisters. In my father^ s will which he 
often showed to me, there was much bequeathed me, but just previous to his death 
some who married into the family altered the will, in a way that I could ha^e but a 
small portion unless I left the Shakers, and knowing I would not do that, they felt 
sure of being the gainers. By some unknown or unfair means they gained my fath- 
er's signature to it 

But the $1000 I did receive in money, according to the Covenant I had signed I 
freely devoted to the interests of Community, and felt happy in giving my little to 
the home I loved, while I pitied those whose conscience must be troubled with what 
they had gained by fraud. Now in my declining years I have a conscience void of 
offence before God and man. I have naught but love and blessing for those who 
bear the heavy burdens of Community in this day, and I pray that they may be blest 
with wisdom in all their duties. 

I love and bless all my faithful Brethren and Sisters, praying that my advanced 
age may never find me a burden where I have always determined to be a blessing. 
Mt, Lebanon^ N, Y, 



THE ORDER OF MEDIATION. 
NO. 3. 

By Elder John Lyon. 

THE new creation is clearly typified by this dispensation, not only in the 
laying of its foundation in a mediatorial order but in its being sustained 
as God's mediatorial order, both with those who lived in obedience, and 
with those who lived in disobedience. God always so adapted the means to 
the end that when He laid His plans, it was from an immutable source, unal- 
terable, leaving no alternative for man. He must comply with it or suffer the 
penalty. Man was created an earthly being, and was endowed with all the 
animal propensities like the rest of the animal creation. He was also en- 
dowed with a rational soul, capable of spiritual existence, and God evidently 
intended that when he had faithfully fulfilled his eartlily duty he should rise 
to a spiritual order. 

The law given to Adam was to govern the earth, and by ruling his own 
nature, he ruled the earth. Had Adam kept the law and remained in sub- 

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mission to God, there could have been no possibility of the powers of evil 
leading him away from God. As man did not keep his rectitude it was nec- 
essary that a way should be provided to effect a resurrection. In the fullness 
of time, God introduced the creation of the new heavens and earth, by cre- 
ating a new man, with all the animal propensities like Adam. God gave to 
him power to rule his own life, and left him to his own free choice, either to 
obey the will and command of his Creator, or rebel, and be subject to his an- 
imal inclinations. 

In the resurrection state he was called the second Adam, and became the 
resurrection to whom all souls must come, and was called Jesus (Savior) be- 
cause he should save his people from their sins. Jesus said, "I am the res- 
urrection and the life." — John, xi., 25. When Jesus was about thirty years 
of age, God anointed him with wisdom and power, and gave unto him the el- 
ements of eternal life. '*Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well 
pleased." It was at this period of his life that he began the work of regener- 
ation, and for the space of three years he "trod the wine-press alone." 

God appointed Jesus as a mediator between himself and man. To qualify 
him for this office God put all things into his hands relative to the order of 
the New Creation. As Jesus said unto Thomas, -'I am the way, the truth 
and the life ; no man cometh to the Father but by me."— John, xiv., 6. 

Jesus did not come in his own name, but God, his Father, sent him with 
the proclamation to the world, ''No man cometh to the Father but by me." 
To show that the mediatorial agency was given to man, Jesus called himself 
the Son of man. Scripture, at length, might be quoted to show with what 
power God anointed him. Jesus declared that he had power to foi-give sin. 
He is Lord of the Sabbath and of all things in relation to the New Creation. 
He declared to his followers that he who sowed the good seed was the Son of 
man, and that the harvest was the end of the world. When he should come, 
he would sit on the throne of his glory, and that all nations should be gath- 
ered before him, and that he would separate them, as the shepherd the sheep 
from the goats. 

THE FOUNDATION WORK. 

We will now take a view of the principles by which Jesus laid the foiinda- 
tion of his work. His kingdom was submission to that power by which he 
was appointed, — ''I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but 
the will of Him that sent me." — John, vi., 38. I can of myself do nothing, 
as I hear I judge and my judgment is just, because I seek not mine own will 
but the will of the Father who sent me. Jesus taught his followers the im- 
possibility of entering this kingdom without submission to God and as God 
has appointed a mediator, how is it possible for anyone to be in submission 
to God unless he is in submission to the mediator ? Whoever sets at naught 
those appointed in the mediatoiial order of God, have no God. r 

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Jesus said, ** Verily I say unto you, except ye be converted and become as 
little children ye shall not enter the kingdom of heaven." — Matt, xviii., 3. 
He taught them the importance of humility on entering the work of regenera- 
tion. ''If any man will come after me, let him deny himself and take up his 
cross and follow me." It is true that Jesus taught many moral precepts in 
order to prepare the people to enter the work of regeneration. "Verily, ver- 
ily I say unto you, he that receiveth whomsoever I send, receiveth me, and 
he that receiveth me, receiveth him that sent me." 

After Jesus had established this foundation, no one who belonged to the 
order of regeneration, ever found access to Jesus or to God through him un- 
less they found him in an earthen vessel. Perhaps some will say that Saul 
found him on his way to Damascus when he saw a bright light and was 
struck to the earth. This agent was to put Saul in a situation to find the 
Mediator. 

(To be continued,) 



KEEPINO BUSY. 

By Joseph A, Wilson, 

IT is a peculiar part of human nature for the mind to be continually active. 
No matter how indolent, improvident or careless an individual may be, — 
if he or she be possessed of a healthy brain, — his or her mind is continually 
employed, either for good or evil. The mind is never doimant, like time, it 
keeps moving on, and unless properly busied, it will find its way into mis- 
chief. A very prominent gentleman once said, on being asked how he man- 
aged to be successful and happy, that he always managed to keep just a 
little more work ahead of him than he could comfoitably do during any 
given time. He kept employed. 

The moment one becomes idle the bfain still works on, and, unless better 
employed, will find its way into difficulties. Under such circumstances, and 
at such times, one dreams over real or fancied troubles, — broods over the 
dead past, or sees and points out the faults of others. By keeping busy one 
must not necessarily be employed at some manual labor. Not at all. 
A good book or some errand of mercy will do as well. But anything that 
enables one to rise above the petty jealousies, and i*efrain from the annoying 
gossiping that often mars life, and ruins its sweetest charm, is good. 
A closer communion with the Holy Writ, and keeping well employed are 
commendable. 

White Water, Ohio, 



Oh what is worth our thoughts, our labor, our affections while here, but that 
which will tell for eternity.— iJ. W, P. '^ r\nin\o 

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NOTES ABOUT HOME. 



Mt. Lebanon, N. T. 

February. 
Average of Weather at Mt. Lebanon. 
Thermometer. Rain.^ Snow. 

1808. 29.5 }4 in. 23 in. 

1899. 24.43 % " 37 " 

Highest Temp, during this mo. 50 above 0. 
Lowest " " " " 10 below" 

Number of rainy days '* " 1 
" snowy " " '» 7 
" '' clear *' " " 
" cloudy '* " " 14 

March, 1899. 
Lol The winter is past with its cold 
chilling blast, but its direful effects still 
rest upon us, enfeebling many, among the 



group is numbered Eldress Dorothy 
Wiight. Her first ailment was a sprained 
ankle. Her second is pleurisy. Hope 
this will be the last. 1899 thus far has 
been a season of affliction and sickness. 
Very few, if any, but what have had a 
draught of the bitter in some form. 

We are engaged at present in putting 
a new boiler in our Extract Laboratory 
and repaiiing the building otherwise. A» 
Brother Alonzo G. Hollister will soon be 
in your midst, he can give you all the 
particulars. Snow, ice, rain and slush 
form our variegated highways, which 
make traveling very unpleasant. A few 
hands are working on the State Road, but 
the work moves at snail pace. 

I am putting the bit and marUngale on 
my pen lest it writes more than 300 word» 
and thus break the kind Editor's law. 

"O, deem it not an idle thing 
A pleasant -word to speak ; 
The face yon wear, the tho*ts you brings, 
A heart may heal or break.** 
**Plaut blessing, and blessing will bloom ; 
Plant hate, and hate will grow ; 
You may sow to-day, to-morrow will bring- 
The blossom that proves what sort of thing 
Is the seed, — the seed you sow." 

Calvin G. Reed. 

South Family. 

March, 1899. 
Time's on the march, the quick march too 
And April, May, the same thing do; 
To the march of time there is no end 
Eternity with time must blend. 
Our ice has proved a clear success, 
^Twas clear as crystal, and the best; 
From twelve to thirteen inches thick. 
Gathered thoroughly and quick. 
When come the days of hot July, 
The healthful ice we'll not pass by, 
'Twill have a place in drink and food. 
And all will then pronounce it good. 
Our fire wood is well secured 
For one more year— we're well assured. 
Our blessings all, we can not count, 
To legions many they amount 
Sometime we'll have a new "high way," 
'Twill be cast up some future day. 
For builders work upon the road. 
While up and down men draw their loads. 



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And some will sing and some will swear 
The old road's steep — they just declare. 
Some to their horses they are kind 
While others, they are not, we find. 
But oh I we wish that they could see 
How wickad it is not to be. 
Of Eldress Annie we can say 
She is improviug, day by day. 
La Grippe has lost its grip, at last, 
And gone with winter that is past 
We hope our friends both far and near 
Have lost their **grip'' and found good 

cheer. 
We hope good health again may reign 
From Florida to breezy Maine. 
And to our Editor we send 
Our best of wishes without end. 

Genevieve DeGraw. 

North Family. 

March, 1809. 

Whtteb is usually considered a dull 
time, but this year, the latter end of it 
has been made almost too interesting for 
us by a visit from the grippe. Happily, 
he is now departing with the departing 
season, and tho he has done us little seri- 
ous harm, we hope he will mislay our ad- 
dress, or do something or other that will 
prevent his eves returning. 

Out of doors snow has lately been very 
much in evidence, and so, little has been 
done that required open air labor. We 
have had some eighty tons of hay baled, 
as that seemed to be necessary in order to 
make room for next summer^ s crop: and 
soon we hope to begin sawing up our next 
winter's supply of wood, which up till 
now we have been hindered from doing, 
one thing and another coming in the way. 

Of spring's close presence we find am- 
ple proof in the arrival of plentiful lambs, 
white-faced some, and some black-faced, 
but all of them, chock-fidl of fun. Calves 
too are many just now. Our brother 
Floyd has some eighteen of them under 
his care at present, and is doing very well 
with them, and they are such clever 
calves too I On Christmas day, he in- 
formed us that they could eat hay when 
they were a week old, and added, that 



was more than we could do at tliat age ; 
and we had perforce to admit such was 
the sorrowful case. Under Brother 
Geoige's excellent care, our poultry con- 
tinue to give a very abundant supply of 
eggs; considering the season of the year: 
and in such wise go our temporal activ- 
ities. 

We try to find in them avenues or win- 
dows through which to look out into the 
eternal, for it is only half using this beau- 
tiful world we live in, to let our sight be 
stopped by the object that it meets, and 
make no attempt to see further. 

Frederic McKechnie. 



Shakersy N. Y. 

March, 1899. 

Evidences are rapidly accumulating a» 
proof of the fact that the gift, or if we 
may use a more modem phrase the sci- 
ence of spiritual healing has not become a 
thing of the past, unable to manifest its 
power as a beneficent factor in the regener- 
ation and resurrection of life in both the 
physical and spiritual domain. The in- 
creasing number of magazines, weekly 
and monthly, which are advocates of the 
truth of the doctrine of spiritual healing 
and advocate its application both for relief 
and cure of the many ills of life is proving 
the truth of the scriptural statement that 
'*man can not live by bread alone;" it be- 
ing interpreted from the knowledge that 
the externalities of life's manifestation 
can nol satisfy the immortal spirit, neither 
are they capable of ministering the true 
resurrection to the physical, or can they 
place human life above the influence of 
drug medication whose advocates are 
at present seeking through legislative en- 
actments to suppress the beneficent ef- 
forts of those who through the gift of 
healing are seeking to alleviate human 
suffering. 

From all points of the compass ; from 
Maine to Oregon, California, Texas, Flor- 
ida and many other sections of the coun- 
try we have received literature advocating 
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with joy exclaim, Lord our eyes are begin- 
ning to see the glory of thy salvation. May 
our days be long that we may witness the 
blessed fulfillment of thy promise, the 
healing of the nations. 

The editorial m March number on "The 
food we eat," can be given no higher praise 
from our feeble pen than that it has spok- 
en the truth on that important subject 
How few there are that are blest with a 
healthy digestive organization capable of 
assimilating the food needed to build up 
a healthy body? and how few there are 
that give that important subject the con- 
sideration that it deserves. Let the good 
work go on; we will cast our mite into 
the mighty caldron of constructive 
thought that it may help forward the good 
time coming when human life will stand 
upright in its physical and spiritual as- 
pects, the highest embodiment of the 
creative presence. 

Hamilton DeGraw. 



Sabbathday Lake, Me. 

March, 1899. 

Mabch came in like a lamb, but no 
doubt we shall hear the lion^s roar before 
he goes out. Thus far some of the days 
have been very fine. We have commenced 
our spring work in the greenhouse ; seed- 
sowing, etc. 

The Brethren have lately put a No. 2. 
Baby Separator into our cow-barn and 
this will lessen the dairy work to some 
extent. They are getting over 32 g&llons 
of milk per day. The Separator cream 
tested 32 per cent butter fat, while the 
old creamery cream tested 22 per cent. 

General Repairs is stopping with us. 
I notice the window blinds, of one house 
and then another, missing and find on in- 
quiry they are undergoing a reformation 
of a new coat. So are many of the rooms 
in the brick dwelling, also sleighs, wag- 
ons, etc., which have been in with the 
General and come out looking quite new. 

Our deserted Village, the Poland Hill 
Farm, has at last been sold to the Ricker 
Brothers, who will soon turn it into a 



very beautiful place which their guests 
will enjoy visiting. 

The family have been afiUcted with 
much sickness the past month, which was 
a great hinderance to our fancy basket- 
work. Nearly all have had La Grippe in 
one form or another, but at last all are 
safe and that is much to be thankful for. 
Ada S. Cummings. 



West Pittsfleld, Mass. 

March, 1899. 

We realize as the lengthening days pass 
that "winter's reign is nearly over," and 
that soon spring, the loved harbinger of 
birds and flowers will be with us, and 
with gentle smile and touch awaken 
nature's sleeping children to renewed life. 
We are willing to bid adieu to poor, over- 
workt winter. Surely his part has been 
performed faithfully and he should be 
awarded due praise. The snow has fallen 
thick and fast, the wind catching it has 
piled it in huge drifts here and there, the 
thermometer has reachtalower point than 
for many years, and a genuine blizzard 
has been introduced to complete the 
record. But intersperst with this have 
been bright, sunshiny days when jingling 
sleigh-bells chimed merry times as the 
sleighs past over the smooth snow. 

The ice, of fine quality, and plenteous 
in supply, was promptly gathered, for we 
find in spite of our dislike for winter we 
enjoy a little of its preserved essence dur- 
ing the warm summer months. 

La Grippe laid seige to our home in 
February, and for a few weeks held us un- 
willing captives. Still we did not despair 
but rallying our weakening forces struck 
a final blow for liberty and rose to con- 
quer. Day and night we waged warfare 
until the enemy beat a retreat, not being 
able to cope with our armed forces, who 
fought with pellets and plasters so skill- 
fully. At present the wounded are near- 
ly recovered and peace once more reigns. 

The busy mill at the foot of the bill, 
and the buzzing saw in the valley, are at 
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into boards and cords of wood for exten- 
sive uses. And so with Its lights and 
shades time passes onward. Already 
nearly a quarter of the new year has be- 
come a part of the past. May the days 
yet awaiting be filled with blessing for 
our brothers and sisters in other homes, 
while unitedly we endeavor to raise aloft 
our banner whose motto is **Purity and 

Truth.'' 

FutetUi K»tabrook. 

Enfield, N. H. 

March, 1899. 
'^Nature is blazing witli ttie liglit of tliouglit 
And mind effulgent with divinity; 
For God alike through mind and matter wills, 
Works, ultimates himself forevermore." 

Who, understanding the growth of na- 
ture and the laws of progressive intelli- 
gences, can doubt that **God alike through 
mind and matter ultimates himself.'* Do 
not the achievements in every moral, edu- 
cati€(nal and scientific department of life, 
as well as the more universal spirit of na- 
tional and international union existing, all 
bear impressions of **mind effulgent with 
divinity" that evolves the crude into bet- 
ter; the triumph of right over wrong; of 
truth over error? 

In our naUonal arena of life. President 
McEinley and Gov. Roosevelt stand as 
men of high prestige, character and Amer- 
icanism, whose aim for political incorrup- 
tion, bears one phase of **mind effulgent 
with divinity." They are worthy recipi- 
ents of a nation's homage, yet there are 
thousands who, though not named on the 
nation's register of illustrious country- 
men, are as worthy of the epistles of com- 
mendation for well-doing, pledged to 
bear the Christian cross of self-denial and 
to extend the stafif of life to the needy and 
teach them the way of victory over sin and 
self. 

Over a century ago, our Church was 
founded by like Christly, stalwart souls, 
and to-day their noble successors fail not 
in receiving the coin of soul appreciation 
for merited work. 

Since last "note" we welcomed our re- 



vered Ministry from Mt. Lebanon. They 
were accompanied by our valued Eldress 
Emeline Hart, lately appointed to the 
place made vacant by the ascension of 
Eldress Joanna Kaime, and Eldress Har- 
riet Johns, appointed as associate with 
Eldress Emeline. A unanimous greeting 
was accorded Eldress Harriet. If we all 
blend with the eternal integrity and will- 
force of the Christ spirit as we feel its 
forces from within and from each other, 
we will know that "God ultimates himself 
in our lives and to the work of blessing 
others." 

Winter is preparing his dirge of deca- 
dence, at which we grieve not, as we all 
long to hear the new song of balmy spring. 

Snow enough to make sledding easy 
enough to draw from the hills 100,000 ft. 
of logs, 200 cords of fire wood, and 17 
cords^of ice from Mascoma Lake. 

George H. Baxter. 



Narooossee, Fla. 

March, 1899. 

Th£ lessons that the Florida farmers 
and gardeners are learning are both perti- 
nent and timely. And every one who 
feels to come to Florida for a home and 
live by agriculture should lead the last 
five year's experience of the state. 

It has taught those who are now living 
here that the greater portion of the state 
is unsafe for the culture of tropical fruits 
and winter vegetables with more chances 
against them than in favor of profitable 
returns, excepting in the sections below 
the twenty-sixth parallel or region not 
materially damaged by any cold up to 
date. There the orange, the lemon, the 
pine-apple, and guavas, with other tropi- 
cal fruits, have never been seriously dam- 
aged by frosts. This is a small country 
compared to the area of the state and will 
always be until some of the great and no- 
ble minds who have the wealth feel 
enough for the good of humanity to open 
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We have suffered little compared with 
many of our friends north of us. As our 
greatest aim has heen in cultivating the 
pine-apple, our greatest efforts were turn- 
ed in time of the freeze for the sal- 
vation of that crop, and at this date we 
have the consolation of seeing our efforts 
rewarded by about seven -eighths of the 
crop. 

It is safe to say there is but little dam- 
age done to our cane Held, excepting a 
small percentage of the stubble cane from 
which we made our last year's crop of 
syrup. It is generally expected that a 
reasonable crop will result from it the 
second year, but the crop we are depend- 
ing upon was all planted before the freeze 
and received no hurt 

We also have a large piece of cassava 
which was planted at the same time that 
is in good condition. These are our three 
staple crops and should we succeed in 
saving these we shall feel that we have 
come out of the blizzard with but little 
damage. True, our winter vegetables, 
with the exception of cabbage, onions 
and turnips were all cut down and we 
have had but very few, but we are thank- 
ful for what we have had. 

Andrew Barrett. 

•♦* 

THE POOD WB BAT. NO. 2. 
By Elder H. C. Blinn. 

From a very early date the growing, 
moral state of mankind has revolted 
against this vulture-like system of eating, 
and Abraham has the honor of being the 
first reformer in dietetics. Following him 
on this same line was that wonderful plan 
of reformation under the Mosaic Law, 
and its faithful continuance by^the Jewish 
nation. Through the influence of that 
law many of the most objectionable ani- 
mals as well as birds and fishes were pro- 
hibited as food. 

And yet this moral discipline had no In- 
fiuence on the surrounding nations, as 
they continued the practice of an omniv- 
orous diet, and we as oliildren of those 
parents have laigely inherited their tastes 
and appetiteti so that those who now pro- 



fess to lead a Christian life, and those 
who make no profession are equally ready 
to justify the course that is taken in eat- 
ing both fat and blood and also the flesh 
of all the clean and unclean Biblical ani- 
mals. 

Certainly, it can do no harm to give 
this subject a passing thought as there is 
not much danger that one or two degrees 
more of moral elevation will do us any 
special injury. The New Testament has 
but little to say on the subject of food, 
for the simple reason that Jesus and his 
disciples were all educated under the Jew- 
ish Law and were thoroughly disciplined 
in regard to the food they should eat. At 
a later date a disturbance arose among 
the Gentile Christians that gave the apos- 
tle Paul some little trouble before he 
could restore peace to the church. 

When Peter fell into a trance and saw 
a sheet let down from heaven on which 
were all manner of fourfooted beasts, 
and creeping things and fowls of the air, 
and he was told to kill and eat he was 
evidently astonisht He had up to this 
date received his inspiration from Moses 
and the prophets. We are not surprised 
that Peter was frightened at such an ex- 
hibition, as it would have frightened any 
Jewish Christian. It was enough for him 
to know the Law had forbidden the eating 
of unclean animals, but when he learned 
that it was intended only for a lesson to 
make him more charitable to the Gentile 
nation, he accepted the vision with good 
grace. 

A thoughtful writer H. A. Bradbury, in 
the "World's Advance Thought'* of Feb. 
1895 writes as follows; — "A reform is 
needed that has a regenerative force to 
raise the being to a higher key of desire, 
— for man's desires are sensual, his appe- 
tites are depraved and he contracts un- 
heard-of diseases; of passions and of 
worldly lust he is f ulL Animal flesh 
food stimulates the propensities from 
whose unbridled activity all the evil of 
the world results. If the thoughts are to 
be pure the environment must be pore. 
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fruit nor make the stomach a disinfectant 
to digesting animal bodies.'* 

A writer of this reformed order is estab- 
lishing himself as one of the saviors of 
the race, and his influence for good is of 
great value. The Apostle in his love for 
man writes; — "To be spiritually minded 
is life and peace/' and the Christian 
should study what may help him to be- 
come spiritually minded. With the above 
illustrations we may compare that of the 
Hottentots of whom the African traveler, 
Barrow, writes;— "Ten of our Hottentots 
ate a middling sized ox all but his hind 
legs in three days.'' The same authority 
says; "Three Bosjesmans had a sheep 
given to them at five p. m. which was en- 
tirely consumed before noon the next day. 
These people are equally filthy and glut- 
tonous with the voracious vultures and 
are extremely sensual." 

After such a picture of the human fam- 
ily we can very readily turn again to a 
class that stands on a higher elevation. 
Dr. L. Grossman writes in the Journal of 
Hygeio-Therapy, of Dec. 1894, as follows; 
"We observe that civilized man lives on 
fruit only in exceptional cases; in the 
main, however, he lives on a mixed diet, 
consisting of meat and plant foods." "In 
the long run this must prove injurious 
and the ever increasing disease and de- 
generation of our age, although in part 
due to other perverse conditions of life, 
teach with appalling obviousness that a 
mixed diet can not be the one ordained 
by nature to man." "Nearly all slaugh- 
tered animals are diseased, for fattening 
is based ui>on the principle of the symp- 
toms of disease." 

Man is learning that with an immortal 
soul he needs a more disciplinary care for 
his life than do the beasts that perish. 
Read what was written by Dr. L. M. Hoi- 
brook in the December Conservator: — "Is 
animal food necessary to health and the 
highest development of man? We do 
know that a very considerable portion of 
the race live wi^out animal food, and 
even in those races of which a majority 
consiune it, there are many individuals 



who do not seem to suffer very much, but 
rather gain by its non use." "We know 
that disease (dyspepsia) is most prevalent 
where most meat is eaten. The moral 
sense of the masses will never develop to 
that high degree of which it is capable so 
long as the slaughter of animals is consid- 
ered necessary to supply our daily food." 

After pursuing this interesting subject 
so far and obtaining so much that is valu- 
able from these thoughtful minds, we ac- 
cept this proverbial conclusion "Man is 
what he eats." 

This is also the opinion of W. H. Gal- 
vani who wrote an interesting article on 
this subject in the R. P. J. of Feb. 1896.— 
"The animals that subsist upon other an- 
imals are savage, spasmodic and lack per- 
sistency of effort, while on the other hand 
the animals that subsist on such food only 
as is obtained from the vegetable kingdom 
are comparatively mild, endure continu- 
ous labor and possess persistency of effort. 
The craving for animal food is due to the 
presence in its composition of certain ex- 
tractives, which are the source of its being 
of a stimulating character. Stimulating 
foods demand of the system stimulating 
drinks, and so develop a taste for liquors." 
(To be continued.) 



From the Bible Class. 



^'^ Martha^ Martha^ thou art earful and 
troubled about many things: But one thing 
is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good 
party — Luke, a;., 41, 42. 

By Rebecca A, Hathaway. 

The above mentioned words were spok- 
en by Jesus at one time when in the home 
of Martha and Mary. Martha, who we 
perceive was earnestly engaged with 
household duties, was troubled because 
her sister was sitting at the feet of Jesus, 
listening to the wise and beautiful words 
which fell from his lips. We may trust 
that she was enabled to help some other 
soul, from receiving this added blessing 
of strength. 

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"But one thing is needful," — Martha 
was undoubtedly giving all her time and 
strength to the providing of perishable 
things, perhaps knowing no higher need, 
nor realizing the importance of the mes- 
sage being spoken by Jesus; Mary ap- 
peared negligent in duty, hence Martha's 
appeal to Jesus; — "Bid her therefore that 
she help me.'* Here was Jesus' oppor- 
tunity to impress a lesson of the immor- 
tality of his teachings. "Martha thou art 
troubled about many things; but one 
thing is needful ; and Mary hath chosen 
that good part." Had he not previously 
taught, "Take no thought what ye shall 
eat, or what ye shall drink, or where- 
withal ye shall be clothed?" — Take no 
anxious thought, let your first and great- 
est concern be to "seek first the kingdom 
of God, and his righteousness, and all 
things needful shall be added." 

We do not for one moment imagine that 
Jesus meant the needful things of life 
would be added to the indolent and self- 
ish; but the Kingdom of Heaven sought 
first, is a safe guide leading and guiding 
us in the daily walks of life to follow 
where the Christ can bless, speak as the 
Christ would speak, and thus so beauti- 
fully combine service with worship, as to 
render the whole life praise unto God. 
Later in the second manifestation of the 
Christ spirit we have the guide, *'Hand8 
to work" and "heart to God." 

The first condition, "Hands at work," 
may only signify toiling for an earthly 
subsistence; "heart to Grod," added as a 
guide to the hands enables us to fulfill by 
word and wprk the Savior's prayer, — 
"Thy kingdom come, thy will be done in 
earth as it is in heaven." 
Eant Canterbury, N, H. 



Be careful to leave your sons well in- 
structed, rather than rich; for the hopes 
of the instructed are better than the 
wealth of the ignorant 

A WEAK mind is like a microscope, 
which magnifies trifling things, but can 
not receive great ones. 



THE BEST YOU CAN. 

What use to frown when things go wrong? 

A frown won't set them right, 
Be brave of heart, and sing a song, 

To make the burden light! 
That this is true I quite believe; 

He is the wisest man 
Who sings when care and trouble come, 

And does the best he can. 
The man who broods o'er trouble finds 

His burdens heavier grow, 
As he climbs up the hill of life; 

The wise man does not so. 
He gathers flowers beside the way ; 

He says to fellow-men — 
"Let's make the most of pleasant things. 

And — d© the best we can." 
In thinking of another's need 

We oft forget our own; 
So let us think of others more — 

Not of oui*selves alone. 
Keep up a brave and cheerful heart, 

'Tis aye the wisest plan, 
To sing when care and trouble come, 

And — do the best we can.— 8ton(f ard. 



SI^^James Kuhsell Lowell said, 
"War," (generally) "is murder" and Gen. 
Sherman said, "War is hell." 

Si^^A Baltimore judge has decided 
that faith-cure doctors are not entitled 
to compensation. 



. BitowN says, "Keep your feet 
warm, your head cool and throw medi- 
cine to the dogs." 

Si^f The influence of salt in any and all 
animal organisms is always destructive.— 
Dr. r. F. QiSford. 



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Elizabeth Copley, Sr., at Enfield, Conn. 
February 3, 1890. Age 82 years, 11 mo. 
and 7 days. 

She came across the Atlantic Ocean on 
account of her faith. She was true to it 
to the end, in every sense of the word. 

S. B. C. 



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art of printing were made can not be with 
certainty a>certained because the earliest 
work printeil by Gutenberg bore neither date 
nor name. The reason for this was obvious. 
The earliest printed books were made to re- 
semble writing and sold as such. This much 
is certain — that movable wooden types were 
first employed by him about the year 14yJ«. 
In 14i3 he returned to Mayence and formed 
a great friendship with Johannes Fust,or 



Faust, who agreed to loan him eight handreil 
guilders at six per cent for five years, bat four 
years passed before the wealthy goldsmith 
woultl advance the ratmey becaase Goten berg- 
would not mlmlt him into the secret of his 
bufriness. In 1449 the first money wa^ a«l- 
vanceil and a printing ofl3ee set up. It was 
necessary to have assistance in the printing 
office, and one Peter Scho^ffer was engagred. 
•*he being mechanical." Peter kept his eyes 
open and soon found that wo<Mlen types were 
too slow to make, an<i he discovered tlieart of 
cutting the characters in a matrix so that the 
letters might be cast slngl\ . Instead of tell- 
ing Gutenburg, his empl(»yer, he went to the 
mcmey lemlerand persuadeil him to advance 
more money so that Schoetfer might work at 
his inventiim apart from Gutenberg. So 
pleased was Faust that he gave Peter his 
daughter Christina in marriage.— /MnoAr^eV 
Magazine for Mny. 

Cardinal Gibbons, in answer to the question. 
Is the face of Christ as depicted in art a strung 
one? says, (as reported in Thk Outlook.) 
"The face of our Lord which I am mostaecusi. 
tomcd to see expresses both strength an*l 
kindness." Bishop Potter, on the contrary, 
thinks the art portraits "weak an4t inade- 
quate," while Dr. Parkhur.st says that th€\v 
are *'iH»t only di«appolntlng but repulMlvt- ." 
Rabbi Gotthell declares; "I have never seen 
a picture of the being ealleil Saviour of the 
wt»rld in which strergth was a marke«1 feat- 
ure, or even indicated. Naturally so, bee«u>e 
the being was not a man of flesh and blocHi, 
but the creation of theological fancy and dojf - 
matic construction." Many other clergymen 
of note join in the discussion of this question 
of The oi'TLooK. 

The Rev. Newell Dwight milis, D. D. pastor 
of Plymouth Church. Brooklyn, has become a 
ctmtril utor to The Indies* Name Journal, nn<\ a 
nundjer of articles from his pen will appear 
in that uuigazine during the year. He is in- 
troduced to the Jourral'a leaders thiougli bis 
article, "The Secrets of a Happy Life," in the 
May issue, which dhows him to be a most 
forceful writer whose present essay one can 
not read without gettiug a better and more 
wholesome view of life. The worst antagon- 
ism to u happy life. Dr. Hlllls believes, is 
modern pessimistic literature, "for unhappy 
indee<l must be the community that feeds up- 
on misery and tlaily takes its dose of pessim- 
ism." 

Hon. John I). Long, Secretary of the Navy, 
is the author of a very notable contribution 
t<» the forthcondng (June) number of Frank 
Leslie's Popular Monthly, now a giant 
among the ten -cent magazines. It is entitled 
The Building of the New Navy; and is lllus- 
tratetl with nearly forty elaborate pictures 
and ofllcial plans, showing types of all the 
classes of United States war vessels, from the 
torpedo boats and destroyers to the most for- 
midable first-class battleship, such as the new 
Maine, the Kearsarge and the Kentucky, in 



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Entered at the Post Office at East Canterbury, N, H., as Second-Class Matter. 

LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE. 

By Elder Henry C. Blinn, 

^^T ET your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works 
I J and glorify your Father which is in heaven." Jesus, 

This testimony of Jesus is without doubt the light of the world. Above 
all, he wants the disciples to make a good use of it. It is wrong, after hav- 
ing accepted it of God, to hide it away. Those who live in the light ai*e made 
very conspicuous, and all that they may do is easily seen. 

Jesus knew that his docti-ine was of God and that it would save his people 
from their sins. He was anxious for his disciples to be stimulated, to let the 
light which they had received, so shine in their lives, in practical righteous- 
ness, that others not of his church, might be made better, by seeing these 
good works. 

This new life required a special spiritual light which would harmonize with 
the life of Christ, and be a blessing to all who saw it. A little light is much 
better than none, and even this small amount may have cost the owner a great 
deal of buixien. If you have but little light, and with this have been able to 
deny yourself of a little ungodliness, have been able to govern the tongue two 
or three times during the week, or so modified the temper that the voice has 
not risen above the normal key, then you can let so much light shine, and 
Grod will see all such good, commendable works, and our fiiends and neigh- 
bors will also see the same. 

There may be those who actually hate the light, and instead, may prefer to 
abide in darkness. Of that class we cau only repeat the words of Jesus ;-p 

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'^Verily, I say unto you, they have their reward." This reward, or the result 
of wrong-doing, must be very unsntibfactory even totho^e who have received 
but a very few rays of light. 

It is quite evident that the disciples were to occupy a new position in the 
religious world. Their place in the Jewish church was in common with the 
whole nation and no special reference had ever been made to them. Now :dl 
had changed. They had become the recipients of a mw spiiitnal light, 
but had not, as yet, learned how to use it. Possibly th'-y may have been 
diffident, or may have been ashamed to be known as the followers of the 
Nazareue. 

It must have been a deep struggle in the minds of those illiterate, Sdiuiple 
fishermen, to leave their life occupation and become the disciples t^f a refined, 
religious Teacher, who would lead them into the City of Jerusalem, and into 
the company of the Pharisees and Sadducees, and even into the company of 
the chief priests. We need not wonder that they drew back from such an 
ordeal, or dreaded the publicity to which their new life had introduced them. 
Without doubt they did draw back from this public investigation, and hes- 
itated to speak of the ''good news" of the gospel. 

At this moment, Jesus meets them and says, — Let your light shine that 
others by seeing your good works may be able to glorify God. He knew to 
whom he was speaking and that the disciples were able to testify to the truth 
of God with confidence. 

Those among whom they dwelt could hear their language aud knew quite 
well that it was chaste, and its influence upon other minds was for the pro- 
motion of good. Their general character was also well understood, and these 
were the good works so open before all i>eople. This would inspire others 
so readily to glorify God, that it seemed but a simple lesson to learn. Let 
your light shine, can not be repeated too often, and especially among those 
who have accepted the mission work of the Christ. 
E€L9t Canterbury^ N, H, 



REiaN OF TRUTH. 

By Elder John Whiteley, 

God bless the hope and longing for 
A gift so much desired 

By every child of Mother Ann. 

And may he teach us what it is 

In us that is required 

To do^ the best and all we can 

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Or patiently to wait and see 

His will and work, divine. 
The great salvation from our God 
We know 'twill oome in his good time. 

Nor would we onoe repine, 
To hope is joy — to wait is gain ; 

Till then, we'll kiss the rod. 

The world hath need, — who hath not need? — 

Of love and life divine. 
The fount of good still overflows ; 
There is enough for every one 

That wish Christlike to shine. 
Let's do our best, and meekly say. 

Thy will, O God, be done. 
Shirley^ Mass, 



KNO^Vr THYSELF. 

By Elder Abraham Pei-kins. 

OUR days, weeks and months are rapidly passing away, but they leave 
an impress, a concern for properties not attained. Unto mortals, what 
are the benefits of life? Just what we make them in conformity to rectitude 
and truth. In the work of the Eternal, there was a design in bringing into 
existence man, and also all other creations. Evidently it was for greater 
glory, for celestial honor, for completion of perfection of the heavens. The 
earth with its creations were for man's use, and, held in possession, provi- 
sioned means calcalated to qualify him for the enjoyment and happiness of 
the heavens. 

So long as man is a tenant of earth, the things thereof are for his instruc- 
tion and use ;* his rights thereto, depending upon the acts and character of his 
life, the manner of use he makes of the provisions designed for his wants and 
his happiness. Our powers should be given to work out the problem of life 
in a manner to bring peace and justification to ourselves, and so universal 
our interest, that our labors be also devoted to the interests and blessing of 
others. Our existence is not alone for self -pleasure ; our duties are not 
merely for personal benefits ; but as a link in the great chain of the uni- 
verse, there is a responsibility to be manifested in life and a dependence 
upon the exercise of our powers for the maturing of the plan in the design 
of the All- Wise to accomplish a purposed end. With Deity man was to 
be a co-worker, obedient to the light and vision of duty revealed. Inability 
in man to conceive of all the devices of the Almighty, incapacity to fathom 
his creation and beginning, is without foundation of plea in favor of delin- 

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84 THE MANIFESTO. 

quency in duty or argnment in support of our wills or any selfish passion. 
It is enough, (absolute requirement if we would become heirs of the king- 
dom) to make our meat and drink in doing the will of our Father in heaven, 
as from day to day we learn the true and protective lessons of Ufe. Into our 
hands a sacred trust is committed ; may we never be found to fai in loyal 
service. 

To study our personal creation that we may know ourselves, ope us ave- 
nues to find that which we seek, to give entrance where we knock, and a 
baptism of the spirit through repentance, confession and consecration. The 
hand of the Lord is not shortened, that He is not as able to-day as in the past 
to lead and deliver Israel. All power is his to control and consummate hit* 
purposes and settle the destiny of man, when cometh the end of all rule, au- 
thority and power put down by the Messiah, and the kingdom delivered up 
to God. I Cor. XV., 24. 

East Canterbury^ N. H, 

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CHRISTIAN COMMUNISM. 

By Blanche L. Gardner, 

COMMUNISM apparently had its origin in the days of Abraham, for in 
that early period men dwelt in tents and held their property in common. 
In Ancient Histoiy is recorded many instances where communities have been 
organized on some form of communistic principles. Among this numl)er we 
find Chrishnu, the Hindoo Christ. He was very successful as a communist 
and had many devoted followers. They held all their property in common 
and drew their expenses from one general fund, thus, all shared alike haNnng 
equal rights. 

He taught many wise maxims which are worthy of remembrance, — "There 
should be no disagreement between your lives and your doctrine." '* Above 
all things cultivate love for your neighbor." ''A good, wise, and benevolent 
man can not be rich." And many more that proved he guided liis people in 
wisdom, teaching them to love and have a care for the welfare of their fel- 
low-men. 

Moses sought to introduce the spirit of communism among the Israelites 
when he instituted the year of the Jubilee. '*Ye shall hallow the fiftieth year 
and proclaim lil)erty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof 
it shall be a Jubilee unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his pos- 
session — the land shall not be sold forever." 

This prevented poverty among the people, for at least once in fifty years 
the property was divided and returned to the original owners. The Essenes 
were another sect of Communists. It is supposed that they existed for thou- 
sands of ages. They are first mentioned one hundred and sixty years be- 
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ed themselves from their nation and formed themselves into a community. 
Their fundamental principle was purity of life, and they did not countenance 
the mariiage relation, yet there were some among them that were unable to 
live ''as the angels in heaven" consequently they were allowed to marry, but 
they could not be considered of the highest rank, and were obliged to observe 
special laws. Each pei*son that joined the community was required to con- 
secrate all he possesse I for the support of the society. All expenses were 
drawn from the one treasury. Accordingly they shared equally, having 
neither rich nor poor in the community. . 

There seems to be a similarity between Essenism and Christianity. Many 
have supposed and believed that Jesus received his early education among the 
Essenes. After Jesus was baptized he began the formation of a community. 
He selected twelve for his disciples who were willing to forsake all and fol- 
low him in the regeneration. One of this number was chosen to take charge 
of the * 'money-bag" and keep account of the buying and selling of this little 
community. 

Jesus Christ was the origin of Christian Communism. When the rich 
young Ruler came to Jesus desiring to know what he should do to inherit 
eternal life, stating that he had observed the commandments from his youth, 
Jesus replied, '*One thing thou lackest, go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast 
and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in Heaven ; and come fol- 
low me." Was not this communism? 

All who became members of the Apostolic Church "sold their possessions 
and goods, and parted them to all men as every man had need" for they "had 
all things in common." There were seven deacons appointed to look after 
the temporal aflfairs of the church. Many attempts of recent date have been 
made to establish societies upon a communistic principle with some form of 
religions belief as the bond of their union. Some have tried to maintain com- 
munity of interests while retaining the marriage relation, but to date it has 
proved a total failure. The Shaker Church owes its success to the mainte- 
nance of these two principles, — Virgin Celibacy and Community of Interests, 
according to the example of Jesus Christ. Communism, without the relig- 
ious life combined, has always proved a failure. 

Natural inclinations lead us to seek for ourselves pleasures, wealth and 

worldly honors but those who enter the Christ life rise above these selfish 

ambitions and seek to love and serve others, consecrating all they possess to 

the welfare and good of others, as did the Christ who went about doing good. 

East Canterbury, N, H, 

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Repentancb, however difficult to be practiced, if it is explained without super- 
stition, is easily understood. Kepentance is the relinquishment of any practice from 
the conviction that it has offended God. Sorrow and fear and anxiety are properly 
not parts, but adjuncts of repentance; yet they are too closely connected with it to 
be easily separated, for they not only mark its sincerity, but promote its efficacy. 

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86 THE MANIFESTO. 

In J/emory of Eldress ELIZA R. SMITH. 

By Mary Ann Walker, 
^"In the midst of Ufe^ tee are in den*h.'* 

Aslieaf fully ripened for the house of the LonL The Flarvost Angel hus 
gathered it home. Our loved mother has euter«*d her heavenly home, 
bearing pidms of victory, and rej >ioing in the conque^it won. 

She ouiited no sacrifice too great that would «*uabl* her to h'lp other son s 
towartl Cod. Heis has been a long life of u>efuhu .♦-s in the gospel canst . We 
loved her for h t many noble, Christian virtues. Iier kin I and ehanlahle 
disposition toward all, won for hrr many friends. 

Those who were privileged to live under hrr bh sseil ndni^lnition, know 
that she was a safe counselor, true and faithful in every duty. How we 
shall miss her cheerful smile and her kind words I For us she ha* toihnl with 
unseHi>h devotion, that we might gain an inheriianci* in the*kingdora of God. 

Dearcht mother, words can not express the love and gi*atitude which we 
feel for the parental love and care you have best<»wed upon us. You have 
been to us a wall of protection, through the days of youlh, and guided our 
feet in the path that leads to peace. Still be with us, to cheer and comfort 
us while on the journey of liiV. Take our pledge that we will wo.k lor ihe 
principles of truth. 
Alfred, Me. 



TUIBUTK. 

By Stephen Gotren. 



^^ YlJK thou faithful unto d»alh, and 1 will give thee a crown of lift." — 

»L) Rev. ii., 10. This is the promi-e to the faithful, and 1 know that 
our belovtd sister, Eldre>8 Eliza R. Smith, who has just passrd from our 
sight, has been faithful unto death, and will receive a ci*own of life. 

She has given her life througn faithfulness and prayer, to assist others in 
obtaining the pearl of great price. Her interest was the temporal and spirit- 
ual interest of the gosi)el home, and her anxiety was that the young Bi*ethren 
and Sisters might beconu* sti-adtast in the life of Christ. 

Her advice to those who had &et out to win the prize, was to gain it by be- 
ing true and honest. I tiust we shall bear in remembrance, this worthy ex- 
ample that has so kindly been placed before us for so many years, and thus 
honor the memory of our beloved Eldress. 

We read of those who leave large sums of money for some good cause, 
and we think of them as being very kind, but how much better has been this 
life to God, which our dear Eldress has given for the protection and happi- 
ness of other souls. Let us be faithful unto death, that we also, may win a 
crown of eternal life. 
Alfred, Me. 

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KINDNESS. 

By Henry C, Farmer, 
^llV!i Christian religion enjoins, not only tiie loftier and more rigid excel- 



lences of the human character, but also those which are delicately amica- 
ble and tender; not only the masculine virtues, but also the feminine graces. 
It not only prepares its possessor to be a patriot in tbe great theatre of his 
country ; a spectacle of heroic martyrdom to God, to angels, and to mankind, 
but a sympathizing friend in the social and domestic circle. 

Love can either expand benevolence to the claims of the whole human fam- 
ily, or concentrate its emotions on one individual object of pity or affection. 
Love is kind. Kindness means, a disposition to please ; an anxiety mani- 
fested to promot2 the comfort of our species. Pity commiserates their sor- 
rows ; mei-cy relieves their wants and mitigates their woes, but kindness is a 
general attention to their comfort. Kindness expresses itself in words that 
are calculated to please and to be useful. 

As not only our words, but the tones of our voice are indicative of our 
thoughts and feelings, it is important that we be careful both as to what we 
say, and how we say it. Half the quarrels which disturb the peace of socie- 
ty arise from unkind words, and not a few from unkind tones. We should 
sedulously avoid a sour, morqse, chiding mode of speech, and adopt a sooth- 
ing, conciliatory and affectionate style of address. 

A surly tone is calculated to wound, and offend, and love, which carries 
the law of kindness on its lips, will, consequently, avoid it. A snappish, 
petulant, scolding address is in the highest degree repulsive and dissonant in 
tbe intercourse of society. We may not have, it is true, the music of sound 
in our voice, but it is our own fault if we have not the music of love. We 
need not employ grimace, fawning, sycophancy, hollow and unmeaning com- 
pliments, but we may be courteous and affectionate, and we ought to 'Met our 
speech be seasoned with salt, that it may minister grace to the hearers." 

What a fascinating character is that of the man or woman of distinguished 
kindness ; they are invested with indescribable loveliness ; they may not have 
the glory in which the patriot, the hero, or the martyr are enshrined, but 
they are adorned, in no common degree, with the beauty of holiness. They 
carry about with them the majesty of goodness, if not the dominion of great- 
ness. 

The light of their countenance is the waim sunshine to which the spirits of 
grief repair from their dark retreats to bask in its glow, and their gentle 
words are like soft melody to chase away the evil thoughts from the heart of 
melancholy, and to hush in peace the troubled reflections of the distempered 
mind. 

As they move alone, distributing the pleasant and efficient expressions of 
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the notes of the unfortunate which they have turned to joy. When tley 
come unexpectedly into the comp my of thair friends, every countenance puts 
on the appearance of complacency, and it seems as if some goo<l genius h:»d 
come among them to bK»8s the party. As they look around the circle with a 
smile of beneficence that has found an abiding place on their brows, tliey pn*- 
sent the brightest resemblance to be found, in our selfish world, of the en- 
trance of the Savior among his disciples, when he said — '-Peace be unio you'* 
and breathed upon them the Holy Spirit. 

Although they neither seek nor wish an equivalent for their many acts of 
benevolence, their gentle spirit receives, in a full tid'*, the stream of conso- 
lation which has ebbed from their own breasts to fill the empty channels of 
their neighbor's happiness. 

Who can be unkind to those who are kind to all ? What heart is so hai*d ; 
what mind so cruel; what spirit so diabolical, as to wound those who never 
appear among their race but as ministering angels? There is a magic iu 
their tears to melt to sympathy the stubborn soul of cruelty itself, which has 
a tear for no one else ; and no less a magic is found in their smiles, that 
will relax and soften the hard features of euvy, and reflect for a moment the 
sunshine of their joy. 

While they live, every man and woman is their admirer. Wh:-n they die 
every man and woman is their mourner. While they are on eaith, their 
names have a home in every heart, and when they have passed away th* y 
have a monument in every memory — the record of their praise — and the in- 
inscription is ''Kindness brings peace and happiness toothers than youi-self.'' 
2dt, Lebanon, N, Y. 



CULTURE. 

By Frederic McKechnie, 

THERE is such a thing as the lust of the mind. When intellectua] 
activity is engaged in, for the sole purpose of enjoying the sensation it 
provides, without any regard to its effect upon the general welfare, and with 
no desire that it should do anything save provide this pleasurable sensation, 
we have what may fairly be termed the lust of the mind ; and have, moreover, 
that which distinguishes beyond anything else, the educated classes of to day. 
The activity of the press in providing the desired pabulum for these classes, 
is enormous. 

Every year sees thousands of books published, which have no other object 
than the gratification of this appetite, the desire for a fresh sort of emotion, 
a new species of intellectual delight, and theu: readers busy themselves all the 
time in cultivating a keener and keener susceptibility to the emotions arising 
from the contemplation of new phases of human relationship, or in develop- 



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ing the faculty of enjoying the cunning arrangement in words of the old 
phases. 

Such is what they caU * 'culture," and in the minds of the vast majority, 
there is no notion that culture need include anything more. But it is a mis- 
take. We know what culture for a flowering plant, means. It means the per- 
fect deyelopment of the perfect blossom. For an edible plant it means the per- 
fect development of a perfect fruit. For both it is simply the bringing into per- 
fect outward form, the best of which they are each capable. What then does 
the term culture mean, when applied to man? In his case, it can only mean 
what it means in the case of the plant, a full and perfect development of the 
best that is in him. And what is that best? Is it intellect, with its power 
of seizing and distinguishing the forms of the world of thought? Assuredly 
not. Those who have narrowly observed the workings of this principle, can 
not have failed to notice how anogant, combative ana self-assertive it is. Its 
tendency, in all cases where it has sway, is to divide men, never to unite them. 

Nay, that in man, which is highest, is not intellect, but something that in- 
cludes intellect and is superior to intellect, the Christ. The only culture that 
can rightfully be called culture, is Christ-culture. Intellectual culture may 
supplement this, but can never be a substitute for it, the perfect fruit of the hu- 
man race is not a gigantic intellect, but a Christian, yea, a Christ. 

All the various phases of what the world calls culture, are significant, only 
as they indicate movement toward this standard. 

All the various products of modem civilization, — railways, bridges, church- 
es, ocean steamships, are of value only as they provide outlet for energies 
which will one day be turned toward the ideal. They hav^e no value in them- 
selves. 

'*The cloud-capped towers, the gorgeous palaces, the solemn temples, the 
great globe itself, ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ shall dissolve, and, ♦ * * * leave not a 
wrack behind." ''The gi-ass withereth, the flower fadeth, but the word of 
our God shall stand forever," and whoso hath that word in his heart, he shall 
not perish though all around him pass away. And so, when the world brings 
before us, as it frequently does, in these days, its many shining examples in 
the domains of literature and art, while we can not in justice withhold the 
praise, that in many cases is so well deserved, as disciples in the school of 
the Christ, to our word of admiration yet this other word we must add, "one 
thing thou lackest." Yea, one thing thou laekesl, and that, the one thing 
best worth having, to gain which the world is well lost. 

"Everything has its price, and if that price is not paid, not that thing, but 
something else is obtained." Are we willing to pay the price? 
Mt. Lebanon, N, T. 

Obedience is better than many oblations. 

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NOTES ABOUT HOME. 



Mt. Lebanon, H, Y. 

April. 
Average of Weather at Mt Lebanon. 
Thermometer. Rain. Snow. 

1898. 42. 8.5 in 8 in. 

1899. 47. yi " 2 " 
Highest Temp, during this mo. 80 above 0. 
Lowest " " " " 20 
Number of rainy days '' " 3 



" snowy '» 


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1 


" clear '' 


ft 


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16 


" cloudy'' 


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10 



May, 1899. 
At present we breathe in the aroma of 
vernal bloom which forms the interlude to 



summer and autumnal fruits. Since the 
opening of April, we have had but seven- 
eights of an inch of rain. Although the 
clouds are dry, giving but a sprinkling of 
rain, yet the vegetable creation is donning 
its imperial c«»8tume. Although the win- 
ter and early spiing were very trying to 
the human constitution, yet they proved a 
mantle of protection to the vegetable con- 
stitution. 

Strawberry vines are strong and vigo- 
rous. If the season is propitious we shall 
have an unusually heavy crop. Much de- 
pends on that little word **If." Cherry 
and pear trees are in full bloom. 

Farmers and gardeners are plying their 
vocation with might and main. If the 
weather is auspicious they should reap an 
ample harvest It is excellent weather 
for kiliiug weeds; clear, warm days canse 
them to shrivel and die. 

We had our first clipping of asparagus 
this year, May 2nd, a fortnight earlier than 
last year. We have cool nights and warm 
days. As warmer weather displaces the 
cold, the health 6i the people keeps, pace. 
There is not anybody in the family at pres- 
ent registered on the sick list 

Our Ministry arrived at our station 
Thursday, May 4th, where they conclude 
to stop for a few days. 

A large company of men and teams are 
working on the New York State Road. 
The piers for supporting the iron bridge 
are well on the way. The Berkshire sec- 
tion is not commenced yet. 

Calvin 0. Reed. 



North Family. 

May, 1899. 
Spring has now fairly arrived. Winter 
tarried long, and departed as one loath to 
go, with tardy step, but there was no tar- 
diness in Springes movements. At the 
end of April she was far away, apparently. 
Then, one morning, the bare trees of the 
day before, were showing the least tint of 
green. A few days later cherry trees all 
about, fairly sprang into bloom, and now 
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brave show of beauty around our hill-side 
home. 

We are very busy, getting gardens ready 
for planting, and putting in a fe^ early 
crops; repairing old fences, and building 
new ones; planting numerous fruit trees 
and bushes, the gift of a generous friend ; 
destroying tent-caterpillar nests in the or- 
chards. All these things claim our atten- 
tion and help us to maintain our balance 
as inhabitants of a physical world. 

In addition to the ordinary spring work 
this year, we have had to make various 
re-arrangements of our water pipes, owing 
to the operations of the contractor who is 
building the New State Road that runs 
through our lands. It has been **quite a 
job" for Brother Daniel to attend to this 
work, but the greater part of the work is 
now accomplished. 

We are trying bee-keeping once more, 
and have maile a beginning with five 
hives. Further progress in this direction 
will be duly chronicled. 

Frederic McKechnie. 

South Family. 

May, 1809. 

BiBDS, bees and blossoms. 

Blossoms, birds and bees. 

Form a merry trio 

Our old earth to please. 

Merry-making May month. 

Glad it now has come; 

Sad to part with April 

For the good it's done. 

Thirty days we We known it, — 

Known it by its rain, 

But it glided onward 

With its loss and gain. 
We again record the departure of a vet- 
eran of our glorious cause; one more val- 
ued member of the household of faith has 
joined the ransomed army, — Sister Lai ra 
Dole, another of God's noble women, has 
entered the immortal home, and heard the 
welcome "Enter thou into the joy of thy 
Lord." Sister Laura was one of the So- 
duB pioneers; she united with that Socie- 
ty in 1826. There are at present three 
surviving representatives of that Commu- 



nity, Br. Horace Holoway, Eldress Polly 
Lee, and Sr. Elizabeth Dell. 

And though feeble in body 

Their spirits are strong. 

They hope soon to j(»in 

With the justified throng. 

They are anxiously waiting 

The time to draw near 

When angels will waft them 

To the bright spirit sphere; 

Where sickness and sorrow 

And all eartlily pain 

Can never, oh never 

Afflict them again. 

The precepts of Jesus 

They love to obey; 

They testify plainly 

It is a sure way 

To keep us from evil. 

And help us increase 

In heavenly beauty. 

In union and peace. 
Br. John S trover is at present basking 
in the sunshine of Enfield, C<»nn. lie 
left home Tuesday, the 2nd inst., for a 
visit among his old friends, the Canaan- 
ites. Sister Florence Staples, a member * 
of that fraternity, is visiting her Mt. Leb- 
anon friends. Joy and great gladness go 
wijth them. General good health attends 
our family, and all are active in securing 
the eternal riches. 

Geveviere DeOraw. 



Sabbathdaj Lake, Me. 

May, 1899. 

On this beautiful Sabb.ith morning ev- 
erything is smiling, for Nature is fully 
awake iiaving taken a long sleep and now 
she is busy renewing her robes of verdure 
and in like manner the inmates uf our 
liotne are making ready for the coming 
seasons; preparing gardens, etc. 

Brotlur Washington Jones is at work 
among us in the fruit business, setting 
out trees and raspberry bushes, also as- 
sisting the Sisters in setting out a new 
strawberry bed of over 1500 plants. We 
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short be Las reared monuments of good- 
will in the trees and vines which he has 
planted for <»ur future benefit. 

The flowers, to«», form an important in- 
dustry. The Sisters have a large piece 
already planted to sweet peas, which, with 
favorable weather, we hope v>\\\ yield an 
abundance of bloom. Later the seedlings 
asters, pansies, verbenas etc. which were 
planted in March in the greenhouse will 
be placed in the ground. 

The tomato business is pushing, and 
orders for the plants come in thick and 
fast. Lu 3kily Brother Delmer Wilson 
has enough to supply the demand, that is, 
if the orders do not exceed over eleven 
hundred dozen. Brothers Chellis Wing 
and John Dorrington are busy planting 
early vegetables for market and home use. 
Brother Pliny Worcester is filling Brother 
Thomas Noyes' place in providing wood 
etc. for the cooks, and last but not least 
our good faithful Elder William Dumont 
has been assisting the Ricker Bros, in run- 
ning the lines between the farms. 

The summer term of school is in pro- 
gress with twelve pupils. 

Ada S. Cummingt, 



Narooossee, Fla. 

May, 1899. 

A BETTBB condition of things seems to 
be coming to the state of Florida. The 
present Legislature (styled the Iron Clad) 
have gone to Tallahassee fully clad in their 
armor, and determined to break down or 
make a change in the financial part of the 
Railroad monopolies. 

The fare has been 5 cts. per mile and 
many think it should be only three. Ex- 
press charges have been reduced. Now 
we think there is some hope for Florida. 
With all the floods and blizzards there 
seem to be ten righteous souls found to 
save the state. 

On the 17th of April, the writer of these 
Notes, visited our gospel friends at White 
Oak, Ga. I remained eight days, and 
found the little Community, like our- 
selves, struggling to establish a Commu- 



nistic home on the basic principles, "Pu- 
rity of Life, Equality of the Sexes, and a 
United Interest.** 

Our cause needs assistance. Needs 
members who are willing to be harvested 
from the generative order, and become as 
Brethren and Sisters. But with all our 
needs we do ni)t propose to take any back- 
ward steps by coming down from the cross 
of Christ. 

On the 2nd inst. Br. Benjamin Gates and 
Br. Egbert Gillette, visited Jacksonville, 
to attend the Horticultural Convention, 
hoping to get a few notes of interest on 
the subjects of Horticulture and Agricult- 
ure in Florida. 

On May 3rd the mercury stood at 94 deg. 
Fahr. 

Andrew Barrett. 



East Canterbury^ H. H. 

June, 1899. 

"Be it ever so humble, there^s no place 
like home" floats out upon the spiing air 
to the rhythm of the scraping and scour- 
ing, the dusting and draping, the painting 
and polishing, which regularly succeed 
one another in the sweet symphony of our 
home life at this special season. We have 
indeed stirring strains in every sense of 
the term, muscular Christianity holds full 
Hway six days in the week. The prin- 
ciple of godliness is evidenced by the 
practice of cleanliness; and we above all 
other people, purpose to prove its exist- 
ence among us. 

Vegetation has risen to the occasion, 
and bud and blossom are up to date. Six 
acres of potatoes, two early and four late 
varieties, are now planted. Green peas 
were sowed on the 20th ult. Asparagus 
fell under the knife the 11th inst., and 
rhubarb will, no doubt, be the next victim. 

The spring term of school opened on 
the 2nd inst. under pleasant auspices. 
There are twenty-one pupils registered, 
and all have our kind encouragement in 
their important work. 

Our good Editor has just establisht an 
interesting little institution near the child- 

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ren'8 dwelling — a veritable sum mer- house 
for the birds. The purple martins are the 
invited guests, but the white -bellied swal- 
lows were present at the raising, watched 
the proceedings with keen interest then 
hastened to take the new quarters and 
would not be driven out though measures 
were promptly taken for evacuation. 
They pugnaciously hold the fort by right 
of discovery and the invited guests are 
happily unaware of the gross insult. 

Kind greetings in advance we send to 
our good friends at Enfield, Conn., who 
have at last evolved the idea that inter- 
visiting is a good foundation-stone in our 
church work. We recommend the idea 
for universal adoption. 

Je*9i€ Evans. 



Shakers, TS. Y. 

May, 1899. 

The rhymster who undeitook a trans- 
position of Bryant's **Autumn," to the 
tune of **'i'he melancholy days have come, 
tlie saddest of the year,** House-cleaning 
time is near; was certainly very wide of 
the mark in estimating what constituted 
melancholy days. House-cleaning time 
can not be classed in that category. 

Imagine the condition of our domiciles 
if it were not for that periodical renova- 
tion! As it is in the material life so it is in 
the moral and spiritual house. How re- 
freshing it is to enter into a habitation 
that has been through the cleansint?, the 
very atmosphere seems fraught with the 
suggestion; keep clean, — keep clean. 
And how blessed it is to meet the individ- 
ual life whose spiritual atmosphere re- 
veals the condition of a house that is 
clean. 

At present some are turning tliinj^s 
topsy-turvy and with paint and kalhoinine, 
our old house begins to shine. And some 
are on the farm and in the garden prep ir- 
ing the soil and planting the seed, hoping 
for the blessing of a bountiful harvest. 
Each one in the task assigned faithfully 
performs his duty, and receives the re- 
ward of well done. 



At date of writing we have with us in 
the form only three of those veterans who 
united with the society at Poi-t Bay, 
Wayne Co , N. Y. All the rest have 
passed over to the evei*green shores. 
Heavenly Father and Mother, we know 
that the ancients of the city are passing 
on; we miss them from our sight, but 
many times when walking in the shadow 
we feel their blessed presence, and we 
know they have laid up treasures where 
moth can not corrupt, nor thieves break 
through and steal. 

Ha iniltoH De (i raw. 



EASTER MESSAGES. 
Hy Fidelia Estabrook. 

The blest Easter is dawning in glory. 
Its quickening life the vale rills. 
It touches the hill-tops with beauty 
And wjikvns the long sleeping i-ills. 
It brinies to the earth living power. 
It wafts to our heart** richest love, 
To each one it bears a sweet message. 
To all, renewed life from abj>ve. 

'^Christ is risen,'* this is the glad message, 

"Christ is risen," for you and for me. 

Oh wonderful gift to us given. 

Oh bountiful love, so free. 

Xo more iu the grave, then seek him. 

For behold, he dwells not there; 

He is risen, and reigning in glory, 

He is risen, — go seek him with rare. 

Ye bells that are joyously ringing. 

Tell it now to hearts lone and sad; 

Bid them leave the ways of sorrow. 

And arise, by Christ's blessing made glad. 

For he ail the journey hiis traveled, 
! He knows every trial you bear, 
I His (Mnnfort shall daily sustain you, 
I For he every burden will share. 

! Are you lost in sin's darkened pathway, 
(i roping hui;; *niid the shadows below? 
Look above, there's a light held for you. 
Angels bend a word to bestow. 
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"Come to me/' to your true, waiting 

Savior, 
I will help, I will guide, to the last 

Has your lamp grown dim, my brother? • 
Does its light burn feebly imd low? 
The light of the world beams around you, 
Touch it now, 'twill make your own glow. 
Are you fainting and weary, my sister? 
Take heart, your Savior is near, 
And to you, as of old, he whispei-s, 
I am with thee, my child, do not fear. 

Oh nng bells, ring the glad story, 

And swing lilies tall and fair. 

Tell the whole world **Christ is risen'* 

He is reigning in love **over there." 

"Over there? " not always — not ever. 

But here with us now, to-day. 

For he said, I will come again surely, 

I will come and abide alway. 

Then list, for the message is sounding, 
There's a word for each needy one, 
A comfort for each saddened spirit, 
For the faithful a joyous "Well done." 
What word have you from the Father? 
What gift so precious and true? 
'Tis coming, this wondrous blessing, 
'Tis coming to me and to you. 

There are treasures of strength and of 

courage. 
There are measures of love so free. 
There is grace for the tried and tempted. 
There is mercy as wide as the sea. 
There is peace, heavenly peace for the 

worker, 
Toiling each day for the King, 
There is joy unbounded, eternal. 
For those who to his cross cling. 

There is tenderest love for the erring. 
Who repentant cries, "Save, Lord, I pray," 
There is comfort, and blessing, and glory. 
And love, endless love, alway. 
For from out of earth's dreary prison, 
Christ arose, the once crucified, 
That we too may rise in his spirit, 
In his likeness awake, satisfied. 

And in that house of bright glory, 
A mansion he has gone to prepare, 



A place which each faithful toiler 
In his blest presence shall share. 
Then let not your heart be troubled, 
Nor fear your spirit e'er know, 
For he is ever beside you. 
To guide wherever you go. 

West PUtHjield, Ma»». 



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BLESSINGS OF THE OOSPBL. 

By Sadie J. Pineo. 

We read that God sendeth his rain on 
the just and on the unjust and maketh the 
sun to shine on the evil and the good. 

So it is with the gospel. Salvation is 
offered freely to all souls who will come 
and drink of the waters of life, no discrim- 
ination being made between high and low, 
rich and poor, for our Savior said, *'I came 
not to call the righteous, but sinners, to 
repentance." Souls having a knowledge 
of the higher life but being unwilling to 
walk in the strait and narrow way, realise 
the fulfillment of the text, "If the light 
that is in thee be darkness how great is 
that darkness." But those who accept 
Christ and willingly become his disciples, 
leaving all for his sake, become partici- 
pants in the joy promised to the pure in 
heart, the meek, and those who hunger 
and thirst after righteousness. "E'en 
though stricken 'neath the rod," the true 
child of God is confident that the hand 
that chastens deals in tender mercy, for a 
divine parentage knoweth that we have 
need of these things. 

The gospel takes souls from nature's 
garden and transplants them into the gar- 
den of Grace, where they are nurtured by 
the rain and the sunshine of Heaven. As 
the spotless lily comes up from the black- 
est mud, so the soul, touched by the pow- 
er of the gospel, rises from the mire of a 
fallen nature, and blooms in fragrant beau- 
ty, having struck its roots so deep that 
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The Christ spirit says— "Every plant 
which my heavenly Father hath not plant- 
ed shall be rooted up,'^ hence the necessi- 
ty of the injunction, '* Watch and pray/' 
lest while men sleep the enemy comes and 
sows tares, which, when grown will choke 
the good seed. 

East Canterbury, N. H. 



THF POOD WB BAT. 

No. 4. 

By Elder H. C. Blinn. 

The Zulus use for food many of the 
wild, as well as, some domesticated ani- 
mals, and should an elephant be captured 
very little of this wonderful beast would 
be thrown aside. After cutting a passage 
through the side of the huge creature, sev- 
eral men crawl inside and pass out every- 
thing as they can cut it away. The hot 
sun helps them in their work as they seem 
to prefer the meat after reaching the first 
stages of putrefaction. The intestines 
are emptied of their contents and then 
filled with blood and subsequently made 
Into a pudding. That is quite like more 
civilized nations who on slaughtering the 
swine, clean the intestines and then fill 
them with scraps of meat and eat them as 
sausages. 

"The trunk of the elephant is cut into 
slices and baked, and the feet are taken 
off and roasted." 

"The stomach of the rhinoceros is 
considered a delicacy. It is cleaned and 
then filled with scraps of meat, fat, blood 
and other ingredients and then cooked. 
Scotch travelers say it is like a dish of 
their native land. Corn and millet are 
also included in the articles of food. Lo- 
custs are steamed in a kettle and then put 
in the sun to dry. They are then shaken 
till the wings and legs drop off when tliey 
are stored away in baskets, the same as 
they would com. These locusts are eat- 
en whole, and as a luxury they add a lit- 
tle salt." 

"Several of the tribes in South America 
are omnivorous eaters. They make no 



discrimination of the animals which they 
eat, and the carniverous are devoured as 
readily as are the others. Many of these 
tribes have no use for salt or spices in the 
prepai'ation of their food." 

The Fijians and New Zealanders were 
cannibals, and yet obtained much of their 
food from the ocean. They were not es- 
pecially nice, as the Fiji chief invited us 
to dine with him and each person was 
served to a whole baked iguana or lizard. 
Shrimps are placed between pieces of 
bread and eaten as sandwiches. 

One account speaking of the Brazilians, 
says, they eat snakes, monkeys and iguan- 
as. To dine on snakes and monkeys, 
might seem to be an heroic effort, even 
though they were served by a first-class 
cook, but an iguana pie or iguana steak, 
so much relished by the Brazilians would 
evidently be a little too much for a civi- 
lized stomach. 

The iguana belongs to the family of liz- 
ards and sometimes grows to a lai-ge size, 
measuring some four feet in length. 
This repulsive reptile, is quite at home 
either on the land or in tlie water. Rev. 
J. G. Wood writes; — "From the aspect of 
this long-tailed, dewlapped, sealy, spiny 
lizard, most persons would rather recoil 
and the idea of eating the flesh of so re- 
pulsive a creature, would not be likely to 
occur to tliem." 

They eat small fish, alive, without the 
trouble of removing any of the parts. 
They also eat rats and sharks, as they 
think their idol god dwells in them." 

"Dr. Kane in his arctic expedition says 
t'mt Esquimaux take the stomach of the 
reindeer, just as it comes from the animal 
and cutting it into slices, place it upon 
the table." 

An Aiiican king was invited to dine 
with som<! white people, and was present- 
ed a dish of beautiful strawberries with 
cream and sugar. This was a new dish 
far the King and he expressed his pleas- 
ure by saying, " Fhis, is very nice," but 
as he thought of his rare dish at home, he 
remarked, "But did the white man ever 
eat any baked ants?" 

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In the above we "find two dishes of de- 
licious flavor, and it is a matter for cus- 
tom and the nerves of taste to decide 
wliich shall be accepted. 

We copy some notes from the valuable 
work on "Health," by Dr. R. D. Mussey. 
This eminent physician was a pr<»fess<)r of 
anatomy and surgery at Dartmouth Cc»l- 
lege, N. H. and a professor of surgery in 
the Medical College of Ohio. 

*'Man is omnivorous by pi*actice. Prob- 
ably not a single species of animal was ev- 
er found that has not been tried for the 
food of man. Beasts clean and unclean, 
serpents, lizards, toads, grubs and spiders 
have all contributed to make out the vari- 
ety, regaixled as a necessity of the human 
appetite. Humbolt in South America saw 
the centipedes or * thousand legs" as we 
should call them, some of them a foot and 
a half long, dragged from their holes and 
eaten alive by the children. The white • 
ants of Africa are put alive into a dry 
kettle or frying pan, and when duly roast- 
ed over a slow fire, are eaten by handfuls 
as we eat parched com. Spiders are eaten 
by the inhabitants of New Caledonia, and 
Lalande a famous French astronomer ate 
the spider as a delicious morsel. Rattle- 
snake soup has furnished a rich and savo- 
ry repast for the hunters of North America. 

The eating of much fatty food tends to 
corpulency, and this condition may be re- 
garded as a form of disease. It was a di- 
vine injunction to the Israelites, that, "It 
shall be a perpetual statute for your gen- 
erations throughout all your dwellings 
that you eat neither fat nor blood." 

Large eaters have become large men, 
and Krocher of Berlin weighed 450 lbs. 
Ultimately he became too fat to walk or 
stand alone. In our own country the an- 
nual feasts of Thanksgiving and Christ- 
mas, it may be presumed, seldom or never 
pass without extra work for the physician 
if not for the undertaker. 

Dr. Foote says, — "Mexicans eat a large 
yellow worm found on the Maguey plant, 
and they call the dish Maguey butter. The 
Africans eat elephants, hippopotamus, 
giraffe, zebra, antelope, wild ants, leopard, 



lion, alligator, crocodile, eggs of reptiles, 
lizards, wild cats, panthers, wolf, oppoSam 
musk i-at, porcupine, spiders, rats, locusts, 
birds' nests, and nearly every insect." 

In Alaska the people are as saving of 
the whole reindeer as the Africans are of 
the elephant. The flesh is dried or 
smoked and can be kept indefinitely in 
such a climate The blood is drunk warm 
and every part of the body utilized in some 
way. The surplus blood is preserved bj 
freezing and then used for puddings. The 
stomach and contents are frozen for spe- 
cial delicacies. — Scientific American. 
(To be continued.) 



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Charlotte Hart, at Enfield, N. H. April 
3, 1899. Age 83 years, 5 months and 2S 
days. 

A true, sweet, loving Christian woman, 
gone to her eternal treasure. R. C. 

Laura Dole, at Shakers, N. Y. April 20, 
1899. Age 79 years, 3 months and 19 days. 

Sister Laura came into the Society when 
a child seven years of age. She has spent 
a long and useful life among the Believers, 
and has occupied positions of care and 
trust She was a faithful burden-bearer, 
being for many years a nurse, and after- 
ward, family Deaconess. E. E. W. 

Eldress Eliza R. Smith, at Alfred, Me. 
April 20, 1899. Age 68 years and 1 day. 

"Many daughters have done virtuously, 
but thou excellest them all." F. C. C. 

Marcia M. Bullard, at Ayer, Mass. May 
7, 1899. Age 76 years, 10 months and 26 
days. 

Sister Marcia was led in early life to es- 
pouse a cause she deemed best for her 
spiritual unfoldment. She has given a 
long and eminently useful life to its serv- 
ice. Always true and steadfast to princi' 
pie, Sister Marcia is well known, as she 
has long filled places of trust, and with 
unfailing integrity. Her worth is ap- 
proved by all who know her, and her rest 
is well earned. H. Mc L. 



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THE Outlook publishes annually In June a 
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other famous women players, and several 
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of Canadian life by Macdouald Oxlfy, several 
summer poems, an excellent article of sugges- 
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In Mrs Burton Harrison's new serial. The 
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herself in The Circle of a Century, and has 
produced a romance of absorbing interest. 

Word and Work for June, 1899 is at hand. 
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It is far less easy to get to the President of 
Hayti than to Mr. McKinley of the White 
House. The pavilion-like palace tn the 
Champ de -Mars, surroxmded by its litte park, 
enclosed by a tall Iron grating, with lookout 
boxes at the angles, a larg^e and strong mlH- 
tary barrack at the rear, and field cannon 
posted here and there, could stand a consid- 
erable siege, and, with a faithful garrison, 
would be proof against almost any mob at- 
tack. There is no end of etiquette involved 
in the approach to Son Excellence. Yet I waa 
favored with fortunate opportunities for see- 
ing Mr. Simon Sam. Tall and massive, with 
an immense paunch, and features and hue 
that are typically African, as you gaze at 
him in his sumptuous uniform gorgeous with 
gold lace and a brilliant silk scarf, you can 
not help picturing to your mind's eye his hy- 
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with huge feathers in his topknot, only a 
rattle-beaded clout about his loins, a nail- 
studded war club in one hand and about him 
a band of dusky savages more naked than 
himself, instead of these strutting gentlemen 
in tall hats and European clothes, and these 
other prancing^ gentlemen in gaudy trappings 
with tinkling spurs and Jingling swords. 
President Sam, however, is not, as it appears 
thus far, a man to be personally feared. His 
selection was a compromise, and he is only 
the figurehead of the present oligarchs, pos- 
ing as a moderate statesman, while in truth 
he is only a rather dense-brained, slow-witted 
and lethargic old soldier. It is understood 
that in state affairs he is almost wholly guid- 
ed by his ministers, of whom Brutus St. Victor, 
in charge of the foreign department, and 
Tancrede Auguste, of the department of the 
interior, are probably the ablest.— ifeu^^en 
Brigffs Davenport^ in Frank Leslie 9 Popular 
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The fiction of the June Journal includes the 
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Entered at the Post Office at East Canterbury, N, H., as Second-Class Matter. 

aOD'S PROMISES. 

By Elder Henry C Blinn, 

THE proniiseB of God as illustrated in tde Scriptures am beautiful re- 
minders of our home in the new and spiritual Jerusalem .- hich the Rev- 
elator saw coming down from heaven to dwell among men. Tliose promises 
are for encouragement to those who will accept them in God*s name. 

"If thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to 
obsers'e and to do all his commandments, All these blessings shall come on 
thee." ''I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, that thou 
mayest gather in thy com, and thy wine, and thine oil." ''1 will send grass 
in thy fields for thy cattle." ''The land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, 
thou shalt possess it and dwell therein." 

''When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee, and through 
the rivers they shall not overtiow thee ; when thou walkest through the fire, 
thou shalt not be bpmed, neither shall the flames kindle upon thee." 

From an early age mankind have been known in the religious order, as the 
obedient or the disobedient. One class has been subject to law, while the 
other has assumed an independent coui-se. One class has been called the 
SODS of God, and the other the sons of Belial. They have walked the jour- 
ney of life, and ascended or descended with the influences around them, 
whether they were of a religious or worldly character. It was very much 
like the growing together of the good and evil plants unto the day of harvest. 

From the world God calls a nation, and he calls them "My people." They 

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98 THE MANIFESTO. 

become an especial order under the protection of divine Providence. Laws 
are framed, rales are given, and everything pertaining to a life on the earth 
is brought under divine inspection. God leads them on their journeys, pro- 
tects them from their enemies, opens a passage through the sea for their es- 
cape, feeds them with miraculous food and gives to them an inheritance in 
the fruitful land of Canaan. 

God gives them this promise, "I will bless thee in basket and in stoi*e. I 
will take from thee all sickness and all the diseases of the Egyptians." 
Those who have read the history of this people can see how successfully this 
was accomplished, and their prosperity was like the prosperity of all who 
follow the law of truth and right. 

God's laws are imperative, and a careful regard for them insures prosperity. 
No transgression can pass unnoticed. The Psalmist has said, and that very 
wisely — ''Though hand joined in hand the wicked shall not go unpunished." 
So long as the Jewish nation made the Mosaic Law their line of life, they 
were in every respect a prosperous nation. The law of human kindness was 
enforced, which made them largely a nation of brethren. Sickness was rare 
among them, and the physicians were at a discount. The same rule followed 
the king in his palace and the peasant in his cottage. It was God's law and 
he is no respector of persons. "All these blessings shall come upon thee! 
for I have put my words in thy mouth and I have covered thee in the shadow 
of my hand." 

The spiiit of the New Testament is the voice of advanced experience. It 
is God's law and demands the same implicit obedience. Jesus informed his 
disciples of this important fact. ''The Scribes and Pharisees sit in Moses' 
seat. All, therefore, whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do." 
The laws of our spiritual well-being are equally essential for our peace. 
"There shall in no wise enter into it [the New Jerusalem] anything that de- 
fileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination or maketh a lie." 

Jesus, to sum up the whole matter, says, "If ye love me, ye will keep my 
commandments." Then follows the divine promise of an hundred fold of 
blessings in this world, and in the world to come, eternal life. Grod has giv- 
en to us, light, and truth, and hope. Shall w^e not as faithful ser\^ant8 work 
for God, and for that testimony which is to save the world from sin ? 

God has given to us our home as an inheritance and our pix)sperity and 
happiness depend wholly upon the obedience which we render to the light and 
truth which is made manifest to our souls. 
East Canterbury, N, H, 

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We should live in the present, vitally, nobly, courageously ; commune 
with the past, soberly, wisely sincerely ; plan for the future thoughtfully, 
hopefully, broadly. Let the past be a teacher of the present, and the pres- 

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WHY NOT THINK! 

By Joseph A, Wilson, 

IN these lattor days, when • neiTOUS energy is pushed to its fullest extent 
along commercial and governmental lines, when theology is stiaining its 
utmost to reconcile theory with fact, when accumulated wealth on the one 
hand laughs arrogantly at the humble petitions of the poor, there is still abroad 
in the land, in an increased measure, the same thoughtless, unthinking spint 
that has ever been a curse to humanity. 

As a rule, people are well enough read ; in musty book lore, they are well 
enough equipped ; in current topics they are sufficiently versed ; of all the 
effects that exist, they know enough, — but the sad feature of it all lies in 
their careless indifference to the causes that produce the effects — to their lack 
of serious, thoughtful investigation of the results that are extant. The world, 
in its general sense, is wise enough, but it does not think enough. Generally 
speaking you can interest a person in a result, but it is difficult to induce him 
to investigate the cause — and it has ever been thus. The world, at large has 
ever declined to indulge in serious thought until dnven to the last extremity. 

History discloses numerous instances, indeed, it is the same old story, oft 
recurring, France suffered the debauches, extravagances and outrages of the 
Aristocracy until hunger and want of the barest necessities of life induced a 
thoughtful investigation into existing circumstances, and then as a result, a 
revolt followed with a long step toward freedom as an end. And so it is, the 
world over, every day, — even to-day. People suffer want and misery, be- 
cause they fail to think. There is scarcely a day that the great newspapers 
do not chronicle the self-destruction of some despondent, unthinking person, 
who is out of joint with life and has no interest in things mundane. A rapid 
career, — a dmnken debauch, — loss of friends, despondency, self-destruction 
are all links in the same chain, — all means to the same end. It is the old 
story too often repeated. 

To those who can be induced to think earth offei*s a charm, and life has its 
victories. To those who can spare time to make thoughtful study, there is 
fitill in store for them a '*balm in Gilead," even in these latter days of strife, 
unrest and increasing want. To those who can spare time to investigate, 
there is still a pure, healthy home life open to them, where peace and plenty 
exist, where honest, conscientious brotherhood and sisterhood abound, and 
all is in tune with nature. 

Such a life as this is a living, existing fact among the Believei*s whose 
clean theology is a source of comfort to its followers. If society can be 
brought to think seriously of the inwardness of this tnie life, then, surely, 
we shall be numbered as the grass. But, can society, — the world, — be in- 
duced to think? Must dire disaster, as ever, be the medium to the end? 
Must still an empty stomach and a depleted wardrobe induce thought ? Must 

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100 THE MANIFESTO. 

still a crisis prompt action? We hope not. In this life of ours, removed 
from public haunts, we can follow the true path, — the ideal life, — the di^^ne 
end, and this life is open to the world, — to all. To the interested we would 
say, — *'come," — to the indifferent, — " Why jiot think P' 
White Water, Ohio. 



SOLILOQUY. 

By Asenath C Stickney, 

AH ! Here comes the May Manifesto, full of good thoughts and hopeful 
aspirations, I presume. 

It being the month of May, when all Nature is robed in a new di-ess, me- 
thinks one might liken these pages to a series of newly prepared gardens, 
wherein to enter and select rare plants for tmnsference. So, on the first page 
in fancy I discover a large un walled garden, where one can roam at liberty, 
it seems, since no scare-crows are present to caw their displeasure — no by- 
laws confront us like the following: ''Don't pluck this blossom," or "This 
specimen is reserved for seed" or ''Keep off the grass," &c. 

Soon by continuing my walk, I am attracted to a beautiful perennial blos- 
soming right in my path. Its ancestry dates back to nearly nineteen hun- 
dred years ! — yet it seems as fresh as a lovely arbutus sparkling with dew 
and this is the language of its pure petals, viz : — "Other foundation can no 
man lay than that is laid in Christ Jesus." 

A little farther on, one meets a veritable "Immortelle" in character which 
bears upon its surface this: "Love your enemies, and pray for those that 
despitefully use you.*' 

A few steps more bring us to another of similar character — "Verily, unless 
a man forsake all that he hath, he can not be my diociple." Who will not 
say that such are plants of the Heavenly Father's planting! Although 
pleased with my selections, 1 am glad to know that I have not robbed the 
owner of this garden. 

On this page I find a little garden plot fragrant with the balm of consola- 
tion emphasizing this truth: "The Lord reveals his grace to men with heal- 
ing in his wings." O, we must have this plant, this healing balm. 

"The New Life" in the next garden is found growing unselfish^ universal 
loce. This plant may be easily traced to the dawn of the Chnstian Era, when 
our Savior reiterated this immortal truth: "Gi*eater love hath no man than 
this, that a man lay down his life for his fnends." 

"Self-denial," — what a wide field these two words embrace ! Here grow 
the healthful sturdy plants, the real tonics in character. If these receive tiie 
right culture, they will finally cover the whole field with the rich blossoms of 
conscious integrity. 

'Discovery," — this title sounds as if something new had been found. Per- 

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chance I see it is an exotic, it proclaims the Christ method of conquering evil, 
thus, ''Get thee' behind me, Satan, thou savorest not the things that be of 
God, but those that be of men." 

No specimen of the "touch-me-not" thrives in this garden; au contrafre^ 
the blossoms of humility carpet the whole extent and heart's ease, lilies of 
the valley gladden the eye of the casual passer-by as well as of the inves- 
tigator. 

Last, but not least I come in view of "Bring the Best." Here I find the 
superlative in degree and value is wanted, viz. a total surrender of self, a 
generous giving of the brightest hopes, the finest talent, the choicest fruits ; 
in a word the best we have to God. All the choice plants indigenous to lux- 
uriant vales of humility flourish in this garden. Shall we term them lilies of 
the valley or Easter lilies ? 

Thanking the ownei-s of these several gardens for their liberality, I wend 
my way homeward satisfied that I have a selection worth setting in my own 
small enclosure, and from which, by careful culture, I may realize lasting 
benefit. 

East Canterbury, N. E, 



UNERRING PRINCIPLE. 

By Oliver C. Hampton. 

BEHIND all visible and invisible phenomena, — back of all the wheels of 
evolution, — below all the energies of human destiny lies a profound, 
unerring principle. This principle is Oi-ganization or Systematic Arrange- 
ment. It permeates and dominates every force and movement of the uni- 
vei*se. It constitutes the Infinite mathematics of all that is. Its modus 
opemndi is such as always secures the greatest good to the greatest number. 
Another of its sequences is that as Paul announced, "Without all contradic- 
tion, the less is blessed of the better." 

Parenthood is a peculiarly bright illustration of this, and the illustration is 
as rife in the spiritual as the physical spheres. The fact of father and moth- 
er, son and daughter, ought to convince us all that we are in no sense of the 
word, independent creatures. Our origin and existence are both pmctical 
proofs of this, if we look at the subject in its true light. 

Jesus said, "Swear not by your head, for you can not make one of your 
hairs white or black." Again, if God has made of one blood all the nations 
of the earth, then surely we have not made ourselves, and so must have de- 
pended upon some higher source in the great mathematics of the univei*se for 
our origin. Moreover let us look at ourselves as we exist at the present mo- 
ment. How can we predicate independence of ourselves, when we are so 
bound up in the bundle of universal life, that almost all we drink and wear, 
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102 THE MANIFESTO. 

from our fellow-beings, either visible or invisible. What would the existence 
of any one of us be worth, if that of all others was wiped out? When I 
think of these things and compare myself with the mighty Allness behind, 
beyond, below and above me, I almost wonder how such an infinitesimal 
speck of creation should receive any notice from God. That gi'eat principle 
of Organization is such, however, that I find myself blessed with a niche in 
the sublime systematic ari*angement. 

On the whole, 1 am glad we are all in this category of dependence; — it 
seems to me far better than a state of solitary isolation. I therefore can not 
agree with our friends the Christian Scientists, that we must be entirely in- 
dependent, by virtue of what they call our individuality. Must not do any- 
thing because somebody says do it ; must ignore all teaching outside of our- 
s»elves. And yet they quote Christ as saying that unless we receive the king- 
dom of Heaven as a little child, we shall in no wise enter therein. Does a 
little child set itself up as a being who by virtue of something he calls his in- 
dividuality, is independent of every other man, woman, or child on the earth? 
I think not. He is not only wholly dependent upon his parents, but confides 
in them with entire trust. Furthermore, every time we speak of prayer, 
some say we should not beg or beseech, but rather demand of God, whatever 
we need. Now does a little child demand this or that of his parents in an 
arrogant manner? Does he not rather humbly beseech that he may have this 
or that ? In fact the theory of each one for himself, seems to pi-eclude all 
possible ideas of organization, and to depend altogether upon the isolated 
condition for beneficial results hoped for. 

The happiest, purest, and most harmonious organization that was ever on 
the eaith, is a Shaker Community. Obedience to its principles promotes 
order, purity, and equality. I do not think that there ever was or will be, a 
person who can become a member of the Community from religious convic- 
tions who, after a solid experience therein, will deny, that it is the very best 
Institution in the land for the religious, mental and temporal comfort of its 
members and which carries out the principle and practice of peace and good- 
will to man. If we only had the Thaumaturgic element of Christ's evangel, 
we would be ready to go on in the approaching century with a prosperity and 
a gloiy surpassing all that has preceded us since the world began. 
Union Village^ Ohio, 



THE MISSION OF DISCIPLES OF CHRIST. 

By Emma B. Kimj, 

IN Matt. X., we read that Jesus called unto him his twelve disciples, ap- 
pointing to them their spiritual mission in the words, *'Go rather to the 
lost sheep of the house of Israel, and as ye go, preach, saying, Tba;^kingdom 



THE MANIFESTO. 103 

of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast 
out devils ; freely ye have received ; freely give." 

The disciples were men whose lives had been spent in pursuing one par- 
ticular ti-ade, and we may well think they were (luite unprepared to embrace 
the mission of preaching the gospel, but with the command, *'Go ye, and 
preach the gospel," came power and authority from the Christ to meet all the 
requirements of the mission thus placed upon them. They were to provide 
nothing for the journey, that they might learn dependence and truat in divine 
guidance, and as they walked in obedience to this guidance they possessed 
the Christ power against unclean spirits and to heal all manner of diseases. 

At this time the disciples were not firmly established in the faith, and it 
seemed a word of wisdom. ''Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into 
any city of the Samaritans, enter ye not." The Jews would have no dealings 
with either Gentile or Samaritan, such was the existing animosity between 
them, and this retaliation could not be approved by our Savior, whose for- 
gi\nng ministration drew all men unto him. 

Jesus warned his disciples that they would receive persecution, but never 
left them without the assurance of a comforting promise. At one time he 
said to them, "If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If 
they have kept my sayings, they will keep yours also." ''The disciple is not 
abore his master, nor the servant above his Lord, but every one that is per- 
fect shall be as his Master." "Ye shall be hated of all men for my name's 
sake, but he that endureth to the end shall be saved." 

His great concern, was lest the disciples lose the power of God by carnal 
reasoning and would speak less of gospel truth, fearing accusation before the 
courts and councils of men. "Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the 
midst of wolves, be ye therefore, wise as seipents and harmless as doves." 
But when they deliver' you to finite judgment, take no thought how or what 
ye shall speak ; for that power which hath anointed thee with thy mission 
shall grant thee words of wisdom to speak "For it is not ye that speak but 
the spirit of your Father which speaketh in you." * 

What could express more plainly the work of Christ in the soul ! A one- 
ness with God and godly principles which permeate thought, word and action 
that others recognize not the natural ambition or selfish aspiration wrought 
out through natural ability, but a disciple of Christ whose life efforts are 
directed by the Father who dwelleth in and speaketh through the soul. 

The disciples received much instruction from Jesus, but did not receive a 
spiritual baptism into the work until after his crucifixion. From the day of 
Pentecost tjiey commenced to understand the mission of Christ. Then they 
became living preachers of the gospel testimony and brought many souls, 
both Jews and Gentiles, to righteousness. 

Unto us the Savior has appeared with the simple injunction, "Follow me," 
"I have chosen you," I have ordained \ou to preach and live the Christ life. 

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104 THE MANIFESTO. 

He hath granted that we become partakers in the life of regeneration. He 
hath appointed to us our mission in life. 

As we learn so we must teach, find convei-sion of soul ; and as the Pente- 
costal blessing meets each soul become baptized with the Holy Spirit which 
shall enable us in love to win souls to God. 
East Canterbury^ N, H. 



CYCLES AND MAONETS. 

By Alonzo G. Hollister. 

TWENTY-THREE yeai-s ago, Eldress Elizabeth Farr of Union Village, 
Ohio, gave to the reading public the following testimony. I retired to 
rest, feeling anxiety in mind as to the growth of Zion, and the prayer on my 
lips, O Lord, what will attmcl souls to Zion? What will make them accept 
the cross, and build up the waste places of Zion ? What will bring laborers 
into the Lord's vineyard? 

Immediately a ponderous wheel rolled up before my vision, being in per- 
petual motion. Each cog of the wheel appeared to represent a cycle of time 
within a general cycle. Attached to the axle of the wheel, and connected 
in groups, by fine thread-like fibei-s, each gioup in its place, was the advance- 
ment of science, art and religion. Every element and principle was repre- 
sented that bears close relation to the practical affairs of life, and is neces- 
sary to the harmonious growth of intelligence. 

The constant motion of the wheel, brought within the sphere of mind, some 
one of these which appeared to engross the general attention of mankind at 
a given time. Then came these words; ''It is as easy to excite the relig- 
ious element, as any other, when the time rolls around ; and souls will as 
surely be attracted by the magnet of truth in religion, as inany other science." 

Here was a spiritual vision which applies to our day, as really and author- 
itatively as any vision recorded in ancient Scripture. Intelligent minds can 
see proof of its verity in the character of the literature issued through a se- 
ries of yeara, to meet the ever changing interest of the people. 

It speaks of the magnet of tmth in religion. Then truth is a magnet. 
It attracts hungering souls to whoever possesses it. This is what attracted 
people to Jesus and his Apostles, also to Mother Ann Lee and her co-labor- 
ei-s. Truth is the bread of life to those who hunger and thirst after right- 
eousness, and to all who seek rest and emancipation from the world, in the 
everlasting kingdom of God. 

Truth is the eternal substance of being. However far, or however long 
creatures may wander in the land of shadows, enchanted by illusions of the 
senses and dreams of pleasure, like the prodigal in the parable, who wasted 
his substance in riotous living and would fain appease his hunger with the 

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food of swine, they will sometime come to themselves, — to a realization of 
the truth. 

They will experience a hunger that will not be quieted with earthly riches 
nor pleasure, nor by any application of natural science, or art, or worldly 
knowledge, — but can be appeased by the truths of life eternal, given to man 
through specially prepared and insjjired messengeis of the eternal Spirit. 
Such as were Jesus and Mother Ann, — and such as were those who were 
taught by them, and obeyed instmctions, and have communicated it to suc- 
cessore, who continue to be instnicted by the same Spirit. 

They who obey the truth taught by those Divine messengere, crucifying 
the lower self and the world within, laying down their lives in daily service 
for the living membei-s of the body of Christ, are storing up tmth such as 
will feed hungry souls in the body and out of the body. They incorporate 
trath of the higher life tyilh their own being. To the worldlings, they ap- 
pear narrow in aim and accomplishment. They contract their pleasures on 
the lower, visible and natural plane, that they may be enlarged on the higher 
and spmtual, and become magnets of tmth, to draw all truth-seeking, God 
revering men and women to them, for the only bread which can save them 
from perishing. Even like Jesus, who sai^ I am the way, the truth and 
the life. I am the bread of life. If I be lifted up, I will draw all men unto 
me. He is the magnet. How is he lifted up? By showing his example 
and teaching through the everlasting gospel, which is the gospel of the judg- 
ment, the gospel of the han-est and the end of the world. Because those 
who come into it, are thereby cut off from the life of the world, and it is 
brought to an end in them. And by this gospel of confessing and foi-saking 
sin and of slaying self in mutual service, made known to us by the Holy 
Spirit of Truth which dwelt in Mother Ann, and her faithful successors, all 
souls will be finally judged, and will decide their own ultimate destiny by ac- 
cepting or rejecting it. 

We know this the same spirit that dwelt in Jesus because it brings forth 
the same fruits in all who obey it. By the fniits the tree is known, and not 
by any form of words or profession of belief. The doctrine is the same, 
plus the increase which comes of or by the redeemed other half of humanity. 
Jesus did not teach his disciples all truth, for the reason that it can not all 
be received at once, any more than a child can receive all the knowledge con- 
tained in books by the time he has learned the alphabet. Hence Jesus prom- 
ised that the Spirit of Truth which the Father would send in his name, should ' 
abide with them to the age everlasting, and guide them into all truth — even 
to a knowledge that the second coming of Christ into human nature, would 
be in a woman, the Comf oiler. There is increase in knowledge and charity 
and growth of understanding, which comes to every individual by tmvel. 
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NOTES ABOUT HOME. 



Mt. Lebanon, N. Y. 
May. 

Average of Weather at Mt Lebanon. 
Thermometer. liain. 

1898. 50. 3.875 in 

1899. 58.48 1.75 " 
Highest Temp, during this mo. 88 above 0. 
Lowest '' " '» " 30 
Number of rainy days *' " 5 

" " clear '' " " 11 
" cloudy'* " " 15 

June, 1899. 
There is but little, if anything, un- 
usual transpiring that would be of inter- 
est to the general reader, unless it is the 



extremely dry weather that prevails in 
this vicinity, which causes vegetation to 
droop. We have no tornadoes to record, 
such as devastate Australia, stripping for- 
ests of their leaves and branches and 
driving stones into the trunks of the trees. 

We are pursuing the **even tenor of our 
ways," cultivating the crops that are to 
be converted into aliment for support of 
the human and the animal. 

Some of us are growing better who 
were somewhat ill. For this we should 
be thankful. "Thanks to God for evpry 
blessing, thanks to God for what we've 
gained." 

The project that has engaged the pow- 
ers of New York State In the building of 
a State Koad along a route where nothing 
but woodchucks burrow and cattle feed 
seems to us quite misplaced energy. Not 
a single dwelling is located along the 
whole line of the road. With the expense 
of half the cost of the present road, a 
turnpike could have been built through 
our village, far superior to the present 
shunpike. The Second and South fami- 
lies will be entirely deprived of its use. 
Calvin Q. Reed. 

Second Family. 

J«me 1899. 

The beautiful weather with which we 
have been lately favored has not been un- 
improved by us for we have — as is said of 
the politician or statesman who is lookinf]^ 
after his re-election — been "mending our 
fences;" not only our fences but also our 
gates, our agricultural implements and all 
that, until now we think they are in prime 
order. 

Last fall we put up a new round silo, 
under cover in our cow barn, 26x12 
feet and filled it well with ensilage; on 
opening it three or four weeks ago we 
found the contents in excellent condition, 
perfect, and much relished by the cattle. 

This new silo with the square one of 
double the capacity which we already had, 
gives us a large and valuable reserve of 
food for our cows. Our live stock, hors- 
es, cows, calves, sheep, lambs, hogs and 
little pigs is in splendid condition. 

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107 



Our fruit trees and small fruits are 
coming on finely; the large variety of veg- 
etables will more than compensate us for 
all the trouble they have been and will be 
and make us the more thankful that we 
are vegetarians, really, if we are not strict- 
ly so. 

Our good Sisters are having most satis- 
factory results from the attention they 
have given their flower gardens; an hour 
or two in the mornings and evenings giv- 
en to this pleasant work is beneficial to 
one's health and the returns made by the 
plants are very gratifying. 

Occasionally — not i^ei-y often, I am sor- 
ry to add — a Brother volunteers to assist 
the Sisters but then he must be very care- 
ful as his touch is not so delicate, nor his 
step so careful as that of the Sisters and 
his hoe will sometimes cut a pretty plant 
instead of a noxious weed; but even then, 
if he is so unfortunate, he is not frowned 

on. 

Henry C. Farmer. 

North Family. 

June, 18m). 

The locust trees are in bloom. The 
bees found it out first, and should you 
find the North family developing a spirit 
of prophesy in the future, will you not at- 
tribute it to a diet of honey and wild lo- 
cust? And will not a reverse of its form 
be also a reverse of the fate of our vegeta- 
rian of the Judean long ago? It is to 
be hoped so. 

We are trying to keep ourselves in sym- 
pathy with the brightness if not with the 
greenness of our hills, but next to a flood 
a drouth has the most depressing effect 
upon the mind of a farmer, and a drouth 
is upon us now. So stealthy has been its 
approach some of us are just realizing its 
dreary, dusty presence. But good cheer! 
there is a moist prophecy in the whistle 
of the rising wind and for several days 
the thunder has been growling below the 
horizon. 

The "Arena" comes to hand with a 
Japanese view of Kipling that is most de- 
lightfully daring in this day of Kipling 



worship. Ah, courage is a fine thing! In- 
deed it is the only perfectly fine thing in 
existence excepting truth, — and what is 
truth but courage? 

Sister Catherine is away among the 
haunts of her childhood, and we are ex- 
pecting her to return to us rested and 
filled with new vigor to carry on with 
hand, heart and brain, the battles we all 
must wage for the right against the wrong. 
Sister Olive is still waiting in the **land 
of Beulah" for the welcome from the 
**City Beyond,'' and we all feel that keep- 
ing friends with the Shining Ones on our 
journey is the only way to win, like dear 
Sister Olive, a peaceful pause in Beulah 
Land. The ministry are with us. Is it 
necessary to say that they are here to 
bless? 

G. Afla Brown. 



South Family. 

June, 1809. 

June, one of the rarest months of the 
year, dawned with brightness in its wake. 
Surprises new and joyous were ours the 
past week. Thursday morning the 8th 
inst. we were favored with a ^ isit from 
Elder William Briggs of East Canterbury. 
We hope when he comes to New York 
state again his tarry will extend beyond 
the limits of a few hundred minutes. 

We learn with much joy that our vener- 
able Minister and honored Editor, Elder 
Henry C. Blinn, is once more only a short 
distance over the mountain, enjoying the 
invigorating atmosphere of the Berkshire 
hills making his summer home among 
his friends of the West Pittsfield Society. 
We shall surely see him now and trust 
the good Lord will spare him to earth for 
many days to come. Our prayers and 
best wishes are with him. 

Sister Louisa Rice, the faithful and pa- 
tient Samaritan of our family, enjoyed a 
few day's vacation at the West Pittsfield 
Community. She reported rest for body 
and mind and says the **Berkshire air is 
wonderfully invigorating and healthful." 

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The cold rainy days of May hindered 
farm labor somewhat, but the son now 
shines on a thriving and prosperous Com- 
munity. 



Genevieve DeOraw. 



Shakers, N. Y. 

June, 1899. 

Lovely June ! We greet thee with thy 
roses, as a benefacti*ess who teaches us 
that life is more than a dreary conflict of 
the elements with their snow and sleet; 
that it is also sunshine and beautiful flow- 
ers, an