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ELKIN, N. C., SEPTEMBER, 1890.
To-BAY swei:t kopes.
To-day sweet hopes within my bosom
The sweet, pure hopes born of unfal
Though jo3’s be fled or seat’fcred in the
I read the lesson written b3’’God T*'i'inger,
Not upon stony tablets as of old,
When on the mountain-top, amid smoke
The word of God unto his children came;
But in my heart the precious boon I
The daily wisdom for the daily round.
For trusting, waiting souls'God loves
The needed lesson gives he ur.vC each ;
As tothe Hebrews manna on the ground,
So to the spirit asking daily ibod,
He sends it dail^’, fresli and sweet and
IIK Ki:AI> Y ?
KITTEN 3!Y IIEI.EX jACKSOX (“it. II.”)
I-OUK DAYS BEFORE HER DEATH.
Father, I scarcely dare to i)rav
^So clear I sec, now it is done.
That 1 have wasted half my day.
And left nij^ work but just begun ;
So clear I see that things I thr,aght
^ Were right or harmless w^cre a sin ;
So clear I see that I have sought,
Unconscious, selfish aims tu win ;
So clear I see that I have h-
Deaf to the calls thy leaders gave.
In outskirts of thy kingdom vast.
Father, the humbler spot give me;
Set me the lowliest task thou hast,
Let me repentant work for thee.
SaylHSH oi‘ tlie Sajje***
He that hath no bridle to his
tongue hath no grace in his heart.
Conduct is the great profes
sion. What a man does tells us
what he is.—F. D. Htmtington.
I have never found a thorough,
pervading, enduring morality
btit in those who feared God.—
The Avorld is not to be reform
ed or elevated into holiness; it
has to be converted.—John Hall,
The best teacher of duties that
still lie dim to tis is the practice
of those who we see and have at
When a man lives with God liis
voice shall be sweet as the mur
mur of the brook and the rustle
of the corn.—Emerson.
People find their places; and
there’s always a like for a like.
The good Lord does not leave
any of us to quite starve out.
There’s always manna and some
times quails, in every desert—A.
D. T. Whitney.
TUc True SiSfiiN.
One asks what are the true
symbols of a holy life. Well,
there are many. For instance,
little words, not eloquent speech
es or sermons; little deeds, not
miracles or battles; the little
sunbeams, not the lightning; the
Avaters of Siloam, “that go
softly” in their meek missions of
refreshment, not the waters of
“the rivers great and many”
I'ushing down the torrent with
noise and force. I’liese are some
of the true symbols of a holy i
Sviccess that has not been won :
cannot be enjoyed.
I rents would take a fraction of
; i the trouble in teaching their chil
dren the wonderful words of the
fuller revelation.—Raleigh Advo-
The prodigal had first to come i cate.
to himself before he could comc! . ,,, . ,
to his father J When men are rightly occupied,
‘ then amusements grow out of
The hardest thing God ever ^ their work as color petals out of
tried to do was to save us sin- : a fruitful flower; when they are
ners. Christ had to die to do it., faithfully helpful and conipas-
Let the sick man neglect to i emotions be
take theonlv remedv that wi1< come sturdy, deep, parpetual,
i';uo 1 s-iid vivifving to the soiil as the
save and he kills himseli. i ^ t ,
: natural pulse ot the body.—Joto
Many men go to church foi'i Ruskin.
the same reason they wear a' r-
mustache. Because it’s the fash - Nothing can satisfy a man
• whose heart is not right m the
sight of God. The things which
W'hen Goliath was grinding^ he covets to-day he scorns to-
know it. morrow
his SAVord he did not
would be used to cut his own
If we keep company wdth the
Word of God, w-e shall certainly
find it “a discerner
thoughts and intents
That the preacher maj' pay up
everybody before Conference pay
him everj' dollar of his allow
that it leaves him no margin for
If the purveyors of vicious and
trashy literature work harder
for money than Christian peo-
the things which he
has labored to obtain he labors
still harder to free himself from;
and no matter how comfortable
i how pleasurable his surround-
of tlie^™SS-"there is always something
of thel^° fault with, something to
;nurmur about.—S. S. Visitor.
The ultiinatam of the Church
^;s remorseless war upon the sa-
oon. The recognition of an ir-
'■epre^sible convict betweer thig
iestfoyiiig cvii ■ .
upon us, and it will not down at
the bidding of scared politicians
or a subsidized press. Let ev-
every Hamilcar carry his son to
the altar of the home, and there
pie do for Christ’s sake, our pledge him to undying hostility
homes will still be flooded with
hurtful reading. Let us wake up.
' The Church is now engaged in
a hand-to-hand fight with all an-
to its foul domination.—Nash
Timely W’arning.—It is time to
speak plainly, and to warn the
ti-Christian forces, and theorists men of this" land that if they
and vague deelaimers must would keep the home inviolate,
needs take a back seat. They they must introduce and foster
will not be in demand again un
til the millennium shall have
The time to help the education
al enterprise is when it is strug
gling into existence. W'hen it
has succeeded without j'ou, your
gift will have lost much of its
value. When it shall have failed
piety around the hearthstone.
And this not merely for their own
sakes, and the sakes of their
wifes and children, Ijut for the
sake of our civilization and our
country. For no people can long
survive the ■ banishment of relig
ion from the home.—Chinvhinan.
If vou are cursed with an un-
because you and oth«-s equally ! grateful heart, make a new and
hesitant and slow did not act entire surrender of vourself to
act promptly, your post-mortem
regrets will be fruitless.
When the young people of a.
God and trust him for some spe
cific things which you feel you
need most. You will soon find
eongregation become zealous and gratitude for answered praj'cr
active and joyous in religious welling up in your heart Ifyou
service, the old ones seem to do not in any case get what you
grow young, too, in the heaven
ly atmosphere that envelopes
the whole body, and every flow
er and shrub and tree in the gar
den of God is abloom.
The mission of the church is
wanted, you will, like Paul, get
something better in place oif it
and thus have double cause to
praise the iaithfulness of God.
Ill conversation with a news-
readings, addresses, etc., had
been prepared, and the occasion
was one of much interest. Our
Church in China is growing and
taking on a distinct Methodist
and evangelistic character. The
day will come when this first an
niversary will be looked back to
with interest as a great histori
cal event, and its anniversary ob
served with memorial services.—
S. S. Magazine-.
W'atch thy tongue; out of it
are the issues of life! Speak not
till thy thought has silently ma
tured itself. Speech is human;
silence is divine. No idlest word
thou speakest but is a seed cast
into time and grows through all
The uneharitableness of good
men is the theme of one of
our best living preachers.
Suppose you invert the terms,
and say the goodness of unchar
itable men? It hath an odd
Dr. Howard Crosby utters v~
startling trath in the following':
"If I wer^^alled to poin^
the, r fnfluenee and moss soul-de
stroying in their ultimate effect—
I would not mention drunken
ness, with all its fearful havoc,
nor harlotry with its hellish or
gies ; but the love of money on
the part of men, and the love of
money on the jiart of men, and
the love of display on the part of
women. While open vice sends
its thousands, these fashionable
and favored indulgences send
their ten thousands to perdition.
They sear the conscience, inerus t
the soul with an im]5enetrable
shell of worldliness, debauch the
affections from every high and
heavenly object, and make man
or woman the worshipper of self
While doing all this, the poor vic
tim is allowed by public opinion
to think himself or herself a
Christian; while the drunkard,
the gambler, or the prostitute is
not deceived by such a thought
for a moment.”
As long as people test and
measure religion bj' “feeling-
good,” so long will they have
“spiritual chills.’* We need re
vivals that set people to doing
their duties to one anoter as well
as God. Dutv-doing will keep
paper reporter, Mr. Moody, late- off ehills-nothing else will do it.
the conversion of the world. It ly said . “I do not find as much j q'jjg above piece appeared in
was founded and it exists for no ; infidelity now in a month, m | _\(Jvocate of October 13,
other purpose. In proportion as j questions which are asked by the : iggg. it is so incisive, and hits
j'ou are in sympathy with this ! young rnen^Euter a meeting, as I i present spiritual state in our
purpose, you are worthy of mem
bership in it.
Dr. Richard Wheatley, in a let
ter to the Pittsburg Christian
Advocate, says that in one syna
gogue in New York City there
are forty men who know the
whole Hebrew Bible by heart.
He says that he believes this,
and says that he has tested them
at random, and finds that they
can repeat it both backward and
forward. Oh, that Christianpa-
A Recording Steward.
used to find five years ago in one ^ part'of the vineyard so well, that
day. Then the young nien were the piece is respectfully submitted
full of Ingersolhsm, and thought publication,
that Christianity was worn out. - -
But they have found that there
is nothing in infidelity. It tears f^st we learn in a day of
down, but does not build Up. It - ] Scripture shines out in
does not give any thmg.”—C/777S-;,^ new effulgence, every verse
tian Statesman. j ggems to contain a sun-beam,ev-
The first Sundav school anni- cry promise stands out in illumi-
vers'ary in China was held at Su- nated splendor; things hard to
chow last December. A pro- be understood become in a mo-
r^ramme containing songs, Bible- ment plain.—H. Bonar.