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no, xxxm,
As we approached the city, that most re
markable oasis in which 'it stands came
juto fall view. It is about eighteen miles
square, and I presume there is no greener
spot the face of the earth. Trees and
gardens cover it with a verdure that is
indescribable; We saw it in the early
I L ...l.,.., if vviiji nt. its freshest and
, spring, ucu " - -
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Tie citv stands at the foot of the moun
tain, ust where the river Barada the
Abanaoi uieociitii;o -
This is a small stream, but rushing down
g-om the inountavtras it does, with great
rapidity, it delivers a large amount of
water! So soon as it emergies from the
mountain it is tapped by canals, which
distribute the water m every direction
through the citv, and through the plain
around and below the city, to the lagoon,
eighteen miles east, in which it is lost.
Xo city could be better supplied with
water! The canals, sometimes open,
sometimes ruuuiug under archways be
neath streets and -houses, traverse it in
every part. In walking through the city
oucisofteu taken by-surprise, coming upon ed to no friction, it still seems to be wear
a spot where the water rushes from under a ing out. It looks as if it might date from
wall: and at every turn you will find foun- the period when Darwin's ancestors were
Jains in the bazaar, in the market, and in tadpoles. We noticed the same thiag in
iiclies in the walls of the houses. One several places. -
setof canals furnishes pure water for use,
while, another serves for drainage.
All the field" and gardens in this oasis
are protected by concrete fences such as
I havi seen in, South-western Texas, and
juadein the same way. The gravel and
earth tire thrown together intoi frame on
'. the spot where the wall is to be made, and
beateiji down solid w ith a mall. Upon
: every jfew spadefuls being thrown in it i$
beaten down; thus it becomes extremely
hard. The frame is then removed, leav-
ing the w all naked. These fences, or
more properly walls, are two feet, or more,
in thickness, and five or six feet high, so
that ui nianv cases the traveler on horse
back can scarcely see the- ground inside.
They ittar the general beauty of the place
-very greatly, being very clumsy, and ob
. ntnieting the view so largely.
.The population of Damascus is consider
ably over lOOXX), but its buildings and
-bazaars are not whafc-onc expects. There
"4s -Very little good aiehiUMtui horo. Drforc leftving mr crnn Lro we roW
jtv houses are low, and nearly all rath- out to see one of the places where Saul
Vr shabby. The bazaar eoutrasts strong- j yas struck down by the manifestation of
, ly with that of Cairo. The one very cele- (he Son 0f God. This locality is now just
Iratcd mosque is in u poor style of art. J outside the eastern gate, near the Chris
The "street-that is called Straight" is tian burial ground. Formerly, I uuder-
sometliing ridiculed by superficial tourists. 8taud, it was at a more distant point, and
- It is not, in fact, perfectly straight, but is jn a different direction. It seems to be
the only street in the city which holds a
persistently straight course through from these who make tradition a trade, with
one side to the other a general course . Terv little concern about the probable di
wkich is very direct, and which the short . rection in which Saul approached the city.
offsets here and there do not interfere
with. It is emiueutlyAe straight street
of Damascus. In any city having such a
system of streets or, rather, such a no
tijstem with one thoroughfare from side
teeule, bent a little here and there, but
keeping a direct course throughout, this
very name w ould be most naturally given !
to it.
All the prophets and patriarchs are
honored by the Mussulmans. You will
find m Damascus the Mosque of the ''Proph-
et Solomon." In fact, you haves, to come j
to this country to learn that Abel and
Seth, and almost every man whose name ;
appears in tho Old Testament, were 1
prophets. Iam told -that the average "
Arab Mussulman thinks that Abraham, 1
Moses, Christ, and Mohammed, all lived at
the same time, all beins inspired prophels.
i the greatest of whom was Mohammed, is the only striking peculiarity discovered
. The dense ignorance, even of men who in the .view, except that which distiur
wem to be intelligent in many respects, 1 guishes this from all other cities in the
in regard to religion is beyond belief. i world its rich emerald setting,
-yz There is a Christian and a Jewish quar- From this position there is nothing to
ter of the city. The Christian population ' mar the beauty of the gardens, the con
is much larger than I supposed, some of crete fences scarcely appearing in the dis
,the leading business men are Of-tb is faith, j tance. It looks like a forest, the trees
We had been told that it would be worth ; being distributed so as to eonceal the cul
while to see the inside of one or two dwell- j tivated parts. Everywhere the slender
iugs of wealthy Mohammedan merchants, ; poplar towers above the other trees, giv
and that there would be no objection on ! ing a most picturesque expressing to tho
the p-.ut of the proprietors. Our guide, ! landscape by its graceTul figure, and the
however, assured us that it was impracti
cable, but that we could get admission to
the private residences of -Christians.
! Moreover, he assured us -that the most
elegant residences of the city were the
property of Christians. But it must be
- understood that the number of really ele
gant houses here is very limited. Th
one we visited did not impress us favora
bly on the outside, though we were in-
formed it was the best in the city. Inside
we found things wearing an aspect of
Oriental magnificence that exceeded our
expectation. ye were very politely re
ceived by a woman of thirty five or forty,
who was no doubt the housekeeper. .She-
had au air of good sense, aud a propriety
f deportment that impressed us very
favorably. The master of the house was
Beyroot, with his family. We were shown
scats in a very magnificent drawing room,
Paved w ith marble elegantly laid in mosa
ic, and invited to take coffee, which, for
jwant of time we declined.
The house was of two stories, and-ihe
ppper apartments were not at all iu keep
ug with the magnificence ofj those below.
rooms were small, aud the plain pine
rs not even painted. What a contrast
between the part which was for use and
that which was for show !
Our; guide 4ook us to the "house of
Ananias," but wo did not go in. The
Christians, scarcely less ignorant than
the Mohammendans, seem to have no
question this modern dwelling is the very
one in which the good Ananias lived.
They will show you also the window-the
very game window -from which St. Paul
was let down in a basket. We saw, in fact, a
number of windows from which a man
might be very well lowered over the wall,
and so make his escape from the city.
There are many-houses which "have the
city wall for their back wall, with bay
windows projecting over the wall of the
city, that of the house rising a story above
Nothing would bo more inevitable than
that a man's friends would let him down
from such a window, if he were in danger
an&ilesired to escape.
We saw two and only two business
houses of good size, Ioth of which were
wholesale establishments, and warehouses
for grain and provisions
They were
really spacious, having massive walls,
and each being surmounted by a rotunda,
having agallery around it at the base.
The wooden work of the gallery had X
look of age that was indeed impressive.
Protected from the weather, and subject-
Among other places our guide slowed
us the slave market, where people come
two days in the week to purchase Nubian
WOmen. It was not a market diy, but
we saw two of the women that wire there
ou Side. They were bad stock, one of
them being luuatic, and the other aflect-
n,r lunacy with so much skill as to keep
purchasers off. I was glad to set, that
though they were only an expense to their
owners, they were evidently treated with
There is a large school here, founded
and maintained by some English ladies,
jt seems to be doing a good wcrk. The
American Presbyterians liave a branch of
their Syrian Mission here. So far as we
had time to inquire, the work seems to be
faithfully done, and as good a yield of
fruit appears as could be expected from
the agencies employed. But it is only a
drop fir the bucket.
Yet the leaven will
doubtless spread.
shifted about the suit the convenience of
If this is the place, then he came by a
very roundabout way. One is perpetually
disgusted by the absence of all reason and
probability in -these traditions.
Having spent Monday in seeing the
city, we broke up camp on Tuesday morn
Ugf ami started for Baalbec. But before
taking a final leave of what is believed by
many to be the oldest city in the world,
we must ascend the mountain and see it
from a commanding point. We soon left
all vendure behind us, and our horses
were toiling up the steep mountaiu.path
toward the "lomb of the orty,postles.'
Up, up we climbed for near an hour,
From this elevated point we had the city
and the entire oasis in full view. The form
of the city has been compared to a spoon
it is much more like a huge pipe with a
loiur stem
a very singular contour. This
darker and more decided hue of its foliage.
It was an eveut in a man's life to touch
upon this scene, and we indulged ourselves
in reverie for some time. This was al-
rp.if1- .an old ritv when Romulus aud
Remas were quarrelling over the mud
huts of their village on' the Tiber, when!.Ml.w!.Pn
the Jebusite built his first rude fort on
Mount Zion. This was a center of com
merce as long ago as there was any com
merce. When Abram's affairs became so
large as to be unwieldly he employed "this
Eliezer of Damascus," a man trained to
business here, to take charge of them.
Perhaps only Babylon was as old or older.
But Babylon is gone, Tadmor is gone,
commerce has been shifting its centers a
thousand limes, nations have come into
existence, played their great tragedies on
the stage and disappeared, while here still
stands Damascus. A hundred revolutions
have been consummated within its walls.
It has changed masters, perhaps, tenliun
dred times. It saw the dawn of history
it is likely to witness the end of time. .
The Mohammedanshave a tradition to
the effect that the prophet, in one of his
mercantile journeys, approached Damas-
eus, but on coming in sight of it up here I
on the mountain, he exclaimed that as no
mau could have but one paradise he would
not forfeit that in the future by entering
this. ' So he never set foot in the city.
Once he had got well inside he would have
dismissed all apprehensions of that sort.
We descended the mountain on the
western side, and in two or three miles
came to the diligence road to Beyroot,
which followed the course of the , Barada
for some miles. We were to make camp
to night at Suk Wady Barada, so that our
course in the main would be along the
river, though at one point our dragoman
insisted on leaving it for a better road.
This we regretted, when we learned that
by taking this -course we missed seeing
the great fountain iu which the principal
part of the waters of the lower Barada
come out of the mountain iu a body.
All along this stream it is fringed with
poplar and other growths, and where the
precipitous mountains retreat a little here
and there, leaving space for small valleys,
every foot is in cultivation. In many
places irrigating ditches are taken out and
trained along the steep mountain sides, so
that even they are made fruitful. I doubt
if any one stream of the same volume iu
all the world nourishes as much lite as
this one. Villages stand along in the
gorge it makes in the .-mountain, often at
intervals of only a mile or two. All around
them is a mass of desert mountains except
thosa acres that are touched by the water
of the life giving river.
Our tent was piched in a gorge, and
we had a very disagreeable night on ac
count of a fierce, chilly wind. Here we
fell in with a oarty traveling under Cook's
auspices, one of whom was Dr. Philip
Schaff, with whom we spent a delightful
evening. On our leaving his tent at 0
o'clock, the gray, barren mountains, tow
ering above us on all sides, took on an
aspect of weird beauty in the bright moon
light that seemed to uie the most peculiar
I had ever seen.
The next morning wc climbed the moun
tains to the right of the road, about a mile
from the village where we had camped, ti
see the remains of an old Roman road,
which, at that poiut, was cut through a
mass of solid and very hard rock. It was
just wide enough for two cliajiots to pass.
The sides of the rock though which it
was dug are perfectly perpendicular, show
ing even yet the tool-marks, and contrast
ing strikingly with the powder-blasted
road bds of our time, which leave the
walls all left and ragged. At one point a
space was polished and surrounded by
moulding. In the panel thus made is a
inscription, setting forth that this road
was made by the Emperor Lucius Yerus
at the expense of the people of Abila. So
solid is this rock that the lettering is per
fect to this day. This was in the second
century of the Christian era.
We followed the course of the upper
Barada to its head, passing over on to a
confluent of the Litany where we camped
for the night. It was difficult to tell
where we passed from the waters of one
stream to those of the other, as there is a
continuous depression between the moan
tains from one to the other.
On the upper waters of the Barada its
valleys are wide, and the mountains
slopes less precipitous, while every availa
ble acre is in cultivation, but much of it is
sterile and will scarcely return the seed
committed to it.
f E. M. Makvin.
Steamer Espero, Egean Sea, May 4,
Deceiving. The newspaper accounts
of the results of lay evangelistic efforts,
especially of the results of protracted meet-
tings of this order, are calculaed greatly to
deceive those who read them, aud to cause
misdirection of effort on the part of good
One paper states that as a result of a
wonderful meeting conducted by most won
derful men full of the Holy Ghost, there
were let us say, three hundred conversions.
Another says three hundred additions to
the churches. Still another devotes its spafc
space to eulogy of the "godly men" whose
work gives such "unmistakable evidence of
God's own favor."
In all this we hesitate not to say, even at
ther isk of being called a godless, uncovertcd
sinner, there is a great deal of religious clap
trap. Editors, ignorant of the facts, may
take it for granted that all who are called
converts unite with churches, but they have
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: no S "" '"
knowing whereof they write, as it is simply
a matter of fact that very. many of the so-
named converts do not unite with any
Again, when so many conversions are pub
lished as the results of a meeting, conducted
oy an order of men, self-constituted, and
nence unknown to the Church, and in use
of measure novel and startling, it might be
well for editors of at least religious papers,
and their contributors, to state what test or
tests are adopted by which converts are dis
tinguished, or known. Let thi be under-
l stood, and deception is avoided, and alsoe
harm that often follows such deception.
Kentucky Presbyterian.
HoLiXE8s Conference. A " National
Conference to consider the subject of Chris
tian Holiness" has-recently been held in Cin
cinnati. O. A similar conference for the
Eastern States is to be held m Isew lork
City during the present month.
(N. Y, Times )
Iu reply to a statement to the effect
that the cotton manufactories of New
England had seen their best days, "and
that their trade would soon be controlled
by the Southern States, exGo, Straw, of
New.Hampshirc, has recently' given ex
pression to views which have excited a
very warm, and not uninstructive, con
troversy between the leading mill-owners
of the two sections. In the publication
referred to Mr. Straw is represented as
having stated, among other things, that
the cotton factories of the South could
never hope to successfully compete with
those of New-England. Jbecaase the cli
mate rendered it impossible for any but
the negroes, who never become good op-
eratives, to work ten and eleven hours a
day, and because "manufacturing could
never hope to prosper iu a locality iu
which men and women can earn as much
by working the soil as in the mill." In
proof of these aud similar assertions, he
stated that the mills of Georgia were not
as a rule, successful, that only those which
could supply a local demand were profi
table, and that many of the most exten
sive enterprises had resulted in such losses
that the men who had undertaken them
were not able to pay for theiv machinery.
As might have been expected, these as
sertions have excited, the people of the
South to a degree which is altogether out
of proportion to the demands of the occas
ion. It cannot le denied, however, that
Mr. Straw has made one or two grave
blunders iu regard to tho conditions under
which cotton can be and is manufactured
in the Southern States. For instance, his
statement to the effect that none but ne
groes can eudure the work in the mills of
the section named is entirely a mistake.
In Columbus, Augusta, Oraniteville, and
several other places of minor importance,
the white operatives, nineteen out of
twenty of whom are natives of the South,
work for ten and eleven hours a day from
one year s enu to me other, ihey are
contented, well satisfied with the com
pensation they received aud nerer even
talked of a strike.
Further than this, it must bo admitted
that the South has many natural advan
tages for cotton manufacturing which are
uot possessed by the North. The mills of
Georgia and the other Southern States
have an unfailing supply of water. The
streams that run their spiudles are never
frozen, and up to this time they have
never been seriously affected by the
droughts of Summer. The climate is
particularly adapted for the first manipu
lation of the delicate raw material. In
the North the an- is frequently so dry that
steam has to be introduced into the weaving-rooms
to keep the threads moist and
prevent them from breaking. Such an
expedieut is never necessary iu the South;
even in Midsummer, the atmospher is
always sufficiently humid to allow
low the spinning aud weaving process to
go on without interruption. Further than
this, the Southern mills require less gas
and less fuel than their Northern rivals,
and the original eost of their construction
is invariably much smaller. Their owners
derive still greater advantages, however,
from the fact that they can buy the raw
material at a reduced price, andcau have it
delivered .at their doors fresh from the fields
and without any charge for freight, brok
erage, or factors' commissions, Mr. W. H.
Young, of Columbus, Ga., who is one of
the best known and 'most reliable man
ufacturers in the. South, estimates that
ou this one item alone the
proprietors, as compared with those of
New-England, save six to eight dollars ou
every bale of raw material.
After conceding all these and many
other advantages to the South, however,
we can still find no sufficient proof of the
statement made in certain quarters that
the Southern States will, in the not far-
distnut future, control the greater part of j
the trade now held by the manufacturers
of New-England. It cannot be denied
that the cottou mills of the South have
rapidly increased during the past eight or
ten years, or that iu the majority of cases
they have, even in dull times, made large
profits.' There is every reason to believe
that under intelligent and enterprising
management this prosperity will not ouly
coutiuue but increase. Indeed, it is now
certain, according to reliable statements
recently published, that the Southern mills
will be doubled in number and capacity
during the next two years. But all this
does not argue that the New-England
factories must close their doors and go
out of business. They still have, and
will continue to have, over their rivals
the advantage of abundant capital, the
latest improvements in machinery, skill;
ed labor that cannot be excelled in
the world, and a situation which makes
it impossible for them to deal direct
ly with all the markets of this country
and Europe. The mills of the South have
increased and are increasing in number,
the same statement is also true of the
North. They will continue to multiply
as long as they continue to find the mark
ets, and that they are doing daily. Ac
cording to competent and trustworthy
authority, it appears that during the elev
en months of the year already passed,
11 5,333 packages of cotton goods of North
ern manufacture were exported from New
York and Boston, while during the same
period in 1870 only 87,000 packages were
sent out, and in 1875 only 44,500. There
are every reason to believe that this for
eign trade will continue to increase, and
as it is chiefly in the finer sorts of cotton
goods, there need be no fear of successful
competition from the South. That section
will doubtless find abundant opportunity,
at home to dispose of the admirable quali
ty of coarse cloths made there ; , and for
the excellent cotton blankets manufactur
ed in Columbus there will doubtless con
tinue to be a good market in the West.
The trade in shirtings, sheetings, and
other fine goods, however, will naturally
and for obvious reasons remain for an in
definite period in the hands of the New
England manufacturers.
From Harvev' Webster Reminiscence!.
He was studying law in Boston
in the office of Christopher Gore, after
ward Governor of Massachusetts. At that
time his father was very poor, and it was
with great difficulty that either father or
son could make both ends meet. Very op
portunely, as the elder Webster thought,
the clerkship of the Merrimac county (N.
II.) court became vacant. This office was
in the appointment of tho Judges, with
whom Capt. Webster happened to be on
influential terms, and was worth $2,000 a
year. He applied for it in behalf of his
son Daniel, and his application was suc
cessful. Cant. Webster, with visions of
domestic comfort rising before him, joy
fully sent news of his success to Daniel.
The young lawyer student was also, at
first, rejoiced. He went to Mr. Gore to
communicate his good fortuue. To his
surprise, that eminent lawyer at once ad
vised him to decline the office. "I have a
notion," said Mr. Gore, "that your mis
sion is to make opinions for other men to
record, and not to be a clerk to record the
opinions of courts." Fiually Daniel was
persuaded to promise that he would refuse
the clerkship. The next thine was to
break this decision to his poor old father.
"The next day," relates Webster, "I
started it being a cold winter's day to
visit my father and break to him ray de
cisiou. That was the hardest of all ; but
my mind was made up, and Mr. Gore had
inspired me with a good deal of Confidence
in myself. He made me feel there was
something iu me, and I started for New
Hampshire with that feeling. 1 reached
Concord iu the afternoon of the third day,
aud there hired a man to carry me four
teen miles in a pung to my father's, where
I arrived in the early evening.
As I approached the door, jumped out
of the sleigh, and mounted the 6toop or
portico, I looked through the window.
saw a blazing fire, and a nice, clean, paint
ed hearth ; and there was my father, a
venerable man, seated iu his chair, with
his white locks streaming down, looking
into the fire. I stood and watched him
with filial reverence. I thought to my
self how happy he is now, contemplating
all the good that is to come ; and I am go
ing in to mar and dash it all away ! I went
in. He never greeted me more warmly
How glad I am to see you !' he, exclamed
as he kissed me.
My mother came in, and it was a jubi
lee for five minutes. At last supper was
brought in, and I was making up my mind
how to break this thing to my father.
almost regrcted the rash promise I had
made to Mr. Gore. I wished a hundred
times that I could retract it. Then, again
there was something that prompted me to
think that I could do better than to re
cord other men's opinions.
My father broached the subject by say
ing, 4I think you had better ride over to
Judge Smith's in the morning, aud be
qualified at once.'
I shall write to Judge Smith and Judge
Farrell to-morrow, I replied, thank them
for their favor as warmly as I know how
and for their kindness aud friendship for
you which has procured me this appoint
ment. And, while Freudcr these thanks
I am goiug to decline the office
My father stood and looked at me iu
"Decliue ! Are you crazy ? You are jok
iug, you are trifling !'
No, sir, I am serious. Mr. Gore
'None of your Mr. Gores to me! Don'
you talk about Mr. Gore !'
"And. ' said Mr. Webster, "1 can see
now that look of mingled anger, incredu
lity, aud pity that he wore, as he said:
'Mr. Gore! telliug a young fool to re
fuse a good office ! a sillj- boy that knows
nothing about life ! filling his head with
some foolish fancies about what he is go
ing to do, when this opportunity offers to
give him all a reasonable man requires !
None of your Mr. Gores to me ! a man
who is driving his coach with four horses,
with his livercd servants, who knows no
thing about the struggles of life ! filling
a young fool's head with nonsense ! You
are crazy ! You vex me ! You never an
noyed me so much in your life before !'
He began to scold, for the first time in
his life, and I thought it was time for me
to speak.
My father, I wish to say to you that no
man living, no son, appreciates more than
I do the trials you have gone through for
me ; and no one could be more grateful
than I. I appreciate all you have done
for my welfare, and the sacrifices you and
my mother have made. But still, I am
now of age, and am a man for myself.
My education has costyou many sacrifices,
and ought to bring you something in re-
turn. You may need money ; but that is
not everything we live for. Yon your-
self would be glad to see your son rise to J
eminence, and be a man among his fel- I
ows which no man ever was as a clerk J
ot a court. I am more than half inclined
to think Mr. Gore's advice is good. It
may seem otherwise just now, but I feel
a prompting within mo that tells me there
s something better for me than to be a I
clerk of courts. . My mind Is made up.
'Are you fully resolved V said my
father. I
Yes, sir ; I am.
He did not say another word for a long
Hine, perhaps half an hbtrr: Then tie wenti
'Daniel, in the long struggle with pover-
ty and adverse fortune that your mother
and I have made to give you and Ezekiel
an education,, we have often talked over
these sacrifices, and the prospects of our I
children. Your mother has often said to I
me that she had no fears about Ezekiel ;
that he had fixed and steady habits, and
an indomitable energy. She had no
doubt of his snecess in life. But' as for
Daniel well, she didn't know about him;
he would be either something or nothing,
I think your mother was a prophetess, and
that the problem is solved to-night. You I
have fulfilled her prophecy you have
come to nothing,'
r5.Tl.4. il. a: l.
iLiuat nus iuu lust Lime no eer men
tioned the clerkship to nie.
I wrote a letter to the Judges, declin
ing the office."
Daxiei, V ebsteu. Law axu CuxJtit-
ISO- "About a year and a half
afterwad, just before graduating, I thought
that, before leaving Hanover, I would go
and pay another visit to the Hansons. 1
found that they had improved somewhat,
for they now had a cow and plenty of
plain7homely fare. I spent tho uight,
and was about to leave the next morning
wlien Hanson said to me:
V ell, Danile, you are about tograd-
uate. You've got through college, and
have got college larniu', and now, what
are you goiug to do with it?"
"I told him I had not decided on a pro-
" 'Well,' said he, 'you are a good boy;
your father was a kind man to me, and
was always kind to tho poor. 1 should
like to do a kind turn for him and his.
You've got through college; aud people
that go through college either become
ministers or doctors or lawyers. As for
bein' a minister, I would never think of
dom' that; they never get paid anything.
Doctorin' is.a miserable profession; they
live upon other people's ailin's, are up
nights, and have no peace. And as for
bein' a lawyer, I would never propose
that to any body. Now,' S"d he 'Daniel,
I'll tell you what ! You are a boy of parts;
you understand this book larniu', and you
are bright. I knew a man who had col-
lege lornin' down in Ryty where I lived
when I was a boy. I hat man w as a con-
jurer; he emld tell, by consultin' his
books, aud study, if a man had lost his
cowy where she was. This was a great
thing; ana 11 people lost anything, tney
wouiu,tninK notiiin- 01 payin' three, or
lour dollars to a man like that, so as to
nna tneir property. 1 ncre is not a con-
... r.,. I
jurer within a nunurea nines 01 this place;
and you area bright boy, and have got
this college lamin.' The best thing you
cando,istostudy that and tea cowrer'"
Harvey's Webster lleminisenccs.
Mllleu's Life of Faith axi Tki:st.
George Muller's practice of buying sup
plies for his orphan house is ou the "C. O
D." plan, and when the cash runs out, .in
stead of goiug to the grocery and butcher
stores, and asking fot provisions on trust,
he goes directly to the Lord. lie says
that the children have always had their
meals regularly, although some times as
late as ten o'clock in the morning uo means
had been supplied for dinner. In such a
case, he tells us "Then we had a prayer
meeting, and God helped us before it was
necessary to provide for dinner. Some-
times it so happened that now we had the
means for dinner, but we had not the
means for supper. Then we had another
prayer meeting together, that God would
graciously be pleased toappear on our bet
half and to help us; and so he did."
These remarkable statements, together
with others just as extraordinary, are not
from hearsay, but may be found on page
23 of his recently published addresses.
But he puts a wet blanket ou the ambi
tion of people who might desire to do
their housekeeping in this apparently eco
nomical manner, by telling them that oth
er Christians must not imitate him in this
respect, and the that only way he succeeds
in it is to lay his wants before the Lord in
the most implicit confidence that they will
be relieved. Mr. Muller says that the
whole amount received by him in auswer
to prayer up to the 26th of May is $3,850.
000 in cash, exclusive of a vast amount of
provisions and material for clothing. The
expenses of conducting the various opera
tions under his management are now
about $620 a day. X. Y. Sun.
Blaine's recent sickness it is said has
made him look much older and greatly
enfeebled him.
The United States Senate, by a vote of
40 to 18 taken last Thursday, set apart
to - day for the consideration of tluTBland
Silver Bill. Those opposed to it generally ,?.
favored postponing its consideration un-.
til after the holiday recess. Those1 whi
were in favor of it were anxious to begin
the discussion of it at once. The vote
therefore may be taken as ladlcative of
the sense of the Senate. Hill, Lamar and
Whyte were the only three Southern
Senators who voted against the silver par-
ty ; that is, in favor of the postponement
Ransom and Merrimon were present and
voted for early action. The advocates of
the bill are represented as bciner elated at
the result of Thursday's vote. It cannot
be denied that there is an apparent-jna-
jority in the Senate iu favortof jChe meas-
ure. : The hooe is indnlired verv freely
I mr w
among the silver men that a two-thirds
majority will be obtained, aud that the
bill finally passed over the threatened
veto of the President. The South and
West are standing shoulder to shoulder
iu support of this bill, ajrainst the mohied
powers of the east. Should they fail of
success with it, their growing ascendancy
in National affairs will have received its
first strong check. For our part we havo
little hope that a bill which doesnot meet
the objections urged by the President in
his message can obtain a two-thirds voto
in both houses. Hal. Xevrs.
The llussians are jubilent over tho
trron- ir?trrv nt. ' Plsvnd mill 1 - tlPV
may be, for it opens up to their gaze
the beginning of an end they long havo
sought. We doubt not that the success
of the Russian arms will eventually prove
a great blessing to the world generally;
not even excepting the Turks themselvs,
but in this the hour ot.- their defeat our
sympathies spontaneously go out to a
people who have so long and o bravely
fought against such great odds for all that
men hold dear. UuforFunately the people
of our own South-land know what are tho
feelings of men who, havingjfought to tho
last ditch, are then compelled to surren-
der to a hated foe. They know what it
is to stack their arms and furl their flags
before a victorious enemy, and march
awav disarmed, helpless prisoners. No
man who went through the agony of Ap-
pomattox can think of Plevna, and tho
brave Turks, who sallied from its wall
in a last desperate attempt to cut through
the Russian lines, without having his
heart atirrc-d to its lowest depths. llaU
ciah Observer.
x 13oniiioldkr's Wire's Paktv Co3
tume. According to the correspondence
of the Washington Capital the wife of a
Xcw York banker appeared the other eve-
ning at a party as Capital. The dress was
covered on the skirt, so as to make it ap-
pear one piece, with one hundred and five
hundred dollar bills. Tho waist and
sieves were $1,000 bonds sewed in,aBd
her fingers and ears blazed with diamonds.
The tiara was said to havebeen worth
ftsn.000. and the total value of the notes
and diamonds on her person was $200,000.
The pages carried her train and watched the jewels and greenbacks should fall
0 the lioor.
Ti,eio is a speck nf war tiown n Mis.
sissi ,, pinot over the negro, theontraccd
uoliticians will be sorrv to hear, but in
TOrard to some government timber stolen
from tlie nuWic iand8 TIie United States
Inarsi,aia have been routrhlv haudled bv
the woodsmen, and a revenue cutter has
heu sent out with reinforcements from
j ew Orleans.
Mormon Pkopagandism. John Taylor,
the new president of the Mormon Church,
has sent the following order to a " brother"
living in Nevada: "You arc hereby or
dered to start right away to the Sandwich
Islands, there to preach the gosplc of the
Everlasting Faith. By order of the Twelve
Apostles." Scuoou The Southern Pres
byterian Church has established, a school
for the training of colored ministers at
Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Six candidates
attended during the last session. The Gen-
eral Synod of the Reformed (Dutch) Church
has promised co-operation with the South-
ern Presbyterians in sustaining this semi-
I nary.
pKESBVTEKiAX. - The Presbyterian Board
of Publication at Richmond have made an
arrangement with the Presbyterian Publish
ing Company of St. Louis, to do their print
ing lor them, except the papers, Earnest
Wirler. ChiUren't Friend and Leon Papers
these are still to be issued from Rich
mond, IlereafterThere will be two-depositories
for the books of the committee : one
in Richmond, with Mr. J. D. K. Sleight as
business manager, and-the other at St. Louis,
with Rev. A, Shotwell as manager.
Touacco vs. Missions. The following la
from the Method it; - Methodist clergy
man mentioned to Rev. M. B. Branitz, an
earnest anti-tobacco missionary, one member
of """"his church who last year gave fl for
missions who admitted tht he paid dnriag
the year, at least $100 for tobacco, and an
other member, wlio gave $3 for bible, tract,
and mission purposes, whose tobacco bill
for the year was $200! Mr.' Barujtz has
made a carefuTcomputation from tho best
available statistics, which shows that the
professing Christians of Auierica expend, at
least, (25,00,000 annually for tobacco.
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