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ANECDOTES AND SELECTIONS.

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rises upon the life. Every trial is lighted with the light of God's love; every labour sparkles under the beams of His command and His providence; all success is sweet because it is His gift; all friendship in Him is doubly dear because clad in the vesture of immortality. Yes, who will not say, indeed, that he who chooses religion has chosen the thing most needed, and the best, because he has chosen that which gives strength, beauty, and true glory to all the rest? is not labour dignified by the thought-To this God calls me? is not sorrow sanctified by it, for it says, “ In this God is with me?" is not success elevated by it, for we say, “He has prospered our handiwork ?" is not friendship intensified by it, for we say, “Them that sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him?" — Quiver

A SPEAKING ORACLE. — The celebrated bronze Hercules of the Vatican is a colossal statue, which was found concealed in a vault on the site of the ancient theatre of Pompey, twenty or thirty feet below the present level. It was first believed to be a work of Greek origin, but a more careful examination of its modelings and proportions rendered this supposition untenable. It may probably be referred to a much later period of Roman workmanship, and that not the best. The remains of a thick gilding partially cover its surface. It is curious and interesting from the circumstance that it was evidently one of the oracular or speaking statues which gave vocal answers to the prayers of the worshipper. At the back of the head there is an aperture which would admit a youth of fifteen years : and the neck, in order to increase the size of the passage, has been beaten so as to enlarge this part of the statue beyond all degrees of proportion, even to bursting the metal by too much attenuation. It was, however, most likely by this means that the statue had the reputation of supernatural powers of speech. It is doubtless another instance of the tricks and superstitions of ancient Rome, which the modern Roman church has so minutely copied and practised. Cast A LINE FOR YOURSELF.

A young man stood listlessly watching some anglers on a bridge. He was poor and dejected.

At last, approaching a basket filled with wbolesome looking fish, he sighed, " If, now, I had these, I would be happy. I could sell them at a fair price, and buy me food and lodgings." * I will give you just as many, and just as good fish," said the owner, who had chanced to overhear his words, "if you will do me a trifling favour." “ And what is that ?" asked the other. “Only tend this line till I come back. I wish to go on a short errand." The proposal was gladly accepted. The old man was gone so long that the young man began to be impatient. Meanwhile the hungry fish snapped greedily at the baited hook, and the young man lost all his depression in the excitement of pulling them in; and when the owner of the line returned, he had caught a large number. Counting out from them as inany as were in the basket, and presenting them to the young man, the old fisherman said, “I fulfil my promise from the fish you have caught, to teach you, whenever you see others earning what you need, to waste ao time in fruitless wishing, but cast a line for yourself."

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ANECDOTES AND SELECTIONS.

LIFE IN THE OCEAN DEPTHS.— The upscientific man is generally startled a little, when Agassiz tells him that "the ocean is the true home of animal life.” He is so accustomed to think of the sea as barren and desert, that he “makes great eyes," as the Germans, say, when the naturalist assures him that it is the land which is comparatively bare of animal life. The land, to be sure, is the habitation of the most perfect animals, and as it is, besides, the home of our own species, we naturally connect the idea of life with it rather than with the ocean.

The land, moreover, affords more favourable conditions for the development of a greater variety of functions, among which is the faculty of uttering sounds, while almost all marine animals are dumb. The latter have such a quiet way, that we are apt to overlook themthe fate of quiet people generally. Sure it is, that, in the number of both species and individuals, the ocean far exceeds the land. We begin to realise this when we look down into a shallow, waveless sea, and observe the variety of creatures of all sorts-crabs, snails, worms, star fish, polyps — which have their home among the sea-weed; and yet those animals which we are able to see in their submarine abode, are nothing in comparison to the hosts of smaller creatures, imperceptible to our eyes--the infusoria, myriads of which the microscope brings to our view, and which are all, without exception, aquatic.

THE PLEDGE OF SAFETY.-A ship had been wrecked off an island in the South Seas. To the horror of the sailors, they found it the same island where a ship's crew had been killed and eaten by the natives. Weary with the struggle in the storm, their clothes drenched, they bid themselves as best they could, with their scanty stores, in caves along the shore. When they could endure no longer, they crept stealthily up the hill between them and the town. Every crackling limb and rustling leaf was a fearful tell-tale to their minds, and when they reached the summit, the terrors of death came over them, and they dared not go on. But one of their number, more hardy than the rest, kept on, and at the very point where they expected his courage to fail, and that returning he would bring upon them the man-eaters, just then he rose from his knees, and swung bis hat and shouted, “ Safe, safe, all safe!" He had not seen a band of soldiers from a Christian land, por a troop of his own countrymen, por even a single living soul; but he had seen a little church spire which rose from the village, and among their rude homes was pointing towards heaven. The Christian missionary had been there, and God's work among the people was the pledge of safety to all the world; and so the words came true—“The beloved of the Lord shall dwell in safety by him."

THE WORLD OF LONDON.—Here are some curious statistics about London, extracted from one of the papers issued by the London City Mission. It covers, within the fifteen miles' radius of Charing Cross, Dearly 700 square miles. It numbers within these boundaries 4,000,000 inhabitants. "It comprises 100,000 foreigners, from every quarter of the globe. It contains more Roman Catholics than Rome itself, more Jews than the whole of Polestine, more Irish thap Dublin, more Scotchmen than Edinburgh, more Welshmen than Cardiff, and more country-born

THE FIRESIDE.

persons than the counties of Devon, Warwick, and Durham combined. It has a birth in it every five minutes, a death in it every eight minutes, and seven accidents every day in its 7,000 miles of streets. It has, on an average, twenty-eight miles of new streets opened, and 9,000 new houses built in it every year. It has 1,000 ships and 9,000 sailors in its ports every day. It has 117,000 habitual criminals on its police register, and increasing at an average rate of 30,000 per annum. It has as many beer-shops and gin-palaces as would, if placed side by side, stretch from Charing Cross to Portsmouth, a distance of seventythree miles. It has as many paupers as would more than occupy every house in Brighton. It has an influence with all parts of the world, represented by the yearly delivery in its postal districts of 238,000,000 letters.

The fireside.

COOKING POTATOES.—Potatoes and the cloth; then sprinkle it with dry

all ,

should be cooked by steam, else they well, using plenty of rinsing water ; must be more or less water soaked. by washing the woodwork in this way The simplest and cheapest steamer is you will not remove the paint, and the easily had by having a steamer made borax will soften and make the hands to fit the large iron kettle that every white,—a fact well worth knowing. kitchen has. The steamer, of tin, The uses of borax in domestic economy made to fit the kettle, the sides fitting are numerous; and one of the most down, say one inch, a snug perfect fit; valuable is its employment to aid the one inch from the rim is a bottom with detergent properties of soap. holes cut in it, half an inch in diame

To FRESHEN PAINT.-Tea loaves ter, and one inch apart. The steamer, like a basin with straight or perpen- days, and when sufficient are collected,

bo saved from the table for a few

may dicular sides, nine inches deep, a tin cover to fit perfectly tight, the cover steep, and not boil them for half an made to run up higher in the middle hour in a tin pan; strain the water off two or three inches.

When stewing

through a sieve, and use this tea to

wash all varnished paint. It removes fruit, put it in an earthen dish; set dish and all in the steamer. The fruit spots, and gives a fresher, newer then does not waste its flavour

as when appearance than when soap and water stowed with water.

is used. For white paint take up a

Steam puddings instead of boiling if you would retain small quantity of whiting on a damp

piece of old white flannel, and rub over the flavour. To CLEANSE WOODWORK AROUND. the paint remarkably bright and new.

the surface lightly, and it will leave DOOR8.—Take a pail of hot water; throw in two tablespoonsful of pul

H. H. F. asks: Is the use of alum in verized borax; use a coarse house bread and cakos, at the rate of a toacloth-an old coarse towel does splen- spoonful to a loaf of moderate size, didly—and wash the painting; do not injurious ?—A. Yes. The presence of ase a brush; when washing places alum in bread, in any proportion, is that are extra yellow stained, soap very objectionable.

NOTES AND QUERIES-FACTS, HINTS, GEMS, AND POETRY.

Notes and Queries.

H. Y.-Yes. Trench's is the most themselves from one another. The learned book on the subject, but Arnot's most natural interpretation is the best. book will be of more service.

Different gifts are described under the M. P.-Not quite. You have hardly figure of vessels. caught the idea. Only three names of

P. L.—Why not? If sin is to be angels are mentioned in the Bible :- denounced, and not parloyed with, namely, Gabriel, Michael, and Apollyon. surely that is the best place in which

A. 0.-Beware! If you once get to do it. within the meshes of the notion you mention, you will find it hard to dis; the book full of very doubtful exposi

G. T.-The title is misleading, and entangle yourself. Read what is said

tions. about “priests” in the Epistle to the Hebrews, and cull all the passages

K. T.-“Compare Scripture with referring to priests in the Epistles of Scripture.”. Let the passages that are the Apostle Paul.

plain and simple throw their light on A. M.—Thank you: but pray use those which are “hard to be under

stood.” your own common sense.

B. F.-Do not be too impetuous. F. T.-Never! There is not a single

H.C.-No. The passage can hardly instance of it in the whole of the New mean that.

“ Vessels” do not purge Testament.

Facts, Hints, Gems, and poetry.

Facts.

mouth of Boston harbour. It is so rich FACTS, HINTS, GEMS, AND POETRY.

over

in fish that 500 to 1000 pounds have Cats are taxed in Paris.

been taken by trolling within half an Hungary has 5,279,193 cattle. hour. Water costs as much wine in Venice. Large quantities of figs are being

Hints. dried in California.

PROVERBS FROM THE TALMUD. New Hampshire produced 2,000,000 bushels of Indian corn last If the fox is king, bow before him. year, or more than any other New Deal with those who are fortunate. England State.

The rivalry of scholars advances Canned lobsters continue to be science. shipped for England from Halifax in Teach thy tongue to say “I do not large quantities.

know." Thirty thousand salmon eggs from The soldiers fight, and the kings arə California have been placed in Lak heroes Wangumbaug, South Coventry, Conn. The ass complains of the cold even

Three pairs of English pheasants in July. have been put on Goat Island, San Make but one sale, and thou art Francisco Bay, for propagation, and called a merchant. are said to be the first ever introduced A single light answers as well for a into this country.

hundred men as for one. A new fishing bank has been dis- The doctor who prescribes gratuicovered about fifteen miles off the' tously gives a worthless prescription.

The wine belongs to the master, but the waiter receives the thanks.

Poetic Selections. Thy friend has a friend, and thy

FAITH. friend's friend has a friend : be discreet. Men should be careful lest they

I AM walking into the untried days,

Trusting alone in Thee; cause women to weep, for God counts Sure that Thy marvellous heavenly grace their tears.

Will always be given to me. If a word spoken in its time is I know not whether my feet shalt tread worth one piece of money, silence in By Marah's bitter stream; its time is worth two.

Or whether my soul shall be comforted Blessed is the son who has studied

Where Salem's towers gleam. with his father; and blessed the father Sometime I may find Gethsemanewho has instructed his son.

Not dreadful, like Thine own;
And yet so dreadful I shall need

To lean on Thee alone.
Gems.

I may come to Tabor's height some day,

And see Thy transfigured face;

Should the vision melt into twilight grey, The greatest luxury of riches is that I may keep the transmitted grace. they enable you to escape so much

If I'm called to stand on Carmel's crest, good advice.

The rich are always Beleaguered by hosts of wrong, advising the poor ; but the poor seldom I shall see Thee a wonderful victory wrest, venture to return the compliment.

And join the triumphal song. Helps.

If ever my weakness shall lose this faith,

And fly to its juniper tree, By friendship you mean the greatest I shall hear, in the desert, Thy chiding love, the greatest usefulness, and the

word, most open communication, and the “Why lose thy faith in me?" noblest sufferings, and the severest One thing I know in my foolishness, truth, and the heartiest counsel, and One thing, in my blindness, I see, the greatest union of minds of which That whether through vale or by mountain

top, brave men and women are capable.—

The end draws near to me. Jeremy Taylor.

Why should I tremble with doubt or fear, No man chooses good unless he likes

If it come by night or by day? to choose it. Every choice implies free Why ask if the end be far or near ratherness. That act of the will which Since Thou hast gone that way? we call elective preference is always I will trust Thee for all; whether dark or agreeable. Forced preference is a bright

The day and the night may be, phrase involving self-contradiction.

I know that they lead to the land of light, Joseph Cook.

And to endless rest with Thee ! The identification of things secular with things sacred, the refusal to acknowledge anything as supremely GREEN GRASS UNDER THE SNOW. sacred except what is good, or profane

THE work of the sun is slow, except what is sinful,—this is the wide

But as sure as heaven, we know, reaching principle of the gospel which So we'll not forget, strikes at the root of a thousand super

When the skies are wet,

There's green grass under the snow. stitions, and is the fruitful source of a thousand truths. It carries with it

When the winds of winter blow,

Wailing like voices of woe, the hope of the final triumph of good

There are April showers, over evil. It carries with it the

And buds and flowers, the germ of all modern philosophy, And green grass under the snow. modern art and statesmanship. This We find that it is ever so is the element which liberates, redeems,

In this life's uneven flow,

We've only to wait, and purifies both the church and the

In the face of fate, world.-Dean Stanley.

For the green grass under the snow.

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