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

Notes and Queries.

were

S. J.-Yes. The act was unusual; A. M.-No. There

other but the event also was exceptional. musical instruments. But still the David's dancing was an expression of musicians, the hired mourners, at the the fulness his own joy. It was house of Jairus, is a case in point. like children clapping their hands with L. G.–Never fear. God accepts us glee when anything especially delights according to our hearts. He knows them.

what is in man. H. R.—Quite true. The daughter of C. G. F.—- Almost” is not the best Herodias was not. a modest person, or rendering. It should be, “ within a she would not have dono what she did. very little; or, “in a short time.” The

Q. R.-Let us hear from you again. first is the truest and best. We will do our best to answer your S. A.—“Carriages” means, in Acts questions; but, as we lay no claim to xxi. 15, not that which carries us, but infallibility, you must not expect too that which we carry. It would be much.

better—“luggage."

Facts, Hints, Gems, and poetry.

Facts.

he thinks must have been made by a

bird twelve foet high, two million The public debt of Russia is about years ago. 1,193,809,956 roubles.

Thero are at present one hundred Japan has now a complete post-office fisheries in Greece. Forty of the boats

and fifty boats engaged in the sponge system throughout the country.

have English diving bells, and carry a Seven tons of gold were taken from one mine in Siboria during the year other boats carry four men each, and

crew of eleven or fifteen each. The just closed.

Among the Cheviot Hills of Scot- the total number of mon employed is land they boast of sheep whose wool about one thousand. Last year the will measure eleven and a half inches yield was two hundred and forty tons. in length.

Hints. The Czar of Russia has no settled civil list, but every rouble in the The devil is not always at one door. government treasury is at his com--George Herbert. mand, and supposed to be his.

Believe in Christ, and then the soul The sea holds 60,000,000,000,000 and the whole Bible, will be full of tons of salt. Should the sea be dried light.--Heubner. up, there would be a deposit of salt The reputation of a man is like his over the entire bottom of the ocean shadow-gigantic when it precedes 450 feet deep, and if the salt were him, and pigmy in its proportions takon and spread on the land, it would when it follows him.-Talleyrand. cover it to a depth of 900 feet.

Examples would indeed be excellent Professor Hitchcock, of Amherst things were not people so modest that College, digging for fossil bird-tracks none will set, and so vain that none near the Connecticut river, has found will follow them.-Augustus Hare. four tracks measuring a foot from heel Of the dark parts of revelation to too, and proportionately wide, which there are two sorts; one which may

FACTS, HINTS, GEMS, AND POETRY:

be cleared up by the studious, the "It is only the children playing other which will always reside in the And they laugh that their eyes are dazzled shadow of God's throne, where it would

By the rays of the setting sun.' be impiety to intrude. -Warburton. This matter is like a balance, if one

Fainter grew their voices, and weaker,

As with anxious eyes she cried, scalo goes down, the other must go up. “ Down the avenue of chestnuts The weightier Christ's influence, the I can hear a horseman ride." lighter will be the world and self. “It was only the deer that was feeding

In a herd on the clover grass; righteousness; and when Christ is all They were startled and led to the thicket, in all, then the world and self will be As they saw the reapers pass.". nothing at all.–Spurgeon.

Now the night arose in silence,

Birds lay in their leafy nest,

And the deer crouched in the forest
Gems.

And the children were at rest.

There was only a sound of weeping Too much gravity argues a shallow From watchers around a bed, mind.--Lavater.

But rest to a weary spirit,

Peace to the quiet dead. The young man that makes a charac

-Adelaide A. Procter. ter makes foes.--Young.

Death is a friend of ours; and he that is not ready to entertain him is

WE GAIN BY LOSING. not at home.-Bacon.

Henry Clay's comprehensive idea of “Love, lost or won, i8 countless gain." education was thus expressed: “Teach But looking backward through his tears, your boy to shoot, to swim, and to tell With vision of maturer scope, the truth."

How often our dead joy appears Judge thyself with a judgment of

The platform of some better hope ! sincerity, and thou wilt judge others And let us own, the sharpest smart with a judgment of charity.-Mason. Pays light for that which leaves the heart Since the generality of persons act

More generous, dignified, and pure. from impulse more than principle, men Learn, by a mortal yearning, to ascend, arė neither so good nor so bad as we Seeking some higher object. Love was

given, are apt to think them.-Hare.

Encouraged, sanctioned, chiefly for that My faith is that there is a far greater amount of revelation given to guide For this the passion to excess was driven, each man by the principles laid down That self might be annulled; her bondage THE MAN AT THE WHEEL.

prove in the Bible, by conscience, and by The fetters of a dream opposed to love! Providence, than most mon are aware

-Coventry Patmore. of. It is not the light which is defective, it is an eye to see it.-Norman MacLeod.

THE LAW OF LOVE.

POUR forth the oil-pour boldly forth; Poetic Selections.

It will not fail, until

Thou failest vessels to provide
HUSH.

Which it may largely fill.

Make channels for the streams of love “I CAN scarcely hear," she murmured,

Where they may broadly run; “For my heart beats loud and fast;

And love has overflow streams

To fill them every one.
But surely in the far, far distance
I can hear & song at last."

But, if at any time we cease “It is only the reapers singing

Such channels to provide, As they carry home their sheaves;

The very founts of love for us And the evening breeze has risen,

Will soon be parched and dried. And rustles the dying leaves."

For we must share, if we would keep, “Listen / there are voices talking."

That blessing from above; Calmly still she strove to speak;

Ceasing to give, we cease to have Yet her voice grew faint and trembling,

Such is the law of love. And the red flushed in her cheek,

-Trench.

end;

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In a voyage of a hundred and eleven days to San Francisco, and thence to the Sandwich Islands, China, East Indies, and New York, there was a man at the wheel every moment, day and night, in storm and sunshine. Every man, except the officers, was in his turn two hours at a time during the whole voyage the man at the wheel. Not till the word of command was given inside the Golden Gate, “ Let go the anchor," was the wheel deserted. Every two hours the man at the wheel was relieved by some shipmáte who knew when it came his turn. The man at the wheel would say what point of the compass must be kept in mind; the man taking his place would repeat his words. "South-west by south half south,” says the man who seizes the wheel to take his place.

Going on deck at midnight there is the man at the wheel. Coming up to watch the sunrise you salute the man at the wheel. During a gale, if you venture on deck curious to see the swelling ocean, you find the man at the wheel. In a dead calm, the ship motionless, there stands the man at the wheel. The sea runs high, the wave looks down upon you as though it would swallow you up.

“ Meet her!” cries the mate; the man at the wheel swings the bowsprit in the teeth of the billow; you go up to the heavens—then down again into the deep.

You always feel on shipboard that there is one man doing something for you. During divine service on Sabbath morning, two men at least are always absent; one, the officer of the deck, the other, the man at the wheel. If you start in your sleep, you instantly think—there is at least one who is awake, the man at the wheel. I never passed him day or night without giving and receiving a salutation. You feel that he is your personal friend.

The compass lies directly in front of the wheel; the binnacle lamp shines all night upon the compass, which points the way the ship is headed, and the man at the wheel is told to keep her so. If the wind sets her off her course, the endeavour is to get as near to it as the wind will allow, keeping the sails “full and by the wind, the steersman using his discretion how to do so.

One cannot see himself thus continually kept on his course through the deep without being reminded that if he is a child of God, he has Christ Jesus as the man at the wheel to his soul as truly as at every moment of a voyage, however long, he has a man at the wheel of his ship. Without presumption, but with the utmost confidence, with full assurance of faith, every one who loves God may say to the Saviour, “ Thou shalt guide me with Thy counsel,

THE ETERNAL YOUTH OF HOMER.

and afterward receive me to glory.” He may be as confident of the incessant guidance of his soul by Christ, as the passenger is of the perpetual service of a man at the wheel.

It used to occur to me-Suppose that instead of having twentyeight men taking turn, each of them two hours at a time, to steer me across the globe, the service were done by a single man, who, day and night, should be my steersman, standing every moment at the wheel, buffeted by the gale, pelted by the rain, scorched by the sun, straining every sense in the dark nights to guard against collisions, till finally I should see the anchor dropped in the desired haven, without any casualty, delay, loss, or damage from the beginning to the end of the voyage, I could not part with that man without emotions unutterable. Yet here I am on the voyage of life with One at the wheel who has been there from my infancy to the present hour, to whom I may with joyful confidence repeat those words, “ Thou shalt guide me with Thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.”

We bless the memory of this translator who used the word “shalt” in this passage, instead of “wilt.” He lets David here speak not prophetically, but trustfully, confiding himself to divine guidance, not merely foretelling that he will be guided, but declaring his willingness to be. There may be all the difference between believer and unbeliever in saying "shalt" rather than “ wilt” in such a case as this ; whether you, as from the heart, avouch the Lord God to be your supreme Ruler, or merely declare that He will be. Using here the word “shalt,” implies a cordial choice of divine guidance. He who has made such choice has the hand of infinite love on his helm. Some helms seem to have no hand upon them. They steer wild. They are blown about; sometimes they are in the trough of the sea ; they have broached to; some of them go down for ever.

THE ETERNAL YOUTH OF HOMER. THE “Iliad” is from two to three thousand years older than " Macbeth,” and yet it is as fresh as if it had been written yesterday. We have there no lesson save in the emotions which rise in us as we read. Homer had no philosophy; he never struggles to press upon us his views about this or that; you can scarcely tell, indeed, whether his sympathies are Greek or Trojan; but he represents to us faithfully the men and women among whom he lived. He sang the tale of Troy, he touched his lyre, he drained the golden beaker in the halls of men like those on whom he was conferring immortality. And thus, although no Agamemnon,

THE MINIMUM CHRISTIAN.

king of men, ever led a Grecian fleet to Ilium ; though no Priam sought the midnight tent of Achilles ; though Ulysses and Diomed and Nestor were but names, and Helen but a dream ; yet, through Homer's power of representing men and women, those old Greeks will still stand out from amidst the darkness of the ancient world with a sharpness of outline which belongs to no period of history except the most recent.

For the mere hard purposes of history, the “Iliad” and Odyssey” are the most effective books which ever were written. We see the hall of Menelaus, we see the garden of Alcinous, we see Nausicaa among her maidens on the shore, we see the mellow monarch sitting with ivory sceptre in the market-place, dealing out genial justice. Or, again, when the wild mood is on, we can hear the crash of the spears, the rattle of the armour as the heroes fall, and the plunging of the horses among the slain. Could we enter the palace of an old Ionian lord, we know what we should see there ; we know the words in which he would address us. We could meet Hector as a friend. If we could choose a companion to spend an evening with over a fireside, it would be the man of many counsels, the husband of Penelope.-Froude's Science of History.

THE MINIMUM CHRISTIAN. The minimum Christian! And who is he? The Christian who is going to be saved at the cheapest rate possible; the Christian who intends to get all the world he can, and not meet the worldling's doom ; the Christian who aims to have as little religion as he may, without lacking it altogether.

The minimum Christian goes to church in the morning, and in the afternoon also, unless it rains, or is too warm or too cold, or he is too sleepy, or has a headache from eating too much dinner. He listens most respectfully to the preacher, and joins in the prayer and praise. He applies the truth very judiciously-sometimes to himself, often to his neighbours.

The minimum Christian is very friendly to all good works. He wishes them well ; but it is not in his power to do much for them. The Sabbath school he looks upon as an admirable institution, especially for the neglected and the ignorant. It is not convenient, however, for him to take a class. His business engagements are so pressing during the week that he needs Sunday as a day of rest; nor does he think himself qualified to act as a teacher. There are so many persons better prepared for this important duty, that he must beg to be excused. He is very friendly to home and foreign missions and colportage, and gives

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