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ANECDOTES AND SELECTIONS.
do, for the sake of Christ and His cause, the very thing that Oken did for the sake of science, would there be any lack ?
MEDDLING.—There are some persons who seem possessed with an insatiable desire to meddle with things that do not concern them. They pry into other people's affairs, they are busy bodies in other men's matters. Nothing within their reach escapes their meddlesome inspection. On one of our railways, as an immense train, divided into two or three sections, was moving rapidly along, suddenly the bellrope was pulled; the engineer at once stopped the train; the conductor went through to see what was the matter, but no one knew anything about it; the bell-rope had been slyly pulled by some meddlesome passenger. The train started again as quickly as possible, but before it was well under way, the section which followed it had overtaken it, crushed into the rear car, killing and wounding passengers, and clouding homes with life-long misery and sorrow, just because some one meddled with that which did not concern him. The passenger probably thought he had done a cunning thing; it was sport to himit was death to the victims of his folly. Continual troubles arise from this meddlesome disposition. Things are broken, damaged, destroyed, by meddlers who have no earthly reason for their conduct, but who simply meddle with that which does not concern them. One of the great commandments, which deserves a place in both law and gospel, is the command to mind our own business. The spirit of this commandment is found in more than one place in the Holy Scriptures. It will be well for us if we give heed to such instructions, and study to be quiet and do our own business, leaving alone things which do not concern us. We may thus avoid incalculable mischief, and spare ourselves the remorse which meddling brings.
A NOBLE Thing. It is a noble and great thing to cover the blemishes and excuse the failings of a friend; to draw a curtain before bis stains, and to display his perfections; to bury his weaknesses in silence, but to proclaim his virtues on the house-tops. It is an imitation of the charities of heaven, which, when the creature lies prostrate in the weakness of sleep and weariness, spreads the covering of night and darkness over it, to conceal it in that condition, but as soon as our spirits are refreshed, and nature returns to its inorning vigour, God then bids the sun to rise and the day shine upon us, both to advance and show that activity.-South.
CARLYLE'S REVERENCE.—Thomas Carlyle, though an iconoclast, is as reverent a man as lives. In a letter written in 1869 to the laté Mr. Erskine, he says:-"I was agreeably surprised by the sight of your handwriting again, so kind, so welcome! The letters are as firm and honestly distinct as ever-the mind, too, in spite of its frail environments, as clear, plump-up, calmly expectant, as in the best days; right 80; 80 be it with us all, till we quit this dim sojourn, dow grown so lonely to us, and our change come! 'Our Father which art in heaven; hallowed be Thy name, Thy will be done;' what else can we say? The other night, in my sleepless tossings about, which were growing more and more miserable, these words, that brief and grand prayer, came
strangely into my mind, with an altogether new emphasis ; as if written and shining for me in mild, pure splendour, on the black bosom of the night there; when I, as it were, read them word by wordwith a sudden check to my imperfect wanderings, with a sudden softness of composure which was much unexpected. Not for perhaps thirty or forty years had I once formally repeated that prayer; nay, I never felt before how intensely the voice of a man's soul it is; the inmost aspiration of all that is high and pious in poor human nature; right worthy to be recommended with an 'After this manner pray ye.
PRAYER AND TALK.-A good test of the spiritual temperature of a prayer-meeting is the number of prayers offered in comparison with the little speeches made. Where people value prayer, and feel its need, and want to pray-they pray. Where people think that prayer is a good thing, and that there ought to be more of it, and that it is a good thing to talk about—they talk. It is a hopeful sign when everybody in a prayer-meeting is ready to pray. It is not so hopeful when everybody is urging everybody else to pray. The week of prayer, or the week of talk — which was it? - has registered the spiritual temperature in many a prayer-meeting.-S. S. Times.
No Long PRAYERS.—We need no long prayers to bring us the sweet sense of God's Fatherhood, the hidden secret communion of Him who is ever with us. I walk with my friend through a bustling, crowded street, and though I speak no word to him, the close pressure of his hand upon my arm, from time to time, tells me all I want to know. The little child, too, holding my hand through a long summer walk; he looks up into my face now and then. Look down into his, and in that look how much is said ; what compact of trust and love, what bright assurance that all is fair and calm and pleasant between
So a good man walks with God.-R. W. Dale.
WATER FOR THE EYES.—A writer in and the first thing in the morning's Fraser's Magazine thinks that, what ablutions. All artisans too, who work ever hesitation there may be justly at a blazing fire, ought often to wash called for in recommending one or their eyes with cold, pure water; and another of the various lotions now so so should all those who work in wool, popular, there need be no such doubt particularly carders and spinners, and in respect to cold water or pure water. those likewise who are employed in He says in cases of much inflamma- woollen and cotton manufactures, the tion or difficulty of opening the eyelids fine dust which such works disperse in the morning, experienced by so often producing cataracts, obstinate many, the water should be warm, and inflammation, swelled eyelids, etc. it may be mixed with warm milk, but FOR ROUGH HANDS.-Take three in nearly all other cases it should be drams of powdered borax, three-eighths cold. All those who have been engaged ounce of glycerine, six ounces of rosein reading or writing during several water; mix well together and apply hours at a stretch, and especially at frequently. It will make the skin night, should carefully bathe the eyes smooth and white. with cold water before going to bed
NOTES AND QUERIES-FACTS, HINTS, GEMS, AND POETRY.
Notes and Queries.
men as men.
G.—Your question is curious rather three Gospels. They are called Synopthan practical. The Bible deals with tical Gospels, because these three,
What stronger indict- Matthew, Mark, and Luke, ment against any people was over together," or have one common view. penned than that of the Hebrew C. M.—The headings of the chapters Prophets against the Jews ?
are not inspired, and are not always S. L.-No. The book is fictitious. accurate. Of course the italics in It is an attempt to present the writer's Scripture are only meant to show that, views of devout Jews at the Advent. in the opinion of the translators, the But, like all such books, it shows how italicised words are needed in English much superior are the Gospels. Philo- to eke out the sense. In many cases Christus means, Friend of Christ. they are better left out altogether.
W. B.-Probably: but look again. This is notably the case in Matt. xx. You will see that Hezekiah had the 23; and the corresponding passage in help, and that was an immense advan- Mark x. 40. tage, of the greatest of the prophets. D. H.—Use your own judgment upon We mean, Isaiah.
it. If the explanations you have heard F. B.-It is said by Jews: but the require so much ingenuity to get at fact still remains, that the greater part them, they are evidently not the corof the Talmud was written after the rect interpretations. The Bible is not birth of Christ.
a puzzle-book for ingenious men, but M. A. C.-Always compare the three a guide to the open-hearted and simpleaccounts of the same event in the first minded.
Facts, Hints, Gems, and poetry.
Thousands of peasants in the Hartz
Mountains, Germany, realize all the Silver and gold mines abound in ready money they get by raising singJapan.
ing birds for the American market. Some of the finest engravers in Switzerland are women.
Every path hath a puddle.-George The Chinese feed more largely on Herbert. pork than on any other kind of animal Hearken to reason, or she will be food.
heard.—George Herbert. Fish are peddled in portable tanks A stubborn man gets into trouble: a in Japan, the law requiring them to be peaceable man is imposed on.-African sold alive.
Proverb. At Glasgow, Scotland, one iodine Happiness is neither with us nor factory uses up 6,000 tons of sea-weed without us; it is the union of ourevery year to produce this chemical. selves with God.-Pascal.
A full blown pond lily has been dis- Merciful is the fate that hides from covered under the ice in a Massachu- any soul the prophecy of its still-born setts pond.
aspirations.-Elizabeth Stuart Phelps.
FACTS, HINTS, GEMS, AND POETRY.
It doesn't pay to prophesy; if you
Poetic Selections. get it right, nobody remembers it; if you get it wrong, nobody forgets it.
ONLY GOD AND MAN. This is what it is to be happy; to FOLLY and Fear are spectres twain; believe that our thought is shared be- One closing her eyes, fore it can be spared.—Elizabeth Stuart The other peopling the dark inane Phelps.
With spectral lies. A great step is gained when a child Know well, my soul, God's hand controls
Whate'er thou fearest; has learned that there is no necessary Round Him in calmest music rolls connection between liking a thing and Whate'er thou hearest. doing it.—Guesses at Truih.
What to thee is shadow, to Him is day, Some people have a way of thinking And the end He knoweth; that what they are about must be And not on a blind and aimless way
The spirit goeth. pleasing to God, if only it is unpleasant enough to themselves.-Jean İngelow. Nothing before, nothing behind; You know that is a right heart that, Fall on the seeming void, and find
The steps of faith in the end, makes a safe head; and the The rock beneath, ancients used to say that the punish- The present, the present is all thou hast ment of a knave is that he loses good For thy sure possessing; judgment.-Joseph Cook.
Like the patriarch's angel, hold it fast
Till it gives its blessing.
Why fear the night? Why shrink from
There is nothing in heaven, or earth beneath, An injudicious friend is often a
Save God and man. powerful enemy.-Alliance.
Peopling the shadows, we turn from Him He who lives without folly is not so And from one another; wise as he thinks.—Rouchefoucauld. All is spectral, and vague, and dim, A cold head and a colder heart make
Save God and our brother. many things easy.—Charles Kingsley. O restless spirit! wherefore strain Vånity keeps persons in favour with Heaven and hell, with their joy and pain,
Beyond thy sphere! themselves, who are out of favour with
Are now and here. all others.
All which is real now remaineth, Think not of faults committed in And fadeth never; the past, when one has reformed his The hand which upholds it now, sustaineth
The soul forever. conduct.-Confucius.
True charity is often met with in Then of what is to be and of what is done the person of a fault-finder, but it is the past and the time to be are one, rarely met with in the person of a And both are now. -Whittier. flatterer. When Death, the great reconciler,
HOME. has come, it is never our tenderness that we repent of, but our severity.- Stax, stay at home, my heart, and rest;
Home-keeping hearts are happiest; George Eliot.
For those that wander they know not where I feel I am growing old for want of Are full of trouble and full of care; somebody to tell me that I am looking
To stay at home is best. as young as ever. Charming false- Weary and homesick and distressed hood! There is a vast deal of vital They wander east, they wander west,
And are baffled and beaten and blown about air in loving words.—Landor. Love virtue, and the people will be By the winds of the wilderness of doubt;
To stay at home is best. virtuous; the virtue of a great man is Then stay at home, my heart, and rest; like the wind; the virtue of the hum- The bird is safest in its nest; ble is like the grass; when the wind O'er all that flutter their wings and fly passes over it the grass inclines its A hawk is hovering in the sky;
To stay at home is best. head.-Confucius.
-H. W. Longfellow.
A TYROLESE CATASTROPHE.
In 1771 a terrible calamity befell the little village of Alleghe, on the banks of the river Cordevole, in the Tyrol. The district was a fertile and beautiful one, with several scattered villages, surrounded by orchards and corn fields, and protected from the fierce blasts of winter by the range of high mountains which were at once its safeguard and its peril.
At the base of one of the loftiest of this great range, called Monte Pezza, stood the village of Alleghe. In the month of January, when the mountains around were all covered with heavy snow, a charcoal burner was at his work in the woods of Monte Pezza, when his attention was suddenly arrested by a distinctly tremulous movement of the ground, and by the frequent rattling down of stones and debris from the rocky precipices behind him. These were sufficient indications of danger to the practiced ear of the mountaineer. He knew too well the portents of those overwhelming catastrophes that are continually to be dreaded ; and on listening more attentively, he became convinced that serious peril was impending. Even as he watched, several large boulders became detached from the face of the mountain, and rolled down to a considerable distance; while at times the trembling motion of the ground was too evident to be mistaken.
It was growing late in the afternoon, and darkness would soon fall on the valley ; so, hastily quitting his work, he made the best of his way down to the nearest village, and with the excitement naturally caused by anxiety and fear, he told the inhabitants of the alarming indications he had just witnessed, and urged them to make their escape, without loss of time, from the threatened danger. Strangely enough, they seem to have attached no value to the signs of approaching mischief which the man described to them; and it would appear that they considered the falling debris to be attributable to some accidental snow-slip, caused possibly by the warm rays of the noonday sun.
Whatever they may have thought, they paid no heed to the warning; and the charcoal burner having done all he could to save them from the threatened calamity, went on as fast as possible to carry his terrible news to three other villages, which were all directly exposed to the like danger. But they also utterly disbelieved in it, and laughed at the fears of the poor man, whose breathless and agitated condition clearly testified to the truth of his conviction that a very great peril was close at hand. One and all, they refused to quit their dwellings; and the charcoal burner,