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ANECDOTES AND SELECTIONS.

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that love is exalted not merely above but in place of all other virtues; that self-denial, self-control, courage, endurance, are all set aside for the sake of love, which is perverted to mean indolence and selfindulgence. This is not the love of the Bible, but a counterfeit weakness out of which spring evils innumerable, even in the very bosom of our homes and churches. Duty is the very breath of God and the outcome of love to Him, as surely as warmth is born of fire. Adhere to this, and the path of life will unfold before you, and the voice of the Lord say to your souls: “This is the way; walk ye in it.”

WHITEFIELD'S PREACHING.–The effect of this style of preaching was greatly enhanced by an extreme variety of gesture, intonation, and

Considering the very small number of his ideas, it is a remarkable proof of the oratorical talents of Whitefield that his sermons were never charged with monotony. He frequently interspersed the more serious passages with anecdotes or illustrations. He sometimes even relieved them by a jest. Often, when the audience had been strung to the highest pitch of excitement, he would suddenly make a long, solemn, and dramatic pause. He painted scenes as if they were visibly present to the eye, with all the fire and the animation of the most perfect actor. On one occasion, when illustrating the peril of sinners, he described with such an admirable power an old blind man deserted by bis dog, tottering feebly over the desolate moor, endeavouring in vain to feel his way with his staff, and gradually drawing nearer and nearer to the verge of a dizzy precipice, that when he arrived at the final catastrophe, no less a person than Lord Chesterfield lost all self-possession, and was beard audibly exclaiming, “Good God !

On another occasion, preaching before seamen at New York, he adopted a nantical tone. “Well, my boys, we have a clear sky, and are making fine head-way over a smooth sea before a light breeze, and we soon shall lose sight of land. But wbat means this sudden lowering of the heavens, and that dark cloud arising from beneath the western horizon ? Hark! don't you hear distant thunder? Don't you see those flashes of lightening? There is a storm. gathering! Every man to his duty! How the waves arise and dash against the ship! The air is dark! The tempeet rages! Our masts are gone! The ship is on her beam-ends! What next?" "The long boat, take to the long boat!" shouted his excited bearers.--Lecky.

DIVINITY OF CHRIST.—This is not doubtful of "things in heaven," for Thrones fall down before Him, Dominions obey, Principalities discrown themselves in His presence, Powers yield. “All the angels of God worship Him." And it is worthy of notice, that when in the humblest condition of humanity, when He “made Himself of no reputation," when many where astonished at His marred image and form, there was alway a contrast, a redeeming might, which vineicated His superior nature and universal rule. He is born, and the choirs of heaven salute the swaddled child. He is circumcised, and beneath a supernatural influence the aged saints confess Him, and then depart to die. He is tempted, and angels minister to Him. He is baptized, and the Holy Ghost, in the bodily shape of a dove, rests upon His head.

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ANECDOTES AND SELECTIONS.

He hungers, and feeds thousands at His will. He thirsts, and turns water into wine. He slumbers, and awakes to still the tempest. He weeps, and calls the corrupting dead from the grave. He is in an agony, and a voice thunders from heaven, that, as He had been glorified, He shall be glorified again. He is taken captive, and more than twelve legions of ministering spirits hover round Him, impatient to rescue Him. He is put to death, and throws open Paradise. He is laid in the tomb, and an earthquake rolls away the stone to ese Him who could not be holden of death, and whose flesh could not see corruption.-Hamilton.

Both FRIGHTENED.-The following good story is told of America's greatest statesman: Daniel Webster, travelling by the night stage from Baltimore to Washington, with no companion save the driver, contemplated that worthy's forbidding visage with a very uneasy mind. "He had nearly reasoned his suspicious fears away when they came to the dark woods between Bladensburg and Washington, when Webster felt his courage oozing out of his finger ends as he thought what a fitting place it was for murder. Suddenly the driver turned towards him, and gruffly demanded his name. It was given. Then he wanted to know where he was going. “ To Washington; I am a senator," said Daniel, expecting his worst thoughts were near realization. The driver grasped him by the hand, saying: “How glad I am, mister, to hear that. I've been properly scared for the last hour; for when I looked at you, I felt sure you were a highwayman."

AVOID THE LAW.-Two boys, passing near a large tree, found a fine large walnut. “It belongs to me," said Bernhard, “because I saw it first." "No, it's mine, since I picked it up,” replied James; and there soon resulted an angry conteution between the two. A large boy was appealed to for his judgment in the case. Cracking open the nut, he thus decided : “Bernhard, you take this shell, since you first saw the nut; and to you belongs the other shell, as you picked it up. The contents of the nut belong to me as payment of the court expenses, as is fitting and usual in cases where the law is appealed to."

THE BEGGARS' BRIDGE.-There is a legend in Florence that a grand duke once proclaimed that every beggar who would appear in the grand plaza at a certain time should be given a new suit of clothes. They were on hand promptly; when all avenues to the plaza were closed, and each beggar was compelled to strip off his old clothes before receiving the new suit. In the old clothes thus collected enough money was found secreted to build a bridge over the Arno, which is still called the Beggars' Bridge.

SYDNEY SMITH AND THE STICK.-—"Do you see that stick, sir ?,' said a very stupid acquaintance to Sydney Smith. “This stick has been all round the world, sir !" “Indeed," said the remorseless Sydney, “And yet it is nothing but a stick.”

PATIENCE.- A little girl in Scotland was asked, “What is patience??' After a moment's thought, she said, “It is, wait a wee bit, and dippa get tired.”

THE FIRESIDE.-NOTES AND QUERIES.

The Fireside.

FLOUR.--Here are a few good rules in several waters till they are tender; worth remembering when one has pound them in a mortar with threeoccasion to select flour for family use. quarters of a pound of sugar; blanch Of course the colour is of prime im- half a pound of sweet almonds, and portance. If it is white with a beat them very fine, with rose-water yellowish coloured tint, buy it. If it to keep from oiling. Break sixteen is white with a bluish coat, or with eggs, but froth only six of the whites, white specks in it, refuse it. Second, beat very light the yolks and the examine its adhésiveness—wet and remaining whites; cream also a pound knead a little of it between your of fresh butter, and beat all these fingers; if it works soft and is sticky, ingredients well together until perit is poor. Third, throw a little lump fectly light. Then lay a thin puff of dried flour against smooth sur- paste in the bottom of pie plates; and, face; if it falls like powder it is bad. pouring in the batter, bake. Sift sugar Fourth, squeeze some of the flour over the top when the puddings are tightly in your hand; if it retains the drawn from the oven. shape given by the pressure, that too, BOILED SALT FISH.-Cut a squaro is a good sign. It is safe to buy flour the size desired, from the thickest part that will stand all these tests.

of the fish, take off the skin, wash clean, VERSAILLES PUDDING.—Here is a and broil for ten minutes on clear receipt for a favourite French pudding, coals, then dip in boiling water, butter somewhat elaborate, but an excellent and serve. This is a nice relish for breakafter-dinner dish. Take the outside fast and tea, and with potatoes makes rinds of three sweet oranges, boil them 'a palatable and economical dinner.

Notes and Queries.

J. S. B.- It is quite true that the owe to the Roman Catholics. They. American Revisers have already re- also apply the title to all the prophets, ported that the account of the woman and so speak a Saint Isaiah, Saint taken in adultery and the angel Jeremiah, and Saint Ezekiel. It is troubling the water will be omitted a Roman Catholic imitation also to put from the Revised Version of the New S. only, instead of St. Testament. We may expect the Ver- G. Š. A.-Better stick to the plain sion some time next year.

teaching of Scripture. All such fanciW. G. W.-We cannot say. Consult ful explanations are merely fancies. your minister,

B. O. B.-Not necessarily. Read S. L. L.-It does not follow. The again the account in the Acts of the Gospel in the Epistles, as it is now Apostles. called, is quite emphatic on all the L.L.W.-“If thou canst ?” is a quespoints you mention.

tion expressing surprise at such a doubt. C. C. B.-You are not the first who K. K. A.-Yes: the first Epistle to has asked the question, “How can the Thessalonians was the first of the these things be ?" Ponder the reply apostle's letters. The prosent order is given to the man who asked the ques- not the order of time, but sprang out tion in the Gospel of John the apostle of the size of the cities, and their imand evangelist.

portance. Hence the Epistle to the W. W. C.No. The title Saint Romans comes first. Paul, Saint Luke, and the like, we

FACTS, HINTS, GEMS, AND POETRY.

Facts, Hints, Gems, and Poetry.

facts.

The export of live stock from the

port of Montreal to the United KingThe London water supply is over dom during the first six months of the 127,000,000 gallons daily.

present year comprised 10,580 head of The wool clip of Michigan for the cattle, 3,428 shoop, and 1,079 pigs, year is said to be 9,652,895 pounds against 4,236 cattle, 2,326 sheep, and from 1,982,114 sheep.

769 pigs, in the corresponding period The farmers of Kentucky say they of last year. have about as good a wheat crop as they ever raised.

Hints. Great Britain and Ireland, with their

All other knowledge is hurtful-to shipping trade, consume 113,000,000 him who has not honesty and good tons of coal annually.

nature.—Montaigne. Barley is the only cereal grain that

To be able to bear provocation is an the United States imports. During argument of great wisdom; and to the last three months of the year 1877 forgive it, of great mind.— Tillotson. they imported 5,504,513 bushels, and No human scheme can be so acduring the corresponding months of curately projected, but some little 1878, 3,800,031 bushels. The cash circumstance may intervene to spoil paid to foreign countries for barley it.-Bossuet. during these six months was 7,091,468

Action is the great law slow, dollars—a fact well worthy the atten- steady, long continued action is the tion of farmers in those sections great appointment by which all healthadapted to the growth of barley.

ful works are accomplished.-Labour San Francisco is largely supplied and Live. with water by artesian wells, of which If a man all his life long should do it is said there are not less than 200 no other good thing than educate his in the city. While in London and child right in the fear of God, then I elsewhere it has been observed that think that this may be an atonement the supply of each well decreases in for his neglects. The greatest work proportion to the increase in the which thou canst do is even this—that number of wells, such an effect has thou educatest thy child well.-Luther. not been observed in San Francisco. If, amidst all your studies, you do In some of them the water is reached not learn to converse or commune with at a very small depth. One of the your own selves, whatever you know, hotels is supplied by a well 38 feet or rather whatever you imagine you deep. Another has a well 60 feet deep know, I would not purchase it at furnishing 6,000 gallons of water the expense of a straw.–Archbishop

Leighton. Iowa raised 2,950,000 head of hogs

Gems. the past year, leading all the States in the Union. Missouri comes next in Make not thy friend too cheap to order, having raised 2,588,000. thee, nor thyself to thy friend.

It is asserted in an official document Fuller. that Great Britain has 2,250,000 cows It is in learning music that many and heifers in milk or in calf in June youthful hearts learn to love.-Ricard. of each year, and their yield is believed The more generally persons are to be not far from 440 gallons each pleasing, the less profoundly they per year.

please.-Stendhall.

per day.

FACTS, HINTS, GEMS, AND POETRY.

Nor love thy life, nor hate; but

ON LOW LEVELS. whilst thou livest live well; how long,

When deeds of heroes were the theme, how short, permit to Heaven.—Milion.

My heart in youth leaped high; There are two things to which we

When poets sang of love's young dream, never grow accustomed—the ravages

What dreams of love had I! of time and the injustice of our fellowmen.Talleyrand

'Tis over now, the fever-heat, Good intentions are at least the seed "Tis past the passion's hour; of good actions; and every man ought

My feet have followed all the feet, to sow them, and leave it to the soil Far 'neath the peaks that tower. and seasons whether they come up or O snowy peaks, that flame with day, no, or whether he or any other gathers Contentedly I see the fruit.—Temple

Specks on you, that are men, and say,We are all sculptors and painters, Not those the paths for me! and our material is our own flesh, and

This only striving,—to confess blood, and bones. Any nobleness

The peaks are just as bright, begins at once to refine a man's

Nor those who climb are heroes less, features; any meanness or sensuality,

Though I must walk in night. to imbrute them.-Thoreau.

-Spectator. There is nothing by which I have through life more profited than by the just observations, the good opinion, the

THE GOOD LIFE, LONG LIFE sincere and gentle encouragement of It is not growing like a tree amiable and sensible women. - Sir In bulk doth make man better be; Samuel Romily.

Or standing long an oak three hundred year, It is a suggestive sentence of A. To fall a log at last, dry, bald, and sere; Fuller that “prayer will make us leave A lily of a day off sinning, or sinning will make us Is fairer far in May, leave off praying."

Although it fall and die that night; The path of the just is as the It was the plant and flower of light. shining light, which shines more and In small proportions we just beauties see, more unto the perfect day; and though And in short measures life may perfect be. many clouds may overlie a good man's

-Ben Jonson. path in life, he will in the end burst through them all, and make even the

“TAKE NO THOUGHT." clouds beautiful by the reflection of his brightness.

Oh, leave thyself to God, and if, indeed,

'Tis given thee to perform so vast a task, Poetic Selections.

Think not at all, think not, but kneel and

ask! A WANDERER'S PRAYER.

O friend! by thought was never creature

freed WHAT can I do without Thee ?

From any sin, from any mortal need;
What, but deny and doubt Thee ?
O Masterguide me to Thy feet,

Be patient! not by thought canst thou

devise And make my life with Thine complete!

What course of life for thee is right and Teach me Thine own humility!

wise. Mine eyes are blurred; I cannot see

It will be written up, and thou wilt read. How like the world my soul has grown

Oft, like a sudden pencil of rich light, Since I have been these years alone.

Piercing the thickest umbrage of the wood, Give sight, as in Thine earthly days Will shoot, amidst our troubles infinite, Thou gav'st it to the outer phase, The spirit's voice; oft like the balmy flood And make me, seeing self anew,

Of morn, surprise the universal night To Thee return, to Thee be true.

With glory, and make all things sweet and -E. R. Champlin.

good.

-Thomas Burridge.

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