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ANECDOTES AND SELECTIONS.

Our picture shows you a saw-mill, that is, a mill for cutting wood into thin pieces, and into planks such as doors and shutters, and other things, are made of. This is a very old saw-mill, the oldest on the river. The water of the river, as it comes down a little stream, turns the great wheel on the outside of the mill, and this moves the saw inside the mill. There are many little streams running out of the river, and many more running into it. The steam-engine now turns more saw-mills than water.

Inecdotes and Selections.

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WHAT HAVE YOU DONE ?—The question which I have put to you must be answered by yourselves, and that individually; for every one of us will have to give account to God at the

last day about what we bave done and what we have neglected. What have you done for Jesus ? is an important question which you ought most seriously to ponder. Yes,

“If you cannot speak like angels,

If you cannot preach like Paul,
You can tell the love of Jesus,

You can say He died for all." The Temperance question, too, I would say, what have you done towards extending its principles? You know that the Temperance movement is one in which your influence may be usefully exercised. Temperance literature is a vast means of promoting the cause. I hope you will thus consider that there is a work for each, and work for all. You need not look around for something to do in this big world of

Let us do something while it is called to-day. Plymouth.

T. H. GLORIFYING DOUBT.-The man who is perpetually treating his hearers or bis readers to a diagnosis of doubt, telling them of its wide diffusion through all ranks of society, raising a thousand grounds of doubt and difficulty, which he cannot answer, is only helping to spread the malady of which he speaks. He could not do a more insidious and destructive thing. He is simply scattering arrows, fire-brands, and death. A preacher told the young men at one of the great universities recently, that the essential condition of truth and the first duty in religion is to begin by doubting everything. We greatly fear that this tone of uncertainity and doubtfulness, this compromise and connivance with the prevailing unbelief, is of growing tendency in some of our pulpits. Many of the published sermons, both regular and occasional, now given to the public, through the newspapers and other channels, are of this uncertain sound. They seem to be constructed on the principle of stooping to conquer, or rather they seek to conquer the enemy by going over to his side. It is worthy of notice that the scriptures pass no eulogium on doubt or unbelief.

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They everywhere assume that the evidence for all the great truths of religion is ample and satisfactory, and that there is no reason why any of them should be questioned or denied. Their language is : Be not faithless, but believing. O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt. There is no laudation of any doubtful-minded people in all the Bible.

A CURE.-Many a congregation makes it a part of their religion to twist their necks out of joint to witness the entrance of every person who passes up the aisle of the church. Being worried one afternoon by this turning practice in his congregation, Mr. Dean stopped in his sermon, and said: “Now listen to me and I'll tell you who the people are as each one of them comes in." He went on with his discourse until a gentleman entered, when he bawled out like an usher: "Deacon A., who keeps a shop over the way.” He again went on with his sermon, when presently another man passed into the aisle, and he gave his name, residence, and occupation. So he continued for some time. At length some one opened the door who was unknown to Mr. Dean, when he cried out: “A little old man, with drab coat and an old white hat. Don't know him; look for yourselves.' The congregation was cured.

HOME TEACHING.-Do most parents take care to instruct their children in Holy Scripture? It is very certain they do not. The excuse they give in most cases is that they are not qualified to do so. They ought to be qualified. They take infinite pains to be qualified in some other things. Many a mother will renew her own musical studies in order to superintend her own daughter's practice. Many a father looks after the school and college studies of his boy. Certainly, as regards social demeanour and manners, most parents do not leave the matter to irresponsible teachers, but take pains to learn what may be expected. It seems very strange that parents should hold themselves 80 cheap as to confess their inability to teach their children in sacred things, and yet to assume that any young person who volunteers to take a class in a Sunday school is competent to do so. If a knowledge of the Bible is given the average parent, why is it assumed to be the gift of young ladies and gentlemen who, in default of doing anything else for the church, at least will venture to teach children their most solemn duties and responsibilities.

God BLESS MY MOTHER.—Mothers often lean on God's promises in faith that their wayward children will be reached by prayer and led back to Christ. A chaplain in the navy writes :"Not many nights ago, the whole meeting was moved as the heart of one man by a noblelooking youth of eighteen, who, in the midst of his broken hearted prayer, burst forth in the earnest supplication, O God, bless my dear mother? I thank thee that thou hast heard her many prayers, and that I, so long the object of her love, have at last become the subject of thy grace l' And on the last night the feelings of every one present were again moved in like manner by the testimony of a sailor in middle life, given, with sobs and tears, to the blessed influence of a mother's

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prayers in restraining a wayward son from sin, and in bringing him at length, by the grace of God, to the hope of salvation."

GROWING OLD.-A philosophical old nonagenarian finds these comforts in growing old. Whiteheaded grumblers should take notice: I have become very deaf. What a blessing! There is such a lot of silly talk I cannot hear, such scandals, etc.-My eyes are failing. How fortunate! I do not see the tithe of the folly and wickedness that is going on around me. I am blind to faults that would provoke me to censure.—I have lost my teeth, and my voice is not very audible. Well, I find it no use babling to folks who won't listen, so I save my breath for better purposes. I don't show my teeth where I can't bite. I venture on no tough meat. My taste is not so discriminating as in days of yore, and the good is that I am more easily satisfied, and don't keep finding fault, am contented and thankful. A vice palate is a plague to get rid of.—My joints are rather stiff. Well, if they were ever so supple, I do not want to go and see the sights, hear concerts, make speeches, nor carouse at feasts.-I am not so strong as I was; but for what do I need to be stout? I am not going to wrestle or fight with anybody. My morals are generally improved.

ANECDOTE OF THE DUKE OF WELLINGTON.- When you call on a business man in business hours, do your errand at once; come right to the point. The Duke of Wellington, as is well known, was not given to use too many words. One

example of his economy this way will suffice. The Duke wrote to Dr. Hutton for information as to the scientific acquirements of a young officer who had been under his instruction. The doctor thonght he could not do less than answer the question verbally, and made an appointment accordingly. As soon as Wellington saw him he said, “I am much obliged to you, doctor, for the trouble you have taken. I8—fit for the post ?" Clearing his throat, Dr. Hutton, began, “No man more so, my lord. I can—" “That's quite sufficient," said Wellington. I know how valuable your time is; mine, just now, is equally so.

I will not detain you any longer. Good-morning."

EXCHANGES. - The fishermen on the coast of Sussex and the opposite coast of France often have occasion to exchange civilities at

But how can they do so, not knowing each other's language ? Some years ago we were told they got over the difficulty without cost or trouble by an exceedingly simple and satisfactory process. They exchanged children. A Sussex man took the son of a Frenchman to board for a time in his family and let the Frenchman have his son in return. In this accommodating way French fisher boys learned English, and the English fisher boys learned French. It was a beautiful arrangement throughout, for, besides any advantage derived from lingual intercommunication, feelings of good will grew up between the two nations.-Chambers' Journal.

CURRANS ANSWER.-Curran was once asked by one of his brother judges, “Do you see anything ridiculous in this wig ?” “Nothing but the head," was the reply.

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THE FIRESIDE.

THE BIBLE.— I have read through the entire Bible many times. I now make a practice to go through it once a year. It is the book of all others for lawyers as well as for divines; and I pity the man who cannot find in it a rich supply of thought, and of rules for his conduct; it fits man for life—it prepares him for death.Daniel Webster.

How THE INFIDEL SPENT HIS SUNDAY.-The story is told of an infidel who said to a clergyman: “I always spend Sunday in settling my accounts."

To which the good man replied : “And you will probably spend the day of judgment in the same way."

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A HINT TO GRUMBLERS. A hint to grumblers—“What a noisy world this is !" croaked an old frog, as he squatted on the margin of the pond. “Do you hear those geese, how they scream and hiss? What do they do it for?"

“O just to amuse themselves!” answered a little field mouse.
· Presently we shall have the owls hooting; what is that for?”
“It's the music they like the best," said the mouse.

“And those grasshoppers ; they can't go home without grinding and chirping; why do they do that?"

“O, they are so bappy they can't help it !" said the mouse.

“You find excuses for all. I believe you don't understand music, 80 you like the hideous poises."

"Well, friend, to be honest with you,” said the mouse, “I don't greatly admire any of them: but they are all sweet in my ears compared with the constant croaking of a frog."

The Fireside.

FLOWERS.—Nothing can equal the a useful lesson to them; and beget a beauty and appropriateness of flowers love for flowers and floral ornaments. at meal-time, and during the season TEST FOR WATERED MILK.-A Gerthey should never for once be absent. man paper gives a test for watered It is a custom which should become milk, which is simplicity itself: “A universal among rich and poor. Even well-polished knitting-needle is dipped grasses and leaves and ferns add into a deep vessel of milk and immecheerfulness to the room, and to the diately withdrawn in an upright posihearts of those assembled around the tion. If the sample is pure, some of board. Very pretty ornaments are the fluid will hang to the needle, but made by uniting fruits and flowers. if water has been added to the milk, Such fruits as have long stems or grow even in small proportions, the fluid on slender branches are better suited, will not adhere to the needle.” such as strawberries, cherries, currants, Clear boiling water will remove tea gooseberries, etc. But no matter what stains and many fruit stains. Pour the flowers or fruits are, or what may the water through the stain and thus be used to put them in, let them be prevent its spreading. found upon the tables during floral Ripo tomatoes will remove ink and

Set the children to preparing other stains from white cloth; also the dinner-table bouquet; it will prove from the hands.

season.

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

Notes and Queries.

G. D.-Undoubtedly. You may find E. M.-It is startling to find that plenty of proof, if you will only look Christians are called by Christ Himfor it, of the decay of words, a strange self, “the light of the world ;” but, witness to man's depravity: “Simple” since He also uses the same phrase did not once mean “simpleton,” as it when speaking of Himself, the true too often does now. It means, open, explanation is certainly this, that they sincere, trustful. The crying want of are to be the reflectors of their Lord the time is—simplicity.

and Master. His light is original; L. M. M.-It stands to reason that theirs is derived from Him. Christ Jesus, to whom the Spirit was G. O. H.-Try the plan we have given without measure, must know more than once recommended: that is, more than any prophet or apostle. We reading the whole Epistle through at are surprised at the question.

the same time, and taking no notice S. S. R.-Peter was certainly in of the chapters and verses. You will error, and his error was corrected by then get a much clearer idea of what a special revelation from heaven; but it teaches. then he confessed his error, and, be- M. B. — Yes: many dying saints fore the brethren in Jerusalem, showed have used the same words. Among how he came to discover his error. thom men so different as Polycarp,

C. K. E.-Jesus Christ is the way, Bernard, Huss, Jerome of Prague, because He is the truth and the life. Luther, and Melancthon.

facts, Hints, Gems, and Poetry.

facts.

China producing 600,000,000, Japan,

40,000,000, India, 35,000,000, Java, The fibers of a tree are strongest 6,000,000. near the centre. Salt given in excess to animals

Hints. retards fattening.

Whole farms in Southern France are Dost thou love life, then do not devoted to the raising of roses. squander time, for that is the stuff life

Kansas expects a wheat crop of forty is made of.-Franklin. million of bushels.

In general, there is no one with Five thousand tons of candy is made whom life drags so disagreeably as in Boston annually from 25,000 barrels with him who tries to make it shorter. of sugar.

-Richter. Eggs are sold in St. Louis, Mo., for Witty sayings are as easily lost as eight cents per dozen.

the pearls slipping off a broken string; India cultivates sugar cane on about but a word of kindness is seldom 3,750,000 acres of her lands.

spoken in vain. It is a seed which, The Newfoundland soal fishery is even when dropped by chance, springs calculated as a fair average catch. up a flower.–Fornett. The number of seals taken will reach In morality there are books enough 500,000, while the proportion of old written both by ancient and modern seals is greater than usual.

philosophers, but the morality of the The world averages an annual pro- gospel doth so exceed them all, that to duct of 681,000,000 pounds of tea— give a man full knowledge of true

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