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"So is it with music, in the highest degree, for it stands
EDITOR'S OUTLOOK. so high that no understanding can reach it, and an influence flows from it which masters all, and for which none The Daily Globe, of Toronto, a ten page paper, recently can account. Hence, religious worship can not dispense contained an elaborate and carefully written two column with it; it is one of the chief means of working upon men article on the origin, methods, and aim of the C. L. S. C., miraculously. Thus the Dæmonic loves to throw itself bestowing much praise on its founder, the Rev. Dr. Vincent. into significant individuals, especially when they are in What is said about the Circle in the Dominion is so near high places, like Frederic and Peter the Great.
what we would write, if we were on the ground, that we “Our late Grand Duke had it to such a degree, that give it the place of an editorial: nobody could resist him. He had an attractive influence "Toronto is the center of the Chautauqua movement in upon men by his mere tranquil presence, without needing Canada. The first Chautauquan was Mr. Lewis C. Peake, even to show himself good-humored and friendly. All who joined the Circle at its original foundation and folthat I undertook by his advice succeeded; so that, in cases
lowed the course for one year without any associates in where my own understanding and reason were insufficient,
this city. visit of Mr. Peake and Mr. Hughes, the Public I needed only to ask him what was to be done, when he School Inspector, to Chautauqua, led to the formation of a gave me an answer instinctively, and I could always be circle here, which by the close of the first year embraced sure of happy results.
about sixty members. The number of Torontonian Chau“He would have been enviable indeed if he could have | tauquans is now 150 and is rapidly increasing. In this city possessed himself of my ideas and higher strivings; for when
the chief organization, which embraces all minor ones, is the dæmonic spirit forsook him, and only the human was
called the 'Central Circle.' Its officers include a managleft, he knew not how to set to work, and was much ing committee, among wom are the President (Mr. troubled at it.
Hughes), the Secretary-Treasurer (Mr. Peake), and the Vice "In Byron, also, this element was probably active in a
Presidents of minor circles. The central committee meets high degree, whence he possessed powers of attraction to a
every few weeks for a sort of literary conversazione and to great extent, so that women especially could not resist
hear lectures or essays on various topics. Minor circles are him."
scattered over the city, members consulting the conven“Into the idea of the Divine," said I, by way of experi
ience of locality and their own individual tastes as to which ment, "this active power which we name the Dæmonic they join, while many belong to no circle whatever. The would not seem to enter."
members of the smaller circles meet occasionally at each "My good friend,” said Goethe, "what do we know of the
other's houses, and it need scarcely be said that these gathidea of the Divine? and what can our narrow ideas tell of erings furnish the beau ideal' of a sensible and enjoythe Highest Being ? Should I, like a Turk, name it with a
able evening party. hundred names, I should still fall short, and, in compari
"The membership in Canada is widely scattered. British son with such boundless attributes, have said nothing."
Columbia has its Chautauquans, and in Manitoba and in Friday, March 18, 1831.-Dined with Goethe. I brought reading the course. In the Province of Quebec, Montreal
the far posts of the Northwest there are solitary students him "Daphnis and Chloe,” which he wished to read once
has its little circle, while a scattering menibership in the We spoke of higher maxims, whether it was good or
towns and villages bring up the total for Quebec to about possible to communicate them to others. "The capacity of fifty. In New Brunswick there are twenty Chautauquans, apprehending what is high,” said Goethe, “is very rare;
in Newfoundland-mostly in the capital-are twenty-five, and therefore, in common life, a man does well to keep
and in Nova Scotia, with Halifax as the chief center, are such things for himself, and only to give out so much as is forty. The Province of Ontario, outside of Toronto, has needful to have some advantage against others.”'
about two hundred Chautauquans. These are not most We touched upon the point that many men, especially
numerous in the cities, but are found distributed in greatest critics and poets, wholly ignore true greatness, while they numbers sometimes where they would be least expected. assign an extraordinary value to mediocrity.
Brantford has a large circle, lately formed; Ingersoll, "Man," said Goethe, “recognizes and praises only that
Thorold, Mitchell, Caledonia, Milton are well represented which he himself is capable of doing; and as certain people
in the list of members; and Picton, and a small village have their proper existence in the mediocre, they get a
called Anderson, better still. Among other localities where triek of thoroughly depreciating that in literature which, Chautauquans are found are Kingston, Ottawa, St. David's, while faulty, may have good points, that they may elevate Niagara Falls, Strathroy, Woodstock, Clinton, Petrolea, the mediocre, which they praise, to a greater eminence.”
Collingwood, Kirkton, Plattsville, Whitby, St. Mary's, and I noted this that I might know how to think of such a
Parry Sound. practice in future.
“It is interesting to find what classes of people in Canada
have joined the Circle. In Toronto the list includes many The Pope is at last thoroughly alarmed at the spread of teachers, commercial and insurance men, with a fair numProtestant Sunday-school work in Rome, and other large ber of lawyers, doctors, bankers, and clergymen. Fivecities in Italy. He is determined to prevent, if possible, any
eights of the members in the city are ladies, and the gentler further inroad of this work. Here is his fulmination deliv sex elsewhere appear to maintain the same ascendency. ered in his response to the recent address of the pilgrims: Lawyers all over the Province appear to favor the course;
"Well aware, then, beloved children, of the audacious and both where circles are found, or where there are only purposes of the sects, we feel the necessity and duty of de two or three members, a lawyer is found among the number, claring to you and all Italian Catholics the serious dangers | This is hopeful. Among the most interesting features of impending. Let none deceive themselves, but let all be convinced that the intent is to tear you from the bosom of
the Circle is the number of people in thoroughly rural secthe most tender mother, the church, and withdraw you tions who find time and possess the taste to follow the from the easy yoke of Christ, to give you into the power of Chautauqua course, a very large percentage of the Ontario those who are preparing calamity and ruin for your country: | membership outside of Toronto being found on farms and Against such enemies you must watch continually to elude their snares, and jealously guard at what cost soever the
in small hamlets. Farmers' wives and daughters are inprecious treasure of faith with which divine goodness has deed in considerable number, a fact which shows that the made you rich."
agricultural classes are rising to that social and intellectual E.
position which their occupation is so well adapted to pro- radicalism, "the work which I have been doing appears to mote. When our farm houses are the homes of taste and lead to nothing and may have been grounded on mistaken culture there will be much less of the foolish ambition which premises. Therefore it is better to stop." He asserts that farmers' sons possess to flock to the towns and cities and the tendencies of his riper years are toward conservatism earn a precarious living in professional or commercial life. in religious matters and falls but little short of declaring
“During the past year the increase in the Canadian mem himself a believer in evangelical Christianity. bership has been rapid, but more is expected in the new The third instance of change of opinions and of ecelesiChautauqua year. Toronto Circle, which was formed with astical relations comes from a very different and unexpected a menibership of forty at the Jarvis Street Baptist Church quarter. Count Campello, an Italian of patrician rank and in the autumn of 1879, has now quadrupled its numbers, one of the Canons of St. Peter, publicly abandoned the and it is hoped will soon be ten times as large as at its com Church of Rome, abjuring her doctrines, and has become mencement. It but requires that people should be ac an avowed Protestant and has associated himself with the quainted with the objects and methods of the circles, to Methodist Episcopal Church of Italy. Thus it is evident lead thousands to join it who are now following a disjointed that the Church of Rome with all its efforts to repress mencourse of desultory rea'ling. Denominationalism has no tal independence las not been able, even in its chief citadel, place in the Chautauqua movement, and science is explored to resist the spirit of the age. with a reverent but unfettered spirit. There is no financial Amidst the march of events it is evident to the careful profit accruing to anyone through the Circle, the secretary observer that the tendencies of the times are in the direc-a young lady-and her assistant, at Plainfield, New Jer tion of evangelicism. The statement made by Mr. Frothsey, being the only persons in receipt of any emolument ingham in his letter that "evangelical religion is stronger, whatever from the small receipts of the Circle. The object that the churches are better filled and that there is more of is simply a philanthropic one, and the large and enthu the religious spirit abroad both in our own country and in siastic membership of the institution tells how successful foreign lands than there was twenty years ago," is certainly this unselfish attempt to diffuse culture has been."
corroborated by facts and should be the cause of devout
thanksgiving to the defenders of orthodoxy. THE "ferment of thought" which characterizes our age pervades the realm of religion as well as the domains of IT HAS become the custom of almost all the churches philosophy and science. The charge, so frequently made of throughout Christendom to devote the Week of Prayer, and late, that religious restraints produce mental stagnation, frequently a number of weeks immediately subsequent has no foundation in fact and is completely disproven by thereto, to special services in order to promote the work of the testimony of history. Mental activity exists only in the revival. The greater leisure enjoyed by the people and the highest degree among those nations which have a well length of the winter evenings both alike contribute to make matured and stable religious system.
Mental and moral this the most convenient season to engage in revival efforts. chaos alike result from the overthrow or decay of religious noticeable feature of this work of late years has been the ideas.
frequent employment of evangelists to co-operate with the In any period, however, when great mental activity ob pastor and people in special revival efforts. It is evident tains, the existing institutions of both church and state are that some of these persons have special fitness and adapsubjected to the most searching investigation, and under tation for the work of arousing the members of the church the pressure of such investigation men's views concerning to active efforts for the conviction and conversion of sinthem, often undergo changes either for better or worse. As ners, and their labors in a community are often productive a result of such changes of opinion men often find them of good results. The permanence of the work accomplished selves out of harmony with their environments and a read by any evangelist will depend largely on the kind and justment of their relations becomes necessary in order to in amount of care bestowed on the converts by the pastor and sure harmonious action.
members after the special services come to a close. Young Three remarkable instances of this kind have lately converts stand in need of the most tender and continuous occurred. Dr. Thomas of Chicago, of the Methodist Epis- care, and, if this is not bestowed upon them, many will .copal church, has recently left the orthodox lines, and, in perish, while others will maintain only a sickly spiritual exutterance at least, has ranked himself with the so-called istence. liberals. Although he has not affiliated himself with any Union meetings are sometimes held, and occasionally are. existing denomination, but has simply organized an inde accompanied with the most gracious results. Nevertheless, pendent congregation without any well-defined religious as a general thing, the churches will succeed better by views, his influence, as far as it goes, is on the side of relig working separate and apart, inasmuch as each denominaious liberalism.
tion has its own special methods of work and can labor The defection of Dr. Thomas from the ranks of orthodoxy most efficiently for good in the use of the means and is more than overbalanced by the conservative tendencies methods to which they have each become accustomed, and displayed by the Rev. 0. B. Frothingham, of New York, their efficiency will be retarded by their efforts to accomwho has hitherto been the acknowledged leader of the rad modate themselves to each other's methods of work. ical wing of the liberal religionists. In a letter published Neither the presence of an evangelist nor union efforts by him not long since, in the Evening Post, New York, and are essential in securing a revival. Let every pastor get widely copied by the religious press of the country, he de thoroughly in earnest about the matter himself then let clares that he can no longer occupy the position of a teacher him pray for a revival in the prayer-meetings, talk about it in the school of religious liberalisin and intimates that he as he goes from house to house in his pastoral visitation, is very much in doubt of the truth of many things he has preach upon it in the pulpit, and by these means arouse his been teaching in former years. His recoil from religious people to the great need of a merciful visitation from on liberalism has been brought about by the fact that accord high. This labor will not be in vain, the church will be quicking to his judgment the "drift of frec-thought teaching was ened, and souls will be saved. The most fruitful and endurunquestionably toward a dead materialisin” which he ut ing revivals result, not from adventitious aid, but from the terly abhors, and hence he turns away from its cold nega faithful work of pastor and people in conjunction with the tions, seeking light and life from some other source. With outpouring of the Holy Spirit. manly candor he says of his efforts while in the ranks of In order to secure the desired results everything for the
time must yield precedence to the revival services. Lec on. Outside of the changing, transforming power of Christures, church fairs or suppers, and social parties in churchtianity, we know nothing able to cope with this problem. circles must be dispensed with during the season devoted to Christian ministers, Christian people of all names, must special services. These things, though barmless in them band together, and by means of an antidote in good, selves, and useful at other seasons of the year, distract at pure books, and by organizations like the C. L. S.C., elevate tention and hinder the progress of revival work. Concen the taste and moral tone of the masses. The moral chartration, both of mind and beart, is essential to success in acter of the popular book is an index of the popular moral this department of church work.
sentiment. Give society a moral up-lift and impure books There is great need of a mighty and wide spread revival can not live. When we bring the power of the Gospel to all over our country. All denominations are in need of it bear everywhere as Paul did at Ephesus, it will be written to deepen and intensify the spiritual life of their member of these times as it was then, “Many of them, also, which ship, and to qualify them for their work in the world. Let used curious arts brought their books together and burned the churches everywhere “bring all the tithes" into the them before all men." O, for such a contlagration! storehouse of God and prove him, and he will "pour them out such a blessing that there will not be room enough to IN EVERY section of our land there are marked evidences receive it."
of continually increasing activity in the cause of temper
Able advocates of temperance reform are at work in WE LIVE in a reading age. Everybody knows how to every State in the Union, and as a result of their labors a read, and everybody reads something. The annual produc- great popular awakening on the subject has taken place, tion of new books in England and America is estimated to and temperance sentiments are taking a stronger and, we be not less than twelve thousand. The supply argues the de trust, a more permanent hold upon the people than ever bemand. Examining this immense flow of literature, we fore. In the opinion of all right-thinking people the time find it to consist of a main stream with here and there a has come when this terrible curse should be swept from our struggling rivulet. The main stream is fiction and the little land. Different methods are advocated for putting an end side currents are the historical, philosophical, critical, and to this giant evil. This is not to be wondered at; neither is scientific works of the day. Of the great mass of fiction it to be deplored. The evil is so strongly intrenched that in the hands of English and American readers little can be perhaps the adoption of no single method would accomplish said but in condemnation. It is emasculating mind and its overthrow; but a combination of methods might sucbody wherever read. If we "dip" into the average novel, cessfully accomplish what any one alone might prove utunless our taste has already been depraved by such food, terly inadequate to perform. we shall discover it to be insipid, sentimental, brainless, The great advance in temperance sentiment in the country and often immoral. New York City alone has twelve is due to various causes. For more than a quarter of a century weeklies sending their weekly installments of disgusting, John B. Gough, the veteran lecturer, has been advocating the degrading trash to three million readers. Ask the librarian cause of temperance upon the platform with energy and of the public library and he tells you that from eighty to enthusiasm, and although he is not the leader of any ninety per cent. of the books read are novels, and of these special movement, nor the representative of any particular the majority is not of the higher class. So that whilst organization, his eloquent words have not been in vain. many of our people read, much of the reading is not elevat Francis Murphy, the modern apostle of temperance, who is ing and more of it is positively injurious and debasing. ever active and earnest in the good work of reform by moral
But what is to be done to better such a condition of suasion, has been, and still is, a mighty power in the temthings? Shall we condem:, all novels, all fiction, and en perance reform movement, but lacks in organizing ability, deavor to stop the stream? Shall we attempt to utterly dry and the work which he has so happily begun in many comit up? Nay, not thus. We can not. There is a divine munities must be continued and perfected by others in principle in fiction. It is native to the human mind and order to be made permanent. Neal Dow is the representaimagination. Even our Savior recognized and appealed to tive of the prohibition movement, the success of which in it in his immortal teachings. We could not do away with the State of Maine is largely due to his strenuous and perit if we would, and we would not if we could. There are sistent efforts. Prohibition of the manufacture and sale of novels and novels. Like physical food, some good and ardent spirits is the only effectual method of freeing the some bad, some wholesome and some poisonous. Bunyan country from the curse of intemperance. Each State has it wrote fiction which has carried immortal truth and life to in its power to enact such prohibitory measures as its citia million hearts. “Uncle Tom's Cabin” struck the blow zens deem best suited for this purpose. The success of the that severed the chains of four million slaves. There are movement in Kansas will doubtless inspire many other novels whose influence is elevating, from the reading of States to follow her example in adding prohibitory clauses which no one can rise without nobler purposes and higher to their onstitutions. As each State has ample authority to resolvez. There are novels historical, which are the best settle this matter for itself, the formation of a national prohistories of the times treated in the language. No book of hibition party is not necessary to insure the success of the history is comparable to "Ivanhoe” as a history of the con temperance cause. flict between the Saxon and the Norman, in England. Women, from the beginning of the agitation of this subThere is nothing better on the state of the South after the ject, have taken an active part in the work of reform. The war than "The Fool's Errand." Charles Kingsley's “Hy "Women's Crusade," though but of short duration, exerted patia” is noble history.
a powerful influence on public opinion in favor of temperBut how turn the public novel-reading appetite away The Women's Christian Temperance Union is one from the ninety-nine per cent. of the bad to the one per of the most efficient temperance organizations in the field cent. of the good? O, that we knew how to answer this to-day. Through their efforts coffee houses are being estabquestion! It is one of the "burning questions" of our time. lished in the neighborhood of saloons in almost all our How to annihilate the sickly, the impure, those that de- cities, and temperance principles are being instilled into the bauch the imagination, that infame passion, that set up minds of the pupils in the public schools and elsewhere. false standards of life, that alienate man from God. Thus Their organ, Our Union, is one of the best temperance pamuch at least: It can not be done without destroying the pers of the land. The literature of the National Temperance demand. While the demand exists the stream will rush Publishing Company is exercising a silent but mighty influ
ence in favor of this great cause. The National Temperance The Rev. D. C. Knowles, whom we know to be good auAllvocate, The Youth's Temperance Banner, and them any thority, writes from Clifton Springs, N. Y., 10 Zion's Herexcellent books and tracts issued from their press most ef ald, Boston: “I am boarding with a very intelligent minfectually supplement the efforts of temperance lecturers and ister of the 'Church of the Disciples,' a pupil of our late teachers, and constitute an important factor in securing the lamented President, and a class-mate of his wife. I recently success of the temperance movement.
called his attention to a statement of Dr. Miner, of Boston, The prospects of the temperance cause were never in the Boston Journal, that the Church of the Disciples, of bright and full of promise as now, and if all temperance which Mr. Garfield was a member, rejected the evangelical workers will but combine in harmonious efforts, and perse views of Christ's person and atonement. He expressed vere in the good work in which they are engaged, before the great astonishment at such a statement, and asserted that close of the nineteenth century intemperance and the liquor two of the strongest doctrines of their church were the deity traffic will be largely under control.
of Christ, and the sacrificial and substitutional atonement
made by him. 'One of the strongest arguments,' said he, EDITOR'S NOTE-BOOK.
'which I ever heard for the absolute divinity of Jesus, I
heard from the lips of Mr. Garfield.' Dr. Miner was probaThe lecture on "Jesus Christ in Chronology," published bly led astray by confounding the so-called 'Bible Chrisin this number as part of the Required Reading, takes the tians,' who are avowedly Unitarian, with the 'Church of place of “God in History” in the course of study for the C. the Disciples,' sometimes called 'Christians.' These sects L. S. C. This lecture fills an important place in the litera are nowise related." ture of the church, and it is the only one ever delivered on that subject at Chautauqua. The author, Rev. Ira G. Bid The article “Christianity in Art," in this number, lost its well, made it the subject of study and thought for many regular place because the copy was delayed too long in years. It is surprising how poor the literature of the church reaching us. It is so good that we urge all to read it with is on this subject. A lecture by Dr. Chambers, of England, delivered about thirty years ago, and this one by Mr. Bidwell will be conspicuous, because as popular efforts they are President Seelye, of Amherst College, has proposed a rare. Mr. Bidwell died a few months after he lectured at new scheme for the government of the students, which is Chautauqua. "Being dead he yet speaketh."
supplementary to that in successful use during the past
year. His proposition is that instead of the faculty passing The expulsion of the Rev. Dr. Thomas, of Chicago, from judgment on cases of discipline, as is now the custom, the the ministry of the Methodist Episcopal Church for heresy, matter be left, to a great extent, in the hands of the is notice to all preachers of the same kind that the Church students themselves, who are to elect a representative will not condone this offence. The erring brethren will board of ten men, four being from the senior, three from make a wise choice if they leave their doubts out of the pul the junior, two from the sophomore, and one from the pit, and preach a positive gospel.
freshman classes, with a member of the faculty as presid
ing officer. The duties of the board are to receive evidence Another idea has been suggested by the C. L. S. C. and in case a student has disobeyed the laws of the college, its marvelous success. It is to read a book a month. The weigh it carefully, and render a decision which, of course, Rev. J. L. Hurlbut, of Plainfield, N. J., is to select the is liable to be overruled by the faculty, but will stand as books. It is not a substitute for the C. L. S. C., but to be the judgment of the students themselves. Thus it is hoped an appendix. The class that graduates next year will be to perfect a scheme for self-government. The college is coninvited to take up the course. The C. L. S. C. is established sidering this proposition, and at present some of the classes. and it is growing beyond all precedent. There have been favor it, while others are opposed to it. 10,000 applications received during the fall months by Dr. Vincent, at the office in Plainfield, asking for circulars giv Speaking of the atheistic and hopeless inscription placed ing information about membership, the course of study, and on Prof. Clifford's tomb in Highgate Cemetery, England: other matters.
"I was not, and was conceived; I loved, and did a little
work; I am not, and grieve not”--the Spectator asks sigThe Women's National Christian Temperance Union are nificantly, “Many will think that epitaph fine, but would making an effort to raise money to honor Mrs. President it not be even finer inscribed above a horse?!! James K. Polk, of Tennessee, by placing her portrait beside that of her husband in the White House at Washing A "Chautauqua Time Record" is the latest invention for ton. “Her noble character of which the womanhood of the the C. L. S. C. It is a neat book mark made of pasteboard, nation is proud,'' is the text for the appeals.
covered on one side with silk, bearing the initials C. L. S.C.
On the other side we have printed the mottoes of the Circle, We write cmphatically: there have been two, and only two, names of the months in the year, and a system of figures, lectures that were published in the CHAUTAUQUA ASSEM with an elastic running round the card, held by niches on BLY HERALD, in years past, reproduced in The CHAUTAU either edge of the mark, with which the reader may keep a QUAN—"God in Natural Law," by Rev. Joseph Cook, pub- record of the minutes per day that he reads, etc.
It is an lished last year, and “Jesus Christ in Chronology,” in this ingenious affair, and S. W. Sabin, of the class of '84, is the number. These will be found in the Required Reading, inventor. hence the counselors of the C. L. S. C. are responsible for their appearance on our pages. As editor, we never publish The editor of Harper's Bazar says: "Girls are daily learna lecture in THE CHAUTAUQUAN that has appeared in the ing more and more thoroughly the use of their hands and ASSEMBLY HERALD-never! We must be excused from do- brains, and this knowledge gained, another point is soon ing it, because a great many people take both periodicals. reached, namely, that any work well done is worth its
price. Hence ladies do not scruple to take money for their The study of art by the C. L. S. C. is making a run on painting, work, etc., and girls are learning more fully than the houses in this country that publish autotype and helio- | they did of old that the necessity for work does not lower type engravings.
for the preparatory course of the C. L. S. C. are the following: Uarda; Ben Hur; Afloat in the Forest, by Mayne Reid; Planetary and Stellar Worlds; Science Primer, Geology; Science Primer, Physiology; Snow Bound; Higginson's Young People's History of the United States; How Plants Grow, by Dr. Gray.
Miss Eunice Tuttle, of New York, sends, us “A plea for the C. L. S.*C. year to begin with the first of September." She says: Of the "busy people" for whom the C. L. S. C. work was planned, a large number must depend entirely upon evenings for time to read. To illustrate a difficulty in the way of this class of readers, a fact may be stated from the experience of one who delights in the C. L. S. C. work. While no trouble was found in "keeping up" with the reading during the winter, it has been impracticable during the three years of the course to finish the work by the first of July. Possibly, extra reading might have been done during the long winter evenings, had the books been ready to anticipate the "hurry of spring work” with the short evenings, but the first two years certain books were not published until spring, and the memoranda came late. Last year the evenings were growing short when the memoranda came, and THE CHAUTAUQUAN could not be read in advance of publication. In country homes, at least, where farmers rise with the sun to begin work, and continue it throughout the long June days, there is little inclination for study when evening comes. The weary body claims the time for absolute rest, in view of the next long day. The "spring work” is always “driving,” and however beautiful the picture of a "perfect day" in June, with leisure to read while drinking in its glories, it is a picture of the imagination only, and not a reality in the farmers' homes with which I am familiar. With the beginning of September our evenings correspond in length to those of March and April, and if our C. L. S. C. year were to begin then, instead of October 1, we should have June, July. and August for vacation months, and possibly a larger number of C. L. S. C. members “on time" with their work at the end of the year.
A man may be too literary in his preaching. The New York Independent says that "a theological professor, not a thousand miles from New York, lately preached a sermon in which he declared that the representation of hope by an anchor was first introduced by Spenser, who was followed by other poets, and that it is by no means the best emblem that could be selected. That was in cold blood, all written out and read from the pulpit, quite forgetful of Paul's 'which hope we have as an anchor to the soul, sure and steadfast.'"
Persons who desire to correspond with one another about their studies in the C. L. S. C. should write to Dr. Vincent, at Plainfield, N. J. He has the names of several persons who desire to open such correspondence.
Mr. Stornay, 1516 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pa., has just received from Europe a few splendid copies of “The Last Judgment” by Michael Angelo in the Sistine Chapel, Rome. These copies are considered the best ever taken direct from the original. Size 27'4x3734; price, $20.
Congregational seminaries seem to have a penchant for the Revised New Testament. The Chicago Seminary has followed in the wake of Yale, and adopted the new edition.
The American Sunday-school Union is abundant in Mrs. A. H. Birch, of Lindsborg, McPherson County, labors. In five months the past season it organized three Kansas, he not only been studying the C. L. S. C. course, hundred and fourteen new schools on the frontiers of the
but she has prepared some games of English and Bible West and in neglected places.
history which have met with favor by those who have used
them. The price is only fifty cents for each game. A distinguished naturalist, professor in one of the leading universities of America, says: "The Chautauqua Hand That electricity will one day supersede all the motive Book was received to-day. I was not aware that so much powers used by man, and surpass them, is the opinion of good and solid reading and study was carried through the M. D'Arsonville. year. It will be a grand means of elevating and instructing those who have little leisure for reading and study. It A new arrangement has been perfected for notifying pasis a great thing when so many in this country are struggling sengers on railroad trains of the names and stations along for money and position, to draw them off for awhile from the line. At either end of the car is to be placed a case business and daily labor to the pursuit of truth for its own containing canvas rollers, upon which, in large letters, is sake."
printed the name of the stations, and by a lever the en
gineer upon leaving a station can change the indicator so Messrs. Moody and Sankey are having great success in as to show the next stopping place. their evangelistic work in England. Audiences of over three thousand people meet them four times a day in New When Mr. Gladstone said wearily one day to Lord HoughCastle.
ton, “I am leading a dog's life,” the reply was: “Yes; the
life of a St. Bernard dog, spent in saving the lives of others." A candidate for a civil-service appointment, while undergoing examination, came to the question respecting the There are 92,500 names on the pay-rolls of the Pennsyldistance of the earth from the sun. Having in mind the vania Railroad. changes made in astronomical figures and measurements made with modern instruments, he wrote: "I am unable
EDITOR'S TABLE. to state accurately, but I don't believe the sun is near enough to interfere with a proper performance of my duties
(We solicit questions from our readers to be answered in this deif I get a clerkship."
Q. What is the present state of the question of an internaA friend of the old version says: “In the four Gospels
tional copyright between England and the l'nited States? upwards of six thousand changes have been made, and in
A. Our government still holds aloof from the proposition the whole New Testament over fourteen thousand. It is of an international copyright. Many of our leading pubthis wholesale breaking up of the crystallization of over two
lishers, however, make a liberal allowance to well-known hundred years that we complain of.”
authors whose works they have republished.
Q. Who was the first woman novelist who wrote in the The additional books selected by the California ('ommittee English language ?