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ent shrinking from debased humanity, and such | “Well, whether they or their mammas be re
sympathy with the divine Redeemer that it grew sponsible, I can't sacrifice myself nightly at almost Madonna-like in its expression. For such shrines, and do henceforth renounce the several minutes she stood rapt in contemplation assumed homage. I would rather this very evenwithout uttering a single word, till one of the ing answer Maggie Williams's naive questions gentlemen coming to her said, “Come, Agnes, than listen to all the small talk of the Fifth we are going now.”
Avenue.” As she caught then for the first time a stran- “But this is to be really an intellectual gathger's glance riveted upon her with such peculiar ering, entirely out of the common order. There interest, a flush mantled her cheek, and she are to be two poets at least, besides Emil Steinquickly passed on.
hauer, that German professor from Berlin. But Our lonely friend could not forget that day, the star of the evening will be the fascinating and afterward in the busy haunts of men, in the Mrs. More, just returned from a bridal tour. solitude of his own apartment, or on the pages Did you never see her at Mrs. Meredith's—Miss of the books he read he saw that face, and, for Ballard she was then? She is graceful, witty, some mysterious reason, that and the profess- and accomplished. They speak, too, of her or's definition of a wife always went together. sister Agnes as highly intellectual, and quite a
It was as impossible to banish from his mind paragon of goodness. She is homely enough if the impression thus received as for a blind man that be a proof of mental and moral perfection. whose eyes have once beheld the light to forget I saw them to-day at the Astor. Come, you can its glory, nor did he wish to do so. That day not refuse now to go." was the best which had been granted him for Hamilton suddenly concluded to comply with long years, even though it snatched from his his friend's request. The parlors were filled sight a treasure soon as it was given.
when the gentlemen entered. One of them Vainly did he seek in the months that followed | looked anxiously about the assembly, and tete-àfor another sight of that face among the crowd tete with Herr Steinhauer, conversing earnestly of beauty and fashion that daily throng .the and cheerfully, he saw the long-sought face. street. It was not in drawing-room circles nor We need not say that the erudite professor did in assemblies who sit listening to the gifted not sit at her side the whole evening, nor whether of our own and other lands.
she succeeded in entertaining Mr. Wells as “I will yet patiently wait,” thought he. “Who admirably on miscellaneous topics as him of the knows but that the same kind Hand who once Father-land upon the respective merits of Ger guided her within my sight may bring her again many and America. to me?!?
We will tell you, however, that after this evenHe was sitting alone in his room one night ing there was a succession of pleasant calls, thinking as usual when a young gentleman, ex- moonlight rambles, fine drives on the sea-shore, quisitely attired, with a frank, good-humored and more than one visit to the Dusseldorf Galcountenance, entered with, “Come, my dear lery, and that within a year there was another Wells, are you not going to Herbert's this even-joyous bridal. A large circle of friends looked ing?''
proudly on the noble and the good as they stood “No, Allen."
at the altar. “Why not?"
Little Maggie, as she touched the orange flow“Do n't you find these parties insipid? I pre- ers in Agnes's shining hair, said, “It will always fer remaining at home with my own thoughts be so beautiful wherever you go," and she, pressand these good fellows here,” glancing at hising the cheek no longer wan, whispered, "God library, “to playing the attendant to the select, 'l grant it, Maggie!" languishing few who reply in feeble monosyllables to one's various remarks. I have more congenial employment for myself this evening than ELEMENTS OF A GOOD CHARACTER. to hold Flora M'Flimsey's bouquet and fan while In a truly good character we look, first of all, she sips her coffee and ices.”
for integrity, or an unbending regard to recti"Nonsense, Wells, you are growing cynical. tude; then for independence, or the habitual The Flora M'Flimseys are not to be censured so determination to be governed by an enlightened much as their mammas and fashionable instruct- conviction of truth and duty; then for benevoors, who teach them to assume various little airs lence, or the spirit of kindness and good-will to and graces, that they may the more effectually men; and last for piety toward God, or an affecdispossess us of our hearts and other personal tionate, reverent regard for the will and glory property.”
of the great Jehovah.
OUR OUT-STATION, THE PEACH-FARM freshing to receive their cordial welcome. The MISSION.
tidings of our arrival was soon circulated, the
hall of the house was lighted up for preaching, BY REV. R. S. MACLAY,
and the exercises were kept up till midnight. MISSIONARY AT FUH-CHAU, CHINA.
The scene was one of strange, exciting interest. N a deep, retired valley among the mountains A foreigner was a rare sight in this secluded
lies a 'straggling hamlet containing perhaps scarcely credit their senses when they found themsixty families. From a fancied resemblance of selves actually in the presence of a genuine the valley at this point to a peach the hamlet "outsider," who spoke in their own vernacular, has been called To Ch'eng (Peach-Farm.) The and told them of a blessed Savior, of a glorious greatest width of the valley does not exceed half heaven, and of the Gospel's certain triumph a mile, while in many places it contracts to a throughout all lands. To me the occasion was narrow ravine. A stream of limpid water flows one of the most delightful episodes in my life. over a pebbly bed through the center of the After the continued rebuffs and disappointments valley. This stream usually glides on with a I had experienced in presenting to the Chinese soft, gurgling melody, scattering blessings along the Gospel message, it seemed almost incredible its course; occasionally, however, when swollen that at last the seed was falling on good ground, by the summer rains, it becomes a torrent, dashes that I was now under a Chinese roof where down the steep acelivities, breaks away from its Jesus was an invited and honored guest, and that channel, and carries utter ruin over the adjacent I was preaching to those who are willing to fields of waving grain. Grand old mountains accept the great salvation. Our helper was rise all around, their summits piercing the clouds, almost beside himself with excitement.
He and their thickly-wooded sides sloping down to preached and prayed and exhorted as though he the valley, skirting the green rice-fields with the would never stop. At times his discourse would somber pine, the broad banyan, or the feathery grow movingly eloquent. “You ought to be bamboo. The people of the valley obtain a Christians," he exclaimed; “the quietness of comfortable livelihood from the cultivation of
your valley invites to meditation; these beautiful the soil, from the sale of timber cut from the slopes and trees, and that flowing stream all tell mountains, and from occasional business enter- you of the goodness of God. These mountains prises into the surrounding cities and towns. are ever pointing you to the great God, the
This valley is so entirely away from the great lightnings that flash along their summits, and lines of travel and thoroughfares of business the thunders that echo through their ravines, the that it had escaped my observation. Our itiner- sun, and moon, and stars, and rain, and dew, all aries had extended to the more prominent points tell you of his wisdom and power, and now we accessible to us, but it was not till the autumn come to tell you of the gift of his Son for a lost of 1858 that we began to visit the Peach-Farm.world. You can not refuse this mercy, you I shall not readily forget the incidents of my surely will accept the blessings he offers you." first visit. Leaving our boat about nine miles It was past midnight when we retired. With above Fuh-Chau we struck across the rice-fields, me, however, sleep was utterly out of the quesand, after walking five miles, came to the en tion. Old memories and joyous anticipations, trance to the valley. After leading us up a bold scenes of the home-land and scenes of the gloryspur of the mountain, the path wound along the land flashed and whirled through my mind, till side of the mountain, with dizzy hights above the cries of the early hunters and the light and shadowy depths far below. The scene quite streaming in through the roof told me a new overpowered me. Such rocks and mountains! day was opening. such intense silence! It seemed as though I The genuineness of the work thus auspiciously had entered a new world, fresh from the great begun was soon put to the test. The enemy bad Creator's band, and I found myself instinctively no idea of yielding without a struggle. A genlistening for the rustling of angels' wings, and : eral alarm was sounded on the subject, and it looking for the footprints or drapery of the In was proposed to check the evil in the bud by visible. We reached the outskirts of the hamlet entering in their courts of justice criminal about four o'clock, P. M., and stopped with a charges against every Chinese who embraced friend of the native helper who accompanied the new doctrines. Some suggested a more
Only the female members of the family private plan of procedure, and soon our catechuwere at home, as the men and boys were out mens found all the heathen members of their deer-stalking on the mountains. Toward night- respective families arrayed against them, and fall the hunters returned, and it was really re-, employing every form of annoyance and intimi
BY MRS. C. P. BLAIR.
dation to deter them from embracing Christian- houses, or log-cabins, or the tented grove, it was ity. Others declared that the idols were incensed my privilege to proclaim the tidings of salvation at the denunciations poured upon them by the in my own vernacular; and as I thought of the Christians, and that soon unheard-of calamities rapid process by which those school-houses bewould fall on all the Chinese of the valley. In came beautiful church edifices, those log-cabins the family with whom I stopped during my visit palatial residences, and those forests populous the contention grew warm and exciting. The cities, my faith descried the day when China, heathen members of the family declared that clothed and in her right mind, shall be found when the foreign missionary entered the house sitting at the feet of Jesus, and I felt that, the spirits of the idols all ran away, and hence, despite the humble incidents of the present hour, on each occasion of my leaving the place, these I was aiding in the initiation of a glorious enteridol worshipers went out to the mountain behind prise, laying the foundation of that kingdom the house and called upon the spirits to return, which shall stand forever. assuring them the missionary had gone. The
[CONCLUDED IN OUR NEXT.] spirits returned two or three times, but at last they became refractory, and declared they would
FOREBODING. never enter the house again. A famous exorcist was then sent for, and he employed all his powers of incantation, but still the spirits were in
One livelong day I sat apart, corrigible. To all interrogations and objurga Striving against an influence tions their uniform reply was, “Jesus is very That came and went, I knew not whence, powerful, and unless you keep him out of the
But left its shadow on my heart. house we dare not reënter it." This was evi
It seemed as if the very air dently bringing matters to a crisis, and we Bore to my lips a stagnant freight, waited anxiously for the next move of the enemy. A cold, dull, visionary weight, But God was better to us than all our fears.
Pregnant with undefined despair. The brethren bore themselves with meekness and
Without the world was beautiful, dignity through the trying ordeal, and were ever Autumn's rich drapery like gold ready to give a
for the hope they Lay wreathed in many a fitful fold cherished.
Upon the distant hazy hill. The triumph came at last.
Earth's festal banners were unfurled through a course of Christian instruction, and To grace the year's great carnival; giving satisfactory evidence of their fitness for Albeit, something like a pall the ordinance, seven of the adult candidates
Shut from my sense the outer world. were approved for baptism, and Sunday, March
A sweet, pale face-a spirit's tread13, 1859, was appointed as the time for adminis Athwart my floor the sunbeams lay tering the ordinance. The morning of that day So strangely sad that dying day; dawned with a genial sky and balmy atmosphere;
They woke a shivering of dread. all nature seemed redolent of God and heaven.
'Twas no wild vagary of love; At an early hour our extempore chapel was The curtain moved, and looking round filled with attentive hearers, and after a suitable Nor human form was there, nor sound, discourse from, “Behold, we have forsaken all
But peering in a snow-white dove. and followed thee; what shall we have, there
I know not if it were a sprite, fore?" the candidates were admitted first to Or wraith from out the spirit-land, baptism and then to the Lord's supper.
Only that from my eager hand linger for a moment over this scene. Mighty
Shrinking, it seemed to melt from sight. empires have been founded and thrones estab That night swept on, a day aside, lished under circumstances and incidents less And then the dreadful missive came, striking and auspicious, and yet how rude, how So full of love, so full of pain, unpromising the material aspects of the scene!
0, God, I would that I had died! Our chapel is a small, earth-floored room in a
Thus bitterly I learned at last country farm-house, destitute alike of windows
The wherefore of my boding fears; or ceiling. In one corner of the room are piled Meet offerings those burning tears plows, drags, hoes, and other agricultural imple
To the inevitable past. ments, while scattered round the room, on back
0, dream of bliss! 0, life's one crown! less benches or on the threshold of the door, sat
0, memory, redolent with love! the rustic congregation. The occasion reminded Yo whisper of my own dead dove me of former times when, in country school
Beneath the autumn flowers laid down.
HUMAN WANT-ITS LESSONS AND EFFECTS. a paradox. It is true, however, as many startling
paradoxes are. BY PRESIDENT ALLYN.
If man wanted or needed only a "little," and “ Necessitas est mater artium."
did not want "that little long," he would be very “Want is the mother of industry.”
inferior even as an animal, to say nothing of him OLD PROVERBS.
as a rational being. For the exact place of any TORDS are often Lesbian rules, which meas creature in the grand scale of existence, and the
ured a longer or a shorter distance, accord- future destiny of that creature, may be quite acing to the person using them or the purpose for curately measured by his wants. If it wants only which they were applied. Hence some words a place to rest and rot, it is a stone or a clod. are conveniently, others perplexingly ambiguous. If it wants only sunlight, heat, moisture, and a The former convey different ideas according to soil adapted to nourish its peculiar fiber, it is a the connection in which they stand, and yet al- plant, and it grows of itself to its perfect develways give a distinct and definite sense. They opment and dies. If it wants soft mud at the vary greatly, but always on some well-understood bottom of a still, salt sea, filled with suitable anicondition. These are consequently never per- malculæ, it may be a sponge, a clam, or an oysplexing, though ever differing; never false, though ter; and there gathering the food which comes always changing, like the colors and figures of to it and satisfies all its wants, it grows thrivthe kaleidoscope.
ingly, needing nothing else and profiting by nothSuch a word is WANT. It may mean a simple | ing else. If it be an ox, a horse, or a bird, it lack or deficiency, as the want of health in a sick wants a larger variety both of nourishment and body, or of heat in snow and ice; an indispensa- opportunities; and it will surely degenerate if ble necessity, as the want of food or rest, of ex
these are not provided. When we rise to man, ercise or society; a mere desire, as the want of viewed merely as an animal, his wants must be dress or display; or a casual whim, as the want more numerous still, and of a more varied, and, of condiment or stimulant in food or drink. In possibly, of a more whimsical character. He all these cases a glance reveals the peculiar shade must have food, clothing, and shelter, and how of meaning in the word, and removes all prac- | many other real and necessary wants these things tical ambiguity. Since this word is used with so presuppose and demand, a little consideration large a variety of signification, it is by no means will show. Many pious sentimentalists seem to strange that human wants are said to be innu- imply that the merest sufficiency of the simplest merable; and still less strange is it that many, food, and warm, though it be the coarsest, clothespecially many pious people, should quote withing, and the scantiest and most unadorned house, heartiest approbation the verse of Goldsmith: are all that man really needs. Both the truth
and wisdom of such an assertion will appear if “ Then, pilgrim, turn, thy thoughts forego;
we inquire, What are man's real wants? what All earth-born cares are wrong:
do these wants teach? and what is their effect on Man want, but little here below, Nor wants that little long."
man himself and on society ?-questions which
may be discussed without any attempt to keep Still it may be maintained against all such, them separate. and against all contradicters, that this verse, Neglect all the significance of this world of although having a sweet rhythm in its construc-nature, so wonderful in all its beauties of morution, and a tender melancholy in its sentiment, ing, its glories of noontide, and its evening splen. is, nevertheless, superficial, untruthful, and un- dors, suggestive of futurity; put aside all the philosophical. Superficialmas looking only to majesty of ocean, sky, mountain, plain, storm, the most obvious and least satisfying wants of and snow, each of which forces upon man the man, to wit, those of his animal nature. Uu- necessity of contemplation and stirs the craving truthful-inasmuch as the Creator has made man of want within him; look only at his animal so that he absolutely wants or needs almost an wants and mark how all these, beginning in the infinite variety of good things. Unphilosoph- moving of some instinctive appetite or bodily ical—because it supposes that a contented qniet- necessity, do stretch outward and upward to inism is the great end or need of the human race finity, and attempt to take a catalogue of man's a supposition which deprives man of the stimu- wants, and they will be found to multiply while lus of want—the most powerful incentive to ex you count them. Compare the human infant ertion, by which alone his restlessness can be with the young wren. The former is as helpless satisfied and his pature be improved; for no nar as the latter, and continues in that helplessness row round of enjoyments can, by any possibility, a hundred times as long. Food, warmth, and fit him for his sublime destinies. This may seem shelter are all the bird wants, and having these,
in a couple of weeks it attains its proper state are the fruitful progenitors of progressive and of independence. The child for years needs civilizing want. food, shelter, clothing, and careful nursing, all So far every thing is animal, and is the simple supplied for him, and much more besides these. result of attempting to supply bodily wants. But For every one of these leads forward to and im man is rational. He has a soul to see beauty plies more.
and fitness, and to want them; and this want As to food. While the infant will not require leads him to ask for and to contrive for the proas much in weight, proportionately to its size, as duction of beauty and harmony in all that he many animals, it does need it in a more concen-does. He wants to cultivate his field so that the trated form; and owing to his larger development growing crop shall exhibit the beauty of order of brain and the more rapid consumption of the as well as the glory of waving vegetation. He substance of that brain, this food must contain wants to fashion his implements of work so that the rarest and most nutritious elements in great they shall please the eye of the soul as well as abundance. Such food, therefore, as man will fit the hand of the body. He wants his garments want, requires more and richer soil for its pro- and his house so shaped and colored as to delight duction, and, in fact, it will much more rapidly the inner sense of fitness and grace as well as to exhaust that soil than will the food needed for shield him from inclement weather. These soul. brutes. Then it never grows spontaneously. It wants are the most real wants of his whole nademands careful cultivation, and hence the need ture-real, when we consider the craving or deof tools or implements of agricultural husbandry. mand within the nature ever clamoring for beauty; And as the race multiplies and the want of more still more real, when we reflect on the effects food presses upon society, this will lead to the which they produce on the world and the characdomestication and use of animals for draught, ter of the man himself. They are soul-wants, for burdens, and the plow. Man must now re not body-wants. The want of food, clothing, and member the experiments of his ancestors and shelter is a bodily want, but it does aid to bring avail himself of all their skill to produce the forth that peculiar want which belongs to the imneeded amount and variety of food, and also to material, rational part of man, and which nothincrease both from year to year. Bird and beast ing can destroy. The other wants live only while never want a larger variety of food, and hence the body exists, and sometimes even they are they labor not for it, and, therefore, can not im- partially destroyed or decay before the body dies. prove. In addition to all this, man's needs cook. They are dependent, in a measure at least, on ing, and this prepares the way for utensils to health and vigor. Soul-wants must live and crush the wheat, and calls for contrivance to bake grow while the spirit lives and thrives. and boil, to roast and dress it.
This leads to a further remark that want, comBut man needs clothing. His naked body can bined with resolute determination to allay that not withstand the heat of summer suns, nor the want, is the grand condition of all human imcold of winter frosts; and, since the expulsion provement. This condition makes work, in som from Eden, no where does the earth of her own one or more of its multifarious forms, a necessity accord, unasked and uncompelled, produce mate or a want of the race. To gratify desire or to rial for his garments. And not only are these satisfy want, labor becomes indispensable; and raw materials obtained with much difficulty and who does not know that never a man or a peotoil, but their preparation and fashioning are ple, never a class or a race has improved or riseu matters of much skill and labor. Here also he in the scale of civilization and refinement unless needs tools, and those of more delicacy and bet- they have, either of their own accord or by the ter finish. His dwelling too must be a wholesome, compulsion of stern necessity, engaged in vigorsun-lighted habitation. He can not escape the ous and patient work. Work, then, is one of peltings of the merciless storm, nor the damp of man's wants, and one too which he will do well not the enervating night-chills by delving in the earth to overlook. And it is like all other soul-sants, like the fox, nor by building a nest among the and will promote improvement if gratified. It is branches like the bird. He must have a house; not simply a bodily want, though the body needs not a den, nor a burrow; not a perch, nor a nest, its sedative and its stimulating effects, and, like nor an ant-hill. And this house, to accommodate all wants of this class, it tends to multiply the his social nature and enable parents and children demand for itself in man's nature. Perhaps it to live together in mutual comfort and make ought to be remarked, in a parenthetic way, thai progress in knowledge and refinement, must re- bodily wants seek only a given amount of graticeive enlargement and grow in beauty and con fication. Any thing forced upon them more than venience. Hence want will cause improvements, this, or beyond enough to satisfy their immediate for these are the offspring of want, and in turn craving, is always productive of pain, disgust,