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whom he told his recent experience. The

SUBMISSION. prince appointed a day for him to come again.

Years ago, I vainly fancied The little Savoyard came, and, in the presence God had much for me to do; of the princesses and many people of rank, he

And my foolish beart was longing was requested to enter the cage where the great

Some great proof of love to show. bear was. She received him as kindly as ever,

Then my Father, in His goodness, and pressed bin to her breast.

(How I bless His gentle band !)

Took from me each cherished labor, The good duke now understiod that the bear-or rather God working providentially

Made me meekly wait and stand. through the bear-had been the means of sav.

How my spirit chafed and fretied !

How I strore against my loi ! ing the little orphan Savoyard from death. No

Why, oh why is this? I murmured ; person bad taken care of biin, no body had

But my Father answered not. shown any sympathy for him; and yet, in the

Only firmer still He held nie very coldest nights of that remarkable winter,

To the task He had assigned, this rough bear was the means of saving his Only, as I vaidly strnggled, life. It was the providence of God which pre- Closer still my chaias did bind. served him.

Must I spend my days in silence, This circumstance led the prince to look at Longing for my Lord to speak ? the providence of God in a higher light than Ten 1 one lamb, and leave the hundreds he had ever done before; and so should it lead Siraying, that I yearned to seek ? us all to remember that Gud sometimes uses the Must I waste in menial service most unexpected weans as the instruments for Gifts that might so many bless ? the cunsummation of his wishes. The little

Seeing o'hers guin promotion, Savoyard afterward led an honorable and useful

Wno, I felt, deserved it lesz? life, por did be ever forget how God helped

Yes, I must: my Father knew it,

And in mercy did not spire; him in his great need. — Western Christian Foolish though my heart, He loved it, Alvocale.

For its trueat weal took care.

Oh how foolish! now I see it!
POWER OF A CHRISTIAN LIFE.

And I wonder and adore,
There is one department of Christian eri.

Thinking of the ma chless patience

That with all its folly bore. dence to which no skill or industry of the champion of revealed truth caa do justice-one also

Now, no more by pride made restle39, with which the sceptic is little disposed to

All is easy, pleasant, light,

Useless, if He wills, I will it, medule. It is that which is spread before us Basy, if it seems Him right. in the noiseless and almost entirely unrecorded Gently chustened, sweetly humbled, lives of thousands of the faithful followers of Like a little chill I sit, Christ. Ambitious of no distinction, intent

Happy in my lowly posture, only on ihe Master's service, pursuing the even

Ai my Heaven'y Father's feet.
Augusta, Ga.

J. A. S. tenor of their way in the discharge of common duties, their lives are ennobled, and sometimes

TREASURE IN HEAVEN. become heroic, through the lofty purity of their “What I spent, that I hal; what I kept, that I lost; what I aims, and the singleness of their devotion to save, that I have l'--OLD EPITAPH. life's great cod. No theory of inadel philoso

Every coin of earthly treasure

We have lavished upon earth phy can account for them. The attempt to ex

For our simple worldly pleasure, plain them by means of enthusiasm or fanaticism

May be reckoned something worth ; is an insult to common sense.

For the spending was not losing, Cowper has graphically portrayed the lot of Though the purchase were but small; one who may be taken as the representative of

It has perished with the using;

We have had it-that is all! the class of which we speak :

All the gold we leave behind us " Perhaps the self-approving, haughty world,

When we turn to dust again, That, as she sweeps him with her whistling silks,

(Thougb our avarice may blind 18,) Scarce deigos to notice bim, or, if she sees,

We have gathered quite in vain; Deems him a cypher in the works of God,

Since we neither can direct it, Receives advantage from his noiseless hours

By the winds of fortune tossed, Of which she little dreams. Perhaps she owes

Nor in other worlds exprct it;
Her sunshine and ber rain, her blooming spring

What we hoarded--we have lost.
And plenteous barvest to the prayers he makes,
Wben, Isaac-like, the solitary caint

But each merciful oblation,
W zd!ks forth to mediiate at eventide,

(Seed of pity wisely sown,) And thioks on ber that thinks not on herself.”

What we gave in self-negation,
- Boston Recorder.

We may safely call our own.
Tbus of treasure freely giren,

For the future we may hoard, A man may suffer without singing, but a man For the angels keep, in heaven, cannot sin withiut suffering.

What is lent unto the Lord.

SAXE.

FACTS ABOUT THE BIBLE.

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The preceding facts were ascertained by a The Zion's llerald sums up the statistics of gentleman in 1718. Also by an Englishman the Bible thus:

residing at Amsterdam, in 1772; and it is said The Scriptures bave been translated into 118 to have taken each gentleman Acarly thrte languages and dialects, of which 121 had, prior years io the investigation. to the formation of the British Foreign Bible There is a Bible in the library of the Upi. Society, never appeared. And 25 of these lan.versity of Goettingen, written on 5,475 palm guages existed without an alphabet, in an oral leaves. form. Upward of 43,000,000 of those copies A day's journey was 33 1.5 miles, of the Scriptures are circulated among not less A Sabbath day's journey was about an Eothan 600,000,000 of people.

glish mile. The first division into chapters and verses is Ezekiel's reed was eleven feet, nearly. attributed to Stephen Langton, Archbishop of A cubit is twenty-two inches, nearly. Canterbury, in the reign of King John, in the A hand's breadth is equal to tbree and fivelatter part of the twelfth century, or the begin- eighth inches. ning of the thirteenth. Cardioal Hugo, in the A finger's breadth is equal to one ioch. middle of the thirteenth century, divided the A shekel of silver was abont fifty cents. Old Testament into chapters, as they stand in A shekel of gold $8.09. our translation. In 1661, Athias, a Jew of A talent of silver was $516.32. Amsterdam, divided the sections of Hugo into verses, ---a French printer had previously (1561) THE WORLD COMPARED TO AN INN. divided the New Testament into verses as they I have before said, that our home, our country, are at present.

is heaven and everlasting happiness, where The Old Testament contains 39 books, 929 there are no sorrows, nor fears, por troubles ; chapters, 23,211 verses, 592, 139 words, 2,738,- that this world is the place of our travel and 100 letters.

pilgrimage, and, at the best, ouring. Now when The New Testament contains 27 books, 260 I am in my journey, I meet with several inconchapters, 7,950 verses, 182,253 words, 933,380 vediepces; it may be the way is bad and foul, letters.

the weather tempestuous and stormy; it may The entire Bible contains 66 books, 1,188, be I meet with some rough companions, that chapters, 31,185 verses, 774,692 words, 3,566, either turn me out of my way, or all dash and 480 letters.

dirt me in it; yet I content myself, for all will The name of Jehovah or Lord occurs 0,855 be mended when I come home; but if I chance times in the Old Testament.

to lodge at my inn, where, it may be, I mett The word "and" occurs in the Old Testa- with bad entertainment; the ion is full of ment 35,643 times.

guests, and I am thrust into an inconvenient The middle book of the Old Testament is lodging, or ill diet, yet I coutent myself, and Proverbs.

consider it is no other than wbat I have reason to The middle chapter is the 29th of Job. expect, it is but according to the common cope * The middle verse is the 2d Chronicles, 20th dition of things in that place; neither am I chapter, 10tb verse.

solicitous to furnish my lodgings with better acThe middle book of the New Testament is comodations, for I must not expect to make long 2d Thessalonians.

stay there ; it is but my ion, my place of reThe middle chapters are Romans 13th and pose for a night, and not my bome; and there. 14:b.

fore I content myself with it as I find it; all The middle verse is Acts xi. 7.

will be amended when I come home. In the The middle chapter to be found in the Bible same manner it is with this world; perchance I is Psalm cxvii.

meet with an ill and uncomfortable passage The middle verse in the Bible is Psalm through it; I have a sickly body, a parrow es. cxviii. 8.

tate, meet with affronts and disgraces, lose my The middle line in the Bible is 22 Chronicles friends, companions, and relations; my best eni. 16.

tertainment is but troublesome and uneasy, The least verse in the Bible is John xi. 35. but yet I do content nuyself, I consider it but The 19th chapter of 2d Kings and Isaiah my pilgrimage, my passage, my ind; it is not 36th are the same.

my country, vor the place of my rest; this kind In the 21st verse of the 7th chapter of Ezra ot usage, or condition, is but according to the are all the letters of the alphabet, I and J being law and custom of the place, it will be amended considered as one.

when I come home, for in my Father's house The Apochrypha (not inspired, but some there are mansions, many marisions instead of times bound between the Old Testament and the my ind, and my Saviour himself hath not disNew ) contains 14 books, 183 chapters, 15,081 dained to be my harbinger; he is gone thither Verses, 152,185 words.

before we, and gone to prepare a place for me ;

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I will therefore quiet and content myself with orological records, that there is scarcely any the inconveniences of my short journey, for my appreciable change of temperature from this accommodations will be admirable when I come cause. Doctor Dove ciles several facts to show to my home, that heavenly Jerusalem, which the drying up of sprioys and streams after a is the place of my rest and happiness — Sir country has been cleared of its timber, and then Matthew Hale.

renewed when left to be again clothed with

forests. It is generally conceded that the rivers REPLANTING OF FORESTS.

of moderate size are much less in volume after It would be difficult for any one in England, the clearing of a country than before. Mr. Blod. or anywhere else in the North of Europe, says get, in his elaborate treatise on the Climatology the London Times, to conceive a just idea of the of the United States, believes that “the whole importance which the subject of the replanting change of condition is limited to the surface, and of forests has acquired in France, no less than is one merely dependant on the retention and in Spain and Italy. Let us say a few words, slow evaporation in the forest, in contrast with for our own country in this matter. Until of the rapid drainage and prompt evaporation on late years the uppermost thought in the minds the open surface.” The English writer already of the rural population of the United States cited tells us that the whole aspect of Southern would be to clear the land of trees, which every Europe, its soil aod climate, have been materially where, away from the prairies and the plaios, affected by the denudation of its surface. Uothe first settlers, the pioneers in civilization, re- restrained by any vegetation and barrier afforded garded in the light of obstructions. In some by trees and the interlacing of the roots of these, parts, particularly in the older or Atlantic the melting of snow on the mountains and hill States, we might speak of the inhabitants in the sides and heavy rains give rise to torrents which same language in which the writer in the Times rush down, weariog the land, even to the plains, does of the Latio races, whose batred of all sbade into deep gullies, and carrying off all the finest “makes them look upon even a bush as a very and most valuable particles of the soil. “Sunoy upas tree-a nest for seed-levouring birds and Spain,” even more than Southern France and a lurking place for robbers."

Italy, has suffered from the operation of these Even at the present time the Venetians make!causes, as is seen in entire provinces arid and one of the earliest uses of their freedom by cut- barren.- Public Ledger. ting the timber off the crests of the Friuli mountains. In our own country, North and

SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE. South, how painfully common is the sight of large farm houses, and of stately mansions too,

It is not our want of aptitude for doing good wishout any protecting trees, exposed in summer which stands in our way, half so much as it is to the tropical heat of a southern and western our want of communion with God. The rule sun; in winter to the uomitigated rage of winds is, “Oh! taste and see that the Lord is good !" aud storms! Too often extensive pastures are Out of this experimental acquaintance with unrelieved by a clump of trees to afford a need- truth grows our power to fitly offer it. Only ful shelter in the heats of summer to the cattle thus can we learn to recommead the various feediog in them. The inberited enmity to trees viands on the table of the gospel feast. Scholarpays the penalty of personal discomfort and suf- ship becomes a means to an end. It is not the fering, and of diminished yield of the dairy. A show of splendid attainments, but the hidden chaoge bappily is coming over the minds of our force of piety underlying them, which affects people, and although the laying bare of their the souls we hope to influence. mountain sides and denuding their low lands of The gospel light is much like the solar light; forest timber have not been carried to the de- its beauty is not its efficiency. You may distructive extent, nor attended with the damaging vide the sunbeam into seven beautiful colors, results, of similar practices in Southern Europe, and not one alone nor all together will imprint yet it is now becoming a question not only for an image on a daguerreotype plate. Just outdiscussion, but one calling for early remedial side the spectrum in the dark, there is one enaction. Ship and house builders and makers of tirely invisible ray, called the chemical ray, railroads will not be among those who may feel which does all the work. No man ever saw it, disposed to smile at the suggestion to replant no man ever felt it; and yet this it is which forest trees.

bleaches and blackens a dull sorface into figures Climatic changes, attributed to the exposure of loveliness and life. I care not how luminous of the surface of the soil by cutting down the a man's personal or intellectual qualities may forests which once covered it have not been be, if he lacks anid the showg beams that are clearly proved. Dr. Drake, in his great work shining this one which is viewless—this efficient on the Climate, Topography and Diseases of tho but inconspicuous beam of spiritual experience Valley of the Mississippi, infers, from the result - all his endeavors will surely prove inoperative of extended observations and the study of mete for good.-Dr. Robinson in Hours at Home.

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EXTRACTS FROM INAUGURAL ADDRESS OF as mere narrative, but as a chain of causes and ef. JOHN STUART MILL.

fects still unwinding itself before his eyes, and (Continued from page 272.)

full of momentous consequences to himself and In this brief outline of a complete scientific his descendants; the unfolding of a great epic education, I have said nothing about direct in- or dramatic action, to terminate in the bappiness struction in that which it is the chief of all the or nisery, the elevation or degradation, of the ends of intellectual education to qualify us for human race; an unremitting conflict between -the exercise of thought on the great interests good ard evil powers, of which every act done of mankind as moral and social beingsmetbies by any of us, insignificant as we are, forms one and politics, in the largest sense. These things of the incidents; a couflict in which even the are not, in the existing state of human know- smallest of us cannot escape from taking part, ledge, the subject of a science, generally ad-in which whoever does not help the rigbt side mitied and accepted. Politics cannot be learnt is helping the wrong, and for our share in once for all, from a text-book, or the instructions which, whether it be greater or smaller, and let of a master. What we require to be tauyht on its actual consequences be visible or in the main that subject, is to be our own teachers. It is a invisible, no one of us can e cape the responsisubject on wbich we bave po masters to follow; bility. Though education caupot arm and equip each must explore for bimself, and exercise at its pupils for this fight with any completo phila independent judgment. Scientific politics do csophy either of politics or of history, there is not consist in having a set of conclusions ready much positive instruction that it can give them, made, to be applied everywhere indiscriminately having a direct bearing on the duties of citizenbut in setting the mind to work in a scientific ship. They should be taught the outlines of spirit to discover in each instance the truths the civil and political institutions of their own applicable to the given case. And this, at pre-country, and in a more general way, of the more sent, scarcely any two persons do in the same advanced of the other civilized nations. Those way. Education is not entitled, on this subject, branches of politics, or of the laws of social life, to recommend any set of opinions as resting on in which there exists a collection of facts or the authority of established science. But it can thoughts suficiently sifted and methodized to supply the student with materials for bis own i form the beginning of a science, should be taught mind, and helps to use them. It can make him ex professo. Among the chief of these is acquainted with the best speculations on the Political Economy; the sources and conditions subject

, taken from different points of view; of wealth and material prosperity for aggregate none of which will be found complete, while bodies of human beings. This study approaches each embodies some considerations really rele. nearer to the rank of a science, in the sense in vant, really requiring to be taken into the ac. which we apply that name to the physical scicount. Education may also introduce us to the ences, than anything else connected with politics principal facts which have a direct bearing on set does. I need not enlarge on the important the subject, namely the different modes or stages lessons which it affords for the guidance of life, of civilization that have been found among man- and for the estimation of laws and institutions, kind, and the characteristic properties of each. or on the necessity of knowing all that it can This is the true purpose of historical studies, as teach in order to have true views of the course prosecuted in an University. The leading of human affairs, or form plans for their imfacts of ancient and modern history should be provement which will stand actual trial. The known by the student from his private reading: same persons who cry down Logio will generally if that knowledge be wanting, it cannot possibly warn you against Political Economy. It is unbe supplied here. Wbat a Professor of History feeling, they will tell you. It recognizes unhas to teach, is the meaning of those facts. His pleasant facts. For my part the most unfeeling office is to help the student in collecting from thing I know of is the law of gravitation : it history # hat are the main differences between breaks the deck of the best and most amiable human beings, and between the institutions of person without scruple, if he forgets for a single society, at one time or place and at another: in moment to give heed to it. The winds and picturing to himself human life and the human waves too are very un feeling. Would you ad. conception of life, as they were at the different vise those who go to sca to deny the winds and stages of human development: io distinguishing waves-or to make use of them, and find the between what is the same in all ages, and what means of guarding against their dangers ? Ny is progressive, and forming some incipient con- I advice to you is to study the great writers on ception of the causes and laws of progress. All Political Economy, and hold firmly by whatever these things are as yet very imperfectly under-intbem you find true; and depend upon it that if you stood even by the most philosophic enquirers,' are not selfish or hard-bearted already, Political and are quite unfit to be taught dogmatically. Economy will not make you so. Of no less im. The object is to lead the student to attend portance than Political Economy is the study of them; to make him take interest in history not what is called Jurisprudence; the general prin

ciples of law; the social necessities which laws arrangements of society long since abandoned
are required to meet; the features common to and condemned.
all systems of law, and the differences between

(To be continued.)
theas; the requisites of good legielation, the

Be pot satisfied that you are doing nothing proper mode of constructing a legal system, and against God, but ask yourselves, day by day, the best constitution of courts of justice and what can I do for Him? Give up yourselves modes of legal procedure. These things are in entire surrender to live to bim with every not only the chief part of the business of gov. power of your mind and body. Be sure there erament, but the vital concern of every citizen; is no happy religion that coines short of this and their improvement affords a wide scope for aim, and there can be no interruption of hapthe energies of any duly prepared mind, am

piness even in a world like this, where God is bitious of contributing towards the better coninus restored to His throne in the human heart. dition of the human race. For this, too, admi.

- Goodle.
rable helps have been provided by writers of our
own or of a very recent time. At the head of

DON'T BE DISCOURAGED.
them stands Bentham; undoubtedly the great Don't be discouraged if, in the outset of life,
est master who ever devoted the labor of a life things do not go on smoothly. It seldom bap-
to let in light on the subject of law; and who peos that the hopes we cherish of the future
is the more intelligible to non-professional per are realized. The path of life in the prospect
sons, because, as his way is, he builds up the is smooth and level enough, but when we come
subject from its foundation in the facts of human to travel it, we find it all up-hill, and generally
lite, and shows by careful consideration of ends rough enough. The journey is a laborious one,
and means, what law might and ought to be, in and whether poor or wealthy, high or low, we
deplorable contrast with what it is. Other en. shall find our disappointment, if we have built
lightened jurists have followed with contribu- on other calculation. To endure cheerfully
tious of two kinds, as the type of which I may what must be, and to elbow our way as easily
take two works, equally admirable in their re as we can, hoping for a little, yet striving for
spective times. Mr. Austin, in his Lectures much, is perhaps the true plan.
on Jurisprudence, takes for his basis the Roman But don't be discouraged if occasionally you
law, the most elaborately consistent legal sys slip by the way, and your neiglıbors tread over
tem which history has shown us in actual you a little; in other words, don't let a failure
operation, and that which the greatest number or two dishearten you-accidents will happen ;
of accomplished miods have employed themselves miscalculations will so petimes be made ; things
in harmonizing. From this be singles out the will often turn differeutly from our expectations,
principles and distiuctions which are of general and we may be sufferers. It is worth while to
applicability, and employs the powers and re- remember that fortuae is like the skies in April
sources of a most precise and analytic mind to -sometimes clouded, and sometimes clear and
give to those principles and distinctions a philo- favorable; and, as it would be folly to despair
sophic basis, grouuded in the universal reason of again seeing the sun because the day is
of mankind, and not in mere technical conve- stormy, so it is equally unwise to sink in de-
nience. Mr. Maine, in his treatise on Ancient spondency when fortune frowns, since, in the
Law in its relations to Modern Thought, shows common course of things, she may be surely ex-
from the history of law, and from what is known pected to sinile again. And, again, don't be
of the primitive institutions of mankind, the discouraged if you are deceived in the people
origin of much that has las ed till now, and has of the world; it often happens that men wear
a firm footing both in the laws and in the ideas borrowed clothes, and sometimes those who
of modern times; showing that many of these have long stood fair before the world are very
things never originated in reason, but are relics rotten at the core. From sources such as these
of the institutions of barbarous society, modified you may be deceived; and you will naturally,
more or less by civilization, but kept standing under such deceptions. To these you must be-
by the persistency of ideas which were the off- come used; if you fear as most people do, they
spring of those bárbarous institutions, and have will lose their novelty before you grow gray,
survived their parent. The path opened by and you will learn to trust men cautiously and
Mr. Maive has been followed up by others, with examine their characters closely before

you

allow additional illustrations of the influence of obso-them great opportunities to injure you. Don't lete ideas on modern iostitutions, and of obsolete be discouraged under any circunstances. Go institutions oa modern ideas; an action and re- steadily forward-rather consult your own conaction which perpetuate, in many of the great- science than the opinions of men ; though the est concerns, a mitigated barbarism; things last is not to be disregarded. Be industrious, being con'io ually accepted a's dictates of nature be frugal, be honest; deal in perfect kindness and Decessities of life, which, if we knew all, with all that come in your way, exercising a we should see to bave originated in artificiall neighborly and obliging spirit in your wbole

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