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Then he was clerk in a dry goods store of bis often wonders, that he should have preferred the native village, for two years. But having an stately Emma to bis own cheerful and beloved ardent desire to travel, and study patore in her Ellen. 'Tis true there was a great falling off various guises, be determined for the time be among the lambs of the fold, after the marriage ing, to become a pedlar. Although, in this of the pastor, yet it was wisely attributed to the calling, he had seen society in its worst as reaction that ever follows a powerful awaken. well as better forms, he had ever wisely shug- ing.

s. M. PERKINS. ned the evil and walked in the ways of hos. Wilmington, Vt. or and wisdom. He found his vocation profita. ble, and having placed bis parent above want, he was contemplating some other pursuit more

TIE CELESTIAL ARMY. congenial to his tastes, when he was taken ill beneath the hospitable roof of Jr. Leach.

I stood by the open casement For many days he continued alarmingly ill, And looked upon the night, and was delirious,---knew not, nor appreciaied And saw the westward going stars the gentle care which presented the cooling Pass slowly out of sight. draught to his feverish lips. He talked of bis mother, and his favorite books, often repeating

Slowly the bright procession whole passages of beauty from gifted authors, in

Went down the gleaming arch, a rich and melodious voice, sometimes bringing

And my soul discerned the music tears to the eyes of his fair attendant.

of their long triumphal march, “Our patient is certainly a little better this Till the great celestial army, morning,” said the physician about two weeks Stretching far beyond the poles, after he was taken ill. “ I hope soon to be able Became the eternal symbol to pronounce him out of danger.”

of the mighty march of souls. In due time he was pronounced convalescent;

Onward, forever onward, yet the fever left him exceedingly weak, and it

Red Mars led down his clan, was several weeks ere he was able to leave the

And the Moon, like a veiled maiden, mansion of Mr. Leach and its loved inmates,one

Was riding in the van. of whom he regarded almost as an angel. Ere he bade them farewell, he had told his love and And some were bright in beauty, been accepted, yet for various reasons the nup

And some were faint and small, tials were deferred one year. But time quickly But these may be in their great height sped. Winter came with his snowy winding The noblest of them all. sheet, and whistling winds,-Spring with her

Downward, forever downward, birds and violets,-Summer with her roses, and

Behind Earth's dusky shore long, golden day,-- Autumn with its ripened

They passed into the unknown night, grain, and delicious fruits, and with it, came

They passed and were no more. again William Moreton, the affianced of Emma Browning. But he was no longer the itinerant No more! Oh, say not som wanderer, as when we first knew him, but a And downward is not just ; partner in the mercantile establishment of his For the sight is weak and the sense is dim former employer. Large was the gathering at That looks through heated dust. Mr. Leach's dwelling on the morn of Emma's

The stars and the mailed moon, bridal. Mr. Preston performed the simple cere

Though they seem to fall and die, mony that united their destinies. At its close

Still sweep with their embattled lines he was seen in earnest conversation with our

The endless reach of sky. wild cousin Nell, and I mentally prophesied another union. And so it happened.

And though the hills of Death Emma presides like a queen over her happy

May hide the bright array, home in a romantic village in Western Massa

The marshaled brotherhood of souls chusetts, while Ellen, who was never supposed

Still keeps its upward way. to have a serious thought in her life, is duly set

Upward, forever upward, tled in our village parsonage. Her husband

I see their march sublime,

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And hear the glorious music

ing them, convey to them its blessed and enlivOf the conquerors of Time.

ening stream.

"Especially in this country, with our theory And long let me remember,

of the state, should we earnestly consider this That the palest, fainting one

social problem. Our lower classes clutch the May to diviner vision be A bright and blazing sun.

ballot box, and we are indissolubly united with

them in our interests and life. They are, every [Selected.]

way, bone of our bone. Our highest classes, like the apex of a pyramid, are lified up from the broader base, gradually widening below.

What hope is there for us, if that base is rotting THE CHRISTIAN LAW OF SERVICE. at its lowest tier, or slumping in a moral marsh?

Will the pyramid stand with such insecurity of We make some extracts from an admirable foundation? with such chemistry gnawing the address of Br. T. S. King, at the last anniversa- bottom of its structure? It is safer, in our land, ry of the Warren Street Chapel, Boston -an in- to have atheistic scholars, than a barbaric and stitution of Christian charity under the admir- atheistic people; as it is safer for any frame to able management of Rev. Mr. Barnard, embrac- have diseased or blinded eyes, than a canker spot ing a Sewing School, Evening School, Sabbath on the heart. School and Worship, and other instrumentali- “We know what the plan of Christian phities for the moral good of the poor, with a com- lanthropy, so far as it has been directed to the prehensive regard for the things of exterior com- perishing classes, has hitherto been. As a genfort. Heaven help all the workers in these de- eral thing it has been,—the chief hope has been, partments of Gospel Philanthropy!-After speak- -to save a few out of the thousands that are ing of the Christian Law of Service, that the suffered to drist steadily to ruin. But plainly strong should help the weak, Mr. King said: our aim and work should be to buttress first.

"God is showing us, by uncovering the hor. Christ said, 'feed my lambs.' Surely that does rors in our large centres of civilization, and the not mean that we shall wait till they grow wild, effects they are producing upon our welfare, that and nearly starve on the mountains, and then in the very warp of the social fabric is laid the take in and care for a few stragglers that come law,' whether one member suffer, all the mem- down near the folds in the comfortable valley. bers suffer with it.'

It is grand to save those that have fallen, and “I remember hearing, a year or two since, ve do not lisp a word, of course, against those the remark by one of our city missionaries, that who undertake that task; but it is not just or 'we need very much in Boston a bridge from wise that philanthropy should tend solely that Beacon street to Broad street.' This statement way. It is glorious to visit the drunkards, the is a fine symbol of our general social need. We depraved, the prisons, and speak sympathy, and want some passage, some bridge, some conduc- revive hope, and quicken the torpid conscience. tors—and we must have them,-between our Yet there has been some danger that our modChristian light, means and energies, and the ern philanthropy, by not being constructive and wide wastes of physical and moral destitution. comprehensive, might run almost wholly toAs preachers, we often say that our deepest need wards those who have fallen, and so by its paris of conductors between the Bible and the pri- tiality, be not only unwise but unjust. It is a rate heart, and it is true. But there is a vast thrilling spectacle, when some Christian word, deal of the Christian spirit that is latent and laden with spiritual omnipotence, goes into a unavailable, because there are no channels in grave of sin, and wakens there the little lise that which it may flow towards the destitute; and remains, and calls forth some moral Lazarus bethe only way to get the strength and powers of fore our eyes, who had been bound hand and the Bible to the lower classes is through some foot in the grave clothes of appetite and evil intermediate love and institutions that will habit, to attest the Gospel of the resurrection ; serve as conductors from the great battery-chain. and yet it would be better if, beforehand, we Directly, those classes cannot get the light, could make that spectacle impossible, and avert truths, hopes, and the life of the Gospel. It must the terrible risk of such a miracle, by preventgo from us, the more favored, who have our ing that soul from going down into that deep of hands upon the

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“One part, and the most important part, of it; make it an ally of Christ's kingdom, and a our work now, as Christian philanthropists, is buttress of his religion. to see to those that are on the edge of the preci- "I read recently, Mr. Chairman, in a sermon pice; we should endeavor to encircle, assist, and lately published, that we might read evidence of throw redeeming infuence around the ranks of the increasing worldliness of Boston, in the fact those from whom the bands of Satan are colo- that the stores in some of the streets overtop the nized. If modern society, as some think, by churches. But we will not measure the worth many of iis arrangements, presses heavily on nor the power of Christian institutions by the the weaker classes, let us look out for those who splendor of the buildings erected in their honor. have thus far stood the pressure, and strengthen If, sir, a traveler had gone, eighteen hundred them. They deserve it. As states and cities, years ago, into Corinth of Greece, or Ephesus in what justice is there in making provision solely Asia Minor, he would have seen splendid temfor the punishment, even the reformatory pun- ples, gorgeous palaces, great theatres, temples ishment, of the fallen, while no care is taken, of justice, and shrines of art. But if he had a and no interest felt, for those whom guardian. poetic or a prophetic eye, he would have seen skip would save from giving way? Why single that the nost important and glorious edifice of out the most guilty, and expend in their behalf all, was the humble abode where a Jew, 'named alone, all the wisdom of our legislation, and the Paul, worked daily and nightly, through the resources of our public treasury? Is it consis- week, as a tent-maker, to earn a support that tent with broad, social justice, that we should would enable him to preach the Gospel, without spend thousands in building model prisons, charge, to the poor believers that gathered to where those who have fallen, and thus shown hear him on the Sabbath. And in Rome, thirty their peculiar weakness, or peculiar guilt, are years after the Crucifixion, the house where Paul fed and cared for, as has been said, more scien- was guarded, and where he preached his truth tifically than any Duke of England, while we every Sabbath, was the centre of a greater glory are indifferent to the needs and the deserts of and greater power, than dwelt in the Emperor's those who have stood thus far the terrible pres- | palace and the Senate hall. For, from that sure which carried others down, and will not lowly roof was steadily going forth the energy consider the children, who witla timely assist- of a truth, unknown to Nero, his captains, his ance will be able to resist it?

consuls, and his court, which would save human “ We often speak of the almighty dollar.' civilization against the blight of heathepism and The omnipotence of the dollar is nowhere so the corruptions of the capital, which would be forcibly revealed as in its relation to a Christian the only remaining force to sustain society, when enterprise. A dollar has no more intrinsic val. the Cæsar's throne and all the witnesses of that ue, in the sight of Heaven, than a pebble ; but imperial grandeur should be swept away. what importance it has, even in the sight of God, “In this city, too, we have great buildings, from the uses it may be put to. We cannot buildings that represent great forces and great serve God and Mammon,' but we can serve God ideas; the proud temple of law that crowns the through Mammon, and it is only by a right con- suinmit of our highest hill; the halls of comsecration of the dust of Mammon, that we can merce that testify to our industrial prosperity; advance the cause of truth and God. The dol. the libraries that bear witness to our taste and lar is something like a bow, having no virtue in culture ; the churches that enfold our stated and itself as a weapon, but of great value as an en- orderly worship. But among them all, none is gine, since it may send a shaft with speed and nobler, none is grander, none is doing such a force in any direction the archer chooses. With work for society, civilization and Christ, as this every dollar we spend, beyond what goes for our humble Chapel in which we are gathered, that immediate necessities, we are doing something lifts no spire, and makes no pretension in the for or against the moral interests of society. We landscape of the city. It is dearer, I have no may buy some luxury with it that only injures doubt, to the heart of the Redeemer, than the and enervates us; we may spend it in frivolity most costly church that has been reared in our or dissipation; we may humor our whims with streets. It is the centre of a steady and it; we may indulge our tastes with it; we may branching Christian influence among those who injure society deeply by the use we put it to; or need that influence most. It reaches the intelwe aid a poor person with it; help a good cause lect, the habits, the manners, the conscience, with it; send a printed truth to some mark with and the hearts of the poor."

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Calmly the moon looks down

From the far-off HeavenGently and purely sweet

Fall the dews of even ;-
Cool, comes the night-wind's breath,

Balmy with straying
Through all the scented woods,-

With the flower-buds playing.
Yet there's a lonely shade,

When the moon is brightest ; Sad seems the zephyr's tone,

When its wing is lightest. All that my heart has loved,

All that it cherished'Neath the destroyer's hand,

Uncared-for, has perished. Yonder, where nestled once

In the bosomed wildwoodLowly, and humbly sweet,

The home of my childhood, -
Yonder, where proudly towers

Steeple, and dome,
There, has the white man come,

There, made his home.
There, do my fathers sleep,

Silent, and lone ;
Far to the spirit-land

All, all are gone.
None there are left to bless,

None, now to love ;
Oh ! let me haste to meet

The blest ones above."

In the previous chapter frequent allusions were made to things which it will be necessary to explain in the present. The life of Clarence Nelson had not been without frequent and thril. ling incidents and adventures, as the remarks of Wau-sha-ra, the Ottawa chief, would indicate. Rarely does a trader escape having some perils, and rarely does he succeed in his traffic with the Indians without showing some marks of confidence in them, from which a refined and sensitive mind would at first instinctively shrink. The traders, almost if not quite universally being unmarried men, take to themselves, after the Indian custom, a woman from the tribe, who shall be recognized as their wife. They are careful not to attach themselves by the ceremony of the whites; consequently should inclination or interest demand a dissolution of the engagement, they do not hesitate to send away their woman, always with presents sufficient to secure them against hostilities from the relatives of the repudiated one. Nelson, after having resigned all intention of returning to his native land, had followed the example of the other traders to a certain extent; and now in his lodge dwelt as beautiful a young creature as ever pressed her moccasined sot upon the shores of Mackinaw. We will do him the justice to say that he took her from no mercenary motive; but if there was any right in such a transaction, he

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acted from the right principle. It was brought the Good Spirit watches over the Pale-face. about in the following manner.

Nee-o-ski's bullet cannot touch him. Let the When at about the age of forty, Nelson came Black Otter forget that he would have killed near losing his life through the malice of one of him; be is very sorry. If the Otter will be the Ottawa chiefs. Nee-o-ski, or the Black friends with him again, he will be true to him Wolf, as he was called, came one day into the always. Shall they not go out alone and have trading house of Nelson and demanded drink. a long talk, and make friends ?” The latter saw that he was then much intoxica- Nelson did not refuse to go, although he had ted, and that he was disposed to be quarrelsome. little confidence in the professions of the savage; He denied his request, telling him that he had but he was well armed and did not much fear drank too freely already. This so enraged Black him. They went out and seated themselves Wolf that he beset Nelson with most abusive upon a fallen tree in the edge of a forest hard language, and even went so far as to deal him by. Scarcely were they seated, when Nelson a random blow. The next moment he found beheld Running Brook bounding over the space himself hurled some distance from the store, re- between him and the wigwams which were ceiving at the same time the appellation of concealed from his view by a slight undulation “ drunken dog," a name which the Indians des- of the ground, and approaching him with the pise, and which incenses them past forgiveness. swiftness of a young fawn. When near enough He went off muttering curses, in his broken to be heard, she cried out, in Ottawa, “Let the English, loud enough for Nelson to hear, who, Black Otter beware of the Wolf; his bullet was though he did not fear him, kept a good look not true, but his knife is sharp and he can strike out for his motions. He saw nothing more of

sure." him for some months, when one night being in She disappeared instantly, and Nelson turned his cabin at the Rapids of Grand River, where to look at the Indian. Nee-o-ski looked perhe had a trading post, he heard some one pick- fectly innocent, and replied to Nelson's inquiring the clay from between the logs of his hut, ing look, “Me no bad Indian now; me no kill evidently for the purpose of getting a view of Wab-sha-ash ; have no knife; search the Wolf the inside. He listened, and the next moment and see.” Nelson carefully searched him all the slight form of Tow-is, the young daughter over, to see if he had any concealed weapons, of the chief Wau-sha-ra, appeared at the door but finding none, 'sat down again to talk over of his lodge; and in a low voice she exclaimed, their quarrel. Again Running Brook appeared “Let the Pale-face beware. Nee-o-ski's rifle in the same manner, and approaching a little never misses.” He sprang instantly to the oth- nearer, said in the same tongue, " The greedy er side of the cabin ; and as he did so, the re- Wolf will make the Black Otter his prey, before port of a rifle upon the outside told him that his the going down of the sun, if he does not belife was saved only by the sudden warning of ware," and disappeared as before. Again did Running Brook. He rushed out armed to secure Nelson search the savage, who continued to the villain; many of the red men gathering protest his innocence. The result was the around at the same time; but he had escaped. same; and he felt assured that the Indian medi. Nelson was warned by this to keep a close tated no injury. They were scarce seated, watch about him. He did not forget to reward however, before the vision of the young Indian Tow-is, or Running Brook, with many and girl again appeared ; and this time her words beautiful presents, which the young girl, scarce- were earnest and emphatic. " Wab-sha-ash ly sixteen years of age, received with evident will be in the hunting grounds with his dead reluctance, and all his persuasions could not in. brothers, when the the shadow of the great oak duce her to accept money at his hands as a com- falls a little more towards the East, if he trusts pensation for her timely warning.

the Black Wolf. His heart is false and his kpile A few weeks afterward he was surprised to is sharp; let him look to it, Tow-is comes no see Nee-o-ski enter his trading house in a fear. more." less manner and approach him. He was pre- This time her words seemed so impressive, pared to defend himself; but Nee-o-ski seemed that Nelson determined to make sure work of very humble and to ask pardon, and to solicit Nee-o-ski's intentions. He commenced a third the renewed friendship of the trader. “A few search, the Indian all the time assertiog bis inmoons ago me bad Indian, me try to kill Wab

As he was about to conclude and dissha-ash; the Bad Spirit tell me to do this, but miss his suspicions, his hand hit against some



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