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BY ELIHU BURRITT.
Law of Nations. Examination of the best system to be em- which cannot be separated. They sustain the same relation to ployed for the preparation and publication of a code of Interna- each other as that between the thinking mind and the body that tional Law,
performs the will and action of thought. If this be so, if you
feel this to be true, then I would ask, how can you expect that 2d. Discussion of the principle of International Arbitra- your Evangelical Alliance can create a real, permanent Christion. Institution of Courts of Arbitration. The course to be tian brotherhood out of the churches you represent without pursued. The means of assuring the execution of the sen- creating a human brotherhood out of the entire nations to which tences and decisions of arbitrators.
they belong? In face of a recent experience, which is too
painful to recall here, what kind of brotherhood can you estab3d. Classification of matters to be taken into consideration. lish while the pagan Moloch of war keeps five millions of men Institution of Committees charged with the determination of under arms in Christendom, and, in every year of peace, takes questions to be studied. Nomination of Reporters. Mode of a gold guinea from the people to shoe its bloody feet with the Correspondence. Printing and distribution of Reports.
preparation for preaching its maledictions among men, against
the copper half-penny which all the evangelical churches in Nomination of a permanent delegation, charged to represent Europe and America give to the preaching of Christ's great the Conference until the opening of a subsequent session of the gospel to the heathen world? Conference.
Thousands of devoted Christians, represented here, deprePlace and time of this second reunion,
cate the connection bet:een a Christian church and a CbrisThe Delegates of the Provisional Committee—David Dudley secular authority should never meddle with. But what is the
tian State, as if it must impair spiritual prerogatives which Field, President of the American Committee ; " The Interna- peril of this connection compared with that relation in which tional Code Committee ;" Rev. James B. Miles, D. D., Secre- war essays to put Christ to Belial, compared with that lynch tary of the same Committee; Hon. Auguste Visschers, Doctor law regime of nations which would hang the holiest man in of Laws, Brussels.
your presence on the first tree for high treason if he should seek to be like Christ, obey his commands, and follow his ex
ample, so far as to love, feed, clothe and comfort men whom a THOUGHTS INTENDED FOR THE EVAN- secular government declares to be the enemies of his country?
Without abstracting a single activity from any object proGELICAL ALLIANCE.
posed by this alliance, the friends of peace on both sides of
the Atlantic, surely may hope that you will include in the great In the very front rank of the immortal truths you have come evil, this foe of God and man, that defies Christ's gospel, that
ends at which you aim, the dethronement of this huge power of from different countries to represent, elucidate and enforce, bars the spread of his holy religion, and loads it with reproach, stands this great and eternal fact ; that the living spirit of Christ that feeds like a horse-leech on the scanty earnings of labor is one and the same vital power in and upon men of all races throughout the civilized world ; makes what is called peace a the world around ; that it produces the same fruits in all zones and latitudes, in all ages and conditions of mankind ; that these stupendous anomaly, and subjects all nations to the blind rule fruits
are the same in kind as St. Paul describes them in his or fear of violence and brute force. Who but you and the Jist of Christian graces ; that by this one spirit all human souls summation? Who like you could array against war the two
churches you represent should lead the way to this great conin whom it dwells have access to the same Heavenly Father, mighty forces God has given you to wield and work, the one and that this access and this relation make them of nearer affi- spirit of Christ and the one blood of mankind with all the cornity than mere human blood can alone create. This, I take it, is one of the grand sentiments as well as truths and all the interests and destinies they involve ?
relative faculties they supply, with all the motives they inspire, you are here to represent, to feel and illustrate in your individual and collective experience. This ennobling sentiment per
I would beg one minute more to refer to a coincidence which vades all your speeches. You feel it to be a bond of union I am sure this assembly will appreciate. This very day and which no secular authorities or principalities of this world this very hour while we are considering this great question, a have either the right or the power to sever or weaken. Congress of the most eminent publicists and jurists of ChrisThis you say, believe, feel and prove to be the power and pre- tendom opens its first session at Brussels, with one specific and rogative of the spirit of Christ among men of all races and only object—to elaborate an international code which shall be countries. This is one of the sublime functions of that spirit, applied by a high court of nations to the peaceful solution of to make one great brotherhood of all human souls in which it all difficulties between them that cannot be settled by negotiabreathes and begets its own life.
tion. Now is not this effort in the direct line of that influence Well, there is another power which the same Father has which the Christian church should claim for the religion it given to work in the same direction, and by simultaneous im- holds and teaches ? Is not trial by an impartial jury virtually pulse. St. Paul describes it as a living power to work to this one of the political offspring of thát religion? Where, in the great end with the spirit of Christ, just as the human body with continuity of its influence, states or provinces were brought 10 all its faculties works with and for the mind that inspires and the same bar of equity and reason, did it not prove the expanddirects its action.
ing action of Christian principles on the system of human law? On Mars' Hill he enunciated the everlasting truth, “ God And now when a code and a court are to be erected, before nath made of one blood all nations of men.' This one blood which the greatest nations on earth are to bow in obedience to he sets forth as something more than a mere stagnant quality its awards ; now when the very next bar to the great white of existence that makes man differ from the beast.
throne of eternal justice is to be raised up among men, why forth as a living power among men, that is to work as such should not the Christian churches of the world say this is one with the spirit of Christ to work with all the human interests of of the grand triumphs of our faith? this is one of the powers mankind, to make the sense and fact of their brotherhood em- it has developed for human good; this is only its latest achievebrace all the best possibilities of this world and the world to ment on the grand march of Christian civilization ; only a new come.
point of departure on the highroad of human progress! Let Now the whole spiritual power that God has given for hu- the great masses of mankind but feel that it was the hand of man good, the churches you represent, claim to possess and the Christian religion and of the Christian church that litted wield by his grace. But why should you try or wish to put from their necks this monster that fed upon their blood and subasunder forces which God has joined together in everlasting stance, and atheism, rationalism, materialism and positivism fellowship for the same end? The one spirit of Christ, with could no longer get other hearing from the people than scorn or all the qualities and experiences it begets in the human soul, pity could give them. and the one human blood of which God has made all nations of With such a triumph won for humanity the Christian men, with all the common affections, sentiments, interests, and churches would no longer have occasion to reply to the arguexperiences it creates, are two everlasting facts and forces ments of scientists or infidels, or of any other deniers or
He puts it
BY REV. W. P. TILDEN.
decriers of their faith. What an infinite loss it will be to them are some things worse than war, or that fighting in some states and to the credit of that faith, if they shall allow other prin- of society may sometimes clearaway an evil greater than itself. It ciples, interests and instrumentalities to lead the van in the is not necessary to deny that a nation has the right to defend itself grand march of civilization against this enemy of God and against outrage and wrong, or that civil governments, in the man!
present condition of things, do not require a base of physical
force to hold the unruly in check and preserve the public INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION.
But, admitting all this, or at least admitting that hönest dif
ferences of opinion may be honestly held on these points, may The Annual Report of the London Peace Society gives a we not, clearing the question of all these individual differences, detailed account of the work done prior to the action of Parlia- unite with all the friends of peace the world over for such an ment, which it is a refreshment to read. It would seem as if inauguration of a general peace movement as is now contemthere could hardly be a town or hamlet in all England where plated, and lend it our hearty sympathy and generous aid? the plea for arbitration in some form had not been heard. With no extravagant hopes of immediate success, we do think “Workingmen's Peace Associations,”! “Arbitration Leagues,” there is good reason for believing that the steps already taken " Conferences, Public Meetings," " Trade Councils,” are in the British Parliament, if followed up in the way proposed, among the agencies employed for scattering the darkness and or in such other ways as may be deemed best, with the heroism letting in the light. Social Science Associations have also of true conviction, will hasten the day wh peaceful and taken up the question, and, though there was often a difference friendly arbitration shall take the place of bloody violence of opinion on practical points, there was a general acknowledg- among the nations of the earth. ment of the supreme importance of the question itself. Relig- To say that the thing cannot be done is simply a shame to ious bodies discussed the question at their meetings and passed our Christian faith. The thing that is right can always be resolves in its behalf : leaflets, tracts, periodicals and peace lit- done in time, when it is undertaken with a conviction resting on erature were scattered in factories, work-shops, counting-rooms, God. homes, to arrest the eyes and enlist the hearis of the people in Surely if individuals can settle their difficulties in peaceful the great cause of international arbitration. This was the way ways, without resort to fist or bludgeon ; if State lines can be Mr. Richard's motion was carried. Is it not plain that this es- adjusted by friendly council; if great international highways, sentially, is the way we too must take to wake our people to like the Suez Canal, can be guarded by a tribunal of judges sethat kind of interest in the grand movement which is needed | lected from the nations immediately interested ; if two great to second what England has so nobly done?
nations can settle one great war-breeding difficulty in mutual The time is ripe for action. It has already begun. The council, permitting the sanguinary sword to sleep in its scabAmerican Peace Society, whose main object from the begin. bard, why, in the name of all that is friendly, just and right, ning has been the prevention of international war by peaceful may not the nations of the earth unite in some plan for the raarbitration, taking advantage of the hopeful state of feeling in- tional adjustment of all difficulties that may arise between duced by the Geneva settlement, sent its Secretary, Rev. James them? It is reasonable, it is right. And what is reasonable B. Miles, to Europe to confer with the friends of peace there and right may, can, must, shall, will be done, if those who see concerning the feasibility of convening at a proper time and the right and believe in it will unite their influence in making place a sort of National Institute or Representative Congress it victorious. for the mutual and friendly consideration of this vastly important theme, and the adoption of some plan to be submitted to
PEACE MEETINGS. the nations for their adoption. Mr. Miles has recently returned, bringing the welcome news that he was everywhere Last evening very interesting peace, meetings were held in received with the greatest courtesy and kindness, and that the the 2d Congregational church in ihis city and at the City Hall, general object of his mission was hailed, not simply with favor, Saco, at which addresses were made by Rev. D. C. llaynes, but with enthusiasm, and this not by peace societies alone, but Financial Secretary of the American Peace Society, and many by statesmen and publicists—men versed in international law, prominent citizens. The attendance was large. Rev. Mr. who believe that the time has come for some effort on a grand Haynes is a very pleasing speaker and we glean the following scale in behalf of peaceful and rational arbitration.
facis from his remarks on both sides the river. He said meetIn all this there is surely something greatly encouraging. It ings in the interest of peace were being held, the object being presents a clean-cut, definite object that all can understand. to bring about peace more especially among nations. The There is great gain in this. All are ready enough to say that American Peace Society was formed at the close of the last peace is a good thing, that it ought to prevail and will in the war with Great Britain. inillennium, but here and now they don't see what is to be done It started out with the determination to prevent another war about it. Here is something clearly defined and practical to be between the two countries and has ever since urged ministers done. Of course the multitude will say, “ It will come to to preach peace to the world. About the same time the peace nothing. Nations will fight as long as there is occasion. Ar- societies of England and France sprung up, all having the one bitration will do for slight difficulties, but when a nation's common object. blood is up, and great questions are at stake, nothing but war Mr. Haynes urged there was no necessity for war between to the knife will suffice." We don't sympathize with this sad civilized nations, and hailed the result of the late Geneva iriand disheartening view of human nature and human society. bunal and the reference to the Emperor of Germany by which We don't believe that war and bloodshed are forever to curse the Alabama claims, the fisheries, navigation of Canadian wathis fair earth of our Father. We believe in human progress, ters and the San Juan difficulties had been settled, as the dawn and, so believing, we think it sure that in time the old method of a brighter day for the nations. He believed the people needed of settling national difficulties by bloody violence will pass to be educated up to the standard of peace to ensure the conaway. But not without effort. Great evils are removed only tinuance of happy relations and make peace permanent. The by great exertions. The methods of action indicated above are Society has advanced until it has succeeded in bringing about only the beginning. As preliminary steps, they seem to us a congress of nations which is to meet at Brussels in October, full of hope.
to see if a system of arbitration or a court of nations can be had In order to secure the general interest of all thinking men for the settlement of all questions in dispute. and women the one grand object_arbitration as a substitute for In order to show the damaging etlicis of war Mr. Haynes war—should be cleared of all side issues and side opinions and furnished some statistics that are worthy of mention. The cost made to stand out as the one first step in which all who believe of war in money to Great Britain from 1688 10 the present in the forward march of humanity may cordially unite. Let it time—and the pecuniary cost is small in consideration with the be understood, then, that to give our sympathy and aid to this damage to industry-has been $6,000,000,000 in gold, and the movement it is not necessary to deny that war has ever accom- cost to her foes has been an equal amount, making $12,000,000,plished any good in this world. There are honest differences 000. The standing armies of Europe embrace 2,800,000 of of opinion on that point. It is not necessary to deny that there the flower of the youth of the land, and the industries of that
grand division deprived of the labor of those men. The war home, in consequence of sudden indisposition. He requested debt of Christian nations is set down at $23,000,000,000. The any clergymen who might be present to come foward upon the total valuation of the United States was given at $30,000,000,- platform. The Rev. Mr. McKeown, of the Elm Street F. W. 000, and it would just about clean out this country to pay the Baptist Society, took a part in the services of the evening, by debt. At the present time 83 per cent. of all the incomes of reading a portion of the Sermon on the Mount, and offering Great Britain goes to pay the war demands while but 17 per the introductory prayer. cent. is left for other purposes. The money expended in war The Rev. Mr. Haynes then spoke for half an hour or more would purchase every foot of land in the world, clothe the peo- upon the advance of ihe world from the barbarous custom of ple, build school-houses, and colleges and endow universities, war towards the enlightened policy of peaceful arbitration, erect churches and support a ministry and render the people which had recently achieved so great a victory in the settlecomfortably happy. To the pecuniary cost of war is to be ad- ment of the long-vexed points of difference between this coun. ded what results to the world from crime and suffering ; but try and Great Britain. He gave some statistics as to the these efforts at computation would be futile. In the face of direful ravages of war, and explained the world-wide interest these facts it was the duty and privilege of every Christian to that is now being felt in the endeavor to render the practice of Jabor to prevent war.
war as obsolete as the code duello is now becoming. At the close of Mr. Haynes' remarks resolutions endorsing At the close of his remarks, Mayor Newell offered a series the objects of the Peace Society were adopted.
of resolutions which had been prepared ; similar, we understand, At the 2d Congregational church after Mr. Haynes conclud- to those which had been adopted by other meetings of this ed his address brief remarks were made by Mayor McMullan, kind. Dr. T. Haley, Rev. J. Malvern, G. N. Weymouth, Esq., The resolutions set forth the evils of war and the advantages Judge Jelleson, Rev. J. D. Emerson.-BiddEFORD, ME., Daily of peaceful arbitration, and recommend the convening of an inTimes.
ternational convention to draw up a code of rules regarding the settlement of difficulties, which may be binding upon all na
tions. A meeting under the auspices of the American Peace Society was held at the Washington street church on Sunday eve
Mr. Newell made some pertinent remarks, and expressed ning last. The attendance and the attention good. The exer- the pleasure it afforded him to offer these resolutions. Alter cises were opened with singing by the congregation, and prayer being seconded by Rev. Mr. McKeown, they were put to vote by Rev. Mr. Ayer, formerly of this city. Rev. Mr. Harmon by a show of hands. The affirmative called up a large numof Portsmouth, who presided, then introduced Rev. D. C. ber of hands, the negative none; and the matter having been Haynes, Financial Secretary of the Society, who gave an inter- thus satisfactorily concluded, a collection was taken up, the esting history of its origin and some account of the good work doxology, song, and the meeting adjourned.—Manchester, it has accomplished. He was followed by Rev. Dr. Day, who
N. H., Daily Union. read the resolutions given below,—and which at the close of the meeting, were unanimously adopted. The Rey. Mr.
COMMUNICATION FROM THE HAGUE. Brown seconded the mution to adopt in brief but eloquent words. The exercises closed with singing by a select choir
The Hague, Aug. 13, 1873. and the benediction.
REVEREND Sir: Resolved, that the recent culmination of peace principles in It has afforded us great satisfaction to learn from your letter the Treaty of Washington and the subsequent arbitrations, by of the 18th last, the confirmation of the fact that was made which past and present difficulties between Great Britain and known to us some days before by M. Auguste Visschers, at the United States, without resort to war, have been amicably Brussels, viz: that the first meeting of jurisconsults and publisettled, is evidence of the practicability of those principles, and cists for preparing the codification of the Law of Nations in the reason for devout gratitude to the God of peace who has brought direction to establish a permanent Arbitration will take place about this grand result.
the 10th of October next. Resolved, that we learn with great pleasure of the success- We hope to receive soon the programme of this Congress, ful mission of Rev. James B. Miles, D. D., a Secretary of the and in expressing our gratitude for your very kind letter, we American Peace Society, made to Europe in behalf of peace cannot beiter answer it than by assuring you of our co-operation principles, in that he was fraternally and enthusiastically re- with the meeting of the said Assembly. We will be happy in ceived, and his work endorsed by the Peace Societies and emi- promoting the representation of the Netherlands at this Connent Publicists of Great Britain, France, Italy, Prussia, and gress looked for with due interest. other nations.
After the encouraging fact of the approval of M. Richard's Resolved, that we deem the remarkable awakening of the motion in England, it seems to us stili more the duty of all peace sentiment throughout Europe, developed by this mission, friends of peace to win public opinion in all civilized Europe on evidence of the progress of Christianity, and an incentive to in- behalf of the great cause you did plead on your mission in this creased efforts for the prevalence of Peace principles over the part of the world, and which we hope will produce a plentiful world.
harvest for the benefit of mankind everywhere. Resolved, that we learn with great pleasure of the recent Public opinion may not be penetrated as yet in the Netherappointment of a committee by the Peace Society, to meet and lands with the practical consequences of the ideas which you, confer next October with eminent men of other nations in ref- reverend sir, have promoted already in a great measure. But erence to the formation of a Peace Congress and Tribunal there exists at least a centre of men fully convinced of the of nations, for the purpose of securing a code of international truth that war is incompatible with the sublime mission of manlaws, looking to the settlement of all difficulties between na- kind and impedes the progress of civilization. tions without resort to the barbarous custom of war.
Our sincere sympathy, and our hearty good wishes are asResolved, that we rejoice in the fact that the American sured to you, reverend sir, in your generous endeavors. Peace Society in co-operation with similar societies in other
The General League Of Peace of the Netherlands, countries, is successfully organizing and forwarding earnest
D. VAY Eck, President, effoits for universal peace, and that we hereby pledge to it in
G. BELIFAOTE, Secretary. this work our sympathies, support and prayers. -- Dover Paper. To the Rev. Janics B. Miles, D. D., Boston (United States).
In accordance with announcement made in the papers Saturday, and the pulpits yesterday, a “Union Peace Meeting At a demonstration of the Walsall Trades Council (Angust was hell last evening in the Firsi Baptist Church.
4), attended by two thousand members and many thousand The church was filled with an attentive audience. In open- spectators, a hearty vote of thanks was adopted, to be conveyed ing the meeting, Rev. Mr. Haynes, one of the Secretaries of to Mr. Henry Richard, M.P., and the Parliamentary majoriy the American Peace Society, expressed his regret that the pas- who supported him in the late discussion on International Arbia for of the church, the Rev. Pç. Graves, had been obliged to go tration.
THE PRINCE OF PEACE.
SPURGEON ON WAR. Sweet Prophet of Nazareth, constant and tender,
Charles H. Spurgeon, the eminent Baptist minister of LonWhose truth like a rainbow embraces the world,
don, closes an address to the Emperor of the French and the The time is at hand when Thy foes shall surrender,
King of Prussia, in very plain English. If all ministers of the And war's crimson banners forever be furled ;
Gospel would be equally bold and explicit, war would soon When the throat of the lion no longer will utter Its roar of defiance in desert and glen;
“ Did either of you ever think of what war means? Did When the lands will join hands and the black cannon mutter you ever see a man's head smashed, or his bowels ripped open ? . Their discords no more to the children of men.
Why, if you are made of flesh and blood, the sight of one poor
wounded man, with the blood oozing out of him, will make you As breaks the gold sunlight-when heroes and sages feel sick. I do not like to drown a kitten ; I can't bear to see Were coming and going like meteors in space,
a rat die, or any animal in pain. But a man? Where's your A new glory broke on the gloom of the ages,
hearts, if you can think of broken legs, splintered' bones, heads And love warmed to birth in the glow of thy face ; smashed in, brains blown out, bowels torn, hearts gushing with The wars of Old Time are waning and failing,
gore, ditches full of blood, and heaps of limbs and carcasses of The peace of the New Time o'erarches our fears ; mangled men? Do you say my language is disgusting? How The orbs of the Old Time are fading and paling,
much more disgusting must the things theinselves be? The sun of the New Time is gilding the years.
make them! How would you like to get a man into your pal
ace-garden and run a carving-knife into his bowels, or cut his The mist of the ocean, the spray of the fountain,
throat? If you did that, you would deserve to be hanged, but The vine on the hillside, the moss on the shrine, it would not be half so bad as killing tens of thousands, and you The rose of the valley, the pine of the mountain, know very well that this is just what you are going to do. Do All turn to a glory that symboleth Thine ;
you fancy that your drums and fifes, and feathers and fineries, So I yearn for Thy love, as the rarest and dearest
pomp, make your wholesale murder one the less abominaThat ever uplifted a spirit from woe,
ble in the sight of God? Do not deceive yourselves; you are And I turn to Thy life as the truest and nearest
no better than the cut-throats whom your own laws condemn; To Infinite goodness that mortals may
better, why you are worse, for your murders are so many.
Think, I pray you, for your poor people will have to think, 0! Soul of the Orient; peerless and holy,
whether you do or no.
Is there so little want in the world Reflecting a beauty all angels above
that you must go trampling on the harvest with your horses I would join with the singers who raise up the lowly and your men? Is there so little sorrow that you must make
And praise Thee' in deeds that are Christ-like in love; widows by the thousand? Is death so old and feeble that Let my words be as showers that fall on the highlands, you must hunt his game for him, as jackals do for the lion? Begotten in shadows, expiring in light,
Do you imagine God made men for you to play soldiers with? While Thine are the billows that sing to life's islands, Are they only meant fur toys for you to break? O, kings, In numbers unbroken by noonday and night.
their souls are as precious in God's sight as yours; they suf
fer as much pain when bullets pierce them as ever you can The payment of the Geneva award, which was completed will be as much wept over as yours, perhaps more. It will
do; they have homes, and mothers, and sisters, and their deaths during the last week, was an important event. had predicted eight years ago that John Bull would pay Broth- be hard for you to think of the blood you have shed when er Jonathan fifteen millions of dollars for damages on ac- you lie dying, and harder still to bear the heavy hand of God count of the Alabama, he would not have been believed. John when He shall cast all murderers into hell. Have pity upon himself would have laughed the idea to scorn.
Do we exult your fellow-men. Do not cut them with swords, tear them over John Bull? Not at all. He has acted with unusual wis- with bayonets, blow them to pieces with cannon, and riddle dom. He intended to bully Jonathan a little—as is his na
them with shots. What good will it do you? What have ture—and to make money out of his trouble-being of a mon
the poor men done to deserve it of you? You fight for glory, ey-ioaking turn ; but when the bill was presented he saw the do you? I am a plain-talking Englishman, and I tell you the best way was to settle. We made no great bargain out of it. English for glory is damnation, and it will be your lot, o The main point was in getting John to acknowledge that he kings, .f you go on cutting and hacking your fellow-men. was responsible for damages and to leave the amount to arbi- Stop this war if you can, at once, and turn to some better tration. We had better surrendered the amount ten times and so
business than killing men. Before the deep curses of widhad Great Britain—than to go to war. That is the best part after ows and orphans tall on you from the throne of God, put up all-the recognition of the fact that war does not pay. Our your butcher-knives and patent men-killers, and repent." friends of the Peace Society may properly feel encouraged when nations submit their cases to boards of arbitration and
ResultS OF THE MEETING OF EUROPEAN AND AMERICAN promptly abide by their decisions. When we consider the Publicists at Ghent.— Ghent, Sept. 12.–The conference of amount of the award, fifteen millions is a mere bagatelle to the European and American jurisconsults which has been in session injury done us by the British-Confederate cruisers. They stitute of international law. Three subjects have been dis
in this city during the week, has organized as a permanent indrove our commerce from the ocean, and dealt our great shipping interest a blow from which it has never even begun to re- the Washington Treaty,” and the “ Çodification and adoption
cussed, viz: “ International arbitration, The three rules of cover. They threw the carrying trade of the world back into the hands of British ship-owners, and almost obliterated the by treaty of regulations relative to private property in time of Stars and Stripes from the face of the deep. England made a
The conference appointed a committee to draw up and pile of money out of our troubles and can well afford to pay
issue a manifesto and adjourned to meet in Geneva next year. ihe fifteen millions, while it is far better for us to take it than to go to war for more. — Boston Herald.
Bright's Voice STILL FOR Peace.-It is reported that John Bright is opposed to a war against the Ashantees, and will re
siga his position in the cabinet if it is further prosecuted. The Department of State has been informed by Gen. Schenck that the National Association of Science, of London, has offered A late number of the St. Petersburg Gazette states that the a prize of £300 sterling to the person who shall write the most annual cost of the Russian navy is from eighteen to twenty inilable essay on the subject : " In what way ought an international lions of dollars. assembly to be constituted for the formation of a code of public international law, and what ought to be the principles on which KIRwin used to say that a pious Scotchman was accustomed such a code should be formed?" The Association invites the to pray: "O Lord, keep me right; for thou knowest if I go competition of Americans for the prize.
wrong it is very hard to turn me.”
In the balıle for the right;
Watching through the darkest night; And the agony of sharing
In the fiercest of the strife, Only gives a noble daring,
Only makes a grander life.
There are those who never weary,
Bearing suffering and wrong; Though their way is long and dreary,
It is vocal with their song ; While their spirits in God's furnace,
Bending to his gracious will, Are fashioned in a purer mold
By his loving, matchless skill.
There are those whose loving mission
'Tis to teach the bleeding heart ; And to teach the calm submission
Where pain and sorrow smart. They are angels bearing to us
Love's rich ministry of peace; While the night is nearing to us,
And life's bitter trials cease.
THE OLD DAME AND HER COAL OF FIRE. The Good Book tells how to treat those who wrong us; how to melt down the hate or scorn in their hearts and make them our fast friends. It is to do good to them ; to give soft words for sharp words, and kind acis for bad acts: and we are told that such kind thoughts, words and acts will be like coals of fire on the heads of those who treat us ill and hate us. But if such kind acts should not do this, none the less must we keep to them, just as Christ did and told us to do the same, though they should not change the mind of those who wrong us by word or deed. But few men are so hard of heart as to stand out when we give them love for hate, good for bad acis.
There was once a poor old dame who had her fruit stand near the park in New York, and she stood by it day and night, in cold and heat, all the year round, and lived and fed and cluthed her small ones at home out of what she sold at one or two cents at a time. She wore a poor dress, and looked as if her lot was hard in life, and so ii was. But she was rich in faith, and her face, though brown and hard, wore a smile, and her voice was not sharp, nor her eyes cross when much tried by bad boys or worse men.
Well, one night, as she sat by her stand in the cold, a rough man of the sea, the worse for drink, came up with a ship-mate as drunk as he was, and said to him: “Now let us have some fun out of this old dame. Just see how I will make her mad and burst with rage.” With
these words he struck her stand with his foot, and sent it off a rod on to the sidewalk. Her fruit ran this way and that way in the dirt, and was quite bruised and spoilt. The rough inan then stood and looked in her face with scorn to see if he could not make her rage burn and blaze like fire. This sight was to be the fun he was to have in the act. She looked at himn with no hate in her eyes. She said to him with a voice soft and low : “My son, may God forgive you as I do !” She did shis in her heart; he saw and felt it in her look and voice, and with both she asked God to do the same. What a change came ou and through him! Where now was his fun? The coal she had put on his head now made him feel its heat. It was not to burn but to melt ; and it did melt him till his heart was soft and his eyes
There are those who battle slander,
Envy, jealousy and hate ;
To the passions of earth's great ;
They dread not the tyrant's frown; No fear, no favor hush them,
Nor bind their spirits down.
These, these alone are truly great ;