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ARMY AND NAVY HERALD.
PUBLISHED FOR THE SOLDIERS’ TRACT ASSOCIATION, BY THE SUPERINTENDENT FOR TIIE<DEPARTMENT. OF THE SOUTH-WEST.
MACON, GA., FEBRUARY 9, 1805.
©gf The Herald is published weekly for
gratuitous circulation amongst, the soldiers of
the army and navy, supported by voluntary
contributions of their friends at home.
remittances of contributions should
be addressed to Rev. J. AV. Burke, Treasurer
Soldiers’ Tract Association, Macon, Ga.
Resolution of the Bishops’ Council and Board
of Missions, passed in Montgomery, Ala., on
the 6th of May (last):
On motion of A. M. Shipp—
Resolved, That the Soldiers' Tract Associa
tion of the M. E. Church, South, and all its
agents, are hereby cordially recommended to
the patronage of our people.
' From the Christian Observer.
Jesus with TJs.
Jesus—Master, bo Thou with us,
Pilgrims still and strangers here,
In this life so equal balanced.
Now a smile and then a tear.
Walk with us thro’ scenes of gladness,
Precious sun-light of our way ;
Closer draw in times of sadness,
Y» f hen the thick mists hide the day.
Holy angels are about us,
But the sweetest truth to knhw.
Is, that Jesus goeth with us,
While we journey here below.
Shall we then be over-troubled,
Whatsoever things betide,—
Shall we cherish ono misgiving,
When the Saviour is beside?
Strange that we should doubt or murmur,
Passing strange we e’er forget,
All the love that Jesus bore us,
And the love lie bears usyet.
Jesus—Mastor, be Thou with us,
Pilgrims still and strangers here,
Thro’ the scenes of life that wait ks,
Be Thou ever, ever near. Anna.
Mount Prospect, Va., January, 1865.
Not Mine, but Thine.
Thy way, not mine, 0 Lord,
However dark it be,
0 lead me by Thine own right hand,
Choose out the path for me.
Smooth let it be or rough,
It will be still the best;
Winding or straight, it matters not,
It leads me to Thy rest.
I dare not choose my lot,
I would not if I might ;
But choose Thou for me, 0 my God,
So I shall walk aright.
The Kingdom that I seek
Is Thine ; so let the way
That leads to it, 0 Lord, be Thine,
Else I must sorely stray.
Choose Thou for me, my friends,
My sickness or my health ;
Choose Thou my joys and cares for me,
My poverty or wealth.
Not mine, not mine the choice,
In things or great or small;
Be Thou my Guide, my Guard, my Strength
My Wisdom, and my All!
Horace Walpofo wrote: “Use a little
Bit of alum twice or thrice a week, no bigger
than your nail, till it has all dissolved in your
mouth, and then spit it out. This has so forti
fied my teeth that they are as strong as the pen
of aunius. I learned it of Mrs. Grosvenor, who
had not a speck in her teeth till her death.”
Why should potatoes grow better than
other vegetables ? Because they have eyes to
see what they are doing.'
MACON, GEORGIA, FEBRUARY 9, 1865.
An Umbrella for a Rainy Sunday.
Or twenty-twogood reasons why 1 atU ndChurch
on Sundays, rainy, misty or hot.
1. Because God has blessed the Sabbath day
and hallowed it—making no exception for rai»v
2. Because I expect my minister to he there
and should be surprised if lie were to stay at
home for the weather.
11. Because, although he has been faithfully
present through many storms, 1 see that his
health is as good as mine, who have been so*
4. Becatf.se my absence, for slight reasons,
will lead him to think that there is some person
al objection to him ; when, perhaps, he is devo
ting all liis energy to the salvation of lfis charge.
5. Because my non-attendance is calculated
to paralyze his exertions, and lead him to sup
pose that his visits and sermons are useless.
. 6. Because if his hands fall through weak
ness, I shall have reason to blame myself, un
less I sustain him by my prayers and presence,
as I should do.
7. Because God lias blessed me with the
means of obtaining such precautions against
the weather that. 1 am in no real danger,
8. Because by staying away, I may lose the
sermon that would have done me great good,
and shall lose the prayers which inevitably
bring God’s blessing on the true heart, *
9. Because wha*ever station I hold in the
church, my example must, influence others • for
if I stay away, why not they ?
10. Because on any important business, bad
weather does not keep me in the house ; and
Church attendance is in God’s sight, very im
portant. (See Ileh. x. 25.
11. Because, among the crowds of pleasure
seekers, I see that no had weather keeps the
delicate female from the ball, the party, or the
12. Because among other blessings,- such
weather will show me on what foundation my
faith is built. It. will prove how much I love
Christ; for true love rarely fails to meet an
13. Because a fear that my clothes might suf
fer, shows that I think more of them than of
that beauty of h'oliness which God so approves.
14. Because 1 am Christ’s soldier, signed
with his signet; and he is a poor soldier who
retreats to his house because of a cloud.
15. Because though my excuses satisfy my
self, they still must undergo God's scrutiny ;
and I must be well-groufided to undergo that.
(See Luke xiv. 16.)
16f Because there is a special premise : where
only two or three ra.vt. iogeuEr iu GA a name,
lie is in the midst of them
17. Because absence from Church,- for reas
ons which.would not keep me from going to.buy
a pencil on week-days, must be discouraging to
all true friends of the Church, particularly its
18. Because an avoidable absence from Church
is an infallible evidence of spiritual decay.
Disciples first follow Christ at a distance, and
then like I’eter do not know Him.
19. Because my faith is to be known by my
self-denying good works, and not by the rise
and fall of the thermometer,
20. Because by a suitable arrangement on
Saturday I shall be able to attend Church with
out exhaustion, otherwise my last work on Sat
urday nigl'.t w ill be as great a sin as though I
hail worked on the Sabbath itself.
21. Because though I should lose some cus
tom by an early closing of my business on Sat
urday night, I should cheerfully make such
sacrifice for the favor of God and the testimony
of my conscience.
22. Because 1 know not how many more Sab
baths God may still vouchsafe me ; and it would
be a poor preparation for my first Sabbath in
heaven to have slighted my last Sabbath on
From the Christian Observer.
We cannot foresee the results of the pesuliar
trials, or afflictions which God appoints for us.
AYe must wait—wait patiently —perhaps for years
to elapse, before we can know what are to be
their fruits, or how they can be made to “work
together for our good.” The late Dr. Kitto,
extensively known as the author of “Bible Il
lustrations,” has a few words on this subject
worthy of note.
In a letter to a friend, written under the
pressure ot severe finals and embarrassments,
he says—“My mind rests in the strong faith
which God has given to me, that if I will hut
trait, things are working together for my good,
even, perhaps*, by ways that I know “hot, Wait
has been very much my motto of late, and it is
not a bad one. Wait —this despondency cannot
last forever. Wait —the longest night has a
morning. H ait, your lot is, perhaps, ripening
for good <Tnd for increased usefulness to your
self and to others ; only wait —only believe, and
all will be well. “ Thirty years ago, before the
Lord caused me to wander, from my father’s
house, and from my native place, I put my mark
on this passage in Isaiah, —“I am the Lord;
they shall not be ashamed that wait on me:” I
believed it then ; but I know it now ; and I can
write prbbatum est (it is proved) with my whole
heart over against the symbol, which that mark
is to me, of my ancient faith.”
AnojMote of G-eoigf) IV.
Some years ago, when George IV. visited
Ireland, he remained some time in Dublin, its
capital. As it was expected that he would "at
tend divine service, an.eminent clergyman wits
appointed to preach before him When the
time approache 1, the clergyman fell sick, and
it became necessary to appoint another to per
form that duty. Dr. Magee, author of a work
on the Atpneraent, being in Dublin, he was so
licited to preach before his Majesty. He ac
coei,*d the invitation. The Doctor wasawarm,
zealous churchman, of enlightened views', and
Literal, evangel:ml sentiments. AYuen the
Sabbath came, he read the prayers, ascended
the pulpit, and gave out the following text,
(Acts xvi: 31): •• Relieve* on the Lord Jesus
Christ, anil thou shall, lie saved, and thy hou e.”
l)t this discourse he expatiated oh the necessity
of repentance, faith and holiness. The com
mand to believe—the object of faith, (the Lord
Jesus Christ) —the character of Him on whom
we .are called to believe—the importance of
doing so for our own safety, and as an example
to ethers, but part cularly our own house: with
the individual, local, and national advantages
of •dig:-. n—wen all eloquently and honestly
pri seated to" his M ajesty, and his Court, present
on the occasion, ifter he had held forth the
do brine of justification by faith, lie powerfully
insisted on a change of heart, without which it
was impossible for any individual to arrive at
heaven. His boldness and earnestness sur
prised and alarmed the courtiers of his Majesty,
who had not been accustomed to such plain
dealing. All word looking for reproof from the
so-ereigu for the badness of the preacher; but
though his sermon was a subject of general
conversation, his Majesty alone retained a total
silence respecting it, never alluding to the cir
’cumstance for several months.
During this time, the archbishop of Armagh,
primate of IrelumLJfed, and Right Rev. Lord
John Beresford, of Dublin, was ap
pointed to succeeds 1 im. The see of Dublin
being in- the gift ot Tie erowip a list of candi
date were nominal *: to his Majesty for each,
of whom powerfiif- interest was made. Dr.
Magee not being'a jj orite on account of his
evangelical sentimdp was neglected. When
his Majesty proeeb it to make the appoint
ment, he inquired name of the faithful,
able and eloquent ri ’tjfffV-er who bid delivered
<> mi hoc before turn in Dublin. He was told
|it was Dr. Magee. “Then,” said he, “theman
fliat fears not to preich the whole truth before
his sing shall-be honored, and Dr. Magee shall
bo aerhbishop of Dublin.” After saying this,
he t k his pen and filled the blank in ttie deed
;ot At with Dr. Magee.
The Wise Coachman.
An old gentleman in ihe county of Herts,
having lost his coachman by death, who had
served hini many yea -s, advertised for a suc
cessor. The first who applied, giving a satis
factory account of his character and capacity
for such a place, was asked how near he coult)
drive to the edge of a "wood, where a sloping
bank presented danger. He replied, “To an
inch.” The old gentleman ordered him to be
supplied with suitable refreshment, and to
leave hi3 address, adding, that if he wished for
his services, he should hear from him in a day
or two. Shortly afterward a second applied,
who underwent the same examination as the
former, and replied to the last question that he
could drive “to half an inch,” and had often
done it; he also received the same dismission
with the same civilities as the former man.
Soon afterward a third applied, and on being
asked the same question—namely, how near he
could drive to the edge of a sharp declivity, in
case of necessity—coolly replied,- “ Really, I
do not know, sir, having never tried : for it has
always been my maxim to get as far as possible
from such danger, and I have had my reward
iu my safety, and that of my employers.”
With this reply the old gentleman expressed
his entire satisfaction, and informed the man
if he could procure a proper recommendation,
wages should not part them, adding, “ I am
grown old and timid, and want a coachman on.
whose prudence and care I can rely, as well as
Would it not bo well if those who are en
gaged in commercial pursuits, would avoid as
carefully as this prudent coachman did, the
edge of the precipice? In this ease balmy
sleep would oftener light on the eyelids of per
sons so employed, and the shipwreck of fortune
would not so often occur. But let the _pro/mor
of godliness especially remember this true and
useful story. A faithful pastor being asked
how far a person might go in sin and yet be
saved, replied, “It is a dangerous experiment
to try.” Ahl do not too many study to find
out how little grace they mny have, and yet go
to heaven? Instead of tbit, let us all treasure
up in our hearts the wordspf Christ: “Blessed
are they which do hungtr and thirst after
righteousness, for they shall be filled.” 0, let
us keep as far as possible from sin knd hell,
and “ cleave to the Lord with full purpose of
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Phrenologists locate the .bump of invention
up.on the skull; but a nose three inches long is
a great projector.
That glory of God which shines in the church,
shines on the world.
Sidney Smith’s Anecdote.
Sidney Smith, when travelling in a stage
coach one day, long before railroads. were
dreamed of, was terribly annoyed by a youno
man who had acquired the “polite” art of
swearing to such an extent that lie interlarded
his discourse with it as though it were a con
stituent part of the language. As there was a
lady present, the matter was doubiy annoying.
After enduring the young man's displays for
some time, the “ wag, wit, and wioar,” as one
of his cockney admirers called him, asked per
mission to tell the company a little anecdote,
and thus began :
“ Once upon a time (bcots. sugar-tongs, and
tinder-boxes) tfiere was a ting of (boots, sugar
tongs, and tinder-boxes) England, who at a
grand bait (boots, sugar-tongs, and'tinder-box
es) picked up the Duchess of (boots, sugar
tongs, and tinder-boxes) Shrewsbury’s garter
(boots, sugar-tongs, and tinder-boxes,) and
said, ‘ Iloni sou qm mat y (boots, sugar tongs,
and tinder-boxes) petite. which means in Eng
lish, ‘Evil be to him who (boots, sugar-tongs,
and tinder-boxes) evil .thinks. This was the
origin of (boots, sugar-tongs, and tinder-boxes)
the order of the garter.”
When Sidney Smith, had concluded, the
young gentleman said:
“Avery good story, sir—rather old—but
what the devil has hoots, sugar-tongs, and tin
der-boxes to do wit lx it ? ”
“I will tell you, my young friend, when you
tell me what • and nmy eyes, etc., bus to do
with your conversation. In the meantime, al
low me to say that’s my style of swearing.”
The Review of Life.
I tremble when I look into my life. Truly,
when I examine it with care, 1 find there noth
ing but. tin or tmfruhfulnm . The lif lie fruit
that. I seem to have brought forth is, if not an
illusion altogether, yet. so imperfect, so trifling,
that it cannot please God, that it can only dis
please Him.. And why should I think there is
such a difference between actual sinfullness and
a want ot fruitlullness ? The otic is as worthy
of oornh mnfttion as the (“her; ‘The tree that
bringetlfnot forth good fruit, 110 shall cut down
and cast into the fire.” And what is the most
lamentable of all, I see all this, and yet am
not grieved. So dead, so stupid is my soul,
that it does’ not even feel under what a burden
of sin it suffers. Or shall 1 think that some of
my sitis arc but little cues ? The least of them
is treason against, my God and King. The least
of them tramples upon his Holy will. Again,
shall 1 not tremble when I tLink of the judg
ment? What wilt thou answer, thou dry ami
barren branch, when thou hast to give in thy
account, thy account for the whole of the time
which has been granted thee ? For every mo
ment of thy life thou must make account. Then
all will be condemned ; what, thou hast done
and what thou hast not done, what thou hast
snoken and what tliou hast not spoken, the very
thoughts that thou hast cherished, all must, be
condemned that has not been in accordance with
God’s will. Alas ! sins without number,
which thou canst not see now, shall then sure
ly rise up from their hiding place, and testify
against thee ! Much that thou now thinkest to
be good, or at least not evil, will then be clear
ly seen in its true blackness and baseness.
What pain and anguish will then seize upon
thee Don one side thy sins will accuse thee, on
the other their just punishment will terrify thee !
Beneath thee hell will open, above thee the
wrath of God will flame out, within the con
science will kindle her flame, around thee the
world will pass away. The righteous shall
scarcely be saved; and thou, a sinner, where
shalt thou appear!
0, Jesus, jesus, for Thy name’s sake "have
mercy’upon me, according to thy name! O
comfortable, dear, and hope giving name
Jesus is Saviour. 0, then, Lord Jesus be my
Jesus,,my Saviour. Thou who hast called me
into being suffer not Thy work to perish. Thou
who hast redeemed me, save me from condem
nation. Look upon what, is Thine in me, take
away what is only from myself. Receive me
into the arms of Thy compassion. They are
wide enough to embrace even me. Mercv O
Lord, mercy for me before Thou comest to jVdo-.
ment.— St. Anselm. °
Good Temper Brinus Beauty.—“ I have
seen many an excellent matron who could never,
in her best days, have been handsome, and yet
she had a packet of yellow love letters in a
private drawer and sweet children showered
kisses on her sallow cheek. Yes, thank God,
she had a sweet temper, and this citused her to
be lovely and beloved.”
’Tis a pity that some of our satirical writers,
who are so.fond of taking oil’ things, can’t take
off our taxes.
When we are ready to do a thing, let us do it.
Let us not wait for time or tide; they never
wait for us.