From the Christian Observer.
“Rouse the Soldier.”
[By Gen. Robert B. Vance.] .
soua —Ain: BBreu’s address—by ‘a ta-r duel.’
Soldier, friend and brother ioo,
While our flag of “ bonny blue,”
Emblem of the brave and true,
Kisses still the gala,
Gather up your manhood’s might;
What! though gloomy be the night!—
’Tis not Lincoln can affright—
Heroes never quail.
Let his oatii fail to the ground ;
Pass his offers all around ;
Nobler beons than his are found—
Liberty's own call;
Voices now are in the air,
’Bove us, ’round ns,'everywhere,
Whispering of our country fair,
Lov'd ones, home and all.
Soldier, listen ! do not start!
Freedom’s speaking to eacli heart;
“ Firmly, sternly’ act your part
’Till the strife is o’er! ”
Shall her voice to you be vain !
Shall our fields of trampled grain,
Bones of friends which bleach the plain
Stir you up no more !
See ! the Yankee cohort comes !
Sec ! our charred and ruin’d homes !
Sec ! around our churches’ dome3
Flames are mounting high !
God, of justice, truth and right!
House the soldier for the fight !
Let the fires of freedom light
Where to do or die! “Old 211th. "
“ How is Gold To-day ?”
BY JOHN G. SAXE.
There was a time when if we met
A friend upon the street,
He talked on common themes—the war,
The cold, or else the heat,
And took an interest in one’s health ;
That time has passed away ;
Now, no one asks us how we do.
But, “ How is gold to-day ?”
These words pervade the atmosphere.
At weddings, funerals, balls,
No matter where ; upon our car
The juixious question falls
You go to see tlje girl you love,
To drive your cares away ;
You kiss, and then she sweetly says.
. “ Oh-! ‘How is gold to-day ?’ ”
If gold is up or gold is down,
What good for me to. know ?
There is no jingle in my purse,
My funds are still in quo ;
And so I hale the endless cry,
* And long to soar away
To lands of peace, where no one asks,
“Well, ‘ How is gold to-day ?’ ”
A writer, reviewing the “ Memoir of the
Christian Labors, Pastoral and Philanthropic,”
of Dr. Chalmers, by Rev. Dr. Wayland, says :
“ Dr. Chalmers, .taken nil in all, ranks as the
greatest among Scotchmen. The mental force
in him was prodigious, and his capacity for
widely different depariments of labor exhibits
the highest kind of genius, lie was great every
where ; in mathematics, in natural philosophy,
in political economy, no less than in religious
studies ; great in the town councils of Glasgow,
in ragged schools and the garrets of narrow
wynds, in the parlor, in the professor’s chair, in
the jmlpii, in Church courts, and in delibera
tive assemblies. He was equally great in plan
ning and in executing, in conceiving noble
schemes, and in communicating his own enthu
siasm and energy to other minds. He did more
to mould the religious character of Scotland
than John Knox, and stands* without a rival as
the preacher and pastor of our century.
“ In the Trou Church at Glasgow, his parish
numbered between eleven and t welve thousand
souls t but he visitsd every family in it, and.
gave familiar lectures in the evening to the
families visited during the day. He went down
into the filthiest cellars, climbed over rickety
stairs into the highest attics, and carried every
where a loving heart and cheerful words. He
established schools for the ignorant children,
selected Competent teachers from his parish,
and exacted from iu« scholars just enough of a
fee to insure the self-respect of the parents and
a sense of iho value of instruction. In two
years, twelve hundred children were under reg
ular instruction. These schools were under
the constant supervision of Dr. Chalmers, and
by frequent intercourse with the teachers, he
infused into them his own irresistible energy.”
Hope is (he helmet of salvation. Truth needs
A Curious Prayer.
A correspondent of the Western Christian
Advocate sends that paper the following :
, A reverend gentleman, direct from the infe
rior of Texas, stayed at my house a few days at
the time Millerism was at its zeniih in Cincin
natti. He related to me a rumor which lie had
heard in Texas of a man he met in our streets
as a millerite preacher. In Texas this man got
permission to preach in a school house and tyok
occasion to abuse all other denominations. He
said there wore men who professed to be called
and.commissioned of God to preach the Gospel
but that he pretended to no such high creden
tials. After abusing all who would not say
amen to his views, being about to close, a twig
whispered to him, if lie wishf-d someone to close
for him to call on Mr. II He did so. Mr.
II took the fjtahd, gave out a hymn, and
then prayed in this wise :
“ Lord we thank thee that thou hast ever sent
thy ministers among us ; we were a very wick
ed people before they came; some of us, how
ever, have reformed.' We thank thee that thou
hast called, commissioned and sent thy minist
ers to preach the unsearchable riches of Christ;
but as for this fellow, he lias told us that thou
didst not commission him. and we believe him,.
We. hear strange stories of him. Lord, we know
not wether they be true or not, but thou know
est; but we he went to Galveston a gam
bler; that afterwards he became a preacher;
that the y oung men rvlio knew him in these char
acters thought them rather incompatible, and.
in consequence, ducked him iti the Bay; from
which avo doubt not, lie dates his commission
to preach the doctrine he has proclaimed to us !
We then hear also, that he stole a horse at Gal
veston ; avc know not whether it be true Lord,
thou knowesl ; but one tiling avc do know—that
is, we know that he stops with the widow C
and we knoAV that no decent man would' stop
there.” By this time the preacher was making
his escape, without dismissinglus congregation,
and soon afterwards was holding forth in the
big tent, of Millerism in Cincinnati.
Proof of the Existence of God.
Bec here, 1 hold a Bible in my hand, and you
see the cover, the leaves, the loiters, the words;
but you do not see the writers, or the printer,'
the letter-founder, the ink-maker, the paper
maker, or the binder. You never did see them,
you never will see them ; and yet there is not
one of you who will think of disputing or deny
ing the being of these men. Igo further; I af
firm that you see the very souls of these men
in seeing this book, and you feel yourselves
obliged to allow that, by the contrivance,, de
sign, memory, fancy, reason, and so on. In
the same manner, if you see a picture, you
judge there was a painter; if you see a house,
you judge there was a builder of it: and if you
see one room contrived for this purpose, and
another for that, a door to enter, a Avindow to
admit light, a chimney to hold fire, you con
clude that the builder was a person of skill and
forecast, who .formed the Louse with a view to
the accommodation of its inhabitants. In this
manner examine the world, and pity the man
who, when he sees the sign,,of the wheat-sheaf,
hath sense enough to know that there is a join
er, and somewhere a painter, but-who, when he
sees the wheat-sheaf itself, is so stupid as not.
to say to himself-—“ This had a wise and good
- ■». '
What thoulboest do Quickly.
Quick, young man! Life is short. A great
work is before you. and you have no time 10
lose. " If you would succeed in business, win
your way to honor, and save your soul, you
must, work quickly. The sluggard dies. The
wheels of time roll over him and crush him
while he sleeps. Aim high, and work hard.
Life is worth (lie living, death worth the dying,
because heaven is worih the gaining
Quick, ye men of might in the road of life !
Your life is more than half gone already.—
You are going down (he hill, and the sliadoAvs
begin to fall around you. If ye have auglit
to do before ye die, do it quickly. The morn
ing has tied, mid day has passed, and the night
Quick, ye aged men, quick! Once you
thought three score years and ten to be an end
less time, and that, they could never pass away
They have come, they have gone, and what have
you left? The days of pleasure are passed,
and the days of darkness are here. Have you
left any. work undone ? Have you come to in
firmities and trembling with no preparation for
death ? Ah, quick ye aged fathers and grey
bearded sires. Already are the messengers of
death beginning to tender their services, to
bring you to the sepulchres of your fathers.—
With the feeble remnant of existence struggle
for heaven. Work, pray seek, While life'lin
gers, mercy waits, and God is gracious.
The Condition of Riches.
How few rich men are or wi 1 he persuaded
that the law of Christ permits them not to heap
up riches forever, nor perpetually lo add house
to house, and land to land, though by lawful
means : but requires of them thus much charity
at. lea.it, that, ever, while they are providing for
their wives and children, they should, out of
the increase wherewith God hath blessed their
industry, allot the poor a just and free propor
tion ? And when they have provided for them
in a convenient manner (such as they them
selves shall judge sufficient and convenient to
others), that then they should give over making
purchase; but, with the surplusage of their
revenue beyond their expense*, procure, as much
as lies in them, that no Christian remain mis
erably poor; few rich men. 1 fear, are or will
be thus persuaded, and their daily actions show
as much.— Chi/liny wert/i.
Metropolitan Record on Recognition.
The New York “Metropolitan Record” lias
the courage to maintain its independent tope in
; the face ofilie overwhelming re-election of Lin
coln. In an article entitled “The Democracy
: and the coming Crisis,” in its issue of the 17th
; December, it says;
I It is at least understood that the war is a fail
ure; and the Southern Confederacy a fixed fact.
The Democratic party must accept the logic of
1 accomplished facts, and openly proclaim its op
j position to the further prosecution of the war,
as a useless and criminal expenditure of life
-and money. Opposition to the war must here
: after be one of the principal plaints in its plat
form-opposition to the war on the principle
j that the people of the South have a right'to se
lect their own form of Government. Peace and
recognition are now the two great points in our
policy; they are, in fact, the vital issues of the
i An Enthusiastic Compliment.
j The enthusiastic Kelmer thus discourses on
, the fair sex:
Woman is indeed a bright and beautiful .crea
ture. Where she is, there is a paradise; where
she is not, there is a desert. Her smile inspires
love, aud raises human nature nearer to the
immortal source of its being. Her sweet and
tender heart gives life and soul to the dead and
senseless. She is the ladder by which we climb
from earth to Heaven. She is the practical
teacher of all mankind, and the world would be
a void without tier. She is more celestial than
j terreslial. Charming and amiable as a girl,
i dutiful as wife, and glorious as a mother. She
j is the balsam of man’s life—his faithful coun
sellor arid pillow. She can impart all the plcas
j ures to his c ircs of friendship, all the enjoy
. ments of settle aim! reason, and the sweets of
We stop the author here in order that the
reader may draw his breath, and try to guess
whether.Kelmer Was a married man or an old
Hone the Poorer for Giving.
Several years ago a Secretary of the British
and Foreign Bible Society related the following
instances of liberal and ostentatious giving,
j whi-qh we commend especially to our wealthy
“ One of these instances was that of an elder
ly lady, who for nineteen years past had been
in the habit of making periodical calls at Earl
street, depositing on each occasion an anony
mous gift, npd then disappearing till the next
i visit. For several years her contribution had
amounted to about 200 guineas per annum, but
lately they had risen to about £6OO ($3000) a
year. Another example was that of a gentle
man residing on the Continent, whose contri
butions commenced about five years ago with a
sjmple donation of S2O. In 1854, his year’s gift
had risen to over $2,700; in 1855, to $5,665;
and last January, he intimated his readiness to
make his donations for 1856, either $13,000 or
$15,000, adding, that when (hey were gone,
more would be forthcoming. This gentleman’s
answer to sonic inquiries was, the more he gave
the more tie got. lie was a richer man now
than when he first began to give.”
j Keep good company or none. Never be idle.
I If your hands cannot be usefully employed,
| attend to the cultivation of your mind. Al
ways speak the truth. Make few promises.—
Live up to your engagements. Keep your own
secrets, if you have any. When you speak to a
person, look him in the face. Good company
and good conversation are the very sinews of
virtue. Good character is above all things
else. Your character cannot be essentially in
jured except by your own acts. If any cne
speaks evil of,you, let your life be such that no
one will believe him. Drink no kind of intox
icating liquors. Ever live, misfortunes except
ed, within your income. When you retire to
I bed, think over what you have been doing dur
ing the day. Make no haste to be rich, it' you
' would prosper. Small and steady gains give
competency, witH tranquility of mind. Never
play at any game of chance. Avoid temptation,
; through fear you may not withstand it. Earn
money before you spend it. Never run in debt
j unless you see a way to get out again. Never
j borrow, if you can possibly avoid it. Do not
marry until you are able to support a wife.—
Never speak evil of any one. Be Just before
you are generous. Keep yourself innocent, if
you would be happy. Save when you are young
to spend when you are old. Read over. the
above maxims once a week.
Fontenello was ninety-eight years of age
when a young lady asked him at what time of
life men lose all taste for gallantry. “Indeed,”
replied Ihe old gentleman, ‘fyuu must ask that
question of someone older than myself!”
A suspicious man would search a pincushion
for treason, aitd sec daggers in a ncedle-case. •
Don’t sleep with your coat on, or its nap and
yours will be taken together.
That man is rich indeed in friends who can
lose two or three and not be bankrupt.
Ladies patch their laces for economy, and
their faces for beauty.
In the mountains of Tyrol, it is the custom of
the women and children to come out when it is
bed-time and sing their national songs until
they hear their husbands, fathers and brothers
answer, them from the hills on their return
liomp. On the shores of the Adriatic such a
custom prevails. Tlieretbe wives of (he fisher
men come about sunset and sing a melody. Af
ter singing the first stanza, they listen awhile
for an answering melody from off the water;
and continue to sing and listen till the well
known voice comes borne on the waters, telling
that the loved on.e is.almost home. llow sweet
to the weary fisherman, as the shadows gather
around him, must be the songs of the loved
ones at home, that sing to cheer him ; and how
they must strengthen and' tighten the links
that bind together those humble dwellers by
the sea !
At LaGrange, Tenn., on the evening- of De
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Will. D. -Somers, Assistant Surgeon, P. A.C. S.,
to Miss Maria 11. Ewell, youngest daughter
of Mrs. Emily M. and the late James B. Ewell,
Esq., formerly of Prince William county, Va.
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