[For The Sunny South.]
Ij 1 X K S .
BY CATHARINE A. WARFIELD.
“If'hat's in n name? 9 *—Shakhpearf..
The* “Sunny South ”—the “Sunny South!”
What memories arise,
Called up by those suggestive words,
Like pictures to my eyes!
I see again the garden bowers
(Oh! can they ever fade,
Though long since trampled into dust?)
Where as a child I played;—
I hear the mighty river rush
Past that ancestral bom**
That lifted ’mid magnolia trees
Its white and crystal dome.”'
And the yellow jasmine of the woods.
The lily of the lea.
With a thousand other lovely blooms.
Like dreams, come back to me!
The “Sunny South "—the “Sunny South!”
Its life-stream tills my veins.
And I have loved my country well,
Though alien from her plains.
When the 9torm of battle lowered low.
My prayers, my songs were poured
For that dear laud—(I could uo more,
But I gave my son—his sword!)
Though blood has bathed her vales and shores
Where surged the vandal tide,
And the “despot’s heel” is on her neck,
He cannot tame her pride!
For God’s own smile rests on her face
From fount to river’s mouth,
And dries the tears upon her cheek—
Our own, our “Sunny South.”
* Near the town of Natchez.
[Written for The Sunny South.]
THE RING ACCURSED.
BY Rl’TH FAIRFAX.
Paul Le Roy did not sleep late, nor indeed had
he rested well. He was worried by the loss of
Mrs. Kendrick's Ifracelet; not so much on ac
count of its value, but because it had been in
trusted to him for safe delivery to Mrs. Ken
drick, as a Christmas gift from her brother. He
had also undertaken to deliver a package of pa
pers to Mr. Kendrick; the loss of these would
occasion great inconvenience and expense.
“Well!” he exclaimed aloud, springing from
the bed, “I suppose I will have to advertise and
offer a tremendous reward; that may bring it.”
He then proceeded to dress himself in moody
silence, when suddenly a sweet, ringing laugh
echoed through the hall. His brow cleared—he
smiled. At twenty-three trouble, unless it be
very sore, does not lie heavily upon the heart.
He hastened the completion of his toilet, and
opening the door, found his attendant of the
night before waiting for him.
“Well, John,” he said, with a pleasant smile,
“your light supper has not taken away my ap
petite for a good breakfast. I hope the cook
makes as good coffee as you do.”
“You’ll find it all right, sir,” answered the
waiter. “The ladies are all at the table.”
“You must not let me sleep so late again,
John: it won't do to keep the ladies waiting.”
“As if they’d wait!” muttered John to him
self, throwing open the dining-room door.
Mr. Kendrick welcomed him boisterously.
Airs. Kendrick gracefully' extended her hand,
and named her niece to him. Miss Warner
smiled graciously as she looked up, then, as if
moved by some sudden impulse, placed her
hand in iiis. The half-hour spent at the table
was delightful, for Miss Warner could be very
charming when she chose, and this morning
she pleased to be so. Paul Le Roy was capti
vated by her grace and beauty, and as he walked
beside her to the drawing-room, he felt that he
would willingly sacrifice all he had to win from
her one loving smile. We dare not say r she had
won his heart, for hearts are won not by good
looks but by good qualities and sweet sympathy.
The fancy is often captivated by a pair of bright
eyes or a lovely form, and we call it love ! Love?
It is a profanation of the holy word !
While Paul listened to the artless, (?) childish
prattle of Miss Warner, he heard Mr. Kendrick
repeat his name in tones of surprise, and a mo
ment after, a servant entered, bearing his shawl
and traveling bag!
“Stop the person who brought them !” he ex
claimed as soon as he saw the articles.
“The old gentleman is gone, sir,” answered
the servant, placing a tiny note in Le Roy’s
“You seem surprised, Dr. Le Roy,” remarked
“ You will not wonder that I am surprised,”
he answered, “ when I tell you that I lost this
satchel, which contains articles of value, on the
ferry-boat last night, and it is now returned to
“But you have not examined it,” said Miss
Warner. “Doubtless the valuables are gone.”
“I had not thought of such a possibility,”
said Dr. Le Roy: “but now that I do think of it
I do not admit it. I believe that I will find every
thing as I left it.”
“What makes you think so?” asked Beatrice,
“ I will tell you,” answered Paul, a slight flush
staining his white brow. “I lent this shawl to
a stranger last night, and as it has been returned
to me with the satchel, it is evident that my bag
by some means fell into his hands. He was a
gentleman, and therefore I believe its contents
“Verily your faith is strong,” exclaimed Beat
rice, with a smile. “Now. it is my opinion that
the • gentleman ’ was the thief, and your satchel
is not worth much. But read your note; if I
could think my presence a fetter upon your lib
erty. I would certainly leave you. You are at
home now, you know, and I will have no formal
ity. You are one of us.”
She looked up into his face with an air of
charming simplicity that completed the con
quest of his heart—nay, I should have said fancy.
He glanced hastily over the note, then putting it
in his pocket, opened the satchel.
“Come, now. Miss Warner,” he exclaimed
playfully, “I will make a wager with you—a
pair of gloves against that hot-house flower in
your hair. What say you?”
“Agreed!” She extended her hand with the
innocent grace of a child; and as it lay. dimpled,
soft and rosy in his palm, Paul involuntarily
clasped his fingers over it. For a moment she
let it rest there—not longer.
"Now decide!” she said laughingly.
"Look !" said Paul, taking the jewel-case from
the bag and opening it. “Was not this a tempta
tion to a poor man ?”
“Oh! it is lovely! Is this a gift to a prom
ised bride ?” she asked archly.
“I have no promised bride!” exclaimed Le
Roy, more eagerly than was at all necessary.
“Read the inscription. It is Airs. Kendrick’s
While Beatrice clasped the bracelet on her
arm and admired its beauty. Paul continued his
examination. At last he looked up.
“You have won the wager. Aliss Warner.”
“Ah!” she cried, laughing merrily: “what
e von lost?"
“Of myself:” and again he flushed.
Beatrice could have laughed heartily at this,
but she was too wise to do so. though not too
kind. She answered gently:
“I do not blame the thief. But have you lost
nothing else. Dr. Le Roy ?”
“Nothing else,” replied Paul: “and by the
way, Aliss Warner, I have not lost that wager.
You said the valuables were gone: they are all
here: I have lost nothing but an old, valueless
photograph. Give me my flower.”
“Pardon me—I have won the wager,”said Be
atrice. “I do not consider the picture value
A look of delight flashed over the face of Paul.
“AVe cannot agree upon this point,” he said.
“Suppose we exchange; you shall have the
gloves—give me the flower. ”
She glanced up into his eyes, in silence loos
ened the flower from her hair and placed it in
his hand: then with a startled look, as if fright
ened at her own innocent thoughtlessness, has
tily fled from the room.
“ What a very child !” exclaimed Paul, smiling
to himself; “and indeed she must be quite
young—not more than seventeen, and an or
phan. Poor child!” -
She was twenty-two.
Presently he drew the note he had received a
few minutes before from his pocket, and ran
over the words it contained.
“Dk. Le Rot,—AVe were so fortunate last
night as to rescue your satchel from the hands
of a boy who had evidently stolen it. AA r e pre
sumed to open it, hoping to find the owner’s
name, and were not disappointed. AVe are de
lighted to be able to restore it to you unharmed.
I will ever remember you with deepest gratitude.
“Lora!” repeated Paul. “AVhat a strange yet
pretty name. ‘Deepest gratitude.’ How keenly
she feels that little kindness ! AA’hat a strange
feeling thrilled my heart when she placed her
hand in mine! I wish I knew who they were;
I might be able to assist her father, poor old
He was interrupted in his meditations by the
entrance of Air. Kendrick and his wife. Air.
Kendrick had been surprised at the return of
the satchel, but his amazement knew no bounds
when he saw its valuable contents. Paul related
the incident of the shawl.
“And yon have lost nothing positively noth
in J ?” asked Mr. Kendrick, for the third time.
Paul had said nothing twice, but now he re
4 4 Only an old photograph of myself—a worn
and shabby scrap not worth three cents. ”
*! Oh ! how romantic !” exclaimed Airs. Ken
drick, clasping her pretty hands. “Tell me,
Paul, was the young girl pretty ?”
“I cannot say,” answered Paul: “herface was
covered by a thick vail. She may not have been
young either, but she seemed so.”
“Oh ! she should have been young and lovely,
and you should have fallen in love with her to
make the romance complete. AA’as it not odd
for her to to take the picture? Now. Paul, I
like you very well indeed, but I should never
have neglected this beautiful bracelet and taken
Paul smiled uneasily, and could have thanked
Mr. Kendrick when he put his wife aside and
44 Let us talk a little business, Paul.”
“Business!” cried Airs. Kendrick, covering
her little ears. “Ah ! you have driven me away !”
and she left them alone, to their evident satisfac
44 Now, if yon want to talk seriously, let us go
where I can light my cigar,” said Paul: and Air.
Kendrick led the way across the hall to his
library. Paul lit his cigar, threw himself into
an easy chair and prepared to listen.
“Now, my boy,” commenced Air. Kendrick,
44 1 hope the arrangements I have made will meet
with your approval. For the present you are to
make my house your home. I have selected an
office for you, as you requested, and had it fur
nished. You will find your book-cases empty*—
it would not have done for me to fill them. The
office is on the first floor of a fine house only a
few doors from here, and you may rent or pur
chase the house if you will. Now if you think
of getting married——”
“Oh! no, no!” exclaimed Paul; “unless, in
“■Unless! A’ery good—very good, indeed!”
laughed Air. Kendrick. “And now I will tell
you what else I have done. I have invited three
of our most prominent physicians to meet you
at dinner to-morrow. They are old friends of
mine—you must try to make them yours also.”
“Sir, you are very kind!” exclaimed Paul,
throwing aside his indolent air and grasping Air.
Kendrick’s hand. “I trust that I may never
prove unworthy of your goodness. I propose
to bring my mother to Philadelphia as soon as I
I am settled and have a fair prospect of success
before me. AA’e have sold our place near Rich
mond, but mother retains possession of it until
the first of April. I hope to have a home ready
for her by that time.”
“But why not bring her at once?” exclaimed
Air. Kendrick, heartily; “we have plenty of
room. Send for her. ”
“Thank you,” said Paul; “but I think mother
wishes to remain in A'irginia a little longer. I
would like to visit the office if you can go with
“Certainly,” answered Air. Kendrick; “it is
only eleven o’clock—plenty of time.”
In a few minutes they stood before an elegant
house, upon the door of which a large, finely-
engraved silver plate bore the inscription,—Dr.
Paul C. Le Roy.
“That is very beautiful!” said Paul, admir
"Yes; I think so. Come in.”
Air. Kendrick took a key from his pocket and
opened the door. The wide hall was covered
with a costly oil-cloth, down the centre of which
a strip of velvet carpeting lay like a garland of
roses upon the autumn brown of faded leaves.
A neat chandelier, evidently quite new, was sus
pended from the ceiling. AA'ith an air of satis
faction, Air. Kendrick threw open the door of
the front room. It was furnished as a drawing
room in the most elegant manner; evidently no
expense had been spared. The floor was covered
with a velvet carpet of shaded crimson and
brown. The low, easy chairs and luxurious
, sofas were upholstered with rich, golden-brown
satin. The curtains of expensive lace were cov
ered with draperies of the same satin of a lighter
shade. There was a long mirror between the
windows. There were pictures on the wall and
a clock and vases on the marble mantel.
"AA'liy. this is superb ! You don’t call this a
doctor’s' office, do you ?” exclaimed Paul, in as
"AA’liy, certainly I do—and a very handsome
one. too. Ah ! you dont know this place as well
as I do. You have an office in an aristocratic
neighborhood; your patients will be among the
upper class, and you must have everything as
elegant as possible. You can afford it. can’t
you ? If not, my purse "
“Oh ! I can afford it!’’interrupted Paul. “It
is true the probable expense startled me a little
at first: but I am satisfied that you know best,
and am grateful for the trouble you have taken. ”
••Oh fit is nothing.” answered Air. Kendrick,
opening another door. “See, here is your pri
vate consulting room.”
This, too. was handsomely furnished, but not
with such extravagant luxury.
••Now." continued Air. Kendrick, “here is a
small room where you will keep all your bottles
And knives, with kindred horrors. Let us cross
the hall: I have one more room to show yon,
and that will complete the number of your
“I hope so, indeed,” said Paul to himself.
“Four handsome rooms, richly furnished. This
is by no means the modest manner in which I
expected to commence business.”
“This,” said Air. Kendrick, “is your private
room. How do you like it?”
“It suits me so well that I am sure a woman
must have directed its arrangement.”
“A woman ! AA’hat woman, pray?” asked Air.
‘•Airs. Kendrick, or, perhaps, Aliss AA’amer,”
with a little flush.
“ Airs. Kendrick ! Aliss AA’arner !” cried Air.
Kendrick, laughing boisterously. “I doubt if
either of them would take the trouble to direct
a room of their own. Oh! my boy, I see you
don’t know the peculiarities of fashionable
ladies. AYhen they want a room newly-furnished
they give an order to an upholsterer, and that is
the end of it. No, Paul, the arrangement of
this room has been a labor of love, but no wom
an's hand was concerned in it. I selected all
these things myself: the carpet, the couch—
everything. You will find that couch not out of
place some time when you are weary after a hard
“You expect me, then, to have a large prac
tice,” said Paul, smiling.
“Certainly I do ! AA’hv shouldn’t you? You
are young, energetic, good-looking, with a kind,
gentle—oh ! you are laughing at me, are you?
AA’ell, you will find that to be good-looking and
gentle, will carry you a long ways in your pro
fession. I have succeeded in pleasing you—
that is well. I am going back home. ’Will you ■
“Not now: I wish to make a few purchases.”
“Dinner at three, Paul;” and they shook
hands again—a true Southern habit. But what
would you have ?—they were both Southerners.
Paul Le Roy locked his door, and turning into
Twelfth street, walked slowly to Chestnut. Here
he made a few purchases, then went into a fash
ionable restaurant, where he procured a cup of
coffee, and after this amused himself walking
the busy streets. Suddenly remembering his
engagement, and knowing that Air. Kendrick
was the very soul of punctuality, he turned his
steps homeward; ran up to his room with the
light-hearted activity of a boy, and had barely
time to prepare himself for dinner when the
tinkle of a silver bell rang in his ear. Dui’ing
the dinner-hour, Paul’s eyes were oftener on the
face of Beatrice than on his plate, and when she
made a motion to rise, was instantly at her side.
Air. and Airs. Kendrick glanced at each other as
the young couple left the room—it was clearly a
case of “love (fancy) at first sight,” and they
would have been blind indeed had they not
noted his admiration: but while a smile rippled
over the pretty face of Airs. Kendrick, a troubled
frown contracted her husband’s brow.
“That would be an excellent match,” she said.
“I am no match-maker,” growled Air. Ken
drick, rather unamiably.
“But don’t you think it would be?” persisted
“For her, yes; for him—I am not so sure
“You forget that you are speaking about my
niece,” said Airs. Kendrick, with a little pout.
“Pardon me, Lizzie; but you know Beatrice
is no favorite of mine, and you fashionable
women are enough to break a man’s heart.”
“Yours seems to have stood the trial,” said
Airs. Kendrick, with a little flush.
“Oh! /know how to manage,” said Air. Ken
drick, shrewdly; “and beside that, Paul’s feel
ings are not like mine. I am afraid that he is
going to fall in love with that girl’s beauty. ”
“Going to!” echoed Airs. Kendrick, with a
merry laugh; “why, he has done it already.”
“And I suppose she will flirt and coquet as
usual, and then open her blue eyes in perfect
amazement when he tells her that he loves her,”
said Air. Kendrick, savagely.
“I don't know about that,” said Airs. Ken
drick. “ Isn’t he wealthy ?”
“ I believe so. AA’hat has that got to do with
“AA T hy, it has everything to do with it,” said
the fair lady, emphatically. “How much has
“ Oh ! I don’t know. Shall I ask him?”
“About three hundred thousand?”
“I don't know, I tell you,” repeated Air. Ken
drick, rising impatiently; “but he is worth far
more than any paltry three hundred thousand
How was that shallow-hearted woman to know
that her husband was speaking of the real value
of Paul himself—of the brave, pure heart that
was indeed above value? Her next question
proved that she had taken his words literally:
“AA’hy then does he practice?”
“For the love of it,” said her husband, grumly.
“AA’ell, I don’t think Beatrice can do any bet
ter,” mused Airs. Kendrick; and slowly rising,
she went, not to the drawing-room, as usual, but
to her own room. “Beatrice needs no assistance
from me,” she said to herself; “she is fully com
petent to fight her own battles.”
AATien Dr. Le Roy led Aliss AVarner to the
drawing-room, he dispatched a servant to his
room for the small package he had purchased
in the morning.
“Ah!” said Beatrice, smiling; “my gloves?”
“Yes, I think I guessed your number; six and
“Y’ou are right; and my favorite color—did
you guess that, too?” she asked, in a soft, sweet
“Look !” he replied, taking the package from
the hand of the servant, removing the paper,
and disclosing a rich, satin ease containing a
dozen pair of pale, pearl-colored kid-gloves.
“Oh! Dr. Le Roy, you were to give me one
pair; I cannot take these!” exclaimed Beatrice.
He drew back, a flush of wounded feeling
crossed his face.
“I thought I was to be ‘one of you’—to feel
at home !” he said, in a low tone.
In an instant she was at his side, and drawing
the glove-case from his hand, looked up with a
soft, beseeching smile as she said:
“I will keep them ! Thank you.”
Yon may think it was rather rude for Paul to
kiss the soft hand that touched his so gently,
for he had known her but a short time, yet he
did not mean it to be so, nor was Beatrice
offended, for she smiled upon him again.
“You will go with me to the theatre?” he
asked, timidly, after an hour’s conversation.
“AA’ith pleasure.” she replied; “and now as
we are to spend the evening together, you will
excuse me, will you not? I think auntie is
waiting for me up-stairs.”
She laid her hand on his arm, and looked up
with eyes innocent as a dove’s. That was her
charm. She could not attract by the brilliancy
of her mental gifts; she could not win by the
true, unselfish warmth of a loving heart, so she
captivated by her child-like grace. If Paul Le
Roy had been an older man, or one more worldly-
wise. he might have discovered that it was not
an expression of innocence that he saw in those
bright, blue eyes, but merely beautiful shape
and color without any expression at all.
Again he gently touched his lips to her hand,
and as she left him, fell into a bewildered dream
Airs. Kendrick had gone to her niece's room,
and was waiting for her impatiently.
“AA’ell,” she said, as Beatrice entered.
“ AA ell. what auntie?" asked Beatrice, laughing.
“Nonsense. Beatrice! Y’ou know very well
what I mean ! AA’hat did he say ?” exclaimed
Airs. Kendrick, impatiently.
“Heavens, aunt! you surely did not expect
him to say anything particular, did you ?” said
Beatrice, throwing herself lazily upon a couch.
“Don’t be saucy! AA’hat have you there?”
“I gave Dr. Le Roy a flower for a pair of
gloves,” replied Beatrice, indifferently, “and
this case is what he calls a pair of gloves. AA’e
called it a wager at first."
“Betting!” said Mrs. Kendrick, curling her
“Oh ! dear, no, auntie: only exchanging gifts,”
replied Aliss AA'amer, meaningly.
Airs. Kendrick opened the ease, and she, too,
reckoned the value of Paul’s gift.
“Fifty dollars at the least. AA’ell. he wont
“Is he wealthy?” asked Beatrice, in a low,
“He is worth over three hundred thousand
dollars; Air. Kendrick told me so,” answered
Airs. Kendrick, in the same low tone.
The eyes of the two women met—they under
stood each other.
“ He will do !” breathed the aunt.
“You will help me?” whispered Beatrice.
“I don’t think you need much help.”
“Ah ! you know that I have no money, and to
go about with him I must have costly dresses.
Look at his clothes ! He must not know that I
am poor,” she added, bitterly.
“No! he must not,” assented Airs. Kendrick,
emphatically; “ it would never, never do !”
“I will help you,” said Airs. Kendrick, after
musing a few moments. “I will do all I possi
bly can. You know that I have not an unlim
ited command of money, but you shall wear all
my dresses, and I won’t wear them. I am de
termined to help you in this business. I sup
pose you won’t be able to manage it before fall ?”
questioned the aunt, after another pause.
“Certainly not,” responded Beatrice, impa
tiently. “He is as sensitive as he can be, and I
will have to be very careful, but I think I know
how to manage him. Three hundred thousand
dollars ! AA’ell, it is worth working for. I will
be obliged to return to New York in April, if
not before, and I mean to wear a ring on this
finger before I go, if possible. ”
“Y’ou can do it,” said Airs, Kendrick, approv
ingly.’ “Have you any engagement for this
“Yes; I am going to the theatre with him.”
“So? AA’ell, you shall have my pearl-colored
silk that came home yesterday, and wear a pair
of his gloves. Don’t forget the little attentions,
Beatrice; it is such things that captivate men
And so, while Paul mused over the fire, won
dering by what vast sacrifice he could make this
child-like beauty his own, the cruel woman was
spreading a net for his unwary feet.
(TO BE CONTINUED.)
[For The Sunny South.]
The Influence of Abstract Beliefs.
BY J. N.
Alankind, as they stand to-day, may be divided
into five sects or sets of believers:—First, those
who believe in the Divine origin of the Bible
and the Christian religion; second, tho;-.e who
believe in the Divine Origin of the Old Testa
ment and reject the New Testament; third, those
who reject both the Old and the New Testament,
but believe in a Supreme Being; fourth, the athe
ists, who believe all men are a smart and cunning
species of animals, and nothing more; fifth, the
atomists, or believers in a doctrine which sprung
into existence some two thousand two hundred
years ago, under the leadership of a man named
Democritus, but who are called, in our day,
“natural selection and evolutionists,” or Dar
Now, let us take up these sets of believers,
one by one, in retrograde order, and note what
influence each has had, and is likely to have, on
human society and civilization; and—-
First, the “natural selection and evolution
ists,” whose doctrine I understand to be this:
Away back some two or three hundred millions
of years, atoms of matter happened by chance
to come together in such a way as to form an
animal, one will say, of the masculine gender.
Then, again, some other atoms happened by
chance, to come together, and formed another
animal, of the feminine gender. And next, by
chance, the two animals came together and com
menced to procreate; and from these, by natural
selection and evolution, sprung all the animals—
the birds, the fishes, and creeping things, inclu
ding man and woman. And right here the ex
pounders, as I understand the theory, were a
little puzzled to account for the passions, the
appetites, the sentiments and prejudices of men,
as well as the thinking faculties in general, and
which, as I also understand, has been left to the
present generation of philosophers to solve; and
no doubt they will soon be on hand with the
facts and figures as plain and conclusive as those
which demonstrated the earth riding on the back
of a big turtle. As to the bearing, then, of this
doctrine upon human society, it seems to amount
to this: the strongest or most lucky will always
occupy the most happy position, or the top of
the crowd, be what or who they may. If, then,
this natural selection and evolution happens to
fall to the lot of the tiger, the elephant, or the
rhinoceros, to be the master, it is all right, and
no one else has any reason to complain. So
much for the influence of this belief.
Next, the atheist. He considers himself and
everybody else as mere animals. He does not
worry himself as to where all or any come from,
or where all or any are going. All he knows or
cares to know is, that he finds himself an animal
requiring something to eat, something to wear,
and something to shelter him from the weather;
and consequently he has no aspirations as to the
past, the future, or as to political or social rela
tions of men, except so far as these may assist
him in getting food, clothing, shelter, and the
means of gratifying his animal passions. This,
then, is the length and the breadth, the height
and the depth of an atheist, as a political econ-
mlst or a social being.
Next comes the Deist, or one who simply be
lieves in an over-ruling power, either material or
spiritual, but rejects the Bible in toto. Nor does
.he know or care whether his God rules by visible
or invisible means. All he believes or cares to
believe is, that the world and the universe could
not have been made and set in motion without a
maker; he, therefore, believes in an author of
all things, whom he is willing to call God. His
belief, then, rises one step higher than that of
the atheist or the atomist, because he believes
that each and evev intelligent creature, and each
and every community of human beings, is in
some way, either here or hereafter, responsible
to a higher power. But he does not claim that
his belief ever has or ever can possess any great
influence over the political or social relations of
society, for he knows that the lowest savages en
tertain a like belief with himself; nor does he
claim that such a belief affords any sanction to
or foundation for moral principles and precepts
for private life. He is, therefore, as a political
and social economist, like a ship at sea without
chart, compass, or quadrant; he knows which is
north, which is south, and which is east and
west, but is still at a loss as to which course to
steer to reach a port of safety. His influence is
AA’e next come to the man or men who believe
in one true God, and the Old Testanflent as the
word of truth, regulating all other authority.
These believers rise a step higher than any of
the foregoing, in their political and social influ
ences. They believe in the sanctity and binding
efficacy of an oath and the value of moral truths
and precepts, and are able to show, from the
records of history, that under the influence of
such a belief, high civilization has been main
tained and nationalities have been held intact
through many centuries, and that man’s pas
sions, appetites and ambition have been held in
check and caused to labor for the benefit of all.
Y’et those of this exclusive belief are obliged to
acknowledge that it never has possessed the
power of expansion, or the power to extend its
precepts beyond the civil power wherein it was
professed. Hence, as a principle of political and
social relations, it has been found a slight degree
stronger and far-reaching than the same or simi
lar beliefs among pagan and idolatrous nations.
Lastly, we come back to the belief in the truth
of the whole Bible, and especially in Christ—his
works, his words and his doctrines. And here
let us premise, that the influence upon society
of an abstract belief is to be estimated by its
moral soundness and its tendency to promote
justice and equity among men. There are some
beliefs, very attractive and fascinating, which
operate to the reverse of this rule: there are oth
ers which beam with truth, virtue and peace
from every stand-point, like a well-designed and
well-executed statue of some great and good
man. The ancient Greeks believed in a number
of licentious and ambitious gods, and this belief
made infidels of their great thinkers, and tinallv
worked ruin to all. Nevertheless, the Greeks
believed in many virtuous and noble heroes, and
their fine attainments and brilliant achievements
unquestionably grew out of the influence of
these, rather than from the influence of their
gods. The Israelites divided their beliefs be
tween the heathen gods and the true God as por
trayed by Abraham and Aloses: and it is now
universally confessed that all their virtues, their
attainments and their splendid achievements
spruhg from the teachings of Abraham and
Aloses, while their reverses and misfortunes
were due to beliefs in strange gods and unsound
doctrines. The Chinese appear to date their rise
and progress in civilization from their belief in
the teachings and doctrines of Confucius, which,
judging from what remains of them, were thor
oughly impregnated with truth, virtue and just
ice. The Greeks became at last to believe in Alex
ander, famous only for military achievements,
and this belief soon wrought their utter ruin.
The Romans, from being virtuous republicans,
came to believe in the Caesars, noted chiefly for
success in war. which soon accomplished their
destruction. The English believed in the civic
virtues ot Allred the Great, and from that time
forward they have increased in political power
and greatness. The people of the United States
believe in the moral and political virtues of
AVashington, and thus far this belief has done
much to guide them in the paths of true pro
gress. “Alan”—or rather we may say society—
“shall not live by bread alone, but by every
word which proceedeth out of the mouth of
A word or two now as to the foundation of
Christian belief. This belief is founded on the
advent of Christ, or the words, the works and
the doctrines of this obscure Nazarene, who
came upon the earth in the midst of the most
completely organized and established religious
hierarchy that the world ever contained, and at
the same time the most intolerant and bigoted
that could be conceived. Nor was this all. He
came in the midst and under the sway of the
most despotic and powerful government that
had ever existed, containing many religious-
sects, all of which were utterly hostile to the doc
trines of the poor Nazarene, because his teach
ings declared war upon them all. And here,
too, let it be mentioned, the doctrines of this
Nazarene were all delivered in the colloquial
style—gushing forth on all occasions with the
freshness and pathos peculiar to youthful ardor,
and one might almost say with the apparent in
discretion peculiar to the young and inexperi
enced. Accompanying his precepts were the
most withering rebukes and reproofs that lan
guage can convey, upon the sectaries and rulers
of the people. This obscure Nazarene seems to
have been engaged in his mission only three
years, and during that time in traveling from
place to place on foot, and before he was thirty
years old was cut off by death upon the cross—■
then the most ignominious death inflicted under
the Roman government. Yet, notwithstanding
all this and the persecutions that followed his
believers, in less time than has elapsed since the
discovery of the American Continent by Colum
bus, this belief had driven out every other reli
gious belief and every opposing moral principle
under the Roman Empire, and had installed
itself in the graces of the Roman government
and the confidence of the whole world.
AA’e are sometimes told that crimes, wars and
commotions are as common under the Christian
as other beliefs. This, evidently, is not true. A
mission of love, peace and good-will to all men
cannot be the cause of crime or war, although
many engage in both, despite the most potent
influences to the contrary. The question before
us is as to the influence of this belief upon the
political and social relations of society where it
is held, and not as to whether it can cure all the
evils of men. Nearly all other religious beliefs
have gone down and gone out of existence when
the political organizations with which they were
allied have fallen. Not so with the Christian
belief. AA’hen the Roman Empire went down
amid the crash of states and nations, and when
paganism began again to raise its baleful shade
over society, Christianity stood firm and formed
for many centuries the only bonds and the only
moral light which men and society could find.
It stood independent of nations, states and poten
tates; and the singular fact, that the Church of
Rome, though corrupt it may have been, was
able to use this belief as the sole band of broth
erhood among men for centuries, is astonishing
proof of its own strength and truthfulness. It
still passes from nation to nation, and from coun
try to country, with undiminished lustre and
power. In the opinion of some, it suffered an
eclipse under the rule of Alahomet. But this is
a mistake. There is hardly a thought or an idea
in the Alohammedan teachings not found in the
Old or the New Testament, or hardly a precept
therein found not recognized and practiced by
that sect. The Old and New Testament are
sacredly regarded by all learned Alahometans,
and their zeal in the defense of their Divine
origin is hardly less ardent than that of the
The entire object of this article is to show the
comparative influence of the abstract beliefs of
the times upon the moral, social, political and
material interests of society. I have tried to
indicate that of Darwinism, Atheism, Deism and
Judaism, and now leave the Christian belief to
be applied as each may elect. I say nothing
about the chief mission of the wonderful and
A Hindoo Clock.—A strange clock is said to
have once belonged to a Hindoo prince. In front
of the clock’s disk was a gong swung upon poles,
and near it was a pile of artificial human limbs.
The pile was made up of the same number of
parts necessary to constitute twelve perfect bod
ies; but all lay heaped together in apparent con
fusion. AA’hen the hands of the clock indicated
the hour of one, out from the pile crawled just
the number of parts needed to form the frame
of one man, part coming to part with quick
click: and when completed, the figure sprang
up, seized a mallet, and walking up to the gong,
strnck one blow. This done, he returned to the !
pile and fell to pieces again. AA’hen two o’clock i
came, two men arose and did likewise; and at
the hour of noon and midnight the entire heap
sprang up, and, marching to the gong, struck
one after the other his blow—making twelve in
all; then returning, fell to pieces as before. w/V