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Editorial Seed-Thoughts.

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EDITORIAL SEED-THOUGHTS.

"GATIER UP THE FRAGMENTS THAT REMAIN, THAT NOTHING MAY BE LOST.”

THE EDITOR ABROAD.

Some of our readers have no doubt In going on a journey, the great thing, witnessed this sublime sight; but there and the first in order, is to start the are, no doubt some who have not. It is rest generally goes on of itself. As worth a railroad trip to see it. It is with most of persons getting up in the especially beautiful in the mountains. morning is the hardest part of the day's We have seen it on the prairies, and at work, so generally the most difficult the Falls of Niagara, and sometimes at part of a journey is to start. “We home, but nowhere does it equal in lovecan't get off”-90 we are apt to think. liness the dawn and sun-rise along the But there is really a great deal of decep-head-waters of the blue Juniata. How tion in regard to this supposed difficulty. it kindles up the peaks and glows along Let any one but just make the proper the sides of the mountains, as you roll effort and actually get off, and when he around the bluffs and over the raised returns, after one, two, or three weeks, valleys of those interesting mountain he will be surprised to find how well the regions. world went on around home without The ride and the scenery is the more him. We are never of so much account pleasant on account of the pleasantness as we think we are. The question, "Do of the road. Though it passes through they miss me at home?” is touchingly a region where, not a half a century ago, answered in the song, but if disposed of it was thought that not even a turnpike in sober prose, it would simply be, “Not could be made, this Pennsylvania Cenmuch?” It might be a more serious tral is decidedly the smoothest and most matter if it were to be an absence of a agreeable road in the land. Though not year or of years, but a few weeks amount in the same sense, yet literally, in the to nothing more than a pleasant relief of language of prophesy, the valleys are monotony, and a little spice of variety. raised and the mountains made low. As Subdue then at once, the vanity of think- if ascending a Bable-tower, the iron ing that you cannot be spared, and-off horse, with his long train, winds up the at once.

slopes of the Allegheny with such a It is a good and a pleasant thing to gradual ascent that you scarcely know trafel. Good for soul and body; espe- that you are rising. At length, as if cially so for such as are at home much tired of winding and climbing, he rusbes confined to indoor labor, or a monotonous into the mountain like a dragon of the round of labor. How interesting and age of fable into his hole, and in a few refreshing to such, are the everchanging minutes brings you out into day-light scenes that pass them like a panorama West of the Alleghenies! All right! in the wide, wide world. Moreover, of and on you go. The whole road is balall the pleasant months in the year for lasted with stone between the cross-ties, this enjoyment, there is none like May which not only prevents the rising of and June. For our little excursion, we cut dust, but also gives to the cars that off the last of the first, and the first of peculiar-what shall I say?-soft soundthe last-taking from May 29th till June ing, corky, turnpiky roll, (excuse the 9th, for our trip.

new words,) which we have found on no We would recommend another thing. other road. The Pittsburg, Fort Wayne If you wish to go West, take the first and Chicago Road, has also, of late, been train after 12 o'clock at night. This brought under the presidency of Mr. will bring you into the mountains by day | Thompson, the prince of railroad Presilight. But what is still better, it will dents, and is now undergoing a similar enable you, wherever you may be travel renovation. This part completed, after ing, to see one of the most beautiful the same comfortable fashion, this will sights to be seen, and one which is sel-be, throughout, as it is already for 370 dom seen by city people. This, namely, miles, away into the heart of the far the dawn of the morning in the "dap- West, the most delightful road in the pled East," and the rising of the sun!) whole country. Though his friends will tendent of the Western Division of the raiseth the poor out of the dust, and Penn'a Central, in the place he so well lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill filled for years, they will be glad to find to set them among princes. He will that his superior qualifications as a rail- keep the feet of his saints, and the wickroad manager, have brought to him the ed shall be silent in darkness; for by invitation to " come up higher," and strength shall no man prevail." that he is now associated with Mr. Our trip was not solely a pleasure trip; Thompson as Vice President, in the room we were also charged with the duties of of Mr. Foster, deceased. While spend a Delegate from the Eastern to the Westing a few days in somewhat leisurely ern Synod of the German Reformed travel through parts of Ohio, we were Church, which met at Akron, Summit struck with the changes which have been county, Ohio. Thus we were led to wrought by railroads in twenty-three spend nearly a week in that pleasant years, when we first became acquainted town of four to five thousand inhabitants. with the locations which we now re-visit- This town is celebrated, firstly, for its ed. The whole net-work of business lovely, rural aspect, and the beauty and and trade has been changed. In most taste of its private residences; and, secof cases, what were prominent business ondly, as the former home of the noted centres then, are so no more. The net-" John Brown, of Ossawattomie," who work of railroads spread over the State, had the singular fortune and misfortune have created other centres of trade. of gaining a rather undesirable immorThus the business life has been absorbed tality for himself and Governor Wise. from many towns and villages; and its He is well remembered in Akron as a property in many cases, at least for a rather quiet man who resided some miles time, has sorely depreciated. As a con- in the country, devoted to the patriarchal sequence of all this, we found that many calling of keeping sheep-this being a of the pioneer capitalists have “gone wool-growing county. It is also rememby the board,” as the saying goes, hav- bered that once on a time, after he had ing sunk their capital, in what is now received a letter from his sons in Kansas, stock left adrift on dry sand-banks, stating that “arms were more needed because the stream of business and trade there than bread,” he came into town has been drawn into other channels. It with a truck wagon, drawn by a tame was to us a sad sight in several cases and patient old horse, on a mission, and to observe, on forsaken warehouses and after the mode, as followeth. His horse factories, in large letters, the names of kept the middle of the street, stopping men who, twenty-three years ago, repre- of his own accord whenever his master sented the wealth and enterprise of the entered a house, awaiting the result and towns in which they did good pioneer farther intimation to move. Meanwhile service for whole communities; and to Brown went in and out, begging old guns, pass by their beautiful private residences, pistols, and such like-strange means for now in other hands, and presenting but border civilization. Having canvassed feebly the signs of their former pride the town in this way, street by street, and glory. To our question as to where he was ready to return with a "pretty the former owners were, it was generally good stock of shooting stuff." These answered, “broken up--lost all-and unchurchly implements were duly bosed have gone West !” SIC TRANSIT GLORIA and sent on to bleeding Kansas," as if MUNDI—so passes the glory of this world! it were necessary to make it bleed a little Of one thing our ramble among former more. Not having read the old man's familiar scenes fully convinced us, that life, we do not know whether or not this while the West is a good place to make incident is contained in it. If not, the fortunes, it has also been to many a good readers of The Guardian are indebted to place to lose them. "I returned, and our late visit to this place for this fartber saw under the sun, that the race is not information, which the rest of the world to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, as yet knoweth not of! neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet! But what interested us more than all riches to men of understanding, nor yet this, was the singular little lake which favor to men of skill; but time and is located near Akron. The county, of chance happeneth to all.” There is a which Akron is the seat of justice, is Providence in this, as in all other things. I called Summit county, because it is the “The Lord maketh poor and maketh rich: highest part of Ohio, being located on

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the ridge which divides the waters be- It is not strange that they should have tween the lakes in the North, and the been imposed upon, by some one who Ohio river in the South. Here, on this desired to be original rather than true, ridge, is a small lake which has two out- as it is not to be expected that they lets-the one on the North forming a should be posted in church antiquities; stream which pours its waters through but that the religious press should také the Cuyahoga River, into the lakes, and it up, as it has lately done, and echo the thence through the St. Lawrence into the foolish story, is a little surprising. Every Atlantic Ocean; the other on the South, sentence contains a fib! The Augustinpassing through the Tuscarawas, Mus- ian monks always did wear black, and kingum, Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, this was the color of Luther's clothes into the Gulf of Mexico. Now we pic- when he was yet a monk. The clergy ture to ourselves how a very small cir- wore black long before that time, and cumstance may direct a drop of water, that color did not, therefore, at that time or a little fish, to take one direction or “ become the fashion of the clergy." the other. And then how far apart The Elector of Saxony sent him black ultimately their destination! From this cloth as a present, not because it “was we would invite the young readers of at that time the court fashion," but beThe Guardian to draw for themselves an cause it was the clerical fashion at that impressive and solemn lesson. Youth time and long before. In the first ages may be regarded as a beautiful, clear, of Christianity, the prevailing ecclesiasunsullied lake, on such a dividing ridge. tical dress was white; but the monks, There are for it, in like manner, two both of the Orient and Occident, preoutlets; and both ways may the stream ferred to wear black, as the symbol of of life take its course. A small circum- that " godly sorrow which is not to be stance may determine whether it shall repented of.” Hence, not only the Nuns turn so as to pour its treasures at last and Monks in the Greek church, who all into the peaceful haven of heavenly joy, belong to the order of holy Basilius, are or roll down into the dark gulf of eternal clothed in black to the present day, but death! How solmenly true are the lines, in Constantinople, as early as the time Great God, on what a slender thread

of St. Chrysostom, who died A. D. 407, Hang everlasting things.

all the orthodox clergy were clothed in In conclusion we must not forget to black, while only the separatistic Noviexpress our thanks to the many kind tians wore white habits. Thus church friends who handed us their names as history records that when once the Novisubscribers to The Guardian. We hope tian bishop Sisinnius came on a visit to the monthly communication thus insti- the Catholic bishop Arsacius, a friend of tuted between us may be mutually as the first asked him why he appeared in pleasant as were our interviews, face to such an improper dress, and where it face.

was written that a bishop must wear white clothes? Whereupon Sisinnius

very promptly answered : " Tell me first ORIGIN OF BLACK COATS IN THE CLERGY.

RGY. where it is written that a bishop must "In the year 1524 Luther laid aside be dressed in black !" the monk's costume, and thenceforth When now, in later times, the blackdressed according to the fashion of the dressed Basilian order of monks in the world. He chose black clothes and East, and the similarly dressed Dominican consequently the color has become the monks in the West, became more and fashion of the clergy. His reason for more masters of the pulpit, the people choosing this color was: The Elector of became more and more accustomed to Saxony took an interest in him, and now see the minister in the pulpit in a black and then sent him a piece of black cloth, dress, and it could not seem strarge to being at that time the court fashion, and any one to see Luther, who, as an Aubecause Luther preferred it; and so his gustinian monk, had always been in the scholars thought it became them to wear habit of wearing a black dress, and in the same color as their master. From like manner the other Protestant ministhat time black has been the color most ters, appear officially in the black robe worn by the clergy."

or gown. This precious little morsel of histori- ! From all this, it is seen how untrue the cal nonsense has for some time been above story is. It is not only untrue but going the rounds of the secular press. foolish. History is not, never has been,

quite so waxy as to have its pliable nose

AN EXPLANATIOX. turned in such an immediate and A number of new subscribers have wholesale way, by the mere putting off lately been added to our list who desire and putting on of the coat of even a Lu-to have the BACK numbers from January. ther! Nor Christ, nor Paul, ever reuni- We are sorry to say that it is not in our formed the people and set them march-power to furnish them, owing to the fact ing after a new fashion with quite so that the May Number is exhausted. We much despatch. “Coming events," es- therefore make their subscriptions begin pecially if they come to stay awhile and with the July Number—the middle of to do some work, generally “cast their the year. If any of our subscribers, who shadows before.” Such jerkings in his- do not file their Nos., will send us back tory as that indicated in the story we the May No., we shall be thankful for are reviewing, would require all men to the favor. be puppets—a compliment we do not claim for either the people or the clergy.

CLIMBING. If we should draw a moral from this Theodore Parker, a man of great talstory, it would be: That some things ents and extensive acquirements, though did commence with Luther, and some very wild in his religious views, lately things did not!

died in a foreign land. His library, which he has given to the Public Library

of Boston, contains about 17,000 vols. ... THE BATTLE OF WATERLOO.

Mr. Parker worked his way up from In the present number of the Guar- humble circumstances. The first volume dian, our readers will find the closing which he ever owned, he bought when a article on this celebrated and bloody boy, having earned the money by pickbattle, from the pen of an eye-witness. ing whortle berries at three cents a The series has proved very interesting quart. This volume, which was Ainsand instructive, giving us a more parti-worth's Latin Dictionary, he always cular account than we could find in his kept lying near his writing desk, in tory, and a view of the battle as taken honor of its early ervice, and no doubt by a soldier. We heartily concur with in remembrance of the way in which he the venerable writer, Rev. Mr. Willers, became its owner. In this position it in hoping that no such bloody battle was still found after his death. He was may ever stain our soil. We are especi- a ready reader of twenty different lanally thankful to him for holding up guages, and could pilot his way through before our minds these scenes of war, as five more. a warning against a too great fondness Prof. Mitchell, of the astronomical for the military spirit. May he long Observatory in Cincinnati, who now enlive to preach that blessed Gospel which joys a world wide reputation as an proclaims “peace on earth and good astronomer, lived as a poor boy in Leb. will to men.'

| anon, Ohio. Boys, do you hear that!

NOTES ON NEW BOOKS.

THE PRESBYTERIAN PARLOR MAGAZINE, | contributors is given, whose talents,

Edited by Alfred Nevin, D, D., Vol. I. combined with the ability of the editor, No. I. Philadelphia, Allan Pollock, must make this monthly worthy of all No. 702 Chestnut st.

acceptation, as a magazine for Presby. This is a new candidate for popular terian families. It covers 52 pages, and favor in the Magazine World. It breathes the present number is illustrated by two an earnest religious spirit, and we wel- fine engravings in the beginning. Terms come it to our sanctum. A fine list of [ $2 per year.

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In a former article, we gave our readers some account of the nature of the Church Year, with its holy times and seasons. We showed on what divine facts it rests; how it grows out of the revelation of God the Father, Son and Holy Ghost; how it celebrates the great divine facts of our redemption, and keeps them fresh in our minds and hearts; how it thus brings near to our earthly life all the elements of grace, that we may be influenced by them in our daily life; how the sacred year runs parallel with the natural year, but is higher than it, and thus both illustrates and sanctifies it. We wish now yet to illustrate the way in which a devout following of the order of the sacred year benefits us in the cultivation of practical piety.

It is easy to see how, in the life of nature, vegetable or animal, it is necessary that it be unfolded uniformly and symmetrically. All parts of a plant, all parts of a human body, must grow and be cared for. They must, therefore, be acted upon by those elements and influences which are adapted to unfold them. These helps they must have in proper proportion, and in due time. It must not always rain, nor always shine

not always be day, or always night-not always be spring or autumn, summer or winter. All these are proper, and needed in their time. God has made all things beautiful in their season; and through all the alter. nations and changes of the year must the plant pass, in order to receive aid from all the elements and influences in the midst of which it is successively made to live.

It is just so with the Christian life. It is a life; in its growth it observes all the order and the laws of life; and, as all life, it must be unfolded in wholeness and symmetry, and needs therefore all outward surroundings and helps; and needs them in proper proportion, and at the proper time. It must pass through all the experiences of joy and

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