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children and servants meet you in the other world with their mouths full of accusations; or, if you dread not this, as you would not have them prove a plague and scourge to you in this world, let not your family government be irreligious. It is just that God should suffer thy
servant to be unfaithful to thee in thy estate, who art so to his soul; that thy children, when old, should forget their duty to thee, that didst bring them up like heathens, without learning them their duty to God. Gurnali.
GLEANINGS. THINGS WORTH FORGETTING.—It is almost frightful, and altogether humiliating, to think how much there is in the common ongoing of domestic and social life, which deserves nothing but to be instantly and for ever forgotten. Yet it is equally amazing how large a class seem to have no other business but to repeat and perpetuate these very things. That is the vocation of gossips-an order of society that perpetuates more mischief than all the combined plagues of Egypt together. You may have noticed how many speeches there are which become mischievous by being heard a second time; and that an army of both sexes are sworn to see to it, that the fatal repetition shall be had. Blessed is the man or woman that can let drop all the burs and thistles, instead of picking them up, and fastening them to the next passenger! Would we only let the vexing and malicious sayings die, how fast the lacerated and scandal-ridden world would get healed and tranquillized.-Dr. Huntington.
“ APPOINTED TO ME.”-A voice from the sick-room says:~"It helped me immensely last night, in my pain, to remember the text, Wearisome nights are appointed unto me.' The idea that they were no accident, no blunder of my physician, but appointed by my best Friend, this was strength to me. When all were sleeping, and His eye saw my weariness, then I was sure that, for infinitely wise and kind reasons, all was arranged and prepared for me. This stilled my soul. This is our life-lesson. Property takes wings—friends fail us—good schemes miscarry-plans of usefulness are thwarted by most unlooked for interventions-health gives out-action gives place to suffering. Where we were cheerfully doing, we can now only wait God's will. Darkness and doubt shut us in. For many days neither sun nor stars appear. But all is well : these things are appointed unto us. Only let us believe this—let a calm faith recognise the gracious Providence which shapes all our ways, and we can then endure until the dawn shall bring light and joy.'
WHILE in thy lips thy words thou dost confine,
HINTS FOR THE HOUSEHOLD.
TO MAKE GINGER BEER.
GINGERBREAD. Two ounces of cream of tartar, One pound and a half of treacle, the juice of two lemons, and the half pound of butter, two pounds peel of one, the peel cut very i flour, one pound coarsest brown thin; two ounces bruised ginger, sugar, two ounces ground ginger. two pounds of sugar (lump is the Mix flour and butter first well nicest), two gallons of boiling together, then add sugar and water. Pour the boiling water ginger; again well mix, then pour over the above ingredients into a on the treacle and knead it in till pan that will hold the whole all the dough is an even colour. quantity, and allow a little room Roll out the thickness required, and
Stir well, and when cut with top of your flour dredger. cool set it in a state of fermen- | (It is generally a nice small tation by the addition of two round.) Put your cakes in a or three tablespoonfuls of fresh greased tin, all separate from each yeast. Strain it after it has stood other; that is, do not let the twelve hours, and bottle it at rounds touch each other; and
Be sure the bottles are bake gently at first, quick at last. perfectly clean and dry. Tie the corks, and cork the bottles very
SPONGE CAKE. tight. It will be ready for use This cake, when made according in two or three days and nicely to directions, as follows, never up.
fails to be light: Three quarters
of a pound of finely powdered A Good COMMON CAKE.
lump sugar; grate the peel of one Get from the baker half a lemon, put it to the sugar; have quartern of dough. Rub into it ready half a quarter of a pint of half a pound of nice dripping, or quite boiling water, pour it upon butter, and a quarter of a pound the sugar and lemon, then add of moist sugar; then put a quarter seven eggs (taking out two whites) of a pound of raisins, a quarter slightly beaten. Stir these inof a pound of currants, and a gredients together gently, and little candied peel. Mix all well beat lightly, never leaving off, for together. Beat two eggs, pour one hour, then drop in by degrees them on your cake, and beat up half a pound of flour previously all well for about a quarter of an dried before the fire; stir the hour with
hand. Put it into flour in quickly, and pour your a well greased tin, and bake gently cake into a well greased tin. for two hours. Caraway seeds Pop into a nicely heated oven will do just as well as currants or the instant you have got your raisins, if liked.
cake in the tin.
BOOKS RECEIVED. Mothers in Council (Seeley & Co.). Home Visitor (Hunt & Co.). Young Men and Maidens (Xodder Stoughton). Children's Treasury (Book Society). Mothers and Daughters Morgan & Chase).
THE Maker of man knows what is for man's good. He understands man's needs, and His gifts and provisions meet the exact necessities of His creatures.
The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life. Length of days, and long life, and peace, are found in the path of
obedience to Him. The temperance, moderation, and chastity which the Bible requires, are just what any wise physician would prescribe, whether he followed his own prescription or not. Every passion and emotion which the Scripture forbids is a source of physical disorder. Anger has laid many a man in an untimely grave.
Excess of wine has slain thousands. Lusts and revellings war against the body as well as against the soul. Malice and envy cause indigestion and countless ills. Anxious care for the morrow has sent many a man crazed to the hospital, and many another lifeless to the grave. Rage is worse than a fever. Grief wastes and withers its pale victims, and drags them to the tomb. Ambition gnaws away the life, which becomes a self-consuming sacrifice; and every
base and Godless desire works ruin and disorder in the physical nature of mankind.
On the contrary, every sentiment and emotion prescribed and enjoined by the sacred Scriptures is healthful and life-giving. The love, joy, and peace, which are the fruits of the Spirit; the VOL, VIII. No. 8.
patience which is quiet under reproach; the charity which suffereth long and is kind; the meekness that bends before an assailing blast; the hope that sings her songs of gladness through the night of tears; the faith that rests secure in trouble as in the hollow of the Almighty's hand; the trust which has no anxiety for food or raiment, or for to-morrow's cares; the knowledge that all things are working for good, and will surely come out right at last; the surety that all is well, in sickness and health, for time and for eternity; the feeling that life's great care has not been neglected, but that the concerns of eternity are for ever settled ; and, in fact, every thought, emotion, and peculiarity which distinguishes Christianity from superstition, and Divine grace from human nature, conduces to health, happiness, and physical perfection.
If we pursue this subject, we shall find that, while the precepts and practice of Christianity extend the average duration of physical life, the results of unchristian and heathenish courses work sickness and death in their most terrible forms among the sons of men. Whence come those plagues and pestilences which desolate cities and nations? From lands where the Gospel sheds its light? By no means. The cholera is called "Asiatic," and it, with the more desolating plague, comes from eastern countries, where humanity lies festering in filth and sin; famishing and perishing for lack of the knowledge which ever attends the diffusion of the light of life.
Thus righteousness ever tends to life, while sin brings death and ruin to the race. Why is this? Can infidels tell? Who knows? The answer is plain ; God is the author both of nature and revelation, and each is fitted to the other as the wax to the seal, and in His favour alone is life, and peace, and blessing.
BE SOCIAL AT HOME.-Let parents talk much, and talk well at home. A father who is habitually silent in his own house may be in many respects a wise man, but he is not wise in his silence. We sometimes see parents, who are the life of every company they enter, dull, silent, uninteresting at home among their children. If they have not mental activity and mental stores sufficient for both, let them first provide for their own household. Ireland exports beef and wheat, and lives on potatoes; and they fare as poorly who reserve their social charms for companions abroad, and keep their dulness for home consumption. It is better to instruct children and make them happy at home, than it is to charm strangers or amuse friends. A silent house is a dull place for young people-a place from which they will escape if they can. They will talk or think of being "shut up" there; and the youth who does not love home is in danger.