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if she understands me, I am sure all the when you do get at it, plant good rest will."
trees. Do not mind paying a good price There is a lesson in this incident for good fruit. . Get the best, for it will which might well make a paragraph in reward you best in the end. a lecture on preaching. Such a lecture Do not forget the grapes, the currants, might be illustrated exceelǝntly well by the raspberries, the blackberries, the the example of our “Saviour's preach- gooseberries, and the rest of the berry ing, and much ornamented by what is family. They all yield well, and are said by Paul about not preaching the well worth the place they occupy. How Gospel “with wisdom of words”-by pleasant to have plenty to use during Peter of “great swelling words of van- the season; and what are left the good ity,”—and by Jude of those “whose woman of the house will turn into pre mouth speaketh great swelling words, serves and jellies to vary the sausagehaving men's persons in admiration be
monotony of midwinter, and aid in cause of advantage.”
giving the children good blood.
Now hear the words of the Guardian and be wise. Give ear to our counsels,
and get understanding. Attend to our Will you do it? You have often been most reasonable request and plant trees! told to do so. Will you get at it at last. trees! trees! Plant trees. If not more, plant one tree, & fruit, or a shade tree; we care not which, but do plant some kind or other.
SHADE! SIADE! SHADE! Where shall you plant it? Can you The hot months are coming on again. find no place for one tree! Along the What shall be done? “Necessity is the road, before the house, at the spring or mother of invention.” If so, the smothwell, in some fence corner, beside some ering heat of the Summer months ought old stone quarry, or on some rocky to bring relief in some shape. Judging place where you can perhaps find soil from our unenterprising spirit in the enough for one tree. You can easily direction of securing sanitary improvefind the place, if you only find the will ments, we shall no doubt pant, sweat and to do it.
sigh through the coming summer months, You will get no good of it anyhow ? as we have often done before, without Ah, pity that you said that. It only being the wiser for it. Various methods makes us think the less of you. Your are employed to get comfortably through selfishness has crept out. Suppose the hot weather. The favored few will those who have gone before you had flee to watering places or country resorts, thought the same, where would you the busier and poorer masses must linnow get apples and peaches to feed that ger and languish at their hot and enerselfish self of yours! If you think you vating tasks. We have frequently been are not worthy of living till the fruit surprised that, with our famous entertrees you plant bear fruit, plant them prising go-aheaditivenessso little should for those that come after you, as those be said and done for the public health who were before you did for you. of body, mind and soul. Give a com
You see no use in planting so many munity a healthy atmosphere, rational trees? So then. We see no use in leav- means of amusement, and you facilitate ing a .space vacant where a tree might | its moral improvement. grow without interfering with anything The impression prevails that parks else. If there is nothing but birds to and public baths, are luxuries which eat the cherries, nothing but rabbits to only our larger cities can claim. In eat the apples, why not let them have country towns the people must bathe in that satisfaction, when they can have it a neighboring stream or not at all; they at such a trifling cost. But the likeli- must promenade in their small gardens hood is that there will be other de- or on the hot, dusty, noisy streets. They mands for the fruit. Ask an apple wo- can look out over the country, but have man at the railroad station for a good no convenient place to enjay it. Now healthy apple, and she will say: “Three why can't we have parks even in onr cents, sir." Don't that “
small country towns? Every town, Now go and plant trees. Do not let great or small, that would plant five or this spring pass without repairing, as ten acres of ground, and plant it with far as you may, your past neglect. And trees, would diffuse joy and gladness
through coming centuries. Every town One hour finds them in the study of the ought to have a place of healthy, pleasant ancient, another of the modern authors, resort, not only for the wealthy, but for their acquaintanceship with the languathe PEOPLE and children; and this could ges being first founded on a thorough be afforded by a rural retreat near by at knowledge of their grammatical construc & comparatively small expense. A natu- tion, and afterwards familiarized and ral woods sometimes affords the luxury perfected by conversation. of retreat, fresh air and shade; but the Next they are trained in those mililand near villages becomes valuable, tary exercises which give dignity and and the pleasant woods are cut down. bearing. Another hour is agreeably The private citizen, who is the possessor, filled up with the lighter accomplishhas perhaps not public spirit enough, ments of music and dancing. Again even if he could afford it, to let the beau- the happy party assemble in the riding tiful woods remain ; and very often he school, where they may be seen deeply is not in circumstances thus, at his own interested in the various evolutions of sacrifice to keep up a rural place for the
Thence—while drawing public good. Indeed the public has no and the further exercise of music, and right to demand such sacrifice at his the lighter accomplishments, call off hands. No principle of justice de- the attention of their sisters—the young mands that one citizen should furnish princes proceed to busily engage themalone what is a pleasure and profit to selves in a carpenter's shop, fitted up all. In time, as we have intimated, the expressly for them, at the wish of the village grove is cut down. The beauti- royal consort, with a turning lathe and ful original forest trees all gone forever. ¡ other tools essential to a thorough Who is to blame for the loss? Not the knowledge of the craft. They thus beman who could not afford to let it remain, come not only theoretically, but practi. but the public who neglected to purchase cally acquainted with the useful arts of the ground, and preserve its usual charac- life. ter for the public comfort aud health. A small laboratory is occasionally
A few hundred dollars would have brought into requisition, at the instance purchased the ground, which would also of their royal father, and the minds have been to the village “a thing of of the children are thus led from a conbeauty, and a joy forever.” But the templation of the curiosities of chemical opportunity is gone. What now is to science and the wonders of nature to an be done? It is never too late to do good. inquiry into their causes. This done, Let a piece of ground be purchased and the young carpenters and students throw planted with trees. A few years will down their saws and axes, unbuckle bring about the desired result, and their philosophy, and shoulder their parents will have the pleasure of miniature percussion-guns—which they seeing their children play under trees of handle with all the dexterity of practictheir own planting.
ed sportsmen--for a shooting stroll There is little difficulty in accomplish- | through the Royal Gardens. The evening what is here suggested. There are ing meal, the preparations for the mornin every village and town a few public ing lessons, and brief religious instrucspirited citizens to be found who can re- tion, close the day. alize it. Enough will be found to favor it, when it is proposed and started, and when there are those who were led in carrying it into effect. Let it be done.
He who allows his application to Shade! shade! shade!-with fresh air,
falter, or shirks his work on frivolous and a place to which to fly from heat / pretexts, is on the sure road to ultimate and dust-this is what we need. God
failure. Let any task be undertaken as wishes us to have it. He will grow the
a thing not possible to be evaded, and trees, let us plant them.
it will soon come to be performed with alacrity and cheerfulness. The habit of
strenuous, continued labor, will become HOW VICTORIA TRAINS HER CHILDREN.
comparatively easy in time, like every A primary regard is paid to moral other habit. Thus even men with the and religious duties. They rise early, commonest brains and most slender breakfast at eight, and dine at two. powers will accomplish much, if they Their various occupations are alloted will but apply themselves wholly and out with almost military exactness. ) indefatigably to one thing at a time.
Sir Charles Napier, .when in India, It is not how much a man may know encountered an army of 35,000 Beloo- | that is of so much importance as the ches with 2,000 men, of whom only 400 end and purpose for which he knows it. were Europeans. He charged them in The object of knowledge should be to the center up a high bank, and for three mature wisdom and improve character, hours the battle was undecided. At to render us better, happier and more last they turned and fled.
useful-more benevolent, more energetIt is this sort of pluck, tenacity and ic, and more efficient in the pursuit of determined perseverance which wins every high purpose in life. We must soldiers' battles, and indeed every battle. ourselves be and do, and not rest satisIt is the one neck nearer that wins the fied merely with reading and meditarace and shows the blood ; the one pull ting over what other men have written more of the oar that proves the “beefi- and done. Our best light must be made ness of the fellow," as Oxford men say: life and our best thought action. The it is the one march more that wins the humblest and least literate must train campaign ; the five minutes' more per- his sense of duty and accustom himself sistent courage that wins the fight. to an orderly and diligent life. Though Though your force be less than another's, talents are the gift of nature, the highyou equal and outmaster yonr opponent est virtue may be acquired by men of if you continue it longer and concentrate the humblest abilities through careful it more. The reply of the Spartan self-discipline. At least we ought to be father, who said to his son, when com- able to say, as Richter did, “I have plaining that his sword was too short, made as much out of myself as could • Add a step to it," is applicable to be made of the stuff, and no man should everything in life.
NOTES ON NEW BOOKS.
FIVE YEARS' MINISTRY IN THE GERMAN characterized the history of the congre
REFORMED CHURCH IN RACE ST., BE- gation. This sermon looks back serene-
a happy thought also in dix. By J. H. A. Bomberger, D. D., Dr. Bomberger to add the EcclesiPhiladelphia, Lindsay and Blakiston, astical Appendix, Whilst that sermon 1860, pp. 72.
is necessarily of more local applicaIt was a happy thought in the congre- tion, the numerous facts that are here gation to which Dr. Bomberger minis- condensed into about 30 pages are of ters, to request the publication of this permanent general interest, especially
In consequence of various to members of the Reformed Church, tribulations brought upon the good old and to such as wish to inform themselves Race street Church previous to Dr. B.'s in regard to her origin, history, standentering upon its pastorate, his own ards, polity, and general spirit. Whilst ministry during these five years has the sermon, though covering delicate been one of peculiar labor and responsi- ground, is subdued and breathes the bility, while the state of the congre- spirit of charity, the Appendix is pregation has been one of anxiety-of hope pared with care and ability. We hope of fear. The desolations have disap- | this neat little volume may receive a peared, and encouraging prosperity has wide circulation,
SOME may, perhaps, doubt whether it can have been one of the objects of divine benevolence and wisdom, in arranging the surface of this world, so to construct and adorn it as to gratify a taste for fine scenery. But I cannot doubt it. I see not else why nature every where is fitted up in a lavish manner with all the elements of the sublime and beautiful, nor why there are powers in the human soul so intensely gratified in contact with those elements, unless they were expressly adapted for one another by the Creator. Surely natural scenery does afford to the unsophisticated soul one of the richest and purest sources of enjoyment to be found on earth. If this be doubted by any one, it must be because he has never been placed in circumstances to call into exercise his natural love of the beautiful and the sublime in creation. Let me persuade such a one, at least in imagination, to break away from the slavish routine of business or pleasure, and in the height of balmy summer to accompany me to a few spots, where his soul will swell with new and strong emotions, if his natural sensibilities to the grand and beautiful have not become thoroughly dead within him.
We might profitably pause for a moment at this enchanting season of the year,(June,) and look abroad from that gentle elevation on which we dwell, now all mantled over with a flowery carpet, wafting its balmy odors into our studies. Can any thing be more delightful than the waving forests, with their dense and deep green foliage, interspersed with grassy and sunny fields and murmuring streamlets, which spread all around us? How rich the graceful slopes of yonder distant mountains, which bound the Connecticut on eithe side! How imposing Mount Sugar Loaf on the north, with its red-belted and green-tufted crown, and Mettawampe too, with its rocky terraces on the one side, and its broad slopes of unbroken forests on the other ! Especially, how beautifully and even majestically does the indented summit of Mount Holyoke repose against the summer sky! What sunrises and sunsets do we here witness, and what a multitude of permutations and combinations pass before us during the day, as we watch from hour to hour one of the loveliest landscapes of New England !
Let us now turn our steps to that huge pile of mountains called the White Hills of New Hampshire. We will approach them through the valley of the Saco River, and at the distance of thirty miles they will be seen looming up in the horizon, with the clouds reposing beneath their naked heads. As the observer approaches them, the sides of the valley will gradually close in upon him, and rise higher and higher, until he will find their naked granit summits almost jutting over his path, to the height of several thousand feet, seeming to form the very battlements of heaven. Now and then will be see the cataract leaping hundreds of feet down their sides, and the naked path of some recent landslip, which corried death and desolation in its track. From this deep and wild chasm he will at length emerge, and climb the vast ridge, until he has seen the forest trees dwindle, and at length disappear; and standing upon the naked summit, immensity seems stretched out before him. But he has not yet reached the highest point; and far in the distance, and far above him, Mount Washington seems to repose in awfal majesty against the heavens., Turning his course thither, he follows the narrow and naked ridge over one peak after another, first rising upon Mount Pleasant, then Mount Franklin, and then Mount Monroe, each lifting him higher, and making the sea of mountains around him more wide and billowy, and the yawning gulfs on either side more profound and awful, so that every moment his interest deepens, and reaches not its climax until he stands upon Mount Washington, when the vast panorama is completed, and the world seems spread out at his feet. Yet it does not seem to be a peopled world, for no mighty city lies beneath him. Indeed, were it there, he would pass it almost unnoticed. For why should he regard so small an object as a city, when the world is before him ?—a world of mountains, bearing the impress of God's own hand, standing in solitary grandeur, just as he piled them up in primeval ages, and stretching away on every side as far as the eye can reach. On that pinnacle of the northern regions no sound of man or beast breaks in upon the awful stillness which reigns there, and which seems to bring the soul into near communion with the Deity. It is, indeed, the impressive Sabbath of nature; and the soul feels a delightful awe, which can never be forgotten. Gladly would it linger there for hours, and converse with the mighty and the holy thoughts which come crowd. ing into it; and it is only when the man looks at the rapidly declining sun that he is roused from his reverie and commences his descending march.
Let such a man next accompany me to Niagara. We will pass by all minor cataracts, and place ourselves at once on the margin of one that knows no rival. Let not the man take a basty glance, and in disappointment conclude that he shall find no interest and no sublimity there. Let him go to the edge of the precipice, and watch the deep waters as they roll over, and, changing their sea-green brightness for a fleecy white, pour down upon the rocks beneath, and dash back again in spray high in the air. Let him go to the foot of the sheet, and look up at the cata.