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HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF IT.
OLD DUTCH PROVERBS.
THE NEW YEAR,
watch in silence the destruction of the
We watch it as it sinks out of To get the most out of the coming sight; watch the waters close plainly year, we must put the most into it. over it, and then begin to look about And we put the most into it by living and examine our new craft. in a spirit of earnestness, doing with “How many sins will you bury this our might what our hand finds to do, New Year's night? What will you do not trifling with the golden hours, but for your fellow-man? and what kindness receiving each as a precious gift from and charity will you show to your inGod. Only such earnest purpose makes feriors ? The year is dead. the day a blessing, ensures progress abandon it throw off your old sins; take from good to better, and causes us to off your filthy rags; take off your inlive in eternity while we are in time. fested rags, and pray God to make this They are the happiest who value every a happier, more Christian and more hour, who do not procrastinate, who do sunshiny year than you have ever everything now, and do it as well as it known. Let us pray.” can be done.-James Freeman Clarke. As the prayer ended the clock struck
12, the hand shaking began, and the air
· Happy New Years.”
POEMS FOR THE NEW YEAR. are obliged to sail with the wind that
A NEW YEAR'S WISH. God gives.
I ask one little boon Patience and attention will bring us
Of the New Year: far. If a cat watches long enough at May I through all its days the mouse nest, the mouse shall not es
Carry some cheer
To those who sit in gloom, cape.
Weeping for loss; Fools always will ask what time it is,
To hearts that slowly break but the wise know their time.
Under a cross. Grind while the wind is fair, and if
I who have left my dead, you neglect do not complain of God's
With none to care; providence.
I who have wept alone, He that lags behind in a road where
Would gladly sweeten lives, many are driving always will be in a
And make them dear,cloud of dust.
This little boon I ask
Of the New Year.
They best can serve the gods, night in Plymouth Church was largely
Their errands run, attended, a goodly number of his Meth
Who call no love their own
Under the sun. odist friends and acquaintances being
Let me bear help to want, in the audience. Prayers were offered
And hope to lear; and hymns sung, and several in the
I ask no other boon
Of the New Year. congregation told their experiences. At
-The Aldine. five minutes to 12 Mr. Beecher rose,
NEW YEAR'S EVE. and advancing to the edge of the plat- The Old Year's reign was drawing to its form, said in a solemn voice:
end, “The time is coming when the old And to himself he said, “I fain would spend year will lie dead on our hands. There The few short hours that still remain to are only a few minutes more. This is
live, the moment when two ships meet on the On whom and where the blessing to be
In seeking what best gift I last may give; ocean. One has been a faithful and
stow.” stanch vessel; it has carried us safely So saying, went be forth into the snow along, but it is old and worn, and its That thick an:) fast was falling o'er the
earth time has come. The other is new and All robed in white against the New Year's sound, and we step gladly aboard and birth.
LIFE A BOOK.
How bent, how feeble, and how weak was An earnest longing for the crown unwon, he!
And for each duty done, or noble thought, Twelve inonths agone the bells rang merrily The high resolve that better shall be To usher in, with laughter and with joy,
wrought; His coming as a gay and happy boy, Humanity, how high she may aspire, A blessed gift his life to all the land; Each year sball learn to long for something Long-severed brethren clasped each other's higher."
hand, War's latest shadow love had cleared away, i wake to find the radianco brightening
A growing brightness doth my senses fill; And peace with plenty held benignant sway. Back mused he through the days, and
still. thought, “ 'Tis well,
Above the mountain white, the sun's first But for how long, alas! I cannot tell.
rays So ere I die some lasting gift I'd bring;
Burst full and fair on my bewildered gaze; Unto the end the Old Year will be king."
Most glorious broke that winter's early Through many homes the spirit fitted past;
dawn; Through homes of wealth and power and I knew at last it was the New Year's pride he passed;
morn; Through dim abodes of darkness and of sin; And all the visions, which so real seemed, To chambers sad with pain he entered in; Were phantoms which on New Year's eve I Then to bright halls where marriage robes
-Kate M. Humphreys. were gay; To lowly homes where new-born infants lay, Close-nestling on their mother's tender breast,
Life is like a book, While whispering angels guarded all their And New Years are the openings of fresh rest;
pages, By boards well-filled with bounteous cheer Each number in its order. Books are prized, he went,
Not for their strength, but for the thoughts Where poverty had little but content;
that crowd Longest he lingered near the humbler door, In lustrous halos round their hallowed To breathe the promise of a fuller store;
leaves; Again, where, struggling with the parting And though the book of life may be but breath,
short, The dying waited the kind angel, Death, Yet if from every page there shimmers out Whose coming should their prisoned souls The one word, love, that volume will at release,
last And bear them on to find eternal peace.
Rest in a golden binding on the shelves, In churches quaint and old, the gathered The mystic shelves, of God's great library. crowd
We measure life by years, but not so God. Raised songs of praise resounding far and A thousand ages are as one short day loud;
With him. He counts by deeds, not fleetOr, with low-bending head and suppliant ing hours, knee,
And he who speaks a gentle word or gives They worshiped God in silence, knowing A cup of water to a fainting one, He
Will count more birthdays in heaven's Alone could help their weakness and their register sin,
Than if he lived a million centuries And, silent, watched the New Year's com- Unto himself alone. The seedtime now is ing in.
ours, On all these scenes be pondered, and awoke And with each New Year we begin to sow From his long revery only when the stroke Another furrow in life's fertile field! of the eleventh hour tolled slow and clear And at the coming harvest we shall reap A parting knell upon his startled ear. As we have sown-rich golden grains or “So many souls, and each a separate need,
weeds. 'Tis God alone can give them separate heed;
-Mary A. Carpenter. To beings such as I, it is not given
ONWARD AND UPWARD. To ease the pains of earth, or promise beaven;
Why stay we on earth unless we grow? Naught save Time's latest messenger am I,
- Browning. Yet I would something leave before I die.
A man's reach should exceed his grasp, It shall be this: that to all souls that wait,
Or what's a heaven for? And, watching, stand at the mysterious
-- Browning. gate Through which the dying yours must pass, I hold it truth, with him who sings and meet
To one clear harp in divers topes, Each New Year as it comes with flying feet, That men may rise on stepping-stones Shall come deep sorrow for the good un- Of their dead selves to higher things. done,
covery of America, Isabella committed A correspondent who writes from one of the greatest atrocities of history Germany, about Dr. Hedge, in the Uni- by expelling all Jews from Spain. Says
Dr. Hirsch: " While we have no power tarian Review, says: “I wish some clever writer would give the world a biography honor of one who violated all instincts
to prevent the erection of a statue in of the man,-now, before it is too late; of humanity in that decree of expulsion, for Dr. Hedge was a man altogether unique. He will always remain a com
we propose to honor the genius of tol.
eration in its ablest advocate, Lessing.” manding figure in American literature. Lessing was not a Jew, but he was a
his : there is the Indestructible in his great and broad-minded man, to whom
the Jews owe much. Indeed the whole thought.” We are very glad to see
modern world owes, perhaps, as much coming from over the sea this deserved
to him as to any other man for such retribute, and this call for a biography of one of the greatest minds and ligious breadth and freedom as it pos
It is thought that the Jews of ripest scholars that our country has
take the movement of
up It would not be hard to produced.
erecting the suggested statue. name men in our ranks who are fitted to give us a life of Dr. Hedge of the do the work will be well
done; and in very first order. It is to be hoped that honoring Lessing they will honor Chi
and themselves. arrangements will be made for some one to undertake the task at once.
Mr. Gladstone has just written a book
which he calls “ The Impregnable Rock Says Dr. Crowe with regard to the of Holy Scripture.” Its object is to Liberal Christian Alliance movement
maintain, as against the scientists, the and it is a weighty word:
“So long as
more advanced biblical critics and the we recognize no basis of religion ex- "sceptics,” the reliability of the Bible as cept the intellectual, we shall never
a supernatural and infallible revelation stand together in multitudes. When from God. The Christian Union in rewe find a Christian endeavor basis, and viewing the book calls his attention to a worship basis, we can tolerate many the fact that he goes considerably fardifferences of opinion. I am more and ther than the Bible presumes to go.
It more impressed with the absurdity of nowhere represents itself as the Rock; the fact that the various schools of Lib- according to its teachings God is the eralism have not found a way to work Rock—" My strong Rock," " together even as harmoniously as the and my Fortress," " the Rock that is different orthodox churches. If Bap higher than I,” “the Rock of my Salvatists and Methodists and Presbyterians tion.” As the Christian Union well urges, can unite in an Evangelical Alliance this is not an unimportant difference. and in a Young Men's Christian Associa- To orthodox Protestantism the Bible is tion to emphasize their agreements, and the Rock; to Roman Catholicism the to do good without regard to secta- Church is the Rock; to Liberal Chrisrian lines, surely Unitarians and Uni- tianity God, revealed not only in Bibles versalists and Independents ought to be and Churches, but in Nature and Human able to find a common field of thought Nature, and in all Truth attained and and labor! We should no longer belie yet to be attained, is the Rock, Impreg the word “liberal' by our practice of nable and Eternal. exclusiveness."
Let no one who is interested in Japan Rabbi Hirsch of Chicago is urging fail to read Mr. MacCauley's masterly the erection in that city of a statue to address on “Japan's Present Dangers Lessing, as an offset to the proposed and Needs,” in this number of the Unistatue to Queen Isabella. In the
tarian. We have seen no other SO year (1492) which witnessed the dis- comprehensive and thorough presenta
tion of the great problems that confront 5. It is chiefly a mission to the educated, the Japanese people. The Japan Daily to the student class, and therefore peculMail bas printed the address in full.
iarly congenial to our traditions and capacities as a denomination.
6. Japan is now in a crisis. In two genA circular just received from Japan erations the course of her history will be brings announcement of four courses of determined for centuries to come. Shall lectures which are being delivered in she be Christian? the Unitarian Hall, Tokio, by four of
We have given her the body of Western
civilization. Can we breathe into it the Unitarian representatives. Rev. breath of life? Clay MacCauley lectures upon “Uni
“ . tarian Principles," Prof. Liscomb on No event of greater interest for Lib. “ Outlines of Christian History,” Prof. eral Christians has occurred in England Wigmore on "Problems of Conscience," for many a year than that of the meetand Prof. Droppers on “ Ethical Ap- ing held at the Portman Rooms, Baker plications of Certain Economic Prin. St., London, on Nov. 29th, to put formally cipies.”
and adequately before the public the
University Hall scheme of Mrs. HumRev. Theodore C. Williams of New phry Ward and her co-laborers. Rev. York, who, with his wife, made a visit Stopford Brooke presided, and made the to Japan during the past summer, opening speech." Mrs. Ward read an largely for the purpose of studying the extended paper; and further addresses religious situation there, has published were made by Dr. Martineau, Dr. two extended articles in the Christian Drummond of Oxford, and Rev. Philip Register (dates Dec. 4 and 11) giving H. Wicksteed, the newly elected War the results of his observations. We den of the Hall. should be glad to reproduce the articles if our space permitted. In his second Mr. Brooke explained that the move. article he considers particularly the ment to create the new Settlement had prospects of Unitarianism among the grown directly out of Mrs. Ward's Japanese people, and closes with the book, "Robert Elsmere," which had had following summary of his conclusions: such an extraordinarily wide reading,
The only doubtful element in the situa- and had struck so deep a chord in the tion seems to be the nature and amount of public mind. A vast multitude of per. the support which the movement is to receive from the Unitarian body in America.
sons found that book portraying to them Even if the prospects were far less hopeful, essentially their own religious condiwe are pledged to the work; and it would tions. The scientific thought of the be disgraceful to abandon it or give inad- time had overthrown their belief in equate support. I know how large and urgent are our
miracles. They had discovered that the missionary enterprises at home. But it Bible contains a legendary element; seems to me no exaggeration to say that all the story of the Fall is mythical; so are our home missions combined are less mo- the miraculous birth stories of Jesus. mentous, less pregnant with immediate re- What then is left! They had been sults than the field of Japan. I will now stato briefly some of the striking advan- taught to regard these as lying at the tages offered by Japan as a field for Unita- foundation of Christianity. With these rian labor:
1. Japan will give a quick-maturing har giving way they felt that everything was vest, with large returns in a short time.
gone or going. It was the correspond 2. It is a cheap mission, requiring com
ence that rolled in upon Mrs. Ward like paratively few agents in the field.
a flood from this multitude of persons 3. It will soon be an independent move- whose hearts had been touched by her ment. The Japanese require almost no book, who had lost their hold upon the financial aid for any churches or societies once established, and even resent foreign faith of their childhood and saw nowhere help.
the dawning of another, that awoke in 4. It is not necessary to send out workers her mind a desire to do something tanfor a lifetime. A few years suffice for any gible and permanent to remedy the one man to do a lasting work there; and a change of workers is said to be rather ben trouble. “What can I do to help men eficial than otherwise.
and women out of all this?" was the
question. The founding of this Hall was cessful launching of the enterprise. the answer.
Mr. Wicksteed, the Warden, will be at
his post almost immediately, and he is The main object of each of the already making arrangements for lectspeeches, as well as of Mrs. Ward's pa- ure courses.' pet, was to show the need of rationalistic constructive work in religion, and the WOMAN'S WORD AND WORK. ways in which it was hoped to meet this THE NEW YORK WOMEN'S LEAGUE, need. The aim of the new scheme On Dec. 5th the second meeting of our would be two-fold - theological and League took place at the Second Unitarian social—the diffusion of truth and the after Miss Low's report of the last meeting,
Church, Brooklyn (Mr. Chadwick's), when, practical elevation of life. The work Mrs. Slicer's appeal on behalf of the Meadundertaken would to some extent run ville Seminary took the place of the cusalong parallel lines with that so success
tomary philanthropic and religious news fully carried out at Toynbee Hall, only which a small town offers students, and of
. She spoke of the advantages the aim here would more distinctly the small cost of these advantages at Meadreligious. Twenty or thirty rooms had ville. She urged our women to aid in probeen provided for the residence of curing the $115,000 needed as an addiworkers. Provision had been made for tional endowment. Mrs. Theodore Williams
spoke of the influence of Meadville training the use of a great library close at hand. in foreign countries promised by the fact A district had been chosen where there that in the past year a Dane, a Swede, a was much poverty, vice, and misery, so Russian, a Japanese, as well as men of that the workers might at once begin other nationalities, had received theological
So far, Harvard has efforts for the practical regeneration of made no provision for training women in society at points where its need is the ministry, but Meadville bas given such greatest. There would be classes all training for several years. Mrs. Williams the while going on at the Hall, in read a most interesting letter from a woman
now studying at Meadville, and a collection the study of various religions, philan- was promptly taken up' which will enable thropic and social subjects, but espe- her to go on with her studies there during cially the Bible. It was hoped
the coming year. to make the Hall a center at once for Giving," was next read by Mrs. Catlin. She
The leading paper, on the “Ethics of enlightened philanthropic work and for wrote on all except the fourth division of the diffusion of such views of religion the subject, and the paper was listened to as could alone meet the need of a think with the warmest interest. The heads were ing age like ours. Said Mrs. Ward:
as follows: 1. Ancient “alms-giving." Mod
ern "Lend a Hand.” 2. Blessedness of “Social and practical effort is an essen- giving. Generosity in receiving. 3. Indistial part of our scheme, yet not its most criminate giving. Vicarious beneficence. vital part. It is in the bringing back 4. Christmas and anniversary gifts. 5. The
ourselves. The of faith-not the faith which confuses greatest of all gifts
paper was in part as follows: legend with history, or puts authority in The progress of civilization may be the place of knowledge, but the faith measured by the extent to which in any which springs from moral and spiritual country or race the moral dominates over fact, and may be day after day and hour the physical nature; and, further, by the ex
tent in which the moral itself passes beyond after hour again verified by fact—that the domain of impulse into the domain of the great task of our generation lies. - not a cold intellectuality, but It is to participation in that task that our reason whose foundation is knowledge of
the laws of love. own small and imperfect effort is con
It is only in modern
times that the expression, “ethics of giving," secrated, and it is in sight of that great would have been used. Who, until lately, ideal we ask for help and sympathy." would have questioned the morality of giv
ing? But the sentiment of philanthropy
has evolved into the science of philanthroThe London Inquirer says:
py, the former being of heart alone, the reports of the University Hall inaugu- latter a combination of heart and brain. ration meeting have appeared in the Paula, Roman matron, giving., all for daily papers. Everyone concerned tavia Hill, English gentlewoman, animated
“love and Christ and in his name," and Ocwas immensely pleased with the suc
by the same spirit of love to God and man,