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“ Some time after the old man's death, his eldest son established, or rather, I should say, began to lead the family devotion; and a serious impression seems to have been made on almost every member of the family.”
MESSRS. G. and Co., contractors on the Boston water-works, had a valuable cart horse severely injured a few days since. The animal was led home to the stable, where about fifty horses are generally kept. The ostler has a water spaniel, who for some months has been constantly about among the horses in the stable, living on terms of great friendship with them. Immediately after the disabled horse was led in, he lay down and began to exhibit signs of great distress. The spaniel at once ran to the horse and commenced fawning around him, licking the poor aniinal's face, and in various other ways manifesting his sympathy with the sufferer. The struggles and groans of the horse being continued, the dog sought his master, and drew his attention to the wounded horse, and showed great satisfaction when he found his master employed in bathing the wounded animal, and otherwise ministering to his wants. The ostler continued his care of the horse until a late hour in the night, and then called the dog to go home, but the affectionate creature would not leave his suffering friend, and continued by him all night. Forty-eight hours after the horse was injured, the faithful spaniel had not left the suffering horse day or night, for a minute, not even to eat; and from his appearance, it is believed that be has scarcely slept at all. He is constantly on the alert; not suffering any one to come near the horse, except those attached to the stable and the owner of the animal ; and his whole appearance is one of extreme distress and anxiety. He often lays his head on the horse's neck, caresses him and licks around his eyes ; which kindness the poor horse acknowledges by a grateful look and other signs of recognition.
The above statements, which may be relied on for their accuracy, furnish a remarkable and affecting exhibition of animal kindness; and should cover with shame the unfeeling men, who beat and abuse that noble and most useful of animals, without stint or remorse, and are utterly destitute of sympathy for the whole brute creation.
MY MOTHER'S VOICE.
As when, in heartfelt joy,
Of her loved boy.
As in that early hour,
With healing power.
The patriarchs of old :
My young eyes told.
And whispers round my heart,
And they depart.
That voice would linger there,
THE STREAM OF LIFE.
That flowest full and free!
The summer dews for thee;
In autumn's chilly showers,
Till May brings back the flowers.
But once beside thy bed ;
The dews of heaven are shed.
Ånd close their crystal veins;
W. C. Bryant.
EASTERN POTTERS. THE ancient Egyptians showed great skill in the manufacture of pottery. Specimens of jars, vases, and cups are to be seen in most museums. From the paintings found in their tombs it appears that the potter's wheel was of stone, placed horizontally, and fixed on the top of a stake, the lower part of which descended into a pit about two feet in depth. In this pit the workman stood; with his feet he turned the wheel, while his hands fashioned the clay into shape. The clay had been previously tempered by treading it with the feet. It is worthy of observation that the same mode of making pottery still exists in Egypt and India.
“I hardly ever passed a Hindoo's hut,” says Captain Basil: Hall, in his Fragments of Voyages, “ before which a swarthy turbaned inhabitant of the east was whirling round the potter's wheel, without having my thoughts carried back to some of those beautiful narrations of Scripture, which fastened themselves so early and so firmly on my mind. I had once the good fortune, as I must consider it, to see a workman accidentally break a pot, which had cost him no small trouble to fashion. He immediately collected the fragments, dabbed the clay together again, and with great industry set about the reconstruction of the vessel. As the whole process recalled JULY, 1848.
an illustration I remembered to have seen used somewhere in the Old Testament, I sought out the passage, and was delighted to find what I had just witnessed described in Jeremiah xviii. 1-5."
66 The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there will I cause thee to hear my words. Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying, O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the Lord. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.”
On this passage it has been well observed : “ Jeremiah doubtless knew how the potter wrought his work, and how easily he threw it into what form he pleased ; but he must go, and observe it now, that, having the idea fresh in his mind, he might the more readily and distinctly apprehend the truth God thereby designed to represent to him. He there was taught God's authority and power, to form and fashion kingdoms as he pleases. One turn of the wheel alters the shape of the clay, makes it a vessel, unmakes it, or again new-makes it. Thus are our times in his hand. If the potter's vessel be marred for one use,
it shall serve for another. God will not be a loser by any in his glory. As fallen creatures, like clay marred in the hand of the potter, we are in the power of God, without plea or claim, having forfeited all by sin. He may, therefore, justly leave us in our present condition, as vessels of wrath fitted to destruction; or may cast us into a new shape, as vessels of mercy prepared by his grace for eternal glory.”
THE WORLD TO COME. And is there a world to come? Who believes it? See that rich man, reposing in ease, surrounded with splendour, filled with abundance, and living only to himself; does he believe it ?
See that poor man, pining in want, murmuring at his lot, and envious of the rich; does he believe it?
That man of pleasure, busy only in contriving new means of ministering to his passions and appetites ; does he believe it ?
The thoughtless multitudes that gaily pass along our streets, heedless of death and judgment; do they believe it?
Yet there is a world to come. Conscience gives warning of it; the eager cravings, the fond anticipations of a mind that can never be satisfied with earthly good, foretell it ; above all, the Bible, the sure word of inspiration, clearly reveals it. Yes, there is a world to come. It is coming rapidly. It will soon be here ; and you, reader, and all of us,
very soon have exchanged our dwelling here for a habitation in that world to come.
What kind of a world is it? Very unlike this world.
This world is transient: 6 the fashion of it passeth away, 1 Cor. vii. 31. The dearest objects on which our hearts fasten, perish. Riches, honours, pleasures, friends, are all mortal.
“ heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat; the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up,” 2 Pet. iii. 10. But the world to come is eternal. Its inhabitants, its scenes, its destinies, all will last for ever. Days, months, and years are lost in the boundless duration of eternity.
This world is changing. Scarcely anything remains the same to-day that it was yesterday. Circumstances change, reducing the prosperous to adversity; raising the poor and wretched to competence and joy; sickness and health alternately succeed each other; characters are changed; those deemed virtuous become profligate, and there is hope that the vicious may be reclaimed. But in the world to come all is unchanging. Its pleasures and its pains, its sorrows and its joys, and the condition of its inhabitants, will be the same
Character also will be fixed. He that is “ holy” will be “ holy still; and he that is filthy” will be “ filthy still.”
That world is the world of retribution ; this is the scene of probation. God does not always visit sin in this world with its immediate punishment; but“ is long-suffering to usward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance,” 2 Pet. iii. 9. He has provided an atonement. He sends his word, and ministers, and Spirit to awaken sinners, and invite them to receive his grace. He sets before them life and death; commands them to choose life; and “whosoever will” may come and take of the water of life freely," Rev. xxii. 17. But oh how different will it be in the world to come! There he will bestow the rewards or inflict the woes for which men have been prepared