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The Power o/ Prayer. Ulastrat* • I in the won-
dei-ful displays of Divine Gnw « . at the Ful-
ton St. and otbermeetiDgs, in New York and
elsewhere, in 1857 and 1858. By Samuel
iBSNifius Pbdcs, author of Travels in Europe
and the East^ Thoughts on the Death of

Children, etc. etc. Seventh Edition. New-
York: Charles Scribner. 1859.
No book received from the press fbr a
twelvemonth has seemed to us more worthy
to be coDMnended to a world-widfe circulation
than this. No Christian and no skeptic should
ftiil to read it, and we are persuaded that none
who read will regard their time or money mis-
applied. The contents are thus indicated In
the preftice. The autlior remarks :

** To gather into a book the wonderful facts which
had transpired around us fbr a year pttt ; to trace
the rise and progress of the great religious movement
that marks the age and the land in whi^h we live , to
record the remarksbls aUbWers to prayer which are
daily mentioned to the praise of divine grace; to re-
count the striking oases of conversion at meetings, in
church, at home, and in the street; to tell of prajer
in shops, stores and markets ; thrilling religious ez-
perienpes among all classes of people— lawyers, mer-
chants, seamen, children ; great sinners converted ;
drunkards reclaimed ; wives obtaining the conversion
of their husbands : children seeking and finding thS
conversion of their parents, and parents pfftying fbt
and asking others to pray for their ohildien, and ob-
taining gracious answers ; p<>or prt>digals brought
back in answer to prayer ; specific individutis prayed
for and all converted ; and scores of astonishifig, ten-
der and delightful facts, to show the poweb or
PBATXB ! — this was what the Publisher desired me to

" Never was my own mind so filled with aw«, as it.
has been while grouping these facts into consecutive
pages and chapters. Never was the connection be-
tween prayer and the answer, the relation of the
Asker to the Giver, so revealed to me as in the pro-
secution of this work. Here I find it confirmed by
scores offsets and exsmples, not in hhitory, sscred or
secular ; not traditionary or second-hand, but Acts of
present occurrence, in t^e midst of this noisy, busy,
restless, worldly city ; fiU)ts beyond sU doubt or cavil,
that the Lord will give his praying people whatsoever
tliey ask in faith ! We raise no question about mira^-
des. We know what things are agreeable to God's
will, and what^ submission requires. Here is the
written proof that God will answer prayer, and no re-
ligious man can enter into the spirit of these prayer-
mee tings, or read the accounts here presented, with-
out being overshadowed with theeonvlollon that it is
a solemn as well as a blessed privilege to pray; that
God is willing to give his Spirit to them who fiSk
him ; and that believing pbatsb is sun lo be Ait-


Wee Wee Songe^for owr Little Pete, By Lula
Lke. Boston : Henry V. Degen. 1869.
A very neat volume, beautifully illustrated,
and well adapted to the tastes and ci^acities
of early childhood. Our little girl of six, hflS
read and re-read it, with as much interest and
attention as she bestows upon a new doll, and
we doubt not other children will do the same.
The author has happily succeeded in blending
instruction with amusement. The book con-
tains much important truth couched in simple
language, and can hnpart nO felse Ideas to the
infant mibd.

New iftwtiJ:— We hare received from the
Publisher, Hobaob WatMs: "Twi with the$

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sHU r & sweet pieoe, fall of consoling thought
for the bereared — and which we are allowed
to transfer to ear columns ; also " Kind words
can never die,^^ — a favorite in the Home
Schools ; " Oh ! give me back my mountain
home,'' and ''The Wads of the Westr If
they, who make the " melodies for a people,"
form its character, the publisher of these
pieces is certainly wielding an immense in-
fluence, and we belieye for good. *

B7 p«rmiMi<mofthe Poblisher. Roraoe Waten.


MothbbI sweet mother! though many a day
Has passed like the swift- winged cloada away,
Since then, with grief that was almost wild,
Didst give to the angel of death thy child :
NcYsr more let a tear thine eyeUd fill,
For, mother I sweet mother ! I*m with thee still !

Then canst not see me, thy child bo dear,
Thou canst not hear me, yet I am near.
I watch thea, mother, as thon didst me.
In the days of my youth and my infancy.
Love's holiest vigil I come to fill,
Mother I dear mother I I'm with thdo stilL

When the east is red with the coming morn,
And the stars grow pale in the crimson dawn.
And the boay cares of a new-bom day
Are chasing the sliadows of sleep away.
Thy cap from the river of life I fill.
Mother ! sweet mother I Tm with]theo still.

When the son goes down to his conch of gold.
And the shadowy wings of night unfold.
And the stars light np the beantifal road
That shows the path to the saint's abode,
I come with the angels who do His will-
Mother I dear mother ! Pm with thee still.

I see thee kneel in the place of prayer,
And I fold my pinions in silence there,
As the earnest of fiiith to thee is given,
The hope that heralds th« bliss of heaven,
And the holiest peace which the soal can fill.
Mother I sweet mother I I'm with thee still.

When the hoar shall come and thy strength shall

And thy feet are torned to the narrow vale.
And the waters of death, so dark and cold,
Shall o'er thee roU, as o'er me they rolled,
I will touch thy hand, in the waves so chill,
Mother 1 dear mother I I'm with thee still.

When the river is crossed and the journey done,

The oonflict is over, the victory won.

And thy feet are firm on (hat glorious shore,

Where sorrow and parting are known no more

Never more shall'a tear thy eyelid fill,

There, there, sweet mother I I'm with thee still.


OomsASTS. — ^This day has been exceedingly

fine. The devotees of Fashion have thronged

our pabUc streets and avenues, vieing with

each other in costliness and extravagance of

drees. To these there seems no lack of means

to supply their every earthly want ; " they have

more than heart could wish." In what sharp
contrast does the squalid poverty appear, which
exists in cellars almost within their sight, so far
below the earth^s surface, that the sun's rays
can never enter to dispel the dampness I Here
human beings live, possessing similar suscepti-
bilities to the former class, and co-heirs with
them of immortality. The one has every fecil-
ity which education, society, churches, minis-
ters, books and friends can furnish, to promote
their mental, moral and physical improvement.
The other is shnt np in ignorance, perhaps im-
able to read, without suitable clothing, or
friends to encourage them to attend the sanc-
tuary, with no Bible, no closet for devotion,
pressed and distracted by the clamorous
demands of want and poverty, and as in olden
times, too often the priest and the levitc ** pass
by on the other side." But Jesus sympathizes
with the poor: "Though he was rich yet for
our sokes he became poor, that we through his
poverty might be rich."

Begin ri{/ht. — A woman visited to-day, on
whose earnings a family is dependent, was
making cloth pantaloons at eighteen cts. per
pair, and she considered it a favor that she had
obtained the work, even at that price.

Iler cose, and many others similar, called to
mind a remark made by a seamstress, after lis-
tening to the published reports of a late enthu-
siastic meeting, in Mr. Chapin's church, where
notable men made notable speeches, in favor
of increasing facilities for the mental improve-
ment of working women. The seamstress
looked up from her work, and inquired, "Are
they going to do something to help the
women?" "Yes," was the reply; "it is pro-
posed to establish a Library and Heading Room
for women, where they may have advantages
for intellectual culture."

"Is that all ?" she asked in a tone of disap-
pointment; "why when can sewing women
»pa/re time to read and study, and visit Libra-
ries ? Better Jirat give them proper prices for
their work, then, they may afford to rest thdr
bodies, and improve their minds." Thla would
seem like beginning the reform at the right end.

Unworthy, — A long ride and walk brought
the visitor to a woman, whose representations
had enlisted sympathy at the Ilome, but she was
evidently not so necessitous as was supposed.
She was referred for assistance to her church,
which, in connection with ten others, a few
weeks since, held a magnificent Fair with large
success, to obtain funds to relieve the poor,
through the " Society of St Vmcent de Paul"

Hungry ! — ^A lady called and requested that
an American family might be visited, who
resided in a distant section of the city. She
had come unsolicited, because she knew they
were in distress. The family consists of eight
•hildren, large and small, and the widowed

mother. They are all unemployed, and one
son is sick.

The good woman seemed a little surprised at
the visitor's errand, but remarked, " I was
thinking to-day, if light did not break in soon,
I should be past the need of food or anything
else." An appomtment was made to meet her
at the Home, early the next day.

A question concerning the church she
attended, led her to reply, that she had not
been in a long time. That for a year she had
not had a pair of shoes upon her feet, excejit
such " old sluSs as she could pick np." She is
not a Christian, though seriously inclined, and
endeavoring to trust in the Lord.

She was asked for her Bible, when she pro-
duced an "apocryphal New Testament,"
which she said, she "usually read because it
was coarse print." Although it was measured
off in chapter and verse, and contained a fanciful
account of the infancy of Jesus, it was surpris-
ing to find she could have supposed it of sacred

Her Bible was too fine print for her use, and
a coarse print Testament has since been sup-

The next day she was promptly at the Home,
and a package was furnished her, adapted to
relieve present necessities. When the food
was handed her, she burst mto tears and said,
I shall have something to give them to-day."

" Have you not had food to-day ?" we asked.

"No I nor yesterday, I am often forced to
send the children hungry to school, and did bO
to-day, hoping to have something for them
when they returned, but sometimes they must
go to bed supperless. I have been feeble for
months past, and I am sure it is from nothing
else but deficiency of food."

A bowl of tea, and a plate of bread, were
promptly brought to refrei^ her, and stage-fhre
to help her on her way, and a comfortable pair
of shoes were put upon her feet.

May our merciful Saviour have compassion
on the multitude, who " faint by the way."

4M. The visitor could scarce believe she had
been directed aright, as she entered the dwell-
ing of an applicant It was necessary to wait
some minutes in the dim light, before she could
discern the countenances of those who had bid
her enter. Here were two widows, each with
an in&nt in her arms, and another of two years
old clinging to her dress, who have Uved
months in this underground ceUar, so hidden
from the sun that at noonday it is scarcely
twilight with them. The wonder is the healthy
appearance of the little ones in such an atmos-

The next day, when one of these women
called for her bundle, we were not at all sur-
prised to hear, that the fieshy babe was "dan-
gerously ill with croup."

The Su»pen9e.—^ih. Visits for several days

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have been mostlj among American fiamiliee^
widows, or those whose husbands are absent or
sick. In two fSEunilies called on to-day, the hns-
bands have gone, their wives knew not whither.
The frequency of such cases is surprising. One
poor woman, a few dajs ago, gave a sad account
of the suspense she had suffered for months,
an anguish more dreadfbl than death itself
could have occasioned, searching and inquiring
everywhere, for the husband who went out
from break&st, to go to his work, and returned
no more. The dinner he had charged her to
"have ready in season,'' was duly prepared, and
stood long waiting for him, at length tidings
were brought of "a man found drowned,"
whose dress answered her advertised descrip-
tion. She hastened to him and though there
was no semblance left in his mutilated features,
there were unmistakeable proo& in his clothing,
of his identity. By what means he had thus
found an untimely end, remains a mystery, as
hisbusmess lay on the opposite side of the
city, from where he was found, and not by the
water. A littie infant in the widow's arms,
has the f&ther's name, who was bom after sus-
pense had passed into certainty, concerning his

This poor woman was turned out by her
landlord, the week before the babe's birth. A
neighbor almost as poor as herself^ brought her
to her own house, nursed her through her
sickness, and cared for her until, with her four
littie children, she was settied again in a room
of her own— and now, asking nothing for her-
self she directed the steps of the vintor to her
poor neighbor.

The widow has obtahied some work at straw-
sewing; she is quiet and uncomplaining, one
might almost think, hopeful and happy. Her
wants were ascertained, and dothing supplied
for the children.

It might be gratifying to donors should the
visitor detail the peculiar circumstances, in
which gifts for *' special cases " often reach the
needy recipients. Justifying the gratefhl excla-
mation, " Surely the Lord hath sent you I"
But these cases crowd upon each other in quick
succession, and on account of their multiplicity,
do not admit of frequent reference to individual
instances : let a few suffice. " A dollar for the
flower girl's mother," reached her Just as she
had returned her work to the store, untouched,
because the small pox had broken out in her
family j A donation for " Old Robert," came
just in time to meet their rent, due on the mor-
row, and was just the amount necessary ; he,
poor sufferer, will scarcely inhabit the earthly
tabernacle a month longer. Most touching was
the prayer he offered, for those who had sent
relief in this hour of need. Another worthy
beneficiary, on the day that a dollar from
Bovina was placed in her hand, had gained a
few pence from the contents of her rag-bag,
with which she bought a loai^ to sustain life.

We have made during the month 188 calls, ap-
propriated $24.00 to special cases, and a large
amount of raiment to the destitute and deserv-


A Thanksgiving Offering from young Misses
— A friend from Constantia, Oswego Co.,
writes : " The Yonng Misses of our '* Home
for the Friendless Circle" pieced a quilt
daring the antonm, bat failing to finish it in
season to send by private oonveyanoe, it was
proposed to them to try to obtain a oolleotion.
On Thanksgiving day they went among their
friends and gathered five dollars, which ti^ey
wish appropriated to the Home.

We ooald wish the gift was increased many
fold, bat our means are limited.

Oar Sabsoription year commences in Jane,
when we shall make an effort to still increase
oar list.

Most deeply do I sympathize with the labor-
ers at the Home I know something of the daily
routine, but we hope soon to enter that world
of activity where there will be ^no weariness.
Yours, in Christian love,
M. A. Inobrsoll.

^^ Cannot weU do without it.'*^ — A long-tried
friend says : " In transmitting fands for the
Advocate and Guardian (and a small dona-
tion) I would say, where the paper has been
read, scarce any have fiedled of renewing their
subscription. Three new ones were obtained
last year, this year eight, three by a yoang
genUeman reader of the paper.

None are " single sabsoribers," but added
to the list or dub. We cannot but wish that
all intelligent and Christian families were in
possession of this traly*excellent paper.

Having been a constant reader, as well as a
subicriber, for more than twenty years, I
now feel that we cannot well do without it in
our family, and am willing to endeavor to ex-
tend its circulation.

Your voluntary Agent,
H. H. Bacon.

Orwell, F/., Dec. 30, 1858.

From a Foster-Mother, — Miss Douglass, —
We received the indentures for our littie
daughter last week. We have attended to
the business as yea requested and now for-
ward it to you ; we shall be happy to receive
the duplicate as soon as convenient Our littie
one's name ia Julia Rich Holmes. We shall
endeavor to have her forget all former associ-
ations, except at theHome ; we shall have her
remember that we got her there, and try to
have her interested for that and other benevo-
lent institutions, as she grows up to woman-
hood. Our expectations are more than
realized in her. She has judgment beyond
her years and is remarkably interesting, as
all admit She is easily governed by kindness
and gentieness, but requires decision — ^never
severity ; she is naturally of a happy tempera-
ment and makes the whole house joyous with
her songs and conversation. Her voice is
full of music, we often say our home would
be very lonely without her. She has been
sick nearly half the time since we have had
her and persons sometimes say they should
think I would be discouraged with the care
and confinement required, but it is not so, I

have never regretted taking her, and when I
have been deprived of my usual sleep and rest
for weeks in suoeession, I have never felt like
complaining. It has afforded me great pleas-
ure to make her oomfortable, and I verily feel
that I am doing it for the Lord. I have had
the oare of orphan children more or lew for
more than twenty years; it has been my
greatest earthly comfort

I would be happy to bear a testimony that
may induce others to adopt those dear littie
homeless ones. My thoughts are much occu-
pied with them and I wish it was in my power
to do more to relieve their wants. The sum
we inserted in the indenture is merely nomi-
nal, but if we liye until the ohild is of age she
will have every thing she needs for her oomf6rt
and if we do not live until that time we have
already secured to her a portion of oar proper-
ty. R. HOLMW.

Coldwater, Oct. 18, 1858.

A Life Member in Ellington, Ct,, writes:
''My interest in theHome is not diminished
in the least I still desire and pray for its
prosperity and I feel that h ranks among the
first of all benevolent institutions. In view
of these facts, I will again send you my mite,
which is three dollars, also one dollar horn
my mother.

I sometimes think of you amid your toils,
and feel that you are truly growing rich ; yes,
laying up treasures in heaven, where nothing
will £starb or molest them. I desire to be a
laborer with you in the same vineyard and
for the same Master, and I trust there are
many warm hearts in our vioinity whose
sympathies mingle with yours for the suffer-
ing. Yours, truly,

£. M. PoTWuin.

" P(^>er does not lie idte.^-r^'* Words are fee-
ble to express the interest which I feel in this
precious paper ; every number is hailed with
joy, and in ahnost every one I find some arti-
cle txaotiy adapted to my wants. Often aftw
reading it I feel encouraged to go forward
with renewed energy inthe discharge of life's

I can assure you my paper does not lie idle ;
when all in my family nave read it, it is sent
off to a fHend in the West who takes pleas-
ure in lending it to her neighbors. • « •

Yours in the bonds of sympathy and Chris-
tian love,

Mrs. C« H. Penhblo.

• • • • As the secretary and treasurer
of the Guardian Sooiety in Albion, it beoomes
my duty at this time to write, informing you
of our proceedings daring the past year.

We still feel an ardent attachment to the
parent society, and a strong interest in the la-
bor that you are performing. And it is oar
earnest desire, to aid all in our power in car-
rying on this great and good work. Some
montiis since the ladies took into consideration
the propriety of assisting the " Home for the
Friendless" in Rochester. We feel that the
cause is the same, that this is only another
branch of the parent society. The Institation
there, is as yet in comparative infancy, they
have no suitable building for their accommo-
dation, and being in our vioinity, it was felt by
many that they needed, at least for the pre-
sent, our aid and co-operation. Accordingly
it was decided to send our box, this fall to
Rochester, instead of New York. We shall
continue the Advocate and Guardian, as usu-

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«l, and hape to obtaiA as many Bubf oribers as
last year. Enelosed yon will find a draft for
$35. $27 £k) of Ihis is for tho Advocate, S7.50
to be applied upon Mrs. Selina McHarg's life
Hiembership. Tbia last sum, will eomplete
tbe amount required, Tiz. $20. wbiob as we
understand, will entitle her to tbe Advocate
lor lifo. As soon as tbe remainder of tbe sub-
scriptions can be collected, tbey sball be for-
warded witbeut delay.

Respectfully, yours,

Elizabeth M. Stewart.
Sec, and Treas, of the Guardian Society,
Albion, Orleans Co., N. Y.. Dec, 1858.

Ikar Frtends. — Tbree years since I com-
meaoed taking your valuable and intesesting
little papev, valuable it isi n its good common
sense, and praoiical bearings in tbe every-day
battle of lilb. But po6i human nature, how
it shrinks from its toils and drudgeries.
There must come to you, hours of weariness,
and seasons of ^iMouragement, as every day
bfings with it new seenes of suffering and
soifow, whiob must be met with courageous
heart and determined will ; remembering
the mission of our Saviour when en
eaith, and that it becomes his folleweis to
live out those same prinoiples of love and

In the readiag of the Advocate, we cannot
but fcM^ that your work, with that of similar
Institutions, may be as the eomer-stone of an
edifice to the coming millennium, when we
^h ink of the good done to all olasseeof somo-
ty. What an army of noble-hearted, puie-
minded, God-loving souk, you aie enlisting
and sending forth into the general field, and
who can estimato the amount of aid given
by a helping hand, and a sympathizing word,
to those poor parents tbat are striving to keep
«t> a degieo of self-re^eot, in themselves and
families, which, if not pieserved, would soon
leave them to become reckless in their habile,
and a burden on society. Then the numerous
auxiliaries and societies originated by the
, Home, in which so many of the young aie
enfaged ; how much does this reflex influence
enlarge their sympathies and elevato their
mindi^ by dcawing them fiom the frivolities
and gayeties of youtb, and enabling them to
take a more con cot and exalted view of life's
duties and lewards.

8o I think we ate all benefitted more or
less, in your work for the children. May the
little r^ple, that has already been msde here
in tbe great sea of lifo, grow deeper and
broader, till it xeaehea the shores of etomity .

As Miss Nightingale kit, that light and air
were m OMontial to the well-being of her sol-
dier-patients, 90 yon must find it ii equally
important in the devel^ment of those minds,
vhich lie hidden in the damp, dark cellars,
and close garrets of your oity. But, slowly
and steadily, light is oxeeping in upon them.

It has tong been my desire to do something
for your most worthy cause, but I have not
been successful till this last season, when the
idea occurred to me, that by ooUecting the chil-
^Bon of the neighborhood, we might together be-
stow ou mito towards the comfort and happi-
ness of some troubled hoart. With our package,
you will find a fow articles of dear little Har-
ry's, (now in heaven,) may they cover a
foim whose spirit is as pleasant and joyous, as
was his- Ten dollars enclosed, are the avails
of a little exhibition by the children. Our
united offering oomes from the storile soil and
oold, bleak hiUa of New Hampshire, but be as-

sured, it is from warm hearts and willing
hands. Yours, truly,

M. BAJKca.
Waton,N. K, Jan, 22, 1859.

Greenpoint, Nov. 22, 1858.
To the Children's Secretary. - '' Our Little
Nellie still continues quite well and runs
alone now. She is quite a little chatterbox !
She said the other morning, while I was talk-

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