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amiss; and if you give him a pair o
scissors and a little gum, there is no end o
the labels he will paste on, and the hour
he may innocently spend sorting and ai

A bottle of liquid gum is an invaluabL
resource for various purposes, nor mua
you mind though he vamlah his nose an<
fingers and clothes, (which he will do o
course,) if he does nothing worse. A
cheap paint-box, and some engravingi
to color, is another ; and if you will giv<
him some real paint and putty to pain
and putty his boats and cars, he is a mad(

All these things make trouble — ^to b<
sure they do— but Ohariey is to mak<
trouble, that is the nature of the institn
ti(HL ; you are only to choose between saf(E
and wholesome trouble, and the trouble
that comes at last like a whirlwind. Go^
bless the little fellow, and send us all grace
to know what to do with him.


For Um AdrooftM ana Gurdiui.


Addressing the children at the Home,
a few days since, I took for my text the
words of the Psalmist, "When I considei
thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the
moon and the stars, which thou hast or-
dained ; what is man, that thou art mind-
ful of him ?" — Psalm viii. 3, 4. My princi-
ple point of remark of course was the
wonderful condescension of the Heavenly
Father, to the sinful children of men;
that that great Being who made the hea-
vens, the moon, and placed the stars so
numerous in those heavens that tbey could
not be counted, should keep down in our
world all day and all night long to take
care of all the little children in it. That
the poorest child, just as much, if not more,
than the richest, was provided for, moment
by moment, by the heavens-creating God.
He does not put life in that little body and
set it agoing, and thus leave it, as a clock
is wound and left until it runs down. Nor
does he put all of life in the child in the
morning it will need until the next morn-
ing ; but all day and all night he is watch-
ing each little boy and girl and gives only
one breath at a time, never missing one.

Wishing to know the impression made,
or how much was remembered of my re-
mains, I asked some leading questions,
and among the first answers, was one from
a tiny little thing about three years old,
in anawor to the questiMi, ** What did I
talk to you about, yesterday 1" '' Twinkle,
twinkle, Uttle star," saiisfied mo that some
things were ramembored by theae little
0^. We ihall alw9.yf be encouraged tp
give them something to think about.

' / shall be rich by and 6y ." — A small sum
noney was handed me to convey to a
c colored woman, with a request that I
aid have some conversation with her.

found her to be an intelligent and
[y-spiritual Christian. Her sufierings
such as to prevent her resting either
or night, and from long illness she is
Lrely dependent on the charities of
ers for subsistence. " I am poor now,
I shall be rich by and by," was her
lificant expression. No one can hear
speak without feeling that even now
is rich in faith ; anticipating as she
s, the inheritance provided for her.
Bsed indeed are the poor in spirit, and
lily privileged are they who may min-
r to these lowly ones.
lU American widow, before alluded to

before assisted, struggling to shelter
feed two little boys, came to me a few
nings since half prostrated, from the
rp frosty air, that made us move quickly
mly clad as we were. She was out of
k, the shop havingsuspended operations
some weeks. Her last shilling was
ended, and she had no food in the
se. A few shillings was given her and
ote to the superintendent of the out-
r poor, that she might get a small
wance through him. She had been
;e ill and should not have come out ;
while she was speaking to us, she
)k like a leaf from the chilliness of the

In the evening I called to see her,
found her in a burning fever and
ost wild with pain in the head and
it. She said, " I must try and have a
Bician in the morning." But her rapid
;e and the evident tendencies to con-
ion, made it quite probable to us that
morning might be too late and before
slept we saw that remedies were ad-
Istered, which we ascertained, the fol-
ng day, had acted so favorably than
was almost entirely relieved. It is
to think how long the road of suffer-
before this good woman is, ending
»ably only with life.

%e Tombs. — The City Prison presents
much the usual aspect ; the only
Lge noticed is that there are not quite
any eommitments of females for drunk-
iBB just now, as there have been. Yet
number is appalling, not less than fif-
thousand a year.

wo little children, a brother and sister
and twelve years of age, dirty and
;ed, were brought in the storm by a
;eman to the Home. A drunken mo-
had broken the father's head with
comaker's hammer, and the little girl
ed through the window to escape the
[ler's violence. We found the mother
rrible creature ; but waiting until she
sober, we told her in so many words,
her next spree would cause her the
of her children.

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Upward — onward ! fellow-workmen,

Our/i the battle-field of life ;
Ne'er a foot to foemen yielding,

Presfting oloaer 'midBt the strife !
Forwaid in the strength of manhood*

Forwaid in the fire of youth ;
jLim at something — ne*er surrender*

Arm thee in the mail of truth.

Though thy way be &trewn with dangers,

Summer rain-dtops lay the dust ;
Faith and Hope are two-edged weapons.

Which will nd'er belie thy trust !
Shrink not, though a host surround thee,

Onward — duty's path pursue ;
All who gild the page of story.

Knew these brare words — Dare and Do.

Miller was a rough stone-mason,

Shakespeare, Goldsmith, Keats, and Hood,
Franklin, Jerrold, Bums and Gifford,

Had to toil as we for food.
Yes, these men with minds majestic.

Sprung from ranks the rich call poor,
Cist a halo round brown labor— ^

Had to wrestle— fight — endure.

Forward, then, bright eyes are beaming ;

Fight, nor lose the Conqueror's crown ;
Stretch thy right hand — seize thy birthright,

Take it — wear it — ^'tis thine own I
Slay the giants which beset thee-^

Rise to manhood — glory — fame ;
Take thy pen, and in the Tolume

Of the gifted write thy name. ^

British Workman.



Wednesday, \1th. While engaged in our
usual duties, we noticed a young girl, neatly
attired, with a pretty curly-headed little one
by her side, sitting in the reception-room. We
addressed htr, supposing her to be a stranger,
but found that she had once been an inmate of
the Honrie, liaving, at the age of fourteen, to-
luntarily giren herself up to its care, and
sought shelter within its walla, to escape the
blighting iufluenoe of an intemperate mother.
By the Home she had been placed where she
could learn a good trade, and thus became
competent to support herself in after life. Hay-
ing finiahed her apprenticeahip, she had return*
ed to New York, and waa now liTing with her
aister, whoae little girl stood by her aide. We
went with them to the school-room, and there
left them liatening to the aonga of the ohildren.

A poor woman came with a pale little girl of
four yeara of age, wl^oae large eyea looked
pleadingly in our face, while her mother told
her tale, and begged admiaaion for the child.
A widow, with thia only child, the had atriven
to aupport it, but found it very difficult to pro-
•ure for the poor helpleaa one any thing like a
comfortable home. "I know the child Baa
been neglected, ma'am," she aaid aadly. " One
time when I oame to aee it, I found the woman

who waa caring for it (alas ! how many chil-
dren have no better care !) drunk on the floor ;
and then when I would apend all my eaminga
to buy her clothea, the next time I oame the
nurae would tell roe they were atolen, and ao
I would rather give her up than have her
suffer 80." We apoke of the Half Orphan
Aaylum' but the mother seemed diaoouraged
with regard to proonring work, or to contri-
buting at all to the aupport of her child. Her
manner impresaed ua with an idea of her in-
efficiency, and we could not but beliere it
would be a blessing to the child were it re-
ceived in the Institution ; so we conducted the
little one to the Committee-room, where her
pale, appealing face told its own story, and
scon gained her admission. The mother wept
a little, but thanked us-— thanked us for taking
her only little one. Oh I what a mystery is
this present life, with its sin, its degradation,
and its varied untold sufferings. Sorhetimes
as they meet us in all their appalling forms,
we cease to wonder that *' their cry should
have gone up to Heaven," and brought a Sa-
viour down from thence ; we only ask, *' How is
it, that the church of Christ can ever gaze
with apathy upon the atartling evila of our
aooial stAte V It would seem as though in
such a world as this, every Christian would
be up and doing, eager to aid in the regenera*
tion of his race, and the establishment of his
Redeemer's kingdom.

Another widowed mother came with a
young infant whom she desired to place in
the Home ; but as she repreaented herself as
able to do any kind of house- work, we re-
commended her to place her infant in the Nur-
sery, " and pay the sum required for its care."
She departed, seemingly none too well pleas-
ed with the idea.

Thanksgiving Day, with its bright sun and
its genial influences, has come and gone, and
thousands of poor persona have partaken of
one day*s good cheer. But at the base of the
statue of Washington in Union Square, was
a crowd, consisting of some three thousand,
chiefly women and children, who stood shiver-
ing there? eagerly waiting for a dbtribution of
bread and meat, which had been promised
through the newspapers. Falsely promised,
as it appeared; by some thoughtlcbs youth,
who dreamt not of the evil he was doing—
who could not, perhaps, imagine that there
were in our Christian city, on such a day, so
many hungry beings to come, perhaps for
miles, and wait for hours in hopes of obtain-
ing food for themselves and suffering little
ones. Ah! those little ones ; would we could
have gathered them all, and given to them the
enjoyments and comforts which gladdened our
Home children that day. How great was the
contrast between those destitute ones, and the
clean, bright, happy faces, which greeted us
aa we entered the chapel, and heard the sound

of their youthful voices uniting in their
Thanksgiving hymns. No disappointment
awaited them in their promised dinner, which
we are sure was f atisfactory, not only to the
eaters, but to the crowd of lookers-on. Would
that we could assemble all our friends from
East and West, from North and South, thai
they might see what they are enabling ui to
do. We know they would leave with hearts
rejoicing in their work, and, if possible, more
.warmly interested in our cause than when
they entered.

November 2ith. A lady called, desirous of
placing a youth of 17, in whom she was inter-
ested, in the charge of some Society who
would procure him a situation. Before leav-
ing she went through the Institution, and
seemed greatly pleased* with its arrangements.
We saw tears in her eyes a» she gazed on the
little ones playing in the nursery ; and she left
expressing her hope of procuring something to
replenish our wardrobe. We hope she may
not be disappointed, and that some women^s
garments may be among the attire thus pro-
cured, then we can venture upon an applica-
tion in behalf of a friendless woman whose
failing sight unflts her for labor. Hitherto we
have refrained from so doing, because we
knew that women's garments were very scarce,
and great fragality was necessarily exercised
in their distribution.

A lady from Astoria came to make an ap-
plication in behalf of a poor Irishman, who
had the care of three motherless little ones,
the eldest a girl of hni five years. One child
was nursed by a woman whose wages he
paid ; another the father had placed in the
^ Nursery ;" and the little girl he was desirous
to place for a time within the sheltering walls
of the Home, as he was entirely dependent
upon his wages for their whole support It
was certainly a case to enlist our sympathies,
particularly as the father bore a high charac-
ter for industry and sobriety ; and the lady
left with the encouragement that his case
might be favorably considered on the ensuing
Wednesday, when he was directed to call with
his little daughter.

A respectably-dressed man called to find a
temporary home for two children, whose mo-
ther was hopelessly and utterly intemperate.
He represented himself as a oarpe nter, earn-
ing a comfortable living, but with his home
made wretched by the misconduct of his wife.
" For four years and a half," ke said, '' I have
waited, hoping she might reform, but all in
vain ; she has only grown worse and worse.
Once she took the pledge, and kept it for three
weeks, the longest time I have seen her sober
for years ; and now I want to remove the
ohildren, for I fear lest, when I am away, she
may do them some harm in her drunken rage t"
Poor man ! his lot, indeed, was a very discon

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raging one — for what motives ean be brought
to bear on a mind so utterly callons to the
strongest natural ties ? Although not able to
reoeire the children (which he was rery
anxions to hare as do,) he was promised as-
sistance in finding a safe and comfortable
home where his poor little ones conld be pro-
perly cared for. '* Brandy is her God !^ the
poor man said, while speaking of his wife.
Oh, conld this one idol be dethroned, and its
sway oyer man*s appetite destroyed, how
many a sorrowing heart wonld be comforted,
and how mnch of misery and crime be banish-
ed from our earth.

A woman, whose manner pleased us, and
whose reoommendations were satisfactory,
was received for a few days until she can find
a*place. She is a widow, with three children
at a charitable institution. As she ean sew
well, and seems willing to be osefol, we doubt
not she can soon obtain a good situation.

A young girl of sixteen sought a home,
bearing a note from the Infirmary in Bleeoker
street, under the care of female physicians.
Although pitying much her friendless state,
she seemed not in a fit state as yet to be re-
ceived into our Institution, and we sent her
back with a note soliciting further medical at-
tendance, as most necessary in her present

November 24th. An interesting babe of
eight months was brought to the Home by its
aunt, who found herself unable any longer to
take charge of it. The mother was dead, and
the father was dissipated and did nothing to
provide for his little one. The babe was an
Interesting and healthy child, and we pro-
mised to receive it, if the father would come
and execute the necessary papers, which the
aunt said he would willingly do.

Another woman called with an infant — a
foundling— left on her steps. As the infants
already received, were as many as could be
attended to, this applicant was advirad to take
the poor infant elsewhere.

Several visitors had called during tho day,
and the shades of evening were closing round
as we, at last, quiUed the Home, mourning
over the constant record of sin and misery
each passing hour revealed ; thankful that
some little had been done to alleviate or re-
move the heavy burden, and praying for the
speedy advent of that time when the " Son of
Man shall have destroyed the worits of the
devil,*' and our ransomed, regenerated earth,
shall rejoiee in His salvi^on.

Number of adults admitted, 22; dismissed,
20, remaining, 32. Children— admitted, 28 ;
dismissed* 20 ; deceased, 1 ; remaining, 108.
Present family, 140.

««I bare ho eRXATKB jov," tsid the B«lo7ed
Blsdple, in his old age, ••than to hear that my
ehildran walk in troth."

For thfl Aorooate and Ooardian.

A POOR woman, who with her children
were receiving shelter for the night, was
heard to say in the lonely hours of dark-
ness, "God is good, but my heart is
breaking!" Many a dear child of God,
will, by this poor woman's exclamation in
the night season — her song in a plaintive
air — have their own state explained to
them. God is good, but sorrow is break-
ing their hearts, they are broken, but not
soured ; becauio they still see and feel
God's goodness to them, which is a stream
in the desert They are cast down but
not destroyed. God is still good to them,
and he will bring them thiough the maze
of difficulty with a cheerful song of
thanksgiving, because he has been better
to them than their fears.

We must even in the furnace remember,
that while in the ark, Christ, the sky-light,
will only permit us to look upward.

The softened light of after years makes
many a youthful folly, only a piece of
pleasantry, which was at the time a great
fault, over which the parent and child now
talk very agreeably. Yet, if the parent
had not thought and acted very seriously
over those misdoings, gieater sins and
crimes might have been the consequence
of slackness. Be ye angry and sin not.

There are so many ways in which peo-
ple cheat their souls of good. One thinks
of trifles, talks of trifles, and the whole
life is made up of a bundle of trifles.
Many things are like " spilt milk," not
worth the notice of a word, and can never
be mended by talk, or dwelling upon their
loss. There are so many passing things
which deserve no attention beyond the
hour. Mere idle curiosity, is another
canker-worm which eats out good pur-
poses, and good resolutions ; that itching
desire to know other people's afiairs, cir-
cumstances, difficulties and trials, begets
a great deal of mischief in the heart
where it reigns, as well as produces mis-
chief by its evil influence. These faults
may be small in the beginning, but in
time they become confirmed habits, and
we avoid the persons who have them,
just as we would the contagion of an infec-
tious disease. We grow in graee minding
our own business.

Selflshnef 8 exacts heart, but does not
give heart in return, selflsh people have
perceptions keen enough to discern where
affection and feeling dwell, yet they are
incapable of loving, and so lack the milk
of buman kindness.

It is not always conceit which makes us
think well of our efforts, but sheer humil-
ity, for badly as we may have done in the
view of others, we secretly wonder that
we have done so well — our motive pure,
we are joyous and glad, and have learned
to do better next time.

What a little world of thought, feeling

and care stands frtill, when the wheel is
broken at the cittern — the last pulsation
is throbbed away from the faintest touch.
The mind, the immortal part, has no more
interest in earthly things, or earthly prin-
ciples. How appropriate, when the duties
of life are done, and the spiiithas fulfilled
its probation, that the body is laid aside in
its last repose — the hands folded peaceful-
ly across the breast — no more to obey tbo
absent will. When we look at the inani-
mate clay of friend, bosom friend or
stranger, and see that all their past is
sealed up — ^not a muscle or limb can move
to perform an undone duty — nothing of
earthly persuasion can again animate that
body to retrace a fall e step, or obey tho
light which was given, but perhaps not
followed — does not this sight re^ a lesson
to us of the preciousness of time, and the
great responsibility of living ? ^

When you or I shall be thus looked
at — ^may it be softly and reverently whis-
pered, They lived well — thoie hands
ministered to the needy — those feet were
ever ready to seek the ersi::g and wander-
ing — from those lips how sweetly the name
of Jesus sounded. r.

For tbe jldreeat* and Oaardiu^


Chrutiasc, frequent the Mercy-scat t

Christian, be often there,
What if each wayward, wandering thought,

Each random breath, were prayer !

Twould keep thy armor atrong and bright.

To meet the shaHs of sin ;
'Twould arm thee with a hidden might,

To wage the war within.

Twould make thy fig-tree's withered leaves,

All fresh, and green, and fair.
Oh ! thou may at glean some precious sheaves,

For harvest-time, in prayar. h. n. v.


An Accumulation of Troubles, — \Bth, This
day has been occupied in passing from one
scene of dbtress to another. In some caies
it has seemed almost beyond alleviation, and
has prompted the despairing iiiquiry, " Where
shall help begin r

A ohild oalled at the Home, and stated that
several of her family were very sick, and that
they were alao suffering from poverty; that
they were without food, and were hourly
expeeting to be turned into the street, to prove
which she showed the notice of ejeetmant
which had been served on them. There is
little hope of rupite, when this comes, for
the landlord must be at an expense of three
dollars and a-half, to get out the papers, and
if he does not execute them, wHhin a given
time, he loses that, beside the rent due.

The little girl was supplied with some pro-
vision to take heme, and promised a call as
soon as possible. On visiting them, the ehild's

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statements were foimd to be unezaggerated.
la the cradle lay a babe, less than two yean
old, which has been sick sinoe May. The
father died before his birth.

The two older girls, of sixteen and fourteen,
were taken sick about three months ago,
within one week of each other, and they were
similarly affected. Their disease was said to
be chronic rheumatism, and was contraoted
by living over a wet cellar, and by walking to
work in the rain, and having their feet remain
wet through the day. 'Their sufferings have
been very great ; they have been unable to
turn themselves in bed, or to get up without
being lifted ; their mother is worn out attend-
ing upon them. She is an American, and a
Protestant, and therefore has received no as-
sistance or sympathy from her Catholic neigh

The elder gbrl was able to go out yesterday,
for the first, and was made quite happy, by
encouragement that she should have work
soon, at flower making. It is doubtful whether
her strength will equal her ambition, for her
sickness has left her afflicted with ** St. Vitus'
Dance.'' She cannot control her limbs on one
side, and her tongue is also affected, so that
her speech is impaired.

The younger sister is still worse off, for in
her case, the disease seems to have settled on
the lungs. She coughs much, breathes with
difficulty, and is very feeble. Her cough will
not allow her to lie in bed at night For two
weeks past, she has sat propped up in a chair,
and thus worries through the weary hours.
She has not even the comfort of a high-backed-
ohair to rest in.

The mother had been out, looking for a
shelter for her family. It has been impossible
for her to earn the past month's rent. To pay
the previous month, she took up her carpet and
sold it. She returned home now, expecting to
find her family, «iek as they are, set in the
street. She had found a vacant room a few
doors off, but there was no gettbg in it, with-
out rent in advance, and this she had not

The Executive Committee had appropriated
a sum of money for the visitor^s distribution
among the poor. The agent was called on,
and induced to accept a half month's rent, and
the poor woman was allowed to move in im-
mediately. A shelter for two weeks is thus
provided for. By such an unoertain and pre-
carious tenure do thousands in this eity, hold
their homes ! There is a prejudice, even among
benevolent people, against contributiBg money
to pay rent " It is encouraging landlords in
extortion," they say. But it m often the case,
that there is no other way in whioh the same
amount can contribute so much to the comfort
and relief of a family. The present is a case
in point They will be famished with en
addition to their scanty wardrobe, from the
Dorcas room.

StriLggling Mothers, — ^26M. "I am quite
content,** said a mother to whom the offer had
been made to reoeive one or more of her
children into the " Home," " I am quite con-
tent to have my children suffer with me, if,
they must. I am able and willing to work,
and to lay out the trifle I can earn in the most
prudent manner ; but if I can neither get work,
nor food for my family, then we must suffer

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