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are still a few old soldiers in the
church who were present when 1
made The good (»nieesion ancT
CONDUCTED BY PROF. J. DURHAM.
obeyed the gospel more than a
All matter intended for thia department
should be addressed to Prof. J. Durham, Col quarter of a century ago.
lege City, Oaliferuta.
within her sacred precincts I first
The Abingdon, Illinois, Church. met the partner of my youth and
joy of my riper years, and there
— liva private card wrUteaJo us *
few hours after the work was con- boys and two girls in the way they
sumated, we were more than de should go. They are fast stepping
lighted to hear, that what lias been into the bivouac of life with educa
two congregations in Abingdon, ted heads and hearts, I trust with
ITT7 i .^ —yo r -afaoqf i n ine
years have they lived in this di and usefullness. It was there from
vided state, bqt like kindred drops the hands of the founder of the col
of water they have become one. lege Bro. P. H. Murphy an able and
Many of these brethren I have faithful servant of the Master, that
known from the beginning of my my companion and self received
college days. We have wept, sang our diplomas. And lastly be it lit I
and prayed together. I had learned tle or much it was by the authority
to love them for their devotion, of the church at A. that your hum
their faith and their love, and with ble servant was set apart to “ Do
pleasure, yes, a joy that is unspeak- the woik of an Evangelist,” and
sacred tabernacle where we vfere
wont in days of yore with its win
dows open toward the New Jerusa
lem to sit down in heavenly places
in Christ Jesus. I look back mor?
than twenty years and see those
Some have been called to a higher
life, others are left to wind their
way to the old chapel again, and
with heavenly benedictions unite
their voices in singing “ Rock of
Ages,” and “ How < sweet how
heavenly is the sight.” Their eyes
have grown dim, their steps are'
feeble, but fresh on their minds are
the words they have heard within
those sacred walls from Campbell,
Murphy, Franklin, Errett, Burnett,
Burgess, Lard and others, unfold
ing in thrilling eloquence the
glories of the world to come. Many
times like Jacob at Bethel they
could almost see the Son of God as
cending and descending, the heaven
ly scenes were so graphically
The church of Christ cannot be
divided. Any other church can be
divided, but the church is one.
Members may differ in views and
may separate from each other, but
that is a division among its mem
bers and not 'a division in the
church. For the brethren and the
church at Abingdon, Illinois, I have
the warmest affection. They have
beared and fostered a college that
has done untold good for the cause
of education and primitive Christi
anity, and I hope and pray that
Phienix like, that that noble insti
tution may plume herself for a
more lofty Hight toward usefulness
than has ever been recorded. There
the same cleric, Bro. J. B. SclieitlTn,
whose name is attached to my cer
tificate of ordination, is attached to
the letter of greeting that the one
church now sends out to the church
es every where. Then with more
than ten years spent in the church
and college work at A. I can but
feel the deepest solicitude for her
welfare. And now while our chos
en home is in this Sunny Land,
and I write from where the tide
ebbs with the setting sun, I look i*
back to all those sacred scenes and
with eyes dimmed with tears of
joy, I hope and pray that they "all
may be one that the world may be
lieve,” that the sunset of their lives
shall be most happy and promising
and when their footsteps shall stray
down the shore of death’s river the
boatman, ever ready shall take
them to the sunlit hills of everlast
ing rest. Amen.
attendance in the city. They have
been using the Cumberland Presby-
TenalT^urctr <Tu ring th e"”sti m Hi 617
Thtir preacher has returned and our
brethren will occupy the theatre
until they put up a house of their
own. They have begun already to-
move in the work.
pect that much of the preacher ?
Out of 60 agents who offered their
tracts only two or three have sent
in any money. Send in your gifts,
orders for tracts, and encouraging
words.'' I can not tell you all the
good I am doing. The eyes of God
are upon us.
Bro. A. M. Sanford, a graduate of
J. W. H igbee .
our College City school, has just re Madisonville, Ky.
turned from a summer vacation with
his relations in Marion Co., Mo. He
factory while gone, tho only begin
ning in the work. He will teach
during the coming year near Butte
city in Colusa county. We hope he
will have ample opportunity to ex
ercise his ability.
Bro. McHatton will begin a pro
tracted meeting at Red Bluff on
13th of Sept.'
R. Ik«.!.'..? Mo ., is ex
pected soon to be in California. Bro.
H. spent several years in Cal., and
we are glad to hear of his return.
-1 intend to keep the brethren
fully advised in regard to the
Christian Sower Tract Fund. The
contributions to it have well nigh
çeased and the purchases have
materially decreased during the
past month or more. This cramps
my efforts and cuts off a good
many tracts from destitute fields.
This work is no greater than the
brethren make it. It is not n<y
Fund any more thàn it is yours,
It has no endowment from which
to obtain assistance in time of
need. If it faits in its work it re-
fleets no more upon my zeal than
upon yours. A new’ edition of
21,000 tracts is now on its way
here, but the cash box is empty and
Bro. Frank Tandy has located at
nothing can be done till liberal
Wheatland, Cai. He says, “ My
brethren send in enough to relieve
work opens out here very nicely.
matters. At least $50 is needed
Many calls are being made
Bro. James Logan is earnestly at
vyork,.at his old home in Ukiah, for new tracts, but these cannot be
Mendoceno county. Bro. Logan is issued unless more than this
a w’orkman, and we expect good re amount is sept in. From letters
that are constantly being received
sults from him.
I am sure the Fund has many
Bro. J. B. Johnson who come to
friends, but each one seems to thiuk
California with Bro. Ingram, has
that some other body is helping to
resigned his work at Los Gatos and
support the work and bo gives
Saratoga, on account of poor health.
Bro. Johnson’s health has not been nothing. When the work first
good for several years, and he hoped began making appeals the novelty
that California would greatly im of the matter caused some to con
tribute and some to purchase tracts.
prove him. He will soon return to
These have ceased their efforts.
Brethren, you must not expect a
Bro. Ingram’s work in San Jose conversion from every dollar’s
has greatly improved. The largest ’worth of tracts sown. Do vou ex
no rain, 2 cloudy days, the remain
ing 29 days being smoke, the smoke
obscuring the face of the sky.
The mean temperature for the
month was 63 84 . Highest daily
mean temperature for the month
69°, on the 26th. Lowest daily
mean 61°, on the 17th. Mean
temperature for the month at 2
o’clock p. M. 75.81°. Highest tem
perature for the month 87*7 at
o’clock P. M., on the 26th. Lowest
temperature 55°, at 7 o’clock A. M.,
on the 19th.
The prevailing winds for the
month were from the North during
26 days, S. W. 3 days,- South 2
During August, 1882, there was •
0.03 in. of water fell on the 23rd,
27 clear and 3 cloudy days.
Mean temperature for the month
63 21°. Highest daily, 74°, on the
30th. Lowest daily, 53°, on the
T. P earce .
Eula, Or., Sept. 1,1883.
The Freethinkers’ Convention
will be held at Rochester, N. Y.,
from August 30 to September 2. It
will be one of the largest gatherings
of the kind ever held in this country.
Many prominent speakers are ex
pected. In June, the Convention,
through the columns of the New
York Herald, invited to meet with
them as their guest any representa
tive of the orthodox churches. This
invitation has been accepted by the
Rev. Thomas Mitchell, of Brooklyn,
N. Y., a distinguished Methodist
minister. Mr. Mitchell is a member
of the Hanson Place Methodist
Church, and is not now a pastor ;
for a number of years he has devot
ed himself to literary work. His
address before the Convention will
be delivered August 30, and will be
replied to the following evening by
the Hun. T. B Wakeman.
The dynamite type of politics is -
the outcome of atheism. What
sacredness is there in the life of a
creature without a soul?— Christian