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be found interesting. The brother of from the cabin and traced out a route the Prophet, his counselor and fellow to San Francisco. She then practically martyr, the second patriarch of the took command of the vessel and ordered Church, was an important figure in the
the second mate and surviving members carly days of the latter-day work. Sub of the crew to make sail, and gave
them sequent events have added lustre to the direction in which to sail. Every his name, in the honorable career of day for months she would be carried his son Joseph F., now one of the First on deck to take the sun and give her Presidency.
Days and weeks passed and the ship A REMARKABLE VOYAGE. continued on her journey. Being so CAPTAIN J. N. ARMSTONG, now in lighthanded the vessel. could not be command of the bark Kalakaua loading properly managed and could carry but lumber at Port Blakely for the west coast little sail, consequently her progress was of South America, was in Seattle the but slow. After many weary months other day. Captain Armstrong will be the captain regained his reason, and remembered as the commander who when he learned of what his daughter brought the ship Templar from New had done he was greatly surprised, York to San Francisco a few years ago and declared that had he been placed in on one of the most remarkable passages the same position he could not have on record. After being out some time, done better. The ship was loaded with the captain went to a foreign port, and general merchandise, the cargo being for some reason his crew, excepting the insured for over two hundred thousand officers, left. Finally two English ships dollars. The long absence of the ship, came in, and from them Captain Arm and no tidings from her, led the owners strong made up a new crew; and after to believe that she, with all hands, had being out four days the entire crew, been lost. Imagine their surprise when including the captain and his daughter, one bright day in summer the ship were taken down with yellow fever. Templar, with her cargo all intact, The first mate died, and several of the
came sailing into San Francisco bay.sailors. Those who had the disease less
Sclected. violently threw the dead overboard, one by one. The ship drifted about without
BEGGARS ALIKE. a pilot or navigator for more than a A beggar stood at the rich man's dooryear. The captain, for two years, was
"I'm homeless and friendless, and faint and so crazy from the ravages of the fever poor,“ that he had to be chained to the deck to
Said the beggar boy as the tear drops rolled
Down his thin cheeks blanched with want and keep him from jumping overboard. He
cold. wears the scars from the chains and
"Oh! give me a crust from your board today, lashings to this day.
To help a poor beggar boy on his way!" During the year that the ship drifted
"Not a crust, not a crust," the rich man said, about the second mate and three or four
"Be off, and work for your daily bread." of the sailors recovered, but being out of sight of land, and not understanding
The rich man went to the parish church, navigation, they were powerless to do
His face grew grave as he trod the porch, anything with the ship. Finally the
And the thronging poor and untaught miss
Drew back to let the rich man pass. daughter regained her reason, but not
The service began, and the choral hymn her strength. One day she sent for the
Arose and swelled through the long aisles dim, second mate and asked him to carry
Then the rich man knelt, and the words he said, her on deck, which he did. She then
Were, "Give us this day our daily bread!" sent for her father's instruments, and by
Selected. the aid of these and her knowledge of navigation she figured out the location How small a misfortune will obscure of the vessel. She then took the charts a world of prosperity.
THE ARMY OF CHRIST. "In the army there are many regi His selection and the uniforms His mènts, under many different officers, choice, and neither the one is placed in with uniforms greatly dissimilar, yet office nor the other worn upon the whim there is but one Commander-in-chief. of any man or party of men, however So with the various religious organiza capable they may be, as is the case tions of Christianity. We have different among the vast majority of those now officers; our uniforms are not all alike; posing as the rank and file of the army but we have one commander-Jesus of the Lord. The army of the Lord is Christ, the Savior, and we are his army." divided into regiments, some of which This, the substance of a letter that re are devoted to the production of food cently fell into my hands, is a position and clothing and wealth in its various often taken by honest, but misguided forms, some to preaching His holy word persons, when endeavoring to escape and trying to find the lost and benighted the force of necessity for obedience to sheep of His fold, and some to counselthe first principles upon which the Lat ing and guarding the sheep already ter-day Saints lay such stress. Well, it within the door and the wealth produced.
very good comparison, but by no These regiments belong to the army of means one they will like when considered the Lord only because they are doing fairly. And I am reminded, in this con exactly as He directs, failing in which nection, of a similar figure used once by they are none of His. But even were a person who endeavored to prove that this point valueless, the same cannot be the thief on the cross had gone to heaven. said of the proposition I now make, that Said he: “Where Christ is, there is we do not become soldiers by saying we heaven; and consequently the thief must are soldiers, nor by wishing it, however have been in heaven because Jesus de strong our desires. clared that the thief would, on the very Withont entering into details, we all day of the crucifixion, be with Him." clearly understand that previous to being But he did not like his own comparison counted a soldier, many preliminary when asked if the Jews who were pres steps must be taken. An examination ent at the crucifixion, were in heaven, as to our qualifications and fitness for together with the Roman soldiers who the position we aspire to, must be made nailed the Son of man to the cross; be before a constituted authority; whose cause if to be with Jesus was to be in powers have been given, directly or inheaven, then they certainly were there directly, by the source of all power; and --Roman and Jew, and the thief also, in this essential point of fitness holds good which case the words of the Savior pro for every regiment, and even controls mising the repentant sinner that he the choice of candidates for promotion should be with Him in Paradise were throughout the whole army.
If care absolutely without meaning, for it is an and circumspection and implicit obedabsolute impossibility for any one to go ience be so essential to good order and where he already is. The figure of the well-being in temporal concerns, of how army "," as justifying the multiplicity of much greater importance are they in faiths, will be found just as objectionable matters affecting eternal salvation ? to those suggesting it before we are done This subject is too important to be dealt with the comparison.
with lightly. To masquerade as a solIt is undoubtedly true that, under dif dier or an officer is to run the risk of inferent uniforms and distinct officers, there curring a severe penalty and a just one. are many regiments serving under the Are the regulations governing admisGrand Commander-in-Chief-the Savior; sions into the army of the Savior to be but Jesus is actually their commander held in less esteem, because of a failure in-chief. and as such the officers are of to provide punishments for those who
assume positions in His corps to which they have no right, because they have never qualified themselves? Those who use the army comparison as in opposition to the teachings of the Scriptures regarding what is scripturally termed the first principles , surely cannot think so, particularly as we read that "obedience is better than srcrifice.” They have not complied with the conditions by which they might become soldiers in the army of the Savior, and for that reason they are not soldiers, lay claim however strongly they may; and to assume such a thing, a position for which they have not fitted themselves, is to incur the displeasure of a just God, whom they deliberately and wilfully refuse to obey, but persist in calling themselves His soldiers. The gravity of this offense may be better understood when the assumption of powers by the seven sons of Sceva resulted in the clothes being torn from them, others being driven nude into the streets, while rul, the King of Israel, lost his kingdom and brought death to himself and his sons by an assumption of authority which had never been given him.
Is it possible that these persons (and the family is a numerous one) can be afraid of doing what God has told them to do? How can they be astray if they will listen to the words of Peter, who, filled with the Holy Ghost, deliberately commanded the Jews to be baptized for the remission of their sins; and since the Gospel is everlasting, is the eternal and unchangeable plan of salvation, and this is part of the Gospel which Paul declares “is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith;' it must remain the same and be as unalterably true to-day as it was when Peter enunciated it over eighteen hundred years ago. In further support of this truth, we read again and again that God has no respect for persons, and therefore He will not provide one way of remitting sins in this age while He had another of remitting sins in a previous age, for that would be, in view of the modern easy method in which sins are said to be forgiven, respect of persons, and prove the word of
God false. The Jews, in ancient times, had their sins remitted by the sacrifice of birds and animals as a type of the great sacrifice by Jesus, then in the future; and they could have no forgiveness except by willing obedience to this commandment. Is it possible people in this age can be so lost to the teachings of reason and justice as to assume that God will deal more leniently and gently with the wild olive branch than with the parent stem—the people of His choice? Hence it was that when the law of sacrifice was abolished, the remission of sins by baptism was taught so forcibly by the Savior (Luke vii, 29-30; Mark i, 4), that the text of obedience might still be required. If obedience to the law existing among the Jews, prior to the advent of the Messiah, was the one means by which freedom from transgressions might be had, it is no less true now that only by obedience can the much coveted boon of forgiveness be obtained. Paul says (Heb. v, 8, 9): “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; and being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them which obey him;" and it is proper to add that He offers salvation to none others. This is the door
because it is the way prescribed by Him who was and is the "way, the truth, and the life ;" and is emphasized by Paul, in Gal. i. 8, 9; Heb. v, 12, and vi, 1, 2, 3; and in the epistle to the seven churches by St. John ii, 5, where they are told to do their first works. The first three chapters of Revelation form one of the grandest sermons on works ever written or spoken. “I know thy works," and "to him that overcometh,” it reads again and again, and it wås because of the vast importance of obedience to these subjects and that His followers might not be as thieves and robbers, that Jesus was so pointed as to the plangthat should be followed. “My sheep hear my voice and they follow me;" and He began His mission by being baptized, preached it through the three years and more of His earthly labor, and the last thing recorded commanded His disciples to baptize the
children of men who would believe, in every day, not knowing all now, we may the name of the Father, the Son, and the find (and I believe all will who are but Holy Ghost. Since there is, according just to themselves) these to be among the to Paul, but one baptism, and that is truths which mankind have forsaken in explicitly taught, again and again, as their following after the commandments being for the remission of sins, I cannot,
If the God of heaven had defor the life of me, understand how per clared that obedience was no longer sons, with ordinary judgment and a necessary to admission into His kingreverence for Christ and the Father, dom or army, then all would be well; dare refuse obedience, or raise a single but He has not done so. We should objection. I dare not. I am content to remember that the things of God are believe that God knoweth best, and that only known by the Spirit of God, and if Janes was right when he taught, in we are of the elect we cannot be deceived, terms absolutely unmistakable, that for which reason we have no need to belief or faith is not alive without works, dread or fear investigation. There are and no amount of dead faith will save not seven hundred different armies, nor any person. It is best to be fair and
ways of getting into the army; but one candid and teachable regarding heavenly
And Paul's prayer to his things. Great is the mystery of godli brethren was that they should be of the ness, we are told, and as we learn a little same mind.
R. W. Sloan.
THE EASTERN QUESTION.
of view is to do him but simple jusBULGARIA is to-day the bone of con tice, and to condemn him from tention, and, dry and bare as it may Christian point of view is as selfish as it appear, it has a rich marrow-a delicious is bigotted, and here I apply the term Turkey.
And why should England, Christian in its traditional sense, for the Russia and Austria not help themselves. Mohammedan is in a certain sense a The Turk is not a Christian, he neglects Christian. Islam has two phases, its his lands and is selfish and obstinate. primitive and its modern, and just as the He neither likes Christian religion nor teachings of the Bible have been pertakes to Christian politics. But setting verted by a multitude of sects, so the the sophistry of the “divine right" of doctrines of the Koran have been modi. aggression aside, has the Turk nct a fied by national usages. religion of his own and a policy to which For years the Mohammedans have he is as much entitled as Greek Russia, been approached by ministers of all Catholic Austria or Protestant England ? creeds of Christendom and without sucSo much has been written of the corrup cess on the part of the latter. The tions of Islam and purity of Christianity grand central idea in all the doctrines of that people inherit an abhorrence of the the Mussulman is that there is but one former, whatever experience may teach God, the God of the religion of Abraham. the m of the latter. To let the judgment The Catholic offers him in addition the of one fall from its own standpoint upon virgin Mary to whom he is also asked to the other would alike be a denial of pay his devotions; and when he asks if justice to both. As traditional religions to God alone his worship is not!due, and they have been a boon to the nations if God is not the creator and the beginthat adopted them. They have furnished ning of all things, he is answered yes, codes of ethics upon which national but Mary is his mother. The|Protestant policy could best attain the highest leaves him in no more reconcılable posipossible material race civilization. To tion when he offers him the Father, Son, rega rd the Turk from a Turkish point and Holy Ghost as one in person. The
meditative Turk inquires if he has three heads, or if all the members of his body are trebled; but when the minister has exhausted his sophistry in demonstrating the existence of this curious Godhead, the Turk's comprehension is exhausted, and with a significant movement of the head he utters, lost in wonder“Bilmein!" (incomprehensible). It generally ends with an expressed satisfaction on the part of the Turk to pray to his one God, and grant the Christian the same privilege of praying to his three. A short time since the minister in the English Church of Constantinople produced a somewhat strange illustration, when he compared the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost to the spirit and body and the power of their unity. He failed to complete the illustration by explaining which he would substitute for the corpse.
These wild discussions in the east about the nature of the Christian Godhead have greatly misled the Moslems, in respect to the divine mission of the Savior. from whose pure and exalted doctrines they firmly hold that the Christians have apostatized. Warped as Islam has become since its origin, there is one prominent feature which its followers hold tenaciously to even now. I refer to prayer. Indeed it may be said that about all that one observes of Mohammedan religious ceremonies is prayer. To pray five times at intervals of the day, every good Moslem considers a pressing duty. If the mosque is close by he prefers to go there, if not he performs his prayer wherever he happens to be.
The mosques differ mainly from Christian churches in that they have no seats and the floor is covered with simple rush mats or carpets. When the Moslem enters he takes off his shoes. If it happens to be on Friday, at the time the dervish (priest) is holding forth, he seats himself cross-legged on the floor and listens. But if he goes only for prayer, he takes a convenient position with his face toward Mecca, the direction being indicated by a place in the mosque called the Kebla. He first prays standing, kneels and prays, and then bows his head to the earth. These people may
be seen in all places attending to their devotions. To the European it makes, at first, a strange impression when he sees the Turk by the roadside, in the bazars, or in his boat, drop his work to go through with his prayers at appointed hours. He is taught to pray to Allah, the God of Abraham and not to Mohammed as many absurdly state. The sincerity of these devotions I cannot question, and I think generally speaking, the Mohammedan is honest in this ceremony, though there may doubtless be instances of hypocrisy.
The objections to the publicity of these devotions, considered from a Christian standpoint, are not so considerable when the nomadic habits of the founders of Islam and even thousands of Mohammedans of the present day are taken into account. A few writers think the Moslem devotion to prayer commendable even to Christians, who pay but little attention to this important part of worship. Most writers, however, whose comments have come under my observation, ridicule this derotion, when they dont go mad about seeing a Mohammedan pray. I will just add a passage from Mr. Osburn, who, as his writings indicate, classes himself among the best of Christians. The author had observed the Turks on ship go regularly to their prayers, and gives vent to his feelings in the following manner: “On ship-deck, with his little mat, if not too sea sick, he turns his face some where towards Mecca, prays according to the Koran, 'standing, bowing, kneeling,' with as little regard to him who laughs or looks, as though every biped was a quadruped and Mohammed alone were great. As soon would I commend the stupid wag of a dog's gratitude to an intelligent man as a pattern of ethics, as to present a Nohammedan's arrogance to a Christian as a pattern of moral courage. What there is of moral courage is due to nothing but the most determined ignorance.compounded with the most abject contempt of the infidel dog on whom he lives. This is the moral shadow which throws itself across the land of promise." Such are too often the sentiments of