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otherwise come in contact with; and if they escape the power of the tempter, what wonder if they weary at last of the good fight and turn away from the Gospel, infidel through and through. Do we think more of gold, than we do of our daughters?

"Would that our girls thought too much of themselves as daughters of Zion to be their servants, and hear their words of derision. And why do they go outside of our own people if they must work out to earn these needful supplies? How quick is the answer: "We get better wages." Fathers and mothers have you looked at this? You let your girls listen and bear what would make your boys fight if the same slurs were Aung at them. Better, for your dear daughters, a thousand times, the plain home fare, the calico or the linsey dress, and the farm boy, awkward beau, than the elegant dining halls, the fashionable ofttimes indecorous costumes and the flirting, vapid, promenade escort to theatre, balls and lake resorts, such as they will most surely drift unto.” Mrs. Mason was aroused from her deep reverie by her husband's coming, and mentally commending Lena to our Father's protection, went into the cheerfully lighted sitting room.

As Lena hurried homeward she met her lover. “Lena, there's a big excursion out to the lake, to-morrow. You never go anywhere, and I want you to go with me." Lena's calm eyes searched his, but only happiness and candor answered her. "I'shall give up the trip if you refuse to go-I shall care nothing for it or the whole crowd without you are there.” “Why not find a partner among your own circle of acquaintances, Mr. Hoyt?” asked Lena. “I stand outside that circle, a girl in your mother's employ; let that be sufficient reason!” and Lena entering the gate, darted down a path leading to the side of the house.

A few moments later Mrs. Hoyt was pleasantly entreating Lena to accompany her son on the proposed excursion, and won her promise. It was a lovely morning, and the station was crowded, even though car after car was quickly filled.

As the train moved westward, a sudden dull sense of fear or doubt descended upon Lena. “It must be because I am here alone with him, and yet why should I fear any thing in this crowd!” The busy scene around her and her lover's gentle attention soon dissipated the foreboding. The day passed happily hour by hour, and Lena grew more at ease, and became more like her old self at home. They watched group after group pursuing different pastimes and pleasures, and at last her lover asked: "Shall we try the boat, Lena?" As a serious look overspread her face he answered“There is no danger, I can manage the boat;" and Lena still hesitating, he resumed: “Do you think some accident might happen, or do you fear to trust me? Lena, I intend to wait for you, 'till you are perfectly willing to take my name, no matter how long. Do not go unless you are satisfied to, but I shall be disappointed." Lena felt grieved, and to restore his pleasant smile, replied: "Well, let us try the boat then, but only a little way out." They hastened down the strand, and Lena found herself soon comfortably seated, and the boat darted out over the water, plying to and fro in graceful curves, now nearing the land, then drifting farther outward. An hour had passed, when suddenly Lena turned to her lover, and exclaimed: “We are too far away from shore, oh, let us turn back.” Receiving no reply, she looked in his face, and met a look of familiarity that frightened her. “Will you turn the boat homeward?" "When I am ready, not yet." They were fast nearing a jutting rocky point, around which the crowd upon the beach would be lost to view. A strange look came into Lena's eyes, as she said: “I will never pass that point, I will leap into this water before every being yonder, if you go one stroke further.” The boat lay and rocked just there, through moments of suspense. The train came in sight, and at the thought of delay, Lena became intensely agitated. “If I do not go home on that train to your mother's house, I will never go.” Lena rose in the boat, and waved her handkerchief to the far off

and see you."

seemed to have fallen upon the group, that confidence with which she had once regarded him, but the weight of his own folly sank deeper in his heart, for he was to lose the sunlight of her presence. "Only a hired girl, a Mormon girl!”. How often had they thought of her just that way. "What matter after all, if she went or stayed! Could not anyone else

crowd. Did they fear some danger had perform the homely, practical work that come to them? She saw three boats she had done? Hired girls are plentiful leave the shore, and hasten towards enough, did not the world go on before them. With sullen look, he turned she came, and would not the world go homeward, but as they neared the on the same again? If you take a pebble coming boats, he laughingly, said: “We out of a brook does not its music run on were challenging some of you out.” just as sweet as before?” But to each Once more aboard the train, Lena's and every question his heart made relieved mind planned her course, all in answer, no! “Lena, a hired girl! She was one word, home. It was a surprise to worthy and sweet enough to adorn the her mistress when Lena next morning fairest house. No, the world would never announced her intention of going home. be as light again if it must be without “But you will come back to us—how her," and her lover looked perfectly long will your visit be?” “I must wretched. “I am to blame, I frightened see mother, she may need me herself.” her." A shade of regret, a foreboding, passed When the now obsolete Market Train" over the lady's heart. “O, don't go, was in vogue, it brought in the farmer's write and ask your mother to come up produce, and the country folks early on

"I am homesick, I Saturday morning, returning late the think,” said Lena, “I had better go

same afternoon, and owing to the reduced home."

fare was considerably patronized by that At table that evening the mistress class, those in more affluent circumremarked quietly “Lena is going home stances traveling by the regular train and on a visit and I fear her stay will be

keeping no account of the first named. permanent.'' "See here" said her hus

It was generally on the “Market Train” band "she's a good, trusty, sensible girl, that the girls seeking employment came I don't want to lose her services. I'll to the city, and they naturally returned give her a nice present if she'll give up by the same, being pretty sure of having the trip." "I'll follow suit” joined in acquaintances for company. one of his clerks, “we'd miss Lena, Mr. Hoyt and his clerks gathered every one of us." A certain young man around the supper table, and on the apsaid nothing, but thought much and very

pearance of a strange girl as waiter, decisively. Lena entered the room and looked at the lady of the house by way

“Lena, Mrs. of inquiry. Said she: "Unexpectedly to Hoyt tells me you're going home on a

me Lena went home, on the train which visit. If you'll give up the idea I'll give leaves about four o'clock. I did not you a handsome present. Somebody

think of her going earlier than to-mordown there might not let you come back

row afternoon, but she brought a young you know," said he, pleasantly. Lena modestly thanked him but said she had

person to supply her place, which was

thoughtful of her, just as she has always already written home and they would be

been. She asked me to say a kind good

bye for her to all.” Each gentleman It was rather strange that a shadow

instinctively glanced at a side table near

the door, on which lay several neatly A little later her lover sought her and endeavored to win back

wrapped parcels each addressed in a different hand to Miss Lena Wilson. The kind expressions of respect had come too late.

Opposite the little town of S—, the bell rang, the whistle blew and the engine puffed and halted; lights shown out of the station windows, country wagons rumbled and rattled up to the platform, cheering voices made inquiry,

her master looked up.

expecting her.

but it' was so.

era.

and welcomed those they sought; then And the appointment was made for the stepping into a crowded wagon, Lena same afternoon. When they entered was soon jolting over the mile of rough the presence of the venerable man, and road to the town.

Lena listened to the comforting blessing The soft lamplight came through the bestowed upon her mother, a new feelopen door down the clean, narrow path; | ing took possession of her heart, a treadthe four o'clocks were fast asleep, the ing out as it were upon the threshold of locust leaves drooped, folded close to a new

Then Lena's turn came. gether like palms in prayer, they too Life's future changed into definite plan were asleep, but Lena's mother was at before her eyes. Undreamed of happithe gate, the little dog frisked and ness revealed by the sure light of inbarked vehemently, and a moment later spiration and prophecy. The vain world's Lena was in the dear old house, safe frivolous temptation and faithlessness fell home again. She was tired out, with uncared for from the heart, as the hand overjoy, with the long ride, and more might let fall into swift water a broken than all with stress of feeling. After the chain of hollow tinsel beads. How like eager and happy conversation and simple wasted days and months that time of meal, the mother's early prayer of loneliness and trial in the city. Peace gratitude and supplication fell round she had not found there. her like a long sweet spell. Folded A letter soon came for Lena, pleading once more within those guardian arms, for the right to come and bring her back Lena slept the sweetest sleep she had as his parents' daughter. And Lena known since last she dreamed beneath answered it, short and kindly as only her the same safe roof. Little Dick? He heart could answer, and when she laid was sound asleep and they did not both in her mother's hand for her to read, wake him; but Lena softly kissed his the mother wept, but they were tears of sleeping eyes.

joy. And when her lover read his answer, With the morning came old compan even his tears could not dim away the ions and Lena was in a whirl of happi noble spirit of those words. He closed ness, alternately fitting out around the

his eyes and read them clearer than premises, helping mother, and making even in characters of light, engraven researches after certain remembered upon the unsullied pages of his own fruits and flowers or some possible addi heart. tion in the stock yard.

Poor, humble, a Mormon girl yet too “Lena,” said one of the girls, “we've royal in spirit, too far above his reach, been having our patriarchal blessings. his purest ideal, memory's treasure of Mother says that's the best kind of for love and womanhood. . A. J. Crocheron. tune telling, and wouldn't you like to have yours? To-morrow will be the last When wise men council thee, move day that the patriarch will be at our with caution; when fools entreat, withhouse." "Yes, if mother will go too." draw in haste.

II.

BIBLICAL COSMOGONY.

learned of the self styled doctors of THE DAYS AND DATE OF CREATION.-1. divinity, to compose these differences,

All are aware that vast differences but the result has not inspired the popu. exist between the demonstrative facts of lar heart with any remarkable degree of secular science and the assumed teach confidence in Genesis as a document of ings of the Bible, respecting the days and divine authority. The supposed scientific date of creation. Many praiseworthy principles of the book are still held in attempts have been made, by the most general contempt by the non-religious

Genesis, when properly understood, is that two accounts of creation are recorded in Genesis. This is somewhat remarkable and must have a significance. Indeed our infidel friends insist that it is intensely significant, and their position infidelity may propose as a basis for its claim, no Christian can suppose the

elements, and the whole record is damned God who has forbidden the use of repeby the faint praise of its sectarian sup tition, can himself be guilty of a glaring porters, who try to evade the issue by infraction of his own injunction. God stating that the Bible was not written never inspired Moses to write two for the purpose of teaching scientific accounts of creation unless there was a principles, but to promulgate the moral necessity for so doing. If we examine law, and to establish a true system of the language of the Bible a still more religion. Granted all this in general significant peculiarity will be observed. terms; still no Christian can deny that In the first thirty-four verses of Genesis each and every portion of the inspired the word God is used exclusively when writings was penned for the purpose of

reference is made to the Deity, and inculcating the very truths which each thereafter until the close of the third paragraph contains; and hence, there

chapter a new name, i. e. Lord God, is can be no doubt that the first portion of

introduced and continuously employed, Genesis was written for the special except in the conversation between Eve object of informing us concerning the

and the serpent, when the circumstances scientific principles, upon which the

require the use of the term God. This worlds were created. These of course change of appellation is the strangest are taught in a general manner. Popular peculiarity yet discovered in the language theology cannot accept this platform and of the Bible; and to give it double reconcile science and the Bible.

It is | emphasis the apparent confusion of now proposed to attempt this task, when names occurs just where the break in aided by the system of religious and

the first narrative of creation is found, scientific principles, which the world i, e, at the close of the first account and denominates “Mormonism.” No formal the beginning of the second. statement of the exceptions which our Infidelity has not been remiss in taking opponents take to the Bible Genesis is every advantage of Christianity, which offered, because their position is well this strange peculiarity apparently affords, known to everyone who keeps himself and out of it has constructed a lash with but passably informed in the religious which sectarianism has been flagellated

without mercy. But Mormonism proIle will discover in the process of this claims a new use for the very peculiarities investigation, that the Bible nowhere mentioned, and proposes to use them as states that the visible and physical crea

the upper and nether millstones with tion of the heavens and the earth was which to grind to powder all opposition accomplished in six days of solar time,

to Genesis as a book divinely inspired. nor yet in six epochs, or periods, which

Attention is directed to the fact that the represent any assignable length of time.

word God, whenever used in the first Many other very important and interest

thirty-four verses of Genesis, should be ing facts will be developed which shall

substituted by "Gods." demonstrate conclusively that the Bible

Hebrew scholars affirm this truth, and

modern revelation adds testimony to the placed beyond the possibility of assault,

same effect. As no serious denial of the in any manner, with the demonstrative necessity for the proposed change, as

To begin with, Biblical students have all noticed

warranted by the original Hebrew “Elohim,” is anticipated, the matter will be allowed to rest with this brief statement. Now it must be apparent that belief in the absurd doctrine of the personal identity of the Father, Son and Holy

Spirit, is the sole obstacle that can pretrue one. Whatever vent anyone from admitting not only

the propriety of, but also the necessity for a change of name when reference is

literature of the times.

facts of geological science.

is accepted as

a

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made to the Divine Being who actually created the visible earth, and when mention is made of some other personage or personages who performed some other act or acts.

The writer of Genesis perceived this, and necessarily substituted the appellation Lord God, instead of Gods, in the second account of creation, in order that his history might conform to facts, and harmonize with what other writers were to pen in later years. Let us now ascertain what one of the latter has recorded respecting the creation of the worlds. The Apostle John ‘informs us that the world was created by the Lord Jesus Christ, whom he calls the Word. “All things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made,

He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not.” John i, 3, 10.

It is not possible that anyone can honestly mistake the identity of the world's creator from this statement of the apostle, and all other Scriptures which teach that Jesus made the earth are omitted. That the Supreme Gods themselves did not create the world, is a fact which, must be patent to every saint living his religion and enjoying his privileges. If he has arrived at an age when life's responsibilities may be assumed, he knows that the being or beings, who directed the construction of this earth, are not identical with the person who actually performed the work of creation. The saints have been taught from the earliest stages of the Church's organization that creation was effected by one who was sent to do his Father's will. They have been taught, too, that the Father and the Son are as separate and distinct, individually, as any father and son on earth; and, consequently, when the Father and Son respectively figure in sacred history, each must be designated by his own peculiar and appropriate name or title. So we all think, and so thought Moses when he wrote Genesis; and of course he acted accordingly; and had he failed to do so, failed to introduce the peculiarities which characterize his writings,

he would have announced himself to the Saints to-day as an impostor. See how his second account of creation in one very important respect tallies with the statement of the Apostle John; and that point of agreement is an all important one in this discussion. So striking is the correspondence between the main statement of these two writers, and so fatal to the cause of geological infidelity are the consequences, that our opponents will doubtless set up the plea that John simply copied from the Mosaic record; and the cry of collusion, collusion, might reverberate throughout the land did our friends not have so much intervening time hanging like a dead weight on their hands. A charge of collusion in spirit, by the power of the Almighty, can be maintained, and is suggested. The Apostle John states that the earth was formed by one only, the Lord Jesus Christ; Moses in his second account of creation affirms that the heavens and the earth were created by one only, the Lord God, who is Jesus Christ.

These facts made fully apparent, what are the consequences. Since one being only, the Lord God, is referred to by Moses in his second account of creation, and one only by the Apostle John, by stating definitely by whom the worlds were created, while a plurality of Gods are mentioned as participants in some act of creation, which is recorded in the first section of Genesis; the conclusion is forced upon us that the first thirtyfour verses of the Bible do not contain an account of the creation of this material universe, but of something else. In order that no one may misapprehend the position to which the foregoing reflections have driven us, two propositions embracing the whole ground, will be affirmed. 1. The Lord God spoken of by Moses is identical with the Word of St. John, which is the Lord Jesus Christ. 2. That the first section of Genesis does not contain any account whatever of the material creation of the heaven and the earth, but of the creation of something else.

If the first of these propositions can be proven, it follows that the second

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