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THE FIRESIDE.

The Fireside.

THE QUEEN OF HOME.

See, my friend, that you make your own house a home. A house is a mere skeleton of bricks, laths, plaster, and wood!: a home is the residence not merely of the body, but of the heart. It is a place for the affections to unfold and develope themselves—for children to love, and learn, and play in—for husband and wife to toil smilingly together, to make life a blessing. To talk of a home without love, we might as well expect to find an English fireside in one of the pyramids of Egypt. A house where the wife is a slattern and a sloven cannot be a home: a house where the husband is a drunkard cannot be a home: a house where there is no happy fire. side, no book, no newspaper, above all, where there is no religion and no Bible, how can it be a home?

And, further, there cannot be a home worth calling one without a wife. There may be shelter and a resting-place, but there will want the chief charm of every home. And if that wife be the joy. ful mother of children more perfect will that home be, provided only that all live in order and love. In such a home the husband and father is revered—the wife and mother is beloved—for in happy and loving obedience to her head she rules there the QueenRegent of Home.

PORTRAIT OF A GOOD WIFE.

QUAINT old Dr. Fuller thus pictures her :-
She commandeth her husband by constantly obeying him.

She never crosseth him in the spring-tide of his anger, but stays till it be ebbing water. Surely men, contrary to iron, are worst to be wrought upon when they are bot.

Her clothes are rather comely than costly, and she makes plaid cloth to be velvet by her handsome wearing of it.

Her husband's secrets she will not divulge; especially is she careful to conceal his infirmities.

In her husband's absence she is wife and deputy husband, which makes her double the files of her diligence. At his return he finds all things so well, that he wonders to see himself at home when he was abroad.

Her children, though many in number, are none in noise, steering them with a look whither she listeth.

The heaviest work of her servants she maketh light, by orderly and seasonably enjoining it. In her husband's sickness she feels more grief than she knows.

And, may we add, she lays the Bible on the table every morning with the breakfast things.

THE PENNY POST BOX.

The Penny Post Box.

TWO GREAT EVENTS.

The Editor of the Pioneer has told his readers that his Penny Post Box, that is, one page of this little magazine, is open for them to send letters on any subject they please of a good and useful kind; but whenever he does not find any in the box he will have to write one himself. This time he chooses to do so in order to tell his friends of two great events. Now England and the United States are the two greatest nations for intelligence, power, and influence, in the world—and in these two countries the two greatest events in the world are now happening. Here, in England, after it had been excluded for 300 years, and we thought it gone for ever, an attempt is made to “restore” popery. You should understand that Roman Catholics can at this time meet for worship like Dissenters or any one else; but the priests, who are always at the bottom of all mischief, were not content with this, and so they requested the Pope to make archbishops and bishops for England and Scotland, with territorial districts called sees or dioceses like English Church Bishops; and the Pope did so, and sent a Cardinal, one of his own privy councillors, with a red hat and red stockings to be at the head of them. And he had the impudence to do all this without asking our leave. This has made a fine stir in the land. Our forefathers suffered so much from popery that we may well dread the day when it comes back. For if it should come and get into power it will, there can be no doubt at all, do the same cruel deeds it did before, when it burnt men and women at the stake. This we do not fear, for we have all got the Bible now, and nearly all can read it. But the most offensive thing about this is that this old priest, called Pope, at Rome—a ruined, shabby, unhealthy old city in Italy—who ran away from it in disguise a few months ago, and was brought back by French soldiers—that he, a little king in his way, should give his priests titles of distinction, and divide England and Scotland into bishopricks for them! What right had he to do that? The Emperor of Russia, or the President of France, has as much right—and that is no right at all. Queen Victoria alone is the sovereign of England, and this is a rude and impertinent invasion of her civil authority. Our laws say that no foreign prince, power, or potentate, hath, or ought to have any authority in these realms. These laws are right and good, and we must stand up for them, and tell our Queen and her parliaments that they must tell the old Pope that he may send for his red-stockinged cardinal back again as soon as be likes, for we wont have him or his bishops at any price!

Now I have filled up my page, and so I must send you another letter about that other event in America yonder next time—an event which is making men's ears to tingle!

FACTS, HINTS, AND GEMS.

Facts, Vints, and Gems.

THE CRYSTAL PALACE

Facts.

Hints.

RELIANCE on your own efforts is For the Great Exhibition in Hyde

the great secret of success. Park, is one of the most extraor. “I

have not been in Luck's was,”

LUCK is a much abused word. dinary and splendid buildings ever said a grumbler. “Luck would have erected by man.

something to do to find you,” was Object. — A show-room of speci- the reply. mens of works of art and industry

A TRUE MAN will rise above unfrom all nations.

toward circumstances and conquer Architect. Mr. Paxton, chief them, or make them bend to his gardener to the Duke of Devonshire purpose and use. at Chatswortb.

IMPROVIDENCE is a sad failing. Materials.- Iron frames, pillars, He who does not take care of little

He and sash bars; with large thick would not take care of much. plates of glass. The floors, and would always be behind hand. joists of floors, only being of wood.

USE OF EXPERIENCE. – By past Area.- Fighteen acres of ground experience we clear away impedi-or 1851 feet long, 456 feet broad, ments and build upon a more solid and 64 feet high.

foundation. He who does not use

his experience has lived in vain. Novelties.- It will include several

TRUE WEALTH consists in the full-grown trees. There will be 34

fewness of our wants. “ I can do miles of gutters for carrying off rain water.

without it," is a capital maxim to The tables for exhibiting will be eight miles in length. There hide in our heart and have ready

for use any day. will be 3,300 iron columns, and

TIME. He who never wastes 205 miles of window sash bars. The glass will cover 900,000 super

time, has always time enough. ficial feet, and weigh 400 tons. The

Riches often load more than they

Wealth often jncreases wants. gallery will be one mile long and fill. twenty-four feet wide.

A rich man oftener wants appetite The Cost. It is computed that and rest than a poor man a bed to

lie on. the whole expense of the erection

CIVILITY is a debt we owe to all will be £150,000.

rich or poor.

It costs as Visitors are expected, not only nothing at all, but it always pays from all parts of the United King: well, for it brings back to us somedom, by special trains at reduced thing better than money. fares, but from all the nations of

RUDÈNESS should never be inEurope, and the United States of dulged. It is a mean, cowardly, America, and our Colonies.

vulgar habit, which sometimes gets The Good Effects to be produced, repaid in its own coin, and with over and above the pleasure of see- interest. ing the wonderful curiosities, will To WIVES.—Never sit with one be to teach all nations, as the widow hand in the other doing nothing. of Waterloo said, that “PEACE 18 Let both be at something, for someBETTER THAN WAR."

thing always wants them both.

men

FACTS, HINTS, AND GEMS.

A BEAUTIFUL Sight in my eye is

TAE LOVE OF GOD is unlimited a nice neat tidy cottage, in which in height, depth, breadth, and length. the corners of the floor are as clean There is nothing like it. It is as the middle, and the furniture, above all things UNIQUE — that is though plain, is as bright with the word, for in heaven or earth elbow grease as French polish could there is not its like. Oh this love, make it.

it passeth knowledge! BAD WORDS are foul things wbich AFFLICTIONS are medicines adshow there is something rotten ministered by the heavenly Physician within.

to cure us of some moral disease.

Mind you take them right or they Oems.

may work the wrong way. CONscJOUS Guilt, or one sin, is a

T'RIALS. It is the glory of a heavier load than the weight of a christian not to be fainthearted thousand crosses.

under trials. UNTHANKFULNESS overlooks pre

Poetic Selections. sent comforts and looks only at

RESIGNATION. present grievances. It has no hope. Is it not an evil thing?

O WHAT holy resignation INCONSISTENCY. - To put on the when he came for man's salvation,

Did in Jesus Christ appear, name of a christian, and not walk And the hour was drawing near, in the ways of Christ, is the greatest When the storm of wrath should gather of all inconsistencies.

Round him, yet he did not shrink,

But exclaimed, "'The cup my Father Despais ill becomes any living Giveth me, shall I not drink." man who has a bible in his hand, Shall his servants then from sorrow, eyes to read it, and a mind to under- Grief, and suffering, think to fly? stand it.

No, they must, (his words we borrow,) PRAYING.–He who prays as he willingly God never grieveth,

“Take the cross, themselves deny :" ought will live as he prays.

Nor inflicteth needless woes; A CAUTION.--Be not content with Then the cup their Father giveth, a desire to escape hell and get to

Let them not to drink refuse.

J. R. heaven. That is not religion. This is it—"Be ye reconciled unto God.”

ALL FOR GOOD. Then you will be safe.

DELIGHTFUL truth; but can it be, TAE SUM OF CARISTIANITY is,

That all shall work for good to me?

Temptation, tribulation, pain, that man is a sinner, and that Christ

Unite for good, and end in gain? is his Saviour. These two great Shall sharp affliction's heavy cross, facts include all.

Shall every trial, every loss, FAITH OR NO FAITH.—They who

Sources of fruitful blessings prove,

And manifest my Father's love ? come not to God by Christ have no

Yes: in the land of perfect peace, faith.

Of cloudless joy, and sinless bliss, GIVING LIGHT.-Direct another

Thy ransomed soul, shall ever tell, man to Christ, and you light another "All things have worked together well."

T. C. man's candle by your own. Your own yet burns, and perhaps brightens,

THIS AND THAT. and his burns too.

O TAIS is a dark scene of sorrow! OUR FATHER,” said Jesus Christ. For though I am smiling to-day, Remember that. God is our Father.

My tears may flow fast eie to-morrow

My smiles may have all pass'd away: We have offended him it is true, but But THERE is the region of gladness, he is yet our Father, ready to pity Where joys will unceasingly flow; and forgive, and receive us back to

There never a feeling of sadness,

The blessed in Jesus will know. himself.

A. M.

THE CHILDREN'S CORNER.

The Children's Corner.

Tom, the Town Sinner.—Three this time Tom sat in the corner, promising youths, who had been keeping on his bat during the whole. encouraged by their teachers to It was now Henry's turn. Just bemeet for mutual prayer, found some fore be had finished his prayer, he difficulty in meeting with a suitable suddenly recollected that the aged place; at length they obtained per- sinner had not once been mentioned. mission from Old Molly, at the town He immediately prayed, “O Lord, end, to meet in her cottage. Molly do bless poor old Tom! Have mercy was a pious woman who feared on him! Though he is very old God, and always loved to do all and very wicked, he is not beyond the good she could. At the ap- the reach of thy mercy!" While he pointed time each took his little was yet praying for him, Tom threw “ Cottage Hymn Book," as it is off his hat, and kneeling down by called, and when they had met, they his stool, cried out, “ What! are all took the road that led to Molly's these boys praying for me, and I cottage. On arriving there, Henry have never prayed for myself! 0 opened the door, but instantly star- Lord be mercifu to me a sinner!" ted back, and shut it, saying, “Oh, From this moment Tom was an there is old Tom, she drunkard. altered man. While he listened to Now, if we go in, he will laugh at those prayers, the Holy Spirit us, and scoff, and quarrel. What awakened him to a sense of his sins shall we do?” Tom was a very old and his danger. Now he no longer man, and so notoriously wicked that, scoffed at the bible; for there he he was always called “Tom, the found that there was a Saviour even town sinner.” “No matter,” said for him. He was never again heard George, Molly will not let him to curse and swear; never again hurt us.

Let us go in.” Molly met seen at the alehouse; never quar. them at the door, saying, “So my relling with all he met. But always, little lads you've come.” They went on the sabbath, you might see in in, and there sat old Tom in the the house of God a very old man, chimney corner, with his hat one of the most humble and devout slouched over his face. It seems worshippers, and on inquiry, would he had been taken ill on the road, find it was penitent Tom, “sitting at and came in there to rest himself, the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his for he knew Molly was good and right mind.” Penitent Tom visited kind, and the wicked, when they are the sabbath school too, and did not in trouble, are always glad to ask think himself too old to learn more assistance from christians. He of his Saviour. Do you not think hardly turned his head when the these three boys went home that boys came in, so they looked at him afternoon still happier than they without speaking, and then drew came? They thanked God for bis round their stools. George read a mercy to that aged sinner; and they hymn from his little hymn book, thought of these three things—that and they sang it. They then kneeled, they were not too young to do good aud Molly with them, and he offered that they must always do their a short fervent prayer. Charles duty without fear- and that God then read and did the same. All always hears and answers prayer.

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