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where decisions were made regardless | discovered that Christianity has a firm, of fixed terins, it was difficult, lacking dogmatic base, as well as practical effithe latter, to demonstrate the decisions. ciency. The method of Genius should Finally, it needed a strong mind to govern till the method of Science has think without the aid of syllogistic completely subdued the field. Effi. rules and the registering facilities ciency and reasonableness constitute which a system of propositions afford. for it a solid assurance of pernianence. But these have been found so treacher- To the man who believes on and trusts ous in complicated questions that syl in God, its claims of doctrine and plan logism and deduction have been made are plain and easy. And for the truth the object of the greatest outcries in about God, he is logical in trusting science. Bacon's revolt against them Christ. made our civilization. Locke exalted Two rules of practice also must Conover them external and internal expe servatism teach : To reverently trust rience-induction and common sense. the old thinkers, at least till we underThe later history of logic is chiefly that stand their subjects; and never to reject of defining their exact place. Ueber. a belief till it has completely fulfilled weg and Mill conclude that our ulti the conditions of disbelief. And a furmate test of the truth of a proposition | ther lesson is, that having once, by is its agreement with the truth of wide and careful independent study, things. Where syllogistic method, or by deliberate choice of leaders, reahowever, most conspicuously fails is in soned out our faith, we should drop great and complex questions in which that chilling attitude and live what there are processes of co-ordination God has taught us. Very little of of reasoning at the same moment on Christianity, except the form of its scimany interweaving lines of thought. ence, is destined to change. Instead of Here the method of Genius, if in pro theorizing we must, as Christ did, portion to the strength, delicacy, and realize, Deduction must give way to accustomedness of the mind, suppos a new inspection of facts. Instead of ing it to have all necessary material, Direct Inspiration and the Divinity of has greatly the advantage. In the Christ, we must attain to the ancient hands of one like Christ, it practically truths they used to mean—the convicamounts to Reason rejecting the tions, namely, that all good things are shackles of logical form, and making more nearly the final purpose of God; straight at conclusions which experi and that a man like Christ is a being ence subconsciously endorses. To rea infinitely higher than the average man. son about the world and the soul, and In place of the Holy Ghost we should their Creator, he had not to know and feel the communing presence of our track out all the theories which could Father Himself. Redemption will be be made into words on those subjects, no longer a bargain with Jehovah, but but rose to lofty perceptions of the the willing sacrifice of Jesus for each, divine, just as he did of righteousness when he chose anguish and aeath
-by diligently pondering the world rather than desert the truth which be of actualities, and with extraordinary believed would save the world. Of clearness of sight and good judgment God, our ideas must be practical and refusing whatever was false to them, not analytical — what He is to our
When the grounds of faith are helplessness—to each OUR FATHER IN rightly analyzed it will, I think, be | HEAVEN.
BY L. L., MONTREAL,
I WISH that thou wouldst die,
But with thy parting sigh, I would have thee confess
Thou lovest me.
That with thy crushed right hand, .
That when thy soul has fled,
And kiss thy lips.
The memory of past joy,
With cries and sobs.
But deeper far the grief
And life itself.
To see thee walk alone,
What agony !
To feel the 'witching charm
Around mine own.
To look into thine eyes,
What happiness !
Yes I have felt all these,
Thy spoken words.
HE statesmen of Canada have, as in political constitution. In this 1 for many years devoted their they have, to all appearance, the hearty best energies to the consolidation and concurrence of the Canadian people, development of the Dominion, and to while their efforts are watched with the establishment, on the half of the interest, and not without generous American continent over which they expressions, by the great people over rule, of a strong and united people, the border. Why, then, should Can. English in thought and feeling as well ada everlastingly be made the subject of sneers and detraction, generally justice, sound public opinion, and com. grossly untrue, by her own kith and parative safety of life and person, for kin, Englishmen born and bred? Why, the state of things with which the of all things, should she be charged American press keeps us familiar. As with a desire to be annexed to the to our feeling 'isolated on this conUnited States ?
tinent, have we not half the continent It is stated by the Pall Mall Gazette to ourselves, ample railway accommo(10th October) that hardly anybody dation, seaports, and a mercantile in Canada wants to maintain the Bri. marine ranking the fourth in 'the: tish connection, but a small knot of world? We are no more isolated professional politicians and others who than the Americans or anybody else. have a fancy for knighthoods and the The Gazette thinks that because one like. That Canadian farmers and tortuous stream, the Red River of the merchants feel “isolated' on this con north, compared with whose course a tinent. That England is quite mis writhing snake is a mathematical taken in supposing that the Canadian straight line, runs from American terpeople in general care to remain under | ritory into Manitoba, the produce of her flag, and that the feeling in favour Minnesota and Dakota should · follow of annexation is every day growing ! the water power.' Said produce thinks stronger.
otherwise and goes just the other way. If this be so, how is it that we who No produce meant to pay interest live in Canada hear so little of it? | on capital will ever go meandering Why does no Canadian public man, through the bends of the Red River. no Canadian public print, give voice But this is about as sensible as the to the desires of the people? Who rest of the Gazette's talk about Canada, has heard of these desires, how have and is a specimen of the average acthey been expressed, and what author quaintance possessed by Englishmen ity has the Pall Mall Gazette for mak. with the geography of their premier ing such a charge ?
colony.' The matter being thus forced upon Our independent yeomen are as deus in such a strange and unnatural mocratic as the most radical of men way by Englishmen, it behoves us to could wish, democratic enough to consider what we should gain by an- | know that the institutions under which nexation, and what we should lose. they live and thrive could not well be We might gain by the application to made more démocratic than they are, our resources of that enterprize, and and sensible enough to prefer a demoadaptation of means to ends, which so cracy which has broadened slowly eminently distinguish our neighbours ; down from precedent to precedent,' to but we may take a leaf out of their a crude and cobbled democracy, whose book in these ways without annexa. imperfections show themselves every tion. What we should lose is plain. day, and under which people's liberties The first result would be an Indian are interfered with, in ways no Englishwar in our North-West, with its fifty man would subnit to in his own isyears of horrors and atrocities, and land, and certainly no Canadian in his its effects for generations to come on own Canada our people's character in the forms of It is an open question, whether we falsehood, truculence and cruelty, and should get on faster, even in a matedisregard of human life and suffering. rial way, under the stars and stripes, Then we should exchange our present than we do now. Since Confederation, admirable political machinery, with fourteen years ago, our imports have its responsible ministry, for an execu increased 82 per cent. and our exports tive utterly irresponsible, and our | 107 per cent., against 52 per cent, and present equitable administration of | 51 per cent., in the case of those of the United States. The capital of our | notion that Canada wants annexation, banks has increased 97 per cent., their by supposing that Englishmen feel circulation 225 per cent., their assets that their snubs, insults and neglect 179 per cent. The deposits in Savings ought, by this time, to have thoroughly Banks have increased 1015 per cent., | destroyed all attachment on the part and the Railway mileage 250 per cent. of Canadians to the British connection. We are doing pretty well as we are. English opinion has been too much in
But it takes two to make a bargain, fluenced by the reports of gentlemen, and, in the present case, it would take who, at a loss to dispose of their daily three. Supposing we wanted annex twenty-four hours of elegant leisure ation, would England calmly resign in Canada, have gone home and proher control of half the Amerian con- | nounced her 'no country for a gentle tinent, with its vast possibilities of man.' What are rich plains and forests, usefulness to berself ? Her two vital endless waterways, mountains of iron, necessities are food and markets. Ame. and continents of coalfields? In one rica and Russia give her the former ; province, a farmer shot a fox, when but they try all they can not to give English gentlemen, even guardsmen, her the latter. Now, every man in were scampering after him. In anoCanada consumes many times as much ther province, the salmon won't take of British manufactures (a late writer the fly. Why keep such a country! in the Nineteenth Century says, twenty What can a gentleman do in it, you times as much) as he would if he lived | know? And so territory after terriin the States. So if Canada, as no tory has been handed over to the Redoubt she soon will, proves able to | public, to confront us in these days in supply England with food, England the shape of mighty and rival States, can pay for that food with her manu. But now English statesmen, manufacfactures, and keep her people em turers, farmers and labourers, are ployed and comfortable, instead of | looking abroad, thinking of other paying Russia and America largely by things than salmon and foxes, and transfer of securities, and at the same seeking, not a country for a gentletime keeping her people half their man, but for a man. time unemployed and uncomfortable. Mr. Goldwin Smith has recently, As compared with foreign markets, in the English journals, had a good the colonial demand is steady, and at deal to say about Canada, and the the same time it increases at a far | railway policy of her Government, faster rate. And there is another For instance, in a late number of consideration. Will England allow the Contemporary, he asks us to bethe four millions of Canada, and all lieve that the Intercolonial Railway her other subjects, who may cross the can only be run at an annual loss Atlantic, to follow the millions al of half a million dollars. When Mr. ready in the Republic, who have sworn Smith wrote, there were figures at his to fight the Republic's battles against command, showing the loss on runall princes and rulers, especially the ning this line for the last year, whose Queen of England ?' Should Canada returns were then published, to be only ever make any serious attempt at en $97,000, not $500,000, and this loss tering upon Commercial Union with the was converted into a small profit in States, to the exclusion of England, I the following year. Thus do people fancy she will find the present silken dress up facts which, naked and not rein exchanged for something more ashamed, would spoil points they want like a curb of steel ; that is, if Eng to make. The Intercolonial and land is mindful either of her interests Pacific Railways,' says Mr. Smith, or her honour.
'ought not to be built, because parts I can only account for the English l of them go through unproductive re