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is still welcome, for his presence, or that which came from behind the head of the bed, shone he brings at least, puts an end to the most through the silvery curls of hair that frequent cruel of human sufferings—uncertainty. bathing had wreathed round bis forehead,

almost making a halo about it ; occasionally THE LAST HOURS OF REV. O. A. SKINNER, D. D.

he would open his eyes, ask the time of night, The following private letter from Mrs. D. P. and make some comment to those about him, Livermore of Chicago, just received, contains scious how each moment was drifting him out

and then relapse into semi-drowsiness. Conthe most graphic account of the departure of our friend which we have seen, we have there into eternity, with “the great battle almost fore taken the liberty of transferring it to our

fought," as he expressed it, done with earth, columns, commending it to the careful perusal the moment when he should be admitted to the

with his face heavenward, he patiently waited of all.

“We are all deeply saddened by Dr. Skin audience of the King of Kings. In the midst ner’s death, which occurred last night at half- of the deep grief of the occasion, I was yet past eleven o'clock. He died away from his awed, and impressed with the dignity of the

last scene. home, in Naperville, about 20 miles from Chicago. Two weeks ago he preached in

Mrs. Skinner has been sustained beyond all Naperville, on exchange with Rev. Mr. Bulke

expectation. She with her husband ty. He had been ailing from the Thursday after his death, and when there was no longer ley, the resident pastor of the Naperville socie- throughout, and has surprised herself by her

strength and fortitude. But the reaction care previous, with diarrhoea, but not to a degree that he called himself sick. IIe should not

any need for her to bear up. We are all very have preached Sunday, and had he been home, anxious for her. Addie reached her father at he would not. But he went through the ser

noon yesterday, some ten or eleven hours bevices of a part of the day, and took to his bed fore his death. It was a great comfort to them never to leave it. His disease was typhoid both: for, as he said, "he was waiting for dysentery, a fatal sickness for one of his tem- her.” And so it seemed ; he sank so rapidly perament. He was sick but eighteen days, but after her arrival. The blow is crushing to his has endured indescribable suffering, and with family ; you know, he was no ordinary husthe most heavenly patience. He was conscious band and father. Indeed, it has fallen on us to the last moment of his life, and longed to be all, heavily ; we could not believe he would dismissed from his pain, expressing at all times die, he was so vigorous and strong. He has the firmest faith in God, and the certainty of died a victim to over-work ; his immense lathe blessedness awaiting him. Mr. L. and my, less amount of perplexity and anxiety con

bors for his brother's estate, joined to an endself went down to see him last night, and reached him about four hours before his de cerning it, the care of his parish at Joliet, and parture. He knew us perfectly, expressed

his custom of preparing and preaching four pleasure at our coming, took my husband by times on Sunday were enough to break down the hand, and delivered a message to him, to

a stronger man than he. He went from his be given to the denomination, saying in reply morning service immediately to a town six to a question, that “his faith was strong, his miles distant and preached, and from that to hope beautiful ! beautiful !"

another station six or eight miles distant and There was something very grand in his preached, then came back to Joliet, and took death. I never realized the dignity of death,

his second meal, dinner or supper, whichever and of dying before. He had made every prep- you please, and preached again in the evearation possible for the event-had arranged

ning. for his funeral services, specified where he

He is to be buried from St. Paul's church desired to be buried, taken such leave of his to-morrow, Friday the 20th, at 2 o'clock P. friends as he could—and then he lay waiting M., and is to rest beside his brother Samuel. patiently his release. He knew that the event The Chicago ministers, Messrs. Ryder, Tuttle, of death was near at hand, that he was not ex

and Livermore, and Bro. Bulkeley are to offipected to survive after the hour of midnight, ciate. All this by his arrangement. I have and he himself kept note of the time as it given you full particulars, knowing that you passed. The emaciation of his face caused his would like to know them.” noble brow to stand out more prominently Let even day or night unhallowed pass, than ever-the dim light of the room that | But still remember what the Lord bath done.

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world ; but we took this reply in a some signs of habitations were invisible; one what limited sense, thinking it probable might have supposed the little brown elfthat her ideas of foreign countries com- like creatures came out from the ground prising her world, were likely to have for the purpose of exercising, trotting been about as clear and definite as those along after us with a celerity which proved of the generality of her class of country- themselves thoroughly trained by practice women; for instance as much so, as that in this mode of locomotion, they would of our hostess in Genoa, who felt quite disappear as soon as the peňce were reproud and happy that her son, (a sailor ceived, or after finally exhausting their lad) had been to our country, he knew patience and agility, (both of which held all about America 0! yes, he had been out wonderfully long) they would at to our home! Upon investigation, how- length fall back reluctantly, minus the ever, it proved that his having been to “piccioli," setting us down probably in our home,' was merely touching upon the their estimate of the days business in this coast of South America, which in the eyes line as so much capital lost, and then of the family was all one with United recruit their energies for another onset States I usually the idea of our country is upon the next carriage which good fortune very vague in the minds of the common might send in their way. After all, there classes as we have before stated. They was a quaint picturesqueness in this pehave some incoherent notion of New York culiar feature of these mountain scenes, in connection with Americans, but whether that added a sort of charm to the journey, it is a kingdom, city, or republic, scarce which otherwise would have been lacking one in a dozen could tell.

-not that one can really believe begging But to return to Chiavari. After se- to be a desirable, or improving feature lecting a package of towels for home use, among any people ; still, in this part of comprising specimens of various texture the world, we must consider how the cusfrom the coarser ones at three shillings, tom—bad as it must ever prove in its up to fabrics beautifully fine for eight, ultimate effects upon any class—had its ten and twelve shillings each, our com- foundation in the religious sentiment panions trudged on to the carriage left everywhere prevailing in the middle ages. standing in the public square, well pleas- That to distribute alms was one of the ed with the establishment, their bargain, highest privileges of the good catholic, and and the pretty young ladies connected to be poor and destitute, dependent upon with it! a place which we shall not proba- tbė charity of the rich, was rather an bly forget, so long as we have such re-honor than otherwise. The idea of Chrisminders daily before us in these truly tian brotherhood underlying this, was cerexcellent articles of service.

tainly a true principle, but mark how it After leaving Sestri we pursued our degenerated into evil with both classes; route to La Spezzia through a most charm- the wealthy considering the mere giving of ing district of country, where we found money upon certain occasions to the poor, something new to admire at every turn of and to the church, as furnishing them abthe road, (always excepting the beggars solution for any amount of self-indulgence who beset us on every hand ;) a very and sin on their own part, and also for devout set of little rogues were they for their entire neglect of the improvement the most part, invoking all sorts of bless- and elevation of their more unfortunate ings upon the head of the traveller, brethren. And on the other hand, the always expecting returns for their prayers pauper, begging his scanty subsistance in shape of “piccioli monie,” for which from day to day, was encouraged to conthey would roll and scramble in the dirt tinue in this course through life, bequeathlike a pack of young dogs ; sometimes ing the same inheritance to his children, keeping up a chase with the carriage for which has resulted in the fact, that the more than a mile. It was quite marvel- poor of two centuries past, are the poor of ous to us to see swarms of them appearing today, content, alike with their forefathat short intervals all along our road, when ers, to vegetate, to die, without moving

By particular request the following little “Sleep is a balsam for the soul; it draws a gem, is inserted in our Editor's Table for prescurtain over the images of sorrow, and to forervation.

get one's misfortunes an hour longer is no TO MY BROTHER. little gain.”

PFEFFEL Though thirty weary years have fled Since you and I were with our mother

EPIGRAM. Two ruddy, reckless, boys who clung

BY SIR GEORGE LITTLETON. Like two young vines close to each other.

None without hope e'er loved the brightest

fair, My mem'ry lingers 'round them yet,

For love can hope where reason would deThose boyhood days we passed together,

spair. When sunshine seemed so very sweet, And pleasant every change of weather.

SUICIDE.

When all the blandishments of life are gone, And that old attic where we slept

The coward sneaks to death, the brave live on. So many years upon one pillow, And, listiess, heard the dashing rain Sweep o'er the roof and through the willow.

INHUMANITY.

"Tis a cruelty To load a falling man.

SHAKESPEARE That dear, familiar room by me

Will be forgotten, brother, neverFor deep within my heart 'twill be

The Universalist Companion with an AlEnshrined, and hallowed there forever. manac and Register, containing statistics of

the Denomination for 1862. A. B. Grosh, And all those gay and wayward hours,

Editor and Proprietor, Boston ; Published And all the sports our

childhood cherished, by Abel Tompkins, 25 Cornhill. Why do we say they all have fled,

This valuable little annual has again made And like Antumnal leaves have perished ?

its appearance in its usual neat and appropri

ate style. This number contains the articles 0, do they not, like far off stars, Look brighter in our noon of even,

of Faith of the Universalist denomination, and And gleam with more effulgent light

much other valuable matter which is worth As we approach our home in heaven. many times the price charged for the book,

which is 12 cents. Send four “ three cent” ! If the man-in-the-moon could speak to men stamps to Mr. Tompkins, and he will send you upon earth, how many would blush to hear the Companion and Register by return mail, him,

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A SUGGESTION TO THE AMBITIOUS.—“Every

PHOTOGRAPHS. one,” says Gilbert, can in silence be a king, We wish to call special attention to Messrs. and rule over his own inclinations."

Williams & Everetts splendid collection of

card Photographs. They have just published “Without humility, man is an eternal lie.” three of the best we have seen, viz : “Maud

Muller," "The Motherless,” and “Morning GILBERT.

Glories,” (three children of Prof.Longfellow), The secret of the unhappy is sacred; and he Miner. In addition to these, they have the

also a truly life-like likeness of Rev. A. A. who lifts the reil which covers it, is guilty of largest variety of card Photographs, which desecration,”

PFEFFEL

can be found in the city, all anished in the

most artistic manner. New Photographs re FREEDOM.

ceived as soon as published. We take pleasOnly free souls know how delightful it is to ure in commending our friends, who are colfeel oneself free. Slaves often hug their chains. lecting Photographs, to call on Messrs. WillThis is the explanation of the fact that there is iams & Everett, No. 234 Washington St., Bosreally often contentment in Slavery-to our ton. In addition to the above, Messrs. W. & mind the saddest thing in the whole matter. E. are extensive dealers in engravings and How deep must be the degradation when one paintings. Their splendid store is indeed a knows not the desire for freedom.

gallery of art, and the gentlemanly proprietors are always happy to meet their numerous

friends and customers. Remember 234 WashLaurels grow best in graveyards.

ington St., Boston.

C. M. 8.

THE UNION MEMORIAL; containing Choice Anecdotes, Patriotic Songs, and

Burning Words, struck from true American hearts.

This little work contains 72 pages, closely printed, on fine paper, with a neat and appropriate cover. It contains nearly THREE HUNDRED ANECDOTES, Songs, &c., representing the unanimity of feeling, with which our people responded to the call of their country in the hour of danger. When rebellion is crushed and the Union no longer in danger, the sayings and incidents here recorded will be cherished as menentoes of the patriotism of our people and their devotion to their country in the hour of danger.

It is sold at the low price of 15 cents, that every one may be able to procure a copy. Send 15 cents in stumps, to A, TOMPKINS, 25 Cornhill, Boston, and you will receive a copy by return mail post-paid.

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CHEAP! Having removed from our old quarters, we have collected together a number of past volumes of the UNIVERSALIST QUARTERLY and LADIES' REPOSITORY, which we propose to sell in numbers, at the low price of 75 CENTS PER VOLUME, Postuge pre-puid. These volumes contain a large amount of reading, and are excellent for School, Teacbers', Social, or Family Libraries. They are perfect in every respect. Hereafter we shall publish only the number required to supply our regular subscribers, and those who desire these back volumes should send at once. Regular price $2.00 per volume; but the room they occupy is needed for other stock, hence the reduction.

Of the Universalist Quarterly, we have all the volumes from 1 to 17. except volume 2. Of the Ladies' Repository, vols. 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, and 28.

We have, also, vols, 1 and 4 of the Universalist Expositor,- published prior to the Quarterlywhich we will sell at the same price. All who desire any of these volumes should send at once, direct to

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