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his folks at home, and the loving several roads met he was at pleadings of his dear father the loss to know which road to take. morning he left a land of peace, So he resolved to cast lots for a plenty and morality. He
road. He took a stick, stood it thoroughly humbled, and in his end till it was center poise humility he bowed down before and took his finger off. It fell, the loving God, as he had oft and the road it indicated he knelt in his father's house, and went, and it led on until he came prayed as he had never prayed to a very much traveled road, and before. A prayer at that time
a station house, where the hired could be only with the whole hand that tended it had lately heart, and when he rose from his gone off and let the house unatknees he seemed to feel no distur- tended. John secured his place bance in mind, nor did he suffer at seventy dollars a month. from fear of death by confinement Located many miles from any in that place, and with assurance town, table or saloon, he passed he started back, noticing little of seven months and did not spend the surroundings until he saw a dollar at his old sins. At the long, slanting mark up the side end of this time he drew his of the rocks in the direction he
wages and started for home, not wanted to go. He intuitively stopping at any of his old haunts started up that mark, which was until he reached a place called not a trail, nor a crack in the wall
Panamint, a town
among the of the canyon, nor a ridge, but a terrible deserts in the south, and mark of kind where he
among exceedingly rich mines. could climb and crawl with hard Here he thought he would "take struggling.
a drop." That drop made him He finally reached the top, dry. More, it dragged him right faint and exhausted to that degree back to the gambling table. that he fell to the ground as soon In a few days John was without as he had reached a place a dollar again. He was getting safety. To this day he can't tell older, and pretty well
out what kind of a mark he climbed with
and dissipation. but he knows that
He began to yearn for a home of power helped him besides his
civilization as he used to feel it, own strength. He reached his especially
especially while living with his intended town of destination, grandfather, who trained him in where he behaved very well for a ways he never forgot during his time; then went down to the
long absence from the home of lowest level
hood he suffered at one time with Again he started out to find a
which place where he was not known, occasion the Elders of the Church and after he had reached where
were sent for, who anointed him
with oil and prayed for him as mands, and providing her the scriptures direct, and he was home, or following the plain path healed, with such a certainty, by of human nature, it is not importhe power of the gospel ordi- tant for us to know; but it is nances that he always retained plain that he accomplished both that testimony, not even doubting these objects by a solemn vow in his heart while wandering in and by fulfiiling the same. the paths of sin.
0. B. Huntington. When again he returned to
(TO BE CONCLUDED.) Springville he was welcomed by his aged father, who was bowed with toil and the load of years.
THE GOLDEN RULE. John tried home a short time; Of all the precious kernels of but times had changed, John had wisdom, the priceless gem, which changed, father had changed, dropped as words from the lips of Springville had changed, but the Master, none, methink, will there was one fact unchanged, cirumscribe more admirable qualiand that was, “There is no place ties, nor wield more potent like home."
influence for good, should they The associations of the Saints be observed, than that one little made the whole land home, and sentence, appropriately termed although he
the "The Golden Rule.." Saints he was not practically a Let us for moment reflect Saint himself. He had enjoyed upon it, analyze it, and consider the pleasures of wandering among its several parts. We discover new and strange
and that its prime factor is the divine peoples for a season, until the principle of justice, a quality old familiar ways and people of which forms one of the Utah had a newness and attrac- stones of the character of the tion more enjoyable now than the Godhead, without which God far-off land.
would not be God, "the Mighty The seven years he had passed Avenger," "the Powerful to Save." in California had brought him He who is the same yesterday, from boyhood to manhood, to today, and forever, the God of that period of life when young the scriptures and of this last men have a natural desire to pass dispensation, is a Being of equity into mature manhood by the and love, though we have met agreeable aids that family persons professing Christianity affords.
who believe that that Being, so His attention was affectionately full of mercy and justice, will drawn to a very young widow,
condemn to endless misery countand whether he felt more zeal in less millions of His children who "visiting the widow
widow and the have not been privileged to hear fatherless," as the gospel com
of and believe on the name of
His Only Begotten.
Could we The quality of mercy is not sirained ; worship a Deity so deficient in It droppeth as the gentle dew from heaven
Upon the place beneath. this necessary principle? Could
It is twice blessed, it blesses him that gives we look upon Him as the embodi- and him that takes; ment of all that is good, and 'Tis mightiest in the mightiest ;
wise? great and
It becomes the throned monarch better than might fear Him; but would as soon worship the Hindoo gods
We remember having heard of of wood and stone, or the mytho
a circumstance in the life of Englogical gods of Greece and Rome,
land's present queen wherein this so lacking in moral qualities as
quotation was truly verified; and
we learn that the Golden Rule to prostrate ourselves in adoration before one so deficient in justice
illuminated the threshold of VicBut our God has toria's public career.
She was said, satisfying thought, that in
but a girl of eighteen summers
when she assumed the regal power His judgment mercy shall not rob justice, nor justice mercy.
one of the
first official if the death of this quality is so
requirements destructive to our idea of Deity,
made of her was her signature tu
the death warrant of a soldier. how shall the lack of it in ourselves cause us to appear in the
She read the charge, was filled eyes of Him who is perfect!
with compassion for
for the Nothing so hurts our feelings,
demned, and looking up asked, of right, does
"Can no one speak a good word injustice. When wish
Someone to for this poor fellow?"
replied that he had been a faithpresent the climax of injury, we
ful soldier, whereupon the queen wont to
“It unjust." But an equitable edict
exclaimed, "Thank you; thank has gone forth which behooves us
you!" an immediately signed
his reprieve. "Blessed to beware; for with what judgment we judge we shall in turn
merciful for they shall obtain be judged.
now look at mercy. mercy, another essential element
next led to consider of this golden precept, which in
honesty as one of the necessary the Godhead is found in equal parts of the subject under conproportion with justice. But alas sideration. for poor humanity, there are few Who is there that does not of us equally balanced, and mercy prize this quality, and require its is seldom the overweight which existence in those with whom brings down the scale.
they deal? We cannot but esteem in fact, too often weighed in the and admire the possessor of it, be balance and found wanting in this he friend or foe. It is a divinely beautiful attribute. The
sary element of society, of civili. poet has said:
zation and progress, and may