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THE AMERICAN ADVOCATE OF PEACE AND ARBITRATION.
THE LAW OF LOVE.
Dig channels for the stream of love,
Where they may hroadly run.
And love has overflowing streams
To fill them every one.
But if at any time thou cease
Such channels to provide,
The very founts of love to thee
Will soon be parched and dried.
For thou must share if thou wouldst keep
That good thing from above ;
Ceasing to share, you cease to have,
Such is the law of love.
The death of Rev. John W. Olmstbad, D.D., has
deprived the American Peace Society of one of its most
earnest, wise and helpful friends and officers. Dr. 01m-
stead was many years a director and remained in that office
till his death. He represented the advanced peace senti-
ment of the great Baptist denomination and promulgated
and defended those sentiments not only in the pulpit, and
on the platform, but in the columns of The Watchman of
which he was for so many years the senior editor.
BISHOP J. p. CAMPBELL, D.D.
The death of this venerated man was a surprise to us.
He was born in slavery, but rose by the respect in which
men held his piety and ability to the highest office in the
Zion's Methodist Church. His last years, when not travel-
lino-, were spent in Philadelphia where he identified himself
with the Universal Peace Union. In 1879 the writer was
his fellow passenger on the Atlantic. He preached accept-
ably on the Sabbath, and aroused great enthusiasm in New
York on his return by his account of the Wesleyan Con-
ference of Great Britain to which he was a delegate. A
few years after he delivered a stirring and original address
on Peace at Philadelphia which we heard. He was natur-
ally eloquent and at times humorous. We sincerely hope
that peace principles will still be inculcated among the
millions of colored people in America. Who will take the
place of Bishop Campbell, as a leader in the paths of
peace among a people whose friends too often mistakenly
urge them to fighting instead of praying.
PROXIMITY AIDS PEACE.
How close the ends of the world are brought together
in these latter days has an illustration in the transit of
the Japan mail which was dispatched to Queenstown on
the steamer City of New York on Wednesday, September
2. This mail left Yokahama, August 19, on the steamer
Empress of Japan, crossed the Pacific Ocean— not less
than 4750 miles by the shortest route — and arrived at
Vancouver, British Columbia, Augusb 29 ; there it was
taken on a special train of the Canadian Pacific Railway
and carried across the continent in eighty-eight hours,
reaching New York in time to be put on board the mail
steamer sailing at five o'clock a. m. September 2. The
sailing was delayed only ten minutes on the schedule time
in order to receive this mail. It arrived at Queenstown
on Wednesday, September 9. This brings Japan and
Great Britain within twenty-one days' distance of each
other — or about as near as Boston and London were fifty
THE EMPEROR OF GERMANY TALKS.
The Vienna correspondent of the London Standard
records a discussion which was carried on at the table of
the Archduke Albrecht during the Austrian military
manceuvres as to whether it was wise to allow a known
enemy to complete preparations for war, or whether it
was not preferable to enforce a conflict.
"No names were mentioned," says the correspondent,
" but all understood that Russia was meant. Emperor
William said emphatically : I strongly believe that the
enormous responsibility which modern warfare imposes
must over-ride all military theories.
" 'I would not begin war if conscious that by delaying
it I could secure a single year — nay, a single month — of
peace by trusting in the success of my good cause. Even
if the chances are equal on both sides, there is much to
be gained by having several months of peace.' "
The King of Saxony expressed himself to the same
effect, pointing out instances where diplomacy had
averted an apparently inevitable conflict.
Archduke Albrecht also dilated upon the enormous
responsibility of forcing a war, in view of the murderous
perfection of modern weapons.
The correspondent says Emperor William's remarks
made a deep impression on the high-rank German and
Austrian officers present.
An imperial decree is published modifying the passport
regulations. It provides that after September passports
for entering Alsace-Lorraine will be required only from
military men on active service, ex-officers and pupils of
foreign military schools, and men who lost their German
nationality before performing their military service. A
"visa" will be required in these cases and will be
granted gratis. Finally, it is ordered that foreigners
staying in the Reichsland beyond twenty- four hours must
notify the police of their presence on penalty of expul-
sion. The Emperor consented to the Reichsland passport
decree in an interview with Chancellor Von Caprivi,
while passing through Berlin en route to Stettin.
BISMARCK'S TYPE OF PIETY.
Another reputable religious journal is now rejoicinc in
Bismarck as an illustration of a religious man, and
generously quoting a declaration of his in confirmation of
the benefits of Christianity. We confess that we are no
longer attracted by such a type of piety as Bismarck
represents. There is too much of the flavor of the
Middle Ages in it. He has been too egotistic, ambitious,
selfish, arrogant and cruel. It is a religion of opinion,
of the conqueror, of force, war, blood and destruction
to one's enemies. It is the religion which finds warrant
and apology only in the Old Testament and in the conflicts
of the Israelites with the nations about them. "The
mind that was in Christ," that said " Peace on earth and
good-will to men," and also, " Let him that is greatest
among you be your servant " — this Bismarck has never
embraced. The man who now finds his chief occupation
in the manufacture of beer to make his own people
drunken, is not a good illustration of the religion which
Christ revealed and Paul preached. — Zion's Herald.