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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. 


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. 


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 
years ago. 


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. 


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.