NEARLY forty years' experience as a teacher has shown me how little I know of a subject until I begin to explain it or teach it. Let any young person try the experiment of giving in conversation, briefly, connectedly, and in the simplest language, the chief points of any book or article he has read, and he will at once see what I mean. The gaps that are likely to appear in the knowledge that he felt was his own, will no doubt be very surprising. I know of no training superior to this in utilizing one's reading, in strengthening the memory, and in forming habits of clear, connected statement. It will doubtless teach other things than those I have mentioned, which the persons who honestly make the experiment will find out for themselves. Children who read can be encouraged to give, in a familiar way, the interesting part of the books they have read, with great advantage to all concerned. I know more than one youth who has laid the foundation of intellectual tastes in a New England family, where hearty encouragement was given to children and adults in their attempts to sketch, in brief, the books which they read and the sermons and lectures to which they listened. 

Christian Union.


LIVE for something. Do good, and leave behind you a monument of virtue that the storms of time can never destroy. Write your name in kindness, love, and mercy on the hearts of thousands with whom you come in contact year by year, and you will never be forgotten. No; your name, your deeds, will be as legible on the hearts you leave behind, as the stars on the brow of evening. Good deeds will shine as the stars of heaven.

THE little girl who was disappointed because her name could not be found in the Bible, said, "Never mind! I will be such a good girl that if ever another Bible is written, my name will go into it."