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is not the numerical increase of the Jews | the proofs of the commencement of the which can explain the anxiety which fulfilment of the sacred prophecies. they now inspire. How is it that Chris- | “Coming events cast their shadows betian Europe, orthodox Russia, Protest- | fore.”

Geo. Reynolds. ant Prussia, and France in Algiers tremble for the future of their civilization?"

Kind words produce their own image If the house of Judah were any ordin

in men's souls, and a beautiful image it ary race we should be perplexed with

is. They soothe and comfort the hearer: these same questions, but knowing something of the future of that people

That unfinished block is my master, we can understand why it is that the and I am its obedient pupil. nations are dismayed at this, one of

Angelo.

SPIRIT MEMORIES.

There's a song of songs in my heart to-day,

A song the angels are singing;
While my thoughts in holiest faith essay

To gather the music ringing.
'Tis a song whose words in a sweet refrain,

And melody sweetly falling,
Are like dreams, that, vanishing, yet remain

In memories faint recalling.
And the song that lingers in memory,

Recalls a heavenly glory;
In the scenes of elysian homes I see

That faintly are shown before me.
There's a home where brothers and sisters dear,

And mother, a queen of heaven,

As a childhood's dream of another sphere,

Appears through a vail light riven;
And the glimpse I see of this home of love,

My heart oft thrills with the longing
To regain this beautiful home above,

With spiritual kindred thronging ;
And the song of songs in my heart must be

A song I have joined in singing
With my kindred there, ere eternity

Rolled on, my probation bringing.
And this song of songs I may hope to hear,

The vail be completely riven,
When my spirit meets with the angels near,

Returning in joy to heaven. 7. L. Townsend.

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THE CONTRIBUTOR. encumberments–in the Spirit World,

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we can but feel that his mission is to A MONTHLY MAGAZINE. such as we have named, and that to the

honest and upright among them, he is JUNIUS F. WELLS,

like a bright and shining star, pointing EDITOR AND PUBLISHER.

out the path that leadeth onward and upward eternally.

Joseph L. Barfoot was born March 29, Two Dollars a Year,

In Advance. 1816, in Warwick Castle, England. He Single Copy, Twenty Cents.

was justly entitled to be cradled in the

historic halls of England's nobility, SALT LAKE City,

being himself a lineal heir to one of the MAY, 1882.

most eminent earldoms of the realm.

His father's ancestral line descended JOSEPH L. BARFOOT.

from no less a personage than Robert We heard some one relate a dream Bruce, the warrior king of Scotland, the other day, in which he saw a con while his mother's was from the celegress of eminent persons convened in brated Bishop Ridley, one of the marthe Spirit World. One might suppose, tyrs who perished in the flames of if there is anything in the dream, that Smithfield. He was at the time of his the summons to attend had not been death the rightful heir to the Earldom of confined to the distinguished of Paradise, Crawford. but extended also to the great among the At the age of eighteen young Barfoot sons and daughters of earth. A mo enlisted in the Royal Marines of the ment's reflection calls to mind many of British navy, serving several years with the most advanced thinkers, philoso honor to himself and family. On prophers, poets, statesmen and philanthro-curing his discharge from the marine pists, who have within a short time, service he joined his father in London, passed on to the abode of the spirits. who was at that time superintendent of Carlyle, George Eliot, Emerson, Long- the London City Mission, a philanthrofellow, Draper, Darwin, Garfield and pic educational institution for the benefit many more might be named, whom we of workingmen, which was patronized readily imagine associated together in a by the distinguished philanthropist Lord conference of the great and learned that Ashley. While in London he engaged in have gone before. In such an assembly the manufacture of gutta percha goods, where the intelligence and learning of and was employed for a time as butler a lifetime here below is canvassed over to a London banker. His career up to and found to reach but a little way be the time of receiving the Gospel in Feb. yond, we contemplate one whose earthly ruary, 1856, was one of varied and interresearches have been illumined by the esting experience, bringing him in conSpirit of eternal light, rising in their tact with the circumstances of his fellow midst to show the "more excellent way.” men in such a way as to indelibly im. Such an one, endowed with the acquire press upon his heart the desire 10 do ments that have distinguished the great them good, as the noblest work of life. est here on earth, and with the knowl. With this sentiment operating as his edge of the sublime truths of everlast silent monitor he was in a condition to ing life, is the spirit of that good and gladly receive the principles of the Gos. lowly man, whose name is at the head of pel, as not only the means of saving his this paper. He was a man whose knowl own soul, but of gratifying in an imedge and scholastic attainments quali-measurably enlarged degree his wish to fied him to mingle with the deepest benefit his fellows. thinkers of the age; but circumstances, From the day Brother Barfoot entered in a great measure, barred him from their the Church to the end of his life, be society. Where he is free from those maintained, without wavering, the faith

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that sanctified all his accumulation of secrets relating to the minerals of Utah, knowledge to his own glory, and the which had he lived and been supplied encouragement and help of his associ- with means to develop, would have given ates in lise. It was a notable feature in to our Territory a fame among the prehis investigations of science that he cious metal producing States that would never failed to discover in the phenom- have outshone California in her brightest ena of the universe that which glorified days. Science and capital may yet unite the great Creator. In this respect he to demonstrate the truth of this remark. differed with many professed scientists Let it then be remembered that the humwhose custom is "to take the things of ble curator of the Deseret Museum foreGod to prove there is no God.” His saw the union and foretold its happy reintelligence and extensive information sults! qulified him eminently for the various For several years Brother Barfoot was duties that devolved upon him in the engaged in President Brigham Young's Church. Shortly after his baptism he office as night-watchman. In that posiwas chosen to preside in the Chelsea tion he was brought in close relations branch, London, and subsequently he with the President, who valued his clear, became President of the Holborn, Ham scientific judgment and spent with him mersmith and Lambeth branches suc many hours of the watch, attending with cessively. In this capacity Brother great interest his explanations of natuBarfoot labored with great zeal and ral phenomena and consulting him upon effect, his influence winning many con endless questions involving a knowledge verts to the Church and strengthening of the sciences. The friendship formed the Saints. He was a kind and fatherly by these night vigils lasted during life counselor to the young Elders sent to and was one that Professor Barfoot was London from Zion; many of whom ever proud to allude to in terms that cherish deep in their memories, acts of clearly showed how warmly he was disinterested friendship that made their attached to those whom he knew well missions pleasant and profitable, where and loved. they might have been otherwise.

In the literature of the Territory, BroIn 1865 Brother Barfoot gathered ther Barfoot has been a faithful, though with the Saints, coming direct to this extremely modest worker. He has concity, his wife and daughter having pre-tributed under various noms de plume ceded him two years. He immediately to all of our home papers and periodicals. entered into business and was active in The readers of the CONTRIBUTOR have demonstrating by successful experiments been indebted to his pen for “Chronicles the feasibility of manufacturing soap, of Utah,” and an occasional scientific candles and several useful chemicals from sketch. He always signed the name of the elements so profusely abounding in the Greek letter "Beta” in this magazine. the mountains. None of Utah's citizens

His correspondence with eminent peowere better acquainted with the wonder- ple of the world and published communful resources of her mountain ranges,

ications to the outside press, have been fertile valleys, springs, rivers and lakes.

the means of enlightening many thousFor many years before it was deemed prudent to develop the mineral wealth

ands respecting our people and country. of the mountains, Professor Barfoot was

It is unnecessary to say more of his labors.

As curator of the Deseret Museum he familiar with the location of gold deposits and silver ledges, had analyzed

has for years dispensed information and copper, iron, zinc and antimonial ores,

collected valuable natural curiosities, and from knowledge of their abundance

that will in years to come be of great

value to the citizens and all the material predicted the great future of the Terri

interests of this Territory. tory as a producer of mineral wealth.

Our beloved brother is gone, having now being partly performed a noble part among men. He realized, but he died in possession of breathed his last on Sunday morning,

His predictions are

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RALPH WALDO EMERSON.

April 23d, dying peacefully, as he had honor of the approval of heaven, and the lived. For several months he had suf- guerdon of an endless exaltation. With fered from bronchitis, aggravated no the blood of the martyred Ridley flowing doubt by too close confinement to his in his veins, he ever manifested the same duties in the museum. Though per- willingness to stand to the death by his fectly assured that all is well with him religious convictions, while as the desand that our temporary loss is his eter- cendant of a kingly hero, he battled nal gain, there are thousands who bravely for the truth, in defending which knew this gentle, kind-hearted, intelli- he gained a far more glorious victory gent soul, and are indebted through than even the Bannockburn of his warthe public prints as well as by private as like ancestor. His extensive knowl. sociation for his wise and ever-willing in- edge and many amiable virtues would structions, who will feel a pang of sor have won him worldly wealth and distincrow as they read the sad tidings of his tion, but these to him were the merest decease. He was one of nature's noble- | baubles, compared with that higher knowlmen, refined and cultured in her highest edge, which to know is to have eternal school, and possessed many of the life; and though poor as to this world's traits which alone make human nature possessions, and obscured to a great exadmirable. With an apparently un tent by his own native meekness and bounded store of learning, he was as modesty, he contentedly remained so for humble and unassuming as a child, Christ's sake, relying with calm confiand was only too happy to gratui- dence upon the promise of the Savior, tously impart the knowledge which was that whosoever humbleth himself shall often credited to an inferior origin. The be exalted, and the declaration of the rightful claimant of a British earldom, “an Almighty Father, in whose eternal heir of flattery, to titles born,” he cheer bosom it is decreed that the poor and fully relinquished all hopes of earthly the meek of the earth shall inherit it eminence, for the surer and more lasting hereafter,

RALPH WALDO EMERSON. WITHIN the short space of four theology, and was about to begin preachweeks, America has lost two of her ing, when his health failed and he went ablest writers-Longfellow and Emerson. to the Southern States to spend the Scarce had the gray-haired poet closed winter. In 1830 he became pastor

of his eyes on the objects of this world, the Second Unitarian Church of Boston, before the philosopher too was called and shortly after married his first wife, from our midst.

Ellen Louisa Tucker. Ralph Waldo Emerson, the second For four years Emerson discharged son of William Emerson, was born in faithfully and conscientiously his duties Boston, May 25, 1803. At the age of as minister, but having some doubts as to fourteen, young Emerson entered Har the efficacy or even authority of the rite vard college, where he graduated in of the Lord's Supper, and not being sus1821. While at college le gave few in tained in his opinion by his congrega. dications of the remarkable powers tion, he resigned his office and sailed for which he possessed, and was indeed Europe. While in Europe he met many considered rather dull in mathematics and distinguished men, among whom were philosophy, notwithstanding an excellent | Horatio Greenough the sculptor, Coleessay on "The present state of Ethical ridge, Wordsworth and Carlyle. BePhilosophy," delivered in his senior year. tween the last named writer and Emer. Having made up his mind to enter the son there grew up a firm friendship ministry he turned his attention to which lasted until death, On his return

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to America in 1833 he began lecturing The first series of Emerson's “Eson different topics. Two of these lec says," was published in 1841, the second tures, the one on Michael Angelo, and in 1847. These essays treat of many the other on John Milton were the first subjects that cannot be mentioned in this publications from his pen, they appear sketch. A first volume of poems also ing in the North American Review. In appeared in the latter year. In 1848 1835 he married Lidian Jackson, his first Europe was again visited by Emerson, wife having died a few months after their and twenty years later he made a third marriage, and moved from Boston to voyage to the Old World. On his reConcord where he continued to reside turn from his second voyage he pubuntil his death. Soon after his second lished "Representative Men," and some marriage he began lecturing in all the five years after, "English Traits." His principal cities of the United States, other prose writings are “The conduct winning, in this field, a reputation which of Life,” “Society and Solitude," a third will long survive him.

volume of “Essays," and "Letters and In 1836 Emerson's first book called Social Aims." "Nature," was published. Of all his As a poet Emerson ranks high in the works this, to me, is the most delightful, minds of many. Mr. Fotheringham the most congenial. Quiet, calm, yet says “It is only a certain defect of steadily glowing with a serene eloquence, rhythm and ryhme which prevent him the book holds a place more in the heart from being the greatest of American than in the mind. Take, for instance, poets.” Opinion is divided as to which bis observations on the stars when he is his best poem, some giving the presays: "Seen in the streets of cities how

ference to "May Day," some to the great are the stars! If they should ap Concord Hymn," and some to “The pear only one night in a thousand years Song of Nature.” how would men believe and adore ! In April last the sad tidings of his

But every death were received throughout this night come out these envoys of beauty country and England, where he has been and light the universe with their admon almost universally admired as a writer, ishing smile.” Listen again to his tran and in many instances beloved as a quil enjoyment of nature: “The greatest friend. In Concord he is mourned as delight which the fields and woods min only a good man can be. He was at all ister is the suggestion of an occult re times a teacher and helper to those in lation between man and the vegetable. any way associated with him; and enI am not alone and unacknowledged. deavored, through his writings, to be They nod to me and I to them. The both to all mankind. His remains were waving of the boughs in a storm is new laid to rest on the thirtieth of April, in to me and old. It takes me by surprise the Concord cemetery, near the graves and yet is not unknown." In rising to of Hawthorne and Thoreau. And here higher questions, of which this work he sleeps that sweet sleep forevermore treats, such as "Spirit,” "Immortality," where “The human soul and the divine spirit;”. "haughty Hope, nor swart Chagrin, the writer loses much eloquence but

Nor murdering Hate can enter in." gains vigor; and the happy, soothing in

C. T. fluence of the language in the less weighty subjects discussed, though not entirely missing, is less apparent. He

Charles Lamb remarked of one his concludes the book by exhorting us to

critics: “The more I think of him, the build up a world of our own that we may

less I think of him." enter the “kingdom of man over nature,”

Coieman the dramatist was asked if with “no more wonder than a blind man he knew Theodore Hook, “Yes," refeels who is gradually restored to per- plied the wit: "Hook and eye are old

associates."

fect sight."

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