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who only doeth wondrous things. And blessed be His glorious name forever and ever, and let the whole earth be filled with His glory; Amen, and Amen:" Psalm 1xxii, 16-19.

If we should never see each other "face to face" in this world, may we meet in the holy, heavenly Jerusalem, with the multitude which no man can number, and there drink of the fruit of the vine "new," with Him who loved us and gave Himself for us.

Farewell-farewell,-"The Lord bless thee and keep thee; the Lord make His face to shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee, and give thee peace,"

Is the earnest supplication of

JOHN MAIR.

"At the last it biteth like a serpent and stingeth like an adder.' Prov. xxiii, 32.

From the London Temperance Spectator, February 1, 1861. The Weekly Record's Recantation on the Biblical Wine Question.

It will be in the recollection of our readers, that, about a year ago, we were under the painful necessity of taking the Weekly Record to task, for the dangerous and inconsistent character of its teaching, on the Scriptural wine question. The lapse of a year has worked a change, it seems, in the views of our contemporary; or, perchance, some patent eye-salve has given to its optics more clearness and strength of vision. In order that our readers may judge for themselves of the greatness of the change, we bring into juxtaposition the ipsissima dicta of the two periods, thirteen months apart :

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[Weekly Record, Jan. 5, 1861.]

[Weekly Record, Nov. 26, 1859.] "With respect to the nature or "We are by no means certain that 'quality' of the wine [at Cana,] we our Lord ever sanctioned, by his own would offer no opinion. The plain practice, the use of intoxicating liquor inference is, that it was such wine as of any kind; but we are quite sure that was usually drank, and of the best he did not sanction the kind of wines kind. We think it presumptuous to in common use in the present day. We affirm or deny that it was different to are quite prepared to admit, that not other wines; and the trouble which only did intoxicating wines exist in many persons have taken to prove those days, but that many people were that this or that wine mentioned in the victims of intemperance; but we Scripture was not alcoholic, militates think it equally certain, that many of rather against than for that total the wines of the ancients did not possess abstinence which they advocate [!?]. the power of intoxication; and, in the From the examples, the precepts, absence of clearer evidence, it seems the similitudes, and the denunciations not at all unreasonable to conclude that which we meet with from Genesis to our Saviour sanctioned the use of the Revelation, relative to drunkenness, safer and more harmless class of beveevery plain and unsophisticated reader rages; and, as regards the institution of his Bible must come to the conclu- of the Lord's Supper, it should be resion, that the ancient wines of Pales-membered that all leaven and ferment tine and other countries were alcoholic. were scrupulously excluded at the time We can say for ourselves, that we shall of the Passover. It may, therecontinue to read our Bible without a fore, be a question, whether our transteetotal translation; and when we come lators have given us the correct idea to the word 'wine,' we shall not stop [as to 'drunken,' in I Cor. xi, 21.] to inquire whether it was red or white, Suppose, however, that our authorized intoxicating or unintoxicating, as those version is the best, the passages under have done who have shown themselves consideration do not say much in favor 'wise above that which is written,' and of intoxicating drinks, nor ought they have labored to darken counsel by to be regarded as giving a sanction of words without knowledge. If we their moderate use. In conclusion, we wrote daily for the next twenty years, are by no means prepared to admit that as to its qualities,' we should only the Bible gives its high and holy sancshow, as others have done, our extreme tion to usages which are fraught with ignorance, not to say our vanity and danger to the physical, social, moral presumption-we had almost written, and religious interests of thousands of our impiety, in passing our judgment our fellow-men." on the wine which our Lord so miraculously created. We are willing to leave the subject where we find it, and to read that, and every other passage of Scripture where wine is mentioned, just as we did before we were favored with the learned opinions and Hebrew criticism of our teetotal expositors."

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"Do we complain, then, that the Weekly Record has thus read its recantation? Undoubtedly not. We the rather rejoice that it has yielded to the force of evidence, which, however, was precisely as forcible in November, 1859, as in January, 1861; but we have two very serious causes of complaint against the Weekly Record, which we have to urge in a spirit, not of petulance, but of honest displeasure. First of all, why has our contemporary made this grand revolution, without a hint of its being a revolution at all?. Granting it sincere in 1859, and equally sincere now, was it not a duty to have admitted its former error-in short, not to have recanted only, but to have shown repentance by at least a confession of previous error? Could it not have done what the Westminster Review has had the manliness to avow? Secondly, in the very act of coming over to those whom it formerly abused, the abuse is persistently continued."

James Miller, F.R.S.E., F.R.C.S.E.; Surgeon in Ordinary to the Queen, for Scotland; Surgeon in Ordinary to His Royal Highness, Prince Albert, for Scotland; Professor of Surgery in the University of Edinburgh, &c., on unfermented wine, remarks: "Some people have great difficulty in understanding how anything can be really called 'wine' which is unfermented, such is the strength of prejudice and custom. They see only the fermented wine now, and they cannot fancy the possibility of any other, either now or formerly. "How will it keep?' they say. Not long ago, I made the acquaintance of an extensive vine-grower, on the Moselle. 'Have you any unfermented winejuice of the grape?' said I. Tons!' said he. "How old?" 'Some of it fully ten years.' And then he went on to explain two modes of preserving it, in its pure, natural, unfermented state-one by the boiling process; another by the sulphur cure both precisely as practised in olden times. The latter he preferred: filling the cask nearly full, then burning sulphur in the empty portion, and whilst the fumes were still there, fastening all tightly by the bung. So it was kept unfermented, for mixing subsequently with the fermenting grape-juice, to constitute the sparkling wines peculiar to that district. There need be no difficulty, then, in understanding how not only the recent juice of the grape, ere any fermentation shall have had time to begin, may be harmlessly drunk in the grape season, by young or old."

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Let farmers try the "sulphur cure" with their new cider as taken from the vat, and see if they cannot have pure, unfermented, unintoxicating cider the year round, for a healthful beverage, or for culinary purposes.

UNFERMENTED WINE.

Pure unfermented wine, manufactured by J. Reynolds, Ripley, Ohio, from the Catawba Grape, by a new method to prevent fermentation, which is perfectly effective, and does not in any respect injure the wine. Experienced chemists have given it a thorough test, and find no alcohol.

We have received twelve pages of Certificates from Rev. Dr. Duffield, of Detroit; space only allows giving one:

CINCINNATI, December 6, 1859. We, the undersigned, having examined a specimen of the Unfermented Wine, manufactured by J. Reynolds, of Ripley, Ohio, cheerfully testify that, in our judgment, its adaptation to Communion purposes is unequalled. H. A. TRACY, Dis. Sec. A. B. C. F. M.

B. F. MORRIS, Pastor of the Cong. Church, Lebanon, Ohio.

H. BUSHNELL, Pastor of the Storrs Cong. Church.

MATTHEW GARDNER, Elder in the Christian Church, Ripley, O.

DIAGRAMS

OF THE

STOMACH AS AFFECTED BY ALCOHOL.

BY THE LATE

DR. SEWALL, OF WASHINGTON, D. C.

Orders for the work will be promptly filled by

C. VAN BENTHUYSEN, Albany.

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