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Mount Ebal and Mount Cerixim.

DEUTERONOMY XXVII.

OSES gave instructions to the Israelites

that when they should have taken possession of the land of Canaan, certain of the priests should stand on or by Mount Gerizim to pronounce blessings on the obedient, and that others should stand by Mount Ebal to pronounce curses on the trangressors of God's laws, and that at the utterance of every blessing and

curse all the people should say, Amen ! It is worthy of notice that Gerizim abounds with springs, gardens, and orchards, and is covered with a beautiful verdure, while Ebal is naked and fruitless as a rock. These are fit emblems of the good which the righteous shall realize, and of the troubles which shall accompany the wicked, for “ the way of transgressors

is hard." It is said by Jewish writers that six tribes went towards the top of Gerizim, and six towards the top of Ebal, and the priests and Levites stood beneath in the midst. The priests encompassed the ark, and the Levites stood round about the priests, and all Israel stood on this side and on that, Then the priests turned their faces toward Gerizim and pronounced the blessings, and afterwards towards Ebal pronouncing the curses. But alas ! after the people had uttered their solemn Amen, we find that they continued to sin against God, and that, in consequence, the threatened punishments continued to follow them.

'Say ye to the righteous that it shall be well with them, for they shall eat the fruit of their doings ; woe unto the wicked, for the reward of his hands shall be given him.” Isaiah, iii. 10 and 11.

T. B.

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The Months and Remarkable Days.

BY THE REV. W. L. ROBERTS, HOLMFIRTH.

IV. APRIL.'

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HE Roman name for this month was

Aprilis, derived from the word aperis
which means to open. From the same
root we have the word aperture which
means an opening. This name
given to the month because it is gener-
ally the month for the opening of the
buds. The little

green buds on the hedge-rows and the trees force themselves open and the leaves spread themselves about this time. Our Anglo-Saxon forefathers called it Ooster, that is Eastermonth, because Easter generally comes in this month. The first day in April, this year, is Easter-Monday, the origin of which we have explained in the last month's “ Hive.” It will no doubt be a holiday for most of the “ Hive” readers, and in some places they will have plenty of sport with their Easter eggs. We hope they will enjoy it without quarelling. The first of April will, I dare say, be remembered by many youngsters, for another reason; it is called All Fools' Day, and a good many tricks will be played on this day in order to get a laugh at those who are not sharp enough to detect them. This custom is very common in many countries besides England; being practised nearly all over Europe. It is not known when or why the practice began. Nearly all the peculiar customs of this country have some connexion either with heathen or early Christian festivities, and most likely this has ; but we don't know what. Some people think it has a reference to

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the fact that during the last days of Christ's sufferings he was passed about from one place to another ; first to the high priest, then to Pilate, and then to Herod, and back again to Pilate.

Many years ago, the people of the Christian church were very fond of acting on the stage imitations of some of the principal scenes in the life of Christ; these were called miracle-plays. Amongst them the last sufferings of Christ were often thus represented; and as this play was generally given at Easter, or about the beginning of April, this custom of sending people on less errands may have thus become associated with the first of April. The practice of making April Fools is often a very foolish one. There may be amusement in it both for young and old if it be innocently carried on, but sometimes boys and girls carry it too far; sometimes they don't stick to truth, and they will try to send a person on a foolish errand by telling a lie; this is wicked and the person who does it is the real fool. Then I have sometimes seen children and even grown up people play their April tricks on the aged and feeble; and sometimes when they see a blind old man, or an old woman in old-fashioned dress, that can perhaps scarcely get along the road in consequenee of feebleness, they will play tricks upon them and sorely annoy the poor old folks ; now this is very unkind, very rude, very cowardly; never make the helpless aged and the poor suffer through your fun. You have perhaps heard the fable of the frogs who told the little boys that the stones they threw for fun were very hurtful to them in the pond. Boys and girls may have fun, but don't let your fun hurt

Remember also that there are fools on other days besides the first of April-boys and girls that play truant from school, that neglect their lessons, that despise their kind parents, and squander their small stocks of money in things that do harm instead of good, and that people who neglect to prepare for death are all fools whether it be April or not.

any one.

I hope the readers of the “ Hive” will be wise, and especially “wise unto Salvation."

A Greenland Parliament.

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N the middle of the one room, or hall,

stood a plain pine table, with a plain bench on either side of it, and on each bench sat six parliamentarians, dressed in seal-skin pantaloons and boots, and Guernsey frocks, across which there was a very large display of suspenders. Each parliamentarian head was covered with a

cap composed of the brightest kind of scarlet cloth, ornamented with a broad gilt band. The royal emblems were embroidered in front, and above these there was a golden bear, with a crown on his head, standing uncomfortably on his hind legs, to typify Greenland. There was a thirteenth cap at the head of the table, and this was worn by Mr. Anthon, pastor of Julianashaab, and president of the Julianashaab parliament ex officio.

The first business was in the form of a petition for relief. The petitioner stood there in person, looking the very picture of forlorn destitution. He stated that he had lost his canoe (kayak), and he produced evidence enough to show, without any swearing, false or otherwise, that it had been crushed and lost in the ice. The man, who had hardly clothes on his back to cover his nakedness, showed further that he had a wife and family who had no friends to assist them, and were entirely dependent on him for support. I thought it a doubtful support at best, and so appeared to think the parliament, for they voted an order for a certain daily allowance. The next case was of a young hunter,

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