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Bible exercise.-The Creation.
Church History.--Nativity of Joseph.
Address.- Biographical.
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31 the neglect of which is ruin. This is gave them each a trumpet, and made a particularly true on the field of battle. dashing charge that won the victory. So Nearly every battle turns on one or two at Montebello, he computed the distance rapid movements, executed amid the of the Austrian cavalry, saw that it whirl of smoke and thunder of guns that would require a quarter of an hour for jar the solid globe.

them to come up, and in those fifteen It was at such moments that the genius minutes executed a manoeuvre that saved of Napoleon shone forth with the high- the day. The reason, he said, why he est lustre.

His mind acted like the beat the Austrians, was that they did not lightning, and never with more prompt know the value of five minutes. At the ness and precision than in moments of celebrated battle of Rivoli the day the greatest confusion and danger. What seemed on the point of being decided confounded others only stimulated him. against him. He saw the critical state He used to say that one of the principal of affairs and instantly formed his resorequisites of a general is an accurate cal- lution. He despatched a flag to the Ausculation of time; for, if your adversary trian headquarters, with proposals for an can bring a powerful force to attack a armistice. Napoleon seized the precious certain post ten minutes sooner than you moments, and, while amusing the enemy can bring up a sufficient supporting force, with mock negotiations, re-arranged his you are beaten,

even though all the rest line of battle, changed his front, and in a of your plans be the most perfect that few moments was ready to renounce the can be devised. At Arcola he saw that farce of discussion for the stern arbitrathe battle was going against him, and at

ment of arms. The splendid victory of once called

up twenty-five horsemen, Rivoli was the result.

ASSOCIATION INTELLIGENCE. It is our intention from time to time,to Answering written questions. publish in this department of the Con Select Reading.--Poetry. TRIBUTOR, suggestive orders of exercises Declamation. for the weekly and conjoint meetings of Select Reading.-Prose. the Associations. We will be pleased if

Testimonies. the officers of Associations will send us Programme for next meeting. model programmes, such as they have

Closing exercises. found to be interesting and profitable in

Time occupied in rendering the above their experience, and that they can

one hour and a half. We shall, in our recommend other Associations to adopt.

next, refer to the Scriptural exercises and Something like the following programme

show how they can be conducted to be has been found in many places to give

very entertaining as well as profitable. great satisfaction, affording variety, while pursuing a systematic progressive course Minutes of the Twelfth Quarterly Conin the main features, viz. The Subjec-ference of the Y. M. and v. L. M. I. tive Scriptural and Historical exercises: Associations of Utah Stake, held in the WEEKLY PROGRAMME :

B. Y. Academy, August 28, 1880. Superintendent M. H. Hardy presiding.

Minutes of previous Conference read and approved. Miss Teenie Smoot then read a tabulated report of the Y. L. M. I. A. for the quarter ending August 28, 1880.

Superintendent Hardy then spoke at some length upon the advisibility of continuing subjective exercises, for weekly

Singing, Prayer. Roll. Minutes.

Essay.- Descriptive:

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class work. Our exercises on these present on the stand. The forenoon regular occasions should be instructive, was occupied by the members, who preand the instruction progressive in its sented an interesting programme, concharacter. Subjective work only can sisting of a Bible exercise, an essay, a produce this. The reports which have recitation, a song, the reading of the been received show that a great amount “Review,” a manuscript paper, and an of good has been done, and progress historical address. made by adhering strictly to subjective The house was crowded in the afterexercises. He recommended the young noon with an interesting audience, which men to follow their regular work, and was addressed by Elder Cowley, who the young ladies theirs, and to hold gave an excellent discourse on the gathmonthly, joint sessions—combining the ering of the Saints from distant lands. talent of the two Associations for a mu- He was listened to with great attention; sical, literai v, historical, scientific or all expressing themselves well pleased miscellaneou feast, as the case may be with the ready manner in which the subnot omitting lectures by competent per-ject was treated. sons, previously waited upon for that Superintendent Jos. A. West presented purpose.

the business of the meeting, giving some During the Conference, A. O. Smoot, good instructions for the guidance of the Jr., and George M. Brown were sus young men. A call was made for the tained as Superintendent Hardy's assis Associations to send tracts to the mistants, and Zina Y. Williams and Emily sionaries in the Southern States, which Cluff were appointed nnd sustained as was heartily responded to. assistants to Miss Helen Alexander, the After singing by the choir, and prayer Stake Superintendent, Y. L. M. I. A. by Brother Whitman, the Conference

Conferences will hereafter be held in adjourned for three months, to meet in the several districts, for the purpose of Plain City. becoming more thoroughly acquainted with each other, and discussing points Circuit meetings of the above descripconnected with the welfare and general tion are being held throughout Weber good of the Associations. At the Semi Stake, and are attended with great interAnnual Conferences at Provo, statistical est by the members, who are much benereports will be received, showing the fitted by the varied exercises and instrucactual working during each six months, tions thus presented. We had the pleaa copy of which will then be forwarded sure of being present at two of these to Salt Lake, to appear at the General conferences—at Ogden, on Sept 5th, and Conference of the Organization.

at West Weber, on the 12th. They Elder J. B. Milner delivered a most were both very pleasant and profitable interesting lecture on citizenship, under occasions. In Utah County appointthe government of the United States ments have been made for district meetand the kingdom of God. Being a sub ings of this kind, and in Cache County ject of importance, it was listened to they met with success during last winter. with marked attention.

We believe that in all of the large Conference adjourned for three months. counties it will be found highly advantaBenediction by Prof. K. G. Maeser. geous to the Associations, if the Super

intendents and their assistants would arA Circuit Conference of the Y. M.

range such meetings. It will enable M. I. A. of North Ogden, Plain City, them to present to the officers and memHarrisville and Hot Springs was held in bers of Associations the instructions North Ogden, Sunday, Sept. 19, 1880. necessary, and to become acquainted The Superintendency of the County and with them and their methods of conductElder M. F. Cowley, of Salt Lake, the ing exercises, besides affording a fine opPresidency of the Associations, the portunity for competitive exercises from Bishop of North Ogden, and others were the several Associations forming a district.

THE CONTRIBUTOR.

II.

Our route lay through the tierra caliand the bloom of trees cause the senses

The Glory of God is Intelligence. VOL. II. NOVEMBER, 1880.

No. 2. MEXICO AND THE MEXICANS.

to ache with a load of sweetness, while The train leaving Vera Cruz at 11:30 the eye is dazed with the variable hue of p.m., deprived us of any view of the sur the bird, leaf and insect. But alas! rounding country, as well as that over amidst all this lovliness lurks the pestiwhich we were passing to the City of lent malaria; for here thrives yellow Mexico.

subsequent trip, however, fever and black vomito. The same glowrevealed to the writer that the first sixty ing sun, which quickens into life the or seventy miles, consists of a succes wonders of the vegetable kingdom and sion of low sand hills, alternating with

makes glorious animal life, also produces occasional barren plains, relieved here

bilious disorders seldom known in the and there by a few groves of a some

colder climate, prevailing on the high

plateaus of Mexico. Thus, nature reguBy daylight on the morning of Novem lates her works the plan of compenber 15th, our attention-was drawn to the sation. fact that we were gliding smoothly, but at

As the eastern sky gradually became time rapidly, through dense more perceptibly tinged with morning forests, the trees of which were strange light, towering mountain peaks seemed and many hued. The feathery leaved to rise from the midst around us, like banana, mingling with the gracefully silent sentinels—the watchers of ages. waving ferns, over-topped by the broader Tightly buttoning our overcoats, and foliage of the fig and other wide-leaved, carefully wrapping our rugs about us, the fruit bearing trees, each nodded from the chilling breezes admonish us that we are sloping banks and abrupt mountain sides, passing beyond the reach of malarial under whose dark shadows we were

fevers and that scourge of the Euroswiftly drawn by a powerful, double

peans, vomito. We are above the hot grand Farley engine, which, under heavy | fumes of the tierra caliente, and have pressure, was constantly emitting bright reached a point where the vapors from sparks—lighting up the gloom of deep the ocean strike, in their westward course, cuts and showering down the sides

the mountains, and diffusing in gentle rains, maintain on the face of nature the

richest verdure, throughout the year. ente, the land of heat; the land of Here, during the day, the air is always

the land of cochineal, cocoa bland and salubrious, rendering it desirand vanilla; products of Mexico indig-able as a place of safety for the resenous to the country, but long since

idents of the Gulf Coast, during the heat classed among the luxuries of Europe. of summer. Here, it is said, fruits and flowers chase

With an echoing snort, our admirable each other in unbroken circle from year | engine drew us up to an attractive little Here the perfume of flowers station, located in the midst of a plan

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hung, like tear-drops, the dews of early skill it has, of the kind, few equals. In morning. To the right, with back our own country we hear much of, and ground ornamented by a similar grove, glowing articles have been written about stood a quaint, thatched and gothic roofed the great "Horseshoe Bend,” near AlIndian dwelling, the inmates of which, toona, in the Alleghany Mountains, and wrapped in peaceful slumber, were on the line of the Pennsylvania Railroad. dreaming, perhaps, of the happy days of Artists have made that wonderful work their forefathers, before the aggressive known throughout the civilized world; white man subjugated the dominion of and yet it shrinks into insignificance the once proud, but in death long since when compared with the immense sweep silent, Aztec monarchs.

required in the crossing of Metlac Cañon, A moment's delay at this picturesque embracing, as it does, miles of cuttings spot, and a sharp, double shriek, ac with heavy grades, terminating on the companied by the hiss of escaping steam, center of the bridge, at a point hundreds notified us that the train was moving for of feet above the water, which rushes ward to scenes of still more striking in down the deep gorge in a mighty torterest. Curving gradually southward, we rent. The bridge itself is, with its appass over a smooth grassy tract of table proaches, nearly in the form of a comland, and enter a long open cut, leading plete half-circle, and hundreds of feet in to the magnificent strap-iron tresselated length. The division of its length marks bridge, crossing Metlac Cañon. To our the end of the descending and the beginleft, we peer down a thousand feet or ning of the ascending grade,passing which more into this wonderfully grand gap; we commence to rise sharply in a directhe rushing torrent of which, appears to tion almost the reverse of that by which us like broken threads of silver, set in we descended the opposite mountain. A banks of waving ferns; while the broad mile, perhaps, ahead, we glance through foliage of tropical tree and bush, over a tunnel, (there are sixteen on the hang with dripping leates, the enchant line of this road, within a distance of ing scene of surpassing beauty. The about sixty miles,) which appears like train gliding smoothly over a građe, sup the rising moon, with the lower secported in many places by solid walls of tion of the circle, behind a distant mounmasonry,

seems suspended in mid tain. air, with yawning chasms far below, and Our powerful engine now labors hard frowning volcanic-rent mountains tower while safety valves tremble under the ing above.

pressure of steam. We are pleased with Swiftly moving on a sharp,descending the slow motion of the train, for our eyes grade, though traveling in an opposite are bewildered, and our whole being is direction from the flow of the water, a awed by the magnificent scenery all glance forward, as we extend our head around. Our thoughts no longer linger beyond the outer wall of the car, and our in wonder and admiration over the works vision beyond the locomotive, presents to of man. Metlac Cañon is a masterpiece view the permanent road bed, seemingly of the Great Designer. Enraptured we bound together by two extended iron gaze down, as into a fathomless ocean bars, which, however, we well know must beneath, over which hangs fleecy, flitting be firmly spiked to hidden sleepers, im- clouds, while above all floats a golden bedded securely in the rocky cut; the purple haze, veiling nature in her slumwhole marking the face of rugged nature bering beauty. Beyond and to our right and indicating the enterprise of capital rise massive mountains, the base of and the achievement of labor, when di- which is met by sloping hills, covered rected by the engineering skill of man. with a tropical growth, whose richness

The crossing of the Metlac Cañon by surpasses anything which the writer had the Mexico and Vera Cruz Railway is ever seen before. As the sun rises, the one of the wonderful achievements of shadows on the western slopes deepen, the age. As an exhibition of scientific while those on the eastern are changing

whose right it is to rule shall rule.

Remaining at the town long enongh to frio. From there to Boca del Monte, plantations; the beautiful trees, new and MEXICO AND THE MEXICANS.

35 and blending like the variable hues of or excite our admiration. High up the the rainbow.

mountains are straggling groves and belts With a sudden increase of speed, and of pines, while down the steep winding a sharp curve to the right, we enter the paths we see pack trains of donkeys. lovely little mountain girt valley of Ori- Patient, much abused little creatures, zaba. The green turf, the cane and to carrying wood to be consumed by the bacco fields, as we fitted by old cathe- locomotives of the railway. Their masdrals and occasional ruins, presented a ters are strangers to Credit Mobilier most pleasing contrast with the rocky, stocks, or DeGolyer contracts. But, it is barren road which rises sharply be said, there exists a community of interest hind the pretty little town.

To the between them and the firemen of the south, and distant perhaps fifteen miles, railroad company, who take their wood appears grand old Mount Orizaba—the on at the stations, where weary donkeys lone star mountain-whose summit, al- have delivered it, and also throw it off ways covered with snow and ice, reaches the engine at suitable points, so that it an altitude of nearly sixteen thousand can be picked up again and re-sold. feet. For ages untold and since the heat The ascent being gradual to Maltrata, of the active volcano subsided, has this the train makes good time, and we note majestic mountain peak stood, alike un- objects with but a glance. To the right mindful of

the rays of morning light, we observe two pyramids, with forms causing its ice-bound summit to sparkle perfectly defined. Neither would exceed like jewels in a diadem, and of the beat- thirty feet in height, and sixty or seventy ings of the rude blasts of the ocean-bred at the base. They appear to be formed tempest. Silent and alone, amid God's of earth, and are in an excellent state of noble works, it stood when the shadowy preservation. Tolecas gazed in admiration upon its At Maltrata, many Indian men, women wondrous grandeur, while building his and children met us with fruits of various pyramids and temple. It stood the silent kinds, numerous varieties new entirely watcher while Popocatepetl, with fiery to us. Here we were urged to buy upheavals, lit up the valley of Mexico Pulque, the Mexican drink, about which and marked the rise and fall of the Aztec I will say more hereafter. The Mexempire. When the smouldering embers icans use it as the English and Germans of the great volcano foreshadowed, per do beer, as the French and Italians do haps, the waning power of Montezuma, wine, and as the Americans whiskey. It the Lone Star Mountain was the beacon is an intoxicant, but not of the turbulent, that led to the landing of Cortez. A fighting or profane kind. An Indian unsilent witness it has been to the greatness der the influence of Pulque, unlike the and the decay of the Spanish sway. It average American under the influence of has witnessed the growth of the Catholic whiskey, laughs and sings. At this place power, under whose yoke thirty millions peaches bloom in January. Ahead we of people faded away, like the dews of see deep cuts, heavy fills, and bridges heaven before the rising sun.

A silent spanning deep gorges. The grade apwitness of its rise, it stands there and

pears so heavy that we can hardly bewill witness the fall. In all ages the lieve it to be more than a wagon road. proud creation of God, Mount Orizaba,

But on inquiry we learn that it is the beautiful and grand, will stand until Him famous Cumbres de Aculzingo, beyond

which we reach the cold zone, or tierra get a lunch and change engines, we once

(mouth of the mountain,) we rise in more moved forward; passing up a nar

less than two hours, about four thousand valley, less productive than others five hundred feet. And this amid the left behind. We see no more coffee grandest scenery.

Moses Thatcher. strange to us, no longer gladden our eyes

The world is theirs who take it.

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