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FEB. 26, 1934

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The Old Farmer to its Old Friends. need is, that in such well-doing they be not too Good Friends :—The Old Farmer, after four

soon weary.

To most of our old friends, we come again years of absence, greets you once again, For more than forty years, he was wont to visit your

with the feeling of one who visits the house of peaceful fields, and happy firesides. Why he has

mourning, when a cruel death has struck down its been so long away, the history of the times just

best-beloved, or a desolating calamity has swept past will tell. Sad and dreary times to every

away its earthly support. Our first thoughts can human heart, they have been; ruinous, desolating,

be those only of sadness and sympathy, like the deathful, to the best and the bravest, there was

friends of the stricken old man, who came "to beno place for the work we had to do. Our ways

moan him, and to comfort him, over all the evil are the ways of peace; our counsels are for sea

that the Lord had brought upon him." Let us sons of quietness; our work is the work of Him,

hope that, as with him, "the latter end” may be who made to grow out of the ground every plant

"more blessed than the beginning;' that the that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food;”.

"seven thousand sheep" may, ere long, be "fourwhose pleasure it is, that the earth bring forth her

teen thousand," the "three thousand camels" increase, and men made after His glorious image

"six thousand," and the "five hundred yoke of multiply. What had we to do, then, when the

oxen" "a thousand yoke.” For “the young men work of the day was not to destroy life only,

who are dead," may others soon grow to fill their but to break up all its springs and sources; when

places, and may the daughters be still, like the fields were blasted, and store-houses and barns

and barne daughters of the old man of Uz, “For in all the were burned, and firesides were desolated, aud / land no women were found so fair.” all science, and all knowledge, and all the mental : The American Farmer. resources, and physical energies, of a great people, | At the beginning of the year 1862, we anNorth and South, were devoted to the one work

nounced, as the article we copy below, from a of devastation and slaughter ?

New York contemporary, bears witness, the susAnd now, as quiet has come over the scene pension of "The American Farmer," till such time again, and our work of peace is renewed, we find as "the storm of civil discord should have spent many whose lot has lain outside of the bloody itself.” Six months, we thought, might bring track of war, and whose happy fortune has been, about that happy and hoped-for event. How we, not in the way of its desolations. They have with thousands of others, were mistaken, is a well anticipated what we would first say to them, matter of history. When the war ceased, bavfor we know not when, or where, there has been ing incurred the evil of a long suspension, and such outpouring of affectionate sympathy, in so a very considerable pecuniary loss, it was not substantial a form, as has been shown by the deemed advisable to assume a beavy expense, too women of Maryland, and their cheerful helpers, long in advance of the expected renewal of prosin the work of Soutbern relief. We will not say perity in the great field of our labor, the Southto them, what they know so well, how great the lern States.

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