Fragrant Candy

     By the steps are fragrant candy mint plants.  They grow tiny rings of bluish fluff around the stems at certain intervals for their flowers.  The leaves are variegated with yellow stripes.  The roots spread underground and then popup for another stalk.  You can put your face close to them and be delighted to smell them.  The leaves can make a mild tea.


 Carelessness in regard to the principles that must be brought into the life-practice, is a fatal mistake, and needs special attention. He who is saved must set things right in his own heart. In the days of Christ the religious leaders neglected the weightier matters of the law for matters of minor importance. The Saviour reproved them, saying, "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel."  

1888 1782 

 "Who says that these "tithes and offerings" are merely speaking and praying in meeting? Away with such doubtful applications of Scripture. If the prophet Malachi is not here teaching the carrying out of the Israelitish system of tithing, he is certainly enforcing a duty of the same nature, and his words may come home to us with full force, and the principle be carried out by obedience to the language of Paul-"Upon the first day of the week, let every one of you lay by him in store," etc. Says our Lord, Luke xi, 42: "But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone."  

How many we reduce to practice these excellent suggestions? We recommend the following plan, which all, with very few exceptions, can adopt:" 

November 29, 1864 UrSe, ARSH 1


 "In this year of our Lord 1888, we shudder at the iniquity of the antediluvians, and think it a shame, even to speak of those things which were done in Sodom; and yet, as a people, a commonwealth, we are fostering among us an evil which will go very far toward so corrupting the minds of the rising generation as to make true honesty a rarity, and impure thought the rule. We refer to the abominable practice of advertising by means of lewd pictures. In the past, liquor-dealers, tobacconists, and dive-keepers have pretty nearly had a monopoly of this disreputable business of corrupting the morals of our youth by means of indecent pictures for the sake of gain, but recently some unscrupulous manufacturer of chewing-gum has attempted the same method, and seeks to make his wares attractive by facing each five-cent package of his gum with pictures not fit to be described.  

Here in the city of Oakland, famed for its schools and churches, and for the morality of its inhabitants, first-class candy stores exhibit in their show windows, and offer for sale, the gum, and of course the abominable pictures with which it is adorned. This is far worse than selling the pictures with cigarettes, since gum-chewing is practiced by little girls and boys who do not smoke. The creatures who prepare these things seem determined that no means be left untried to corrupt every child that is out of its mother's arms. Do the parents of this city know, or do they care, that their children are being lured to their moral ruin by the shameful pictures, photographs of nearly nude forms of lewd women?  

This is a matter that comes properly within the scope of civil legislation. To stamp out this abomination is ten times as practicable as to close of liquor saloons; and would be done if parents were only awake to their children's interests. We cannot think that the majority of parents would quietly endure the evil if they fully realized it; but in such a case as this, the fact that they do not realize it argues criminal negligence."

 June 22, 1888 EJW, SITI 384 

 "Training Up Criminals"  

"The trial of a young man in San Francisco, for the murder of a girl, has just been completed. The fact that the murder was committed being well known, there was no attempt to conceal it, and the usual defense, insanity, was resorted to. In proof of his insanity his mother testified that from the time the defendant was a baby he had "spells." "When two or three years of age he would lie down on his back on the floor or on the sidewalk and, without any provocation whatever, would kick, and scream, and cry. He could not be quieted; candy would have no effect on him. As he grew older, these spells would increase." It was also in evidence that on his way home from school one day, he threw a stone, without any provocation, and broke a window.  

Very natural that these spells should increase. But if, in the place of candy, some of Solomon's remedy had been judiciously and vigorously administered, there is no doubt that it would have been effectual in stopping that incipient insanity. We have seen scores of children who were subject to just such "spells." And too often their mothers were training them in it, and preparing the way for their future career as criminals. Everybody is born with greater or less inclination to evil; it is the duty of the parent to counteract this tendency, and by insisting on prompt obedience, to lay the foundation for a law-abiding citizen. But what hope is there for the future, when natural depravity is fostered by parents, and when the very fact that a person is depraved enough to commit a barbarous act is considered evidence that he should not be punished?   

"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce." 2 Tim. 3:1-3.

 March 24, 1887 

EJW, SITI 192 

No Candy In Winter

 "For the coldest weather, there should be worn next to the body a garment, comprising drawers, waist, and sleeves reaching to the wrist, of cotton flannel. Over this a similar garment of woolen flannel, and over this, a waist with sleeves, to which are buttoned firmly the trowsers. At least a child needs as much

clothing as this, in the severest weather in our latitude. The stockings and shoes should correspond in warmth. Then the little girl should have a good pair of leather boots, sufficiently large to admit of an extra pair of stockings being worn, without interfering in the least with the circulation of the blood in the feet, a pair of good thick cloth trowsers, to be put on outside, a thick warm coat (or cloak) and a pair of warm mittens. Then, every day from November to June, she should spend at least two or three hours in the open air. If you will see to it that your little daughter is treated in this way, and lives on simple food, eating nothing between meals - not even fruit, nuts, or a bit of candy - and that her suppers, if she takes any at all, are very light, and will have her regular in her habits, you will have furnished to her a security for life and health immeasurably greater than that which she has now." 


The Princess Royal of England had as a part of her out-fit twelve pairs of Boots. Some of these intended for rough walking were provided with treble soles. 

"English women dress their feet much more healthfully than American women. One great cause of ill-health and in fact of premature death of the women in the United States, is the imperfect and improper way in which women clothe their lower limbs. One has but to go into our schools to see how early, parents begin to murder their daughters. Little girls with light skirts descending two-thirds of the way from the knees to the feet, while the legs are cased in thin stockings and the feet in thin boot-ees, thus contriving the most efficient way to disturb and derange the circulation, and produce congestion of the lungs. In the Autumn, the Winter, and the Spring, all persons who have to be out of doors should wear boots, made with long legs and thick soles. I trust our fashionable women will consent to take care of their healths, now they know that the Princess Royal looks after hers and wears boots." 

1865 JW, HHTL 321 


 "THERE is many a good mother who plans the ruin of the child she dearly loves - teaches it the first lesson in wrong-doing, by simply saying, "Now don't you tell father." Surely mothers do it thoughtlessly, ignorantly, not considering that it is a first lesson in deception.   

Not at all strange that gamblers and liars and thieves and hypocrites, and distrustful, evil minded people so abound, when weak, loving mothers, with honeyed words, and caresses, sweeten the little teachings that so soon ripen into all kinds of meanness and unprincipled rascality.  

I heard a kind, well-meaning mother say to the puny baby in her arms, "well, birdie shall have its good candy every day; bad papa shan't know it; see how it loves it!" and the little thing whose reach of life had not a whole winter in it yet, snatched at the bright red and blue colored poison, and made as many glad motions, as though it took its whole body to suck it with. The poor little thing had been fed on candy, almost, and fretted for more whenever its mouth wasn't filled. Even the nourishment nature provided, didn't wholly satisfy it, for it wasn't as sweet as candy.  

I thought it was no wonder, if children were taught even in babyhood that papa was bad and ugly and unkind, that in youth they should call him a "snob" and the "old man," and the mother, whom they had learned by experience had no stability of character, and was capable of deception, not strange they should so little respect her as to call her the "old woman." 

I shudder when I hear the frequent words drop from young lips, "Oh, I must not let father know that!"

The father may be a stern man, rigid in his way of bringing up his children, but he has a heart somewhere, and surely truthful, honest, loving words from his own child, will find that warm place. So it is best never to deceive him in any thing, but keep his confidence whole and unshaken, and the whiteness of the soul unstained by that loathsome sin, deception.   

"Father don't allow me to read novels," said a young lady to me lately, but "mother does, and so we two read all we can get, and he never knows it;" and she giggled as though they were very cunning and worthy of praise, for so completely deceiving poor, good father.  

My soul sickened at the idea of a wife daring to teach her children to disobey their father; of the daughter, vain and unprincipled, with such a mother to teach and guide her. Better for the world she had never been born."

 - Ohio Cultivator.   

December 24, 1857 UrSe, ARSH 51