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Our Monthly Retrospect.

CLOSE OF THE YEAR. · The paper used for the next volume This number of The Guardian closes will be of a very superior quality, much the sixth volume, and is the last in heavier and whiter, thus adding 18which the “Monthly Retrospect” will | terially to the general neatness of the appear. In parting with the frends of monthly numbers and considerably inThe Guardian, in this connection, we creasing the size of the bound volume. feel it to be our duty to improve the i Other improvements will be made as occasion by speaking a word in behalf may suggest themselves in making up of a Periodical whose mission is the the forms. In a word, we can assure noble one of seeking the literary, moral the reader that it is the determination and religious interests of the young of the Publisher to make The Guardian men and women of our country. For one of the handsomest, as the Editor six years The Guardian has pursued its will make it one of the very best, magquiet and unpretending way in the azines which can be had in the country work of disseminating a pure and ele for the extremely low rate at which it vating literature--in furnishing food is furnished to subscribers. for mind and heart without pandering And, kind patrons, we ask you to to a vitiated taste or corrupt passions. remember that all these improvements, Discarding all idle fiction and exciting made for your gratification and instrucromance, the aim of the Editor has | tion, involve a heavy expenditure of been to make its pages true, pure, fresh, money, and can only be justified by an healthy, and animated, “as the morn increase of its subscription list and a ing of life in which the young have | punctual renewal of old subscribers. their being." It seeks to encourage If every one who is familiar with the self-culture and to lead to the useful character of The Guardian, and who improvement of leisure time. It urges feels interested in the dissemination of the claims of early piety and seeks to a pure literature, will constitute himaid in making it intelligent, consistent, self or herself an agent to solicit an and lovely. Having no denominational additional subscriber, the Publisher bias, The Guardian advocates no reli will not only be remunerated for his gious peculiarities, but moves in the outlay, but the influence of the magam free element of its motto-"LIFE, LIGHT, zine for good will be doubled. Will Love." Moving in this path, at once you not do this ? Can you not spare humble and noble, the history of The at least one day, or an hour, to be spent Guardian for the past six years has in so good a work! We know you can become a fact among the literary ex and believe you will. In this number periments of the day. It has been es you will find a copy of the Prospectus tablished on a permanent basis and for 1856. May we not ask you to take rejoices in a list of patrons composed it out among your friends and solicit of the good and true, among the young their names? By procuring five new men and women of this and adjoining subscribers, with $5 cash, you will be States, of which the Editor and Pub- entitled to 2 sixth copy for yourself, lisher have just reason to feel prond. | your Pastor, or a friend, without any

The experience of the past has in charge, for one year. spired the Publisher with encourage As already intimated, the Retrospect ment for the future. He has complet closes with this number. The space it ed arrangements for presenting the new has heretofore occupied will be filled volume, commencing in January, in a with matter similar to that in the body much improved form. The type with of the work, and which we feel assured which it will be printed has been cast | will be more acceptable to the reader expressly for this purpose, and while than what we have been able, under it will allow an increased space for the circumstances of the past year, to reading matter, it will be much more offer them. We therefore conclude by pleasing to the eye than that now used. ' again urging every one who reads this paragraph to renew his own subscrip-, with their joyous, innocent prattle, tion and solicit his neighbor to sub pause in the fullness of your heart scribe, feeling entirely safe in pledging and cast a thought over the many poor ourself that at the end of the year they children who instead of shouting over will find it to have been one of the a merry Christmas are crying over the most satisfactory dollar investments he miseries of poverty and orphanage. ever made.

G. Nor stop you here. Not only cast a The LADIES.--Among the most effi-| thought but open your heart and give cent workers for The Guardian here- liberally in their behalf. “He that tofore, we take pleasure in naming our giveth to the poor lendeth to the Lord,” female friends as the most prominent and that man or woman who refuses or We thank them cordially for what they neglects to contribute of their meanshave done in the past, feeling assured l of which God has graciously made that they will not relax their efforts in them his steward-can not lay claim behalf of the Guardian for the future. to the title of Christian. If you wish

“A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY | to have a truly happy Christmas make NEW YEAR."-Such is our earnest wish some other heart happy beside yours. to each and every one of our readers : Then you will have cause in after years but while we wish merriness to every to remember at least one holiday with heart and happiness to every family gratitude. circle, there are suggestions which we SPECIAL NOTICE.— It is desirable that would make and thoughts that we | all persons desiring to make any change would awake in the minds and hearts in our subscription list, either by reof all who feel a Humanity living with- | newal, procuring new subscribers, or in them. The approaching holidays discontinuance, should do so before the will be a season of mirth and gladness printing of the January number. The to many-we trust to all-whose eye publisher hopes that all old subscribers may chance upon these pages; but low will not only renew their subscriptions many, alas! are these who will enjoy but interest themselves in procuring no merry Christmas and whose eyes new ones. will not open upon the light of a happy NO WAR YET. --The "sound and fury" New Year! The poor have no Christ indulged in by the London Times, about mas--for through He in honor of a war between England and America, whom the day was named was poor has turned out as we expected-to himself-born in a stable and cradled "signify nothing." The great “thunin a manger, having not whereon to lay derer" has a tremendous influence over his head-though he suffered and died | Europe-more, perhaps, than all other for the poor as well as the aflluent newspapers on the continent combined how often are the poor overlooked and --but it is a significant fact that this neglected by those who are blessed with intluence falls far short of the power an abundance of this world's goods. to proroke the English people to a war Our Saviour has said that if we give a with their Anglo-Saxon brethren of cup of cold water to one of these little this country. The principles of chrisones in his name we shall have our re tianity, it is to be hoped, have taken too ward -- that whatever good acts we do i deep a hold in the hearts of the English to his children he will regard it as hav and American people erer to allow their ing been done unto himself-and who respective governments to embroil is there among the the many readers of themselves in a cruel and destructive The Guardian that would not rejoice war, about some "vague, uncertain and in that blessed welcome-"Well done, undefined pretext.” good and faithful servant, enter into Tue ORGANIZATION OF CONGRESS is bethy reward !"

coming the most interesting and excitWhen you sit in your warm and ing topic of discussion in political comfortable home, around the Christ- circles. The first great question will be mas table groaning beneath the neces- the admission or rejection of Gov. saries and luxuries of life, oh, remem Reeder, as Delegate. On the decision ber how many on that natal day of the of Congress in this question will no Poor Man's Clirist may be suffering doubt turn the future fate of Kansas. with cold and hunger, and living with The Constitutional Convention of Kanout hope in the world. When your sas, which has just concluded its labors, children gather around their gay Christ- has agreed upon a constitution excludmas tree, and your heart is cheered | ing Slavery from the new State.

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