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all other isms, broken lights that have their day and cease to be) 44 that those things that cannot be shaken " athings of faith and hope and, above all, of lovea "may remain. For our God is a consuming fire." But the faith of the future has its base in the past and no break with the present is possible or desirable.
44 One can see," therefore, as has been well said, "the Universe from anywhere; from a tent in Uz, or a tinker's stall in Bedford." And I am quite prepared to accept Bernard Shaw's definition of a religious person as 44 one who believes himself to be the instrument of some purpose in the Universe which is a high purpose and is the motive power of Evolution " and to acknowledge Sydney Smith's principle of toleration, 44 to fling down no man's altar, to punish no man's prayer, to heap no pains or penalties upon those solemn supplications which in divers languages and in temples of innumerable shapes, with one deep sense of human dependence men pour forth to God."
Sunday, December 15.aIt is another remarkably fine morning. In the early afternoon we were passing Abd-al-Kuri, an island twenty miles long and about 3} miles broadavery grim-looking in its barren desolation. And yet there are a few miserably poor inhabitants, who subsist on the shell-fish they pick up on the shore. Nothing is cultivated ; they have no boats, and the island is seldom visited. The Brothers, two islands off Socotra, are occasionally visited for their supply of turtle and ambergris.
I have had the good fortune to see the formation of a waterspout a few miles distant. A very thick blackI have had the good fortune to see the formation of a waterspout a few miles distant. A very thick black