EXCURSION THROUGH NEW YORK. 109 would stand up for it as they would for their conn try. 0, may our merciful Father give us power and grace to bear the blessed standard of Christ on that be­nighted shore, and proclaim the glad news of salva­tion to their despondent souls. My fourth stopping-place was Troy, N.Y. I found there three Japanese students, and spent two days with them, including one Sabbath. They are not yet Christians, though they study the Bible and respect it as the word of God. I hope the free grace will cause them to be born in Christ. I had quite a talk with them and enjoyed it exceedingly. I stopped at Albany only four hours, visiting State Street, the Med­ical College, State Geological Room, State House, etc. My fifth stopping-place was Kirkland, where I spent two weeks with my college chum, Mr. George Suth­erland. Kirkland is a great centre of geological for­mation, and I made it a headquarters, spe:.1ding many days in Clinton, Dansville, Oriskany Falls, Water­ville, New Hartford, and Trenton Falls. Trenton Falls is a grand place to visit. Some people say it is not so sublime as Niagara Falls, but it is far pret­tier. The second fall is the best one. 'Vhen I was ready to leave it began to rain quite hard. I stood in the rain and sketched the falls hastily. I am requested to speak to-morrow evening, so I must stop my writing and plan out what I shall speak. EXTRACT FROM JOUltNAL WRITTEN ON HOOSAC MOUNTAIN. July 15, 1871. I£ I stayed on this hilltop several mornings I should be inspired by the revelation of wonderful nature and write at least one or two verses of poetry which might make my name immortal. But, alas, un-genious man ! I cannot compose even one