Newspaper Page Text
ycu belong shall be lifted from them. The
divine King will make a new law granting
them much freedom and many privileges,
and all that we promise them shall be. writ
ten down and -witnessed on oar part and on
yours, as a new covenant binding on onr
children and onr children's children. Sow
when this shall have been done, with an
honest purpose toabideby it loreveronour
part, and when your people shall have
agreed to accept it, will you then consent u
be one of us once more?"
"Take upon yourselt the offiee of media
tor.' the Queen here broke in, in a low
voice, and her sad eyes were fixed beseech
ingly on the Hebrew's face. "I quail be
fore Mesa's wrath, and all that maybe done
shall be done to win back his former friend
ship. Speak to him in my name, and re
mind him of the days when I, Isisnefert,
would learn of him the names of the plants
I carried to him, and he taught me and my
sister their uses or their poisonous powers
when he came to see the Queen, his second
mother, in the women's quarters. The
wounds he has inflicted on our hearts shall
be forgiven and forgotten. Be onr embas
' sador, Joshua; do not refuse our prayer ! "
"Such words from such gracious lips are
a command," implied the warrior, "and are
sweet to the heart. I will be mediator."
At this the old high priest codded ap
proval and said: "Then I hope that the
fruit of this short hour may be a long period
of peace. But mark me. "Where medicine
may avail, we avoid the knife and cautery;
where there is a bridge over the river a man
does not rashly try to swim through the
"Yes, verily, we will avoid the whirl
pool," said the King, and the Queen re
peated his words; then she again fixed her
eyes on the flowers in her lap.
Then a lormal council was held.
Three private scribes sat down on the
ground, close to the high priest, to enable
them to hear his low tones, and the inter
preters and conncilors, in their places, took
out their writing things, and, holding the
papyrus in their left hands, wrote with
reeds or brushes, for nothing might remain
unrecorded which was discussed and de
cided in Pharaoh's presence. Hardly a
whisper was to be heard in the hall while
this went on, the guards and courtiers re
mained motionless in their places, and the
royal couple sat rigid and speechless, gazing
into vacancy, as if in a dream.
2s either Jnaraon nor his wile could possi
bly have caught a word of the murmured
colloquy of the speakers, but the Egyptians
sever ended a sentence without glancing up
at the King, as if to make sure of his ap
proval. Joshua, who was accustomed to the
scene, followed their example, speaking
like the others in a subdued voice, and when
presently the voice ot the second prophet, or
of the chief interpreter, sounded rather
louder Pharaoh raised his head and repeated
the high priest's last saying. "Where
there is a bridge over the river a man does
not try to swim the whirlpool," for this ex
actly expressed his wishes and the Queen's.
No fighting! Peace with the Hebrews, and
not force the wrath of their terrible leader
and of his god, without losing the thousand
diligent hands of the Ingitive tribes.
Thus matters proceeded, and when the
muttering of the speakers and the scratching
of the pens had gone on for fully an hour,
the Queen was still sitting in the same atti
tude; bat Pharaoh began to stir and raise
his voice, for he knew that the second
prophet hated the man whose blessing he
received and whose hostility filled him with
Each dread, and he feared but he should be
requiring some impossible conditions of the
Still all he said was again a repetition of
the counsel as to the bridge; but his inquir
ing glance at the chief interpreter moved
that official to assure him that all was pro
ceeding favorably. Joshua had merely de
manded that the overseers, who kept guard
over the men at work, should not, for the
future, be watchmen of Libyan race, but
Hebrews themselves, to be chosen by the
elders of their people under the sanction of
the Egyptian government.
At this Pharaoh cast his look of anxious
entreaty at Baie and the other conncilors.
Tne second prophet only bhrugged his shoul
ders regretfully, and, feigning to defer his
own opinion to the divine wisdom of Pha
raoh, conceded this point to Joshua. The
god enthroned on earth acknowledged this
submission with a gratelul bow, for Baie's
will had often crossed his; and then, when
the herald or rehearser had read aloud all
the clauses of the treaty, Joshua was re
quired to take a solemn oath that he wonld
in any case come back to Tanis and report
how his people had received the King's ad
vances. But the cautious warrior, who was well
aware of all the snares and traps with which
the State was only too ready, took his oath
most unwillingly and only when he had ob
tained a written pledge that whatever the
issue, his freedom should be in no way in
terfered with as soon as he could give them
his word that he had done his part to in
duce the leader of his people to accept these
At last Pharaoh held out his hand for the
captain to kiss, and when he had also pressed
to his lips the hem of the Queen's robe Buie
signed to the monarch, who understood that
the moment was come when he should with
draw. And he did so with good will and a
sense of encouragement, for he believed that
he had acted for tne best for his own welfare
and that of his people.
A bright radiance lighted up his hand
some, languid features, and when the Queen
rose and saw him smile, content, she did the
came. At the door the King drew a breath
of relief, and turning to his wife said: "If
Joshua does his errand well we shall get
across the bridge."
"And not swim the whirlpool," replied
the Queen in the same tone.
"And if the Hebrew captain can pacify
Mesu," Pharaoh went on, "and he per
suades his people to remain in the land "
"Then you must adopt this Joshua into
the royal family. He is well favored and
of a lordly mien," his wife broke in.
But at this Pharaoh suddenly abandoned
his stooping and indifferent attitude.
"Impossible!" he eagerly exclaimed. "A
Hebrew! If we raise him to be one of the
'friends,' or a fanbearer, that is the highest
he can hope for. In such matters it is very
difficult to avoid doing too much or too lit
tle!" As the royal couple went forward toward
the private apartments the wailing ot the
mourners fell more loudly on the ear. Tears
started afresh to the Queen's eyes, while
Pharaoh continued to deliberate precisely
what position in the court Joshua might be
allowed to fill if he succeeded in his em
bassy. CHAPTER X.
Joshua had now to hasten if he was to
overtake the Hebrews in time, for the fur
ther they had got on their way the more
difficult it might be to persuade Moses and
the heads of the tribes to return and accept
the terms offered them.
The events of this morning were to him so
marvelous that he regarded the issue as a
dispensation of the God he had found once
more; also he remembered the name of
Joshua, that is to say, "holpen of the Lord,"
which had been laid upon him by Miriam's
message, whereas he had hitherto been called
Hosea. He was willing to bear it, although
he felt it hard to deny the sovereign who had
raised him to honor. Many of his tellow
warriors had assumed similar names, and
his had proved itself nobly true. IT ever had
the help of God been more clearly with him
than it had been this day. He 'had gone
into Pharaoh's palace in the expectation of
losing his lreedom or being handed over to
the executioner as soon as he declared his
wish to follow his people; and how easily
had the ties been severed which bound him
to Egypt. And he had been charged with
a task in his eves so great and noble that he
could not forbear believing that the God of
his lathers had called him to lulbll it.
He loved Egypt. It was a glorious land.
Where could his people find a fairer dwell
ing place? The conditions only under which
they had dwelt there had been intolerable.
Better days were now before them. The
Hebrews were to be permitted to return to
Goshen or to settle in the lake land weit of
the Nile, a district whose fertility was well
known to him. No one henceforth might
compel them to serfdom, and if ther laid
L their hands to labor for the State Hebrews
only were to be their taskmasters, and not
: naro. ana cruel stranger, 'mat his peo
ple must remain subject to Pharaoh was a
matter of course. Joseph, Ephraim and his
sons, Joshua's forefathers, had called them
selves so, and had been well content to be
called Egyptians. If his embassy came to
a good end the elders of the tribes were to
be allowed to rule the domestic affairs of the
people. Mosesmustbe thechief ruler in the
new settlement, in spite of the second pro
phet's objections, and he himself would be
captain of the united force which should de
fend its frontiers and form fresh legions of
those Hebrew mercenaries, who bad already
proved their valor in many wars. Before be
left the palace the second prophet had given
him several mysterious hints which had re
mained unsolved, but from which he in
ferred that Baie was big with portentous
schemes, and purposed to give him some
important charge as soon as the dbnduct of
the State should fall from the hands of old
Buie into his own; perhaps the chief cap
taincy ot the whole army of mercenaries, a
post at present held by a Syrian named
Aarsec This disturbed rather than gratified
him; but on the other hand it was a great
satisfaction to him to have made it a condi
tion that the eastern frontier should, every
third year, be thrown open to the Hebrews,
that they might go forth to the desert to
offer sacrifices to their god. On this Moses
had insisted most strongly, and as the law
now stood ho one was permitted to cross the
eastern limit line, which was fortified at all
points, without the expressed consent of the
authorities. This concession to their great
leader's desires might perhaps gain jiis as
sent to a treaty so favorable to his people.
All through these transactions Joshua
had felt keenly how far he had been cnt off
from his tribe; he could not even say what
was the aim of this worship in the desert.
He had frankly confessed before Pharaoh's
council that he knew nothing of the com
plaints or demands of the Hebrews, and he
did so advisedly, reserving their right to
alter and amplify the proposals of which he
was the bearer. Bnt what could the people
or their chief hope lor better?
The future lay belore him full of hope for
his nation and himself. If the covenant
should be concluded the time would become
for him to found a family, and the image of
Miriam rose before him in all its lofty
beauty. The thought of winning this noble
woman was an intoxicating one, and he
asked himself whether be were indeed
worthy of her, and if it were not too bold to
sue for the possession of this superb inspired
maiden and prophetess.
He knew life well, and understood how
little trust could be placed in the promises
of the irresolute man for whose weak hand
the scepter was too heavy. But he had
taken precautions, and if the elders of the
people could only be pacified the covenant,
clause by clause, would be graven on metal
tablets, like every other compact between
Egypt and a foreign nation, and "hung up
in the national temple at Thebes, signed by
Pharaoh and by the representatives of his
people. Such a document as he had learnt
from the treaty of peace concluded with the
Kheta secured and prolonged the brief
"forever" of international compacts. He
had omitted nothing that might protect the
Hebrews against treason and faithlessness.
Never had Joshua felt stronger, more con
fident, more glad of life than when he once
more stepped into Pharaoh's chariot to take
leave of his subalterns. Even Baie's mys
terious hints and confessions did not disturb
him, for he was wont to leave the cares of the
future to the future day; but in the camp a
trouble awaited him which darkened the
present hour, for he there heard to his sur
prise, wrath and distress that Ephraim had
quitted the tent and stolen away, telling no
man whither. His hasty questions elicited
the fact that the lad had taken the road to
Tanis, so Joshua charged his faithful shield-
bearer to seek the boy out in the town, and
if he found him to bid him follow his uncle
Then, as soon as the Captain had taken
leave of his men, he set forth, followed by
his old 'squire.
It was a pleasure to bim to see that the
Adones and other inferior officers who had
served with him, hard warriors with whom
he had shared all he possessed in war and
peace, in peril and privation, so frankly
showed their grief at parting. The tears
rolled down the brown cheeks of many a
man grown gray in battle as he shook hands
with him for the last time. Many a beard
ed lip was pressed to tbe hem of his gar
ment, or "his feet, and the shining coat of
the Libyan chargerwhich bore him through
the ranks with arched neck and eager
prancing, though firmly held in by his
rider. His own eyes were moist for the first
time since his mother's death as shout of
honest regret and farewell wishes broke
from the manly hearts of his troops and
echoed along the lines. Never had he felt
so deeply as this moment. How closely
bis heart was Knit to these men, and how
precious to him was his noble calling.
But the duty which lay before him was
high and coble, too, and the God who had
released him from his oath and made his
wav plain to obey his father's behest, and
yet be true and faithful, would perhaps lead
him back to his crusaders in arms, whose
farewell he could fancy still rang in his
ears when he was long since out of hearing.
Still, the full glory of the work intrusted
to him, the exalted frame of mind of a man
who goes forth with a high moral purpose to
fulfill a difficult task; the perfect bliss of a
lover who flies with well-grounded hopes to
crown the purest and dearest wish of his
heart, did not wholly possess him till he had
left the town behind him and was hastening
at a brisk trot across the level plain dotted
with palm groves and pools that lay to the
So long as he had kept his horse at a
moderate pace along the streets of the town
and about the harbor.his mind was so full of
the immediate past and of anxiety for the
missing youth that he had paid small heed
to the scene around him; the numerous ves
sels lying at anchor, the motley throng of
ships captains, merchants, sailors and por
ters of the most diverse races ot Africa and
Western Asia, who here (.ought their for
tunes, or the officials, soldiers and suppli
cants who had followed the court from
Thebes to Tanis.
And he had also failed to observe
two men of .higher rank, though one
of them, Hornecht, the captain of the bow
men, had saluted him as he passed. They
were standing back under tbe gateway of
tbe temple of Set, for shelterfrom a cloud of
dust blown along the road by the wind from
the desert. And as the archer vainly en
deavored to attract the rider's attention,
Baie, bis companion, said to him: "It mat
ters not; he will learn soon enough where
his nephew has found refuge."
"By your command," replied the soldier.
Then he went on eagerly with what he had
been baying: "The lad looked lice a lump
of clay in the potter's shed when he was
"And no wonder." interrupted the priest.
"He had been lying quite long enough in
the typhon's dust. But what did your
steward want among the soldiers?"
u'My Adon, whom Ihad sent out last even
ing, brought word that the poor lad was in a
high fever, so Kasana packed up some wine
and her nurse's balsam and the old woman
went with them to the camp."
"To the boy or to the captain?" asked the
prophet, with a cunning smile.
"To the sick lad," replied the soldier, de
cisively, with an ominous frown. But he
checked himself and wenton, apologetically:
"Her heart is as soft as wax, and the Hebrew
boy you saw him yesterday "
"'A handsome fellow quite after a
woman's heart," laughed the priest. "And
stroking the nephew down cannot hurt the
"She can hardly have had that in her
mind, said Hornecht sharply. "And the
unembodied God of the Hebrews, it would
seem, is no less mindful of his own than the
immortals you serve, for when he led Hote
poo to the spot the boy was very nigh unto
death. And the old mac would have ridden
past him, for the dust had already "
"As you said, turned him into a lump of
potter's clay. But what then?"
"Then the old man saw something golden
gleam in the gray .mass."
"And for gold the stiffest back will
"Very true! So did my o)d man. The
broad gold bracelet, glittering in the sun,
saved the boy's life once more."
"And the best of it is that we hare got
'Answering to our adjutant.
"Yes. I, too, was glad to see him open
his eyes again. He quickly got better and
better, and the leech says ie is like a young
cat and nothing will kill him. But he is
in a high fever, and talks all sorts of non
sense in bis ravings, which even mv daugh
ter's old nurse, a woman from Ascalon, does
cot understand. But she believes she can
distinguish Kasana's name."
"A woman once more at the bottom of the
"Cease jesting, reverend father," replied
the warrior, and be bit his lips. "A decent
widow, and this downy-cheeked boy!"
"At his tender years," the .priest went
on, in the same tone, "full-blown roses
tempt young beetles more than buds do, and
in tms case, he aoaeo, more gravely,
"nothing could be more fortunate. We
have Joshua's nephew in our net, and now
it is vour part not to let him escape the
"You mean," cried the soldier, "that we
are to keep him a prisoner?"
"As you say."
"But you esteem his uncle highly ?"
"Certainly, but higher still the State."
"But this lad "
"He is a most welcome hostage. Joshua's
sword was an invaluable weapon, but if the
hand that wields it is guided by the man
whose power over greater men than he we
know too well "
"You mean Mesu, the Hebrew."
"Joshua will wound us as deeply as here
tofore our enemies."
"But I heard you yourself say that he was
incapable of treachery."
"And I say so still; and he has proved
my words this very day. It was simply to
procure his release from tbe oath of fealty
that he this day put his head into the croco
dile's jaws. But if Joshua is a lion, in
Mesu he will find his tamer. That man is
Egypt's arch foe, and my gall rises only to
think of him."
"The cries of woe within the gates are
enough to keep our hatred alive."
"And yet the feeble creature who fills the
throne postpones revenge, and sends forth a
"With your consent, I believe."
"Quite true," replied the priest, with a
sardonic smiie. "We have sent'him forth
to build a bridge! Abridge, forsooth! The
dried-up wisdom of an ancient sage recom
mends it, and the notion is quite after the
heart of that contemptible son of a great
father, who, for his part, never shrunk from
swimming the widest whirlpool, especially
when revenge was in view. Well, Joshua
may try to ouiid it it the bridge over tne
torrent only brings him back to us, I will
give him a warm and sincere welcome.
But we, who alone have any spirit in Egypt,
must make it our business to see that as
soon as this one man has recrossed to our
shore tbe piers shall give way under the
tread ot the leader of his nation."
"Yes, yes. ButI fear that we should lose
the captain if his people met the fate they
"It may seem so."
"You are wiser than 1."
"But, still, in this case you think X am
"How could I make so bold?"
"As a member of the Council of War it is
your duty to express your own opinion, and
a regaru n now as my pari to snow you
whither the road leads along which you have
come so far with bandaged eyes. Listen,
then, and be guided by what I tell you when
it is your turn to speak in the assembly.
Buie, the high priest, is very old."
"And you already exercise half his pre
rogatives." "Would that he might soon lay down the
rest of the burden! Not for my own sake. I
love a contest, but for the sake of our coun
try. It has become a deep-rooted habit to ac
cept all that age decides and rules as the
language of wisdom; thus there are few
among the councilors who do not adhere to
the old man, and yet his statecraft, like him
self, goes only on crutches. All that is good
gets lost in a fog under his weak and halt
"On this point you may count on my sup
port," cried the warrior. "I will lend both
hands to overthrow the dreamer on the
throne and his senseless counselor."
At this the prophet laid his finger to his
lip in warning, went close cp to his com
panion and said in low, rapid accents- "I
am now expected at the palace, so hearken
only to this much: IC Joshua effects a recon
ciliation, his people, the guilty with the in
nocent, will all return, and tne guilty will
be punished. Among the innocent we may
reckon the whole of the captain's tribe, the
tribe of Ephraim, from old Nun, the father,
down to the boy in our house."
"They may De spared; but as Mesu is a
Hebrew, whatever is done to him "
"It will not be done in the open street;
and there is never any difficulty about sow
ing the seeds of discord between two men
who have an equal right to rule in their own
circle. I will take care that Joshua shall
wink at the death of the other, and then
Pharaoh, whether his name be Menephtah
or" (and here his voice tell to a murmur)
"or Siptah, shall raise him to such a giddy
height for he deserves it that his bewil
dered eye will never see anything we choose
to hide from him. There is a dish of which
no man can cease to eat who has' once tasted
it, and that meat we shall serve him with
al." "A dish meat ?"
"Power, Hornecht. Immense power. As
governor of a province, or captain-general
over all the mercenary troops in Aarsee's
place, he will beware of quarreling with us.
I know him. If we can but make him be
lieve that Mesu has done him a wrong and
ttat overbearing man will of a certainty
give us some ground and if he can but be
convinced that the law prescribes such pun
ishment as we may inflict on the magician
and the most of his followers, he will not
merely consent, but approve."
"But if the embassy should fail?"
"Still be will come back to us; for he
never would break an oath. But in the
event of his being forcibly detained by
Mesu, who is capable of anything, the boy
will prove useful; for Joshua loves him,
his people set great store by his life, and he
is the son of one of the noblest families.
Pharaoh shall at any rate threaten the lad;
we, on our part, will protect him, and that
will bind us more closely than ever to his
uncle, and join him to those who are wroth
with the King. Admirable !"
"And we shall yet more certainly gain
our end if we can bind him by yet another
tie, and now I beseech you to be calm, for
you are too hery lor your years. In short,
our brother in arms, the man who saved my
life, tne best warrior in all the army, and
who consequently must rise to thy highest
honors, must be your daughter's husband.
Kasana loves the Hebrew that I know
from my wife."
The frown once more knit the archer's
brow and he struggled painfully to be calm.
He felt that he must subdue his aversion to
calling this man his son-in-law; for indeed
he liked and esteemed hfm, though he was
averse to his nationality. He could not,
indeed, refrain from muttering a curse, but
his reply to the priest was calmer and more
reasonable than Baie had expected. If
Kasana was so possessed by demons as to be
drawn to this stranger, then she should have
her way. But Joshua as yet had not wooed
her, "and," he added furiously, "by he red
god Set and his 70 fellows! neither you
nor any other man shall ever move me to
force my cbild, who has suitors by the
score, on a man who, though he calls him
self our friend, has never yet found leisure
to greet us in our own house! Taking charge
of the lad is another matter, and I will see
that he does not escape."
Verygood, myfriend," replied the priest,
laying hjs hand on his companion's shoul
der. "You know how highly I value
Joshua, and if he should become your son-in-law
he will be the most important and in
dispensable of all our colleagues, and then
I fancy his nephew may grow up to be a
valiant officer in our army."
The midnight sky, sown with innumer
able stars, spread deeply and purely blue
over tbe broad level of the eastern delta and
the town of Succoth, which the Egyptians
called, from its presiding deity, Pittrom, or
the city ot Toom. The March night was
drawing to its close. White mists floated
above the canal, a work of the Hebrew
bondsmen, which intersected the plain and
watered the pasture land and meadows
which lay on a)l sides as far as tbe eye could
PTTSBUEG - 'DISPATCH,
reach. To the east and north the horizon
was shrouded by the thick haze which rose
from the broad lakes by the isthmus. The
hot, sandy desert wind which yesterday had
blown over the thirsty grass, the desert
border land to the east and the houses and
tents of Snccoth, had died away during
the night, and the chill hour which in
March precedes sunrise, even in Egypt,
was very perceptible.
Anyone who had in former days arrived
between midnight and dawn at the humble
frontier town with its squalid hovels ot Nile
mud and modest farms and dwellings, could
not have recognized it now. Even its one
important building, besides the splendid
temple of the god Toom, the spacious and
fortified storehouse, presented a strange
spectacle. The long, white, lime-washed
walls gleamed as usual through the dusk;
but it no, longer towered in deathlike silence
over the sleeping town; all abont it was stir
and bustle. It did doty as a fortress against
the plundering tribes of Shasoos who had
made their way ronnd the outworks on the
isthmus, and an Egyptian garrison dwelt
within its indestruotible walls, which could
easily be held against very superior num
bers. This morning it might have been supposed
that the sons of the desert had taken it by
storm, but the men and women who were so
busy round the walls and on the broad
marble parapet of the huge building were
not Shasoos, but Hebrews. With shouts
and demonstrations of joy they were taking
possession of the thousands of measures of
wheat and barley, rye and doorab, lentils,
dates and onions, which they had found in
those vast lofts, and had set to work before
sunrise to empty the storehouse and pack the
contents into sacks and pitchers and skins,
into kneading troughs, jars and sheets, let
down from tbe root by cords or carried up
and down on ladders.
The chiefs of tbe tribes, indeed, took no
part in the work, but in spite of the early
hour children of all ages might be seen, as
busy as the rest, carrying as much as they
couia mi in pois ami uowis tueir mowers
Above, close to the opened trapdoors of
the lofts, into which the stars shown down,
and round the foot of the ladders below,
women held lanterns or torches to light the
others at their work. Flaring pitch brands
were burning in front ot the ponderous closed
doors and armed shepherds were pacing up
and down in the light of the blaze? When,
now and again, there was a sound withiu as
of a stone thrown, or a kink against the
brass-bound door, and threatening words in
the Egyptian tongue, the Hebrews outside
were ready enough with words of mockery
On the day of the harvest festival, at the
hour of the first evening watch, certain
swift runners had come to Succoth, and had
announced to the sons of Israel who dwelt
there, and whose numbers were twentyfold
as great as those of the Egyptians, that
they had started from Tanis early that
morning, that their people were to depart
thence that night, and that their kindred ot
Succoth were to make ready to fly with
them. At this there had been great rejoic
ing among the Hebrews. They, like their
fellow Israelites of Tanis, had assembled to
gether that night of the new moon after the
spring equinox, when the harvest festival
began, to a solemn feast, and the heads of
their households had declared to them that
the day of freedom was now at hand, and
that the Lord was about to lead them forth
to the promised land.
Here, as at Tanis, many had been faint
hearted and rebellious, and others had at
tempted to separate their lot from that of the
rest and so remain behind: but here, ton
they had been carried away by the multi--;
tude. And as Aaron and Nun had ad
dressed the people at Tanis, so here Eleazar
the son of Aaron, and Nahshon and Heu,
the heads of the tribe of Judab, had done
tbe same. And Miriam, the maiden sister
ot Moses, had gone from house to house, and
with her glowing words had lighted and
fanned the flames of enthusiasm in the
hearts of the men and persuaded the women
that, with the morning's sun, a day of glad
ness, plenty and freedom would dawn on
them and on their children. i
Few had turned a deaf ear to the proph
etess, and there was something majestic and
commanding in the presence of this maiden,
whose large, black eyes, overarched by
thick, dark eyebrows which met in the
middle, seemed to read the hearts of those
tney gazed on, and to awe tne refractory with
their grave gleam.
When the feast was over each household
had retired to rest with hopeful and uplifted
hearts. But the next day and the following
night and dawn bad changed everything. It
was as though the desert wind had buried
all courage and confidence in the sand it
swept before it. The dread of wandering
through the unknown had crept again into
every soul, and many a one who had brand
ished his staff with the high spirit of enter
Srise now clang obstinately to the house of
is fathers, to his well-tended garden plot,
and to the harvest in the fields, of which
not more man nan was yet garnered.
The Egyptian garrison in the fortified
stone house had not, indeed, failed to observe
that some unusual excitement prevailed
among the Hebrews, but they had ascribed
it to the harvest feast. The commander of
the fort had heard that Moses desired to lead
his people forth into the desert, there to
sacrifice to their God, and he had
asked for reinforcements. But he
Knew nothing more, for till, the morning
when the hot wind had arisen no Hebrew
had betrayed his brethren's purpose. On
that day, however, as the heat oppressed
them more and more the greater grew the
dread of the terrified people of marching
ever onward through the scorching, sandy
and waterless waste. This fearful day was
out a lorewsie oi waai lay oeiore tneni, and
when toward midday the dust cloud was vet
dense and the air more suffocating, a He
brew dealer, from whom the Egyptian
soldiers would purchasesmall wares, stole
into the storehouse and instigated the cap
tain to hinder his fellow Hebrews from
rushing to destrnction.
Even among the better sort the voice of
discontent had been loud; Tzehar and
Michael and their sons, who disliked the
power of Moses and Aaron, had gone from
one to another and tried to incite them to
call tbe elders together again before they
set forth and ask them whether it would not
be wiser to make terms with the Egyptians.
While there malcontents had succeeded in
assembling many followers, and the traitor
had gone to tbe captain of the Egyptian
garrison, two more runners had come in with
a message to say that the multitude of the
Hebrew fugitives would arrive at Succoth
between midnight and dawn.
Breathless and speechless, bathed in sweat
and bleeding at the mouth, the elder ot the
two messengers dropped on the threshold of
the house of Amiuadab, where Miriam just
now was dwelling. The exhausted men had
to be revived with wine and food before even
the less weary one could speak coherently;
and then in a husky voice, but overflowing
with thankfulness and enthusiasm, he had
told all that happened at their departing
and how that tbe God of their fathers had
filled all hearts with His spirit, and infnsed
fresh confidence into the most fainthearted.
Miriam bad listened with flashing eyes to
this inspiring tale, and then, flinging her
veil about her head, she bade the servants
of the house, who had collected about the
runners, to gather all the people together
under the sycamore, whose broad boughs
growth of a thousand years, sheltered a wide
space from the scorching sun.
'Bedouins, whose nomad hordes swarmed In
the desert adjoining Egypt on tbe east, now re
garded as belonging to Asia.
To be Continued Next Sunday.
At W'ork by the Day.
She Ob, see that scarecrow out there in
the field !
He That isn't a scarecrow.
"It must be; see how motionless it is."
"That's tbe hired man at work."
Males Ibe Best of Wive.
"Your son has married and settled down,
"Yei, and to the best and most submissive
little lady in the world."
"How came he to be so fortunate?"
"Oh, he married a typewriter, one who
was used to being dictated to."
SUNDAY, ' NOVEMBER
One Phase of Railway Life in the
Enral Districts as Seen By
TflF COUNTRY STATION AGENT.
Acting as Telegrapher, Baggage Man and
PLEASANT FEATURES OF THE POSITION
fwniTTiar ron ins dispatch.!
"I should think it would make
"So it would, if I was one of the crazy
The station agent seated himself on a
trunk, removed his hat and wiped his per
spiring brow with a rather dingy looking
pocket handkerchief. A cloud of dust in
tbe distance, patches of brown smoke float
ing in the sky, a low rumbling sound, and
puffs that grew fainter and more rapid until
they seemed to beat a gentle tattoo, told that
a train had just departed. In front of the
platform were the shining tracks of steel, be
hind was the shabby "depot," and down the
street was visible the rear end of an irregu
lar procession oi men, women and children,
making their way to the village.
"You can rest a while now," was sug
gested. "Just long enough to take breath," re
plied the station agent, taking a bunch of
keys from his pocket and jingling them.
He was a man ot few words. There was
decision in his face, quickness in his glance
and intelligence in his eyes. It was notice
able that even in moments of repose his
mind seemed to be at work, and that a cer
tain look of attentiveness never entirely left
his countenance. His shoulders were broad,
and, when standing erect in his suit of blue,
there was something of the look of a com
mander about him.
His name was plain John Smith, and he
had sole charge of the station at Pikeville, a
village of about 400 population. It was on
the P. & Q. Railroad, one of the largest cor
porations in the country. Pikeville is not a
place of any considerable importance, but it
is a link in the great system, and 20 trains a
day pass tne station. Passengers get on and
off, freight is loaded and unloaded, express
matter is received and dispatched, trunks
are checked to points hundreds of miles
away, dozens of telegrams are received and
sent every 24 hours, the arrival and depart
ure of trains are registered and wired to the
dispatcher's office, tickets are sold, questions
answered, way bills made out, books bal
anced, considerable sums of money handled
and a host of other things attended to.
SMITH'S DAILT ROUTINE.
Pikeville is not a large enough station to
warrant the division of its labor into depart
ments and the employment of three or four
men. John Smith does it all. He must, there
fore, as will be inferred, be a man capable
of rapid thought and action, with an eye for
details, wits that never get lost, nerves that
are not easily shaken and fidelity that is ab
Twenty-four hours of John Smith's life at
the Pikeville station will afford an excellent
example of what it is to be a busy man. If
be gets out of bed early enough in the morn
ing he swallows a hasty breakfast; if not, he
rushes off to the station with an empty
stomach. The first train is due
at 6 o'clock. John Smith's first
plunge is at the telegraph in
strument, where he makes his presence
known by a few ticks. In a moment the
answering signal comes, notifying him that
"JNo. 14 has passed iliddleport on time.
Then he makes sure that the switches are all
right. Next the window of the ticket office
is thrown open, and he begins selling the
magic bits ot pasteboard, which are pass
ports to near and distant points. He must
remember the exact amount of fare in every
case, make change raoidly and accurately,
and be able to detect instantly a punched
coin or a counterfeit banknote. He keeps
one eye on the work before him, and the
other on the clock. One ear attends to the
calls of customers; the other listens to ticks
from the telegraph instrument at
his right hand. At any instant
a message may come which must be taken
with unerring accuracy and delivered to
the conductor of the incoming train. Any
failure in this duty might endanger the
lives of hundreds of "passengers, for at any
time there is the possibility of orders
coming to hold a tram for ten minutes or
half an hour on account of a wreck, a be
lated freight, a washout or a "wildcat.;
Meantime there is the bum of busy con
versation outside, and a fusilade of ques
tions through the window. John Smith
must answer promptly and courteously a
myriad ot queries regarding time-tables,
connections, stopping places, etc., and man
ifest a fatherly interest in the affairs of the
various seekers lor information.
SMITH AS A BAGGAGE SMASHER,
Waiting until the last minute betore the
train is expected perhaps until the long
warning whistle reaches his ears h leaves
the ticket office and rushes to a little cabi
net screwed against the wall of the waiting
room, aua auenas to tne duty ot checking
baggage. This may not be completed until
tbe train stands oetore the station. Then
out come five or six trunks from the bag
gage car, and in go half a dozen belonging
to embarking travelers. If any of the
trunks are particularly heavy, somefriendly
bystander is generally at hand to render as
sistance in lifting them; and it is a pecul
iarity oi numan nature that services of this
kind are often regarded as a distinction on
him who performs them. The stalwart
young man who is thus honored is wont to
gaze at the departing train as if he owned
it, and afterward make a great show of
being on terms of good fellowship with the
The first ordeal of the day is past, and the
station is strangely quiet after the five min
utes ot bustle. John Smith if Tip Ji lurl
no breakfast, hastens home to satisfy his
hunger. The next train is due at 8:10, and
there is plenty to do, for it carries express
matter, and the number of outgoing and in
coming passengers will be larger. John
Smith is at the station again by 7:30. There
are people waiting for him with express
packages to be billed, and in many cases he
is expected to address them, for he has great
skill with the pen and the marking brush.
There will be numerous disputes about
charges, in all of which the sta
tion agent must maintain bis posi
tion with mingled firmness and urban
ity, and an occasional judicious
expression of sympathy for the victim of
rates wnicn ae acknowledges to be oppres
sive, but which he has no power to amend.
While arguing with one man he may be re
ceiving money from another, and at the
same time filling in way-bills at available
moments. Suddenly he may be compelled
to leave all and make a dive for the tele
graph instrument. For be it remembered
that the express, freight, telegraph and
iicKct uiuucs are an under the root of a
-single small building, where the eye and ear
can command the whole 'situation; and the
sharply sounding ticks must be interpreted
rightly, or woe be the consequences.
BUT TIME IS FLYING.
The 8:10 troin is due in ten minutes. John
Smith must now dispose of the business be
fore hirn without waste of words. He can
not avoid offending somebody, but abusive
words go in at one ear and out at the other.
Life is too short for the station agent to in
dulge in small bickerings and petty resent
ments. Into the ticket office he darts, and the
proceedings of the early morning are re
peated on a larger scale and with some ad
ditions. The bustle is soon over, but there
is no rest. A freight train is due in 20 min
utes, and it must be side-tracked to make
way for the "Limited Express," which does
not stop at Pikeville. Then comes a produce
dealer who is clamoring for a freight car in
which to send off a load of wheat or potatoes.
Another demands to know why a cargo of
coal wnicn ne nas ordered is late in ar
riving. There are barrels or beer, stoves,
plows, household goods and live stock to
receive and despatch. Every cuftomtr of
10; 1889;- "r
the road wishes to know the responsi
bilities and risks assumed by each of the
contracting parties, and frequently ex
planations must be given at considerable
length and with patient courtesy. John
Smith must have a fund of information at
hand ready to dispense to all inquirers.
He must be a good accountant and a legible
penman. He must not spare his strength
when heavy articles of freight are to be
handled. He must treat women and
children with kindness and respect, and be
able to throw a drunken loafer out of the
door. He must, in short, center within
himself a combination of qualities useful in
many and varying emergencies.
The programme that has been sketched re
fers to the ordinary schedule routine, when
everything moves in regular order. If
there is an accident or- other untoward oc
currence, there are new duties, and in
creased vigilance is- demanded. But John
Smith is expected to show himself equal
to the emergency, and he usually succeeds
in doing so.
It may be said that the station agent has
an astonishing capacity for work and en
durance. This is undoubtedly true; but it
is also true that the nature of his duties
tends t to develop such capacity. Brain
work is constantly demanded, and there is
always the possibility of something unfore
seen occurring. Hence the station agent is
under a certain stimulus that cannot exist
when only the physical energies are brought
into requisition. His life is not without its
Sieasant features; the probabilities are that
e enjoys a large business and social ac
quaintance and has plenty of friends. His
opinions are much sought, and he answers
more questions in a day than anybody in
tbe village, except thepostmaster and school
Good luck to the station aeentl He is
part of a system that links States together
and annihilates distances. If ambitious,
there may be a future before him. The cor
poration that employs him may not have a
soul, but it has a sharp eye for its own in
terests; hence the day may come when Pike
ville will know John Smith no more. He
will be wanted elsewhere, if he is a good
railroad man. Willis Kenton.
T0BACC0 AS A MEDICINE.
An Octogenarian Who Dislikes the Weed,
bnt Chews to Keep Alive.
Peter Coulter, of Bussiaville, Ind., de
clares that he has been kept alive for 70
years by the constant use of tobacco. He is
now 84 years of age, S3ys a Globe-Democrat
correspondent, and commenced smoking and
chewing when a boy of 14, although then,
as now, he detested both the taste
and smell of it. He wonld gladly
quit using the noxious weed, but
tears that he would probably not long sur
vive its discontinuance. When a boy,
about the age above mentioned, he was sud
denly taken ill with fever, and the disease
left a very dangerous sore on his left side,
that grew quite large and annoyed him
with constant add increasing pains.
His physician informed him that there
was hat one remedy, "use tobacco," or
he must die. To this he at first
objected, but finally began smoking.
For four years the smoking made
him sick, and did not seem to decrease
the size of the sore, though the pain was
much lessened. The doctor then recom
mended him to-' chew tobacco instead of
smoking. He did so and the sore at once
began to show an improvement and the pain
ceased altogether. But whenever he ceases
chewing for any considerable length of
time the sore returns and increases in size.
and he states that to desist from chewing
for a month would be at the risk of his life.
He iB one of the most aged pioneers of
this vicinity And his ancestors were noted
for having lived to a wonderful age, his
grandmother on his father's side attaining
the almost unprecedented longevity of 133
years, while his two grandfathers and the
other grandmother lived to be more than
100 each. His mother's age was also very
remarkable. She died at Ames station, la.,
two years ago, at 119, retaining all her senses
up to the last moment. At the age of 117 she
visited her son Peter at his home with the
expectation of making her home with
him the remainder of her life. But she soon
became discontented and returned to Iowa,
where sne died, reter nas lived in this
ficinity since 1842, and claims to have
hauled from Cincinnati the first steam boiler
and engine that were brought into the State
of Indiana, the machinery being delivered
in Wayne county. He can neither read nor
write, but his eyesight is still excellent,
and he is tall and straight. His first vote
was cast for John Q. Adams, and one of his
trite sayings is peculiar. "I never put more
on my heels than I can-kick off." He was
born "in Delaware in 1805 and came to the
State of Indiana in 1828.
THE INDIANS ABE INCEEA8ING.
A Bint to Orators nnd Novelists to Look
Tip ibe Facts.
The novelists, reporters and others who
write Indian speeches, beginning with the
words "I am the last of my race, the red
man is vanishing before the white man as
the leaves," etc., had better look up the
facts. It now seems that any statement to
the effect that the number of Indian popu
lation is slowly decreasing is not
in accord with tne truth, xae Indian
is not dying off and vanishing from
the earth any more than the Cau
casian is. They have, for the most part,
adopted semi-civilized habits and live auiet
lives. They are increasing rather than
decreasing. In the quiet, orderly commu
nities of the Indian Territory, in the reser
vations of Dakota, and in the pueblos ot
New Mexico and Arizona, the Indian is
encamped peacefully, and his children are
being educated. He is fairly prosperous,
provided the Indian Agent and the con
tractor do not try to starve him, and he is
raising his family and increasing in the'
THE CLOCK WAS GOING.
A Street Car Register Mistaken by Passen
gers for a Timepiece.
Detroit Free Fress.l
"Is that clock going?" inquired a man
of the conductor of a Cass avenue car. The
clock was going. It went tickety-click all
over the car and the hour flew around like a
revolving shaft. The man who asked the
question struck the hand just as it wobbled
to the hour of 10.
"I've got an engagement at 9-20, but I
guess I've missed it this time," and he
stepped off the car, and began to runup
There was an old lady in the corner, who
glanced up just in time to see the hand re
volve to 12.
"La, say," she exclaimed, "how time do
fly, conductor! Is that aire teown time or
The conductor said he thought it was
standard, and just then tbe hour hand
flew round to 6, and tbe impression grew
on the passengers that the car clock was
Tbi Evening Jasmine.
Thrill me. All me with delight,
Sweet evangel oi the night;
Chains of heaviness bad bound me.
Sorrow's deepest sorrows crowned me,
Wben from ont the darkness came
One glad spark of rosy flame.
With such ecstacy of bliss.
Life were worth the living for this.
Whence the subtle incense drawn.
From love's darkness or its dawn,
I knew not nor cared it proved
Like tbo breath of one beloved,
To my homesick soul appealing
With a welcome touch of healing.
Giving to eachqnlckened sense
Love's own perfect recompense.
'Tis tbe evenlngjasmiae's bloom,
Fair and faint it nils my room.
Bloom, dear flower of midnight still,
All my senses steep and thrill.
With invisible arms caress.
Souls have lost themselves for less.
Hrt. M. L. Haynt in Detroit Frte Frm.
LOYE IS A COTTAGE:
A Pretty Picture of a Loving Couple
in the Evening of Life
RESTING AFTER THE DAI'S TOIL
The Troubles of the Wealthy Who LItb In
HW TO BUILD A GOOD HOUSE FOB $500
rwsrrxxx tos the dispjitch.1
A correlative of the petition "give me
neither poverty nor riches," might read
give me not a large mansion but a small
cottage in which to dwell.
The mansion costs a great sum, so great
indeed that a good man may well be
disturbed sometimes while viewing his
superfluous luxuries by the reflection that
there are thousands of his fellow creatures
who are not provided with the barest neces-
sities of life; tbe cottage is of low cost, leav
ing the conscience clear and the heart merry.
The mansion involves the wearisome labor
of superintending servants; the cottage im
poses the easy tasks of simple housework.
The mansion requires workmen to make re
pairs; the cottage maybe easily watched and
promptly repaired "a stitch in time" by
the owner. The owner of a mansion must
have a large income; the owner of a cottage
and a fertile acre oi two is practically inde
pendent, the labor of his hands providing
fruit, vegetables, poultry, etc., sufficient for
A FKETTY. PICTTJBE.
A touching picture is seen, suggestive of
nobility of character, when an elderly
couple resume the simple cottage life of
their early wedded years. Their lives have
been too unselfish to permit the acquisition
of wealth. They educated their children
and started them in prosperous careers, and
now they have planned to be self-supporting
to tne enu. j.ne sons anu daughters, how
ever honored and prosperous, who do not
kiss the labor-browned hands of such parents
are not worthy oi the name they bear.
Following will be found a b'rief descrip
tion of the design illustrating this article:
Size of structure: Width, 23 feet: depth.
36 feet 6 inches. '
Materials for exterior Foundations, posts
or piers; side walls and roof, shingles.
Height of story, 10 feet.
Interior finish Smoothed and chamfered
Btudding and ceiling joists to be left ex
posed. Walls between studding and ceiling
joists to be papered. Flooring and all trim
of windows and doors to be of white pine or
other soft wood. All doors and sashes of
manufactured stock sizes. The windows
that command fine views should be glazed
with plate class; all other windows
with double thick glass. All interior wood
work to be varnished, showing natural col
ors. Exterior colors All side shingling.creamr
all trim, moldings and veranda rails, dark
red; veranda posts and balusters, cream;
outside blinds and doors, roof and chimneys,
dark red; underside of roof overhang, cream;
porch floor and ceiling oiled, snowing nat
ural color of wood.
All of tbe rooms are shown by the floor
plan. The attic is floored and is reached by
a step-ladder. Ko cellar is provided as this
cottage, built as described, is intended for
summer occupancy only. To fit it for winter
use a cellar under the whole house should
be built at an additional cost of about $200:
and the interior walls of the cottage should
be plastered at an additional cost ot $75.
Special features-The large bays may be
said to give character to the exterior of this
design as well as to provide attractive feat
ures witbiu. With cushions provided for
the bay window seats the sitting room is
indeed a comfortable place. The overhang
ing roof gives an appearance of lan?e size.
The chimneys (one over tbe kitchen and
one over the sitting room) are simple and
inexpensive but substantial, built of terra
cotta resting on the ceiling joists.
Cost In all localities where the prices for
labor and materials are abont the same as
those of New York City, J50C.
Copyright by B. "W. Shoppell.
PAJHPJiBING HEE iPPETITE.
A Kansas Man's Notions Abont the Proper
Diet for His Sick Wife.
"Could I git a little snack o' something to
eat for my wife? She ain't very strong, an'
she's bin right puny of late an' sich vittles
as we've got in the wagon don't seem to sat
isfy her," said a mover out in Santas, stop
ping at a farm house to make tbe above re
quest. "Certainly," replied the kind-hearted
mistress, "what would she like?"
"Well, she's real-finicky an'delikitinher
appytite, aa' she's been fnssin' for two days
ler a little biled cabbage an' Fait pork, an'
hot sody biskits, .an some apple dumplin's,
an a cup o' right strong coffee. If you've
anything o that sort, I'd like some. These
sick folks hez to be pampered in their appy
tites, ye know-"
Jen Llebe Me.
The night comes down with qalet feet,
. with dnsay garments trailing.
And o'er tne fields of golden wheat
The southern breeze is wailing.
Tbe starry radiance of the skies
Falls o'er tbe dew-wet lea.
And gazing in thy tender eyes
I say. -Ich Iiebe sie."
There fs no charm can bind my heart
Away from tby beguiling.
For Cupid pierced me with his dart,
And viewed my struggles smiling;
Tben rest upon mi heart, dear love,
Tby troth-plight pledge to me.
For while tbe beavensamlle above.
My own, "Ich llebe sie."
Tbe summer flower may fade sad Mt,
The tespest darkly hover;
But at thy feet shall ever He
The tree hesjrt of thy lover.
Then lift thy tender eyas to Bales,
And let their answer ba.
As eefee at the words Ht1h,
"My !. 'lei Iiebe sJer,"
L : V. j
of "y. J
BY A. CLERGYMAN. "
twjurrxx fob thx distatcs.1- - '
The secret of successful work to-day is 6
ganization. Look at business. See how it
is organized down to the minutest .detail.
Look at politics. See how the great parties
study to perfect their organization and make
it include the loneliest house of the remotest
school district That man succeeds best in
business who saves the most. That party
carries the day which gets out all its
Here is a lesson for the church the local
church. It ought to organize the parish,
and have a function for all, and see to it
that each fulfills his function. This would
insure success. The power of the littles is
the greatest power. The Mississippi river
the ocean itself, is composed of drops.
Guizot said "he did not believe in the" ..
sovereign power of machinery." Trno l
enough. But if the machinery is driven by
intelligence and will what can itnotaoi "
complish? Mere organisation is a delusion,
and a snare. But if it is operated by consecraJ
tlon It may work miracles. Good Intentions
alone are not enough. They must be stereo
typed into good acts. Profession put ft into
Once on a time a rustle swain and damsel
lived near each other. He became smitten?
with her charms, but had not courage to teU 363
hlslove. At length, flndlne she was beemnin -M
an oMeet nt attmcMnn ...t. - t -.fc- n.tv
..,uu.uB B1 losing ner, ne was in
duced to Invite her to walk with hhn to a spot
where lovers are fond of rambling up a shadv
?n. i.a w - I .I- . . .-...-
---- "; iu,uui aa lips were
closed; be could not brine his courage to tho
popping point: while she. poor thing, cast down
her eyes, and was perfectly mute, though sha
understood for what purposa ha had brought
her to that lonely spot. At length a bird bezaa
to sing on John's side of the road, and a luckv
thought struck him.
"Bessy." said he, with a gentle squeeze ot
the arm, -Most hear yon bird!"
Ay, lad." she answered.
' What does it seem to tbea to slner'ha
'I cannot tell," she said. "What does ft sees'
vi'hitt Roc- j.,.1 v-.iu. Xitr:
- - - -- .. wv wbuci uniiiiu. anni cui
. .7. "" ' v."1 ""' """Haw msio j.
Sing. 'I love thee! Tlno th,r i's
They walked on In silence, until a bird begaaV.
to sing on the damsel's sldef of tba road. As.'
taJSihSSwwt "."wliit doesit seem to
'Icannot tell," he said.
"Wblt AH thr MM .lnl" .v. ..v.j
J(?I'zarbizaTfae-"ba Midwith another
sfSvrJPSetfSt iIoT eel I lova theer "
Showltr- Pl aT blrd t Snow,ttl
A Startling Arrnr of Figures.
In the November number of tha Jbruinap.
pears a startling expose fn which tha owners of
tha United States are indicated.
We have been In the habit of saying with
sneer that England, for example was only a
pocket borough that a eoupla of hundred
thousand owned tha kingdom, and illustrated
tha cynical remark of Carlyle that "the popu
lation of England consists of 80,000,000 persons
Well, according to the keen, hard lawyer who
gathered the statistics for the forum, and
from whom it wonld be as impostihle to extract
sentiment as to extract sunbeams from a cu
cumber, in tha phrase of Dean Swift, we re
publicans ara worse oft than those "effete"
monarchists. A form of government and a
pattern- of social and religions order which,
were relied on to distribute privileges andre
pnblicaniie wealth, have played Benedict Ar
nold and betrayed usinstead haveirimstered
to tha very evils they were warranted to avert
In a succession of surprising tables, tha
magazine displays British incomes and Ameri
can incomes side by side, showing the enor
mous preponderance of the latter. Next, it
flashes on tbe screen a table showing tha ii-
tribntion of wealth in this country: from which'' f
it appears that the disproportion between tha
neuMo tne poor is greater nera than In En
gland, and Is increasing hern while diminish
ing there. Finally, tbe amazing conclusion as"
- - - . -w wu.tBu omics vl America'
are practically owned by leas than, asaoo&ipar-1
sons, constituting less than 2 In 60 ot ltsadultj
man? popiuauon, ana xaas wraun M years tba.
United States of America will be subtUnQaHyl
owned oyiess than sofioo persons, constiintlne
I ess tnan 1 in 500 of the adult male population." I
The Church and. tbe State have some hnga
problems to solve. The future requires both
faith and courage. The trend of, wealth, and
the resultant concentration of privileges. Is
unrepubliean and nnchristizn. TTn tv.
whom, shall tha Niagara rapids be aamme'dand-
An Ago of Competition.
This is an age of competition. Life fs a hip.
jiwuuun, , o us auung wiia another, aaal
tTcn wiia ourauTes- anereiora it is not
strange that this should invade tha house oil
How far is it to bo given play? What are taw
limits we mean in the church? cf
Clearly, tha service ought not tobahnm
arum. it tne singing bo lively, and have!
plenty of it. Let the building be farritingand:
. ... t ..J "" uw sextons nate iretBI
air?). Let the preacher study to brirfiten hiss
discourse with the charms nf iinr.n. .. 53
dotes,patlllusrration and warm appeal. There 3
-........,... r.u.au. niu is not to oaf
?ken ! ""Li1?? "Evswas taken oat of ,
rr""' """ "m sieep. it Is impos
sible to make a cnuxch too attractive In Its pul
pit, its chair and its environment All this is
well within the limits of the legitimate.
Bat when it comes to the deliberate adoption
of a sensational plan, -then the boundaries ot
tbe permissible ara overleaped. Ministers ara
set to preach the costwl of Jesos Christ not ,
tbe gospel of self display. What must hoi
thought of topics Ilka these r "The Uclr ffns.4
band 'Tha Gaddinir Wlfa." ! iSr-vS
Neighbor's Umbrella." -Pull on Your Own'
Boot btrap r' These are announcements actual--lymade
of sermons actually preached. Theyt
may raise the curiosity' of grown-np children
they disgust men and women. Theyrenel in
the end the very class tbey are meant to at
tract For the church fs not a circus rinsr nor
is a Christian pastor ot right a down, it is
noticeable that tbese sensation moneers soon
play to empty benches. For awhile they mar
draw a congregation, of "religions tramps-" In
the end. the last state of such a church is worst
than the first A strong and useful church can '
only be built up and maintained by preachlnsr.
and practicing the gospel. " u; , ,
The Social Problem.
Ominous voices archeard In England as well
as on the continent respecting sooallstio ten
dencies. Call not those who utter them fanatl-
cai; it is more procaine that they ara animated
by the spirit of tha prophets than by that of
fanatics. If only they could arouse the chnrrhf
ev. atner Jiarry m tne Nineteenth Centum
fnr Anfrntr. JtAVft? 4rtierA ltava Ium fm.-..-?!
- - q; it 4 - --v. .w vM Wiuca VUCUt
iub jianuwriuug ou uio waii was nard to read, i
But such is not tha time in which we lire. 4
It U an age of confusion. The Social :
organism aa wo utd rcceireais zrom onr rath
ers is aeepij aecayea ana its spirit gone. W
man Is there Dot confesses In private that gz
and unknown chances are hanirinir nrnr
- - - auo proem suito oi society is doomed
by its inherent contradictions to pais away. IS
am convinced that society most underzot&l
transformation or perish. And it u on this ae-i
count that every thoughtful observer most
a . m. m..uuu... ." 1 "I --B
ran reuiuu uiuu wuko uu we lar-reachlng
nroblem Of the distribution of wealth. s.
relation of physical science to the prosperity i
.rtli. R.4CHM- th ril-ht unii mi.w r rfl
erty: tbe claims of tbe individual to be trine
lor nis place la mo aau recompensed byai
rnrAoldaee for tbe toils of his veara ar itfMM
in short tba whole question of national ciTillsaJS
uos. on la uuuau uuiiuaiuiiae, -icannot lav
ton nmtihatlcallv that it terms to ma thi ,ii
has not been done, it isyec without a pUcqIh
our books of theology, to speak of, and requires
doing In all manner of ways. Toflndasofatlo
win tasjfcmo buvij .uuumkd BOTero aemandv
on the cood will of our best teachers; nor wfH
tbey find It at all useless, while keeping oaa
eye on ueir pooks, uj Keep we oiner.on wings
aS SUej MO UUU1UQ WIO WVAA. X OS Mil
sciences are now fast resolvlnr themselves it
one tbe social science. And all the problc
are resolving themselves even faster Into om
tbe social problem." ,
ASiAXmay be religious and not be :
Lt there Is one fact or doctrine, or cos
or promise in the Bible which has produced a
practical effect on your tamper, or heartTc
conduct, be. assured you do not truly beUev
Sxx there be bo sermon without two R's 1
lt: Bapsatance Blghuoosnts, Smrttm4
Th world proposes to rest by rwertoft
harden. The Redeemer elves rest by sM
m tha Sftrit and power to bear tha tratis'a.-
jr. it. Jnoocruon.
'- lx.aasasiaaaef law or of fet r
esasi vSSWOSjBwSo wlw Qyfesvvv,- n