The Scranton tribune. (Scranton, Pa.) 1891-1910, October 03, 1900, Page 6, Image 6

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af3j Adams Avenus.
Scranton Transfer Co.
Baggage Checked Direct to Hotels
nnd Private Residences.
Office D., L. A W.
Station. Phone 625.
" DR. H. B. .WARE,
Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat
.Office Hours-l a. m. to 1180 p. in.: ! to 4.
William Building, Opp. Postofflee.
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1 ' MEC11XO OF CLERKS The rcguhr mcetlnir
-of tho Scranton Clerks association, No. 211, Is
i to ,be held tonight at their hall, No. 103 Spruce
street. All members arc lcqucslcd to be pres
ent, as important business is to be transacted.
Bcnnlss, of llrcck courtp'wns arraigned bcfoic Millar jiUr-rdV, charged with hawns
Illicit relitlons with James Barrett, ol Lee court,
Tho latler's wife preferred the rhaiRC. In default
at ball Mrs. Denniss was committed to the county
PARK TltESPASSERS riNED. Tony Morse and
Oli Matk', the two Italians arrested Monday after
noon in Nay A'iff park by Park Policeman Mc
Xamiri, were fined $3 apiece jpstcrday mornlnf:
and in default committed to tlio county jail.
They arc accused of damaging chestnut trees in
the paik.
PJne Brook, wi9 atrestcd jntcrdny on a warrant
Issued by Alderman Howe at the iiiitantc of Miss
Maggie Withers, of Forest court, who charged him
with a serious crime. When the time arrlied
for a hearing the piosecutrlx withdrew the charge
and snid she was unwilling to prosecute.
10 i ear-old boy, u lio had his leg crushed be
neath the wheels of a Lackawanna train near
Nay Aug tunnel ou Sundaj, was operated on
at the Moses Taylor hospital jestcrday, and the
limb wa3 'amputated between the ankle and the
niin, a 10jeat-old boy lhing on Stone aienue,
was jest ruby taken to the Moses Taylor hospital
with his light leg badly mangled. While at
tempting In board a Delaware, Lackawanna and
Western car 'undaj- he slipped and the wheels
parsed ocr his leg. The limb will be amputated
PAY IHYS The Deluunio, Larkawmna and
Western lompinv paid jesteidiy at the Oxford,
Dgdge, BUlcuie, Pittcbone and Woodward
mines. Tocliy the empfoje-. of the Archbald,
Sloan, C'entril ami Hampton collieries will be
paid. The Delaware and Hudon company paid
jesfenhy at the Manlnc and Lcggctt'b Cicck
nnd waterAominittee of seleelycouncll met last
night in the select council chamber and amend
ed to a considerable extent Mr. Costcllo's ordi
nance establishing water ntes. Just what the
amendments were each and eeij- member of the
committee rcfucd to siv. They will report on
the incisure fhursdiy night,
PALLED 1IIM A bCAB.-Aldciman Mllhr jes
tcnliy Isiiicil i foi the anet of Michael
'lluane, of firren's alley, on the cluige of assault
and lutUrj preferred bj- John Loughney, of New
.street, l.ougline.v, who is a laborer, alleges tint
Jiuirie tlneitened his life and called him a scab,
Mondaj night Itnanc went to Loiighnej's resi
dence and told him If he went to woik he would
1.111 him.
That Is the Sentiment of the Mem
bers of Council Who Have Been
Considering the Matter.
Before nny more large sewer con
tracts are let by councils, nn effort
will lie made to havo fin ordinance
passed prohibiting tjje granting of ex
tensions of time to sower contractors
In the future.
This step is to be taken because a
number of the eounellmen believe that
the beautiful reckl33sne.s. with which
these extensions have been granted In
tho past Is responsible more than any
thing else, for the go-as-you-please
methods of many of the sewer contrac
tors, who let their work lag along and
Keep tho streets opened nnd a menaco
tp Ufa uiiil limb for months longer
ftntn Is necessary,
'Another argument used In favor of
Sie adoption vof sjucli.a. ordinance! is
le fact that the granting of exten
sion's of time (iffoida an excellent op
portunity for tho bower Inspector to
voik" the elty,, Thee, Inspectors, as
a"generul rtile,ara men whoso pios
iects arc not very bright when they
abcept tho position und who like to
dfrlng qut tho work ns long as pos
Hljble', so that they may continue to
draw their 2,50 a day.
1 3rhey, accordingly. In many Instances,,
rrlulce no,effort to have the continctor"
mirry wjth his work, knowing that the
longer ho continue!! the more money
Ihmeanstor them. 'With the positive
Knowledge that' councils would grant
rifc extensions, tho sower inspector
vfoud be more apt to do his whole
tMty and the contractors exceedingly
jftori' likely1 to get his work llnlshed
ijl. contract time, than under existing
conditions, , .
'City Engineer Phillips baysUhat in
sVvejal Instunces where contractors
hjjivo been granted two or tinea ox
t'fiislona of time, against his wishes,
hit has found only four or ttve men at
work on tho Job, when there should
have been ilfty, He .-aya that if a con
tractor is not satlslied with tho time
limit ilxed In the contiact, let him reg
ister a kick before ho signs It and
he' will be met half way,
Ifhe city engineer Is Yory'outspoken
regarding his opposition tohe grant
ing of' extensions of time, and he' told
tho sowers and drains committee of
delect council some pretty straight
things' on Monday night, when the big
"Nineteenth sower district contract wns
under cnnRldcratlon. The membero of
the committee nil nsreed with hla
views) on the question nnd It mny bo
that through their efforts Home Bitch
ordinance tm 'mentioned above inny bo
ICach sewer conlmct entered Into by
the city contain a penalty clause pro
viding that If tho sower It not com
pleted within tho time limit a certain
penalty li to bo collected for every
day tifter that date until tho sower
Is completed. Nobody In city hall,
however, remembers when such a pen
alty was ever collected.
Services at St. Peter's Cathedral Yes
tcrday Morning.
A solemn high mass of requiem wub
celebrated In St. Pcter'R cathedral yes
terday morning over the remains of
tho Into .Sister Benedlctn. Prior to the
services the body lay In state at Ht.
Cecelia's convent, where hundreds of
people viewed It. The cortege to tho
Cathedral cemetery was long and Im
pressive. The officers of tho mass wore: Cele
brant, Very Uev. Father Qarvey, vicar
general of the Scianton diocese; dea
con, Itev. Kev. Father Coffey, of Car
bondalc; sub-deacon, llov. E. J. Mellcy,
South Scranton! muster of ceremonies,
Kev. J. L. L,oughran, St. Peter's cathe
dral. Tho other priests in the sanctuary
during tho mass were: Kev. M. F.
Crane, Avoca; Rev. James Fagan,
Great Bend; Rev. W. P. O'Donnell,
Bellevue; Rev. N. J. McMnnus, Provi
dence j Rev. P. J. McManus, Green
Ridge; Rev. M. K. Loftus, Hyde Park;
Rev. John Healoy, Pleasant Mount;
Rev. Domlnlck Lnndro, Hyde Park;
Rev. Augottl, Dunmoro; Rev. Antonla
Geruttl, Carbondalo; Rev. John O'Don
nell, Bellevue; Rev, P. J. Boland, Mi
Nearly Fifteen Hundred Dollars
Went Into the City Treasury as '
the Result of Arrests. ,
Clerk Hatton has just completed
work on tho compiling of the receipts
from tho police department for Aug
ust, a task of gigantic proportions, ns
the month proved a iecord;breaker,
and the largest sum of money ever
taken In In one month from this de
partment was added to tho city treas
One thousand, four bundled and fif
teen dollars and twenty cents Is the
exact sum realized from the people ar
raigned before magistrates for break
ing the law, and of this sum $1,218.70
was paid in the mayor's court alone.
This sum is over $300 greater than any
amount ever collected in the police de
partment for the same length of time.
Besides tho funds taken in at the
court over which Mayor Moir dally
presides, $63.50 v. as contributed from
the Second precinct, West Scranton.
The Third and Fourth precincts re
turned $33 and $10 each.
The war on the speakeasies, result
ing In the numerous fines iniDOsed on
the proprietors of tippling houses ur
lested on warrants issued by the
maj-or, is naturally the primary cause
of the large pioportlons of the month's
police fines. Something like $600, it is
leckoncd, wns paid Into the munlcloal
strong boxes during August by the
men and women who conduct un
licensed grog shops.
Thpn, too, there was the big raid In
Center street, In which tix disreputable
houses were cleaned out and a large
number of inmates arrested. They con
tiibuted about $330 to the fund.
Besides these, there weie tho usual
amount of small fines collected fiom
ordinary, every-day disturbers of the
Opinion of School Controllers About
City Controller's Bequest.
It Is likely that the board of con
trol will grant City Conti oiler Esdius
Howell extra compensation of some
sort for the woik he does for the
bchool dlbtiict. There will probably
be some objectors but the general sen
timent seems to be In favor o? grant
ing him extra compensation.
The controller realizes now that Mnee
the recent decision of the Supreme
couit ho cannot compel tho board to
pay him anything, biit it is thought
that an understanding of some soit will
be leached. Tho controller nsseits that
on account of tho great' amount of
work to be done in his office, he will
bo obliged In the near future to hlie
an extra cleik and If the board does
not see fit to giant him compensation
for himself thoy may appropriate
money for cleik hire.
The matter Is being considered by the
finance committee and the board's so
licitor, D. J, Reedy, This committee
will meet either Friday or Satuiday
night for tho purpose of consldeilng
tho question and it will be falcon up at
next Monday evening's meeting of tho
It Has a Capacity of 1,000 Postal
' Cards a Minute.
The n3A Filer cancelling machine
has" been Installed In tho postolllca
nnd was yesterday put in operation
lor the Urst time, It lb a "marvelous
piece of mechanism and will greatly
facilitate the work of tho local olllce.
The new machine will cancel 1,000
postal cards In a minute and about
"50 letters, piovldlng the letters are
all of tho samo size. This will give
some Idea of the vast amount of work
which It does. Tho old cancelling ma
chine, formerly in use, had to be fed
one letter at a time, wheieas a bunch
of fifty can be put into tho new one
at once and it doe3 tho rest,
When put In, the letters Jly between
the rollers with such llghtnlng-llko ra
pidity that they can hatdly bo seen.
The machlno Js operated by an elec
tric motor.
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He Is Accused of Receiving Brass
Stolen front L, I. & S, Co,
Samuel Rich, of South Washington
avenue, .was held In $500 bnll by Al
derman Howe yesteuluy on tho charge
of receiving a lurgo amount of brass
stolen from tho Lackawanna Iron and
Bh'Cl company,
Rich, who Is a. Junk dealer, was (tr
usted at the Instance of Agent Okell,
of tho company. Four young boys,
Frank McDonald, John Flynn, Thomas
O' 13 den und SVnnk Regan, tea. (lied to
taking tho biass from the company's
yards and selling it to Rich for 75 cents.
Rich had the brass for awhile. In
his garden and in his stable. Detective
Moir and Agent Okell arrested him
Throughout the World the Jewish
People Observe the Day by Prayer
nnd a Most Rigid Fast More De
vout Will Spend This Morning and
nnd Afternoon in the Temple Ser
mon by Mr. Foster, a Rabbinical
Student at the New York Hebrew
Union College.
Tho Day of Atonement Is now being
observed by tho Jewish residents of
tho city, nnd one of the most holy
days In tho Hebrew calendar celebrat
ed. Services began last night nnd wilt
bo conducted until C o'clock this even
ing. Tho day Is known by tho Hebrew
names of Yom Klppur and Yom Hnk
klpurlm, and is the last of the ten sa
cred days of which New Year or Rosh
Hashhonnh is tho first.
As its name implies, the holiday is
one of penitence and atonement, of re
pentance and prayer for the sins of the
past year, and resolutions for better
deeds during the days to come.
Throughout tho world the Jewish peo
ple observe this day by prayer through
out tho entire day, and a most rigid
fast, not tho least nourishment of any
kind being supposed to pass the lips
of any Hebrew during tho twenty
four hours during which the sacred day
is observed. The more devout also
spend tho entire morning and after
noon in temple, and then by earnest
prayer, endeavor to erase all short
comings and faults of the days now
Last night's services In the Linden
Street synagogue were begun at 7.30
o'clock with Mr. Foster, the rabbinical
student from the Hebrew Union col
lege at Cincinnati, in the pulpit. Mr.
Foster is the samo young man who
was in charge of the New Year services
and who is a former resident of this
city. His sermon last night was con
cise and thoughtful and thoroughly in
accordance with the spirit of the Day
of Atonement. In the course of it he
rperienco is a wise teacher. It is man's ac
cumulated Lno'Nlediro of himself, his surround
ings and their reciprocal influences, throughout
the centuries. Etoicd away in the recesses of
every hraln 11 a complete, authentic account
of tho doing and hopes of the human race. No
lore of ancient times can e'er be lost, though
it tal.c us centuries to unearth it. No hope
that ever swajed the breast of primitive man,
that made him long for hotter things, though
better things to him be bad for us, no achieve
ment of early dais car. be hidden from us. In
proportion as advance, can we peer with undir-
standing into the past.
As we ransack in thce modern day? the store
houses of all the knowledge of the ages, ourselves
ol this generation, do wc bring to light the
treasures of the infant world, though far re
moved. To understand self, the miniature crea
tion, tho embodiment of all the forces, the re
flection of all the law a of the universe, is to
know what God is, nnd all. The more the in
dividual knovw himself, the more willing is he
to guard the trust of past cias.
That most important bequest to man from
antiquity, we can feel it in ourselves, is his
desire to guide his actions by, oi attempt to re
concile them with, his ideals. This often un
conscious trait of human nature has been of
inestimable value to civilization. What does it
mean, this pursuit of ideals?
It is the search for the moral life which man
considers most impoitant nnd most worthy of
attainment, lie has experimented many times
with many philosophies, and every one that has
not put as Us first nnd foremost law-, the neces
sity oLthe moral life has passed or is passing,
unwept and disgraced, into Its grave. Whatever
may be their theologies, men must he moral,
'lhey must regulate their conduct in the world
by the principles of truth, generosity nnd right
eousness. Tho spirit of this ideal of morality
Ins been handed down to us from time im
memorial, though the expressions of it have
differed at various times. Stan has put forth his
noblest effort in its attainment to reach it.
With that moral life which eacli man reaches
in the world will he vindicate himself before
God. Riches and honor cannot accompany him
hence. Our faithful friend, our only guide is
the consciousness of having made our act and
our ideal one. To prepare to face the Eternal,
wc must harmonise- our thoughts and deeds, to
"meet" our God; wc must harmonize our ideals
and our conduct. Wc cannot halt between two
opinions. If the Eternal be our God, if He be
our Inspiration, wc must follow Him, "Pre
pare to meet thy God, O Israel."
As vtith individuals, laces and nations must
"meet" God, must realize In their life their
ideals of conduct. In so fir as they fall to liar
nunlre act and thought, do they perish forever,
Where the Ideals arc low destruction cometh
the speedkr. Emerson somewhere says that the
Ideals of oi.c race in contact with another, be
the litter the victor or the vanquished, stir
render only to higher ideals. Rome studied
fiicek thought, but (ould not feel to live Greek
life, so a few Grecian slaves made mighty Home
(iicd.ui. Vet only so far could Greek culture
reach as Gieek thought nnd Greek life harmon.
Izul. "Prcpaio to meet tliv God, 0 Israel,"
Search thy heart, O Israel; consider thy vvajs,
O Jeshurun, whose piophets and teachers have
transmitted for many rcnturies Ideals ot life
which have guided the human family. Art thou
at peace with thy God? It is proper for thee,
of all peoples, to "meet" thy Cod. Thou, Is
rael, art a nation of priests.
Privilege implies responsibility. God does not
love iMacl more than Ho does any of His chll
dicn. God regards every man and woman, every
child, cveiy cieated thing as His own, "Have
wc not all one Father? Hath not one God cre
ated us? Why then should we deal treacherously
ono man with tho other J" But Israel, by irtuo
of Ills peculiar gift to humanity, is held more
lesponsible for 1 lid trust than Is any other rare,
In a manner Incomprehensible to mortals, Israel
has evolved from Ills consciousness tho clearest
conceptions of iightcoiisiicas and Justice. To
the very djwn of history can ho tiaced the
growth of Ills letiglous Ideas and ideals, The
grandest contribution to the culture and civili
zation of the human race is the llebicu's Rlblc,
It is really surprising to see how
fast our list of Savings Depositors
is growing. Scores yes, hundreds
of wage-earneis are" learning to
appieclate tho teal value of a
"rainy day" fund; there's nothing
finite like it. No other planning
pans out cash In a day of need
like tho small savings fund, A bit
here and a bit there slipped Into
tho bank each week, till Lo! One
is fairly surprised to discover how
large a sum all the little bits
make. And so handy to me,
when one most needs it.
Bettor lot us fix up a book for
you this week, not next. Open
every Saturday evening, 7 to 8
Savings Department
Cor, Wyoming and Spruce
The Greek-soul, wllli lis artistic sensibility,
found expression thiough the pen, the chisel
and the brush. In their masterful statues,
paintings, poems, the Greek mind stands pre
eminent. The Hebrew genius admired those
forms of beauty, jot he felt that they were but
imitative. He felt that nature In all her love
liness could not be Improved and his r-otll craved
something higher and inoic lasting. The Hebrew
genius felt that the monuments of the hntd
were but temporary; thoe of the heart and
rouI, ctcrnil. In the recognition of the stiength
and permanency ot morality, the Ifebicw genius
was creative. "Prepare to meet thy Cod, O
Because thou bast risen to receive tho'fl great
truths, O Israel, Is no murh rcnuliod of thee.
It Is a great responsibility which thou hast
taken upon thyself. It Is thy mission to show
the world by thy life, by harmonizing thy Ideals
nnd thy conduct by meeting thy God, that the
moral life is the happy, the dcalrable, the Im
mortal life. Ihy privilege ot teaching
imposes upon thee tho necessity to Hie It. In
to far as thy task is neglected, just no far must
thou fall. 'The world atllt needs examples ot
noble conduct. It Is thy duty to metid thy life,
Tn tho economy ol nations, Israel's jluty is to
prench morality by net. And if It falls of its
duty, it forfeits its high privilege and becomes
wortlilcs". Just as when n man of responsibility
nnd honor falls, he falls as low us he might
have reached, hiih In tho esteem ol Ills filicws,
had lie been faithful.
Israel has not alwajs been true to Its trust.
Israel has not alwajs been eager to ''meet'1 Ms
God. But whenever ho desnted the path of
righteousness and truth, Israel his suffoied. And
despite persecution and mlacry, Israel Ins been
happy when he followed the laws of his life,
What more magnificent picture of loyalty to
a trust can be conjured before the mind than
Israel at Mount Sinai? Faithful to tho duty
which he learned to consider as a need of his
nature, the pursuit of spirituality, the "meet
ing" with God, Israel stood at Mt. Sinai to
receive the decalogue. However strong the
storms of persecution might rage, however wild
ths winds of hatred might blow against him,
Israel with His Toich and a life consistent with
the spirit of its teachings stands invincible and
unharmed, Recall on tho other hand, the
misery of Israel during the reign of King Zede
kiah when people and ruler refused to obey the
words of the prophet Jeremiah, who showed
them their errors. When punishment followed)
they had not the heart to bear it, for they
weie conscious of unfaithfulness to their Ideals,
Every nation has brought tn huimnity some
gift. Be it over so small, it has been n bless
ing to the world. For we are all closely bound
together by ties of brotherhood and borrow fmm
ono another experiences, which when appropri
ated, help us advance, All that is demanded
of tli glvrr is that his gift be his, to bestow
and given in a generous spirit. Israel's gift,
distinct in itself is touchstone to all. Religion
is the medium through nlone all human endeav
ors may bo made valuable and lasting. In
these latter dijs of ours, we arc beginning to
understand the value of noble motive in work.
In tho realms of art and literature for instance,
only that work will survive which was performed
by moral men prompted by high motives. The
world perhaps will not admit this yet, because
the critics and admirers of art arc themselves
not purified enough to see it. But were we
puio-minded and refined in spirit, wc could see
in any aft production itself the immoral artist
at his brawls, be the subject of his work ever
so sacred. Israel's must purify the world. The
sculptor, tho painter, the musician, the laborer,
the mechanic, the merchant, the banker, all
human workers must be transformed into forces
that make for righteousness and truth, by tho
highest ideals ot work, else they be worthless.
O, Israel, dost thou understand the magnitude
ot thy lcsponsibility? If thou art unfaithful
to thy duty, the whole world has a right to
charge. "Awake, Israel, what docst thou? Un
less thou art true to thy trust, the world Is
hindered in its work." "Prepare to meet thy
God, O Israel."
We cannot "meet" God by the mere giving
of charity to the poor. We cannot meet God,
wc cannot harmonize thought and deed by mere
lip-service in prayers, prompted selfishness and
cowardice. How dare wc ask our Heavenly
Father for earthly gifts and treasures when
these very things might prove our unmaking?
How dare wc ask for deliverance from poverty
and danger, when these very conditions might
tend to give us clearer' spiritual light, a deeper
knowledge of the most high God? We must ap
proach our God resigned to His will, ut peace
with self and huma'iity, striving to become purer
and nobler, We cannot "meet" God on this
sacred Yom Kippur, Day of Atonement, by mere
fasting. Fasting is only a means of putting our
hearts and souls into communion with God, of
stirring our sympathy for humankind, or making
us realize our weakness and dependence. Nor
can we meet God properly only onco or twice a
j car. The torn Kippur is typical of every day,
Every moment we must be careful of our acts;
wo must re spiritualize our efforts, Just as the
plant renews itself from moment to moment.
Continually must we meet God to make our
nobler thoughts live in act, to harmonize our
ideals and our works.
Experience teaches thee, O Israel, a knowledge
of thyself will show-, that thou must uphold the
laws of thy life, tho laws ot justice, righteous
ness and truth, Thou must be the bearer ot the
beacon light of morality to mankind.
"Pieparo to meet thy God, O Israel, as thy
God has alwajs met thee,"
"Holy shall jo be, for I the I,ord thy God am
holy. O Israel, thou shalt be holy in thought,
holy In word, holy in deed.
During the services sacred muslo
was splendidly discoursed by the tem
ple choir, led by Professor C. B. Her
man. This morning's services will be
begun at 10.30 o'clock.
Some Testimony Was Heard at Last
Night's Session.
The common council "horse" commit
tee thut is to say, two members of It,
Messrs, Keller and Watklns conducted
part of the Investigation of the "horse
deal" last night In City Clerk Lavelle's
private office,
Mr. Orler, tho third member of tho
committee, did not appear, and it was
at first decided to adjourn the investi
gation. When this announcement was
made, Morris V, Morris and Dr, Sit
terly, who were on hand to testify, left.
Ex-Chief Walker, of the Are depart
ment, and Frank Cobb, the horseman,
said that their time was valuable, and
demanded that the hearing go on.
Select Councilman 1& W, Vaughan,
who first stirred up the affair, was also
on hand. Messrs. Keller and Watklns
Anally decided to conduct the investi
gation and re tiled to the Inner room,
where a session was held.
Councilman Vnughan told all he
kunw about the deal, and Messrs.
Walker aud Cobb were also heard.
Walker sajd that the original under
standing was that Cobb was to sell the
horses, and said that he did sell tho
two Franklin horses, thejnoney, $100,
being paid to him (Walker) and turned
over to Cobb.
Cobb said that he never agreed to
sell anv of the horses; that he didn't
sell any of them, and that all he knew
about the affair was that he was-given
the I2S0 realized from the sale of the
horses and told to credit the city with
that amount,
Another hearing will be held some
night In the near future-
From' Its pages, fervid with thr consciousness ol
the holiness of tlod, as from an altar-fire, nun
havo taught the flam? of Inspiration which
burns within their hearts. '
Tho Bible, tho product of the Hebrew mind
Und heart, through centuries ol development has
ever kindled within men an eternal longing for
the truth, nn unquenchable (hirst for the high.
rr life. I.Ike Hip morning aim, ever resplendent
In Its beauty nnd grandeur, peeping over tho
hills of antiquity rasts Its Influence nrrons long
stretches ol time nml will rontlnuo to Illumine
future gencntllons. And back of It all, we follow
tho Hebrew Imnd impelled an Intellect refined
by religion! hack of it all, wo see the Hebrew
mind ennobled by acting Its Ideals of duty and
Tells of the Conditions That Existed
Prior to and During the Uprising
and. While the Allied Forces Were
Marching on Pekln Chinese Of
ficials Encouraged the Outrages
and Perpetrated Not a Few Them
selves Presence of Missionaries a
Menace to Native Christians.
The following Is a letter from Rev.
Harry Luce, who went out from this
city with his newly-wedded wife a few
years ago to take up missionary work
In China. It is written to his mother,
Mrs. Adella Luce, of Mulberry street:
Seoul, Korea, Aug. 0, 1000.
My Dear Mother: A letter written by you June
Ilth reached me here, via China. I was so glad
to get It, (or it assured me, as I had already told
Elizabeth would be tho case, that jou would not
worry over any rumors or reports until they were
verified beyond doubt.
According to latest news affairs at Paotlng Fu
arc at their worst. A telegram has come saying
that they have all been massacred. I recall that
we had the same news about Pckin, and I refuse
now, as I did then, to give up hope until stubborn
tacts compel me to do so.
A telegram has come from Pekln. Ljon, Miller
and I have gone carefully over It and we think
In every detail It hears the marks ot being genu
ine. I quote tho main parts of it. The most
authentic news wo havo says that troops started
for Pekln on Aug. 1st, welt informed as to num
bers and positions of Chinese forces and have
welt-thought-out plans for the attack on Pekln,
intending on arrival there to make a rush for the
legations. I think it probable that troops atart
ed before Aug. 1st. The leaders at Tien Tsln are
inclined to keep the movements of troops secret,
to prevent Chinese knowing plans and numbers.
As for interior ot Shantung, affairs arc in bad
shape. At Tsen, a village shty 11 from Tcng
Chow, where, under Mr. Hayes, not a little in
terest In the gospel had been awakened, and a
few Christians gathered, there has been severe
persecution, ths missionaries' homes looted and
they themselves have fled to Tcng Chow for pro
tection. Our friendly official at Tcng Chow, at
the request of Mr. Hayes, has punished the riot
ers. Not far from Tsen Is a village called Tsao
Lin, place, ns jou know, to which I have made
visits more frequently than any other, 'lhrec
)cars ago there was nothing there. One man's
wife had her eight restored through medical
treatment at Teng Chow, with the result that
there had grown up a rcmaikably flourishing
day school, three missions, somo inquirers and
persecution. The missionaries now have all been
compelled to flee, the school has been broken up
and the teacher severely beaten. And theo cases
arc being multiplied all through Shan Tung. In
I,il Chow Fu and Ping Tu, Just west ot Teng
Chow, affairs arc even worse. A proclamation
has been issued by a high official, the substance
of which is as follows:
This proclamation states, first, that the Boxers
have gradually become so numerous and have
become to mixed up witli the soldiers that it is
impossible to control them. It next states tint
they havo their origin in the unlawful and over
bearing practices of the Christian', which were
carried on to such a degree that it was not
possible (or trouble not to arise. It- then states
that the Christians are originally simple-minded
people, deceived and led astray by foreigners,
but now (hero the stylo changes to direct dis
course) an opportunity shall be given jou to re
cant. It jou do, jou shall be regarded as good
citizens and your homes protected, if not, jou
shall bo regarded as ruffians.
It next commands the various district magis
trates to carefully number all the Christians
within their distrlcts.and compel them to recant
and to take security of them that they will never
again enter the church. They aro also to report
all foreign churches and property, in order that
it may be confiscated. All of which is to be done
specdilj'. The proclamation then closes by warn
ing the common people against disturbing the
repentant Christians. Dated 12th of Oth Moon
(July). This proclamation has been widely posted
up in Shan Tung.
This same magistrate has arrested two of our
native pastors, to say nothing of a whole lot of
Christians, simply because they were Christians,
and has beaten them severely. One of the pas
tors was Ting l.i Mel, whose picture, with that
of his wife, I have already sent home to jou.
He is ono of our college graduates, had a three
j ears' seminary course and was one of the most
spiritual men I have met in any land. He wan
beaten fearfully, so that his thighs and legs were
like jelly, the official in the meantime asking
him: "Are you still a Christian? Are jou still
a Christian f After that he was sent bound to
his native district, near Tsing Lau.
Slnco tho foreigners arc out of Shan Tung,
Yula Shi Kal, the governor, secrnlli to act as if
his responsibility had ceased, and seems to have
little intention of helping; the native Christians.
The Germans are now landing 20,000 men, so it
is said, and plan to go into Shan Tung, Between
them and the Boxers missionary work will be
pretty well smashed up. News is just at hand
telling of the looting ot Chlng Chow Fu (near
Chi Nan Fu) of pioperty, residences, fine large
museum and hospital and tho killing ot some
Christians there, ,
So you ico that in Shan Tung the brunt ot It
falls on the native Christians. I have no regret,
however, because the missionaries have left ticm.
In some few cases (and no man could foretell
which these would he) at tremendous risk to the
foreigner's lite, serious trouble may have been
delayed or even avoided by the foreigner remain
ing, but, in the majoilty ot cases, the natives
aro safer at the present time with tho foieigncr
awaj". As long as wc were in Tcng Chow they
looked to us for protection. When we went
away they planned for themselves anil many of
the leaders placed their wives and children in as
safe localities as they could find, which they
would not have done as long as wo were there.
Tho time for going back to our work seems
as far off as ever, though in places whine woik
has been long established, the men, at least,
will want to go back as soon as possible to pick
up the scattered and broken stranth. I some
times wish Elizabeth and the children could bo
with jou for a jcar, during tho "reconstruction
period," especially since wc have no house,
Tho troops are now started in earnest toward
Pekin and I am In hopes that long befoic this
letter reaches jou affairs will havo so turned at
Pekln as to enable us to measure a little, ut
least, whit the future possibilities aie,
Lobenstlne urges us to Join him in Jap in, but
I do not caie to du bo until I am suie wo cannot
get bark to China for several months. Somo ono
suggftted my taking up educational work In
Korea, but I am a Chinaman, and, too, a man's
heart is where his treostiro it. I am eager to get
back to China an soon as it seems wise.
Our boarq of missions has been very kind to
us and hao endeared themselves to all the mis
sion tries by their evident interest and desire to
do all In their power tor the men at tho front,
We feel the anxiety and prcssuio on the heart.'
ot tho board secretaries liavc been as great as
on the hearts of thorc at the fiont,
Thero aic few moments when our friends at
Paotlng Fu and Pekin arc out of our minds.
Three families ot us here meet dally for prajcr
for those in China, It is probabl) one ol many
group all over the world. In the end God will
surely hear our prayer and glorify Himself either
tluou.'U the death or life ot our frlemh. Tills
would he their projer,
Wo arc fearing It will not be convenient for us
here II we stay hero after Sept. 1st, and unless
wo can go back to Chefoo 1 think we shall be
looking for an abiding place in Japan, bend let
ters Inrcaltcr care of I'resbjterlan I'resv,
Shanghai, With much love to jou all,
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havo been held in Alderman Fuller's
office last evening, has been postponed
until October 9, at 7.30 p. m., nt the
same place.
Absence from the city of witnesses it
was desired to put on the stand at last
evening's hearing was the cause for
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