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THE OON8TITDTION-THE UNION-AND THE ENFORCEMENT OF THE LAWS.
MIFFLINTOWN, JUNIATA COUNTY. PENNA.. WEDNESDAY. OCTOBER 3. 1894.
?ulD nwctN. V AV
REV. DR. TALMAGE.
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Subject : "Holy Compulsion.
Txt: "AnJ compel theai to coma In.
Ink xvl.. 23.
Tv. plainest people in our dav have Juia
t " which the klnirs and queens of olden
tim. newr imaginod. I walked up and
iovn the t tiro of HoI)too1 p ilaoe i pa
lnw that wh considered one of the wooders
oMhf world and I said 'Can it bo po9si-II-
that this is all there wna of this reputed
won ler ill place? And th s is the case in
many other instances. There are frnits in
Westchester County and on Lone Island
Inrms far Mter than the pomegranates and
apricots of Bible tiroes. Through all the
sges there have been scenes of festivities,
ani the wealthy man of my text plans a
jrrent entertainment and invites his friends.
If one l.nilds a beautiful home, he wants his
acquaintances to come and en joy it. If one
lavs an exquisite picture, h wants bis
friends to come and appreciate it. and it was
laudaMethlnir when the wealthy man otmv
text, happy himself, wanted to rnnke other
people happy. And so the inv.tnt ions went
out, but something went v.-rv much wrong,
you can Imagine the embnrr.issnient of any
one who has provided a grand feast when ha
fin is out that the truest 3 Invited do not
Intend to come. There is nothing that so
provokes the master of the feast as that.
Well, these people invited to this great
tn uquot of the text made most frivolous ex
cuses. The fact was, I suppose, th.it some
of them were offended that this man had
snceee led so much better in the world thaa
they bad. There are people in ail oi-cupa-
tlous and professions who consider It a
wrong to them that anybody else is ad-
vanee.l. I suppose these people invited to
the feast said among themselves I "We are
not going to administer to that man's ran-
itv. He is prou 1 enough now. We won't
go. Besides that we could all give parties
11 we made our money the way that man 1
So when the messengers went out
the Invitations there was a unanimous re
fusal. One man said, "O I have bought a
farm, and I must go and loo'i at it." He
was a land speculator and had no business
to luy land until ho knew about it. A
frivolous exeu-o. Another man said, "I
have bought Ave yoke of oxen." The
1 robaMllty Is that ho w is a speculator in
live stock. He onirut to have known about
the oxen before he bought them. Besides
that, II he had been very aoxous to get to
the feast, he could have hooked them up
and driven them on the road there An
other frivolous excuse. Another man said,
"Oh, I have married a wife, and I can't
come," when If he had said to his wife, 'I
have an invitation to a splendid dinner. II
is highly complimentary to me. I should
v Ty much like to go. Will you go alonf
with mer" she would have said, "Tobesure,
I will go." Another frivolous excuse. Tua
Jaet was that they did not want to go.
"Now," said the great mnn of the feast,
"I will not be defeated in this matter. I
havd with an honest purpose provi led a
banquet, and thore are scores of people who
would like to como if they were only in
vited. Here, my man, here ; you go out,
an 1 when you find a blind mnn give him
your arm and fetch him in. and when you
And s lame mnn give him a crutch and fetch
him in, and when you And a poor man toll
him that there is a plate for him in my man
sion, and when you find some one who is so
rugged and wretched that he has never been
invite 1 anywhere then by the kindest ten
derness and the most loving invitation any
one ever had compel him to co ne in."
Oh, my friends, it requires no acuteness
on my part or on your part to see in all this
affair that religion is a banquet. The table
was set in Palestine a goo 1 many years ago,
anl the disciples gathered around it, and
they thought they would, have a good time
all ! themselves, but while they sat by ttvs
tall the leaves began to grow and spread,
an l one leaf went to the east and another
leaf went to the west until tiie who'.e earth
w is covered up with them, and the clusters
from the heavenly vineyard were piled up
on the ho ird, and the trumpets and harps of
eternity made up the orchestra, and as this
wine o( God is pressed to the lips of a sin
ning, bleeding, suffering, dying, groaning
world a vo ce breaks from the heavens, say
ing: "Drink. O friends. Yea, drink, O be
loved" O blessed Lord Jesas, the best
friend I ever had, the best Irien 1 anv man
ever ha I, was there ever such a table Was
there ever such a banquet?
From the em uplifted hizh,
w here ta Saviour delifn to die,
Wharm-lo'l u s .un: I hear
Ptiptina on th - ravished nr
H avcii'js relemlDfr work Is 'ioae,
i'-tin an l welcome, slnuer. come.
Religion is a j iyous thing. I do not want
to hear anybody talk about religion as
though it were a funeral. I do nor want any
body to whine in the prayer meeting about
the kingdom of God. I do not want any
man to roll up his eyes, giving in that way
evidence of his sanc'ity. Xhe men anl
women of God whom I happen to know tor
the most part find religion a great joy. It is
exhilaration to the bo ly. It is invigoration
to the mind. It is rapture to the soul. It
Is balm for all wounds. It is light for all
darkness. It is harbor from all storms, and
though God knows that some of them have
trouble enough now, they rejoice because
they are on their way to the congratulations
Oh, the Lord Gol has many fair and beau
tiful daughters, but the fairest of them all is
she whose ways are pleasantness and whoa
paths are peace. Now, my brothers and
slaters 'or I have a right to call you all so
I know some people look back on their an
cestral line, and they see they are descended
from the Puritans or Huguenots, and they
rejoice in that, but I look back on my an
cestral line, and I see therein suh a ming
ling and mixture of the blood of all nationali
ties that I feel akin to all tae world, and by
the blood of the Son of Gol, who died for
all people, I address you in the bonds of uni-v--.il
. eome out as only a servant bringing an
Invitation to a party, and I put It into your
bund, saying. '"Come, for all things are now
ready," and I urge it upon you ami continue
to urge It. and betore I get through I hope,
by the blessing of God, to compel you to
We must take care how we give the Invita
tion. My Christian frien , I think some
times we have just gone oppos'te to Christ's
command, and we have compelled people to
Stay out. Sometimes our elaoorated instrU'V
tlons have been the hindrance. We gradu
ate from our theological seminaries on stilts,
and it takes five or six years before we can
come down and stand right beside the great
masses of the people, learning their joys,
sorrows, victories, defeat s.
We get our heads so brimful o theological
wisdom that we have to stand very straight
lest thoy spill over. Sow. What do the great
masses of the people care about the tech
nicalities of religion? What do they care
about the hypostatio nnlon or the difference
between sublansarlan and supralapsarian?
What do they care for your profound ex
planations, clear as a london fog? When a
man is drowning, he does not want yon to
stand by the dock and describe the nature of
the water into which he has fallen and tell
him there are two parts hydrogen gas and
one of oxygen gas, with a common density
of 39 F., tuning to steam nnder a common
atmospheric pressure of 812. He does not
want a chemical lecture on water. He wants
Oh, my frlendf, the curse of God on the
church, It seems to me, in this day. Is meta
physics. We speak in an unknown tongus
In our Sabbath-schools, and in our religious
assemblages, and in our pulpits, and how
can people be saved unless they can under
stand us? We put on our official gowns, and
we think the two silk balloons flapping al
the elbows of a preacher give hiiu great
sanatlty. The river of God's truth flows dowa
Fetore us pore and clear as rrysfa'. l.nt we
take our theological stick and stir it up and
tir if up until you cannot see the bottom.
Oh. for the simplicity of Christ In all our in
H ructions the simplicity He practiced whea
standing among the people He took a lily
nnd said, "There Is a lesson of the manner I
will clothe you," and pointing to a raven,
said t Ther is a lesson of the way I will
feed tou Consider the lilies heboid the
I think often in our religions Instructions
we compel the people to stay out by our
ehnreii architecture. People come fn, an
they find things angular and cold and stiff,
and they go away, never again to come,
when the chnrch ouirht to be a PTeat home
circle, everybody bavin? a hymnbook, giving
Hand til ehnroh arohflecfnre anl ths
"hnroh sorronailin4 saying to the people.
"Come In and be at borne.' Instead of that.
Ithink all these surroundings often compel
the people to stay out. Now, let us all re
pent of ourslns and begin on the other track
and by oar heartiness of affection and
warmth of manner and lmn'otuioii of the
snirit of Go 1 compel the people to eorae In.
How shall we lead sinners to aeeept ttaa
Lori's invitation? I tU.nk we must cartain
!t begin by a ho'y M'e. We must V? tetter
men. hetter women, berore we pin compel
the people to come Into the kingdom of
esus Christ. There are flue essays being
written In this day aSout science and r
llrion. I tell you the best argument in be
half of our holy Christianity. It Is a gool
man. a Root woman, a Ufa all eonsecrat-1
to Ctuart. No Infidel can answer it. Oh.
let ns by a ho'y exvaple compel the people
to come In !
I read o a minister of the gospel who was
very fond of climbing among the Swiss
mountains. One day he was elimbingamong
very dangerous places and thought himself
all alone when he heard a voice beneath him
say "Father, look out for the safe path ; I
am following." And he looked back, and ho
saw that he was climbing not only for him
self. 1. nt climbing for his boy. Oh, let ns be
sum and take the sate path Onr children
are lonowing, our partners in business are
following : oar neighbors are following ; a
great multitude stepping right on in one
steps. Oi. be sure and take the right pith !
Exhibit a Christian example, and so by your
KO lly walk compel the people to come In.
I think there Is work also In the way of
kindly admonition. I do not believe there is
a person in this house who. If appro rtohed
fn a kfn ITy and brotherly manner, would
r-fuss to listen. If you are rebuff), it is
heciiuse you lack In tact and common sensi.
Hur, oh, how mu'th effective work therj is
In the way o' kin lly admonition ' There are
lous.in Is of men all around about you wht
I have never had one personal invitation to
'the cross. Givithnt one Invitation, and you
would be surprise! at the alacrity with
which they would accept It.
- I haven fr end, a Christian physician,
wlio oneday became very anxious about ths
I ' -it ton of a brother physician, and so he
I ft his ofn;, went down to his mnn's office
in 1 said, '"Is the doctor in? "So,
tiie young man waiting. "The doet
tot In." "WeP," said this physician, i
he comes In, toll him I called and give him
my Christian lov. Tais worldly doctor
5 ami home after awhile, and ths message
was given to him, and he said within hira
lelf, "What does ha mean by leaving his
Christian love for me?" And he became
rcry much awakened an 1 stirred in spirit,
ind he said after awhile. "Why, that man
1111st mean my soul," an 1 he went into his
Jack office, knlt down and began to pray.
I'nen he took tiis hat an i w-nt out to the
Dffb-e of this Christian physician and sai l,
'vV'nat can I do 10 lie save I?" and the two
doctors knelt in the office anl commended
their sou's to God. All the moans usel In
tuat cas.i was only the voice of one good
man, saying, "Give ray Christian love to the
l octor." The voire of kindly admonition.
Have you uttered it to-day? Will you utter
it to-.-norrow? Will you mtur it now? Com
pel them to come In.
I think there is a great work also to be
done In the way ofpriyr. It wa had faith
enough to-lay. we could go before Go 1 and
hs-c for the salvation of all the people in our
churches, nu I they would ad be save i there
au l then without a single ex.fepliou. Taere
might be professional men there, political
men tlier, worldly men there, men w.10 had
not heard the gospel tor tweuty years, men
who are prejudiced against tne preachers,
men who are prejudiced against the music,
men who are prejudiced against the church
men who are preju ticed against Go 1 I do
not care they might be brought In by fer
vent prayer you would compel them to
Oh, for such an earnest prayer' People
of God, lay hold of the horns of the altar
now and supplicate the salvation of all those
who sit in the same pew with you yea. the
redemption ot all who sit in your churches.
I tell you to-day, my friends of a great sal
vation. Do you understand what it is to
have a Saviour? He took your place. He
bore your sins. He wept your sorrows. He
is here now to save your souU A soldier,
worn out in his country'sservice. took tothe
violin as a mode Of earning his Iiv.ng. He
was found In the street 01 Vienna playing
his violin, but alter awhile his hand became
feeble an 1 tremulous and be could no more
make music Oa day, while be sat thfsre
weeping, a man passed along nu t said
"My InenJ, you are too old au 1 feeble. G.ve
me your Violin.' And he took the man's
violin anl began to dis:;our: mot exquisite
music, and the people gathered aroualin
larger and larger multitudes, an I tneaged
man held bis hat, and the com poured in un
til the hat was full.
"Now," said the man who was playing the
Tiolin, "put that coin in your pockets." The
coin was put in the old man's pockets.
Then he held bis hat again, an 1 the violin
1st played more sweetly than ever and played
until some of the people wept and some shout
ed. And again the hat was filled with coin.
Then the violinist droppa 1 the instrument
and passed oT, an I the waisper went, "Who
is it, who is It?" and some one just entering
the crowd said : "Why, that is Buoher, the
great violinist, known all through the realm.
Yes, that is the great violinist." The fact
was, he had just taken that man's place,
and assumed bis poverty, an I borne his bur
den, and played his mu-ie. an 1 earned his
livelihood, and ma le sacritice lor the poor
old man. 80 the Lord Jesus Christ comes
down, and He finds us in our spiritual pen
ury, and across the broken strings of His
own broken heart Ho strikes a strain of in
finite music, which wins the aitteution of
earth and heav.-n. H takes our poverty.
He plavs our music. He weeps our sorrow.
Hediea our death. A sacrifice for you. a
sacrifice lor me.
0:1, will you accept this saerilie now? I
do not single ou. this and that man an 1 this
and that woman. But I say all may come.
The sacrifice is so great all may be s avet'.
Hoes it not seem to you as if heaven was
very near? I can feel Its breath on my
cheek. Go l is near. Christ Is near. Tue
Holy Spirit is near. Ministering angels are
near, your glorified kin ired in heaven near,
your Christian lather near, your glor.llel
mother near, your departed children uear.
Xour redemption is near.
News in Brief.
American gluss o's! C 1 n
Saxony has the deepest mia .
England La-30,fi00 l-hysicians.
Tlio lungs hold five quarts of air.
India's c.Vton mills number over
Tberenrc 1 7:1, 7 6epecusof plants
C'.ic go's assessed valuation is $219,-
1- rstsiioes of cow We are used in
m t -li.
Oldest ep c'mecs of Jg.las.i 1 re
V California pruu 1 orch rd c T0rs
Salt water lias but iiltle effect on
The preu'e tsilt mine is Wbliezki,
ne. r Cracow.
Xew York has more popnlition
Tbe trolley is usedforstreetsprink.
ling "t LonUvillj.
--Tin! rye may ba afflicted with 48
Fishes c n b f ozen hard without
Ireinj ttaii.r viUiHy,
Spid.-r :lk thre .d is rus 1 to so.no
extent in Mating, c
Sew York's JJcp trtmeuts cjst over
S2.t0",!9J per ye-r.
There is st-ll an army of chimney
swee ps in Eugland.
Fl .rida ships awajs 45,UuC,000 lox.es
of oranges annually.
Itdians comprise about one-half
of Mexico's population.
The ncw.-s science i" sj mology,
th sindy of earthquakes.
A9 IT HAPPENED,
As I anon my feei on 3 day
Was rkUnfl IK-. la from out the tOWU,
t felt so verr nljA and (my
1 lost all lufcglniis fur renown;
a was ci, moot to tide along-
Aud note the splenlld .cenery.
4ud uow and then I d aura a .oif
A song all full of cheer to ma.
nt a. I kept my eyas on high.
It se n. there came a maid due aoatuj
TJpon bar borM a-rldiu by.
, A uiaidan, with a pretty mouth,
A llsaome form, a eraw-fal air.
Like me, deep lost in reverie;
And so we Just collided mere.
1 blushed, she lauff ed ah, woe was me I
But soon of riding joys wo talked.
We eallad It plaaenre fit fur kings
We laughed at man or mala vho walked
When they could ride and ot her t kings.
We broached 'mid happv mrmimtt when
Onr mutual bli.s e could vol bide.
We ve met upon tbe drive nluce tneu.
nut now we travel bi la oy sue
he Eider and Driver."
THE SWORDSMAN'S HELP.
My opinion is, if a suicide docs not
kill himself outright, as soon as he
realizes that his sclf-intlicted injuries
are mortal, lie becomes possessed by a
despairing wish that his ra-li deed
were undone, and piteously longs to
I feel that I understand what I an
talking about, lor 1 was one; v. it iin
an ace of taking in.v own life.
Vhen the silver fever began I was
unmarried and bent u: n pick irj u;
a fortune somewlioio aruu.id vii
globe. I had had iil-Iiu-k so far, and
the speculations in w'ik-li I lrv.l 11 ;ed
nit only my own money, hut s.niie
thousands belonging to my widowed
mother had turned out badly. Hav
ing just enough cash left to pay tho
expenses of the journey and buy a
horse. I went out tj Nevada and
joined a party of the boys bound for
the ruii:cs. We started over the
mountains, but I soon became mighty
glum. After siinic days I was obliged
to call a halt My o'd enemy, asthma,
got a grip on me, and one night when
we reachr-d a straggling town on the
trail, I said: linys, you'll have to
go on without me; I'm all broke up!"
The next morning they reluctantly
started ofT, charging me to catch up
with thetn the following day at a
point where they intended prospect
ing for ore.
1 was too ill to do so, and it was a
week before 1 set out aain, more
low-spirited than ever. When I
reached tho place Iber was no trace
ofthein. They had evidently l.vii
disappointed in their ex;ectat:o:is
and gone on. no doubt concluding
that their silent comrade had aban
doned the enterprise.
At dusk, however. I came upon ..
camp. Around the tiro were a gron-i
of men, who with rough cordiality
welcomed me to their evening meal.
The supper was washed down with
plenty of strong drink, and under its
influence the blue devils which had
beset me departed. I crew genial,
and when later a little game of poker
wai proposed I readily assented, for
1 prided myself upon niv skill in that
IVcIl. sir, 1 played as if the fienu
was urging me on. The luck was
tL-ad araiust me, but I became reck
less. I staked every dollar I owned
rind saw all raked in by the sharpers.
1 put up my horse and watch, and
( ouvin-cd that I had nothing nnrt.
of value, tise g.ing stopped playing,
au I left me to sleep oil the effects of
ti.e wretched liijuor. When 1 awoke,
the sun had been up several hours.
My head ached tremendously, and
seemed swollen to twice its normal
size. I bad a confused notion that
somethiog had gone wrong, but what
was it? Gradually the events of ths
night before came back to me. I
started up. Where were my jolly
om pan ions?
Gone! The camp was desertedi
My horse had vanished, likewise my
money. The dreadful truth con
fronted me. The villians had left
me alone in the wilderness, penniless
and without the means of ovcrtak-
Ing my friends. '
I cast myself on the ground again,
buried my face in my hand, and gave
vent to my despair. Long after the
first paroxysm of rage ana despon
dency had spent itself, I lay there.
Finally feeling the need of food, I
got up and foraged about Amid the
debris near the place where the fire
had been, I found some crusts of
bread and a canteen half full ot
water. In my necessity, I was thank
ful for even this beggarly fare. !
As it would be foolhardy to con
tinue the journey afoot, I decided to
return by the way I bad come. At
nightfall I reached the town I had
left the afternoon before. It was all
astir. A traveling show was to give
a performance that evening. By
chance there remained in the depths
of one of my pockets a Mexican cold
piece which I had carried for years
for a hansel. This paid for my sup
per and lodging at the log-hou-c
tavern. The landlord insisted upon
payment in advance, although I had
expended a round sum upon all tha
extras at his command during my re
cent sojourn there. He listened
callously to the story of my mis
fortunes and made me understand that
he could not accommodate me after
the nest morning.
"Such is the way of the world! At
least the next twelve hours are pro
vided for!" I soliloquized bitterly.
"And to-morrow? Well, to-morrow
I will shoot myself!"
I reached this determination quito
calmly. I cursed myself for not hav
ing done so amid the wilds, instead
of struggling back to the semi-civilization
of the miserable town. You
say my troubles had begun to affect
my brain. Very probably; no man
can Jbo In bis right mind who seri
ously meditates suicide.
I could not stay in my cheerless
room alone with my gloomy thoughts.
I went out and found myself follow
ing the motley throng that made in
way to the show. It was moonlight
and for some time I hung around tha
tent watching the people as they
came up to the entrance.
, Suddenly I thought, "Why not go
In?" 1 bad half a dollar's change
from tho Mexican piece. It was all I
possessed in t be world, but I reflected
with a kind of savage triumph I
should not need money to-morrow and
why not seek distraction during tho
1 paid the admission fee of two bits
and passed in. It' was early and I
selected a place not far from the cur
tain from behind which the perform
ers were to enter the ring.
Tresently the enrtab was pushed
aside and a Mephistolean-looking per
sonage appeared. The man next to
me said it was Senor Espada, tbe
king of swordsmen, adding: "It's
down on the bill that he'll cut apples
in two on the palm of a man's hand,
and then on the fellow's head. It'll
take a plucky devil to bold them for
His majesty seemed in a bad humor.
He cast his eyes over the group ol
men Dearest to him and said, with a
"Friends, my assistant has, as you
say, struck. 1 cannot perform the
most interesting of the sword feats
unless some one will volunteer to l.oid
the apples. I will give $20 to who
ever will do it"
TLe was a commotion around me
but so thrilling had been the de
scriptions of the danger attending
the feat and such the reports of the
I'iabollcal temper of the swordsman
that no one responded. 1 1 is glance
fastened on me. I suppose it would
be said nowadays that he hypnotized
Why shouldn't I do it, I thought !
I was on the point of taking my own
life, and if Senor Espada should save
me the trouble, o much the better.
What matter to me if the sworl
should go an eighth of an incii too
"I'm your man, pardl" I cried
"Ah, very good!" he exclaimed with
a bow of thanks and an insinuating
"I will call you up when I conit
The show began. It was a sort ot
country circus, dime museum and
buffalo Dill performance on a small
I waited the advent of the swords
man with the utmost imperturbability.
At last he appeared and summoned
I advanced and nonchalantly faced
the spectators. He glanced at mc
approvingly and a little curiously as
he told me to extend my right arm
and open my hand.
I did so. He set the apple upon it
His sword was a beautiful weapon,
with jeweled hilt and a glittering
blade inscribed with Arabic-characters,
lie made a few rapid passes
with it 'Twas as if forked lightning
played ahout me. Involuntarily I
shivered, but I persuaded myself that
the shudder was caused by the chilli
ness of the air, since I did not care
what the result of the adventure
Then the lightning seemed to smite
mc. My arm fell to my side, a dark-1
ncss cat jc before my eyes, but, by the
applause, I knew the apple had beeu
cut in twain.
The senor beamed upon me. i
"Ilravo!" he whispered. J
"Now kneel." '
I did fo, and bent my head.
lie put another apple on the nape
of my neck.
My situation was terrioly perilous '
for if his hand should slip or tremble
in the least degree, or if I should
shrink or stir I could hardly escape
At that moment my insane despaii
left nic. I saw how precious life is.
I liecame possessed with a tierce de- '
sire to live; to live even if abandoned
by all the world, if bereft of every
thing but the blessed sunshine and
the sweet air of Heaven. A fearful
conviction forced itself upon me that '
the swordsman's daring experiment
would prove my death. Only the
dread of being branded a coward pre
vented me from crying out, from
springing up and declaring lie should
not proceed. The
effort to remain
motionless was a frightful strain
upon my nerves. Xever shall I for
get the ordeal.
A few seconds passed. They see:;)et
an eternity to me. Then, I foil a
thin, cold line touch my neck tiurj
was a tumult of cheers.
The swordsman put his hand upoi
my shoulder and bade nic rise. 1 did
so mechanically. I could hardly see,
but I was dimly conscious that a
crowd of excited people were calling
and stamping and waving bandar. 1
handkerchiefs. Half-dazed I followed
the senor behind the curtain. .M
neck was wet I put up my hand ex
pecting to find blood. I was sure it
must be cut, so plainly ha 1 1 felt the
No, the moisture was but tht
clammy sweat caused by the mental
anguish through which I ha 1 passed
A cracked mirror in the dressing
room assured me there was not even
a scratch. An attendant poured
something from a flask and handed it
') me in a small glass.
I drank it down
It was a strange
liquor, but it revived the palsied
pulses of my heart The senor put a
$20 gold piece into my hand. My im
pulse wa s to toss it back to him. I
had not thought of the paltry bribe
when I agreed to help him, and I
would not go through the experience
again for a thousand such. On
6ccond thought, however, I pocketed
I got back to the tavern, naving
reached my room, I fell on my knees,
as I had been wont to do in child,
hood and early youth. "My God," I
cried, "how wicked I have been to
think of lightly casting away the
priceless boon of existence which
Thou dost-grant me!"
I prayed as I had not prayed in
Then I flut& r.yscif upon the bed
ind sank into a deep sleep. Tha
draught which the senor had ordered
for me must have contained a sedative,
fjr 1 did not awake till late in the
I sprang up with a new energy.
Had I not youth and strength and
the world before me? All day I
strove to devise a plan for going on
to the mines. The landlord was ob
sequious again. 1 had the where
with to pay for my entertainment,
and the fame of my exploit had made
a hero of me.
It seemed the swordsman seldom
actually performed that last feat
since only at rare intervals could be
found a dare-oevil like myself willing
to run the risk of being beheaded.
The'story of the insubordinate assist
ant was a fiction.
The morning following that which
I had rashly determined should be my
last, an express rider got in. To my
surprise he brought a package for me.
It contained a letterand $300 in bank
notes. One of my investments had
churned oat well alter alL and my a
tofneys forwarded my share of tha
dividend. It was fortunate, there
fore, that I had returned to town.
Otherwise the package might have
laid there waiting for me for months.
Well, I went on, bad a lucky find,
and have prospered ever since.
And to think 1 had nearly don&
away with myself just when relief
was at band! How often it happens
so. A man blows his brains out just
at the hour which brings the turn of
fortune's tide. Free Press.
On the banks of the Tier's and the
Euphrates the licorice plant is chiefly
?rown. These great rivers Mow
through flat treeless prairies of un
:ultivjted and nearly uninhabited
land. For three months of the year
bot winds blow, and the tempera
ture reaches 101 decrees.
For six months of tiie year the cli
mate is moderate and sa'unrions, and
for three months bleak and wintery,
the thermometer going down t3 .'!0
iegrees at night
The licorice plant is a small shrub,
with light foliage, growing to about
three feet high, where its roots can
reach the water. It grows without
any cultivation. No lands are lea-ed
Tor the purpose and no objection is
made to its being cultivated. It grows
jn red earth soil, and almost on
Pght almost sandy soil, where tho
wood is best, provided it has plenty
of water, and the ground is not more
than fifty yards from the actual river
The wood, after being once dug up
grows bett-r afterward. The time ol
collecting Is generally during the win
ter, but it is possible all the ycai
round. The root when du;j is full
of water, and must be allowed to
flrv, a process which takes the best
part of a year. It is then sawed of
cut into small pieces fioui six inches
to a foot long.
The good and sound pieces art
kept, and the rotten ones arc used
for firewood. It 's then taken in na
tive river boats to Kussorah, whence
it jshiped in pressed bales to Lon
don, and again from there to Amer
ica, where it is used largely in tha
manufacture of tobacco.
The black licorice stick sold ir.
drug stores comes mostly from Spain,
and is made of pure juice mixed with
a little starch, which prevents it
from melting in hot weather. The
word "licorice' is of Greek origin,
and means "sweet root."
Killing Power or the Kifln.
a German army oflicer struggling
with a prisoner catches up a military
ritle and shoots his opponent through
the head. After passing through
two thicknesses of skull the bullet
rienetrates the partition of a railway
carriage and imbeds itself in
the flesh of a passenger. Iiut this is
nothing. A laborer, near the English
practice camp of Aldershot, was re
cently struck at a distance of 2,i rtiO
yards, or one and one-half miles.
The bullet, after passing completely
through the upper part of the thigh,
buried itself in tho ground. The -retically
it was evident that the
penetrative energy of these bullets
ought to be capable of passing
through several men in succession,
and experiments with the cadaver as
a target shows this conclusion sound. ,
Now, argues the New York Sun, as
the trajectory of these projectiles is
a very low one, the space within
which men will be subjected to such
dangers in the field has been greatly
extended. It is thought that Are
may be opened from a distance cf
2,200 yards. It is found on trial that
good maricsmen can inane ou per,
cent of hits against targets of suit
able dimensions at 1,8."0 yards. With
smokeless powder and tbe consequent
facility of distinguishing clearly at
leng distances the aim may become
more accurate than has heretofore
been known. These considerations
have led to a call of an international
conference of military medical men.
with a view to adapting hospital
service to the new exigencies of tho
Killtor llana'i Kiay on l-lrtit I-ov.
i'robably the majority of men ou
not marry their first loves. The Hist
love of a man frequently, if not usu
ally captures his heart In-fore he has
reached full maturity. Oftentimes
she is older than he a woman, while
he is barely beyond boyhood; and
?.is youthful passion may be the
most purely ideal that ever masters
him, and the most enthralling. . It
may be love simply, with no thought
of marriage and possession, the wor-
h'P as of a goadess. It passes away,
and there succeeds in due time the
natural and healthy and masculine
sentiment which leads a man to woo
a woman as a bride. The first served
as an educator for the second; the
fanciful made way for the real.- ;
Ifcw York Sun. !
8lte Saw Through II I m.
! It is hard for a certain class of per
pie to understand that the successes
of art are not the result of clever dex
terity alone. The idea of anything
like unusual and original power is
quite beyond their comprehension,
and they imagine that works of genius
are produced by rule, as a cook makes
a cake or a pudding.
A person of this kind recently
railed upon one of the best known of
living portrait painters, and insisted
upon seeing him on important busi
ness, although at the time he was
engaged with a sitter. When be ap
beared the woman said:
"I want you to give mc lessons."
"I am sorry," he said, looking at
her in some surprise, "but I have not
"Oh, 1 won't take up any time to
speak of," the caller said. "I can
learn very quickly, and you'll only
have to tell me how to do It"
"But I never take pupils," the artist
said, with unmistakable decision. "I
could not think of taking you."
The stranger regarded him with a
look which was hardly less than with
ering. "Oh," she said, jecringly. "I see
now it is! You don't dare to give
away your secret for fear it would
spoil your business." i
. Germany now rivals France in
I AKnnt Inranttt artoliA. .ff .tl 1 I.T ..T
make thoir winter home in Chicago.
r: . ':.
mane tnair winter nome m ivhicago.
WW WATCHES RUM.
Tber -ecntiir'ty Depends I-argrely tipoai
the Uvner'i atMgneUaiu.
"Every man is bis own magnet." is
tbe proposition recently evolved by a
Washington jeweler of many year's
experience, P. F. Schmllt has a
shop in Eleventh street near tho
avenue, and there, in a little old
fashioned bri k house, one of tbe ar
chitectural lelics of the city, be ruus
a hospital for disabled timepieces of
all sorts, with tbe wards of his insti
tution full most of the time. Here,
through the experience of many
years, he has d scoverei a mystic
boud betwixt the watch and its
owner that few have suspected, sas
the Washington Fo.it
"It is all dependent on the animal
magnetism of the owner, wuether i f
not his watch will run fast or slow,"
sa d the jeweler when explaining h s
theory to tbe Fost man. Tbe same
watch will run at different speeds
when carried by different persons, and
do person 13 likely to put a watch on
and have it keep satisfactory time
without returning once or twice to
the Jeweler to have the regulator
touched to get the system of it keyed
up to the same pitch as that of its
"Now, I used to have a friend who
had an excellent Swiss watch, while
1 had one of another make, iiy
mutual consent at one tim we ex
changed watches, and, though they
bad g ne all right before, they then
changed their tait entirely, mine
running Ave niicutes ahead in a
couple of days ana his running Qve
miuutcs behind. Tbere was ten
minutes' difference in our tempera
ments. Iiut that is nothing roni
pared to tbe difference between some
people. Sometimes a watch thafwill
run well on one man will not go with
another, and there are some peoDle
who can not get a watch that will
run on them at alL
"I remember a good many years
r;o I had a man come to my place
with an old-fashioned English lever
silver watch to be repaired, I bad
some very nice gold watches in stock
at the tin e. and as he looked well off
1 tried to sell him one, but be laughed
and said it any ot the gold watches I
bad in the st re would run twenty
four hours in his pocket he would
give me twice what I asked for it
He said he had tried all sorts of gold
watches and bad never been able to
get one that would run wh le be had
iu He experimented with his broth
er's watch only a little while before,
he said, and it cost him $3.50 to have
it demagnetized after he had carried
it in bis pocket two daya Most sil
ver watches acted the same way with
bim, but the old English watch he
was carrying had a doub'e inside case
to it aud worked fairly well.
"I've never been able to ell whethei
the average watch will run faster
when it is in its owner's possess on or
not Tbere seems to be no r. le on
the sub.ect but 1 can never regelate
a watch on my swi gboarl there ai I
then give it to a cust.tmer and haie
it keep good time. Then there is a
variation with a change in vital t .
A watch will ordinarily run slower
the longer it is carried after clean
ing, because the oil dries and tb
bearings are harder, but I have had
customers come to me and say that
their watches had started up and
gone to gaining several months after
they had been clea ed. I just tell
thetn that I can't account for t ex
cept on tbe theory of a change in
their own vita it or temperament
It's one of those th tigs that cannot
be explained, but it is true neverthe
less." Levity Out or Place.
One of the national vices of tht
..merican peo; ie Is levity tie un
healthy quality which, in contradis
tinction to honest and wholesone
gaiety or humor, turns all serious
things to ridicule, ana undermines
the i.ualities of earnestness and of
respect for real distinction.
A person reading the debates in
Congress or in the Mate Legislatures
must sometimes wonder whether the
most influential debater Is not be
who can make his fellow-memberj
laugh the oftenest with humorous
In a recent debate, a member, wbc
was arguing against tbe appoint
ment of certain federal officers from
ot er States than those In which
they were to serve, said that he op
posed such appointments because he
was fond of watermelons, and he was
afraid that if "any more men were
tent West from Georgia there would
not he enough able-bodied persons
left there to harvest the watermelon
At this the house laughed. It may
nave served well enough as a Joke,
but it was hardly to be accepted as
an argument in favor of the point
which he was urging.
Many debates consist largely ol
such jokes, bandied back and forth
between memliers. There is a gen
eral i avor of cynicism and Insincerity
about such contests, not of real wit
but of idle levity as if the members
did not choose to take the public
business as a serious matter at alL
Sue i a tone on the part of out
legislative debates is a most unfor
t nate matter. Tbe good citizen is
not cynical abut tbe public business.
He knows that seriousness, sincerity
and earnestness are the prime virtues
of the public servant
Thera A:-e tit hers.
It is a pleasant world and tbere
are no end of good people in it Put
the seamy side is there, too, and tbe
stories that come lrom that side now
and then are such as to make one
as a tued to be happy, almost "I
went to see my washe. woman when I
heard she was ill," says a Boston
lady in the Transcript, "and found
she bad been In bed for nearly a
week. Her husband is in the habit
of coming home very drunk and
throws things at her aud beats her.
'ibis time it was worse than usual
,'ihe hr.d been very badly pounded. J
lound that it bad happened many
times. Yet she supported him and
her two children by washing. I in
dignantly told her that she ought to
leave him and lire in peace with her
children. 'At, ma'am,' she answered
Lhey's worse tha i himi'"
A Georgia shoemaker has made for
the use of a customer a pair of shoes
with soles fourteen inches long and i
with soles fourteen inches long and
qv(J and oncnalf inChes wide.
! Still av Baby at Eighteen.
' Mary Frances, the daughter otMr.
and Mrs. Henry, of 3612 Aspen street
Philadelphia, was born May 15, 187fi.
Tbe child at birth was an unusually
healthy and well developed baby, says
tne Inquirer, and for tbe first eight
months she showed signs of tbe usual
development in children. Tbere was
no lack of growth, no lack of appetite
or anything else that could for a mo
ment make either the parents or any
medical attendant doubt that the
child was not natural and normal in
all respe.ts. Indeed, in health and
appetite the little one ha nevei
given anv tvoubia At the age of
months development both mental
and physical, stopped altogether, an l
the only difference to-aay in the
young woman, now over IH . ears old.
and the baby or 8 months is that the
head may be a little larger and lips a
little more prominent She still sub
sists upon baby food. No stronger
sound proceeds from the lips of the
18-year-old child to-day than when
she was $ months old. She has never
made any attempt to get on her feet,
and her arms and legs are just as
small and d.mpled as when, in baby
hood, she prattled on her mother's
The first intimation that tht
family ever had of the child's lack ol
development was when it was noticed
that the little one made no attempt
to talk or even to creep or walk.
The mother on observing this at once
consul te several doctors, all of whom
made examinations but failed to dis
ccrn anything pronounced In lack o!
development Some of them stated
that tbe little one would, in a few
years, or probably a few months, re.
gain what tbe mother thought was a
lack of energy. Time we it on and
yet nc improvement took place.
Hospitals and doctors innumerable
were visited and consulted, b it all tc
no avail in giving the child renewed
Everything possible has ticen dona
to make tbe little one comfortable,
and she seems as happy and brigb;
to-day as tbe ordinary bal e, fche
moves but little, even when placed
outside the house. She is happy
when she hears others singing or
playing around her and will then hum
to herself. t ne of her eyes has
partially given way, and the chi d
shows a des re to use the left eye
iiore than the right one.
Seeing 270 Miles.
A discussion is going on in Oregon
as to whether Mouat Shasta in Cali
fornia can be seen from the summit,
of Mount Hood in tbe former State.
One of a party which recently
(limbed Hood insists that be saw the
otber.pcak, with whose outlines he is
familiar. The a tual distance be
tween them is 276 miles. His state
meat was at first s 'outed, the com
putation being made by one mathe
matician that Shasta is seven miles
leiow tbe hori.on line of Mount
Hood. Lieut Taylor of the United
States Engineer Corps, Leing ap
; ealed to consulted tables and official
maps, with the following results:
'Horizon line from Hood (11,200
feet high) li.0 miles; horizon line
from Shasta (14,440 feet high) 147
miles; total visible distance,
miles; actual distance between tht
peaks, 276 miles; distance to spare
one mile." From this it would seem
that tbe projection of the nor i. on
line from tbe summit of Hood would
strike tbe top of Shasta were that
mountain one mile further away
than it actually is. For any one
who Is not enough of a mathem
tic ac to dispute, or understand,
Lieut Tayloi's computations, tbe
fact may be added as bearing upon
, tbe question whether one mountain
is visible from the other, that siace
an ascent of Mount iiood, which a
scientific party made a fortnight
ago. tbere is reason to believe from
observation taken by them that tbe
m untain is considerably higher than
I the 11,200 feet of the last survey. -
New lork Evening l ost
The Carlovingian standard wa
eally no other than the oritlamb,
which has played so conspicuous a
part in French bistort, but was not
formally adopted ULlil 1082, in tbe
reign of Philip I. It consisted or i
red or crimson flag mounted on t
gilded staff, the flag being cut inU
three Vandykes, to represent tongue:
of -lire, with a silken tassel between
each. The old romance writers pre
tended that the infidel was blind d
by merely looking at it in the
"Koman de Garln" the Saracens are
made to exclaim "if we only see it
we shall be dead men." And Frois
sart affirms that a? soon as It was un
furled at Kosbecue tbe fog vanished
from the French lice of battle, leav
ing their enemies shrouded in dark
Thus red, the color which the
church has consecrated to her mar
tyrs, became in its turn the lolor of
the Fren h kings. They wore it on
their coats of arms through the whole
period of the crusades, and as late :is
the c osing decade of tbe fourteenth
century were still faithful to thb
Tbe famous Du Guesclin, fighting
against tbe English chivalry in Poi
tou, wore tbe red cross, while his ad
versaries wore the white. Hut after
the great defeat at Agin ourt, in
01. the French kings abandoned
the oriflamb because it had been as
sumed by Henry V. and his success
ors, and adopted white as a national
color when old England had discarded
it. This is a curious but little known
histori al fact
Yoa An O. K.
Out of ten leading women who have
writen on "The Ideal Man" for a New
York paper no two agree as to hi
points, and the matter is leit juM
where it was before. What pleases
one woman will displease another,
whether applied to men, landscapes 01
cats and those who have had the strong
est ideals generally wed some old bow
backed aDtiauarian who sees more
beauty in a squash than in any Buusjt.
German railway directors are ex
perimenting with rails madeof paper,
which are said to be as superior 1 1
steel rails as paper car wheels are to
those made of iron.
Cork in the lightest wood.
LAUGH AND GROWFAT
A HEALTHY TONIC FOR INVAL
IDS OF ALL KINDS.
Banaoroas Anecdotes Gleaned from Van.
ana So ore el Something to Read Which
Will Make Anybody Sleep WeU-BetUi
Thaa Medicine When Taken Before Re.
Watts Your wife visited us this
afternoon and got me into a peck of
trouble by claiming that you supplied
her with a book ot checks In Hank.
Now, my wife wants me to do tho
same thing. 1'otts Oh, you can do
it with perfect safety. The check!
ire not signed. Detroit Free Press.
Teacher What are the names ot
the seven days in the week? Boy
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.
Thus 'ay, Friday, Saturday. "That's
only six days. You have missed one.
When does your mother go to
:hurch?" "When pa buys her a nev
tut." Texas Sittings.
Thoorht They Were Cheated.
Kurse Sure, ma'am, the twins
bavc been making a fuss all day,
ma'am. Mrs. Olive liraucb What
ibout? Kurse It's because they
;an't have a birthday apiece, like the
Smith children next door. They
think they have leen (heated. lu
Ready for Anything.
Mr. Friepan Dear Miss Grabber,
may I dare to hope that so-i e day
rou will be my wife? Miss Grabber
You may, Henry, i rid the sooner
the better. Get jour life in-ured
ind the license to-morrow. We'll
jet married tbe day after. Dclaj?
ire dangerous. Ex bange.
A Falpanle Hit.
Mrs. Fawls Does your husband
itill drink as much as ever? Mrs.
Troo Oh, no, Indeed. Mrs. F.
I'm so glad! How long has be been
oing better? Mrs. T. tver since
ae had a quarrel with your husband
ind they ceased to associate. lie
iroit t ree Fres.
A Practical Consideration.
"What are we to do w th the an
irchlsts?" asks the man who studies
political economy. "Why when they
break the law we can put the in I'l
the penitentiary." "Yes, we can do
that But I hate like everything to
iemorall. e the p. ni tentiary." Wash
Little Jennie What's become ot
that pair of scissors, mamma? Her
Mother D n't 6ay "pair of scissors,"
lear; simply scissors" is suilieient.
Little Jennie How much did they
:ot mamma? He Mother Twenty
live cents a pair, dear. South Bos
Cora Fashion repeats itself. Here
are jou men wealing the styles of
lixt - years ago. Merritt As usual,
ray dear, yo i wome:i get ahe d of i s.
I have jt 6t been watching the b ithers
and they fceui to ha e (.one away
bark to tbe time of moiher Eve.
Wby lie llst.l to Walt.
Clerk Does it take you an bout
to go around the ctn;er? Boy A
man dropped a quarter down a hole
in the sidewalk. Cierk And it took
you ail this time to t et it out? iioy
Y'es, sir. I had to wait t II th
man went away. Hur'.eui Lite.
Keller fcr Mother.
Little Foy What's the use of sr
many i.ueer letters in words? Look
at that "c" in indicted " Little
Uirl 1 guess thoie ; re put In sc
mothers can get an ex use to send
their children to school and have r
little peace. Good Sews.
Left That Out.
Brasher 1 had just come from a
dash in the surf aud was fresh asadaUj
when I meet Miss He Hank th s un.re..
ing. I id she speak about .1? !( !!
Ings I er don't rememlir r heart iu
her mention the dalsy.--lndianapUi
"Johnny," said a teacher in one ol
the uptown public s hools, "have you
seen the skeleton or ti.e n-iiuuioth
in the museum of natural hislL.rv?''
"Y'es, mum." "To what kl .0 of an
animal does it belong?" "A dead
-ne." Texas Sifting.
"Does your art!t friend paint por
traits true to life?" ' lie did at first
but he has Ioarced better." "In.
de d?" "Yes, tbe first two or three
commissions he executed were so trun
to life that the sitters refused to tak'
the pictures." Tit-Bits.
Hummer I 6ee you are dev .ting
yourself exclusively to Miss Chubb
this summer. Hoppcrgrass That's
where I'm foxy. Times are hard anr'
6he's reducing her weight Judge.
Mr. Chappel is said to be the most,
successful pearl hunter in Connecticut,
lie searches for these gems in tho
mountain streams and meadow brooks
)f that State, and yearly makes a
handsome profit on his industry,
working only two months, April and
May, if the winter has been a mild
one. The pearls are found in fresh
water clams, and are generally tlTTj
ize of a pea or larger.
Oldent Woman Preacher.
Rev. Lydia Sexton, who has made
Seattle her home for the past three
years, received her license to preach
in 1851, but she was an exhorter for
ten years previous to that, so she has
been in the service a full half century.
She is now 93 and probably the oldest
woman preacher in the country.
An Austrian provincial paper latolj
contained the following advertise
ment: "A widow, who still possesses
the entire wardrobe of her deceased
husband, is disposed to enter into
correspondence with a suitable gentle
man, if such can be found, with a
view to matrimony.1
half of It to the one
Who has a hanirVto