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H. F. BOHWEIER,
THE CONSTITUTION THE UNION AND THE ENFORCEMENT OP THE LAWS.
MIFFLINTOWN. JUNIATA COUNTY, PENNA.. WEDNESDAY. MAECH 20. 1895.
CUAPTFR XIV CONTINUED.
The niht was balmy, but the great
heat of the day bad passed.
' How delightful is thisdrivingabout
in open cirriarps in the eveninirs "
exclaimed l.eraldine. bounding "! the
step. 'Ve never drive after dinner In
Scotland. I wonder why?"
'Tho evenings are seldom warm
onougb," replied IJollenden, standing
by tho door for grunny bad not yet
come out. "Vou have not many even
ings like this at Inchmarew."
'But they are warm enough for boat
ing or. at least, we go, whether it is
warm or not," said she, laughing.
"Not clad like this," and ne glanced
at the soft white cambric donned for
her aunt's party, and considered suita
ble to end the day in, the while, in his
mind's eye, he beheld the roughest,
warmest, thickest of serge frocks over
which even a do ible-folded plaid had
not been unwelcome. '"Don't you re
mmlier." he auded, and as he spoke
he looked her fully and bodly in the
face, "don't you remember how cold it
t'rew, and how you shivered and trem
bled that night.'"
(Jranny came out ere he had an. an
swer. Granny was much pleased with her
entertainment. The scene altogether
was as novel to her as to Geraldine, for
there had been nothnj of the kitd in
her young days, and she looked and
wondered, and admired, and trotted
hither and thither, and gave herself
up so entirely to the enjoyment of tha
evening, that she, too, once more be
came the granny of Inchmarew, nol
the stately dame Bellenden had found
in Mount Street.
After descending from the tower, the
three piocoeded to wander aboat,
sometimes looking at thisobject, come
times at that, o casionally listening to
the musicians, now taking a seat, now
walking to and fro all was pleasant,
and each one was pie ised,
Hut we must really go some time,'
cried the old lady at last. "We have
been beguiled into staying much later
than I intenied. and our poor coa n
man will have wondered what can pos
sibly have happened to us. I had been
growins a little fidgety before you
came back ;ust now" from which It
may be interred that the chaperon haa
more than once been left for a few
minntes to rest herself, while the
others had just stepped round the cor
ner to see something absolutely im
perative to bo seen "we must lose no
t me now," f-ho said at last. "Geral
ilne. your shaw l: It is growing quite
cold. I have put on mine some time
ago Now," and she 6et off briskly,
and either did or would not notice that
it was Belledden who slowly drew the
chawl round her charge, the while he
bent his head to murmur something
which told her that he was thinking
of another darkened sky and deepen
ing chill, when the self-same service
had been turned into a close caress.
He parted from them at their car
riage door, saying he would walk
He wished to be alone, and felt that
Geraldine did also.
"she has won me, and I think I hav
won her," he told himself. "She is a
noblo creature, and I deserved, richly
deserved, that I should be despised for
my condu t towards her. But now we
are reconciled - now I may say what I
choose, look what I choose, make any
allusions I chooso. How quick, how
apprehensive she is! How readily 6he
guesses my meaning and interprets
every signl She must know all. She
roust understand me. 1 have been
plain enough. I have said everything
but the one thing, and that I shall not
linger over now. And to think that;
the little girl 1 le t behind on the
Highland loch was to be my fate aftei
Was he, or was he not, getting on t
liitle too fast?
CECIL AT THE REGATTA.
Whereby had the wondrous change
It had come about of itself: it had
been the result of no e.Tort, of no in
genuity, no ability.
liellenden had simply borne his pun
ishment in patience, and after the
hrst, had neither resentel, nor dis
I'ained it, and in this had lain hie
strength. What woman can long re
bist the meek endurance of tier wrath?
And thereupon the old charm had
begun to work, t'orhaps neither quite
knew when it hud so begun certainly
Oeraldine did nor, and was fain to con
tinue in ignorance: but after that even
ing in the gardens, nay, even after the
other spent in tho hot and crowded
theater, she could no longer conceal
from herself that it was there.
She would find herself looking, lis
tening, responding as of yore. Anon
she would awake with a start, wild
with herself and with him -all too
late. What was to be done? The sea
son was yet at its height.
"Henley is the next thing," said
Lady Kaymond. She was a person ol
more exact and circumscribed opinion
than her mother, and she had not al
together approved of several amuse
ments to which Geraldine had been
taken; but Henley Regatta was the
one festival of the year of which she
was wont to partake with unqualified
satisfaction. Her sister Maria, who, it
will te remembered, was the other
aunt occasionally referred to at Inch
marew. had now issued her customary
invitation to stop at The Lawn, go
down the river in boats, lunch on the
bank, and enjoy all the pleasures ol
the regatta with none o' its to:ls. Ma
ria had hoped that her mother and
nioce would bo this yea of the party
also, and in her letter instructed Char
lotte to concert with them as to pre
liminaries. . ... i
"Vou have got T'T.
know, said her ladyship, cominf in
early one morning, '"and I M " ft1
that Geraldine will have the treat J
con-ider Henley Regatta quite tne
prettiest of the summer sight.
Whereupon granny coughed ana
looked about her, but made no an
swer. "Vou mean to go of course?" &"
manded Lady Raymond, somewhat im
periously. "I we have not quite made op our?
minds, mv dear." -
The truth was that Cecil was the,
true, put into words the burden whi -h J
was dailv pressing upon her in the
shape ot Cecil, saying to herself that
her grana mother saw nothing, and
that she would not be so selfish as to
disturb her poor dear serenity and
peace of mind; but granny had in
reality been carefully on the alert,
watching at every turn for what might
next befall, and ready to catch her cue
in a moment ot time, at any emer
gency. She also thought it best to say
as little as need be, and only to do
nothing and a cept nqthing without
her granddaughter's sanction.
Cecil had gone with the twoto Aseoi,
and to Hurling ham, and had spoilt
both aays; was he now to spoil Henley
Geraldine had announced her inten
sion of going no more to either of the
former resorts. Ascot, she said, h-d
been very pretty.! very bright, very
gay, the horses themselves had been
leautiful and the racing delightful;
but she had not liked it as a whole
and there had been a quick shake ot
the Utile resolute head and a setting
of the stern young lip, which might
after all, have had no reference to her
cousin. But in regard to Hurlingham,
be had certainly been the chief of
fence. There she had seen nothing
but a harmless polo match, and had
drunk tea on the lawn, and dined later
on in the club-house, and certanly
whatever evil had been present, it
had not presented itself to her in
nocent eyes, so it was, it must have
been Cecil's presence on that occas
ion which had caused the affair to find
so little favor in her sight.
"It was altogether stale," she tola
"Stalei" exclaimed he in surprise.
"1 did not know, I fancied you had
never been there before."
Neither I had. And," said Ger
aldine, impetuously, "I never wish to
go there airain."
"Your cousin m st have been disap
pointed." observed he. "fie meant
to please you, I know." He had not
hlu self been of the party, and knew
very well why.
' It was stupid," cried the spoilt
child, "stupid. We felt so foolish,
granny and I, and Cecil, sitting up
there with no one to talk to and no
reason why we might not as well have
been at home. If Cecil had invited a
number ot nice people "
"Myself, for instance."
Cerald do laughed.
"Do say it," continued he. only halt
m jest, "because, you see, 1 was so ter
ribly anxious to go, and so greatly dis
appointed that I was not asked."
i ow there was no chance of his be
ing asked to Aunt Maria's Henley
party, and that in itself might have
taken the edge off somebody's pleas
ure: but if to that were to be added
Cecil Raymond's uninterrupted com
ranionsnip for two whole days, the
outlook might be regarded as black
indeed. In consequence came granny's
cough when her daughter's pressing
tone seemed to compel an answer
'Yea" or "Nay" she read consterna
tion on the brow of her fa r barometer.
You will go. of course," proceeded
lady Raymond, however. "I know
vou are disengaged, and Maria is
co .nting upon you. She told me long
ago that she hud not worried yo i with
invitations before, so she had reckoned
on you foi the regatta. We shall be a
family party - so pleasant. The Lawn
always looks its best at regatta time,
and a few days in the country will do
is all good."
"Geraldine and I yes I think we
can go: but really we mu-t talk it over
together first." protested granny, do
ing as well as could have been expected
of her. "You see you are our first
Intimation of the news, for though we
had got the letter, I had really hardly
looked at it." nervously turning the
envelope backwards and forwards in
her hand. "We will endeavor to go,
"Oh. you must really make a push
for it. All along It has been under
stood that Geraldine was to see Hen
ley: and I can assure you both, that, as
a sight, it is. in its way, unique. My
girls en;'oy it of all things. The row
down the river for The Lawn is three
miles above Henley tho crowds of
boats, the music the brightness, the
gaiety over all," cried Lady Raymond,
with renewed animation, ''and Maria
really exerts herself to get the right
Ceople together; I have never met any
ut pleasant people there. The girls
will tell yo i the same. She invites a
considerable number to luncheon, in
addition to those stopping at tho house.
1 used to take Ethel and Alicia when
they were still in the school-room I
felt so sure of there only meeting the
right sort of people. That, and the
Eton, and Harrow match, were the
only galas we permitted them, as young
"Oh, you must come to the regatta,"
Ethel was saying aside to Geraldine.
1 It is really good fun, and we should
all be so disappointed if you did not. I
doubt if Aunt Maria would ever forgive
It. Tell granny she must go."
Which Geraldine did with a sigh.
She saw there was no help for it, since
to have stood out wo Id have been to
raise a family commotion of all things
to be avoided at the present crisis; and
now all that remained to be done was
to try and struggle through as well
ind as bravely as she could.
"Vou are going to Henley?" said
Bellenden, when he heard of it. "Yes,
Henley might be very gooa fun if you
are with the right sort of people," he
added, unconscio isly plagiarizing Lady
Raymond in his choice of ideas. "Who
re you to be with?"
When he heard of whom the party
were to consist, and that it was to be
confined to the Raymonds and .the St.
Georges, his face changed.
"I don't know Mrs. George," he said,
"but I shall see you, I dare say, some
how. I shall go down for the day. It
is a miserable way of doing it, 'but I
have no other. 1 am too late to get a
room anywhere now."
"You always go, then?"
"Never went before in my life."
She dared not risk another question.
For Geraldine, as we have already
hinted, knew that sae daily drew
nearer and nearer the edge of a prec
'pice. So far, she had prevented the words
being spoken which she bad felt were
trembling more than once upon the
lips hard by, and had just managed to
turn aside more than one moment in
stinct with opportunity, so that she
bad got as far as another week on,
since the night in the gardens, with
out any advance having been made:
but she had learned more and more to
distrust herself, and to watch that
Was Bellenden but toying with her
young heart a second time? She did
not think sobut how was she to be
sure? What if those meaning glances,
dulcet undertones, tae paioa
took to be near her, the' gloom on his
brow when parted from her, were all
but the cunning of a master hand play
ne again its delusive, magic muslcl
Ste had thought be had loved her
once not lo ed like this, of course
but still had granted her a place in his
affections and memory which she had
been proved never to have possessed;
and as she had refused to doubt him
then, how was she now to trust herself
to judge him aright?
TO BE CONTINUED!.
Xbe Fat ore of the East.
About 600 miles of the great trans
Siberian Railroad have been opened for
travel with befitting ceremonies, says
the Boston Globe.
This is less significant in itself than
in what it portends for the future of
European and Eastern civilization
when the whole road, covering 5,000
miles, is pushed across Siberia.
We generally think of Siberia as a
desolate province where the victims of
"darkest Russia" are locked out of the
world; but this immense region of the
earth has vast tracts of fertile land,
and the new road will prepare the way
for a flood of cheap grain to inundate
the markets of Europe and appal the
Such a vast speculative enterprise as
this, with rails spanning over a fifth of
the circumference of the earth and
costing $125,000,000 for construction,
could hardly be carried through in any
other country than Russia, where the
co-operation of the Czar counts for
When this road is completed and
unites Asia and Europe its influence
upon the destinies of the East will be
incalcuable. Every European country
having possessions in the Orient will
It may mean, too, that Russia, and
not the United States, is yet to supply
Europe with bread, for another United
States, for purposes of supply, will be
set up in the heart of the Eastern con
tinent. The world is wide. The vast re
sources locked up in the almost bound
less Russian empire are relatively un
touched as yet, to say nothing of the
possible capacities of the oriental
masses when aroused from the long
slumber of antiquity by the new on
coming forces of progress.
All Depends on the Heart.
He who rudely flings a crust to a
beggar has, indeed, supplied food for a
hungry body, but has robbed both him
self and the beggar of what was their
due himself of the privilege of show
ing forth the spirit of Jesus, and the
beggar of the glimpse of a nobler life.
Self-isolation is self-destruction. We
need the incitement to virtue which
comes from association with the lowly
and needy quite as much as they need
our help. God has so ordered this
world that none have greater need to
beg than the self-satisfied; and none
are so poor that they may not become
God's almoners, if they will. All de
pends on the heart. If the Spirit be
within. His fruits, gentleness and good
ness, the kindly heart and the generous
hand, will be manifest. Rev. C. W.
The Oldest Stamp.
Parisian stamp collectors have been
discussing the question whether the
English stamp of 1810, called the Row
land Hill stamp, is really the oldest in
existence, and the conclusion arrived
at is opposed to this view. They claim
that the first French stamp dates from
nearly two centuries earlier, in 1G53.
In that year people used to buy at the
Palais de Justice, In Paris, "billets de
post paye," or carriage-paid tickets,
with which the carriage of letters for
any place within the capital could be
prepaid. One of these tickets is said
to be in the possession of M. Eeuillet
de Conches. It was used by Pellisson,
the famous minister and academician,
on a letter addressed by him to Mile,
bcudery, the no less famous romance
Ulsappot- .aig a Proud Father.
A proud father had, just before din
neiybeen telling the visitor how clever
his little girl was. He said it was not
precocity; it was intelligence. When
she learned a thing she knew its value,
and she was never known, like other
children, to ask foolish questions.
"You'll see now. If that child asks a
question about anything it will sur
prise you with its sense." At dinner
the conversation turned upon Austria.
The intellectual child was taking it all
in. In a pause in the talk, she piped
out: "Papal" "What is it, my dear?"
said the proud parent, with a pleasing
smile, as he looked at the visitor, as
much as to say, "Nov? is your chance;
you listen." "Papa, are they all os
triches in Austria?"
Resented the Innovation.
Dr. Elvey, in his recently published
memoirs, tells the story that, on one
occasion, when the sermon had been
changed to please some visitors, the
jrgan-blower, much offended said:
"You can play Rogers in D if you like,
but I shall blow Attwood in C."
In several European countries, in
cluding France and Belgium, elections
ire always held on Sundav
The income of the family of tin
Prince of Walts is about SO J ,1 00 a
Atlanta (Ga.) trolleys will have air
The inventor of "Saratoga Chips"
has just died at Saratoga, N. Y., aged
Tha gabardine, so often mentioned
by Shakespeare was a cloak for rainy
English mnffiins aro now declared
to Le made better here than in the old
lK-oal so'enlists of Findlay, Ohio,
have a project to produce natnral gad
by pumping air into the earth.
Men who imagine that they are
thoroughbreds, discover finally that
they are only plain work animals.
Cyclones in miniature have been
produced bypassing ele' trie discharges
Swee' breads and tripe when prop
erly cooked, are the most easily diges
ted of aaimal iood.
The average weight ot an Amelia in
man is 141 pounds; of an American
woman, 124 J pounds.
EBV . DK TALLAGE.
hbookxth Drvnrvs BUY.
Subject i TrXew Ground.
Trxr: "Lest I should build upon anothef
aura's foundation." Romans xv., 20.
After, with the help of others, I had b?!H
three ohurches in the same city, and not
feeling called upon to undertake the taper
human toil of building a fourth church.
Providence seemed to point to this place as
t'.ie fleld in which I could enlarge my work,
and I feel a ense of relief amounting to ex
ultation. Whereunto this work will grow I
cannot prophesy. It is Inviting and promis
ing beyond anything I have ever touched.
The churches are the grandest iustitattona
this world ever saw, and their pastors kaT
no superiors this side of heaven, but there la
a work which must be dons outside of tha
churches, and to that work I Join myself for
awhile, "Lest I build on another man'!
The church is a fortress divinely built
Now, a fortress Is for defense and for drib,
and for storing ammunition, but an armv
must sometimes be on the march far outsids
the fortress. In the campaign ot conquering
this world for Christ the time has come for
an advance movement, for a "general en
gagement," for massing the troops, for an
Invasion of the enemies' country. Confident
that tha forts are well manned by the ablest
ministry that ever blessed the church, I pro
pose, with others, for awhile, to join the
cavalry and move out and on for service In
the ooen field.
In laying out the plan for his missionary
lour Paul, with more brain thaa any ot his
contemporaries or pre 1 esaors or auoces
9on. sought out to .v;is and cities which had
not yet been preached to. He (toes to Cor
nith, a oity montloned for splendor and vice,
and Jerusalem, where the priesthood and
sanhedrln were ready to leap with both feet
upon the Christian religion. He feels he has
a special work to do, and he means to do it.
What was the result? The grandest life of
usefulness that man ever lived. We modern
Christian workers are not apt to Imitate
Paul. We build on other people's founda
tions. If we erect a church, we prefer to
have it filled with families all of whom have
been pious. Do we gather a Sunday-school
clasa, we want good boys and girls, hair
combed, faces washed, manners attractive.
Bo a church in this city Is apt to be built out
of other churches. Borne ministers spend all
their time in fishing in other people's ponds,
and they throw the line Into that church
pond and jerk out a Methodist, and throw
the line into another ohuroh pond and bring
out a Presbyterian, or there is a religious
row In some neighboring church, and the
whole school of fish swim off from that pond,
and we take them all in with one sweep of
the net. What is gained? Absolutely noth
ing for the general cause of Christ. It is only
as in an army, when a regiment is trans
ferred from one division to anoth r, or from
the Fourteenth Regiment to the Sixty-ninth
Regiment. What strengthens the army Is
The fa'-t is, this Is a big world. When iu
ur schoolboy days we learned the diameter
and circumference of this planet, we did not
learn half. It is the latitude and longitude
and d's n tcr and circumference of want and
woe and sin that no figures can oaloulate.
This one spiritual continent of wretchedness
reaches across all zones, and If I were called
to give Its geographical boundary I would
say it Is bounded on the north and south and
at and woat by the great heart ot God's
sympathy and love. Oh, it is a great world.
Slnoe 6 o'clnnk this mornim; at least 80,007
have been born, and all these multiplied
populations are to be reached of the gospel.
In England or In Eastern American oities
we are being much crowded, and an
acre of ground Is of great value, but out
West 500 acres is a small farm, and 20,
000 acres is no unusual possession. There Is
a vast field here ana everywhere unoc
cupied, plenty of room more, not building
on another man's foundation. We need
as churches to stop bombarding the
old iron clad sinners that have been proof
against thirty years of Christian assault, and
aim for the salvation of those who have
never yet had one warm hearted and point
blank Invitation. There are churches whose
buildings might be worth '200,000, who are
not averaging five new converts a year and
doing less good than many a log cabin meet
ing house with tallow candle stuck in wooden
socket and a minister who has never seen a
college or known the difference between
Greek and Choctaw. We need ohurches to
get into sympathy with the great outside
world, and let them know that none are so
broken hearted or hardly bestead that they
will not be welcomed. "No!" says some fas
tidious Christian: "I don't like to be crowd
ed in church. Don't put any one in my
pew." Mv brother, what will you do in
heaven? When a great multitude that no
man can number assembles, they will put
fifty in your pew. What are the select few
to-day assc mbled in the Christian ohurches
compared with the mightier millions outsidr
At least 3.000,003 people In this cluster ot
seaboard cities, and not more than 200,000 in
the churches. Many of the ohurches are
like a hospital that should advertise that its
patients must have nothing worse than tooth
ache or "run aroun ls." but no broken heads,
no crushed ankles no fractured thighs.
Give us for treatment moderate sinners, vel
vet coated sinners and sinners with a gloss
on. It Is as though a man had a farm of
3000 acres and put all his work on one acre.
He may raise never so large ears of com,
never so big heads ot wheat, he would re
main poor. The church of God hat bestowed
its chief care on one acre and has raised
splendid men and women in that small in
closure, but the field is the world. That
means North and South America, Europe,
Asia and Africa and all the Islands of tha
It is as thongh after a great battle there
were left 50,000 wounded and dying on the
field and three surgeons gave all their time
tothreo patients under their charge. The
major-general comes in and says to the doc
tors, "Come out here and look at the nearly
60,000 dying for lack of surgioal attendance.
"No," say the three doctors, standing there
and fanning their patients; "we have three
Important cases here, and we are attending
them, and when wo are not positively busy
with their wounds it takes all our time to
keep the flies off." In this awful battle ot
sin and sorrow, where millions have fallen
on millions, do not let us spend all oar time
In taking c.ire ot a few people, and when the
command comes, "Go Into the world." say
praotloallyt "No; I cannot go. I have here
a few choice oases, and I am busy keeping of!
the Hies." There are multitudes to-day who
have never had any Christian worker look
them in the eye, and with earnestness in the
accentuation say, "Come!" or they would
long ago have been in the kingdom. My
friends, religion is either a sham or a tre
mendous reality. If It be a sham, let as cease
to have anything to do with Christian as
sociation. If it be a reality, then great
populations are on their way to the bar of
God unfitted for the ordeal, and what are we
In order to teach the multitude ot outsid
ers we must drop ail technicalities out of out
religion. When we talk to people about the
hypostatic union and French encyjlopedian
ism and erastianlsm and eomplutensianism,
we are as Impolitic and little understood as
if a physician should talk to an ordinary pa
tient about the pericardium and Intercostal
muscle and scorbutic symptoms. Many of
us come out ot the theological seminaries so
loaded up that we take the first ten years to
how our people how much we know, and
the next ten years to get our people to know
as much as we know, and at the end find
that neither of us knows anything as we
ought to know. Here are thousands of sin
ning, struggling and dying people who need
to realize just one thing that Jesus Christ
came to suve them, and will save them now.
But we go into a profound and elaborate
definition of what justification is, and after
all the work there are not ontside of the
earned professions 5000 people in the United
3tats who can tell wht JustTHoatloa Is.
will read yon the definition:
"Justification is purely a forensic act. the
a'-t of a judge sitting in the forum, it, which
the Supreme Buler and Judge, who is ac
countable to none, and who alone knows tho
manner in which the ends of His universal
government can bast be attained, reckna
that which was done by tha substitute.
not on aocount of anything done by . .
but purely upon account of this gnu
method of reckoning, grants them the . HI
remission of their sin."
- what is iiuUAoation? X will toll you
what Josttfloaifen is. 'When a Sinner be
lieves, God lets him off. One summer in
Connecticut I went to a large factory, and I
saw over the door written tha words, "No ad
mittance.' I entered and saw over the next
door, "No admittance.' Of course I entered.
I got Inside and found It a pin factory, and
they were making pins, very serviceable, fine
and useful pins. So the spirit of exclusive
ness has praeUoally written over the outside
door of many a church, "No admittance."
And If the stranger enter he finds practioally
written over the second door, "No admit
tance," and If he goes in over all the pew
doors seems written, "No admittance," while
the minister stands In the pulpit, hammering
out his little niceties of belief, pounding oat
the technicalities of religion, making pins.
In the most praetieal common ense way,
and laying aside the nonessentials and the
hard definitions of religion, go out on the
God given mission, telling the people what
they need and when and how they can get it.
Comparatively little effort as yet haa been
made to save that large elaaa of persons in
our midst called skeptics, and he who goee
to work hers wul not be building upon
another man's foundation. - There is a great
multitude of them. They are afraid of us
and our ohurches, for the reason we do not
know how to treat them. One of this class
met Christ, and hear with what tenderness
and pathos and beauty and suocess Christ
dealt with him: "Thou shalt love the Lord
thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy
soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy
strength. This is the first commandment,
and the seoond is like to this namely, thou
halt love thy neighbor as thyself. There it
do other oommandment greater than this."
And the scribe said to Him. "Well, Master,
Thou hast said the truth, for there is one
God, and to love Him with all the heart,
ind all the understanding, and all the soul.
ud all tba strenirta. la more than whole
)urnt offerings and sacrifices. And when
res us saw that he answered discreetly He
mid unto him, "Thou art not far from the
kingdom of Cod." So a skeptio was saved
in one interview. But few Christian people
treat the skeptic in that way. Instead of tak
ing hold of him with the gentle baud of love,
ire are apt to take him with the iron pinchers
You would not be so rough on that man il
fou knew by what process he had lost his
faith la Christianity. I have known men
ikeptieal from the fact that they grew np in
houses where religion was overdone. Son
lay was the most awful day of the week,
rtiey had religion driven Into them with a
Tip hammer. They were surfeited with
prayer meetings. They were stuffed and
:hoke 1 with catechisms. They were often
mid they were the worst boys the parents
ver knew, because they liked to ride down
lilt better than to read Banyan's "Pilgrim's
Progress." Whenever father and mother
Salked of religion, they drew down the cor
ners of their mouth and rolled up their eyes.
It any one thing will send a boy or girl to
ruin sooner than another, that is it. If I
had such a father and mother, I fear I should
have been an lnrldei. When I was a boy in
Sunday-school, at one time we had a taoher
who, when we were not attentive, struok us
over the head with a New Testament, and
there is a wav of using even the Bible so as
to make it offensive.
Others were tripped up of skepticism froir.
being grievously wronged by some man who
professed to be a Christian. They had a
partner in business who turned out to be a
hrst-class scoundrel, though a professed
Christian. Many years ago they lost all faith
by what happened in an oil company which
was formed amid the petroleum excitement.
The company owned no lani, or If they did
there was no sign of oil produced, but the
President of the company was a Presbyterian
elder, anl the treasurer was an Episcopal
vestryman, anl one director was a Methodist
class lea ler, and the other directors proml
ueut members of Baptist and Congregational
ohurches. Circulars were gotten out telling
what fabulous prospects opened before this
company. Innocent fmen and women
who had a little money to invest, and that
little their all, sail, '-I don't know anything
about this oompany, but so many good men
are at the head of it that it must be exoellent,
and taking stock in it must be almost at
good as joining the church."
So they bought the stock anS perhaps re
celved one dividend so as to keep them still
but after awhile they found that the com
pany had reorganize ! and had a different
president and different treasurer and differ
ent directors. Other engagements or ill
health had caused the former officers of the
company, with many regrets, to resign.
And all that the subscribers of that stock had
to show for their investment was a beauti
fully ornamented certificate. Sometimes
that man looking over his old papers comes
across that oertitlcate, and It is so suggestive
that he vows he Wonts none of the religion
that the presidents and trustees and direc
tors of that oil company professed. Of
course their rejection of religion on such
grounds was nnphilosophical and unwise. I
am told that many of the United States army
desert every year, aud there are thousands
of oourt martials every year. Is that
anything against the United States Gov
ernment that swore them in? And
if a soldier of Jesus Christ desert, is that
anything against tha Christianity which
he swore to support and defend? How do
yon judge of the currency ot a country? By
a counterfeit bill? Oh, yon must have pa
tience with those who have been swindled by
religious pretenders. Live In the presence of
others a frank, honest, earnest Christian life,
that they may be attracted to the same Sav
Vur upon whom your hopes depend.
Remember skepticism always has some
reason, good or bad, for existing. Goethe's
irreUgion started when the news came to
Germany of the earthquake at Lisbon, Nov.
1, 1775. That 60,000 people should have
perished In that earthquake and in the after
rising of the Tagus so stirred his sympathies
that he threw up his belief in the goodness of
Others have gone Into skepticism from a
natural persistence In asking the reason why.
They have been fearfully stabbed of the in
terrogation point. There are so many things
they oannot get explained. They oannot un
derstand the Trinity or how God can be sov
ereign and yet a man a free agent. Neither
can L They say: "1 don't understand why
a good God should have let sin come into the
world. Neither do L You say: "Why was
that child started in life with such disadvan
tages, while others hays all physical and
mental equipment?' I cannot tell. They go
out of church on Easter morning and say:
"That doctrine of the resurrection con
founded me." So it is to me a mystery be
yond unravelment. I understand all the pro
cesses by which men get into the dark. I
know them all. I have traveled with burning
feet that blistered way. The first word which
most children learn to utter is: "Papa," or
"Mamma," but I think the first word I ever
uttered was: "Why?" I know what it is to
have a hundred midnights pour their
darkness into one hour. Such men are not
to be scoffed, but helped. Turn your back
upon a drowning man when you have the
rope with which to pull him ashore, and let
that woman in the third story of a house
perish in tha flames when you have a ladder
with which to help her out and help her
down, rather thaa turn your back scofflngly
on a skeptio whose soul is in more peril than
the bodies ot those other endangered ones
possibly can be. Oh, skepticism is a dark
land. There are men in this house who
would give a thousand worlds If they pos
sessed them to get back to the placid faith of
their fathers and mothers, and it is our place
to help them, and wa may help them, never
through their heads, but always through
their hearts. These skeptics, when brought
to Je3us, will be mightily effective, far more
so than those who never examined the evi
dences ot Christianity.
Thorns Chalmers was one a skeptio
Robert Hall a skeptic. Robert Newton a skep
tio, Christmas Evans a skeptic But when
on -e with strong hand they took hold of tho
oharlot ot the gospel they rolled it on with
what momentum! If I address such men
and women to-day, I throw out no scoff. I
Implead them by the memory of tha good
old days, when at their mother's knee they
aid. "Now I lay me down to sleep." and by
those days and nights of scarlet fever in j
which she watched yon, giving you the
medieine at just tha right time and turning
your pillow when it was hot, and with hands I
that many years ago turned to dust soothed I
away your pain, and with voice that yon will j
never near again, unless you join her in the
better country, told you to never mind, for i
you would feel better by and by, and by that I
dying couch, where she looked so pale and '
talked so slowly, oatohlng her breath between j
tha words, and yon felt an awful loneliness
Doming over your sout-rby all that I beg yon ,
to coma back and take the same religion. It
was good enough for her. It is good enough
tor you. Nay, I have a better plea than
that. I plead by all tha wounds and tears
k'- ad groans and agonies and death
A roes of the Son of GodVVho "approaches
rou this moment with torn brow, and laoer
ited hand, and whipped back, and saying.
"Coma unto Me, all ye who are weary an?
leavy laden, and I will give yon rest."
Again, there is a fleld of usefulness but lit
tle touched occupied by those who are astray
In their habits. Ail northern Nations, like
those of North America and England and
lootland that Is, In tha colder climates are
devastated by aloohoUsm. They take tha
Bra to keep np tha warmth. In southern
sountries, like Arabia and Spain, the blood
Is so warm they are not tempted to fiery
liquids. Tha great Boman armies never
Irank anything stronger than water tinged
irith vinegar, but under our northern climate
the temptation to heating stimulants Is most
nighty, and millions succumb. When a
nan's habits go wrong, the church drops
him; the social circle drops him; good in
fluence drops htm; wa ail drop him. Of all
the men who get off track, but few ever get
ya again. Near my summer reeidenoe there
la a Ufa saving station on the beach.
There aro all the ropes and rockets, the
boats, the machinery (or getting people off
ihlpwreoks. One summer! saw there fifteen
Jr twenty men who were breakfasting after
having just escaped with their lives and
nothing more. Up and down our coasts are
built these useful structures, and tha mari
ners know it, and they feel that if they are
Iriven Into tha breakers there will be apt
from shore to oome a rescue. The
jhurohes of God ought to be so many life
laving stations, not so much to help those
who are in smooth waters, but those who
have been shipwrecked. Come, let us ran
out the lifeboats! And who will man them?
We do not preach enough to such men.
We have not enough faith In their release,
alas, If when they come to hear us we are la
boriously trying to show the difference be
tween sublapsarianism and supralapsarian
Ism, while they nave a thousand vipers of re
morse and despair colling around their Im
The church is not chiefly for goodish sort
it men whose proclivities are all right, and
who could get to heaven praying and sing
ing in their own homes. It is on tha beach
to help the arownmg. ihose nu cases are
the oases that God likes to take hold of. Ha
Jan save a big sinner as well as a small sut
ler, and when a man calls earnestly to God
For help He will go out to deliver such a one.
U it were necessary, God would oome down
from the sky. followed by all the artillery of
leaven and a million angels with drawn
iwords. Get 100 suoh redeemed men in each
at your churches, and nothing eould stand
before them, for such men are generally
warm-hearted and enthusiastic
Furthermore, tha destitute children of tht
streets offer a field of work comparatively
jnoocupled. Tha uncared for children are
In the majority In most of our cities. Their
sondition was well illustrated by what a boy
In this city said when he was found under a
cart gnawing a bona and some one said to
him, "Where do you live?" and he answered,
"Don't live nowhere, sir!" Seventy thousand
of the children of New York City oan neither
read nor write. When they grow up, if un
reformed, they will outvote your children,
and they will govern your children. The
whisky ring will hatch out other whisky
rings, and grogshops will kill with their hor
rid stench pubuo sobriety, unless tha church
bt God rises up with outstretched arms and
Infolds this dying population in her bosom.
Public schools cannot do it. Art galleries
jonnot do it. Blackwell's Island cannot do
It. Almshouses cannot do It. New York
Tombs cannot do it. Sing Sing cannot do it.
People ot God, wake up to your magnificent
mlssionl You can do it. Get somswhero,
vmehow, to workl
The Prussian cavalry mount by putting
iheir right toot into tba stirxuD. while tU
American cavalry mount by putting their left
toot into the stirrup. I don't care how you
mount your war charger If you only get into
this battle for God, and get there soon, right
itirrap, or left stirrup, or no stirrup at all.
The unoccupied fields are all around us, and
why should we build on another man's foun
dation? I have heard ot what was called thfc
"thunder legion. It was in 179, a part of
the Boman army to which soma Christians
belonged, and their prayers, it was said, were
answered by thunder and lightning and ha I
and tempest, which overthrew an lnvadin
army and saved the Empire. And I would t
God that you could be so mighty In prayer
and work that you would become a thunder
ing legion before which the forces of sin
might be routed and the gates of hell mads
to tremble. All aboard now on the gospel
shtpl If you cannot ba a captain or a first
mate, ba a stoker or a deckhaud, or ready at
command to climb the ratlines. Heave away
now, lads! Shake out the reefs in the fore
topsail! Come, O heavenly wind, and fill
the canvas! Jesus aboard will assure our
safety. Jesus on the sea will beckon us for
ward. Jesus on the shining shore will wel
oome us into harbor. ''And so it came t
oass that they all escaped safe to land."
A Fostornce Demoralized by a Collecting
"Chain." and Prohibition Asked.;
The friends of Edna Kane and Mettie Gor
man, of Kaneville, 111., who instituted a
"chain" of letters seeking cancelled postage
stamps, for the benefit of the latter, a cripple
have at last driven the Post office Depart
ment into making an investigation.
The scheme has caused great annoyance to
the Department, aggravated by a new
"ohain" inaugurated at El Paso, Texas, la
mock sympathy for tha Postmaster, whose
office has been flooded with mail as a result.
Tha number of cancelled stamps found In
the room of the beneficiary of the system is
estimated at 15,000,000 and the report says
farmers boys supplied with sacks have car
ried off many of the letters.
An inspector reports that the scheme ha
saused complete demoralization at the El Paso
Postofiloe and that an immediate remedy Is
demanded. He recommends a prohibitory
HOW $5 CREW TO BE S248.
John H. Folk's Discovery a Good Lesson
for tha Improvident.
There Is a fine object lesson to the Improvi
dent In a story told to Surrogate Fitzgerald,
ot New York City, showing how 5 put in a
savings bank grew to 24S. Jacob Lowzard
er died July 20, 1343, leaving a wife and
nothing else that anybody was aware of. The
widow married John H. Folk and in her turn
In overhauling her belongings Mr. Folk,
the widower, came upon a bank book made
but in the name of Mrs. Folk's first husband,
t showed a credit for a deposit of $5 made
March 20, 1820, in the Bleecker Street Savings
Bank. Mr. Folk oonoluded that the tS would
feel just as good to him as it did in the vaults
of tha bank. He investigated, and to his
amazement he found that interest bad ac
cumulated until the 3 ha 1 grown to 243
Mm Chatty Green celebrated her 103d
Birthday not long ago in an old lady's home
In Boston. She was born a slave
At Leeds, England, there is an elec
tric clock which has been eontinously
ticking since 1849. Its motive power
is natural electricity.
3. F. Irwin, of Oswego, N. T.. has
an interleaved Bible which cost him
$10,000. It is in sixty imperial folio
Some American mayors received a
New Year a oard of greeting from Sil
vanns Trevail, the 765th Mayor of Tru
To prevent wrinkles tho ladies of
the Court of Catherine de Medici wore
a forehead cloth tightly boned on their
A farmer of Newton, Me., has sued
the School Board for the water used
from his well during the last eighteen
Jasper Parish, of Bloif, Ga., has a
monster potato. It is twenty seven
inches in circumference and weighs 7
if Mound City, Ma, ho3 a thirteen
year-old boy who weighs 242 pounds,
andCasoo, Me., a twelve-year-old girl
who weighs 223 pounds.
A bullet was recently removed from
the head of an Indiana man, where it
had been deposited in an Ecuadorian
ebellion many years belore.
SUPPOSE WE SMILE.
HUMOROUS PARAGRAPHS FROM
THE COMIO PAPERS.
fleaaaat Incident Occurring- tlw Worl
Ovar Skying That Ai Ohaerfal t tha
Old or Toons; Funny Batoetlaaa That
EvarybaAy WU1 Enjoy HtmMmg.
At tbe Theater.
"That," exclaimed the exceedingly
tall man, who could see the stage, "is
capable of two constructions."
The Ind vidua! ot medium height,
who could see nothing bat millinery,
"A great deal of It," he remarked,
with gloom, "seems to have been made
over once or twice already." Detroit
Crnahed by the Cook.
Mrs. Houser (to applicant for a place?
Can you cook?
Bridget I always let the fire do that,
mum. Philadelphia Inquirer.
Supplying- a Great Need.
"Old Soak actually shed , tears when
he found he couldn't get a drop of
"Why didn't he drink Ms tears?"
He Was Particular.
"No," said Mrs. Sparrowgrass to
Weary Wiggles, I can't give you any
meat or any pie, because I haven't any;
but I can give you a drink of milk, if
that will do."
"Is It sterilized, mum?" asked the
tramp, anxiously. New Tork World.
He Your hat wasn't on straight at
me theater last night.
She How do you know?
He I sat behind yon and I saw one
half of the play. Clothier and Fur
nisher. A Domestic Episode.
"Never mind," said the emancipated
woman, "I'll be In Congress making
laws yet, while you will be a mere no
"I hope yon will," replied the meel.
sufferer. "I hope you will go to Con
gress. That's one place where you
will have a little trouble In getting the
"ast word." Exchange.
First flea I don't know how I am go
ing to make a living.
Second flea Have yon tried It on a
dog? Detroit Tribune.
"Still thinking of becoming an ac
tress?" "No. In the last play I witnessed
there was a girl who put her hat on
straight without the aid of a mirror.
I am sure I could never learn to do
that in a thousand years." Indianap
Where the Trouble Begraxu
Cholly Lighthead Bah Jove! Miss
Emerson, I believe I could make yon
love me if I had a mind to.
Miss Emerson No doubt you are
right. It is Intellect which I adore
above all things. I have always de
plored the absence of It on your part
The First Table.
Johnny Smart What did you haw
for dinner yesterday ?
Willie Bright Had the preacher and
had to wait Philadelphia Inquirer.
The Honest Walter's Tip. .
Young tourist W lint shall we try?
Honest waiter (in a whisper) Try
another restaurant Life.
She Feared Gossip.
"No, my dear," said Mrs. Parvey Ne
to her caller. "I shall not servo wafers
at my teas this season."
"I couldn't think of it If I server
anything smaller than biscuit ill-natured
people would be certain to say
Mr. New had felt the hard times." Ex
change. Ha Knew.
Timid New-Yorker I'm a bit partlou
lar. How was this beef fattened?
Butcher On oats, slrl Cleveland
The Value of Literature.
rarrott How is Rhymer getting oi
with his poetry?
Wiggins Oh, nicely. A few nioit
editorial refusals wll quite knock all
the conceit out of him! Exchange.
Not Her Due.
She Mr. J Inkle ts paid me a comph
He He didn't owe it to you.
She How? What do you mean?
He He never pays anything he owet
Detroit Free Press.
Bllklns There's a lot of difference
Wilklns For Instance?
Bllklns Well, yesterday I offered mi
seat In a street car to one and she de
clined It with thanks, and to-day I of
fered It to another and she accepted It
without thanks. Detroit Free Press.
Round Numbers tha Only Kind.
Her father What In your Income, sir".
Her lover--I can only give It to you in
Her father Ah!
Her lover No other numbers will ex
Her father Oh! Detroit Tribune.
"Johnny," said the Boston mother,
'"I am afraid you have told a deliberate
"No, mamma. I can assure you that
I have not I told it In a hurry. Ex.
i "Henry, she said, thoughtfully.
"What is It?" responded the worrleo
business man rather shortly.
"I wish yon could rearrange youi
business a little bit"
"So as to be a bear on the stock ex
change instead of at home." Jndge.
Aonits ot Wild Birds,
Tha song of wild blrda la usually g
rraccesalon of three or four notes con-
qr without lntarruptloa.
INDIAN FIGHTING COURAGE.
Terrors la White Settlements Whr
Bun Away from Hostile Redskins.
"It takes a special kind of courage,
to fight Indians," said Major Bagsdole
at the "Little Gem" In Topeka. "They're
pretty sure to surprise you, and they're
slippery as quicksilver and as hard to
catch. Their yelling and whooping
alone are enough to stampede men not
trained to their style of fighting. Some
times they fight under cover and you
catch a fire from an enemy yon can't
get a sight of, and again, they seem all
to spring out of the ground at ones
and charge you as though nothing
could stand their onset Then there!
tbe knowledge that if they catch you
alive you'll be skinned alive, or burned,
or your life tortured out of you by
slow degrees in a thousand other ways
they can think of to make you suffer.
There's many a stout-hearted desper
ado, a terror in white settlements and
not afraid to have a pistol or shotgun
scrap any hour of the day or night
with a man of his own color, who
doesn't count for a row of pins in a
"Take Sam Brown of Nevada for a
case in point He wasn't afraid of any
man that wore boots, and he was the
terror of the mining camps everywhere
he went The Piute Indians got bad
one time and a party was organized
in the camps to go out against them.
Sam Joined the volunteers, and every
body In the party and all that stopped
behind were talking about the big
deeds Sam Brown would do, and chuc
kling to think of the way those red
skins would be wiped out when the)
Tun np against him.
"Well, when they came upon the In
dlans things didn't turn out quite as
they had expected. It was tbe whites
that got licked out In short order, and
those that weren't left on the ground
stampeded for safety. Sara Brown
was one of the first ones to run, and
the pace he set hra horse at to get away
from those redskins was something
that beat quarter racing In the way of
reckless riding. As they stampeded
down a canyon, every man trying to
be foremost to get away, Sam hailed
Joe McMurtrle, who was riding a bet
'er horse than bis:
" 'Oh, Mac! Pull your horse a lit
tie so I can come up. We'll ride safer
"McMurtrle's answer to that frlendl)
Invitation was to bend down to his
horse's neck, set in the spurs, and get
out of that canyon ahead of Sam and
back to Bodle as fast as hoofs could
carry him. He knew Sam Brown, and
that if that worthy once got alongside
of him he wouldn't hesitate to shoot
him off his horse so as to get a better
mount for himself. After they all got
back to the settlement he didn't go
round to places where be was likely
to meet Sam, lest It might stir him np
to unpleasant recollections of their In
dian campaign people were that con
siderate of others' feelings In those
days -when the other happened to b
Taking mankind at large, perhans
we should find them accounting for tho
phenomena of nature quite as much
from their feelings as from reason.
Minds of the most practical bent are
often the most servile slaves to preju
dice. The attitude of tho Mohamme
dan mind toward modern sclontlflo In
quiry Is shown by a little colloquy be
tween an Algerian Kabyle and an En
glish artist who reports the conversa
tion. On one occasion a group cf Kabylot
was standing around, when I abruptly
left off working, and began gathering
my painting traps together, "for," said
I, "I see the wind Is blowing the cloud
"n this direction; It will rain."
"The wind does not push the clouds,"
6ald one; "you cannot see them moving
in different directions at the same
"But surely," said I, "you can per
ceive any day that It Is the wind that
"Docs the wind move the sun?" sail!
"No, of course It doesn't"
"God said to the sun, 'Move always
In one direction,' and to the clouds Tie
sold, 'Move about as you please.'
"Is not that so?" said he, appealing
to his companions.
Ilia Reverence Couldn't Fool Tim.
In one of our suburbs a few Sundays
ago the priest of one of the churches
announced that a collection would be
taken np to defray the cost of coal for
beating the church. Everybody chipped
In but Tim well, never mind his other
name who gave a sly wink as the plate
was presented to him, but nothing else.
The priest noticed Tim's dereliction,
but surmised that be might have left
his money at home. Not quite enough
money having been realized, a similar
contribution was levied the following
Sunday. As before, everyone gave but
Tim, who looked mighty sly, and the
priest wondered thereat Meeting Tim
after the service he took him to task
for his conduct "Now, Tim, why didn't
you give something. If only a penny V
"Faith, father, I'm on to yez." "Tim!"
"Yea, father." "What do you mean?"
"Oh, nothing, father. Just that I'm on
to yez; that's all." "Tim, your words
are disrespectful and require an expla
nation. What do you mean?" "Oh,
faith, father, a-thryln to pull the wool
over ml eyes. A-thryln' to make us be
lieve yea wants the money to buy coal
to heat the church, an' yer rlverence
knows It's heated by 6team." Bostor
Police officers say that when a man
engages In one shooting, and gets the
best of It, be Is very apt to engage is
Every man who wears whiskers
around his mouth should be compelled
by law to eat alone.
The Rush Honr Past.
Staylate Well, I must be going.
Ethel Knox Don't hurry; papa la
Just as mad now as he will be if yon
hang on another hour. New York
She Why is It American women are
so much more attractive to foreigners
with titles than English women are?
He Because they have more dollar
and leas ssnsev Detroit Free Press.
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