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THE OON8TITUTiON-THE UNION-AND THE ENFOBOEMEKT OF THE LAWS.
EL F. BOHWEIEB,
MIFFLINTOWN. JUNIATA COUNTY. PENN A.. WEDNESDAY. DECEMBER 2 1S96.
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ilr. Tunmoi.s was taking tbe air on hit
f-u threshold lute ill tbe afternoon of
j.iut Inst Thursday ill June. It was now
ki.me Lours since tbe dwarf bad callet
Aiil.ougb it had not yet struck six
e'cliTli, he was thinking of closing bis
cutahlisbufnt. As be was 'about to re
tire fur tbe ioug abutters that by night de
feuded and veiled bis treasure from pred
atory hands or pryiug eyes, bis enormous
left ear Uvanie aware that feet were ap
lro:iL'bin. He turned bis pale blue eyes
iu tbe" direction of tbe sound and saw
ruining along close to the wall the figure
tf a low-sized stout woman. She carried
fish basket in ber band. Out of this
basket projected tbe tail of half a dozen
"Good afternoon," said TiDVaons.
"Afternoon," said the woman entering
the store without pausing. Then nodding
Iter bead back in the direction whence she
- bad come she asked: "Any one 7"
"So." answered Timmons. "Not
"I thought I'd never get here. It's mor
tal hot. I've brought you some fish for
"Herrings," he said, bending to exam
ine the protruding tails. "Fresh her
rings, or red?" he asked in a hushed, sig
"Ued," she whispered hoarsely,. "and as
fine as ever you saw. Are you going to
slave company -at tea, Mr. Timmons?"
asked tbe woman In a tone and manner
of newly awakened interest.
".o; I am not expecting any one. I
m going to have tea all by myself. I
am very busy just now. 1 have had a
visitor to-day a few hours ago "
"WeU," whispered the woman, eager
"And he'll do itr
"He will. He's been to Milwaukee and
has urrunged all. They'll take every bit
they cau get and pay a good price twice
as much as could be got otherwise from
any one else."
"Fine ! Fine! You know, Mr. Tim
mous, how hard it is to find a bit now, and
to get so little for it as we have been
handling is very bad neart-breakiug. It
Cukes all tbe spirit out of Tom."
"How is Tom? Is he on the drink?"
"No, he isn't."
"That's a bad sign."
The woman rose and he handed her
ome money. Then followed a long,
good-humored dialogue in which she beg
ged for more, and he firmly, but playfully,
refused her. Then she went away, and
Mr. John Timmoas was left once more
He took op the basket, drew out the
wooden skewer by which it was closed,
caught the herrings in a bundle and threw
them behind him on the gritty -earthen
floor. He oled the bag that lay- be
neath them nnj peered into it. Holding
it in his left band upon his upraised thigh
he thrust his right baud into it and fum
bled about, bending -Ms bead down to
look the better. He was ou the point of
drawing something out when he suddenly
j.Hustd and listened motionless.
"It's Slamcr himself," cried Tinitnons,
- in a muffled voice. Then he added:
"What Joes he want? More money? Any
way, I suppose I must let him iu."
. lie turned round, eaught up the scat
tered red herrings, thrust them info the
bag. fixed it with the skewer, and then
threw it carelessly on tbe hob of the old
When the newcomer was inside the
door and the bolt drawn once more, Tim
mons said, in a slow, angry tone, "Well,
Stawer, what do yoir want? la bar
gain a bargain? i'ou were not to come
here in daylight, and only iu the dark
when something of great consequence
. brought you. I gave your wife all I will
give just now, if we are to go on work
ing on the co-operative principle. What
do you want?"
Tbe low-sized, round-shouldered man,
diessed in fustian and wearing two gold
rings ou the little finger of his left hand
said iu a whisper:
"You'ie going to see this cove to-nlghtV"
"Yes " .
"At what oVIock?"
"Ah! It will be dark then!"
"What news you tell us. It generally
is dura at midnight."
"Are you going to take much of the
stuff with you much of the red stuCf of
(he rid herrings?"
Xisinious drew back a pace with a start
end looked at Stamer suspiciously.
"Have you come to save me the trouble,
h'r Would you like to take it yourself?
Eb? Did Sa come here to rob me? I
mean to share fair. Do you want to
throw up the great co-operative principU
ud bag all?"
. Stamer's eyes winked quickly, and h
answered iu a tone of sorrow and re
jjroach." "You know I'm square. Tell me how
much stuff you are going to take with you
"About two pounds.
"I'm sorry, gov'nor, for bothering you.
I'd give my life for you. Look here,
suv'nor, suppose be is not an honest man,
like me. He isn't in our co-operative
tdau, you .know. Suppose he isn't partic
ular about how he gets no!d of a bit of
"And tried to rob me r
"That's not what I'd mind!" He put
bis hand to the back of his waistband.
"You know whut I carry here. Suppose
be carries one. too?"
"You mean that he may murder m
first and rob me after?"
"Well, I'm very much obliged to you.
Stamer 'ndeert I am: but I'm not a bit
lfrald, 'not a Wt Why, he's not much
over four feet, and. be'a bunch hack as
He opened the door for Stamer, who,
with a doubtful shake of the head, step
ped over the raised threshold and went
ut As Stamer sauntered down the
street he mattered to himself, "I'U keep
my eye on this affair anyway." V -
When the door waa closed Mmnwnl
took up the fish basket, flans away the j
red herrings a second time and descended ,
to the cellar. .
That sam; evening Dora and John Han
bury were sitting close to one another in
the window place where Leigh and be bad
found her earlier. The long June day had
faded into luminous night; tbe blinds had
not been lowered, or tbe lamps ic the
room lit. The long, soft, cool, blue mid
summer twilight was still and delicious
for any people, but especially for lovers.
"Well, Dora," he began, "this has been
an exciting day."
"Yes," she said, softly, and added, with
tender anxiety, "I hope you have quite
recovered? I hope you do not feel any
bad effects of of of what happened to
you. Jack?" She did not know how he
would take even this solicitous reference
to his fainting.
"I feel quite well, dearest. Do not let
us talk of that affair again."
"Tell me all," sh. said. "It was so
good o! you to bring him here. I felt
quite proud of you when I saw you com
ing with him. Many men would have
been afraid to trust so uncouth a man
with so unpleasant a secret into this room
of a Thursday."
"The fact is, Dora," said be In a tone
of deliberation and dissatisfaction, "I
did not bring him here of my own free
will. Indeed, I do not know how you
could imagine I would invite such a man.
1 found him contemplating a paragraph
for the papers, and he promised he would
say nothing about what had occurred if
I would introduce him to you. He seems
to have conceived a romantic interest in
you, because of your likeness to some one
he knows. Later this evening he should
tell ber all about this "some one."
"I see," she said, ber spirits declining.
It was not out of good nature or gener
osity, but cowardice, moral cowardice.
Jack had brought Leigh. "Oh, Jack, I
am so sorry!"
"Sorry! Sorry for what?" be cried.
She did not speak 'or a while. She was
looking out into the dark blue air of the
street. She had formed a high ideal of
what he, her hero, ought to be, nearly
was."'- But now and then, often, be did
not reach the atandard she bad raised.
She started without turning her eyes
away from the blue duskness of tbe street,
and in a tone of wonderful tenderness and
"1 don't know exactly what I waa
thinking of, Jack. The evening ia so fresh
and still r is not necessary for one to
think. Angry with you, dear! Oh, no!
Oh, no! Angry with you for what?"
"A boot tbe harsh words I said of Leigh.
It seems to me your manner chsnged
the moment I mentioned his name. Let
ns not speak of him any more this even
ing." "Hut why should we not speak of him.
"Because, dear, we are here" together,
and we are much more interesting to one
another than he can be to either."
"Yes, dear, in a way more interesting to
one another than all the world besides:
but In another way not nearly so interest
ing as this poor clock maker," she said
slowly, in a dreamy voice.
"Well," said be, withdrawing bis arm
from her waist and taking a chair oppo
site her in the window place. "I don't
see what yon are driving at"
"I cannot help thinking of the man and
pitying fclm. He will go into his grave
having missed nearly everything in the
"Why, the man has enough conceit to
make a battalion happy. He is a greater
man in his own opinion than the Presi
dent." "Many are not afflicted as he la. You
say be is interested in me because I re
mind him of some one. How must it be
with an ordinary human heart beating in
such a body? Would it not be better for
such a man to be born blind than to find
bis Pallas-Athena, as be calls her?"
The eyes of the girl could not be seen
in the darkness of the room; they were
fall of tears and there were tears in her
Hanbury started, he could not tell why.
He exclaimed : - "Good heavens, Dora !
you do not mean to tell me that you feel
seriously concerned In the love affairs, if
there are such things, of this man?"
"Jack," she confessed, "I will not try to
disguise It, I am intensely interested in
this poor clockmaxer, this mad visiouary,
if yon prefer to call him that."
This was not at all the kind of preface
Hanbury wanted to the communications
he had to make to her. He felt discon
certed, clumsy, petulant. "I have been so
unfortunate as to Introduce the cause of
ail this anxiety to yon. I would have
been better for every sake if I bad not
gone back and met the man the second
time, much better than to cut a ridiculous
figure before all tbe town to-morrow!"
He was growing angry as bis speech
went on. His own words were inflaming
bis mind by the implication of his
She placed her hand gently on bis, and
said in reproachful voice, a voice quite
different from the niedatitive tones in
which she had been speaking, "Jack, I did
not mean that. You know I did not mean
that. Why do you reproach me with
tliAncrhta vnil nnirht t know 1 Could not
harbor T' She had turned in from trie
window, and waa looking at him opposite
ber in the dim darkness. She was now
ful.y alive to hia presence and everything
"No doubt," be said bitterly, "I am un
generous to you. 1 am unjust."
"Jack, that is the most unjust thing
you could possibly say to me. In saying
it you seem to use words yon fancy 1
would like to use, only I am not brave
MT knnw rnn ar hMT0 pnonsh for Anv-
thing. - I know it is I who am tbe cow-4.
"Jack! Oh, Jaek!"
"You told me so yourself to-day. Yon
cannot ssy 1 am' putting that word into
your mouth." He was taking fire.
"Have yon no mercy for me, Jack?"
"You told me with your own lips I bad
no thought but of my miserable self in
tbe miserable thing that happened."
"Jack, have you no pity?" She seized
bis bands with both ber own.
"I brought that man here as the price of
bis siknsav a k-aewina' tht ctUckeo-Ur-
red creature I am absolutely asked him
. come next week. To come here, where
uis presence is to cure me of my cowardice
or accustom me to the peril of ridicule
which yon know' I hate worse than
death T He was biasing now.
"After this, how can I be sure that you
may not consider it salutary to betray
me yourself?" He was mad,
"uood-bye. Jack. My heart is broken."
"I tell you " He turned -round. Ue
John Hanbury hardly knew bow be got
home, his mind was so bewildered from
his interview with Dora. He pulled him
self together on learning from a servant
that bis mother wished to speak to him.
A few minutes later he entered bis room.
He led ber gently to a chair and took
one in front of ber by the side of the din
ing table. He took her thin, white hand
in both bis own and looked into ber calm,
beautiful face, radiant with that tranquil
light of maternal love justified and ful
"You have something to tell me, moth
er? Something pleasant, I hope, about
"I have, my son. It does not concern
me, or If it does, but indirectly. Indeed,
1 do not know. It has to do with you,
"With me, mother? And bow?"
"I do not know exactly, John. Your
father gave me in trust for you, as you
know, a paper, which I was not to give to
you except at some great -crisis of your
life. If no harm of any particular mo
ment threatened you until you were thir
ty, you were never to see this paper."
"And you never read the paper?"
"No. Nor have I the least clew to Its
contents. I only know that your father
was a sensible man, and attached great
importance to it."
She handed him the paper of which she
had spoken. He said good-night to ber
and entered his own room.
After John Hanbury had closed and
locked tbe door of his own room be pull
ed down the blind, turned up the lights
over the mantel, and standing with his
back to tbe chimney piece, examined tbe
packet in his hand.
It was a large envelope, tied in a very
elaborate manner, and tbe string was
sealed in three places at tbe back. On
tbe front be read his own name in bis
father's well-known large legible writing.
He cut tbe string and the envelope, and
drew out of the letter a long norrow par
cel. This he opened, and found to consist
of half a dozen sheets of brief paper close
ly covered on both sides with the writ
ing. He saw at a glance that the docu
ment took the form, of a letter to bini. It
began, "My dear and only son, John,"
ana finished with, "Your most affection
ate and anxious father, William Han
bury." At last he came to the final line, to
bis father's signature. He read all and
then allowing tbe manuscript to fall from
his hands and his arms to drop to bis side,
sat in the chair motionless, staring into
For an hour he remained thus. Beyond
the heaving of his chest and bis calm,
regular respiration, be wns perfectly still.
At length he sighed profoundly, not from
sadness, but deep musing, shook himself,
shuddered, looked round him as though
he had just wakened from sleeping in- a
strange place. He rose slowly and going
to the window drew np the blind. No
lights were now to be seen in the rear of
any of the houses, and complete silence
filled the windless air.
"How peaceful," he whispered, "how
calm. Gracedieu in Wisconsin? I seem
to have heard of that place before, but I
cannot recollect when or where."
Suddenly be strucJ- bis thigh with his
clenched fist, calling out in a whisper: "Of
course, I now remember where I heard
of Gracedieu. What a stupid fool I have
been not to recall It at once! It's the
place that beautiful girl tbe dwarf intro
duced me to comes from! My head must
be dull not tJ remember that! His Pallas
Athena, and I "
He turned out the lights and began
undressing in the dim twilight; there
were already faint bine premonitions of
dawn upon the blind.
"I wonder," he muttered In the twilight,
"will his figures of time include Copuetua
and the Beggar MaidI That old story
I read this night was not unlike Cophetus
and the Beggar Maid."
(To be continued.)
One Fish SatisQes lllui.
The business men at the South End
whose families are summering at Mon
ument Ocset and other resorts vU
with each other M telling tales of their
skill in angling after the wary crea
tures of the briny deep. One well
known gentleman disdains fishing fot
cod and mackerel. ' They are not lare
enough prey for him. He wants sharks
or notblng. This Is the way he catches
He has a book made of eteel about fif
teen inches long, rows out where the
water Is forty or fifty feet deep, baits
the hook with a piece of pork weighing
ten pounds, ties one end of the line to
the stern of the dory and sinks bis bait.
Then h- sits and smokes till tbe 6 harks
gather, and be watches them as they
play with the bait. Soon one big fellow
la sure to grab it Then the patient
fisherman takes his oars and rows in,
towing his prey. When be reaches
shore be draws in the fish, to tbe won
der and astonishment of all ou lookers.
He frequently on opening tin; fish finds
tn cans, kettles, buckles, etc., which
tbe shark baa swallowed. Brockton
The reputation or many men for
truthfulness ia due to their lack of im
agination. Isot until we know a man's heart
have we any right to say that we know
A wise and kindly silence would
often prevent incalculable injury. Es
pecially should we avoid repeating
what has been said io the. heat of
One great troub'e in doing a mean
action is tnat you are compelled to
associate with yourself afterward.
The needle is true to the pole; but
that is only natural. That which has
oever been reached is always apt to be
an object of desire.
There ia probably a time in the life
of every man when his baud nltnojt
touches the philosopher's stone.
last infirmity of noble- mind is
ignorance ot me tiitterence between
talking much and saying much.
Do you want to know the rriau
against whom you have most reason to
guard yonrsell? Your looking glass
will give a very fair likeness of his
. Purity, of heart and life sives a
clearness to the mental horizon which
nothing else can do; it clears away
a vast number of clouds and ebadows.
Drlaktnsr Rain Drops.
The Interesting doings and peculiari
ties of a young kingbird, kept a captive,
are described by Mr. H. C. Bumpue In
Science. Tbe kingbird Uvea on Insects,
which It generally captures) on the
wing, and the young bird that Mr. Bum
pus experimented with caught falling
drops of water by striking at them with
Its beak, but could not be Induced to
drink from a dish after tbe manner or
chicken. This leads Mr. Bumpus to
suggest that kingbirds may be in tbe
habit of quenching their thirst by seiz
ing falling drops of rain.
A Wise Bird.
The same little captive described in
the preceding paragraph gave au
amusing proof of the excellence of Its
memory and the quickness of Its ob
servation. The first time It aaw a large
brown ant It seized the insect and mull
ed It In Its mouth, but finding the taste
disagreeable. Instantly rejected the
morsel. "The next day the bird was
taken to the same tree, and on perceiv
ing a second ant of tbe same species,
eyed It closely and deliberately, and
then shook its head and vigorously
wiped Its beak with unmistakable signs
A Deap Polar 8eaw
Doctor Nansen, who returned last
summer baffled In his attempt to reach
the north pole, although be got nearer
to It than anyone else has ever been,
reports a fact which upsets old Ideas
about the Polar Sea. He found that
tbe sea north of Siberia la shallow In
Its southern portion, averaging only
DO fathoms deep, but that above lati
tude 79 degrees, it suddenly becomes
profound, the- bottom falling to a depth
of 1,600 to 1,900 fathoms. If this ap
plies to the entire polar basin, then the
north pole does not lie In shallow
water, as many have supposed, but Is
situated In the midst of a deep sea a
fact which has a bearing upon the
problem of how best to reach the pole.
Microbe Leap Niagara.
Professor Frankland told some very
interesting things about microbes In
water during a recent lecture at the
Royal Institution. He said that these
little organisms sent Into the Niagara
River from the sewers of Buffalo take
the tremendous leap over the great
falls, and pass through the fearful tur
moil of the rapids and whirlpools be
neath with little or no barm. But
after they have reached the placid
waters of Lake Ontario they rapidly
perish, and almost entirely disappear.
This and many other similar fr.cts
were adduced to show that quiet sub
sidence In undisturbed water is far
more fatal to bacterial life than toe
most violent agitation In contact with
tmospheric air. Hence Professor
Frankland argues that the storage of
water in reservoirs is an excellent
method of freeing It from microbes.
If a small rod of Iron a straight
piece of wire, for Instance be greased,
It can be made to float on water. The
grease apparently prevents the break
ing of the surface of the water, and
the Iron lies cradled In a slight de
pression, or trough. Recently Dr. A.
M. Mayer, experimenting with rods
and rings of Iron, tin, copper, brass,
platinum, aluminum, German silver,
etc.. found that all metals, even the
densest will float on water when their
surfaces are chemically clean. A per
fectly clean piece of copper or platinum
wire, for Instance, forms a trough for
Itself on tbe surface of water Just at
If It were greased. The same Is true of
a small rod of glass. Doctor Mayer
believes the floating la due to a film of
air condensed on the surface of tha
glass or metal, because If the rod be
heated to redness, and as soon as It
cools be placed on water, it will sink;
but If It be exposed to tbe air for a
short time It wlU float
How Gold Penetrates) Lead.
Very wonderful are the experiments
f Prof. Roberts-Austen on the "diffu
sion of solid metals." The professor
has proved, for Instance, that gold,
without being melted, will diffuse Its
atoms through a mass of solid lead. Of
course the amount of the diffusion is
A0AM80N'S AUTOMATIC RAILROAD SWITCH.
Absolutely safety In railroad switch
es has been a much-desired quality,
but no system has as yet been con
trived which baa not at some time or
sther proved disappointing in some
respects. One of the best of Its kind
Is the safety switch Invented by Adam
ion, which Is worked automatically
by a locomotive and reset after the
train has passed. The system la sim
ple and consists of two small Inclined
planes, supplied with sliding blocks,
located In the center between the
tracks and connected by galvanised
and saOey. with the asttehls
light, but It la easily measurable. In
some cf the experiments cylinders ot
lead .about two and three-quarters
Inches In length, with gold placed at the
bottoi... were kept at a high tempera
turebut not high enough to melt eltbei
of the metals for various periods ot
time. In these days enough gold had
passed upward through the solid lead
to be detected at tbe top of tbe cylln
dsrc! Gold and lead kept pressed to
gether for four days, without being
heated above ordinary temperatures,
were strongly united. Solid gold alsc
SlS'jaea In solid silver and solid copper.
These facts are regarded as furnishing
j confirmation of tbe view long held by
I rrof. Graham that "the three -ondl-,
tions of matter, solid, liquid and gase
ous, probably always exist In every
liquid or solid substance, but that one
predominates over the others."
The Habits of It m la's Czar.
- The moat important personage lu Eu
rope to-day Is the young Czar of Rus
sia." Tbe nihilists believe they have
' frightened him already out of bis mind,
! and are rejoicing thereat claiming that
' be suffers from loss of memory. It U
aid Frof. Mandel. tbe famous Berlin
alienist, was sent for some time, ago tc
aee him, and that great secrecy attend
' ed his movements. - However, he 1
' now at tbe royal house party at Bal
moral, having come there from Denmark.-
An observer at Copenhagen
thus describes his habits and manners:
"The emperor has not been here long,
but It Is already easy for us to see that
his habits are totally different from
those of his fa.ther. Alexander IIL
loved hunting, riding and walking. HIi
successor scarcely ever walks or bunts
or rides. In fact, he eschews almost
entirely everything demanding physical
exertion. Of medium height and deli
cate constitution, Nicholas II. will uev
er be chief of an army or master of any
sport . He delights to shut himself 11
in his study to read, to write, to think
over state affairs, and to attend prompt
ly to matters brought him by tbe daily
couriers from St. Petersburg. After
dinner he smokes a few cigarettes, and
then generally plays billiards for an
hour. At 11 o'clock he retires for the
night and sleeps as peacefully as f
child until 8 or 8:30 a. m."
What Aaonlea They Faffer "Wasting"
Thesnaelvea to Reduce Weight
A prominent' physician, in a discus
sion of the superiority of the new meth
od of reducing the weight of Jockeys
by means of coverings electrically heat
ed, says that probably no one under
goes such labor on such low diet as thi
Jockey who Is "wasting" himself so ai
to scale with another lucky fellow
whose nature runs less to fat In thi
hottest weather he plies on clothes and
takes sharp walks. lie labors hard
and the more he sweats the more he
feeN he has done his duty. Then comet
tbe muzzle. After tbe labor there If
appetite; after the sweating there Is
thirst a raging thirst but the food
must be strictly limited, and the drink
must be of' the smallest, or all the
labor would be for naught The priva
tion Is horrible. Training -for condition
Is- bad enough, and has made many a
good fellow throw athleticism to the
dogs; but training for weight Is a fat
greater Infliction. So many pounds
have got to be got off, and there are
only so many days or weeks in which to
do it It Is done by physic, by sweat
ing, by bard labor, and by starvation.
A successful Jockey Is envied by thou
sands; but on the otber hand it must
be remembered that the'e are few
occupations which demand so much of
self-denial, and entail such painful dis
cipline as that of the Jockey. The or
deal comes when he is working himself
down to scale. A man in ordinary con
dition hardly varies in weight from day
to day, and he may keep his weight
almost without change for months and
even' years. It is not so, however,
when training has brought down the
weight far below Its natural level.
Then every cell in the body seems hun
gry and atbirst and a moisture is
ucked up as by blotting paper. Many
break down under the strain, the star-
ration telling on their nervous system
' before It affects their flesh, while oth
ers throw np tbe effort rather than con
tinue the misery of starvation which Is
. Involved in keeping the scales on the
Birds as Fog Signals.
The cries of sea birds, especially sea
gulls, are very valuable as fog sig
nals. The birds cluster on tbe cliffs
acd coast, and their cries warn boat
men that they are near the land.
lever and signal stationed at one aide
of the track. The switch works as fol
lows: A bolt wider tbe cowcatcher
can be pulled up by the engineer to
clear tbe switchboard If he wishes to
leave the switch as he finds It If be
leaves his bolt down It catches the
sliding block and pushes It down tbe
inclined plane, thereby turning tb
witch to the other track. The en
tire mechanism Is simple, and bsing
very solidly constructed, it will stand
a greater amount of wear than any
other system, at the same time requir
ing much leas attention and giving
mock greater safety.
REV. OB, TALK
Tbe Eminent Div:ne's Sunday
Subject: "Young Meat CJuUleaurad M
Tsxr: "And the Lord opened tbe eyes of
tbe young man." il Kings vi., 17.
One morning in Dothan a young thso
logical student was seared by flnrllng hlmsoi
sad Eltsha the prophet, npon whoa h
waited, surrounded by a whole army of
enemies. But venerable EUsna was not
seared at all because he saw the mountains
fall of defense for him in chariots mads oi
fire, drawn by horses of fire supernatural
appearance that eould not be m with the
natural eye. 80 the old minister prayed
that the young minister might as them also,
and tbe prayer was answered, and the Lord
opened the eyas ot the young man, and he
m saw in mi proosanon, tooKUur
what. I suppose, likatne Adlrondaoka or the
A-iiegnanies in autumnal resplendenoa.
Many young men. standine among the
most tremendous realities, have their eyas
halt shut or entirely closed. Hay Ood grant
that my sermon may open wide your ayes to
your safety, your opportunity and your des
tiny! A mighty defense for a young man is a
good home. Borne of my hearers look back
with tender satistaotion to their early home.
It may have 1 een rude and rustlo, hidden
among the hills, and architect or upholsterer
never planned or adorned It But all the
fresco on princely walls never looked so en
tlcing to you as those rough hewn rafters.
You can think of no park or arbor of trees
planted on fashionable country seat so at
tractive as the plain brook that ran la front
of the old farmhouse and sang under the
weeping willows. No barred gateway
adorned with statue of bronze and
swung open by obsequious porter in
full dress has half the glory of tbe old
awing gate Many of you have a second
dwelling placeyour adopted boms that
also Is sacred forever. There you built the
Brat family altar. There your children were
torn. All those trees vou planted. That
room is solemn because onoe in It, over the
hot pillow, flapped the wing of death. Un
der that roof you expect when your work is
done to Ue down and die. You try with
many words to tell the excellenoy ot the
plaee. but you fall. There is only on word
In the language that can describe your
meaning. It Is home.
Now, I declare It, that Touag man Is com
paratively sate who goes out into tbe world
with a charm like this upon him. The mem
ory of parental solloltude, watching, plan
ning and praying will be to him a shield and
a shelter. I never knew a man faithful both
to his early and adopted borne who at the
same time was given over to any gross form
of dissipation or wickedness. He who seeks
his enjoyment ohiefly from outside associa
tion rather than from the more quiet
and unpresumlng pleasures of which I
have spoken mar be suspected to be
on the broad road to ruin. Absa
lom despised his father's house, and you
know his history of sin and his death of
shame. If you seem unnecessarily Isolated
from your kindred and former associates is
there not some room that you can sail your
own? Into It aether books and pictures and
a harp. Have a portrait over the mantel.
Make ungodly mirth stand back from the
threshold. Consecrate some spot with the
knee of prayer. By the memory of other
days, a father's counsel, and a mother's love,
and a sister's oonfldenee, call it home.
Another defense for a young man is indus
trious habits. Many young men In starting
upon life in this age expect to make their
way through tbe world by the use ot their
wits rather than the toil of their bands. A
boy now goes to the elty and falls twice be
fore he la as old as his father was when he first
saw the spires of the great town. Sitting In
some offioe rented at S1000 a year, he Is
waiting for the bank to declare Its dividend,
or goes Into the market expecting before
night to be made rich by the rushing up of
the stocks. But luck seemed so dull he re
solved on some other tack. Perhaps he
borrowed from his employer's money drawer
and forgets to put it baok, or for merely the
purpose of Improving his penmanship makes
a copy plate of a merchant's signature.
Never mind. All Is right in trade. In some
dark night there may come In bis dreams
a vision of the penitentiary, but It
soon vanishes. In a short time he will be
ready to retire from the busy world, and
amid his flocks and herds cultivate the do
mestlo virtues. Then those young men who
onoe were bis schoolmates and knew no bet
ter thin to engage In honest work will oome
with their ox teams to draw him logs and
with their hard bands to help heave up his
eastle. This is no fancy picture. It is
everyday life. I should not wonder if there
were some rotten beams In that beautiful
palace. I should not wonder If dire sickness
should smite through the young man, or If
God should pour into his cup ot life a
draft tbat would tdrill him with unbearable
agony; If his children should become to him
a living curse, making bis no-ne a past and a
disgrace. I should not wonder If he goes to
a miserable grave and beyond it Into the
gnashing of teeth. The way of the ungodly
My young friends, there is no way to
genuine success except through toll either
ot head or han't. . At the battle ot Creey In
1346 the Prince of Wales, finding himself
heavily presaed by the enemy, sent word to
his father for help. The father, watohlng
the battle from a windmill, and seeing his
son was not wounded and eould gala the
day if he would, sent word: "No, I will not
come. Let the boy win his sours, for, if God
will, I desire that this day be his with all its
honors." Young man, nirbt your own battle
all through and you shall have the victory.
Ob, it is a battle worth fighting! Two
monarchs of old fought a duel, Charles T
and Francis, and tbe stakes were kingdoms,
Milan and Burgundy. You fight with ain
and the stake is heaven or hell.
Do not get tho fatal Idea that you are a
genius and tbat. therefore, there Is no need
of close application. It Is hero where mul
titudes fail. The curse of this, age is tbe
geniuses men with enormous self conceit
and egotism and nothing else. I had
rather be an ox than an eagle; plain and
flodding and useful rather than high fly
ng and good for nothing but to pick out
Ilia eyes of carcasses. Extraordinary ca
pacity without work is extraordinary fail
ure. There Is no hope for that person who
begins life resolved to live by his wits, for
tbe probability is that he has not any. It
was not safe for AHam, even in his unfallen
state, to have nothing to do, and therefore
God commanded bim to be a farmer and
horticulturist. He was to dress the garden
and keep it, and had he and his wife obeyed
the divine injunction and teen at work they
would not have been sauntering under tbe
trees and hankering after tbat fruit which
destroyed trtem and their posterity a proof
positive for lil ages to comu tbat those who
do not attend their bnslness are sure to get
into mischief. -
I do not know that the prodigal in Scrip
ture would ever have been reclaimed had he
not given up bis Idle habits and gene to
feeding swine for a living. Tbe devil does
not so often attack tbe man who Is busv
with tbe pen, and the book, and the trowel,
and .ho saw, and the hammer. He is afraid
of those weapons. But woe to tbe man
whom the roaring Hon meets with bis bands
in his pockets.
D.' not demand tbat your toil always be
elegant and cleanly and refined. There la a
certain amount 01 urudgery tbrougn which
we must all pass whatever be our occupation.
1 You know how men are sentenced a cerain
number or years to prison, and after they
have suffered and worked out the time then
they are allowed to go free. 80 it is with aU
us. God passe 1 on us the sentence. "By tiie
sweat of thy brow sbalt thou eat bread." We
must endure cur time of drodgery.and then,
after nwbile, we will be r.iiowed to go into
eoniparative liberty. W. must be willing to
endure tbe fentence. We all know wbnt
drn gery is ccunorted ith tbe beginning ol
say trade or profession, bat this does not
continue all our lives. If it be Ihe student's
ot the merchant's, or the mechanic's life. )
know you have at the beginning many a hard
time, but after a while those things will be
come easy. You will be your own master.
God's sentence will be satisfied. Yon will t
discharged from prison.
Bless God that you have a brain te think
and hands to work and feet to walk with,
for la your constant activity, O young man,
B525tSr strongest defens-a, fat voux
trastmaod and 6T0 your beSC Tfiat ehffa1
had it right when the horses ran away with
the load ot wood and he sat on It. When
asked it he waa frightened, he said. ''No, I
prayed to God and hung on like a beaver.'
Respect for the Sabbath will be to th
young man another preservative agafnt evil.
God has thrust Into tbe toll and fatigue ol
lifea reoeattve day, when the soul Is espe
cially to be fed. It is no new fangle notion
of a will brained reformer, bqt an institution
established at the beginning. God has mad
natural and moral laws so harmonious that
tbe Dody as well as the soul demands this in
stitution. Our bodies are seven day elooki
that must be wound up as often as that 01
they will rnn down. Failure must eomt
sooner or later to tbe man who breaks th
Sabbath. Inspiration has called it tbe Lord'i
day, and he who devotes It to the world Is
guilty of robbery. God will not let the sin
go unpunished either In this world or th
world to come.
This Is the statement ot a man who has I
broken thia divine enactment: "I was en
gaged in manufacturing on the Lehigh
Biver. On the Sabbath I used to rest, but
never regarded God la it. One beautiful
Sabbath when the noise was all hushed, and
the day was all that loveliness eould make
It I sat down on my piazza and went to work
Inventing a aaw aharUa. I neither stopped
to eat nor drink till the sun went down. By
that time I had the invention completed.
The next morning I exhibited it and boasted
of my day's work, and was applauded. The
Shuttle was tried and worked well, but that
Babbetn day's work oost me 1 30,000. We
branched out and enlarged, and the curse
of heaven was upon me from that day on
ward." While the divine frown must rest upon
htm who tramples upon this statute, God's
special favor will be upon tbat young man
who scrupulously observes it. This day,
properly observed, will throw a hallowed
Influence over all the week. The song and
sermon and sanctuary will hold back from
presumptuous sins. Tbat young man who
begins the duties of life with either secret or
open disrespect to tbe holy day. I venture to
prophesy, will meet with no permanent sua
cesees. God's curse will fall upon his ship,
his store, his office, his studio, his body and
his'souL The way ot the wioked He turneth
upside down. In one of the old fables it was
Said tbat a wonderful ohiid was born in Bag
dad, and a magician eould hear his footsteps
6000 miles away. But I can hear in the foot
step ot that young man on his way to the
house of worship to-day the step not only ol
a lifetime of usefulness, but thi oncoming
step of eternal ages of happiness yet millions
of years away.
A noble Ideal and confident expectation of
approximating to It are an Infallible de
fense. The artist completes in bis mind the
great thought that he wishes to transfer to
the canvas or the marble before he takes up
the crayon or the chisel. The architect
plans out the entire structure before he
orders the workmen to begin, and, though
there may for a long while seem to bs not h
ing but blundering and rudeness, he has in
his mind every Corinthian wreata and Got hlo
arch and Byzantine capital. Tbe poet
arranges the entire plot before he begins to
ehime the first canto of tingling rhythms.
And yet, strange to say, there are men who
attempt to build their character without
knowing whether in the end It shall be a
rude Tartar's tent or a St. Mark's ot Venice
men who begin to write the intricate poem
of their lives without knowing whether It
ball be a Homer'a "Odyssey" or a rhym
Nine hundred and ninety-nine men out of
a thousand are living without any great life
plot. Booted and spurred and plumed, and
urging their swift courser in the hottest
haste, I ask: "Hello, man! Whither away?"
His respones, "Nowhere." Rush into the
busy shop or store of many a one and tak
ing the plane out of the man's hand or lay
ing down the yardstick, say, "What, man. is
all this about so much stir and sweatr"
The reply will stumble and break down
between teeth and Hps. Every day's duty
ought only to be the filling up of the main
plan ot existence. Let men be consistent
It they prefer misdeeds to correct couisss of
aotion, then let them draw out the design of
knavery and cruelty and plunder. Let every
day's falsehood and wrong doing be julded
as coloring to the picture. Let bloody deeds
red stripe the picture, and the clouds of a
wrathful God bang down heavily over tbe
ctnvae, ready to break out in clamorous
tempest. Let the waters be obafeil and
troth tangled and green with immeas
urable depths. Then take a torch of
burning pitch and scorch into the frame
the right name for It the soul's suicide.
If one entering upon sinful direc
tions would only in his mind or on pa
per draw out in awful reality this dreadru!
future, he would recoil from It and say. "Am
t a Dante that by my own lifo I shouM write
another 'Interne?' " But if you are resolve 1
to live a life such as God and good men will
approve, do not let it be a vague dream, an
indefinite determination, but in your miud
r upon paper sketoh it in ail its minutim.
You cannot know the changes to which you
may be subjeot, but you may know what
always will be right and always will be
wrong. Let gentleness and charity and ver
tolty and faith stand in the heart of the
On some still brook's bank make a lamb
tnd Hon lie down together. Draw two or
three of the trees of life, not frost stricken,
oor ice glazed, nor wind stripped, but witn
thick verdue waving like tbe palms of
heaven. On the darkest cloud place the
rainbow, that pillow of the dying storm.
You need not print the title on the frame.
The dullest will eatoh the design at a
glance and say, "That is the road to beav
n." Ab, me! On this sea of life what in
aumerable ships, heavily laden and well
rigged, yet seem bound for no port! Swept
svery whither of wind and wave, they go up
oj tbe mountains, tbey go down by tha
valleys and are at their wits' end. They
il by no chart, they watch no star, tbey
long for no harbor. I beg every young man
:o-day to draw out a sketch ot what, hy tbe
race of God, he means to be. Think no
excellence so high that you cannot reach
t. He who starts out in life with a high
deal of eharaoler and faith in Its attain
nent will And himself incased from a
:housana temptations. There are mag
alAoent possibilities before eaoh of you,
young men of the stout heart, and tbe buoy
ant step and the bounding spirit. I would
marshal yon for grand achievement. God
low provides for you the Held and tbe
irmor and the fortification. Who is on
-lie Lord's side? A captain In ancient
dmes. to encourage his men against the
Immense odds on tbe side of their enemies,
laid: "Come, my men, look these fellows
a the face. They are 6000: you are 303.
surely the match is even." That speaoh gave
:bem tbe victory. Be not, my hearers, dis
mayed at any time by what seems an im
mense odds against you. Is fortune. Is want
f education, are men. are devils against you,
though the multitudes of earth and bell con
front you, stand up to the charge. With
1,000.000 against you, the match Is just even
nay, voa have a decided advantage. If
Sod be for us, wbo can be against usV Thus
proteoted, you need not spend much time in
answering your assailants.
Many years ago wordcame to me that two
Importers, as temperance lecturers, had been
speaking in Ohio in various places and giv
ing their experience, and they told- their
audience that tbey bad long, been intimate
with me and had become drunkards by din
ing at my table, whoro I always had liquor
of all sort?. Iudignant to the last degi ee, 1
went down to Patrick Campbell, chief ol
Brooklyn police, saving that 1 was going to
start that night for Ohio to have those vil
lains arrested, and I wanted him to tell me
bow to make tbe arrest. He smiled and satdi
'Do not waste your time by cbasing thCe
men. Go borne and do your work, and toe'
eaa do von no harm." I took his counsel,
and all was welL Long ago I made up my
mind tbat if one wlU. put his trust In God
and be faithful to duty he need not fear any
evil. Have God on your side, young man,
and all tbe eombined foroes of earth and hell
can do you no damage.
od this leads me to say that the might,
lest defense for a young man Is the posses
sion of religious principle Nothing can take
he place ot it He may have manners that
would put to shame the gracefulness and
courtesy of a Lord Chesterfield. Foreign
languages may drop from his tongue. Ha
may be able to disus) literature and laws and
foreign customs. He may wield a pen 01
nnequaled polish and power. Hia quickness
and taot may qualify him for the highest
sa'ary of the counting bouse. He may i- as
sharp as Herod and as strong as Samson,
with as flue looks as those which hung Ab
salom, still he is not safe from contamination.
The more elegant his manner, and the mors
fascinating his dress, the more peril. Satan
does not oare for the allegiance of a coward
ly and illiterate being. He cannot bring him
mo efficient service. Baths love to storm
that eastle o character which has In It fhs
most spoils and treasures. It was not soma
crazy craft creeping along the coast with a
valueless cargo tbat the pirate attacked, but
the ship, full winged and flagged, plying be
tween great porta, carrying its millions of
specie. The more your natural and acquired
accomplishments, tbe more need of therellg
Ion of Jesus. That does not cut in upon 01
back np any smoothness of disposition or
behavior. It. gives symmetry. It arrests
that in the soul whioh ought to be arrested anil
propels that which ought to be propelled. It
fills up the guile vs. It elevates and trans
forms. To beauty It gives more beauty, to
tact more taot. to enthusiasm of nature mora
enthusiasm. When the Holy 8pirit impresses
the image of God on the heart. Ho dons not
spoil the canvas. It in all th multitudes ot
young men upon whom religion has acted
Jrou eould find one nature that had been the
east damaged, 1 would yield this proposi
tion. You may now have enough strength of
character to repel the various temptations to
gross wickedness which assail you, but I do
not know in what strait you may be thrust
at some future time. Nothing short of the
grace of the cross may then be able to de
liver you from tne lions, ion are not
meeker than Moses, nor holler than David,
nor more patient than Job, and you oimbt
not to consider yourself Invulnerable. You
may have some weak point of character that
you have never discovered, and in some hour
when you are unsuspecting tbe Philistines
will be upon thee, Samson. Trust not
in your good habits, or your early train
ing, or your pride t character
nothing short of the arm of Almighty God
will be suflloient to uphold you. You look
forward to tbe world sometimes with a chill
ing despondency. Cheer np. I will tell you
how yoc may make a fortune. "Seek II rat
the kingdom of God and His righteousness,
and all other things shall be added unto
you." I know you do not want to be menu
in this matter. Give God the freshness of
your life. You will not have the heart to
drink down the brimming cup of lite and
then pour the dregs on God's altar. To
a Saviour so Infinitely generous you
have not the heart to act like that. That
is not brave. Tbat is not honorable.
That Is not manly. Your greatest want In
all the world is a new heart. In God's name
I tell you that. And the Blessed Spirit
presses through the solemnities and privi
leges of this holy hour. Put the cup of life
eternal to your thristy lips. Thrust it not
back. Mercy offers it bleeding mercy, long
suffering mercy. Reject ail other friend
ships, be ungrateful for all other kindness.
prove recreant to all otner bargains, but to
despise God's love for your Immortal soul
do not do that
I would like to see some of you this hour
press out of the ranks of the world and lay
your conquered spirit at the feet of Jesus.
This hour is no wandering vagabond stag
gering over the earth; it Is a winged mes
senger of tbe skies whispering mercy to thy
soul. Life Is smooth now, but after awhile
it may be rough, wild and precipitate.
There comes a crisis in the history of every
man. We seldom understand thnt turning
point nntil it Is far past The read of life is
forked, and I read on two signboards: "This
Is tbe way to happiness" and 'This
Is the way to ruin.". How apt we are
to paw the fork of the road without thinking
whether It comes out at the door of bliss or
the gates of darkness.
Many years ago I stood on the anniver
sary platform with a minister ot Christ
who made this remarkable statement :
"Thirty years ago two young men started
out in the evening to attend the Park
Theater, New York, where a play wns to
be acted in whioh the cause of religion was
to be placed in a ridiculous and hypocrit
ical light. They came to the steps. The
consciences ot both smote them. One
started to go home, but returned again to
the door, and yet had not courage to enter,
and finally 'departed. But the other younir
man entered the pit ot the thoitor. It
was the turning point in the history of these
two young men. Tbe man who entered was
caught in tie whirl ot temptation. Ho sank
deeper and deeper In infamy. He wns lost.
That other young man was savod, ami he
now stands before you to bless God thr t for
twenty years be has been permitted to
preach the gospel."
"Rejoice. O young man, in thy vouth and
let thy heart cheer tbee in the days of thy
youth; but know thou that for nil those
things Gad will bring thee unto judgment."
MANIA FOR EXCURSIONS.
Borne Men Are Rained by Their Fond
nese for Janntlnar.
"Did you ever hear of a man being
ruined by tbe habit of going on excur
sions?" asked a sergeant of police yes
terday. "It's as bod as tbe drink habit
It causes Just as much trouble, and In
these warm months there are just as
many people suffering the evil effects of
It as there are those who are ruining
themselves with whisky. There are
lots of people who can't help going on
excursions, even though tbey may have
barely money enough to keep soul and
body together. Only the other day tbey
bad a victim of tbe habit over In the
eighth precinct. He was a man named
William Motz, who was arrested for
disorderly conduct His wife claimed
he didn't support his family. Motz
simply had to go on excursions when
the mania came upon him. He couldn't
keep away from them. The result was
that he spent all his money In this way,
and finally brought up In a cell.
"Did you ever notice what a lot of
people there are who study the posters
advertising cheap excursion ratos? A
good many of them are In the dopths
of poverty, and yet they are always go
ing on excursions. That Is why some
of them are so poor. Why, I knew a
family over on the east side who spent
Just half their Income going on trips
to the lake resorts. Every Sunday the
whole crowd of them would go off to
Crystal Beach, or Wood lawn Beach,
or Niagara Falls, or some resort, all
through the summer. They would leave
early In the morning, and would not
get back till midnight Then by Tues
day they'd be off for some other re
sort They would go again on Thurs
day or Friday, and sometimes the old
man would go on an excursion every
night In the week. He was getting only
$70 a month, and I figured up tbat it
cost the family somewhere between $30
and $40 a month for steamboat fares.
It was a mystery how they managed to
live. The other day his house went on
foreclosure sale, and I hear he hasn't
been able to pay his grocer for a year,
and yet only last Sunday I saw the
whole family getting aboard an Elm
wood Beach steamer. I'll bet half tbe
people In the poorhouses are victims of
the excursion habit
"I have a fatally myself," continued
the sergeant after a pause, "But I've
shut down on their going on any excur
sions. If tbey want to go out of town
on a nice little trip once lu a while, it's
all right hut they can't get on any of
these cut-rate affairs. I know If tlicy
once got the habit It would take Qve
times the salary I am getting to keep
me out of debt." Buffalo Express.
It WouTd Fetch Him.
Tourist (in'Kentucky) That ccn
Meman ultMnir over there I the most
taciturn person I ever encountered.
Though I nave tried almost every
imaginable subject of conversation, I
am utterly unable to draw him out."
Landlord That's Col. Gore; try a
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