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SELFISH THOUGHTS.
Rev. Dr. Talmage Urg*s a Life of
Helpfulness to Others.
PRACTICAL LESSONS DRAWN
From the Captivity of Job, Who
Prayed for His Friends.
^ The Efficacy of
Prayer..
In this disoourse Dr. Talmage wars
on narrowness of view and nrges a life
helpful to others; text, Job xlii, 10,
t4And the Lord turned the captivity ofJob
when he prayed for his friends."
Comparatively few people read this
last chapter of the book of Job. The
"earlier chapters are so fall of thrilling
incident, of events so dramatically portrayed,
of awful ailments and terrific
disaster, of domestic infelicity, of staccatopaassage,
of resounding address, of
omnipotency proclaimed, ot utterances
shoving Job to have been the greatest
scientist of his day an expert in mining
and precious stones, astronomer and geographer
acnd zoologist aad electrician
fluid poet, that most readers stop before
they get to my text, which, strangely !
and mysteriously, announces that "the
Lord turned the captivity of Job when
lie prayed for his friends."
Now. will you please explain to me
how Job's prayer for his friends halted
his catastrophes? Give me some good
reason why Job, on his knees in behalf
of the welfare of others, arrested the
long processions of calamities. Micd
you, it was not prayer for himself, for
then the cessation of his troubles would
have been only another instance of
prayer answered. But the portfolio of
his disaster was rolled up while he supplicated
God in behalf or Eliphaz the
Temanite Bildad the Shuhite the Temaaite,
Bildad the Shuhite and Zopbar
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that I had to read the text over and
over again before I got its' fall meaning
? "And the Lord turned the captivity
of Job when he prayed for his friends."
Well, if you will not explain it to me
I will explain it to you. The healthiest,
the most recuperative thing on
earth to do is to stop thinking so much
about ourselves and go to thinking
about the welfare of others. Job had
been studying his misfortunes, but the
more he thought about his bankruptcy
the poorer he seemed, the more he
thought of his carbuncles the worse
they hurt, the more he thought of his
unfortunate marriage the more intolerable
became the conjugal relation,
the more he thought of his house blown
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clone. His misfortunes grew blacker
and blacker. Bat there was to come a
reversal of these sad conditions. One
day he said to himself: "I have been
dwelling too much upon my bodily ailments
and my wifes temper, ana my bereavements.
It is time I began to think
about others and do something for
others, and I will start now by praying
for my three friends." Then Job dropped
upon his knees, and as he did so
^ the last shackle of his captivity of troubles
snapped and fell of. Hear it, all
ye ages of time and all ye ages of eternity,
"the Lord turned the captivity of j
Job when he prayed for his friends!" I
The fault with most of us is too much
self concentration?our health, our fortunes,
our advancement, our social position,
our achievements, our losses, our
defeats, our sufferings, our persecution, j
our life, our death, our immortality.
Of course there is a lawful and righteous
selfishness. In a worJd and in a !
time of suoh activities and rivalries and
temptations we must look after our own
interests and our own destiny or we will
go uuder. Do not wait for others to
take care of you. Take care of your
~ self. But it will not hinder our preservation
and prosperity if we enlarge the
sphere of our wishes and prayers so as
to take in others, The law in the natural
world would do well for the moral and
spiritual world. The. centripetal force
in nature would throw everything in
toward the center and the centrifugal
force in nature would throw everything
out from the center. But the centxipeta
and the centrifugal workbeautif'ully together.
The one fore9 that /would
throw everything toward the center is
balanced by the force that would throw
everything outward.
Our world, with its own interests,
feels the pull of other worlds. No world
no nation, no community, no man, no
woman, can afford to exist only for itsself
or himself or herself. The hour in
which Job has that soliloquy about the
enlargement of his prayerd so as to take
in his friends and he put into execution
his good resolution, was the hour when
he felt a tonic, a sedative, a nervine,
a cataplasm that helped to cure his body
and revived his fortunes till they were
a hundred percent better than ever before,
for the record is "the Lord gave
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sad tended to make him a wonder of
longevity, for he lived 140 years after
hia troubles were gone. Oh, what a
mighty medicament is the contemplation
of and the effort for the welfare of
others!
"N "Bnt," says some one, "it is easy
enough for Job to pray for his friends.
Anybody can do that. There are those
to whom we are obliged for years of
kindnsss. They stand so close to us in
sympathy and reminisccnce and anticipation
that it is easy for us to pray for
their welfare." Weil, I see you do not
understand that these friends of Job
were the most tantalizing and exasperating
friends a man ever had. Look at
their behavior. When they heard of
his bereavements and the accidents by
whirlwind and lighting stroke, they
came in^nd sat down by him a wholeweek,
seven day3 and seyen nights, and
the record is "none spake a word to
kim." What a disreputable and wicked
silence! Mind you, they professed tc
be religious men and they ought to have
been able to offer some religious consolation.
Instead of that they were dumb
as the sphinx which at that time itooc"
in the African desert and stands there
still. Why did they not say something
about reunion in \he heavenly real mo
with his children who had been slain?
?- Why did they not talk to him about the
satisfactory explanations in the f ature
world of things we do not understand
in this world? Why did they not go to
the apothecary and buy a poultice that
would have soothed the carbuncles, or
some quieting potion thai would calia
his nerves, or a few drops of febrifuge
that would cool his heated frame? No!
For seven days and seven nights they
did nothing and said nothing for his reliaf.
They must have almost bored him
to death.
After these three friends had completed
their infamous silence of a week
they began to lecture Job. First, Eiiph*z
the Temanite opens with a long
nfcnrv ahrmt a. dream which he had in
the night and irritates the sufferer with
words that make things worse instead
of better and sets nim in and attitne of j
d?fens8 against the lecturer. Then !
comes Bildad the Shuhite, who gives
the invalid a round sco'ding snd
calls him garrulous aod practically tells
him that he deserved all that he got
and that if he had behaved himself
aright he wouldrnot hsve lost his home
} or his children or his estate, tie
practically says: "Job, I will tell ycu
what is the matter with you. You are
bad; you are a hypocrite; you are now
getting paid for your wickedness." No
wonder that there came from Job an
| outburst oe ine'gnation which calls out
I the other quondam friend. Zophar the
! Naamatnite, who begins denouncing
i Job by calling him a liar and keeps on
! the discourse until Job responds to all
I three ef them in the sarcastic words,
"No doubt but ye are the people, and
j wisdom shall die with you."
Oh, what friends Job bad! Heaven
deliver us from having one such friend,
! to say nothing of having three of them.
| It was for such friends that Job prayed,
I and was it not a religious triumph for
him so to do? Wou!d you, the very
best of you, be in very devout mood
and capable of making intercession for
people who had come to you in a day
of trouble and said: "Good for you.
You ought to be chastised. You are
being taken in hand by eternal justice.
If you had behaved yourself aright,
you would not have been sick or impoverished
or made childless." Oh,
no, my friend, you would not have felt
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but more like Job when he cursed the
day of his nativity!
Nothing is so unhealthy as to get
mad. It is a shock to the whole physical
organization as well as to your mental
and moral condition. It is no unusual
thing for people to drop down
dead in a ntof anger. You people who
weigh over 200 pounds avoirdupois had
bi tter never lose your temper, for at
such times apoplexy is not far off. Get
the cqnipoise of Job in the text, and it
will help you in business directions.
Praying for all offenders you will have
more nerve for large undertakings; you
will have a better balanced judgment;
you will waste no va'uab'.e time in trying
to get even with your enemies. Try
this height of prayer for your antagonist
today, and if you fail try it tomorrow.
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should not wonder if, in addition to
the moral and religious strength it gives
you, it should add a hundred per cent
to your worldly prosperity. Job xii,
10, ''The Lord gave Job twice as much
as he had before."
What we all need is to get out of ourselves
and go to helping others, whether
friends or foes. As beautiful an instances
of how this can.be done I found
last summer in London iu the person of
Florence Nightingale, the heroine of
hospitals and of battlefields when there
were no hospitals. The lounge on
which she lies prostrate is a throne of
power, and, though she has passed into
the eighties, she trains nurses for sickbeds,
and her influence is now felt
among the wounded in South Africa,
while her memory is full of the story of
Balaklava, Sebastopol and Inkerman,
where England and France and Russia
er&nDled. She told me that she had i
not been hat>py until she undertook to
alleviate suffering and that since she
began that work she had never seen an
unhappy day. To that work she consecrated
her life, her classic attainments,
her social position, her brilliant
personality. Her whole life for
others, and her face shows it. I think
so much of heaven is to be found in no
other human countenance. Tennyson's
''Charge of the Light Brigade" is not
more thrilling to me than the womanly
bravery and sacrifice that took care of
those who were slroFfrom the saddles of
the '"immortal six hundred."
My text enthrones prayer and gives
it a scepter to wave over our temporal
and eternal life. Under Grod is cured
Job and fixed up his finanoes and restored
his home and made him so robust
of health that he lived 14 decades.
"But," some one says, "I do not believe
in prayer for friends and foes,
because I do not think that God is go
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we ask him so to do." Neither
do I tbiak that (rod will change the law
of nature at our request, but I am sure
that he answers prayer through natural
law. Not a physician of any skill, allopathic
or homeopathic or hydropathio
or eclectic, but has some time been surprised
that what was thought to be a
fatal disease suddenly relaxes its grasp
of the patient, and he recovers. Not
one law of nature has been fractured.
Prayer may have given the sudden turn
to that iilnes?. A business man may
be in difficulty inextricable?mortgages
against him foreclosing, goods to be
sold for some reason become unsalable,
new invention in machinery making the
old machinery of his factory worthless,
ail kinds of commercial troubles pouncing
upon him at once. Most business
men have at least, once in their ll.es,
been put in such agonising crisis, but
the harried merchant or manufacturer
gets out of it. Creditors become more
lenient, the wheels that were made useless
for making one kind of fabric turn
out to be good for making another style
of fabric, the atocs of goods that could
not be sold comes into unexpected ae ,
maud, and whereas all things were
against him ail things are now for him.
No law of nature is broken and no law
of tra<le. Prayer may have given that
extrication. God, by making a laT,
does not tie his own hands with it. If
you are free to do what you are asked
to do, is not God just as free, or are <
you mightier than your Maker? i
What a scene it was when that whaling
ship, after a cruise of three years, 1
approached a New England harbor!
From the shore the mother knew that
it was the ship in which her son was
sailing. But a hurricane struck the
ship and destroyed it on the rocks, and 1
the wreokage was strewn on the beach, i
But the mother continued all night in
prayer for her son's safety, and in the
morning a knock was heard at her
door, *nd the door opened, and '
in came her long absent boy, ex- |
claiming, ''Mother, I knew you
would pray me home!" But you need
not go so far for illustration. I have
in my own life had answers to prayer !
so pointed, so direct, so startling, that
I dare not recite them lest I be misunderstood.
I could pick many Btartling
instances right out of this audience. '
You dare not doubt the integrity of 1
those who present such evidence- You 1
would believe them as witnesses in any
court of law standing before?judge and
jury, and certainly you ought to be
iieve them when they give solemn tes- 1
timony as to ""hat they have seen and i
felt in answti to prayer?silent prayer,
audible prayer, ejsculatory prayer, intercessory
prayerN extemporaneous
prayer, liturgical prayer; prayer in the ;
morning to start the day right, i
prayer in the evening to correct the
mistakes of the day, prayer at the be- i
ginning of the year as we launch out
upon its uncertainties and prayer at the
close of the yaar reriewing the vicissitudes
of the 12 months; prayer for ourselves,
prayer for others; not formal
and heartless prayer, which is of no
more use than the prayer of the heathen
of Timbuktu, who writes his petition
on a board and then washes it oS and
pitches the water in a cnp, giving it to
the sick to drink for his recovery; or
the prayer of the people of Tibet, who
put their petiiiou ia a cylinder aDd
turn the crank, and as many timrs as
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tbe cylinder furD9 is toe prayer orfered;
or the prayer inlndia, which is
made in behalf of thewealthy by the
people hired to read tb8 Koran day and
night for the benefit of the employer.
Prayer is what some one hap called
"the slender nerve that-m^vetH the
vl scles of omnipetence." Prayer is
the heaithfnl respiration of 'he soul.
It is the whisper of helplessness into
the ear of help. It 15 laying hold of
almightiness, omnisoienoe at one and
the same time. Prayer is tbe laying
hold of a pulley fastened to the heavenly
throne. Prayer is the first breath
of a newborn sonl and it is heard in
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trie iast gasp 01 eanmy cnnsuau experiences.
Prayer! In an instant it
mounts the highest heavens. Neither
seraph or archangel ever flew swifter
or higher than the infant's petition at
her mother's knee. What an opportunity
is prayer! Why not oftner use
it praying for ourselves and, like Job,
praying for others? What better work
would we do, what better lives would
live, what better hopes would we entertain,
if we multiplied and intensified
our prayers!
Some one asked a soldier of Stonewall
Jackson the secret of the great
general's influence over his men.
"Does your general abuse vou, swear
at you, to make you march?" "Swear,"
replied -the soldier. 'No!'' Ewell
does the swearing; Stonewall do8s the
praying. When Stonewall wants us
to march, he looks at us soberly, just
as if he were sorry for us, and says,
'Men, we have got to make a long
march.' We always know when there
is going to be a long march and right
smart fightiDg, for S ocewall is powerful
on prayer just belore a big fight."
When Stonewall Jackson was asked
the meaning of the passage, "in constant
prayer," and he said: "If you
will not mistake and think I am set
ting up myself as an example, which I
am not, I will give an illustration from
my own habit. I have so fixed the
habit of prayer in my mind tnat I never
raise a glass of water to my lips without
a moment asking of God's blessing.
I never seal a letter withont putting a
word of prajer under the seal. J never
take a letter from the post without a
brief sending of my thoughts heavenward.
I never change my olasses in
the seetion room without a minute's
petition for the cadets who go out and
those who come in." Don't you
sometimes forget? said a friend. He
replied: "I think I can say that I
can say that I soarcely do. The habit
has become almost as fixed as breathing."
"But," says some one from a
different section of the country from
that in which General Jackson lived,
were his prayers answered?" Yes, as
earnest prayers are always answered,
in God's way, and God's is always the
best way, while our way may be the
wrong vay.
In all the tossing of this life lay hold
of the rope of prayer mentioned by
John Newton, who was converted on
shipboard from being a blasphemous
sailor to beoome a great preachcr of
righteousness and who said: "'When
I first amused myself with going to
sea, when the winds rose and the
waves became rough, I tumbled and
tossed about like a porpoise in the
water. At last I caught hold of a rope
that was floating about, and then I was
enabled to stand upright. So when a
multitude of troublous thoughts invade
your peace, :>r when the winds and
waves of temptation arise, look out
for the rope, lay hold of the rope and
stay yourselves on the faithfulness of
God by keepiQg'his promises.
My hearer, I will tell you the time
when you can afford to cease praying.
It will be when you have no sins to be
be pardoned, no sorrows to be comforted,
no more friends or foes who need
your intercessions. Qaeen Elizabeth
said to Walter Rileigh, ''Releigh, when
will you stop begging?" Raleigh, replied,
"When your majesty leaves off
giving." And your time, my hearer,
to stop praye; will be when God has
no more pardon and mercy and strength
to bestow and the recourses of the Infinite
are exhausted. Havelock knew
the value of prayer when he arose at 4
o'clock in the morning for his devotiens.
The soldiers of the Fourteenth Massachusetts
regiment showed that they
knew the joy of worship when tney
took a delegate of the Coristian commission
to see what they called their
''praying place."
Now, if Grod has during these remarks
shown us the uses, the importance,
the blessedness of prayer, suppose
we try to do what Job did when
he prayed for his exasperators. Many
of us at the .beginning of this subject
felt that while we could pray for oursevles
and pray for those who were
Lnd to us, we never could reach the
high point of religious experience in
which we could pray for those who annoy
us and make us feel worse instead
of feeliDg better. That was a Matterhorn,
that was an Alp, to the top of
which we feared to olimb, but we
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maDJt vj^u. mat uy hid ummpuicub
grace we have reached that height at
last. Let us praj! 0 Christ, who
didst pray for thine assassians, we now
pray for those who despitefuliy use i
as and say ail manner of evil against .
as. For their eternal salvation we
supplicate. When time is no more, <
may they reign on thrones and wear '
coronets and sway scepters of heavenly 'i
dominion. Meanwhile take the bitterness
from their soul and make them
soon think as well of us as they now
think evil. Spare their bodies from
pain and.their households from.bereave- 1
ment. After all the misunderstand- '
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over, may we^keep with them eternal
jubilee in the mansions on -the hill.
And as thou didst turn the capitivity
of Job when he had prayed for those
who had badly used him and health
same to his body and prosperity to his
estate, now that we hive by thy grace
been able to make supplication for our
antogonists, cure our diseases if we are
ill, and restore our estate if it has been
scattered, and awaken gladness in our
homesteads if they have beeu. bereft,
and turn the captivity of our physical
pain or financial misfortune or mental
distress. And thine shall be the king
dom and the power and the glory forever
and ever.' Amen.
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The Channel Chck<?d With Dead j '
Chinamen.
The Louloa Glebe Wednesday afternoon
publishes a letter from a Belgian
gentleman who has been traveling to
Pekiu via the Trans-Siberian railroad.
He describes under date of September
6th, what he s*w on the Amur river.
His account surpasses in horror those
previously published.
"The scenes I have witnessed during
the three days since the Bteamer
left Blagovetchensk," he says, "are
horribk beyond tbe powers of description.
L is the closing tablau of a fearful
human tragedy. Two thousand were
deliberately drowned at Morxo, two
thousand at Rabe and eight thousand
around Blagovetohensk, a total of
twelve thousand corpses encumbering
the river, among which were thousands
of women and children. Navigation was
all but impossible. Last week a boat
had to plough her way thiough a tangled
and mangled mass of corpses lashed to- *
gether by their long hair. The banks (
were literally covered with ocrpses. In J
the curves of the stream were dark, *
futrid, smelling massess of human flesh r
and bone, surging and swaying in the f
steamer's wake and wash. The captain t
vainly ordered full speed ahead. The i
sight and smell will be ever with us *
' From Blagovetchensk to Aigan, 45
kilometers, numerous villages studded I
the bank, with a thriving, industrious *
population of. over 100,000. That of t
Aigun ^as 20,000. No one will ever f
know the number of these who perished t
by shot, sword and stream. ^Not a vil- 1
lttge is left. The silence of death was *
around us, the smoking ruins of Aigun *
on the right, with broken down, crumb
ling walls and shattered, roofless .
houies." (
What It Mean*. ?
The re-election of William McKin- ^
ley means the indorsement of every vio ^
lation of law. every wilful perversion < f j
the principles of tree government made g
by the party in power during the past i
tour years, it means mac me ancient
landmarks set up by the fathers for the
guidance of the servants of the people
are to be devoted to vandal destruction
by men intrusted with political power;
that the century-and-a-quarter-old system
of government of the people, by the
people and for the people is to be
relegated into disuse and in its place is
to be erected a government of the trusts,
by the trusts and for the trusts; that c
the Declaration of Independence? A
which not only nerved tne arms, ir- J
radiated the minds and magnified the *
souls of the heroes who fought, bled ^
and endured all manner of hardships in
the days of Lexington, Banker Hill, t
and VnrVf.rtwn. font rvrnvpd t
a fountain of courage and hope to their
des cenGants and was a "bow of promise"
to people in other lands struggling for
freedom and self government?is an
outworn asd useless document no longer
to serve -as the guide and inspiration of
a republio grown populous, prosperous
and mighty through adhesion to and
obiarvanoe of its grandly truthfi 1 pro
nouncement*; that the constitution
whioh has been the rock, the stay, the
palladium, the protector and interpreter
of our entire fibrio of laws is a
thing to be put aside, to be disregarded
at the whim of the president and congress,
a3 no longer controlling and
limiting their powers: that these agencies
shall conduct the functions of government
according to the directions of
anoligarohy of commercial combines by
virtue of whose corruDtine money they li
hold office and place; that we are to t
swing loose from the moorings of a Re- 1
publican essence in government and E
give the lie abd the scoff to our splendid .
and heroic past by becoming eervile imi- t
tators of old world empires and king- i
doms that are upheld by bayonets, con- a
ducted for the benefit of a privileged t
class and builded upon the toil and ?
blood of unhappy millions.
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The New Issues
The New York Churchman, probably
the ablest church newspaper-maga j,
zine published in this country, bas this g
to say on the issues of the late election: c
"The victory of Tuesday ends all dis- d
cute as to currency standard. This e
eliminates an issue w hioh has perturbed ^
American politics for over a century. ?
There remain, however, 'Jta other two S
great issues which ioomed upon the a
horizon in serious form for the first j,
time during the past canvass. One was c
the attitude of the United States upon I
foreign affairs, and the other was the Q
demand for the use of the powers of
the general government in order to restrain,
to regulate and to load with in- 5
creased taxation, the great accumula- ?
tions, some of them by individuals, but t!
most of them held by great bodies of e
stockholders, whose growth constitutes tl
ihe most important social phenomenon P
of the pa?t twenty years. These two e
issues remain to be fought out, and *
they will come up for settlement in
19U4, without any question like the 0
currency to aid and support those who ti
are defending these great accumulations, <3
or to hinder the attack of those who be- G
lieve that they are not paying their fair ^
9hare of the expenses of the govern- *
ment." These are the issues upon p
which Bryan will bs nominated and t<
elected in 1904. He is the logical can- r<
didate as long as these questions are
unsettled.
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The Blacks on Top. ^
A dispatch from Honolulu says Rob- I
ert Wilcox, the independent socialist
eandidate, has been elected Hawaiian '
delegate to congress by a small majority,
over Samuel Parker, Republican, jj
Much depression has resulted among ^
ail whites, as Wilcox was strongly opposed
by Republicans and Democrats
alike. His campaign was an anti-white a
sanvass, with promises on the part of
* * _ 1 . l X n
some 01 ms campaign workers mat n *;
he wsre elected. Queen Liiioukalani tshould
be restored to the throne. The
result of the rote shows the native bitterness
over annexation to be still ap- a
parent. The independent native party 0
carried the house of representatives by ^
a large majority. It is likely as a re- p
suit of the election that congress will ^
be asked to establish some limitations a
upon the voting privilege. Many of 8;
the whites want a property qualifies- a
tion for voters. It is argue-1 that in j
voting upon a simple colorlin9many of a
the blacks have shown themselves un- t'
fit for universal suffrage. c
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Last winter, writes W. E. Curtis, in a
a. rtur "D j. Kttl.. ?
I LLC VUlCBgU JACVJUIU, WTTUI2.WC1U UUli U1CU c
were standing : 2 front of the main en- fj
trance t'* t-ie 8enate Chamber, when h
Senator Chandler, who, as you know, is r
a great wag, anda friend came through 1<
the door. One of them, a little girl of c
11, burning with curiosity, stepped up c
to them and asked: "Mister, how ?
much does it cost you to go in there?" t
"You better ask that gentleman com- s
ing up the corrider," said the Senator I
from New Hampshire, pointing to Sen- s
ator Clark of Montana, who was lei?- t
urely approaching the entrrnce. *
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^ SOME GIANT SCALES
Sew Ones That Will Weigh a Load
of 130 Tons.
Everybody Is perhaps aware that the
argo scales upon -which entire freight
:ars with their loads of many tons are
weighed are considered Immense, but
-vith all their Immensity Uncle Sam
las gone all the railroads in this counxy
one point better, says the "Washington
Times, by installing at the navy
rard one of the largest pair of scales
u the country. This machine can outweigh
the largest railroad weighing
nachine by fifty tons, and Jta results
nust be accurate to the pound, while
ailroad scales are considered good
;nough If they approach anywhere
iear fifty pounds of being correct The
lew scales are placed on the track gong
south from the great gun shops
ind Just opposite the forge shop. They
ire forty-eight feet long and twelve
'eet wide, and rest upon a cement base
)uilt upon long plies. The ground Is
somewhat low, and it was necessary to
jtillze the services of pile drivers to
secure a stable foundation, which Is
me of the requisites of an accurate
veighing machine. The cost was about
51.200.
Much of its fine and sensitive balanclg
apparatus was manufactured for
special use in the new machine, and
he completed structure is considered a
nodel and marvel of modern mechansm
and American Ingenuity.
In order to illustrate the accuracy of
Jie counterpoise of the machine to a
eporter the superintendent of the
rards and docks picked up a half brick
hat was lying on the ground near by
md tossed It on the huge platrorm of
he machine. He then consulted the
ong brass lever in the reading box
ilong the side of the scales and found
hat the record of the of the brickbat
vas just a pound.
Turning to the reporter he said that
:he machine was so sensitive that It
:oi"'ld weigh anything from a pound of
lugar to a trio of 13-inch naval guns,
md weigh them accurately, though it
vlll probably eke out a long existence
it the famous gunshop without having
he chance to weigh an ounce of the
'ormer. The capacity of the new
icales Is 150 tons, or double the cajaclty
of the old scales, which has just
)een replaced. A 13-inch gun weighs
ibout 55tons, and it can be readily
seen that the new scales can weigh
wo of the monsters, reclining on a
'orty-eight foot track, and not tax its
:apacity~to any great extent All the
lew guns of the navy yard will be
velched nnnn these colossal scales.
Story of " The Lost Chord."
In London, in the early part of this
lecade, Col. Wentling -was a frequent
visitor at the houses of many of the
lobility, and became acquainted,
hrougb his excelent knowledge of mu:1c,
with many of the best musician*
if the English metropolis.
"It was while there," said Col. Wenling,
"that I first heard the story of
he birth of 'The Lost Chord,' a song
hat has been sung in every quarter of
he globe, and which will live forever,
f ever there was such a thing as inpiration,
the song was inspired.
"There are very few Englishmen
rho do nnt remember Fred Sullivan,
he great comic star and brother of Sir
Lrthur Sullivan. He played in all the
irlginal Gilbert and Sullivan operas,
md has. never been equalled. He was
ater followed by George Grossmith.
'"-v - - .1 ox- A tttoa -n/v
"voe uay our aiuiux ouunu nao jliverified
that his brother Fred was very
11. He made every effort to reach the
louse where his brother was lying at
he point of death, but arrived too late
o see him alive. The two brothers
vere devoted to each other, and the
)low was a bitter one for Sir Arthur
le was closeted with the body of hi?
>rother for two hours, at the explraion
of which time he came down stain
.nd went to the piano. Throwing the
astrument open he began to play, and
he bar, 'The Lost Chord,' was evolved.
L"he composer sadly put his new com ositlon
on paper and stored it away.
"The song Is the wall or a tnroDing
leart, the grief of desolation. All
hrough its beantiful harmony can be <
leard the strain of grief. So profound
.n impression did the association of
he song with the death of his brother
nake on Sir Arthur that he is said to
iare, even at this late day, an aversion
o nearing it performed. New York
>un.
A Quaint Ceremony in Madrid.
The Queen Regent held at the palace
n Madrid the ceremony of the investi;ation
of eleven Grandees of the first
lass ,who have succeeded to Duke:oms,
Marquisates and Earldoms creted
between the years 1368 and 1610. 1
"hey were invested in the order of
heir precedence, the Duke of Medina
loeli, the Premier Duke and Premier
>eer of Spain, possessing twenty titles
nd ?1150,000 income, coming first, foljwed
by the Marquis Astorga, Count |
(ropesa, Dukes Arcos, Luna, Aliag,
luescar. Baena and Arion, the Mar
uis Santa Cruz and Connt Castrlllo.
The Queen stood surrounded by the
igh dignitaries and ladies of the
ourt in the royal anti-chamber, where \
tie aew Grandees, accompanied by i
heir sponsers, who are Grandees of i
he same class, were successfully ushred
in by the Lord Chamberlain and j
tie Lords-in-Waitlny. All the Grandees
resent uncovered when a new Peer
ntered. and remained so until the sov- 1
reijsrn said to the new Grandee, "Cor- 1
r your head and speak," which he had 1
d do in a short discourse on the merits
f his ancestors who preceded him in ,
itle. After the Investiture the Gran- ,
oes passed before the Halberdier
Guards drawn up on the palace stairs, '
i order that the Guards might Know 1
hem and pay them the usual honors
rhen they enter the precincts of the
alace, where alone they have the right
) remain uncovered in the presence of
?ytlty.?Pall Mall Gazette.
"To prove my love," he cried deserately,
"let me tell you during how
lany weeks I have scarcely closed my
yes in sleep, during how many days
have eaten only "
Here, with an Imperious geiture, she
raved him to silence.
"Statistics prove nothing!" ihe said.
Ah, but what a cold dictum! It waa
i*e an icicle plunged into his throbing
hear*!?Detroit Journal.
Little Edwin?Manama, what is liquid
it? $
Mamma?I don't know. Ask your pa-a.
He'a always going out betwee* k
ae acts "to get a little air." c
Eaten by Cannibals. j
The steamer, Moscotte, which has ^
rrived from the South seas, brings tales ]
f cannibalism and massacre by the {
lacks on the savage islands. For the \
ast two years, the Mascotte has been r
radio? between cbe Solomon Islands ,
nd New Guinea. Her deck, rails and ^
ailes bear marks of cannibal spears
nd bullets. The schooner arrived at
[emali, in the Admiralty group, just <
fter the murder of Herman Matzke, ? <
bo trading agent there. Captain Mac- t
o and a boat's crew went ashore and 1
ound the Copra House looted and the i
rader's home a wreck. In the yard of y
he latter a big spot was still sizzling, 1
nd in it were some bones of the trad- i
r. The cannibals appeared and opened <
re with gnns found in the agent's (
Louse. Captain Macco and his crew t
etresied to the schooner and tamed
oose all the available arms and the
annibals were driven of. The Mas- .
otte mst the German sloop-of- war, ]
leadle, near the Carolines, and notified J
he captain of the murder. Both the {
chooner and the warship returned to
?emali. The native villages were then
helled. Eighty villages were destroyed ^
iy fire, 16 natives were killed and 20 1
rere taken prisoners, t
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The formula i
know just what yo
do not advertise th<
their medicine if yc
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Grove's is the Ori
Chill Tonics are im
that Grove's is si
are not experiment
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the United States.
OLD TSTDIAK LANDS.
A Louisiana Grant Thrt Troubles the
Government.
After a quiet of several years the
Houma land grant has again come to
the front to occupy the attention of
the United States courts. Probably
no public lands in the country have
given the United States more trouble
than those of the Houma Indians.
There have been more lawsuits over
them, conspiracies, riots and disturbances
than over any other part of the
federal domain. The question has frequently
figured, in local politics and
more than once has obtruded itself oa
congress. The Houma Indians occurs'>4
nnrt of santh Ijouis
C
iana when the Trench landed thereThere
was a Houma village on the
present aite of 2*ew Orleans. The Indians
were quiet and peaceable; they
gave the whites no trouble. In consequence
the whites had a great deal of
trouble themselves. The Indians were
gradually crowded out of all the fertile
lands they owned, and took refuge
in the swamps on both sides of the
Anite river in Livingston and Ascension
parishes.
In 1829 the tribe became totally extinct
and the lands were thrown open
by the government to settlement. It
was found, however, that there were
old French and Spanish claims to them
'? -? *- - o i_v I
?ior xne opauisu pucu. wcu vwius
three or four thick on every acre of
land in southern Louisiana. An attempt
was made to oust the squatters
in Livingston parish, but they proved
a rather lawless lot, and as everybody
in that section was a squatter the matter
wai finally settled by perfecting
their titles.
There was the same trouble in Ascension
parish. The government opened
the land to public settlement in 1S39,
and again in 18S5. Quite a number of
entries were made In the atter year,
but when those who had entered the
land attempted to take possession of
their property they found it already
occupied by squatters, both white and
black, who had held it for several generations
without the slightest title.
This brought up the old Livingston
i. _ m*. _ xx
irouoie. xae bquauers xcauocu iu
leave, and threatened to resent any attempt
at dispossession. After much
parleying- a compromise was finally
reached whereby the squatters agreed
to pay a certain sum of money, either
in lump or in installment, pmrided
they were left in their possession.
But again in 1897 the United States
land office threw these lands open to
entry for the third time and many
entries were made. The occupants of
the lands, squatters and others, began
a new mode of war. They declared
that they were being pestered) by land
speculators, that the entries were
fraudulent and not in good faith and
intended to milk and ffeece them; and
they organized a committee known as
the "Land Investigating Committee of
Ascension parish" to investigate the
matter and see who were the men instrumental
in getting up these land
entries. The committee devoted much
time and attention to this m^ter and
reported that the entry scheme was
oemg woritea. iroin vneaus, ianas i
being fraudulently entered there* com- I
pelling the occupants of these lands tc
any them from those who got titles
through the United States land office.
The squatters and other occupants
3f the public lands in dispute, who constitute
a large part of the population
jf the eastern half of Ascension, beieve
that by this criminal proceeding,
ind the conviction of the men making
these entries, they have put an end
:o the troubles from vrhich they have
suffered so long and which have compelled
them to organize again and
igain to keep their farms. They have
nade it too hot, they say, for the land
speculators. But if congress or the
CTnited) States land office could interfere
md prevent further trouble and disputing
of titles in the Eouma land
[Tant it would prevent a great deal of
11 feeling, smooth down politics and
>revent litigation over a question that
las been "before the court* for nearly
TO yeara.
School House Burned
A dispatch from Yorkville to The
State says the graded school building
saught on fire Friday morning about 11
j'clock, caused by a burniBg chimney,
[t is a total wreck. All the ehildren
;ot out safely, but a number of them
ost their books and wraps. The furni.ure
was all lost by fire and breakage,
rhis building was formerly the old fenale
college. It was sold some years
igo for $6,000, but cost muoh more than
' mi. t :i nnn
,nai. J.D6 laeorauuo uu n was ??,vuvi
Good Advici.?The Gibson Record
;hus advises the farmers: "Get your
vheat in the ground and get in shape
;o live, good time or bad times. The
rideawako farmer who makes his flour,
neat, syrup and potatoes, never knows
?hen hard times come. If meat goes
ligh, he has it to sell instead of buy;
f flour goes up he is all right, don't
jare which way the wind blows, and we
san't see why all the farmers don't do
:his way."
Gainesville, Ga., Dec. 8, 1899
Pitts' Antiseptic Invigorator h?
)een used in my family and I am per
'ectly satisfied that it is all, and will
lo all. vou claim for it. Yours truly,
A. B. 0. Dorsey.
P. 8.?I am using it now myself,
[t's doing me good.?Sold by The Murray
Drug OoM Columbia, S. 0., and all
Iniggiatfl. tf
itx&i Chills
rasteless Chi
s plainly printed on every
u are taking when you take
?ir formula knowing that y<
>u knew what it contained,
it up in correct proportions a
acts as a tonic while the
;ystem. Any reliable druggis
ginaS and that all other
titations. An analysis of oth(
perior to all others -in ev
ing when you take Grov>
ving long been establishe
Id throughout the entire i
No Cure, No Pay. Price
Showing Their Hands.
Senator Scott comes out as favoring
a large standing army and makes a plea
for an increase "especially in the artillery
branch." Do we need field artillery
to suppress the frequently suppressed
Filipinos to settle the Chinese question
or to proteot our costs? Not especially.
It is needed, says Senator Scott; because
"for the purpose of quelling riots
in the cities it will be every bit as effective
as infantry"?or more so, we
should say. Mr. Bryan you may remember.
gentle reader, was denounced
as a dangerous agitator when during
the campaign he declared the Republi-:
cans wanted a large standing army to
man forts near the large oities for the
purpose, of intimidating labor. Mr.
Bryan's idea is now confirmed by this
prominent and isfluential Republican
senator, so Mr. Bryan's reputation may
yet be cleared. Senator Scott reminds
us of Lord Salisbury with his habit of
"thinking aloud" things that, for pol- j
icy's sake, were best kept quiet It was
Senator Scott, you will remember' who
at the dinner to Roosevelt.just before
the eleotion ventured to suggest that
the trusts are verv desirable things?an
opinion in which his party associates
then and now fully agree, but which
they confide not to the publio. The
State.
What China Will Pay
A dispatch to The New York Herald
i from Washington says: Secretary Hay
is much irritated over reports from
Pekin showing that the ministers are
determined to punish every influential
Chinaman who they think is responsible
for the recent outrages, and showing
also that the indemnity to be demanded
will reach $600,000,000. The
secretary is anxious that the powers
shall submit demands that can be accepted
by China. Officials at Washington
hold that examples should be made
only of those conspicuously guilty, and
that the amount of indemnity shot^d
/iarf?in1cka nnf- mora frpian i$AA AAA AAA
VVlMiJVV **V?***W*V Y"WjVwwj vvv*
It is pointed out that if all the leading
men are sentenced to death, they will,
in self-defense, organize a resistance,
which will necessitate farther military
operations, the end of which no one can
foresee.
IBE LEAKS INDEED.
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