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TIIE MEMPHIS APPEAL: MONDAY. JUNE 10, 1889;
CHRIST, THE VILLAGE LAD
REV. DR. TALMAOK'8 SERMON
An Inquiry Into the Lira of Christ as a.
Boy The Apocrrpbal New Testament
"Tba Grandest, Holiest, Mlg-btlest Boy
of All tn Ag-oa."
BnooKLT!, X. Y., June 9. A vast con
course o( poojilo filling nil tho avnilublo
jilaees joined in tho opening doxoloj;y at
llrooklyn Tulmriiaclo litis morning. The
pastor, tho Kov. T. DeWitt Talmas, D.D.,
expounded tho jnss;iso in John about tho
unwritten works of Christ which tho
world itself could not have contained.
Tho subject of Dr. Tul umbo's sermon was
"Christ tho Villnjo Lnd." Ho took for
liis text I.uko ii. "And the child grew,
aud waxed strong iu spirit, tilled with wis
dom; and the graoo of Hod was u;on
him." Tho preacher said:
Aliout Christ as a villiiv'O lnJ I speak.
There is for tho most part a silenco mora
than eighteen centuries lonK about Christ
between infancy and manhood. What
kind of a boy was lie? Was ho a genuine
boy at all, or did thero suttle upon him
from tho start all tho intensities of mar
tyrdom? Wo have on this subject only a
littlu guoiwinn fow snrmig s.und here and
there an unimjiortiiiit "perhaps." Con
cerning what bounded that boyhood on
both snloa we havo w hole libraries of
books and whole gullurica of canvas aud
sculpture. Before the Infant Christ in
Mary's arms.or taking his Unit sloop In tho
rough outbouso, all tho painters bow, and
we havo Paul Veronese's "Holy Family"
and rerugino'a "Nativity" and Angel
ico da l'iesole's "Infant Christ" aud
Itcubens'a "Adoration of the Magi" and
Tintorcl's "Adoration of tho Magi" and
Chirlandojo's "Adoration of tho Magi"
and Ifnplmel's "Madonna" and Orcagnu's
"Madonna ' and Murill.is "Madonna,
and Madonnas by all tho schools of paint
ing in all lights and shades, and with all
styles ol attractive featuro and imtiruitslvo
surroundings, but pen and pencil and
chisel have with low exceptions paitnud by
Christ the villago lad. Yet by lliruo con
joined evidences I think so ran runio to
asaccurato au idea of tah.il Christ was as
a Ihiv as wo rau of what Christ was as a
First, wo havo tho brief I'.ihlo account.
Tlieu wo havo (ho prolonged account of
what Chrittt was at thirty years of nge.
Now you have only to minify that account
some list and you Hud what ho was at
ten years of age. Temperaments never
change. A sanguine Iimhi r.iiu.iit never
U'coines a phlcgunitiu .ni erauient. A
nervous lemH'rsuiint never Imtoipci a
lytnpluitie tiiii.iiinriit. Kclu-imi rhiuii
one' stleclinns and attiliiliou. Inn it is
thu same old t inH'nuiiciit acting in a di(
fen'iit .litvrtimi. As limit had no r.'li
(tuns chunge, ho wss as n lad what he was
us a man, onlv on net so biuo a scale.
When all lradliin nud all nil and all hi-'-tory
mprewiit him as a blonde with
rulden hair I knew bo wj iii bovhootl a
Wo have, besidiMi, an uninspired book
that was the lint three or lour centuries
alter Chrift' awx-iirauce rcecivol by
many aa inspired and which gives a pro
longed arc. mill ol Christ's b iyhood. Sime
ol u may lie tru most ot it may lio trim,
mine ol it may be true. It may Is' partly
built on facts, or by tlm piits.iga ol llii)
ag, some real f e u limy havo Iwn .lis
IoiIimL lint Immsii a bovk is not divilielv
Inspired we ar.f j j therelorv tocoiicludu
that tliere r,f , rue limits in it I'res
c.tl'a ''t oi' , ? Mexicj" was not In
apinnl, bir; , . eve it nlthoiigli it mav
otitiiinX1'",,"'' M.umilav's 'History
K"it alihoii ""l '''"l"""'. ''"I 3 Ih-
'"'nw r 'l "",V ,",V0 "'""" I
wiihV".,:r"'rs. Tho si c.ille I iiKx ry-
phal '!Jin which I h ' boyhood of
Christ is dwell iihiii I iV not believe t
l divinely inxplrcd, and yet it wsy pre-av-ikl
lacNV worthy of ciii-hratiou. lVu
caune it rvprnsviiti the bof Christ as per
forming mi" '" . lAvo overthrown
lim ouv.- wrf,, , i,,i.i
m MSI l.i.a I .
, " "a"
HM' iwj ui in lu1i tlklttl mm
ttiO ttftiftt nunl.nsLl Tlu.rt
ft X nd linlh.vo lml
oWrrtW rfhotlior Mo
. .1. i Him tiinu'i .....
I Km twtaVnr
did or ibd not wiTWV"!Vhen, having
nschrd manhood. l'hnl turned water
gnt'i wine, that was mill to tie the lv
iinningol miracles. I'.ut that may menu
that it was the lirginiiing ol thai sot it id
manhood iniradcs. In a word, I think
that the New Tenlaineiil Is only a small
truinri oil ol what Jens del aiel ssid,
Iti'liH'd, lb llilile ihi'larra iliroly that
if ail t hrn-t del and wvid wi-ie wrilteit fio
Worlil wool. I not coiitniu tlm li.K.ks. K)
we are at lil . rly to In-lu-ve or iej.il lho
l aris ol Ilie siKTViiiril e.yi.-M wliicli sav
llint win n the Ihiv ( linl wilh his mother
p ijcd a band ol Ihirvea he lold his mother
that two ol tin-in, iii:nacliiis nil J litus ! v
naiwe, wool. I be the two llii. ves who slier
ward would expire mi rnwi bifida him.
W tl.nl moro wouderiiil than soino ol
Omul's manhoiMl priplii-c.!-? Or the nil
lnpired story that the hoy Clnit made
loiinluin simmr In mi the roots of a sc.i
lnutiitrifnolli.it Ins neither washed his
f'-u' iu tho a'rnaiii - wits that inure unlio
1.i u'i Ui tluiii the liisnleKid muscle thai
riMiik. ,i i-oiniiien w.iter Into a mnrrmuo
Ivpi4,:e7 Or the uniiispiiil story Unit
laoncK i liil.lrell Were rwoven-il hv Imtli
ingin tlm water whcip ( l.n.t h.id wiuhid?
i that ne.rr woti'lerdil tlmn the in in
I 'xi l uiiiai le by wIik '. lim woman twelve
) nrn n ri.inp'.ctu intslid hotild have li en
- lr.ii.-lit by touching tlio lunge ol
III other Words, while I lio tint lnOii v
II at any ol I lie so-c.illtxl aHvryplinl New
ii siuim in is liiM.ir.'.l, I liclieve milcli i
it is true; Ji.t lit U lieve a tlioilllii
lMioks, none ol whicli nro divineiy In
Spiri-d. Mill hoi II wim juM like l'hr;t,
Jlil as rerliitu the Inuii ( lirml w..s I lit
Diont d the time p lung men out
trouliie, I tlntik tli.il the Imy ('iriit was
unl of the limn getting 'boys out ol
trouble. I have l.vl,.ii .l l yoii this ihiv
I I i .i .1 (
uij iin'i. nn. i ine wurei wsnissili
ii.ii.. . .
a hup. lie oni nut ril aroiin.l moiung
ui... ... i - .. i . i '
vvi niiii, . in-, ur nnai vrm. i roiu
the war in wlmh u.itmsl olijects uu
rojiinci ineiiipcivis into ins surmoiia
alter ho bail Uioine a mm. 1 c.mclu.le
there was not a ru k or a l.i I or a cavern
or a tn-o lr mill s tmiiu l tl.ni ,p ,
liiini'iar with in chiiillio'id. lie had rati
.!....,:. l .... I . . .
iio'iHiT leii lis sy uonii inui Hip cavin
and had wi.h lithe and ngi.e hmh g iiiie
a kiIm on many a logli tnn t-p. lim
Iki) IiomI was pHMMxl aiming grmnl i'i-i,i-tr
as lie st all the great iiuIuips have pn.,'
eurlr un among tlm moutiiaius. l
may live now on tlm ll.it. but thev n.j
the It-is-ptivo days of I.i IIio'kI siih.hi; iKp
bills. Among tho mountains ol New
Ilainimhire or the nio'in'nliis ol Yitgima
or the mountains ol Knitinky or the
tnoiiiitalns ol hwilxerlautl or Italy or
AtlKtria or Hcotliiud or mountains tut
high and rugi-d as they, many ol thu
world's thrilling bioruphius began.
Our Lord's boyhood was psed
in a naighbothrmd twelve hundred hi-l
above the level of the sea and sunvuuded
by mountains five or six hundred foot still
highor. Ik-fore it could shine on the vil
lage whero this boy slept the sun had to
climb far enough up to look over bills that
held their heads far aloft From yonder
bight his eyo at ono swoop took Iu tho
mighty scoop of the valleys, and with
another sweep look in tho Mediterranean
Sea, and you hoar tho grandeur of tlio
clitls and the surgo of tho great waters iu
his matchless sermonology. Ono day I
see that divine boy, tho wind (lnirying'his
hair over his sun browned forehuad, stand
ing on a hill top looking oir upon Lake
Tiberias, on which at ono timo according
to profano history aro, not four hundred
four thousand ships. Authors havo taken
pains to say that Christ was not uflcctcd
by these surroundings, and that liu from
within livod outward and Independent of
circuuiHlauccs. ho fur from that being
true, ho was tho most sunsitivo being that
ever walked tho earth, and if a palo in
valid's weak llngor could not touch his
robo without strength going out from him,
theso mountains und seas could not havo
touched his eyo without irradiating hi
entire nature with their Diagniliccnco. I
warrant t'..at ho had mounted and ex
plored nil tho liftcon bills around Nazur
etli, unions them llermon with ila crystal
coronet of penietual snow, and Carmel
und Tabor und Oilbon, mid they all had
their sublime echo iu alter time from the
And then it was not uncultivated grand
eur. Theso hills carried iu their urms or
on thoir backs gardens, groves, oichards,
terraces, vineyards, cactus. sycamores.
These outhranching foliages did not have
to wait for tho Hoods before their silenco
was broken, for through thorn und over
them and in circles round them and under
tlio in wero pelicans, were thriiHhos, worn
sparrows, wero nightingales, wero larks,
wero ipiails, wero blackbirds, wero par
tridges, wero bnlhiils. Yonder the white
Hicks of sheep snowed down over tho pas
ture lands. And yonder tho brook re
hearses to tho (lobbies its adventures dow n
tho rocky shelving. Yonder are tlio Ori
ental homes, the lionscwifu with pitcher
on the shoulder entering tho door, and
down tho lawn in front children reveling
among tlio Hauling Horn. And all Una
spring and song and grass aud sunshine
and shadow woven into tho most oxouis-
uo nature uiai over nreauieii or wept or
sung or sutlercd. Throned studying tlio
sky between the hills Christ had' noticed
the weather signs, and that a crimson sky
at night meant dry weather next ilay, and
nun a crimson sky in too morning meant
wet weather iH-foro night And how beauti
fully Ho mado use of it in after years as
Ho drovo down Uhiii the pestiferous Phar
isee and adduces by crying out "When
it is evening yo aay ' it will be fair
weather, for the sky is red, and In tho
morning it will lie foul weather to
day, for the sky is red and lowering.
". ye Iivmh rites, ye can discern tho
face of the sky, hut ean y not discern the
signs of tlm liiii'-i."' !y dav, as every boy
has dune, be watched tlio barnyard' fowl
qt suht of over-swineius; hawk chick her
chickens under wing and in after years ho
said: "O. Jerusalem, Jerusalem! II. iw
often would 1 have gutliort-d then as a hen
gatheri'th her chickens under her wini;!"
ly nigiit bo had noticed Ins mother by the
plain can. ili light which, as ever and anon
it wis siiull'ed and the removed wick nut
down on the raudlrntick, beamed brightly
llinuitdi nil the family sitting room as his
mother was men. ling bis g.irmcnts (list
had I een torn during tho day's wander-
iniM among tlm rocks or builies. and veara
afterward it all came out in the simile ol
tho frrealest sermon ever ureached:
Neitlier do men hilit a candle and nut
it under a bushel but in a candlestick, and
it giveth light to all who aro in tho houso.
Let your buhl so shine." homo time
wheu his mother in tho autumn took out
tlio chnhos that had Ui'ii put away for the
summer bo nnveed how the inutu miller
Hew out ami the cost uropo.l apart ruined
and tise'.oM, and so twenty yours alter ho
enjoiiioil: "Jjiy up for youmdves treas
ures in heaven where ue'lher moth nor
nisi ran coirupi. ;n UiylioiHl siient
among binl and Uowera tliev all
CAIoled Rlid bloomed uelilll liltrnm
yeai ;tcr ks he crie out: "llehold tho
low Is of the air." "Consider the lilies."
A grout storm one day duriiu Christ's
b.iyhixi-l blackened tho heavens aud an
gered the rivers, Perhaps standing in the
loor of the cariHUiter a shoo he wali hed it
gathetiug louder and wilder until two --
loiiee, one aweeinnii tlown from Mount
Tabor wild the other from Mount Curinel.
iiipI in the valley of 1- Irai Ion and two
hoiiM-s aro c 111 it in tho fury aud crash
g'M-athn ono and triumphant stands thn
other, and ho imliiml Unit one had shift-
ing sand for a louiidiitinii and the other
an eternal rock for bams; and twenty yeais
after lm built the whole scene into a sr
ration of lltod and whtrlwunl tliat aoicd
Ins audience ami lilted them into the
hiiiliU of siihlimitv with the two ureal
aims of pathos and terror, which sublime
words 1 render, akmg you a far as ixmni-
hie to forget that you ever heard the in lm
(oie: " Wliosoovrr henretli thi-o sayings
oi mine, ami uoeiu iiiem, l will liken liuu
unto a wise man. whicli built his liiuie
utHin a rock; and the rain dewvnded and
the HinhIs came, and the winds blew, au I
boat upon thai house; and it fell not; lor it
was loiiniiej iii-iii a rock. And every
one that hearetll theso savnnrs of mine.
and d'M-tli them not shall I mi likened unto
a loulish man, winch built bis house utmti
the sand; and the rsin ileseended. and tlio
HiNhls came, and the winds blow, and lieal
upon that house; and it fell; and great was
inn Mil in II.
Yea, fiom the nsturaluess, the sim
phelly, the IreahncM n( his pariibli-s and
simiice ami meinpiiors Iu manhood ilia
course I know that he had Ixi-n a Ikiy of
the lields, and had liathe l In the strvaint
sn I lusr.l tho nighliti.ile's call, and
broken tliMiiuli the ll iwery hedfce and
liMjke l mil of the emhrasiiri'S of Hie for
In, and drank (nun the wells and chased
the butterlhes, which traveler say have
always ihs-ii one ol tlm Hiding iH-au-ties
of that land app, and talked with the
atranire ih'oiiIh (roiu lnmam iis and K.'vnt
and hspphhrls and yrla, who in caravans
or on loot psHwd ihrougii his m-igliUir-hood,
the dogs balking at their appmai Ii
at sundown. As afterward lie waaH-r-(el
man, in the lime of w hich I sis-ak ho
was a iicrfpcl Ihiv, with the spring ol a
.Ky s I'" it. the spaiklo of a boy's eye, tho
reUuitiil of a Iniv s hie, and Joat thii oppo
sue in iiumo javi niies who sit around mor
bid and uuelaaiic, oil men at ten. 1
warrant be was utile to lake bia own part
audio take Dip part of others. In that
village ol Nui.irclli I am n rtaiu there wss
what is lotiml lo all the neighborhools ol
the earth, thai terror ol rhildren, the
bully, who seetni born to strike, to punch,
to brule, loou-rjxiwer the Iom nitisciilar
slid robust. The ChrWt who afterward in
no limited terms denounced hyMM-rite and
rimnpp, I warrant, lievcr let such uvo-
nile villain impose upon lea vigorous
i hildhiKxl and yet ko uiisratliixl and undo
Ii udr.L At ten years he waa in ayniistllT
with the underlings, as ho was at thirty
and ttnrl;--lliri.. 1 want no further In
spired or uninptred inlormatiun to wr
suade me that lm was a snlrndid lioy, I
radiant boy, llir grund.nl, bolivet might
iest uoy ol all the af-p. Hence I conv
mend blin as a bov'a t hrlst What mul
titudes 11 seen ten snd lltioen years have
Iciund Iiiiu out as the ono Just suited by
Ins own crson.il experience to help any
l-i I the world loik out bow it treads on
a Imy, lor that very moment It treads en
( hrmt. You strike a boy, you strike
t'hrmi; you 1 itau It a boy. vou Insult
I 1. 1. hi, you cheat a Isiy. you cheat Christ
It is an awful and lulliiite mlatake to
comu as fw as biuuhuoJ wilitout a Christ
when bore is a boy Christ That was ono
reason, I suppose, that Jonathan Edwards,
afterward tlio greatest American logician
and prouchor of his time, became a Chris
tian at seven years( aso; anil Ilobert
Hall, who afterward shook Christendom
with liis sacred eloquence, becamo a
Christian at twolve years of ago: and Isaac
Watts, who divided wilh Charles Wesley
tlio dominion of holy song, beenruo a
Christian at nine years of age; aud if in
any large religious asaomblago it wero
allied that all tho muu und women who
learned to lovo Christ K'foro thoy wero
flfteon years of ugu would plcoso lift thoir
right bund, thoro would bo enough hundi
tilled to wave a coronation. What is true
in a religious sunso is truo in a secular
son so. I'liuiuiHtoclos nniazod his school
fellows with tnleuts whicli in after yours
mado tho world sturo. Isaac Newton, tho
toy, by driving pegs in the sidu of n house
to mark tlio decline of tho sun, evidenced,
a disposition toward 'tho experiments
which niter wind showed tho nations how
tho worlds swing. Jtobort blcphcuson,
tho boy, with his kito on tho commons ex
perimented witli electric currents and
iirophesiod work which should yet muko
iiiiu immortal. "(Jot out of my way!"
said a rough man to a boy, "got out of my
wuy! what are you good for, unylmw?"
Tho boy answered: "They make men out
of such things us wo aro." Hear it, fa
thers, mothers! hear it, philanthropists
and patriots; hear it, ull thu young! Tho
temporal und eternal destiny of the niopt
of tho inhabitant!! of this earth is decided
In-(ore fourteen years of nge. Heboid the
Nazareth Clirim, tho villago Christ, the
country Christ, tho boy Christ
Hut having shown you tho divino lad Iu
tho fields, I must show yon him in the
mechanic's shop. Joseph, his father, died
Very early, immediutelv after tho famous
trip to tlio Temple, und tins lad not only
had to support himself hut to support his
mother, and what that is some of you
kuow. There is a royal race of bovs on
earth now doing tlio sumo tiling. Thoy
wear no crown. They havo no purple rolio
adroop from their shoulders. Tho plain
chair on which they sit is as much unlike
a throne as anything you can imagine.
Hut Hod knows what thoy are doing and
through what sacrifices they go, and
through ull eternity liod will keep paying
them for their filial behavior. They get
full nieasuro of rowurd, tho measure
prcsso I down, shukon together and run
ning over. They havo their example in
this boy Christ inking euro of his mother.
Ho had Ix-cu luiiirht tho carpenter's trade
by bis father. Tho Uiy had done the
jiliilner work at the shop while his fathnr
had put on tho finishing touchis of tho
woi k. The boy also cleared away the chips
and blocks and shavings. He h'elied hold
the d i Herein pioccs of work while the
father joined them. In our day we have
all kinda of mechanics and tlio work is
divided up among them. Hut to be a car
ainter in Christ's boyhood dsvs meant to
muko plows, yokes, shovels, wagons,
tables, chairs, sofas, houses, und almost
everything that was made. Fortunate
was it that iho Ixiy had learned the trade,
for, wheu the head of tlio family dies,
it is a grand tiling to have the
child able to take can of bimsell and help
lake cure of others. Now that Joseph, his
father, is dea l aud thu responsibility of
family auptiort romosdown umiii this laiy,
I hear from morning to night bis hammer
pounding, his saw vacillating, his ax ile-M'i-1).
1 1 ii his gimlets lairing, mid slainliiiK
amid tlio dust und ih-bris of the shop! Und
the HTpirniioii withering on his temples
and notice the lutiguo ol his arm, mid us
he stops a moment to rest I soit him pant
ing, bis hand uu his side, from the exhaus
tion. Now ho gin- lorth in the morning
loaded with Implements of work heavier
than any modern kit of tools, L'nder the
tropical sun he swelters. Lifting, pulling,
adjusting, cleaving, splitting ail day long.
At nightfall he g.n-s homo to the plain
suppvr provided by his mother mid arts
down too tired to talk. Woik! work!
work! You cannot tell Christ amihing
now nbout blistereil llnwrs or still Mints
or rising in tho morning as tired iu when
you laid down. W lulu yet a hoy ho knew
it all, bo felt It all, ho aulfcrod it all. The
hoy cnriienterl The boy waiion-miikcr!
The boy house-builder! O Chrmt, we have
ou Thee when full grown in 1'ilaiu's po
lice courtroom, we have seen Ihcowlicu
full grown Thou wort assasniunlcd on (iol
goiha, luitO Christ, let all the weary arti
sans and mr-chanies of the eartli seo Thee
while yet undersimxl and arms not yet
niUHculiirmi'd and with the undeveloia'd
strength of jiivcncM'Piicn trying to tsko
Thy father's place in ciiiuing the livelihood
lor the family.
Hill. Iiavinn seen Christ, the boy of tho
lields, and the boy in the mechanic's shop,
I show you a moro, marvelous scene
Christ, the smooth-browed lad among tho
long ix'urdod, hlle-haire.l, high-lore-hca.hil
pcclesiaslics of the Temple. Hun
dreds of thousands ol stranger had renne
to Jerusalem to keep a great religious le.-
tiVHi. Alter the iiosiiitiiiiin homes were
crowded with visitors, the tents wero
spira l all around tho city to shelter lm-
meuso throngs ol strangers. It was very
eay among the vat throngs coming nn. I
going to loe a chil l. More than I'.iiKl.-
issi (Miiplo havo lievn known to gather at
Jerusalem lor that national least, l on must
iml think of thoto regions as sparsely set
tled. The ancient historian Jophtiss.tvs
there wero in li.ilileo two bundled cities,
the sm.illintof them containing l.'i.issi ipo
ple. No wonder that amid the crowds at
Iho time spoken of Jesus the Ikiv waa lost.
Ilia parents, kiiowiing that ho was mature
eiioiit-h and agile enough lo lake rare of
Iiiiiim If, are ou their way home without
any anxiety, supMMing that their boy is
coining with some ol the groups. Hut u'fter
awhile they stmpect he is liwl, nud with
llu-he.l cheek and a terrorized look, they
rush this way und that saving. "Ilaveyo'u
v uiiything of my Isiyt lie Is twelve
years ol nge, of fair coiuplexioii, nud ha
liluo cvis and aulmrn hair. H.ivo you
en Inui since we left the city?" Hack
they go in hot hante, in and nut the stni-ts,
In and out the private houn s and among
the surrounding hills. l or three dav
they search nn. I impiin, wondering If fie
baa lreu trampled under foot of s nun nf
the throng or has venture I ou the dills
or fallen o:ra 1'iei'ipicc. S-nd ihrounh all
the slrt eu and lamsi of the city and among
all the surrouinhiu hills Ihst 'most iliinal
sound, "A lost child! A lost child!" And
lo, after tinea day thev discover lidn in
the great Temple, s.-alej among the might
iest teligioniits of alt thu world. The walls
of no other building ever 1. Hiked down mi
such a scene. iild twelvo years old
surrounded by SepttiHt-ciiaiittii, he anking
his own ipicHtions and auswcilug theirs.
1st me iulrodiici you tii s-une ol Uipho ec
clesiastics. This is the great It iMi:n Sim
eon! This utile velienilile ll.ilci! Tina
is tho fiuuous Miammai! Theso ar the
sons of the distinguished IW'tirah. What
can this twelve ye.ir old lad leach them or
what ipiPHtions csn be ak woilhy their
cogitation? Ah. the llrst time in nil iheir
lives these ridigiouista have (..und their
maudi and more than their inatch.
Though so young, he knew nil
nlHiui (hat famous Temple tinder
whoHoriHif thpy he'd that most wonder
ful diM-usHion of all history. He knew tho
meaning ol rvory altar, of every aacrillce,
ol ev.-ry golden caudlestlck, ol every em
broidered curtain, ol every crumb ol shew
brva I, of every drop of oil in that sacred
editlce. He knew all about liod. He
knew all about muu. ku,,w M (rlKit
heaven, for ho euine fnun It. He know all
about tins w .rld, l..r he made It lloknpw
all worl., f,,r they were only the apnrk
ling morning deadrops on the lawn In
roiu in ins heavenly palace. I'ut llirse
eveu 1'iuie worosto a wrealUof cuipbasU:
"Both hearing thorn and inking them ques
I am not no much interested In the ques
tions they aokej him as in the qnestious
he askod them. , Ho asked the questions
not to got information from the doctors,
for he knew it. already, but to bumble
them by showing tliein tho bight ami
depth and Jonglli and breadth of their
own ignorance. While thu radiant boy
thrusts these self conceited philosophers
with tho Interrogation point, they put the
forollngor of, the right hand to tho teinplo
as though to turt their, thoughts into
more vigor, and then I hey would look up
ward and then they would wrinklo their
brows, nud thon by ubsoluto silenco or in
positive words confess their Incapacity to
answer the Interrogatory. With uny ono
of a hundred questions about theology,
ubout philosophy, about astronomy, about
time, about eternity, ho may have balked
them, disconcerted' them, flung thorn Hat
llehold tho boy Christ linking questions
mid listen when your child auks questions,
lio has tho right to ink them. Tho more
bo Hbkj the bctttor. A Ins for tho stu
pidity of the child without inquisitive
noun! It is ChriHtliko to ask ques
tions. Answer them if you can. Ho
not say: "I can't be bothered now." It is
your plnco to be bothered witli questions.
If you are not able to answer, surrender
and confess your incapacity, us 1 have no
doubt did Ihibbin t-imcon and llillcl ami
Miaiuniul nud the sons of Hctiruh w lion
Unit splendid boy, sitting or standing there
with u garment 'reaching from lieck to an
klo, and girdled at the wuist, put them to
their very wits' end. it's no disgrace to
say "I don't know." Tlm lourned doctors
w hoenvironed Christ that day in ihoTouiple
did not know, or they would not havo
Ohked 1 1 1 ii nny questions. Tlio only being
in the umverso who never needs tosav "I
do not know" is the 1-ord Almighty. 'Tlio
fact that they did not know strut Kcp
pier and Cuvicr und Columbus and
Humboldt and Hcrschcl aud Morse
mid (Sir William Hamilton and all
tlio other of tho world's mightiest na
tures into their life long explorations.
Telescope and uiicro.icope und stethoscope
und electric buttery und ull the scicntilio
apparatus of ull tho ages aro onlv questions
nuked at Iho door of mystery. Jl.-liold this
Naziircno lui aikiugqiiostions, giving ever
lustiug dignity tovurncst iutenogution.
Hut while 1 seo tho old theologians
standing around the boy Christ I am im
pressed us never before wilh tho fact ilmt
what theology most wants is mure of child
isli simplicity. The world und tlio church
buve built up imlnensesyatemsof theology.
Half of them t(y to tell what (iod planned,
w hat liod did live bundled million years
before the small star on which wo live
was created. 1 have had many a sound
sleep under sermons aliout the decrees of
(iod uud the clot ual generation of tlio Mon
and discourses showing who Melchisudek
wasn't, and 1 give a fair warning that if
any minister over begins n sermon on such
u subject in my presence I will put my
head down on the ew In front und go
into the deepest sIuiiiIht I csn reach.
Wicked waste of time, this trying to scale
tho uiiscaiuliui und fathom the uufathoiu
ulilo while tho nations want thu bread of
life and to lie told how rbey can get rid of
their sins und their sorrows. Why should
you and I (Hirplcx ourselves uliout the de
crees ol God? Mind your own htisiucas
uud liod will luko euro of his. In the
conduct of the universe I think he will
somehow manage to get nlong without us.
If you want to lovo and serve tiod, and
ho good nud useful aud get to heaven, I
warrant that nothing which occurred
eiu'ht hiindroj ouiniillion of Year aim will
hinder vou a minute. It ia not thu divrws
of l iod that do us any harm, it Is our ow n
decrees o sin nud lolly, iou need not
go nny further bmk in history than aliout
I.M'sl year. You fts-d this is the year I SMI.
Christ died nbai thirty-three Veiiuof
You subtract thirty-three from Ivejaud
UmI limki's it wnly l.H'iil years. 1 hat is as
far back as you 'need logo. Something
occurred on that day under on eclipsed
ami that sets us all forever free if wilh our
w hole heart and life wo accept the tre
mendous proller. Ho not let tho Presby
terian Church or the Methodist Church or
tho Lutheran Church or tho Haptist
Church or any of thu other evangelical
churches bk-iii1 any lime in Irvine to fix
up old creeds, all of them iii'iperlecl us
everything man docs is ima-rlect. I move
a new creed lor all the evangelical churches
of Christendom, only throe article iu tho
creed aud no nee. I ol any moro. If 1 had
all tho consecrated people of all denomi
nations of iho earth on ono ureal plain,
and 1 had voice loud enough to put It to a
vote that creed of three 'article would lie
adopted with a unanimous vote and a
thundering aye that would make the earth
iiiiike and tho heavens ting with liosanna.
Tills is the creed I propoio for all Chris
tendom: Article First "dod so loved tho world
that he gave his only begotten hon that
wliiw.Miver belle vet h in In m should Hot
perish hut havo uverlaxting life."
Artlelo hecon I -"This is a faithful aav
mg and worthy of ail acceptation tii'ul
Christ Jesus caiuo into thu woildtoaave
sinuers, even tho chief."
Article Third-"Vorthv Is Iho Umb
thut was slain to receive blessing and rich
es sn. I honor and glory uud power, world
w ithout end. Amen.
Hut you go to tinkering up your old
creeds uud patching and splicing and in
terlining and annexing and subtracting
and lidding aud explaining aud you will
Iopo tune and make yourself a targvt for
earth and hell lo ehool at Let us havo
crveiU not (aahioiied out of human Inge
nuities bul out of scriptural phraseology,
uud all the guns of bmiilvrdment hlaxmg
from ull (the portholes ol iulidvlity and
Ia-rdilion will not in a tlioiiHuiid years
nock olf the church of liod a splinter as
In a- as a cambric needle. What is most
needed now 1 that wo gather all
our theologies around tlio laiy iu
tho Temple, tho c lulxiralions around
the simplicities, aud tho pmfun Idim
amund the clarities, iho .octogenarian of
scholastic research around tba unwrinkte 1
check of twelve year jiivcueccuce. "Fx
ccpl you become us a mile child you ran
in no wiso enter the kingdom; and ex
cept you become, aa a little child you can
not un.li rst4iul tho ChrisUan religion.
The bent thing tli at li ililiin Hineon and
llillcl and Niauimai anl the son of Ho
tir.ih ever did waa in thu Temple, to Iwnd
over tho lad. who. first made ruddy of
check bv thai Isiath of thu Judean bills
and on his way to the mechanic' shop
w here ho w sji si ui to bo the support of bis
bvn-avod mother, stopieil long eunuch to
itiapple wilh 11m vein table dialecticians of
Iho Orient, "both hcaringtlicmaud asking
thorn piivtiok" Niine n-lerriiig tol'hrial
bsve cxclsime'l il'sve H.-usI Ik hold the
lio. I. OlheraiMave exclaimed F.cce lionml
H. hold the man. Hut today, in conclusion
of my sulijiH I fry, Lcce adolescuuat Hv
hold the boy.
Ir dlrae lias entrrrd iIip aystrni the only
wny lo ilrlrr II pill is to ptiiif r'ainli'iirich Iho
IiIihhI. To this ood. la si kiln b ilgi-d by
sll medical iiipii, tiollnng I tM ltcr adapted
llian Iron. Tlin failll lnlherto lm taN'ii Ilmt
I mil kiii lil not he so prppsml s to be
sl.xilulely harmlrss lo tlm i,i ii. I hl. tl,f.
In uliy has lio s orto.iiii ly the lliown
I lii'iiilcal t'oniNiny of Hiilliimiro, Mil., who
utter their lron L"ii biltem as a laultlva
Iron pn nrntl.'juita Jup cure (or il vsm-
sin, liidigpitliili wdld trou Ides, rlc.
Lkt T. M.'tialbn-.iii, No, 10 Madison
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Fanny Kembk ha written a novel
Tbiuk of It Mi wa ono ol (he ptisaru-
gurs ou th fiist rwiltoad train, uud sal nowx
Robcrt Slevonson as be held tho throttle
of bis queer little engine. Miss Kemble
went home and wrote a charming descrip
tion of hor 'rido, describing the exhilarat
ing sonsution of rushing through the oir st
the rate of ten or twevo miles un hour. It
is hard to realize that there is still living a
person who saw the beginning of railroad
travol and is still lively enough to writo a
novel. Verily, tho world moves.
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siarllus srlKbi 1 ulnl UwIioidps sn prvpsrod la
nur labnrakiry siaeily losull eacb ous. ibuseilscW
lur pnrpa wlibout Injury.
a sriid s ppnta puaiiieo for ppphrat4 works nn
Chnmlp. .Nomina asd ll,te liurawa. Ibou
saoda cured. A frUndly lutisrnr rail may aar
you future aur.Tina and ahanip. and add oidi0
yean lo lifo. Shs-o leltapj suaeprvd unlpaa a
cum tu lad by Imiu In awmpH. Ad.lmsor oil on
DllS. I3ETTS BKTTS.
ar orillK llotlW: SAU.TOtr.U.
m;.1&avi A.U. tui ml
r IfTHCRC IS
nnr emrtatlons, pain and distention, yott
know Hint Ih food is fprrorming, not digptt
Ing. Clean th mucous lining br uung
Mandrake as compounded In Ur. Scliem k
Mandrake l"lll. 1 hi not only cleanses the
Surfaces bul acts the secretions going sni
Improves their quality so that Uicis will be
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hot s hundred tharie. Alwsy painful and
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I, behenck Mandrake I 111 never lait4
A danpproui condition of bowels, leading lo
InfLunmalion, ptln. rupture, bemorrhace.
Due to bad di'Ptlion. Nrrpr wa a cae
that the Mandrake Tills would not cure.
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tlm Irritation of His niueout linings by the
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