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Audi or of* "The Mouse
lCopyright, 189?, by K
The cold drive home of Gcorfc Claris
a.nd his niece began in silence. They
were already in sight of the little
group of buildings of which the Blue
Lion was the principal, when the girl,
turning suddenly to her uncle, asked:
"Uncle George, what is the matter?
"Why are you different, different to
Tlmra tt-ic n nnnep A sM'll?rr?]f? WflS
going on in the man's breast, a struggle
pitifully keen, between the love lie
had always borne toward his Nell and
the attacks of doubt and suspicion. It
was in a husky, unnatur.nl voice that
he presently replied, parrying the question:
"Diff^ent! How different?"
"You know, you know," Nell whispered
George Claris looked at her. And
for a minute the old trust came back
Into his heart, and he told himself
that he was a fool, a miserable old
fool, to allow a doubt of her absolute
goodness and truth to enter his mind.
And then again the ugly thoughts
which had begun to darken his mind, j
subtly instilled by the doubt and suspicion
in all tue minds around him,
clouded over him once more. He could
not give her an open answer, although
he felt that it would have been better
if he could have done so. He heaved
a big sigh, and answered without looking:
"Ah, well, my girl, it's not so easy
to be lively and cheerful with such
things as them," and he vaguely indicated
the recent occurrence, jerking
his whip back in the direction of
Stroan, "happening under one's very
And then they both were silent, both
conscious at the same moment that
they were close to the spot were the
body of Jem Stickels had been found
on the previous night. Both uncle and
niece looked furtively at the spot, easily
discernible by the trodden-down
condition of the wayside grass. Ann
then, quite suddenly, their furtive
glances sought each other's face, and
for a moment their eyes met.
"Uncle," asked Nell, in a whisper,
"was the gun that fired the billet
George Claris shook his head in answer.
This, indeed, was the chief difficulty
with which the local police, put on
their mettle by the presence in their
midst of Hemming, the London detective,
had to contend.
The bullet found in the head of Jem
Stickels had evidently been fired from
an old-fashioned weapon, being of
large size and of obsolete pattern. And
* no weapon bad been found in the
neighborhood, after a diligent and exhaustive
search. The theory of the
doctors was that the bullet bad been
discharged from a pistol at a distance
of at least some yards; but at present
this theory had borne no fruit except
in the brain of the detective, Hemming.
That astute person had been revolving
in his mind an idea, which he took
care to keep to himself, and which led
him, within an hour of the conclusion
of the inquest, in the direction of Shingle
Where would Xell be so likely to find
a weapon with which to commit the
crime wiucn ireeu ner trom ner tear
of Jem Stickels as at the liouse of an
old soldier? Somewhere about the
house, and probably in* a place with
which she, an habitue of the house,
was well acquainted, the old colonel
would be sure to keep some mementos
of his soldiering days, an inspection
of which Hemming felt was very likely
to give him the clue he wanted.
It was, 'as usual. Miss Bostal who
opened the door to him. Her prim face
seemed to light up on seeing who it
"Come in, do come in," said she,
throwing the door wide open, and inviting
him to enter the drawiug-roo.m.
"I do hope you have got some more
news for us. Do you know I hope
more from what you will find out than
from all these country policemen! If
they were to sit and talk till midsummer,
I don't believe they would be any
nearer to finding out who did it than
they are now."
The detective smiled.
"I think you are too hard upon them,
ma'am," said he. "They thiuk they've
got a pretty good clue already. And
they quite expect to make an arrest
before many days are over."
Miss Bostal, who had followed him
Into the drawing room, and was proceeding
to light a solitary candle, after
her hospitable custom, shrugged her
little, thin shoulders impatiently.
"They always say that. But what
do you think?"
The detective did net answer at once.
And when she turned to inquire the
re.-ison of this, she perceived by the expression
of his luce something had
"What is the matter?" she asked,
"I suppose these doings have made ;
me nervous, like the rest of them, I
ma'am," answered lie. looking dowu at i
Iiis hat, nml brushing it carefully with |
his hand. "For 1 fancied I saw some- j
body looking in at the window."
Miss Jiostal looked al him curiously.
It seemed to her that from w lie re he
stood he could see neither of the win?
dows, uor even tlie reflection of odo
of them in the glnss over the mantel
picce. However, sno ruiew lienor man
to argue with a detective. She walked
to the window.*, one after the other,
and looked oul.
"I don't see anybody," said she. "It
moy have hoyu one of the urchius of
tlu.' place, peeping in out of curiosity.
Tliitf room is not much used, r.nd the
li^iit may have attracted him."
"Very likely, ma'am."
"And now what is there we can do
for you. for. oi! course, you have come
on Uk Aarsh^ ere. *
obert Bonner's Sons. I
[ "Why, yes, ma'am. Things look very
black against your young lady friend
And he nodded in the direction of
me ciue l,iuu.
"Now, Mr. Hemming, I will not hear
a word against that girl," said Miss
Bostal, with sudden warmth. "I tell
you the notion is absurd that the child
should have had anything to do with
it And I am surprised to hear such a
preposterous suggestion from a man of
The detective looked down at his hat.
"It does you credit, ma'am, to take
her part" be said, rather dryly. "Still,
there are some questions I must ask
the colonel, if he will give me live
minutes. And I'm sure 1 shall be glad
enough to help clear her.
"My father will see you, I am sure,"
said Miss Bostal, promptly, going to
tbe door. "Bccause be is as sure as I
am that all light on this matter is in
Miss Claris's interest."
And, rather resentfully glancing at
him as she went out, she crossed the
stone-flagged passage, and told her
father that tbe London detective
wished to see him.
"Show him in here," Hemming
heard tne colonel answer, in tones
much more disturbed than his daughter's.
Miss Theodora ushered Hemming into
the diniug-r6om. which looked snug
and warm after the cold bareness of
the state apartment; and then she left
the two men together.
"I've come to ask you, sir." said
Hemming, when he had apologized for
intruding, "whether you have any firearms
stored away about the house?"
"Firearms? No, certainly not," answered
the colonel, in a tone of indignation
which showed that he scented
Hemming's desire to connect his property
with the outrage.
"Xo offense, sir," said Hemming, persuasively.
"But I am bound to make
inquiries, as you know. I see you've
got a trophy on the wall outside, with
spears, a long Afghan gun, and "
"Why, that gun would do raoretharm
to the man'who fired it than it would
tA nnvf^Jnrf li n fi ntl"
bVS UiiJ Ul vu III.
"And there'fe an old pistol there, too.
May I look at that?"
"Certainly you can, If you choose."
The detective availed himself of the
permission, and brought into the room
from the place where they had hung
on the wall of the passage, the Afghan
gun, a short and heavy camel-gun, and
the pistol in question. It was an old
cavalry pistol, of obsolete pattern.
This weapon Hemming proceeded to
handle with interest.
"Take care," said the colonel, suddenly
ducking his head as the detective
held it up and put his hand on the
trigger. "It's loaded."
"I think not," answered Hemming,
And he pulled the trigger three or
four times without effect. The colonel
"Why," cried he, "I loaded it myself
the other day! I was showing the ladies
how it was used, and I know I
loaded it before I put it back in its
"Ah," said Hemming, more dryly
than ever, "it's been used since then,
sir. Will you show me the bullets you
have by you? I want to compare them
with one at the Stroan police station."
"Why, man, you don't mean to say
you suppose "
"That you showed it to the ladies to
some purpose? I'm afraid I do, sir."
As soon as Nell and her uncle returned
to the Blue Lion they were met
by the nurse who was attending Clifford.
She said her patient was so anxious
to see Miss Claris that she had
been obliged reluctantly to give him
permission to do so, fearing that he
would worry himself into a fever if
But, much to the nurse's surprise,
Nell was even more reluctant to see
him than she herself had been to give
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iivi ^t-iuiiasiuu iu uu bv. 11 iiccuuu
lialf n dozen earnest messages to persuade
her to go to the sick man's room.
Clifford, -who was lying in the little
sitting-room, which had been given up
to him, gave a long sigh of relief when
he saw Nell. She was very pale, and
the expression of her face was full of
sadness and terror.
"Sit down here, Nell, beside me,"
said he in a weak voice, "and tell me
why you look like that. I am not
going to die. Is that what you are
afraid of, dear?"
Nell shook her head, and tried to
smile, as she took his hand. A hoarse,
rattling souud came from her lips, but
no articulate word. Then, meeting his
loving eyes, she broke down and burst
into a passion of tears. Clifford did
just the very best thing possible in the
circumstances: he let her cry. Without
a word he sought and found her
?r>r?r>rw1 linnrl. nl.'ic-ed it "with the other
ill his own left hand, while "with his
right he gently caressed her golden
head. So she cried bitterly for a time,
and then less bitterly, until, the pressure
of her acute misery relieved, siie
suddenly sprang back, snatched her
hands away and dried her eyes.
"Now. Nell, do you feel better?"
asked Clifford, as a faint smile began
to hover on the girl's face.
"Yes, I do, much better," answered
she In a more self-possessed tone.
"Now I -?an tell you something. My
uncle thinks I?I?did it."
"Shot Jem Stickels?"
"Well, what on earth is he to think?
It is just what I should have thought
myself if "
"If I hadn't happened to be in love
"You don't mean that, really?"
"Yes. but I do, though. Look here;
I got the nurse to pay someone to go to
the inquest and report to me. He did,
when the jury adjourned for luncheon.
And now I've just heard of your evidence
and the verdict, and I don't see
how anybody, except me, could fail to
suspect you. Yes, you."
Nell, who had been very white, grew
crimson as she looked at him.
iou mean?max you suspect xutr,
too? You think me capable of "
"No, child, of course not. But I
think you pave your evidence very
badly, and that you therefore can't expect
to be pitied. Now tell me why
you didn't want to come and see me?"
Nell silently hung her head.
"Was It because you didn't care if
you never saw me again?"
Up went the face, radiant with passionate
"Well, was It because you knew X
6hould ass you some questions?"
Down went the face again.
"What was it you wanted to see me
about when you sent for me to come
down from town to see you?"
She looked up at him with a face full
"Ah, that's it," she whispered hurriedly.
"That is why I didn't want to
see you. I knew you would want to
know that. And now?I cannot tell
"Yesterday," went on Nell, her voice
getting lower, "I was going to ask
your advice; for it was only a case of
theft. To-day I dare not, for it is now
a question of?murder!"
"You know something, Nell!"
"I don't. I wish I did. But?I suspect.
And I dare not whisper my suspicion
even to you, until I have felt my
way to a little more knowledge. Now
will you be content with that, and not
want to make me speak when I would
rather be silent?"
"Wouldn't you trust me to be silent,
Nell began to look perplexed and
miserable, drawn this way and that
by conflicting feelings of love and
duty. Clifford saw liow ueen tue struggle
was, and like a generous fellow, cut
it short for her.
"All right, Nell, you shall keep your
sccret. Only mind this: I must be the
first to know it. Will you promise me
"Yes, oh, yes, and I thank you with
all my heart."
The weight of care sprang up from
off the girl's heart at one bound. The
entire trust which Clifford showed in
her was just the balm her wounded
soul needed, and the hour the nurse
allowed her to spend by her. lover's
bedside, although it was passed almost
in silence after this explanation, wa<
one of happiness and relief so deep
that she went out to face the world
and her uncle's suspicion with fresh
Clifford's wound had proved more
serious than was at first supposed.
There was risk of inflammation, and
the doctors ordered that he was to be
kept very quiet When, therefore, that
snrno evonine. Hemming called at the
inn, and asked to see Mr. King, he
would have been denied altogether if
Clifford himself had not heard the inquiry
and recognizing the voice, Insisted
on seeing the detective.
"Well, and what do you want with
me?" asked Clifford, with interest, as
Hemming was shown into his tiny
"Well, sir, I hear you've seen Miss
Claris since the inquest," was the detective's
"Well, sir, things look about as black
for her as they well can."
And he gave the young man a
shrewd look as he pronounced this
statement. Clifford said nothing, and
Hemming went on:
"Knowing how you were?were a
friend of the young lady, sir, I thought
it only right you should know as I am
downright certain who was at the
bottom both of the murder and the
robbery; and I'm only waiting to make
tue cuain 01 prooi U iJLiie suuueti uv
fore making an arrest."
"I leave you to guess, sir. I may teU
you I've found the pistol"?Clifford
started?"and the bullet fits it exact
"Do you want to put any more questions
to Miss Claris?" asked Clifford,
"Well, the young lady seemed so unwilling?But,
of course, if you think
she wouldn't mind?after all, it's only
n rehearsal like, and I dare say she
To be Continued.
A Fables In Stocks.
Once upon a time an operator in
stocks was sold short, and ruin stared
him in the face unless the market
should break. In his desperation he
remember>J having heard that honesty
is the best policy. He tried to
dismiss the foolish thought, but in
vain. Finally, like the drowning man
nf Iiq manlvnrl to
ITU iU tUC CUU it, ut vw
try being honest. The very next day
lie put liis design into execution, and
he hadn't been honest more than
fifteen minutes when seventeen of the
lending bulls fell dead, they were so
surprised at him. Hereupon the market
naturally broI>e, and the operator
could get all the stocks he wanted at
his own figure. It is claimed that
some, if not all, of. these bulls had
taken radishes and ham for breakfast,
but that, it is submitted, does not destroy
the moral of this fable.?Detroit
Pifty-Ton "Wooden Car*.
The general trend of car design is
toward larger units and steel construction,
and the large lii'ly-ton steel
coal cars have become standards. The
Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul,
however, according to the Railroad
Gazette, has had in operation for
some months past about 2o0 wooden
ore cars of 100,000 pounds capacity
each, that have proved so satisfactory
the design is to be continued. These
are centre hopper cars, built of oak
and yellow pine, measuring eighteen
feet eleven inches by seven feet eleven
and a half inches, and standing nine
fesjt one Inch above the rails. It is
stated that in comparison with short
ore ears these cars "probably have as
large a carrying capacity in proportion
to the dead weight as any ore
cars built so far, not excepting met"1
| A Minnesota Freak.
There is a lady in the Fourth Ward
who plays the piano not from custom
or habit, .but for musical purposes.?
DR. TALMAGES SERMON
SUNDAY'S DISCOURSE BY THE NOTED
EHiujcci.; L/reniii* ? Aiicy ATO mo AVCUUC
Through "Which Oort Has Again and
Again Starched Upon the Human SoulProof
of Immortnllty ? Warned by God
. Washington*, D. C.?In this discourse
Dr. Talmage discusses a much talked of
subject, and one in which all are interested.
The text is Joel4i, 23: "I will pour
out My spirit upon all flesh. Your old
men shall dream dreams, your young men
ehall see visions."
In this. photograph of the millennium
the dream is lifted into great- conepicuity.
You may say of a dream that it is a nocturnal
fantasia, or that it is the absurd
combination of waking thoughts, and with
a slur of intonation you may say, "It is
only a dream," but God has honored the
i dream by making it the avenue through
[ Which again and again He has marched
i upon the human soul, decided the fate of
j nations, and changed the oo\;rse of the
i world's history. God appeared in a dream
1 to Abimelech,"-warning him against an uni
lawful marriage; iu a dream to Jacob, announcing
by the ladder set against the
eky full of angels, the communication between
earth and heaven; > in a drcain to
I Joseph, foretelliughis coming power under
i the figure of all the sheaves of the harvest
bnwinc dr>wn to his sheaf: to the chief
| butler. foretelling his disimprisonment; to
the chief baker, announcing his decnpitaI
tion; to Pharaoh, showing him first the
j seven famine struck years, under the
j figure of the seven lean co\v3 devouring
the seven fat cows; to Solomon, giving
! him the choice between wisdom" and
j riches and honor; to a warrior, under the
figure of a barley cake smiting down a
I tent, encouraging Gideon in his battle
J against the Midianites; to Nebuchadnezj
zar, under the figure of a broken image
i and a hewn down tree, foretellinz the overI
throw of his power; to Joseph, of the
! New Testament, announcing the birth of
| Christ in his own household, and again
i bidding him fly from Kerodic persecutions;
j to Pilate's wife, warning him not to become
comolicated with the judicial over[
throw of Christ.
We all admit that God in ancicnt times
and under Bible dispensation addressed
the people through dreams. The ouestion
now is, does God appear in our da7 and
reveal Himself through dreams? That is
the ouestion everybody asks, and that
question I will try to answer. You ask me
if I believe in dreams. Mv answer is. I
do, but all I have to say will be under five
Kemark the First?The Scriptures are
so full of revelation from God that if we
i get no communication from Him in dreams
we ought, nevertheless, to>be satisfied.
With twenty cmidebool<s to tell you how
to get to New York or Pittsburg or London
or Glasgow or Manchester do you
want a night vision to tell you how to
make the journey? We have in this
Scripture full direction in regard to the
journey of this life and how to get to the
celestial city, and with this grand guidebook,
this magnificent directory, wc
ought to be satisfied. I have more faith
in a decision to which I come when I am
wide awake than when I am sound asleep.
I have noticed that those who give a great
deal of their time to studying dreams get
their brains addled. They are very anxious
to remember what they dreamed
about the first night they slept in a new
house. If in their dream thev take the
hand of a corpse they are going to die.
If they dream of a garden it means a sepulcher.
If something turns out according
to a night vision, they sav: "Well, I am
not surorised: I dreamed it." If it turns
out different from the night vision, they
say. "Well, dreams go by contraries." In
their efforts to put their dreams into
rhythm they nut their waking thoughts
: into discord. Now, the Bible is so full of
I revelation that we ought to be satisfied
if we get no further revelation.
Sound sleep received great honor when
Adam slept so extraordinarily that the
surgical incision which gave him Eve did
not wake him, but there is no such need
for extraordinary slumber now, and he
who catches an Eve must needs be wide
awa.'ce: J\o neea or sacn ? urcinu ?
Jacob had. with a ladder against the sky,
when ten thousand times it has been demonstrated
that earth and heaven are in
communication. . No such dream needed as
that which was given to Abimelech, warning
him against an unlawful marriage,
when we have the records of the county
clerk's office. No need of such a dream as
was given to Pharoah about the seven
yeaps of famine, for now the seasons
march in regular procceeion and steamer
and rail train carry breadstuffs to every
famine struck nation. No need of a dream
like that which encouraged Gideon, for all
through Christendom it is announced and
acknowledged and demonstrated that
righteousness sooner or later will get the
If there should comp about a crisis in
your life upon which the Bible does not
seem to be sufficiently specific go to God
in prayer, and you will get especial direction.
I have* more faith ninety-nine
times out of a hundred in directions given
you with the Bible in your Inn and your
thoughts uplifted in prayer to God than in
all the information you will get unconscious
on your pillow.
I can very easily understand why the
Babylonians and the Egyptians, with no
Bible, should put so much stress on dreams,
and the Chinese in their holy book. Chow
j King, should think their emperor gets nis
I directions through drearis from God, and
that Homer should think tnat an nreaics
Dame from Jove, and that in ancient times
dreams ivere clarified into a science, hut
why do you and I out so much stress upon
dreams when we have a supernal book of
I infinite wisdom on all subjects? Why
should we harry ourselves with dreams?
Why should Eddystone and Barnegat
lighthouses question a summer firefly?
j _ Remark the Second?All dreams have an
important meaning. Thev prove that the
rouI is comparatively independent of the
body. The eyes are closcd. the senses are
dull, the entire body goes into a lethargy
which in all languages is used as a type of
death, and then the soul spreads its wintr
and never sleeps. It leaps the Atlantic
Ocean and mintrles in scenes 3000 mile3
away. It travels great reaches of time,
flashes back eighty years, and the octogenarian
is a boy again in his father's house.
If the soul before it has entirely broken its
chain of flesh can do all thig, how far can
it leap, what circles can it cut when it is
fully liberated? Every dream, whether
agreeable or harassing, whether sunshiny
or tempestuous, means so much that, ris1
I mg irom your cm-ii. ? /? ^
I down and sav: "0 God. am I immortal ?
i Whence? Whither? Two nature.". My
sou] caged now?what, when the doir of
the cape is opened? If mv soul can flv so
far in the few hours in which my body <?
asleep in the night, how far can it fly
when my body deeps the long sleep of the
grave?" Oh. this power to dream, how
startling, how overwhelming! Immortal!
Remark the Third?The vast majority
' of dreams are merely the result of dis!
turbed physicial condition, and arc not a
[ supernatural message. Job had carbuncles
! and he was scared in the night. Kc says.
I "Thou sea rest me with dreams and terriJ
fiest me with visions." Solomon had an
i overwrought brain, overwrought with public
business, and he suffered from orratie
slumber, and he writes in Ecclesiastes.
"A dream cometh through the multitude
of business." Dr. Gregory, in experimenting
with dreams, found that a bottle of
hot water put to his feet while in slumber
made him think he was going up the hot
sides of Mount Etna. Another morbid
physician, experimenting with dreams, liis
feet uncovered through ji'cep, thought he
was riding in an Alpine diligence. But a
great many dreams are merely narcotic
disturbance. Anything that you see while
J under the influence of ch'oral or brandy
I or hasheesh or laudanum is r.ot a revelaI
lion irum uuu,
The learned De Quineev did not ascribe
to divine communication what he saw in
sleep, opium saturr.t?d, dreams which he
afterward described in the following
words: "I was worshiped. I was sacrificed.
I fled from the wrath of Brahma,
through all the forests of Asia. Vishnu
hated me. Sceva laid in wait for me. I
came suddenly upon Isis and Osiris. I had
done a deed, tney said, that made the
crocodiles tremble. I was buried for a
thousand years in stone coffins, with mummied
and sphinxes in narrow chambers at
the heart of eternal pyramids. I was
kissed with the cancerous kiss of crocodiles
and lay confounded with unutterable
slimy things among wreathy and Nilotio
Do not mistake narcotic disturbance foi
divine revelation. But I have to tell you
that the majority of the dream9 are merely
the penalty of outraged digestive organs,
and you have no right to mistake
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Late suppers are a warranty deed for bad
dreams. Highly spiced salads at 11 o'clock
at night, instead of opening the door
heavenward, open the door infernal and
diabolical. You outrage natural law, and
you insult the God who made those laws.
It takes from three to five hours to digest
food, and you have no right to keep your
digestive organs in struggle when the rest
of your body is in somnolence. The general
rule is eat nothing after 6 o'clock at
night, retire at 10. sleep on your right
side, keep the window open five inches for
ventilation, and other worlds will not disturb
you much. By physical maltreatment
you take the ladder that Jacob saw im his
dream, and vnu lower it to the nether
world, allowing the ascent of the demoniacal.
Dreams are midnight dyspepsia. An
unregulated desire for something to eat
ruined the race in paradise, and an unreg'
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ruined. The world during 6000 years hag
tried in vain to digest that first apple.
The world will n6ffbe evangelized until
we cet rid of a dyspeptic Christianity.
Healthy- people do not want the cadaverous
and sleeny thing that some people call
religion. They want a religion that lives
recularlv bv day and sleeps soundly by
niirht. If through trouble or coming on of
old age or exhaustion of Christian service
you cannot slpep well, then you may expect
from God "sonirs in the night," but
there are no bles?ea communications to
those who willingly surrender to indiarestihles.
Napoleon's army at Leipsic. Dresden
and Borodino came near being de- i
stroved through the disturbed gastric
juices of its commander. That is the way
you have lost some of your battles.*
Another remark I make is that our
dream= are ant to be merelv the echo of
our dnvtinne thoughts. I will give you a
reeir.c for pleasant dreams. Fill your days
with elevated thought and unselfish action
and your dreams will be set to music. If
all dav you are gouging and frraspinar and
avaricious, in your dreams you will see
gold th'it you cannot clutch and bargains
in. which you were out-Shylocked. If during
the day you are irascible and pugnacious
and gunoowderv of disnosition. you
will at nigftt have battle with enemies in
which thev will get the best of you. If
you are all day long in a hurry, at night
you will dream of rail trains that you
want to Yatch while you cannot move one
inch toward the depot. If you are always
oversusnicious and expectant of assault,
you will have at night hallucinations of
assassins with daggers drawn. No one
wonders that Richard III., the iniquitous,
the night before the battle of Bosworth
Field dreamed that all those whom he had
murdered stared at him, and that he was
torn to pieces by demons from the pit.
All dreams that make you better are
from Cod. How do I know it? Is not
God the 8our<? of all good? It does not
take a very logical mind to argue that out.
Tertullian and Martin Luther believed in
dreams. The dreams of John Huss are im
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mortal. r>r. ?iugupime, me kuiuwu.
fpther. gives us the fact that a Carthagenian
physician was persuaded of the immortality
of the soul by an argument
which he heard in a dream; The night before
his assassination the wife of Julius
Caesar dreamed , that her husband fell
dead across her lap.
It is possible to prove that God does
appear in dreams to warn, to convert and
to save men. Mv friend, a retired sea
captain and a Christian tells me that one
nicbt vhile on the sea he dreamed that a
ship's crew were in ereat suffering. Wakine
from his dream, he put about the ship,
tacked in different directions, surprised
everybody on his vessel?they thou^Ht he
was going crazy?saHefl on in another direction
hour after hour, and for many
hours until he came to the perishing crew
and rescued them and brought them to
New York. Who conducted that dream?
The God of the sea.
Furthermore. I have to say that there
are people who were converted . to God
throueh a dreani. The Rev. John Newton.
the fame of whosp piety fills all Christendom.
while a profligate sailor on shipboard.
in his dream thought that a beihg
approached him and gave him a very beautiful
ring ard put it upon his finger and
. said to him: "As long as you wear that
ring you will be prospered. If you lose
that ring you will be ruined." In the same
dream another personage appeared and
bv a strange infatuation persuaded John
Newton to throw overboard that ring, and
5t sank into the sea. Then the mountains
in sizht were full of fire, and the air was
was lurid with consuming wrath. While
John Newton was renentin? of his folly in
having thrown overboard the treasure another
personage came through the dream
and told John Newton he would plunge
into the sea and bring that ring up if he
desired it. He plunged into the sea and j
brought it up and said to John Newton, j
"Here is that gem. but I think I will keen
it. for vou lest vou lose it again." And j
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John Newton consented, anci an me m?= (
went out from the mountains, ar.d all the
signs of lurid wrath disaoneared from the
air, and John Newton said that he saw in
his dream that that valuable gem was hin
?oul, and that the being who nersuaded
him to throw it overboard was Satan, and
<hat the o"-e who p'ureed in and restored
that gem. keeping it for him, w.is Christ.
And that dream makes one of the most
wonderful chanters in the life of that
most wonderful man.
A German was crossing the Atlantic
Oeean, r.nd in his dream he saw a man
with a handful of white flowers. ?nd he
was to'd to foPow the man who had that
handful of white flowers. The German,
arriving in New York, wandered into the
Fulton street prayer meeting, and Mr. I
Lamnhier, the ereat apostle of nrayer j
meeting?, innc u?.v ??>m * _
bunch of tuberoses. Thev stood on his
desk, and at the close of the religious services
he took the tuberoses and started
homeward. and the German followed him
and tb'-o-.iith an interpreter told Mr. Lamnhier
that* on the sea he had dreamed of
a man with a handful of white flowers,
.and was told to follow him. Suffice it to
cay that through that interview and following
interviews he became a Christian
and is a city missionary, preaching the gosnel
to his" own countrymen. God in a
John Hardonk. while on shipboard,
dreamed one night that the day of judgment
had come, and that the roll of the
ship's crew was railed except his own
name, and tint these peop'e. this crew,
were all banished, and in this dream he
asked the reader why his own name was
omitted, and he was told' it was to give
him more onnortunitv for repentance. He
woke ?:? a different man. He bpcame illustrious
for Christian attainment. If you
do not believe these thinors. then you must
discard all testimony and refuse to accent
anv kind of authoritative witness. God in
Rev. Herbert Mendes was converted to
God through a dream of the last judgment,
and manv of us have had some dream of
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that ereat (lav or judgment tvmuii suau ?.?- (
t he winding up of the world's history. If
you have not dreamed of it, nerhaps to*
night yon may dream of that day. There
ire enough materials to make a dream.
Enough voices. for there shai1 be the
roaring of the elements and the great
earthquake. Enough light for the dream,
for the world shall blaze. Enough excitement.
for t!i^ mountains shall fall. Enough
water, for ihe ocean shall rear. Enough
astronomical phenomena, for the stars
shail go out. Enough populations. for all
the races of all the apes will fall into line
of one of two nroce^sions. the one ascending
and the other desefndinc. the one led
on by the rider on the white horse of
eternal victory, the other led on by Apol"yon
on the black charger of eternal defeat.
Tne dream comes 011 me now, and I see
the lightnings from above answering the
voVar.ic disturbances from beneath, and
I hear the long reverberating thunders
that shall wake un the dead, and all the
seas, lifting uo their crystal voices, cry.
"Come to judgment!" and all the voices of
the heaven cry, "Come to judgment!" and
crumbling mausoleum and^ Westminster
abbeys and pyramids of the dead with
1 marble voices cry. "Come to judgment!"
And the archangel seizes an instrument ox
music that was made only for one sound,
and thrusting that mighty instrument
throu7h the cfouds and turning it this
way, he shall put it to his lips and blow
the* long, loud blast that shall make the
solid *arth quiver, crying, "Come to judgment!"
Then from this earthly crossness auit,
Attired in stars, we shall forever sit.
[Copyright, 19V L L. Klopsch.] i
THE SABBATH SCHOOL
INTERNATIONAL LESSON COMMENTS
FOR DECEMBER 22.
Subject: Christmas, Isaiah, lx., 1-7 ?
Golden Text, Lake 11., 11?.Memory
Verses, 0, 7?Commentary on the Day's
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1. onail not oe sucn. i.i:e uajuuess
shall not be as great as it has been. There
was a ray of encouragement for those who
were ready to receive the prophet's words.
"Zebulun." The country of Galilee
around the sea of. Galilee was the land
that principally suffered in the first Assyrian
2. "The people that walked in darkness."
The people of Judah. They were
at this time und<jr a two-fold darkness:
(11 The darkness of outward trouble. See
2 Kimts 15: 37; 10: 4-S, 17; 2 Chron. 2S: 5-8.
(2) They were in moral darkness. They
were attacked by the King of Israel and
by the King of Damascus, and afterward
by the King of Assyria. Great multitudes
were carried captives, or were slain. In
this deep affliction of the Jewish nation her
old foes rose up against her. The Edomites
on the southeast and the Philistines
on the eouthwest poured in their troooa
upon the devoted land and added to its
calamities. The Philistines took nerma
nent possession of the territory which they
had overrun, occupying it and addinc it
to their dominion. Judah was indeed
"brought low and made naked." 2 Chron.
28: 18. Her country was desolate, her
cities were burned with fire; her landstrangers
devoured it in her presence.
Isa. 1: 7. The territory that remained to
her was truly but a very small remnant,
and even that was threatened. To escape
from these troubles King Ahaz appealed
to Tiglath-Pileser II. of Assyria for help.
He came, and the result was that Ahaz
had to rob the temple and his palace of
their treasures in order to pay the required
tribute; and, still more, he sacrificed
the independence and honor of the
3. "Thou hast multiplied the nation."
"The prophet Shows them the Messiah
and' His times. He would move them to
hope, awaken faith, arouse to righteousness,
by the vision of good times coming.
The only way to such a blessed consummation
was by the path of holiness, obedience
and faith." "They joy before
Thee." The prophet notes it to be a religious
joy because it is said to he before
| God?that is, in His presence and with a
grateful acknowledgement of His benefits.
4. "Thou hast broken the yoke." The
Jews were successively delivered from the
burdensome and galling yoke of the Assyrians.
Chaldeans, Persians and Macedonians,
but these deliverances were only a
shadow of redemption from the yoke of
Satan, and that redemption seems here
especially predicted as if already accomplished.
"As in the day of Midian." As
Gideon with a handful of men conquered
t?e hosts .of Midian, so Messiah, the
"child" (v. 6), shall prove to be the
i "Prince of peace," and the small company
under him shall overcome the mighty hosts
of Antichrist. See the same contrast in
Mic. 5: 2-5.
l_-l.il- ? Ti. ? +l,a
9. "POT every Uiuiie. it ?u mc
torn of antiquity to pile the arms of pros-*
trate enemies, the spoils of less value, and
their spotted garments, into a heap and
then burn them. All that belongs to war
: shall be swept away: the war itself shall
die. The Messiah abolishes all war, but
not until His foes are either swept away
by His judgments or melted into penitence
and won over to submission by His love.
6. "Unto us." The prophet spake of
the predicted blessings as if already communicated.
Angels say, "Unto you," but
this child was born for the benefit of us
men, of us sinners, of all believers, to the
end of the world. In the far distance the
prophet foresaw the Redeemer of the
world. A little later came the vision of
the suffering Saviour (Isa. 53); then the
town where He should be born (Micah 5:
2); a more complete revelation came
through Daniel. These prophecies were
so spread abroad that at the time of His
coming there prevailed throughout the entire
East an intense conviction that ere
long a powerful monarch would rise in
Judea and gain dominion over the world.
Virgil, who lived a little before this, owns
that a child from heaven was looked for,
should restore the golden age and take
away sin. "A son is given." God's gratuitous
gift, upon which man had no claim.
John 3: 16. A gift of love, of joy, of universal
fitness to our needs, of eternal enrichment,
of forever increasing value, and
this gift insures all other gifts. Rom. 8:
32. As Son of man Jesus was "a child
born;" as Son of God He was a "Son
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given." "(jovernment. jine cue^u >?
government, the scepter, the sword or
key. was borne upon or hung from |he
shoulder. All government shall be vested
in Him. "His name." A name stands for
all that is in the man?his character, his
principles and his property. "Wonderful."
Because His nature was both human and
divine. Whoever refuses to believe in the
supernatural must pause at the manger.
He can go no farther. How Godhood
and manhood could be knit together in the
person of Christ is beyond us. But thincr.i
incomprehensible arc not incredible. Ail
divine works are wonderful. "Counsellor."
One who has wisdom to guide himself and
others. Jesus was the embodiment of the
wisdom of God. A Saviour, both God
and man?a personal revelation of God's
love, a perfect character and example, the
sum of all motives for being good, the
atonement that takes away sin while it
for<rives, the gift of the Holy Spirit, the
institution of the church, its continun'
guidance, an everlasting but unseen Saviour?all
these arc proofs of wisdom divine
and limitless. He is our Counsellor,
never guiding us astray, but always by the
best wavs to the best ends. "Mighty
" * *' " /->? a?
woa." uoa tne nugiiLy uuc. uc un*
wisdom, so He has strength: He is able
to save to the utteymost; ana such is the
work of the Mediator that no less a power
than that of the mighty God coula accomplish
it. He has control of all forces
for the salvation of men; He can conquer
a!! enemies, make His kingdom triumphant
over a'l obstacles, can always stand before
and above His people, leading them
0:1 to higher and higher developments.
"Everlasting Father." Expressing* the divine
love and pity for men. a love that
can never fail, for it is everlasting. The
Father pitieth His children thai are weak
in knowledge, and instructs them; pities
them when they are forward and
bears with them; pities them when
they are sick and comforts them;
when they are fallen, and helps them
up again; when they have offended
and upon their submission forgives them;
when they are wronged, and rights them.
Thus "the Lord pitieth them that ffar
Kirn." "Prince of Peace." As a King He
preserves, commands, creates peace. His
peace both keeDS the hearts of His people
and ru'cs in them. He is the author of
nil non? ivh'VVi ia ttip nrpspnt and fu
ture bliss of His subjects.
Gennanj to Banish Consumption.
To tcach the masses how to fight tuberculosis.
which annually kills 100.000 Germans.
the Imperial Department of Health
is circulating millions of leaflets explaining
the best methods of prevention. The
imperial authorities lay the usual stress
on the advisability of boiling meat and
sterilizing milk. They assert that the
surest safeguard acrainst tuberculosis consists
in strengthening the bodv and making
it germ proof by the use of substantial
food and abstinence from intoxicating
liquors. Athletic exercises are named as
invaluable, football and bicycling being especially
recommended. Women are warned
to cast aside tight corgeta and belts and
dresses with trains. All persons are advised
to go to bed early, and to use the
best apartments in the house for bedrooms.
which should be cold. Kissing is
declared a pernicious habit.
Stenography For the Blind.
At a meeting of the Incorporated Phonographic
Society, says the London Westminster
Gazette, a specimen of short hand
taken down by a blind man, together with
an excellent transcript made on a type
writer, were exhibited. The short hand
consisted of a series of marks made by
working a newly invented machine. The
short hand is, as it were, embossed on a
continuous strip of paper, and the amanuensis
fee's the stenographic characters
with one hand while he works the typewriter
with the other. The characters
are unlike those of anv written short ha"d.
and remind one of the Morse telegraphic
j GOD'S MESSAGETO MAW
: PREGNANT THOUCHTS FROM THH
t WORLD'S GREATEST PROPHETS. jH
Poem : Troitlng Ever ? The Best Syx^H
pathy Seelcg Not the Scnatbllltlei*nfl
the Emotions, Bat tb? Mind and
Will?Cbrlitllke Companion. >;flH
Trusting ever, we will hide .
In the Lord. Here we'll abide. ;
From the thrall of ein and c^re ;
Fly, and leave thy burden there.;
Art thou thirsty? Hear the call?i
Come and drink?come one?come
Without money, come, buy wine. !1
Milk and honey?food divine. . >All
the poor may thua.be fed ,
From the table richly spread. - .
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.Drcau-oi ixou. we taKe 01 xnee, <
Wine of life Thy blood shall be. ?? 'H|
Oh, the beauty of-Thy face! ' V: fl|
0^ the sweetness of Thy grace!
Oaiy Thou can'st make us be " ES|
Worthy, Lord, Thy face to see. -fl|
Trusting ever, here we rest, HD
Safely leaning on Thy breast VB
Soon our happy souls shall rise,,
To our homes beyond the skies. \~4
?Miss Julia Strong, in New Yorlr Ob^B
True and False Sympathy. v.
It has been said that nothing showis th^H
quality of a man so much as the source tA
which he turns for comfort. It is equaU]^H
true that nothing shows one's estimate ,<i^H
another more than the 6ort of comfor^H
one offers him. This is shown in the
different persons deal with a child rhaf in|
hurt. One talks about the hurt, axcIpin^B
over it, caresses tand pities. AnotlyafcyirpMj
parently disregards the hurt or makes ligc^H
of it, and seeks at once to occupy th^H
child with something else until he-forget
his pain ,and laughter takes the place ?
tears. Often the child would hardly this]
of his hurt were not his mind fixed on I
by supposed "sympathy." But that i
the truest sympathy which seeks to sgan
him, not so much the suffering of think
ing about it, and the emotional distufb
ance and nervous weakening which <om<
from cries and complaints and fears. ' A
That is the truest sympathy wffich feel
for the child, not simply as undergbina
now the smart of a burn or a sting or 1
cut. butf as one who is sure to meet mucl
suffering ih the world, and whose sucoejM
and happiness depend largely upon Jof
being able to rise above it, or apply. Him
self to other things in spite of & .
A litle girl had to be taken to the SOT
peon for a brief but painful operation;
The surgeon sought to reassure her feprt
by assuring her that it would not haft
much. Distrusting mm, sne turnea-xf
her grandfather, who accompanied , Ker?
asking: "Will it hurt, grandpa?" "Yt$,
my child, it will hurt badly," was the.1**
ply. Instantly she put out hes arm- wad
submitted to the operation without a mpr*
mur. It was false sympathy whidr had
prompted the surgeon to give "the false
assurance. It was actually true sympathy
which led the grandfather to declare tlM
truth?sympathy with her strength ana
True sympathy seeks not the sensibilfa
ties and the emotions, but the mind- afid
the will. It seeks the latent *tr6bgth
I rather than the manifest weakness. ' '
Genuine sympathy suffers as often beI
pause another does not suffer as because
: he does. That which moved Christ's com-H
passion this iust that which the multito&H
realized?and realizes?the least. . Suchfl
I sympathy 'seems sometimes to disregar^H
I the felings of the sufferer. Christ nevei^B
i does that; He remembers that we aroH
I "dust," but He also remembers that woH
are made in the imaa;e of God. He'deateH
i first, not with the "dust," but with theH
; imafre, and the future that i9 involved klH
i it. He sympathizes with the present1 paioTH
' whatever.it is, but far more with the deefr?
er-lying self, with all its potentialities p'ffl
pain and joy, its certainties of toil andJH
struggle and suffering, its possibilities ofmm
achievement, of triumph ana of "peace byfl
conquest."?New York Outlook. fl
A Well-Kept Life. fl
Tt requires a well-kept life to do tbe.willH
of God. and even a better-kept life tb'willH
to do His will. To be willing is a rarer?
frace than to be doing the will of GodLfl
or he who is willing may sometimes haveB
nothing to do, and must only be wiBingM
to wait, and it is easier far to be doingH
j God's will tlian to De wunng to nave uuw
, ing to do?it is easier far to be working
for Christ than it is to be willing to cetat,
No, there is nothing rarer in the world to^
day .than the truly willing soul, and there
is nothinc more worth coveting thkn/the
will to will God's will. There is no grand*
sr possession for any Christian life than
the transparently simple mechanism of ft
lincere obeying heart.?Professor Drain*
The Bane of Successful Work.
Drooping spirits are the bane of anj
successful work. We are saved by hopeThe
believer, like Abraham, should boufl
against hope. There is no other hopeliM
Christian nope to cheer, strengthen ana
save the soul from danger. This hope, ia
for that which is unseen and not yet is
hand. It is progressive in its nature. No
sooner is one thing hoped for enjoyed
than we hope for another. Life on eartb
is nothing but a progressive series or nupt;?M
and enjoyments. Sometimes things hoped?
for when received are nothing but disap-H
pointing; they are'not what tney seeir.ea-B
?Christian Instructor. jn
[How to Grow Old.]
One may grow gracefully by sitting.
<rays at the Master's feet, learn of Him,H
by benefiting others with the knowledgeH
pained, by keeping closer to the infinitefl
Father the nearer life's eventide comesB
and never ceasing to have a definite some-H
thing good to live for.?Rev. Mr. Young.H
Presbyterian, Pittsburg. Q
Twlu Emotion*. M|
Patriotism and religion are twin cmo>l
tions of the human soul. The preserra-H
tion of the Sabbath is as patriotic as thi^H
preservation of the flag, and the guarding?
of thi? Bible as truly patriotic as theH
guarding of our shores?Rev. Dr. J. li-M
Thoburn, Methodist, Pittsburg. H
Let others laugh as they .may. Take
yourselves seriously, young men, and in
this serious world play a serious part.?
Rev. Dr. William R. Huntington, Episcopalian,
An Irrevocable Loss.
Cut religion out of men's lives, and you
have cut out from the world the finest inspiration
to beauty, poetry, patriotism and
love. ? Bishop Lawrence, Episcopalian,
j _ Life's experiences resemble rooms, the
cloord oi iviiicn are cuuaiauu) ujjcuiuk
and closing. The past opportunities
life, whether lost or misused, stand like
closcd doors, behind or beyond which we
cannot; go, shut forever against the possibility
of human opening.?Rev. William S.
.Tones, Church ot the Cnitey, Randolph,
A Worthless Religion.
A religion without a Bible is a religion
of harmless abstractions and aimless platitudes.?Rev.
R. W. Rogers, Congregation'
Proved Value of Boer Tactics.
Captain Allum, Norwegian military at
V. ->o lioon with the T?ci?r?> in
South Africa, commanded^ a division during
recent manoeuvres of Norwegian troops
to demonstrate Boer tactics. He daily
succeeded in routing the.enemy, capturing
large columns and pushing positions without
being seen until it was too late.
Lafijetta Saw Tht? Sign.
A sign reading "Delaware's Welcome to
Lafayette" has Deen found in the garret
of the old Abner Vernon house, at Claymont,
Del. It is supposed the sign was
displayed at the State line along the route
taken by General Lafayette on his visit
! in 1825.