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"Ob!" exclaimed the artist, turning
with irrepressible anxiety toward
Byrd, "has anything happened to the
It was said with so much feeling
and with such a frank disregard of
?rvrvAnror?nno thof ATr ClrTTOf* inCAnSllll'U
softened toward the antiaue lamp he
was at that moment considering. A?
lor Mr. Byrd he flushed and answered
"I have received' 110 turther news
from Great Barrington since seeing
you this afternoon," and turned away
before he had finished speaking, as if
Ihe felt it painful even to address the
Mr. Degraw may have aoticed this
expression of reluctance, but, If he
did he did not show it. On the contrary
he immediately hurst out:
"Then of whom are you speaking?
I know no young girl."
t. "Do you know Jenny Rogers?" f'Vv
jv It was Mr. Gryce who spoke.
The artist shivered. "Jenny Rogers?"
"Yes," pursued the other; "she seems
to have known yoth"
. The artist looked dazed.
"Not the Jenny Rogers in whom you
have professed such deep interest,"
proceeded the detective, gravely, "but
a more defenseless girl, because .1
more friendless and ignorant one. It
Is in her regard you are arrested. So
much I feel at liberty say, but no
more. As for yourself, you need say
nothing. Silence commits no one, but
speech is not always so safe."
"But silence is cowardice in an innocent
man, and nothing can ever make
me keep still over an outrage which
has no excuse in fact. I commit murder
and upon an innocent girl! Why,
your own man, Byrd, will tell yon
that it Is an accusation too ridiculous
to he seriously considered. Even if I
knew the girl, which I do not, for I
take it for granted that you mean the
one who perished in the blind alley,
I have had no reason for injuring her
or any one. You might as well arrest
the first man you chanced to meet; it
would not be any more unreasonable
"There is where you make a misSake,"
interjected the other. "The
first man we chanced to meet would
sot, in all probability, bear the somewhat
unusual and striking name of
"And what if he did not? What has
my name got to do with this matter?"
"A great de3l. You had better come
with ug, Mr. Degraw. Perhaps you
can convince the magistrate that you
have been arrested under a false
charge. If you can I shall be the first
to congratulate you, for you certainly
pi^int most exquisite pictures."
\ "The magistrate! Well, let us go to
the magistrate. I ask nothing more
than a sensible man to talk to. Murder!
I conld be angry if I were not
so much astonished at the senseless
offlc'ousness of a police who could ar-1
rest me on such a charge as this."
Whether Mr. Gryce secretly believed
In his victim's innocence, or whether
he was disposed to show one of so
much talent every consideration in his
ppwer, be not only managed to allow
him to pass seemingly unattended
through the streets, but took him down
ta police headquarters, instead of to a
magistrate as he had threatened. Here
he found the inspector, and bringing
the two together he remarked in excuse:
"Herp is Mr. Desrnw. sir. TTp sn nt
terly 6eouts the idea of liis being in
any way answerable to the charge
made against him, and is so ready to
give any explanation we may require
that I have brought him to you instead
of to a magistrate. Have I done right,
The inspector looked at young Degraw,
who bore his regard so frankly
that he at once inspired confidence.
"We will see," he returned. "If Mr.
Degraw can answer all our questions
satisfactorily, why, it will be a treat
point gained, of course. But we do not
require him to speak at all; we only
give him liberty to do so."
"Good," ejaculated the artist. "I am
only too ready. First, then, why do
you accuse me of murdering a girl
whom I never saw, nor of whose existence
was I even aware, till I heard of
ber death, here on this very spot at the
time I came to see Mr. Byrd on a matter
utterly disconnected with this subject?"
"It is a direct question, and I will
answer it directly. We charge you
with her murder because you alone,
of all the men in town, answer to the
name and appearance of the person
who for the last three months has
been hovering about the steps not only
of this girl, but of others bearing the
pimple name of Jenny Rogers."
"I do? Impossible!"
"Not at all. You certainly have made
the acquaintance of one such person,
have you not?"
j "Called 'the signorina.'"
: "Yes, yes! but she "
"Oh, I know the story; Byrd. here,
has been forced to tell me: a very improbable
story, by tho way: so improbable,
that even an old dealer in
mysteries like myself has ventured to
question its facts, and believe only in
your extreme desire to recover traces
of the tvoman "who Las seemingly fled
Mr. Degraw drew back astonished.
Could his interest in the lovely singer
be viewed in this way? He looked at
Byrd and felt relieved to catch a
gleam of the old confidence in that
Officer's friendly eyes.
"But," cried he, "I can substantiate
fbis improbable story, both by written
evidence and competent witnesses."
"Yes, but before doing so, let me
t?4ow what excuse you have for saying
that a person of my name and ap *.
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pearance has been seen in connection
with these various young girls."
The inspector hesitated, but not
long. There was truth in the artist's
eye, and he was glad to recognize it.
"Mr. Degraw," said he, "it is not
usual for us to give so much advantage
to a man charged with a crime as to
tell him the reasons for his arrest.
But I am willing, in consideration of
your name, which is rapidly growing
illustrious in the art you have chosen,
to lay before you these facts. .First,
the gentleman who haunted the steps
of the Miss Rogers who attends Miss
Hadden's school wrote her a letter,
which, if not signed by his name contained
a card which revealed it, and
that name was yours, 'Hamilton Degraw.'
Secondly, lest you should argue
that this card carried no weight
with it, as it might be a stolen one introduced
into this communication by
the unprincipled author of the same I
will add that some days previous to its
receipt this same young lady was
walking in the street and saw the
gentleman who was supposed to have
written this letter drop his cigarette
case. As he did not perceive that he
had done this she had the opportunity
of picking it up. She did so, and behold!
upon one side of this cigarette
case a monogram was inscribed, the
letters of which are undeniably an
EL' and a 'D.' Thirdly, we have in
our possession another letter, written
by a gentleman of this city to a different
Jenny Rogers, in which a Mr.
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notice. And this letter was carried to
her by a person of similar characteristics
to your own, as was the box of
bonbons received by the girl who was
supposed to have died from the poison
which had been Infused into them, but
you will say no man can have a monopoly
upon any one name, nor are
you the only person in the town who
can answer to the general description
of tall form and easy manners, black
mustache and gray eyes. This is true,
but it is strange to have them united,
and that in the person of one who does
not deny that fie possesses an intense
interest in one of the unfortunates who
bear this fatal name."
"It may be strange, but the world is
full of strange things. I know a man
rohn Ts-pnf from New York to San
Francisco, and there, out of all the
women who inhabited that town made
the acquaintance and married a girl
who wa6 by blood his own sister,
though he did not know it and never
could understand why the announcement
of his marriage affected his father
to such an extent as to drive him
into a speedy grave. Is not that a
stranger fact than this?'
"Perhaps, but "
"I know' there is a conspiracy
against girls by the name of Jenny
Rogers, but how came I to know it?
By hearing it spoken of here. Byrd
can testify to that."
"And I," spoke up Mr. Gryce.
"The question is: Was that the first
you heard of it?" quoth the inspector.
"No; the question is: Am I the man
who has been seen in connection with
these innocent girls? I swear I am
not, and I expect to be able to prove
it. Have you any specimens of his
Mr. Gryce produced the letter given
iwui uy xue uciruii. ucucss.
"Compare it with this memorandum
I wrote this morning," urged the artist,
tearing a leaf frota his notebook
and handing it to them.
"There is but little similarity," adjudged
"But this letter to Miss Rogers is
manifestly in a disguised handwriting,"
objected Mr. GYyce.
"It is immaterial," quoth Mr. Degraw.
"Any witness who saw the
writer will at once tell you upon viewing
my face that I am not he."
"You are willing to submit to this
"Of course; why else do I insist upon
The smile he gave them was irresistible.
They all three showed the influence
it had upon them, and the inspector,
looking at Mr. Byrd, made a quick
and meaning gesture.
The detective seeing it nodded and
went toward the door, but was stopped
on his way out by the artist saying, >
"I snail not be satisfied unless you
bring witnesses also who can prove I
am not the gentleman who carried letters
of introduction to the Miss Rogers
you have alluded to, nor the person
who bought bonbons which are said to
have been poisoned. I desire a complete
justification and you can give it
"We 6ball be only too happy," returned
the inspector, and gave Byrd a
second look, "which sent him speedily
"It will be some time before these
persons can be got together," observed
the inspector, as the door closed upon
the youthful detective. "Will you sit
down, Mr. Degraw?"
"With pleasure, sir," rejoined the
artist. He did not notice that his
chair was so placed as to be in easy
view from the open door, but if he
had he would have taken it even with
Mr. Gryce, having business to attend
to, soon went out. and presently the
inspector followed liira. The artist
was left alor.e, but this did not disturb
him. Nothing seemingly disturbed
him, though men came and
more than one curious face looked into
the door. At length the inspector returned.
He was beaming, and held
out a congratulatory hand.
"It is all right, sir." said he. "You
are not the man, and you are at perfect
liberty to return home."
The artist bowed with unmoved selfpossession.
"Do you mean," said he, "that 1 have
been seen by tlie witnesses I suggested?"
"And they all unite in convincing I
you that I am neither the man w!k
made the trouble at Miss Hadden's
school, nor he "who bought the deadlj
bonbons, nor even the Mr. DegraTi
who brought letters of introduction tc
the young lady who gave you mj
"Then I depart satisfied. You nav<
confounded me with some one whe
possesses a similar name, and alsc
owns a like complexion. When yoi
have found this man please let me sec
him. It is all the reparation I ask foi
a mistake which possibly was uoi
without its excuse."
He bowed and passed quietly out
It had been for him an anxious twc
hours, little as he had shown it.
Tn a summer house, half covered
with verdure, sat two beautiful woni'
en; one with a noble poise of head, a
gracious and dignified manner, regulai
features and a womanly expression
the other with slighter proportions
but with a strange, unearthly sweet
ness in her look and tone that went al
once to the heart and awakened its
deepest emotions. The former was
blonde, the latter of a fair complexion
but with an aureole of dark hair anc
pvdc that wpta larze. black and bril
liant. They sat side by side, the violei
dress of tbe one mingling with the
white garments of the other, and tc
neither could a man have said "No,'
had the language of their lips been ol
entreaty or the glance of their eyes ar
invitation or appeal. Miss Aspinwal
was the younger of the two, but sh(
looked by three years the senior of he:
more delicate and childlike companion
They are talking. Shall we listen t(
what they say?
"And you cannot sing to me?to m(
who overheard you once at the sig
nor's and was so irresistibly moved
and charmed that I stood outside the
door with my hands clasped and nij
breath hushed, thinking I had cbancec
upon the performance of some greal
"I might sing for you if I thoughi
we were alone and none of your mans
guests were hidden behind the cur
tains or portierres. Indeed, I know
that I could sing for' you, the one
menu woo nas snnieu upuu iue m iuj
misfortune and opened her doors tc
shelter my defenseless and unpro
tected head. Oh, I am grateful to you
I am so grateful that I would be will
ing to do much more than sing foi
you, should c-hanee ever put it in mj
"Your company is all that I askdear
signorina. Since that night whet
your hopes came to such a disastrous
end I have cherished but one wish,
and that was to open my arms in <?om
fort to you. But a strange timiditj
held me back. I feared to seem intru
sive. I remembered that we had
never spoken, and dreaded your firsl
look of astonishment and displeasure
And when at last I did overcome mj
fears sufficiently to call upon you iu
your home you can imagine my self'
reproach at finding I was too late:
that you were, as I believed, dead,
and thus removed forever from my
sympathy and love. Bitter regret over
whelmed me, and I vowed then, while
strewing flowers above your silenl
breast, that in future nothing should
ever hold me back from those in distress
but their refusal to receive me,
and when I heapd that appearances
had been deceitful, and that when 1
saw vcu, you had been only lying in a
trance I felt as if providence had
heard my praper and that I should
yet have the opportunity of telling you
of the love I felt for you."
"Ah!" sighed the signorina, while the
tears welled up in her eyes, "I am un
worthy ol such interest; I am unworthy
of your cafe. Do not love me sc
well, lou may ue uisappointeu m
Miss Aspinwall smiled.
"You have not disappointed me yet,"
she asserted. "As for the future, wt
will be such friends that regret shall
r.ot find room to come in between us,
Do you not think you can love me,
trust me, rest with me and be happy?"
The signorina's eyes, whioh had been
lowered to the ground, rose slowly till
they rested upon Miss Aspinwall's
face. There was trouble in them, bul
there was gratitude also, and a sud
den light that seemed to come from ar
"Love you?" 6he repeated. "Ah,
there is no doubt but that I can lov(
you. But " she added, in another
moment, with restless change of man
ner, "did you not think it strangt
when you found me on the platform
at this nlace, alone and without apparent
To be continued..
One who now owns palaces, yachts
automobiles, houseboats, horses, et?.
a solid merchant in Worth street,
says: "Forty years ago I started oul
in life with a small place in a grocerj
store in a country town. Ten yean
later I was in New York earning $400(
a year and spending it. I fell ill, ant
read several books, among them Ba
con's Essays. To one sentence in His
Lordship's volume I attribute my latei
success. It was this: 'If a man wii;
keep but of even hand his ordinavj
expenses ought to be but the half ol
his receipts, and if he think to was
rich, but to the third part.' As soor
as I got well I started to get rich bj
saving $COOO a year. It was a mightj
hard thing to do at first, and I doubt il
I could have done it but for the facl
that I was well supplied with clothes
l'cu see, I had grown extravagant
After two years I was on a salary o)
$0000 and saving $4000. Four years
later I was making $12,000 and savin;
$S000. Then I got in the firm. I an
still saving. Lord Bacon made nie.''Xew
Where the Toys Coirse From.
Probably the oldest toy centre ir
the world is the thousand-year-old citj
of Xurernbeig. In the Middle Ages
it was a veritable toy land, and ever
now it retains almost absolute suprein
acy in cue matter oi leaaen toys, espe
daily soldiers. Many hundreds ol
workmen are employed in this indus
try, and something like 100,000 leiic
soldiers are turned out every day it
the year. The peasants of Thuringii
are largely employed in toy-making
and their productions are all sent tc
market through Nuremberg.?Woman's
: I A SERMON FOR SUNDAY
' A DISCCURSE ENTITLED "LIFE'S YIELD
1 TO THE MORAL CONQUEROR."
1 he Kcr. T. E. "Williams Urges Cs to Spend
Our Few Brief Years Fighting Sin and
Scryinfr.iUan Until We Pans to the Great
' Beyond?An Uplifting Discourse.
' Brooklyn, N. Y.?The Rev. T. Bhond1
da Williams, pastor of the Greenfield Con:
gregational Church, Bradford, England,
preached in Plymouth Church Sunday
l monimc. .inure jv<is ?i auuicuw? I
" The Rev. Dr. Newell Dwight Hillis intro- I
duced Mr. Williams. Earnest attention '
was given to his thoughtful sermon. The )
( subject was '"Life's Yield to the Moral
Conqueror."' and the test was from passages
in the Apocalypse. Mr. Williams
Each on* of the messages to the churches
of Asia closes with a promise. They contain
threats and warnings and commandments,
but at the close stands the promise
| like a distant hill in sunshine, seen
through the storm, to lure on ever the
worst-beaten to the better things of God
1 and man. The messages lay down the
? moral task without compromise, but they
. | close with the assurance that
, I "The toppling craea of duty scaled
Are close upon the shining tablelands,
, To which our God Himself is moon and
' i There is here a twofold aspect of life
' j which every morally earnest man is ac,
i quainted with. He knows that its condil
; tions are stem, that there is vigor in it.
: but he knows also that the vigor is blended
with tenderness, that all_ its struggle is
t ! permeated by promise. We might indeed
v ! on,* mnril 01 r-nocfnpes and hoDeful
j | ness go togther. Stand loyally under the
, 1 bower of duty, and you will hear the bird
! of hope sing. Unfaithfulness to the moral
I ideal breeds pessimism of the worst kind;
l ! fidelity, while it does not encourage cheap.
i | and lightsome optimism, does inscribe in
j the heart of the blackest duty the shining
- | word of the'coming; time. God has so made
; i us that enfolded in the bosom of loyalty
j lies the assurance of triumph for the good.
' j Now, it is this loyalty to the good, this
* ! fidelity to the moral ideal, this persevering
! attitude, which I take to be indicated in
5 ! the word "overcoming" or "conquering."
j Every promise is made to him who "over
cometh" or who "conquers." Not, mark
I ! you, to him who has overcome, or who has
? i. conquered in any full or final sense. These
r | promises are not of gifts to be bestowed
at the end of the course, but of experiences
1 to be realized in going on, so long as you
: go on in the right way. Now, is it a fact?
j for it is no use preaching theories away
u from the facts of life?that the nromiscs
made to those Asian churches in the name
r nf Dhrist. sent to them bv John as direct j
. from Christ, arc to be recrarded as promises
made to us by God? For myself I cannot
regard them 60. cxcept so far as
* they contain truths attested by the experr
ience of men. Indeed, the messages given
> to the churches of Asia are not entirely
from Christ as He was, not from Christ as
we understand Him to-day. but from
! Christ as John understood Him. When
. we read the promises of the moral life we
. read not only the facts of our moral experience.
but also a certain interpretation
given by more than one bias, such as the
personal bias or the national bias. The future
we depict may be in essence guaran- J
' teed by the universal laws of the moral
i life, but the depiction may bear personal
j or national colors, which ir>ust fade; personal
and national elements which must
' be eliminated. John was a Christian, but
he was also a Jew. Like every man. he
r had a temperament, both the nationality
. and the personality would affect his vision
of the future. Our Christ never takes ab1
solute.and full nossession of us. cur very
t best understanding of Him has some mix,
ture of ourselves in it, which is not in Him.
r "To him that ovcrcomcth and keepeth
My word will I give power over the na1
tions, and he shall rule them with a rod of
iron, as the vessels of a potter shall be
broken to shiw>ns, even as I received of
' My Father." Here are words attributed
' to Jesu? which none of us would like to
r think of Him as speaking. We could not
. find in Jesus any promise of authority
, over nations to rule them with a rod of
iron, as the vessels of a potter are broken
: to shivers; nor do we think of Him as
L claiming to have received such from His
. Father. That is not our-way of thinking
of .Christ to-dav. Then how did John
1 come to hear Christ sav that? Because
> John had been reared in the atmosphere
[ and fed upon the sentimeiits of Psalm ii.
His Jewish teachers hau taught him to regard
Psalm ii as Messianic. And what was
' the Messiah to do? The Lord said to Him,
I "Ask of Me and I will give thee the na,
tions for thine inheritance and the uttermost
parts of the earth for thy possession.
Thou shalt break'them with a rod
i of iron; thou shalt dash them to pieces
; 'ike a potter's vessel." Some Jews sometimes
believed that that was one of the
things the Messiah would do. When a
1 Jew came to believe that Jesus was the
i Messiah vou would think that he would
at least throw off that old notion. Jesus
had said. "Come unto Me all ye that labor
and are heavy laden," etc. "I am meek of
' heart, lowly." "Blessed are the meek,"
i etc. "Other cheek." etc. The general
j character and teaching of Jesus was the
very opposite of the Psahn ii conception of
Messiah. Yet the Jew who believed that
, Jesus was the Messiah carried over with
t 3iim a. good deal of the old national conception
and attributed it to Jesus. That
1 is what John does here. It was not Jesus
I 6peaking, but his own nationalism that
; was representing Jesus. This is not very
l surprising when you remember that Chris- j
' tians even yet take the Psalm ii to refer
" to Jesus. Nothing could be more unlike
L Jesus of Nazareth than the description of
, the Messiah in Psalm ii. It is high time to
protest, as Cheyne does, against the habit
? of "finding Christ" in passages "unrelated
! to Christ and His religion." "I fear."
says Canon Che.vne, "that our unmiti- i
gated adoption of the Psalter as it stands
j may counteract that spirit of love which is
f j one-half of'Christianity." The fear is too
i well founded. What did the great at.
Bernard say long ago regarding the wars
of the Crusades upon the Mohammedans?
These are his words: "They are ministers
of God to inflict His vengeance. For them
to give or receive death is not a sin. but- a
most glorious deed; the Son of God delights
to receive the blood of His enemies.
He is glorified in the death of the pagans."
, It is most astounding that Jesus could
have b. en conceived as the incarnation of
l God's redeeming nurpose and love and yet
as One who could delight in the blood of
r His enemies. The Messianic interpretation
? of many psalms undoubtedly tends to nnj
dermine the value of the revelation of God
. in Christ. In a Christian mazazine of
l some time ago one article is entitled "The
- Tendernee3 of /Jesus" and the next is "The
; Imprecatory Psalms Vindicated." I al.
ways maintain that there is a severity in
the law of life, that divine love is not softl
r.ess. nor mercy a license to indulgence;
pain, suffering, retribution are here; there
? was a sevrrii.v j:i >ie?us hc^usv
true to life's law. but the Spirit of Jesus
' was not the spirit of the imprecatory
t psalms, and the Messiah of many psalms
r is quite unlike our Christ. So far as we
r are under their influence we need to ex,
corite ourselves and clear our vision.
L But this promise is colored not only by
t John's nationalism, but possibly also by
certain traits of his personal character. It
was John who saw a man casting out devils
in Jesus' name and forbade him, be?
cause he did not follow with them?there
5 was a strong party spirit in him. John
, ! was one of two who wanted the chief
' | pinccs in the kingdom. He, too. wanted to
1 ; call fire from heaven upon the Samaritans.
- The portrait of John in most people's
minds, as the loving disciple, rests upon
the Christ's Gospel and the Epistles, but
the temper sometimes displayed in the
Apocalypse fits with the indications of the
, synoptic gospels.
j What does the man who is raithful find?
i What does he get to feel sure of' He
i finds the very best there is in Jife. He
I tastes life at its best, "I will sire him to
eat of the tree of life, which is in the para!
dise of Cod." There is a very common notion
that though goodness may be a safe
' track to some far-off celestian citv it js a
3-- 1.1. :t!? _r i
considerate SHCTJIIVC UI i?c UI mc
here and now. Naturally enough not a
1 . few decide to take what they can in the
present and leave the struggle for goodness
alone and chance the future. Well, the
truth is that only in a worthy character, id
the ascendancy over evil, in the maetery
of impurity and of egoism in all its forms,
on the higher levels of special cultivation,
does a rnau really get the core of lite now,
ret the very best there is in it. In fact
the old Eden story comes true igain and
j again in the lives of men. Get your p!e3S!
ure. satisfy your desire in illicit ways, in
defiance or in ncglect of the divine order
of life, it simply means paradise lost. You
turn yourself cut of the best by so doing
Loyalty to goodness is the way ot blessedness.
There is no happiness like that
which comes from simple goodness.
What does the victor i'md? lie finds the
unseen reserves from which he may draw
sustenance and power to his own surprise
and that of the world. "To him chat evercometh
I will give to eat of the hidden
manna." In the winning struggle you iind
the soul sustenance hidden from you before
and still hidden from the word. New
confidences, now assurances, new faiths
arise in the soul; new visions break upon
it, new voices speak to it ana in it; new
communions with unseen powers enrich
its inner solitudes, and the man tets ty
cmd by to understand what Paul meant
when he spoke of being "'strengthoned
with might in the inner man." The truly
earnest man who perseveres in the life of
the good is constantly surprised at the reserve
of power upon which he draws. lied
seas which looked as if they meant certain
death have been safely crossed, and the
song of triumph rang up to God on the
Difficulties which seemed insurmountable
have been successfully overcome This is
why^ the man 6ays: "Hitherto hath the
Jjora neipea me. iie cannoi unnrisiauu
himself by himself, and so lie builds an
alter to a higher power. In life's victories
we discover life's forccs; in the onward
march we discover the enrichment of the
wav, come to one after another of the
weils of salvation, hidden from all who do
not march that way. And, remember always,
that the larger our conquest in life,
the more abundant will be life's sustenance;
it is the conqueror who linds the
manna. In a sense, everything is bidden
from us, and all growth is a discovery. It
is so in the intellectual sphere. You discover
treasures as you conquer difficulties.
You must conquer the alnhabet and the
spelling book to discover the sentence;
conquer the sentence to discover the paragraph;
conquer every paragraph to know
the treasure of the book. And so all the
way up. Many cannot read a book that ia
at all difficult; the food there is i:\ it they
cannot appreciate. Why? because their
conquests are too small; thev have not
overcome ignorance and superficialty sufficiently,
so the manna there remains hidden.
The same is true in the moral and spiritual
sphere. There are people who are
quite incapable of understanding the highest
kind of affection and the holiest
kind of love because they have riot themselves
overcome the vulgarity and coarseness
of human nature's lo- *er levels. All
noble souls have "meat to eat which the
world knows not of;" they have affections
which the world would always dilute
with base ingredients, and aspirations
which it would always tarnish with the
stains of earth. Be sure of it, your discovery
of life's best things will depend upon
your conquest of its worst, and with every
victory you shall eat hidden manna and
be. strengthened for victories yet to be
achieved. The successful struggle constantly
discovers supports hidden from
him before, and still hidden from liven
which do not know th 2 loftier reaches and
the more earnest endeavors. What doei
life yield to the victor? Here is one of thd
finest of the promises: "I will give him th?
morning star." What is this gift of the
morning star? It is the feeling that life i?
sweet and pure, fair and fresh with the
touch of morning. It is the feeling thai
life is full of nromise. that dav is comina
on; that the best is yet to be. It is the
power to be oneself a sweetening, freshening
influence in the world, a living: prophecy
of its betterment. Now, friends,
there is nothing like moral purity to keep
the touch oi morning on life; compromise
your morality and it is marvelous how soorl
everything is stale. There is an indescribable
sweetness in the air of early morning
when the world is as God makes it; when
it is indeed in the process of His remaking
before we light our fires and emit our
smoke and beat up the dust of our noisy,
turbulent life. Something like that sweet
freshness of morning belongs to the soul
that is pure and comes to it always in its
hour of victory over sin. As long as your
affections are clean they are fresh; you
never tire of pure feelings or holy loves.
Once they mix with earthliness then they
grow common?you are in the world aa
man makes it; the world which even darkens
the sky with its own pollution. No
sight is more sad anywhere than that of a
youth setting out in life without moral
discriminations to drain the cups of the
world's nleasures. onlv to find that one
after another nauseates, everything palls,
the world is flat and stale, and the very
capacity for pleasure dies out of him. For
such a man there is only one way to make
the world young atrain.-i. e., through the
moral struggle. "The fir3t deep contrition
for sin, the first real daily walk or midnight
watch with the living God, the first
ODenine perspective of a life in death?
these things are to many like the emergence
from a dark, chill cave to the flood of
warm, beautifying light." 0, man. to
wliom life is spoiled by moral surrenders,
and all beauty stained by sin, and to whom
all sensation is blunted by indelicacv, if
you turn to face the moral ideal and bend
your energy in moral endeavor, live to
fight sin in the strength of God, you will
yet find that the dullness, the dead weight,
the insipidity, the staleness, will go off,
and you will find One standing by you In
the fight, saying. "I will give thee tha
morning star." "If iniquity be in thine
hand nut it far away and let not wicked*
ness dwell in thy tabernacles. For then
shalt thou lift up thy face without spot,
Thine a,"e shall arise above the noonday,
thou shalt shine forth, thou shalt be as tha
morning" (Job xi:17). clean, fresh and full
of promise once again. And the world
shall come up before you in new aspects:
hope shall take the place of despair and
faith drive out fear, even "the wildernesj
and the solitary place shall be glad and th<
desert shall rejoice and blossom as th?
rose." The morning star shall arise on
the soul and on the world. God's dawn
shall announce God's day and 'thou shall
be steadfast and 6halt not fear."
Again, what does the moral victor find!
Tt is promised that Christ wiiJ write upoi
him God's name and the name of God'j
city, and his own new name. In our language
this means that life yields the victoi
the consciousness that he really belongj
to God: that he belongs to the new so
ciety: th".t he belongs to Christ. In othel
words, the spiritual universe owns him,
and he knows himse!f as a vital part of it,
even as a pillar in the temple of God, an
upholder the sacred things of life: one
of those who have a real permanent life in
the sanctuary, among the sanctities of
God?yea. who share iha spiritual sever
eirMy of life with God. with Christ and
with all the ?ood: "He shall sit with Me
on My throne," etc.
Lay hold on the thrash t of God as yout
Helper, and believe that if you work with
Him a'l will he well. I invite you to no
superficial ontimvs that has never sound*
cd the depths of life's woe. nor seen into
the hearts of its tragedy. There is no power
arid no healing in that. I heard it once
(riven out from a Christian platform. It
denounced- gloominets of every kind: it
slashed the pessimists in every direction;
it declared that all things were going on
exceedingly well: even thi 6lums were not
so l>nd as some made out. and the war in
South Africa?well, it would come to an
end some time.
Fo much of this was dealt out that I felt
that such optimism was the shallowest of
h>s. and that to ventilate it in the name
of Christianity was to forget the tragedy
of Getheeniane and_ to blot out the memory
of the cross. Xo. no; if you are to be
a sprious man, in earnest for the highest
ends of life, for yourself and for society.
von have a battle to fight: a bard,
stern battle: a hundred things are wrong
with the world, which vou must help to
jiut richt. Look the evil in the face and
do not call it light. But when you have
done that. I ask you to realize a larger fact,
viz.. that the Alpha and Omega of all this
life is the love of the good God. Because
that is the beginning, that is also the end,
and let it, therefore, be our
"Hone a sun will pierce
m The thickest cloud earth ever stretched,
mat aner jasi snail come ine nrsi,
Tho' a wide compass round be fetched."
With that thought of God let us spend
our few brief years fighting sin and serving
man, till we pass "'to where beyond these
voices there is peace."
Now unto the God of all grace, who hath
called us unte His eternal glor/ by Christ
Jesus, be glory and dominion forever and
J THE SUNDAY SCHOOL
I < V - , '
INTERNATIONAL LESSON COMMENTS
FOR NOVEMBER 8.
Subject: David's Grief Over Absalom, 5
Sam. xviil., 24-33? Golden Text, Prov
| xvli., 26?Memory Verses, 31-33?Commentary
on the Day's Les6on.
I. The battle array (vs. 1-8). 1. Th<
j time was about three months after Absa
i lom assumed the throne. 2. The place was
the forest of Ephraim in Mount Gilead
not far from Mananaim, %vhere David was
This region is still covered with thick oaks
and tangled bushes, and thorny creepers
growing over rugged rocks and ruinoui
! precipices. 3. The army of Absalom musl
i nave been very much larger than David's
I for 20,000 men were slain, besides the man}
| that escaped. But they had no such disci
pline and organization as David's troops
and no "Old Guard" like David'? band o
600 heroes. 4. The army of David was di
vided into three divisions under three abl<
generals. Gideon had divided his handfu
into three, that he might make a simulta
neous impression on three different parti
of the Midianite host, and thus contribut<
. the better to the defeat of the whole. S<
David divided his army into three, that
meeting Absalom's at three different point!
he. might prevent a concentration of th<
i en'^my that would have swallowed up hii
j II. The defeat and death of Absaloir
I (vs. 9-17).' Absalom met the servants o
I David in battle and was defeated. In hi;
I flight Absalom rode upon a mule. For hm
I to ride upon a mule?perhaps David's owi
?was a mark of royalty (1 Kings 1: 33
38). His head caught in the forked boughi
of a tree, and he hung there, stunned anc
helpless. Perhatps his long, thick hair go)
entangled, but there is nothing to suppori
the common idea that Absalom "*va9 s'us
pended merely by his hair. Josenhus sayi
that his hair was "entangled." Then Joal
took three dart3 and thrust them througl
the heart of Absalom. He .alone felt strong
enough to disobey the king. He did th<
act for David's own sake. Doubtless hi
thoroughly believed that Absalom's deatl
was the only effectual way of ending thi
most guilty and pernicious insurrection
and so preserving the country from ruin
Absalom living, whether banished or im
prisoned, would be a constant and fearfu
danger. Absalom dead, great though th
king's distress /for the time might be
would be the very salvation of the counti/
Joab held back the people from furthje
slaughter. Absalom's body was cast in/o
pit and a great heap of stones thrfow
nnnn if /
III. Tidings from the battle (vs.yfo-32
Swift runners brought the news frtbm th
battlefield to the king. 24. "ybe tw
gates." The heavy fortifications hjTad prol
I ably an outer and an inner gate ej/[the bas
j of a battlemented tower, in whfich was
"chamber" (v. 33). On the flat/-oof of th
tower, but shaded from publiyview, Davi
waited to hear tidings of thaf battle. Th
outer gate was level with they city wall, an
the gateway would leave skme space b
tween that and the inner. Compare E
going outv and sitting by the ?vaysid
watching for the coming of some r*ijnn(
from the tield of war (1 Sam. 4:
| "Watchman." Every gate and outpost o
j the tower would be guarded by vigilan
' watchmen at such u time. "Roof." Th
! flat roof of the gateway on the side of th
outer wall. The picture of the anxiou
i watcher at the gate of Mahanaim gives u
I a faint insight into the heart of the Fathe
l above. The world is full of Absaloms wb
! have risen ud against their heavenly Fathei
25-28. "If he be alone." David judge*
that if the man was running alone he wa
bringing news from the battle. If th
armv had been routed many fugitive
j would have been coming together. Unt
; the porter." One stood at the top of th
| tower, and the other was below to attem
, to opening and closing the gate. "A goo<
' man." David had had proof of his fidelit;
durincr the nroirreps of the war. and wa
sure that such as he would not be chosei
for the thankless work of bearing ba<
j news. "All is well." This in the Hebrev
is one word. "Peace." It was the usua
word of greeting. "Fell down." An acto
homage to the king. "Delivered up." Lit
, erallv, "shut up." restrained and confine*
within bounds, instead of leaving them a
29. "Is?Absalom safe." There is a ten
derness in the words which reveals th
' yearning of the fatherly heart. He seem
more anxious about the welfare of th
"young man," than about the issue of th
battle. David was thinking of the ominou
words, The ?word shall never depart fron
thy house. The sword had devoured on
son; was it now to claim another? An<
where would it stop? Ahimaaz saw th
kind's distress and gave an evosive answer
Ih the young man safe? This is a ouestioi
every parent and every friend of youn<
men should ask. Is the voudz man saf
from intemperance, feom bad companions
from bad books, from dishonest conduct
! from bad habits? Is he safe in Jesu
Christ? Is he safe in a pood home an<
amont good influences? Is he safe for thi
world? Is he safe for eternity? Ask your
self, also, what you are doing to make hin
and keep him safe?
30-32. "Stand here." He has given, hi
messace, and is thus dismissed to rest afte
the toilsome running. He is, however, al
lowed to place himself near, that he ma;
hear what further tidings the Cushit
brings. "Cushi." An Ethiopian slave ii
the service of Joab. "Hath avenged.'
Hath pronounced a favorable verdict in hi
Milan ilolirroroil liim nuf- />f flip lirjnrl O
his onemies. "Enemies of my Lord." Th
Lord hath done thee justice on thy ene
, mies. He answered the question aboti
Absalom indirectly, yet so as not onl;
: clearly to make known his death, but alsi
to express condemnation upon his hosti!
attempt against his father and Icing,
i IV. David mourns for Absalom (v. 33)
33. "'Much moved."' Seised with violen
' trembling and ?rief. "The chamber." Ai
' aoartment in the upper Dart of the towe
; of one of the gates; the nearest plac
1 where he could be alone. "Wept. LoudJ;
lamented. "0 my son Absalom!" There i
' not in the whole of the Old Testament
passage of deeper pathos than this. Th
! simple beauty of the narrative is exquisite
i and we are irresistibly reminded of Hir
i who, while He beheld the rebellions city o
! Jerusalem and thought of the destructioi
j it was brineing uoon itself, wept over i
i (Luke 19: 41). "Died for thee." So Mose
| (Ex. 3*2: 32) and so St. Paul (Rom. 9: 3
> would have sacrificed themselves, had i
been possible to save others. His wish fc
I die in Absalom's stead was no men extra*
agance of grief. David knew hlu own peat;
j was made with God; he could die at an;
j time. If Absalom were spared in life h
| might yet repent. The cause/? of David'
| grief were, 1. David's love for Absalom
i 2. The bitterness th%t Absalom had com
I to such a sad end. 3. The consciousDes
that his own sin was partly the cause.
Agriculture In Alaska.
! C. I. Dietrich, United States Senato
from Nebraska, and a member of the Sen
ate Committee on Public Lands, has re
turned from a four months' visit to Alsski
to familiarize himself with condition
there. He does not attach much impor
tance to the glowing reports of Alaska'
r>os8:bi'.ities. He say3 th
manv thousands of dollars expended at th
Government agricultural experiment sta
tion at Sitka have not established an^
facts that have not been known for fill;
Eating rrcstrvative* Acaln.
The table eljiss of Dr. Wi'ey, Chief c
the Bureau ofNiemistrv of the Agrieulli
ral Dc-partmeUk, Washington, compose
of twelve young men .selected for the put
pose of testing the effect of sa'ievhc aci
and other preservatives on food, hive b<
fun the second experiment of the serief
'he experiment will continue for eigh
months, in which time the men will b
boarded at the expense of the (jovernmenl
.Demand 850,OCO From Boycotter*.
Suit for $50,000 damages has been filet
in the Federal Court. Louisville. Kv.
against the Bricklayers' Union by the Hy
drauiic Brick Companv, which is said t<
hf.Ve been boycotted last August by tin
Chnrch For A]!.
^In memorv of his son. Colonel A. A
rope nas xouraec a cuurcn witnout an;
sectarianism. in Oobasset. Mass. Chris
Iti&iu. .Jtv.s or pagans win ue welcome n
worship in the edifice.
, THE RELIGIOUS LIFE
READING FOR THE QUIET HOUR :;I
WHEN THE SOUL INVITES ITSELF.
Poem: Lament of the Prodijjal Son?Tim
Feasting Tliat Makes Lean souls?ISack
of Liquor Xnrks Danger, Slavery and"
Sin?Drop the Accursed Cap. i
Docs that lamp still burn in my Father'? 1
J Which He kindled the night I went
? away? '
. I turned once beneath the cedar boughs,
.And marked it gleam with a golden ray;- ,i
, Did He think to light me Home some
jj Jay? . '
, Hungry here with crunching swine,
r Hungry harvest have I to reap: '-jjjj
In a dream I count My Father's kine, ^
I hear the tinkling bells of His sheep,
f I watch Hid Iambs that browse and leap.
. i There is plenty of bread at home,
1 His servants have bread enough and to
} While I perish hungry and bare.
! ?Christian G. Rossetti.
, Sobriety a Virtue.
' One of the greatest difficulties the cause j
' of temperance has to contend with to-day
| is the multitude of pedple who are allied
against, it. Notice rigjit here that it was
= i so in the days of MosSbs. "The whole con- .;
j gregation murmured.' against Moses and
Aaron''?two fanatics against a majority. . .j
J Strong arguments this majority used,
too; just as they do to-day. They begau
' by blaming all.'their personal discomforts ;
on the enforced temperance that Moses,
. I acting for Gqd, had established for them.
. They harked' back continually to that old
_ | Egypt of tueirs, ignoring its troubles out
" , of which t/hey were come, forgetting Ca
* naan, whifcb had never seemed to weigh < ??
: materially with them.
The Yoncing of souls not given up to ' :>
5 God fpr that which they desire is unI
quendhable except by God. The poor chii*
aren/ of Israel wiahed to be continually
_ feasting, for that was their idea of happiness.
Of all that had been told them con'
Corning Canaan they seem but to have ;
* grasped a dim idea of constant pleasure,
j fand that it was to begin at once. No <
J\ more have we to-day true perceptions and , $
t \ estimates of the heavenly Canaan. Prin- J
!> ciples we may have when we start out J
from our lands of Egypt, but how many of ^
ir us abide by them when it comes to a mata
ter of personal indulgence? Some, indeed.
n do, and thank God for the Moses and
. Aaron in our midst who fret not for lux-'
' ury. but are willing to abide by the law : ;
ie God has set. feeling that God knows best .:
even about so email a matter as diet.
3" There are several points of striking like- . ;J
!C ness between the murmuring children of ^
,a Israel and the people who ought to be 9
earnest temperance workers ana are not.
d They ignore the evils of Egypt, the injiiei
tice, the oDpression, the cruel taskmasters,
d j for the sake of the fleshpOts, which, after <k
| all, were but meagre for the starving
II | creatures bowed beneath many burdens.
e> Our land is in slavery to rum, a curse
-r j that is crushing cut the manhood of its
Xj people. Every year the chains grow
* rwtronger, and yet for the sakc| of a little
c j personal indulgence, a little so-called freee
| dom,>?i^ny remain in bondage. And sel* v '
e fish lawrmakers, cruel as Egyptian task- .
9 masters, negulate and make respectable t
8 the gale of r?ta deadly enemy of our fair 'y,M
0 One sells his Ctnnaan for a daily morsel '
of meat, and awaV down through the
* | apes the other barters it for the deadly
I wine cup.
e And so God gave that people what they - ]
3 ! asked, rained it down upon as free?
ly as He had given nlain mannaT^fid they
j- ! took it greedily and never saw whafltthev
j I were doing nor how they had abused nhcjrJE?
3 j loving Father's graciou3ness. Because th^%^B
y j saw not His love and yielded not tBems
j selves to His plans for them, their hungry, <.-&
2 ; souls, unfed by the true nourishment God
^ j would have given, grew lean and starved. fl
* I The poor Route who will not believe in
1 the dangers of alcoholic liquors, and who '
f j will not give them uo, grow lean in like fl
i manner. They know that back of liquor
1 , lurks danger, slavery,-sin; still each thinks S
t he can escape them and cries out for that H
which will wtifify the craving of his heart. H
i- And he gets it if he goes after it. God * ^
e will not keep a man from sin if he is de
s termined to haye it. The liquor clouds hi* y, *
e I brain and keeps him from a clear vision ^
e | of his God so that his soul is starved.- It
s i may not be that all who touch, taste or
i ! handle the accursed cup drop immediately '
e j into drunkards' graves, but just as surely.
1 j if more slowly, do they die ffom wilful ,
e starvation because they would rather sat'.
I isfy the immediate cravings of appetite
i ; than go to live with God forever in His J
? fair, new land.?Grace Livingston Hill, in
e ; the New York Mail and Express.
, J Happiness in Work.
* ] Some people dream of happiness as
1 . something they will come to by and by,
3 ' at the end of a course of toil and struggle. :
' . +U? i 4. n
I jjut tuc u ur wav cu uuu uappmcM 19 <w
1 J we go on in our work. Every day has its
! own cup of sweetness. In every duty in*.
s : a pot of hidden manna. In every sorrow
f , is a blessing pf comfort. In every burden
'* i is rolled un a gift of God. In all life
v Christ is with us, if we are true to Him.
c i If we have learned this secret, even the
J things that seem unpleasant and disagree|
able yield fay in the doing. A traveler in
J South Africa saw some boys playing mar
; bles, using pebbles. One of these rolled to
e the traveler's feet, and, picking it up, it
' seemed to him only a rough stone, with.jnt
fc 1 beauty or worrh. But as he turned ic over
v a gleam of light flashed from one spot of
0 . it. It was ?. diamond. Duties seem dull
c , and dreary to us. unattractive, hard, but .
j thev ir.fcld secrets of happiness which we
* find when we accept them with love snd
* s Jo them cheerfully.?The Rev. J. li. Mil*
? 1 ler.
0 Gcmtt of Thontht.
It is God'fc giory to help at a pinch. .
* If you want to remember truth medi;
tate>. reneat. confer. Act it aa soon a3 vou
, I hear it. V'',?
" Under sin we are free to do anything bnt
" j pood; under Christ we are free to do anyJ*
I thing but evil. _ '*m
I Come, said Latimer, to the public meet- jb
i ings. though thou comest to sleep; it may 9
> be God may take tUee napping. Absence > fl
! is without nope. * I
* God made nim after His image, and men
(to requite Him) will needs make God af*
ter their image; cast him anew in their
? base mold, and ;nake ^kjlol of Him. ,
? Xenophanes was wont tc/saythat if beasts
' were able to paint they would portray a
god like to themselves.?The Eev. S. Hart'
well Prati.. in New Yorl: Observer.
? la a Slow Death.
Worry is hIow death and neither hospital
nor asylum cau brine relief.' The physician
cannot cure^it. All the ozone of tbe
r mountains and the soft salt breezes of the
- sea are powerless in its presence. Flee
- worry : it is the bane of all peace.?United ,
1 Presbyterian. o
Start WltU God.
e The early hour is the hour for prayer
e and the Bible. Start the day with God!
We know not what the day may bring?in
*' cither trial or temptation. The most danv
cerous temptations are the unforseen an J
... -.1.1 mi * t r\ t-\ Tv
unexpected.?ineoaore ju. \-uyier, u. u.
Inspiration of All Faithfal.
>1 Religion is the very respiration of all 'i.
i- faithful and loving toil, and to detach it ^
d for minutes specially reserved is like pr?>
" posing to take your walk in the morning
d and do your breathing in the arxmoon.?
> James Martineau. ,,
e Nothing Lost From Tomatoe*. ,
t. Now that the tomato canning season ift
nearing a close an industry allied to it in
^tartiug up. the canning of refuse from the
tomatoes. There are three factories bej
side the one at E'mer. N. J., that make '
'Italian Paste." or cheese, as it is calkd.
] The pulp and skins of tomatoes that have
j been canned are made into the paste. The
mixing is done in a large trough similar to
i mortar bed. stirred with hoes and shov
s'ed into buckets and carried into the car- V
nine deonrtment. The cheese is princi- J
pally shinped to Europe, but i? gaining j'avor
in New York, where a delicate soup 38
v made from it.
5 Some men can't even climb a ladder ex1
cept in a round-about way. ?