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1 "On the following morning tlio town
"was startled, not only by the publication
of the news of this confession,
but by the mysterious disappearance of
Mr. Pardon and Mile. Rosalie. They
had both been seen the night before by
Mrs. Pardon, the lady of the house,
Mile. Rosalie at about 11 o'clock, and
her husband at 1 or 2 o'clock in the
morning. Her husband was then in
his study, and by cunning questioning
<1 myself went to see Mrs. Pardon, at
her request, to endeavor to find the
missing gentleman)?by cunning questioning,
I say, I learned from Mrs. Pardon
that when she last saw her husband
in his study, at that late hour in
riirrht onncfirprt tn ho ffrPfltlv diS
turbed in his mind. She ascribed this
to his having been completely upset
by the dreadful murder which had
taken place in his house; I did not
agree with her, but I did not tell her
so. I was' greatly put out by Mr. Pardon's
disappearance, because he had
offered a large reward for the apprehension
of the murderer of Mr. Wilmot,
and he had promised me, notwithstanding
that Samuel Fleetwood had
voluntarily given himself up, that this
reward should be paid. Up to this
mnmpnf: it hns not been naid. but I
still live in hopes.
"Of course, the natural conclusion
people arrived at was that there was
something not exactly proper between
Mr. Pardon and Mile. Rosalie?begging
your pardon for speakiug so of your
"Not at all," said Stanmore, blandly;
*'I happen to know the lady."
"The natural conclusion, then, was
that these two had run off together,
and that they both were no better than
they should be. As I did not agree
with what Mrs. Pardon told me about
her husband, so now I did not agree
with the genera} verdict pronounced
upon the missing pair. However, 1
kept my opinions to myself, for the reason
that I had an idea that the reward
offered by Mr. Pardon for the discovery
of the murderer of Mr. Wilmot would
one day find its way into my pocket.
'How is that,' perhaps you will ask,
'when Samuel Fleetwood had confessed
to the crime, and the gentleman who
had offered the reward had disappeared,
partly because he wished to
save his money?' Well, now, you will
think it strange when I tell you that
I had my doubts as to the genuineness
of Samuel Fleetwood's confession. It
seems that he had given the clergyman
a private letter, which he implored
.would be conveyed to his master, and
that he had placed a most extraordinary
and unnatural importance upon the
safe delivery of this document. The
clergyman informed me that Mr. Pardon
had called upon him in the evening
in a state of great agitation, and
said that the letter had not reached
his hands. Now, the clergyman was
nositive that he had inclosed it in a
packet, containing, besides, a letter
from himself and a copy of Samuel
Fleetwood's confession, which he had
delivered to Mile. Rosalie.
4,I kept thinking to myself, 'What
could be in this missing letter?' and I
.was not at all satisfied with things as
they stood. I was confident that there
was a mystery which it might pay me
to clear up. Another circumstance led
me to this conclusion: A man of the
name!.of Redwing, who had been taken
on by Mr. Pardon for a few weeks to
assist the gardener, had also disappeared.
'What was there singular in
that?' you will ask. Well, begging your
pardon again, Mr. Stanmore?I had
seen enough to convince me that Mile.
Rosalie and Redwing were lovers. I
caught them more than once in Ivybush
Lane kissing and embracing.
There was but one conclusion to draw
"This, gentlemen, is how matters
stood on the day of the disappearance
of Mr. Pardon, Mile. Rosalie and Redwing.
The first thing to be done was
to trhek them.
"But here I found myself at fault.
The fact is, I did not feel myself quite
justified in spending a large sum of
my own money in the search, and it
was, I dare say, because of this that 1
did not succeed. After some time had
passed I gave up the idea, and left the
force, as I have told you, with the intention
of starting business on my own
"Then came your visit to my comrade.
The suspicion of some strange
mystery in connection with the murder
of Mr. Wilmot revived. You supplied
my comrade with funds, and with
these funds we set to work. I'll not
make my story too long by telling you
all about our operations. It will be
satisfactory to you to know that we
tracked two of the three missing persons?Mile.
Rosalie and Redwing. She
had not gone away with Mr. Pardon;
she had gone away with Redwing.
They had passed some time on the Continent,
in France and Italy, and it was
when they returned to England that we
got fairly on the scent. From that moment
we never let it escape us. We accompanied
them everywhere in various
disguises; we slept in the ]*>xt
rooms to theirs wherever they put up.
We overheard their conversation, and
took it down in writing. Tutting all
we heard intelligibly together, it makes
a strange story. Your divorce is all
right, Mr. Stanmore, but there is something
much more serious behind all
this than you can imagine. Shortly,
sir. what we learned was this:
"From the day Mile. Rosalie entered
Mr. Pardon's service under false colors
she commenced to plot and plan. She
tried to inveigle him into making love
to her but she failed. An artful wornt
f Pardon, |
STANTIAL EVIDENCE, i
? ? XU'-. 1*1U T>y-w<S O 1 */\ !
&D, geiuiemeu, IX1I& iUlit? xvvoaac) '
otherwise Mrs. Stanmore. They don't :
"make them much artfuller in these 1
days. Failing, she took great pains 1
to entangle him, so that for her own 1
[ purposes by and by she might make It
appear that he was her lover. The 1
unlucky gentleman was a sleep walker; 1
' had been so from childhood, and it was
an infirmity he could not cure himself
! of. Well, one night Mile. Rosalie happened
to see him in this state. What
did she do? Why, she slyly slipped
her pocket handkerchief into his pock- ;
et; and on the next day, when he found i
it there, he couldn't for the life of him
' remember how it came upon him. That
I was her first move. '
"Her second move was the introduction
of her lover, Redwing, into the 1
; temporary service of Mr. Pardon. Only ;
one person knew that she was ac[
quainted with Redwing; that person
| was Samuel ineetwoou. uurrecuy uivining
that Fleetwood had communicated
his suspicions to Mr. Pardon, she
sought that gentleman in his garden ]
in the dead of night, and worked so
artfully upon his feelings that she succeeded
in destroying the unfavorable .
impressions which he had gained from ,
Fleetwood's account of Redwing. She
informed Mr. Pardon that Redwing
was her brother, and he believed her.
Chance played into her hands on that
night. The interview, by her conniv- '
[ ing, took place after midnight and in
the dark. She was in deshabille, and
she and her master were surprised by
' Samuel Fleetwood, who passed them
without speaking. Thus, in Fleet"*
* ^ TTT o r> CAfiiAllcltr
| wooers eyes, Mr. ruruuu \v?ri ocuvruo.j
I compromised. Tliere are other minor '
! details which I need not mention at
present; I "will come at once to the
tragedy of the murder.
"There is no doubt that Mile. Rosalie
introduced Redwing'into Mr. Pardon's
house for the purpose of robbery; but
before the plan they were devising was j
ripe, higher game presented itself. Mr/
Wilmot paid a visit to his nephew, Mr.
Pardon. He brought with him a sum
of five thousand pounds. Mile. Rosalie,
always on the watch, ascertained that
there was discord between the old
gentleman and her master with re- 1
spect to the marriage of Miss Pardon,
who had fixed her affections upon one :
gentleman, whereas Mr. Wilmot wished :
her to favor another. Mile. Rosalie
and Redwing decided to murder Mr.
Wilmot and rob him. To reach the '
bed chamber of Mr. Wilmot they had
to pass through that of Samuel Fleet- i
wood, upon whom they intended to cast 1
the suspicion of the murder; if he 1
I awoke they resolved to kill him also. 1
In silence the deed was done. The old ]
man was weak, and with swift cruelty <
he was strangled, and scarce a mur- 1
J mur came from his lips. He could not '
have screamed if he had tried, because J
Mile. Rosalie's hands were tightly fixed ]
i upon his mouth the moment the cord 1
was pulled. There he lay dead, with ]
the cord round his neck. <
I "Tliey found the keys of the dispatch 1
box in his pocket; unlocking it, they 1
took out the five thousand pounds, re- (
locked the box, replaced the key in the
dead man's pocket, and were about to '
leave the chamber when they were '
startled by the sudden appearance of <
Mr. Pardon. Certainly the devil was
on their side on that particular night,
for Mr. Pardon was in one of his sleep
walking trances. Quick as thought 1
iUnrr rtl^noro/1 + 1?i * nlonC fl Y1 #7 VAfiftlVAfl
[ llJCjr l-uttliswi
to throw the suspicion of the murder !
upon him. Mile. Rosalie slipped a.dia- '
rnond ring off the murdered gentle- '
man's finger and slid it into Mr. Par- ]
don's waistcoat pocket. Then she took j
the cord from Mr. Wilmot's neck, and
glided with it to Mr. Pardon's bedroom. 1
The door was ajar, his wife was asleep.
In a moment the cord was slipped un- 1
der the pillow of a sofa which was in '
the room. The murderers reached !
their own apartments in safety and <
bided the issue of events.
"Again did the devil proclaim him- 1
self on their side. After they were J
gone from Mr. Wilmot's room, leaving
Mr. Pardon there, Samuel Fleetwood,
it appears, awoke, and, seeing his master
standing by the murdered man, instantly
came to the conclusion that he 1
liad committed the murder. This man 1
was suffering from heart disease, and 1
was aware that he had but a short
time to live; he was deeply, passionately
devoted to his mistress and her
young daughter; lie knew that tlio ar- ;
rest of Mr. Pardon would bring incred- 1
iblo misery upon tlicm. and he resolved ]
upon a course which I do not pretend <
to justify, and which doubtless many <
persons will admire. He fled, and thus <
the suspicion of the murder fell upou ]
himself. What afterward happened to :
him I have already related, and is pub- ]
lie property." ;
The detective paused, and fixed his 1
eyes upon mo. In breathless amaze- i
ment and gratitude I had followed his
words. I was innocent?innocent!
Once more I could clasp my beloved
wife and child to my heart! Once I
more, thank God! Once more I could <
kneel by their sides in prayer, and lift
up my voice in thankfulness to the s
(Jiver of all good! In the silence that t
ensued the terror was lifted from my 1
soul, anil involuntarily I slid to my 1
knees and lifted my liands to Heaven, (
while the tears rolled down nay face 1
and beard. i
They did not interrupt me, but al- <
lowed the tears to flow unchecked, j
Then, when my passion of gratitude
was in some measure abated, I rose to
my feet and said:
"1 am Richard Pardon!" t
"I know it, sir," said the detective,
"not from your appearance, which com- '
pletely deceived me, but from your 1
voice when von asked Mr. Stanmore :
whether you should leave us together,
tt is a true telltale, the voice; a man
may change himself from -white to
black, but he cannot disguise Ills voice.
All that I have related to you was
?ained, at odd times, bf me and my,
jartner, from the conversation we over*
heard between Mile. Rosalie and Redwing.
LittJe did they suspect that they
were pronouncing, bit by bit, their own
Jeath warrant. He is now with her
it the Bull and Mouth, and the hand- /
cuff's are in my partner's pockets. I |
will tell you something more, sir. I i
know where Redwing purchased the
:ord with which Mr. Wilmot "was
strangled. I will tell you even something
more. They have spent the five
hundred sovereigns; but at this very
moment they have upon them the four
thousand five hundred pouuds in Bank
of England notes, which as yet they
Lave been afraid to attempt to pass. I
have the number of these notes in my
pocketbook here; I obtained them
from the bank at which Mr. Wiimot's
check was cashed. We have the nei
tight round them, sir. The reward you
offered is all right, I suppose, sir?"
"It shnll be trebled," I said, "and all
the expenses you have been put to
"That is my affair," said Stanmore;
"the detectives were engaged upon my
"Nay," I said, "they were engaged
upon mine. Do not argue with me. I
am like a man newly risen from the
Indeed, I was trembling so that they
had to assist me into a chair. Presently
"I know now, Stanmore, where I saw
copies of those sketches which I recognized
in your portfolio last night. Your
wife had them."
"It did not surprise me," said Stanmore.
"When she ran away from me with
that- infamous wretch Redwing she
rviA fmoiv T-Tpfivrn have
L yju u:u uic pivnj ? ? .
mercy upon her!"
To which I said, "Amen."
I could prolong my story, but it would
be only repeating what is already
But little more remains to be told.
Redwing and Mrs. Staninore were
tried and condemned. He expiated his
crime upon the scaffold. She was sentenced
to imprisonment for life.
Months have passed since then, nnc?
I have recovered my peace of mind.
My darling wife is by my side as I
write these concluding words. Eunice
and Harry Clanronald are in the garSen
below. They are soon to be married.
We are in the garden of England, in
Devon, having left Boscombe Lodge
for good. We shall never return to it.
Humbly do I thank God for the peril
Over the grave of Samuel Fleetwood
bright flowers are blooming. We shall
melt him in the hereafter. ?
- (THE END.,
The Snpply of Ivory.
During a recent visit to the London
docks Her Majesty the Queen was informed
that the stock of ivory then
shown represented, on an average, the
annual slaughter of some 20.000 African
elephants. This statement has
been contradicted in two letters in the
daily papers. In one of these Messrs.
Hale, of No. 10 Fenchurch avenue,
state that at least eighty-five per cent.
of the supply is "dead ivory," mainly
obtained from hoarded stores of African
chiefs, who are shrewd enough to
put their commodities on the market
only in driblets. The most interesting
part of the letter is. however, the
statement that the great bulk of this
boarded ivory is obtained from "elephant
cemeteries" ? spots met with
here and there in the jungle where elephants
have resorted for centuries to
die. Much of the ivory that comes to
the market may, therefore, according
to this letter, be several hundred years
aid. The marvel is why it is not de
voured in the jungles Dy porcupines, as
certainly happens with tusks of the In3ian
elephant which are left in the jungle.?Knowledge
and Scientific News.
The Fli'Bt Agtor and the Foot.
John Jacob Astor and his son rigidly
ittended to business in the same office
-a little one-story building in Prince
street, just east of Broadway. Thoir
constant companion there was FitzGireue
Halleck?Marco Bozzaris Halieck.
Halleck became a clerk for Astor
n 1S32 and worked seventeen years.
The employment, he himself said, was
not "profitable but permanent." Astor
warned him when he began not to
talk to anyone of his wealth. The two
men became great friends. Halleck
spent months with his patron at his
:x>untry seat and became one of the
trustees of the Astor Library. The
poet frequently rallied the old man on
tiis wealth. "Why, Mr. Astor," he
would say, "If I had $200 a year and
was sure of it I would be content."
rhe great landowner took him at his
word, and in his will, much to the
imusemcnt of bohemian New York,
left Halleck an annuity of $200.?Burton
J. Hendrick in McClure's. -?
Has Seven Grandparent;.
Two grandchildren of Samuel EdrJrii.lr
in f1><\ /tnrnnnr's nffiPfV lll'ft
jlessed with seven grandparents. They
liave living two grandfathers, two
grandmothers, two great-grandinoth>rs
and a great-granufather. The greatgrandfather
is "William Kropp, who is
ninety-five years old. He is a farmer
\nd lives near Quakertown, where he
uas a ten acre farm which he runs
llone. Edgar's grand-children are
three years and eight months old, respectively?Philadelphia
Weddinc Ring Found on Harrow.
A blacksmith at Aswarby, near Slea'ord,
lias made a most curious discovery.
He received from a neighboring farmstead
a harrow for repairs, and while
hese were being executed a twentywo
carat gold wedding ring was
:ound sticking on to one 01 me ict-m
)f the implement. It is supposed that
be ring was lost on the land and tliat
t was picked lip by the barrow in tbe
course of its work.?Reynolds' Newspaper.
"Allow me, before I close, to repeat
:he words of the immortal Webster?"
Foddershucks (in a stage wliisper?
'My land! Merin, let's git out o' liere.
3e's a-goin' ter start in on tbe dictloi>
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What the Hen Doeo.
Mr. T. E. Orr, Secretary of. the
American Poultry Association, is credited
with the following statement: "My
experiments have demonstrated these
facts: A hen eats sixteen times her
own weight in one year; her eggs in
the year are six times her weight;
they bring sixteen cents per pound; her(
food costs four cents per pound, and
her yearly product is worth six times
the cost of her food."
The PIb? In Clover.
Tigs should if possible be allowed
the run of a clover field or liave access
to other leguminous plants. However,
should this be impossible let them have
the run of good pasturage. Give them
access to clear water at all times, and
swill and skim milk, and as far as
practical to feed them all they will eat.
Crowd them and sell when say eight
or nine months old. This is the most
profitable plan. When later you wish
to put them up so that they may not
run the fat off, it is always advisable
to give them, say, the run of a half
acre or so.?B. P. W., in the Indiana
A Stain For Brick.
To stain bricks a satisfactory red
Construction says that it is wise to
melt an ounce of glue in one gallon of
water, afterward adding a piece of
alum the size of an egg, then one-half
pound of Venetian red and one pound
of Spanish brown. The color is to be
tried on the bricks before using, changing
light or dark with the red or brown
and using a yellow mineral for the
buff. For coloring black, asphaltum is
to be heated to a fluid state, the surfacp
of the bricks being moderately
heated, and then they are dipped, or a
hot mixture of linseed oil and asphalt
may be made, and the heated bricks
dipped in the same. Tar and asphalt
are also used for accomplishing this
purpose. In carrying out these operations
it is important that the bricks
be heated to a sufficient degree, and
that they be held in the mixture so as
to absorb the color to the depth of
one-sixteenlh of an inch.
The Egg Bn sines*.
It is admitted that eggs cost less,
and bring higher prices in market,
than any other commodity sold off the
farm, and there is, consequently, no
reason why one should not enlarge in
the production of eggs as a special
business. It is true that a lavge number
do not succeed, but it is not because
the business is at fault, but lack
ot knowledge and experience. Enough
money must be put into the business
to place it on a sure foundation, and
the attention to details is essential, as
it is the minor matters, so often overlooked,
that lead to increased cost and
What we wish to impress upon renuers
is the fact that at this season,
though eggs may be cheaper than in
the winter, they cost little or nothing
in the shape of food on the farm, and
there is also but little labor necessary.
The prices of eggs may be low, but
if compared with other products of the
farm and their cost, it will be found
that eggs are far in the lead.?Farmer's
New Method With Potatoei.
In looking over the Farmer I find an
exchange on potato culture telling of
how to raise potatoes from little potatoes
and planting them closely in the
row. Now there are always people
who are ready to hoot at any and
every new thing under the sun and
they hoot at this, but I want to state
right here and nov* that here in Waldron
we have one man who, instead of
doubting, has gone to work to prove
the assertion made by a potato raiser
of some years' experience, and has
planted vsmali potatoes, planted them
whole and about three inches apart in
the row. Of course the wiseacres
laughed and jeered at him, and predicted
no potatoes, or, if any, very
small ones, but undaunted he went
ahead, harrowing, plowing, hoeing and
pulling weeds (they were too close to
hoe) and by the 2Gth of June could
show potatoes large enough for anyone
at digging time, and growing rapidly.
If anyone wishes any" further information
concerning this much talked of
potato patch I will just refer him to the
grower, who is none other than our
fellow townsman, Jerome Sparks, and
who I have no doubt will tell any and
all just how he has managed this planting,
cultivating, etc., and if they would
like to know the result of,the yield I
have no doubt he would gladly tell it.
?Observer, in Indiana Farmer.
New Farm Gate.
Serious 'defects to be overcome in
gates are strain and leverage weight,
which result in sagging. W. J. Slack,
of Fort Wayne, Ind., has invented a
gate which it is claimed will largely
remedy these defects. A triangular
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' ff1 1 }
NEW FAKJI GATE.
frame is hinged to the post, with two
rollers attached, whereon gate panel
is supported and freely operates. The
cut shows gate in usual low position,
closed, and so supported at front end
that no leverage weight or strain can
incur to either gate or post. This improvement
may he used as a small single
or large double sliding or swing
Tito Farm Work Bene.
I saw in a recent number of tncTribune
Farmer an article from Dr.
ft in nn n lr>lliiiL<- Sdlllo lii'lli tll.nf ilis
mare, which weighs 050 pounds, is too
small for farm work. Had this article
been read l>y me only a few yc-ars
ago it would have mot with my approval,
hut now my views are somewhat
different on this subject. Formerly
I thought I hat a horse for all
w*i k must he from sixteen to sixteen
anil one-half hands high, well made
ai>* well muscled and of irorni weiaht )
So when I went to buy a horse or mult
he had to come to this standard or he e
was at once turned down as entirely
too small. My neighbors often told me
that my horses and mules were too
large for farm work, but I heeded them
not. A few years since I bought a (
thoroughbred mare, sixteen hands high, 1
but very slim, and she never became 1
heavy bodied, although I fed her well (
and raised several colts from her, all of :
which are small boned and of light .
body. However I found by working j
this mare by the side of heavy horses 1
and mules that she did her work just i
as well as the largest and best of them, t
and, moreover, holds up at the same 1
work on less feed than uny of the [f
largo heavy ones. Her colts haA'o all
been good workers, though rarely
weighing over 900 pounds, and doing
the same work as the heavier ones on
less feed, and always stepping quickly
and being hard to tire out. Later on I
bought a small horse, scant fifteen
hands high, and weighing from G75 to
750 pounds. I have now used him
six years. Almost all of this time he
has been worked by the side of a large
mule, and I find that he does^ more
work than this mule does, and does it
on less feed and is harder to tire. The
doctor may say that the mule will kill
him yet; the first mule that I worked
hfm by is dead and I have worked him
two years by another, and still he holds
Some time since I bought a small
mulp onlv fourteen hands high.. I
have "worked liim with a sixteen hand <
mule and with a horse that is sixteen ?
and a half hands high and of good 1
weight, and still he does his work as ]
well as either of them, and on less feed. ;
After trying these various animals for t
about ten years I am thoroughly con- j
vineed that a small horse, if he is of i
good breeding, will do the same work 1
as a much larger horse and last just as I
long and thrive on much less feed. 1
I think, however, the doctor has been j
accustomed to use some of the large 1
breeds of horses, as the Percherons or ,
Normans; if so, if he will get a thor- i
oughbred, or even a standnrdbred of j
less than half the weight of his large j
one he will see that what I have given '
ns exnerience is auite true. |
We sometimes get what ire call ]
Northern horses lifere that are Nor- ,
mans, Fercherons, Clydesdales, etc., j
and we find them far inferior to ours," even
in the heaviest farm work. While ]
I was hard to convince about the mat- <
ter my neighbors seemed to have i
known this from the beginning, and the '
most popular horse here to-day Is one !
of some good blood that is from fourteen
to fifteen hands high. However, j
I did not help to bring about this type ;
of the work horse. I only followed the
change as I follow any new fashion, ]
instead of keeping up with it.
We find that any good, horse horse ;
of small frame and light build does
as much of any farm work as does his ,
burly brother of twice his weight.?
John Keith, Mannington, Ky., in Tribune
The Egg-Laying Hon. <
Since poultrymen have begun to aim
at a high standard in egg production ;
and to strive for the two-hundred-egg
hpn cthf? tvne. not the individual), much
advance has been made, although the
White Leghorn still leads the list. Of
course, there are hens and hens even
of this egg-laying breed, and some of
them fall far below the standard. It
is interesting to note the formation of
the real egg-producer, and the illustration,
-which has been drawn from a
photograph of a prize egg-producer,
will show this formation very clearly,
as compared with the average hen of
this or any other breed.
The egg-producer has n long back,
wliicb is easily noted when she is seen
with ordinary fowls. The breast is
also plow, and there is a heaviness of
the body behind. In one word, the
carcass may be called plump. The
comb and wattles are fiery red, the
eyes bright and the bird has an alertness
which does not seem to be prominent
in other individuals not so good
layers. It pays to look over the birds
very carefully and if one has a standard
to go by it will be seen that nine
cases out of ten the bird which looks
like a layer f few eggs will be found
to be so.?Indianapolis News.
In Fit Array.
Talk as one will on the vanity of
clothes, the consciousness of being
well dressed has something of moral
force in it. "Brush your hair and
things won't look so bad," was the
wise counsel given by a friend to a
v\\?man whose husband had lost his j
The little child in Mr. E. .T. Hardy's i
"Manners Makyth Man" hit on this j
great truth when she replied to her j
ninth - who was reorovinj? hex*. s
"0 Katie, why can't you be a gooct 1
little girl? See Julia, now; how nice ?
she is. Why can't you be as good as J
"P'r'aps I could, mamma," answered ^
Katie, "if my dress liail llllle pink t
bows all over it." a
A Chinese, carrying a ladder, walked
into one of the police courts in .Singapore
the other day. Removing his hat v
ho bowed with grace to the judge on I
the bench. Over thp latter's seat was ^
a valuable clock. This the Chinese n
qvietly removed, tucked it under one 1
arm ar.d the ladder under the other, f
bowed again to the magistrate and
withdrew. Some days elapsed, and
the clock was not returned. It had
been stolen while the court was silling.
THE SUNDAY SCHOOL
NTERNATIONAL LESSON COMMENTS
FOR OCTOBER 22.
labject: Rebuilding the Temple, Ezra
111., 10 to It., 5?Golden Text, I, Coh
111,, 17?Memory Veriies, 10, 11?Coinmentary
on the Day's Lesion.
I. The foundation of the temple laid
vs. 10-13). 10. "The builders." Jeslua
and Zerubbabel as managers, with
:he people as workmen. The people
lid all they could during the winter in
naking preparations for building the
emple, for great labor must have been
equired in clearing the ground for the
'oundation as well as in providing materials.
In a little more than a year
ifter they left Babylon, Zerubbabel
ind Jeshua having appointed the
iriests and the Levites to attend to
:heir courses, laid the foundation.
The Jeshua of verse 9 is not the high
jries': of verse 2, but another?a Levite
nentioned in chapter 2:40. "Priests
n their apparel." The elegant and
jeautiful official robes used by the
iriests in their celebrations, especially
:be blue and scarlet and purple robes
vith gold and gems of the high priests
ind others, described in Exodus 39.
Priesthood was an ordinance peculiar
:o Israel. "With trumpets." For sumnoning
assembles and joyful anlouncements.
"The Levites." God
ihose the descendants of Levi for the
service of His tabernacle and temple,
[n the wilderness they encamped
iround it as guardians, and in moving
:onveyed it from place to place.
11 4irnv?'jknn/w Ktf />nm*cn "
JLJL. ? iltrj LU^ClUCi UJ vvuiov.
Sang alternately, or responsively; one
jarty saying, "The Lord is good," and
he other responding, "For His mercy
mdureth forever." "All the people
shouted." "Those who had known
>nly the misery of having no temple
it all praised the Lord with shouts of
ioy when they saw. the foundation
aid, for to them this was as life from
the dead." 12. "Many?ancient men?
svept." To them it was the day of
small things (Zech. 4:10). The new
aouse, in comparison with the old one,
svas "as nothing" (Hag. 2:3). The
temple would not be overlaid with
?old, as Solomon's, nor surrounded
tvith such magnificent buildings. The
irk, the tables, the mercy seat wpre
ost. No visible glory would appear in
the holy place. There w&e no answers
by Urim and Thummim. There
? i 1 n
svas no nre irum neuveu. o.o. v/uuiu
not discern." This mixture^of soitow
and joy is a representation of this
world; some are bathing in risers of
|oy, while others are drowned in
Soods of tears.
II. A tempting offer (vs. 1, 2). 1.
"The adversaries." These were the
Samaritans and different nations with
svhich the kings of Assyria had peopled
the land of Israel when they had
tarried the original inhabitants away
into captivity. See verse 9. Doubtless
they were envious of the favor
shown them by Cyrps, the king of
Persia. The worst enemies- Judah and
Benjamin bad were those that said
they were Jews and were not (Rev.
2. "Let us build with you." This
people no doubt were desirous of partobinrr
of thA TirivilACPS CTTfinted to the
Jews by the king of Persia. Hearing
that the temple was being built they
were aware that it would be a fatal
blow to their superstition, and therefore
they set themselves to oppose it.
But as they had not power to do it
openly and by force they endeavored
to do it secretly and by cunning. They
offered their services, that by this they
might pry into their counsels, And
some matter of accusation against
them, and thereby retard the work
while they pretended to further it.
"We seek your God." The religion of
the Samaritans was a mixture of idolRtry,
superstition and ignorance; far
worse at this time than it was when
our Lord Himself declared that they
knew not what they worshiped. The
Samaritans were neither Israelites by
birth, nor yet true proslytes. "Since
the days of Esar-haddon." King of
Assyria and Babylon. He is the only
Assyrian king who reigned at Babylon.
History tells us that he took a large
number of people from Palestine to
dwell in Babylon, and placed a large
number of Babylonians in Palestine in
their place. Those Assyrian settlers
intermarried . with the remnant of
Israelite women, and their descendants,
a mongrel race, went under the
name of Samaritans.
III. A positive reply (v. 3). 3. "Ye
have nothing to do with us." We cannot
acknowledge you as worshipers ot
the true God, and cannot participate
with you in anything that" relates to
His worship. No compromise measures
could be considered. Zc-rubb'ab?J
and his associates saw that to enter
into an alliance with these semi-heathen
would meaii the breaking down of
the Jewish institutions and a relapse
into idolatry. "We?will build." Thus
was a great peril averted. They
saved a nation, for the time, at any
rate, from the danger of having their
religion corrupted and adulterated by
intermixture with a form of belief and
practice which was altogether of an
IV. The work delayed (vs. 4, 5). 4.
"Weakened the hands." This opposition
is supposed to have begun soon
after the foundation was laid. During
the remainder of the reign of Cyrus,
about five years, they did not openly
oppose a work he had commanded, but
discouraged the people and perhaps intercepted
their materials for building,
and by bribing counselors to oppose
their application to the ministers of
Cyrus for supplies or protection they
greatly abstracted the design. This
would be more easily done, as It 19
probable that Daniel died about this
time (Dan. G:25-2S).
H. "Until the reign of Darius." This
king began to reign E. C. 522. Permission
was given.to complete the buildSi.cv
in R r .-Of)
tlJto 444 v.
Must actio 2>2oro Tbnn a Xarfl JL on*.
Among the immigrants arriving on
be German steamship Hanover was
van Dosen. a native of Crotia, whose
nustacbe measures a little over three
'eet from tip to tip. It had become so
nueli iH the way and attracted so
nuch attention that he wound it
tround his neelc, with the ends tucked
inder his hat, giving him the appearing
of wearing a hairy necklace. The
mmigrant told Assistant Commissiont
Stump that he had taken great pride
n the length of his mustache, but be
voukl have to cut it off, as he expected
o get employment in u machine sbop
ind it might get caught in the machinery.
Woman Break* a Brldjo.
xae auunxuuiu ? t-inm. ci wv i'uuuu
voman, who hails from near Dillsburg,
^a.. as she -walked over a small bridge
vliicli spans the Yellow Brook's Creek
it Williams Grove caused the crowded
iridge to collapse, throwing scores of
lersons into the creek.
Land YYltbont a Religion.
Korea has 110 religion. Buddhism
Laid on Thine altar, 0 my Lord
Accept my will this day, for Jesas'
I have no jewels to'adorn Hit shrine, HM
Nor any world-proud sacrifice to nfll
But here I bring, within my treml^^BH
This will of mine?a thing that seei^^^^R
A a nrn .1 /\ 1
fiuu xaou aione, \j uoa, canst UI,aer?kM
How. when I yeld Thee this, I yield iHBH
Hidden therein, Thy searching gaze
Struggles of passion, visions of deligl^H^|
All that I love, and am, and fain w^^^M
Deep loves, fond hopes and longings^^Hfl
It hath been wet with, tears, and dhnfl^H
with sighs, |HH
Clenched in my grasp, till beauty
Now from Tny footstool, where it
My prayer ascendeth, "May Thy will^^H
Take it, 0 Father, ere my courage fai^^M
And merge it so in Thine own
that een BHH
Tf. in somp rfpsnppat* Vmnrn^mv rrri?i
And T&ou give back mf will, it
So changed, so purified, so fair
So one with. Thee, so filled with pe^^H
divine?. - H
I may not see nor know it as my own,_^^H
But graining back my will, may find^^B
?From a Book of Deyotions^HS
Jeans Wm Not a Socialist.
Dr. Marcus Dods, lecturing in
Chester on "The Teaching of Jesui^^fl
referred to the Master's attitude
ward Socialism. He said:
"But. the method of Christ is too
for many men to accept, and therefc^^H
men often turn to some hasty den^Hn
gogue. His answer to the Inquiry I H
John the Baptist is His answer toj^D|
who are offended at His method.
told John's messengers to inform th^HH
master what He was doing. It implI^^B
that He had no intention of.alterii^^H
His method, and that His method is HI
deal with the individual. " MB
"Christ's leavenof spiritand prlncip^B
works slowly in the public mind, ai^^H
gradually brings about a new socl^H|
order, as in the case of slavery. It is^H|
tedious process, but it is sure, and tl^^H
method of Jesns bas-vron the approvj^Hj
of practical men. Dependence on Sta^H|
activity may be sanctioned as a tci^H
porary expedient, but Christianity
lies on a new spirit in men. Bevoi^^H
tion must be tbe spontaneous expre^H
sion of an inward growth in jus?i<^H
and : unselfishness; if imposed froi^H
without on unchanged individuals
could never do the utmost good.
only life which will permanently wel^N
men together is tlie life aid spirit
Christ. It must be left to statesmai^H
ship to devise practical measureflH
Christ was not an agitator, and it i^H
becomes any of His ministers to be s<^H
Note the points, the improvement oHH
society can be effected only , by th^H
regeneration of the individuals.. con^H|j
posing it. Modern non-Christian
cialism seeks to iorce society imo ceiM*
tain moulds by law. The Christ-metho^H
Is slow (as seen in the case of slavery]^H
but it is the only method that is sure.^H
The Lot# of Children.
Have you considered the sweet thin^H
a child's love is? |H
To enjoy in one's life the confidin^H
purity of a child's friendship is to tast^B
a sweetness nothing else can bring.
You go through life and enjoy it^H
pleasures, the praise of fellow-men, th^H
abiding joy of ministerial duties, th^H
pride in nppiied craftsmanship, thfl|
applause and adulation of the platform^H
These things bring the flush of pleas^M
ure to your cheek and stimulate yot^H
for further action; and very often yoUi^H
best work is done because of this; nol^B
for pay, but for love.
But the friendship of a little chil^H
" now i/w Tt tmirhPS a chorcflfl
L/L; UQO U MblT J VJ . ? - ?? ? ?
in your heart that lies silent under the^fl
spel' all these other things. S9
That;wee toddling lassie, as she run^H
to meet you with outstretched arms,^B
jparkling eyes, and rosy mouth puck-M|
fred up for a kiss, appeals to you in a^H
angunge you can never use. HM
Her gesture, her prattle, all so con?^|
Sding, so natural and tender, culminate^B
In the expression of those magic wcrds,^H
4l love you," stirring Avithin yon all^f
that is hest and purest in 1 )ur nature.
The little ones breathe a fragrancef^B
oot of the earth.
If it is yours to enjoy the whole-^B
hearted confidence of a little child,
never by word or deed lot that littleH|
Due lose its faith, in you.?Seovtish^B
Humbled But Nut Humiliated. IB
We in our pride are apt to thinkH
that to humlile ourselves is to be foreed'M
to an unwilling surrender, a hard ne~^B
cessity of submission. But with out;H
?racious Father, to humble is not to'H
humiliate. The true and best humilityiM
!s that which love wins from us as theH
sunshine and soft breath of spring woo'1B
the flowers from the hedgerow. OfH
old, when God would humble Israel,M
He fed them with angels' food, or asH
It is rendered in the margin, "Every
??( tho hrond of the mighty.''M
IMlt: riA c *~v. --- ? _
(Ps. 7S:23.)?Mark Giiy Pearse.
A fireat Loft*.
You never miss an opportunity of giving
innocent pleasure, or helping another
soul on the path to God, but you
fire taking away from yourselves forever
what might have be?n a happy;
memory, and leaving in its place paia
or remorse.?Frances P. Cobbe.
Fountain of Life and Love.
The inward influences and illuminations
which come to us through those
who have loved us are deeper than any
that we can realize. They penetrate
all our life, and assure- us that there
must be a fountain of life and love
from which they and we are continually
receiving strength to bear and to
hope.?F. D. Maurice.
Needed Kvevy Hour.
I can do nothing without the help of
God. and that even from moment to
Constructed Ills Own Monument. n
John G. Angelo, of I'ocoinoke, Md.? I
who has just passed his ninetieth birth
day, is hale and hearty and active in I
business. A noticeable characteristic
is his habit of anticipating events. Ho I
has his monument aireaay erecieu, uwc
it is partially the "work of his own
hands. It consists of the anvil and
hammer used in his trade of ironsmith
for more than sixty years. The hammer
and handle are riveted to the anvil,
which, in turn, is riveted to a marble
base. The monument is in tha
Protestant Episcopal churchyard. ,