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SLAVERY OF SIN.
Dr. Talmago Discourses on the
Adornments of Christian Faith.
EIn the Hardest of All Taskmasters No
Happiness In Evil "Ways Living
Useful Lives The Better
In a recent sermon at Brooklyn Dr. Tal
mage's subject was: "Lifted From the
Brick Kilns," and his text, "Though ye
have lain among the pots, yet shall ye be
as the wings of a dove covered with silver
and her feathers with yellow gold."
Psalms lxvifi. 13. He said:
I suppose you know what the Israelites
did down in Egyptian slavery. They
made bricks. Amid the utensils of the
brick kiln there were also other utensils of
cookery the kettles, the pots, the pans,
with which they prepared their daily
food, and when these poor slaves, tired of
the day's work, lay down to rest, they lay
down amid the implements of cookery and
the implements of hard work. "When they
arose in the morning they found their
garments covered with the clay and the
smoke and the dust, and besmirched and
begrimed with the utensils of cookery.
But after awhile the Lord broke up that
slavery and He took these poor slaves into
a land where they had better garb, bright
and clean and beautiful apparel. 2fo more
bricks for them to make. Let Pharaoh
make his own bricks. When David in my
text comes to describe the transition of
these poor Israelites from their bondage
amid the brick k.lns into the glorious
emancipation for which God had prepared
them, he says: ''Though ye have lain
among the pots, yet shall ye be as the
wings of a dove covered with silver and
her feathers with yellow gold."
iliss Whalely. the author of a celebrated
book, "Life in Egypt," said shesometimes
saw people in the East cooking thoir food
on the tops of house, and that she had
often seen, just before sundown, pigeons
(doves) which had, during the heat of the
day, been hidinc among the kettles and
the pans with which the food was pre
pared, picking up the crumbs that they
might find just about the hour of sunset
would j-pread their wings and fly heaven
ward, entirely unsoiled by the region in
wuicu iney bail moveu, lor the pigeon is a
very cleanly bird. And as the pigeons
flow away the setting sun would throw
silver on their wings and gold on their
breast. So you see it was not a far
fetched simile, or an unnatural compari
son, when David in my text says to these
emancipated Israelites and says to all
those who are brought out of any kind of
troublo into any kind of spiritual joy:
"Though 30 have lain among the pots, yet
shall ye be as the wings of a dove covered
with silver and her feathers with yellow
Sin i? the hardest of all taskmasters.
"Worse than Piiaraoh, it keeps us truding,
trudging in a most degrading service, but
after awhile Christ conies and ho says:
"Let my people go," and wo pass out from
among the brick-kilns of sin into the glori
ous liberty of the gospel; wo put on the
clean robes of the Christian profession and
when we soar away to the warm nest
which God lias provided for us in Heaven,
we shall go fairer than a dove, its wings
covered with silver and its feathers cov
ered with yellow gold.
I am going to preach something which
some of you do not believe, and that is that
the grandest possible adornment is the re
ligion of Jesus Christ. There are a great
many peoplo who suppose that religion is
a verv different thing from what it really
is. The reason men condemn the Bible is
because they do not understand tho Bible;
they have not properly examined it. Dr.
Johnson said that Hume told a minister in
the bishopric of Durham that he never
particularly exarninod the New Testa
ment, yet all his life warring against
it. Halley, the astronomer, announced
his skepticisms to Sir Isaac Newton,
and Sir Isaac Nowton said: "Now, sir. I
have examined the subject and you have
not and I am ashamed that you, profess
ing to be n philosopher, consent to con
demn a thing you never have examined."
And so men reject the religion of Jesus
Christ, because they really have never in
vestigated it. They think it something un
tangible, something that will not work,
something Pocksniflian. something hypo
critical, something repulsive, when it is so
bright and so beautifulyou might compare
it to a robin redbreast, you might compare
it to a dove, its wings covered with silver,
and its feathers with yellow gold. But
how is it if a young man becomes a Chris
tian!' All through the club room where he
associates, all through the business circles
where he is known, there is commisera
tion. They sny: "What a pity that a
young man who had such bright prospects
should so have been despoiled by those
Christians, giving up all his worldly pros
pects for something which is of no par
ticular present w arth !"
Hero is a young woman who becomes a
Christian her voice, her face, her man
ners the charm of the 'Irswingroom. Now
all through tho fashionable circles the
'.whisper goes: -"What a pity that such a
bright li-rfci. should be extinguished, that
sucb,giaceful gait should be crippled,
that such worldly prospects should be
obliterated!" Ah, my friends, it can be
hown that religion's ways are ways of
pleasantness, and that all her paths are
peace; that religion, instead of being dark,
and doleful, and lachrymose, and re
pulsive, is bright and beautiful, fairer
than a dove, its wings covered with silver
and its feathers with yellow gold.
See, in the first place, what religion will
do for a man's heart. I care not how
cheerful a man may be before conversion,
conversion bring him up to a higher
standard of cheerfulness. I do not say he
will laugh any louder. I do not say but
he may stand back from some forms
of hilarity in which he onc9 in
dulged; but there oomos into his soul
an immense satisfaction. A young
man, not a Christian, depends upon
worldly successes to keep his spirits up.
Now he is prospereJ, now he has large
salary, now ho has a beautiful wardrobe,
now he has pleasant friends, now he has
more money than he knows how to spend;
every thing goes bright and well with
him. But trouble comes there are many
young men in the house this morning who
can testify out of their own experience
that sometimes to young men trouble
does come his friends are gone, his salary
is gone, his health is gone; goes down,
down. He becomes sour, cross, queer,
misanthropic blames the world, blames
society, blames the church, blames every
thing, rushes perhaps to the intoxicating
cup to drown his trouble, but instead of
drowning his'trouble drowns his body and
drowns his souL
But here is a Christian young man.
Trouble comes to him. Does he give up?
No. He throws himself back on the re
sources of Heaven. He says: "God is my
father. Out of all these disasters I shall
pluck advantage for my souL All the
promises are mine. Christ is mine. Chris
tian companionship is mine, Heaven is
mine. "What though my apparel be worn
out? Christ gives me a robe of righteous
ness. "What though my money be gone?
I have a title deed to the whole universe
in the promise. 'All are yours.' "What
though my worldly friends fall awav?
Ministering angels are my body guard.
"What though my fare be poor and my
bread be scant? Iit at the King's ban
quet." O, what a poor, sdallow stream is world
ly enjoyment compared with the deep,
broad, overflowing iiv.er of God's peace,
roiiinjt midway In the Christian heartl
Sometimes you havo gone out on the iron
bound beach of the sea when there has
been a storm on Che ocean, and you have
seen the waves dash into white foam at
f your feet. They did not do you any harm.
While there you thought of the chapter
written by the Psalmist, and perhaps yon
recited it to yourself while the storm was
making commentary upon the passage:
"God is our refuge and strength, a very
present help in time of trouble. Therefore
will I not fear though the earth be re
moved, and though the mountains be car
ried into the midst of the sea; though the
waters thereof roar and be troubled,
though the mountains shake with the
swelling thereof. Selah!" O, how Inde
pendent the religion of Christ makes a
man of worldly success and worldly cir
cumstance's ! Nelson, the night before bis
last battle, said: "To-morrow I shall win
either a peerage or a grave in "Westmin
ster Abbey." And it does not make much
difference to the Christian whether he
rises or falls in worldly matters; he has
everlasting renown any way. Other
plumage may be torn in the blast, but that
soul adorned with Christian grace is fairer
than the dove, its wings covered with sil
ver, and it feathers with yellow gold.
you and I have found out that people
who pretend to oe happy are not always
happy. Look at that young man carica
turing the Christian religion, scoffing at
every thing good, going into roystering
drunkenness, dashing the champagne bot
tle to the floor, rolling the glasses from
the barroom counter. laughing, shouting,
stamping the floorj shrieking. Is be hap
py? I will go to his midnight pillow. I
will see him turn the gas off. I will ask
myself if the pillow on which he sleeps is
as soft as the pillow on which hat pure
young man sleeps. Ah I no. When ce
opens his eyes in the morning will the
world be as bright to him as to that Young
man who retired at night saying his pray
ers, invoking God's blessing upon his own
soul and the souls of his comrades, and
father and mother, and brother and sister,
far away? No, no. His laughter will
ring out from the saloon so that you
hear it as you pass by, but it is
hollow laughter; in it is the snap
ping of heart-strings and the rattle
of prison gates! Happy! that young
man happy? Let him fill high
the bowl; he can not drown tho upbraid
ing conscience. Let the balls roll through
the bowling alley; tho deep rumble and
the sharp crack can not overpower the
voices of condemnation. Let him whirl in
the dance of sin and temptation and death.
All the brilliancy of the scene can not
make him forget the last look of his mother
as he loft home when she said to him:
"Now, my son, you will do right, I "am
sure you will do right; you will, won't
you?" That young man happy? "Why,
across every night there flits shadows of
eternal darkness; there are adders in every
cup; there are vultures of despair striking
their iron beaks into his heart; there are
skeleton fingers of grief pinching at the
throat. I come in amid the clinking of
glasses and under the flashing of the
chandeliers, and I cry: "Woe! woe! The
way of the ungodly shall perish. There
is no peace, saith my God, to tho wicked.
The way of the transgressor is hard!"
O, my friends, there is more joy in one
drop of Christian satisfaction than in
whole rivers of sinful delight Other
wings may bo drenched of the storm and
splashed of the tempest, but the dove that
comes in through tho window of this heav
enly ark has wings like the dovo covered
with silver, and her feathers with yellow
gold. Again I remark religion is an adorn
ment in the style of usefulness into which
it induces a man. Here are two young
men. Tho one has fine culture, exquisite
wardrobe, plenty of friends, great worldly
success, but ho lives for himself. His chief
care is for his own comfort. Ho lives use
lessly. He dies unregretted. Here is an
other young man. His apparel may not
be so good, his education may not be so
thorough. He lives for others. His happi
ness is to make others happy. He is as
self-denying as that dying soldier, falling
in the rauks, when ho said: "Colonel, there
is no need or those boys tiring themselves
by carrying me to tho hospital; let me die
just where I am." So this young man of
whom I speak loves God, wants all the
world to lore Him, is npt ashamed to cany
a bundle of clothes up that dark alley to
the poor. "Which of those young men do
you admire tha better? The one a sham,
the other a prince imperial.
O, do you know of any thing, my hearor,
that is more beautiful than to see a young
man start out for Christ? Hero is some
one falling; he lifts him up. Here is a
vagabond boy, he introduces him to a mis
sion school. Here is a family freezing to
death; he carries them a scuttle of coal.
There are S00,000,000 perishing in midnight
heathen darkness; by all possible means
he tries to send to them the GospeL He
may bo laughed at and he may be sneered
at and he may be caricatured, but he is
not ashamed to go everywhere, saying:
"I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ
It is the power of God and tho wisdom of
God unto salvation." Such a young man
can go through every thing. There is no
force on earth or in hell that can resist
I show you three spectacles. Spectacle
the first: Napoleon passes by with the
host that went down with him to Egypt
and up with him through Russia and
crossed ifao continent on the bleeding
heart of which he set his iron heel and
across the quivering flesh of which he went
grinding the wheels of his gun carriages
in his dying moment asking his attend
ants to put on his military boots for him.
Spectacle the second: Voltaire, bright
and learned and witty and eloquent, with
tongue and voice and stratagem infernal,
warring against God and poisoning whole
kingdoms with his infidelity, yet applaud
ed by the clapping hands of thrones and
empires and continents his last words in
delirium supposing Christ standing by the
bedside his last words: "Crush that
Spectacle the third: Paul Paul, in
significant in person, thrust out from all
refined association, scourged, spat on,
hounded like a wild beast from city to
city, yet trying to make the world good
and Heaven full; announced resurrection
to those who mourned at the barred gates
of the dead; speaking consolations which
light up the eyes of widowhood and
orphanage and want with glow of certain
and eternal release; undaunted before
those who could take his life, his cheek
flushed with transport and his eyes on
Heaven; with one hand shaking defiance
at all the foes of. earth and all the princi
palities of hell, and with the other hand
beckoning messenger angels to come and
bear him away, as he says: "I am now
ready to be offered, and tho time of my
departure is at hand; I have fought the
good ficht, I have finished my course,
I have kept the faith; henceforth there is
laid np for me a crown of righteousness;
which the Lord, the righteous judge, will
"Which of the three spectacles do you
most admire? "When the wind of death
struck tho conqueror and the infidel they
were tossed like sea gulls in a tempest,
drenched of the wave and torn of the hur
ricane, the dismal voices heard through
the everlasting storm; but when the wave
and the wind of death struck Paul, like on
albatross ho made a throne of the tempest,
and one day floated away into the calm,
clear summer of Heaven, brighter than the
dove, it wings covered with silver and its
feathers with yellow gold.
O, aro you not in love with such a relig
ion a religion that can do so much for a
man while he lives, and so much for a man
when he comes to die? I suppose you may
have noticed the contrast between the de
parture of a Christian and the departure
of an infidel. Deodorus dying in chagrin
because he could not compose a joke equal
to a joke uttered at the other end of the
table. Zeuxis, dying in a tit of laughter
at the sketch of an aged woman a sketch,
made by his own hand. Mazarin, dying
playing cards, his friend holding his hands
because he was unable to ho!dthem him
self. All this on one side compared with
the departure of the Scotch minister, who
said: "I have no interest as to whether I
live or die, if I die I shall be with the Lord,
and if I live the Lord shall be with me."' Or
the last words of "Washington: "It i3 well."
Or the last words of Mcintosh, tho learned
and the great: "Happy!" Or the last
word of Hannah More, the Christian
poetecs: "Joy I" Or those thousands of
Christians who have gone, .saying: "Lord
Jesus, receive my spirit Come, Lord
Jesus, come quickly." "O death ! where
is thy sting? O grave! where is thy vic
tory?" Behold the contrast Behold the
charm of the one, behold the darkness of
the other. Now, I know it i3 very popular
in this day for young men to think there
is something more charming in skepticism
than in religion; they are ashamed of the
old-fashioned religion of the cross, and
they pride themselves on their free think
ing on al 1 these subjects. My young friends,
I want to tell you what I know from ob
servation that while skepticism is a beau
tiful land at the start, it is the great Sa
hara desert at the last.
Years ago a minister's son went off from
home to college. At college he formed the
acquaintance of a young man whom I
shall call Ellison. Ellison was an infidel,
Ellison scoffed at religion, and the minis
ter's son soon learned from him the infidel
ity, and when he went home on his vacation
broke his father's heart by his denuncia
tions of Christianity. Time passed on and
vacation came and the minister's son
went off to spend the vacation and was on
a journey and came to a hotel The hotel
keeper said: "I am sorry that to-night I
shall have to put you in a room adjoining
one where there Ts a very sick ana dying
man. I can give you no other accommo
dation." "O," said the young college stu
dent and minister's son, ''that will make no
difference to me except the matter of sym
pathy with anybody that is suffering."
The young man retired to his room, but
could not sleep, All night long he heard
the groaning of the sick man or the step of
the watchers and his soul trembled. He
thought to himself: Now, there is only a
thin wall between me and a departing
spirit. How if Ellison should know how I
feel? How if Ellison should find out how
my heart flutters. "What would Ellison
say if he knew my skepticism gave way?"
He slept not In the morning, coming
down, ho said to tho hotel-keeper:
"How is the sick man?" "O," said the
hotel-keeper, "he is dead, poor fellow!
The doctors told us he could not last
through the night" "Well," said the
young man, "what was the sick one's
name; where is he from?" "Well," said
the hotel-keeper, "he is from Providence
College!" "What is his name?" "Ellison."
"Ellison!" O, how the young man was
stunned. It was his old college mate
dead without any hope.
It was many hours before the young
man could leave that hotel. He got on his
horse and started homeward, and all the
way he heard something saying to him:
"Dead! Lost! Dead! Lost!" He came to
no satisfaction until he entered the
Christian life, until he entered the
Christian ministry, until he became one of
the most eminent missionaries of the cross,
tho greatest Baptist missionary the world
has ever seen since the days of Paul no
superior to Adoniram Judson. Mighty
on earth, mighty in Heaven Adoniram
Judson. Which do you like tho best, Jud
son's skepticism or Judson's Christian
O, if religion does so much for a man on
earth, what will it do for him in Heaven?
That is the thought that comes to me now.
If a soldier can afford to shout "Huzza!"
when he goes into battle, how much more
jubilantly he can afford to shout "Huzza!"
when he' has gained the victory! If
religion is so good a thing to havo
here, how bright a thing it will be in
Heaven! I want to see that young man
when the glories of Heaven have robed
and crowned him. I want to hear him
sing when all huskiness of earthly colds is
gone, and he rises up with the great dox
ology. I want to know what standard he
will carry when marching under arches of
pearl in the army of banners. I want to
know what company he will keep in a land
where they are all kings and queens for
ever and ever. If I have induced one of
you this morning to begin a better life,
then I want to know it. I may not in this
world clasp hands with you in friendship,
I may not hear from your own lips the
story of temptation and sorrow, but I will
clasp hands with you when the sea is
passed and the gates are entered.
That I might woo you to a better life,
and that I might show you the glories
with which God clothes His dear children
in Heaven, I wish I could this morning
swing back one of the twelve gates that
there might dash upon your ear one shout of
the triumph, that there might flame upon
your eyes one blaze of the splendor. O,
when I speak of that good land, yon in
voluntarily think of some one there that
you loved father, mother, brother, sis
ter or dear little child garnered al
ready. You want to know what
they are doing this morning. I will
tell you what they are doing. Singing.
You want to know what they wear. I will
tell you what they wear. Coronets of
triumph. You wonder why oft they look
to the gate of the temple, and watch and
wait. I will tell you why they watch and
wait and look to the gate of the temple.
For your coming I shout upward the news
to-day, for I am sure some of you will re
pent and start for Heaven. O, ye bright
ones before the throne, your earthly
friends are' coming. Angels, posing mid
air, cry up the name. Gate-keeper of
Heaven, send forward the tidings. Watch
man on the battlements celestial, throw
"O," you say, "religion lam going to
have; it is only a question of time." My
brother, I am afraid you may lose here in
the way Louis Philippe lost his empire.
The Parisian mob came around the Tuiler
ies. The National guard stood in defense
of the palact and the commander said to
Louis Philippe: "Shall I fire now? Shall
I order the troops to fire? With one volley
we can clear the place." "No," said Leu Is
Philippe, "not yet" A few minutes passed
on, and when Louis Philippe, seeing the case
was helpless, said to the General: "Now
is the time to fire." "No," said the General,
"it is too late now; don't you see that the
soldiers are exchanging arms with the citi
zens? It is too late." Down went the
throne of Louis Philippe. Away from the
earth went the house of Orleans; and all
because the King said: "Not yet, notyet"
May God forbid that any of you should
adjourn this great subject of religion, and
should postpone assailing your spiritual
foes until it is too late too late; you los
ing a throne in Heaven the way that Louis
rmiippe lost a throne on earth.
"When the judge descends In might.
Clothed In majesty and light;
"When the earth shall quake with fear,
"Where, O where, wilt thou appearr
, Showing Off at Church.
The piety that fjoes to church en
wrapped in costly lace, and crowned
with a fifty-dollar bonnet, is not of the
kind which strikes a bee-line for the
better world. When one enters a place
of worship where the female devotees
are dressed as for the opera, and
there is an odor as of a perfumery
store, a flutter of plumy, glittering
fans, a multitude of heads tricked out
in all the bravery of Fashion's Flora,
and a general indication of a desire to
adore the Creator a la mod it is diffi
cult to believe that the child-like sim
plicity of soul, which is essential to
genuine religion, is a staple article
in that congregation. We should like
to know upon what principle persons
'who call themselves Christians attend
public worship attired as if for a fash
ionable fete? . F. Ledger.
LIGHT FOR THE BLIND.
A Luxury That Gives Great Satisfaction
to the Inmates of Asylum.
You have probably often seen blind
asylums brilliantly lighted at night,
and you have probably just as often
wondered why the blind required such
a luxury. An inquisitive reporter re
cently ascertained that the blind aro
not deprived of their sight to such an
extent as is generally supposed. Super
intendents and managers of asylums
are aware of this fact and know all the
little foibles and petty tricks of their
wards. The blind are most mischiev
ous at the very time when one would
think them to be the least troublesome
that is, in the evening. The super
intendents in this city understand this
and order all the gas jets in the insti
tution to be lighted promptly at sun
down. Ail the tricky ones are then
watched by the janitors as carefully as
Tabby .does the mouse. Most of the
blind have some powers of eyesight,
and light rays, as a rule, can be readily
perceived by them. They know that
when all the lights are going at full
blaze they can not cut up any pranks,
and that all the books with heay
print, which they can take to bed and
read far into the night, are taken away
from them. These are the principal
reasons why tho passers-by sees all tho
lights burning in the rooms of the blind
asylum. But there is another and
special reason. Guardians of the blind
state that the latter derive a great
amount of comfort from' the light.
Many of them can perceive rays, and
that is the only gratification left to
their impaired vision. As soon as
night comes on they wait patiently for
the gas or lamps to be lighted and then
muse under the illumination that is
sensible to their optics.
Superintendents find it hard to di
vide the blind into distinct classes, ac
cording to the degrees of blindness.
There is one continuous graduation
from the totally blind to those who can
see to read large type. The blind are
divided into three classes by those who
come in daily contact with them. The
first class is composed of those who can
not perceive light of the greatest inten
sity. They are devoid of the comfort
which light gives. The highest test to
prove total lack of vision is to placo
the blind person in the direction of
lightning during a thunder storm, and
if the flash is not perceived this proves
that the sense of vision is entirely gone.
In the second class are those who
can perceive and appreciate light and
can see only the barest outline of the
forms of persons. These are fed with
illumination and want it most. Regu
larly at sun-down, they seek the chairs
nearest to the light, and draw ineffa
ble comfort from it
The third class can not only dis
tinguish light, but can also partially
read and discern the features of their
friends. This class is by far the most
troublesome. They do not especially
care for gas light, sometimes because
it interferes with their little plans of
mischief. The janitors always make it
a point to light the gas in thoir rooms
and keep their idle brains out of mis
chief. Light and music are the blind per
son's chief delights. All the lost pow
ers of vision are alrsost compensated
for by the extraordinary sense of har
mony and time. A peculiar musical
talent and gift are apportioned to tho
blind, and secure for them positions of
note. Many piano tuners are blind. In
Paris nearly all the head piano tuners
are blind persons. The same is true in
Boston, where all of the pianos in tho
public schools are tuned by the blind.
Albany (N. Y.) Argus.
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ETIQUETTE AT VASSAR.
A Glimpse at the College Life of Bright
Vassar is a college in all that tho
name implies; and a thorough educa
tion is given in all academical branches;
and it has its rules of social etiquette
just as rigidly adhered to as in Yale or
Every girl in the college sallies forth
during the early days of the term, card
case in hand, to call on the freshmen in
her corridor. If the freshmen be out,
a card is left; if in, the acquaintance is
formed. But in either case tho call
-must be returned within a week. After
this calls and visits are more informal,
and parties given.
' Each girl is expected to give a party
in ner room once in tne year, jmese
are invariably held after ten o'clock,
at which hour lights should be put out;
but with closed doors, carefully shroud
ed in shawls and waterproof cloaks, the
night watchman gets no hint of the dis
sipation being indulged in within.
When three girls share a sitting
room, with a bed-room apiece opening
out of it (for most of the rooms are in
groups of this kind), they combine in
the giving of their entertainments, thus
saving no small amount of trouble and
Besides the individual parties or
"spreads," there are the legitimate
class parties. The seniors invito the
juniors, the juniors the seniors. The
sophomores give the freshmen a party
early in the year, and later on invite
them to the "trig" ceremonies, an ec
centric performance to signalize their
joy at having finished their course in
trigonometry, to which the freshmen
are still looking forward.
The character of the entertainment
is burlesque. Mathematical signs and
terms are personified, and good natured
ridicule showered on "classmates," ob
jectionable college institutions, and
even the "faculty" itself. There are
occasional minstrel performances, with
peanuts, apples, maple sugar and lem
onade for refreshments; also dancing
in the college parlors, and sometimes
"powder" and costume balls of course
confined to inmates of the house.
Masons will be interested in the
invention by an Eastern man of two
kinds of plastering composition. That
to be used for the first coat consists of
sand, sawdust, plaster of paris, slacked
lime, sugar and carbonate of soda,
while that for the second coat is made
of cream of tartar, pumice stone, sugar,
lime, and plaster of parisr each compo
sition being compounded and applied
in proportions and after a manner de
scribed. Both compositions have beea
A California farmer, believing that
cats will exterminate squirrels and
gophers, purchased a large number and
set them at liberty on his land.
Several boys when arrested in New
York the other day, were working in
dustriously, as they afterwards ex
plained in court, to create a haunted
The last society spoken of in Cali
fornia is the "Pay-Nothings." It is
said to be alarmingly prosperous. The
pass-word is, "Lend me a dollar;" the
"What's the most convincing proof
that you know of;" asked the philo
sophical tramp, "that a man possesses
an inherent right to ,own "property?"
"A bulldog in the front yard," prompt
ly replied his companion. Chicago
Mistress (to servant) "Look at
the dirt on that chair, Bridget. Your
work is shockingly neglected this
week." "I know it is, mum; but I've
been too busy to attend to it, shure.
Tm a candidate for the Boord av Iddi
cashun, mum, and I have to canvass my
ward." Texas Sitings.
Uncle Cuffy "Which is the cheap
est, de fly-blister or de poor-house
plaster?" Druggist "Just the same
twenty-five cents apiece." Uncle C.
"Well, doctor, you better give me all
two; my old 'ooman is berry low wid
de remonia;an' Iwantum furhab eb'ry
comfort." Detroit Free Press.
Crooked and Straight are the
names of a pair of clergymen in charge
of an English church. Lock & Key
were long familiar names over the door
of a hardware store in Louisville, Ky.
Scarcely less appropriate were the last
named parties to their business than
were the famous U. Ketchum & L
Cheatum firm of lawyers.
Enthusiastic Traveler "Ah. En
gland is a glorious country indeed. A
nation of conquerors, possessions
everywhere all over the globe, enor
mous financial resources; why, you
know they say the sun of Victoria
never sets.", Mrs. Porkehoppe (of
Chicago) "I want to know, don't he
ever get tired of
A contest has been going on in a
New York newspaper between a num
ber of young wemen for the honor of
being the youngest grandmother in the
country. It has been shown by the let
ters of the contestants that a woman
who was a grandmother at the age of
thirty-two is by no means an unusual
personage in this country.
A few days ago Mr. Davis, of St.
Augustine, Fla., heard a bell tinkling,
and couldn't tell from what quarter it
came until he looked in the air and
saw a buzzard with a small brass bell
around his neck. He shot tho buzzard,
and on examination saw an indistinct
date, "15G5," on the bell. He thinks
it must havo been hung there by old
An oil expert from Pennsylvania
is of the opinion that there is more oil
under the soil of California than in
Pennsylvania itself. He finds that the
ledge of oil-producing rock begins at
Peru, crops up at San Diego, then dips
and reappears at Santa Barbara, and
again appears at San Francisco and
further north. ,
Tho meanest man in Kansas has
been found. He lives in Reno County,
and in writing to the treasurer of
SedgwickCounty in a matter pertain
ing to his taxes, he used a postal card
that had done duty once before and
spent at least three hours in effacing
the address, stamp, and first message
from off the card. The postal is to bo
framed and hung up in the treasurer's
office as a memento of man's avarice.
Wichita (Kan.) Journal.
In a letter from Salt Lake City de
scriptive of the Mormon Tabernacle,
Mrs. Julia Ward Howe writes: "A
glance at the congregation easily cor
roborated the statement that Mormon
ism largely recruits itself from the
most wrotched and ignorant classes of
European countries. Some of the head
of those present might have been termed
well advanced on the way back to the
gorilla. Vacant countenances, eyes
empty of thought were seen on every
It was a rather queer remark that
a Buffalo (N. Y.) business man made
lately. Said ho, "I can get a better
bargain in any store in this town if I
don't pay as I go than I can for cash,
and what is still more to the purpose,
can command better treatment and bet
ter service while I am making the pur
chase. The moment my money goes
over the counter the interest in prompt
delivery and such accessories mnst all
fall back on the character of the house I
am dealing with. But if I do not pay at
once I am still a customer to be looked
after and every thing will be done to
retain my good will.
A Boston sportsman who has been
enjoying the sport at Moluncus Lake,
in the northern part of Maine, entered
a lumberman's house and was well en
tertained during the night. In the par
lor of the house was the lumberman's
library, which the visitor had the curi
osity to examine. The list was as fol
lows: "Lives of Eminent Saints,"
"Mysteries of Paris." "Robinson
Crusoe," "Sure Way to a Happy Mar
riage," Life of the Popes," "Teachings
Df the Catholic Church and Her Divine
Founder and Saviour," "Catholic Faith"
and "Our Deportment." The lumber
man's mind had certainly a serious
The cook in a St. Louis family
broke six of a lot of eggs in a vain
search for a fresh one. She, then, un
known to her sisters, boiled all the
rest, cooled them, and sent them back
to the grocer to be credited back in ex
change on a new bill for other articles.
One day after that a darky woman
came tearing down upon that grocer
and asked, in the presence of other
customers, why ho sold her "biled
eggs." He had hardly got the colored
woman off with a new lot of eggs when
a white woman came in with the same
complaint about the sending to her
house of boiled eggs. The grocer
thought he must be getting insane,
and, after holding his head a moment to
assure himself that he was all right,
broke several eggs from another tub,
found them all right and pacified his
Compelled to Pay Duties'
The following story is told at the ex
pense of Princess Bismarck: Theother
day she went to Hamburg to make her
customary household purchases, which
she never allows anybody else to attend
to. Unfortunately, she missed her
train to Friedrichsruhe, and as there
was no other train for two hours, she
told her coachman to drive her through
the district of the free port. On re
turning into the town, she was stopped
by a custom-house official, who im
posed a duty on every one of the ar
ticles she had purchased, and refused
to let her proceed until she had paid
in full. N. Y. Post.
Smiling Gardens of Plenty
Where nature beams her brightest in the
extreme south, on our sister continent and
in the tronics of the Caribbean Sea are too
often the home of malaria, the vertical sun,
copious decaying vegetation and bad water,
also co-operating to breed virulent disor
ders of tho stomach, liver and bowels. It
is in such regions that Hcstetter's Stomach
Bitters gets in some of its most beneficent
Uscallt tho inconsistency is of the man
who professes much and does little, but
there may be an inconsistency on the part
of the man who professes nothing' and does
much. The profession and the "character
should be one.
"Mr friends laughed at the idea of a $5.00
bone mill, but since I got one of Wilson's,
advertised in this paper, the laugh is all on
my side. Every one that sees it has to ac
knowledge it is a perfect success. I can
crack enough shells for 150 fowls in 3 min
utes; and the same amount will go five
times farther than if cracked with a ham
mer. There is no waste, and a child can
crack them. Bones take a little moro
strength. It also cracks corn easily and
The man who invented the type-writer
did more toward giving women their
writes than all the women suffrage asso
ciations in tho country.
jet Only the Best.
"Baker's Norwegian Cod Liver Oil" is
pure. Recommended and prescribed by best
physicians. Jno.CBaker & Co., Philadelphia.
The Chinese does not take his queue
from nature. Two-thirds of it is third
clas silk. San Francisco Alia.
Harsh purgative remedies are fast giving
wav to tho gentle action and mild effects of
Carter's Little Liver Pills. If you try them,
they will certainly pleaso you.
When the last one of a quartet of good
fellows determines to die, the thing is a
four gone conclusion. A. O. Picayune.
Fou Throat Diseases and Coughs use
Brown's Ukoxciiiai. Troches. Like all
real aood things, they are imitated. The
aenu'MC are sold only in boxes.
A prominent band tho engagement
rinfr. Detroit Fret Press.
Don't wait until you are sick before trying
Carter's Little Liver Pills, but get a vial at
onca. You can't take them without benefit.
A happt medium a pleasant spiritual
A Prompt "Way of Easing Asthma.
Hale's Honey ot norenouna ana lar.
Pike's Toothache Drops Cure in one minute.
"A regular hich flyer" our American
Men can talk horse without having a
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CATTLE Shipping steers. ...$ 3 0 4 15
Range steers 2 30 i 00
Native cows 2 00 3 CO
HOGS Good to choice hoavy. 4 71 & 5 00
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RYE No.2 48 0 49
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PORK 13 OJ 14 0J
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WHEAT No.2 red 1 0UJ 1 01J
CORN No.2 34 S4
OATS No. 2 '?i3 15J
RYE N3.2 M 50J
BUTTER Creamery 32 34
PORK. 13 10 13 15
CATTLE Common to prime.. 4 75 5 25
HOGS Good to Choice 5 20 5 50
FLOUR Good to choice. 5 15 5 60
WHEAT No. 8red 1 C3 1 C3H
CORN No.2 47 48
OATS Western mixed 30 32
BUTTER Creamery 24 3
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Thousands ot people ha-ro found in Hood's Earea
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