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ADDRESS FROM M'KINLEY
ON MAINE REPORT.
WAS A MISSION OF PEACE.
The Battleship Vu Sent to Bavaaa to
Cement the Friendship of Spain mad
America The President Trasts
That the Queen Begeat's
Janice Will Cause
Washington-, March 29. The Pres
ident to-day sent the following mes
sage to Congress:
"To the Concress of the United States:
"For some time prior to the visit of the
Maine to Havana harbor onr consular rep
res entatives i old ted out the advantages to
flow from tne visit of national ships to the
Cuban waters in accustoming the people to
th; presence of our flag as the s3-mbol of
good will and of our ships in the fulfillment
of the mission of protection to American
interest., even though no immediate need
therefor might exist.
"According on the 24th of January last,
after conference with the Spanish minister
rf which the renewal of vislt ot our war
vessels to Spanish waters was discussed
and accepted, the peninsular authorities
at M i dn'd and Havana were advised of the
purpose of this government to resume
friend- naval visits .it Cuban ports and
that in that view the Maine would forth
with call ai the port of Havana.
SPAIX SHOWED APPRECIATION.
'This announcement was received by the
Spanish government with appreciation of
the friendly character of the visit of the
Maine and with notification of intention to
return the courtesy by sendingSpanish ships
to the principal ports of the United States.
"Meanwhile the Maine entered the port
of Havana on the 2jth day of January, her
arrival being marked with no special inci
dent besides tie exchange of customary
salutes and ceremonial visits.
"The Maine continued in the harbor of
Havana during the three weks following
her arrival. No appreciable excitement
attended her stay. Upon the contrary, a
feeling of relief and confidence followed the
resumpti m of the long interrupted friendly
intercourse. So noticeable was this imme
diate effect of her visit that the consul
general strongly urgd that the presence
of our ships in Cuban wafers should be
kept up by retaining them at Havana, or.
in the event of her recail, by sending there
a vessel to taicc her plaza
THE EXPLOSION OF THS SHIP.
"At forty minutes past 9 in the evening
on the 15th of February the Maine was de
stroyed by an explosion, by which the en
tire forward part of the ship was utterly
"wrecked. In this catastrophe two officers
and 2GJ of hor crew perished, thosi who
were not killed outrignt by her explosion
being penned between decks by the tangle
of wreekac: and drowned by theimmsdiate
sinking of the hull Prompt assistance
was rendered by the neighboringv.-ssels an
chored in the harbor, aid being especially
given b tnc boats ot the Spanish cruiser
AlphoU'o X:Iand the Ward line steamer
City of Washington, whichlay not far dis
tant. Tne ounded were generously cared
for by tnc authorities ot Havana, the hos
pitals iK.iiig freel3 opined to them, while
the earliest recovered bodies or" the dead
were interred by the municipality in a pub
lic cemetery in the city. The tributes of
grief and sympathy were offered trom all
official quarters ot the island.
THE NATION HELD ITSELF IN CHECK.
The appalling calamity fell upon the
people of our country with crushing force,
and for a brief time an intense excitement
prevailed, which, in a community lcs just
and self-controlled than oars, might have
led to hasty acts of blind reseutment This
spirit however, soon gave way to the
calmer processes of reason and to the re
solve to investigate the facts and await the
material proof before forming a judgment
as to the cause, the responsibility and, if
the fact; warranted, the remedy due.
'This roars; nsceisarily recommsndd
itself from the outset to the ex3cutive, for
only In the light of a dispassionately ascer
taineu certainty could it determine the na
ture and mtsasure of its fnll dut.' in the
FAItt INVESTIGATION MADE.
"This mode of procedure is proceeded with
ic all cases of casualty or disaster to na
tional vessels of any maratime state A
naval court of inquirr was at once organ
ized, comp sed of officers well qualified by
ran and practical experience to discharge
the onerous duty imposed upon them. Aided
byastroig force of wr ckers and divers,
the court projected to make a thorough
nvcstigat on on the spot, employing every
available means for the impartial and ex
act determination of the causes of the ex
plosion. It, operations have been conducted
with the utmost del beration and judgment
and. while independently pursued, no
source of information was neglected and
the fullest opportunity was allowed for a
simultaneous investigation by the Spanish
PLACED BEFORE CONGRESS.
"The finding ot the court of inquiry was
reached after twmty-three days of contin
uous labor, on the 'ilst of March, instant,
and hav.ng been approved on the 22d by
the commander-in-chief of the United
States naval force on the North Atlantic
station, was transmitted to the executive.
. It is herewith laid before Congress to-day,
and herewith the voluminous testimony
taken before the court.
HOW THE MAINE WAS DESTROYED.
"Its purport is in brief as follows: When
the Maine ,-arrived at Havana she was con
ducted by the regular government pilot to
buoy No.4. to which she was moored in
from live an I one-half to six fathoms of
The st te of discipline on board and the
condition of her magazines, boilers, coal
bunkers and storage compartments are
passed in review, with ths conclusion that
excellent order prevailed and that no indi
cation of any cause for an internal explo
sion existed in any quarter.
"At 8 o'clock in the evening of February
15 everything had been reported secure
and all was quiet.
s "At fortv minutes past 9 o'clork the ves
sel was suddenly destroyed.
'There were two distinct explosions, with
a brief interval between them The first
lifted the forward part of the ship very
perceptibly, the second, which was more
prolonged.' is attributed by .the court to the
partial explosion of two or more of the tor
The evidence of the divers establishes
that the after part of the ship was practi
cally intact and sank in that condition a
very few minutes after the explosion. The
ys? -Upoa the evidence of concurrent exter-
' aal cause, the amine ox the court is as ioi-
?. SOME CONCLUSIVE EVIDEVCE.
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?v smm.i irame xi, ie oaicr aaci i mm
BL. aMav (rem a aeiat elerea a aae-BAlX feet
-treat tfce mUMirhm. of ne ssli an s
fofcevc Um asi wto to tts
sition, has been rrce up soatobeno
about four feel aiicve the surface cf the
water; therefore. al-:it thirty-four feet
above where it hvj'u If had i'r.s ihij-iunk
ThcoatMile iv.t.T. plating 5s !;ent into
a reversed "" s:a?- llie after wing of
which, about tiftt-i;:: feet broau .tr.l thirty
two feet in length from frame 17 to frame
23). is doubled back upon it. elf against the
roiui uuation vf tnu .-ame plating exte.iuing
"At ttv.:-.i IS the vertical keel is broka
in two and keel icjx.t into an angle similar
to the angle ft- :ned tar the outside plates.
This break"! !.jut six leet below the sur
face of the w.ucr and a. out thirty feet
above its norma, petition.
ONLY A MINE CCULL' HAVE DONE IT.
"In the opinion i ins court this effc:
could h2v bcc.i produced only by the ex
plosion of a miii- Mtuat?d nnd.r the bottom
of the sr.ir. :.'- ibout frame Jti and some
what ot the i..ft.,id-i of the ship.
The c -ncli.slons of the court arc:
"That thr lo of the Maine was not in
any respect due to iault or negligence upon
the part o: any of the o3lcer. or member:
of her crew.
"That, the ship was destroyed by the ex
plosion or a submarine mine, which caused
the partird -xplos.vn cf two or more of her
forward maga7in.-s: an-l.
"That no evidence ha been obtainable
filing the rcspoiMlixlitv lor the -lestruction
of the Maine upon any person or person V
SENT '10 SPAIN'S QUEEN.
"I I'.ive direcied that tlie finding of the
court of inquirr an J. ike views of this gov
ernment theron be communicated to the
government of her majesty, the queen, and
I do not permit invsclf to doubt that thr
sense of justice of the Spanish nation will
dictate a course of action sugg-stcd by
honor and the frienily relations of the tv.f
It was the duty of the executive to ad
rise the Conres of,thj result, and in the
meantime deliberate consideration i iri
"(Sicned ) VriLl.lAM M'iCINLuY.
"Executive r.la:ima, March 2b'. laUs"."
There was an outburst of applause
in the jjallerios and upon the floor
when the messajje nas concluded.
Immediately afterward the death of
Representative Simpkins was announced.
SCHLEY TAKES COMMAND.
Cheers for tl.c New Commodore Ecadr
Foi:t Moxjtoi:. Va., March 21'. More
than usual enthusiasm was displayed
to-day by the officers and men of that
portion of the American Hying srjuad
rou already assembled here when
Commodore W. ix Schley tool: com
mand. Commodore Schley stepped to the
bridge of the Brooklyn and, showing
his commission as commander, took
possession. At the same instant his
flag was broken from the Brooklyn's
masthead and one of the big gunr,
belched forth a salute which was an
swered from the Massachusetts, lying
Then enthusiasm broke loose "and
there was a roar of applause from the
deck and yard to yard. Shortly after
the officers of the battleship Massa
chusetts came aboard and, together
with the officers of the Brooklyn, paid
Commodore Schley said: ''I have
no orders to move, nor do 1 know
when they will come. We arc ready
to more at the shortest kind of notice
upon the completing of the fleet"
LIBERALS WIN IN SPAIN.
Sagas t a Will Have a Majority ot at
Least 168 la the Next Cortes.
Madrid. March 21. The elections
for the popular branch of the Cortes
passed off, on the whole, quietly. The
indications arc that the government
of Senor Sagasta will have an enor
mous majority. It is estimated that
he will have the support of 300 of the
432 members of the congress.
Seldom has a general election ex
cited less interest in the capital than
that of to-day. Not half the regis
tered electors voted.
"The date for the assembling oi
the cortes was fixed originally for
April "5, but the meeting may be
hastened. National requirements
may oblige the cabinet to summon the
House to meet directly after senatorial
election, which will take tiiacc
NEW POINT IN TESTIMONY
The Maine's Position Was Never Changed
After Mie Entered Havana Harbor.
Washington, March 23. One of the
main points brought out by the testi
mony in the Maine case will correct,
an important impression which has
prevailved all over the country.
The testimony proves that the bat
tle ship's position was not changed
after she entered the harbor. She
was moored to a buoy and remained
there until blown up.
The statement has been made re
peatedly in the press that her posi
tion was changed the night before Ch
explosion by direction of the mastei
of the Havana harbor.
GLADSTONE CANNOT LIVE.
The Present Illness ot the Ex-Premier
aiast Soon Prove Fatal.
London, March 29. The Westmin
ster Gazette this afternoon, discussing
the health of Mr. Gladstone, says: "It
is no news, we fear to say, that Mr
Gladstone's illness must necessarily
be fatal in a comparatively short time.
Mr. Gladstone is fully informed is to
his own condition. He asked the doc
tors to tell him the truth and he was
thankful when informed that he had
no chance of recovery."'
iaacral Koiecraas F accessor.
Wasiiixotox, March 29. By unan
imous vote of the executive committee
of the society of the Army of the Cum
berland, General David S. Stanley has
been designated to act as president of
the society, vice General Rosccrans,
deceased, 'until the next annual re
union. Vralt Jar Faetery Baraed.
Muxcre, Jd -Iarch 29. Oae of
the new tanks at Ball Bros.' fruit jar
glass factory No. 2 burstcd last night,
mad the 33(1 tons of molten glass flood
ed the brick floor, tiring the building.
wfciea was totally destroyed, entail
lag a loss of tO.OCO, with bnt tSS,CC0
A REASSURING MESSAGE
WOODFORD IS HEARD FROM
Tha Straiaeu situations Slay Yet lie
Satisfactorily Relieved It Is Va
derstood That Spain Is Willing
to Make Important Conces
sions to the United States
Washixgtox, March 2 The cabi
net meeting which was called at lo:20
o'clock to-day was largely devoted to
reading of the President's message
sent to Congress at noon. Several
minor changes were made in the word
ing of the message, and after it had
been dispatched to the capitol some
minutes were given to consideration
of some dispatches from Minister
Woodford, which it is believed were
reassuring in character and give the
belief that the strained relations may
yet be satisfactorily relieved.
Although reticent as to the details,
a member of the cabinet said after the
meeting that the conditions were
much more hopeful than three days
ago. It is undoubtedly true that
Spain is willing to make important
concessions to the United States and is
willing to go even so far as to agree
to withdraw her troops from Cuba on
conditions which, if not satisfactory
to this government, are more liberal
and conciliatory than anything hith
erto received, and clearly indicate a
purpose to avoid war even if to attain
that end she is compelled to make
sacrifices never before considered.
Notwithstanding these hopeful signs,
the negotiations have not passed the
danger point, nor is it believed this
government will accept any compro
mise that does notlnvolve prompt ces
sation of hostilities, even f the ques
tion of future government of Cuba be
left to future negotiations.
LEE PREPARES FOR RIOTS.
Plans to Care for American Citizens In
New York, March 2S. A Key West
correspondent of the New York Her
ald says: "It is now said on
good authority that the Mangrove,
which sailed for Havana on Fri
day, went there ostensibly to br:ug
away material saved from the Maine,
but in reality to be en hand in case of
an outbreak in Havana, so that Amer
icans coul.i take refuge on the vessel.
Americans arrived here on the Olivette
from Havana. Among these w'crc
Captain Sigsbcc and other officers of
"Consensus of opinion among all
the passengers was that a general ex
odus from U avana would shortly fol
low, as the result of the present ex
citement attending the present atti
tude of the American government.
Unusually strict censorship has been
maintained ovr the cable.
"Consul General Lee, believing that
a serious crisis in affairs is likely to
occur now at any moment, is to-day
preparing a revised list of all Ameri
cans now in Havana, together with
their addresses, so that in case of
emergency they may be communicated
with at short notice. There is an
extra guard now around the American
NO ALLY ON EITHER SIDE.
America Does Not Need Help and Spain
Cannot Get It.
Loxdox, March 2fe. The dispatch of
the British fleet from Halifax to Ber
muda, following the agitation for an
Anglo-American alliance, is consider
ably commented upon by diplomats.
The authorities explain that it is
merely considered desirable that
British ships should be in the vicinity
of Cuba iu order to safeguard British
commerce and British subjects in case
of war. The idea of Anglo-American
co-operation in Cuba is scouted. A
diplomat who is conversant with the
inside negotiations upon the Cuban
"If Spain and the United States go
to war they will light without an ally
on each side. The United States does
not need an ally and Spain cannot
get an ally. The United States will,
however, have the sympathy of
Great Britain, and Spain will have the
sympathy of all the continental
powers, but their attitude maj" be de
pended upon not to exceed sympa
FANNY DAVENPORT DYING
Tbe Celebrated Actress at Death's Door
Chjcaoo, -March 2. Fanny DaTen-
fbrt, the actress is dying.
9 i Jr
Nil m ffi:4W
'MEASURED BY YOUR OWN
YARD STICK," THE SUBJECT.
n Interesting; and Instructive Discourse
Taken from Matthew VII, 2, as Fol
lows: "With What Measure Ton Mete,
It Shall Be Measured to Ton Again.
In the greatest sermon ever preached
a sermon about fifteen minutes long
according to the ordinary rate of
speech a sermon on the Mount of
Olives, the preacher, sitting while he
spoke, according to the ancient mode
of oratory, the people were given to
understand that the same yard-stick
that they employed upon others would
be employed upon themselves. Meas
ure others by a harsh rule, and you
will be measured by a harsh rule.
Measure others by a charitable rule
and you will be measured by a char
itable rule. Give no mercy to others,
and no mercy will be given to you.
"With what measure ye mete, it shall
be measured to you again."
There is a great deal of unfairness
in criticism in human conduct. It was
to smite that unfairness that Christ
uttered the words of the text, and my
sermon will be a re-echo of the divine
sentiment. In estimating the misbe
havior of others, we must take into
consideration the pressure of circum
stances. It is never right to do wrong,
but there are degrees of culpability.
When men misbehave or commit some
atrocious wickedness we are disposed
indiscriminately to tumble them all
over the bank of condemnation. Suf
fer they ought and suffer they must,
hut in a difference of. degree.
In the first place, in estimating the
misdoing of others, we must take into
calculation the hereditary tendency.
There is such a thing as good blood,
and there is such a thing as bad blood.
There are families that have had a
moral twist in them for a hundred
years back. They have not been care
ful to keep the family record in that
regard. There have been escapades,
and maraudings and scoundreli3ms and
moral deficits all the way back, wheth
er you call it kleptomania, cr pyroma
nia or dipsomania, or whether it be in
a milder form, and amount to no mania
at all. The strong probability is that
the present criminal started life with
nerve, muscle and bone contaminated.
As some start life with a natural ten
dency to nobility and generosity and
kindness and truthfulness, there are
others who start life with just the op
posite tendency and they are horn liars,
or born malcontents, or born outlaws,
or born swindlers.
There is in England a school that is
called the Princess Mary school. All
the children in that school are the chil
dren of convicts. The school is under
higbj patronage. I had the pleasure of
being present at e.e of their anniver
saries, presided owr by the Earl of
Kintore. By a wise law in England,
after parents have committed a cer
tain number of crimes, and thereby
shown themselves incompetent rightly
to bring up their children, the little
ones are taken from under pernicious
influences and put in reformatory
schools, where all gracious and kinc'i
influences shall be brought upon them.
Of course the experiment is young, and
it has got to be demonstrated how
large a percentage of the children of
convicts may be brought up to re
spectability and usefulness. But we
all know that it is more difficult for
children of bad parentage to do right
than for children of good parentage.
In this country we are taught by the
Declaration of American Independence
that all people are born equal. There
never was a greater misrepresentation
put in one sentence than in that sen
tence which implies that we are all
born equal. You may as well say that
flowers are born equal, or trees are
born equal, or animals are born equal.
Why does one horse cost $100 and an
other horse cost $5,000? Why does
one sheep cost $10 and another sheep
cost $500? Difference in blood. We
are wise enough to recognize it in
horses, in cattle, in sheep, but we are
not wise enough to make allowance for
the difference in the human blood. Now
I demand by the law pf eternal fair
ness that you be more lenient in your
criticism of those who were born
wrong, in whose ancestral line there
was a hangman's knot, or who came
from a tree the fruit of which for cen
turies has been gnarled and worm
eaten. It is a very different thing to swim
with the current, from what it is to
swim against the current, as some of
you have no doubt found in your sum
mer recreation. If a man find himself
in an ancestral current where there is
good blood flowing smoothly from gen
eration to generation, it is not a very
great credit to him if he turn out good,
and honest, and pure, and noble. He
could hardly help it But suppose he is
born in an ancestral line, in an hered
itary line, where the influences have
been tad, and there has been a coming
down over a moral declivity, if the
man surrender to the influences he will
go down under the overmastering
gravitation unless some supernatural
aid be afforded him. Now, such a per
son deserves not your excoriation, but
your pity. Do not sit with the lip curl
ed in scorn, and with an assumed air
of angelic innocence looking down up
on such moral precipitation. You had
better get down on your knees and
first pray Almighty. God for their res
cue, and next thank the Lord that you
have not been thrown under the wheels
of that juggernaut.
Again, I have to remark that in our
estimation the misdoing of people who
have fallen from high respectability
and usefulness, we must take into con
sideration the conjunction of circum
stances. Jn nine cases ont of ten a
Tsma who goes astray does not intend
nay positive wrong. He has tnut
faada. He risks a sartor, these faads
tm inisstsnat. He saya, ", if I
should lose that Investment I have of
my own property five times as much,
and if this investment shonld go wrong,
I could easily make it up; I could five
times make it up." With that wrong
reasoning he goes on and makes the
investment, and it does not turn out
quite as well as he expected, and he
makes another investment, and strange
to say at the same time all his other
affairs get entangled, and all his other
resources fail, and his hands are tied.
Now he wants to extricate himself. He
goes a little further on in the wrong
investment. He takes a plunge further
ahead, for he wants to save his wife
and children, he wants to save his
home, he wants to save his member
ship in the church. He takes one more
plunge and all is lost.
Some morning at 10 o'clock the bank
door is not opened, and there is a card
on the door signed by an ofllcer of the
bank, indicating that there is trouble,
and the name of the defaulter or the
defrauder heads the newspaper col
umn, and hundreds of men say: "Good
fcr him;" hundreds of other men say,
"I'm glad he's found cut at last;" hun
dreds of others say, "Just as I told
you;" hundreds of other men say, "We
couldn't possibly have been tempted to
do that no conjunction of circum
stances could ever have overthrown
me;" and there is a superabundance of
indignation, but no pity. The heavens
full of lightning, but not one drop of
dew. If God treated us as society
treats that man we would all have
been in hell long ago.
Walt for the alleviating circumstan
ces. Perhaps he may have been the
dupe of others. Before you let all the
hounds out from their kennel to maul
and tear that man, find out if he has
not been brought up in a commercial
establishment where there was a wrong
system of ethics taught; find out
whether that man has not an extrava
gant wife who is not satisfied with hls
honest earning?, and In the temptation
to please her he is gone into that ruin
into which enough men have fallen,
and by the same temptation, to make
a procession of many miles. Perhaps
some sudden sickness may have touch
ed his brain, and his judgment may be
unbalanced. He is wrons. he is aw
fully wrong, and he must be condemn
ed, but there may be mitigating cir
cumstances. Perhaps, under the same
temptation you might have fallen. The
reason some men do not steal two hun
dred thousand dollars is because thoy
do not get a chance! Have righteous
indignation you must about that man's
conduct, but temper it with mercy.
But, you say: "I am sorry that the
innocent should suffer." Yes, I am,
too sorry for the widows and orphans
who lost their all by that defalcation.
I am sorry for the business men, the
honest business men, who have had
their affairs all crippled by that defal
cation. I am sorry for the venerable
bank president to whom credit of that
bank was a matter of pride. Yes, I am
sorry also for that man who brought
all the distress; sorry that he sacrificed
body, mind, soul, reputation, heaven,
and went into the blackness of dark
You defiantly say: "I could not be
tempted in that way." Perhaps you
may be tested after awhile. God has
a very good memory, and he some
times seems to say: "This man feels so
strong in his innate power and good
ness he shall be tested; he is so full
of bitter invective against that unfor
tunate it shall be shown now whether
he has'the power to stand." Fifteen
years go by. The wheel of fortune
turns several times, and you are in a
crisis that you never could have an
ticipated. Now, all the powers of
darkness come around, and they
chuckle and they chatter and they cay:
"Aha! here is the old fellow who was
so proud of his integrity, and who
bragged he couldn't be overthrown by
temptation, and was so uproarious iv
his demonstrations of indignation at
the defalcation fifteen years ago. Lst
God lets the man go. God, who had
kept that man under his protect'n;
care, lets the man go, and try for him
self the majesty of his integrity. God
letting the man go, the powers cf dark
ness pounce upon him. I see you some
day in your office in great excitement.
One of two things you can do. Be
honest, and be pauperized, and have
your children brought home from
school, your family dethroned in so
cial influence. The other thing is,
you can step a little aside from that
which is right, you can only just go
half an inch out of the proper path.
you can only take a little risk, and
then you have all your finances fair and
right. You will have a large property.
You can leave a fortune for your chil
dren, and endow a college, and build
a public library in your native town.
You halt and wait, and halt and wait
until your lips get white. You decide
to risk it. Only a few strokes cf the
pen now. But. oh, how your hand
trembles, how dreadfully it trembles!
The die is cast. By the strangest and
most awful conjunction of circ-m-stances
any one could have imagined,
you are prostrated. Bankruptcy, com
mercial annihilation, expesure, crime.
Good men mourn and devils hold car
nival, and you see your own name at
the head of the newspaper column in a
whole congress of exclamation points;
and while you are reading the anathe
ma in the reportorial and editorial par
agraph, it occurs to you how much thfs
story i3 like that of the dafalcation
fifteen years ago, and the clap of thun
der shakes the window sill, saying:
"With what measure ye mete, it shall
te measured to you again!"
You look in another d:rectioa.
There is nothiag like ebullitions of
temper to put a mca to disadvantage.
You, a man with calm pulses and a
fine digestion and perfect health. c?.n
not understand how anybody should be
capsized in temper by an infinitesimal
annoyance. You say, "I couldn't be
Bsalaaced la that way." Perhaps
yoa asiile at a f rorocat!oa that stakes j
another man swear. You pride your
self on your imperturbability. You say
with your manner, though you have
too much good taste to say it with your
words: "I have a great deal more
sense than that man has; I have a
great deal more equipoise of temper
than that man has; I never could make
such a puerile exhibition of myself
as that man has made."
Let me see. Did you not say that
you could not be tempted to an ebul
lition of temper? Some September
you come home from -your summer
watering place and you have inside,
away back in your liver or spleen,
what we call in onr day malaria, but
what the old folks called chills and
fever. You take quinine until your
ears are first buzzing beehives and
then roaring Niagaras. You take
roots and herbs, you take everything.
You get well. - But the next day yon
feel uncomfortable, and you yawn, and
you stretch, and you shiver, and you
consume, and you suffer. Vexed more
than you can tell, you can not sleep,
you can not eat, you can not bear to
see anything that looks happy, you go
out. to kick the cat that is asleep in the
sun. Your children's mirth was once
music to you; now, it is deafening. You
say: "Boys, stop that racket!" You
turn back from June to March. In the
family and in the neighborhood your
popularity is 95 per cent off. The
world says: "What is the matter with
that disagreeable man? What a woe
begone countenance? I can't bear the
sight of him." You have got your pay
at last got your pay. You feel just
as the man felt, that man for whom
you had no mercy, and my text comes
in with marvelous appositeness: "With
what measure ye mete, it shall he
measured to you again."
In the study of society I have come
to this conclusion, that the most of the
people want to be good, but they do
not exactly know how to make it out.
They make enough good resolutions to
lift them into angelhood. The vast
majority of people who fall are victims
of circumstances. They are captured
by ambuscade. If their temptations
should come out in a regiment and
fight them in a fair field they would
go out in the strength and triumph of
David against Goliah. But they do
not see the giants, and they do not see
the regiment. Temptation comes and
says: "Take these bitters, take this
nervine, take this aid to digestion, take
this nightcap." The vast majority ot
men and women who are destroyed by
opium and by rum first take them as
medicines. In making up your dish
of criticism in regard to them, take
from the caster and the cruet of sweet
oil and not the cruet of cayenne pep
per. My friends, this text will come to
fulfilment in some cajes in thi3 world.
The huntsman in Farmsteen was shot
by some unknown person. Twenty
years after the son of the huntsman
was in the same forest, and he acci
dentally shot a man. and the ,man in
dying, said, "Gcd is just; I shot your
father just here twenty years ago." A
bishop said to Louis XI of France:
"Make an iron cage fcr all these who
do not think as we do an iron cage
in which the captive can neither lie
down nor stand straight up." It was
fashioned the awful instrument of
punishment. After a while the bishop
offended Louis XI, and for fourteen
years he was in that same cage, and
could neither lie down nor stand up.
It is a poor rule that will not work
both ways. "With what measure ye
mete, it shall be measured to you
Oh, my friends, let us be resolved to
scold less and pray more!
What headway will we make in tin
judgment if in this world we have been
hard on tho3e who have gone astray?
What headway will you and I make in
the last great judgment, when we must
have mercy or perish? The Bible says.
"They shall have judgment without
mercy that showed no mercy."
I see the scribes of heaven looking up
into the face of such a man. saying:
"What! you plead for mercy, you.
whom in all your life never had any
mercy on your fellows? Don't you
remember how hard ycu were in your
opinions of those who were astray?
Don't you remember when you ought
to have given a helping hand you em
ployed a hard heel? Mercy! You
must mis-speak yourself when, you
plead for mercy here. Mercy for oth
ers but no mercy for you. Look," Fay
the scribes of heaven, "look at that
inscription over the throne of judg
ment, the throne of God's judgment."
See it coming out letter by letter, word
by word, sentence by sentence, until
your startled vision reads it and your
remorseful spirit appropriates it:
"With what measure ye mete, it shall
be measured to you again. Depart, ye
Coral Jewelry Revived.
Queen Margherita of Italy intends to
be seen a good deal this season wearing
coral jewelry in order to encourage an
industry which of late years has some
what fallen upon evil days. It would
not be surprising if the fashion were
to spread to London, as coral is be
coming to almost any complexion and
can, of course, be had in any shade,
from a rose pink so delicate as to be
almost inmperceptible up to a vivid
red. If a revival of the dainty old
filigree setting should also set in the
outcome should mean many pretty
things of a kind that would be quite
a novelty to the girls of to-day.
A Sharp Answer.
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:oe de ball nex' week wouia yo feel
much cut up? Clarina Nopey; yo'
would. Life. ,
The youthful patrons of yellow-back-cd
novels who want to go west aad
fight Indians should stay at heme aad;
boycott the oass la froat of dgaretta
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