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FRIDAY. JULY 7. 1903.
If you ?u to the mountains, sea?
shore or country, have The Tlmes
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before leaving the city.
If you write, please give city ad?
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Pure and Impure Whiskey.
In :in article In this column last week
we suggested that we need In Richmond
nnd in A'lrglnia a law for the prevention
of the sale of impure1 liquors and need it
equally as much. If not more, than laws
concerning the sale of Impure or
adulterated food. The article has attracted
much attention and wo. have been nsked
by several remarkably Innocent persons
if It can be true as stated that "much
of the so-called whiskey sold In this city
'Is not only impure, but poisonous, both
to body.nnd mind."
Certainly It is true. In the absence of
any other evidence the fact that In a
large number of tho saloons In Richmond
and In other Virginia cities whl.skey can
be bought and Is bought every hour In
the day at five cents a drink, is sutllclcnt
to establish the accuracy of tho stale
merit. It would be impossible for a dealer
to sell an ordinary drink of pure whiskey
at that price. Five Cents would barely
cover, the government tax which is $1.10
per Ballon. The people who drink the
beverage they can buy at such a price
nre usually from the worst clement in
the community, and when their minds
become poisoned with fusel oil and tho
other Ingredients of the vile concoction
to be had at five cents per drink, they
become vicious and are a menace to the
good order of the community In which
they live and move.
It is Just us easy to have and enforce
a law to compel dealers to handle only
unadulterated whiskies as it is to have
and enforce one to Insure to the consumer
pure food and pure milk, and such "i
law Is even more necessary for tho well
being of any community.
Of course, it will be argued that puro
liquor Jafy, str&tly enforced, would ne?
cessitate higher prices for whiskey. So
much the better. Let us have a pure
whiskey law and a board of Inspectors
to see to its enforcement.
Are the Travelers Homeward
Bound at Last?
Ones more comes the glad tidings that
Messrs, Gaynor and Greene, one tlmo
American citizens, and more lately per?
sistent wanderers on the rotound face of
the earth, are about to revisit their na?
tive strand. To us who have waited all
these years hopefully at home, the news
of their approaching arrival 1b gratifying
in the exetrem... In simple truth, America
yearns for these two gentlemen. And It
Is, of courBC, but the tiniest fly In thu
otherwise pellucid ointment that the wan?
derers are returning not wholly from
sheer love of us, but through thc might
of polite, yet strong armed ofllclals of the
This latter suggestion, though regreta
ble. is men- sentiment. Something is much
more td tin- point. Are they really coining
back'.' So often in tho past baa similar'
new.-, brought its to the very tenter hooks
of expectation, only, at the pinch, to turn
false and fall us. Tho Supreme Court of
Canada, we are assured, has denied the
latest Gaynor-Gieeno nppeul, and no
other legal processes now lying ready to
their hand, their facia are finally, de?
finitely and sorrowfully wlthul, turned
again homeward. Ho runs the legend. Bul?
ls it true? Are tin-y really coming back?
There are nut wanting cynical ones to
say that tilCSO two men .without a COUH- I
try will never coin.' buck as long as they
have got any of it left. "J I" is euphemis?
tically vague, but will doubtless bo In
1/Clliglbl0 tu the Initiated, "fin tin- "if
whose overcunulnis acquisition turned
their two personal biographies Into a
"case"; the aaine "it" thaf has enabled
Ititm successfully and |or years, to le
fcltl extradition; Hie Identical "it" which,
bhreivdly, though, wa bellovc legally, dis?
tributed among counsel tupneoted with
the provincial goyprnment, ].t.-> k? ;.t fhfl
two travelers so long and so snugly in
If tiny are eomlng home now, suy the
cynic.-, it iM oply because they are broke,
which i>a.,iK to tho Inescapable conclusion
that if Diry had fuicsailund more largo
\t, they :iilj"hl have stayed uw;iy lunger,
nnd It enough, why then forever. Which
In turn brings us swiftly up ngnlnst tho
wholly rcnsonntilc nnd virtuous moral
that ho who would loot must take heed
lest ho loot not enough; or less ncrlplu
rnlfy, tnko It nil, nnd hnng tho expense!
It Is well known, sneer Uiobi', thnt petty
thieving Is tho only Hind that ever lends
Now hut a few days saved from .the
perils of a glorious Fourth, wo decline to
hnvo our nplrlts dampened by any such
dreary concepts ns these. Besides, It Is
not altogether unprecedented, wo bollovo,
for Americans to come homo from abroad
qullo stone-'broke. And anyway, we are
seeking only the facts, nnd arc skeptical
only because we have been disappointed
hern In tho past.
So, onco more, aro they really coming
What's in a Name.
In ndvocating, or rather suggesting,
a change of tho namo'of tho War De?
partment somotlmo back, we mado use
of this language:
"Wc do not call the navy'tl war depnrt
mont, yet tho forces In tho navy aro, If
anything, more warlike than the soldiers
of the Interior. Our so-called 'War De?
partment' should bo called thc 'Military
Department.' Has this question over De
fore been raised?" ? ,
Tho Brooklyn Standard Union copies
this paragraph, and replies as follows:
"Probably not. But If the Richmond
pnpor wonts nil the departments rc
r.nmed In accordance with what they
really represent, the. War Department
should bo called tho'Army Department,
to match tho Navy Department. That
would make the nomenclature more sym?
metrical, as it were. 'Military Depart?
ment' sounds too amateurish. But how
about the 'soldiers of the Interior1 In tho
Into sham battles, tho simulated attacks
on our coast defenses? Weren't they
fully ns warlike ns the navy, if not a
little more so? At any rnto, tboy, theo?
retically, repelled the navy and also,
theoretically* sunk a. number of ships."
Wo have no disposition to prolong" the
discussion, to go Into tho-.'whys and
wherefores, , or to enter Into' argument
concerning tho relative strength or fight?
ing capacity of the nnvy and tho army.
Wo have simply mado tho point that
our War Department is not a "war de?
partment," except when we nre In a
fight. Therefore, during about 95 out of
a hundred years "war department" Is
a misnomer, nnd a misnomer that should
grato upon the nerves of a peacea.ble and
While wo can raise no reasonable ob?
jection to our Brooklyn contemporary's
suggestion of "Army Department," wo
cannot agree that there Is anything sug?
gestive of the offortB of amateurs in tho
name wc proposed. We would bo willing
to call It Military Department rather
than not have n change from the harsh
and belligerent sounding nnmo of War
At first blush It would seem heartless
to rejoice In tho downfall of any man, es?
pecially one who by reason of great
exaltation, political or otherwise, had a
long distance to fall, but his guilt being
established beyond a shadow of doubt,
the country is to be congratulated on tho
conviction of United States Senator John
H. Mitchell in the United States District
Court of Oregon.
The charge upon which ho was tried
was that he, while occupying his public
position as senator, accepted a pecuniary
compensation for practicing beforo the
Federal departments nt Washington,
which under the Federal stntutos, consti?
tutes a crime. In other, words, he was
a grafter, a grafter In high places, tho
worst kind of a grafter. By this verdict
the Federal court tyis put Its seal of con?
demnation upon graft In high places, In
tho United States Senate. In the crusade
that is now being made against graft and
grafters, the conviction and the punish?
ment of ono In such a position, he being
guilty, are worth a dozen convictions of
less shining lights. It shows that the
courts and the people are In earnest about
curing the national disease anel wiping
out tho national shame; so much la
earnest thnt prominent position and tho
largo Influence naturally belonging to
prominent position cannot shield thc
guilty. We repeat; tho country is to bo
congratulated upon tho complete downfall
,.of Senator Mitchell.
Senator Alger Retires.
Senator Russell A. Alger, of Michigan,
announces Hint bis health requires him
to seek the quiet and case of private
life, and for this reason ho will not offer
for re-election to tho Semite next winter
when the Legislature of his State will be
called upon to name a senator. General
Alger'B health Is a little out of whack, It
Is true, but he Is physically able to hold
Ills seat In the Senate If he wanted to. j
The fact of the business Is that ho never
cared very much for tho senatorial robe,
anyhow, He sought tho place after Sen?
ator McMillan's death as a kind ofvlndl
catloii .of himself from the opprobrium
which he suffered during nnd after tho
war of 1S9S, when he was undoubtedly
the most unpopular and most severely
criticised man In America. The jobbery
and mismanagement nttendlng the short
war with Spain were charged up entirely
to him. lli> was doubtless responsible for
a large pari "f It, hut thoro wero others.
Alger nlono suffered, and that hl.s reslgna
lion from President McRlnley's Cabinet
was forced did not help him, but It prob?
ably did help others who were more to bo
blamed than the Secretary of War.
General Alger considers bis election
to the Senate and a few years' service
there as complete vindication,' nnd as
tluit wns all ho wanted Die seat for, ho
l.s now willing to surrender It to some?
body else. Ills health Is not Impaired to
Expansion Safe and Sane.
Tin- national bank note, circulation
reached high water mark In Juno. During
that month the increase was $7,392,292, Fot
tin* year ending Juno 30th the Inereabo
wiih }10,460|7U. These figures', added to
those of former years, mttko the otit
standing bank circulation of to-day $103,
, 7J9,Wti, tho eliculution haying more than
doubled alnco the pnssngo t.f the' noto In?
flation act of Mnrclt, 1900.
Whllo this enormous Increase In bank
circulation has boon going, on thoro hns
boon tho lnrgcst gold production tho
country or the world has over known. Thus
under sound money auspices there has
ibeon a -healthy mi-notary expansion fur In
excess of anything ever proposed by tho
ndvocnths of tho free coinage of silver1 at
tho 10 to 1 ratio, nnd It Is nn expansion
thnt enmo as tho country needed It to
meet tho legitimate requirements of Undo,
That Is to sayj.it iti 9. rfifo nhjj banc ex?
pansion, and not a wild cat'a'nd disaster
breeding Increase of ainsafo money.
Thc flfst number of Volume IT. of the
John P. Branch Historical 1-iir.ors, pub?
lished annunlly by tho Department of
History of Randolph-Mncon College, has
just Issued from, tho pross, under tho
editorial direction of Dr. William ID. Dodd.
With the exception of Mr. Robert Kemp
Morton's concluding pnper on Robert K.
Livingston, .tho. fcntlrq. issue Is devoted
to Judgo Spencer Roano, thc founder of
the Richmond Enqtllt'er, and for' many
years one of tho nctlvo leaders of public
nnd political opinion In Virginia. Ronnc'o
services appear to have been rather
singularly neglected by Henry Adnma
nnd oilier contemporary historians, nnd
tho Interesting biographical sketch by Mr.'
Edwin J. Smith, hero published, has,
therefore, nil tho value that springs from
largely fresh material well handled. Judgo
Roane's career merits a closer study on
tho part of those Interested In tho his?
tory of this State than It has hitherto
usually received. Roane's attacks on tho
then proposed national constitution, In
tho form of letters to the Richmond
Chronicle and Richmond Enquirer, form a
third section in tills issue, nnd some
Roane correspondence, 1799-1S21, a fourth.
Single numbers of tho Branch Historical
Papers may bo had at one dollar each
by application to tho editor.
The returns bo far received by the Chi?
cago Tribune, which pnper every year
gathers up and publishes lists of the
Fourth of July casualties as soon as pos?
sible after Indepenelence Day, show that
3G people wore killed, and 1,677 seriously
Injured as results of tho vigorous cele?
bration of the day. These returns nre
from 150 cities of the country. Tho small
towns and the rural districts nre yet to
send In reports. When they nre all In tho
above figures will probably be greatly
enlarged. However, so far there Is a
decrease In Fourth of July casualties ns
compared with the figures of other years
and this simply goes to show that obr
northern and western neighbors aro get?
ting sane, not that they aro less pa?
Tho President can, of course, name
Taft for Secretary of State, and possibly
ho could not name a better man for tho
position, but when it conies to naming
thc next President of those United States,
a lnrge number of people other tuan
Mr. Roosevelt will have a say.
An Indiana Judge has bought a news?
paper as A side Issue. His opinions will
now get first pnge, top of column, next
to pure reading matter position, or the
editor will know tho reason why.
If Russia could buy them at their real
value and sell her grand dukes at their
own estimate sho could pay off several
little indemnities llko Japan wants.
John Alexander Dowle will have to
raise a half ;i million In gold for ths
groundwork of tho Mexico Zlon before
mentioning any of the precious metal for
Tho first bales of cotton are making
their appearance In various parts of the
South, but their acreage has been re?
duced all the same.
The Japs are demonstrating their su?
periority os-er Russians by keeping afloat
n number of the Russian battleships re?
Fourth of July oratory came in by tel?
egraph. Tho fishing yarns born on that
day aro now becoming duo by the slower
It takes an unsually fine brand of pa
trlotlBin to give up a $300,000 law practice
to take hold of an ?S,000 Cabinet port?
M. Witto Is sold to bo a truthful as
well as n wise man, which explains why
ho Is not at the head of the Russian press
Idaho proposes to stay right up towards
tho head of tho procession, rrhat Stalo
now has on hand a land fraud case,
As usual tho Russian Jew Is coming In
for more than his share of the punish?
ment Inflicted by I ho Czar's order.
Tho Czar needs- his Manchurlnn army
at home, but It is doubtful if ho could
keep It in lino If ho had It there.
The clnsh of the giants in the ring at
King George. Courthouse to-day will bo
heard with tho naked enr.
Tho accommodating clouds continue to
do Richmond a good turn In the way of
Thc July sun Is now making active, busi?
ness for tho old Virginia November corn
Tho senatorial gludlators have met and
they are individually safct and sound.
HnB tho Cho Foo correspondent moved
to Odessa? It would seem so.
We make a specialty of
For Whnrven, Bridges, Trestles,
Derricks, Large Buildings and other
work requiring Southern
LONG LEAF YELLOW PINE.
n our ten ysrdi, covering seven
acres,' wo carry the
LARGEST STOCK IN THE STATE,
and we respectfully solicit a share
of your patronage.
WOODWARD & SON, Lumbermen,
My Summier Plans; or. 'Me andj
. . Peary.
Now these'lVe tho nights of tho swelter*;
Ing heat,'and tho days of tho tropl-i
AVhlch scorches Impartial tho poor nnd.
ollto, tho moneyed and those who-,
havo nonb; ''
And tho Icemen, grown rlch( now resign
from their biz, and tho launelrymon1
stnrch but to wilt,
And tho moisture, with glee, comes to!
trek do\vn a phiz, nnd wo yenrn'to
bo round in a kilt.
Ah, mo, for tho nights of the swoltorlng
boat, and oh, me, oquntorlal sun;,
I am simply obliged to ndmlt I am boat,
to confess tram Just about dono.
Now I toss on my bed in a foycrlsh
sloop, In a dream of tho regions
Now 1 hang at my casement (Ught-clad),
nnd I weep- In recalling tho feel of
the snow, r
And I wish, how I wish, I'd been horn
nt thc pole, ns n berg of dimensions i
nnd Ice, '''.'.
With the spreading of, coolnoss my mis-.
slon nnd goal (though I'd cool ort1
myself once'or twice).
And here camo. tho glorious thought In
n flash of, tho -Lieut, soon to start
for tho pole,
And I solemnly, swore through my sirng-!
gllng mustacho: "Ha. hal Peary
for mine, by me soul!"
And so I nrr^. writing to Pcnry to-night
to tell him that I'm going, too:
And something within me says I'm doing
right, and 1 trust It will seem so'*to
Ah, Pcnry and mo will forgot all this
treat, as wo skim tho smooth bergs
As, nt last cold and happy, we dangle
our feet, when wo sit side by side
on thc polo.
Ha, hn. for the days of the perfrlgld
limb nnd the nights of thc frost?
When Peary wnrihs mb and 1 then snug?
gle him in tlio cool of the Esqui?
Or we sit, fur-wrapped, on the dog-driven
sleigh, and his words, mostly froze,
come to me:
"Come, Henry, let's smile ns we go on
our way. Ain't we gettln' our Ice
-H. S. H.
Socialist Labor Party.
Editor of The Tlmcs-Dlspntch:
Sir,?In a news item In yesterday's Issuo
you refer to a ticket having been nomi?
nated by thc "Socialist State Committee.''
The ticket, referred to wns nominated by
a regular State convention of the So?
cialist Labor Party, hold in Richmond on
July 4th, representatives being present
from Roanoke! Newport News, Ports?
mouth and Richmond. I desire it nlso to
be understood by your readers that the
Socialist Party and the Soclnllst Labor
Party, both of: which have organizations
In Richmond, jire different and antagonis?
tic political movements. The organiza?
tion which the writer represents Is the
ALEX. B. M'CULLOCH,
Manchester, July 6, 1905.
Farmvillo, Va., July 4, 1905.
Editor of Thc Tlmos-Dlspatch:
Sir,?Last week, 'while I was In the
midst of j-eadlng a , book, by Thomas
Dixon, and when"! was only completing
it because; urged 'to do so by a friend,
apel when I was Inclined to burn it up,
wishing,that I had the whole edition to
treat in'like manner, it was'then that X
read a letter in your paper from Rev.
Dr. Hawthorne eulogizing Dixon and his
books. The words of praise wore so un?
qualified that 'T ' should like to know
whether Dr. Hawthorne has read "The
Ono Woman." by that author. If he has
not, I would advise him to do so, and
then givo to thoBe who look up to him
tho benefit of his advice. A woman said
to me to-day: "The man who wrote that
book ought to be hung." Then she tonl.
me tho story of how, In a certain cltv
in North Carolina, a woman had courted
a man who had been married seventeen
years and had children almost grown,
and persuaded him to be divorced to
marry her. The book Is rotten from
cover to cover. It is a reflection on tho
race that a human being could conceive
such a book. Let thistle be planted in the
garden, but may God forbid that such
seed be sown la the hearts of our women.
(Note.?Dr. Hawthorne's article, to which
reference is made above, was on "Tho
Life Worth Living." Mr. Dixon's latest
Christian Scientists Pray for
Editor of The Tlmes-Dlspatch:
Sir,?Your well-established reputation
for fair play will no doubt lead you to
grunt me space In your valued columns
for tho correction of a misapprehension
which has been going thc rounds of tho
press. It is a ense of conveying an
erroneous impression by suppressing a
part of the truth, though in most coses
this, no doubt, was done through inad?
vertence. An item hns boon extensively
published reporting that Mrs. Eddy has
forbidden her followers to pray for peace
between Russia and Japan, and the In?
ference follows, Implied of expressed, that
Christian Scientists nre an unsympa?
thetic, blood-thirsty sort of creatures nny
Tho fact is that on Juno 13 Mrs.
'Eddy requested her followers to pray
every dny for peace between Russia and
Japan, and you will Tomomber that that
dale was an exceedingly critical time,
when it was generally thought that Jupan
would not forego tho advantage of her
long preparation for another crushing
blow, and news was hourly expected that
It had been delivered. The crisis passed,
as we believe, In answer to prayer, nnd
then, after fourteen days of special pray?
er, Mrs. Eddy requested Its cessation.
AV'lth your'permission, Mr. Editor, the
most effective way of correcting th s
misapprehension is to print Mrs. Eddys
two calls, which appeared In the Chris?
tian Science Sentinel, tho ofllclal organ
of tho church. These mossages breathe
such love for all mankind and aro ex?
pressed in language ?o'beautiful thnt no
reader of Tim Tlnios'Dlspntch will rptuso
you his thanks for tho privilege of pe?
(1) To my Church:
Dearly Heloved,?I requost that every
member of Tho Mother Church In Boston
pray each day for the amicable settle?
ment of the war botwoon Russia and
Japan; and that God bless this groat
nation, and those Islands of,the sen, with
peace and prosperity. ? ? .-jjivc
MARY BAKER G. EDDY.
Pleasant View, Concord, N. II., Jupe J.3,
('i> "Hear, O Ifirael: tho Lord, our God,
Is one Lord,"
I now request that tho members of
my church ceaso special prayer for the
pence of nations, and coiibo In full fnith
tuat God dnos not hear our prayers on y
henuisc of oft speaking, but that Ho will
bless all the Inhabitants of the earth,
and mine can n\.ny His hand nor say
until 11im. "Why doest Thou? Out of
His i-llnesH Ho must bless all with His
own truth and love. ???,,
MARY BAKER O. Eppy
Pleasant View, Concord, N, II., Juno 27i
1905. ?.., I
Thnnklni; you for this renewed instance
of your service in tho cause of peace,
local, national and International, 1 am,
Very sincerely yours,
Christian Science Publicot'on Committee
1 Richmond. Vu.. July 8d, 1005.
Records nre being brought to light to
prove that tho submarlno boat Is not a
youngster by nny means. Sir Wllllnm
While, a nted English genius, claims thu.t
It was a Ynnkoo invontlon, first put afloat
In 1776. In that yenr nn Insticcessful lit*
tack wna miido on a. British man of wnr
In Now York harbor by nn American
submarine, and this, declares Sir William,
wns tho parent of the modern submarlno,
The builder wns nn American named
Bushnell. From description left on
record by 'Bushnell, nnd still extant, says
the British englnoor, It Is eertnln that he
npproclntod nnd'provided for the govern?
ing conditions of design In regnrd to
buoynncy, stnhlllty nnd control of. tho
depths renched by submarines. "Indeed,
Bushnell showed tho way to his suces
sors In I'cnrly nil throo pnrtlculnrs, nnd
although alternative methods of fulfilling
esBentlnl conditions have been introduced,
and practically tested, In the end his
plans hnve. In substance, been found
Fulton Is also credited with having In?
vented a "plunging boat." ,In referring
to the recent fatality on the British sub?
marine AS, he said thnt In wnrfnrc It
wns Impossible to get nn advantage such
as submergences without corresponding
risk, hut that despite the well understood
danger of service on ,tho submarines,
neither officers nor men had shown nny
rtlscllnntlon for tho sorvlcc. The nccl
dont. ho says, was evidently duo to some
trouble with ,the gasolene engines which
would be fully explained when the official
Inquiry wns completed. The known facts
Indicnto that the nccldnnt wns caused
by tho diving of A8 with her conning tow?
er open, so thnt tho mon lnsld? were
drowned by the Inrushlng water like rats
in n trap.
The latest type of submarine In the
British navy, of which particulars are
available, Is about ISO feet In length, has
a displacement of 200 tons; goBoleno en?
gines of RW horse' power, n radius of ac?
tion of 500 miles at a surface speed of
thirteen knots, and nn underwnter speed
of nine knots, with a radius of nlncly
THIS DAY IN HISTORY I
July 7th. |
1203?Battle of Constantinople. Thin* city
was besieged this day (Fourth Cru?
sade) by the French and Venetian
Crusaders, under Count Thlbaut do
Champagne. After a feeblo defenso
It was surrendered July .16th by the
Usurper Alexis, and occupied by tho
Crustiders, who restored Isaac Ange
lus to the throne nnd withdrew.
1647?Revolt In Naples against tho Span?
ish authorities, headed by tho fa?
mous Thomas Anlello (Massanicllo),
1648?Battle of SL Neots, In England. .
1667?The British Admiral, Sir John Har
man, destroyed tho entire French
fleet, thirty-three sail, at Martinique,
and left the vessels to rot on tho
1721?Sir William Keith. Governor of
Pennsylvania, held a council with
the Indians, at Connostogo.
1725?Treaty of Vienna between the Em?
peror Charles VI. nnd Philip V. of
Spain concluded by tho Baron do
Rlpperda, of Pragmatic sanction
1770?Battle of Tchesme (Ottoman wars)
between the Russian fleet of fifty
sail, under Count Alexis Orloff,. and
tho Turkish fleet of nearly 100 sail
of-the-llne, under Hassan Bey. With
tho exception of one ship, which wns
captured, the whole of the Turkish
fleet, was destroyed.
1779?British, . under Governor Tryon,
plundered* and' burned at Fairfield,
Conn., 2 churches 82 dwellings. 55
barns. 15 stores and 15 shops; and at
Greon Farms, 1 church, 15 dwellings,
11 barns nnd several stores, and
thence to Norwalk.
1784?Fort Dauphin, Santo Domingo, en?
tered by a negro, Jean Francois, a
lleutenant-'genernl In the Spanish
army, with severel hundred men,
who massacred ? the white French,
about 771 In number. The town had
been delivered to tho Spaniards for
protection, conditioned thnt the ne?
groes should not bo permitted to
180,8?Desperate action nt night between
the British ship Sea Horso and Turk?
ish frigate Badcro Zaffor, 62 (guns
and 500 mon, nnd another Turkish
ship of 24 guns. At daylight tho
Badere struck, having 165 killed and
and 195 wounded; the other escaped.
Sea Horse had 5 killed 9 wounded.
1809?St. Domingo surrendered to the
British and Spaniards.
1814?Tho United States troops, under
Major-General Brown, attacked tho
British at Chippewa; tho latter ro
treated, and In tho evening tho
Americans occupied their works.
1853?A plot to nssasslnato the Emperor
of France while on his way to tho
opera, was discovered. Many armed
conspirators wore seized near tho
theatre, of whom twenty-one wero
convicted on trial.
1864?Tho Confederates evacuated Harp?
er's Ferry and tho rotroat of tho
forco that had gono north along tho
Potomnc wns on.
1898?An extension of tho armistice nt
Santiago do Cuba granted in order
non-combattanta may leave tho city
and to permit tho Spanish com?
mander to communicate with Madlrd
In regnrd to capitulation. General
Miles left Washington for Santiago
do Cuba via Charleston.
Wart on the Hand. \
Thero Is more public speaking in Ton
nossoo than In any other State In. the
Wo deny It. Virginia holds tho belt
tills year. Tennessee may do hotter
later on, but from now until August 22d
she will not bo In It with the Old Do?
These claims put one In mind of two
boys who had a fulling out over a con?
tention ns to who had tho biggest wart
on tho back of his hand?Birmingham
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SUBJECT: Hezoklnh's Prayer;?Isn. xxxvlll: 1-8.
GOLDEN TEXT: God 1b our refuge and strength, a very present
help In trouble.
Dy REV. J. E, GILBERT, D. D.,
Secretary American Society of Religious Education,
OPENING WORDS.?Tho lesson com?
mittee evidently supposed that the evonta
to he studied to-duy occurred after tho
Invasion of Sennacherib. So the Scrip?
ture seems to Indicate (II Chron. xxxll:2l).
In this opinion mnny scholars concur.
There ore others who would place tho
Invasion Inst In point of time. Among
these Is tho learned William Smith, who
puts tho case In strong light In h's
"Old Testament History." Perhaps, tho
chronology cannot be determined, and,
perhaps, It Is unimportant. Whichever
came first the passages aro In striking
contrast. One represents a man whoso
kingdom was imperiled by a foreign
foe. Tho other the Bamo man whose
life Is about to depart. A natlonnl nnd
a personal dnnger nre encountered, and
arc met In the same way and avcricd
by the same means. If the personal
Incident came first, It was a preparation
for that larger public occurrence, In which
the Uvea and fortunes of others wero
involved. Men arc made ready for offi?
cial station by the dlBclpline that comes
in private life.
PROSPECTIVE DEATH (Verso 1.)
S'lckness came to 1-Iezoklah. The king
was subject to disease as truly as tho
humblest subject. Physical ailments nr?
levelors?all men aro mortal. But. what
docs this sickness mean? Was over
any man laid aside who did not soberly
consider the possible outcome? If pain
calns firm hold upon the body, who would
not peer Into the future and consider tho
prospect of dissolution? Sober thoughts
nnd oppressive fears would thus arise.
Most men nre left In total suspen-.-c dur?
ing sickness, never knowing the Issue
until the end Is near, nnd cherishing that
old comfort, "while thero Is life, there
Is ^iope." But Heueklah had ample
warning. Isaiah, the prophet, whose
duty It was to Instruct the ruler and to
serve his country, came with a definite
word, which he had received from the
Lord?"Set thine house In order"?6cttle
up nnd adjust all matters of a family
and state nature, "for thou shall die and
not live."- It was Just such advice as an
attendiag physician would give in our
day, based then not on bodily symptoms,
but upon tho Divine word.
PRIVATE. (Verse 2).-The king accept?
ed the words of the prophet as a message
from Heaven, a prediction made by In?
spiration, not to be turned aside as
comlnE from a man. With what atten?
tion and respect those In high station
In the olden time regarded the utter?
ances of thOBo who were the mouth-piece
of God, there -are many interesting Il?
lustrations |n the sacred writings (II Sam.
vli;5), all exhibitions of genuine piety.
Receiving Isaiah's message, therefore,
Hezeklah Immediately sought the Lord,
knowlnc that In "this way only might
he come Into harmony with the Divine
purpose. He' did not go up to the Lord's
house ns on another occasion (II Kings
xlx:14). when the Interests of the nation
were involved, and when, as a public ser?
vant, he needed to be In the public place
as an encouragement nnd exampl.e. It
wns a* purely personal matter, which
must be presented to God, nnd for that
secrecy was necessary (Matt. v,:6). Ho
did not even rise from his couch?per?
haps, he was not strong enough for that,
but ho turned his face toward the wall
and prayed. , '?[_ |
PLEADING GOODNESS (Verse 3).?Tho
private prayer of tho 'king has beon
preserved and puhllshed to tho world; nt
least ,one sentence of It, or an epitome
of It. No one knows or needs to know
how It was obtained or how It came Into
tho sacred volume, but there It is, It
lives to-day and will live forever. There
are petitions of Immediate concern only,
and other petitions of Immortal Interest.
This Is of tho latter sort. Hezekiah asked
God to remember his past life, how he had
walked "In truth with a perfect heart, '
nnd hnd done good. There was no boast?
ing in this. Other men afterward did
the samo (Noh. xlli:14). It wns merely
an effort to learn how much estimate tho
Almighty placed upon a good man. Shall
such an ono dio or live? In a world of
sin, whore wicked men nbound. Is there
tiny work for Biich a man? There has
ever been a conviction that the good
shall survive the wlokod (Psa. xcl:lti).
Hozeklnh's heart clung to tho possibilities
of Bervlce and, as he prayed, he wept:
at tho thought of ending his career..
PROLONGED LIFE (Vorses 4, 5).?Tho
prayer was answered. This good. Jklngj
shall not dlo at this time. The Lord has;
yet somothlng for him to do. He shall
have llfteen years for eorvico, In which
time ho may completo what ho has be?
gun and undertake some now measures.
That time, nddod to tho years already
passed, would give him a reign of twen
ty-nlno years, the lust hair of which
might ho better than the first half. Tho
prolonged llfo with n fixed and announced
limit, would naturally awaken high pur?
pose and summon every power. Perhnps,
this was Hod's intention?to bring the
king Into the very precincts of the grave,
that ho might ' seriously consider tho
past and then draw himself back aga'.n,
thnt lib might moro earnestly enter upon
the future. Tho remainder of life would
bo -more distinctly considered as God's
gift to bo-used for ills glory. It Is mi
Interesting fact that In communicating
this Intelligence, God used his prophet,
who wont with It to the king.
NATIONAL DEFENSE (Verso 0)-Why
did aod permit Hozeklah to live? Was
It bocauso ho prayed? Does God change
hie p'urposo and plan lo.irwet the wishes
of pleading men? All sorts of answers,
good, bad and indifferent, will be mado
to theso questions, However, much or
little tho prayer had to do with tho pro?
longed Mo, ono fact Is brought out that
deserves spoclal notice. The king Is to
llvo as king. His llfo must bo dovo ed
to his country. During his further reign
the nation Is to bo blessed by tha Al?
mighty. Hozeklah must bo tho ono
through whom find under whom the olty
will ho defended against the Assyrians.
This Indicates that Dr. Smith was right
In putting Sonnnctvjrlb's Invasion nf or
tho sickness. Hozeklah returns to life
and continues on tho throne to bo a wit?
ness of God's . protections. This BiedH
light on his conduct during tho nlogo.
Ho nraved tor tho nation in trouble be?
cause he had boon nBBured that God
would deliver, and ho pleaded the prom
'SJ-R.OFFERED PLEDGE (Vorso 7)~Tho
man appointed to dlo could not be ex
poctod to dlsmlBB his fonrs all at onco
when assured that he should Jive. The
most hopeful do not easily forgot nn
ovorhanglng trouble. Besides, th.e pres?
ervation of llfo as ngulnst a. death son
tonco Implies that some tfupernuturnl
power iriuat bo brought In, a-power that
shall suspend tho ordinary natural pro?
cess and chungo tho courso of things
from death to life. A display of suoli
supernatural power, as a condescension
to humnn weakness, waB therefore, prom?
ised without even a request on tho part
of the king, a sign that should bo a
pledge of fulfilment of the word con
corning the prolonged life. Men do not
need such signs now as much aa they
needed them then, and theroorc they nro
not given. Life as a rule 1b now regu?
lated by cauBe and efToct, and the proofs
of tho supernatural nre pf another kind,
not less satisfactory when understood.
But In Christ's time there was Improper
deslro for signs. (Matt, xll: 39.)
RECEDING SHADOW (Verse K)-Ac
cordlng to Josephus (who. It must be con?
fessed lfl not altogether reliable.) Ahaz,
the father of Hezekiah, while king of
Judah, obtained from Tiglath-PIIesor, then
king of Assyria, the pattern of somo
structure called a dial, for marking time,
which was set up In Jerusalem to servo
the purpose now assigned to n town clock.
Nothing could exceed the regularity and,
certainty of the record mode by the sua
on the dial of Ahaz. Any Interference in
that record would be regarded as a posi?
tive proof of supernatural power. Hence,
tho prophet, an the mouthpiece of God,
declared that tho sun would go backward
ten degrees on tho dial. And this, It Is
auld, actually occurred, how?whether ?'V
refraction of light or otherwise?we aro
not informed. It was a beautiful em?
blem of the turning back in the life of tho
king. Tho prenomenan was much like
that when the sun and moon stood still
(Isa. x:12) at the command of Joshua in
tho valley of AJnlon.
CLOSING TtKOUGHTS-God has been
pleased to draw the curtain and hide tho
future from the eyes of men. Without
doubt this is best for most people bo
cause it prompts to constant carefulness
in the midst of perpetual uncertainty.
When or how often he may purpose, and
by what method he may propose to ex?
ecute the purpose, to terminate any H.Ic.
no one can tell. How often, because of
rensonB known only to himself or be?
cause of changes In tho persons or condi?
tions In thc world, he may delay such
purpose, giving new leaBe of life,- no oho
can tell. Of one thing we may be renBon
obly sure, that every life has a mission,
that rlghtcousneBs Is an important ele?
ment In the accomplishment of that mis?
sion, and thnt It Ib proper for every tnnu
who Uvea rightly to desire to live long
enough to nil his mission. For that la
may properly pray (P?a. ?:17). Indeed
we may with safetly declare that a. good
man shall not be taken away until hm
work for God in the world Is done (2 Tim.
lv:7). He need not deslro to live after?
ward (Luke 11:29.)
(Special to The Times-Dispatch.)
PETERSBURG'. VA., July ???After *
thorough and careful review of the twen?
ty-two recital programmes given during
the past session by tho pupils of the
Robertson Pianoforte School. It was found
necessary to award two medals, ns tho
work of MlsseB Virginia Meade "W alko
and Dorothv Brooko Pleasants was bo
" M[ssesC<ilary Bertha Hudglns and Grace
Wilson Danforth received next honors.
The happy recipients have the special
congratulations of the faculty and stu?
dents, ns they alone can appreciate tho
full extent of the honor.
?- I .
Military Honors for Woman.
Military honors wero bestowed on tho
late Mnrlo Langanky, mother sutrorlor
of tho Gray Sisters, at Tutz, Prussia, at
her funeral last month. Before serving
for nearly two decades at the Tutz Hos?
pital, she had earned the Iron cross and
a medal as nurse In tho war of 1870-71.
Her funcrnl was attended by all tie
military organizations of the neighbor?
hood and three salvoa were fired over
Mrs. Kidder?O! yes, ho loads a regular
dog's life with hor.
Miss Gausslp?Indeed? Do you know I
suspected sho wasn't all that she?
Mrs. Kidder?iYes, she's potting nnd
kissing him all the time,?Philadelphia
, , u -,- i
The Other Side-of It.
She found his love was growing cold,
:So back to ma sho came;
Vowed he was cold., but nover told
His dinners were tho samo.
Wail of a Victim.
"My Idea of a good placo to live In,"
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munity whero I can 'phono twice to a
girl without some women listening and,
lying about It."?Kansas City Journal.
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