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board, proclaiming (ho stoua tha
raged in his breast. Surely they di
not think liim drunk. Why were tlic
[\11 so cruelly intent on rcmindiu
liim that his wickedness luid barren
liim forever from society and reli
irion? Yes, he knew lie ^iis a drunk
iird and a gambler and that ever
mean thing that was done ?n th
neighborhood was saddled on bin
though seldom proved. Then cam
I he remembrance that Sam Short'
barn was burned the night befor
imd that he was suspected. The ru
mar hadn't troubled him though, fo
lie could easily prove an alibi.
Now he caught whispers whicl
confirmed his suspicions. The age>
man of Clod rose and opened his Hi
ble, asking for a prayerful and tu
divided attention of (he eongrega
lion. Over in the "amen corner"
:iouple of men were whispering?on
>f them picked up his hat and start
I'd toward the door.
Hold! ' came John's command
ing voice as lie sprang to his feet an
confronted (lie man.
llold! Dan ( rockett, you nee*
not trouble to notify the sheriff o
my presence.'' Kometliing in (hos
flashing eyes, as much as !lx> words
impressed Dan Crockett that "di;.
retion was the better part of valor,'
md he paused. The preacher stoo
ngliasf?(lie congregation waited i
"(!ood people, with a sneer, "
lid not intend to disturb the set
rices. Several nights this week I
lave stood outside listening to Hi
sermons, prayers, shoutiug and sinu
ng. I lie song a lew moments ag<
ouclied me as nothing else has in
ong time and almost uneonsciousl
( was drawn inside. Feelings that
bought long since dead struggled I
ife in my breast, and I fell (ha
?ome one would give me a smile o
\ind word. Strange that I expectoi
t. l'ive years since I was in a cliurc
Clod! what a reception T am get
ing! ' 11 is eyes (lashed with resent
ueut, and bis tall forui ipiivere
i\iih indignation. A\ith bead tlirow
>ack defiantly, lie continued t<, Inn
lis thunderbolts. "Outside it was col
enough, but there \\<?s a wavni sp<i
in my breast. Tnside, every good in
mlse had been frozen from my bear
ind T felt like a Hem? incarnate! Yo
liave several young converts here
?ome of them will h?ve a tough tim
lighting the world, the flesh and ill
levil: when they fall. Christians \\Y
-ive them a kick toward bell free o
barge, and enjoy it ! As [\?r niynel
it has long ago been decided that
mi the devil's own. Tt may be tha
'ell is as hot as the preacho
reaches if?but it can hardly b
A-orse than Ibis?if T shall som
lay have the pleasure of giving man
>f you a warmer reception than ha
been accorded me tonight, Cm o
ivilb your hypocritical service
Preach bell-fire and damnation, an
>f Jesus who died to save! Sin
Rescue the Perishing' and prncfie
ending tlieni to perdition! Keep line
I be kind words fhal would be
>riceless blessing to some poor huart
broken wretch, hungering for svn
>alhy! Tgnore the golden ride wbe
t doesn't suit you to apply it! Sligh
rour neighbors?slum tlieni as vo
ivould a pestilence hiut then pra
Tbv will lie done!' Damn sueb reli
Horror-stricken, spell-bound, fasci
laled, in breathless silence, the pec
>le watched the tall form as Job
;trode from the eliurch, and :-oon hi
ron-shod horse was heard pfallopin
lown the flinty roan toward th
own of f\ With troubled heart
nid awakened consciences, fliev gaze
n each other's faces in silent <pies
ioning. Could if be true?all fhal h
lad said? Were they in a measure f
dame for this disgraceful character
I Fad he not always received justie
it theri hands??and morcy? An
low was it, and why?if find wa
'able to save to the ntfermos}'' tha
io one interceded af a throne o
no rev for this hardened mailt Ther
nusl be a lender spot in his hear
somewhere?why had he been give
ip as a hopeles ease? Tn a Christ in
community, why should there he
niman soul forgotten at the altar o
>rayer ? unconsidered, nofrleelef
massed by, loft out ?
Oh! the pify of it ! There is bard
y any community fhal doesn't hoi
some one who is called "no good'
?despised, rejected, forsaken; an
for such Christ died!
"Let us all pray," camc flic voic
if the preacher, "and pray as w
J The Devi
BY MRS. ETHI
The little country Methodist I
d chureh rang with musical echoes as 1
the band of warships united in sing- 1
ing "Rescue the Perishing." i
During the week several young '
j|' , men had yielded to the inlluences of '
k,' the great revival, and manfully gone I
to the old-time ''mourners' bench" 1
^ and had risen from their knees pro- 1
Bp r fessing faith in Christ. There had 1
H|i;| been much and loud praying by the 1
brethren and shouting by the sisters.
Estranged friends had been reunited, '
| and now the white dove of peace 1
seemed to hover over one and all. All 1
were feeling that a great work had 1
f been done?that many of the "perI
ishing" had been rescued, and at <
i this the last night's service were i
pledging themselves to more faithful- 1
ly perform future duties. i
Outside the church in the shadows 1
stood John Armlield, a man noted for '
liis wickedness, fearlessness, and in- '
fidelity, the terror and disgrace of '
the neighborhood. There could be
nothing said against his parents? i
they were poor, but honest and hard <
working people, feeling acutely tTie
slights-of their neighbors, who be- i
) cause of John, had grown to shun i
them as a plague. John understood i
th<> cause, as did they, and cursed j
rl the whole neighborhood as well as (
L himself, when be noticed how thin j
I and frail his patient mother was
growing, and knew in his heart that I
B it was gri ,i: and no physical disease
R with which she battled. John's love (
for his mother was his one redocmB
ing trail; and now at the age of 25 ]
he had paused for once in his wild v
H career, and looked back over his j
misspent life %\ilh deep remorse, lie |
* ? ^liU^ ?fh>rieil in the reputation of be- ]
jaf !,n infidel, and for years bad not ]
been inside a church. P?uf when lie j
would see his mother searching the |
Mm Bible for comfort, something would
tug at his heart strings, and he would ]
W stride from 1 lie house, outwardly calm j
^ to and indifferent. Poor John! 11 is repudiation
was worse than his cbaracff...
jjlf. (The trouble was, no one understood
him, or took any interest in his welfare.
lie had the name of being bad?and
was, but not as black as painted.
I TV was a cold night in November and
Bj tli') first tiir.e a "revi\*nf meeting"
had ever been held in this enureh
during the winter. Perhaps the minister
was thinking of Christmas so
soon to come?of the little town of C
two miles awav, where during the
holidays "blind tigers" were wont
to prowl by night?and hoped to j
throw a restraining influence around |
his beloved (lock. It was humiliating
to say the least to have his members
at the altar every August, repenting
* for the sins of the winter! With
bare head. John stood in (he winter
winds and listened to the singing;
the sentiments sank deep in his
"Down in the human heart,
Crushed by the tempter.
Feelings lie buried that grace can
Touched by a loving hand,
Wakened by kindness, ]
Chords that were broken will vibrate |
once more.'' i
A groan of mental anguish es- '
capcd him, and, as if impelled by an
irresistible force, he passed round to ^
the door and quietly walked into the
With his overcoat on his arm and '
cap in hand, six feet high and broad *
shoulders, his handsome though 1
dissipated face pah> wpfh emotion, (
his dark eyes suspiciously moist, l.o '
made a striking appearance as he \
passed down the aisv looking for a 1
Near the front he found one?-a j
bench with four occupants with room ^
,for as many more. The song died
away as he sat down, In the pitiful j
wail of a solitary voice. The other
occupants of the seat, withdrew to
more congenial but crowded quarters,
leaving John in undisputed
possession. It was a cruel slab and
went straight, to his heart. re?r,
more than saw, what r.n object of
curiosity he was becoming. The old j
devil-do-T-care expression crept back
to his face. One thoughtless girl '
}. caught, his oy<i, curled her lips con- '
"mptnously, and gave him another
ib. Boys looked half expectant., half
Irful. Women looked frightened?- f
< stern and determined. John |
. .v that his face was changing
color?that it was a veritable sign- <
never have before.'' 10very knee was
^ bowed and every Christian hodrt was
^ uplifted, while the white-haired man
of CSod led in prayer. Oh! what a
y petition?what parity of thought and
_ eloquence of feeling! One forgot to
notice little grammatical errors or
^ criticise his stamixering speech. J
^ may not remember the exact words,
* but it, was very nearly the following:
t "Oh! (Sod in the r.iodel prayer we
il nre taught to forgive ere we ask for
y forgiveness, but it is not for us to
? forgive the blasphemer who has proil
failed thy sanctuary. Rut, dear Fathi
or, we do thank Thee that our e\cs
have been opened?that we see oury
selves as others see us. We aeknow0
ledge with shame and remorse that
i, we are guilty of the bitter accusae
lions that have been hurled at us.
s We have sinned against heaven and
e have been a reproach to Thee. We
i- have failed utterly to make ;i practir
cal application of the golden rule. In
our selfishness and love of ease we
li have not gone to the high-ways, bv,]
ways' and hedges seeking I lie lost,
i- bill have been conlenl" to work a lil[.
tie narrow circle and among those
i- who are easily influenced. Oh! for i
give 11s! dear Lord, forgive us! "Fill
ejus with that Divine love and sym.
pal by I hat will stoop In raise the
I alien, (live us more iove for 'PI 100
l_ and leach us how to work for thv
j glory. Kalher \vc arc not worthy,
bill we plead tin* swoel privilege <> 1!
1 bringing this one neglected am!
j. hardened man if) Thee. In I lie arms
"I love we would lay him al Thy
I eel and plead (by richest blessings
' 111 his behalf. We have cniellv mi:?i,
treated him and deserve bis coni
lempl. Oh! Lord we will make every
^ possible reparation?show us "what.
I lion wouldsl have us do. On our
bended knees we pledge ourselves to
I pray lor, work for and paiienliy
wail for I he opening to his hear!.
) (ini<le tis! Help us, oh! (?oiT, |o re('
1 member I hat il was the lost thai Thy
son came to save, ami may we never
' feci superior to the lowest. or be
JI * 1 j n
i guilty ol passing 'bv on (he oilier
side' I hose who are in distress, either
j of mind or body. Thou ktiowesl our
f ; hearts and that this prayer is sin"
| cere?hear and answer for Christ
j | .Tesns sake. Amen ! "
), | With fallering, breaking voices
. the congregation sang:
j j S, li. Jones,
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"Teach me to feel another's woe?
To hide the fault 1 sc??;
The mercy others show,
That mercy show to me."
(,To He Continued.)
He Knew the Painter.
Two men were standing in a picture
.nailery commenting on the different
artists whose work was exhibited.
' What do vim think of Claymore's
'Portrait of Miss Lawrence?' " asked
'It's a good deal flattered," said
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Kate in the night he was awakened
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i lie trirl. in a dull, lifeless voice,
lie air a plum stranger to tne.?Suecess
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