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AS THE TREE FALLS.
NO MATTER IN WHAT DIRECTION,
THERE IT SHALL LIE.
3e. Dr. Talmze Preaches An Earnest
sermon, Warning the IW penitent Against
Waiting for the Next World Before Cor
recting the Mistakes of This.
WAsHmNGTON, Aug 9.-Dr. Talmage
today discusses a question that every
body same time discusses. It is one of
tremendous import, Shall we have an
other chance? The text is Ecclesiastes
ii, 3, "If the tree fall toward the south
or toward the north, in the place
where the tree falleth there it shall
There is a hovering hope in the
minds of the vast multitude of people
that there will be an opportunity I
the next world of correcting the mis
takes of this; that however complete a
shipwreck we may make of our earth
ly life it will be on a beach up which
ve may walk to a palace; that as the
defendant may lose his case in a cir
cuit court and appeal it and have it go
up to: the supreme court or court of
chancery and all the the costs thrown
over on the other party, so a man may
lose his case in this world, but in the
higher jurisdiction of eternity have
the decision of the earthly case set
aside; all the costs remitted and the
defendent be triumphant forever.
The object of my sermon is to show
you that common sense declares with
the text that such an expectation is
chimerical. "If the tree fall toward
the south or toward the north, in the
place where the tree falleth there it
shall be." There are those who say
thatif the im 'tent and unforgiven
man enters the next world and sees
the disaster, as a result of that disaster
he will turn, the distress tte cause of
his reformation, but we have 10,000 in
stances adl around about us of people
who have done wrong and disaster
suddenly came upon them. Did the
disne heal them? No; they went
There is a man flng of dissipations.
The doctor says to him. "Now, my
friend. if you don't stop drinking and
don't stop this fast life you are living
you will die." The patient thanks the
physician for his warning and gets
better. He begins to sit up, begins to
walk around the room, begins to go to
sia, takes the same round of grog
Wherehe got his morning dram,
his evening dram, and the drams
- between. Downagain. Samedoctor.
Same physical anguish. Same medi
cal warnig. But now the sickness is
more tracted, the liver more obsti
nate, e stomach imore irritable, the
digtive organs more rebellious. But
s'l, under medical skill, he gets bet
ter, goes forth, commits the same sac
rilege against his physical health.
Sometimes he wakes up to s)e wbat
he is doing, and he realizes he is de
stroying his family, and that his life
is a perpetual perjury against his mar
riage vows, and that that broken
hearted woman is so different from the
Saneate wife he married that her old
ahoolmaets do not recognize her on
the street, and that his sons are going
out in life under the taunt of a father's
drunkenness, and that his daughters
are going out in life under the scarifi
cation of a disreputable ancestry. His
nerves are all a-jangle. From crown
oflhead to sole of foot he is one ach
ing, rasping, crucifying, damning
torture. Where is he?
Heisminhell onearth. Does it stop
him? Ah, no. After awhile delirium
tremens pusout upon his pillow a
(whole jngle of hissing reptiles. His
sreams horf the neighbors as he
Gina out of becrying, "Take these
.hings off me 1" He is drinking down
the comfort of his family, the educa
tmn of his children, their prospects
farthishfe and perhaps their prospects
1oethelifeto come. Pale and conva
larent he sits up. Physician says to
him: "Now, my good fellow, I anm
to have a plain talk with you.
ynever have an attack of this kind
again, you will die. I can't save you,
andall the doctors in creation can't
Thepatient gets up, starts out, goes
the same round of dissipation and is
Mown again, but this time medicines
do not touch his case. Consultations
f iabysicin say there is no hope.
Death ends the scene. That process of
inebriation and physical suffering and
medica warnmng' and dissolution is
talhig place within a stone's throw of
where you sit and in every neighbor
oodof Christendom. Pain does not
reform.. Suffering does not cure.
What is true in regard to one sim is
true in regard to all sins, and yet men
are expecting in the next life there
~willhe opportunity for purgatorial re
generation. Take up the printed re
orsof the prisons of the United
Sttsand find that the vast majority
oftecriminals were there before,
some for two times, three times, four
tim.s six times-; punished again and
btthey goright on. Millions
inients and instances working
the other sway, and yet "'en think
that.-in the .next world pnishment
willwork out for themnsalvable effects
Why, ou and I cannot imagine any
wreitur~e from another world than
we Eakseeen men in in this world,
adwithoutany salutary consequence.
Furthermore the prospect of refor
mation in anotlier world is more in
probble than here. Do you not re
alize the fact that a man starts in this
wrdwith the innocence of infancyi
n*Ithe other case, starting in the oth
ei world, he starts 'with the accumu
lated badhabitaof alifetime. Is it not
to be expected that you could build a
better ship out of new timber than out
ofan old hulk that has been ground
up inthe breakers? If starting with
comprative innocency the man does
not become- godly, is it possible that
starting with sin a seraph can be evo
luted? Is there not more prospect
that a sculptor will make a finer statue
out of a block of pure white
Parian marble than out of a black rock
jhat has been cracked and twisted and
split and scarred with the storms af a
half century? Could you not write a
last 'will and testament, or write a
deed, or write an important document
ona pure white sheet of paper easier
than you could write it upon a sheet
scribbled all ov'er with infamy and
blotted and torn from top to bottom?~
And yet there are those who are so un
common sensical as to believe that
thougha man starts in this world with
infancy andit innocence and turns out
badly, in the next world he can start
with a dead failure and turn out well.
"But," say some people,."we ought
-to have another chance in the next
world because our life here is so
very brief. We scarcely have room
to turn around between the cradle
and the ,rave, the wood of the one "l
most striking against the marble of
the other we ought to have another
chance because of the brevity of this
life." My fri~ends do you know what
made the ancient deluge a necessity?
It was the longevity of the antedilu
vins. They 'were worse in the sec
ond century than in the nirst, and
worse when they got 300 years old,
and worse at 400, and worse at 500,
and 'worse at 600, and worse at 800,
until the world had to be washed and
scrubbed and soaked and sunk
and anchored a whole monuli
under water before it was fit for decent
people to live in. I have seen many
pictures of old Time with his scythe
,,+ut but r -, mneve a an icture oi
Time with a het of mdieies to heal.
Seneca said that in the first few years
of his public life Nero was set up as
an exaniple of cleniency and kindness,
but he got worse and worse, the path
descending, until at 68 years of age he
was the suicide. If 803 years of life
time could not cure the antediluvians
of their iniquity, I undertake to say
that all the ages of eternity would
be only prolongation of depravity.
"Dut," says some one, "in the next
life the evil surroundings will be with
drawn and good influeaces will be
substituted, and hence expurgation,
sublimation glorig-ation." Bt
you must remember that the
righteous, all their sins for
given, pass right up into a beatilic
state, and thea having passed up into
the beatific state, not needing any
other chance, that will leave all those
who have never been forgiven, and
who were iupenitent. alone- alone
and where are the salvable influences
to come from? Can it be expected
that Dr. Dutf, who spent his whole
life in pointing the Ilindoos to heaven.
and Dr. Abeel, who spent his life in
evangelizing China, and that J uds->n,
who spent his life in reaching the
gospel to Burma- can it be expected
that they will be sent down from celes
tal missionary society to educate and
save those who wasted their earthly
existence? No. We are told distinctly
that all missionary and evangelistic
influences will be ended forever, and
the good, having passed up to their
beatific state, all the morally bankrupt
will be together, and where are the
salvable influences to come from?
Will a specked or bad apple put in a
barrel of diseased apples make the
other apples good? Will one who
is down be able to lift others up?
Will those who have miserably failed
in the business of this life be able to
pay the debts of other spirit aal insol
vents? Will a million wrongs make
I one right? Poneropolis was the city
where ing Rufus of Thracia put all
bad people of his kingdom, and when
ever there were iniquitious people
found in any part ol the land they
were all sent to Poneropolis. it was
the great capital of wickedness. Sup
pose a man or a woman had opened a
primary school invloneropolis; would
the parents of other cities have sent
their children thereto be educated and
If a man in this world was surround
ed with temptation, in the next world,
all the righteous having passed up in o
the beatific state, the association will
be mcre deterioriating, depreciating
and down. You would not send to a
cholera or yellow fever hospital a man
for his health, and the great lazaretto
of the future, in which are gathered
the diseased and the plague struck,
will be a poor place for moral recov
ery. The Count of Chateaubriand, in
order to make his child courageous,
made him sleep in the turrets of the
castle. where the winds howled ar0
specters were :said to haunt the place.
The mother and the sisters almost died
of fright, but the son afterward gives
his account, and he says, "That gave
me nerves of steel and gave me cour
age that has never faltered." But, my
friends, I do not think the turrets of
darkness or the spectral world swept
by sirocco and euroclydon will ever
prepare a soul for the eternal land of
sunshine.. I wonder what is the car
riculum in the College Inferno, where
a man, having been prepared by
enough sin, enters and goes up from
frehman of iniquity to sophomiore of
abmination, and on up from sopho
more to junior, and from junior to
senior, and day of_ graduation comes,
and the diploma is signed by satan,
the president, and all the professional
demoniacs attest the fact that the can
didate has been a sufficient time un
der their drill and then enters heaven.
Pandemonium, a preparatory school
for celestial admission! Ah, my
friends, while satan and his cohorts
have fitted avast multitude for ruin,
they never fitted one soul for happi
Again, I wish you further to notice
that another chance in another world
means the ruin of this. Now, suppose
a wicked man is assured that after a
lifetime of wickedness he can fix it all
right up in the future. That would
be the demoralization of society, that
would be the demolition of the human
race. There are men who are now
kept on the limits of sin by their fear.
The fear that if we are 'bad and unfor
given here it will not be well with us
in the next existence is the chief influ
ence that keeps civilization from rush
ing back into seemibarbarismn, and
keeps semibarbarism from rushing
back into midnight savagery, and,
keeps midnight savagery from rushing
back into extinction. Now, the man
is kept on the limits of sin. But this
idea coming into his soul, this idea of
another chance, he says: "Go to,
now I'll get out of this world all there
is in it. Come gluttony and revenge
and uncleaness and all sensualities,
and wait upon me.. It may abbreviate
my earthly 3ife by dissoluteness, but
that will only give me heavenly in
dulgence on a larger scale in a shorter
length of time. I will overtake the
righteous before long. I will only
come in heaven a httle late, and I will
be a little more fortunate than those
who have behaved thpmselves on
earth and then went Etraight to the
bosom of God, because I will see more
and have wider excursion, and I will
come into heaven via gehenna, via
sheol !" Hearers!I Readers! Another
chance in the next world means free
license and the demolition of this.
Suppose you had a case in a court, and
all the judges and all the attorneys
agreed in telling you the first trial of
it-it would be tried twice-the first
trial would not be of very much im
portance, but the second trial would
decide everything. On which trial
would you put the most expenditure?
On which trial would you employ the
ablest counsel? On which trial would
you be most anxious tohave the atten
tendance of all the witnesses? "Oh,"
you would say, "if there are to be two
trials, and the first trial does not
amount to much, the second trial be
ing everything, everyting depending
upon that, I must nave the most elo
quent attcorney, and I must have all
my witnesses present, and I will ex
nend my money on that." If
these men who are impenitent and
wh are wicked felt there were two
trials, and the first was of no very great
impornce, 'and the second trial was
the one of vast infinite importance~all
the preparations for eternity would
be post mortem, pest funeral, post sep
ulchral, and this world would be jerk
ed off into impemitency and godtess
ness. Another chance in another
world mneans the demolition of this
Furthermore, my friends-for I am
preaching to myself as well as to you;
we re on the same level, and though
the platform be a little higher than
the pew, it is only for convenience,
an d that we may the better speak to
th epeople; we are all of the same
p tform, and I am talking to my soul
waile I talk to yours-my friends,
why another chance in another world
when we have declined so many
chances in this. Suppose you spread
a banquet and you invite a vast num
ber of friends, and among others you
send an invitation to a man who dis
regards it or treats it in an obnoxious
way. Da2ring 20 years you give 20
banuets, a banquet a year, and you
invite your frie:.ds. and every time
Iyou invite thlis :an, who disregards
indigaity. After awlhile you move
into a largtr house and nid more
luariant surroundings, and you in
vite your frienduk, but you do not in
vite that man to whom 2o times vou
sent an inviLtion to tha smaller
house. Are you to blanie" You would
only make yourself absurd before
God and man to send that man anoth
er invitation. Far 20 years he has
been declining your offers and send
ing insult for your kindness and cour
tesy, and can he blame you? Can he
come up to your house on the night
of the banquet? Looking up and see
iug it in a finer house, will he have
any right to say: "Let me in. I de
clined all those other offers, but this
is a larger house, a brighter house, a
more luxuriant abode. Let me in:
Give me another chance?" God has
spread a banquet of his grace batore
us. For :85e days of every year since
we knew the ditference between our
right hand and our left he has invited
us by his providence and by his spir
it. Suppose we decline all these of
fers and all this kindness. Now the
banquet is spread in a larger place, in
the heavenly palace. Invitations are
sent wut, but no invitation is sent to
us. Why? Because we declined all
those other banquets. Will God be
to blame? Will we have the right to
rap on the door of he.en and say:
"I ought not to be shut out of this
place; give me another chance?"
Twelve gates of salvation stauding
wide for free admission all our life
and then when the 12 gates close we
rush ou the b'sses of Jehovah's buck
ler, sa-ing, "ive me another
A ship is to sail for Hamburg. You
want to go to Germany by that line.
You see the advertisement of the
steamer's sailing. You see it for two
weeks. You see it in the morning pa
pers and you see it in the evening pa
pers. You see it placarded on the
walls. Circalars are thrown into your
office telling you all about that steam
er. One day you come down on the
wharf, and the steamer has swung
out into the stream. You say: "Oh,
that isn't fair. Come back; swine up
again to the docks. Throw the plank
ashore that I may come on board. -It
isn't fair. I want to go to Germany
by that steamer. Give me another
chanc." Here is a magnificent offer
for heaven. It has been anchored
within our sight year after year, and
year after year. and year after year,
and all the benign voices of earth and
heaven have urged us te :et on board,
since it may sail at ani ronent. Sup
pose we let that opportunity sail away,
and then we look out and say: "Send
back that opportunity. I want to take
it. It isn't treating me fairly. Give
me another chance." Why, my broth
er,you might as well go out and stand
on the Highlands at the Navesink
three days after the Majestic has gone
out and shout: "Captain, com% back.
I want to go to Liverpool on the Ma
jestic. Come back over the sea and
through the Narrows and up to the
docks. Give me another chance."
You might as well do that as, after the
last opportunity of heaven has sped
away, try to get it back again. Just
think of it! It came on me yesterday
in my study with overwhelming im
pressiveness. Just think of it. All
heaven offered us as a gratuity for a
whole lifetime, and yet we wanting to
rush-sgainst God, saying, "Give me
another chance." There ought to be,
there will be. no such thing as post
You see common sense agrees with
my text in saying that "if the tree fall
toward the south or toward the north,
in the place where the tree falleth
there it shall be." You see this idea
lifts this world from an unimportant
way station to a platform of stupen
dous issues and makes all eternity
whirl around this hour.Oh,my soul,my
soul. Only one trial,and all the prepa
ration for that trial to be made in this
world or never made at all. Oh, my
soul, my soul! You see this piles up
all the emphasis and all the climaxes
and all the destinies into this life. No
other chance. Oh, how that intensi
fies the value and the importance of
this chance. Alexander and his ar
my used to come around a city, and
they would kindle a great light, with
the understanding that as long as that
light was burning the city might sur
render and all would be well, but if
they let that Eght go out then the bat
tering rams would swing against the
walls and there would come disaster
and demolition. Oh, my friends, all
you and I need to do to prepara for
eternal safety is just to surrender to
the King and Conqueror, Christ. Sur
render hearts, surrender life, surren
der every thing. The great light keeps
burning, light kindled by the wood of
the cross, light flaming up against the
dark night of our sin and sorrow.
Oh, let us surrender before the light
goes out and with it our last ooprtuni
ty of making our peace with God
through our Lord Jesus Christ. Oh,
my brother, talk about another chance,
this the supernal chance. In time of
Edward II, at the battle of Mussel
brg, a private soldier saw that the
Earl of Huntley had lost his helmet.
The private soldier took off his helmet
and went up to the Earl of Hluntley
and put the helmet on his head.- Now,
the head of the private soldier uncov
ered, he was soon slain, while his com
mander rode in safety through and
out of the battle. But it is different
in our case. Instead of a private of
fering a helmet to an ear'le, it is the
King of heaven and earth offering a
crown to an unworthy subject, the
King dying that we might live!I Oh,
tell it to the points of the compasss,
tell it to day and night, tell it to earth
and heaven, tell it to all the centuries
and all the millenniums that God has
given usa magnificant chance in this
world that we need no other chance
in another !
A dream. I am in the burnished
judgment hall on the last day. The
great white throne is lifted, but the
Judge has not yet taken it. While
we are waiting for his arrival I hear
the inmmortals in conversation. "What
are you waiting for?" says a soul that
went up from Madagascar to a soul
that went up from Ameriea. The lat
ter responds: "I was in America 40
years ago, and I heard the gospel
preached, and I had plenty of Bibles
in my house, and from the time that I
knelt at my mother's knee in prayer
until my last hour I had great oppor
tunities, but I did not improve them,
and I am here today waiting for an
other chance." "Strange," says the
soul just come no from Madagascar.
"Strange. Why, I never heard the
gospel call but once in all my life,
and I accepted it, and I dont want an
other chance." "What are you wait
ing for?" says one who on earth had
very feeble intellect to one who had
great brain, and whose voice was sil
very, and who had scepters of pow
er-. "The latter replies: "I had great
pav (e- On earth, I must admit, and I
mastered languages, and I mastered
libraries, and colleges conferred upon
me lear-ncd titles, and my name was a
synonym for eloquence and power, but
somehow I neglected the matters of
my soul, and I must confess to you I
am here today waiting for another
Now, the ground trem bles with the
advancing chariot. The great folding
doors of the burnished hall of judge
ment are thrown open. "Stand back,"
cry the ushers, "and let the Juidge of
quick and dead pass thr-cgh."
1-e takes the throne, lHe looks off
FROM JEST TO EARNEST.
"I don't understand you at all,"
said Pierce Trevor to his friend Ralph
"You talk as if I were a conun
"So you are! Now, look here,
Dewey, let's have a clear comprehen
sion of the matter. Do you love Fanny
"Well-yes-I rather think, on the
whole, that I am a little taken with the
" 'A little taken!' How very enthu
siastic you are! And she, poor child,'
is more than 'alittle taken' with you."
"I flatter myself that you are righ t.'
" Well, then, why don't you ask her
to marry you?"
"There it is," groaned Dewey; "you
are all in such a hurry. Can't a man
almire a girl without being brought to
book for it the -very next day? I won't
be hurried. When 1 get ready I'll
ask Fanny to marry me. Are you sat
"Very far from it."
"As iliss White is only your wife's
cousin. I really don't recognize your
right to catechise me!"
"Does that.mean that I am to mind
my own business?"
Ralph laughed. "Construe it as you
please-only pray dou't'bother me any
lIe threw him:self lazily on the grass,
flinging his cigar into the very heart
of a cluster of wild flowers and mak
ing an impromptu pillow of his arms,
crossed underneath his head.
"Sleep, then," said Trevor, a little
contemptuously. "I can't afford to
!'se the brightest hours of a- golden
day like this."
Oar hlero had not lain there many
manutes, however, before the soft
chlime of girl voices sounded through
,ie tiny bugles of summer insects and
t he monotonous murmur of green
"Girls!" muttered Dewey: "can't a
fellow be clear of 'em anywhiere? But
t hev're on the other side of the copse,
that's one blessing, and if I keep quiet
they'll never beat up my ambush!"
'They were on the other side of the
copse-three bright-faced girls in flut
"It's so delightfully cool here," said
Hildegarde Aymer, a fair blonde, as
Saxon as her name.
"And one can talk here, too," said
Mary Bell. "At the hotel one is never
certain of not being overheard."
Dewey gave a silent chuckle at this.
Fanny White, leaning against the
twisted stem of the veteran wild grape
vine, devoted her whole attention to
her parasol handle.
She was the prettiest of the three,
with deep liquid brown eyes and hair
black as the blackest jet, while her
skin, just touched with the creamy
tint that characterizes the creole,
glowed carmine on her cheek.
"Fanny, do let me try!" said Hilde
garde. "It will be such a splendid
joke, and your English adorer is so
long in making up his mind."
"But-but wnat will Capt. Aymer
"He'll be delighted; men always
glory in a bit of mischief, and Kent is
such a splendid actor."
"Do, Fanny!" urged Mary Bell. "It
will be just for all the world like the
theater. Hildegarde's brother is to
pretend to be desperately in love with
you and you are to encourage his at
tentions nntil that slow-moving Dewey
is brought to the point. How I shall
enjcy the progress of the situation."
"But your brother must fully under
stand the scheme," said Fanny, hesi
"Of course; sha'n't I explain it to him
myself? There's not a bit of harm in
it, and Mr. Dewey certainly needs
some stimulus. Now, do consent! Kate
will be here- this very evening."
"She don't forbid it, Hildegarde,"
eagerly cried Miss Bell, "and all the
world knows that silence gives con
sent. Come, see how long the shadows~
And the three graces fButtered down
Dewey rose to his feet and walked
"My dear little girls," said he, by
way of soliloquy. "it's a very cleverly
concocted little plan, but it won't
work, and I've no doubt I shall enjoy
it as much as Miss Bell proposes to
And he laughed aloud to think how
completely he should outgeneral his
"l'l1 keep Fan in suspense for an
other month. just to pay her for that!"
he added, within himself. "I like the
girl well enough, but for all that I
won't~ be hurried into matrimony."
Knowing what he knew, therefore,
Mr. Dewey was not at all surprised
that evening when he walked into the
hotel drawing-room to see a stylish
young man in the uniform of a captain
sitting on the sofa and being very de
voted to Miss White.
"Let 'em work," said Mr. Dewey, and
he sat down to play backgammon with
a pretty little widow. Fannie watched
him from beneath her eyelashes.
"It doesn't produce any effect at all
upon him-the brute!" said H ildegarde,
who had expected to see the recreant
lover brought to capitulating terms at
"That's because we don't put it on
strong enough," said the captain.
"Fanny-I may call you Fanny, mayn't
"Oh, certainly," said the little bru
nette; "it's all in the play."
"Well, then, Fanny, I think we
ought to promenade through the halls
arm in arm a little while, and if we
were to whisper instead of speaking
Fanny laughed and consented, and
the whole evening long she and the
captain exchanged very commonplace
remarks in very confidential whispers,
wh ile M1r. De wey and the widow played
"1 like this." said Capt. Kent to his
sister, when Miss White had gone to
her room. "She's the prettiest girl I
"Oh, but Kent, you mustn't fall in
love with her."
"I shall not fall in love with her
there's no danger," said Aymer, "but
it's such fun! I'm so much obliged to
you for suggesting it."
Fanny cried herself to sleep that
night. Dewey didn't seem to care a
pin whether she flirted with Capt.
Aymer or not.
The next day she wvent .out horse
back riding with the captain. Kent
sat on his horse like a centaur and
Fanny came back rosy as a whole bed
"Are you going with us to'the Cedar
Falls to-morrow, Fanny?" asked Mr.
Dewey that evening. "We said some
thing about going together a week or
so ago, didn't we?"
Fanny was ready with her lesson.
"Did we? I had forgotten; besides, I
promised to go with Capt. Aymer."
"With Capt. Aymner? Oh, well, all
right, l'll take Julia Symington."
Fanny's lips quivered, but IHilde
garde shook her head at her, and she
did nzot cal~l back the young English
man, as had been her impulse.
(apt. Aymer proved a most devoted
cavalicr and Fanny half reproached
herself that she had enjoyedI the day
"ts very wrong of me, sighed Fanny
to Hlildegarde, her faithful contidante.
the lat judgeo!-nt, come to the only
judgment, aud one h1ash from the
throne reveals each man's history to
himself, and reveals it to all the oth
Ers. And then the Judge says, "Di
vide !" and the burnished walls echo
it, ,Divide!*' -nd the guides angelic
answer, "'Divide!' and the immortals
are rushing this way and that, until
there is an aisle between them, a uzreat
aisle, and then a vacum, widening
and widening and widening until the
Judge looks to one side of'that vacuum
and addresses the throng and says,
"Let him that is righteous be right
eous still, and let him that is holy be
holy still." And then, turning to the
throng on other side of the vacuum,
he says, "Let him that i; unjast be un
just stid, and let him that is filthy be
filthy still." And then he stretches
out both hands, one toward the throng
on each side the vacuum, and says,
"If the tree fall toward the south or
toward the north. in the place where
the tree falleth there it shall be!"
Abd then I hear something j ir with a
great sound. It is the closing of the
book of judgement. The Judge as
cends the stairs behind the throne.
Tiie hall of the last assize is cleared
and shut. Tne high court of eternity
adjou rned forever.
Human Holocaust in New York.
NiEw YoRK, August 11.-There v as
a fatal fire this afternoon in the build
ings at -65, 467 and 469 Greenwich
street, occupied by the A K. Warren
electric repair works and a number of
smaller lirms. In the excitement at
tending the outbreak it was first re
ported that at least 30 lives were lost.
Some of those reported lost were after
wards accounted for. The accurate
number of victims will niot be known
until the ruins aresearched. It is be
lieved, however, that the death list
will prove to be fifteen or twenty.
While the firemen were lighting the
flames the bodies of two victims could
be plainly seen on the fire escapes.
Five men and boys were injured
while escaping from the burning
buildings. They were taken to Iud
son Street Hospital mangled and
burned. What caused the fire is not
known, but it is believed to have been
started by an explosion. It is known
that an explosion occurred a few min
utes after the fire br.>ke out. The fire
spread like a flash through the build
ing, at No. 465, where the fire origi
nated, and cut off the escape of many.
The firemen who first reached the
scene of the conflagration saw a num
ber of men at the windows appealing
for help, but before any attempt at
rescue could be made they fell back
exhausted by the heat and smoke and
all are supposed to have perished in
the fiames. Altogether there were
about thirty-two men employed by.
the Warren Company. There were
fifteen on the Eixth, or top floor, elev
en on the fifth, four on the fourth and
two in the offices on the ground floor.
From the stories told by those who
claimed to have been nearby when
the first alarm was given faces were
seen at nearly every window. That
at least four are dead in the ruins
there can be no doubt, for their char
red bodies lie exposed to view on the
fire escapes of the third and fifth sto
ries. Two others, one a girl, were
seen to fall back into the flames, over
come probably by the smoke before
the fire touched them.
Perfecting the Now Tie.
BLYmHE, Ga., Aug. 13.--To old
Richmond is due the honor of the so
lution of the tie problem. Today our
first two bales of cotton were ginned
from the farm of Mr. P. B. Reece, the
ties for one of them being supplied by
Mr. W. E. Norrell, who has in a -very
simple but practical manner set aside
whatever objections there may have
existed against the use of wire as a
tie. By his simple device they are eas
ily and quite as quickly ad justed and
fastened as are the ordinary buckleed
ties. All are agreed that the tie is a
success, and are pleased that our town
is to supply the much needed relief to
our farmers. The cotton will go to
Messrs. Garrett and Latimer, of your
city, tomorrow morning.
Fusion in Iowa.
OYrruatwA, Ia., Aug. 13.-There has
been complete fusion in Iowa between
the Populists and Democrats. The
Democratic convention yesterday
named for electors at large Governor
Horace :Boies and General James B.
Weaver. Except Genei-al Weaver the
other electors are all Democrats. The
state ticket named was as follows: L.
Karr (Dem.), secretary of state; G. W.
Davis (Pop ), auditor; Joseph Reugnitz
(lem ), treasurer; Hon. L R. Boiler
(Dem.), for supreme court judjge;
Amos Steckel (free silver Rep.), for
railroad comnmissoner, long term;
Thomas Denson for railroad commis
sioner, short term. ___
Perished In a Glazier.
PORT TowNSENI), Wash., Aug. 11.
The steamer Willapa, from Alaska,
brings particulars of the death of C.
Kennah. a well-to-do-merchant of
Mount Vernon, Wash. Kennah, with
a party of tourists, was crossing a gla
cier at Turnagain Arm.- A thin sheet
of ice covered a crevasse, and it gave
way, precinitating Kennah and an
other man into a chasm, scarcely 3
feet wide. One was saved by his gun
acting as a crossbar, but Kennah fell
to the bottom, about 80 feet, and was
tightly jammed in. Others of the par
ty tied blankets together and attempt
ed to pull him out, but he was so
tightly wedged in that he could not be
budged, and he froze to death in sight
of his friends.
Death Before surrender.
KEY WEsT, Aug. 1.-Persons who
have arrived here from Cubasay that
General Bruno Zayas, the insurgent
leader, committed suicide recently
rather than surrender to the Spaniards.
General Zavas and five members Of
his staff were lunching in a small town
in Havana province, when through
the treachery of the proprietor of the
restaurant the Spanish troops were no
tiied. The building was surrounded.
The Cubans refused to surrender and
a desperate fight ensued. General
Zayas was wounded and.his five com
panions were killed. The last bullet
in the general's revolver was fired into
his own heart. Sixteen Spaniards
As to the Wire Tie.
CHARLEsTON, Aug. 1.-The board
of directors of the cotton exchange
met today and adopted the following
resolution in regard to the bale of cot
ton bound with wire which was sent
here to be tested afew days ago:
Resolved, that the bale received was
tested and stood the strain of compress
ing; that so far as the exporting of
cotton bound wvith these wires is con
cerned, this exchange cannot pass an
official opinion in the absence of a
majority of the exporters from the
city, but as far as we can see at pres
ent we think the cotton baled in this
way will be received by the exporters,
provided '.he cotton in ucompressed
and is wired as the sample bale sent us
Robbed the Bank of 75,000.
SAN FRAN(ISCO, Calt, Aug. 11.-IL
has developed that. Harry K. Brown,
exchange clerk of the Bullion and Ex
change Bank of Carson, Nev., who
left that city suddenly about two
months ago, is a defaulter to a large
extent. Hie robbed the institution in
which he was employed of nearly $75,
u00. lie is believed to in Mexico.
ie left his wif~e and chilaren in Car
"1-1 begin to b'e afraid he don't care
"ife's a brute," asserted her friend:
"and it will serve him right if you
never look at him again.
So the glowing midsummer swept b)v
and Mr. I)ewey held aloof, hugging
himself to think how he was outwitting
the conspirators, though an occasional
twinge of jealousy now and then
passed through his mind.
Presently there was a sore outcry
among the allied forces. An order had
come from the inexorable war depart
meut and the captain must go some
where on the frontier straightway.
"The matter was beginning to get a
little serious," he thought, "and just
as soon as that confounded puppy gets
away I'll make little Fanny a happy
woman. .Naybe, though, it would be
well to punish her for a few days
"Oh, Fanny, Fanny, aren't von
sorry?" sobbed Ilildegarde, clinging
around her tall brother, whose face <
was unwontedly grave.
"Yes, Ilildegarde," said Fanny, "I
am very sorry."
Capt. Aymer looked penetratingly
into her face. There were real tears
quivering and sparkling on her eye
lashes and the roses had all paled from
"Fanny!" he said, impetuously. "is it
'rom your heart?"
Fanny-silly little creature that she
was-began to cry, and Hildegarde
"Oh, Kent! You promised that-"
"A man isn't responsible for his fate,
and I have fallen in love with her," ex
claimed the young officer. "Fanny,
am I to love you in vain?"
Fanny tried to laugh hysterically.
"O-oi course; all tnms is only a part
of the programme," she faltered.
"By Jove, but it's not!" cried Aymer.
"What was jest has become earnest.
I love you, Fanny; I cannot leave you
here to become the bride of that
self-conceited puppy. Tell.me that I
Hildegarde seized both her friend's
"She loves you, Kent-she loves you.
I can see it in her eyes!" she cried ex
"Stand aside, Hildegarde," said
Aymer. "I have the first right here.
She is mine now." And he took her
tenderly to his breast.
Yes-it was true that the little mor
sel of acting had become strong, life- 1
long reality. Kent and Fanny had
played at "lovers" until love, the shy
rogue, crept into both their hearts
with almost unperceived footsteps.
"Are you happy, Fanny?" demanded
the exigent army officer when all was
settled and Hildegarde had gone to
tell Mary Bell as a "great secret" how
the little stratagem had ended.
"Oh, Kent," whispered Fanny, "I
never knew what true happiness was 1
And Capt. Aymer must have been
unreasonable indeed not to be satisfied
with the answer.
He departed, carrying in his keeping
the loving little heart of Fanny White.
Ralph Dewey contemplated the de- I
parture of Hildegarde's brother with ]
no small degree of satisfaction. 1
"Now's my chance," he thought. "I 1
guess, on the whole, I'll not keep her
in suspense any longer, poor child. I
only wanted to let 'em see that I I
wasn't to be coerced."
Mr. Dewey proposed accordingly in
due form that very day.
"1 am very sorry, Mr. Dewey," said
Fanny, looking provokingly lovely,
"but-but I'm engaged."
"Yes-to Capt. Aymer."
"Now, Fanny," said Ralph, argu
mentatively, "where's the use of carry
ing on this pretense any longer? Of
ourse I know it's all a stratagem."
"But it isn't a stratagem," said Fan
ny, indignantly; "I love him and he
loves me-and there's my ring."
She held up a pretty finger as she
spoke, whereon glittered a solitaire
So Mr. Dewey found himself outma
:euvered after all, and accordingly re
reated in as good order as possible.
while Pierce Trevor, Miss Bell, Hilde
arde and all the rest returned aunan
mous verdict of "Just exactly what
e deserved."-N. Y. News.
Killed and Wounded In Battle.
T wenty-five years ago the great bat
les of the Franco-German war were
fought. That war of only I80 days cost
ermany, in dead and maimed, ,055 of
icers and 110,701 men. It appears al
ost incredible now that within a few
nonths 21,508 French officers and 7023,
08 French soldiers were made prison
rs or compelled to disarm.
-The lottery of honest labor, drawn
y time, is the only one w~hose prizes
re worth taking up and carrying
ome. -Theodore Parker.
Hon. G. D. Tillman op Bryan.
Hon. George D. Tillman has given
he Augusta Chronicle his opiaion of
he Democratic nominee. C'ol. Till
an is not a man to go wild over falsee
ights, but is a good Judge of human
ature, besides being a statemnan him
self- He says:
"During my career in Congress I
pent sixteen winters in Washington,
here :r carne in contact more or lessa
ith nearly all the great men* of this
ountry, and with many from foreign
ountries; and while serving two years5
in Congresss with Bryan, he alwaysa
ipressed me as being the greatest
an I ever met, and as being just as i
-ood ashe was great. As an oratorlI
ave never heard but three men who
ould be compared with him. They c
ere Ben Hill, Blaine and Black burn. i
e either knows everything or has
uch a facility of reference to books t
hat he can quickly get any in
ormation he wants. His memo
y is simply marvelous and he has
uch an intimate knoweldge of mena
that he-can read their characters at a g
lance.~ He is always at work se ik
ing knowledge, by reading. converda- g
ion or reflection, and seems to look
pon idleness as a crime. If he has t<
ny small vice-chewing, smoking, c
rinking, gaming, cursing, etc., I nev
r discovered it during two years per-b
onal and official intercourse with
im, In fact, the man always ap
eared to be conscientiously inspired,
with enthusiasm to do good~ for others. e
Yet he is a most devoted father, and
acts more like a lover than a husband d
twards his wife. In a few words,
morally speaking, he is so well bal- b
ned that he could not intentionally
o a wrong thing if he were to try, and ti
his intellect is so clear and strong v
hat he~ always avoids evil as near as o
tis human to do so. Therefore, I 8
hink Bryan will be president-be
iause he ought to be, because he wasn
born great, and because not even the
presidency could -zonfer greatness b
DURL'G the last six years there
bave been 43,902 homicides in this 0
outry, and averaging 7,317 per year. P
ithin the' same period there have
een 723 executions and 1,118 lynch
gs. In the last year 10,500 persons t
ere killed, whereas in 1800 there s<
rre only 4,200 or less than htalf as st
any. The figures prove the homici- ~
a crime is increasing at an alarming d
rate. The ineffective administration n
+ criminal law is blamed for this p
COTTON BADLY HURT.
THE HOT WAVE WILL MATERIALLY
LFSSEN THE YIELD.
a V"y Important uile tin Isued by
State Weather Observer Bauer Yester
day-Information for Farmars and
COLUMBIA, S. C., Aug. 11.-Below
is given the weekly bulletin of the
:ondition of the weather and the crop
)f the State. It is by far the gloomiest
report that has been issued this year.
rhis bulletin covers the weather and
:roD conditions for the week ending
Baturday, August 8, and in its prepa
ration were used reports from one or
more correspondents in each county
>f the State.
The temperature continued above
the normal, but averaged 2 degrees
!ooler than during the previous week,
i5 last week and 83 this. The maxi
num was 100 on the 7th. at Spartan
burg, and on the 4th at B!eaufort; the
minimum 66 on the 4th at Elloree, the
7th at Liberty, the 8th at Greenville.
Weekly mean temperature for the
State 83, approximate normal S.
The rainfall was scattered with a
ew heavy measurements, as follows:
Dbarleston, 1.46; St. Matthews, 1.75;
Yemassee, 2.40; Trial, 2.57; Long
thore, 1.G; Elloree, 3.50; Beaufort,
Only 22 out of 44 reporting stations
reported any rain, and at 9 the
imounts were under nair an inch.
rhis had no appreciable etfect og the
:rops, as it dried almost as fa4 a it
fell. There continues a plentiful sup
ply of stock water.
From all portions of the State comes
the reports of deterioration in crop
:ondition. due to the excessive heat
ind want of rain, save in two locali
Jies in eastern counties, where too
much rain and excessive heat are the
ssigned causes for the falling off. In
i few of the western counties the inju
ry has as yet been comparatively light,
because scattered showers have con
[ined the damage to brokien areas and
the previous conditions were so very
5ood, but even there each day's heat
ias a telling and irreparabie damaging
Early corn is about all matured, and
therefore safe, but late corn is suffer
ng very much. The kernels seem to
;o harden before filling out, being lit
rally dried up or parched on the ear.
Aost of the fodder has been pulled and
aved in good condition; in some
:ounties this work is still going on,
but the leaves are becoming almost
too dry; they crumple and break in
aandag. The hot weather has not
njured corn, taken all together to any
Not a single report was received but
that stated that cotton is failing. So
general and extended is the injury
lone by the heat and want of rain that
ynly Sea Island cotton escaped, and
that is ripening prematurefy it is
A few correspondents' reports are
given in abridged form, as they terse
ly show the condition and deteriora
ion that the plant has suffered during
the last week. The reports are given
Berkeley-Cotton failing; too much
rain. Newberry-Rust, scalding and
very fast. Orangeburg-Failing, ex
:essive heat, no ramn; opening fast.
ihesterfield-Shedding leaves, forms
mnd half grown boils. Darlington
Blooms and forms falling off; open
ing prematurely. Kershaw- Opening
very fast, drying up. Greenville
Dropping off of leaves and squares.
B'airfield-On sandy land, has failed
very much. Aiken-Parching and is.
2pening; (2) failing and opening very
ast. Chesterfield-Opening prema
turely and prospect reduced very
much. Florence-In bad fix from
:irought; (2) shedding leaves, forms
mnd bolls; in spots cotton nearly all
>pen. Clarendon-Needing rain; op
mning, none picked. Edgefield-lin
proved where rain fell, otherwise cut
>f one-fourth; (2) growth stopped~pre
mature opening, rust increaing. Pick
ms-Turning yellow, casting off
eaves and fruit, opening ra,pidly ; (2)
growth stopped, shedding blooms and
,olls, greatly injured. Greenville
)ontinued injury to cotton and corn; ;2
leteriorating very fast,some fields burn
ng up. Atxoevlle-Shedding too free
.y; greatly reduced prospects, except
where good showers fell. Barn well
loing back, looks like half a crop,
>lant drying up; (2) very mnuch injur~
~d, shedding, drying~ up in spots, open
ng prematurely, growth, retarded;-(3)
hedding, looks as if fire ran through
t; (4) half cut off; (5) looks as if sing
~d by fire. Andersion-Crops suffered
everely, especially cotton; (2) if it
toes not rain cotton will be cut short;
3) dry rust, leaves, squares and bolls
alling off.- Orangeburg-No im
>rovement, late planting doing better
han early; (2) casting otf fruit, rain
vould not benefit some of it now.
sumter-Failing on light lands, if
ieat continues injury wi be extend
d. Richland-Stopped gro wingc, well
ruited but shedding too freely, great
y reduced prospects. Marlboro
ihedding very badly and farmers ex
,ect only half a croy; (2) shedding
eaves, forms and staall boils, pros
>ects very poor. Newberry-Shed
ling leaves and shapes, opening pre
naturely. Union-Shedding terribly,
eaves and small bolls lost 25 per cent.
n last three days. Oconee-Forms
.nd small bolls dropping to large ex
ent; (2) shedding both squares and
eaves. Laurens--Heat affecting the
he plant although with rain soon no
>ractical injury would result. Lsn
aster - Cannot possibly recover what
tlost in past two weeks. York
Mech day's continuation of heat ma
erially reduces prospects, very poor
Summarizing the above, and the
ortions of the report not quoted, it
ppears that cotton has declined very
ast, growth practically stopped, bolls
,pening prematurely, snedding leaves,
arms and half grown oolls, anid that
ilenty of rain would not help cotton
) recover and reach its previous ex
ellent condition, except in a few
>laces. Picking is as yet not active
,uti will soon become so.
Tobacco cured nic-:ly during the
reek, but the quality of the leaves
ras reduced by tue heat. The crop is
nly a fair one.
Peas are sutfering from the heat and
Cane cf var ious kinds is doing well,
ut in places is ripening prematurely.
Rice continues in excellent condi
on. Beginning to ripen, and har
estinmg begun. First barrel of "Raa
oon" rice harvested on J Ay 30, near
F'orage crop is a large one and is be
ig secured in excellent condition.
Rutabagas and turnips sown largely,
ut d3 not germinate well on account
f the dry soil.
The past week was the most tryine
ne for crops in general during t11e
Mtabbed to Death
LoNDOo, Aug. 11.-At the Novelty
eatre last eveniug in a stabbing
:ene, the spring dagger made for
age uses failed to act, and an actor
'as stabbed to the heart so tbat be
ied in a few minuter. The audience,
ot knowing that an accident had hap
ened, loualy applauded the actor
'hen he fell.
A cream of tartar baking powder.
gest of all in letavening strength.
-Lat United States Government
ROnAL BAKIG POWDER CO..
New York City.
A STARTLING L)ISCLOSURE.
A Charge Made Against Gov. Evans.
Which ae Denies.
COLUMBIA, S. C., Aug. 14 -Since
the campaign began, newspaper cor.
respopdeinLs who have been going
around with the aggregation have.
heard a variety or more or less startl
ing reports. . In many instances they
have been assured that some compe
tent witness would present himself at
an bppertune moment toprpsent facts
in such shape as to exclude the possi -
bility of suedissful denial or evasion.
But this evidence, 'whethef it. did not
exist, cr because a dishrag was doing
the part of a back bone forthe witnessea
or that the disease known as moral
cowardice has become alarmingly epi
demic in South Carolina, these con r
mations have failed to materialize. 4
The newspaper correspondents have
been furnished' with the following
statement of alleged facts?
"Oa Staurday nignt of the. Marion
meeting, Governor Evans returned
home, arriving in Columbia about 10,
and went directly to the mansion,
where, at 11 o'clock, he was joined by
a delegation of five German citizens
of Charleston, viz: Wehman, Kroeg,
Roesler and Stelling-the 'fifth, don't.
know. This committee remained with.
him till 2 o'clock and took the early,,
morning train back to Charkston....
They went to Columbia on a written,
invitation from the governor, who4
made this proposition: 'You orgaize
a German club in the city of Chaales-'
ton of 500 members who will- vote for
me for ths United States senae. I.
will guarantee the Germans of Char
leston private dispenaries. In evi:
dence of this Stelling has'_been can. -
vassing the city in that inteyest, ahd
none of these gentlemen will deny
these facts, as it is too well known iu
the city to admit of a denial. Web.
man particularly, will admit it alh."'
Gov Evans wasgiven'an opporturn
ty to affirm or deny this report simaul
taneously with its publication. He
'That is a lie. I have not seen
those mea since the opening of the
campaign. They did come to see me
some days before the campaign opened
and met ble at my office-the never
were at my house. They asked me
what I was going to do about Charles
ton. I told them-as I said at the
time of putting on the metropolitaa
police--that if by that method I was
unable to enforce the law, I would
take it off and recommend to the leg
islature some special la w for Charles
ton. It would be foolish to continue
attempting to enforce the law 'iri
present machinery. if it is impassiblet'
0050o." If be had de sired to brade for
Charleston's votes,.said the governos%
he would have'done so long ago, wit.
men who offered to deliver the goei
and were able to do so- -and the gozer
nor named two old line Charlvaton,
ringster4 who had made him a psopeai.
tion to deaL.
So it seems that whethe - or nont
Charleston has been reemn's bougni.
or sold her votes have been on the,.
market-offerded by her bosses for a.
sta-.e.l consideration, jpst as the suf
frage of ignorant laborer a, who caLn
hardly make their wishes idligibe
in Enghsb, are disposea of bym show~
foremen in the north,. or as th~e voles
of communities of negroes used to be
highest bidders in Radical days. It is
certainly time foi:- a~new deal iin Chtar
.- The CatSna .Tie Fight. .
The Columibia -State sgya~'the.ques
tion of the utilityof. the: wire cotton
tie as against 'thafat steel tie, now
seems to be pretty tnoroughly settled:.
A test of binding-a bale or two has also.
been made in Georgia, and.~it proved
even more satisfactory than that made
in this State. ~Thiese :biales are to be,
put through the' .Ntton -compress in.
Augusta and will: probably be ,more.
f.;:vorably comimenteil upon thauthoe
pressed in Charleston, as the wire used -
is larger and more flexible.' Thie ree
olutions of the Charleston Cot'ta-ex
change, p.ublished yeaterday, while,
they are not exactly -w'ht. the advo
cates of the wire tie would have lilked(
to have mndicate what may tbe exect
ed when - tbe cotton goes toa the.
ports tied with wire.. .The crop is go
ing to be short however, and~ the fautti
era knew that-tbe buyers are not goinge
to refuse to purchase th- cotoa AMI
the same tinle they are ngo- ad
ing the cotton to mar all any im
proper shape. T one thing that.
they are a uni n is -that they do not
intend *the steel tie trust one,
dollar; they havp determined to figbrt
the trust to the bit ter end, let the tight
cost what it may. Col D. P. Duncan,
the manager of the State .Alliance er .
change, in order to get a full supiply
of the ties on the market iu the short
est time possible, will leave tomorrow
for the east. He goes on to v isit one
of the largest wire manufacturingcon
cerns in this country, which. has or
fered special inducements on the kind
of wire that the tests have proven to,
be necessary. This company has of
fered to put the wire up in neat bun-a
dles, and will do anything that is
deemed best in the making of a proper.
catch or buckle. Col. Duncan will
consult with the wire people and act
at once. He hopes to have the ties in
harid ready for sale in very short or
Fusian in Washington.
ELLENSBCR(I. Wash., Aug., 15.-The
Democratic free silver and the Repub
lican and Populist free silver couven -
tions are in session in this city for the
purpose of placing a fusion ticket in
the field. Each convention has comn
pleted its organization and committees
have been appoin ted to agree upon the
tarins of fusion. A telegram signed
by the chairman of each convention
was sent to Mr. B3raa last night, pro-~
mising him the electoral vote of the'
state. The Democratic convention has
elected William IL White of Seattle
to succeed Hug Ii C. Walace of Taeo-'
na, as a mnermbe, of the nationa&l conl
PAu1ims lovers of i:orse udesh de
.oured ruore tthau 20, L0 horses last
rear. In 1894 the untaber was 21,
77, in 1878 it was 10,000Q, and in 18725
L,034. There are 200 riippohageous