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Dr. Talmage's Stro'ng Denuncia.
tion of Intemperance.
ITS VICTIMS ARE COUNTLESS!
Worse Than Any of the Ten
Plagues That Befell Egy pt.
God's Grace the
At this time, when the evils of the
drink trafie are being widely discussea
and the movement for the abolition of
the degrading and brutalizing canteen
in our military camps is gaining many
supporters, this sermon by Dr. Tal
mage, dealing with the broader aspects
of the plague of intemperance, should
cheer and inspire the friends of temper
anee everywhere. His text is Exodus:.
xi, 6, "And there shall be a great cry
throughout all the land of Egypt."
This was the worst of the ten plagues.
The destroying angel at midnight fapped
his wing over the land, and there was
one dead in each house. Lamentation
and mourning and woe through all
Egypt. That destroying angel has fLed
the earth, but a far worse has come.
He sweeps through those cities. It "
the destroying angel of strong rink.
Far worse devastation wrought by this
second than by the first. The calamity I
in America worse than the calamity in
Egypt. Thousands of the slain, wl
lions of the slain. No arithmne can I
calculate their number.
Once upon a time four fiends met in
the lost world. They rcsolved that
the people of our earth were to-. happy,
and these four infernals came forth to
our earth on embassy of mischief. The
one fiend said, "I'll take charge of the
vineyard." Another said, "I'll take
charge of the grainfields." Another
said, "I'll take charge of the dairy.
Another, "I'll take charge of the m isic."
The four fiends met in the great Sahara
desert, with skeleton fingers clutched
each other in handshake of fidelity.
kissed each other goodby with lip of
blue flame and parted on their mission.
The fiend of the vineyard came in one
bright morning amid the grapes and sat
down on a root of twisted grapevine in
-sheer discouragement. The fiend knew
not how to damage the vineyard or.
through it, how to damage the world.
The grapes were so ripe and beautiful
and luscious! They bewitched the air
with their sweetness. There seemed to
be so much health in every bunch!
And while the fiend sat there in utter
indignation and disappointment be
reached up and clutched a cluster and
squeezed it in perfect spite, and, lo, his
hand was red with the blood of the
vineyard, and the fiend said: "That
reminds me of the blood of broken
hearts. I'll strip the vineyard, and I'll
squeeze out all the juice of the grapes,
and I'll allow the juices of the grapes
to stand until they rot, and I'l call the
process ,rmentation." And there was
a great vat prepared, and people came
with their cups and their pitchers, and
--they dipped up the blood of the grapes,j
and they drank and drank and went
away drinking, and they drank until
they fell in long lines of death, so that
when the fiend of the vineyard wanted
to returnute his home in the pit he
stepped from carcass to carcass and
walked down amid a great causeway of
Then the second fiend came into the
grainfield. He waded chin deep amid
the barley and the rye. He heard all
the grain talkng about bread and pros
.perous husbandry and thrifty homes.
He thrust hi1 long arms into the grain.
field, and he pu!led up the grain and
threw it into the water, and he made
beneath it great fires-fires lighted with
a spark from his own heart-and there
was a grinding and a mashing and a
stench, and the people came with their
bottles and they drank, and they bias
he dand they staggered, and they
and they rioted, and they mur
dee, and the fiend of the pit ,the fiend
of the grainfield, was so pleased with
their behavier that he changed his resi
dence from the pit to a whiskey barrel,
and there he sat by the door of the
bunghole laughing in high merriment
at the thought that out of anything so
harmless as the grain of the field he
might turn this world into a seeinng
The fiend of the -dairy saw the ows
come home from the pasture field full
uddered, and as the maid milked he
said: "I'll soon spoil all that mess.
I'll add to it brandy, sugar and nutmeg,
and Trl stir it into a milk punch, and
children will drink it, and some of the
temperance people will drink it, arad if
I can do them no more harm I'll give
them a headache, and then l'll hand
them over to the more vigorous fiends
of the satanic delegation." And then
the fiend of the dairy leaped upon the
shelf and danced until the long row of
shining milkpans almost quaked.
The fiend of the music entered a grog
shop, and there were but few custom
era. Finding few customers, he swept
the circuit of the city, and he gathered
up the musical instruments, and after
nightfall he marshaled a band, and the1
trombones blew, and the cymbals
clapped, and the drums beat, and the
bugles called, and the people crowded
in, and they swung around in merry
dance, each one with a wineglass in his
hand, and the dance became wilder and
stronger and rougher until the roomi
shook, and the glasses cracked, and the
floor broke, and the crowd dropped into
But, whether by allegory or by ap
palling statistics this subject is pre
sented, you know as well as I that it is
impossible to exaggerate the evils of
strong drink. A plague! A plague! In
the $rst place, the inebriate suffers
from the loss of a good name. God has
so arranged it that no man loses his
reputation except by his own act. The
world may assault a man and all the
powers of darkness may assault him
they cannot capture him so long as his
heart is pure and his life is pure. All
the powers of earth and hell carnot
take that Gibraltar. If a man is right,
all the bombardment of the world for 5,
10, 20, 40 years will only strenghthen
him in his position. So that all you
have to do is to keep yourself right.
Never mind the world. Let it say what
it will. It can do you no damage. But
as soon as it is whispered, " He drinks,"
and it can be proved, he begins to go
down. What clerk can get a position
with such a reputation? What store
wants him? What church of God wants
him for a member9 What dying man
wants him for an executor? " He
drinks;" I stand before hundreds of
young men-and I say it not in flattery
-splendid young men, who have their,
reputation as their only capital. Your
father gave you a good education or as
good an education as he could afford to
give you. He started you im city life.
He could furnish you no means, but he!
has surrounded you with Christian in.
fluences and a good memory of the past.
ortune. ad as your reputation is your
>1lv capital do not bring upon it sus
plein by going in and out of liquor
stablishmects or by an odor, of your
-reazh or by any dare of your eye or
: any unnatural flush on your checks.
You lose your reputation and you loe
The iiebriate suffers also in the fact
hat he loses his self respect, and when
cou destroy a man's self respect there
is not muchn left of him. Then a man
,;ill do things he would not do other
x ise, he will say things would not say
:therwise. The fact is that man can
aot stop, or he would stop now. He is
bound hand and foot by the Philistines,
and they have shorn his locks and put
ais eyes out and made him grind in the
ill of a creat horror. After he is
three-fourths gone in this slavery, the
Erst thing he will be anxious to impress
you with is that he can stop at any time
he wants to. His family become alarmed
in regard to hi m, and they say: "Now
do stop this. After awhile it will get the
mastery of ycu.- "Oh no,' he says, "1
can stop at any time. I can stop now,
I can stop t-itorrow. His most confi
dential friends zay: "Why, I'm afraid
you are losing your balance with that
habit. You are going a little further
than you can afford to go. You had
better stop.- -Oh, no." he says, "I
,an stop at any time. I can stop now."
Hie goes on further and further. He
gennot stop. I will prove it. He loves
himself. and he knows nevertheless
that strong drink is depleting him in
body, mind and soul. le knows he is
ZoinZ down, that he has less self con
rol. les <quipoise of temper than he
ased to. Why does he not stop' Be
au,e he cannot stop. I will prove it
by g .ing still further. He loves his
ife and children. ie sees that his
babits are bringing disgrace upon his
homne. The probalilties are they will
uin his wife and disgrace his children.
He sees all this. and he loves them.
Why does he not stop? He cannot stop.
I had a very dear friend, generous to
a fault. He bad give thousands and
tens of thousands of dollars to Bible
societies, tract societies, missionary
societies, asylums for the poor, the halt,
the lame, the blind. the imbecile. I
do not believe for 20 years anybody
asked him for $1 or $50 o01 $100 for chari
ty but he gave it. I never heard of
anybody asking him for help but he
gave it. But he was under the power
of strong drink, and he went on down,
down, down. His family implored him
saying, "You are going too far in that
habit; you had better stop." He re
plied: "I can stop any time: I am
my own master. I can stop." He went
on down, down. His friends advised
and cautioned him. He said: "Don't
be afraid of me. I am my own master;
I can stop now; I know what I am do
ing." He went on down until he had
the delirium tremens. On down until
he had the delirium tremens twice.
After the second time the doctor said:
"If you ever have an attack like this
again, you will die. Yoa had better
stop." He said, "I can stop any time;
I can stop now." He went on down.
He is dead. What slew him? Rum,
rum! Among the last things he said
was that he could stop any time. He
could not st'p.
Oh, my young friends, I want to tell
you that there is a point in inebriation
beyond which if a man go he cannot
stop. But sometimes a man will be
more frank than that. A victim of
strong drink said to a reformer: "It is
impossible for me to stop. I realize it.
But, if you should tell me I couldn't
have drink until tomorrow night unless I
had all my fingers cut off, I would say,
'Bring the hatchet and cut them off.'"
I had a very dear friend in Philadelphia
whoso nephew came to him and was
talking about his trouble and confessed
it. He confessed he could not stop.
My friend said, "You must stop." He
said: "I can't stop. If there stood a
cannon, and it was loaded, and there
was a glass of wine on the mouth of
the cannon, and I knew you would fire
it off if I approached, I would start to
get that glass of wine. 1 must have it.
I can't get rid of this habit. I can't
get away from it."
.Again, the man suffers from the loss
of usefulness. Do you know some of
the men who have fallen into the ditch
were once in the front rank in churches
and in the front rank in reformatory
institutions? Do you know they once
knelt at the family altar and once car
ried the chalice of the holy communion
on sae amental days? Do you know
they once stood in the pulpit and
preached the gospel of the Son of God?
We will not forget the scene witnessed
some years ago in my Brooklyn church
when a man rose in the midst of the
audience, stepped into the aisle and
walked up and down. Everybody saw
that he was intoxicated. The ushers
led him out, and his poor wife took his
hat and overcoat and followed him to
the door. Who was he? He had once
been a mighty ministeL of the gospel of
Jesus Christ in a sister denomination,
had often preached in this very city.
What slew himi? Strong drink! Oh,
what must be the feeling of a man who
has de str >yi d his capacity for useful
nes.? D)o not be angry with that man.
Do not lose your patience with him.
Do n'ot wonder if he says strange things
and gets irritated easily in the family.
He has the Pyrenees and the Andes
and the Alps on him. Do not try to
persuade him that there is no future
punishment. Do not go into any argu
ment to prove to him that there is no
hell. Hie knows there is. lie is there
But he sufiers also in the loss of phy
sical health. The older people in this
audience can remember Dr. Sewell
going through this country electrifying
great audience by demonstrating to them
the effect of strong drink upon the hu
man stomach. I am told he had eight
or ten diagrams which he presented to
the people showing the different stages
in the progress of the disease, and lam
told tens of thodsands of people turned
back from that ulcerous sketch and
swore eternal abstinence from all in
toxicants. God only knows what the
drunkard suffers. Pain files on every
nerve and travels every muscle and
gnaws en every bone and stings with
poison and pulls with every torture.
What reptiles crawl over his shivering
limbs? What specter stand by his mid
night pillows? What groans tear the
air! Talk of the rack, talk of the fun
ml pyre, talk of the Juggernaut. He
suers them all at once.
See the attendants stand back from
that ward in the hospital where the in
briates are dying. They cannot stand
it. The keepers come through it and
say: "Hush up now! Stop making this
noise! Be still! Iou are disturbing
all the other patients. Keep still now.'
Then the keepers pass on, and after
they get past then the poor creatures
wring their hands and say: "Oh, God!
Help, help! Give me rum, give me
rum! Oh. God! Help: Take the de
vils off of me: Oh, God; oh, God!"
And they shriek, and they blaspheme,
and they cry for help, and then they
ask the keepers to slay them, saying:
"Stab me, strangle me. smother me.
Oh, od! Help, help! Rum! Give
-e rum Oh God melpn Tey
t ea: 2ut their hair by the handiful, Zr-"
they bite their nailb into the quick
This is no fancy picture. It is trans
piring in a hospital at this moment. It
went on last night while you slept, and
more than that, that is the death some
of you will die unless you stop. 1 see
it coming. God help you to stop bo
fore you go so far that you cannot
But it plagues a man also in the loss
of home. I do not care how much he
loves his wife and children, if this hab
it gets the mastery over him he will do
the most outrageous things. If need
be, in order to get string drink he would
sell them all into everlasting captivity.
There are hundreds and thousands of
homes that have been utterly blasted
of it. I am speaking of no abstraction
is there anything so disastrous to a
man for this life and for the life to
come? Do you tell me that a man can
be happy when he knows he is breaking
his wife's heart and clothing his chil
dren with rags? There are little -hil
dren in the streets today barefooted un
kempt, uncombed, want. written on
every patch of their faded dress and on
every wrinkle of their prematurely old
countenance, who would have been in
the house of God this morning as welli
clad as you had it not been that strong
drink drove their parents down into
the grave. Oh, rum, rum, thou de
epoiler of homes, thou foe of God, 1thou
recruiting officer of the pit, I hate
But my subject takes a deeper tone
wnen it tells you that the inebriate
suffers the loss of the soul. The Bible
intimates that if we go into the future
world unforgiven the appetites and pas
sions which were regnant here will tor
ment us there. I suppose when the in
ebriate wakes up in the lost world there
will be an infinite thrist clawing upon
him. In this world he could get strong
drink. However poor he was in this
world. he could beg or he could steal 5
cents to get a drink that woul for a
little while slake his thirst, but in eter
nity where will the rum come from?
Dives wanted one drop of water, but
could not get it. Where will the ine
briate get the draft he so much requires
so much demands? No one to brew it.
No one to %nix it. No one to pour it.
No one to fetch it. Millions of worlds
now for the dregs that were thrown on
the sawdusted floor of the restaurant.
Millions of worlds now for the rind
flung out from the punch bowl of an
earthly banquet, Dives called for
ter. The inebriate calls for rum.
If a fiend from the lost world sh
come up on a mission to a grogshop . d.
having finished the missiou in the g '2
shop, should come back, taking or: he
tip of his wing one drop of alcohlie
beverage, what excitement it w uild
make all through the world of the last,
and, if that one drop of alcoholic bev
erage should drop from the wing of the
fiend upon the tongue of the inebriate,
how he would spring up and cry:
"That's it! That's it! Rum! Rum!
That's it!" And all the caverns of the
lost would echo with the cry: "Give it
to me! Rum! Rum!" Ah, my friends
the inebriate's sorrow i a the next world
will not be the absence of God or holi
ness or light. It will be the absence
of rum. "Look not upon the wine when
it is red, when it moveth itself aright
in the cup, for at the last it biteth like
a serpent, and it stingeth like an adder."
'When I see this plague in the land
and when I see this destroying angel
sweeping across our great cities I am
sometimes indignant and sometimcs
humiliated. When a man asks me,
"What are you in favor of for the sub
jugation of this evil?"' I answer, "I am
ready for anything that is reasonable."
You ask me, "Are you in favor of Sons
of Temperance?" Yes, "Are you in fa
vor of good Samaritans?" Yes, "Are
you in favor of Good Templars?" Yes.
"Are you in favor of prohibitory law?'
Yes. "Are you in favor of the
pledge?" Yes. Combine all the influ
ences, 0 Christian reformers and phil
anthropists! Combine them all for the
extirpation of this evil.
Thirty women in one of the western
states banded together, and with an es
pecial ordination from God they went
forth to the work and shut up all the
grogshops of a large village. Thirty
women, with their song and with their
prayer. And if 1,000 or 2,000 Chris
tian men and women with an especial
ordination from God should go forth
feeling the responsibility of their work
and discharging their mission they
could in any city shut up all the grog
But I must not riwell on generalities.
I must come to specifics. Are you
astray? If there is any sermon I dis
like, it is a sermon on generalities. I
want personalities. Are you astray.
Have you gone so far you think you
cannot get back? Did I say a few mo
ments ago that a man might go to a
point in inebritation where he could not
stop? Yes, I said it, and I reiterate it.
But I want you also to understand that,
while the man himself of his own
strength cannot stop, God can stop any
man. You have only to lay hold (If thc
strong arm of the Lord God Ahinty.
He can stop you. Many summers ' I
went over to New York one Sabbaht~
evening, our church not yet being open
for the autumnal services. I went into
a room in the Fourth ward, New York,
where a religious service was being hell
for reformed drunkards, and I heard a
revelation that night that I had never
heard before-15 or 20 men standing up
and giving testimony such as I had
never heard given. They not only tes
tified that their hearts had been chang
ed by the grace of God, but that the
grace of God had extinguished their
thirst. They went on to say that they
had reformed at different times before,
but immediately fallen because they
were doing the whole work in their own
stength. "But as soon as we gave our
hearts to God," they said.~ 'and the love
of the Lord Jesus Christ has come into
our soul the thirst has all gone. We
have no more disposition for strong
It was a new revelation to me, and
have proclaimed it again and again in
the hearing ofthose who have far gone
astray, and I stand here today to tell
you that the grace of the Lord Jesus
Christ cannot only save your soul, but
save your body. I look off today upon
the desolation. Some of you are so far
on in this habit, although there may be
no outward indications of it-you never
have staggered along the street --he
vast majority of pcople do not knowv
that you stimulate, but (od knows. and~
you know, and by humau calculation
there is not one chance 'ut of' five thou
sand that you will ever be stopped. Be
ware! There are some of you who are
my warm personal friends to whom I
must say that. unless you quit this evil'
habit, within ten years, as to your body,
you will lie down in a drunkard's grave
and as to your immortal soul, you will
lie down in a drunkard's hell! It is a
hard thing to say, but it is true, and 1
utter the warning lest I have your blood
upon my soul. Beware! As today you
open the door of your wine closet let!
the decanter flash that word upon your
soul, "Beware!" As you pour out the'.
beverage let the foam at the top spell
out the word, "Beware!" In the great
nuilion Irunl-ard: -aln --ame -up to get
their doom, I want yo- io testify that
this day, in lovo of your sCul and in
ear of Gol. I gavc you warning in re
:ard to that iniinence which has already
L)eeni feAt in your home, blowing out
some of its lights-premonition of the
blackneos of darkness forever.
Oh, if you could only hear intemper
mrce with drunkards' bones drumming
>n the top of the wine cask the "Dead
Marcl" of immirtal souls, you would go
home and kneel down and pray God that
rather than your children should ever
become the victims of this c'il habit
Fou might carry them out Io the ceme
tery an d put them down in the last slum
ber, waiting for the flowers of spring to
ome over the grave-sweet prophecies
f the resurrection. God bath a balm
for such a wound, but what flower of
-omfort ever grew on the blasted heath
>f a drunkard's sepulcher?
A MYSTERIOUS CRIME.
Eadt*ed the Man His Daughter Wis
A Vatational di.patch fruwu ran
vIle, S. C.. to the Atlanta Journal says
ne s comes from Glendale, in Spartan
burg county, of a murder mystery ia
volving a pretty girl. a disappointed
uitor, the father of the gir! and the
leath of a prospective groom. The pt o
ple involved are prominent in that sec
tion and a sensation was produced when
the revelations came to light during the
funeral services of the prospective
:room. On last Sunday afternoon
Louis McAbee, Tom Smith and Roland
Black left their homes to go to Pacolet
river, about one mile below Clifton No.
2, to go in bathing and they had not
been gone long until the news began to
spread that young Black had been
drowncd, that they had gone in a very
rough place where the water was very
swift and he got strangled and sank.
His body lay in the bottom of the
river twenty-four hours before it was
recovered. Many people from both
Glendale and Clifton visited the place
and assisted in searching for the body,
but they did not find it until twenty
four hours after the tragedy was re
ported. Wednesday morning prepara
tions were being made for the burial
without holding an inquest. When it
began to be talked that foul play was
suspected it was decided to hold an in
quest. Coroner Bishop was notified and
he held the inquest.
The post mortem examination was
Luade by Dr. W. A. Smith, of Glendale,
and Dr. Chalk, of Clifton, and to the
great surprise of everybody young
Black's neck was found to be broken
and great signs of finger prints were
found on his throat and other places
on his head and shoulder showing very
plainly that there had been a consider
able struggle on his part. After the
witnesses had all been examined and
the examination by the doctors, the
jury's verdict was "murder," and the
result was that MeAbee and Smith were
hustled off to jail at once.
Rowland Black deceased, was to have
been married to McAbee's daughter on
the 10th of this month, and it is said
that McAbee was opposed to the match,
and it is generally believed that this
was a prearranged plot to get Black out
of the way--so the talk goes-in favor
of Smith, who, it is said, wanted to
marry the girl himself.
THE ENGLISHMAN WINS.
A Foreigner, Not Naturalized, Cannot
be Made to Pay Poil Tax.
According to an opinion by Attorney
General Bellinger Wodnesday a citizen
of a foreign country who has not been
naturalized, though resident in this
State, cannot be compelled to pay poll
tax. This is the result of the novel
question raised in York county and re
ferred to Wednesday. Here is the de
cision addressed to the comptrollergen
Dear Sir: 11 have just received yours
ncosing letter from W. W. Boyce,
county auditor of York county. In his
letter he says:
"There is an execution in the hands
of the sheriff against H. A. Brown, an
Englishman who comes to me and
makes this statement, that he is not
liable to poll tax for the following rea
sons: That ho has not taken out natur
alization papers; that he never voted,
and that he was not sent to the public
schools. He has been America 13 in
years. Will you instruct me on this
In reply I give as any opinion the
followiug: That while, as stated in
the American and English Encyclo
paedia of law, volume 25, page 101,
residence not citizenship fixes the
liability for poll tax," yet the general
rule is recognized that the legi-lature,
sbject to constitutional limitations,
has the right to prescribe the quahfica
tions of a poll tax payer. The constitu
tion ot this State 1895 (article xi, sec
tion 6) says, "there shall be assessed on
all taxable polls in the State between
the ages of 21 and 60 years (excepting
Confedrate soldiers above the age of
7 years) an annual tax of $1.00 on
each poll the proceeds of which
sha be expended for school purposes
in the 5en ral school districts in which
it is collected." The question natural
ly susgests itself, '-what is a taxable
poll A resort to lexicons for a defini
tion in this case cannot avail us. for we
can expect to iind in substance that a
taxable poll is a poll liable to tax. An
investigation of the statutes since 1863
to the present time discovers as a de
finition of a taxable poll, "every miain
citizen between the ages of 21 and 6')
years except those incapable of earning
a support from being maimed or from
other cause, and except those who are
now exempt by law, shall be deemed
taxable polls." The act of 1882 adopts
the definition above quoted, while the
general statutes "adopted by the gen
eral assembly of 1881-S2," defines a tax
able poll as 'every made between the
ages of 21 and 50 years," etc. Except
ing alone this last definition, a taxable
poll, since the constitution of 1868 down
to the present, in this State has been
and is necessarily a citizen. There
ore, unless one is a citizen of this
State, and of course necessarily a citizen
>f the United States. he is not liable to
oll tax. Citizens ar vibber native
>orn or stu:PzA, an~d anyone who
w: 1L i-n ir: a foreica country and has
I bxen naturalized as an American
:itzn cannot be compelled to pay
o~l tax, however long he may have
ecsided in this State. I. therefore, con
:lude that the Englishman who still
iaims allegiance to the kingdom of
-reat Britain is not liable to poll tax.
G. Duncan Bellinger,
Meeting of Insurance Agents.
The insurance agents of Columbia
ave invited the acents of other cities
id towns in the State to meet in con
rentiond in this city during the firemans
:ournament. The object of the conven
:ion is to dis.:uss matters of mutual in
eest a'd benefit to the agents. It is
lenied, i~owever, that it means any
:ombina "n of the companies which
vould be anla wjful. A large attendance
"HELP ME ACROSS, PAPA.:
The La;t Trustful Words of a Dying
There was anguish in thle face of
those who bent over the little white
bed, for they knew that baby Mary
was drifting away from them, going out
into the dark voyage where so many
have been wrested from loving hands,
and they tried in vain to keep her, or
even to smooth with their kind solici
tude her last brief sorrows, they, too,
experienced in the bitter hour of part
ing, the pangs of death. They only
hoped that she did not suffer now.
The rings of golden hair lay deep and
unstirred on her white forehead, the
roses were turned to lilies on her cheeks
the lovely violet eyes saw them not,
but were upturned and fixed, the breath
which was on the pale. pale lips came
and went, flattered. and seemed loth to
leave its bweet prison. Oh. the awful
and cruei strength of death, and the
weakness, the helplessness of love!
They who loved her better than life,
eould not lift a hand to avert the de
stroyer, they could only watch and wait
until the end should come. Her merry
ringing laughter would never again
gladden their hearts; her feet would
make no more music as they ran patter
ing to meet them. Baby Mary was dy
ing, and all the house was darkened
Then it was as the shadows fell in
denser waves about us, that she stirred
ever so faiatly. and our hearts gave a
great bound as we thought "She is bet
ter! She will live!- Yes, she knew us;
her eyes moved from one face to another
with a dim, uncertain gaze! Oh, how
good God was to give here back! How
we could praise him and bless him all
our lives! She lifted one dainty hand
cold-almost pulseless, but better, bet
ter-we would have it so--and laid it
on the rough browned hand of the rug
ged man who sat nearest to her. His
eyelids were red with weeping but now
a smile lighted his bronzed face like a
rainbow as he felt the gentle pressure
of his little daughter's hand-the
mute, imploring touch, that meant a
"What is it, darling?" he asked,
n broken tones of joy and thanksgiv
She could not speak, and so we raised
heron the pretty lace pillow, and her
wee white face shone in the twilight
like a fair star, or a sweet woodland
She lifted her heavy eyes to his
eyef that even then had the glory and
the promise of immortality in them,
and reached out her little wasted
aims, said in her weary, flute like
"Help me across, papa!"
Then she was gone! We held to our
breaking hearts this frail, beautiful
shell, but she was far away, whither we
might not follow. She had crossed the
dark river and not alone.
"Over the river the boatman pale
Carried another, the household pet,
She crossed on her bosom her dimpled
And fearlessly entered the phantom
We felt it glide over the silvery sands
And all our sunshine grew strangely
05i, Infinite Father! When we
weary and disaj pointed ones reach oiut
pleading hands to thee, wilt thou take
us even as the little child, and help us
across the mountains of defeat and val
ley of humiliation into the eternal rest
of thy presence, into the green pastures
and beside the still waters, into the
City of the New Jerusalem whosc build
er and maker is God!
A Remedy for Lynohing
Representative N. A. Morris of Cobb
county, has prepared a bill which pro
vides for speedy court trial in all cases
where the defendant is charged with the
crime of assault. The bill prepared by
Representative Morris will be introduc
ed at the next session of the general
assembly. It is provided in this bill,
which is intended to be an act to cover
the specific crime of assault, that the
accused shall be tried within five days
after his arrest and that within five
days after his conviction he shall be
hanged publicly. The bill further
provides that in the event a new trial
is asked and the motion overruled that
it shall be sent to the supreme court
within twenty-four hours and the court
shall immediately stop all other busi
ness and hear the ease that is being
railroaded through. The bill does -not
contemplate any delay whatever in the
trial of these cases, even making ari
rangement for the appointment of
counsel by the court in the event law
yers for the defendant are ill or absent.
The Filipinos seem to have come to
the concluslon that we are too strong
for them, and they have sued for peace.
Several of their officers entered our line
rear Manila under a flag of truce last
week with a request from one of their
leading generals that hostilities be sus
pended until the Filipino congress
could be convened and patch up terms
of peace. This ::equest Gen. Otis de
clined to grant, and the Filipinos re
turned to their lines. We believe and
hope that the war is over, and that there
will be no more fighting in the Phili
pines bet ivven the Americars and Fili
A telegram has been received from
Judge C. P. Townsend at Washington
stating that all remaining claims .on
account of the mustering of troops had
been approved and that a check would
be sent to the governor at once. A bout
$600 of these claims have been paid,
but they amount in all to $10,0i00. The
matter of pay for rejected volunteers is
still unsettled, but data is being gotten
and the matter will be pressed with
'.igor before the war department.
Wives Cheap in Germany.
The trial of Herrmann, charged with
the murder of his three wives, whose
bodies he was said to have walled up in
a cellar was concluded at Berlin Thurs
day. Ie was convicted of manslaugh
ter and sentenced to 13 years imprison
me~nt and 10 years loss of civil rights.
Devoured by a Shark.
A dispatch from Nice says that the
valet of the Earle of Strathmore and
Kinghorne, while bathing at Bordig
hea, near 3Monte Carlo, was devoured
by a shark. The tragedy ccurred in
the presence of a crowd of onlookers
who were unable to rescue the victim.
A Series of Accidents.
A Kansas man not long ago shot a
dog by accident, and in showing the
owner how it was done he shot the lat
ter. Subsequently in showing the
coroner how he hid shot the owner of
the dog the man with the gun shot the
A 60C0 0t JOY.
.'.4 can~ in y..uh as a humming bird.
(Sing hey: for te lhoney and bloom
A ndi in.i.-' a litne in my summer
With the hon-y-su-kle a-1 the sweet
(Sing hey: for the biossams and
sweets of life!)
Joy cament as a 1-irk when the yeais had
(Ah: hush, hush still, for the dre:amf
And I gazed far up tu the melutng blue
W~re th rare song dropped like a
(Aha, swert is the songr though the
dJ:ani be short')
Jvy hovers row in a far-off iist.
(The iLght draws un and the a Ir
And I realh. %-an.ms, with a trerub
T]u Lb.-Ad-tpped vlion. of :he Joy
(Alad' 1or th,- d 1 of the strm11 And
the sno !)
- mA M. A. IiENSLEY.
Lady Geraldine Mauleverer sat in
her dressing-room comfortably hab
ited in dressing gown and slippers,
glancing fondly now and again at a
large morocco case which stood open
on her dressing-table, and contained a
magnificent necklace of diamonds.
Lady Geraldine had just returned
from the county ball where her dress
had eclipsed that of every other wo
man and her diamonds had outshone
all other constellations of gems and
she was consequently in an agreeable
frame of mind.
"Dear old thing," said Lady Geral
dine, half aloud. "What should I do
without you? And to think how near
ly I was to having to give up wearing
diamonds. What a nuisance it is to
be har up, and have debts, and a hus
band that has gone to the dogs and
disappeared, and does not keep one
supplied with pocket money. But I
can still beat the other women
thanks to my own ingenuity-and no
one knows but Marie, who has eyes
like a lynx. Heigho!"
Lady Geraldine sighed, and settled
herself a little more comfortably in
her chair. She was not a woman
whom one would naturally be en
clined to pity, but she had hertroubles.
Married young to Capt. Mauleverer,
of the Blues, she had spent a year of
happiness, to be followed by two years
of estrangement and mutual re
crimination. Capt. Mauleverer proved
a bad bargain; bad in every sense of
the word, and when three years after
the marriage the discovery of a shady
transaction In which he was involved
compelled his flight from the coun
try, Lady Geraldine found the liberty
thus gained decidedly agreeable. She
was clever, if not intellectual, and a
general favorite at country houses.
She had inherited an income of some
eight hundred a year from an aunt
which enabled her to dress with some
extravagance, and to keep up a small
house near York, which had come to
her as bequest. Her most dearly be
loved possession was an old family
heirloom, a necklace of diamond, re
set in the modern style, and worth so
much money that her friends had of
ten remonstrated wl'th her on keeping
them in the house with no one to de
fend them but an elderly butler and
a couple of maids. Lady Geraldine,
however, laughed all such suggestions
to scorn. She was not a nervous wo
man, and declared herself a match for
While Lady Geraidine sat comfort
ably reviewing her triumphs of the
evening, she heard on the Boft carpet
behind her a light footfall, and sup
posed it was her maid.
"You had better put them away in
the safe, Marie," she said.
"You are very kind," said a mascu
line voice, in low tones. "That Is ex
actly what I propose to do. I have
a safe that will hold them admirably."
With a slight shriek the lady turn
ed and saw, standing close behind her,
the figure of a tall man, dressed en
tirely in black, and wearingasilkmask
which concealed the upper part of his
face. In his right hand he held a sih
ver mounted pistol, the muzzle of
which was directed towards her heart.
"Let me advise you not to make any
outcry," said the stranger, whose
gently modulated voice contrasted
oddly with his threatening attitude.
"I should be sorry to make any fuss
but I really cannot afford to have the
Lady Geraldine could certainly not
be called a nervous woman, and after
the first shock of surprise, she rallied
her faculties amazingly, and smiled,
while the color returned to her cheeks.
"This Is rather an unceremonious
visit, isn't it?" she said, "Gentlemen
-for I gather from your voice that you
are gentlemen, and gentlemen do not
a a rule invade ladies' rooms with re
volvers, and wearing masks-may I
ask what you want?"
"I want your diamonds, nothing else,
believe me," replied the Intruder.
"My diamonds?" cried the lady,
"surely you would not be so 'cruel as
to rob me of n~y chief charms?"
"Pardon me," said the visitor, "only
time can do that."
Lady Geraldine laughed. "For an
avowed burglar," she said, "you are
Immensely polite. Do not find it pays
in your profession? I suppose it is use
ful to wheedle servant girls, but you
see I am not a servant, and am prool
against flattery. A diamnond necklace
for a compliment Is rather too high r
"I do not exactly see," said the burg
rr, quite unruffled, "how you are going
o avoid It. Johnson is away, and there
are only two women besides yourself in
he house. I think you had better make
he exchange with a good grace,
tough I can realize that you do not
njoy your position."
Lady Geraldine looked keenly at the
an for a few moments, and then, with
er foot, pushed a chair towards him,
"You are rather interesting," she
aid. "Sit down for a few minutes,
ad let us talk. You will find cigar
ettes in that case, and Meraschino it
The burglar took the chair offered
im, but declined both tobacco and
iquor, on the ground that he never
smoke or drank in business hours.
"Don't you find that mask rather un
leasantly stuffy?" inquired the lr-dy.
If you would like to take It off, don't
ind me In the least."
"And have my description in the pa
per to-morrow?" replied the burglar.
No, thank you."
"I think that I could give It In my
ase," said the lady. "Listen: 'A tall.
fair man, about 40 years of age, scar ou
right temple, and left eyebrow, blu'e
me, rather nlose together. dark eye
Makes the food more dell
ROYA& 2A04N P&MV
"You needn't go on, Geraldine," said
the man pulling off the mask, and
flinging it on the table. "I see you
know me well enough."
"Do you think anyone could live with
you for three years and not know you
pretty well, Arthur?" asked the lady in
a tone that made her visitor wince. "I
knew you had gone to the devil, but I
did not think you had come down to
robbing your wife."
"If you do not want to lose your
jewes." said Captain Mauleverer,
"write me a check for four thousand,
and call it square."
Lady Geraldine laughed bitterly.
"This is a delightful reunion of two*
dissevered souls that ought to beat as
one. I am afraid, Arthur, you do most
of the 'beating,' don't you? No, I
don't think I will write you a check.
My bank account is too low. How
much money have you?"
"I have two hundred pounds, and
upon my honor-well, upon the Bible
-I have no more. With what I can
get on your jewels, I shall have enough
to leave the country and become an
"A laudable ambition, certainly,"
said Lady Geraldine. "I will offer you
another suggestion. Suppose we makt
this a regular business transaction.
Rather than be robbed, I will sell you
the jewels for half of your two hundred
and give you a receipt to the effect that
it was a regular sale."
"You take it coolly, my girl," said
Captain Mauleverer, "I always said you
were a well plucked one. Well, let it
be as you say." '
He took out a pocketbook and count
ed out ten ten-poundnotes on the table;
then he wrote on a sheet of crested
paper. "Received from Captain Arthur
Mauleverer the sum of one hundred
pounds, as the price of a diamond
"Sign it," he said, handing it to his
wife, and at the same time picking up
the jewel-case and dropping it Into
Lady Geraldine appended her signa
ture, and carefully counted the money.
"Don't blame me if you are sorry for
your bargain, Arthur," she said lightly.
Captain Mauleverer laughed. "Well,
good-bye," he said. "It has been a
queer meeting, hasn't it? I am off for
Amsterdam to sell the stones, and then
for Australia. Will you shake hands
before I go?"
"Why not?" said Lady Geraldine,
lightly. Always shake hands over a
good bargain. Good-bye, and if you
happen to be in the neighborhood of
Botany Bay, you will probably find the
associations rather interesting."
She stepped to the French window,
through which her husband had made
his entrance and exit, and watched his
figure disappear in the night; then she
laughed softly to herself.
"Poor Arthur!" she said, t'he is still
very good logking. Heigho, I am
afraid the poor fellow will be disap
pointed. What luck it was that I re
ceived that money in time." She rang
the bell, and in a few moments her
maid made her appearance.
"Marie," she said, "I shall want you
to go up to town by the early train.
Go to Solomon's, and tell him I want
a facsimile of my necklace as soon as
he can make it. He has the stones to
copy, and can repeat the setting as
closely as possible. Now put me to bed,
for I have had rather an exciting even
In a small room in the top of a low
London lodging-housesatan ill-favored
man gnawing his nails, and glancing
now and again at'the door with an air
of impatience. Presently a tread
sounded on the crazy stair, and Cap
tain Mauleverer entered the room with
a jaunty at'r, and threw himself into a
"Well," said the other, in a surly
tone, "did you work it."
"Like a charm," replied the Captain,
"and saved my conscience."
"D- your conscience!" was the reply,
"where's the stones."
"In my pocket," said the captain,
"and a little receipt for the money paid
to rthem." He took out the case and
the receipt, and laid them on the table.
"What's this," said the surly man,
"one hundred pounds? Do you mean
to say you bought them?"
"What if I did?" replied the other.
"Isn't it worth a hundred to get four
or five thousand, and no risk of quod?
Besides, it was my own cash."
The surly man grunted, and pIcked
up the case, which he opened, while
Mauleverer watched him in evident
expectation of some complimentary
"Well, Fancy," he said, having to
gather anything from his friend's
countenance, "are you not going to
congratulate me on my management
of the affair?"
Fancy laid down the case, and plac
ing his hands on his knees, took a
long stare at Mauleverer.
"How long have you and me been
pardners?" he asked.
"Five months or thereabouts," said
the captain, airily, "why do you ask?"
"B ecause," said the other, deliber
ately, "you and me can't be pardners
no longer. It won't pay Fancy Wills
to be any more pardners with ad
The captain started to his feet with
an oath. "What do you mean?" he
"How much do you reclkon them dia
monds is worth ?" Fancy asked, with
an ugly grin.
"About four thousand, after deduct
ing expenses, I should reckon," re
plied the captain, fiercely. "What are
you grinning at, you old villian?"
"I'm a grinnin' at you," replied
Fancy, showing every yellow tooth in
his head. "I'm grinnin' at the hand
some captain that got played for a fool
by his wife. Ho: ho: ho! what a lart
she must have had on you. I'll tell
you what them diamonds is worth.
They're a good quality of paste, and at
the outside they're worth about twen
Why Doctors cemit .suicide.
Statistics show that the medical pro
fession is more prone to suicide than
any other. During the last three years
the number of suicides occuring among
physicigns in the United Kingdom has
been, respectively, 45, 49 and 47 per
annum, an average of nearly one to
2,000. or, as the death rate among phy
sicians, is about 25 to 1,000, nearlyi
ne-fiftieth of all the dpaths In the
profession have been by suicide.
It has been suggested that an ex
plantation of this tendency may be
dous and wholesome
aCO., w vOMe.
runcies 1n tie mina or a doctor, on ac
count of his constant association with
the sick and dying, or because he has
the requisite knowledge of how to die
painlessly and conveniently.
A medical journal dessents from all
these views, and holds that the leading
factor in the accessibility of tne poison
drugs, which are almost invariably
Suicide is largely a matter of insane
impulse. Imagine a man fatigued in
body and depressed in spirits-as a
doctor often is-swayed by an over
whelming conviction of theutterweari
ness of life to the impulse of suicide.
If he had but to put on his hat and
walk to the chemist's and tax his in
genuity for a lie with which to explain
his desire for poison, he might post
pone the fatal act from mere inertia, or
may meet a friend or have his interest
in life aroused by one of a multitude or
everyday occurances, or physical exer
cise may bring him to his senses.
If, however, as is the case with al
most any doctor, he has simply to feel
in his pockets, or walk across his room
to get a deadly poison, the impulse may
be carried into execution before any
thing can happen to supplant it in
When the eminent English advocate,
Sir Frank Lockwood, was a young
man, he was retained to defend a ruf
flan accused of a desperate crime.
There seemed little hope of saving the
prisoner, and Lockwood said to him:
"Take my advice and plead guilty and
save the old man trouble. It's your
only chance of getting a light ren
tence." The prisoner looked him up
and down, and leaning over the bar of
the dock, said: "You fuzzle-headed
beggar, what do you suppose I pay you
for? For me to do your work that you
can't do? Go back to your seat and
do what you're paid for!" Lockwood
went back and got the man acquitted.
Spoke for Twenty-Six Hours.
The longest speech on record was
made by Mr. do Cosmos in the legis
lature of British Columbia when a
measure was pending to confiscate the
lands of settlers. He was in a hope
less minority, and the enemy expect
ed to rush the bill through at the end
of the session. It was 10 in the morn.
ing; at noon the next day, if no action
were taken, the act of confiscation
would fail. De Cosmos arose, spoke
for twenty-six hours continuously, and
then with baked lips, bloodshot eyes,
and almost dead with fatigue, he won
the victory that nearly cost him his
The Country Postmaster.
A new postoffice was established in
a small village away out West, and
a native of the Boil was appointed
postmaster. After a while complaints
were made that no mail was sent out
from the new office, and an inspector
was sent to inquire into the matter. He
called upon the postmaster, and stat
ing the cause of his visit, asked why
no mall had been sent out. The post
master pointed to a big and nearly
empty mail bag banging up in a corner
and said: "Well, I ain't sent it out
'cause the bag ain't nowhere nigh full
yet." ...--__ __ __
Size of the British Empire.'
At the present moment the British'
empire is fifty-three times the size of
Frank, fifty-two times that of Ger
many, three and a half times that of
the United States of America, thrice
the size of Europe, with treble the
population of all the Rusas.n It ex
tends over 11,000,000 square miles, oc
cupies one-fifth of the globe contain
ing one-fifth of the human race, or
850,000,000 people, embraces four con
tinents, 10,000 islands, 500 promono
tories and 2,000 rivers.
An American physician in China
writes that he has -been specially fin
pressed by the vitality of the natives.
Of a hundreCd cass treated In a dis
pensary, some of them very serious,
not one proved fatal.
COST OF TH~E WAi -TO DATE.
Treasury Officials Put the Cash Expen
dituares at About $275,000,000.
The monthly comparative statementt
of the government receipts and expen
ditures shows that the total receipts for
April, 1899, were $41,611,611,587, an
increase, as compared with April, 189%,
of about $8.600,000. The expendi
tures during A pril, 1899, were $65,949,
105, an incresse over A pril last year of
$21,700.000. Included in the expendi
tures is the payment of $20,000,000 to
The total receipts for the ten mor~ths
of the present year were S424,056 014,
as compared with $340,926,950 for the
same period in tiate last fiscal year.
The expenditures for the last ten
months aggregate $533.451,409, as
compared with $347,673.195 for the
same period last year. During last
April the receipts from the several
sorces of revenue are given as fellows:
Customs, $17,645,945, increase /'over
April, 1898, about $3,450.000; internal
revenue, $22,207,099, increase. $7.
387,000; miscellaneous, $1, 758. 551,
The expenditures on account of the
war department since July 1, 1898. ag
aregate $210,645,536; on account of the
navy department, 555,5o22. 894. Th'e
amount of cash payments already made
on account of the war is approximna ted
y the treasury officials at from $273,
000,000) to $275,000,000. Of this
amount about $196,000,000, it is esti
mated, has been paid through the war
department; $54,000,000 through the
navy department; $20,000,000 under
the treaty with Spain, and $4,000,000
on acount of increased expenses in the
The Human Face.
A German biologist says that the two
sides of a face are never alike. In two
cases out of five the eyes are out of
line: one eye is stronger than the other
in seven persons out of ten, and the
right eye is generally higher than the
In the streets and suburbs of L.ondon
there are now not only 712 fountains
for human beings, but 286 large
troughs for horses and cattle and 470
small troughs for sheep and dogs.
Eyes of the House Fly.
The common house fly has 16,000
eyes. T o the fly, therefore, caught by
the small boy, the latter appears as an
army of giants.