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CHOICE OF FRIENDS.
Dr. Talmage on the Evils of Bad
A KINDLY WARNING TO ALL.
Old and Young Must Shun Evil
%ssociates, as "a Companion
of Fools Shall be
in this discourse Dr. Talmage speaks
on a theme which all men, young and
old, will be glad to see discussed. and
the kindly warning will no doubt'in
many cases be taken; text, Proverbs
xii, 20, "A companion of fools shall be
"May it please the court," said a con
victed criminal aben asked by the ju&se
what he had to say why sentence'
death should not be pronoutlle, upon
him, "may it pthaee court. bad com
pany has becn my destruction. I re
eeived the blessing of good parents, and
in return therelor promised to avoid all
evil asociates. Had I kept my pronsn
I shodd have avoidcd this shame anti
the burden of 2uilt which, like a vul
ture, threatens to drag me to i.jstice
for my many crimes. Although I once
movcd in high circles and was enter
tained by distinguished tuen. I am lost
Bad cimpany did the work fvr me.'
Only one out of a thousand illustrations
was th:at of the fact that "a companion
of fools shall be destroyed." It is an
Here is a hospital with a hundred
men d.wn with "he ship fever. Here
is a healthy man who goes into it. He
does not so certainly catch the disease
as a good man will catch moral distem
per if he consents to be shut up with
the vicious and the abandoned. In the
prisons of the olden time it was the
custom to put the pri.oners in a cell to
gether, and I am sorry to say it is the
cus'tom still in some of our prisons; so
that when the day of liberation comes,
the men, instead of being rt-formed, are
turned out brutes, not men, cach one
having learned the vices of all the rest
We may in our worldly occupation
be obliged to talk to and commingle
with bad people, but he who voluntait
ly chooses that kind of association is
carrying on a courtship with a Delilah
which will shear the locks of his
strength, and he will be tripped into
perdition. Look over all the millions
of the race, and you cannot show iL e a
single instance where a man voluntari
ly associated with the bad for one year
and maintained his integrity. Sin is
catching; it is infectious; it is epi
A young man wakes up in one of our
great cities knowing only the gentlemen
of the firm into whose service he has
entered. In the morning he enters the
store, and all the clerks mark him,
measure him, discuss him. The bad
clerks of that establishment, the good
clerks of that establiahment, stand in
some relation to him. The good clerks
will wish him well, but they will wait
for a formal introduction, and even af
ter they have had the introduction they
are very cautious as to whether they
shall call him into their association be
fore they know him very well.
But the bad young men in that estab
lishment all gather around him. They
patronize him, they offer to show him
everything that there is in the city on
one e'onditio-that he will pay the ex
penses, for it always happens so when
a good young man and a bad young man
go together to a place of evil entertain
ment-'-the good young man always has
to pay the charges. J ust at the time
the ticket is to be paid for or the cham
pagne bill is to be settle d the bad young
man will affect embarrassment and feel
around in his pockets and say, "Well.
well, really I have forgotten my pocket
In 48Shours after this innocent young
non has entered the store the bad
young men will gather around him,
slap him on the shoulder with familiar
ity, and, if he is stupid in not being
able to take certain allusions, will say,
"Ah, my youang friend, you will have
to be broken in." And forthwith they
go to work to "break him in."
Oh, young man, let no fallen young
man slap you on the shoulder familiar
'iy! Turn aronnd and give a withermng
glance that wuil mse tue wretch cower
in your presence. There is ' mon
strosity of wickedness th~at ce.* stand
before the glance of purity an i honor
God keeps the lightnungs of heaven in
his own scabbard, and no human may
reach them, butt God gives to every
young man a lightning which he may
use, and that is the lightning of an
honest eye. Anybody that understands
the temptations of our great cities
knows the use of one sermon like this,
in which I try to enforce the thought
that "a companion of fools shall be de
And, first, I. charge you, avoid the
skeptic-that is, the young man who
puts his thumb in his vest and swag
gers about, scoffing at your old fasn
joned religion, then taking out the
Bible and turning over to some mnysteri
ous passage and saying: "Ezpiain
that, my friend, explain that. I used
to think just as you do. My father
and mot~ier used to think just as you
do. But y ou can't scare me about the
future. I used to believe in those
things, but ['ve got over it." Yes, he
has got over it, and y ou will get over it
if you stay in his compainionship mauch
longer. For awhile he may not bring
one argument against our holy Chris
tianity. Hie will by scoffs and jeers
and caricatures destroy your faitta in
that religion which was the comfort of
your father in his declining years and
the pillow on which your old mother
That brilliant young skeptic will af
ter awhile have to die, and his diamond
will flash no splendor into the eye of
death. His hair will lie uncomnbed on
the pillow. Death wilt come up, and
this skeptic will say to him: "I ern.
not die. I cannot die." Death will
say: "You must die. You have but
tea seconds more to live. Your soul
give it to me right away. Your soul!"
'Oh, no!" says the skeptic. "Da not
breathe that cold air into my face. You
crowd me too heard. It is getting
dark in the room. Here-take my
rings and take all the pictures in the
room, but let me eff." "No," says
Death. "Your soul! Your soul!"
Then the dying skeptic begins to say,
"O God!" Death says. "You declared
there was no Go-i." Then the dying
skeptic says, 'Pray for mue," and Deathi
says: "It is too late to pray; you have
only three seconds mere to live, and I
will count them off-one, two, three.
Gone!" Where? Where? Carry him
out and lay him down beside his old
father and mother, who died under the
delusions of the Christian religion sing
ing the songs of victory.
Again, avoid the idlers-that is,
torc or the shop or :hc factory and try I
,o seduce you away from you regular
calliug ard in your business hours try
to seduce you away. There is nothing
that would please them so well as to
have you give up your employment and
consort with them.
These idlers you will find standing
around the engine houses or standing
at noonday or about noon on the steps
of some hotel or fashionable restaurant,
giving the idea they have dined there.
They have not dined there. They
never dined there. They never will
dine there. Before you invite a young
man into your association ask him
plainly, "What do you do for a living?'
If he says, "Nothing; I am a gentle
man," look out for him. I care not
how soft his hand or how elegant his
apparel or box high sounding his fami
ly name, his toueh is death.
Thesc people who have nothieg to do
will come around you in your busy
hours, and they will ask you to ride
with them and they will tell )ou of
some exeursion that you must make, of
some wine that you mustdrink, of some
beautiful dancer that you must see.
They will try to take )ou away from
your regular work. Associate with
these m'en, and. first of all, yvu will
become azhamed of your apparel; then
you will lose your place, then you will
lose lose your respectability, then 3ou
will lose y our soul
Idleness is the next door to vi:lainy.
When the police go to fiad criminals,
where do they go to find them? They
find them among the the idle-those
who have nothing to ao, or, having
somethivg to d., refuse to engage in
their daily work. Some one c-tme to
good old Ashbel Green and asked him
why he worked at S0 years of age when
it was time for him to rest. "Oh," he
replied, "I work to keep out of mis
chief." And no man etn afford to be
idle. I care not how strong his moral
character, he cannot afford to be idle.
But you says: "A great many people
are suffering from etaforced idleness.
During the hard times there were a
great many people out of employment."
I know it, but the times of dullness in
business are the titues when men ought
to be thoroughly engaged in improv
ing their minds atd enlarging their
hearts The fortunes to be made 20
years from now will be made by the
young men who in the times when bu i
ness was dull cultivated their miuds
and improved their hearts. They will
get the fortunes after awhile, while
those men who hang around their
stores, never engaging in any useful
occupation, will be as poor thin as
they are n-,w. It is absurd for a
2hristian man to say be has nothing to
I went into a store in New York
where there were five Christian nan,
and they said they had nothing to do.
The whole world l ing in sin. Poverty
to be comforted, sickness to be allevia
ted, a Bible in the back office, every
opportunity of mental culture, spiritual
culture; every inducement to work, yet
a Christian man, sworn before high
heaven to consecrate his whole life to
usefulness, has nothing to do! If you
have not any business for this world,
my Christian frieni, then you ought to
be doing business for eternity.
Again I counsel you, avoid the pleas
ure seeker, the man whose entire busi
ness it is to seek fur recreation and
amusement. I believe in the amuse
ments of tne world so far as they are
innocent. I could not live without
them. Any man of sanguine tempera
ment must have recreation or die.
And yet the amusemente and recrea.
tions of life must administer to hard
work. They are only preparative for
the oceupation to which God has called
God would not have given us the
capacity to laugh if he did not some
times intend us to indulge it. God
hath hung in sky and set in wave and
printed on grass many aroundelay. But
all the music and the brightness of the
natural world were merely intended to
fit us for the earnest work of life. The
thundercloud has edges exquisitely
purpled, but it jars the mountain as it
says, ' I come d own to water the fields "
The flowers standing under the fence
look gay andi beautiful, but they say,
"We .,tsad here to refresh the hus
band aeen at the nooning." The brook
frolics and sparkles and foams, hut it
says: "I go to baptize the moss; I go
to slake the thirst of the bird; I turn
the wheel oi the mill; in my crystal
cradle I rock muekshaw and water lily;
I play, but I work."
Look uut for the man who plays and
never works. Lock Out for that man
whose entire business is to play ball or
sail in a 3acht or engage in any kind of
merriment. These things are all beau
tiful and grand in their places, but
when they become the chief work of
life they necome a man's destruction.
George Bruumel was admired of all
England. Hie danced with peeresses
and went a round of mirth and folly,
until af ter awhile, exhausted of purse,
ruined of reputation, blasted of soul,
he begged a crust from a grocer, de
caring as his deliberate opinion that
he thought th .t a dog's life was better
than a man's.
These mere pleasurists will come
around you while you are engaged in
your 'A~rk, and they will try to take
you away. T'hey have lost their places.
Why not you lose your place? The
ou will be one of them. Oh, my
friends, before you go with these pleas
ure seekers, thone men whose entire
life is fun and amusement and recrea
tion. remember while after a man has
lived a life of integrity and Christian
consecratio'n, kind to the poor and ele
vating to the world's condition, when
he comes to die, he has a glorious
reminiscence lying on his death pillow,
the twere pleaturiat has nothing by way
of review but a torn platbill, a ticket
for the race, an empty tankard or the
east out rinds of a carousal. And as
in delirium of his awful death he
clutches the gobiet and presses it to his
lips, the dregs falling on his tongue
wll begin to uneoil and hiss with the
adders of an eternal poison.
Again, beware of Sabbath breakers.
Tell me how a young man spends his
Sabbath, and I will tell you what are
his prospects in business, and I will
tell 3 ou what are his prospects for the
eternal world. God has thrust into
our busy life a sacred day when we are
to look after our souls. is it exorbi
tant after giving six days to the feed
ing and the clothing of these perisha
ble bodies that God should demand one
day for the feeding and the clothing
of the immortal soul? Oar bodies arc
seven day clocks, and they rneed to be
wound up, and if they are not wound
up they run down into the grave. No
man can continuously break the Sab
bath and keep his physical and mental
health. Ask those aged men, and they
wil tell you they never knew men who
continuously broke the Sabbath who
did not fail either in mind, body or
moral principle. A manufacturer gave
this as his experience, ie said: "I1
owned a factory on the Lehigh. Every
thing prospered. I kept the Sabbath,
and everything went on well. But one)
Sabbath morning I bethought myself
of a new sbuttle. and I thought I would
invent that shuttle before sunset, and 1
..efused all food a drink until I ha
:ompiqted that shuttle. By itadown
I had completed it. The next d3y,
Monday, I showcd to my workmen and
friends this ncew shuttle. rhey all
congratulated me on my great success.
I put that shuttleinto play. I enlarged
my business; but, :-ir, that Sunday's
work cost me $30,000. From that day
everything went wrong. I failed in
business, and I lost my wi." Oh, my
friends, keep the Lord's day You may
think it old fogy advice, but I give it to
you now: "Remuember the Sabbath
day, to keep it holy. Six dass shalt
thou labor and do all thy work, but the
seventh is the Sabbath of the Lord thy
God; ia it thou shalt not do and work."
A man said that he would prove that
all this was a fallacy, and so he said,
"I shall raise a Sunday crop." And he
plowed the field on the Sabbath, and
then he put in the seed on the Sabbat h
and cultivated the ground on the Sib
bath. When th2 harvest was ripe, he
reaped it on the Sabbath, and be car
ried it into the mow on the Sabbath,
and then he stood out defiant to his
Christian neighbors and said, "There,
that is my Sunday crop, zand it is alt
garnered." After awhile a ztor:a came
up and a great darksess. and the light
nings of heaven struck the barn, and
away went his Sunjiay crop. Beware,
young tuen, of ali Sabbath breakers.
Again, I charge you, beware of asso
ciation with the dissipatci. G. wtith
them and you wili in titue ad.'pt ttbeir
habits. Who is that man faleu aga;in:-t
the curb stone, covered with bruises
and beabtiliness? lie was :s bright
faced a lad as ever looked up from your
nursery. His mther rvcked him,
fondled him, would not let the night
air touch his check and held him up
and looked down into his loving eyes
and wondered for what high position lie
was being fitted. He entered life with
bright hopes. The world be.:koned
him, fiiends cheered him, but the
archers shot at him, vile men set tiaps
for him, bad habits hooked fast to him
with their iron grapples; hi.s feet slip
ped on the way, and there he lies
Who would think that that uncombed
hair was once toi ed with by a father's
fingers? Who would think that those
bloated cheeks were ever kissed by a
mother's lip.? Would you guess that
that thick tongue once wade a house
hold glad with itS innocent prattle?
Utter no harsh words in his ear. lielp
him up. Put the hat over that once
wanly brow. Brush the dust from that
coat that once covered a generous heart
Sho.v him the way to the houe that
once rejoiced at the souad of his F-ot
step, and with gentle words te - o.
children to stand n:Aet as you hey. au
through the ball.
That was a kind husband once and
an indulgent lather. He will kueel
with them no more as once he did at
family prayers-the little ones with
c!asped hands looking up into the
heavens with thauksgiving for their
happy home. But now at uwidnight lie
will drive thenm from their prniows
and curse them down the steps and
howl after them as, unclad, it. fly
down the steet !n night garweurs, . oldr
the calm starlight. Who slew that
man? Who blasted that home? Who
Ilunged those children into worse than
orphaaage--until the hands are blue
with cold, and the cheeks are blanched
with fear, and the brow is scarred with
bruises, and the eyes arc hollow with
grief? Who made that life a wreck
and fiiled eternity with the uproar of a
Oa, if I had some art by which I
could break the charm of the tempter's
bowl and with mailed hand lift out the
long serpent of eternal despair and
shake out its coils and cast it down and
crush it to death!
Shake off the Sabbath breaker. Oh,
turn your back upon these men.
Shake off the sceptic. Shake off the
idler. Shake off the pleasurist. You
may do this work of ejection in polite
ness, but you may do it firmly. You
are not under any circumstances to lose
all the remembrances of the fact that
you are a gentleman and must always
act the centlenman. A young man said
to a Christiaa Quaker, "Old chap, how
did you get your money?"
"Well," said the Quaker "I got it
by dealing in an article in which thou
mayest dealt if thou wilt-civility"
Be courteous, be polite, but be firm,
Say "No" as if you meant it. If you
ay "No" in a feeble way, they will
keep on with their imploration and
their temptation, and after awhile you
will stand in silence, and then you willi
say, after they have gone on a little
longer, "Yes,'' and then you arc last.
Oh, turn your back upon the ban
quet of sin! I call you to a better
feast today. The promises of God ar.
the fruits. The harps of heaven are
music The clusters of Eschol are
pressed into the tankards. The sons
and daughters of the Lord Amighity
are the guests, while standing at the
banquet to pour tne wine arid divide
the clusters and command the music
and welcomec the guests is a daughter of
Gol, en Le t.ruw the blossoms of para
dise and in her -:heek the flush of
cletial suwr. Aud her uame is
Religion. "Hecr way are w.e's of
pleasantness, and all b r ;-.v are
Another Georgia Fiend.
A dispatch from Fitzgerald, Ga.,
says: "At about 2 o'clock Tuesday
morning a negro named Bill Clark en
tered the home of M1rs. Sarah Baker,
white, aged nearly 70 years, and com
mitted a criminal assault upon her.
rs. Baker came here from Mlirn--apo
lis, Mian. Nearly all the residlents of
the town are from the north and north
west. it was sevtral hours before M1rs
Bker was able to apprise her neigh
bors of the outrage. I he umari was eap
tured and positively identitied by his
victim. Arrangements were made for
a lynching when cooler counsel pre
vailed for the time and a preliminary
exaination was held and Clark was
ordered committed to jail. While the
trial was in progress the lynching sp'ir
it arose again and arracgements w~re
made to hang Clark as soon as hauds
could be laid upon him. Learaing of
this the officers spirited himi away out
of a back door. T1he mob, muade up of
both northern and southern men. rs
still looking for him- Should he be
found lie will be hanged."
Follows the Flag.
The Chrarkston News anid ('-urir.
referring to the fact that Se:.a or J juew,
of Arkansas, declared "the (cn'timu
ton follows the flag." the !r::er fr
quent assertion that "trade folioxs the
fiag," and the reports romn 31anila that
saloons follow it, declares that "alto
gether there is quite a procession b
hind the beloved emblem."
Gainesville, Ga., D~c. 8, 189.
Pitts' Antiseptic Invigorator in my
ramiy and am perfectly that it is all,
and will do all, you claim for it.
A. B. C. Dorsey.
P. S.-I am using it now myself.
It's doing mie good. Sold by f'he 31ur
ray Drug Co., Columbia, S. C., and all
bEDICINES VS. NOSTRUMS,
Proprietary Remedies from the View
point of Modern Medical Science.
(JA3ES it. THOMPSON IN AMERICAN
JOURNAL OF HEALTH )
Che time is past when imembers of
the medical fraternity, who would
speak with authority on matters per
taining to their profession, can deny
that curative agents of real efficacy are
to be found among proprietary reme
dies. Physicians belonging to what
may be most aptly termed the "old fogy
type" have been repeatedly chagrined
at viewing the wonderful cures effected
by a proprietary medicine, after they
had, in sweeping terms, denounced the
use of all specifics of the class under
discussion as fraught with the gravest
menaces to physical wePare. As a na
tural conseqtience of this fact the num
ber .f those among the medical profcs
sion who still administer univtrsal and
unquahfied condemnation to proprieta'y
remedies as a class is very small and 's
cons:atutly on the wane, both as regards
numerical strenuth and ia respect to
character and ability. The Journal fi
llealth in this matter, as in all others
which belong to the tieli it oCcupies.
has always endeavored to bringits view,
into comtiplete harm. ny with the facts
that preseuted themselves to its jidg.
ment; and it has never att-mpte' to
warp facts in such a wa; as to make
ithen fit into its preconceived views
For while the former spirit is indica
tive of an enlightened and reasonjig
progress, the latter is an unmistakable
sign of intellectural stagnancy. Ap
plying these remarks to Whe surject of
proprietary medicines. we would indi
cate our attitude in this regard about
as follows: Waile dealing out to the
iuipostures so extensively prevalent in
tnis line the mobt unequivo-al and out
sp'ken censure, we do not hesitate to
bestow words of commendation on such
specifies as have shown by actual trial
before our hygienic staff that they are
remedies of undoubted theraputie vir
tue. A medicine which has fuhiled our
mist exacting demands in thi4 respect,
and one which therefore we feel justi
tied in recoumending to our readers,
is "Life for the Liver and Kidneys,"
u'ffered by the Life Medicine Company
of Spartanburg, South Carolina It
has demoutrated to us, so conclusive
ly as to leave no room for doutit even
on the part of the most skepti-al, that
it is a thorouvh curative agent in all
cases of dyspepsia, indigestion, constipa
tion, biliousne.-s, Bright's disease.
dropsy, gravel. rheumatism and all dis
orders ariing from a diseaed condition
of the liver, kidneys and urinary orgons.
la order to show how completely
free from every non-judicial considera
tion our investigations are, we shall
indicate briefily the manner in whiclh
the examination of the reuiedy under
discussion was conducted. A repre
sentative was sent from our office to
collect testimony in regard to **Life
for the Liver and Kidneys." le wa,
himself an entirely diAnterested party,
and the ioqairy wtiieh he pursued was
conducted in suah a secret manner that
no one commercially connected with
the article in question had any means
of knowing that its merits were being
made the subject of investigation by a
hygienic authority. Thiose who had
used the remedy fer the maladies in
which it claims to bring relief were in
terrogated in regard to the effect it had
exercised in their own eases. The
answers which were received were
characterized by an astonisbing unani
mity. Every person who was visited
and questioned with respect to "Life
for the Liver and Kidneys" replied
that he had found in it a most efficaci
ous cure. This fact was ascertained to
be true not only in cases of ordinary
severity, but even in those instances
which had succesfully withstood the
skill of physicians as well as the cura
tive powers of other proprietary reme
Having prosecuted our examination
of the medicine in qiestion in a man
ner that could not fail to detect any
harmful attributes that might belong
to it -for our examination extended to
all classes and to almost all ages-we feel
that a simple regard for the precepts of
equity, as well as the health-de mands of
our readers, calls for an editorial reeog
nition of the genuine ther ipeutic vir
tues of 'L~fe for the Liver and Kid
A gentleman in Augusta has received
a let ter from a private correspondent in
which he refers to the political status
in this country nd the impression
which it has created upon the minds of
Republican citizens of France. We
quote the following paragraphs from
the letter: 'Lou speak with much pa
triotism about Oid Glory and the Stars
and Stripes. Twenty years hack thai
was all right, but since t he G .0. P.
is in power, with its gold staaitrd, but
with no go'. in its treasury; wit h all
the trusts and c'mbinations; nmaking
war against the Filipinos .and siding
with Engla nd ag'ainst the Boers, 1 don't
see that I am very proud of our flag
which used to stand for liberty, but
now means highway robbery."
"It did mue good to hear W.- J. Bryan.
ice said we had bctter t-:ke down that
mt s:tute in the harbor of New
Lork oh "Liberty Enlightening the
World," and get in its place a second
hatnd statute of George, the Fourth of
Engzland; it would be more appropriate
and better suit the occasion and the
time. If we don't have a change soon
of some kinid I think I will live to see
the day when we will have a dictator
here oi an emperor. u e are going
that way sixty miles an hou:. 11. pit>
liaan Frenebmen told me "if the Uni
ted S:ate., kept on this way for another
ten years, iuere ising the army, getting~
colotmes and doing everything like we
are d..ii in E irope, we are all gone
l'he United States will fall and we will
fall, atnd then it will be a long time be
fore anothcr repiutlic can stand."
News and Courier."
A Triumph in Science.
There can now no longer be any
question whbatever of the true scientific
value of the Keeley Cure for alcohol
ism and morphi-1eism. indeed, this
treatment was not actually offered to
the public b~y its di-coverer, the li'
iDr. Leslie E. Keel.-y, until h- L::d i
carefui experitmentatuon and by other
methods assur-ed himself of its safeiy
aid tili -ay 'This treattment has al
.,.i- -.:.' the test of time, and the
p'ublic confidence in its merits is con
mtantly strengthened by the public's
observation of what it has actually ac
comlished. 'The number of those who
have been eured at Keeley Institutes is
large enough to extend the piroofs of
its blessed fruits to every section of
our country. The Keeley treatment is
a.dministered at the Keeley Institute,
Columbia. S. C.
Suicide of a Lady
Mrs. Susmn Thirkild, aged sixty
hree years, committed suicide Thurs
ay morning ten miles from Greenville.
She was in good health, but had pre
iously intimated she would end her
ife. She jumped in Reedy river and
was drowned. She was living with her
If Not This, Then What Could It Be?
-A Peculiar Story.
A singular story is related by the
New Orleans Times-Democrat. It was
told by a well-known professional man
at a stag dinner, and the unusual ex
perience stated in his own words is
well worth repeating:
"In the spriing of 1S92," he said, "I
was living in a house in North Ram
part street, which I had taken on a
one-year's lease, expecting to build.
Our family consisted of myself and
wife, our little boy, then only 5 years
old, and my unmaried sister. The
house was a two-story brick, which
had been built before the war and the
interior arrangement was very sim
ple. The front door opened on a hall,
which contained the staircase and ran
all the way through on the right-hand
side, while on the left was, first, our
parlor, then the dining-room, and last
ly, a small unused apartment not
much larger than a closet. Upstairs
were bedrooms, and in the rear was a
detached kitchen. We allowed the lit
tle room on the first floor to stand
vacant for several reasons. To begin
with it was actually too small for ac
tual service, and it was badly lighted
by only one high, narrow window, be
sides some of the plastering had fallen
from the ceiling, and I was afraid the
rest might come tumbling down on
our heads. That was undoubtedly a
source of danger, and prevented us
from using it for storage, so we sim
ply left it as we four.d it-entirely em
pty. I suppose the room was con
structed originally for a pantry. I
have been a little particular in de
scribing these details because, as you
will see, they have a direct bearing on
"We had been living in the house
almost a year," continued the speaker,
"when one Sunday In June, as nearly
as I can remember, I went with my
wife and child to see some friends
near Audubon Park. My sister was
visiting at Biloxi at the time, and we
let the servant off for a holiday. We
got back at 5 o'clock or thereabouts,
for I recollect it was still quite light,
and as we were walking toward the
bouse I noticed that somebody had left
a stepladder standing directly In front
of the high window opening into the
little disused room on the ground
floor. 'That's rather a cordial invita
tion to prowlers.' I said half joking.
'Let's see whether any have availed
themselve.9 of it.' So when we went
inside we flalked back together to the
last door and I pushed it open. 'Why!
what does this mean?' I exclaimed in
astonishment. There was nobody
there, but the room, which had always
been entirely vacant, contained sev
eral pieces of furniture. A rough
looking table stood in one corner, with
an old-fashioned straight-back chair in
front of it and opposite was a small
bed cot. There were some papers and
other things on the table and a relig
ious print stuck on one of the walls.
I started to go in, but my wife held
me back. 'Don't go in,' she pleaded,
'the plaster may fall. Those things
must belong to the cook. It struck me
very strange that the cook should
move in without asking permission,
but I noticed that my wife was very
nervous so I drew the door to and we
went into the parlor. A few minutes
later I walked outside to shift the
ladder, and as I picked it up I glanced
through the window. The room was
"I am not superstitious, and the
proof of It is that I thought immediate
ly I was the victimof some practical
joke. I re-entered the house quietly
from the rear and again I opened the
door. The room was as empty as a
drum, and it was evident at a glance
that no sort of trickery was remotely
possible. I won't attempt to describe
my feelings. I was so shocked, so be
wildered, so frightened to tell you the
truth that for a moment or two I was
sumply rooted to the spot. Then I
pulled myself together somehow and
went back to the parlor. My wife
saw at once that something was
"It's that room!" I blurted out.
'There's nothing in it now-not a
"And immediately I had a case of
hysterics og my hands. That's about
all there is to the story. Next morn
ing I examined the place carefully by
broad daylight, and it was plain from
the dust on the floor that no furnish
ing of any kind had been there for
years. We left the house before the
end of the week, paying a month's for
feit on the lease, not because we be
lieve in spooks, but because we didn't
care to stay in a place where unac
countable things happen. It's bad for
the nerves. My wife and I have talked
the matter over a thousand times,
carefully comparing notes, and as far
as we know we both saw the same
things. My boy must have seen them,
too, for when we went back Into the
parlor he asked his mother 'whether
that wasn't Aunt Hattie's chair.' Aunt
Hattie is an old relative of ours, who
has a favorite straight-back chair, sim
ilar to the one we saw in the room.
Of course we have never allowed our
selves to refer to the occurrence be
fore the child, so I am unable to say
positively what else he observed.
What I saw myself was as* plain and
as distinct as you are at this moment.
I even noticed that one of the table
legs had been mended with a piece
of slat, and my wife remarked the
same thing. The house is still stand
ing, and has since been occupied by
several successive tenants. As far as
I am aware none of them have ever
had any unusual experience."
Treatment for the Kind That Art Not
Given by Nature.
When the patient is seen early, be
fore discoloration has set in, cold com
presses or evaporating lotions are in
dicated; this reduces the swelling and
limits the subsequent discoloration.
But if the patient is seen after he has
a fully-developed "black eye. hot
compresses and massage are required.
The affected portion is smaeared over
wit.h vaseline and rubbed for 10 mIn
tes several time a day. By:. frequemt
massage and continuous hot applica
ion's the discoloration may be almost
entirely removed within twenty-fou:
ours. The professional "black eye
artists use a poultice of the scraping
f a root, which is thought to be br:.
A single hume'.u hr <Ii su;port
A ro oUtchery.
Brookvile. Pa.. has a crow hatchery,
s~aid to be the only one in the world.
This bird's jet black head makes a
handsome trimmin-; for iadies' hats,
and millners are credited with paying
:' ta~sfr each h:ead. The eggs of
. ach in an ordinary chicken in
nator in fifteen days. and in eight
wekhs the birds are big enough to be
Farm H-ands WantedI.
Five thousand v :aite farm hands are
.anted by the Haw.aiian sugar planters
o meet the conditions imposed by the
[aaiian governruent upon the grant
f a privilege to import more contract
aorers from Japan. which conditions
re that an equal number of Caucasians
hall be induced to immigrate to the
slands for every 5.000 Asiaties here
fter to be admitted.
Miss Wabash Amiazed.
"What Is-.hat 0>1 proverb about the
oss and thyrolling sto'-?'' queried
the Chicago gr
"A revolving fi nent off the pale
zoic age collects no c!yga:iaous ve~g
e:tion,'' replied her couansom Bos
"Land's sake!" ejaculated the Chica.J
o girl, and let it go at that.-Chica- I'
A WaR DICTIONARY.
Definition of Boer Terms Now in Fre
The following list vill be found use
ful by readers of the war news. The
pronur.eiation of the more difficult
words is given:
Aapies river (Arpie.). -Runs through
Pretoria into the Limpopo.
Afrikander.-A white man born in
South Africa of European stock.
Bethulie (Beth-oolD).-Town in the
Orange Free State.
Bultong.-Boer provend r. Dried
Boer -A peasant.
Burgier.-Nlales over sixteen years
ol.41 posemirg ithe franchise.
Con:mandAnt.- Command, r.
Cou:nMatdo.-A blcdy < f Boer-.
C omm ar'deer. -Tfo mobti,;z , :to r. (ju'i
I)a.n -Ar' artifieial 1lk'.
Dieioom --Pole f an ox A agon.
-!)rg:i -A water lsole or ceep .lirth.
1)n -- Kit r brandi.
D'pp' r .-The putn-aIieal I hermn
lrop -A village.
lDrdt -A ford.
Ethowe (lith-. ow) ).- Camp in Zulu
!and. RIesidence of eonmissioner.
Field Cornet.-A mas:trate with
e(riain military powers.
G abeiones(G.b ber-ooni) - Very im
portant natise town, ninety miles oorth
Geldeuhuis (Geld-den his) -For
m(rly member of the Volksraad for
Griqualand West (Greek-a-land).
Di-triet of Kimberley dianend mines.
Kantoor (Kantort).-Row-ky mining
valley near Iarbertan, in Transvaal.
Klip -A stone.
Komati Poort (Ke-marty-poori) -
Bord-rtown, Transvaal and Portuguese
Kraal -A cattle pound, or collection
of native huts.
Krantz -A cleft between hills.
Laager -A Boer camp.
INealies.-Indian corn;staple food of
natives, and much grown and used b)
the Boers for bread. etc.
.3Nek -The saddle connecting two
Palapswe ( Pal-larp sway) Very
large native town in Bechuanaland.
Chief Khama's headquarters.
Pdn -A sheet of water.
Pont -A ferry.
P ort.-A pass between or over the
Iama thlabama (Ray-math-lay-bar
me) -Near Mafeking; British cam p.
Roinek.-Literally red neck. Boer
term for English soldiers.
Schuin's Hoogte (Skeins-boog-ta5).
Hill in Natal; just over the Transvaal
border. Battle in war of 1881.
Sluit.-A dry ditch.
Spruit.-A small stream.
Taal.-The Boer Low Datch lan
Trek.-Traveling by ox wagon.
Uitlander-A nonburgher 'of the
Vreldt-The South African prairie.
Veldt Cornet.-See field cornet.
Vereenigi ng (Fur-eeny-ging).-First
station on the Tiansvaai side of the
Vaal river. Custom house.
Vierkleur.-The four-colored~ Boer
flag, red, white, blue and green. --J
uViei.-A small lake.
.iVoorooper.-The boyjleading the
first span ofan ox team.
Voortrekker.-The older generation
of Boers who took part in the Great
Trek of 1837.
>~ Zirp.-A Boer policeman.
CZoutspanberg (Zoot-pans-berg ).
Very large northern district of Trans
vaal. H ighly mineralized.
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One bottle will test it in an case. For
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bottles $1, six for five $5. Write for
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prepaid to Times readers, describe
simptoms and personal free medicaf
adivice will be given. Address Blood
Balmn Co., Atlanta, Ga.
Csught a Fire Bug
There is a self-confessed firebug be
hind the bars in the jail here. A negro
by the name of Ossie Shackelford was
arrested at Mc Bean station and brought
here: and put where she is now, together
w'ith another negro by the name of
.\lundy. Ossie confessed to the aushori
tics that she had set fire to two houses.
She said she was working for Mrs.
hloidins on Broad street and several
weeks ago she broke some crockery for
which she was reprimanded and told
that the amount would be taken out of
her wages. Later she did some of her
h-yu'ehold duties in such a manner as
to again cause her to be reprimanded.
This- angered her and she took the bur
tLer from a kerosene lamp and poured
the contents on some c'othing in a
closet and lighted it. She also ac
knowledges having fired a double tene
ment house on Center street, which
was occupied by Tom Lark and Tom
Po'pe. before it was burned. She said
.he did this because the negroes living
in the house did not treat her right.
Snator Lodge has delivered a speech
in the senate upholding the presiden
tial policy and declaring that the presi
dent should be authorized to control
the Philippines and our position be
clearly defined, lie deprecated mak
ing the Philippines a party issue, which,
by the way, is rather natural from a
Republican standpoint. -- Augusta
Chicago is Sore.
Chicago is very sore over the nation
al Democratic convention going to
Kansas City. The Chicago Record
says: "if Democrats had been warned
in advance, instead of paying $6 for a
night's slumber on a cot in Kansas
City, they would have taken the $6 two
months ago and gone there quietly and
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A ROYAL BATTLE THE DRYEST STATE
4pider and Hornet in a Scientific
Fight. RAIN FALL VARIES FROM THREE TO
There was a fight in the yard of a
house on Germantown avenue, says
a Philadelphia paper, between a spider The People Do Not Concern Them
and a hornet about which a privileged selves Much About the Rain, Buti
crowd of spectators went wild. There
were no cries of fake, for the fight was
to a finish. True, the contestants dis- gatlon.
regarded Marquis of Queensbury rules
and fought under the unsportsmanlike
regulations of the old London prize mountains and grass in the valleys,
ring, but the affair was pulled off but these grow in spite of the fact thati
without the knowledge of the policeis in the dryest part of the,
wtheu wae knowlinterfr ep c United States. E-ven within the bound-*
and there wars no Interference. aries of this one territory, however, the;
The scrap started by the hornet web rainfall varies from over twenty-five;
ting tangled up In the spider's web.inhsayratCmGodninhe
The spectators were drawn by the loud
buzz of the hornet made In trying to mountains to three inches a year ati
escape, and they started jeering the Yuna on the desert. Twenty-five inch2i
spider because that wary beas' stayed es of rainfall a year means, perhaps, a
Iipossible crop. hree inches a year
In hs coner.means no water at all. The people of
"Time" was called again and again.. Arizona do not, therefore, concern
"Poke him up," suggested somebody
finally, but hardly were the words the nle much wi an oe ta
spoken when the spider dart~d out. about it nce in a whie don oa
The tight was on. Betting five to four
on hornet on account of heavier weight burst, but such a rainfal has little re
and longer reach. lation to the possibilities of the soil
Round 1-The hornet jabs with his from a productive point of view.
sting, but the blow falls short. Spider The settler in Arizona first seeks run.
very nimble on his feet. Makes a rush
but well met by hornet, who swats him sette hme upon th landnd
with a wing hook. Fiddling in the cen- straightway proceeds to get rich, for
tre. both watching for an opening. The runnin- water upon Arizona soil is like
spider goes to his corner. End of a gold mine-it produces wealth.
round 1. Betting even, with few back- has been the system ever since
ers of hornet. It was the spider's the memory of man, for there are An
round. zona ditches which are nearly 400
Round 2-Spider rushes at opponent, years old, and the present generation Is:
who, as before, rears and strikes. not quite sure what manner of people
Again the spider, by clever footwork, dug them.
eludes the blow. The spider by his Xt ry of man, how.
quickness makes the hornet look like ever. when Arizona w almost a
a novice, but if the hornet lands one trackles desert, overrun with fierce and
blow it is all over. Both hesitate to warlike Indians, and it is within the
mix It up, and the crowd jeer. Round meniory of even the children of An
in hornet's favor, if anything. Betting zona that all this has changed; deserts
brisk at even money. have been made to bloom and all war
Round 3-Hornet comes up laboring like Indians have either been sent to
heavily. Spider dances arount! him,. h y hunting grounds or are used:
but will not mix it up. Suddenlyth ap
bnt ill ot mx I up.Suddnlyfor exhibition purposes in wild west.
rushes In and lands a beautiful blow shows and Eastern expositions.
on the head, jarring the hornet. Breaks All this has been done by ignoring
away before the hornet, who is grow- the usual way of watering the earth
ing weaker, can return. Another rush and by utilizing the melting snowbanks
follows. Both mix it up heavily, the as their waters raced toward the sea
spider tryinz to land the finishing blow.
Hornet fighting grandly. All over. The ter courses. or ditches, have these am
spider has just jabbed sting in solar bitions and Industrious Arizoda people
plexus, the hornet gives a few convul- du" and ;;M.000 acres of this wonder-.
sive struggles, falls and lies still. He ful valley lands grow rich with green:
is counted out and then eaten by his things of the eatt in response to the:
victor. water from these ditches. It is net all
There was much dissatisfaction fun to settle on these ard lands, and it
among the backers of the hornet, who Is no easy task to have dug these
declared that if their fvorite had not ditches, but the results have paid ten
been drugged in the first place he fold to those who dared thi task.
would never have entered the web. Great mining camps are always near
Referee decides bets must be paid, how- by. Miners always have money to spend
ever. They want the best the earth can give
them, and the Irrigated lanids of Ar-.
A An Annoying Book. zona have been paid, for with the
The Arkansas Legislature will be money dug from the bowels of the Vol
petitioned to forbid the sale of a book. canic hills.
The citizens of Fort Smith have the T rni stram of rionaore
petition well under way. The petitionno digalthycnndsllme
states that the book is calculated towteisand.Tgtthshee
prejudice the public against Fort peo tevlc~ o ofvrdwt
The book Is the life story of thefrnthclusasoeesnsfte
"Hanging JTudge." the sternest of all ya.I h otso ugdcn
American justices. It is the biographvy n hywl lcegetrc as
of Judge Isaac Charles Parker. TheThmetnsowadheitrris
title is "Hell on the Border." Judge ~llhrmigeadieqetuilh.
Parker was known as "The American dogtsrkstevle eo n
Jeffreys." He sentenced 200 men to teprhdvgtto al p hi
death. One of his chief executionersus.Teth sordwewilb
alone hanged eighty-six men. His courtloedtoadmr enryhnc
was a continuous performance. Hemoewatoth drstpcei
opened court at 8 a. m. and sat In judg.Amria
ment until dark. When he passed his
first sentence he burst into tears. Not- A atSd ol
withstanding that he afterward sen- " ih"si on ayr h
tenced 199 men to. death and sent 199 hsa fiei e okadahm
more to prison for life. He was burned i roln ~htIhdkp con
and hanged in effigy in Indian Terrn-ofteuericdnsIhvntcd
tory. On the day of his death there wasintecusofm wakthugte
a joyful riot in the old jail at Forteatsdonmwytohefr.Oe
Smith. Ark. o hs niet-thpee n
He had two ruling principles: "Dorandylstw k- deaprc
equal and exact justice," was one, and lrysrn mrsino e a
the other, "Permit no innocent man to hryn ln hr tet odn
be punished, but let no guilty man es- m mrlabtenm n'afn
cape." Men were hanged in squads,drvn rawhnIotcdalte
five at a time, on the Fort Smith gal- ilaedo e h a eyltl
lows by his order. He was at once thegilnomreta orGyrsld
most esteemed man in Arkansas and pol rse n ut nrtce
the most hated man in the Indian Ter- fo h an ofra nubel
ritory. Though he passed the deathwet
sentence upon 199 men, Judge Parker " ure lnvgeytikn
was opposed to capital punishment. He aothwwtadcl n ieal
administered justice according to thethcilmutbadrtetngI
laws of his state. He quarreTed withmy inaderiatoowhcI
and won a victory over the Supreme otncmntt ohm ytefr
Court of the United States. rbtt aetebig o~h x
George Maledon, slim, lithe. smilelesspesuroefecangteshto
and (8 t-ears old, the man who hangedth cilrndw tee. W nI
eighteight men., Judge Parker's ablecaeqieutohehldseurd
lieutenant. the "Prince of Hangmen." deyanfcdm.Shlokdu
as they picturesquely put it in thewihtemsenangmlendad
West. the most famous executioner of qiesml u laaty
modern times. is another figure of "M ol' se.
"Hell on the Border.""Iloedonadisvrdsh
George Maledon was the hangman wsnrigi e iteam hs
during most of Judge Parker's adminis kybtlqatszdaduaond
tration. He hanged eight-eight men. sv o ht ae iclrdb h
He was dubbed Judge Par'-er's "under- ri. Wa i o h c
derstudy." Very grim and picturesque qise ntedlyter n x
Is the humor of the West In such c- rese e fteadl doisrn
S. W. Harmon served on the jury In Te okago oka h hnn
the famous "terrible court" a hundredeysithcilsranwtfead
times. He is the author of the me- wn n u nsieo n aei
moirs of what he styles "a great courtimrsngomy idthfatht
and a greater Judre." to which he hasheeyswr ap.Iavntbn
givn he ite, Hel o te Brdr." abe Popei Dof Nth Colcton hef
It I realy ot afathr'sfaul th t Dothes gromnse tof ive fcth Fohat
ihathislitle augtersupose hi Arzoas Tonhip drycotmpar ou-h
to kow veryhin. Chldrn arbo ntehsdthat Even witoln the foxes,
toavefaih.Butonepaentsholdande ofwhi nownes inrrthey woswevrth
begn:ralnal. vare frm ovte twnsh-ip,
"Pap youwentthrugh he en- uadtadnsevera heices stae ya t
~fi ours at chool did'tYyum" oxes Mr. desert. wsnt-fie nh
"Ye, dar;I sen tw yers n eson rahfao misear smeans, pehis, ck
ciene."pes.sibe ere Thre inohe of ter
id ofyor fce pparsto e n tetiees, ndwater or fivTe eoles wer
be he ef. Teooknglasrveses Ithesede ofc doitht ra. Tlneyl
it, desn'tIta"ut aix-onthod u in a ke n nncea
"Yes" nar thei chickend coop caled h outh
and ottm o yor fce he ameburt, but wsuc msakeana Thast ite
wayationhat the p ossibiltie ofur the
"Why-c-a."Pcarsn' Wei - fosmaea pridiv aon, ofeiesw.eo
Thiessttlertin Ariog.firt asn
how ohnn Repied, thogh tat n thene with killedence,
On tis rtculr evnin hi el e o;tt hiserlf upnt the dogn
wasnsingoigateluonh Arizon sof thlie
siserhadtod hm o sy o M. ank muntain with two- podes Thealth.
nsn tat he ada bd cld nd as hs asmeen the syeste everfo sance
sorr shecoulnotcomedownthca rm eory afas for the foxesAr.
On h oca~o, ls, e asIn a rsod,_adthprsentgeneatio__ s
There was oncatdy.te have wat elevn es tfisle
Whorfoie M. Enkinon aid- vmrnin whAoscna was aidmone
"Whee isyoursistrJhnny"cFlpnosodser, doven wtfercean
Jonyrepie:- -at'sk so,"iansand iisth n othe
"Sh's p anir snzi' hr bame me mry of ee n chlde g olf bAr
bea of."Chiasr Tibue. ezone th alltishaschnged; dSrt
Recetlythe ovenorhaseceved a e been di a fro bloomy and aar
"ike inias ae roinhreent to fre
numbr o aplictios fr apoitme thie happ huis fround her are used
tha itbe tatd fr he eneit f ftos Hexshiio porchose n aid es
appicntstht ter isnosuc ofc adshe nd histwierin exotitio.e 'f
in hisStae. her wa anoffcef Allehd hias Se trine by egnorpe
terapi inpetor bu te lgisatre itnde babytiizin the megng snowband
has bolshe tha an deolve thadu the id anwat red roward thsa
tie onth cont suerisos ndor-hrFifens hudsred mlof artlcial wh
nissiners.The Satr.orses.v gofro dthehe. thes m
bptios live indtr ious riora Tepl
& indo fr crea~ th ss th artn responses tothe
Youneeatoepyrsfruh.ma thee ditches.tn sntl
A. weny-fve entbotleof . L & .fun B. setlAnthny adlaes, and wo
Will rive ll ilsawy.smnowl esoo rersnt sove dog thes
See ad. andetryait-neveririig.tedatlanin oonAre-s