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THE BANNE R=DIMOCRAT
VOL. XIII. LAKE PROVIDENCE. EAST CARROLL PARISH, LA., SATURDAY, JANUARY 12, 1901 NO. . ,
gILNDAY'S DISCOUlSE BY T'HE ABLF D0.
MlbJeetf, The Falth of sahab-There Is
Meray For All Sinners - Cheer For All
Who Are Engaged in Life's Battles
Meaning of the Sun's Standing Still.
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WAssnrnarow, D. C.-In this discourse
Dr. Talmage follows Joshua on his tri
umphal march and speaks encouraging
words to all who are engaged in the bat
ties of this life; text, Joshua i, 5, "There
shall not any man bh able to stand before
thee all the days of thy life."
Moses was dead. A beaextiful tradition
says the Lord kissed him and in that act
drew forth the soul of the dying lawgiver.
He hadl been buried; onu! one person at
the funeral-the same One'who kissed him.
But God never takes a man away front
any place of nscfulnres until He has some
one ready to replace him. Thie Lord doer
not go looki'ig around amid a great va
riety of candidates to find some one especi
ally fitted for the vacated position. lHe
makes a man for that i,!ce. Moses has
passed off the stage. anti Joshua, the hero,
puts his foot on the p!rtform of history
so solidly that ali the ares echo with the
tread. lie was a magnificent fighter, but
he always fought on the right side, and he
never founht unless God told him to fight.
He got his military equipment from G(led,
who gave him the promise at the start,
"There shall not any man be able to
stand I-.fore thee sll the days of thy life."
God fulfilled this promise, although Josh
ua's first ba'tle was with the spring fresh
et, the niert rith a stone wall, the next
leading on a regiment of whipped eo-r.
ards and the next battling against dark.
ness, wheeling the sun and the moon info
his battalion and the lant against the king
of terrors, death-five great victories.
As a rule, when the general of an army
starts out in a war he would like to have
a small battle in order tl at he may get
his own c3urage up and rally his troops
and get them dril'ed for greater conflicts,
but the first undertaking of Joshua was
greater than the leveling of Fort Pulaski
or the assault of Gibraltar or the over
throw of the Bastille. It was the crossing
of the Jordan at the time of the spring
freshet. The snows of Mount Lebanon had
just been melting, and they poured down
the valley, and the whole %alley was a
raging torrent. So the Cansaanites stand
on one bank, and they look across and see
Joshua and the Israelites, and they laugh
and ray: "Ahia! They cannot disturb
us until the freshets fall. It is impossible
for them to reach us." But after awhile
they look across the water, and they see
a movement in the army of Joshua. They
say: "What is the matter now? Why,
there must be a panic among those troops,
and they are going to fly, or perhaps they
are going to march across the river Jor
dan. Joshua is a lunatic." But Joshua,
the chieftain, looks at his army and cries,
"Forward. march!" and they start for the
bank of the Jordan. One mile ahead go
two priests carrying a glittering box four
feet long and two feet wide. It is the ark
of the covenant. And they come down,
and no sooner do they just touch the rim
of the water with their feet than, by an
Almighty fiat, JTordan parts. The army
of Joshua marches right on without get
ting their feet wet over the bottom of
the river a path of chalk and broken
shells and pebbles, until they get to the
other bank. Then they lay hold of the ole
anders and tamarisks and willows and pull
themselves up a bank thirty or forty feet
high, and, having gained the other bank,
they clap their shields and their cymbals
and sing the praises of the God of Joshua.
But no sooner have they reached the bank
than the waters begin to dash and roar,
and wit a terrific rush they break loose
from their strange anchorage. As the
hand of the Lord God is taken away from
the thus uplifted waters-waters perhaps
uplifted half a inle-they rush down, and
some of the unbelieving Israelites say:
"Alas, alas, what a misfortune! Why
could not not those waters have staid
parted, because, perhais, we may want
to go back? 0 Lord, we are engaged in
a risky business! These Canaanites may
eat us up. How if we want to go back?
Would it not have been a more complete
miracle if the Lord had parted the waters
to let us conic through and kept them
parted to let us go back ii we are de
But this is no place for the host to
stop. Joshua gives the command, "For
ward, iarch!" In the distance there is
a long grove of trees, and at the end of the
grove is a city. It is a city with arbors,
a city with walls seeming to reach to the
heavens, to buttress the very sky. It is
the' great metropolis that commands the
mountain pass. It is Jericho. That city
was afterward captured by Pompey and
once by Herod the Great and once again
by the Mohammedans, but this campaign
the Lord phlans. There shall be no swords
no shields, no battering ram; there shal
be only one weapon of war and that a
ram's horn. The horn of the slain ram
was sometime. taken, and holes were
punctured in it, and then the musician
would put the instriment to his lips, and
he would run his fingers over this rude
musical instrument and make a great deal
of sweet harmony for the people. That
was the only kmnd of weapon. Seven
priests were to take these rude, rustic
musical instruments, and they were to
go around the city every day for six days
once a day for six days-and then on the
seventh day they were to go around hlow
lag these rude musieal instruments seven
times, sad then at the close of the seventh
blowing of the ram's horn on the seventh
day the peroration of the whole scene
was to be a shout, at which those great
walls should tumble from eapetone to base.
The pien priects with the rude musical
lIatrument gasp all around the ity walls
ia the fihnt day aid- sor a failure. Not
o much uas a piece of plaster broke loose
from the wall, not so much as a loosened
ek, not oremuch as a piece of mortar loet
from its place. "There," ay the unbe
lievig Ist r lits. "did I not tellyou so?
Why, those ministers are fookls. The idea
f going around the city .with those musi
gal instruments and etpeting in that
way to destroy it. Joshua has been spoiled.
Ie thinks beeaume he has overthrown an4
eoaqoguered the spring freshet he can over-r
throw the stone wall. Why, it is not
philoephie. Do you not see there is no
relation between the blowing of thece
Pusical instruments and the knockin a
down of the wall? It is not philosophic. 1
!And I suppose there were many wiseacres
who stood with their brows knitted and
with the forefinger of the right hand to I
the forefinger of the left hand, arguing it
all out and showing that it was not pos
sible that such a cause could produce such
an effect. And I suppose that night in the
encampment there was plenty of carica
ture, and if Joshua lhad been nominated
sor any high mnlitary position he would
not have received nmany voles. Joshua's
stock was down. 'The second day the
priests blowing the musical instruments
go arosnu the city, and agaiu :s failure.
'he tlird dily, andl a filure; the fourth
day. anld a faii;u:e; tifth day, and a failure;
sixth day, anil a failure. The seiventhl
dlay couns, the ,:lin:et.rie ,lay. Joshua
is u. early in the moriting andt examines
the troops, wvalke all iabout and looks at
the city well. 'th'e priests start to make
tihe circuit of thi city. 'T'hey go all round
once, all .irounI twice, three times, four
times, five timetas, six times, seven times,
and a falh,'re. ''Ther Is only one more
thing to do. ant Im: is to utter a great
shout. I eec the laraclitish arinyi straight
ening themselves up, filling their lungs for
a vociferation such as never was heard be
fore and never heard after. Joshua feels
that the hour has come, and he aries out
,4o his host, "Shout, for the Lord hath gir
en you the city!" All together the troops
shout: "Down, Jericho! Down, Jeriehol"'
and the long line of solid masonry begins
to quiver and to move and to rock. Stand
from under! She fall! Crash go the
walls and temples, the towers, the psl
-aces, the air blackened with dust.
The hmlaur of the victorious fraelIte
and the groan of the conquered Canua
ites commingle, and Joshua, standingl
there in the debris of the walls, hears a
yolee maying, "There shall not any man
tr rbk to whbuor rtb so tbu iasj
Only one house sparcd. Who lives therel
Some great king? No. Some woman dis
tinguished for great, kindly deeds? No.
She had been conspicuous for her crimes.
It is the house of Rahab. Why was her
house spared? Because she had been a
great sinner? No, but because she re
pented, deumostrating to all the ages
that there is mercy for the chief of sia
The red e,rd of divine injunction reach
ing from her window to the ground, so
that when the people saw the red cord
they knew it was the divine indication
that they should not disturb the prem
ises, making us think of the divine cord
of a Saviour's eliiverance. the red cord
of a Saviour's kindness, the red cord of
a Saviour's mercy, the rod cord of oa
ressue. Mercy for the chief of sinners.
Put your trust in that God, and no .:a-.r
age shall befall you,
When our world shall be more terribly
surrounded than was Jericho. even by the
trumpets of the judgment day, and the
hills and the mountains, the metal bones
and ribs of nature, slhli break, they who
have had Rahab's faith shall have Rahab's
When wrapped a fire the realms of ether
And heaven's last thunder shakes the
Thou, undis.aayed, shalt o'er the ruins
And light thy torch at nature's funeral
But Joshua's troops may not halt here.
The command is "Forward, march!" There
Is the city of Ai. It must be taken. A
scouting party comes back and says:
"Joshua, we can do that without you. It
is going to be a very easy job. You must
stay here while we go and capture it."
They march with a small regiment in
front of that city. The men of Ai look at
them and give one yell, and the Israelites
run like reindeer.
Look out when a good man makes the
Lord his ally. Joshua raises his face, ra
diant with prayer, and looks at the des
cending sun over Gibeon, and at the faint
crescent of the moon, for you know the
queen of the night sometimes will linger
around the palaces of the day. Pointing
one hand at the descending sun and the
other at the faint crescent of the moon,
in the name of that God who shaped the
worlds and moves the worlds he cries,
"'un, stand thou stil upon Gibeon, and
thou, moon, In the valley on Ajalon." They
halted. Whether it was by refraction of
the sun's rays or by the stopping of the
whole planetary system I do not know and
do not care. I leave it to the Christian
Scientists and the infidel scientists to set
tle that question while I tell you I have
seen the same thing. "What!" say you.
"Not the sun standing still?" Yes. The
same miracle is performed nowadays.
The wicked do not live out half their
day, and their sun sets at noon. But let
a man start out in battle for God and the
truth and against sin, and the day of his
usefulness is prolonged and prolonged anti
But , Joshua was not quite through.
There was time for five funerals before the
sun of that prolonged day set. Who will
preach their funeral sermon? Massillon
preached the funeral sermon over Louis
XVI. Who will preach the funeral ser
mon of those five dead kings-king of
Jerusalem, king of Hebron, king of Jar
mutl. Irs of LaChisiJcipn of Edon?
Let it be by joshils. What is his text?
What shall be the epitaph put on the door
of the tomb? "There shall not any man
be able to stand before thee all the days
of thy life."
Before you fasten up the door I want
five more kings beheaded and thrust in
King Alcohol, King Fraud, King Lust,
King Superstitition, King Infidelity. Let
them be beheaded and hurl them in. Then
fasten up the door forever.
What shall the inscription and what
shall the epitaph be? For all Christian
philanthropists of all ages are going
to come and look at it. What shall the
inscription be? "There shall not any
man be able to stand before thee all the
days of thy life."
But it is time for Joshua to go home.
He is 110 years old. Washington went
down the Potomac and at Mount Vernon
closed his days. Wellington died peaceful
ly at Apsley House. Now, where shall
Joshua rest? Why, he is to have his
greatest battle now. After 110 years he
has to meet a king who has more sub
jects than all the present population of
the earth, his throne a pyramid of skulls,
his parterre the graveyards and the ceme
teries of the world, his chariot the world's
hearse-the king of terrors. But if this is
Joshua's greatest battle it is going to he
Joshua's greatest victory. He gathers his
friends around him and gives his vale
dictory, and it is full of reminiscence.
Young men tell what they are going to
do; old men tell what they have done. And
as you have heard a grandfather or great
grandfather reated by the evening fire
tell of Monmouth or Yorktown and then
lift the crutch or staff as though it were
a musket to fight and show how the old
battles were won, so Joshua gathers his
friends around his dying couch, and he
tells them the story of what he has been
through, and uas he lies there, his white
locks snowing down on his wrinkled fore
head, I ask if God has kept His promise
all tAe way through. As he lies there lie
tells the story one, two or three times
you have heard old people tell a story
two or three times over-and he answers,
"I go the way of all the earth, and no:
one word of the nromise has failed. not
one word thereof has failed; all has come
to pass, not one word thereof has failed."
And then he turns to his family, as a dy
ing parent will, and says: "Choose now
whom you will serve, the God of IsraRel or
the God of the Amorites. As for me and
my house, we will serve the Lord." A
dying parent cannot be reckless or
thoughtless of his children. Consent to
part with them forever at the door of
the tomb we cannot. By the cradle in
which their infancy was rocked, by the
bosom on which they first lay, by the
blood of the covenant, by the (Od of
Joshua it shall not be. WVe will not part,
we cannot part. JehorashJireh, we take
Thee at Thy promise. "I will be a God to
thee and thy seed after thee."
Dead, the old chieftain must be laid
out. Handle him very gently. That
sacred body is over 110 years of age. Lay
him out, stretch out those feet that
walked dry shod the parted Jordan. Close
those lips which helped blow the blast
at which uhe walls of Jericho fell. Fold
the arm that lifted the spear toward the
doomed city of Ai. Fold it right over the
heart that exulted when the five kings
fell. But where shall we get the burn
ished granite for the headstone and the
footstone? I bething myself now. I im
agine that for the head it shall be the
sun that stood still upon Gibseon and for
the foot the moon that stood still in the
valley of Ajialon.
The Crusade to Brief.
The Finnish Turn-va Temperance Soeiety
nt Ae tabula. Ohio. is about to erect a
10.000 temple in which to holds its meet
ing, an .entertainments.
The trienrdls in Missi.sippi satisfled with
the blessed results that come to eveNt
commrnity where the mnloon is prohihited.
are nov- assiduously seeking to banish the
saloon from the entire State.
It is a rsymptom of good moral health
that the directors of the Shenandoah
(Iowa) Fair Association felt called rupon
publiclv to disavowresnonsibilily for lianor
advertisements appearing in the premium
More deaths are due in England to al
ecohlolism than to diphtheria or typhoid
A church supplies to any civilised com
munity what every civilized community
requires to complete the moral and so
cial harmony. Where there is no church
something essential to a full, free, hope
iul life is missing.-Rev. Dr. I. M. At
Thank God for the sense of tncoa
pTeteness; for out of it lave sprung as.8
piration, endeavor, growth, and all the
completeness possible to humanity.
The gerwi ot el true greatness is hu
BILL ARP'S LETTER
Discourses Upon Politics and
Throws In Some Timely Advice.
SOUTH MUST UPHIOLD PRINCIPLES
SSoatherners Should Be More Careful I.
Seleeting Sohool kooks Fob
Let us move right straight along and
keep in the middle of the road. All
is not lost save honor, nor will the
north dare to cut down our represen
a tation in congress-such a move would
alienate their new southern converts,
r for southern Republicans are at heart
all lilywhites and have no use for the
negro in politics. Southern Republi
cans have been under the ban socially
ever since the war, and they realize
I that it is because they are alligned
with the negro. Captain Lowry is
right when he says, "but for the negro
in politics the Republican party would
have a good chance to capture and
hold the south.
The captain is a Republican-a
Tennesseean, a Georgian, a banker,
and has traveled much, and his party
up north ought to give weight to his
opinions. He is a gentleman, a man
of integrity, and stands high in finan
cial circles all over the country.
Financially he is a success and liberal
with his money, but will not take
Carnegie's advice and give it all away
before he dies. Yes, the nigger is
still in the wood pile, and the joke of
it is the nigger don't know it. There
are not a dozen negroes in this coun
try who care a straw about voting. If
the white office-seekers would let them
alone they wouldent go about the polls
on elction day.
What is wanted is to purify the can
didates. If this can be done in At.
lanta why not elsewhere? We all re
joiced over the election of Major Mims,
for he ran for mayor as a gentleman
and had no heelers, nor would be ask
any man for his vote or allow any cor
rupt electioneering by his friends. He
stubbornly refused to promise any
thing to anybody, and, strange to say,
was elected. But the Republican par
ty is growing very fast in this section,
and will grow into respectability if
they will let the negro alone. Mr.
Lowry is right.
Some years ago when we had suffer
ed a similar defeat my friend Newt
Tumlin was greatly distressed and
told me in a whisper that there was
only one way to get even with them
and that was to jine 'em. Well, there
are lots of folks jining 'em around in
these parts, and it is hard to tell who
is a Democrat and who is not. They
tell me that a Democratic officeholder
and two of the executive committee of
this county voted for McKinley and
our neighboring county of Polk went
for him by 500 majority. Maybe that
is an evolution that will stop the
threatened reduction of our repre
sentation, for our Republican friends
Ion't want that to happen any more
than we do, and they will file a protest
and fight it.
What we want at the south is to pre
serve our good name, our historic
lonor and our traditions. A section
,hat has produced Washington, Jeffer
son, Madison, Monroe, Jackson and
?olk, as presidents, Clay and Calhoun
and Lee and Stonewall Jackson and
President Davis must hold up her
proud head and vindicate her honor,
Who are we? We import no foreign
irs to do our work, and hire no Hes
sians to do our fighting. How did our
searts burn within us as we read the
rave words of General Evans to the
aonfederate veterans at Augusta: "Do
cot let the history we have made be
perverted by partisan pens or polluted
y sectional slime. Our schools must
)e cleared of northern rubbish dumped
nto the minds of our children. We
want a literature that will not con
dane divisions, but will contain the
sonest relation of facts, that will
anify the youth of this country in
tommon appreciation of the truths of
Yes, we have been shamefully care
ess in the selection of our school
ooks. The poison has already crept
ian and must be ejected. There should
e a sohool commission in every south
ern state, for it is a well-known fact
that there are teachers who are secret
ly paid by northern publishers to get
their books into our schools. We can
not control their literature, but we can
their school books. A few weeks ago
an artful canvassor visited our town
with an attractive history of the world
in ton volumes. He was the out-talk
iagist book agent I have ever met, and
•is scheme was to give away five or six
sets in every town to influential men of
ualtare. He called it giving away, but
required the cost of the binding,which
he said was $14. The sale price was
I was selected by him as one of the
bavored six, and he fed me liberally on
flattery and assured me that there was
not a line in all the volumes that any
southern man would object to nor
could any reader tell whether the au
thors lived north or south. He had
nne volume as a samole. and I noted
that the authors were d'stlnguished
professors in some ncurthern colleges.
The volume was well written and I was
pleased with it and with the price and
the flattery, and so I put my name
down with the condition that on exam
ination of the other volumes I might
accept or reject. In due time they
came, and I took np the ninth volume
that contained the history of our cival
The book was opened at random
and there was an engraving of William
H. Seward and the first paragraph
read: "He had hardly got installed
into office when he was confronted by
throe audacious commissioners from
the rebel states." Audacions! Just
think of it. I was mad and got up
and walked about and then played on
the piano a little and then opened the
book again at Mr. Calhoun's picture
and read another paragraph, whiehb 4
said that there was but little difference t
between Calhoun and John Brown, i
for they were both fanatics and wonld
go down in history on the same plane. l
Of course the books were rejected, c
but the agent has my influence as e i
eultured gent!earn, "Timeo Diary 1
,enes doer" "Oware ofthe r p
clans when they come with gifts," an.
beware of histories published by north
ern houses unless they are written bn
Sometimes when I ruminate abou
all their slanders and lies and bragga
docio I get sad and then mad and dis
couraged for fear they will drive nu
into another war and we will have ti
whip 'em again. When a country dot
comes to town he hides underneatl
the wagon as long as he can, but the
town dogs drive him out and he rune
off and backs up in the corner of the
fence and whips the whole gang an c
all they dare to do is to stand off and
bark at him. Those yanks are barking
at us now. Let 'em bark. Those whc
come down here to live with us are
good people and soon fall in love with
I never knew an exception except
that Mrs. Canfield, who wrote that
imalignant and fool letter back to her
olks and said she longed to see the
time come when black heels should
tread on white necks. Those who
come down here to stay soon harmo
nize with our folks and their sons
marry our daughters and our sons
marry their daughters. Old Dr. Kirk
says it's a mixture of blue blood and
greenbacks and makes a fair average.
So it's all right, and no loss on our
P. 8. There are two Mormon elders
in town and I've got no dog.-BumL
AnP, in Atlanta Constitution.
Romances That Occur in Unele Sam's
Money Printing Shop.
"Fully 60 per cent. of the married
plate printers employed here have
married their assistants at the presses,
or one of the girls who has worked in
the bureau," said one of the foremen
of the pressroom of the bureau of en
graving and printing.
With its hundreds of employes
about equally divided between the
sexes, this makes Uncle Sam's plant
for printing his notes of hand one of
the greatest matrimonial marts in the
Bending over the presses, polishing
the plates so that they throw off a
perfect impression, Cupid is busy 18
hours out of the 24.
"I have not been here long," said a
pretty guide, "and know very little
of the romances of the bureau-that is,
so far as others are concerned," as
she glanced down at a sparkling dia
mondering on her finger. "But all the
girls I knew when I first came are
married and I am the old maid. Of
course a girl doesn't like to be called
that, and so-I'll have to follow their
"What do I know about the ro
mances before I came here, but I could
have been married 20 times over when
I was working on the presses-all of
them good fellows, too.
"The girls come here, fresh, young
and pretty, and they have to learn
their work. The pay is good and the
positions are much sought. Many of
the girls come from fine families.
"Well, they are put under some old
plate printer, married and probably
crabbed, and he makes life anything
but roses for them.
"Then they are transferred and
work with some young man. Well.
he's good looking, making splendid
wages, dresses well, and is full of the
boy of life. He treats the girl kind
ly, lets her rest when she seems tired,
talks to her, looks in her eyes and
laughs, their hands meet in their
work and then-a gentle pressure, and
the bureau has a new romance.
"It's an uninteresting girl that does
hot have an opportunity of marrying
after she has been at the bureau a
year of two. The young men, who
come from all parts of the country,
are anxious to make friends, as they
miss their home life. They squander
their earnings unless there is some one
for them to care for.
"They begin to think about this and
then the right girl comes along. They
meet outside and then the bureau
wakes up and finds that it has over
looked a romance.
"There is so much love making
going on here that we are experts on
the malady, and a glance of the eye
or an anxious look is enough. They
seldom escape detection."
There are three classes of female
employes at the bureau-those who
are assigned regularly to a certain
printer or press; another set dubbed
"rough riders," who are skilled and
work at any of the presses, and, in the
third class, the girls who count money
and do clerical work.
A place among the "rough riders"
Is eagerly sought. Here the girls are
thrown in contact with different prin
ters and every now and then one of
them is claimed and a recruit is need
Nothing more unromantic than the
surroundings at the bureau could be
Imagined. The pressrooms are hot al
most to suffocation. It is noisy and
the smell of oil and ink permeates the
air. The printers, their hands covered
with Ink, dressed in old clothes and
ofttimes with their faces smeared,
Their assistants, In old gowns, are
busy preparing clean sheets and tak
ing away the beautiful newly printed
ones. They are selected for this wetk
on account of their neatness; every
spolled sheet Is charged against the
printer, and the slightest mistake is
"Yes, we loose many of our girls
through marriage to the men in the
bureau," said Acting Director Sulll
van. "Sometimes they go before they
are well trained, and we don't mind
that. But to loose a well-trained girl
well, I don't suppose we can offer any
So far as is known, the marriages
have almost invariably proved happy.
-New York Journal.
Openlong the Oyster Season.
The Colne oyster fishing was de
elared open with the usual quaint cere
monies. The corporation of Colchester,
which owns the fishery, proceeded
down the river to the Pyefieet, where
the town clerk read the inaugural proe
lamation. The aldermen - and coun
eilors, having eaten gingerbread and
irunk gin, cheeredthe queen andpro
eeded to eat the first oysters of the
season. These were pronounced excel
leat, and a *a0 harveutweA propies!edl.4
NOTES AND COMMENTS;
In the matter'of educational fads it
the public schools it may be remark
ed that any fad is one fad too many
Statistics show that in Nebrasa onl,
thirty-one people 'out of 1,000 canno
read or write. This is the best showlin
made by any State.
The Duke of Abruzzi is said to bh
planning a balloon voyage to the Pole
He is much too fine a young man ti
finish his career in that way.
Of the nineteen leading cities of thi
country Chicago stands fifteenth II
cost of fire protection, first in parks
and boulevards and sixth in cleaning
The young Wichita, Kansas womal
who Imagines she is married to the
ghost of her dead sweetheart is not ti
be cheated by a little thing like death
Alabama has a fine old Capitol, se'
on a hill, and rich in historical asso
clations, but it has no Governor's man
sion, and is beginning' to think it needs
The man who strips a country ol
its 'orests injures the whole popula
tion of 'that part of the country, a:
well as the generations that come after
The glory of crossing the ocean twt
or three hours faster than somebody
else is not likely to attract people wh(
have a wholesome objection to being
blown up or drowned.
Canada's mineral resources, her vasi
forests, her immense waterways, the
great wheat lands of Manitoba anc
the West are the best to be found
anywhere in the world.
There is a street in Chicago named
Fake street, whose residents have pe
titioned the city government for a
change of name. It was named before
the word acquired its popular signifi
cance-probably in the Scottish
meaning of a stratum of stone.
It is said that a close relative of the
Kaiser approved of a statement for
which a journalist has been convicted
of lese majeste. Here is a nice prob
lem for the most versatile of mon
archs to settle.
In Norway before a girl is allowed
to marry she must have a state cer
tificate that she can cook. And yet
there is a disposition among ignorant
people to consider Norway some dis
tapce behind the advance guard of
Officlal statistics recently published
show that Stockholm and its suburbs
possess over 40,000 telephones, an
average of nearly one instrument per
family. An ideal service, combined
with a wonderfully cheap tariff, has
brought about this result.
It is noted that the 155 largest cities
in the country show an increase in
population for the last decade in al
most exact proportion to the Increase
from 1880 to 1890; thereby indicating
that the exodus from the country to
the city is not growing larger.
A young woman tried to drown her
self at New York City the other day.
Before jumping in the river she care
fully gathered up her short skirt as if
she were about to walk across a mud
dy street. It just shows how auto
matic are many feminine acts.
One of the schemes for the future
protection of Galveston is to raise it
far enough above the sea level to keep
it from being flooded by the waters
of the Gluf of Mexico when driven be
fore a hurricane. It is estimated that
it will cost $1,000,000 per square mile
to raise the site of the city ten feet
The latest plan suggested in Chicago
to utilize the Ferris Wheel is the some
what wild one to lay it on its side and
make a locomotive round house of it.
The wheel, which necessarily would
have to be roofed over, is still to re
volve and receive seventy-two engines,
if necessary, from a single track, or
at most, two tracks. The wheel is
250 feet in diameter and 30 feet wide,
and weighs 1,200 tons.'
The Italians have but one disap
pointment in their new queen-that
she cannot or will not speak Italian.
Her language is French; and her for
eignness is all the more remarked by
its contrast with the homeliness of
Queen Margherita, who belonged to
the royal house of Savoy by birth as
well as by marriage. Queen Elena's
memories and personal traditions are
Russian, the friend and protectress of
her youth having been the empress
mother of Russia.
A prospector for coal in the Cascade
mountain district of Washington is
said to have located a deposit of pure
anthracite coal, with veins nineteen
feet thick and more than 25,000,000
tons in sight. This break in the unl
formly bituminous quality of far
Western coal is not especially signifi
cant at this juncture, but it will be
hailed with satisfaction by the busy
citizens engaged in the development of
the vast Pacific slope. The future
residents of that favored section will
lonbtless have smokeless hard coal in
abundance for every fuel requirement.
The last census In Belgium publish
ed by the ministry of labor and indus
ry was begun in 1896. No census had
been taken since 1846, and when one
compares the two sets of figures It is
easy to realise the important Increase
n our industries. In 1846 there were
160,000 factories; since that time the
nunibear hasbeen doubled. Thenm
ber of laborers has increase from 380.
)0 to 700,000. The Dumber of stem
..hn n- br the dt n ,u.
tries has advanced tram 70,000 to
430,000. The 1896 census shows a de
crease in the number of women em
ployed in the factories and mines. Out
of 300,000 workers of both sexes, there
were in 1846 70,000 women. Now
there are only 115,000 women out of
A very excellent plan has been put
into operation in some of the European
cities. It has been especially success
ful in Hamburg and Altonn. It is an
arrangement whereby passengers may
have parcels sent to the railway sta
tlons and checked there until called
for. It is a great convenience for
stores and for suburban residents. For
instance, if you go to a- department
store and make several purchases, you
do not care to carry the bundles about
with you while you are making other
calls or attending to other business.
Of course, department stores will de
liver your purchases if you live inside
their delivery limits. It may be that
the purchaser lives outside the limits,
or it may be that the purchases were
made at a small store that does not de
liver to the suburbs. There is no
other way but to take the bundles
about the city, or have them expressed.
But the plan that has been tried in
Europe obviates all this difficulty and
inconvenience. The purchaser is giv
en a check for his packages and a
duplicate check attached to them. The
bundles are then sent at once to the
railway station, and the purchaser can
secure them by presenting his dupli
cate check. It is probable that the ex
pense of this system falls upon the
There has just been a convention in
Toronto of the Household Economic
Association, at which the perennial
servant girl question was the chief
topic of discussion. As the convention
was made up of women delegates
from the United States and Canada,
of course there were some enlivening
and illuminating views on what is, is
not and ought to be in domestic ser
vice. One woman maintained that
there is a surplus of typewriters, book
keepers, clerks and school teachers be
cause girls are educated and trained
to those occupations while the house
hold arts are neglected in the schools.
Another thought that household ser
vice needed to be elevated to a higher
social plane, while the written opinions
of some man were obtruded upon the
convention to the effect that the whole
difficulty would be settled when wom
en managed their household affairs in
a systematic and business-like fash
ion after the manner of men. It Is
safe to say that the women may de
sire and "resolute till the cows come
home" on this subject, and it will be
kept practically just where it was, to be
wrought out by individual tact in each
case. The difficulties with the theories
lie in the application thereof.
No part of Great Britain is richlr iln
history and romance than Wales, ani
yet it is a curious fact that there is an
utter absence of memorials in that
country. Even Llewellyn, who put up
so good a fight against Edward Long
shanks, and who is the great national
hero of the race, so far as any memor
ial is concerned, has been totally neg
lected. This is all the more curious
when the jealousy with which the
Welsh are guarding their language
and customs is taken into account
They have fought hard in parliament,
and have succeeded in having Welsh
taught in their schools side by side
with English. They have won a great
concession in securing the use of the
Welsh language in the courts. And
they religiously keep up the Eistedd
fod, not only in Wales, but wherever
the Welsh have settled, and with it
have maintained the old customs that
date back to the times of the Drulds.
Recently, however, a movement was
started to correct this fault, and noea
a discussion is in progress as to the
kind of a memorial they should erect
to the stout Llewellyn. Whatever the
decision Is, a start has been made to
give recognition to men and to places
that have made Welsh history so rich
Bueaslies of Nature Whichb We Miss.
Dr. Charles C. Abbott, in Llppin
cott's Magazine, calls attention to one
of the delights of autumn which often
is disregarded by those who otherwise
appreciate +he luxury and beauty of
outdoor life in the pleasant weather of
early fall. He says: "The two senses
only of sight and hearing will not al
ways suffice when we ramble out of
town. I have tramped from dawn to
dark with a noted naturalist, who only
exclaimed, from time to time 'See that
colored leaf!' or 'Hear that bird!' and
never once referred to the odor-laden
air. No one loves the autumn leaf bet
ter than I do or appreciates more the
merits of a meadow lark. I have seen
the hillsides one vast sheet of gold
and crimson, yet the day was not given
wholly to color; and listened to many a
lark's exultant song, yet the day was
not given wholly to maslc. Seeing and
hearing much, we are all too apt to
be content, and forget that we have
missed much if the sweets of the scat
tered leaves and withered weeds have
been disregarded. It matters not
how commonplace the surroundings,
breathe through a bruised hickory lent,
and you may linger the while iu .Ar:by
A Clever Trick.
The Correo Catalan, of Barcelon:a,
vouches for the following amusing
story: An Ingenious gentleman
of the city informed the Porte that he
knew all the details of a plot against
the Sultan, which he could bring
home to the criminals if he had $1,000
for travelling expenses. The Ottoman
Consul at Barcelona was Instructed to
pay the money, and to promise $400
more in case ot a conviction. The
Spanlard took his $1,000, but he has
not yet reached Constantinople. Some
even insinuaetat that he-neverfwil
Arilea is hree tlPes larper thaz ;U
THE JOKERS' BUDGET,
Oh, fair unknown, \.
Your name to me
Is but a hidden
But that is hardly
t Worth a fuss;
My name's enough
For both of us.
--Detroit Free Press,
Seemed That Way to Her.
1 "Have you read 'How Men Pro.
r "No; I never did care for fiction."
t San Francisco Call.
t Cood as an Alarm Clock.
r Are you never afraid of burglars in
your flat, Deming?"
"No, never. The baby and the par
rot take turns in keeping us awake
t all night."
"Have you started out right with
your new cook, Laura?"
"Yes, indeed; I'm going to let her
do all the things I wouldn't let the
? other cook do."-Chicago Record.
A Bachelor's Opinion.
3 "Ab!" exclaimed Youngfather, as
he vainly tried to quiet his first born,
e "what is home without a baby?'
i "Comparatively quiet, I should say,"
rejoined his old bachelor uncle.-Chi
cago Daily News.
A Mean Advantage.
"Dabney Diggs can't make any head
1 way with his courting."
1 "His rival is a railway man, who is
f always giving the girl a pass to go
i somewhere."-Indianapolis News.
Test of Coneelt.
"Blowhard has a big opinion of him
t "Well, he's beginning toi- magine
he's annoyed by camera fiends."
"What makes you look so gloomw?"
"I just had an awful shock."
"Did you really?
º "Yes, I just heard a man who is the
same age as myself referred to as
'old.' "-Philadelphia Press.
An Uufortunate Effect.
'rhe Monkey-Please try to look
The Lion-Pleasant? I want to look
The Monkey-Yes; but you'll scare
me so I'll make the camera wobble.
The Beetle-Would you mind telling
me how to spell "unparalleled?"
The Bee-I'm jiggered if I know.
Spelling isn't my long suit.
The Beetle-Oh, excuse me! I
thought you were one of those spelling
A Mean Man.
"Military men are great lady.
"Indeed they are; my life'was sad
dened by a coloneL"
"Poor girl! Did the colonel jilt
"Oh, no; he went and got made
colonel after I jilted him."-Chicngo
Time Women Waste.
She-A mathematician has figured it
out that a man sixty years old has
spent three years of his life buttoning
He.-Is that so? I wonder how
many years of her life a woman of
forty-five has wasted in putting her
hat on straight.
The Real Reason..
Angela-How careful your cousin
Tom is of his wife's healthl She told
me yesterday that he never would let
her go out shopping in wet weather.
Helen-Careful of her health! Not
much! He's ashamed to have her seen
out'in that rainy day skirt ,r hers.
The Child's Startlidg Query.
"Mamma," quertied threo-ycar-ohl
Ethel, as she watched the servant
washing the windows, "is Jane my
"Of course not, dear," replied the
mother. "What made you think she
"'Cause," replied Ethel, "she's al
ways climbing around on a s!toplad
Chance for Him at Hornme
Pslugger (the eminent pugilist, In a
high state of indignatlon)-He offers
me $5,000 if I'll lay down in the fifth
round? I'11 show 'Im, by George, I'm
Mrs. Pslugger-What's the matter
with trying to show me you're a gen
Heroic Treatn. et.
'"Well, I might like to go back to
school as well as Johnnle Evans does
if you'd trained me as his mother
"IHow was that?'
"Sie licked him every day so he'd
be glad to go back."-Cleveland Plain
Siddons-The other day I went out
walking with my best girl 'qd after
we got a block or so from the house I
discovered I had come off without my
Spiggins--What did you do?
Siddon--Oh, I lost my head and
then I did not need It, you 'know.-
Englishnprlnters hold a summer Die
nie which they call a "ways goose."
Thatword is four centuries old and
mPeaORns eraanoos.. Or stubble eco
State Govrnment of Lonis1aa.
Governor-W. W. H, ard,
Secretary of State--John ]Michel.
Superintendent of Education-John
Auditor-W. S. Frasee.
Treasurer-Ledoux E. Smith.
U. S. SENATORS.
Don Cafferey and S. D. McEnery.
1 Distriet--H. C. Davey.
2 Distriot-Adolph Meyer.
8 District-B. F. Broussard.
4 District-P. Braseale.
5 District-J. E. RansdelL
6 District-S. M. Robinson.
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