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VOL. XXXYI. NO. 10.
BOLIVAR, TENNESSEE, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1900.
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CAOLEJ. chk.ntin a. song of pure gladness.
Worshipers, sounding &. Joyful refra.irt.
What are these tidings tha.t conquer earth's s&dnesa,
Echoing softly o'er city and plain?
Ilcvrk to the winds and the welters replying.
Jubilant, gladsome, their song seems to say.
Over the winter world floating and flying:
"Che tittle Lord Jesus is born K.inJ to-day
JA'R. where the Bethlehem valleys Ia.y sleeping
Silent &.nd calm In the peaceful moonlight.
Came there a burst of high melody sweeping.
Rhythmic and tender, one wonderful night i
Clearer it sounded, the silver stars brightened.
Softer, their brilliance faltered away.
Louder, the plain with fair angel forms whitened
T5he little Lord Jesus is born K.ing" to-day
erH C THE, KT)Sr. on guard where the tired flocks
Started at sound of the wonderful song.
Wise men rejoiced, as. their long-held faith testing.
Sweetly triumphant 'twas carried along;
Sages and toilers alike knew the glory
Of music and angels and heavenly ray:
Listen! We still hear their worshiping story t
TShe little Lord Jesus is born King to-day
TILL to the thinkers and toilers who need Him
Comes the dear Christ-child when winter is drear.
Still, through His "little ones" we all may feed Him.
Clothe Him. and shelter, and cherish Him. dear.
So in the silence which follows earth's sadness.
Watting, in faith, till the night pass away.
Angels shall come, with their message of gladness:
Z5je little Lord Jesus is born King to-day
ETHEL M. COLSON.
By Elvira Floyd Froemcke
S OSK of tlic-e mi-tv. cravcvcnir.es
common to Di-combcr, a certain
rect corner was udden:y cn;;v-
eneii by a pay whistle, a boy, a luml'e of
har.d-bi'.ls and a bucket of paste. With
the cold sa7? of tie electric ee upon him,
the boy j.!atired a bill upon the ;a!! wooden
pole, and then stepped back to gaze admir
ir.jiiy on his work, and ti give an extra
d.ib or two at the loose eiles which there
upon c!unj to their support in spproved
rtitic stj le.
Three women were approaching from dif
ferent ci;re ctior.s, and, thir.King to do
pood stroke of business for his employer by
attracting attention to his advertisement,
he whittled very shrilly an I quite off the
Lev, as lie iovvly picked up hi pail to leave.
One old lady noppcd and exclaimed, im
"It ycu ir. ii'
t whistle, why don't you
whitle in tun . ':'
The boy only laughed good-naturedly,
nd took himself off in haste, but the two
women approached uttering little exprcs-
fior.s of surprise and
p.casure; for they
were old friends, and
at the verv momen
of meeting cm h had been thinking over by
pone days, when their lives were closely in
terwoven. "Well, here we aie." g.iyly exclaimed E
tcll.i; "three graces in ungraceful attire!
1 d you ever hear such a fearful whistle as
that boy had? Fast he took n:e off my feet
and then I fr ghtened him into f.nding his.
!"'. see him run," she added, as the youth
disappeared round a corner.
"Are cu golrg home':' she inquired
They simply answered: "Yf," and all
turned to read the po.-tcr that had seemed
to draw the in tcgethcr:
n: OF. WENS EL.
Tuesflay. Lcc. 14, and Thursday, Dec. 15.
rSYCHIC MKAXIXG OK CHHISTMAS.
"Well!" thty all exclaimed, "what doet
be mean ly thiti"
"It seems to n.e easy enough, " said IVne'
cpe. "It is huv.rg the .-plr.t or soul cf the
feason within. 1 ud to think of these
th.r.g once, but C"hr;nia eems a dead
eason r.cw. Fur.tiy, too,"' sh-? laughed,
""wlien 1 have here ur.dcr n.y aim 13 proof
hec-t of Altcn's r.cw Christmas f-tory,
which I am to correct this very nigi."
"And I," said K?tel!a, "r.evrr celebrate the
day now; though I am teaching six Lew
Christmas carols to my pupils, and have an
rthfm in my music roll to practice for
Christmas service in our little church."
"And I." pufffd Urania, "have ten pounds
cf cried fru.t for the Christmas mince
pics. It all goes to these greedy boarder
of mine, and I am too tired to know what
Chr.stir.as means in these days. It is a dead
anniversary and pract.cal people have cut
A rlare from the electric Ian p sett a
! ght ever the three keen, intelligent old
face, and revealed three fcands clasped
closely and sympathetically. They were ai!
well over 61, and their faces bore marks of
orrow, courage and well-fought battles.
Perelcpe and Urania were w hat the w orld
calls "old maids" (loving friends would
have another name). In youth I'enelope had
had family, home, wealth and ease; now
all these had pa-sed from her. he was
merely a book canvasser when "the firm"
required lur services, or a stenographer or
prcot reader when that sort of work
pressed. Her "heme" was a back room in
a shabby bci.se, cn a dull street in the
sleepy dd c.ty; ler only relative, a brother,
rema.ned. He, alas, was hcpelessly insaae;
yet tie brave wcicaa supported hue, aJ
wiys tr-cke c: him u "cy wfalc-xitced
trotter," liktrd him cn every holiday, uc
strore with love and gifts to recall the poor
wandering mind. In this duty she never
failed; rcmainingas loyally true to him as
to her young lover who had been drowned
at sea 45 years ago.
Urania had been an only child, mother
less from birth. Her noble old father had
laid down his life for his cemntry on the
battlefield cf Gettvsburg, and, after mourn
icg him so sincerely many years (assisted by
numerous impecunious relatives), she awak
ened to the fact that her money was spent,
her house mortgaged, and she was on the
veree of ruin through their "care and sym
pathy. She p.ucked up courage, swept her
house of kinsfolk, and went practically into
the business at which she had played too
long. She was plump, rosy and motherly,
with great soft hands, a tender heart and a
kindly spirit a great contrast to the pale,
ethereal Penelope and the slight, nervous
Estella, buT her very dissimilarity was an
attraction to tne others, their different
characteristics serving to draw out the best
side of their natures.
Estella had lately returned to the old
town where all had lived in their early girl-
FIFTY YEARS AGO.
hood, and she brought a spirit that stirred
to life many tender memories. She had had
her sorrows. Widowed and made childless
in the second year of marriage, she had to
face the world and turn the art that she
adored into a packhorse to sustain her life
and carry her over hard bridges.
Now the three had met, and well, they
felt young again, and acted so.
"Three old pieces of driftwood toughened
by the tide," said Estella. "Too old to cel
ebrate anything, even a day antique as
"I have heard that driftwood makes, a
beautiful fire for warmth and color," said
"Yes," added Urania, "and an open fire is
so comforting. Three logs and a pair of well
polished andirons "
An unexpected laugh rang out; Estella
wa certainly forgetting nerves, and cold,
age and infirmity.
"Do you remember," said she, "that aw
ful Christmas we were forced to spend at
Miss Yerplanck's boarding school? Bies
me, girls, it will be 50 years this Christmas!
Surely you remember it?"
"Well, I guess we do," chimed in Penel
ope. "I was exiled because of scarlet fever
at home; you because your mother and
father were called to London, and dear
Urania, here, stayed lest we should be un
happy; bless, her!"
"Yes," added Urania, with a slight flush,
"and do you remember the feast in Esteiia's
room? How you knitted something soft
and white, and Estella played minor things
on the piano, till a tear dropped on one o:
the apples I was roasting for supper, and
how you stuck your knitting needle in that
apple, to that I should swallow my owr
teer. ILen how we danced the Highland j
ichQ.ttliche,'HilittleM:ss Verplacck put her i
head in the i-xr. and said, with tht littl '
cough of hers: 'A little leu noise, youa
ladies, if you please.' "
"Let us do it all over again' cried Estel
la. "Come to my rooms on Christmas night
at five o'clock. Urania may send the cooked
chicken; you, Penelope, shall send the nuts
and candies, and I will do the rest.
Prof. Wensel did not become richer in
pocket through these old ladiea, but if, at
he said repeatedly in his lecture, spiritual
rewards always found and enriched him, he
must have been in affluence after this night.
People wondered why Urania laughed to
much, one old boarder saying some one must
have left her a fortune. Another thought
she must be cn the lookout for & husband,
after which astute conjecture he gave extra
attention to his hair and clothes, and tied
his scarf with wondrous care.
Penelope worked with such zeal that her
employers were surprised. One day sh
hummed a little tune to herself, at which thu
junior partner remarked:
"By Jove, there's plenty of courage and
work in the old girl yet.
Estella spent every spare moment in mak
ing her two rooms beautiful and immacu
late. She had ceased to grumble about th
chimney place being draughty. It was no
longer "an unsatisfactory heater and quits
out of date." It was now glorious, such a
perfect ventilator and so cheerful.
On Christmas day she was prompt at
church. The anthem passed off capitally.
Everyone was pleased. She visited the chu
"TIMEI" CRIED PENELOPE.
dren's ward in the old hospital, and was sa
funnv and lovely that the pale little crea
tures stretched out their hands to her, and
laughed a little with their hoarse pain-
laden voices. She had emptied her pockets
of pennies to the beggars that beset her
homeward path, and at three o clock in the
afternoon had dusted every article in the
quaint room to a fine polish.
Two great broad windows overlooked a
sloping hill and the roofs of many houses.
Beyond lay the great gray ocean. A side
window was shelved from top to BilJ, and
filled with rotted p. ants that bloomed pro
fusely and overran the ugly red clay that
Across one corner stood the piano. It
was the only really new thing at hand, and
its polished surface took on shadows of the
ancient grandeur about it, as if in apology
for its presence here. Opposite the flower
window was another recess filled with boob
shelves, where goodly reading was to be had
between the shabby covers of many an old
A few "easv chairs and tables lay cosily
about; and the great brick fireplace with
its brass andirons and high old mantel shelf
was the heart and core of the room.
Estella laid the fine thin old cloth care;-
fully on the round, polished table, garnish
ing it by pinning little sprigs of hody on its
She placed Urania's chicken by the warm
hearthstone, and on a stool near by laid a
basket of rosy apples and a pile of bread
with the great toast-fork on guard. H ith
much pride of manner she turned out a glass
of crab-apple jelly into an old glas3 dish,
and flanked it by another dish of brandied
"That will surprise the girls," she said,
and laughed a little as she showered Penel
ope's lavish supply of candies in every con
ceivable little receptacle she could find.
Estella looked queenly. Her black satin
gown was old, but she had drawn over the
patched waist a hchu of soft yellow lace,
and fastened in its folds a bunch of pretty
old velvet wall flowers. Her hair had a
trick of curling itself into proper places,
and a glint of its old auburn tint was in
its white sheen. Her eyes were bright and
her cheeks rosy with expectancy.
Toward five o'clock the shadows greir
heavier. Day was almost gone. Estella
went to the window, looked out a moment
on the sea. "Even the great deep is quiet
to-day," she said, "and there is no poor
oneslv Estella this Christmas.
She drew the curtains, put a fresh log on
the blazing fire and hurried to answer a
timid little knock that came on her door.
As the gust of air rushed in she looked up
to see Penelope and C rania with hoods on
and hands extended, whilst they sang in
nasal tones the oid street waif's: "I pray
ou, merry gentlemen." Estella laughingly
whirled them into the room, saying: I am
With many loving kisses, wishes for
'merry Christmas," and soft little words,
hev were divested of wraps and furs and
finally nestled down into easy chairs with
the restful spirit of the hour floating lightly
on their tired senses.
Penelope began knitting some soft, fluffy
white thing that grew and grew in ampli
tude; and Crania, after examining the prep
arations for supper with pleased anxiety.
uisied herseif with toast-fork and apples.
Estella wandered about the room idly for
whi.e, saying a few words, and now and
gain touching the cheek or hair of her
old friends with the tips of her slight fin
gers. Then, finding her seat at the piano,
he drifted off into the land of music and
ecstasy, a golden haired child, softly beck
oning the way.
I'enelope and Urania kept a quiet accom
paniment with needles and fork, and up th
chimney tiny flame spirits danced, while
the eheery logs sang a tune all their own.
As the last notes of "Chopin's Lament"
fell on the air, a great tear splashed down
Urania's soft cheek and fell into the snowy
heart of the last roasted apple.
"Time!" cried Penelope, though her own
eyes were moist, and she drove her knitting
needle straight through the unsuspecting
Estella sprang up and came laughing to
the fireside. Then up jumped the otheru,
and, singing the "Keel Row," danced about
the table as in their school days.
The flames shot a pink light on the op
posite wall, and made the dancing figures
look like little girls. The old portraits on
the w all took on a disapproving air, and the
little flame spirits jeered; but the great logs
sang a soft sweet song, and the dear Christ
Child nestled close to the old hrts tint
had fouad Ilia, and caressed the wriai',f
facet into images oi lovt and peace.
A FAVORED NATION.
Dr. Talmage Speaks of Prosperity
ot American People.
Divine HleastnsT' Showered Vpon C
lie Drawa Comparisons Be
tween Oar Own and
Copyright, 1900, by Louis Klopsch, N. T.
Dr. Talmage preaches a discourse
of Christian patriotism and shows the
resources of our country and predicts
the time when all the world will have
the same blessings. His two texts are
Revelation xxi., 13: "On the south
three gates;" Psalm cxlvii.: "He
hath not dealt so with any nation."
Among the greatest needs of our
country is more gratitude to God for
the unparalleled prosperity bestowed
upon us. One of my texts calls us
to international comparison. What
nation on all the planet has of late
had such enlargement of commercial
opportunity as is now opening before
this nation? Cuba and Porto Rico
and the Philippine islands brought
into close contact with us, and
through steamship subsidy and Nic
aragua canal, which will surely be
afforded by congress, all the republics
of South America will be brought into
most active trade with the United
States. "On the south three gates."
While our next-door neighbors, the
Eouthern republics and neighboring
colonies, imported from European
countries 3,000 miles away $675,000,000
worth of goods in a year, only $126,
000,000 worth went from the United
States $126,000,000 out of $675,000,
000, only one-fifth of the trade ours,
European nations taking the four fin
gers and leaving us the poor thumb.
Now all this is to be changed. There
is nothing but a comparative ferry
between the islands which have re
cently come undsr our protection,
and only a ferry between us and Bo
livia, Peru, Paraguay, Uruguay, Vene
zuela, Salvador, Nicaragua, Colombia,
Costa Rica, Equador, Brazil, while
there are raging seas and long voy
age between them and Europe. By
the mandate of the United States all
that will be changed through new fa
cilities of transportation. The His-
pano-American congress just closed
at Madrid will fail in its attempt to
divert all the trade of South America
from us to Europe. What encourag
ing symptoms that our trade with
Cuba and Porto Rico has been quad
rupled! But that is only a prophecy.
"On the south three gates" yea, a
In anticipation of what is sure to
come, I nail on the front door of this
nation an advertisement:
Wanted. One hundred thousand
men to build railroads through South
America and the islands of the sea
under our protection.
Wanted. A thousand telegraph op
Wanted. One hundred million dol
lars' worth of dry goods from the
great cities of the United States.
Wanted. All the clocks .you can
make at New Haven and all the brains
vou can spare from Boston and all
the bells you can mold at Troy and
all the reapers you can fashion at
Chicago and all the hams you can
turn out at Cincinnati and all the
railroad iron jou can send from Pitts
burgh and all the statesmen that you
can spare from Washington.
Wanted. Right away, wanted by
new and swift steamers, wanted by
rail-train, lawyers to plead our
Wanted. Doctors to cure our sick.
Wanted. Ministers to evangelize
Wanted. Professors to establish
"On the south three gates," yea, a
thousand gates. South America and all
the islands of the sea approximate are
rightfullj- our commercial domain, and
the congress of the United States will
see to it that we get what belongs
And then tides of travel will be some
what diverted from Europe to our is
lands at the south and to the land of
the Aztecs. Much of the $125,000,000
yearly expended by Americans in Eu
rope will be expended in southern ex
ploration, in looking at some of the
ruins of the 47 cities which Stephens
found only a little way apart and in
walking through the great doorways
and over the miracles of Mosaic and
along by the monumental glories of
another civilization, and ancient
America will with cold lips of stone
kiss the warm lips of modern America,
and to have seen the Andes and Popo-
catapetl will be deemed as important
as to have seen the Alpine and Balkan
ranges, and there will be fewer people
spoiled by foreign travel, and in our
midst less of the poor and nauseating
imitation of the French shrug and the
intentional hesitancy of a brainless
foreign swell. The fact is that many
are made vain by European travel, and,
though sensible when they embarked.
they return with a collar and a cravat
and a shoe and a coat and a pronun
ciation and a contempt for American
institutions and a bend of the elbow
that make one believe in evolution
backward from man to ape. Of the
many thousands who now cross the sea
annually thousands will, on pleasure
and business, visit southern lands, and
so tourists and merchants and scien
tists and capitalists will all help in this
national development. "On the south
three gates." And what other nation
has such openings for commercial en
largement as ours?
Again, in this international com
parison notice the happy condition of
our country as compared with most
countries; Russia, under the shadow
of the dreadful illness of her great and
good emperor, who now, more than any
man in all the world, represents "peace
on earth, good will to men," and whose
empress, sear the most solemn hour
ttat ever cornea to a woman s soul, is
anxious for him to whom she has given
hand and heart, not for political re
sons, but through old-fashioned love
such as blesses our humbler dwellings;
India under the agonies of a famin
which, though somewhat lifted, has
filled hundreds of thousands of graves
and thrown millions into orphanage;
Austria only waiting for her genial
Francis Joseph to die so as to let Hun
gary rise in rebellion and make the
palace of Vienna quake with insurrec
tion; Spain in Carlist revolution and
oauperized; Italy under the Horrors of
her king's assassination; China shud
dering with a fear of dismemberment
her capital in possession of foreign na
tions. After a review of the condition
in other lands can you find a more ap
propriate utterance in regard to our
country than the exclamation of the
text: "He hath not dealt so with any
Compare the autumnal report of har
vests in America this year and the har
vests abroad. Last summer I crossed
the continent of Europe twice, and I
saw no such harvests as are spoken of
in this statement. Hear it, all you men
and women who want everybody to
have enough to eat and wear. I have to
tell you that the corn crop of our coun
try this year is one of the four largest
crops on record 2,105,000,000 bushels!
The cotton crop, though smaller than
at some times, will on that account
bringbigger prices, and so cotton plant
ers of the south are prosperous. The
wheatfieldshave provided bread enough
and to spare. The potato crop, one of
the five largest crops on record 211,
000,000 bushels! Twenty-two million
two hundred thousand swine slain,
and yet so many hogs left!
But now I give you the comparative
exports and imports, which tell the
story of national prosperity as noth
ing else can. Excess of exports over
imports, $544,400,000. Now let all pes
simists hide themselves in the dens
and caves of the earth, while all grate
ful souls fill the churches with doxol
ogy. Notice also that while other
countries are at their Avits' ends as to
their finances this nation has money to
lend. Germany, w e are glad to see you
in Wall street. If you must borrow
money, we have it all ready. How
much will jou have? Russia, we also
welcome you into our money markets
Give us good collateral. Meanwhile.
Denmark, will you please accept our
offer of $3,000,000 for the island of St
Thomas? My hearers, there is no na'
tion on earth with such healthy condi
tion of finances. We wickedly waste
an awful amount of money in this coun
try, but some one has said it is easier
to manage a surplus than a deficit.
Besides this, we have in our country
plenty of room, while the trans-Atlan
tic nations are crowded crowded
cities, crowded governments, crowded
learned institutions; the population
crowded, packed in between the Pyre
nees and the Alps, packed in between
the English channel and the Adriatic.
Yes, on our continent plenty of room.
Eight million square miles in North
America and all but one-seventh capa
ble of rich cultivation, implying what
fertility and commerce! Four basins
pouring their waters into the Atlantic,
Pacific, Arctic and Gulf of Mexico!
When I hear a man expressing the fear
that this country is going to be crowd
ed, I know right away he has not been
in Texas. France has about 59,000,000
of people, but Texas is larger than
France; Germany about 67.000,000 of
people, but Texas is larger than Ger
many. Again, there is no land on earth
where the political condition is so sat
isfactory as in ours. Every two years
in the state and every four years in the
nation we clean house. After a ve
hement expression of the people at the
ballot box in the autumnal election
they all seem satisfied, and if they are
not satisfied, at any rate they smile.
An Englishman aked me in an English
rail train this question: "How do you
people stand it in America with a rero
lution every four years? Would it not
be better, like us, to have a queen for a
lifetime and everything settled?"
But England changes government just
as certainly as we do. At some adverse
vote in parliament out goes one party
and m comes another. Administra
tions change there, but not as advan
tageously as with us. for there they
may change almost any day, while with
us a party in power continues in power
at least four years.
It is said that in our country we
have more dishonesty in the use of
public funds than in other lands. The
difference is that in our country al
most every officer has a chance to
steal, while in other lands a few peo
ple absorb so much that the others
have no chance at appropriation. The
reason they do not steal is because
they cannot get their hands on it.
The. governments of Europe are so
expensive that after the salaries of
the royal families are paid there is
not much left to misappropriate. The
emperor of Russia has a nice little
salary of $3,210,000. The emperor of
Austria has a yearly salary of $4,000,-
000. Victoria, the queen, has a sal
ary of $2,200,000. The royal plate of
St. James palace is worth $10,000,000.
There is a host of attendants, all on
salaries, some of them $5,000 a year.
some $6,000 a year. Comptroller of
the household, mistress of the robes,
captain of gold sticx, lieutenant of
silver stick, clerk of the powder closet,
pages of the back stairs, master of
the horse, chief equerry, equerries in
ordinary, crown equerry, hereditary
grand falconer, vice chamberlain,
clerk of the kitchen, grooms in wait
ing, lords in waiting, grooms of the
court chamber, sergeant-at-arms,
barge master and waterman, eight
bedchamber women, eight ladies of
the bedchamber and so on and so on.
All this is only a type of the fabulous
expense of foreign governments. All
this is paid out of the sweat and blood !
of the people. Are the people satis
fied? However much the Germans
liite tiimaui, auu nusuja iia A iau"
cis Joseph and England likes her
glorious queen, these stupendous gov
ernmental expenses arc built on,
groan of dissatisfaction as wide aa
Europe. If it were left to the people
of England or Austria or Germany or
Russia whether these expensive estab
lishments should be kept up, do yon
doubt what the vote would be? Now,
is it not better that we be overtaxed
and the surplus be distributed all over
the land than to have it built up and
piled up inside of palaces?
Continuing this international com
parison, I have to say to you that
we have a better climate than is ta
be found in any other nation. W
do not suffer from anything like th
Scotch mists or the English fogs or
the Russian ice blasts or tne typhua
of southern Europe or the Asiatio
cholera. Epidemics in America are
exceptional, very exceptional. Plen
ty of wood and coal to make a roar
ing fire midwinter, easy access to sea
beach or mountain top when the ar
dors of summer come down, Michigan
wheat for the bread, Long Island corn
for the meal, Carolina rice for the
queen of puddings, Louisiana sugar
to sweeten our beverages, Georgia
cotton to keep us warm. In our land
all products and all climates. Are
your nerves weak? Go north. Is
your' throat delicate? Go south. Do
you feel crowded and want more
room? Go west. I declare it: This
is the best country in all the world
to live in. How do I know it? I
have 650,000 new reasons for sajing
it. Six hundred and fifty thousand
people in one year came from the
other side of the Atlantic to live in
America, and they came because it
is the very best country to live in.
While making this international
comparison let us look forward to the
time which will surely come when
all nations will have as great advan
tages as our own. As surely as the
Bible is true the whole earth is to be
gardenized and set free.
Many years ago in this city I gazed
upon a scene which for calamity and
grandeur one seldom sees equaled. I
mean the burning of the Smithsonian
institution. It was the pride of our
country. In it art had gathered rarest
specimens from all lands and countries.
It was one of those buildings which
seize you with enchantment as you en
ter, and all the rest of your life holds
you with a charm. I happened to see
the first glow of the fires which on
that cold day looked out from the win
dows of the costly pile. I saw the angry
elements rear and rave. The shout of
affrighted workmen and the assault of
fire engines only seemed to madden the
rage of the monsters that rose up to
devour all that came within reach of
their chain. Up along the walls and
through the doors were pushed hands
that snatched down all they could
reach and hurled it into the abyss of
flame beneath. The windows of the
tower would light up for a minute with
a wild glare and then darken, as
though fiends with streaming locks of
fire had come to gaze on in laughing
mockery at all human attempts and
then sunk again into their native dark
ness. With crackle and roar and crash
the floors tumbled. The roofs began
here and there tq blossom in wreaths
and vines of flame. Up and down the
pillars ran serpents of fire. Out from
the windows great arms and fingers of
flame were extended, as though de
stroyed spirits were begging for deliv
erance. The tower put on a coronet of
flame and staggered and fell, sparks
flying, the firemen escaping, the terror
accumulating. Books, maps, rare cor
respondence, autographs of kings,
costly diagrams burned to cindeT or
scattered for many a rood upon the
wild wind, to be picked up by the ex
cited multitude. Oh, it seemed like
some great funeral pile in which the
wealth and glory of our land had leaped
to burn with its consuming treasures.
The heavens were blackened with
whirlwinds of smoke, through which
shot the long red shafts of calamity.
Destruction waved its fiery banner
from the remaining towers, and in the
thunder of falling beams and in the
roaring surge of billowiDg fire I heard
the spirits of ruin and desolation and
woe clapping their hands and shout
ing: "Aha! aha!"
I turned and looked upon the white
dome of yonder capitol, which rose
through the frosty air as imposing as
though all the white marble of the
earth had come to resurrection and
stood before us, reminding one of the
great white throne of Heaven. There it
stood, unmoved by the terrors which
that day . had been kindled before it.
No tremor in its majestic columns, no
frown on its magnificent sculpture, no
flush of excitement in its veins of mar
ble. Column and capital and dome,
built to endure until the world itself
shatters in convulsions of the last
earthquake. Oh, what a contrast be
tween the smoking ruin on th one
hand and that gorgeous dream of ar
chitecture on the other! Well, the day
speeds on when the grandest achieve
ment of man will be consumed and the
world will blaze. Down will go gal
leries of art and thrones of royalty.
and the hurricane of God's power will
scatter even the ashes of consumed
greatness and glory. Not one tower
left, not one cit3' unconsumed, not one
scene of grandeur to relieve the desola
tion. Forests dismasted, seas licked
up, continents sunk, hemispheres an
nihilated. Oh, the roar and thunder-
ng crash of that last conflagration!
But from that ruin of a blazing earth
we shall look up to see the temple of
liberty and justice rising through the
ages, white and pure and grand, un-
scarred and unshaken. Founded on the
eternal rock and swelling into domes
of infinitude and glory, in which the
halleluiahs of Heaven have their re
verberation. No flame of human hate
shall blacken its walls. No thunder of
nfernal wrath shall rock its founda-
ions. By the upheld torches of burn-
ng worlds we shall read it on column
and architrave and throne of eternal
dominion: "Heaven and earth shall
pass away, but truth and liberty and
justice shall never pass away."
. In Zanzibar, cctton goods form the
cbiei article of commerce.
TENNESSEE STATE NEWS.
The State Tanners' Institute held a
three days' session at Nashville last
week. Much of the time of the session
was taken up in the reading and discus
sion of papers.
One of the principal addresses was by
Major John J. McCann, and was an at
tack upon the alleged wheat combine
existing in Nashville. He said tho
question of breaking up the combine
was of more importance than the hold
ing of institutes or the use of fertilizer
or anything else.
A resolution was adopted making tho
State Institute a delegated body of 140
members, and giving apportionment of
these delegates to the executive com
mittee, providing that each county shall
have at least one delegate.
A resolution memorializing Senators
Bate and Turley to vote for the Grout
oleomargarine bill was adopted, 2S ir
17, although the charge was made that
it was class legislation.
Resolutions were adopted re.com
mending that a course of text books
teaching agriculture be added to thu
public school course, and that theofticc
of commissioner of agriculture and
superintendent of public instruction be
The following arc the total property
valuations of the different grand divi
sions of the State for this year, as com
pared with those of 1S99, and the in
crease in the State tax:
Total valution for 1900 for East Ten
nessee, $94,243,076; State tax, $329,850.14.
For 1899 the valuation is $S3,820,349;
State tax, $293,370.91; increase of tax
for for 1900, $30,479,23.
Middle Tennessee Total valuation,
$147,451,071; State tax, $516,078.58. For
1899, $130,268,900; State tax, $476,590.98;
increase for 1900, $39,499.81.
For West Tennessee Total valua
tion, $9S,605,001; State tax, $345,327.34.
For 1899, total value, $88,725,701; State
tax, $310,539.88; increase for 1900, $34,
787.46. For State at Largo Total valuation,
$340,359,148; State tax, 51,221,256.015.
For 1899, total value, $308,714,955; State
tar, $l,030,t0l.77; increase for 1900,
A Good Man Gone.
'Squire W. V. Ford, one of the most
prominent citizens of Hamilton county.
died last week in the 08th year of, his
age. Mr. Forel went to Chattanooga in.
1864, having been sent there by the
United States government to take
charge of the army transportation de
partment, a most important assignment
at that time. After the war he settled
in Hamilton county and took up farm.
ing. He was the hrst ex-rederat sol
dier of the period immediately after the
war who stood by the returning Con
federate soldiers, and he exerted his in
fluence most effectually to put a stop
to the reign of the mob and to discour
age damage suits brought by camp fol
lowers and generally by vagabonds
against the returning Confederates.
Many of these ex-Confederate soldiers
admit today they owe the protection
of their property and perhaps their
lives to his activity and influence at
Two members of Forrest Camp, Con
federate Veterans, were among the
pall-bearers, and the members of tho
camp attended the funeral almost to a
The announcement has been made
public that the great new auditorium
building, being constructed by the
Monteagle assembly, the foundations
of which are almost completed, is to bo
discontinued, owing to the lack of avail
able funds. Dr. George B. Summy,
chairman of the building committee, it
is also reported, has resigned. There
are some thirty-odd masons, stone
cutters and other laborers who will be
thrown out of work and who have re
ceived no pay for more than a month.
These incidents render the outlook for
the assembly next season rather gloomy.
Tennessee Central Stock Increase.
Secretary of State Morgan has graut
ed an amendment to the charter of the
Tennessee Central Railway, increasing
its capital stock to $300,000, from $20,000
per mile to S25,000 per mile, the increase
to be effective on and relate only to the
sixty miles of road now completed and
in operation, the remaining increased
stock to be issued as said road shall be
built, and as the charter of the com
pany may be hereafter duly amended
to provide for said increase.
Cigarette Law Unconstitutional.
Cigarettes are now on sale in Knox
ville. Judge J. W. Sneed of the Knox
county circuit court holds that the anti
cigarette law passed by the Tennessee
legislature in 1899 is unconstitutional
and void. Judge Sneed's point is pred
icated on the point that the act as re
corded in Nashville does not bear the
signature of the speaker of the house
The Knoxville cotton mills began
operations last week. Their capacity
is 10,000 spindles, employing about 20J
J. II. Batter's Proposed Line.
J. II. Butler of Oliver Springs will
build six miles of railroad from that
place to Frost Bottom. It will open up
six large coal mines. The deal involves
Ed. Wilson Goes to the Ten.
Ed. Wilson, the supposed leader of
the gang of bank robbers which has
been operating in East Tennessee for
several months, submitted at Jonesboro
and was sentenced to eight Jears in
in the penitentiary for robbing the
Joaesjboro. bank 'a few we,eks ago. This,
it is believed, will stop the 'operations.