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VOL. XXXVI-NO. 25.
BOLIVAR, TENNESSEE, FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 1901.
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A WEEK'S RECORD
All the News of the Past Seven
HOME AND FOREIGN ITEMS
Jfews of the Industrial Field, Personal
and Political Items, Jlappeninga
at Home and Abroad.
THE raVTS FROM ALL THE WORLD
On the 14th the senate devoted the time
to consideration of the army reorganiza
tion bill, but no progress was made. Sen
ators Teller and Pettigrew resorting .to
filibustering: tactics In the house good
)rogress was made on the river and har-t-or
bill, 59 of the 97 pages being com
pleted. Many amendments were offered.
but all failed.
The senate on the 15th further consid
ered the army reorganization bill. A bill
was passed granting a pension of $50 a
montn to Horatio N. Davis, father of the
late Senator Davis, of Minnesota In the
house the time was spent on the river
and harbor bill without completing It.
The naval appropriation bill ($77,000,000)
was favorably reported.
During the discussion of the army reor
ganization bill in the senate on the 16th
Senators Allen, Money and McCumber de
iounced hazing at West Point in vigorous
terms. ...In the house the river and har
bor bill, carrying an appropriation of $60,
000,000, was .passed. A resolution was
adopted authorizing the president to invite
Oreat Britain to join in forming a commls
sion to maintain lake levels.
On the 17th a bill was passed In the
senate fixing the compensation of .district
superintendents of life-saving service at
$J,o00 per annum. The army appropria
tion bill was further discussed In the
house the entire day was spent upon
the bill to revise and codify the postal
Governors inaugurated: Richard
Yates, Illinois; 'William T. Durbin, In
diana; A. M. Doekery, Missouri, and
W. E. Stanley, Nebraska.
William Neufeld, who murdered Mrs
.Annie Kronman in .New York August
7, 1S99, was put to death in the electric
chair in Sing1 Sing prison.
The United States supreme court de
cided that C. F. W. Neely, .accused of
embezzlement of postal funds in Cuba,
is subject to extradition. The court
held that Cuba is foreign territory,
our only purpose in the war with Spain
being to free the Cubans from Spanish
Albert Stummel, a Dyer (Ind.) Dow-
I eite, burned his stock of tobacco when
told it made the prayers for his son's
The men accused of killing Jennie
Bosscheiter at Paterson, X; J., were
placed on trial.
The People's bank at Livingston,
Tenn., was entered by burglars and
robbed of $5,000.
Fred Alexander, a young negro who
attacked Eva May Roth at Leaven
worth, Kan., was taken from jail and
burned at the stake in the presence of
- 5,000 people.
Balance of trade in favor of the
United States in 1900, $64S,998,738. In
crease over 1S99, $172,498,177.
Gov. Savers and Lieut. Gov. Brown
ing were inaugurated at Austin, Tex.,
for their second terms.
A counterfeit ten-dollar note of the
Tompkins county national bank of
It baca, X. Y., has been discovered.
The state department has been in
formed of the seizure of two Ameri
can boats by the Venezuelan govern
ment. The business portion of Lakewood,
211., was destroyed by fire.
Charles Lang, a negro, was strung
tip to the limb of a tree near Elko,
S. C, and shot to death by a mob for
ussaulting the wife of a farmer.
Col. Roosevelt narrowely escaped
death in a fight with a Rockj mountain
grizzly bear in Colorado.
Mrs. Laura J. Smith, a noted tem
perance worker and lecturer, was
.found dead in a lodging house in St.
Paul from excessive indulgence in
Solicitor General Richards, in the
Fiiprenie court, declared it was the
intention of congress to treat Hawaii
os part of the United States for legis
The Union Pacific flyer was wrecked
and 13 persons injured near Ililliard,
Two persons were killed, one mortal
ly wounded, four or five injured and a
building destroyed by dynamite in a
riot at Corbin. Ky.
Mr?. Sarah Kuhn, of Sigourney, la.,
received a life sentence for killing her
The- transport Grant sailed from San
Francisco for Manila with 103 army re
cruits and $500,000 in gold.
The exchanges at the leading clear
ing houses in the United States dur
ing the week ended on the 11th aggre
gated $2,643,794,405, against $2,309,175,
743 the previous week. The increase
compared w ith the corresponding week
of 1900 was 41.4.
Louise Schaefer, a teacher in the
public schools in New York, narrowly
escaped being buried alive while in a
The steamer Californian arrived in
San Francisco from Taku, China, with
the bodes of 63 soldiers.
O. M. Ellefson. who fasted 24 days
in Chicago at the command of a
"voice" supposed by him to be super
natural, broke his fast on a command
from the same source.
Commodore Alexander Henderson,
a chief engineer in the United States
navy, retired, died at Yorkers, N. Y.,
aged 69 years.
Of the 3,153 locomotives built in the
United States last year 505 went
abroad, most of them to British lines.
John Haush, of Rural township, 111.,
while in a drunken rage attempted to
kill his family, then drank laudanum
and died. He -was a welMo-do farmer
8 U'&Tfg a wife ace! siicfcijdrfp,
The satire political factions in Ha
waii have united in a home rule party.
Cornelius L. Alvord, Jr., who pleaded
puilty to stealing $620,000 from the
First national bank in New York,
was sentenced to 13 years in Sing Sing
Lieut. Jarvis reports there is still
much gold in the Cape Nome district.
A bronze equestrian stattie of Gen.
John A. Logan arrived in Washing
ton. The gunboat Scorpion has been or
dered to Guanoco, Venezuela, to watch
Col. Roosevelt killed his third lion
m the Colorado mountains.
Norman McKinney (colored) was
lynched by a mob for wrecking a fast
train near Dunnellon, Fla.
Gov. Allen has signed the first bill
passed by the Porto Rican legislature,
providing for the establishment of
The state department has been ad
vised of the formal signature of the
Chinese plenipotentiaries of the Pe
The republican senatorial caucus at
Springfield, 111., renominated Shelby
M. Cullom for United States senator. .
Marvin Kuhns, the desperado who
escaped from the Ohio penitentiary
last November, was captured by a posse
at GreenhilJ, Ind., after a fight in which
Kuhns was shot in the cheek.
Thirtj--seven guests were injured in
leaping from windows during a hotel
fire in St. Louis.
John Alexander Dowie has returned
to Chicago from Europe and says he
wall become an American citizen.
Determined steps are being taken in
congress to put a stop to hazing at West
L. A. Porter, cashier of the Warren
deposit bank at Bowling Green, Ky.,
was found to be short $29,000.
President McKinley signed the appor
Hugh Flint, a prominent farmer,
and his wife were killed by the cars
at Wataga, III.
Farmers in Platte county, Neb.,
have lost hogs valued at $500,000 by a
The Illinois G. A. R. state encamp
ment will be held at Peoria on May
14, 15 and 16.
Pat Crowe, the alleged abductor of
young" Cudahy, is believed to be near
Andrew Carnegie will give Syracuse,
N. Y., $200,000 for a public library
Potter Palmer was- fined $20 in Chi
cago for permitting the Palmer house
bar to ktep open on Sunday.
An attorney in the Castellane case
in a New York court declared the
count to be a scamp and a swindler.
PERSONAL AND POLITICAL.
Mrs. Mary B. Smith died at Los
Angeles, Cal., at the age of 106 years.
E. W. Blaisdell, one of the founders
of the republican party, and the first
to mention Lincoln for president, died
at his home in Rockford, 111.
The national, electors met at the cap
itals of the several states and cast their
votes for president and vice president.
The returns show that 28 states cast
292 votes for McKinley and Roosevelt,
while 17 states cast 155 votes for Bryan
Mrs. Mary Price died at Fountain
City, Ind., aged nearly 101 years.
Miss Elsie French and Alfred
G wynne? Vanderbilt were married at
Newport, R. I.
Townsend Saxton, inventor of the
first bicvele and first folding bed, died
in Babylon. L. I., aged 70 years.-
Scott Wike, a former Illinois con-
gresman from the Sixteenth district,
died at his home near Barry, aged 66
United States senators elected:
Pennsylvania, Matthew S. Quay (rep.);
Massachusetts, George F. Hoar (rep.);
Maine, W. P. Frye (rep.); New Hamp
shire, Henry E. Burnham (rep.);
Michigan, James McMillan (rep.);
Colorado, Thomas M. Patterson (fu
sionist); Idaho, Fred T. Dubois (fu
sionist). James A. Mount, aged 3D., retiring
governor of Indiana, died suddenly of
heart disease in his apartments at the
Denison hotel in Indianapolis.
United St-ates senators elected: W.
A. Clark, Montana; D. D. Tillman,
South Carolina; F. W. Carmack, Ter-
A. B. Caldwell, founder of the Inde
pendent Order of Foresters, died at
Svracuse. N. Y.
Democrats in the Pennsylvania leg
islature who voted for Quay have
been read out of the party.
Rev. Hiram II. Revels, formerly
United States senator from Missis
sippi, dropped dead at his homeunNew
E. Parmelee Prentice, of Chicago.
and Miss Alta Rockefeller, daughter of
J. D. Rockefeller, were married in New
Lawrence Connell died at his home
near St. Joseph, Mo., aged 115 years.
Harriet Wilkins, aged 10S years,
died in Detroit, Mich.
The passengers and crew of the
stranded French steamer, 102 in num
ber, were rescued after four days and
nights on the wreck near Faraman.
The arrival of the United States
cruiser Philadelphia at Panama re
The Italian steamer Lerne was
wrecked on the Corsican coast and 1
lives were lost.
Boer raiders were within 80 miles of
Cape Town and were repulsed by Brit-
sh from the north.
Gen. MacArthur notified the war de
partment of the surrender of Delgado,
the insurgent commander in Iloilo.
It is said that the sale of the Danish
West Indies to the United States will !
soon be completed.
There is a famine in the province of
Shensi, China, and 5,000,000 people are
Jobann Faber, founder of the Faber :
ead pencil faotory, died at Nureni-
ui'r. U years, " !
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY.
The fcattm.s of the general assembly today
were the ballot for UniteJ States senator, the
adoption by the senate ot a resolution to sire
each member $5 wortb or postage stamps, and
the introduction ol a resolution providing for
amendments to the constitution. The ballot fir
senator was as follows: Senate: Carmaclc, X);
Thomas N. Burkett, 3. House: Carmack, 70;
Burket, 21. Total; Carmack, 99; Burket, 24.
The stamp resolution, which had been tabled
la the senate the previous day, was passed by a
vote of 19 to 13.
The resolution to amend the constitution was
introduced by Representative Johnson. It pro
vides that the term of office or the governor
shall be four years, and he is made ineligible for
more than two terms out or three; that the sec
retary ot state, comptroller and treasurer shall
be elected for terms of four years, and by popu
lar vote; that the terms of office of trustee and
sheriff shall be four years; that all elections
shall take place on the first Tuesday after the
first Monday In November.
The senate concurred In the resolutions re
questing the nary department to name one of
the new battleehips Tennessee; to ascertain the
cost of painting portraits of Generals Lee,
Jackson, Forrest and President Davis for the
The more important new senate bills were: To
require locomotive engineers to blow the whis
tle at stated intervals for a quarter of a mile
before reaching a crossing; to prohibit co-education
of whites and blacks; to prevent lobby
ing and lobbyists by making every attorney,
agent or other person appearing in the Interest
ot legislation to record his name and that ot his
employer in a book in the secretary of state's
office, and later on submitting to that officer a
schedule of his expenses.
In the house the more important bills were:
To make the highest grade of pensions to old
soldiers $25 instead of $15; to provide that the
Jarvis criminal costs law not apply to counties
of less than 30,000 population; to abolish the
State railroad commission; to provide for the
election of delegates to a constitutional con
vention the first Thursday in next October, the
convention to meet the first Monday in Novem
ber, 190t; to require the display of the United
States flag on all public school buildings.
In the senate Greer introduced a bill to abol
ish capital punishment for murder, substituting
Imprisonment for life, while Caldwell sent up
one making burglary, robbery, etc., of an occu
pied lioiisj punishable by death. Cochran in
troduced a bill closing all saloons at 9 p.m., and
forcing them to remain closed until 5 p.m.
In the house the flow of bills continued, among
the proposition presented being measures to
legalize 8 per cent interest contracts; to protect
life and property from overcharged electric or
telephone wires; to prevent hogs, goats and
sheep from running at large; to prohibit tlio
sale of impure foods and prescribing heavy flues
and imprisonment for violation thereof; to
make it a felony to buy or sell or offer to sell or
buy votes; to prohibit sowing of Johnson rass
in Tennessee; to provide for local option in
towns of 600 and under.
TENTH DA V.
The senate passed the bill ceding to Virginia
the northern half of Main street in Bristol. The
bill will have to pass the Tennessee and Vir
ginia legislatures and be ratified by congress
before it becomes operative.
The house tabled the senate resolution to fur
nish each member with $5 worth of stamps.
The house adopted a resolution of sympathy
with Kentucky in the loss of Gov. Goebel, and
denouncing his assassination.
The senatte passed the bills repealing the acts
for the redemption pf the notes of the Bank of
Among the new senate bills were these: To
exempt national guardsmen from the payment
of road tax, road duty and jury service; to
make fraternal orders having an insurance
feature amenable to the same regulations as In
corporated life insurance companies, forcing
them to report to the Insurance commissioner.
In the house uills were iutroduseJ to make it
a misdemeanor to permit a dog to enter the
premises of another; to make common carriers
responsible for goods until delivered; to require
parties acquitted of crime on the grounds of in
sanity to be placet in asylums; to amend the
criminal costs law or not permit more than
three witnesses in misdemeanor cases; to pro
hibit the use of impure illuminating oils in coal
mines; to prevent the sale of cider on Sunday or
on election days; to make It a felony to carry a
pistol, and providing heavy penalties for viola
After considerable discussion and the tabling
of several amendments the senate adopted a
resolution providing for a recess of the general
assembly from February 8 until March 11.
The.8enate concurred in the house resolution
denouncing the assassination of Gov. Goebel
and sympathizing with the people of Kentucky
in his loss.
The house reconsidered its action of yesterday
and voted each member $5 worth of postage
stamps. The vote was 52 to 41.
In the house the principal bills were: To
place delinquent poll lists in constables' hands
not later than July 10 instead of March 10, as at
present; to make it a misdemeanor to obstruct
running streams by trees or logs; to make the
tax tor public libraries In towns of not over 20,-
000 not more than 5 cents per hundred instead of
1 cent; to make the owners of shcep-killlng
dogs liable for double damage, one-half to go to
the school fund; to provide for local option In
incorporated towns, a majority to decide.
The house tabled a resolution declaring
against compulsory education as an Infringe
ment upon personal liberty.
Obion & Tiptonville Line.
At the annual meeting of the stock
holders and board of directors of the
Rapid Transit Electric railroad at Obion
last week. Col. W. M. Wilson, former
president, resigned, and Col. Harris, of
Tiptonville, was elected president.
Parties from Hornbeak and Elbridge
were at the meeting and pledged $25,-
000 to aid in the construction of the
road, which will run from Obion to
Tiptonville through the above men
tioned towns. The work of construc
tion will begin at an early day. Col.
Harris also advised that the question
of detaching a portion of the lower
part of Obion county and adding' it to
Lake be dropped and that they concen
trate all of their efforts on the con
struction of the road.
State Pension Report.
The State board of pension examiners
have submitted their report to Gov.
McMillin. The general summary is as
follows: Pension applications filed to
August 20, ICO), 3,003; pensioners on
the roll, 966; pensioners who have died,
173; pensioners sent to Confederate
home, 14; pensioners left the State, 11;
applications passed for more proof, 236;
applications rejected, 1.551; applica
tions not considered, 52; pensioners on
the roll, 17 first class, f 3,060 per year;
25 second class, 53,000 per year; 924
third class, $3,400 per yef r. Total 9f ,450
Decided at Last.
The supreme court has just disposed
of a warrant that for twenty years has
been the subject of litigation and at
tempted legislation. It was for $9,435,
and was issued in 1S31 by Comptroller
J. N. Nolen in favor of W. C. Brandon,
who claimed this amount as balance
due for straightening out the records
of the East Tennessee land office.
Comptroller Xolen refused to issue the
warrant until mandamused by the
courts. He, however, wrote across it
in red ink, "Not to be paid until an
appropriation is made by the legisla-
ture." The warrant has been presented
to ev-y treasurer since and been turned
down, and attempts bave been made
without success to have the amount in
eluded in every appropriation bill of
each succeeding legislature. Finally
mandamus proceedings were begun
last year against Treasurer Craig to
compel him to pay the warrant. The
treasurer won the case in the lower
court and the supreme court affirmed
Grant of Railroad Charter.
Two railroad charters were granted
last week by the secretary of State.
One was for the Tennessee & Carolina
Railroad Company, with 825,000 capital
stock, which company proposes to con
struct a line of railway beginning' at a
point near Jellico, East Tennessee, near
the Kentucky line, then south to Knox
ville, and thence across to a point
where the Little Tennessee river crosses
the State line from North Carolina. A
charter was also granted the Campbell
County Coal road, capitalized at 25,000.
Death of a Prominent Physician.
Dr. Wm. A. Wright, one of the most
prominent physicians and staunchest
citizens of Obion couaty, diid at Rives
last week, in his 79th year. Dr. Wright
was a native of Williamson county. In
1849 he joined the mighty army of lor-
tune-seekers who made the rush for the
gold regions of California. lie re
mained in California seven years and
was a member of the famous "Vigilance
Committee" that saved the State from
anarchy. Returning to Tennessee be
fore the civil war he enlisted in the
Confederate "army and made a brave
Gold Discovered In Tennessee.
The discovery of a rich gold mine situ
ated in the Cumberland mountains, a
few miles from Tullahoma. is reported.
The gold is in quartz and in com
bination with sulphide of iron, silver
and cobalt, together with a small trace
of saleno. The specimens were sent to
New York for analysis. A certified copy
of the analysis returned shows $18 free
gold, $7.10 silver, $3.21 cobalt and a
slight trace of saleno. Another com
pany has a sample now in New York,
and it is said to be very rich. It can be
worked at small expense. Those own
ing the property refuse' to give its loca
tion, hoping to acquire additional lands.
To Carnes' Battery.
The Chickamauga Park commission
has received from Memphis and just
completed putting- in position in the
park a monument to Carnes' Tennessee
battery, commanded by Capt. W. W.
Carnes. It is among the neatest and
most attractive monuments in the na
tional park, constructed of granite and
being typical in design, with a sculp
tured cannon on each side of the die,
supporting the cap, which is carved
into a pile of shells. The monument
stands about 300 yards from the .Brother
ton House, " where the battery did its
best fighting in the battle of Chicka
mauga. Lumber Company Organized.
The Tennessee Lumber Manufactur
ing Company has been organized at
Bristol. Pennsylvania capitalist are
interested in the enterprise, the leaders
being S. and A. W. Sheafer, J. M. Ed
wards and J. W. Beech er, of Pottsville,
Pa., and C. J. St. John, of Bristol.
The company has 50,000 acres of timber
Jand in Johnson county, Tennessee. It
will erect a large lumber plant capable
of sawing 75,000 feet daily. Work will
begin at once on constructing the plant
and railroad facilities.
Death of Mrs. Mary Jones Nelson.
Mrs. Mary Jones Nelson, widow of
the late Judge T. A. R. Nelson, died at
Knox ville last week. She was 74 years
of age, and was one of the last of the
Southern women who was a conspicuous
personage during the war period. She
was secretary to her husband when he
was counsel for President Andrew John
son in the celebrated impeachment case.
Judge Nelson was also a congressman
and supreme judge of this State.
. A Tennessee Centennarian Dead.
Mrs. Elizabeth Holliday died near
Dover last week. She wasthe oldest
person in Stewart county, having been
born in Scotland in 1794. She came to
this country in 1804. Her husband,
James Holliday, who died many years
ago, was the builder of the first stack
at the Cumberland Iron Works. Sev
eral children, some of whom are reach
in? their three score and ten, survive
Wants an Ideal Farm.
T. J. Peck, of Madisonville, well
known as a journalist, soldier and
farmer, is advocating the establishment
of an ideal farm iu each county of the
State to make practical demonstrations
to the farmers of the researches of the
United States agricultural experiment
station. -The legislature may be asked
for an appropriation for this purpose.
Internal Revenue Collections.
Internal revenue collections in Mid
dle and West Tennessee for the past
year were S1,748,Q13.07, against S1.7W,
DOOR OPEN FOR ALL.
There Is Not Monopoly in the
Dr. Talmage'a Timelr Discourse on
Occaalon of the Twentieth An
niversary of the Bowerjr
mission In New York.
Copyright, 1901, by Louis Klopsch.l
On the occasion of the twentieth an
niversary of the Bowery mission, Jan
uary 13, Dr. Taluiage preached to a vast
audience at the New lork Academy
of Music. Ministers of all denomina
tions were present. The text was
John 10:16: "Other sheep I have which
are not of this fold."
There is no monopoly in religion. The
grace of God is not a little property
that we can fence off and have all to
ourselves. It is not a king's park, at
which we look through a barred gate
wav. wishing that we might go in and
see the statuary and the deer and the
royal conservatory. No; it is a Fa
ther's orchard, and everywhere there
are bars that we may let down and
gates that we may swing open.
In my boyhood, next to the country
schoolhouse there was an orchard of
apples owned by a very lame man, who,
although there were apples in the
place perpetually decaying and by
scores and scores of bushels, never
would allow any of us to touch the
fruit. Sometimes the lads of the
school in the sinfulness of a nature
inherited from our first parenjs, who
were ruined by the same temptation,
invaded that orchard, but they soon re
treated, for the man came after them
at a speed reckless of making his lame
ness worse and cried out: "Boys, drop
those apples, or I will set the dog on
Well, my friends, there are Christian
men who have the church under severe
guard. There is fruit in this orchard
for the whole world, but they have a
rough and unsympathetic way of ac
costing outsiders, as though they had
no business theri, though the Lord
wants to come and take the choicest
and the ripest fruit on the premises,
nave you an idea that because you were
baptized at eight months of age, and
because you have all your life been un
der hallowed influences, you there
fore have a right to one whole side of
the Lord's table, spreading yourself
out and taking up the entire room?
1 tell you no. You will have to haul in
your elbows, for we will place on either
side of you those whom you never ex
pected would sit there, for, as Christ
said to His people long ago. so He says
to you and to me: "Other sheep I have
which are not of this fold."
McDonald, the Scotchman, nas thou
sands of head of sheep. Some of them
are browsing on the heather, some of
them are lying down under the trees,
some are strolling over the mountains,
some of them are in his yard. They are
scattered all around in many places.
Cameron, his neighbor, comes over and
says "I see you have 36 sheep. I have
just counted them." "No," says Mc
Donald, "I have a great many more
6heepthanyoufound in thisj'arfl. Some
are here, and some are elsewhere. I
have 4,000 or 5,000 in my flocks. 'Other
sheep I have which are not of this
fold. " So Christ says to us. nere is
a knot of Christians' and there a knot
of Christians, but they make up a small
part of the flock. Here is the Episco
pal fold, the Methodist fold, the Luth
eran fold, the Congregational fold, the
Presbyterian fold, the Baptisf and the
Pedo-Baptist fold, the only difference
between these last two being the way
in which they wash the sheep, and so
they are scattered all over. And we
come with our statistics and say there
are so many thousand of the Lord's
sheep, but Christ responds: "No, no;
you have rot seen more than one out
of a thousand of my flock. "They are
scattered all over the earth. 'Other
sheep I have which are not of this
Of all the merciful institutions which
bless this city not one more thorough
ly enters into the spirit of the text
than does the Bowery mission, whose
twentieth anniversary we to-day cele
brate. During the past year 3,000 souhi
have been saved through its instru
mentality, and during its existence it
has put its temporal and spiritual
benediction upon hundreds of thou
sands of the poor and suffering and
lost. With the bread of this life in one
hand and the bread of eternal life in
the other it is doing a stupendous
work, and to all of its patrons Christ
is saying: "I was hungry, and ye fed
me, naked, and ye clothed me, sick and
in prison, and ye visited me. Inasmuch
as ye did it unto one of the least
of these, ye did it to me." It is througli
this Gospel that New York is to be
taken for God, and America for God,
and the world for God. There are two
classes of hearers in this audience
whom I especially address, the friends
of this institution who have come out
to show their interest in the work, and
the other class made up of those who
are astray, but want to get back, have
fallen, but want to rise.
We need as churches to get into sym
pathy with the great outside world
and let them know that none are so
broken-hearted or hard beset that they
will not be welcomed. "No," says som
fastidious Christian, "I do not like" to
be crowded in church. Do not put any
one in my pew." My brother, what
will you do in Heaven when a great
multitude that no man can number as
sembles? They will put 50 in your
pew. What are the people assembled
in Christian churches compared with
the mightier millions outside? Somi
churches are like a hospital, that
should advertise that its patients must
have nothing worse than toothache or
run-rounds, but no broken heads, no
crushed ankle6 or fractured limbs.
sinsers, velvet coated sinners and sin
ners with a gloss on. It is as if a man
had a farm of 3,000 acres and put all his
work on one acre. He might raise never
so large ears of corn, meverso big heads
of wheat, still he would remain poor.
The church -of God has bestowed its
chief care on one acre and has raised
splendid men and women in that small
inclosure. But the field is the world.
That means Europe, Aria, Africa,
North and South America and all the
islands of the sea.
I have to remark that the Heavenly
shepherd will find many sheep amid
the nonchurchgoers. There are con
gregations where they are all Chris
tians, and they seem to be completely
finished, and they remind one of the
skeleton leaves which by chemical
preparation have had all the greenness
and verdure taken off them and are
left cold and white and delicate, noth
ing wanting but a glass case to put
over them. The minister of Christ has
nothing to do with such Christians but
to come once a week and with ostrich
feather dust off the accumulation of
the last six days, leaving them bright
and crystalline as before. But the
otheT kind of church is an armory,
with perpetual sound of drum and fife,
gathering recruits for the Lord oi
Hosts and saying to every applicant:
"Do you want to be on God's side, the
safe side and the happy side? If so,
come in the armory and get equipped.
Here is a bath in which to be cleansed.
Here are sandals to put on your feet.
Here is a helmet for your brow. Here
is a breastplate for your heart. Here
is a sword for your right arm, ana
yonder is the battlefield. Quit your
selves like men."
I remark again the Heavenly Shep
herd is going to find a great many of
his sheep among those who are now re
jecters of Christianity. Some of the
mightiest advocates of the Gospel were
once skeptics. Thomas Chalmers olcc
a skeptic. Robert nail a skeptic.
Christmas Evans a skeptic. Charles G.
Finney a skeptic. Paul, the apostle,
once a skeptic. But when once with
strong hand they laid hold of the Gos
pel chariot they rolled it on with what
momentum! I do not know how you
came to reject Christianitj-. It may
have been through the infidel talk of
some young man in the store or shop or
factory. It may have been through the
trickery of some professed Christian
man who disgusted you with religion.
It may be that 30 years ago you lost
all faith by what happened in an oil
company which was formed amid the
petroleum excitement. The com
pany owned no land, or if they did
there was no sign of oil produced. But
the president of the company was a
Presbyterian elder and the treasurer
an Episcopalian vetryman, and one
director was a Methodist class leader
and the other officers prominent mem
bers of Baptist and Congregational
churches. Circulars were got out tell
ing what fabulous prospects opened
before this company. The circular had
all the hues of earth and sea and sky.
The letters flamed with all the beauty
of gold and jasper and amethyst. In
nocent men and women who had a lit
tle money to invest, and that little their
all, said: "I do not know anything
about this company, but so many good
men are at the head of it that it must
be excellent and taking stock in it
must be almost as good as joining the
church." So they bought their stock
and perhaps received one dividend to
keep them still. But after awhile they
found that the company had reorgan
ized and had a different president, a
different treasurer and different di
rectors. Other engagements or an
overcoming modesty had caused the
former officers of the company, with
many regrets, to resign, and all that
the subscribers for the stock had to
show for their investment was a beau
tifully ornamented certificate. Some
times that man, looking over his old
papers comes across that certificate,
and it is so suggestive that he vows he
wants . none of the religion that the
president and directors of that oil com
Or yoxi may have become skeptical
from the fact that you grew up in a
home where religion was overdone.
Sunday was the most awful day in the
week. You had religion driven into
you with a trip hammer. You were
surfeited with prayer meetings. You
were stuffed and choked with cate
chisms. You were often told that you
were the worst boy your parents ever
knew beoause you liked to ride down
hill better than to read Bunyan's "Pil
grim's Progress." Whenever your
father and mother talked religion they
drew down the corners of their mouths
and rolled up their eyes. If any one
thing will send a boy to ruin sooner
than anotheT. that is it.
But I do not stop now to know how
you came into rejection of Christian
ity. You frankly tell me that you do
reject it. You do not believe that Christ
is a Divine being, although you admit
that He was a very good man. You
do not believe that the Bible was in
spired of God, although you think there
are Eome very fine things in it. You
believe that the Scriptural description
of Eden was only an allegory. There
are 50 thiDgs that I believe that you
do not believe, and yet you are an ac
commodating man. Everybody that
knows you says that of you. If I should
ask you to do a kindness for me or if
anyone else should ask of you a kind
ness, you would do it. If, when you
are ill, I should come to you with a
vial of medicine and say: "This kind
of medicine cured 50 people who were
just as badly off as you are; take it,"
and you replied: "I do not want to
take it; I have no confidence in it," I
would say: "Take it to oblige me," and
you would say: "Well, if it will accom
modate you I will take it. ow, you
have found that this world is insuffi
cient and you are sick of sin. I come
to you with a Gospel medicine. It has
cured hundreds and thousands and mil
lions. WiU you take it? "No," you
y, "I have no confidence inlt, Take
sician who has cured more blind eyes,
and bound up more broken hearts, and
healed more ghastly wounds than all
the doctors since the time of Escula
pius. Be obliging and just make th
experiment. If you are not acquainted
with the ordinary modes of prayer, say
in substance: "O Lord Jesus, this is a
strange thing for me to do. I know
nothing about the formulas of reli
gion. These Christian people have been
talking so long about what thou canst
do for me I am ready to do whatever
thou commandest me. If there be any
power in religion, as these people say,
let me have the advantage of it." Will
you not try that experiment?
I do not now say there is anything
in religion. Do not take my counsel
or the counsel of any, clergyman, for
you may dislike clergymen. Perhaps
we may talk professionally. Perhaps
we may be prejudiced in the matter.
Perhaps our advice is not worth tak
ing. Then take the counsel of some
very respectable layman, as John Mil-
ton, the poet; as William Wilberforce,
the emancipator; as Isaac Newton, the
astronomer; as Robert Boyle, the phil-
osopher; as Locke, the metaphysician;
as Morse, the telegrapher; as Washing
ton, the- statesman. They never
preached or pretended to preach, yet,
putting down one his telescope and an
other his parliamentarian's scroll and
another his electrician's wire, came
forth and commended the religion of
Christ as the best thing for the cure
of the world's woes. If you will not
take the recommendation of ministers
of the Gospel, take the recommendation
of highly respectable laymen.
Oh, men, skeptical and struck
through with unrest! I beg you to
come off that great Sahara desert of
doubt into the bright and luxuriant
land of Gospel hope and peace. You
do not want your children to come
up in that skepticism. If you do not
believe in anything else, you believe
in love a father's love,' a mother's
love, a wife's love, a child's love. Then
let me tell you that God loves you
more than all these together. The
great heart of Christ aches to have
you come in, and He looks into your
eyes this moment, saying: "Other
sheep I have which are not of this
Again, I remark that the Heavenly
Shepherd is going to find a great
many of the sheep among those who
have been full of evil habit. They
were all cheated into sin. The spider
does not say to the fly: "Come into
the web 'where I kill insects." Oh.
no. The spider says: "Dearest fly,
come and talk a morning walk with
me on this suspension bridge of gos
samer glittering with diamonds of
dew." Do not be hard on those gone
astraj'. It makes me sad to see Chris
tian people give up a prodigal as lost.
There are those who talk as though
the grace of God- were a chain of 40
or 50 links and that when they had
run out there was nothing left to
touch a bad case. If they were hunt
ing and got off the track of the deer,
they would look longer among the
brakes and bushes for the lost game
than they would look for that lost
They talk about the catacombs of
Naples and the catacombs of Rome
and the catacombs of Egypt, the
great burial places under the city
where is the dust of many genera-.
tions passed on, but I tell you New
York has its catacombs and Washing
ton its catacombs and all our citie-s
their catacombs. They are under
ground liquor dives, full of dead men's
bones and all uncleanliness. There is
no need of going into the art gallery
to see in skillful sculpture that won
derful representation of a man and
his sons wound round with serpents.
There are families represented here
to-day that are wrapped in the mar
tyrdom of fang and scale and venom,
a living Laocoon of ghastliness and
There is only one class of persona
about whom I am disheartened, and
they are the Gospel hardened. They
have been faithful in attendance at
churches for 20, 30 and 40 years, yet
never have surrendered themselves to
God. As Christ says: "Publicans and
harlots go into the kingdom of heav
en before them." They have resisted
all the importunity of divine mercy
and have gone through most power
ful earthquakes of religious feeling,
and they are farther away from God
than ever. After awhile they will lie
down sick, and some day it will be
told that they are dead. No hope!
But I turn to outsiders with an ex
pectation that thrills through me,
body and soul. "Other sheep I have,
which are not of this fold." You are
not Gospel hardened. You have not
heard many sermons during the last
few years. You feel the Holy Ghost
this moment in your heart. You do
not weep, but the tear is not far off.
You sigh, and you have noticed that
there is always a sigh in the wind be
fore the rain falls. There are those
here who would give anything if they
could find relief in tears. They say:
"Oh, my wasted life! Oh, the bitter
past! Oh, the graves over which I
have stumbled! Whither shall I fly?
Alas, for the future! Everything is
so dark, so very dark! God help me!
God pity me!" Thank the Lord for
that last utterance. You have begun
to pray, and when a man begins to
petition, God steps in and beats back
the hounds of temptation to their
kennel and round about the poor
wounded soul puts the covert of his
pardoning mercy. Hark! I hear
something fall. What was that? It
is the bars of the fence around the
sheepfold. The . Shepherd lets down
the bars, and the hunted sheep of the ,
mountain bound in, some of therr
their fleece torn with brambles, som .
of them their feet lamed with the
dogs, but bounding in. Thank God!
"Other sheep I have, which are not
of this fold."
Mr. Andrew D. White, the t'nited
States ambassador at Berlin, has been,
elected a member of th Berlin Ad.f
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