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VOL. XXXVI-NO. 26.
BOLIVAR, TENNESSEE, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 1901.
SUBSCRIPTION: $1.00 Per Year
A WEEK'S RECORD
All the News of the Past Seven
HOME AND FOREIGN ITEMS
News of the Industrial Field, Personal
and Political Items, Happening's
at Home and Abroad.
THE NEWS FROM ALL THE WORLD
James S. Harlan's appointment as at
torney general of Porto Rico was con
firmed by the senate on the 21st and the
rest of the day was devoted to the legis
lative. executive and judicial aproprla-
xion djus In the house a bill was
passed for the establishment In Washing
ton of a home for aged and Infirm co!'
ored people with the fund of jrJO.000 now
in the treasury due to the estates of de
ceased colored soldiers.
Resolutions were adopted In the senate
on tne Tia on the death of Queen vie
toria and were ordered engrossed and for
warded to the prime minister of Great
.Britain. The legislative, executive and
Judicial appropriation bill was com
pleted. The treaty with Spain for the
purchase of two Philippine Islands, unin
tentionally omitted from the Paris treaty,
"was ratified. Adjourned as an .additional
marks of respect to the memory of Queen
victoria In the house a resolution was
adopted providing for an assembling of
the two houses of congress on Wednes
day. February 13, for the counting of the
tlectoral votes. After passing a resolu
tion of profound regret over tho death of
Queen Victoria. an adjournment was
taken as an additional mark of respect.
In the senate on the 2?d Senator Vest
(Mo.) spoke against the shipping bill
The house passed the District of Columbia
appropriation bill and entered upon the
consideration of -the naval appropriation
In the senate on the 21th the time was
devoted to the Indian appropriation
bill. The amended war revenue re
duction bill was reported. It Is a new bill,
rather than amendments to the house
bill, though it provides for about the
same amount of tax reduction, $40,000,000.
....Tb" house considered the naval ap
propriation bill all day and completed It
with the exception of one paragraph. The
agricultural appropriation bill ($4,300,000)
was reported, as was also the bill to
maintain the silver dollar at parity with
Fire destroyed one-half the business
portion of Henry, 111.
News of Queen Victoria's death
caused mourning in Washing-ton, flags
were hung- at half-mast and President
McKinley cabled condolences of the na
tion to King Edward.
The visible supply of grain in the
United States on the 21st was: Wheat,
61,196,000 bushels; corn, 11,743,000 bush
els; oats, 19,541,000 bushels; rye, 1.217,
000 bushels; barley, 2,011,000 bushels.
Three lives were lost and several per
sons were injured in a fire that de
stroyed the Commercial house at Ke
Three men were killed in a fight be
tween a mob of miners and Deputy
Sheriff Lendle and a posse of citizens
at Madisonville, Ky.
The Eagle Horseshoe company'a
plant at South Milwaukee, Wis., was
destrojed by fire, entailing- a loss of
Mrs. Carrie Nation and two other W.
C. T. U. women wrecked two saloons at
The next G. A. It. grand encampment
will be held in Cleveland, O., Septem
ber 0, instead of at DcnveT.
The interstate commerce commission
cays the safety appliance act is being1
generally complied with by railroads.
President McKinley has almost com
pletely recovered from his recent ill
ness. Mrs. Carrie Nation, the saloon cru
sader, was released from jail at Wichi
ta, Kan., and smuggled out of town
to prevent Ij nching.
The redskins in Indian territory went
on the warpath and troops were asked
to prevent threatened massacres.
Congress will make inquiry into de
nial of suffrage in the south.
The American press is united in praise
of the dead queen of England.
John Dowling-, a Chicago coal dealer,
lost five members of his family, his home
and failed in business in two months.
The congressional committee investigating-
West Point favors- dismissal ot
cadets sending or accepting challenges
Mrs-. Mary E. Lease fell in New York
city and broke her knee cap.
One robber and. Rev. Mr. Densly, one
of a posse, were killed in a figit with
afeblowei s near Flippen, Tenn.
A movement in favor of Gens. Otis,
Brooke and Ccrbin may force Gen.
Miles to retire next August, so the
others may be made lieutenant generals
and retired as such.
The laws of New Jersey will not per
mit Mrs. William Death to secure a'di
vorce from her husband, convicted ol
the Bosscheiter murder.
Fire destroyed the Grand opera house
and other adjoining- buildings in Cin
cinnati, causing a loss1 of $400,000.
Gov. McMillan -?s been for the sec
ond time induc-( J into the office of
executive of Tennessee.
The knights templar charity ball in
Chicago realized over $10,000 for the
benefit of the Masonic orphans' home.
Albert Moore was arrested at Clif
ton City, Mo., charged with kidnap
ing the nine-year-old son of Mrs. Ella
John II. Thomas, ag-ed 77, millionaire
manufacturer, dropped dead at Spring
The daughter of ex-Gov. Lewelling,
of Kansas, was disfigured on the fore
head by girl hazers at the Wichitahigh
Gen. Lee has sent troops to quell the
spreading Indian revolt in Inditn ter
ritory, Mrs. Carrie Nation wrecked a saloon
it Enterprise, Kan., and her eye wa
blackened by the saloonkeeper's wife.
The Commoner, W. J. Bryan's paper,
wt issued at Lincoln, Jeb,
In Denver, Col., Claude Ilider, 19
years of age, in a fit of jealousy shot
Mrs. Emma Douglas a divorced wom
an, and Harry Ii. Haley, and then killed
Alaska advices report another strike
of gold at the head of the Euskokwin,
causing a big stampede from Nome.
More than 70 small saloon keepers
In Chicago have been driven out of
business by midnight closing and
prompt collection of licenses.
Adam Volk, for years proprietor of
the leading hotel at Perrysburg, O.,
fell down stairs and was killed.
An attempt was made to blow up
the First Methodist church in Rich
land Center, Wis., with dynamite.
On account of the death of Queen
Victoria, Gen. MacArthur indefinitely
postponed' the governor general's ball
Gold in paAing quantities has been
found under Pike's peak.
The Jacksonville (Fla.) city council
passed an ordinance levying a special
prohibitory tax of $2,500 on all divine
The congressional committee inves
tigating hazing at West Point heard
the last witness, a former cadet, who
said men were tortured.
The Wisconsin assemblj' passed a bill
prohibiting the sale of cigarettes and
A young negro accused of attacking
a white woman at Doylen's, La., was
shot to death by a mob while being
taken to jail.
A bill has been introduced in the
Illinois house to stop the manufacture
and sale of cigarettes in the state.
Kansas women horsewhipped Mrs.
Carrie Nation in the streets- of Enter
prise. The framers of the Cuban constitu
tion refused to strike the word God
out of the preamble, though a fight for
that end was made.
Gov. Dockery sent a message to the
Missouri legislature advocating a law
inflicting the death penalty in cases ol
Under the new army bill the presi
dent may appoint four major generals
and 14 brigadier generals.
The Indians were preparing to at
tack the town of Bristow, Ind. T., and
the inhabitants have appealed for pro
tection. The Roosevelt hunting party; en
camped at Keystone ranch in Colorado,
has thus far killed 12 lions.
PERSONAL AM POLITICAL..
Former Congressman George W
Cowles died at his home in Clyde, N. Y.,
aged 77 years.
Prof. Elisha Gray, of Highland Park.
111., famous electrician and inventor of
the telephone, died suddenly of heart
disease in Newtonville, Mass., aged 67
Johann Leonard Boeder celebrated
his one hundred and first birthday at
Warren Leland, Jr., proprietor of the
Hotel Grenoble, died at New York,
aged 46 years.
Hon. Robert C. Bell, one of the most
prominent attorneys in northern In
diana, died at his home in Fort Waj-ne.
United States senators elected: Illi
nois, Shelby M. Cullom; Minnesota,
Knute Nelson (long term) and Moses
E. Clapp (to fill out the term of the
late Senator Davis extending to Marcl
4, 1905); South Dakota.-Robert J. Gam
ble; New Jersey, William J. Sewall;
Kansas, J. E. Burton; West Virginia.
Stephen B. Elkins; Arkansas, James
H. Barry; Texas, Joseph W. Bailey;
North Carolina, F. M. Simmons.
George Ramsay died at Rock Island,
111., aged 102 years. He was one of the
first settlers of Rock Island county.
William E. Denton, a soldier of the
Black Hawk Indian war, aged 101, died
at Madison, Ind.
Gen. John P. C. Shanks died at his
home in Portland, Ind., aged 75 years.
He was a civil war veteran and a mem
ber of congress for ten years.
James P. Sterrett, former chief jus
tice of the supreme court of Pennsyl
vania, died- in Philadelphia, aged 78
George W. West, one of the best-
known drivers of harness horses on the
American turf, died in Chicago.
Mrs.'Catherine Wieckoreck died in St.
Joseph, Mo., at the age of 105 years.
Benjamin Douglas Siliman, the nes-
tor of the New York bar and the oldest
living Yale graduate, died at his home
in Brooklyn, aged 96 years.
After a reign of 64 years Queen Vic
toria died at Osborne house, Isle of
Wight, aged 82 years, with almost ev
ery descendant of her line gathered
around heT. Albert Ed.ward, prince o!
Wales, is now Edward VII., king of
Great Britain and Ireland and emperor
The Venezuelan gunboat Miranda
seized and burned the British sloop
Marie Teresa, supposed to be carrying
arms to the rebels.
One thousand insurgents in Panay
island swore allegiance to the United
Ambassadors Porter and White have
been ordered to join Ambassador
Choate in representing the United
States at the funeral ceremonies of
Gen. Kitchener has begun a move
ment of great forces of troops against
The former prince of Wales was
formally installed as Edward VII.,
king of Great Britain and Ireland and
emperor of India, in St. James' palace
Property valued at more than $3,-
000.0C0 was destroyed by & fire in the
business section of Montreal. Que.
The press of Austria says Queen Vic
toria's great work was the savingof the
British empire from republicanism.
Queen Victoria died the richest wem-
an in the world, her estate beingplaced
at about $150,000,000.
The Chinese envoys delivered the
signed and sealed agreement and re
lieved the anxiety of the foreign en
voys in e Jang. ..
THE GENERAL, ASSEMBLY.
The bill to prohibit co-education of the races,
introduced for the purpose of preventing co
education at Maryville College, was the subject
of a lively debate in the senate, and incidentally
served to bring In a bill from Mr. Peaks pre
venting the teaching of colored persons by
wnires in any school, college or university In
the State. The original bill passed with only
one vote In opposition, and that on the ground
that the effect of the measure would probably
be to break a contract.
The senate concurred in the bouse amendinont
to the postage stamp resolution; also the bouse
resolution in regard to the election ot United
States senators; and adopted the resolution to
burn the $350,000 ot canceled notes ot the Bank
Bills were introduced in the house to prohibit
the insnrance ot children under 18 years ot age,
and to make the sale of oleomargarine or other
imitation butter a privilege.
During the debate in the senate on the co -education
bill Mr. Davis said the trusteas of Mary
ville College were willing to return the $16, OX),
with interest, donated to the college by tho
Freedman's bureau. If the bill passes the
bouse this course will probably bs followed,
and the issue which has been a disturbing fac
tor in the college for years will be removed.
Only one negro, it is said, attended the college
In the senate Mr. Peak withdrew bis bill
preventing white persons from teacliiug negroes
and Introduced a new bill preventing them from
teaching negroes in the public schools. This
wlil not affect such institutions as Fisk Uni
versity, Roger Williams, etc.
The bill providing for the enumeration ot the
State for the purpose of redistricting was
recommended for passage with an amendment
that the enumerators be appointed by the gov
ernor. The bill passed.
In the house bills were introduced as follows:
To require children between 8 and 15 years of
age to attend the public schools; to regulate
the laying out and working ot public roads: to
encourage the use of wide tires for vehicles; to
give conductors of passenger trains police pow
ers; to permit husband and wife to testify in all
civil and criminal cases.
A pure food bill introduced in both houses
has stirred up the mercantile community of the
State, and letters, telegrams, etc., are pouring
in upon the members asking them to defeat the
measure. Several merchants have come to
fight the bill. It provides that baking powder
containing alum shall be declared impure and
The senate passed the anti-cigarette bill by a
vote of 30 to 3. The bill is the same as the one
declared constitutional by the supreme court of
the United States, but which has since been
held unconstitutional by Judge Sneed of Knox
ville, on the ground of an Irregularity of the
signing of the measure by the speaker pro tern,
ot the house.
The senate rejected the bill requiring the
floating of the United States flag on every
schoolhou3e in the State, the vote being 22 to 11.
There was a hot debate over the bill, but it was
rejected because ot the expense.
A bill was introduced in the senate Imposing
a penalty upon any person or corporation whose
employes are on a strike, who shall advertise
for or secure other laborers without informing
them of the existence of the strike. The bill
really applies to any sort of false pretenses ia
advertising for laborers.
Bills were introduced In both houses providing
for a State entomologist and giving the Uni
versity of Tennessee the appointing power.
Kesolutions were adopted by the house to
provide for a committee to investigate whether
chairs and desks for the assembly can be made
at the penitentiary or at the Indus tilal school ;
to investigate whether the capitol can be lighted
by the penitentiary electric light plant.
New bouse bills of importance were to repeal
the no-fence law ; to appropriate $1,000 for a por
trait of Gen. Robert K. Lee; to force Insurance
companies failing to pay losses within sixty
days to pay 23 per cent additional to the amount
ot the claim ; to amend the constitution so as to
elect secretary of state, comptroller and treas
urer by popular vote, and for the permanent
sitting ot the supreme court at Nashville; to
make women eligible as attorneys at law and
also as notaries public.
Gen. Stephen D. Lee addressed the senate in
the interests of the Vlcksburg National Park,
and later ltesresentalive Norman introduced a
bill for commissioners to fix the positions of
Tenne isee troops at Vieksburg, and appropriat
ing $300 for their expenses.
Bills were introduced in the senate to create a
board of law examiners; to provide for the
transportation ot Tennessee ' volunteers from
the place of their discharge and appropriating
$10,000 for their expenses and entertainment; to
make conductors of passenger trains police of
ficers; to make the commissioner of agriculture
give bond; to donate lands for the establish
ment of a soldiers' home at Johnson City; to
give consent by the State to the acquisition by
the United States of such lands as may be
needed for the establishment of a national for
The following bills were disposed of on third
reading: To fix the compensation of supreme
court judges at $5,000 per year, rejected; to in
crease the salary of the governor to $3,030 per
year, rejected ; to prohibit the dumping of saw
dust Into streams to the injury of fish, rejected;
to prohibit capital punishment In cases of mur
der in the first degree, rejected.
Bills were introduced in the bouse to repeal
so much of the Australian ballot law as makes
It applicable to towns of 2,500 inhabitants and
over; to establish and define a lawful fence; to
provide for the election of twenty-one Justices
of the peace for the city of Nashville.
The senate resolution to cancel the notes of
the Bank of Tennessee was concurred In.
The senate puts its seal of disapproval upon
the bill to extend the provisions of the four
mile liquor law to towns of 4,000 Inhabitants.
The bouse passed the bill preventing co-education
of the races, after a statement from Mr.
Piper that its passage would affect $107,000 of
the $250,030 endowment of Maryville College and
also deprive that institution of several scholar
ships, all of which had been given with the ex
press understanding that no colored pupils be
The house also passed the senate bill against
the cigarette, and cigarette papers, with only
seven dissenting votes.
The house has a bill extending the four-mile
law to towns of 5,ooo Inhabitants, but the action
of the senate probably seals its fats when it
comes up in the former body.
Bills were introduced In the house to repeal
the State tax book law and to abolish the State
board of equalizers.
To protect quail; to appropriate $25,000 for an
additional building at the East Tennessee hos
pital for the Insane at Knox ville; to make rour
wire fence one of the lawful fences of the State;
to make it unlawful to substitute any drug or
medicine in filling physicians' prescriptions and
providing heavy penalities; to require separate
streetcars for whites and blacks; to require
separate sleeping cars for whites and blacks.
Confederate Crosses Presented.
The birthday of Gen. Robert E. Lee
was observed at Nashville last week'
by presentation of crosses of honor to
members of John C. Brown and Frank
Cheatham bivouacs by Wm. B. Bate
Chapter, Daughters of the Confederacy.
Gen. George W. Gordon pf Memphis,
delivered an addre.-
Algsr's "Salted" Coal Land.
A decree has been entered in tho
United States Circuit Court at Nash
ville, in the case of Gen. Russell A.
Alger vs. T. B. Anderson et al., upon a
mandate from the United States Court
of Appeals for the Sixth District, where
by Gen. Alger is given a personal judg
ment for $201,014.97. The litigation
arises out of the purchase of several
tracts of coal and mineral lands In
Franklin county by A. J. Fraar, acting
as agent for Gen. Alger. The suit Is
dismissed as to J. W. Gonce, one of the
defendants. It was alleged that the
lands were "salted," and that rocks
painted black were palmed off as coal
when Gen. Alger bought the property.
A 9X0,000,000 Syndicate.
J. M. Carpenter and John A. Stone,
backed by a Pennsylvania syndicate of
$10,000,000, have purchased 40,000 acres
of timber, iron and copper lands In
Monroe county, near Knoxville, paying
$300,000 for the property. They will
build a railroad to the property and
will develop every product of the tract.
It is understood sawmills, furniture
factories, wooden-ware plants, ax-handle
factories and the like will be estab
lished, as well as copper smelters, iron
furnaces, and perhaps other kindred
industries. Two surveying parties are
in the field, making surveys from Mad
isonville and Tellico Plains respectively
for the proposed railroad. Four routes
are being considered.'
Boat Between Chattanooga and Paducah.
The business men of Chattanooga
have closed a contract with Captain L.
Cramer of Parkersburg, W. Va., for a
boat to ply between Chattanooga and
Paducah, to connect there with Cincin
nati and St. Louis packets. A subsidy
of $300 for each trip is guaranteed by
the business men, the amount to be
credited to subscribers on any freight
they may ship by the packet. This
step is taken to secure lower rates on
manufactured articles or merchandise
from Chattanooga to Western points
and on goods from there, and to estab
lish competition against what is re
garded as discriminating railroad rates.
The boat will begin operations by the
5th of February.
Warren Not Dae Salary.
The Supreme Court has decided the
case of S. N. Warren vs. Comptroller
King in favor of the latter. Warren
was deposed as State live stock com
missioner by the State board of health,
but he claimed that his deposition was
illegal, as he had been elected for a
period which had not expired. He
sued the comptroller in an effort to se
cure his salary of $125 per month. The
comptroller resisted, with the above
The most atrocious murder ever com
mitted in DeKalb county was perpe
trated one night last week. John Neal
was struck down in his home, two
miles north of Liberty. The murderer
used a heavy stick, with which he dealt
Neal a blow that crushed his skull and
scattered his brains around the room.
Neal was between 79 and 80 years of
age and was a respected, peaceable
To Furnish Complete Equipment.
For the first time in the history of
Southern industry all metal work for a
blast furnace will be supplied from
Southern factories. The Walsh &
Weidner works, in Chattanooga, wil
supply the Roan Iron Company with
bell, "skips," elevator and jacket for
their new 200-ton furnace, now being
erected at Rockwood. These parts
have hitherto been imported from
Charged With Murder.
Monroe Blair, Oscar Blair and Cooper
Tramel are in jail at Smithville charged
with the murder of John Neal, who
was brutally assassinated a few days
ago. The coroner's jury returned a
verdict that John Neal came to his
death by the hands of Monroe Blair,
and probably some other persons to the
Has Secured an Option.
The East Tennessee Coal and Iron
Company has' secured an option for
lease on a four-mile square tract of coal
and timber land, which option it will
close. It will build a railroad from
near Buckeye to a point near Lafollette,
through this rich property. The sur
vey for the road has been made. " The
work of construction will begin in
To Boom the Town.
II. J. Underwood, manager of the
Middlesboro Town and Land Company,
has gone to London to confer with the
English directors relative to securing
funds for booming the town. Among
other things it is said he will endeavor
to develop a plan whereby the South
ern Railway extension from Burgin,
Ky., will be taken to Middlesboro im
stead of Jellico, to connect for Knox
ville. T. M. O. A.
The twenty-third annual convention
of the Associations of Tennessee will
be held at Memphis, February 14-17,
1901, beginning Thursday at 7:30 p. m.
and closing the following Sunday night.
The representation is not limited, and
each association is expected to send a
large delegation of its best men.
The Laat ia Nashville.
The North Nashville Building and
Loan Association, the last institution
of the kind in Nashville, derided to
close up its business and retire. The
association has been quite prosperous.
MENDING THE NETS.
Dr. Talmage Preaches a Sermon on
the Story of the Fishermen.
Chrlat'a Disciple mm Planer of Men
The CMpcl Act and How It
Should Be Kept In
Copyright, 1901, by Ixuls Klopsch.
In this discourse Dr. Talmage de
scribes the Gospel net and how it is to
be repaired after being damaged;
text, Matthew 4:21, "James, the son of
Zebedee, and John, his brother, in a
ship with Zebedee, their father, mend
ing their nets.
"I go a-fishingl" cried Simon Peter
to his comrades, and the most of the
apostles had hands hard from fishing
tackle. The fisheries of the world have
always attracted attention. In the
third century the queen of Egypt had
for pin money $470,000, received from
the fisheries of Lake Moeris. And, if
the time should ever come when the
immensity of the world's population
could not be fed by the vegetables and
meats of the land, the sea has an
amount of animal life that would feed
all the population of the earth and fat
ten them with a food that by its-phos
phorus would make a generation
brainy and intellectual beyond any
thing that the world has ever imag
ined. My text takes us among the Gali
lean fishermen. One day Walter Scott,
while hunting in an old drawer, found
among some old fishing tackle the
manuscript, of his immortal book,
"Waverley," which he had put away
there as of no worth, and who knows
but that to-day we may find some un
known wealth of thought while look
ing at the fishing tackle in the text.
It is not a good daj- for fishing, and
three men are in the boat repairing
the broken fishing nets. If you are
fishing with a hook and line, and the
fish will not bite, it is a good time to
put the angler's apparatus into better
condition. Perhaps the last fish you
hauled in was so large that something
Enapped, or, if you were fishing with a
net, there was a mighty floundering
of the scales or an exposed nail on the
side of the boat which broke some of
the threads and let part or all of the
captives of the deep escape into their
natural element. And hardly any
thing is more provoking than to nearly
land a score or a hundred trophies
from the deep, and when you are in the
full glee of hauling in the spotted
treasures, through some imperfection
of the net they splash back into the
wave. That is too much of a trial of
patience for most fishermen to endure,
and many a man ordinarily correct of
speech in such circumstances comes to
an intensity of utterance unjustifiable.
Therefore no good fisherman consid
ers the time wasted that is spent in
mending his net. !Now, the Bible again
and again represents Christian work
ers as fishers of men, and we are all
sweeping through the sea of humanity
some kind of a net. Indeed there have
been enough nets out and enough fish
ermen busy to have landed the whole
human race in the kingdom of God
long before this. What is the matter?
The Gospel is all right, and it has been
a good time for catching souls for thou
sands of years. Why, then, the fail
ures? The trouble is with the nets,
and most of them need to be mended. I
propose to show you what is the mat
ter with most of the nets and how to
mend them. In the text old Zebedee
and his two boys, James and John,
were doing a good thing when thev sat
in the boat mending their nets.
. Ihe trouble with many of our nets
is that the meshes are too large. If
a fish can get his gills and half his
body through the network, he tears
and rends and works his way out, and
leaves the place through which he
squirmed a tangle of broken threads.
In our desire to make everything so
eaey we relax, we loosen, we widen.
We let men after they are once in
the Gospel net escape into the world,
and go into indulgences and swim all
around Galilee, from north side to
south side, and from east side to west
side, expecting that they will come
back again. We ought to make it easy
for them to get into the Kingdom of
God, and, as far as we can, make it
impossible for them to get out. The
poor advice nowadays to many is:
uo and do just as you did before you
were captured for God and Heaven.
The net was not intended to be any
restraint or any hindrance. What you
did before you were a Christian do
now. Go to all styles of amusement,
read all the styles of books, engage
in all styles of behavior as before you
were converted." And so, through
these meshes of permission and laxity,
they wriggle out through this open
ing and that opening, tearing the net
as they go, and soon all the souls that
we expected to land in Heaven, be
fore we know it, are back in the deep
sea of the world. Oh, when we go
a-GospeJ fishing, let us make it as easy
as possible for souls to get in and as
hard as possible to get out.
Is the Bible language an unmeaning
verbiage when it talks about self-denial,
and keeping the body under and
about walking the narrow way and
entering the strait gate and about
carrying the cross? Is there to be no
way of telling whether a man is a
Christian except by his taking the
communion chalice on sacramental
day? ,May a man be as reckless about
his thoughts, about his words, about
his temper, about his ' amusements
after conversion aa before? Alas, the
words of Christ are so little heeded
when He said: "Whosoever doth not
bear his cross and come after me can
not be my disciple." The church is
fast becoming as bad as the world,
and when it gets as bad as the world
it will be worse than the world by so
much, as it will add hypocrisy of a
jmost appalling kind to ita other de
Furthermore, many of our nets are
torn to pieces by being entangled with
other nets. It is a sad sight to see
fishermen fighting about sea room
and pulling in opposite directions, each
to get his net, both nets damaged by
the struggle and. losing all the fish.
In this land, where there are more
than 70,000,000 people, there are at
least 30,000,000 not in the Sunday
schools and churches. In such an At
lantic ocean of opportunity there is
room for all the nets and all the boats
and all the fishermen and for millions
more. There should be no rivalry be
tween churches. Each one does a
work peculiar to itself. But there are
cities in this country where there is
now going on an awful ripping and
rending and tearing of fishing nets.
Indeed all over Christendom at this
time there is a gerat war going on
between fishermen, ministers against
Now, I have noticed a man cannot
fish and fight at the same time. He
either neglects his net or his musket.
It is amazing how much time some of
the fishermen have to look after other
fishermen. It is more than I can do
to take care of my own net. You see
the wind is just right, and it is such a
good time for fishing, and the fish are
coming in so rapidly that I have to
keep my ejes and hand busy. There
are about 200,000,000 souls wanting to
get into the kingdom of God, and it will
require all the nets and all the fisher
men of Christendom to safely land
them. Oh, brethren of the ministry,
let us spend our time in fishing in
stead of fighting. But if I angrily jerk
my net across jour net, and you jerk
your net angrily across mine, we will
soon have two broken nets and no fish.
The French revolution nearly destroyed
the French fisheries, and ecclesiastical
war is the worst thing possible while
hauling souls into the kingdom. My
friends, I notice in the text that James,
the son of Zebedee, and John, his
brother, were busy at mending some
body else's nets, and I rather think that
we who are engaged in Christian work
in this opening century will require
all our spare time to mend our own
nets. God help us in the important
In this work of repair we need to
put into the nets more threads of com
mon sense. When we can present reli
gion as a great practicality we will
catch a hundred souls where now we
catch one. Present religion as an in
tellectuality and we will fail. Out in the
fisheries there are set across the wa
ters what are called gill nets, and the
fish put their heads through the meshes
and then cannot withdraw them be
cause they are caught by the gills.
But gill nets cannot be of any service in
religious work. Men are never caught
for the truth by their heads; it is by
the heart or not at all. No argument
ever saved a man and no keen analysis
ever brought a man into the kingdom
of God. Heart work, not head work.
Away with your gill nets! Sympathy,
helpfulness, consolation, love, are the
names of some of the threads that we
need to weave in our gospel nets when
we are mending them.
When you are mending your net for
this wide, deep sea of humanity, take
out that wire thread of criticism and
that horsehair thread of harshness
and put in a soft silken thread of Chris
tian sympathy. Yea, when you are
mending jour nets tear out those old
threads of gruffness and weave in a
few threads of politeness and geniality.
In the house of God let all Christian
faces beam with a look that means
welcome. Say "good morning" to the
stranger as he enters your pew and at
the close shake hands with him-and
say: "How did you like the music?"
Why, you would be to that man a panel
of the door of Heaven; you would be to
him a note-of the doxology that ser
aphs sing when a new soul enters Heav
en. 1 have in otner days entered
a pew in church, and the woman
at the other end of the pew looked at
me as much as to say: "How dare you?
This is my pew, and I pay the rent for
it!" Well, I crouched in the other cor
ner and made myself as small as pos
sible and felt as though I had been
stealing something. So there are peo
ple who have a sharp edge to their re
ligion, and they act as though they
thought most people had been elected
to be damned and they were glad of it.
Oh, let us brighten up our manner and
appear in gentlemanliness or lady
Again, in mending our nets we need
also to put in the threads of faith and
tear out all the tangled meshes of un
belief. Our work is successful accord
ing to our faith. The man who be
lieves in onlv half a Bible or the Bible
in spots, the man who thinks he can
not persuade others, the man who
halts, doubting about this and doubt
ing about that, will be a failure in
Christian work. Show me the man who
rather thinks that the garden of Eden
may have had an allegory and is not
quite certain but that there may be
another chance after death and does
not know whether or not the Bible is
inspired, and I tell you that man for
soul saving is a poor stick. Faith s
God and in Jesus Christ and the Holy
Ghost and the absolute necessity of a
regenerated heart in order to see God
in peace is one thread you must have
n your mended net, or you will never
be a successful fisher for men. Why,
how can you doubt? The rottenest
thread to tear out of your net is unbe
lief, and the most important thread
that you are to put in it is faith faith
in God, triumphant faith, everlasting
Oh, this important work of mending
our nets! If we could get our nets
right, we would accomplish more in
soul saving in the next year than we
have in the last 20. Bu where shall we
get them mended? Just where old Zeb
edee and his two boys mended their
nets where you are. James and John
had no time to go ashore. They were
not fishing for fun, as you and I do
la summer time. It was their liveli
hood acd that of their families. They
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in the ship. "Oh.r c ja some one, 1
mean to get my net mended, and I will
go down to the public library and I
will see what the scientists say about
evolution and about the 'survival of the
fittest, and I will read up what the
theologians say about 'advanced
thought.' I will leave the ship awhile,
and I will go ashore and stay there
till my net is mended." Do that, my
brother, and you wil have nonet left. In
stead of their helping you mend your
net, they will steal the pieces that re
main. Better stay in the Gospel boat,
where you have all the means for mend
ing your net. What are they? do you
ask. I answer, all you need you have
where you are namely, a Bible and a
place to pray. The more you study
evolution and adopt what is called ad
vanced thought, the more useless you
will be. Stay in the ship and mend
your net. That is where James, the
son of Zebedee, and John, his brother,
staid. That is where all who get their
nets mended stay.
I notice that all who leave the Gos
pel boat and go ashore to mend their
nets stay there. Or if they try again
to fish they do not catch anything.
Get out of the Gospel boat and go up
into the world to get your net mend
ed, and you will live to see the day
when you will feel like the man who,
ing forsaken Christianity, sighed: "I
would give a thousand pounds to feel
as I did in 1S20." The time will come
when you would be willing to give a
thousand pounds to feel as you did in
1901. These men who have given up
their religion cannot help you a bit.
These dear brethren of all denomi
nations, afflicted with theological fidg
ets, had better go to mending nets in
stead of breaking them. Before they
break up the old religion and try to
foist on us a new religion let them go
through some great sacrifice for God
that will prove them worthy for such
a work, taking the advice of Tallyrand
to a man who wanted to upset the re
ligion of Jesus Christ and start a new
one when he said: "Go and be cruci
fied and then raise yourself from the
grave the -third day!" Those who
propose to mend their nets by secu
lar and skeptical books are like the
man who has just one week for fish
ing, and six of the days he spends in
reading Izaak Walton's "Complete
Angler" and Wheatley's "Rod and
Line" and Scott's "Fishing in Northern
Waters," and Pullman's "Vade Mecum
of Fly Fishing for Trout," and then
on Saturday morning, his last day out,
goes to the river tc ply his art. But
that day the fish will not bite, and
late on Saturday night he goes to his
home with empty basket. Alas, alas!
if when the Saturday night of our
life drops on us it shall be found that
we have spent our time in the libraries
of worldly philosophy, trying to mend
our nets, and we have only a few souls
to report as brought to God through
our instrumentality, while some hum
ble fisherman, his library made up of
a Bible and an almanac, shall come
home laden with the results, his
trophies all the souls within 15 miles
of his log cabin meeting house.
In the time of great disturbance in
Naples in 1649 Massaniello, a barefoot
ed fishing boy, dropped his fishing rod
and by strange magnetism took com
mand of that city of 600,000 souls'. He
took eff his fishing jacket and put on a
robe of gold in the presence of howling
mobs. He put his hand on his lip as
a signal, and they were silent. He
waved his hand away from him, and
they retired to their homes. Armies
passed in review before him. He be
came the nation's idol. The rapid rise
and complete supremacy of that young
fisherman, Massaniello, has no parallel
in all history. But something equal to
that and better than that is an every
day occurrence in Heaven. God takes
some of those who in this world were
fishers of men and who toiled very
humbly, but because of the way they
mended their nets and employed their
nets after they were mended He sud
denly hoists them and robes them and
scepters them and crowns them and
makes them rulers over many cities,
and He marches armies of saved ones
before them in review.
But do not spend your time fishing
with hook and line. Why did not
James, the son of Zebedee, sit on the
wharf at'Cana, his feet hanging over
the lake, and with a long pole and a
worm on the hook dipped into the wave
wait for some mullet to swim up and
be caught? Why did not Zebedee
spend his afternoon trying to catch one
eel? No, that work was too slow.
These men were not mending a hook
and line; they were mending their
nets. So let the church of God not be
content with having here one soul and
next month another soul brought into
the kingdom. Sweep all the seas with
nets scoop nets, seine nets, dragnets,
all encompassing nets, and take the
treasures in by hundreds and thou
sands and millions, and nations will be
born in a day and the hemispheres
quake with the tread of a ransoming
God. Do you know what will be the
two most tremendous hours in our
Heavenly existence? Among the quad
rillions of ages which shall roll on
what two occasions will be to us the
greatest? The day of our arrival there
will -be to us one of the two greatest.
The second greatest, I think, will be
the day when we shall have put in
parallel lines before us what Christ did
for us and what we did for Christ, the
one so great, the other so little. That
will be the only embarrassment in
Heaven. My Lord and my God. What
will we do and what will we say when
on one side are placed the Saviour's
great sacrifices for us and our small
sacrifices for Him; His exile, His hu
miliation, His agonies on one hand and
our poor, weak, insufficient sacrifices
on the other. To make the contrast
less overwhelming let us quickly mend
our nets, and, like the Galilean fisher
men, may we be divinely helped to cast
them on the right side of the ship.
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