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VOL. XXXVI-NO. 27.
BOLIVAR, TENNESSEE, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 1901.
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BOLIVAR
BULLETIN.
1901 FEBRUARY. 1901
All the News of the Past Seven
Days Condensed.
HOME AND FOREIGN ITEMS
News of the Industrial Field, Personal
and Political Items, Happenings
at Home and Abroad.
HIE SEWS FROM ALL THE WORLD
CONGRESSIONAL,.
Before the senate on the 2Sth Senator
Towne (Minn.) made a speech demanding
peace in the Philippines. Immediately
after Mr. Towne's speech Mr. Clapp. his
successor, was sworn in. The remainder
of the day was devoted to consideration
of the Indian appropriation bill. A bill
granting- a charter to the Federation of
Women's clubs was favorably reported
....In the house District of Columbia
business occupied most of the day. A
bill to revise and codify the postal laws
was passed without amendment.
In the senate on the 29th Senator Frye
grave notice that he intended to keep the
shipping- bill to the front. After debate on
the measure the Indian appropriation bill
was passed In the; house the time was
occupied in discussing- the agricultural ap
propriation bill. Mr. Overstreet (Ind.) re
ported a bill making- silver money ex
changeable for gold.
On the 30th the senate spent the time in
debate on the shipping bill after an unsuc
cessful attempt to secure an agreement to
tne conference report on the army reorgan
ization bill. The committee on judiciary
reported favorably the bill dividing the
Etate of Kentucky into twojudicial dis-
u,us:-.,n l,,e nouse lne agricultural ap-
propriation bill was passed and a bill was
Introduced increasing- the limit of cost of
public buildings in. various parts of trm
country. It carries about $1,500,000. The
committee on pensions recommended an In
crease from $30 to $50 per month in the pen
sion of the widow of Rear Admiral Philip.
one of the captains in the battle off San
tiago.
The senate on the 31st ult. adopted the
conference report on the army reorganiza
tion bill, and the bill now goes to the presl
dent for his signature. The shipping bill
was further discussed The house passed
the fortifications appropriation bill and
made fair progress with the post office ap
propriation bill. A bill was introduced pro
viding that in presidential and congression
al elections bribe givers or offerers of bribes
on conviction shall be subject to fines, im
prisonment and disfranchisement. A bill
was favorably reported allowing Alaska a
delegate in the house.
DOMESTIS.
Six men were killed in a railway
wreck near Petroleum. W. Va.
John Williams, a farmer, his wife
and child were killed by a tree falling
on the.r home near Middlesboro, Ky.
The Indiana senate passed a bill
ousting any sheriff who yields a pris
oner to a mob.
The Chicago city council defeated
resolutions of regret for Queen Vic
toria's death.
A lone robber locked the Standard
Oil company's cashier at Kansas City
in the office vault and made his escape
with $700.
Mrs. CarrieNation invaded Gov. Stan
ley's office at Topeka. accused him of
being a lawbreaker and a perjurer, and
then asked him to aid her in closing
saloons.
Gov. Nash, of Ohio, has asked the at
torney general to institute legal pro
ceedings which will prevent the Jef-
fries-Iiuhlin fight in Cincinnati.
Michael Whelan, a guard at the West
Virgina hospital for insane at Weston,
had both of his eyes gouged out by in
sane patients.
The cruiser New York will be Ad
miral Kodgers' flagship on the Asiatic
station.
A Chicago fish inspector found 13,000,
C0C pounds of frozen fish in cold stor
age, where it had been for five years.
Two children of Louis Beissel, at
Bessemer, Mich., were burned to death
by a fire caused by a lamp explosion
and their mother was fatally burned.
There is an organized movement in
southern Indiana towns- to drive the
floating negro population from the
state.
It has been decided in Washington
that Ambassador Clioate should have
new credentials. His old credentials
accredited him to the queen. He will
now be accredited as United States
embassador to the court of Edward
VII.
Fire at Jackson Center, O., wiped
out the business section of the town.
The plant of the Indianapolis (Ind.)
Sun, an evening paper, was destroyed
by fire.
Gov. Savers sent a message to the
Texas legislature sajing contributions
fop the relief of Galveston flood suf
ferers aggregated $1,988,414.
McAlister, Campbell and Death were
sentenced at Paterson, N. J., to 30 and
Kerr to 15 years in prison for Jennie
Bosschieter's murder.
Gens. Wade and Ludlow have been
ordered to Manila.
The Delaware senate has passed a bill
prohibiting the manufacture and sale
of cigarettes in the state.
The Cuban constitutional convention
is progressing rapidly with its work.
The Michigan supreme court has
sustained the constitutionality of the
inheritance tax law.
The turbulent Creeks in Indian ter
ritory are under control. Chief gnake
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A WEEK'S RECORD
The war department announces that
it will hereafter award transconti
nental business to the lowest bidder,
In the trial of accused vote sellers
at Crawfordsville, Ind., Charles Wells
was disfranchised for 20 years and
John Osborn for 15 years. Others who
pleaded guilty escaped with 12 years.
A Are which started in Frankel
Bros;department store at Des Moines,
la., caused over $G0C,00O loss
TheKansas State Temperance union
subscribed $100 to buy a gold medal
for Mrs. Carrie Nation.
The Cuban constitutional convention
has adopted a clause providing for uni
versal suffrage
The president has proclaimed the
new extradition treaty between the
United States and Peru.
The time for allotment of lands to In
dians in southern Oklahoma is extend
ed to August 6
The Illinois legislature has passed a
bill appropriating- $75,000 for a state
building at the Pan-American exposi
tion in Buffalo.
Mrs. Mary Green was sent to prisen
for wrecking a saloon in Boston.
Secretary Long savs there is no need
for investigation of hazing at Annapo
lis.
Charles F. W. Neelv, the former
chief of the bureau of finance of the
Cuban post office department, who is
charged with embezzling $36,000, is in
jail in Havana
Bostock'sr zoo was destroyed bv fire
in Baltimore and of the 500 animals all
but three perished. Loss, $300,000
The Hundred Year club of New York
has located the world's oldest man in
Izal liodofsky, Moscow, aged 135, and
the oldest woman in Mrs. Xancj- Hollo
field, 117 years old, of Battle Creek,
Mich.
Fourteen women, led by Mrs. Sher
iff, wrecked four saloons at .Anthony,
Kan., smash injr mirrors and bottles
and pouring liquor into the street
Two women were killed and several
persons injured by the burning of the
Hotel Jefferson in New lork
In convention in Guthrie residents
of Oklahoma and Indian territories c"e
manded of congress immediate state
hood.
W. C. Whitney, of New York, bought
Marcus Daly's famous stallion Ham
burg for $60,000.
Coats' opera house in Kansas City,
Mo., was destroyed by fire, the loss
being $150,000
Mrs. Carie Nation was ejected from
nn .: TYmVa ntld fmmrl nil,.
ers barricaded against her.
The governor of Tennessee has
signed the bill prohibiting the manu
facture or sale of cigarettes in the
state.
The war department has issued or
ders for the transportation of 5,200
regular troops to the Philippines to
replace an equal number of return
ing volunteers.
The Virginia legislature has passed
a bill to punish by death or imprison
ment for life, in the discretion of the
jury, any person in the state guilty
of kidnaping.
Assistant Secretary Vanderlip, of
the treasury department, says he is
not alarmed at a letter threatening
his life.
A boy's scarf caught in a windmill
at Ashford, Wis., and he was choked
to death.
The business portion of Fort Aber-
erombie. N. D., was destroved bv fire.
luenna (jai. saloon men iave
planned, in the event of another raid
by women, to tie them hand and foot
and turn them over to the officers-.
An explosion wrecked the Wicke ci
gar box factory in New York and many
persons were hurt, and the fire follow
ing destroyed property worth $1,500,-
C00.
Helen Gould has given $400,000 to
ward the erection of a new home for
the naval branch of the Young Men's
Christian association in Brooklyn, N. Y
PKRSO.VAL AXD POLITICAL,.
Alexander Beaubien, the first white
person born in Chicago, celebrated his
sevent y-first birthday.
Mrs. Martha Todd (colored) celebra
ted her one hundred and sixth birth
day at her home in Marcellus, Mich.
Rear Admiral Albert Kautz has
been relieved from command of the
Pacific station and placed on the re
tired list on account of age.
Rev. Hans Valder, the first Scan
dinavian Baptist minister in America,
died in Newburg, Minn., aged 86 years.
Mrs. Mary Palmer Banks, widow of
Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks, died at Wal-
tham, Mass., aged 82 years.
Steve Brodie, actor, bridge jumper
and pugilist promoter, died at San An-
tonio.Tex., aged 42 years.
FOREIGN.
A tornado 6wept the northwestern
coast of Germany, devastating a large
amount of shipping and causing the
loss of several lives.
Twenty-five Americans were defend
ing themselves ana iamnies at 11 ten
Lake, Venezuela, against attacks of in
surgents.
The question of whether friars shall
be allowed to return to the Philip
pines is a serious problem for the gov
ernment.
Field Marshal Gourko, a famous
Russian soldier, died in St. Peters
burg, aged 73 years.
The rebellion in China alarms even
the Chinese, and fresh troubles with
Boxers are expected.
Andrade, former president of Vene
zuela, has joined a filibuster expedi
tion to fight Castro.
Two American soldiers convicted of
robbing Chinese, have been sentenced
to 20 years in prison.
Count von Walcersee has presented
a plan tor wimarawai 01 tne auied
forces from Peking in the spring.
China must show ability to maintain
order.
Gen. De Wet, with a big force of
Boers, was reported to have invaded
Cape Colony.
King Edward has decided to open
parliament jo pcrton Ftbru&ry jf
TENNESSEE
GENERAL ASSEMBLY.
SEVENTEENTH DAY. '
The house passed the Deford bill, heretofore
tabled, which repeals the act of last session di
viding Hardin county Into eight civil districts.
Ths bill, if it passes the senate, will give the
county seventeen districts, as of old.
Among the new bills were the following: To
provide for elections on the questions of incor
poration ot small towns on request ot ten qual
ified voters; to cede Jurisdiction to the United
States of the Soldiers' Home site at Johnson
City; to repeal the act to give unclaimed bodies
to medical colleges; to authorize'tlie State in
surance commissioner and chiefs ot fire depart
ments to investigate fire and prosecute' incen
diaries; to appropriate $5,000 to bring Tennessee
soldiers home from San Francisco.
The senate resolution providing for the dona
tion of the geological collection at the capitol
to the University of Tennessee, was non-con
curred in.
Senate bills on third reading were disposed of
as follows: To repeal the act providing for the
redemption of the Bank of Tennessee notes, ef
fective April 1, passed; to repeal the act for the
redemption of the Tost notes of the Bank of
Tennessee, passed.
EIGHTEENTH DAT.
Among the bills introduced in the senate was
one amending the State pension laws so as to
grant to all indigent and disablod Tennessse
soldiers of the war between the States, Confed
erate or Federal, over 70 years old, a pension of
J8.33 per month, regardless of whether or not
their disabilities are occasioned from wounds or
diseases contracted while in the service.
The finance, ways and means committee
unanimously reported for rejection the bill ap
propriating $10,000 to pay transportation ex
penses of returning Tennessee soldiers from
S;in Francisco to Nashville, and the judiciary
committee reported against the abolition of the
court of chancery appeals.
The house bill to provide for the taking of the
census or male inhabitants of the State for re
districting purposes and creating the office of
State supervisor was attacked by Mr. Cox in a
vigorous speech and eventually tabled.
Bills ou third reading were disposed of at
follows: To repeal the act preventing magis
trates from trying criminal cases unless the
prisoner pleads guilty, while the grand Jury is
in session, passed ; to exempt religious, charita
ble and literary institutions from the pro
visions of the inheritance tax law, passed: to
abolish the court of chancery appeals, rejected;
to prohibit trapping or shooting game except
between October 1 and March 1, failed for want
of constitutional majority; to establish "bird
day" in the public schools, rejected; to compel
owners of land to clear streams ot drift, tabled;
to allow 8 per cent interest where parties agree
to that rate, rejected; to make burglary a capi
tal crime, rejected; to improve the National
Guard by making the rules and regulations
governing the guard comply with the rules and
regulations ot the regular army, passed; to ex
empt members of the National Guard from poll
tax and road duty, rejected.
The following were among the new house
bills: To prohibit the adulteration of foods and
foodstuffs; to define a lawful fence and to pro
tect land and stock owners; to allow counties
to establish free ferries.
These bills passed o third reading: To ex
empt bequests to cha ies and educational in
stitutions from inheritar.ee tax; to prevent the
hauling of cotton in the seed, on which there is
a lien or mortgage, over highways at night; to
establish "bird day," to be observed by the pub
lic schools, said day to be a part of Arbor Day.
The bill to prohibit hogs, sheep and goats
from running at large was tabled, and the bill
providing for a uniform course of study in the
public schools la, led for want tf a constitu
tional majority.
NINETEENTH DAY.
The house, by a vote of 75 to 20, passed the
Feeler bill, which extends the provisions of the
four-mile law to cities of 5,000 population pro
vided a majority ot citizens vote for the aboli
tion of a township charter and reincorporation
under the new law.
The house also passed the bill providing for a
uniform course of study In the public schools
outside of city school systems.
A bill was introduced to confine Justices of
the peace to their own districts, and prohibiting
them from doing business outride ot the dis
trict from wliich they were elected or associa
tion with justices in other districts for the pur
poses of doing business.
The four bills introduced by Mr. Fstes, being
the first bills introduced at the present session,
were referred to the finance, ways and means
committee, which suggested a number of amend
ments. In order that the bills might be con
sidered Intelligently Mr. Estes wanted them
printed with the amendments embodied In them.
and for that purpose called up the bills and
asked that the amendments be adopted. The
bills, together with the amendments, were or
dered printed, but while the amendments will
be embodied in the bills they will not, tech
nically speaking, be a part of them.
The following bills were dispoMd of: To de
fine the contract and property rights ot mar
ried women, rejected; to prevent certain dogs
from running at large, rejected; to repeal the
law relative to the disposal of certain unclaimed
dead bodies, rejecteJ; making it a misde
meanor to slander a woman, tabled.
TWENTIETH DAY.
The bill to prevent to sale of cocaine in the
State except on a physician s prescription,
passed the house, 91 to 4.
Bills on third reading were disposed of as
follows: To prohibit the netting of quail,
passed; to cede laud at Johnson City for the
United States Soldiers' Home, passed; to allow
the defendant in replevin suits to retain posses
sion of the property until the end of the litiga
tion, passed.
In the house bills on third reading were dis
posed of as follows: To prevent proud female
dos running at large, passed; to make it a
misdemeanor to keep a livery stable horse out
longer than stated at time of hire, passed; to
prevent the sale of fireworks In certain cases,
rejected; to allow street railway companies to
run parcel cars, rejected; to increase the pen
sion of certain disabled soldiers to $23 per
month, passed ; to authorize county court clerks
to issue license to merchants quarterly, tabled;
to repeal the election laws of 1891, tabled;. to
repeal the act authorizing the governor to ap
point election commissioners, tabled; to require
the United States, flag to t displayed from all
public buildings, tabled,
Gold and Silver Mine.
Telegrams from Lawrence county
say a gold and silver mine has been dis
covered there and great excitement ex
ists. A mill ill be in operation to
handle the ore. Analysis of the metal
shows it will pay to mine.
Governor Signs Cigarette Bill.
Gov. McMillin has signed the anti-
cigarette law, which prohibits the sale
or bringing into the State for the pur
pose of selling any cigarettes and cigar
ette papers.
A Southern Branch.
The Southern Railway has a corps of
engineers in the field between Clinton
and Loudon, about forty miles. The pur
pose is to build a road to handle the
coal trains for the South without bring
ing the business into Knoxville, there
by blocking local traffic and yards. All
coal now comes by way of Clinton and
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STATE NEWS.
Meeting of Masoulc Bodies.
The annual sessions of the Masonic
bodies of the State were held at Nash
rule last week, beginning with the
meeting of the grand council, royal and
select masters. The annual reports were
submitted and officers elected and in
stalled, urand Master Thomas re
ported that there had been a gratifying
increase in membership during the year,
and that there was a spirit of enthusi
asm among the members every vhere.
The officers elected and installed are:
Most illustrious grand master, Henry
Flowers, Kenton; deputy illustrious
grandmaster, M. F. Flaniken, Knox-
ville; conductor of work, Rodney Blake,
Ellis Mills; grand treasurer, N. S.
Woodward, Knoxyille; grand recorder,
W, A. Clendenning, Nashville; grand
chaplain, J. S. Carells, Nashville; grand
captain of the guard, C. H. Goodlot,
Nashville; grand conductor of the coun
cil, W. A. Smith, Columbia; grand mar
shal, W. P. Richards, Union City; grand
steward, John Hart, Jr., Livingston;
grand sentinel, B. A. Philips, Nashville;
grand representative of the grand coun
cil in the Masonic Library Association,
Bradford Nichols, Nashville.
The Grand Council of Tennessee, Or
der of High Priesthood, elevated nine
teen high priests and elected theso
grand officers: Rev. J. C- Cowan, Morris-
town, grand president; Rev. J. W.
Hatcher, Livingston, vice-president; W.
T. Ussery, Columbia, chaplain; R. R.
Freeman, Nashville, treasurer; Brad
ford Nichols, Nashville, recorder; Dun
can McKay, Nashville, master of cere
monies; A. L. Reeves, Nashville, con
ductor; W. D. Good, Greeneville, her
ald; Erwin Burney, Whitehouse, stew
ard; B. A. Phillips, Nashville, sentinel.
The Grand Chapter, Tennessee Royal
Arch Masons, elected the following
grand officers: W. S. Findlay, grand
high priest; D. E. Shields, deputy high
priest; G. P. Chandler, king; F. C. Wat-
kins, scribe; N. S. Woodward, treas
urer; W. A. Clendenning, secretary; J.
W. Hatcher, chaplain; W. D. Good,
captain of the host; George L. Cowan,
principal sojourner; Sam Slager, royal
arch captain; C. V. Taylor, master
third veil; Charles Comstock, master
second veil; A. P. Trugden, master first
veil; B. A. Phillips, sentinel.
Interesting: Decision.
Chancellor Cook, of Nashville, ha
decided a case of interest to members of
beneficiary orders. In the fall of 1899
the Supreme Commanders of the Gol
den Cross suspended Magnolia Com-
mandery, composed of 111 members of
Nashville, and dissolved its charter be
cause the treasurer had failed to mail
his remittance of assessments to the
home office in Maine within the time
fixed by them. On the hearing it was
shown that the members had paid their
assessment in due time, and that the
treasurer was negligent in sending the
money through no fault of theirs. The
court held that the treasurer was the
agent of the members until he had col
lected the money, but after his collec
tion and in all matters pertaining to its
remittance he was the agent of the su
preme order and not the members, and,
therefore, neither the members nor the
commandery could be punished or in
any manner held responsible for the
failure of the local collector to make his
remittance within a certain time. The
111 members are therefore reinstated to-j
all the privileges of membership.
Burned To Death.
Mrs. Barbara B. Curry, aged about 45
years, was so badly burned one night
last week at her home, near Troy, that
she died a few minutes later. Mrs.
Curry and her husband, who is totally
blind and infirm, were alone. In pass
ing the open fireplace, while waiting
on her husband, her dress caught fire,
and before help could reach her she
was a mass of flames. She lived only a
short while after the accident.
Had His Throat Cat.
Quebeck-Temple Sparkman, Jr., had
his throat cut last week by Mack Hud
son in the public road between Nash
ville and Sparta. The jugular and the
windpipe were laid bare and he bled to
exhaustion. The difficulty grew out of
drunken row. Hudson is a desperate
character,and is now on bail on' a charge
of criminal assault. He escaped after
cutting Sparkman. Sparkman is a
prominent citizen. He will probably
recover.
Davidson County Tollgate War.
War against tollgates has broken out
in Davidson county. Two attacks have
been made on the tollgate on the Nash
ville and Goodlettsville turnpike, some
miles north of Goodlettsville. Dyna
mite was used on the gate pole, and it
was blown to pieces. - One night last
week the gate was again blown up,
but without damage to the house. The
question of purchasing and making
free the turnpikes of the county is in
the hands of a committee of the County
Court.
A Merchant; Assaulted.
One night last week two men went to
the home of Mr. Slaughter, who is a
merchant at Dukedom and asked him
to accompany them to his store, as they
wished to purchase a shroud. The
merchant went to the store, entered,
and getting on a chair, was in the act
of lighting a lamp when one of the men
knocked him senseless with some heavy
instrument and robbed him of $17. He
was found lying on the floor next morn
ing rtill unconscious. There is no clue
to the robbers, and it is not known
whether they are white or black, as the
rictim w&9 UQ&Wa 10 make a jta'.emeat
RTT.TnrnW A SfnAfVrc
Dr. Talmage Speaks Comforting
Words for the Righteous.
Discourse for Those Whose 1.1-reu
Uave Many Anxieties All la Well
for the Uellever Trust
Thoroughly in God.
(Copyright, 1901, by Louis Klopsch, N. T.)
Washing-ton,
There is a great solace in this dis
course of Dr. Talmage for those whose
lives have many anxieties; text,
Isaiah 3:10: "Say ye to the right
eous that it shall be well with him.
Here is a promise for people who
are all right, but who will come and
get it? How many, or, rather, how
few, people do you know who are all
right? If it were asked of any assem
bly that those who were sinless- should
rise up, none would rise except imbe
cues and religious cranks. An ac
cident happened near 60 centuries ago
that started the human race in the
wrong way, and we have not got over
it. We know a great many splendid
men and splendid women, but they
will tell you that thej' have not al-
waj's done the right thing or thought
the right thought. If it were any of
your business, they could give you an
inventory of frailties- and mistakes and
infelicities that would be astonishing,
Here, then, you sry, is a Bible prom
ise that goes a-begging: "Say ye to
the risrhteous that it shall be well
with him."
It is my delightful work to-day to
show you that all the sons and daugh
ters of Adam and Eve may appropri
ate the benediction of mv text if
they will first do the right thing. Over
here in the next street was a man
who in great misfortune lost all he
had and was positively beggared, but
a letter comes from some European
city where the land records are kept
announcing to him that a great for
tune is his. Now he is as opulent as
he was pauperized. He doffs his rags
and puts on respectable attire nnd
moves into a home appropriate for a
man of vast estate. His worldly cir
cumstances were all wrong last year;
they are all right this year. On the
next street is a man who was from
perfect health prostrated, and he
seemed to be sick unto death, but a
skillful physician took correct diag
nosis of his disease and by prompt
and vieorous treatment restored him
to his former vigor. As to his health
he was all wrong before; now he is
all right. In these two ways I illus
trate my theme.
By sin we have all been morally
bankrupted. Christ the Lord from
His infinite riches paj-s our debts and
emparadises us in His mercy. From
His richest wardrobe He puts on us
the clean robe of His righteousness
and gives us a palace in the heavens
when we are ready to go up and take
it. Now, as to our spiritual estate, we
are all right. e were morally dis
eased, but Christ the physician, by
a bath in the fountain of grace, cures
us. Now, as to our spiritual health.
we are all right. That is the way we
come to the righteousness spoken of
in the text. It is a contributed right
eousness, a made-over righteousness,
on. imputed ricrhteousness. The mo-
ment you get into right relations with
Christ the Lord that moment you can
nppreciaie tne magmncent comiort 01
" -A - J . m . ml
the text, and I defy you, in all this
great dook, irora tne nrst verse of
the first chapter of Genesis to the
last verse of the last chapter of Rev
elation, to find me a passage with
h'ffher nnd deeper and broader and
longer comfort than that of the text,
v , .. .....
which is as deep as the Atlantic ocean
half way between the continent and
high as the sun when the clock is
striking 12 at noon. But I sha'll be
swamped with the oceanic tides of
this subject unless the Lord help me
to keep a foothold. "Say to the right
eous that it shall be well with him."
Bear in mind that but few people
can stanu woriaiy success. Water is
a good thing, but too much of it will
drown. Fire is a good thincr. but too
much of it will destroy. Lightning is
a good thing, but too much of it daz
zles and blinds. Success is a cood
thing, but too much of it has over-
whelmed many for this world and the
next. If it were best for us, we would
all be millionaires, live in palaces like
the Alhambra and be as personally at
tractive as Cleopatra appeared to An
tony. But most of folks could not I
endure such superabundance, and it
is absolutely necessary in order to
keep them right that nine hundred
and ninety-nine men out of one thou
sand should find life a struggle. It
keeps them out of mischief. After
Adam was ejected from the premises
where by ten minutes of employment
a day he could keep the garden and
dress it the best thing that could hap-
pen to him was compulsion to work
and fight. The ground that bloomed
with spontaneous flowers and rustled
with harvests that owed nothing to
plow or hoe became hostile, and bram-
ble was substituted for rose, and the
panther growled where before he I
fawned, and horn and fang and hoof
became belligerent. That Edenic eject-
ment shows us as nothing else ever
could that idleness or only a few min-
utes of employment a day are doom
did, overthrow. Put it down among
your blessings Instead of your mis-
fortunes that you have to work hard
with brain or hand or foot or all three
of them.
How many men do you know worth I
$250,000 who are devout and conse-
crated and humble and generous and J
employing their means for the world's
redemption? You could count them
up on the fingers of your two hands,
even if by accident or war you had
lost one or two of your fingers. As
to the realm of personal attractive-
ness, how many women radiant of
countenance and graceful of form do
you know who are unaffected and na I
N1"1 of manner and deeply pious be
betterment of the world and not for
selfish nnrnnscs? T rm 1 v tnlo iha i-iclr
o asking the question and leave to
you the risk of answering it. These
things I say to show you that in order
to have the promise of the text ful
filled in your case it is not necessary
you have phenomenal worldly success.
Notice also that God gives the
righteous the power to extract good
out of evil and by a divine chemistry
to change the bitter into the sweet
and the. harmful into the beneficial
The promise that it shall be well with
you does not imply that you are to be
free from trouble. There is no escape
from that. We all have family rela
tions, and some of them will be mak
ing exit from this world, so that be
reavement is the universal inherit
ance. So also is financial loss. The
difference between the prospered and
those not" prospered is the difference
in the amount they can afford to lose
The more wealth a man has the more
he can lose, but one man can afford
to lose a million dollars where anoth
er man cannot afford to lose one dol
lar. On larger or smaller scale all
suffer financial loss. Amid the rapid
ity of the revolutions of the wheel of
national and international finance
monetary perplexity is as common as
day or night.
So also misinterpretation and slan
der came to all who live active lives,
Our actions, thoroughly honest and
above board, may come under sns
picion. Every courtroom at every term
of court hears illustrations of the de
Iusion of what is called circumstan
tial evidence. Innocent men are fined
or imprisoned or electrocuted because
of an unfortunate conjunction of
events. What is true in courtrooms
is true in all circles of domestic or
social or political or official life. You
have been misunderstood and misrep
resented or will be misunderstood and
misrepresented. Then how can my
text be true? My explanation is this:
The man without any divine grace in
his heart finds in these troubles irri
tation and unbelief and melancholia
and despair. A Christian man finds in
them submission and enlarged views
and divine support and reconsecra-
tion. Bereavement to the worldling
brings hard thoughts of God and a re
sistance so violent it dares not fully
express itself. Bereavement brings to
the Christian the thought of heavenly
reunion and a more complete laying
hold of God, and a more tender appre
ciation of the divine presence, and
deeper gratitude that we were per
mitted to have the departed one so
long, and a more lively sympathy for
the sorrows of others and another evi
dence of God's love, for "whom the
Lord loveth he chasteneth."
Financial loss, which I just now said
is sure to come, never breaks up a
man who has. strong- faith in God. In
most cases it is a loss of surplus or it
is the banishment of luxuries. Most
of the wants of the prosperous classes
are artificial wants. The late Mr. Ar
mour of the $60,000,000 estate pointed
to one of his clerks on ordinary salary
and said: "That man has a better ap
petite than I, sleeps better nights and
enjoys life more than I do. Oh, the
gigantic miseries of those who have
too much! A man in Solomon's time
expressed as philosophic and reason
able a wish as any man of those times
I nr nf ht- ;c tt;c n.m -o imr
and he offered a prayer that he might
never -have a superabundance or a
deficit, crying out: "Give me neither
1
poverty nor riches." On the one side
he had seen the awful struggle of the
poor to get food and clothes and shel
ter and to educate their children, and
on the other side he had seen the
gouty foot and the indigestion, and
the insomnia, and the anxiety about
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large investments, and the threatened
paresis often characteristic of those
who are loaded up and loaded down
with too many successes. Those peo
ple who are generally called the mass
es that is, the most of folks have
the things absolutely necessary for
their well being. They have no Mu-
rilloson their wall, nor a "Belshazzar's
Feast" in the dining room, nor a pair
of $3,000 sorrels at their doorway.
But they have something which those
superabundantly supplied seldom have.
They have better health because, be
ing compelled to walk, they get the
necessary exercise, and, their diet be
ing limited to plan food, they do not
suffer from midnight, salads and are
not victimized by rare caterers. They
retire for wholesome sleep at the very
hour in which others are leaving their
homes for the dance or the card party.
They will sleep the last sleep just as
well in the plain graveyard as those
who have over them an arch of sculp
tured granite in costliest necropolis
or most historical abbey.
The reason so many people are mis
erable is because they do not let well
enough alone. They are in one occu
pation and see its annoyances and so
change to another occupation and fin3
as many annoyances, if not more,
They live in one place and know its
uncomfortable environments and move
into another place which has just as
many limitations. Their investments
yield them four per cent, and they sell
out to make investments that will
yield ten per cent, and lose all. Bet-
ter settle down and stop fretting about
yourself and the world.
Do any of us fully realize the fact
that God gives us three things in un
limited supply, although no formula
of prayer that I ever heard recognizes
them water, air and sunlight Water
by the riverfull. Water by the lakeful.
Water by the oceanful. Some for ablu-
tion, some for slaking of "thirst, some
for baptistery, some for fountains and
aquariums. I never appreciated what
a wonderful thing water is until last
summer I stood by the fountains before
and around the emperor's palace at Pe-
terhof, Russia. I had. been familiar
with this wonderful element of nature
from childhood, having been born on
the hanks of the beautiful Raritan and
as a barefooted boy dabbled in the
brook Star 97 father's home, Cut I
never realised until last summer what
water could do in play, or in Strang
eapric. or beautification,- or when
climbing the ladder of the light, or
when skillful workmen took hold of it
to toss it, or whirl it, or shape It into
crowns, or hoist it into columns, or
spring it into arches, or lift it into
stars, or turn it into crescents, or build
it into temples. You forget you ever
saw the less glorious waters at Chats
worth, England, or Versailles. France,
as you stand in the balcony of the pal
ace overlooking the Finland gulf, be
wildered and transported as you look
at the one display called the Golden
Stairway fountain. The water rolls
down over 24 steps one foot high and
20 feet long. All of these 24 steps are
covered with sheets of burnished gold.
Silver step of the water on stairs of
gold! What a glee of liquids! Rolling",
dashing, foaming, enrapturing splen
dors! Chorus of floods! Poetry of wa
ters! Doxology of torrents! But that
which most impressed me there and
elsewhere is the abundance of water,
the fact that there are so many Vvatera
that the continents can afford to throw
them away into the sea, Hudsons and
Ohios, Oregons and Amazons, Rhines
and Danubes and Volgas, and so abun
dant that the earth can afford to have
its oceans evaporate into the heavens,
Mediterraneans and Atlantics and Pa
cifies. How rich the earth is with wa
ters! Best beverage of all the nations,
for after the richest banquet with tha
richest beverages everyone wants at
least a sip of it water, cool water,
God descended water!
With still more abundance is the air
distributed. An earth full of it. A sky
full of it. Swiftest and strongest eagle
cannot fly so high as not to have it in
the nostril or under the wing. And
what affluence of sunlight! No one but
the infinite God could dispense so much
of it. The golden candlestick set on
the blue mantel of the heavens! So
great that the Almighty is compared to
it, the psalmist crying out: "The Lord
God is a sun." It is high time that we
recognize in our liturgies and in our
formulas of prayer the three most
abundant blessinsrs of the universe
which come to all.
Some scientists are now discussing
the opening of communication be
tween our earth and the planet Mars.
Experiments are being made, but they
will not succeed. We cannot build a
fire large enough to attract the at
tention of that world or lift a lens
powerful enough to see any response
interstellar. We do not positively
know that that world is occupied by
living beings, or that if it is occupied
communication with them would be
desirable. It might not be so good a
world as this, and thus communica
tion with it would be debasing. But
I rejoice to know that Heaven is in
touch with other worlds, for their
improvement and a depot for glorious
arrivals. It is a thoroughfare between;
this world and that world and a com
ing and going perpetual. Going out of
this world is as natural as coming- in
to it, but the one is with pang and
the other is with rapture if we are
fitted for the uplifting process. It
shall be well with you. Now, do not
get so frightened about that asthma
or that cough or that influenza or
that threatened pneumonia. The
worst thing that fatal disease can
do is to usher you into coronation and
enthronement. It shall be well with
you. Take as good care of your health
as you can, have all the sanitary laws.
keep in this world as long as you
are permitted to stay and then when
the heavenly call comes be glad to go.
I do not care much about what your
"last words" are going to be. People
put too much emphasis on "last
words." I woud rather know what
your words are now, in days of health.
and with mental faculties in full play
your words of kindness, your words
of sympathy, your words of helpful
ness, your words of prayer. So live
that if you do not say a word during
the last day of your life there will be
no doubt here about the place of your
destination. You will go right into
saintly, prophetic, evangelistic, apos
tolic, cherubic, seraphic, archangelic.
deific presence.
It shall be well with you. Mother
you will go right up into the posses
sion of the babe that the scarlet fever
or croup took out of your arms, a
sorrow that still stings you, and you
often say she would now be so many
years old if she had lived. You will
go into the presence of the old folks,
for I hope you are of Christian an
cestry, and you will find that they
have no dimness of sight or halting
gait that requires a . staff, for they
have taken a draught from the foun
tain of perpetual youth that springs
from under the throne of God. Oh,
the blissful companionship of neaverj
in which you shall enter! It shall be
well with you. I ring this bell oC
emancipation and triumph. I like the
way the sexton rings the bell of the
old country meeting house. I used to
tand and admire him pulling the
rope of that bell. He rings it a good
while, so that every farmhouse within
five miles hears it. He may halt a
moment to take breath and give the
sweet sounds rime to stir up all the
echoes of the hills. And when he is
old and not strong enough to pull the
rope any more, then he sits and lis-
ens while his son rings the church.
bell. So my text seems a bell of in
vitation and victory. I began to ring1
t in the opening of this discourse. T
hope to ring it as long as I live, and
may those who come after us keep
on ringing it till those farthest oft
from God shall come into the great
temple of Gospel comfort and all the
weary put down their burdens at its
altar and find that peace which the
world can neither give nor take away.
Three times more I ring it. It shall
be well! It shall be well! It shall be
welll
Not Dependable.
Teacher And why should we en
deavor to rise by our own efforts?
Johnnie Wise 'Cause there's no tell-
in wnen the alarm ciock wuj go

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