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VOL. XXXVI-NO. 30.
BOLIVAR, TENNESSEE,-.FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 1901.
SUBSCRIPTION: $1.00 Per Year
BOI1VAK
A WEI'S RECORD
All the News of the Past Seven
Days Condensed.
HOME AND FOREIGN ITEMS
News of the Industrial Field, Personal
and Political Itetns, Happenings
at Home and Abroad.
T1IE NEWS FItOtf ALL THE WORLD
CONGRESSIONAL..
Almost all of the time In the senate on
the JSth was devoted to consideration of
the post office appropriation bill. Senator
Hale introduced a bill providing for the
appointment of two vice admirals and also
a Joint resolution of thanks to Admiral
Sampson for his services during the late
war with Spain In the house a bill ap
propriating $5,000,000 for the St. Louis expo
sition was passed and the sundry civil Dili
was further discussed. A bill was intro
duced providing for a special court to de
cide disputed pension claims.
On the 19th the senate rejected the con
ference report on the military academy ap
propriation bill by a vote of 18 to 42, thinklns
the hazing penalty too severe. Senator Gal
linger Introduced an amendment to the
army bill appropriating $547,500 for extras
lost by soldiers through abolishment of
canteens The house spent the day upon
tha civil appropriation bill and finished 99
of the 135 pages. The deficiency appropria
tion bill ($33,S53,429) was reported.
The time in the senate on the 30th was
spent in discussing the post office appro
priation bill. The committee on military
affairs indorsed Senator Spooner's resolu
tion providing for civil rule In the Philip
pines The house passed the sundry civil
appropriation bill and entered upon con
sideration of the general deficiency the
last of the general appropriation bills.
The senate on the 21st considered the post
office appropriation bill and an amendment
providing for pneumatic tube service was
killed The house passed the deficiency
bill after a day of exciting debate, during
which Mr. Hepburn (la.) made a speech
charging that tyrannical habits formed at
West Point and Annapolis were responsible
for army desertions.
DOMESTIC.
The old cadets at- Kenyon military
academy in Ohio have signed a pledge
against any form of hazing or annoy
ing a fellow cadet.
By the bursting of a dam at Thomp
sonville, Mich., two brothers named
Crandall were drowned.
The United States will adhere to its
policy of peaceful measures in China,
and intends using every means of
averting the proposed hostile action.
A bill providing for the use of elec
tricity in legal executions was de
feated in the Indiana legislature.
William Hamilton killed Mrs. H. M.
"Wilson, a young widow, near Atlanta,
Ga., and then killed himself. Jealousy
was the cause.
The present congress has thus far
passed appropriations amounting to
$694,118,595.
Secretary Gage issued a letter ex
plaining the position of the treasury
department in placing countervailing
duty on sugar imported into the Unit
ed States from Euscia.
Isham and Henry Fed, negroes,
were shot to death by a mob six miles
from Macon, Ga. They were charged
with burning a barn.
The new steel combine will issue
$300,000,000 bonds in addition to its
$SOO,000,000 capitalization.
A class of 73 cadets was graduated
from West Point and will soon go
into active service.
Four firemen, including a captain,
were killed and one fatally injured
in a fire at New Haven, Conn.
Fred King, a negro charged with
a murderous assault upon Miss Elsie
Arnold, the daughter of a prominent
physician, was lynched by a mob at
Dyersburg, Tenn.
Mrs. Carrie Nation was placed un
der bonds in $2,000 to keep the peace,
refused to pay and was sent to jail
In Topeka.
Charles E. Bent, aged 25 years, fa
tally shot his wife and then killed him
self in St. Louis. Jealousy caused the
crime.
The building of the Milwaukee (Wis.)
Herold and the entire plant was de
etroyed by fire.
Three men were killed in a collision
of freight trains on the New York
Central railroad at Akin, N. Y. - w
Masked farmers raided a saloon'at
Millwood. Kan., and killed the wife ofi
John Hudson, the saloon keeper. . "
Desecration of the American flag by,
advertisers has been brought to the
attention of the national house judi
ciary committee.
Maj. Gen. Otis has issued an order for
recruits to the Twenty-ninth regular
Infantry for service in Manila.
Silk thread manufacturers of the
United States are said to have consoli
dated with $112,000,000 capital.
Internal Kerenue Commissioner
Yerkes has decided that shipments
and sales of domestic liquors as im
ported goods are illegal.
James Callahan arrested in Omaha
on the charge of complicity in the ab
duction of Edward A. Cudahy, Jr., was
identified by the boy.
James II. Tettaton was hanged at
Kennett, Mo., for the murder of his
stepmother, Mrs. Jane Tettaton, and
her four children, on April 25, 1S99.
President and Mrs. McKinley gave
an official dinner in honor of the su
preme court.
"Dr." Dowie defies the state legis
lature to investigate Zion City bank
in Chicago.
Peter Berryman (colored) was
lynched by a mob at Mena, Ark., for
an assault on a 12-year-old girl.
A six-year-old girl at Stephenson,
Mich., killed her baby sister.
Reports submitted at the Congress
of Daughters of the American Revo
lution in Washington showed an in
crease in membership and funds.
Bessie and Alice Wilkes, aged 16 and
18, were cremated in a fire which de
stroyed the home of their mother at
PrUviJIe, Ala,
Andrew Carnegie has given $M1,000
to the school board of Marion, Ind.,
for a library.
The new state normal school build
ing at Duluth, Minn., was destroyed
by fire.
George B. Harris has been ele-eted to
the presidency of the Chicago, Bur
lington & Quincy road, to succeed C.
E. Perkins, resigned.
J. G. A. Leishman, United States min
ister to Switzerland, has been trans
ferred to Turkey.
A. M. Hartle died at Marseilles, O.,
and shortly after the funeral his wid
ow, who was prostrated by grief, died.
Judge Dale, of Wichita, Kan., held
Mrs. Carrie Nation and other women
for trial for malicious destruction of
property.
Capt. Robley D. Evans, of the navy,
was presented with a jeweled sword
by the chamber of commerce of Des
Moines, la. '
John Hoefer and his wife died of
starvation in Milwaukee, Wis.
The Delaware legislature passed a
bill providing a penalty of death or im
prisonment for life at the discretion of
the court for kidnaping.
The business portion of Woodruff,
Wis., was wiped out by fire.
A bill classifying saloons as public
nuisances was passed by the Kansas
legislature.
The nomination of W. B. Shaffer for
major general was sent to the senate bj
the president.
Frank II. Hamilton, accused of mur
dering Leonard H. Day in Minneapolis
November 25 last, was found guilty of
manslaughter in the first degree.
Arthur Hyer. a young farmer, robbed
a bank at Fisher, 111., but was soon
caught.
Sioux Indians complain of injustice
and serious trouble may occur unless
the government deals promptly with
the situation.
Imitators of Carrie Nation smashed
windows in three Chicago saloons.
The exchanges at the leading clear
ing houses in the United States during
the week ended on the 21st aggregated
$2,224,871,210, against $2,056,S29,1S1 the
previous week. The increase compared
with the corresponding week of 1900
was 60.0.
There were 219 business failures in
the United States in the seven days
ended on the 21st, against 257 the-week
previous and 220 the corresponding
period of 1900.
Mrs. Carrie Nation will remain in To
peka and become the editor of the
Smashers' Mail.
Gen. Otis has assumed charge of the
department of the Dakotas.
Ten persons were killed and 25 in
jured in a railway disaster near Bor
dentown, N. J.
Fire in the wholesale business district
in Atlanta. Ga.. caused a loss of $500,000.
Thomas Vital, a negro, who criminal
ly assaulted Nora, the 12-jear-old
daughter of Estieve Miller, was
lynched by a mob near Fenton, La.
Salvatore di Giovanni, prominent in
Italian circles, was ambushed and
killed in an alley in Chicago.
The Cuban charter has been signed
by all the delegates to the convention
except ex-President Cisneros.
The Citizens' bank at Lacygne, Kan.,
closed its doors.
Hugo C. Schultze, banished from
Germany for criticising Bismarck,
died in poverty in Chicago.
PERSONAL. A3TO POLITICAL,.
Rev. John Naile, of Trappe, Ta.,
celebrated the one hundredth anni
versary of his birth.
Thomas Robinson died at Rock Falls,
111., aged 100 years and one month.
Miss Clara E. Longworth, of Cincin
nati, O.-, was married to Count Adel
bert de Chambrun, of France.
J. E. Gorman, mayor of Kenosha,
Wis., was married to Miss Maria Rosa
Moeller after a courtship of 20 years.
Ex-United States Senator Stephen M.
White died at his residence in Los-Angeles,
Cal., aged 4S years.
Dr. Mayo G. Smith, the companion
of Mark Twain and the inspiration of
the novelist's doctor in "Innocents
Abroad," died at Colorado Springs,
Col., aged 85 years.
FOREIGN.
A dispatch says the German forces
have started on an expedition against
the Chinese without advising the al
lies. "In a collision at sea the British
Reamer Homer foundered, with the
tt jsLof 16 lives.
?Tne Thirtieth volunteer infantry
has sailed from Manila for San Fran
cisco. Six persons of prominence were ar
rested in the Philippines on charges of
having aided the insurgents.
A Peking dispatch says that the dow
ager empress is ready to comply with
all the demands of the powers. The
United States has instructed Minister
Conger to protest against the pro
posed German expedition in China.
Prolongation of the Boer war may
result in the overthrow of the Salisbury
cabinet.
American and European financiers
are said to have formed a combine to
control China's trade.
Pope Leo has been on the pontif
ical throne 24 j-ears.
A convention to frame a new con
stitution for Venezuela met at Caracas.
The dowager empress of China has
yielded to the demand of the powers
and Waldersee's proposed expedition
will be abandoned.
The Russian minister of finance says
the new duties against American prod
ucts are those provided by treaty, but
are higher than the ones heretofore
granted.
Don Carlos, the Spanish pretender,
is said to have abdicated in favor of
his son, Don Jaime.
Gen. Dewet escaped from his pur
suers in Cape Colony. Not one of the
six columns assigned to "hem him in"
were able to do so.
A hospital at Tokyo, B. C, was de
stroyed by fire and 21 of the patients
iYere burned to death,.
TENNESSEE
Mr. Woodruff Sentenced for Life.
Mrs. Nora A. Woodruff, who has oc
cupied a cell in the Davidson county
jail since November 13, 1898, was con
veyed to the penitentiary a few days
ago to serve a life sentence for the mur
der of her 5-year-old stepchild. The
prisoner held up well under the trial
and strain of three trials and the im
prisonment in jail, and there have been
but slight changes in her appearance.
Mrs. Woodruff was convicted on cir
cumstantial evidence, each trial re
sulting in a verdict of murder in the
first degree, but in previous instances
new trials were granted. The third
time the case went to the supreme
court, where judgment was affirmed.
The woman, it seemed, was jealous of
the child, having told neighbors on sev
eral occasions that the boy stood be
tween Woodruff and herself. One after
noon early in November, 189S, she was
seen going with the child toward a
pond in the woods near their home.
That night she reported to the neigh
bors that the child was missing and
inquired about him. The pond was
dragged, and the body of the boy, bear
ing marks of violence, recovered. Foot
prints in the mud about the pond cor
responded with those of Mrs. Woodruff
and the boy, and the woman was ar
rested. The trials attracted much at
tention, as Woodruff was a substantial
farmer.
Industrial Concern Resumes.
The Dodson Plow Company of Hum
boldt has resumed operations, after a
shut down extending over several
months. This company was estab
lished in 1869 as the Dodson-Yarrell
Plow Company, and was reorganized in
1878 as the Dodson Plow Company, the
late W. II. Dodson becoming sole
owner. At his death the plant became
the property of. C. J. Dodson, who has
acted as manager of the works for six
teen years. He states that he has
sufficient orders to insure the opera
tion of the plant for many months.
Strike Settled.
The strike in the Fair & Day Foundry
Company, of Knoxville, which has been
on since May, 1899, has been settled.
The company granted the' increase in
wages which the union men claim will
average about 15 per cent., while they
only asked for 10 per cent, in 1839. The
non-union men now employed will be
succeeded by union men as fast as pos
sible. This is the second largest foundry
in Knoxville.
Incorporation, Bat No Whisky.
The question of incorporation, which
has been agitating the people f Hen
derson, the county site of Chester
county, has been settled. Two citizens,
representing the two factions, made a
house-to-house canvass by agreement,
getting the signatures of all the voters.
Those in favor of incorporation won by
about twenty vote3. Whisky, however,
was left out in the deal and cannot be
sold when the town is incorporated.
Holds the Law Unconstitutional.
The new road commissioners for
Knox county have not been sworn in,
on account of County Judge G. L.
Maloney declaring the law unconstitu
tional, saying the governor has no right
to appoint -county officials. It is re
ported that Representative A. D. Collier
may introduce a measure in the legis
lature seeking the impeachment of
Judge Maloney for this action.
Tennessee Copper Company.
The Tennessee Copper Company has
secured the services of an expert from
Paris to go to Ducktown to take charge
of its plant and mines, upon which it
has just expended about $100,000 for
improvements. It will begin active
operations soon.
To Issue Bonds.
The East Tennessee Iron and Coal
Company has decided to issue bonds for
$100,000 for the purpose of improving
and further developing its timber, coal
and iron properties in Scott and Camp
bell counties. The company was or
ganized in 1858.
Celluloid Comb Ablaze.
While Mrs. T. D. Sloan, of Clarks
ille, was seated by the fire reading,
the heat ignited a celluloid comb in her
back hair. She ran to the kitchen,
where the cook extinguished the blaze
before it had done more than burn Mrs.
Sloan's hair rather badly.
Advaoca In Pig: Iron.
Pig iron advanced 50 cents per ton at
Chattanooga one day last week. Capt.
II. S. Chamberlain, president of the
Roane Citico Furnace Company, states
that inquiries and orders received indi
cate greater activity in the Chattanooga
grade of iron than has been shown for
some months.
Mother Dead, Others Sick.
Mrs. John Doss, aged 46 years, died
at her home at Old Shiloh, five miles
north of Humboldt, a few days ago.
Her husband, three children, the young
est being about 8 days of age, survive.
The remainder of the family are all
quite ill with measles.
Iron Company Extension.
H. M. Lafollatte of the Lafollette
Coal and Iron Company announces that
his company will at once build 220 new
coke ovens near Lafollette. Ninety
two ovens have j t been completed.
One-third of the output from these 312
ovens will be used in the iron furnaces
the company is now erecting at Lafol
lette. Mr. Lafollette announces that
surveys have been made for proposed
extensions of the Tennessee Northern
Railway, which reaches Lafollette from
that point to Jellico, Middlesboro and
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STATE NEWS.
Boyer Again a Prisoner.
D. A. Boyer, who was ordered re
leased from State prison under decree
of the supreme court that the governor
could not revoke an unconditional
. pardon, was not released by Warden
! Hartford, who instead telegraphed
j Sheriff Neaf, of Cocke county, asking
if he wanted the man. In reply Sheriff
Neaf telegraphed that he had a war
rant for Boyer charging him with
forgery and instructing the warder, to
hold the prisoner. The warden had no
authority to do this, but at ence turned
Boyer over to Sheriff Hurt, of Davidson
county, who committed him to jail to
await the coming of Sheriff Neaf. The
Cocke county officer went to Nashville
and took Boyer back to Cocke county,
where be must stand trial on the charge
of forgery. Boyer made no complaint
about going back to Cocke county, but
said he was sure he would be convicted
and returned to the penitentiary.
Betrayed by Brutality.
Charles Clyde is under arrest at Chat
tanooga. He had kidnapped a 12-year-old
boy named Ernest Pruett, of West
Point, Miss. Young Pruett says his
father is foreman of a factory at West
Point. Clyde was beating the boy un
mercifully in a disreputable house, the
boy's screams attracting the attention
of the police.
To Clear Title.
A deed formally transferring the
valuable property known as the old
Roane Iron Company's wills, consisting
of a large mill, tracks, switch engines
and appurtenances and thirty acres of
land in Chattanooga to Buffalo Iron
Company of Nashville has been filed
with the register of deeds of Hamilton
county.
Jere Baxter and the N. ft
It is reported on good authority that
Jere Baxter, president of the Tennessee
Central, has closed a deal with owners
of the Nashville & Knoxville railroad
whereby the Tennessee Central will
control the latter road. It is under
stood that the deal is practically closed,
with only a few formalities to be gone
through with.
Curfew Law at Humboldt.
The city council of Humboldt has
passed a "curfew law," prohibiting" all
children between the ages of 6 and 16
years, from being on the streets later
than 8 p.m. from October 1 to April 1.
During the remainder of the year the
time is extended to 9 p.m. The law
was passed by a unanimous vote of the
council.
Cottan Movement.
A prominent cotton dealer of Hum
boldt gives the following statistics of
cotton shipments from various markets
in Gibson and Crockett counties: Hum
boldt, 1,000 bales; Trenton, home con
sumption by cotvbn mills, 2,000 bales;
Gadsden, five miles southwest of Hum
boldt, in Crockett county, 600 bales;
Bells, 5,000 bales.
A Venerable Skillet.
One of the most curious relics in the
State is an old skillet belonging to John
Watkins, of Crockett county. This
skillett is now 124 years old and was
the property, of Mr. Watkins' grand
father, who purchased it in 1777 at
Richmond, Va. Mr. Watkins himself
is now in his 86th year, and one of the
oldest inhabitants of Crockett county.
Obion County Fair.
Union City will have a fair next fall
which promises to eclipse anything of
the kind ever held there. The most
prominent men in the county are at the
head of the movement. The association
will be capitalized at $12,500 and the
stock will be distributed as widely as
possible over the county.
Old Fiddlers' Contest.
An old fiddlers' contest will be given
at Clarksville March 1, which will be
attended and participated in by many
people from different parts of Tennes
see and Kentucky. The entertainment
will be under the auspices of the Ma
sonic Ladies' Auxiliary, which organi
zation is raising funds to help furnish
the new Masonic Temple now being
erected in that city. There will be sev
eral interstate contests, and many val
uable prizes will be given.
Will Attend the Reunion.
The members of Forbes' Bivouac in
Clarksville are taking much interest in
the approaching reunion in Memphis,
and are making extensive arrangements
to attend in force. It is expected that
about half a hundred veterans will go
from Montgomery county, and they
will be uniformed in the Confederate
gray.
Cereal Crops In Madison.
The wheat crop in Madison county is
promising. Farmers are busy now sow-
: ing oats. A larger acreage than usual
is being put in.
Olycerine Factory.
Scholz Brothers will at oDce begin
the erection of a glycerine factory to
cost $30,000 at St. Elmo.
Bank Vault Contents Safe.
The vault of the Second National
Bank, which was in the Pythian Castle
building at Jackson, which was recent-
t ly destroyed by fire, was opened a few
days ago, and everything was found to
be preserved and in as good condition
I as when the bank closed the night be
fore the fire.
State Sunday School Convention.
Rev. George O. Bachman, of Nash
ville, general secretary of the State
Sunday School convention, has com-
. pleted arrangements for the meeting to
I M held, at J&cUsoq May 7, 8, 9 and 10,
CHRISTIAN HEROISM.
jut. Talmage Praises It and Tells
of Its Great Rewards.
How the Lord Jesus "Will Remember
the Faithful Soldier of the Cross
Heroes and Martyrs of
Everyday Life.
Copyright. 1901, by Louis Klowsch.
Washing-ton,
In this discourse Dr. Talmage
praises Christian heroism and tells of
great rewards. The text is Galatians
vi., 17, "I bear in my body the ma-ks
of the Lord Jesag."
We hear much about crowns,
thrones, victories, but I now tell the
more quiet story of scars, honorable
and dishonorable. There are in all
parts of the world people bearing
dishonorable scars. They went into
the battle of sin and were worsted,
and to their dying day they will have
a scarification of body or mind or
soul. It cannot be hidden. There nie
tens of thousands of men and women
now consecrated to God and living
holy lives who were once corrupt;
but they have been regenerated, and
they are no more what they once
were than rubescence is emaciation,
than balm is vitriol, than noonday is
midnight. But in their depleted phys
ical health or mental twist or style
of temptation they are ever and anon
reminded of the obnoxious past.
They have a memory that is deplor
able. In some twinge of pain or some
tendency to surrender to the wrong
they have an unwholesome remin
iscence. They carry scars, deep scars,
ignoble scars.
But Paxil in my text shows us a
scarification which is a badge of hon
orable and self-sacrificing service.
He had in his weak eyes the result
of too much study and in his body,
bent and worn, the signature of
scourgings and shipwrecks and mal
treatment by mobs. In my text he
shows those scars as he declares, "I
bear in my body the marks of the
Lord Jesus." Notice that it is not
wounds, but scars, and a scar is a
healed wound. Before the scar is
well defined upon the flesh the in
flammation must have departed and
right circulation must have been
restored and new tissue must have
been formed. It is a permanent in
dentation of the flesh a cicatrix.
Paul did well to show those scars.
They were positive and undisputable
proofs that with all his body, mind
and soul he believed what he said.
They were his diploma, showing that
he had graduated from the school of
hardship for Christ. They were cre
dentials proving his right to "lead in
the world's evangelization.
Men are not ashamed of scars got
in battle for their country. No
American is embarrassed when you
ask him: "Where did you get that
gash across your forehead?" and he
'can answer: "That was from a saber
cut at San Juan." When you ask
some German: "Where did you lose
your right arm?" he is not ashamed
to say: "I lost it at Sedan." When
you ask an Italian: "Where did you
lose your eye?" he is not annoyed
when he can answer: "I suffered that
in the last battle under our glorious
Gen. Garibaldi." But I remind you
of the fact that there are scars not
got in war which are just as illus
trious. We had in this country years
ago an eminent advocate who was
called into the presidential cabinet
as attorney general. In midlife he
was in a Philadelphia courtroom en
gaged in an important trial. The at
torney on the opposite side of the
case got irritated and angry and in
most brutal manner referred to the
distinguished attorney's disfigured
face, a face more deeply scarred than
any face I ever saw. The legal hero
of whom I am speaking in his clos
ing argument said: "Gentlemen of
the jury, when I was a little child I
was playing with my sister in the
nursery, and her clothes caught fire,
and I ran to her to put out the fire.
I succeeded, but I myself took fire,
and before it was extinguished my
face was awfully burned and as black
as the heart of the scoundrelly coun
sel who on the other side -of the case
has referred to my misfortune." The
eminent attorney of whom I speak
carried all his life the honorable scar
of his sister's rescue. Albert Barnes,
the most distinguished of all com
mentators, unless it be Matthew'
Henry, for years at four o'clock in
the morning might have been seen
going from his house in Philadelphia
to his study in the church and in
those early hours and before break
fast to give all those wonderful com
mentaries, a theological library in
themselves. He said that as he was
pastor he felt bound to give all the
rest of each day to work connected
with his pastorate. But at what a
ruinous draft upon his eyesight he
did that early morning work, first by
candlelight and then by gaslight!
When he got through those wpnder
ful volumes of Scriptural exposition,
Albert Barnes was a blind man.
Scars, illustrious scars, on his extin
guished eyesight!
People think they must look for
martyrs on battlefields or go through
a history to find burnings at the
stake and tortures on racks when
there are martyrs all about us. At
this time in this capital city there are
scores of men wearing themselves
out in the public service. In ten
years they will not have a healthy
nerve left in their body. In com
mittee rooms, in consultations that
involve the welfare of the nation, un
der the weight of great responsibili
ties, their vitality is being subtracted.
In almost every village of the country
yon find some broken down state or
national official. After exhausting
himself in the public service, rough
American politics kicks him out of
qongresa or cabin or legislative hall.
and h goes into comparative ob
scurity and comparative want, for he
has been long enough away from
home to lose his professional oppor
tunities. No man that was ever put
to death by sword or instrument of
torture was more of a martyr than
that man who has been wrung to
death by the demands of official po
sition. The scars may not be visible,
for these are scars on the brain,
and scars on the nerve and scars on
the heart, but nevertheless are they
scars, and God counts them and their
reward will be abundant.
In all lands there are veterans of
war who may not have had their face
scraped with one bullet or their foot
lamed by one bursting shell and who
could not roll up their sleeve and
show you one mark suggestive of
battle, yet carry with them weak
nesses got in exposures to disease
along malarial swamps or from
many miles of marching, and ever
and anon they feel a twinge of pain,
each recurrence of which is sharper
or more lasting, until after awhile
they will be captured for the tomb
by disorders which started 20 or 30
or 40 years before. And their scars
are all unseen by human eyes. But
those people are as certainly the vic
tims of war as though they had been
blown up in an undermined fortress
or thrust through with a cavalry
man's lance. What I want to make
out is that there are scars which
are never counted except as God
counts them, and I want to enlarge
your sympathies.
There are many who can, in the same
sense that Paul uttered it, say: "I bear
in my body the marks of the Lord Je
sus" that is, for the sake of Christ
and His cause they carry scars which
keep their indenture through all time
and all eternity. Do you think that
Paul was accurate when he said that?
If you have studied his career, you have
no doubt of it. In his youth he learned
how to fashion the hair of the Cilician
goat into canvas, a quiet trade, and
then went to college, the president of
which was Gamaliel, an institution
which scholars say could not have been
very thorough because of what they
call Paul's imperfect command of
Greek syntax. But his history became
exciting on the road to Damascus,
where he was unhorsed and blinded.
His conversion was a convulsion.
Whether that fall from the horse may
have left a mark upon him I know not.
but the mob soon took after him and
flogged and imprisoned and maltreated
him until he had scars more than
enough to assure the truthfulness of
his utterance: "I bear in my body the
marks of the Lord Jesus."
All of Paul's suffering was for
Christ's sake. He had intellectual
powers which could have achieved for
him all worldly successes. You see
what he could do in a courtroom when
with extemporaneous speech he made
the judicial bench tremble; when on
Mars hill he confounded the Athenian
critics; Then he preached amid the ex
citement of a tumbling penitentiary;
when in a storm at sea he took com
mand of the ship, the only one on board
ool headed. With his inspired logic,
and his courage of utterance, and his
power of illustration, and his capacity
to move audiences, and his spirit of de
fiance, there was no height of worldly
power he might not have gained.
What Hannibal was to an army,
what Draco was in making laws, what
Homer was to poetry, what Demos
thenes was in power of persuasion,
what Socrates was to philosophy, what
Aeschylus was to the drama, that Paul
might have been to all centuries. God
never before and never since made an
other human beiDg like him. But with
all his capacity and opportunity of
achieving worldly renown he turns his
back on home and becomes an exile, on
bounteous tables and eats his hard
crust by the roadside, on the pleasure
yachts that, sailed the Mediterranean
and embarked on a freightboat from
Alexandria, on scholars in Athens and
talks to fishermen. Instead of plaudits
of aroused and enthusiastic as
semblages he addressed audiences that
talked back and asked insolent ques
tions and broke up in a riot. Instead
of garlands flung at his feet they hurled
stones upon his head. Five times he
was scourged, at each whipping 39
strokes, the fortieth stroke spared not
from mercy, but because 40 strokes
were the severest punishment the law
allowed, and they feared, through
counting wrong, they might make it
41 and so themselves be punished.
Why, Paul must have been scarred all
over, and he only tells the plain truth
without any commentary when he de
clares: "I bear in my body the marks
of the Lord Jesus." It was as much as
to say: "See those long scars? There
is where they whipped me. See you
that ugly indenture. That is where
they stoned me. See you that encir
ling scar on my wrist? That is where
they handcuffed me. See those ugly
curves around my ankles? There is
where they made my feet fast in the
stocks."
There are many who, like that apou-
tolic martyr, have on them the mark
of the Lord Jesus. There is the great
army of foreign missionaries, some
times maligned by dissolute American,
English and Scotch merchants, who at
Hong-Kong and Calcutta and Constan
tinople have had their wickedness re
proved by the pure home life of those
missionaries. There is the great army
of the ministers of the Gospel, now in
Heaven, who, on small salaries and
amid fatigues that slew them, served
their day aad generation. There is an
other great army of private Christians
who, in Sabbath schools and in tract
distribution and in humanitarian and
evangelistic efforts have put their life
in sacrifice on the altars of God. There
is another army of Christian invaders
who lost their life in overwork for the
church and the world's redemption.
People call their illness neuralgia or
nervous prostration or insomnia or
paresis or premature old age. I call
their ailments scars, as my text calls
them scars, There may be scprs on the
memory, scars on the spirits, scars on
the courage, scars on the soul, as well
as scars on the body, and those invisible
to the human eye are as honorable a
those visible.
All ye who bear In your body the
marks of the Lord Jesus have you
thought what use those marks will be
in the heavenly world? What source
of glorious reminiscence! In that
world you will sit together and talk
over earthly experiences. "Where did
you get that soar?" saint will say to
saint, and there will come back a story
of .hardship and struggle and perse
cution and wounds and victory through
the grace of the Gospel. Another spirit
will say to listening spirit: "Where
did you get that hurt so plainly
marked?" And the answer will be:
"Oh, that was one of the worst hurts
I ever had. That was a broken friend
ship. We were in sweetest accord for
years, together in joy and sorrow.
What one thought the other thought.
We were David and Jonathan. But
our personal interests parted, and our
friendships broke never to be renewed
on earth. But we have made it all up
here, and misunderstandings are gone,
and we are in the same Heaven, on
neighboring thrones, in neighboring
castles on the banks of the same river."
"Where did you get that mark?"
says another spirit to listening spirit,
and the answer comes: "That is a re
minder of a great bereavement, of a
desolated household, of a deep grave,
of all the heartstrings at one stroke
snapped altogether. But you see it is
no longer a laceration, for the wound
has been healed, and my once bereft
spirit is now in companionship with
the one from whom for awhile I was
separated." "Where did you get that
long, deep scar?" says another im
mortal to listening immortal, and the
answer comes: "That was the awful
fatigue of a lifetime struggle in at
tempting amid adverse circumstances
to achieve a livelihood. For 30 years
I was tired oh, so tired! But you
see it is a healed wound, for I have
found rest at last for body and soul,
the complete rest, the everlasting rest.
that remaineth for the people of God.
Some one in Heaven will say to Martyr
John Rogers: "Where did you get
that scar on your foot?" and the an
swer will come: "Oh, that was a burn
I suffered when the flames of mar
tyrdom were kindled beneath me!"
"Ignatius, what is that mark on your
cheek?" "Oh, that was made by the
paw of the lion to which I was thrown
by the order of Trajan!" Some one
will say to Paul: "Great apostle, that
must have been a deep cut once, the
mark which I see on your neck." And
Paul says: "That was made by the
sword which struck me at my behead
ment on the road to Ostia." But we all
have scars of some kind, and those are
some of the things we will talk over
in the heavenly world while we cele
brate the grace that made us triumph
ant over all agnosticism.
Now what is the practical use of
this subject? It is the cultivation of
Christian heroics. The most of us
want to say things and do things for
God when there is no danger of get
ting hurt. We are all ready for easy
work, for popular work, for compen
sating work, but we all greatly need
more courage to brave the world and
brave satanic assault when there is
something aggressive and bold and
dangerous to be undertaken for God
and righteousness. And if we happen
to get bit what an adieu we make about
it! We all need more of the stuff that
martyrs are made out of. We want
more sanctified grit, more Christian
pluck, more holy recklessness as to
what the world may say and do in
any crisis of our life. Be right and do
right, and all earth and hell combined
cannot put 3'ou down.
The same little missionary who
wrote my text also uttered that piled
up magnificence to be found in those
words which ring like battle axes on
splitting helmets: "In all these things
we are more than conquerors through
Him that loved us, for I am persuaded
that neither death, nor life, nor an
gels, nor principalities, nor powers,
nor things present, nor things to come,
nor height, nor depth, nor any other
creature, shall be able to separate us
from the love of God, which is in Christ
Jesus our Lord."
How do you like that, you cowards,
who shrink back from aggressive work
and if so much as a splinter pierce
your flesh cry out louder than many
a one torn in auto da fe? Many a sol
dier has gone through a long war, been
in 20 battles, led a regiment up a hill
mounted by cannon and swept by mus
ketry and yet came home without hav
ing been once hit and without a mark
upo.n him. But it will not be so among
those who pass in the grand review of
Heaven. They have all in the holy
wars been wounded, and all bear scars.
And what would the newly arrived in
Heaven do with nothing to show that
he had ever been struck by human or
diabolic weaponry; how embarrassed
and eccentric such an one in such a
place! Surely he; would want to be
excused awhile from the heavenly
ranks and be permitted to descend on
earth, crying: "Give me another
chance to do something worthy of an
immortal. Show me some post of
danger to be manned, some fortress to
be stormed, some difficult charge to
make. Like Leonidas at Thermopylae,
like Miltiades at Marathon, like Marl
borough at Blenheim, like Godfrey at
Jerusalem, like Winkelried at Sam
pach gathering the spears of the Aus
trian knights into his bosom, giving
his life for others, show me some place
where I can do a brave thing for God.
I cannot go back to Heaven until some
where I bear in my body the marks of
the Lord Jesus." My hearer, my read
er, quit complaining about your mil
fortunes and disappointments a&d
troubles and through all time and till
eternity thank God for scars!
Thy saints In all this glorious war
Shall conquer though th?y 1te;
They see the triumph from afar
And seize It with their eye.
When that illustrious day shall rls,
And all Thine armies shine.
In robes of victory through the skies.-
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