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VOL. XXXVI-NO. 33.
BOLIVAR, TENNESSEE, FRIDAY, MARCH 22, 1901.
SUBSCRIPTION: $1.00 Per Year
k M tae Ha .',
NEWS IN BRIEF,
Compiled froia Various Sources.
PERSONAL' AND GENERAL.
By the explosion of a boiler in the
Poremus laundry, 45S West Madison
street, Chicago, on the 11th, eight
persons were instantly killed, 42 were
injured and several are missing'. A
quarrel between the police and rire
men as to whose duty it was to dig
the victims from the ruins caused an
abrupt suspension of the search.
Lord J'auncefote, the British am
bassador at Washing-ton, has been ap
pointed a member of the privy coun
cil. A serious cave-in of the Spencer
mine workings occurred at Dunmorc,
la., on the 12th, causing a surface dis
turbance of over seven hundred feet
long- and 100 feet in widith. Four
residences were so badly wrecked aa
to reuder them untenable.
Gen. Bruce A. Milton arrived at
Rou.wille, Orange Rher colony, on
the 11th, and found the place com
pletely deserted. The houses wer
open and many of them contained no
furniture.
.John E. Tipton, the alleged default
ing treasurer and secretary of the In
ternational Switchmen's Union of
North America, was arraigned at Buf
falo, N. Y., on the 12th. The charge
was changed to that of grand larceny,
first degree. Tipton pleaded not
guilty, waived examination and was
he'd for the grand jury.
The estate of Sir Francis Cook (the
husband of Tennessee Claflin), who
died in London, February 17, was
sworn to on the 12th. It is valued
at a i.eoo.ooo ($3.ooo,coo).
The directors of the suspended First
national bank of Kiles, Mich., on th
l.nn, meu a declaration agains
Charles A. Johnson, the missing- cash
ler of the bank, alleging- that forgene
amounting to $100,000 against leading
citizens of the county had been com
mittcd by him.
At Madrid, on the IMh, while the
officials engaged in collecting the oc
troi were assaulting- a workman who
hat! attempted to evade the tax,
large crowd gathered, angrily protest
ing, and the affair culminated in
riot. The g-endarmes finally dispersed
the mob.
Four hundred men and boys had a
pitched battle, on the 13th, in which
over a thousand shots were exchanged
with three burglars, who were hiding
in a patch of woods, three miles west
of Farmington, Mich. After a des
perate resistence the men surrend
ered. All three were badly wounded
(5en. and former President Benja
min Harrison, died, on the 13th, at
his home in Indianapolis, Ind. In
spite of the warning bulletins of his
physicians, people generally, the coun
try over, had hoped that he would
win in his brave battle against dis
ease, and the final announcement oi
his death came as a shock. Mr. Har
rison's deathbed was surrounded by
relatives and friends, although neither
Mrs. McKee, his daughter, nor Col
Russell Harrison, his son, arrived in
time to see him alive.
The French shipping companies in
view of the dockers' strike nt Mar
seilles, have decided to import A rah
laborers to replace the native work
men. -Nine nargeioacis oj steel rails anci
2,134.000 bushels of coal were shipped
south from Pittsburgh, Pa., on the
13th. Ten million bushels of eoal and
SO.OOO tons of rail still awaited boats
to carry them south.
The British admiralty court, on the
12th, awarded the German steamer
Valencia 8,000 for her services to the
Cunard liner Carinthia which, while
en route from New Orleans to south
Africa, with 1,400 mules for the Brit
ish, army, was wrecked on the Haytien
coast last May.
M. Bog-oliepoff, Russian minister oi
public instruction, who. while holding
a reception, February 27, was shot by
I'eter Karpovich, formerly a student
at the University of Moscow, died, on
the l"th, of his wound.
On the l."th R. G. Dun & Co. report
ed: "Failures for the week were 205
in the United States, aginst 190 last
year, and 33 in Canada, against 23 last
year."
Sir Edwin Saunders, president oi
the Odontological society, and dentist
to King Edward and Queen Alexandra,
died in London on the 15th.
Lieutenant-Commander William
Braunersreuther has been relieved
from duty as captain of the port oi
Manila, he having- been condemned by
a medical survey and ordered to the
Yokohama hospital. He is succeeded
by Lieut. W. J. Sears.
Answering a question in the British
house of commons, on the 14th, Lord
C ran bo rue, under secretary for the
foreign office, said no steps had been
taken by his majesty's government to
revise the Hay-Pauncefote treaty, but
the government would be ready to
consider in a friendly way any iin
posals made toward that object by the
United Slates.
The trial of the most prominent
rebel. in the colony of Natal, Scuth
Africa, a man named De Jager. has
been concluded at Pietermaritiburg.
He was sentenced to five jvars' im
prisonment and io pay a fvie of JC5,
000. De Jager was a Boer command
ant. George Weaver, of Caal Dover, O.,
out of. employment, on the 14th, shot
his sleeping- "wife to ?ath and killed
himself, leaving sevn orphaned chil
dren. The babe ws found by neigh
bors in its dead mother's arms cov
ered with blood.
It was rumor'd, on the 14th, that a
iritis was iirniiient in the Portu
guese eabinej
Li Hung I7ng- ?s reported, again in
rpod health'
TWO BURNING SLEEPERS.
Exciting Experience of Rudely Awakened
Tourist on Board a Tralo
In Florida.
Talatka, Fla., March 18. The Pull
man sleeping; cars Tabita and Elmer,
on a Plant System train from Tampa
to Jacksonville, were completely
burned early yesterday morning- at
Buffalo Bluff, seven miles from this
city. The sleepers were filled with
sleeping- tourists and so quickly did
the flames spread that there was
practically no time for saving- clothes
or valuables. At the time of the dis
covery of -the flames they had g-ained
such headway that, it was impossible
to extinguish them, and the train was
run to Buffalo Bluff, where the burning-
cars Mere shoved int6 a siding.
The 17 passengers, including- several
women, in the burning cars were hui
ried into the other sleepers and made
as.comfortable us possible. Several
lost their clothing- and personal ef
fects. Blankets were loaned to those
who had lost their clothing-, and they
remained wrapped in these until Jack
sonville was reached, where Plant
System and Pullman officials provided
for their wants.
One man lost his trousers, and sev
eral men were minus their coats. The
women lost the majority of their
wearing- apparel. The railroad offi
cials had the measures of the passen
gers taken for clothing, dresses, shoes,
etc., and they were supplied writhin a
half hour of the time of the arrival
of the train in Jacksonville. The pas
sengers were then sent to hotels.
The loss of money and jewelry is,
according- to the statements of pas
sengers, between ten and fifteen thou
sand dollars. The total loss is esti
mated at $00,000.
BAD FIRE IN PITTSBURGH.
Main IJhHJIiijlc of tne Exposition and
Other Valuable Property Destroy
ed Killed and Injured.
Pittsburgh, Ia., March IS. During
the progress of a fire, yesterday, at
the corner of Duquesne way and Fort
street, one man lost his life and three
others were. badly hurt. The proper
ty loss be fully $230,000 ; well insured.
All of the injured men are in the
hospital in rather bad shape, but all
will recover.
The tire broke out in the boiler
room of the Hiram V. French Co.'s
hair felt factory, just opposite the
exposition main building-. Through
some confusion no alarm was turned
in for some time, and it was fully 20
minutes after the fire was discovered
before the engines reached the scene.
From the felt factory the flames
jumped across the street'.and in a very
short time the exposition building
was burning fiercely. All the firemen
could do here was to prevent the
flames spreading. After hard work
this was accomplished and Machinery
hall, with its valuable contents saved.
The main building was a complete
wreck.
Two lumber yards adjoining
the felt factory soon succumbed.
Gallasrher & Hanker lost 1,000.000
feet of lumber, and Henry Henk 350,-
000 feet of valuable hardwood. Three
small dwellings near the lumber yards
were destroyed, but so far as known
all the inmates escaped.
The dead and injured firemen were
victims of a live wire. The intense
heat melted the net-work of wires
running in every direction and one of
them in falling struck a trolley wire,
the other end crossing the brass noz
zle of the hose held by William Miller
ind OeorgeYr. Snyder. Itoth men fell
as though they had been shot. IT. E.
Scheckler and JIarry Griffith, in going
to the rescue were also caught and
both were badly burned when the
prostrate men were reached Miller
was dead and two of the others un
conscious.
The loss on the exposition building
will reach .$100,000; fully insured.
President Torrence says the .structure
will be rebuilt at once and be ready
for the fall engagements.
UNJUSTIFIABLE RETICENCE.
fenter Report Severe Accident
on Board the American Liner Xew
York OlHeera Dnmb. -
New York, March 18. The Ameri
can line steamship IVevv York which.
left Southampton and Cherbourg on
March 9, arrived in quarantine last
night and although the officers re
ported no accident, it was learned
from a passenger that there had been
an aecident on board in which 33 per
sons were scalded, one dying as a re
sult of his injuries.
It was also learned that the New
York has a broken shaft. The ofiicers
of the vessel would say nothing re
garding the accident. It was learned
from a passenger from the steamship
that the shaft was broken about four
days ago. The same person said that
there had been an explosion in which
about thirty men were scalded badly,
and one man died from the effects. .
A full report was given to the as
listant superintendent of the Ainei-
can line who met the ZS'cw York down
the bav.
CONGRESSMAN BROSIUS DEAD.
Til e AVell-lv nonn Penn lvaniaa
Snecnmlis Quickly to an At
tack of Apoplexy.
Lancaster, I'a., March 17. Congress
man Marriott Brosius, chairman of
the committee on banking an curren
cy, died at 3 a. m. from a stroke of
apoplexy. He was stricken at five
o'clock Friday afternoon. II; at once
became unconscious and remained in
that condition until death. At no
time was there any hope entertained
for bjs recovery,
TENNESSEE
T1JK GENERAL ASSEMBLY.
TIIIRTY-FOUBTir DAY.
The legislature reconvened alter a recess ot
more man a inonin.
Honor delesates and the holding of a coDstltu -
tlonal convention. An effort will be made to
secure early action on these measures.
Representative riper introduced a Dill pro-
Tiding lor a dog law.
A bill was introduced providing for so amend
ing the sinking uud law as to give the State
power to buy bonds at any time durins the year,
without restricting such purchases to the first
cay oi eacn quarter, ine aiaie now nas aooui
tTO AHA Hfi K wl.tiik A Mil.!.... K a. . - ..- I
the law cannot purchase them until Aprill.
The senate passed the bill regulating the
operation of beneficiary orders, making them
subject to the rules, regulations and inspections
ot the State insurance department. It also
r9sti1 thA hill Imnnainor 9 rmnnlt tf njkt
cent on insurance companies, over and above
the amount of the policy, when payment oC loss
Is resisted.
The senate also passed the bill making It a
misdemeanor for a person or corporation to
make or publish a false statement la order to
secure laborers.
Bills on third reading: To prohibit the throw
ing ot sawdust into streams, failed; to provido
for the apportioning ot the school fund among
white and colored children in proportion to the
amount of taxes paid, rejected; to prevent the
ale of cider on election day, failed.
THIKTY-FIFTil DAY.
The senate passed a bill pensioning all ex
Confederate and Federal soldiers over 70 years
of age who are disabled and in indigent circum
stances and not now drawing a peusion. Aid is
not to be extended, however, if the disabilities
ot such soldiers have been caused by dissipa
tion or immoral habits.
The house rejected the bill creating the office
of .'natc immigration agent, and reconsidered
and passed the bill prohibiting the selling or
giving away of cider on election day or Sunday,
Kesolutious authorizing the Knoxviile Power
Company to build a dam across Little Pigeon
river were adopted,
Resolutions were adopted Inviting President
Moore of the National Good Roads Association
to address the general assembly.
Gov. McMillin sent a short message to the as
sembly, urging the prompt passage ot the ap
propriation bill, as the appropriations under
the old acl will end on the lath, and the judicial,
executive and departmental officers and the
btate institutions will have to go without
money unless a bill is passed. The message
also called attention to the fact that Dr. R. A.
Gattiuger had prepared a most valuable manu
script in regard to the flora of Teunessee, which
he offered to the State without cost, provided
the Slate would have it printed for distribution
to the libraries of other States and the general
public. It will make a volume of about 30
pages, the governor said, and it covers 2,104
species of plants spontaneously growing in
Teunessee. The governor also recommended
that steps be taken for the preservation ot the
records and archives of the Slate now in the
basement of the capltol. He says many valua
ble documents are piled up in a heap, and that
only recently the manuscript of the first consti
tution of Tennessee was discovered iu this heap
and restored. Other papers of great historic
Interest and value are there now.
The house went on record as favoring a dog
law by passing the bill to allow no exemptions
from seizure in cases where sheep have been
killed by dogs.
The bill to prevent child life insurance passed
by a large majority.
The house agricultural committee recom
mended tor passage a bill providing for a State
board of agriculture, to be composed of seven
members, tbee to be appointed from the three
grand divisions, and giving this board power to
select the secretary ot agriculture. ,
TIIIBTY-SIXTH DAY.
The constitutional convention bill failed In
the house for the want of a constitutional ma
jority, the final vote resulting in a tie, 43 to 43.
The senate passed the congressional dis
tricting bill, with an amenJment restoring
Hardeman county to the Tenth district. The
committee had so drawn its bill as to place
Hardeman in the Eighth, but the people of
Hardemau objected, and the amendment was
easil yadopted.
The senate passed the bill allowing the fund
ing board to purchase bonds at any time in
stead of quarterly, as now provided.
The house resolution permitting the damming
of the Little Tennessee river by the Knoxviile
Power Company was concurred in.
THIRTY-SEVENTH DAY.
In the house a resolution was introduced pro
viding for the appointment of a committee to
investigate as to whether or not there is an as
sistant adjutant-general, if he is paid for his
services, and by what authority.
The committee appointed to investigate the
office of the State board of pension examiners
submitted its report, which showed that there
have been filed with the secretary of the board
of pensions 3,214 applications for pensions, and
that there are now 970 men on the pension rolls,
drawing $98,780. Ninety-one pensioners have
died since the organization ot the board in 1891,
and the State has expended f595.2dS.49 In this
direction. The committee recommended "that
the appropriations for pensions be increased to
$159,000 annually ; that the board be continued
as now fixed by law, and the secretary's inci
dental expenses remain as heretofore; that the
secretary use every precaution to rigidly guard
the rights of those who come under the pro
visions ot the law; that applications favorably
passed upon shall be added to the roll as entered
upon the roll book; that the law remain as It is
now constituted as to the eligibility of pension
ers; that the law be amended so as to have but
two classes of pensioners, leaving out the sec
ond class as now provided by law."
THIRTY-EIGHTH DAY.
The feature of the house proceedings today
was the refusal to reconsider the action of the
previous day in killing the constitutional con
vention bill.
The senate devoted most of its session to an
acrimonious Aunt over the bills repealing the
charters of Lexington and Bolivar. The house
had tacked an amendment on to the Lexington
bill submitting the question to a vote ot the
people, but the senate refused to concur, after a
long debate. An attempt was made to attach a
similar amendment to the Bolivar bill, but Mr.
Seay and others attacked It so vigorously that
it failed.
Bills were introduced In both bouses requiring
women bringing suits for divorce to secure the
costs, and authorizing county courts to elect
live stock inspectors.
Pipe Works for Chattanooga.
The United -States Cast Iron Pump
Works of Bridgeport, Ala., will be re
moved to Chattanooga at once.
Death of Col. W. Joe Clift.
Col. AV. Joe Clift, one of the most
noted criminal lawyers in the South,
died at Chattanooga a few days. Col.
Clift has defended every notable crimi
ual in that section for many years past.
."He has defended 290 criminals charged
with capital offenses and has not had
one hanged or one go to .the peni
tentiary for over twenty years. He
was leading counsel for the actress
Julia Morrison, who killed Frank
Leidenheimer in Chattanooga a year
ago, and contracted a cold from which
he neve? recovered,
STATE NEWS.
i Co-Kacial Education.
I Gov. McMillin has signed the bill
passed by the Legislature forbidding
co-racial education in this State. The
introduced in the Legislature to
affect this law was the outgTOwth of
j an agitation by the white students of
Maryville College several months ago
against the admission of negroes. The
institution has an endowment of about
nail a million dollars and is one of the
oldest institutions in the South, and
turned out sirl mn rf nat;rtl
note- Donations een received
! irom me jj reeaman s Aia iiureau oi tne
United States government and some
from individuals with the understand-
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l o
wiaw wiaiai cuut'auuu 6UUU1U
exist there. At the last meeting of the
board of trustees a committee was ap-
pointed to see if it vrere possible tosep-
arate the funds of the college and
give just proportion for establishing a
separate institution for the negroes.
Tennessee National Banks.
The abstract of the records of the
fifty-three national banks of Tennes
see, giving their condition on February
5 last, made in accordance with the
call of Comptroller Dawes, shows the
following: Average reserve held, 27.51
per cent; loans and discounts, $24,278,-
044.95; capital stock paid in, $7,202,500;
United States bonds to secure circula
tion, $3,598,500; gold coin and gold
treasury certificates, $1,070,663.60; total
specie, $1,925,228.90; surplus fund,
$S,782,371.25; national bank notes out
standing, $3,364,162.50; individual de
posits, $23,430,431.61; resources and lia
bilities, $44,009,042.63.
State Woman's Club Federation.
The annual convention of theTennes'
see Federation of Woman's Clubs will
be held at Harriman, April 24, 25 and
26. A large number of prominent club
women of other States will be present.
among them Mrs. Johnson, president of
the Georgia federation; Mrs. Harrison,
president of the Kentucky federation;
Miss Florence Kelly, secretary of the
Consumers' League and inspector of
factories for New York city.
Wheat Propsects Improved.
The prospects of a fair wheat crop in
the section around Union City are much
better than they were a few weeks ago,
the late cold spells changing the yel
low color of the wheat to a healthier
looking green. As the last severe cold
spell was preceded by a very warm one,
it is hoped that the warm weather
brought out the Hessian fly, and that
they were killed by the freeze.
Contest at Huntingdon.
A hot fight has been in progress be
fore the joint legislative committee on
municipalities over the carter of Hunt
ingdon. A number of ladies were be-
fore the committee urging the charter.
Both parties finally agreed to leave the
question to the white voters of the
town, the Legislature to abide by the
result whichever way it went. The
contest promises to be one of the hot
test ever seen in the State.
rire at bparta.
The entire business portion of the I
public square at Sparta was swept
away by flames last week, entailing a 1
loss of about $50,000, with only $20,000
insurance. A terrific gale was blowing I
at the time, and the flames quickly de- I
stroyed the buildings on the east and
south sides of the square. A number
of buildings were occupied by families
who were unable to save any of their
belongings.
Dogs Spreading: Smallpox.
Smallpox is rasriD? at State Line.
Every precaution has been exercised
by the local authorities to suppress the
epidemic, but it continues to spread
with great rapidity. Physicians have
arrived at the conclusion that the dis
ease is being conveyed by neighborhood
dogs, and wholesale destruction of dogs
has been ordered. Dozens of dogs have
been slain and the hunt is being kept
up vigorously.
Obion Presbytery.
The Obion presbytery, which is com-
posed of the Cumberland Presbyterian
churches of Gibson and Obion counties,
held a four days' session at Dyer last
week. The following delegates to the
general assembly, which meets at West
Point, Miss., were elected: Revs. J. L.
Dickens and J. B. Waggoner; alter
nates, J. II. Thomas and P. T. Johnson.
Lay delegates, J. W. Howell and D. E.
Park; alternates, W. A. Turner and J.
M. Cochran.
Tennessee Coal and Iron Company.
The annual meeting of the stock- I
holders of the Tennessee Coal, Iron & I
Railroad Company was held at Tracy I
City a few days ago. The reports of
President Baxter and Treasurer Bow
eron were read. They showed the com
pany to be in a flourishing condition.
President Baxter says the reported con
solidation of his company with the
Sloss-Sheffield and Republic Steel and
Iron companies was not true.
Strange Fatality.
A rather strange fatality seems to
have attached to the family of Elms
Rowland, east of Huntingdon, in Car
roll county. On Friday Miss Jockie
itowiana died;
a sister. Mrs. Guard
Duncan, died Sunday, and the father, I
Elms Rowland, died Tuesday.
Telephone Consolidation.
The Cumberland Telephone Company
has purchased the telephone ex
change at Ducktown. It will be con
nected with Knoxviile by way of Ben
ton and Cleveland. The company is
negotiating for several Qth.er exchanges
in F,ast Tennessee.
MISSION OF INKflOHN
Power for Good or Evil Its Contents
May Wield.
Dr TalmRge Dlieoanti on Influence
llnnght to Bear for AVorld'a
Improvement The Iikhorn
of God's Mercy.
CCopyrlght. 1301, by Louis Klopsch, N. Y.
Washington,
In a new way and fromapeculiartext
Dr. Talmage discourses of good influ
ences brought to bear for the world's
improvement. The text is Ezekiel9:2
And one man among them was
clothed with linen, with a writer's ink
horn by his side
The poem from which my text is
taken is epic lvric dramatic, weird
"Ken is epic, ljnc, ordindut, wciru
I nml nrprnmvpriiKT. It is more man
I Homeric or Dantesoue. No one ever
I had such divine dreams as Kzekiel. In
I a vision this prophet had seen wrath
ful angels, destroying angels, each
with a sword, but in my text he sees
a merciful angel with an inkhorn
The receptacle for the ink in olden
time was made out of the horn of a
cow or a ram or a roebuck, as now it
is made out of metal or erlass, and
therefore was called the inkhorn, as
now we nay inkstand. AVe have all
spoken of the power of the sword, of
the power of wealth, of the power of
office, of the power of social influence,
but to-day I speak of the power for
good or evil in the inkstand. . It is
upon your tables, holding a black or
blue or red liquid. It is a fortress, an
armory, a gateway, a ransom or
demolition. "lou mistake, says
some one; "it is the pen that has the
power. iSo my mena. tnai. is me
influence of a dry pen? Tass it up and
down a sheet of paper, and it leaves
no mark. It expresses no opinion. It
gives no warning. It spreads no intel
ligence. It is the liquid which the pen
dips out of the inkstand that does the
work. Here and there a celebrated
pen, with which a Declaration of Inde-
Dendence or a Macna Charta or
I tfeay was signed has been kept in lit-
I erary museum or national archives,
but for the most part the pens
I whether, as of old, made out of reed or
( still later of wing of bird or still later
of metallic substance, have disap-
Deared. while the liquid which the
pens took from the inkstand remains
in scrolls which, if put together,
would be large enough to enwrap the
world. For practical, for moral, for
religious, for eternaf purposes, I
speak of the mission of "the writer's
inkhorn."
First, I mention that which is pure
Iy domestic. The inkstand is in every
household. It awaits the opportunity
to express affection or condolence or
advice. Father uses it; mother uses
it; the sons and daughters use it. It
tells the home news; it announces the
marriage, the birth, the departure,
the accident, the last sickness, the
death. That home inkstand, what a
mission it has already executed, and
what other mission will it yet fulfill!
Mav It stand off from all insinCeritv
and all ouerulousness. Lt it tell onlv
that which it would be well to read
after the hand that wrote it and the
hand that received it can write no
more. Dip out of that inkstand only
that which is paternal, maternal, filial.
sisterly, brotherly. Sacred let it be
not to what are sometimes called the
"household gods," but to the one and
the only God who "setteth the solitary
in families." Dip out of it solace for
parents on the descending grade of
years and encouragement for those
who are climbing the steeps
Furthermore, the inkstand of the
business man has its mission. Be
tween now and the hour of j-our de
mise, O commercial man, O profes
sional man, there will not be a day
when you cannot dip from the ink
horn a message that will influence
temporal and eternal destiny. There
is a rash young man running into
wild speculation, and with as much
ink as you can put on the pen at
one time you may save him from the
Niagara rapids of a ruined life. On
the next street there is a young man
started in business who, through lack
of patronage or mistake in purchase
of goods or want of adaptation, is on
the brink of collapse. One line of ink
from your pen will save him from
being an underling all his life and
start him on a career that will win
him a fortune which will enable him
to become an endower of libraries, an
opener of art galleries and builder of
churches.
Furthermore, great are the re
sponsibilities of the author's inkhorn.
All the people, or nearly all the
people, read, and that which they
read decides their morals or im
morals, their prosperity or failure,
their faith or their unbelief, their
purity or corruption, their heaven
or hell
Show me any man's library.
great or small, and after examining
the books, finding those with leaves
uncut, but displayed for sake of the
binding, and those worn with fre
quent perusal, and, without ever see
ing the man or knowing his name,
I will tell you his likes and his dis
likes; his morals, good or bad or in
different; his qualification for busi
ness or artistic or professional or
mechanical life. The best index to
any man's character is the book he
prefers above all others. Oh. the
power of a book for good or evil!
Abraham Lincoln in early life read
Paine's "Age of Reason," and it so
influenced him that he wrote an es-
against Christianity, but after
ward some Christian books came into
his hands and gloriously changed hi
mind and made htm a most ardent
friend of the Bible and a man of
prayer. A letter in Mr. Lincoln's own
handwriting is in my house, the let
ter in response to some resolutions
passed by a Methodist conference,
saying: "In response to your ad-
ifcss, allow e 9 Uegf I
curacy of its historical statements,
indorse the sentiments it expresses
and thank you in the nation's name
for the sure promise it gives. Nobly
sustained as the government has
been by all the churches, I would
utter nothing which might in the
least appear invidious against any.
Yet. without this it may fairly be
said that the Methodist Episcopal
church, not less devoted than the
best, is by its creat numbers the
most important of all. It is nu fault
in others that the Methodist church
sends more soldiers to the field, more
nurses to the hospital and more
praj-ers to Heaven than any. God
bless the Methodist church bless all
the churches and blessed be God
who in this our great trial giveth us
the churches."
What a great thing it was that the
Christian books which Mr. Lincoln
read obliterated fromhis mind the infi
del literature! William Carey became
a missionary by reading "The Vo3age.s
of Captain Cook." John Wesley's
life was shaped by reading Jeremy
Taylor's "Holy Living and Dying."
There are books in your library or ly
ing on your parlor table or secreted
in some place by your child. that will
decide for two worlds, this and the
next, the character of its reader.
Through books we sit down and talk
with the mightiest spirits of all the
ages. We accompany Tennyson on his
spring-time walk as he falls upon his
knees in the meadows, crying to his
companion: "Violets, man, violets!
Smell them." Or we ride with Trajan
in his triumphal march, or stand with
Godfrey at the taking of Jerusalem, or
with arctic explorer hear the crash
of the icebergs, or are received with
Hernando Cortes in the halls of
Montezuma, or watch in the observa
tory as Herschel with his telescope
captures another star, or the ink in
the inkhorn turns red as blood, and
we are at Marengo and Arbela and
E3'lau and Borodino and Leipsic; or
we sail with Hamilcar from Carthage
to Palermo, or we see Galileo fighting
for the solar sj-stem, and around us
gather for conversation Aristotle and
riato and Robert South and S3dnc3
Smith and Locke and Samuel' Rogers
and Chaucer and Taul Richter and
Swift and Hazlitt and Leigh Hunt and
Talleyrand and Burke and Edward
Irving, while to make music for us
Handel and Mozart and Mendelssohn
come in, and we watch Columbus land
ing and see John Harvard's legacy of
900 paid over for the founding of
Harvard university, and Joshua K03--
nolds and David Wilkie and Rem
brandt tell us of their pictures. Oh,
the books! Thank God for the books.
and thanks be to all the authors!
May the inkhorn ever be under divine
inspiration!
A wrong theory is abroad that. the
newspaper impression is ephemeral.
Because we read and east it aside in
an hour and never see it again we are
not to judge that we are parted from
its influence. No volume of 500 pages
makes such impression upon the peo
pie as the daily newspaper. It is not
what we put away carefully upon the
shelf and once in awhile refer to that
has as close relation to our welfare
as the story of what the world is
now doing or has recently done. Yes
terday has more to do with to-day
than something occurring" a century
previous. The engineers who now
guide the rail trains, the sea captains
who now command the ships, the ar
chitects who now design the build
ings, the batons that now control the
orchestras, the legislators who now
make the laws, the generals who now
march the hosts, the rulers who now
govern the nations, the inkhorns that
now flood the world with intelligence
these are what we have most to do
with.
You have all seen what is called
indelible ink, which is a weak solu
tion ot silver nitrate, and that ink
you cannot rub out or wash out.
Put it there, and it sta3's. Well, the
liquid of the editorial and reportorial
inkstands is an indelible ink. It puts
upon the souls of the passing gener
ations characters of light or dark
ness that time cannot wash out and
eternity cannot efface. Forever in
delible. Be careful how you use it.
The impression made with it will be
resplendent cr repulsive on the day
for which all other da3s were mace.
But how shall I speak of the ink
horn of the world's evangelization?
Oh, how may loving and brilliant and
glorious pens have been dipped into
it! Thomas a Kempis dipped into it
and brought up his "Imitation of
Christ." Horace Bushnell dipped into
t and brought up "Everj' Man's Life
Plan of God." Thomas Binney
dipped into it and brought up his
"Weigh House Chapel Discourses."
Con3'beare dipped into it and brought
up the "Life and Epistles of Paul."
Archbishop Trench dipped into it and
brought up the "Epistles to the Seven
Churches." Stuart Robinson dipped
into it and brought up "Discourses of
Redemption." Austin Phelps dipped
into it and brought up "The Still
Hour." Mary Hopkins dipped into it.
and brought up "Evidences of Chris-
ianity." Thomas Guthrie dipped
into it and brought up "The Gospel in
Ezekiel." John Cumming dipped ino
it and brought up "The Apocalypse.
Oh, the opulence of Christian litera
ture! Oh, the mighty streams of evan
gelistic power that have poured from
the writer's inkhorn that appeared
in Ezekiel's vision!
While you recognize the distin
guished ones who have dipped into
the inkstand of the world's evangeliza
tion do not forget that there are hun
dreds of thousands of unknown men
and women who are engaged in in
conspicuous ways doing the same
thing! How many anxious mothers
writing to the boys in town! How
many sisters writing encouragement
to brothers far away! How many in
valids bolstered up in bed, the inkhorn
on the stand at their side, writing let
ters of condolence to those worse off
han themselves They, ere flvjnjaji
j the time kind words, gospel words,
I helpful words, saving words. Call tha
evangelistic inkhorn into service in
the early morning, when you feel well
and you are grateful for the protec
tion during your sleeping hours, ani
write before you retire at close of day
to those who all night long will be say
ing: "Would to God it were morn
ing!" How many bruised and disap
pointed and wronged souls of earth
would be glad to get a letter from youl
Stir up that consolatory inkhorn.
All Christendom has been waiting
for great revivals of religion to start
from the pulpits and prayer meet
ings. I now suggest that the
greatest revival of all time may
start a concerted and organized
movement through th3 inkhorns
of all Christendom, each writer dip
ping from the inkhorn nearest him a
letter of gospel invitation, gospel
hope, gospel warning, gospel in
struction. The iuk is all ready on a
hundred thousand tables, and beside
it are the implements with which to
dip it out. Why not, through such
process, have millions of souls brought
to God before next summer? By let
ter you could make the invitation
more effective than by word of mouth.
The invitation from your lips may be
argued back, may evoke querulous
reply, may be answered by a joke, but
a good, warm, gospei letter, written in
praj-er and started with prayer and
followed by prayer, will be read over
and over again and cannot be an
swered in a frivolous way. It will
speak from the table by day and night
or, if pettishly torn up, will, in its
scattered fragments, speak louder
than when it remained whole. Within
arm's reach of wJiero 3-011 sit there
may be a fluid that you may put on
wing with message of light and love.
The other angels spoken of in my
text were destroying angels, and each
had what the Bible calls a "slaugh
ter weapon" in his hand. It was a
lance or a battleax or a sword. God
hasten the time when the last lance
shall be shivered and the last bat
tleax dulled and the last sword
sheathed, never again to leave the
scabbard, and the angel of the text,
who, Matthew Henry says, was the
Lord Jesus Christ, shall, from the
full inkhorn of His mercy, give a sav
ing call to all nations. That day may
be far off, but it is helpful to think '
of its coming. As Dr. Raleigh de
clared that when 50 miles at sea
eff the coast of New England the
cattle on board the ship, as well as
himself, scented the clover on the
New England hills, so we, amid all
the tossing waves of the world's con
troversies, inhale the redolence of the
white lilies of universal peace. Is
it not time that the boasted inven
tion of new and more explosive and
more widely devastating weapons of
death be stopped forever and the
Gospel have a chance and the ques
tion be not asked: "How many shots
can be fired in a minute?" but "How
many souls may be ransomed in a
day?" The world needs less powder
and more grace, fewer fortresses and
more churches, less power to destroy
and more power to save. Oh, I am
sick of the war cries and the extin
guished eyesight and the splintered
bones and the grave trenches and
the widowhood and orphanage and
childlessness which sob and groan
and die in the wake of the armies on
both sides of the sea! Oh, for less
of the slaughter weapon and more
of the evangelizing inkhorn! Oh,
for the stopping of. the science of
assassination, that crime of crimes,
that woe of woes, that horror of hor
rors, that hell of hells war, which
this moment stands reeking with
blood and . washing itself in tears
and blaspheming the heavens and
pushing off the edge of this life men
who have as much right to live as
you and I have and blasting homes
in which there dwells as much loveli
ness as in our own! Would that the
merciful angel of my text take the
last weapon of war and fling it off
and fling it down with such force
that it shall clang on the lowest
round of the perdition where the
first keen edge of human strife was
sharpened! War! In the name of
Almighty God and of all the home
steads it has destroyed and is now
destroying, I hate it, I denounce it,
I curse it!
If our Bible is true and no other
book that was ever printed is aa
true as that book, which Moses be
gan and John finished then the time
will come when all the weapons of
cruelty will stop and . the inkhorn3
of evangelization will have their way.
In the museums of the world the
carbine and the cannon and the bomb
will be kept as curiosities, and chil
dren will be incredulous as pareiits
tIl them that civilized nations once
employed such instruments of death
and more incredulous when told by
their parents that the -army that
killed the most men was considered
the most glorious army. The red
horse of carnage that St. John saw
in vision, and the black horse of
famine, and the pale horse of death
will be stabled, and the white horse
of prosperity and peace, mounted by
the King of Kings, will lead the
great army with banners. Through
the convicting, converting, sanctify
ing power of the Eternal Spirit may
we all march in that procession!
Hail, thou Mighty Rider of the white
horse in the final triumph! Sweep
down and sweep by, thou Angel of
the New Covenant, with the inkhorn
of the world's evangelization! "T'le
mountains and the hills shall breiW-
forth into singing, and all the tree
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of the field shall clap their hands
Instead of the thorn shall come up
the fir tree, and instead of the brier
shal come up the myrtle tree and it
shall be to the Lord for a name, for
an everlasting sign that shall not be
cut off."
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