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VOL. XXXVT-NO. 31.
BOLIVAR, TENNESSEE, FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 1901.
SUBSCRIPTION: S1.00 Per Year
BOLIVAR
BULLETIN.
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Wind and Rain Create Havoc at
Birmingham, Alabama, and
Neighboring Towns.
TWENTY FIYE DEATHS ARE REPORTED.
Sunday and Sunday KlKht's Snow
Vtorm in Colorado and Wyoming
ferionily DUnrraiiKril Railroad
TrnHIc, Which is Gradually Get
tinsc I ntaiiKled.
Birmingham, Ala., March 23. A tor
"?vtn1o which swept over Jones valley,
in which Birmingham is located, be
tween 9 and 10 a. m., resulted in im
mense damage to property and con
siderable loss of life. The number
of dead is not yet definitely known,
but up to noon it was estimated at 2.",
of these at least seven being ki.ed
at Irondale, about 15 from the city of
Birmingham, and the others in sub
urban towns.
The Known Dead.
Among the known dead are the fol
lowing: Dr. (I. C. Chapman, prominent phy
sician, of this city; killed by falling
debris in Mentor's store on South
Twentieth street.
Mrs. Robert .1. Lowe, wife of the
chairman of State the democratic
committee, and her infant son; killed
nt. their residence on South- High
la nds.
T. Alexa nder .niereha nt : killed in his
store at Avenue J and Twenty-fourth
street.
W. P. Diekerson, bookkeeper; killed
in Montor's store.
Three-year-old daughter of B. B.
Hudson, merchant.
Lizzie Glenn, negro.
Carrie Henry, negro.
Lizzie Good lee, negro.
Carrie Hudson, negro.
Maggie Blevins, negro.
T. Myro, negro.
Fannie Steadmire, negro cook for
B. 1 1. Hudson.
Katally Injnrrd.
Among the fatally injured are:
Mrs. R. H. Thomas and Mrs. XV. H.
Thomas, wife and mother of a prom
inent real estate dealer.
The storm did its worst damage in
the neighborhood of Avenues I and .1,
from Tenth to Thirteenth streets,
wrecking scores of buildings and
creating terrible have. The entire
fire and police departments " turned
out to render aid and are still en
paged in taking the dead and in
jured from the debris and sending
them to the undertaking shops and
hospitals. -
At. Pratt City many buildings were
destroyed and a number of people
were more or less injured.
Brighton and North Birmingham
were more or less damaged. The ex
tent of damage at Irondale is not yet
known, but it is stated that seven
people were killed.
ANOTHER POINT HEARD FROM.
t.jnville, Ga., Strnck and Several
Miles of Track Destroyed.
Chattanooga, Tenn., March 25. The
hurricane, which swept Alabama is
said to have struck the Chattanooga,
Borne & Southern railway near Lynn
ville, Ga., a . small station south of
Koine, and destroyed several miles of
tracks. Neither that line nor the
Southern railway has been able to
pet any information as to their trains,
nil wires being down. The Southern
officials say that all wires on the
Alabama Great Southern division are
down.
THE WESTERN STORM.
Sunday's Snow Storm Seriously Dis
arranged Railroad Traliie.
Denver, Col., March 25. The storm
which raged in Colorado and Wyo
ming, Sunday and Sunday night, has
passed away, and under the bright
sunshine the snow is fast disappear
ing. The weather has not been cold,
and it is not believed that range
stock has suffered much.
Railroad traffic is still ver- much
flelaped, all trains from the cast be
ing reported from six to eight hours
late. Trains from the west are also
off time. The Chicago Commercial
club, which was scheduled to arrive
here at six o'clock Monday night, will
not reach the cit until Tuesday
morning, having been delayed several
hours by the burning of a bridge on
the Bio Grande Western, nearDeseret,
Utah. It is reported that two cars
of oranges ran into the burning
bridge and were destroyed, but that
no one was hurt. Particulars have
not been received at the railroad of
fices here.
THE SNOWBOVND TRAINS.
The Storm Has Abated and
the
.Trains are DiKKlns; Oat.
Omal a, Neb., March 25. The Union
Pacific , officials report that the four
passenger trains that were snow
bound most of the day Sunday and
Sunday night in the vicinity of Oga
lalla, Neb., have been relieved and
are making headway in both flec
tions. Several snow plows cleare Lhe
tracks between North Flatte and
Julesburg. The storm has abated,
and danger of further blockade is be
lieved to be past. President Burt and
party, whose car was atached to one
of the east-bound trains which was
caught in the drift, left Cheyenne
shortly after midnight. The storm
center was apparently at Ogalalla,
where the temperature has risen and
live stock interests will not suffer. The
storm moved off in a northwesterly
direction.
Five freight trains are still stalled
ear North Platte. Union Pacific peo
ple say that this Is bj far the heaviest
snow of the season.
The Elkhoru is working to get its
tracks open. The passenger train
which left Omaha Sunday afternoon
is still at Long Pine. The train leav
ing Deadwood Monday morning is
expected to get through without hin
drance.
The Burlington line to Billings will
soon be open, and trains running aa
usual.
The Bock Island train from Denver,
to avoid snow banks, has gone east
via part of the Kansas City line of the
Union Pacific and St. Joseph. A train
has been made up at Fairbury to
come via Omaha and run on to Chi
cago.
A Kansas Blizzard.
Kansas City, Mo., March 25. A spe
cial to the Star from Hoxie, Kas.,
says:
Since Saturday night the worst
blizzard since 1892 has been raging
in this portion of Kansas. Snow has
drifted badly in every direction. The
Lincoln branch train is snowed in
one miles east of Hoxie. The loss to
live stock will likely be very heavy.
INJUNCTIONS REVERSED.
Victory for the Chicago Board ol
Trade in a Ruling; Iy Judge
.Sears nt Chicago.
Chicago, March 25 The Chicago
board ot trade won a victory in the
appellate court in a ruling announced
by J edge Sears. The ruling reverseti
the injunctions secured by Frank Is.
Biordan, broker and member of the
board of trade, restraining the loard
of directors from expelling him on a
charge of having violated the rules
of the organization.
The Biordan ease came as a sequel
to the hearing of the suit of the Cen
tral Stock and Grain exchange which
sought to prevent the cutting off of
the daily ticker market report of the
board of trade. In this suit the board
sought to prove the Central company
was conducting a bucket fehop. Mr
Biordan was called to testify in this
case which was decided in favor of
the Central company.
EXECUTIVE APPOINTMENTS.
Ex-Repreentaive Hodenbnrpr, of Il
linois, and K. I. Allen, of An
burn, N.Y.,Kac1i Gntlier n l'lum.
Washington, March 25. The presi
dent lias appointed ex-Kepresentative
XV. A. Bodenburg, of Illinois, a mem
ber of the civil service commission, to
succeed the late. Mark S. Brewer, and
K. I. Allen, of Auburn, N. V., commis
sioner of patents, to succeed Com
missioner Duell, resigned.
The selection of Mr. Bodenburg re
moves one of the factors which has
delayed the appointcment of the Sty
Louis exposition commissioners. Mr.
Bodenburg's friends pressed persist
ently for one of these places. It is
generally believed that Mr. Boden
burg's candidacy clashed directly
with that of Prof. Northrup, of Min
nesota. The announcement of the
commission is now expected within a
few days.
WIFE MURDER AND SUICIDE.
Charles Lnlllmrr Kills His Wife, in
Chicago, and Indicts a Fatal
Wound on Himself.
Chicago, March 25. Charles Latti
mer went, into his wife's millinery
store at 50G West. Sixty-third street,
walked up behind Mrs. Lattimer, who
was examining a hat, preparatory to
delivering it to a customer, and, with
out a word, shot her ivi the head, kill
ing her instantly. Lattiiner then
placed the weapon to his own head
and fired, inflicting a fatal wound.
Mr. and Mrs. Lattimer had been liv-
ng apart for some time.
A letter was found in Lattimer's
pocket addressed to A. J. Lattimer. a
brother, at Clir.ton, 111. In the letter
Lattimer said he intended to take his
life. Sixty dollars in bills was in
closed in lhe letter, which also con
tained instructions to have the writ
er's body cremated.
SUBURBAN TOWNS FLOODED.
Results of Recent Heavy Rains In
the Lowlands South and
Southeast of Chicago.
Chicago, March 25. Heavy rains of
the past few da3rs have caused floods
in the lowlands south and southeast
of Chicago, and the suburban towns
of Grand Crossing, Drexel, Woodruff,
Dauphin Park and Burnside are inun
dated. The flood in some places is so
deep that many families are impris
oned in their houses and sidewalks,
fences and outbuildings have floated
avav. lhe conditions are worst at
Burnside, where the streets are un
der a foot of water. A dyke at
Thirty -seventh street and the Illi
nois Central tracks has given away
under the pressure and fully two feet
of water poured over the surround
ing country, basements within an
area of four miles being flooded and
considerable other damage done.
Gifts to Tuskegree.
New York, March 25. Booker T.
Washington announces that, as a re
sult of the meeting held, a week ago,
by the Armstrong Association for the
Tuskegee institute, $20,500 has been
given or promised, including $10,000
from Mrs. C. P. Huntington, which
may be used for the endowment fund.
To be Deported to Spain.
Washington, March 25. Fifteen
Spaniards who came over to become
shepherds in Idaho, and who were
stopped by the immigration authori
ties at New York, are to be deported,
having been brought to this country
in violation of the contract labor
law. '
I TENNESSEE
FOR TY-FiKST DAY.
The senate disposed ot the following Dills on
third reading: To allow circuit court clerks to
open and adjourn court from day to day, passed ;
to create board ot law examiners, tabled; to
validate contracts made by all foreign corpora
tions, except contracts of foreign building and
loan associatins, passed; to provide for erec
tion and sustenance of colored mechanical
school, tabled ; to repeal the Jarvls law In coun
ties under 30,000 Inhabitants, rejected.
House bills on tblrd reading: To limit racing
la Tennessee, rejected; to make four wires or
slats a lawful fence, tabled; to appropriate
money to place portraits of Lee and Forrest in
the State library, reconsidered and passed; to
require separate street cars for white and col
ored, table! ; to prevent the carrying of pistols.
fixing the penalty at $10 to $25 and imprison
ment from thirty days to three months, passed;
to regulate employment of legislative lobby,
counsel and agents, failed on a tie vote; to abol
ish the office of county trustee, failed; to make
all unlawful homicides either murder In the first
degree or second degree, rejected; to increase
exemption ot corn and roughness, rejected; to
abolish board ef equalization, tabled.
The senate committee on agriculture decided
to recommend for rejection the bills prohibiting
horses racing and the running of Sunday excur
ion trains.
FORTY-SECOND DAY.
In the bouse the appropriation bill was passed
carrying about J40.000 above the aggregate nxed
by the senate.
The senate passed the Jury commission bill.
but so amended as to apply only to Shelby and
Davidson counties. Mr. Peak made an inef
fectual effort to have Hamilton county Included,
but Knox county objected because she would
also be under the law.
Bills on third reading: To repeal the charters
of Grand Junction and Whiteville, Hardeman
county, passed ; to provide a stock law tor Hay
wood county, passed: to raise the age of con
sent from 16 years and one day to 18 years and
one dav, tailed for want ot a constitutional ma
jority; to provide for a collateral inheritance
tax. rejected.
The house adopted a resolution providing for
the checking up of the expense account of the
various State officials.
FORTY-THIRD DAY.
A bill was Introduced in the senate providing
for the refunding to the school fund ot the va
rious counties certain prlvilego taxes wrong
fully raid Into the State treasury, under the
present law one-half of the $5 minimum mer
chants' tax goes to the State and one-bait to
the county school fund. Prior to 1S89 and since
1887 this $5 tax was all paid to the State. Tho
amount involved approximates $225,000.
The house passed the bill placing, the State
factory inspector on a salary ol $i.500per annum
and making the law apply to the w hole State.
The bouse also passed a bill to prevent soliciting
ordeia for liquor within two and a hall miles oi
schools.
Gov. McMHlIn seat a- short message to the
general assembly urging the passage of an act
legalizing all primary elections. The governor
holds that under the present system of loose
primaries there is opportunity for most flagrant
corruption. He also points to the fact that in
many cases nomination of candidates by pri
mary Is equivalent to election, and therefore
there Is all the more reason for-pure methods.
The governor suggests that the party holding a
primary shall pay the expense of the same.
FORTY-FOURTH DAY.
The senate passed the revenue bill after
amending it In several particulars. The tax on
beer agents was reconsidered and left as under
the present law. Casualty insurance companies
were exempted from the State tax on gross pre
mium receipts. The tax on witness tee buyers
was reduced to $10. An increased tax was
placed on telephone companies. Efforts to ex
empt clubs Trom the liquor dealers tax and to
raise the tax on saloons in towns of less than
6,000 from $150 to $v!00 tailed. Ice dealers and
hotels in Oowns of less than 1.000 were exempted.
The senate bill providing lor the amending of
the pension laws by which pensions would be
paid to disabled Confederate soldiers over "0
years ot age, was tabled, together with an
amendment making the law apply to soldiers
over GO years of age.
The house passed the bill to place fraternal
beneficiary societies under State laws, after
lightly amending it.
The senate reconsidered Us action in voting
down the bill making the age of consent 18
years and one day and the measure passed.
The senate decided to pay ex-Sheriff Dawson
of Dyer county $231 lor money expended In cap
turing criminals.
The house adopted a resolution offered by Mr.
Fabey instructing the agricultural committee to
report a dog law.
Relieved of Bond Liability.
The United States circuit court, in
session at Knoxville, Judge Clark pre
siding, has decided that Unicoi county
is not liable for the payment of 40,000
voted to the Charleston, Cincinnati &
Chicago railroad, on the gronnd that
the county had no authority to issue
bonds, under the laws of the State, to
a foreign corporation. The railroad
was chartered in North Carolina and
the bonds in litigation are held by the
Municipal Trust Company of London,
England. Being incorporated in North
Carolina, the company, under the law
of the State, becomes foreign.
Commissioner Sustained.
The case of the North British and
Mercantile Insurance Company against
E. B. Craig has been decided. Defend
ant is the State insurance commissioner,
and had revoked coraplaintant's license
to do business in Tennessee because it
refused to acknowledge its liability on
the policy of the Traders' Insurance)
Company on a contract between the two
companies. The Davidson county chan
cery court and the court of appeals de
cided the case in favor of complainant.
The supreme court reversed the lower
courts and dismissed the bill.
State Will Prosecute.
XV. E. Blanks, of Trezevant, claiming
to represent the Vernon Insurance
Company of Indianapolis, and the Great
Britain Insurance Company of Chicago,
was arrested last week for soliciting
business for these companies, which
have no license in Tennessee. He will
be prosecutel by the insurance depart
ment. Died Suddenly,
XV. H. Cantrell, trustee of Weakley
county, died suddenly at Dresden last
week. lie was about 63 years of age.
He was a member of the Thirty-first
Tennessee regiment, Stahl's brigade,
during the civil war, and lost a leg at
the battle of Chickamauga. Fifteen
minutes before his death Mr. Cantrell
was in his office making out the delin
quent tax list, when he complained of
feeling bad and was taken home, where
he expired in five minutes. Deceased
leaves a wife and five children. Inter
ment at Greenfield.
STATE NEWS.
. fire Insurance Figures.
i The premium receipts and fire losses
of insurance companies doing business
in Tennessee -for the year 1900 are as
follows: Tennesse companies Pre
mium receipts, fire 543,720.31; marine,
$2,536.90; losses: fire, 55,242.57; marine,
$109.87. Companies of other States
I Premium receipts, fire, $754,553.63;
marine, 57,681.39. Foreign companies
j Premium receipts, fire, $727,381.73;
marine, $32,699.26; losses: fire, 5350,-
S29.9S; marine, $2,514.21.
Dyer County Physician Dead.
Dr. F. G. Mason, for many years a
practicing physician of Dyer county,
died last week. Dr. Mason was born in
Madison county in 1S34; was graduated
in medicine from the University of
Nashville when 25 years old, and lo
cated in Dyer county, where he has
since lived. lie was fifty-four years a
consistent member of the Methodist
Church. He was a Mason of high de
gree. Tennesseans After a Prize.
Fifty agricultural students of the
University of Tennessee are at Bilt
more, N. C, contesting for prizes of
fered by George W. Vanderbilt for the
best records in judging the blooded
horses, cattle, sheep, hogs and poultry
on his farm. The party is under the
care of Prof. A. M. Soule of the Uni
versity of Tennessee, and Mr. Weste of
Biltmore estate.
Will Enlarge Her School.
The legislature will be petitioned to
pass an enabling act to permit Union
City to issue bonds, providing a major
Ity of the people vote for the measure,
to make needed improvements in the
city school buiding and grounds. The
school now has ten grades, and when
the buildings are enlarged another will
be added, making the curriculum equal
to that of any public school in the
country.
Will Extend the Road.
Ij. J. Brooks, of Jackson, has re
ceived a communication from General
Manager Faulkner, of the Gulf & Ship
Island railroad, in which he states that
lie has had a conference with leading
capitalists, and they are willing to put
up the money to extend that railroad
from Middleton to Jackson, and on to
some point on the Mississippi river.
A. A. Barnes Dead.
A. A. Barnes, aged 81 years, died at
Knoxville last week. lie was the old
est Odd Fellow in Tennessee and was
known as the "Father of Odd Fellow
ship in East Tennessee," having organ
ized the first Odd Fellows' lodge in that
section. He was born in Vermont and
was at one time a law partner of Horace
Maynard.
Delegates to Reunion.
Humboldt bivouac, No. 35, has electeti
A. C. McLeary and W. M. McCall dele
gates to attend the reunion at Mem
phis in May. A motion was then made
to Invite all other camps, bivouacs and
Confederate soldiers of Gibson county
to meet at Humboldt and go to Mem
phis in a body.
Charged With Mail Robberies.
Otto Davis, a 16-year-old white boy,
is under arrest on the charge of rob
bing the postoflice at Trenton. Com
plaint has been made lately of mail
being taken from the lock boxes and,
suspicion pointing to Davis, he was ar
rested and articles stolen were foun
in his possession.
Negro Woman Lynched.
A negro woman named Bailie Crutch
field, living near Rome, in Smith coun
ty, was murdered one night last week
by a mob that visited her home about
midnight. She was taken from her
cabin and carried to the bridge over
Round Lick creek. Her hands having
been tied behind her, she was shot
through the head and her lifeless body
thrown into the creek. The coroner's
jury returned a verdict that she came
to her death at the hands of unknown
parties. She was suspected of looting
a pocketbook of $120 which had been
lost.
A Uoj "s Resentment.
II. D. Brannan, city recorder of Win
chester, was shot and seriously wound
ed by Dude Shadow, a farmer boy.
Brannan had fined Shadow in the city
court for fighting. As soon as sentence
was passed on Shadow he left the court
room and said that he wanted to see
Brannan as soon as he came down.
When Brannan appeared on the street
he was met by Shadow, who shot him
twice in the left side. Shadow took to
his heels. He was pursued and cap
tured. State Board of Health.
The report of the legislative commit
tee to examine into the books and ac
counts of the State board of health has
been presented to the legislature. The
report says the board has been well
conducted, but recommends certain
economies looking to a reduction of ex
penses. It also recommended that the
epidemic fund remain at $10,000 per
year because of tbe smallpox in the
State.
Lumber Fire.
The extensive lumber yards and saw
and planing mill plant of John B. Ran
som & Co., in West Nashville, were de
stroyed last week. The loss is esti-
mased at 5140,000 with an insurance of
$115,000. The yards .cover 20 acres of
ground and the fire raged fiercely for
several hours.
Carnegie Library at Jackson.
The . city council -of Jackson has
passed an ordinance pledging 53,000 an
nually for the support of the Carnegie
library, and will also donate the site.
Mr. Carnegie gives 530,000 for the building.
KELIGIOUS EEVIVALS
Dr. Talmage, in a Timely Discourse,
Declares His Belief in Them."
Sermon Adapted from the Story- of
Simon and the Fishers Greatest
Obstacle to Revivals Ia an
Unconverted Ministry.
Copyright. 1901, by Louis Klopsch, N. T.)
"Washington,
This discourse of Dr. Talmage is
most pertinent at this time when a
widespread effort for religious awak
ening is being made; text, Luke, verse
6: "They inclosed a great multitude
of fishes and their net brake."
Simon and his comrades had experi
enced the night before what fishermen
call "poor luck." Christ st eps on board
the fishing smack and tells the sailors
to pull away from the beach and di
rects them again to sink the net. Sure
enough, very soon the net is full of
fishes, and the sailors begin to haul in.
So large a school of fishes-was taken
that the hardy men began to look red
in the face as they pull, and hardly
have thej' begun to rejoice at their suc
cess when snap goes a threal of the
net, and snap goes another thread, so
there is 'danger not only of losing the
fish, but of losing the net.
Without much care as to how much
the boat tilts or how much water is
splashed on deck the fishermen rush
about, gathering up the broken meshes
of the net. Out yonder there is a ship
dancing on the wave, and they hail it:
"Ship ahoy! Bear down this way!"
The ship comes, and both boats, both
fishing smacks, are filled with the
floundering treasures.
"Ah," says some one, "how much
better it would have been if they had
staid on shore" and fished with a hook
and line and taken one at a time in
stead of having this great excitement
and the boat almost upset and the net
broken and having to call for help and
getting sopping wet with the sea!"
The church is the Boat, the Gospel
is the net, society is the sea, and a
great revival is a whole school brought
in at one sweep of the net. I have ad
miration for that man who goes out
with a hook and line to fish. I admire
the way he unwinds the reel and ad
justs the bait and drops the hook in a
quiet place on a still afternoon and
here catches one and there one, but I
like also a big boat and a large crew
and a net a mile long and swift oars
and stout sails and a stiff breeze and a
great multitude of souls brought so
great a multitude that you have got
to get help to draw it ashore, straining
the net to the utmost until it breaks
here and there, letting a few escape,
but bringing the great multitude into
eternal safety.
In other words, I believe in revivals.
The great work of saving men began
with 3,000 people joining the church in
one day, and it will close with 40 or a
hundred million people saved in 24
hours when nations shall be born in a
day. But there are objections to re
vivals. People are opposed to them
because the net might get broken, and
if by the pressure of souls it does not
get broken, then they take their own
penknives and slit the net. "They in
closed a great multitude of fishes, and
the net brake."
It is sometimes opposed to revivals
of religion that those who come into
the church at such times do not hold
out. As long as there is a gale of bless
ing they have their sails up. But as
soon as strong winds stop blowing
then they drop into a dead calm. But
what are the facts in the case? In all
our churches the vast majority of the
useful people are those who are
brought in under great awakenings,
and they hold out. Who are the prom
inent men in the United States in
churches, in prayer meetings, in Sab
bath schools? For the most part they
are the product of great awakenings.
I have noticed that those who are
brought into the Kingdom of God
through revivals have more per-j
sistence and more determination in the
Christian life than those who come
in under a low state, of religion. Peo
ple born in an icehouse may live, but
they will never get over the cold they
caught in the icehouse. A -cannon ball
depends upon the impulse with which
it starts for how far it shall go and
how swiftly, and the greater the re
vival force with which a soul is started
the more far-reaching and far-resound- i
ing will be the execution.
But it is sometimes objected to re
vivals that there is so much excitement
that people mistake hysteria for relig
ion. XVe admit that in every revival of
religion there is either a suppressed or
a demonstrated excitement. Indeed,
if a man can go out of a state of con
demnation into a state of acceptance
with God or see others go without any
agitation of soul he is in an unhealthy,
morbid state and is as repulsive and
absurd as a man who should boast he
saw a child snatched out from under a
horse's hoofs and felt no agitation, or
saw a man rescued from the fourth
story of a house on fire and felt no ac
celeration of the pulses.
Salvation from sin and death and
hell into life and peace and Heaven for
ever is such a tremendous thing that
if a man tells me he can look on it
without any agitation I doubt his
Christianity. The fact is that some
times excitement is the most impor
tant possible thing. In case of resus
citation from drowning or freezing
the one idea is to excite animation.
Before conversion we are dead. It is
the business of the church to revive,
arouse, awaken, resuscitate, startle
into life. Excitement is bad or good
according to what it makes us do. If
it make us do that which is bad, it is
bad excitement, but if it make us agi
tated about our eternal welfare, if
it make us pray, if it make us attend
upon Christian service, if it make us
cry unto God for mercy, then it is a
good excitement
It is sometimes said that during re
vivals of religion great multitudes of
children and young people are brought
into the church, and they do not know
what they are about. It has been my
observation that the earlier people
come into the kingdom of God the more
useful they are. Robert Hall, the
prince of preachers, was converted at
12 years of age. It is likely he knew
what he was about. Matthew Henry,
the commentator, who did more than
any man of his century for increasing
the interest in the study of the Scrip
tures, was converted at 11 years of
age; Isabella Graham, immortal in the
Christian church, was converted at ten
years of age; Dr. Watts, whose hymns
will be sung all down the ages, was
converted at nine years of age. Jona
than Edwards, perhaps the mightiest
intellect that the American pulpit
ever produced, was converted at seven
years of age, and that father and
mother take an awful responsibility
when they tell their child at seven
years of age: "You are too young to
be a Christian," or "You are too young
to connect j'ourself with the church."
That is a mistake as long as eternity.
If during a revival two persons pre
sent themselves as candidates for the
church and the one is ten years of age
and the other is 40 years of age. I will
have more confidence in the profession
of religion of the one ten years of age
than the ene 40 years of age. Why?
The one who professes at 40 years of
age has 40 years of impulse in the
wrong direction to correct, and the
child has only ten j-ears in the wrong
direction to correct. Four times ten
are 40. - Four times the religious pros
pect for the lad that comes into the
kingdom of God and into the church at
ten years of age than the man at 40.
I am very apt to look upon revivals
as connected with certain men who
fostered them. People who in this
day do not like revivals nevertheless
have not words to express their admi
ration for the revivalists of the past,
for they were revivalists Jonathan
Edwards, John Wesley, George Whit
field, Fletcher, Griffin, Da vies, Os
borne, Knapp, Nettleton, Moody and
many others whose names come to
my mind. The strength of their in
tellect and the holiness of their lives
make me think they would not have
had anything to do with that which
was ephemeral. Oh, it is easy to
talk against revivals!
A man said to Mr. Dawson: "I
like your sermons very much, but
the after meetings I despise. When
the prayer meeting begins I always
go up into the gallery and look down,
and I am disgusted." "Well," said
Mr. Dawson, "the reason is you go
on the top of .your neighbor's house
and look down his chimney to exam
ine his fire, and of course you get
only smoke in your eyes. Why don't,
you come in the door and sit down
and warm?"
Oh, I am afraid to say anything
against revivals of religion or against
anything that looks like them, be
cause I think it may be a sin against
the Holy Ghost, and you know the
Bible says that a sin against the Holy
Ghost shall never be forgiven, neither
in this world nor the world to come.
Now, if you are a painter and I speak
against your pictures, do I not speak
against you? If you are an archi
tect, and I speak against a building
you put up, do I not speak against
you? If a revival be the work of ths
Holy Ghost, and I speak against that
revival, do I not speak against the
Holy Ghost? And whoso speaketh
against the Holy Ghost, says the
Bible, he shall never be forgiven,
neither in this world nor in the world
to come. I think sometimes people
have made a fatal mistake in this di
rection. Now I come to the real, genuine
cause of objection to revivals. That
is the coldness of the objector. It is
the secret and hidden but unmistak
able cause in every case, a low state
of religion in the heart. Wide awake,
consecrated, useful. Christians arc
never afraid of revivals. It is the
spiritually dead who are afraid of
having their sepulcher molested. The
chief agents of the devil during a
great awakening are always uncon
verted professors of religion. As soon
as Christ's work begins they begin
to gossip against it and take a pail
of water and try to put out this
spark of religious influence, and they
try to put out another spark. Do
they succeed? As well when Chicago
was on fire might some one have
gone out with a garden water pot
trying to extinguish it. The difficulty
is that when a revival begins in a
church it begins at so many points
that while you have doused one anx
ious soul with a pail of cold water
there are 500 other anxious souls on
fire. Oh, how much better it would
be to lay hold of the chariot of
Christ's Gospel and help pull it on
rather than to-fling ourselves in front
of the wheels, trying to block their
progress. We will not stop the
chariot, but we ourselves .will be
ground to powder.
But I think, after all, the greatest
obstacle to revivals throughout
Christendom is an unconverted minis
try. We must believe that the vast
majority of those who officiate at
sacred altars are regenerated, but I
suppose there may float into the
ministry of all the denominations of
Christians men whose hearts have
never been changed by grace. They
are all antagonistic to revivals. How
did they get into the ministry? Per
haps some of them chose it as a re
spectable profession. Perhaps some
of them were sincere, but were mis
taken. As Thomas Chalmers said, he
had been many years preaching the
Gospel before his heart had been
changed, and as many ministers of
the Gospel declare they were preach
ing and had been ordained to sacred
orders years and years before their
hearts were regenerated- Gracious
God, what a solemn thought for thoe
of us who minister at the altar!
With- the present inini$tr in the
present temperature of piety, thi
land will never be enveloped with re
vivals. While the pews on one side'
the altar cry for mercy, the pulpits
on the other side of the altar must
cry for mercy. Ministers quarreling.
Ministers trying to pull each other
down. Ministers struggling for eccle
siastical place. Ministers, lethargio
with whole congregations dying on
their hands. What a spectacle!
During our civil war the president
of the United States made proclama
tion for 75,000 troops. Some of you
remember the big stir. But the King
of the universe to-day asks for
1,200,000,000 more troops than are en
listed, and we want it done softly,
imperceptibly, no excitement, one by
one. You are a dry goods merchant
on a large scale, and I am a merchant
on a small scale, and I come to you
and want to buy 1,000 yards or cloth.
Do j'ou say: "Thank you. I'll sell
you 1,000 j'ards of cloth, but I'll sell
you 20 yards to-day and 20 to-morrow
and 20 the next day, and if it takes
me six months I'll sell you the whole
thousand j-ards. You will want as
long as that to examine the goods,
and I'll want as long as that to exam
ine the credit, and -besides that 1,000
yards of cloth is too much to sell all .
at once?" No; you do not say that.
You take me into the counting-room,
and in ten minutes the whole transac
tion is consummated. The fact is we
cannot afford to be fools in anything
but religion.
That very merchant who on Satur
day afternoon sold me the thousand
j-ards of cloth at one stroke the next
Sabbath in church will stroke his
beard and wonder whether it would
not be better for a thousand souls to
come straggling along for ten yearaf
instead of bolting in at one service.
It seems to me as if God is prepar
ing the world for some quick and
universal movement. A celebrated
electrician gave me a telegraph chart
of the world. On that chart the wires'
crossingthe continents and the cables
under the sea looked Bke veins red
with blood. On that chart I see that
the headquarters of the lightnings are
in Great Britain and the United
States. In London and New York,
the lightnings are stabled, waiting
to be harnessed for some quick dis
patch. That shows you that the tel
egraph is in the possession of Chris
tianity. It is a significant fact that the mart
who invented the telegraph was ani
old-fashioned Christian, Trof. Morse,
and that the man who put the tele
graph under the sea was an old-fashioned
Christian, Cyrus W. Field, and
that the president of the most fa
mous of the telegraph companies of
this country was an old-fashioned
Christian, William Orton, going from
the communion table . on earth
straight to his home in Heaven. What
does all that mean?
I do not suppose that the telegraph
was invented merely to let us know
whether flour is up or down or which
horse won the race at the Derby or
which marksman beat at the latest
contest. I suppose the telegraph was
invented and built to call the world
to God.
In some of the attributes of the
Lord we seem to share on a small
scale. For instance, in His love and
His kindness. But until of late fore
knowledge, omniscience, omnipres
ence, omnipotence, seem to have been
exclusively God's possession. God, de
siring to make the race like Himself,
gives us a species of foreknowledge
in the weather probabilities, gives us
a species of omniscience in telegraphy,
gives us a species of omnipresence in
the telephone, gives us a species of
omnipotence in the steam power. Dis
coveries and inventions all around
about us, people are asking what next?
I will tell j-ou what next. Next, a
stupendous religious movement. Next,
the end of war. Next, the crash of
despotism. Next, the world's expurga
tion. Next, the Christlike dominion.
Next, the judgment. What becomes
of the world after that I care not.
It will have suffered and achieved
enough for one world. Lay it up in
the drj'docks of eternity, like an old
man of war gone out of service, or fit
it up like a Constellation to carry
bread of relief to some other suffering
planet or let it be demolished. Fare
well, dear old world, that began with
paradise and ended with judgment
conflagration.
Last summer I stood on the Isle of
Wight, and I had pointed out to me
the place where the Eurydice sank
with" 200 or 300 young men' who were
in training for the British navy. . You
remember when that training ship
went down there was a thrill of horror
all over the world. Since then there
was another training ship missing.
The Atalanta, gone down with all on
board. By order of her majesty's gov
ernment vessels went cruising up and
Jown the Atlantic trying to find that
lost training ship in which there were
so many young men preparing for
the British navy. Alas, for the lost
Atalanta! Oh, my friends, this world
is only a training ship! On it we are
training for Heaven. The old ship
sails up and down the ocean of im
mensity, now through the dark waves
of midnight, now through the golden
crested wave of the morn, but saila
on and sails on. After awhile her
work will be done, and the inhabitants
of Heaven will look out and find a
world missing. The cry will be:
"Where is that earth where Christ
died and the human race was emanci
pated? Send out fleets of angels to
find the missing craft." Let them sail
up and down, cruise up and down the
ocean of eternity, and they will catch
not one glimpse of her mountain masts
or her topgallants of floating cloud.
Gone down! The training ship of a
worT3 perished in the last tornado.
Oh, let it not be that she goes down
with all on board, but rather may it be
said of her passengers, as it was said
of the drenched passengers of the Al
exandrian corn ship that crashed inlor
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