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VOL. XXXVI-NO. 35.
BOLIVAR, TENNESSEE, FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 1901.
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i WEEK'S
All tho News of the Past Seven
Days Condensed.
HOME AND FOREIGN ITEMS
Kevg of tho Industrial Field, Personal
and Political Items, Happenings
at Home and Abroad.
THE XGT7S FE03I ALL TILE WORLD
DOMESTIC.
Lightning set lire In St. Andrew's
Boiuan Catholic church at Grand Rap
ids, Mich., destroying" the structure.
The visible supply of grain in the
United States on the 26th -was:
Wheat, 5t.Tlt.0ft0 bushels; corn, 2,'i,
8(5,000 bushels; oats, 10,985,000 bush
els; rye, 1.11S.000 bushels; barley,
1,214.001) bushels.
A cyclone at Birmingham, Ala.,
billed 40 jjersnns, injured 100 others
and damaged property to the extent
Of $.100,000.
James Latimer shot and killed his
wife, from whom lie had separated.
and then committed suicide in, Chi
cag"o.
A tornado wrecked many building's
at Mustcash, O.
The comptroller of the currency
says the shortage in the Xiles (Mich.)
bank is $105,0011, and stockholders are
assessed 100 per cent.
A cyclone at Pavilion, Mich.,
wrecked a number of houses, uproot
ed trees, tore down telegraph poles
and did much other damage.
T.ieut. (ion. Miles and li is party
have returned to Washington from a
short tour of inspection in Cuba.
At Georgetown, Kv., Mrs. Edward
Thompson killed her t wo-j'ear-old
eon and herself while insane.
,T. C. Durham was arrested at TMne
ville, Ky., charged with murdering
seven persons in Santa Clara county,
Cal., seven years ago.
The Second battalion of the Fifth
T'nited States inf:intry left Fort
Sheridan, 111., for the Philippines.
The steamer Etruria arrived in New
York after a stormy passage, durin
which one passenger committed sui
cide and another became insane.
The president has appointed Wil
ir.m A. Rodenburg, of Illinois, a civil
service commissioner, and Fred I.
Allen, of Auburn, X. Y., commission
er oi! patents.
Mrs. Elizabeth Treble, a bride of
three weeks, killed herself in Chicago
because domestic financial arrange
ments were displeasing.
An explosion in a anine near Con
rellsville, Pn., killed one man and fa
tally injured five other persons.
Six masked men robbed the bank at
Somerset, O., of $15,000 in money and
n large amount of bonds.
Atchison. Kan., refused to accept
"the offer of Andrew Carnegie of $50,
000 for a library.
The French liner La Gaseogne ar
rived in New York after the roughest
voyage in her history.
The name of Sing" Sine; village has
been changed by act of the New York
legislature to Ossining.
The president informed his cabinet
That he would formally tender the at
torney generalship to P-C. Knox, of
Pittsburgh. Pa.
The Buffalo Pan-American exposi
tion st a nips will be placed on sale at
post, offices throughout the country
on May 1 next.
The saloon at Sedalia, Ind., owned
ly John Ik. Mason, was wrecked with
dynamite by citizens.
Hugh Rrody, a miser aged 00 years,
was robbed of $GG0 in gold near Marys
ville, Ta.
Jennie P.ell Elliott and Jennie Good
win, aged ten and 13 years, were killed
l;y lightning at Kingston, Ga.
A cvclone wrecked several buildings
at Adamsville, Mich., and near Ed
wardsburg 15 acres of timber were up
rooted. Capt. 11. P. Hobson was presented
with a silver service costing 1,000 by
his friends and neighbors at jis home
in Greensboro, Ala.
The Illinois senate passed a bill abol
ishing the of.iee of state architect.
Three men were killed by gases while
pulling" a train through the Great
Northern's tunnel in the Cascade
juountains.
Congressman Warner, of Illinois,
jist returned from Cuba, says the
withdrawal of the United States will
be followed by a reign of terror in the
Island.
J. P. Morgan, head of the billion-dollar
steel trust, has been warned of a
plot to assassinate him when he ar
rives in London.
A resolution for state aid to good
roads was defeated in the Wisconsin
senate.
Nearly a quarter of a million dollars
has been spent during the last year by
Chicago labor unions in conducting
strikes.
In a railway wreck near Depere,
Wis., Engineer Jones was killed and
seven other persons were badly injured.
! EXTENSIVE FOREST FIRES
The Dipr Woods North of flninmon.
ton, Xw Jerney, BnrnUK-A
Close Call for Wiimlow.
Hammonton, X. J., April 1. One of
the most extensive forest fires that.
have visited this section of the state.
is raging in the big woods north of
this city.
The tire reached a point just east of
the town of Winsiow Sunday night
and for several hours it was feared
the town would be wiped out. Men
women and children fought the
flames, succeeding, by back firing", in
turning" the flames to the north of the.
town. While the men threw up
trenches to keep the fire away, the
women and children carried their
household goods to places of safety
in the fields, and are guarding" them,
as a change in the wind is feared.
Several farm building?, about a thou
sand acres of timber and thousands
cords of wood have been consumed
Many narrow escapes of the fire
fighters have been reported.
EXCITEMENT IN THE PALACE.
Sunday's Earthquake in Coittn ntl
nople Interrupted the Ualran
CeremonyA Panic Itcaaltcd.
Constantinople, April 1. Sunday's
earthquake was felt in the Dolma-
bag-tche palace at the moment of the
Pairan ceremony, when the high offi
cials were passing before the sultan's
throne. A panic resulted, particu
larly among the diplomatists in the
gallery, many of whom immediately
left, the palace. The band ceased
playing and the musicians rushed to
the doors. Pieces of plaster fell from
the ceiling and portions of the chan
deliers were broken, adding to the
general alarm. The sultan rose from
his throne and took a few steps, ap
parently intending" to leave the cham
ber, but he preserved great calmness
and presence of mind, which had a
good effect. After a moment's hesi
tation his majesty reseated himself
upon the throne and ordered the
ceremony to proceed. A reception
followed, without further incident.
CIRCULATION STATEMENT.
Monthly Circulation Statement Is
sued ly the Comptroller of
the Currency.
- Washington, April 1. The monthly
criculation statement issued by tiie
comptroller of the currency shows
that at the close of business March .')0,
1301, the total national bank circula
tion was $350,021,811, an increase for
the year of $79,068,743, and an in
crease for the month of $1,440,150.
The circulation based on United
States bonds was $320,910,900, an in
crease for the year of $S7,C25.G7G, and
an increase for the month of SI, '193,-
S ."!?. The circulationn secured by law
ful money aggregated $29,110,905, a
decrease for the year of $8,557,'.)'$ and
a decreace for the month of .S-47,70S.
The amount of United States regis
tered bonds on deposit to secure cir
culating" notes was $323,176,980 and to
secure public deposits, $101,817,510.
TO RESCUE THE EMPEROR.
An Kxpedition to Hescuc the Chinese
Emperor From the llnnlt of
the Reactionaries.
London, April 1. The correspon
dent of the. Globe, at Shanghai, in a
dispatch dated Saturday, March 30,
says he understands that the Yang
Tse viceroys and Yuan Shi Kai (the
military governor of Shan Tung) are
prepared to dispatch 100,000 troops to
Sian Fu to rescue the emperor from
the hands of the reactionaries and
escort him to Pekin if a little press
ure and promise of moral support is
forthcoming from the powers inter
ested in the open door.
The correspondent adds that the
suggested expedition would prove
popular in central and southers Chi
na; would result in the destruction of
the anti-foreign elements, and would
lead to the establishment of a pro
gressive government at Pekin.
IS KNOWN IN MINNEAPOLIS.
F. J. Barrows, Vnder Arrest in Ma
nila for Commissary Fronds,
Known in Minneapolis.
Chicago, April 1. A special to the
Tribune from Minneapolis, Minn.,
says:
Frederick J. Barrows, who is under
arrest at Manila for alieeed com
plicity in the commissary department
frauds, is a Minneapolis man. well
known here, where lie lived for many
years previous to his entry into the
volunteer army. He is the son of F.
G. Barrows, a prominent lumberman,
and was. nrevious to his denarture for
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the Philippines, a member of the Fif
teenth Minnesota volunteers. He is
about 30 years of age.
A STRIKE HAS BEEN AVERTED.
Demands of the Egg Testers of Chi
cago Granted by the Commis
sion Merchants.
Chicago, April 1. A threatened
s-trike of egg testers, which promised
to seriously a fleet the Chicago egg
market, lias been averted by commis
sion merchants agreeing" to the de
mand of the Egg Inspectors' union
for a uniform scale of 25 cents per
hour, a ten-hour day, and ten cents
extra for each case of eggs candled
after the regular close of the working
day.
Johnny ReinT ltotle the- Winner.
Jondon, April 1. At th; Nottirg-
hara race meeting" to-day the Epper-
stone selling plate was won by Queen
Pun, ridden by Johnny lieiff.
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TENNESSEE
FORTY-FIFin DxV.
The senate passed the bill for a onstitutlonal
convention by a majority of nineteen to eight.
Tbe date for the election of delegates is fixed
for the first Thursday In , September and tno
convention lor the tlilrd Monday In Ibo same
month.
There was a sensation In the house during tho
afternoon session when Speaker Wilson made a
speech from the chair severely arraigning the
members for absenting themselves from tbe ses
ions and making it difficult at times to secure a
quorum, lie said that some thirty memoers
were absent nearly all the time, and that in
future a quorum would be maintained it he had
to have tlie liouss officers arrest the absentees.
Speaker Wilson used very vigorous language,
and his remarks created a big sensation.
Senate bills on tnJrd reading: To allow the
incorporation ot school bonds In towns of 100,
000 so that tho board to could borrow money on
school property, passed; to protect grouse,
pheasants and prairie chickens in Kobertson.
Stewart, Cheatham and Montgomery counties,
passed; to incorporate Ripley, passed; to ap
propriate $500 to repair the supreme court room
at Jackson, passed.
House bills on third reading: To exempt
Hamilton county from the provisions of the no
fence law, passed; to permit justices ot peace to
enforce statutory penalties In submitted mis
demeanor cases instead of binding defendants
over, failed; to provide tor publishing acts of
assembly in Chattanooga, Jackson and Bristol,
as well as Nashville, Memphis and Knoxvllle,
failed; to legalize contracts for rates of interest
in other States where mortgage is taken on
property la other States, pasced; to validate
sheriffs' deeds made prior to 1357, failed; to
abolish the court of chancery appeals, tabled;
to require railroads to keep combustibles oil
their rlzht of way, tabled; to create a State
board cf law examiners, tabled; to abolish the
State board of equalization, tabled; to prohibit
adulteration or too J stuff, tabled.
FORTY-SIXTH DAY.
The only feature of the general assembly to
day was the passage ot a bill in the house prac
tically emasculating the Jarvls criminal costs
law, ana which if concurred in by the senate
will put the State to an expense of $30,000 per
annum. The present law inhibits witnesses
llvinir within five miles ot court from recelvlug
fees. The action of the house to Jay removes
this inhiblUon.
Senate bills on third reading: To prevent
shipping of quail, dead or alive, from State,
passed; to repeal the charters of LaUrange,
Fayette' county, passed; to appropriate $000 to
erect a monument to Meriwether Lewis, failed;
to make it a misdemeanor to operate a bawdy
house, passed; to prohibit nonresidents from
bringing suits upon pauper's oath, passed.
House bills on third reading: To print the
Acts of the general assembly iu six cities instead
of three, as now, passed; to enable counties to
Increase the tax for turnpike companies, passed;
to prevent the killing of pheasants for five
years, passed.
FORTY-SEVENTH DAY.
The bill providing for the reorganization of
the agricultural department of the State passed
the senate after being amended so as to cut
down the various salaries within the depart
ment. This bill was prepared under the direc
tion of the legislative committee of the State
Farmers' Institute and lias the indorsement ot
the governor and the present commissioner of
agriculture.
Gov. McMiliin vetoed the bill to protect fish
in the Forked Deer river, in Crockett county.
It was expected that a similar bill would be
passed as to Lauderdale county, but as this was
not done, the Crockett county members re
quested the veto, as the bill would have denied
privileges to citizens of Crockett county that
would have been enjoyed by citizens of Lauder
dale county, Just across the river.
House bills on third reading: To provide for
the publication of the treasurer's quarterly
statements in Bristol, Chattanooga and Jack
son, passed; to amend the Jarvls criminal costs
law so as to pay witnesses and clerks in mis
demeanor cases in counties under 34,000 popula
tion where the case has proceeded to a verdict,
passed; to amend the school text book law so
as to permit sale of school books by any mer
chant or dealer, passed; to make four barbed
wires a lawful fence in counties under GO.ooo,
passed; -to regulate pensions for Confederate
soldiers, tabled ; to prohibit nepotism In the em
ployment of teachers for tlft publio schools,
failed; to prevent chancellors from borrowing
from funds in the bands of clerk and master,
passed.
FOItrV-EIUIiTII DAY.
The senate put Itself on record against the
sheep-killing dog by passing the Tillman bill as
amended by the agriculture committee, which
provides that the running of doj-t at large is a
nuisanco and that such animals should be
tagged, or, if caught without tags, killed. Tho
vote was 23 to 8.
In the senate the Cox bill, extending tbe
Dortch election law to all towns, villages and
districts having a population of more than 500,
was recommended for passage.
The special committee which investigated the
condition of the capitol grounds and buildings
reported, recommending repairs aggregating
about $23,000.
Senate bills on third reading were disposed of
as follows: To give grand juries inquisitorial
powers for violation of the usury laws, rejected ;
to authorize Shelby county to borrow $00,00
from Bolton College, to be used for turnpike
purposes, passed ; to authorize Jefferson and
Folk- counties to build turnpikes, passed; to
prevent Knox county justices of the peace from
having offices outside of districts from which
they were elected, passed ; to authorize David
son, Williamson, Lewis, Gibson and Maury
counties to buy the turnpikes ot their respective
counties, passed; to authorize Ripley to issue
$10,000 bonds to improve school facilities, passed.
Tbe bouse again took up the bill re-establish
ing the second circuit court of Davidson county.
and passel it.
New bills were Introduced la the house as
follows: To make it a felony for any white
person to have sexual relations with a negro;
to authorize Chattanooga to issue $100,000 re
funding bonds; to appropriate fi.ooo for a
monument to heroes of King's Mountain at
Sycamore Shoals; to make counties responsible
for murder committed by a mob to the extent of
a' fine of $1,000 to $5,000. to be paid to the State;
to prevent any attorney from becoming surety
for persons charged with violation of criminal
laws.
Veterans la National Guard.
Forbes Bivouac, U. C. V., of Clarks-
ville, is seeking" membership in the Na
tional Guard, and its efforts will proba
bly be successful. 'If the program is
carried out the Forbes Bivouac will be
the third organization of ex-Confeder
ates in the South to be made part of the
National Guard.
Widening the Scope.
The N. B. Forrest Camp of Confeder
ate Veterans of Chattanooga is prepar
ing a new constitution and bylaws
whieh will allow all sons and grand
sons of Confederate veterans to become
members of the organization. An ef
fort will be made to have the conven
tion at Memphis in May adopt the plan
so as to make it a national law of tbe
organization. It is thought that this,
if adopted, may merge the organiza
tion of the Sons of Veterans into the
United Confederate Veterans and dis
solve the individuality of the sons'
camps.
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STATE NEWS.
Death of Ha. William Gay.
Maj. William Gay, one of the oldest
of Gibson county's prominent citizens
and ex-Confederates, died at Trenton
last week. Maj. Gay was born in Gib
son county in January, 1S27. lie en
tered the Confederate army in 1861 ai
captain of a company of the Forty'
seventh Tennessee infantry, which com
pany he had organized, and in 1863,
after the reorganization at Corinth, he
returned home and organized another
company, Company A of Russell's regi
ment, lie served as captain of this
company until 1S64. when he was pro
moted to the position of major of the
Twentieth Tennessee cavalry. Since
the close of the war he has devoted his
time and energies to farming and stock
raisin?. At the time of his death he
was president of the O. H. Strahl Bi
vouac and commander of the R. M.
Russell camp. His ardent devotion to
the "Lost Cause" before and since the
surrender has never been surpassed by
any soldier of the Confederacy.
State Securities.
President Dabney and Trustee Cald
well of the University of Tennessee
and President Summey and Trustee
Kennedy of the Southwestern Presby
terian University at Clarksville are op
posed to the bill amending" the funding
act so that the State may buy up the 6
per cent securities of the State held by
these institutions and amounting- to
more than half a million dollars. It is
claimed the State has no right, at least
so far as the University of Tennessee is
concerned, to call in these securities.
The officers and trustees are afraid they
cannot secure as good investment of
their funds if the State takes up its
obligations.
Lease of Lebanon Branoh.
Jere Baxter, president of the Tennes
see Central railroad, says he has closed
a lease for the Lebanon branch of the
Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis,
running from Nashville east to Leba
non, thirty miles. This makes 164
miles for the Tennessee Central to the
present time. As soon as terminal fa
cilities at Ilarriman are arranged the
road will be built two miles from Emory
Gap into Ilarriman, and plans will then
begin for the extension eastward to
Knoxville.
Salt for Mining Lands.
G. It. Rutherford fe Bros, of Birming
ham, Ala., have brought suit against
the Lafollette Coal, Iron & Bailroad
Company for the recovery of lands
valued at $200,000 and for $5,000 for the
use of the same. The property in
volved is occupied by a portion of the
town of Lafollette and by. the coal and
iron properties which the defendants
are developing. The complainants are
claiming- title from grants made many
years ago.
Advance in Iron.
There was an unexpected spurt in the
iron business in Chattanooga during the
past week. Boiler 'plants were com
pelled to double their force, working"
night and day to get out orders, and
other concerns were compelled to add
to the force of employes. Iron men
say that the outlook for 1901 is brighter
even than it was for 1900. Steel plate
for boilers advanced $3 per ton, and iron
is up SL over February prices.
To Reclaim Rich Lands.
Bills have been introduced in both
houses of thejegislature providing for
the reclamation of the swamp lands of
Lake, Dyer, Obion and Lauderdale
counties. These measures are advo
cated by Capt. JVC. Harris, of Lake
county," who has been working for
years to reclaim rich lands now worth
less. Crushed by a Tree.
Charlie and Virgil McAdams of Or-
linda had a business transaction with
James Wilson, and all three became
angry. After the money changed
hands the McAdams boys demanded an
apology from Wilson, which he was
making when both of the McAdams
drew their pistols and began firing,
killing Wilson instantly. Neither of
the brothers is over 25 years of age.
Wilson was about 45 years of age.
Pardened by tho Governor.
The governor has pardoned Ernest
Morris, sentenced from Shelby county
for two years for complicity in the
murder of Jack Gilbert at Collierville,
because of the victim's alleged seduc
tion of a niece. The pardon of Morns
was recommended by the prison board.
hundreds of citizens and all of Shelby
county's delegation in the legislature.
Time Limit on Insurance Company.
Insurance Commissioner Folk has
gh-en the North British and Mercantile
Insurance Company until April 15 to
assume liability for policies held against
the Traders' Insurance Company, which
the former took over, or be barred from
the State. The supreme court recently
decided the insurance commissioner
had the right to revoke the North Brit
ish license.
Big: Check for Comptroller.
Trustee Hart of Davidson county paid
to Comptroller King a check for $102, 320
one day last week. This is the largest
amount ever paid into the State treas
ury at one time by any county trustee.
Peabociy Presidency.
Friends of P. B. Claxton at Chatta
nooga are making an effort to have him
elected to the presidency of the Pea
body Normal Institute at Nashville, to
succeed Dr. Payne, resigned. Mr.
Claxton is president of the State Nor
mal Institute of North Carolina, at
Greensboro. 11 is a gradual of the
Ur.iversity of Teanessce-
SAYTNfr OV NAT TONS
Dr. Talmage Tells of the Sacrifices
of Our Savior.
lie Speaks of Gethsemane ns It Ap
peared to II I in Sermon front the
Texti "Ve Are Bought
wltli n Price."
tCopyright, 1901. by Louis Klopsch, N. Y.
Washington,
In this discourse Dr. Talmage shows
the Messianic sacrifices for the sav
ing of all nations and speaks of
Gethsemane as it appeared to him;
text, I. Corinthians 6:20: "Ye are
bought with a price."
Your friend takes you through his
valuable house. You examine the
arches, the frescoes, the grass plots,
the fish ponds, the conservatories,
the parks of deer, and you say with
in yourself or you say aloud: "What
did all this cost?" You see a costly
diamond flashing in an earring, or
you hear a costly dress rustling
across the drawing-room, or you see
a high mettled span of horses har
nessed with silver and gold, and you
begin to make an estimate of the
value.
The man who owns a large estate
cannot instantly tell yon all it is
worth. He says: "I will estimate
no much for the house so much for
the furniture, so much for laying out
the grounds, so much for the stock,
so much for the barn, so much for
the equipage, adding up in all mak
ing this aggregate."
Well, my friends, I hear so much
about our mansion in Heaven, about
its furniture and the grand surround
ings, that I want ta know how much
it is all worth and what has actually
been paid for it. I cannot complete
in a month nor a year the magnifi
cent calculation, but before I get
-through to-day I hope to give you
the figures. "Ye are bought with a
price."
The first installment paid for the
clearance of our souls was the igno
minious birth of Christ in Bethle
hem. Though we may never be care
fully looked after afterward, our ad
vent into the world is carefully guard
ed. We came into the world amid
kindly attentions. Privacy and si
lence are afforded when God launches
an immortal soul into the world.
Even the roughest of men know
enough to stand back. But I have to
tell you that in the village on the
side of the hilT there was a verybed
lam of uproar when Jesus was born.
Ina village capable of accommodat
ing only a few hundred people many
thousand people were crowded, and
amid hostlers and muleteers and cam
el drivers yelling at stupid beasts of
burden the Messiah appeared. No si
lence. No privacy. A better adapted
place hath the eaglet in the eyrie,
hath the whelp in the lions' lair. The
exile of Heaven lieth down upon
straw. The first night out from the
palace of Heaven spent in an out
house. One hour after laying aside
the robes of Heaven dressed in a
wrapper of coarse linen. One would
have supposed that Christ would have
made a more gradual descent, com
ing from Heaven first to a half-way
world of great magnitude, then to
Caesar's palace, then to a merchant's
palace in Galilee, then to a private
home in Bethany, then to a fisher
man's hut and last of all to a stable.
No! It was one leap from the top
to the bottom.
Let us open the door of the caravan
sary in Bethlehem and drive away the
camels. Pass on through the group of
idlers and loungers. What, O Mary, no
light? "No light," she says, "save that
which comes through the door." What,
Mary, no food? "None," she saj-s,
"only that which was brought in the
sackpn the journey." Let the Bethle
hem woman who has come in here with
kindly attentions put back the cover
ing from the babe that we may look
tipon it. Look! Look! Uncover your
head. Let us kneel. Let all voices be
hushed. Son of Mary! Son of God!
Child of a day! Monarch of eternity!
In that eye the glance of a God. Om
nipotence sheathed in that Babe's
arm. That voice to be changed from
the feeble plaint to the tone that shall
wake the dead, llosanna! Hosanna!
Glory to God that Jesus came from
throne to manger that we might rise
from manger to throne, and that all
the gates are open, and that the door
of Heaven that once swung this way
to let Jesus out now swings the other
way to let us in. Let all the bellmen
of Heaven lay hold the rope and ring
out the news: "Behold, I brinjr vou
glad tidings of great joy, which shall
be to all people, for to-day is born in
the city of David a Saviour, which is
Christ the Lord!"
The second installment paid for our
soul's clearance was the scene in Quar
antania, a mountainous region, full of
caverns, where are to-day panthers
and wild beasts of all sorts, so that
you must now go there armed with
knife or gun or pistol. It was there
that Jesus went to think and to pray,
and it was there that this monster of
hell more sly, more terrible, than
anything that prowled in that country
Satan himself, met Christ.
The rose in the cheek of Christ
that Publius Lentullus, in his letter to
the Roman senate, ascribed to Jesus
that rose had scattered its petals. Ab
stinence from food had thrown him
into emaciation. A long abstinence
from food recorded in profane his
tory is that of the crew of the
Ehip Juno. For 23 days they had noth
ing to eat. But this sufferer had fasted
a month and ten Hays before he broke
fast. Hunger must have agonized every
fiber of the body and gnawed on the
stomach with teeth of death. The
thought of a morsel of bread or meat
must have thrilled the body with some
thing like ferocity Turn out a pack of
men hungry as Christ was a-hungered,
end it Inev had strength, with, one
yell they would devour you as a kid.
It was in that pang of hunger that
Jesus was accosted, and satan said:
"Now, change these stones, which look
like bread, into an actual supply of
bread." Had the temptation come to
you and me under those circumstances
we would have cried: "Bread it shall
be!" and been almost impatient at the
time taken for mastication, but Christ
with one hand beat back the hunger
and with the other hand beat back the
monarch of darkness. O ye tempted
ones! Christ was tempted. We are
told that Napoleon ordered a coat-of-mail
made, but he was not quite cer
tain that it was impenetrable, so he
said to the manufacturer of the coat-of-mail:
"Put it on now yourself and
let us try it." And with shot after
shot fired from his own pistol the em
peror found that it was just what it
pretended to be, a good coat-of-mail.
Then the man received a large reward.
I bless God that the same coat-of-mail
that struck back the weapons of
temptation, from the head of Christ
we may now all wear, for Jesus comes
and saj's: "I have been tempted, and I
know what it is to be tempted. Take
this robe that defended me and wear
it for yourselves. I shall see you
through all trials, and I shall see you
through all temptation."
"But," says Satan still further to
Jesus, "come, and I will show you
something worth looking at." And
after a half day's journey they came to
Jerusalem and to the top of the tem
ple. Just as one might go up in the
tower of Antwerp and look off upon
Belgium, so Satan brought Christ to
the top of the temple. Some people at
a great height feel dizzy and a strange
disposition to jump. So Satan comes
to -Christ in that very crisis. Starr
ing there at the top of the temple, they
looked off. A magnificent reach of
country. Grain fields, vineyards, olive
groves, forests and streams, cattle in
the valley, flocks on the hills and vil-
ages and cities and realms. "Now,
says Satan, "I'll make a bargain. Just
jump off. I know it is a great way
from the top of the temple to the val
ley, but if you are Divine you can fly.
Jump off. It won't hurt you. Angels
will catch you. Your Father will hold
you. Besides, I'll make you a large
present if j-ou will. I'll give you Asia
Minor, I'll give you China, I'll give you
Ethiopia, I'll give you Italy, I'll give
you Spain, I'll give you Germany, I'll
give you Britain, 111 give you all the
world." What a temptation it must
have been!
The third installment paid for our
redemption was the agonizing prayer
in Gethsemane. As I sat in that gar
den at the foot of an old gnarled and
twisted olive tree the historic scene
came upon me overwhelmingly. These
old olive trees are the lineal descend
ants of those under which Christ stood
and wept and knelt. Have the leaves
of whole botanical generations told
the the story of our Lord's agony to
their successors? Next to Calvary the
solemnest place in Palestine is Geth
semane. While sitting there it seemed
as if I could hear our Lord's prayer,
laden with sobs and groans. Can this
be the Jesus who gathered fragrance
from the frankincense brought to His
cradle and from the lilies that flung
their sweetness into His sermons and
from the box of alabaster that broke
at his feet? Is this Jesus the com
forter of Bethanj, the resurrector at
Nain, the oculist at Bethsaida? Is
this the Christ whose frown is the
storm, whose smile is the sunlight, the
spring morning His breath, the thun
der His voice, the ocean a drop on the
tip of His finger, Heaven a sparkle on
the bosom of His love, the universe the
dust of His chariot wheel? Is this the
Christ who is able to heal a heart
break or hush a tempest or drown a
world or flood immensity with His
glory? Behold Him in prayer, the
globules of blood by sorrow pressed
through the skin of His forehead!
What an installment in part payment
of the greatest price that was ever
paid!
The fourth installment paid for our
redemption was the Saviour's sham
trial. I call it a sham trial there has
never been anything so indecent or
unfair in any criminal court as was
witnessed at the trial of Christ. Why,
they hustled him into the courtroom
at two o'clock in the morning. They
gave Him no time for counsel. They
gave him no opportunity for subpoe
naing witnesses. The ruffians who
were wandering around through the
midnight, of course they saw the ar
rest and went into the courtroom. But
Jesus friends were sober men, were
respectable men, and at that hour, two
o'clock in the morning, of course they
were at home asleep. Consequently
Christ entered the courtroom with the
ruffians.
Oh, look at Him! No one to speak a
word for Him. I lift the lantern un
til I can look into His face, and as my
heart beats in sympathy for this, the
best friend the world ever had, Him
self now utterly friendless, an oificer
of the courtroom comes up and smites
Him in the mouth, and I see the blood
stealing from gum and lip. Oh, it was-l
a farce of a trial, lasting only perhaps
an hour, and then the judge rises for
sentence! Stop! It is against the
law to give sentence unless there has
been an adjournment of the court be
tween condemnation and sentence, but
what cares the judge for the law ? "The
man has no friends. Let Him die,"
saj-s the judge. And the ruffians out
side the rail cry: "Aha, aha, that's
what we want! Pass Him out here to
us! Away with Him! Away with
Him!" '
Oh, I bless God that amid all the in
justice that may have been inflicted
upon us in this world we have a divine
sympathizer. The world cannot lie
about you nor abuse you as much as
they 'did Christ, and Jesus stands to
day in every courtroom, in every
house, in every store, and says: "Cour
age! By all my hours of maltreatment
an d abuse I will protect those who are
trampled upon." ' And when Christ for
gets that two o'clock morning scene
and the stroke of the ruffian on the
mouth and the howling of the tin
washed crowd then He ,ill forget you
and me in the injustices of life that
maj' be inflicted upon us.
Further I remark: The Inst great
installment paid for our redemption,
was the demise of Christ. The world
has seen many dark days. Many sum
mers ago there was a very dark day
wLen the sun was eclipsed. The fowl
at noonday went to their perch, and
we felt a gloom as we looked at the
astronomical wonder. It was a dark
day in London when the plague was
at its height, and the ead with uncov
ered faces were taken in open carts
and dumped in the trenches. It was
a dark day when the earth opened and
Lisbon sank, but the darkest day since
the creation of the world was when tho
carnage of Calvary was enacted.
It was about noon when the curtain
began to be drawn. It was the swing
ing of a great gloom all around the
heavens. God hung it. As when there
is a dead one in the house j-ou bow
the shutters or turn the lattice, so
God in the afternoon shut the windows
of the world. As it is appropriate to
throw a black pall upon the coffin as
it passes along, so it was appropriate
that everj-thing should be somber that
day as the great hearse of the earth
rolled on, bearing the corpse of tho
King. A man's last hours are ordi
narily kept sacred. However you may
have hated or caricatured a man, when
3-ou hear he is dying silence puts its
hands on your lips, and you would
have a loathing for the man who could
stond by a deathbed making faces and
scoffing. But Christ in His last hour
cannot be left alone. What, pursuing
Him yet after so long a pursuit? You
have been drinking His tears. Do you
want to drink His blood? They come
up closely, so that notwithstanding the
darkness they can glut their revenge
with the contortions of His counte
nance. They examine His feet. They
want to feel for themselves whether
those feet are really spiked. They put
out their hands and touch the spikes
and bring them back wet with blood
and wipe them on their garments.
Women stand there and weep, but can
do no good. It is no place for the tender-hearted
women. It wants a heart
that crime has turned into granite.
The waves of man's hatred and of hell'a
vengeance dash up against the man
gled feet, and the hands of sin and
pain and torture clutch for his holy
heart. Had he not been thoroughly
fastened to the cross they would have
torn Him down and trampled Him
with both feet. How the cavalry
horses arched their necks and champed
thtir bits and reared and sniffed at
the blood! Had a Roman officer called
out for a light, his voice would not
have been heard in the tumult, but
louder than the crash of spears, and
the wailing of womanhood, and the
neighing of the chargers, arrd the bel
lowing of the cruciriers, there, comes
a voice crashing through loud, clear,
overwhelming, terrific. 1 1 is the groan
ing of the dying Son of God! Look,
what a scene! Look, world, at what
you have done!
I lift the covering from the mal
treated Christ to let j-ou count the
wounds and estimate the cost. Oh,
when the nails went through Christ's
right hand that bought your hands, .
with all their power to work and lift
and wwte! When the nails went
through Christ's right foot and
Christ's lefc foot, that bought your
feet, with all their power to walk or
run or climb. When the thorn went in
to Christ's temple, that bought your
brain, with all its power to think and
plan. When the spear cleft Christ's
side, that bought your heart, with all
its power to love and repent and pray.
When the Atlantic cable was lost in
1865, do you remember that the Great
Eastern and the Med way and the Al
bany went out to find it? Thirty time3
they sank the grapnel 2yz miles deep
in water. After awhile they found the
cable and brought it to the surface.
No sooner had it been brought. to the
surface than they lifted a shout of ex
ultation, but the cable slipped back
again into the water and was lost.
Then for two weeks more they swept
the sea with the grappling hooks, and,
at last they found the cable, and they
brought it up in silence.'They fastened
it this time. Then with great excite
ment they took one end of the cable
to the electrician's room to see if there
were really any life in it, and when
they saw a spark and knew that a mes
sage could be sent then every hat was
lifted, and the rockets flew and the
guns sounded, until all the vessels 011
the expedition knew, and the conti
nents were lashed together. Well, my
friends, Sabbath after Sabbath Gospel
messengers have come searching down
for your souls. We have swept the sea
with the grappling hook of Christ's
Gospel. Again and again we have
thought that you were at the surface,
and we began to rejoice over your re
demption, but at the moment of our
gladness you sank back again into the
world and back again into sin. To-day
we come with the Gospel searching for
your soul. We apply the cross of
Christ first to see whether there is any
life left in you, while all around the
people stand, looking to see whether
the work will be done, and the angels
of God bend down and witness, and,
oh, if now we could see only one spark
of love and hope and faith we would
send up a shout that would be heard
on the battlements of Heaven, and two
worlds would keep jubilee because
communication is open between Christ
and the soul, and your nature that has
been sunken in sin has been lifted into
the light and joy of the Gospel.
Hard on the Goat.
"And, shure, they tell me your hoos
band's very litherary?"
"That he is, indade."
"That he devours ivery thing in the
way of a book or a paper that cooms
to the house." -
"Shure, he does."
"And vot in the name of goodnesi
does the poor goat get to ete?"-
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