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VOL. XXXVI-NO. 36.
BOLIVAR, TENNESSEE, FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 1901.
SUBSCRIPTION: 81.00 Per Year
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FOKTV-MNTH VAY.
The bill to reorganize the State hosii ot agri
culture, which passed the senate, and which
was understood to have the support of the pres
ent agricultural department otllcerf. Is meeting
with some oppo;itiou from that direction on the
grouud thai it cuts the salaries of certain of
ficers. Bills on third reading were acted upon as
follows: To require the supreme court to hear
cases appealed oa writs of error, passed ; to re
peal the charter of Gadsden, passed; to provide
for the assessment of damage against concerns
operating plants held to be public nuisances,
passed.
Senate bills on third reading went off as fol
lows: To abolish the charter of Monterey,
parsed; to authorize Gallatin to Issue electric
liflit bonds, passed; to validate charters ac
knowledged before noiaries public or commis
sioners of Tennessee, and contracts of such
corporations, passed; to incorporate LaOrange,
liluff Clt7 and Sweetwater, passed.
In the senate the bill to modify the present
law of libel was called up out of the regular
ordL-r on third reading. The Judiciary com
mittee recommended the bill for rejection. Upon
motion of Mr. Klridge the bill was rereferred to
the judiciary committee in order that the news
paper men of the State might be heard on the
proposed measure.
The report of the joint legislative committee
on need3 cf the Slate library was submitted to
the senate. The report declares that most of
the shelving, furniture, etc., is in an "unsatis
factory condition and not in harmony with the
dignity and standing of the great State of Ten
nessee among the sisterhood ;" that $1,500 be ap
propriated for expenses for the next two years;
that the Cord system of cataloguing be adopted,
and that permissitwrbe given the librarian, In
conjunction with oilier State officers, to remove
each duplicate and other unnecessary rubbish
as now cumbers the library.-
FIFTIETH DAY.
The general assembly started on the last three
vecks of the session today with barely a quorum
in the house and much legislation of importance
awaiting action. The meeting of the quarterly
county courts throughout the State kept some
of the mrmbers at home.
There was a long discussion In the senate over
the house bill preventing the Insurance of chil
dren under U years of age, and although it
passed the house almost unanimously, the senate
rejected it by an overwhelming vote.
Hills on third reading in the senate were dis
posed of as follows: To increase tho pension
rate for total disability from $15 to passed;
to require railroads to keep up crossing signs,
tabled; to prevent the substitution of other
medicines in physicians' prescriptions, passed;
to allow county courts to establish free ferries,
passed; to rcquird incorporated companies to
use the word "incorporated" oa their signs,
tabled; to protect wild turkeys in Weakley,
Montgomery and liobertson counties, passed.
Third reading bills in the house went off -as
follows: To declare a lieu in favor of parties
cutting or threshing wheat, rye, oats, etc.,
failed; to authorize Warreu county to build
turnpikes, passod.
Bills passed the house authorizing Ripley to
lsue bonds, authorizing Shelby county to . bar
row $60,000 from llolton College, placing Harde
man county in tlio Eighth chancery division,
authorizing Union City to borrow money to re
pair schools and preventing hogs running at
large in Hardeman county.
F1FTY-FIKST DAY.
The house settled the fate of the constitu
tional convention bills, the dog law and the
Estes fee bills when it killed each of them in
turn without much discusslou. After a lively
fight. It passed the legislative and congressional
redisricting bill as it came from the senate.
The constitutional convention bill went down
to defeat by a vote of 47 to 44. The vote on the
Fstcs fee bills, which sought to put the clerks
in the four large couniies o:i salary, was 36 for
to 4t against. The redistrictiug bill had a large
majority.
The house passed the senate bills providing
for jury commissions in Shelby aud Davidson
counties.
The senate passed the bill creating the office
of State live stock inspector, to be appointed by
the commissioner of agriculture, at a salary of
$1,500 per annum, ami again refused to pass the
bill giving the State board of health power to
control the matter of quarantines la the coun
ties. A bill was introduced in the house requiring
the regulation of telephone rates by tha rail
road commission.
House bills ou third reading were acted upon
as follows: To repeal the charter of Hunting
don, passed; to make three wires a lawful fence,
rejected; to prevent the shipping of quail, dead
or alive, in the State, passed; to authorize the
Memphis board of education to issua bonds for
school purposes, passod; to authorize Gallatin
to issue waterworks bonds, passed; to require
tamping oa life policies of facts as to condi
tions and to prevent misrepresentations, passed.
Senate bills on third reading were thus dis
posed of: To prevent chancellors from borrow
ing money from oflice of clerk and master, re
jected; to iucorporate Dyer, passed; to Incor
poraie Petersburg, passeJ ; to incorporate Halls,
passed; to fix the reward for taking up floating
lumber and limber, passed.
FIFTY-SECOND DAY.
The only feature of Importance in today's ses
fcion of the legislature was the overwhelming
J-feat of a bill in the senate to make the Jarvis
law inoperative in coun:ie of 30,003 and less.
Uotii houses agreed to the conference report
n the appropriation bill, and tho act now goes
to the governor for his signature.
The Tillman bill, applying the election laws
to all primary elections and prohibiting betting
on primary elections, was rereferred, consider
able opposition developing.
The bill creating the oftlee of State entomolo
gist gave way to the house bill on the same sub
ject, after being amended so as to take the con
trol of the entomologist from the University of
Tennessee and placing him under the bureau of
agriculture.
FIFTY-THIKD DAY.
The Warfield road law passed the senate by a
vote ot -7 to 3, but as the house has passed a
different bill, road legislatiun is In a compli
cated condition, and there is more than an even
chance that neither of the bills will get to the
governor because of the close proximity of the
end of the session.
The bouse devoted the greater part of its two
sessions to the revenue bill, many amendments
being offered to the bill as it came from the
senate. Quite a number of changes were made,
and it is certain the bill will have to go to con
ference committees jo the end.
The senate rejected the bill to repeal the
charter of Bellbuckle, although the people voted
niariy two to one for such repeal.
The governor sent in a message vetoing the
bill providing for the continuance or the Second
Circuit Court of Davidson couuty.V'
Illegal Use of Mails.
D. C Snoddy was arrested at McTCen
tie a few days-agoharged with using
the mails for illegal purposes. Saoidy,
Jt is charged, had been sending out cir
culars proposing- to sell counterfeit Con
federate money, claiming that it could
not be detected from the genuine. The
secret manner in which this attempt to
lloat the Confederate currency was
made caused the officials to take action.
A decoy letter was sent to the address
given in his circulars, the inspectors
following it up and making the arrest
vpou its delivery,
STATE NEWS.
Governor Opposes the BtlL
Hon. It. W. Austin, United States
marshal, who has been in Nashville
working for the passage of the bill to
cede mountain lands of East Tennessee
for the purpose of the National Appa
lachian Park, states that Gov. McMillin
is opposing the bill and will veto it if it
passes. The bill has passed the lower
house and Mr. Austin believes it will
pass the upper house, but with the gov
ernor's influence against it he fears the
measure will be defeated. The bill
proposes ceding many thousand acres
of mountain lands of East Tennessee
counties for a national park. The
greater part of the proposed national
park, which will contain about 2,000,-
000 acres, lies in North Carolina.
A Woman Contractor.
The new railroad now in process of
construction from Monterey to the
Laurel coal mines in the southeastern
part of Overton county, enjoys the
unique distinction of having among its
employes what probably no other rail
road in the United States can boast of
a woman contractor. She has just
been employed to build one mile of
grade, two and one-half miles from the
mines, and personally oversees the men
at work herself, both on the fills and in
the cuts.
Big Timber Land Deal.
Capitalists of Philadelphia, Clearfield
and Williamsport, Pa., have closed
deals for 50,000 acres of mountain tim
ber lands situated in Blount county,
along the headwaters of Little river.
The purpose is to begin the develop
ment of this property by the construc
tion of a branch railroad thirteen miles
in length, and when this, is completed
to erect sawmills and woodworking
plants in Miller's and Tuckaleecho
coves.
Remains of Gen. Stralil.
The gallant Confederate general,
Otho F. Strahl of Dyersburg, was killed
at the desperate battle of Franklin
thirtj'-seven years ago, and his remains
were interred at Columbia. Dawson
Bivouac of Dyersburg ordered that his
remains be brought to Dyersburg for
reinterment, and this was done last
week, Comrades John McGinnis and
Dave Shaw being sent to escort the re
mains home.
Fine Berries and Vegetables.
Reports from the berry and fruit sec
tions of Weakley county say that indi
cations are good for an unusually large
crop. Growers in the southern part of
the county are putting in a large acre
age of tomatoes this year, and the box
factory at Greenfield is running day
and night, preparing for the shipping
seasons.
Aid for Old Confederates.
No old Confederate in Obion county
need miss the reunion in Memphis in
May on account of financial inability to
attend, as the Daughters of the Con
federacy, which has a membership of
sixty-eight, will see that they are pro
vided with transportation and whatever
else is needed.
Bobbing- School Houses.
What is evidently an organizod band
of thieves made a raid on a number of
school houses in Memphis a few nights
ago and stole a lot of bells, books,
clocks and various articles of furniture.
Tulp Plant Started.
The pulp plant of the Columbian Pa
per Company, at Bristol, erected at a
cost of f 00,000, began operati&ns last
week and produced its first pulp.
Mandamus for Ilia Money.
Winston G. Evans of Bedford county
has petitioned for a writ of mandamus
to compel the State funding board to
issue him certificates of redemption of
two notes issued by the Bank of Ten
nessee for S500 each. He alleges the
State is refusing to pay these notes,
which have been declared genuine by
the State's expert.
Conference Called Off.
The convention which was called to
convene at Springfield on May 29 and
30, for the purpose of a conference of
the representative citizens of the State
in regard to "good roads and high
grade schools in rural districts," will
not be held on those days on account of
the Confederate reunion which will be
held in Memphis on those dates.
East Tennessee Patriots.
The report of army recruits secured
during February shows that East Ten
nessee furnished more recruits than
any other section except New York
city. The Knoxville oflice, with sub
stations, enlisted 112, New York 143
and Cincinnati 75. All other stations
were less than 75.
Reward for Mob Members.
Gov. McMillin has offered a reward
of $500 for the arrest and conviction of
the murderers of Sallie CrutchfielJ,
colored, the Smith county woman who
was murdered by a mob on March 15th.
The reward is f 500 for all the guilty
parties or $150 for each one arrested
and convicted.
Forrest Monument.
N. B. Forrest Camp, Confederate Vet
erans, of Chattanooga, has appropriated
$ 100 to the bronze statue of Gen. For
rest to be erected at Memphis.
Killed a Catamount.
Another catamount was killed a few
days ago near Clayton, in the western
part of Obion county, which makes
three animals of this species that have
been killed there lately. Prof. John
Bond who was on his way to his school,
saw the animal, which some dogs were
after, and, returning home, secured hit
gun and UiUo4 it.
OTHERWISE UNNOTICED. I
There is a supposed case of bubon
ic plague at the Michigan university
at Ann Arbor.
The new York police say that Adam
Worth stole the Gainsborough pic
ture, but that it couldn't be proved
on him.
The new Masonic temple in Lincoln,
111., was dedicated Sunday afternoon
with special Easter services.
Rev. R. B. Foster, ne of the lead
ing Congregational ministers of Ok
lahoma territory, died at Okarche,
aged 70.
After a trial lasting a week. Bent
Gore, charged with the murder of
John Scarlett, in September, 1890, was
acquitted at Vienna, 111.
Maj. W. S. Frierson, CO years old.
a staff officer of Gen. Forrest in the
confederate army, died at Knoxville,
Tenn.
James G. Greer, for more than for
ty vears a resident and business man
of St. Louis, died early Sunday morn
ing at his home.
The duke of Westminster is going
to retire from the army. He has had
enough of military life.
Augustus Bryan, one of the pioneer
mining operators of the far west, is
dead at his home in Chicago. He was
78 years old.
Dr. Sylvanus C. Griswold, one of the
pioneers" of Franklin county, Mo.,
and a prominent physician of New
Haven, died Sunday.
If the postmaster general approves
the idea, St. Louis letters carriers
will wear shirt waists through the
hot months this summer.
"It is definitely ascertained," says
a dispatch to the London Times from
Kroonstadt, dated Saturday, "that
Gen. De Wet and Gen. Botha met at
Vreda."
The bay colt, full brother to Lieut.
Gibson, the foaling of which, last
week, killed the famous dam Sophy
Hardee, died of lockjaw.
The Old People's home of the Chris
tian church, recently removed from
St. Louis to Jacksonville, 111., was ded
icated Sunday afternoon.
Few of the general officers of the
United States army are West Foint
graduates. This is taken as proof that
the volunteer officer is the equal of
the regular.
Rev. Stephen S. Myrick, of Rich
mond, Ind., has been elected to the
chair of mathematics in the Anglo
Chinese school at Singapore, and will
sail on April 17.
The German kaiser has made an
other remarkable address, declaring
that "times are coming which will try
our metal," and appealing to the army
to remain loyal.
A gambling trust as fashionabe Sar
atoga is said to be the object aimed
at in a bill which is being rushed
through the New York legislature.
A company is being formed near
Corsicana, Tex., to manufacture a
cheap, patented compressed fuel that,
it is estimated, will cost not more
than $1.50 a ton.
Workmen making an excavation in
New York came across what is be
lieved to be the remains of the old
wall of Fort Amsterdam, built in the
seventeenth century.
George Smith, organizer and pub
lisher of the Dictionary of National
Biography, and head of the firm of
Smith fc Elder, is dead in London.
The United States armored cruiser
New York, flagship of Rear-Admiral
Rodgers, senior squadron commander
of the Asiatic station, sailed from Al
giers. Sunday evening, on her way to
Manila.
BY ORDER OF THE PRESIDENT.
Former Soldiers and Sailors to" Par
ticipate in the Logan Monu
ment Unveiling' Exercises.
Washington, April 8. The president
lias issued the following executive or
der:
"Jt is hereby ordered that upon
T.tesday, the Oih inst.. such cnployes
-f the executive departments, ihe gov
ernment printing office and the navy
yard and station, as served in the
military or nav.il service of 1he Unit
ed States in the late civil war or the
f panish-Ameriran war, shall be ex
cused irom duty at one o'clock p. m.
for the remainder of that day, to en
able them to participate in the e.v-
ercises of the unveiling of the statue
rected to the memory of the late
Gen. John A. Togan."
AGNEW HAS THE PICTURE.
Arrival of C. Morland Agrnew In Kn-
Eland with the Recovered
Galonborongh Picture.
Liverpool, April 8. C. Morland Ag-
new, upon his arrival here on the
steamer Etruria, admitted that he
had the Gainsborough portrait of the
duchess of Devonshire.
Mr. Agnew himself carried the pic
ture ashore, but beyond admitting
that it was the famous missing Gains
borough, he declined to furnish any
details regarding its recovery.
Before proceeding to London Mr.
Agnew wired his son in that city ask
ing the later to meet him as Euston
railroad station with two clerks from
the office and a detective.
On his arrival in London Mr. Agnew
handed over the picture to the clerks
and detective, who deposited it in a
safe in the office.
Liverpool Grain. Imports.
Liverpool, April 8. The imports of
grain last week (incomplete) were as
follows: From Atlantic ports, 57,000
quarters; Pacific ports, 6,000; other
ports, 14,000 quarters. The imports
of corn from Atlantic ports last week
(incomplete) were 41,000 quarters.
Injunction Dissolved.
Kingston, Jamaica, April 8. Pri
vate advices received herefrom Pana
ma say smallpox is prevalent there.
mi m .
Attitude of the State Department In
Relation to the Status of
Affairs in China.
MINISTER WU IS EVIDENTLY WORRIED.
The Apparent Contradictory Nature
of Different Dispatches in Rela
tilon to Russia and China Has m
Tendency- to Keep the Diplomatic
Officials Guesslna".
Washington, April 8. The Chinese
minister was an early caller at the
t-tate department to seek information
as to the report, based on advices to
the state department, that there had
been an interruption of the diplo
matic intercourse between Russia and
China. Mr. Wu had not been advised
of any such development, and the in
formation before the state depart
ment was so contradictory that it did
not permit any clear explanation of
the real Etate of afTairs.
A Donbt Arises.
The doubt arises from the fact that
Mr. Rockhill's latest dispatch docs
not mention any such disarrangement
and the officials feel bound to accept
this as pretty strong evidence that
prior intimations of discord have not
taken actual form. Yet the dispatch
received from Mr. Squires, the Ameri
can charge d'affaires, in the absence
of Minister Conger, appear to have
been quite explicit that the difficulty
already, had made itself manifest. It
is thought possible at the state de
partment that the circumstances to
which Mr. Squires refers occurred
prior to the receipt in Pekin of the
last Russian note, and that the trou
ble may have been adjusted subse
quently. An Attitude of Expectancy.
The state department maintains an
attitude of doubt and expectancy,
and is not yet prepared to admit that
there has been an interruption of in
tercourse between the two countries,
either limited or complete.
Aside from the telegraphic advices
there are some attending circum
stances which indicate that at least
sme strain or partial hiicmiTticn of
intercourse has occurred. The fact
developed in Washington, about a
week ago, that Russia had delivered
to China what amounted to an ulti
matum on the signing of the Man
churian agreement. This followed
the usual course of untimatums and
fixed a definite limit of days within
which China could act. It also con
veyed the citar intimation that un
favorable action by China would lead
to a severance of diplomatic relations
between the two countries.
The Limit Has Expired.
The limit of time fixed is believed
to have been one week and to have
expired last Wednesday. China did
not sign within the time limit and the
next day, Thursday, Russia addressed
her note to the powers which has
been accepted as removing the pres
sure over the Manchurian agreement.
This at first seemed to be a waiver of
her prior intimation of an interrup
tion of diplomatic intercourse, and
yet there was no such explicit waiver,
and the latest advices from Pekin re
porting that an interruption has now
actually occurred, seem to be directly
in line with the threat previously con
veyed. In case there proves to be an inter
ruption of the relations between Rus
sia and China, it is not expected to
disarrange the negotiations between
the powers and China or between
Russia and the powers. It probably
would be confined to a termination
of the close ententelong maintained
between Russia and China.
A Job Well Done.
Washington, April 8. The gigantic
task of recovering to the government
the money owing to it by the various
Pacific railroads will soon be complet
ed. Up to date 5126,000,000 has been
deposited in the treasury ,and the sale
of the government's lien on the Sioux
City & Facile railroad, soon to be
made, will complete the task.
Filipinos in the Navy.
Washington, April 8. Instructions
have been cabled by Secretary Long
to Rear-Admiral Remey, commander
of the Asiatic station, authorizing
him to enlist 500 natives in the Philip
pines for service on board the former
Spanish gunboats and other small ves
sels which, are to be maintained ex
clusively in the Philippnies.
Bnrucd to Death.
Ava, Minn., April 8. Miss Maggie
Riggers, a milliner, while preparing
her Easter toilet, was burned to
death. In some manner her hair
caught fire, and in her endeavor to
extinguish it the inflammable mil
linery stock, and the building and its
contents were destroyed.
Missing; Mining; Brokers.
Colorado Springs, Col., April 8.
Augustus B. Moulder and George B.
Cheesman, composing the well,-known
and hitherto large brokerage com
pany, the Molder-Cheesman company,
are reported missing. Heavy defalca
tions are alleged.
School for Petty Officers.
New York, April 8. To further In
crease the efficiency of enlisted men
of the navy, Secretary Long has di
rected the establishment of a school
for petty officers in Newport, R. I.
Chinese Arrested.
Malone, X. Y., April 8. Twenty
nine Chinese were arrested on the Ca
nadian line north, of Malone, while
trying to make their way into the
United States.
AN EASTER SERMON.
Dr. Talmage Delivers a Timely Dis
course on the Risen Savior.
A Prophecy on Ow.r Own Resurrection
As Christ Ilns Risen So Will
His People Rise The Im
mortal Body.
ICopyright, 1901, by Louis Klopsch. N. Y.l
Washington,
Washington,. April 7. The great
Christian festival celebrated in all the
churches is the theme of Dr. Talmage' s
discourse; I. Corinthians, 15:20: "Now
is Christ risen from the dead and be
come the first fruits of them that
slept."
On this glorious Easter morningi
amid the music and the flowers, I give
you Christian salutation. This morn
ing, Russian meeting Russian on the
streets of St. Petersburg, hanls hkn
with the salutation: "Christ is risen!"
and is answered by his friend in salu
tation: "He is risen indeed!" In some
parts of England and Ireland to this
very day there is the superstition that
on Easter morning the sun dances in
the heavens. And well may we forgive
such a superstition, which illustrates
the fact that the natural world seems
to sympathize with the spirit ual.
Hail, Easter morning! Flowers!
Flowers! All of them a-voice, all of
them a-tongue, all of them full of
speech to-day. I bend over one of the
lilies, and I hear it say: "Consider the)
lilies of the valley, how they grow;
they toil not, neither do thej' spin, j et
Solomon in all his glory was not ar
rayed like one of these." I bend over
a rose, and it seems to whisper: "I
am the rose of Sharon." And then 1
stand and listen. From all sides there
comes the chorus of flowers, saying:
"If God so clothed the grass of the field
which to-day is and to-morrow is cast
into the oven, shall He not much more
clothe you, O ye of little faith?"
Flowers! Flowers! Braid them into
the bride's hair. Flowers! Flowers!
Strew them over the graves of the
dead, sweet prophecy of the resurrec
tion. Flowers! Flcrtvers! Twist them
Into a garland for my Lord Jesus on
Easter morning, and "Glory be to the
Father, and to the Son, and to the
Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning,
is now and ever shall be." The women
came to the Saviour's tomb, and they
dropped spices all around the tomb,
and those spices were the seed that
began to grow, and from them came
all the flowers of this Easter morn.
The two angels robed in white took
hold of the stone at the Saviour's tomb,
and they hurled it with such force
down the hill that it crushed in the
door of the world's sepulcher, and the
stark and the dead must come forth.
I care not how labyrinthine the mau
soleum or how costly the sarcophagus
or however beautifully parterred the
family grounds, we want them all
broken up by the Lord of the resur
rection. They must come out.- Fa
ther and mother they must come out.
Husband and wife the3r must come
out. Brother and sister they must
come out. Our darling children they
must come out. The eyes that we
closed with such trembling fingers
must open again in the radiance of
that morn. The arms we folded in dust
roust join ours in an embrace of re
union. The voice that was hushed in
our dwelling must be returned. Oh,
how long some of you seem to be wait
ing for the resurrection! And for
the se broken hearts to-day I make a
soft, cool bandage out of Easter
flowers.
This morning I find in the risen
Christ a prophecy of our own resur
rection, my text setting forth the idea
that as Christ has risen so His people
will rise. He, the first sheaf of the
resurrection harvest. He, "the first
fruits of them that slept." Before I
get through this morning I will walk
through all the cemeteries of the
dead, through all the country grave
yards, where your loved ones are
buried, and I will pluck off these flow
ers, and I will drop a sweet promise
of the Gospel a rose of hope, a lily
of joy on every tomb the child's
tomb, the husband's tomb, the wife's
tomb, the father's grave, the mother's
grave. And while we celebrate the res
urrection of Christ we will at the same
time celebrate the resurrection of all
the good. "Christ, the first fruits of
them that slept."
If I should come to you and ask you
for the names of the great conquerors
of the world, you would say Alexander,
Caesar, Philip, Napoleon I. Ah, j-ou
have forgotten to mention the name
of a greater conqueror than all these
a cruel, a ghastly conqueror. He
rode on a black horse across Waterloo
and Chalons and Atlanta, the bloody
hoofs crushing the hearts of nations.
It is the conqueror Death. He carries
n black flag, and he takes no prisoners.
He digs a trench across the hem
ispheres and fills it with the carcasses
of nations. Fifty times would the
world have been depopulated had not
God kept making new generations.
Fifty times the world would have
swung lifeless through the air no man
on the mountain, no man on the sea,
an abandoned ship plowing through
immensity. Again and again has he
done this work with all generations.
He is a monarch as well as a con
queror; his palace a sepulcher; his
fountains the falling tears of a world.
Blessed be God! In the light of this
Easter morning I see. the prophecy
that his scepter shall be broken and
his palace shall be demolished. The
hour is coming when all who are in
their graves shall come forth. Christ
risen, we shall rise. Jesus, "the first
fruits of them that slept."
Now, around this doctrine of the res
urrection there are a great many mys
teries. You come to me and say: "If
the bodies of the dead are to be raised,
how is this and how is that?" And you
Uk e a thousand questions I am in
competent to answ?r. But there are a
great many things you believe that you
are not able to explain. You would be
a very foolish man to say: "I won't
believe anything I can't understand."
Why, putting down one kind of flower
seed, comes there up this flower of this
color? Whj-, putting down another
flower seed, comes there up a flower
of this color? One flower white, an
other flower yellow, another flower
crimson. Why the difference when the
seeds look to be very much alike are
very much alike? Explain these things.
Explain that wart on the finger. Ex
plain the difference why the oak leaf
is different from the leaf of the hick
orj Tell me how the Lord Almighty
can turn the chariot of His omnipo
tence on a rose leaf. You ask me ques
tions about the resurrection I cannot
answer. I will ask you a thousand
questions about everyday life you can
not answer.
I find my strength in this passage:
"All who are in their graves shall
come forth." I do not pretend to
make the explanation. You go on
and say: "Suppose a returned mis
sionary dies in this city. When he
was in China, his foot was ampu
tated; he lived years after in Eng
land, and there he had an arm ampu
tated; he is buried to-day in yonder
cemetery. In the resurrection will
the foot come from China, will the
arm come from England, and will the
different parts of the body be re
constructed in the resurrection? How
is that possible?"
You have noticed. I suppose, in
reading the story of the resurrection
that almost every account of the
Bible gives the idea that the charac
teristic of that day will be. a great
sound. I do not know that it will be
very loud, but I know it will be very
penetrating. In the mausoleum
where silence has reigned a thousand
years that voice must penetrate. In
the coral cave of the deep that voice
must penetrate. Millions cf spirits
wift come through the gates of
eternity, and they will come to the
tombs of the earth, and they will
cry: "Give us back our bodies; we
gave them to you in corruption; sur
render them now in incorruption."
Hundreds of spirits hovering about
the fields of Gettysburg, for there
the bodies are buried. A hundred
thousand spirits coming to Green
wood, for there the bodies are buried,
waiting for the reunion of body and
soul.
All along the sea route from New
York to Liverpool, at every few miles
where a steamer went down, depart
ed spirits coming back, hovering over
the wave. There is where the City
of Boston perished. Found at last.
There is where the President per
ished. Steamer found at last. There
is where the Central America went
down. Spirits hovering, hundreds of
spirits hovering, waiting for the re
union of body and soul. Out on the
prairie a spirit alights. There is
where a traveler died in -the snow.
Crash goes Westminster abbey, and
the poets and the orators come
forth; wonderful mingling of good
and bad. Crash go the pyramids of
Egypt, and the monarchs come forth.
Who can sketch the scene? I sup
pose that one moment before that
general rising there will be an entire
silence, save as you hear the grinding
of a wheel or the clatter of the hoofs
of a procession passing into the cem
etery. Silence in all the caves of the
earth. Silence on the side of the
mountain. Silence down in the val
leys and far out into the sea. Silence.
But in a moment, in the twinkling of
an eye, as the archangel's trumpet
comes pealing, rolling, crashing,
across the mountain and sea, the
earth will give one terrific shudder,
and the graves of the dead will heave
like the waves of the sea, and Ostend,
Sevastopol and Chalons will stalk
forth in the lurid air, and the
drowned will come up and wring out
their wet locks above the billows, and
all the land and all the sea become
one moving mass of life all faces,
all ages, all conditions, gazing in one
direction and upon one throne the
throne of resurrection. "All who are
in their graves shall come forth."
"But," you say, "if this doctrine of
the resurrection is true, as prefigured
by this Easter morning, can you tell
us something about the resurrected
body?" I can. There are mysteries
about that, but I shall tell j-ou three
or four things in regard to the res
urrected body that are beyond guess
ing and beyond mistake.
In the first place, I remark in re
gard to j-oiir resurrected body, it will
be a glorious body. The body we
have now is a mere skeleton of what
it would have been if sin had not
marred and defaced it. Take tb,?
most exquisite statue that was ever
made by an artist and chip it here
and chip it there with a chisel, and
batter and bruise it here and there
and then stand it out in the storms
of a hundred years, and the beauty
would be gone. Well, the human
body has been chipped and battered
and bruised and damaged with "the
storms of thousands of years the
physical defects of other generations
coming down from generation to gen
eration, we inheriting the infelicities
of past generations. But in the morn
ing of the resurrection the body will
be adorned and beautified according
to the original model. And there is
no such difference between a gymnast
and an emaciated wretch in a laz
aretto as there will be a difference
between our bodies as thej' are now
and our resurrected forms. There
you will see the perfect eye after the
waters of death have washed out the
stains of tears and study. There you
will see the perfect hand after the
knots of toil have been untied from
the knuckles. There you will see the
form erect and elastic after the bur
dens have gone off the shoulder the
very life of God in the body. In this
world the most impressive thing, the
most expressive thing, is the human)
face, but that face is veiled with tho
griefs of a thousand years. But in,
the resurrection morn that veil will
be taken away from the face, and the.
noonday sun is dull and dim and
stupid compared with the outflaming
glories of the countenances of tho
saved. When those faces of the
righteous, those resurrected . faces,
turn toward the gate or look up to
ward the throne, it will be like the
dawning of a new morning on tho
bosom of everlasting day. O glorious,
resurrected body!
But I remark, also, in regard to that
body which you are to get in the resur
rection, it will be an important body.
These bodies are wasting away. Some
body has said that as soon as we begin,
to live we begin to die. Unless we keep
putting the fuel into the furnace tho
furnace dies out. The blood vessels
are canals taking the breadstuffs to
all parts of the system. We must bo
reconstructed hour by hour, day by
day. Sickness and death are all th
time trying to get their pry under the
tenement or to push us off the embank
ment of the grave. But, blessed be
God, in the resurrection we will get a.
bodjr immortal. No malaria in the air,
no cough, no neuralgic twinge, no
rheumatic pang, no fluttering of the
heart, no shortness of breath, no am
bulance, no dispensary, no hospital,
no invalid's chair, no spectacles to im
prove the dim vision, but health, im
mortal health! O ye who have aches
and pains indescribable this morning,
ye who are never well, ye who are
lacerated with physical distress, let
me tell you of the resurrected body,
free from all disease. Immortal! Im
mortal! I go further and say in regard to
that body which you are to get in the
resurrection.it will be a vigorous body.
We walk now eight or ten miles, and
we are fatigued; we lift a few hundred
pounds, and we are exhausted; un
armed, we meet a wild beast, and we
must run or flee or climb or dodge be
cause we are incompetent to meet it;
we toil eight or ten hours energentical
ly, and then we are weary. But in tho
resurrection we are to have a body
that never gets tired. Is it not a glori
ous thought?
Plenty of occupation in Heaven. I
suppose Broadway, New York, in tho
busiest season of the year at noonday
is not so busy as Heaven is all the
time. Grand projects of mercy for
other worlds. Victories to be cele
brated. The downfall of despotism on
earth to be announced. Great songs to
be learned and sung. Great expedi
tions on which God shall send forth.
His children. Plenty to do, but no
fatigue. If you are seated under the
trees of life, it will not be to rest, but
to talk over with some old comrade old'
times the battles where you fought
shoulder to shoulder.
Sometimes in this world we feel we
would like to have suehi a body as that.
There is somuch work to be done for
Christ, there are so many tears to bo
wiped away, there are so many bur
dens to life, there is so much to be
achieved for Christ, we sometimes
wish that from the first of January to
the last of December we could toil on
without stopping to sleep or to take
any recreation or to rest or even to
take food that we could toil right on
without stopping a moment in our
work of commending Christ and
Heaven to all the people. But we all
get tired. It is a characteristic of the
human body in this condition; we must
get tired. Is it not a glorious thought
that we are going to have a body that
will never grow weary? O glorious
resurrection day! Gladly will I fling
aside this poor body of sin and fling
it into the tomb if at thy bidding I
shall have a body that never wearies.
That is a splendid resurrection hymn
that we have all sung:
So Jesus slept. God's dying Son
Passed through the grave and blessed the
bed.
Rest here, blest saint, till from His throne
The morning breaks to pierce the shade.
0 blessed resurrection! Speak out,
sweet flowers, beautiful flowers!
While you tell of a risen Christ tell ot
the righteous who shall rise. May God
fill you this morning with anticipa
tion! 1 heard of a father and son who
among others were shipwrecked at
sea. The father and the son climbed
into the rigging. The father held on,
but the son after awhile lost his hold
on the rigging and was dashed down.
The father supposed he had gone hope
lessly under the wave. The next day
the father was brought ashore from
the rigging in an exhausted state and
laid on a bed in a fisherman's hut, and
after many hours had passed he came
to consciousness and saw lying beside
him on the same bed his boy. Oh, my
friends, what a glorious thing it will
be if we wake up at last to find our
loved ones beside us, coming up from
the same plot in the graveyard, coming
up in the same morning light the fa
ther and son alive forever, all the loved
ones alive forever, never more to weep,
never more to part, never more to die.
May the God of peace that brought
again from the dead our Lord Jesus,
that great Shepherd of the sheep,
through the blood of the everlasting
covenant make you perfect in every
good work, to do His will, and let the
associations of this morning transport
our thoughts to the grander assem
blage before the throne. The one hun
dred and forty and four thousand and
the "great multitude that no man can
number," some of our best friends
among them, we after awhile to join
the multitude. Glorious anticipation!
Blest are the saints beloved of God:
Washed are their robes in Jesus' blood.
Brighter than angels, lo, they shine.
Their wonders splendid and sublime.
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My soul anticipates the day.
Would stretch her wings and soar away
To aid the song, the palm to bear.
And bow, the chief of sinners, there.
Work on the first factory for the
manufacture of American shoes in
Mexico began last month. Mexican
leather vjJl he used,
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