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VOL. XXXVI-NO. 40.
BOLIVAR, TENNESSEE, FRIDAY, MAY 10, 1901.
SUBSCRIPTION: $1.00 Per Year
A WEEK'S RECORD
All the News of the Past Seven
IIOME AND FOREIGN ITEMS
News of the Industrial Field, Persona
and Political Items, Happenings
at Home and Abroad.
HIE NEWS FROM ALL THE WORLD
Fire destroyed the department store
of George K. Lorsch & Brother in Pitts
burgh, the loss being $225,000, and one
life was lost.
The Blaine County bank at Watonga,
Okla., was robbed of $1,800.
Fire consumed the car stables and
200 cars of the Brooklyn (N. Y.) Rapid
Transit company, the loss being
His Eminence captured the twenty
seventh Kentucky Derby at Louisville
Forest fires are doing-great damage
in the vicinity of Chippewa Falls, Wis.
Five miners were killed and seven
others seriously injured by an explo
sion at Anderson, I. T.
William Rosenfeld, of St. Paul, is
believed to have murdered his foui
children and committed suicide.
The Chinese indemnity loan will be
floated in America. .
The steamer City of Berlin got
through the ice in the St. Clair river
and navigation is considered practi
A waterfall 300 feet high has teen
discovered in Box Canyon, Yellow
Seventy-five thousand dollars has
been offered for a seat on the New
York stock exchange, establishing a
Frank O'Neill has been appointed
chief of police of Chicago.
The United States supreme court
says a "call," used in stock exchange
trading, is an agreement to sell, and
subject to taxation under the war
The business portion of Wautoma,
Wis., was totally destroyed by fire.
Bobbers dynamited the Excello (O.)
post office safe, securing $300.
Cubans have been assured by the
president that annexation will not
be considered unless rejection of the
riatt resolution makes a new policy
Mrs. Arthur Frieberg, wife of a
medical student, committed suicide
at St. Louis after poisoning her five-year-old
The census bureau has fixed the cen
ter of population six miles east of Co
lumbus. Tnd. Only a slight change
during the last decade.
Prof. Ilerron's name has been strick
en from the roll of the Grinnell (la.)
Philip Baumgartner, of Sagole, Wis.,
was swindled out of the. savings oi
years in Chicago by his prospective
wi f e.
Dr. J. Gartrell, aged 70, of Kansat
City, confessed killing and robbing1 D.
B. Donegan, a Colorado miner.
The ste?mer American cleared from
New Orleans for Cape Town with 80C
horses and 300 mules.
The national congress of mothers
w ill meet in Columbus, O., May 21 to 24.
Three bodies, two of men and one oi
a woman, were found floating in the
river at Toledo, O. All were suicides.
Six firemen were burt, one fatally,
In a fire in Chicago.
A report of the census bureau
ehows that the growth of north At
lantic states has within ten years
greatly affected the former western
trend of population.
Kidnapers of Edward Cudahy in
Omaha offered to return $21,000 oi
the ransom if prosecution is dropped
and the reward withdrawn. The of
fer was rejected.
Thieves at Springville, Mich., robbed
Mrs. Ruth Ayres of $8,000 in golu and
The admission of a citizen of San
Juan to the bar of the suprei e court
Is looked upon as a possible indica
tion as to the status of Porto Rieans.
A bill passed by the Colorado legisla
ture restoring capital punishment hat
become a law.
Jay and Joy Hubbard, twin boys,
were burned to death at Hawarden, la.
A treasury officer sailed to represent
the United States for the first time
at the annual congress of European
It is said that the Union Pacific road
has been acquired by W. K. Vander
bilt. Vice President Roosevelt was the
guest of honor and the principal
speaker at the twelfth annual ban
quet of the Home Market club of Bos
ton. The twelfth annual congress and
triennial conclave of the Sons of the
American Revolution opened at Pitts
Labor and capital were at peace
May day in Chicago for the first time
in the history of labor organizations.
Fire wiped out the Tillage of Ken
Admiral Dewey was given a dinner
In Washington by officers who took
part in the battle of Manila bay.
Dun's review of trade notes brisk
James Callahan was acquitted at
Omaha of complicity in the Cudahy
kidnaping The jurors were given a bit
ter scoring from the bench.
The longest transmission of electri
cal power in the world was tested at
Oakland, Cal., where street cars were
successfully run with a current gen
crated 140 miles distant.
More than $100,000,000 has been
taken out of the Cripple Creek (Col.)
gold mines sine 1SS9. j
Gov. Dietrich, of Nebraska, has re
signed to enter upon the duties of
senator. Lieut. Gov. Savage succeeds
Edwin H. Conger, United States
minister to Peking, China, reached his
home in Des Moines, la.
Four Winnebago Indians who served
in the civil war have applied for mem
bership in a G. A. K. post at Sioux
President McKinley reached New
Orleans, where he was welcomed by
the governor, the full delegation of
the state in congress and city officials.
Mrs. Mary G. Eddy, of Chicago,
mother of Christian Science, says her
followers are fast increasing- in num
bers. Quarantine against the City of Mex
ico has been established by United
States officials because of many cases
of tj-phus fever.
The g-ates of the Pan-American ex
position at Buffalo, N. Y., were thrown
open to the public.
During April the total government
receipts were $47,767,851 and the dis
bursements $41,968,245, leaving- a sur
plus for the month of $5,799,606.
Members of the commission from
the Cuban constitutional convention
sailed from New York for Havana.
President McKinley and party
passed a day in inspecting New Or
leans, and left in the evening for Hous
The Grinnell (la.) Congregational
church voted to call a council of
churches to try Prof. Herron for con
duct unbecoming- a minister.
As a result of a conference at In
dianapolis it was decided to close all
glass factories May 11 and give em
ployes an advance of 15 per cent, in
Capt. McCalla will succeed Capt. Fol
ger in command of the new battleship
Ambassador von Hdlleben has asked
Secretary Hay for an explanation of
recent American newspaper attacks
The Oshkosh (Wis.) high school
building was burned, the loss being
A seat on the New York stock ex
change sold for $70,000, breaking all
Forest fires were doing immense
damage between Somerfield and Addi
The public debt statement issued
on the 2d shows that the debt de
creased $4,397,653 during the month
of April. The cash balance in the
treasury was $306,494,208. The total
debt, less the cash in the treasury,
amounts to $1,072,745,256.
The annual report of the Michigan
Central railroad shows an increase oi
$1,226,000 in earnings.
A towboat sunk 13 barges of Pitts
burgh coal in collision with a pier of
the Henderson (Ky.) bridge.
Three negroes supposed to have
been implicated in the murder of
Sheriff Edwards were shot near Sel
ma, Ala., by unknown parties.
A resolution for a constitutional
convention was lost in the Illinois
In vetoing a bn. taxing dogs Gov.
La Follette cited failure to increase
taxation of corporations and scored
the Wisconsin legislature.
A lightning- bolt struck the Ozark
apartment building- in Chicago and in
jured 22 persons.
PERSONAL, ANTJ POLITICAL.
David B. Hill declares he is not a
candidate for the democratic presi
dential nomination in 1904.
Van B. Triplet, who swindled people
out of a million dollars by different
kinds of confidence games, died in
West Baden, Ind.
Congressman Rosseau E. Crump,
aged 58 years, representative from the
Tenth congressional district, died at
his home in West Bay City, Mich.
William H. Elliott, Michigan mem
ber of the republican national commit
tee, died at his home in Detroit, aged
Mrs. Mary Sankey, mother of Ira D.
Sankey, the famous evang-elist and
inger, died at her home in Newcastle,
Pa., aged 90 years.
Ohio republicans will hold their state
convention in Columbus June 24
Darrells island in the Bermudas has
been leased by the British for a Boer
A mass meeting- at Matanzas, Cuba,
declared for the Piatt amendment.
The amnesty period in the Philip
pines may be extended to July 1. Gen.
Alijandrino, one of the strongest Fili
pino leaders, surrendered at Arayat.
J. Pierpont Morgan's company has
secured control of the Leyland Steam
ship company of London, which has
property worth $75,000,000.
In a fire at the artillery camp at
St. Jean, France, eight artillerymen
were burned to death.
Six hundred persons were arrested
in Russian Poland, suspected of being
implicated in an anarchist plot.
The new $150,000 pier at San Juan,
Porto Rico, was totally destroyed by
Nine robbers were beheaded in Pe
king. Cablegrams announce the surrender
of all but one o- the-important Fili
pino leaders, practically ending-armed
opposition to the United States in the
Victoria day, May 24, has been made
a permanent holiday in Canada.
Gen. George W. Davis will succeed
Gen. Ludlow at Manila, whose illness
compels him to return home. Arm
officials in Washington regard the sur
render of Alejandrino as second in im
portance only to the capture of Agui
naldo. President Errazuriz, of Chili, has re
signed because of ill health.
The report of the Indemnity com
mittee of foreign ministers names
$273,000,000 as the indemnity China is
to pay as a result of the Boxer uprising.
Middle Tennessee Veterans.
The following general order has been
issued with . reference to the Middle
Tennessee brigade, and explains itself:
"Ashland Citt, Tenn., May 1, 1901.
"The Middle Tennessee brigade, U.
C. V., will assemble in Nashville on the
morning of May 27, prepared to proceed
to Memphis on the morning train in
order to take part in our annual re
union. All Veterans, whether they be
long to an organized camp or not, are
invited to join us, with their friends,
who shall receive all the courtesies ac
corded un-uniformed Veterans. The
brigade's sponsor and maids of honor,
with all other sponsors and maids of
honor from Middle Tennessee are re
quested to join the brigade at time and
place above mentioned; provided, those
living- on the route can fall in line, at
any of the railroad stations between
Nashville and Hollow Rock.
"Capt. James G. Aydelott of Tulla
homa will arrange the transportation.
"By order of P. P. Pickard,
"Jack Thomas, Adjutant-General."
Few if any bivouacs in the State will
be better represented at the Memphis
Confederate Reunion than Forbes' Bi
vouac of Clarksville. This bivouac
will soon be mustered in as a part of
the Tennessee militia, and will proba
bly g-o to Memphis under arms. The
members have just received new Con
federate gray uniforms, which will be
worn to the Reunion. Extensive
preparations are being made by the
bivouac for the Reunion. A large del
egation from the recently organized
camp of Sons of Confederate Veterans
will probably attend the Reunion also,
and quite a number of ladies will ac
company the old soldiers.
Extra Reunion Pleasure.
Thirty years ago W. A. and J. N.
Barlow, brothers, lived at Paris, Tenn
J. W. Barlow moved to Jonah, Texas,,
and his brother moved to Union City.
W. A. Barlow wrote to his brother fre
quently, but never heard from him,
and considered him dead. The former
was considerably surprised and also
delighted when he received a letter
from his brother in Texas last week,
telling him that he would attend the
reunion of Confederate veterans at
Memphis and asking him to meet him.
Both were valiant Confederate soldiers,
and will meet in Memphis during the
reunion for the first time in thirty
Good Woman Dead.
Mrs. Francis A. McConnell, wife of
Dr. J. C. McConnell, died at Newbern
last week. She was born in McNairy
county, August 10, 1837, being a daugh
ter of Hon. Dave McKenzie, who was
trustee of McNairy count' for a num
ber of years. Mrs. McConnell joined
the Christian Church in 1853 at Clear
Creek Church and lived a consistent
The report of operations of the State
prison 6ystem for the first quarter of
the year has been filed with the gov
ernor. It shows expenses of mainten
ance, etc., of $58,593.33, against re
ceipts of $96,346.21, a profit of $:i7,752.00.
or at the rate of $150,000 per annum.
The output of the mines for April was
about 18,000 tons of coal and 5,000 tons
An East Tennessee Warning.
William Bates, a farmer living near
Roch's Springs, has been warned to
leave that locality under severe penalty.
The note, which was written in blood
red ink, reads: "If you fail to leave
you will never know your fate. You
will be sleeping- when we come, and
dead when we go.,: Mr. Bates is
alarmed over the mystery.
During the pretty spell of weather
some six or seven weeks ago a great
many farmers in the Union City section
planted corn, but most of them had
their work for nothing, as the wet, cold
spell since then caused the seed to rot,
and the farmers had to replant. Wheat
is looking very well in that section and
gives promise of a large yield.
Member of the Church Fifty Years.
After a long- illness, Mrs. Matilda
Neal died at Union City last week. De
ceased was 65 years of age, fifty of
which she had been a member of the
Capt. Hugh Pendleton, a Confederate
Veteran, who served with Lee in Vir
ginia, and member of the N. B. Forrest
Camp of Chattanooga, died last week,
making- the fifth member of the camp
to die within the year.
The receipts of the State treasury
during April amounted to 5175,082.12,
and disbursements $196,739.26. The
balance in the treasury at the close of
business April 30 was $759,382.43.
Election Law Is Sound.
Judge C. D. Clark of the United States
district court at Chattanooga, decided
the election case from Rhea county, in
which the question of constitutionality
of the State election law was involved.
Judge Calrk held the law to be valid
and sound and in full accord with the
Wilson Out of Politics.
Hon. E- B. Wilson, speaker of the
house of representatives, has decided to
retire from politics and has removed
from Gallatin to Nashville. He will
Weather and Crops.
Seotion Director Bate, in his weekly
report of the crop condition in Ten
nessee, says: "Much of the early
planted area of corn is being plowed
up and planted over. The bulk of the
cotton area has been planted, but very
little of the crop is coming up. Wheat
and oats, with but few exceptions, are
reported in fine condition of growth.
Clover and grasses are looking well.
Irish potatoes are small, but healthy
and vigorous; a large acreage is in
tended to be set out this season. Gar
dens, as a rule, are lite, but beginning
to grow well. Fruit is not thought to
be very materially injured by the late
cold weather and prospects are flattering-.
Accept Their Bequests.
The contest of the will of the late
Samuel M. Murphy, of Nashville, has
been settled. Mr. Murphy left an es
tate valued at $1,500,000, in which he
bequeathed $50,000 to each of his nieces,
Mrs. Nora Kilbreth and Mrs. Mary
Murphy Gardner, on condition that no
contest be instituted. The remainder
of his estate was left to his wife, who
subsequently adopted Thomas J. Felder
and wife, the daughter of President
Smith of the Louisville & Nashville
railroad, which made them her residu
ary legatees. Suit was brought to set
aside the will, but was abandoned by
the claimants accepting- the legacies
provided in the testament and absolv
ing the estate from all further claims.
Troublesome Still Nipped.
E. E. Bell, United States general
deputy collector of internal revenue,
broke up a wildcat still in Weakley
county, on the farm recently vacated
by W. n. Riddle. Mr. Bell said the still
belonged to a man named Loyd. He
has been on the search of this still for
two years, but it was moved from place
to place; however, in February, 1900,
he got a part of it at Northutt's mill,
south of Dresden. Mr. Bell says this
has given more trouble than any pre
vious case of this kind because of it
being moved around so often. He got
an 85-gallon copper still, cap and worm.
It had to be pulled from the furnace,
as it was in about ten feet of water in
the Obion river, tied by a wire to a tree.
The cap and worm were about 300 yards
up the river, hid in a brush pile.
The Chattanooga Bar Association has
adopted strong- by-laws against "shys
ter" lawyers and "pikers." Any mem
ber of the bar caught engaging in the
practice of hunting up lawsuits is to
be expelled from the association and
disbarred before the courts. Strong
resolutions were adso adopted against
corporation lawyers who use evidence
procured by corporation lawyers or
their agents. The resolutions were
called forth by recent glaring abuses
known to have been practiced by a
number of attorneys regarded as in
fluential and able. The action has
created somewhat of a sensation.
Morgan C. Fitzpatrick, State super
intendent of public instruction, is at
work arranging for the three teachers'
institutes to be held in this State this
summer. There will be three insti
tutes in each grand division, two for
white and one for colored teachers. In
order to more satisfactorily do the
work, Superintendent Fitzpatrick will
visit the town where he contemplates
holding the institutes. The legislature
of two years ago increased the appro
priation for institute work from $1,500
to $2,500 per annum, and the last legis
lature still further increased the ap
propriation by making it $5,000.
Jackson Building Oil Hopes.
There is a possibility that Jackson
may become as famous in a few months
as the Beamount, Texas, oil fields. On
the farm of S. H. Wilson, one mile west
of Jackson, in a low thicket where
springs bubble from the earth, crude
oii can be seen slowly oozing- from the
earth. It was stated a few years ago
that oil could be found in that section,
but no tests were mede. The matter
will now be thoroughly investigated
and it is probable a company will be
By Boat to the Reunion.
Commander R. E. L. Bynum of the
Sons of Confederate Veterans of Union
City is making- arrangements for his
company to make the trip to Memphis
by boat from Hickman, Ky., and the
boys will have the use of staterooms on
the vessel during- the reunion.
The shortage of W. W. Lea, indi
vidual bookkeeper for the First Na
tional Bank of Nashville, who diss.p
peared last July and was subsequently
arrested, was disclosed for the first
time last week. The amount of the
defalcation is said to be $23,076.70, and
was developed in a suit filed by the
bank against the United States Fidelity
and Guarantee Company, sureties on
the bond of Lea.
Freight Rates Reduced.
The Southern Railway has agreed to
make a reduction of about 25 per cent
in the freight rates on rough lumber
shipped into Knoxville to wood work
A Gruesome Find.
A swarm of buzzards hovering over
a box containing- the badly decomposed
remains of an unknown man was the
gruesome find made by parties near
Dotsonville, Montgomery county. The
remains are believed to be those of some
cadaver from a Nashville medical col
lege that had been thrown into the
Dr. Talmage Calls the Roll of Those
Christianity JVovr fains; to Defend
Herself Weapons Once I'sed
Againit Her Temptations
of the Troveler.
Copyright, 1901. by Louis Klopsch. N. Y.
In this discourse Dr. Talmage calls
the roll of influences once antagonist
ic but now friendly to the Gospel and
encourages Christian workers. Text,
I Samuel, 21:9, "There is. none. like
that; give it nie."
David fled from his pursuers. The
world runs very fast when it is chas
ing a good man. The country is try
ing to catch David and to slay him.
David goes into le house of a priest
and asks him for a sword or spear
with which to defend himself. The
priest, not being accustomed to use
deadly weapons, tells David that he
cannot supply hiiu but suddenly the
priest thinks of an old sword that
had been carefully wrapped up and
laid away the very sword that Go
liath formerly used and he takes
down that sword, and while ha is un
wrapping the sharp, glittering, mem
orable blade it flashes upon David's
mind that this is the very sword that
was Uf d against himself when he
was in the fight with Goliath, and
David can hardly keep his hand off
it until the priest has unwound it.
David stretches out his hand toward
that old sword and says: "There is
none like that; give it me." In oth
er words, "I want in my own hand
the sword which has been used
against me and against the cause of
God." So it was given him. Well,
my friends, that is not the first or
the last sword once used by giant
and Philistine iniquity which iS to
come into the possession of Jesus
Christ and of His glorious church. I
want, as well as God may help me,
to show you that many a weapon
which has been used against the ar
mies of God 13 yet to be captured and
used on our side, and I only imitate
David when I stretch out my hand
toward that blade of the Philistine
and cry: "There is none like that;
give it me!"
I remark first that this is true in
regard to all scientific exploration.
You know that the first discoveries
in astronomy and geology and chro
nology were used to battle Chris
tianity. Worldly philosophy came out
of its laboratory and out of its ob-
I servatorv and said: "Now, we will
prove by the very structure of the
earth and by the movement of the
heavenly bodies that the Bible is a
lie and that Christianity as we have it
among men is a positive imposition."
Good men trembled. The telescope,
the Lej-den jars, the electric batteries,
all in the hands of the Philistines.
But one day Christianity, looking
about for some weapon with which to
defend itself, happened to see the
very old sword that these atheistic
Philistines had been using against the
truth, and cried out: "There is none
like that; give it me!" And Coperni
cus and Galilei and Kepler and Isaac
Newton and Herschel and O. M. Mitch
ell came forth and told the world that
in their ransacking of the earth and
heavens they had found overwhelm
ing presence of the God whom we wor
ship, and this old Bible began to shake
itself from the Koran and Shaster and
Zendavesta with which it had been cov
ered up and lay on the desk of the
scholar and in the laboratory of the
chemist and in the lap of the Chris
tian unharmed and unanswered, while
the tower of the midnight heavens
struck a silvery chime in its praise.
Worldly philosophy said: "Matter
Is eternal. The world always was.
God did not make it." Christian phi
losophy plunges its crowbar into rocks
and finds that the world was gradual
ly made, and if gradually made there
must have been some point at which
the process started. Then who started
it? And so that objection was over
come, and in the first three words of
the Bible we find that Moses stated a
magnificent truth when he said: "In
Worldly philosophy said: "Your
Bible is a most inaccurate book. All
that story in the Old Testament, again
and again told, about the army of the
locusts it is preposterous. There is
nothing in the coming of the locusts
like an army. An army walks; locusts
fly. An army goes in order and proces
sion, locusts without order." "Wait,"
said Christian philosophy, and in 1868
in the southwestern part of this coun
try Christian men went out to ex
amine the march of the locusts. There
are men right before me who must
have noticed in that very part of the
country the coming up of the locusts
like an army, and it was found that all
the newspapers unwittingly spoke of
them as an army. Why? They seem
to have a commander. They march like
a host. They halt like a host. No ar
row ever went in straighter flight than
the locusts come, not even turning
aside for the wind. If the wind rises,
the locusts drop and then rise again
after it has gone down, taking- the
same line of march, not varying- a foot.
The old Bible is right every time when
it speaks of locusts coming like an
army; worldly philosophy wrong-.
Worldly philosophy said: "All that
story about the light 'turned as clay
to the seal' is simply an absurdity."
Old-time- worldly philosophy said:
The light comes straight." Christian
philosophy says: "Wait a little while,"
and it goes on and makes discoveries
and finds that the atmosphere curves
and bends the rays of light around the
earth, literally "as the clay to the
seal." The Bible right again; worldly
philosophy wrong- again. "Ah," says
worldly philosophy, "all that allusion
in Job about the foundations of the
earth is simply an absurdity. 'Where I
wast thou, says God, 'when I set the
foundations of the earth? The earth
has no foundation." Christian phi
losophy comes and finds that the word
as translated "foundations" may be
better translated "sockets." So now
see how it will read if it is translated
right: "Where wast thou when I set
the sockets of the earth?" Where is
the socket? It is the hollow of God's
hand a socket large enough for any
world to turn in.
Worldly philosophy said: "What an
absurd story about Joshua making the
sun and moon stand still! If the
world had stopped an instant the
whole universe would have been out of
gear." "Stop," said Christian philoso
phy; "not quite so quick." The world
has two motions one on its own axis
and the other around the sun. It was
not necessary in making- them. stand
still that both motions should be
stopped only the one turning the
world on its own axis. There was no
reason why the halting of the earth
should have jarred and disarranged
the whole universe. Joshua right and
God right; infidelity wrong every time.
I knew it would be wrong. 1 thank
God that the time has come when
Christians need not be scared at any
scientific exploration. The fact is that
religion and science have struck hands
in eternal friendship, and the deeper
down geology can dig and the higher
up astronomy can soar all the better
for us. The armies of the Lord Jesus
Christ have stormed the observatories
of the world's science and from the
highest towers have flung out the ban
ner of the cross, and Christianity now
from the observatories at Albany. and
Washing-ton stretches out its hand to
ward the opposing scientific weapon,
crying: "There is none like that; give
it me." I was reading of Herschel, who
was looking- at a meteor through a
telescope, and when it came over the
face of the telescope it was so power
ful he had to avert his eyes. And it
has been just so that many an astrono
mer has gone into an observatory
and looked up into the midnight heav
ens, and the Lord God has through
some swinging world flamed upon his
vision, and the learned man cried out:
"Who am I? Undone! Unclean! Have
mercy, Lord God!"
Again, I remark that the traveling
disposition of the world, which was
adverse to morals and religion, is to
be brought on our side. The man that
went down to Jericho and fell amid
thieves was a type of a great many
travelers. There is many a man who
is very honest at home who when he
is abroad has his honor filched , and
his good habits stolen. There are but
very few men who can stand the stress
of an expedition. Six weeks at a wa
tering place have ruined many a man.
In the olden times God forbade the
traveling- of men for the purpose of
trade because of the corrupting influ
ences attending it. A good many men
now cannot stand the transition from
one place to another. Some men who
seem to be very consistent here in the
way of keeping the Sabbath when they
get into Spain on the Lord's day al
ways go out to see the bullfights.
Plato said that no city ought to be
built nearer to the sea than ten miles
lest it be tempted to commerce. But
this traveling disposition of the world
which was adverse to tha"t which is
g-ood is to be brought on our side.
These mail trains, why, they take our
Bibles; these steamships, they trans
port our missionaries; these sailors,
rushing- from city to cit' all around
the world, are to be converted into
Christian heralds and go out and
preach Christ among- the heathen
nations. The Gospels are infinitely
multiplied in beauty and power since
Robinson and Thompson and Burk
hardt have come back and talked to
us about Siloam and Capernaum and
Jerusalem, pointing out to us the lilies
about which Jesus preached, the beach
upon which Paul was shipwrecked, the
fords at which Jordan was passed, the
Red sea bank on which were tossed
the carcasses of the drowned Egyp
tians. A man said: "I went to the
Holy Land an infidel. I came back a
Christian. I could not help it."
I am not shocked, as some have been,
at the building- of railroads in the
Holy Land. I wish that all the world
might go and see Golgotha and Beth
lehem. How many who could not af
ford muleteers now easily buy tickets
from Constantinople to Joppa! Then
let Christians travel! God speed the
rail trains and guide the steamships
this night panting across the deep in
the phosphorescent wake of the shin
ing feet of Him who from wave cliff to
wave cliff trod bestormed Tiberius.
The Japanese come across the water
and see our civilization and examine
our Christianity and go back and tell
the story and keep that empire rock
ing till Jesus shall reign
Where'er the sun
Does his successive Journeys run.
And the firearms with which the in
fidel traveler brought down the Arab
horseman and the jackals of the des
ert have been surrendered to the
church, and we reach forth our hand,
crying: "There is none like that; give
So it has also been with the learning
and eloquence of the world. People
say: "Religion is very good for age:
women, it is very good for children,
but not for men." But we have in the
roll of Christ's host Mozart and Han
del in music, Canova and Angelo in
sculpture, Raphael and Reynolds in
painting, Harvey and Boerhaave in
medicine, Cowper and Scott in poetry,
Grotius and Burke in statesmanship,
Boyle and Leibnitz in philosophy,
Thomas Chalmers and John Mason in
theology. The most brilliant writings
of a worldly nature are all aglow with
Scriptural allusions. Through sena
torial speech and through essaj-ist's
discourse Sinai thunders and Calvary
speaks and Siloam sparkles.
Samuel L. Southard was mig-hty in
the courtroom and in the senate cham
ber, but he reserved his strongest
eloquence for that day when he stood
before the literary societies at Prince
ton commencement and pleaded for
the grandeur of cur Bibie. Daniel -,
Webster won -not his chief garlands .
while responding to Hayne nor when
he opened the batteries of his elo
quence 011 Bunker Hill, that rocking
Sinai of the American revolution, but
on that day when in the famous Girard
will case he showed his affection for
the Christian religion and eulogized
the Bible. The eloquence and the
learning that have been on the other
side come over to our side. Captured
for God! "There is none like that;
give it me."
So also has it been with the picture
makings of the world. We are very
anxious on this day to have the print
ing press and the platform on the side
of Christianity, but we overlook the
engraver's knife and the painter's pen
cil. The antiquarian goes and looks
at pictured ruins or examines the chis
eled pillars of Thebes and Nineveh
and Pompeii and then comes back to
tell us of the beastliness of ancient
art, and it is a fact now that many
of the finest specimens merely artis
tically considered of sculpture and
painting that are to be found amid
those ruins are not fit to be looked at,
and they are locked up. How Paul
must have felt when, standing amid
those impurities that stared on him
from the walls and pavements and
bazaars of Corinth, he preached of the
pure and holy Jesus. The art of the
world on the side of obscenity and
crime and death.
Much of the art of the world has
been in the possession of the vicious.
What to unclean Henry VIII. was a
beautiful picture of the Madonna?
What to Lord Jeffreys, the unjust
judge, the picture of the "Last Judg
ment?" What to Nero, the unwashed,
a picture of the baptism in the Jor
dan? The art of the world on the
wrong side. But that is being changed
now. The Christian artist goes over
to Rome, looks at the picture and
brings back to his American studio
much of the power of these old mas
ters. The Christian minister g-oea
over to Venice, looks at the "Cruci
fixion of Christ" and comes back to the
American pulpit to talk as never be
fore of the sufferings of the Saviour.
The private tourist goes to Rome and
looks at Raphael's picture of the "Last
Judgment." The tears start, and he
goes back to his room in the hotel and
prays God for preparation for that
Shriveling like a parched scroll, t
The flaming heavens together roll.
Our Sunday school newspapers and
walls are adorned with pictures of Jo
seph in the court, Daniel in the den,
Shadrach in the fire, Paul in the ship
wreck, Christ on the cross. Oh, that
we might in our families think more of
the power of Christian pictures! One
little sketch of Samuel kneeling in
prayer will mean more to your chil
dren than 20 sermons on devotion. One
patient face of Christ by the hand of
the artist will be more to your child
than 50 sermons on forbearance. The
art of the world is to be taken for
Christ. What has become of Thor
waldsen's chisel and Ghirlandajo's
crayon? Captured for the truth.
"There is none like that; give it me."
So I remark it is with business acu
men and tact. When Christ was upon
earth the people that followed Him for
the most part had no social position.
There was but one man naturally bril
liant in all the apostleship. Joseph of
Arimathea, the rich man, risked noth
ing when he offered a hole in the rock
for the dead Christ. How many of the
merchants in Asia Minor befriended
Jesus? I think of only one Lydia.
How many of the castles on the beach
at Galilee entertained Christ? Not
one. When Peter came to Joppa he
stopped with one Simon, a tanner.
What power had Christ's name on the
Roman exchange or in the bazars of
Corinth? None. The prominent men of
the day did not want to risk their repu
tation for sanity by pretending to be
one of His followers. Now that is all
changed. Among the mightiest men
in our great cities to-day are the Chris
tian merchants and the Christian
bankers, and if to-morrow at the board
of trade any man should get up and
malign the name of Jesus he would be
quickly silenced or put out. In the
front rank of all our Christian work
ers to-day are the Christian merchants,
and the enterprises of the world are
coming- on the right side. There was
a farm willed away some years ago,
all the proceeds of that farm to g-o for
spreading infidel books. Somehow
matters have changed, and now all the
proceeds of that farm go toward the
Now, if what I have said he true,
away with all downheartedness! If
science is to be on the right side and
the traveling- disposition of the world
on the right side and the picture mak
ing on the right side and the business
acumen and tact of the world on the
right side, thine, O Lord, is the kirg
dom! Oh, fall into line, all ye people!
It is a grand thing to be in such an
army and led by such a commander
and on the way to such a victorjr. If
what I have said is true" " ' '
is going to gather up for H.
of this world everything- that'
anything, and there will be .
but the scum left. We hav1"611"
rebels, but a proclamation of aigrrjQ
goes forth now from the throne o. ,
saying: "Whosoever will, leO It
come." However loug you may ln-
wandered, however great your crin.
may have been, "whosoever will, let
him come." Oh, that this hour I could
marshal all the world on the side of
Christ! He is the best friend a man
ever had. He is so kind, He is so lov
ing, so sympathetic! I cannot see how
you can stay away from Him. Come
now and accept His mercy. Behold
Him as He stretches out the arms of
His salvation, saying: "Look unto me,
all ye ends of the earth, and be ye
saved, for I am God." Make" final
choice now. You will either be willows
planted by the water courses or the
; chaff which the wind drivtth away.
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