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VOL. XXXVI-NO. 42.
BOLIVAR, TENNESSEE, FRIDAY, MAY 24, 1901.
SUBSCRIPTION: $1.00 Per Year
All tlie News of the Past Seven
H03IE AND FOREIGN ITEMS
Newg of the Industrial Field, Personal
and Political Items, Happenings
at Homo and Abroad.
THE NEWS FROM ALL THE WORLD
The visible supply of grain in the
United States on the l.Tfh was:
Wheat, 4.-,701.000 bushels; corn, 17,
338,000 bushels; oats, 11,440,000 bush
els; rye, 963,000 bushels; barley, 718,
The steamer City of Padncah went
to the bottom near Grand Tower, 111.,
after striking- a snag-, and 15 persons
The Twenty-sixth infantry, United
States volunteers, was mustered out
at San Francisco.
Masked men went to a house occu
pied by Lee Key (colored) near Knox
ville, Ark., and shot him. lie was
charged with inciting negroes to riot.
President McKinley made a brief vis
it to San Jose and then returned to San
Francisco. If Mrs. McKinley's health
improves he will carry out the pro
gramme as arranged.
The farmhouse of Wesley Allen at
Shorley, Me., was burned and Allen
and his wife and daughter and another
person were burned to death.
The thirty-fifth annual encampment
of the Illinois G. A. Jl. began at Peoria.
The cruiser Buffalo arrived at New
York from Manila, bringing 591 sea
men and 57 marines.
A strike of machinists has been or
dered throughout the country in shops
not granting a nine-hour day and 12
per cent, advance in wages.
Killing1 frosts were reported in
The Santa Fe railroad has agreed
to raise the wages of shopmen along
the entire system.
Edward A. Cudahy, of Omaha,
says he will double his reward of $25.
000 to secure the capture of the kidnap
er of his son.
Every gambling house in Montana
has been closed by an order of Attor
ney General Donovan.
President McKinley made his formal
entry into San Francisco. A street pa
rade and a reception were the fea
tures. Four railway workmen were killed
and one fatally injured in a tunnel near
The degree of doctor of laws has been
conferred upon President McKinley by
the University of California.
E. L. Chetwood, teller of the bank
ing firm of Drown Bros. & Co., of New
York, confessed to embezzling $20,000.
Troops were ordered under arms at
Albany, X. Y., as the result of riot
and bloodshed by striking street car
Tin term of foreign service for regi
ments has been fixed at three j-ears.
Too close application to charitable
work caused the suicide in New York
of Mrs. Edith Thomas, a bright story
The Federation of Musicians in
convention at Denver adopted a reso
lution declaring rg time music rot.
The Pennsylvania road has acquired
control of the Baltimore & Ohio by
purchase of stock.
Mrs. Xation was found guilty of
smashing- a Topeka (Kan.) saloon.
Her attorneys set up a plea of in
Later advices say that 23 lives were
lost by the sinking- of the steamer
City of Paducah at Brunkhorst Land
Commissioner Powderly will ask
congress to double the one dollar tax
on immigrants, to enable the depart
ment to construct buildings needed
in their inspection at arrival ports.
Dr. Charles O. Day, of Boston, has
been elected president of Andover the
Six miners were killed and five prob
ably fatally hurt in a mine explosion
at Fairmont, W. Va.
J. D. Rockefeller will give Oberlin
(0.) college $200,000 if others contrib
Mrs. Mary Emma Woolley has been
Inaugurated president of Mount Hol
yoke (Mass.) college.
Senator Beveridg-e, of Indiana, has
started on a trip to Russia to study
The steamer Owensboro was burned
to the water's edge at Calhoun, Ky.,
and four lives were lost.
James Hillman and John Fletcher,
rival lovers, killed each other in Spring
Owing to the very serious charac
ter of Mrs. McKinley's illness in San
Francisco the president definitely de
cided to abandon his contemplated
northwestern tour and to return to
Washington direct as soon as Mrs. Mc
Kinley is able to stand the journey.
Robbers entered the Hart county
deposit bank in Munfordville, Ky., and
stole $3,000 in money.
Many persons were injured in a fight
between strikers and soldiers in Al
bany, N. Y., while the latter were try
ing to protect nonunion street car em
ployes, and the excitement killed Ad jt.
Mayor Moores, of Omaha, says a
majority of the residents do not fa
vor Sunday observance and that here
after everything will be "wide open."
Evelyn B. Baldwin, the American
arctio explorer, says he has the best
equipped expedition that ever started
In search of the north pole.
Finishing- lumber of all grades has
been advanced one dollar per thou
sand by the Mississippi Valley Lum
bermen's association ..
THE CRIMES OF A MADMAN.
He Kills Two Person , Wound One Fatally
and Two Slightly, WhootsNlne
Cows and Sulcldt.fi,
Evansville, Ind., May 19. Three
dead, three wounded, one fatally, is
the result of the awful work of Ever
ett Conway in this city this morning,
Conway killed W. C. Garrison, Garri
son's wife: wounded Patrolman Wallis
fatally and Ed. Davidson and Adam
Crawford slightl', and then killed
The crime was committed early this
morning- in that portion of the city
known as the West End. Conway and
Garrison were neighbors, and had not
been on friendly terms for the last
year. Two years ago the father of
Conway sold a small dairy to Garri
sonrand the latter was prosperous to
a marked degree. Young Conway was
of the opinion that Garrison had
swindled his father in some way, and
bore malice against him. This morning-
at 6:30 o'clock Conway took his
repeating" rifle and, going- to the rear
of the house, saw Garrison milking
his cows in the stable. Without saying-
a word, he shot Garrison in the
head, and the latter fell over dead.
Adjoining the stable of the Garri
sons was the stable of the Conways.
Old man Conway was in the stable
and ran out, asking his son what he
meant. The son turned the gun on
him, firing two shots, neither of which
took effect. The old man ran down
the alley to the patrol house and
turned in the alarm. Mrs. Garrison
appeared on the back porch about
this time, and Conway, standing- in
the stable door, shot her in the heart.
She fell dead on the steps of the
house without utlering a word.
The shots attracted the policemen
in the lower part of the city, and Pa
trolman Pen Wallis was the first to
appear. He entered the Conway
house and went upstairs, where the
murderer had secreted himself. When
he got to the head of the stairs he
saw Conway with his gun in his hand
and retired, not wishing- to walk into
sure death. The officer walked across
the street, and, while engaged in talking-
to a party of neighbors, Conway,
who still remained in the upper story,
fired at him. The weapon used was a
shotgun and the officer received over
one hundred shots. He fell to the
ground in an unconscious state.
Edward Davidsoa and Adam Craw
ford, who were standing near, were
also wounded. Wallis was taken to
the hospital and is not expected to
live many hours, as he is already
weak from the loss of blood, and con
tinues to grow weaker.
A riot alarm was turned in and Po
lice Sergeant Fred Heuk and the en
tire police department arrived and
surrounded the house of the Conways.
Conway had told his wife the whole
story and she begged him to leave the
city, but he replied that he realized
that he was up against it, and was
going to die game. Going- upstairs Le
shot himself in the heart with a re
volver that lay on the dresser.
A note left by the dead man to a lo
cal morning paper told whjr he was
led to the crime. He said that Gar
rison had robbed him and his father,
and that he (Conway) could stand it
no longer. He ended by saying- he
was from Kentucky, and that the peo
ple in a few hours would be able tc
see his work. Saturday morning- Con
way wrole a letter to Garrison, tell
ing him he would give him ten days
to leave the neighborhoood. (Harrison
showed the letter to the father of
Conway, and he upbraided his son for i
his act. The son said nothing, but
arose early this morning, and dressed
himself as though he was g-oing- to
work. He was employed as switch
man by the Louisville & Nashville
Railroad Co. He 27 years old, and
came here from Kentucky when a
mere boy. Garrison was 31 years old,
and leave two children, a boy and a
After Conway had killed Garrison
he shot nine cows and attempted to
fire the stable.
Many of Ttiem Reported in the Wet
II on n il !) ii fi I,ann. Menacing
Xu vlunt Ion.
New York, May 20. Two of the
large ocean liners, L'Aquaitaine, from
Havre, and the Mesaba, from London,
which came into port yesterday, re
ported that in crossing- the ocean
they passed dangerous derelicts,
which, if met with in the night time,
could not have been observed by the
lookouts, and would certainly have
resulted in disaster. These wrecks are
drifting- with the wind and water in
the ocean lines which are now being
daily traversed by the liners, many of
which are carrying on a vovasje 1,000
immigrants in their steerage.
Three other liners which arrived
here during- the last few days hav.
jeported passing dangerous water
logged wreckage in the west-bound
As observations were taken at the
time of the sighting of the wrecks,
the g-overnment will be asked to send
out one of the mall gunboats o hunt
for and destroy the derelicts before
tney cause disaster to veswlss bound
for the United States.
Dae to Leaky tin Jet.
Topeka, Kas., May 19. Josephine
Herron and Carrie Sheefheld, women
employes in the Topeka post office,
were frightfully injured by exploding
gas. Miss Herron is not expected to
survive. During the night gas had
accumulated from a faulty jet in the
stamp vr.ult. The two women en
tered at S a.ni ., after their packages,
meantime lighting- a match. A ter
rific explosion followed, blowing theni
ag-ainst tne wans, asu miming- meir i
bodies severely. They wer immediate
ly rescued by fellow clerks. J
State Superintendent Fitzpatrick has
now located all the institutes in the
State, and complete lists, with dates, is
given herewith. They will continue
Middle Tennessee Cookeville, Clarks
ville and Columbia, beginning June 10.
West Tennessee Paris, Jackson and
Martin, beginning June 10.
East Tennessee Cleveland, June 24;
Jonesboro, July 1.
The institutes for colored teachers
will be held at Nashville, Memphis and
Knoxville, beginning June 10 and last
ing four weeks.
John K. Head Dead.
John R. Head died at Brownsville
last week. Mr. Head was born in Mar
freesboro, March 28, 1844, and when 19
years of age went to Brownsville and
engaged in the stock business, after
which he went into the livery business,
and enjoyed success in all his under
takings. He was a prominent member
of the Knights of Pythias, and was
noted for his charity, never being
known to refuse aid to any one.
Hitch Over Public Lighting.
. Owing to the failure of the city
council and the Mount Pleasant Elec
tric Light Company to reach an agree
ment on the renewal of the contract
for street lighting for another year,
the streets of Mount Pleasant, the
great phosphate center, are now in
darkness and will probably remain so
until the city can build an electric light
plant of its own. The electric com
pany is now running its plant for pri
vate lighting purposes only.
Unusual Salt Over Fire Louse.
Suit6 to the amount of $61,000 have
been instituted in the circuit, chancery
and Federal courts by the insurance
companies and the parties who were
damaged by the February fire at Leba
non against the Cumberland Telephone
Company. The parties claim that much
of the damage done by the fire was due
to the three terrific explosions of dyna
mite stored in the telephone building
and which the company had been using
The New Dog Lav.
The new dog law became operative
in Tennessee on the 17th, and there
were forty or fifty canines paid for in
Davidson county. The law requires a
tax of $1 each, and listing of the name
of the dog, his breeding and descrip
tion, and the name of his owner. Un
der the law the listed dogs whose tax is
paid are at liberty to run at large.
Weather and Crop.
The crop bulletin for the Clark ille
section states that farmers are gener
ally occupied in replanting corn made
necessary by the failure of early plant
ing. Tobacco plants, as -a rule, are
growing slowly, but the plants are
plentiful. Preparations for transplant
ing are being actively made. Wheat is
looking well and beginning to head,
but the reports as to oats are unfavora
ble. Minor crops are being put in.
Bxtenslon on Contract Asked.
The Kingston Bridge and Terminal
Company has asked the people of
Kingston to extend the time limit on
the $25,000 bond contract it has with
the city. The company wants until
August, 1902, to build its bridge over
Clinch river at Kingston and to have
the Tennessee Central trains touching
the opposite side of the river from
Kingston by next November. This
will give Knoxville and Chattanooga
connection with the Tennessee Central
Guilty of Murder.
Riley Lowe, of Huntsville, charged
with poisoning his stepson, Louis Mul
lins, has been found guilty of murder
in the first degree. Lowe, who is 35 years
of age, is alleged to have poisoned his
9-year-old stepson, September 19th,
with strychnine to get rid of him.
To Buy More State Bond.
The State funding board has decided
on the purchase of 919,000 more of State
bonds at 97. Since the 1st of April
$312,600 in bonds have been retired.
Tennessee Central Branch.
The Tennessee Central branch to the
Milll stone mines has been completed,
opening a coal and coke deposit which
analysis has shown to be one of the
finest in the South.
May Have Struck OIL
There are rumors of the discovery of
oil in Carroll county, and it is also said
the fluid is being struck in some of the
Reward tor "Wife Murderer.
Gov. McMillin has offered a reward
of $200 for the arrest and conviction of
Si Con well of Giles county, who is
charged with the murder of his wife,
Mandy Conwell, June 10, 1900. .
Great Prospect for Perch,
Three million yellow pike perch have
been sent from the government fish
hatchery at Sandusky, O., and put in
Little river at Knoxville. This con
signment is one of the largest ever se
cured for a Southern stream.
A. Smooth Swindler.
An expert deadbeat who works worth
less checks on unsuspecting dealers all
over the country, and who is now
operating out in Texas, has been reap
ing a rich harvest, to judge from the
number of worthless checks which
have been pouring into the Memphis
banks. This artist is known as Frank
Dabney, that being the name he gen
erally employs as signature to his
checks, though he sometimes signs the
name of "L. H. Estes," and other
aliases. Dabney's scheme is to make
friends in a community and pass checks
drawn on a bank in some other city.
Life Insurance Halt.
Au important lawsuit has been de
elded at Clarksville which involves a
nice point of law. It was the suit of
Mrs. Mary L. Bryant vs.- the Mutual
Life Insurance Company, involving a
payment on a $12,000 life insurance
policy held by the late II. H. Bryant,
who was husband of the plaintiff. Mr.
Bryant had made five payments on the
policy, but failed to make that due in
April, 1899. In the following Decem
ber he was accidentally shot while
hunting in Arkansas. Prior to April,
1899, he had borrowed from the insur
ance company the amount of the pol
icy's cash value. The company refused
to pay the policy upon Mr. Bryant's
death and his widow, who was the ben
eficiary, claimed that under the exten
sion provisions of the policy the insur
ance was in force when Mr. Brpant was
killed. The case involved the question
whether or not the deceased was enti
tled to the dividends on the date the
last premium fell due. The case
was decided in favor of the defend
ant by the Federal court, Judge C.
D. Clark presiding without a jury. The
suit attracted general interest among
Tennessee insurance men.
The remains of Clarence E. Rose
killed in a railroad wreck near Hazle
hurst, Miss., were taken to his old home,
at Middleburg, six miles south of Boli
var, and buried in the beautiful little
cemetery nearby. Rev. Ross Moore of
Jackson conducted the funeral service
in an impressive manner. After the
service at the church the remains were
taken in charge by the members of Ten
nyson Lodge, Knights of Pythias, to
which he belonged, and with Pythian
honors were consigned to their last
resting place. The floral offerings were
beautiful and completely covered the
The Conatzer Case.
It has developed that Joseph Conatzer,
who died recently at Walla Walla,
Wash., leaving a large fortune to rela
tives in East Tennessee, and, provided
they could not be found, to a hospital
in Walla Walla. His father moved
from East Tennessee to Arkansas about
1350, and after the civil war Joseph
went to Washington, where, it is said,
he changed his name from Curnutt to
Conatzer. His only living relative
known in this State is Mrs. Nancy
Ridenour of Agee, Campbell county.
She will put in a claim for his estate,
which it is said is worth from $50,000 to
State Pension Board.
The State board of pensions met at
Nashville last week. The late legisla
ture appropriated an additional $50,000
annually for pensions, aud the board at
this meeting placed additional pension
ers on the roll to the amount of S50,
000. There were S,SS5 applications on
file, and, of course, not all of the de
serving ones could be reached under
I. O. O. F. Home Annex.
The Odd Fellows are considering the
construction of an annex to the I. O. O.
F. Home near Clarksville, and the com
mittee appointed by the grand lodge
last October to consider this matter met
in Chattanooga on the ICth to take ac
tion. The Home now has a number of
inmates and is doing a fine work. One
of the best farms in Middle Tennessee
is connected with this home and sup
plies many of the provisions used on
Bad for the Berries.
Prevailing dry weather has had a dis
astrous effect on the strawberry crop
in the section near Chattanooga, the
berries ripening slowly and are not as
good in quality as usual. North Geor
gia and Mission Ridge farmers are
greatly discouraged over the outlook.
Obion County Wheat Crop.
A few weeks ago it was thought that
the wheat crop of Obion county would
be unusually fine, but farmers now say
that there will not be more than half a
crop. Early corn and potatoes are
needing rain. The pear crop is usually
large, while the cherry crop is not as
good as it was last year.
State Railroad Commission.
The railroad commission is now en
gaged in the work of assessing the rail
roads, telegraph and telephone prop
erty for 1901 and 1903. The work must
be completed by August 1. The com
mission will be embarrassed by the
failure of the legislature to make an
appropriation for taking depositions
which are necessary in the assessing of
Wants the Arsenal to Remain.
At a mass meeting of citizens of Co
lumbia and Maury coanty a few days
ago it was decided to send a committee
to Washington to urge the recall of the
order abolishing the Columbia arsenal;
failing in this, to urge the establish
ment of a military material manufac
tory of the army post there. Resolu
tions voicing the sentiments of the
meeting were adopted.
The people of Dyersburg are consid
ering the question of voting some $50,-
000 in bonds for the purpose of munici
pal ownership of the city electric light
plant and water works, and for the
purpose of extending and improving
the city school system.
Johnson Plucks the Plum.
Comptroller King has named Thomas
B. Johnson of Nashville as revenue
agent. Eugene Williams of Winches
ter was Johnson's principal opponent,
and immense and influential pressure
was brought to bear for both men. i
Dr. Talmage Lays Down Some
How to Decide 'Whether Any Recre
ation In RiRht or Wron is Sport
a Means, Slot an End-Warning;
to Young A " il.
Copyright, 1301, by Iouls f psch. N. T.J
This discourse of Dr. Talmage is in
accord with all innocent hilarities,
while it reprehends amusements that
belittle or deprave; text II, Samuel
ii, 14: "Let the young men now arise
and play before us."
There are two armies encamped by
the pool of Gibeon. The time hangs
heavily on their hands. One army
proposes a game of sword fencing.
Nothing could be more helpful and
innocent. The other army accepts
the challenge. Twelve men against
12 men,- the sport opens. But some
thing went adversely. Terhaps one
of the swordsmen got an unlucky
clip or in some way had his ire
aroused and that which opened in
sport fulness ended in violence, eai i
taking his contestant by the hair
and with the sword thrusting him in
the side, so that that which opened in
innocent fun ended in the massacre
of all the 24 sportsmen. Was there
ever a better illustration of what was
true then is true now that which is
innocent may be made destructive?
What of a worldly nature is more
important and strengthening and in
nocent than amusement, and yet
what has counted more victims? I
have no sympathy with a straitjacket
religion. This is a very bright world
to me, and I pro; ose to do all I can
to make it bright for others. I never
could keep step to a dead march. A
book years ago issued says that a
Christian man has a right to some
amusements. For instance, if he
comes home at night weary from his
work and feeling the need or recrea
tion, pr.ts on his slippers and goes
into his garret and walks lively
around the floor several times there
can be no harm in it. I believe the
church of Ood made a great mistake
in trying to suppress the sportful
ncss of youth and drive out from
men their love of amusement. If God
ever implanted anjthing in us, he im
planted this desire. Rut instead of
providing for this demand of our na
ture the church of God has for the
main part ignored it. As in a riot the
mayor plants a battery at the end of
the street and has it fired off, so that
everything is cut down that happens
to stand in the range, the good as
well as the bad, so there are men in
the church who plant their batteries
of condemnation and fire away indis
criminately. Everything is con
demned. But Taul the apostle com
mends those who use the world with
out abusing it, and in the natural
world God has done everything to
please and amuse us. In poetic fig
ures we sometimes speak of natural
objects as being in pain, but it is a
mere fancy. Toets saj the clouds
weep, but they never yet shed a tear,
and that the winds sigh, but they
never did have any trouble, and that
the storm howls, but it never lost its
temper. The world is a rose and the
universe a garland.
And I am glad to know that in all
our cities there are plenty of places
where we may find elevated moral en
tertainment. But all honest men and
good women will agree with me in
the statement that one of the worst
things in these cities is corrupt
amusement. Multitudes have gone
down under the blasting influence
never to rise. If we may judge of
what is is going on in many places of
amusement by the pictures on board
fences and in many of the show Win
dows there is not a much lower
depth of profligacy to reach. At
Naples, Italy, they keep such pictures
locked up from indiscriminate inspec
tion. Those pictures were exhumed
from Tompeii and are not fit for pub
lic gaze. If the effrontery of bad
places of amusement in hanging out
improper advertisements of what
they are doing night by night grows
worse in the same proportion, in 50
years some of our modern cities will
I project certain principles by which
vou may judge in regard to any amuse
ment or recreation, finding out for
yourself whether it is right or wrong.
I remark in the first place, that you
can judge, of the moral character of
any amusement by its healthful result
or by its baleful reaction. There are
people who seem made up of hard
facts. They are a combination of
multiplication tables and statistics. If
you show them an exquisite picture
they will begin to discuss the pig
ments involved in the coloring. If you
show them a beautiful rose they will
submit it to a botanical analysis, which
is only the post-mortem examination
of a flower. They have no rebound
in their nature. They never do any
thing more than smile. There are no
great tides of feeling surging up from
the depths of their soul in billow after
billow of reverberating laughter.
They seem as if nature had built them
by contract and made a bungling job
out of it. But, blessed be God, there
are people in the world who have
bright faces and whose life is a song,
an anthem, a paean of victory. Even
their troubles are like the vines that
crawl up the side of a great tower on
the top of which the sunlight sits and
the soft airs of summer hold perpetual
carnival. They are the people you like
to have come to your house; they are
people I like to have come to mj- house.
If you but touch the hem of their gar
ments you are healed.
Now, it is these exhilarant and sym
pathetic and warm-hearted people
that are most tempted to pernicious
amusements. In proportion, as a ship
is swift it wants a strong helmsman,
in proportion as a horse is gay it wants
a stout driver, and these people of
exuberant nature will do well to look
at the reaction of all their amuse
ments. If an amusement sends
you home at night nervous, so
that you cannot sleep, and you
rise up in the morning not because you
are slept out, but because jour duty
drags you from your slumbers, j-ou
have been where you ought not to have
been. There are amusements that
send a man next day to his work with
his eyes bloodshot, yawning, stupid,
nauseated, and they are wrong kinds
of amusement. They are entertain
ments that give a man disgust with the
drudgery .of life, with tools because
they are not swords, with working
aprons because they are not robes,
with cattle because they are not in
furiated bulls of the arena. If any
amusement sends you home longing
for a life of romance and thrilling ad
venture, love that takes poison and
shoots itself, moonlight adventures
and hair-breadth escape, you may de
pend upon it that you are the sacri
ficed victim of unsanctified pleasure.
Our recreations are intended to build
us up, and if they pull us down as to
our moral or as to our physical
strength you may come to the con
clusion that they are obnoxious.
Still further, these amusements are
wrong which lead you into expendi
tures beyond your means. Money
spent in recreation is not thrown
away. It is all folly for us to come
from a place of amusement feeling
that we have wasted our money and
time. You may by it have made an
investment worth more than the
transaction that yielded you hun
dreds of thousands of dollars. But
how many properties have been rjd
dled by costly amusements.
The first time I ever saw the city
it was the city of Philadelphia I was
a mere lad. I stopped at a hotel, and
I remember in the eventide one of
these men plied me with his infernal
art. He saw I was green. He wanted
to show me the sights of the town.
He painted the path of sin until it
looked like emerald, but I was afraid
of him. I shoved back from the bas
silisk I made up my mind he was a
basilisk. I remember how he wheeled
his chair round in front of me, and,
with a concentered and diabolical ef
fort, attempted to destroy my soul,
but there were good angels in the air
that night. It was no good resolution
on my part, but it was the all en
compassing grace of a good God that
delivered me. Beware, beware, O
young man! "There is a waj- that
seemeth right unto a man, but the
end thereof is death."
The table has been robbed to pay
the club. The champagne has cheat
ed the children's wardrobe. The ca
rousing party has burned up the
boy's primer. The tablecloth of the
corner saloon is fn debt to the wife's
faded dress. Excursions that in a
day make a tout- around a whole
month's wages, ladies, whose lifetime
business it is to go "shopping,'large
bets on horses, have their counter
parts in uneducated children, bank
ruptcies that shock the money mar
ket and appall the church and that
send drunkenness staggering across
the richly figured carpet of the' man
sion and dashing into the mirror and
drowning out the carol of music with
the whooping of bloated sons come
home to break their old mother's
I saw a beautiful home where the
bell rang violently late at night. The
son had been off in sinful indul
gences. His comrades were bringing
him home. They carried him to the
door. They rang the bell at one
o'clock in the morning. Father and
mother came down. They were wait
ing for the wandering son. and then
the comrades as soon as the door
was opened threw the prodigal head
long into the doorway, crying:
"There he is as drunk as a fool! Ha,
ha!" When men go into amusements
that they cannot afford, they first
borrow what they cannot earn, and
then they steal what they cannot
borrow. First they go into embarrass
ment and then into lying and then
into theft, and when a man gets so
far as that he does not stop short of
the penitentiary. There is not a pris
on in the land where there are not
victims of unsanctified amusements.
Merchant, is there a disarrange
ment in your accounts? Is there a
leakage in jour money drawer? Did
not the cash account come out right
last night? I will tell you. There is a
young man in your store wandering off
into bad amusements. The salary
you give him may meet lawful expend
itures, but not the sinful indulgences
in which he has entered, and he takes
by theft that which you do not give
him in lawful salary.
I go further and say those are un
christian amusements which become
the chief business of a man's life. Life
is an earnest thing. Whether we are
born in a palace or hovel, whether we
are affluent or pinched, we have to
work. If you do not sweat with toil,
you will sweat with disease. You have
a soul that is to be transfigured amid
the pomp of a judgment day, and after
the sea has sung its. last chant and
the mountain shall have come down
in an avalanche of rock you will live
and think and act, high on a throne
where seraphs sing or deep, in a dun
geon where demons howl. In a world
where there is so much to do for
yourselves and so much to do for
others God pity that man who has'
nothing to do.
I go further and say that all those
amusements are wrong which lead into
bad company. If you go to any place
where you have to associate with the
intemperate, with the unclean, with
the abandoned, however well they may
be dressed, in the name of God quit it.
They will despoil your nature. They
will undermine your moral character.
They will drop you when you are de
stroyed. They will not give one cent
to support your children when you
are dead. They will weep not one tear
at your burial.
I had a friend in the west a rare
friend. He was one of tne first to wel
come me to my new home. To fine per
sonal appearance he added a generos
ity, frankness and ardor of nature that
made me love him like a brother. But
I saw evil people gathering around
him. They came up from the saloons,
from the gambling hells. They plied
him with a thousand arts. They seized
upon his social nature, and he could
not stand the charm. They drove him
on the rocks, like a ship, full winged,
shivering on the breakers. I used to
admonish him. I would say: "Now,
I wish you would quit those bad habits
and become a Christian." "Oh," he
would replj-, "I would like to, but I
have gone so far I don't think there is
any w ay back." In his moments of re
pentance he would go home and take
his little girl of eight years and em
brace her convulsively and cover her
with adornments and strew around her
pictures and toys and everything that
could make her happy, and then, as
though hounded by an evil spirit, he
would go out to the inflaming cup, and
the house of shame, like a fool to the
correction of the stocks.
I was summoned to his deathbed. I
hastened. I entered the room. I found
him, to mj- surprise, lying in full every
day dress on the top of the couch. I
put out my hand. He grasped it ex
citedly and said: "Sit down, Mr. Tal
mage, right there." I sat down. He
said: "Last night I saw my mother,
who has been dead for 20 years, and she
sat just where you sit now. It was no
dream. I was wide awake. There was
no delusion in the matter. I saw her
just as plainly as I see yon. Wife, I
wish you would take these strings off
me. There are strings spun all around
my body. I wish you would take them
off me." I saw it was delirium. "Oh,"
replied the wife, "my dear, there is
nothing there, there is nothing there."
He went on and said: "Just where you
sit, Mr. TaTmage, my mother sat. She
said to me: 'Henrj', I do wish you
would do better.' I got out of bed, put
my arms around her and said: 'Moth
er, I want to do better. Won't you help
me to do better. Won't you help me."
No mistake about it, no delusion. I
saw her the cap and apron and the
spectacles, just as she used to look 20
years ago. But I do wish you would
take these strings away. They annoy
me so! I can hardly talk. Won't you
take them away?" I knelt down and
prayed, conscious of the fact that he .
did not realize what I was saying. I
got up. I said: "Good-by. I hope you
will be better soon." He said: "Good
That night his soul went up to the
God who gave it. Arrangements were
made for the obsequies. Some said:
"Don't bring him in the church; he is
too dissolute." "Oh," I said, "bring
him. He was a good friend of mine
while he was alive, and I shall stand
by him now that he is dead. Bring him
to the church."
As I sat in the pulpit and saw his
body coming up through the aisle I
felt as if I could weep tears of blood.
I told the people that day: "This man
had his virtues, and a good many of
them. He had his faults, and a good
many of them. But if there is a man
in this audience who is without sin,
let him cast the first stone at this cof
fin lid." On one side the pulpit sat
that little child, rosy, sweet faced, as
beautiful as any child that sat at your
table this morning, I warrant you. She
looked up wistfully, not knowing the
full sorrows of an orphan child.
Oh, her countenance haunts me to
day, like some sweet face looking up
on us through a horrid dream. On the
other side of the pulpit were the men
who had destroyed him. There they
sat, hard visaged, some of them pale
from exhausting disease, some of them
flushed until it seemed as if the fires
of iniquity flamed through the cheek
and crackled the lips. They were the
men who had bound him hand and foot.
They had kindled the fires. They had
poured the wormwood and gall into
that orphan's cup. Did they weep?
No. Did they sigh repentingly ?, No.
Did they say: "What a pity that such
a brave ituwi should be slain?" No, no;
not one bloated hand was lifted to
wipe away a tear from a bloated cheek.
They sat and looked at the coffin like
vultures gazing at the carcass of a
lamb whose heart they had ripped out.
I cried in their ears as plainly as I
could: "There are a God and a judg
ment day." Did they tremble? Oh,
no, no. They went back from the
house of God, and that night, though
their victim lay in Oakwood cemetery,
I was told that they blasphemed, and
they drank, and they gambled, and
there was not one less customer in all
the houses of iniquity. This destroyed
man was a Samson in physical
strength, but Delilah sheared him, and
the Philistines of evil companionship
dug his eyes out and threw him into the
prison of evil habits. But in the hour
of his death he rose up and took hold
of the two pillared curses of God
against drunkenness and unclean2
ness and threw himself forward until
down upon him and his companions
there came the thunders of an eternal
Again, any amusement that gives
you a distaste for domestic life is
bad. How many bright domestic cir
cles have been broken up by sinful
amusements! The father went off,
the mother went off, the child went
off. There are to-day the fragments
before me of blasted households. Oh,
if j-ou have wandered away, I would
like to charm you back by the sound
of that one word, "home." Do you
not know that you have but little
more time to give to domestic wel
fare? Do you not see, father, that
your children are soon to go out into
the world, and all the influence for
good you are to have over them you
must have now? Death will break in
on your conjugal relations, and alas
if you have to stand over the grave of
one who perished from your neglect!