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THE BOLIVAJR BULLETIN '.
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VOL. XXXVI-NO. 14.
BOLIVAR, TENNESSEE, FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 1901.
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All the News of the Past Seven
Days Condensed.
HOME AXD FOREIGN ITEMS
Xews of the Industrial Field, Personal
and Political Items, Happenings
at Homo and Abroad.
THE ItEWS FROtf ALL THE WORLD
DOMESTIC.
The thirteenth anniversary of thw
American Sabbath union was celebra
ted in New York.
The United States supreme court de
cided that the constitution does not
follow the flag: into the nation's nevr
insular possessions thus upholding
the policy of the administration. The
government was defeated in the Porto
Iiieo customs case.
September 21 has been fixed as the
day for the opening contest in the cup
races.
"William P. ITazen, chief agent of the
secret service of the government, ha
resigned.
Thirtj- thousand members of the tai
lors trades demanded the abolition of
the contract system and threaten a
general strike.
Thomas ClaTk, a Harv?y (111.) la
borer, wounded his wife and then
killed himself with a revolver. Jeal
ousy was the cause.
In a fire at Hatley, Idaho, the wife
and son of Rev. I. T. Osborne were
burned to death.
The .battleship Wisconsin was pre
sented in San Francisco with a silver
banquet service, the gift of the state
whose name she bears.
Twenty-one miners were killed by
an explosion of coal dust in the new
Itiehland mine at Dayton, Tcnn.
A. T. Dow, an 'illicit oleomargarine
maker in Chicago, was sentenced to
six months in jail and fined $10,000.
The report of the Philippine com
mission making recommendation for
o proper? 1 ""mment of the islands
has been received at the war depart
ment. Lieut. Gov. Allen and Representa
tive Ketehum, of Vermont, were ar
rested charged with complicity in the
wrecking of a bank at Vergennes, Vt.
A Great Northern freight train was
totally destroyed in a collision with
a car containing dynamite at Ta
coma, Wash.
A Chinese student won the ora
torical prize at the Vanderbilt uni
versity in Nashville, Tenn.
The annual report of the civil serv
ice commission shows that during the
year ended June 30, 1900, 45,641 per
sons took the competitive examina
tions for government appointments.
The United States supreme court has
adjourned until the second Monday in
October.
Fire at Kindred, N. D., destroyed 22
buildings at a loss of $100,000.
The schooner H. Rand was over
turned in Lake Michigan, and Capt.
Jefferson, his daughter and three men
Were drowned.
A small steamer was blown to pieces
Toy dynamite near Boonville, Mo., kill
ing two men and destroying two
houses.
Gypsies kidnaped a young girl near
Atlantic, la., presumably to get ran
som for her.
Mrs. Mary HeTshberger and her
daughter and grandchild were burned
to death in a farmhouse near Watse
ka. 111.
The United Presbj-terian general
assembly in session in Des Moines,
la., adopted a report declaring mem
bers of secret societies ineligible to
membership in the church and ex
pelling tiiose already members.
Gov. La Follette has appointed Dr.
Alma J. Frisbie the first woman mem
ber of the Wisconsin board of uni
versity regents.
Four of the children of George H.
Bramhall, pianist and composer, died
in Chicago within two weeks.
The People's state bank at Gothen
burg, Neb., closed its doors with de
posits of $60,000.
The government crop report says
all cereals have made a good stand,
but are much retarded by unseason
able weather.
United Confederate veterans, repre
senting 1,331 camps, met in eleventh
annual reunion in Memphis, Tenn.
There were big crowds at all the sta
tions after the presidential train had
crossed the line into Ohio, but only
short stops were made until the party
reached Canton. Mrs. McKinley con
tinued to improve in health.
Ninety houses in ISakersville, N. C,
and vicinity were swept away and four
lives lost by the recent flood.
.The Presbyterian general assembly
In Philadelphia elected Dr. Minton
chairman of revision committee and
adjourned.
Mrs. Frank Sickles and her two
children were burned to death in
their home at Belle Center, O., by a
gasoline explosioa.
A WEEK'S RECORD
ACCUSED OF .WIFE-MURDER:
And His Story, Reluctantly Told,
Bears Oat the Suspicion of
Fool Play.
Kansas City, Mo., June 3. W. H.
Klensmier, whose wife was Saturday
found murdered near their home at
Ilolton, Kas., buried in a shallow
trench, was arrested in Kansas City,
Kas., yesterday. Marks on the body,
which is believed to have been buried
since May 19, indicated that her skull
had been crushed with a club, and
suspicion was directed against the
husband who disappeared on that
date.
Klensmire was induced to make the
following statement:
My wife' and I disagreed frequent
ly, but I usually let her have her way.
Just before her death she was very
angry because I wanted to sell soma
land to which she had signed a deed.
She said she would leave me. But I
did not want people to know she had
left me end told her to say she was
gqing away on a visit. We had a few
words on Sunday (May 12) about it.
She went away and later I found her
body hanging from a rope in the
barn. I took her down, but was afraid
of the disgrace, and hid her body in
the straw. The next day I buried her.
I told the children she had gone to
Texas, and the telegram I had sent
saying that she was dead was intend
ed to keep them from knowing she
had killed herself."
All this was ground out of Klens
mire in short, hesitating sentences.
Asked rbout the condition of his
wife's crushed skull, he said: "Maybe
the dirt falling on it mashed it in. i
wouldn't strike her."
There was no more than two teet
of dirt over the body when it was
found.
Klensmire is a German farmer, 43
years old, tall, spare and uneducated,
lie talks with hesitation, and appears
dull of mind. The possibility that he
would be tried for murder seemed
secondary to the disgrace that would
result frona the publicity of the af
fair. Klensmire was born near Hol
ton, and has always lived in that vi
cinity. His mother and two or three
brothers and sisters live there, and
are prosperous and respected.
WAS A COWARDLY MURDER.
An Irate Father Fatally Shoota
Yonng Man for Talking to
Ilia Daughter,
St. Joseph, Mo., June 3. Owen Lo
gan, a prominent young stockman of
Arkoe, Mo., was fatally shot while
calling on Miss Jessie Walker, near
Mary villo, by the young woman's fa
ther, A. E. Walker, Saturday nigh-.
Logan was paying attentions to
Miss Walker. The father objected,
and, it is said, made frequent threats
to the effect that he would kill Logan
if he did not quit calling at the house.
Logan was standing at the gate of the
Walker premises talking to Miss Wal
ker when the father came suddenly
upon them, and bringing a shotgun to
his shoulder discharged its content a
into the young man's body.
Logan is a nephew ol Sheriff Col
lins, and immediately after the shoot
ing he was removed to the home ol
the latter.
Walker gave himself tip and i iu
jail.
ROBBERY AND INCENDIARISM.
Safe Dlown TTp and Robbed and
Town Burned to Cover Tracea
of the Crime.
Beaumont, Tex., June 3. The little
town of Jasper, capital of Jasper
county, was entirely wiped out, yes
terday, by fire. Seventeen houses, in
cluding every business house in the
place and il number of residences,
were destroyed. The town has no fire
department.
Previous to the fire the post oilice
safe and the safe of the county treas
urer had been blown open and robbed.
The conclusion is that burglars blew
open these safes r.nd then set fire to
the town to cover up their crime and
create an excitement which would af
ford them an opportunity to escape.
The loss by the fire is estimated at
$100,000; it could not be learned what
the thieves secured from the safes.
The robbers escaped.
AN . EX-SOLDIER ARRESTED.
Canhlerrd for Fecnlatlngr, la Xoi
Charged With Forgery ofVonch
era at the Frealdio.
Minneapolis, Minn., June 3. A spe
cial from Butte, Mont., to the Times
says:
"Lieut. John M. Neill, an ex-officer
of the regular army stationed! at the
Presidio, near San Francisco, was ar
rested here Saturday night by a dep
uty United States marshal on instruc
tions from San Francisco charging
him with forgery of vouchers in the
army three years ago. He was cash
iered from the army three years ago
on a charge of having been implicated
in alleged peculations at the Presi
dio, but the shortage was made good
and nothing further was heard of the
affair until the arrest Saturday night.
Neill says he is innocent of the
charge of forgery. He has a wife and
several children residing in Oakland,
Cal. His wife is highly connected, so
cially, on the coast. For a year Neill
has been in the employ of the Ana
conda Mining Co. as engineer.
Fire In a Dry Goods Store.
Kansas City, Mo., June 3. Fire
early yesterday morning in the four
story building at 413 Delaware street,
occupied by the Western Stores Co.,
dealers in dry goods, furnishing and
notions, caused a loss of $60,000, one
third of which was on the building
insurance ample.
TENNESSEE
Anti-Saloon League.
The Anti-Saloon League of Tennes
see is getting ready to make things
warm for liquor interests in this State.
Rev. John Royal Harris of Lewisburg
has been elected superintendent of tue
league, and he is going to make a
vigorous effort to stir up the boys. He
is now preparing for a campaign that
is contemplated to extend to the elec
tion of the next legislature. The
League proposes to have every candi
date for the legislature to commit him
self before election as to his position
on the saloon question, and every ef
fort will be made to send men to the
legislature who are in harmony with
the league's purposes. To this end it
will be the endeavor of the superin
tendent to establish a local league in
every county in the State and in as
many towns and cities as possible. Mr.
Harris intends to procure exact dates
and keep a careful record of the tem
perance situation in towns that have
oeen enabled to banish saloons by the
Peeler bill, so that the argument caat
"prohibition does not prohibit" may
be met by facts. Every violation of
the law is to be prosecuted, able coun
sel having been employed for this
purpose.
.Records Are Sacred.
At Nashville last week United
States District Judge Clark denied the
motion of defendants in the First Na
tional Bank cases for an order to ex
amine the books and papers held by
the United States district attorney and
the bank, and that the district attor
ney turn over certain pass books and
other papers. Judge Clarks says the
motion for an order to require the
bank to permit an inspection of its
books and records by defendants has
been formally withdrawn, and proper
ly so he thinks, as he is without any
jurisdiction to make any order on the
bank. Neither the district attorney
nor the United States nor any other
person has the slightest power or au
thority to direct the bank what it shall
or shall not do in permitting persons
not interested in the corporation to in
spect its books. The motion was made
in the interest of parties indicted in
connection with the shortage of V. W.
Lea, formerly connected with the
bank.
More Telephone Lines.
The Cumberland Telephone and
Telegraph Company has decided to in
crease its capital stock 20 per cent, or
to $7,500,000. The new stock will be
issued at par, each stockholder being
allowed to purchase 20 per cent, of the
amount of his present holdings. Part
of the added capital is to be expended
in completing a direct line now in
course of construction between Nash
ville and Louisville. The company ope
rates throughout Tennessee, Missis
sippi and Louisiana and in the south
ern portions of Indiana and Illinois.
Lines from New Orleans to Shreveport,
La., and from New Orleans to Beau
mont, Texas, are also being built.
Shooting Affray at Palmersvllle.
A horrible shooting affair occurred
at Palmerville twelve miles north of
Dresden on the 3d. A large crowd had
assembled in front of the Palmersville
college to witness the closing exercises
of the school. The shooting occur
red between 11 and 12 o'clock, just be
fore the closing of the exercises and
the duelists were Floyd Stevenson and
brothers and Dave Vaughn and broth
ers. The trouble grew out of an old
grudge existing between the Steven
sons and the Vaughn boys. There were
some twelve of fifteen shots exchang
ed and when the smoke had cleared
away four people were found to have'
been shot.
Had Connterfeit Money.
Andrew Grayer, the negro in whose
possession some very crude counter
feit money was found, was arraigned
last week at Memphis before the
United States commissioner, and com
mitted to jail to be investigated by
the Federal grand jury. The counter
feit money which Grayer had was a
very poor imitation. In the examina
tion It came out that Grayer was an
ex-convict who escaped from a convict
camp in Arkansas. Grayer Ciaims that
he found the counterfeit money on the
Yazoo & Mississippi Valley Railroad a
few miles south of Memphis.
Dogs Attack a Child.
In the sixth district of Weakley
county, last week, a pack of dogs at
tacked the 8-j'ear-old daughter of Abe
Underwood and nearly ate her up
alive. The child's arms, face and
neck were terribly bitten, and she was
barely alive when last heard from.
The dogs were feasting upon the car
cass of a dead hog when the, child
passed.
Supreme Conrt Renames.
The Supreme Court, after a week's
recess, resumed its sittings at Jackson
on the 3d.
Mrs. Margaret A. Sedgewick Dead.
Mrs. Margaret Agnes Sedgewick died
at her home in Knoxville a few days
ago, at the age of 76 years. She was
a close personal friend of Father A. J.
Ryan, the poet-priest of the Confeder
acy, and it was at her house that the
lines of "The Conquered Banner" were
penned, the night of the fall of Rich
mond. State Treasury Statement.
Receipts of the State Treasury for
May were $148,400.10, and- disbursements-$349,685.66;
balance at the close
of business on June 1 was $543,095.06.
STATE NEWS.
fythian Home Committee.
- At the meeting of Grand Lodge,
Knights of Pythias, in Nashville re
cently, resolutions were passed provid
ing for the founding of a Pythian
widows' and orphans' home. The ap
pointment of the committee to investi
gate this matter was left to State
Grand Chancellor J. C. Twinam, who
has appointed the following gentle
men: J. Wr. Staples, of Harriman;
George H. Mitchell, of Memphis; H.
S. Bowman, of Nashville; Judge C. H.
Carpenter, of Dunlap, and C. Lee Pick
ering of Clarksville.
Iron Company to Knlarge.
The Knoxville Iron Company has
purchased a site for a new rolling mill,
the present quarters having grown too
small for the accommodation of the
company. At a cost of about $500,000
a new mill will be put up on the
twenty-five acre site just purchased.
The company also owns a rolling mill
at Harriman, which may be moved to
Knoxville and consolidated with the
new one. The entire business of the
company when the new plant is erect
ed will require about 1,500 men.
Twig Polled the Trigger.
Virgil, the 13-year-old son of Cullen
Bell, four miles west of Gallatin, shot
himself while hunting last week, and
his death is expected. The young man
was sitting on a log, holding the bar
rel of the rifle in his hand, the stock
resting on the ground. In lifting the
gun It was discharged by the trigger
striking a twig on the side of the log.
The bullet, a 22-caliber, struck the
young man just under the right eye,
passing through the brain and coming
but behind the right ear.
- Oil Honm.
Oil has been struck on the F. M.
Padgett farm at Spurrier, Pickett
county. This well was bored by L. T.
Smitu of Jameston, and is within one
mile of the oil tanks built by the Stan
dard Oil Company in that county. In
usual interest in the oil fields of that
section has been exhibited for the last
month, and the finding of these two
wells within the last week will preci
pitate a big oil boom.
Charters Granted.
Charters were granted by the Secre
tary of State on the 3d for the Moore
iuontgomery Harness and Saddie
Manufacturing Company, of Nashville,
with $50,000 capital; the Chattanooga
Pole Company, dealers in telegraph
and telepnone poles, witu $25,OvJ
capital, and the Florida Cotton Oil
Company ot Chattanooga, with $100,
000 capital.
Heavy Fire at 'Bristol.
The Hotel P alrmourUr-at Bristol, was
totally destroyed by fire a few days
ago. It was valued at $100,000, in
cluding furnishings. The fire origin
ated in the fourth story and was
beyond control before being dis
covered. Lebanon Passes to "Dry."
At noon on the 1st Lebanon went
dry. The majority of the saloon men
will continue in the business at other
points, while one or two will begin a
new ousiness here. The new charter
went into effect June 3.
Railroad to Cadiz, Ky.
Work on the new railroad from
Clarksville to Cadiz, Ky., is progress
ing rapidly, and it is expected that
trains will be running by October 1.
Memphis Building Permits.
During the five months which came
to a ciose with May 31, the BUi-ing
permits in Memphis snowed the enorm
ous total of $l,37o,895.8. The permits
lor the month of May were $405,895.50.
For the same month of last year they
aggregated $15l,03. For the first five
months of 1900 they amounted to $609,
100.25. A comparison shows that the
permits issued during these five
months of the present year were
greatly in excess oi the entire twelve
months of any year, except 1900,
which reached a record of $1,985,950.uj.
The year 1898 was exceeded by more
tnan 100 per cent, and 1896 by more
than 200 per' cent.
Tronble-Seeker Killed.
In A. I. xsixon's saloon at Mount
Pleasant, last- week, Robert Boggan
the bartender for H. Lczarus, was shot
and killed by Henry Favley. xoggan
was drunk and went into the saloon
swearing he would make trouble for
Favley. He struck the latter over the
head with a walking cane, and tried
to draw a razor, Favley then used his
revolver. Boggan was hit twice and
died in two hours.
Gold Discovery Claimed.
T. J. McCoin ol Hayensburg, Jack
son county, claims to have discovered
gold on his farm, and as a consequence
there is much excitement in the vicin
ity. He has gone down forty ieet, and
ore taken out has been assayed and
pronounced gold earing.
Postofflce Robbed.
Tne postoffice at Smartts, Warren
county, was robbed last week of about
$50 in stamps and money. It is sup
posed tramps did the ..j.
Escapes the Gallows.
James Birchfleid, who killed Lis wife
at Rogersville two years ago, was sen
tenced last week to thirty years in the
penitentiary. He "was sentenced to
hang last year, but the Supreme Court
reversed the casj. Birchfleid is a
noted criminal, having served twenty-
one years in the penitentiaries of
Tennessee. Kentucky and Virginia,
USING OUR TALENTS.
Sermon for Those Given to Depreci
ate Themselves.
Dlaeonrae of Dr. Talmagre on the Short
Text, "To Another One Diffi
cult Taak to Accurately Ei
tliuate Onraelvea.
Copyright. 1901. by Louis Klopsch. N. T.
Washington.
This is a discourse by Dr. Talmage
for those given to depreciate them
selves and who have an idea that
their best attempts amount to little
or nothing; text, Matthew 25: 15, "To
another one."
Expel first from this parable of the
talents the word "usury." It ought
to have been translated "interest."
Usury" is finding a man in a tight
place and compelling him to pay an
unreasonable sum to get out. "In
terest" is a righteous payment for
the use of money. When the capital-
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ist oi tnis paraoie went vu. ntui
home, he gave to his stewards cer
tain sums of money, wishing to have
them prontably invested. Change
also your idea as to the value of one
talent. You remember the capital
ist gave to one of his men for busi
ness purposes live talents, to anotner
two, to another one. What a small
amount to last, you think, and how
could he be expected to do anything
with only one talent? I have to tell
you that one talent was about $7,200,
so that when my text says: "lo an
other one," it implies that those who
have the least have much.
We bother ourselves a great deal
about those who are highly gifted or
have large financial resource or exalt
ed official position or wide reaching
opportunity. We are "anxious that
their wealth, their eloquence, their
wit, be employed on the right side.
One of them makes a mistake, and
we say: "What an awful disaster."
When one of them devotes all his
great ability to useful purposes, we
celebrate it, we enlarge upon it, we
speak of it as something for grati
tude to God. Meanwhile we give no
time at all to consider what people
are doing with their one talent, not
realizing that ten people of one tal
ent each are quite as important as
one man with ten talents. In the one
case the advantage or opportunity
is concentered in a single personality,
while in another it is divided among
ten individuals. Now, what we want
to do in this sermon is to waken peo
ple of only one talent to appreciation
of their duty. Only a few people
have five talents or ten talents, while
millions have one. My short text is
like a galvanic shock, "To another
one."
The most difficult thing in the
world is to make an accurate esti
mate of ourselves. Our friends value
us too high, our enemies oo low. To
find out what we are worth morally
and mentally is almost impossible.
We are apt to measure ourselves by
those around us, but this is not fair,
as they may be very brilliant or very
dull, very good or very bad. Indeed
there are no human scales that can
tell our exact moral and mental
weight, nor is there a standard by
which we can measure our exact in
tellectual height, so the hardest thing
to do is to calculate our real stature
or heft. But it will be no evidence
of egotism in any of us if we say that
we have at least one talent. What is
it and, finding what it is, what use
shall we make of it? The most of
the people, finding that they have
only one talent, do as the man
spoken of in the parable, they hide it.
But if all of the people who have one
talent brought it out for use before
this century is half past and corre
spondents begin to write at the head
of their letters 1950 the earth would
be one of the outskirts 6f heaven. I
ask you again: What is your one
talent?
Is it a cheerful look? Carry that
look wherever you go. It must come
from a cheerful heart. It is not that
inane smile which we sometimes see
which is an irritation. In other
words,' it must be a light within us so
bright that it illumines eye, cheek,
nostril and mouth. Let ten men who
are accustomed to walking a certain
street every day resolve upon a
cheerful countenance as a result of
a cheerful heart, and the influence of
such a facial irradiation would be
felt not only in that street, but
throughout the town. Cheerfulness
is catching. But a cheerful look is
exceptional. Examine the first 20
faces that you meet going through
Pennsylvania avenue or Chestnut
street or Broadway or State street
or La Salle street or Euclid avenue,
and 19 out of the 20 faces have either
an anxjous look or a severe look or a
depressing look or an avaricious look
or a sneering look or a vacant look
Here is a missionary work for those
who have trouble. Arm yourself with
Gospel eomfort; Let the God who
comforted Mary and Martha at the
loss of their brother, the God who
soothed Abraham at the loss of
Sarah and the God of David, who
consoled the bereft spirit at the loss
of his boy by saying: "I shall go to
him;" the God who filled St. John
with doxology when an exile on bar
ren Patmos and the God who has
given happiness to thousands of the
bankrupted and persecuted, filling
them with heavenly riches which
were more than the earthly advan
tages that are wiped out-let that
God help them. If He take full pos
session of your nature, then you will
go down the street a benediction to
all who see you, and those who are
in the tough places of life and are
run upon and belied and had their
homes destroyed will say: "If that
man can be happy, I can be happy
He has been through troubles as big
as mine, and he goes down the street
with a face in every lineament of
which there are joy and peace and
heaven. What am I groaning about?
From the same place that man got
his cheerfulness 1 can get mine. 'Why I
art thou cast down, O my soul, and
why art thou disquieted within me?
Hope thou in God, for I shall yet
praise him who is the health of my
countenance and my God.' "
Again, is your talent that of wit or
humor? Use it for God. Mitch of the
world's wit is damaging. Most of sat
ire has a sting in it. Much of carica
ture is malevolent. Much of smart re
tort is vitriolic. In order to say smart
things how many will sacrifice the
feelings of others! The sword they
carry is keen, and it is employed to
thrust and lacerate. But few men in
all the world and in all the churches
realize that if wit is bestowed it is
given them for useful, for improving,
for healthful purposes. If we all had
more of it and knew how to use it
aright, how much it would improve
our Christian conversation and prayer
meeting talk and sermon! Robert
South and Rowland Hill and Jeremy
Taylor and Dean Swift and Lorenzo
Dow and George Whitefield used their
wit and their humor to gather great
audiences and then lead them into the
kingdom of God. Frivolity is repulsive
in religious discussion, but I like the
humor of Job when he said to his in
solent critics: "No doubt but ye are
the people, and wisdom shall die with
you," and T'llke the humor of the
prophet Elijah, who told the Baalites
to pray louder, as their god was out
hunting or on an excursion or in such
loud conversation that he could not
hear them. I like the sarcasm of
Christ when He told the self-right
eous Pharisees that they were so good
they needed no help: "The whole need
not a physician, but that they are
sick," or when in mirthful hyperpole
he arraigns 4he hypocritical teachers
of His day who were so particular
about little things and careless about
big things, paying: "Ye blind guides
that strain at a gnat and swallow a
camel," and the Bible is all ablaze with
epigram, words surprisingly put and
phraseology that must have made the
audiences of Paul and Christ nudge
each other and exchange glances and
smile and then appropriate the tre
mendous truths of the Gospel. There
are some evils you can laugh down
easier than you can preach down. The
question is alwaj-s being asked, why
do not more people go to church,
prayer meeting and other religious
meetings? I will tell you. e of the
pulpit and the pew are so dull they
cannot stand it. But when we ask
why people do not go to church we ask
a misleading question. More people
go now to church than ever in the
world's history, and the reason is in
all our denominations there is a new
race of -ministers stepping into the
pulpits which are not the apostles of
humdrum. Sure enough, we want in
the Lord's army the heavy artillery,
but we want also more men.who, like
Burns, a farmer at Gettysburg, took a
musket and went out on his own ac
count to do a little shooting different
from the other soldiers. The church
of God is d3-ing of the proprieties.
Or is your talent an opportunity to
et a good example? One person do
ing right under adverse circumstances
will accomplish more than many trea
tises about what is right. . The census
has never been taken of lovely old
folks. Most of us, if we have not such
a one in our own house now, have in
our memory such a saint. We went
to those old people with all otir trou
bles They were perpetual evangel
ists, by their soothing words, by their
hopefulness of spirit, an inexpressible
help. I cannot see how Heaven could
make them any lovelier than they are
or were. But there are exceptions.
There is a daughter in that family
whose father is impatient and the
mother querulous. The passage of
many years does not alwa3-s improve
the disposition, and there are a great
many disagreeable old folks. Some of
them forget that they were young
themselves, and they become untidy
in their -habits and wonder how, when
their asthma or rheumatism is so bad,
other people can laugh or sing and go
on as they do. The daughter in that
family bears all thi peevishness and
unreasonable behavior of senility
without answering back or making
any kind of complaint. If you should
ask her what her five talents are or
her one talent is, she would answer
that she has no talent at all. Greatly
mistaken is she. Her one talent is to
forbear and treat the childishness of
the old as well as she treats the child
ishness of the young. She is no mu
sician, and besides there may not be a
piano in the house. She cannot skill
fully swing a croquet mallet or golf
stick. Indeed, she seems shut up to
see what she can do with a ladle and
a broom and a brush and other house
hold implements. She is the personi
fication of patience, and her reward
will be as long as Heaven. Indeed,
much of her reward may be given on
earth. She is. in a rough college, from
which she may after awhile graduate
into brightest domesticity. She is a
heroine, though at present she may
receive nothing but scolding and de
preciation. Her one talent of pa
tience under trial will do more good
than many morocco covered sermons
on patience preached to-day from the
tasseled cushion of the pulpit.
There is a man In business life whose
one talent is honesty. He has not the
genius or the forcato organize a com
pany or plan what is called a "corner
in wheat" or "a corner in stocks" or
"a corner" in anything. He goes to
business at a reasonable hour and re
turns when it is time to lock up. He
never gave a check for $20,000 in all
his life, but he is known on the street
and in the church and in many honor
able circles as an honest man. His
word is as good as his bond. He has
or ,30 years been referred to as a
clean, upright, industrious, consistent
Christian man. Ask him how many
talents he has, and he will not claim
even one. He cannot make a speech,
he cannot buy- up a market, he cannot
afford an outshining equipage,' but'
what an example he is to the young,
what an honor to his household, what
a pillar to the church of God, what a
specimen of truth and Integrity and all
roundness of character! Is there any
comparison in usefulness between
that man with the one talent of hon
esty and the dashing operators of the
money market?
The chief work of the people with
many talents is to excite wonderment
and to startle and electrify the worm.
What use is there in all that? No use
at all. I have not so much interest in
the one man out of the million as I
have in the million. Get the great
masses of the world right and it does
not make much difference about what
the exceptional people are doing1.
Have all the people with one talent en
listed for God and righteousness, and
let all those with five or ten talents mi
grate to the north star or the moon,
and. this world would get on splendid
ly. The hardworking, industrious
classes of America are all right and
would give no trouble, but it is the
genius who gives up work and on a
big salary goes around to excite dis
satisfaction and embroilment, the
genius who quits workand steps on
the stage or political platform, eats
beafsteak and quail on toast and
causes the common laborers, com
pelled to idleness, to put their hands
into empty pockets and eat gristle and
gnaw bones. The world would be
mightily improved if it could slough
off about 5,000 geniuses, for there are
more than that on our planet. Then
the man or woman of one talent would
take possession of the world and rule
it in a common sense and Christian
way. There would be less to amaze
and startle, but more to give equipoise
to church and state and world. "To
another one."
Among the 114000 words of Noah
Webster's vocabulary and the thou
sands of words since then added to our
English vocabulary there is one out
mastering word the power of which
cannot be estimated, and it reaches so
far up and so far down, and that is the
word "come." It has drawn more peo
ple away from the wrong and toward
the right than any word I now think
of. It has at times crowded all the
12 gates of Heaven with fresh arriv
als. It will yet rob the path of death
of the last pedestrians. It will yet
chime so loudly and gladly that all the
tolling bells of sorrow will be drowned
with the music. It is piled up in the
Bible's climax and peroration: "And
the Spirit and the bride say, Come, and
let him that heareth say, Come and let
him that is athirst come." Have it on
the point of your pen, have it on the
tip of your tongue. Monosyllables are
mightier than polysyllables, and that
word "come" is the mightiest of mon
osyllables. After the resurrection day and all
Heaven is made up, resurrected bod
ies joined to ransomed souls, and the
gates which were so long open are
shut there may be some day when
all the redeemed may pass in review
before the great white throne. If so,
I think the hosts passing before the
King will move in different divisions.
With the first division will pass the
mighty ones of earth who were as
good and useful as they were -great.
In thi division wil pass before the
throne all the Martin Luthers, the
John Knoxes, the Wesleys, the Rich
ard Cecils,- the Miltons, the Chrysos
toms, the Herschells, the Lenoxes,
the George Peabodys, the Abbot Law
rences and all the consecrated Chris
tian men and women who were greal
in literature, in law, in medicine, in
philosophy, in commerce. Their
genius never spoiled - them. They
were as humble as they were gifted
or opulent. They were great on
earth, and now they are great iu
Heaven. . Their surpassing and mag
nificent talents were all used for ths
world's betterment. As they pass L
review before the King on the great
white throne to higher and higher
rewards it makes me think of the
parable of the talents: "To another
ten." I stand and watch the other
divisions as they go by, division after
division, until the largest of all the
divisions comes in sight. It is a hun
dred to one, a thousand to one, ten
thousand to one, larger than the
other divisions. It is made, up of
men who never did anything but sup
port their families and give whatever
of their limited means they could
spare for the relief of poverty and
sickness and the salvation of the
world, mothers who took good care
of children by example and precept
starting them on the road to Heaven,
millions of Sabbath school teachers
who sacrificed an afternoon's siesta
for the listening class of yo: ng im
mortals, women who declined the
making of homes for themselves that
they might take care of father and
mother in the weaknesses of old age,
ministers of the Gospel who on nig
gardly stipend preacjied in the back
woods, meeting houses, souls who for
long years did nothing but . suffer,
yet suffered with so much cheerful
patience that it became a helpful les
son to all who heard of it; those who
served God faithfully all their lives
and whose name never but once ap
peared in print and that time in the
three lines of the death column
which some survivor paid for, sailors
who perished in the storm while try
ing to get the life line out to the
drowningpersecuted .and tried souls
who endured without complaint ma
lignity and abuse, those 'who har
only ordinary equipment for boo
and ordinary endowment of intelleexfc
yet devoted all they had to holy p"be:
poses and spiritual achievement. an(j
I see this, the largest of all th- et
visions, from All lands and frorrsiall
ages, pass in review before thj days,
on the great white throne a fool,"
minded of the wonderfjpriate fimeral
the talents and more WOrds of the
my text: "To anothe-
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