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VOL. XXXVI-NO. 49.
BOLIVAR, TENNESSEE, FRIDAY, JULY 12, 1901.
SUBSCRIPTION: $1.00 Per Year
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A WEEK'S RECORD
All the News of the Past Seven
Days Condensed.
' H03IE AND FOREIGN ITEMS
News of the Industrial Field, Personal
and Political Items, Happenings
at Home and Abroad.
THE XEWS FEOJI ALL THE WORLD
DOMKSTIC.
The public debt statement issued
on the 1st shows that the debt de
creased $17,737,374 during- the month
of June. The cash balance in the
treasury was $326,833,124. The total
debt, less the cash' in the treasury
amounts to $1,044,739,120.
A negro who attempted a criminal
assault upon a young- woman was
taken from the jail at Lawrenceville,
a., by a mob and lynched.
Nearly 50,000 steel workers are idle
as a result of the strike ordered by
the president . of. the Amalgamated
association.
It has been discovered that Geron-
imo Parra, who was hanged in El
Paso, Tex., in January, 1900, for mur
der, was innocent.
The remains of ex-Gov. Ilazen S.
Pingree, of Michigan, arrived in New
York from London.
Andrew Carnegie has offered to give
Detroit $750,000 towards the erection
of a public library building.
Five men, the crew of the tug- Fern,
perished in the foundering of the boat
near Houghton, Mich.
The president has signed the com
mission of Judge Taft as civil gov
ernor of the Philippines.
Seventy-five miners from the Klon
dike arrived at Seattle with $1,000,000
In gold.
Record breaking heat caused 94
deaths, six suicides and 216 prostra
tions in New York cit3 14 deaths in
Philadelphia, 18 in Pittsburgh, 14 in
Baltimore and 5 in Chicago.
Lightning struck a pier in Chicago
and killed ten boys and a man who had
been fishing and sought shelter from a
storm.
During the 12 months ended Juno
30 there were placed in circulation
but four new counterfeit notes,
against an average of about ten for
each year during the preceding ten
years.
Four persons committed suicide in
Chicago, one being a boy of 12 years
who was in love.
During the fiscal year just ended
the net increase in the number of
names on the government pension
rolls was nearly 2,500, the grand to
tal being 996,000.
The government receipts over ex
penditures in the fiscal year just
closed amounted to $76,000,000.
The mission of. Gen Gomez to the
United States is to prevail upon Senor
Estrada Palma to become a candidate
for the Cuban presidency.
Three men and a boy, members of
a fishing party from St. Louis, were
killed by lightning at Cahokia, 111.
In raiding a gambling place in Coa
homa county, Miss., oucers shot and
killed five negroes.
Four workmen were killed by the
cars near Waterloo, la.
The big Homestead hotel at Hot
Springs, Va., was destroyed by fire,
the loss being $500,000.
The mining town of Globe, Ari.,'was
almost totally destroyed by fire.
George Davenport, former state sen
ator of Michigan, was killed by light
ning near Saginaw.
Mrs. Fannie Wilson and her husband
took their own lives at Hot Springs,
Ark., with opium.
Fire completely wiped out the
main portion of Williams, Ari.
A heavy storm of wind and Tain
6truck Sing Sing, N. Y., tearing off
part of the prison roof and causing
a panic among the prisoners.
The stables and wharves of the
Metropolitan Coal company in Bos
ton were burned, the loss being
$500,000.
Maj. E. H. Conger, United States
minister to China,-will sail from San
Francisco July 17 on his return to
Peking.
Rollin Hawkins, a farmer near New
ton Falls, O., killed his wife and then
attempted suicide. Jealousy was the
cause.
Gov. Taft's Philippine cabinet has
been approved by the president.
Americans are in the majority.
T. F. Ward, charged with wrecking
the Lemars (la.) national bank, was
arrested at Jersey City.
In the intercollegiate races at
Foughkeepsie, N. Y., Cornell won the
varsity and four-oared events and
Pennsylvania won the freshman race.
John Ross, who was sent to an In
diana insane asylum on the evidence
of four Indianapolis doctors, has been
ieclared sane.
Intense beat in the east caused 225
fieaths and 400 prostrations in New
York, 50 deaths in Philadelphia, 50 in
Pittsburgh and fatalities in many oth
er cities.
The Washington weather bureau
reports that the excessive heat has
not seriously injured crops, though
rain is needed in some sections.
Street cars on the Chicago-Joliet
line are run for the first time by
electrical power generated by the
drainage canal.
Army expenses for last year
Amounted to $120,061,378.
The steamer Mohawk, carrying 900
excursionists, sank in Long Island
sound in shallow water and all on
board escaped.
The Denver (Col.) chief of police or
dered policemen to maim and if neces
sary kill ruffians who have overrun the
INCREASE OF STOCK.
UllnoU Central to Expend Thirteen Mil
lions For Improvements In Service.
New York, July 8. At the meeting
of the board of directors of the Illinois
Central Railroad, held here today, it
was decided to recommend to the
stockholders for action at the annua
meeting, October 1, an increase of the
capital by the issue of $13,200,000 in
stock. If this proposition should be
fayorably acted upon by the stockhold'
ers, it will entitle each stockholder
registered on the books on October 31
to subscribe at par for one share of
the new stock in respect to every five
shares so registered on the books in his
name, and the capital which now
amounts to $66,000,000, will be in
creased to $79,200,000. This step, it
was announced, was taken in view of
the steady and large increase in the
revenue and in view of the fact that
although there have been expended
during the year ended June 30, 1901,
for improvements In service $6,000,000,
the facilities of the company are still
overtaxed.
SIXTEEN BREWERIES SOLD.
Junior Securities Take Over the Maryland
Property for 80,500,000.
Baltimore, July 8. The property of
the Maryland Brewing Company was
sold at public auction here today to
the Gottlieb - Strauss-Bauernschmidt
Co. for $3,500,000. The sale was made
by the receivers of the company under
an order of court issued in proceedings
to foreclose the mortgage given to se
cure the payment of the bonds of the
defunct company upon which the inter
est was defaulted in April of last year
Sixteen breweries are involved in the
transaction and the purchasing com
pany was organized for the purpose of
taking over the property and conduct
ing it in the interest of holders of
the Junior securities of the Maryland
Brewing Company.
FOREIGN WHEAT CROP.
England and France Below the Mark, Ba
Spain and Italy Will Keap Mag
nificent Harvest.
London, July 8. The Mark Lane Ex
press in its weekly crop review today
says it is doubtful if the recent rains
will effect great "transformations" in
the wheat crop of England. It thinks
the yield may reach an average of 281,4
bushels per acre.
The Express considers that the en
hanced price and big weekly market in
Paris furnishes evidence that the
French farmers consider the govern
ment estimate as being quite 10 per
cent, too high. The agricultural press
puts the yield at 35,000,000 quarters,
4,000,000 quarters below the govern
ment estimate. .
Spain is reaping a magnificent harv
est, estimated at 12,500,000 quarters.
The Italian harvest promises to
reach the full average and the Rouman
ian harvest is estimated at 9,000,000
quarters, leaving 3,000,000 available for
export.
The spring wheat crop in Russia is
less promising. In several provinces
the winter wheat crop, however, is
splendid, according to the moderate
standard prevailing. Their rye will
make an excellent harvest The other
autumn sown cropsare all above the
average, but the spring barley and oats
are below par.
WHITMARSH TO STAND TRIAL.
The Governor of Benguet Province Charged
With Indiscretion and Violation
of Instructions.
Manila, July 8. The United States
Philippine commission has ordered H.
Phelps Whitmarsh, the governor of
Benguet province, to come to Manila
and submit to an investigation owing
to the allegations that he has been us
ing his position to his personal ad
vantage in acquiring land and mining
rights from the natives. He is at
present charged with indiscretion and
violation of his instructions.
The commission particularly in
structed Gov. Whitmarsh- to cultivate
friendship and protect the interests of
the Igorrotes, who suffered from
Spanish extortions and exploitations.
Col. Duvall of the Forty-eighth regi
ment, which formerly occupied the
provinces of Union and Benguet, and
Dr. Kieffer, the regimental surgeon
who was prominent in the civil admin
istration of the province, complained
of Gov. Whitmarsh's methods of ad
ministering his office.
Mississippi Cotton Crop.'
Jackson, Miss., July 8. Conserva-
ive reports received from the principal
cotton growing centers of the State
are of an encouraging nature, and
with average weather from now on it
is assured that Mississippi will have
a bounteous yield of the staple. The
crop will be from two to three weeks
late.
Delta planters report that cotton is
well fruited for this season of the year,
and is clean and free from weeds. It
Is difficult to tell to what extent the
charbon epidemic in Bolivar county
will affect the delta crop, but as the
work animals are being rapidly killed
)ff it is feared that it will be impossible
to gather the entire crop in that
county.
STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.
Oglethorpe Hotel Badly Damaged, Being
Saved by a Torrential Rain.
Brunswick, Ga., July 8. During a
thunderstorm today the Oglethrope
Hotel, the leading hostelry of the city,
-as struck by lightning and set afire.
The downpour of rain was torrential,
which materially aided in controlling
the fire. The hotel contained 150
rooms. It was badly damaged by fire
and water, the loss amounting to
about 40 per cent, of its value, which
was $200,000. There were no casual
TENNESSEE
Baee Riot.
A serious race riot has broken out In
the mountains of Campbell county, be
tween negnTand white miners. The
trouble started at a negro dance where
a fight was in progress, near Lafollete,
a mining town. The town marshal
was sent for and tried to arrest the
negroes with a posse of five men. The
negroes fired on the officers who re
turned to town. About twenty men
went back to the scene and opened fire
on the negro cabin. There were about
fifteen negroes in the house. They re
turned the fire, and soon made a break
for the woods. In the running fight
that followed three negroes are said
to have been fatally shot, and a num
ber of others wounded. There are a
large number of negro miners in the
country, who are much excited over the
trouble.
Probable Oil Find.
Considerable excitement has develop
ed in Jie neighborhood of Darden,
owing to the surface indications of oil
found. After each rain the water that
remains in the drainage gulley
through town shows quite a coat of
oil, which is evidently petroleum. The
old inhabitants say that coal has been
found in thin layers In boring for
wells near there, and that these city
Indications hare been noted for many
years though no attention was directed
to them until the reports of finding oil
in Overton and Fentress counties call
ed attention to the fact that oil might
exist in other parts of the State.
Davidson County's Wealth.
The county board of equalization
has certified the assessments of prop
erty In Davidson county to the County
Court The report shows the total
realty In the county to be $40,511,660,
of which the city of Nashville has $29,
086,860. The total personalty in the
county is $10,697,700, of which Nash
ville has $8,133,500. The total per
sonalty and realty in the county is
$51,208,360. The total polls in the
county number 19,444, of which Nash
ville has 13.801.
Looks Like OIL
Capt Lucas, who was at Columbia
last week from Beaumont examining
the indications for oil, gave it as his
opinion that the indications were good.
but that the only way for the people
to find out what they really had was
to dig down and see. Capt Lucas Is
said to have made local parties a prop
osition which was refuhed. One of
the conditions of the proposition was
that options or leases should be se
cured on 10,000 acres of land before
operations were begun.
John Thompson Resigns.
John Thompson, one of the oldest
employes of the Nashville & Chatta
nooga Railroad, has resigned the posi
tion of master mechanic of that road
at Chsttanooga. He was first em
ployed in Nashville thirty-five years
ago as a journeyman blacksmith, was
transferred to Chattanooga in 1866,
and in 1875 was made master me
chanic, serving In that capacity ever
since.
Mysterious Whirlwind.
A whlrlwindstruck Mitchell's livery
stable at Somerville last week, and
tore the roof off; It also carried up a
quantity of bed and table linen that
was hanging on a line adjacent to the
stable. The articles were carried up in
the air for several hundred feet, and
in fact, when last seen they were still
going up. The peculiar fact was that
there was absolutely no wind stirring
anywhere in town either before or
after the whirlwind, and the sky was
cloudless.
Farmer Kills Lawyer.
Bruce Bundren, a prominent farmer
of Grainger county, shot and in
stantly killed John W. Crozier, an at
torney, near Dutch Valley. Crozier
had won a suit against Bundren and
had levied against some of his prop
erty. They met in the road, and after
some angry words had been exchanged
Crozier started to leave; as he turned
Bundren shot him twice in his back.
Bundren is at large.
New Mine Workers Scale.
Delegates of United Mine Workers
of America of the East Tennessee
and Kentucky districts will meet at
Knoxville August 9, to frame demands
for a new scale effective September 1.
On August 13 a conference of the mine
workers and coal operators will be held
to dispose of this proposed scale. It
is understood the miners will ask for
an eight-hour day, and may seek no
other advance In wages if this is al
lowed.
Mistrial In Massey Case.
The case of the State vs. Sam
Massey, on trial at Columbia charged
with the murder of Constable Walter
Vaughn at Mt Pleasant, some months
since, resulted in a mistrial. Masseys
bond was fixed at $10,000 and he was
sent back to jaiL
Gibson's New Courthouse.
Gibson county's new court house
has been completed, accepted and dedi
cated and is now occupied by the coun
ty officers. The dedication exercises
were held last week In the Circuit
Court room, which is the largest court
room In the State.
Madison County Equalization.
The county board of equalization has
completed the equalization for Madi
son county. The tax rate for the
county is $1.05 and for the city of
Jackson $1.60.
STATE NEWS.
The Davidson Turnpikes. .
The Davidson County Court has
taken favorable action looking to the
purchase of the turnpikes by the coun
ty. It was decided to enlarge the com
mittee having the matter in, charge,
that the committee might thoroughly
investigate the condlition of the vari
ous turnpikes, receive propositions and
report back to a meeting of the court
to be held in October.
Created a Sensation.
A sensation was created in the Coun
ty Court at Chattanooga by the report
of the revenue commission, which
showed that J. E. Silver, a member
of the court, had drawn over $400 in
costs on cases which he reported had
been tried and sent to the workhouse,
when the records showed no persons
in such cases had ever been sent to
jail or to the workhouse. The com
mittee repoted further that other
justices were implicated, but that time
had not been afforded to make a special
report -
A Victim of Lightning.
During a recent electrical disturb
ance John A. Sanders was called to the
telephone at Campbellsville, near
where he lives, to answer a call from
Pulaski. He finished the conversation
and was in the act of hanging up the
ear trumpet when he was struck by
lightning. He was knocked uncon
scious, in which condition he re
mained until he died.
Death Probably by Accident.
Jim Hinds, a .prominent farmer of
the First district of Pickett county,
who lives near the line of Fentress
county, was killed recently near his
home on the river. The'supposition is
that it was an accident, as his double
barreled shotgun was found near him
with both barrels discharged. He
was ex-county clerk of Fentress coun
ty and a landmark.
Annual Outing of Veterans.
Hiram S. Bradford Bivouac, Confed
erate Veterans, of Haywood county,
will hold their annual reunion this
year on July 25 at Johnson's lake, an
artificial lake two and a half miles
west of Brownsville. Thousands, of
people from Haywood and adjoining
counties attend each year. A number
of speakers and a musical program
will add to the interest of the day. The
chief orator will be ex-Gov. Bob Taylor.
- Changes Location.
The L. E. Brevard Manufacturing
Company of Huntington will move its
plant to Union City. The firm manu
factures a combination corn, cotton
and pea planter, and the factory here
will give employment to some forty
or fifty hands. The capital stock will
be $20,000, $10,000 of which has already
been subscribed by the citizens of
Union City.
Rev. Haywood Going to Europe.
Rev. Oscar Haywood, pastor of the
First Baptist church at Jackson, who
was appointed by the Southern Baptist
convention delegate to the' Baptist
Union, which meets at Edinburgh,
Scotland, in September, will sail the
middle of August He has been invited
to be the guest of Rev. J. H. Shake
speare of London, secretary of the
Baptist Union of Great Britain and
Scotland.
Oil and Mining Company.
The Tri-State Oil and Mining Com
pany has been organized at Jackson.
The company owns about 5,000 acres
of supposed oil land in the States of
Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and
Louisiana. The capital stock of the
company was fixed at $250,000; $129.
000 of the stock is paid up. The com
pany will bore at Jackson for oil in a
few weeks.
j
Shot by His Hrother-in-Law.
John Allford shot J. W. Jernagin at
Bell Buckle last week. Jernagin was
seriously but not necessarily fatally
wounded. Allford and Jernagin are
brothers-in-law, and the feud grew out
of family troubles of years' standing.
Hon. Emerson Etherldge Rallies.
Hon. Emerson Etherldge, who suffer
ed a severe stroke of paralysis' recent
ly is now able to walk about his
premises. Mr. Etheridge's illness has
been watched with a great deal of in
terest all over the State owing to his
popularity.
Deal In Zinc Lands.
A deal has been consummated at
Knoxville whereby J. C. Sterchi, W. R.
Johnson, R. H.' Cate, J. E Lutz, W. S.
Braley and Dr. W. S. Nash have se
cured 200 acres of zinc lands valued
at $350,000. It is ten miles east of
Knoxville. Already the gentlemen have
been offered a good bonus for the prop
erty, but they propose to develop it
Oil, Gas and 3Ilnlng Charter. .
Secretary of State Morton has
granted a charter to the Reelfoot Lake
Oil, Gas and Mining Company, with
capital of $20,000.
Festival Brings a Surplus.
The Chattanooga Spring Festival
Association met last week and the fin
ance committee reported the associa
tion had cleared over $1,000 'by the
festival in May. This is the second
year the spring carnival has paid out
with a surplus.
Killed at a Bran Dance.
Jim Jenkins was shot and instantly
killed by Oscar Brown at a bran
dance near Bonair, last week. Jenkins
and Brown's brother were seemingly
in a difficulty when Oscar shot
Jenkins, the ball entering just below
the left nipple. Brown escaped.
HARVEST TIME HERE
Sermon of Congratulation for
Christian Endeavorers.
Dr. Talraace Finds at Mighty Suggcd
flventM In HI Text The Growth
and Perfection of Chris
tianity. Copyright, 1901. by Louis Klopscb, N. Y.J
Washington,
Although Dr. Talmage was hindered
from attending the great annual meet
ing of the Christian Endeavor society
at Cincinnati, his sermon shows him to
be in sympathy with the great move
ment; text, Amos 9:13: "Behold the
days come, saith the Lord, that the
plowman shall overtake the reaper."
Unable because of other important
duties to accept the invitation to take
part in the great convention of Chris
tian Endeavorers at Cincinnati, begun,
last week, I preach a sermon of con
gratulation for all the members of that
magnificent association, whether now
gathered in vast assemblage or buey in
their places of usefulness, transatlan
tic and cisatlantic, and as it is now har
vest time in the fields and sickles are
flashing" in the gathering of a great
crop, I find mighty suggestiveness in
my text.
It is a picture of a tropical clime,
with a season so prosperous that the
harvest reaches clear over to the plant
ing time, and the swarthy husband
man, busy cutting the grain, almost
leels the breath of the horses on his
shoulders, the horses hitched to the
plow, preparing for a new crop. "Be
hold the days come, saith the Lord,
that the" plowman shall overtake the
reaper." When is that? That is now.
That is this day, when hardly have you
done reaping one harvest of religious
result than the plowman is getting
ready for another.
In phraseology charged with all ven
om and abuse and caricature I know
that infidels and agnostics have de
clared that Christianity has collapsed;
that the Bible is an obsolete book; that
the Christian church is on the retreat.
I shall answer that wholesale charge
to-day.
Between 3,000,000 and 4,000,000 En
deavorers sworn before high Heaven
that they will do all they can to take
America for God, Europe for God, Asia
and Africa for God are not the signs
most cheering? Or, to return to the
agricultural figure of my text, more
than a mHlion reapers are overtaken
by more than a million plowmen. Be
sides this, there are more people who
believe in the Bible than at any time
in the world's existence. An Arab
guide was leading a French infidel
across the desert, and ever and anon
the Arab guide would get down in the
sand and pray to the Lord. It disgust
ed the French infidel, and after awhile,
as the Arab got up from one of his
prajers, the infidel said: "How do
you know there is any God?" And the
Arab guide said: "How do I know that
a man and a camel passed by our tent
last night? I know it by the footprint
In the sand. And you want to know
how I know whether there is any God?
Look at the sunset. Is that the foot
step of a man?" And by the same
process you and I have come to under
stand that this book is the footstep
of God.
But now let us see whether the book
Is a- last year's almanac. Let us see
whether the church of God is a Bull
Runt retreat, muskets, canteens and
haversacks strewing all the way. The
great English historian Sharon Tur
ner, a man of vast learning and great
accuracy, not a clergyman, but an at
torney as well as a historian, gives this
overwhelming statistic in regard to
Christianity and in regard to the num
ber of Christians in the different cen
turies: In the first century 500.000
Christians, in the second century 2,000,
000 Christians, in the third century
6.000,000 Christians, in the fourth cen
tury 10,000,000 Christians, in the fifth
century 15,000,000 Christians, in the
sixth century 20,000,000 Christians, in
the seventh century 24,000.000 Chris
tians, in the eighth century 30,000,000
Christians, in the ninth century 40,000,
000 Christians, in the tenth century 50,
000,000 Christians, in the eleventh cen
tury 70,000,000 Christians, in the twelfth
century S0,000,000 Christians, in the
thirteenth century 75,000,000 Chris
tians, in the fourteenth century 80,000,
000 Christians, in the fifteenth century
100,000,000 Christians, in the sixteenth
century 125,000,000 Christians, in the
seventeenh century 155,000,000 Chris
tians, in the eighteenth century 200,
000,000 Christians a decadence, as you
observe, in only one century and more
than made up in the following cen
turies, while it is the usual computa
tion that there were at the close of the
nineteenth century 470,000,000 Chris
tians, making us to believe that before
this century is. closed the millenium
will have started its boom and lifted
its hosarna.
Poor Christianity! What a pity it
has no friend! How lonesome it must
be! Who will take it out of the poor
house? Poor Christianity! Four hun
dred millions in one century. In a few
weeks of this year 2,500,000 copies of
the New Testament distributed. Why,
the earth, is like an old castle. with 20
gates and a park of artillery ready to
thunder down every gate. See how
heathendom is being surrounded and
honeycombed and attacked by this all
conquering Gospel. At the beginning
of the nineteenth century 150 mission
aries; at the close of that century 84,
000 missionaries and native helpers
and evangelists. At the beginning of
the nineteenth cemury there were only
20,000 converts. ' Now there are over
1,000,000 converts from heathendom.
"You all know that an important work
of an army is to plant the batteries. It
may take many days to plant the bat
teries, and they may do all the work in
ten minutes. Thse Gospel batteries
are being- planted all along the sea-
coasts and in all nations. It may take
a good while to plant them, and they
may do all their work in one day. They
will. Nations are to be born in a day.
But just come back to Christendom
and recognize the fact that during the
last ten years as many people have con
nected themselves with evangelical
churches as connected themselves with
the churches in the first 50 years of last
century. So Christianity is falling
back, and the Bible, they say, is be
coming an obsolete book. I go into a
court, and wherever I find a judge's
bench or a clerk's desk I find a Bible.
Upon what book could there be uttered
the solemnity of an oath? What book
is apt to be put in the trunk of the
young nan as he leaves for city life?
The Bible. What shall I find in nine out
of every ten homes in this city? The
Bible. In nine out of every ten homes
in Christendom? The Bible. Voltaire
wrote the prophecy that the Bible in
the nineteenth century would become
extinct. That century is gone, and I
have to tell you that the room in which
Voltaire wrote that prophecy not long
ago was crowded from floor to ceiling
with Bibles from Switzerland.
Suppose the congress of the United
States should pass a law that there
should be no more Bibles printed in
America and no Bibles read? If
there are 60,000,000 grown people in
the United States, there would be 60,
000,000 people in an army to put down
such a law and defend their right to
read the Bible. But suppose the con
gress of the United States should
make a law against the reading or
the publication of any other book,
how many people would go out in
such a crusade? Could you get 60,
000,000 people to go out and risk their
lives in the defense of Shakespeare's
tragedies or Gladstone's tracts or
Macaulay's "History of England?''
You know that there are a thousand
men who would die in the defense of
this book where there is not more
than one man who would die in the
defense of any other book. You try
to insult my common sense by tell
ing me the Bible is fading out from
the world. It is the "most popular
book of the centuries.
How do I know it? I know it just
as I know in regard to other books.
How many volumes of that history
are published? Well, you say 5,000.
How many copies of another book
are published? A hundred thousand.
Which is the more popular? Why, of
course, the one that has the hundred
thousand circulation. And if this book
has more copies abroad in the world,
if there are five times as many Bibles
abroad as any other book among civ
ilized nations, does not that show you
that the most popular book on earth
to-day is the word of God?
"Oh," say people, "the church is a
collection of hypocrites, and it is los
ing its power, and it is fading out
from the world." Is it? A bishop
of the Methodist church told me that
that denomination averages two new
churches every day. In other words,
they build 730 churches in that de
nomination in a year, and there are
at least 1,500 new Christian churches
built in America every year. Does
that look as though the Christian
church were fading out, as though it
were a defunct institution? What
stands nearest to the hearts of the
American people to-day? I do not
care in what village or what city or
what neighborhood you go. What is
it? Is it the post office? Is it the
hotel? Is it the lecturing hall? Ah,
you know it is not! You know that
that which stands nearest to the
hearts of the American people is the
Christian church.
The infidels say: "There is great
liberty now for infidels; freedom of
platform. Infidelity shows its power
from the fact that it is everywhere
tolerated, and it can say what it
will." Why, my friends, infidelity is
not half so blatant in our day as it
was in the days of our fathers. Do
you know that in the days of our fa
thers there were pronounced infidels
in public authority, and they could
get any political position? Let a man
to-day declare himself antagonistic to
the Christian religion, and what city
wants him for mayor; what state
wants him for governor; what na
tion wants him for president or for
king? Let a man openljr proclaim
himself the enemy of our glorious
Christianity, and he cannot get a ma
jority of votes in any state, in any
city, in any county, in any ward of
-America.
I am mightily encouraged because
I find, among other things, that while
this Christianity has been bombarded
for centuries infidelity has not de
stroyed one church, or crippled one
minister, or uprooted one verse of
one chapter of all the Bible. If that
has been their magnificent record for
the centuries of the past, what may
we expect for the future? The church
all the time getting the victory, and
their shot and shell all gone.
And then I find another most en
couraging" thought in the fact that
the secular printing press and the
pulpit seem harnessed in the same
team for the proclamation of the
Gospel. Every banker in this capital
to-morrow, every Wall street banker
to-morrow in New York, every State
street banker to-morrow in Bor.on,
every Third street banker to-morrow
in Philadelphia, every banker in the
United States and every merchant
will have in his pocket a treatise ou
Christianity, 10, 20 or 30 passages of
Scripture in the reports of sermons
preached throughout the land to-day.
It will be so in Chicago, so in New
Orleans, so in Charleston, so in Bos
ton, so in Philadelphia, o in Cincin
nati, so everywhere. I know the tract
societies are doing a grand and glo
rious work, but I tell you there is no
power on earth to-day equal to the
fact that the American printing press
is taking up the sermons which are
preached to a few hundred or a few
thousand people, and on Monday
morning and, Monday evening scatter
ing that truth to the millions. What
an encouragement to every Christian
man!
Then you have noticed a more sig
nificant fact if you have talked with
people on the subject, that they are
getting disgusted with rorldly philos
ophy as a matter oi comfort. They
say it does not amount to anything
when you have a dead child in the
house. They tell you when they were
sick and the door of the future seemed
opening the only comfort they could
find was the Gospel. People are hav
ing demonstrated all over the land
that science and philosophy cannot
solace the troubles and woes of the
world, and they want some other re
ligion, and they are taking Christian
ity, the only sympathetic religion;
that ever came into the world. You
just take a scientific consolation into
that room where a mother has lost
her child. Try in that' case your
splendid doctrine of the "survival of
the fittest." Tell her that child died
because it was not worth as much as
the other children. That is your
"survival of the fittest." Just try;
your transcendentalism, your philoso
phy, your science, on that widowed
soul, and tell her it was a geological
necessity that her companion should
be taken away from her, just as in
the course of the world's history the
megatherium and the ichthyosaurus
had to pass out of existence, and then
you go on in your scientific consola
tion until you get to the sublime fact
that 50,000,000 years from now we
ourselves may be scientific specimens
on the geologic shelf, petrified speci
mens of an extinct human race. And
after you have got all through with,
your consolation, if the poor afflict
ed sou.1 is not crazed by it, we will
send forth from any . of our churches
the plainest Christian we have, and
with one-half hour of , prayer and
reading of Scripture promises the
tears will be wiped away, and the
house from floor to cupola will be
flooded with the calmness of an In
dian summer sunset. There is where
I see the triumph of Christianity.
People are dissatisfied with every
thing else. They want God. They,
want Jesus Christ.
The fact is that infidelity and ag
nosticism are founded on igno
rance geological, ignorance chemical,
ignorance astronomical, , ignorance
geographical. We have heard what
the enemies of Christianity have had
to testify. Now I put before you the
testimony of the church on earth and
the church in neaven. Not fifty, not
a thousand, not a million, but all of
the church on earth and all of the
redeemed in Heaven. Will you take
the evidence of those who have wit
nessed as well as felt the power of
religion, or will you prefer the tes
timony of those who begin by declar
ing that they have never witnessed
or felt its power? You tell me that
on a certain 4th of March, 20 years
ago, a president of the United States
was inaugurated. How do I know it?
You tell me there were 20,000 per
sons who distinctly heard his inaugu
ral' address. I deny both. I deny
that he was inaugurated. I deny that
his inaugural address was delivered.
You ask why?- I did not see it. I
did not hear it. But you say there
were 20,000 people who did see and
hear him. Is not the testimony of
the 20,000 who were present worth
more than the testimony of one who
was absent? Now, there are some
men who say they have never seen,
Christ crowned in the heartland they
do not believe it is ever done. There
is a group of men who say they have
never heard the voice of Christ, that
they have never heard the voice of
God. They do not believe that any-
i thing like it ever occurred. I point
to twenty, a hundred thousand or a
million people who say: "Christ was
crowned in our heart's affections, we
have seen Him and felt Ilim in our
soul, and we have heard His voice; we
have heard it itf the storm and dark
ness; we have heard it again and .
again." Whose testimony will you
take? These men who say they have
not heard the voice of Christ, have
not seen the coronation, or will you
believe, the thousands and tens ' of
thousands of Christians who testify
of what they saw with their own eyes
and heard with their own ears?
Young man, do not be ashamed to
be a friend of the Bible. Do not put
your thumb in your vat, as young
men sometimes do, and swagger
about talking of the glorious light of
nature and of there being no need
of the Bible. They have the light of
nature in India and China and in all
the dark places of the earth. Did
you ever hear that the light of
nature gave them comfort for their
trouble? They have lancets to cut
and juggernauts to crush, but no com
fort. Ah, my friends, you had better
stop your skepticism. Suppose you
are put in a crisis like that of Col.
Ethan Allen. I saw the account and
at one time mentioned it in an ad
dress. A descendant of Ethan Allen,
who is an infidel, said it never oc
curred. Soon after I received a let
ter from a professor in one of our
colleges, who is also a descendant of
Ethan Allen and is a Christian. He
wrote me that the incident is accu
rate; that my statement was authen
tic and true. The wife of Ethan Al
len was a very .consecrated woman.
The mother instructed the daughter
in the truths of Christianity. The
daughter sickened and was about to
die, and she said to her father: "Fa
ther, shall I take your instruction or
shall I take mother's instruction? I
am going to die now; I must hare
the matter decided." That man, who
had been loud in his infidelity, said
to his dying daughter: "My dear,
you had better take your mother'
religion." My advice is the same to
you, O young man? You know reli
gion comforted her. You know what
she said to you when she was dying.
Yod had better take you tnothe'
religion.
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