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VOL. XXXVIII-NO. 23.
BOLIVAR, TENNESSEE, FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 1903.
SUBSCRIPTION: $1.00 Per Year
Whipping of Convicts.
The joint legislative committee on
penitentiary has returned to Xash
ville from the State mines at Brushy
Mountain, and will at once enter
upon- the work of preparing their
report. Five hundred and forty
seven pages of evidence were taken
and this will be submitted to the leg
islature. Several sensational fea
tures will add zest to the finding of
the committee. Warden Blevins
filed charges of mismanagement, ex
travagance and kindred allegations
against Prison Commissioner Mur
ray, who has charge of the mines,
and Mr. Murray countered by charg
ing Blevins with being unmercifully
cruel in his punishment of convicts.
Murray claims he brought the mat
ter to Gov. McMillin's attention sev
eral months ago, but no official ac
tion was taken. A number of the
whipped convicts were examined
and their bodies showed evidence of
heavy blows. The whipping was
done with a heavy leather strap about
two feet long. An inquiry was also
made regarding the contract for fur
nishing beef to the State mines now
held by ex-State Senator John M.
Davis. A Mr. Daniel, of the Emory
Mining Company, made the com
plaint and the evidence was con
flicting. It was found that Senator
Davis had been cutting timber off
the State lands, but he agreed to
pay for this. Davis, as senator two
years ago, was a member of the pen
itentiary committee, and it is
claimed that he "knew the State line
and there was no excuse for him in
fringing upon the State's property.
There may be a majority and a mi
nority report on this particular ques
tion. j Tipton County Boad Bill.
f The committee appointed at the
ast meeting of the Tipton county
farmers institute to consider and
report on a road bill, which was sub
mitted to the institute; met in Cov
ington last week. The bill, as
amended by the committee, provides
for the appointment of two count)'
road commissioners who, with the
chairman of the County Court, shall
constitute a county road commission.
This commission wilt have entire
control of the public highways of
the county, letting contracts for
working and improving public roads,
"building and repairing bridges, and
also expending the road and bridge
tax. The compensatics of the road
commissioners is fixed fit $2 per day
for each, excepting the chairman of
the court, for iie time employed,
which shall not exceed 100 days.
The bill is local in its nature and
will only apply to Tipton county
in case it is enacted into law.
j Bankrupt Coal Company.
I A petition in involuntary bank
ruptcy was fded in the Federal Court
at Chattanooga last week by the
Central Manufacturing Company
and others against the Cumberland
Coal and Coke Company, whose
mines are at Crossville. The com
pany was capitalized under the laws
of Xew Jersey. A receiver was ap
pointed for the company in Novem
ber, 1002, to wind up the affairs of
the company, but the creditors who
filed the petition last week claim that
no progress had been made toward
that end. The petitioners also com
plain that the receiver appointed in
1902 took charge without giving no
tice to the company's creditors.
Tennesnee Central Through Trains.
President Baxter of the Tennessee
Central last Aveek received a tele
pram from Go. A. Clark, in which
th latter stated that the Southern
llailway had signified its willingness
to operate through service in con
nection with Ihe Tennessee Central
from Xashville to the East. The
arrangements will be brought to a
conclusion at once and Col. Baxter
said that it would be a matter of
only about ten days before the serv
ice "would be in operation. The con
tract has been closed with the Pull
New Klectrlc Line.
The Chattanooga Electric Railway
Company will in a few days begin
a new line to Chickamauga Park and
the army post. The Central of
Georgia is now surveying a route
and will build. These are in addi
iion to the line of the Rapid Transit
Company and the present route of
the, Central of Georgia, and are oc
casioned by the immense traffic to
the army post.
j Consumptive Pardoned.
! Because George Taylor, a five-j-ear
convict from Smith county,
with six months more to serve, is d'
ing of consumption, Gov. Frazier
pardoned him last week.
i Damage Suits Continued.
i In Circuit Court at Knoxville last
week all the damage suits involving
a total of over $1,000,000, resulting
from, the deaths of two hundred
miners in Fraterville mine, at Coal
Creek, on May 19, last, were contin
ued to the next term of court.
Three Iowa Monuments.
The Iowa monument commission
has advised the Chickamauga Park
commission that the contracts for
three Iowa monuments, to cost $32,
000, have been awarded to the Van
Amring Granite Company of Bos
ton. The monuments will be erect
ed at the following points in the
Chickamauga Park reservation : One
at Kossville Gap, on Missionary
Ridge, to the memory of Osteohaus'
brigade; one near the Moorn place,
on Missionary Ridge, and the other
at the Cravens place on Lookout
Noted Prisoner Has Measles.
Mrs. Belle Carter, the noted pris
oner, who has been in jail at Union
City for several years for poisoning
her husband, has the measles. Sher
iff Chiles has had her taken down
stairs, where she can be properly and
carefully attended to.
Pomp Works for Chattanooga.
Articles of incorporation for the
IIcrron-Brady pump and foundry
works, with a capital stock of $100,
000, were filed at Chattanooga last
week. The company will imme
diately begin the erection of a plant
in South Chattanooga for the manu
facture of steam pumps.
Valuable Itarn Bnrned.
The barn of Alfred Epperson, a
prominent farmer in the Tenth dis
trict of Madison county, was de
stroyed by fire last week. Two fine
mules, a hundred barrels of corn
and a large amount of hay Avcrc de
stroyed. Epperson places his loss
at over $2,000. The origin of the
fire is unknown.
Small Hoy la n Blaze.
The small son of Henry T. Griz
zard of Clarksville while at play
last week started a fire in the yard.
His clothes ignited and were nearly
burned off before help could reach
him. The flesh was horribly burned
also, but it is thought he may re
cover. rsridgo Gsnjs Work Overtime.
Bridge and grading work on the
Tennessee Central railroad is being
pushed as fast as the weather will
permit, and the bridge gangs are
working overtime. One set of men
worked all day Sunday in order to
push the construction of a bridge
over one of the turnpikes leading
llilos Elected Mayor.
C. E. Biles was elected mayor of
the town of Sharon over Squire G.
M. Terry by a majority of twelve
votes last wct.lv, after a hotly contest
ed campaign. The Biles party cele
brated their victory with cannon and
fireworks for an hour and a half,
burning all the powder in town.
No-Fence Law Petitions.
A -petition against the "no fence'5'
law was circulated at Dresden last
week and signed by about 300 of
Weakley county's citizens. Several
other petitions against the law were
sent up from several different dis
tricts of the county.
Smallpox Dumping: Ground.
Knoxville is being made the dump
ing ground for negroes suffering
with smallpox. During the past
month fifteen negroes afflicted with
the disease have been shipped in
from the camps of contractors on
the new Knoxville, La Follettc &
Jcllico road. At present there are
seventeen cases in the smallpox camp
and only five are residents of Knox
ville. Increased Earning.
For the fourth week of February
the gross earnings of the Nashville,
Chattanoocra & St. Louis railway
e.how an increase of $29,889.19 over
the same week last vear. The gross
earnings for February show an in
crease over last year of $137,033.34
Child Burned to Crisp.
E. E. Traughber's infant child,
near Springfield, fell into the fire
Jast week and was burned, to a crisp
before other children in the room
colud null the little body from the
flames. The parents were not in the
house at the time.
Ianijliters of Confederacy.
The Tennessee association, Daugh
ters of the Confederacy, will hold
their annual session in Clarksville
during May. It is expected that
there will be a large attendance of
dclejra tes, and elaborate arrange
ments are already being made for
Brandon Tenders Resignation.
W. X. Brandon has tendered hi3
rpsicmation as denutv warden of tlvj
- - o i J
State penitentiary, andjjiil go into
his previous business. His successor
has not been appointed.
Kinney Case Postponed.
The case of Willie A. Kinney vs.
E. M. Downing for breach of prom
ise was postponed at Covington last
week until the July term of the Uir
cuit Court on account of the illness
of tb.? ;laintiffs sister in-law.
SOME OF REMINGTON'S WORK.
Gigantic Group of Statuary Designed
by Fred Remtngton to Adorn
World's Fair Gronndi.
St. Louis, March 7. Frederic Rem
ington, the artist of wild western life,
will do a gigantic group of statuary
for the entrance to the concessions
street of the World's fair, represent
ing four cowboys astride of bronchos,
in the act of "shooting up a town."
Chief of Sculpture Bltter.who is now
in New York, has already closed the
contract with Remington, and has no
tified the director of works that the
sketch of the group has been com
pleted and cast in bronze. The group
will be modeled in a plaster cast of
Mr. Remington has given to his
work the name, "Comin' Through the
Rye," and it is composed of four cow
boys in conventional cowboy costume,
all mounted on fiery bronchos, riding
at full gallop. The four figures are
represented as riding at such close
quarters that their boots touch. In
the right hand of each is flourished
a large Colt's revolver, which he is
represented as discharging as fast as
he can pull the trigger. The mouth
of each figure is represented as wide
open, giving vent to the wild whoop
which strikes terrar to the citizens of
the town that is being "shot up," while
the faces express all the reckless dare
deviltry of the festive cowboy out on
The group, stationed as it will be at
the entrance to the concessionsstreet,
will harmonize beautifully with the
festal character of that locality. The
exuberance of spirit, which actuates
the cowboy to perpetrate his reckless
ride, and the shout and clatter sym
bolized in the group are the concrete
embodiment of the sentiment of the
HE MAY SUCCEED HIMSELF.
Decision Ilendrred' Dy Judge Can-
trill in Circuit Court. In Favor
of Kentucky's Governor.
Versailes. Kv.. March 7. Judge
Cantrill, in the Woodford circuit
court, Friday afternoon, overruled
the demurrer of Allie Young, chair
man of the democratic state commit
tee, to the petition of Gov. Beckham
for a mandamus to compel loung ana
tho democratic committee to place
his name on the ballot to be voted
for nt, the democratic state primary
on Maj' 9 as a candidate for governor.
Young had refused to place uov.isech.
Iiam's name on the ballot because of
the question raised as to his eligibili
ty. The attorneys for the rielendant
immediately entered exceptions, and
an appeal was granted to the court of
anneals. The purpose of the proceed-
1 1 M.
ure is to establish Gov. Rcckham s
eligibility to succeed himself as gov
DEWEY'S RELATIVE DEAD.
Cancer End the Life of Cant. "Will
iam A. "Winder, a Prominent
Omaha, Neb., March 7. Capt. Will
iam A. Winder, one of the most prom
inent government officials in the west,
died of cancer at his apartment here
at the Millard hotel, aged 80. Capt.
Winder won fame on the battle fields
of the Mexican and civil ware, and for
18 years has been allotting agent of
the land department at Tiosebud
Agency, S. D. lie was a brother-in-law
of Admiral George Dewey, and
has a son, William Winder, who is
commander of the Michigan, now sta
tioned at Erie, Pa. The body will be
taken to Portsmouth, X. II., for inter
ment. FEELING ADDRESS DELIVERED.
Mis Helen Keller, Through an At
tendant, Speaks to Legis
Boston, Mass., March 7. Miss Helen
Kellar, who, although deaf, dumb and
blind, and who is a student at Rad
clife college, addressed, through an
attendant, the legislative committee
on education, Friday, in behalf of a
bill for the relief of the adult blind.
Her message to the committee was a
feeling one, and she urged all pos
sible aid to her fellow unfortunates.
She said that the blind did not need
the higher education, but did require
help in order to take their places in
the industrial world.
PRESIDENT'S TRIP TO TOPEKA.
He Will Be a Guest nt tlie Interna
tional Convention of the Rail
way Y. M. C A.
Topeka, Kas., March 7. President
Roosevelt will be present at the in
ternational convention of the llailway
Y. M. C. A., which will be held in this
city from April 30 to May 3. He has
not designated the date of his visit.
An effort will be made to have him
officiate at the laying of the corne
stone of the new Railroad Y. M. C. A.
building, the money for which ""vena
largely furnished by President Bipley
of the Santa Fe. Miss Helen Gould,
of New York, and other well known
people will attend the conference.
Former Presiding: Elder Caldwell, of
Chicago, "Will lie Taken to a
Chicago, March 7. Per. J. M. Cald
well, at one time presiding elder of
the Methodist Episcopal church, has
been declared insane by a jury in
Judge Carter's court. He will be ta
ken, it is said, to a private sanitarium.
The hearing was the outcome of an
alleged attempt by Rev. Caldwell to
commit suicide after having been ar
rested for disorderly condut-i.
THE MAN IN PEIS0N.
He Is the One Whom Christ Came to
Set at Liberty.
Sin Rears Hideous Walls Around the
Soul Which Only Jesus Can Break
Down Sermon by "Highnar
and Ilywaj" Preacher.
tCopyrlght. 1D03. by A. N. Kellogg Newi-
rh,.M b ion-.
Text.-"If the Son therefore shall make
you free, ye shall be free indeed." John, I
Grim, high walls, with massive iror
doors and grated windows rise be-
fore us as we speak of prison, and I
behind these strong walls and barred
windows in the dinirv. bare cell, with
its low. hard bunk and its single
wooden chair, we find the despond
ent, desperate, hopeless man. The
Man in Prison, ah, what a sad, sad
sight. Dead to the world, shut into
a living tomb, the narrow confines of
the prison walls his world, the
cramped, dark cell his home; oh
what a miserable, distressing condi
tion. This is the picture you draw
as we speak to vou of the Man in
Prison, and it is the picture of a
condition which the eye of man may
behold in any state or large city of
thi.s land. Put all prisons are not
built of wood, stone and iron by the
hand of man, and all prisoners are
not found locked in narrow cells. Let
the eye of the soul look in the direc
tion which God points, and it will be
hold prison walls rising which are
more awful than any which state or
ration can rear, and behind which
there are more hopelessness, and
despair, more blackness and suffering
than were ever able to crowd into a
man-made prison. Sin has builded
walls over which the soul cannot
climb, it has roofed over those walls
so that Heaven is shut out, it has
bolted the great iron gates and given
Satan the key. The Man in Prison
whom we wish to' talk about is the
man whose soul is shut within the
prisonhouse of sin, and whom only
Jesus Christ can set free.
Our text is Christ's own words. He
had just been in conversation with
the Jews, who had been boasting
that they were Abraham's seed,- and
had never been in bondage to any
man. His reply was: "Verilj-, verily,
I snv unto you, Whosoever commit
teth sin is the servant (bond slave)
of sin." And then He went on to
declare that, "if the Son shall make
you free, ve shall be free indeed.
Isaiah, the prophet, in foretelling the
coming of Christ, plainly said that
the Lord was to anoint Him at His
coming "to proclaim liberty to the
captives, and the opening- of the
prison to them that are bound." And
this word of Isaiah Jesus used as His
text when he formally began His
ministry, anci lie sam: mis nay js
thi.s Scripture fulfilled in your ears."
And then he set to work breaking
down prison walls and setting cap-
tives free. Wherever He went prison
doors yielded instantly to His touch,
and the prisoners were set at liberty.
The devil-possessed were unfettered
from their cruel bondage. Eyes shut
in the dark dungeon of blindness
were brought out to rejoice in the
light. Limbs and bodies shackled by
deformity and disease were deliv-
ered from the distress and limita-
tions which bound them. Dead bod-
ies heard the authoritative summons
which split the prisonhouse of death.
and they came forth to new life and
liberty. Dead souls buried under the
awful weight of sin which was crush-
in?r them into hell heard the words:
"Thy sins are forgiven thee," and the
mountain load of iniquity was swept
away forever. And then they felt the
throb of eternal life surging through
the soul, as the same voice bade
them go in His strength and sin no
more. And this same Jesus is with
us to-day, mighty to deliver the soul
from the prisonhouse of sin.
Wc wish to tise our text to throw
light upon a prison scene at Philippi,
as described in the sixteenth chapter
of Atts. And in turn we wish to U-
luminate our text by the wonderful
events which made it a memorable
nie-ht to Paul and Silas and to the
jailer and his family, and probably
A Puzzle Picture. Let us briefly
sketch for you a picture of that jail
scene at Philippi and underneath we
will write: "Find the Man in Prison.
Paul and Silas in the dark, damp, foul-
smellinc hole called the inner prison.
Their feet are fast in the stocks, their
hands are shackled, their backs are
bleeding. Outside the bolted and barred
doors, in his comfortable quarters, free
to go where he pleased and when -he
pleased, was the jailer. Find the Man
in Prison. Ah, j-ou say, that's easy.
Paul was the Man in Prison. Silas was
the Man in Prison. It needs but a glance
to prove that. But wait. Let us look
again. What is that we hear? Strange,
but instead of cursings and abusive
language, and groans and cries of pain
because of the anguish suffered, which
generalh- come from prison cells, there
rises on the midnight air the soft,
sweet song of praise. It reaches the
ears of the other prisoners in the outer
urisnn it cleaves ine niLMii air. anu. i
. , , , i i i
mounting on the starry heights reach-
es the ear of God. As the prisoners
listen, Paul's pleading voice is heard
asking God to forgive and sa.e the
jailer who has so cruelly dealt with
him. Then Silas follows. Without in
the jailer's quarters the sound of heavy
breathing is heard. The jailer is in
deep and comfortable deep. All is se
cure. The prisoners are safe. But sud-
denly the mighty angels of God press
out from the battlements of Heaven
and step to earth and it trembles and
shakes under their tread. The jailer,
awakened suddenly, out of his sleep,
feels the foundations of the prison
giving way, sees the walls trembling
like a ship in a storm, and an awful
fear takes hold of his heart. Every
doorwhich he had so carefully shut and
bolted stands wide open. He hears the
chains as they fall clanking to the floor.
In mad despair he seizes his sword and
would have killed hrmself, supposing
that the prisoners had fled. Within
that inner prison Paul stands freed
from his fetters. The hand of God's
power has pressed open the doors of
that prison as though they had been
made of naner and the bolts had been
Hllf ----m m.,t.5 iiu finwrs have
"it the iron bands as though they had
bee" bl,t TOPes of sand- And raul and
Silas realized that they were in the
Vvllrvw rf 4Viat. 1. a All ivfllfh was
movinr so mightily in their behalf.
Yea, and knowing this, Faul stands
calmly and dignifiedly in his place and
cries to the jailer to do himself no
narm. lor tney are an tnere. Ana now
we will let the jailer tell who the Man
in Prison is. His cry: "What must I
3o to be saved," shows that he has
;aught a new glimpse of himself. He
is a lost man. shut up in the prison
house of sin. He sees his doom written
aj over tie Diacfc walls of his hard
heart. In the anguish of his despair
he cries out for deliverance.
It is the man who realizes he is in
prison who wants to get out. Every
soul is in prison who has not been set
free by Jesus Christ. But oh, sad, sad
fact! thousands upon thousands of
people all over this land, all over the
world, are in prison and do not realize
it, will not believe it! Like the jailer
at Philippi, they sleep in the comfort
of their own self-confidence and believe
that they are safe and free. Put the
earthquake of God's judgment is com
ing as, it came there that night at Phil
ippi. God grant that you, my friend,
if you are in the prison house of sin,
may wake up to a realization of your
lost condition before it is too late
for the Deliverer to reach 3"our side and
make you free. We cannot argue and
show you by human reason that you
are in prison. Paul did not convince
the jailer that he was the Man in Pris
on, uod, bv the convictinc power of
His Holy Spirit, did that. Paul might
have spent all that night in forcible
argument trying to convince that jailer
that he was in prison, but the light of
the morning sun would have seen him
still laughing the apostle to scorn.
Put Paul let some little seed fall into
that jailer's heart that night as he was
leaving, after chaining them in the
inner prison, and the Holy Spirit used
it to convict the jailer of sin.
And as soon as-he realized that he
was a sinner, that he was a help
less prisoner in the prison house of
ui, he immediately beiran to crv for
deliverance. Satan blinds the human
heart to its real condition and pre
vents the lips from uttering the cry:
"What must I do to be saved;" he uses
every device to keephis prisoners safe;
M1 encourages the heart to make all
i"cr ui eAiu.-es ior not accepting
Christ as the only Deliverer. What is
i e "i- iiim
s making you blind to the fact that
y are a hopeless, helpless prisoner in
Satan's death cell? Let God's Word
convince your heart that "all have
sinned and come short of the glory of
God;" that "the soul that sinneth, it
shall die;" that there is salvation in
none other than in Jesus Christ; and
nat "if the Son shall make you free,
ye shall be free indeed."
I l-ytna, rani s first convert at Phil
ippi, was in prison until the Lord
opened her heart under the preac-h-
ing of the apostle down by the river
bank and set her soul free in Christ
Jesus. Iiefore Paul's coming she was a
devout soul. She believed in God. She
was honorable in her dealings. She
was benevolent and kind to those
about her. She was faithful in her
home duties, even though the cares
of a successful business pressed upon
her. Put, notwithstanding all thi.s,
Lydia was in prison. Her weekly
prayers by the river bank and the
daily prayers in the home could not
break the prison bars of soul death
and save her. All her virtues and her
devotions to her home were not
strong enough to open the door to
the prison house of her soul and give
it the right to an eternal dwelling
place in Heaven. Xo! Neither will
I church membership or religious scrv-
I ;ce as devout and sincere as that of
Lydia save vou, mv friend, from tlu
I prjSOn house of death which sin has
I built around your soul. Neither con
vou break its walls down by batter-
;n jt .jh all your virtues, or the
virtues of your wife, or sister, or
mother, be they ever so many and
ever so rare. You are in prison, as
was Lydia, unless Christ has shaken
down the walls by the tread of Hts
wounded feet, and unless His nail
pierced hands have struck the shack
les from your. fettered limbs.
In Prison. Being in prison implies
wrong-doing. They put the violator
of the law in prison, but the law-abiding
citizen has no fear of the lock
up. The soul is in prison because it
has transgressed God's holy law, nci
once, but scores of times. But even
if only once, and in only one particu
lar, God's Word declares that, .vho
soever shall keep the whole law, and
yet offend in one point, he is guilty
of all." The thief does not have to
commit murder before he is placed
lail. The murderer is not al-
i i -u;.. i ... t,oc mv
mitted arson, burglary and all the
other crimes in the category. One
broken law is sufficient to land th
onenoer ocnimi me prison ud.. v..v.
sin blot on the soul is sufficient
shutit out of Heaven.
Being in prison means punishment.
It is the aim of government to make
the minishment fit the crime. Ce
tain transgressions require certah.
penalties. The soul in the prison
house of sm is in the death cell await-
ing its eternal destri-ction. God said"
"in the day that thou eatest thereof,
thou shalt surely die." "The wages of.
sin is death." "The soul that sin
neth, it shall die." One penalty for
sin, and that penalty death, soul
Being in prison means disgrace. Ah,
how the prison record of a man fol
lows him all his days. How it
blasts his character and his life. Ah.
how keenly his family and his friends
feel the disgrace. The soul in the
prison house of sin is in disgrace. He
is afraid to meet God. He slinks off
into the dark places. Christ de
clared: "Men love darkness, rather
than light, because their deeds are
evil." And the soul in prison, while
it is clinging willfully to sin, never
wants to meet God. It is in dis
grace, and it knows it.
Being in prison means hardship.
"The way of the transgressor 'is
hard." Oh, what hardships sin in
flicts. It throws a man out of a
job. It puts rags on his back. It
robs him of home and family and
friends. It wrecks happiness. It de
stroys his peace of mind. Ah, the
hardest, roughest, deadliest road to
travel is the broad, smooth road of
sin, which is easy and pleasant until
the soul gets fairty- on the toboggan
slide to hell, and then it is the most
dangerous road, the one most filled
with hardships. ,
Being in prison means limitation.
The world of the prisoner is bound
ed by the four blank stone walls. He
seldom if ever gets even a glimpse
of the blue of heaven. What a con
tracted sphere he moves in. The
limitation of the soul in the prison
house of sin is as great, or even
greater. The unsaved soul is limited
in time, in attainments, wealth and in
friendships. It is limited in time be
cause the few years of this life are
soon passed they are as but a
breath, a fading flower, the withering
grass and it has no hope to carry it
beyond the grave. It sacrifices an
eternity with God, for a few paltry
years of selfish pleasure and self
seeking. It is limited in attain
ments, because all heights of learn
ing, of culture and refinement, must
be scaled during this life, and then
all is laid away in the grave of an
eternal death. The soul saved by
Christ Jesus grows in attainments to
the point where death and the grave
are swallowed up in victory, and then
it goes on growing and attaining
throughout eternity. It is limited in
wealth, because it may heap the shin
ing gold about it on eery hand, but
it cannot carry one grain of it to the
other side of the grave; but he who
lavs ui) treasure in Heaven finds hi
wealth after death, and has an eter
nity in which to enjoy all the riche3
5n Christ Jess. And it is limited in
friendships, because it may only win
them during the years of time, and
here friends fail, friends desert us,
but the saved man finds his heart
being knit together with those of
like faith with himself, and he looks
forward to the unlimited friendships
of Heaven, of meeting friends and
lTved ones gone before, of meetinrj
Old and Xew Testament heroes. Oh,
the soul in prison is in a terrible p
sition! Oh, that you would awaken
to the awfulness of your position, O
unsaved soul, and let Jesus set you
Three questions spring to the lips
on meeting the Man in Prison. How
came he in prison? How may he
gain his freedom? What will he
do when he gets out? We need not
dwell on the first question. We all
know how the soul gets into the
prison house of sin. Sin forges the
chain, sin builds the wall, sin locks
and bolts the door.
Bow May He Gain His Freedom?
Not by anything he himself can do
Sin s nrison house never yet was
broken out of by the efforts of the
one imprisoned within. Jails which
man builds are not always able to
hold their prisoners, but the prison
which sin rears is as impregnable to
human efforts to break and destroy
as is the rock Gibraltar to the at
tacks of the most powerftil fleets of
the w.orld. Jesus only is able to de
liver from thi.s prison, but "if He
shall make 3011 free, ye shall be free
indeed." The Man in Trison at Phil
ippi, as he realized his predicament,
cried: "What must I do to be saved?"
And Paul gave him the whole Gospel
in a nutshell, when he said: "Believe
on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou
shalt be saved." If you ever want to
feel the prison walls of your soul go
tumbling to the ground, you must
turn your eyes in the direction of the
only One who can deliver; you must
let the only begotten Son of God set
you free, then shall you be free, in
Whs Will He Do W hen He Gets Out?
That is an important question. Study
the jailer after he emerges from his
prison house. Oh, what a changed
man. The hard heart which knew no
feelinc before and could thrust
bleeding and defenseless men into t!-e
inner prison, now feels the throb of
tenderness which flows from the Sa
viour's wounded hands, which, havi
just set him free, and he takes Paul
and Silas from their prison. He
tenderly washes the blood from the
cruel cuts on their backs, and pours
in the healing oil. He sets meat be
fore the men who had been shut
in prison without food or drink. And
instead of the profane, foul mouth
ripping out great oaths at the pris
oners under his charge, we find him
rejoicing in his new-found liberty.
No doubt about his conversion. Xo
possibility of mistaking the genuine
ness of his religion. When one is
delivered from the prison house of
sin it always brings changes in the
life. God's WoTd declares that "we
are new creatures in Christ Jesu?,"
"old things are passed away, all things
are become new." The Man in Prison,
lot and undone. The Man out of
Prison, saved and recreated. Oh, how
n-lorious! Mv friend, ari you in
prison? Jesus waits to set you free.
Will you not let Him?
IS II ,1 m OF Hi
The Death of " Nellie Blanchard,"
or "Miss Fletcher," in a New ;
York Rooming House.
AN ALLEGED DOCTOR TOOK HER THERE.
Cautioned Her Not to ForRft to Take
Certain Medicine, a Bottle of
Which Had Been Emptied Chlca
KO Police Have No Clew Yet to
New York, March 7 The mystery
surrounding the death, of "Xellie
Blanchard," the woman whose body
was found in a furnished room" house
in West Thirty-seventh street, Thurs-daj-
night, has been partly cleared by
the statement that a physician had
examined the body and told the po
lice the woman probably had died of
natural causes. In connection with
the statement of the man with whom
the woman came to the house, Sun
da3 when the room was engaged for
her, that they came from Chicago.
the police reported that a check for
a sleeping car berth on the Michigan
Central was found among her effects.
The man paid for the room, and after
handing the woman some bottles of
dark liquid, the landlady's sister says,
she heard him say: "Don't forget to
take this medicine. You know I am
One of the bottles was found empty.
The police are looking for the man.
The police found an alligator skin
reticule amoncr the woman's effects
and several bottles of medicine in the
reticule. All the bottles had been
filled at Morton's pharmacy, 323 Bush
street, Chicago, on a Dr. Hyde's pre-.
script ion. Several of them were la
beled "Miss Fletcher." A class pin
with the letters "S. M. '07" was found
in the reticule. A key was found on
the dresser in the room, and the key
was tagged "Metropole Hotel, Boom
AO LIGHT AT CHICAGO. -
The CMcbko Police Have Xo Clevr
to the Woman' Identity.
Chicago, March 7. The police of
this city have no clew to the identity
of the woman found dead in a Xew
York rooming house, who is said to
have registered at a hotel in that city
as "Xellie Blanchard, Chicago," Thus
far they have not been notified of her
When interviewed in regard to the
case, Dr. James Xcvins IPyde, upon
whose order the prescriptions were
filled, stated that Miss Fletcher
called at his office, Febrttary 27, and
was treated for a slight fever. Dr.
Hvde was of the opinion that the
young lady was employed as a housa
servant, but was unable to state the
name of her employer.
HIS PLEA WILL BE INSANITY.
Knnpp, the Wife Strangler, will
Plead Insanity When Called
for Preliminary Trial.
Hamilton. O.. March 7. Alfred A.
Knapp, the self-confessed murderer,
was visited, Friday by his attorneys
from Cleveland and thev say they
can not get ready for the preliminary
hearing this week, lhere is no doubt
whatever about the defense pleading
insanity, and the first movement win
be for an inquest. His fourth wife,
parents, brother, sisters and brother-
ers-in-law will testify that Knapp has
not been bright mentally since he
was kicked by a colt when he was" five
years "old, and it is expected that
neighbors .of the Knapns'ana lenow
workmen of the prisoner will testify
as to Knann's mieer ways. Knapp is
as indifferent in jail as ever, playing
cards and reading and apparently tne
most cheerful of all the prisoners.
HANGED IN A COURT ROOM
Charles K. I.. Henderson Hanged at
Duluth, Minn., .for the Murder
of Ida McCormlrk.
Duluth, Minn., March 7. Charles E.
L. Henderson was hanged at two
o'clock Friday morning, in court
room Xo. 1, where the gallows had
been erected. He showed no emotion.
He was granted permission to talk
about thirty minutes. He expressed
no sorrow for his deed, and said that
it would come out that the crime
was unpremeditated. After talking
for about half an hour he said:
"I am ready."
He held his hands behind him for
the cuffs, and the black cap was ad
justed and the trap sprung.
Henderson's crime was the murder
of his mistress, Ida McCormick. The
McCormick woman is said to have e
ceived attentions from other men,
and Henderson, in a fit of jealousy,
lay in wait for her in her apartments
one night and literally cut her to
pieces with an ax. This is the first
execution to take place in St. Louis
World's Bowling Record Broken.
Chicago, March 7. The world's
bowling record for a five-man team
has been broken here by the Empires
of Chicago, who scored 1,152 points.
The new mark was made in a regular
echcduled game in the Chicago
league. The former record was 1,141,
made in Chicago a few weeks ago.
. Knthryn ICiddei Recovers.
Litle Bock, Ark., March 7. Mi38
Kathryn Kidder, the actress, has re
covered from a slight attack of pneu
monia and will resume br Texas tour