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TALMAGE'S SERMON.
T?i rivifiK'H Doctor Talnmge has had
;ue-t.Jiatinr?iiiro!tlieTil''nuu;lo(lravo
hi.r conui ration to the pleltir of the
ciuU'iiiy of Music have Wen something
phenomenal, bun.lav evening the ppa
eiuiJM building was filled in every part.
The popular preacher tl'iKcourntHl on the
profession of healing. His text was Mat
thew xi, J: "The Mind receive their
sight and the lame walk, the loupcrs are
cleansed, and tho deaf hear." He said :
'Doctor, I Haul toa distinguished sur-
Keen, "do you not get worn out with con
BtantJy seeing ho ninny rounds and bro
ken bones and distortions of the human
body?" "Oh, no," ha answered, "all
that is overcome by my joy m curing
them." A Biihlimer or more merciful art
never Ciuno down from Heaven than the
art of surgery. Catastrophe and disease
vnlered the earth bo earl) that one of the
first want of the world was a doctor.
Our crippled and agonized human race
culled ior surgeon and family physician
lor many year before they came. Hie
first surgeons who answered this call
were ministers of religion, namely, the
Egyptian priests And what a good
thing if all clergyman were also doctors,
all D. D.'s were M. D.'s, for there are ho
many eases where body and soul need
treatment at the same time: consolation
and medicine, theology and therapeutics
As the first surgeons of the world were also
ministers ol religion, may those two pro
lessions always Ih? in full sympathy ! But
under what disadvantages the early smr
neons woiked. from the fact that tho dis
section of the human body was forbidden,
iirst by the pagans and then by the early
christians I Apes, being the brutes most
like the human race, were dissected, but
no human body might be unwklvd fiw
physiological and anatomical exploration
andtlus surgeons had to guess what was
inside tli temple by looking at the out-
aide of it. If they failed in any surgical op
eraftMv they were persecuted and driven
4 eut of the city, as was Archagatmis he-
cause of his bold but unsuccessful at
tempt to save a patient.
But the world from the very beginning
kopt calling for surgeons, and their first
skill is spoken of in Genesis, where they
employed their art for the incisions of a
sacred rito, uou making turgery the pred
ecessor of baptism ; and we see it again
in 11 Kings, where Ahaziah, the monarch
stepped on some cracked lattice-work in
the palace, and it broke and he fell from
the upper to the lower iloor, and he was
so liurt that he sent to the village of
ICIkuii for aid; and Eseulapius, who
icr&ught such wonders of surgery that he
was. deified, nd temples were built for
lis worship at Pergamoa ; and Epidaurus
and rodelirms introduced for the reliet
of the world nhlebotomv : and Damoc.e
des cured the dislocated ankle of King
Darius, and the cancer of Jna queen ; and
Hippocrates put successful hand on fract
urea, and introduced amputation: and
Praxagoras removed obstructions; and
. Herophilua began dissection : and Eras
istratus removed tumors; and Celsus
the Koman surgeon, removed cataract
from the eye, and used the Spanish fly
and lleliodorus arrested disease of the
throat ;and Alexander, of Tralles, tieated
the eye; and Rhazis cauterized for the
prevention of hydrophobia ; and i'erci va
Pott came to combat diseases of the
spine; and in our own century we have
h,ad a Roux and a Larray in France, an
Asey Cooper and an Abernethy in
vrea4 Britain, and a Valentine Mott and
Williajrd Parker and Samuel D. Gross in
.AmerilW r1 va fjJ,---"f living surgeons
as bri'Mant as iheir predecessors. What
mighty progress hi the baflling of disease
siice the crippled and sick of ancient
t cities were laid along the streets, that
people who had evei been hurt or disor
dered in the same way might suggest
what had better be done for the patients ;
and the priests of olden time, who were
constantly suffering from colds received
in walking bare-loot- over the temple
pavements, had to prescribe for them
selves, and fractures were considered so
far beyond all human cure that instead
of calling the surgeons the people only
'illJttjkftdthfc cods i
BuftpBc&wfch&tantling all the surgical
and medical skill of the world, with what
tenacity the old diseases hang on to the
human race, and most of them are thou
sands of years old, and in our Bibles we
read of them ; the carbuncles of Job and
Ilezekiah: the palpitation of the heart
spoken of in l)euteronomv : tlw snu-
stroke of a child carried from the fields of
Miunem, crying, "Yly head I my head 1"
tri 4 .. .f.i . i . ...
jviug usu a uise.ise u-j uie leei, wnicli was
nothina but gout ; detection of the teeth.
that called for dental surgery, the skill
oi which, quito equal to any thini; mod
em, is still seen in the filled molars of
the-unrolled Egyptian mummies ; the op-
tsiaraiia caused by the juice of the newly
sipe fig, leaving the people blind at the
roadside ; epilepsy, as in the case of the
- .young man often falling into the fire and
oft into the water; hypocbondia, as of
Nebuchadnezzar, who imagined himself
an ox, and going out to the fields of nas-
ture ; tho withered hand, which in Bible
times, as now, came from the destruction
ot the main artery, or from the paralysis
f the chief nerve ; the wounds of the man
whom the thieves , left for dead on the
road to Jericho, and whom the Eood Sa-
. maritan nursed, pouring in oil and wine
wine to cleanse the wound and oil to
soothe it. Thank God for what surgery
nas aone ior uie alleviation and cuie o
human suffering !
The thirty-eight years' case was a man
who lay on a mattress near the minera
mr decades helpless, and to this thirty-
ght years' invalid said : " i It thou be
made whole? " The question asked, not
because tho surgeon did not understand
te protractednesr, tho desperateness of
ie case.lmt to evoke the man g p.Uhetic
narrative. " ill thou ixa made whole?
Would you like to get well?" Oh,
es;' says me man, "that ic what i
came to these mineral oath ior; nave
ried everything. All the surgeons have
failed, and all the prescriptions have
roved valueless, and 1 have got worse
and worse, and I can neither move hand
nor foot nor hcud. Oh if 1 could only be
free from this pain of thirty-eight years!"
Christ, the surgeon, could not stand lhat.
Bending over the man on tho mattress,
and in a voice tender with all sympathy,
ut strong with all omnipotence, he says,
Rise I" And the invalid instantly
scrambles to his knees, and then puisout
ns ridit foot, then his left foot, and then
stood upright as though be had never
been prostrated. Vv lulu he stands look
ing at the doctor with joy too much to
lold, the doctor says: Shoulder tins
mattress! for jmu are not only well
enough to walk, but well enough to work,
and blarl out lrom these mineral baths
Take up thy bed and walk!" Oh, what
a surgeon ior chronic cases then, and for
chronic cases now I
This is not applicable so much to those
who are only a little hurt of sin, and only
for a short time, but to those prostrated
of sin twelve years, eighteen years, thirty-
eight years. Here is a surgeon able to
give immortal health. "Oh," you say
baths of
Jerusalem,
where
lhere were five
A. i i
apaiuneius wnere lame people were
brought, so that they could get the ad
vantage of these mineral baths. The
k stone basin of the bath is still visible at
though the waters have disappeard, prob
ably through some convulsion of nature
the bath, ll'O feet long, 40 feet wide, and
8 feet deep. Ah, poor man ; if you have
oeen mine and hei pless thirty-eight years
that mineral bath can not restore vou
Why, thirty-eight year? is more than the
average of human life ! Nothing but the
grave win cure you. iiut Uhrist. the Bur
geon, walks along these baths, uud I have
. no doubt passes by some patients who
. have been only six months disordered, or
year, or five years, and comes to the
nut tress of the man Mho had been nearly
"I am so completely overthrown am
trampled down of sin that I can not rise.'
Are you natter down than this patient at
the mineral baths? No. Then rise. In
the name of Jesus of Nazarath, the eur
geon who offers you his right hand of hel p
I. bid thee rise. Not cases of acute sin
but of chronic sin those who have not
prayed for thirty-eight years, those who
have not been to church for thirty-eight
years, those who have been gamblers, or
libertines, or thieves, or outlaws, or blas
phemers, or infidels, or atheists, or all
these together, for thirty-eight years.
Christ for exitienciesl A Christ for
dead-lift! A surgeon who never loses a
case I
In speaking of Christ as a surgeon,
must consider him as an oculist, or eye
doctor, an aurist, or ear doctor. Was
there ever such another oculist I lhat he
was particularly sorry for the blind folks
I take from the fact that the most of hia
works was with the diseased optic nerves.
I have not time to count up the number of
blind people mentioned vi ho got his cure
Two blind men in one house, also one who
was born blind ; so that it was not removal
of a visual obstruction, but the creation of
trie cornea, and ciliary muscle, and crys
talline lense, and retina, and optic nerve
and tear gland; also the blind man ot
Bethsaida, cured by the saliva which the
surgeon took from the tip of his ow
tongue and put upon the eyelids ; also
two blind men who sat by the wayside.
In our civilized land we have blindness
enough, the ratio fearfully increasing, ac
cording to the statement of Boston and
New York and Philadelphia oculists, be
cause of the reading of morning and even
ing newspapers on the jolting cars by the
multitudes who live out ot the city and
come in to business. But in the lands
where this divine surgeon operated, the
cases of blindness wtre multiplied beyond
every thing by the particles or sand float
ing in the air, and the night dews falling
on the eyelids of those who slept on the
top of their houses ; and in some ot these
lands it is estimated that twenty out of a
hundred people are totally blind. Amid
all that crowd of visionless people, what
work for an oculist 1 And I do not believe
that more than one out of a hundred of
that Burgeon's cures were reported. He
went up and down Among those people
who were feelinj; slowly their way bv
staff, or led by the hand of man or rope
or dog, and introducing them to the faces
of their own household, to the sunrise and
sunijet, and the evening star. He just ran
his hand over the expressionless face, and
tho shutters of both windows were swun
open, and the restored went home, crying,
1 see '. 1 see ! Thank God, 1 see 1 "
That is the oculist we all need. Till he
touches our eyes we are blind. Yea, we
were born blind. By nature we Bee things
wrong a we see them at all. Our best
eternal interests are put before us and we
can not see them. The glories of a loving
and pardoning Christ are projected, and
we do not behold them. Or we have a
defective sight which makes things of this
world larger than the future, time bigger
than eternity. Or we are color-blind, and
can not see the difference between Uie
blackness of darkness forever and the
roseate morning of an everlasting day.
But Chriat, the surgeon, comes in and,
though we shrink back afraid to have him
touch us. vet he nuts his tinirera on the
closed eyelids of the soul, and midnight
becomes mid-noon; and we understand
something of the ioy of the young man of
tho Bible, who. thouuh he had never be
fore been able to see his hand before his
face, now, by the touch of Christ, had two
head-lights kindled under his brow, cried
out m language that confounded the eer-
ing crowd who were deridini? th. Christ
that had effected the cure, and wanted
to make him out a bad man, " Whether
he be a sinner or no, I know not; one
thing I know, that whereas I was blind,
now I see,"
But this surgeon was just as wonderful
as an aurist. Very few people have two
guuu ears, nine out ot ten people are
particular to get on this or that side of you
when they sit or walk or ride with you,
because they have one diwihl.'.l
Many have both ears damaged, and what
with the constant racket of our great
cities, and the catarrhal troubles that
sweep through the land, it is remarkable
tnat there are any good ears at all. Most
wonaenui instrument is the human ear.
It is harp and drum and telegraph and
telephone and whispering gallery all in
virions to see how Christ, tho hiirgeou,
succeeds us an aurist.
We are told of only too cases he oper
ated on as an ear Burgeon. His friend
1 eter, naturally high-tempered, saw
Christ insulted by a man bv the name
f iMalehus, and Peter let his sword flv,
aiming at the man's head, but the swerd
lipped and hewed off the outside ear,
ami our Hiirgeou touched the laceration
md another ear bloomed in the place of
the one that had been slaa'aed away.
But it is not the outside ear that hears.
I'liat is only a funnel for gathering sound
and pouring it iuto the hidden and more
laboratu ear. Uu tho beach of Lake
(liiuleo our surgeon found a man deaf
and dumb. Tho patient dwelt in per
otual silence and was speechless. He
could not hear a note of music or a clap
of thunder. He coufd not call father
or mother or wife or children by name.
hat power can waken that dull tym
panum or reach that chain of small
bones or revive that auditory nerve or
open tho gate between the brain aud the
outside world? Tho Burgeon put his
lingers in the deaf ears and agitated
them, and kept on agitatiug them until
the vibration gave vital energy to all the
dead parts, and thej responded, aud
when our surgeon withdrew his fingers
from the ears, the two tunnels of sound
were clear for all sweet voices of musie
aud. friendship. Eor the first time in
his life ho heard the dash of the waves
of Galilee. Through the desert of pain
ful silence had been built a king's high
way ot reasonanee anil acclamation
But yet he wai dumb. No word had
ever leaped over his lip. Speech was
chained under his tongue. Vocalization
and accentuation were to him an impos
sibility. He could express neither love
nor indignation nor worship. Our sur
geon, having unbarred his ear, will row
melt the shackle of his tongue. The
surgeon will use the same liniment or
salve that he used on two occasions for
the cure of blind people, namely, the
moisture ot his own mouth. Ihe appli
cation is made. And, lo ! the rigiditv of
the dumb tongue is relaxed and between
the tongue and teeth were born a whole
vocabularlv, and. words flew into ex
pression. He not only heard but he
talked. One gate of his body swung in
to let sound enter, and the other gate
swung out to let sound depart. Why is it
while otiier surgeons used knives andthat
forceps and probes and spectroscopes,
this surgeon used only the ointment of
his own lips. To show that all the cur
ative power we ever feel comes straight
from Christ. And if he touches us not,
we shall be deaf as a rock and dumb as
a tomb. - Oh, thou greatest of all au
rists, compel us to hear and help us to
speak !
But what were the surgeon s fees for
all these cures of eyes and ears and
tongues and withered hands and crooked
backs? The skul and the painlessness
of the operations were worth hundreds
and. thousands of dollars. Do not think
that the cases he took were all money
less. Did he not treat the nobleman s
son i Did he not doctor the ruler a
daughter? Did he not effect a cure in
the house of a centurion of great wealth,
who had out of his own pocket built a
synagogue ? They would have paid him
large tees if he had demanded them, and
there were hundrdeds of wealthy people
in Jerusalem, and among the merchant
castles along Lake Tiberias, who would
have given this surgeon houses and lands
and all they had for such cures as he
could effect. Tor critical cases in our
time great surgeons have received a
thousand dollars, and, in one case I know
of, fifty thousand dollars, but the sur
geon of whom I speak received not a
shekel, not a penny, not a fartliuig. In
his whole earthly life we know of his
having had but sixty-two and a half cents.
N hen Ins taxes were due by his omms
cence he knew of a fish in the sea which
had swallowed a piece of silver money,
as fish are apt to swallow anything
bright, and he sent Peter with a hook
which brought up the fish, and from its
mouth was extracted a Roman stater, or
sixty-two and a half cents, the only
money he ever had ; and that he paid out
for taxes. This great surgeon ot all the
centuries gave all his services then, and
offers his services now, tree of all charge
"Without money, aud without price,"
That was the one whom our surgeon
ouud bent almost, double and could in
no wise lift up herself, and lie made her
straight. Who is that listening with so
much rapture to the music of heaven,
solo melting into chorus, cymbal re
sponding to trumpet, and then himself
joining in the unthem ? Why, that is the
man whom our surgeon found deaf and
dumb on the beach of Galileo, and by
two touches opened ear-gate and mouth-
gate. Who is around whorn the
crowds aro gathering with admiring
look and thanksgiving, and cries of "Oh,
what he did for me! Oh, what he did
for my family ! Oh, what he did for the
world r That is the surgeon of all tho
centuries, the oculist, the aurist. the
emancipator, the Savior. No pay he took
on earth. Come. now. and let all Heaven
pay him with worship that shall never
end, and a love that shall never die.
On his head be all the crowns! In his
hands be all the scepters ! and id his feet
be all the worlds !
If We Had no Women.
How to Test Seeds.
New York Witness.
To farmers w ho have neither hot
beds nor green-houses the follow
ing is receonirneiiued ns an ensv
method to test seeds, and one that
can be tried in any warm room
Take a dish, or a number of them,
according to the variety of seeds
you wish to test, and put over it a
narrow, thm board, like a shingle.
Across this board place a sheet of
blotting paper, so that the ends will
touch the bottom of the dish; fill
the dish with water, and sow the
seeds on top of the paper. Keep
this in a warm room, and await the
sprouting of tho seeds. The blot
ter will become saturated, and so re
main, and the experimenter should
see that the water does not become
exhausted. If the seed be fresh it
will sprout; if old it will mould.
Large seeds, like peas, corn, etc.,
should have an additional paper put
over them.
Helcvteit.l
If there were no women, men
would have no object in life, their
mustaches would cense to interest
them, they wouldn't care n China
man whether their collars were 1
ironed well oi not, they would have j
nobody to nurse thm when thv I
had the toothache, or to keep them
l roni believing they were going to f
die when nn old-fashioned stomach- i
ache had its grip upon them, snid f
"Bab" in a recent letter. TheiJ '
would bo nobody to fight againj
being kissed and then to snuggll
up to a coat-sleeve and take it Ut-v
naturally as a cat does cream.
Most importantof all, there' ,fTmld
be nobody to write agninst, to com
plain of and to love with all your
heart and soul. "Without women
men would never get to Heaven,
and without them they would never
have a taste of the other place on
earth. So, when the bells are ring
ing in 1S90, if Tom has any sense
whatever, he'll put his arm around
the woman he is fondest of, thank
tho good God for her, and wonder,
as she does, what in the world he'd
do without her.
Use Your Eye6 Carefully.
Good Ones Only.
Smith County (Ky.) Keeord.
The country is getting full of good
horses and the days of the "scrub"
numbered Sensible people will not
be satisfied with the stallion of the
old backwoods sort whose owner as
sures them that he is very " finely
bred," although his sire .and dam
are unknown, and although he is
undersized, ewe-necked, crest-fall
en, narrow-chested, spmdled-leg.
ged, calf-kneed, razor-backed, slab
sided, peaked-rumped, curly-hocked,
cat-hammered, etc., "he is a
wonderful breeder; he served one
hundred and thirty-odd mares last
year at &i by insurance, and his
colts (which are not present) are
the finest ever seen on such and
such a branch." This "racket"
will not work in this country now.
The farmer now in search of a
stallion to mate with his mare stops
only when he finds a good-sized,
stylish, sound, and well-formed in
dividual, whose genealogy traces to
some defimto source, lie has been
too Ions' in his own
knows it.
Exchange.
Sit erect in your chair when read
ing, and as erect when writing as
possible.
Have a reading lamp for night
use. in reading the light should
bo on the book or paper and not in
the shade. Hold the book at vour
focus, if that begins to get far away
get spectacles. Avoid reading by
the flickering light of firo and
straining the eyes by reading inAha
gloaming.
Reading in a bed is injurious as
a rule. It must be admitted, how
ever, that in cases of sleeplessness,
when the mind is inclined to ramble
over a thousand thoughts a minute,
reading steadies the thoughts and
conduces to sleep.
Bedroom blinds should be red or
gray, and the head of the bed should
be toward the window.
Ladies who sew should not at
tempt the black seam by night.
When you come to an age that
en ovYdcfa f h n iranrmrr at crCi'fn n
-T X
et no talse modesty prevent yy
roni getting a pair. i r.
one. bo delicate and wondrous is it in
struction that the most didienlt ,,f 'i
things to reconstruct is the auditory ap
paratus. The mightiest f sck-ntiste have
put their skill to its rctuning, ami soiue-
uuien mey siop me progress of its decad
ence, or remove temporary obstrnrtirms
but not more than one re;jilydeaf ear out
of one hundred thousand is ever cured.
It took a God to make the ear and it takes
a Cod to mend it That makes me
on may spiritually have your blind eyes
opened, and your deaf ears unbarred,
and your dumb tongues loosened, aud
your wounds healed and your souf saved.
If chiistian people get hurt ol body,
mind, or soul, let them remember that
surgery is apt to hurt, but it cures, and
you can afford present pain for future
glory. Besides that, there are powerful
anaithetics in the divine promiwer that
soothe and alleviate. No ether or chlo
roform or cocaiuo ever made one so su
perior to distress as a few drops of that
magnificent anodyne : All things work
together for good to those who love
Cod!" "Weeping may endure for
night, but joy eonieth in the morning !"
What a grand thing for our poor hu
man race when this surgeon shall have
completed the treatment of all the
world's wounds? The day will come
when there will be no more nick, ani
no more eve and ear infirmaries, ior
there will bo no more blind or deaf, and
no more deserts, for the round earth
.shall be brought under arboriculture,
and no moie blizzards or sun-strokes,
for the atmosphere will be expurgated
of scorch and chill, and no more war,
for the swords shall come out of the
foundry bent iuto pruning-hooks. While
in the Heavenly couutry we shall see
those who were victims ot accident or
malformation, or hereditary ills on earth
become the athletes -in Elysiau fit Ids,
Who is that man with such brilliant eyes
close before the throne? Why, that is
the.' man who, near Jericho, was blind.
nml our sursreou cured his opthalinia!
Who is that erect ami graceful am
nneenlv woman before the throne?
light and he
Farm Failures.
llnurvilk' (Tex.) Herald.
As n rule those farmers who are
most in debt and who grumble most
at mortgages and interest, are the
ones who will be tho least benefit
ted by any reduction in interest
charges. As a rule they are the
farmers who suffer the greatest loss
by not taking care of .stock, crops,
and tools. JNo one of discerning
turn of mind can take a tour throuo:!
the most heavily mortgaged farm
ing sections and not notice that
there are more poor than m the op
posite condition.
Many an expensive implement
to buy which the owner has mort
gaged his farm or given his note, is
allowed to stand out in the weather
and may, perhaps, bo broken up or
ruined before it is paid for because
of sheer neglect or shiftlessness,
AVe knov of one man who bough
a high priced binder last year, and
after the harvest was over, drew it
up near the barn and left it stand
ing in one corner of the sheep-yard
all winter without any shelter, and,
in fact, it stands, or rather lies there
yet ; but his carriage must be always
housed when not in use. Yet this
man has ample storage room for all
his tools. . ' r
Lack of thoroughness in prepar
ing the soil and in working crops 'is
characteristic of these farmers, and
much of their stock is of the kind
that does not pay its keeper; yet
this class of men kick the hardest
against improved methods, thor
oughbred stock, and the best imple
ments. 'FiiED II. Whitakek has been ap;
pointed Inspector of Cuitusit
New Orleans.- '
Who was Drunk'
I
irefnliaj;.
The following droll incident is '
related as having taken place in one
of the municipal courts of Boston
on the trial of a prisoner, charged
with then, who pleaded drunken
ness in extenuation:
Court ( to the policeman, who was
a witness ) : " What did the man say
when you arrested him?"
mtness: "Said he was druuk."
Court: " I want his precise words,
just as he uttered them. He didn't
uso the pronoun 'he,' did he? He
didn't say 'He was drunk?'"
Witness: "Oh, yes, he did. He
said he was drunk; he acknowl
edged the the corn."
Court (getting impatient at the
witness's stupidity): "You don't
understand me at alL I want the
words as he uttered them. Didn't
he say ' I was drunk ? '"
Witness (deprecatingly): "Oh,
no, your honor; he didn't say yon
were drunk. I wouldn't allow any
man to charge that upon you in my
presence."
Prosecutor: "Pshaw! you don't
comprehend at all. His Honor
ineaus did not the prisoner say to
you 'I was drunk?'"
"Witness (reflectively): "Well,
he might have said you was drunk,
but I did't hear him,"
Attorney for Prisoner: "What
the court desires is to have you
state the prisoner's own words, pre ,
serving the precise form of pro
nouu that he made use of in reply.
as it the hrst person, 1 ; second
person, thou; or third person, he,
she or it? Now then (with sever
ity), upon you r.jo&th didn't my cli
ent, say 'I .was drunk?"' ,
Witness ( trettinj? marl: "No: he
but if he had, I reckon hcfottMn't
'a' lied any. l)o you 'spose tho poor
fellow charged this whole court
with being drunk?"
Henry Watteksox, of the Cou
rier Journal, on a tour of the South
addressed the people of Nashville
Monday evening on the subject of
"Money and Morals."
The nomination of William M
jMoss, postmaster at J fickson,v,-jri..
is "liung up in Uie BonafV"
is confirmation is doubtful.. ..
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