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sage Over:the J:hrdan.
FROM ALMOST UNNOTIGED
Incident cf Olden Time Are Drawn
Lesscns of Comfort a.rd
Hcpefulness to Al
From an unnoticed incident of olden
time Dr. Talmage in this discourse
draws some comforting and rapturous
lessons. The text is II Samuel xix,
18, "And there went over a ferryboat
to carry over the king's household."
Which of the crowd is the king?
That short man, sunburnt and in fa
tigue dress. It is David, the exiled
king. He has defeated his enemies
and is now going home to resume his
palace. Good! I always like to see
David come out ahead. But between
him and his home there is the celebrated
river Jordan which has to be passed.
'he king is accompanied to the bank
of the river by an aristocratic old gen
tieman of 80 years, Barzillai by name,
who owned a fine country seat at Roge
lim. Besides that, David has his lami
ly with him. But how shall they get
across the river? Wbi'e they are stand
ing there I see.a ferryboat coming from
the other si4i, and as it uts through
'G-ehwatearT -see the faces of David and
his household brighten up at the
thought of so soon getting home. No
sooie; has the ferr5boat stiuck the
ah~e than David and his family and
his old friend Barzillai from Rogelim
get on board the boat. Either with
splashing oars at the side or with one
oar sculling at the stern of the boat
-they leave the eastern bank of the Jor
dan and start for the western banx.
That western bank is black with
crowds of people, who are waving and
shouting at the approach of the king and
his family. The military are all out.
Some of those who have been David's
worst enemies now shout until they are
hoarse at his return. No sooner has
the boat struck the shore on the west
ern side than the earth quakes and the
heavens ring with cheers of welcome
and congratulation. David and his
family and Barsillsi from Rogelim
step ashore. King David asks his old
friend to go with him and live at the
palace, but Barzillai apologizes and
ntimatea-that -ha is infirm with age
and too deaf to appreciate the music,
and has a delicate appetite that wculd
soon be cloyed with luxurious living,
and so he begs that David would let
him go back to his country seat.
I once heard the father of a president
of the United States say that e head
just been to Washingtou to see his son
in the White House, and he told me of
the wonderful things that occurred
there and of what Daniel Webster said
to him, but he declared: "I was glad
to get home. There wi' too much go
ing on there for me." My father, an
aged man, made his last visit at my
house in Philadelphia, and after the
church service was over, and we went
home, some one in the house asked
the aged man how he cnjoyed the ser
vice. 'Well,' he repliei, "I ersjoyed
the service, but there were too many
people there for me. It troubled my
head very mach." The fact is that old
people do rLot like excitement. if
....-in----K-nmg David had asked Barzillai 30
years before to go to the palace, the
probability is that Barzillai would have
gore, but not now. They kiss each
other goodby, a custom among men
oriental, but in vogue yet wher e two
brothers part or an aged father and a
son go away from each 9ther never to
meet again. No wonder that their lips
met as King Dav'id End old Barzillai,
at the prow of the ferryboat, parted
This river Jordan, in all ages and
among all languages, has been the sym
-' bol of the boundiary line between earth
and heaven. Yet when, on a former
occasion, I preached to you about the
Jordanic pasbage 1 have no doubt that
some of you despondtogly said. "bThe
Lord might have divided Jordan for
Joshua, but not for poor me." Cheer
up! I want to show you-that there is a
way over Jordan as well as through it.
My text says, "And there went ever a
ferryboat to carry over the kin's house
IA~ gr cities are famniliar with _the
ferry bos. it goes-irem San rancisco
to OaklanTai&d from Liverpool to
Birkenhead, and twice every sceuiar
day of the week multitudes are on the
ferryboats of our great cities, so that
you will not need to hunt up a classical
-- dictionary to find out what I mean
while I am speaking to you about the
passage of Daviai and his family across
the river Jordan.
My subject, in the first place, im
asees me with the fact that when we
.oss over from this world to the next
ne boat will have to come .from the
-ther side. The tribe of Judah, we
are informed, sent this ferrs boat across.
to get David and his household. I
stand on the eastern side of the
river Jordan, and I find no shipping at
..~Jbut while I am standing there I
-.boat plowing through the river,
.s I hear the swirl of the waters
-the boat comes to the eastern side
dhe Jordan and David and his family
and his old friend step on board that
oat I am mightily impressed with the
fact that when we cross over from this
world to the next the boat will have to
w:'ne from the opposite shore.
Blessed be God, there is a boat com
ing from the other side! Transporta
tion at last for our souls from the other
shore; everything about this gospel
from the other shore; pardon from the
other shore; mercy from the other shore;
pity from the other shore; ministry of
angels from the other shore; power to
-work miracles from the othsr shore;
Jesus Christ from the other shore.
"This is a faithful saying and worthy
of all acceptation that Christ Jesus
came into the world to save sinners,"
and from a foreign shore I see the fer
ry boat coming, and it rolls with the
surges of a Saviour's suffering;but as it
strikes the earth the mountains rock,
and the dead adjust their apparel so
that they may be fit to come cut. That
boat touches the earth, and glorious
-AThomas Walsh gets into is in his ex
piring moment, saying: "He has come!
He hay come! M1y Beloved is mine,
and I am his." Good Sarah Wesley
Sgotinto that boat, and as she sbeved off
A from the shore she cried: "Open the
-gates! Open the gates!' I bless God
that as the boat came from the other
shore to take David and his men across,
s- so, when we are about to die, the boat
will come from the same direetion. G od
Sforbid that I should ever trust to any.
tng that starts from this side.
,.~ga my subj cm uggests that when
erosover at the last the Kinrg wilt
- eon board the boat. Ship carpentry
in Bible times was in its infancy. The
beats were not skillfully made, and I
aan very easily imagine that the *o
men and the children of the king's
household might have been nervous
about going on that boat, afraid that
the oarsman or the helmsman might
give cut -and that the boat might be
dashed on the rocks, as sometimes
boats were dashed in the Jordan, and
then 1 could have imagined the boat
starting and rocking, and they crying
out: "Oh, we are goinz to be lost.
We are going down!" Not so. The
king was on board the 'at, and those
women and children and all the house
hold of the king knew that every care
was taken to have the king-the head
of the empire-pass in safety.
Now, I want to break up a delusion
in your mind, and that is this: When
cur friends go out from this world, we
feel sorry for them because they have
to go alone; and parents hold on to the
hands of their children who are dying
and hold on to something of the im
pression that the moment they let go
the little one will be in the darknerss
and in the boat all alone. "Oh," the
parent says, "if I could only go with
my child, I would be willing to die a
half dozen times. I am afraid she
will be lost in the woods or in the dark
ness; I am afraid she will be very much
frightened in the boat all alone." "I
break up the delusion. When a soul
goes to heaven, it does not go alone;
the King is on board the boat. Was
Paul alone in the last extremity? Hear
the shout of the sacred missionary as
he cries out, "I am now ready to be of
fered, and the time of my departure is
at hand." Was John. Wesley alone in
the last ex*remity? No Hear him
say, "Best of all God is with us."
Was Sir William Forbes alone in the
last extremity? No. Hear him say
to his friends. "Tcll all the people who
are coming down to the bed of death
from my experience it has no terrors."
"O,," say a great many people, "that
does very well for distinguished Christ
ianq, but for me, a common man, for
me, a common woman, we can't ex
peat that guidance and help." If I
should give you a passage of Scripture
that would promise to you positively
when you are crossing the river to the
next world the king would be in the
boat, would you believe the promise?
'Oh yes," y ou say, "I would. Here is
the promise. "When thou. passest
through the waters, I will be with thee,
and through the rivers, they shall not
overflow thee." Christ at the sick pil
low to take the soul out of the body;
Christ to help the soul down the bank
into the boat; Christ midstream; Christ
on the other side to help the soul up
the beach. Be comforted about your
departed friends. Be comforted about
your own demise when the time shall
come. Tell it to all the people under
the sun that no Christian ever dies
alone; the King is in the boat.
Again, my text suggests that leav.
ing this world for heaven is only cross
ing a ferry. Dr. Shaw estimates the
average width of the Jordan to be about
30 yards. What, so narrow? Yes.
"There went over a ferryboat to carry
the king's household." Yes, going to
heaven is only a short trip-only a fer
ry. It may be 80 miles-that is 80
yers-before we get to the wet bank
on the other side, but the crossing is
short. I will tell you the whole secret.
It is not five minutes across, nor three,
nor one minute. It is an instantaneous
transportation. People talk as though
leaving this life, the Christian went
floundering and swimming, to crawl up
exhausted on the other shore, and to be
pulled out of the pelting surf as by a
Ramsgate lifeboat No such thing It
is only a ferry. It is so narrow that we
can hail each other from bank to bank.
It is only four arms' lengths across.
The arm of earthly farewell put out
from this side the arm of heavenly wel
come put out from the other side,
while the dying Christian, standing
midstream, stretched out his two arms,
the one to take the farewell of earth,
and other to take greeting of heaven
That makes four arms' lengths across
Blessed be God, that when we leav.e
this world we are not to have a great
and perilous enterprise of getting into
heaen. Not a dangerous Franklin ex
peition to find the northwest passage
among icebergs Only a ferry. That
accounts for something you have nevz r
been able to understand. You never
supposed that very nervous and timid
Christian people could be so un-exeited
and placid in the last hour. Tne fa t
s, they were clear down on the bank,
and they saw there was nothing to be
frightened about. Such a short dis
tance-only a ferry. With one ear
they heard the funeral psalm in their
memory, and with the other ear they
heard the sotrg-of- heavenly salu'anion.
The willows on this side of Jord~n end
the Lebanon cedars on the other almost
interlocked their branches. Only a
My subject also suggests the fact
fact that when we cross over at the
last we shall find a solid landing. The
ferryboat as spoken of in my text
means a place to start from and a plae
to land. David and his people did not
find the eastern shore of the Jordan
any more solid than the western shore
where he landed, and yet to a great
many heaven is not a real place. To
you heaven is a fog bank in the dis
tance. Now, my heaven is a solid
heaven. After the resurrection has
come you will have a resurrected foot
and something to tread ori and a res
urreted eye and colors to see with it
a resurrected ear and music to regale
it. Smart men in this day are making
a great deal of fun about St. John's
materialistic descriptions of heaven.
Well, now, my friends, if you will tell
me what will be the. use of a resurrect
ed body in heaven with nothing to
tread on.and nothing to hear and noth
ing to handle and nothiz'g to taste then
I will laugh too. Are you going to feat
about in ether forever, swinging about
your hands and feet through the air
indiscriminately, one moment swelter
ing in the center of the sun and the
nxt moment shivering in the mount
ain. of the moon? That is not my
heaven. Dissatisfied with John's ma
terialistic heaven, theological tinkers
are trying to patch up a heaven that
will do for them at last. I never heard
of any heaven I want to go to except
St. John's heaven. I believe I shall
hear Mr. Toplady sing yet and Isaac
Watts recite hymns and Mozart play.
"Oh," you say, "where would you get
the organ?" The Lord will provide the
organ. Don't you bother about the or
gan. I believe I shall yet seeDavid
with a harp, and I will ask him-to sing
one of the songs of Zion. I believe
after the resurrection I shall see Mas
illon, the great French pulpit orator,
and I shall hear from his own lips how
he felt on that day when he preached
the king's funeral sermon and flung
his whiole audience into a paroxysm of
gridf and solemnity. I have no pa
tience with your transcendental, gel
tinus, gaseous heaven. My heaven
is rot a fog ba~nk. My eyes are unto
the hills, the everlasting hills. The
King's ferryboat, starting from a wharf
en this side, will go to a wharf on the
Again, my subj ~ct teaches that when
we cross over at the last we shall be
~et at the landing. When David and
I his family went over in the ferryboat
spoken of in the text, they landed amid
a nation that had come out to greet
them. As they'stepped from the deck
of the bost to the shore there were
thousands of people who gathered
around them to express a satisfaction
that was beyornd description. And so
you an I will be met at the laudiog.
Our arrival will not be like stepping
ashore at Antwerp of Constantinople
among a crowd of stranger3. It will be
among friends, good friends, those who
are warm hearted friends and all their
friends. We know people whom we
have never seen by hearing somebody
talk about them very much; we know
them almost as well as if we had seen
them. And do you not suppose that our
parents and brothers and sisters and
children in heaven have been talking
about us all these years, and tlking to
their friends? So that, I suppose, when
we cross the river at the last we shall
not only be met by all those Christian
friends whom we knew on earth, but
by all their friends. They will come
down to the landing to meet us. Your
departed friends love you now more
than they ever did You will be sur
prised at the last to find how they
know about all the affairs of your life.
Why, they are only across the ferry,
and the boat is coming this way, and
the boat is going that way. I do not
know but they have already asked the
Lord the day, the hour, the moment
when you are coming across and that
they kciow now, but I do know that you
will be met at the landing, The poet
Southey said he thought he should
know Bishosp Heber in heaven by the
portraits he had seen of him ia London,
and Dr. Randolph said he thought he
would know William Cowpcr, the poet,
in heaven from the pictures he had
seen of him in England; but we wil
know our departed kindrcd by the por
traits hung in the throncroom of our
Oa starlight nights youlook up-and
I suppose it is so with any one who
has friends in heaven-on starlight
nights you look up, and you cannot
help but think of those who have gone,
and I suppose they look down and can
not help but think of us. But they
have the advantage of us. We know
not just where their world ofjoy is;
they know where we are.
There was romance as well as Chris
tian beauty in the life of Dr. Adoniram
Judson, the Baptist missionary, when
he concluded to part from his wife, sho
to come to America to restore here
healtb, he to go back to Burma to
preach the gospel. They had started
from Burma for the United States to
gether; but, getting near St. Helens,
Mrs. Judson was so much better soe
said: "Well, now I can get home very
easly. You'go back to Burma and
preach the gospel to those poor people.
I am almost well. I shall soon be well,
and then I will return to you." After
she had made that resolution, terrific
in its grief, willing to give up her hue
band for Christ's sake, she sat down
in her room and with trembling hand
wrote some eight or ten verses, four of
which I will now give you:
We part on this green is'et, love
Thou for the estern main;
1 for the setting sun love;
Oh, when to meet again!
-When we knelt to see our Henry die
and heard his last faint moan,
Each wiped away the other'us tears;
Now each must weep alone.
Andi who can paint our mutnal joy
When, all our wandering o'er,
We both shall e'asp our inats three
At home en Burma's shore?
But h'gher shall our raptures glow
On yrou celear~ial plaia
'When leved and parted here below
Meet neer to part again.
She folded that manuscript, a relapse
of her dis-ase came on, and she died.
Dr Jadson says he put her away for
.he resurrection on the isle of St. Reiena
They had thought to part for a year or
two. Now they parted forever, so far
as this world is concerned. And he says
he hastened on board after the funeral
with his iittle children to start for
Burma, for the vessel had already lifted
her sai:s. And he says, "I sat down
for some time in my cabin my little
children arou me crying, "Mother,
mother!" And I abandontd myself to
aieartbreaking grief. But one day the
thougnt came across me as my faith
stretche-d her wing that we should maeet
agai~a in heaven, and I was comnforted.'
Was it, my friends, all a delasioL.?
When he died, did she meet him at
-he landing? When she died, did the
scores of souls whom she had brought
to Christ and who had precedad her to
heaven meet her at the landing? I be
ievdtd...[know it._Oh, glorious con
earth is done and we cross the river we
shall be met at the landing!
But there is a thought that comes
over me lhke an electric shock. Do I be
long to the King's household? Mark
you, the text says, "And there went
ove a ferryboat to carry over the king's
household," and none but the king's
household. Then I ask, "Do I belong
to the household? Do you?'' If you do
not come today and be adopted into
that household. "Oh," says some soul
here, "I do not know whether the King
wants me W He does; he does. Hear the
voice from the throne, "I[ will be a
father to them, and they shall be my
sons and daughters, saith the Lord
Almighty." "Him that cometh unte
me," Unrist saye, "I will in nowise
ast cut." Come into the King's house,
hold. Sit down at the King's table.
Ceme in and take your apparelifrom the
King's wardrobe, even the wedding gar
ment of Christ's righteousness. Come
in and inherit the King's wealth. Come
in and cross in the King's ferry boat.
Cut His Arm Off.
A head on collision occured on the
Iron Mountain railway at Desare, Mo.,
last night between two freight trains
killing Engineer James Britt and
Brakeman Ed. Bradley. The latter was
aught under the wreckage which took
fire and his body was cremated. -Fire.
man B. Barrett fell under his engine
and could only be rescued from being
burned alive by cutting his arm off with
an axe. Wilam Ralston, conductor
and brakeman R D. Scott and brake
man G. L. Scott were slightly injured.
The two engines were completely de
molished and eight cars loaded with
lumber and cotton caught fire and were
entirely consumed. The collision was
caused by Engineer Ross overlooking
his meeting point. The loss to the
railway company is about $15.,000.
MARRIED ON SIGHT.
A dispatch from Chatham, 'Va., tells
of a romantic wedding which.- occurred
there Monday. Miss Lucy Motley,
daughter of the Rev. A. William Motley,
became the bride of A. Y. Young, Jr.,
of San Francisco. Mr. Young is worth
$20,000, and he and his bzide had
never met until a few hours before the
cermony was performed. It see Miss
-olyi ott. n omo e
Mosti aees ndc th poe ofhe
Mromog.tio coesondene restiedo
an r. opos.a creponncen eutted
ondat poposaddin follepaed. sttn
at A.a af ..A A in, falland.
SOUTH CAROLINA RAILROADS.
Income of the Various Lines Show
The State railroad commission is at
present hard at work on the preparation
of its annual report to the General As
sembly. 0? course, all the figures are
not available for the annual gene;al
stamenut ehowing the year's business
of the lines in the State, but it is pos
sible to show the total income from all
sources and the total income less the
expenses, nft including taxes, by roads
for a!! the roads save three very small
ones, the Branchville and Bowman, the
Georgetown and Western and the
Hampton and Branchville. Repeated
efforts have been made to secure these
reports without result. They are de
laying the appearance of the report.
From the figures in hand the roads
have a total income from all sources
amounting to very nearly ten million of
dollars, the missing roads having
enough to run it to that mark, the in
crease over the- preceding year being
'The total expense including mainten
ance of ways ad structures, mainten
ance and equipment, transportation
and general expensecs amount to $6 766,
732.62 as against $5,841.36171 last
year, makinz the total income less ex
penses $3,221813.80 against $3,085,
136 81 last ycar.
From this total income less expenses
$359.058 99 in taxss has to be deducted
that being the total amount of taxes
charged. The increase in expenses is
attributed largely to the laying of new
rails, the improvement of properties,
etc , which is general at this tims. The
total deficit is $52 253 81, charged only
to those new or rehabilitated lines
br.ought into use during the year.
Tne Atlantic Coast Line system
shows a total income for the year of
$2,493,077 20, as against $1 851,128-71
"or Jast year, this being one of the
principal increases. The Southern
railway in South Carolina shows $1,
511.565 75 this year, against $1,472,
120 66 last year, and the total less ex
penses is $510 511.12 against $697,991 -
13 list year.
The other Southern line, the Ashe
ville and Spartanburg and the Atlanta
and Charlotte Air Line, show hand
some increases, however.
The report this year will show 191
miles of now road built and received
during the year 1900. The largest items
in this total are the new lints of the
Seaboard Air Lne and the Southern
THE PERENNIAL PROBLEM.
The Two Classes That Husbands May
Be Divided Into.
The problem as to whether husbands
really love their wives is again upper
most in society, and battle, and mur
der and sudden death, pelitics, trusts,
floods, earti q akes, heat, hades and
and hurry have been relegated to their
Husbands may be roughly divided
into two great classes--those who are
managed by their wives and those who
think they are not. The rest are so far
in the minority that they are not worth
But the fadt that a husband is daly
contr',lled by his wife is no endence
that he loves her or that he does not.
The average husband is a meek, bur
den bearing animal, with domestic
traits, his mind intent on one or two
;hings, and it is a comparitively easy
thing to shift him about. A light breeze
may blow him in almost any dirction,
provided ho is let alone on the oae sub
ject he is interestecd in, and if a light
bretze does not s'uffice, the average wife
is almost always qugat to the emergency,
and can induce a more powerful acolian
current at a moment's notice.
But do hus sands love their wives?
They do, they do! And the proof lied
in the subject on which the average
man is interested in, to the exclusion
of everything else, even to the excite
menL of making love to his wife. And
this subject is the almighty dellar. He
hasn't time for anything else, and he
crates it mostly for love of his partner.
It may not be amiss to say that our
mnommoth dry goo-ds establishments are
puiaaung mon aments to the love that
ane average husband bears to the aver
age wife-- God bless her!--Life.
Hester a Cotton Statement.
Secretary Hester's weekiy New
Orleans cotton exchange statement
shows for ane 14 days or December an
increase over last year of 160,000. For
the 105S days of the season that have
elapsed the aggregate is ahead of the
105 days of last year 459,000.
The amount brought into sight dur
ing the past week has been 445,357
against 349,877 for the seven days end
ing this oate last year, and for the 14
days of December it has been 886,488
against 726,918 last year.
The se m~ake the total movement for
the 105 day s from Sept. 1 to date 5,705,
639 against 5.246,578 last year. The
movement since 8ept. 1 shows the re
oceipts at all United States ports 3,975,
647 against 3,499,557 last year, over
iand across thie Mississippi, Ohio and
Potomac rivers to northern mills and
Canada 582,053 against 712,816 last
year; interior stocks in excess of these
held at the oce of the commercial
year 650,863 against 524,801 last year;.
southern mill takings 497,256 against
509,404 last year.
Foreien experm for the week have
been 1767285 against 122 615 last year,
makizg tne total thus far for the sea
son 2,796,926 against 2,218,157 last
Northern mill takings and Canada
during the past seven days show a de
crease of 11,593. The total takings of
American mills north and south and
Canada thus far for the season have
been 1,410,646 against 1,727,961 last
Stocks at the seaboard and the 29
leading southern interior centres have
increased during the week 134,322
bales and are now 283,592 smaller than
at this date in 1899.
Including stocks left over at ports
and interior towns from the last crop
and the number of bales brought into
sight thus far for the new crop, the
supply to date is 5,828,173 against 5,
865,476 for the same period last year.
THE TRUS1' WINS.
The Republican supreme court of
Ohio has finally dismissed the proceed
ings against the Standard Oil company
for violating its order, issued under the
anti trust law of the State, to dissolve.
The Republican attorney general who
secured this order and menaced the
great trust had been previously dii
missed by his party. These justices
have well and quickly learned the les
son of the election,
TH E PEN8ION CANCER.
The pension appropriation bill was
completed Thursday by the house sub
committee on ap~propriatios. It car
ries abo~u' $145 20,000, of which about
$144,000,000 is for pensions and the
balance for administration.
Vienna Women in a Foot Race.
A singular race for which only
women were allowed to compete, was
-writes our Vienna correspondent
arranged a few days ago in the sub
urbs of this city. The distance to be
run was about five English miles, and
the prizes offered were a gold watch
and chain, a silver watch and chain,
gold bracelets and sums of money.
Twenty-seven women were entered
for the race and-one was started every
five minutes. Thousands of persons
lined the streets and roads, greeting
the competitors with ironical cheers.
The police had much trouble in keep
ing the course clear and to preserve
order. Agents at different points con
trolled the race, and cyclists accom
panied the runners. Of the starters,
25 reached the goal, a village outside
the capital. The winner of the gold
watch accomplished the distance in
one hour and ten minutes. The win
ner of the fourth race was a woman
of 58. The first five prizes were won
by married women, and the two last
by young girls.-London Telegrabh.
Exaggerated Maps of Spain.
Oscar F. Williams. who was consul
general of the United States at Mar
nila when the Filipino insurrection
broke out, says that in the maps of
Europe which were used In the F11
ipino schools under the Spanish re
gime a large place in the center of
that continent, usually occupying
more than one-half the page, was
marked Spain. All the rest of the
countries were scattered about the
edge. Thus the young Filipino came
to have a very distorted idea of the
magnitude of the country of his op
pressors. Even Aguinaldo was sur
prised to learn that America covers
a greater area than Spain.-N. Y
A Woman's Club in Hawaii.
Mention may be made of the Hawa
iian Woman's club, successfully
launched In Honolulu five years ago. It
was started by an American school
teacher who was wont to invite young
girls to her home ouce a week for in
formal conversation on some topio.
The outgrowth was a full-ftedged club
of 34 members, most of them being Ha
waiiana, with a mirture, however, of
Chinese and Portuguese. The president
this year is a Chinese girl, who wears
her quaint national costume when she
ills the official chair. -Bertha Damaris
Knobe, in Woman's Home Companion.
Proud Mammar-Wasn't Georgie a
noble little gentleman to insist upon
Nellie's helping herself to a peach be
fore he took one himself ?
Uncle Henry-Oh, yes, very noble.
Georgie, what made you let Nellie help
Georgie-Because there wa'n't but
two peaches, a great big one and a H1
tIle bit of one. I knew Nellie would be
too polite to take the big one.-Boston
Few Beds in Russia.
Beds are comparatively scarce In
Russia, and many well-to-do houses
are still unprovided with them.
Peasants sleep on the tops of their
ovens; middle-class people and serv
ants roll themselves up in sheepskins
and lie down near stoves; soldiers rest
upon wooden cots without bedding,
and it is only within the last few
years that students in schools have
been allowed beds.-N. Y. Sun.
Rulers of China.
The emperor of China is assisted by
a cabinet, a council of state and the
six boards. There Is no prime minis
ter, but there are six chanellors, who
mediate between him and the subor
dinate officials. The emperor, like the
sultan of Turkey, attends to all the de
tails. The chancellors are assisted by
600 scribes, translators and other of
icials, half of whom are Manchus or
foreigners.-N. Y. Journal.
He Wasgo Egotist.
"Will you marry me, Miss Tom
mey?" asked Mr. Collingwood.
"No, indeed," replied she. "I
wouldn't marry the best man en
"Of course you won't. You'll never
have an opportunity. But that is no
reason why you shouldn't marry me."
-Detroit F'ree Press.
Tommy-Pa, what does "disagree"
Pac-Well, when two people tInuk
alike they are said to agree. New, you
ean guess what "disagree" means.
"Oh, yes, that's when only one pee
pie thinks alike."-Philadelphia Press.
Not in the Bill
Mrs. Nagsby (impatiently calling)
Nora, drop everything at once and comn.
"Now, what's the baby crying for?'
"'Cause I dropped him, ma'am."
Glasgow Evening Times.
No Pleasures in City Life.
"Pa, let's move in the country; 1
don't want to live In town."
"Why not, Bobby?".
"Well, pa, ma says if we live here till
i'm grown up an' gray-headed she
won' lemme keep a pig."-Indianapolis
When you see a girl trying to stare
at you and look sad at the same time
you may generally be sure some man
has told her she has such "expressive
eyes."-N. Y. Press.
Too Far Behind.
Milly-I understand that Miss Elder
ly Is getting to be very fast.
Willy-Yes; but she'll never make up
the time she has lost.-Smart Set.
Your friends notice lots of your
faults that escape your enemies.
To See Herself.
Mrs. Givem-Isn't Mrs. Loudleigha
rather ostentatious about her charita
Mrs. Roastem - Ostentatious? I
should say so. Why, that woman would
like to have a pier glass over her mantle
of charity.-Baltimore American.
She-Before we were married you
used to say I was the apple of your
He-Maybe I did; but I've had my
eye peeled since then.-Philadelphis
"Mr. Biggleson is quite a philan
thropist, isn't he?"
"Yes. He always draws up the sub
scription papers other people are
asked to sign."-Chicago Times-Her
Verdi Is erecting a home for super
annuated Italian artists of all classes.
Although almost 94) yea.rs of age, says
the Washington Star, he is himself
far from being eligible to admission
to such an institution.
The formula is
know just -what yot
do not advertise the
their medicine if yo
Iron and Quinine pu
form. The Iron
malaria out of the s
Grove's is the Orij
Chill Tonics are im
that Grove's is su
are not experimenti
and excellence hai
only Chill Cure so
the United States.
OLD rixE CHRISTEASES.
Changes Wrought During The Last a
The Christmas of 1847 was a simple t
and tender affair, consisting mainly of e
Santa Claus an. well filled stockings m
The presents were home-made, with a i
few added sweetmeats and toys. Think p
of the changes! An orarge was a sight
more rare than custard-apples are now. 1
A banana I do not remember having '
seen before 1850.. Farmers used flint I
locks to shoot the squirrels for a Chris
mas pie-or what we used to call the
'Queen's arms." These were British
musdets, captured during the revolu- I
tion. The first breech loader was pat
ented in 1836; but they were notin com
mon use. We went in thick stoga boots
because rubbers were barely known;
aud I do not think a rubber boot was
in existence. What we bad were a sort t
of Indian moccasin imported from Bra o
il, capable of wearing for ten years.
The first Goodyear patent was taken o
out in 1835. About the same time the I
first machine was put in operation for v
making pens, while for pens we used e
goose quills or even hen quills. It was d
however, a peculiarly inventive per- c
period. All the knick- knacks that are I
most fimiliar to us were then novelties t
and costly. A bunch of pins in a Christ- I
mas stocking was not despised. if a t
b x of matches could have been had it I
would have been a welcome gift from I
The stockin-gs were hung up by the r
huge old fireplace, where great logsa
burned and coals were covered up at 1
ight. In rural sections we had never
seen a scuttle of coal and had only a
bheard of it as an effort to burn black t
stones. Whale-oil lamps marked thea
advanced line of progress in lighting t
streets sad houses. There was no dream
f canned fruits and cocoa and choco
late, although we had plenty of tea anda
ecofee. It was impossible to give a rew
ing machineor a photograph. Daguer
reoty pes were not devised until 1839;
and the first were taken in America at
least a year later. I remember when
Avery, who took the first' sun picture
west of Albany, carried it up and down
the streets, fiukhed with bis success;
and ran into house after house to ex
nibit it. it was a ghostly affair, to be
:quinted at anda guessed out; but af ter
allin was the beginning of a great art.
The presents were luiler or af,~ ction
bcause home made. The whole famriy
nad been at work for weeks planning
and executin-g Little gifts. Tue boys
made boxes and tos and hand sleds.
fue women made stockings and mnuffikrs
and damnty cap;, whrie tne g~rls made
lippers, and the fathers made shoes.
A home was a word that meant great
ahings in thiose days; for both the wo
men and the men had trades, as well as
a knack and a knowledge of land cul
ure. It is interesting to note that
some of our best observers and social
students prophesy a large reacuion form
uur present fast and uneasy age to the
:qiet and calm of those earlier days of
ne century. Or course we shalh not
gve up our inventionle; but with them
we may lose our bosa excitement, and
react to another jeriod of reconsidera
ion. This has been the history of
The most delightful part of these
old-time holidays was the sports, pure
and free from every guile. Our even
ings were always at home; and in the
one great family room, which was the
dining room and the kitchen in one,
we gathered before the huge fire of
logs and had that sort of unadulterated
fun which can be had only where the
whole family is united. We parched
our home grown corn, and made our
andy of molasses, and played simple
games, in which no one joined more
heartly than the father and mother.
No child was ever permitted to absent
imself from the household after dark
without the direction of his parents.
But after 9 o'clock no one ever thought
f being absent. Then we were in
our beds. If we react to taese or to
simpler methods of living it will be by
a resurrection of more home life. Let
us see to it that the farm home is more
of a home, and the farmhouse family
$100 Eeward, $100.
The readers of this paper will be
pleased to learn that there is at least,
one dreaded disease that science has
been able to cure in all its stages, and
that is Catarrh. Hall's Catarrh Cure
is the only positive cure known to the
medical fraternity. Catarrh being a
onstitutional disease, requires consti
utional treatment. Hall's Catarrh
ure is taken internally, acting direct
upon the blood and mucous surfaces ,
the system, thereby destroying -
foundation of the disease and giving apj
patient strength by building up the 2
stitution and assisting nature in If y
its work. The proprietors ha O
much faith in its curative power~~ a
they offer One Hundred DolJ~o
any case that it fails to cure. 1for
list of testimonials. Addre
F. J. CHENEY &CO.~5 I
Sold by Druggists, 75c.(
Hail's Family Pills are tS'Cat.
WITH a corn cro 2,108,
300,000 bushels, a w harvest
of 500,000,000 bush anid an
jat yield of 800,0 bushels
this year, it wo . In that J
President McKin ght have
given the Lord credit'for
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plainly printed on every
i are taking when you take
ir formula knowing that yo
u knew what it contained.
t up in correct proportions ar
acts as a tonic while the
ystem. Any reliable druggist
inaI and that all other
itations. An analysis of othe
perior to all others in cv
ng when. you 'take Grove
ring long been establishe
[d throughout the entire r
No Cure, No Pay. Price
From the smouldering ruins of the
redenia Station Normal and Training
chool, Dunkirk, N. Y.. which was de
troyed by flregt 6 o'clock Friday morn
og, one charred body, supposed to be
hat of Miss Stcrms, has been recover
d, and a revision of the list of missing
iakes it certain that seven persons per
hed in the Are, which also entailed a
roperty loss of $200,000.
There were 75 young women studentv
a the buildisg, six of whom parished.
he other victim was the aged j nitori
'he dead are:
Phineas J. Morris, janitor.
Irene Jones of Busti, N. Y.
Bessie Hathaway of Cannonaville,
Ruth Thomas, Pike, N. Y.
Cora Storms, Boston, N. Y.
Mae Williams, Lake Coma, Pa.
Maud F. Fizsell Bradford, Pa.
The young women occupied rooms on
he third fior of the building. The
rigin of the fi:e is uniknown.
The fire started in the private room
f Janitor Morn, who evidently lost
is life while fire fgting. Miss Fizzll
as at the head of the escape and tarn
d back into the ,uilding to save a
iamond ring, thus losing her life. The
thera who perished suffaicated without
ocating the fire escape. Is is stattd
hat beaiy wire screers were firmly
iailed across the windows leading to
he fire escapes and the only way the
Ucky ones escaped was by crawling
lrough the windows adjaeent to the
sopes and then creeping along the
cof. Lawyers say there will be dam
e suits instituted against the' State
ecause of the fire escape screens.
A search for remains is being made
s rapidly as pcssible, but digging over
he debris, which is still burning, is
low work. Principal Palmer estimates
he loss at $200,000, with $93,000 in
uae. Nothing was saved from the
bagnifcient building, not even person
kri to Isal our Line
of kBtinery and
Lane, Chase, Hege, Liddell and High
Point eaw mxills
The Murray Cleanag and Distributing
Liidefl automiatie and plsa Bagine.
"Sioux" Oor iu. Engines.
"New &onth" Brict 1Iaehinery.
Farquhar Threshers and Grain DITs.
Diaston Saws and Files.
Peerless Packings, s;evens Sewer Pipe,
and Supplies generally.
Erie City Engines and Boilers
Egan Woodworking Machinery.
"Queen of the 8.,utn" Grist Mills*
Kelley Doper Feed Mills
Bundy Traps and SteamSpiate
Magnolia and Columbia Babett Me
N. H. Gibbes &
a ACHINERY and MILL SWPP
804 Gernal Str
Steam j g of everyfl
descrlpt ~ Steam, Napj
for oUD . price list rb
circg All work e
ante nfo charge. Buj
Baa treet ida
jOrtman, Pr For sal
res La rippe, sole orr
alistomach and with~
lea morbus, andlj
dren, kidney ~ ents andU
Ports of bras, r00na&7
URRY Dj (1.
0t per cent.
6j~ years. T e.
m~al Bank Building,
Couaba, 8. c.
u would not- buy
id is in a Tasteless
quiniac drives the
will tell -you that
r chill tonics shows
:ry respcct. You 7
1. Grove's is the
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and all other kinds o
working machinery. My
geant Log Beam Saw mIE'
the heaviest, "trongess,
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money on the mark
B. Smith Machine
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