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. TALMAGE PREACHES ABOUT
SPICE IN RELIGION.
Wl>f People lit, . Not Go to Churcli ? Wor
ship Should II? Llb? the Offering* QaMn
Balkis goat Solomon the Who Means of
Brooklyn, May 3.?The capacity ot
the new tabernacle was hilly tested this
morning hy the vast audlenco which as
sembled to hoar Dr. Talmage in his
handsome and spacious church. Ho is
now preaching there morning and even
ing aud the Christian Heraldservices In
Is off York have been discontinued. This
has caused much regret to many people
in that city. A memorial was prepared
and signed by influential citizens asking
Dr. Talmage to coutiuue the services.
He could not see his way to comply at
the time, but, as lie was evidcutly im
pressed by the warmth of the welcome
given him In the metropolis, and deeply
moved by the good that was done, it is
not itnprobablo that in the near future
he will again be found duplicating his
usefulness by ministering to two con
gregations, as he has been doing during
the past seven months. Uis subject this
morning was "Humdrum Abolished,"
and his text. II Chronicles ix, 0, "Of
spices great abundance; neither was there
any such spice as the Queen of Sheba
gave King Solomon."
What is that building out yonder, glit
tering in the Bun? Ilavo you not heard?
It is the House of the Forest of Leb
anon. King Solomon has just taken to
It his bride, tho princess of Egypt. You
see the pillars of the portico, and a great
tower, adorned with one thousand
shields of gold, hung on tho outside of
the tower?live hundred oi tho shields
of gold manufactured at Solomon's
ordor, five hundred were captured by
David, his father, iu battle. Sco how
they blaze in tho noonday sun!
(Solomon goes up tho ivory stairs of
his throne between twelve lions in statu
ary, and sits down on tho back of tno
golden bull, tho head of tho brouzo boast
turned toward! tho people. Tho family
and attendants of tho king aro so many
that tho caterers of tho place have to
provide every day ono hundred shedp
and thirteen oxen, besides tho birds and
the venison. I hear tho stamping aud
pawing of four thousand fluo horses m
the royal Btables. There wore impor
tant ofllcials who had cliargo ot tho work
of gathering tho arrow aud tho barloy
for those horses. King Solomon was
early riser, tradition saya, and used to
take a ride out at daybreak; and when
in his white apparel bohiud tho swiftest
horses of all tho realm, and followed by
mounted archors iu purple, as tho cav
alcade dashed through tho streets of
Jerusalem, I aupposo it was something
Worth gottlng up at 5 o'clock in tho
morning to look at.
Solomon was not liko somo of the
kings of the present day?crowned im
becility. All tho splendor of his palaco
and retinue were eclipsed by Ins Intel
lectual power. Why, no seemed to know
everything. Ho was tho first great nat
uralist the world over saw. Peacocks
from India strutted tho basaltic walk,
and apes chattered in the trees, and doers
stalked the parks and thero wcro aqua
riums with foreign fish, and aviaries'with
foreign birds;hmd tradition says these,
birds were so well tamed that Solomon
might walk clear across tho city under
the sdadow of their wings as they hov
ered and flitted about him.
More than this, ho had a groat reputa
tion for tho conundrums and riddles that
he made ant! gucsBcd. Ho and King
Hiram, his neighbor, used to sit by tho
hour and ask riddles, each ono paying
in money if ho could not answer or
guess tho rlddlo. Tho Solomonic navy
visited all tho world, and tho sailors, of
course, talked about the wealth of their
kings, and about the riddles and enig
mas that he mado and solved; and tho
news spread until Queen llalkis, away
oil' south, heard of it and sent messen
Sers with a low riddles that sho would
ke to have Solonmon solve, and a few
puzzles which sho would liko to have
him And out. Sho sent among other
things, to King Solomon, a diamond
with a hole so small that a nccdlo could
not penetrate it, askiug him to thread
that diamond. Aud Solomon took a
worm and put It at tho openiug in tho
diamond, and tho worm crawled through,
leaving tho thread in the diamond. Tho
queen also sunt a goblot to Solomon
asking him to fill it with water that did
not pour from tho sky, and that did not
rush out from tho earth; and immedi
ately Solomon put a slave on tho back of
a swift horse and galloped him around
and around tho park until tho horse was
nigh exhausted, and front tho porspira
tion of tho horse the goblet was filled.
She also sent King Solomon 500*girlsin
boys' dress, wondering if he would bo
acute enough to find out the deception.
Immediately Solomon, whon he saw
them wash their faces, knew from tho
way they applied the water that it was
all a cheat.
Queen Balkis was so pleased with tho
acutencss of Solomon, that she said: "I'll
Just go and sec him for himself."
Yonder it cornea?the cavalcade?horses
and dromedaries, chariots and chariot
eers, jingling harness and clattering
hoofs, ana blazing shields, and Hying
ensigus, and clapping cymbals. Tho
placo is saturated with tho perfume.
She brings cinnamon, and saffron, and
calamus, and frankincense, and all man
nor of sweet spices. As tho retinue
sweeps through tho gale, the armed
guards Inhalo tho aroma. "Halt!" cry
the charloteors, as tho weels grind the
gravel in front ot tho pillared portico of
the king. Queen Balkis alights in an
atmosphero bewitched with perfume. As
the dromedaries aro driven up to tho
king's store-houses, and tho buudlos of
crmphor are unloaded, and tho sacks of
cinnamon, and tho boxes of spices are
opened, the purveyors of tho palaco dis
cover what my text announces: "Of
spices, gre-tf abundance; neither was
there any euch spices as the Queen of
Sheba gave to King Solomon."
Well, my friends, you know that all
theologians agree in making Solomon a
typo "of Christ, and making the Queen
of Sheba a type of every truth-seeker;
and I shall lake tho responsibility of
saying that all the spikenard, and cassia,
and frankincense which tho Queen of
Sheba brought to King Solomon aro
mightily suggestive of tho sweet spices
of our holy religion. Christianity is not
a collection of sharp technicalities, and
angular facts, and chronological tables,
and dry statistics. Our religion la com
pared to frankincenBo and to cassia, but
never to nightshade It is a bundle of
myrrh. It is a dash of holy light. It is
a sparkle of cool fountains. It is an
opening of opaline gates. It Is a collec
tion of spices. Would God that we wero
as wiso in taking spices to our Divine
King as Quoen Balkis was wise in taking
the spicoa to the earthly Solomon! What
many of us need Is to have ?hc humdrum
driven out of our life and the humdrum
out of our religion. The American, and
English, and Scottish church will dlo of
humdrum unless t here be a'changc. An
editor from San Francisco wrote me say
ing he was getting up for his paper a
symposium from many clergymen, dis
ing among other things, "Why do
not people go to church?" and he wanted
my opinion and I gave it la one sentence.
People do not go to church because they
CAtmot stand tho humdrum. Tho fact
Is that moat people novo so much hum
rhlly calling that they
and exhortation* and songs aud orayers
more of what Quceu Balkis brought to
Solomon, uaraeTy more spl< e.
The fact Is that the duties ami cares
of this life, coming to us from time to
I time, are stupid often, aud insane, and
I intolerable. Here are m??n who have
been bartering, and negot ating, climb
ing, pounding, hammering for twenty
I years, forty years, fifty years. One
! great long drudgery has their life been.
? Their lace anxious, their feeling be
I numbed, their days monotonous. What
is necessary I? brighten up that man's
life, and to sweeten that man's acid dla
[ position, and to put sparkles into the
man's spirits? The spicery of our holy
religion. Why, if between the losses of
life there dashed a gleam of eternal gain;
I if between the betravals cf life there
came the gleam of tho undying friend
ship of Christ; if in dull Urne? in husi
[ ness wo found ministering spirits flying
I to and fro In our office, and store, and
shop, every-? lay life, Instead of being a
stupid monotone, would be a glorious
I iuspltatlon, pcndulumlng between calm
I satisfaction and high rapture.
IIow any woman keeps house without
tho roliglon of Christ to help her, is a
mystery to me. To have to spend the
greater part of one's life, as many wo
men do, in planning for the meals, in
stitching garments that will soon be rent
again, and deploring breakages, and
supervising tardy subordinates, and
driving off dust that soon again will set
tle, and doing the same thing day in and
day out, and year in and year out, until
their hair silvers, and the back stoops,
and the spectacles crawl to the eyes, and
the grave breaks open under the thin
solo of tho slioe?oh, It is a long mono
tony! But when Christ comos to the
drawing-room, and comes to the kitchen,
and comes to tho nursery, and comes to
the dwelling, then how cheery become
all womanly duties. She is never aione
now. Martha gets through fretting and
joins Mary at the feet of Jesus. All
day loug Deborah is happy because ehe
cau help Lapidoth; Hannah, because ehe
can make a coat lor young Samuel; Mir
iam, bocauso sho can watch her Infant
brother; Kachel, because she can help
her father water tho stock; the widow of
Saropta, because the cruise of oil is being
oplcnishcd. O woman, having in your
pantry a nest of boxes cantaiaing all
kinds of condiments, why have you not
tried in your heart aud life the spicery
of our holy religion? "Martha! Martha!
thou art caroful and troubled about
many things, but ono thing is neediul.
and Mary hath choson that good part
which shall not bo taken away Irom
I must conless that a great deal of tho
religion of this day is uttetly insipid.
There Is nothing piquant or elevating
about it. Men and women go around
humming psalms in a minor koy; and
cuituriug molancholy, and their worship
has in it more signs than rapture. We
do not doubt their piety. Oh, no. But
thoy are sitting at a feast where the cook
has forgotten to season the food. Every
thing is flat in their experience and in
iheir conversation. Emancipated irom
sin, and death, and hell, and on their
way to a magnificent heaven, thoy act
as though thoy woro trudging on toward
an overlasting Botany Bay. Religion
does not seem to agreo with them. It
seems to catch in tho wind-pipe and be
come a tight straugulation instead of an
exhilaration. All tho infidel books that
have been written from Voltaire down
to Herbert Speucor, have not done so
much damago to our Christianity as lu
gubrious Christians. Who wants a re
ligion woven out of the shadows of tho
night? Why go growling on your way
to celestial enthronement? Come out
ofthat cave, and sit down in I he warm
light of the Sun of Righteousness. Away
witu your odes to melancholy and Her
voy's "Meditations among tho Tombs."
Thon lot our songs abound,
And ovory tear bo dry;
We'ro marching through Emanuel's
To fairer worlds on high.
I have to say, also, that wo neod to
put more spice and enllvenmont in our
religious teaching; whether it be in the
prayer-meeting, or In the Sabbath
school, or in tho church. Wo ministers
need more fresh air and sunshine in our
lungs, and our heart, and our head. Do
you wonder that the world is so far from
being convcrtod when you find so little
vivacity in the pulpit and in the pew?
Wo want, liko the Lord, to plant in our
sermons and exhortations more lilies of
tho field. Wo want fewer rhetorical
elaborations, and fewer sesquipedalian
words; and when wo talk about shadows,
we do not want to sap adumbration; and
when wo mean qucerness, wo do not
want to talk about idiosyncrasies; or if
a stitch in tho back, we do not want to
talk of lumbago; but, in a plain vernacu
lar preach that Gospel which proposes
to make all men happy, honest, victori
ous, and lreo. In other words, we want
more cinnamon and less gristle. Let
this bo so in all tho different depart
ments of work to which the Lord calls
us. Let us bo plain. Let us bo earnest.
Lotus bo commoc-sonsical. When we
talk to tho people in a vernacular they
can understand, thoy will bo very glad
to corao and receivo tho truth wo pre
sent. Would to God that Queen Balkis
would drive her spicc-laden dromedaries
into all our sermons and prayer-meeting
More than that, wo want moro 11.e
and spice in our Christian work. The
poor do not waut so much to be groaned
over as sung to. With tho bread, and
medicines, and tho garments you give
them, let there be an accompaniment of
smiles and brisk encouragement. Do
not si and and talk to them about the
wretchedness of their abode, and the
hunger of their looks, and tho hardness
of their lot. Ah! thoy know it better
than you can tell them. Show them the
bright side of tho thin: ,, if there bo any
bright side. Tell thorn good times will
cuttle. Tell them that for the children
of God there is immortal rescue. Walto
them up out of their stolidity by an in
spiring laugh, and while yon send in help
like tho Qucon of Sheba also send in the
apices. There aro two ways of meeting
I he poor. Ono is to come into their
house with a noso elevated in disgust, as
much as to say: "I don't see how you
live here in this neighborhood. It acu
ally makes me sick. There Is that bun
dle? tako it, you poor miserable wretch,
and make the most of it." Anothor way
is to go into tho abodo .of the poor in a
manner which seoms' to saj: "Tho
blessed Lord sent mo. He was poor
himself. It Is not more for the good I
am going to try to do you than it is for
tho good you can do me." Coming In
that spirit, tho gift will be as aromatic
as tho spikenard on tho feot of Christ,
and all tho hovels in that alley will bo
fragrant with the spice.
We neod more snice and enllvonment
in our church music. Churchos sit dis
cussing whether they shall havo choirs,
or precentors, or organs, or bass-viols,
or cornets; I say, take that which will
i bring out tho most in ipiriug music. If
we had half as much zeal and spirit m
our churches as we have in the songs of
our Sablml h-schools, it would not be long
before the wholo earth would quako
with tho coming God. Why, in most
churches, nine-tenths of the people do
not sing; or thoy sing so feebly that
tho people at their elbows do not know
thoy arc singing. People mouth and
mumblo the praises of God; but there is
not moro than one out of a hundred who
mikes "a joyful noise" i . the Bock
oi our Salvation. Sometimes when tho
congregation forgota itself, and is all ab
sorbed In tho goodness of God, or the
glortos of heaven, I get an intimatlou of
what church music will be a hundrod
years from no r, when the coming gen
eration shall wake up to its duty.
I promise a high spiritual blessing to
any one who will sing In church, and
who will sing so heartily that the people
all around cannot help but sing.' Wake
upt all the churches from Bangor to
San Francisco, and across Christendom.
It is not a matter of preference; it is
a matter of religious duty. Oh, for fifty
times mete volume of sound. German
chorals in German cathedrals surpass
us, and yet Germany has received noth
ing at the hands of God compared with
America, and ought the acclaim In Ber
lin be louder than that in Brooklyn9
Holt, long-drawn-out music, Is appro
priate for the drawing-room and appro
priate for the concert; but St. John gives
an idea of the sonorous and resonant
congregational singing appropriate for
churches when, in listening to the tem
ple service of heaven he says: " l
heard a great voice as the voice of a great
multitude, and as the voice of many
waters, and as the voice of mighty thun
derlngs. Hallelujah, for the Lord God
Join with me m a crusade, giving me
not only your hearts but the mighty up
lifting of your voices, and I believe wo
can, through Christ's grace, sing; 50,000
souls Into the kingdom of Christ. Au
I argument, they can laugh at, a sermon,
they may talk down; but a vast audl
I once joining in one anthem is irresistible.
Would that Queen Balkis would drive
all her spice-laden dromedaries into our
church music. "Neither wastnero any
I such spice as tho Queen of Sheba gavo
I King Solomon."
I Now I want to Impress .this audience
I with the fact that religion is sweetness
I and perfume, and spikenard, and safTron,
I and cinnamon, and cassia, and frankin
cense, and all sweet spices together.
J "Oh," you say, "I have not looked at It
as such. I thought It was a nuisance; it
had forme a repulsion; I hold my breath
I as though it were malodor; I have been
I appalled at its advance; I have said, if I
I have any religion at all, I want to have
just as little of it as is possible to get
I through with." Oh, what a mistake
I you have made, my brother. Tho relig
I ion of Christ is a present;and overlasting
redolence. It counteracts all trouble.
Just put it ou tho stand beside tho pillow
I of sickness. It catches in tho curtains,
and perfumes tho stifling air. It sweetens
tho cup of bitter medicine, and throws a
glow on the gloom of the turned lat
tice. It is a balm for the aching side,
and a soft bandage for the temple stung
I with pain. It lifted Samuol llnther
ford Into a revelry of spiriturl delight,
I while ho was in physical agonies. It
I helped Richard Baxter until, in tho
I midst of su ih a complication of diseases
I as perhaps no other man ever suffered,
I ho worte, "Tho Saint's Everlasting
Rest." Audit poured light upon John
I BurTyan's dungeon?the light of the shin
I ing gate of the shining city. And it is
I good for rheumatism, and for neuralgia.
I and for low spirits, and for consumption;
I it is tho cathohcon for all disorders. Yes,
It will heal all your sorrows.
Why did you look so sad to-day when
I you came in? Alas! for tho lonliuess
I and tho heartbreak, and tho load that is
I neyer lifted from your bouI. Some of
I you go about feeling like Macaulay,
when ho wrote: "If I bad another montli
I of such days as I have been spending.
II would be impatien t to got down into
my narrow crib in the ground like a
j weary factory child." And there havo
I been times in your life when you wished
J you could get out of this lief. You have
j said: "Oh, how sweet to my lips would
j be the dust of the valley," and wished
you could pull ovor you in your last
slumber the coverlet of green grass and
daisies. You havo said, "Oh, how beau
tifully quiot it must bo in tho tomb. I
wish I was there." I see all around me
widowhood, and orphanage, and child
lessness; sadness, disappointment, por
I plexity. If I could ask all those to rise
I in this audience who have folt no sorrow
I and been buffeted by no disappointment
I ?if I could ask all such to rise, how
many -<dd rise? Not on?.
A widowed mother and her little child
j wont West, hoping to got bettor wages
there; and she was taken sick and died.
Tho overseer of the poor got hor body
I and put it in a box, and put it in a wagon,
I and started down the street toward tho
cemetery at a full trot. The little child
?tho only child?ran after it through
tho streets, crying: "Bring me back my
mother 1 Bring mo back my mother!"
And it is said that as the people looked
on -ind saw her crying after that which
lay in the box in the wagon?all she
loved on earth?it is said the whole vil
lage was in tears. And that is what n
great many of yon are doing?chasing
the dead. Dear Lord, is there no ap
peasement for all this sorrow that I see
about mc? Yes, tho thought of resur
rection and reunion tar beyond this scene
of struggle and tears. "They shall hun
ger no more, neither thirst any more,
neither shall the sun light on thorn, nor
any heat; for the Lamb which is in the
midst of tho throne shall lead them to
living fountains of water, and God shall
I wlpo away all tears trom tlieir eves."
Across the couches of your sick, and
I across tho grnvos of your dead,'.I fling
this shower of sweet spices. Queeu
Balkis, driving up to the pillared portico
of the house of cedar, carried no such
pungency of perfumo as exhales to-day
from the Lord's garden. It is peace. It
Is sweetness. It is comtort. It is inll
mto satisfaction, this gospel I commeud
to you. Some one could not understand
why an old German Christiau scholar
used to be always so calm, and happy,
and hopeful, when he had so many trials,
and Bicknessee, and ailments. A man
secreted himself in the houso. Ho snld:
"I mean to watch this old scholar and
I Christian," and ho saw the old Christian
I man go to his room and sit down on tho
chair beside the stand, and open tho Bi
ble and begin to road. Ho read on and
on, chapter alter chapter, hour afttr
hour, until his face was all aglow with
tho tidings from heavon, and whon the
clock struck twelve, ho aroso and shut
his Bible, and said, "Blessed Lord, wo
aro on the sanio old terms yet. Good
night, good-night." Oh, you sin-par
ched and you trouble-pounded, here is
satisfaction. Will you come and get it?
I cannot tell you what the Lord offers
you hereafter so woll as I can tell you
now. "It doth not yet appoar what we
shall bo." Have you read of tho Taj
Mahal in India. In some rospects tho
most majestic building on oarth? Twen
ty thousand men were twonty yenrs in
building it. it cost about $16,000,1)00.
Tho walls are of marble, inlaid with cor
nelian from Bagdad, and turquoise from
Thibet, and jasper from the Funjaub,
and amethyst from Persia, and all man
ner of pr? clous stones. A traveller says
that it seems to him like tho shining of
an enchanted castle of burnished sllvor.
The walls aro 245 foot high, and from
tho top of these springs a dome thirty
more feet high, that dome containing tho
most wonderful echo the world has ever
known; so that ever and anon travolers
standing below with flutes, and drums,
and harps, are testing that ocho, and tho
sounds from below striko up and thon
como down as it were tho voices of an
gels all around about the building.
There Is around it a garden of tamarind,
and banyan, and palm, and all tho floral
glories of the ransacked earth. But that
is only a tomb of a dead empress, and it
is tamo compared with the grandeurs
I which God has bulldcd for your living and
I Immortal spirit. Oh, home of the bless
I edt Foundations of gold! Arches of
victoryl Cap-stones of praise! And a
domo in which there are echoing and re
echoing the hallelujahs of tho ages. And
around about that mansion is a garden?
the garden of (Jod?and all the springing
_. , .
loin tains are the Im>? tle?l teirs of the
ctmrch iu tlte vilderness, aud all the
crimson of the (lowers is the deep hue
that was caugh up from tho carnage of
earthly martyr ott-n, and the fragrance
is tho prayer o all the saluts, and the 1
aroma puts iat> ? utter forge tfulnesa the |
cassia aud the -pikouard, and the frank
incense, and tho world-renowned spices
winch the Queen Balkis, of Abyssinia,
(lung at tho feet of King Solomon.
When shall theso eyes thy heaven-built
And pearly gates behold,
Thy bulwarks, with salvation strong,
And streets of shining gold?
Through obduracy on our part, and
through tho rejectiou of that Christ who
makes heaven possible, I wonder if any
of us will miss.that spectacle? I fear!
I fo n! The queen oi the south will rise
up in judgment against this generation
and condemn it because she came from
the uttermost parts of the earth to hear
the wisdom of Solomon, aud behold, a
greater than Solomon is hero! May God
grant that through your own pructical
experience you may lind that rohgion's
ways aro ways of pleasantness, and that I
all her paths are paths of peace?that it |
Is perfume no* and perfume forever;
And there was an abuudance of spice
"neither was there any such spice as tho
Queen of Sheba gavo to King Solomon."
THE CHARLESTON DEMOCRACY.
Representftton to be llased en the State
Charleston, April 30.?The volco
of the unterrified Democrac y of Charles
ton was uplifted to-day and its song will
be heard all over tho land. The City
Democratic Convention, which met in
Hibernian Hall at noon, consisted of
115 out of the 144 delegates elected. In
tho ranks of tho delegates were many of
tho men who auswored to the roll call
in 1870 aud quito auumbcr of the youug
Democracy who have grown up since.
Tho object of the convention was to
endeavor to heal tho broach now oxisting
in tho party. Jit was presided over at
the outset by Major Edward Willis, tho
Chairman of tho Municipal. Domocratic
Executive Committee, who, in calling
the convention to order, said:
"I believe the best interests of tho
Democratic party will bo promoted by
open door deliberations. I urgo the
most liberal aud unrestricted registra
tion. I favor primary elections that
will be fair and impartial, recognizing
every organized lactiou of the party. 1
hope your deliberations will bo such as
many spare tho citizens of Charleston
dissenslou, bittcruess aud excitement
likely to grow out of tho long campigu
which is before us. It is tho duty and
privilego of tho municipal Democracy to
BO alter our rules as to adopt whatever
there may bo iu tho rules of tho State
Democratic Committee which will ena
ble us to act in concert und harmou y with
tho party. We owo it to tho members
of tho Domocarcy of Cbarlostoa to
select tho best men in our ranks to rep
resent us." [Applause.]
B. II. Rutlcgo, Jr., was then elected
Chairman of tho conveution. Ou mo
tion of State Senator A. T. Smythe, a
committee of twelve, one from each
ward, was appointed to consider and ro
port what changes, if any, wero neces
sary iu the constitution ot tho municipal
Democratic party. This committee, af
ter a recess, submitted a report, winch
in effect adopts tho constitution of tho
parly adopted by the State Democratic
party in 1890. It provides for tho elec
tion by the convention of a now execu
tive committee which is to servo until
the mooting of tho Democratic Conven
tion in the Fall. Tho members of the
committeo arc to be suggested by the
j Democratic ward clubs. The represent
ation in the convention is to bo based
upon tho membership of tho ward clubs
as under tho Stuto Democratic party
constitution. Iu other words, every I
concession was made to tho demands of
tho reformers. After electing an execu- [
tlvo committeo, the convention adjourn
ed, subject to tho call of tho committee.
Another convention under tho au
spices of Mr. Ocktv Cohen will be held
ou Monday next. At this convention
the delegates ?will bo solected by the De
mocratic ward clubs recently orgnnizod
iu the city, and it is expects ! that a
municipal ticket will bo put out. Tho
regular Democracy will not nominate its
ticket until fall.
It should be mentioned that a very
considerable number of the Domocrats
of Cherleston bavo enrolled themselves I
iu the newly organized ward ciubs. It |
is not improbable that tho May conven
tion will bo captured by tho regular De
mocrats. There aro in tho city not over
3,500 registered voters, white and black,
Democrats and Republicans.
At tho Democratic primaries yester
day nearly 1,300 votes wero polled. No
roport was made to-night of tho number
of reformers who voted at tho ward
club meeting for delegates to the May
Millions of Caterpillar*.
Charlotte, N. C, May 2.?Tho Car-1
olina Central trainmen have been hav
ing peculiar experiences with caterpil
lars for four or live days past, and it is
something unheard of in the railroad
history or this State. Just East of Lum
berton is what is known as-"Big j
swamp," and tho railroad goes through
it on a trestle work, broken here and
there in tho solid portions of the
swamp by embankments of earth. List
Tuesday an army of eatorplllars began
moving out of tho swamp, and when
thoy reached the streams over which
the trestles carry tho rails, they massed
on tho railroad and proceeded to cross
on tho t reitlcs. The rails and ties woro |
covered several iuehes deep.
Tho llrat train that discovered tho in
was brought to a stand still, the drlv-1
ing wheels of tho engine slipping J
around us if the rails had been
thoroughly oiled. The engineer ex
hausted i he contents of his sand box
buforo ho got through tho swamp and
reached a clear stretch of tho track. It
was thought that tho trip would bo the
end of tho caterpillar trouble but the
very next day the train encountered
another army of caterpillars crossing
the trestlo mid had same diffculty. Tho
Charlotte bound passengor train yestor
day had a similar experience and the I
passengers say tho scene was something |
wonderful. The rails and crosattos of
the trestle were actually obscured from
sight by the caterpillars and ground
and swamp on each side of tho track
were littered with fragments of mil
lions of caterpillars from the wheels of
Sassing trains, and from this an unen
urable stench arose. Where tho cater
pillars oaine from is not known. Tho
farmers on this side of tho swamp ex
press no uneasiness for tho safoty of
i hen- crops so long us the advancing
army persists in using tho trostle as its
means of getting across streams, for
I none of thorn have got more than half I
wayaorosi before a train wouldcomol
along and convert them into fertilizers.
Terrible Tale or Woe.
Hacine, Win., May 3.?Two weeks
ago the brother of Mrs. James W. i'al
mer, a prominont railroad man of
Omaha, shot himself while suffering
from an attaok of the grip and was
brought hore for burial, hast Wednes
day her husband died and was buried
and yesterday hor mother died. Her
little 0-year old son is very sick and
Mrs. Palmer herself is lying at the point
of death. The prevailing disease being
tho cause of all the sickness and death.
Mio? Kat Hie Money.
Banoou, Mo., April 30.?Nathaniel
Leavltt, a farmer of St. George, put
away in a canvass purse, monev to pay
a mortgage due this month. Upon go
ing after the purso, he found that mice
had totally destroyed every bill.
W. H. G1BBES, Jr., & Co.,
COLUMBIA, S. C.
SOLE AGENTS for LIDDEl & CO.
A um Dkalkrs In
Engines of nearloll make, Lcuinotive and Tubular Roll era, Traction aud oth
er Mounted Engines or the beat and latest Improved style, Saw Mills, Grist Mills,
Olns, Bosk Cotton Presses, Shingle- Machine, Plainer* and Wood Worklag Ma
ehluory, Brick Machinery. Cotton Seed Oil outfits, Ac.
A large Stock or ENGINE Fittings, of all kinds and sizes, in Stock for prompt
dolivery aud at Book Bottom Prices.
BELTING and PACKING at LOW Figures. A large atook or Pumps, of ?11
sizes and styles. *
DEAHING Mowers, Reapers and Rakes always in stock.
1st-our Mr. K. R. BAUGHAM, Laurens, 8.0.. who Is fully competent, will bo
ploasod to call to see you. or answer any communication directed to blm, an*
will aell you as cheap as it you were here in Person.
We buy for cash and pay our Traveling Mon a Salary, thereby saving the Con
sumor Agent's Commission?Quick Sales and Small Profits is our Fort.
Write to Mr. Bauirbam. or to us direct, and get prices and discounts.
Mp-Old Engines traded for.
K. R. BAUGHAM, ) W, H. GIBBES, Jr., A CO.,
Traveling Salesman, >
Laurbns.S.C. > COLUMBIA, 8.0
LAURENS, S. C
NORTH SIDE PUBLIC SQUARE, - -
Over KENNEDY BROS., Store.
Keep constantly on hand a large assortment of Coffins and Casket^
oth Wood andMetalic, which will be sold low down. Furnished at
ny hour day or night. Hearse sent when desired.
viy9 KENNEDY BROS., Successor to J. M Robertson.
Whipped, Tarred and Ducked.
Waco, Texas, May G.?In tho
suburbs of this city, early yesterday
morning, William Reel was severely pun
ished. He had confessed himself the
author of objectionable articles written
from various Texas cities to a Kansas
City paper, attackiug the characters of
various people. He was taken to a quiet
spot, whipped, ridden upon a rail, tarred
and feathered and ducked in a convert
niont pond. At this time he lies in a
country house not far from the city,
whore friends aro picking the feathers
and scraping the tar from his body.
ltool was arrested Thursday evening
and put iu jail. Ho was anxious to be
balled out Thursday night, and succeed
ed in giving a bond that was acceptable
to the officers. About 1 o'clock ho loft
jail, and, with some companions, got into
a hack for the purpose of getting out of
town without meeting any ot the cit
izens. When at Padgett's Park the
hack was overtaken by a party of pur
suers, who took Heel from his compan
ions. In a small grove, out on the bor
der of the city, Heel was stripped and
given about 200 lashes. ?
After the whipping Reel was put
astride a rail and given a tide. Not
satisfied with this his persecutors ap
plied a thick coat ,of tar and feathers.
Tho culprit was ducked in a pnd near
by, and then turned loos?. Aggrieved
pooplo were present from Fort "Worth
and Corslcana to help tho Waco contin
A Remarkable Surgical Operation.
Cleveland, May 0.?A remarkable
surgical operation, and one rarely per
formed, has lust taken place at the Hu
ron Street Hommopathlo Hospital, Dr.
H. P. Biggar being the surgeon. It was
practically that of building a new nose
for a young woman. The patient, Miss
Mamie Miller, is 16 years old. A can
cerous affection had destroyed the left
side and lower portion of her nose.
The operation was performed last Sat
Pirt, the diseased flesh was cut away.
Then a flap of skin and flesh of the pro
per size and form to replace the lost
portion of tho nose was cut from above
the muscle of the left arm. The flap
wns allowed to remain attached to the
arm on one side. The arm was then
raised to tho face and over the head
in such a manner as to permit the flesh
of the arm to bo grafted and stitched
to the edges of the lost portion of the
nose. The arm was then placed in-a
specially constructed harness and se
curely strapped up to the face In that
Tho operation promises to be entirely
successful. The living flesh of the arm
has grown to the nose, and it Is ex
pected that Saturday the flap will be
severed where It still adheres to the arm,
and the slight remaining operation of
fitting and stitching tho remaining edge
to the nose will then be performed.
Prom present appearences the healing
will be so perfect as to leave little or no
Do You Wear Panto?
Washington, D. C, May 0.?A tele
gram went out from this city on Satur
day that caused a gleam of satisfaction
to spread over the presidential face on
tho Paciflc coast. It was to the effect
that Benjamin Harrison McKee, who
had been left in charge of the govern
ment while tho rest of the family' went
swiuging around the circle, had donned
pants. This was his first pair, and of
course created a mild sensation at the
White House. The promotion seems to
have been authorized by Lieutenant
and Mrs. Parke, relatives of Mrs. Har
rison, who have been left in charge of
the domestic arrangements of the
White House during the President's ab
sence. In the exuberance of his delight
tho favorite grandson of the President
strutted all over the building, calling
upon everybody to take notice of his
All would have gone well had it not
been for tho fact that the youngster
met the wife of a cabinet minister in
the East Parlor, who had several young
ladles with her. Young McKee called
out to the lady in a loud voice:
"Do you wear pants? I do."
There wero blushes, a slight scream,
and Baby McKee was rushed off to the
Washington. May 0.?Dr. John A. P.
Baker and Mrs. \V. R. Gilmer are under
arrest charged with the murder of Mrs.
Baker, wife of Dr. Baker, and an at
tempt to murder W. R. Gllraor, hnsband
of the woman under arrest. Mrs. Baker
died suddenly more than a y< ;ir ago. Re
cently some tell-tale letters were found,
which were written by Mrs. Gilmer to
Dr. Baker. They show that a criminal
intimacy existed between the two, and
that they bad ploted Mrs. Baker's death.
Mrs. Gilmer has made a confession that
Dr. Baker poisoned his wife and sent her
Jiolson with instruct ions how to admin
Bter it to her husband. 8he did so, and
nothing saved his life but the timely ap
rival of Dr. Gilmer, a brother or the
poisoned man. All parties are promi
nent in Abingdop, and the affair has
created the greatest sonsation the town
has ever known.
A complete Bedroom Suit for $10.50
freight paid to your depot. Send for
Catalogue. Address L. F. Padgett,
THE LAURENS BAR.
H, Y. SIMPSON,
ATTORNEY AT LAW.
LAJREN8, 8. C.
W. II. MARTIN,
ATTORNEY AT LAW.
LiK u KKfto, - 8. 0'
T. JOHN80K. TT. K. RICHH
JOHNSON * IUCHKT
ATTORNEYS AT LAr7.
OrriUK?Fleming's Corner, Nortlmta
?ide of Public Square.
LAURKNH, H.. - -_S.C.
Ittirxiti at Law,
LAURENS. - - - - S.C.
Oat. J2, im
W. W. KENNEDY.
ATTaRWBT AT L ATT
Special attention glTan ta tho in vosti
Laurans C. H. S. C.
Corpus Uiikisti, Tex., April 28.?
The lates solution of the mystery sur
rounding the fifty-two human skelotona
unearthed on the banks of the Obo Ka
goon near here last week, Is contained in
a letter received from William Payne,
Manager of the Farmers' Alliance Agri
cultural association, at Whitewright,
Mr. Payno says that shortly before
the close of tho war, between seventy
flvo and eightv of his comrades left
Hunt county, Texas, for Moxico. They
were expected to return, but not one of
them has ever been heard from, and be
thinks that they were pursued and
murdered. The letter concludes as fol
"One horse was found near Corpus
Christi, and that is our only clue. They
were armed, and I think they surren
dered and were murdered."
Their burial place, if ttiis was the
place, would indicate that they were
purBued and hemmed in by water, as
there is no conceivable reason why they
should reach that point unless fleeing to
avoid capture. It Ib believed that the
soldiers were deserters.
Experts say that the skulls are not
those of indians, and they believe tho
bodies are those of the Hunt county
dosorters. Further search for the exact
number of skeletons will be made.
Pianos and Organs.
N. W. Trump, 134 Main Street. Co
lumbia, S. C, sells Pianos and Organs,
direct from factory. No agents' com
missions. The celebrated Chickering
Piano. Mathushek Piano, celebrated
for its clearness of tone, lightness of
touch and lasting qualities. Mason &
Hamlin Upright Piano. Sterling Up
right Pianos, from 9225 up. Mason &
Hamlin Organs surpassed by none. Ster
ling Organs, 950 up. Every Instrument
guaranteed for six years. Fifteen days'
trial, expenses both ways, If not satis
I factory. Sold on Instalments.
The lmportanca of purifying the
blood cannot be over-estimated, for
without pure blood you cannot enjoy
good healh. P. P. P. (Prickly Ash,
Poke Root and Pottassium) is a mirac
ulous blood purifier, performing more
oures in six months than all the sarsa
parillas and so-called blood purifiers
Rheumatism.?James Paxton, of Sa
vannah, Oa., says he had Rheumatism
so bad that he could not move from
the bed or dress without help, and that
i he tried many remedies, but received
no relief until he began the use of P. P.
P. (Prickly Ash, Poke Root and Potas
sium;, and two bottles restored him to
Joe Muliiatton, the famous inven
tor of sensational newspaper lies and
the drummers' candidate for president
in the ladt general election, Is reported
to have been carried to an Insane asy
lum. As the Greenville Nows says the
trouble about the story is that it may
have come from Mr. Mulhatton.
Rheumatism is cured by P. P. P.
Pains and aches In the back, shoulders,
knees, ankles, h'ps, and wrists are all
attacked and conquered by P. P. P.
This great medicine, by its blood
cleansing properties, builds up and
strengthens the whole body.
??**? - ? rA ' '' ?
Before assuring your
life, or Investing your mon
ey, examine tho Twenty
Tear Tontine Policies of
LIFE ASSURANCE SOCIETY
Policies maturing In
1891 realize cash returns
to tho owners, of amounts
varylqg trom 120 to 170 per
oeni, or tho money paid in,
besides tho advantages of
the Assurance during the
whole period of twenty
The following Is one
of the manv actual cases
maturing this year:
Endowment Policy No. 64,928.
Issued In 1871, at age 27. Amount, 85.000.
Premium, 1239.90. Total Premiums Paid,
at end of lontlno Period in 1891:
UA8H SURRENDER VALUE, 18,449.48,
(Equal to 117610 for each
SlOo paid In premiums,
which is equivalent to a re
turn of all premiums paid,
with interest at "\i per
cent, per annum.) Or, in
lieu oi cash,
A PAID-UP LIFE POLICY FOR 819,470.
(Equal to 8405,80 for each
8100 paid in promiums.)
A LIFE ANNUITY of 8033.55
One fact is worth a thousand theories
There Is no Assurance extant In any com
pany which compares with this. ' Tho
Equitable Is the strongest company in tho
world and transacts the largest business.
For fuither information address or apply
to tho nearest agent of tho Society, or write
W. J. RODDEY,
April 8-3m ROCK HILL, S. C.
THE LARGEST STOCK,
MOST SKILLED WORKMEN.
Stroth Carolina MarMe Worts,
T. JET. HYATT,
Is tho best place in South Carolina ot
Southern States to secure satisfaction in
American and Italian Marblo Work. All
Send for prices and full information.
F. H. HYATT,
April8 ly COLUMBIA. S. C.
WHY NOT USE OURS ?
MURRAY'S IRON MIXTURE
GENUINE BLOOD TONIC 1
is a Blood Purifier and Spring Medicine!
We are the Manufactures and Solo Pro
prietors of both.
This is tho time of the year the system
requires a tonic and tho blood a purifier.
Our stock of Drugs. Medicines, Chemi
cals and Druggists Sundries is complete.
Our facilities for filling your orders cannot
bo excelled, We solicit your patronage.
The Murray Drug Co.,
_COLUMBIA, S. Q.
CHILD BIRTH ? ? ?
? ? ? MADE EASY!
" Mothers' Friend " is a scientific
ally prepared Liniment, every ingre
dient of recognized value and in
constant use by the medical pro
fession. These ingredients are com
bined in a manner hitherto unknown
? FRIEND" ?
WILL DO all that is claimed for
It AND MORE. It Shortens Labor,
Lessens Pain, Diminishes Danger to
.Life of Mother and Child. Book
to " Mothers " mailed PRBB, con
taining valuable information and
Sent by express on receipt of price fl.M) per bottle
BRADFIELO REGULATOR CO., Atlanta. Ga.
BOLD BY AM. ?RUOOI8T8.
First Class Work.
V ery Low Prices.
Buggies, Carriages, Road Carts, Wagons,
etc., Warranted Second to none.
Inquire of nearest doalor In those Koods,
or send for Catalogue?Mentioning thh
HOLLER & AN DE RS0N
BUGGY CO.. ROCK HILL, SC..
TERRY M'F'G CO. *:*aHViLLe. Tnnt*
Pa?te? Pays the FreitliH
: \ Ott) AT Ov.KKK that MAY kot AOalr
HK RkFtiATKn. so do HCl oki, \ tf,
"Stiuvk Whu.kthk Iron is Hoi"."
Write tm i'?t.iloguonow, ana n?y ? ha
[paper you saw this advertisement In.
', Remember that 1 6*11 overythlnp the
Sees to furnishing a homo?uiaiiufrctur
ng sonio things and buying others In th<
Jlargest possible lot), which enables nie t<
[wipe out all competition.
HKRK ARB A FKW OF MY START
l ,1 Mi BARGAINS
A No. 7 Flat top Cooking Stove, full
_slte, 18x17 Inch ovon. tHtod with SI pieces*
Rof ware* delivered at your own depot,
?all freight charges paid by me, foi
only Twelve Dollars.
Again. 1 will sell you a S hole Cookin
Raugo 13x13 Inch oven, 18x2? tnoh top, tit
ted with 21 pieces of ware, for TlUR
THEN DOLLARS, and pay the lrclght U
DO NOT PAY TWO PRICKS FOR
i will send you a nice plush Parlor suit,
walnut frame, either lu combination oi
banded, tho most stylish colois for 33.30
to your lallroud utatiou. freight paid.
I I will also sell you a nice Bedroiuoa ui
consisting of Bureau with glass, i hlg'
i' head Bedstead, 1 Washstaud, 1 Cimtrt
'ltniile, 4 cane seal chairs, x cane seat auu
Jback rocker all for ld.?u, and pay frelgh
to your depot.
I Or I will scud you an ologant Bedroom
suit with largo glass)#tull marble top, to.
|30, and pay freight. ?
Nice window shade on spring rollor 8 ?0|
Elegant largo walnut? day clock, 4.00 s
Walnut lounge, 7.001
Lace curtains per window, l.OOa
1 cannot describe every tulug in a small
?advertisement, bin have an immense store
|coutabling 22, GOO feet of floor room, with
ware houses and factory buildings lu other
parts of Augusta, inaklug in all tho lar
gest business of tills kind uudur one man
agement lu tho Southern States. These
storeaaud warehouses are crowded with
tho choicest productions of tho best facto
ries. My catalogue containing Illustrations
[of goods will bo mailed If you will kludlj
pay where you saw this advertisement. 1
pay freight. Address,
L F. PADGETT,
Fropnotor Padgett's Furniture, Stove
and Carpot Store,
1110-1112 Broad Street, AUUUSTA, OA.
? a spring
i MAD AND WOMAN.
1 i* will utility and Titallze your
l;lo >i .:r ? it it "?> .?'. oni>"('toatid glvoydur
v. ii -lv > .:??? ?! lom H. -i si i angth.
.'. .\ |.fo< iin?ni railroad r.ui>crfntcnrtentat
.^3 Suvu nili.eiiiVerliig will) ?i'??i.i. Ilvapon
.. i. i id itlttM liidtlsin stc . |>&
fi \ : lie never felt so well hi Iiis life, on"
? ? ;<?? ; ? ! i ii ? eo 11.1 livotcrover, If he &.oid
"1 itlk-.si>R I?, P P."
jj if youAn? t!m1 out fr.tM??,v. ......cina
g uIoku uouiliietuoiit, take
?. P. P.
?; tr you nro feeling b"dly lu tho spring
?-. tin.I nut of .. .i >.| tiili.l
n and out of sorts, tiiUo
I p. p. p.
?j If your digestive orgsns need toning up,
I' v >\i suffer wlthhoadaoho, indigestion,
doblUty und weakness, take
; P. P. P.
P. P. P.
If you ?iifTrr with rervous prostration,
nerves unstrung and a general let down
of the system, tako
P. P. P.
l;'or Dlond Poison. Rheumatism. Scrof
ula, Old Boras, Malaria, Chronic Fomalo
. P. P.
I Prickly Ash, Poke Root
J Th^s best blood purifier In tho world,
i MPPUAN imoa, Wliolesftl? Drugglstr.
I.ivpiian's Ilixicn, Savannah, Oa.
will be made onjjj
TALBOTT h SONS'
ENGINESJand BOILERS, ' 1
Qpeclal estimates on Machinery generally
at bottom figures.
CORN MILLS, ? - ?115 to SS7C.
PLANERS and MATCHERS, ?200 to
SAW MILLS with Ropo Feed, Variable
Friction or Belt Feed, ?200 to ?000.
Wo particularly call attention to these
Saw Mills. They have patent doublo act
ng set works and are the best mills on tho
Cotton Gins and Presses at low figures.
V. C. BADHAM,
Columbia, s. c.
Buy the Talbott Engine, it is the best.
VIC'l'OHY I'Olt 'l'IIH SAII.OIS
Exhibited side by side with Its loading
competitors at the State Fair, 18U0.
The Superintendent and Committee of
the Mechanical Department, iu inspecting
those features not Included In tho Premium
List, deem worthy of special mention tlio
Sailor Seed Cotton Elevator, Distributor
and Cleaner exhibited by W. 11. Giblxis,
Jr., it Co.
The system operates most eflleiently, and
much Improves the sample, facilitates the
ginning Of WOt cotton, and saves largely in
labor and -ost el handling.
The Committee recommend to the farm
ers of the State an investigation into tho
inoritsof these ili vices.
[Signed.I D. P. DUNCAN,
W. II. G1BBES, Jr., & CO..
v Columbia, S. C.
State Agents and l /ealers in hist class
Machinery, Haggles, Wagons, ?C.
Si'F.ciai. ?To test tho advertising value
of Tin: Statk, we will sell to any fanner
referring to that paper one of the best Dow
Law Cotton Planters made for 4.B5, cash.
The usual price is ?5.00
W. II. C1HBES, Jit., &CO.
LIPPMAIf BROS., WhotettlePraffffUta,
Sols Proptkton, Mppnun^aiock, S?Tinnth,flK.