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(A short sermon bj R. C. Hardlo.) , Text: Thretor take no thought saying wht hall we eat? or what shall we drink? or where withal shall w. be clotnedT Matt. The highest authorities we havehad on the origin and nature of law concur in the opinion that all just laws arederived from and based on the divine law Hence it naturally follows that all laws which contravene the divine law are un just and ought to be repealed. My text is the natural expression of law of the Diviue Being, given at crea tion's dawn, conferring upon all men equal right to the bounties of nature, an in eluding the right to the land and all the resources contained therein. That immortal document the decla . ration of independence which sets forth the axiom that all men are created free and equal and endowed with the right of life, liberty and happiness, must have been an inspiration drawn from the word of God. And it follows as a matter of course that all laws which tend to deprive men of their right to .life, liberty and happiness, or that disturb in any way the conditions of human equality, or take from the most humble a single natural opportunity to the enjoyment of these rights is unjust and should be made null end void. The plain inference of my text is of social condition where these God-given rights could be enjoyed so fully and freely that anxious thought for the morrow would be forever unknown. To eay that we now enjoy the right to lfve, is to say that we enjoy the right to the means necessary to sustain tnai me. This, our observation and experience tell us, is not true. Life means some thing more than a bare existence. And we know that the masses of mankind have been so shut out from the use of their natural opportunities in land and labor, that life has become to them the barest existence. The same may oe saia of the right to liberty. With all public utilities in the hands of a few, with all the vast machinery by which production is carried on owned by the Capitalistic class, and with millions of men begging for the privilege of using the God ap pointed means to sustain life, experience teaches us that our liberties are gone that these boasted rights have become legends of the past age. The life of the laborinsr Deonle of today, is a life of worrv. of anxiety. The thought of to morrow's necessities, constantly ob trudes itself upon the mind, driving awflv peace and contentment. The only argument necessary to be made against the system underwhich we now live is, that the laws governing that system are unjust and make it impossi ble for us to he subject to tnem ana at the same time be obedient to the higher law. In other words, it seems impossible to obey the teachings of Jesus while forced into the every day strife of compe tition, in order to provide food and clothing for the morrow. Hence it follows that our present com. potitive system is wrong and ought to be a loliBlied. Eut, is it true that the divine law teaches the doctrine of human equality and concedes the equal right of all to share alike iu all natural opportunities? When our first parents were created, they were given a home in a garden of : beauty where the gratification of every legitimate want of their natures was most fully met. They might revel in the midst ot pleuty, with labor as only a healthful incident of their surroundings, Had they remained obedient no doubt this condition would have continued indefi. nitely. liut in their disobedience, a curse was pronounced upon the land, and in stead of a spontaneous growth of the natural fruits and flowers, the earth should henceforth bring forth briars and thistles. And the decree of God institu ting the law of labor went forth "In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread." The direction is given, covering the generations of the future, that hence forth human wants must be supplied and human life unstained by the application ol the hand ot labor to the land. And, as it to lorever secure to all men, every where, an equal right to the only means given whereby human wants might be supplied and life sustained, God says: "The land shall not be sold forever." "The land is mine." "Ye are butstrang ers and sojourners with me." The same truth is taughtinmany pas sages of the Bible. 1'aul says: "Ir any will not work neither shall he eat." "The laborer is worthy of his reward." And if the divine law teaches that human wants are to be supplied by the hand of labor applied to land, and if it advocates the right ol each to an equal opportunity in tne use oi tnese materials 01 proc ac tion, then any law that contravenes this law, that offers to legalize an act that allows others to monopolize these mate rials of production or in any way con troi the opportunities of others, is a vicious and unjust law and ought to be annulled. 27,000,000 acres of our public doniaiu have been monopolized by foreign syndi cates or individuals. Many . millions more are owned by capitalistic combina tions or individuals of our own land, thus, by law, possessing themselves of the materials by which alone large num bers of the people must live and in open violation of that higher biw that has made labor obligatory upon all and that regards all men entitled to an equal opportunity in the use of nature's own resources. Our magnificent mining interests (the rightful use of which belongs equally to all) have been diverted from their natu ral and lawful purposes, and prostituted to the private interests of a class who hold possession by a law in sad dishar mony to the law of God. And today, by the operation of unjust laws, a few men dictate the prices at which the people may enjoy the necessities that God in tended alike for all. Railway corporations, whose so-called properties are capitalized at many times their cost, are enabled by a law clearly in controveution of the higher law, to col lect tribute from the people for the use of utilities which by the higher law belong alike to all. So that the laws, by which the God-given opportunities of all are taken away from them to satisfy the cu pidity and greed of a few, are at variance with the higher law of equality and just ice, rendering obedience to the higher law impossible, and ought therefore to be ex punged from our states. Tho text enjoins that we take no thought for the morrow. The reason given is that the provision made for us is as abundant as thut made for the birds and flowers. Consider tho lilies. They toil not, and yet, (Jd as made ample provision for their every need. And we are better than the flowers of the Held, how if God has so clothed the flowers with beauty and fragrance and provided for the welfare of the birds of the air, surely He has done as much for us. , Then why theanxious thought? Why thecare worn brow? Because our opportunities to profit by the gifts of God have been taken from ns. "Other men have our lands and vineyards." The strife of competition forced upon the laboring classes, makes it impossi ble that we shall live above anxiety for the future of those who may be depend ent on us. The first law of ournatures self preservation requires, under our present industrial system, the most en ergetic effort on our part to provide for that period of life we call the "rainy day." We grow anxious and worried. Our peace is destroyed. We lose confi dence in our fellows and finally lose faith in God. The competitive system is, therefore inimical to our obedience of the higher law. It is in direct controvention of the laws of God. It violates the spirit of the gospel, Vitiates the power of religion and ought to be overthrown. What have we to offer in place of this most vicious system? Do you think that when Jesus was imparting to the multi tudes the great principles that should underlie a good life, that He did not have in His mind a condition of society under which these principles might be pu t iuto practical operation? Undoubted ly He did. He was looking forward to the time when the kingdom of heaven should be set up among men. And He gives us the key with which to unlock the door of the mystery that hangs about obedience to the injunction of the text when He says: "But seek first the king. dora of God." What is this kingdom more than the outward expression of a divinely organized society the inspiration of which is a heart enthroned Christ? A society based upon brotherhood? A Uinstian corporation wherein all are equal and where the law of equalizing love gives direction and force to its united energies? Co-operation must solve the problem of the fnture prosperity of our country both from the standpoint of economics and re ligion. If we are to go on in the mad strife of competing upon industrial lines with fellow workers; if we are to be forced to submit, to laws that create the classes of master and slave, it is not hard to read the closing pages of this nation's history. What it cost of the blood of our revolutionary sires to establish, and what it cost of sacrifice and death of sons and brothers to maintain; what has been the pride and boast of patriots at home and abroad a government of the people will go down in shame and disgrace. with the curse instead of the blessing of lioa. lhe meaning of the text is therefore plain; we must seek for that social condi tion that win make unnecessary any worry tor the future; that condition known as the kingdom of heaven, wherein is one universal Father and all are breth ren. When we have the spirit that prompts us to do to others as we would have others do to us, competitive strife will have ended iu a brotherhood of co operation on the basis of equalizfnglove. tan we ever attain this blessed estate? believe we can. The great defect in the legislation that has culminated in the social and economic conditions of the present, has been our forgetfulness God. Regard for His blessing and pleasure has seemed to find no place in the laws of the past thirty years. Hence the rights of man have been violated and denied, labor has been enslaved until like ancient Israel we have been forced to make bricks with. out straw. Ana now the voice of Uoa is saying to the Pharaoh of the present, "Let My people go." Will we have the courage to go? Can we leave the flesh pots of partisanship and start for the promised land? Will we be blinded by false issues or deceitful promises? SSol let us turn from the false to the true. Let us remember there is a God in Israel and when we come to make known our wishes as regards the enactment of laws for our government let our choice of leg islators fall upon men who will remember that there is a God who takes cognizance of the offairs of nations, and who will not be mocked. There are many who are expecting that in the course of a few years, the great spiritual reign of Christ will have begun on earth. The full establishment of the kingdom of heaven will be the visi ble effect of His reign. And the means by which the hearts of men will be prepared for this will be found in those organiza tions that have, as their foundation, the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man. Are w e a Party of Pessimists Editor Wealth Makers: Are we a party of pessimists? "One who complains at every thing as being for the worst," as Webster defines the word pessimist, certainly can not be very enviable person, Bunyan has such an one in the "slough of Despond" with his back turned upon the celestial city. They fall on easy prey to tempta tion and make good recruits for tbearm ies of the devil. The world owes all true progress, to the strong hands, and brave hearts, who be. heving that "all things work together for good to them that loveGod,"aretobe found pushing great enterprises and urg ing needed reforms. We protest against the indiscriminate use of the word pessimist as applied to those who are opposed tomakingany compromise with the saloon and the kindred evils and who stoutly maintain that our country is not in a truly pros perous condition. Who believe with James Russell Lowell that "we makecon fusion between huge and great." That the true measure of a nation's success is the amount it has contributed to the thought, the moral energy, the intellect ual happiness, the spiritual hope and consolation of mankind. What a pessi mist was Noah in the eyes of his fellows as he warned them of the coming judg ment! And was it the hand of a pessimist which traced the letters of fire upon the wall before the terrified Belshazzar? Was Wendell Phillips naught but a dead weight upon all human progress, as he scorned to be the pet of the petted and became the friend of the friendless, turn ing upon the abettors of slavery and 11 halting, compromising church with words of sharp denunciation such asonlv a king of the platform could command? Abraham Lincoln said that "men do not feel flattered in being told that, there has been a difference of purpose between the Almighty and themselves." While the Savior Himself declared tlat "tho world hated Him because He tet titled of it that the works thereof are evil." 1 olitical parties seem slow to learn that there can lie no lusting, cohesive at traction, iu a platform which does not embrace a moral issue. The "graud old man" of England, than whom there is no greater living statesman, does not seem to fear lest there may be too much of the Bible infused into politics. He declares that "there is but one question before the nations of the earth and that is lhe Gospel." aiany ot us in western JNebraafca are longing for a union of reform forces un der the banner of equal rights which 6hall free the masses from the damning mnuence of the saloon, bliall insure to us the right of a free ballot and a fair count to both male and female, white and black, and the right of all alike to enjoy the fruits of honest toil, either of brain or brawn, without paying tribute to the hand of greed. The right of the whole human family to enjoy the re sources of earth and air, paying tribute to their Maker rather than their follow man. Equality He who asks for more is dis honest. He who tamely snbmits with less is not worthy to be called a man. . E.B.J. Franklin, Neb. THE SONGS UV SAMYEWL lets sing a song uv inkreese an earthly hell uv det thet feeds on parrnt wisdum blak greed & honest swet theres increese in the pavements & briks set in the walls uv konsekrated tempels & wiked dansin halls the farm owt in the kuntry the howses in the town awl pay it deferenshelly 2 satun awl bow down the ralerodes & the telegrafs the horse & lektrik kars kud draw inkreese frum jewpiter & then wipe owt old mars the states & nashuns pay it the sittys & the towns the parsuns lawyers merchunts the dewds & awkwerd klowns the wimen & the childrun with pritty kurly heds it kums frum kot & kassel frum barns & leen to sheds the soljers & the Balers with brass & tinsel fed fershilok gather inkreese & gard hiz gold with led the end uv life iz inkreese the mark fer wun & awl a mirage on the planes uv life that terns owr sweets 2 gawl ten thousand yeers uv darknus old erth has rolled in sorrow . an sum wood take ther heven todav & chanse ther hell tomorrow we preech the kumin kingdum but feed the devels fires til foks ar nskin iz this hell whut meeu awl them church spires but stil old samyewl fonagraf keeps razin hi grad mewels on perpuB tew lambastikate them Benselus gold base fewels Anarchy, Anarchy, Anarchy. We regret exceedingly to read this in cendiary, socialistic, even anarchistic ed itorial paragraph in the New York Trib une: New Yorkers are beinsr plundered hv oaKers, Dycoai-aeaiers, by gas companies, by many landlords who exact exorbi tant rents for small flats and small houses, and by the telephone monopoly, Aim prevailing prices in tins city tor bread, for coal, for gas, for telephones, and for rents for small flats are utterly unreasonable and indefensible. Our bakers, our dealers in coal, our gas com panies, our landlords of small flats, and the telephone companies are not satisfied with reasonable profits. They insist up on fleecing the unfortunate community oy extreme ana unjustifiable exactions, Does the editor of the Tribune really think the baker, the coal dealer, the land i .( ... ioru, or tue gas man nas not the same rights to charge all he can get for his wares that the Tribune has to charge all it can get for its advertising space? If a seller of anything is obligated to charge only reasonable prices is not an employer equally obligated to pay reasonable wages? We are afraid that paragraph will put Whitelaw Reid's paper into log ical chute and deposit it iu socialism, single taxism, populism, or something wicked of that sort. Times. Cleveland Wants to Reason Shelton, Neb., April, 1895. Editor Wealth Makers: President Cleveland in his letter to the Dusiness men ot Chicago says, "It is a time for the American people to reason together as members of a great nation." For 30 years the old Greenback guard has lifted up its voice in the hard money wilderness of ignorance, prejudice and ridicule, and cried out to the multitude, "Come, let us reason together"" If tho old Greenbacker's prayer is about to be answered, he is happy, for he knows in the field of reason he has Cleveland ana otuer goiaen can worsnipers on a pin hook. The old Greenbacker says, come. The tax-burdened, mortgage-ridden, farmer says come. The men who lost their de posits in defunct nntioual banks say. come. The merchant whose business has gone glimmering says, come. The strik ers against a reduction of wages and other oppression says, come. The en slaved and half starved women and chil dren, victims of the sweat-shops, say, come, and Christ says come iuto the vineyard of reason. Come let us reason together that "Peace on earth and good will to man" may be come an accomplished fact. John Stebbins. Faster Time Better Service. The Black Hills passenger now leaven daily at l:za p. in. and will land passen gers at Hot Springs at 8:0f a. in., and at Deadwood at 11 a. m. next day. From Chicago two fast trains arrive here week days, one Sundays. For further information apply as be low. A. 8. Fielding, City Ticket Agt. 8. A. 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Present Indications are that every city of Im portance In the Southern States will send delegates and that the discussion of finance and banking will be partici pated in by many popular leaders. The silver men of Memphis and Shelby County are called to meet today to de cide whether or not they will call a sli ver convention to meet before or after the conference of May 23. The conven tion is to be non-partisan. Washington.April 29. Secretary Car lisle has formally accepted an invita tion to deliver an address on the finan cial questions of the day at the Mem phis convention, May 23. Will Brlet the Flonroy Tenants. Lincoln, Neb., April 29. Judges Dun- tty and Rlner of the federal court have declined to issue the mandatory injunc tion asked by the government counsel commanding the Flourney Land Com pany and some 235 other tenants to get off the Indian lands at the Omaha and Winnebago reservations " in Thurston county. Agent Beck will continue evic tions of the Flourney tenants. Omaha, Neb., April 27. Capt. Beck, jthe Indian agent at the Winnebago res ervation, says when he returns to the reservation he will enforce the govern ment regulations, and he will comply with instructions from Washington in the meantime while waiting for the dis position of certain litigation to come up At the May term of the federal court. This will affect about 2,500 persons. H anticipates no trouble. Important Libel Snlt Decision. St. Paul, Minn., April 29. In a $3,000 libel suit against the Pioneer Press, Judge Kerr yesterday threw the case out of court on a ruling of the utmost importance to newspapers and people libeled. It was shown that the plain tiff's notice for a retraction was served on a reporter. Judge Kerr said the law contemplated that a legal notice tor retraction must be served on the publisher. Had the notice been served on the city editor, the managing editor, or even the editor-in-chief, it would not have been sufficient unless the editor-in-chief was also an officer of the company, AFTER MEXICAN CATTLE. American Buyers Will Have to Pay Big Prices. Tuxpan, Vera Cruz. April 29. A num ber of American cattle dealers are nego tiating for the purchase of the large herds which are held in the Huasteca district, state of Vera Cruz, and which range over portions of the states of Puebla and Hidalgo. These herds are practically the bulk of the cattle re maining in the entire republic for con sumption and export, and high prices will probably be realized. There has been a movement on foot to shin a large number of $attle' by sea to New Tork and place them on that market at the high prices ruling on beef throughout the United States. Beef and all kinds of meats are stead ily rising in price all through the coun try. The supply of stock in other parts of Mexico is hard to compute with ex actness, but from none of the cattle dis tricts can any considerable amount of stock be shipped to the United States markets. I May Affect This Country. Washington, April 29. The adoption by the German reichstag yesterday of duty of $2.40 on cotton-seed oil may materially affect the exportation from this country. For several years the amount of cotton-seed oil exported to year it was increased from 1,075,946 gallons in 1893. to 2,199,434 gallons. valued at $967,924. This is about one seventh of the total amount exported. In addition to this it is believed that of the large amount of the cotton-sei oil shipped to the Netherlano, aggre gating over 6,000,000 gallons last year. almost one-half of the total exporta tion ultimately rpaehes Germany. NET7RAT.f)TA cniwil tj Dr. Miles PaiH If. all Fills. "One cent a dose.1 The Baltimore Plan, now practically endorsed by President Cleveland, is attracting universal attention because it is based on the evident fact that the currency and banking systems of the country must be re formed. But is the Baltimore plan a reform? It gives the associated banks the power to expand the currency and relieve the country. It also gives them the power to contract it at will and create universal distress for their own private gain. It puts the credit of the government behind every bank note. It donates all but half of one per cent of the profit on the note issue to the banks, and it leaves plenty of opportunities for a Napoleon of Finance to wreck a bank and leave the government to pay the notes. It leaves the banks free to demand the highest interest that the several states will allow, and affords no relief to farmers and business men of moderate capital. Contrast with this .... The Hill Banking System. In "Money Found," an exceedingly valuable and instructive' book published by Charles H. Kerr & Company, of Chicago, and for sale at the office of this paper at 25 cents, Hon. Thos. E. Hill proposes that the government open its own bank in every large town or county seat in the United States, pay 3 per cent on long time deposits, receive deposits subject to check without interest, and loan money at the uniform rate of 4 per cent to every one offering security worth double the amount of the loan. This plan is not an expense to the government, but a source of large revenue. It secures the government amply, which the Baltimore plan does not. It relieves the distress of the common people, which the Bal timore plan does not. It protects not only note-holders but depositors, who are un secured now and under the Baltimore plan would be still worse off. In a word, the Baltimore plan is in the interest of the bankers, the Hill Banking System is in the interest of the people. 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