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Bev. D--. Ta'mig: Tikst a Lssson From ' the Hanging of Haman. It is on the Black Anvil of Trouble that Ken Hammer Oat tbeir Fortune«—Many Hard Fall! in (tore for TJi All. In the Brooklyn Academy of Music last Sunday morning, after tho preliminary ex ercises, wk.ch in this congregation are considered us important as any of the others, t>r. Tulmage preached loom the text, "So they hanged Haman on the gallows that ho had prepared for Mor decai." Esther 7:10. Following is bis sermon In full. Here Is an Oriental courtier, about the most offensive man in Hebrew history, Haman by name. He plotted for the destruction of the Israeiitish nation, and 1 wonder not that in some of the Hebrew synagogues to this day when Human's name is mentioned, the congregation clench their fists, and stamp their feet and cry, "Let his name be blotted out!" Haman was prime minister in the magnificent court of Persia. Ti oroughly appreciative of tho honor conferred, ho expects everybody that he nasses to be obsequious. Coming In one day at the gate of the palaoe, the servants drop their heads in honor of his office; but a Hebrew, named Mordecal, gazes upon tho passing dign tary without bending his head or taking off his hat. He was a good man, und would not have been negligen of thoordiniry curtesies of life, but he felt no respect either for Human or the nation from which ho had come. Hut he could not be hypocritical; and while others made Oriental silaara, getting clear down before this Prluie Minist T when he passed, Mordecal, the Hebrew relaxed not a muscle of his neca, and kept his chin clear up. Because of that .liront Haraun gets a decree from Ahusuerns, the dastardly king, for tho massacre of all the Israelites, and that, of course, will include Morde : ai. To make a long story short, through Queen Esther this whole plot was revealed to her husbanJ, Ahnsuorus. One night Ahssuerus, who was afflicted with insom nia, in his sleepless hours calls for bis secretary to read to him a few pages of Persl n history, and so while away tho night. In the book read that nlgbt to the king an account was given of a conspiracy, from which M rdecui, the Hebrew, had saved the king's life, and for wi ich kind ness Mordecal bad never received any rewurJ. Haman, who had been fixing up u nico gallows to hung Mordecal on, was wallcing outsido the door of the king's sleeping apartment and was called in. The king told him that be h ad just had read to him tho account of some one who had saved his, the king's life, and he asked what re ward ought to bo given to such a one. Self conceited Hainan, supposing that he him self was to get the honor, and not imagin ing for a moment that the deliverer of the king's life was Mordoeui, says: "Why, your Majesty ought t > make a triumph for him, and put a crown on him, and set him on a splendid horse, high-s'.opping and full blooded, and then have one of your princes lead tho horse through the streets, crying, 'Bow the knee, hore comes a man who has saved the king's life!' " Then said Ahosu erus In severe tones to Haman: "I know all about your scoundrelism. Now you go out and make u triumph for Mordecal, tho Hebrew, whom you hate. Put the best saddle on the finest horse, and you, the prince, hold th? stirrup while Mordecal «rets on, and then lead his borso through tho stioet Make haste!" What a spectacle! A comedy and tragedy at one and the same time. There they go! Mordecal, who had been des pised, now starred und robed, in the stir rups. Haman, the chancellor, afoot, holl Ing tho prancing, rearing, champing stal lion. Mordec U bends his neck at last, but it is to look down at the degraded Prime Minister walking beneath him. Huzza for Mordecai! Alas for Haman! But what a pity to havo the gallows, recently built, en tirely wasted! It is fifty cubits high and built with care. And Haman had erected it for Mordeoal,by whoso stirrups he now walks as groom. Stranger and more startling than any romance, there go up the steps of the scaffolding, aide by side, the hangman and Haman, the ex-chancel lor. "So they hanged Haman on the gal lows that he prepared for MordecaL" Although so many Jyears have passed since cowardly Ahasuerus reigned, and the beautiful Esther answered to his whims, and Persia perished, yet from the life and death of Haman we may draw living lessons of warning and instruction. And, Aral, we come to the practical sug gestion that, when the heart is wrong, things very insignificant will destroy our comfort. Who would have thought that a great Primo Minister, admired and ap pluaded by millions of Persians, tvou'.d have been so nettled and harrassed by any thing trivali V\ hat more could the groat dignitary have wanted than hit chariots and attendants, and palaces and banquets! If ufflueuce of circumstances can make a man contented and happy, surely Haman should have boon contented und happy. No; .Vorde ai's refusal of a bow takes the glitter from the gold, andthe richness from the purple, and the speed from the chariots. t\ ith u heart puffed up with every inflation of v.tnity and revenge, it was impossible for him to be happy. The silence of Mordocai nt the gate was louder than the braying or trumpets in the palace. Thus shall it always be if the heart is not right. Cir cumstances the most trival will disturb the spirit It is not the groat calamities of life that create tho most worritnent 1 have seen men, felled by repeated blows of misfor tune, arising from the dust, never despond ing. But the most of the disquifet wtileh men suffer is from insignificant causes; as a lion uttacked by some beast of pro / turns easily around und slays him, yet runs roaring through the forest at the alight ing on his brawny nock of a few insects. You meet some great losi iu business with comparative composure; but you cun think of petty trickeries inflicted uyon you, which rousj ,u!l your capacity for wrath, and remain in you heart an unbear able annoyance. If you look pack upon your life, you will find that tho most of the V3xations and disturb inces of spirit which you felt wero produ ed by circumstances that wero no', worthy of notice. If you want to In hap y you must not care for trifles. Do not be too minute in your inspection of tho treat ment you receive from others. Who caros whether Mordecai bows when you pass, or stands erect anl stiff as a cslir! Th it woodui n would not maka much clearing in the forest, who shoj.d atop to bind up every little bruise and scratch ha received in tne thicket; nor will that man accom plish much for the world or tin church, who is loo watchful and appreciative of pHty annoyances. Thire ur? rnu titudn of people in tho world, constantly harrowed because they past tne r lives not in search ing out those things which are attr ctive and deserving, but iu spving out with all tbeir powers of vision to see whether they cannot find a Mordecai. 1 Again: Hearn from the life of the man onder our notice that worldly vanity and sin are very anxious to have piety bow be fore them. Haman was a fair emblen of an tire woridllnesa, and Mordecai the re presentative ot unflinching godliness. Such were the usages of society in ancient times that, had this Israelite bowed to the Prime Minister, it would have been an acknowledgment of respect for his character and nat on. Mordecal would, therefore, have sinned against his religion had he made any obeisunco or dropped his chin half an inch b store Haman. When, therefore, proud Haman attempt ed to compel an homage which was not felt, he only did what the world ever since has tried to do, when it would force our holy religion in any wsy to yield to its dictates. Daniel, if he had been a man of religious compromises, woull never have been thrown into the don of lions. He might have made some arrangement with King Darius whereby tie could have retained part of bis form of religion without making himself so completely obnoxious to the idolaters. Paul might have retained tho favor of his rulers and oscape i martyrdom if he had only been willing to mix up bis Christian faith with a few errors. His unbending Christian character was taken as an insult. Fagot and rack and halter in all ages have boon only the different ways in w lieh the world has demanded obéis nice. It was once, away up on tho top of tho temple, that Satan comm anded tho Holy One of Nazareth to kneel before him. But it is not now so much on the top of churches as down iu the aisle and the pnv and pulpit thut Satan tempts tho espousors of thj Christian faitn to kneel before him. Why was it that tho Plutonic philosophers of early times, as well as Toland, Spinoza and Bolingbroko of latter days, were so madly opposed to Christianity I Certainly not because it favored immoralities, or arrested civilization, or dwarfed the intellect. The genuine reason, whether admitted or not. was because the relig on of Christ paid no respect to their intellectual vanities. Blount, and Boyle, und tho host of iafide s hatched out by the vile reign of Charles the Second, as reptiles c awl out of a marsh of slime, could not keep thoir patience because, as they p issed along, there were sitting m the gate of the church such men us Matthew, and Mark, and Luke, and John who would not bend an inch in respect to their philosophies. Satan told our first parents that they would become as gods if they would only reach up ani take a taste of the fruit. They tried it and failed, but their descendants are not yet satistial with the experiment. We have now many desiring to ba as gods, reaching up after yet another apple. Hu man reason, scornful of God's word, may foam and strut with the prou l wrath of a Haman, and attempt to compel the homage of tho goad, but in the presence of men and angels it shall be confoundei. "Got shall smite thee, thou white l wall." When science began to make its brilliant discov eries there were groat facts brought to light that seemel to overthrow the truth of the Bible. The urcbæologist with his crow bar, and the geologist with his hammer, and the chemist with his batteries charged upon the Bible. Moses' account of the creation seamed denied by the very struc ture of tho earth. Tha astron am ar wheel ed round his telescop? until tha heavenly bodies seeme l to marshal themselves against tha Bible, as th? stars in their courses fought a ruinât Sisaro. Observa tories and universities rejoiced at whit they consiiered tha extinction of Christ ianity. They gathered nesv courage at what they considared past victory, and pressed on their couq lost into the kingdom of nature until, alas for then! thev dis covered too much. Gal's word hid only been lying in ambush that, in soma un guarded moment, with a sudden bound, it might tear infidelity to pieces. 'It was as when Jo hn.: attacked the city of Ai. He selocted thirty thousand men, and concealed most of them; then with a few men he assailed the city, which poured out its numbers and strength upon Joshua's little band. According to previous plan, 'they fell back in seeming dof-'ttt, but, after all the proud inhabitants of tne city had been brought oat of their homes, and had joined in the pursuit of Joshua, sud denly that brave man halted in his flight, and with his spear pointing toward tne city, thirty thousand men boun led from the thickets as pantb?rs spring to their prey and the pursu-rs wero dashel to piores, while tho hosts of Joshua pressed up to the city, and with their lighted torches tossed it into flames. Thus it was that the dis .-overies of seienco seemed to give temporary victory against Goi and the Bible, and for a while the church acted as if she were on a retreat; but, when all 'the opposers of God and truth had joined in the pursuit, and were sure of the field, Christ gave the signal to His. church, und turning, they drove back their foes in shame. Thera was found to be no nntagonism between nature and revelation. The un iverse and the Bible wero found to be the work of the same baud, two strokes of the same pen, their authorship the same God Again: Learn the lesson that pride goes Lefore a fall. Was any man ever so far up as Haman, who tumbled so far down) Yes, on a smaller scale every day the world s?es the same thing. Against their very advantages men trip into de struction. Uhen God humbles proud mm, it is usually at the moment of their great est arroganey. If there be a man in your community greatly puffed up with worldly sue ess,you have but to stand a little while and you will soo him coma ilo.vn. You say, x wonder that G >J allows that man to goon riding over others' heads and making great ass imptions of power. There is no wonder ubout it. Human has not yet got to the to;>. 1'riJe is a comm in der, well plumed and eapar.soned, but it leads forth a dark and frowning host We have the best of authority for saying that "Pr.do goeth be fore destruction, and a hunrtitv spirit before a fall." Tho arrows from tho Al mighty's quiver are apt to strike a man when on tho w ng. Goliath shakes his great spear in defiance, but the small stones from the brook El ih make him stagger and fall like an ox under the butcher's blu igeo i. lie who Is down cuiinol fall. Vessels scud ding under bare poles do not feel tho force of tho storm, but thoso w.th all axils set capsize at the sudden descent of the tern post Again: This Oriental tale reminds us of the fact that wrongs we preparo for others return upon ourscvles. The gallows that Human built for Mordecai became the primo minist.-i''s strangulation. Hobs apierre, who sent so many t? th.) gillotine, had his own head chopped off by that horrid instrument Theev.l you pructico on others will recoil upon your own pate. Slanders come horn?. Oppressions como home. Cruelties coma home. You w.il yet be a lackey walking beside tha very charger on which you expected to ride others down. When Charles tho First who had destroyed Strafford, was about to be beheaded, he said, "I basely ratified an unjust sentence, and the similar injustice I am now to undergo is a sensible retribution for the punishment I inflicted on an inno cent mm." Lord Jeffries, ult :r carcer.it ing many innocent and good people in London Tow t, was biuiself imprisoned in the same place, where tho shades of these whom he had maltreated seemed to haunt him sc that he kep' crying to his attendants: "Keep them off, gentleman! for God's sake, keep them off!" The chickens had come home to roost. The body of Bradshaw, the English Judge, vrho hod been ruthl.-ss and cruel in his de cisions, was tsken from his spleudi 1 tomb in Westminster Abbey, and at Tybura hung ona gallows from morning untt night in the presence of jeering multitudes Haman's gallows came a little late, bul it came. Opportunities fly in a straight line, and just touch us as they pass fron eternity to eternity, but the wrongs we dn others fly in a circle, and however the cirole mav widen out, they aro sure to coma back to the point from which they started. There are guns that kick! Furthermore, let the story of Haman teach us how quickly turns the wheel of fortune. One day, excepting tho king, Haman was the mightiest man in Persia; but the next day, a lackey. So we go up. und so we come down. You seldom find any man twenty years in the same cir cumstances. Of those who, in political lifo twenty years ago, were tho most prom inent, how few remain in conspicuity. Political parties males certain men do theii hard work, and then, after using them as hacks, turn them out on tha commons to die. Every four years there is a complete revolution, and about five thousand met who ought tertainly lobe the noxt presi dent are shamefully disappointed; while some, who this day are obscure and pover ty-stricken, will ride upon the shoulders ol tho people, and take their turn at admira tion and tho spoils of office. Oh, how quickly the wheel turns! Ballot-boxes are the steps on which nx?n come down as often as they go up. Of thoso who were long age successful in the accumulation of property, how few have not met witn reverses! while many of those who then were straitened in circumstances now hold the bonds anl the bank-keys of the nation. Of nil fickle things in tho world, fortune is tho most fickle. Every day she changes her mind, and woo to tho man who puts any confidence in wba'. she promises or proposes! Sbo cheers when you go up, and she laughs when you come down. Oh, trust not a moment your heart's affections to this changeful world ! Anchor your soul in God. From Christ's companionship gather your satisfaction. Then, come sorrow or glad ness, success or defeat, rich 's or poverty, honor cr disgrace, health or sickness, life or death, time or eternity, nil are yours, and ye aro Christ's, and Christ is God's. Again: this Haman's history shows us that outward possessions and circum stances cannot make a man happy. White yet fully vetted in uuiherity and the chief adviser of the Persian monarch, and every thing that equipage and pomp and spleudor of residence could do were his, he is an object-lesson of wretchedness. There are to-day more aching sorrows unter crowns of royalty than under the ragged caps of tha houseless. Mu :h of the world's afflu ence and gaiety is only misery in colors. Many a worn in seated in the street at tier apple-stand is happier than thi great baak.'rs. The mountains of worldly honor are covered wit i perpet ual snow. Tamerlane conquered half the world, but could not subdue his own fears. Ah ab goes to bed sick because Naboth will not sell him his vineyard. Herod is in agony because a little chiid is born down in Bothleh.'m. Groat Felix trembles be ause a poor minister will prea -h right eousness, tempe ronce and J idgement to como. From the time of Louis tha Twelfth to Louis the Eighteenth was there a strawbottoin chair in France that dil not set more solidity than the great throne on which tho French kings reigned! Were I called to sketch misery in its worst form, I would not go up the dark alley of the poor, but up tho highly ay over which prancing Bucephali strike the sparks with their hoofs and betwe?n stituary and parks of stalking deer. Wretchedness is more bitter when swallowel from gemmed goolets than from earthen pitchor or pewter mug. If there are 5'oung people here who are looking for this position and thut circum stance, thinking that worldly success will bring peace of the soul let them shatter the delusion. It is not what we get, it is what we are. Daniel among the lions is happier than Nebu hadnezzaron his throne. And when life is closing, brilliancy of world ly surroundings will be no solace. Death is blind, and bees no difference between a king und his clown, between the Naz irene and the Athenian, between a bookless hut and a national library. The frivolities of life, canuot with their giddy laugh, echoing from heart to heart, entirely drown the voice of a tremendous conscience which says: "I am immortal. The stars shall die, but I am immortal. One wave of etern ty sha l drown lime in its depth, but I am immortal. The earth shall have a shroud of flamo and the heavens flee at the glance of the Lord, but I arn immortal. From all the heights and depths of my nature rin ;s down, and rings up, and rings out the word 'immortal.' " A good conscience, and assurance of life eternal through tha Lord Jesus Christ are the only securities. The soul's happiness is too large a craft to sail up the stream ot worldly pleasure. As ship-carpenters say, it dr iwi to much water. This earth is a bubble, aud it will burst. This life is a vision, and it will ►oon pass away. Time ! It is only a rip ple, and it breaketh against the throne of judgement. Our dnys! They fly swifter than a shuttle, weavin ; for us a robe of triumph or a girinent of shame. Begin your life with religion and for its greatest tri d you will be ready. Every day will bo a triumph, and death will be only a King's servant culling you to a royal banquet. In olden time tho man who was to receive the honors of knighthood was required to spend the previous night fully armed, aud with shield and lance to walk up and down among the tombs of thu dead. Through all th? hou's of that night his steady step was heard, and, when morning dawned, amid grand parade and the sound of cornets the honors of knighthood were bestowed. Thus it shall be with the good man s soul in tho night before hoaven. Fully armed with shield and sword and helmet, h? shall watch aad wait until tho darkness tiy und the morning break, and amid the sound of celestial harpin-s the soul shall take tho honors of heaven amid the innumerable throng with robos snowy white streaming over seas of sapphire. Mordocii will only havo to wait for his day of triumph. It took ail tne proceeding trials to mako a proper background for his uftor-successes. The scaffold built for him makes all tho more imposing and pictur esque the horse Into whose long white mane ho twisted his fingers at the mount ing, You want at least two misfortunes, hard as flint to striko fire. Heavy and long-continued snows in the winter are signs of good crops next summor. So many have yielded wonderful harvests of benevo lence und energy, because they wore a long while snowed under* We must have a good many hard falls before we learn to walk straight. It is on tbe black anvil of trouble that men hammer out their fortunes Sorrows take up men on thoir shouders and enthrone them. Touics are nearly always bitter. Men. like fruit-trees, are b irren, unless trimmed with sharp knives. They are like wheat—all the better for the flailing. It required the prison darkness and chill to mike John Hunynn dream. It took Delaware ice ani cold feet at Vulloy Forge, un 1 the wbizz of bullets, to make a Washington. Paul, when he climbed up on tho bonds of Melita, shivering iu his wet clothe«, was more of a Christian th in when the ship struck the breakers. Pres cott, the hislorl in, saw better without his eyes than he could ever have seen svith them. Mordecai, despised nt the gste. Is on'.y predecessor of Mordecai, grandly mounted. A SPY'S ADVENTURE. New York Run. When Halleck was beseitig Bean regard at Corinth, or, rather, dail^ approaching tho confederate lines by a system of defences, I was in the trenches one afternoon when the cap tain of my company sent for me and ordered me to report to the colonel. The colonel ordered me to report at General Halleck's headquarters, and when I made my appearance the Gen eral said: "You have done sdme scouting?' "Yes, sir." "Will you go as a spy?" i "Where to?" "Into Corinth. I want information which only a spy van secure. If you return you shall be well rewarded. Ii you are detected you will be hung." <T will try it." "Very good. Return in nn hour and I will give you instructions. When can you set out?" "By midnight." "That will do." • I wont assay wondering how on earth General Halleck had ever heard of me and it was a month later lie fore I ascertained the facts. Oneaft ternoon I was "showing off" to a group of soldiers, nnd the general and his chief engineer halted on their round of inspection and became spec tators unbeknown to me. In my palmy days I could imitate any voice I hear. I could put my face into al most any shape, I could work my cars like a horse; and could throw a hat off my head by working my scalp; when I svas only twenty-four years old I could make my face look like that of a man of seventy„and, ns my face was beardless as a woman's I could dress in female attire and defy any one to detect me by voice or gait. The main thing was to get into Corinth. The general had no sug gestions to make on that point, and the work to be done, when once inside, seamed easy enough. The way into Corinth by tho south and west was still open, and milk, vegetables, hay and other stuff was being received by every highway. When I set out judt before sun dosvn I had #800 in gold in my pocket and a bundle of cloth ing in my hand At midnight, when I had reached the point aimed at, a low-backed old man of 70, lame, gray-haired nnd toothless, might have been seen sitting in a fence corner of a highway to await the passage ol time. I was within seven miles of Corinth, and my plan was to go In with some vehicle. Within two miles of me were tsvo great armies getting ready for a death grapple, out just then the frogs croaked, the insects buzzed, nnd peace spread her mantle as in a graveyard. Indeed I w as in a drowse when I heard the rat tle of wheels, and was only on my feet when a young man driving a horse to nn open buggv, camewilong. He had six jugs in the vehicle, and wns hound for tosvn. "Hey you!" I called to him. "Can't you give an old man a lift to town? My boy has run off nnd jined the soldiers, nnd I must see him and try nnd get him hack." J'Who are you?" he asked. "Judge Levington of Guntown. Started to come by rail, hut the en gine broke dosvn and in trying to get ahead I've got lost I reckon," "I should say you had! You ain't anywhere near the railroad." "Reckon not. Pretty hard on the old man, hut I feel as if I must get the hoy back." "Well, jump in. I suppose you'vo got a pass?" "Oh, yes." He was n kind-hearted, simple minded young man, and had a pass which enabled him to come and goat pleasure. We had not gone above half a mile w hen I "suddenly discov ered" thut I had lost the important document which would admit me in to Corinth. He stopped his horse while I searched anew, but the paper could not be found. "And what will they do if I don't have tho pass?" I asked. "Take you before some of the gen erals and they may lock you up, They are mighty careful of late." "And I may not get out to see my boy?" • "Perhaps not." I "took on" for about live minutes in n pathetic strain, and when I saw I had enlisted his sympathies I said. "My young friend, 1 don't want to lie delayed. You must help me. When we come to the picket post I am to pass «is your father who has come down to look around. Even an hour's delay may tako my boy away." "Oh, but I wouldn't dare." "You'll dare u great dealforthese," 1 said, iis 1 put a couple of #10 gold pieces into his hand. "Why—yes—I—feel sorry for you, and I want you to get in. I might say you was my father, but—" "I'll chance the rest." I don't think he expected any trouble for the matter did not seem to trouble him any. When we drove up to the first picket-post he halted his horse and was fumbling for his pass, when oue of the picket« said: "Thatls all right-drive on. Oh, but who is that with you?" "The old man. He fit in the Mexi can war and svnnts to see how things look at Corinth." "Andiflsvere ten years younger I'd shoulder a musket," I added. "Bully for you!" shouted the three or four men on the posts, nnd they were laughing ns we drove on. The inner picket did not stop us atoll, and sve drove into the town in the gray of the morning. Although the hour was early, everybody was nstir and the streets almost blocked with army vehicles. During the last half mile of the drive the young man in spected me very closely, nnd when I finally left him he did not seem alto gether satisfied as to my identity. He asked me several questions about Guntosvn which I had to answer at random, and my account of how "my son" had left home svas not ns clear as it might have been. My first move after losing sight of the milk man was to go to a hotel. There I boldly registered as "John Willinm Rieharhson, Mobile," nnd dropped a hint to the clerk that I was furnish ing Beauregard with supplies. As soon ns I went to my room I peeled off my outer suit, removed my wig nnd spectacles, took out three of my false teeth, which were on a plate by themselves, blackened my eyebrows, and in ten min utes I svas in a new disguise. I svent down to breakfast, anil then slipped over to the other hotel a ad register ed nnd took a room as "Professor E. G. S. LnDue, New Orleans." I had the French twist to my speech, nnd I also had the discovery relating to a new explosive. I had come to the front to put it into practice. It svas about ten o'clock when I started out, nnd who should I run against the very first thing but my friend of the milk business. He had sergeant and three privates with him, and as they pnssed me he said: "Oh, I can tell him half a mile off. His gray wig got rumpled up and I sasv light hair under it, but he was off before I know what to do." I followed them to the hotel where I first registered, and entered it just as they went up statrs to my room. They thought they hail their man, but were doomed to disappointment. Two of the men svere left iu the office, however, ss'liile the other two, accom panied by the milkman, went out to look for me on the streets. This ss'ns on the 20th of May. Beauregard had concentrated everything on the short line, and the confederates be lieve they had a « dead sure thing in case they were at tacked in their intrenchments. I picked up the acquaintance of a dozen army officers before night, and the subjects of a new explosive prov ed interesting to all. They pumped me for particulars, of course but my reply was: "In it day or two I hope to make a test and surprise the Yankees." Through the influence of a Captain Johnson, belonging to Mnrnmduke's command-, and who had been svound ed and carried his right arm in a sling, I secured a pass to carry me about Corinth, and on the second day of my arrival I posted myself in many details. Everything was ex citement and hub-bub, as everybody thought a great battle imminent, nnd nobody paid any attention to me. At my solicitation Cant a in Johnson reported my arrival to Beauregard's adjutant, and asked permission for me to experiment. He came back and said; "I found him upside dosvn and lie felt like ordering me under arrest for disturbing him." On the afternoon of the third day while I was returning from the con federate left, a provost patrol picked me up. My pass was all right anti secured my liberation, but it gave me an uneasy feeling to observe that the milkman was among the guard. He had evidently pointed me out for arrest for I heard him mutter to the officer: "I may lie wrong, hut I can't get shut of the feeling that lie's the man. No two men could have such eyes." I knesv I should lie under surveil lance now, and the first, thing I did after reaching the hotel was to re place my teeth, rub the block from my eye-brows, part my hair in the center, nnd give a new twist to my moustache, and when I descended to supper my left eye had a slight squint. After supper as I sat in the office smoking, I observed the milk man moving about us if looking for mo. I went directly up to him and said: "My friend, were you looking for me?" " No, sir," was his prompt reply. "Bjit you were the* men who ar rested me this evening." "What! aro you the feller we picked up near the depot?" "I am." He looked me rrom tip to toe with a puzzled expression on his face, nnd I remarked: "I overheard you say something about my eyes. Is there anything wrong with them?" "No-no, sir." "But why did you point me out to the guard? Indeed why are you, a civilian, tramping about with the soldiers? I presume you hohl your self accountable for any trouble you mav cause u gentleman?" ite turned pale in nn instant, nnd asking me to step aside, he explained. "There wns an old man rode in witti me the other morning. Ho called himself Judge Irvington and saiil he lived at Guntown. No such a man has ever lived there. This man also wore n gray wig to conceal his natural hair, which was a little red dish." "Well, he told an affecting story, and I passed him as my father. I be lieve he was a spy." "Yes." "And the soldiers believe it and want to find him." "And I hope they will. But you, my friend, must use more <lise»otj on Ifÿou insult n gikitlemnn yon he prepared to give him Nutiiviu-i, / feel that—" * u "' "Say, I'm sorry about tlii 8 thino nnd I hope you'll let it drop, and have a drink." I held off for a while and then bridged the yawning chasm, when he wns ripe for it I said: "I have a brother here—a citizen— who is just able to move about uft^ a long illness. I want to get him away before the battle occurs. D uw far out do you live?" "About nine miles." "If paid for it, couldn't you tnke him home for a week ortwo? " "I'll take it without pay and ho only to glad to do you a favor." But I wouldn't have it that wav I bargained with him that he should receive #10 for this trouble, nndthnt he should call nt the hotel the next evening. Nothing was snid about a pass, but I intended to see to that The next day Murmaduke's captain helped me to secure it. What I saw in Corinth satisfied me there would be no fight. While the con federates were shortening their lines intrenching, nnd while the great mass of soldiers believed that Beauregard svas aching for an attack, the "rail road tracks told the story. I saw that he was sending ass ay guns and stores ns fast os possible, and svas likesvise bringing in and side-tracking all the cars available. Several extra locomotives had come Up, and I believed I had good grounds for suspecting n retreat from Corinth. This belief svas strengthened on the last day of my stay, by the conti dence of a telegraph operator, svho informed me that supplies intended for Corinth had been stopped down the road. When evening came I had seen to all that wns necessary, and liait an hour after supper 1 disappeared. The man svho took my place svas an in valid. He wns very pale, weak in tho legs nnd spoke in a hollow voice. I chalked my face a bit; rubbed the black off my eyebrows, cut off the corners of my moustache, put on a different style of collar and hollowed in my checks by suction. Jn that way I lengthened my face nnd made my cheek bones shosv very promin ently. It svas dusk when the milk man drove up. When he enme in 1 stated that the professor, my broth er, had been called to Beauregard's head-quarters, and that I ss as already to be moving. "Been posverful sick, I take it," he snid. ns he looked me over. "Yes very siek." "Consumption?" "I'm afraid so," I gasped between coughing spells. He offered to treat, but I declined, nnd after indulging in n. horn by him self, he took up the bundle I lmd made up and helped me to the buggy. My pass svas all right svith the pickets, and the young man had enough whisky in him to be jolly. I intended to leave him about where I had found him at first, and in pursunuce of a plan I had formed, I pretended to lie very nervous and excited. Every sound made me start, and the further we drove the more nervous I got. Fortune came to my aid svhen ss'e reached the right spot. We heard a great clatter of hoof's ahead, and I yelled out that the Yankees svere upon us and jumped out nnd over the fence into the svoods. He ss'ns badly scared for the moment, and ran back about fifty feet before seeking shelter. In a minute or tsvo three cavalry horses, saddled and bridled, came tearing dosvn the road, nnd as a consequence the old horse in the shafts svheeled about nnd svent to Corinth with them. The last I heard of the young man he was try ing to call me and yell "Whoa!" in one breath. In two* hours I was in side the Union lines, nnd l»efore mid night General Halleck had my report. I svas neither rewarded nor believed. Indeed, I svas s'ery curtly dismissed after concluding my report. I had my revenge, however, when the gen eral svoke up one morning to find Corinth evacuated nnd the enemy be yond his reach. Then he must have been satisfied of the correctness of my theories, but lie was too sore nnd had too much dignity to send for me and to admit it. Indeed, my existence had probably escaped his memory. Why the Students Smiled. A famous college president, a cler gyman, svns addressing the students in the chnj>el at the beginning of the college year. "It is." he said in con clusion, "a matter of congratulation to all the friends of the college that this yearopens with the largest fresh man class in its history." And then, without any pause, he turned to the Scripture lesson lor the day, the third Psalm, nnd began reading in a voice of thunder; "Lord, how are they increased that trouble ine." This, however, was hardly more unfortunate than the choice of the hymn: "Return, ye ransomed sinners, home," as the closing selection of a certain American board meeting.— Syracuse Christian Herald. Safety of Dugouts. Mr. De Science (of New York)—I notice that a writer in the Forum says a poor man is better off in a crowded city tenement house than in a western dugout, exposed to the fury ot cyclones. Mr. Qua intersection (of Kansas)— He dees, does he? Well, joS just fell that smart indervidual, fer me, that tliar is three things a cyeloue can't blow away— wells, cistern's an' dug outs. Guess be don't know a dug out is a hole in the ground.—New York Weekly.