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t , f f-ffi) (12. mum tr AiT V TWENTY-FIFTH YEAR Yearlv Subscription $1.00. WA-KEBNBY, KAN.. SATURDAY, OCT. 24, li)03. H.S.GIVLER.Prop. NUMBER 34. TIKE CITY A Little 9 9 TKing (OIF la the fall of '89 a certain John .Alexander Dowie had, for some time, been making more or less of a sensa tion, in and around Chicago, as a "Divine healer." He had - gathered around him a number of followers, nd. In 1896. had organized the Chris tian Catholic church. He and his wife conducted a "Divine healing home" on Michigan avenue, and so large had his congregations grown that he had for some time been holding services in "the Auditorium. It now transpired that the general overseer of the Christian Catholic church was planning much larger things than he had hitherto attempted He announced thai it was his purpose to found a city as a home for his fol lowers a new Zion and that he had secured a site on the shore of Lake Michigan, about forty miles north of Chicago. The day for such things had gone y, it was said; people no longer fol lowed their religious leaders blindly, or allowed them to dictate in temporal matters. The newspapers treated the whole affair as a huge joke and it lias always been one of Dowie's chief grievances that he is continually and persistently misrepresented by the re porters. Nevertheless the preparations went steadily forward. Payments were made on the land, a city was mapped out, tents were put up, and building be jgan. ' To-day a prosperous city with a population that is nearing the ten thousand mark testifies to the power of Dowie's name. It took Chicago for ty years to acquire the population that Zion City has reached in two. v The most interesting object in Zion vity, iioui au iuuuiriiil point oi view, "ttfce lace factory, it was announced 'early in the history of the place that the manufacture of lace would be a leading occupation. Dowie himself "went to England to collect informa tion and purchase machinery for the ntprnrKP Whpn Til return fH Vi i urna accompanied by a number of English lacemakers. A large brick building -was built, and a great room is being rapidly filled with looms, while, with . those already set up, many different patterns of lace curtains are being manufactured, as well as trimming laces of various kinds. Zion City is justly proud of her lace factory, but it is not the only success ful enterprise of which she can boast. a There Is a candy factory -which turns out delicious confections, and Its fame is rapidly spreading through out the West. A large bakery is in successful ' operation, and it is ex pected that a hew health food will be put on the market In the near future. ' A laundry, a lumber yard, -a brick yard, a printing and publishing house, and various other departments minis ter to Zion's wants and give employ ment to her people. The Zion general stores occupy a prominent place on the main street, and seem fitted to supply every need i.v-i -: rrrrztirr -srr- rrs: zjoqwm; AOP7? tt--H " -1 " vN - -- Mil 7 3 3 ZACET fZiCTZ&y s""' jC Zy72ST&7TCiY B07LDZ7Y& of the inhabitants, from cooking uten sils to literature for the "faithful." Elijah Hospice, an immense frame hotel. Is advertised as "modern in every respect, and capable of accom modating a thousand - guests at a meal," and the administration build ing, contains commodious offices, with comfortable and convenient fur nishings. A substantial brick and stone build ing is observed and a neatly uniformed "guard," readily gives the information that it is Zion College and that it will soon be ready for occupation. " The present building is only a wing, to which a large central portion and an other wing are to be added in the fu ture. Further inquiry elicits the informa- ja t - J t r--C'- I V Dr. John Alexander Dowie. tion that a complete school system, continuous from kindergarten to col lege, is being worked out by the edu cational department. The general appearance of Zion 13 one of activity , and substantial thrift. Everything is aggressively new. The peculiar character of the people is made' evident in numerous ways. For instance, the visitor notices, with a little Ftart, perhaps, the motto, "Till He Come." over the ticket window in the station which the Northwestern Railroad has provided; signboards. conspicuous on every hand, warn all against the use of tobacco, alcohol, or profanity within the sacred precincts; the long beards which many of the men wear, in accordance with Dowie's command, give them a somewhat pa triarchs Kk. in contrast with the many smooth-shaven faces among the unregenerate; the salutation, "Peace be to thee," sounds strange to twentieth-century ears: and walking along Emmaus and Elim avenues, one won ders if Chicago 13 really only forty miles away. - . " The Tabernacle Is an immense, bant- ?Jfer I r.v.vii'AJLOI like structure, capable of seating seven thousand. It is to be replaced by a more substantial building, now in the process of construction. A site has also been selected and conse crated whereon Dowie promises to trect a million-dollar temple as a cen ter around which Zion will revolve. , Now the Restoration Host, three thousand strong, has invaded New York City, and Madison Square Gar den is transformed into a "Hospice" for their accommodation. Three million dollars would be a very conservative estimate of the amount already spent in establishing kaon City. To the inhabitants this re markable development is but a surety of greater things that are to come. A most aggressive optimism - pervades the conversation of the people and the literature of Zion publishing house (optimistic, so far as Zion's future is concerned, but deeply and darkly pes simistic as to the moral and spiritual state of that large majority which they call the "world"). I Not only do they confidently antici pate great growth for their own city, but they prophecy that other Zions will be founded which will "Find their crown, capital and consummation in I Zion City at Jerusalem." The community is not comparable, In any way, to Brook Farm or Amana rr Oneida, or to any other of the Communistic colonies. There is scarcely a trace of Communism in the administration of Zion's affairs. The lots are not sold, we are inform ed, but leased for eleven hundred years, "for the land Is the Lord's." (But Dowie holds the title deeds.) Failure on the part of the lessee to conform to certain provisions of the lease, in regard to the use of alcohol, tobacco, etc., forfeits the lease. Each man builds his own house and works for himself, but each is requir ed to give one-tenth of his income, whatever that may be, to the "store house," for the maintenance and ex tension of Zion. Individualism in industrial matters is strongly encouraged, if one may judge from Dowie's dictum in regard to trades unions, which says: "Zion's workmen are members of no labor union, nor do they work for a uniform scale of wages, for in Zion the skill of each man's competency is encouraged by an ever-increasing wage. All men are not equal, and a level line of compensation Is death to ambition." This has no. uncertain sound, and seems-to settle the question once for all, so far, at least, as Zion, is con cerned. . It is one of Dowie's characteristics tnat he stands for very positive end definite ideas. Alliterative allusions to "pigs, pills and physicians.7 and "doctors, drugs, and devils" are con spicuous tn Zion's literature. The use of pork in any form Is absolutely for bidden. Oysters also come under the ban. The "Fourth" must be celebrat- lil . -ti ed without the firecracker, and Christ mas trees are denounced as foolish. The rule against alcohol and tobacco is rigidly enforced. A strict system of supervision extends from the "sanita tion of individual Zion households" to the moral and spiritual state of the people. It will thus be seen that while indi vidualism may be encouraged in - in dustrial lines there is little room for its growth in ethical matters. Says Lyman Abbott, "Each man's conscience is an authoritative guide for himself, it is not an authoritative guide for his fellow." But there' is a class of people who seek and earnestly desire an authori tative guide outside of their own con sciences, and to this class Dowie ap peals. Zion City is a theocracy and John Alexander Dowie is its prophet. His position is somewhat similar to that of Brigham Young among the Mor mons, but the religion of Zion differs radically, from that of the Mormons, in that it contains nothing that is at variance with the general conception of good morals. Indeed, whatever may be thought of the marvelous cures which it so plentifully records, no one can read a copy of the "Leaves of Healing" without being impressed by its high standard of morality. Dowie has become an established fact in both the religious and the in dustrial worlds. Call him a gigantic fraud, if you will, he still remains. On more than one 'occasion his enemies have gleefully announced his Immi nent downfall, only to find thatr he knows how to wrest victory from de feat. His shrewdness and executive ability proclaim him a natural leader of men. He has raised himself by his own unaided efforts, from the position of a poor and obscure "Faith Healer" to that of absolute autocrat of a pros perous and growing community, with an almost unlimited income at his command. A certain dignity and state surround him wherever he goes, for he is far too clever to undervalue the Importance of proper stage settings. His' violent denunciations from the pulpit, his assumption of healing pow er, his theatrical proclamation that he is a second Elijah, have made him the subject of criticism and ridicule without limit. Yet, after all, it must be admitted that his followers are de voted and enthusiastic and that his Influence over them appears to be for ttaeir general good. The community is, at present, prosperous, happy and comfortable, and Zion's ambition to show the "highest birth rate and the lowest death rate of any city in the country," seems in a fair way to be realized. , As to what will happen, when Dowie dies, it is hardly. worth while to surmise, for he is not yet sixty and looks as though he might easily at tain the allotted "three score and ten." . ANNA NICHOLS-GOODNOW. Copyrighted,- 190S, by The Associated Publishers' Corporation. Chicago. jllfll Like She. drew her wrap more closely about her and moved a little away from him. , - " "How funny you are Claude!" she laughed. "I? Marry you? Ye gods! You have a few hundreds a year, I have nothing. Now dr you see tha joke?" "But don't you. love me a little, "Win ifred?" "I might, perhaps, if I can't help it, Claude. I must have the trimmings of life." With a 1'ght laugh and a wave of her hand she left him. The music and merriment of Mrs. Ains worth's . big garden party were growing faint and spasmodic The lower part of the grounds was almost deserted. A hansom stopped at one of the side gateways as Winifred neared it and a roan sprang out. "Why Fred!" exc' aimed the new comer, "Just the girl I wanted to see! Claude here? I've the jolllest news for him. That miserly old uncle of his that none of us thought knew how to die has gone at last and left him all he had." "Much?" asked the girl, with an odd little clutch at her heart- "Something like half a million. I just thought I'd step over and have the fun of telling Claude myself." "That's too bad," the girl said slow ly, "for you can't see him now. He's out of town till to-morrow. But," as if a bright thought had just struck her, "I'll tell him in the morningj' ' "All right," returned the man, pre paring to clamber back in the cab again, "then I won't wait. Can't, in fact. I'm due in town at 9. - Good bye." "Good-bye. Jack," the girl called af ter him. "I'll be sure to tell him the first thing." Slowly Winifred again retraced her steps. Claude was iying as she had left him, face downward on the garden seat. A cool hand touched his cheek. "Claude, dearest,' did you think I meant it? I was only teasing you, sweetheart." He sprang to his feet and looked at her in amazement. "You do love me?" he cried gayly. "Better than riches. . I can hardly Where Cats "Got a great new game up our waj"," said the gentleman. "Beats golf, ping pong or automobiling all hollow. What is it? Well, for lack of a better name we call it 'cat chucking,' and, as this name suggests, an important element in the game is felines. "No spot in tha wide, wide world is so replete with cats as Washington Heights. Some of these pussies are valuable and are highly prized by their owners. But the swarming and yowl ing majority is not, and so when it comes to playing a game of 'cat chuck ing' the participant usually captures stray animals, else surreptitiously borrows his neighbors'. "About once a month a lot of us get together for a game. We meet at the upper end of Manhattan, where the woods are a trifle thick, each of us bearing a' thick paper bag in which is confined a tabby or Thomas', ac cording to taste. These bags are de posited at the foot of a tree and then all hands bolt for home. "The bags are but iSsecurely fas tened, and' the imprisoned animals Oil King's Great Wealth. There are occasional signs of anxi ety for fear that Mr. John D. Rocke feller will get all the money there is. Mr. Rockefeller has not lately seen fit to publish his estimate' of the value of his possessions, but sanguine gue -era rate bim nowadays as pretty near ly a billionaire, and the most con servative computers . believe he has more than half a billion. It would be impossible to -say what is the total wealth of the United States, but the assessed valuation of the several Ftates for 1902 amounted to about thirty-five billions.. Even if Mr. Rocke feller has a whole billion, there Is something left for "the rest of us. But his fortune; they tell us, is prob ably increasing by as much as fifty millions a year, and i3 not unlikely to double 'within ten years. Already his financial power is enormous, so that he could influence stock values very materially if he chose, and at times, -Mint Profits.' " The profit to. the government on pen nies pay the entire expense of the mint. forgive you, Claude." She nestled la his arms and he covered her face with kisses. - . "For what?" ' "For doubting ma for a moment tor thinking I could be such a mercen ary little wretch." " '' - "And you mill marry me soon?" "Whenever you want me, sweet heart." "To-morrow, then, to-morrow. I'm afraid I'll lose you again." - Happiness drove sleep from his eyes, but the longed-for to-morrow came at last. On his breakfast table lay a letter. "Uncle dead!" he gasped. "And I his heir?" His first thought was of Winifred. I'm so glad for her sake. This is her reward, the brave little woman!" "But, Claude, thl-? is worth a for tune. What does it mean?" she said, when he put the ring on her finger that evening. He told her in a few words. "Claude! If I had left you yester day if I had put off my explanation till to-day you might have thought "Never! Nothing but good of the -little girl who . was brave enough to come to me when I hadn't a penny in the world!" The next few days passed quickly. They were to be married at once, and Winifred gayly hastened the prepara tions. They were together in hia study ne afternoon when Jack Alli son opened the door. "Congratulations, Claude," he began. "Sorry I couldn't have the fun of giv ing you the good news myself, but Frel said she'd tell you the minute you got back " "What do you mean?" Claude de manded. His chum cheerfully ex plained the thwarted stopover. Claude looked at the white-faced woman at his side. "Why, hello, what's up?" inquired the unconscious Jack, gazing in amaze ment from one to the other. "Nothing," said th old man quietly, "only the end of a little comedy." "If you hadn't told me I might have thought it was a tragedy," returned the other imperturbably. "Where's your soda, old man. I'm thirsty." Are Handy. have little difficulty in breaking their bonds. Once released, where do they go? Why, each dashes off at once, as a rule, for the home of the 'cat chucker' who has brought it to ' the foot of the aforementioned tree. The 'cat chuckers have had time to reach, their places of abode long before the felines have solved their various and intricate problems of direction, and that player whose animal is first to arrive is declared winner. "When first we began to play a man might enter the same cat time and time again, but it was soon dis covered that two or three old and ex perienced pussies were coming in first every time (fine household pets they were, with superior education ami training); to the- exclusion of other pussies which had been picked up at random and installed in the homes of the players but a few days, merely for 'chucking' purposes. So now . each player must enter a 'feline that has been in his possession no more than ten days, or two weeks at most, in order to compete." New York Herald. make or unmake ordinary millionaires by mere whispers at the telephone. Malevolence is not attributed to him, nor is he felt to be a mischief-maker, but the feeling is that his business abilities are so surpassing, and his business judgment so unapproachably sound, that he can't help seeing and improving chances to make millions more. To discuss him is as little of an ' impertinence as to discuss the comet. He is a force, sixty-four years old, moving through the earth's atmos phere, and believed to be rapidly in creasing in weight and velocity. Per sons who fear they are in his orbit and may be pinched may find some relief in considering that even though his fortune increases very rapidly, its. growth may long be' fed by the In crease in wealth in the country. If wealth in. general stops, increasing, and Mr. Rockefeller's wealth keeps increasing, then the pinch may be felt. Harper's Weekly. ' . Summer Camps for Boys. Many churches in the East have car ried on summer campa for boya thi year.