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1S93. Tn
r.p.ooKi.YN. N. Y., Dee
the forenoon service at
Tabernacle to-dav Rev.
preached on the subject of -Shortened
Jdves or, A Cheerful Good-bye "to
ISa:.' The test selected was. Isaiah
aT:l: "The risrhteous is take a away
from the evil to come."
VVe have written for the last time at
the had of our letters and business
documents the fig-ures JS93. With this
day ctOM-s the year. In January last
Ave celebrated its bin h. To-day Ave
attend its obsequies. Another twelve
months have been cat out of our
earthly continuance, and it is a time
for absorbing- re Section.
"We all spend much time in paneg-yrio
of joiig-cvity. We consider it a great
thing- to live to be an octogenarian. Ii
any one dies in youth we -say-. "What
a pity!" Dr. Muhienbertr in old are,
i-aid that the hymn tvritten in early
life by his own hand, no more ex
pressed his sentiment when it said:
I would not live aSway.
If one be pleasantly circutrtstanced
he iieA-er wants to jro. William Cttlleit
Dry a at, the great poet, at stl years of
age standing- in my house in a festal
croup, reading- Thane topis'' without
spectacles, was just as anxious to live
a.s when at 13 years of ag-e he wroto
the immortal threnody. Cato feareel as
Su years of ag-e that he would not livo
to learn. Creek. Morialdeseo at 115
years, writing- the history of bis time,
feared a. eollap.se. Theopbrastus writ
ing" a book at t0 years of aye was anx
ious to live to complete it. Thurlow
Weed at about s yea -s of aye found
life as great a desirabi.ity as when lie
h-miu'ed out his first politician. Albert
Karnes, so well prepared fer the next
world, at TO said he would rather stay
here. So it is all the way down. I
ssuppajse that the last time Methuselah
was out of doors in a storm be was
afraid of getting- his feet wc-t lest it
shorten his days. Indeed, I some time
ayo preached a sermon on the blessing--s
of longevity, but in this, the; last day
of Is.ai. and when many are filled with
sadness at the thouyht that another
chapter of their life is closing-, and
that they have 305 days less to live. I
propose to preach to you about the
advautayes of an abbreviated earthly
Jf 1 were an agnostic I would say a
man is blessed in proportion to the
number of years he can stay on "terra,
lirma," because after that lie falls otf
the clocks, and if he is ever picked out
eif the d.-pths it is only to be set up ia
some morg-ue of the universe to see if
anybody will claim him. If I thouyht
Cod made man only to last forty or
1:1 ty or a hundred years, and then he
was to yo in to annibilatio u, I would
say his chief business ought to be to
keep alive and even in yood weather to
be very cautious, and to carry an um
brella, and take overshoes, and life
preservers, and bronze armor, and
weapons of defense" lest he fall oaf
into nothinyness and obliteration.
but, my friends, you are not agnos
tics. 1 ou believe in immortality anl
the eternal residence of the righteous
in heaven, a ml therefore 1 tirst. remark
that ait abbreviated earthly existence is
to be desired, and- is a biessiuy because
it makes one's life-work very compact.
Some men yo to business at 7 o'clock
in the morning- and return at 7 in
the evening-. Others yo at & o'clock
and return at l'-i. Others yo tt
10 and return at 4. I have friends
who are ten hours a day in business,
others who are five hours, others who
are one hour. They all do their work
well: they do their entire work and
then they return. Which position do
you think the most desirable? You
say, otiier thinys beinq- ?qual, the man
who is the shortest time detained in
business and who can return home the
quickest is the most blessed. Xotv,
my friends, why not carry that yood
sense into the subject of transference
from this world? If a person die in
d. lie yets t i roe.
at 9 o'clock in the morning-,
at 4f. years of aye. he yets
work at 1:2 o'clock noon.
te d e
throuyh his
If he d e
he yets tit rough his
in the afternoon,
has to toil all the
at 70 years of asre.
work at 5 o'elocl
If he die at SH, he
way on up to 11 o clocit at niyht. li e
sooner we pet through our work the
bett -r. The harvest all in barracn
or barn, the farmer does not sit down
in the stubble held. but shoulderlny his
scythe and taking- his pitcher from
under a tree, he makes a straiyht line
for the old homestead. All Ave watt
to be anxious about is to yet our Avork
done and well done, the quicker the
Ayain: There is 'a blessiny in an ab
breviated earthly existence in the fact
that moral disaster mtyht come upen
the man if lie tarried lonyer. A man
who had been prominent in churches,
and who had been admired for his
p-enerosity and kindness everywhere,
for foryery was sent to state prist n
for Jifteen years. Twenty years be
fore there was no more probability of
that man's cotmnittiny a commercial
dishonesty than that you will commit
commercial dishonesty. The number of
man who fall into ruin between fifty
ai d seventy years of aye is simply ap
ai'.intr. If they had died thirty years be
fore it Vould have been better for
them and better for their families.
The shorter the voyage the less chance
for a cyclone.
There is a wrong- theory abroad that
if one's youth be right his old aye will
be riyht. You rnicht as tvell say there
is nothiny wanting- for a ship's safety
except to g-et it fully launched on the
Atlantic ocean. I have some times
atked thosa who were ssclxooi mates or j
colleg-e mates of some great defrauder,
"What kind of a boy was he? What
kind of a youny man was he?" and
they have said, "Why, he was a splen
did fellow: I had no idea lie could ever
yo into such an outraye." The fact is
the great temptation of life sometimes
comes far on in mid life or ia old aire.
The first time I crosse 1 the Atlantic
ocean it was as smooth as a mill pond
and 1 thouyht the sea captains and the
voyayers had slandered the old ocean,
and I wrote home an essay for a maga
zine on "The Smile of the Sea," but I
never afterward could have written
that thing-, for before we yot home we
yot a terrible shaking- up. The first
voyage of life may be very smooth: the
last may bis a euroelydon. M a ny who
start life in great prosperity do not end
it in prosperity.
The great pressure of temptation,
comes sometimes in this direction; at
about forty-five years of aye, a man's
nervous system chart ires, -and some one
tells him he mus
keep himself up, and he takes stimu
lants to iteep himself up, until the
stimulants keep him down; or a man
has been yoiny alonrr for thirty or
forty years in unsuccessful business,
and here is an e-peniny where by one
dishonorable action he can lift himself
and lift his family from all financial
embarrassment. He attempts to leap
the chasm and lie falls into it.
Then it is in after life that the ereat
temptation of success conies. If a man
make a fortune before thirty years of
aye, lie generally loses it before forty.
The solid a nd permanent fort-mes for
the most part do not come to their cli
max until in mid-life, or in old aye. The
most of the bank presidents have white
hair. Many of those who have been
laryely successful have been cursed by
arroyance or world liness or dissipation
in old aye. They may not have lost
their inteyrity, but they have become
so worldly and so seliish under the in
fluence of la rye success that it is evi
dent to everybody that their success
has been a temporal calamity and an
eternal daraaye. Concerniny many
people it may be said it seems as if it
would have been better if they could
have embarked from this life at twenty
or thirty years of aye. Do you know
the reason why the vast majority of
people die before thirtv-live? It is be
cause they have not the moral endur
ance for that Avhich is beyond the
thirty, and a merciful Cod will not
allow them to be put to the fearful
Ayain: The re is ablessiuy in an ab
breviated earthly existence in the fact
that one is the sooner taken oft' the de
fensive. As soon as one is old enouyh
to take care of himself he is put on his
guard. bolts on the door to keep out
the robbers. Fire-proof safes to kep
off the names. Life insurance and
lire insurance ayalnst accident. Ke
ceipts lest you have to pay a debt
twice. Lifeboat ayaitist shipwreck.
Westinyhouse a ir brake ayaiust rail
road collision. There are many ready
to overreach you and take ail you
have. Defense ayainst c-old. defense
ayaiust heat, defense against sickness,
defense ayaiust the world's abuse,
defense all the way down to the grave,
and even the tombstone sometimes is
not a surlicient barricade. If a soidier
who has been on guard, shivering- arid
stuny with the cold, paeina' up and
down the parapet with shouldered
musket, is ylad when some one comes
to relieve jruartl and he can yo inside
the fortress, ought not that man to
shout for joy who can put down his
weapon of earthly defense and yo into
the kiny's castle? Who is the more
fortunate, the soldier who has to stand
yuard twelve hours, or the man who
has to stand yuard six hours? We
have common sense about everything
but reiiyion, common -sense about
everything- but transference from this
Ayain: There is a blessiny in an ab
breviated earthly existence in the fact
that one escapes so many bereavements.
The lonyer we live the more attach
ments and the more kindred, the more
chords to be wounded or rasped or
sundered. If a man live on to seventy
or eiyhty years of aye, how many
graves are cleft at his feet! In that
lony reach of time father and mother
yo, brothers and sisters yo, children
yo, yrandchildren yo. personal friends
outside the family circle whom they
had loved with a love like that of
David and Jonathan.
Besides that, some men have a nat
ural trepidation about dissolution, and
ever and anon, duriny forty or fifty or
sixty years, this horror of their disso
lution shudders throuyli soul and
body. Xow. suppose the lad yoes at
16 years of aye? He escapes tifty
funerals, fifty caskets, fiftv obsequies,
fifty awful wrenchinys of the heart.
It is hard enouyh for us to bear their
departures but is it not easier for us to
bear their departure than for them to
stay and bear fifty departures? -shall
Ave not by the yrsce of Cod rouse our
selves into a yenerosity of bereavement,
which will practically say, "It is hard
enouyh for me to yo throuyh this be
reavement, but how ylad 1 am that lie
will never have to yo throuyh it.''
So I reason with myself, and so you
will find it helptul to reason with
yourselves. David lost his son. Thonyh
David was kiny he lay on the earth
mourning- and inconsolable for some
time. At this distance of time, which
do you really think was the one to be
congratulated, the short-lived irhild cu
the lony-lived father? Had David died
as early as that child died he would, in
the first place, have escaped that par
ticular bereavement, then he would
have escaped the wor.e bereavement
of Absalom, his re er want son, and the
pursuit, of the Phil it-tineas, and the
fatigues of his military campaign, a sad
the jealousy of Saul, and the perfidy of
Ahithophel. and the curse of shimei,
and the destruction of his family at
Ziklay, and above ad. he would have
escaped the two yreat calamities of his
life, the yreat sins of uncle ?. n ness aad
murder. David lived to be of vast use
to the church and the world, bat so 1
far as his own happiness was con
cerned, does it not seem to you that it
would have been better for him to have
gone early?
Now, this, my friends, ex phi i 11s some
thinys that to you have beea inexplic
able. Tins shows you why when Cod
takes little children from a household,
he is very apt to take the bi iyhtest,
the most yenial, the most sympathetic,
the most talented. Why? It is be
cause that kind of nature suiters th
most A-hen it does sutler, and is most
liable to temptation. Cod saw the
tempest sweepiny up from the Carib
bean, and he put the delicate craft into
the first harbor. "Taken away from
the evil to come."
Ayain, my friends, there is a bless
iny in an abbreviated earthly exist
ence in the fact that it puts one sooner
in the center of ihimrs. All astrono
mers, intidel as well as Chris
tian, ayree in believiny that the.
universe swings around some great
center. Any one who has studied the
earth and studied the heavens knows
that God's favorite figure in geometry
is a circle. "When Cod put forth ,his
hand to create, the universe, he did not
strike that hand at right angles, but
he waved it in a circle and kept on
waving it in a circle until systems and
constellations and galaxies and all
worlds took that motion. Cur planet
swinging; around the sun. other planets
swinging around other suns, but some
where a yreat hub around which the
great wheel of the universe turns.
Now, that center is heaven. That is
the capital of the universe. That is
the yreat metropolis of immensity.
Now. does not our common sense
teach us that in matters of study it is
better for us to move out from the
center toward the circumference,
rather than to be on the circumference
Avhere our world now is? We are like,
those who study the American conti
nent while standing on the Atlantic
beach. The way to study the con
tinent is to cross it, or yo to the heart
of it. Our standpoint in this world is
detective. We arc at the wrong end of
the telescope. The best way to study
a piece of machinery is not to stmid
ou the doorstep and try to look in. but
to yo in with the engineer and take
our place right amid the saws and the
cylinders. We wear our eyes out and
our brain out from the fact we are study
ing under such yreat disadva ntaye.
Millions of dollars for observatories to
study things about the moon, about
the sun, about the rings of Saturn,
about transits and oce-ultations and
eclipses, simply because our studio,
our observatory, is poorly situated.
We are down in the cellar trying- to
study the palace of the universe, while
our departed Christian friends have
gone upstairs amid the skylights to
Now, when one can sooner get to
the center of things, is he not to be
congratulated? Who wants to be
always iu the freshman class? We
study Cod in this world by the biblical
photograph of him: but we all
know we can in live minutes inter
view with a friend get a more accurate
idea of him than we can by studying
him fifty years through pictures of
words. The little child that died last
night to-day knows more of Cod than
all Andover, and all Princeton, and
all New Brunswick and all Kdinburgh.
and all the theological institutions iu
Christendom. Is it not better to yo
up to the very headquarters of knowl
edge? Does not our common sense teach us
that it is better to be at tin center
than to he, clear out on the rim of the.
wheel holding nervously fast to the
tire lest we be suddenly whirled into
light, and eternal felicity? Through
all kinds of optical instruments, trying
to peer in throuyh the cracks and the
keyholes of heaven afraid that both
doors of the celestial mansion will be
swung wide open before our entranced
vision rushing about among the
apothecary shops of this world wonder
ing if this is yood for rheumatism, arid
that is yood for neuralgia, and some
thing else is good for a bad ooiigh. lest,
we be suddenly ushered into a land of
everlastiny health where the inhab
itant never says, "I am sick."
We stick to the world as thoug h we
preferred cold drizzle to warm habita
tion, discord to cantata, sack-cloth, to
royal purple as though we preferred
a piano with four or five keys out, of
tune to an instrument fully attuned
as though heaven and earth had eve-hanged
apparel, and earth had taken
f.n bridal array and heaven had gone
into mourning, all its waters stajmi tit,
all its harps broken, ail chalices
cracked at the dry wells, all the lawns
slopiny to Lite river plowed with
graves with dead angels under the
furrow. Oh. I want to break up my
own infatuation and I want to break
up your infatuation for this world. I
tell you, if we are ready, and if our
work is done, the sooner we go the
better, and if there are blessings in
longevity I want you to know right
Avell there are also blessings in an ab
breviated earthly existence.
If the spirit of this sermon 1m- true,
how consoled you ought to feel about
members of your family that went
early, "Taken from the evil to come."
this book says. What a fortunat- es
cape they had! How glad we ought to
feel that they will nt-A-er have- to go
through the struggles w hich we have
had to yo through. They had just
time enough to get out of the cradle
and run up the sprinytim- hills of this
world and tee how it looked, and then
they started for a better stopping
place. They were like ships that put
in at St. Helena, staying- there long
enough to let passengers go up and
see the barracks of Napoleon's captiv
ity, and then hoist sail for the port of
their own native land. They only took
this world '"in transitu." It is hard
for us. but it is blessed for them.
And if the spirit of tnis sermon is
true, then we ought not to go around
sighing and groaning- because another
year lias gone: but we ought to yo
down oa one knee by the mile-stone
and see the letters ami tb.-a 1
we are miles nea r. r !
ought not, to go ni-'i'iii.i u.: .
feelings about oar ia-ai'. "a -r ,,
ticipated oemise. W.. .nab
ing not according t C o! .
w hich I used to hear ia i:a i
that you must, live as tla-a
day were. the. last: y.-a ' . - :
though you were to bva !.
you will. Do not be m-rvo.
have to move out of a s: oa
One Chri-tmus mof. i-r
neighbors, an obi s,-.i ea.
After life had depart.- b b', . !
illuminated as ihoi.a b !
going into harbor. 1 he ;
bail already 'ot throu;.. h ! b
rows, " I u t i a ml j, b a i : ' - i
the Christmas pre-.-ats v. aa
distribution. .mg a .
when he ha-! r.-rrov y
his ship from berig r : ' ' -great
ocean steamer, ie- had a
peace with 1 i. ui, a 1 a I a 1. i .a a r ,
or a better man yot) : . a ; ;
this side of lieu v n. V it '...a 1
ment's Ava ruing. la.- 1. b '
heavenly harbor bad ea i - -i
the light slop. "lie- a ' .1 i
ta Ike. I t . 1 me ,.f t he -r ;. -
a ml esf locia Jly of a i . -i
was about to go in V -a A: a .
with his ship from Liv. rp !.
was siuh it-ti ly impressed that .
to put back to sea I ' lit!, r t be
of the ere wiind um'.-r tin-ir a i
he put back' to sea. f.-,,i in:; .; ! !
time he was losli.g his mind, a
seem so unreaonab'e ta a o a
could get into Sill i-i'-ij- t h.i ! a
sho'ihl put back to a. a, bai :
bach to sea and the c. p't,h;
mate, "You call me at a'
night."' At la' o'clock a" lb. " t
tain was 11 roused and .,,-d:
t his mean? I tho.igbt 1 1 - ' i
call me at 10 o'clock, and b.
"W hy," said the mn'r "1 . ! .
at 10 o'clock, and y..a a h..
around and told i.n- to !,.. 1
this same course f.a- inn I
then to call you at I , ..-k
the captain. "Is it po i h .' i
remembrance of that
At l? o'clock the cap! ha
deck, and through the Hit .a' 1
the moonlight fell ua-.n t' .
showed him a shipwreck w it U
d red struggling pas-a a I!
them oaf. Had he La a ai v 1
any later at that p.aat of t: ..
would have hi en of no s a v . .
drowning people. ' 'a i e -.r i
tain's vessel they b-aan 1 .
g-et iie r as to what t h--y si, ... :
the rescue and what teey 1 :
for the provision-.. "Ah "
captain, "mv lads, y.ai caa'
it ! i A-t h i 1 1 .r : a 11 1 h a vc 1 a 1 b, .... : .
I fet-l too greatly home a-d . .:'
bavin"- saved you to take a .
.1 n -1 1 1 a e 1 1 i . n. I ! e 1 1. v or ... -1
exae ; '1 t ! i a t -f h i s i -, a a s ( a n
s.-ieu -a. till, that t 1 Ui
!'itl might be my h.d -uH ;, o...
the stormy seas of t b I . lib
have always s o a 1 . - .! a - te
la he care of us a t he cat -care
of the lirowniua . i.-w ,
sengers. And may e . a.
harbor with as iiftb- pie-, si,.,,; t
with as brig hi a hope as a- a
it should happen 1o ! a 1
morning when the jo-i-sea -1 , t, ,
distributed and we are , -.-! ...
birth of him, w I : a a a a- to
shipwrecked world, a! I the
what grander, b 11.!,!. r '
prenent could we have ti.a,, I
The average trio ar.;iiiel t
comprises u bout Z ."j" no".
There are twent ; t-.;:r
Behoois for nurse-, 111 New y
A man recentl y i-o urm-i f.
ico sold so v.e feathers, ia Ne-.-more
than U0 au our.---.
There is a twin ciysi-il
in St. Vet '-r. burg .-a-vt-a ia.-!
four broad ami weigaa, g f ....
hal f poll nd -.
British Nort h A merhai a J a
on reindeer meat aii.-.st ex,
They arc big- arid etii.n.
thein being- six fo-t
During the past j, , .it
States rn li n -.1 f tt e t 11 re - s ia.-.e
locomotives to S-anbi A me
fceven t v-ft ve to Au-n-eii
A I toon a. Wis, lav, - be
oh '. m "boil liili kii-aer of t .
His na-ie is SV. S ;. . . - -, :
record of tea feet hi ira-a,
Aluminum, th" 1. e ,v mr-t ,,i
t-urh .great thin.- -, ,,r . .
Which now si'Us at sev.-'-a , a,
pound i-, ;-,o0!l to be r at c a t
nt foi ty-fi ve.
The average draiint .;,'.
haul l.C'.'O ro ami s ; a, !.- . f .
a level roatl. 'be- rev re
weighs 1,'g-O j.oii.i.h a ;a.l :. .
live men in st c. a t ! 1.
The ioea of an ;. r; .-i . , t: 1 r. ,
tinesit at the; South 00 ' a - a
America, Mad;-;--. :, t .,
i s a ron -i a T eon i i r . . Lb 1. : .
dlsaiisaioii in s .. e a t i k a s be- ..
A hor.-e .1 t ,. . ,-, . i . ' . ; :- e 1 1
years, may live h,, 1 ...
years, and can liv- -a, -. 1 -.. s .
a lo ue. 17 days -.-.ha
drinking, but oti! v fi v.s d .-. :
faod witpui. ater.
Vil;:a.r R. Saiii h, fa- - ,
su pi-ri U I; D-.be n t. of the ban -d
e;a , in Wa-.hir o-t'".'f, ', 1
fr,aad, pe rs. 1 a a. . y ct.re.a. - i
of mum than 0. 0-.n 1, (.-aa 5 . t .... ;
en t parti of the t ' a it i a; a -It
took fair mviti- i" r f. .
do seven inches of a u?
one yard wide, w a ai-
liioraicg till a iu the
day; so it was hurdiv i .. 1
at that two yard sha.shl
Dr. D, C. Ih i: !. o." , 1
made known to tit Bane;.
cin,; in New y rk, cav a
lie an l the rest ,,,f , ,. : - a
from a btnyl. pair of p.-.--flouri.sited
sixty or tev.j -)cii

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