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WHAT more natural for the leaves
on the trees when kissed by the au
tumnal breezes than to turn
N EW YORK boasts of the largest sur
pliced colored choir in the United
States, and so far as is known, in the
THE duchess of Devonshire enjoys
the reputation of being the only
duchess on record who has twice
married a duke.
IT is just 2 7 years since the Salva
tion Army was founded, and the
Salvationists are about to celebrate
the fact throughout the length And
breadth of their organization.
ARCHBISHOP VAUGHAN, of London,
was a soldier in the Crimean war, and
could handle the sword as a brave of
ficer before he took to the canons of
MR. TRAUBEL, Walt Whitman's
literary executor, is making an effort
to.'save the poet's house at Camden, N.
J., and has already received a number
of contributions for this purpose.
POPE LEO XIII. owns a pearl left to
him by his predecessor on the throne
of St. Peter, which is worth 100,000
the chain of 32 pearls owned by the
Empress Frederick is estimated at
IT is now known that precious and
semi-precious stones were engraved
with all the delicacy of modern fila
gree work as long ago as the time of
Horace, centuries before emery
powder, wheel and lathe were known.
A LONDON (England) woman has
patented a machine for making watch
screws that is provided with a thread
cutter so delicate as to be almost in
visible. It will cut perfect threads on
the finest human hair.
THE son of the King of Sweden who
tome time since forfeited his right to
ths throne to marry Mile. Munk, has
been reconciled to his father. He and
his wife live happily together. An
other proof that Swedish matches
are among the best.
THE RE is a point near the famous
Stony Cave, in the Catskill Mountains
where ice may be found on any day
in the year. This locality is locally
fcnown as the Notch, and is walled in
on all sides by steep mountains, some
of which are more than 3,000 feet
THE produce of wheat, rye, maize,
oats and barley has been lately com
^JuTcct in millions of quarttrsUoj^ta
Kingdoms, 41 Austria-Hungary, 62
France, 84 Germany, 70 Russia in
Europe, 189 Italy, 26 United States,
ALBERT CHEVALIER, the music hall
artiste, is in the receipt of something
like 80 a week as salary, and in ad
dition makes abont 3 0 a week in
royalties. The sale of his songs aver
ages 40,000per quarter, and just late
ly 17,000 were sold in three weeks.
ACCORDING to a letter wiitten by a
missionary in Palestine to a friend in
this country, Jerusalem has been en
joying a boom since the completion ol
the railroad that connects it with
Jaffa. Over 30 0 houses, hotels,
stores, and residences have been
THE RE are many curious trades in
the world, but the most strange must
surely be the "artificial manufacture
of wild men." Yet a well known
English doctor in China has just certi
fied from his own personal experience
that this art is regularly practiced in
the Flowery Kingdom.
AUGUSTIN DA LY has one of the most
remarkable of bibles. Long having
been an art collector, he has gathered
material that has extended a rare
copy of the Dona Bible to the 42- folio
volumes. It is a collection that com
prises a history of scriptural art. All
the master pieces are there all the
Madonnas, for instance, of every age
and every school art.
THE native newspapers of Japan
are lamenting the decay of good
manners among the newly educated
Japanese girls. They assert that under
systems of education brought from
foreign lands the usages of female
life have, one by one, been abandoned,
and the modern girl, in her attempts
to imitate foreign manners, has al
most transformed herself into a man.
THE WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST.
EVENTS OF THE PAST WEEK
IN A CONDENSED FORM.
T-he Latest and Most Important
.News of the World, Culled
From the Telegraph Re
ports of the Press
The-reports of 13 United States consols In
Germany shows that the exports from this
country to the United States in July, Aug
ust and September amounted to $15,570,000.
The increase is nearly $8,000,000 and is due
to the heavy export of sugar, which pre
viously was checked by the American sugar
The fire at Hummelstown, Pa., was
taused by a cigarette stub thrown by boys.
The loss is estimated at $30,000.
A train on the Baltimore & Ohio broke
in two at Bremen, Ind., derailing four cars
and blocking the road three hours.
Mayor John H. Terhune, of Anderson,
Ind., was seriously injured by falling into
John Stadtle*, wife and bady girl came
near being cremated in their house near
the Midland Steel works, at Muncie, Ind.,
through an incendiary.
Flora Jefferies, asred IS years, of Green
field. 111., was getting breakfast when her
dress aught fire from the blaze of thegaso
line stove on which she was cooking, and
before any assistance coul 1 arriye she was
Fifty-three bodies have been vrecovered
from the wreck of the Peninsular &
Oriental Steamship company's ship Bok
hara at the Fisher islauds.
During a email fire in the leather ware
house ot D. Chestnut &Son, in Pittsburg,
recently, thirteen fireman, including Chiefs
Steel and Coates, were overcome by smoke
in the cellar and rescued jWith difficulty.
Seven are now in the hospital and three
are in a dangerous condition.
The large powder mill plant at Kellogg,
two miles below Huntington, W. Va.,
owned by the Continental Powder Com
pany New York, blew up the bther day at
4 o'clock with terrific force shaking the
ground for miles and demolishing the
entire plant. The lo Iv the explosion
will reach $20,000. This 'is the third ex
plosion within a year. The plant was not
running and no one hurt.
Erastus "VVyman makes a tour of Canada,
Ipeaking in favor of closer trade relations
with the United States.
William H. Kelley of Frankfort, Ind., died
from the effects of a shoemaker's awl,
which he shallowed thirty years ago.
A. M. Eeauvels, his wife and son were
sentenced to one year's imprisonment in
Paris lor having practiced fraud in con
nection with a matrimonial bureau.
Charlotte Edgreen, the Swedish au
thoress, and wife of the Duke Cajanello,
died at Naples. She was ill lor only twenty
Jacob Claus, aged eighty-two, of Detroit,
thought he needed a little change to make
life endurable, so he secured a divorce from
his wife, who is six years his junior.
Until within a few months aro Jacob
Lauck, aged sixty-seven, of Berkeley coun
ty, W. Va., had snow white hair, but now
it is nearly black, without artificial means.
Anna Thackeray Ritchie says that the
last time she visited Tennyson the laureate
wa3 smoking, and she noticed it was North
Carolina tobacco that Lowell had sent him.
The lord lieutenant of Ireland has a sal
ary of $100,000 per annum, but the expenses
of the position are so high as to make a
bi~ private lortune necessary to the ap
At Mr. Brad'.an^h's own request his
friends abstained from eulogizing him at
his grave, when he was buried, two years
ago. But on the anniversary of his death,
recently, there was a gathering of his ad
mirers in London which was devoted to
this very object.
Among the Wicked.
An unsuccessful attempt is made to burn
ind loot the village of Union Grove, Wis.,
A verdict of not guilty was rendered at
Lincoln, Neb in the ca^e of William H.
Ir\ine, the slayer of Banker Montgomery.
A negro ex-convict attempted an assault
upon a lady near Herdenhiemer, Tex., and
was shot to death by her relatives and
Henry Overbeck, a farmer near Beatrice,
Neb., was probably fatally injured during a
quarrel with William Meyer and August
Bchles'-'nser over the ownership ot a pieca
At ElPasb, Tex., the United States grand
jury has returred indictments against Col
lector of Customs Webster Flannagan, Spe
cial Deputy Pimm and A. H. Joke, a Chi
naman, for aiding or assisting Chinese to
enter the United States unlawfully.
Charles D. Delong, an old soldier, aired
aDout fifty-five, committedsuic.de atlps
wick, S. by hanging himself with his
pocket handkerchief. He had been adjudg
ed insane, and was to have been taken to
Yankton. He leaves three grown-up chil
The reign of lawlessness is increasing at
Homestead, two non-union men were at
tacked by strikers the other day and badly
beaten. The belief of the people is that the
situation has assumed a serious aspect and
unless !?tpps are taken to preserve peace (he
citizens vil have to take the matter into
their own hands.
A band of Apache renegade", led by the
ce ebrated Kid. who murdered two lanch
men near Morenci, Ariz and who are the
au hors of more than a score of killings in
Old Mexico within the pat few months,
has crossed the- line into Old Mexico. The
pur was composed of twelve warriors and
oneoldsquaiu Troops and other armed
men are in pursuit.
From Other Shores.
Prince Bismarck is confined to his bed
Cvith a severe cold.
Rumors are current in Lisbon that
the Portugese cabinet intends to resign
and that Senor Sorpa will become pre
Hon. T. M. Daly has been appointed min
ister of the interior for Canada, and Hon.
Mr. Dewdney lieutenant governor of
Two hundred armed smugglers cap
tured eight carbineers on the southern coast
of Spain, burned the station, and carried
their captives into the mountains.
Prince Alfred, eldest son of the Duke of
Edinburg, has entered the First regiment
of rnssian toot guards. Prince Alfred is
eighteen yeara old.
The pope is likely to conent to the
German centrists supporting the military
b'U, Von Caprivi giving,the Catholics a re
presentative in the government as an under
The court of queen's bench at Dublin
has issued a writ of .execution against Wm.
O'Brien for 3,000, the amount of a
judgment given against 'him in a 'libel
Col. Dodds, .commander if the French
forces in Dahomey, estimates that 1,500
Dahomeyans have been killed in the
different encounters that have taken place
thus far in the recent campaign.
The infant daughter of the emperor of
Germany was christened recently amid
much solemnity and state. An offioial de
cree was published, granting pardon to 400
women convicts as a memento of the occa
Rev. Cannon Robert Baynes, .fifty-eight
years old, who was arrested in London in
August last on the charge of indecently as
saulting a girl named Miram Louisa Cogs
well, aged ten, was found guilty and sen
tenced to eighteen months' imprisonmnent.
The House of Correction at GoeUersdorf
Austria was burned. The fire spread
with such rapidity that many of the 50)
prisoners had to jump for their lives.
Twelve are known to have been burned
to death and others are missing. Many of
those who escaped are still in custody,
James Frayson was on his way to pay his
gang of threshers when he was attacked by
two men near the Canadian Pacific crossings
and in the struggle two shots were fired
at him, one of which penetrated his chest
and di-abled him. The robbers then relieved
him of $66J. There is great excitement
here, and strenuous efforts will ba made to
capture the would-be assassins.
Louis Dupnich, a well known teacher of
tfe French language at Winnipeg, Man.,
disappeared some time ago and .was
thought to have been lost on the prairie.
Search parties were sent out an-d
one of them found Dupuich's body in a
prairie ravine. He had evidently lost his
way and perished of hunger and exposure.
Ward, the Canadian who was arrested at
Brussels on a charge of seducing two young
girls at Bourges, France, is in jail in the
attereity. The police have been making
inquiries in all directions, but have tliU3
far failed to obtain any information throw
ing light upon the prisoner's history, ex
cept that he claims t. be related by mar
riagetothe family of the late Prnce Chi
niay of Belgium. Ward alleges that he is
the victim of a blackmailing scheme.
Count Szapory, the Hungarian premier,
is expected to resign forthwith. During Sat
urday's sitting of the Hungarian chamber
Count Apponyi openlv referred to the mat
ter, saying he was placing a wreath on the
coffin of the premier's competence. That
evening the opposition celebrated their
victory by a banquet and toasted Count
Apponyi as Couut Szapory's probable sue*
The National Carriage Makers' associa
tion has chosen Chicago as the next place
Grand Master Wilson, of the Switchmen's
Mutual Aid association, denies emphati
cally that the switchmen at Jersey City and
other points are getting ready for a strike
The Political World.
Oregon Democrats and Populists
A big Democratic blowoutisheld in New
York city, with speeches by Hill and
The Boston & Maine and the Reading
system are consolidated.
There ere indications that the Southern
Pacific railroad is seri usl coming to Vir
ginia Point, just across from Galveston.
In responso to a general demand of the
commercial men the Great Northern has
extended its time limit on tickets from
here to Spokane Falls to forty days.
Hitherto it has been thirty days, hut this
is not long enough to allow of the neces
Patsy Cardiff, the well known pugilist,
is sick at Portland, Ore., with typhoid
fever. Twice he has been at the point of
Four cases of sma'.l-pox have been dis
covered in New York.
Jacob Lewis, a Boston jeweler, has failed,
The cotton comprrss at Temple, Texas,
burned with 5,000 bales of cotton. Total
Cornelius Tuomy, the audacious Chicago
dry goods clerk, has lost his su against
his former employer, the wealthy widow,
Mrs. J. W. Tuohy.
Mrs. Emmons Blaine has given $1,000
for a new public library at Augusta,
Me. The gift is in memory of her hus
The stage of water in the Ohio river is
lower than at any time for five years, and
navigation has been practically suspended
from Pittsburg since July 15.
An oil well just finished on the Ninde
farm, near Portland, Ind., flowing 800 bar-'
rels of oil a day. This is the largest well
yet found in the state.
Chicago financial men have presented
Liyeryman John J. Kloelir, of Coffey ville,
Kan., with a gold medal bearing the follow
ing inscription: "John J. KloehrThe
emergency aro the man appeared."
Mrs. Joseph Foltz, of Weeping Water,)
Neb vomited up a live lizard four inches,
long. She drank from a spring at a picnio!
several years ago and probably swallowed
a small lizard at the time.
Arrangements have been perfected for(
the removal of the Aurora watch factory
to Lancaster, Pa where it will form a por
tion of the plant of the Columbian Watch
Company, recently organized.
Liquors will be sold in Jackson Tark'
during the world's fair. After along dis
cussion the nationul commission decide 1
that it would not interfere with contracts
made bv the Chicago directors for the sale
of light beverages and stimulants.
The examination of the books of George
Pike, of the Imperial Bank, Toronto, who
disppeared, shows that for a number of
years he had manipulated the funds of the
bank and involved them in his own specu
lations. His misappropriations amount to
something like $10,000.
Investigation ot the typhoid fever plague
whiph prevails at Ishpening, Mich., shows
132 cases. Deaths are averaging three per
day in a city of less than 15,000 population.
Poisonous gaes and impure water ar the
causes, resulting from excavation lor sewer
age mains and latterals.
Payment of $100,000 insurance on the life
of Win. Runk, late of Philadelphia, has
been refused by the Mutual Life Company,
of New York, on the ground that Runk
had committed suicide in violation of his
policy. The dead merchant had been an I
enthusiast in policies, and the risks en his
life aggregated $500,000. i
Finley B. Thomas, eon of Hon. John XI
Thomas, the millionaire and politician of
Springfield, Ohio, doped with Miss Minnie
Wadsworth, aipretty school teacher of Ca'ld
Spring*, Ky amd the couple were married
at Newport, Ky. Their arrival 'here create 1
a sensation, JOT not-even 'the (parents 'knew
he was a'benedict
mmm OF GOD
jpm, TA'LMAQE TELLS AUL ABOUT
No On Can See the Digital Member
of the Almighty but the One
Who Follows Its Directions
Nations Would Do Weil to
Follow Its Directions.
BKOOKLYN, Special.Talmage's ser
ijnon today was on the text Exodus
viii: 19, "The Finger of God."
Pharaoh was sulking in his marble
throne room at Memphis. Plague aft
er plague had come, and sometimes
the Egyptian monarch was disposed
do better, but at the lifting of each
plague he was as bad as before. Th
necromancers of the palace, however,
were compelled to recognize the divine
movement, and after one, of the most
exasperatingplaizues of the series, they
cried out the woids of my text: "This
is the finger of God,"not the first
time nor the last time when bad peo
ple said a good thing. An old Phila
delphia friend visiting me the other
day, asked me if I bad ever noticed
this passage of Scripture from which I
today speak. I told him no, and I
said right away, "That is a good text
for a sermon."
We all recognize the hand of God
and know it is a mighty hand. You
have seen a man keep two or three
rubber balls flying in the air, catching
and pitching them so that none of
them fell to the floor, and do this for
several minutes, and you have ad
mired his dexterity. But have you
thought how the hand of God keeps
millions and millions of round worlds
Vastly larger than our world flying
for centuries without letting one fall?
Wondrous power and skill of God's
hand! But about that I am not to
discourse. My text leads me to speak
of less than a fifth of the divine hand.
"This is the finger of God." Only in
two other places does the Bible refer
to this division of
THE OMNIPOTENT HAND.
The rocks on Mt. Sinai are basalt and
very hard stone. you imagine it
was a chisel that cut the ten com
mandments in that basalt? No,
in Exodus we read that the tables of
stone were "written with the finger of
To most of us gesticulation is
natural. If a stranger accost you on
the street and ask you the way to
some place, it is as natural as to
breathe for you to level your fore
finger this way or that. No tone out
of a thousand of you would stand with
your hands by your side and make
no motion with your finger. What
ever you may say with your lips is
emphasized and reinforced and trans
lated by your finger. Now, God, in
the dear old Book, says to us innum
erable things by the way of direction.
Heplainly tells us the way to go.
But in every exigency of our life, if
we will only look, we will find a
providential gesture and a providen
pointing, so that we may confidently
say. "This is the finger of God."
Let us take ourselves as we are this
moment, and then ask, "which way?"
Get all the direction you can from
careful and constant study of the
Bible, and then look up, and look out
Uii3 Ippk around, and see if you can
find the finger of God.
It is a remarkable thing that some
times no one else can see that finger
but yourself. A year before Abraham
Lincoln signed the Proclamation of
Emancipation, the White House was
thronged with committees and asso
tions, ministers and laymen, advising
the president to make the Proclama
tion. But he waited and waited, amid
scoff and anathema, because he did
not himself see the finger of God. Aft
er awhile jind at just the right time he
saw the divine pointing and signed the
proclamation. The distinguished Con
federates, Mason and Slidell, were
taken off an English vessel by the
United States government. "Don't
give them up," shouted all the North
ern states. "Let us have war with
England rather than surrender them,"
was the almost unanimons cry of the
North. But William H. Seward saw
the finger of God leading in just the
oppobite direction, and the Confeder
ates were given up, and we
AVOIDED A WAR WITH ENGLAND,
which at that time would have been
the demoliti on of the United States
government. In other words, the fin
ger of God as it directs you, may be
invisible to everybody "else. Follow
divine pointing, as you see it, although
the world may call you a fool. There
has never been a man or woman who
amounted to anything that has not
sometimes been called a fool. Noarly
all the mistakes that you and I have
made have come from our following
the pointing of some other finger, in
stead of the finger of God.
There are men of vast wealth who
are as rich for heaven as they are for
this world, but they are exceptions.
If a man grows in grace, it is generally
belore he gets $100,000 or after he
loses it. If a man have plenty of rail
road securities and has applied to his
banker for more if the lots he bought
have gone up 6 0 per cent in value if
he had hard work to get the door of
his fireproof safe shut because of a
new roll of securities he put in there
just before locking up at night if he be
speculating in a falling market or a
rising market and tnines take for him
a right turn, he does not grow in grace
very much that week. Do you know
what made the great reyival of 1857,
when more people were converted to
God, probably, than in any yearsince
"Christ was born? It ^as the defalca
tions and bankruptcy that swept
American prosperity so flat that it
could fall no flatter. I am speaking
of whole souled men. Such men are
so broken by calamity that they are
humbled and fly to God for relief.
Men who have no spirit and never ex-
pect anything are not much affected
by financial changes. They are as
apt to go into the kingdom under one
set of circumstances as another. They
DEAD BEATS WHEREVER THEY ARE.
The only way to get rid of them is to
lend them a dollar and you will never
see them again. I have tried that
plan and it works well. But I ^am
speaking of the effect of misfortune on
high-spirited men. Nothing but trial
will turn such men from earth to
heaven. It is only through clouds
and darkness and whirlwind of disas
ter such a man can see the finger of
A most interesting, as well as a
most useful study, is to watch the
pointing of the finger of God.
A missionary in Jamaica lost his
way, and the night was wandering
about, when a firefly flashed and re
vealed a precipice over which in a mo
ment more he would have been dash
ed. W. F. Robertson, the great
preacher, of Brighton, Eng., had his
life-work decided by the barking of
his dog. A neighbor whose daughter
was ill, was disturbed by the barking
of that dog, one night. This brought
the neighbor in communication with
Robertson. That acquaintanceship
kept him from joining the dragoons
and going to India and spending his
life in military service, and reserved
for him a pulpit, the influence of which
for gospelization will resound for all
time and all eternity.
Why did not |Columbus sink
when in early manhood he was afloat
six miles from the beach with nothing
to sustain him till he could swim to
land but a boat's oar? I wonder if
his preservation had anything to do
with America? Ha the storm that
diverted the Mayflower from the
mouth of the Hudson for which it
was sailing, and sent it ashore at
Cape Cod. no divine supervision?
Does anarchy rule this world, or God?
Nations also would do well to watch
for the finger of God. What does the
cholera scare in America mean? Some
say it mears that the" plague will
sweep our land next summer. I do
not believe a word of it. There will
be no cholera here next summer.
Four or five summers ago there were
those who said it would surely be
here the following summer because it
was on the way. But it did nor come.
The sanitary precautions established
here will make next summer unusually
healthful. Cholera never starts from
where it stopped the season before,
but always star vs in the filth of Asia,
and if it starts next sum
mer, it will start there again
it will not start from New York
quarantine. But it is evident to me
that the finger of God ism this cholera
scare, and that is pointing this
nation to something higher and better.
I rejoice that there are many en
couraging signs for our nation, and
one is that this presidential campaign
LESS MALIGNITY AND ABUSE
than any presidential campaign since
we have been a nation. Turn over
to the pictorial fcheets of the presi
dential excitements all the way back
and see what contumely Washington
and Jefferson and Madison and Mon
roe and Jackson went through. Now
see the almost entire absence of that.
The political orators I notice this
year are apt to begin by eulogizing
the honesty and good intentions of the
opposing candidate, and say that he
is better than his party. Instead of
vitrol, camomile flowers That we
seem to have escaped the degredation
of the usual quadrennial billingsgate
is an encouraging fact. Perhaps this
betterment may have somewhat re
sulted from the sadness hovering
over the home of one of the candidates,
a sadness in which the whole nation
sympathizes. Perhaps we have been
so absorbed in paying honors to
Christopher Columbus that we
have forgotten to anathematize the
prominent men of the present. No
man in this country is fully honored
until he is dead.
But, notice that this finger of God
almost always and in almost every
thing points forward and not back
ward. All the way through the Bible,
the lamb and pigeon on the altar, the
pillar of fire poised above the wilder
ness, peace offering, sin offering, tres
pass offering, fingers of Joseph and
Isaac and Joshua and David and
Isaiah and Micah and Ezekiel, all to
gether made the one linger of God
pointing to the human, the divine,
the gracious, the glorious, the omnipo
tent), the gentle, the pardoning and
suffering and atoning Christ. And
now the same finger of God is point
ing the world upward to the same
Redeemer and forward to the time of
His juniversal domination.
My friends, I do not know how we
are going to stand itI mean the full
inrush of that splendor. Last sum
mer I saw Moscow, in some respects
the most splendid city under the sun.
The emperor afterward a^sked me if I
had seen it, for Moscow is the pride
of Russia. I told him yes and that I
had seen Moscow burn. I will tell you
what I meant. After examining 90 0
brass canons which were picked out
of the snow after Napoleon retreated
from Moscow, each cannon deeply
cut with the letter "N." I ascended a
tower of some 25 0 feet, just before
sunset, and on each platlorm there
were bells, large and small and I
climbed up among the bells and then
as I reached the top, all the bells un
derneath me began to ring and they
were joined by the bells of 1.400
towers and domes and turrets. Some
of the bells sent out a faint tinkle of
A SWEET TINTINNABULATION
that seemed to bubble in the air, and
others thundered forth boom after
boom, boom after boom, until it
seemed to shake the earth and fill the
heavenssounds so weird, so sweet,
so awful, so grand, so charming, so
tremendous, so soft, so rippling, so
revei beratingand they seemed to
wreathe, and whirl, and rise, and
sink, and burst, and roll, and mount
and die. When Napoleon saw Moscow
burn, it could not have been more
brilliant than when I saw all the 1,-
400 turrets aflame with the sunset,
roofs of gold and walls of mala'hite,
and architecture of all colors mingling
the brown of autumnal forests and
the blue of summer heavens, and the
conflagration of morning skies, and
the green of rich meadows, and the
foam of tossing seas. The mingling of
so many colors with so many sounds'
was an entrancement almost too
much for human nerves or human eyes
or human ears. I expect to see noth
ing to equal it until you and I see
heaven. But that will surpass it
and make the memory of what I saw
that July evening in Moscow almost
tame and insipid. All heaven aglow
and all heaven a-ring, not in the sun
set, but in the sunrise. Voices of our
own kindred mingling with the doxol
ogies of empires. Organs of eternal
worship responding to the trumpets
that have wakened the dead. Na
tions in white. Centuries in corona
tion. Anthems like the voice ot many
waters. Circle of martyrs. Circle of
apostles. Circle of prophets. Thrones
of cherubim. Thrones of seraphim.
Throne of archangel. Throne of
Christ. Throne of God. ThronesI
Thrones! Thrones! The finger of
God points that way. Stop not until
you reach that place. Through the
atoning Christ, all I speak of and
more may be yours and mine.
you not now hear the chime of the
bells of that metropolis of the uni
verse? you hear the chime of the
mg of the towers? Good morning.
A SPY'S STORY.
He Fooled Gen. Grant, but had a
Close Call or It.
"I come very near being hanged for
a sp duringthe civil war," said Capt.
T. C. Lamotte. "I was on the losing
side during the Rebellion and was
frequently detailed for special duty.
I got into Grant's camp shortly be
fore the battle of Shiloh, acquired the
information I was in quest of, and
was ready to return, when the hero
of Fort Donelson ordered me brought
before him. I was personating a deaf
mute beggar and had given my place
of residence as Cincinnati. As I en
tered the General's tent in charge of a
sergeant, he removed his cigar and
looked at me critically. His gray
eyes seemed to look me through and
through. Then he turned to his
adjutant and said: 'That fel
low is a spy. Have him
searched and imprisoned.' As he
spoke the sergeant fired a pistol di
rectly back of my head. My nerves
were well braced and I never flinched.
The General stroked his stubby
beard and I could see that his convic
tion that I was a spy was shaken. He
took up a pad of paper, wrote on it
rapidly a dozen questions about the
city of Cincinnati and its leading peo
ple, and handed it to me. Ihadspent
three yeare in that city, and my an
swers were prompt and correct. 'Put
him in the guard-house and report to
me/said Grant and the order was
carried out. That night, when I was
sleeping heavily, the sergeant entered
the guard-house and fired a pistol near
my head. It awakened me, but I had
presence of mind enough not to open
my eyes or stir. Then he shook me
roughly and told me the house was on
fire. I merely sat up and stared at
him vacantly. 'Quick! quick! where
are your clothes?' he asked. I fum
bled about and handed him my slate
and pencil. He left me and the next
morning I got permission to leave the
camp. I had fooled U. S. Grant, but
he made a mighty close call for my
scalp."St. Louis Globe-Democrat.
ORIGIN OF THE LUCIFER MATCH
A Member of the British Parlia
ment Made the Invention.
It is not generally known that it is
to Isaac Holden, a member of parlia
ment, that we owe the invention of
the lucifer match, says the Pall Mall
Gazette. The discovery was, he has
told us himself, the result of a hap
py thought. "In the morning I used
to get up at 4 o'clock to pursue my
studies, and I used at that time the
flint and steel, in the use of which I
found a very great inconvenience.
"Of course I knew, as other chem
ists did, the explosive material that
was necessary in order to produce in
stantaneous light, but it was very
difficult to obtain alight on wood
by that explosive material, and the
idea occurred to me to put sulphur
under the explosive mixture. I did
that, and showed it in my next lec
ture on chemistry, a course of which
I was delivering at a large acad
"There was," said Mr. Holden, "a
young man hi the room whose father
was a chemist in London, and he im
mediately wrote to his father about
it and shortly after lucifer matches
were issued to the world. I believe
that was the first occasion that we
had the lucifer match. I was urged to
go and take out a patent immediate
ly, but I thought it was so small a
matter and cost me so little labor
that I did not think it proper to go
and get a patent, otherwise I have
no doubt it would have been very
Insurance Against Twins.
The Providence Bounty Association*
of London is the latest. It insures a.
family against twins! The prospect
us, issued recently, bears some res
pectable names, and subscriptions to
the capital stock of 10,000 are in
vited with most tempting induce
ments. "It is notorious," says those
projectors, "that many people marry
in the hope of improving their fortune
but freauently disappointment comes
with the advent of an unexpectedly
large family. This association pro
vides to some extent for that contin
gency by at once givieg a substantial
sumin the case of th birth of twins.'
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