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THE thugs seem to be congregat
ing at Chicago for the World's Fair
business. Highway robberies are
of nightly occurrence.
THE production of distilled spirits
of all kinds in the United States in
1891, was 117,186,114 gallons. This
exceeded the product of any previous
year, except 1881, when the aggre
gate was 119,528,011.
O NE of the largest manufacturers of
microscopes in Germany has made
an instrument for measuring the
curves of lenses, which is of such
delicacy that it will indicate the 1-
2500th of an inch.
KINO HENRY I. had an arm 3 6
inches long. That is why the English
and American yard is its present
length, a httle fact which many
students have learned and forgotten.
AMONG the uneducated whites in
Alabama there is a popular super
stition that if a colored person kisses
a baby twice on the mouth the teeth
ing period will be easy to the child.
HE late Amos Shinkle of Coving
ton, Ky., gaye $1,000,000 to various
Methodist churches in the course of
his lite, and was for years a Sunday
school teacher The estate is valued at
2,500,000. He had only onechild, a
son, who survives him.
HE Comte de Paris has rolled over
and half awakened from his oblivion
since the Panama canal scandal be
gan to stir the political waters in
France. It will be quite a while before
he sits on the throne of his fathers
A GAS well near Montpelier, Ind,
which, for some time past, has
been supplying that community, sud
denly began blowing oil which perco
lated through the pipes and made its
appearance in the houses of patrons.
HE oldest hotel in Switzerland,
and probably the oldest in the world,
is the hotel of the Three Kings at a
Basle. Among its guests in 102 6
were the Emperor Conrad II., his
son Henry III. and Rudolph, the last
king of Burgundy.
MR. BLAINE'S illness, his admirers
will be glad to know, is not of a
serious character, and the great and
beloved statesman is well on the road
to.recovery. And in the genial climate
of California, where he intends to
spend the winter, he will find, we trust,
complete restoration to health.
IT is stated that a new departure is
about to be taken by the Bank 1
France with regard to the material of
its paper issues. The notes have
hitherto been made from the best
rags, but ramie fibre is now to be
used, as it is not only stronger but
LABOUCHERE recently printed in
Truth the following as a record of a
year's doings of the British clergy:
Breach of promises, 14 cruelty to
animals 18 bankrupts, 254 elope
ments, 17, suioides, 19 drunkenness,
121, assaults, 109 various other
A N Englishman thus describes the
various kinds of foot ball played in
Great Britain: In the Rugby game
you kick the ball in the association
game you kick a man when you can't
kick the ball in the Irish game you
kick the ball when you can't kick a
HE age at which a "child wonder"
ceases to be such has not y%t been de
termined. But Joseph Hofman, the
boy pianist, seems to have reached
it. The latest reports says that his
finuers are losing their suppleness,
his ear its delicacy and his soul it?
love of music.
HE statistics of life insurance
people show thatinthe last 2 5 years
the average of man's life has increased
5 per cent, or two whole years, from
419 to 43. 9 years. Woman's life
average has improved even more than
this, from 41.9 to 45.8 years, or
more than 8 per cent.
A SENSATION has been caused in
Pittsburg by Ihe announcement that
the late Father Mollinger's great
wealth was only a myth. was
supposed to have left an estate valued
at $500,000: A considerable part of
io was believed to be in gems, but it
turns out that the collection which the
priest often exhibited was made up of
glass imitations of emeralds, ante
thysts, and diamonds.
THE NEWS IN A MTSHELL
DIGEST O TH NEWS FBOM
ALL PARTS OF TH E WORLD.
All Important Occurrences of the
Past Week, Boiled Down and
Arranged for Rapid
The animal report of Pension Commis
sioner Raum is made public.
Dr. Scott, the president's father-in-law,
die* in the White House.
The appropriations committee of the
House of Representatives is holding ses
Assistant Postmaster General Rathbone
makes a report, showing that 3,105 new
postofllces were established during the past
The secretary of State has designated J.
C. Heygood to act as the representative of
the United States at the Vatican to assist
in the selection of the articles to be sent to
the Wbrld's Fair.
The total collections ot internal revenue
for the first four months of the present fis
cal vear were $56,258,020, an increase of
$4,332,752, compared with the collections
during the corresponding period of the
last fiscal year.
Secretary Noble has approved the roll of
the Cheyenne River and the Standing
Rock bands of Indians in the Dakotas, to
whom the $200,000 appropriated by the act
of January 19, 1891. is to be paid. It is ex
pected that the money will he in hands of
the agents lor nayment within the next
The tin plate factory at Anderson, Ind.,
destroyed by an incendiary fire, will not
William Knder, of Colon, Mich., was
crushed beneath a falling tree and iatally
A Chicago, Burlington & Quincy passen
ger tram ran over and killed JohnHayes, a
deaf man, of Brooks, Adams County, la.
Fire destroyed Hart's saw mill at Ta
coma and about 30,000 feet of dressed lum
ber. Loss, 25,000.
While attending a fire of Menominee,
Mich Chief Kratz fell down an elevator
shaft, strikingon his head, breaking his,
shoulder blade and fracturing his skull.
He cannot live.
The 17-year-old son ofM. H. Young, liv
ing near Hutchinson, Kas., shot and in
stantly killed his mother. He was fooling
with a gun which ho did not think was
A severe storm on the California coast
did great damage to water front property.
Several ships at anchor in San Francisco
Bay nearly went ashore. A number of
yachts were dashed to pieces.
Fire started in Weaver's dry goods store
at Dunkirk, Ind., and swept a path along
the east side of the main street of the town.
Ten dwellings and six business house3 were
destroyed, entailing a $75,000 loss.
The earl of Derby is seriously ill at
Knowsley hall, his Lancashire county seat.
It is rumored that his brother. Lord Stan
ley, has been cabled for from Canada.
S. Garrettson, chief of the accounts divi
ion, architects office, treasury department,
was stricken with heart failure while at his
desk, caused by overwork, and lies in a
William Morris, the poet, always affects
rough apparel, his general get-up being de
cidedly nautical, and it is said nothing
pleases him quite so much as to be mis
taken for a sailor.
John Haynes, who was killed by the
trolley in Philadelphia a few days ago,
was the thirteen-year-old grandson of
Chang, one of the famous Siamese twins.
His name was Booker.
B. Siegel. of the New firm of Sletiel Bros.,
the largest manufactures of muslin and
silk underwear in the United States, died
in New York.
Miss Virginia Penny, the pioneer in the
movement to extend the possibility of em
ployment for women, 13 living -in New
York city in pitifully destitute circum
stances. She has suffered much from sick
ness and poverty, for she has never realized
much from her books.
Dr. Nansen. the arctic explorer, is only
thirty-one years old, stands over six feet
high and is endowed with a splendid phy
Piqne His features are of the pure Scan
dinavian Type, and his mouth, which is ex
pressive ot great resolution, is covered by a
long, fair mustache.
The Holy See has declined to sanction
the marriage ot Prince Ferdinand of Bul
garia to the daughter of the ex-duke of
Parma because, in askmz the papal con
sent. Prince Ferdinand stipulated that the
ISSUP of the marriage should he trained as
members of the Greek orthodox church
Among the Wicked.
Burglars secured $300 from the First
National Bank, of Liberty, Mo.
The wife of Frank Adams, who was
murdered Thanksciving Day, has confessed
to the crime, implicating two men.
Kate Green, colored, of Louisville, Ky.
beat her 10-year old daughter to death ior
Thomas Bate, a farmer living near Tolo
no, 111. suicided by taking poL-on and
cutting his throat.
It develops that the burglars who dyna
mited the safe in the First National Bank
at Liberty, Mo., secured $15 000.
Charles M. Crews, who killed his uncle
Marshall Bryn. at Santa Rosa, Cal.. has
been sentenced to the penitentiary tor life
Miss Julia Hall, daughter of a New
Canaan Conn., banker, ha* disappeared,
audit is feared that she has committed
David L. Carraway, the pension office
clerk charged with forging Mr. Blaine's
name, pleaded not guilty and was held to
the grand jury at Wabhington.
At Albany, N. Y. George W. Post, Bun
At Pittsburtr, Frank Garvin the murder
er of his bride, Cora Red path Garvin, was
Kentenced to nine years in the peniten
One horsethief was killed and a second
wounded by a posse in Sierra County, N.
M. A third of the party was captured,
and proved to be a woman 28 yeans old
dressed as a man. She gave her name as
Alice Parker. 7
Bert M. Hall, of Columbus, 0M has been
arrested at Boston on a charge of passing
worthless checks. The forged checks na
James McGrary and Herman Peckens
have been arrested at Cincinnati charge I
with stealing several hundred buggies, etc..
during the past year.
Capt. Edgar J. Vernell, a yorni* Eng
lishman has been arrested at New York on
a charge of swindling people in England
by cabling for money under the names of
Sheriff McGlnnis, of Gordon County,
Ga., was killed while attempting to arrest
two desperados at Plainville, in that state.
The criminals Jester Scotland William
Morrow, were lynched. IM If,
A vigilance committee has been formed
at Wenatchee, Wash to rid the place of a
band ot robbers and other desperate people.
Two men were murdered lor money in the
town one night.
Henry Banks, a colored farmer near
Clarksville, Ark., who had been absent
from home, returned and found his wife
calking to Jose Ferry, a neighbor. The en*
raged husband pulled out a razor and lit
erally carved them to pieces, cutting the
limbs ot the victims from their bodies and
throwing them into, the hogtfen. The mur.
derer escaped. *-~t
From Other Shores.
The text of the triple alliance (Germany,
Austria and Italy) is published.
A gold standard is proposed by England
Having been defeated in the chamber of
deputies, the French ministers resign.
President Carnot of France calls upon M.
Beysson to form a cabinet.
The Emperor of Germany as afflicted with
a disease of the ear which is thought to be
The Church of St. Michael, one of the fin
est in Vienna, and which is visited by tour
ists from all parts of the world has been de
stroyed by fire.
The emperor of Germany has started for
Selebia on a shooting trip. He has, to all
appearances, recovered entirely from hid
recent attack of chills.
Mr. North, of Strassbnrg, a member of
the German reichstag, has been arrested on
a charge of defalcation as a director in the
Strassburg Credit bank.
Dr. Kopp, prince bishop of Breslau, and
Dr. Krementz, archbishop of Cologne,
have been raised to the cardinalale.
It is reported that Lieut. Jepsom, whq
was with H. M. Stantly's last African ex
pedition, has been appointed British com
missioner to Uganda.
One hundred unpublished epigrams of
Goethe and Schiller discovered in the doe
the achives at Weimar will be included in
Prof Schmidt's new edition of Geothe.
Sher Afzul Kahn has proclaimed himself
the servant of the Ameer of Afghanistan,
and the English government demands that
the Ameer explain the situation.
It is considered settled that the Canadian
Pacific Railroad will get the Dominion
government contract for the fast Atlantic
mail servile, and that the line will probably
be established next summer.
The lawyers consulted by the Montreal
merchants regarding the constitutionality
of the new provincial tax law have submit
ted a voluminous opinion of the question,
declaring the law to be unconstitutional.
Cholera has again appeared at Cher
bourg, France, four deaths from the disease
occurring the other day. Many persons
are said to be ill with the disease in Octe
ville and other places in the neighbor
An Ottawa, Ont., dispatch says: The
minister of agriculture has authorized the
construction of a fac simile on the model ot
the Royal William, the first ocean steam
ship, now in possession ol the Literary and
Historical Society of Quebec, for exhibition
at the World's Fair in Chicago.
The minister of finance has made a report
on the monetary question in the Argen
tine Republic. He demonstrates that it is
impossible to have recourse to the financial
expedients hitherto employed by the gov
ernment and suggests that a modification
be riiade in the paper money. The prem
ium on gold grows less daily. On one day
it was 177, and on the next it had fallen to
It is said in Paris diplomatic circles that
United States Minister Coolidge has opened
negotiations for a commercial ronvention
and an extradition treaty with France.
Minister Coolidge will endeavor to com
plete these diplomatic compacts before the
appointment of his successor by the incom
Champion Jack McAuliffee is backing
Harry Gilmore for a fight between the lat
ter and Walter Campbell, ol New York.
The challenge was sent to Dominick Mc
Caffery, of the Manhattan Athletic Club.
The Pennsylvania Railroad will spend
$2,000,000 in improvements in and around
The Political World.
The Democratic majority in the House
will be 32 over both Republicans and Pop
Republicans have control of the Wyom
ing legislature, and will elect a Republican
United Stales senator.
Another strike is threatened at Home
The manager of the Troy Steam Laundry
at Cleveland discharged twenty-three girl
employes because they belonged to the
Knights of Labor. He will be arrested and
a test made of the legality of the law pro
hibiting the discharge of employers because
members ot a labor organization.
Two hundred Hollanders have arrived at
New York, en route to St. Louis Valley,
Col., to iound a colony.
The body of a man who died sixty years
ago has been exhumed at St. Louis. It was
111 an excellent state ot preservation.
The Memphis Cotton Exchange adopted
resolutions against the Hatch and ami
Morgan Bryan, an old resident of Ed
wards County, Indiana, died a few days
ago. A search of the garret brought to
light a box containing &>7,00 in gold coin.
Officers of the University of Illinois
deny any knowledge of the advertisements
signed by Prof. Van Angelbach, which are
alleged to have been printed in London,
offering for sale degrees in Illinois State
Thomas Pembridge, 80 years old, and
Mrs. Sarah Von Storch, 70 years old, were
married at Scranton. Pa The groom is a
well-to-do farmer, and lost his first wife
two years ago. His bride was twice a
widow. Both are great-grandparents.
Miss Eva Frean of Poughkeepsie' N. Y.,
has sued the New York Central road for
$30,000 damages. She has two claims, one
for personal injuries received in the
Christmas Day collision, and another tr
the death ot John Bagnail, whom she wu
to have married. ^MU#& #a *iw &#
One of the most phefdWa^ffllf I
ever struck in this country has been com
pleted on the Hollister farm, in Portage
Township, Hancork County, O. The flow
of oil became so strong as to hurl the heavy
drilling tools from the nolo. Thefirsthour
the well flowed about 2.000 bar.eK or at
the rate of 48.Q0O barrels per day. The en
tire surrounding coantry is being flooded
with oil.,r ^^^mll"
THE CORN-HUSKING SEASON
AND ITS LESSONS,
sj-fe ivJa*. hi.'
The Ear Represents
iff the Shuok the BodyWhy
Good People Sometimes
BROOKLYN, N. Y., Special.Rev.' Dr.
TAlmage chose for his subject of dis
course one eminently suited to the
time following the ingathering of the
harvests, and the thanksgiving sea
son. The text selected was "As a
shock of corn cometh in in his sea-
son." (Job v., 26.)
This is the time of the year for
husking corn. If you have recently
been in the fields of Pennsylvania or
New Jersey or New York or New Eng
land, or in any of the country dis
tricts, you know that the corn is all
cut. The sharp knife struck through
the stalks and left them all along the
fields until a man* came with a bundle
of straw and twisted a few of these
wisps of straw into a band, and then,
gathering up as much of the corn as
he could compass with his arms, he
bound it with this wisp of straw, and
then stood it in the field in what is
called a shock. There are now at
least two billion bushels of corn either
standing in the shock or having been
already husked. The farmers gather
one day on one farm, nni then an
other day on another farm, and put
on their rough husking apron, and
they take the husking peg, which is a
piece of iron ith a leathern loop fas
tened to the hand, and with it un
sheath the corn trom the husk and
toss it into the golden heap. Then
the wagons come along and take it to
About corn as an important rereal
or corn as a metaphor the Bible i3
constantly speaking. You know
about the people in famine coming to
buy corn of Joseph, and the foxes on
fire running into the "standing corn,"
and about the seven thin ears of corn
that in Pharaoh's dream devoured
the seven good ears, and the "parched
corn" handed to beautiful Ruth bv
the harvesters of Bethlehem, and
Abigail's five measures of "parched
corn" with which she hoped to ap
pease the enemies of her drunken
husband, and David's description ot
the valleys "covered over with corn,"
and "the handful of corn in the earth."
and "the full corn in 1he ear," and
Christ's Sabbath morning walk
through cornfields, and the disciples
"plucking ears of corn," and so I am
not surprised to find corn husking
time referred to in my text: "As a
shock of corn cometh in in his season."
How vividly to all those of us who
were born in the country comes the
remettibrance of husking-fcime. We
waited for it as for gala day of the
year. It was called a frolic. Toe
trees for the most part having shed
their foilage, the farmers waded
through the fallen leaves and came
through the keen morning air to the
gleeful company. The frosts which
had silvered everything during the
night began to melt off the top of the
corn-shocks. While lie farmers were
waiting for others, they stood
blowing their breath through their
fingers, or thrashing their arms around
their body to keep up warmth ot
circulation. Roaring mirth greeted
the late farmer as he crawled over the
fence. Joke and repartee^ and rustic
salutation abounded. Allready,now!
The men take hold of the shock of
corn and hurl it prostrate, while the
moles and mice which have secreted
themselves there for warmth, attempt
to escape. The withe of straw is un
wound trom the corn shock, and the
stalks, heavy with the wealth of
grain, are rolled into two bundles,
between which the husker sits down.
The husking-peg is thrust in until it
strikes the corn, and the fingers rip
off the sheathing of the ear, and there
is a crack as the root of the corn is
snapped off from the husk, and the
grain disimprisoned is hurled up into
the sunlight. The air is so tonic, the
work is so very exhilarating, the com
pany is so blithe, that some laugh,
and some shout, and some sing, and
some banter, and some tease a neigh
bor for some romantic lide along the
edge or the woods in an eventide, in a
carriage that holds but two, and some
prophesy as to the number of bushels
to the field, and others go into com
petition as to which shall ride the
most corn-stalks before sun-down.
After a while the dinner-horn sounds
from the farm-house, and the table is
surrounded by a group of jolly and
hungry men. From all the pantries
and cellars and the perches of fowl on
the place the richest dan ties come, and
there is carnival andneichborhood re
union', and a scene which fills our
memory, part with smiles, but more
with tears, as we remember that the
farm belongs now to other owners,
and other hands gather in the fields,
and many of those who mingled in
that merry husking scene have them
selves been reaped, "like as a shock of
corn cometh in in his season."
MAIZK IN PALESTINE.
There is a difference of opinion as to
whether the Orientals knew anything
about corn as it stands in our fields
but recent discoveries have found out
that the Hebrew knew all about
Indian maize, for there have been
grains of corn picked up out of an
ancient crypt9 and exhumed from hid
ing places where they were put down
many centuries ago. and they have
been planted in our time and have
come up just such Indian maize as we
raise in New York and Ohio so I am
right when say that |my text
may refer to a shock of corn just as
you and I threw it, just as you and I
husked it. There may come some
practical and useful and comforting
coming in his season
LESSONS, O^THIL^EASON oofr coming in at last "like a shock of
gTHE HUSKING PEG. _%&&
Of course, the husking time made
rough work with the ear of corn. The
husking peg had to be thrust in, and
the hard thumb of the husker had to
come down with the swathing of the
ear, and then there was a pull and
there was a ruthless tearing, and then
a complete snapping off before the
com was free, and if the husk could
have spoken it would have said, "Why
do you lacerate me? Why do'you
wrench me?" Ah, my friends, that is
the way God has arranged that the
ear and the husk shall part, and that
is the way he has arranged that the
body and soul shall separate. You
can afford to have your physical dis
tresses when you know that they are
only forwarding the soul's liberation.
Every rheumatic pain is only a plunge
of the husking peg. Every neuralgic
twinge is only a twist by the husker.
There is gold in you that must come
out. Some way the shackle
must be broken. Some way the
ship must be launched for
heavenly voyage. You must let the
heavenly Husbandman husk off the
immortality. There ought to be great
consolation in this for all who have
chronic ailments, since the Lord is
gradually and more mildly taking
away from you that which hinder's
your soul's liberation, domggradually
ior you what for many of us in robust
health perhaps he will do in
one fell blow at the last. At the close
of every illness, at the close of every
paroxysm, you ought to say: "Thank
God, that is all past now thank God,
I will never have to suffer that again.
Thank God, 1 am so much nearer the
hour of liberation." You will never
suffer the same pain twice. You may
have a new pain in an old place, but
never the same pain twice. The pain
does its work and then it dies. Just
so many plunges of the crowbar to
tree the quarrystone for the building.
Just so many strokes of the chisel to
complete the statue. Just so many
pangs to separate the soul from the
body. You who have chronic ail
ments and disorders are only paying
installments that which some of us
will have to pay in one payment when
we pay the debt of nature, Thank
God, therefore, ye who have chronic
disorders that you have so much
less suffering at the last. Thank God
that you will have so much less to
feel in the way of pain at the hands
of the heavenly Husbandman when
"the shock ot corn cometh in in his
Yes, Heaven is a great sociable,
with joy like the ioy at
the husking time. N one there
feeling so big he declines to speak
to some one that is not so large.
Archangel willing to listen to smallest
cherub. No bolting of the door of
caste at one heavenly mansion to
keep out the citizen of a smaller man
sion. No clique in one corner whisper
ing about a clique in another corner.
David taking none of the airs of a
giant-killer. Joshua making no one
halt until he passes, because he made
the sun and moon halt. Paul mak
ing no assumption over the most ordi
nary preacher of righteousness.
Naaman, captain of the Syrian host,
no more honored than the captive
maid who (old him where he could
a tood doctor. 0 my soul, what
a, country! The humblest man a king.
The poorest woman a queen. The
meanest house a palace. The short
est lifeline eternity. And what is
more strange about it all we may all
get there. "Not I," says some one
standing back under the galleries.
Yes, you "Not I," says some one
who has not been in church in fifteen
years before. Yes, you "Not I,"
says some one who has been for fifty
yf-ars filling up life with all kinds
of wickedness. Yes, you. There are
monopolies on earth, monoplistic
railroads, and monopolistic telegraph
companies, and monopolistic gram
dealers, but no monopohesjin religion.
All who want to be saved may be
saved, "without money and without
price." Salvation by the Lord Jesus
Christ for all the people. Of course,
use common sense in this matter.
You can not expect to get to Charles
ton by taking the ship for Portland,
and you can not get to heaven by go
ing in an opposite direction. Believe
in the Lord Jesus Christ and thou
shalt be saved. Through that one
gate of pardon and peace all the race
may go in.
"But," says someone, "do you
really think I would be at home in
that supernal society if I should reach
it?" I think you would. I know you
would. I remember that in the husk
ing time there was great equality of
feeling among the neighbors. There
at one cornshock a farmer would be
at work who owned 20 0 acres of
ground. The man whom he
was talking to at the next corn
shock owned but thirty acres of
ground, and perhaps all that
covered by a mortgage. That evening,
at the close of the husking day, one
man drove home a roan span so
frisky, so full of life, they got their
feet over the traces. The other man
walked home. Great difference in
education, great difference in worldly
mean's but I noticed at the husking
time they all seemed to enjoy each
other's society. They did not ask
any man how much property he owned
or what his education had been.
They all seemed to be happy together
in those good times. And so it will
be in heaven. Our Father will gather
his children around him, and the
neighbors will come in, and the past
will be rehearsed. And some one will
tell of victory, and we will all celebrate
it. And some one will tell of great
struggle, and we will all praise the grace
that fetched Jiim outot it. And some
one will say "Here is my old father
that I put away with heart-break just
look at him, he is as young as any of
us!" And some one will say, "Here is
my darling child that I buried in Green
wood, and all the after years of my
life were shadowed with desolatio n
just look at her! She doesn't seem as
if she had been eick a minute." Great
sociality. Great neighborhood kind
ness. Go in and dine. What though.
John Milton sit down on one side and?
John Howard sit down on the other
side?No embarrassment. Whatthougb
Charlotte Elizabeth sit down on one
side and Hannah More sit down on
the other side? No embarrassment,
A monarch yourself, why beembarras-|
Bed among monarchs? A songster your
self, 'why be embarrassed among,
glorified songstei s? Go in and dine.'
COMING IN IN SEASON. W&&
All the shocks of corn are coming in
in their season. Oh, yes, in their sea
son. Not one of you having died too-p
soon, or having died too late, or hav
ing died at haphazard. Planted at
just the right time, plowed at iust the
right time. Cut down at just the right'
time. Husked at just the right time.
Garnered at just the right time. Com
ing in in your season. Oh, I wish that-1
the two billion bushels of corn now inu
the fields or on their way to the eea~,^
board might be a type of the grand
yield of honor and glory and immor
tality, when all the shocks come in.
I do not know how you are consti
tuted, but i am so constituted that
there is nothing that so awakens re
miniscences in me as the odors of a
corn field when I cross it at the time
of year after the corn has been cut
and it stands in shocks. And so I
have thought it might be practically
useful tor us to-day to 'cross the
corn field, and I have thought, per
haps, there might be some reminis
cence roused in our soul that might be
salutary and might ,be saving. In
Sweden a prima donna, while her
house in the city was being repaired,
took a house in the country for tem
porary residence, and she brought out
her great array of jewels to show a
friend who wished to see them. One
night, after displaying these jewels,
and leaving them on the table, and all
her friends had gone, and the servants
had goneone summer nightshe sat
thinking and looking into a mirror
just in front of her chair,
when sne saw in that mirror
the face of a robber looking in at the
window behind her and gazing at
those jewels.* She was in great iright,
but sat still, and hardly knowing
why she did so she began to sing am
old nursery song, her fears makingthe
pathos of the song more tel'ing.
Suddenly she noticed, while looking at
the mirror, that the robber's face had
gone from the window, and it did not
come back. A few days after,
the prima donna received a letter
from the robber saying: "I heard
that the jewels were to be out
that night, and I came to take them
at whatever hazard but when I heard
you sing that nursery song with which,
my mother so often sang me to sleep,
I could not stand it and I fled, and I
have resolved upon a new and honest
life." O, my friends, there are jewels
in p.-ril richer than those which lay
upon that table that night. They are
jewels of the immortal soul. Would
God that some song rolling up out of
the deserted nursery of your child
hood, or some song rolling up out of
the corn fields, the song of the huskers
twenty or forty years ago, mightjturn
all our feet out of the paths of sin in
to the paths of righteousness. Would
God that those memories wafted in
on odor or song might start up this
moment with swift feet toward that
blessed place where so. many of our
loved ones have already preceded us,
"as a shock of corn cometh in in his
BRAVERY OF AN ALPINE GUIDE.
How Saved Hi Patron Kromi
Falllnar Into a Crevasse.
A thrilling story of mountaineering
is told in the Quarterly to illustrate
the danger of making difficult ascents
with a single guide. A traveler fell
through a snow bridge. His single
guide could just preserve his equli
brium, but was quite unable to do
more he could only hold loyally by
the rope and wait for the event. It
is difficult to conceive a cruder situ
ation or a more terrible responsibil
itythe very punishment devised by
Mezentiusand yet to decide upon
cutting himself free! Fortunately,
after about an hourbut by the
merest chanceanother party came
in sight upon the glacier and the
traveller was drawrn
up in time to-
save his life. If the rule is observed
that at least three persons must be
on the rope, no such danger can ever
occur. Though the idea still lingers
that brandy keeps out the cbld,
the writer on mountaineering repeats
that it has the opposite effect, and
adds that as a cure for giddiness alco
hol is also valueless. The broad path
is the only remedy for giddiness.
Another which was once tried may be
efficacious enough, but is only men
tioned, without being recommended,
in the following story. A party of
four were entering on a narrow ledge,
when one|of the travelers declared
that he was giddy and could not
move. The leader, one of the two
most famous Oberland men of the
time (nearly thirty years ago), merely
turned the second guide with the
brief command: "Push him over,"
His orders were always beyond
question, and the traveler was straight
way lowered over the precipice, and
after dangling on the roue for a few
seconds, was drawn back with all his
powers of climbing restored. 1?
Although American gentleman have
the reputation in Europe of allowing
the female members of their families ~^f
to do much as they please, they have ^j-t I
not the name of possessing the quality "V
which Frenchmen call gallantry*.., 7*^ j*
They are not makers of compliments.
In support of this view a story told
by an English-speaking guide in the
Alps is repeated. The guide was con
ducting through various points of in
terest in the mountains an elderly
Teresi in txi mountains an eiaeri cTW
American and his somewhat queru^ftfwT*"!
lous and fault-finding wife. ^|B
"In thiB direction," said the guide,
"there is a most remarkable echo, Hill
which repeats clearly five times every -i$.
word that is shouted. Shall I show $3:%
it to you?" :^M
"Well, I guess not," said the old i||
American. I can't holler none myself,
an' I git words1'enough
from my wife
without hearin' on 'em five
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