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St. Johnabury, Vt., Thantday, Ic. 6, 1888?
THANKSGIVING SERMON. Preached br Rev. T. P. Froit in St. Johmbnrf, Xot. 2, 1 TEXT : ISAIAH 1 : 25 -26. And I will tarn ray hand upon thee, and purely pnrge awav thy dross, and take away all thy tin : And I wi If restore thy fndges as at first, and thy counsellors as at the lei;inning : afterward thou abalt be called. The city ot righteousness, the taithtul city. Thewj words and the foregoing pas Rages, spoken to Juriah in general and Jerusalem in particular, may be re garded as certainly descriptive and possibly prophetic of the United States of America. The progress of a nation is like a inarch across a continent. There are depressions and altitudes, vales of circumscribed vision and sum mits of outlook, i Ins 1 Iianksgiving day, falling as it does in an age when science has opened to niau's occupancy realms hitherto unknown, and coming as it does immediately after the deci sive close of a presidential campaign, is one of the summits of outlook. Standing on this summit let us survey the present condition and future pros pects of our country. A great theme, a vast field indeed, but there is no pre sumption in looking at it. Humble countrymen may direct their vision toward its utmost stretches. Having eyes, let us see. Let us try to divest ourselves of all prejudice and see things as they are. In order to do this we must guard against four sources of de ception: partisan refraction, sectarian myopia, the shades of pessimism and the mirages of optimism. And if the view from the pulpit should be distort ed or hazy, the greater would be the need that the vision of the pew be ac curate ami clear. Looking abroad from this summit we see a land full of dross and tin. You object. This is Thanksgiving. This is no time for i'hilippics and Jeremiads, but for rejoicings. You want no array of national evils set before you as a thanksgiving feast. You prefer the bright and happy view. Let the sun light Hash from the crowns of gold, and shimmer on the face of the silver, and sparkle in the eyes of diamonds; but let the dross and tin be hid until next April. You expect to look at the dismal sights on Fast day. Hut the evil is as real and potent as it was last April. Its existence must never be ignored. The humiliation of this view may be the ounce of prevention neces sary as a safeguard against excessive feasting and hilarity. Unless we shut our eyes we must see the estrangement of the masses from the SabhaJi and the church. Our accomplished towns man has clearly shown that more than one half the people of Vermont never cross the threshold of the house of God. When we look on beyond the bounda ries of our state we see more than thirty millions of our countrymen walking with their backs to the church es, the majority of them having no real sympathy with the churches, and many of them hat ing and cursing the church es as their oppressors and foes. Again we see that in the lives of some church members the money-god appears to exercise more power than the God of Sinai or Calvary. Here is a layman, there another, and yonder another, cither of whom has a net year ly income greater than the total amount paid by his denomination for home missions, or foreign missions, or the amount paid yearly for the educa tion of theological students for the ministry. Dr. Matlack, secretary of the I'rotestant Episcopal Education Society, declares that with a few noble exceptions he has found "no deep sense of responsibility connected with the possession of wealth ; no conviction or even just conception of stewardship among our wealthy men." Greed and deception are the familiar spirits of many a so called Christian's couu ting room. In some places godless . amuse ments dance and wanton before the altars of Jehovah, the nominal bride of Christ holds dalliance with the world, the tlesh and the devil. Illiteracy breeds superstition and want in her dwellings, and marches her legions to the ballot box. The fig ures of President John Eaton, late commissioner of education for the United States, show that at the time of the last census the Americans above ten years of age who could nei ther read nor write were more than the entire population of the states of New York and New Jersey, and that if they should be gathered by them selves in families, the number of such families would be seventeen times as many as the whole number of families in the state of Vermont. Of the thir teen millions of voters in the republic nearly two millions are illiterates. Eight years ago in each of eleven states the number of illiterate voters was greater than the whole number of votes cast by the majority party. We see hostilities breaking out be tween social classes, and in some in stances open war has been declared. Laborers are combining against capi talists, and capitalists against labor ers. Middle men with long heads and hard hearts, or no hearts at all, are combining against the interests of both producers and consumers. The grum blings of discontent among working men in these years of plenty warn us to expect volcanoes and earthquakes in the years of blasted ears and ill fa vored kine which are sure to come at last regardless of protective taritls or auy possible results at the polls. Pe riods of financial depression cannot be avoided so long as we have the present moral and social conditions. Dabbling agnostics in open daylight launch their bombs at the high dome of our social system, while grim anarchists burrow in the darkness to undermine the foun dations. We see that mercenaries and ghouls hold carnival in politics. Mr. Theo dore Iloosevelt knows something about political methods in New York city. He testifies that political allaiis in either party are there managed by a machine, and that the machine is ope rated for the greater part in the sa loons. He states that of one thousand and seven primaries held in the city antecedent to the election of lrf,S4, no less than six hundred and thirty-three were held in liquor saloons. Dr. Bar nard probably knows something of "Republican government under the American Constitution," and he testi fies that "government in the United States, whether national, state,or muni cipal, in its legislative, executive, .and, it is to be feared, largely in its judi ciary departments has long since ceased to be representative of the pop ular sovereign ty ; but has passed into the hands of a comparatively small number of unscrupulous men, who em ploy it for the advancement of their own personal interests." He character izes a presidential contest as "a sort of political cyclone, hardly less destruc tive in the moral world than the natu ral cyclone in the physical." Now on the face of the returns in the recent election we have a demonstration of stupendous bargaining in the state of New York. There appears to be ample proof that the democratic national committee threw a great corruption fuud into the state of New Hampshire. The proof seems equally clear that the republican national committee placed a large corruption fund in the state of Indiana. No well informed person doubts that in the close states votes were bought by either party wherever they were for sale and there was any reasonable ground of expectation that the goods would be delivered. Such betting on an election was never seen in this country before. It is currently reported that members of both the re publican and democratic national com mittees had large sums staked on the result. It is even charged that the chairman of the republican committee won no less than $100,000, and it ap pears that the charge is credited to some extent in his own party, for the Express and Standard said last week, "Chairman Quay's fame would be far brighter but for his participation in election gambling." The most astonishing and saddest feature in this phase of the political situation is the fact that good men wink at these practices, and even ex cuse and defend them in their party. An occurrence in our own state affords an illustration of this. A gentleman in Montpelier won a large amount of money on the result of the election. In the celebration of his victory he gave a banquet at the Pavilion hotel. It seems to have been universally un derstood at the capital that this was the celebration of a personal victory at the stakes rather than a national vic tory at the polls. Presumably, no guest doubted that the money of the unlucky democratic losers paid for his supper. According to press reports more than eleven hundred men feasted that night, and at the close speeches were made by the governor of the state, the speaker of the house of rep resentatives, and other prominent gen tlemen. To say the least such events point to the need of a keener moral sense on the part of Christians in poli tics. If Christians in the victorious party have ended the illumination and noise in celebration of their victory, it behooves them to raise their voices in rebuke of the disgraceful methods which helped to win it. We need a race of Christians with the godliness and courage to expose aud denounce corruption in their own party. But it is sometimes said that clergy men have no comprehension of practi cal politics; that a great party is call ed upon to meet a condition and not a theory ; and that when the opposing party intimidates, bribes, counts out, and counts in, Sunday school morals and tactics must take an obscure corner until after election. But suppose a Christian is confronted by a condition rather than a theory, what shall he do ? Desert his principles? Continue in sin that grace may abound ? God forbid. Judas Iscariot was confronted by a condition. He knew that the Jews were thirsting for his Master's blood, and determined to have it. He saw no human possibility of preventing them from accomplishing their object. More over the Lord had declared that he must give his life to be a ransom for many. When Judas saw the condition, like an astute American politician, he hedged. He left the Christian theory and principles, and betrayed his Lord for thirty pieces of silver. Sirs, the only propor way for a Christian man to meet a condition, in politics or else where, is to apply to that condition the principles of the sermon on the Mount. He should everywhere be guided by the word of God nowhere by the deceitfulness of sin. Whenever we consider the dross of politics we cannot overlook another evil which is strongly intrenched in politics; intrenched too in appetite, lust, greed, aud every other thing on which Satan can lay his hand ; an institution that boasts greater reve nues and profits than all the railroads of the laud; that has intimidated more voters than all the bulldozers of Amer ican history ; that holds more slaves today than ever did the Southern Con federacy ; that menaces legislation by the most powerful and corrupt lobby that ever trailed its slimy length along the corridor of the national capitol ; that desolates more homes, breaks more hearts, destroys more manhood, and consigns more souls to eternal death than war, pestilence, and famine combined. But human lips are power less to add anything to the burning words which have been spoken and written against the liquor saloon. This enumeration might becontinu el. As a nation we are "in per ils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren." And when our vision rests upon the dross and tin of this land, we are almost ready to believe that these words of the prophet are applicable to our own country : "How is the faithful city be come an harlot! It was full of judg ment ; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers. I hy princes are re bellious and companions of thieves everyone loveth gifts and followeth after rewards." But our vision need not rest here. Thank God, the dross is not all we see We are not here to chant a miserere. but rather to sing a Te Deum. Our King makes the wrath of man to praise him. Some of the forces which we fear may yet be used for the advance ment of his kingdom. Political agita tions and social convulsions may make for good. Tho temporal 3" dominance of the lower elements of society may not in the end prove to be an unmixed evil. I he persecution of Christians in the first century, the corruptions of the papacy in the fifteenth and six teenth centuries, and even the reign of terror 111 the r tench revolution teach us that righteous forces may gain po sitions through reactions from evil which could not so soon have been reached by steady advauces. There are abundant reasons for thanksgiving this morning. Let us pass the smaller to rejoice in the larger. Let others exult over our silver aud gold, the burden of our productions, the wealth of our undeveloped resources, the eu errv of our population, and other to kens of material prosperity. These, in themselves, are weak reasons for thanksgiving. The rich fool of para ble had a thanksgiving day over his great possessions, aud died that night This day is a Christian festival and it becomes us to celebrate other than material gifts. Fiora our summit of outlook we behold the purging of dross and tin from the laud. Our people are coming to an under standing of the real foundations of na tional prosperity. They are begin niug to see that the hope of the country is not in the republican party, or the democratic party, or the prohibition party ; not so much in any legislative action or administrative policy, as in the righteous character and correct habits of the people. The home is be ing recognized as the strategic point iu the struggle for the perpetuity of free institutions. Teachers have arisen who are pointing out to the masses the secret of poverty and the secret of wealth. Many working-men are learn ing that industry, economy, and so briety are the credentials of prosperity and happiness. And while our people are getting a better understanding of the founda tions, they are at the same time hav ing their eyes opened to the national perils. It is actually beginning to dawn on the intelligence of the Yankee that the Almighty is not under con tract and mortgage to take care of this nation however recklessly we may drive the national chariot, or shame lessly trample upon diviue law. We are becoming convinced that the ouly way to retain the protection of heaven over this government is to maintain a government which shall be worth pro tecting. Again, the organization and growth of the White Cross movement, the Divorce Reform League, and kin dred movements, indicate that Ameri cans realize somewhat of the perils which beset family and home. We are also awaking to a sense of the perils of immigration. Some of the truest and best elements of our citizen ship have, come to us in that way. We appreciate that fact, and are thankful for it. But we are aware that by far the greater part of the most dangerous elements of our population has come to us in the same way. Until recently we have welcomed the one kiud as freely as the other. It has been the theory of the nation to stand with open mouth, suffering all countries of earth to toss in wholesome ingredients or garbage at will, trusting a robust vi tality to digest the mass and transform it into patriotic national fibre. This is too great a strain on our digestion. Symptoms of nausea appear. Wo be giu to suspect that the safest way for this nation to evangelize the world is not to swallow it. We are willing to make our land a city of refuge for the oppressed but not a cesspool for the offal of oppressors. We begin to sus pect that shutting out the products of cheap foreigu labor from our shores will afford us small protection so long as we freely admit cheap and degraded laborers to compete with our working people and imperil our institutions. According to present indications fur ther restrictions will soon bo placed upon immigration from the East. And when the true American sentiment shall make itself respected, as it will ere long, these restrictions iustead of keeping to race lines will somehow be made to follow lines of character. The day is coming when a decent China man will enter our gates as freely as a decent Irishman, and when au indecent Irishman, or Englishman for that mat ter, if there be one in that superb em pire, will be as rigidly excluded as an indecent Chinaman. Turn to another cause of thanksgiv ing. The campaign against the saloon, begun long ago, is waxing hotter every year. The tiuger of God has written up on the walls of the nineteenth century the decree that the saloon must die. It will die hard, aud be a long time about it, but die it must. Temperance workers suller from divided counsels, they meet temporary checks, but their cause is marching on. The conflict has now reached the stage where the saloon is regarded by an overwhelming majority of Christians as antichrist. You are so denouncing it in your con ventions, assemblies and conferences. What does that mean ? Why, it means that a consecrated host has enlisted for the war. It means that an aroused church will cast off her unholy entan glements, gird herself for the struggle, and fight to death or nobler life. It means that when the end of the battle shall come, be it in the twentieth cen tury or the thirtieth, tho victorious Son of God shall hold the hold And this leads ns to give thanks for a better comprehension of the spirit of the gospel in the church of Christ. 1 he old fences of prejudice ami animosity between religious denominations a being broken down. Regardless of scowling Sauls the hearts ot young princes of God .are being knit together like the hearts of David and Jonathan. From all churches arises a prayer for essential unity and co-operation 111 Christian work. Some conception of the communism ot the rospel is finding place in the Christian family We are preaching that self denial in giving is as much tho duty of the rich as of the poor; and, as Dr. Gordon of Boston has so well said, "that the church, according to its primitive ideal, is the one institution in which every man s wealth is under mortgage to every man's want, every man's sue cess, to every man's service." True, there is much worldliness in the church The spectacle is enough to move every loyal child of the gospel to hunulia tion and tears. But, on the other hand, time would fail us to note all tho grateful tokens that in increasing numbers, the people called Christians are entering into the the true spirit of the Christ life. Perhaps none of these tokens are brighter than the growing fidelity of the pulpit to a gospel of ho liuess unto the Lord. The last fifty years have witnessed a grand advance all along this lino. Tho doctriue of completeness in Christ has been much misunderstood; it has not always been preached so clearly, sweetly, and wise ly as we might wish; but for all that it has been advancing, and fortifying its positions in the thought and convic tions of the church. Never before were there so many prophets in this land warning the people that a divided heart is outside Christ's kingdom ; neverso many preachers insisting upon tho necessity of entire consecration to God and abiding in Christ : never so many heralds bearing to weary souls the invitation to cast all burdens on their Lord and enter into a perfect peace ; and doubtless, uever were so many Christians loving the Lord their God with all the heart. Now in view of all these things we venture to look on still further from this summit of outlook. Away yonder, beyond the dross and tin, the strife and turmoil, wo see the end. It is the triumph of the kingdom of God. All recognized movements in the grand strategy of redemption point to the certainty of unparalleled victories for the kingdom of God in this land. From the beginning it seems, to have been the divine plan to work through a cho sen race. About two thousand years after the first promise of a Messiah was made in Eden, God brought a man out of Chaldea into Canaan, a land flowing with milk and honey, promised to make of his posterity a great nation, tnd through it to bestow untold bless ings upon the human family, then for two thousand years we see Provi dence using the Jew, a peculiar man, intensely religious, thoroughly patri otic, eager for property, tenacious of his rights, and exclusive as the stars. The Christ comes at length, and a new dispensation dawns. Greater works are to be wrought iu the new than iu the old. Now toward two thousand years after the inauguration of the second dispensation by the incarnation of the Sou of God, a second man is brought out of the east into the west, and placed in this land which not only flows witli milk and honey, but rests upon foundations of iron and gold. This second man is the Anglo Saxon. Fol- ow the track of the Anglo Saxon for a thousand years, out of the forests of northern Europe, through bloodshed and beastliness, storm and venture, the emasculating tendencies of luxury and the spiritual ordeals of intellectual culture, and mark the position he lolds and the man he is today. A man of hardy frame, powerful intel lect, unconquerable ambition, resolute will, with agenius for acquisition and a fiery soul. What cannot the Anglo Saxon do? Is not this the second chosen race 1 If the world is to be gospelized by any human type now in existence, surely the Anglo Saxon is to do the work. Again we 6ee that from the begin ning God has made use of national su premacy to promote the interests of his kingdom. As we make our way up through the history of governments we pass from Egyptian supremacy to Assyrian, from Assyrian to Macedo nian, from that to the Roman, and on at last to the Anglo Saxon. Geograph ically each advance is a step north ward, and, after the first, a step west ward. Northward and westward the star of empire makes its way. God used Egyptian supremacy to embalm in monument and tomb the historical evidences of the truthfulness of Moses, in order that they might be brought forth to strengthen the faith of the nineteenth century. Assyrian suprema cy brought the Jews in touch with th great monarchies of the East, and gave Daniel his opportunity to witness for the Lord Jehovah in Babylon, and pos sioly to prepare the Magi to bring thei homage to the infant Saviour in later years. Macedonian supremacy, by tl uinusion 01 tne ureeK language ant literature, and by the distribution o Jews in Greek colonies, made possibl the great results ot the missionary journeys of Paul the apostle. Roman supremacy sped gospel messages, born upon the wings of the Roman eagles to all the countries of Europe. Now shall not Anglo Saxon supremacy, th best and strongest of all, accomplisl more than all others for the kiigu of our lover In America national su premacy is to pause. There is no foot hold further north and west on which it can stand. Who can doubt that here we have the place and the people in which the greatest works of Jesu are to appear? We see that in this age more than iu any other, aud in this laud more than in any other, our Christ is massing all his forces in tho field. We have made a great deal of the fact that a woman was the first to partake of forbidden fruit. Perhaps we have not made quite enough of the declaration that enmity is put between the serpent and the woman, aud that the final issue shal be disastrous to the serpent. The spirit of that prophecy would teach us that the forces of womanhood are to crush the tempter's head. In the las days the Spirit is poured out on all flesh. The youug meu see visions, the old meu dream dreams, but the daugl ters prophesy. The compensations o Provideuco are sure. It by woman Satan found entrance to the strong holds of human nature, bv the help o woman the omnipotent Lord will drive him out. Just now Christ mar shals womanhood in his service as he has not in the past. In her crusades and unions she antagonizes the saloon In her missionary societies she trav ails for the salvation of the heathen and the sanctilication of America. Never did the old serpent writhe as now under woman s heel. Let us hope am pray that the uprising of Christian women in these years shall prove to be the last grand movement in the strate gy of Providence for the evangeliza tion of the world. Encouraged by the achievements, character, and eviden destiny of tho Anglo Saxon, by the contributions of national supremacy to the onward march of the everlasting kingdom, and by the new uprising o Christian womanhood in our land, le us believe that God will purge away the nation's dross, restore her judges as at the first and her counsellors .as at the begiuning, so that afterward she shall be called the laud of righteous ness, the faithful land. Yes, away in tho hazy distance wo see the end, the triumph of the kingdom. What shal be the fate of existing forms of gove rn ment or of parties ami sects we know not, and we care not so God s kingdom shall come ami his will be none in earth as it is iu Heaven. Our duty as individual Christians and citizens of this republic is to keei our standards high aud our hearts wholly consecrated to our Lord. Christian citizenship is cunningly be set by materializing tendencies. A leading western journal in its issue of November 17, declares that "American politics are getting down to the level of bread and butter. 1 he fundament al object of the national constitution, reduced to the absolute concrete form, means only bread and butter. Every mau is free to strive and vote for the most bread and the best butter for himself. The day of the heroic in American politics is gone forever." Such a newspaper office might appro priately be smothered and entombed in bread and butter by an indignant populace. "The day of the heroic is gone forever," but across the Missouri river in Iowa Haddock is shot down b' saloon assassins. "Tho day of the heroic gone forever," when in Georgia a preacher ot the gospel is warned that dynamite will be placed under his dwelling to blow his wife and babe in to eternity unless he shall cease to de nounce the saloons? "The day of the heroic gone forever," when in prohibi tion Vermont men decline to enter complaint against the illegal sale of alcoholic liquors, pleading as excuse their fear of tho consequences to then business or their dwellings ? No, tho day of the heroic is uot gone. There s vet opportunity for heroism in Christian citizenship. there is vet a demand for heroes and heroines. Tho one who stands by the right in all tho duties of citizenship must be heroic. The one who shall faithfully follow his Lord in serving his land aud age shall find self denial, and cross-bear ing, and some persecution for right eousness sake. Liet us walk in the way of Christian loyalty with thanks giving. May blessings this day tall on you, your homes, your family gather- mi's, and our native land. Relieved by General Grantor- It was a drizzly day, only a short time before General Grant drove the enemy from Petersburg and moved toward Five Forks aud Appomattox. A chill northeast gale made overcoats comfortable even there and more men who could wore them than left them off. A sentinel down toward the river, near some storehouses, shivered as he strode to and fro on his post, his gun- ock under his arm to keep off the wet. He was a raw recruit from "Down East," sent out to help fill the ranks of a regiment which had lost one half its men since the campaign began. He saw a man in a regulation over coat and with a slouch hat, but with the steady carriage of a veteran, pass ing along a few rods away, and lie called out to him: "Say, friend, have you any terbacker in your clothes T" The passerby was smoking a cigar. "No" he replied. "I can give you a cigar, but 1 don't chew." "And I don't smoke, but I'm starving for a chaw," replied the sentinel, as he looked over to the other wistfully. "An' I chaw, and dasn't smoke on post. Say, couldn't you stand post a minute till I run over to tho sutler's yonder?" "I could," said the other, with a grim smile on his face, and theu he added : "I will. Give me your gun and orders." "There isn't no order, only to hail anybody going anigh them stores, and to stop 'em as has no business there." So the sentinel, relieved of his post, hurried to the sutler's for the desired tobacco. Returning promptly, Le took his gnu and quietly said : "If I git a chance I'll do as much for you, friend. What regiment be you in ?" "Not any, I belong to head quarters." "What, to the general's guard ? What's your name?" The quiet looking man puffed out a cloud of smoke and said. "Mv name is Grant." "Great Jerusalem !" gasped the senti nel, "I've been relieved by General Grant himself, and didn't know him." How could he when not a mark of the general's rank was in sight, aud the poor fellow was yet too green in service to know what a fault he had committed in yielding post and gun to any but a regular relief? Making Trouble In a Boarding House. San Francisco Pott. "I want to give you a quiet talking to," said the manager of a leading boarding house to a wealthy guest. "I had to discharge a good waiter to day on your account." "What do yon mean, sir?" asked the gentleman, with some show of in dignation. "You have spoiled three good wait ers for me already," said the manager firmly and respectfully. "You gave the man I have just sent away $5 a month. Now sir, that was either in tended as a generous gift or meant as a bribe to the man to give you more food and better service than 3011 pa3 for. No matter what the motive, the effect was the same. I am always iu the kitchen at meal times, and see to it that every guest has what he is cutitled to and no more : so you got no ad vantage in that way, but you did re ceivo a good deal more attention than you were entitled to. Mr. Jones, who sits at 3our table, pays 1110 iust as much as 3011 do, and is just as good a customer to me. But lie cauuot afford to pa3 the waiter $5 a month as 3'ou do, and the consequence is the man neglects him to fuss with you. If I could attord to pay as much fees as 3'ourself, neither of you would get auy advantage, but he cannot, and himself ami family have been so neglected that I expect they will leave the house ami all 3our generosity does is to de prive me of a good customer." "I never looked at it in that light be fore," said the wealthy guest, "and guess hereafter I'll get along without subsidizing the waiter, or content my self with a present that is not expect ed." Sam Small and the Third Party. At a temperance meeting in New York Sunday Sam Small spoke as fol lows : When Sam Small goes into a fight hereafter, he is going to do something. Some one is goiug to get hit, and some one is going to get hurt. I don't be lieve iu National Prohibition politics. Hereafter I am goiug to have some thing practical about my principles, about my vote and about what I do Principle is worth more to me thau all the parties that ever tramped the globo. The liquor dealers don't care for party. They elect the men that will favor their cause, of whatever par t3 the3 may be. I don't believe in let ting the devil's crowd get ahead of me on a proposition of common sense. We prohibitionists have held the balance of power in 52 congressional districts, and we might have used our power to have men put into office fa voraole to prohibition, isut tne pro hibition party has constantly run in dependent tickets, instead of joining with some other party, and as a conse quence we have no representation We have also held the balance of pow er in several of the states, but we have lost our opportunity because we have placed partv above principles. When we begin to do something the newspa pers will be talking about it, the poll ticians will be hustling on account of it, and we will be getting some victo ries. Nationally, 1 tluuk all the tlow- eiy, roseate ideas ot having a Prohilu- bition President, aud our marching up to the White House and drinking his health in pure cold water, will not be realized for a long time. Sold Again. A lady rushed breathlessly into the postollico and up to the stamp window, says the Detroit Free Press. "Have you a sale of stamps today ?" she asked excitedly. "We have a sale of stamps every day in the week aud for one lour on Sunday," answered the stamp man, pushing his hat back a little fur ther on his head. "But I heard you had a special sale today, and that I couhl buv them at the rate of 13 2-cent stamps for 2 cents and a quarter." 'So you can, ma am," said the stamp man, calmly: "you can always buy 13 ii-cent stamps for 2 cents and a quart er of a dollar!" She gave him one lalf-dazed look, turned and ran out of the postotlice. The stamp man feels sure that it was a put-up lob by her husband, and that she hurried home to get even. Uurdette's Advice. Mr. Vanderbilt pays his cook $10,000 year, 1113 boy, which is a great deal more than 3 011 and I earn or at least t is a great deal more than we get because ho is a cook. That is all. 'resnniauly because ho can cook better than any other man in America. That s all. If Monsieur Sauceangravi could cook tolerably well, aud shoot a little, ind speak three languages tolerably well, and keep books fairlv, aud sing some, and could preach a fair sort of a sermon, and knew something about torses, and could telegraph a little, and could do light porter's work and could read proof tolerabl3, could do lain house and sign painting, and could help on a threshing machine, and knew enough about law to practice in the justices' courts of Ivickapoo Town ship, and had once run for the Legis- tture, and knew how to weigh hay, le wouldn't get $10,000 a year for it. He gets that just because ho knows iow to cook, and it wouuiii t make a cents difference in his salary if he thought the world was flat and that it went around its orbit on wheels. There's nothing like knowing your business clear through, 1113 boy, wheth er 3" on know anything else or uot. ALLKilED humor. The prettiest things ill Iiata are the pretty girls' faces. This lias been said before, but it i always true. New Orleans Picayuue. Western man Did you come out to our country to settle T Eastern visitor testily) No: that's what I left home for. Washington Post. Paterfamilias What's all this rack et ? I thought you were hired to mind the children f New nurse (helplessly) Yes, sir. I mind everything they av, but it don't do any good. Phil adelphia Record. A little girl spent the afternoon at her grandmother s. When she came ome her mother asked, "Have you been a good girl, dear 7 "Not so very," answered the truthful little one; but, oh, Pve had lots ot lun." Youth's Companion. OPEIJI M OF NEW MILLINERY BS, T. ik, MOEEISON'S, We shall offer our customers a full line and all the latest. NOTICE THE FOLLOWING BARGAINS : Bargain No. 1. Felt hats, good Bargain No. 2. 10 doz. tips, three in bunch, only - - 25c. Shaded tips, three in bunch, 50c, would be cheap at - 75c. Bargain No. 3. 19-inch plushes, Bargain No. 4. Ladies' night l.ou goods, ottered this week at These bargains will not last long, early call is solicited. MRS. D. A. MORRISON. 80 R. R. St. SWEEPING Owing to the unprecedented ing the past three months, loaded. The eroods must be WiTER cember. WE SHALL DISCOUNT ALL PROFIT. 20 doz. men's blue ribbed, double-breasted shirts, drawers to match, that are worth 87c. we The balance of our men's double-breasted, 3.00 worth 6.00. Men's Ulsters, worth 13.50, now 10.00. Oil tanned gloves, 42c, worth 75c. Men's Shaker stockings, 17c, worth 35. Men's Scotch caps 21c, worth 50. Frilled red mitts 20c, worth 37. Men's Fur Coats 12.00, worth 20.00. E. D. STEELE & CO. Opp. St. Johnsbury House. St. Johnsbury. Vt. State Loan and Trust Go. OF MARSHALLTOWN IOWA. PHINEAS STEVENS, ALBERT F. BALCH Treasurer. President. Choice SIX and SEYEtf per cent. Loans negnti- ilett anil OUAKAN TKKI). Corresno id.Mice so netted. These Lonns are secured b itnnroved tarms in 1UWA, which are personally examined by fie oniaers ot mo uoiupauy. scu Commissioners' Notice. ALONZO R. LUCAS ESTATE. The subscribers, having been appointed bv the Honorable Probate Court for tho District of Caledonia, Commissioners to receive, examine and adjust all claims and demands ot all persous against the estate of Alouzo U. Lucas late of St. Johnsbury in said District, deceased, and the term of six months from tho 9th day of Novem ber, 1883. heinir allowed bv said Court to the credi tors of said deceased, to exhibit and prove their respective ciaiuus neiore us : uive uolico tiiai we will attend to the duties ot our appointment at the Town Clerk's Oltine iu St. Johnsburv in said District, on the 18th dav of December aud the first day of May next, at 10 o'clock in the loreuoon, on caoh of said davs. C. 11. SIAUSIIALL. CYRUS SARGENT, 78 80 Commissioners. Commissioners' IVotice. JONATHAN n. CLEMENT'S ESTATE. The subscribers, having been appointed bv the Honorable Probate Court for the district of Cale- doma, commissioners. toreceive.examineaud adjust all claims and demands of all persons against the estate oi Jonathan n. I, lenient late ot liarnet. iu said districtdeceased, and the term of six months Irom the 2nd day of Nov., 1883, being allowed bv said Court to the creditors of said deceased, to exuibit ami prove their respective claims before us : Give notice that we will attend to the duties of our appoiutment at the otiiee of Win. II. Burbank in liarnet, in said district, on the l.Mli dav ol Jan uary and the 15th day of May next, at oue o'clock in the atteruoon on each ot said davs. GEO. P. BLAIR, HENRY A. G1LFILLAN. 79-61 Commissioners. Gn:irli.iii Notice. STATE OF VERMONT, Caledonia District, ss In I'robate Court, held at St. Johnsburv. in said District, on the 23d day of November, A. D. Albro F. Nichols sruardian of Edward S. Burns. a minor, makes application to saidCojirt for license to sell tho lollowmg described real estate ot Ins said ward, to wit: being an undivided interest in the north section of liauk Block, so called, situated on Main street in the village of St. Johnsbury, Vt. tormetiy occupied tor a clothing store by Lrm in It A tirn.kfl imur H....". a.wl PAiirnaAtil iitr iliii sale thereof, tor the purpose ot putting tflo pro ceeds ot such sale at interest or investing the same in stocks or real estate, would be heni-iicial to said ward : Whereupon it is ordered by said Court, that said application be referred to a session thereof, to be held at the Probate Office, in said St. Johusburv. on the 15th day of Decemlier, A. D. 1888, for hear- ng ana decision thereon : and it is further onleriMl that all persons interests! be notified hereof, by publication of notice of said application and order thereon, three weeks successively in The Caledo uian, printed at St. Johnsbury, before said time of hearing, that they mav appear at said time aud place, and, if they see cause, object thereto. liy the Court, Attest, 79-81 W A LTER P. SMITH, Judge. IVotice or Probate of Will. LUCY W. TAFT'S ESTATE. STATE OF VERMONT, Caledonia Dibtrict, s.s In Probate Court held at the Probate Oltice iu St. Johnshury, within and for said district, on the :7th. day ot November, A. D. 188H. An instrument purporting to be the last Will and Testament ol Lucv W. Tal't late of Sutlon in said district, deceased, being presented to Court by Harlow Esterbrooks, one of the Executors therein named, for I'robate : It is ordered by said Court, that all persons concerned therein be notified to appear at a session ot said Court to be hidden at the Probate (Mice iu St. Johnsbury, on the 15th day of Decemlicr A. D. lS&tf, aud show cause, if any they may hava against the Probate of said Will; for which purpose it is turther ordered, that a copy of the record of this order be published three weeks suc cessively iu the Caledonian, printed at St. Johnsbury, previous to said time appointed for hearing. By the Court, Attest, WALTER P. SMITH, Judge. A true Copy of Record, Attest, 79-ei WALTER P. SMITH, Judge. L. D. STILES Having bought the W. F. Kelley store, will sell goods at greatly reduced prices FOR CASH. My stock must be reduced. L. I). STILES. St. Jobaskury Centre, Not. 13. Lost A promissory note for the sum of (150, payable to K. 11. Patch or Itearer, in installments, bearing date, Staunard, Vt.. October 29, I8f8, and signed by A. II. Chase. All persons are hereby warned not t purchase said note of any finder thereof or eL Dated at St. Johnsburv. Vt.. this 20th dav ot ! November, A. U., l&jftj. A. H PATCH. 7rt-e0 FLOUR Retailed at Wholesale Prices FOR CASH For 30 day at L. D. STILES, SL Johnsbury Centra. AT style, - - 50c. and Goc. red, blue and old gold, 1 .00, worth 1.50. robes, all over embroidery fronts, regular 1.00. and to avail yourself of the opportunity an REDUCTIONS IN backward, rainy weather dur we find ourselves heavily over sold during1 the month of De sell at 51c. each. Raritan Beaver Overcoats, Tab National Monro AND Debenture Company OF BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, ISHLIK 6 PER. CENT. BONDS In pieces of $100, 5041 and S1U00. Secured by FIRST MORTGAGES Of Real Estate. Refer by permission to Colonel f iaukiin rairbauks ot &t. Johnshury. For sale at the Company's Oltice, 50 State Street, Boston, Mass., Hospital Lite Insurance Company lluilding, or by J. C. CLARK, Esq., First National I Hank St. Jobusbury. SAMUEL N. BROWN, Pres't. GEO. MAY. Treasurer, FormerlyCashier First National H.mk, tApr St. Johnsbury. National Installment Bonis. THE CHEAPEST AND BEST Endowment Insurance IN THE MARKET, Givimr a stated cash value at end of two years. The new feature of the National Life, making a STATED CASH VALUE on ordinary Life Insurance j after three years, makes the Cheapest and Most Convenient Life Insurance sold anywhere. Call and See the New Life Policy. P. D. BLODGETT & CO., General Insurance Agents, Y. M. C. A. Building. 113 Eastern Av. 12 PER CENT PER ANNUM, Net, to investors. Guaranteed against lo. I W. RODMAN WINS LOW, 132 NASSAU ST. (Vanderbilt Building) NEW YOIiK CITY. Established Keb. 1st. 1887. Unquestionable ref erences. w rue or can lor particulars. tunc a Florida Oranges. I have now growing and ripening on my "Jessa mine" Orange G rove at Pomona. Putnam County, Florida, 70 miles from Jacksonville, From 300 to 500 Boxes of as Good Oranges as eyer came out of Florida. I want to sell them in this vicinity, and in order to do so shall have to sell aa low as any one. I have begun to receive them, and expect to contin ue to receive them from now to next April. They will be for sale at our store on Eastern Avenue, E. T. & II. K. IDE), by the box, half box, doxen or single orange. The QUALITY this year is reported to be VERY GOOD. The standard box is twelve inches square and 28 inches long. The number of oranges in a box varies from VH to 2-5, according to size of orangea : NO Other FrUlt Good for Invalids as Oranges. HORACE K. IDE. EXPECT TO HAVE SOME LEMONS. A Good Farm Of Dearly 100 acres within 9 mile of the village, for ale C ILEA P. .Enquire of W. II. rKJiSXUn. gjusincss; (ard$. W. L. HALL, M, D. PHYSICIAN ANI SURGEON. Office with Dr. G. 15. Dullard, St. Johnsbury, Vt. DR. J. E. HARTSHORN. Ottlce over A. 1. Howell's. Offime hours 9 to 10 a. ni. ami 1 to 2 and 7 to 8 p. m At home 6l Summer st., after 10 p. m. t5air 8 O. V. HOOKER & SON, MACHINISTS, ripiug and Steam Engine Impairing. Manufacturers Hoard Mills. Jobbing a Specialty Mill street, St. Johnsburv. MISS T. M. GUY. Studio Music Hall Building. Instructor in nil branches ot Art. China Deco rating and Firing a specialty. DR. C. F. O. TINKER, DKNT1ST. Orhee over Itingham's Drug Store. A. D. ROWELL, (Successor to Howard fc Howell.) AVatelies. Jewelry, Itooks and Stationery, Cor. Main St. and Eastern Avenue., St Johushiir) G. H. CROSS, Baker and Confectioner, Main Street, St. Johnsbury Vt. F BLANCHARD M D, Physician and Surgeon, - - I'eaeliam, Vt Also Notary Public. Dr.1' R. W. WARNER, Surgeon Dentist, JTuiou lilock, Main St., St. Johiisbury, Vl. BATES & MAY, ATTORNEYS AT LAW, Main St., Opp. Post Ollice, - Si. Johusluirv'. DR. G. F. CHENEY, DENTIST, Kooiii I, Union ltlock, St. .Iiilmslniry, Vt. W. C. WARNER, Watch maker anil Jeweler, Fine Watch Work a Specialty. 53 Eastern Avenue, - St. Johnshury , t, J. II. HUMPHREY TEAC1IKU OF VOCAL. All SIC. Private instruction given iu voice linihliii" ait the art ol siuging. Kooiii iu Mimic i I all lllmk. DANIEL. THOMPSON, I'roprietor ol Paddock Iron Works, St. Johnsbury. Jobbing done to order. F. V. POWERS, Dealer iu All Kinds ol General Merchandise. Portland Street, ----- St. Johiisbury . S. T. BROOKS, M. D., Practicing Physician and Surgeon, Ollice at residence, opp. ISakery, St. Johnsbury. MILLER & RYAN, Manufacturers and Dealers in Carriages and Carriage Stock, Cor. Portland and It. 11. Sts., St. Johnsbury. C. C. BINGHAM, Druggist anil Pharmacist, 5 Hank lil'k. Main Street, St.. Johnsbury, Vt. JOSEPH Li. PERKINS, DKNTIST, Caledonian Ulock, up stairs, St. Johnsbury, Vt. IDE & STAFFORD, Attorneys and Counsellors at Law Over Savings Bank, Main St.. St. Johnsbury. G. W. & G. C. CAHOON, Counselors at Law, Lyndon aud I-Yiidonville, Vermont. Ottiee at Resideue, Lyndon. Office in Fletcher's ltlock, Lvudonvillo. HARVEY E. KELSEY. Auctioneer, North Danville, Vt. ANODYNE For INTERNAL and EXTERNAL USE. The Most Wonderful Family Remedy Ever Known. ("SECURES lMnhtheria, Crimp. Asthma, Bron chitis, Neuralgia, Khi'iiiuatism, ISleeiliug at the Lungs, lloarseuess, Inlliieuza, llavkiug Ci ngh. lumping Cough, I 'atari li. Cholera -Mm oils, llys entery. Chrome Diarrluea, Kiduey Troubles, Spinal Diseases, Sciatia, Lame Hack, Lameness and Soreness ill Ito.ly or Limbs. Circulars tree. 1. S. JOHNSON & CO.. - lJOSlON, MASS. PARSON'S pills MAKE NEW iMAKE NEW MAKE NEW RICH BLOOD KIUII HUX)D RICH BLOOD Positively cure Constipation, Sick-liejidaclie, Itili ousuess,, am! all l.iv.r anil Howel Complaints, Hlood Poison, aud Skill Diseases. (One 1'ill a Dose). For Female Complaints these I'ills have noeoual. If all who read this will send their ad dress on a postal they shall receive FKEE by mai I ailvn;e tor wlucli tliev will always Ixi tliankrul. Oue Immc I'ills by mail US cts. in stamps. I. S. JOHNSON' & CO., - BOSTON. MASS. Make Hons Lay, It is a well-known fact that most of the Horse and Cattle I'owder sold in this country is worthless ; that Sherman s Condition l'owder is absolutely pure and very valuable. Nothing On Earth Will Make liens Lay like Sheridan's Condition Powder. Dose, one teasiMMinfiil lo eai-h pint of J.mmI. Sold everywhere, or sent by mail lor 5 ets. in stamps. We furnish it iu lb. eaus, price. il.OO. By mail. tl.-itl. Six cans 5.00, express paid. Very valua ble Circulars' I-ree. I. S. JOHNSON &. CO., - BOSTON, MASK, t Mar 'eu C. F. SHEPHERD 47 Main St, Itrown'a Block. Photographic 'crk) OF ALL KINDS. I XSTA XTA X EG US Vll ()(,' ENS. f.YOfl to the first baby whose pivl lire I cannot take. Call anil see the work. Etchings, Ileliotypea and ArtotyieiJ of a high order. DO'T VA I T FOIC SirXKIIIXE. Safe Investments. Capital, $750,000 400,470 $1,150,470 Suiplus, Guarantee Strength, Record of our li years' Imni iu-ms 16,fe.rt4 Mortgages negotiated, aggregating tl I C.942 " in lorce, " 6.3.V.H!'i 9.912 " i.aid. " f. 410,f..rsi Interest paid aggregating 3 J4.'.4'V5 lorai paiu to investors M.iJO l.M y e nave .1,014 patrons, to whom we can reler. We do uot claim to do the largest, but the SA KKST business. Savings Department for Small Amounts. Full information furnished by J. ft. WATKINS LAM) M KTG A G K CO. tmar '9 Lawrence, Kansas, or N.Y. Mae'r, IIENKYDICKINSON.31l'.roadway UPHOLSTERING. The subscriber is prepared to do all kinds of Up holstering Work, Furniture Repairiug, laying car - pets, hanging window Shades, picking over hair Mattresses aud general Furniture Repairs. N. 1LSVI1EIL Opposite Prehyterian church. Eastern Ave. 71 tl WEDDING STATIONERY We keep a full line oi the latest novelties in Wedding Cabinets, EmltoKwd Cards with Plain or Gilt Reveled Edges, Combination Tied Cards Laced Cards, Invitation Cards, Paper, Envelopes, etc., etc. Call and see samples AT THIS OFFICE. Farm Tor Kale or to Item. To a good reliable person, situated two and one half miles from North Danville village. A good place for an industrious man. tt A. W. HAWKINS W. II. PKCSTOX, Auctioneer. JOHNSONS St. Johnsbury, Vt.