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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.

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