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Vol. 56
Jaspee, Indiana, I uidy SEPTEMBER 4, 1914,
No. 46.
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Intemperate Temperance.
Food for the Temperate and Intem
perate to Ponder Over.
These appeals to moral emotions are out of place.
They overlook entirely the peculiar circumstances of
the drunkard's life. Drunkenness is a complex divider.
It must be met by complex methods because it
?rings from complex causes. There are, for instance
those who are drunkards in obedience to the great law
of heredity. Dr. Carpenter tells us that i 1 where gen
eral constitutional taints, that is to say abnormal hab
itudes of nutrition have been acquired, they tend to
(ropagate themselves hereditary." Drunken fathers
ave begotten drunken sons, and the drunken force of
past drunken generations, lives in these sons impelling
thorn to become the drunkarc's we find them today.
Preaching won't do these victims any good. The tem
perance dodge won't do them any good. Medical
science can alone help them, can alone lessen and per
haps cure the fiery force of their appetite, and enable
them to bequeath to the world the heritage of children
in whom that appetite may be still more easily con
quered. Then there are others in whom drunkenness is the
natural result of the victim's material surroundings of
their lives.. The worst drunkards of any city are those
found in habiting those loathsome dens grouped callled
the slums - dens into which God's health-giving air is
never allowed to penetrate. The habit of constantly
h 'eathing impure air begets a craving for stimulants
which is not to be felt by those who are fortunate
Ijöough to be surrounded by happier because healthier
physical condition. The temperance pledge has but
small help for these. They must be lilted from their
vicious surroundings if we would free them from the
vice which, only in such surroundings, can find a con
genial home.
Then there are others in whom drunkenness is but
th perversion of a natural taste for social enjoyment.
Young fellows throng our streets night after night
they 7ant on joy merit but there is no place freely
open to them except the orthodox prayer meeting and
the saloon. .Naturally enough they prefer the latter;
I should myself, if I wre in their unfortunate case.
Of course they go often often going leads to habit -habit
leads to famin; and before they are aware of it
they have contracted the drunkard's vice. Such men
need every kind of assistance and diversion. The w ay
to help them--the way to prevent others from falling
into the same pit, is to provide them with cheap ami
plentiful amusement, to open halls wherein they can
nave biliards, cards, dancing theatricals and every
other amusement under the sin, without the concomi
tant of the drink.
The Prohibitionists have done some little good I ad
mit. It has lifted a few drunkards out of the gutter,
wiped the filth off them, and made them :lean. But I
sometimes think that the reformed drunkards it has
made are in pretly much the same position as the man
in scripture who having been cleaned of one devil,
found himself possessed by seven devils more, each of
the devils worse than the first. They ate saturated
through and through with spiritual pride, and are bla
tand with pious brag. When they make speeches on
the platform in nine cases out of every ten what do
yoU hear? Why, if half of wiiat they say of them
selves is true, they ought to be in the penitentiary
rather than on the platform presuming to teach sobrie
ty and virtue to better people than themselves. They
will tell you how they commmenced life happily and
well how they had a happy and comfortable home -how
that home was adorned by a wife who was, for
them, the perfection of wifehood how children came
to enrich the home and make it musical with Äieir
sweet voices how, at length, they were taken captive
by the devil drink they are always taken captive,
just as though they themselves were innocent and
were passive victims--how the wicked saloon keeper,
from that moment, determined on their ruin deter
mined they should be his, and that all their possessions
should swell his unholy gains how, one by one, the
comforts pf their home departed how the bloom left
their wife's cheek, and filthy tatters fluttered about
their children's half-starved forms how. on one occa
sion, in drunken fury, they snatched the sucking child
from the wife's breast and thing it through the win
dow -how. on another occasion, maddened by drink
again, they struck their patient wife a blow from
which she never recovered how they sunk lower and
lower until at length, wife and bain dead, and living
children ruined and cursed with the inheritance of
their father's appetite, they were rescued by Prohibi
tion laws and then they are wont e: tat u illy to ex
claim: "Oh, my friends, I feel so good; I shall meet
my wife and child in heaven; I own the house I live in
arid 1 am a church member; I buy two suits of clothes
a year, and regularly take the sacrament. Oh, I am
so'happv! but these curse 1 temperance drinkers, they
never thrash their wives, nor Chruw their children out
of the window nor ruin their homes, but they caused
all the mischief that happens to such as Ithey are
worse than ever I was I never could govern myself
but I am determined to agitate for a law that shall
govern them I will accuse them at the bar of God
they are the offal of humanity they are not worth the
powder that will puff them into hell! Let us pray!"
Now, if such men have been saved by the pledge
and made clean and decent citizens, let them be thank
ful for that fact, and modesily hold their peace. It is
as indecent in them publicly to proclaim their oast
vices, as it is indecent in them publicly to proclaim
their present new- fledged virtues. 1 protest against
the wretched habit of making those men who were in
the gutter yesterday the public censors of men who
were never in the gutter at all. 1 protest againßt the
right these men assume, who never could govern
themselves, of governing everybody else who can.
The Prohibition movement is not succeeding, but
the temperate movement is. Seventy-live y ear's ago it
was a gentlemanly thing to get drunk; today, the gen
tlemanly thing is to remain sober. The better educat
ed and better to do classes of today are almost entirely
free from that vice which was almost universal
amongst the same classes two generations ago. What
has wrougTit the change? Not Prohibition, but a
quickened moral sense, a completer education, the slow
cultivation of more elevated tastes -these things have
wrought the change in the social life of the well-to-do
classes. Bring the same force:; to bear on the working
classes and the same social results will follow. Great
social reforms are not to be achieved all at once. Hu
manity advances by little and little. The farmer drops
the seed into the ground, by little and little the ram
drops fall by little and little the seed begins to feel
stirring within it a strange new life -by little and little
the tender blade shoots up--by little and little the ear
of corn assumes its full shape-by little and little the
corn in the ear is ripened-and as the grand result of
all these little processes the fat full corn waves from
all the hills, and the universal prayer of humanity is
answered-4 'Give us our daily bread." So do great en
deavors and so do vast reforms come gradually to frui
tion in the wrorld. I do not despair for humanity. I
know there is more than enough in our social life to
make honest men weop and even the angels sad. To
use the pregnant words of ShaVspre, "VVe still play
the fool with time, whilst the spirits of the wise sit in
the clouds and mock us. Think how many thousands
there are whose lives are one long lingering death'-a
death of the intellect of the heart, and of the soul!
Think how many children, formed for happy laughter
and gambols in the sunshine, are doomed-to a wither
ed manhood, a hopeless youth, and a premature old
age! Think what wealth of womanhood flows from
all our green hills to find a polluted home in our great
cities, thence to breathe out moral and physical conta
gion throughout the social state! Robust workers are
needed workers with a lion's courage, a woman's gen
tleness, and a martyr's zeal. Is it nothing to feel that
as we pass through life we adorn and dignify it? that,
as we perform the functions of existence, existence is
made by us a grander and more beautiful thing?
Those who thus live, truly enjoy life. The stars
have for them a holier silence; philosophy has for them
a deeper meaning; history has for them diviner lessons.
They hold within their hands the key that will eventu
ally unlock all mysteries. I would have you think how
good it is to rear for ourselves, such a useful life, a life
that when death shall have taken away the scaffolding
will be loved for its virtues and emulated for its utility
a life that, when the keep3rs of the house have
trembled, when the strong men have bowed themselves
when the silver cord is forever loosened and the golden
bowl forever broken will cause it to be said of us, as a
modern poet has said of an ancient sage: "He taught
reformed and humanized his age. Living such a hie
we shall de something towards bringing on the time
4 'When the glad slave shall at his feet lay down
His broken chain, the tyrant lord his crown,
The priest his book, the conqueror his wreath, ,
And from the lips of truth one mighty breath
Shall, like a whirldwind, scatter in the breeze
The whole dark pile of human mockeries,
Then shall the reign of mind commence on earth,
And starting fresh, as from a second birth,
Man, in the sunshine of the world's new spring,
Shall walk transparent like some holy thing!"
fcalr, Frank, Fearless and Free.
Jasper Courier.
An Phdeuyilent Pemoeratie Newtpepef that Pay fy
what it pleat- without asking your permission. 7
The Ihn Kd lMane Joh Printorium is
unexcelled fur Kin Commercial printing.
The EartK's Surface.
The surface of the earth can ba
compared to the top of a barrel of
ephalt, hard and riiri J through nni
through, seamed and cracked on the
ßurface by the element. For tea
't l 1 11 11 I
Op- !
miles in a straight line below the or
Furfa e the earth i probably dryj tl
and hard, of a rock substance. The
. t Sure f Privacy, Etr
: Taking a Bath.
ejM beforo the nide
of the reception room
.r curt or the kitchen, a
may be, the host ap-
pro und greets with a low !.
pres-urc of this sahnanee upon tha iolknu J by the boeteei and usuailv
heated center of ihefearth keeps it one or more of the maids, who,
from gettin;; hotter than it is, iuBtr kneeling, bend to the floor. The
as you can koop .water from boiling' salutation-? are returned, a word -
by an appropriately Buffitient pres exchanged perhaps alwut the room
euro. The fact that there is eteam , of i;he vmeal that If to be prepared.
in volcanic eruption is the leakage and the pueaj Mtiti himself on the
of the interior pressure of heat ia low porch or platform that NU
the earth. The character of matter rounds the entrances and remos
in the eerier of tbe e;uHh or its inv his ihoei or landala, leaving them
mediate environment niuht be some on the ground. If one wears the
ih in like on i :" tone ?nonßT, Japanese cloth fhoo and straw &an-
' bepi the dal, U 1 djd some of the time, the
is melted ill feet aw filiravs washed in 1 wooden
pore .
earth V .
the hi
theie it
thron 1
that are 1 -re
is con- v I
Z1 '
iram. Woga ?
mbia Uni- before
' towel !
t"!ts a
memorable Miu
An Ah, rjceu
rone ßtorv of I
iothiari t r. n one occaaioi
there was a great hand baking or
deal at the window of rfbe old gen
tleman's railway carriage, and he
was rapidly getting tl worst of it.
A italtrait young policeman who
accompanied Air. Gladstone proved
co in! to the occasion. Crouching
behind the preat man and thrusting
hi hand under Mr. Gladstone's In
verness cape, the muscular "peeler"
pave each comer in turn a grip that
had no lack of cordial itj.
"The anld man's uncommon
veccrorous tit his time o' life," ob
served one unsuspecting Scot as he
stroked his fingers.
"lie is that, concurred another
of the policeman's victims, "hut did
re notice his dirty nails?
The Unwitting Jer.
ITere are some gem ciiüer jSo
questions put i:i refloat Wstofy
examination large! prtVate
school :
"Simon de MoihI't: I forvnfd what
was known as the m 1 parliament
It was something the same as it if
at the present day."
"Cromwell raised a famous bodv
of soldiers known to history as 'the
Ironclads.' w
"Mortmain tried to stop dead
men from leavmg their land U
churches." London Tatler.
1 1 t i-y a maid,
clattering around tho
the bouse cn wooden
;t and s it down
m e ground. A little
: : unless one, a
nt useful of arti-
cli i ub it hii person.
Tl en the gQftSt steps in, in stock-
by a servant paeta through t1
Open rooms, often he'tween a doubl
line of all the people of the hou
who nre bowing tr ihr floor. Ii
enteis the room allotted to him an
there seats him-elf CTOSS leired - I
a cushion on the matted floor !
fore a tiny charcoal lire in a brar
and rests nt least pretends to rcM
if he is a foreigner until disroiMi 1
for ceremony pets the better of mm
and he adopts an ea-ier position.
Presently comes a demure or mul
ing little maid, with rosy cheeks ai.
fancifully colored silk kimono, w
kneels outside :ind slides open (he
papor door, enters, kneels and
closer it, brings tea things to t1
cent or of the room and. kneeliu
w C J
'ee oitp of tea to t'
ti )f the nests. This
I forehead to the
i r i ut, Dpeiung a:
t, s i before. If tl
i honorc 1 nil so p. da :1
1 II
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b. I
The Child faftr silent I :i -peetion)
'ell. I doo't taderati ud wrbj nia raft
ä's eaiy to seetnrongb jron, Mr .7ma
fofi'r to tt'k.-l; ooklya Ufa
doTe. sTu
closing tl
guest i .
tv, such
m V
raw v:
green y
tea. 'i
the por b I
his face be
tu re J garde i
valley or foi e
Bet ami i -i
most of t
coming of t!
to he aft
the snnoui
bath i- ready
ly eloni . A w
wa; i free on
visitor or sei . a
anr Vv ipt
this and
way?. Then
makes. life t-.
more I ;;t ml.
sdtants e i m i
too manv v
Cot t1 1
wa I
am us i r-"r ra ' -i
,C I .
i -ink a'
. is brought with 1'
:M. .-t StepS Out 1 4
" i ;h, and a he dri'3
at t! I Hie cul
r on J to the distant :
t or mountain or sea. 4
be his room, he is
time alone until the
men ;-, if it chances
Ka or evening; until
t Qt conw I that the
ne 19 sever entire-
: t the room is al
evcen I si qb, md ho-,
. int na come in jit
.e b ' lei u-ed to
- to I ke it in mo I
n '' ): !.; l(!on. It
i n formal an 1
I e 1 it a dis-
- i bea we had
whose curiosity
f them, hut we al
I part, finding it
than annovinj.
Ro!eri Van VHeck Anderson
Popular Science Montijj-
Uo you Piüiiit Home lo
dnsirits Of ill Order
Honsss '.
The Jasper Courier, te the only
paper in Jasper that is owned,
edited and published by a citizen
of Jasper. Don't kick about
'Mail order concerns if yon spend
your money for your printing to
concerns that are owned and
bossed by non-citizm of the

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