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REV. DR. TALMAGE.
THE BROOKLYN D1 VINE'S SUNDAY SKKMON. Subject: "Forgiveness Before Sundown. Text: "Let not the sun qo down upon your tmifft."?Ephesians iv., "JO: What a pillow embroidered of all colors hath the dying day. The cradle of clouds ti'>iir.h tha curt ricflc is honnf iPnl onrtllffh but it is surpassed by the many colored mausoleum in which at evening it is buried. Sunset among the mountains! It almost 1 takes one's breath away to recall the scene. The long shadows stretching over the plain made the glory of the departing light on the tiptop crags and struck aslant through tho foliage the more transpicuous. Saffron and gold, purple and crimson commingled. All the castles of cloud in conflagration. Burn ing Moscows ou the sky. flanging gardens of roses at their deepest blush. Banners of vapors, red as if from carnage, in the battle of the elements. The hunter among the Adirondacks and the Swiss villager among the Alps know what is a sunsjt among the mountains. After a storm at sea the rolling grandeur into which the sun goes down to bathe at nightfall is something to mako ; weird and splendid dreams out of for a lifetime. Alexander Smith in his poem compares the suns^ t to " the barren beach of hell," 1 But this wonderful spectacle of nature makes me think of the burnished wall of heaven. Paul in prison writing my text remember some of the gorgeous sunsets among the mountains of Asia Minor, ami how lie had often seen the towers of Damascus blaze in the close of the Oriental days, and he flashes out that memory in the text when he says: "Let not th? sun go down upon your wrath." Sublime and all suggestive duty for j>eople then and people now. Forgiveness before sundown. He who never feels the throb of indignation is imbecile. He who can walk among the injustices of the world, inflic ts! upon himself and others, without flush of cheek or flash of eye or agitation of nature, is either in sympathy with wrong or semi-? idiotic. When Ananias, the high priest, ordered the constables of the court rojm to , smite Paul in the mouth, Panl fired up and said: "God shall smite thee, thou whited wall" In the sentence immediately before my text Paul commands the Kphesians: "Be i ye angry and sin not." it all depends on what you are mad at, and how long the feel- t . ing lasts whether anger is right or wrong, j Life is full of exasperations. Saul after j David, Succoth after Gideon, Korah after j Moses, the l'asquins after Augustus, the Pharisees after Christ,and every one has hid 1 ' bis pursuers, and we are swindled or belied or ! misrepresented or persecuted or in some way wronged, and the danger is that healthful indignation shall become baleful spite, and j that our feelings settle down into a pro- [ ! longed outpouring of temper displeasing to i : Goa and ruinous to ourselves, and hence the i < important injunction of the text: "Let not j ' the sun go down upon your wrath." Why that limitation to one's anger? Why | ! that period of flaming vapor set to punctuate j a flaming disposition? \\ nae nas me sunset fjot to do with one's resentful emotions? Was 1 t a haphazard sentiment written bv Paul J without special significance? No.no; I think j of five reasons why we should not let the i sun set before our temper sets. First, because twelve hours is long enough | to be cross about any wrong inflicted upon I us. Nothing is so exhausting to physical ! health or mental faculty ns a protraete 1 in- i dulgence of ill humor. It racks the nervous j system. It hurts the digestion, it heats the blood in brain and heart until the whole body is first overheated and then depressed. Beside that, it sours the disposition, turns one aside from his legitimate work, expends energies that ought to be better employed, aud does us more harm than it does our antagonist. Paul gives us a good, wide allowance of time for legitimate denunciation, front 6 o'clock to (i o'clock, but says: "Stop there!" Watch the descending orb of day.and when it reaches the horizon take a revf in your ! disposition. Unloose your collar and cool off. Change the subject to something delightfully pleasant. Unroll your tight fist . and shake hands with some one. Bank up the fires at the curfew bell. Drive the j growling dog of enmity back to its kennel. i The hours of this morning will pas; by, and the afternoon will arrive, and the sun will j Kaorir* +/\ oof nrwl T Via r vnn nil if.c Hln '/in(T ' heat th throw aii your feuds, invectives and satires. Other things bsing onual the man who pre- 1 s rves good temper will come out ahead. An old essayist says that the celebrated John Henderson, of Bristol, England, was at a dining party where political exitement ran j high and the debate got angry, and while ; Henderson was speaking his opponent, un- . able to answer his argument, dashed a glass of wine in his face, when the speaker deliberately wiped the liquid from his face and said: This, sir, is a digression; now, if you please, for the main argument." While worldly philosophy could help but very few to such equipoise of spirit, the grace of God could help any man to such a triumph. ' Impossible,1' you say, "I would have either left the table in anger or have knocked the man down." But I have come to believe that nothing is impossible, if God help mo, since what I saw at Beth-Shan faith cars. la London, England two summers ago. While the religious service was going on Rev. Dr. Boardman, glorious man, since gone to his heavenly rest, was telling the score of sick people present that Christ was there as of old to heal all diseases, and that, if they would only believe, their sickness would depart. I saw a woman near me, with hand and arm twisted of rheumatism, and her wrist was fiery with inflammation, | and it looked like those cases of chronic . rneumatisra which we have all seen and sym- \ pathized with, ca<es beyond all human healing. At the preacher's reiteration of the words: "Will you believe? Do you believe.' Do you believe now if' I heard this poor sick woman say, with an emphasis which sounded through the building: "I do believe." And then she laid her twisted ami and hand out as straight as your arm and hand, or mine. If I had seen one rise from the dead I would not have been much more thrilled. Since then I believe that God will do anything in an- | swer to our prayer and in answer to our ! faith, and can heal our bodies, and if our i soul is all twisted and misshapen of revenge j and hate and inflamed with sinrul proclivity, i he can straighten that also and make it well i ?r?H rlpnn Aw vnn will not nostnono till sundown forgiveness of enemies if you can realize that their behavior toward you may ; be put into the catalogue of the "all tilings'' j that "work together for good to those that i love God." I have had multitudes of friends, but I have found in my own experience that God fo arranged it that the greatest opportunities of usefulness that have been opened before me were opened by my enemies. And when, years ago, they conspired against me, that opened all Christendom to me as a field in which to preach the Gospel So you may harness your antagonists to your best ' interests and compel them to draw you on to better work and higher character. Suppose, instead of waiting until six minutes past five o'clock this evening, when the sun will set, you transact this glorious work of forgive- j nesB before meridian. Again, we ought not to let the sun go down : on our wrath, because we will sleep better if j we are at peace with everybody. Insomnia i is gettin? to be one of the most prevalent of disorders: How few people retire at 10 o'clock at night and sleep clear through to 6 in the morning! To relieve this disorder narcotics and sedatives, and chloral, and ; bromide of potassium, and cocaine and in- ; toxicants are used, but nothing is more important than a quiet spirit if we would win somnolence. How is a man going to sleep when he is in mind pursuing an enemy? AVith what nervous twitch he will start out of a dream! That new plan for cornering his foe will keep him wide awake while j the ciock sinnes 11, is, i, ?>, *. i give i you an unfailing prescription for wakeful- j ?ess, spend the evening hours rehearsing | your wrongs and the best way of avenging j them. Hold a convention of friends on this subject in your parlor or office at S or 1) | oVJock. Clo-e the evening by writing a bit- I fcer letter, expressing your sentiments. Take ) from the desk or pigeon hole the papers in the I case torefresh your mind with your evening's j meanness. Then lie down and wait for the | <"oming of the day, and it will come before i sleep comes, or your sleep will be a worried j quiescence, and if you take the precaution j to lie flat on your back a frightful nightmare. ! Why not put a bound to your animosi- j ty? Why let your foes come into the sanctities j of your dormitory? Why let those slanderers J who have already torn your reputation to j pieces or injured your bus ine$9, bend over your midnight pillow and drive from you one of the greatest blessings that Goi can offer? sweet, refreshing, all invigoraiing sleep? Why not fence out your enemies by the golden bare of the sunset? Why not stand behind the barricade of evening cloud and say tc them: "Thus far and no farther !" Many a man and many a woman is having the health of ho ly as well as the health oi soul cat mi away by a malevolent spirit. I have in time of religious awakening hail persons night after night come into the inquiry room and get 1:0 ptvue of soul. Aft.-r a s while I have hluntiy asked her: "is there n>t some one against whom you have a hatred that you are not willing toglvj lip?' After a little confusion she has .-lightly whisjwod: "Yes." Then I said to her: "You will never find peace with God as long as you retain that virulence." A boy in Sparta, having stolen a fox, kept him under his coat, and, though the fox was gnawing his vitals, ho submitted to it rather than expose his misdeed. Many a man with a smiling face has under his jacket an animosity that is gnawing away the strength of his bodj- and the integrity of his soul. Bettor get rid cf that hidden fox as soon as possible. There are hundreds of domestic circlrs where that which most is needed is the spirit of forgiveness. Brothers apart and sisters apart and parents and children apart. Solomon says a brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city. Are there not enough sacred memories of your chilhood to bring | vou together I The rabbins recount how that 1 Nebuchadnezzar's son had such a spite | against his father that after he was j dead bo had his father burned to 1 ashes, and then put the ashes into I four sacks, and tied them to four eagles' 1 necks which flew away in opposite directions. I And there are now domestic antipathies | which seem forever to have scattered all !, Earental memories to the four winds of i eaven. How far the eagles fly with the | sacred allies! The hour of sundown makes to j that family 110practical suggestion. Thomas Carlyie, in his biography of Frederick the Great, says the old king was told by the con- 1 fessor he must bo at peace with his enemies if ' he wanted to enter heaven. Then he said to his wife, the Queen: "Write to your brother ' after I am dead that I forgive him." Roloff, j the confessor, said: "Her majesty had better write him immediately." "No," said the King, "after I am dead; that will be safer. ' 1 So he lot the sun of his earthly existence go I down upon his wratli. Again: We ought not to allow the sun to set before forgiveness takes place, because wo ! might not live to see another day. And what 1 if we should be ushered into the presence of ' our Maker with a grudge upon our soul? The 1 majority of people depart this life in the ! nignt. Between 11 o'clock p. in. and 3 o'clock 1 a m. there is something in the atmosphere ! which relaxes the grip which the body lias on 1 the soul, and most people enter the next j1 world through the shadows of this world, j' Perhaps God may have arranged it in jJ that way so as to make the con- j j trast the more glorious. I have seen |' sunshiny days in this world that must have I ] been almost like the radiance of heaven. But j as most people leave the earth between sunlownand sunrise, they quit this world at its , darkest, and heaven, always bright, will bo the brighter for that contrast. Out of black- , ness into irradiation. Shall we then leap over the roseate bank of sunset into the favorite , hunting ground of disease and death, carry- ; ing our animosities with us- Who would ; want to confront his God, against whom we i have all done meaner things than auybody j has ever done against us, carrying old j grudges? How can we expect his forgiveness for the greater when we are ' not willing to forgive others the less? ] Napoleon was encouraged to undertake l he ! crossing of the Alps because Carlemagne had previously crossed them. And all this rugged path of forgiveness bears the bleeding , footsteps of him who conquered through ' suffering, and we ought to be willing to follow. On the night of our departure from this life into the next, our one plea will have , ' - ? A if ...ill i,Q i io uo Jlor uieivji, unu n .? .? w offered in the presence of him who lias ] said: "If you forgive not men their trespasses neither will your heavenly Father forgive your trespasses.1' What a sorry plight j if we stand there hating this one, and hating , that one, and wishing this one a damage and ' some one else a calamity, and we ourselves needing forgiveness for ten thousand times ten ! thousand obliquities of heart and life. Wh?n our last hour comes, we want it to find us all right. Hardly anything affects me so much in the unc overing of ancient Pompeii as the account of the soldier who, after the city had for many centuries been covered with the ashes and scoria; of Vesuvius, was found standing in his place on guard, hand on spear and hemlet on head. Others fled at the awful submergement, but the explorer, 1.700 years after, found the body of that brave fellow in right position. And it will be a grand thing if, when our last moment comcs, we are found in right position toward the world, as well as in right position toward God, 011 guard and unnff righted by the ashes from the mountain of death. I do not suppose that I am any more of a coward than most people, but I declare to you that I would not dci-e to sleep to night if there were any being in all the earth with whom I would not gladly shake hands, lest during the night hours, my soul dismissed to other realms, I should, because of my uuforgiving spirit, be denied divine forgiveness. " But," says some woman, " there is a horrid creature that has so injured me that rather than make up with her I would die first." Well, sister, you may take your choice? for one or the other it will be?your complete pardon of her or God's eternal banishment of you. ' But," says some man "tb.it fellow who cheated me out of those goods, or damaged my business credit, or started the lie about me in tlie newspapers, or by his perfidy broke up my domes tic happinesi, forgive him 1 cannot?forgive him I will not." Well, brother, take your choice. You will never be at peace with God till you are at peace with man. Feeling as you now do, you would not get so noar the harbor of heaven as to see the Tightship. Better leave that man with the God who said: "Vengeance is mine, I will repay.'1 You may say: "I will make hira sweat for that yet, I will make him squirm, I mean t<2 pui-sue nim to the death," but you are darn- , aging yourself more than you damage him : and you are making heaven for your own ; soul an impossibility. If he will not be reconciled to you, be reconciled to him. In live or six hours it will be sundown. The dahlias will soon bloom against the western sky. Somewhere between this and that take a shovel and bury the old grudge at least six ; feet deep. '"Let not the sun go down on your wrath." "But," you say, "I have more than I can bear; too much is put upon me, and I am not ; to blame if I am somewhat revengeful and 1 unrelenting." Then I think of the little child at the moving of some goods from a store. ine lamer was putting some runs ui ^uuua on the child's arm, package after package, ! and some one said: "That child is being overloaded and so much ought not to be put upon , her," when the child responded: "Father ; knows how much I can carry;" and God, our j Father, will not allow too much imposition ' on his children. In the day of eternity it : will be found you had not one annoyance too ; many, not one aspersion too many, not one \ outrage too many. Your heavenly Father knowshow much you can carry. Again, we ought not to allow the passage 1 of the sunset hour before the dismissal of all our affronts, because we may associate the sublimest action of the soul with the sublimest spectacle in nature. It is a most delightsome thing to have our personal experiences allied with certain objects. There is a tree or river bank where God first answered your prayer. You will never pass that place or think of that place without thinking of the glorious communion. There was some gate, or some room, or some garden walk where you were affianced with the companion who has been your chief Joy in life. You never speak of that place but with a smile. Some of you have pleasant memories connected with the evening star, or the moon in its first quarter, or with the sunrise, because you saw it just as you were arriving at harbor after a tempestuous voyage. Forever and forever, 0 hearer, associate the sunset with your magnanimous, out and out, unlimited renunciation of all hatreds and for?' c ?11 ? T ?1 ? ?f ,'a fKa mrkcf. piv^nesi Ul UU IUl'5. 1 uuillll lb lo wtiv uswow difficult of all graces to practice, and at the start you may make a complctd failure, but keep on in the attempt to practice it. Shakespeare wrote ten plays before ho reached "Hamlet," and seventeen plays before he reac hed "Merchant of Venice, and twenty-eight plays before he reach "Macbeth." And gradually you will come from the easier gra es to the most difficult. Be?'.de that, it is not a mat:or of personal determination ?o much as the laying hold < f th3 almighty arm of Go.l, who will help us to do anything we ought to do. Remember that in all personal controversies the one least to Dlarae will have to take the first step at pacification, if it is ever effective. The contest lietweun ^Eschines and Aristippus resounds through history, but Aristippus, who was least to blame, went to -?2schmes and said: "Shall w?i not agre? to be friends before we make ourselves tho laughing stock of tho whole country:" And ^Kschines said: "Thou art a far better inau than I, for I began tho quarrel, but thou hast been the first in healing the breach," and they were always friends afterwards. Ho let the one of you that is least to blame take tho first step toward conciliation. The one most in the wrong will never take it. Oh, it makes one feel splendid to bo able by Goil's help to practice unlimited forgiveness It improves one's body and bouT. It will make you m asuro three or four more inches around the chest, and improve your respiration so that you can take a deeper and longer breath. It improves the c ountenance by scattering the gloom, and brightening the forehead, nnd loosening the pinched look about the nostril and lip, and makes yon somewhat like (rod Himself. He is omnipotence, and we cannot copy that. He is independent of all the universe, and wa cannot copy that. He is creative, and we cannot copy that. He is omnipresent, and we cannot copy t hat. But Ho forgi ves with a broad sweep all faults, and all neglect, and all insults, and all wrong-doing, and in that we may copy him with mighty success. Go harness that sublime action of your soul to an autumnal Bunset, the hour when the gate of heaven opens to let the day pass into the eternities and some ot the glories escape this way through the brief opening. Wo talk about the Italian sunsets, and sunset amid the Ap gmines, and sunset amid the Cordilleras, ut I will tell you how you may see a grander sunset than anymore lover of nature ever boheld; that is, by flinging into it all your hatreds and animosities, and let. the horses of fire trample them, anr( the chariots of fire roll over them, and t?ie spearmen of fire Btab them, and the breoth of fire consume them, and the billows o? fire overwhelm them. The sublimest thing God does is the sunset. The sublimest tliinjr you can do is forgiveness. Along the glowing ban*s of this coming eventide let the divine an i ine human be concurrent Again: We should not let the sun go down Dn our wrath because it is of little importance what the world says of you or does to you when you have the affluent God of the sunset is your provider and defender. People Salk as though it were a fixed spectacle of nature and always the same. But no one ever saw two sunsets alike, ind if the world has existed (i,000 years thero have been about 2,11)0,000 sunsets, each of them as distinct from all tiie other pictures in he gallery of the sky as Titian's "Last Sup:iei, Rubens' "Descent ffom the Cro?s," Ltaphael's "Transfiguration" and Michael j Angela's "Last Judgment" are distinct from each other. Itr that God, of su;:h infinite resouces that he can put on the wall 5f the sky each night more than the Louvre, ind the Luxembourg, and the Vatican, and ;he Dresden and Venetian galleries all in one, s my God and your God, our provider and protector, what is the use of our worrying about any human antagonism? If we are misinterpreted, the God of the many colored sunset can put the right color on our action, [f he can afford to hang such master pie.-es jver the outside wall of heaven and have :hein obliterated in an hour, he must be very rich in resources and can put us through in safety. If all the garniture of the western leavens at evenuae is out mo upuujsi?i-jr ui me of the windows of our future home, what small business for us to b3 chasing enemies! Let not this Sabbath sun go down upon your wrath. Mahomestsaid: "The sword is the key of Heaven and hell, a drop of blood shed is better than fasting, and wounds in the day of judgment resplendent as vermilion and odoriferous as musk." But, my hearers, in tli? last day we will find just the opposite of ihat to be true, and that the sword never unlocks heaven, and that he who heals wounds is greater than he wh j makes them, and that 311 tho same ring are two keys: God's for jiveness of usaud our forgiveness of enemies; ind these two keys unlock Paradise. And now I wish for all of you a beautiful sunset in your earthly existence. With some of you it has been a long day of trouble, and with others of you it will be far from calm. When the sun rose at 6 o'clock it was tho morning of youth, and a fair day was prophesied, but by the time the noonday of mid-life had come and the clock of your earthly existence had struck 12, cloud racks gathered and tempest bellowed in the track of tempest. But as the evening of old age approaches I pray God the skies may brighten ana the clouds be piled up into pillars as of celestial temples to which you go, or move as with mounted cohorts come to take you home. And as you sink out of sight below the horizon may there be a radiance of Christian example lingering long after you are gone, and on the heavens be written in letters of sapphire, and on the waters in letters of opal, and on the hills in letters of emerald: "Thy sun shall no more go down, neither shall thv moon withdraw itself, for the Lord shall bo thy everlasting light and the days of thy mourning shall bo ended." So shall the sunset of earth become the sunrise of heaven. FACTS FOR THE CURIOUS. One man in a hundred becomcs a criminal after twenty-one, and one womau in a thousand after eighteen. So says one who is an authority. A cucumber four feot long, coiled like a serpent and resembling nothing else so much as a grcen'snake, was amoDg the curiosities at the Maine State Fair. an... t TT?A? tv.n RnoV. 1 IILT ltlllJUli?) 11UI UUU g iu buv Atvviv ledge, Fia., hummock, has produced an orange that measures 15$ inches in circumference and weighs two pounds and two ounces. It h:i9 been estimated that a pair of wrens destroy at least GOO insects a day. They have been observed to leave their nests and return with insects from forty to sixty times an hour. An Indian Spring, Fla., woman has n hen that is covered with hair instead of feathers. It lays and has hatched chickcns coated like herself, but they invariably died in infancy. The largest tree in Japan is the great pine on the shores of Lake Biwa. It is more than 150 feet high and over nineteen feet in diameter. It is venerated by the Japanese, who say that it is fully ten thousand years old. The glaciers in the valley of Chainou nix, after a period of rapid retreat and diminution in size, are again beginning to advance. As about fifty yards a year is the rate of advance, it will take many yeara to recover their former ground. Measurements of 100,000 Russians wero taken of both sexes working in different industries, and it was found that workmen in the textile branches were smaller and had narrower chests and less weight than those engaged in other works, the spinners being the weakest in every respect. The swiftest bird on the wing is said to be the frigate bird, a nautical bird of prey, Sailors say that it can start at daybreak from the coast of Africa, and following the trade winds land on the American coast before sunset. This is probably an over-statement, but close observers have estimated its llight at 200 miles an hour. California with its 100,000 square railed of territory, its 800 miles of sea coast, its grand Yoscmite valley, its stupendous water falls, its grand trees, its towering mountains, presents within the !imits of a single State all the climates known to the universe, all the differences of surface, from snow-clad peaks to valleys which lie hundreds of feet below the sea level, all the fruits between tne equator and the pole, all the minerals known to geology. Plants for the Poor. In London they have societies for fho promotion of the cultivation of house plants by dwellers in tenements, and at regular intervals the surplus bedding-out plants from the public parks are distributed among the poor. Such a custom might profitably be imitated here. There is 110 more potent civilizer than a row of flowering plants in a window. It creates of itself an ambition to improve the other surroundings, and to the sick and little ones it is a perpetual comfort nnd inspiration. Sordid homes are brightened up by flowers, and an amount of innocent enjoyment is realized which costs but littie to create. Vice seems out of place in a room beautified by carefully tended plants, and our Park Commissioners would do well to follow the fashion set by their contemporaries in London.?Nets York Mercury. RELIGIOUS READING. | The End of Snmmer. ' Thinner tho leaves of the larches show, j Motionless held in the languid air; Fainter by waysides the swcetbriers grow, Wide bloom laying their gold hearts baro; Languishing, one by one; Summer is almost done. Deeper-hued roses have long since died; j Silent the birds through the white mist fly; Down of the thistles by hot suns dried, Covers with pale fleece vines growing nigh: Little brooks calmer run; j Summer is almost done. Later tho flush of the sunrise creeps, Shortening the reign of tho slow-coming j day; Earlier shade of the twilight creeps, Over tho swallows skimming away; i Crickets their notes have begun; j pynifnnr 13 mmusu uvuc. f God's Love. I can measure parental love. How broad, how long, and strong, and deep it is I It i9 a sea?a deep son, which parents only can fathom. But the love displayed on yonder bloody cross, whore God's own Son is perishing for us, no man or angel has a line to measure. Tho circumference of the earth, the altitude of tho sun, the distance of the planets?these have been determined; but the height, depth, breadth, and length of the love of God pass our knowledge. Such is the Father against whom all of us have sinned a thousand times! Walk the sboro where tho ocean sleeps in Summer calm; or lashed into fury by the Winter's tempest, is thundering on her sands; and when you have numbered the drops of her waves, the sand on her I rounding beach, you have numbered God's j mercies and your sins. Well therefore may ( we go to Hiin with the contrition of the prouigal iD our hearts, and his confession on our lips: "Father I have sinned against < Heaven, and in thy sight." Tho spirit of 1 God helping us to go to God, be assured that ] the father who seeing his son afar off, ran to , . ^*11 V?ie nonlr nnH IriccoH him. I was but an imago of Him who, not sparing 1 His own Son, but giving Him up to death s that we might live, invites and now awaits 1 our coming.?[Dr. Guthrie. i God Manifest, 1 i Do any ask of the divine love? Let them ^ learn of it in the Saviour's love, as He kneels ' at the grave of Lazarus; as Ho weeps over I Jerusalem; as Ho blesses little children; as ] He heals the sick or comforts the sorrowful; j as Ho soothes the dying malefactor on the I cross. Would we know of the divine for- j giveness? It is here in this one sweet sen- 1 tonce of mercy: "Neither do I condemn i thee; go and sin no more." Would we know ] cf the divine activity? It is all revealed in . tho sleepless nights of preparation, spent alone on the mountains in prayer; the days devoted to teaching and healing; the tireless errands of mercy from village to village. Would we know of the divine patience and endurance? We have but to watch the calm, " "o*- TTq innate Wis hflfcmvnr ' and the company that take Him; the false accusations to which He listens in silence; the i ridicule, the taunts, tho blows dealt by j savage hands, the cowardice of Pilate, the scourge, tho thorn-crown, the cross. And so, we ask at last, Would any know i < God the Infinite? AVe point to His humanity 1 and say: "He who invited the weary and the heavy-laden to His breast; He whom even . tho winds and seas obeyed; He who declared ' Himself 'the Way, the Truth, and the Life;' He whose Bpirit has inspired, comforted, ay, 1 saved the struggling souls of men, He, surely, < is God manifest."?[Footprints of the i Saviour. j Upon Ling: Fonfj. About sixteen miles east of Ningpo, China, , lies a noled mountain, Ling Fong, to which i , tens of thousands, from all parts of Che- | , kiang, go up yeariy to worship. The first 1 day of the ceremonies few besides women i attend. Although the path up the mountain was paved, and the steeper ascents were fur- , nished with steps, still it was a tedious climb, i even for one with natural feet. The wonder grew upon us how the women, with their lit- 1 tie bandaged stubs, could not only climb the mountain, but walk miles to reach it. As we ncarea the place we were beset by venders of incense sticks, urging us to buy. Arriving at a level space, about half way up the 1 mountain, we found rows of wretched straw ] huts on either side of the path leading to a < building scarcely more than a shed, contain ing one large room. In it were a few small, dilapidated idols, before which the people 1 burnt incense sticks and made pros- ' trations. A desire to worship was by I no means the only motive that brought j these eager throngs hither. They had come . to make preparation for death. And the preparation considered necessary was not ' purity of heart and life, but money. These ' multitudes had left their homes and busy 1 pursuits to come hither for the special pur- 1 pose of buying bills of credit to be burnt at death in order to secure a large sum of money in the next world. These bills of credit, 1 costing twenty-four cash, or about two cents, < nwi crtinl) cfrinn of vpllnw TiATW. linon which i nre roughly printed a few characters. These are supposed to be good for about thirteen hundred dollars after death. Behind tables 1 stood men selling these bills. Others were 1 busy stamping with red paint pieces of cofc- i con cloth, which were carried away as evi- ] dence that they had been to the sacred spot. 1 The more years they make this pilgrimage, and the more bills of credit they get, the ( greater will be their merit and wealth iu the ] next life.?[Woman's Work in China. I How to Pentroy the Bible, First to get rid of all the copies in all the ' languages?there are 100,000,000 copies, say, of the Old and New Testaments in one book and portions of the book?you must have all these piled together into a pyramidal mass , and reduced to ashes before you can say you have destroyed the Bible. Then go to the libraries of tho world, and when you have , selected there every book that contains a | re*vence to tho Old and New Testaments you must eliminate from every book all such passages; and until you have so treated every ] book of poctrv and nrose. exercising aU 1 ideas of grandeur and purity fvja ten- < derncss and beauty for tho knowledge and ( jKiwer of which the poets and prose i i writers were indebted to the Bible?until you have taken all these from between the bind- / 1 ings and turned them into ashes, leaving the I 1 emasculated fragments behind^not until | j then have you destroyed the .bible. Have , you done it, then I Once more. Go to the courts of law, and having sought out the 1 pandects and codes, you must master every < principal of law, and study what it may have ' derived from the Old and New Testaments, | and have all such passages removed from the . code of jurisprudence. You must then go through the galleries of art throughout the 1 world, and you must slash and daub 1 over and obliterate tho achicvemeute ( that the genius of the artist has ( produced?not until then have you de- , stroyed the Bible. Have you done it then! J What noxt? You must visit every conser- I vatory of music, and not until the world i shall stand voiceless as to its masters, not , until then have you destroyed the Bible. ; Then you must visit the baptistries of the churches and from tho baptismal roll you must erase all Christian name-;?tho name of 1 John and Mary?for they suggest tho Script- I ures, and the register is stamped with tue ] Bible. Have you done it. then i No, there . is one copy, of tho Biblo still living. It is tho cemetery of I the Christian. Tho cemeteries, while they ?* /% WKIac nnrl tn Giinnr^ t.hn hnnl* 1 to let not a trace of it bo discovered, you must pass from gravestone to gravestone, and with mallet and chisel cut out every name that is biblical, and every inspiring 1 passage of scripture graven thereon. To destroy the Bible you must (dot from tho mom- ' ory of every Christian its promises and coin- | forts. Not until you have done all this can i you destroy the Bible?[Dr. Guard. 1 W. C. T. U. Bulletin. Hon. Henry W. Blair is writing a history of the temperance movement in this country. Mrs. Mary A. Livermore has delivered ' more than eight hundred temiwrance addresses. Tax money now used for the prosecution of crime would, if thero were no saloons, go to schools. Liquor men have dollars at stake; Christian men have sons at stalco. Which aro tho most valuable? Young man! if you would avoid the risk of remorse which stings tho soul of a son who, with a spade of vice, digs a grave for his mother, take the vow of toial abstinence, bind it as a talisman about your character, and resolve never to cross tho threshold of & liquor salcon. 1 WOMAN'S WORLD. PLEASANT LITERATURE FOR FEMININE READERS. A Woman's Song. She took her song to beauty's side. Where riches ar?, and pomp, and pride. There in the world, amidst tne crowd, She found out hearts by sorrow bowed; And midst a dream of light and dress She saw the pain of loneliness. Her voice's magic held a tear. She made the weary ones draw near; And all the passions of the throng Were melted into peace by song! She took her song along the street, And hushed the beat of passing feet; And tired toilers stopped to fill Their hearts with music at her will. She sang of rest for weary feet, Of sea-inoan, and of meadow-sweet; Her voice's pleading stilled the stir, And little children wept with her; So all their sorrow, grief, and pain uuc ouiiiciivu iiuu iu> f ugaiu. She took her song to those who rest Safe in the clasp of nature's breast, Amid tho graves, along the shore, Washed with salt tears for evermore; And then she sang. How Long! How Long! Before we hear that perfect song? That angel hymn! That mystic strain, When those who loved shall love again, When life's long struggle shall be blest With music of Eternal Rest! ?Clement Scott, in Clipper. The Bustle in Doomed. This is an ungrateful world. "Were it not so, the intelligence that the bustle is dying a natural death would be received with ringing of bells and living af cannon. Volumes have been written deriding this absurd fashion, and now that it is really going the way of all fashions, not a word is said to express the satirist's pleasure. On the whole, satire couldn't be expected to rejoice at inything, but it might be glad that so threadbare a subject was at last to be laid at rest. The passing of the bustle involves another change more welcome than its own demise. This is the high bat the towering, obstructive millinery af the last two years. There will be no mdden collapse, but note, if you please, bow the best dressed women arc lower ing their crests to conform to the more graceful tournure. The hat balanced the bustle. The bustle gone, the hat shuts down, and then, alas! theatregoers must see another annoyance to rave ibout.?Boston Herald. Gema in Brown Paper. I heard a curious story about Xrs. Paran Stevens the other day, which was sxtremly characteristic, says a Brooklyn Citizen writer. A friend calling was shown up into her boudoir and took the 5rst chair. They conversed for a while, ar rather he listened with interest to her :austic comments on men and things, until she suddenly: "Oh, yon're sitting on my diamonds; get up this minute." On PYftminntion hf frmnrl fhnf- n litf.lfi crumpled brown paper parcel on the scat af the chair, which he had uot noticed when he sat down, let slip when he picked it up a perfect river of the most splendid gems. "I kept them in brown paper," she sxplained, "to deceive the burglars. They'd never think of looking in a brown paper bag lying anywhere on a shelf or in a drawer for some $75,000 worth of jewels. There have been two attempts to steal them within a year, and [ hit on this as a good way to keep them." Small Women in Style. A rccent work on physical beauty asserts that the tendency in women of the present day is toward swallncss of stature, writes Clara Lanza from New York. Big women, in fact, are going Dut of fashion. This being the case, by ill means let us have materials that present designs suitably adapted to the human figure as it actualiy exists, and not as it may appear in the imagination of manufactuters. Plaids of any wol'rt A tiinmAn 1 Anlr Mbouinniuu muivu a nuui?u onuii^i thnn she actually is, in the same manner that stripes, when they are nurrow and Blongatcd, produce an appearance of sicnaerncss. A skirt made in imitation of a colossal chessboard of variegated hue cannot be either pretty or graceful. A eery tall woman, or one slightly above medium height, can wear a plaid of moderately large checks, but if she be short or dumpy, or even tall and fat, let her eschew such patterns as the abomination of desolation. Nevertheless, ?oon our streets will doubtless be tilled with perambulating checker boards and st ri ped awnings; for, of course, fashions are invented to be worn, and, consequently, women will adopt them whether they are suitable or not. Beauty's Golden Apples. An American traveling in Germany writes as follows to the Chicago A/'eics: "Beauty shows arc by no meaus an American invention. It is not more than afewweek9 ago that such a show ocrmrrfifl on th? feast nf St. Stenlien. the patron saint of Hungary, at Pcsth. But the beauties were not from the start on exhibition for any one able to pay a dime. The beauties, forty odd in number, were standing in a circle to be looked it and crossed examii.ei by a jury composed of a number of gentlemen moving in the highest circles of society. The Chairman, Count Stephen Karolyi, announced the verdict of that strange jury, delarin^ Miss Uizzella Scholcz, Miss Ida Toronyi and Mrs. Mariska Kolos to be the greatest beauties of the land this pear. The former is described as a splendid figure, tall, well proportioned, with blue eyes and shining, golden hair, dressed in a charming pink suit. The ather two are dark beauties, with black hair and fie; y black eyes. The awards ire duplicates of the goldcu apple nwardcu by Paris of Troy to the Goddess of Beauty some :J,000 ye:irsngo, but in the degenerate northern climate of Huogary the apple has become much stunted in growth, being not much lara-er than a little hazel-nut. After dc livery of the verdict and distribution of the prizes, inclosed in eases of blue velvet, to the three champion beauties, the populace were so eager to obtain a look at them that tlicv broke through the fence and formed a living and rather unruly circlcaround the three, and, nots.itisticd with looks only, they persisted in being convinced of the fleshly reality of the marvels until a nura! er of more sober and good-natured gentlemen formed a guard of honor around the beauties and conducted them in safety from thcirficld of victory." Curiosities of Courtship. A California miner, having amassed quite a fortune, was returning by ship to New York to revisit old friends and to find himself a wife. A young woman ou board the ship, serving in the capacity of nursery governess to the family of a merchant on board, pleased him much by her neat and modest appearance. lie therefore introduced himself one day, and broke the ice of lii.s purpose with one reckless plunge: "Madam, my name is , my parents and family reside in New Hampshire; I have property amounting to $200,000, and expect to engage in business in . I am a perfectly temperate man, and I can give you good reference to testify to my general upright character. I am unmarried, and want a wife; will you marry me?" The The lady took in the character ot the suitor at once. ' 'Thank you," said she, "I will," and on landing they were forthwith married. How the Princess Louise, of Savoy, ever recovered from her humiliation after having offeicd herself in marriage to Charles, Duke of Bourbon, only to receive a grave but positive refusal, few women can understand. Ladies, however, are permitted to assist a bashful woer when Either he fears his fate too much Or his desert too Bmall, Who fears to put it to the touch And win or lose it all. fiiirh was thfi rase with the vounff ladv who assured her lover that she could make a beautiful cake, and filled with fruit, with a ring on the top, and when the astonished swain cxclaimed: "Why, | that is a wedding cake!" replied: "I meant wedding," and which brought matters to a crisis immediately. More shrewd still was the young lady? and more daring?who toid her admirer that she was a mind-reader, and could read what was going on in his mind at that moment; that he wanted to propose toiler but did not know how to do it, which, of course, relieved the young man from his embarrassment permanently. A very bashful man having succeeded in winning a wife, a lady relative teased him to tell her how he ever plucked up courage enough to propose. "Now, tell me the truth, N?r," said she; "Did not the lady have to do the i;UUlUU?? 1UI JUUJf "N-no," answered the gentleman: "but I own she smoothed over the hard places for me." And this seems to be the ladies' mission in courtship?to smooth over the hard places. % .. Fashion Notes. Velvet is still the fabric for dressy hats. Silver jewelry is becoming very fashionable. Grebe is becoming fashionable as a trimming for jackets. An attempt is being made to make flounces fashionable again. Amber passementeries in leaf designs are used to trim white silk gowns. Gray in every shade is considered in Paris just now the most stylish of all colors. fMi- ?/K 1 :?% Dlitv puuiugs uic msiciuiijr icu iu an the upper part of the sleeves of manyfrocks. The fashion of wearing a black velvet basque with black silk skirts is again prevalent. French women will never adopt the unmodified tailor gown in all its severe simplicity. Emeralds nre sought after more and more every day, the finer grade being very scarce. French round hats are very dressy and take the place of bonnets with many young ladies. Tight-fitting jackets of velvet and velveteen are worn in the house with a variety of skirts. Lace is more used in millinery and dress decoration than ever, and all kinds of laces are in vogue. French bonnets are very small, but with broader and lower trimming than those of last winter. India embroideries in metal trim evening wraps made of the new changeable velvets and plushes. Black trimmings, jet, passementerie, and braids are much in vogue for trimming colored frocks. Coronet fronts will appear on most fashionable bonnets. They will be of beads, feathers or velvet. Flowered Challi is also popular for little girls' dresses. Velvet ribbon also trims these pretty dresses. The fitted and boned jersey costume is to be worn with plaid skirts and is belted on with a buckle as a finish in front. A stylish fashion in outer garments is to have buttons of the cloth bound with black rims. These are made to order. Tucked yokes are worn with the full belted waists with young children's dnsscs. The tucks held down by feather stitch. The yoke waist continues to be a fash| ion much liked by young ladies, and the I x!? rtAirnrn/l wifli ft | cauru yoao jo uucu ncu wiviw ...vu _ j braided design. | Buttons are considered de trop on the ! costumes of the period. Their manufactures .arc morning, but hook and eye makers rejoice. Tucked jerseys are the only new things in this line; the trimming on these j jerseys is made by tine corded effects i made by line tucking. Velvet puffs on the top of the sleeves I and also velvet cuffs arc worn with cash1 mere gowns for misses and little girls, j giving a dressy tinish. Stripes are wider than they were early in the season and continue to be very ! fashionable, but in all cases the waist is ! of plain fabric or jersey cloth. j The fashion of having the sleeves of I one fabric and the garment of another is one which the French modistes have introduced here this season with apparent success. Jerseys in two colors of fine ribbon arc now made in good form and are of extra finish. These are only appropriate, however, for young girls or children, but for these they are pretty. Weighing Moving Cars. In order to find out whether care loaded with live stock can be success! fully weighed while in motion, theWestj crn Kailway Weighing Association a few I days ago made a test at the stock yards [ with ten loaded cars. The cars were run I over the scales running three miles an J hour and the weights taken. The stock I was then unloaded and we'ghed on platI form scales. The difference in the 1 tnn fur lnurlc wna<nnn(l tn I , WUJgllt lo.l V... .w.. .w<_ j be only 590 pounds, the actual weight i being tliat much less than the weight ! taken when the cars were moving. This test it is claimed establishes the feasibility of the plan of weighing c;irs successfully while in motion. ? Chicaqo Tribune. That Now Sealskin. "Have you heard the news?" she I queried as they stood waiting for the : car. ''Something special/" "I should say so! Mrs. , of our street, is to have a new sealskin this winter:" 'N~-o!" ' True as you live! Isn't that awful?" "Well, I should say it was and 1 won't rest until I have my husband examine | the county records and see if they have mortgaged their place. I must have something to take her down with the first day she wears it!"?Detroit Fr ? , / w :-.?G MI TEMPERANCK % Honest Honesty! An Honest man ^ with anj [Honest indignation can, in an Honest manner jgj and with an Honest enthusiasm, through an ,m Honest use of Honest Politics Honestly join in an Honest crusade to .M Honestly J Annihilate the | Bum Power, as an Honorable achievement of an Honest purpose} to secure his country's HONOR. ?Zkrcreatk Xhe Temperance FlelAk. From all present indications it apfeatW certain that the movement for 2agiilatton against the saloon will be pressed more vigorously and determinedly in the different State Legislatures during the coming winter sessions than ever before. The friends and advocates of high license, local option and prohibition, ha ye been unusually active during the past summer and hove greatly increased in numbers and influence. The partial and temporary defeats the prohibitionists have sustained in Michigan, Texas and Tennessee have only served to stimulate them to new and renewed endeavors, to more earnest, active efforts for the overthrow of . the saloon. The result of the summer's work, on the whole, has been of the most encouraging character; prohibition has been proved by uudeniable testimony to be a practical success in Kansas, Iowa, and other parts of the Union, and it will carry with it into the legislative halls this winter a greater weight of evicence in support of its claims than it has ever had before. The liquor men realize their danger and are organizing everywhere to resist the enactment of laws against their traffic. **? A Western correspondent of the New York Time* writsaa Inner lpt.tor t/> that ioiimal con cerning the Prohibition movement in the Northwest He expresses himself as being greatly impressed with the strong and rapid growth of temperance sentiment in the agricultural States and Territories. Where fifteen and twenty years ago liquor flowed as freely * as water, where it was the ruling and popular custom to driuk at all times and all occasions; where saloons were far more numerous and better patronized than all other branches of business together, there is now a feeling of bitter and determined hostility to the existence of the liquor traffic in any form. It Is only the foreign vote, it is saio, in Michigan, Wisconsin, Missouri, and Minnesota, thai keeps these States from adopting constitutional prohibition at once. Some classes of foreign-born residents unite in the opposition to the saloon. Especially is this true of the Scandinavians. The correspondent takes pains to assert, however, that this wonderful upgrowth of tempej-ance sentiment is not attributable in any marked degree to moral or religious considerations. Poverty, envy, selfishness, in his view, are at the bottom of the whole prohibition movement in the Northwest. Such a statement as this is a libel on the tens of thousands of noble Christian men and women who have everywhere led in the struggle against the. saloon," who for years have been giving to the cause their time, their money and their prayers, and whose, patient and unwearying labors have been the hope, the inspiration, and the impelling cause of the whole movement. Kn^niimtrino' nntp* nnma from CVerV quarter of the field. The State Temperanca Alliance of Tennessee has called a convention of the temperance organizations in the State, to tako action with reference to temperance legislation. The call has much significance. The very large vote polled in tha recent election has shown the great strength of the Prohibitionists, and they are convinced that they can secure such legislation as they may desire. The canvas for the constitutional amendment is well under way in Oregon, where an election will be held next month. Every county in Florida which has voted on local option has adopted it. The Iowa Supreme Court has decided that the prohibitory law authorizes the State authorities to prevent the exportation of spirits, as well as thoir use in the State. Prohibition sentiment is strong in Colorado. Pueblo, the second city in the State, has an anti-saloon government, and many of the smaller towns have local option in full force. It is reported that the Commissioner of Internal Revenue is about to conduct an investigation into the manufacture of beer in this country. It is not understood that the investigation will be made in the interests of temperance. yet it can hardly result in anything out good to that cause if the work is honestly and thoroughly performed. It is a wellknown fact that beer is adulterated withi manv kinds of harmful and poisonous drugs, and rendered unfit in every way for con sumption by man or beast. In its purest state it is an intoxicant, and productive of disease and death.?New York Observer. The Rum Power. The saloonists and their allies hare so centralized their power, and are so conscious of their strength, that in many of our cities they bid deriance to all law, wherever it may interfere with their schemes of profit and plunder. They are willing that all laws shall be strictly enforced except those which concern themselves. They regard themselves as a privileged class?as above and beyond all law. There is not a liquor law upon the . statute bookii of any State or any city that they will not disregard. They feel secure in their law-breaking, because they know th* power they wbld in politics. The official who does enforce the law against them will be driven from power at the next election They feel themselves stronger than the sentf menu m iavor 01 iuw uim ui uci, auu ucuv? ignore whatever laws they may choos9 with impunity. They even have abrogated the Fourth Commandment, because Sunday is cie of the best days of the whole week wherein to sell runi. So universal is tbi* disregard of law by the rum power, so fully is it recognized, that it even made an argument against the enai?,Jlent of restrictive laws. The most oft-reiterat^ plea against prohibition is: "Oh, you c&r enforce the law!" Things have come t*> sad pass, indeed in this land .">her a cla ? of the community have become so deficit citizens give its lawlessness as a reason 101 tho non-enactment of legislation! The run* party is one of the two parties responsible for this state of things. The other is th;? people themselves. The> have been playing the role of cowards in this struggle, ac I have allowed the infernal tyranif of tha rum power full swing. It is ti?_J for ait awakening, and we are glad to see the sign-* of its coming. The rum power has gotten too arrogant. It has driven things with too high a hand. A reaction is setting in rapidly against the domination of the saloon in politics; and in this awakening of public se t nient against those infernal breathing hole* of hell, tin saloons, we see another factor that will prove efficient in tho grand struggle.?Toledo Blade. Influence of Beer on Digestion. Professor H. A. Hare, M.D., of the Univer sity of Pennsylvania, ha> reooatly boon > jeeting to scientific tests thj popular idea that beer is an aid to digestion. It has loajj been supix>sel bv many that the lighter forms of alcoholic liquors, particularly the various forms of beer, are an aid to dig stion. The e.\p rinints made, however, very clear;y show that hi er distinctly retards both silivary and gastric digestion. This was trui with reference to every specimen of beer examined. >0:110 seventeen in all. In more than two-thirds of the tpsciiuens of beer examine*! the stomach digestion was delayed considerably more than one hour, and in some instances the delay was nearly two hours. Soma recent experiments madb by Professor Duguan, of Haltimore, at the Johns Hopkins Univei*sity,show that alcohol in all its forms ri-tar is the diirest on of starch in a very marked d<*greo7 Th \sj two sots?t' experiments to etlvr show very conclusively tlmt l? e retards the digestion in coase iu jnee ??i? the aUvhol whi/Ii it contains. When it is considered that the ntitrit'vo vahn of b? r i< so ex 'eeiliiuly small tba". a whole ho^sheal contains no more art'inl nut iment tha'i a single l< af of luvad. it will at o ico app ar th a the popular !a th :n beer a* aa ai l to i p.->tif-n or to nutrition has no fouada'Jo i what-jver.?Good Ilea th. Uno of the curloua paradoxes of life f* ? in the fact of a bequest of (13 *i ... j recently been left by a retired wii e mvi to the British National Temper-n e I.,to be given as prizes for the th>i? !> st. ? iu advooacy of the principles ot tuuxl a^-aence. > j .