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| REV. DR. TALMAGE. I|
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THE BROOKLYN' DIVINE'S SUN- ??
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Subject: "Concord and Discord." be
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Text: " Who laid the corner-stone thereof, me
tchen the morning stars sang together?"? Hi:
Job xxxviii., 6, 7. ing
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We have all seen tho ceremony at tnelay- [ _
ing of the corner-stone of church, asylum or
Masonic temple. Into the hollow of the
stone were placed scrolls of history and inipn
ant documents to bo suggestive if one or | ; (
two hundred years after the building should ' . ?
be destroyed tiy fire or torn down. Wo re- j
memcmber the"silver trowel or iron lmm:ner I '
that smote the square piece of granite into i 7"'
sanctity. We remember some venerable man j ,
who presided, wielding the trowel or ham- |
mer. We remember also the music as the j
choir stood 011 the scattered stones and
timber of the building about to be con- i L,"'
struct*! The leaves of the notebooks tlut- I i "
teyed iu the wind and were turned over with J
a great rustling, and we remember how the j R^'
bass, baritone, t nor, contralto and soprano * ?
voices commingled. They hud for many days ?(."
heen rehearsimr the special programme, that j ^
it might be worthy of the corner-stone laying. ?*"
In my text the poet of Uz calls us" to a ;iirgrander
ceremony?the laying of the founda- .11
tion of this great temple of a world. The ir,r
corner stone was a block of light; and the j
trowel was of celestial crystal. All about ,
and on the embankments of cloud stood the j f
angelic choristers, unrolling their librettos ^
of overture, and other worlds clapped shin- i
ing cymbals while the ceremony went on,
and (jo:!, the architect, by stroko of light ?
after stroke of light, dedicate! this great
cathedral of a world, with mountains for !va
i pillars, and sky for frescoed ceiling, and ! W .
flowering fields for floors, and sunrise and
midnight aurora lor upholstery. ' W ho laid I ^r,e
. the corner stone thereof, when the morning I ^
tars sing together?" J"?*
The fact is that the whole universe wa5 a ' i,
complete cadence, an unbroken dithyramb, a 1 ?
musical portfolio. The great sheet of im- | ;ur
mensity had been spread out, and written on i ^
it were" the stars, the smaller of them minims, I f!e
the larger of thorn sustained notes. The 8 ai
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meteors niarKea we suia-aio (jaxw^oo, i
whole heavens a gamut, with all sounds,into- | *?
nations and modulations, the space between ?,op
the worlds a musical interval, trembling of F .
Stellar light a quaver, the thunder a bass
clef, the wind among trees a treble clef. . !
That is the way God made all things, a per- r? '
feet harmony. lun
But one day a harp of'-ing snapped in the Phe
great orchestra. Oi:9 day a voice sounded &nc
out of tune. One day a discord, harsh and I
terrific, grated ufx>n the glorious antiphonj-. for)
It was sin that made the dissonance, and that it o
harsh discord h is been sounding through the 1 it t
centuries. All the work of Cnristians, and j the
philanthropists, and reformers of all ages, is the
to slop that discord and get all things back rig]
into the perfect haiwony which was heard at the
the laying of the comer-stone when the i?s1
morning stars sang together. Before I get i sou
through, if I am divinely helped, I will make j anc
it plain that sin is discord and righteousae?s : are
I is harmony. j cor
That things in general are out of tune is as cur
plain as to a musician's ear is the unhappy enc
clash of clarionet and bassoon in an orches- dis<
tral rendering. or
The world's health out of tune: Weak lung "B
? -?- ?j?3 N
and the amosptiere in comsioa, uisuruereu i
eye and noonday light in quarrel, rheumatic ] an
limb and damp weather in sttruggle, neuralgias,
and pneumonias, and consumptions, | insl
and epilepsies in flocks swoop upon neighbor- the
hoods and cities. Where you find one person are
with sound throat, and " keen eyesight, and Chi
alert ear, and easy respiration, and regular ear
pulsation, and supple limb, and prime diges- on
lion, and steady nerves, you fina a hundred sta
who have to be very careful because this, or we
that, or the other physical function is disor- ow:
-dered ete:
The human intellect out of tuns: The to <
judgment wrongly swerved, or the memory to)
leaky, or the will weak, or the temper in- us i
flammable,and the well-balanced mind excep- sac
tional Domestic life out of tune: Not only nat
here and there a conjugal outbreak of incom- bo^
patibility of temper through the divorce | lift'
courts, or a filial outbreak about a father's | pla
will through the Surrogate's Court, or a case by
of wife-beating or husband poisoning through ma
the criminal couits, but thousands of fam- fra
ilies with June outside and January within, unt
? Society out of tune: Labor and capital; i thr
* * * *? o - _ * a. _ a I rj
their liands on eacti oiner s tnroats. opirit 01 i *
caste keeping those down in the social scale ! the
in a struggle to get up, and putting those I the
who are up in anxiety lest they have to coma j of
down. No wonder the old pianoforte of so- | ba^
ciety is all out of tune, when hyjiocrisy, and i bet
lying, and subterfuge, and double dealing, j sco
and sycophancy, and charlatanism, and re- j by
venge have for ti.UOO years being banging inv
?wuy at the keys and stamping the pedals. gre
On all sidts there is a perpetual shipwreck ant
of harmonies. Nations in discord. Without Yo
realizing it, so wrong is the feeling of nation vil
for nation that the symbols chosen are fierce pla
and destructive. 1 n this country, where our | wit
skies are full of robins and doves and morn- j str<
ing larks, we have for our national symbol the ! wh
fierce and filthy eagle, as immoral a bird as chc
can be found in all the ornithological cata- j tro
logues. In Great Britain, where they have ( chc
lambs and fallow deer, their symbol is the j loci
merciless lion. In Russia, where from b?- wil
tween her frozen north and blooming south ' tun
all kindly beasts dwoll, they choose the growl- ! be
ing bear; and in the world's heraldry a favor- j noi
ite figure is the dragon., which is a winged ; lat<
serpent, ferocious and dreadful. And so fond | but
is the world of contention that we climb out : anc
through the heavens and baptize one of the 1 as
other planets with the spirit of battle, and i cell
call it Mare, after the god of war, and we give j atti
to the eighth sign of the zodiac the name i do-'
of the scorpion, a creature which is chiefly J anc
celebrated for its dea lly sting. But, after ( as s
all, these symtols are expressive of the j not
wav nation feels toward nation. Discord I elm
widfe as the continent and bridging the seas, pri
I suppose you hav6 noticed how warmly in wil
love dry goods stores are with other dry sari
goods stores, and how highly grocerymen cof
Think of the sugars of the grocerymen on the not
same block. And in what a eulogistic way ant
allopathic and homoeopathic doctors speak of pri
each other, and how ministers will sometimes tun
put ministers on that beautiful cooking in- Stn
Btrument which the English call a spit, an ] def
iron roller with spikes on it, and turned by a of i
crank before a hot fire, and then if the inin- I
ister being roasted cries out against it. the the
men who are turning him say: "Hush, eve
brother! we are turning this spit for the thr
glory of God and the good of your soul, and voi
you must be quiet while we close the service bul
with: all
"Blest bi* the ties that binds det
Our hearts in Christian love." ^
The earth i3 diametored and circumfer- cor
enced with discord, and the music that was sat
rendered at the laying of the world's corner -Ail
stone, when the morning stars sang together, hal
is not heard now; and though here and there, "'a
from this and that part of society, and from S.r
this and that part of the earth, there comes of
up a thrilling solo of love, or a warble of the
worship, or a sweet duet of patience, they ski
are drowned out by a discord that shakes J
the earth. net
Paul says: "The whole creation groaneth;" soi
and while the nightingale, and the woodlark,
and the canary, and the plover, some- &ti
times sing so sweetly that their notes have
been written out in musical notation, and it eai
#Ann/l flint f.Ka t'lir-L-nri cintrQ in t.ho L'pV nf tilt
ID. and that the cormorant is a basso in the by
winged choir, yet sportsman's gun and the "A
autumnal blast often leave them ruffled and the
bleeding, or dead in meadow or forest. Paul an(
was right, for the groan in nature drowns ?n(
oat the prima donnas of the sky. *t?
Tartini, the great musical composer, ciri
dreamed one night that he made a contract ma
with Satan, the latter to be ever in the composer's
service. But one night he handed to
Satan a violin, on which Diabolus played
such sweet music that the composer was j?)"1
awakened by the emotion and tried to repro- for
duce the sounds, and therefrom was written ^ c
Tartini's most famous piece, entitled the
"Devil's Sonata," a dream ingenious but -"-fl
faulty, fog all melody descends from heaven, V'f
and only discords ascend from hell. All ha- .i11'1
treds, feuds, controversies, backbitinirs and
revenges are the devil's sonata are diubolic '!01
fugue, are demoniac phantasy, are Rranrt tha
inarch of doom, are allegro of perdition. .in':
Tint if in this world things in general are | i" '
out of tune to our frail oar, how much more j pos
so to ears angelic and deiflc. It take* a J stri
skilled artist full}* to appreciate disagreement i TIh
of sound. Many have no capacity to detect aft
a defect of musical execution, and, t'iou,'h "Ji
there were in one bar as many offenses me
against harmony as could crowd in between lia
the lower F of the bass and the higher G of jab
the soprano, it would give them no discom- ing
fort, while on the forehead of the educated the
artist beads of persdration would stand out we
as a result of tho harrowing dissonance, rin
While an amateur was performing on a on
Siano and had just struck tne wrong chord, sic
ohn Sebasian Bach, the immortal com- the
poser, entered the room, and the amateu- all
rose in embarrassment, and Bach rushed past ?
1 host, who stepped forward to greet him.
1 before the Iceyboard had stopped vibratput
his adroit hand upon the keys and
mged the painful inharmony into glorious
lence. Then Bach turned and gave saluion
to the host who had invited him.
Sut the worst of all discords is moral disd.
If society and the world are painfully
cordant to imperfect man,what must they
to a perfect God? I'eople try to deiine
at sin is. It seems to me that sin is getg
out of harmony with God, a disngreent
with His holiness, with His pnrity.with
> love, with His commands; our will clash:
with His will, the finite dashing against
infinite, the frail against the puissant, the
ated against the Creator. If a thousand
sicians, with flute, and cornet-a-piston,
1 trumpet, and violoncello, and hautboys,
I trombone, and all the wind and stringed
truments that ever gathered in a Dusself
jubilee, should resolve that they would
vout of tune anl putcon-ord to the rack,
i make the place wild with shrieking, ami
ting, and rasping sounds, the}- could not
ke such a pandemonium as that which
es in a sintul soul wnen uoa listens 10 me
y of its thoughts, passions and emotions?
:ord, lifelong discord, maddening dfscord.
i world pays more for discord than it
s for consonance. High prices have been
1 for mu^ic. One man gave $225 to bear
Swedish songstress in New York, and aner
$ii35 to hear her in Boston, and another
') to he:ir her in Providence. Fabulous
?es have been paid for sweet sounds, but
more has been paid for dis*ord. The
mean war cost $1,700,000.00'). and our
icriean cival war over $9,500,0<)0,0 )0, and
war debts of professed Christian nations
about $15,000,000,000, The world pay9
this red ticket, which admits it to the
urnalia of broken bones, and death a^os,
and destroyed cities, and plowed graves,
I cru.-hed hearts, anv amount of money
an asks. Discord! Discord!
lut I have ta tell you that the song
,t the morning stars sang together
the laying of the world's cornerne
is to be resumed again. Mozart's
atest overture was composed one night
en he was several times overpowered with
p, and artists say they can tell the places
;he music where he was falling asleep and
places where he awakened. .So the overa
nf mnrnin? stars snoken of in mv
t has been asleep, but it will awaken anil
more grandly rendered by the evening
i-s of the -world's existence than by the
ruing stars, and the vesp.*rs will be
>eter than the matins. The work of all
d men and women and of all good
[relies and all reform associations is to
tig the race back to the original harmony.
) rebellious heart to be attuned, social life
je attuned, commercial ethic* to bo ated,
internationaiity to be attuned, heniisresto
be attuned?but by what force
I in what way?
II olden time the choristers had a tuning
k with two prongs, and they would strike
11 the back of pew or music rack and put
0 the ear and then start the tune, and all
other voices would join. In modern orstra
the leader has a complete instrum ent,
litly attuned, and he sounds that, and all
other performers turn the keys of their
:ruments to make them correspond, and
nd the bow over the string, and listen,
1 sound out over again, until all the keys
screwed to concert pitch, and the disds
melt into one great symphony, and the
tain hoist-', and the baton taps, and audies
are raptured with Schumann's "Para?
and the Peri'' or Piossini's "Stabat Mater"
Bach's "Magnificat" in D, or Gounod's
edemption."
iow, our world can never dq ummeu uy
iin]>erfect instrument. Even a Cremona
uld not do. Heaven has ordained the only
trument, and it is made out of the wood of
cross, and the voices that accompany it
i imported voices, cantatrices of the first
ristmas night, when heaven serenaded the
th with "Glory to God in the highest and
earth peace, good will to men." Le.st we
rt too far off and get lost in generalities,
had better begin with ourselves, get 6ur
n hearts and life in harmony with the
rnal Christ. Oh, for His almighty spirit
ittune u^, to chord our will with his will,
modulate our life with his life, and bring
into unison with all that is pure and selfrificing
and heavenly. The strings of our
;ure are all broken and twisted, and the
v is so slack it cannot evoke anything meluous.
The iustrument made for heaven to
y on has been roughly twanged and struck
influences worldly and demoniac. O,
ster hand of Christ, restore this split and
ctured and despoiled and unstrung nature
;il it shall wail out for this sin, and then
ill with divine pardon.
'he whole world must also be attuned by
same power. A few days a^o 1 was in
Fairbanks weichme scale manufactory
Vermont. Six hundred hands, and they
e never had a strike. Complete harmony
ween labor and capital, the oijeratives of
res of years in their beautiful nome3 near
the mansions of the manufacturers, whose
eution and Christian behavior made the
at enterprise. So all the world over labor
I capital will be brought into euphony
u ma)- have heard what is called the "AnChorus,"
composed by Verdi, a tune
yed by hammers, great and small, now
h mighty stroke, and now with heavy
>ke, beating a great iron anvil. That is
at the world has got to como to?anvil
irus, yard stick chorus, shuttle chorus,
wel chorus, crowbar chorus, pickax
irus. gold mine chorus, rail track chorus,
omotive chorus. It can bo done, and it
1 be done. So all social life will be atied
by the Gospel harp. There will
as many classes in society as
v, but the classes will not be reguxl
by birth, or wealth, or accident,
by the scale of virtue and benevolence,
1 people will be assigned to their placjs
good, or very good, or most ex
eat. So also, commercial ute win ue
Lined, and there will be twelve in every
en and sixteen oun?es in every pound,
I apples at the bottom of the barrel vvill be
>ound as those on top, and silk goods will
be cotton, and sellers will not have to
irge honest people more than the right
ce because others will not pa)', and goods
1 come to you corresponding with the
np!e by which you purchased tiiem, and
fee will not be chickoried and sugar will
; bo sanded, and milk will not be chalked
I adulteration of food will be a State's
son offense. Aye, all things shall be atled,
Elections in England and the United
ites will no more be a grand carnival of
amation and scurrility, but the elevation
ighteous men in a righteous way.
n the Sixteenth century the singers, called
Fischer brothers, reached the lowe>t bass
>r recorded, and the highest note ever
illed was by La Bastardella, and Catalan's
ce had a compass of three and u hal f octaves,
: Christianity is more wonderful,for it runs
up and down the greatest heights and the
:pest depths of the world's necessity, and
fill compass every thing and bring it inaed
with the song which the morning stars
if' at. the lavinnr of thn world'scnrnpiv-itonn
i the sacred music in homes and concert
lis and churches tends toward this consuin.tion.
Make it more and more hearty,
lg in your families. Sing in your places
business. If we with proper spirit uo
se faculties, we are rehearing for the
es.
leaven is to have a new song, an entirely
* song, but I should not wonder if, as
netimes on earth a tune is fashioned out of
iny tunes, or it is one tune with the variaons,
so some of the songs of the redeemed
tv have playing through them the songs of
th, and how thrilling as coming through
> great anthem of the saved, accompanied
harpers with their harps, and trnni"ot<"-?
;h their trumpets, we should hear some of
i strains of Antioch, and Mount Pisgah,
i Coronation, and Lenox,and St Martm's,
1 Fountain, and Ariel and Old Hundred,
w they would bring to mind the praying
c-les, and communion days, and the Christs
festivals, and the church worship in
ich on earth we mingled! I have no idea
it when we bid farewell to earth we are to
. farewell to all these grand old Gospel
inns which melted and raptured our souls
so many years. Now, my friends, if sin
liscord and righteousness is harmony, let
get out of the one and enter the other,
ter our dreadful civil war was over, and in
summer of IStil), a great national peace
ii!ee was held in Boston, and as an elder of
5 church had been honored by the selec
1 or some oi ms mumi-, w uo i uiiuituii uu
t occasion, I accompanied hira to the
lilee. Forty thousand people sat and stood
.he great Coliseum erected for that pure.
Thousands of wind and stringed inunwnts.
Twelve thousand trained voices,
s masterpieces of all a^cs render^, honr
er hour, and day after day ? Handel's
idas Maccabieus," Spohr's "Last Judgnt,"
Beethoven's "Mount of Olives,"
ydn's "Creation," "Mendelssohn's "Elii,"
Meyerbeer's "Coronation March," rollon
and up in surges that billowed against
i heavens. The mighty cadence within
re accompanied on the outside by the
ging of the bells of the city and cannon
the commons, in exact time with the mudischarged
by electricity, thundering
ir awful bars of harmony that astounded
nations.
k>raetimes I bowed my head and wept,
Sometimes I stood up in the enchantment, f
and sometimes the effect was so overpowering
I felt I could not endure it. When all
the voices were in full chorus, and all She
batons in full wave, and all the orchestra in
full triumph, and a hundred anvils under
mighty hammers were in full clang, and all
the t .wers of the city rolled in their majestic j
sweetness, and the whole building quaked '
with the booin of thirty cannon, Parepa i
Rosa, with a voice that will never azaiu be !
equaled on earth until the archangelic voice
proclaims that time shall be no longer, rose
above all other sounds in her rendering of
our national air, the "Star Spangled Banner."
It was too much for a mortal, and
quite enough for an immortal, to hear, and
while somo fainted, one womanly spirit, released
under its power, sped away to be with !
God.
0 Lord, our God, quickly usher in the i
whole world's peace jubilee, and all;
islands of the sea join the five continents,
and all the voices and musical ;
instruments of all nations combine, and all'
the organs that ever sounded requiem of ,
sorrow sound only a grand march of q'oy, and |
all the bells that tolled for burial ring for '
resurrection, and all the cannon that ever j *
hurled death across the nations sound to
eternal victory, and over all the acclaim of j 1,
earth and miustrely of heaven there will be ! j'
heard one voice sweeteer and mightier than !
any human or angelic voice?a voice once J
full of tears, but now full of triumph?the j
voice of Christ saying: "I am Alpha and j
Omega, the beginning and the end, the first ;
and the last." "Then at the laying of the top- [ 5
stone of the world's history the same voices j ?
shall be hoard as when, at the laying of the ,
world's corner-stone, "the morning stars sang I ?
together." j *
TEMPERANCE. I:
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Thanksgiving Day.
Our grateful songs in rapture rise
For blessings from propitious skies,
And mercies daily granted here i
"Where plenty's star-lit banner flies.
Lo, when we dreamed a cloud was near, !
A bow spanned the bright hemisphere!
For bread the toilers need not lack j a
If at the plough he looks not back ! c
And winnows from his thoughts the tares. ' x
He'll find the shekels in his sack. | ]
And the "love-cup"' the favored shares ; t
From hands of angels unawares. * (
From teaming fields bronzed labor tills I t
Our vaults and bins and bnr.is are filled, ! ,
And we are taught to toil and trust. j j
Our gifts have been like rain distilled
Upon the "unjust and the just," i ,
Bringing the fruitage from the dust.
The Benjamin of nations born,
Our sacks are filled with golden corn,
Food fit for continents of kings. j
With faces sad and garments torn,
vv e ocvv noc nere; our Homage tilings
Us to the Cross, where Mercy clings.
TVe best can show our grateful zeal
By striving for our brother's weal,
Healing the wounded heart that bleeds, j
And by- our labors show we feel
Another's woes and heed his needs.
Goo-l thoughts are blest when coined in
deeds.
George IK. Bungay,in Temperance Advocate, j
Drunkenness Abroad.
When so many less momentous subjects !
are the topics lor discussion in international , j
und colonial congresses, it is gratifying to ! j
learn that we have at length such a congress j s
for the consideration of inebriety, or what j we
prefer to call drunkenness. Dr. Norman j j
Kerr delivered the opening addi-ess of the first ! ]
meeting at the "Westminster Town Hall, on j ?
the Oth inst. It is lamentable to find that in .
all civilized countries this vice?or, as the : '
Congress prefers to call it. this disease?is so I (
prevalent. The mo>t educated nations? ' (
Scotland, Germany, France?are as deeply ! ?
affected as others; and what is sadder still, i f
they are the most blameworthy in carrying : ,
the" materies morbi to uncivilized peoples, j
which are being demoralized and destroyed! i
by drink. Our own colonies are drinking ]
badly. Men of authority and medical ex- l
perience say that in Australia our fellow- t
subjects drink far beyond anything in ,
this country, and beyond their own i .
potations twenty years ago. Cheva- | j
| lier Max Proskowetz de rroskowmar- i .
storff stated at the Congress that in J
1 Aiietrin (lninVennpsa was increasing < .
everywhere on a dangerous scale. Dr? i '
Petithan, of Liege, reported alcoholism in |
Belgium to be increasing with frightful
rapidity. Everywhere there are temper- | >
ance reformers "and noble men who set a I
splendid example of sobriety and self-denial. !
'1 he leaders of medicine everywhere by their '
pathological and other medical studies de- j ,
monstrate the injury done by alcohol to the j
essential organs of the body?heart, liver, I
kidneys, brain and bladder. What is to be c
done against a disease so deep and a voice so ,
fasi in ting? Dr. T. D. Crothers thinks tbat
in the United States the time is not far dis- 1
tant when the drunkard will be taken from (
his home and from the street, and quarantined
in special hospitals. The inadequate | '
Habitual brunkard's bill of our own country j 5
is about to expire, and a few weak attempts !
at strengthening it are to be made. But 1
these are not radical remedies. Another sug- 5
gestion at the Congress was that school (
children should be taught the effects of 1
drink on health and national welfare. 1
This is to be commended. Here general
intelligence is not so much a safeguard as ! '
might have 1 ecu expected. Specific infor- j 1
mat ion drilled into the young of all the Euro- j
| pean scnoois seems louuiy cuuea mr. me
medical profession can do mu h. Statesmen J
and loyal families have a grave rosponsibili- ]
ty brought home to them l>y Canon Farrar
in a heavy indictment in this mouth's Con- j
tempori'tu Review, entitled "Africa and the j
Drink Trade," which is sad reading for the :
countrymen of Livingstone and Stanley. I i
England, Germany?especially Germany? j I
and the United States, the chief representa- i
tives of that religion of which Chan ning said: 1
"Christianity is the mighty power before I
which intemperance is to fall, 'are pouring ' 1
rum and other spirits into Africa as fast as i 1
their heartless traders can do it, without re- <
straint from their rulers ut home, and against '
the piteous cry of the hapless people and chiefs 1
of the country, who feel that it will destroy <
them, and that it is a woreo curse than the '
slave trade, which our fathers did so much 1
to exterminate.?London Lancet. \
Prohibition in Kansas. 1
Here in Kansas, after Prohibition was
adopted as long as oflicers neglected to per- ,
continue in business, there were speakers,
writers anil singers who insisted upon re verssing
th ngs and going bark to the old dramshop
act, because, they said: "It is impossible
to enforce the law." Three years ago at
least fifty newspapers in Kansas were abusing
the "prohibition law and pleading the
cause of t ie rum-selleis. But the law is enforced,
and not one paper in Kansas now advocates
the re establishment of the grogshop.
Here in this beaut.ful city of Topeka
the law conquered it step by step, and this
fine morning rinds us with a bona tide population
of nearly 50,000 people?twice as many
as we had three years ago?business is brisk,
streets are being paved, building is in progress,
railroad construction extending, the
people all busy, happy and hopeful, with a
pro.-peet ahead most encouraging, and not a
man. not a woman, not a paper advocating
the rum vender's business. We get along
weil without licensing dram-selling. We have
a clear, sober, prosperous city that all of us
are proud of, and nothing has helped us more
than our banishment of the saloon.?Topeka
Cubital.
xne Maine Plan the Best,
The British Medical Press and Circular
comments as follows upon the modern fashion
in dreut Britain of honoring brewers and of
making baronets of them: "While the torn
perun e cause is claimed to have been making
great advances of late years, governments
no matter what their particular political
views, liave shown themselves extremely,
and to our mind unduly, generous in confer
ring liuiiuifeuii tuu jiiiiiiTvij' ii'pimuiiiauvo c
of the drink-traffic. Tnere is hardly a name 1
which has become familiar from seeing it 01 1
bottles and casks, but is now embellished by ]
the addition of a title of some sort, though i i
is difficult to see on what grounds." T11
Maine plan of putting the brewers in prison
is a great improvement upon the prevalent
Li itish usage of conferring titles upon them. ?
?National Temperance Advocate.
Dr. TalmagC Not Much Dismayed. '
Editor The Voice:?If the Supremo Court c
decides against us. the liquor traffic will find j
that it has secured one victory too many.
That victory will arouse the nation. It will ,
be tlie death-knell of the liquor power.
T. De Witt Talmage.
Brooklyn, October 23,1887.
I
The "West Grove (Fenn,) Independent says:
"Less liquor, less crime; less crime, less law;
lesi law, fewer court officials; fewer court j
officials, lower taxation; lower taxation, j
more prosperity." (
* C
.RELIGIOUS READOTG.
I cannot do great things for Him
Who did so much for me,
But I would like to show my lore,
Dear Jesus, unto thee.
Faithful in every little thing,
0 Saviour, may I be I
Thero are small crosses I may take, i
Small burdens I may bear, ,
Small acts of faith and deeda of lovt, ,
Small sorrows I may share;
And little bits of work for thee
I may do ever}'where.
And so I ask thee, give me grace
My little place to fill,
That I may ever walk with thee
And ever do thy will,
And in each duty, great or small,
May I be faithful still.
Kevcrence.
There is 110 virtue, no grace, in postures
nd attitudes. This truth we do not question. I
Jut if we refuse to express reverence, we
hall soon cease to feel reverence. This also
5 a truth. It is not enough to be interested,
11 a general sense, in the services of the sanct,<iry.
"God is greatly to be feared [revernced]
in the assembly of the saints and in the
ongregation/' True reverence, real wor
hip, will express itself somehow, as long as
re are compounded of body and spirit
itarve expression, and how long will the
eelingendure? We are persuaded that it has |
leclined in many if not in most of our congr?* i
;ations. It is greatly to bo wished that it :
night be revived. But in order for it to be- j
orae a fixed babit of our souls, we need to j
idopt suitable methods of expression. We
hould feel more like praying if we adopted
ome attitude of prayer. By kneeling, bowng
the head, covering the eyes,?by some
odily action or attitude expressive of revernt
adoration,?wo shall be far more likely
0 cultivate the true spirit of devotion.?[Dr.
iusbnell.
Salvation a "Backsheesh."
There arc no difficulties and obscurities
ibout the gospel except such as we ourselves (
reate. What we think to be its dnrkness is (
eally our blindness. If thou dost not beieve
the gospel, why is it that thou dost not I
>elieve if f It is supported by the best of evi
1 ?J -* e 4-?ma Tha !
leilL'tJ, tUJU Jl ill JUHTJl. U> iUUIiHT Isi UC, Auo |
eason for thine unbelief lies partly in the I
latural tendency of the human heart towards
legulism. Human nature cannot beieve
in free grace. It is accustomed to buyng
and selling, and therefore it must bring
t price in its hand; to have everyhing
for nothing seems out of the question.
The notion of a wage to be earned is
natural enough, but that eternal life is the
;ift of God is not so readily perceived; yet so
t is. I have beard that a missionary, trying (
o make an Oriental understand salvation by > ?
^race. set it out in many ways to him and i <
ailed, until at last he cried, "Salvation is | j
he backsheesh of the Almighty." Then the ? ,
Eastern caught the idea. Eternal life is the 1
xee gift of CJod which he bestows on men I
lot because of anything in them or anything 1
:hey have done, or felt, t>r promised, but be- i
:ause of his own infinite bounty, ana the de- j
ight which he has in showing mercy.?[C. ,
I. Spurgeon.
\Vhnt the Lnw CouM Not Do. I
You step into a school-room which is tur- 1
ralent, dark, noisome, disorderly, uninvit- \
ng. Insolence is in the air( idleness in every .
.eat, and rebellion the spirit of the place. [
2ou have to seek the teacher before you find 1
lim, and are not pleased at what you see. | ]
Rules and regulations cover the walls; thou i
thalt and thou shalt not are the controlling <
wwers of the room; the pupils' brains are direited
from their books, devising means for 1
iluding the wording of the law. Slyness, de- I
?it, revolt, stand face to face with a <
cowl, a detective and a rod; the forces, j
;eacher and pupil,meet as enemies ;the school- j
oora is a battle ground.
Next door you enter and find a hive.
Heads all bowed, forms erect, rows in order.
tfoise is dead, disorder absent, turbulence 1
isleep. There is a gentle murmur of recita- 1
;ion. friend helping friend. Not a rule on the
vail, not an order on the board. Law is a
lead letter in a condition controlled by an
nvisible power?the spirit of the Master is
;here!
Twenty yerrs ago Five Points, New York, (
?-as notorious the world over as being the
most wicked und uncontrollable of hunanity's
haunt3. It was the home of the
nurderer, the den of thieves, the lair of all
;hat was wild, savage and untamed. Poverty,
suffering, vice nnd crime held riot in
ibis whirlpool of Satan. People dared not
ivalk through its midst by dark or daylight,
[t was truly "a God-forsaken region."'
Today I "walked tbrougli Five Joints and I
lid not know it!
To reach t-ho Third avenue Elevated Road
jom Broadway, 1 unwittingly passed richt
hrough the midst of Hell's anto-roora unscathed!
To be sure it ?:emed as if heaven and earth
together there in the sharp vortex of
streets which looks as though so many sew?rs
had lost their svay, and in rushing to find
It knocked foreheads in the disorderly, un;haped
court which innkf-s tl.e kemal proper
)f Five Points--a court in which neither
straight line, square nor angle appears for
ibout two and a half blocks each way.
True, lmlf-clad children, white, black, yellow,
green, and dirt colored, swarmed and
ivallowed. True, more than one poor wretch
iragged his slow length along in the feeble,
Jeeaycd, death-in-lifo conditions which
narks the inhabitants of more places than
;he five Points; but not one single policeman
lid 1 meet on the way. Express and diliv
?ry wagons rattled over the stones, the street
?ars with their respectable conductors and
irivors jogged cahnly on their way as peacetuny
as on broadway. One of the slanting
boundaries is composed of the elevated road,
with all its links of civilization, just as in the
uppest of up-towndistricts.
But there, in the attitude of a giant policeman,
steady, strong, firm, but not aggressive,
stood guard unwinkingly over the interests
of this metropolitan maelstrom, the eieantio
white building of the Five Joints Mission
church; its brand of office drawn clear and
sffaceable across its white forehead, and its
earious little adjuncts and annexes of schools,
free missions, hospitals, and chapels, like so '
many gentle handmaids stand around to aid 1
in the work of humanizing this devil's quar- i
tt>r_ ,
m astonishment, not unmixed with a
strange dread, I asked the gate-keeper of the ,
road, "Do you mean to tell me, sir, that this ,
place through which I have just passed is the
notorious Five Points of New York?"
"Indade, thin, the very some place it is,
but not the Five Points of twenty year ago
or more, whin I wur a young man. The like
j' you would niver a cum out to ax me the
}uistion, nor the con that'd thry to lade ye
out natliur. Yis, Five Points is a dacent <
inon^h place today." (
"W ell, what in the world has caused such ,
i remarkable change- How do you account ,
for its being like this, even as bad as it isf"
"Ah, thim schools and thitn churches! '
rhere's nawtliiu kin stand em. They dhruv ]
Hit and coaxed out, and when they couldn't j
jit em out no other way thoy just brought
...4-11 ?1... ,I:..:HI,?? tkntonnanivar 1
JUb ail lUt'UI>?.lUi; ITIJIVU vnuw m..v.
md the fare to conio back and"?
This then the key. This the cause of so 1
narvellous it change, the scourco of so much <
lidden power! This that had led out notonly \
awlessness but the law. This the reason that .
t could today walk unprotected through Fivi
Points, the quarter century ago wickedest :
place on earth, and not know itl
The same law was hero then as now, the (
same policeman, the samo jail. Thou shalt ,
ind thou shalt not swung from the'"billy" >
svet with the blood of the wretched victims, '
ind law's orders flapped in the sodden air '
jver the improvised scalfold of the lamp post, j
Law stood face to face with lawlessness in one
riotous combat, but was not able to conquer
t. Never was I so forcibly struck with respect
for tho subtlo, silent, restraining '
spirits, the church and the school, which, 3
stronger than law, have walked with us to- ]
jether side b* side ever since the country's ,
iirth, as I was today when I walked through (
Five Points, Now York, and aid not know '
t, for?"the spirit of the Master was there I" '
Tompcrnnt e News aiul Notes.
Chicago has so-callcd "high liceuse" and
- --I-"- -I? fpr>nf.n(ra1
ugubeeu mura ui soiuuu
Whitfield Cou.ity, Georgia, lias recently '
?en carried for prohibition by 400 maiority.
A LoikJou minister recently stated that in 1
me street in his locality thero are eighteen <
jublic-nouses ani one church. ,
The I/jyal Temperance Legion of EfTIng- ,
1am, 111., has an enrollment of 400 children. J
This is a remarkable number, since there are .
>nly 500 children in the town. 1
Texas, says the Safe Ballot, voted about (
140,00) good, clean, white bailote in favor oi '
imeudment. Tais vote was made up, even i
iccor ling to the admission of its enemies, (
.'j-om the molality, intelligence and respecta
aiiity of the State, wnich, to a minority, i*
equivalent to a victory. 1
AGRICULTURAL.
TOPICS OP INTEREST RELATIVE
TO FARM AND GARDEN.
Points In Tree-Planting.
A Western writer of experience tells
us that success in tree-planting depends
more upon the proper performance of
the work, and on the weather during the
following season, than on the exact time
the work is done. Trees should be replanted
about the same depth that they
grew in the nursery; this is readily seen
by the earth-stain on the bark. Don't ,
twist or crowd the roots into a small j
hole. Dig a large hole, and spread the
roots out straight; till the earth well I'
imong them, leaving no cavities or |,
(paces, and pack firmly. Mulching with !
:oarse manure, straw or leaves, is very j
jeuencuu 10 newiy-puiuiuu irecs. w aier- |
ng in dry weather is essential, and it j
ihould be done thoroughly, for it will j,
>e labor lost if done stingily.
Mast Profitable Cattle to Feed.
Yearlings that are well-grown and
J-year-olds are the most profitable cc-ttle
o buy for feeding. These may weigh 100
to 500 pounds for the first, and TOO
;o 800 pounds for the latter, if thev
lave been kept well, or one-fourth less
f otherwise. By feeding such as these
noro weight can be put ou them than
lpon older cattle. Well-kept youngsters
;an be made to gain one pound a day
from now until the same time next year,
i'earlings weighing ;5o0 to 400 pounds
nay do better, weighing S00 pounds <
ifter a year's feeding. A farmer who
joes into a business of feeding purchased ;
itock should have a few hundred bushels
>f turnips and feed a yearling a peek of
;nem siieea ana austca witn unin ana
;alt every day, with two quarts of cornneal,
and all the good hay he will
jat. A shed 50 feet by 20, divided into
20 pens 8 by 5 teet each, holding two
inimals, will accommodate 40 head of
pearling steers. By reraoviug the horns
;he animals will not quarrel and will do
nuch better.?Neto York Times.
Shelter for Sheep.
A Western North Carolina sheep keeper
says in the New York Tribune: The i
ihepherd should beware of too warm and
:lose housing, and of exposure of tlifl l'eet
:o wet, sloppy manure yards. Sheep arc
:oolish, weak and generally unfortunate
luimals?when they are neglected?but
:hey know some things. They will go in
when it rains and lie out when it is tine,
if they have proper accommodations.
My shed is closed at three sides aud open
to the south, and this open front has two
sets of half doors, one hanging from the
top; the other to a joist four feet from
the floor. The lower ones are always
jpen, except when some unusual necessity
requires them to be closed; the upper
doors are closed in the winter at all
times when storms and heavv winds pre
vail, but otherwise are open. The sheep
prefer the open yard, but in wet weather
Gjo in under shelter. The roomy yard is
closed in by a fence six feet high of 3inch
pickets four inches apart and two
barbed wires are run above the pickets
from post to post to keep out trespassers.
I sleep without fear of dogs. This shelter
is in a 50-acre lot of open woods and
the sheep come up every afternoon for a
little fodder or a few grains of corn.
Transplanting Quince Trees.
In taking up a tree great care is necessary
to preserve all its roots, large nnci
Bmall. If every root and rootlet cou d
be preserved intact, and then well placed
in the new locatiou, there would be little
check to its growth. The nearer we come
to this the better the prospect of success.
The length of the roots being reckoned
?i r* 1 fl>n nf fKn + i-nn \va r? a n
tell about how far from the base of the
tree we should begin to dig to get under
the outer portion of its roots. A fos-kcrl
Bpadeisthe best implement used, as it
does not cut the roots, and bruises them
but little. The digger should stand
with his side toward the tree, and this
fork will then go down so as to lift the
roots entire, by working from the outer
ends to the tree. The larger share of
fibrous roots will be found comparatively
near the surface.
As soon as the tree is dug, earth must
be thrown over its roots to keep them
from drying by sun or wind. A cloudy
day is desirable, and is all the better if
damp and without wind. If the tree has
been raised from seed it will have a tap
root; but if from a cutting there will be
only laterals to care for. If any roots are
bruised or broken in digging, it will be
well to pare off the bruised parts smoothly,
and cut the ends of broken roots with
a slant upward, so that the callus formed
will emit roots downward from these
cut ends. The hole for the trees should
De about two spaacs aeep, aua wiaer
thau the roots are long, la poor soil it
pays to dig a hole from four to six feet
across to plant a one-year tree, and still
wider for older trees. Throw out the
subsoil by itself, and either spread it
around on the surface, to be uctcd on by
3un, raiu, and frost or to be removed for
other uses. The top soil is then filled
into the bottom of the hole, and the tree
set on this, so as to be a little deeper
khan it was before. Fill in among the
roots with rich soil rather thau manure.
?Am'.rican Agriculturist
Drained Soil for Grape Vines.
Land for growing and ripening grapes
can hardly be too dry. It is the thorough
drainage secured by the loose,
3hell-like formation of the soil that gives
to some localities their great advantage
for this business. Of course high sum
rner temperature* are important for ripening
the fruit; but the warmth of the soil
more than of the air above it depends
upon its freedom from excess of moisture.
Evaporation always chills. When
surplus moisture is conduced down
through the subsoil into drains, evaporation
from the surface is reduced to the
minimum.
The time of year when the warming
2fleet of thorough drainage is most
plainly shown is early spring. As the
2xccss of water is carried downward the
tvarra air follows it, rapidly parting with
its heat to the soil through which it
passes. Kvcry rain sufficient to sink
:lown into the soil carries with it more '<
warmth. Whatever vegetable matter is
in the soil is stimulated by heat into
fermentation, and thus the warmth of
the soil is further increased. Taking I
the seasons through, if is not too much
to say that a dilFerence in warmth of
several degrees in the soil may be made
_>y thorough drainage, and this will in- i
nf fruit- ivhnn without- it -
sun; ijpuiiiij^ vta .. ?-?.
failure would certninly result. !
There will be no fear that the soil
tvill be made too dry for grapes. Some 1
)f the roots will strike down to moist i
!.irth, however deep they may have to i
,'0. California, where for mouths no i
ain falls, is one of the best grape-growng
States ia the Union. Though
ither vrgetation withers under excessive
leat and drought, the deep-rooted grape 1
nne ripens its fruit more perfectly than i
nywhere else. Vet doubtless iu most
jasos the larger part of tho grape roots
ire uot far from the surface where the 1
-
toil is only slightly moist during the hot,
dry season. It is the liability to exparience
cold rains at the time grapes should
ripen that makes this fruit so precarious
in our Eastern States. Could we have
uniform dry weather at this period, there
would be warmth enough to ripen almost
any variety. While it is impossible to
nrpvpnf rain wft mnv vet frrpaklv lessfin
their cooling effects on the soil by speed j
removal of surplus water.?Boston Cultivator.
Farm and Garden Notes,
Pave dry road dust for the hen houses.
Never smoko in barnyard or barn, nor
allow others to do so.
After securing your crop3 see to marketing
them profitably.
In setting out raspberry plants, don't
bury their roots too deep.
Do not leave farming tools and implements
exposed to the weather.
Joseph Harris regards clover as the
great renovating crop of American agriculture.
W. I). Philbrick snvs that potatoes and
roots of all kinds keep best in pits out of
doors.
Cut down all worthless fmit trees.
Thov fnrnish linrlinrinrr nlares for nnm
berless insects.
"To dispute the excellence of milk
made from good ensilage is to fly in the
face of facts," so says John Gould.
For potato culture the Rural New
York'.r advises to manure the land in the
fall and plow it under in the spring.
Tube rose bulbs that have bloomed
once are never to be depended upon again
for good blooms, and are best thrown
away.
Kerosene is excellent for cleaning off
old hardened gummy oil that ha3 accumulated
on mowers, scrapers and other farm
machines.
Onions that freeze and thaw out often
will rot. Keep them from freezing, or
freeze them and keep them in that condition
till spring.
Select seed corn carefully from the best
stalks, choosing the choicest ears, and
then hang them in a perfectly dyr place
where thev cannot freeze.
To guard against poultry lice keep the
nests clean, oil the roosts, and sprinkle
insect powder on the bodies of the fowls
and dust it ;n their nests.
The offer of a certain per cent, of the
net cash profits of the fair as premiums
is a new departure in the system of
awards at agricultural exhibitions.
According to Professor W. J. Beal, it
is by skillful green manuring that the
shifting sancls of Belgium have been
made the most fruitful fields of Europe.
Leather, as it slowly decomposes,gives
off fertilizing matter. Some people like
to bury old boots and shoes near giape
vines or trees where their valuable qualities
are utilized.
During the summer a great deal of
rubbish collects in the garden, and perhaps
in the orchard. All this ought to
be raked up and burned and otherwise
disposed of. If left on the ground it
furnishes feeding for iusects.
As a rule, all summer pruning checks
growth, and by producing maturity of
wood and fruit buds, iuduces fruitfulness.
All winter and early spring prun
llig Itivura glU>VlIIj I. c., taucca a Uivig
exuberant growth in the parts remaining.
The
Massachusetti Ploughman says the
best way to save liquid manure is to provide
absorbents in the barn cellar. Excellent
absorbents are dry meadow muck,
or dry sand or loam; these can be used in
bedding. Sawdust is highly recommended,
but while it is a good absorbent
it is not valuable for its fertilizing quality.
The liquid manure is considered as
one-half in fertilizing value to the manure
of the animal.
A lady who claims to have had twenty
years' success offers this recipe in the
Ohio Farmer, for keeping eggs. Take
good fresh eggs and rub them over with
melted lard, thus closing the pores of the
shell. Then put a layer of oats or bran
in a box and a layer of eggs, setting
them on the small end and not allowing
thein to touch each other, separating
them by oats or bran. In this way fill
the box and the eggs will keep fresh.
A poultry-raiser tells the Maine Farmer
that when he culs a chicken's wings
he gets some one to hold the bird; then
takes the wing and stretches it out, and
with a sharn knife commences near the
body, leaving three or four of the quill
feathers next the body without cutting,
and cuts all the rest except three or four
at the tip end. That will take the wind
out of their sails and prevent flying. The
feathors left at the tip of the wing enables
the hen to keep her eggs in place
if you let her sit. and when the wing is
shut up it does not disfigure her.
The Great Mines of the World.
The world-famed Potosi mines of Bolivia
yielded from 1540 to 1790, a period
of 244 years, $1,000,000,000. This sum
is large, but to obtain it the labor of five
generations of miners was required. In
i ? T,nni.n 4lm PnmQtnflf min
twuuiy-auvcu jrcuio
have yielded $410,000,000, and a newsystem
of working is being inaugurated
by which the lode will be made to yield
as much more in the next thirty years.
But three mincsiu all the world have produced
more bullion than the Comstock.
These are the I'otosi with $1,000,000,000;
Sierra Madre, $800,000,000; and the Rio
Grande, $6.30,000,000. Nexttothe Comstock
comes the Ycta Madre with a yield
of $33.i,945,000. The next in order, the
Parmiliian, with $70,000,000, show a
quick drop, and the yield of other mines
of note then runs from $30,000,000 down
to $10,000,000. The annual production
of the whole world is now $200,000,000.
Ilalf of this amount is produced in the
United States. For twenty-five years
past India lias absorbed $38,000,000, and
China $0,000,000, being $47,000,000 a
year. There areannuallv used in the arts
in the United Slates gold and silver bullion
to the value of $1.>,000,000, and in
the rest of the world not less than $35,000,000,
making a total of $50,000,000,
and for loss and abrasion, $3,000,000
more may be set down. Thus there is
left for the purpose of coinage for the
whole world $100,0:10,000. The figures
are from the Virginia (New) Eitta jirhe.
The production in the United States in
in*." ncoordinff to oiHcial reports, was
$So,400.000. T?ic highest figure pn-viously
reached was $!K>,487,74! in IS 7^.
A Simple Test of a Log.
The following paragraph has appeared
ill several of our exchanges. It mil be
ray easily tested, and may prove a valuable
"wriuklc" to log buyers:
The soundness of a log of timber may
be ascertained by placing the ear to one
2nd of it, while another person delivers
% succession of sharp blows with a hammer
or mallet upon the opposite end,
when the continuance of the vibrations
will indicate to an experienced ear even
the degree of soundness. If onlyaduil
thud meets the c ir, the listener may be
certain that unsoundness exists.
Cougars, near Idaho City, Idaho, have
destroyed a number of young colts lately.
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FACTS FOR THE CURIOUS.
A mastodon's tusk, four feet lon?, has
recently been placed in the PaWio
Musetlm in Milwaukee. It was founcTAt
Dover, Wis.
New York is said to have 800 babies
born of Chinese fathers and American'
mothers. They all look more Chinese
than American.
A correspondent writes from Adrianople
that he saw a Turkish porter walking
briskly down the street with a heavy
American piano strapped on his back.
Poppoea, the wife of Nero, is said to
have invented masks to guard her complexion
from the sun; but theatrical
masks were in use among the Greeks and
Romans.
A wooden case containing a complete
set of surgical instruments, many of
which are similar to those used at the
present day, was a recent discovery at
Pompeii.
There is a difference of eighty-one
years in the time which the Jews spent
in Egypt in the account of Exodus and
that of Josephus, the former making it a
period of 430 years and the latter 511.
A young man fishing in a small lake .
near Madison, Wis., was in the act of
extracting the hook from the mouth of a
black bass when the fish flopped up into
his face and bit him severely on the
nose.
A Dutchman of the sixteenth century
painted a landscape the size of a grain of
wheat, in which was to be plainly discerned
a mill, a miller going upstairs
with a sack of corn on his back, ana some
peasants going along a winding country
road. ,
The fibre of silk is the longest continuous
fibre known. An ordinary cocoon
of a well fed silk worm will often
reel 1,000 yards, and reliable accounts. --V
are given of a cocoon yielding 1,295
yards, or a fibre nearly three-quarters of
a mile in length.
Popular belief has at times ascribed to
children born on Halloween the possession
of certain mysterious faculties,
among which was the power of perceiv ?
- 3 T..n;? :n.
ing anu uoiumg converse wnu fpuiw.
Sir "Walter Scott makes use of this superstition
in his romance, "The Monastery."
A ''bearded pebble," as he calls-it, is
in possession of a Norwich (Conn.) man.
It came from Crab Ledge, near Nan- ?
tucket, is about as large as a hen's egg,
and on its smooth surface is a mass of
filaments that resemble nothing so much
as hair. The stone has been out of water
for nearly two years, and yet the hpirs,
which are over an inch long, look vigorous
and life-like. It is said that a
Massachusetts collector has one of these
stones that has been out of the water for
forty years, in which time the hairs have
doubled in length.
How Jenny Lind Sang: "Sweet Home."
She was not beautiful, yet when she
sang, and especially when she sang sacred
music, her face became transfigured with
an unearthly loveliness. At these moments
she nrght have served as a model
for Jeanne d'Arc listening to the voices
of her angel visitants. In secular music
she proved her incontestable dramatic
powers. I think it was this quality that
made her singing of English ballads so
nnnnlar. The delicious coauetrv and
mirthfulness of her interpretation of
"Comin' Thro' the Rye," the tender
pathos of her "Home, Sweet Home," wiH
never be forgotten by those who were 86
fortunate as to hear them. In that last
song she introduced a long silver-toned
trill at the lines "The birds gayly sing?
ing that came at my call," the effect of
which was marvelous, but less so than . *
the impassioned depth of pathos that she
imparted to the whole hackneyed but
ever-touching song. It was beyond
description, that wail of an exile for the
home that he should nevermore behold.?
Lucy Hooper.
Strength of An Octopus.
As to the strength of an octopus, say?
a writerin the New York Sun, I will tell
you what four or five of U3 oncc saw at
one of the Spice Islands. There was a
vnwl flnatincr astern of a small trading
schooner anchored off the beach. 1 was
on the schooner talking with the Captain,
and his crew of five men were all
dcck, when an octopus rose on the port
side of the yawl and flung three of his
tentacles into it. "We saw every thiDg
from Ihe first move. The arms, sliding
about, found nothing to lay hold of, and
then, as if the octopus was indignant at
his ill-luck, he capsized the yawl in a
twinkling. The water was not over
twelve feet there, and, getting a hold on
the rocks, he pulled the yawl astern until
lie broke the painter, which was a new
inch rope. The strength displayed in
that movement wa9 equal to that of a
draught horse, but he was not using
more than a third of his power.
For a Lost Grave.
Recently waudcring through the village
cemetery, I noticed a grauite slab
leaning against the white board fenoT
and inquiring of a bright-eyed, rosycheeked
ten-year-old girl who had volunteered
to conduct me safely through
the cemetery, the meaning of the tombBtone
leaning against the fence.
"That," she replied, ''is for a lost
grave."
'But what do you mean by a lost
grave?"
"Oh, the story is that years and years
ago a little boy died and the family
| didn't have the money to erect a monument
over the grave. So they drove a
[ stake down and after awhile moved
awav. They are wealthy now, but when
they came back with the monument and
were ready to put it up at the grave of
the little boy they could not find the
grave. That's the story. Isn't it a sad
one?"? Toledo Blade.
A Douhlfi.Jointcd People.
The Samoans are double-jointed," says
a resident of the Navigator group, "and
that is why they are such fine aancere,
and arc, altogether, the most graceful
people in the world. Their limbs at the
knee-joint, their nrms at the elbows and
their shoulders with their ball and socket
joints, arc reversible in a way that would
astonish you. The elbow and knee-joints
can be bent exactly contrary to the
natural condition of all other persons.
"The missionaries have taught the
Samoans to avoid profanity, and they
never swear in their presence, but outside
of it they think it is all right, and I
Vinvo hp.-ird thpin puss likn trnonors.and a
half-hour after lead a family prayer with
a fervor that is amazing. They aro a
devout people, and, with all their
occasional profanity, are never angry.
They are the most even-tempered people
I ever saw."
A Domestic Idyl.
After the baby came bow changed tho place!
The old man brightened with a newer gracet
The roses grew more thickly round the door,
And softer were the sunbeams on the floor,
Full sweeter was the song of every bird
From that glad day his little voice was heard
Crowing and cooing in such queer delightBut
there was more walking done at night
After the baby came.
?//arjw's Bazar.

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