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The w^rm sun beating down on my
face awakened me. I opened my eyes
and looked up. The sails hung loose
on the yards. I could feel no motion.
I got on my feet and looked around
The yacht was grounded.
I rubbed my eyes to make sure the
vision wa3 a true one. '
There was land, sure enough. The
yacht had gone ashore on alow, sandy
beach, where the gradually sloping
bottom led out about two hundred feet
to where the yacht had plunged her
nose into the sand. On the land were
trees and green grass.
It had not been very long since 11
had seen grass and trees in California,
but the grass and trees on that
island seemed the most inviting
and refreshing green I had ever
looked at. It looked most luxurious
and cool in there. Whether this was
an island or part of the mainland ;I
could not tell. If an island, it was a
large one.
Had I been alone, I would, in my
eagerness, have jumped into the water
uud gained the . land at once. But
?~Ua IA flra f
some iueitua ?uj iv ua ucuo^u w gu >
Miss Arnold from the yacht in safety.
As yet, she was probably fast asleep,
ignorant of the fact that the coast of
China was right under our very nose3.
My wounded arm no longer troubled
me. The wound had been only a
slight one, and all traces of soreness
had now disappeared; and I felt I
could use the injured member as well
as the other limb.
I went to the companion-way and
called her.
Perhaps she had been awake, or
perhaps she wa3 a light sleeper. At
any rate, she answered immediately
in a sweet, cherry voice, and said she
would be on deck soon.
"Hurry up, Miss Arnold," I called.
"I want to show you something."
"All right, in a moment," she [replied.
When she came on deck she gave a
quick glance at the land and a look of
glad surprise came over her face.
"Why, we are landed!" she ex?
1 L tTTTl J * -3 ft ?|
claimed. "wueu uxu jjuu uiduuvc*
"When I awoke. In fact, I didn't
discover it at all. It discovered me.
I had been fast asleep since you left
me last night and did not know a
thing until a few minutes ago. We
simply ran aground." '
"Are we stuck in the mud?"
"I don't know whether it is mud or
sand, but we are fast enough. I fancy
the tide is ebbing, and the yacht will :
Boon list to one 6ide."
"Then we shall be upset." ?
"Possibly. But before that hap- 1
pens I shall endeavor to reach dry
ground. Even now we haven't much
time to lose. The water is receding
,1 I*r "Ha rAn nnf nnfi/*a a rlonirlpH
iaj71V|l f X/V JVf **VW ??VV*VV M
lean to the yacht?"
"Why yes; we could coast down
the deck."
"We may coast off the deck and get
wet. We had better swallow a bit of
breakfast and get ready to land. We
will wait, of course, as long as possible,
for every foot the tide recedes
means so much less water to wade
throu gn."
"Shall you carry anything ashore?"
"Yes. To begin with, I exp;ct to
carry yon. Then I shall come bac?
and take whatever is portable. We
shall need many things if we stay on
land, particularly the foods that are
not perishable. I will attend to them
at once."
I went below and hastily made up a
large pack containing the things I
thought we would need most. Miss
Arnold quickly prepared herself for
the landing.
I got on the rail and jumped into
the water. It did not come above the
tops of my big boots. She cautiously
stepped up and then, bending down,
clasped me around the neck. Taking
Iter in my arms as easny as mougn
ehe were a baby, I splashed through
the water to the Bhore.
"There youbare, me 'earty," I said,
putting her down where she could go
dry-shod. "That was an act worthy
of a sea-captain."
"Indeed, it was; you are as strong
as a lion."
"Not quite. However, I am strong
enough for present emergencies. Have
you the pistol?"
"Yes, I put it in my pocket after I
?used it."
"Very good. Now stand right here
until I return. I may have to make
several trips to the yacht. I am even
going to briug the stove ashore."
"The stove! Why, what do you
-want with the stove?"
"We have to remain here some time,
and it will do to make coffee and cook
"If we nre to remain here so long,
we shall die here," the said mournfully.
"Why not leave the things until
we learn what kind of land we are
on? Then, if it proves to be an
island, we can sail away again without
putting bacli all the things."
"I don't know but your plan is
best," I replied. "But I must get
the rifle and cartridges. They are indispensable.
I tramped into the water again and
boarded the yacht. I took a silk
pillow-bag and filled it with cofl'ee,
sugar, rice and a few of the caus of
.i_i ? t i ?- t
vegeiauiea. i luuau an Ui, Iiuiuu jl
thought might be useful, and with
these things, my rifle and ammunition,
I weut back to Miss Arnold.
"There is ouo thing I overlooked,"
I said, "and it is something that must
be done."
"I must anchor the yacht, for at |
fall tide she might float off.'
"Yes, that is true," sho replied.
Once more I splashed my way to
the yacht. I tool: all I could carry,
with the anchor to drag, and started
inland again.
The anchor was too heavy; I left it;
>n the sand. j
r **
IBCIT BOKSa'S S07T9.') ^
"It may hold or it may not," I said,
"but that is the best I can do."
"Are your feet wet?" she inquired .
anxiously, -when I joined her.
"No. Cha Fong knew a trick or
two when he bought these boots; they
are 'waterproof."
"That is good. Now what shall we
do, now that we are on land?"
"The very first thing is to get a .
comfortable spot and sit down to talk
over the situation. There eeems to be ,
plenty of comfortable spots. Let us '
go up there on the knoll and. get under ,
the big palms."
"Very well. Let me carry some
thing." j
"You can carry the rifle. This pack j
is too heavy for you. I can manage
that. I guess you'll have to take the {
ax, too," 1
Thus equipped, we made our way to ,
the spot I had pointed out, and put
down our loads. :
"Well, we are on land, at least. We :
are on the land, it is true; but what 3
land? This is a strange part of the
world. The wildest men may live (
within a fftw miles of a trreat town. If i
this is China?and Ijdo not see bow it j
can be anything else?we are not in (
any part that is familiar to me. So ,
we cannot be near Hong Kong. If we
meet with savage men, we are no bet- <
ter off than before."
"Miss Arnold," I said, "we can ]
meet with no more savage men than ;
those we have already met. I do not (
fear the meeting with men so much as (
I do wild beasts. And as for this be- ]
ing China, it is certainly the mainland \
or an island on the coast. Do you
know of any island that might fill the ]
bill?" !
"I know the island of Formosa is 1
east of Hong Kong nearly two days' i
sail. The island of Hainan is about
the same distance west. These islands <
are both large and inhabited. In t
fact, they contain large cities. Then ?
Hong Kong itself is on an island, but
there are no parts of the island left in ]
pristine simplicity such as we have ?
here. You could not go in any part *
of the island of Hong Kong without \
meeting people. My knowledge of the s
China Sea reaches no farther. If we 1
are not on Hainan or Formosa or the i
mainland, then I do not know where a
we are." t
I Hat down on a log to think. c
Miss Arnold sat on tUe other end of
the log and looked atme disconsolate- e
Ij- i
"I don't see bnt one thftjg for us to r
do," I said, soberly. ]
"What is that?" she asked. 1:
"We must make a tramp for it. We t
may not be far from humau^habitation, t
and we may. But sitting here will s
not help us out any. They will not t
come to us. We must go to them." t
"I am ready to do anything you r
think is best," she said.
"By following the coast," I con- r
tinued, "we may reach a fishing-village.
We may at least chance upon a a
hunting-party. We cannot make rapid f
progress. In the first place, it will j.
not be safe to leave any of our sup- j
plies behind, for we may lose them, t
More than that, we don't want to lose f
time in countermarches. So we must \
carry our pack as we go. It will not
rln pither tn tire von. so we must be v
> ? " ?? 1/ * ? -- ? i.
content to do a little every day until s
we fetch lip somewhere." a
Miss Arnold was very pale. My
plan was not particularly reassuring.
"But what of the yacht? Shall we
not continue to use it?"
,;I have thought of that, but I do
not as yet give up the idea that this c
land is inhabited. If we do not find J
traces of human presence by nightfall, c
we will consider a plan of taking the y
yacht along the coast with us. I am j
so poor a sailor, however, that I do j
not care to risk our lives in it. I have c
heard that the China Sea is frequently f
swept by terrific typhoons, that come t
up without warning and destroy every- T
thing in their paths. A very insigniti- t
cant squall would be more than a match c
for my poor seamanship, so we had ]
better be content on land." i
"Very well, just as you say." *}
"Let me reconnoiter." (
I walked a few steps into the thicket ^
and performed a semicircle around the i
spot where Miss Arnold stood. t
The land upon which we had drifted g
was very fertile. Great flowering trees r
and bushes grew in abundance as Jar a
as the eye could see. Everywhere, on ?
every hand, were countless myriads of r
gay-colored and beautiful flowers.
Ferns of the most beautiful pattern
grew thick around hassocks or rocks.
There were not many of these rocks,
but the few to be seen were as white i
as Ja'.abaster. Their highly polished I
surfaces contrasted beautifully with 'J
the rich green of the mosses and ferns (
that clung to them. Along the coast ?
the way seemed clear enough, but to i
get inland one must fight his way i
through the jungle. The air was fra- ]
grant with per rimes of iraiy flowera% i
We saw innumerable small birds, ?
some gorgeous in plumage and sweet <
in song, and great numbers of small f
animals gave a spice of life to the ]
grand and noble scene. t
"It is a beautiful spot," said Miss <
Arnold. 5
"A veritable Garden of Eden." <
"But beauty is not always safety, i
Shall we stay here any longer?" ;
"No; there is no need. It would 1
be simply a waste of time." 1
I picked up the pack and, with
a cord made of grass, bound
the other things together. I gave
the rifle to Miss. Arnold to carry. 1
With a last look at the yacht, which <
was gracefully lying on its side, we (
turned away from '.he spot and started 1
off down the coast. Wc walked per- !
haps a mile. I began to feel the weight 1
of my burden. i
"These tilings seem to weign tons, ' 1
I paid, putting thlem down on the 1
grass. "Let us have a rest before we '
go any further." 1
We sat down on a moss-grown rock. <
Miss Arnold buried her face in her i
hands. I had never been a praying s
mau, but the unuttered prayer that I j 1
knew went up from my courageous
companion's lieart was warmly endorsed
in my own. I knew she was
nvowinrr fnv Atir aofpfv
[y* *v* w%4fc " *** v "J *
We had not sat long, wlien I suddenly
became aware of a change in the
appearance of the water. It had taken
on a turgid, ugly look, that startled
me. Away on the horizon I saw a
peculiar streak of white.
I was about to speak of it, when
Miss Arnold touched me on the arm.
"Doctor Crickmore," she said,
calmly, "I saw once, on the coast,
near Hong Ivong, just such a sea as
that. It was followed by a terrific
storm. Nothing can equal in fury
the tempest of the southern eeas. We
?: n
art! ??U1LL? LU ICCl Ul&b iui j iiu >r .
"Then we mast seek shelter of some
Lind. We are not safe here. Come
farther into the forest. There may bo
safety there."
We took our goods and made our
way inland a few hundred feet. Here
the trees were of great size and
strength. I selected three that stood
near each other, forming the angles of
a triangle. This triangle covered
about four feet of space. Hastily
pulling the yacht's ax from the pack,
T cut some saplings and a quantity of
thick running vines. I made sides
for the triangles with boughs and
fines, and bound them firmly together
with ropes of grass, hastily
twisted. Not a word was spoken by
either of us as we worked.
The trees began to bend before the
rising storm. The black clouds could
now be seen rushing toward us. No
rain had as yet fallen.
We had but finished the covering i
jf our little hut when the storm broke
in all its mighty fury. We bad left a |
small opening in one side of the trimgle.
Into this we rushed and
Iragged our pack.
Tbe inclosure was small, but it
served as a protection.
How the wind blew! The bending
ow of the great trees could be felt.
The roof of our cupboard threatened
;very moment ,to soar away. We
;ould not talk. No voice could be
leard above the roar and thunder of
;he storm.
But little rain fell. Had there
seen a great downpour, our shelter
vould havo been no shelter at all.
But as it was, we escaped without a
The storm lasted an hour. At the
;n<? of that time we emerged, cramped
md stiff from kneeling in one position
10 long.
My first thought was of the yacht.
[ ran to a point from which I could
>ee the spot where we had grounded.
The,yacht was gone. I called Miss
Infold, and she soon stood by my
tide. We strained out eyes and
ooked away up and down the <;oast,
>ut no yacht was there. Finally,
iw&y out to sea; we fancied we saw
he .upturned hull of a vessel being
Iriven before the waves.
"We are in for it now, anyhow," I
laid. "Willy nilly, this is our abidng
place until somebody comes to our
elief, or until we come upon a town.
3ut don't \forry." I wanted to keep
ler spirits from drcoping. "Surely
his nob'.espot has not escaped the noice
of man. We must run across
ome kind of a habitation. Let us
ramp on. Doubting and faltering
rill avail us nothing. Are you
"Yes," she replied quietly. "I am
mAw, "
We continued a short distance
.long the coast, and then encamped
or the night. I built a smay, rude
int for Miss Arnold to sleep under.
Lfter a light supper we sat a short
ime talking and listening for a hopeul
sound. But no human voice
>roke the stillness.
Miss Arnold retired to her little
int, and, after a while, I threw inyelf
on the grass and was soon sound
Derrlshe* Were Not MaBHacred.
General Lord Kitchener, in the
ourse of a recent conversation with a
jondon reporter, gave an explicit
lenial to the story that the killing of
rounded Dervishes was an organized
ncident 'of the Egyptian campaign,
t is wholly untrue, he declared, that
:ompanies were told off even to search
or the wounded enemy, much less to
:ill them. It is not denied that
rounded Arabs "were left to die on
lie field in thousands," but that
:ould not be helped, since British and
Egyptian surgeons were fully occupied
n attending to their own wounded.
Che Sirdar said that on entering
)mdurman he issued an order calling
ipon the people to go out and bring
n their wounded, but only those who
lad relatives responded to the appeal.
Such wounded as could be brought in
eceived every possible attention, and,
ls a matter of fact, between six and
leven thousand are now under treatnent
in the Omdurman hospitalc.
The Peanut Industry.
The laetst thing in the way of trusts
s a peanut combine. Very few peo
>ie realize me extern, ui iue iuuuoujt,
Che value of the crop is between $5,)00,000
and $6,000,000 annually, and
ibout So,000,000 is invested in cleanup
establishments. Four of them are
ocated at Norfolk, eight at Richmond,
Petersburg, Dauville and other places
n Virgiuiu; three at Cincinnati, two
it St. Louis and three others in differ;nt
parts of the Southwest. The largest
jstablishnient belongs to Gwaltney &
Bunk'.ey, at Smithtield, Ya., where
hey haudle about twenty-five per cent.
)f the entire peanut crop of the United
States. All of the seventeen other
:oucerns have agreed to combine their
nterests so as to cuutrol the product
ind .increase prices and profits,which,
hrough competition, are now very
Color In War.
The colors of military uniforms have
aeen subjected to practical tests in
liermany. It was found that light I
woo /?r\l/"* ? IaoI a cinrV*f I
5' "J " "mi iuo? ii/
;hen most unexpectedly came scarlet.
Dark gray, blue and green followed in
:he order given. In target practice
scarlet proved the most difficult to
hit. The "thin red line of heroes" is
thus jjractically vindicated. It is
'ouud that under the violet tinge of
the electric light green is tlie best
:olor to escape detection, which gives
i suggestion for naval men, whose
ships are to be exposed to the searchlights
of the enemy.
Subject: Whispered Venom?The Voice ol
the Gossip Like the Serpent's HlssI'urveyors
of Idle Tales Are Polsoneri
of Society?An Arraignment of Liars.
[Copyright, Louis Klopsch, 18?9.]
Washisgton, D. C.?In this discourse
Dr. Talmage vigorously arraigns ono ol
the great evils tliat have cursed tbe wirlC
and urges generous interpretation of the
character of others; test, Romans i.,29
"Full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity;
Paul was here calling thelong roll of th?
world's villainy, and he puts in tho midsl
of this roll those persons known in nil cities
and communities and places as whisperers
They arc so called because they cenerallj
speak under voico and in a confidential
way, their band to the side of their mouti
ncting as a funnel to keep the precious information
from wandering into the wrong
car. They speak softly not because tbej
havo lack of lung force or because they arc
overpowered with the spirit of gentleness
but because they want to escape the consequences
of defamation. If no one hears
but the person whispered unto, and the offender
be arraigned, he can deny the whole
thing, for whisperers are always flrst-clasE
liars 1
OULLltJ peupjo Wui3|;ot ucwausrj IUDJ UIC
hoarse from a cold or because they wish, to
convey some useful information without
disturbing others, but th9 creatures photographed
by the apostle in my text give
muffled utterance from sinister and depraved
motive, and sometimes you can
only hear the sibilant sound as the letter
"S" drops from the tongue into the listening
oar, the brief hissjof the serpent as it
projects its venom.
Whisperers are masculine and feminine,
with a tendency to majority on the side ol
those who are called "the lords ol
creation." Whisperers are heard at everj
window of bank cashier and are heard in
all counting rooms as well as in sewing
societies and at meetings of asylum directors
and managers. They are the worst
foes of society, responsible for miseries innumerable;
they are the scavengers of the
world, driving their cart through every
community, and to-day I holdup for your
holy anathema and execration these
From the frequency with which Paul
speaks of them under different titles I conclude
that he must have suffered somewhat
from them. His personal presence
was very defective, ana that made him,
Eerhaps, the target of their ridicule. And,
esides that, he was a bachelor, persisting
in hisfcelibacy down into the sixties, indeed
all the way through, and, some having
failed in their connubial designs upon
him. the little missionary was put under
the irking Are of these whisperers. He
was no doubt a rare morsel for their scandalizatlon,
nnd he cannot keep his
patience any longer, and he lays hold of
these miscrsants or the tongue and gives
them a very hard setting down In my text
among the scoundrelly and the mnrderous.
"Envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity;
The law of libel makes quick and stout
grip of open slander. If I should In n
plain way, calling you by name, charge
you with fraud or theft or murder or un>
cleanness, to-morrow morning I might have
feremptory documents Berved on me, and
would have to pay in dollars and cents
for the damage I had dono your character,
But these creatures spoken of In my text
are so small that they escape the fine tootb
comb of the law. They go on, and they gc
on, escaping the judges and the juries nnd
the penitentiaries. The district nttornej
cannot find them, the sheriff cnnnot find
tbem, the grand jury cannot find them,
Shut tbem off from one route of perfidy and
they start on another. You cannot by the
force of moral sentiment persuade them to
desist. You might as well read the Teu
Commandments to a flock of crows, {expecting
them to retreat under the force ol
moral sentiment. They are to be found
everywhere, these whisperers. I think
their paradise is a couutry village of about
1000 or 2000 people, where everybody
knows everybody. But they also are to be
found in large quantities in all our cities,
They have a prying disposition. Thej
look into the basement windows at the
tables of their neighbors and can tell just
what they have morning and night to eat.
Thoy can see as far through a keyhole R9
other people can see with a door wide
open. Tbey can hear conversation on the
opposite side of the room. Indoed, the
world to tbem is a whispering gallery.
They always put the worst construction on
Some morning a wife descends into the
street, her eyes damp with tears, and that
Is a stimulus to the tattler and is enough
to set up a business for three or foui
weeks. "I guess that husband and wife
don't live happily together. I wonder if he
hasn't been abusing her? It's outrageous.
He ought to be disciplined. He ought to
be brought up before the cliurcb. I'll go
right over to my neighbors and I'll let
them know about this ma'.ter." She
rushes in all out of breath to a neighbor's
bouse and says: "Ob, Mrs. Allear, have
you heard the dreadful news? Why, oui
neighbor, poor thing, came down off the
atotia In a flnnrl r\t tpnra That lirntrt ftf a
husband baa beeu abusing her. Well, It's
lust as I expected. I saw him the otbei
afternoon very smiling and very gracious
to some one who smiled back, and I
thought I would just go up to bim and tell
him he had better go home and look after
his wife and family, who probably at that
very time were upstairs crying their eyes
out. 01), Mrs. Allear, do have your husband
go over and put an end to this
trouble. It's simply outrageous tbat our
neighborhood should be disturbed in this
way. It's awful."
The fact is that ODe man or woman set
on lire of this hellish spirit will keep a
wbole neighborhood a-boil. It does not
require any 7ery groat brain. Tho chief
requisition is tbat the woman bave a small
family or no family at all, because if she
have a larce family, then sbe would have
to stay at home and look after them. It Is
very important that sbe be single or bave
ao children at all, and then she can attend
ull cortfotc r\9 tho And all
the time. A woman with a large family
makes a very poor whisperer.
It is astonishing how these whisperers
gather up everything. They know everything
that happens. There are telephone
and telegraph wires reaching from their
ears to all the houses in the neighborhood.
Thev have no taste for healthy news, but
for the scraps and peeling thrown out of
scullery into the back yard they have great
avidity. On the day when there is a new
scandal in the newspapers they have no
time to go abroad. On the day when there
are four cr five columns of delightful private
letters published in a divorce case sho
stays at homo and reads and reads and
reads. No time for her ttible that day, but
toward night, perhups, she may find time
to run out a little while and see whether
there are any new developments.
S;it:in does not have to keen a verv sharp
lookout for his evil dominion in that
neighborhood. H? has let out to her the
whole contract. She gets husbands and
wives into a quarrel and brothers and sisters
into antagonism, and she disgusts the
pastor with the .'lock and tho flock with
the pastor, and sho makes neighbors who
before were kindly disposed toward each
other over suepiclous aDd critical, so when
one of the neighbors passes by in a carriage
they hiss through their teeth nnd
say, "Ah, we could all keep carriages If wo
never paid our debts!"
When two or three whisperers get together,
they stir a caldrou of trouble,
which makes me think of thethreo witches
of "Macbeth" dancing *round a boiling
jaldron in a dark cave:
Double, double, toil and trouble,
Fire burn aud caldrou bubble.
Fillet of a fenny suake
In the caldron boil and bake;
Eve of newt and toe of frog.
Wool of bat aud tonguo of dog,
Adder's fork and blind worm's sting,
Lizard's leg and owlet's wing
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell both boil and bubble.
Double, double, toll and trouble,
?>'ire? Darn anu caiurou uuuuic,
Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf,
Witches' mummy, maw nnd still
Of the ravin'd stilt sea shark;
Make the gruel thick and stark;
Add thereto a tiger's chaudron
For the ingredionts of our caldron,
Double, double, toil and trouble,
Fire burn and caldron bubble;
Cool it with a baboon's blood,
Then the charm is Arm and good.
I would only cbanco SUakesDeare in
this, tbat, Where he pits the word "witch',
1 I would put the word "whisperer." Ab,
what a caldron! Did you ever get a taste
of it? I have more respect for the poor
> waif of the street tbat goes down under
the gaslight, with no home and no God?
for she deceives no one as to what she is?
than I have for these hags of respectable
society who cover up their tiger claws with
r a fine shawl and holt the hell of their
- heart with a diamond breastpin!
, The work of masculine whisperers is
chiefly seen In the embarrassment of business.
Now, I suppose, there are hundreds
of men here who at some time have been
i in business tr6uble. I will undertake to
say that in nine cases out or ten it wus the
I result of some whisperer's work. The
i whisperer uttered some suspicion in regard
, to your credit. You sold your horse and
carriage because you had no use for them,
and the whisperer said: "Sold his horse
I and carriage because he bad to sell them.
: The fact tbat he sold his horse and carriage
! Bbows he is going down in business."
One of your friends gets embarrassed
r and you are a little involved with him. The
I whisperer says: "I wonder if he can stand
l under all tbis pressure? I think be is going
down. I think he will have to give up."
; You borrow money out a bank and a dlrec'
tor whispers outside about it, and after
i awhile the suspicion gets fairly started and
, it leap6 from one whisperer's lips to an
other whisperer's lips until all the people
i you owe want their money and want it
right away and the business circles come
i around you like a pack of wolves, and,
i though you had assets four times more
than were necessary to meet your liablll>
ties, cro9h went everything! Whisperers!
i Ob, how much business men have suffered!
I think among the worst of the wblsEerers
are those who gather up all the
ar3h things that have been 6ald about
you and brintf them to you?all the things
i said against you, or against your family,
or against your stylo of buslneBa. They
gather them all up and they tyring them to
: you, they bring them to you in the very
worst shape, they bring them to you with,
out any of the extenuating circumstances,
! and after they have made your feelings all
! raw, very raw, they take this brine,
' this turpentine, this aqua fortis, and
; rub it in with a coarse towel and rub it in
: until it sinks to the bone. They make you
the pincushion in which they thrust all the
: sharp things they have ever heard about
you. "Now, don't bring me Into a scrape,
i Now, don't tell anybody I told you. Let it
be between you and me. Don't involve mo
' in it at all." Tbey aggravate you to the
i point of profanity, and then they wonder
you cannot sing psalm tunes! They turn
you on a spit before a hot fire and wonder
why you are not absorbed In gratitudo to
them because they turn you on a spit. Podi
diers of Dlght shade. Peddlers of Canada
thistle. Peddlers of nux vomica. Sometimes
, they get you in a corner wbere you cannot
: v^ry well escapo without being rude, nnd
tben they tell you all about this one. and
all about that one, and all about the otber
one, and tbey talk, talk, talk, talk, talk.
1 After awhile they go away leaving the
place looking llko a barnyard, after the
foxes and the weasels have been around;
here a win .', and there a claw, and yonder
an eye, and there a crop. How they do
make tho featbera fly!
Jesus Christ had thece whisperer? after
Him, and tbey charged Him with drinking
too much and keeping bad company. "A
wine bibber and tns friend of publicans and
; sinners." You take the best mao that ever
i lived and put a detective on his track for
> ten years, wntcbing where he goes and
when he comes, and with a determination
i to misconstrue everything, and to think
I lie goes here for a bad purpose and there
i fcr a bad purpose, witli tnat aetermlna,
tlon of destroying him, at the *nd of ten
: years be will bo held despicable In the
l Bight of a great many people,
It it Is an outrageous thing to despoil a
1 man's character, Jiow much worse is it to
' damage a woman's reputation? Yet that
1 evil grows from century to century, and it
is all dono by whisperers. A suspicion is
started. The nest whisperer who gets
hold of it states the suspicion as a proved
fact, and many a good woman, as honorable
as your wife or your mother, has been
whispered out of all kindly associations
t and whispered into the grave. Some
. people say there is no hell, but if
: thara be no hell for such a despoiler
of womanly character it is high time
' that some philanthropist built one.
i But there is sucb a place established, and
. what a time they will Have when all the
' Whisperers get down there together rei
hearsing things! Everlasting carnival of
; mud. Were It not for the uncomfortable
surroundings, you might suppose they
i would be glad to get there. In that region
where tiiey are all bad what opportunities
for exploitation by these whisperers! On
? earth to despoil their neighbors some>
times they had to lie about them, but
i down there they con say the worst thiDgs
possible about their neighbors and tell the
truth. Jubilee of whisperers. Grand gala
day of backbiters. Seinibeaven of scaudal
mongers stopping their gabble about their
diabolical neighbors only long enough to
go ud to the iron gate and ask some new^
comer from the earth, "What is the last
gossip in the city on earth where we used
to live?'' ^
Now, how are we to war against thi9 iniquity
which curses every commuuity on
earth? First by refusing to listen to or
believe a whisper. Every court of the land
has for a law, and all decent communities
have for a law, that you must hold people
innocent until they are proved guilty.
There is only one person worse than the
whisperer, and that is the man or woman
who listens without protest. The trouble
is you hold the sack while they All it. The
receiver of stolen goods is just as bad as
the thief. An ancient writer declares that
a slanderer and a man who receives the
slander ought both to be hanged?the one
by the tongue and the other by the ear.
And I agree with him.
Ob, my friends, employ the tongue
which God so wonderfully created as the
organ or tnste, the organ or deglutition,
the organ of articulation to make others
happy and in the setvice of God! If you
whisper, whisper sood?encouragement to
the fallen and hope to the lost. Ah, my
friends, the time will soon come when we
will all whisper! "The voice will be enfeebled
In tbe last sickness, and, though
1 that voice could laugh and shout and
stag and halloo until the forest echoes an1
swered, it will be so feeble then we can
only whisper consolation to those whom
we leave behind and only whisper our hope
of heaven.
While I speak this vary moment there
are hundreds whispering their last Utterances.
Oh, when that solemn hour* comes
to you and to me, as come soon ft will,
may it be found that wo did our best to
serve Christ and to cheer our comrades In
the earthly struggle and that we consecrated
not only our hand, but our tongue,
to God! So thnt the shadows that fall
around our dying pillow shall not be tbe
ovening twilight of a gathering night, but
the morning twilight of an everlasting day.
This morning, at half past four o'clock,
I looked out of my window, and the stars
were very dim. I looked out a few moments
after, aid the stais were almost invisible.
I looked out au hour or two afterwar
I. Not a star was to be seen. What
was the matter with the stars? Had they
melt t'U mio aar^ness.' -no. .iuej u?u
melted lDto the glorious light of a Sabbath
Pennsylvania Mennonltes Par Little Attrition
to a General Conference lidlct.
The Mennonites and other religious sect?
In Pennsylvania under the jurisdiction o'
the General Conference In Virginia, that
recently declared war against tobacco, are
deflrtnt. They have decided to pay small
heed to the conference order. The result
is that many Mennonltes have gone ahead
in their tobacco planting. Those who dc
not wish to go too far in their revolt are
renting their ground to others who do not
belong to the .'ects, and the tobacco cul
ture will go on under their supervision
Some renters are to pay in cash, while
others will accept shares of the crop
CThe confi'icrco interd.'cted the use of to
bacco In any for::, or tho crowing of it .01
manufacturing it. Tho Eastern Meanon* -?
*-> 1
ites say mis luuacto itijionvu ?vu? wn
on them by th* far Western delegates
where tlie church is strong, yet the Western
people keep up their culls on the East
for money/or missions, etc., and at th?
same time take a stop to cut oft a part ot
their income. The tobacco acreage among
the east Pennsylvaniasoct9 will be largely
Tho Meunonites, as a general thing, say
they do not see anything harmful in tobacco
in proper use, and as the Lord made
it to grow there is no use striking againsi
tiie work of tho Lord. But Jet there bu
moderation in all things.
' V' ' " '
C?VU.?. Tlin TTatiflwr(Hma. AT> ?1?A TT?11
Daniel v., 17-31- Golden Text: "God
is the Judge," Psalms lxxv., 7?Commentary
on the U*t'> Le??on.
17. "Let thy gifts be to thyself." Read
jarefully the verses preceding our lesson.
Belsnazzar. only sixteen or seventeen years
old, was the ruling king In ttie city of
Babylon. He felt confident of safety, and
therefore he engaged in revelry at a feast
which he made to a thousand of his lords.
In his drunken folly and wickedness be
jailed for the golden and silver vessels
which had been taken from the temple at
Jerusalem, that be might drink from them
as a token that his gods had given victory
ntrai* tha r\f tho .Tavra HnHnm fUla
profane revelry a hand appeared and
wrote upon the wall. Tbls filled tbe king
with fears, and he declared that the wise
man who should Interpret the meaning
should be clothed in scarlet and have a
chain of gold, and be third ruJer in the
kingdom. When all had failed, the queen,
mother of Belsbazzar, came in and persuaded
her son to send for Daniel, to
whom, when he came, the king repeated
his promise made to the wise men.
18. "Tbe most high God." Whom Daniel
proclaimed as the only Go<J, and whose
power Nebuchadnezzar had recognized in
the-delivernnce of the Hebrew? oat of the
furnace. "Thy father." Grandfather.
"Majesty." In the eyes of his subjects.
"Glory." From his victories. "Honor."
From the enlargement and decoration of
the city.
10. "Whom he would he slew." In dispensing
punishments be condemned or acquitted
at pleasure; and in dispensing rewards
he granted or denied preferments.
20. "When his heart was lifted up." In
pride and arrogance, wilful and obstinate.
"He was deposed." This occurred not by
the rebellion of his people, but by the direct
visitation of God. He became insane;
and the reins of government were tuken
out of bis bands.
21. "He was driven." The madness that
fell upon him induced him to forsake society
and to run to the woods and deserts, '
where he lived like a wild beast. His case
seems much like that of the maniac in the
gospel, whose dwelling was among the
tombs and in the mountains, and who
shunned the society of men.
* 22. "Thou hast not humbled thine heart,
though thou knewest all." Thou hnst erred,
not through ignorance, but through deliberate
contempt?of God regardless of all
23., "Against the Lord of heaven." As If
thou hadst been equal or even superior to
Him in wisdom and power. Thou has taken
up arms against His crown and dignity, in
that thou hast profaned the vessels of the
house in actual de3ignel contempt of Him
in the praise of idols as preferred before
God. This young man bad not lived for I
the end which God had created him, and It
were better tliat such a life close early.
24. "Hand sent from Him." From God.
This haughty young king lifted up his
heart against God, and mocked Him and
Insulted Him publicly. Therefore the hand
of Gtod was against his ways, and his doom
was written by the finger of God.
25. "Mene." This word Is repeated to
give emphasis and lmpresslveness. "Tekel."
Belsnazzar bad been weighed as to
his moral character and actions. He bad
not come up to the standard required. God
had tested him, and he had failed. He
represented the Babylonian people, and If
it were also to apply to them it was surely
true, and their overthrow was as certain as
that of tho king.
28. "Peres." Tbe singular form of the
word of which Upharsln is the plurah
"Medes." Media was a large country lying
east of Assyria, north of Persia, and
southwest of the Caspian Sea. Persia was
a smaller and more mountainous country
lying east of Cbaldea. south and east of
Media, and north of the Persian Gulf.
These nations bad teen combined into one
kingdom b** Cyrus who at this time was
besieging .bylon.
29. "They clothed Daniel with scarlet."
To come from tbe presence of a prince in a
J?+r\ +hn TTmoFPr a a a rife.
uruao pxoouubov* ?uw MHv ^
tinction is still held in great honor in the I
East. Daniel was thus restored to a I
similar rank to that ho had held under
Nebuchadnezzar. As to Daniel's reasons
for now accepting what he had at first
denied, the insignia of honor would'be witness
for God's glory to tbe world.
30. "In that night." It must be under-'
stood that tbe river Euphrates flowed
through tbe midst of Babylon. Cyrus for
sometime bad been planning to draw away
tbe water of tbe river, and enter the city
through tbe bed of the river. When all
was prepared he waited for the great
feast. When it came all the leaders were
reveling in the palace. Elsewhere the
population was occupied with feasting and
, dancing. Jer. li., 39. Drunken riot and
mad excitement held possession of the
town; the sieee was forgotten: ordinary
| precautions, as the closing of the river
gates (Isa. xlv., 1), were neglected. The |
undefended gatewavs wore seized, a warshout
was raised: the alHrm was spread.
The drunken revelers could make no resistance.
The kinR, paraJyzed with fear at
the handwriting which had warned him of
! his peril, could do nothing to chec& the
progress of the assailants, who carried all
before tbem everywhere. Bursting Into
the palace, a band of Persians made their
way into the presence of the king and '
clorrr him
31. "Darius took the kingdom." Cyrus j
I was son-in-law and nephew to Darius, to |
1 wbom the title of king and the civil j
authority belonged nntii bis death two
years later; but Cyrus retained the com- I
maud of the army. Dan. vi., 28 shows that I
Daniel was not Ignorant of Cyrus's share j
in the capture oi Babylon. Isaidh xiii., 17 j
andxxi.,2 confirm Daniel in making tbe;
Medea the leading nation in destroying |
j Babylon.
| Henneatey, Oklahoma, Sored by Firing !
Off a Charge of Salt.
A waterspout would bave swept away j
the town of Hennessey, Oklahoma, a few !
lays ago, bad cot a caDnon loaded with i
^alt been discharged at forty rods' ranee |
ioto tbe whirling black mass. This is the |
ihlrd time this year Hennessey has been
?.ivod from destruction by the cannon de- !
John Rhoades, formerly a rough rider, is
tbe inventor. Ho bought four old cannon
in Cuba, and brought them to Hennessey,
where tbe citizens purchased them. The
I'min<-ii 1 nmnlova n. man to nttpnrl to
Ibem. When a waterspout or cyclone np- j
pears on the horizon ho mounts his horse i
ind rides to tho cannou placed ou the side '
of tho town from which the storm is com- j t
ing. The cost to the city 19 about ?53 per i (
J 1
Blanco'* Thirst For Battle.
Replying to a violent attack made by j j
I Count Almenas on the Generals who took I
1 part in the recent war. General Bianco, for* ! I
I merly Captain-General of Cul>a, made a j I
j speech In tho Senate at Madrid, Spain, a I 1
j few days ago, in which he blamed the i 1
I Liberal Government for concluding peace i 1
before tho war had really begun. He said j '
I that he himself might have led 130,000 men j
to the field and continued the war on his j
own account. He did not do so because he |
respected discipline, but it wa9 a mistake
which he should repent ail his life.
Six Strawberries Tilled a Quart Box. j
The largest strawberries on record at the |
Department of Agriculture at Washington |
were received a few days ago by Secretary <
Wilson. There wero six of tho berries, and 1
I ihev filled a quart box. The largest berry (
weighed four ounces aud wns 10}^ Inches ; t
In circumference. The total weight of
die six was 18 2-5 ounces, an average of
throe ounces each. Their size made them
look like ripe tomatoes. They were crown
ny Arther T. Goldsboroagh on Wesley . u
Heights. just outside of the ciiv. ; s<
! c;
* i r'
fllrg. limmons Rlaine'* Tixri, j ?
Mrs. Emmons Blaine has scheduled her 1
personal property ut the office of tho
Assessors ia Chicago at S1,5S3,00D. Mrs.
Blulno told the Assessors that she believed
those able to pay the taxes ehouid pay
thern, and that she bad mane a very care- !
'ully prepared estimate of l;er personal j oti
property holdings and hail endeavored to ti
omply strictly with the spirit as well as i :l
:he letter of the law. Jlrs. Biaiue's father il
xns Cyrus H. JlcCormiclc, the muiti- ' a
liillioualre harvester manufacturer. 1 D
The Christ?The Christian and Luxury-* r
Characteristics of Faith?The SifcnlC* y,
cance of the Average Life?A Praytl'-^
for Preparation?Sturdy in Trouble. S
Yet look we for another?who shall paint
The Chrlit of wide creation's growing
The hope on earth for sinner and for saint,
Conceived of shifting ages, yet the same? . j
Shall art prevail till visible endure .<\i
The self-avenging ftod. the shepherd's 1
The rod and staff that lead through death
secure, f
The faith of childhood,manhood's drifting '
spar? 'M
Stupendous task! Unto each soul remains,
Soft halo'd as befits a spirit guest,
The Christ, whose hand struck off his cap- ^
tive chains;
The bidden Daysman of each humao < J
The maerdalen. the mother, and the nun.
Tbe fisbermnn of tossiDg Galilee,
The Puritan, the leper, and the son
Of modern stress in his complexity.
One knew him walking on the wave3. and
Loved him the Sabbath morning 'mid the
Another feasting; some when he had dona ;
Stran?"? healing?tew as prophet of the
Wild hearts have met him in tho wilderness,
And more close by, witbin tbe city wall,
Have touched tbe garment that perchance
may bless?
No fleshy image satisfies us all.
Though quick with love the painted form 1
may be,
"Such, Lord, was never mine," we cry. Or |
then, .-.iW
Look an the face of friend or foe and see
uoq a masterpiece?tne aeatnies9 cnrws , j
in men!
?Martba Gilbert Dickinson, in Zion> A
The Christian and Luxury,
In the midst of many perplexities touch? |
ing right conduct day by day tie average
mind is thinking its way out on correct
lines, and slowly but surely the general i
Christian consciousness is being lifted to f,
higher ethical levels. There is the recogni*
tion of the rich, modern world of which we
are a part and of our just claim as Christian? . ?
to the many advantages and opportunities
which science and art and multiplying re- * >j
sources on every hand put at our disposal
Indeed, the very progress of civilization it*.
self seems to be bound up with the increase A'<
and wider distribution of what our father?
called luxuries. For a Christian today to j
content himself with the coarsest fare, the
cheapest raiment, the fewest possible con* . '
veniences and adornments Sor that dearest ,
spot on earth, his home, is to step from the
ranks as humanity inarches forward. It is
to become a follower of John the Baptist
rather than of Jesus. At rare intervals,
even in these modern days, the call to
the ascetic life comes with irresistible v?
force to an ardent soul, but that God
means to have most of us strip our iive?
bare of everything suve that which will
sustain existence at the lowest point is not . j
necessariiy Christianity. This, however,
does not relieve us of the duty of constant
and serious thought concerning our uso of
luxuries. The drift today is toward excess,
Christians may be easily swept along by the
world currents of display and extravaRance,
which come to their sbameful culmination
in dinners and balls that rival Rome in its
most prodigal and profligate days.Christian*
have no right to luxuries, when indulgenoe
means disaster to their spiritual lives and.
faithlessness to their Master.
Characterifttict of Faith.
Faith in the abstract can be understood
but not so easily hs in the concrete. In
order to understand its characteristics, i
therefore, study it as illustrated by some i
Christian man or woman whom you know< $
Select the Christian whom on the whole you
regard as living nearest in spirit to Jesus
Christ of all within your range of observa- _
Hon. Make due allowance for natural defects,
and for such lapses from the holiest
i?l ?? ?. ?11 ?!?? n nnlUv rtf
living H3 wo mi, ai(&?? iw uitvu mc ^uuhj vip -4
and even then you will be able undoubtedly '
to learn something well worth learning
about true spiritual faith. For one -J
thing it is definite. Such a believer ;J
may be hazy in his knowledge of phil- .
osophy or art or literature, or even of a
politics and business, which are supposed tc
be so much more practical, although un- J!
practicalness is by no means a characteristic; 'i
of piety. But aoout his heavenly Father,
about Jesus Christ and his salvation, about
the Holy Spirit and dependence upon him
for guidance and help,he has perfectly cleai
and sharply outlined ideas. About them,
too, he is positive. He not only understands
in his measure. He also believes, and belieTes
in a manner which demonstrates hi#
sincerity. He tries to build bis character,tc
shape his conduct, to order his fortunes ic
accord with and under th9 control of hi# 3
The Significance of the Average Life.
I see the averRge life going its way, not as
a soldier to the excitements of a battlefield,
but as a plain man to bis field of commonplace
duties, as a plowman in his low and
level field walks the furrow of his daily task
I see from end to end of this plain duty thfl
God of the valleys steadying the plow
man's band to keep his rurrowi true, ana,
then, some day?I know cot when, but
some day soon for all?I see thisaverage life
called to go up out of tbe level of ita i
routine to tbe solemn exigencies of experi?
euce; up to tbe misty region of solitude 01
trial, where it is hard for any life to find the
way alone. And then I see the significance
of the average life. It was the time to eul?
tivate the habit of companionship with God,
God has been a God of the valleys, and <
therefore, when tbe great desire of the sou!
Is to find tbe way among those unfamiliar
heights, God is there also. It may not be
that the mists are wholly withdrawn, so that
the way is made perfectly plain, but at leas^
tbe cloud sweeps back from time to time
and shows the path before one's feet; and
the lonely traveler on tbe heights knows
well that the breeze which thus clears hl?
way is nothing less than tbe kindly breath
ot the God of the hills.?F. G.Peabody, D.D
A Prayer for Preparation.
Glory be to thee, 0 Christ! whose cominp
brought salvation and whose return is out
ubiding hope. Even so, come. Lord Jesu9.
Corne! that our eyes may see thy glory.
Come! take away the power of sin and death.
Teach us to watch anit pray ana iook rot
Ibiue appearing: to hold earth's Rifts and
interests in expectation of thy righteous
judgment: to seek thy will above all ambitions:
to be ready in earth's darkness with
trimmed and burning lamps: to lift up out
heads in hop? and jov because tbe Jay ot
our redemption draweth nigh. Whether by
life or death, prepare us for that day o"l
ivonder when thou sha!t come to judge the
world in truth and righteousness.
Stiirdinomi Thtough Trouble.
The air from the sea of affliction is exIremely
beneficial toinv<i]iij Christians. Con:inued
prosperity, like a warm atmosphere,
las a tendency to unbind the sinews and
soften the bones: but the cold winds of
:roub!e make us sturdy, hardy, and well,
jraced in every part. Unbroken success
)ft?n leads to an undervaluing of mercies
md forget fulness of the giver: but the withIrawal
of the sunshine leads us to look for
hp sun.?Snunreoo
TJ:o E. JC O. Use* Crude Oil.
The Baltimore <t Ohio Railroad is now
sing crude oil on its tracks, though not *v"/"
3 extensively as lines wblcii do not use
rushed stone for ballast. There are many
oad crossings, stations, etc., where dust
ies after tho passage of fast trains, and
liese places are being heavily coated with
11. So far the results have been gratifying.
To Send Model? or Warftlitp* to Paris.
Among the exhibits of the Navy Depnrtent
at Washington at the Paris exhibion
next year will be handsome models of
le famous battleship Maine. Dewey's flaglip,
Olympio, and the Oregon. These
odels aro now on exhibition at the Navy

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