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I By Afioa Katharine Green, J
COPYRIGHT. 1890, BY RC
CHAPTER XXX, |
Continued.
"We do,'' "was Mr. DegraVs earnest I
reply; "net only to express our pleasure
at your providential escape, but for J
another purpose, which, if unexpected
to you, "will, I hope, relieve you from
all further danger of any such scenes
as startled you and the rest of this
house last night. You have never
been able to conjecture, I dare say,
.why you and others of your name have
been subjected to perils and distresses
of no ordinary nature?"
"No." she rejoined, glancing askance
x\t the artist. "I have recognized the
fact, but not attempted to account foist.
Can it be that you can tell me?"
"I certainly can. Miss Rogers. It is
ibecause a -wicked -woman and a still
more wicked man have banded together
to prevent the consummation of a
certain act by which a great property
Is to be handed over to the young girl
who is fortunate enough to fulfill in
her own person certain definite conditions.
One of these conditions is that
she shall have been chirstened by the
name of 'Jenny Rogers.' "
"Ah!" she exclaimed, shrinking back
In surprise and possible dismay. "That
^ 5s my name, but you do not mean?you
cannot mean "
He interrupted ber with a smile.
"Pardon me," said he, "but I do.
[When I told you that you need not
consider yourself in any further danger
of personal -violence from these
persons I meant that you were the chosen
one among these girls, r.ud that
you are no longer simply a possible
.heiress to this money, but its real possessor.
There is. therefore, no longer
any motive remaining for inflicting Injury
upon you, since your death would
no longer benefit these conspirators,
but your heirs. Do you understand
me, Miss Rogers?"
"Understand?" she murmured. "You
overwhelm me. I the possessor of
money? Whose money? And what
have I done to earn it, and what is exported
of me in return for it?"
"Nothing is expected of you," gravely
returned Mr. Degraw. "It is yoursjwItt
fhrmio-Vi th*? whim nf .a man now
dead. Will you hear bis story? It
may help you to realize why I should
be the chosen medium of his generosity."
"I should be glad,*' flic responded,
"but everything swims before me. I
have never had anything pleasant happen
to me before, and this is pleasant,
isnt it?"
Her child-like loot, hor utter amaze
and -winning helplessness told upon
'two. hearts there "with almost equal
power, but the artist sat silent,
though he could not forbear letting
his heart speak- through his eyes. The
other 6poke, but his tone was studiously
Jy friendly rather than lover-like.
' "Yes," he replied, "it is pleasant, because,
though I have the honor to hand
you this deed, by means of which, the
moment it is signed you will be made
ihe owner of thre^ million dollars'
worth of property, there is nothing in
this bequest, nor in your acceptance
of it, which should cause a blush to
rise to your cheek or to mine. It is
simply a gift made by a childless man
1o the woman who bears the name and
possesses -some of the characteristics
of the being he most loved."
"Oh," she crifd, with a flushing
cheek, "will not some one call Hilary ?
1 do not know how to bear such good
fortune alone. Three millions! Why.
it is incredible! I almost refuse to believe
it."
"Perhaps this gentleman will help
you to do so," he smiled, indicating the
stranger who Lad accompanied him.
"Tlij^ is Mr. Walden, Miss Rogers.
He is a lawyer, and will explain to you
tbe technicalities of this matter."
She bowed abstractedly. Siie was
looking at the deed which had been
banded to her, and scarcely seemed to
bear this introduction.
"But this immense gift is um:lc out!
in your name," she declared. "How is
that? You are not the donor of this
1 vast amount of money 1"
He smiled reassuringly, but to his
rivai's watchful eyes there was sadness
in his smile, as there were evidences
of growing discouragement; in
his whole manner.
"No," he assured her, "I am not the
<?onor; the gift is made through me.
Tout not by me. Let me t?ll you ray
etory before we go any further. Miss
Aspinwall can hear it later; you alone
are conccrned in it now." And drawing
her to a seat he took his place by
her side and began his relation in language
similar to that Tvhich he had employed
in making his disclosures to
the detective the night before. She
listened with wide open eyes, that over
and anon filled with tears. oL' which
duc fctuivu uuLuiiov.iuud, ?tim Jiv;
had finished her bead sank in thoughtful
reverie on ber breast and remained
in this position bo long that Mr. Pe#jraw
made a gesture to the lawyer
which caused him to quietly leave tue
room. As soon ag the door bad closed
upon him the former ventured to take
her hand and say, -with visible emotion
:
"I sought yon out in the first place,
' ' Miss Rogers, solely for the purpose
which is revealed by this story I have
just related. But in studying you character
I have learned to love you, and
only refrain from making you the proposals
which lie near to mv heart from
an instinct of honor which forbids me
to share the fortune which was intrusted
to me to place where my judgment
directed."
, Startled and touched in ber deepest
sensibilities she cast one wild look ne
jitnu nor. xes, ine artist lino 1101
jsvith the lawyer; lie was standing
where she hJK last seen liiiu, In the
deep recess of lie window.
"Oil!" slie 5 emonstrated, "wo are
pot alone."
Rat this Mr. Degraw knew as well j
as f*he did.
1 know it," he calmly rejoined. "I j
#rged Mr. Degraw to aceempany me. I
'ER * ^:
T THATQ I i
1 i 1 W I I 1 -W B I
I Author of "The Forsaken J
5DCRT BONNER'S SONS. J6
bccause I wished him to be a witness
to your decision. My devotion and this
money cannot go together. Miss Rogers,
but if you tell me to tear up this
deed " His voice sank, his large
and strong frame trembled.
The artist saw it and trembled, too.
Would she he proof against such passion?
Would his own lore or even
this great amount of money serve to
blind her to the noble and elevated
qualities of this man? Yes, for the
confusion which overwhelms her is
not that of appreciation, and when she
speaks it is with a sob of fear and depreciation.
"Oh!" she cries, "in what a position
you have placed me!" :
The hand which held hers softly
opened.
"No/' was the kindly rejoinder. "A
word from me will summon back Mr.
Walden. I expected to have to utter
it. T only wished to be perfectly frank
with you, and to make one attempt to
gain the happiness which it is every :
man's rigiit xo eujuv. x uavc uui. ucu*
etited by my effort, but I hope I have i
not lost your esteem." i
"Ob, no," she cried, breaking down, i
"if I only felt?as?as " *
"I understand," he assured her ;
'Do not distress yourself. See! I have i
summoned the lawyer; he is coming
back." i
And almost before her tears were i
dry or her trembling ceased Mr. WaJ- ;
den was in the room, and the papers !
were duly signed' and the Signorina
Valdi, who a moment before owned i
nothing save what was contained in
her small trunk, stood up before these !
three men the undisputed possessor of ;
millions.
Then, indeed, a marked change <
passed over her. From impressing the
beholder with her delicacy she seemed !
suddenly to have acquired breadth and ;
height. Even her beauty took on dignity
h<>r Rtpn character. She was I
not less .admirable thus, but she lost
some of the touching grace "which had i
won her the love of these two strong :
hearts. I
> The artist, who "was "watching her 1
with bated breath, now came forward
with his congratulations. She received '
him with a smile that seemed to tell <
her heart's story, but the next moment ;
a certain air of coquettish independ- i
ence took the place of her first eager
delight, and the sight made him with- <
draw again and take his stand by Mr. <
Degrnw. *
"Hilary! Who will tell Hilary?" the
signorina now cried. "A sight of her '
dear face might persuade me that this 1
is not all a dream."
Instantly, the Cleveland gentleman, i
with rare tact and generosity, declared <
that he would go for Miss Aspinwall.
and taking the lawyer by the arm <
dre-w him out, leaving the field to his 1
rival.
The artist at once sprang forward,
nnrl rlasnpd the new-made heiress bv i
the hand.
"Sigiiorina!" he exclaimed, "one word '
before your prosperity is known to
the world. I love you; you know that. 1
and I have already laid my heart at ]
your feet. Hut you were not the mis- ]
tress of millions then, and knew no J
more than I of the good fortune which 1
awaited you. So do not feel that I <
hold you as hound to me in the slight- '
est degree, because of any expression :
of regard that may have escaped you.
Love that might have moved you then
may not move you now, and though 1 '
prize yon always, and ever the same, i
whether you be rich or whether you ]
be poor, I feed that it is only honorable '
in me to await a reply to my suit until !
you have become accustomed to your
wealth, and learned the necessities of 1
your now position. If in six months i
from now you still Temeniber the art- '
ist, Hamilton Degraw "
"Ah!" she interrupted, with a naivette
charmingly in keeping with her i
Mushes, "I cannot wait six months. I
have no home, no adviser, no protector.
I should make a thousand mistakes. <
Iio&ides, why not be altogether happy i
since fate has given us the opporiu-' i
nily."
Was it possible? What man could
icsist such an appeal? He gazed upon
her with rapture, he covered her
hands with kisses; he all but took her j
I in liis arms, but did not accept the .
troth she proltVrcd him.
"I cannot," lie cried. "It would be j
like taking advantage of your inexpe- ?
vienee. Wait three months, darling, ;
and if thou?"
The entrance of Miss Aspinwail interrupted
him. He drew back, but his
face betrayed a joy which the noble
woman who entered could not mistake. (
"Pardon me," she exclaimed, and ,
would have withdrawn, but the fcignorina
held out her arms.
"No," she whispered, "since Mr. Desraw
refuses to take mo in his charge .
I must look to you for that guidance
which niy new difficulties imperatively ,
demand. See here, Hilary." and she
placed before her the documents which i
had made such a change in her posi- 1
tion.
CHAPTER XXXI.
v FINAL WORDS.
It was not long before Miss A spinwall's
house was the scene of lively
congratulations and prolonged festiv- j
?ty. Such scou fortune coming to oue i
of Its inmates was certainly a cans?
for much rejoicing, and as most of the
youthful, guests who indulged in it
were members of wealthy and influential
families there was but little .leal
ousy mixed with the universal delight.
That is, r.o jealousy as regarded her
millions: I will not say as much concerning
her beauty or her power over
the hearts of men.
Her two declared lovers did not make
themselves greatly conspicuous. Mr. 1
Degraw, of Cleveland, already betrayed 1
j evidences of wishing to depart, while
the nrtist, although partaking 111 her 1
happiness and pride, was seen hut lit- 1
tie" by her side. Did her riches awe
him. o- -"as she In one of her coquet- 1
Ish moods which* at oncc invited and
epelled a lover's attentions. ' Those
iround her could not determine.
Hilary, "whe was somewhat pale but
tery sympathetic, dirt not enlighten
' A.* Ml. -
3er guests concerning tuis mauw. sue
tvas bent upon showing her regard t<j
the donor of the Delancy millions, perhaps
in secrct remorse over the grave
loubts "with which she bad hitherto
regarded him. She read the disappointment
"which mingled with bis relief.
and managed to infuse into her
bearing that gentle respect which is
the surest balm for such a wound as
that under -which he secretly labored.
Vet no one could eTcr accuse Hilary of
coquetry, however much he might attribute
it to her less canuid but more
fascinating friend.
But was Jenny Rogers a coquette?
We, who have partially sounded her
nature and circumstances, do not think
sc. nor do her glances on this important
day betoken that she is playing
with the artist or even thinking too
much of her newly acquired wealth.
Ae cif-e in ln-r <il<1 nlnee on the
window seat, almost buried under the
flowers "which have heen thrown at her
feet by her merry companions:, she
seems to us the embodiment of womanly
sweetness and beauty. She
smiles, but who could not smilp wiien
suddenly raised to a kingdom? Yes.
md she utters mockeries at times, but
it is not in scorn of any irue expression
of feelinp, but only in disdain of
the nearly fulsome adulation with
which she is now and then addressed.
She is clad in a soft clinging robe o?
pure white silk without any other ornament
than the lace at her ihroat,
but she never looked more beautiful,
nor appeared more brilliant, and to
line pair of eyes, at least, never seemed
more alive with love and fcUing. These
pyes were those of Hilary, who. in the
joy she thus saw revealed before her
read the finaj words 01 ner own nope.
Another person perceived the s'ignorin.i's
burning beauty, and resisted it
ns lone: as he could, but finally submitted
to its cliarms and passed quickly
to lier side.
"Come." lie entreated. "I must have
a few words with you before we enter
upon our three months of separation.
Leave this crowd who have worshiped
you long enough, and if you must be
half covered with flowers we will walk
on the porch where the vines hang
thickest, and I will shake down rose
leaves enough to make a carpet for
rour feet."
"I care not for Toses," she said, and
stood up at his side, a rose herself.
But when they had withdrawn into
the porch it was not of !ov<> he spoke,
nor was it flowers he offered hpr. He
had a fear to express and snade haste
to utter it.
"Signorina," said he?"pardon me, I
will not call you by that name when I
?an acquire tne right to use a dearer?
you have never told me why you so
suddenly left the house in street."
Taken aback, for she bad expected
different words from these. Miss Rogers
looked at him with searching and
slightly troubled eyes and murmured:
"Why do you ask me that now? I
was not thinking of anything like
that."
"Because you are lost in ihe pleasures
of the present, while I am concerned
with the dangers of the past.
Why did you fly from home in those
Jays; was/it because you feared Monlelli
more than you trusted me?"
Her head' fell, she nodded a quick
ycy. and then as he still stood waiting
exclaimed"He
was a bad man. I dared not
linger another day where he could
visit me. One glimpse of his f.ioe had
Itpen cnoueh to thoroughly alarm me.
[ fled and buried myself in as obscure a
place as I could find. The Portuguese
uccompauied me, but I soon came to
tear her also. You had sown the sml
of distrust in my heart, and I grew 10
be afraid of every one. So 1 ran away
igain and came here."
"Alone?"
"Alone. I knew that Hilary' Aspinwall
had a country sent in this town,
find I hoped she wou^d see and iaU<:
pity on me. You will not tell her that
I calculated upon her friendship to
such an extent, will you?"
"Oh, no," he answered, smiiing. for
lier look was quite piteous in its shame
ind entreaty. "But Miss A spin wall
would understand. She rs so truly
womanly "
"I know, I Know, but I have some
pride and I acted as if the meeting
ivere a surprise."
"1 see. >> en, jl will keep juur ? uuuJence.
only you must tell me one thing
more. Did you ever suspect that Morilelii
was not really an Italian''"
To be continued.
Foretold the Civil War.
Mrs. Lafayette S. Foster, a weilijnown
figure in Washington life in the
stirring times previous to the Civil
War, died suddenly a short time ago at
the family mansion at Norwich, Conn.
She was born In Northampton, Mass.,
nnd was in her eightieth year. Mrs.
Foster married Senator Foster ol Connecticut
in 18G0.
A striking personal beauty and her
foretelling of approaching public
evcuts gave her great prominence. One
of the reminiscences of her long life I
which will remain is her prophecy of
the opening of the Civil War,, which
was given at a dinner in New York
when Mr. Seward entertained some po
litical friends. She was one of the first
Colonial Dames of the United States.
Her husband was Vice-President of the
United States during Johnson's administration.
At liis death in Norwich
ISSt), he bequeathed $00,000 to Yale,
subject to a life income to his widow,
t'his bequest, by the terms of the will,
is for the purpose of establishing a
professorship of English common law.
The family mansion, valued at $25,000,
is bequeathed to the Norwich Free
Academy.
Why Dead Iliver.
The western branch of ;he Kcnncbcc
.has been given the name Dead
River, because in 177"> it was full of
urowned soldiers. So one may read,
but there is not a syllable of truth in
it; and the next picture conjured up
by the name, a doleful Styx, turbid and
miasmatic, is equally false. The plain
fact is that the river flows for a long
distance through meauows, and unless
the water is high, it scarcely seems to
move at all. That is why it lias been
called dead. Nothing gloomy belongs
io the name. A delectable and captivating
stream is Dc\;d River.?The
Century.
A SERMON-FOB SUNDAY
AN ELOQUENT DISCOURSE ENTITLED
VITAL UNION WITH CHRIST.". ,
The Kev. C. T>. Case, Ph. D.. Telle Hotv
the 8on of Go?l Within l:s Become*
the Source of Divine Companion?hi|?,
And of Power For Achievement.
Brooklyn. N. Y.?The Rev. C. D. Case.
Ph. D., pastor of the First BapUst Church,
Montdair, N. J., recently preached the
lollowing Brilliant sermon, wmcn ne entitled
"Vital Union With Christ." The
text was chosen from Galatians ii:20: "I
am crucified with Christ and 1 no longer
live, but Christ liveth in me, and the life
which I now live I live by faith in the
Son of God who loved me and gave Himself
to die for rae." Dr. Case said:
The highest conception of the Christian
life which this generation seems to have
accepted is to be found in the words, "Follow
Me," as uttered by Christ. It is
thoroughly Biblical. Jesus suys to Philip,
at the beginning of His ministry, "Follow
Me;" He tells the four on the sands of
Galilee, ' Conic ye after Me;" He commands
the taxgatherer in his office, "Follow
Me;"' He presents the same standard
to the rich young man who loved his
money better than life, "Follow Me." Now
the resurrection has passed and what shall
be the new conception for the disciples
of the new life? It i6 still the same, and
Christ proclaims to the same disciplcs at
the same place on Galilee, "Follow thou
Me."
The grand and infinitely simple way of
.nf tVit? Phvictian lifp hart hpen lost.
He was the true Christian who believed
what the church told him and accepted
its appointed means of grace. But now
after those v-enluries Christendom has recovered
this idea and made it the very centre
and core of the Christian life. Mr.
Henry Richards, on the Congo, reads to
the natives the words of Christ. "Give to
him that asketh of thee; and of him that
taketh away thy goods ask them not
again," and then proceeds to practice
them, with the result that the natives
first beg and then return and then ask
for the way of life. Mr. W. T. Stead,
while in his London jail, wonders what he
shall write to the girl whom he has succeeded
in placing in a Christian home, and
at last, by a flash of insight, writes her,
"Be a Christ." Charles M. Sheldon presents
as the ideal of every life, to act as
Christ would act if He were here in our
place.
What is the trouble with this conception?
This, that it represent^ the statics
but not the dynamics of the Christian life.
It tells us what, to be like, but does'not
tell us how we shall become like our ideal.
Kant thought that the same man who of
deliberate choice accented evil could with
the same deliberate choice and by simple
will accept good when he saw it. This is
a fine philosophy, but a poor religion. It
does not explain Gough, McAuley, Hadley.
It gives us the ideal, but not tlie power to
embody the ideal.
Listen to this statement and see if you
can find a better one to express this idea
of following Christ: "Religion cannot
be 6aid to have made a bad choice in
pitching upon this, man as the ideal representative
and guide of humanity; nor even
now would it be easy even for an unbeliever
to find a better translation of the
rule of virtue from the -abstract into the
concrete than to endeavor so to live that
Christ could approve of our life;'.' And
yet it was no less a person than J. S. Mill,
an unbeliever, who wrote this.
The text of the morning presents the
needed complementary conception. He
who is presented as an objective ideal becomes
a subjective presence and rower.
He who said, "As Thou hast sent Me into
the world, even so have I sent them into
the world," says with the "Go," the "Lo,
I am with you all the days."
The Bible represents this union in different
ways. Now it is that of the foundation
and the /superstructure signifying
support; now the body and head, meaning
direction; now of the husband and wife,
representing union; now of the vine and
branch, signifying the communication of
life; and finally, most tenderly and mysteriously,
of the relation between the
Father and Son. In whatever way it is
spoken of it is evidently an essential phase
of the Christian life.
Dr. A. J. Gordon once saw what he
called a parable of nature up in a part
of New England where he spent his summer
holidays. It was an example of natural
grafting. Two little saplings grew
up sid^ by side. Through the action of
the winJ the bark of each became wounded,
the sap began to mingle and at last
on a still day tney were firmly compacted.
Then the stronger began to absorb the life
of the weaker. It grew larger and larger
while the other grew smaller and smaller;
then began to wither and decline till finally
it dropped awr.y and disappeared. Now.
there are two trunks at the bottom and
only one at the top. Death has taken
away the one; life has triumphed in the
other. The illustration thus given by Dr.
Gordon only fails in not giving sufficient
importance to the words "I live" of the
text. The religious life is not*self-immola ;nrt
hiif c?lf-rf>n]iz.ition. It is not absOITD
tion. but amplification.
Without thinking for the present'of the
unvarying ^condition of this life, "crucifixion
with Christ," or the motive of such
living, "Christ loved us and died for us,"
or the means of such living, "faith in the
Son of God," let us think more at length
ef the single sublime thought, our union
with Christ and its bearings upon the different
phases ox the Christian life. This
we must for the present emphasize if we
are to have a pure evangelical Christianity
which shall move the world.
First, note that Christ within ub is the
eource of true divine companionship.
The appearance of Christ after the resurrection
had two definite purposes. The
first was to convince the disciples that
Christ was truly alive, or, in other words,
to connect the past Christ with the present
Christ. The angels had assured them
that Jesus would go into Galilee there
to meet them. As soon as faith had accepted
these words of both Christ and the
angels the disciples would leave Jerusalem;
but this did not take place until after
a week.
The second definite object of Christ's
appearances was to teach the disciples the
spiritual nature of the kingdom, or, in
other words, to connect the present Christ
with the future Christ. Among such
teachings arc the words, "Follow Me,"
spoken to the seven in Galilee: the promise
to all, "Lo. I am with you all the days."
? 1 iL- ~ .1 f lmir cliAnlrl r>nfc
ana uie cumuiaim mm,
depart from Jerusalem, but "wait for the
promise of the Father, which, He said, yc
nave heard of Me." A glance back into
the fourteenth chapter of .Tohn shows
what this promise was. The sixteenth
verse says: "I will pray the Father apd
He shall pivc you another comforter, that
He may abide with you forever." But of
whose presence is the Spirit the embodiment?
The eighteenth verse says: "I will
not leave yon comfortless; I will come to
you." Then the twentieth assures the
disciples: "-At that day ve shall l;now
that i am in-My Father, and ye in Me and
I in you." Thus Christ's objective companionship
becomes a subjective fellowship.
How closely can two people, heart to
heart, be together? There is always the
veil of the flesh between. All we can do is
to interpret looks, words, and sometimes
our judgment is wrons; even on those nearest
to us. We all walk a solitary way. Few
reach that beautiful companionship reorcsented
by Browning in "By the Fireside:"
"When, if I but think deep enough,
1'ou are wont to answer, prompt as
rhyme;
A_?l ?tw7 Yi'itllAllf ToVtllff
^IIIU yv U, IUU, 1*11*4 IWtUVMV .VMM4.
Response your soul seeks many a time.
Piercing its line flesh stuff.
Then it is that Christ Himself comes closer
than breathing, nearer than bands or
feet, comes into the innermost recesses of
our nature for sympathy and communion
with the human heart.
Christ within us is also the source of
power. Christ does not give as power by
making mere machines oi us. We are the
clay in the potter's hands, but we are something
more. God docs not want us to be
slaves, but freemen; not subjects, but sons.
An equally false way of considering the
help that we receive from God is that we
are to do all that we can with our natural
or redeemed powers, and then let God do
the rest. So the longer we ,ive, the stronger
wc are and the less we need Ocd'6 interposition.
Every time God heip? us, we
ire less of a man or woman, and the stronger
we grow the more independent, and the
kse we need iaitb. The end of it all would
A
be absolute-independence of'Goi. Surtly,
this >8 not Good's idea.
The true way of looking upon our relation
to Christ ig that His presence -within
our heart by faith gives u? energy to
achieve, not bv enslaving, but by enfranchising
the will, invig?rating it., energizing
it, vitalizing it. until with Augustine we
can say: We will, but God works the
willing: we work, but Gcd works the
working."
Philinnianc 5- 12 13. has often been mis
nndc-stood. It says: "Work out your own
salvation with fear and trembling. For it
is God which worketh in you both, to will
and do of His good pleasure." To "work
out" does not mean lo work .'nto outward
expression whSt God puts within us, but
as it literally means, to "'achieve" for salvation
is an achievement as well as being
at the same time a gift. Nor does it mean
that we are to work in Paul's absence.
The possibility of working out our salvation
rests upon the fact that God is within,
so that we can will and do of Hjs good
pleasure. Thus, will i6 not an instrument
which we.can turn from side to side, and
which when necessary God can use- it is
ourselves acting. That which God does is
not our act unless God works through our
wills.
The possibilities of such an empowered
life are divine. We need not be perfectionists
and still believe as we ought that
Christ's grace is sufficient for us. Many
Sretend to believe it, and do not live it.
hey worry, they fret, they give up. The
most of us seem to think that the normal
Christian life is to rise and fall like the
tides. Yet Paul says: "There hath no
temptation befallen you but such as is common
to man; but God ie faithful, who will
not suffer you to be tempted above that
ye are able; but will with tne temptation
also make a way of escape, that ye may
be able to bear it."
Christ within also makes a!l living- sa
i -v ,?-w7? ert/i /luiici/\?o nmnno
CrCU. VV<? UdVC inauc nun v*a y jolv?w i.Mv..0
objects. We have divided space into holy
and unholy, and declared tnat God co.uld
be found only in certain places, which had
been consecrated. We have divided time
into holy and secular." declaring Wiat we
would serve God on the Sabbath and conduct
our business and amusements as we
pleased the rest of the week. We have divided
money into two parts. We have said
that the giving of the one-tenth, or onetwentieth
to God, justified us in the claim
of unlimited freedom in the disposition
of the rest. We have divided up persons,
and put a certain class of people called
priests, ministers, missionaries, upon pedestals.
declaring that the standard of conduct
for them differed from the standard
for others, and that their work was especially
religious.
All .wrong. All space is holy, and the
green grass may be tne chancel carpet andthe
trees the massive pillars and the sky
the dome, if below there is a heart praying
in spirit and truth. All time :s sacrea.
Tim A/fnnrlnv ?hnnlrl be as much devoted to
God's service as Sunday, and the office and
the store should be as much shrines of
devotion as the closet. All money is sacred,
and the money spent upon the necessaries
of life, upon business and pleasure
should be spent with equal cousciousness
as upon the church. All Christians have
Christ within them, and they should aim
to objectify His life. There is nothing we
need to-day quite as much as the C'hristianization
of the secular life.
Then at last, the Christ within is the
source of final holiness. Christ at last
is to present us holy and unblamable, and
irreprovable in His sight.
Sin does two things for us, separates
us from God and dis jrts our r.aturc. When
we are forgiven we are restored to the divine
fellowship. But what about the effects
of sin upon our nature? See the
scars upon the tree -nd.what the life of
the tree dees for it. Listen to what Paul
says: "I am perplexed" until Christ be
formed within you." As Christ had His
Bofh.-itiora TTia "Nazareth. His Olivet, SO
does He again in His reincarnation have
HiB Bethlehem, His Nazareth, His Olivet.
Who knows why one plant grows into the
geranium, and tne other into the rose? The
type is something more than the ideal presented
for the imitation of the plant. It
is an informing life.
I think it was the last thing that Dr.
A. S. Gumbert 'wrote for the Examiner:
"Among the Dutch the rose was sometimes
cultivated by planting an inferior rose
close to a rose of superior variety. The
rose of inferior quality wrs carefully
watchftd and anthers removed to avoid
self-pollenization; the object being that
it should be pollenized by the superior
rose. Gradually the rose thus treated took
upon itself the characteristics 6f the superior
life of its companion." So, our lives
are pollenized as it were by Eis righteousness.
Thus Christ within becomes to us the
source of divine companionship, of power
for achievement, of the exaltation of conduct,
of final holiness. He who wishes
to plant hope within his own heart of such
prospects, should begin and never cease
exercising faith in Him who ]ovcd ue and
gave Himself to die for us.
Sentence Serusont,
Tmth abhors triclu.
Love needs no label.
The uprignt go right up.
Helpfulness is happiness.
Strength has little need of sty>.
Information precedes reformation.
He makes no mark who has no aim.
The future holds no failures to the eye
of faith.
Fast living makes fast links in the devil's
chain.
God measures by motive?;' men. by
mistakes.
God never forgets the man who forgets
himself.
A man's prospects depend on the things
he respects.
There is good in ail to the man who is
altogether good.
It takes many new beginnings to make
a glorious ending.
A mau is not a saint because he can tell
tlifi difference between a good sermon
and a poor one.
The square man is never looking for a
crooked opening.
Loyalty to the lessons of the last year
leads to success in the new.
God knows the way to your door if you
know the way to His poor.
Take stock of your mercies and you will
find your miseries have taken'ffight.?Chicago
Tribune.
Overcoming Worry.
I believe a little true philosophy and
reasoning can go a great way in overcoming
worry. 1 do not mean a ileep and mysterious
philosophy, but a simple application
of common facts which appeal to intelligence.
These facts are such as the
following: "Worry can do no good. You
cannot change things by being anxious.
Worry unfits you l'or hard work, and hard
work is the surest power to make wrong
things right. It is foolish to waste time
and strength in doing that which only
leaves one less time and less strength."
But there is also a sweeter philosophy
which deals with principles of right and
balance. It shows how things go crooked
sometimes, that the final result may be
more beautiful. It suggests how by some
wisdom greater than ours wronprs, or apparent
wrongs, are finally righted. It
brings history and personal experience in
array against a merely transient view of
iife, and proves how in the large and long
run the man who waits and trusts is the
man who suoceeds.?Floyd Tompkins.
Each D?y'? Living.
Our life may be food to us, or may. if
wu have it eo, be poison., but one or the
other it must be. Whichever an-! whatever
it is, beyond all doubt, it is eminently
ro.il So merelv as the day and the
night alternately follow one another, does
every day when it passes into dawn, bear
with it its own tale of the results which
it has silently wrought u on each of us
for evil rr for good. The day cf diligence,
duty and devotion leaves it richer than it
found ue, richer sometimes, and even
commonly, in our circumstances; richer
always in ourselves.
A Year of Freedom.
Let the new year be a year of freedom
from sin, a year of service, a year of trust
in God, and it will be a happy year from
first to last. It may be the hardest year
we have known, but it will be the happiest.?J.
M. Buckley, D. D.
Failure* and Successes.
Knowing what we do now we could all
improve upon the past. But to begin life
as we first began it would be but to repeat
the old failures and successes. Much good
we have all left undone, and also mnoh
evil. The latter we like "to thiuk pj,
THE SUNDAY SCHOOL "
INTERNATIONAL LESSON COMMENTS
FOR FEBRUARY 21.
Subject: Jefln* and tbe Sabbath, Matt.
xH., 1-13? Goldin Text, Matt, xtl., It
?Memory Veraen, 6-8?Commentary on
the XJay's Lckhoii.
T. Plucking corn on the Sabbath (vs.
J-S.) 1. "At tbat time.'^ It may be wel>
to note that there in a ainerence 01 opinion
here as to time. Some think that Jeaus
had attended the feast of the Passover
just preceding this, but this is called in
question by the best critics. "Through the
corn." To an American reader the. word
corn suggests the idea of Indian corn or
maize, but the word in the text has reference
to grain, fiuch as wheat, rye or barley.
"Began to pluck." They rubbed it
in their hands (Luke 61) to separate the
grain from the chaff. This was allowable
according to the law iDeut. 2S:25), but
the Pharisees object to their doing it on
the Sabbath day. The plucking and rubbing
necessary for this purpose wwe considered
by the Pharisees to be sufficiently
near to reaping and threshing to constitute
them secondary violations of the fourth
commandment.
2. "Pharisees saw it." They were watching
for an opportunity to catch Him. "Not
Jawtui. i ins prohibition is a Jfnansaic
rule not found in the Mosaic law. ]t was
ft principle with the Pharisees to extend
the provisions of the law and make minute
regulations over and bayor.d what Moses
commanded, in order to avoid the possibility
of transgress)ion.
3. "Have ye not read."' To vindicate
His disciples Christ referred the Pharisees
to a similar case recorded in their own
Scriptures .and with which they should
have been familiar. "An hungered." Our
Lord here is not arguing for an excuse to
break the law. but for its true construction.
The mere formality of a ritual of
strict letter of a positive precept is to
vield to the demands of the general good.
The necessities of the disciples justified
them in doing on the Sabbath what was
otherwise unlawful.
4. "The house of God." The tabernacle.
"Did eat." Ahimelech, the prieet at
Nob, gave David and h'w companions five
loaves of the shewbread <1 Sam. 21: 1-7).
The law provided that twelve loaves of
bread should be put in two piles upon the
tabic in the sanctuary, to remain a week
and ihen to be eaten by the priests only.
David, fleeing from Saul, weary and hun- /
gry, had eaten this bread contrary to the
letter of the law. "Shewbread." "Literally,
bread of setting forth, that is, bread
that was set forth in the sanctuary. It
was ajso canea conunuai Dreaa as neing
set fort h perpetually before I he Lord,
hence the Hebrew name, 'bread of the
presence.' Twelve loaves or cakes were
placed in two piles on the 'pure tabic'
every Sabbath. On cach pile wa? put a
golden cup of frankincense. See Ex. 25:
30: Lev. 24: 6-S."
5. "Profane the Sabbath.*' Jesus continued
His argument by showinc that even
the law under certain circumstances provided
for the doing of that which had been
expressly, forbidden in the law. On the
Sabbath days as well as on other days the
priests were engaged in killing, preparing
and burning the sacrifices and in performing
the whole temple service. It. was one
of the sayings of the rabbins that there
was no Sabbath-keeping in the temple.
Thus, if all work on the Sabbath profaned
the Sabbath, as the Pharisees maintained,
the priests w^re guilty of continual profanation.
"Blameless. Not merely does
the sacred history relate exceptional instances
of necessity, but the law itself ordains
labor on the Sabbath as a duty. 6.
"Greater than the temple." Inasmuch as
the one who builded the house is greater
tli.ni flip hmiKp. Ohrist refers herr to His
own authority and power. The law-giver
is greater than the law. Christ was greater
than the temole because. 1. The temple
exists but for Him. 2. It is but a place
of assembly where men may meet with
Him. 3. However splendid 'it is nothing
except He be there. 4. However lowly
the presence of the great King makes of it
a heavenly palace.
7. "If ye had known." A knowledge of
the true meaning of God's word will prevent
rash judgment. Jesus here charges
His critics with ignorance of their own
prophets. "Mercy and not sacrifice." See
1 Kara. 15: 22; Hosea 6: fl. I desire mercy.
I require mcrcy rather than sacrifice. J t"is
a protest by the orophet against the unloving.
insincere formalist of his day. 8.
"Lord, even of the Sabbath." .Tesus now
affirms Himself greater than the statute
law of Moses; nay. He is greater than the
Sabbath law established Dy God at, the
creation. Thus does He maintain Hircse'f
to be the incarnate Legislator of the world.
II. Healing a witliered band on the
Sabbath (vs. 9-13). 10. "Hand withered."
A case of paralysis. Such diseases were
considered incurable. "They a3ked Him."
Mark and Luke mention some points
omitted bv Matthew. Luke say.*, '"The
scribes and Pharisees watched.Him whether
He would heal on the Sabbath day, that '
they might find an accusation against
Him." "Might accuse." Tbey did not
doubt that He waa able to work a miracle;
they expected it, but they intended to
make out that His miracles were contrary
to the divine law-and so immoral. They
would then have some ground for saying
that lie worked miracles by a diabolical
power, which charge they did soon'begin
to make.
11. "He said." Jesus then proceeded to
answer them by drawing an argument from
their own conduct. "If it fall." This was
a self-evident proposition. Deeds of mercy
and humanity die! not infringe on the Sabbath
day. "Pit." Cisterns dug in the
earth for the purpose of water, into which
animals often fell.
12. "A man better than a sheep." Christ
always put an enormous value on man. A
man is of infinitely more consequence and
value than a brute. It they would snow
an act of kindness to a sheep would they
not show mercy to a man"Uiu? i :iey
arc taken on their own jmrumi and confuted
on their own maxims and conduct."
Thv truth implied in Christ's question is
pre-eminently scriptural and Christian. Ir
is not a discovery, hut u revelation. Notice
a .series of points in respect of which
a man is better tban a sheep: 1. His physical
form and hearty. 2. He is emlo'ced
with reason. 3. He i<> endowed with a
moral nature. 4. llts capacity of progress.
5. His sni ritual nature and his capacity
for knowing Cod. (>. Ho is possessed ol
immortality. '"It is lawful." This was
universally allowed by the Jews themselves.
13. ".Stretch forth.'' A remarkable
command. The man rnijjht have rcaponed
that his hand was withered and that
he cou'd not obey, but being commanded
it war his duty to make the effort; he did
ho and was healed, l'aith disregards apparent,
impossibilities where there is a
command and promise of Cod. "Restored
whole." A little before th's Christ had
r'aimed divine authority; He now proves
th.:\ fie possesses it. The?e two cas;es determine
what may be done on the .Sabhaih.
The one was a case of necessity, the
oilier 01 merry.
Threw Steer With Teeth.
Bulldog Pickett, a hegro cowpnncbei
from the Central Texas ranges, gave a i*
inarkable exhibition at EI Paso, Texav
He threw a wild steer with his teeth and
held the animal on the ground after conquering
hiin. Pickett rode out on a
broncho to meet the steer. The 6teer wai
extremely wild and had long, tapering
horns. The negro sprang from bis horse
to the back of the steer. Then he slid between
the animal's horns. Holding a horn
in each u&nd he sank his teeth deep in the
steer's nose. He released his hold on the
horns and lifted his head aloft. Then he
slowly twisted the- steer's head with his
teeth until he threw the animal to the
ground and held him there while the
crowd cheered.
"Polyglot'' Guide Dear!.
George Mcnchina, known as the "Poly1
. y, Jt.:t ... ,1... 11?:4_i W?ol.;..-+n?
fioi ".Jliiue ill U1V UIUIIUI; III imniiiiijjK"'!
>. C., is dead. lie had served is guide
there for nearly twenty years. He carne
from Walts and eould speak and write
Prench, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese,
lie had committed to memory Dante's
"Divine Comedy." ...
Electrical Output of the Year.
The output of electrical apparatus during
1903 is estimated at $158,650,000.
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jfire&Jd&Simmortality.
If there had been no message left, no
scroll i
Of faithful yellowed parchment to unroll j
The life of Him who dwelt at Nazareth, 1
Who loved and died, and triumphed ovetf
death?
Should we be comfortless, and call this lifo
A little space for ram and'fruitless s'trife, ,
For longings unfulfilled and grirrings sore.
With lastly death s undoing,nothing more2
God's ways, we read, are past all finding
out,
Unsearchable: yet were there room W
- doubt
A life completing this, though tbere bad
been
No ancient record left on stone or skin?
For scanning close love's eyes, we ne<dd \
must see -d^V '
Outshining from them?' Immortality" i
?Sunday-School Times. J "
A Rate For Happiness. .
Charles Kingslev. the famous preacher *
and autlior, told bow to find true joy jig
life, as follows:
"Make a rule, and pray to God to beTp.
you to keen it. never, if posaible, to lie *
down at night without being able to say, 'I
have made one human being ^at lea#t a
little wiser or a little happier or a little
better this day.' You will find it easier
than you think, and pleasanter. Easier.'
because if you wish to do God'B work God:
will surely find you work to do; and pleasanter,
because in return for the little trouble
it may cost you or the little choking,
of foolish, vulgar pride it may c6st you.
:n i_. - -t J _ -t
yuu win Dave d uwcc ui IJIJUU, a yuir.i ui;
temper, a cheerfulness and a hopefulness ' V
about yourself and all around you, such
as you never felt before; and, over and <
above that,, if you look for a reward in tbe
life to come, recollect this: What we have
to hope for in the life to come is to enter
into the joy of our Lord. . $
"And now did He fulfil that jov? By
humbling Himself and taking the form of. . j
a slave and coming, not to be ministered
to. but to minister and to give His whole
life, even unto the death upon the crow,- ,
a ransom for - many. Be sure that unless
you take up His cross you will never share j
an His footsteps'you will never reach tbe j.
place where He is. If you wish to enter],
into the joy of your Lord, be 6ure that His .
joy is now,-as it was in the Judea of old, 1 A
over every sinner that repenteth, every,,
mourner that is comforted, every hungry
mouth that is fed, every poor soul, sick or
in prison, who is visited. " t .
How Little! - ' ,
Speaking of the great number of opeii
doors in foreign lands and the comparatively
small efforts being put forth to "win,
the world to Christ, George Darsie eavs:, j
' How little we have done, and are doing,
compared with what we might do! )?e
have sent out men, but we could have Bent,
ten where we have sent one. We have! A
given money to support and equip the
workers, but it has often been a dime,
rather than a dollar. The drink bill of the
United States is $1,000,000,000 yearly, lie
tobacco bill is $600,000,0^0. Its candy' bill
is $75,000,000. Even its chewing gum bill
is $25,000,000! But its bill for world-wide
missions is a pitiful $5,000,000!" It ia time "
for a great advance. The time is past when
we should be satisfied with diggiiuj . .
trenches, defending breastworks, or holding
forte, in view of the open doors which
beckon, of the success which has rewarded
the efforts already made, of the nation*
which sit in darkness, of the certainty of
final victory, of the assurance of His ppeBence
"Who has promised, 'Lo, L am with
you alwav, even unto the end of the
world.'"" v ;?V'-V v3
- 't ^
A Blexsed Secret.
It is a blessed secret, this of living bf\
the day. Any one can carry his burden,
however heavy, until nightfall. Any on?
can do his wqjk, however hard, for one ?
day. Any one can live sweetly, patiently,!
lovingly and purely until the sun goes
down. And this is all that life ever me<uis
to us?just one little day. "Do to-day'e
duty: tight to-day's temptations, and do
not weaken and distract yourself by look-''
ing forward to things you cannot see, and
?:ould r.ot understand if you saw thein."
God gives us nights to shut down the
curtain of darkness on our little days. We,
cannot see beyond. Short horizons make
life easier, and give us one of the blessed
secrets of brave, true, holy living.
What was the secret of such'a one'spower?
What had she done? Absolutely '
nothing; but radiant smiles, becoming good
humor, the tact of divining what evertf
one felt and every one wanted, told that
she had got out of self and learned to. think
of othei>.?F. W. Robertson.
Keeping Friend*.
Friendship is worth takine trouble about.
It is one of the things about which we
should remember the apostle's command,
?"-u r--L iL.i. ?l-.-.l. " TW/?n
XIOIU JclSU tuai \> lUA,ix mo ^vuu? AMv*>?a??
said: "The only danger m friendship is
that it will end." Correspondence and conversation
and social courtesies are the
ways in which we throw guards around our
friendships lest they end. A man who
loses a friend for want of a letter now and
then is like the man who loses his mon^y
for lack of a pocketbook. He is Iosir*'
very precious tning for lack of a very little
expense and trouble. How carefully Jesiu
selected the close circle of His friends, and
how watchfully He guarded their mutual
friendship after He had selected them.
The friend who sticketh closer than a
brother is always one who has takeA some
trouble in the matter of his friendships.:
LH us be careful that we dp not go
through life with holes in our pockets
through which our friendships slip.?Sunday-School
Times.
Character.
The best thing in' this world is a goo<l
man. The tirsfc thing that a human being
should recognize about himself is that his '
character is bis distinguishable feature.
It is not the amount of money, the amount
.,f nntiMM flirt amnnnf nf lirainfl that a man
hat, but his character. Whatever fellow'
men mav Bay, or do to the contrary, this is
a fact, {hat what separates him from others
and gives him his individuality, is
hi(j coodness or lack of goodness, according
to its degree. Money, power and braina
have their place and exert an influence iu
deciding a man's position and recognition,
but the standard of ages, bv whica everyone
in tried in character and in God's sight,
which is the final and determined sight,
men arc what they are :n wishes and purposes.
It is not then too much to say that
the supreme ambition of a person's life
s? void bo to secure a worthy character.
Your daiiy duties are part of your religious
life just as much as your devotiaiua,
-If. W. Beecher. *
Her Cure For tlte Drink
After a year's absence John Wiitberg,
? wcil-to-do German farmer, suddenly reappeared
at Hayton, Wis., and ended the
J- i1i?;mr>Mrancc.
Uiytuviy vviiiv. n uuviiuwx*
He declares he hns been kept a prisoner
in his own home by his wife, who adopted
this method as a last recourse to cute *
him oi Hie era-, ing for driiik. He says he
entirely cured.
In a company of Chicago gentlemen, tlx;
other week. a successful bank. r and capitalist
declared that in his belief the time
had come to prohibit the manufacture *nd
tale of spirituous liquors.
New Peril on Oa? Dollar Bill*.
Dr. Otto Fiedler, the city chemist, c?
Milwaukee, Wis., has made some startling
discoveries while examining old paper,
money. On one very much worn $1 bill be
found more than 96,000,000 bacteria; on'
another, ."54,000; on another, 6000, and on a
new bill, which had been little used, 600
were found.
Italian Colony For Alabama.
(Seven thousand acres of land in Was7J?
ington County, Alabama, thirty-five miles
from Mobile,-have been purchased for co)t>
uizatiOD purposes bF Italian farmers,
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