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MIGHT BE WORSE. It was the breakfast hour, a raost uupropitious season for a domestic storm to arise, because it makes the whole succeeding day dingy, or at best very much less sunny than is desirable. Possibly it was the coffee, or the steak, or the baby, or just the old serpent. In any event, the husband and wife were tiffing at each other unpleasantly. "That's all right," he was saying; "vou may go home to your mother, but even that might be worse." "Worse?" she repeated ; "you would not think it was worse. You would be glad to get rid of me, you horrid thing!" "Oh, no, I wouldn't, my dear. Who would take care [of the baby if you were gone ?" "Much you care for the baby. I believe you would be glad to see the dear little thiug in a foundling asylum." "Why do you think that of me, my augel ?" he said, kindly. "Because if you cared anything for the precious darling, you would care a little bit for its only mother," she sniffled. "That's so; I hadn't thought of that," he smiled. "I had really forgotten that you were its only mother. How fortunate those other children must be which have several mothers ?" "You are perfectly horrid," she exclaimed. "And still I am your husband ! Why did you ever select such a wretch ? 'I'm sure there were at least a dozeu chaps who were as anxious to get you T <voe ? 'Yes," she said, with true feminine pride, "and I wish to goodness I had taken them. "That would have been bigamy, my dear," he said, quite horrified. She looked at him fiercely. "You understand that I mean any one of them," she explained. "Thank you. I really didn't think you cared to take the entire lot." "You knew well enough that I didn't." "That's what I thought when I married you." "Well, I don't care what you thought then, nor what you think now ; I told you I was going home to my mother, and I am." "And as I said before, it might be worse." By some means her suspicions, always more alert at such time, were aroused. "What do you mean ?" she asked, eyeing him narrowly. "Nothing, my dear, only that you might have determined to bring your mother home to you." After this blow he felt so comfortable that he began to make love to her, and when he left the house after breakfast she went to the front door with him, and he missed a car kissing her good by. Getting His Like Insured.?Old Bob conceived the idea of getting his life iusured. In the course of the physical examination he was asked bis age, but he was uuable to give a definite answer. "I'll put you down at 50," said the examiner. "No, boss, doan' put me down at 50; ji-s' say 75. Yer see, I'se gwiuter git er 'vorce from my present wife and marry er young gal. Ef a man dat's got er house and lot is mighty ole, er young gal will marry him, 'cause she thinks dat he will soon drap off and den de house an' lot will show her up mighty fine in de market." The physician continued : "How old was your father when he died?" " 'Bout 40." "Was he sick very long ?" "Oh, uo, sah. He drapped off right sudden." "Heart disease, maybe. What did the doctors say was the matter with him ?" ~ > 1 "L>a aian say uiuui u uuiuiu . One o' 'em climbed up, put his year agin de ole man an' said dat he was dead enough to cut him down an' put iu er box. Doan thiuk dat he had heart 'zeaze, boss. Thiuk dat he had some trouble wid hisnaik." "Look here; I don't believe that you want your life iusured ?" "I doan b'lebe I does, sar, since yer J 'gunter pry inter er man's family history. Good day, sah." When Cheek Meets Cheek.? Cheekly met his match the other day, and by the same act a match was made for his pretty daughter. Young Nerver asked the old gentleman for her hand. He expressed his disapproval and said : "Do you have the faintest idea that you could support her in the same luxurious surroundings she now enjoys? Everything must remain the same for her when she marries, sir. I will not permit her to sacrifice a single comfort. She must be provided for just as I have provided for her, sir." "That's easy," replied Nerver coolly. "I shall move right in here with her. There ai e some things that might be improved, but I respect your wishes, and all shali remain just as it is." Cheekly had to take a swallow of brandy to prevent a spell, and then he gave his consent in a weak tone of voice.?Detroit Free Press. W3F A clerk of one of Boston's courts tells a story of a somewhat flighty lawyer, who was once trying a case in which the evidence was about all ? !rfiimet?111i?l Finally, the lawver . got exciter! and exclaimed : "Why, judge, the angel Gabriel came to me last night and said this man is inuoeent." The judge, who happened to be writing, did not even look up, but said in the most matter of fact way, "let him be subpiiMiued."? Boston Globe. SSP After namiug his two daughters I ma Hogg and Eura Hogg, respectively, Governor Hogg of Texas, having again displayed his inimitable seuse of humor by christening the latest addition to his family Moore Hogg, a correspondent of the New York Sun suggests that the ex-governor show his appreciation of the eternal fitness of things by changing bis own first name to Auam. Wajtsitlc #athctinfls. &G&~ An honest man is the noblest pursuit of woman. f8T There are always more or less money drawers in a bank. SST Texas has 57 counties, each larger than Rhode Island. All of us who are sorry for our sins are brothers and sisters. A book with a loose leaf should be bound over to keep the piece. It costs some DeoDle more to keep up appearances than it does to live. tS&~ The United States supplies nearly one-half of the wheat used in England. tSF The dried fruit trade is increasing. California exported one thousand carloads last year. S8T Over 600 varieties of cotton are snid to exist?400 in Asia and Africa, and 200 in America. 9S* The emperor of China must fast 64 days in the year to satisfy the claims of his religion. t&" Unselfish people are always polite, because good manners are only the absence of selfisuess. 8It is only when a man is the under dog that he begins to seriously think of turning reformer. ti&F Pious Russians do not eat pigeons, because of the saucily conferred on the dove in the Scriptures. 86?" All eternity will regret the loss of a single day. Investyour moments well. They are preeious jewels. Wc?F It is said that more murders occur in Paris ic six mouths, than in .London, .Berlin and vieuna in a year. It is claimed that Lake Erie produces more fish to the square mile thau any body of water in the world. Make do haste to be rich, if you would prosper ; small and steady gains give competency with tranquility of mind. 8?"" We hear a * great deal about "Men of the hour," and "Men of the day," but what about "Men of the night ?" WaT In seeking a wife, a young man should remember that a beautiful character is not liable to become wrinkled and faded. Why do girls kiss each other, while boys do not? Because girls have nothing better to kiss, and the boys have. W3T The fact that you have cherished a base thought for even a moment ought to cause your cheek to flush with shame. Weir Scales are now made that will weigh the flame of a candle or the smallest strand of hair plucked from the eyebrow. fiST "There goes a fellow who whistles at danger." "Ah ! he must be a very brave fellow. Who is he?" "A locomotive driver." WatT If a man strikes another man weaker than himself he is a coward ; if he assaults a stronger man than himself he is a fool. 8ST Handel, the famous composer, used, when traveling, to order dinner for three, or if hungry, for five, and then eat the whole himself. 86T The Connecticut Mutual Life will permit any of its policyholders to fight for their eouutry without charging them any extra premium. B&P Rummaging in his garret recently, a Loweil man found in the pocket of an old vest a letter that was given to him by a lady to mail 32 years ago. 8k^* Iu Sitka, Alaska, when an Indian wife has lost her husband by death, she goes into mourning by paintiug the upper half of her face a deep black. V3P There was one lover once who told the truth. Reference is made to Adam. When he told Eve uyou are the first woman I ever loved," he was not dissembling. StST In old times card playing was regarded as essentially a Christmas pastime, and a statute of Henry VII. forbids card playing save during the Christmas holidays. Maryland has passed a law doing away with words "So help me God" in judicial oaths, aud it isn't likely that there will be auy more perjury than there was before. SOT" Variations in the size of raindrops, are attributed to atmospheric disturbances and to the height from which they fall; those from a high altitude being much the smaller. Minister?So you go to school, do you Bobby? Bobby?Yes, sir. Minister?Let me bear you speu Kitten. Bobby?I'm getting too big a boy to spell kitten, sir. Try me on cat. WtiT The average healthful man eats nearly two and a half pounds of solid food a day. Upon this basis the daily consumption of food by the human race equals 3,607,770,000 pounds, or 1,610,612 tons. "What is a commercial traveler?" asked little Tommy of his father. "A commercial traveler, my son,"said the father, "is a man who travels over the country and shows hotel men how to run their hotels." fiST" Daisy?When I get big like you mamma, I am going to marry a doctor or a minister. Mamma?Why, my dear? Daisy?'Cause, if I marry a doctor I can get well for nothing; if I marry a minister I can be good for nothing. W&F Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show carried the first popcorn ever sold in Paris, and recently five tons of it were shipped to the gay capital. Mr. Cody deserves credit for introducing the useful as well as the picturesque feature of American life. BteiF Rome has beaten Paris in the absurdity of its latest duel. Two Sicilian deputies fought with rapiers, and one of them backed into a tree so violently that the surgeons declared he could not continue. Thereupon, the duellists shook hands, honor being satisfied. Turkey and Greece are the only European countries into which the telephone has not yet been introduced. Swedeu has the largest number of telephones per capita of all couutries in the world, having one to every 115 persons, and Switzerland comes next, with one to every 129. International irssons. THE SUNDAY SCHOOL. LESSON IV, SECOND QUARTER, INTERNATIONAL SERIES, APRIL 24. Text of the Lesson, Math, xvlll, 21-30, Memory Verses, 21, 22 ? Golden Text, Lake vi, 37 ? Commentary by the Rev. D. M. Stearns. [Copyright, 1898. by D. M. Stearns.] 21. "Then came Peter to Him and said: I^ird. how oft shall niv brother sin against mo, and Iforgivo him? Till seven times?" It is so difficult, much as we may read and talk about it, to believe and live out tha belief that it is no longer I that live, but Christ who liveth in me (Gal. ii, 20). Peter's difficulty here is "mo" and "I," forgetting the lesson of chapter xvi, 24, about denying self and following Christ. A better way of putting His question would be, Lord, how often would you forgive ono who would sin against you? It should never be a question of what I would or would not do, but always what would Jesus do? Lord, what wilt Thou have mo to do? As His redeemed ones, we are here to manifest His lifo in these mortal bodies (II Cor. iv, 11) and make Him known. 22. "Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times, but until seventy times seven." His thoughts and ways are as far above ours as heaven is above the earth. Ho gives us eternal redemption, blotting out all our sins, and assuring us of eternal glory, then teaches us that we are to overcome self and sin and the devil, submitting meekly to many an unjust demand of the world for His sake lest we prove a stumbling block. 23-27. "Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants." In these verses we have an illustration from our Lord's own lips of His forgiveness, which He freely bestows upon every penitent sinner. The parables of the kingdom sometimes have reference to the mystery of this present age when the kingdom itself, which was at hand, is postponed till He shall come again because of His people's rejection of Him Sometimes they refer to the end of this age and the events connected therewith. There is one thing that all should lay to heart, and that is that there is a day of reckoning for every one, for every one of us 6hall give account of himself to God, for God shall bring every work into judgment with every secret thing, whether it bo good or whether it be evil (Rom. xiv, 12; Keel, xii, 14). Tho judge is appointed, even Him whom God raised from the dead (Acts xvii, 31), the same who speaks to us in this parable. I cannot say that the verses wo are considering refer to any period of the time of future judgment, but rather to present forgiveness, for God may be said to be always in some sense reckoning with people. It seems to me that the main point of this part of the parable is the full and free forgiveness which Ho bestows upon every penitent. The debtor was greatly in debt, owing 10,000 talents, which, according to the estimate in tho margin, would be over $9,000,000, and ho could not pay, as wo say, a cent on the dollar, for ho had nothing, yet he was presumptuous enough to ask for patience, promising to pay all. His lord, moved with compassion, forgava him the whole debt. Our indebtedness to God for life and care and mercies since wo had any being is beyond computation. If we should count but one mercy a minute for only 20 years, they would be over 10,000,000, but who can estimate the mercies of a moment? 28-30. "But the samo servant went out and found one of his fellow servants which owed him an hundred pence." According to the margin, a debt of not over $25, yet 6eo his treatment of his fellow as compared with his lord's treatment of him. But do not condemn him unless you arc sure that you are not guilty. Man's inhumanity to man is as marvelous jis God's compassion. Great as is God's forgiveness, so great is man's luck of it. Have you never said of any one, "I cannot forgive him," or "I'll forgive, but I cannot forgets" If you have said such things, you have no right to condemn this man. Remember the words of our Lord in a certain case, "He that is without sin among you let him first cast a stone" (John viii, 7). 31. "So, when his fellow servants saw what was done, they were very sorry and came and told unto their lord all that was done." In this case there was nothing that they could do but tell their lord, for ho alone had power to deal with tho wicked servant. But here is an application which every believer may with profit lay to heart Wo, if we have received Christ Jesus as our Saviour, arc truly forgiven, washed, sanctified, justified, but there are millions who are not and who do not know anything about tho Lord Jesus and are liable to bo cast forever into the hands of the great adversary who now oppresses them. Aro wo sorry enough for them to say to our Lord who has saved us: "Here ami. Sendmoto tell them of Thee and of Thy salvation?" 32-34. "And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to tho tormentors till ho should pay all that was due unto him." We must not think of our Lord in this story as if Ho was speaking of Himself, for wo are nowhero taught that Ho ever forgives and then takes back His forgiveness. Tho gifts and calling of God aro without repentanco (Rom. xi, 29). He never changes His mind. We must notico that our Lord is telling of a certain man and his servants, and tho lord in tho story is the master of theso servants, not our Lord. Seo tho small letter 1, not capital L. So in the story of tho unjust steward tho question is repeatedly asked, How could our Lord ever commend such fraud? Our Lord never did, but tho man's master or lora (small i) commenueu ms irauuulent servant for being clever enough to provide a futuro welcome for himself in the homes of those whom he had befriended at his lord's expense. Our Lord taught that wo ought to mako such use of present opportunities ? lawfully, of course ? as would bo for our benefit in the life to come. 85. "So likewise shall My Heavenly Father do also unto you, if yc from your hearts forgivo not every one his brother their trespasses." In the epistle to the Ephesians we are taught in the opening and following words our privileges in Christ Blessed with all spiritual blessings, accepted in the Beloved, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins, seated with Christ in the heaven lies. Then we aro taught that because of these great benefits conferred upon us we should walk worthy of our vocation, walk in love, walk fts children of light, and among other things forgive one another even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven us (Eph. iv, 82) Salvation is nowhere made dependent upon any works or good deeds of ours, but is always set forth as a free gift (Rom. lv, 5; vi, 23; John i, 12; Rev. xxii, 17). Then having become children of God by faith in Christ Jesus, we are earnestly ex norteu 10 waiK hs sum, assureu unit an iu our lives as Christians which He approves shall bo rewarded, but all else shall be burned up as wood, hay and stubble ?6F" The hypocrite who expects to compromise with God by devoting a portion of his property to religious or charitable uses is living close upon the borders of moral idiocy. B0F You cannot prove that you are good hy merely proving that another man is bad. Jam and Jiwsidc. ] Airing Rooms.?It is a great mistake that the whole house, particularly sleeping rooms and the dining room, < receive so little attention in ventilating < and purifying the air, when it can he i done with so little trouble and no ex- i pense. A pitcher of cold water placed 1 o ?inn Kiiruaii will flhcinrh r!1 l v/u a iouiv vi viii vwu ff Mvvw. - ?... , the gases with which the room is filled i from the respiration of those eating or j sleeping in the apartment. Very few realize how important such purification is for the health of the family, or, indeed, understand or realize that there can be any impurity in the rooms, yet in a few hours a pitcher or pail of cold water?the colder the more effectivewill make the air of a room pure, but the water will be entirely unfit for use. In bedrooms a pail or pitcher of water should always be kept, and changed often if anyone stays in the room during the day ; certainly be put in fresh when the inmates retire. Such water should never be drank, but either a covered pitcher or glass bottle with a stopper should he used for drinking water, and always be closely covered. Impure water causes more sickness than even impure air, and for that reasou before using water ] from a pump or reservoir for drinking j or cooking, one should pump or draw out enough to clear the pipes before using it, particularly in the morning, after the water has been stuuding all < night. Wean the Calves as Soon as I Born.?The old practice of letting i the caif suck every time the cow is milked, to "make her give down her t | milk," should prevail no longer. We ' have never known but one good rea- i son for such practice and that exists i no longer. When cows ranged on the commons I they would return to the calf at night. I It is much easier to teach the calf to ! drink if he has never sucked, and the < cow worries less over the separation before the motherly affection has been i intensified by nursing. It is well to I make veal of all grade and scrub i males unless the price of two-yearolds will justify the trouble and expense of rearing them. If they are to I be kept, feed for awhile upon whole i milk and then substitute skim milk, i to which scalded corn meal has been I added. i Green pastures should be prepared 1 for the calves and a little sweet hay i kept where they are fed. They soon | learn to eat this and it exerts a salu- s tary influeuce in preventing the ten- * dency to scours. Besides the greater < cleanliness possible under this system, SPE MOW The Largest Single Ship All required to fill bona-fid Philadelphia and European cities The demand requiring such is convincing proof of the superic the MONARCH Bicycle, We are often asked the caus is?Honest Prices, First Class Go ings. Such a policy will always Every MONARCH BICY< capital can produce. We can earned reputation with goods of All parts of MONARCH ! the best material and after our do not contain the part-maker machines. Did it ever occur to you tf sell for more after a season's use tablished make ? Over 200,000 Monarch rider Til t>\r cfand iitv rid* We are making upwards of increasing demand. AGENTS WANTED IN 0 "Ride a Mon; and keep in f MONARG CRIST COI ihe calves are more geDtle and the leifers less troublesome when they iome in.?Farm and Horticulturist. Cleaning Roosts. ? The proper way to clean a roost is to first curry iverything out of doors, roost poles, aest boxes and loose boards. Cover with oil and apply a match. If the ivood takes fire it can be put out by :hrowing sand ou it. Now rake out ill fowl dirt, and give the inside a ;ood coating of whitewash. Do this jnce a month. If we do not have ime for all this, then get some liquid ice paint. Put on a good coat. This should be done just before the fowls 50 to roost, at nigni. rrooaoiy me fowls will not like the smell, hut drive :hem all iu and shut the house up Light for an hour or two. This will not only kill the red and gray mites, t?ut all the body lice on the hens. In tbout 10 days (after the lice eggs previously laid are about all hatched out] repeat the operation, when we may reasonably know that our hens and roosts are free from lice and will stay jo for a month or two. Farmers should feed oats more freely to poultry than is generally the case. Oats are u most excellent egg-making food when fed in connection with other food. Boiled oats are especially good.? Oise50 Farmer. IN COUNTIES ADJOINING. Summary of the New* That In Uelug Published by Exchunge*. UNION?Times, April 8: Mrs, Samuel McNeel, of" Yorkville, is visiting her sister, Mrs. Jobu K. Young, The kind of patriotism we like to 3ee we saw on last Saturday evening. Two old and respected citizens of Union county, each about 70 years ol jge, viz: Uncle Daniel Burnett und Uncle Mike Betenhaugb. Each said that they did not want war if it could be avoided with honor; hut if the Spaniards attempted to invade thi.couutry they were ready to defeud it, Uncle Daniel said "he could not dc much; but his body might protect that of some useful man, that be did aot have many years to live anyway.' Thpt is the old American spirit of 1776. Long may the descendants of such men live in South Caroliua. The mill iuthorities have forbid auy new operatives coming to the Union mills while Ihe present epidemic of smallpox n raging over the state. They are right, Union has been exceedingly fortunatt inri we believe it is due to the com pulsory vaccination which she enforced some months back. Where are tht wiseacres who laughed at the eourst )f the board of health ? CHESTER-lantern, April 8: Tht ICIAL TRAIN irch S3333S iKSs^^s s will tell you that there are none r and are always in front. 500 machines per day to meet the | PEN TERRITORY, arch ront" gpJISE H CYCLE MFC JSINS, AC Chester Dramatic club will present "Ruth" at the operahouse at au early date. Mrs. H. E. McCounell, who has been visiting relatives at McCounellsville, returned home yesterday. < Mrs. Jas. P. Culp and her two children are at Mr. I. N. Cross's and i will leave soon for Oklahoma to join Mr. Culp, who went about two weeks ago. Miss Fannie Ford, who has been visiting relatives in the city for sometime, left last Tuesday evening for Rock Hill, where she will spend sometime with her uncle, Mr. F. W. Culp. i From Saturday's Second Edition. '.* WAR INKVITABLK. i So Said Senator Tllliunn to The Knqulrer Yesterday. Immediately upon receipt of our first ' dispatch from Washington yesterday we ' sent the following telegram : Yorkville, S. C., April 8, 18J>8. , Senator B. R. Tillman, Washington, , D. C.: Do you think from the present situation > war is pronaoie next weea c riease miswer immediately. Yorkville Enquirer. At 3.58 p. in., the following was receiv' ed in reply: Washington, D. C.( April 8,1898. Yorkville Enquirer, Yorkville, S. C.: From present indications war is , inevitable. B. R. TILLMAN. From Sautrday's First Edition. LIBKKTY OK DEATH. > That Is the Position of the Cuban Revo lutloulsts. During the pust few days there have developed strong indications that the 33 CAR LOA BICY iment of Bicycles ever made, e orders from New York, Boston, shipments of over 6,000 machines >r quality and great popularity oi e of our great success: Our answei ods, Prompt Service and Fair Deal > win. XE is as good as skill, energy anc not afford to jeopardise our wel - *. 1.1 !?. a quesuonaDie quamy. BICYCLES are made by us out o: own exclusive designs. Therefor* s' parts found in so many cheaj lat a MONARCH BICYCLE wil than minv nrw r?f u vw. ntw Tunn rs., YORKVI JllSllfe! y j, 1^1.11} \ nn CHICAGO 1- Ball iipiii unnn United States proposed to intervene in Cuba for the purpose of stopping the war; but will not declare Cuban independence. The Columbia State of Thursday prints the following, which shows the sentiment on the subject : " bon z ales de quesad^ To N. G. Gonzales, Editor The State. Washington, D. Cm April 6.?Our position should not be misinterpreted. We cannot accept anything which means the perpetuation of Spanish sovereignty in the island. We will oppose any armistice or intervention which does not have for its express and declared object the independence of Cuba. We have our government and the American people want it recognized. Our motto is, independence or death. gonzalo de quesada, Charge D'Affaires Republic of Cuba. & POWDER Absolutely Pure THE TWICE-A-WEEK ENQUIRER CONTAINS 52 columns of live, entertaining and instructive news matter servered in a thoroughly up-to-date style up to the hour of going to press. The Wednesday's issue contains 28 columns and Saturday's issue 24. Subscribe at once and keep informed. iDS if <T New York [e and Penn. R. R's. LONDON HAMBURG ILLE, S. C.