OCR Interpretation


Alma record. (Alma, Mich.) 1878-1928, September 14, 1888, Image 3

Image and text provided by Central Michigan University, Clark Historical Library

Persistent link: https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85038709/1888-09-14/ed-1/seq-3/

What is OCR?


Thumbnail for

JUST BEYOND.
Tail the fragrant clover fields.
Fait the forwtt with tlielr rlel.lt
Of dark verdure, resting evet
Tbat are worn with reading wise;
rt tbc blae b til a, barriers J car
Twlit thahopea beyond an J here,
Is a pi are (it must be eo) -
Whither la It good to gx
For I long for It betlmea
Of a morn Inc. In mr rhyrnea;
And tbe eve-light finds m till
Look In ir, looking, 'gainst iny will.
It la always juat lroml
What 1 aee, aud abould a wand
Tuuch mine eves, grown strangely Jlin,
Tbey might pierce the mount am rlis.
And dlarover yond-r spot,
Tbat la sweet, but traveled not.
Yet, dim vlaioned, 1 am aure,
Wbattoerer 1 endure.
Had and sad. tbat far away
Fast tbe duties of the day,
Ae I see them. stretched and dumb,
la tbe laud of Sweet -To -Come.
That Is gladder far and fair:
Juat beond the mountain there,
Juat beyond tin dimpled lea,
Jifat bevond tbe silver sea,
Just bevond, for me and thee!
-liuhardt'. l urto t, IK 11. ..( S. & Ttrr.t.
Taken at His Word.
Nellie ralmor was Iy!nr on the
lounge in her pretty bedroom, crying
anil look nz very unhappy. And vet
he had been married only six months,
and to such a "ihcj handsome man."
na all the younpj lad es declared that
surely she ouht to bavo been hajvpy
with h;ni. An I so she had been until,
until, to tell truth, ftob Palmer, forget
tinp, or seemin to forget that ho was
a married man, had recently taken to
flirt nx with thee very younj ladies, at
all the parties in Middle ton, leaving
his wife to take care of herself. Sure
ly it was enough to make any six
months wife crv, especially one so seu
tativo as Nellie.
Not that Ilobert Palmar loved his
little wiie a bit less than on the day of
his niMTiace, neither that Nellie sus
pected trm of it or for a moment
doubted his morals any more than sho
did his constancy, but Mr. Palmer
was a gay young mun. and loved to
be amuted. He like I the society of
prettT and lively women, both married
and single; and in a word ho liked to
flirt and saw no harm in it So, whilo
h hunjr over the young ladies chairs,
laughing and paying gay compliments,
or promenading with the young mar
ried ladies, his wife would be looking
over a photograph album, or consvers
ing solemnly w ith Nome old gentleman,
or nothing some shy awkward child
while pretending to be unconscious of
her husband's proceedings. Not that
he was compelled to enjoy herself in
this solemn way, she nuaily so bright
and pretty and agreeable, but she had
no heart for anything else now. Of
Iste all her liveliness and chaltiness
had left her, and sho answered absent
ly and smiled listlessly, anil, if com
pelled to dance or fcing, did so out of
time and out of tune, to her husband's
great vexation. It is thus that many
& young wife settles down into a dull
and and faded old woman, and her
husband grows handsomer and heart
ier, aud wonders what on earth could
have so changed her.
Hello! been crying again, I de
el are!" exclaimed Bob Palmer, su ldon
ly ceasing his little whistle, as ho en
tered the room, on returning from his
office. "What's the matter now, Nel
lie? Canary refused to sing, or Mad
ame Viglini not put llowers enough in
your bonnet?"
Oh, Hob! how can you?" sobbed
Nellie, beginning afresh.
'Look here, Kllen," said her hus
band, sitting down on the lounge, and
a peaking more seriously; "I don't like
this at all. I never come home that
yeur eyes are not rod and swollen with
crying. What have you to cry about
I should like to know? It's an insult
to me to have you go sniveling about
the house in this fashion, and moping
away in corners, looking sullen and
miserable, as you did last night, at
Mat-kin' s. Why people will think mo
a perfect domestic tvranl."
Ah, Hob, don't speak so! I can't
help it, indeed. I do feel so raiscrab e.
You mke mo so Bob."
"1! Well that is rich! Perhaps you
will be good en ongh to let me know of
what enormity I've been guilty, that
has turned you into a modern Niobe?"
'Nothing really wrong, dear; h! if
you knew how much a wifo thinks of
her husband's love, and "
Here poor Nellie broke down again.
Mr. Palmer's eyes opened verv wide.
Whew!" whistled he; "If this isn't
really absurd. So, she's jealous!
Indeed, no. dear Hob! Hut but "
sho could hardly speak for tho chok
ing in her throat "you can't under
stand the priJi a wouvm takes in hav
ing her husband treat her with alToclion
and respect before every one, or how
it humbles and mortifies her to bo neg
lected by him, and have other womvi
consider themselves her rivals like
Isabel Baden.
Hob Palmer laughed outright, aud
then he grew angry.
"You're an absured little fool
Nellie," he said. "As if l:tbel Baden
was anything to me beyond a woman to
amuse one's self with at a party. Non
sense." She don't think so," said Nellie;
and and others don't think so. They
all think vou are getting tired of your
wifo,and Isabel Hatters herself that she
has cut me nut, and is trying to let
people see It."
"F.ddlcsticks!" said Hob, rising im
pat ently from tho lounge. "I'm as
tonished at you, Nellie, and had alreadr
given you credit of more sense as well
as temper," ho added, severely. "I
wish you'd amused yourself in society,
as I do, instead of mopng about in
this fashion. You can't expect to hare
me tied to your apron strings; and I'd
much rather see you llirting a little
yourself than sulking away in holes
and comers, like a spider, watching
your butterlW of a husband to see if
you can delect him doing wrong. You
niakn mo fjuitu ashamed of you I de
clare." Mr. Plainer took his hat ami walked
out of tho room, with an air of mingle i
dignity and injurM innocence Hi
wifo sal up. wiped awav her tenrs and
mused iiwii.lo. with evos flashing and
cheeks flushed with a wounded and in
dijrnant feeling.
"Yes." aho aaid to hermit 'slnco he
has requested it, I will amuse nirself
us he does,' and see how he likes it!
Ashamed of me, is he? And he did
not use to be when I was gay and hap
py. Oh, Hob, if you only knew how I
loved you!"
And once more despite her resolute
ly closing her eyes and pressing her
fingers upon them, tho tears would
come.
There was to bu. that very evening a
party at Col. Johnston's, and Nellio
took particular pains in dressing her
self for it Sho had been of late rather
careless on that point, and was now re
warded for her husband's glance of ap
proval and his remark that the pink
silk was becoming to her. In conse
quence her eyes and cheeks wero
brighter, and her spirits more buoyant,
as sho entered Mrs. Johnston's crowd
ed drawing-room. Scarcely had they
paid their respects to tho hostess,
when Mr. Palmer accosted, or rather
was accosted by M ss Baden, a brilliant,
confident girl, who tried to ensnare
him before his marriage; and at tho
same moment, a gentlemen addressed
Mih. Palmer. Slio answered me
chanically, unable to withdraw her at
tent on from her husband and his com
panion, until seeing something in M ss
Baden's glarico at herself which sho did
not like, her pride again awoke, and
sho turned, as with a sudden determi
nation to tho gentleman at her aide.
Ho was a recent comer to tho town,
very pleasant and handsome, and Nell o
Palmer forthwith began to try ami
make herself agreeable to him. Ho
looked so pleased and was himself so
agreeable, that it soon cost her no ef
fort to converge; and then her old 1 vo
ir spirits returned; and to her surprises
sho found that she was enjoying her
self. Her husband didn't much notice
this, but M s Baden did; and her flirta
tion with Mr. Palmer lost much of it,
charm, now that his wife did not ap
pear mortified and jealous, and that
people couldn't sen that sho was so.
Wherefore Miss Baden grew indiffer
ent, and Mr. Palmer bethought him
self to look after ha wife. Not iinding
her looking over the photograph
album, nor talking to deaf old Mr.
Brown, neither in any of the 'holes
and corners.' which she was wont of
late to frequent, he becamo rather
puzzled.
"She's got in the dumps again. 1
suppose," was his thought, "and is
trying to dinguise it under the pretense
of be ng ill. Dare say I shall find her
cry ng or fainting away in tho consor
vatorv, with fans and smelling bottles
round her, or perhaps she's gone
home,"
At that instant a little laugh at his
elbow startled him. and turning he saw
Nellie, bright and flushed, talking to a
very bandsomo man, who appeared
quite absorbed in her. Mr. Palmer
atarcd a moment at tho unconscious
couple,
"Why, the deuce! what on earth can
they have been talking about all tins
while?" Then, suddenly meeting his
wife's eve. ho smiled and whispered,
"Knjoying yourself Nell? '
"l)!i, yes. dear, delightfully! Don't
trouble yourself about me pray."
Ho pascd on, but didn't go far, and
as he stood whispering soft nothings to
sentimental Kato Marshall, h s eyes
occasionally wandered to his wife.
How pretty she was looking and how
gay she was, ami how cixjuetishly she
was exchanging light leparteo with
that fl rting fellow, 'Join Harrison.
Aud all the time tho handsome strang
er never left her s de. It was perfectly
ev.dent that ho adnrred her.
"If sho were not a married woman
ho would cert a ul r fall in love with
her, she, my w,fe; ' and he felt a little
resentful of the adm. ration.
Nell e Palmer had never sang more
sweetly or danced more gracefully thau
umin this evening.
Don't vou think, Nell, vou've
dan-ced enough for one night? ' said
her husband, toward the close of the
evening; "for a married woman," ho
added.
' Perhaps so," she answered, cheer
fully: "but I've enjoyed myself so
much! Iteully, 1 alniot forgot I was a
married woman, aud felt liko a girl
again."
'Ami behaved like one," ho said,
rather coolly. "Who s that fellow
that has been in attendance upon you
all the evening?" ho inquired, as they
walked downstairs.
"That remarkably handsome man,
with tho expressive dark eyes, do you
mean?"
"I never noticed his eyes or that ho
was at all handsome, " ho answered
ftillly.
"Oil, I thought you meant Capt.
Lovell of the artillery. Ah hero he is
one moment, dear, I qu.to forgot "
And Nellio spoko a few words to tho
captain in passing, cf which her hus
band could distinguish only something
about "that book."
"Upon tnv word," he said, sarcasti
cally, "jou appear very intimate al
ready." "Because, love, we've discovered
that we'ro congenial p Tits. Wo like
tho saruo things, books, music, scenery;
indeed, everything, and have tho same
opinion on most uubjects. You know
how pleasant It is to meet with one
who can comprehend you, not your
outer self merely, but with a sort of
soul sympathy."
"Soul li Idlesticks."
"You never did hare much senti
ment, Bob." sighed Nellie, in an in
jured tone.
"Sentiment le hanged! Come, Nel
lie, bo quick with your wrappings. It
has beii a stupid evening, and I shall
be glad to get home and to bed."
When Hobert Palmer came home
next day, he found his wife, not cry
ing, as before, in her bedroom, but in
the parlor, practicing a new song.
Capt. Lovell called this morning,"
she said, "and I liavo promised to
sing this for him at Mrs. Campbell's."
"Ah?" he answered, with an expres
sion of inditTeronce; and as his wifo
azain struck up with tho first few
notes, ho muttered to himself, '"Con
found Cipt Lovell! '
At Mrs. Campbell's Cnpf. Lovell
was agnin in attendance upon pretty
Mr. Palnvr; and then other gentlo
mn discovered her attraction, her
liltpMOC'-, anl coquetttshnoss, and flir
taolfuesi; and so in a very few weeks.
Mrs. rainier was a belle. She did not
seem In the least to care who her hus
band was waiting upon, and, Indeod
he could raroly got a word with her at
all, when at the gy assemblies which
they constantly frequented. Ho some
times gave her a hint that aho was "no
longer a girl," and that ho was her
husband; but she only laughed, and
said there was no harm done, ami that
she was enjoying herself so delight
fully, and felt herself moro a belie
than even when a girl which was
true, because she had not flirted then,
being absorb, heart and soul, in Bob
Palmer. But now it was Capt. Lovell
who appeared ch'elly to occupy her
thoughts, as well as a good part of
time. She sang and dan cod with him;
sho read the books. ho sent; and so fre
quent wero his visits, so constant his
attentions, that at lat Robert Palmer's
wrath hurst forth.
"Ellen," ho fluid, as he ono day
closed the door on tho departing cp
ta n, "I really cannot permit this to go
on any longer. Your conduct to ino is
most unexpected most astounding.
You are by far too intimate with this
fellow, Lovell. Ho h constantly in my
house; and last evening ho scarcely left
your side, whilo you stood, for two
hours, tho center of a group of chatter
ing, griuning popinjays, liko your
self."
"Why, Bob. vou blamed mo for play
ing wall-flower and 'spider,' aud said
you wero ashamed of me."
"I am much more ashamed of you
now." he retorted soverely.
"Now, dear, that is quite unreason
able of joii. Didn't o;i tell mo that I
would please vou bv enjoying mysolt
ami flirting a little? You know you
did," added Nellie, reproachfully; "and
now that I am obeying you, you get
jealous."
"Jealous? not I! But I inn oflondod
and insulted yes, and disgusted as
well. If only you could hear tho re
marks about yourself and that Lovell-"
"Similar to those that I hoard in re
gard to ou and Miss Baden, I pre
sume," said Irs w fe.
"What is Miss Baden to me?' he
demanded angrily.
"And what is Capt. Lovell to me?"
"You encourage him, madam. You
flirt with him."
"As you do with Isabel Baden."
A man may do what is not per
missdilo in a woman."
"Ah that is it!" sa d Nellie, with her
old snide. You men may neglect a
wife may wear out her h-?art and life
with anguish may exposo her to the
pity or ridicule of all her acquaintances
by showing devotion to another; and
she, poor slave, must not presumo to
turn, as ma even the trampled worm,
but must lear all in meek s lence, never
even imploring morcy, lest she should
offend her lord. But I hive had enough
of this Bib; and now as yon do to mo
will I do to you. If you go on llirting,
so will I. I know you don't care a b t
moro for IsaU'l Baden than I do for
Capt. Lovell; but I will not bo neglect
ed and humbled itt tho sight of tho
whole world. I am not a slave, but a
wife and demand the honor due to mo!"
Her moo l was a new one to her hus
band. She sat erect and proud. look
ing him steadily in tho fuee, with bright
clear eyes, in whoso depths ho could
read great tenderness; and ho at onco
comprehended the whole matter.
A Woman' Succem With Cotton.
Tho only young unmaried woman of
tho South who is exclusive proprietor
and practical business manager of a
large cotton farm is said to bo M'ss
All ice B. Farley, of Port Hudson, L.
A fragile little woman, ono would
scarcely think, to judge from her
phys que, that sho jioeossed the
Mrcngth necessary to meet the combat
a thousand and one vexing cares con
nected with raising the staple. Never
theless, Miss Farley not only oversees
(Ireenwrxrfl plantation, but by her pru
dense, skill and sound judgement has
won an extended local reputation as a
successful fanner. Her history is as
melancholy as it is remarkable. Born
in New York Citj sho lost in quick
succession all tho members of
her family. and at majority
found herself the proprietor of a
handsome Southern property, with not
a near relative in the world. D.ity. to
her logical mind, impl e l action, and
no sootier did responsibilities arise
than sho found strength to meet them.
Observation, and economical turn of
m iid, extensive reading on agricultur
al subjects consultation with thoso ex
perienced in tho craft soon taught all
thero was to' know. She threw into
planting all the enthusiasm and perse
veranco many women liestow in ac
quiring feminine accomplishments and
today no cotton place, far or near,
ranks higher than tho will-tilled, fruit
ful and wisely cultivated lands of
(Jreenwood. Scto Vrltam Times
democrat.
Killing (miii Barrels.
By means of recent improvements
mado in the manufacture of rifles, as
many ns 120 barrels can now be rolled
in an hour by one machine. They are
straightened cold and bored with cor
responding speed, and even tbo rifling
is done automatically, so that one man
tending six machines can turn out sixty
or sexenty barrels per day.
With the old r fling machine twenty
barrels was about the limit of a day's
work;' but tho improved machines at
tend to everything after being once
started, and. when tho rifling is com
pleted, ring a bell to call tho attention
of the workmen.
How the Walter Makes Money.
Besides the regular restaurant
charges tho Coney Island waiters have
an elaborate sstem of extortion. Be
sides the right check for tho cashier
they make out a duplicate check for
the customer. The items are swelled
over the card rates, and tho addition
adds ten or fifteen per cent, more to
tho total check. On an order for a $4
dinner a smart waiter expects to pick
up 75 cents besides his fee. Waiters
who make a man go through long
arithmelical processes If he doesn't
want to bo awmdled nro as big a
nn sanco as the mosquitoes. .Net
Yoil4 Sun.
JilUIons of Autographi.
Here is a signature, that of C N.
Jordan which has been written mil
lions of times and years ago the
writer learned to writs it small.
smoothly and without any .hading. It L
has been printed millions and millions ,
of times on legal tender notes, bank
notes and checks. Tho writer has
been signing it n early all the time for
over a quarter of a century, lira t as
cashier, then as a bank president, and
later as treasuror of the United States.
It now adorns tho notes of the West
ern Nation Bank of Now York.
T found out," said he "that it was
exhausting to bear too hard on tho
ikmi. and you will notice that this is
written easily and rapidly, and its only
peculiar. ty is tho fact that in making of the asHinhly unto the door of the taber
tho "a" tho poil makes a Circle twico l Hade of the conre-atiou ; uml they fell up
instead of mi up ami down stroke.
"Years and ears ago 1 found it
necesary to make the work as easy as
open before me, and if I could not
isign 100 sheets, making 40) s gnatures
: every l.'i m nute-, I knew that I
i was running beh.ud hand. I could
keep that up hour after hour, ami some
days 1 have Mono it. 1 Hunk lor iiino
hours with only ai intermission for
lunch. I hold a pen easily, and so
avoid any cramp ot the lingers, but I
have had to lay down on tho floor aud
streech myself to get tho kinks out of
my back. As for a position in writing,
1 have found it easiest to sit so that the
weight of tho arm rests on tho edge
of the table, and tho hand works w.th
tho least possildo strain upon the mus
cle. It is possible to get sonio relief
bv turning round, more clearly facing
tho table, hich gives a liltlo relaxation
to tho muscles of tlto back aud of the
neck.
"Tho greatest number of signatures
in a day? 1 presume that when I was
signing notes of the 'Ihird National
Bank with wh ch to pay oil soldiers I
wrote my name between 1 1.00 and
15.000 times a day. The muscle of tho
wrist teeamo a little tired, but tho
hand was seldom stitt, though curious
ly enough, the sorest place would 1h
my forearm, tho skin of which would
Le worn thin by tho mcossant grinding
against my clothes. Of course t';e w ear
on tho sleevo was a gu .it deal worse,
but I could stand it a grt at dai eas er
than the soreness of the flesh, wh ch
neither vaseline nor cold czfeain could
alleviate. I used to start in with a
good supply of pens, und th ink bottlo
was duly repleuishe L 1 used a smooth,
lino steel pen. and as I have said, bore
on it verv lightly. As soon as it began
to scratch 1 took a new one. Tho dif
ference would b perceptible after .VjO
or 1 , HJ3 signatures. In mm h work my
consumption of steel pens ran from
15 to ;!U a day. There would lo very
few left in a box after a week's
work.
"It seems ludicrous1' ho continued,
"at this da to think of General
Spinner and S. B. Colby under
taking to sign with a pen all postal
currency that was issued. It was bad
enough for Mr. Aclon to have to sign
tho gold cert ticates at lirst or tho
transfers of the G per cents, when they
wero extended by Secretary Windom.
And yet (ion. Spinner actually started
out to put that cramped signature of
his on all the postal currency. Tho
natural consequence was that his hand
began to swell up until the fingers
were absolutely uncontrollable. It
was a physical impossib lity, and he
becamo incapacitated very much soon
er than lie otherwise would because he
had not adopted a signature capable of
easy and rapid production. Ono would
not suppose that the amount of ink
tisod in signing one's name would bo
so very percoptable, but Spinner used
np more ink than anv of his success
ors, and I followed a lino of treasur
ers who wero in the habit of shading
letters rather heavily. You remember
how (iillillan and Wynian used to sign
their names. I was rather surprised
when my attention was called to tho
fact that I iiad introduced a new econ
omy into tho treasury department. 1
I was using only aliout one-third as much
: ink as my predecessor. This was be
, foro tho amendment of tho laws gov
j erring tho treasury requiring tho sig
nature of tho troasur himself to so
many routine paper. Before tho war
'tho work was easy enough for ono
.man. but it grew so that tho treasurer
j of tho United States probably had
i occasion to sign his name oftener than
(any other man in the country. In my
! tune the law was amended permitting
I the deputy Ireasuier to sign a largo
mumlierof papers necessarily passing
j through tho oflice of tho treasurer. I
, have seen it staled that Mr. IKatt has
I adopted a stamp, but I have Keen no
evidence ol il 1 certainly should nev
er cash a draft, pay a check, or respect
an indorsement that was not written
with pen and ink." .Yew York World.
Critics) of tlio Prpsr.
Newspaper reporter 'Would you
bo willing to let mo have the full text
of your graduating essay on 'American
Journalism?' "
Sweet girl graduate "I will givo it
to vou gladly. I want von to bo sure
and print all I say about pettiness,
weakness and absolute idiocy of tho
press in devoting so much valuablo
space to moro social events ami wcari
aome.silly.long drawn out descriptions
of ladies' toilets."
"I will print it all. By the way. I
wish yon would write mo out a descrip
tion of your graduation dress, as I want
to print It,"
Oh, with pleasure; and pleaso don't
forgot to send me fifty copies of your
paper." Ohim World.
Following Instrnction.
"Uemomber, Bridget," aaid Miss
Clara, "that I am out to everybody
but Mr. Sampson."
A little later Bridget answered a
ring at tho door.
"Who was it, Bridget?" asked Miss
Clara.
"Young Mister Beaunceamp. mum."
And did you say that I n'as out?"
"Yes; I sod yez wero out to ivery
body but Miather Sampson." St to
iork Sun.
possible, and to do it as regulnriy and und Aumn thy brother, and fpeak ye unto
1 systematically as 1 Could. in signing the roek before their eyes; and it shall jrivo
notes, which us you know, come jlU f' th to tlu-m waterma of thiM-ork: M.thou
I . , , . i . ,i . .. ,i 1 shalt tfivo the eonreation and th'ir beasts
shoots of four. I would set my watch ; .ri.k aiu1 M. s. h t.ok the r..d from be-
SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON.
Lesson XI, September 17, 1888.
TnmK: The Smittkw Kock. Nam. 30:
1-13.
zm In the first month; and the people abode
in KudcRh ; and Mirium died there, and whs
buriod there. 2. And there uaa no water
for the conjrrt'fc'iition : and they fathered
theirmelvra Whether against M ( aim!
against Aaron. 3. And the, rilo ihle.
with Monea, and spake, suyirp, Would (iol
that we hud died when our brethren died
before the Ixrd. 4. And why hate ye
brought up the I'onjrreprntion of thelrd in
to this wilderness, that we and our cattle
should die lhtrel o. Aud wherefore ht6 e
imido tih to couie up out of Kypt, to brintf
us into this evil pan e! it is ifo place of seed,
or of ftps, or of vine, or of pomemnutes:
i mh and Aaron went from the iiresemv
neither is there any water to drink. r. And
on their fuees: and the priory of the Lord
appt-ured unto them. 7. And the Ixird
miiiln untn Mnui viiutio S TuUn tVif mil
HI1,j gather thou the asM-mhly too ther, thou
fore, the Lord, as he corn ma ruled him. P.
And Moses aal Aaron withered the
Ration pother -fnre the roek, un
oure-
and srtid
unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we
fetch you water out of this rock f 11. And
Mosv; nfu.(l up hi hjIM, uul wiUi Us riMl
he smote the rock twice; and the water
came out ubund.uitl.v, and the congregation
drank, and their beasts also. 1J. And the
Lord spake unto Muses a ml Aaron, Mecau-e
ye believed ine not, to saiictif.v lue in the
eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye
sliall not brin;; this consrrrp.ition unto the
land whhii I have jr'.ven thcin. i:i. This is
the water of Merib.ih; because the children
of Israel strove with the Lord, a'id he was
sanctihf d in thcin.
(Joi.ikn Tkxt. They drank of that
spirit mil Kock that followed them; and
that Kock was Christ. 1 Cor. 10:4.
The place of the lesson i Kadcsh Marnea
which seems to have been the central sta
tion during the intervening thirty-seven
and a half Tears wh ch elapsed U-tween
last week letson and the present fine. The
six Intervening chapters contain records of
the ambition ol Korah, Dathan and Abiram,
their revolt and punishment and the bud
ding of Aaron's ruW.
As a whole the years were seasons of
njK.st.asy and neglect of the tabernacle and
its service:
"IPnvuse they despised my Judgments
and walked not 'in my statutes; but polluted
my Sabbaths; I would not bring them iuto
the land which I had given them." ( Kzekiel
-OMl-'-'J). "Ye have ploughed wirkeduess,
e have rcaiel ini luit.v ; ye have eaten the
fruit of lies; twvause thou didst trust in
thy way ; in the multitude of thy mighty
nun" (HoM'uX).
I.F.SSON MlTKS.
V. 1. Then came the children of Israel
Into tho desert of .in and aode in Kadesh.
Vain attempts had been made at Intervals
to go into Canaan, but the cloud by day and
tire by night went not before them. The
;h! appointed opportunity had been re
jected, Israel therefore were scattered over
the desert with their flocks, maintaining
more or les close relation and communica
tion with Kadcsh, where remained Moses
and remnants of the tribes with the taber
nacle. Moved by invisible Influence or the
call of Moses, Israel convened again on tne
40th anniversary of their departure fr m
Kgypt for a new start. The ,ears had been
marked bv disappointment and death.
Miriam, alout i:! ,enrs of age, one of their
leaders, had died ami was mined. Kuse
bius CXA IMO A D.) says that Miriam's
tomb was to be seen near Kadcsh in his
time.) Aaron at l'j: years of ago was only
a month this side the grave, and Moses at
1J0 ears was near his end, dying some
eleven months later. .Never did future
prospects look more discouraging, viewed
by the natural eye.
V. 'J. There was no water for the congre
gation. While there are large springs at
Kadcsh. the supply varies in abundance
with the season, and fur so-large a company
congregated in one locality, the inconven
ience of supply, with limited quantity,
must have been great. Again the people
were not in happy mood; their fathers
graves were scattered through the wilder
iiess. They had expected to find a habita
tion, abiding place, ere this, but they were
Ptill in susjense. The memory of their
(Vend, and their aged leader failing in
strength were factors in the universal dis
couragement which found voice in the
words: "Would (Jod we had died with
Korah, Dathan and Abiram." The discom
fort of the present is again compared with
the former life in Kgypt. Past pleasures
are magnified when viewed through the
lens of present unhappines.
V. Pi. And Moses and Aaron went into
j the door of the talernaclo. and fell upon
j their faces. They might have retaliated in
burning words, relating hi detail the many
' transgressions anil disobediences of Isra 1
i which were causes leading not only to the
s lffcringof the congregation, but their own.
i They pursued a wiser course, however.
seeking divine wisdom and grace ia the
sanctuary. ed was the only s u; ive of
; help, and he did not fall them, hut ap wared
: in added glory and Lri'.iiancy fn ni the
cloud.
I Tin: ;v -r in.r,
! V. h Take the r l and gather thou the
nssornbly. The rod with which Moses hud
I t rformod wonders hi Kgypt. and at Kephi
dim. was laid up with the sacr.-d things of
j the tabernacle. Moves now brings it forth
i from "befirre the Lord as he oenmarided."
: The Lord said "do forward, show them the
' rod and tpiiet their munnurings." Motc
I went, forward, but address d the eop!e
j and in his impatience struck the rock: he
! should "show theiod." ret strike with it.
He should have "spoken" to the rock, not
' the people. There is gre it difference b.j
i tween partial tiNilieriCe and full obedience.
Furthermore, Moses addressed theassein
i bly in very unlecoming words: "Hear now
I ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of
I this rockl"' How bombastic the language,
I how unlike the meek and obedient Moses.
He spoke, the truth when he called them
' "rebels." He had called them so before,
but in meekness and sorrow. He now spoke
, in finger, which was culpable.
Had he spoken to the rock, water would
: have gushed forth, and thus dod would
1 have Ix-en glorified by inanimate nature; a
reproof to Israel whose hearts were harder
and whoso spirit was less yielding than
i stone.
j Moses and Aaron doubtless hoped, in the
' coming together of this new generation,
j to find a more docile and spiritually mind
, ed people; they rxjected better things of
. them. They were disapt'ointed, it was the
slanderous abuse and fault rinding of their
forefathers ropated. Some lelieve that
Moses' question was put in the form of
depreciation, tbat dod had commanded the
waters to flow forth for the satisfaction of
so undeserving a people.
Tho disobedience of Moses and Aaron
was flagrant; but Clod does not humibtate
them In the presence- of the people or with
hold the blessing, from those in need.
It wa to have, been expected that Moses
and Aaron would use the opjsirt unity for
tho glory of dod, Instead, they arrogated
to themselves the right 1o reprimand the
people, and tho pjwer to work a mir.tclo.
V. PJ. Heenuso ye be'ievel me rvit, f
sanctify mo In the eves of the children of
Israel, ye shall not brin? this ex n .'regal ion
unto to the land which I have given them.
Moses and Aan-n are charged with unb.
lie, because obed:ene is the test of fai-h.
The sin was greater, bemuse commit tct bv
those who hud enjoyed long and lose (vm- j
munion with (Jod. l'silm pXi.-.'Ci states
that Musi's sinned because Israel "pro- ;
Voked Hs spirit, so that he r-p ike unadvis- j
cdly with his lips " The punishment was ;
great, but the lessen Is: that thoc who
stand la high place and have enjoyed great
privilege; cf them much will b required.
Notioe the wording: "tho land which I
have given tXK-e." The protniws of tho
Ird ure not doubtful, the future oorypan
cv, in dod'a thought was present realiza
tion. V. 11. This is the water of Merlbah. The
word "Meribah' means "btrife." This
placo was in Kadcsh; there wis another
Meribah in Sinai "Ik cause tho children cf
Israel at rove."
"For they drank of that spiritual Itock
that followed them, and that Kock Was
Christ." He was to them the fountain of
living waters, hrael Huffered the thlnt
common to all mankind, that thirst which
only Jesus, the Spiritual Ksr-k, can supply.
Figuratively: The rock wan smitten at
Ho rob as iter the will of (Jod. for material
and spiritual benefit. Hetieeforth it wh
only requisite to sjoak to it. Christ was
smitten once, "wounded for our transgres
sions," ho was not to tie. smitten any more;
but, sMiken to in the pracrof faith, tho
waters of Life shall How forth.
sroor.s rin TiforoiiTs.
(oil's mercies are not always withheld
because of the sins of our leaders. Tho
mercies of salvation sometime manifest
themselves at the hnd of an ungnily pas
tor.
We are never to forget that we are ser
vants of the Most Higti, and our t'iuuijihH
and successes are not due to our own wis
dom, but to the grace of dod.
1 he difference between the ngli'eous una
the wicked is this: With the sinner tho
great river of sin flows t caddy on in tho
wrong direction ; while th wrongs done
by the righteous are but lilt le eddies whirl
ing confusedly against the ina.u current ( f
right purpose.
Moses smote the rock instead of speaking.
Perhaps he distrusted dod, and feared
words would be ir.s effective than blows.
How often d we ler to trust (Jod, and re
sort to secular met nods as if the ;ower and
wisdom were in us.
The llible does not gloss over or treat
lightly the sitis of its favorites. The lest
of men are proven to have had their imper
fections. Moses was net rfeet. Let us thank (Jod
that he was not, perfection is an imiossi
bility, h ml the apiearaneo or assumption is
discouraging, for men are ever fts-Hng in
its presence that they cannot advance with
its pace or attain unto it-s preeminence.
Moses falters, and in this to a degrev be
comes like one of us.
Library references: (rnprehenf ivo
Commentary. Parker's People's liible, I)r.
Adaui Clark.
CURRENT EVENTS.
Texts his 3,000,OOJ teres In cotton, yield
ing 1,500,0(0 htlfs.
Montreal rfH' are vlgoroUly protstlcj;
galuit pauper Immigration.
Tbe new title "woman of poilt'cs" Is
youthful, beautiful and artful
It la reported tbat a gigantic lumber
trust la In process cf organization lu tbo
Nortbweat.
California's production of dried fruit bas
Increased from 5,070,0 0 jouud la 1SS3 to
2G,Gofi,0J0 pounds In ISsT.
Experience rrovra that coi which bare a
due allowance of suit g t? richer milk than
those when are not supplied wd'a salt
It laeay to lIIer.' that th Cuiotaw Na
tion Is the mot civilized of a 1 Indians. Tbe
Choctaw a owe a lawters fee of trs'.ro).
(Jerman? has 134 vessels In ber navy and
js.ow men, at an actual ost of tll.OvVV
I)..Tld Y sher, aced 1S la the oldest regis
tered voter In Cincinnati, lie Cast Ms first
vote for Henry Clay fur President In 1S3I
A Miss Leg, of Montana, ha j ist married'
a man named Hand. Slio thought she wou'd
rathrr be a r ubl band than a left lx-g.
Mgnor Sou '. CjU an Italian newspaper
owner, bas begun tLc ilati of i ul-lNhlng a
chapter of tLe l.'ILle with every issues of Lis
pater.
In ISSr (Jrat Britain eollcc'cl llW.foV
2T5 from tariff duties on Imports. These
duties are levied on wine, tea, ccflee, llquorg
and tobacco.
It ia stated that one-fourth of the deaths
In London tre from cmsumptloo, aud one
eighth of the deaths arise from drlaklDg
spirituous l.quora.
Sunday Schools are irereafc'eg rap!dl fa
this country. Last ear the Arner can Suo
dar Fcbool lnlcn ertan red ,o'fl with 6,3tlrJ
teachers and 54, 1'.O scholar.
Anna Dickinson will take the stump In
tbe pending campaign, aud lil make several
ipeeches for the Lepubl cnn candidates In
Sew York, New Jersey and Indiana.
The Ilev. V. F. Davis, who Is in Jail for
preaching on the Boston Common, wld re
naln thtre for some time, the pftitlon to ad
mit Lira to bail bavins teen denied ty the
State Supreme court.
The dressy thing for the fashfonuble hrlds
is to wt-ar shoes of undressed kid In place of
'he ordinary jellow leather. It is sfllsli
ind makes a tel! ia!r of shoes, but It costs
money.
Penjam'n Hafner has been an engineer on
the F.rle rai'road In continuous service for
forty aeveu years, running manv cf the fast
trains, and no fatal accident ever occurred to
anv of his train.
The scarcity of ba'lteit In the Atlantic fish
ing ground Las directed the attention of
fishermen to the North TucUc (Wan, along
the shores of wbkb this kind of Csh Is under
stood to be very plentiful.
A couple who were divorced Ly a Trias
court three tears ao have ben re-married In
Sn Franclsci. 1 he same wed ling ring which
did serTlce at the first ceremony wa used for
tbe second tvlng of the nuptial knot.
(Jalen Vilon sars that a speedier and
cleaner way to remove the slln of new po
tatoes, than the common praeelec of scrap
ing with a knife, Is to "use a scrubbing
brush."
According t Farm Tf grei'n corn 1 ren
dered bard Ly over rooking. Keep In tbe
fot er steamer rnlv till tr-e milk se's. To be
nice and tender boll small eara cue minute,
and laig ones twice as long.
Texas has about Pi,0o.'0K) skeep, or nearly
three tlrneu as manv as MUMtcan. Tba
fl.uk there sviisire less than PKM each. In
the past five tears Texaa has lost about thirty
(xt cent. In the cumher of sheep Id tba Stat.
Mrs. H. V. Brorson, of Fen Insula, O, Las
n Ler possession and bas raised for the pres
ent campaign tbe largest fag uaed In that
section during the (Jen. Harrison campaign
forty cUbt years ago. It still firs with tbe
name of Harrison upon It
The St. Johnsbury (Vt.) naturalists are
puzzled over a fleh caught In the Fassumpalo
K ver a few days ago. It bas the beautiful
spots of trout. Is covered with scale a, and
Is believed to be cross between the trout
and land locked salmon.
Carrier pigeons are bring Introduced Into
Wyoming. Thev are ued In tending mes
sege letween Isrsrnls and tlie bltf ranches.
Homing p'geon Arc likely soon to be rut la
the same ue everyivliere on the great tattle
rouge of Idaho and Montana.
The t'nlted Mate Circuit Court In New
York It v ha decided that Trinity Church
nvit pa f 1'Hil for v'o!tn the contract .
lor laif bv Importing si F.nirllsU preacher
under ron'rie'. 'l it- re w:ll pi. b.hlr be
carried to the I'nited b;alo iuprcimj Court.

xml | txt