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j J. H. F.STILL. Editor and Proprietor. (
He Neglects to State, However, that
He Would Decline a Nomination if
the Wind Should Blow His Way—
Sherman’s Strength Nearer 200 than
the 312 he Claims.
Washington, April 22.—Senator Cul
lom, whose attention was yesterday called
to the frequent mention of his name in con
nection with the Presidential nomination,
has authorized a reporter of the Associated
Press to say that he is not a candidate for
the honor. “I feel,” he said, “very hopeful
of the success of the Republican party in
the coming campaign, but the fact cannot
he disguised that the Democracy will enter
upon the contest certain of the electoral
votes of the solid South, no matter what
may be the vote actually cast in that sec
tion, and that the whole power of the pre
tended ‘reform’ administration will be ex
erted in doubtful Northern States
to secure the perpetuation of Demo
cratic rule. I believe that the success
of the Republican party in the coming cam
paign is of vital importance to the party,
and the logic of the situation demands that
personal ambition and personal preference
shall be subordinated absolutely to the suc
cess of Republican principles. It is a
time above all others when the nominee
should be the choice of the whole party as
nearly as possible.
“So far as I am personally concerned,
I am not a candidate for the presidency
and have toldmv friends at home that I
desired that Illinois shall send a delegation
to the Chicago convention prepared to sup
port the most available candidate that can
be found, the one who shall seem the most
acceptable to the party, whoever he may
be. If in the deliberations of the conven
tion it should be thought that Illinois might
again, as she has twice in her history, fur
nish a candidate who, all things considered,
would best promote the success of the party,
be should and would receive the loyal and
hearty support of tue delegation.”
in conclusion the Senator said that what
be desired most of all was the selection of the
strongest possible candidate, and an aggres
sive, vigorous campaign. Under such cir
cumstances ho would feel confident of the
triumph of Republican principles.
The claim put forth by some of Senator
Sherman's more enthusiastic lieutenants
that he already has 312 delegates to tbe con
vention is based upon their expectations of
support from the Southern delegations; they
expect to get almost every Southern vote.
It is needless to say that this expectation is
laughed at. Despite the efforts of Mr. Can
ady and other agents of Senator Sherman
there is a division iu almost every South
ern delegation. Tho anti-Sherman men are
in a majority in several Southern States.
Four out of the nine North Carolina dis
tricts are against Sherman, and the
others are not stoutly for him. Mr,
Canady will find it difficult to
to to the convention as a delegate from
North Carolina. There is a strong Gresham
movement in Mississippi and a strong Har
rison. movement in Tennessee, where Mr.
Harrison has a broi her and other influen
tial relatives. In Virginia the Republicans
are split in two, Mabone favoring Mr.
Sherman and Riddleberger and John S.
Wise opposing him. Mr. Sherman’s utmost
strength a this time, aecoiding toacareful
estimate revised to-day by an expert poli
tician, does not exceed 3uo, and probably
falls below that figure.
The Tariff and Appropriation Bills to
Busy the House.
Washington, April 22.—A caucus to ar
range the order of business for the House
will probably be held early in the week.
Pending its action it is hardly possible to
predict the course of business during the
week further than that it will probably con
sist of debate on the tariff bill, with night
sessions, and occasional intervals which will
be filled i.i w ith action on appropriation
bills. It is likely that the district commit
tee will be allowed Monday for the transac
tion of local legislation, and the river and
harbor bill, left unfinished at adjournment,
will probably be disp sed of before any
ether appropriation bill is called up.
The animal industry bill is the unfinished
business of the Senate. When it is disposed
of, Senator Piatt, will seek to bring forward
the North Dakota bill, and Senator Chacj
will try to get, a hearing for his iuterna
tf nal copyright bill.
Senator Plumb will endeavor to have the
bill to forfeit unearned land grants brought
up in the morning hours if no better oppor
tunity offers. Ir, is expected that debate on
the fisheries treaty will begin before the end
of the week.
The Democrats Bound to Push the
Tariff Bill Right Along,
Washington, April 23.—T0-morrow
morning’s session of the Ways and Means
Committee is apt to be a lively one. Under
instructions of t lie party caucus the Demo
crats of the committee will ask tho Repub
licans how much time they think should be
given for debate on the tariff bill. The
Republicans, who want as much delay as
possible with a view to postponing, if not
defeating, any tariff logislation, will
probably ask for from two months
jo ten weeks. The Democrats may
tlieu tell them that iu view of the circum
stances tins is an extravagant demand, anil
may intimate that five weeks will be the
Ini! Heinoetats propose to put the
hill through the House by tho last week in
■jF- If the Democrats get the answer of
the Republicans of the committee in tho
morning, they will probably report to the
Democratic caucus to-morrow night. The
caucus will then formally ratify the deter
mination of the majority of the Democrats
ax indicated above. Mr. Randall will seek
promote delay.
River and Harbor Chances.
Washington, April 22.—Chairman Plan
hard will seize the first opportunity to try
mi get the river and harbor bill considered
again. He sees that he can only get it
o! , ]°7 K ’ by careful steering, and proposes
si i 'he chances. If be can’t get n
"ight session for it he will try to get Fri
“-V, displacing private bills for this pur
rih*’ b *' e w *“ 1101 antagonize the tariff
A Naval Reserve.
Washington, April 22.— 1n a letter
ntten to Representative Whitthorne,
-nairnmn of the Naval Reserve Mub-Com
iJri °f Hie House Committee on Naval
jjmrs. Secretary Whitney declares him
*y*"neatly in favor of the proposed legis
-1,111 for the establishment of a naval re
nter *,
She Jttofning ffato£
Evidence That He Had Been Doing
Wrong for Many Years.
Louisville. Ky., April 22.— The amount
of ex-Treasurer Tate’s defalcation, with all
the credits made, is now placed at $150,000.
It is learned that just before leaving, Tate
sent a negro porter to the bank for a
large sum, saying he wanted it
to pay a school claim. As no school
claims were due, this is made evidence
that he took with him $75,000 to SIOO,-
000. Tlie commissioners found that the de
falcation runs back many years, and one of
the “I. O. U.’s” is dated 1808, the year Tate
came into office. In settling from year to
year Tate balanced ids books for Dee. 31,
and presented his bank balances for the
end of the first week in January.
In settlements twelve years ago,
what appear to ba forgeries have
been found. Forgery is extraditable and it
is on account of this that Tate is believed
to be biding so closely. The “I O U’s”
amount to $50,000. Tue bondsmen hope to
get off without paying. Several have
their property in their wives’ names.
A Circular Issued by the General Com
mittee of the League.
New York, April22.—The General Com
mittee of the National League of Demo
cratic Clubs formed at a conference of de'e
gates held in this city yesterday, have
issued a circular inviting all the Democratic
clubs of the United States which approve
principles adopted at such conference to
join the league and send delegates to the
convention to bo held at Baltimore on July
4, 1888. The basis of representation in the
convention will be five delegates to each
club containing not more than 100
members and seven delegates to each
club containing more than 100 and not
more than 300 members. Clubs desiring to
join the league are requested to address the
Secretary of the committee at once. The
call is signed by Charles Ogden, chairman;
Frederick R. Lee, vice chairman; Edward
B. Whitney, Secretary; George H. Lam
bert, Treasurer, and sixteen other repre
sentatives of prominent Democratic clubs,
forming the general committee.
President Cleveland to be Asked to
Remove Collector Magone.
New York, April £2.—At to-day’s meet
ing of the Central Labor Bureau it was re
solved to organize a vigilance committee in
each of the twenty-four Assembly districts
in the city to carry on a boycott against
poo! beer.
The Arbitration Committee moved that
the credentials of brewery engineers who
did not go out with tho journeymen brew
ers be burned and the engineers expelled.
The motion was carried.
The food producers’ section reported that
they are about to organize the Weiss beer
brewers and the soda water bottlers.
Upon motion of the building trades sec
tion the Secretary was instructed to ask
President Cleveland to dismiss Collector
Magone for permitting eighteen marble
workers, who w - ero imported under contract
from Italy, to land at Castle Garden.
Cotton Planting Progressing Rapidly
Throughout the South.
Washington, April 22.— Reports from
the Northern States indicate that the week
has been unusually cold and that farm work
has been greatly retarded.
Reports from the Southern States show
that the weather during the week has
affected all crops favorably. Cotton plant
ing is progre sing rapidly, and generally
throughout the cotton States the week is
reported as the most favorable of the season.
Light frosts occurred in North Carolina on
April 20, which may prove injurious to
fruit and crops on low ground. For tho
States south ot' the Missouri river, including
Kansas, Nebraska and Southern Missouri,
the weather has been generally favorable
and crops are well advanced.
The Employers Come to Terms Before
Night bad Fallen. •
Chicago, April 22. —The first successful
strike of the season in Chicago was inaugu
rated by the journeymen bakers to
night and was won before night. This
evening the strikers were able to show that
150 of the 320 employers had signed the
terms of the union. This means that in
addition to recognizing the men’s organi
zation, which the bosses had announced
their intention of smashing, the signers
give up tlie project of instituting an em
ployment agency of their own through
wliich to secure men not belonging t,o
unions. Wages or hour ; cut no figure in
the strike. About 1,400 inn quit work
and over half of them are already re-em
One of the Men Whose Names Were
Forged on the Bond.
Raleigh, N. C., April 22.—Cross and
White, the defaulting president and cashier
of the State National Bank of this city,
who have been confined in jail here two
weeks to await trial, gave bond ad were
released from jail last night at midnight.
The bond was $15,000 each. One of White’s
bondsmen is D. H. Graves, in whose name
some of the forgeries for which Cross and
White are to be tried, was committed.
Big Deals at Palatka.
Falatka, Fla., April 22.—J. T. Road,
in company with others, has purehas si a
block on Lemon street as asightfor a Union
depot. The price pud was SIO,OOO. It is
rumored hero that tlie White Railroad has
boon sold. Many other reports are iu cir
culation regarding a big railroad deal, and
Mr. Flagler is credited with having a hand
in the pie.
Burning of a Saw Mill.
Ty-Ty, Ga., April 23.—The steam saw
mill of Mr. Creiggers, near here, was
burned yesterday evening, together with a
quantity of lumber. The mill was new and
In good running order. It is a total loss of
$5,1)00, as the machinery was burned so as
to render it perfectly useless, and was not
End of a Murder Trial.
PalaTka, Fla., April 22. —Steve Joiner,
charged with the murder of Willis Mason,
was acquitted late last night. The trial of
Alice Micky, charged with being accessory
before the tact, begins to-morrow.
Mrs. Beecher at Palatka.
Palatka, Fla., April 22.—Mrs. Henry
Ward Beecher and he grand-daughter,
Miss Scoville, are here.
Rear Admiral Boggs Dead.
New Brunswick. N. J., April 23.— Rear
Admiral Charles Stewart Boggs died this
afternoon of paralysis and general debility.
He leaves a widow.
“The Star Wormwood”—His Nickname
Because He Embittered Everything
He Touched—At his Death his Fol
lowers Bewailed Him with Blood
Instead of Tears-The Lesson the
Story Teaches.
Brooklyn, April 23,— The Rev. T. De-
Witt Talmage, D. D., preached this morn
ing at the Tabernacle on the subject: “The
Star Wormwood, or Brilliant Bitterness.”
The musical exercises were assisted by the
organ and cornet. Thousands of voices in
the main auditorium and iu tho adjoining
parlor and lecture room and corridor,
joined in singing:
“We'll crowd thy gates with thankful songs,
High as the heavens our voices raise,
While earth wit h her ten thousand tongues
Shall All thy courts with sounding praise. ’’
Prof. Browne rendered sonata No. 1 in D
minor, by Guillmant. After Dr. Talmage
had expounded the sarcasm of Elijah at the
offering of the Baalites he spoke as follows:
Revelations viii., 10 and 11: “There fell a
great star from heaven, burning as it were
a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of
the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;
and the name of the star is called Worm
Patrick and Lowth, Thomas Scott, Mat
thew Henry, Albert Barnes and all tho
other comment ators agree in saying that
the star Wormwood of my text was Attila,
King of the Huns. He was so called be
cause ha was brilliant as a star, and, like
wormwood, he embittered everything he
touched. We have studied the" Star of
Bethlehem, and the morning Stir of the
Revelations, and the Star of Peace, but my
subject this hour calls us to gaze at the star
Wormwood, an i my theme might be called
Brilliant Bitterness.
A more extraordinary character history
does not furnish than this man referred to
in my text, Attila, the King of the Huns.
One day a wounded heifer came limping
al' >ng through the fields, and a herdsman
foliowel its bloody track on the grass to see
where the heifer was wounded, and went on
back, farther and further, until he came to
a sword fast in the earth, the point down
ward as though it had dropped from the
heavens, and against the edgas of this
sword the heifer had been cut. The herds
man pulled up that sword and presented it
to Attilia. Attila said that, sword must
have dropped from the heavens from tho
grasp of the god Mars, and its being given
to him meant that Attila should conquer
and govern the whole earth. Other mighty
men have been delighted at being
called liberators or the merciful or
the Good, but Attila called himself and de
manded that others call him the Scourge
of God. At the head of seven hundred
thousand troops, mounted on Capnadoeian
horses, lie swept everything from*the Adri
atic to the Black Sea, Re put his iron heel
on Macedonia and Greece and Thrace. Ho
made Milan and Pavia and Padua and
Verona beg for mercy which he bestowed
not. The Byzantine castles, to meet his
ruinous levy, put up at auction massive
silver tables and vases of solid gold. A city
captured by him, the inhabitants w-ro
brought out and put into three classes: The
first class, those who could hear arms, who
must immediately enlist under Attila or be
butchered; tlie second class, the beautiful
women, who were mail* captive to the
Huns; the third elus■•, the aged moil and
women, who were robbed of everything and
let go back to the city to pay heavy tax.
It was a common saying that the grass
never grew again where the hoof of At
tila’s horse had trod. His armies reddened
the waters of the Seine and the Moselle and
the Rhine with carnage, and fought on the
Catalonian plains the fierce t battle since
the world -stood, three hundred thousand
dead left on the field. On and on until
all those who could not oppose him with
arms lay prostrate on their faces in prayer,
and, a cloud of dust seen in tn distance, a
bishop cried: “It is the aid of God;” and
all the peonle took up the cry: “It is the
aid of God.” As the cloud of dust was
blown aside tho banners of reinforcing
armies marched in to help against Attila,
the scourge of God. The most unimport
ant occurrences he used as a supernatural
resource, and after three months of failure
to capture the city of Aquileia and bis
army had given up the seige, the flight, of a
stork and her young from tne tower of the
city was taken by him as a sign that he was
to capture the city, and his army inspired
with t;m same occurrence resumed the
seige and took the walls at a point from
which tiie stork had emerged. So brilliant
w.'is the conqueror in atrire Mint his enemies
could not look at i iin, but shaded their eyes
or turned their beads.
Slain on the evening of bis marriage by
his bride Ildieo, who was hired for tho
assassination, his followers bewailed him
not with tears, but with blood, cutting
themselves with knives and lances. Ho
was put into three coffins, the first of iron,
second of silver, and the third of gold. He
was bur'ed by night and into Ins grave
were poured the most valuable coin an I
precious stones, amounting to the wealth of
a kingdom. The grave diggers and all
those who assisted at the burial were mann
ered so that, it would never be known where
so much wealth was entombed. The Roman
empire conquered the world but Attiia con
quered the Roman empire. Ho was right
in colling himself a scourge, but instead of
I icing the scourge of God, he was the scourge
of hell. Because of his brilliancy and bit
terness the commentators were right in
hell ving him to bo the star Wormwood of
the text. As tho regions ho devastated
were parts most opulent wdth fountains and
streams and rivers, you see how graphic
my text i-: “There fell a great star from
Heaven, burning as it were a .ump, an l it
fell upon the third part of tho rivers, and
upon the fountains of waters, and the name
of the star is called Wormwood.”
Have you ever thought how many em
bittered lives there are all about ns, misan
thropic, morbid, acrid, saturnine 1 lhe
European plant from udiicii wormwood is
extracted, Artemisin A sinthiuui, is a
perennial plant and all the year round it is
ready to exudo its oil. And iu many hu
man lives there is a perennial distillation of
acrid experiences. Yea, there are some
whose whole work is to shed a baleful influ
ence on others. There are Attilas of the
home, or Attilas of the social circle, or At
tllas of tho church, or Attilas of the State,
and one-third of the waters of all tne
world, if not two-thirds tho waters, art*
poisoned by the falling of the star Worm
wood. It is not complimentary to human
nature that most me i, ao soon as they got
great power, become overbearing. Tne
more power men have the bstter, if their
power be used for good. The less power
men have the better, if they u-e it for evil.
Birds circle round and round mid round
before they swoop uisin that which they
are aiming"for. And if my discourse so
far has been swinging round ami round,
this moment it drops straight on your
heart and asks the question: Is your life to
other. a benediction or an embitterment, a
blessing or a curse, a bal-sam or a worm
Borne of you, I know, are morning stars,
and you are makng tho dawning life of
your children bright with gracious infill-
encos, and you are beaming upon all the
opening enterprises of philanthropic and
Christian endeavor, and you are heralds of
that day of go-pel iza tion which will yet
flood all the mountains and valleys of our
sin-cursed earth. Hail, morning st ir’ Keep
on shining with encouragement and Chris
tian hope.
Some of you are evening stars, and you
are cheering the last days of old people, and
though a cloud sometimes comes over *on
through the querulousness or tipre isnuable
ness of your old father and mother, it is
only for a moment, and the star soon comes
out clear again and is seen from all tho bal
conies of the neighborhood. The old people
will forgive your occasional short comings,
for they themselves several times lost their
patience with you when you were young
and slapped you when you did not deserve
it. Hail, evening star! Hang on tho dark
ening sky your diamond coronet.
But are any of you the star Wormwood?
Do you scold and growl from the thrones
paternal or maternal? Are your children
everlastinglv peeked at? Are you always
crying: “Hush!” to the merry voices and
swift feet and their laughter, which occa
sionally trickles through at wrong times
and is suppressed by them until they can
hold it no longer and all the barriers bur-t
into unlimited guffaw and eaehination, as
in high weather the water lias
trickled through a slight opening in tlie
mill dam, but afterward makos wider and
wider breach until it carries all before it
with irresistible freshet. Do not be too
much offended at the noise your children
now make. It will be still enough when
one of them is dead. Then you would give
your right hand to hear one shout from
their silent voices, or one step from the still
foot. You wiil not any of you have to
wait very long before your house is stiller
than you want it. Alas that there are so
many homes not known to the Society for
the Prevention of Cruelty to Children,
w here children are put on the limits ana
whacked and cuffed and ear-pulled and
senselessly’ called to order, and answered
sharp and suppressed until it is a wonder
that under such processes they do not all
turn out Modoc.., and Nana Sahibs.
What is your influence upon the neigh
borhood, the town or the city of your resi
dence ?
I will suppose that you are a star of wit.
What kina of rays do you shoot forth ? Do
you use that splendid faculty to irradiate
the world or to rankle it ? 1 bless all the
apostolic college of humorists. The man
that makes me laugh is my benefactor. I
do not thank an vbody to make me cry. I
can do that without any assistance. We
all cry enough and have enough to cry
about. God bless all skilful punsters, all
roparteeists, all propounders of ingenious
couumdrums, all those who mirthfully sur
prise us with unusual juxtaposition of
words. Thomas Hood and Charles Lamb
and Sidney Smith had a divine mission,
and so have their successors in these times.
They stir into the acid beverage of life tlie
saccharine. They make the cup of earthly
existence, which is sometimes stalo, effer
vesce and bubble. They placate animosities.
They foster longevity. They slay follies
and absurdities which nil the sermons
of all the pulpits cannot reach. They have
for examples Elijah, who made fun of tno
Baalites when they called down tire and it
did not come, suggesting that their heathen
god had gone hunting, or was off on a jour
ney', or was asleep and nothing but vocifera
tion could wake him, saying- “Cry aloud,
for he is aged; either he is talking or pur
suing or peradveuture, he sleepeth and
must be awaked.” They have an example
in Christ, who with healthful sarcasm
showed up the lying, hypocritical Phari
sees by suggesting that such uerfect people
like themselves needed no improvements,
saying: “The whole need not a physician,
but they that arc sick.”
But what uso are you making of your
wit? Is it besinirche 1 with profanity and
uncleanness? Do yoi employ it in amuse
ment at physical defects for which the vic
tims are not responsible? Are your powers
of mimicry used to put religion in o intempt?
Is it a bunch of nettlesome invective? Is
it a boit of unjust scorn? Is it fun at other’s
misfortune? Isitgleeat, their disappoint
ment and defeat? Is it bitterness put drop
by drop into a cup? Is it like tho squeezing
of Artemisia Ab mthi.im into a draught
already' distastefully pungent? Then you
are the star Wormwood Yours is the fun
of a rattlesnake trying how well it can
sting. It is tho fun of a l awk trying bow
quick it can strike out the eye of a dove.
But I will change this and I will suppose
you are a star of worldly prosperity. Then
you have large opportunity. You can en
couiage that artist by buying his pic
ture. You can improve the fields, the
stables, the highway, by introducing higher
style of fo*vl and horse and cow and sheep.
You can bless tlie world with homological
achievement in the orchards. You can ad
vance aborcu’.t ure and arrest this deathf ul
iconociasm of the American forests. You
can put a piece of sculpture into the niche
of that public academy. You can endow a
collego. You can stocking a thousand bare
feet from the winter frost. You can build
a church. You can put, a missionary' of
Christ on that foreign shore. You can help
ransom a world. A rich man with his heart
right—can you tell me how much good a
James Lennox or a George Peabody or a
Peter Cooper or a William E. Dodge did
while living or is doing now that he is den *?
There is not a city, town or neighborhood
that has rot glorious specimens of conse
crated wealth.
But suppose you grind the face of the
poor. Suppose when a man’s wages are
due you make him wait for them because
lie c .nuot help himself. Sup;ioso that be
cause his family is sick and he has had ex
tra expenses he should politely ask y,u to
raise his '-.ages for this year anil you
roughly tell him if he wants a Letter place
to go and got it. Suppose by your manner
you act as though h * were nothing and you
were everything. Supixsoyou are selfish
and overb aring and arrogant. Your first
name ought to lie Attila and ymr last
name Attiia, because you are the star
Wormwood and you bavo embittered one
third, if not three-thirds, of the waters
that roll past your employes and operatives
anil dependents tind uv< iciales, and the
long lino of carriages wbic i the undert ikor
or lers for your funeral iu order to make
tue occasion roKjiectable, will be filled with
twice as many dry, tearless eyes n there
are persons occupying them. Tho olumsy
p&ll-bearei a may make tie gates of your
sepulchre quake bz striking your silver
handled coffin against them, but he world
will feel no jar you go out of it.
There is an erroneous idea abroad that
there are only a few geniuses. There are
millions of them; that is, men and women
who have especial adaptation and quick
ne.-s* for some ouo thing It may Is* great,
it may be small. The circle may be like
the circumference of tho , irtn or no larger
than a thimble. There are thousands of
gem uses here this morning, and in someone
tuing you are a star. Wiiat kin* lof a star
are you? You will lie in tins world buta few
minutes. As compared with eternity, tho
stay of the longest, life on earth is not more
than a minute. What am wn doing with
that minute? Are we embittering the do
mestic or social or political fountains, or
are we like Moses, who, when tho Israelites
iu the Wilderness complained that the
waters of Iteke Marali were bitter and they
could not drink them, their leader cut off
the branch of a certain tree and threw that
branch into the water and it became sweet
and slaked the thirst of the suffering host?
Are we with a branch of the Tree a of Life
sweetening all the brackish fountains that
we can touch 1 Dear Lord, send us all out.
on thy mission. All around us embittered
lives, embittered by persecution, em
bittered by hypocriticism, embittered by
poverty, embittere i by pain, embittered
by injustice, embittered by sin. Why not
go forth ami sweeten them by smile, by in
spiling word--, by benefactions, by hearty
counsel, by prayer, by g.wneliztxl behavior.
Let us remember that it we are wormwood
to Olliers we are wormwood to our-elves,
and our life will be bitter and our eternity
bitter. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the
only sweetening power that is sufficient. It
sweetens the disposition. It sweetens the
manners. It sweetens life. It sweetens myste
rious Provideuces. It. sweetens afflictions.
Its sweetens death. It sweetens every! lung.
I have heard people asked in social com
pany: “If you could have three wishes
gratified, what would your time wishes
be?” If I could have three wishes met. this
morning I toil you what they woul t tie.
First: More of the grace of God. Second:
More of the grace ot God. Trird: More of
the grace of Go I. In the door-yard of my
brother John, missionary in Amoy, China,
there is a tree called the emperor tree, the
two characteristics of which are that it
always grows higher than its sur
roundings and its leaves take the form
of a crown. If this enqieror tree be
planted by a rose bush it grows a little
higher than the bush, and spreads out
above it a crown. If it be planted by the
side of another troe, it grows a littlo higher
than that tree and spreads above it a
crown. Would God that, this religion of
Christ, a more wonderful emperor tree,
mh:ht overshadow all your lives; are you
lowly in ambition or circumstance, putting
over you its crown. Arc you high in tal
ent and position, putting over you it*
crown. Oh,i for more of the saccharine in
our lives and less of the worm wood I
What is true of individuals is true of na
tions. God sets them up to revolve as stars
but. they may fall wormwood.
Tyre—the atmosphere of the desert fra
grant with spices coining in caravans to
her fairs; all seas cleft into foam by the
keels of her laden niorchaiit neii; her mar
kets rich with horses and camels from
Togarmah, her baz ars filled with uphols
tery from Dedan, with emeralds and coral
and agate from Syria, with wines from
Helbon, with embroidered work from
Ashur and Chilmad. Where now the gleam
of her towers, where the roar of her char
iots, where the masts of her ships ? Let the
fishermen who dry their nets where once
she stood, let the sea that rushes upon the
barrenness where once she challenged flic
admiration of all nations, let the barbarians
who sot their rude tents whore once h r
palaces glittered, answer the question. She
was a star, but by her own sin turned to
wormwood and has fallen.
Hundred-gated Thebes—for all time to be
the study of antiquarian and hieroglyphist;
her stupendous ruins spread over tweuty
sevou miles; her sculptures presenting in
figures of warripr and chariot the victories
with which the now forgotten kings of
Egypt shook the nations; her obelisks and
columns; Camac and Luxor, the stupend
ous temples of her pride. Who can imag
ine the greatness of Thebes in those days
when the hippodrome rang with her sports
and foreign royalty bowed at her shrines
and her avenues roared with the wheels of
processions in the wake of returning con
querors? What dashed down the vision of
chariots and temples and thrones? What
hands pulled upon the columns of
her glory? What ruthiossness defaced
her sculptured wall and broke obelisks and
left her indescribable temples great skele
tons of granite? What spirit of destruction
spread the lair of wild beasts in her royal
sepulchres, and taught the miserable cot
tagers of to-day to build huts in the courts
of her temples, and sent desolation and ruin
skulking behind the obelisks and dodging
among the sarcophagi and leaning against
the columns and stooping under the arches
and weeping in the waters which go mourn
fully by as though thoy were carrying the
tears of all ages? Let the mummies break
their long silence and come up to shiver in
the desolation, and point to fallen gates and
shattered statues and defaced sculpture, re
sponding: “Thebes built notone temple to
God. Thebes hated righteousness and loved
sin. Thebes was a star, but she turned to
wormwood and has fallen.”
Babylon—with her two hundred and fifty
towers and her brazen gates arid her embat
tled walls, the splendor of the earth gath
ered within her palaces, her hanging gar
dens built by Nebuchadnezzar to please his
bride Amyitti-, who had been brought up
in a mountainous country and could not en
dure the flat country round Babylon, these
hanging gardens built, terrace above ter
race, till at tlie height of four hundred feet
there were woods waving and foun
tains playing, the verdure, the foliage, the
gl ry looking as if mountains were on the
wing. On tbe tip-top a king walking with
his queen, among the tat lies snowy white,
looking up at birds brought from distant
lands, ana drinking out of tankards of solid
gold, or looking off over rivers and lakes
upon nations subdued and tributary, cry
ing: “Is not this great Babylon which I
have built?" What battering ram smote
the walks? What ploughshare upturned the
gardens? What army shattered the brazen
gates? What long, fierce blast
of storm put out this light which illumined
the world? What crasn of discord drove
down the music that poured from palace
window and garden grove and called the
banqueters to tin ir revel and the dancers to
their feet? I walk upon tho scene of deso
lation to find an answer and pick up pieces
of bitumen arni brick and broken pottery,
the remains of Babylon,and hh in the silence
of the night 1 hear the surging of that bil
low of desolation which rolls over the scene,
I hear the wild waves saying: “Babylon
was proud, Babyl n was impure. Babylon
wn-s a star, hut by sin she turned to worm
wood and has fallen.”
From the pet i cations of the Pilgrim
Fathers and tbe Huguenots in other lands
God wit uiiou these shores a nntiou. The
counc 1 fires of tbe aborigines went out iu
tbe greater light of a free government.
Tbe sound of tho war whoop was exchanged
for the thousand wheels of enter, rise and
progress. The mild winters, the fruitful
s miners, the health! il skies ciiarmo I from
nth r lan Is a race of hardy men who loved
God and wanted to be free. Bef ore the
wodinan’s ax forests foil and rose again
into ships’ masts and churches’ pillars.
Cities on tho banks of lakes b gin to rival
cities by the sea. The land quakes with
the rush of the rail car and the waters are
churned white with the steamer's wheel.
Fabulous bu-hels ■ I Western wheat meet
on the wav fabulous to is of Eastern coal.
Furs from tho North pass on the rivers
fruits from the South. And trading in tho
same market is Maine lumbermen and
South Carolina rico merchant and Ohio
farmer and Alaska fur dealer. And
churches and schools and asylums scatter
light and love and mercy and salvation
upon six y millions of people.
I pray that our nation may not copy the
crime* of tbe nations that have perished,
and our cup of blessing turn to wormwood
and like them we go down. lam by nature
and by grace an optimist, and I expect that
this Conniry will continue to ad v mice until
the world shall put on millennial era, and
that when Christ comes again he will set his
throne somewhere between the Alleghenies
and the hlerra Nevada*. But be not de
cei veil! Our only safety is In righteousness
toward God and justice toward man. If
we forget tho goodness of the Lord to this
land and break his Sabbaths and improve
not bv the dire disasters that have ngain
and again come to us as a people, ami we
learn saving 1, ssou neither from civil war
nor racing epidemic, nor drouth nor mildew
nor scourge of locust and grasshopper, if
the political corruption which has poisoned
the fountains of public virtue and bosliuied
the high places of authority, making free
government at times a hissing and a by
word in all the earth, it the drunkenness
and licentiousness that stagger and blas
pheme in the streets of our great cities as
though they were reaching after the fame
Of a Corinth and n Sodom are not re
pented of we will yet see the smoke of our
nation’s ruin: the pillars of our national and
State capitals will fall more disastrously
than when Sampson pulled down I logon;
and future historians will record upon the
page bedewed with generous tears the story
that the free nation of the West arose in
splendor which made the world stare. It
had magnificent possibilities. It forgot,
(hid. It, hated justice. It hugged ins crime.
It. halted on its high inarch. Ii reeled
under the blow of calamity. It fell. And
os it was going down all t.no despotisms of
earth from the top of bloody thrones began
to shout: “Aha, so would we have it,”
while struggling and oppressed peoples
looked out from dungeon bars with tears
and groans and cries of untold agony, the
scorn of those and the woe of these uniting
in the exclamation: “Look yonder? There
fell a great, star fromjieaven, burning as it
were a lamp, and it 101 l upon the third part
of the rivers end upon the fountains of
waters; and the name of the star is called
Route of the New Railroad—A Street
Car’s Flying Trip.
Athens, G a., April 22.—The proposed
route for the Covington and Macon Rail
road through Oconee cemetery has bean
considerably discussed lately by Athenians
with great opposition. The local papers
have picture I the road ns passing directly
through the city of the dead, thereby caus
ing many graves to bo moved and also de
tracting from the apjiearanco of tho ceme
tery. Such, however, will not be the case.
Yesterday afternoon the trustee- of the
cemetery, accompanied by Maj. Hodgson
and City Engineer Moss, investigated tho
proposed route and found that the
line only passed through the ex
treme wostern end of the grave
\ard, some distance from any graves
No fault can be found with this line, audit
is thought that, when thoroughly under
stood by the citizo all objections will be
withdrawn. The Covington and Macon is
rapidly nearing completion, and the hands
are working within two miles of the city.
Four contractors are at work on the lino
between Athens and the river, and cars will
be running between this city uud Macon by
A revival is lemur carried on with great
success at the Hecond Methodist church in
this city, and it is reported this evening
that Sam Jones will be prevailed on to pay
Athens a vi-it and [inrticipate in this work.
Several parties me corresponding with Mr.
Jones on the subject, and it is believed that
he wdl come.
Home mischievous parties tampered with
tho brakes of a street car last night, which
was stationed at the corner of Clayton and
College avenue, waiting to carry persons
from Cobbliarn home after tho theatre.
The driver did not notice the trick until he
had started down the hill on Hancock ave
nue and went to apply his brakes, and found
that, they would not work. He quickly un
coupled liis mules and turned thorn aside,
and the car, with about thirty persons on
board, went flying down the hill, and around
several sharp curves. The passengers were
considerably alarmed, but fortunately the
car stuck to the track, thus preventing a
very serious accident.
A Few Polntß About a Writer of Plays.
New York, April 22.—1 had a
pleasant talk with Bronson Howard
the other evening at the Lotos
Club. His “Henrietta” easily placed him
at the head of the profession of dramatic
authorship in this country. Oddly enough,
lie raroly ever goes to the theatre, prefer
ring to spend his time at home in the delight
ful company of his wife. Howard now
has a comfortable fortune and lives In ele
gant style. He is a typical literary man,
easy-going, suave, contemplative. His
eye-glasses, studious features and neglige
attire at once suggests the student worker
that he is. Ho takes his life very
easily, never fretting himself at his work,
and contented to let the cares of the day
fold up their tents and depart without
giving him any trouble. Ho tells me that
his plan in working is first to map out the
scenes, which grow apace with the story
he has selected, the action following tho
various situations naturally. Having
completed these details, after some rev
erie and smoking, he devotes hinißolf to
the composition of tho dialogue. He be
lieves in inspiration, and cannot force him
si If to work, and says that if be does the
effort is always unsatisfactory and doomed
to destruction. It is doubtful if any au
thor follows a system so close as does How
ard, although every author of note tries to
convince himself that he is working in ac
cordance with a profound plan. Hoveral
years ego Howard married a sister-of Mr.
Charles Wyndham, the popular comedian.
He has a house in London and a flat, in this
city, and divides his time lictween the two.
While talking with Howard a powerfully
built man with an iron-gray beard and
large features entered the room and took a
seat near us. It was Col, Thomas
AV. Knox, who writes so successfully
for ahoy*, and whom one would su|>-
pose to be a family man and father of a
numerous brood of children. He really has
no home except his club. He occupies two
rooms in tho dormitory of the Ixib* Club,
which are adorned with souvenirs from all
parts of the world, and have tho appearance
of a museum. There are no little ones to
crawl upon his knees and interrupt his
work, and no lion ewife to insist ou punctu
ality at ideals, becau-e he Is not only a
bachelor, hut lie has takeu refuge iu a place
where women and children are not, admitted.
Col. Knox was one of the original war cor
respondents and wrote a book übout his ex
periences in ihe Mouth west. In t e book of
“Boy Travelers” he has taken his boys all
over the world. Chandos Fulton.
Minister Pendleton Recovering:.
Berlin, April 22.—United States Minis
ter Jj’endlotou is rapidly recovering. He is
attended by his dang iter, who hurried to
his bedside from Italy, where she a< on a
tour for her health. Mr. Pendleton’s physi
cian advises him to abstain from work fora
long time.
A stkanos sound aroused tho people of Mead
rille from their tieds on Tuesday uiirlit about lit
o'clock. On going out upon the street to dis
cover the cause, the citizens saw that the sky
was literally l> nek with wild geese, ducks and
hwbiis. The birds had become bewildered by
Hie electric lights and hundreds, and possibly
thousands, of them were circling in vurious di
rections over the on y, their ‘ hunk" furnishing
a chorus that ma le spurn-men ache to try a shot
or t vo. A gentleman climbed to tho top of one
of the highest buildings at 3 o'clock, and at that
hour the birds woro flying about by hundreds in
all directions. This was kept up until daylight
came, when tbo fowls were able to continue
their course, and noun disappeared from view.
The Discharge of Pus Lessened and
No Pain Suffered—An Improvement
in His Appetite—Considerable Cough
ing and Expectoration Luring the
Night—Queen Victoria’s Journey.
Berlin, Anril 22.—The following bulle
tin was issued at 9 o’clock this morning:
“The Emperor passed a more quiet night.
His fever has moderated, and his general
condition is better.”
The North German Gazette says: “Dur
ing the course of yesterday the Emperor’s
fever slightly abated. His appetite im
proved and he expros od himself as feeling
better. The discharge of pus was lessened,
and ho suffered no pain. Ha swallowed
freely and his respiration was unimpaired.”
A special edition of the North German
Gaza.te, published at 1 :35 o’c ock this after
noon, says: “Although the Emperor’s rest
last night was frequently broken by fits of
coughing and expectoration, ho enjoyed in
tervals of quiet sleep, which, taken in con
junction with a slight abatement of hfc, fever,
had a strengthening effect, and put him in
better spirits. Despite his small appetite ha
took this morning a fair quantity of nour
ishment, chiefly milk."
A bulletin issued at 9 o’clock to-night said
the Emperor passed a pretty good day, with
less fever than on former days, but his tem
perature began to rise toward evening. The
Emperor wasdisturbel by coughing until 2
o’clock this morning, but then slept well
until fi o’clock. His temperature was never
above 103. During the day it was 101.
The Etnperor has ennobled Bankers
Sckwabach and Hainauer.
The doctors attending the Emperor de
clare that the published descriptions of th
Emperor’s sufferings, with the exception nL
the difficulty in breathing, are exaggerated.
Ho suffers from no local patn whatever.
To-day has been ono of the best days he has
had since his present illness liegan. Absolute
rent, is still imperative. It is impossible to
predict whether or not the improvement
will continue.
Cbarlottenburg was full of visitors to
day. An endless stream of carriages moved
to and fro between Berlin and Charlotton
burg all day.
On Saturday Prince Bismarck reported
to the Emperor the arrangements made for
lhe reception of Queen Victoria and also
discussed the question as to who shall repre
sent the Emperor during the Queen s stay.
A. large number of financiers and artists
have been ennobled in commemoration of
the Ern|>eror’s accession. Formerly the
honor was conferred only on officers and
high government officials.
Dr. ltergmann will attend the consulta
tions to-morrow and Prof. Senator on Tues
It wan remarked as a sign of improve
ment that the Emperor wore his accus
tomed smile to-day. The Empress was
able to loave him for a walk in the grounds
adjoining the castle. A number of flower
girls np|>enrd at Charlottenburg selling
violots. Acting on a sudden impulse the
crowd bought the whole stock and sent
them to the Emperor, who was delighted
with the gift. The Emperor recently sum
moned his old doaf servant Becker, who is
now a- pensioner, and ter shaking hands
with him wrote on a slip of
paper: “Wo are both unfortunate—you
cannot hear and 1 cannot ‘teak. But lam
much more unfortunate _jan you." The
old servant was deeply moved and rev
erently kissed the Emperor’s hands.
It is stated that the financial arrange
ments with reference to Emperor William’s
estate have been concluded, and that each
of Emperor Frederick’s daughters will re
ceive 3,000,000 marks and Prince Henry an
estate of the same value.
Hnturday was an anxious day in Berlin
until evening, when Litter accounts of the
Empercr’a condition were made public. In
the morning there wore widespread rumors
that the end was only a question of hours.
The bulletins to-day iuspireil renewed hope
that there is still a chance for the Emperor
to get over the attack, bflt nobody is san
guine. Tbe Emperor showed keen interest
in to-day’s celebration of his daughter
Margaret's birthday. Ha congratulated the
Princess iu writing.
The pus now discharging from the Em
peror’s throat is thicker than formerly.
This is probably a symptom that the abscess
is beginning to heal. During the day the
patient had refreshing sleep. Tbe Grand
Duchess of Baden asked him if be suffered
any pain. He replied: “I only feel uncom
fortable occasionally.”
Dr. Hovell bas written to the Cologne Ga
ssffs diylngthat tbe Emperor had an attack
of suffocation Wednesday night, or that his
(Dr. Hovell’*) efforts to readjust the canula
caused the injury- He says that not a drop
of blood came until Prof. Bcrgmann tried
to insert the tube, when blood flowed co
piously for several hours.
Ilerren Rrupp and Htumru, the Kbinlsh ,
iron masters, have been made Barons.
Florence, April 22. Queen Victoria,
Princess Beatrice and Prince Henry of Bat
teuberg started for Berlin to-day. The
streets were packed with enthusiastic
crowds. The Queen informed the authori
ties who bade her farewell at the station
that she had received another good report
on the condition of Emperor Frederick.
London, April 22.—The Austrian press
extends the warmest welcome to Queen
Crowds Anxious to Clash Surging
Through the Boulevards.
Paris, April 22.—A crowd of anti-Bou
langerist students to-day set Are to several
bales of the newspapers La Lanterne and
Vlntranaigeant in a wagon on the Boule
vard St. Michael, and then maltreated the
horse and driver. About 1,000 market
porters have volunteered to defend the
printing presses of the journals, which the
students threaten to attack.
It is estimated that 40,000 persons were
parading in the Latin quarter last evening
hi favor of Uon. Boulamor. They were
mainly tradesmen and working people who
gatuered to defy the students, who are all
Opportunists. The police had hard work
to Keep the crowds moving.
Premier Floquet’s tour of the police sta
tions was due to an idea teat the police
were only awaiting a chance to declare for
Gen. Boulauger.
Pope Leo and the Irish.
London, April 23, 3 a. m.—The Chroni
cle's Borne correspondent says: “The Pope
is about to issue a document condemning
ttie plan of campaign and boycotting, ana
forbidding Catholics to resort to such prac
tices. ’’

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