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Sermon by Rev. Dr. Talmage on the
Christian Religion--Is it to be Coademned
Because Some of Its Professors are Not 01
What They Should Be?
On Sunday Dr. Talmage preachedt(
on "Narrow Escapes," talug as his il
text Job xiv, 20: "I am escaped with i!
the skin of my teeth." Following is r
his sermon in full: t
Job had it hard. When with boils ,
and bereavement and bankruptcy, tJ
and a fool of a wife, he wished he p
was dead; and I do not blame him.
His flesh was gnne, and his bones
were dry. His teeth wasted away I
until nothing but the enamel seemed o
left. He cries out, "I am escaped a
with the skin of my teeth." There s
has been some difference of opinion A
abous this passage. St. Jerome and I
Schultens, and Doctors Good and t
lool and Barnes, have zdl tried their a
forceps on Job's teeth. You deny 5
my interpretation, and say, "What
did Job know about enamel of the t
teeth?" He knew everything about
it. Dental surgery is almost as old
as the earth. The mummies of Egypt, f
thousands of years old, are found to
day with gold-filling in their teeth.
Ovid and Horace and Solomon aad
Moses wrote about those important
fae.ors of the body. To other pro
ioling complaints, Job, I think: has
adted an exasperating toothache,
an I putting his head against the in
fLmed face, he says, -I am escaped
with the skin of my teeth."
A very narrow escape, you say, for
Job's body and soul, but there are
thousands of men who make just as
narrow escape for their soul. There
was a time when the partition be
tween them and ruin was no thicker
than a tooth's enamel; but as Job
finally escaped, so have they. Thank
God! thank God!
Paul expresses the same idea by a
different figure when he says that
some people are "saved as by fire."
A vessel at sea is in flames. You go
to the stern of the vessel. The boats
have shovedoff. The flames advance;
you can endure the heat no longer on
your face. You slide down on the
side of the vessel, and hold on with
your fimgers, until the forked tongue
of the fire begins to lick the back of
your hand, and you feel that you
must fall, when one of the lifeboats
comes back, and the passengers say
they think they have room for one
more. The boat swings under you
you drop into it-you are saved. So
some men are pursued by temptation
,-, until they are partially consumed, but,
after all, get off-"saved as by fire."
But I like the figure of Job a httle
better than that of .eaul, because the
pulpit has not worn it out; and I
want to show you, if God will help,
that some men make narrow escape
for their souls, and are saved as "with
the skin of their teeth."
It is as easy for, some people to
look to the Cross as for you to look
to this pulpit. Mild, gentle, tract
able, loving, you expect them to be
come Christians. You go over to the
store and say, "Grandon joined the
church yesterday." Your business
comrades say: -That is just what
might have been expected; he always
was of that turn of mind." In youth
this person whom I describe was al
ways good. He never broke things.
sit an hour in church perfectly quiet,f
looking nieither to the right-hand nor
the left, bus straight into the eyes of
the minister, as thoughhe understood
the whole discussion about the eter
sal decrees. He never upset things
nor lost them. He floated into the
kingdom'of God so gradually that it
is uncertain just when the matter was
Here is another one, who started
ilife with an uncontrollable spirit.
He kept the nursery in an uproar.
His mother found him walking on the
edge of the house-roof to see ifhe
could balance himself. There was no
horse that he dared not ride-no tree
he ceuld not climb. His 'oyhood
a long series of predicaments; his
manhood was reckless; his mid-life
'very wayward. But now he is con
'verted, and you go over to the store
and say, "Arkwright joined the church
yesterday." Your friends say: "It is
not possible! You must be joking."
You say: "No; I tell you the truth.
He joined the Church." Then they
reply, "There is hope for any of us if
old Arkwright has become a Chris
tian!" In other words, we will admit
that it is more difficult for some men
to accept the Gospel than for others.
I may be preaching to some who
have cut loose from churches and
Bibles and Sundays, and who have
come in here with no intention of be
coming Christians themselves, but
just to see what is going on; and yet:
you may find yourself escaping, be
fore you leave this house, as "with:
the skin of your teeth. I do not ex
poet to waste this hour. I have seen
boats go off from Cape May or Long
Branch, and drop their nets, and after
awhile come ashore, pulling the nets.
without having caught a single fish.
It was not a good day, or they had
not their ghtkind of a net. But we
expect no such excursion to-day. The
water is full of fish, the wind is in the:
right direction, the Gospel net is
strong. Oh thou who didst help
Simon and Andrew to fish, show us
to-day how to cast the net on the
right side of the ship!
Some of you, in comning to God.,
will have to run against sceptical no
tion. It is useless for people to sayt
sharp and cutting things to those
who reject the Chrnstian religion. I s
cannot say such things. By what r
process of temptation or trial or be- z
trayal you have come to your ']
present state. I know not. There di
are two gates to your nature. The di
gate of the head, and the gate of the t:
heart. The gate of your head is t]
locked with the bolts and bars that t:
an archangel could not break, but the n
gate ofyour heartis swinging easily b
upon its hinges. If I assaulted your a~
body with weapons, you would meet -b
me with weapons, and it would be a h
swerd-stroke for sword-stroke, and ai
wound for wound and blood for
blood; but iflIcome and knock at it
. the door of your house, you open i+, ts
and give me the best seat in your p]
parlor. If I should come at you now n<
with an argument, you would answer at
me with an argument; if with sar- af
casin, y'ou answer me with sarcasm; lig
blow for blow, stroke for stroke, but fo
when I come and knock at the door ar
of your heart, you open it say, "Come ai
in, my brother, and tell me all you hi
know about Christ and heaven." di
Listen to two or three questions: n<
Are you as happy as you used to be mn
when you believed in the ar
truth of the Christian religion! m
Wolud you like to have your cili- ce
now travelinlg? You had a rla- 1
-e who pr1.fesed to be a Christiau,'1
I was thoroahly consistent, living 1
. dying in the faith of the Gospel. t
ould you not like to live the same (
Liet life, and the same peaceful f
ath? I h ive a letter sent me by a
Le who has rejected the Christian I
ligion. It says: -I am old enough I
know that the joys and pleasures I
life are evanescent and to realize j
e fact that it must be camfortable 1
old age to believe in something
lative to the future. and to have a
ith in some system that proposes
> save. I am free to confess that I
ould be happ'er if I could exercise
le simple and beautiful faith that is
assessed by many whom I know. I
n not willingly out of the church or
at of the faith. My state of uncer
tinty is one of unrest. Sometimes
doubt my immortality, and look up
a the death-bed as the closing scene,
fter wh.ch there is nothing. What
bdlI do that I have not done?"
11 scepticism is a dark.doleful land:
jet me say that this Bible is e.ther
ue or false. If it be false. we are
s well off as you; if it be true, then
-lich of us is safer?
Let me also ask whether your
rouble has not beeD that you con
junded Christianity with the incon
istent character of some who pro
ess it? You are a lawyer. In your
rofession there are mean and dishon
st men. Is that anything against
he law? You are a doctor. There
xe unskilled and contemptible men
a your profession. Is that anything
.gainst medicine? You are a mer
'hant. There are thieves and defraud
rs in your business. Is that any
hing against merchandise? Behol,
hen, the unfairnessof charging upon
hristianity the wickedness of its
lisciples. We admit that some of
,he charges against those who pro
!ess religion are true.Some of the most
igantic swindles of the present day
lave been carried on by members of
he church. There are men standing
n the Lont rank in the churches who
ivould not be trusted with $5 with
ut good collateral security. They
eave their business dishonesties in
he vestibule of the church as they
oin and sis at the communion.
Having concluded the sacrament.
dey get up and wipe the wine from
their lips, go out, and take up their
ins where they left off. To serve the
devil is their regular work; to serve
God. a sort of play spell. With a
Sunday sponge they expect to wipe
ff from their business slate all the
past week's inconsistencies. You
have no more right to take such a
man's life as a specimen of religion
than you have to take the twisted
irons and split timbersthat lie on the
beach at Coney Island as a specimen
of an American ship. It is time that
we draw a line between religion and
the frailties of those who profess it.
Do you not feel that the Bible,
take it all in all, is about the best
book that the world has over seen?
Do you know any book that has as
much in it! Do you not think, upon
the whole, that its influence has been
beneficent? I come toyou with both
hands extended toward you. In one
hand I have the Bible, and in the
other I have nothing. This Bible in
one hand I will surrender for ever
ust as soon as in my other hand you
an put a book that is better. Today
I invite you back into the good old
fashioned religion of your fathers
to the God whom they worshiped, to
the Bible they read, to the promises
on wheathey-leaned, to the cross on
pich they hung thereral expec
tations. You have not been happy a
day since you swung off; you will
not be happy a minute until you
swing back
There is a large class of persons in
mid-life who have still in them appe
tites that were aroused in early man
hood, at a time when they prided
themselves on being a -little fast,"
"high livers," "free and eday," "hail
fellows well met." They are now pay
ing. in compound interest, for trou
bles they collected twenty years ago.
Some of you are trying to escape, and
you will-yet very narrowly, "as
with the skin of your teeth." God
nd your own soul only know what
the struggle is. Omnipotent grace
has pulled out many a soul. that was
deeper in the mire than you are.
They line the beach of heaven-the
multitude whom God has rescued
!rom the thrall of suicidal habits. If
'ou this day turn your back on
the wrong and start anew God help
!Ou. Oh the weakness of human
'nelp! Men will sympathize for a
while and then turn you off. If you
ask for their pardon,they will give it,
md say they will try you again; but,
alling away again under the power
,f temptation, they cast you eff for.
iver. But God forgives seventy
imes seven: yea seven hundred times;
rea, though this be the ten-thou
cndth time, He is more earnest,
more ympathetic, more helpful this
ast time than when you took your
irst misstep.
If, with all the influences favorable
or a right life, men make so many
nistakes, how much harder it is
hen, for instance, some appetite
hrusts its iron grapple into theroota
>f the tongue, and pulls a man down
writh hands of destruction! If,under
mch circumstances, he breaks away,
;here will be no sport in the under
aking, no holiday enjoyment, but a
,truggle in which the wrestlers move
'rom side to side, and bend and twist,
td watch for an opportunity to get
n heavier strokes,until with one final
ifort in which the muscles are dis
ended and ths veins stand out, and
he blood starts, the swarthy habit
als under the knee of the victr
caped at last as "with the skin ofj
he teeth."
There are men who have been cap
ized of evil passions, and capsized'
aid-ocean, and they are a thousand
iiles away from any shore of help.
hey have for years been trying to
ig their way out. They have been
igging away, and digging away, but
aey can never be delivered unless
iey wdll hoist some signal of dis
-ess However weak and feeble it
tay be, Christ will never see it, and
ear down upon the helpless craft,
ad take them on board: and it will
e known in earth and in heaven
w narrowly they escaped-"escaped
;wi~ the skin of their teeth."
There are others who, in attempt
g to come to God, must run be
r'een a great many business per
exities. If a man goes over to busi
mss at 10 o'clock in the morning,
td comes away at 3 o'clock in the
ternoon he has some time for re
aion: but how shall you find time;
r religious contemplation when you
e driven from sunrise to sunset,
ed have been for five years going be-<
ad in business, and are frequently t
mned by creditors whom you can
it pay, and when, from MondayC
arning until Saturday night, you
e dodging bills that you cannot
set? You walk day by day in un- 2
rtainties that have kept your brain f
itl1 less business troubles than you
ave gone crazy. The clerk has
ieard a noise inthe back counting
oom, n:1d gone in and found the
hivf man of the firm a raving mam-i
,e: or the wife has heard the bang ef t
pistol in the back parlor, and gone '#
n, stumnbling over the dead body of P
ier husband-a suicide. There are t
k this house to-day 300 men pursued, V
iarassed, trodden down and scalped 0
>y business perplexities, and which 0
xvay to turn next they do not know. 1
Now God will not be hard on you. 1
He knows what obstacles are in the P
way of your being a Christian, and t
vour fir st effort in the right direc- t
tion He will crown with success. Do
not let Satan, with cotton bales and
kegs and hogsheads and counters
and stocks of unsalable goods, block 1
up your way to heaven. Gather up I
all your energies. Tighten the girdle t
about your loins. Take an agomz
ing look into the face of God, and
then say, "here goes one grand effort
for life vternal!" and then bound
away for heaven; escaping "as with
the skin of your teeth."
In the last day it will be found that
Hugh Latimer and John Knox and
Huss and Ridley were not the great
est martyrs, but Christian men who
went up incorrapt from the contamin
ations and perplexities of Wall Street,
Water Street, Pear Street, Broad
Street, State Street and Third Street.
On earth they were called brokers,
or stock-jobbers, or retailers, or im
porters; but in heaven Christian he
roes. No fagots were heaped about
their feet, no inquisition demanded
from them recantation; no soldier
aimed a spike at their heart; but
they had mental tortures, compared
with which all physical consum
ing is as the breath of a spring morn
I find in the community a large
class of men who have been so cheat
ed, so lied about, so outrageously
wronged, that they have lost their
faith n everything. In a world wthere
everything seems so topsy-turvy,
they do not see how there can be any
God. They are confounded and
frenzied and misanthropic. Elabor
ate argamenLs to prove to them the
truth of Christianity, or the truth of
anything else, touch them nowhere.
Hear me, all such men. I preach to
you no rounded periods, no ornamen
tal discourse; but put my hand on
your shoulder, and invite you into
the peace of the Gospel. Here is a
rock on which you may stand firm,
though the waves dash against it
harder than the Ltlantic, pitching its
surf clear above Eddystone light
house. Do not charge upon God all
these troubles of the world. As long
as the world stuck to God. God stuck
to the world; but the earth seceded
from His government, and hence all
these outrages, and all these woes.
God is good. For many hundreds of
yvars He has been coaxing the world
to come back to Him; but the more
He has coaxed, the more violent
have men been in theirresistance.and
they have stepped back and step
ped back until they have dropped into
Try this God, ye who have had the
bloodhounds after you, and who
have thought tnat God had forgot
ten you. Try Him, and see if He
will not help. Try Him, and see if
He will not pardon. Try Him, and
see if He will not save. The flowers
of spring have no bloom so sweet as
the flowering of Christ's affections.
The sun hath no warmth compared
with the glow of His heart. The wa
ters have no refreshment lhke the
fountain that will slake the thirst of
thy soul. At the moment the rein
deer stands with his lip and nostril
thrust in the cool mountain torrent
the hunter may be coming through
the thicket. Without~cracking astick
under his foot, he comes close by the
stag, aims his gun, draws the trigger,
and the poor thing rears in its death
agony and falls backward, its antlers
ciahig on the rocks; but the panting
heart that drinks from the water
brook of God's promise shall never
be fatally wounded, and shall never
This world is a poor portion for
your soul; oh business man! An East
ern king had graven on his tomb two
figers, represented a. sounding upon
each other with a snap, and under
them the motto, "All is not worth
that." Apicius Ccelius hanged him
self because his steward informed
him that he had only eightythousand
pounds sterling left. All the world's
riches make but a small inheritance
for a soul.; Robespierre attempted to
win the applause of the world; but
when he was dying a woman came
rushing through the crowd, crying to
him, "Murderer of my kindred,
descend to hell, covered with the
curses of every mother in France!"
Many who have expected the plaudits
of the world have died under its An
thema Maranatha
Oh, find your peace in God. Make
one strong pull for heaven. No half
way work will do it. There some
times comes a time on shipboard
when everything must be sacrificed
to save the passengers. The cargo is
nothing, the rigging is nothing. The
captain puts the trumpet to his lips
and shouts, "Cut away the mast!'
Some of you have been tossed and
driven, and you have, in your effort
to keep the word, well-nigh lost your
soul. Until you have decided this
matter, let everything else go. Over
board with allthose other anxieties
and burdens! You will have to drop
the sails of your pride, and cut away:
the mast. With one earnest cry for;
help, put your cause into the hand of
Him who helped Paul out of the
breakers of Melita, and who, above
the shrill blast of the wrathiest temp- I
et that ever blackened the sky or
shook the ocean, can hear the faintest
imploration for mercy.
I shall go home to- day feeling that
some of you, who have considered 2
your case as hopeless, will take hea-t]
again, and that, with blood-red ear-t
nestness, such as you have never ex-(
perienced before, you will start for t
the good land of the Gospel-at last c
to look back saying: "What a great a
risk I ran! Almost lost, but saved! ']
Just got through, and no more! Es- l1
aped by the skin of my teeth." C
-Herr Bethel, the German social
ist, is a genuine workingman. He o
tarted as an ivory turner, and even g
2w when something displeases himi
n the establishment of Freslich &i
Bebel at Leipzig, of whiehi he is a b
artner, he tucks up his sleeves and
hows the ignorant and obstinate y,
rorkman "how it should be dune." a
-Gary Pittman, the treasurer of "
lbany, Ga., fleeced that city out of
Lout $8,000. He was also cashier
>f the bank of Nottingham. one or e
he new mushroom towns of North h
tlabamna. He got away with $1,800Jj
f the bank's money in addition. HeL
peculated in Nottingham town lots b
ad got in on the ground floor. Both,
Llbany and the bank are on the ground da
loor at present, and Pittmnan has fc
-narkoble Ui-wlti and Vrobal,y Dnva
tion o0 the ' ision Li-t.
The increase of pension expendi
res in recent years is sonethUaig I
onderful. The proper maxiuni
?nsion expenditure oi account of
ie civil war-on the basis of rcal
isability ineurred in military ser
ce-wae reached in 1874. when the
uitgo for pensions was :t:')53.749.
b decreased froim that year until
378, when it was $26.844.415. The
ension agent, however, about that
.me captured the demagogu, with
Lie result that new legi:da.uion was
evised to shower the pull- mioley
pon persons not previousiy deemed
rorthy of pensions. Their objects
ave been greatly favored by the
,rotectionists, whose interest it is
o keep tariff taxes at the highest
otch. The consequence is seen in a
ension expenditure in 1889 of $95,
24,779. In the present fiscal year
lie expenditure is to be from *105.
'00,000 to $125,000,000. Next year
f the service pension bill just passed
>y the House become a law, the
nual expenditure will be from
150,000,000 to $160000. If the
'prisoners' bill" also becomes a law
goodly number of millions will be
Ldded to this figure. The amount
lisbursed on accouant of pensions
iince 1861 has been $1,150,318.423,
,xclusive of the $600,000,000 given in
:ounties to volunteers. There is a
:urious relation between the de
:rease of the interest of the publie
lebt and the increase of pensions,
,vhich indicates a tendency of the
6var burden to become peipetual. On
August 31, 1865, when the debt was
Largest, the principal was 82.391,630,
204 and the interest charge 6150.977,
397. At present the inten. st bearing
ebt is about $750.000,000. and the
interest charge about $35.000,000.
The saving in interest from debt paid
goes, it is evident, into pelnsions, so
that there is to be no relief from war
burdens. If any one cherishes the
belief tbat the new pension laws are
of triflin g importance for the reason
that the large expenditure thr au
thorize is to last only a few years, he
will perhaps change his mind when
he learns from the report of the com
missioner of pensions that there are
still 37 persons drawing pensions on
account of the Revolutionary war,
which ended nearly 110 years agG
and that there are 11,593 pensioner.
of the war of 1812. If our past ex
perience teaches anything, we shal]
still be paying millions for pensions
in far off 1985. There is something
very magnificent, doubtless, in thE
amount we are giving the survivors ol
the 2,500,000 patriots who, after fou
years of desperate fighting, overcamt
the 600,000 Confederates. This
bounteous stream of federal gratuity
brings cheer and ease to countles
happy homes. In 1888 the averag
annual value of each pension wat
$131.18-an amount of cash suffloieni
to relieve the average recipient fro=
the need of working for a living. Al:
through the North, West and North
west this money comes in a bounte
ous and gladdening stream, winniug
votes and support for the party thai
orens the treasury gates for its out
flow. But arc the other homes miadt
happy by it? Are the taxpayers o0
the country prospering in spite of th<t
drain upon their resources caused by
our persion generosity? It is a mat
tV r worth considering. Ther e ar<
signs that some of them' are beuing
ruined by it. Although the Wets1
and Northwest receive the gr1eatel
part of the golden stream, itis among
the farmers of those very sections o.
the country that the cry of distress it
Letter from MrM. .Jem-rsonx J~avi..
The following letter has been re
ceived by the clerk of the city counci
of Richmond, Va., which explainm
"Ba.uvout, Miss., April 23, 1890.
To the Honorable City Council an(
Board of Aldermen of Richmuond
Gentlemen-I have received yom
resolutions, and thank you for the
handsome dress in which you have
embodied them, and most sincerel>
for the noble tribute you have paid tc
my husband. These are the muor4
gratifying because some of yomn
members were our neighbors wher
we hoped everything and feared
nothing, and the reverses and disap
pointments we sustained drew un
loser together. Believe me the af
fection you express for him whic
served you gladly while he could
and loved your State and city sincere
ly while life lasted, brings such com
fort as is now possible to me and
mine. I note your resolutions as tc
the disposal of the revered rema~ins.
My friends, do not press me for an
answer now. I cannot decide the
question yet, but can only say I will
do what seems to our family and
friends best when we coe to deter
mine the final place of iterment. One
f my dead rests with you. anid most
tenderly have yon cared fo and
tended the little grave. and the grate
ful memory is ever presnnt with mue.
"Please aecept singly and collee
ively for yourselves and the beloved
eity you represent the best wishes'
md sincere thanks of yours faithfully,
A Gseoritia Rtomance.
It is better to be burn plucky thaui
ueky. Four yearsi ago ai young
&eorgian asked a charmig belle of
he pretty town of Thonmsville to)
narry him. 'I will,' she said. -when
ro are an oflicerin the United States
iy.' Too oldd to get an appoin~ut
nont to West Point, thus young Geor
~ian enlisted as a private in ani artil
ery battery~his purpose beinig to rise
rom the ranks to a lieutenaney. He
complished his purp~ose in . ist two
ears; for in IDecember last he passedi
successful examination at Fortress
tonroe and was assigned to duty at
ort Wingate, New Mexico. as lien
enant of a coimanly of the Sixth
Javlry. He got a furlough and re
urned to Georgia on a visit. Of
ourse, the greater part of the time
llotted to this visit was spent i
~homasville. Tho result was as fol
>ws: At 6:30 o'clock on the~ evening
f the 23d inst., Lieut. Lunsford Dan
1 of the Sixth Cavalry, great-grand
on of John C. Forsyth and grandson
f Alfred Iverson. both distinguished
>r their services to Georgia anid the
inited States, was united in narrige
>Miss Bettie Bruce. one of the most
eauful and most highly accom
ished young ladies of the lovely and
Linens town of Thomuasville. They
:e now at Fort Wingate"-Bruns
ick Times.
-The late Duke of Manchester's
lebrated herd of -short-horns at
ioublehton is to be sold off'in July.;
his large herd is one of the finest in
ngand, and was founded with the'
st blood. ar.d has always been,
ost carefully muaintained. The|
ike gave 1,900 guineas for an Ox
rd cow at the Dunmore sale in
m:.!i iv. rtt ion of a canadian Lunatic (
A.-yluu->iore than a Hundred of the In
mates Kiled.
The irisane asylum at Longue sa
Pointe. nine miles from Montreal So
caurght fire at eleven o'clock on Tues- C
day moriig :and was soon a mass of m,
11ales. wvith no hope of saving the tr<
building from utter destruction. As R]
inear as can be calculated from 100 to pl
150 insane inmate's were caught in the so
building with no chanee of escape. st
The 'ire apparatus of the asylum was a
utterly inadequate to control the ki
flilaes and several steamers were oi
forwarded froim Montreal on a special G
train. The sights in the grounds ye
surrounding the asylum were horri- 01
ble beyond description. Hundreds ar
of lunatics, male and female, were oi
groupedtogether in a frienzied condi- ti
tion. The nurses made every effort C
to allay their fears and as rapidly as M
possible th poor creatures were re- w
imoved to places of shelter in the tc
neighborhood. R
At a few minutes past two o'clock h,
a detachnent of the Montreal fire le
brigade arrived on the scene. The aj
excitement among the lunatics in the C
grounds finally became so great that h
a detachment of the Montreal police 1
force were hurried out to assist the a
guards. There were 1,300 persons in h
the asylum when the fire broke out. s
Cowhided by a Woman.
SAVANNAH, Ga., May .-This after- A
noon, between 4 and 5 o'clock, Mrs. 8
John F. Cullum cowhided Alfred 0
Fantel, a clerk in A. K. Altmayer & d
Co.'s dry goods store.corner Bull and i
Broughton streets.
The cowhiding was very deliberate- i
ly planned. Mr. Cullum, the husband, 3
purchased the weapon this morning
and accompanied his wife to the c
store. Approaching Mr. Fantel, with c
her husband at her side, Mrs. Cullum t
began to use the cowhide vigorously. r
Great excitement and confusion pro- C
I vailed. Mr. Altmayer rushed up to
Fantel's rescue and Cullum dealthim
several blows, so Altmayer says. Cul
lum says he only observed: "Touch i
I my wife and I will split you wide C
open." Cullum is suprintendent of E
the fire alarm, and is a man of im- c
mense strength. As far as can be t
learned, the trouble arose ox Mrs.
Cullum returning a purchase, which I
Fantel said was not bought at Alt- I
mayers., and he declined to receive I
it or exchange. Mrs. Cullum says he
called her a liar. Fantel has borne a
good reputation, and has been known
as a polite young gentleman. Mr. I
Aitmayer had Mr. Cullum arrested i
for assault and battery. He gave
bond. 3frs. Cullum was not arrested I
though her arrest was asked for.
Mrs. Cullum struck Fantel about a I
dozen blows.
Has the Alliance Been Swindled?
The Farmers' Alliance Exchange at
Dallas, Tex., has squandered nearly a
million and a nalf of doilars of the
farmers' money during the past three
weeks. There is widespread discon
tent in the subordinate Alliances. It
is alleged that an investigation has
been demanded and prominent Alli
ance men promise some sensational
developments. They claim that a
coterie of politicians at Dallas and:
elsew~here are running the order for
self-inteest.-New York Wold.
Thme Attempt Abandoned.
It doesn't take a great wvhie stand
ing behind a pretty girl to get her
cloak on-that is, not necessarily.
But we have kno)wn of young men,
stalwart, active young men, any one
of whom could occupy five minutes
in extending this little necessary
courtesy- There are so many styles
Iof occurrence in this world the secret
of which lies concealed beneath a
Imountaia of analysis that itis useless
to pursue this subjiect further in a
single volume.-Merchant TJraveler.
cehools int Texas.
Texas is expending about $3,000,
000 annually on her public schools,
andl half a million more on the State
University, Agricultnral College and
schools for the deaf and dumb and
blind. The school fund is growing
from the sale of pulic lands and
other sourci s at the rate of more
than $1,000,000 yearly. To the in
Icome from the school fund is added
the proceeds of local taxes levied for
this purpose. The State nas a school
population of some half a million,
about one-fourthi colored. Normal
schools for both white and colored1
pupils are supported by the State,1
and there are some 3000 colored teach
ers employed in the colored schools.
Texas does much better so far as
length of term and salaries of teach
ers go than the other Southern
States. Teachers there earn forty
five dlollars per month on an average,
which is above the average for thei
whole country-they teach about six
months in the year. The number of
teachters employed is annually in-i
creasing, and the expenditures on ac-i
count of schools will be $500,000i
arger thi,; yeaLr than last.
-Obstinate nose bleeding is fre
I uenftly one of the difficult things to
cheek. Several aggt.ravated cases have
I tely ovcwmr.d at the hospital of ti~e
University of Pennsylvania. As a
la.st resort Dr. D. Hayes Agnew tried
hamu fat with greait rcsult.s Two large
cylindei s of bacon were forced well
into the nostrils and the hemorrhbage
ceased( at enee.
--Mayor Grant. ofNewYork, is in anfa
awkward position. having been comi
pelled to admit that he gave Flossi.
the eight-year-old dug~ihter of Rich- v
ard Croker, ~ .000 in bills at a time a
Iwhen there was an acequoduct con
traci on hand, in which Croker could
officially help the Mayor.
--In the State insane asylunm of
Massachiusetts four women and three v
men suffering from forms of dementia h
nearly resembling each other tnd t]
supposed to be hopeless c .ses sud
denly and comipletely recovered af
ter having had la grippe. The fact el
is interesting and puzeling the doe I
--The most feariul rumaor yet startedn
in reference to this pious administra' d<
tion is that the private secretary of sa
Postmaster General Wanamaker fc
plays poker on Sunday with the pri- a
vate secretary of BosM Quay. It is
said that they try to atone for the
original sin of the act by chipping out' H
for the Republican campaign fund. or
-Chaplain Milbrn's prayer that ' lol
mlembilers of Congress might be cured -fr<
of the~ habit of using profane lan,. Sa
guiage has called forth some angry i11
protests from the statesmen in Wash- Iloi
ington. The chaplain in bis prayer 'b
indicated the only particular in which to
some of these gentlemen resemble be
r. W. E. Jackson solves theCo ton Bag
Siung ue-~in-A Maeline to Decorticate
te Cutton Stalk-saniple of Bagging
wuven From the Fiber.
iuumv chiroicle. b
Ctotn bagging from the cotton e
It has been the dream of theoriz
ig economists. t
L:ke maIIV theories its waslistened u
> U:mied at.
UI ti
i .rd Atkinson, of Boston, the
iocat American statistician, was r
liou-git to be phrase-making when at a
tlauta he predicted that the prod- b
ets of the cotton plant would
urove nre valuable than its fleecy e
int. t
Was he the mouthpiece of nature's
lecree that the cotton stalk should (
tseli cover, as it has fructified, the
nowy burden?
Let it suffice that the jute problem
hat has stared every cotton planter
u the face, is now at an end.
Mr. Wm. E. Jackson, a young Au
casta lawyer, is the man who offers
lie solution of the question to the
South in his bagging manufactured
rom old field cotton stalks. It was
o theory there on his office floor
resterday. but a roll of bagging, and
gray-headed cotton factors and mer
hants wanted to cheer as they fin
gered the new fiber in the yanks and
woven in warp and woof.
Very few of Mr Jackson's friends
had any idea that matters other than
those of a legal nature were occupying
his tima: and this announcement m
the Chronicle of the success of his ef
forts will be the first intimation that
he has been busy in experimental
A Chronicle reporter has Imowx of
his labors and with their w> ncess the
ban of secrecy is removed.
The Col. Sellers element was not
desirable. This theory must be de
monstrated as practicable, and not
only this. but the sentiment against
the jute bagging trust was not desir
ed as capital. The new enterprise
must be demonstrated as fully cap
ble of coping with as strong a ri
val as the jute bagging t':ust before
the arena of competition was eater
Besides the roll of bagging on the
floor there were bunches of the cotton
stalk fiber in various stages of its
preparation: jute butts. bear grass
and other fibers to make comparisons.
Callers had already gotten windof the
new bagging and gathered in Mr.
Jackson's law office. There were
many cotton men in the number and
their questions elicited the informa
tion that every intclligentreader would
ask for.
Mr. Jackson had his thoughts turn
ed totheutilization of some one of our
many native fibrous plants as a c'om
petitor of the jute article. He rigged
up crud~e machinery at his home in
Harrisonville and for the past six
months has been experimenting. The
colton stalk rewarded his efforts by
being found susceptible of treatment
in his machine which separated
a fine fiber, resembling jute in every
respect, from the gum and skim of
the stalk.
He grew sanguine as this fiber was
subjected to iirst one and then an
other test and holding his counsel
went diligently to work preparing a
quantity of this. About two weeks
ago the Chronicle printed a personal
mention of his departure for New
York. With him he took his new
found fiber. At the jute bagging
factory of Mr. J. C. Todd at Patter
oon, N. J., Mr. Jackson spent several
days preparing for
He was kindly assisted by the pro
prietor, Mr. Todd, who turned over
his factory and help to him, and at
the end of three days the jute ma
chinery turned out a roll of cotton
stalk bagging that was pronounced
by Mr. Todd equal in every respect
to the demands af the cottonplanters
and the trade for cotton covering.
It is some of this roll that is now
creating such a profound sensation
in cotton circles here.
Mr. Jackson separates the fiber on
a machine which was patented and
perfected for South Amirica fiber ex
periments. He found it the same
thing as his experimental apparatus
and secured it. He holds letters
patent on the apparatus, which i
covered by letters patent in
United States, Canada, Mexico,Sothe
America, France, Germany, uth
land, Spain and Belgium. Eng
$35,0. It cost
The principle consists in rnning
the stalks between a corrugated drum
revolved by an eccentric attachment
on a similar corrugated concave bed,
and the charge between is wash-1
ed by a flowing stream of water io
wash away the residue of gum and
Mr. J. J. Doughty was among those
who saw the new cotton stalk bag
ging and he says not one man in a
1000 who handles cotton, unless he
ad been advised previously, would
know the new candidate for favor
rom jute bagging. It may be a
~hade darker, but it takes marking
easily and is soft and pliable. The
ample was made from stalks that
id been exposed for two months,
avingbeen gathered only late in
Eebruary. When the stalk is har
ored, as it will be now that it has
commercial value, its elasticitya nd
enacity will increase at least 25 per
Figures have been amassed and
hese show that there need be no
ear of a lack of stalks to mnanufac
ure bagging to cover the entire crop
ach year, as an annual yield of
talks covers three yearly crops.
hese stalks will now represent a
omce of revenue to the planter, ay
Lhe Cotton Stalk Bagging Compan
-ill pay about $'2 per tcn for the
It is estimated that the develop-1
ient of this new industry will put
svo million of dollars in the farmers'
ockets and represent a gross saving
>this country of about three nil
ons.Invetwve genius seems to be
1 smiling'agent that is to reward 1
i planter and end the bitter fight
ainst jute bagging, which has
rompted him, whether an Alliance
an or not, to send his cotton to
tal and Destructive Work of a Southern
;yclone...Many Iuildin, Destroyed and
lerslna Kiled.
A special from (ranburg. Texas,
vs: "A destructive cyclone visited
It Creek in the oa-tcrn portion of
)ok County a 1er ui o'C0'ca:Sunday
>rning. The beginnimg of serious
3uble was at the residence of Lee
aodes, twelve miles east of that
ace. There were about twenty per
ns in ths house when the cyclone
ruck it. Miss Cella Carmichael,
:ed seventeen years. was instantly hi
Iled, also Mwu y Carmichael, aged
Le year, anl a little baby of Mrs.
ibbs. Mrs. iaLjdi and her twelve
lar old (laugter, Nora, were seri
isly hurt and masy die. Mrs. Gibbes
id her oldest daughter are al:;o seri
isly injured. Other children in
ie house were bruised. At Fall
reek, a little farther south, John
.anley's house was wrecked and he I
as seriously injured. Charles Hous- 1
in's house was demolished and Mrs.
ushing was hurt. Mrs. Campbell's
>use was blown away. Mrs. Zerk
y's house was demolished and her
:m was broken in two places. Mr.
lung's house was blown down and
is wife and child were hurt. Mr.
kobertson's house was demolished
ad,Mrs Payne was hurt. Other
ouses wrecked are those f Alf. Mas
ay, L. McPeron, Woolcliffe and 31.
orooks. The damage to outhouses,
mces, crops and timber is very great.
t the little town of Octon four per
ons were killed and a number sen
usly injured. Many houses were
emolished in that vicinity. At
tobinseek, in Hood county, eight
ersons were killed, five of whom be
)ng to the family of George Griffin.
Lheavy hailstorm fell throughout this
ection doing immense damage to
rops. News from Graham, in Young
ounty, says a heavy hailstorm fell
here on Sunday. The hail comlpletely
uined crops and vegetation, wheat,
orn and oats beiag ruined."
The Approaching Nuptials
Miss Winie Davis is really to be
aarried to Mr. Alfred Wilkinson. of
yracuse. Mrs. Davis has so inform
d Colonel William H. Ross, of Ma
on, in a letter received by that gen
leman which reads as follows:
Dear Colonel Ross: Not that you
Tave not probably heard it, but my
dnd regard for you causes me to an
louice my daughter's engagement to
ffr. Alfred Wakinson, of Syracuse,
i. Y. I think the young couple have
very chance of happ:ness together.
ffy husband knew and liked him and
6ppreciated that a regard which had
misted nearly four years could not
>e uprooted. Send your good wishes
or her as she sails on her return
xome on the 10th of May. I hoped
;o join her there, but find I cannot do
With kind regards to Mrs. Ross
tnd a largo portion for yourself, I
un, faithfully yours,
V. Jrwasox D.mis.
Beauvoir House, May 1, 1890.
Southerners to Honor Union Graves
Hon. Hugh N. Washington, a
prominent Democratic lawyer of
51acon, Ga., has accepted an invita
ion from the Grand Army of the
Republic post of that city to make
the annual memorial address at the
lecoration of the Union soldiers'
graves at Hendersonvalle, this month.
The post has also invited the South
ern Cadets, a Democratic organiza
tion, to attend and fire a salute over
the graves of the men who wore the
blue. The colored military companies
of Macon have usually performed
this service.
Catarrh is a most disgusting ail
ment and yet many unnecessarily
suffer with the disease. They will
try local applications, which do no
good whatever, but fail to try such
constitutonal treatment as is afforded
by a use of B. B. B. (Botanic Blood
Balm,) which removes the mucous
poison in the blood and thus eradi
eates the cause of the disease.
N. C. Edwards, Tampassas Springs,
Tex., writes: "I was greatly annoyed
with eatarrh which impaired my
general health. The discharge from
my nose was very offensive, and I
used various advertised remedies
without benefit until finally the use
of B. B. B. entirely cured me. I am
proud to recommend a blood reme
1y with such powerful curative vir
B. C. Kinard & Son, Towaliga, Ga.,
write: "We induced a neighbor to
try B. B. B. for catarrh, which he
thought incurable as it had resisted
11l treatment. It delighted him and
~ontinuingits use he was cured sound
id well."
The Singer Factory Burnt.
ELuz.&rr', N. Y., May 8.-The en
ire western front of the Singer Sew
ng Machine factory, on First street,
our stories high, was gutted by last
ight's fire. The flames worked
:heir way to the main building, ex
ending along Trumbull street. elean
ng out the stock, needle, finishing,
djusting, and milling rooms. The
>attern department was also destroy
d, with the patterns therein. Fifty
housand finished machines and 18,
00,000 needles wore consumed. The
oss is estmnated at $2,000,000, fully
nsure~d by the Singer Company. All
york is suspended, and over 3,000
>peratives are listlessly gazing upon
he burned building. Work cannot
>e resumed under two months.
-Mr. John C. Mims, a resident of
)arlington county, S. C., committed
icide on Tuesday by shooting him
elf in the left side so that the ball
ierced his heart. A common revol
er was the weapon used. Mr.MXims
ras a married man, with several
Iildren. No reason can be given for
is deed.
-GeorgeZimmer,a farmer ofMays
ile, Ind., saturated the hides of his]
vo cows with kerosene oil to kill 1
rm, and afterwards took a red.
at iron and started to b)rand one oft
le cows, when in an instant the ani
alwas enveloped in flames. A
ampede followed. The burning
w mingled with the rest of the herd
itil all eight of them were a mass
flames. They rushed into a barn
tting fire to it. A hay stack was
~xt ignited and consumed, and pan
muonium reigned. The barn was
ved. When all was over it was
und that the vermin were dead
d so were the cows.
-The grounds on which the White 8
ouse now stanas were once the
chard of David Burns. an old Scotch n
rmer, whose cabin still stands in t
Lely obscurity a few squares back p~
m the Executive Ma.nsion. It is i'
id that Washington, when engaged l
lay' ing out, the city. had many a t]
ig and bitter quarrel with Burns t]
foro he could pecrsua~de the old man a,
sell his land, even though it would P
used in future for the home of the m
pine straw covering at an actual
aSs of something like a dollar and a
arter a bale.
It will not stain cotton as the pine
;raw did, and from tests has been
)und les3 inflammable than the jute.
One of the spectators put in when
;s various favorable features were
eing commented on that the great
it had not been mentioned-it is
iade at home of home products.
It does sound too good to be true
hat the cotton stalk which has had
:be removed either by burning, pul
ig up or beating down and plough
ig wider is to be a source of income
i the planter. He will harvest his
talks and cart them to the railroad,
eceiving in return funds or bagging,
nd at a time when his teams and
ands are idle.
"I would rather have perfected that
>rocess than be President," was the
nthusiastie remark of another spec
Mr. Jackson was sought by a
hronicle reporter for some inside
lata, but found. that, beyond the
act of feeling assured of the suc
,ess of his work, he had no schedule
>f procedure mapped out.
Augusta would be the headquar
;ers of the new company, and the
ffices and main fastory would be
ere. The decorticating machines
will be placed in sections of the
:ountry convenient to the mill, and
the Aber will be there prepared,
baled and shipped to the looms for
weaving. The ordinary water or
steam power used to our gins will
operate the fibermachine. The roots
of the plant are used along with the
stalk. When the fiber comes out
it is a bright russit color. The jute
people he saw in the North said
nothing to him further than one par
ty asking him to bring his sample
around and exhibit it to some of the
officers. He will, in his plans, lool:
to keeping it a free Southern indus
try, untrammeled by pools, and let
the farmers look on it as it really is,
the one thing desired to make them
independent. He trusts to having
each section interested in the near
est mill and the fiber preparing sta
Augusta is getting to be the Mecca
of the farmer. It was Augusta that
first took a decisive stand in regard
to the bagging qestion, and Augus
ta mill men and cotton men placed
themselves on record as friends of the
cotton planter by agreeing to the 10
cents reduction when the cotto?
eloth bagging was decided on to meet
the autocratic position of the juto
trust. Now somes Augusta with tbe
cotton stalk bagging.
Through the industry and persE
verance of Mr. Jackson, Augusta has
certainly been placed in a favorable
light as a. claimant for the cotton
planters'favor, and when she pushes
to the front still further-probably
as the frst inland cotton market J
the United States-to Mr. Jackson in
a large measure the advancement of
her cotton interest will be due.
He is being congratulated on all
The Author of M'Ginty.
The man who envolved from his
teeming brain the ballad which nar
rates the tumbles taken by Dan Mo
Ginty is probably at the present me
ment the most talked about of the
minor poets of America, says the Ro
chester Democrat end Chronicle. "Down
Went McGinty" has arrived at the du' -
nity of being "the" gag of the day. S
whon the reporter was informed th.b'
Joe Flynn, the undoubted autho. o
the miost popular song of the se.ason
was singing it daily and nightJy at a
local theater, down went the: wniter to
the bottom of the hall that i connects
the upper tier of dressing-ropmis at the
operi-house and found himself in the
awful presence of the origina; McGinty,
who was engaged in extri bting hima
self from~ his .grease .pa'~t prepara
tory to donning "his ~et suit of
Mr. Flynn a a good-loking, clack
haired anid b.ack-eyed young fellow.
who tiAes the success of7 his muse in
the most philosophic and. modest mans
ner. Of the origin of the famous son:g
he said: "If you ever lyeard the story
of the Irishman who was successfidy
carried in ahod to the' to p of a seveui
story building' by afriend, as the re
sult of a bet that the feat could not bea
successfully accomplished, and who re
marked on paying over the money.
'Well, Pat, ye won faii-ly, but when
yrfoot slip at the sixth fioar, be
jabers, I hope!' yous know what
suggested the first verse of the song. If
you ever heard the air of, the old song
about the old man who had a wooden
leg, and who 'had no to~bacey in his old
tobaccy box,' you can 'guess where the
suggestion for the tune came from. I
wrote the song some tune last Apr0J
and did not think very much of it.
while my partner, Mr. Sheridan here,
thought nothing of it at all, We tried
it on for the first time at .the Provi
dence opera-house. That important
event took place on the evening of May
* last. The song caught on at once.
and we, and, as far as I can see, every
song-and-dance man, have been sing
Ing it ever since. I suppose it took me
about half an hour to write the song
after I had got the chorus in my head
Copper Brads in Shoes.
'Do you see these large copper bradi
in the sole of my shoe?" aske a g'en
tleman of the St. Louis Republic's Man~
About Town. as he held up to view t:he
sole of one of his shoes. On being
answered in the affirmative he said:
"To these simple brads alone I attri
bute my present good health. For
years I was an invalhd, subject to dys
popsia, neuralgia, headache, and othez
innumerable pains, and traveled the
country over in search of health. In
traveling out west among the Indian
tribes I was struck with their remark-.
able health, and expecially their ex
emption from the maladies that afflict
d me and also with the fact that the
strongest and healthiest went bare
footed altogether. I soughbt an expla
nation of the matter and by coatinued
abservation and study was~ finally led
to the eonclusion that the achos and
pains to which civilized nian is heir are
awing to the manner in which we in
ulato our bodies from Mother Earth.
Sience is every day more clearly de
monstrating that electricity is the
vitaizing constituent of our* bodies and
that this globe of ours is a mig~hty bat
tery, continually generating' and dis
sharging electricity. Now, 'i reasoned,
i this was corrs.-t the secret of the In
ian's health was in his Lbar,. feet,which
Ixposed his whole body to the vitalia
ig ininenoc of the electrical earth cur
rnts; while my ill health was attribut,
ible to my feet being insulated fLe:n
;hese currents. Acting on this hypothe
d I sought to restore the broken coa.
section by inserting these hra~ds in the
oles of my shoes.and the result.I mumi
ay, was astonishing. My feet, wvhiet
ormerly were neaTy, always cold. sont
ecame warm and moist; my heal t
sommenced shortly to imiprove, and in
Sfew months I was entireiy relieved us
hll my pains, and hiate ever since en
Sed good health. It is a very simple
and easily tested, and I feel sure
v benefit any one afilicted as.

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