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Sermons by Rev. Dr..Talmage on
Small Annoyances.
They Test Christian Fortitude
and Patience. The Lesson
of Trivial Irritations.
This..sermon by Dr.- Talmage deals
with t subject which appeals to all
classes and conditions of men. His
text is Deuteronomy vii, '20, "The Lord
thy God will send the hornet."
It seems as if the insectile nrld
were determined to extirpate the 'au
man race. It bombards the graintields
and the orchards and the vineyards.
The Colorado beetle, the Nebraska
grasshopner, the New Jersey locust, the
universal potato beetle, seem to carry
on the work which was begun ages ago
when the insects buzzed out of Noah's
ark as the door was opened.
In my text the hornet flies out on its
mission. 't is a species of wasp, swift
in its -vtuon and vi->lent in its sting.
Its touch is torture to man or beast.
We bave all seen the cittle run bellow
ing under the cut of its lanet. In boy
hood we used to stand cautiously look
ing at the globular nest hung from the
tree branch, and while we were looking
at the wonderful covering we were
struck with something that sent us
shrieking away. The hornet goes in
swarms. It has captains >ver hundreds,
and 20 of them alighting on one man
will produce certain death.
- The Persians attempted to conquer a
Christian city. but the elephants and
-,the beasts on which the Persians rode
were assaulted by the hornet, so that
the whole army was broken up, and the
besieged city was rescued. This burn
ing and noxious insect stung out the
Hittites and the Canaanites from their
country. What gleaming sword and
chariot of war could not accomplish
was done by the puncture of an insect.
"The Lord sent the hornet."
My friends, when we are-assaulted
by great behemoths of trouble we be
come chivalric, and we assault them.
We get on the high mettled steed of
our courage, and we mnake a cavalry
charge at them, and if God be with us
we come out stronger and better than
when we went in. But alas for these
insectile annoyances of life, these foes
too small to shoot, these things without
any avoirdupois weight, the gnats and
the midges and the flies and the wasps,
abd the hornets! In other words, it is
the small stinging annoyances-of our
life which drive us out and use us up.
In the best conditioned life for some
grand and glorious purpose God has sent
the hornet.
L I remark, inthe first place, that these
amall stinging annoyances may come in
the shape of a nervous organization.
People who are prostrated undertyphoid
fevers-or with broken bones get plently
of sysmpathy, but who pities anybody
that is nervous? The doctors say and
the family say and everybody says,
"Oh, she's only a little nervous; that's
all!" The sound of a heavy foot, the
harsh clearing of a throat, a discord in
music, a want of harmony between the
shawl and the glove on the same person
a curt answer, a passing slight, the wind
the from the east, any one of ten
thousand annoyences, opens the door
for the hornet. The fact is that the
vast majority of'the people in this coun
try are overworked, and their nerves
are the first to give out. A great mul
titude are under the strain of Leyden,
who, when he was t dd by his physician
that if he did not stop working while
he was in such poor physical health he
would die, responded, "Doctor, whether
I live or die, the wheel must k'eep going
round." These sensitive persons of
whom I speak have ableeding sensitive
ness. The flies love to light on any
thing raw, and these people are like
the Canaanites spoken of in the text or
in the context-they have a very thin
covering and are vul'nerable at all
points. ,,"And the Lord sent the hor
Again, the small insect annoyances
may come to us in the shape of friends
and acquaintances who are always say
ing disagreeable things. There are
some people you cannot be with for half
an hour but you feel cheered and comn
-forted. Then tht re are other people
you cannot be with for five minutes
before you feel miserable. 'lbh y do
not mean to disturb yourbut they sting
you to the bone. They gather up all
the yarn which the gossips spin and re
tail it. They gather up all the adverse
criticisms about your person, about
your business, about your home, about
your church, and they make your ear
the funnel into which they pour it.
They laugh heartily when they tell you,
as though it were a good joke, and you
laugh, too-outside.
These people are brought to our at
tention in the Bible, in the book of
Ruth. Naomi went forth beautifui
and with the finest worldly prospects
into another land, but after awhile she
came back widowed and sick and poor1.
What did her friends do when she came
to the city? They all went out, and in.
stead of giving her con mon sense con
solation what did they do? Read the
book of tuth and find out. They threw
up their hands and said, "Is this
Naomi?" as much as to say. "How
awful bad you do look!" When I en
tered the ministry, I looked very pale
for years, and every year, for four or
five years, many times a year I was
asked if I had not consumption, and,
passing through the room, I would
sometimes hear people sigh and say,
"A-ah, not long for this world!" I re
solved in those times that I never in
any conversation would say anything
depressing, and by the help of God I
have kept the resolution. These peo
ple of whom I speak reap and bind in
the great harvest field of discourage
-ment. Some day you greet them with
a hilarious "Good morning," and they
come buzzing at you with some depress
ing information. "The Lord sent the
It is astonishing how some people
prefer to write and to say disagreeable
hings. That was the case when Henry
M. Stanley returned after his magnific
ent exploit of finding David Livings
tone. When Mr. Stanley st.ood before
the savants of Europe and many of the
small critics of the day, under pretense
of getting geographical information, put
to him most insolent questions, he
folded his arms and refused to answer.
At the very time when you would sup
pose all decent men would hive ap.
plauded the heroism of the man there
were those to hiss. 'The Lord sent
the hornet." And when afterward that
man sat down on the western coast of
Africa, sick and worn out, with perhaps
the grandest achievement of the age in
the way of geographical discovery, there
were small critics all over the world
to buzz and buzz and caricature and de
ride him, and when after awhile he got
the London papers, as he opened themn
out flewthe hornet. When I see that
there are so many pa)pic in world
who like to say disagnecabit things and
write disagreeable things, I coMe al
most in my weaker moments to believe
what a man said to me in Philadelphia
one 3Monday morning. I went to
get the horse at the livery stable,
and the hostler, a plain man, said
to me, "31r. Talmage, I saw
that you preached to the young men
yesterday.- I said. "Yes." He said:
"No use, no use. Man's a failure."
The small insect annoyances of life
sometimes come in the shape of local
physical trouble which does not amount
to a positive prostration, but which
botLers you when you, ant to fe il the
best. Perhaps it is a sick headache
which has been the plague of your life,
and you appointsome occasion of mirth
or sociality or usefullness, and when the
clock s-rikes the hour you cannot make
your appearance. Perhaps the trouble
is between the ear and the forehead in
the shape of a neuralgic twig. Nobody
can see it or sympathize with it, but
just at the time when you want your
intellect clearest and your disposition
brightest you feel a sharp, keen. dis
concernina thrust. "The Lord sent
the hornet."
Perhaps these small-insect annoyan
ces will come in the shape of a domes
tie irritation. The parlor and the kit
chen do not always harmonize. To get
good service and to keep it is one of the
great questions of the country. Some
times it ma; be the arrogance and in
considerateness of emplovers: but,
whatever be the fact, we all ad= it there
are these insect annoyances winging
their way out from the culinary depart
ment. If te grace of God be not in
the heart of the housekeeper, she can
not maintain her equilibrium. The
men come home at night and hear the
story of hese annoyances and say, "Oh,
these home troubles are very little
thins!" They are small, small as
wasps. but they sting. Martha's ner
ves were all unatruag when she rushed
ia askirg Christ to scold Mary, and
there are tens of thousands of women
who are dying, stung to death by these
pestiferous domestic annoyances. "The
Lore sent the hornet."
These small isect disturbances may
also come in the shape of business irri
tations. There are men here who went
through the 24th of September, 1869,
and the panics of 1873 and of 1893 with
out-losing their balance who are every
day unhorsed by little annoyances-a
clerk's ill manners, or a blot of ink on a
bill of lading, or the extravagance of a
partner who overdraws his account, or
the underselling by a business rival, or
the whispgring of store coifidences in
the street, or the making of some little
bad debt which was against your judge
ment; but you wanted to please some
body else.
It is not the panics that kill the mer
chants. Panics come only once in 10 or
20 years. It is the constant din of these
everyday annoyances which is sending
so many of our best merchants into ner
vous dyspepsia and paralysis and the
grave. When our national commerce
fell flat on its face, these men stood up
and felt almost defiant, but their life is
going away now under -the swarm of
these pestiferous annoyances. "The
Lord sent the hornet."
I have noticed in the history of some
of my congregation that their annoyan
ces are multiplying and that they have
a hundred where they used to have ten.
The naturalist tells us that a wasp
sometimes has a family of 20,000 wasps,
and it does seem as if every annoyance
of your life brooded a million. By the
help of God, today I want to show you
the other side. The hornet is of no
use? Oh, yes! The naturalist tells us
they are very important in the world's
economy. They kill spiders, and they
clear the atmosphere. And Ireally be
lieve God sends the annoyances of our
life upon us to kill the spiders of the
soul and to clear the atmosphere of our
These annoyances are sent on us, I
think, to wake us up from our lethagy.
There is nothing that makes a man so
lively as a nest of "yellow jackets," and
I think that these annoyances are in
tended to persuade us of the fact that
this is not a world for us to stop in.
If we had a bed of everything that was
attractive and soft and easy, what
would we want of heaven? We think
that the hollow tree sends the hornet,
or we may think that the devil sends
the hornet. I want to correct your
opinion. "The Lord sent the hor
Then I think these annoyances come
on us to cultivate our patience. In the
gymnasium you find upright pr rallel
bars with holes over each other for pegs
to be put in. Then the gymnast takes
a peg in each hand, and he begins to
dlimb, one inch at a time or two inches,
and getting his strength cultivated,
reaihes after a while the ceiling. And
it seems to me that these annoyances
in life are a moral gymnasium, each
worriment a peg with which we are to
climb higher and higher in Christian
attainment. We all love to see pati
ence, but it cannot be cultivated in
fair weather. Patience is a child of
the storm. If you had everything de
sirable and there was nothing more to
get, what would you 'vant with pati
ence? The only time to cultivate it is
when you are lied about and sick and
half dead.
"Oh." you say, "if I only had the
circumstances of some well to do man I
would be patient too." You might as
well say, "If it were not for this water,
I would swim'." or. "I could shoot this
gun if it were not for the cartridge."
When you stand chin deep in annoyan
ces is the time for you to swim out to
ward the great headlands of Christian
attainment, so as to "know Christ and
the power of his resurrection and to
have fellowship with his sufferings."
Nothing but the furnace will ever
burn out of us the clinker and the
slag. I have formed this theory in re
gard to small annoyances and vexations.
It takes just so much trouble to fit us
for usefulness and for heaven. The
only question is whether we shall take
it in the bulk or puiverized and garnu
lated. Here is one man who takes it
in the bulk. His back is broken or his
eyesight put out, or some other awful
calamity befalls him, while the vast
majority of people take the thing
piecemeal. Which way would you rath
er have it? Of course, in piecemeal.
Better have five aching teeth than one
broken jaw: better 10 fly blisters than
an amputation, better 20 squalls than
one cyclone. Ther'e may be a difference
of opinion as to allopathy and homueo
pahy, but in this matter of trouble I
like homeopathic doses, small pellets
of annoyance rather than some knock
down dose of calamity. Instead of the
thunderbolt give us the hornet, If you
have a bank, you would a great deal
rather that 50 men would come in with
checks less than $100 than to have two
depositors come in the same day, each
wanting his $10. 000. In this latter
ase you cough and look down to the
floor and you look up to the ceiling be
'ore you look into the safe. Now, my
friends, would you not rather have
these small drafts of annoyrnee on yo-Ir
bak of faith than some all staggering
demand upon your endurance? But re
noyancec equally re(juire you to trtUst in
Christ for succor and fcx deliverance
from impatience and irritability.
"Thou wilt keep lim in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on thee."
In the village of Hainelin, tradition
says, there was an invasion of rats, and
these small creatures almost devoured
the town and threatened the lives of the
population; and the story is that a
piper came out one day and played a
very sweet tune, and all the vermia *o1
lowed Weser, and then he blew a blast,
ani they dropped in attd disappeared for
ever. Of course, this is a fable, but I
wish I could on the sweet flute of the
Gospel draw forth all the nibbling and
burrowing annoyances of your life and
play them down into the depths forev
How many touches did Mr. Church
give to his picture of "Cotopaxi" or
his "Heart of the Andes?" I suppose
about 50,000 touches. I hear the: can.
vas saving: "Why do you keep me
trembling with that pencil so long? Why
don't you put it on in one dash?"
"No," says Mr. Church; "I know how
to make a painting. It will take 50,
000 of these toucihesi." And I want you
my friends, to understand that it is
these ten thousand annoyances which,
under God, are making up the picture
of your life, to be hung at last in the
galleries of heaven, fit for angels to
look at, God knows how to make a
I go into a sculptor's studio and see
him shaping a statue. He has a chisel
in one hand and a mallet in the other,
and he gives a very gentle stroke
click, click, click! I say, "Why don't
you strike hardei?" Oh, he replies.
"that would shatter the statue. I can't
do it that way. I must do it this way."
So hd works on, and after awhile the
features come out, and everybody that
enters the studio is charmed and fasci
nated. Well, God has your soul under
process of development, and it is the
little annoyances and vexations of life
that are chiseling out your immortal
nature. It is click, click, click! I
wonder why some great providence does
not come and with one stroke prepare
you for heaven. Ah, no! God says that
is not the way, and so he keeps on by
strokes of little vexations until at last
you shall be a glad spectacle for angels
and for men.
You know that a large' fortune may
be spent in small change, and a vast
amount of mnral character may go av't'
in small depletions. It is the li:
troubles of life that are havihg more
feet upon you than great ones. A
swarm of locusts will kill a grainfl.idd
sooner than the incursion of three or
four cattle. You say, "Since I lost my
child, since I lost my property, I have
been a different man." But you do not
recognize the architecture of little an
noyances that are hewing, digging, cut
ting, shaping, splitting and interjoin
ing your moral qualities. Rats may
sink a ship. One lucifer match may
send destruction through a block of
storehouses. Catherine de'Medici got
her death from smelling a poisonous
rose. Coluambus, by stopping and ask
ing for a piece of bread and a drink of
water at a Franciscan convent, was led
to the discovery of a new world. And
there is an intimate connection between
trifles and immensities between noth
ings and everythings.
Now, be careful to let none of those
annoyances go through your soul unar
rainged. Compel them to administer to
your spiritual wealth. The scratch of a
sixpenny nail sometimes produces lock
jaw, and the clip of a most infinitesi
mal annoyance may damage you forever.
Do not let any annoyance or perplexity
come across your soul without its mak
ing you better.
Our national government wvhen it
wanted money did not think it belittl
ing to put a tax on pins and a tax on
buckles and a tax on shoes. The indi
vidual taxes do not amount to much,
but in the aggregate to millions and
millions of dollars. And I would have
you, 0 Christian man, put a high tariff
on every annoyance and vexation that
comes through your soul. This might
not amount to much in single cases, but
in the aggregate it would be a great
revenue of spiritual strength and satis
faction. A be. can suck honey even
out of a nettle, and if you have the
grace of God in your yeart you can get
sweetness out of that which would oth
erwise irritate and annoy.
A returned missionary told me that
a compacy of adventurers rowing up
the Ganges were stung to death by flies
that infest that region at certi.in sea
sons. The earth has been strewed with
the carcasses of men slain by insect an
noyances. The only way to get prepar
ed for the great troubles of life is to
conquer these small troubles. What
would you say of a soldier who refused
to load his gun or to go into the conflict
because it was only a skirmish, saying:
"I am not going to expend my ammuni
tion on a skirmish. Wait until there
comes a general engagement, and then
you will see how courageous I am and
what battling I will do?" The general
would say to such a man, "If you are
not faithful in a skirmish, you would
be nothing in a general engagement."
And I have to tell you, 0 Christian
men, if you cannot apply the principles
of Christ's religion on a small scale you
will never be able to apply them on a
larger scale. If I had my way with
you, I would have you possess all pos
sible worldly prosperity. 1 would have
you each one a garden, a river flowing
through it, geraniums and shrubs on
the sides and the grass and flowers as
beautiful as though the rainbow had
fallen. I would have you a house, a
splendid mansion, and the beds should
be covered with upholstery dipped in
the setting sun. I would have every
hall in your house set with statues and
statuettes, and then I would have the
four quarters of the globe pour in all
their luxuries on your table, and you
should have forks of silver and knives
of gold, inlaid with diamonds and ame
thysts. Then you should each one of
you have the finest horses and your pick
of the quipages of the world. Then I
would have you live 150 years, and you
should not have a pain or an ache until
the last breath.
"Not each one of us?" you say. Yes.
each one of you. "Not to your ene
mies?" Yes. The only difference I
would make with them would be that I
would put a little extra gilt on their
walls and a little extra embroidery on~
their slippers. But, you siay, "'Wny
does not God give us all these things?"
Ahi! I bethink myself IIe is wi'er.
It would make fools and sluggards of us
if we had our way. No man puts his
best picture in the portico or vestibule
of his house. God meant this world to
be only the vestibule of heaven, that
great gallery of the universe toward
which we are aspiring. We must not
have it too good in this world, or we
would want no heaven.
Polycarp was condemned to be burn
ed to death. The stake was planted.
He was fastened to it. The fagots vvere
placed around him, the rires kindled,
but history tells us that the flames bent
outward like the canvas of a ship in a
stout breeze, so that the flames, instead
of destroying Polycarp, were only a wall
between him and his enemies. They
poniard. The flames would not touch
him. Well, my hearer, I want ycu to
understand that by God's grace the
flames of trial, instead of consuming
your soul, are only going to be a wall of
defense and a canopy of blessing. God
is going to fulfill to you the blessings
and the promises, as he did to Polyearp.
"When thou walkest through the fire,
thou shalt not be burned." Now you
do not understand, but you shall know
hereafter. In heaven you will bless
God even for the hornet.
A Good S'ory of His: Recent New
York Experience.
A good story about Gov. MeSwee
neey's visit to New York recently,
which has so far escaped the newspa
pers, has leaked out in the last few days,
and it serves to show the manner of
man South Carolina's Governor is.
The incident occurred on the day be
fore the naval parade. The Governor,
accompanied by his little son and Cols.
Wilson, Folk, Redding, Maulding and
Watson of his staff had just left the
cotton exchange and had reached
"newspaper row," bound for the bridge
to go over to the navy yard, when just
at the Pulitzer building corner they
came across a great crowd of newsboys
of the "cent-a-world" variety, getting
their supplies of the big afternoon edi
tion just issued.
The Governor saw the crowd of urch
ins. He exclaimed, "Ah, that is what
I was once. Just look at them; Miles,
come here, son, I want to show you
what your father was when he was
your size." Reaching back and catch
ing his boy's hand it was only a second
or two before the Governor had forced
his way into the heart of the crowd of
yelling, scuffling newsboys. He talked
with them and when they found out
who he was and that he had once been
one of the "clan," they rallied around
him and the Governor's face was all
smiles. He bought as many papers as
he could carry and CA. Folk, who got
down in the crowd, did likewise. The
boys gave the Governor an ovation in
their own demonstrative way and be
fore he could be extricated from his
admiring host of newsboys enthusiasts
the police had to go to his aid and clear
a way out of it for him.
There was no incident Jf his trip to
Iq metiopolis that Gov. McSweeney
!joyed more thoroughly than this. It
recalled to his mind many memories of
the past and when in the crowd he
really seemed to be a newsboy again
Man Who Slet His Wife's Insulter
to be Freed.
Gov. McSweeney Wednesday com
muted to two years the life sentence of
William Franks, a young white man
convicted of manslaughter in Laurens
county nearly two years ago. This
means that Franks will be discharged
in February.
From all the evidence, the state
ments of the judge and the jury and all
those familiar with the case, it seems
strange that the man was ever convicted.
The victim, Mason Clark, grossly in
sulted the y oung wife of Franks,.making
an improper proposal to her. When
she went to Franks and told him of it
he wished te kill Clark forthwith, but
was dissuaded by the-appeals of his wife.
Franks and his wife had been living at
Clark's house; they were abont to leave
and the matter was being discussed be
tween the two men, when an alterca
tion occurred and Mason was killed.
Judge Buchanan recommended that
a pardon be given at the expiration of
two years of the term. Eleven of the
jurors signed the petition for a pardon,
certifying that there was grave doubt
as to which of the men fired first, and
adding that there would have been no
conviction save for the lapse of time
between the deed and the receipt of the
information by Franks as to the insult.
The jurors regarded the provocation
very great.
Ex- Senator Irby and ex-Congressman
Shell wrote the governor strong per
sonal letters in behalf of the man, and
stated that his wife and enildren were
sadly in need of his support and pro
The governor, before acting, had the
prisoner brought up to his office and
talked with him. He was fully satisfied
that Franks simply acted in defense of
his wife's honor, and the commutation
was forthwith granted.--The State.
After County Officials.
The State sinking fund commission,
in view of the numerous cises of ir
regularities and shortages in county
official's tax collection accounts, has
determined to go after the treasurers,
auditors and sheriffs interested in a
thorough and systematic manner and
endeavor to have all such cases straight
ened out at the earliest possible mo
ment. Already the papers in several
cases have been placed in the attorney
ceneral's hands for such action as he
may deem proper. The following circu
lar lpt.r prepared and sent out Friday
to otiieiais eunerned indicates how the
conmmission proposes to go about its
By certain reports of N. W. Brooker,
field agent of the sinking fund conmmis
sion, there appear to be nmuy irreg
ularities in the books and accounts of
county officers relating to the collec
tion of taxes which may result in great
loss to the State and ecunty.
The commission, by recent action,
has determined to make vigorous ef
forts to adjust these matters. The field
agent states that he (has or will) serve
you with notice of certain shortages
and irregularities in which you are in
I respectfully ask your cooperation
in the effort to adjust these matters
without further delay.
-Mr. Brooker has instructions to ar
range for a meeting with you and all
others concerned at your county court
house at an early day for the adjust
ment of thes;e matters.
Your prompt attention and action is
most earnestly requested.
Very respectfully,
SQeetary of State.
The Same Old Story.
A Negro named Lanham, living 6n
the farm of S. T. Weyman, r:ear Pel
ham's Mill, Greenville County, went to
the field Wedneday morning with his
wife to pick cotton, leaving his two lit
tle children fastened up in his house.
The house is near the river, and Lan
ham was afraid the children would get
out and wander into the stream. About
acon the house was burning, and before
any one could reach the building it was
in full blaze. The two children could
not get oumt and both were burned to a
crisp. It is supposed that the children
started the fire -News and Courier.
A New Crank.
Kansas has a new crank in the per
son of W. K. Reeme, who advances the
dynamiting of saloons, distilleries and
breweries and the lynching of corrupt
Makes the food more del
Young Woman Ravished by Num
ber of Black Savages.
The Law Will Take Them Speed
ily to the Gallows. Shocking
Story of Bruta!ity. Carried
to Columbia.
A horrible crime was committed in
Darlington county, near Lamar, Mon
day afternoon, for which at least three
Negroes will pay the penalty *ith their
lives. Two of them are now in jail,
aud if there is no attempt to lynch them
made before court convenes two weeks
from now, they will be convicted with
out a doubt and hanged, for they have
corfessed the commission of the black
est crime that has ever darkened the
fair name of Darlington. If the other
party is caught he will doubtless be
spared the suspense of waiting two
weeks to meet his doom.
The details of the crime are too hor
rible to be published, but they have
been told over and over again all over
Darlington county Monday. It is
sufficient to say a highly respectable
young lady of Lamar has suffered at
the hands of several black brutes, and
she now lies in a dangerous condition
fearfully mangled and bruised. The
two Negroes who are now in jail admit
the commission of their fearful deed
and say that it was accomplished only
after a terrible struggle with their vic
tim and only after they had choked her
into insensibility, and that when they
left her they thought her dead. Two
of them only were present, the others
having gone away and had not gotten
back in time to take part in the deed as
was their intention.
One of the black brutes now in the
cuatody of Sheriff Scarborough bears on
his clothing stains of blood from his vic
tim, and this Negro now owes his life to
the tact and skill of the deputies who
secreted him from an angry mob and
earried him to Darlington through the
swamps under cover of the darkness.
The people are aroused for miles around
and justly so. The third Negro, one of
those who as4aulted the unfortunate
girl, has not yet been captured, bat he
will be if he is in Darlington county,
and if he happens to fall into the hands
of any of the present searching party
his hours of life will be but few more.
A dispatch from Columbia says one
of the principals in the Lamar outrage
affair--Edward Luckie, and four Ne
groes charged with being accessories
to the foul crime in that they stood by
and saw the deed committed and did
not offer to interfere, arc now within
the walls of the South Carolina peniten
tiary for safe keeping. The four ac
cessories are Jim Washington, Daniel
and Ed Mack and Lucius Stuart-an
aggregation of ugly looking, sullen Ne
groes, who look like Georgia turpentine
The other principal, who is at large,
is very black: is about 18 years old, has
a broad forehead; has high wide cheek
bones; has a scar over his left eye, and
his clothing was spattered with mud
when last seen. When last heard from
he was fleeing toward Timmonsville.
The sheriff never expects to ges hold of
him if he is run down anywhere in this
section of the countly.
Preparations Being Made for the Cen
tennial of Washington's Death.
It is not generally known among
those beyond the pale that America's
greatest President was a member of the
Masonic order, but the fact is true
nevertheless, and what is more, he was
not 21 years of age when initiat ad into
the -brotherhood, although he had
reached his majority before he was pass
ed to the fellow craft degree.
Just in what manner the illustrious
man succeeded in being admitted to
the order before his 21st birthday is not
revealed by this historian. At the age
of 56 Washington was a charter mem
br of the Alexandria-Washington
lodge, and in the same year he consid
eredl it an honor to accept and faithful
ly fill the office of worshipful master of
the lodge. During this time he heid
his membership in his mother lodge at
During his entire life Washington
ever showed a devotion to the cause of
Masonry and Masons. ft was the feel
ing of vencration for the Mason and for
the man that aed the Grand Lodge of
Colorado to suggest a fitting observanc3
of the date of his passing into the eter
nal lodge ibove. The Virginia lodge
was requested to take charge of the
A committee ot prominent Masons
from Virginia and the District of Co
lumbia have met in Washington to dis
cuss the proposed exercises in comme
moration for the certennary of the
death of George Washington. A grand
banquet and reception will be given on
Deemrber 14th at Mount Vernon and
in W\ashingtonl.
Thne intention is to make this banquet
one of the most successful affairs in the
history of Masonry. At the banquet
all Masons and their wives will be wel
come, and the Grand Masons and dis
tinguished Masons from all parts of the
United States will be present. It is
expected that President McKinley, who
is a Mason of high rank, will deliver
the address at Mount Vernon, and also
receive with the distinguished Masons
at the banquet.
Race Troubles.
The operatives of the Oxford Knitt
ing Mills, at Barnesvilles, Ga., one of
the largest manufacturing of that city,
struck on Saturday morning last be
cause of the placing of a Negro man at
work among the white employees. The
Negro was placed in the mill by W. M.
Howard, the manager. For aboui
eight months three other Fegroes have
been working at the mill, but in depart
ments shut out from the view of the
Iwhite men and women. The mill has
clse down u ntil the trouble is settled.
icious and wholesome
Endless Chain Scheme Proposed By
3iss Edna McClellan.
The New York Journal says: "Rear
Admiral Schley may well count Miss
Edna McClellan among his very warm
friends and supporters, and if her plan
succeeds he will have something sub.
stantial to be grateful for.
Miss McClellan, who is young and
pretty, and the daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. J. Weller McClellan of No. 105
West Seventh street, was much im
pressed by the tremendous applause for
Admiral Schley in the Dewey day pa
She decided that Admiral Schley
should have a house in Washington, -as
well as Admiral Dewey. She saw no
reason why Schley's admirers should
not come forward with their dollars and
dimes. She returned to her home and
laid out a plan for the work which has
just been begun. She has started end
less chains to raise dimes. Subscrip
tions in all amounts will be gratefully
Miss McClellan will ask Gov. Roose
velt and Miss Helen Gould to be mem
bers of the committee to control the
fund. She will ask the assistance of
President McKinley and members of
his cabinet, and will go to Washington.
if necessary, to seek the aid of Repre
sentatives of congress.
She is very busy writing endless
chain letters to be sent to all parts of
the country. She is very confident of
Schley's admirers are legion, she
knows. She feels like all his friends,
that he has never received due credit
from his government for the splendid
victory off Santiago, and she believes
they will welcome an opportunity to
show their appreciation by substantial
contributions to this fund.
.Miss McClellan has not considered
the price of the residence to be pur
chased nor the location, but she is con
fident that this present from the peo
ple of the nation will be worthy of his
position as a great naval commander.
Fair.Week Rates.
The rates for the State fair of South
Carolina, to be held in Columbia Nov.
6th-10th, have been announced as fol
The Southern Passenger association
has.granted rates to Columbia, S. C.,
on account of the State fair, Nov. 6th
to 10th, 1899, from all points in the
State of South Carolina, also from
Asheville, Charlotte, Wilmington, N.
C., Augusta and Savannah, Ga., and
intermediate stations at tne following
A rate of one first class fare for the
round trip, plus 50 cents for admzission
to the fair grounds. Tickets for the
general public, limited to continuous
passageein both directions to be sold
daily Nov. 4th to 10th inclusive, with
final limit Nov. 13th, 1S99, and for
fair officials and stock men only at the
same rate Nov. 2nd and 3d, on presenta
tion of certificates signed b~y Thos. W.
Holloway, secretary State Agricultural
and Mechanical socinty.
Also rates embraced in the followieg
table, which include 50 cents eor admnis
sion to the fair grounds; tickets at such
rates to be sold Nov. 7th, 8th and 9th,
with final limit Nov. 11, 1899:
10 miles and under...... ...$ 85
11 miles and under 13........ 90
15 miles and under 20........1.00
20 miles and under 30...... .1.20
:30 miles and under 40.. .... .1.40
40 miles and under 50.... ...1.60
50 miles and under 60.......1.80
60 miles and under 70 . .... .. 2.00
70 miles and under 80.... ....2 20
80 miles and under 90. ...... ..2.40
90 miles and under 100.. ...... 2.60
100 miles and under 110........2.80
110 miles and under 120.. ......3.00
120 miles and under 130... ..... 3.20
130 miles and under 140... ..... 3.40
140 miles and under 150... ..... 3.60
150 miles and under 160 ......... 3.80
160 miles and under 170 ... .. ... 4 00
170 miles and under 180S.. ..... 4.20
180 miles and under 190.. ....... 4.40
190 miles and under 200.. ....... 4.60
Counterfeit Money.
The Atlanta Constitution gives an
account of the capture of a couinterfit
ing outfit within three miles of that
city. The "den"' contained "a stock of
spurious coins, plating apparatus with
which to make counterfeit coin, as well
as silver." The Constitution says:
"This raid and capture, believed to b~e
one of the best and most important that
has recently occurred in the South, has
solved the mystery of the counterfeit
silver with which the city has been pe
riodically flooded since last March.
For seven or eight months a lot of
counterfeit silver dollars and half dol
lars have been floated over the city, and
the spurious money was pron~ounced the
best that had ever been put in circula
tion. The money, while a trifle light
er than the good coin, had a genuine
rinlg when dropped upon the floor. In
fact, there were few except the experts
who could tell the money was counter
teit without a very close inspection."
Bold Bank Robbers.
Three masked robbers entered the
bank at Sevierville. Tenn., Friday
morning and attempted to rob the vault,
contain-ng considerable money. Presi
dent William Macmahon threw his loose
money into the safe and seized a gun.
His first shot killed the leader of the
robbers, Pearl Thurman. The assistant
cashier, John Marshall, rushed out of
a side door and shot two of the robbers'
horses. Calderick, one of the robbers.
was arrested after being wounded. Will
Derrick, the third robber, got on a horse
and rode a mile hotly pursued by a
psse. On being surrounded by the
men he fled into a barn, where he com
mitted suicide by shooting himself in
the head. The men are supposed to
have come from Knoxville on an early
In Memory of Winnie Davis.
A dispatch from Athens Ga. says
that the GJeorgia Division of the United
Daughters of the Confedracy have de
cided to erect a Winnie Davis memorial
at the State Normal Schooolin Athers.
It is hoped that before they build the
memorial the United Daughters will
make an effort to discharge all mechan
ics and other liens, for fear that the
memorial may share the same inglori
ous fate that attended the great Confed
erot Home in Atlanta.
A Georgia Amazon.
The section of Glynn county around
Sapp's still, near Brunswick, Ga., is be
ing terrorized by a crazy Negro woman,
who. stark naked, roams the wools,
shootiug at any one she sets. Already
one man has fallen dead before a pistol
shot. while two other Negroes, her hus
band and brother. have been wounded
,:y her bullets. The woman's name is
Mary Eacon. A few days ago she be
came violently insane, stole the weapon
with which she is now armed and a box
of cartridges from her husband and was
off to the swamp. She is reporled to
have been captured by a crowd of her
own race, but the twomen left in charge
of her allowed her to escape. Persons
go armed in the neighborhood and
houses are guarded as protection for
the women and children.
Wehding of the Blind.
Probably ons of the most remarkable
weddings ever known will take place to
day at the home of Mr. George W. De
Weese, No. 6 Vine street, Cleveland.
Ohio. De Weese, is the secretary of
the blind people's asylum. He is blind.
De Weese has thrown open his house
for the wedding festivities. The groom
is W. M. Moore, 33 years old. He is
blind. The bride is Miss Lizzie Brown.
She is blind. The knot will be tied by
Justice of the Peace Dwight Palmer.
He is blind. The best man will be
Wm. Vanderwyst. He is blind. Fifty
euests have been invited. All are
blind. An orchestra composed of blind
men will play the wedding march.
After the ceremony a literary and mus
ical programme will be carried out by
blind people.
Winthrop's Attendance.
In a letter to Gov. McSweeney Presi
dent Johnson of the Winthrop College
at Rock Hill speaks thus of theinstitu
tion: "We have had a very fine open
ing of the college this season. The stu
dents are better prepared for college
work than ever before. Our sub-fresh
man class numbers only 27. The total
enrollment in every department of the
college thus far is 481. If we had had
dormitory accomodations we would
have enrolled 681 easily. A number
of applicants from other States than
South Carolina were refused admission
because of lack of room for the girls of
the State. The students are deeply in
earnest and seem to take up their work
with fine spirit."
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Deposits solicited.
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p. m.
A. LEVI, Cashier.
W E. BnowN, S. M. NEISEN,
To Consumers of Lager Beer
The Germania Brewing Company, of
Charleston, S. C., have made arrangements
with the South Carolina State authorities
by which they are enabled to fill orders
from consumers for shipments of beer in
any quantity at the following prices:
Pints, patent stopper, 60c. per dozen.
Four dozen pints in crate, $2.80 per crate.
Eighth-keg, $1.25.
Qarter-keg. $2.25.
Hfalf-barrel, $4.50.
Exports, pints, ten dozen in barrel, $9.
It will be necessary for consumers or
parties ordering,to state that the beer is for
private consumption. We offer special
rates for these shipments. This beer ie
guaranteed pure, made of the choicesthops
and malt, and is recommended by the
medical fraternity. Send to us for a trial
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