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Rev- Elsom, on "Second Coming of Christ." Dr. .1 nil 11 so ii , on "Whnl uro Our < burettes Doing**? -Or. Young tvis. CIIMfll 8 lie Holy <. i-ill 1. or I&ulslil* iH l Ik ItoillKl Table. At Freemason Street Baptist Church Sunday night every available seat and considerable standing room was occu? pied by people anxious to hear Rev. Percy G. Elsom, of Moffett Memorial Baptist Church, who Is holding evange? listic services for Dr. M. 11. Wharton, preach on the "Second Coming of Jesus Christ." He was given profound atten? tion, and at the conclusion several rose for prayer, und one young man pro? fessed faith. Mr. Elsom said In part: The doctrine of the .-second coming of Christ to earth Is a sadly neglected doctrine. The. Hlble Is full ot It; 316 distinct references to Christ's second coming In the -'10 Chapters ot the New Testament. Whole chapters, and parables, suqli as the parable of the ten virgins, parable of talents and pounds, given to describe Ills second coming. Revelations 1.7 says: "Behold, He co.-ncth with' clouds, and every eye shall see Him. and they, also, which pierced Him." HOW SHALL CHRIST COME? What will be the manner of His ap? pearing? Death 1? not the second com? ing of Christ; neither is the resurrec? tion, nor day of judgment. Ills com? ing shall preceed these events. How shall He come? Acts :.1I tells us. The angel:; said w hile He was ascending to Heaven, "this same .lesus, which Is taken up from you Into Heaven, shall so come In like manner as ye have iseen Him go into Heaven.'' lie went up in His body?in like manner He will re? turn. 1 It will be a personal, bodily re? turn of Christ to the earth, lie will come in glory and power with Cod and the angels. Very unlike His first com? ing In humilitntlon will His second coming In glory and power be. Marth has ii-vi r soon such a magnificent dis? play as will tile second advent of Christ be. WHEN SHALL HE COME? The Bible teaches He is coining sud? denly and unexpectedly, when wo think not. No man knows the day and hour, but as a thief In the night, as quick as llghtnlrig, Christ will come. The world has not to be converted before Jesus comes. See ~ Timothy 3.1-6, a description of a wicked world in the last days; also .lud.- l.O-l?. The Bible teaches that all nations shall r.Ive the oospei as a witness?hot that all nations shall be converted boforo Ho comes; but to have His Gospel as a witness. This lias nearly been ac um pllshcd, and wo Christ might come at any moment. As In the days of Noah the Hood came suddenly, bo shall Christ come. We will be engaged In affairs or life as now, and in the twinkling of an eye Ho w ill c ime. The Signs prophe? sied are <? imillg to i ass - wars, rumors ?r war, earthquakes, famines, &e. Wo may yet live to see the great event? Hie second coming of our Lord. WHAT PREPARATION SHOULD WE MAKE TO MEET CHRIST WHEN HE COMES? All Christians should be watching for Him?every hour and day. He says: "Blessed Is fhiit servant whom, when His Lord comcth, shall find watching." We should live righteous lives, every day, since He might coma at any mo? ment. God despises Sunday religion. Live godly lives every tiny. If Christ were to come to-day and And you in the saloon, or dance hall, or thc.itre, would He take you OUt? No. You Would not be one of His. Your Chris? tian life should !>?> godly, since Christ might come at any moment. It should also quick? n our steal in Christ's work to know that He might come back at nny moment, Wb should bo more In prayer and saving ?ouls; Then we should desire and pray for the Master'.-; return. Children desire the return of their parents, even s? should we wich the return of our best friend, the Lord Jesus. When He comes Infidelity will be silenced, idol temples abolished, a nation born In a day, and this world shall bow to Him. "Come, Lord Jesus, come quickly," sKQUTCI !?'? BUT prayer: The ungodly should prepare by re? pealing of their sins, believing on Christ and confessing Him before men. An Excellent Combination. The pleasant method and beneficial effects of the well known remedy, Srnur ok Fios, manufactured by the G-AtlVoitNlA I'"io Svki:i> Co., Illustrate the value of obtaining too liquid laxa? tive principles of plant * known to be medicinally laxative and presenting them in the form most, refreshing to the taste and acceptable to the system. It. is the one perfect strengthening laxsi tive, olbanslag the system effectually, dispelling colds, headaches and fevers gently yet promptly and enabling one to overcome habitual constipation per? manently. Its perfect freedom from every objectionable quality and sub btahce. and its acting on the kidneys, liver and bowels, without weakening or irritating them, make it the ideal laxative. Ifi the process of manufacturing figs are used, as they are pleasant to the taste, b'ut the medicinal qualities of the remedy nr!9 obtained from sen:ia oral other aromatic plants, by o method known to the. California Pio Syrup Co. only. In order io get its beneficial effcois and to avoid imitations, please | remember the full name of the Company printed on the front of every package. CALIFORNIA FIG SYRUP CO. SAN PHANOISCO, CAti I.OUIBVir.t,B. KY. KKW YOnn. N. V. Fdrtkte by all Druggists.?Price 50c. yerbottla Waives the food more delicious end wholesome _. BOY?l WjgjOWWIKg^g^HlW VCRK. WHAT ARB Ol-It CHURCHES DOING ? Rev. H. E. Johnson, D. D., pnstor ot Cumberland Street M. E. Church, preached Sunday night on "What Are Our Churches Doing?" taking as his text the following from Matthew 3-13: "Ye are the salt of the earth; hut if the salt have lost its savor it is good tor nothing." lie said: The word of Cod affirms?and human history corroborates the afllrmatlon? that Ahe natural tendency of human so? ciety is not upward, but downward; and that it requires a supernatural re? ligion to elevate It, or even to keep It from sinking into corruption. We are all conscious that it is much easier to so wrong than :?> keep right. We know that each individual life is strongly in? clined to err from the narrow path of rectitude, and naturally prone to evil. And since society is only an aggrega? tion of individuals, it can be no bet? ter than its elements. There may have been Instances of progress without piety; of refinement, without religion; of culture, without character. But they have been spas? modic ami ephemeral; serving only as a thin cover for th ? reeking corruption which lay beneath the surface. There has never been a steady and permanent advance in the morals and social condition of a people without a true religion as i'.s Impelling force. Just as salt is. necessary to preserve meat from ilecny: so is religion necessary to keep society from sinking into the grossest Immoralities. T.nt the religion that would do this, since It must re? verse tlte current of nature, must be superior to nature; it must spring from a divine source, and possess the life and energy of God. The Christianity <>r the Gospel fulfils these conditions, for It is an Incarna? tion of divine life and love and power. The true church js composed of such lives: and Its boundaries are not to be defined by creeds or customs. The church Is the body of Christi and ?wit?fmwum-w'l'i has Uaon made a par? taker of the divine nature -and only such?is a member of thai body. 11 is through this body that our Lord proposes to regenerate human society. I a living, loving, holy church, ever ln i tcrprctntlng the worlds around it, yet I never deteriorating or losing Its dis? tinctive savor of holiness. Tie- demand for such a church was never more Imperative than it is to? day. The wild rush with which busi? ness Is done, causing bo much un? healthy competition: the great ex? tremes of wealth and poverty, generat? ing such dangerous antagonisms: the fashionable skepticism?that cunning counterfeit of culture?so largely per? vading our popular literature! the sad I decay of cons denco: the dry-rot of |n \ difference to spiritual things; the vor? tex of worldlincss, and the monster ! evils of Intemperance and political cor? ruption- these call upon the church ns ' witli tlie voice of ten thousand trumpets to awake and put on her strength. What are mir churches doing to meet tills call? are we duly Impressed with the magnitude of our mission? In the presence of so tremendous a problem how pueril"' the policy which would transform the snnctuary Into a place of entertainment for the Idle, and amusement for the curious, which, by a dlftplny of ecclesiastical millinery, in which men disport themselves in the toggery of babyhood; or an exhibition of pulpit pyrotechnics, in which the pica, her ap s the tricks of the elocu? tionist and the antics of the actor. How puerile by these to attempt to turn back the Niagara of human sin. ? What are our churches doing? The midway station on life's thoroughfare Is crowded with professing Christians who seem to be solving the problem of serving both Hod and Mammon, for they enjoy the frl< ndshlp of the world j during six days and Oil the si veilth take ! a homeopathic dose of diluted Oespel to. satisfy the claims of the Almighty, j 'Has the salt indeed lost Its savor? Certainly sumo of it seems to be In I that worthless stale! but not all. Je? hovah has still "aevcri thousand in Is? rael who have not bowed the knee to ttaal," but who with uncompromising devotion seel; to realize the divine ideal for the church. You will lind them in the Sabbath school diligently striving to ii. p.'sii in ihe young h -ar'. s virgin still tie- s i Is n! duty, pur.ty and truth. You will lind them in the habitations of poverty and wretchedness, lighten? ing the burden ami imparting hope. I You will find them in the haunts of vice pleading, warning, persuading, rescuing the fettered slaves of sin. Y'ou will find them, like their Master, "who went nbotll doing good." trying to leach a thoughtless world that judgment, eter? nity. Hod. are solemn realities, which i: behooves us to keep ever in vi W. The text contains these lessons which Christians may profitably ponder. First: That Christ has deposited with ills church Hie power necessary for 1 the world's regeneration; which power 1 Is vested In His word and His spirit. Second: Thai n church destitute of this power or failing to employ It. is in the estimation of our Lord, "good for nothing." Third: That the test or a church Is in t ils printed creed, but Its abiding fruit; not ils respectability, but its power to penetrate the world around it. nnd to lift that world Into the king? dom of Cod. THE HOLY GRAIL. Rev. W. J. Young. D. p., preached the fourth of his Beries of sfrr.ions on "The Myths and Legend' of Christian Lands." at Epw'orth M. E. Church Sun? day night. His subject was: "The Holy Grail, or the Knights of Round T.i" blc." He said, in part: The purpose of the sermon is not to discuss these legends from n historical or a literary standpoint, but rather to present that idea! of manhood which, though In legendary form, grew up about the person Of King Arthur. Be it remembered, meanwhile, that this ideal owes its existence to the iniluenee of Christianity in even the earliest Eng? lish thought and life. According to this Ideal purity is essential to great? ness. Wiiat a contrast does this pre? sent to the ancient Hercules, or to those modern conceptions of the great man. as a millionaire, a scholar, a leader, ir? respective of the presence or the ab? sence of goodness, it is a sad fact that there is a widespread skepticism among men as to the possibility of purity. The man who is good himself is, confident that any other man may be pure. Goodness is fi> often thought of as ac? companied by .weakness. Sainthood brings t.> our minds the monstery, the fast, the dim religio'.:!: light! Hut these holy knlirhta were rr.en in life's activi? ties, and this is the true conception. Jesus prayed: "I pray not that thou ahoulCst take them out of the world. but that thou shouhlst keep them for the evil." In the growth of the legend Arthur became almost a detni-God: Indeed, some have supposed that the attributes; of some ancient deity of the Britons were transferred to this King of the sixth century. Such is the tendency Of ail the legends that gather about great men. It springs from the consciousness of our greatness, and reminds us of tho words of St. John: "Beloved now are we. tho sons of God. and It doth not yet appear what we shall be." With what SOltcltance should we protect this divine manhood from the stain of im? purity! To such a manhood comes the vision of things divine. Only the pure knight could hope to tlnd or ever to see the Holy Grail. So Jesus said: "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." Much of tho doubt, much of the erroneous teaching of these modern days is due to the stain on metis hearts. "If. therefore, the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness." The purity of Arthur was a militant purity. There are evils in the world, and they are to be overcome and destroyed. It is not enough to be good, that goodness must assert itself, in? deed, it may be questioned whether goodness is what it should be, until It reaches that stage which makes it feel that it can not bear the presence of sin near It. Only the pure man can en? gl a go in this weakness. Where sin of any sort is, there Is a consciousness of weakness. Of Sir Galahad, Tennys m writes: "Ills strength was as the strength of ten. Because his heart was pure." They searched for the Holy Grail, as the crusaders sought to rid the spot where Christ was crucified by the Mos? lem hordes. There seems to be here an unconscious recognition of the senti? ment so beautifully expressed by Paul, "God forbid that I should glory, save In the cross. God is greatest in the cross of Christ, manhood Is at its best, at tho cross, on the cross. We have met the popular demand for grey suitings with a line unequalod for stylo and beauty. RUDOLPH! & WALLACE, 333 Main street. Kutwlnr siitooi A tun elm Ion? The first meeting, after a lapse of two months, of the Xorf.dk and Berkley Methodist Sunday School Association, was luld Sunday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock with the Huntcrsvtlle M, E. Church. Prof. "U". M. Jones, the presi? dent, occupied the chair, with Mr. W. T. Reed as secretary. Tho attendance wr>s large and great interest was m.'inif? sted in tho proceed? ings. The opcnln*r address was made by Mr. W. W. Vicar, of Queen Sit.t school) whose theme was "How To Make Hoys," from which should spring men of character in life. Interesting remarks were nlso made by Rev. A. Q. Brown, D, D., presiding elder of the Norfolk District, and Rev. W. H. Edwards, of Centenary. Banners were awarded to the follow? ing schools for the past two months: January ? Attendance: Cumberland Street; punctuality. Liberty Street. Berkley; and for contributions, Ep worth. February?Epworth for attendance; Liberty Sircot, punctuality, and Cum? berland street, contributions. A resolution was passed requesting I tho president to visit oh tho morning of the tiny of each monthly session of tho association, the school with which the association would meet In tho aft? ernoon. Tho next meeting will bo held with Centenary the second Sunday in April. Exclusive designs In trowserings? nobby and up-to-date. RUDOLP1II & WALLACE, Main street. Rittirn Ctturcli Debt I'nld. ReV. TV. II. Edwards, pastor of Cen? tenary M. E. Church, ndoptod a plan by which he raised the entire amount needed to pny off the balance of the debt on the church building at th" Sunday morning service, the total sum : being $0,000. He had erected within ' I he chancel a pyramid of blocks, each ! block having the amount to be sub i scribed on its face, and by this plan tho money was obtained in the shortest space of time. The church is now en? tirely free of debt and has a bright future before It. BLEEDING PILES. And all other forms of this common and often dangerous disease readily cured without pain <?r Inconvenience. Thousands of men ami women are af? flicted with some sort of piles, without elth ir knowing the exact nature of the trouble, or knowing it, are cardi - . nough to allow it to run without taking tin- simple means offered for u radical i lire. Tho failure of salves and ointments to permanently cure piles has led many to o lieva tho only euro to be a surgical op? eration. Surgical operations ore dangerous to lift, and moreover not often entirely suc cossful and at tills time are' r.o longer used by the lust physicians or recom? mended by them. The safest and surest way to cure any case of piles, whether Mind, bleeding or protruding, is t^ use the Pyramid Pile Cure, composed of healing vegetable oils, ar.d al'f ?liotely free from min. r il p'i-ons and opiates. Tho following letter from a Plltsburg gentleman, a severo sufferer from bleeding plies, >;!vt b b me idea uf tho prompt effectual character of this pile cure. He writes: I tako pleasure writing these few lines to let you know that 1 did not sleep for three months except for a rh :t tlm.- , ach night because of a bad case of bleeding piles. I was down in bed and the ?; . toi.-, did me no good. A good brother told me of tho Pyramid Pilo Cure and I bought from my druggist three ilfty cut bottles. They cured me and I will soon be able to go to my work again. WILLIAM HANDSCHU. !?; St., Cotton Alley, klaw Butter St.. Plttsbunr, Pa. The Pyramid Pile Cv.ro is not only the safest and surest remedy for piles, bet Is the bcsl known ar.d most popular. Every physician and druggist la tho country knows It and whnt it will do. Send to Pyramid Co.. Marsha'.'.. Mich., f r llttl book: on cause ar.d cure of plies, jot i ii> all forms of piles and the proper treatment. Too Pyramid can be found at ail drug l at CO cents per package. mhU-lMt THIRD WEEK IN MAY Date For Spring Carnival H as Been Fixed. Tlio SllaoblailBn !? Allmclinc Slurb Ati.utiou ? Enthusiast le Sleeting or Directors l.n?t Nlatnt ? 5|>ectnl Commit tor Apiioiutcil. The Board of Directors of the Tide- ! water Carnival Association held a meeting In the rooms of the Business j Men's Association last night with i President Johnston presiding. General Manager Anderson made a most en- , couraglng report of the progress of the [ work and the outlook for a successful entertainment, which he declared to be j very, very bright Though the soliciting committee has j not as yet been appointed, Mr. Ander? son said that a largo number of mer j chants had volunteered amounts rang? ing from $25 to $100, and he thinks that just as soon as the committee gets to work that the money will be subscribed without delay. PEOPLE ALREADY HERE. As n result of the work already done people have begun talking about the Mlschinhsa nnd a number of business houses have sent representatives here looking for business, in their respective liner.. Several decorators arrived yes? terday from Washington and many Bamples o? souvenirs have been re? ceived here from Northern houses. ;dite!i , nthtislhsm was expressed In the meeting last night und it was the consensus i :' opinion ?>f those pi t sent that the May festival would be an ei pcclally pleasing entertainment, and that it would attract a largo crowd of people. Ci i.M M1TTEES APPOINTED. The following special committees were appointed: Advertising and Printing?Messrs. T J. Anderson, 1>. A. Hegarty and John Mariner. Transportation ? Captain McCarrlck and Messrs. Anderson and Callahan. r/h. Jones. " Mh' ^at '*T~I>'11 y Ulu5 Entertainment?Messrs. Dey, Hegar? ty and Dougherty. Attraction:?Messrs. McCarrlck. Blll soly, Hegarty, Anderson and Lynn. Decoration?Messrs. Herman, Dough? erty, Dey, l'ender. Nash and Billsoly. Music?Messrs. Anderson. Carroll und ('aliahau. Messrs. Johnston, Anderson, Calla han. Nash, Ley, Perry and Synon were appointed a special committee !?> select and appoint the soliciting committees in sid! stock and ask for contributions. This committee \< H| meet in the rooms of the Business Men's Association this evening und im'.kc their appointments. I MR. PENDER A DIRECTOR. Mr. V.*. I>. Ponder was elected a j member of tho Board of Directors In the place of Mr. Walter .-'harp, who resigned. The committee on rules and by-laws made its report, which was adopted, and It was ordered to ho printed. It wtis decided to bold the Mlschlanxi the 16th, 17th and 18th of May. nnd a committee, consisting of Messrs. Nash. Jones and McCarrlck, was appointed to wait on Pickctl-Buchannn Camp and invite that organisation to have thu unveiling of the Confederate monument during the same week. Tlio advertising committee will hold a meeting in the rooms of the Business Men's Association to-morrow night. Revival MoefltiCM t.i Norlollt. Rev. W. If. Edwards began a serli ; of revival meetings at Centenary M. E. Church Sunday night,which give prom? ise of fruitful results. The sermon was strong in conception and earnest In de? livery, deeply Impressing the audience. At the service last night there was a manifest im lease in interest, especially on tho pan of the unconverted. Rev. Lloyd T. Williams Is assisting the pas tor this week. His sermon last night fell with weighty effect upon the con? gregation. Preaching to-night a: S o'clock, preceeded by a Gospel song ser? vice. Large crowds continue to flock night? ly at Freemason Street P.aiitisr-T'huivh t > hear the successful evangelist, Rev. P. G. Elsom.of Danville, and the results this far are most gratifying. There ! were many requests tor prayer las: j night and several professions. Mr. El som will hold two services every d iv this week, at 4 antl S p. m. St. Pnti'leb'n liny Celebration. St. Patrick's Day will be observed I this year by all loyal Irish-Americans in Norfolk, but in all probability rather quietly. 1 La.sl year there was no banquet or I demonstration here. The shamrock was much in evidence, and the day u.:--. observed as a holiday by the Son* i of Erin. Mr. John E. Burke, the chairman of i the Committee on Celebration, was seen last nigh: and said he had been sick for several days, and that no nrrangi - mcnts had been made for a celebration, lie will call his committee together t. - day and decide what will be done. (irnmtil Leave of Absence, Tho Havana correspondent of the Richmond Dispatch says: "Governor Tyler gave Colonel Taylor, who lias been granted a leave of ab? sence, a very pressing Invitation t accompany them on the journey home, but the Colonel could n't make it con? venient to absent himself from !:'.s regi? ment a: this lime." It will be recalled that Governor Tyler recently visited the Fourth V ir? ginia Regiment, of which Col. George w. Taylor, of this city, Is the com? manding officer, in the camp at Ha van a. < <ii Cownrdln in Hie t'lly. Col. C. ?. R. Cowardln, of the Rich? mond Dispatch, and Mrs. Cownrdln and son, are at the Monticcllo. Col Co? wnrdln arrived In Norfolk last night en route to New York, Intending to take the ocean route for Mrs. Co? ward in'* health. Ending that the ??'. l Dominion steamer will not leave till Wednesday, he will spend to-day and tortnorrow at the Princess Ann.- 1! itel, The Colonel !s looking well, nnd is Just as happy as ever. OTHER LOCAL ON PAGE 6. Women confide their troubles to Mrs. Pink ham and rely upon her advice. Mrs. Pinkham's counsel is safe counsel. Woman's life is a constant crisis. From girlhood to womanhood, then to motherhood and so on to the perils of the "change of life." 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