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THE BUKL1NGT0N FREE PJiESS : THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 1892.
mBNACLE PULPIT. rwHMTY-THinq anniversary ser mon PREACHED DY DR. TALMAGE. Jlubjeot f the likrouvsc, "Tlio Tliroe 'Xabornaolos, a Storj- of Trlnts nnil Trl umiilis" Uovlerr of tliu History of thb Doctor's Church. IlliOOKLYN, April ".-This is a festival i lay nt thh. Tabernacle. Dr. 'J'lilmagu is reluhiatlrib; flic twenty-third anniversary nt his sct'tleniciit 'mi HrooUyn. Jn whlto IbjTV' i's embttdiled in green at tho back ot the pulpit stood tin' iii"rnitioli, "IPCS nnd J'W" Dr. Tiilitiage'-f subjfrt wns, "Tho Three Tabernacle, a Sloty of Trials and Triumphs," nnd hN tf Luke i.v, li'j, ' 3,ef ns mahr three tiilierti. i le;." Our Aiab ponies were n In, oat dead with latigtio, as, hi December, I., we rodo near the foot nf Mount ileriunn In tho Holy Land, tho mountain eajhd by one 'i lnoivntiiin of ice," by another "a glittering liroastplate of ice," by another "tho Mont Wane of Palestine." its top has an nl-jnoi-t unearthly brilliann-. Hut what must it hare been in the time to which my tn:;t refers? l'oter and .1 rues and .Tohn wen- on that mountain top with Jesus when, suddenly, Christ':. J. ice took on tho jtlow of the noonday sua, rtd Moses and Klijrfh, who had been ileid for centuries, tama out front tho h(.i ''v world and talked with our fc'aiour. V hat an over Whelming three. Moses, n presenting the Elijah, repren ntiiiftbi- prophet", and Christ, representing ull woilds. lmjietuous l'cter was so wrought upon by tho presence of this wondrous three, that, without wiiithii; fur time to consider bow preposterous was the pioposition, he cried out, "Let us make three tabernacles ono for thee, one for Moses and one for Klijuji." Where would thi' fret the mate rial feu-building one tabernacle, luueh less nmtei'Inl eriough to build two taberuacles, Mid still less, how would they jet the material for building 1 'jreo' Where would th!jy;;etthe haiunicis. Where tho gold? Where tho stiver? Where the curtains? Where tho costly adornments? Ileriiion is i b.irren peak, aud to build one taberuaclu in ?uch f place would havo been an tmcler NJliioi beyond hlimnu aehievement, nnd Peter wii" propounditis; tho impossible when he cried out in enthusiasm, "Let us Ijltlld three tabernacle k." Apd yet that is what this congregation li.ii; I'eeii called to do and has done. The first Brooklyn Taburnrtclo wus dedicated In IS'iV, and destroyed by Jirc in 1S7!2. 'J'lie seeotitl Brooklyn Tabernacle was dedicated in 1ST4, and destroyed by lire m IbS!). The third ISrooUlyn T(ibexnaclc wits dedicated in April. Ib91, and in that we are wnr.ship Idk today. What sounded absurd fur Peter to propose, when he said on Mount Ilej-mon, in the words of my text, "Let us build three tabernacles," we have not only done, but in tho mysterious province of (jod were compelled to do. UKJCVSr CJltTJUKM. We have been unjustly criticised by people who did not know the hictb, some times for putting so much money in church bnjlUings, and sometimes for nut giving as much as we ouiht to tins or that denom iuarioual project, and jiu explanation has yet been made. Jielure i Ket.throiiLjh with the duliVery of this sermon mid its publica tion and Virtributio;i, ) thall show that no qhitrch mi earth has uvia1 done more mai; iS)ficer.ty :md tluu no church ever con quered more trials and that, uo member gfcip ever h.-.d inii. more heroes ;md bero i'il'is tliun hid-' CrooM.vn Tabernacle, and I mean to Imve it known that any individual or religiou- nou.sfm'per or secular news pjiricr that hereafter casts any rctlectioii on tjiifS church V ltdelity and generosity is guilty of a wiel.ediics Jov wliich God will holil hha or ir rai-porisible. One yunr it was .sent out tlnough a syn dicate ol newspapers that this church was doing nothing in the way uf liberality, wheti we had tb.it year ) li-ed $t4,000 in bard cash for ixligious uses. 1'hero has been jieiMBtent and hemispheric lying against this church. We have raised dm my pustointe, for church building and church puriMiM's, $i!)S,000, or )ractically a milliru diJlatn. Not an Irish famine, or a Charleston enithquake, or an Ohio freshet or a Cbicairo conflagration, but our chucch 'wus among the lirst to help. We havu iveu flee feats in the morning and evtuiir.s set vices to iilO.TOO btraiigets a year, mid that in tvitnty years would iimou74t. to 4,bOU,U00 auditors. We have rece.vtd into our membership C,Uj7 ttep.bers, and Uat i.s only a small portiou of the number of those who have here been converted to Gut! 1-roin nil parts of this laud and from otU'r land Under the lile."Au of God and througb. the hindniss oL the piinting press my sei Diots now go e cry M eek into every neigh borhood ilj Christend'. m. ;u.d are regularly trauslattd into neail all the great lan Bnages of Kuvcpc und AsL-t. Tlio syndi oates hnviflfj chari;t o; this .seimouio pub licntion informed m a few days ago that niy p.nled mrnictis ever weel:, in this nnd other lands, go into tho hands of 2,1, 000,000 peopl!'. Uurlns the Ins!, j ear, I am authoritatively informtd, over 2,000 differ ent perjudicvU were added to tho list of Uioso w.Ho muUo this publication, and yet there ale ministers p the Cope' and ruli gious newspar-etJ tli.-ii sjstenuitically and S)idustnoi.i'itnd cuiuiiiuously i barge this church with idiom ss t.nd .selfishness and parsimony. 1 call the ,ittent1r:n of the whole earth to tills out rage, that has been heaped upon the Brooklyn Tubisruuole, though a more cour'-cratod, bf nevolcnt and splendid con vocatior oi i.ien and women were never authored tosother ov.tside of heaven. I liave never beforo responded to these in justices, aud probably will )ici.r refer to them again, but I wish tiie j,i jjile of this country and other countries t j know that V hat thry read concerning the selfishness md indolence and l',k of beticvolenco nnd Jack of misiiojmry spirit on the partof this church, is from top to bottom and fiom ,'titem to fcrn, falsehood dastardly false bood ditbolicvi fahrl.tiod. Wlrit is said ngaiust myself has no effect except, like 'that of n coarto T'lrlrish lowcl, tho rub Itlny doy, n by which improves circulation end produces yood litsdtli. But liii., contiuuous luiyopicseiitation of my Lclovcil church, in tlie name of Al nilglity God, I denounce, v.hllo I appeal to tho f.dr nftuiU'd men i.nd women to see thut justice .s done this pi". pie, who with in u few y.'i-s have gone through a strug Cte that i't other fiitircji iu liny laud or J nyagiiluis been c: !!rd ti endure, nnd I 'way God thnt no other church why ever be Jailed to cudum, viz., the Imild ng of three '(aibercacles. I ask the friunds of the iViiooklj'D Tabernacle to c.t out this her Inou fron tho iicv.spnpevs and put it in their pocijetbookf, so tint they can intolll Rontly answer our falsifici., ihethcr cler ierU ov lay, i!d with thttic you uijiy put that other ptitc: iaiit, which lccrjritly went through ovtsu'btr.r, still wjiieh I siiv In Detroit, Wtfeii ti!d th,At the Brooklyn Taberm:, hi JjuUa'Hara Ciliineiul Htru,K',le, becadsc it - - . had all nlrunj been iayliig such cnormona bnlarles to its pastor, Dr. Tnlmagc, When tho fact Is thnt. after our last disaster and for two years I gave all my salary to tho church building lutid, and I received ?0,000 hss than nothing; in other words, in addi tion to serving this church gratuitously fot two years, 1 let it have W,000 for building purposes. Why Is It that peoplo could not do im justice aud say that nil our financial struggle im a church came from doing wdiat I'ettr, in my text, absurdly proposed to do, but. which, in the inscrutable providence of God, ire were i otupelled tu,do build three Vibernncles. I.N SMOOUI WATKlts, AT LAST. Now I feel better that this is off my Inind. The lest of my sermon will bo spun out of hosannalH. I announce to you this day that wo are at last, as n church, in smooth waters Arrangements have been Hindu by which our llunlicial dilllculties ate now fully and satisfactorily adjusted. Out income will exceed our outgo, and Brooklyn Tabernacle will bo yours and be long to you nnd your children after you, and anything you see contrary to this you may put down to tho confirmed habit which some people havo got of misrepre senting this church, nnd they cannot stop. When I canto to Brooklyn I cunio to n small church and a big indebtedness. We havo now this, tho largest Protestant church in America, and llnancially us a congtegatioii we me worth, over and be yond all indebtedness, considerably more than $150,000. I have preached here twenty three yoars, and 1 expect, if my life and health are con tinued, to preach here twenty-thrco years longer, although we will all do well to re member that our breath is in our nostrils, and any hour we may be called to give an account of our stewardship. All wu .ask for the future is that you do your best, contributing all you can to the support of our institutions. Our best days are yet to come; our greutost revivals of religion, and our mightiest outpourings ot the Holy Ghost. We have got through the Bed sea and stand todsy on the other bank clapping the cymbals of victory. Do you wonder that last Sabbath I asked you iu the midst of the service to rise and sing with jubilant voice the long meter Duxologv : Praise t!od from whom all blessings (low, I'r.iibO him. all creatures hero below, Praise him above, yo heavenly host, Praise Father, Son and Holy Uhost. Yes, twenty-three years have passed since 1 mine to live in Brooklyn, nnd they havo been to me eventful years. It was a pros trated ehuich to which I came, a church so Hut down it could drop no farther. Through cuntroveiie.s which it would bo useless to rehearse it as well nigh extinct, and fora long while it had been without a pastor. But nineteen members could be mustered to sigu a call for my coming. As a committee was putting that call before me in an upper room in my houo in Philadelphia, there were two other com mittees ou similar errands from other ihtirchos in other rooms, whom my wifo was entertaining and keeping apart from unhappy collision. The auditorium of tlio Brooklyn church to which I came defied all the law s of acoustics; the church had n' steeple that was the derision of the town, and a high box pulpit which shut in tlio preacher as though lie were dangerous to be let loose, or it netud as a barricade that was iinnece-sai y to keep back the people, lor they were so few that a minister of oriliiury miisi lo could have kept back all who wore there, Myllist Sabbath in Brooklyn was a sad day, for 1 did-not realizu how far tho biireli was down until then, aud on the evening of t hat. day my own brother, lliioii.h whose pocket I entered the minis try, uied, and the tidings of his decease le.aiud me at ii o'clock in the evening, and J hhs to preach at half past 7. But from that day the blessing of God was on us, and in three months we begun the enlarge ment of the building. Before the close of th d. year wo resolved to construct tho Hist Taiicmucle. It was to bo a temporary structure, and therelore we called it ii Tabernacle imtc.id of a Temple. What should be the s,tle of architecture was the immediate question. 1 liml always thought thdt the amphitheatrical shape would bo appiopriato for a church. Two distinguished architects were am plocd, and after much hovering; over de signs they nuuouncuil to us that such a building was impossible for religious pur poses, us it would not be churchly, and would subject themselves and us to ruin ous criticism; in other words, they were not ready for a revolution in church archi tecluie. Utterly disheartened as to my favorite style of architecture, I said to the trustees, "Build anything you please, and 1 must be . satisfied, " But ono morning a young architect appeared at my house and asked if wo had yet selected a plan for our church. I said, "No, and what we want wc cannot get." "What stylo of building do yon want '''' he asked. And taking out a Lad pencil and a letter envelope from my pocket, in 1--, than a minute by a few curved Hue . I indicated in tho rough what i v,.nt'd. "But," I said, "old nrchit'its till us it cvu't bo done, and theie i. no Use in your trying." lie said: "I can do it. How Ion? can I have to make out tlie plans"' I said, "This evening lit 8 o'cloi k everything is to be decided." jwo nicncHf.fi Artu NO JIOS1JT. At 8 o'clock of that evening the architect presented his plans, and tho bids of builder and mason were presented, and in five minutes after the pians were pre sented they were unanimously adopted. Ho that I would not Ixi in the way of the trtiste i", duringthe workl went to Europe, anil when I ,,j back the church was weli nigh done. J hero came in a staggering hiudi "tiiei . V. e expected to pay for the new cliureli by tlie talc of theold building. The old one had been sold, but just at tho timo wo must have tho money the pur chasers backed out and wo had two churches ami no money. By the help of God and the indomitable aud utip.irulleled energy of our trust '-cs (hero and there one of them proscnt today, but the most iu a better world), we got thu building ready lor consricrutioo, and on Sept. 2j, 1S70, morning and evening dedi catory services Mere held, and in the after noon the children, with sweet and multi-tudiuu'i-i voices,, tons 'crated the place to God. Twe nt y thousand dollars weje rai-ed that day to pay u floating debt. In the morning old Dr. Stephen H. Tyng, tho glory of the Lplscopul church 'aud thu Chiysostoiii of the American pulpit, preached ikrmon which lingered in its gracious ofl'evts as long us the building stood. He r.'fcd en- .it'll out of tlie Bpisco-p-i jff.'i;. . r book I i no -elf fiom being K'jiilir 'ilidfd b' i .- i.i.-:i' p for preach.ug.it n uon-Kpi i rviee; and we, although belonging t" . it her denomination, re sponded w' , artines.., , li'ough we were ui i: : i. i e muiy, "Go, d kuul, de liver u.-.:'' Dining t!ie shoit tune v.. occupied that building we had a constant downpour of religious awakening, ilosanuul Ten mil lion v.in. iu lieuvtn will have no power to dun niv memory of the t;lorfoiiK times we hud iii tjiatflrst Tabernacle, which, because of Its invasion o the usual stvlo ct church architecture, was called by coma "Otal inago's Hippodrome," by othors, "Church of tho Holy Circus," nnd by other mirth fttl nomenclature. But it was a building perfect for acoustics, and stooel long enough to have its imitation iu all tho large cities of America and to completely revolution ize church architecture. Peoplo saw that it was tho common sense way of seating nn audience. Instead of putting them in an angular church, where each one chiefly saw tho back part of somebody elso's head, tho audience ero arranged in semicircle, so Mint they could see one another's fae'es, and tho auditorium was n great family circlo lented nround a Ilreplnce, which was tho pulpit. It was an iron structure, mill wo supposed fireproof, but the insurance, com panies looked ut it, and after we had gone too far to stop iu its construction they de clined to insure it except for a mere nothing, declaring that, being of iron, if tlio inllam inablu material between tho sheets of iron took fire no euglno hoso could play upon it. And they were right. During those elays wo cducatcel and sent out from a lay college under our charge some twelve hun elreel young men and women, many ot them becoming evangelists and many of them becoming regulurly ordained preach ers, anil I meet them iu all paiU of tho land toiling mightily for God. THE HUB (la;'.'. Ono Sunday morning iu December, 1ST-, tho thermometer nearly down to zero, I was ou my way to church. There was an excitement iu the street and much smoke in the air. 1'ire engines dashed past. But my mind was on tho sermon I was about to preach, until some one rushed up and tolel me that our church was going up In the same kind of a chariot thatKlijah toeik from tho bunks of the Jorelan. That Sun day morning tragedy, with its wringing of hands and frozen tears on the cheeks of many thousands standing iu the street, nnd the crash that shook the earth, is as vivid as though it were yesterday. But it was not a perfect loss. All were anxious to do somethlnc, and ns on such oceosions sensible peoplo are apt to do unusual things, one of tho mem bers, at tlio risk of his life, rushed in among the fallen walls, mounted the pulpit and took a glass of water from the table and brought it in safety to the street. So you see it was not a total loss. Within an hour from many churches enmo kind in vitations to occupy their buildings, nnd hanging against a lamppost near the de stroyeel building, before 1- o'clock that morning, was .1 board with the inscription, "The congregation of Brooklyn Taber nacle will worship tonight iu Plymouth church." Mr. Beecher made the opening prayer, which was full of commiseration for mo and my homeless Hock, and I preached that night tlie sermon that I intended to preach that morning in my own church, the text concerning the precious alabaster box broken at the feet of Christ, and sure enough we had one very precious broken that day. We wcih, as a church, obliter ated. "But arise and build," said many voices. Another architect took the aniplii theatrical plan of a church, which iu tho lirst instance was necessarily somewhat lude, and developeel it into an elaborate plan that -.as immediately adopted. But how to raise tlie money for such an expensive linderUtking was the question expenshu not because of any sensele-s adornmtmt proponed, but expensive be cause of the immense size of the building nteeled to hold our congregation. It was at thut timo when for years our entire country was suffering, not from a financial panic, but from that long tontiuueel finan cial depression which all business men re member, as the clouel hung heavy year after year and commercial establishments without number went down. Through what struggles we pressed the eternal God and some brave souls today remember. Many a time would f have gladly accepted calls to some other field, but I could not leave the flock in the wilderness. At last, after, in the interregnum, liav ii g worshiped in our lieautiful Academy of Music, on the morning of Feb. 22, 1H7-1, the annhersniy of the Washington who eonqueied impossibilities and ou the Pali bath that always celebrates the resurrec tion, Dr. Byron Sunderland, chaplain of the United fctates senate, thrilled us through and through with a dedicatory sermon from Haggai ii, 0, "The glory of this heiuse shall be greater than that of tho former, saith the Lord ef Hosts." The corner stone of that building hud been laid by the illustrious and now enthroned Dr. Iremuus Prime. Ou the platform on dedi catiem day sat among others, Dr. Dowliug of tho Baptist church, Dr. Crook of the Methodist church, Mr. Beecher of the Con gregational church and Dr. Trench ot tha Presbyterian church. Hosfinnahl Another i'AI.OOO was raised ou that day. The follow iir.; Sunday ti'JS souls were re ceiveil into our communion, mostly on con fession of faiti. At two other commiin ions over .MM .ouN joiucil at each one. At another iiigathtriug (1'."S souls entered this communion, and so many of these gathered throngs have already entered heaven that we expect to feel at home when wo get there. My! my! Won't we be glad to see th'jn the men nnd women who stood by us in elays that were dark and days that were jubilant' Hosanuah! The work elone in thut church on Sehermer horn street e-.m never be undone. What hell' sacrifices ou the part ut many, who gave almost till the blood came! What hallelujahs! What victories! What wcelding mandies played with full organ! What baptisms! What sacraments! What obsequies! Ono of them on a snowy Sab bath afternoon, when all Brooklyn seemed to sympathize, and my eldest sou, bearing my own mime, lay beneath the pulpit iu the last bleep, and riorence Bice Knox Ring, and a seoie eif ministers on and around the platform I ried to interpret how it was lie . I hut e who had just come to manhood, an i u,Ui I lightest worldlv prospects, should lie taken and wo left with a he-art that will not cease to ache uutil we meet where tears never fall. THE SKl'OXIl 'I .WlfcHKACLl:. That seeonel tabernacle! What a stu pendous reminiscence! But, if thu Peter of my text hod known what an undertak ing it is to build two tabi'rnaclea ho would not have proposed two, to say nothing of three. As mi anniversary sermon must nerds bo somewhat autobiograpbicul, let me say 1 have not been idle. During the standing eif those two tabernacles fifty-two books, under as many titlo, mndo up fiom my writhu?n, were published. During that time nUo I wus permitted to discuss all the great questions of the elay iu all the great cities of this continent, ami in muny of them miiuy times, besides preaching anil lecturing ninety-six times in KngTand, Scot land aud Ireland iu ninety-four eluys. During all that time, ns well us since, I was engngeil in editing it religious news paper, believing that such a periodical was enpabhi of gre-at usefulness, and I have len n constant contributor to newspapers and periodicals. Meauwhlle all things had beceune easy in the Brooklyn Tabernacle. On a Sabbath in Oettter, 1639, 1 anuouiicod to my congregation thnt I would in a few we-okjS visit toe Holy Land, mid that the officers or tho elmroh buel oonsontoil to my going, nnd tho Wish ot a lifetime was about to bo fulfilled. Tho next Sabbath morn ing, about 2 o'clock ot just after midnight, a member of my housohold awakened mo by saying that there was u strange light In t be sky. A thunderstorm had loft thn ntr full ot electricity, and from horizon to hor izon everything seemed to blazo. But thnt did not disturb mo, until an observation taken from the cupola of my house declared that tho second Tnbernaclo was putting on red wings. I scouted the idea and turned over on tho pillow for another sleep, but a number ot ixclted voices cn-lled me to tho roof, nnd I went up and saw clearly defined in the night tho fiery catafalque of our second Tabernacle. AVhen 1 saw that I said to my family: "I think that ends my work in Brooklyn. Surely the Lord will not call a minister to build threo churches in ono city. Tlie building of ono church gener ally ends the usefulness of a pastor. How can anyone preside at the building of three churches?" But beforo twenty-four hours had passed wo woro compolled to cry out, with Peter of my text, "Let us build three tabernacles." Wo must havo a homo somewhere. Tho old site had ceased to bo tho center of our congregation, anil tho center of the congregation, as near as we could find it, is where we now stand. Having selected the spot, should wo build on it a barn or n tabernacle, beauti ful anil commodious? Our common sense, as well as our religion, commanded tho latter. But what push, what industry, what skill, what self sacrifice, what faith in Goel were neci'ssary I Impediments and hindrances without number were thrown in the wuy, and had it not been for thu per severance of our church officials, and the practical help of many people, and the prajers of millions of good souls in ull parts of thu earth, and tho blessing of Almighty God the wolk would not have been elom But it is done, anel all goexl people who behold the structure feel in their hearts, if they do not utter it wilh their lips, "How amiable nro thy taber nacles, O Lord of Hosts!" On the third Sabbath of last April this church was ded icated, Dr. Hamlin, of Washington, preaching an inspiring sermon, Dr. Wen dell Prime, of New York, offering tlie dedicatory prayer nnd somo fifteen clergy men during the day taking part in the services. Hosaimah! 1S00-1S1O. How suguestivo to many of us nro tho words spelleel out in flowers above the pul pit "IWJ" and "1802" fur those dates bound what raptures, what griefs, what struggles, what triumphs. 1 mention it as a matter of gratitude to Goel that in these twenty-three years I have missed but ono Sabbath through physical indisposition, and but threo iu tho thirty-six years of my ministry. And now, having reach ed this twenty-third milestone, 1 start anew. I have in my memorandum books analyses of more sermons than I have ever yet preachud, anel I havo preached, as near as I can tell, about S.S'-O. During these past years I have learneil two or threu things. Among others 1 have learned that "all things work to gether for good." My positive modo of preaching has sometimes seemed to stir the hostilities of all earth aud hell. Peel ing calleel upon fifteen year ago to explore underground New York city life, that I might report the evils to be combated, I took wit h me two elders of my church and a New York police commissioner and a policeman, and I explored and icporteel the horrors tliatneeetedreinov.il and tho allurements that endangered our young men. There came upon me an outburst of assumed in dignation that frightened almost every body but myself That exploration put into my chinch thirty or forty newspaper correspondent from north, south, cast anil west; which opene-d for me new avenues iu which to preach the Gospel that otherwise would never have been opened. Years passeel on and I preached a series of sermons on Amusements, aud a false report of what I did say and one of the sermens said to have been preached by me was not mine in a single worel rouseel a violence that threatened me with poison and dirk and pistol and other fornn of extinguishment, until the chief of Brook lyn police, without any suggestion from me, took possession of tho church with twenty-four policemen to see that no haim was done. That excitement opened many eloors, which I entereel lor preaching the Gospel. After awhile came an ecclesiastical trial, in which I was arraigned by people who elid not like the way I did things, nnd al though I was acquitted of all the charges, tho contest shook the American church. That battle mfl.de me more friends than anything thut ever happened and gave me Christendom and more than Christemdom for my weekly audience. On tho demoli tion of each ehuich wu got a better and a larger church, and not a disaster, not a i r nture, not a persecutiuti, not an a . u. ,i. during all these twenty-three year.-, but turned out for our advantage, aud ought 1 nut to believe that "all things work together for good?" Hewaiinah! not SL'UEssAr.v to rice flaws. Another lesson 1 havo learne-d elurlug thooe twenty-three ve.Ts i- hat it is not necessary to pt-r , ' w . in the old Bible in nie , i u .ludieu-e; the old Book without any fixing upisguoel enough for me , and higher criticism, as it is called, means lower religion. Higher criticism is another form of infidelity, and its disciples will beslievo less nnd lesti, un til many uf them will land in Nowhere und bucome the worshipers of nn eternal "Wlmt is it." Thu most of these higher critics seem to ha seeking notoriety by pitching into the Bible. It is such a brave thing to strike your grandmother. The old Gospel put In moelern phrase, and with out any of tlio conventionalities, and adapt eel to all tho wants und wex of hu manity, 1 have found the mightiest mag net, aud we havo nover lacked an aiidicnew Next to thu blessing of ray own family I account thu bleswiu.if that I have always hael a great multitude of peoplo to preach to. That old Gospel 1 havu preacheel to you these twenty-thrco yeais of my Btuok lyn pastorate, and that old Gospel I will preach till 1 die, nnd charge my son, who is on tho way to the ministry, to preach it after me, for I rumcmbur Paul's thunder bolt, "If uuy man preach auy other Gospel, let him be nccursud." And now, as I stand hero on my twenty-third anniversary, I see two nudieuces. The oue is made up of all those who have worshiped with us in thu past, but have been translated to high er realms. What groups of children too fair and too sweet and too lovely for earth, and tho Lord took them, but they seem presont today. Thu croup has jjoiw out of tho swollen thiuat, und the pallor from the cheek, und they have ou them the health and r.diauoe of hciiYou. Hull groups of glorified rldldrenl How glad I am to have ou come buck to us today! Aud here sit those aged ones, who departed this Hfu leaving an awful vucaney in home and church. Where are your stuffs, and where are your gray locks, aud where your stoop ing shoulders, yo blessed old fulks? "Ohl" they say, "we uro all young again, and tho bath In the rrvor from under the Throne has modo us ngtle nnd bounding. In tho placo from which wo come they uso no staffs, hut sceptois!" Hail, fathers and mothers in Israel, how glad wo arw to have you como back to greet us. But the other audience 1 rcto iu imagination is mndo up of all thoso to whom wo havo had opportunity as a church, directly or indi rectly, of presenting tho Gospel. Yea, all my parishes soem to come back today. The people of my first charge in Bcllavlllo, New Jersey. The people ef my second charge in Syracuse, New York. The people of tuy third charge In Philadelphia. And tho peoplo of olitheso threo Brooklyn Tab ernacles. Look at them, ami all thoso whom, through tho printing press, wo have Invited to God and heaven, now seeming to sit in galleries above galleries, fifty gailerles, a hundred galleries, a thou sand gnllories high. I greet them all In your namo anel hi Christ's name, all whom I havo confronted from my first sermon In my first village charge, where my lips trembleel anel m.y knees knocked together from affright, speaking from tho text, Jeremiah i, ti, "Ah, Lord God, behold I cannot speak, for I am a childl" until thoscrmou Iprench ttxhvy from Luko ix, 3:J, "Let us make threo tabernacles," thoso of tho past and the present, all gather in imagination, if not in reality, all of us grateful to God for past mercies, all ot us borry for misim proveel opportunities, all hopeful for eter nal rapture, and while the visible anel tho invisible nuillcnces of tho present and the past commingle, I give out to bo sung by thoso who are here today, and to bo sung by those who shall read of this scene of remluiscenco and congratulation, that hyuin which has been rolling on since Isaac Watts starteel it ono hundred and fifty years ago: Our Goel, our help iu ages past, Our hope for years to come; Our shelter from tho utormy blast, And our eternal home. THE JEWEL CASKET. A large hook and cyo Is shown in brooches. Tops ot cut crystal are provided for lady's purses. A silvor fhisk has on ono side the face of Mcphlstophelcs in relief. A lady's purse with an expansible ring has for its top a small watch. ' A miniature corkscrew handle is the showy part of a new scarfpin. A bag for opera glasses shown recently has silver sides handsomely chased. Tiie wings of a cherub form the crossbar tf the handle of a new boubon spoon. The United States flag cnameleel in colors is a patriotic watch charm design. A handsome spoon is in Imitation of a mussel shell, lashed at the side to a reed. An acrobat of &d turning a somersault on a largo pearl is a new scarfpin design. A pair of sugar tongs is jointed at three points, being constructed liko a toggle lever. Dainty shields, with gold figures on a light blue ground, are new designs in brooches. A tomato vine appears on the handle of a soup ladle. A large tomato ornaments the tip of the handle. A large moonstone cut to represent two angels Hying lend an appropriate translu cent effect to the carvings. The emblem or the Prince of Wales three ostrich feathers anil n crowu is made of silver, for use as a brooch. The red clover is the basis of a now spoon handle ornamentation. A leaf is in the bowl and the handle terminates with a blossom. A small candlestick recently exhibited lias a cylindrical body of glass supported by a gold base and a cap of gold adapted to hold the caudle. A hairpin ornament consists of pearls fastened at the ends of wires running to a common center. The ornament is hinged to tlio pin, and the motion of the pearls produces a pretty effect. A Washington bracelet of silver is com posi'd of tint links, eacli of which has a decoration in relief pertaining to tho dead president. His facu, the coat of arms of his family and of tho United States, the national Hag, dates prominent iu his his tory and the names of tlio thirteen original states art) among the designs, Jeweler's Weekly. WHIP AND SPUR. The English steeplechaser Why Not sold recently for 115,000. In Norway public trotting races have been iu existence for the last sixty years. Hiram Woodruff weighed I5G pounds wli. i' 1, rode Dutchman threo miles in T.J2;.. An offer of iXI.1,000 for Onne, tho favorite fortlie Kuglish Derby, has been made aud refused. The old time fro, t ' n. j jpi,, by George M ! ' on the ro Budd Doble will have a high class rate horse for the '-':20 class this year iu Koslyn, 2:20X, by Bobcrt McGiegor. W. P. Ijams denies tho report that Ax tell is to eugago in a series of match races ugainst Allerton the coming season. Tlie new track of tho Omaha Drivint: and Park association is seventy-five feet wide. There has already been J'JO.OOO spent upon it. According to the estimate ot the depart ment of ngriiKtlturo thore were on Jan. 1, in the United States, IS.tOS.HO horses, valued at 31 ,0OT,5&3,0j. The Luglish aud European governments will not buy a horso for cavalry purposes which has been dockeel, anel officers are not allowed to ride them on parade. Trotting races In Russia were formerl trotteel by tho competitors starting toward each other from opposite directions, but uow they ull trot in tho same direction, as in this country. William Huyward, who has been almost constantly in the saddle since lb58, when he rodu for Mr. Merry in England, ha been cugiigeel to ride for Burridgo Bros., oi New York, this season. FEMININE FANCIES. Mrs. William Waldorf Astor has jet black hair and brilliant black eyes. Mrs. Cleveland is said to live iu appre hension that her little daughter will be kidiiapesl by some ruthless villain. Mrs. William Kingsbury Wilde, or ns hor curds read, "Mrs. frank Leslie Wilde," bus beautiful hair, which is always held In plaoe by a large comb. New York has a woman embalmer of thu dead, Shu iu one of four iu the United Suite and uf six is the world. Her name is Miss Benton Dart, and she makes about live dollars ou each body she embalms, 1 tw ii iii it ii i iv vi -r-s. . o i . 4 Ijvnu Pinkham: " My son, T was Just thinking liow our little group of three generations so strongly demonstrates and Illustrates my theory or the transmission of health from mother to child, and what can bo more striUinit than the fact that my vigorous health Is reproduced in your darling children." The normal life, well-being, and happiness of mankind depend upon the ) physical health and perfection of "Woman. Thousands of women In all parts of the civilized world cherish grateful remembrance of the Vegetable Compound, and dally bless its discoverer. i u e p Cm ri )u f ri A Eva O I" the only I.ltlrc Cnro an.l Illlmnlu ltmei!r COMPOUND lor tlie pectihirweTikiirsru.i, and uHtne'iiu nf .-. ..... rl ,r ni'UKm'siH'n nun iiiiTiie'llln fll C ', "" v. .l ' unipiwnu, mm itpnrins rlown I n. ni linCK. I llUlnj! and DisDlnrcmcIlt Of tile Womb, lllllumni:iHnn hurlmi !... .hi. k l.iii 7 ... i . 11vu,"l'ii'iiii mm ni'uriit iimvii l ri. ii ii Wf i' K. I III ni. nn.t lilsn nr..TTirTit nf f in H'ntnk 1 .... A. J?-!.... ... , 11C TP. fin iv,.,-. fnrttia nf l',.,....!.. fr,,-,..,.. Organic Dl.pft.T., organic IJI.miup, f the Uterm or Wnmh, and is Invaluahle to the Cliiuui-e of I. F'iIwj unrt xpil. Tumors from the Ute-rui lit an eurli' flac. iiml clieck ,mv t. r LanCTTOIIS Htimnr Ctil,r1iif.a V . hlm.i. I' v i I ..Ml U.. X- t . r. nnd.tren.,1, .Ti and trinElliuiTi and tonci the Stomach. Cures .uud iiiiuiijr. aiiuuut " romiue'.1 inn0'orui3 me wnoic ostein, ror 111 tmti ml fit... fin rlinl. ". ' T'lfiiiiiiiiiii hum uo ritni. I nT,., .''.11 iricl-,or sent by mail, In form of 1'ilh or ''OM"s"' on of 1.0. LYPIA E. PINKHAM WCD. CO.. LYNN. MASS. -An Illustrated book, entitled " Guide to Health and Taiuo 10 laaies. we win present a copy to FOR INFANTS AND INVALID HOW TO GET ICICH. Through studyini? tho wa thy men. Who eocioty adorn so: The treat waT to net rich I'm forced To think la to lie born so. nv MAnniAiin. Woalth always brlngra a load of cares, And few men well oan carry It! But If yoa do not fear tholr weieUt, A good way Is to marry It. TIlllOUOH BIO DIUUS. If you would admiration wli, And would foiever feel It: To i?et your wealth just hustle around, Make somo big deals and steal it. nr ECONOMY. One nnv therels of getting wealth, Thounh fow thore be thnt learn it: And that's to toil and pinch and savo And struKgle till ynu earn It, TIHtOL'PI! THE STILL.. But of all the plans of getting wealth, One doth surpasa hi worth ; Jut till youraelf with whiskey. And then you'll own the earth. -N. Y. II. ShaUtswarc In "J.w" aij.' Have more then thou ehowest, Lend less than thou owest, And thou shalt hayo more Than two tens to a score. u o in CO O o o m m 4) o We say the best way to get rich is to save money. Deal with us, buy our Tailor made Suits and Pants, equal to any made to order. All the difference one pleases your pride as you can say the garment was made for you, The one we sell pleases you in price and quality and helps to make you rich. We sell the best ready-to-wear apparel in this market. 85 Church St. CLOAK V, One hundred for ladies, misses and children, opened this morning making it not only the largest but handsom est line of line goods ever shown in Burlington. As usual early purchasers have selection from a larger assortment than is carried later in the season. ALL ARE INVITED. Hardware Clerk WANTED, Apply by mail to George I. Hagar. vrunii !, I . . ...... T-..1 , II .1.1 I'l- UMiau-i.o., itrallon, liiliau-tton, III' ..nil..n, t . Headache, (ivnernl Debility, lndlai .t.on ine cure of Kidney Ceinirrinlnti of cltliiT i ' nvMuawiTjitfiierm uconiry, intuit tion Etiquette," by Lydia E. Pinkham, is of great l anyone arresting us with two z-ce-nt stamps, j The Best Food Tor Ilnnd.ad InHuil-. A Perfect Nutriment for growing chi ldr eh, Convalescents, consumptives, dyspeptics, und tho .1 i-ed, and In Aeute lllur!! and ull Wantlns r)!i?i,L.,, OL'Il nOK"br the trs'-n n of mother", "Thp ('arc noil Fepd. ln of Infant," n 111 he inaiwl T-to to any addresp, upon roqgft. doliber-goodale co., Boston. Mass. H in IT O OPENING DAYS IN GLOAK DEPARSVf Wed nesday, March 30, elegant garments N. E. GHAMBERLIN. SALESMEN WANTED. Employment the year round for honest, cnev cetlc men wiling Nursery Stock. Salary an, exeenses or Cemnileslon paid. Inexprlonci no hindrance. ItuilnehS east!) learned. Apply for a situation at once. R. G. CHASE el CO., Ua Pembertou Square, liiuton, Max, u,w lJw wnu Pay bq cents When yoti ctvu tiot a eliimcr good enough lor anybody lor C3S CENTS at Ol ChurohSt., liui-Uuston, Vt. 1J wyl SMITH k HUMPHREY