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A Sermon by Bishop W. A. Candler.
In the comiponplace phrases cur
retft among men. very insignificant
convictions are often registered.
For example, we speak of the doc
ument by which one disposes of his
prri|H>rty after his death as “hU
will.” We do not call it his Intellect
nor his conscience, bat “his will.”
And such, indeed, it is. In wills of
ten there is neither intelligence nor
conscience revealed, but only capri
cious, prejudiced, eccentric will.
Not a few men who leave estat< «
are found at the close of life to be
decrepit iu mind and infirm in con
science, but endowed with athletic
wills. The law allows them to have
their will, and even their wilfulnesn
within certain limits, when they
route to dispose of their property.
Another significant phrase with
which we describe the holding of a
man wnen he departs tins life is
that which stands as the eaptlon of
tills article; we call what he has left
Ills effects.” Now, an effect points
to a cause, and partakes of the na
ture of the cause from which It
arises. What a commentary is ex
pressed upon a life when we de
scribe all Its “effects” sh so much
property! A man came through the
world In which good and evil w:ere
struggling for the mastery, and
when he finished his career the re
sult of his life, his total consequence
as a living cause in the earth- we
reckon to be bo much “effects” ip
the region of finance and money
HI*, chief characteristic is found
not in what he was. but in what he
had, not In himself, but in his pos
sessions. He Is spoken of in terms
of revenue. Detached from what he
possessed perhaps he would not be
thought of at all. At Ills death Ills
contemporaries think more of the
destination of tils estate than the
destination of his soul, for his accu
mulations bulk larger in public es
teem than hla self. Manifestly his
friends and neighbors rugard such a
man as an instrument of acquisi
tion only, since the main result of
his hpy.^ng lived in the earth is his
“effect*. His name Is a convenient
label for his lands and house*, but
suggest* little else. He is described
in one of the psalms In these words;
“Their inward thought is that their
houses shall continue forever, and
their dwelling places to all genera
tions; they call their lands after
their own name.”
Hut can a man afford to he only
an instrument of acquisition? Is
it a .wqrtliy thing for one to so live
that as a force among men he takes
effect only through his “effects?”
The winning of wealth la not in
itself an ignoble thing. But It may
easily become so. If the effort to win
wealth aims at. wealth as an end in
itself, rather than as a means to
higher ends, it becomes thoroughly
ignoble and positively degrading.
Hut If one who has the power to
get gain, looks beyond what he getp,
and seeks to transform Ills accumu
lations into higher forces for the
welfare of men and the glory of God,
his efforts may rise to the level of
worship and his success become al
most sacramental.
We have heard much talk of “
tainted money,” bill the discussion
has proceeded foi the most part on
the false tht-ory that money can
only* be tainted by the methods by
which it is acquired. Hut money
may be tainted by the way It Is
made, or by the way It Is kept, or
by the way It Is expended. The
niost common way of taiutlng money
is perhaps the way of selflsh board
j lug. Jems called at least one man
a fool, and the man he thus charac
terised was a hoarder. He was not
a speculator, not one who has ac
quired his wealth by grinding the
face of tne poor or by any method
of unjust gain. He had won his for
tune in the most honorable fashion
from the soil. He Is described as a
; certain rich man whose ground
brought forth plentifully. “And he
l thought within himself, saying:
‘What shall I do. because 1 have no
room where to bestow my fruits.'
Aud he said, ‘This will I do: 1 will
pull down my barns and build great
er: and there will I bestow all my
fruits and my goods. Aud 1 will say
! to my soul. Soul, thou hast much
goods laid up for many years; take
j thine ease, eat, drink and be mer
| ry • •.
Observe what an aggregation of
the personal prouduns “I.” “My“
' aud “Thou” he utters. He was ex
ceedingly self-centered, “but God
said unto him. Thou fool, this night |
thy soul shall be required of thee; I
then whose shall those thiugs be
which thou bast provided?** It Is
noticeable that God refers to his
possessions not as things he really
owned, but only as “those things
which thou hast provided.” God did
not allow his claim of possession to
extend to anything but his soul. And
that foolish man was a farmer, the
last man in the community who ever
suspects himself of having any
‘‘tainted money” about him. Jesus
added to the story of the rich fool
j these solemn words by which to cx
i tend Ills condemnation beyond that
of the individual described: “Ro is
' he that layeth up treasure for him
self, and Is not rich toward God.”
A man is a fool and a sinner
whose “effects” do not take effect
outside of himself. Godless selftsh
1 neBS taints all the money it touches
in Its acquisition, possessing and
Multitudes denounce Mr. Rocke
feller and liis business associates on
account of their “tainted money.” I
do not know enough of the details
of the case made agttinst the Stand
ard Oil king either to defend or at
tack him. But I do know there is a
great deal of “tainted money” held
by men and women who never sus
pect that they have any connection
with such vile stufT. They did not
| get It dishonestly, perhaits. nor by
any process of unfairness to com
; petitors, nor by injustice to their
patrons and customers. Hut they
hold It in unrighteousness. It poi
sons their life at Its springs and
! they die of the virtue while abusing
others about tainted money.
A few days ago the press dis
patches reported the death of a man
in one of the northern cities whose
'death was traced to germs which in
1 fected the money 'he handled. It
appears that his business required
him to handle much money which
J came to him from jieople living In
what Is called “the hIuiiik.” The bills
wore infected, he contracted disease
prevalent in “the slums'' and died.
When he was dead lie was Just as
dead as any who had perished
i among the poor people from whom
lie had been getting gains without
thinking or caring a moment for
their distresses. There is a real dan
ger here. Contagions have started
doubtless in this way oftener than
some people think. In the congress
before the present a member of the
house of representative* Introduced
a bill with the ptlrpose to prevent 1
duugcr from infected currency by
providing that new paper money
should be continually taken np and
destroyed. We are dreadfully afrnld
of germ* that Impart disease* to the j
body, but we are careless of thei
things that spread moral disease.
The member who Introduced the
hill which I have mentioned seemed
to forget that new money as well
as old money can become infected.
Morally streaking new money seems
to be more frequently Infected than
old money. "The recently rich" show
more vulgarity and less conscience
about money than |>eopte who have
been longer used to It.
Both old money ami new money
hoarded in selfishness Is tainted. J
and moreover, it is tainted quickly,
by the very process of hoarding. IfJ
the Holy Scriptures are to bo ac
cepted us tlie final rule of faitli and
moral* men are as truly bound to
distribute their own wealth wisely }
and benevolently ns they are obliged
to abstain from touching the prop- j
erty or others dishonestly. One may ;
diminish the sum of human good in
the world by privation through i
selfishness as easily as he may In-'
crease the sum of human sin by rob-!
bery. As great an amount of hu- ^
man well being may be sacrificed by
an act of wilful selfishness as by the
commission oT an overt dishonesty. I
A man may sin by neglecting to pre
vent. evil ns well ns by producing
evil. Such sins can not lie defined ;
and punished by human law, and
the effort to do so generally pro- j
reed* from tlieortzers as selfish as!
Hie sinners whom they wish to cor
rect. But (»od who woigheth the
spirits of men can and will deal
Justly by such wrongs of unscrupu
lous selfishness. The Almighty sees
that the distaiyv front selfishness to
stealing, from covetousness to rob
bery. is not so great nTter all. an I
at most is only a difference in de
gree and not in kind.
The only worthy "effects" of any
human life is found In the results
of good accomplished ui>on other hu* :
man lives. Ail the rest is a matter
of no real consequence.
Providence has many ways for
puiiisliing selfish gr»M*d even in this
world. I have read somewhere a
story lo 1his effect: An eagle had
a nest on a crag which overlooked n
shrine In the valley below*.. One day
a worshiper laid an offering on thei
altar, ami while lie was absorbed in
his devotions the eagle ‘swooped
down and took the flesh of the ofTer- '
ing in Its talons and bore It away to
the young in the neat on the crag, j
But a live coal from the altar citing
to the meat, and being deposited in
Hie nest consumed the young as they
fed upon the stolen offering. The
story is a parable. That which is
taken from under the hand of con
serration and devoted to selfishness
consulates the households which ll
is designed to feed and fatten. How
next to Impossible if is to transmit
n fortune! How almost impossibh
it Is for rich men to bring up chil
dren able (o keep the money thojf
inherit or reflect -honor upon the
parent who foolishly leaves them |
with wealth. In our country where
no law of entail conies in to diver!
and disguise the operation of cause
and effect In the matter of wealth.
I most fortunes run to waste and
shame in the second generation. It
were well If men considered that In
■ «it<h results often a rich man’s real
"effects" are found.
>oYo Know
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We Have Just Completed Our Modern
Woodworking Plant?
Our plant Is 7r#xH0. 4-story with a two-story I,, 50x100. Hallway
cars run along side of the L and direct through the center of main
building. From this track In center of building Is a large elevator.
7x18, connecting the four floors and making them about the same as
ground floor as far as the railway track is concerned. For wagon and
street conveniences, wagon can enter the ground floor and drive all
over If, then as the street grade raises it enables us to drive to each
fleor at two or more places, making all floors the same as ground floors
as far as the street Is concerned. This complete mill was erected on
ground not heretofore used by us in our large building material bus
iness. Combining thp»e two you can readily s^e It places us in posi
tion to supply anyone with everything necessary In house building. We
also Invite any orders for special work of any kind made of wood.
We would appreciate any inquiries and extend to you a special in
vitation to mHke us a personal visit.
Saxon Lime and Lumber Co.
Hluefiekl, West Virginia
IUIX 409. *|»ffO*K 70.'
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I* Surplus t)ver . . 5.000.000 THE POLICY HOLDER . . .
: E. H. EASLEY, General Agent, Bluefield, West Va. ||
I I,\T TO|» (ilHH'Kin t'OMPANY.
Th. pioneer in the wholesale busi
ness of Minefield Is the Pint-Top
Grocery company. This corporation
began business in isj>2. (Not ho long
ago, you will say. but remember
Hluelleld wua only four years old
tben. Hluelleld has grown like magic
since tben. until now we are reach
ing out rapidly toward that “2B,i>oO
1910," which Is the goal set by the
Chamber of Commerce, ami the
Flat-Top Grocery company has kept
pace with this growth. Ixist year
their business passed the milllou
This company began business In
a small warehouse on the coriuy of
Pulaski ami Pock streets, with the
following officers:
President .lames K. Mann,
Secretary and Treasurer -George
It. Dabney.
General Manager S. K. Morriss.
The compauy remained under this
management until December u,
1900. when H. K. Morriss was elect
ed general manager, secretary and
treasurer. Mr. Morriss remained In
charge of the company until June,
1902, when the business was pur
chased by the present company, and
has been under the management of
the following gentlemen over since:
President Pd win Mann.
Vice President and Secretary F.
W. Pdy.
General Manager and Treasurer
O. P. Alexander.
Before tills last change, however,
the old compauy had built a large
brick war< homo on Mercer street
to accommodate their rapidly grow
ing business, and when this house
was completed llhey thought It
would be ample to meet their needs
fur years to come. It chanced, how
ever, that with the growth of Blue
field, the necessity for more track
age became apparent to the railwaf
company, and about the time .the
Plat-Top Grocery company began to
wonder what they were going to do
for more room, the Norfolk ft West
ern helped them out of the dilemma
by buying tTlclr warehouse at some
thing like $30,000, and permitting
them to retain It until they could
build a greater one.
Their new house is conceded to
l*e the best equipped house of Its
kind in tli state, being equipped
with elect i Pal fright elevator, elec
trim! grain elevator, and a storage
capacity of 21.000 bush* Is of grain,
thereby allowing them at all times
to take advantage of the market
and store for their future wants.
Their torehnnre Is composed of
five stories and contains a floor
space of HI,000 square feet, and
and their trackage Is arranged sc
that they can load and unload five
cars at a time.
They have an Incomniunlcat Ins
telephone system which concoct?
the h'-ads of the different depart
ments, and from each floor they qm
talk to anv one in the city or fi Id.
In May, 1007, they consolidated
with Walters ^ Co., of Oraham, Va
which added considerable business
and provided them with what they
needed a warehouse which would
enable them to carry a suff'lent
stork of fee 1 to supply their greatly
Increase | business. This warehouse
is also located on the railroad track,
and Is built of concrete block; Is
three stories high, and has a floor
space of J.'i.OOO square feet. I*n this
warehouse they keep Iheir stock of
hay, straw and chop.
This company rank- second in
West Virginia in amount of business
done, and is a monument to the
Judgment, vim and business hustle
of the young men who have brought
ff fo fts present commanding posi
Buffalo. N\ V.. March 7 -"Blah
,op" N. I,. A, Kastman, head of a
religious sect in Rochester. hai
been charged by jmsfai authority**
with circulating obscene maltei
through a t>aper he publishes and
will probably be tried during the
March term of the Knifed fltatei
dlstrlet court here.
TtlOM\H V.. PFF.RY, M. D-,
Fye, F/iir, Now and Throat.
iHneffeld, W. Vs.
Orrnllst for \. A W. Railway.
ct>\hii»kuatic»n of thk
I wo ltKHO|,|'TIO\H offfhinu
Thirty-live of the Mils passed by
the speeiul session of the legislature
Just closed have been approved by
the governor, and he has two un
der consideration. These do not In
elude the general appropriation bill
aud the hill appropriating money
for the legislature. He has vetoed
one hill, the one authorizing the
construction of u congregate dining
hall and the completion of the
waterworks system at the hospital
for the Insane at Weston. The ap
propriation for tho usylum was,
however, put In the general appro
priation hill, the language being so
changed that the money will have
to he expended under the dlrecth^j
or the governor and the hoard JH
public works.
But two resolutions offering
amendments to the constitution
were adopted. One provides for
women on uublic boards und the
other relauA^o the salary of coun
• ty < otmnif^ierH. These will he sub
mitted to the |>eople of the state
at the next general election.
Ollll.K I»___1
Many other resolutions, proposing
I amend men Is to the constitution,
were offered. One was the prohibi
tion resolution, which, without
| doubt, caused more comment than
any other measure considered at ‘h**
special session. Such was the Inter
est in the resolution that petitions
signed by more than 26,000 people
were sent to the legislature praying
the suhml*»ion of the question a*
the next general election. Th reso
lution passed the house by a large
majority, but lacked one vote In the
s.-nate. After this defeat the friends
or prohibition urged the governor
to eall another special session of the
legislature to consider a local op
tion measure. It Is understood that
the governor Intended to make this
call, nrid actually had It written, but
at the last minute decided that It
was not l*esf.
Of all the bills approved by the
governor, the b*vy bill Is his pet
measure. It limits the rate of levies
by pubic boards. It has been char
acterized “a machine measure and
passed to perpetuate the control of
the present, republican machine.” jt
will work great hardship on rnuny
counties that wish to make needed
improvements and are unable to do
so because of the limitation placed
upon their levying boards. The bill
was passed by a strictly party vote..
t'nlforni Hystem of Accounting.
The bill providing for a uniform
system of public accounting Is also
another pet measure of the gover
nor. It passed by a party vote.
The county salary bill will take
from the county officers much of
the money they now1 receive In fees
and turn If Into the public treasury,
ft Is said that this measure was
proposed that the depleted treasury
of the state might be strengthened
a little so that when the governor
Is ready to turn over the reins to
his successor he can point wlih
pride to the condition of the treas
ury and the wonderful working of
1 his marvelous tax laws.
The governor has under consider
ation the dog bill. It was so changed
that It la expected It will take him
some time to make heads or tails
out of It. It originated in the house,
was substituted In the senate and
amended by a conference commit
tee it reduce* the taxes on dogs
and make* It effective in all coun
The McDermott railroad bill, pro
! hiblting railroad* from condemning
lands on both sides of a navigable
stream, was paseed as amended by
the houae committee on railroads.
What Is generally conceded to he
one of the most commendable meas
ures passed was the general educa
tional hill. It relates to all branchei
of education In the atatc.
Music to Attuct Buyers.
There Is an nuct'hncer down Lout*
Inna avenue. In Washington, .whc
t-as an eye to business, and who
as a consequence ran sell pl;mo,
of almost any vintage ns fast n»
the village cook can sell j,t„
cakes to a circus crowd. The auc
tlonoer can sing and he has a clerk
who can |dny tho piano. Tho other
day ho receive to be sold to the
highest bidder n square piano of mUiri
ancient constiuctlon and design. .,n,t
p.aced It on « xhlhltlon on the nldrwulk
In front of lita place of business.
When auction day rolled around him)
the curious crowd had assembled tho
auctioneer smnmonHd his clerk to’play
•*" accompaniment for him. and mount
,u« “ blinself, he launched forth
and Bang with Bplcndld »r.wt ' , ho
Old I^og Cabin In the l^nc." and other
Lira equally ns ancient ns the plane
i or to. The crowd enjoyed the open
nlr concert and heartily applauded the
auctioneer, and after he had described
the virtues of tho instrument the hid
*1 ng wua lively und the piano went of!
to a colored man at a pretty high
figure. *
"Music hath charms which will
msko even obsolete articles Hell*
remarked a bystander who had ou
Joyed tho Hinging.
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Astute Countryman Got tha Beat of
London Sharp.
A countryman, Malting 1 .on don for
the first time, got Into conversation
with a seedy looking Individual, and
during tho con vernation h« lot drop
flm retmiil, that ha wouhl not mind
I'lvlng half n crown to see a real Lon*
don sharper.
\\< H, keep It dark." naid tho other,
"hut I don’t mind telling you that I
am one."
II that’ll no," mild tho counirymuti,
‘‘I suppose I II h,i’ to give thee tho ’nrf
crown. Thin ho dirt with tho remark,
“Hut let’s hue Homo o’ thy tales."
Accordingly iho supposed sharper
n 1 »ted Ni«\ i.u pood yarns, and tho
countryman, much pleased, said:
' Wi il, i hoe mint ho u real London
sharper. Jtiyl pin me that ‘nrf crown
hack and 1 II pie three five shillings." j
'Without Invitation the bogus sharp**
er return >1 the half crown, holding’,
out hiii hand for the promised flvo till I* I
tin Whereupon, to his astonishment, t
the countryman pocketed Iho coin and:
ma le off with the remark: {
• Then's no Mini per, or ihce'd a’ kept;
tho ’nil < town when thou 'ud It."—t*u» I
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IN 177N 'I'll 1C I (1C \V 1C It 1C l:t STATICS
In April, 1003, l>«‘K<oi ImimIiionn, In .Inniinry, lOON, tho
of Blueficld, West Virginia,
IL WIIAT IN >128 THIS MKA.N? 1 1 V J jl
W Cninn iiik! Kitov with Its anti “filch* Sain.”
Capital .9100,000.00
Klo, klioldcrs' Inability. 100,000.00
surpiuN . tin,ooo.oo
(Resources Three - quarter Million Dollars.
Pays 3 per cent. Interest on Time Deposits.
li. 12. TIICItNICV, 1*111,1 (III; It. »C. HOMANO, Cashier;
W. II. TIIO.MAH, Vhc-I’icshlcnl; W. It. IIICKH, Assistant
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