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THE CEREDO ADVANCE.
T. T. McDOUGAL, Publisher. CEREDO. * . WEST VIRGINIA. > i——^—————— Turkey’s New Railroad. ■While Turkey la in the throes of political convulsions it may be well to recall the fact tl^at she also is getting in condition to make material ad vancement. Ono of the most Impor tant contributions to the facilities which promise well for the future is the Bagdad railroad, which penetrates a section that offers great induce ments for trade. The line will be 525 miles long and will open up an im mense area, touching many prominent points In that quarter, and among other places making Damascus and Mecca much easier of access. Amer ican Consul Harris, writing from Smyrna, gives interesting particulars about the road, and in conclusion says: "The difficult parts of the undertaking will be over after the Euphrates is crossed. It Is estimated that the SI miles of tunnel, viaducts and bridges will average from $155,000 to $185,000 per mile. This heavy expense will bo compensated by the relatively low cost of the level parts. The build ing of these four sections must lie •done in seven years. The cost of the 625 miles of railway will amount to about $45,000,000. The Bagdad rail way will help the commercial, indus trial and agricultural development of the immense territories through which ft will run, aDd will furnish outlets for the mineral wealth of the regions traversed.’’ The road is built by for eign capital, of course, and will be tinder foreign management. But it means a great deal in the way of im proving the advantages of Turkey, and ahould open the way to the traders of the nations, including the United States. Staggering Losses by Fire, • Tho totals of fire loss In this coun try may signify little to the average fnind, but the comparative figures phouhl mean much. The figures is sued by the national board of fire un derwriters show that the average fire loss per capita In the United States for the last five years was $3.02, against 33 cents for six European countries, including France, Germany and Austria. It may be Objected per haps that It Is unfair to select this particular period for purposes of com parison. since both the Baltimore fire of 1904 and the San Francisco fire of 3906 are included in It. And yet, says the New York Globe, If these two fires, representing about $350,000,000, were deducted from the total fire loss of the country for the five years—w'hich Is es timated at $ 1,257,716ftG5—the total would be reduced by but little over a fourth. And the American per capita loss would remain about 6V» times larger than the European. What 1s to blame for this groat disparity? Are we so much more careless than Europeans? Are European building codes, fire departments and water sup plies from 6*£ to 10 times better than those found In the United States? It is one of the perversities of hD man nature that everybody 1r "agin’' something. When the automobile was rare and disobedient most of us were fndined to throw stones at It. Since then there has been time for a class of pro-autemobile outlaws to grow up, who try to defeat the cunning hand of the law. The officers set traps for overspeeding cars, and the lawless lurk outside the traps to warn the drivers. Some of these warners are secret agents of automobile associa tions, paid to give tho warning, but others are merely specimens of chronic opposition; they take pleasure In beating anybody, evt n a zealous town constable. Soon there will arise another opposition cf warners to warn the constables when the warners •re warning the automobiles. Various proposals nre being mado for the celebration of the Lincoln cen tcnary. Lincoln and Darwin were born on the same day, and both In England and In this country the sug gestion has been made of an interna tional observance of the birthday. Some visible memorial will, no doubt, be erected to Lincoln In Washington, and It has been proposed to construct a centennial highway from Washing ton to Gettysburg. Whatever the out ward and visible observances may be, there is one manifestation of Interest which the individual may maketohlm a«Jf in private; he may read the writ, ten works of the two great men who ' were born on February 12. 1*09, arid discover the Ideas that keep those men alive. A Waterbury (Conn.) dispatch tc||§ of a farmer near that place who has developed a potato that "grows or fines like gooseberries ’’ If Connect! cat gooseberries grow on vines they would bo is great a novelty as the po tatoes out In this part of the country Some of tba farmers re*7*nt the ef forts of the president to make their homes brighter. They tb’nk that a more practical way would be to send pf.int l« Ihem Instead of a coimals •«*« _ A GLORY-FILLED EARTH Millennial Vision of Habakkuk tha Prophet. BY THE “HIGHWAY AND BYWAY” PREACHER lOvyrlgbl, IWW, by ttia AuUmm , W. a. KJm.ii > Scripture Authority—Hook of Ilab akkuk, especially 2:14. Habakkuk the Prophet.—Name Is from Hebrew root meaning to -embrace.” de noting a "favorite” (of God), and a "struggler” (for tils country’s good). Karts of prophet’s life and tiie date of his ministry are In much obscurity, al though some ancient authors represent him us belonging to tribe of Levi, others to tliut of Simeon. Kusebius states that In his time Habakkuk’s tomb was shown at Celia In Palestine. From all evidences of the book, the period of the prophecy seems to have been about CIO 13. C. Rab binical traditions agree, however. In plac ing the prophet with Joel an«l Nahum In the reign of Mannsseh. The style of the prophecy Is poetical anti sublime, the strophleal arrangement of the woes in the second chapter being a remarkable feature of the prophecy. The magnlOront Psalm of chapter 3 is called by Kwald, Habakkuk s Pindaric tide,” anti is a composition unrivaled for bohlmss of Conception, sublimity of thought, and majesty of diction. j ^ SERMONETTE. :;• it The soul whose eye of faith '£ looks through the telescope of it ■£ God’s promises always beholds $ & visions fo the ultimate glory of ft 2 God. % 'V It is hard to believe that the £ prophet who in 1:2 is crying: J "O. Lord, how long shall I cry, -V A and thou wilt not hear! even f, 3b cry cut unto thee of violence, *t ;£• and thou wilt not save!'’ is the :£ same one who in 2:14 is tri- % :i umphantly shouting:. “For the £ % ear*h shall be filled with the »lb konwledge of the glory of the % bb Lord, as the waters cover the I sea” | £ What could have lifted Habak- * fit kuk from the valley of despond- 'tk % ency to the mountain top of $ f glorious vision and expectancy? % % Just this: In the hour of his * # discouragement and doubt Hab- it * akkuk was wise enough to be- ^ $ take himself to his “tower," the 2 I place where he was wont to £ meet his God, and there to wait :% until God would answer the 'Jf questionings of his heart. God never disappoints a soul ^ ^ that thus seeks him. He never ?ft fails to lift the mists of doubt 2: and uncertainty and to give vi- * # sions of his final glory. ^ * For a season sin is triumph ant and ditf the soul but live 3; % in the atmosphere of present * £ conditions nothing could save 3I $ it from unutterable discourage- £ tt ment, but if it will but climb % to the tower of prayer and com- % ii. munion with God it will get % % above the cloud-line of the pres- & ik ent and be able to see away over ?>'. % into the promised land of God’s % ^ triumphant glory. % He who would fight for God * % must see with God. it The Christian warrior who & ■t sees only the strength of the * enemy and counts the triumphs ■* •r- evil has won is already as good 2 as defeated. What though his loins be % tt girt about with truth, and he % % hath buckled on the breastplate tt of righteousness; what* though * £ he hath put on the helmet of % 'it salvation and his feet are shod l£ % with the preparation of the % £ gospel of peace, while the sword % jp of the Spirit is firmly grasped in i't % his strong right hand, if he have % * not the shield of faith with i(t £ which to withstand every attack % ¥ of the enemy and assure him of % final victory? >k % KrXX X X X XXXXXX XX X X- X X XX X X X XXX X THE STORY. GREAT revelationa sometimes come during the periods of the greatest darkness. In the decadent days of tho Jewish nation who would have thought of singing a song of the com ing glory of the l/>rd? And yet that Is what Habakkuk the prophet did. and the story of how It might have been that tiod lifted the veil and gave him a glimpse of the glories which are still but the dream of the faith ful. Habakkuk had been carrying a heavy burden upon his heart for a good many days, a burden which was not made lighter by his passing to and fro among the people, for each day as he ministered here and there striv ing to turn the hearts of the people toward God It seamed as though he uncovered some new and greater evil which was sapping the life of the na tion. He knew the persistent course of the people in their downward Course of sin and Idolatry could only lead to one inevitable result, the pun Ishmrnt of the nation at God's hands. Isrrei had had a glorious history, and her rule had extended from the sea oh the west to the far east, hut now to what depths had she fallen The northern tribes had been scat 'ered and their land laid desolate and the tribe of Judah alone remained, and sin was fast plunging her to de struction. The glory of fhe nation had departed and she was but the vassal now of the heathen nations about. No Conner Habakkuk was heavy hearted. What minister of Ood |B there who can witness the course of sin In the human life, and know that rWf ears and IndlfTe. fnt hearts Bpurn the words of warning and advice, anrt not be depressed t>y Qf r»j ■--- V suits obtained? And »o Habakkut cried in the anguish of his heart: “O Lord. how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear? Even cry oul unto thee of violence and thou wilt not save!” Tt seemed to him as though the heavens were brass and that God was beyond the reach of his voice. Hut nevertheless he cried and poured out his lieart burden to God. And then when quiet had come anti he was still, there came a voice speak ing to him. saying: “ho. I will raise up the Chaldeans, | that bitter and hasty nation, which shall march through the brea 1th of the land, to possess the dwelling places that are not theirs.” A cry of deep anguish hurst from the lips of Hahakkuk, and he fell to the ground in a swoon. "Could It be?” as asked himself, when he again came hack to con sciousness. “that it was God who had spoken declaring that he would send the Chaldeans upon the land? It seemed too terrible a thing.” “O Lord my God,” he crud. lifting his face to the heavens, “mine Holy One, art not thou from eve-lasting? O Lord, hast thou ordained *hetn for judgment: and O mighty God. hast thou established them for correction? Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil und canst not look on iniquity; wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal tieacherously, and boldest thy tongue when the wicked devour eth the man that is more righteous than he?” Habakkuk ceased his plaint, bill there was no answering voice, and the prophet arose and paced back and 1 forlfc in great agitation. “Why did not God himself punish his people? Why did he give such power into tlie hands of so wicked an enemy?” he asked himself in great vexation of spirit. All night long he struggled with the question. “Judah has sinned,” he cried, "buk oh. the bitterness of the punishment which is to fall upon the chosen peo ple oi God. What of the future? Is there then no fulfillment of the prom i isos which God gave to Abraham and i to Isaac and to Jacob, and to all the prophets since that day? Shall the Chaldeans he permitted without inter ruption to enjoy the fruits of their violence, seeing ihat they attribute all their success to themselves and not to thee? Is the earth to be filled with violence continually?” These questions troubled. Habak kuk, but his night of vigil found him no answer to them, and w’earily he turned his feet toward the city. It was then that a new fear and perplexity seized upon him. Should he deliver his message as God had given it to him or should lie withhold to speak until greater light and revela tlon should come? As he passed through the streets he noted the same careless indiffer ence of the multitudes to his presence Little respect did they have for God's messenger. Scant time did they have to listen to his voice when sinful pleasure on every hand was present to hold their attention. So en grossed were they with the following of their idolatrous practices that there was no room for deeper thoughts ol the true God. Ileart-slck, the prophet turned and retraced his steps to the secluded nook which had grown precious to him because of the many seasons ol delightful communion he had had there with his God. "I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me’." More than half the victory is won when the soul hritigs itself to that condition of determined vigil, and the blessing which God is always willing to give, do we but wait for it, Is ul most within the grasp. And as he waited the prophet felt a deepening consciousness of the powei and majesty of God expanding over his soul. Surely he could trust God with it all. All things would work , out to his glory. *\n iiiiMjKu ju n*BponH« lo inis last thought which flooded his heart there came a voice saying: "Write the vision, nnd make it plain upon tables that he may rut that reabeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end ; it shall spenk, and not lie: though il tarry, wait for it; because it will sure ly come, it will not tarry. For the earth shall be Ailed with the knnwl edge of the glory of the lord, as the waters cover the sea." "Ah,” exclaimed Hnhnkkuk ns he let his soul expand with the thought of the vision, "I cannot understand all that means, neither can I know how God will bring It to pass, hut 1 know that It shall he as he hath spoken." And then reverently he bowed his head and prayed; "O Lord, I have heard thy speech and was afraid: O l/ird, revive th> work in the midst of the years; in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy." And (he prayer of ilahakkuk ut fered in faith so long ago wifi yet be fulfilled and the glory of the Lord shall indeed All the whole earth as the*waters cover the sea. Makes Demand for New Vaults. The bureau of engraving nnd print ing at Washington is turning out new emergency notes under the Aldrich Vr'reland law at the rate of about $3,A00,000 a day. and new vaults must be built to store them In. Turn Out Many Bibles. The Hlble pres* jf Oxford produces on an average 3,000 copies of the Bi ble, not to mention prayer hooka, every day. The sklriB of 100 000 ani mala are used every year lor the oor era of Oxford k SEEING THEM ALREADY Ac? News Item.—A Largs Black Snake Was Seen at Fairvisw Crossing Bryj.n’a Path. NEED NO SYMPATHY AMERICAN FARMERS ARE NOT "OPPRESSED.” Bryan’s Effort* to Create Feeling of Discontent Among the Agricul tural Classes Not Likely to Be Very Successful. Mr. Rryan'B address to the Nebras ka farmers at the Lincoln fair as sumed that the farmers are an op pressed people. Mr. Bryan was sym pathetic, and poiuted out some of the outrages committed upon the farmer by an Insolent or inept national gov ernment. What would the farmers think, he asked, if he were to tell them that for every dollar spent on the agricultural department $25 was spent on the army and navy, and then he counseled them: "Read the amount spent on ships and figure, if you can, what portion of that gets to the farmer." This is a typical example of Mr. Bryan s thoughtless method of agita tion. It would be difficult to say, of course, Just what portion or the na tional expenditures on the army and navy gets to” the farmer or to the clerk or lawyer or physician or to any class or variety of American citizen: and It is monstrous. In making an ad dress to an inland agricultural com munity remote from the ocean, to play to any hostility to the navy on the theory that the farmer does not owe or is not willing to give Just as strong find patriotic support to the country's navy as any other class of citizens. It Is an insult to assume that farmers •ire so narrow as to object to proper expenditures for a navy If they cannot be convinced that the profit to the funning class from the appropriation is direct, immediate and to lie meas ured In money. The farmer has not been abused by the Roosevelt administration nor by the McKinley or Cleveland or any other administration. If huge appro priatfoos have not been made to farmers, they do not need them, nnd are certainly no more entitled to I them than are the clerks, the school teachers, the business men and many other classes of workers. It is a thoroughly vicious notion to assume that the farmer or any other clnss of producers, is hostile to the govern ment unless It may l>e shown that the government Is always doing something for them. It Is not the province of the government to he eternally supporting the people; It Is rather the province | af the people to support tho govern- j ' m «nt. Trie farmers are not In Immediate ; aid of largess. Their products have i been extremely high for several years and farm values have risen sharply. | When they need aid Mr. Hrvan's no j Hons are not calculated to help them. | In Iflftfi he predicted doom for the fnrmer unless free silver triumphed, nnd asserted with the utmost confl dctico that the maintenance of the gold standard would drag down wheat. Silver nnd wheat must flour ish together The silver fnllncy died , | »nd wheat thrived, and so did the j fa-mer. if flu; credit of the country had been Impaired and the currency had been debased the farmer s plight would he sAd to contemplate, nnd the 1 fnrmer Is likely to rcrclve just as much profit from Mr. Bryan's present i grandiose and Impracticable schemes ps he would ha-e received from the adoption of the free silver folly. Chief Cause for Worry. <!ol. Bryan laments the "discrimina tion that has been going on against I the fa-mer" In electing ao few tillers of the soil to congress and the seri ate What troubles him chiefly, how ever. Is the discrimination which the whole American nation exerclsea ■ against a certain farmer of Lincoln, j Neb., in declining to elect him to the White Hcuse. □RYAN ON CLEVELAND Wrote Eulogy of Ex-President Without Intending to Do So. Mr. William J. Bryan describes In an article in Collier's some of the qualifications of the model president He says ho should have "moral corn* nge. He should be able "to detect the sophistries" that are always em ployed by "special Interests" seeking "unfair advantage.” He should look on himself as "committed by his plat form to certain principles, and those 1 principles are binding.” Mr. Bryan could have given life and emphasis to his observations by men tioning a president—a Democratic one I at that who possessed these preslden ! tial qualifications in ample measure. Pew occupants of the White House • hav<* equaled Grover Cleveland In moral courage. He was an intense party man. He gloried In his party's triumphs and mourned In Its defeats. But he had the moral courage to stand up against his party when it went mad over free silver, lie knew that he would be excommunicated, that most Democrats would vilify and curse him, and that hla course would con tribute to the defeat of bis party. Yet he never faltered. Mr. Bryan never has favored the public with any mani festation of a moral courage approach ing that. Cleveland was able “to detect the sophistries of tiio silver mine owners and dishonest debtors who hankered after 50-cent dollars. He was not to be moved by the appeals of "special interests" for free-silver legislation. Certainly Mr. Bryan did not intend that his disquisition on tho qualifica tions or a president should be read its a eulogy of Grover Cleveland, whom lie greatly haled. Cleveland did much to prevent his election. But the Intel ligent reader will think of Cleveland lather than of Bryan when he reads the article. BRYAN FORGETS SOMETHING. Repudiates Himself When He Attacks Republican Expenditures. f>ur platform also calls attention to the 'act that W>,nOO new offices have been cre ated. at an expense of $70,000,000 a year, as against an Increase of 10.000 new of fices. with salaries amounting to $6,000, ,• ,,n thp Cleveland and McKinley nd ministrations.- William J. Bryan at St. Paul. Oran ted; what then? How did the Increase come about? What started It? Whither Is It tending? And why? The answers are plain on the face of things. Clovernment Inspection, government regulation, and govern ment control have been expanded and extended as never before—that Is the why and where and how Rome of this expansion and exten sion has been for good; some of It for evil; hut whether for good or for evil It has been the part of the Roosevelt policies which Mr. Bryan himself has applauded most heartily while It has been In progress—which he has even gone so far as to accuse the president of borrowing from the Bryanite Democracy. It Increases n civil list enormously. It piles up appropriations Immensely, to control nnd regulate and Inspect and supervise 90.000.000 of people, and Mr. Bryan must have realized this fact when he proclaimed the expediency of It all. Why then complain of the conse quences now, especially when In the same breath he advocates a further extension and expansion and expense by establishing the vast additional.ma chlnery of United Slates postal kav ings hanks throughout the country? We can't have our rake and eat It! We can't transfer the individual bur dens of private life to the United States government nnd then avoid giv ing the government the money necea tary to carry the lend. Mr. Bryan has taken the wrong line of attack He is simply repudiating himself when he advances mien arpu mcjits. He must have forgotten r me thing ONE KIDNEY GONE 9ut Cured After Doctors Said There Was No Hope. Syivanus O. Verrlll. Milford. Me., •ays: “Five years a«o a bad injury paralyzed me and affected my kid neys. My Lack hurt me terribly, and the urine was bad ly discolored. Doc tors said my right kidney was practi cally dead. They saiu 1 cuuiu never walk again. I read of Doan’s Kidney Pills and began us ing them. One box made me stronger and freer from pain. I kept on using them and in three months was able to> get out on crutches, and the kidneys were acting better. I improved rap idly, discarded the crutches and to the wonder of my friends was soon completely cured.” Sold by all dealers. 50 cents a box. Foster-MIlburn Co., Buffalo, N. Y More Important. “Ah! Mrs. J^ewcomb,” said the uj> pish Mrs. Subbubs, "my many soelal duties have prevented me from calling upon you as I should. However, 1 will surely return your visit some day—’* "Oh! that doesn’t matter much,’* replied Mrs. Newcomb promptly, "but I do wish you'd return the grocens* you've borrowed from time to time.’— Catholic Standard and Times. $100 Reward, $100. readers ot tills paper will be pleased to leara that there Is at least one dreaded disra.se that science has been able to cure in all its stages, and that Is Catarrh. Hall's Catarrh Cure *» the only positive cure now known to the medical fraternity, ( atarrb being a constitutional disease, mjuin-s a constitu tional treatment. Hall's Catarrh Cure Is taken In ternally. acting directly upon the blooa and mucous surfaces of the system, thereby destroying the foundation of the disease, and giving the patient strength by building up the constitution and assist ing nature In doing Its work. The proprietors have so much faith In Its curative powers that they ofter One Hundred Dollars for any case that It tails tea cure. Send for list of testimonials Address F. J. CHENEY A- CO.. Toledo. O SoUl by all Druggists, ?5e. Take Hall's Family Fills for constipation. Socialism in Japan. Socialism has no footing in thlr. country as yet, nor is there any indi cation that it will gain a footing in the near future at all events. Prior to the war with Russia a small coterie of men calling themselves socialists argued vehemently against the open ing of hostilities and published a newspaper organ to propagate their creed. Hut they soon dwindled into insignificance. and although a period ical of so-called socialist views con tinues to be published it has no in fluence, nor does it serve any purpose, apparently, except to furnish material for occasional comment on the part of amused readers.—Japanese Weekly Mail. A Doctor’s Disadvantage. “In or i way,” said a collector, "it is easier to get money from a doctor than anybody else who is slow pay It is more difficult for him to swear that he hasn’t been able to make any collections himself since the first of the year. A doctor’s reception room is open to all possible patients. A col lector with a grain of ingenuity can find a way to worm out of the men on the waiting list information as to the terms of payment. After an inter view with three or four persons who have paid spot cash lor treatment and who have told the collector they paid, it takes a mighty nerve on the part of the doctor to insist that he hasn't a dollar to his name.” TOO TRUE TO BE GOOD. IFl » Pinxit—I have just finished the late Mrs. Peck's portrait. It's a speaking likeness. The Widower Perk—Would It be too much trouble to—er—change It m. bit In that resjieet? AFRAID TO EAT. *3irl Starving on 111 Selected Food "Several years ago I was actually starving." writes a Me. girl, "yet dared not eat for fear of the consequences. 'I had suffered from indigestion from overwork, irregular meals and Improper food, until at last my stom aeh became so weak I could eat scarcely any food without great dis tress. "Many kinds of food were tried, all' w-Ith the same discouraging effects. I steadily lost hr alt h and strength until I was hut a wreck of my former self. "Having heard of Orape-Nuts and Its great merits. I purchased a pack age. hut with little hope that It would h» !p me I was so discouraged. I found It not only appetizing hut that I could cat it as I liked and that It satisfied the craving for food with out causing distress, and if I use the expression, 'It filled the bill’ /nr months Orape-NutB was my prlnci, at article of diet. I ff.|t from the very first that I had found the rignt way to health and happiness and my anticipations were fully re alized. ‘ With its conMnued use T regained my usual health and strength. To-day I n:n well and can cat anything I Pke f«t Orape-Nuts food forms a part of my Mil of fare.” ’There's a Reason.” Name given by Pos’um Co. Hattie creek, Mich Read "The Read to Woll ▼*Hp. in pkgs. Ever read the above letter? A nev* one appears from time to time. They uine, true, and fu 1 of Humsr> Interest.