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at secoad-claM matter, Nov. iah, 1890. LKABIXG PAPER OF SOUTH WIEST VA. PCBUSnXD wbkklt ?ST TW BIG STONE POST PUBLISHING Co. 0,C 8EAR8 PRSUOCNT. Tkkmsj or Suasccurriox: One Year,.$1.25 Sis Month*,. 75 Payment strictly in advance. ADVKKTiaxe Ram: Display advertisements per lncb, for each Insertion $1.00 Legal noticed, obituaries, etc., 10 cents per lino each insertion. Discount allowed for one column or mare. Friday, June 26,1891. The Post has recently made an addition to the force in its job office. This new expense is incurred that job work may be turned out more expeditiously and sat? isfactorily. But the difficulty in making prompt collections for the work done, renders it necessary that this department be conducted on strictly a cash basis. Hereafter therefore, bills will accompany all packages and must be paid on the delivery of the goods. The work is done at Louisville aud Cincinnati prices, and the margin of profit is not sufficient to jus? tify us in carrying our customers. Bills for advertisements are payable monthly, and they must be met promptly on presen? tation or the advertisements will be dis? continued. Kentucky's Constitution. The people of Kentucky arc becoming greatly agitated over the discussion of the proposed new constitution. The instru? ment was adopted by the convention, but it must be rutified by a popular vote, and this vote will be taken in August. While some of the new provisions would prove highly advantageous to the State there are many others which seem to have emanated from a convention of the Farmer's Alliance if not from a conclave of Chicago Anarchists and, on the whole, the' adoption of the instrument, as it stands, would result in great injury to the industrial interests of the State, and indeed to the entire South. Here is one very absurd provision: Sec. 198.?No corporations in existence at the time of the adoption of this Constitution shall have the benefit of the future legislation without first filing in the office of the Secre? tary of State an acceptance of the provisions of this Constitution. Now there are other provisions of the constitution which involve the sacrifice of vested rights, aud as they are plainly in conflict with the constitution of the Uni? ted States and therefore can not be en? forced, the clause quoted seems to be a kind of blackmailing device, by which the corporations are warned that unless they surrender their rights under the constitution of the United States, they are to be punished by a denial on the part of the Kentucky Legislature to grant them privileges or afford them the protec? tion accorded to the other corporations that may accede to the base bargain. The injustice and invalidity jof such a provision are too palpable to admit of ser? ious discussion, yet it is hardly more ab? surd than several others, among which is the following: Sue. 201.?No corporation shall issue stock or bonds except for an equivalent in money or labor done, or propertv actually received in payment of stock or bonds at* a greater value* than the market price at the time said labor was done or property was delivered, and all fictitious increase of stock or indebtedness shall be void. The chief absurdity of this clause con? sists in the difficulty of determining what is the market price of the labor that may be paid for bonds, and the market price of the bonds which may never have been put on the market. Much of the service rendered by lawyers and projectors to new corporations is done before the point of issuing cither stock or bonds has been reached, and one man's services are often worth ten times as much as another man's services. To deny the incorporators and officers a new company of the power of making a contract and fixing the value of such services at once, would not only deprive both the agent or ser? vant and the corporation of a right to make a contract which is not injurious to others, but it would open the door to end? less litigation, aud a degree of uncertain? ty would result which would be fatal to a large number of enterprises that might prove of the greatest value to the State at large as well as to individuals owning property which they wish to develop. But the fundamental objection to such provisions is the infringement they in? volve of a man's natural right to make his own contracts so long as they do not conflict with the rights of others or the public good. They constitute one of the worst features of parental government and are inconsistent with the very essence of our free institutions. The theory of the monarchies of Europe is that the cit? izen always remains a child; that the government must always look after htm as a parent does after his infant offspring, and that he must do nothing for himself that the government can do for him. This system renders the citizen dependent; it impairs his interest in his own business; it dwarfs his individual resources and causes him to rely for almost everything upon legislative wisdom and inspirations. On the other hand the theory under which this nation has developed more rapidly and, within a hundred years, has become the most powerful in the world, is that the government must interfere with the citizen as little as possible. It must pro? tect him abroad, pass general laws defin? ing his rights where they are antagonized by corporations or individuals; but so far as his business is concerned it should not interfere with him, but leave him to make his, own bargains and, so long as he is not the victim of palpable fraud, take the consequences, Onr theory then teaches self reliance, while the European theory teaches depen? dence. Our theory both sharpens- and broadens the citizen's intelligence; it develops his manhood; it inculcates, in tho best possible w&y, a proper sense of his rights and responsibilities and it ele? vates his character. Government is something that should be lifted above the invidious work of diving into such de? tails and telling the individual what he must not do, as if he were under age, ora non compos mentis, or otherwise unfit to make his own contracts and conduct his own business. This feature of the new constitution is therefore doubly affensivc because it not only reflects upon a man's business sagac? ity and his ability io take care of himself, but it is reactionary and brings us again under the baleful influence of monarchi? cal ideas against which our ancestors successfully revolted and which are now gradually being abandoned even by the parental governments of Europe. Such provisions arc anachronisms; they do not belong to an enlightened period; they are obstructions in the progress of the science of government. We can not see how a Democrat can vote for any constitution containing them. They are unamerican and in open conflict with some of the most cherished and fundamental principles of our free government. But these with other clauses must re? sult in a practical and immediate injury if adopted. They discourage the invest? ment of foreign capital; they alarm home capital; they are calculated to put a sud? den stop to much of the material develop? ment that is just opening a new era for Kentucky and other Southern States; so from a mere material standpoint they are destructive and suicidal. It is safe to say that not a mile of new railroad would be constructed as long as the constitution remained as it is, and it is doubtful if a netv mine would be opened or a new fur? nace built. The only hope would be in amending it as soon as possible; but why not let the old constitution remain until the new one is so amended that it may command the approval of an enlightened community instead of being as it is a bundle of absurdities, a deformed thing, coming into life with "the sardonic grin of death already on its countenance?" -. Thk news that De Lesseps is to he prosecu? ted by the French Government because of his relations with the Panama Canal, will not be received with favor by those familiar with the great engineer's career and public services. He conceived and carried .through the Suez Canal scheme which has proved of incalculable benefit to commerce, and his restless genius projected other enterprises which would have rendered him famous without that brilliant acheivement. He is now very old, broken in spirit, and suffers more from his failure and disappointment than any of those who put their money in the enterprise. But a large number of the humbler classes bought shares in the Panama Company, and there is now a loud clamor for the prosecution. It is sad to see a glorious life end in disappointment and despair. It is sad too to observe how a single failure will obscure the splendid triumphs of so many years of labor and devotion. De Lessops deserves better of his country and of mankind. In a recent speech Sir. McKinley, the repub? lican canidate for Govenor of Ohio, said : "We are confronted by a real danger, which prudent men of uli purties should seek tu avert before it is too late. The public credit and sound finances must be preserved and every scheme to destroy it must be met with courage and intelligence and repelled hy the mighty force of public opinion. Better risk defeat, which can be only temporary, than capitulate with the demagogue or surrender to dishonesty." Many of our democratic leaders do not seem aware of the fact, but it is nevertheless true that language like this, from democratic ora? tors, would help the party immensely. It is just what the democratic party needs. It needs the confidence of the business elements of the country?that which it is very hard for it to acquire as long as its platforms are writ? ten by quacks and its campaign speeches made by demagogues. The grain crops of nearly every country in Europe have fallen short from one fourth to one third of the usual yield. The grain crops of this country are larger than ever before? not excepting the banner year of 1881. We shall therefore not only have more grain to ship abroad but we shall get from twenty-five to fifty per cent more for what we ship. We also have the largest cotton crop ever produced in any country. Our gold will come back to us faster than it ever went away and it will bring a deal more foreign gold with it. Al? together we have a better thing than Sir Wil? liam Gordon dimming had at the baccarat game. The death of ex-Senator Joseph McDonald will deprive the democratic party of Indiana of another of its strongest old war horses. Hendricks was a tower of strength, and per? haps^ next to him McDouald, for a time at least, wielded the greatest influence. Gray and Voorhees are the only survivors among the chief leaders. The old Senutor died peacefully. "Do you contemplate death with any trepida? tion?" asked his doctor. "Not the least," was the reply that came from the smiling lips. In a few moments more McDonald was dead. Fkoh the report made by Baron Fata of his private interview with Mr. Blaiue which ap? pears in another column, it seems the Ameri? can Secretary rather smote the Italian Minis? ter in the neck. He did it neatly, not brutally, of course. But Mr. Blaine did not seem to have any fear of the Italian iron clads before his eyes during that conversation. At any rate there was nothing in "Mr. Blame's talk that sounds that way. Our Secretary doubt? less remembered too that our own new navy is no slouch. -? ? > The fact that Hon. J. .C. S. Blackburn fa? vors the new Kentucky Constitution and is taking active and of course, noisy steps to make the fact known, does not argue that the new instruments harmless to the business interests of the State or that it is, in any way, meritorious. His action simply shows that he believes the new Constitution will be popu? lar and that his advocacy of it will strength? en him for the Senate. He is now catching at straws. Ths Abingdon Virginian says, "The Big Stone Gap Post regrets to see the Virginian devoting two columns to politics." 0, no you are mistaken, your two column political articles do no oue any harm while they seem to afford you immense satisfaction. No humane person wishes you to discontinue them. . ^ Thk Bristol News shows commendable enter? prise in publishing an early cditiou for the afternoon trains that leave Bristol. The pa? per reaches Big Stone Gap at 6 o'clock r. m. It hag greatly improved in its news matter and deserves success. If the Prince of Wales only had some cough syrup or a patent churn to sell now, he could make something out of the free advertising he ia 111 AIRY TONGUES. For several years now the committees of the Alumni society of the University of Va. seem to have been hard pushed to find orators to make the usual address at the final celebra? tions. Whether the fact may be considered evidence of a decline in the influence and standing of that once noble institution or whether the committees appointed to make the selections have lacked enterprise or dis? crimination, I know not. But as orator for the present celebration to instance, Henry Wat tcrson was selected. It really seems that a committee appointed for the purpose of select? ing a speaker for such an occasion and for such an institution should feel a certain sense of responsibility, and should consider qual? ities of mind and character as well as the mere capacity to string words together in a pretty jingle. In such addresses there should be an underlying moral tone and innate dignity, a sincerity of conviction and a love of truth, that should not be at variance with the char? acter of the speaker. Watterson had been selected to exercise a similar funciion by the alumni of a small college in Tennessee but the professors, recognizing the unfitness of their choice, vetoed their action. It is painful for an alumnus or any well wisher of the Uni? versity to conclude that what is too unworthy for recognition by an obscure college in Tenn? essee?Watterson's native State, I believe? is good enough for an institution founded by Jefferson and which for so many years was the pride and boast of Virginia. * * And this recalls the action of a few mis? guided friends of the University some time since in Louisville. In accordance with the wishes of one of the authorized representatives of that institution a movement was put on foot to establish some incidental department or association?I do not recall its exact nature? which was named after and identified with the Louisville Courier Journal. Now if the object of this step was to secure puffs from the paper by toadying to it, all must admit the device was undignified and degrading. If it was to bestow the benediction and endorsement of a great educational institution upon the princi? ples and policies of a newspaper, it was equally unworthy and injurious, since aside from its notorious lack of nil principle there arc a large number of Southern people who consider that paper (urmost treacherous and deadly enemy. * ? Devot oil friends of the institution must observe such evidences of decaying dignity with dismay. Fancy the feelings of a curious traveller exploring the ruins of a Grecian tem? ple where on either hand lie fragments of the most exquisite art, a slab from the Panathenaic procession, possibly a limb from some heroic statue which felt the touch of Phidias, now shattered by the shocks of time but still re? taining the noble lineaments traced by the hand of genius; and here a classic fountain basined with polished marble and fringed with crumbling balustrades, where spiders now weave their webs and in the dust of which toads wallow. It must be with a feeling akin to these that a true lover of letters notes the de? cline of a once great institution of learning. The Acropolis in ruins is hardly a sadder sight. % * "Society" is now promised a sensation in the publication of more details of the life of Madame Elizabeth Bonaparte who died some ten years ago in Baltimore. Madame Bona? parte's life has all the elements of romance ex? cept tenderness. The novelist or poet can not well improve on the history of her life as it is. What it lacks in romanticism, it gains in in? dividuality. The success of this Elizabeth Patterson who galloped out to the race-course at Baltimore to sec the capture of a dis? tinguished foreigner, will suggest possibilities to the present and future generations of Ameri? can girls; and the visits of Grand Dukes and subordinate Princes will always cause a flutter in the ambitious hearts of beautiful women. In 1803, the Baltimore belle was necessarily of a different type from the girl of this period, yet we may conceive of the dash of this woman when her arm was at its plumpest, and her beauty at its ripest, from the description of her marriage costume from a gentleman present on the occasion : "All the clothes worn by the bride might have been put in my pocket. Her dress was of muslin, richly embroidered, of extremely fine texture. Beneath her dress she wore but a single garment." The romance of this beautiful woman is not impaired by the fact that as she grew old she became pe? nurious aud lived in a dingy room, uncarpetcd, and antique in all its appointments. Perhaps, indeed, her ancient attire aud all were essen? tial to the romance. In her talks with young girls, she laughed at the idea of love in mar? riage, and treated the institution a"s one of convenience. She thought sentiment a weak? ness, and did not hesitate to say she married I for position. Her father objected to her mar? riage with Jerome Bonaparte, aud very wisely; she never regretted the events of her life, and lived happily on her memoirs, feeding on visions of thrones, and hoping for fortunate marriages of her son and grandsons to prin? cesses ; they disobeyed her and married after their own inclinations, and happily. Thus for three generations there were individuality and romance. To begin with, ambition laughed at common-sense, and to end with love mocked at ambition. * * The efforts of newspaper editors to get up a divorce suit now between Lord and Lady Brooke shows they are not in it. # * Mr. Campbell Bascom Slemp, eldest son of Col. Campbell Slemp, took the medal in the Society of Cadets at Lexington where he has just graduated with high honor. The Colonel has a younger son at Lexington also, but this is his junior year. Mr. C. B. Slemp will be instructor at a military academy iu Alabama. Miss Belle Slemp who ranked high in her class at the Wesleyan Institute of Staunton, is now at home enjoying her vacation. ?> # Mrs. Jefferson Davis is not yet ready to as sent to the removal of her late husband to Richmond. She told the committe that she wished a year's time allowed for her decision. It was in Richmond that Mr. Davis reached *he heighth of his power; it was there that he experienced his most exquisite sorrows and his most splendid triumphs. No more appro? priate place could be selected for his ashes. A Modified Religion. (Archdeacon Farrar to the daughter ot the lute Charles Brudlaugh.) "The old detestable notions of happy souls rejoicing over the torments of the lost have long since been exorcised. The Calvinisttc horrors of an unnatural theology have been never authorized by many men, even by great? est Christian Fathers and canonized saints of the Mediaeval Church. "Had I been able to show him Christianity as I see it, I do not think that he would have wished to be counted among the foes of our Gospel?if such was his attitude. But Chris? tianity has been more sorely wounded in the house of its friends than by its cnemigs." The Devil. It is an old story of the Scotch Presbyterian who said: "That the devil is bad you can tell by lib very uame; for, it you take away the d, it is evil, and take away the do, it is vile, aud take away the devy It Is ill, so that he U an ill, vilo and evil devil!" Fiy Talk. First Fly?Hi ther, Bluebottle I Como over here. Tliere'H a keg of molasses here. Second Fly?Molasses be hanged. 1 knuw where there's a white and gold parlor that's never been touched. DE. HAEPEE AGAIN. Ke Furnishes an Authorized Abstract of HU Views al>oat the Bible. NOTED BAPTISTS PRESENT. CX. Y. Sun.) The Baptist Ministerial Conference of this city yesterday listened to an elabo? rate exposition of the theory that the Bible, while being the inspired "Word of God, contains errors. Prof. William R. Harper, of Yule, and President-elect of the great Baptist University just founded at Chicago by John D. Rockefeller, made the exposition in the form of an address at the Baptist Tabernacle yesterday morning. The address was called out by the interview with Prof. Harper publish? ed in the World June '1. This interview was revised by Prof. Harper and its pub? lication in the World was authorized by him. Abstracts of this interview con? taining disconnected sentences, divorced from their context, were copied in the papers of the country and these sentences have caused the Baptists great uneasiness. Dr. Harper therefore wished to present in an official manner his views on these sub? jects. The address delivered yesterday empha? sizes and indorses the positions taken in the interview. It held that the inductive method, which is the method of higher criticism, is the proper way to study the Bible; that this method of study develops the fact that there are many errors on points of science and history in the Bible, and that these errors may be ad? mitted and allowed without surrendering ?the belief in the inspiration and infalli? bility of the Bible in matters of faith and practice. There were present the leading Baptist preachers of New York City, : iid visiting pastors from Brooklyn, Boston and Phila? delphia. Dpring the delivery of the ad? dress Dr. Harper was frequently interrupt? ed by enthusiastic applause. At its con? clusion the Conference passed unanimous? ly a resolution of thanks. The subject of Prof. Harper's address was "The Divine and the Human in Prophecy." It drew a parallel between the development of the Jewish people as a nation and their liter? ature. Here is an abstract of the address. "There arc three possible methods of procedure in the 2tudy of the Old Testa? ment. They arc/. "First?The traditional method. Cer? tain views have been held by our fathers for many generations. These have been instilled into our minds from the days of infancy. It is our privilege?some think it our duty?to accept them. They have answered for the past; they are good enough for the present. The acceptance of them will preclude the necessity of in vestigat ion. tlSecond?The a priori method. Know? ing what God is, we may determine the character of the revelation which He will make. It matters not what may have been the. state of knowledge on the sub? ject at the time of the original utterance. Coming from God it must have been a final statement?a statement at least in outline which the growth of human knowledge might fill out, but which in no particular such growth might really change. 'Knowing beforehand what ought to be, we may be reasonably allow? ed to find that which accords with our expectations. Facts which cannot be ex? plained should not trouble us, for \ve must remember that this is the Word of God and that wc poor mortals ought not to suppose that we can understand every? thing. A great feature of the Bible is its1 mysterious character. ''Third?The inductive method. This! includes a critical and painstaking exam- j ination of the material, a classification of the facts and considerations which the investigation has disclosed, and the statement of conclusions based upon I hose facts. There should lie a recogni? tion of the testimony furnished by tradi? tion and the acknowledgment of the in? fluence of our conception of God; but wc must decide these and all similar ques? tions on the basis of facts. "The mareriai on the basis ol which we reach conclusions is abundant. Every portion of the old testament may be used, and every portion must be used in order to reach conclusions that will ho fairly representative. "The prophets convey to men the true conception of God's will, but they were limited in their work by the character of the language employed, by the ignorance and wilfuluess of the people whom they addressed, and by the weaknesses inher? ent in their own humanity, and insepara? ble from the situation in which their work was done. The prophet's chief work was that of a reformer; he labored to im? prove the religious condition of his peo? ple. No prophetic utterance was ever made that was not intended to influence the lives and thoughts of those who first heard it. The utterance was a divine means used to affect the peculiar and un? ique history of which it was a part. "The time of utterance of a given prophecy was always determined by the time of the occurrence of the event or experience which gave origin to the prophecy. In case of postponement of an event the time of revealing the truth must also have been postponed. Each truth is appropriately made known at a particular moment in the history which is being carried on to furnish a basis for the further revelation of truth. Every great crisis was employed as a means for con? veying some groat truth. "The connection of prophecy and histo? ry is close; the first is a part of the sec? ond; the second the background of the first. Prophecy was built on history; his? tory was the foundation of prophecy. The history determines the time, form and substance of prophecy; prophecy moulds the history. The times produce the prophet; the' prophet produced certain historical conditions. The history was unique, supernatural; prophecy was, con? sequently, of divine origin; both human, both divine, to the same extent. "Israclitish history, peculiar as was God's relation to it, includes on the part of its greatest leaders actions of the most sinful character, and on the part of the nation itself, both actions and insti? tutions of the most degrading character. It was nevertheless divine history, the best history Almighty power couid in? spire, acting in consistency with other attributes and working in fhe hearts of a people dragged down with sin. "Israclitish literature, peculiar as was God's relation to it. includes different and differing accounts of the same event; what from the point of view of history and science are errors and inconsisten? cies; what certainly is a total disregard for the common laws of history-writing in vogue to-day. It is nevertheless the divine literature. It is the best Almighty power acting in consistency with attri? butes could inspire in the hearts of a people of Semitic blood living at that period'in the world's history. It was, at all events, the 'word' which God in his supreme wisdom saw fit to reveal at. this stage in the progress of tiie divine plan. "Yet the Old Testament not merely coutains the word of God; it is the Word of God. Israelitish history, being divine history, in a unique and peculiar sense, the literature growing out of that history is divine literature in just the same sense. God worked in other history, and the rev- j elation of God appears also in other liter? ature, but we must come back to Israclit? ish literature to find the real God-history and the real God-word?a history and a word which, considered as a manifestation of the divine purpose and actions, and as a revelation of principles governing faith and duty, are perfect and infallible. "It was the literal and artificial hand? ling of prophecy which blinded the eyes of the Jews and led them to reject the Messiah when he came. The same literal and artificial method lias blinded the eyes of men of to-day, and. as a result the Old Testament is practically rejected from being reckoned as a part of the divine work?not merely by sceptics, but also by j those professedly most devout, who ncver I thcless in word and act confess that they ! find nothing to help them in this great ! storehouse of divine material." Prof. Harper in conclusion said: j "There are new things coming, or ! rather thcic are new ways of looking at j old things. (Applause.) It seems to me that there is before the Baptist denomi? nation an opportunity that no other de? nomination has. The Baptist Church has always allowed its members to interpret the word of God each for himself. 1 hope I the Baptist denomination is now ready to take a stand in defense of this principle. It seems a hard thing to accept?how a man can admit the existence of historical and scientific errors in the Bible and still hold to the Scriptures as the infallible, inspired word of God on all matters of faith and practice. The errors are there, and those who see them may also accept the Bible as divine. There is no motive on the part of Biblical students for bring? ing these errors forward. I would almost give ray right hand to be able to say that there were no errors in the Bible. "It has been said that there are many learned men who deny these errors; who say that what have been picked out as errors have been subsequently shown to have been no errors at all. But it is not difficult to see what motive these learned men have for taking this position, or by what haphazard method of exegesis they disprove the existence of errors. The editor of the leading Baptist paper, The Examiner, told me to-day that no baptist was called on to believe in the absolute accuracy of the Bible on matters of his? tory and science. (Applause.) I asked him if I could quote him as saying so. 'Yes.' he replied, 'but quote me with caution.' " (Applause and laughter.) Money Behind Briggs. (N. Y*. Sun.) Ti.e directors of the Union Theological Seminary who are standing behind Dr. Brigg.-, include some of the richest men in the Presbyterian Church, men who arc distinguished also for the munificence of their contributions for the building up of all its enterprises. Since 1870 they have given the vast sum of $800,000 to" thai school itself, making it probably the most richly endowed institution of the sort in this country. The venerable Mr. Charles Butler has only recently endowed the chair occupied by Dr. Briggs with $100, 000; and it is remarkable that as the the? ology of the seminary has grown more liberal and further away from Protestant orthodoxy, the stronger has been its sup? port by Presbyterian wealth. This is a very remarkable situation. Dr. Briggs practically gives up the old theory of the inspiration of the Bible, scouts it, ridicules it, and is doing his ut? most to explode it utterly, and yet the greatest wealth and very much of the highest intelligence and social influence of New York Presbyterianism are ranged on his side! So powerful is this backing that Mr. Day warns the Presbyterians, who are attacking Dr. Briggs as a heretic, and trying to drive him from the semi? nary and the Church, that they are en? dangering the religious enterprises of the denomination. "If this illiberal spirit is pursued toward the Union Seminary and its professors and those who sympathize with them, 1 dare to prophesy," declares Mr. Day, "that the first marked result will be that all the great Boards of the Church will be crippled in their means!" TAKE FOOD IJEFOKK SLEEV. Why Sonic People Are Henelitctl hy a Night Lunch. (Medical Journal.) Some persons, though not actually sick, j keep before parkin strength and general tone, and 1 am of the opinion that fasting during the long interval between supper and break fast, and especially the complete emptiness of the stomach during sleep, adds greatly to the amount of emaciation, slccplcsncss, and general weakness we so often meet. Physiology teaches that in the body there is a perpetual disintegration of tis? sue, sleeping or Waking; it is therefore logical to believe that the supply of nou? rishment should be somewhat continuous. As bodily exercise is suspended during sleep, with wear and tear correspondingly diminished, while digestion, assimilation, and nutritive activity continue as usual, the food furnished during this period adds more than is destroyed, and increased weight and improved general vigor are the result. All beings except man arc governed by natural instinct, and every being with a stomach except man eats before sleep, and even the human infant, guided by the same instinct, drinks frequently day and night, aud if its stomach is empty for any prolonged period it cries long and loud. Digestion requires no interval of rest, and if the amount of food during the twenty-four hours is, in quantity and quality, not beyond the pysiological limit, it makes no hurtful difference to the stomach how few or how short are the in? tervals between eating, but it does make a vast difference in the weak and emaciat? ed one's welfare to have a modicum of food in the stomach during the time of sleep, that, instead of bcirfg consumed by bodily action, it may during the interval improve the lowered system. 1 am fully satisfied that were the weakly, the emaciated, and the sleepless to nightly .take a light lunch or meal of simple, nu? tritious food before going to bed for a prolonged period, nine in ten of them would be thereby lifted into a better stan? dard of health; on the contrary, persons that are too stout or plethoric should fol? low an opposite course. ltascally Pension Agents. (Boston Courier.) The conditio? to which the pension business has come is illustrated by the following extract from the circular which is sent out by a Boston pension agent: "If your pension is less than $1:2 per month, and you have any aiseasc or disa? bility that you arc not pensioned for, you can probably get $1:2 per month, no mat? ter whether it was received or contracted before you enlisted or since you were dis? charged." The shamelessness with which pensions have been claimed?and gener? ally received?for troubles which were in no possible way connected with the ser? vice is one of the most disgusting and disgraceful scandals which ever smirched the fair fame of this country; and the worst of the matter is that precisely the high-minded, courageous and self-sacri? ficing veterans are those who are most unwilling to go into the indecent and often dishonored scramble after the pub? lic money. As for the agents who lend themselves to this sort of thing, perhaps the best thing for them would be the horse-pond. A Reward of Merit. From Huston Jlerald. Bank Teller?Will you take it as a presumption, moduiu, tf I offer you these few roses? MissCarmneUaGotddust?I don't know you, sir. Bauk Teller?I am aware of that; hut you are the ouly woman In the history of this bank who ever en FROM THE SHOULDER. Hlalne's Straight Talk to Baron Fava In fchelr Frlvatc Interview. (From the Baron's own Account.) Some interesting extracts from the "Green Book" of the Italian Government, hearing upon the inner history of the New Orleans controversy, were recently published. Secretary Blaine's intense Americanism is well shown in the follow? ing report made by Baron Fava of the conversation between him and Mr. Blaine on March Blaine.?It is absolutely impossible for the Federal Government to interfere with the administration of justice in a single State. I am astonished that after your ten years' residence in this country you have not succeeded in impressing your government with this fact. Fava.?I have no reason to reproach myself, and you know it. Neither my government, however, or any other coun? try, will l?e convinced that your internal laws are an obstacle in the way of jus? tice. Blaine.?Still, you inform your govern? ment on a former occasion that it was impossible for the Federal Government to interfere with the other States,and now? (Mr. Blaine was excited.) Fava.?This is a different and a new case. Blaine.?You ask what is impossible. You know that I can not change the Con? stitution. Fava.?I do not ask for so much. My hope was that the President and you would combine with Governor Nichols in bringing the culprits to justice. Blaine.?No, no; the Federal Govern? ment can not do that. There is my an? swer. Fava.?But, then, what is the use of the treaties Italy has made with you? Why should the King send a legation to the Federal Government? Blaine.?That is your business. Fava,?Such being the case I am sorry to be obliged to tell you that the moment has come for Italy to" affirm the inutility of its representative in Washington. Karon Fava then produced Kudini's dis? patch recalling him. Mr. Blaine read it and then said eagerly, "All right, we will recall our representative from Rome." Fava.?No, Mr. Blaine, let me hope even now that my long mission to this country will not end by leaving it on bad terms with Italy. Blaine?But what can I do then? Fava?Try and induce the Louisiana parties to firing the guilty persons to jus? tice. Neither you nor I can admit that the friendship between the United States and Italy should depend upon the self will of a Governor. Blaine.?I must speak to the President. Fava.?And 1 must telegraph to Rome. Blaine.?What shall I say to the Presi? dent? Fava.?Everything, and add that. 1 am satisfied that no Minister in Italy could maintain a light on this point against public opinion and Parliament. Blaine.? All right. Do not cable to Rome until you receive my answer. I am going to the President, and before dinner you will hear from inc. It is understood between us that the Marquis Rudini'd telegram is not to be communicated to anybody except the President and myself. Romk, .March 25.?Rudini to Fava.?I still hope that the Federal Government will give us the assurance that indemnity will be granted and that judicial proceed? ings will be instituted against the culprits. If this assurance is not given you are authorized to affirm the uselcssness of your presence near a government that has no power to guarantee such justice as with us is administered equally in favor of J citizens of all nationalities. Rudini. Washington, March :27.?Fava to Rudi? ni.?As Mr. Blaine did not communicate with ine on the 25th instant, according to promise, I called on his yesterday, and he at once complained that I was hurrying him in a manner entirely contrary to diplomatic usage. "I do not recognize the right of any government," he continued, "to tell the United States what it should do. We have never received orders from any for eign power and we will not begin now. "Please inform Marquis di Rudini that the Federal Government can not give the assurance which he requires and that it is a matter of total indifference to me what persons in Italy may think of our institutions. I can not change them, still less violate them. "The fact is Marquis; di Rudini does not give us sufficient time. You assure me that four Italian subjects have been mas? sacred, but I have my doubts on that point, as I urn informed that they were mixed up in some scandalous electoral transactions. Still, I don't contest their nationality, but while 1 ask for time you want an official declaration on the spot. Well. I will not do anything of the kind, and you may do as you please." "While Mr. Blaine was speaking,"con? tinues Baron Fava, "1 did not breathe, and when he had finished I told him that the Italian Government did not intend to interfere with the internal affairs of the United Stales, and that the Marquis di Rudini did not intend to give any orders lo the United States Government. I also told him that the Italian Government did not intend to discuss the Constitution of I the United States and ignore the exis? tence of the State of Louisiana in order that it might recognize only the Federal Government, with which the treaty had been negotiated." To this Mr. Blaine replied: "But that treaty guarantees to Italian subjects the same protection guaranteed to American citizens. Do you ask that your country? men shall have more protection than ours have?" Baron Fava's reply was that his govern-' inent was entitled to demand for Italians in America the same protection as was guaranteed to Americans in Italy. Then followed the later official correspondence, with which the public is familiar. An Interesting Hotel Case. (Springfield (III; 3Ionitor.J The decision of the Circuit Court in the locally contested case of Sundermacher agt. r$. Block has been reversed by the Ap? pellate Court. It will be remembered that the plaintiff in this suit, together with an? other gentleman from Murpbysboro, were arrested for having refused to pay the regular rate per day for board at therHo tel Palace. Their refusal was based on the ground that they had nor taken all the meals during the time they were register? ed. They hud been served with a card stuting that these meals would be charged to them, and the lower court took the ground that the fact that thev agreed to remain at the hotel after being served with this notice made them liable. This, the Appellate Court Jsays, is erroneous. It holds that the serving of these cards does not constitute a legal contract, and that there is nothing in the Inkecper's act under which Sun dermacher was arrested to compel a guest at a hotel to pav for awht he did not receive. A Painful Humor. (Jelllco Advjtuee.; There is a rumor going the rounds that the ft. a., >. & G. is to purchase the L. & N between here and Corbin thus makini the ter m,m of the roads at that placeandKEg j? lice's many tracks and railroad patronag"from her. No rauroader seems to know whether there is any truth in the rumor, whRe the cit uens of Jellieo scoff at the idea Thii iJouM leave us but one road, the fi! T YAG which runs one passenger train and'an ?ir round poke:easy,Pdailyf Wlien Jellico k? the L & N. wo desire to eat the goose that mil lm>k the grass from the grave fftft men who would make such, in our opinio?. eT. founded arrangements, us Jeiiicoans do! ROBINSOK-PETTET Co f SUCCESSORS TO R. A. 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