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The weekly Corinthian. (Corinth, Miss.) 1894-19??, March 06, 1897, Image 2

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VU» Soft Bob te the
Xu sgydsy snd generation Î have fold
ÉP re Sdaloo» many terrifie hi* «tories.
till right now Î can't
l reeoliect for oertaln
w whether I have ever
««X told you the chap
f 9 1er from Rocky
i T Creek history in re
garde to Andy Ln
■9 css and Aral lop-back
T» Hilly.au wc arc wont.
\ t« csU him. Weil,
i anyhow, Scailop
back Billy is a caJ
b»» prany. with white
fetoekin hd and a skewbald face, a.-.< t
ior som I time pant be has been Andy's j
regular Band by for trial in stock.
4 9
î*fow, b them days H so coma to
poos tha- I was riu-ht tv—~ pr..
the ground when the first trade was
Binde, w he rem Scallop-back Billy fell
into Andy'» hands, and I recollect all
the whencenesa and the wherefores
It would seem like. Andy and me had
«veut, to town together on Saturday
»long in the fall of the year, and on our
return back home that evening we
»truck rood acquaintance with a
stranger which, aocordin to his own
doxology, hailed from the Crawford set
Cement way down in the river country,
burt from the way things turned out
afterwards he was lyin like a yaller
dog about that.
» Anyhow, the stranger was ridm of
• little high-headed, proud-steppin
horse, with ealieo-painted sides and
other fancy trimm ms on him. He was
likewise rigged out i-n. a screakin new
caddie, with a red saddle blanket, and
by gracious he was skhnmin along over
the earth like a bird in great shape.
Andy he was powerful taken up with
tbs genral appearment» of the little
horse, and he bantered the stranger for
a trade right then and there on the
■pot. !
The stranger he responded bock
fhat he was then ridin the best piece of
horseflesh that was ever done up in that
much hide, atid consequentially he want
in no wise particular keen to part com
pany with him. But at the same time
he went on to say that he was a tradin
man. and would swap anything he hail,
except his wife and children, providin
of course he got the Aggers fixed to suit
"Well, comin right down to business
and rock bottom," says Andy,"how will
you change saddles and bridles with
Ajidy was a ridin of a little plug mule
which he had trailed for that day, and
which the same stood him in hand
about $+0, and was well worth the
"As I said In the outstart, I am not
ridin my swappin stock to-day," the
Stranger went on toreetly, "and I reckon
you would have to lay about $15 on your
mule's back before the change can take
J "I am willin to make it ten dollars
even Steven," says Andy, "and/ if that
'boot' ain't big enough I reckon we will
have to retire from the trade."
"Well, now, I have never yet seen the
day when 1 come so low down as to let
five dollars bust, up a horse swap" the
stranger responded, "and you are.
traded with."
ea* uu
Tbe Scallop Shown Up.
Tbe n*xt minute they had both lit
*tn<l dismounted and got down to round
wp the trade. They changed bridles
In the first plaice, end then as Andy
pulled his saddle off and waa takin a
farewell look at his mule, the stranger
give a quick jerk and flung hia saddle
from the pony to t Sie mule's back. For
some minutes then Andy he looked at
me And then at the pony, and I looked
at the pony and then at Andy, whilst his
eye» bulged out is big as a pair of sau
cers, and I had a powerful hankerin to
When the stranger took off his sad
dle and then pulled all the blamkets out,
on* by one, blamed if they didn't leave
A hole in the pony's back as big as a
hamper basket. You couldn't tell for
certain by lookin at him what in the
thnmderation had haDpened to him, but
it would seem as if a big slice of his
back had been bit out or chopped out
at a very young and early age.
found ont afterwards that the dead
limb of a tree had fell on him when he
waa a mere colt and broke his back.
And thxm %heji h« ^ell and come
arofind on hia legs ouest more, that ngly
»callup was still there, and there to stay.
'The stranger had a kind, of silly look.
hut it ain't no ways probable that tbe
Fool Killer had
ever had any
press i n engagement» at hia house,
and he had filled up that ugly
hole in the
to Andy, say»
. .
'Ê&M * **»• *"*■ «rick- It
pony'* back
»bout 15 saddle blanket*, fold in them
every one a little wider and wider till
he brung the valley up to a level with
the knobs and hilla surround/n.
"Well, m»n,»ir, when be lifted hia sad
dle and Mankato and pulled the waddin
eut ud left that thnnderin big hole
there i» Me prey'» back he tooked a
Menard sight more like a drummedary
- Mere a piece of horse flesh . I thought,
tpBgrsre! for » few minutes that Andy
Çfem» wreM faint and fall down in it
fErlii fepfto of all that could be said
gl'd re« . Kit he rallied presently and
jP* ® 0 «e buck to his right mind and proper
By thin tim« the stranger wa» buck
Bfe Up the girth» »» if to take on » wa
mevement, red lean in over to
■ \ IMMmm tofonrsl rereadrei
tmmt fere swapped «to H»to socks «ff
will ner er do for you to go bom« ridto
that double-action, acaiJop>hack thing—
ae err la the created world. Rue the
trade—eve» poll if you can't do no bet
ter—but rue the trade, Andy—rue the
"This mongh t be a. devilish good time
of year for you to lav low and say noth
in, Rufe," Andy whispered back to mew
"You want roe to play this game dead
square into the akranger'k hand, and I
don't most in generally always handle
the documents that way. It look» like
both of you took r for » natural-bora
dura fool, but we will ace about that.
Rufe —we will see."
Then tornin to the «t ranger.who was
now mounted on the mule with his boots
in the stirrups, Andy smiled a pleasant,
homely smile, and wenton to »ay:
"Now, stranger. If you have got any
more seal lop-back, calico horses down
in your country I would love the beat In
the world for you to bring a drove the
one», time you are pasein through out
settlement. I have got a few beat] of
«•nies and horses over to my plantation j
rnîÎTp hecks I
on d hump hacks—and I will trade with
you most soy time and any way. The !
wsUop-hack horse* a re all the go in this : '
country bow, whist t.b« *♦"->'g*" V -~t - .
are way yonder out of the fashion."
"Holy Moses and the twelve epistles,
what a lie!" thinks I to my*e!f, but as
Andy had already give it out that, my
time of year to snv nothin had come, I
didn't piut my hand into the game any
more. And yet.still I did feel rale curi
ous all over in spots from tha fear that,
the way in which he had got bit and
bugged in the trade and the general
shook which strack us when the
—both straight hecss am»
stranger pulled the waddln out of the
hole in that pony's back, had kindly un
strung Andy's nervious system and ad
dled his mind.
Who Wi
€r»«j That Dart
In the main time I couldn't help but
take notice tha t the stranger kept hang
in around like he was waitin for some
thin to happen and would rather mot go.
whilst I thought if it was me after
throwin as much dirt on a man as he
had on Andy I would be movin.
washin in a swingin gallop.
But presently Andy he swung him
self into his saddle, tightened the
trine on scallop-back Billy, wished the
stranger a whole lot of good luck,
Waved his hat at him in sayin good-by,
tangled his spurs with the flank girth
and away he went. He pulled in and
Waited for me a mile or two down the
road, and when I rid up he was dis
mounted on the ground, rabbin and pet
tin that pony, and talkim and carryin
on with himself like a man that was
horned a fool and had also went crazy.
"Andy Lucaa," talkin to himself out
lond so I could bear, "you may not be
smart enough to run for congress, but
the family records will show that you
ain't all sorts of a fool on the same day.
You have got a head as long as a flour
barrel and as level as a squash. You
may show the whites of your eyes and
look foolish sometimes, but I'll
doubly dadburned if there is anything
particular green in your general rec
ords. But it does raley look like it will
take some people forever to find out that
you are a natural-born horse trader,
with great gobs of sense, and that fits
don't run in the Lucas family. But you
jest spit on your bait and wait, and then
when a sucker comes along an/d bites
yon can throw him out on dry land so
he never can flutter bock to water."
"flit on your horse, Andy, and
on. It is gettin late and we would bet
ter be movin along towards home,"
Rays I„ soft and gentle as I could, cause
I thenffelt plnm certain, that tbe
v ' '''to. his right mind.
Rufe, don't you be. givin
enal much trouble and
you.. eHH
kindly flrin"up, like he was mad. "You
rnought maybe think I am as blind
as a mole and as crazy as a chinch.
A heap of people ain't got no better
.-»i-Ti.se than to think that, and you must
be one o-f the people this evenin. The
stranger we met back yonder in the
road—the idiot which swapped me this
pony for that old mule—has backed his
own fool self up agin that very snag.
Can't you stir up the mush in your
mutton head sufficient to see that. I
have swapped the very daylights out
of the stranger, and him a-lookin at
me all the time ? Don't you know this
scallop-back pony i* worth a »mall
drove of sich mules as that to a man
in the tradin business like me? Didn't
*i me," he come back,
you see tbe game that dadblame fool
waa trvin to play on me, and can't
you see bow the documents have come
my way like a mill race with the dam
busted? You saw the idiot grinnin
at roe, and hangln around like a man
that waa saunt for and didn't want to
go worth a hardly, and yet you couldn't
see through his game. By the eternal
Jim-jama, Rufe, it Is as plain to me as
a painted horse rack in ten acres of
burnt woods. And now, accord in to my
general opinions, if there is a man in
this crowd that is a starwiin candidate
foe the crazy aijoani, his name is San
ders, and not Lucaa by a durn sight."
Andy Recovers Rapidly.
"Now, see if you can't manage so as
to let a few ideas soak through your
hair, whilst I try to give you some of t he
mainest. pints in the game," says Andy,
as he mounted and we rid on towards
"That blame fool stranger which
traded with me back yonder has je»t
simply swapped off the goose that lays
gold eggs and never goes to set, as it
were, and I saw through his trick like
a flash. He calculated that when he
took off his saddle and pulled the blan
kets omt of the terrible hole In the
p-rajr'i back I would be paralyzed on the
spot and dead crazy to rue tfee trade.
You would have took hi* b«it like a lit
tle sucker If you had stood in my shoes»,
trat, bavin con» down from a genera
tion oi horse traders, I didn't snap and
gobble down the bait any to speak of.
He thought I would ask him and beg
Aim for a roe, and at last, offer to swap
tek eve» in orderment to git rid
[ of th« scallop-back pony, and to that
s*ay he .-rekl keep the hoot money t had
paid him and kind clean, cold
easy am piekia
It up in the big road. Til bet my Sun
day boot». Safe, that he has made 50
taarfes like (feat. Ton took notice ai
how he kept, hangto around and waa fin
for me to any antnetthin. which I never
did any. Well, be. waa jest simply beat
out in Ilia own game, sud I could
that it ent him to (fee bone. Right now
I will bet the best mule in (fee nettle.
eaan—in hib dank»
ment that he would be mop* than glad
to roc the trade snd let me name tbs
Agger*. You only wait now till my time
domes and let me show you. how easy
the trick will work. There is some dirt
in it I know, but. serordin to tbesnrip
tares anything is fair in love and war
and politics and horse trashn."
As we rid on towards home wallop
back Billy danced and pranced and went
sideways and put cm more sirs than th*
drum major of a brass hand. Every
body we met In the road bad to turn
round and take, a good look at Andy'»
j high-headed, calico pony. Torectlv it
I so happened that we met up with an
'»her sMamgef. Auffy ♦ i -t!»d scallop,
! brek Billy in the flanks with he spur«
: ' iri d wouldn't let him be««» »»» Jsît»
. î*'-! • ranger l oo ke d bark at as and
hollered to Andy:
"Say. mister, are you rid In swappla
stock this evenin?"
"Not if the court knows herself and
she rather thinks shedoe»," Andy come
back at him. "But at the. same time I
come from swappin stock myself, and
you mooght bring on a trade If you are.
any ways sufferin for one."
"Well, how will yon change with me?"
says the stranger, which he was ridin
of a little roan mare some 12 or 13 years
"This aint my tima of year to trade,"
says Andy, "but if you want to put your
own trappins on this pony you mought
pitch in and do the tradin. Money
talks, and when you hit me right with
the Aggers I will let you know."
So the stranger he first made a pass
at Andy to trade even, and from that he
went to offerin boot. All this time
Andy said nothin—only kept on shakin
his head—till the stranger run the Ag
gers up to $20, when the trade was
closed and Andy put the money in his
left flank pocket. Then they dis
mounted and. changed bridles and
pulled off their saddles. And, man
sir, when the stranger walked around
and saw that awful hole in the pony's)
back he dropped his saddle to the
ground and I thought in my soul he
would go off in a dead trance right
there in the big road.
"Say, mister, I wouldn't ride that
dang thing home and turn him loose in
my father's lot for $50," says the young
man when, he recovered from the shock
sufficient to talk.
"You made your own trade, young
man," says Andy, "and if you don't love
to ride, walkin is tolerable good at
this season of the year."
"I want to rue back and go home,"
says the young man, whilst his voice
wavered and trembled like he was
ilxin to cry.
"I don't know how It is over In your
settlement," says Andy, "but we don't
trade horses that a way around Rocky
"I will give you the ponj even trada
for my mare, and you can keep the
boot money," the young man went on,
lookin powerful sorry like and piti
ful. "Durned if I wouldn't tote
saddle and walk home before I would
ride this infernal freak of nature."
"You have done made one trade al
ready this evenin, and if nothin else
will do I reckon. L will have to let you
make another one," says Andy. "Throw
your saddle on the mare and go on back
home to your ma, and the next time
you start out on a horse swappin stam
pede fight shy of the Rocky Creek
Son 11 ,,p-fine 1c Herae« All »hr Go.
The young man was so treunmdius
glad to swap back most anyway till he
went off rejoicin, whilst Andy he rid
home on scallop-back Billy, with $20
spot cash landed safe In his left flank
Nobody knows for certain how many
times Andy has swapped off scallop
back Billy, but he gets him back every
clatter with a little-boot, money throwed
in for good measure. Tbe stranger
which first swapped him to Andy sent
a trader into the settlement oncst, and
sent him after scallop-back Billy at any
price. But Andy got onto tbe trick,
and when finally at last the trader
shook $100 at him for the calico pony
Andy would only shake his head and
"Not this year.
Some other year,
prehap«. Tell the man which sent you
here that I love him like a twin brother,
I do. And tell him moreover, also that
the scallop-back horses are now all the
go around» Rocky Creek."
And so if it ever comes to pass that
yon mought pitch out to try your hand
with swappin stock, yefu can keep in
mind that there Is one man in thlsgreat
country which always falls like a cat
on hia feet. . It would pay you likewise
also to recollect that fits don't iun In
the Lucas family.
Tbe Contradictory Sex,
"I do not understand it," said the
"What is bothering you now?" in
quired the other.
"If a man is two hours late in arriving
at home his wife raises a row, while if
he is gone two years she will give him a
royal welcome. Women are peculiar."
Av«t»*« Height and Weight.
The average height of man is five feet
six inches, his weight 141V, pounds.
The average height of woman is five
feet two inches, her weight 124 %
Got th« Prisa.
"What do yon call this stuff, waiter?"
"Floating island pudding, sir."
Um' Most of the soil seems to have
fallen to me." — Philadelphia North
"How many en'Um to Mily brightT"
"Three »cor« ùd tea"
I cau't help thinking of tâutt old nur
Jry ^ug, for I hare just premd my
•eventy -tiret birthday and am therefore j "
J»t 7t> year, okL It is like eromrog the '»
Rubicon, and like Caeaar I may «ay: j
"The die is mat." I hare reached theal
CSierokeo Ftdloaopherr Pmasea Hia
Seventy-Fin* Birthday.
la«. Declare« That Maae* Mm* the
lotted age, and now every day (feat I live
is a personal privUege a favor not prom
W nor draerreth Therei» «mething
solemn and senoua in th* word, for
Scriptarre snd an ancient history seem
to have made it significant. There were j
70 elders of Israel and the Lord sent, out
70 missionaries; 70 learned men trans
lated the Old Testament, and man's age j
ru — »♦ down by degrees from 900 to j mm
Moses saith that all the »»cess Is labor
and sorrow. Moses was feeling v«ry ^
blue when he wrote that. The old man
lived to be 120 and had a troubled time.
but I know some men and many women
who lived past SO and whose last days
their best toys. Those who have
lived right or tried to and have been un
selfish and are blessed with a good wife
or a good husband and loving ahildren
take all the risks that attach to
four score years. Labor and sorrow do
not necessarily folio» old age. Sydney
Smith »said, when he was 74: "I am at
ease in my circumstances; Intolerable
health; a tolerating churchman—much
given to talking, langhiing and noise;
I n.m, on the whole, a happy man; have
found the world an entertaining world
and am thankful to Providence fov the
pert allotted me in it."
Longfellow lived! to be 75. When he
was 70 he wrote his friend Childs: "It
la like climbing the Alps; you reach a
snow-crowned summit and see behind
you the deep valley stretching miles
and miles away, and before you other
summits, higher and whiter, which you
may have strength to climb or you may
not. Then you sit down and meditate,
and wonder Which it will be. This is
the whole story."
Dr. Holmes saw so much fun in every
thing that he couldn't help making
funny rhymes about an old man:
" And nowj hiq none is thin
And it rests upon his chin
Like a staff;
And a crook is In his back.
And a melancholy crack
Is In his laugh."
Then he was sorry thait he wrote It,
ftn- he says:
" I know It la a sin
For me to sit and grin
At him here."
The doctor dlidn't expect to live to be
85, for long ago» he said: "Our brains
are 70-year clocks; the angel of life
winds them up once for all, then closes
the case and gives the key to the angel
of the resurrection."
But an old man is not obliged to have
a crook in his back nor a crack in his
laugh. We see many aged men who are
straight as an Indian and have not lost
the musical tone of their voice. Habit
and pride of person have much to do
with this. I know an aged matron, a
neighbor of ours, who when she is sit
ting hardly touches the back of a chair,
and yet she is not stiff or awkward—
always graceful, always beautiful. She
is kind and gentle in her age, and has a
warm welcome wherever she visits. If
she cannot hear all that is said she ia
not embarrassed, for she says what she
lacks in hearing she makes up in seeing
and reading and is thankful for the fac
ulties that are still left her. I never
saw her with a troubled look, though I
know she has had trouble and deep
grief. Now, contrast such a woman with
one who is always complaining of her
bard lot, or saying something disparag
ing about her neighbors!
But the old-time mothers had
excuse for bent shoulders, for it was the
fashion to sleep on pilknv and bolster,
and it waa the fashion to lean to the
child while it was nursing. Habits be
gun in childhood and continued in
motherhood will never be broken in the
decline of life. I believe that the habits
of the girls of this generation are an
Improvement on those of the past. They
do not lace like they used to, and they
carry themselves more gracefully. They
have better flitting shoes and corsets.
They have more »comfortable seats at
school and are not allowed to lean for
ward to their books or slate or writing
pod. The life insurance companies have
at last discovered that women live
long as men if not longer, and policies
are issued to them on equal terms. The 1
longevity of both sexes is increasing,
slowly but surely, and the only draw
back is intemperance—whisky and
opium. Were it notforthese, the three
score-and-ten limit would soon be ad
vanced to four score and give
stronger and handsomer race of people.
. Shakespeare gave us some types of
old age that seem to have fitted the
times in which he lived, but they
very rare in ours. Prince Hal said to
Falstaff: "Have you not all the char
acters of age—a moist eye, a dry hand, a
yellow cheek, a white beard, a decreas
ing leg, an increasing corporosity ? Is
not your voice broken, your wind short,
yonr chin double, your wit single and
every part about you Moated with an
I deny the picture. As somebody said,
I deny the allegation, and defy the alli
gator. There is some of it that does not
fit me, I know. These poets a re too fond
of poking fun at old men. The she bears
ought to come along. The Scripture
says that old age is honorable and that
the young men shall rise up when the
old men come in at the gate. The old
men are the balance wheels of all the
machinery of government. If it were
not for them the boys would rim. away
with the wagon. There must be wheel
horses with, breeching on. to bold back
when going down hilL What are we
here for? We can't climb a tree or
ns a
jump * teo-ndl ft
kirk a college baj
but tbe*» thing* ai
don't. bave to be (
after the grande!
mural and teil (Ja
the young idea ha
carrying a pistol a
omen says that th*
is hi» children'» cl
have said that tiâ
no grandparent* j
»hare of happincH
« , i„|
But od age 1
" J°3
'» «
more, nor
I a bicycle,
bnti/il* and
» cbi look
td point a
and teach
ft without
ieket. Sol
ln old man
i he might
who have
Save their
is and cre
ks comfort
lie medifu
Id men re
of art and invent!
^ mj
eçnt> m j etter . w
sene oil snd no
and but few bo
age is not alar
the downfall o!
It one little
tes and so
itage coach
Iwas bo kero
■o steel pens
v kind. Old
I polities or
fc-nment, for
nsime „
mm ,,..
bock ss we
le old song.
' jt m
onr ol g
Ifedsd to quit
pic round and
(b take her
grs hain't got
|rre long and
tr every scur
(nic dat come
(led woman."
rfully, and ft
have to shnf
»nt the time
e and learned
•he advised œy
"get a vet tied
place." "De*e y!
sense enuf to sj
dey will be ran*
shion and une]
along. Better i
Age »toes settlJ
looks like a pitj
fle off this mod
we have gotten)
the lesson of 11
But we rnntfl
grace and grata
give us 5
"An axe that a)
And glides In ■
—Bill Arp, id
r destiny with
may the Lord
ircelved decay.
■»tie Animal»
■fed of the Hin
■ntains in Cen
■esolate and al
■lateau, which,
B elevation, is
B world." Few
»ave ever ven
Bio did traveled
Id central parts
fcst beyond the
plia. But word
fctnirg that two
fcfsen and Phil
1 there from a
I of exploration
S of the country,
pea hitherto ull
Are j
At the nortl
doo Koosh rai
tral Asia liesd
most unknoWS
on account od
known as the!
travelers or 1
tured there, d
only in the a
of the Pam il
northwest fr l
has come fro
Danish office
ipsen, have
very extendi
in the north
having cove;
trodden by :
Their exp
to the sciei
ered tribes
from those i
the Pamirs,
them over
they have
met. The I
animals or
domestic, afP
tive in statalfc
vided into |jfi
their sole CmM
three feedKH
beads si»K
noses !«BE'
1 ' s
in skiuJHH
ing than
Many «ÉK
split sfl H»
use mdHfe;
r 1' 11 h ! aflElIC
Be of great value
B They discov
Btirely differen t
Be other parts of
fcught back with
Baphs of places
Sypes they have
I dwarfs, and the
P, both wild and
bdingly diminu
ibabitants are di
nall tribes. The
cattle is almost
MBs the Danish ex
dÄthers, tribes that
■Bfrs and are totally
Mfeodes of life. The
•gvoroen are rarely
Bp'heir donkeys and
■in appearance re
B»f the American
■ size of large dogs,
jp are no larger than
Bean foals and the
■than small poodles,
■fes have dark spins
Bar like little black
»heir sockets. Their
r and bushy, their
lips thick and their
pd prominent. Their
r unclean. They dress
jepskin pelisse cover
iart of their bodies,
bose skin trousers
its of the legs. They
» their hair and their
; with it. Their tents
BlJ M is unknown to these
■rÄople and their ouly
psBthe bartering of furs
pI-B respect is shown for
( # ie y are bo'sgtt and
jraHff five and six cows or
w(Kn. Y. World.
and ai
the A
sold 1
15 si
Atanrled People.
teed to commence on a
at richer homes and
the moral courage
fhe arrogant* of fash
ectly independent from
tn debt in all its forms,
the too common mis
H ^n unwise effort to "be
Itl brents ended."
bg »tep further, and visit
I c le suffering poor when
|ai let.ion is liable to
be lerful in the family oir
ttt ow annoying may be the
|ra ] and the housekeeping
,<-•< irate cheerfully in
Sh» tally expenses and share
n î- necessary self-denials

»11 tha* is
. necessary to
l; fully, while adorning the
i with simply -what will
fortable.—Detroit Free
I Attraction,
ir understood why Mis»
luldn't make np her mind
as the prettiest ring she
phia Press.
International L w aa na
The It bio plan C«<
[Arranged from 1
hi» mouth, and begagfat rha
ture. anti preached umto him
1:35. I
■on, with lta relation»
TIME-The early èmowrgT*
Soon after the tact lemon. * » R.
PLACE.—J udea, id the
region smithwest of JemsonS^^CMr
Gaia, which U near the co«»Tf_*a«li
turranean *ea. "Bib
to the*h2t?*^»>
L Providential Préparait g -
(1) Philip and (2) tue Man of kS**®
—Vs. 26, 27. 26. "And the
angel of the Lord:" Wl. wlwy ^***
peaced in some visible form,
inward communication, or
jonsequenoe. "Spake unto
deacon, or evangelist, not m» **
27. "And he arose and
is not revealed, and is a
where his road entered ti» Jamal**
and Gaia road. He does
have known the object of ha
"A man of Ethiopia:" Is
t. • ' iksBL
—i • a vague term far th»
south of Egypt, but in this cam
able to identify it with the —
Pthirj't" kinsdomof Meroehy^,,^
of It. queen, Candaes. "A eeahctrf
greet authority:" Ths wori, aUsmb
meaning a chamberlain oraservmtsf
the bedchamber, denoted,
condition of a man
•• an.ib
watch over the women's - partner a
great house». Such persona,
of family ambition, were thought»««
trustworthy than others, and oft® held
high offices. He was at the head
the financial department of the king
dom, chancellor of the exchequer
retary of the treasury. 1
II. Seeking the Light— Ys. 27,28. gj.
"Had come to Je-rusalem for to wor
ship:" He had accepted the truth that
given him, which fact in itself,
he being a leading man, amid great
temptations, showed a deeply lincei*
and earnest soul. But he wanted mo»
light, and he traveled a long distance^
at great expense, that he might obtain
28. "Was returning:" From Jen»*,
lem, where he must have heard
Jesus and His claim to be the Messiah,
and of His disciples and their deed»,
and it is almost wonderful that he did
not there join them to'learn about tba
But it waa natural that
should go first to the Jewish leader*,
and they would misrepresent the Chris
tians to him. Still the very air was foil
of discussion of the Scriptures relating
to the Messiah, which would awaken
in him a d-esire to study them for him
self. Hence he had turned to the
particular passage in Isaiah, and
studying the question, as he waa "sit
ting in his chariot."
III. Unexpected Help.—Ys. 29-31.
"Then the Spirit said unto Philip:
Alow came the explanation of the com
maud to take the journey. "Go
and join thyself to this chariot;" 7ft
doubt this royal treasurer had a nu
merous retinue, and a single traveler oi
a desert road would be doingwhat wa
natural in attaching himseHto * trait
of people who were jounreytng in th
same direction. Philip would there
f ore be able to approach and hear wha
was read without being deemed an in
trader. "Understandeth then?" Th
question would imply that Philip wa
ycady to explain. The Christians ha
been enlightened by the Holy Spin
and the continual necessity of explaiitpj^
Jng and interpreting must have mad
them familiar with all the Scripture
referring to Christ.
IV. New Light Upon Old Scripture
V*. 32-35. 32. "The place of the Scrij
ture (Isa. 53:7, S)."
35. "Then Philip « * * began I
the same Scripture:" Which was fu
filled in Jesus, and has been fulfilled i
no other. "And preached unto hli
Jesus:" Literally, announced to hi]
the glad tidings, Jesus.—Abbott. Phili
showed the strange and marvelous co
respon dence between the many deacrlj
tions of the MessiaJi in the prophetsan
the then well-known life of Jesus <
Nazareth. He placed Jesus in His lif
death and character, beside the pietu
of the Messiah which the prophets hi
painted, and all could see that the pi
ture w as a portrait of Jesus.
V. Accepting and Confessing Chrii
—Vs. 36-38. 36. "Came unto » certa
water:" They had been riding son
time together, and this marks the pis
where they parted. "See, here *®
water:" Or, simply: "Behold water!
This was saying: "I believe in Je«
I accept Him as my Saviour, and now
wish to confess Him by baptism," as i
other Christians had been doing.
38. "He commanded the chariot:" 1
ordered the chariot driver to stop, *
of course the whole retinue would s
what took place, and they may certoi
ly be regarded as tbe nucleus of a » e
gregation to be established fn Ethiop
"He baptized him:" Without wait!
further to instruct him, or delayîngl
a public ceremonial. Baptism w*s
Divine mode of confessing Christ.
VI. The Parting Ways. Each Man
His Work.— Va 39, 40. 39. "TheSpi
of the Lord caught away Philip:" T
expression asserts that he left t
eunuch suddenly, under tihe impel»» l
an urgent motion from above, butl
that the mode of his depart»]« «
miraculous in any other reepectfoot
Haekett. Others think it was mil»
lous. "And he" (the eunuch) 1
on his way rejoicing:" In his
found treasure, in his conscioa*
session of Christ and his salvatiUU
Bisst» from th« Ram's Hosfe (her
The best place for a Chr&flRP
where God needs him roost.
God is very close» to tile m*U " -e
is prayerfully trying to overcook na
Cod expects every Christiana*
make the world better th(b
found it.
It is safe to believe that G«
against the devil, no matter ho 1
The man wEo refuses to wa)
light as God gives it, has only
to blame for what happens in t

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