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I THE TUPELO JOURNAL
_____ PUBLISHED WEEKLY. Tupelo. : • t Mississippi.” NO CASTE OVER THERE. Oh! yc who poise a lordly head In haughty gold-created pride, Who walk the streets with kingly treat And brush the honest poor aside. Who think the tollers but the scum Of earth and always in the way, Know you the time will surely come When you will be as poor as they? That death will level king and slave? There’ll be no caste beyond the grave. . You look with proud and cold disdain On those who toil for daily bread; The clanking of the labor chain You hear with careless toss of head. You never shake a poor man’s hand Unless you have an ax to grind— Some new ambition to be fanned From coal to flame, but keep In mind Death knows no master, knows no slave There’ll be no caste beyond the grave. This life is as a quick-drawn breath Compared unto eternity: 'Tis but a span from birth to death. Then out upon the shoreless sea We drift, and there the man of pride Who was a king upon the earth Must float as equal side by side With fellow man of humbler birth. He cannot ride a private wave— There'll be no caste beyond the grave. Till crack of doom wise men may preac! Of universal brotherhood, With tongues inspired may strive to teacl That1 principle so grand and good, But just as long as gold is good And purse-pride sways the human hear A battlement both high and broad Will keep the rich and poor apart; But death will equal lord and slave— There’ll be no caste beyond the grave. —Denver Post. | THE ACT OF GOD. ^ BY JOHN flkmim; wilsox. YEARS ago, before the jettj stretched its lonely length acrosi me snoais or t iatsop bpit, and befor Lightship No. 50 swung its glare ovei the homing waves, a small, ill-founi steam-schooner was beating up int< the nor'wester, preparatory to scud ding into the Columbia river. Th( afternoon darkened fast, and tin skipper was taking a look at the bai in an attempt to satisfy himself tha he could make harbor befbre tht night. Ilis observations were noi reassuring: from his low elevatiox he caught the gleam of hugt combers racing from North Heac 1 to the low lands of the Spit r the bar was rough and consequently dangerous. He closed the spyglass with a snaj and walked forward to the door o: the little engine room. “Jim,” he shouted, “shut your dampers. Wei lie off outside to-night.” Apparently unanswered, he wen' aft again and scowled at the mai at the wheel. The latter returnee his scowl by a surly look and jerkec the wheel over a spoke. “Mind your eye,” said the skippei threateningly. “I can't do better with a craft dowr by the head,” retorted the sailoi crossly. “Clumsy!” roared his superior, anc disappeared within the cabin. Presently a grimy face followed by a lank body emerged from the en gine room. The new-comer viewee the situation from under the pern of his greasy cap and turned to th< wheelman. “I'm sick o’ this,” h< said; “ain’t you?” “You’re right. I am sick of it The old man is the worst I ever saw lie drives, drives, and he don’t gei anywhere with it all. But what ii thunder can we do?” “I’m going to tell him right now,’ continued the engineer, “that I’ve ni mind to stew below decks all day fussing with his tin-pot machine handling his dirty slab-wood, and thei be turned out to pull-haul the whoh night. It’s going to be dirty weather too.” “The wind’s backin’,” growled th< sailor. “So I reckoned. It’s going to be £ nasty night; and we could be insid< the bar in two hours.” “The old man was just now looking the hnr. Beckon it’s roncrli. or he’r go in.” “Not much. He owns this tub anc he isn’t going to risk her except ii daylight, even if it does mean you anc me working double tides.” The en gineer frowned blacky and shook i dirty fist at the captain’s closec door. The other member of the crew a small, scantily-clad boy, came b;j with a pot of coffee. Its savoi mounted to the nostrils of both mei and did not mollify their temper “The boy there he treats like a dog __worse than a dog,” continued the engineer with fresh rancor, “and he’: not fit for stand-up work like this.’ “True enough,” responded thi sailor, “but I’m sorry for myself I’ve been at this bally wheel sinci sun-up, and the old man’s got hei down by the head so’s she steer: like a keg of nails.” Their sense of injury did not grov less by discussion, and it was no long till the engineer asserted tha he was going “to knock off.” Thi sailor ruminated awhile, with hi: gaze fixed upon his superior. “I an going to quit,” said the latte: peevishly. - The sailor passed a lashing arounc the wheel. When this was fast hi slouched forward, saying simply: “I’n with you.” The engines, which had not beei stopped, were working slowly an< more slowly as the steam pressuri went down. No sail was abroad ex cept a head sail, and now that thi wheel was abandoned, the Katie fel off and lurched heavily against i *ea. “Here, you!” shouted the captain tumbling on deck, “mind your-” He ceased abruptly when he sav the wheel lashed, and left to its owi devices. Instantly he ran forwarc still clutching the coffee cup. Whej be came around the corner of thi deck-house, he ran upon 1he two mn tineers leaning over the lower hal: of the galley door, munching cracken 6nd drmking coffee. “What do you mean by this?” hi bawled with a curse. The sailor turned half around and said slowly: “We’ve knocked off.” "Knocked off? Climb aft there, you mutinous rascal! Run!” Both engineer and seaman ground about on Iheir heels. “ We’ve , knocked off, we tell you,” they said together. The captain glared murderously. Raising his arm he motioned aft. Neither stirred. The coffee cup I caught the engineer full in the face. An instant later the captain was on his back upon the deck and the sailor was tying his limbs tightly to gether. When he was strapped to their satisfaction, the • whole crew, engineer, seaman and boy, dragged him struggling and cursing to the aftergrating by the wheel. There they dropped him. “Don't < ome any of your tricks on us,” panted the en gineer. “You’re lucky to get off so easily. You would throw things at an engineer, would you?” “I didn’t go to hit yrou, Jim,” growled the prisoner. I intended to hit that fellow there.” “Lucky for you that you didn’t,” put in the sailor, sullenly. “Anyway,” said the engineer, “you’re settled for a while.” The three gathered in the little galley and ate a substantial supper. Then the men lit their pipes and sauntered out on the deck. The night 1 was deepening fast; the eastern sky 1 was already black above the coast line, and in the west heavy clouds were scudding across the last re 1 flections of the sun. The wind came in puffs from the south, fretting the nor’west- swells into an angry tumble. Utterly' careless of the weather, the mutineers strolled aft to where the captain lay bound. But with the ex ception of a passing glance they paid no attention to him and talked dully of other things. From the grating on which he lay the captain looked from the flapping sail and the rusty funnel forward to the leaden seas that brimmed to the low rail. His thoughts were not clear. The indifference of the two men stirred him to rage; the sight of his helpless schooner staggei'ing un p’nided through the nerilous sea ' tilled him with misery; the thought of the fate that was swiftly coming upon them all gleamed in his eyes. The sailor was the first of the ’ rebels to notice the position of the ship. Far in shone a light which marked Point Adams. The bar, : North Head and every other land mark was obliterated by the driving ' scud. “It’s freshenin’,” he remarked uneasily. “Coming on a blow,” responded the 1 engineer. “Wish we weren’t off the Columbia. Bad place.” “Some water is cornin’ aboard. That means we’ve got to get sail on her while we can. There’s only two of us and the boy, and 1 reckon it \ will wind us to set even the fore stayls’l.” “I don’t see how we bettered our selves by getting in a fuss with the skipper,” grumbled the engineer. “We just set ourselves extra work.” 1 “Heave her to,” answered the : sailor. “Heave her to, and then you ‘ and I can sit in the cabin and keep warm and sleep.” It was pitch dark when they had set a couple of staysails forward and lashed the wheel again. The ill-trim med Katie made heavy weather of it, and they had thoughts of releasing the captain and returning to duty. With a half articulate understanding they made their way aft to the grat ing on which they had left the cap tain. A dollop of water came over 1 the rail and flooded the afterdeck so that they were compelled to hang on to escape being washed overboard. The water drained away and in the dark the two, drenched to the skin, stumbled to the wheel. “Where are you, sir?” called the sailor in a low tone. There was no reply. The engineer stooped and peered around the deck. 1 No human form was to be seen and the grating, crushed into shapeless 1 bits, floated in the scuppers. Neither uttered a word. They went forward and threw themselves panting down 1 the scuttle into the forepeak. When they turned and faced each other, a : heavy sea thundered upon the deck above them. “The old mantis lost,'’’ ' said the engineer. “He’ll tell no tales,” responded his companion. “We might as well-’a’ thrown him over the side as left him on that grating. You and I killed him.” 1 “I say,” said the sailor, “that he’ll 1 tell no tales.” “But the'boy?” They stared idiotically at each ' other and clutched the sides of the bunks to secure their footing. The spasm of resentment was past, and they were face to face with an un premediated crime. The engineer 1 broke the pause. “It’s gone far enough,” he said hoarsely. “We’ve blood on our hands. The boy’s not ; in this.” | “Why not? Do you want to hang?” “I say the boy is not in this mess; ‘ he’s naught to do with it.” ■ “If the old man were here, he’d ! put the boy in it with us. He’s got to take his chances.” ’ “I say he’s clear,” cried the engi neer. “We’ve done it. We’re men r and we can take the pay that comes to us. Is it a bargain?” The sailor’s face was ghastly, but a manlier chord was touched by the ! plea. He reached out a hand cal 1 loused and misshapen by many a year of servile toil, and the two men sealed their compact. I In the meantime the captain lay ■ helpless on the grating and counted i the minutes which intervened be tween the sea that roared over the i rail to beat him into breathless I agony. Time and again he was car '■ ried against the low bulwarks in in stant expectation of death. His ! struggles for mere life became I feebler; he waited for the sea that i was to wash him clean overboard to destruction. Suddenly through the i murky smother he discerned a slen der form crawling aft by the weather r side of the cabin. “Tommy! Tommy!” i he called fiercely. 1 The lad watched his chance and ran l to the wheel. Stooping over he > sawed the captain’s bonds apart with ■ his knife and dragged him into the ! lee of the deck-house in time to es i cape the seething flood that swept the deck and smashed the grating i into scraps that later met the eyes of the mutineers. It was not long till the captain's blood was once mors circulating and the tingle roused him into activity. “Where are they?” he asked. “I’ll go and see.” When Tommy came hack he unnouuced that they were in the forepeak. “Go and close the scuttle and bolt it,” commanded the captain, “and i’ll fix the door be low. Jump!” The boy obeyed, and when he re turned to the cabin the skipper nod ded. “You’re faithful Tommy, and you shan’t be sorry. Now, we must save the ship if we can.” A glance forward filled him with rage. “Lubbers!” he roared. They’ve tried to heave her to under the stays’ls. Rotten canvas, rotten tackle, rotten mast. She’ll breach and founder. Tommy, we’ve got to get up some steam and get out to sea.” “Where are we, sir?” asked the boy. "Somewhere off the North Head, I reckon,” said the skipper grimly. “That’s death. No show for young bones under that cliff.” “I can fire up, sir.” “We'll both do it, Tommy. It’s only an odd chance. She may go down any minute now, and we’ll keep each other company.” They found the fires low and no steam. .The two plied the furnace full of everthing they could lay hands to, and when the gauge crawled up to 35 pounds, the captain started the engines. “Bust the boiler and stand by,” was the laconic or der as he swung himself up the lad der. Tommy was beginning to enjoy deck came to his ears. “Tumble up, lively! Stop her, and up with ye!” “What is it, sir?” panted Tommy, when he reached the deck. “We’re ashore!” cried the skipper in his ear. A glance through the murk to the leeward showed a seething, hissing, thundering waste; above its turmoil they heard the crash of breakers. “We’re driving against a dead wall of rock. Get up aloft. Main-top, my lad.” “The men in the peak!” said the uuj wuu ci gcatuic> a lie rapiam ciu first seemed hardly to catch the meaning of his cry; then he threw up one hand in answer and plunged forward. The boy was almost up the weather rigging when the captain, followed by two men broke out of the forepeak and crossed the lurching deck to the fore rigging. They halted, obeyed a motion of the skip per, ran aft to the main and joined Tommy in the little top. Here the four clung speechless while with a swift lurch the foremast disappear ed. The engineer and the seaman strained against the quivering main mast in agony. Suddenly out of the blinding spray rose up a sheer wall of blackness and silence seemed to smother every thing. A huge sea picked the Katie up gently, and bore her smoothly out of the hideous tumble on to ward the cliff. The skipper let go his grasp with one hand and reached up to the boy above him. “Good bye, Tommy!” he cried. The lad looked down and caught the one fatherly glance that had ever warmed his heart. He felt himself falling and called out. A wet branch brushed across his face and he clutched at it in bewilderment. A second later he swung against moist earth and dug his fingers into strong sea grass and turned his face down away from the wind. When he came to himself the cap tain, engineer and sailor were pain fully dragging him up the steep cliff side. It was very dark and the hot odor of fern choked him. “Are you hurt?” asked the captain, stooping over him. “No, sir. How did we get here?” “We were tossed against the cliff where some trees happened to be growing. We managed it just as you did.” “Are we all here?” “All safe,” was the reply. The morning broke in glorious freshness before they made the top of the cliff. There they dropped breathlessly on the grass and rested. Below them tossed the breakers, a dainty fringe of white on the fast deepening blue of the sea. Present ly the captain rose and started off. “I’m going to the lighthouse to re port,” he said in answer to Tommy’s query. “Won’t you let these men go first?” asked the boy, timidly. “What!” screamed the captain, turning short round. Tommy hung his head and wept bitterly. “They’ve been good to me, sir,” he sobbed. The skipper of the Katie thrust his hands into his pockets and whistled, 'the two mutineers stood l - *_ ■» •_ _£__ J __3 UtiUl V li I 111 OliUlUVXUVUU UUU HI o* lence. The captain felt much injured that he should be expected to forego his righteous revenge, and he felt, beside, the pinch of the morning air. Without warning he burst into laugh ter. “Ye don’t deserve anything at my hands. You’ve lost me my ship. That ye’re alive now ye may set down to the act of God. Go off. I’m mum. Nobody will believe me or you any way.” The men shambled away through the high ferns and Tommy sat beside the skipper and wept because his stomach was unfilled. — Overland Monthly. Had a Choice of Ward*. A few weeks ago a resident of Chicago, being on a visit to Colum bus, 0., called upon an old friend, the chief physician of the insane asylum there, and was shown through the institution by the physician and the superintendent, who told him many interesting anecdotes about the va rious inmates. One, an Irishman, from Steubenville, that state, had been brought to the asylum at a time when it was filled almost to its ca pacity, and the superintendent, turn ing to one of the physicians, had asked: “Doctor, what ward would be bet ter put this new man into?” The Irishman, recognizing that he was the new man referred to, spoke up and said: “Indade, an’ I car-re very little what war-rd yez put me into so long as it bez dimmocraticl” •-----• Mississippi State News 11---—a Startling Incroane. The assessment roll of Perry coun ty has reached the auditor’s office, showing the startling increase of $1,500,000, Perry county is located in the center of the great industrial activity which has been sweeping over tlie southeastern section of the State, and the figures, while start ling, are not surprising to those who have been watching the rapid growth of this part of the State. In the figures which Perry county gives the lumber manufacturing enterprise doubtless takes the lead, but there are all sorts of manufacturing enter prises seeking Southeast Mississippi, and values of real estate are steadily on the up-grade. The total of Perry county’s realty roll as just filed with the auditor is $5,068,732. The in crease in exact figures over last year is $1,492,204. _ T» Develop Truck Growing. The advantages of the soil and climate of Mississippi for truck growing is now attracting the atten tion of Northern capitalists, and the development of this industry in the near future seems to be assured. A large concern in Pennsylvania is now in negotiation for 20,000 acres oi land in Southeast Mississippi and in the prairie country in the northeast ern section. The plan upon which the company proposes to operate is Hnv lin r\f lonrl cnifoKlrk ^r»v J 1 --- truck farming and then lease out the lands in small farming tracts tc thrifty farmers. The land is to be leased out on easy terms, and the) will also be furnished with all the money needed to make and markel their crops, the concern agreeing tc market all of the produce grown b) the farmer for a small commissior fee. Big Aaietsmeot Increase. The assessment rolls coming intc the auditor’s office continue to show healthy increases in the assessment of the counties with few exceptions Now and then a county comes ii showing a marked decrease in its a& sessment. This is hard to under stand, in view of the fact that every thing has been on the up-grade ir the State during the past twelve months and property values have had an upward tendency. Tn some instances the increase has beeen sc great as to suggest inflation. Not withstanding this falling off in a few of the counties, the total assessmenl for the State will show a large in crease. Poultry and Pot Stock Show. The executive committee of the JJississippi Poultry and Pet Stool Association has decided to hold the next exposition at West Point, Jan uary 5, 1903. The first show aftei organization was in Aberdeen Iasi October, when a large number oi handsome exhibits of chickens, tur keys, ducks, pigeons and other fane) fowls, pet dogs, etc., was made, rep resenting towns nearly all over the State. The program for the Wesi Point exposition is in progress of ar rangement and the committee is de termined to offer such attractive features as to make it a complete success. College to Be Located. The synodical committee of the Mississippi synod of the Presbyte rian church will meet at Jackson or the 29th inst. for the purpose of lo cating the synodical college for girls The committeevwill report the resuli of its work to the meeting of the Mississippi synod in November a: Columbus. Montgomery county institute fo; white teachers held a five days’ sea Bion at Winona last week. Forty four teachers were enrolled, with ai average attendance daily of twenty eight. The teachers organized them •elves into an association for th< purpose of formulating plans fo; closer and more systematic study. Steamboat on Pearl River. Arrangements for the steamboa line on Pearl river from Jackson t< New Orleans are progressing rap idly, and the first boat will make ih initial trip during the latter part o; the month. The Gulf Manufactur ing, Trade and Transportation Com pany, which will operate the steam boats, has' been incorporated unde; the laws of Louisiana with a capita stock of $300,000, and will apply fo; a charter in Mississippi. Banttfylag It* Park*. The Illinois Central is spendin| several thousand dollars on its tw< parks at Crystal Springs. Nev fences have been built and many car leads of Louisiana muck have beeei hauled there and spread over th< ground. A landscape gardener ii laying oft the grounds into flowe; beds. When the grounds are read] fine roses and other beautiful fiowert will be planted. Cl»D|e la 1’laa of Working Road*. At the last meeting of the board of supervisors of Oktibbeha county _an order was adopted authorizing the public highways to be worked in future on the contract plan, and bids will soon be asked. Quite a num ber of other counties in the State have done the same thing during the year, having grown tired and dis gusted with the old commutation system, which leaves all roads with three ditches, the largest in the mid dle. This reform in road working in Mississippi is largely due to the visit a year ago of the good roads train in charge of Commissioner Moore. * Major McFarland. At the recent State encampment of Mississippi troops, Capt. John Baxter McFarland, of Aberdeen, Company B, First regiment, was elected major of the Second battal ion. This promotion had been three times previously declined on ac count of devotion to his home com pany, with whose members he is ex ceedingly popular. He commanded the company in the Spanish-Ameri can service and reorganized it at the close of the campaign, and reentered the State national guard. Better Roads. In quite a number of counties spe pinl nr/!ore Vin va Kaati lQsnnf! Viv iViA I %/ boards of supervisors to the road overseers to thoroughly work the public highways and place their re spective districts in good condition prior to the autumn rains, and it is probable that the State’s thorough fares will be in better condition dur ing the winter than heretofore. Vacancy Filled. The chair of mechanical engineer ing at the Agricultural and Mechan ical College, recently vacated by Prof. A. J. Weichardt, has beeen filled by the appointment of Prof. Albert Barnes, professor of mechan ical engineering in Clemson College, South Carolina. Has Money to Loan. As evidence of the fact that times are really prosperous in Mississippi, it might be noted that at least one county—Oktibbeha—has more mon ey than ia necessary to carry nn her business, and has advertised that $12,000 will be loaned to citizens of the county at 8 per cent on approved security. He I* a MlBslssipplan. Lieutenant W. H. Buck, who is in command of President ltoosevelt's yacht, the Sylph, is a native Missis sippian, having been born and reared at Port Gibson, Claiborne county. He is the youngest man ever placed in command of a vessel in the United States navy, and saw active service during the Spanish-American war. • 100,000 Fir*. A fire in the works of the Stone wall cotton mills a few days ago re sulted in damage to the company in the sum of about $100,000. The fire originated from a spark in the card room of mill No. 1. The spin dles and cotton to the extent of $25, 000 were destroyed. Dropped Dead. J. M. Charping, one of the oldest , citizens of Kosciusko, dropped dead just as he was leaving his supper ta ble a few evenings ago. The deceased was 83 years old and has been a resi dent of Kosciusko nearly all his life. Small Tax Rate. , The board of supervisors of Mon ; roe county has fixed the tax levy for all county purposes at 6^ mills, the same as last year, which is smaller • than most of the counties in the State. This will include the coun ty’s usual expense for public schools. Dead at 98. t J. S. C. Cooper, who was nearly . 92 years old, died at Blue Mountain i of old age last week, and was carried • to his former home in Hinds county for burial. _ Eight Months School Term. The sohool trustees of Natchez , have decided to makd the school term eight months, which will be the longest scholastic session of any pub | lie school in the State. Trad# Day. The board of directors of the Bus . iness League of Holly Springs has « decided to inaugurate a trade day on [ which the merchants of the town ■ will offer special bargains to induce people to trade there. Rot. Sterling Oreoa. . Rev. E. Sterling Green, a Missis , sippian who has been engaged in - missionary work in Porto Rico, has resigned his charge as rector of the historic Holy Trinity Episcopal 1 church at Ponce, and will,return to ! his old home at Winona early next 1 month. Mr. Green was sent to Por ‘ to Rico shortly after the island waa ’ taken possession of by the United i States, and he has accomplished much good among natives. THE SUNDAY SCHOOL. Leiion In the International Serle* (or September 21, 1002—The Death of Monea, THE LESSON TEXT. \ (Deut., 34:1-12.) 1. Audi Moses went up from the plains of Moab unto the mountain of Ntbo, to tip top of Pisgah, that is over against Jericho. And the Lord shewed him all the land ol Gilead, unto Dan. 2. And all Naphtall, and the land of Eph raim, and Munasseh, and all the land of Judah, unto the utmost sea. 3. And the south, aadi the plain of the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees, unto Zoar. 4. Anti) the Lord said unto him. This Is the land which 1 sware unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, saying. 1 will give it unto thy seed: 1 have caused thee to see It with thine eyes, but thou shalt noL go over thither. a. So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the Lord. 0. And he burled him In a valley in the land of Moab, over against Bethpeor: but no man knoweth of his sepulchre unto this clay. 7. And Moses was an hundred and twen ty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural lorce abated. 3. And. the children of Israel wept for Moses In the plains of Moab thirty days: so the days of weeping and mourning for Moses were ended. 3. And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom; for Moses had laid his hands upon him: and the children of Israel hearkened unto him, and odd as the Lord commanded Moses. 10. And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face. U. Inall thesignsand the wonders, which the Lord sent him to do in the land ol Egypt to Pharaoh, and to all his servants, and to all his land\ 12. And in all that mighty hand, and In all the great terror which Moses shewed in the sight of all Israel. GOLDEN TEXT.—The Lord spake unto Mones (aee to (ace.—Ex. 33:11. OUTLINE OF SCRIPTURE SECTION. Death in view .Deut., xxxi. Moses’ song...Deut., xxxii. Tir in Musts' death .Deut., o4:l-7. Moses mourned!.Deut.., 34:i>-12. TIME.—B. C. 1451. PEACE.—Band of Moab. NOTES AND COMMENTS. A Sentence Fulfilled. — Because of his sin at Meribah, Moses was not to be permitted to bring the children of Israel into the promised land (Mum. 20:7-12). lie besought the Lord to revoke the judgment, but without avail (Deut. 3:23-26); for it would not be just to punish the peo ple for their sins and overlook the transgressions of their leader. It .seems pathetic that Moses should have been denied this great privilege, but those who carefully study this lesson will see that in reality he lost nothing and gained a great deal. Death in View.—Moses knew that his work was done. The reading of the Deuteronomic law took place dur ing the feast of tabernacles once in seven years (v. 10), and women and children, as well as the men who usually assembled for feasts, were gathered to hear it. The consecra tion of Joshua as Moses’ successor took place privately within the taber nacle (v. 14), but was supplemented by a public charge (v. 23). The regu lations for preserving the copy of the law are very definite (v. 26), and the song of Moses was to be taught to the whole congregation. Moses’ Song.—This song is one of the finest poems in the Hebrew language. It dwells on Jehovah’s faithfulness and the ingratitude of His people* and promises rescue at the last mo ment from threatening judgment. Driver says of it: “The song shows great originality of form, being a presentation of prophetical thoughts in a poetical dress, on a scale that is without a parallel in the Old Testa ment. As the opening verses show, it is a didactic poem. . . . The poet develops his theme with con spicuous literary and artistic skill; the images are diversified and ex pressive; and the parallelism (the Hebrew substitute for rhyme) is re markably regular and forcible. A spirit of impassioned earnestness sus tains and suffuses the whole.” Moses Death.—The top of Pisgah is a sheer rocky mountain standing just east of the northern end of the Dead sea, from which one can see the mountains of Gilead, Hermon, Tabor, Ebal, Gerizim, Quarantania, the Mount of Olives, Mount Zion and the slopes extending to the Dead sea, 4,000 feet above the summit. The Mediterra nean sea is not visible from Mount Pisgah. There are few things harder to bear than such n disappointment as this of Moses. His was one of the » great griefs of history. Moses had spent his life to bring his people into + rtrnmicnil lurwl ltirt Viora in c- i rrTi f I ' ’ — O of that land of his lifelong dream, but not in it, he died. But Heaven is full of those who have known their measure of Moses’ grief—who have labored and striven and prayed to ward some one great hope, and have died without reaching it. May not the example of Moses help us to see (1) that though its dearest hope be not realized, life is by no means a failure; (2) that God is to be trust ed and His decision faced in quietness and peace; (3) that the development of character is more important than the carrying out of any earthly plan; (4) that to die the friend of God is sublime even though the promised land of our dreams is never reached? Moses Mourned.—The grief of the people for Moses was sincere, though not prolonged beyond the usual time. PRACTICAL SUGGESTIONS. Not even Moses wm a perfect man. All but Jesus have fallen short of fully and always doing God’s will. It was not Moses the siuner, but “Moses the servant of the Lord,” who died upon the mount. Moses had a beatific view of the earthly Canaan, and then entered into the Canaan of the blest. Even a Moses can be spared from God’s work. No man is necessary tq its continuance. The loss of money has often meant the finding of manhood.—Ram’s Horn. SUPERLATIVES. The biggest open-air concert in the world is the Welsh Eisteddfod, which is attended yearly by 20,000 to 30,000 people. Quicksilver mining has the worst ef fect on the teeth of any known occu pation. Bleachers and bakers also fre quently lose their teeth. The articles of charge drafted against W’arren Hastings fill two oc tavo volumes, and are the longest on record. Burke’s speeches in this trial occupied 13 full days. The Conflagration Reported to Have Burned Itself Out to a Great Extent. »• WIDE VARIANCE IN ESTIMATED LOSS. A Larne N timber of DerrlcUg and Several Pumping; Plants De ■trojred, Mach OH Burned and One Gusher Continues to Shoot Up a Column of Flame. Beaumont, Tex., Sept. 12.—At day light this morning the fire in the oil field burned itself out, and to-night there are only four wells and two tanks burning. One of the wells is a big gusher, and there will be much trouble experienced in extinguishing it. The smaller wells can be easily handled, as the fire is principally fed by gas. The oil is beinir drawn from the tanks as rapidly as possible, and they will probably burn themselves out to-night. There is a breeze blow ing, but it is sweeping across tha field and toward the fire. Even if it changes there will be little danger of further loss, for the reason that all the exposed oil has been burned off. There is a large force of workmen on the grounds, and a spread of the fire can now be checked in its in cipiency. Estimate of the Loss. The loss caused by the fire is vari ously estimated. The lowest figures by those competent to judge place the total loss at about $75,000. From this it ranges up to $250,000. So far as can be ascertained about thirty derricks were destroyed. The loss on these was comparatively small. Fif teen tanks, some of them filled with oil, were burned out, and they will have to be repaired before they are again serviceable. Several pumping plants were put out of service, and are rendered useless, and in this the heaviest loss lies, outside of the oU destroyed. A Careless Workman. The fire was started by the care lessness of a workman, whose name has not yet been ascertained. He went into the tank, wmch was partly filled with oil, with a lighted lantern, and there was an explosion of gas, which ignited the oil. The man es caped, though he is said to have been badly burned. The Wood gusher hau been left open, and it was ignited within a few minu: es. Before an alarm could be given to control the burning tank the flames leaped high in the air, the derrick caught fire and so did the oil which was standing around the well. Immense Volumes of Smoke. Immense volumes of smoke were created, and gkve the impression that the sea of fire was greater than it really was. Almost the whole popu lation of Beaumont rushed to the field, though there was nothing to be done save to look at the fire. Special trains were sent early in the morn ing from Port Arthur and Nederland with picked workmen to assist in smothering the flames, and these have been at work to-day chopping down derricks, covering wells and draining away the oil that had not been reached by the fire. These men are at the field to-night keeping guard. DEATH OF GOV. SHEPHERD. The Man Who Made Washington a Magnificent City Passes Away at Batopilas, Mexico. Washington, Sept. 13.—A private tel egram received from Batopilas, Mexi co, announces the death there Friday morning of Alexander R. Shepherd, who was vice-president of the board of public works of the District of Colombia during the territorial gov ernment of the district in 1871, and two jrears later governor of the dis trict. He was 67 years of age. Tha cause of death was peritonitis, brought on by an attnek of appendi citis. Mrs. Shepherd, accompanied by her son-in-law and daughter, Dr. and Mrs. Frank Merchant, who reside in Washington, were informed of the se rious illness of the governor Thurs day, and left at once for Batopilas. Gov. Shepherd, as the executive of ficer of the board of public works, in spue oi vigorous opposition, Degan and successfully continued improve ments in all parts of the city, with the result that Washington became a magnificent capital. To the governor is given credit for nipping in the bud a project for the removal of the cap ital to some western city, which was warmly agitated at one time. At tha expiration of his term as governor, in company with New York capital ists, he purchased the Old Hacienda Ban Miguel silver mines, at Batopilas, which in later years have proved profitable, and there he has since re sided. H# leaves a widow and seven children. __ COLD WEATHER AT OMAHA. Twtnty-Slx Degrees Registered At the Weather Bureau lu Omaha Friday Morning. 1 _ Omaha, Neb., Sept. 13.—Twenty-six degrees was the mark registered by the thermometer at the weather bu reau Friday morning, where frost was reported throughout the state. It is believed that the corn crop gen erally is beyond the danger point, al though in the valleys there still re mains part of the crop which will be slightly damaged. Found Dead on Roadside. Waterloo, 111., Sept. 13.—Herman Garleb, Sr., a prominent farmer from Harrisonville, 111., was found dead alongside the road Friday morning near here. It is not known whether he fell out of his buggy, fracturing his skull, or whether he was mar dersd by highwaymen. The team came home with the vehicle alone. He was 46 years old and the father of five children. It is said he went to Harrisonville to get some money. Hone was found in his pockets, and this gives color te the murder theory.