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THE TUPELO JOURNAL
_PUBLISHED WEEKLY. “tupeloTI • t MISSISSIPPI. IRA IN TJHE CITY. I wonder what they’re doin' these de lightful days out there, Where the good old crispy feelln’ comes a-stcnlin’ through the air; I can almost taste the cider that la pourin’ from the mill, ^ Seems as though I hear the rustle in the corn shocks on the hill. I can seem to see the pun'klns gleamin’ yellow on the ground. And the blossoms of the buckwheat with the bees a-buzzin' round. I w }der If the apples of the old tree by the gate Have been gathered yet? They always usedNto ripen rather late; And. go. whiz, how good they tasted, and .*hat lots of juice they had. And the smell that there was to ’em— that alone ’ud make you glad. Ob, I'd like to be out yonder, where the colts kick up and play. And the folks keep on belivin’ that the Lord ain't away. I wonder If they ever, as they're work in’ on out there, Oct to flunkin' of where I am—wonder if they eve>" care? Ob, I s'pose the old spring bubbles just as cool and just as clear As It use to 'fore I ever dreampt of corn in' way up here, And the path down from the kitchen, s'pose It's there *he same to-day, And wore down as smooth and bare as though I'd never come away. I wonder If they ever notice my initials where, Long ago, I cut ’em Into all the stable doors out there? And I wonder when they see ’em If they ever think of me. And would like to see me back there where the wind's a-blowin' free. Where the hick’ry nuts come tumblin’ with a rattle from the limb, Anl the Lord's still near the people and they still believe in Him? I s’pose the sumac’s crimson and the ma ple's turnin’ red. Just as though I'd never left there with big notions in my head. And the cows I'll bet go wadin' to the middle of the stream, And stand there, kind of solemn, and look fur away and dream. Not a thing has stopped out yonder just because I left one day, And if I’d go back the city'd never know I’d been away. —S. E Kiser, in Chicago Record-Herald. I The Wrong Woman. | $ I !ij By Winifred Graham. If &&d&S®iXsXSG^ I AM quite a young girl, and a lady librarian by profession. While traveling to various coun try houses, I have met with many strange adventures, though indexing musty old libraries sounds dry as dust to the casual ear. Being one of a large family, I revel in the relaxation of work, by which I escape “the trivial round, the common task,” though often I pine for riches, ease, and chiffon. One bright sunny morning I met an old friend of my father’s—Mr. Jessop—who often recommends me to book-collecting friends. “My dear,” he said, “I’ve a little job for you, if you like to take it on.” My eyes glistened, for at the mo ment I was “out of work.” “I have mentioned you to a delight ful old lady,” he continued, “living in a beautiful country house. She is anxious to have her splendid li brary catalogued by a professional. 1 warn you she is eccentric, but in a very nice way—so good and kind to everybody, and especially fond of girls.” 1 thanked him heartily, declaring I loved eccentric people. “Then I will ask her to write to you,” he said. Sure enough, a few days later I re ceived a request to visit Stanley House. But the letter brought with it a sense of disappointment, for Mrs. Shepperton informed me she was go ing for a short tour abroad, so I could not see her. “I have a very nice housekeeper,” she wrote, “who will look after your comfort. I hope you will make your self quite at home. The carriage shall meet you at the station.” On my arrival I was greeted with a pleasurable surprise. A lady in purple velvet, with a beautiful lace mantilla swathing her white hair, came across the hall to greet me. She had quaint side curls, and a be nign expression. One or two ex quisite jewels glittered in her laces. “My dear,” she said, drawing me to the fire, “I never expected to have the pleasure of seeing you, but I have had great trouble with my ser vants the last day or two. My house keeper, upon whom I absolutely rely, has been called away to the bedside of a dying friend; and, owing to an' unfortunate disagreement amongst the domestics, I find myself very shorthanded. I have therefore put off my visit until to-morrow, when my housekeeper returns. I felt it was not quite safe to leave this es L tablishment with no one to keep & _ order.” ■ N I tried to be very sympathe-tic, for the old lady attracted me. She looked at me very admiringly, now and again dropping a compli ment that sent the blood tingling to my cheeks. She told me I talked well, declar ing it was a pity I had not seen more of the world. I said that I was one of a large family, and therefore un able to travel. She drew from me involuntarily many of my hopes and aspirations. “We will have our coffee,” she said, “in the Venetian chamber. You are sure to lose your way at first in this house, it is so queerly built. There are strange passages in th§ walls, which would lend themselves very conveniently to burglars. They are well supplied with small doors in the panels of the rooms. See,” she said, drawing a curtain aside as we entered the Venetian chamber, “here is a little door you would hardly ob serve, even were the curtain absent. The passage behind runs the whole length of the house. It is dark and dusty, and I should not advise you to venture on a voyage of discovery.” “It. certainly looks very ghostly,” I said, as we sat on a low sofa, com fortably sipping our coffee. The old lady’s eyes rested upon me benignly. “I feel so happy to-night,” she mur mured. “You have made me realize how lonely my life is.” She took mv hand and stroked it softly. 1 half expected to hear her purr. Then came one of the most startling moments of my life. Mrs. Shepperton, whom that very day I had seen only for the first time, made an amazing proposition. She told me I reminded her very for cibly of a daughter she had lost long years ago. She expressed an intense desire for my company, and begged me to go abroad with her on the fol lowing morning. “It won’t be for very long,” she de clared soothingly. “And I will buy you some lovety Parisian clothes If your wardrobe is insufficient. I will write to your mother to-morrow, and explain what I have done. I am sure she could not possibly mind, especial ly ns we were introduced by a mu tual friend.” Somehow I still felt under a spell, and the delightful suggestion proved too tempting. I have always been impressionable and somewhat hot headed, I fear. Assuring myself that my family could have no objection, I joj’fully consented to accompany Mrs. Shepperton on her pleasure trip. As we talked over the many de lights of foreign travel, I suddenly started forward, grasping her elbow. “What is the matter, child?” she asked. “I saw a figure,” I gasped, “hiding in that curtain opposite. I could have declared the form of a man stood behind the velvet. The out line of his shoulder showed quite dis tinctly.” Mrs. Shepperton started up, trem bling. “It must have been your fancy,” she cried, begging me to look behind the curtain; but, of course, this was useless. Had anyone been there, he would have retired through the panel door into the long, dark passage be yond. I tried to forget what I had seen, telling myself it was only imagina tion; but the im*T~or3' haunted me as I went up to bed. “Never mind,” I thought. “To morrow you will be far away from this lonely building.” I dreampt of the pleasure of wealth and of the many luxuries I was about to enjoy. The following morning Mrs. Shep perton appeared somewhat depressed at breakfast. “I want you, if you will, my dear,” she said, in her soft, cooing voice, “to do an errand for me on the way to the station. I shall drive in a closed carriage, but you must go round by the town in the victoria, which will be at the door in a few minutes. I need a little spare money for our traveling expenses. Please go to the hank and change this check for £100, which you must bring me in notes.” I took the check, and drove away cheerfully, glad to feel I could de; her a service. The drive was a very hilly one, and the little town nestled at the foot of a steep descent. As the car riage proceeded at a slow pace, a well-dressed man sprang forward, apparently from the hedge, and took off his hat to me. I felt myself turning very red, for I hardly knew what to do, since he was a total stranger. Before I had time to think, he jumped into the carriage, and seated himself beside me. I nervously grasped the pres eious check in my hand. “What do you want?” I asked sternly, quivering with indignation at his impertinent action. “Excuse me, miss,” lie said, “but I want that cheek for £ 100 which you are going to cash at the bank.” “You may want it.” 1 said, con vinced this was a case of highway robbery, “but you won’t get it!” “Don’t be alarmed,” he answered, reading my thoughts. “After all, you are quite right not to give it up. I suppose you are unaware that you are being made the victim of a very cruel trick? I saw j-ou arrive yes terday, and judged by your looks you were not an accomplice, though the accomplices are many of the Mrs. Shepperton, you know. One has played her false, and a very large scheme is about to end in failure. “The old lady who received you so affectionately last evening, and tempted you to accept her invitation of foreign travel, was, strange to re late, the housekeeper, who should have received you according to Mrs. Shepperton’s orders. This intriguing woman has effected a most. Ktnrflincr disguise, not only annexing her mis tress’ clothes, but making her ap pearance absolutely similar. Having cleared the house of every honest servant, she had arranged to leave England under Mrs. Shepperton’s name, taking with her a large quan tity of jewelry and plate of immense value. “Should suspicion have fallen upon her, j ju were to have been the scape goat. For that reason she sent yoii to change the check this morning, which, of course, has been forged, with many others lately paid. I was hiding in the house last night, and heard your conversation in the Vene tian chamber. Had you gone away with her, it is terrible to think of the position in which you might have been placed.” As I listened to his words, my blood froze in my veins. “How can I know whether you are telling me the truth?” I asked, still suspicious of the stranger. “You cannot tell,” he replied, “un til you are given proofs. We are go ing to drive to the police-station, where you will fitid the real Mrs. Shepperton, who has been recalled to the neighborhood, and warned of the intrigue.” I began to tremble violently, but still kept fast hold on the check, de termined to give it to no one but the real Mrs. Shepperton herself. “I don’t wonder you believed In that evil woman,” continued the stranger. “She has completely de ceived her confiding old mistress. Presently when we bring them face to face with each other on the rail way station, there will be little or no doubt in Mrs. Shepperton’s mind.” I could hardly bear the suspense till the carriage drew up in front of the police station, and I followed the tall man through the gateway. ' In a little room I espied a pale^ trembling figure. An old lady in mostly array, with exquisite furs and and dainty laces, eyed me curiously is I entered. For a moment f stared it her open-mouthed—the white side L'urls. the arched eyebrows, were all so like the Mrs. Shepperton with whom I had conversed not an hour ago. Until I had arrived, she had still hoped there might be some mistake; but my amazement at seeing her proved the truth of the detective’s story. “Why do you look at me so strange ly?” she asked. “Perhaps you have seen somebody like me?” She placed her shaking hand on my arm, and I noticed a tear rolling down her withered cheek. I spread out the check on the table before her, and she peered at it curiously through her glasses. In as few words as possible I explained what had occurred. “Then it is true?” she gasped, in a broken voice. “And I would have trusted her with my life!” She staggered to the door. “We have to go to the railroad station,” she said. “It will be an aw ful moment indeed.” I turned to the inspector pleading ly “May Mis. Shepperton not return to Stanley House without seeing that wicked woman again?” I begged. “Surely you and your men can ar rest this imposter without giving this poor lady the pain of an en counter?’ She threw me a grateful glance as I made the suggestion. “Of course, if Mrs. Shepperton pre fers it,” said the inspector, some what aggrieved that she should wish to forgo the excitement of catching the thief red-handed. “I am very grateful to you,” said the tremulous old voice, as, seizing our reprieve, we were drawn slowly 1 < ,1 v i __ 1- Ilf UtlkJV up tuc milt A A you have had a great disappoint ment; but, remember, at the same time you have been mercifully de livered from very grave things.” I bowed my head at the solemn words. My heart was too full at that moment to speak. A restful sensation come over me as we turned in at the old stone gateway. It was to be duty, not pleasure, and I began to think per haps duty was the better after all.— London Answers. AN EASY PROBLEM. Something; That Should Have Been Perfectly Plain to Anybody Who Could Figure. Hubbard Lawton, familiarly known ns “Hub,” was by common consent the most shiftless man in Pineville. He had been known to “saw and split” in a desultoiy way for a few of the summer visitors, but beyond that Hub and labor were strangers, relates Youth’s Companion. * The most easy-going woman in the town was Lucy Harmon, who did a little dressmaking when the fit seized her; but as a rule she sat tranquilly on her front doorstep in summer, and in her front window during spring, autumn and winter, doing nothing whatever, with great' contentment of mind and body. Hub required financial aid from his relatives every month, and it was un derstood that Lucy received contri butions from her neighbors without any false pride. When it was an nounced by Hub that he and Lucy were soon to be married, a plain spoken neighbor asked a pointed question. “How are you and Lucy expecting to live?” she inquired. “Who’s going to earn your bread and butter. Hub? Lucy’s folks nor her neighbor’s \\ on’t fhel any call to feed her when she’s married to an able-bodied man.” “Why,” said Hub, reproachfully, “I don’t know what folks are thinking of! Half a dozen people have asked me th t same question. I can al most support myself, and Lucy can almost support herself, and 1 should think anybody with a head for fig gers could see that when we jine forces there’ll be something left over for a rainy day.” THE TERROR OF A NIGHT. A Traveler In Scotland Got Into Bed with Something That GAve Him a Fright. I will never forgdt the terror that filled me one night 30 years ago. I was traveling in the center of Scot land and formed one of a large com pany traveling on a coach. I was a good distance from my destina tion when our conveyance was up set. Fortunately no one was injured, and we adjourned to a neighboring inn, where we remained over night. I had intended stopping at a village some miles away, where there was a post office to which I had arranged to have my letters sent, says a wri ter in the Scottish American. Acordingly, after tea, I informed my landlady that I intended walking to this village for my letters, and that I could not return till late. I was back shortly after 12, went to my room and scrambled into bed. Oh, horrors! What was that? My feet had touched some warm beast sleeping in the bed. In shorter time than it takes me to tell you I was out on the floor, holding down the bedclothes with one hand, in case the thing, whatever it was, should spring out at me, and with the other trembling limb groping about on the toilet table for matches. When I got a candle lit I cautiously began lifting the bedclothes, cold perspira tion breaking out all over my body and my knees knocking together. I could stand it no longer, and with one jerk I threw them back to find— a hot water bottle. A Comprehensive Verdict. Not long ago a coroner’s jury in Ireland delivered the following ver dict on the sudden death of a mer chant who had recently failed in busi ness: “We, the jury, find from the new doctor’s statement that the de ceased came to his death from heart failure, superinduced by business failure, which was caused by specula tion failure, which was the result of failure to see far enough ahead.”— San Francisco Argonaut. DEVOUR A DISH .OF DOG. aiirtll.nii Put Up a Job on a Party of United States Senators Who Visited Honoluln. Honolula, Hawaii. "Oct. 15, via San Francisco, Oct. 26.—Hawaiians are laughing heartily over a joke they say was played on members of the senato rial commission last month. United States Senators Mitchell of Oi1>gon, Foster of Washington, and Burton of Kansas, were made to eat dog—not political dog, but real cooked canine. Those who are authority for the story declare the senators ate the fare with relish and called for more. This dish was served the party at one of the native “Luaus” or feasts, during their recent visit in Honolulu. Koa*t Doc a Delicacy. Among Hawaiians cooked dog has long been esteemed one of the great est of delicacies. No native feast is ever complete without sifch a dish, and by old and young the morsel is eagerly sought. So great has been the de mand for luau dogs that numerous na tives have specially engaged in raising dogs for this market. The senators and their party while here were invited to many entertain ments in Honolulu. Invariably when an invitation to Hawaiian luau came there was special delight among the senators—they were anxious to enjoy some of the many original and deli cious Hawaiian dishes. Wanted All of Them. Knowing the abhorrence of the white person to tcting dog, Hawaiians have not in recent years served the animal at all of their feasts where white guests were present. The sen ators, however, had expressed the de sire to see and know all of the Ha waiian dishes. The party attended a regular Hawaiian luau. All of the del icacies that Hawaiian culinary art could supply were there. Everything was well cooked and the party par took of every dish offered them. IturtoE Tempted Them. “Try some of this meat, senators,” said Senator Burton to his colleagues. "It is simply delicious. Strange how these Hawaiians have learned the art of cooking pig. I never tasted such delightful roast pig in my life.” The other senators tasted of the '‘mV’ nnrl rlpplnrpH It pvppllpnt But the “pig” was one of the famous Hawaiian luau dogs. DEATH FOR A REPRIMAND. Murderer Killed by a Miner Whom lie Had Called to Time. Pineville, Ky., Oct. 26. — Jessie Broughton, who was recently convict ed on the charge of murdering Charles McIntyre, but who secured a new trial, was shot and killed at West Pineville late last night. Britt Harlan was bad ly wounded at the same time. Har lan says he, with Broughton and Joe Sparks, was sitting on the railroad, talking, when WTill and Ha/s Peace came up and fired. Broughton Is a mine boss and it is said he reprimand ed the Pace boys yesterday. GEORGIA GALES t Cause a Regular Deluge at Brunswick. Several Business Blocks of the City Under Water. Brunswick, Ga., Oct. 26.—As a re sult of continued heavy rains for the past twenty-four hours, five blocks in the center of this city are under water tonight, and considerable dam age has been done from Monk to Mansfield. On Newcastle street, one of the prin cipal business blocks of the city, the water has risen into the stores and is from ten to fifteen inches deep. The city fire department is under water. The jails are both flooded and from Bay to Union streets, traffic is Impossible. The Brunswick Electrical Supply Company has been put entirely out of business by the water, and not a light furnished by that concern is burning tonight. Caused by Gales. A heavy northeaster has been pre vailing for two or three days, and the only reason assigned for the down pour by mariners and nautical people generally is that these gales contrib uted their share to the deluge. Railroad traffic has been badly inter fered with and several washouts have U'-VU 1 LVU V/U bUU kjuutuvi U UV tween Brunswick and Jessup, and on the Brunswick & Birmingham, the lat ter coming in over the Atlantic Coast Line tracks. All mails are belated, both arriving and departing. Boer Generals* Visit Off. London, Oct. 27.—In a dispatch from Brussels the correspondent of the Standard says It is declared there that Gens. Botha and Delarey have aban doned their proposed tour of the United States and will return to South Africa. To Save the Pengieng. Washington, Oct. 26.—Gen. St George Dyrenforth, commander-in chief of the Union of the United Veter ans’ Union, has issued an appeal to the Union veterans of the civil war to organize into a brotherhood for mu tual protection. Gen. Dyrenforth sets out the necessity of organization, say ing: “For then, acting politically as a unit, irrespective of mere partisan politics only, for those who are the practical friends of the veteran, the veterans will be a tremendous force, they will be a power that cannot be overlooked.” BLACK VOTE ELIMINATED. Leia Than Five Thougand Registered in the State of North Carolina. Charlotte, N. C., Oct. 26.—The reg istration books for the first election in North Carolina under the constitution al amendment for the disfranchise ment of illiterate negroes closed last night. Under former laws the colored vote in North Carolina was about 90, 000. If the returns so far received from registration can be regarded as a basis for the entire State, the total colored vote at the next election will not amount to 6.000. • - . . • ..... ,• - A - • TEXAS-LOUISIANA OIL FIELD Report of » •overoment Expert—The Sup ply o II In Limited—llully Flow o lleatiiiiont Field. Wash! ‘ n, Oct 28.—A *»ulletln soon to Lied by the United States Geological .arvey contains a report by Dr. C. W. Haye3 and William Kennedy on the Texas-Louisiana oil field which is of particular interest at this time. Prom the Mississippi river west ward through Louisiana and Texas to the Rio Grande, along the border of the Gulf of Mexico, and extending inland for from BO to 100 miles 13 the gulf coastal plain. The existence of petroleum in this part of the country has been known as far back as 1880. Since the beginning of the present oil development the coastal plain has been examined, and its general under ground condition to a depth of about 2,000 feet his been brought to view, al though many questions as to under ground structure remain unanswer able until further drilling. With regard to the Spindletop oil rock, the report states that its excep tional character explains in a measure the remarkable features of tho Spin dletop pool. Its extreme porosity fa vors the storage of a very large vol ume of oil, and also favors the yield ing of this oil with very great rapidity when the reservoir is tapped. It also favors the early exhaustion of the oil in the pool and its rapid replacement by the underlying salt water. Beds of sulphur-bearing sand are reported from some of the wells on Spindletop, and beds of gypsum and of salt from others. The indications point to the possible development of oil along the following lines, all running northeast and south west: A line from Damon, in Brazo ria county, Texas, through Dayton to Saratoga in Hardin county; a line from Big Hill, in Matagorda county, through Columbia to Sour Lake, in Hardin county; a line from High Is land, in Galveston county, through Big Hill to Beaumont, in Jefferson county; a line from Sabine Pass, in Jefferson county, Texas, through Vin ton to Sulphur, in Calcasieu parish, La.; a line from Hackberry, Cameron parish, to Spring Hill, Calcasieu par ish, La. The well known oil “ponds” uyuu cut? auudce cit tut# water yuiui strongly to a source of oil near the south end of the west jetty in the gulf, at Sabine Pass. Petroleum does not exist in unlim ited quantities anywhere. The supply is practically limited to the contents of the field, and when this has been withdrawn no more is obtainable. Spindletop forms no exception to this inflexible rule, and the length of time that even this great field may continue to produce oil is altogether dependent upon the number of wells draining the pool. Spindletop's Dally Flow. An estimate of the maximum flow of 162 wells now in use at Spindletop may be made as somewhere between 25,000 and 30,000 barrels daily; prob ably the average flow would not ex ceed 10,000 to 12,000 barrels. The total production of crude pe troleum in the Beaumont Spindletop field, including the oil wasted from wild gushers and from other wells, the local consumption, the oil held In tanks, and the oil shipped away, from the beginning of 1901 up to May 31, 1902, is estimated at 11,688,000 barrels. The value of well material, tanks, tank cars, pipe lines, pumping stations, re fineries. and wells producing, drilling, and abandoned, is estimated at about $7,640,000. On December 31, 1901, the number of wells abandoned was 28; of producing wells, 131; and of wells drilling, 46; a total of 205. On May 1, 1902, there were 52 abandoned wells, 240 producing wells, and 60 wells drill ing; a total of 352—an increase on May 1, 1902, over December 31, 1901, of 24 abandoned wells, 109 producing wells, and 14 drilling wells; a total of 147. _ THE FIGHT LAUNCHED. Remit of Paducah Government’s Refusal to Interfere With Saloons. r»_i___xt_ nn rv_ o/ia j. uuuvuu, 11; ■) v/ V/ v, 4. v. v/ i v» uvv men, including all the local preachers, passed a resolution in mass meeting this afternoon to at once commence a fight for local option. L. D. Toof, chairman of the State Temperance League, was made permanent chair man and instructed to appoint an ex ecutive committee of six, one from each ward. Petitions for the election, which will be held within sixty days, will be started among the people to morrow. A letter from Rev. Sam Jones stated he and his co-worker, Rev. George Stu art, would be here to prosecute the fight. It is forecasted that several thousand dollars will be spent by both sides. There are several wholesale whisky houses here and seventy sa loons. For the first time in years all sa loons were closed today by order of Chief of Police Collins. Agent and Hone; Gone. Carbondale, 111., Oct. 26.—Frank M. Flagg, ticket agent of the Illinois Cen tral at Texas Junction, on the Cape Girardeau branch, is missing and the contents of the money drawer are gone. It is supposed that robbers en tered the office, killed the agent, took the money and put the body in the Big Muddy river. Trainmen say they saw some men prowling around the build ing before Flagg disappeared. Offi cials of the road, however, are inclined to discredit the murder theory. Fatal Football Game. Staunton, 111., Oct. 26.—Edward Schmidt, a member of the local foot ball team, was injured in a game to day and died within ten minutes. HU fellow members thereupon burned their uniforms and forswore the game. Cholera 1b the Philippines. Manila, Oct. 26.—The cholera is gaining a strong foothold on the island of Mindanao. The disease continues to be bad in the province of Iloilo. It has disappeared from Manila. The cases reported up to date exceed 100, 000. A THE SUNDAY SCHOOL. Luton In the International Serlea for November 2, 1002—Cities of Refuge. THE LESSON TEXT. (Joshua 20:1-9.) 1. The Lord also spake unto Joshua, say ing: 2. Speak to the children of Israel, saying: Appoint out for you cities of retuge, where of 1 spake unto you by the hand ot Moses: 3. That the slayer that kiileth any person unawares and unwittingly may flee thither; and they shall be your retuge from the avenger of blood. 4. And when he that doth flee ur.to one of those cities shall stand at the entering of the gates of the city, and shall declare his cause in the ears ot the elders ol that city, they shall take him Into the city unto them, and give him a place, that he may dwell among them. 5. And if the avenger of blood pursue after him, then they shall not deliver the slayer up Into his hand; because he emote his neighbor unwittingly, and hated him not beforetime. 6. And he shall dwell In that city, until he stand before the congregation for judg ment, and until the cit<ath of the high priest that shall be in those days: then shall the slayer return, and come unto his own city, and unto his' own house, unto the city from whence he fled. 7. And they appointed Kedesh In Galilee In Mount Naphtali, and Shechem, In Mount Ephraim, and Kirjatharba. which Is He bron, In the mountain of Judah. 8. And on the other side Jordan by Jeri cho eastward, they assigned Bezer In the wilderness upon the plain out of the tribe of Reuben, and Ramoth in Gilead out of the tribe of Gad, and Golan In Bashan out of the tribe of Maijasseh. 9. These were the cities appointed for all the children of Israel, ar.d for the strargei that sojourneth among them, that whoso ever kiileth any person at unawares might flee thither, and not die by the hand of the avenger of blood, until he stood before the congregation. GULDEN TEXT.—G«wl Is oar refuge and strength, a very present help la • rouble.—1»*. 46)1. OUTLINE OF SCRIPTURAL SECTION. The tribal allotments)..Josh, xv-xix. The cities of refuge.Josh. xx. TIME —B. C. 1444. PLACE.—Gilga! and Shiloh. NOTES AND COMMENTS. The Need of Refuge.—In all bar barous and semicivilized peoples it has been regarded as the highest duty of the next of kin to avenge the blood of one who has been slain. The duty was not merely vengeance in its low est form, but justice or equalization. No discrimination was made, however, between the murderer by intent and the slayer by accident. So deep-seat fd was the sense of obligation in this matter that a law prohibiting all pri vate taking of life in return for one slain would have been imperative. Without expressly prohibiting it, the establishment of cities of refuge tend ed to do away with it. The Tribal Allotments.—For the tPTritnrv nccicmpd i n pnoli + map. The distribution was made by lot, and the high priest officiated. Reu ben, Gad and the half tribe of Manas sell had already received their inher itance on the east side of the Jordan and, as no land was given to the Le vites, there were only 9y2 tribes to be provided for. The Cities of Refuge.—The establish ing of certain cities of refuge is inter esting in connection with the sixth commandment, showing that not sim ply was the act to be considered, but the spirit promptingit. Thecustom of “blood-revenge,” which has been al most world wide at certain stages of civilization, rests on the principle of the sacredness of human life (Gen 9:5, 6), and, in the absence of an effi cient government, the duty of indi viduals to protect it. It resembles an authorized Lynch law. When a man had been killed among the Hebrews, it was the duty of his next of kin. called his “goel,” to avenge his blood by slaying the one who had killed him. This was his duty even whet the killing was accidental; but cities of refuge were set apart in different parts of the country, to which any manslayer might flee and be safe from the vengeance of the goel till he had had a fair trial before the elders of the city and congregation. There had tr be at least two witnesses to prove in tentional murder (Num. 35:30; Dent. 19:15). If the fugitive was convicted of wilful murder, he was handed over to the goel, whose right and duty it was to kill him. If the elders decided that the relative’s death was the re sult of an accident, the goel was not allowed to touch him. The manslayer was, however, to remain in the city of refuge till the death of the high priest, when he might go free in safety. But if the goel found him out side of the city of refuge before the death of the high priest, he might legally take his revenge. It was the office of the goel. in gen eral. to stand up for the rights of the family. In addition to his duty as avenger of blood, he was (1) to buy back and hold in the family the patri mony of his kinsman, when poverty had compelled him to sell it. (2) It was his place t-o redeem or buy back fTtp BPrsnn nfn Tvinsmnn wVin It nr? c-rtlr? himself into slavery. For another use of the word, see Job 19:25: "I know that my Redeemer (goel) liveth.” PRACTICAL SUGGESTIONS. Christ has provided a refuge for the sinner—not for the innocent. The refuge provided by Christ is easily accessible. He is nigh to all who call upon Him. Jesus is the sinner’s only Tefuge. There is no other name under Heaven given whereby we must be saved. The gates of the cities of refuge were always open. The door of mercy is never shut to the sinner. Grapes from Canaan. Humility is one of the gates of Heaven. The brightest lives shine out of dark est troubles. The price of sin is always greater than its profit. You cannot cover up a wrong at home by a gift abroad. Imitation fruits always cost more than the real ones. God made men like Himself that they might make earth more like Heaven. Every page of theOld Testament has a star of promise for the world’s night of sin.—Ram’s Horn. LITTLE FACTS IN FEW WORDS. England was first divided into shires during the seventh century A. D. London’s population is almost 14 per cant, of that of England and Wales. There are at the present time some ISO student volunteer missionaries in the mission service in Japan. Twenty-five Chicago banks will pay taxes this year on property valued at $46,000,000. This is an increase of $10, 000,000 during the year, owing to in crease in capital, surplus and undivided profits. % FUND IS ABOUT COMPLETE. Trustees of McKinley Memorial A••nota tion Keport Cash Subscript loin of Over Half a Million. Washington, Oct. 25.—The trustees of the William McKinley National Memorial fund will hold a meeting at Canton, C., to-day and hear the report of the treasurer of the fund as to the amount of subscription raised for the McKinley memorial. The trustees set out to raise $050, 000 and the report will show that of this amount more than $550,000 has been subscribed and that the remain der can be raised, so that practically the work of raising the fund has been completed. The trustees can now purchase the site for the me morial and prepare plans for its erec tion. While a site has been selected in the cemetery at Canton where President McKinley is buried, the ground has not been purchased nor have the plans or designs for the monument to be erected thereon been selected. Of the states contributing to the fund New York leads with $150,000, the larger portion having been raised in New York city. Ohio promised to raise $100,000 and has not only kept its promise, but has gone above that figure and stands next to New York on the subscrip tion list. Pittsburg stands in the front ranks of the cities, for citizens subscribed $50,000. There is disap pointment in New England’s contri bution, for the entire six states in that, section, including the city of Boston, did not subscribe more than $10,000. Although the trustees have nearly raised the amount required, they do not intend to relax their ef forts to raise the full amount, and subscriptions will still be welcome. MONTANA TRAIN ROBBERY. Between Hermnunt and Drummond the Northern Pacific'll Kncineer Was Killed and Iteglmered Mall Stolen. St. Paul, Minn., Oct. 25.—Word was received here of the robbery of a Northern Pacific mail train between Bermount and Drummond, Mont., about midnight. The engineer was killed, the mail ear broken into and luuuru ui itii irgisicicu uiitii uut uu other ears torched. The train was due at Drummond at 12:30, but it did not come in. Investigation located the train stalled. The trainmen saw one man and think the robbery may have been committed by him without assist^ ance. The robber shot Engineer O’Neill, who died soon afterwards. The train was in charge of Conductor Quinn. The combination baggage and express car was blown to pieces and all the registered mail was taken. The Northern Pacific officials in St. Paul have posted a reward of $3,000 for the delivery of the robber, dead or alive. The posting of the reward has started active pursuit of the rob ber, and it is believed he will be cap tured. The Northern Pacific com pany has borrowed the bloodhounds from the state penitentiary at Deer Lodge, Mont., and has also started out posses of men from Deer Lodge, Missoula and Anaconda, fully armed and prepared for a long search. PARTIAL TO NEW MEN. Striking Miner* Incensed Became Oper ator* Will Not Dlacharge Those Who Didn't Strike. Harrisburg, Pa., Oct. 25.—It is stat ed here that not 50 per cent, of the men who went out when the mine strike was declared in the Lykens val ley region will get their places back and that only a small number have started to work. Others will be given employment, but the coal company has refused to discharge those who took the places of the men who struck. The miners are incensed at this action by the company and there is a feeling of unrest in the Lykens valley. The company has issued an order to the effect that only a limited number of men will be re-employed and that it will not discharge the men who have taken tLe places of the strikers. Money for Substitute* for Army Canteen. Washington, Oct. 25.—Secretary Root has approved a preliminary plan for the expenditure of the aj> propriation of $500,000 intended to provide substitutes at military posts for the canteen, which has been abol ished by legislation. Maj. French, of the quartermaster’s bureau, will be the head of the board to complete the plans. The intention is to provide reading rooms, gymnasiums and other amusements for the soldiers. Deadly Hurricane In Argentina. Pmenos Ayres, Argentina, Oct. 25.— A hurricane has swept over Port Dia mante, province of Entre Rios. Fif teen persons were killed and many were injured. A hundred houses were destroyed and several ships were sunk. Nogvoya and other places M Cl V UlOU UUUltlQ p Say Rales Are Too Strict. Washington, Oct. 25.—Strenuous objections have been made by certain members of the cabinet to the en forcement of rules laid down by the civil service commission relative to the activity of officeholders in poli tics. A Mastodon Unearthed. Paris, 111., Oct. 25.—While digging a ditch nine miles northwest of Paris, Charles Fletcher and James Murray unearthed the remains of a full-sized mastodon. Seven feet of the right tusk was intact and was attached to the skull. Morgan & Wright's Kmnloye* Strike. Chicago, Oct. 25.—The 700 em ployes of Morgan & Wright struck last night because the firm refused to accept their judgment as to what workmen should be laid off during the dull seasons of the year. A Fireman Killed In a CollUlon. Oneida, Tenn., Oct. 25.—In a col lision between double-header freights on the Cincinnati Southern Charles Hurt, fireman, was killed. Both lo comotives, 15 cars, two residences, two store buildings and a tool house were destroyed by fire caused by the wreck. Five Men Drowned In a Gale. St. Johns, N. F., Oct. 25.—Another marine disaster has been reported here. Five men were drowned by the foundering of a craft oft Fogo during a recent gale.