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Do'ngg of th Vr.oos Dfpjrtmpcti of
the GoTemmnt cf Commonwealth
Reported for the Benefit of
Our Readers.
For Oomettlc Animals.
Times, cattle and ihftp are liable
to torea. sprains. pa!:. c!U" kick a.
bruitca and cu. and Kanfortfa Bal
ira cf Myrih is the tUndard reVnedr
for tuch cases. When you consider
how valuable your stock is. having the
Balsam always on hand for them fa &
cheap form of insurance. Adr.
Easily Pleased.
"Mrs. P.rown has the kleptomania."
"Indeed; what is she taking for it?''
'Anything that looks good to her."
For crushed finger thoroughly apply
Hanford's Pals-am. Adv.
A soft answer doesn't turn away
the young man who is in love. ,
Hanford's Balsam
even the worst bums.
N"aK ilio.
Chancellor .Tolin Allison hamlcti ilowu
an ojiinion in whi.'li lie upheld V. O.
I'armer in the suit brought ict-nitly in
an attack on the oiistitutipn;ility of the
interstate anti-jiij.' bill passed by the la-t
Lei!S jiture. I he court holds tliat a p t-
, ii- -,i . i- Hanford s Balsam has cured many
eon mav order liquor without limit lor , . '
. ., . , cases of running eoros of many vears
tlld It IIUQ- lh.lt .1 ...1 1-t'nil lll.lt- m.t I A I
coMipellrd to ;ive information i-oiu-eiu-ini;
tdiipnicfit, and that a coii'-iynee may
net be riiiiired to sign a Ktatemcnt as 'o
disjiosition of liquor received. The court
does not goTnto detail on all-grounds on
which tlie anti-juir bill is assailed. The
"Lcok out for paint" before failing
in love with a beautiful complexion.
i standing. Adv.
sa EXT to the Holy iana me uivtn
y IV--J interesting region in tne wona to
f W Biblical scholars is the Sinaitic
l w PeninBU,a- In one resPect 11 18
I 1 oven morfi interestine than the
Holy Land, for the wealth of relics
and manuscripts which it contains
has hardly been touched by modern
An important movement has now
been started by the universities,
scholars and religious leaders of
England to conduct a thorough
eearch of the Monastery of St Catherine, 'on
Mount Sinai, where it is believed that the oldest
existing Bible manuscripts are to be found.
Discoveries already, made Indicate with prac
tical certainty that these manuscripts must be
there, but for peculiar reasons very little prog
ress has been made in searching for them. Dur
ing the years 1844, 1853 and 1859 the German
echolar Tischendorf spent much time exploring
the monastery library.
The monks were then very simple and hos
pitable and quite unfamiliar with the ways of
the outside world. They allowed Tischendorf to
do as he pleased in the library. He used this
liberty with stupendously profitable" results to
himself. He discovered the oldest known Greek
manuscript of the Bible, now known as the "Co
dex Sinalticus." By some scholars it Is dated as
eurly as the fourth century, and in that case it
Is the oldest practically complete manuscript of
the Bible. It consists of most of the Old Testa
ment, all the New Testament and "the Epistle
of Barnabas."
This wonderful collection of manuscripts Tisch
endorf carried away without saying a word to
the monks. There are doubtless collectors today
who would give 11,000,000 for these manuscripts.
When the monks slowly realized that they had
been robbed of one of the most precious pos
sessions in the religious world, they became very
angry, and their anger lasted a long time.
For years travelers who visited the out-of-the-vorld
monastery reported that the monks were
eurly and inhospitable, and would not afford a
reasonable opportunity for an examination of
their, treasures. Many of these visitors reported
that the monks were ill-using their manuscripts
in a deplorable manner, using them as stands
for cooking utensils and flower pots.
. Finally, In" 1894, two brilliant Englishwomen
Mrs. Smith Lewis and Mrs. Gibson succeeded
in winning the confidence of the monks and se
cured permission to make an examination of the
library. Their search was richly rewarded, for
tliey discovered a fourth century palimpsest
manuscript of St. Paul's Gospel in Syriac. This
is probably the oldest known Bible manuscript,
for the Tischendorf Codex, even allowing It the
oldest date mentioned,' would barely equal it.
Mrs. Lewis and Mrs. Gibson found that In
order to put the library in thorough order and
reveal even superficially all that it contained
would require the labors of a considerable staff
cf trained workers. Although the monks gave
facilities to the two women, they were not will
Jag to admit any considerable body of investiga
tors to the monastery, in view of their bitter
experience of earlier years.
The present movement alms to "overcome the
objections of the monks in a friendly manner.
The Sinaitic Peninsula Is now in Egyptian terri
, tory. When the necessary funds have been col
lected the assistance of the Egyptian authorities
will be sought in carrying on negotiations with
the monks.
Among the most precious manuscripts believed
to be In the monastery-1 (he original of the
Gospel of St. Luke In the handwriting of the
apottle himself. This would be Incomparably the
most important Bible manuscript ever discovered.
The Syriac copy of St. Luke's gospel found by
the two English women and at present consti
tuting U'.e oldest known Bible manuscript con
tains evidence that it was translated from a
Greek original in the library.
the raising of the brazen
serpent by Moses and
finally the death of Moses.
The Sinaitic Peninsula
covers about 10,000 square
miles, and there was
plenty of "room for the 40
years' wandering. The
traveler" who sees the
land today can easily un
derstand why miracles
ere necessary to Keep
little wMren of Israel
a ' firnftTvi exceedlne-
t JtSA bfcr tj wilderness.
rJ&!rK werVentnlDE.; Briti8h E3at,,j; Composed of rocks.
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E 3W "Acer
Spot on Which Votes Read fen Cbmmandmente
Scholars hold that the original Gospel of St.
Luke was in Greek. The apostle was a physician
of Greek descent, and his gospel gives evidence
of scholarly attainments. Early chronicles state
that the manuscripts of St. Luke's gospel was
one of the treasures given to the monastery by
the Emperor Justinian In 527 A. D. The "build
ing contains numerous representations of the
apostle writing his gospel, and these appear to
have a close association with the foundation of
'the establishment.
The library is known to contain about 500 an
cient volumes filled with manuscripts in Greek,
Arabic, Syriac and other languages. As one of
these great volumes may contain hundreds of
manuscripts, the wealth of the library can only
be guessed at. Among its curiosities is a very
ancient complete manuscript of the Psalms, writ- .
ten on its leaves in microscopic writing.
This monastery Is the oldest continuously in
habited building In the world. It was founded
by Justinian In about 527 A. D., and has been
. occupied ever since. It is surrounded by walls
30 feet high, and defended by cannon, for it was
cut off from the civilized world for centuries.
Until recently everybody who entered was hoist
ed by a rope over these walls'.
The earth on which the vegetables of the
monastery are grown was brought from the Holy
Land, for there is no soil in the vicinity. In the
first few centuries of the Christian church the
Sinaitic Peninsula was the refuge of many Chris
tians fleeing from the Roman persecution. Then
the church triumphed and for centuries after the
founding of te monastery it was honored by
gifts from emperors and kings. '
Then came the Mohammedan outbreak. Dur
ing the centuries when the followers of the
Prophet overran the eastern world this little spot
held out for Christianity.
The convent stands at the foot of the moun
tain called Jabal Musa, which, according to many
authorities, Is the actual mountain where the
Ten Commandments were committed to Moses
by the Lord. The site of the monastery," accord
ing to this theory, Is the spot where Moses de
livered the Commandments to the children of
Israel. This is a disputed question, but there is
little doubt that It Is an Important elte, for the
natives in all ages have revered It.
Here passed the children of Israel during their
40 years' wandering on their way from Egypt to
the Holy Land. Here occurred the many mir
acles and wonderful events of the Exodus the
cloud by duy and- the pillar of fire by night, the
feeding of the people with manna, the miraculous
production of water by Moses, the battle with the
Amnlekites, the appearance of the Lord on the
mcunt, the building of the Ark, the worshipping -of
the golden calf, the budding of Aaron's rod.
ful of natives, and it is
believed that the number
has hardly changed since
p'rehistoric times. Though
barren, the land is very
picturesque, and the red
mountains rising abruptly
into the clear sky are
Nearlv all the sites
mentioned In Exodus and
the other books or tne
Old Testament are identified by the monks and
by local traditions. There is a peak called Jabal
Ras-es-Safsaf, which is said to be the exact spot
from which Moses witnessed the worshipping of
the golden calf by the children of Israel, it is a
small peak, giving an excellent view of a large
plain, which might very well have neen me piace
where the Israelites indulged in their idolatrous
festivities, as described In Exodus:
"And it came to pass- as soon as he came nigh
unto the camp that he saw the calf and the danc
ing; and Moses's anger- waxed hot, and he cast
the the tables out of his hands and brake them
beneath the mount.
"And he took the calf which they had made
and burnt it in the fire, and ground it to powder
and strewed it upon the water, and made the
children of Israel drink of it."
The peak where Moses is reputed to have wit
nessed this scene is part of the same group
where the leader of the chosen people received
the Ten Commandments from heaven. The local
traditions assigning sites for all these ancient
occurrences seem very reasonable.
Police Magistrate Hovn't Ol seen yez here
twict befure?
Prisoner Only onct, yer ahner, an' that was
last Patrick's day.
Police Magistrate St. Patrick's day, was u.T
Wull, thot ixplains ut. Oi must av seen two of
yes. Puck.
Powers I'm sorry you lost your lawsuit.
Bowers Well, I ought to have known that my
attorney was no good. v
Powers Why? i
Bowers The very first time the case was call
ed he told the judge he was ready to go on.
( hi'.ncf-llor overru'ed the motion to d s
miss the bill au.l an appeal to the
pieme court will lie taken.
If the Mipieine court upholds tli" c'l.in
cellor the way will he opened for 'beer
shipments for lei;a! use into the state.
The chancellor's conclusions are:
First That a citizen or Tennessee
may order from without and receive
within the state such intoxicating liqu
ors for the use of himself and family
residing with him without limit.
Second That the carrier of the into-
cating Juniors receivcilivithout to be
delivered within tlf1 state of Tennes
see, may "not be compelled to give the
information required of it, in that part
"of the act of the Legislature of the state
hereinbefore quoted nor be compelled to
furnish same to the county court clerk
s therein required tor the purposes
set forth.
Third That under the provisions of
the Webb-Kenyoii act of Congress, and
ct of the General Asseuiblv of the statu
of Tennessee, herein questioned, a con
signee (in Tennessee) for interstate ship
ments of intoxicating liquors may1e re
quired by the carrier to sign a state
ment before delivery of such liquors,
stating and declaring the intention of
such consignee, as to the use or dispo
sit:on intended to be made of such in
toxicating liquors so consigned and re
ceived. The act of the Gcneyil Assembly, in
question here, is assailed as unconstitu
tional on other grounds, upon which
this court does not deem it necessary to
pass in view of what it has hereinbefore
Land for Prison.
Westover farm of 2,312-acres is now
the property of the state. The deal was
closed 'when Prison Commissioner James
S". "Beanley"1 sard the word'" agreeing t.
pay to the administrators of the Baxter
estate the round sum of $190,520. Tn
addition to the farm itself the state gets
by the deal full and ample equipment to
operate it, and this important adjunct
is thrown in, saving the state not only
delay in stocking the estate, but a sum
estimated at Ibetween $25,000 and $30,-
Westover farm lies just west of the
prison, behind the present farm of 1,120
acres. It is situated in what is known
as Robertson's Bend, and around three-
fourths of it flows the Cumberland
river, a natural barrier against escape,
which will serve practically the same
purpose of a wall. Embraced in its
scope are about 1,500 acres of fertile
bottom land, while the remainder is in
a fine state of cultivation, producing
abundantly of the crops that have been
grown upon it.
The farm was the property of the lata
Senator Nat Baxter, Jr.
Heard at Long Range.
Fppson You have a new baby
your house, I hear.
Downing Great guns! And weslive
four miles apart. ' I hud no idea any
one could hoar him that distance.'
London Tit-ISits.
R. F. D. No. 2, Box 46, Matthews,
Ga. "For three years or more I was
troubled with pimples and blackheads.
At first my face would itch and burn
and then the pimples would break out.
They looked almost as if I had meas
les, causing great disfigurement. They
wouid make my face very red and
sore. Then they festered and came to
a head and large boils would come on
my chfn and nose.
"1 also had dandruff which caused'
my scalp to itch and burn. It itched
and burned so that I had to scratch it
until it was irritated. The dandruff
scaled off and showed plainly in my
hair. It also caused my hair to
break off and become very thin. I
used Eeveral remedies which did not
cure and gave but little relief. After
I received a free sample of Cuticura
Soap and Ointment I began using
them according to directions. I se
cured two cakes of Cuticura Soap and
two boxes of Cuticura Ointment, which
cured me perfectly." (Signed) Miss
Willie M. Walker, July 31, 1912.
Cuticura Soap and Ointment sold
throughout the world. Sample of each
free.with 32-p. Skin Book. Address post
card "Cuticura, Dept. L, Boston." Adv,
Honeymoon Over.
Wife (pouting) You have ceased to
Hub (enjoying cigar and new-spa-.-per)
No, my dear; I've only ceased) .
making love to you.
Saloon Men Ask Rebate.
A movement is on foot among former
saloonkeepers of Nashville, who paid the
privilege tax collected within the past
two weeks under distress warrants, lo
get a rebate. The saloon men say that
the state realized that it could not grant
them a privilege to continue in busi
ness for three months, as, under the or
der of Judge Neil they, were forced to
close their places on Nov. 15, and that
it was not just to co lect the full
amount. They say they are willing to
pay for the fifteen days during which
they' did business, but that it was un
fair to make them pay the full amount
of $250 with added cost of $55. No spe
cific plans have been formulated, but
the leading saloon men are at woik to
formulate some scheme with which they
can approach the state revenue agent.
Hint to Husbands.
t Knick'er -Is Smith an optimist? :
' Bocker-Yes ; as soon as the tariff"
bill was signed he- cut his wife's al
lowance because the cost of living is
coming down. New York Sun. '
The Nuisance.
"So you are complaining of the
trespass on your property. "Did your
neighbor's building abut on your
ground?" 1
"No; but his goat did."
didn't you go
him?" .
"He insulted me."
"I asked him for
he offered me a job.'
to work for
a situation and
A Reasonable Fear.
"So you are going down for a visit
to the JobbinBes. They will treat you
like a member of the family."
"But I do hope they won't feed me
like one." !
A Shrewd Dodge.
"This new murderer is a foxy one.""
"How so?"
"Declares he's perfectly sane. Now,
of course, everybody will have to to
to work and prove he's insane." '
"All of a sudden you don't seem to hear any
thing more about futurists. 1 wonder what has
"Wait till the whitewashing season Is over.
Take it from me, they'll bob up Into prominence
"A bomb."
"Put It in water," said the cnief of police.
"A suffragette bomb." k
"Put It In Florida water. Ah, the dear girls.'
Want Information About Murder.
TState Comptroller George Woolen, re
vived from Beaumont, Texas, the fol
lowing wire signed bv W. I). Gordon:
"Have one of your clerks make a thor
ough investigation of records in Hardin
and Wayne counties for data referring
to murder trial of William Coote be
tween -1835 and 1840, and be able to
come here to court Nov. 28. See my
letter and write me what he finds."
Hooper Trusts Wilson.
Governor Hooper received the follow
ing telegrTlm from New York!
"Will you wire the Sun whether or
not you favor intervention in Mex'tv,
pml how many , troops your state can
furnish in two weeks?"
Governor HoopcM-i-plied as follow:
"l'lesident Wilson is evidently trying
to avoid intervention. 'I'll course inn-ii
my hearty approval, and 1 am willing
to trust the matter to his judine-i1?.
TciMiessce customarily furnishes more
thin her quota of troop whin the gov.
eminent calls."
Grape-Nuts a Perfectly Balanced Food.
No chemist's analysis of Grape-Nuta
can begin to show thereal value of
the food the practical value as 6hown
by personal experience.
It is a food that is perfectly bal
anced, supplies the needed elements
for both brain and body in all stapes
of life from the infant, through the
strenuous times of active middle life,
and is a comfort and support in old
"For two years I have used Grape
Nuts with milk and a little cream, for
breakfast, I am comfortably "hungry
for my dinner at noon.
"I use little meat, plenty ol vege
tables and fruit, in season, for the
noon meal, and if tired at tea time,
take Grape-Nuts alone and feel per
fectly nourished.
"Nerve and brain power and mem
ory are much improved since uslnir
Grape-Nuts. I am over sixty and weigh
155 lbs. My son and husband seeing
how I had improved are now uplng
"My son, who is a traveling man,
fats nothing for breakfast but Grupe-
Nuts and a glass of milk. An mint.
over 70, seems fully nourished on
Crape-Nuts and cream." "There's a
Name given by Postum Co., Battle
Crcik, Mich. Read "The Road to
Wllvllle," in pkgs.
r.vrr renq in annrr irflrrr A nr
npitrnr (rum time tn tlmr. Tlivy
nrr Kmula. irua. Mat! full of bnanna
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