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fRev. T. De WIt Urtge with
Christial okp. p 8on
T ey Should Lsaaek Oat Iteo Deep Water
and Spread 'heir gets W here war
san ald stamers Do kiet hm
The following discourse was delivered dyir
In the Brooklyn tabernacle by Rev. T. leas
De Witt Talmage, from the text: scot
Launch out lato the deep.-L-ke v.. 4 save
Christ, starting on the campaign of the
the world's conquest, was selecting his us I
staff officers. There were plenty of and
students with high foreheads, and V
white hands and intelligent faces, and mal
refined tastes, in Rome and Jerusalem. the
Christ might have called into the epic
apostleship twelve book-worms, or you
twelve rhetoricians, or twelve artists. and
Instead he takes a group of men who sati
had never made a speech, never taken a hob
lesson in belles-letters, never been sick eve
enough to make them look delicate- ope
their hands broad, clumsy and hard- am
knuckled. He chose fishermen, among ing
other reasons, I think, because they tha
were physically hardy. Rowing makes ert
strong arms and stout chests. Much tie
climbing of ratlines makes one's head gol
steady. A Galilee tempest wrestled p
men into gymnasts The opening the
work of the church was rough work. tar
Christ did not want twelve invalids it,
hanging about Him; complaining all fee
the time how badly they felt. He ext
leaves the delicate students at Jerusa- the
lem and Rome for their mothers and ce,
aunts to care for, and goes down to the del
sea shore, and out of the toughest ma- wr
terial makes an apostleship. The min- the
istry need more corporeal vigor than the
any other clans. Fine minds and good Bit
intentions are important, but there the
must be physical force to back them. in
The intellectual mill-wheel may be in
well built and the grist good, but wl
there must be enough blood in the me
mill-race to turn the one to grind the an
other. ba
He chose fishermen, also, because the
they were use to hard knocks. The th
man who can not stand assault is not he
fit for the ministry. It always has been fo'
and always will be rough work; and no
the man who, at every censure or cari
cature, sits down to cry, had better be to
at some other work. It is no place for to
ecclesiastical doll-babies. A man who of
can not preach because he has forgot- be
ten his manuscript or lost his specta- ast
cles, ought not to preach at alL Heaven ru
deliver the church from a ministry that ati
preach in kid gloves, and from sermons lii
in black morocco covers! These fish- H
men were rough and ready. They had m
been in the severest of all colleges. C
When they were knock over by the
main boom of the ship they entered the Gt
"Sophomore;" when washed off by a be
great wave, they entered the "Junior;"
when floating for two days, without cc
foor or drink, on a plank, they came to a
the "Senior;" and when at last their is
ship dashed on the beach in a midnight H,
hurricane, they graduated with the first T
honor. B
My text finds Jesus on shipboard
with one of these bronzed men-Simon o
by name. This fisherman had been
sweeping his net in shoal water.
"Push out," says Christ, "what is the n
use of hugging the shore in this boat?
I ere is a lake twelve miles long and d
six wide, and it is all populated-just
waiting for the sweep of your net.
Launch out into the deep." aI
The advice that my Lord gave to
Simon is as appropriate for us all in a e
spiritual sense. The fact is that most '
of us are paddling along the shore. We n
are afraid to venture out into the great
deeps of God and Christian experience.
We think that the boat will be up-set'
or that we can not "clew down the
mizzen top sail." and our cowardice
makes us poor fishermen. I think I
hear the voice of Christ commanding
us, as He did Simon, on that day when
bright Galilee set in among the green
hills of Palestin, like water flashing in
an emerald cup: "Launch out into the
'This Divine c oastsel comes, first, to
all those who are paddling in the mar
gin of Bible research. My father read
the Bible through three times ,after he
was eighty years of age, and without
spectacles; not for the mere purpose of
saving he had been through it so often,
but for his eternal profit John Colby,
the brother-in-law of Daniel Webster,
, ued to read after he was eighty
iour years of age, in order that he
might become acquainted with the
Scriptures. There is no book in the
world that demands so much attention I
as the Bible. Yet nine-tenths of Chris
tian men get no more than ankle-deep.
They think it is a good sign not to ven
tore too far. They never ask how or
why: and if they see some Christian be
coming inquisitive about the deep
things of God they say: "Be careful;
you had better not go out so far from
shore." My answer is: The farther
you go from shore the better, if you
have the right kind of ship. If you
ha·l mnre worldly philosophy for the
haik, and pride for a sail, and self-con
ceit for the helm, the first squall will
destt you. But if yon take the Bible
for your craft, the farther you go the
better; and after you have gone
ten thousand furlongs, Christ will still
command: "Launch out into the
deep." Ask some . such questaon as
".Who is God?" and go on for ten years
asking it. Ask it at the gate of every
parable; amidst the excitement of every
miracle; by the solitariness of every
patriarehal threshing-floor; amidst the
white faces of Senacheriib's slain
turned up into the moonlight; amidst
the flyig ehariots of the Golden city.
Ask who Jess is, and keep on askin it
pf every Bible lily, of every raven, of
every star.-d every ma brnm uMed,
of every cotb ia ashs mouth, of every
loaf that got ts be e A oaves, of every
wrattl sea peelad, of every pulkslea
urm stretched forth in gratuletlos; ask
itof Bisa mother,e AUgUtIUt HeBred,
sleep of Jisre, ~tw ~iadr Him bed
of the angel posted as aentinel atto"
tamb of th dinb e#tththt thook,
Sand Ip~Itsd, sad ibuadered when le
A missionary in France offered a the
Bible to an humble dwelling. A man fish.
took it, tore out a dozen pages and stan
with them began to light his pipe. can
Some years after the missionary hap- the I
pened in the same house. The family The
haf just lost their son in the Crimean can
war and .his Bible had been sent back woe
home. The missionary took it up, and we
saw that it was the very same Bible not
that he had left in the house and from for
which the leaves had been torn. The take
dying soldier had written on one of the out
leaves of the Bible: "Rejected and expe
scoffed at, but finally believed in and Is it
saved." The Bible may be used to light gem
the pipe of witticism by some, but for thoc
i us it is a staff in life, a pillow in death TI
and our joy for eternity. God
I Walk all up and down this Bible do- ly 1
I main; try every path. Plunge in at com
the prophecies and come out at the be
epistles. Go with the patriarchs until con
r you meet the evangelists. Rummage self
and ransack as children who are not him
satisfied when they come to a new stat
1 house, until they know what is in him
every room, and into what every door tha
opens. Open every jewel casket. Ex- of
amine the skylights. Forever be ask- We
r ing questions. Put to a higher use hell
/ than was intended the Oriental prov- ing
B erb: "Hold all the skirts of thy man- ers,
h tle extended when Heaven is raining the
I gold." as
I Passing from Bonn to Coblentz on Thi
3 the Rhine, the scenery is comparatively Chi
tame. But from Coblentz to Mayence the
s it is enchanting. You sit on deck, and the
.l feel as if the last flash of beauty must wit
e exhaust the scene; but in a moment
6- there is a turn of the river, which the
d covers up the former view with more tor
e defiant castles, and bolder bluffs, vine- int
r- wreathed, and grapes so ripe that if dat
r- the hills be touched they would bleed the
n their rich life away into the bowls of Lei
d Bingen and Hockheimer. Here and the
e there, there are streams of water melt- He
r. ing into the river like joys swallowed in
e in the bosom of a great gladness. And otl
It when night begins to throw its black yoi
Ie mantle over the shoulder of the hills, dec
1e and you are approaching disem- '1
barkation at Mayence, the lights along the
e the shore fairly bewitch the scene with yo
1 their beauty, giving one a thrill that an
he feels but once, yet that lasts him of
a forever. So this river of God's word is roi
d not a straight stream, but a winding the
i- splendor-at every turn new wonders en
* to attract, still riper vintage pressing of
r to the brink, and crowded with castles th
to of strength (Stolzenfels and Johannis- ye
t berger as nothing compared with the
a- strong tower into which the righteous ha
I run and are saved), and our disembark- sh
Sation at last, in the evening, amidst the es
'a lights that gleam from the shore of mi
Heaven. The trouble is that the vast an
A majority of Bible voyagers stop at is
q Coblentz. where the chief glories begin. sit
se The sea of God's word is not like de
be Genn esaret, twelve miles by six, but so
a boundless, and in any one direction sir
" you can sail on forever. Why, then,
t confine yourself to a short psalm or to th
to a few verses of an epistle? The DT
sir largest fish are not near the shore. hi
ht Hoist all sail to the winds of Heaven. hi
't Take hold of both oars and pull away.
Be like some of the whalers that went fe
out from New Bedford or Portsmouth, hb
en to be gone for two or three years. Yea, it
calculate on a lifetime voyage. You do
r not want to land until you land in ti
he Heaven. Sail away, oh ye mariners, tl
for eternity! Launch out into the tl
ist deep.
The text is appropriate to all Chris- 9
tians of shallow experience. Doubts ti
and fears have in our day been almost
elected to the parliament of Christian h
Sgrace Some consider it a bad sign a
not to hre any doubts. Doubts and I1
fears are not signs of health, but t
e festers and carbuncles You have a a
valuable horse or farm. It is suggested t
et, that the title is not good. You employ v
he counsel. You have the deeds examined. t
ice You search the record for mortgages, y
judgments and liens. You are not p
ing satisfied until you have a certificate p
ten signed by the great seal of the state,
an assuring you that the title is good. i
n Yet how many leave their title to
Heaven an undecided matter! Why do t
to you not go to the records and find out? I
.ar Give yourself no rest, day nor night,
esd until you can read your title clear to i
he mansions in the skies. c
out Christian character is to come up to
of ligher standards. We have now to
uea, hnt through our library to find one
by, Robert McCheyne, or one Edward Pay- I
ter, son, or one llarlan Page. The time C
ity- will come when we will find half a
he dozen of them sitting in the same seat
the with uas The grace of God can make a1
the great deal better men than those I have
blon mentionsd. Christians seem afraid they 1
iris- will get heterodox by going too far. I
mep. They do not believe in Christian per
ren- fection. There is no danger of your
or being perfect for some time yet. I will
be- keep watch and give you notice in time
leep if you get too near perfection for the
ful; safety of your theology. One-half of
rm you Christians are simply stuck in the
her mud. WVhy not cut loose from every
you thing but God? Give not to Him
you that formal petition made up of
the "O's"-"O Lord!" this, and "O
con- Lord!" that When people are cold,
willand have nothing to say to God they
ible strew their prayers with '0's?" and
the "Forever and ever, amen," and things
oe to fill up- Tell God what you want,
still with the feeling that He is ready to
the give it, and believing that you will re
Sas ceive, and you srhl have it. Shed that
ars old prayer you have been making these
very ten years. Itis high timne that yon out
Vety grew it Throw it aside with your old
very ledgers, sand od'a d hats, and your
Sthe old shoes. Take a review of your pret
elain eut wants, of yaou present sins, and of
rdat yonrtpresent blesOings With a sharp
olty. blade ruta you puast half-and-half
ag it Christia life, and with new deter
s, of mintabe, and new plan, and new ex
red, peitastlos launch out into the deep.
very The text is appropriate to"all who
very are engaged in Christian work- The
ele chaureh of God has been fishing along
;ask the shore. We set our net in a good,
weod, catm place, and in sight of a fine
the hbapel, and we go down every.Sundray
ath-I to se it the ah have been wie
rhlt negl to come into our at We
H`is saihtlearn ,sothag from that boy
Wok, with his hook Ma line. He throws his
a He line from the brisge; no ish. He .*s.
d 0.a a leog no . He stands ~ al
the sunlight and casts the line; but na DUI
fish. lie goes up by the mill-dam and
stands behind the bank, where the fish A 1N'
can not see him,.and he hardly dropped Th
the hook before the cork goes under. that
The fish come to him as fast as he hun(
can throw them ashore. In other
words, in our Christian work, why de an h
we not go where the fish are? It is the
not so easy to catch souls in church,
for they know that we are trying to ht
take them. If you can throw your line hom
out into the world, where they are not wm
expecting you, they will be captured. og
Is it fair to take men by such strata
gem? Yes. I would like to cheat fve Th
thousand souls into the Kingdom. l
The whole policy of the Church of the
God is to be changed. Instead of chief- of t
ly looking after the few who have be- past
come Christians, our chief efforts will bees
be for those outside. If after a man is ac
I converted he can not take care of him- seer
self, I am not going to take care of quit
t him. If he thinks that I am going to thai
r stand and pat on the back, and feed mei
1 him outof an elegant spoon, and Oatch bra
r that he does not get into a draught mer
- of worldliness, he is much mistaken. ally
- We have in our churches a great massof noo
e helpless, inane professors, who are do- the
ing nothing for themselves or for oth- celE
ers, who want us to stop and nulrse I
g them! They are so troubled with doubt in t
as to whether they are Christians or not. for,
o The doubt is settled. They are not exa
y Christians. The best we can do With cou
a these fish is to throw them back into yea
l the stream, and go after them again ins1
,t with the Gospel net. by
t "Go into all the world and preach the
h the Gospel," says Christ; into the fac- firu
e tory. the engine house, the club-room, eer
into the houses of the sick, into the stil
if dark lane, into the damp cellar, into ma
d the cold garret, into the dismal prison. a c
pt Let every man. woman and child know tha
d that Jesus died, and that the gate of cla:
t- Heaven is wide open. With the Bible Yor
d in one pocket and the hymn-look in an- S.n
d other pocket, and a loaf of bread under
k your arm, launch out into the great or
s, deep of this world's wretchedness Wt:
I- The Bible's promises join hands, and or I
g the circle they make will compass all
;h your sins, and all your temptations,
it and all your sorrows. The round table a
in of King Arthur and his knights had
is room for only thirteen banqueters; but
ig the round table of God's supply is large shl
rs enough for all the present inhabitants mc
ig of earth and Heaven to sit at, and for trc
rs the still mightier populations that are lo,
s- yet to be.
se Do not sail coastwise along your old
as habits and old sins. Keep clear of the It
k- shore. Go out where the water is deep- Li
he est. Oh, for the mid-sea of God's th
of mercy! "Be it known unto you, men wl
at and brethren, that through this man tr
at is preached unto you forgiveness of of
n. sins." I preach it with as much confi
ke dence to the eighty-year-old transgres- lo
ut sor as to the maiden. Though your dr
on sins were blood red, they shall be snow nu
n, white. The more ragged the prodigal, do
to the more compassionate the father.
he Do yoru .y that you are too bad? The th
re. high-water mark of God's pardon is m
.n. higher than all your transgressions. gl
-. .'The blood of Jesus Christ cleanesth is
*nt from all sin." Do you say that your e
th, heart is hard? Did you say that your
a, iniquity is long continued? Suppose it
do were ten ten times longer? Do you say i
in that your crimes are black? Suppose 1
rs, that they were ten times blacker. Is
he there any lion that this Samson can not
slay? Is there any fortress that this Con
ris- queror can not take? Is there any sin sl
bts this Redeemer can not pardon? al
ost It is said that when Charlemagne's ,
an host was overpowered by the three
gn armies of the Saracens in the pass of
ud Roncesvalles, his warrior, Roland, in tl
ut terrible earnestness, seized a trumpet a
a and blew it with such terrific strength
bed that the opposing army reeled back is
ioy with terror; but at the third blast of
ed. the trumpet it broke in two. I see
es, your soul fiercely assailed by all the
not powers of earth and hell. I
ate put the mightier trumpet of the
ote, (ospel to my lips, and I blowy
od. it three times. Blast the first-
to "Whosoever will, let him come." Blast
do the'second-"Seek ye the Lord while d
ut? He may be found." Blast the third-
"ht, Now is the accepted time; now is the
to day of salvation." Does not the host
of your sins fall back? But the
p to trumpet does not, like that of Roland.
to break mn two. As it was handed down
one to us from the lips of our fathers, t
y we hand it down to the lips of our
ime children, and them to sound it when we
fa are dead, that all the generations of!I
eat men may know that our God is a
c a pardoning God-a sympathetic God
ave a loving God; and that more to Him
hey than the anthems of Heaven, more to 1
far Him than the throne on which He sits,
per- more to Him than are the temples of
our celestial worship, is the joy of seeing
will thp wanderer putting his hand on the
ime door-latch of His Father's house. Hear
the it, all ye nations! Bread for the worst
of hunger. Medicine for the worst sick
the ness. Light for the thickest darkness
ery- Harbor for the worst storm.
Rim Dr. Prime, in his book of wonderful
p of interest entitled "'Around the World,"
"O describes a tomb in India of msarveloun
old, architecture. Twenty thousand men
they were twenty-two years in erecting that
and and the buildings around it. Stand
ings ing inthat tomb, if you speak or sing.
ant after you have ceased you hear the echo
r to coming from a height of one hundred
Sre- and fifty feet. It is not like other
that echoes. The sound is drawn
hese out in sweet prolongation, as
out though the Bngels of God were
old chanting on the wing. How many
'our souls in the tomb of sin will lift up the
pes- oice of penitence and prayer? If now
a of they would cry unto God, the echo
harp would drop from atar-not from the
-half marble capola of man earthly asusoleum,
eter- but sounding back from the warm heart
oex- of sngels, flying with the news; for
there is joy among the agels of God
who over .ne sinner that repeateth!
The -ebrew is rapidly becoming the li
L7 g language of Palestine again. The
ne Jews, who are gathering there from
various lands, speak so mahy toarnes
that necessitT esps for a ommon one
What eould be ak natoural than their
choice of the Hebrew?
-s his -The unwise enosplain that the good
a s!fr. They are the only oes whoesa
dsth bsord to sufer.-e. I. Fethingham.
A National Joke Whleh Has Beas i So
Existeone Eight IHundred Tears.
There are not many national jokes a
that have survived for more than eight for t
hundred years, but assuredly among play
these that of Dunmow Flitch occupies C
an honored place. Toward the end of TJh
the nineteenth century it appears to ap- the
peal as much to the national sense of
humor as it did six hundred years ag bee
Some time about then Chaucer made his Mr
wife of Bath say in her immortal pro- .m
Logne: ma
The bacon was not set for him I trow the
That some men have in Essex at Dunmow.
Monday's proceedings showed that diet
the jest is as well received in the Essex any
of to-day as ever it was. For months to s
past the allocation of the Bitch has
1 been a common topic of conversation has
a among the country folk. At first it wi
* seemed as though there were to be ist1
f quite a deluge of applicants. No fewer it I
[ than eight couples hinted that they mer
[ meant to put in a claim for the eele- One
li brated fitch, but as the crucial mo- the
1 ment arrived the members were gradu- vi
ally reduced to two, and Monday after- sed
f noon the chief event in Dunmow was t
' the trial of these two claimants to the the
celebrated fitch. or a
s It may be as well to say at once that ha'
t in the modern contests all the ancient moi
forms are carefully disregarded. For occi
t example, it is no longer the married
h couple who have been married for a
A year and a day who ask for the Bitch; A F
n instead of the presentation being made
by the priory at Little Dunmow or by ing
h the lord of Dunmo*, it is made by a kin
- firm of city bacon curers; and in the
l, ceremonial that attends the awards
1e still more important changes have been inr
Lo made. Long ago anyboly might put in lai1
1. a claim. All that was required was her
w that the husband and wife should de- hg
of clare that
le You never made any nuptial transagresso ciamy
n. S'nce you were married man and wif8.
er . " " a * * the
at Or since the parish clerk said "Ame ~,"
Wished yourselves unmarried again;
Ad Or in a twelve month and a day
II Repented not in thought any way. the
Ik " " " * * an
le For this is our custom at Dunmow well known, ha
Though the sport be our own, the bacon's your pre
own. for
at Of old the claimants had to kneel on we
R" sharp flints at the priory of Little Dun- wi
mow and vow that )hese things were st
or true. All is changed now, as the fol- he
re lowing account will show: we
Monday the sport followed a show of lit
e pony-racing and other rural diversions. e,
he It was under the patronage of Lord and on
P" Lady Brooks, and did not begin until ata
's they arrived on the scene. The tent
en where the award took place was then ch
in transformed into an excellent burlesque lo
of of a court of justice.
IS- A lawyer's clerk acted as judge; the an
s- local corn merchant. in appropriate of
ur dress, was counsel for the claimants; an hr
°w auctioneer conducted the case for the m;
al, donors. Six maidens and as many to
er. bachelors formed the jury. The crowds t,
'he that thronged the tent proved that the m
is monumental jest that has amused En- *
es. gland for seven hundred years or more al
5th is still as interesting as ever to the gen- t.
iur eral public. w
.ur Upon the platform there were two
Sit couples who claimed the hitch. one be- ti
ay ing old, the other young; and the begin- to
ners were taken first. Certainly the fi
s corn merchant, who acted as barrister, if
not made out an excellent case for his
on- youthful clients By examination he a
sin showed that they had known one
another for ten or twelve years before b
e's marriage,and that the husband was fond o
re of children and not at all quarrelsome. d
i i These two (the man was thirty-six and T
the wife younger) avowed that their t
pet advice to all spinsters and bachelors a
gth would be to get married, and they coul$ t
ack in all honesty "take the bacon"; at a
t of which there was a laugh that sounded *
see incredulous.
the Yet the auctioneer or opposing coun- t
sel could not break down the evidence. d
the For the husband swore that he had no F
loW club and never went to the theater t
Rt- without his wife: that she never gram- e
last bled when he came home late and never r
hile discovered a will contrary to his. The i
Swife on her part swore that her hu- t
the band always got up most cheerfully in
iosi the middle of the night if baby was
the crying, and that neither cold dinners
nd. nor washing day roused his temper. No t
""" cross-examination was able to shake
ers. this evidence. <
our Although the counsel for the donors
w W suggested all kinds of offense, it was
soI stoutly denied that any trouble had
is a arisen in the matrimonial taffairs of the
two, and though the jury retired to
consider their verdict the facts were
St not to be gainsaid, and the fitch was
sits awarded. Yet it was easy to see that a,
s of good-humored cynicism was mingled
emg with the cheers that greeted the award.
the But, indeed, a curiously frank out
lear spokennesss was the most obvious
5t characteristic of the audience.
sick When the herald opened the proceed
* ings with his "0, yes! O, yes! All ye
who have complaints approach his lord
rful ship. O, yes! O, yes!" there were peals
rid," of laughter. Shouts of "Speak up,
dous OGuv'nor! let's hear what you're saying,
men old man!" interrupted the Judge's sum
that ming up; and when the first fitch was
and awarded, "For the biggest lie-what
sing do you think?" was cried by the back
echo seats.
dred The second applicants were an old
ther couple whom even the opposing harris
mwn ter blushed to oppose. United their
ages amounted toone hundred and fifty,
were and for twenty-two years the husband
ay had been in her majesty's service. He
P the was compared to the old Adam of "As
now You Like It," and vowed that in his
echo hottest youth he had never been false
ithe tohis Mary Jane. Inthis ease opposi
eam tion to the granting of the bacon was
lart purely a matter of form, and, indeed,
Sfor the discussion served no other purpose,
as far as one could see. eneept to allow
the introduction of certain very obviouas
___ It goeswithoat sayilng that both of
the sham lawyers were aeused of try
ing to "save their baeco," of talkng
"gammon," and of other eantrieitio
one octed with hog's Ssh. Evidently
the judge was quite unable to see the
slightest faree in the opposition, rm~he
Snot only gave the appliceant the bea÷t
oc of hisadvies, bt oa theerdb of the
n ) ry haviaf bbeuret be rcgest
ulated the happy couple on having
taken the bacon. rat
So thus the two flitches were award
ed. What remained to be done was to Ma
mount the reoipients on chairs provided the e
for the occasion, and while the band of a
played "See the Conquering Hero as at
Comes" carry them around the field. to N
Thus ended the ceremony of awarding silver
the flitch of bacon. It is the third con- weig
secutive year in which the fitch has wool
been awrtled. Some time about 186 tism
Mr. Harrison Ainsworth, whose novel, debts
"The Flitch of Bacon," is well known, howl
managed to get itrevived, much against fore
the willof the landed proprietorsof the pars
district, who were painfully aware that the
any previous attempt to do so had led than
to scenes indescribable. mean
Since then the awarding the fitch they
has been spasmodie. It was bestowed son I
with much ceremony in 1880, and this had
is the third year in succession in which weil
it has been given, but people look at it In N
merely in the light of a very old joke. pers
One of the barristers said in his speech 383,
that the Dunmow Flitch was a strong alon
rival of the divorce court, but in truth ly a,
such vitality as it possesses is to be the
traced to the never-ending laughter of mile
s the cynics when they hear a husband may
or a wife solemnly declare that they pan;
have never quarreled for a twelve- the
t month. Nobody believes that it ever tian
occurred.-St. James Budget. thel
A FIght Between Msecov Daeks I Wblch The
the Feathers Flow. be e
"What ails the Muscovys this morn- tain
a ing?" said the golden eagle to his bald It
kinsman, while they perched face to that
face on the summit of the hillock of the
rocks in their summer boarding-house cycl
n in Central park. "The fat one has just by
laid her first egg, and she's so stuck on fns
her work that she's been itching for gro
flg .t every since. If she wasn't beneath Mai
my dignity I'd like to drop down and of 1
clapper-claw her awhile." la
"See; they're at it for keeps!" replied feel
the golden one in a flutter. der
At least this is the way that Keeper be
Carlin interpreted the looks and acts of cap
the eagles, of which birds he has been of ,
an uncommonly close observer. He may per
c, have an inkling of the way birds of cols
or prey communicate with one another, of I
for the ducks the eagles talked about '
M were in a great flutter. Two of them, stry
* with broad, fat bodies, large flat feet, The
e strong wings, stout beaks, and with pat
- heads wrapped in a hood of fiery red in
wattles, through which only their ugly nal
of little eyes could be seen, glaring at pat
A. each other, while the feathers ruffled co
d on their outstretched necks, and they ab*
il stamped their webbed fee on the earth ast
nt and moved about, watching for a tin
en chance to snatch a good hold with their spt
oe long, bony beaks. bel
Presently one darted out like a flash ma
he and fastened her mandibles in the back ter
te of the other's neck, closed her eyes and lar
an hung on like a bulldog. The bitten one we
he made desperate efforts with her wings ft
ny to beat off her opponent, but failing, pet
's twisted her neck abodt, and caught a art
he mouthful of her tormentor's wattles. ch
,n- The necks of both birds were twisted wa
ore about like snakes entwined. All the dri
'n- while they pounded each other other trt
with their wings, and with surprising ge
Wo quickness rolled over and ovey a dozen th
be times without letting ga Meanwhile an
in- ten members of the Muscovy family die
,he formed a ring around the fighters, mov
er, ing with the "scrappers," and quackin lit
his and clapping their wings as though pc
he urging the combatants to fight harder. of
tne After five minutes of rough-and-tum- ar
re ble work the birds separated of their ge
md own acecord, but never for an instant be
ne. did they stop glaring at each other. I
nd The other ducks took turns in fondling m
eir the fighters and quacking into their of
ors ears what might have been points to 11
nl$ take advantage of the next round. After at
at a little time they sprang at each other d
led and fought with redoubled fury. First.fe
one and then the other would land on tt
an- top, and the dusty air Vas filled with c
ce down and feathers battered off and m
I no plucked out by the roots. The ducks to
Lter that stood by became so flustered with ti
" excitement that they spread out their
ver wings, drummed the dust, and bumped
he into one another as if courting fghts of
iu their own.
y in nSuddenly one of the real fighters let h
was out a cry-halfpcream and half squawk
ler -and breaking from his furious an- t
No tagonist, tried to run to cover. The
ske victor gave chase, grabbed a mouthful
of the flying one's short tail feathers
ors and hung on with the tenacity of a t
was snapping turtle. The beaten duck d
had squawking like mad, raced around and .
the aronnd the inclosure, dragging her con- _
to queror, who, with closed eyes, vainly
et tried to brace herself to cheek the
was other's flight. At last the weary, van- I
at a quished one poked her head and neck [
gled into a cranny in the rookery, aad would, t
nrd o doubt, baye fancied she had escaped a
out from her ormentors, had it not been t
ious for the torture she endured every time ]
the winner plucked a beakful of plum- I
ed- age out of the nether end.-N. Y. Ad
i ye vertiser.
rd- A Cherry Seed That Cost Us,OSO.
es In a museum of curiosities at Salem,
up, Mass., there is preserved a common
ing, cherry seed or stone, hollowed and fash
um- ioned like a basket. Within the basket
w are twelve tiny silver spoons, the shape
that and finish of which cannot be distin
back guished with th, naked eye. Dr. Peter
Oliver, who lived in England during
old the early part of the eighteenth cen
tary, tells of seeing a earved cherry
their tone which would be a wonder even in
fty, this age of fine tools sad fne workman
nd ship. The stone was one fr a com-r
He moan cherry and upon it were carved the
"·As heads of 10t popes, kinags, queens, em
hisperrs aints, etL. Saml as they must
false aeesserily have bee, it is announced
p on the authority of Prot Oliver that
.w with a god glausthe heads of the popes
eed, and kings could readily be d istiagalsd
psfrom those of the queens sad samints by
their mitersand crowns. The gentle
ma who brought this ittle wender to
England purcbhased it in Pruais, alow
Sof ing the origdat owner £1,06 for his
try- treasre. Think of it, 85,80O fee a
king cherry sedl--Chiago Herald.
citi es
ently -Featherst "What did youar si
ter say. wh r yea told her I was he. l
o be the parlor wait t fi n obr " obby
.ast "Nothn. ist she took arrg of es
f the Sagesr and put it am sotw"Jewe
ra- er' Weekly.
rat fea There Weige Naibte Nothg -a
ailn Are We.dertally Agen
Mars weighs but one-ninth of what mend
the earth weighs, and, therefore, objects [hoaln
of a given mass weigh here nine times h t
as much as they would weigh if taken
to Mars. For example, our qtandard weak
silver dollar of 419,1 grains would stale
weigh but 45.8 grains in Mars, and both
would doubtless be refused by the Mar -O(5
tians if tendered in the payment of
debts, public or private. It follows, a
however, from the lesser power of the
force of gravitation in Mars that it is a -
paradise for fat men. The reason one
the elderly person gets tired sooner spoon
than the small bey Is not tf thre milk;
mnuscles of his legs are inferior tha thore
they have more to carry. ~e t per- then
son here has as powe r le as he and a
had when lean, but th ave a greater on to
weight to bear and they tire under it. fully
Iu Mars it is different. There our stout -
person of 800 pounds would weigh but is fo
S388(, legs and all, so thatlhe could trip tighl
along with his present muscles as light- that
ly as a kitten. Even the "fat lady" of over
the museum could easily do her twenty ily a
t miles a day and not feel it. Agility, we eral
I may assume, with vivacity as its accom- shorl
panying virtue, is a characteristic of to th
the people of Mars. Doubtless the Mar
r tians, owing to the light burden on sized
their legs, grow taller than we do, and in asl
are larger and more powerful every taste
way. Weight restricts development of be
I The strength of muscle and bone may very
be exceeded if an animal exceeds a cer- two
tI ain size. gar,
I In the sea the whale grows larger The
0 than any terrestrial creature because of b
f the water bears him up Like the bi
a cyclist, he has only to propel himself frn
t by moving his legs-that is to say, his stie
n fins., If man lived in the sea he might sol,
r grow much larger than he does. In and
I Mars he ould, with the same strength p
,d of muscle and bone, grow nine times as bo
large as he does here. A man fifty-four clot
d feet in height, with a corresponding sibl
develop:nent in other directions, would
ir be a powverfnl animal He would be six
f capable of doing an incredible amount wit
l of work per day. Citizens of such pro- p
y portions might very well undertake the
Af colossal canals with which the surface me
r, of Mars is so strikingly marked. Lae
at These canals signify the astonishing
a, strength and energy of the Martians. Sou
t, They are supposed to point also to a ang
Ih pathetic necessity. Their planet, weak on
-d in gravity, is weakening now in all the yoU
ly natural forces. Its heat is rapidly de- e
at parting. Its crust is cooling, and as it bat
id cools its strata, like those of our moon, add
I absorb the water of its omans. The sift
h astronomers of Mars foresee a coming spe
a time when all the water and atmo- pre
sir sphere of their planet will disappear, she
being absorbed, as in the case of our an
sh moon, by the chilled material of its in- ate
!k terior. They have dug their canals in ak
ad large part, it is believed, to bring the
Be water of their shrinking oceans to their mat
ga famished lands. Originally undertaken, inc
ig, perhaps, as water-ways, these canals
a are supposed to beanow vastly deepened -
es. channels for the conveyance of the wk
ed water required for irrigation and for
he drinking purposes The extent and ex- 1
ier treme width of the excavations stag- th
ng gers belief; but it will be remembered Ti
an that Mars is much older than the earth, th
Ile and that with the Martians it is now fo'
ily dig odidie.
v- So they dig, and they dig double ed
nt lines. They parallel every waterway, TI
gh possibly to avert the calamity of want ap
er. of water over their vast continental s
lm- areas in case one of the canals should cit
dr get stopped up by a landslide. It has on
snt been doubted whether the canals of w
ier. Mars are really double, but the astrono- no
ing mers of the Lick observatory say they en
teir observed them on the night of August de
to 17 with their incomparable telescope, be
ter and testify that they are "'dtinetly he
her double." They add 'hat they are "per- be
irst fectly straight lines passdg through ol
on the continents from sea to sea." As a m,
ith canal in Mars would have to be twenty be
and miles wide to be visible with our best gi
cks telescopes, it evident that the Mar j
pith tians must have given much attention a
eir to engineering. There is no evideace aI
ped that they have used steam or electricity is
a of for transportation or for industrial par
poses. Being aunder the neesslty of s[
let having a large water smpply, it is poe- w
wk I aible that they have not fosad it to pay e
an- to use powers other than water power. *
The Besides, a land much intersected by a - |
fuli nals of vast width and depth could not It
ters well develop an extensive railway my.- I
Sa tem. Without coal-there is no evi- I
Luk dence that Mars had a carbouiferous b
and period-the manufacture of steam en- n
on- gines could make but little progres. g
nly As respects electricity, the thinness [
the of the atmosphere of Mare would, It is a
ran- believed, interfere materially with the a
ec' e ciency of dynamos. The electricity I
uid, would be dispersed somewhat, as it is in
ped a vacauum tube, befare it conuld dousefual
seen wot4. There could be little magnetism, I
time it is plain, because the planet, besides be
mm- lug frozen at both ends and cold in the I
Ad- middle, gets few rays of the sa-tbe t
source of all energy in our system It
is improbable, in fact, that the Martian
have ever given much attention to the
em subtler siences. They have given their
mon minds wholly to canas, and anal dig-1
h- aing is not an elevating employment-
set timore Suan.
bape A Tmrkis apwstsm.
stin- I was once present at the baptism of
eter a Turkish child and will endeavor to
ing describe this ceremony, though it is one
can- with which many people dispense, anad
eiy which is neither legal nor religious
nin The child was only seven days old, this
n- being the age when it is thought nece
eary to nape him, and was lyg on a
th bed covered with gold wire, whteh was
em- tied to the bedtrad with diamond pins.
mst So salt ad sr bet brought by
dthe nurse, the mother took up the child
t and placed it in the sleve asd givaing
op o end ofit to the nrse, she took the
shed other -sad shook it slightly, while the
nurse placed her mouth to the child's
tl-ear and called it loudly by the name
Io given toit Theusltwaatheneprinkle
over it, sad after a siht payer the
w his sieve was shaken once more, a while
Sthe asilt fell to the g~ands the child was
ordered to obey his fathers ad etber
r s, ar5fr which it ws taken atd lhe
s . siteve and placed agate l.a It bd, the
by- father entcrpg at the am m awast
gr ad pre enting the mother wita -
IniaI shewL-.l=#nssetent (lrataq.
--Cayenne pepaer is highly reona
mended for driving away ants. It
should o pipikled Maround their
-To e a "toast poultice" for
weak or eyes, cuta slice of
stale br as thin as possible; toast
both i a well, but do not burn or
hen the toast cools lay it in
Icol ng or ice water. Put between
a of old linen, and apply, chang
I hen it gets warm.
a --Omelet--Six eggs, one cup of milk,
one tablespoon of butter, one table
t spoon of dour; melt the butter in the
a milk; beat the yolks with the flour
t thoroughly; add the milk and butter,
- then the whites beaten to a stiff froth,
e and add a little salt Cook in a spider
s on top of the stove and turn very care
. hflly.-Boston Budget.
It -When, as sometimes happens, one
it is forced to wear an unoomfortably
F tight shoe, it may be of value to know
- that folded cloth wet in hot water laid
if over the pinching point will often speed
y ily afford relief. Change the cloth sev
!e eral times to keep up the heat which
1- shortly stretches the shoe and shapes it
)f to the foot.-N. Y. Times.
r- -Tomato Salad.--Peel some good
'n sized tomatoes (not too ripe), cut them
d in slices and remove the pips; season to
7 taste with salt and pepper, a few leaves
t. of basil finely minced, and a few onions
h7 very finely sliced. Make a dressing of
r, two tablespoonfuls of oil to one of vine
gar, and pour it over the tomatoes.
er They should stand in this for a couple
se of hours before serving.-lousekeeper.
-' -Kerosene oil is of use in cleaning
If furniture, but it is said, by good author
is ities, that it will, in time, cut and dis
bt solve the glue and the varnish or finish,
In and will make certain sorts of wood
h poros. A much better rticle is best
as boiled linseed ol applied with a soft
ar cloth, then rnbbd of as clean as pos
ig sible. If there are seratches, use one
d part best furniture varnish to five or
six parts good turpentine, and apply
nt with a brash. Thei are many pre
o- pared furniture polishes and finishing
he preparatios, all of which have certain
Smerits, but the above are simple and
mg -Iced Almond Cuts.-Two pounds of
. flour, one pound of coarse powdered
sugar, one pound of better, twelve
ak ounces of ground almonds, twenty egg
he yolks, almond flavoring. Whisk the
I- egg-yolks and sugar to a light, frothy
it batter, melt the butter and whisk it in;
m add the ground almonds and fiavoring,
he sift the flour and work it lightly in;
ug spread the mixture on a baking tin
o- previously buttered and covered with a
ar, sheet of paper; make it quite level and
r an inch in thickness. Bake ina moder
In- ate oven; cover the top of the sheet of
in cake with hot-water icing, and thickly
the strew with cut blached almonds. Cut
eir into pieces three inches long and one
en, inch wide.-Good Housekeeping.
the What it Has Dme usd a Detag !re the
for clrSy-Brd ctidrha.
ex- At first it was the boys who exhibited
ag- the good effects of the social revolution.
red Time was, and not very long ago, when
th, the sturdy Joys of the metropolis were
low found in the greatest numbers in the
public schools and the districts inhabit
ible ed by personsin middling eircumstane
ray, The boys in the well-to-do families were
ant apt to be spare, narrow-chested, and of
stal such appearance that the more rugged
nuld city children called them by contemptu
has one nicknames, all implying that they
of were girlish. Such puny lads are not
no- now anything like being numerous
,hey enough to represent a class. The once
rust derided "mother's apron-strings" have
ope, been woven into tennis nets, and the
otly hands of the "girl-boys" now grip base
per- ball and cricket bets. Three months
ugh of country life with "city improve
,L a ments," and nine mouths of 'cycling,
anty boxing, sprinting and gymnastics, have
best given them muscle and lungs, until the
ai` juvenile crowd in town accept it as an
tion axiom that a well-dressed lad is worth
one* avoiding when persecution or mischief
[city is intended.
par- The girls, too, are obviously a better
y of sort; not better than their mothers
po- were, necessarily, for New York is for
pay ever freshened and strengthened by
wem country-bred men, who draw in coun
y a- try-bred women for their wives. But
not the born city gilds are distiaestly finer
eP- women than born city girls Wsed*to be.
evi- The very boyish boys, of the ages when
ro boys are apt to be an all-snflicFnt sex
a en nto themselves, no longer avroid the
a. girls, who now hare their part. ad
pnes places in the sports and games of the
It is courts and felds. Baseball and eraket
Sthe are of the mascaline gender still, but
icity golf and tenLs, botlaig, riding and
is in driving, are siall the enjoyment of both
sefal sexes The girls have borrowed part
tisa, of the boyish equlipment in these days.
sbe- They have musete They wear loose
a the and easy clothing, and they swing along
-the with an athletic animal movement that
. It would have been called very ngenteel
'tMa in their mothers if their mothers acould
oth have imitated it Mn of counatry birth
tleik see that their town-bred wives a re
t- produced in their town-bred daughters.
and city men by the sea-side note that
their little girls are as ruddy ad brown
a of and vigaroas and physically eapable as
oothe country children of the neasighbor
Sto hood Thus much of the children; they
S have had the longest holidaying.-Harp
oe r's Weekly.
I, this Th* Rmprevoses r Tease.
ee. If hsppily we sre born of a good a
Sa a ture; it a liberal edseatios has formsed
Swasin uos a.generous temPsnd dlsptS,
L pins well-regalated a . ad worthy
ihtby inellnatesi, 'ts for us, ad so
chld indeed we esteem it'Bt who b them
giving endeavoraing to give these to iself, or
ak the to advance his paortion of happlnsms t
1 the this kind whothinks of timprovlag, or
sohld's sa meeh oof preservinr his adsore n
name the wordwhere it meast of necessity
akled nrn so great a hasard ad whemre we
ar the know a bones nstue is so easily car
while rapted? All oaer things rslating to
=dwas us are preserved wirt earr. and hre
ather, smae ar e e oresmemy bekllgto them;
o the this, which is us sL melated to a s, a
1, the an which ar .hapins de I
usmnt alcue seammtted to chines. And tee

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