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Dr. Talmage Talks on the Dark ide arms
of 80oc1a Life. your
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The following discourse on 'The light
Dark Side of the Social Life in Our othel
Great Cities" was delivered by Rev. T. Pass
DeWitt Talmage in the Brooklyn taber- Our
nacle, from the text: and i
And the darkness He called ltght-Genesis homr
1., a nigh
Two grand divisions of time. The Do
one of sunlight, the other of shadow; that
the one for work, the other for rest; At
the one a type of everything glad and ind
beautiful, the other used in all lan- tow
guages as a type of sadness and aflic- gar
tion and sin. These two divisions they
were made by Me Lord himself. Other eithe
divisions of time may have nomenela- thel
ture of human invention, but the dark- bur,
ness held up its dusky brow to the tone
Lord and He baptized it, the dew drip- cend
ping from His fingers as He gave it a will
name-"and the darkness He called "Fit
night." My subject is midnight in mor
town. The thunder of the city rolled bode
out of the air. The slightest sounds the
cut the night with such distinctness as lour
to attract your attention. The tink- aws
ling of the bell of the street car in the the
distance, and the baying of the dog. bral
The stamp of a horse in the next street Seel
The slamming of a saloon door. The Mar
hiecongh. of the drunkard. The bros
shrieks of the steam whistle five miles bon
away. Oh! how suggestive, my friends; toy
midnight in town. first
There are honest men passing upand mot
down the street. Here is a city mis- fat
sionary who has been carry a scuttle of bea
coal to that poor family in that dark nou
place. Here is an undertaker goingP gro
the steps of a building from which ban
there comes a bitter cry which indi- go
eates that the destroying angel has J,
smitten the first born. Here is a min- chil
inter of religion who has been giving will
the sacrament to a dying Christian. wiR
Here is a physician passing along in and
great haste, the messenger a few steps pc
ahead hurrying on to the household. ans
Nearly all the lights have gone- out in cast
the dwellings. That light in the win- fatl
dow is the light of the watcher, for the why
umlieines must be administered, and boy
the fever must be watched, and the Ii
restless teeossing off of the coverlid wo
must be resisted, and the ice must be be
kept on the hot temples, and the per- be
petual prayer must go up from hearts
soon to be broken. Oh! the midnight PuI
in town! What a stupendous thought hot
-a whole city at rest! out
Weary arm preparing for to-morrow's
toll. Hot brain being cooled of. Rigid Thn
muscles relaxed. Excited nerves wil
soothed. The white hair of the octo
genarian in thin drifts across the pil- 9"
low, fresh fall of flakes on snow al- do
ready fallen. Childhood with its dim
pled hands thrown out on the pillow, a
and with every breath taking in a new let
store of fun and frolic. God's slum
berless eye will look. Let one great
wave of refreshing slumber roll over w
the heart.of the great town, submerg
ing care, and anxiety, and worriment,
and pain. s
Let the city sleep. But, my friends,
be not deceived. There will be he
thousands to-night who will not sleep he
at alL Go up that dark alley, and be the
cautious where you tread, lest you fall me
over the prostrate form of a drunkard la,
lying on his own door-step. Look Al
about you, lest you feel the garroter's cr1
hug. Look through the broken win- tbh
dow-pane and see what you can see. ha
You say: "Nothing!" Then listen. tal
What is it? "God help us." No foot- up
lights, but tragedy ghastlier and a"
mightier than Ristori or Edwin Booth In
e er en ted. No light, no fire, no th
bread, It hope. Shrivering in the ea
cold, they have had no food for twenty- ne
four hours. You say: "Why don't th
they beg?" They do, but they get of
nothing. You say: "Why don't they of
deliver themselves over to the fo
ahnsbhouse?" Ah! you would not us
ask that if you ever heard the bitter ru
cry of a man or a child when told he al
mnst go to the almshouse. Jo
"Oh!" you say, "they are the vicious tl
pdor, and therefore they do not demand m
our sympathy." Are they vicioue? So
much more need they your pity. The w
Christian poor, God helps them. tn
Through their night there twinkles ye
.the round, merry star of hope, and si
through the broken window-pane they as
see the crystals of Heaven; but the a
vicious poor, they are more to be pitied. c
Their last light has gone out You e;- o
cuse yourself from helping them say- ti
ing they are so bad they brought this y
trouble on themselves. I reply, where Y
I give ten prayers for the innocent who d
- -. are sufftering I will give twenty pray- v
era for the guilty who are suntering. u
The fisherman, when he sees a vessel
dashing into the breakers, comes out t
from his hut and wraps the warmest t
flannels around those who are most
chilled and most bruised and most bate i
tered in the wreck, aud I want you to t
know that these vicious poor have had t
two shipwrecks-shipwreckof the body, It
shipwreck of the soul-shipwreck for c
time, shipwreck for eternity. Pity, by a
all means, the innocent who are suf
fering, but pity more thb guilty.
Pass on through the alley. Open the a
door. '"Oh," you say, "it is locked." c
No, it is not locked; it has never been i
looked. No burglar would be tempted a
to goin there to steal anything. The I
door is never locked. Only a broken I
chair stands against the door. Shore I
it back. Goin. Strike a match. Now
look. Beastliness and rag. See those
glarlat eye-ballas. Be carefal now 1
what you say. Do not utter any in
salt: donot utter any suspicion, if you
value your ife. Whatis that red mark
on the wiI? It is the mark of a mar
derenr's hadl Look st those two eyes
riamg ap out of the darknesma sand oat
hroe the straw in the oorner, coming
toward you, and as they cene nearyou
your lig goes ont. Strike another
Mnit. Ahi this is a b.be;.aot like
at bann tsl cldrea d your o.a-,
h.1 or the bsnutsltl ebildren smiling
'V 'V.f2. TZ~
will smile. A flower flung on an aw- far f
fully-barren beach. Oh, Heavenly drink
Shepherd, fold that little one in Thy broth
arms. Wrap around you your shawl or you a
your coat tighter, for the cold night In
wind sweeps through. hashe
Strike another match. Ah! is it possible gets t
that that young woman's scarred and by hi.
bruised face was ever looked into by him
maternal tenderness? Utter no scorn. he fa
Utter no harsh word. No ray of hope up th
will ever dawn on that brow. But the grace
light has gone out. Do not strike an- it. H
other light in such a place as that not 1
Pass out and pass down the street touct
Our cities of Brooklyn and New York thoro
and all our great cities are full of such Do
homes, and the worst time the mid- with
night to at
Do you know it is in the midnight atom,
that criminals do their worst work? Take
At half-past eight o'clock you will clue
And them in the drinking saloon, but a gri
toward twelve o'clock they go to their the p
garrets, they get out their tools, then suons
they start on the street. Watching on she o
either side for the police, they go to "Ohl'
their work of darkness. This is a and
burglar, and the false key will soon conk
touch the store lock. This is an in- Ar
cendiary, and before morning there more
will be a light in the sky, and cry of ence
"Fire! fire!" This is an assassin, and to- Iam
morrow morning there will be a dead one
body in one of the vacant lots. During from
the day time these villians in our cities the a
lounge about, some asleep and some and
awake, but when the third watch of cOme
the night arrives, their eye keen, their more
brain cool, their arm strong, their foot up tl
fleet to fly or pursue, they are ready, bells
Many of these poor creatures were u
brought up in that way. They were
born in thieves' garret. Their childish I te
toy was a burglar's dark lantern. The Hes
first thing they remember was their form
mother bandaging the brow of their nine
father struck by the police club. They tracl
began by robbing boys' pockets, and a m
now they have come to dig the under- ever
ground passage to the cellar of the neve
bank, and are preparing to blast the comi
gold vault was
Just so long as there are neglected and
children of the street, just so long we w
will have these desperadoes. Some one, him
wishing to make a good Christian point of ti
and to quote a passage of Scripture, ex- they
pecting to get a scriptural passage in
answer, said to one of these poor lads, nate
cast out and wretched: "When your I ha
father and your mother forsake you, yet I
who then will take you up?" and the on 1
boy said: "The perlice, the perlicel" talk
In the midnight, gambling does its said
worst work. What though the hours youi
be slipping away, and though the wife Io
be waiting in the cheerless home? Stir
up the fire. Bring on more drinks. repl
Put up more stakes. That commercial shoi
house that only a little while ago put gono
out sign of copartnership will this sea
son be wreaked on a gambler's table. the
There will be many a money-till that moe
will spring a leak. A member of con- tool
grees gambled with a member elect and the'
won one hundred and twenty thousand saw
dollars. The old way of getting dre
a living is so slow. The old way gay
of getting a fortune is so stupid. Come, r
let us toss up and see who shall have
it And so the work goes on, from the
wheezingwretches pitching pennies in
a rum grocery up to the millionaire nos
gambler in the stock market has
In the midnight hour, pass down the doe
streets of our American cities, and you m
hear the click of the dice and the sharp,
keen tap of the pool-room ticker. At cer
these places merchant princes dis- san
mount, and legislators tired of making tae
I laws, take a respite in breaking them. she
All classed of people are robbed by this t
s crime, the importer of foreign silks and wO
. the dealer in Chatham street pocket 501
handkerchiefs. The clerks of the store me
take a hand after the shutters are put
up, and the officers of the court while
i away their time while the jury is out
h In Baden Baden,-when that city was yoi
0 the greatest of all gambling places on do
e earth, it was no unusual thing the do
next morning, in the woods around d
t that city, to find the suspended bodies
, of suicides. Whatever be the splendor be
of the surroundings, there is no excuse
Sfor this crime. The thunders of eter- nc
t nal destruction roll in the deep
r rumble of that gambling ten-pin th
e alley, and as men come out to
join the long procession of sin, all y
is the drums of woe beat the dead
d march of a thousand souls. In one
o year, in the city of New York, theret
oe were seven million dollars sacrificed at oh
. the gaming table. Perhaps some of
s your friends have been smitten of this ch
Id sin. Perhaps some of you have been
sy smitten by it Perhaps there may be
s a stranger in the house this morning
. come from some of the hotels. Look
Sout for those agents of iniquity who
- tarry around about the hotels, and ask t
is you: "Would you like to see the city?" e
re Yes. "Have you ever seen that splen- i
o did building a p-town?" Na Then the
Svillain will undertake to show you e
g. what he calls the "lions" and the l11
el "elephants," and after a young n
at man, through morbid eunriosity or
et through badness of soul, has seen the g
st "lions" and the "elephants" he will b
it be on enchanted ground. Look gut for ,
to these men who move around the ho- I
d tels with sleek hats--always sleek t
y, hats-a-nd patronizing air, and Uaa ag
or countable interest about your welfare I
by and entertainment You are a fool if a
tf- you can not seae through it. They want
your money. In Chestnut street, Phil- u
he adelphi, while I was living in that t1
L" city, an incident occrred which Was I
en Ifamiliar to as there In Chestnat a
ed street a young msn west Into a gai- f•
he bling saloon, lost all his property, then a
en blew his brains aout, and befor the t
vs blood was washed hem the seer by the g
aw maid the comrades were ahulag cards I
s again. You see there is more mery In a
ew the highwayma for the belated try- a
in- eler on whose body he heaps the stones;
on there is more mercy in the frost for the I
ir lower that tkills; there Is more mercy r
ae in the hurricane that sht the steese- t
pe er on the Long Island coast, than there s
at is mercy in the heart of a gambler for a
blgis ivicttim. I
o In the midnight hoMur, alaodrunra I
her mse does its work. The drinking will
ike be respectable at eight o'clock in the I
e evening, a little bu.ihed at mine, talk--'
lag atlee and garraoma at se, at elen a
ay. baphemaoes, at one the batlil ofdf
.,the M t e l. m1I tthsSIw i W
or more drink. Strewa n throuh the
raking-saloons of- the city, fathers
tothers, husbands, sons, as good as
on are by nature, perhaps better.
in the high- circles of society it ishors
iushed up. A merchant prince, if he
tea noisy and uncontrollable, is taken teri
y his fellow-revelers, who try to get of; 1
im to bed, or take him houme, where
e falls flat in the entry. Do not wake
p the children. They have had die. suit
race enough. Do not let them know ac
. Rush it up. But sometimes it can elam
sot be hushed up, when the rum day.
onehes the brain and the man becomes the
horoughly frenzied. but
Do not go from your well-filled table with
with the idea that pious talk is going sent
a stop the gnawing of an empty fend
tomach or to warm stockingless feet.
rake bread, take raiment, take medi. emej
ine as well as take prayers. There is One
Sreat deal of common sense in what absi
he poor woman said to the city mis- fish,
ionary when he was telling her how a be
he ought to love God and serve Him. fifth
"Ohl" said she, "if you were as poor four
and cold as I am, and as hungry, you larg
ould think of nothing else." as
Are there in this assemblage this
morning those who know by experi- aeer
ence the tragedies of midnight in town? of tl
am not here to thrust you back with in P
one hard word. Take the bandage Sou
from your braised soul, and put on it cou
the soothing salve of Christ's gospel ly
and of God's compassion. Many have sew
ome. I see others coming to God this and
morning tired of the sinful life. Cry glin
up the news to Heaven. Set all the vela
bells ringing. Spread the banquet
under the arches. Let the crowned
heads come down and sit at the jubilee. in t
tell you there is more delight in feet
Heaven over one man that gets re-th
formed by the grace of God than over
ninety and nine that never got off the to
track. I could give you the history in
a minute of one of the best friends I
ever had. Outside of my own family I wa
never had a better friend. He wel- and
comed me to my home at the west. He crer
was of splendid personal appearance, of
and he had an ardor of soul and a do'
warmth of affection that made me love
him as s brother. I saw men coming out t
of the saloons and gambling hells, and
they surrounded my friend, and they on
took him at the week point, his social cou
nature, and I saw him going down, and
I had a fair talk with him-for I never n2t
yet saw a man you could not talk with 270
on the subject of his habits, if you n
talked with him in the right way. I
said to him: "Why don't you give up 2'38
your bad habits and become a Chris
iad?" I remember now just how he em
looked, leaning over his counter, as he
replied: "I wish I could. Oh! sir, I an(
should like to be a Christian, but I have an
gone so far astray I can't get back." o
So the time went on. After awhile
the-dsy of sickness came. I was sum
moned to his sick-bed. I hastened. It of
took me but a few moments to get gal
there. I was surprised as I went in. I get
saw him in his ordinary iclothes, fully at
dressed, lying on the top of the bed. I th
gave him my hand, and he seized iteon- Ch
vulsively and asid: "Ohi how glad ti
I am to see you. Sit down chi
there." I sat dowp and he said: fct
"Mr. Talmage, just where you sit s'
now my mother sat last night She or
has been dead twenty years. Now, I th'
don't want you to think I am out of "'
my mind, or that I am_ superstitious; to
but, sir, she sat there last night just as to
certainly as you sit there now-the D
same cap, and apron, and spec
tacles. It was my old mother-
she sat there." Then he turned
to his wife and said: "I wish you ri
would take these strings off the bed;
somebody is wrapping strings around
me all the time. I wish you would qr
stop that annoyance." She said: m
•-There is nothing here." Then I saw i
it was delirium. He said: "Just where ihe
you sit now my mother sat, and she
said, 'Roswell, I wish you would s"
do better-I wish you would In
do better,' I said, 'Mother, w
I wish I could do better. I try o do of
better, but I can't. Mother, you ased de
to help me, why can't you help -e
now?' And, sir, I got out of bed, for it I
was reality, and I went to her, and' in
threw my arms around her neck, and I
said: 'Mother, I will do better, but h
yon must help me; I can't do this A
alonel'" I knelt down and prayed.
That night his soul went to the Lord A
that made it.
Arrangements were made for the
Sobsequie The question was raised
whether they should bring him to I
church. Somebody said: "You can't
bring such a dissolute man as that into
the church." I said: "You bring him
in the church; he stood by me when he
was alive, and I will stand by him
when he is dead. Bring him." As Ie
stood m the palpit, and saw them t
carrying the body up the aislte, I felt as
if I could weep tears of blood.
SOn one side of the pslpit sathis 'ittle
a child of eight years, a sweet, beautiful
e little girl that I had seen him hag con
vusirvely in his better momenta He
put on lher all Jewels, all diamonds, and
gave her all pictures ad toys, and then
I be would go away as if hounded by an I
tevil spirit, to his cups and house of
shame fool to the eorrection of the
stoeks. Shbe looked up wonderingly.
She knew not what it all meant. She
5 was not old enough to understand the
I sorrow of an orphan child.
t On the other side the palpit at the
- men who had roinsd him; they weres
itbe men who had poured wormwood
in to the orphba's onp th4J were the
i men .who had bound him bhand and
- foot I knew them. How did they
Sseem to fuelt Did they wreept Na Did
a they smy "What a pity that sech a
a geeros manu shoulld be destoyedt'
sNao Did they sigh repentingly over
i what they had donea Not they
- set thebre, looking as vualtures
look at the caras of the
lamb whose heart they hare
ripped osat. So they eat sad lo sd st
a-the eam-ld, mad I told them the judg
r meett Sod upn these who had de
ar steed their fellows. Did they reform?
I was od ther were in the'placesol
Sliquityl that night after my frienda
i- wai itn O-kwod esuee, and
t blasphemd, sad they drank.
I. Oh, how i ls - e, espeia lly
nafter they h.ve deetagya5o al Do not
if gg 0 g.Wgtg4 tr help. Look
4s.a .*'·-- * -
-In the Isle of Man it was formerly Ti
the law that to take away an ox or a our
horse was not a felony, but a trespass, alivi
because of the difficulty in that little the
territory of coneealing or carrying them rea
off; but to steal a pig or fowl, which is over
easily done, was a capital crime But
-The height of absurdity in libel an a
suits has been reached in London, where L
a case, based on the use of three ex- olde
clamation points, was tried the other Hat
day. No complaint was made against witl
the language used by the defendant, T
but against the exclamation points Pho
with which he punctuated a certain long
r sentence. The verdict was for the de- spec
r fendant. gar
--Cortez obtained in Mexico five poe
emeralds of wonderful size and beauty. 1821
e One was cut like a rose; another in the and
t shape of a horn; a third in that of a T
fish, with diamond eyes; a fourth like be
v a bell, with a pearl for a clapper; the P
fifth was a cup, with a foot of gold and the
r four little chains, each ended with a late
a large pearl. lie had also two emerald be
vases, worth 300,000 crowns each. are
S-One of the rare and beautiful skins in I
seen occasionally in this country is that are
of the vicuna,a small Indian deer found tree
h in Peru and other regions of western Thi
e South America. The skins reach this "t
it country made up into robes, evident- ai
' ly of carefully-selected small pieces Sul
e sewed together. The fur is soft, thick en
and tawny in color, with rich, sunny
y glints that give it almost the luster of mo
Le velvet. Pal
--The silver mine at Przibram, in
d Bohemia, is said to be the deepest mine
e' in the world. It is more than 8,300 feet
n feet deep-that is, considerably more T.g
D than half a mile in depth. • The tem
' perature at that greatdepth was found
to be 76 degrees Fahrenheit; the tem- gii
i perature at the surface was a little thi
higher. A driven well in this country as
was sunk to about 2,700 feet, we think, re,
and the temperature was found to in- Is
crease about 2 degrees for every 100feet inj
e of depth; but, of course, no man went is
a down the small shaft made by the tools. teI
--The following, compiled by a Polish m(
sta tistician, show the standard number me
of working days per annum in various ce
al countries. The inhabitants of Central be
Id Russia labor fewest days in the year,
namely, 267. Then comes Canada, with an
h 270, followed by Scotland, with 275; be
m England, 275, Portugal, 283; Russian th
Poland, 288: Spain, 290; Austria and the it
Russian Baltic provinces, 29h; Italy, ba
S-908; Bavaria, Belgium, Brazil and Lux- mi
em burg, 300; Saxony, France, Finland, th
be Wurtemburg, Switzerland, Denmark so
and Norway, 502; Sweden, 804; Prussia be
ve and Ireland, 305; United States, 806; l
Holland, 808 and Hungary, 812.-Lon
Lie don Electrician. tr
--It is a lucky thing for the natives or
I of southern Patagonia that the navi- ni
et gation of the Strait of Magellan is dan- to
I gerous. Vessels often anchor in the m
sly trait for the night on this account, and vc
this gives the crooked-legged natives a m
. chance to come out in their canoes and tl
ad trade with the ship's company. The w
vn chief articles offered by the natives are
id: furs of various kinds, especially of the n
sit sea otter. These they sell for a trifle, I
he or more often barter for a few things o'
they need. The best otter skins are t1
worth as much as six hundred dollars o:
as; to seven hundred dollars when brought a
to civilized markets, but Patagonians n
he offer only poor skins. r+
led n
rreb and Eetertalnlng Mixture of Fl- r
u area and Faney. h
d When the melancholy Hamlet in- s
aid quires of Horatio whether imagination o
Lid: may not "trace the noble dust of Alex- t
ander till it find it stopping a bung- I
ere hole," his companion replies: "'Twere a
e to consider too curiously to consider
old so." At the risk of disobeying Horatio's
nld injunction, let us note the ages which
would have been attained by a number f
do of men and women of eminence had not
ed death taken them from the scenes of
their activities
ut Taking the presidents, we find that I
ad' in the year 1893 the following, if living,
d I would be: Millard Fillmore, 93; Frank
bt lin Pierce, 89; Andrew Johnson, 85;
his Abraham Lincoln, 84; Rutherford B.a
red. Hayes, 71; Ulysses S. Grant, 71; Chester
rd A. Arthur, 63; and James A. Garfeld,
the Four, it will be observed, would be
sed younger than the '"Grand Old Man,"
to Lincoln about the same age, and John
a't son but one year older.
nto Among a few other public men Wen
im dell Phillips would be 82; Charles Sam
he ner, 82; Beecher, 80; Edwin Stanton, 79;
1m 1Scheyler Colfax, 70; and GeP Haaook.
a I 69. Rufus Choate would have reached
hem the advanced age of 94B.
L The eminent Hungarian, Louis Koe
sath, now living at 91, is older than
tle would be Beaconafield at 88, GOaribaldi
ifalat 88, or Gambetta at 55.
cn- Among the octogenarians weald be
He found the following men whose aehive
and ments secured for them lasting fame:
e Agassi, 86; Darwin, 64; Mendeisson, 34;
r Elibu Burritt, 83; and David Lviang.
stone, 80.
he Poets are not noted for their longer
h ity; very often the sides of Parnassus
Ue are wet and unhealthy with the dews
of sorrow, and John Keats seem to as
, like a sger far removed; and yet hnd
not the "dalases grown over him" till
rnow he would still lack two years of
Ie bqag a centenarian. It is hard, ti
ad deed, to pict the suther of "'Endy
miob as a feebtL old man of 98, and it
hey doubtless well that he died so yong,
Sasno hfurther works were eeded to e]
tablish his rank among imaginative
e Tom Hood seem also to belong to
the times of eomparmtive antquity.
h It now living he would be a9, which
a we ld be three yeam lms thanM tm age
ed a of that other Thosas whose srnam
jfg- wasCarlyle
d de- Thomas Bsbigtoii Mseuly, dying
tos Ia 1338, Is far remoed from e presmnt
eof !a He would now* have a
and hibe n these ~ ef l tines. EIrabeth
sk e Bat Brownoing would bs, be._hrh
anl; bthre o yeer aryr og Antiaoy
10nt Throlepe. 1; Charlotte Uron8t, TT: the
Loo buer youathfal okdishs Sl1 *eesg
5ann11, Is Arthur Uugrk CQlass, wa
william Msepeace unsUr y, -, w
Adelalde Proctor, 8a. wa
Turning to American writers we ind
our genial ~utocrat, Dr. Holmes, still Of
alive at 84, which would be the age of Mal
the erratic Edgar Allen Poe had he yet Sums
remained to "ponder, weak and weary, the
over many a volume of forgettenlore." man
But fancy refuses to conceive of Poe as the t
an old man. tapir
Longfellow at 86 would be two years elsp
older than Holmes, while Nathaniel minsi
Hawthorne would be quite venerable are r
with the weight of 89 years large
The gifted Cary sisters, Alice and thoul
Phoebe, whose sweetvoiceswere hushed in to
long ago, would be only T2 and 09 re- Sa
spectively; while Lucretia and Mar- gene
garet Davidson, the precocious sister two
poets, who died in the faraway years sons
1825 and 1887, would, if living, be 865
and 70. gren
The Sage of Concord, Emerson,would ano;
be 90 had he lived until 1U43 tribe
Perhaps future ages may bring with ,
them the means of prolonging our ex
istence upon earth. Whether this would sn
be desirable is an open question. There
are many reasons for wishing to stay an
in the world as long as possible. They natis
are generally selfish, however, and ex
trence old age is not lways desirable. whil
The Psalmist Informs his readers that
"the days of our years are three-score
and ten." and it is doubtful whether that
any of the distinguished men and wom- tive
en whose possible ages are here men- Indt
tioned would have been happier o the
more useful if the dates of their de- ful
parture had been postponed.-N. Y.
Commercial Advertiser. in a
The Country Fast Beeomlag a Nateio t quel
Marksmes. mat
I Had the compilers of the last census mu(
given the same attention to collecting "he
the statistics and data of the sportsmen he
as they did to.all branches of trade the this
result would have furnished some quil
startling information, bordering on the rhim
t incredible Itis safe to say that there mu
t is more wealth among the fra- at I
ternity. more capital invested, more T
I money spent annually, by the sports- me
r men of America than by any guild, so- pac
a ciety, order or whatsoever Incorporated of t
.1 body in the United States. his
During the last tenyears the inctesse tak
h and development of the sportsmen have ger
I; been phenomenal. A decade ago only the
n the large cities had gun clubs To-day un]
ie t is a small town, indeed, that does not wit
r, boast of its "fine team." In fact, the fas
c- modern gun club seems to have taken q
I, the place of the old-fahitaed debating is t
It society, and the crack of the double lea
a barrel has drowned the last echo of no
I; sky-scraping eloquence. it
1- The makers of fine guns in this coun- sid
try could be counted on the fingers of qu
5 one hand ten years ago; now they are spa
- numbered by the score. The guns bel
- turned out by these faetrlies, in which I
se millions of dollars are invested, are the vei
id very best, with all the latest improve- Ju
a menta, and'it is needlees to add that at4
id the American manufdetarer keeps pace an
Ic with the world. lnl
re Of late the manufacture of fixed am- ti
re munition has increased. Formerly TI
e, most sportsmen preferred to load their th
Is own shells, but it became apparent wl
re that the trade which made a specialty as
ra of that business could, by buying the
bt ammunition in large quantities, fur- al
5s nish the shells loaded cheaper than the ne
retail buyer could obtain the material th
to fill them, to say nothing of the time r1
and labor expended. It is exceptional pI
now to see anyone who lives within wi
*- reach of a railroad attempt to charge ar
his shells, and even small country a
in- stores offer loaded ones for sale where to
on once only powder and shot could beob- le
x- tained. The amount of ammunition
ig- used annually by the gun clubs would g
are supply the armies of all Europe. at
Ilr All this has awakened an enthusi- le
o's astic love of real sport among the pe o
ih ple. The time when the city youth al
or fond of sport had to steal through the gp
sot dark streets on his way to or from the
of country has passed away. The young is
man who confesses a love for hunting j
tat is no longer pointed out as a "ne'er-do- w
mg, welL"
nk. America is fast becoming a nation of l
85; marksmen,iand if there should ever be L
Sa war with foreign powers, the spc
er tacle often witnessed on the late bat
Id, tle-fields of Virginia, where fully one
third of the muskets borne were over- d
be loaded, underloaded or in some way g
n," wrongly loaded, would not be repeat- d
n- ed.--Harper's Weekly. i
* A aoly OU. i
mm The love of the marvelous in the thic i
79; teenth centry was not less remarklable
ik, In this age than in those which had t
bed preoeded it. In the old Wrench ceount l
we read of new wonders in Palastie I,
ca not mentioned before, and of the Binal I
aa convent we learn that "Thelr lies Saint ,
sdi Catherine, virgin and martyr, in a very I
fair marble tomb, which tomb is so
be holy that a sort of oil from it bhals1
many ills, and the wrace of God is
e: bshown, in that many wild beats,
64; which are on that mountain, live oa I
ag nothing save by lIcking the tomb of amy
lady Saint Catherle, sad by the man a
e which falls oa the moumntain side." At
ss Tortoi also was now shown St. Iuke's
ws portrait of Our Lady, ad at mudenal,
as a Syrisoe monstory on a rock north oi
l DamaSeus, was the mireenlos image
tll of the Virgin, whichdstilled oil fraom
a of its bre5at. By special treaty the ir
Sin Plars were allowed to visit the shrnie
n and collet the oil, whtih was in high
Id it repute and asi for agret pri I 3n
ag, rope. It is often metlatemed ti the I-*
. ventoria of chuhes Ian Fanm as e
tive of the taw of the huPeh.--Aldi
burgh Review.
sty. Tbe seae was a ball. A gentlema
hlch ocidentally stepped a lady's oo
age .'Si"r!"esoam er partner, prpopb
ly, "you lhave trod on my partner's
foot. I demsad satikaem."
ying "Certainty," was te reply. 'Youder
n sits my wife go ad tep esae Ir fooet as
aeon as you llike"-Drshae'b Maganla
beeh A 42m4 base.
h "I wish I wan twi,.9 a-id obis
may "Why," ased bisfatber.
the *Then I eani sea how I )esies with
s,~ aw31 sUOd eTII C~hY3't - &t
wld'Aetlmal That Imasa i the Justgles -.T]
or MtaaysI. sail
Of the three great islands of the andi
Malay peninsula, as a big game resort, the at
Sumatra is said to be the best., Borneo 11
the worst. In Sumatra all the great snit w
mammalian *arieties are to be found- the cli
the tiger, the elephant, the rhinocero jeted
tapir and orang-outang; in Java, the
elephant, tapir and orang-outang are you b
missing, but the rhinoceros and tiger Mis i
are represented. In Borneo all these tant
large animals are unknown now, mighi
though, doubtless, they existed there chang
in former years.
u8amatra offers less inducement to'the must
general order of visitors than the other Isee
two mentioned above, for several rea- Mr
sons. The ellmate is worse, venomous learn
snakes are more numerous, and the
grester part of the island, which is still
unopened up, is occupied by Batak -
tribes,who do not encourage strangers. elop
This part of the world has been ex- o the
tensively colonised by the Dutch, who of thi
seem to have made themselves univer- will
sally hated, owing to the high-handed up.'
manner with which they treated the -
natives. If the stranger can succeed in Hust
persuading the Malay that, though esa '
white, he is not a Dutchman, he will wool
probably be well received. People who rd'
have had an opportunity of judging of wa
their character, pronounce these n- -
tives to be peaceable, docile, sober and -"i
industrious, and the most truthful at YOUr
the Asiatic races; and, in additioh, skill- ment
ful workers. se
The shikarl will find the going bad shou
in such regions as have no roads. For a ch
hours, sometimes, he will have to wade -
waist deep in slimy slash, not unfre- woul
quently finding himself, like the Irish- noth
man in the story, "up to the ankles in cba
mud," but, as he forgot to mention, Why
"head downward." Added to this, fint
he must be prepared to view every
thing through a perfect mass of mos -
quitoes. Such is the home of the white man
rhinoceros, and thither the hunter the t
must venture who wishes to get a shot el
at him. ni
This, it may be remarked, is by no used
means synonymonus with bagging his -Ti
pachydermatous majesty. Indeed, he -
oftener than not tunus the tables on adec
his .pursuer, and this considerably and
takes the gilt of the "shikarial" gin- inqt
gerbread. The monster is said to be tert
the only animal that will attack man plies
unprovoked, and considering that, un- tert
wieldy though he looks, he can go as -
fast as aborse, the encounter is no joke. you
The retreatig.huuter's best course algi
is to seek safety up a tree; though, un- the
less it is a pretty stout one, this will sists
f not better his position much. Even If a pi
it is, he may be "treed" there for a con- gait
- siderable time. Unless a European is
t quite fever proof, and provided with nt
I special firearms, this branch of sport is not
s better left untried. F7e
i However, should he be suelfficiently M
a venturesome to attempt the ISumatra our
| jungles in spite of the above enumer- not
t ated drawbecks, e will probably find Fea
a an undisturbed and well-stocked hunt- woi
ing ground, the island being, as the na- kBo
& tives say, "fairly creeping with tigers."
y The ezarowita ha survived his trip in plc
r these parts, so that there is no reason rdc
t why others should be deterred, so long the
y as they use ordinary care. t
e Monkeys abound in endless variety in "iW
all these islands, tut especially in Bor- ,"
e neo. The most remarkable birds were an(
1I the. hornbills, peacocks, pigeons of va- knm
e rious kinds, and a very handsome -J
I1 pheasant; also, several water birds,
n waders and lovely kingfishers. There 8
' are said to be no lese than two hundred
7 and fortyspecies of land birds known Si
'e to inhabit this island of Java, while at
b- least forty are peeuliar to it.
a On the other had, no less than sixteen bs
Ld genera found in the adjacent islands vet
are absent from this one. Rhinoceros, or
a- leopards, wild dogs, and other smaller foi
- game, are to be met with, and deer are lal
th abundant, but there ore no antelope or h
s goats.
le To the botanist Java would be full of
iK interest, the beauty and variety of its
'g flora being amazing. The island is lei
o-very rich in fresh-water fishes, reptiles
and insects of all kinds-too rich it the be
of last two nnmed, some people think.-
be I Field, in Golden Days.
t aserml and ollday to
L- The morning papers announce the
ir- death of some ex-statesman and clerks m
y goin~a to their work find the funeral ci
t- decorators shaking oat the folds of the
inevitable black goods. Then their first
exclamation ir "We shall have a hol-m
iday today and on the day of the ia-I
Seral! "Who's dead?" Black has come
sl o be known as the holiday attire of
d the government departWments. Mer- o
et chante actually advertise "holiday a
e sales" for days when dead statesmen ol
ai are to be buried, and the clerks rush i
nt out to bunt bargalns or arink beer
Mr while the buildlnge are mournlng.
o Washington Is a cityof funerals. When el
s they havea't the corpms they hve the ,
i demostrton and the funeral oratory. b
'eu The ealogies over dead members and e
o semnators in the house and senate hbave i i
my become a adismal faree. Day after day d
thu e beustness tI isterrupted bythe sn
At nonaeement of eulogies to be pro o
Snouncan ed over men who died months,
'al perhaps a year, before; and often the 4
man whose pralsesa tobe p'ounweeA Ii
8 in tearful eloquence has never been in 1
oe congressm at all, but has diedsoon after
o election and is known to anea-.Waah
i gtn Letter.
-Aecordding to th fegre eolluetd
I__ by a Chiego paper, thes number of per
esons who committed suieide in the
lia United States dAring the yar 1Se was
,g u, as copared with 1,81 181.
SII in lmo sad 1, 4 in 186a The
total is mueh largr than than that of
Iny of ta les presis wel s. i
is somewhat .wrprsl that payseisma
Sautau to beed the list of padnait
peron who have taken thmerownaves
si dT -ee - of te· - dlwa M i nte
de& by, 1.64g; u who M6; beuat,
dhssppoiatesd loys 1 ill helth, 11
* e~s~i·q
-The juice from decayed bananas, I
i said, will make bright carmine in,14
and it is also said to step on one makes
the air blue.-InterO)can.
-"Did Miss Goldcoin look upon your
suit with favor?" "Oh, yes; she thought
the clothes were all right, but she ob
jeceted to the wearer."-Inter-Ocean.
-"Why, Mr. Banks, how long have
you been wearing eye-glasses?" "Well,
Miss Edith, you always seemed so dis
tant to me that I thought glasses
might -:'ng you a little nearer."-Ex
-Mrs. T-.uisitive-'"Your husband
must be earning more than he used to.
I see you have a new sealskin jacket."
Mrs. Stralghtface-"No, indeed. "He's
learned how to fix the gas moter."
Grenoble Monthly.
-"Tbat'saa very lovely babyof yours,
Lawson. I wonder what he will de
velop into?" "Well, if you can judge
of the future by the present, I think he
will be a town-crier when he grows
up."-Harper's Bazar.
-Wife-"I've made a fool of myself."
Husband-"How?" Wife--"Here I've
carried all the baggage, so that people
would not think we were newly mar
ried, and all the while my back hair
was full of rice."-N. Y. Herald.
-Tailor (calling on debtor, an artist)
-"I'm afraid I interrupt, sir, I see
you're very busy." Artist - "Don't
mention it. Perhaps you would like to
see me draw something?" Tallor-"I
should, sir. I should like you to draw
a check!"
-The Polnt-She-"I wish you
wouldn' play billiards for stakes. It is
nothing in the world but a game of
chance." He-"A game of chance!
Why, my dear girl, it's a game of in
finite skill." Slhe-"Not as yenou play
-A servant girl was once given some
macaroni by her mistress to prepare for
the table. Notising the girl's surprise,
e lady asked: "Didn't you cook maca
roni at your last place?" . "Cook it? We
used them things to light the Are with?"
-A pompons fellow made a very in
adequate offer for a valuable property;
and calling the next day for answer,
inquired of the gentleman if he had en
tertained his proposition. "No," re
plied the other, "your proposition en
tertained me."-Pilot.
-"You never sit and talk to me as
you did before we were married,"
i sighed the young wife "No," replied
the husband, who was a drapeis as
sistant. "The guv'nor told me to atop
a praising the goods as soon as the bar
gain was struck."-Tit-Bits
--Fogg-"I can't use an umbrella
t until Baster." - Fenderson - "Why
I not?" Fogg-"Because 1s JLent."
Feuderson thought he'd tihy:this on
!Mrs F. Said he: "A fellow teest use
L our uimbrella until Easter." "Why
not?" asked Mrs. F. "Because," said
I enderson. "it's borrowed." And he
r wondered why bli rife didn't laugh.
Boston Transcript.
S-Not so Ignorant After AIL--Ex
B plorer---"Do yt know, Ethel, the Af
a riean savages were so ignorant that
g they couldn't understand what made
Stanley's iron boat float." Ethel
a "What was it, Uncle Jack?" Explorer
, "Why--er-the-er-shape, you know,
Sand-er--atmospherlc pressue you
6- know, and--or-all that sort of thing."
e -Judge.
d -
n Brother Dawsem Asserts His right as
it ULmphatle Mamner.
One of the colored women employed
a about the hotel was sweeping ofN the
s veranda when an old man with a
t, crooked leg and carrying a broomstsek
.r for a cane halted at the steps end sa
re luted:
sr "Good mawnin', Drudder Dawson
how yo' was dis mawin'?"
5f -"What oo' mean talkin' dat way to
tos me?" demanded the woman as she
is leaned on the broom to look him over.
as "Good mawnin', Brudder Dawsonl"
e be repeated.
- "Yo' is Brudder Dawson yo'setlf.
What yo' gittin' at actin' dat way?"
I "Look yere gal; I has eum along yore
to spoke about fo' words to yo' an' I
be wsntoyo' to open dem ig oars o' yo's
s monsatrous wide. Yo'r name was Lu
l einda Jackson, I reckon?"
he "Of o'se."
t "An' yo' attends de Baptist pay'r~
- meetin' ebery Thursday even'?"
ha- "Yo' allus sees me dar, of oo'se. What
m yo' gttin' at?"
of "I'se gittin' at dis: On de last three
er oeccashuns when de preacher has got up
San' said, 'We willnow close wide dox
s ology; Brudder Dawson, pitch do tuane,'
uh what has yo dun?"
,r "Nauin"
-I. "Look out, gal, or I'll her yd
ee churehed for lyin'. What yo' has dun
the was to sot right in an' piteh dat tune
ry. befo' I eouldgit my mouf aopen an' make
ad everybody believe yo' was leadin' de
ye sOtgla'. Itse On yore to tell yo' aot to
Iay doitagin-"s
so-"Shob!t Does dat tone bVlong t.yod?"
re- she diftantly replied.
h "Look ouat dar. gal. I hain't saying
the dat de tane b'longs to me, but I ar say
ae ing dat when de preacher calls upon
I Brudder DawLon to start it off, den
her Brudder Dawson art de man to do it If
sh- yaar Brudder Dawson, den yo'goright
head. If yo' ar Sister Luclnda Jack
son, den yo' keep dat big mouft elosed
d till I strikes my tunin' fork and Mits de
per right piteh-"
th "Hlut" she replied as she began aweep
S"TYo' jest 'member," be eoautioned, as
The he turned away. "I'ne bin pitchin' dat
it f doxohlgy tane in oar ehurch far ober
t twenty y'ar, an I dean dun reekon to
Sbe histed out now by no womsh who
s ent s cum down from Atlata wida'lt
Sof tafrbelowsn. I in ryo' fitr warni,
se a if yo' deslst upa owtl
* sanaimetty 4 a. d
' 4t l alsali meat ho ee ony. owpr hed. I
a ls has sol . s dayr-N- Y. .an
.o at .. , . . - .
4· a·-s. Dw ree: k·o y
:hd w4Sb an hep noin
n s Wty setI4t

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