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aubJect: "Cod's Secondl Cift"-The World
is Too Much With Us-The Better
Life and the Advantages of Religion.
The Story of Caleb and Othniel.
TrrT: "Thou hbast given me a south land;
give me also springs of water. And he
gave her the upper springs and the nether
springs."-Joshua xv., 19.
The city of Debir was the Boston of nn.
tiquity-a great place for brain and books.
Caleb wanted ft. and he offered his daugh
ter Aebsah as a prize to any one who wouldl
capture that city. It was a strange thing
for Caleb to do, and yet the man who could(
take the city would have, at any rate, two
elements of manhood-bravery and patriot
ism. Besides, I do not think that Caleb
was as foolish in offering his daughter to
the conqueror or I)ebir as thousands in
this day who seek alliances for their chil.
dren with those who have large means
without any reference to moral or mental
acquirements. Of two evil I would rather
measure happiness by the length of the
sword than by the length of the pocket.
book. In one case there is sure to be one
good element of character; in the other
there may be none at all. With Caleb's
daughter as a prize to fight for, General
Othniel rode into the battle. The gates of
Debir were thundered into the dust, and
he city of books lay at the feet of the con- 1
querors. The work done, Othniel comes 1
back to claim his bride. Having conquered I
the city, it is no great job for him to con- 1
quer the girl's heart, for however faint
hearted a woman herself may be she al. I1
ways loves courage in a man. I never saw I
an exception to that.
The wedding festivity having gone by, 1
Othuiel and Achsah arc about to go to i
their own home. Howeover loudly the cym
bals my clash and the laughter ring, par. t
ents are always sail when a fondly c her
ished diaughter goes off to stay, and Ach
sabh, the daughter of Calob, knows that now I
is the time to ask almost anything sho t
wants of her father. It seems that Caleb, s
the good old man, had given as a wedding
present a piece of land that was mountain- '1
ous, and, sloping sonthwardl toward the n
deserts of Arabia, swept with some very d
hot winds, It was called "a south land." Y
But Acbsah wants an addition of property; t
she want a piece of land that is well
watered and fertile. Now it is no wonder J
that Caleb, standing amid the bridal party n
his eyes so full of tears because she was h
going away that that he could hardly seo b
her at all, gives her more than she asks. ii
She said to him: "Thou hast given me a o
south land; give me also springs of water.
And he gave her the upper springs and the i
nether springs." tl
The fact is that as Caleb, the father, '
gave Aebsah, the daughter, a south land r'
so God gives to us His world. I am very
thankful He has given it to us. But I am h
like Achbsah in the tact that I am not satls- '
fled with the portion. Trees and flowers Ic
and grass and blue skies are very Well in P
their places, but he who has nothing but 0
this world for a portion has no portion at y'
all It is a mountainous land, sloping oif w
toward the desert of sorrow, swept by m
fiery siroccos; it is "a south land," a poor 81
portion for any man that tries to put his *
trust in it. What has been your experi- or
ence? What has been the experience of w'
every man, of every woman, that has tried al
this world for a portion? Queen Elizabeth,
amid the surroundings of pomp, is unhappy
because the painter sketches too minutely
the wrinkles on her face, and she Indig
nantly cries out, "You must strike off my
likeness without any shadows]" Hogarth, e
at the ver height of his artistic triumph, Fi
is stung a most to death with chagrin be- d
cause the painting he had dedicated to the Fs
king does not seem to be acceptable, for I he
George II. cries ont: "Who is this Ho- be
garth? Take his tru mpery out of my pres- "e
Brinsley Sheridan thrilled the earth with
his eloquence, but had for his last words s
"I am absolutely undone." Walter Scott' th
fumbling around the inkstand, trying t th
write, says to his daughter: "Oh, take me. Itt
back to my rooml There is no rest for Sirall
Walter but in the gravel" Stephen Girard he
the wealthiest manin his day, or at any t
rate only second in wealth, says: "I live he
the life of a galley slave. When I arise in tia
the morning, my one efrort is to work so It
bud that I can sleep when itgetstobe to
sight." Charles Lamb, applauded of all dU
the world, in the very midst of his literary gie
trlomph says: "Do you remember, Bridget, we
when we used to laugh from the shilling we
gallery at the play? There are now no
geod plays to laugh at from the boxes." tui
Bet why go so farasthat? Ineedtogono the
lruther than your street to fnd an illustra- fac
ilon of what I am saying. ty,
Plek me out ten successful wordlings- W
end you know what I mean by thoroughly the
Seloeesaul worldlings-pick me out ten ota
T steoustal worldlings and you cannot find lan
S* ore than one that looks happy. Care
dragsbhim to business; ocare drags him back. We
r kheyoar stand at 2 o'cloak at the corner affi
f the streets and see the agonised phystogn
'Plbies. Your high omeolals, your ankers, the
70cr lisurance men, your importers, your the
~'·blesaiers and your retailers as a clases
Os8s ls a ure they happy? No, Care dogs co
~1h~fI steps, and making no appeal to God
helPoreomfort many of them are tossed enc
huhiith w owha t bee with on, nal
I eae _v Are you more contente in
o rooteyn rooms than you were the
the rooms you had in a house when a
started? Nave you not had more c n of
Worriment since you won that *50.000 bra
ro didbeforeu d Some of the poorest bra
I have ever known have been those of ten
Bfoetune. Aman of small means may
ia great businss straits, but the of
of all embarrassments is that of 179
iasa who has large estates. The men
omuit sutiidtebecause of monetary the
ate those who cannot bear the bar- aI
5ny more because they have only *80,- o0
tstt one
SBOwling Green, New York, there isa aroi
whmwarepan used to go. Hewus dioe
man. the world knew him, vlsi
wealth almost unlimited. Yetat wt
eof his lie he say: "Behold ne
t ye ae pas e Wtho or t
rsave ftigue of body *
e of mind,reat discouratement The
future sad greet disgust for the t
·Qbr, myfrlad, this Is a '"outh 4
64 t s off oward d t. o tho
Stid tUI prayer5 whbich Aeobsa nevl
bE, tIther Caleb we make ths alit:
outsua eod: "Thou hust.gives not
Mad; give me also springs of for a
i gsvehertheuppersprings islat
be od,we have more r*anT- e
sthas we can really aprfe. o
Sha* spritualblssienre *re
:It~titg Ieto t the are
r~dla oiddto "Po
rgl~ a~ r .A
Paul's. John Bunyan, ':nable to present it
ON. in ordinary phraseology, takes all the fas
cination of allegory. Handel, with ordi
nary musicunable to reach the height of
SUN- the theme, rouses it up to an oratorio. Oh,
there is no life on earth so happy as a
really Christian life! I do not mean a
sham Christian life, but a real Christian
(life. Where there is a thorn there is a
'orld who!e garland of roses. Where there is
etter one groan there are three doxologies.
lons ' I1*r' is one day of cloud there is
h wuou,c season of sunshine. Take the
humblest Christian man that you know-
and; angels of God canopy him with their
dthe white wings; the lightnings of heaven
ther are his armed allies; the Lord is his Shep
herd, picking out for him green pastures
an. by still waters. If he walk forth, heaven
oks. Is his bodyguard. If he lie down to sleep,
ugh- ladders of light, angel blossoming, are let
ould into his dreams. If he he thirsty, the
ýintg potentates of heaven are his euphearers.
nulu If he sit down to food, Ihis pljin table
two iblooms into the Kings banquet. Meon say:
lot- ' Look at that odd fellow with the wornoit
lobh coat." The angels of God cry "Lift up
r to your heads, ye everlasting gKtes, and lot
Sin him come in!" Fastidious people cry,
hil. "Get off mry front stops!" The doorkeepers
tans of heaven cry, "Come, ye blessed of my
ntal Father, inherit the kinlgdom!" When he
her comes to die, though he may be carriedl out
the in a pine box to that potter's flold, to that
ket- potter's field the chariots of Christ will
one come down, and the cavalcade will crowd
her all the boulevards of heaven.
sb's Ibless Christ for the present satisfaction
ral of religion. It makes a man all right with
i of reference to the past; it mnakes a man all
and right with reference to the future. Oh,
on- these nether springs of comfort! They are
nes perennial. The foundation of God standteth
red sure having this seal, "The Lord knoweth
on- them that are Hlis,O "The mountains shall
Int- depart and the hills be removed, but My
al. kindness shall not dlepart from thee,
aw neither shall the covenant of My peace be
removed, saith the Lord, who bath mercy
by, upon thee." Oh, cluster of dlamonnds set
to in burnished gold! Oh, nether springs of
'm- comfort bursting through all the valleys of
ar. trial and tribulationl When yof see, you
er- of the world, what satisfaction there is
3h. on earth in religion, do you not thirst after
ow it as the daughter of Caleb thirsted after
ihe the water springs? It is no stngnant pond,
ab, scummedl over with malaria, but springs of
ng water leaping from the Rock of Ages!
in- Take up one cup of that spring water and
lhe across the top of the chalice will float the
jry delicate shadows of the heavenly wall, the
I." yellow of jasper; the green of emerald,
ty; the blueof sardonyx, the flreof jacilnth.
ell I wish I could make you understand the
ler joy religion is to some of us. It makes a
ty, man happy while he lives.and glad when
,as he dies. With two feet upon a chair and
eo bursting with dropsies, I heard an old man
fs, in the poorhouse cry out, "Bless the Lord,
a oh, my soul!" I looked around and said,
sr. "What has this man got to thank God for?"
he It makes the lame man leap as a hart, and
the dumb sing. They say that the old
ar, Puritan religion is a juiceloss and joyless
d, religion, but I remember reading of Dr.
ry (Goodwin, the celebrated Puritan, who in
m his last moment said: "Is this dying? Why,
Is. my bow abides in strength! I am swal
irs lowed up in God!" "Her ways are wanys of
in pleasantness, and all her paths are peace."
ut Oh, you who have been trying to sntisfty
at yourselves with the "south landl" of this
)g world, do yo'i not feeool that you would, this hi
by morning, like to have access to the nether p(
or springs of spiritual comfort? Would you so
is not llketohaveJesusChrist bendover your at
1' cradle and bless your table and heal your th
of wounds and strew flowers of consolation oat
,Id all up and down the graves of your dead? ca
h, 'Tis religion that can give pC
)y Sweetest Ileasures while we live, ad
ly 'Tis religion can supply te:
g- 'Sweetest comfort when we die. no
iy But Ihave something better to tell you,
b suggested by this text. It seems that old
Father Caleb on tho wedding day of his
e- daughter wantedto makeher just as happy u
le as possible. Though Othnlel was taking hi
r her away and his heart was almost broken hI
D- because she was going, yet he gives her a D
n b"south land;" not only that, but thenether is
h springs; not only that, but the upper P
s springs. 0 God, my Father, I thank Thee es
t that Thou hast given me a "south land" in re
Sthis world and the nether springs of spir- th
SItual comfort in this world; but, more than dr
Ir all, I thank Thee for the upper springs in an
heaven! sti
It is very fortunate that we cannot see wa
, heaven until we get into it. 0 Chris- sti
tlan man, if you could see what a place in
It is we would never get you back again oti
to the ofice, or store, or shop and the lal
11 duties you ought to perform would go ne- Alu
y glectedi I am glad I shall not see that an
, world until I enter it. Suppose we Al
j were allowed to go on an excursion in- ge:
to that good land with the idea o1 re- nt
turning. When we got there and heard in
the song and looked at their raptured WI
faces and mingled ln the supernal soole- riR
ty, we would cry out; "Let as stayl pal
- We are coming here anyhow. Why take eas
the trouble of going back again to that the
old world? We are here now. Let us ly
I stayl" And it would take angello vlo- sal
· lence to put us out of that world if once ma
we got there, but as people who cannot Ma
afford to pay for an entertainment some- des
· times come around it and look through ser
the door ajar, or through- the openings on
ir lathe fence, so we come and lodk through wa
C the crevices into that good land whioh ly I
God has rovided for us. We can just Mo
c atch a gimpse of it. We come near kin
enough toh ear the rembling of the eter- the
nal orchestra, though not near enengh to hai
know who blows the cornet or who lingers
the hdrp. My soulspreads out bothwings
and claps them in trlumph at the thought
of those upper springs. One of tnem T.
breaks from beneath the throne. Another Los
breaks forth trom beneath the altar of the N
temple. Another a; the door of "the Inlt
house of many manslons." Upper springs
of gladneesi Upper springs of lightI
Upper springs of lovel It is no fancy of
nrman "The Lamb which is in the midst of
the throne shall lead them to living foun- A
talns of water," men
0 Saviour divine, roll In upon our souls to c)
one of those antiolpated rapturesi Poar It
around the roots of the parohed tongue one thea
drop of that lIquid lifel Toss before our anlc
vision those fontalns of God, rainbowed keyi
with eternal vlotoryl Hear itl They am Ti
never sitk thee; not so mochas a heaache Ltat.
ortwinge rheumatic or thrust neural -'.
The fnhabitant nevetrr1 ' uysIa sit's nuu
The- aeever tired tre. Plight to
tarthest world is onlythe play of a holiday. Ou
Theyseversln there. It is u-eas *y oft
themto beholyasitis forustoTto a hey Pm
never die there. otu might go through in,
all the outskirts of this gr eat city and lnd So
not one plae where the groundwas broken mnati
for a grave. The eyesit of the redeemed bulli
is aeverblre d wit tears. There is health leve
Inaeery cheek. Thereliaspregin everyfoot. fare
There is majesty on every brow. There is No
jofn everyheart. There shosannasonever agat
lipc, How the;J most pity as a they loot are a
over and look down and seeo as ndsa: as a
"Poor things away down fn that' world'" agra
And whea some Christian is hurled into a as be
fatal taeldent, they cry: "Goodi" He is I,
coming!" And when we stand aronad the from
teach of solae joved one whose strength is .ro
going aw&mad we shake oat heads tore.
.y "Fah glad' he isoa wome.
213' ~ ~ aoln ibROD~~h
h;a~~rl l ~~ai~;wgp~ -ObtOe)s.
~ ,i9~olr~ l·r: ~Mr~
ant it about that future world untwistel, our
Sfas- thought of transfer from here to there
ordi- would be as pleasant to us Is it Was to) a
ht of little child that was dying. Xli' said:
Oh, Papa, when will I go hon'?" And he
as a said: '"To-day, Florence." "To-day? So
an a soon? I am so glad!'
stlan I wish I could stimulate you with these
is a thoughts, O Christian mani, to the highest
ire is possible exhilaratlion! The day of your
gles. deliverance Is coming-is coming, rolling
re is on with the shining wheels of the day, and
the the jet wheels of the night. Every thump
ow-- of the heart is only a hammer stroke
their striking off another chain of clay. Better
aven scour the deck and coil the rope, for
Shep harbor Is only six miles away. Jesus will
tures come down the Narrows to meet you.
aven "Now is your salvation nearer than when
leep, you believed."
0 let Alan of the world, will youi not to-day
the make a choice between these two piortions,
rers. between the "south land" of this world,
table which slopes to the desert, and 1 his gl(ri
say: els landl which tliv Fatlher (,lfers men, un
nout iiing with eternal wate'rcourses? Why lot
t up your tongue be consuimed of thirst when
I lot there are the nether springs and the up
cry, iper springs-comfort here and glory here
p'ers after?
ft he
tlon - IN MANY WAYS.
m ali
Oh, Save From Moloch's Fire-fow Runt is
are Smuggled Into Alaska-The Strict
leth Laws of the Unitedl States Violated. r
'eth seventy Vile Saloons in aJuneau.
aly List to those in anguish moaning,
see Bound in Moloch's fire,
b e Can you see, wih soft hands folded,
roy Loved ones thus expire?
sof Or above the men who hind thornm
Sof For their blood-stained goldl
you Spread aloft your country's banner,
Freedom's aegis hold?
fter Freedom! Oh, what mad perversion:
tr Freedom to enslave!
sd License, rather, to thedomon
sof Of the fiery wave.
tad Bl3'sting all the sweet affections
the With his breath of hate;
the Homes that glow with light of Eden,
ild, Making desolate.
h Ij
the Rouse, ye freeman! Man the engine
3a Of a mighty law!
ten Let the hearts of evildoers
md Tremble yet with awe!
rd, Not one fainting victim only
id, See, a host expire!
r?" Thousanlds are the voices calling:
tad "Save from Moloch's fire!"
ess "Hurl his throne, a burning mountain,
Dr. To unfathomed seal
in Break his iron yoke foreverl
by, Let us, too, be free!"
al- -Temperance Banner.
ufy Gladstone on Temperance.
lis Mr. Gladstone once -ald, in words which
his have become provarvial, that the intam.
ter perance of the United Kingdom was the
on source of more evils than war, pestilence
ur and famine; and to this it must be adlded
mur that the intemperance that reigns in that
on and other nations does not come periodi- AI
id? cally like war, but year by year remains in
permanent activity. Its havoc Is not spor
adic, but universal, and it is not intermit
tent, but continuous and incessant in its
id The L!iquor Curse in Alaska.
mis One of the least fortunate acts of the
Dy United States Congress in regard to Alaska
ag has been the enaction of a most rigid pro
sa hlbitory law as to alcohollo liquors, says
r David Starr Jordan in the Atlantic. This
er is an iron-clad statute forbidding the Im
r portation, sale, or manufacture of intoxi
se cants of any sort in Alaska. The primary
in reason for this act is the desire to protect
r- the Indians, Aleuts and Eskimos from a
tn drug of which they are excessively fond
in and which destroys them, But a virtuous
statute maybe the worst kind of law, as
!e was noted long ago by Confucius. This
s- statute has not checked the flow of liquor
o in Alaska, while it has done more than any
n other Influence to destroy the respect for
io law. In general, men who "arenot in
e- Alaska for their health" are hard drinkers,
st and lIquor they will have. It is shipped to
re Alaska as "Florida water," t"Jamalie gin
a- ger," "bay rum." Demijohns are placed -
s- n the centre of flour barrels, sugar barrels,
d In any package which may contain them,
id WIth all this, there is a vast amount of out.
s- right smuggling which the Treasury De
VI paztment tries in vaintocheck. All south.
:e eastern Alaska is one vast harbor, with
it thousands of densely wooded aslands, most
is ly unlnbabited. Cargoes of liquors can be
>* safely hidden almost anywhere, to be re
Ie moved pluce by pIece in smaller boats.
it Many such elrgoes have been seized and
3- destroyed, but the risk of capture merely'
h serves to raise the price of liquor. Once
s on shore the liquor is safe enough. Up
h wards of seventy saloons are running open
h ly in Junean, and perhaps forty In Sitka.
It Moat of these houses are the lowest of their
r kind, because, being outlaws to begin woth,
the ordinary restraints of law and order
o have no efect on them.
t Notes of the Crusade.
a There are 5000 temperance societies in
r London.
a Nearly all trouble experieneed with men
a In the army originates with the bottle.
What magnlfient abilities in restraint of
I appetite in a "clvillied state" the millions
of Amerloan white drankards showi
A temperance association composed of
members of the Six Nations is doing much
a to oheck intemperance among the Indians.
r It requires more than one key to open
s the door of success. Sobriety alone can not
r nlock the -portal, but it is one of'the
I keys.
The number of drunkards in the United
S Atates to-day vastly exceeds the whole
number of "hhildren of the wilderness"
when Amerias was discovered.
Of what usd Is honesty and ability with- F.]
out the stregth of will to control the
passions sad appetites that, given free
rein, wili drag us forward to destruetiont
I Some me are pp matto, some are dog. pj ]
i mate, some are bulidogmatio. Let us be
bnlldoginatla in our warfare against ram
i never yieldlng an inch whether the war
fare is aggressive or defensive.
Nobody thinks of repealing the lawn,
against murder or barglary, tbough they
are as constantly, if iaot frequentiy,violated
as are the laws of Maine and Vermont
against the sale ofaleoholic liquors for use
as beverages.
I was on the street. A man reeoveling
from adebauidh wan moaning to htmseon
"I must quItl I mnet reforml I must
stopI" "Don't say dat, boss," put In a
colbrednan, "'Dat's no geod.. Bay: ,1
aa it I Ist reformedi I've donegone
tpi9'_1)6-lt now, boss, and den 5eu
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