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Inauguration of William McKinley's
Second Term as President of
the United States.
Inaugural Adilresten, Delivered by Presi
dent Mclvlnley at the K;st I'ortico of
the Capitol and by Vice-I'reitldent Rooir
velt In tlia SeiiM.e Chiuiber, no Taking
the Until of OIice.
Washington, March 4. William Mc
Kinley, of Ohio, to-day was inducted
into the presidential office, being the
eighth in the illustrious line of jires
idents of Ihe United States thus hon
ored by the American people "with a
second and consecutive term. Simul
taneously, Theodore Roosevelt, of
New York, became vice-president of
the United States. The ceremony that
marked this second assumption by
President McKinley of the cares of
state was most impressive and full of
suggestion of the development of the
republic during the past four years,
President McKinley, on taking the
oath of office, delivered his inaugura
address as follows:
wy reilw Citizens hen we apsmhlfvl
here on the fourth of. March, 1;&7. there
trcdi anxiety nun :eparrt to our cur
rency and creilit. None exists now. Tl
mir iri-asury ro.-ipis were inadequate to
ino'i me current !iiitrations of the ov
ernrr.ent. Now ihey i:re suineient for a,
Iulilic neotls. and we hive a surplus tn-
Mfu ui u uc-neu. men I lelt constrained
to convene the confess in extraorilinarv
session to devise revenues to pay the or
dinary expenses of the government. Wow
I have I lie satisfaction to announce thu
the congress just cloned has reduced tax
ation in the sum of forty-one millions of
dollars. then there was def-p solicitud
uuciuse 01 in? lonsr depression in our
manufacturing. min.n;r. a iTieultural an
mercantile in. lust ri;s, and the consequent
ciisires 01 our i:tooriri,; population. Mow
e-ry avenue of pioduttion is crowded
witii activity, labor is well employed, and
. American products lmd uood msrkpts
home and abroad. Our diversified produc
tions, nowever, are increasing- in such un
precedented volume a? to admonish us of
the necessity of still further enlarging ojr
lorein manteis oy eroauer comraerddl
relations. ! or this puipose reeipracal
niHic airiins-iinenis wan otner nations
snouiu in liDeral spirit lie carefully culti
valid and prornote.i.
The national verdict of 1S0G has for the
most part been executed. hatever remains
unfulfilled is a continuing obligation rest
ing with undfmlnilieu force upon the exe
cutive and the eoncrtss. Hut, fortunate
as our condition is. its norma nence rvin
only be assured by sound business me'.h-
oas and strict economy in national ad
ministration and legislation. We sho.ild
not permit our great prosperity to toad
or- iii ifii.iefh eniures 111 Dusiness or
profligacy in public expenditures. While
the congress determines the objects and
the sum of appropriations, the officials of
the executive departments are resnonsible
for Honest and faithful disbursement, ami
It should lie their constant care to avoid
waste and extravagance.
Honesty, capacity and industry are no
where irore indispensable than in puolic
employment. Thse s'culd be fundamen
tal requisites to original appointment, and
the surest guarantees against removal.
e our years ago we rtood on the brims
of war without the people knowing it,
and witheut any preparation or effort at
preparation for the impending peril. I did
all that i:t honor could be done to avert
the war, but without avail. It became
inevitable, ami the congress at its first
regular session, without party division
provided money in ai ticipation of the
crisis, and in preptrution to meet it. It
came. The result was signally favorable
to American arms, and in the highest de
gree nonc-rauie to tne government. It im
posed upon us obligations from which we
can not escape, and from which it would
be dishonorable to seek to escape. We are
now at peace with the world, and it is luy
fervent prayer that if differences arise oe
tween us and other powers they may be
settled by peaceful arbitration, and .hat
hereafter we may be spared the horrors
cf war.
Instructed by the peoj.de for a second
time with the ofiioe of president, J enter
upon its administration appreciating the
greru responsibilities which attach to this
renewed honor and commission, promising
unreserved devotion on my part to their
faithful discharge and reverently invok
ing for my guidance the direction and
vor of Almighty God. I should shrink
from the duties this day assumed if I did
not feed that, in their performance. I
should have the co-operation of the vl,e
and patriotic men of all parties. It en
courages me for the great task which I
now undertake, to believe that those who
voluntarily committed to me the trust im
posed upon the chief executive of the
republic, will give to me generous sup
port in my duties to "preserve, protect
and defend the constitution of the I'nited
States." ami to "care that the laws be
faithfully executed.-' The national pur
pose is indicated through a national elec
tion. It is the constitutional method of
Ascertaining the pniilic will. When once
it is registered it is a law to us all. and
faithful observance should follow its de
crees. Strong hearts .md helpful hands are
needed, and. fortunately, we have them in
every part of our beloved country. We
are reunited. Sectionalism has " dis-ip-peared.
IMvision on piddic questions can
lio longer be traced by the war maps of
Jf-ril. These oid diiTer rces less and less
disturb the judgment. Kxisting problems
demand the thought and quicken the con
science of the country, and the responsi
bility for their presence as well as lor
their righteous settlement rests upon us
a'l nn more upon me than upon vou.
There are some national questions in the
(solution of which i Mriolism should ex
clude partisanship. Magnifying their dii
Jicultles will not take tlitin off our hands,
nor facilitate their adjustment. Distrust
of the capacity, integrity and high pur
poses of the American people will not be
an inspiring tliime for future political
contests. Dark pictures, and gloomy fore
bodings are worse than useless. These
only becloud, they do r.ot help to point
the way of safety and honor. "Hope
maketh not ashamed" .The prophets of
evil were not the builders of the republic. I r
110 in ;.s ci iscs snce nave iney savea 01
served it. The faith of the fathers was a
mighty force in its creation, and the faith
of their descendants lias wrought its prog
ress and furnished its defenders. They
are obsti uetionists who despair, and who
would destroy contid- nee in the ability
of our people to solve wisely, and for
civilization, the mighty problems resting
upon them. The American people, itr
trenched in freedom at home, take their
love for it with thorn wherever they go,
and they reject as mistaken and un
worthy the doctrine that we lose our wn
liberties by securing the enduring founda
tions of liberty to others. Our institu
tions will r.ot deteriorate by extension,
imd our sense of justice will not abate un
der tropic suns in distant seas. As here
tofore, so hereafter, will the nation dem
onstrate its fitness to administer any new
estate which events devolve upon it, and
in the fear of God will "take occasion by
the hand and make the bounds of free
dom wider yet."
If here are those airidng us who would
make our way nioredifiicultwemust not be
disheartened, but the more earnestly dedi
cate ourselves to the task which we have
rightly entered. The path of progress is
seldom smooth. New things are often
found hard to do. Our fathers found
them so. "We find them so. They are in
convenient. They cost us something. But
are we not made better for the effort and
sacrifice, and are act those we serve lift
ed up and blessed?
We will be consoled, too, with the tact
that opposition has confronted every on-
ward fcovernent uf tb republic from us
opening hour until now, but without suc
cess. The republic has marched on and
on, and its every step has exalted free
dom and humanity, we are undergoing
the same ordeal as did our predecessors
nearly a century ago. We are following
the course they biased. They triumphed.
Will their successors falter and plead or
ganic fn.potency in the nation? Surely
after 125 year a of achievement for man
kind we will not low surrender our epual
ity with other powers on matters funda
mental and essential to nationality. With
no such purpose win the nation created.
In no such spirit has it developed its full
and independent sovereignty. We adhere
to the principles of equality among our
selves, and by no act cf ours will we as
sign to ourselves a subordinate rank in
the family of nations.
My fellow citizens, the public events of
the past four years have gone ino his
tory. They are too near to justify re
cital. Some of them were unforeseen,
many of them momcrtous and farreacb
ing in their consequences to ourselves and
our relations with the rest of the world.
The part which the United States bore so
houorably in the thrilling scenes in China,
while t ew to American life, has been in
harmony with its true spirit and best
traditions, and in dealing with the results
its policy will be that of moderation and
AVe face at this moment a most im
portant question that cf the future rela
tions of the United States and Cuba. With
our near neighbors we must remain ciose
friends. The declaration of the purposes
of ttiis government in the resolution of
April 20, ISiig, must be made good.
l'Jver since the evacuation of the island
by tne army of Spain the executive, with
ail practicable speed, has been assisting
its people in the successive steps neces
sary to the establishment of a free and
independent government prejared to as
sume and perform the obligations of inter
national law, which now rest upon the
United States under the treaty of Paris.
The convention elected by the people to
frame a constitution is approaching the
conijjlction of its labor. The transfer of
American control to tne new government
is of such great importance, Involving an
obligation resulting ftom our interven
tion, and the treaty of peace, that I am
glad to be advised by the recent act of
congress of the ooliey which the legis
lative branch of the government deems
essential to the best interests of Cuba and
the United States.
The principles which led to our inter
vention require that the fundamental law
upon which the new government rests
should be adopted to secure a government
capable of . performing the duties and dis
charging the functions of a separate na
tn n. of observing its International ouli
gations of protecting life and property ,
insuring order, safety and liberty, and
conforming to the established and his
torical policy of th- United States in its
relation to Cuba.
The peace which we are pledged to leave
to the Cuban people must carry with-it
the guarantees of permanence. We be
came sponsors for the pacification of the
island, and we remain accountable to tne
Cubans, no less than to our own country
and peoj)le, for the reconstruction of Cuba
as a fiee commonwealth on abiding
foundations of rignt, justice, unerty and
assured order. 0r enfranchisement of
the peofde will not be completed until free
Cuba snail "be a reality, not a name:
perfect entity, not a hasty experiment
oearing witnin itseit elements or failure.
While the treaty eif peace with Spain
was ratified on the sixth or .February,
l$yf, and ratifications were exchanged
nearly two years ago. the congress has
indicated no form of government for the
Philippine islands. It has, however, pro
vided an army to enable the executive to
suppress insurrection, restore peace, give
security to tne inhabitants, and establish
tne authority of the United States
throughout the archipelago. It has uu
thcrized the organization of native troops
as auxiliary to tne regular lorce. It lias
been advised from time to time of the
acts of the military and naval officers in
the islands, of my action in appointing
civil commissions: ot tne instructions with
which they were charged, of their duties
and powers, of their recommendations.
no or tne several acts under executive
commission, together with the very com
plete general information they have b
mitted. These reports fuliy set forth the
conditions, past and present, in the islands.
and the instructions clearly show the
principles which wiil guide the executive
until the congress shall, as it is reajircd
to do by the treaty, determine "the civil
rights and political status of the native
inhabitants." The congress having added
the sanction of its authority to the pow
ers already possessed, and exercised by
tne executive under tne constitution.
thereby leaving with the executive the
responsibility for the government of the
Philippines, I snails continue the efforts
already begun until order can be restored
tnrougnout tne islands, and as last as
conditions permit establish local govern
ments, m the iormatioii of which the ftdl
co-operation of the people has been al
ready Invited, and when established will
encourage the people to administer them.
The settled purpose, long ago declared, to
afford the inhabitants of the islands self
government as fast as they were ready
tor it, win Be pursued witn earnestness
and fidelity. Already something has been
accomplished in this direction. The gov
ernment's representatives, civil and mili
tary-, are doing faithful and noble work In
their mission of emancipation, and merit
the approval and support of their country
men. I he most liber.il terms or amnesty
have already beed communicated to the
insjrgents, and the way is still open lor
those who nave raised tueir firms against
the government tor nonorable submission
to its authority. Our countrymen should
not be deceiveel. We are not waging war
against the inhabitarts o"f the Philippine
stands. A portion of tnem are making
war against the United States. JJv far
tne greater part ot tne innabitants reeog-
nze American sovereignty and welcome
t as a guaranty of order and of securi
ty for life, property, liberty, freedom of
conscience and the pursuit of happiness.
To them full protection will be given.
They shall t:ot be abandoned. We will
not leave the destiny of the loyal millions
n the Islands to the disloyal thousands
who are in rebellion against the United
States. Order tinder civil institutions will
come as soon as those who now break ne
eace shall keep it. Force will not be
needed or used when those who make war
against us shall mal it no more. May it
end without further b.'e;cdshed, and there
e. ushered in the reign of peace to tie
made permanent by a government of lib
erty under the law.
RoosrTCli'a Address.
Vice-President Koosevelt, on being
sworn in in the senate chamber, spoke
as follows:
The history of free government is in
large part the history of those representa
tive legislative bodies, in which, from the
earliest time, free government has found its
ottiest exposition. I hey must ever hold
eculfar and exalted ptsition in the rec
ord which tells how the great nations of
the world have endeavored to achieve and
preserve orderly freedom. No man can
render to his fellows greater service than
is rendereil by him who, with fearlessness
nd honesty, with sanity and disinterest-
dness, dees his life work as a member
f such a body. Especially is this the
case when the legislature in which the
ervice is rendered is a vital part in the
overnmental macninery ot one of those
woild powers to whose hands. In the
course of ages, is intrusted a leading part
in shaping the destinies of mankind. For
weal or for woe, for good or for evil,
this is true of our own mighty nation.
Oieat privileges and great powers are
e-urs, and heavy are the responsibilities
that go with these privileges and these
powers. Accordingly, as we do well or ill,
so shall mankind in the future be raised
or cast ciewn. AVe belong to a young na
tion, already of giant strength, yet whose
present strength is but a forecast of the
power that is to come. We stand supreme
in a continent, in a hemisphere. East and
west we look across the two great oceans
toward the larger world life in which,
whether we will or no. we must take an
active and increasing share. And, as,
keen-eyed, we gaze into the coming years,
duties, rew and old, rise thick and fast
to confront us from within and from with
out. There is every resson why we should
face thtse duties with a sober apprecia
tion alike of their imptrtance and of their
dilfieulty. But there is also every reason
for facing them with high-hearted resolu
tion and eager and confident faith in our
capacity to do them aright. A great work
lies ready to the hand of this generation;
it should count itself happy indeed that
to it is given the privilege of doing such
a work. A leading pa.t therein must be
taken by this, the highest and most pow
erful legislative body, over which I have
been called to preside. Most deeplydol ap
preciate the privilege of my position, for
h'gh, indeed, is the honor of presiding over
the American senate at the gutsef of tfl
twentieth century.
The Tennessee Central.
President Baxter, of the Tennessee
Central railroad, confirms the report
that his road has secured control of the
Nashville & Knoxville. President Bax-
ter says he has arranged a ninety-nine
year lease and has effected at St. Louis
i i - t rr a. i c 4.
buc sale ui j. cuiieasiee euirai uraii
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mortcraee bonds on seventy miles of
-i mi j
road at &2o . 000 per mile. The ; proceeds,
he says, will pay all liabilities of the
Tennessee Central for construction, and
r'lunut, a io u t u au iauvu vi vv
years. The deal and results are summed
up dj rresiaeni uaxier as ioiiows: -j.
may aviso aaa mat ine money is reaay
to build the Nashville, Florence &
Northern road as soon as I am allowed
to proceed by the courts. What I have
recentiy accomplished in the 'lennessee
Central matter amounts to this: That
within twelve months Nashville should
nTC inHpnoniant ra Itratr An n a in o
7 r -j v.
with about 5,000 mi es of railroad run-
ning nortn ana south parallel witn tne
Mississippi river, and with ten thousand
- . -
miles running north and south, oc-
cupying that great area of country be -
tween the Alleghany and Cumberland
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mouDtams and the Atlantic ocean, also
reducing the price of fuel $100,000 an
nually." Output of Tennessee Mines.
Labor Commissioner Shiflett's annual
report, soon to oe issued, wilt show that
tnere were only iu latal mine accidents
in Tennessee during 1900, a decrease of
a i .
ou per cent., ana only one accident to
each 390,404 tons of coal produced,
While the production of coal was greater
than ever before, it was not as great as
anticipated. The unprecedented de
mand for coal caused some operators to
increase their facilities, and they were
prepared to do a larger business than
was done, but the increase was not
what was expected, owing to the lim-
ited transportation facilities. The coal
produced was 3 904 40S tons as com-
pared with 3,736,134 tons for 1S99.
The iron produced was 699,724 tons, as
compared with 067,149 tons for 1899.
The tonnage of coke was 494,438, as
Pnmnarfii tvit.h 4.4.0 1 .17 -fnr- 1 SOO Thn
greatest tonnage of coke was produced
in 1887, being 496,979, and it sold for
S70,900, while last year, with a less
production, the value of the coke was
1,1S6,655.20, an increase of 5315,755.20.
There was a decrease in the produc
tion of phosphate, being 450,856 tons, as
compared with 462,561 tons for 1899.
Death of a Brave Man.
Capt. J. P. Thurmond, a Confederate
veteran well known throughout West
Tennessee, died suddenly on the streets
of Tiptonville last week. During the
civil war Capt. Thurmond was one of
the most trusted lieutenants of Bedford
Forrest, and was a soldier of great
dash and desperate courage. For many
years after the war he was the city
marshal of Dyersburg and was well
known for his fearlessness and determi
nation in the discharge of his duties.
About two years ago he removed with
his family to Tiptonville, where, on
account of his reputation as an officer,
he was selected as the marshal of Tip
tonville, which office be held till the
time of his death. Capt. Pete Thur
mond, as he was familarly called, was
noted for his loyalty to his friends, and
he has them by the scores all through
West Tennessee. The Confederate vet
erans of Dyersburg turned out en masse
to pay the last tribute of respect to
their old companion in arms.
Taxing: Terminal Company's Troperty.
The railroad commission has had
pending before it for four or five weeks
a matter of assessment of the Louis
ville & Nashville Terminal Company's
property in Nashville for 1900. The
commission was especially convened by
the governor for this purpose. The
controversy has been a heated one,
able counsel appearing for the corpora
tion. The commission decided that a
few lots, valued at slightly over 1 100,
000 and which were omitted from the
original assessment, could be back as
sessed, but such property as had been
inadequately rated could not be in
creased under the terms of the call
issued to the commission.
Tennessee Bonds.
The committee investigating the
offices of State .treasurer and comp
troller and the fanding board, has as
certained that from November 3, 1S97,
to February 21, 1901, there were issued
915 $ 10,000 bonds, 97 $5,000 bonds and 72
11,000 bonds, a total of $9,707,000, less
$57,000 signed in blank by Gov. Taylor
and not issued. Of these f'3,073,000
were 3 per cent, coupon settlement
bonds and $3,577,000 registered bonds
A Caper of Cupid.
A noteworthy wedding occurred near
Lynn Point, ten miles from Humboldt,
a few days ago, the contracting parties
. . ' " i
19 j ears, ana u. u. Lland, aged 58.
The groom has been married three
times before, ne went to Trentoa for
his license, walking the entire distance
from Lynn Point to Trenton and re
turn, some twenty-five miles.
To Develop Rich Ore Lands.
J. R. Rice, of the Chattanooga Fur
nace Company; B. F. Patton, of South
Pittsburg, and associates, have closed
trie contract for tbe sale of 2,300 acres
of coal, ore and timber lands near South
Pittsburg, containing what is known
as the Needmore mines, where four mer. It is sta.ed that the company
coal veins are opened, the considera- a& an early day erect a mammoth
tion being $20,000. The new company plant either in Chattanooga or at Dal
will construct a line of railroad to the j ton. The cdmpany is negotiating with
property from South Pittsburg and will the Southern railroad for a branch road
at once begin the development of what ! from Cohutta, on that road, into their
they claim is one of the richest ore and ! property. Failing in that it is said
coal-bearing properties in tbe South. j
Prisoner Spirited Away,
William Carroll was removed from
the jail at Athens and taken to Chatta-
nooa, for fear of being- lynched. Car
roll was under arrest at Athens in con
nection with the mysterious disap-
pearance of Zach Phillips, whose dead
l 1 m 1 . i i ii
uuuv was iuuuu near aiiicus, vanuii
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was last seen m company with Phillips,
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going to a "candy pulling ' The sus-
picion was so strong against Carroll
that he voluntarily went to jail When
vuo vvuj vn, a uuiia a vuuu bu ca-
citement grew intense and the officers
inougni it wise zo gee i;arrou away.
varron claims mat wniie en route to
the candy jmlling during the night
they tfi?t "a Tramp and that Thillips
went off with him and he saw Phillips
no more.
Tennessee Troops.
flol Tl V. rhgti.oir. oKn.,
five Tennesseans who remained in the
; rhilip ines and were roustered into the
Thirty - Seventh Volunteer Infantry,
ui t :n i i
i'i-ircu iiasuvuiD xasv wees ana were
-nitw rp, . t
1. mmnoni7nf rv.f, a-
I u ei... n j .
! ui Hie o tdic uua.ru, promi-
StQfn :. ., f4.
" " ..bjr uuitiais auu uticua
assisted in the reception. The route
from the station to the Tulane Hotel,
where breakfast was served, was made
uic resiueuce oi me late tOi. smuii, OI
a i. a. rrt .
"lt5 nr&ii xennessee lvegiment, who
.died while leading his column near
""n"1 a ne volunteers were given a
banquet by the members of the First
Tennessee regiment who returned to
the States over a year ago.
Separation nest for Negro.
Dr. Wm. C. Gray, editor of the Tnte-
nor, Chicago, is at IvnoxviIJe as a rep-
resentative of the SIcCormick Endow-
ment of Maryville College, where co-
educatioQ of the raes exists, against
' wnicn a D1ll was recently passed in the
Tennessee legislature. ihe college
president claims some endowments
were for both races. Dr. Grav savs
that, after examining conditions, he
believes it will be the interest of the
! Dero and the college 'or this endow-
ment to be iren where the negroes
I ma et IQ t,ieir element. He says the
I es mereiy go to tne classrooms at
Maryville. The co-educational endow
ments largely come from the Freed
men's Aid Society and Pittsburg phi
Four-Cent Fare.
Citizens of Maryville are planning to
file complaint with the State Railroad
Commission against the Southern Rail
way and the Knoxville & Augusta Rail
road, seeking to get a reduction in the
passenger fare from over 4 cents to 3
cents per mile. It is understood the
claim will be that as the Knoxville &
Augusta was but a few days ago held
by the commission to be a part of the
Southern, the Southern has no right to
charge a greater fare over the Mary-
ville branch than over any other branch
of its big system. The matter of freight
rates does not enter into this complaint.
It is probable that it will be heard at
Knoxville March 20, when the alleged
coal rate discrimination case comes up.
Draw the Color Line.
Twenty-five white collar-makers in
the employ of the Southern Saddlery
Company at Chattanooga, walked out
because the company had employed two
negro apprentices to take the places of
white boys who had left the company.
The men say that one negro has been
killed by employes of the plant because
of the effort to mix the races in the
shop, and they don't want a repetition
of such a thing. The company's officers
say they will not yield and will employ
other men.
Farmers Institute.
The Obion County Farmers' Institute
met at Pleasant Hilllast week. 11. C.
Davidson and (. A. Parsons read papers
on poultry raising; S. S. Henderson and
Dr. I. N. Johnson read essays on hogs
and cattle respectively; Hon. J. II. Mc
Dowell and other speakers discussed
corn, wheat, peas, clover, fruit and
grape culture, and Mrs. W. S. Long
read a paper on the pleasures of farm
life. Dinner was served on the grounds.
H orse whipped.
ureat excitement was created at
Chattanoga last week when W. I.
Ingle, a prominent real estate dealer
and large property owner, accompanied
by the Rev. Mr. Davis, pastor of the
Hill City Baptist Church, and another
party, went to the place of business of
and assaulted one George Frank, man
ager of a meat market, with a horse
whip. Ingle belabored Frank unmerci
fully for several minutes, the affair
being witnessed by a large crowd.
Overproduction Effect.
The Knoxville Woolen Mills closed
their jeans mills for a period of thirty
davs. This throws about 'met nornl
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iaa;ys a weeK Ior ine Past SiX weeks.
Overproduction is stated as the cause
for the shutdown.
Mammoth Flant for Chattanoea.
Formal announcement has been made
that the Crandall, Squires & Beard Toy
Company of Pennsylvania has corn-
pleted the purchase of 50,000 acres of
timber land in North Georgia, in the
counties of Murray, Fannin and Gil-
tbey will build, their own. road.
A Warm Friendship Shouli Exist
Between Them.
Or. TrIiurkc Sara That the Spoken
"Word and the Printed Word Should
Go Side by Side God and
the Frlntlns Press.
Copyright, 1901. by Louis Klopsch.
W ashington.
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In this discourse Dr. Talmage calls
, j u
for a warm friendship between those
who preach the Gospe and those who
n he ken word
ftnd the inted word to go side by
i gQA tXt X UlvC 168 TllC Children
of thi Word are in their c-eneration
wjser than the children of li"-ht."
Sacred stuniditv and solemn incom
petency and sanctified laziness are
here rebuked bv Christ lie savs
I worldlings are wider awake for op-
portunities than are Christians. Men
I of the world grab occasions, while
I Christian people let the most valu-
l-l-l- .1 Jx 1 I Jl
auie occasions ariIt uv ummrlu,eu-
That is the meaning of our Lord
when 1Ie fia3s: lhe children or this
world are in their Feneration wiser
. , ., , ... , .
than the children of light."
A marked illustration of the truth
of that maxim is in the slowness of
the Christian religion to take pos
session of the secular printing press.
The opportunity is open and has
been for some time open, but the
ecclesiastical courts, and the
I Phnrphpc nnrl fliA mi n icf ppc rf T"f
li"-ion are for the most part allow-
jn the golden opportunity to pass
I unimnrnveri That, "the niinortiinitv
is open I declare from the fact that
all the secular newspapers are glad
of any religious facts or statistics
that you present them. Any animat
ed and stirring article relating to re
ligious themes they would gladly
print. They thank you for any in
formation in rejrard to churches. If
I a wrong has been done to any Chris-
tian church or Christian institution
you could go into any newspaper of
I fice of the land and have the real
truth stated. Dedication services,
ministerial ordinations and pastoral
I installations, cornerstone laying of
I a church, anniversary of a haritable
society, will have reasonable space in
any secular journal if it have previ
ous notice given. If I had somt
great injustice done me, there is not
an editorial or a reportorial room
in the United States into which I
could not go and get myself set
right, and that is true of any well-
known Christian man. Why, then,
does not our glorious Christianity
embrace these magnificent opportuni
ties? I have before me a subject of
first and last importance: How shall
we secure the secular ppss as a
mighty reenforcement to religion and
the pulpit?
The first thing toward this result
is cessation of indiscriminate hos
tility against newspaperdom. You
might as well denounce the legal pro
fession because of the shysters, or
the medical profession because of the
quacks, or merchandise because of
the swindling bargain makers, as to
slambang newspapers because there
are recreant editors and unfair re
porters and unclean columns. Guten
berg, the inventor of the art of print
ing, was about to destroy his types
and extinguish the art because it was
suggested to him that printing might
be suborned into the service of the
devil, but afterward he bethought
himself that the right use of the art
might more than overcome the evil
use of it, and 50 he spared the type
and the intelligence of all following
ages. But there are many to-day in
the depressed mood of Gutenberg,
with uplifted hammer, wanting to
pound to pieces the type, who have
not reached his better mood, in
which he saw the art of printing to
be the rising sun of the world's
If, instead of fighting newspapers.
we spend the same length of time and
the same vehemence in marsha-liDg
their help in religious directions we
would be as much wiser as the man
who gets consent of the railroad super
intendent to fasten a eafto the end
of a rail train shows better sense than
he who runs his wheelbarrow up the
track to meet and drive back the Chi
cago limited express. The silliest thing
that a man ever does is to fight a news
paper, for you may have the floor for
utterance perhaps for one day in the
week, while the newspaper has the
floor every day in the week. Napoleon.
though a mighty man, had many weak
nesses, and one of the weakest things
he ever did was to threaten that-if the
English newspapers did not stop their
adverse criticism of himself he would.
with 400,000 bayonets, cross the chan
nel for their chastisement. Don't
fight newspapers. Attack provokes at
tack. Better wait until the excite
ment blows over and then go in and get
justice, for get it you will if you have
patience and common sense and equi
poise of disposition. It ought to be a
mighty sedative that there is an enor
mous amount of common sense in the
world, and you will eventually be taken
for what you are really worth, and you
cannot be puffed up. and you cannot
be written down, and if you are the
enemy of good society, that fact will
come out, and if you are the friend of
good society that fact will be estab
I know what I am talking about, for
I can draw on my own experience. All
the respectable newspapers, as far as
I know, are my friends now. But many
of you remember the time when I was
the most continuously and meanly at
tacked man in this country. God gave
me grace not to tiswer back, and I
kept silence for ten years, and much
grace was required. What I said was
perverted and twisted into just the
opposite of what I did say. There were
millions of people who believed that
there was a large sofa jn my pulpit, 1
although we never had anything but a
chair, and that during the singiDg by
the congregation I was accustomed to
lie down on that sofa and dangle my
feet over the end. Lying New York
correspondents for ten years misrep
resented our church services; b.ut we
waited, and people from every neigh
borhood of Christendom came there
to find the magnitude of the falsehoods
concerning the church and concerning
myself. A reaction set in, and soon we
had justice, full justice, more than jus
tice, and as much overpraise as once
we had'uuderappreciation, and no man
that ever lived was so much indebted
to the newspaper press for opportun
ity to preach the Gospel as I am
Young men in the ministry, young
men in all professions and occupations,
wait. You can afford to wait. Take
rough misrepresentation as a Turkish
towel to start up your languid circula
tion, or a system of massage or Swed
ish movement, whose pokes and pulls
and twists and thrusts are salutary
treatment. There is only one person
you need to manage, and that is your
self. Keep your dispositions sweet by
communion with Christ, who answered
not again, get society of genial people
and walk out in the sunshine with your
hat off, and you will come out all right.
And don't- join the crowd of people in
our day who spend much of their time
damning newspapers.
Again, In this effort to secure the
secular press as a mightier reen
forcement of religion, let us make it
the avenue of religious information.
My advice, often given to friends who
propose to start a new paper, is:
"Don't! Don't! Employ the papers
already started." The biggest finan
cial hole ever dug in this American
continent is the hole in which good
people throw their money when they
start a newspaper. It is almost as
good and as quick a way of getting
rid of money as buying stock in a
gold mine. . Not more printing
presses, but the right use of those
already established. All their cylin
ders, all their steam power, all their
pens, all their types, all their ed
itorial chairs and reportorial rooms
are available if you would engage
them in behalf of civilization and
Again, if you would secure the sec
ular press as a mightier reenforce
ment of religion and the pulpit, ex
tend widest and highest Christian
courtesies to the representatives of
journalism. Give them easy-chairs
and plenty of room when they come
to report occasions. For the most
part they are gentlemen of educa
tion and refinement, graduates of
colleges, with families to support by
their literary craft, many of them
weary with the push of a business
that is precarious and fluctuating.
each one of them the avenue of in
formation to thousands of readers,
their impression of the services to
be the impression adopted by multi
tudes. They are connecting links be
tween a sermon, or a song, or a
prayer, and this great population
that tramp up and down the streets
day by day and year by year with
their sorrows uncomforted and their
sins unpardoned. Oh, the hundreds
of thousands of people in our cities
who never attend churches! Our
cities are not so much preached to
by ministers of religion as by re
porters. Put all journalists into our
praj'ers and sermons. Of all the hun
dred thousand sermons preached to
day there will not be three preached
to journalists and probably not one.
Of all the prayers offered for classes
of men innumerable the praj'ers of
fered for the most potential class
will be so few and rare that they
will be thought a preacher's idiosyn
crasy. There are many journalists in
our church memberships, but this
world will never be brought to God
until some revival of religion sweeps
over the land and takes into the
Kingdom of God all editors, report
ers, compositors, pressmen and news
boys. "But," some one might ask, "would
you make Sunday newspapers also a
reenforcement?" I have learned to
take things as they are. I would
like to see the much scoffed at old
Puritan Sabbaths come back again.
I do not think the modern Sunday
will turn out any better men and
women than were your grandfathers
and grandmothers under the old
fashioned Sunday. To say nothing
of other results, Sunday newspapers
are killing editors, reporters, com
positors and pressmen. Every man,
woman and child is entitled to 24
hours of nothing to do. If the news
papers put on another set of hands,
that does not relieve the editorial
and reportorial room of its cares and
responsibilities. Our literary men
die fast enough without killing them
with Sunday work.
All things are possible with God, and
my faith is up until nothing in tht
way of religious victory would surprise
me. All the newspaper printing press
es of the earth are going to be the
Lord's, and telegraph and telephone
and type will yet announce nations
born in a day. The first book ever
printed was the Bible, by Faust and
his son-in-law, Schoeffer, in 1460, and
that consecration of type to the
Holy Scriptures was a prophecy of
the great mission of printing for the
evangelization of all nations. The
father of the American printing
press was a clergyman, Rev. Jesse
Glover, and that was a prophecy of
the religious use that the Gospel min
istry in this country were to make of
the types.
Again, we shall see the secular
press as a mightier reenforcement of
religion and the pulpit by making
our religious utterances more inter
esting and spirited, and then the
press will reproduce them. On the
way to church some 30 years ago a
journalist said a thing that has kept
me ever since thinking. "Are you
going to give us any points to-day?"
'What do you mean?" I asked. He
said: "I mean by that anything that
will be striking enough "to be remem
bered." Then I said to myself:
"What right have we in the pulpits
and Sunday schools to take the time
of the people if we have nothing to
say that is memorable!" David did
not have any difficulty in remember
ing Nathan's thrust, "Thou art the
man," nor Felix in remembering
Paul's point-blank utterance on right
eousness, temperance and judgment
to come, nor the English king any
difficulty in remembering what the
court preacher said when, during the
sermon against sin, the preacher
threw his handkerchief into the
king's pew to indicate whom he
That Providence intends the profes
sion of reporters to have a mighty
share in the world's redemption is sug
gested by the fact that Paul and Christ
took a reporter along with them, and
he reported their addresses and their
acts. Luke was a reporter, and he
wrote not only the book of Luke, but
the Acts of the Apostles, and without
that reporter's work we would have
known nothing of the Pentecost and
nothing of Stephen's marfyrdom,
and nothing of Tabitha's resurrection,
and nothing of the jailing and unjail
iDg of Paul and Silas, and nothing of
the shipwreck at Melita. Strike out
the reporter's work from the Bible and
you kill a large part of the New Testa
ment. It makes me think that in the
future of the kingdom of God the re
porters are to bear a mighty part.
About 25 years ago a representative
of an important New York newspaper
took his seat in my Brooklyn church
one Sunday night about five pews from
the front of the pulpit. He took out
pencil and reporter's pad, resolved to
caricature the whole scene. When the
music began, he began, and with his
pencil he derided that and then derided
the praver and then derided the read
ing of the Scriptures and then began
to deride the sermon. But, he says, for
some reason his hand began to tremble.
and he, rallying himself, sharpened his
pencil and started again, but broke
down again and then put pencil and
paper in his pocket and his head down
on the front of the pew and began to
pray. At the close 01 tne service ne
came up and asked for the prayer9 of
others and gave his heart to God, and.
though still engaged in newspaper
work, he is an evangelist and hires a
hall at his own expense and every Sun
day afternoon preaches Jesus Christ to
the people.
And the men of that profession are
going to come in a body throughout
the countrv. I know hundreds of them.
and a more genial or highly educated
class of men it would be hard to find,
and. though the tendency of their pro
fession may be toward skepticism, an
organized, common sense gospel invi
tation would fetch them to the front
of all Christian endeavor.
Men of the pencil and pen in all de
partments, "you need the help of the
Christian religion. In the day when
people want to get their newspapers
at two cents and are hoping for the
time when they can get any of them at
one cent and as a consequence the at
taches of the printing press are by the
thousand ground under the cylinders,
you want God to take care of you and
your families. Some of your best work
is as much unappreciated as was Mil
ton's "Paradise Lost," for which the
author received $25, and the immortal
poem "Ilohenlinden" of Thomas
Campbell when he first offered it for
publication and in the column called
"Notices to Correspondents" appeared
the words: "To T. C. The Lines com
mencing: 'On Lindenwhen the euu
was low,' are not up to, our standard.
Poetry is not T. C.'s forte."
O men of the pencil and pen, amid
your unappreciated work you need en
couragement, and you can have it.
Printers of all Christendom, editors,
reporters, compositors, pressmen,
publishers and readers of that which
is printed, resolve that you will not
write, set up. edit, issue or read any
thing that debases body, mind or soul.
In the name of God, by the laying on
of the hands of faith and prayer, or
dain the printing press for righteous
ness and liberty and salvation. All of
us with some influence that will help
in the right direction, let us put our
hands to the work, imploring God to
hasten the consummation. In a ship
with hundreds of passengers approach
ing the South American coast the man
on the lookout neglected his work, and
in a few minutes the ship would have
been dashed to ruin on the rocks. But
a cricket on board the vessel, that had
made no sound all the voyage, set up a
shrill call at the smell of land, and.the
captain knowing that habit of the in
sect, the vessel was stopped in time to
avoid an awful wreck. And so insig
nificant means now may do wonders,
and the scratch of a pen may save the
shipwreck of a soul.
Are you all ready for the signing of
the contract, the league, the solemn
treaty proposed between journalism
and evangelism? Let it be a Christian
marriage of the pulpit and the print
ing press. The ordination of the for
mer on my head, the pen of the latter
in my hand, it is appropriate that I
publish the banns of such a marriage.
Let them from this day be one in the
magnificent work of the world's re
demption. Iet thrones and powers and kingdoms be
Obedient, mighty God, to Thee.
And over land and stream and main
Now wave the scepter of Thy reign.
O, let that glorious anthem swell,
Iet host to host the triumph tell.
Till not one rebel heart remains.
But over all the Saviour reigns.
Fliat Cprlii CampalKB,
Mrs. Modus Well, George, you prom
ised me a new bonnet.
George I? Promised you a new
bonnet? Great Scot! When?
Mrs. Modus Before you married me
you swore that never should disgrace
rest upon my head through you; and
wha.t do jou call this shabby thing
that's og my head now? Tit-Bits,

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