OCR Interpretation

The Bolivar bulletin. (Bolivar, Tenn.) 1888-1946, May 03, 1901, Image 1

Image and text provided by University of Tennessee

Persistent link: https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn89058007/1901-05-03/ed-1/seq-1/

What is OCR?

Thumbnail for

. JE
SUBSCRIPTION: $1.00 Per Year
I 1901 MAY. 1901 t
All tlic News of the Past Seven
Days Condensed.
Kewg of tho Industrial Field, Personn
and Political Items, Happeningrs
at Homo and Abroad.
Gold ore assaying ?:;C0 to the ton
lias been discovered near Shelbvville
The visible supply of grain in the
liiulcd States onthe22dwas: Wheat
49,803,000 bushels; corn, 21,32S,00C
bushels; oats, 10,911,000 bushels; rye
3.10:,000 bushels; barley, 71S.000 bush
Four men were drowned at Erie, Pa.,
by the upsetting of a boat.
Transactions in stocks in Xew York
r ached a new record total of 2,3G9,00C
The wife and child of Samuel Alex
fcnder, a merchant, were burned to
death in their home at Dallas, Tex.
A man whose identity is unknown
was swept over Niagara Falls in a
Four persons perished in a fire at
Ft. Mary's, W. Va., caused by a gas
An express train on the Choctaw,
Oklahoma Sr. Gulf road was held up
Bnd robbed bv masked men near the
Arkansas border.
Part of Cincinnati was under water
and five persons were drowned in the
flooded district.
A fast mail train on the North-
Western made a spurt of nine miles
In six minutes and passed so swiftly
that those watching could not distin
guish it.
Tho floods have subsided in the up
per Ohio river after causing a loss
of $2,000,000 in the Pittsburgh sec
Gen. Wood, who arrived in New
York from Cuba, declared the con
Btitutional convention took no vote
on the Piatt amendment.
Tlie people of Alabama voted to
bold a convention in Montgomery on
May 21 to draft a new state constitu
Tlie president and his military ad
visers have fixed 76,000 as the size
of the army to be enlisted under the
Hew law.
James Callahan, alleged to be im
plicated in the Cudahy abduction, has
been placed on trial at Omaha.
The Ohio river at Cincinnati was
five feet above the danger line and
the loss will be heavy.
In a bicycle race at San Jose Cal.,
Burton Downing broke the world's
One-half mile amateur record in :59
Lieut. Gillespie, who located Aguin
fcldo, lias arrived at San Francisco.
Manufacturers of plows are forming
fc trust with a capital stock of $50,000,
000. At Salem, Ore., the bank of Gilbert
Pros.' closed its doors with deposits
Of $100,000.
Wyatt Mallory (colored) was hanged
Y:y a mob at Springfield, Tcnn., for as
saulting a white man.
Police Chief Kipley, o Chicago, re
signed after being informed by the
mayor that he would not be reap
pointed. Bank clearings in Xew York on the
BSd were $54C!o37,155, or $101,000,000
greater than the previous high record.
Bobbers wrecked a train at Dav
enport, Tex., and Engineer Monahan
nnd Fireman Hicks were killed and
four passengers seriously injured.
The police at Teru, Ind., have brok
en up a gang of alleged counterfeit
ers. Mrs. Carrie Nation, Mrs. Lucy Wil
hite, Mrs. Julia Evans and Mrs. Lydia
Muntz, charged with wrecking sa
loons at Wichita, Kan., went to jail
ittther than give bail.
Tlie transport Kil pa trick, which re
crntly sailed from San Francisco, was
quarantined at Hawaii because of
Several stock exchange seats in
New York were sold for $03,000 each,
B new record price.
The Xew York legislature has ad
journed sine die.
The secretary of war made public
the names of 5SS men selected for
first and second lieutenants in the
regular army organization bill.
The flood outlook in the middle Ohio
valley is more serious and much alarm
is felt at many points.
Andree Boyne de Lasar, son of a
farmer at Dodge City, Kan., is said to
be the rightful heir to the Servian
Fire destroyed one-half the business
section of Plainview. Xeb.
An electrician at Portland, Me., shot
Jour persons fatally in an insane
Jake Johnson (colored), who killed
tls wife last July, was banged at
Ivstctez. Miss.
2 3 1
5 6 7 8 V To 17
12 73 T4 T5 16 17 1
19 20 22 23 24 25
6 27 28" 29" 30
Senator Coekrell, of Missouri, ad
vises the Cubans to accept the Piatt
Several farmers near Mount Ver
non, lib, have been caught on the old
lightning-rod swindle, and the swin
dlejs have been arrested.
Two more oil wells of the gusher
ariety came in at Beaumont, Tex.,
Xearlythe entire business portion
of Florence, Tex., was destroy ed by
Six persons were injured by the de
railing of a chair car near Pat tons
burg, Mo., Sunday.
Woodmen of the World unveiled a
monument at Fort Smith, Ark., to for
mer officers of the order.
Five persors were burned to death
in an incendiary tire at Houston, Tex,
A negro man is suspected and is un
der arrest.
Fireman John Green, of St. Louis,
carried two women and three children
down a ladder from the third story
of a burning tenement.
Highwaymen at Hot Springs, Ark.,
lobbed an Omaha man, gagged and
blindfolded him and threw him in
front of a moving train. One leg was
horribly crushed.
Dr. Charles II. Tarkhurst, in his
cermon in. Xew York, Sunday, de
clared that indiscriminate negro suf
frage was a legislative blunder.
jienry 11. JiamiiTon, lor years a
prominent business man at Sycamore,
111., "died, Sunday, from paralysis, aged
47 years.
.lames Callahan was declared not
guilty of any complicity in the kid
naping of Edward Cudahy, Jr., by the
jury at Omaha.
Fire, in the propcrtj- owned by Miss
Emma Oxley, at Centralia, HI., occu
pied by J. H. Tucker, caused a loss of
Sentiment in the Illinois senate is
overwhelmingly in favor of the full
appropriation of $:.."0,0()0 asked for in
the St. Louis World's fair bill.
The sealing steamer Kite, for whose
safety some fear had been felt,
reached St. Johns, X. F., Sunday,
with 10,000 seals, almost a full load.
James Douglas Reid, known to tele
fiiupners iiirougnouT, ine country as
the "Father of the Telegraph," died
at his residence in Xew York city. He
had lcen ill for many weeks.
George Mo. rison, 10 years old, shot
and killed two men and fatally wound
ed a third as the result of a quarrel
near Watseka, 111.
Arbitration of all disputes and op
position to sympathetic strikes are
the foundation principles of a new
central labor body to be known as
the Chicago Building Trades league.
rredenck Kinney disappeared while
canvassing in Kansas several month
ago. Recently his wagon and outfit
were found in possession of Henry
Freeman. Freeman is held under ar
rest. The heroic rescuers at Aurora, Mo.,
on Sunday, reached the living tomb
of the five miners who had been
buried by the cave-in three days. Two
were alive, one dead and the other
two are missing.
Frederick Rich ter, a cabinetmaker,
was shot three times and probably fa
tally wounded, at St. Louis, while as
cending the rtairs leading to his room
in his boardimr house.
John Carr, of Joplin, Mo., commit
ted suicide at Butler, Mo., by cutting
his throat with a. pocket knife. In
sanity is supposed to have been the
cause. His body was sent to Joplin.
I. S. How, 23 years of age, was
killed at. East Prairie, Mo., by a
southbound passenger train, his head
being crushed. Letters were found
on liis person from relatives in Gala-
tia, 111.
Immense I'u rolinscj of IJombay Cot
ton Ilo-invr Mnde by the Japa
nese Cotton SninnerM.
Tacoma, Wash., April 29. The
steamship Oopack brings news that
the shipments of raw cotton from the
United States to the orient will be
greatly affected by immense pur
chases of Bombay cotton, just made
by the Cotton Spinners' union, em
bracing the largest cotton manufac
turers of Japan. Their agents have
bought 250,000 bales to be shipped
within the next few months. Of this
quantity, the Xippon Yusen Kaisha
will carry 100.000 bales at 12 rupees a
ton. Many manufacturers intend to
mix Bombay with American, cotton,
while others will use the former ex
clusively. It is laid down in Japan
cheaper than American cotton.
Tlie nriti.wli Government Said to
Have I. eased Dnrrell'a Island,
in tlie Bermuda (Ironp.
Hamilton, Bermuda, Thursday,
April 25. There is considerable ex
citement at present in Bermuda over
the expected arrival of 1,700 Boer
The British government has leased
Darrell's island, one of the largest is
lands in the sound, and within a
quarter of a mile of Warwickshore,
for one year, with the option of re
linquishing it on a month's notice.
Tucker's island has also been inspect
ed, but up to April 24 no definite set
tlement has been made in regard to
Xew Oil Field In Teiai.
Gainesville, Tex., April 29. Oil has
been struck at a depth of 100 feet of
the farm of John I. Yostern, one
mile north of Muensttr, Tex., 15 miles
est of Gainesville. It is black and
thick, has a stronsr odcr and burns
like kerosene.
Tbe senate passed the bill creating a State
board of medical examiners and requiring the
registration of all physicians. The Osteopaths
and Christian Scientists are exempted from tho
provisions of the act. The bill prohibiting
prize fighting also passed the senate. An
amendment was added to the revenue bill in the
upper bouse, placing a tax of $1,000 a perform
ance on theaters which do not offer tickets to
tbe public without discrimination. Several bills
vere passed proposing amendments to the con
stitution, giving additional powers to the legis
lature. The bill to require street railway companies
to provide vestibules for their cars, passed. The
bill passed by a vote of IS to 10.
The senate adopted-a resolution providing for
an amendment to tlie constitution to exempt
new manufacturing concerns from taxation lor
a period of ten years.
The senate concurred in the house amend
ments to the town charter bill. The lower
branch amended the senate bill so that the
charter of towns could be surrendered upon a
majority vote instead of a two-thirds majority.
In the senate tho second conference committee
report on the assessment bill was agreed to.
The insurance combine bill was then taken up,
and after much discussion passed 18 to 6.
Tbe house agreed to the conference report on
the assessment bill. The bill provides that
county trustees shall collect all delinquent
taxes except those on which suit was brought
by back-tax attorneys.
The house passed the senate bill authorizing
chairmen of county courts to take children be
tween the ages of 3 to 15 years from houses of
Ill-fame and find them homes.
An effort to get up an anti-Insurance combine
bill, which passed the senate in the morning,
failed, and the bill is dead.
The appropriation bill, as reported by the
third conference committee, was agreed to.
The senate resolution not to adjourn until to
morrow afternoon was concurred in, after being
once voted down.
There was almost a riot in the house erver
Allison's map bill. Gordon of Dyer championed
tlie bill in a spirited speech. Mitchell opposed
It, saying it was a scheme to allow county super
intendents to rob the school children of money
that should be spent otherwise. He thought
the power should be delegated to the county
Gordon replied that he agreed with Mitchell
as to safeguarding the school money, but he
was willing to delegate the power to county
Mitchell asked Gordon If he were not a county
superintendent. Gordon replied In the affirma
tive. "It this bill passes how much do you expect
to make out of it?" asked Mitchell.
"If the gentleman from Warren means to In
sinuate that I will get anything out of it, he is a
liar," hotly replied Gordon.
Then Fahey and Mitchell had a tilt over the
bill, and when the roll was being called Dow
said: "Having a higher opinion of county su
perintendents than Mr. Mitchell of Warren, I
vote "aye. "
When Mitchell's name was reached he said:
'Having a h 1 of a sight better opinion of the
county courts than of the county superintend
ents. 1 vote 'no.' "
Then the speaker called Mr. Mitchell to order,
saying he would not tolerate such remarks on
the floor.
An Economical Legislature.
The total amount of the general, mis
cellaneous and special appropriation
bills passed by the legislature just ad
journed is 53,523,901.48, as against
84,000,000, in round numbers, appro
priated by tho legislature of 1S93. This
is an annual allowance of $1,701,950.74,
and, therefore, the cost of running the
entire State government, including
charities, schools, penal institutions,
about $000,000 annual interest on the
public debt, in fine all the expenses of
every nature and every kind, is only 87
cents per capita. This is the least ex
pensive State government of any of the
American Union, and whatever else
may be said of the fifty-second general
assembly, it has certainly been an eco
nomical body, and the figures show that
it has made a net saving to the State of
1225,000 per annum for the next two
Jcidffe McConnell Assigns.
Hon. T. M. McConnell, chancellor of
the Chattanooga chancery division, has
registered a deed of trust to secure his
creditors, naming J. B. Kagon, recently
clerk and master, as trustee. Liabili
ties aggregate 100,000, and assets can
hardly be estimated. The deed covers
all the property owned by the chan
cellor, and if put to forced sale it would
not bring more than two-thirds of his
debt. The trustee is given two years
in which to wind up the trust and pay
off debts. Chancellor McConnell was
at one time one of the wealthiest citi
zens of Chattanooga. His assignment
is due to failure to realize on invest
ments and accumulations of the in-,
terest account during dull periods since
liogm Ticket Gang:.
The Cumberland Park management
has landed a gang of bogus ticket sell
ers. Otis C. Warden, claiming to be a
painter by trade, living in Nashville, is
the principal, and the bogus tickets
were sold by Pearl Sevier, who was
caught in the act. Warden and Sevier
are in jail at Nashville and will be
prosecuted by the Cumberland Park
A Fiendish Crime.
Unknown parties entered the home
of William Clark, on Little Turnbull
creek, near Franklin, one night last
week, and, after chloroforming him and
his family, melted and poured lead into
his ears. The pain aroused him from
his stupor. There is no clue to the per
petrator of the crime.
liulldlng: Boom.
During the pat week permits for new
buildings representing 500,000 have
been given at Memphis. They are but
continuation of a notable movement
in tnat city, wnicn is pari, oi me gen
eral activity in building operations in
the South.
Vetoed by the Gorernor.
Gov. McMillin vetoed the bill giving
justices of the peace original jurisdic
tion in misdemeanor cases. He says
the measure changes entirely the mode
of procedure under the small offense ,
law. and is also defective froai a con- '
titutional standpoint. I
i That Fhosphate Deal.
The gradual absorption of the various
phosphate interests in the Mount Pleas'
ant field is under way, and it is expect
ed that within two weeks the two-mil
lion-dollar deal will be perfected.
Last week Mr. Rogers, of Rogers,
Holloway fc Co., phosphate brokers of
Philadelphia, and Mr. Gray, a Phila
delphia lawyer, were at Mount Pleas
ant as the representatives of Eastern
capitalists, and announced that it was
their purpose to purchase and merge all
the concerns into one immense combin
ation. They spent all iht week in con
ference with the officers of the various
plants, and left with the announcement
that the deal would almost certainly
be perfected.
The field embraces about 4,500 acres
and is one of the most important indus
tries in Tennessee. The average an
nual shipments have been about 400,
000 tons, yielding to the Louisville &
Nashville railroad in freight rates
nearly a million dollars a year. Not
half of the phosphate has been taken
from the ground and some of the mines
are in the virgin state.
Milling- Company in a Tangle.
Non-resident stockholders of the Ten
nessee Milling Company, located near
Estill Springs, and formerly known as
the Noel Mill Company, have made ap
plication in the Federal Court for the
appointment of a receiver to run and
operate the poperty. Judjre Clark re
fused to grant the prayer unless the
petition be amended so as to provide
that the company be declared insolvent,
the property be sold, the proceeds be
devoted to the payment of the debts of
the company, and the surplus, if any,
be divided among the stockholders,
Most of the stockholders live in the
Fraud Charged.
George F. Ilouser, a wholesale and
retail whisky dealer of Knoxville, was
arrested last week at the instance of
Dreyfus, A Vert & Co., of Paducah, Ky.
The Kentucky firm charge that Ilouser,
who made an assignment of his busl
ness and other property recently, ob
tainea goods under false pretenses.
claiming he was worth more than he
could sustain. They also charge that
goods secured were sold at a great dis
count and has left his creditors little
upon which to realize. Houser's as
signment came as a surprise, as has
subsequent allegations.
Frinting ORIce Wrecked.
The office of the McMinn Citizen,
published at Athens, was raided one
night last week. The editor, Walter
Franklin, during the recent temper
ance fight in Athens, published very
strong editorials and news items in be
half of temperance. The presses were
overturned and more or less dissem
bled, the tj-pe was scattered, part of it
being dumped into a stream of water in
front of the office. Public condemna
tion is very emphatic, and trouble is
feared if the parties are caught.
James Ityars Dead.
Jas. Byars, for many years one of the
leading educators of West Tennessee,
died at Covington last week at the ad
vanced age of 83 years. Mr. Byars had
lived in Covington more than fifty years.
He came to Covington from Hopkins
ville, Ky., but was a native of Virginia.
He was for j'ears principal of the Tip
ton Male High School, which he found
ed, and was a man of great learning.
Negro Lynched.
Wyatt Mallory, a negro, was lynched
by a mob of 100 men at Springfield one
night last week for fatally wounding J.
II. Farmer. The mob took the negro
from the sheriff at the courthouse, put
a rope about his neck, and tj'ingitto
the porch cast the negro over. The rope
broke, and the body fell forty feet .to
the stone steps. Instantly 100 revolvers
poured a leaden hail into Mallory, and
he was riddled. The mob wore no
New Telephone Line.
A large force of hands is at work
erecting" poles from Dresden to Sharon
for the Weakley County Telephone
Company's line. The Weakley county
company already has a large list of
subscribers at Sharon, and the work of
putting in the exchange will be rapidly
pushed to completion.
New Leather Plants.
The officials of the United States
Leather Company reached Knoxville
last week on a tour of inspection, in
connection with their plants located in
East Tennessee, and also with a pur
pose in view of erecting two or three
new plants in the South. Indications
are favorable for the location of one or
more in East Tennessee.
Early Closing at Colombia.
The ordinance closing the saloons at
Columbia at 8 o'clock at night has been
held invalid by Chancellor Abernathy,
on the ground that it was passed on
three readings in one night, whereas it
should have passed three readings on
three separate nights.
Rev. Joe Jones Held Up.
Rev. Joe Jones, brother of Rev. Sam
Jones, was held up by a man and woman
near the union depot at Nashville last
week and relieved of S14. The man
held a pistol on him till be yielded.
The Rev. Jones had just gotten off a
Bnrned to Death.
George Bender, nine years old, was
burned to death at Chattanooga last
week in the presence of his mother,
who was too ill to save him. His clothes
caught from a grate and he inhaled tho
flatue, death being almost insta itana-ous.
Useful Wessons We May Learn from
the Little Insect.
Or. Tnlnmsre Draws an Interesting
Sermon from a Ilenlm Seldom
Vtlllicd for Moral or He
Hgloui I'urpoat.
Copyright, 1301. by Louis KlopscrT. N. Y.J
Washington, April 2S. In this dis
course Dr. Talmage draws his illus
trations from a realm seldom util
ized for moral and religious pur
poses; text, Proverbs, vi., 0-8, "Go
to the ant, thou sluggard, consider
her ways and be wise, which, having
no giide, o. erseer or ruler, provideth
her meat in the summer and gather
eth her food in the harvest."
The most of Solomon's writings
have perished. They have gone out
of existence as thoroughly as the 20
books of Pliny and most of the books
of Aeschylus and Euripides and
Varro and Quintilian. Solomon's
Song and Ecclesiastes and Proverbs,
preserved by inspiration, are a small
part of his voluminous productions.
He was a great scientist. One verse
in the Bible suggests that he was a
botanist, a zoologist, an ornitholo
gist, an ichthyologist and knew all
about reptilia. I. Kings iv., 33, "He
spake of trees, from the cedar tree
that is in Lebanon even unto the
hyssop that springeth out of the
wall; he spake also of beasts and of
fowl and of creejiing things and of
fishes." Besides all these scientific
works, he composed 3,000 proverbs
and 1,005 songs.
Although Solomon lived long be
fore the microscope was constructed,
he was also an insectologist and
watched and describes the spider
build its suspension bridge of silk
from tree to tree, calling it the
spider's web, and he notices its skill
ful foothold in climbing the smooth
Wall of the throneroom in Jerusalem,
saying: "The spider taketh hold
with her htjnds and is in king's pal
aces." But he is especially interest
ed in the ant and recommends its
habits as worthy of study and imi
tation, saying: "Go to the ant, thou
sluggard, consider her ways and be
wise, which, having no guide, over
seer or ruler, provideth her meat in
the summer and-gathcrcth her food
in the harvest."
But it was not until about 300 years
agro, when Jan Swammerdam, the son
of an apothecary at Amsterdam, Hol
land, began the studj' of the ant un
der powerful lens that the full force
of Solomon's injunction was under
stood. The great Dutch scientist, in
his examination of the insect in my
text, discovered as great a display
of the wisdom of God in its anatomy
as astronomers discover in the heav
ens, and was so absorbed and
wrought upon by the wonders he dis
covered in the ant and other insects
that body and mind gave way, and
he expired at 43 years of age, a
martyr of the great science of in
sectology. No one but God could have fash
ioned the insect spoken of in the
text or given it such genius of in
stinct, its wisdom for harvesting at
the right time, its wonders of anten
nae, by which it gathers food, and of
mandibles, which, instead of the mo
tion of the human jaw up and down
in mastication, move from side to
side; its nervous sj'stem, its en
larging doors in hot weather for
more sweep of breeze, its mode of
attack and defense, closing the gate
nt night against bandit invaders; its
purification of the earth for human
residence, its social life, its repub
lican government, with its consent
of the governed; its maternal fideli
ties, the habit of these creatures of
gathering now and then under the
dome of the ant hillock, seemingly in
consultation, and then departing to
execute their different missions.
But Solomon would not commend
nil the habits of the ant, for some of
them are as bad as some of the hab
its of the human race. Some of these
small creatures are desperadoes and
murderers. Now and then they mar
shal themselves into hosts and march
in straight line and come upon an en
campment of their own race and de
stroy its occupants, except the
young, whom the3' carry into captiv
ity, and if the army come back with
out any such captives they are not
permitted to enter, but are sent forth
to make more sticcessful conquest.
Solomon gives no commendation to
euch sanguinary behavior among in
sects any more than he would have
commended sanguinary behavior
among men. These little creatures
have sometimes wrought fearful
damage, and they have undermined a
town in New Granada, which in time
may drop into the abyss they have
dug for it.
But what ars the habits which Sol
omon would enjoin when he says:
"Consider her ways and be wise?"
First of all, providence, forethought,
anticipation of coming necessities. I
am sorry to say these qualities are
not characteristic of all ants. These
creatures of God are divided into
ranivorous and carnivorous. The
latter are not frugal, but the former
are frugal. While the air is warri
and moving about Is tot hindered by
ice or snowbank, they import their
cargoes of food. They brinj in their
caravan of provisions; they haul.in
their long train of wheat or corn or
oats. The farmers are not more
busy in July and August in reaping
their harvest than are the ants, busy
in July and Axigust reaping their
harvest. They " stack them away;
thev pile them up. They question
when they have enough. They aggre
gate a sufficient amount to last them
until the next warm season. When
winter opens, they are ready. Blow,
je wintry blastsl Hang your icicles
from the tree branches! Imbed all
the highwaj-s under snowdrifts!
Enough for all the denizens of the
hills. Hunger shut out, and plenty
sits within. God, who feedeth every
living thing, has blessed the ant hill.
In contrast with that insectile be
havior, what do you think of that
large number of prosperous men
and women who live up to every dol
lar that they make, raising their
familie: in luxurious habits and at
death expecting some kind friend to
give their daughters employment as
music teachers or typewriters or gov
ernment employes? Such parents
hae no right to children. Every
neighborhood has specimens of such
improvidence. The two words that
most strike me in the text are "sum
mer" and "winter." Some people
have no summer in their lives. From
the rocking cradle to the still grave
it is relentless January. Invalid in
fancy followed by some crippling ac
cident or dimness of eyesight or dull
ness of hearing or privation or disas
ter or unfortunate environment make
life a perpetual winter. But in most
lives there is a period of summer, al
though it may be a short summer,
an3 that is the time to provide for
the future.
One of the best ways of insuring
the future is to put aside all you can
for charitable provision. You put a
crumhbling stone in the foundation
of your fortune if you do not in yotir
plans, regard the sufferings that you
may alleviate. You will have the
pledge of the high heavens for your
temporal welfare when you help the
helpless" for the promise is: "Blessed
is he that considereth the poor. The
Lord will deliver him in time of
trouble." Then there is another way
of providing for the future. If you
have $1,000 a year income, save $100;
or $2,000 a year, save $500; or $3,000,
save $1,000. Do you say such econ
omy is meanness? I saj' it is a vast
er meanness for you to make no pro
vision for the future and compel
your friends or the world to take
care of you or .yours in case of be
reavement or calamitj'.
Going out of this world without
leaving a dollar for those who re
main behind, if you have done your
best you have a right to put your
head in calm confidence on the pil
low which Jeremiah shook up in the
forty-ninth chapter of his prophecy:
"Leave thy fatherless children, I will
preserve them alive, and let thy wid
ows trust in me." But if having the
means through mortgages or houses
or life insurance for providing for
helpless widowhood and orphanage
you make no provision for post mor
tem need, how dare you go and take
a palace in Heaven and let your wife
and children go to the poorhouse or
into n struggle for bread that makes
life a horror and sometimes ends in
But my subject reaches higher than
temporalities foresight for the
soul, provision for eternal experi
ences, preparation for the far be
yond. Ant hills, speak out and teach
us a larger and mightier lesson of
preparing food for the more impor
tant part of us! Do you realize that
a man may be a millionaire or a
multimillionaire for time and a
bankrupt for eternity, a prince for
a few years and a pauper forever?
The ant would not be satisfied with
gathering enough food for half a
winter or quarter of a winter. But
how ma 113' of us seem content,
though not having prepared for the
ten-millionth part of what will be
our existence! Put yourself in right
relations to the Christ of the ages,
through Him seek nardon for all you
have ever done wrong and strength
for all you will be called to endure,
and there will be no force in life
or death or eternity to discomfit
you. I declare it! There is enough
of transforming and strengthening
power in Christ for both hemi
Furthermore, go to the ant and
consider that it does not decline
work because it is insignificant. The
fragment of seed It hauls into its
habitation may be so small that the
unaided eye cannot see it, but the in
sectile work goes on, the carpenter
ant at work above ground, the ma
son ant at work underground. Some
of these creatures mix the leaves of
the fir and the catkins of the pine
for the roof or wall of their tiny
abode, and others go out as hunters
looking for food, while others in do
mestic duties stay at home. Twenty
specks of the food they are moving
toward their granary put on a bal
ance would hardlj- make the scales
quiver. All of it work on a small
scale. There is no use in our refus
ing a mission because it Is insignifi
cant. Anything that God in His prov
idence puts before us to do is impor
tant. The needle has its office as
certainly as the telescope and the
spade as a parliamentarian scroll.
There is no need of our wasting time
and energy in longing for some other
sphere. There are plenty of people to
do the big and resounding work of the
church and the world. No lack of brig
adier generals or master builders or
engineers for bridging Niagaras or
tunneling Rocky mountains. For
every big enterprise of the world a
dozen candidates. What we want is
private soldiers in the common ranks,
masons not ashamed to wield a trowel,
candidates for ordinary work to be
done in ordinary ways in ordinary
places. Right where we are there is
something that God would have us do.
Let us do it, though it Taay seem to be
as unimportant as the rolling of a
grain or corn into an ant hill.
Furthermore, go to the ant and con
sider its indefatigableness. If by tho
accidental stroke of your foot or the
removal of a timber the cities of the
insectile world are destroyed, instant
ly they go to rebuilding. They do not
sit around moping. At it again in a
second. Their fright immediately gives
way tt. tlieir 'industry. And ii our
schemes of usefulness and our plan
of work fail, why sit down in discour
agement? As large ant hills as have
ever been constructed will be con
structed again. Tut your trust in God
and do your duty, and your best days
are yet to come. You have never heard
such songs as you will yet hear, nor
have you ever lived in such grand
abode as you will yet occupy, and all
the worldly treasures you have lost
are nothing compared with the opu
lence that you will yet own. If you
love and trust the Lord, Faul look3
you in the face and then waves his
hand toward a Heaven full of palaces
and thrones, saj-ing: "All are yours!"
So that what you fail to get in this
present life you will get in the coming1
life. Go to work right away nnd re
build as well as you can, knowing that
what the trowels of earthlj industry
fail to rear the scepters of heavenly
reward will more than make up. Per
sistence is the lesson of every ant hill.
Waste pot a moment in useless regrets
or unhealthj- repining. Men fret them
selves down, but no man ever yet
fretted himself up. Make the obsta
cles in your waj your coadjutors, as all
those have who have accomplished
anything worth accomplishment.
Furthermore, go to the ant and
learn the lesson of God-appointed or
der. The being who taught the insect
how to build was geometer as well as
architect. The paths inside that littlo
home radiate from the door with as
complete arrangement as ever tho
boulevards of a city radiated from a
triumphal arch or a flowered circle.
And when they march they keep per
fect order, moving in straight lines,
turning out for nothing. If a timber
lie in the waj-, they climb over it. If
there be house or barn in the way,
they march through it. Order in archi
tectural structure, order in govern
ment, order of movement, order of ex
pedition. So let tis all observe thia
God-appointed rule and take satisfac
tion in the fact that things are not at
loose ends in this world. If there is a
Divine regulation in a colony or re
public of insects, is there not a Divine
regulation in the lives of immortal
men and women? If God cares for
the least of His creatures and shows
them how to provide their meat in tho
summer and gather their food in tho
harvest, will He not be interested in.
matters of human livelihood and in tho
guidance of human affairs? I preach
the doctrine of a particular Provi
dence. "Are not two sparrows sold for
a farthing, and yet not one of them,
is forgotten before God? Are ye not
of more value than many sparrows?"
Let there be order in our individual
lives, order in the family, order in the
church, order in the state. In all th
world there is no room for anarchy.
But we live in times when there aro
so many clashings. There seems al
most universal unrest. Large for
tunes swallow up small fortunes.
Civilized nations trying to gobble up
barbaric nations. Upheaval of creeda
and people who once believed every
thing now believing nothing. TI13 old
book that Moses began and St. John
ended bombarded from scientific ob
servatories and college classrooms.
Amid all this disturbance and uncer
tainty that which many good people
need is not a stimulus, but a sedative,
and in my text I finu it Divine ob
servation and guidance of minutest
affairs. And nothing is to God largo
or small planet or ant hill the God
who easily made the worlds employ
ing His infinity in the wondrous con
struction of a spider's foot.
But before we leave this subject
let us thank God for those who aro
willing to endure the fatigues and
self-sacrifices necessary to make rev
elation of the natural world, so reen
forcing the Scriptures. If the micro
scope could speak, - hat a story it
could tell of hardship and poverty
and suffering and perseverance on
the part of those who emplo3'ed it for
important discovery! It would tell
of the dinded eyes of M. Strauss, oC
the Hubcrs and of scores of thoso
who, after inspecting the minute ob
jects of God's creation, staggered out
from their cabinets with vision de
strojed. This hour in many a pro
fessor's study the work, of putting1
eyesight on the altar of science is go
ing on. And what greater loss can.
one suffer than the loss of eyesight
unless it be loss of reason While tho
telescope is reaching farther down,
both are exclaiming: "There is a
God, and He is infinitely wise and in
finiteb good! Worship Him and wor
ship Him forever!"
And now I bethink mvself of tho
fact that we are close to a season of
the year which will allow us to bo
more out of doors ana to confront
the lessons of the natural world, and
there are voices that seem to say:
"Go to the ant; go to the bird; go to
the flowers; go to the fields; go to
the waters." Listen to the cantataa
that drop from the gallerj- of tho
tree tops. Notice in the path where
you walk the lessons of industry and
bivine guidance. Make natural re
ligion a commentary on revealed re
ligion. Tut the glow oi sunrise and
sunset into 3-our spiritual experi
ences. Let ever3' star speak of tho
morning star of the Redeemer, and
every aromatic bloom make you
think of Him who is the Rose of
Sharon and the Lily of the Valley,
and every overhanging cliff remind
j-ou of the Rock of Ages, and every
morning suggest the "dayspring from
on high, which giveth light to thoso
who are in darkness," and even tho
little hillock built by the roadside or
in the fields reminds job of the wis
dom of imitating in temporal and
spiritual things the insectile fore
thought, "which having- no guide,
overseer or ruler, provideth her
meat in the summer and gathereth
her food in the harvest."
Hon Conld He, Indeed.
She How dare you speak to me
when you don't know me!
He Well, how am I going to knovf
you if I don't speak to yt? Towsi
Topic. '
u x

xml | txt