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All the News of the Past Seven
Days Condensed.
News of tho Industrial Field, Personal
and Political Items, Happenings
at Home and Abroad.
The Cuyahoga savings bank at
Cleveland, O., suspended business
with deposits of $ol4,'.i46.
Engineer Brown was killed and 30
persons hurt in a Burlington passen
ger wreek at Thayer, Ja.
Five bodies of fire victims have
been recovered from the ruins at
Jacksonville, Fla.
The eup defender Constitution was
launched at -Bristol, R. I.
The people of Xew Mexico took ad
vantage of the president's visit to
urge that the territory be made a
Emil Mohr and Charles Reis were
killed at Davenport, la., by the fall of
a scantling- while pretending to hang
August Blunck.
Washington politicians urge the ne
cessity of liberal reciprocity treaties
to still the growing- jealousy of Euro
pean nafions.
Six men and a woman in Macon
county. Mo., were charged with swin
dling fire insurance companies out of
J. II. ITalprrin, aired 20, and his
young wife killed themselves in Chi
cago by inhaling gas.
An eastern syndicate is planning- a
$75,000,000 watch combine to take in
the principal companies in the United
Jesse R. King shot his wife of two
months and killed himself near Mi 11-
heini. Pa. Jealousy was the cause.
Heavy thunder storms in Iowa and
111 inois did great damage to property
and many horses and cows were killed
by lightning.
Miss Ida Harris, who died recently
at Champaign, 111., is now said to have
written "The Breadwinners."
After a family quarrel Ida Baare
tOiot and killed her father, Gustave
I'.aare, nt their home in St. Louis and
then killed herself.
Reports show that the winter and
spring- wheat crops of the country
are in fine condition.
Former Presidert Orover Cleveland
made $400,000 by the skyrocket flight
of Northern Pacific stock in New
Five men were fatally injured by
an explosion of powder in a mine at
Wilkesbarre, Pa.
The annual encampment of the de
partment of the Ohio G. A. It. con
vened at Bellefontaine.
President McKinley and his party
visited the Congress g-old mine in Ari
zona and spent an aftenobn at
Phoen ix.
California has a Chlne.se population
of 35,000.
Leaders among unionists and em
ployers at a meeting- in New York ar
ranged b3' the National Civic Federa
tion discussed conciliation as a means
of maintaining industrial peace. -
By an explosion in a distillery near
Uniontown, Pa., Frank Fear, a work
man, and Ezra J. Thomas, proprietor,
were killed.
Wilsey Miller, of Roekfield, Ind., fa
tally shot his fiance, Bertha Timmons,
and committed suicide after a quarrel.
The street railroads of Albany.
Troy, Cohoes, Watervliet and Rensse
laer, N. Y., are tied up by a strike of
the 1.000 employes.
The village of Kendall, X. Y., was al
most completely destroyed by fire.
Adolph S. Ovhs. proprietor of the
New York Times, has purchased the
Philadelphia Times.
Policemen Sheehan and Mosher were
found guiltj- in Chicago of robbing
Hugh McDougall.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Kringie, an aged
couple residing near Packwaukee,
Wis., were struck by lightning-and in
stantly killed.
The will of the late George Q. Can
non, of Salt Lake City, divides $1,000.-
0Q0 between his four wives and 33
Tt. N. Pollock, missing- president of
the Cuyahoga savings bank of Cleve
land, O., committed suicide at Seattle,
Charles Foster, of Fostoria, O., for
mer secretary of the treasury, filed a
petition in bankruptcy with $747,008
Cardinal Martinelli was invested
with the red berretta by Cardinal
Gibbons at Baltimore.
Near Augusta. HI., William Augh
teraught, a married man, fatally shot
the 16-year-old daughter of Robert i
White, with whom he had been inti
mate, and then killed himself.
The Indiana law prohibiting prac
tice by Christian Scientists and mag
netic healers has been upheld.
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j President McKinley and his party
reached Los Angeles after a notable
(daj light ride through the San Ber
nardino valley, and were welcomed
to the state by Gov. Gage.
Prof. R. G. Moulton told junior stu
dents at the University of Chicago
tlrtit fiction was truer than fact.
A bitter tight for control of North
ern Pacific caused a panic in the
New York stock exchange, in which
many fortunes were wrecked.
Harvard trustees voted to make
President McKinley an LL. D.
Seats collapsed in a circus at Oil
City, Pa., badly injuring a dozen per
sons. Col. E. F. Taggart, of Akron, has
been elected commander of the G. A.
R., department of Ohio.
All factories of the National Starch
company have been ordered closed be
cause of the corner in corn.
Prof. .7. If. George, of Montreal, has
been elected president of the Chicago
theological seminary.
Efforts are to be made at the next
session of congress to give the inter
state commerce committee more
Knights of Columbus have begun a
movement in New York to expel from
the organization all persons employed
in the manufacture or sale of intoxi
cating liquor.
Engineer Monk and Fireman Addi
son were killed in a railway wreck near
Joplin. Mo.
Mrs. Carrie Nation hasbeen released
from jail in Wichita, Kan., on bail.
President McKinley reviewed a floral
parade at Los Angeles, Cal. The city
was luautifuly decorated in honor of
the visitors.
Expulsion of Italians from Tola,
Kan., in a labor fight is to be investi
gated by the Italian government.
Fight of rival syndicates to control
Northern Pacific caused a wild panic
in the New York stock exchange,
sending that stock up to $1,000 a
share and causing a drop of 10 to 35
points in other securities. Many spec
ulators were ruined.
A locomotive trust is to be formed
of leading concerns in the country.
Scott II. Wellington was arrested in
Chicago, charged with proposing mar
riage to over a score of women and
obtaining their jewelry.
In Mrs. Mary E. Owens Chicago has
the only patrolwoman in the world
doing daily police duty.
Three thousand farm districts are
now served by rural mail carriers at
a cost of $3,500,000 a year. More
routes are projected.
Minister Conger, in conference with
the assistant secretary of state, went
into the details of the Chinese situa
tion. A decision of the comptroller of the
treasury will make it easier hereafter
to keep out objectionable immigrants.
Treasury officials in Washington
declared legitimate commercial enter
prise not affected by the flurry in
Maryland's corrected census figures
reduce the population of the state to
The Thirty-second infantry. United
States volunteers, has been mustered
out of service at San Francisco.
T. S. McClindy, in a fit of insanity,
shot and killed Howard Baker and
then killed himself at Boone's Ferry,
Jackson Harris (colored), aged 100
years, died at Terre Haute, Ind.
Raphael Straus, the well-known ar
tist, died at his home in Cincinnati,
aged 72 years.
George Kellogg died in New Hart
ford, Conn., aged 80 years. He was the
father of Clara Louise Kellogg, the
well-known opera singer.
The first municipal election in Balti
more under the new ballot law result
ed in victory for the republicans, who
carry 18 out of the 24 wards.
New Jersey prohibitionists have
nominated Joel W. Brown, of Jersey
City, for governor.
Charles G. Seymour, one of Chica
go's best known newspaper men, died
at El Paso, Tex., aged 39 years.
John M. Carroll, who was a mem
ber of the Forty-second congress, died
at Johnstown, N. 1., aged 78 years.
Evan Williams, ex-governor of Ne
vada, died in San Francisco.
The plan of withdrawal of armies
from China has been announced in
parliament. When indemnity is
pledged and the guilty men punished
occupation will end.
Gen. MacArthHT will release another
1,000 prisoners to celebrate Gen. Tin
io's surrender. Filipino officers have
tendered their services against out
Mariano Ignacio Prado, ex-presi
dent of Peru, died in Paris.
The total catch of seals during the
season just closed was 350,000, valued
at $600,000.
A 'formal offer has been made to
sell the Panama canal to the United
The Delagoa Bay railway has again
been destroyed by Boer forces under
Commandant Boyer.
Chinese officials favor the move
ment for the extensive opening of
China to foreign trade and commerce.
Industrial interests of Cuba urge
annexation to the United States, fear
ing disaster if they lose American
Gen. Chaffee at a "smoker" in Pe
king declared in a speech that British
and Americans would never fight each
Rev. Henry Scadding, D. D., cele
brated Canadian historian and anti
quarian, died at Toronto, aged 88
The Cuban Washington envoys re
ported to the constitutional conven
tion in Havana, which will accept the
United States terms.
The insurgents in -jR Tnfanta prov
ince surrendered, ending the war in
aorth Luzon.
Grand Lodge K. of P.
The Grand Lodge Knights of Pythias
of Tennessee met in annual session at
Nashville last week, with a large at
tendance. The Grand Chancellor re
ported an increase in membership in
the State of 400 during the year, and
, that he had refused appeals from Glas
gow, Ky., in the interest of a new
Pythian hall at that place, and from
Galveston in further aid of storm suf
ferers. He recommended that the pei
capita tax be made 35 cents ; that the
Grand Lodge sessions be cut to two
days; that the Grand Chancellor bo
empowered to deputize any Past Chan
cellor to make official visits in his stead
and pay him mileage and per diem, and
that the Grand Chancellor be allowed a
Alex. Allison, Grand Keeper of Rec
ords and Seal, reported a total mem
bership December 1, 1900, of 9,120 in
152 lodges.
The Master of the Exchequer reported
receipts during the year of $7,254. 17.
Amendments to the Constitution and
Code of Laws were considered and sev
eral adopted.
Reducing tho State's Indebtedness.
State Treasurer Folk has received all
of the New York exchange for which
he made requisition on banks over the
State, and with which he will pay for
the 5163,600 of State bonds purchased
recently. This purchase makes the
aggregate of bonds bought by the State
in the past sixteen months 517,200.
All the purchases were made with the
sinking fund except $150,003, which
was taken from the general fund un
der the amended laws. The operation
under this amendment, of taking and
selling surplus from the general fund
at any time, in this last purchase saves
the State interest on the bonds pur
chased for eight months, as under the
old law the surplus in the general fund
passed into the sinking fund only at the
close of a year, and the purchase would
not have been made until next January.
State Division V. D. C.
The annual convention of the Ten
nessee Division United Daughters of
the Confederacy was held at Lebanon
last week. There were more than fifty
delegates present. Gallatin was se
lected as the next place of meeting.
The ofiicers selected for the ensuing
year were: President. Mrs. T. J. La
tham, Memphis (re-elected) ; first vice
president, Mrs. Andrew B. Martin,
Lebanon; second vice-president, Mrs.
Bell, Gallatin ; secretary, Mrs. John P.
Hickman, Nashville; corresponding
secretary, Mrs. II. S. McCutcheon, Co
lumbia; treasurer, Mrs. E. H. Hatcher,
Nashville. During the convention
much important work was transacted
and many important papers were read.
A Tempting Offer.
Prof. A. M. Soule, professor of agri
culture in the University of Tennessee,
has just received a handsome offer to
take the chair of husbandry in the
University of Missouri. He is offered a
very large salary and an appropriation
of $40,000 with which to erect a build
ing of his design, and also $5,000 with
which to equip it. Prof. Soule was at
the University of Missouri about six
years ago as an assistant in the scientific
department. He has not yet decided
whether he will accept the offer. He
has been with the University of Ten
nessee for two years, and a strong effort
will be made to keep him.
Fozzlefl the Physician.
Maggie Jefferson, an inmate of the
county poor house at Shelbyville,
greatly puzzles the poor house keeper,
and the case interests the institution's
physician She goes into a hypnotic
cataleptic state and remains for hours
and days speechless and seuseless, with
her eyes fixed upon some object. The
woman is not susceptible to pain. She
can be stuck with a needle or pin clear
up in her body and does not flinch in
the least. If she is stood up, or set up,
or laid upon the floor in any particular
manner, she remains in exactly the
same position, with eyes fixed and mo
tionless. She refuses to eat or drink
until forced to do so.
Wild Team's Work.
Dr. J. M Wright, one of the wealth
iest citizens and most prominent physi
cians of Tiptonville, while standing on
Main street, was knocked down and
run over by a runaway team. The
wagon ran over his body just above the
hips, and one of the mules tramped
on his right arm, mangling his wrist
badly. Dr. Wright was unconscious
for some, time, but regained conscious
ness before they got him home.
Confederate Veterans Organize.
A regiment of Confederate Veterans
was formed at Union City last week,
composed of members from the coun
ties of Weakley, Obion, Gibson, Dyer
and Lake.
Flection Hoard Appointed.
Gov. McMillin has appointed M. M.
Hussey. .1. D. Tyler and W. J. Albright
election commissioners for Montgom
ery county.
Robbing Uncle Ham.
John Parnell is under arrest at Chat
tanooga on the charge of being the
active agent in taking goods from the
government warehouse there, which
contains uniforms and equipments for
army recruits, and selling them to second-hand
stores. The police claim to
have uuearthed a scheme for systemat
ically robbing the warehouse in which
several persons are implicated
Baik Charter Granted.
Secretary of State Morton has granted
a charter to the Bank of Johnson Citys
with $40,000 capital- i
Weather aud Crops.
The weather bureau report of Ten
nessee crops for the week ending on
the 6th, sa3's:
"The warm bright weather of the
week greatly facilitated the work of
corn and cotton planting, which was
pushed forward to near completion. It
was also favorable to the growth of
vegetation, but the rapid drying of the
soil prevented proper germination of
seed. Much of the area planted early
in corn and cotton had to be plowed up
and planted oer. Wheat, oats and
clover are in generally fine condition of
growth. Tobacco plants are late but
healthy, and now growing well. Pea
nuts are being planted. Fruit is found
not to be injured by the late cold
weather, and the prospects are flatter
ing. Garden products are growing
well. Meadows and pastures are in
good growth. Irish potatoes are coming
up and growing. Rain is much needed
everywhere to facilitate germination
and growth."
Delegates to Conventions.
Gov. McMillin has appointed a large
list of delegates to the Southern indus
trial convention at Philadelphia, June
11 to 14; the tuberculosis convention at
New York, June 15, and the National
Civic Federation at Buffalo, May 23.
The delegates are well divided between
the congressional districts.
The delegates from the Tenth district
to the first named convention are A. J.
Reaves, Bolivar; John T. Piete, Phelan;
T. S. Galloway, Somerville; W. B. Hen
derson, Judge J. S. Galloway, Judge T.
J. Latham, R. B. Snowden, Memphis;
S. Kirkpatrick, Ripley. The Ninth dis
trict delegates are John E. Wells, Union
City; L. J. Bonner, Rives; Tom W. Neal,
Dyersburg; J. C. McDearmon, Trenton;'
John R. Head, Brownsville; C. A. Good
loe, Alamo.
A. D. Finch, Dresden, and Heber
Jones, Memphis, represent these dis
tricts at the tuberculosis convention.
II. J. Livingston, Brownsville, and P.
P. Van Vleet, Memphis, go to the last
named convention.
State Hoard of Health.
The State board of health met in
aemi-annual session at Nashville last
week and, besides disposing of routine
business, adopted two resolutions of
fered by Dr. Krauss. The first earn
estly recommends to school commis
sioners and boards of education in the
State that they refuse to elect any
teacher, male or female, to a position
in the public schools whom they know
to be afflicted with tuberculosis. The
second sets forth the fact that tubercu
losis is frequently transmitted to the
human family by "means of infected
milk, and urges that the representa
tives of all State and charitable institu
tions having charge of the feeding of
inmates be notified of this danger, and
recommends that such superintendents
require of the purveyors of milk to
their institutions to have their milk
cans tested for tuberculosis.
Rold llurglary.
One of the boldest burglaries for
years in that section took place one
night recently at Beech Bluff, Madison
county. The home of Mrs. Lucy Alli
son, widow, was entered, she and her
daughters chloroformed, the carpets
torn up and the house disarranged. The
daughter regained consciousness first
and crawled to a neighbor's and gave
the alarm. A crowd gathered and of
ficers and bloodhounds were sent from
Jackson. The trail led to Sam Fisher's,
a neighbor, who was arrested and
jailed. Much excitement prevails and
there was talk of lynching. A false re
port had gained credence in the com
munity that Mrs. Allison kept quite a
sum of money in her house. The bur
glar failed to get anything of much
Bad Accident.
Near Union City a few days ago
Hardy Brown's little daughter, about
8 years of age, attempted to get on a
wagon of corn driven by her brother,
slipped and fell, the wheels passing
over her body. Only last year a cousin
of this little girl, the 12-year-old
daughter of Wm. Brown, met a hor
rible death by a log wagon running
over her, by falling off the log on which
she was riding.
Asleep on the Track.
John C. Shackleford, a young man of
Carrollton, while asleep on the rail
road track was struck and instantly
killed by a through freight. He was
dragged about fifty yards under the
engine and then the entire train of
seventy-five cars passed over him. He
was frightfully mangled but not beyond
Duser Thompson and Babe Battise,
negroes, sentenced to be hanged at
Nashville, have been respited by Gov.
McMillin until June 18th. Gov. McMil
lin says this action was taken at the re
quest of the spiritual adviser of the
men to grant a respite if unable to
commute the sentence.
Will Appeal to Congress.
Congressman Uenry R. Gibson says
he will appeal to congress at the next
session for the application of the Fed
eral law to the State of Tennessee,
which he claimes has been grossly
jerrymandered by the recent legisla
ture. He claims that the portion of the
Federal law forbidding other than
complete and contiguous districts, with
equal number of inhabitants, has been
violated, especially with reference to
Republican districts of East Tennessee.
His own district was changed by tke
legislature at its recent meeting.
' Dr. Talmage Uses Hunting as an
Illustration of Gospel Truth.
l'rRri All Christian "Worker to In
creased. Fidelity and Tells How
Much Effort at Dointc
Good Falls. v
Copyright. 1901. by Louis Klopsch. N. Y.
In this discourse Dr. Talmage urges
all Christian workers to increased
fidelity and shows how much effort at
doing good fails through lack of
adroitness; text, Genesis, 10:9: "He
was a mighty hunter before the Lord."
In our day hunting is a sport, but in
the lands and the times infested of
wild beasts it was a matter of life or
death with the people. It was very dif
ferent from going out on a sunshiny
afternoon with a patent breechloader
to shoot reed birds on the flats, when
Pollux and Achilles and Diomedes
went out to clear the land of lions and
panthers and bears. Xenophou grew
eloquent in regard to the art of hunt
ing. In the far east people, elephant
mounted,' chased the tiger. Francis I.
was called the father of hunting. And
Moses, in my text, sets forth Nimrod
as a hero, when it presents him with
broad shoulders and shaggy apparel
and sun browned face and arm
bunched with muscle, "a mighty hunt
er before the Lord." I think he used
the bow and the arrows with great
success practicing archery.
I have thought if it is such a grand
thing and such a brave thing to clear
wild beasts out of a country if it is nt
a better and a braver thing to hunt
down and destroy those great evils of
society that are stalking the land with
fierce eye and bloody paw and sharp
tusk and quick spring. I have won
dered if there is not such a thing as
Gospel archery, by which those who
have been flying from truth may be
captured for God and Heaven. The
Lord Jesus in His sermon used the art
of angling for an illustration when He
said: "I will, make you fishers of
men." And so I think I have authority
for using hunting as an illustration of
Gospel truth, and I pray God that
there may be many a man enlisted in
the work who shall begin to study
Gospel archery, of whom it may after
awhile be said: "lie was a mighty
hunter before the Lord."
How much awkward Christian work
there is done in the world! How many
good people there are who drive souls
away from Christ instead of bringing
them to Him! All their fingers are
thumbs religious blunderers who up
set more than they right. Their gun
i has a crooked barrel and kicks as it
j goes off. They are like a clumsy com
' rade who goes along with skillful
hunters. At the very moment he
ought to be most quiet he is crackling
an alder or falling over a log and
frightening away the game. How few
Christian people have ever learned
how the Lord Jesus Christ at the well
went from talking about a cupful of
water to the most practical religious
truths, which won the woman's soul
for God! Jesus in the wilderness was
breaking bread to the people. I think
it was very good bread. It was very
light bread, and the yeast had done its
work thoroughly. Christ, after He
had broken the bread, said to the peo
ple: "Beware of the jeast or of the
leaven of the Pharisees." So natural a
transition it was and how easily thej
all understood Him! But how few
Christian people there are who under
stand how to fasten the truths of God
and religion to the souls of men!
The archers of olden time studied
their art. They were very precise in
the matter. The old books gave spe
cial directions as to how an archer
should go and as to what an archer
should do. He must stand erect and
firm, his left foot a little in advance
of file right foot. With his left hand
he must; take hold of the bow in the
middle, and then with the three fingers
and the thumb of his right hand he
should lay hold the arrow and affix it
to the string so precise was the di
rection given. But how clumsy we are
about religious work! How little skill
and care we exercise! How often our
arrows miss the mark! I am glad that
there are institutions established in
many cities of our land where men
may learn the art of doing good
studying spiritual archery and become
known as "mighty hunters before the
In the first place, if you want to be
effectual in doing good you must be
very sure of jrour weapon. There was
something very fascinating about the
archery of olden times. Perhaps you
do not know what they could do with
the bow and arrow. Why, the chief
battles fought by the English Planta
genets were with the longbow. They
would take the arrow of polished wood
and feather it with the plume of a
bird, and then it would fly from the
bowstring of plaited silk. The bloody
fields of Agincourt and Solway Moss
and Neville's Cross heard the loud
thrum of the archer's bowstring.
Now, my Christian friends, we have a
mightier weapon than that. It is the
arrow of the Gospel; it is a sharp ar
row; it is a straight arrow; it is feath
ered from the wing of the dove of
God's spirit; it flies from a bow made
out of the wood of the cross. It has
brought down 400,000,000 of souls.
Paul knew how to bring the notch of
that arrow on to the bowstring, and
its whirr was heard through the Cor
inthian - theaters and through the
courtroom until the knees of Felix
knocked together. It was that arrow
that stuck in Luther's heart when he
cried out: "Oh, my sins! Oh, my
sins! If it strike a man in the head,
it kills his skepticism; if it strike him
in the heel, it will turn his step; if it
strikes him in the heart, he throws up
his hands, as did one of old when
wounded in the battle, crying: "O
Galilean, thou hast conquered!"
in the armory of the earl of Pem
broke there are old corselets which
show that the arrow of the English
used to go through the breastplate,
through the body of the warrior and
out through the backplate. What a
symbol of that Gospel which is sharp
er than a two-edged sword, piercing
to the dividing asunder of soul and
body and of the joints and marrowl
Would to God we had more faith in
that Gospel! The humblest man in the
world, if he had enough faith in it,
could bring a hundred souls to Christ
perhaps 500. Just in proportion as
this age seems to believe less and less
in it, I believe more and more in it.
What are men about that they will
not accept their own deliverance?
There is nothing proposed by men
that can do anything like this Gospel.
Again, if you want to be skillful in
spiritual archery you must hunt in
unfreqyented and secluded places.
Why does the hunter go three or
four days in the Pennsylvania for
ests or over Raquette lake into the
wilds of the Adirondacks? It is the
only way to do. The deer "are shy,
and one "bang" of the gun clears the
forest. From the California stage
you see, as you go over the plains,
here and there a coyote trotting
along almost within range of the
gun sometimes quite within range
of it. No one cares for that. It is
worthless. The good game is hidden
and secluded. Every hunter knows
that. So many of the souls that will
be of most worth for Christ and of
most value to the church are se
cluded. They do not come in our
way. You will have to go where they
are. Yonder they are down in that
cellar. Yonder they are up in that
garret far away from the door of
any church. The Gospel arrow has
not been pointed at them. The tract
distributor and the city missionary
sometimes just catch a glimpse of
them, as a hunter through the trees
gets a momentary sight of a par
tridge or roebuck. The trouble is we
are waiting for the game to come to
us. We are not good hunters We
are standing on some street or road
expecting that the timid antelope
will come up and eat out of our hand.
We are expecting that the prairie
fowl will light on our church steeple.
It is not their habit. If the church
should wait 10,000,000 of years for
the world to come in and be saved,
it will wait in vain. The world will
not come.
What the church wants now is to
lift its feet from damask ottomans
and put them in the stirrups. The
church wants not so many cushions
as it wants saddlebags and arrows.
We have got to put aside the gown
end the kid gloves and put on the
hunting shirt. We want a pulpit on
wheels. We have been fishing -so
long in the brooks that run under
the shadow of the church that the
fish know us, and they avoid the
hook and escape as soon as we come
to the bank, while yonder is Upper
Saranac and Big Hnpper's lake, where
the first swing of the Gospel net
would break it for the multitude of
the fishes. There is outside work to
be done. What is it that I see in the
backwoods? It is a tent. The hunt
ers have made a clearing and camped
out. What do they care if they have
wet feet or if they have nothing but
a pine branch for a pillow or for the
northeast storm? If a moose in the
darkness steps into the lake to drink,
they hear it right away. If a loon
cry in the midnight, they hear it.
So in the service of God we have
exposed work. We have got to camp
out and rough it. We are putting all
our care on the comparatively few
people who go to church. What are
we doing for the millions who do
not come? Have they no souls? Are
they sinless that they need no par
don? Are there no dead in their
houses that they need no comfort?
Are they cut off from God to go into
eternity, no wing to bear them, no
light to cheer them, no welcome to
greet them? I hear to-day surging
up from the lower depth of our cities
a groan that comes through our
Christian assemblages and through
our beautiful churches, and it blots
out all this scene from my eyes to
day, as by the mists of a great Ni
agara, for the dash and the plunge
of these great torrents of life drop
ping down into the fathomless and
thundering abysm of suffering and
woe. I sometimes think that just as
God blotted out the churches of Thy
atira and Corinth and Laodicea be
cause of their sloth and stolidity he
will blot out American and English
Christianity and raise on the ruins a
stalwart, wide-awake missionary
church that can take the full mean
ing of that command: "Go ye into
all the world and preach the Gospel
to every creature. He that believeth
and is baptized shall be saved, but
he that believeth not shall be damned"
a command, you see, punctuated
with a throne of Heaven and a dun
geon of hell.
I remark, further, if you want to
succeed in spiritual archery you must
have courage. If the hunter stands
with trembling hand or shouldf r that
flinches with fear, instead of taking
the catamount the catamount takes
him. What would become of the
Greenlander if when out hunting for
the bear he should stand shivering
with terror on an iceberg? What
would have become of Du Chaillu and
Livingstone in the African thicket
with a faint heart and a weak knee?
When a panther comes within 20
paces of you and it has its eye on you
and it has squatted for the fearful
spring, "Steady there!" Courage, O
ye spiritual archers! There are great
monsters of iniquity prowling all
around about the community. Shall
we not in the strength of God go
forth and combat them? We not only
need more heart, but more backbone.
What is the church of God that it
should fear to look in the eye any
transgression? x'cere is the Ben
gal tiger of drunkenness that prowls
around, and instead of attacking it
how many of us hide under t!i
church pew or the communion table?
There is so much invested in it we
are afraid to assault it. Millions of
dollars in barrels, in vats, in spigots,
in corkscrews, in gin palaces with
marble floors and Italian top tables
and chased ice coolers, and in the
strychnine and the logwood and the
tartaric acid and the mix vomica that
go to make up our "pure" American
drinks. I looked with wondering eyes
on the "neidclberg tun." It is the
great liquor vat of Germany, which im
said to hold 800 hogsheads of wine,
and only three times in 100 years it
has been filled. But as I stood and
looked at it I said to myself: "That
is nothing 800 hogsheads. Why, our
American vat holds 10,200,000 barrels
of strong drinks and we keep 300,000
men with nothing to do but to see
that it is filled."
Oh, to attack the great monster of
intemperance and the kindred mon
sters of fraud and uncleanliness re
quires you to rally all your Christian
courage. Through the press, through
the pulpit, through the platform you
must asault it. Would to God that
all our American Christians would
band together, not for crack-brained
fanaticism, but for holy Christian re
form! I think it was in 1793 that
there went out from Lucknow, India,
under the sovereign, the greatest
hunting party that was ever project
ed. There were 10,000 armed men in
that hunting party. There were cam
els and horses and elephants. On
some princes rode, and royal ladies
under exquisite housings, and 500
coolies waited upon the train, and
the desolate places of India were in
vaded by this excursion, and the rhi
noceros and deer and elephant fell
under the stroke of the saber and
bullet. After awhile the party
brought back trophies worth 50,000
rupees, having left the wilderness of
India ghastly with the slain bodies of
wild beasts. Would to God that in
stead of here and there a straggler
going out to fight these great mon
sters of iniquity in our country the
millions of membership in our
churches would band together and
hew in twain these great crimes that
make the land frightful with their
roar and are fattening upon the
bodies and souls of immortal men!
Who is ready for such a party as
that? Who will be a mighty hunter
for the Lord?
I remark, again, if you want to be
successful in spiritual archery you
need not only to bring down game,
but bring it in. I think one of the
most beautiful pictures of Thorwald
sen is his "Autumn." It represents a
sportsman coming home and stand
ing under a grapevine. He has a
staff over his shoulder, and on the
other end of that staff are hung a
rabbit and a brace of birds. Every
hunter brings home the game. No
one woxild think of bringing down a
roebuck or whipping up a stream for
trout and letting them lie in the
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adorned with the treasures of the
forest beak and fin and antler.
If you go out to hunt for immortrl
souls, not only bring them down un
der the arrow of the Gospel, but bring .
them into the church of God, the
grand home and encampment we have
pitched this side the skies. Fetch
them in; do not let them lie out in
the open field. They need our
prayers and sympathies and help.
That is the meaning of the church of
God help. O ye hunters for the
Lord, not only bring down the game,
but bring it in.
If Mithridates liked hunting so well
that for seven years he never went
indoors, what enthusiasm ought we
to have who are hunting for immor
tal souls! If Domitian practiced arch
ery until he could stand a boy down
in the Roman amphitheater with a
hand out, the fingers spread apart,
and then the king could shoot an ar
row between the fingers without
wounding them, to what drill and
what practice ought we to subject
ourselves in order to become spirit
ual archers and "mighty hunters be
fore the Lord!" But let me say you
will never work any better than you
pray. The ola archers took the bow,
put one end of it down beside the
foot, elevated the other end, and it
was the rule that the bow should be
just the size of the archer. If it were
just his size, then he would go into
the battle with confidence. Let me
say that your power to project good
in the world will correspond exactly
to your own spiritual stature. In
other words, the first thing in prep
aration for Christian work is person
al consecration.
Oh, for a closer walk with God.
A calm and heavenly frame,
A light to shine upon the road
That leads me to the Lamb!
There is in a forest in Germany a
place they call the "deer leap" two
crags, about 18 yards apart; between
them a fearful chasm. This is called
the "deer leap" because once a hunt
er was on the track of a deer. It
came to one of these crags. There
was no escape ior it from the pur
suit of the hunter, and in utter de
spair it gathered itself up and in the
death agony attempted to jump
across. Of course it fell and was
dashed on the rocks far beneath.
Here is a path to Heaven. It is plain;
it is safe. Jesus marks it out. for
every man to walk in. But here is a
man who says: "I won't walk in
that path. I will take my own way."
He comes on up until he confronts
the chasm that civides his soul from
Heaven. Now his last hour has come,
and he resolves that he will leap
from the heights of earth to the
heights of Heaven. Stand back now
and give him full swing, for no soul
ever did that successfully. Let him
try. Jump! He misses the mark, and
he goes down, depth below depth,
"destroyed without remedy." Men,
angels, devils! What shall we call
that place of awful catastrophe? Let
it be known forever as the soul's
death leap.
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