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All the NeWS Of the Past Seven
Days Condensed.
Jfews of the Industrial Field, Personal
and Political Items, Happenings
at Home and Abroad.
I'resident .McKinley was entertained
by the Knights Templar at San Fran-
Cisco. llis wife's health improves
ireasury officials are taking steps
to have the Chinese exclusion act ex-
tended to Cuba.
Four persons were hurt in a Rock
Island passenger wreck at West Wya-
net. 111.
xnree cniidren were killed by a
bear near Job, W. Va.
Milt Calvert, a negro, was hanged
by citizens at Griffith, Miss., for at-
tempting an assault upon Tiny Gates,
a ten-year-old girl.
The Baldwin polar expedition will
tart for the arctic regions in June.
Mrs. Charles F. Gunzert shot and
killed her 13-year-old son and then
committed suicide at Tacoma, Wash.
a. 1 1 -w T m
a morouguDrea iiereiord cow
brought $5,000 at a sale in Chicago, the
highest price on record.
The visible supply of grain in the
United States on the 20th wat: Wheat,
42,498.000 bushels; corn, 15,913,000
bushels; oats, 10,724,000 bushels; rye,
562,000 bushelB; barley, 918,000 bush
Mrs. McKinley passed another fav
orable day, and the president was en
couraged to make engagements for
informal appearance on public occa
rrea .ie.eill, or Ashley, 111., rode
nines to cnicago on a mule to enlist
in me navy.
The Sovereign Camp Woodmen of
me vona nas votea to expel members
1 TTT 1 -S 1 . i . . 1
who engage in the liquor business.
xne promoters or the Charleston
r,ll,usu,on sa-T lneJ nave ample re-
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sources and that the display will be
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j. rxujr lur me opening- in uecemner.
Forty-four Fort Sheridan (111.) sol
fliers who disappeared on pay day
are still unaccounted for,
About 50,000 machinists in all parts
jof the country began a strike for a
nine-hour day and an increase of
The Protestant Episcopal church
bas started a movement to divide the
United States into provinces, with an
archbishop over each and a metro
politan over all.
A Cincinnati man is planning to
found a religious sect on the teach
ings of R. G. Ingersoll.
The Arapahoe Indians defy govern
ment authorities at the Shoshone res
A hypnotic subject was killed during
an exhibition at Woonsocket. R. I.
Mrs. Elmer Quimby, wife of a farmer
near St. Louis, killed her two children
by giving them morphine, and then
took a dose herself.
German Catholic societies of Illinois
In convention voted to contest school
laws passed by the last legislature
Elmer Lane cut his wife's throat at
Osceola, la., and then used the knife
on himself. Domestic trouble was
the cause.
The mvsterv of J. S. Avres murder
in a hotel in Washington was partly
cleared by Mrs. Lola Bonine, who ad
mitted she killed him after being in-
duced to go to his room on a plea of
Kvancelist -Sam Jones, sneakinc in
Savannah, Ga., said a majority of sa-
loon keepers were Germans, and hel
will be challenged to fight a duel by an
Indignant German
German Catholics of Illinois in con
vention decided to publish a daily or
gan in Chicago to promote educational
and religious interests.
A cyclone struck Fort Mill, S. C
and many houses were wrecked.
Two more bodies were recovered
from the wreck of the City of Pa
ducah near Carbondale, III., making
the total loss of life 27.
The weather bureau crop bulletin
says crops in the north need rain, but
the drought in the south has been
The national congress of mothers
opened at the Auditorium in Colum
bus, O.
Bishop W. A. Leonard, of Ohio, in
his annual address excoriates pulpit
Fire damaged the plant of the W. D,
Boyce Paper Mills company at Mar
seilles, 111., to the extent of $200,000.
President McKinlev reviewed 50,000
school children in San Francisco, mak
ing a brief address to them. Mrs. Mc
Kinley is better.
Robbers failed In an attempt to raid
a bank at Cambridge, Mass., partially
wrecking the bank building with dyna
mite. The annual crow hunt near Elgin,
111., resulted in the killing of 1,034
Thirteen soldiers deserted at Fort
Sheridan, 111.
Admiral Schley, whose return from
Europe was hastened by illness of his
son. arrived in New York.
A registered letter containing $8,000
Bent from Kansas City to Great Bend,
Kan., mysteriously disappeared.
In an address at the dedication of the
State Agricultural college at Urbana,
111., the students were told that there
is no chance in the city.
The secretary of war approved the
Snding of the court of inquiry into
West Point insubordination and five
e-idets will he dismissed.
Fire West Point student hare been
dismissed, six suspended for one year
and 72 given minor punishment for in
Eight or more lives were lost and
millions of dollars' damage caused by
floods in lennessee and West vir-
Edison has perfected a storage bat
tery which it is believed will revolu
tionize the use of electricity as a mo
tive power.
A bill smuggled through the last con
gress for the opening of 2,000,000 acres
of land of the Kiowas in Oklahoma is
shown to be a big steal.
Later reports show that 14 lives were
lost in the flood in upper East Tennes
Senator M. A. Hanna has been nrus
tered in as a member of Memorial
post of the Grand Army of the Repub-
nc in Cleveland, O.
John Alexander Dowie and three of
his disciples were held to the grand
I -jury by the coroner's iury investiarat-
inar the death of Mrs. Emma L. Judd in
J Chieae-o.
The irnvfrnmMit will curtail the bus!.
ness of San Francisco pension sharks.
who are found to have induced soldiers
I returning from the PhiliivDines to
swear falselv.
The former Spanish cruiser Reina
Mercedes is to be fitted up a a train-
ing ship.
Under the operation of the new com-
mutation law about 1,000 convicts will
be released from the prisons of Penn-
A nntional
tax conference assem
bled at Buffalo, X. Y., to discuss re
forms in federal, state and municipal
The United States supreme eourt
has decided insular cases holding thai
the constitution does not follow the
flag in territory acquired by war, thus
upholding the contention of the gov
President McKinley reviewed troops
at the presidio in San Francisco and
addressed returned volunteers, prais
ing their work in the Philippines. Mrs.
McKinley continues to improve.
Benjamin Atkins attempted to stop
Dennis D. McCarthy from heatinc the
Matter's son in Chicae-o and was killed
by the father by a fist blow.
Charles T. Yerkes has sold the Inter
Ocean in Chieaoo to Oeore-e Wheeler
Hinman. its editor in chief.
peksonal, axd political,
Gen. Fitz John Porter, formerly
maior p-P,1Pral of the United States
army, died at Morristown, N. J., aged
80 years.
Former Congressman Charles A.
Boutelle, of Maine, died in an asylum
at averiy, -Mass., aged years
James B. Ricks (dem.) was elected to
the Illinois supreme bench from the
Second district, to succeed the late
Justice Jesse J. Phillips
Archibald A. Gibson, lieutenant gov
ernor of Illinois in 1874, died in Wichita
Mrs. Leah A. Robinson died at Vic
toria, 111., aged 101 years and
Iowa prohibitionists have nominated
A. U. Coates, of Dallas county, for gov
John R. Tanner, governor of Illinois
from 1S97 to 1901 and a civil war vet
eran, died suddenly in Springfield of
rheumatism of the heart, aged 57
rears. He leaves a wife and son and
The empress dowager of China ha
demanded an enormous sum to cover
the expenses of the court returning
to Peking.
The Mexican government is break
ing up communities of monks and
nuns maintained in violation
of re
form laws
Census returns for Ireland show a
population of 4,456,546, a uecrease of
5.3 per cent, since the previous cen-
Gen. Malvar has declared himself
3ictator in the Philippines and will
- ont'nue the war.
Sir John Edmund Commerell, admi
ral of the British navy since 1S92, died
in London.
A. Paris dispatch announces the se
lection of Chicago as the place for
holding the Olympian games in 1904.
Relations between France and Por
tugal are strained, France practically
having ceased diplomatic relations
with the kingdom.
Gen. Lacuna and 30 other Filipino
officers and 245 men surrendered to
Gen. Funston, swearing allegiance to
the United States.
A British census shows that Irish
emigration has fallen more than one-
half since 18S3, when 81,486 persons
came to America.
Gen. Cailles, the Filipino command
er, is willing to surrender it his men
are freed after taking the oath of al
legiance. The last of the American troops,
with the exception of a legation
guard, left Peking.
Shamrock II. was- practically
wrecked by a squall while racing in
the Solent, and King Edward, who was
n board, had a narrow escape from
The census of Scotland shows a pop-
slation of 4,471,957, an increase in ten
fears of 446,310.
King Humbert of Italy had a narrow
escape from death in an elevator in
Bresci, the assassin of the late King
Elumbert of Italy, committed suicide
it the penitentiary in Santo Stefano.
The United States cutter Grant was
wrecked in Saanich inlet, near Vic
toria, and may prove a total loss.
A bottle taken from the sea tells of
he loss of the steamship Croft, which
sailed from Xew York for Scotland
three years ago with a crew of 28 men
ind had not since been heard from.
The foreign ministers have de
fined to accede to the suggestion of
;he United States that the total of the
.ndemnity to be collected from China
ihall be limited to $-00,000,000.
tat Fcoaiuns.
The State board of pension examin
ers has completed Its apportionment
of pensions for 1901 under the In
creased appropriation of $150,000 ma.de
by the legislature, and submitted its
report to Comptroller King.
The board considered 529 applica
tions, of which 285 were rejected. One
hundred and seventy-five third-class, re
ceiving $100 per year, were added.
Fifty-five were passed for further in
vestigation. Fourteen were recom
mended to the Confederate Soldiers'
Home, their principal disabilities hav
ing been acquired since the war.
Three to ten applications per day
have been received since the legisla
ture incrw-ed the appropriation.
The penMon- oll now stands: Six
teen first-class or $300 per year, $4,800;
23 second-class or $120 per year,
$2,760; 1,094 third-class or $100 per
year, $109,400; 1,133 pensioners draw
ing $116,960.
The board could not issue a full
quarter to new pensioners, as the ap
propriation only commenced on March
20, 1901. Every dollar of appropria
tion remaining over on that date
lapsed into the treasury.
The board unanimously determined
it would not in future grant a pension
to an inmate of the Confederate Sol
diers Home without the recommenda
tion, approval and indorsement of the
trustees and then the applicant must
come clearly under the law. More
over, it would not consider inmates
who had been discharged for the pur
pose of applying.
Hoard man Quit.
Dr. S. W. Boardman, for twelve
years president of Maryville College,
near Knoxville, has tendered his resig
nation and left for Newark, N. J.,
where he will reside. It is believed
by some that his departure Is due to
the conditions arising from the legis
lature's act denying the co-education
of the races in Tennessee. Maryville
College is for whites and colored, and
Dr. Boardman was opposed to the
abolition of this system, while some
officials favored compliance with the
law. Dr. Boardman was inclined to
test the law's constitutionality in the
courts and claimed the trustees could
not cut off the negroes without violat
ing some of the conditions upon which
certain endowments were granted.
These endowments largely came from
people in Pittsburg. The law is ef
fective next September.
Will Favor a Deposit I-a w.
The recent failures of the Trades'
and the Manhattan Fire Insurance
Companies has convinced Commission
er Folk of the necessity of a. deposit
law to protect the insured against
false statements, and he will recom
mend to the next legislature the enact
ment of such a law. The investigation
into the Manhattan company's affairs
by the receiver has developed that
false statements were sworn to and
prosecution has begun against the
company, charging grossly false state
ments as to its condition when its cap
ital was impaired half a million dol
lars, and with having paid over 40,000
dividends last year, when there were
no funds from which dividends could
be legally paid. It was on these false
statements that the company was li
censed. The insurance companies have
always fought all proposed deposit
laws in the Tennessee legislature.
Odd Fellows.
Ex-State Senator Halbert B. Case of
Chattanooga, the grand patriarch for
Tennessee of the Odd Fellows, who
has visited a number of lodges through
out Tennessee, states that the majority
of those which he had visited up to
date are in excellent condition, partic
ularly in West Tennessee.
"Seven new camps," he says, "havo
Just been instituted and I was present
at the ceremonies attending the open
ing of each of the lodges. These were
at Cookeville, Jamestown, Dyersburg,
Friendship, Covington, Fayetteville
and Milton. These camps have added
to the State membersnip 213 new
names and we think we are getting
along nicely."
War For Unlqne Caase.
The prospective war on the Carroll
County Telephone Company by the Mc
Kenzie people, on account of whisky
being ordered over the telephone lines
from that point, has resulted in a prop
osition from the company to sell the
McKenzie exchange to the McKenzie
From Loudon to Clinton.
W. B. Crenshaw, assistant engineer
of the Southern Railroad, has begun
the survey of the line from Loudon to
Clinton which, when completed, will
give a direct connection from Chatta
nooga to Cincinnati, with practically
the same mileage as the Cincinnati
A Pitiful Story.
Miss Annie McLeod, a frail looking
young lady, was an object of sympathy
and charity at the terminal station at
Nashville last week, she having walked
from Tuscumbia, Ala., to Nashville.
She told a pitiful story, saying that
she had lived in Tuscumbia with an
aunt, who died about two weeks ago
and left her homeless. Miss McLeod
said that the funeral expenses had
taken all her earnings, and having no
relatives nearer than Dickson, she
had walked to Nashville on the way to
' her sister's home at that place.
loHuranc-e Fraud Charged.
Solicitors for the Equitable Life As
surance Co. of New York have filed a
bill in chancery against Peter Jared
and Howard E. Frost of Nashville,
The bill states that the complainant
company issued to Jared two $5,000
policies on the life of his brother, Si
mon Jared ; that when proofs of Simon
Jared's death were made a check for
the amount was drawn and forwarded
to Peter Jared, but later payment on it
was stopped, as an investigation was
deemed necessary. It is now charged
as a result of this investigation that
Simon Jared was a consumptive and
some one was procured to stand the
medical examination in place of the
true applicant. The bill seeks to re
cover the check from Jared and poli
cies from Frost.
Timely Ralnn.
The United States weather bureau
at Nashville reports that crops in the
state have been greatly relieved by
general ralnn. Wheat is heading in
all sections, and late planted corn and
cotton will probably come up well.
Early cotton is a fair stand generally.
The bureau believes that the rains
have saved a large part of the straw
berry crop. Fruit prospects are re
ported good, though apples are falling
badly in some places.
Father and Two Son Convicted of Harder
The Jury in the case of the State vs.
James, Clay and Claude Braswell on
trial at Cooke vi lie, charged with the
murder. of Giles Bradenord at Mine
Lick, Putnam county, about three
years ago, rendered a verdict finding
all three of the defendants guilty of
murder in the second degree and sen
tencing them to ten years' imprison
ment in the State penitentiary. v
Timber Land Deal.
F. A. Sullivan has just closed a deal
by which the Cumberland Coal and
Coke Company conveys 3,000 acres of
timber land in Cumberland county,
along the line of the Tennessee Cen
tral, to McCorkle & Sons of Big Stone
Gap, Va. The McCorkle firm is now
building a large saw mill in Perry
county, Tenn., and will erect one on
this new property.
Probable Asphalt Find.
It is reported that twelve miles from
Hohenwald, in Lewis county, the flat
rocks are porous and all through the
seams is oozing out a black waxy sub
stance, said to be asphalt, a formation
caused by the escaping of petroleum.
Efforts will be made to develop the
Pardoned by the Governor.
Gov. McMillin has pardoned James
Nurse of Coffee county, sen
tenced to twelve months in jail and
$500 fine for assault and battery,
Nurse is to pay $100 of the fine and
costs. He also pardoned Jay Donald
son of Hemblen county, sentenced to
serve 18 months for assault with In
tent to commit murder.
Clarksvllle Streets to Be Lighted.
The city council of Clarksville has
passed an ordinance making a contract
with the Queen City Electric Light
and Tower Company for all-night
street lights. The contract is for ten
years and the rate is $73 per light per
annum. Heretofore Clarksville has
had electric lights only to midnight on
a moonlight schedule.
Jadge Suggests a Shotgun.
Chancellor Cook, of Nashville, made
an unusual ruling in a case which came
up in his court a few days. Mrs. Nancy
Ilinton, who some time ago got a di
vorce from John J. Hinton, filed an
affidavit setting forth that the defend
ant had violated an injunction issued
against Hinton when the divorce bill
was first filed, and that since the di
vorce had been granted the defendant
frequently visited the home of Mrs.
Hinton and cursed and abused her and
charged her with various crimes. The
affiant asked that an attachment be
issued and that he be held for contempt
of court. Chancellor Cook declined to
issue the attachment, stating that Mrs.
Hinton should treat him as any other
man who molested her, and, in the ab
sence of any other remedy, the court
suggested that she use a shotgun to
restrain the defendant from coming
about her place.
Insurance Figures.
The annual report of the State insur
ance commissioner shows that the
amount of risks written in the State
last year was 5164.909, 140.52; premiums
received, S',46i, 184.98; losses incurred,
11,037,504.56; losses paid, $1,220,579.88;
premium charged, 1.49. The liabilities
are: Losses unpaid, $12,396,337.19; re
insurance reserve, $96,478,633.37; all
other claims, $8,124,345.91; total liabili
ties, except cash capital and net sur
plus, $116,999,317.47; cash capital, f42,
902,875; net surplus, $81,432,224.63; total
liabilities, $241,634,417.01; net surplus as
regards policy holders, $124,335,099.63.
Knights Templar.
The Grand Commandery of Templara
met at Chattanooga last week. The
following officers were elected for the
ensuing year: Grand commander, W.
T. Hope, Chattanooga; D. G. C, James
P. Hamner, Franklin; generalissimo,
John W. Bailey, Memphis; G. C. G.. A.
N. Sloan, Chattanooga; G. S. W Jacob
C. Smith, Jackson; G. J. W., Charles II.
Honey, Knoxville; grand prelate. Rev.
M. A. Mathews, Jackson; grand treas
urer, Joseph A. Bullock, Paris; grund
recorder, John B. Garrett, NaslivUjej
O. S. B., H. R. Brown. Greenville.
Dr. Talmage Urges the Adoption of
an Unusual Mode.
In Tbla Discourse He Shorn tbe Dif
ference in the Divine and the
.Unman Haj-The Weiarh
ittB of Ration.
Copyright, 1901, by Louis KIopscH, N. T.J
In this discourse, from a symbol of
the Bible, Dr. Talmage urges the adop-
tion of an unusual mode of estimating
character and shows how different is
the Divine way from the human way;
text, Proverbs, 16, 2: "The Lord
weigheth the spirits.
The subject of weights and meas-
ures is discussed among all nations,
is the subject of legislation and has
much to do with the world's prosper-
ity. A system of weights and meas-
ures was invented by Phidon, ruler of
Argos, about 800 years before Christ.
An ounce, a pound, a ton, were differ-
ent in r.ifferent lands. Henry III. de-
cided that an ounce should be the
weight of 640 dried grains of wheat
from the middle of the ear. From the
reign of William the Conqueror to
Henry HI. the English pound was the
weight of 7,680 grains of wheat. Queen
Elizabeth decreed that a pound should
be 7,000 grains of wheat taken from
the middle of the ear. The piece of plat-
inum kept at the office of the exche-
quer in England in an atmosphere of
62 degrees F. decides for all Great
Britain what a pound must be. Sci
entific representatives from all lands
met in 1S69 in Paris and established
international standards of
and measures.
You all know something of avoirdu
pois weight, of apothecaries' weight,
of troy weight. You are familiar with
the different kinds of weighing ma
chines, whether a Roman balance,
which is our steelyard, or the more
usual instrument consisting of a
beam supported in the middle, having
two basins of equal weight suspended
to the extremities. Scales have been
invented to weigh substances huge like
mountains, and others delicate enough
to weigh infinitesimals. But in all the
universe there has only been one bal-
ance that could weigh thoughts, emo-
tions, affections, hatreds, ambitions,
That balance was fashioned by an Al-
mighty God and is hung up for perpet-
ual service. "The Lord weigheth the
This divine weigher puts into the
balance the spirit of charity and de-
cides how much of it really exists,
It may go for nothing at all.' It may
be that it says to the unfortunate:
"Take this, and do not bother me any
more. It may be an occasional im-
pulse. It may depend upon the con-
dition of the liver or the style of
breakfast partaken of a little while ual. Here is something which the
before. It may be called forth by the Attic and Babylonian weighing sys
loveliness of the solicitor. It may be terns of the past and the metric
exercised in spirit of rivalry, which weighing system of the present can
practically saj-s: "My neighbor has not manage. "The Lord weigheth the
given so much, therefore I must give
as much." It is accidental or occa-
sional or spasmodic. When such a
spirit of charity is put into the bal
ance and weighed, God and men and
angels look on and say there is noth
ing of it. It does not weight so much
as a dram, which is only the one-eighth
part of an ounce, or a scruple, which
is only the twenty-fourth part of an
ounce. A man may give his hundreds
and thousands of dollars with such
feelings and amid such circumstances,
and he will get no heavenly recogni
But into the divine scales another
man s chanty is placed. It starU
from love of God and man. It is born
in Heaven
ii is a nreiong character-
istic. It may have a million dollars
or a penny to bestow, but the man
ner in which that giver bestows it
shows that it is a divinely implanted
principle. The one penny given may.
considering the limited circum-
stances, attract as much angelic and
heavenly attention as though the
check given in charity was so large
it staggered the cashier of the bank
to cash it. It is not the amount
given, but the spirit with which it is
given. "The Lord weigheth the spir
its." Perhaps no one but God heard that
good man's resolutions, but it
amounted about to this: "From this
present moment to my last moment
on earth, God helping me, I will do I
an x can 10 inane inis world a purer
world, a . better world, a happier
worlJ But the resolution shines
out iu-.:s face, sweetens his conver
sation, enlarges his nature, controls
his life and shows itself as plainly in
the contribution of $1 as though he
had the means to contribute $500,000.
When that charity is put inio the
royal balance, the heavens watch the
weighing and invisible choirs chant
from the clouds, and I catch one bar
of the music: "Now abideth faith,
hope, charity these three; but the
greatest of these is charity."
There are Christian people who had
faith that China would be redeemed
and for 30 years have been contrib
uting toward that object, but they
changed their minds and now despair I
of th 1 Iowery Kingdom since the
Boxers began their massacres. There
are those who were busy in New
York missions and expected the sal
vation of our American cities until
recent developments showed that
the police were in complicity with I
crime, and now these Christian -.vork-J
ers are despairful, as though all were I
lost. Of what worth is such a man's
f aith? When weighed, will they have
what the chemists call atomic weight
the weight of an atom? No. Such
faith is no faith at all.
But there is another man who by I
repentance and prayer has put him-
self into alliance with the Almighty
God. Made all right by the Saviour's
grace, this man jjoes to work to make I
wrld rft. He says to himself
never launched a failure. The Gar-
den of Eden was a useless morass
compared with what the whole world
will be when it blossoms and leaves
and flashes and resounds with its
coming glory. God will save it any
how, with me or without me, but I
want to do my share. I have some
equipment not as much as some
others, but what I have I will use
I have power to frown, and I will
frown upon iniquity. I have power
to smile, and I will smile encourage
ment upon all the struggling. I have
a vocabulary not so opulent as the
vocabulary of some
others, but I
have a storehouse of good words,
and I mean to scatter them in help
fulness. I will ascribe right motives
to others when it is possible. If I can
say anything1 crood about others, I
will say it. If I can say nothing but
vile of them, I will keep my lips shut
as tight as the lips of the sphinx,
which for 3,000 years has looked off
upon the sands of the desert and
uttered not one word about the deso-
I lation. The scheme of reconstruct-
ing this world is too great for me
to manage, but I am not expected to
I boss this job. I have faith to believe
that the plan is well laid out and will
I be well executed. Give me a brick
and a trowel and I will begin now
to help build the wall. I am not a
soloist, but I can sing 'Rock of Ages
to a sick pauper. I cannot write a
great book, but I can pick a cinder
I out of a child's eye or a splinter
from under his thumb nail. I now
enlist in this army that is going to
take the world for God. and I defy
all the evil powers, human and Satan
ic, to discourage me. Count me into
the service. I cannot play "upon a
musical instrument, but I can polish
a cornet or string a harp or applaud
the orchestra."
All through that man's experience
there runs a faith that will keep him
cheerful and busy and triumphant.
I like the watchword of Cromwell s
Ironsides, the men who feared noth
ing and dared everything, going into
battle with the shout: "The Lord of
hosts is with us, the God of Jacob is
ou refuge! Selah!" No balance that
human brain ever planned or human
hand ever constructed is worthy of
weic-hing- such a spirit. Gold and
precious stones are measured by the
carat, which is four grains. The
dealer puts the diamond or the pearl
Dn one side of the scales and the
carat on the other side and tells you
t.h weight. But we need somethine
more delicately constructed to weigh
that wonderful quality of faith which
I am glad to know will be recognized
and rewarded for all time and all
eternity. The earthly weighman
counterpoises on metallic balances
the iron, the coal, the articles of hu-
man food, the solids of earthly mer-
chandise, but he cannot test or an-
nounce the amount of things spirit-
Put also into those roval scales the
-mhitimia snirit. Everv'healthv man
and woman has ambition. The lack
of it is a sure sign of idiocy or im
morality. The only question is, what
shall be the style of our ambition?
To stack up a stupendous fortune, to
acquire a resounding name, to sweep
everything we can reach into the
whirlpool of our own selfishness that
is debasing, ruinous and deathful. If
in such a spirit we get what we start
for, we only secure gigantic discon
tent. No man was ever made happy
by what he got. It all depends upon
the snirit with which we get it. and
the spirit with which we keep it, and
the spirit with which we distribute it.
Xot since the world stood has there
been any instance of complete happi
ness from the amount of accumula
tion. Give the man of worldly ambi
tion 60 years of brilliant successes.
He sought for renown, and the nations
speak his name. He sought for afflu
ence, and he is put to his wits' end
to find o,ut the best stocks and bonds
in which he may make his investments.
He is director in banks enough and
trustee in enough institutions and
president of enough companies to
bring, on paresis, of which he is now
dj-ing. The royal balances are lifted
to weigh the ambition which has con
trolled a lifetime. What was the
worth of that ambition? How much
did it yield for usefulness and Heaven?
Less than a scruple, less than a grain
of sand, less than an atom, less than
nothing. Have a funeral a mile long
with carriages, let the richest robes
of ecclesiastics rustle about th Co.s-
ket, caricature the scene by choirs
which chant: "Blessed are the dead
that die in the Lord." That man's life
is a failure, and if his heirs scuffle
in the surrogate's court about the in-
capacity of the testator to make a
last will and testament it will only
be a prolongation of the failure. The
son, through dissipation, spent Ms
share of the fortune before the father
died and so was cut off with a dol
lar. The daughter married against hi3
will, and she is disinherited. Relatives
whom he could never bear the sight of
will Put in their claim, and after years
of litigation so much of the estate
as the lawyers have not appropriated
to themselves will go into hands which
the testator never once thought oT
when, in his last days, he bade tearful
farewells to the houses and lands and
government securities he could not
take along with him into the sepulcher.
But look into the dream of that
schoolboy who, without saying any-
thing about it, is planning his lifetime
lareer. From an old book partly
written in Hebrew and partly written
in Greek, but both Hebrew and Greek
translated into good English, he reads
of a great farmer like Amos, a great
mechanic like Aholiab, a great lawyer
like Moses, a great soldier like Joshua,
a great king like llezekiah, a great
poet like David, a great gleaner lik
Ruth, a great physician like Luke,
great preacher like Paul, a great
Christ like no one on earth or in
Heaven because the superior of all be
ings terrestrial or celestiaL He ha
learned by heart the Ten Command
mints and the sermon on the mount
and has splendid theories about every
thing. Between that fair-haired boy
and the achievement of what he wants
and expects there are obstacles and
hindrances known only to the God
who is going to discipline him for
heroics magnificent. I have no power
to prophesy the different experiences
of his encouragement and disappoint
ment, of his struggle or his triumph,
but as sure as God lives to make His
word come true that boy who will sleep
to-night nine hours without waking
will be final victor. I do not know the
intermediate chapters of the volume
of that young man's life, but I know
the first chapter and the last chap
ter. The first chapter is made of high
resolve in the strength of God, and the
last chapter is filled with the rewards
of a noble ambition. As his obsequies
pass out to the cemetery the poor will
weep because they will lose their best
friend. Many in whose temporal wel
fare and eternal salvation he bore m
part will hear of it in various places
and eulogize his memory, and God will
say to the ascending spirit: "To him
that overcometh will I give to eat of
the tree of life which is in the midst of
the paradise of God." In the hour of
that soul's release and enthronement
there will be Heavenly acclamation,
as in the royaf" balances "the Lord
weigheth the spirits."
In the same divine scales the spirit
of nations and civilizations is weighed.
Egyptian civilization did its work, but
it was cruel and superstitious and
idolatrous and defiant of the Almighty.
It was cast out and cast down. The
tourist finds his chief interest not in
the generation that now inhabits the
regions watered by the Nile and
sprinkled by her cascades, but in the
temples that are. the skeletons of an
cient pride and pomp and power her
obelisks, hei- catacombs, her mosques,
the colossus of Rameses, the dead cit
ies of Memphis and Karnak, the mu
seum containing the mummified forms
of the pharaohs. It is not the Egypt
of to-day that we go to see, but the
Egypt of many centuries ago. Her
spirit has departed. Her doom was
sealed. The Lord weighed her spirit.
And so the spirit of our American
nation is put into the royal balance,
and it will be weighed as certainly as
all the nations of the past were
weighed and as all the nations of the
present are being weighed. When we
go to estimate the wealth of this na
tion, we weigh its gold and silver and
coal and iron and copper and lead, and
all the steelyards and all the balances
are kept busy. So many tons of this
and so many tons of that, a moun-
tainful of this metal and another
mountainful of another metal. That
is well. We want to know our mining'
wealth, our manufacturing wealth, our
agricultural wealth, and the bushel
measure and the scale have an impor
tant work. But know right well there
is a Divine weighing in this country all
the time going on, and I can tell you
our country's destiny if you will tell
me whether it shall be a God honoring
nation, reverential to the only book
of His authorship, observing the
"shalt nots" of the law of right
given on Mount Sinai and the law of
love given on the Mount of Beati
tudes, one day out of the week ob
served not in revelry, but in holy
convocation, marriage honored in
ceremony and in fact, blasphemy si
lenced in all the streets, high toned
systems of morals in all parts of our
land, then our institutions will live,
and all the wondrous prosperities ol
the present are only a faint hint of
the greater prosperities to come.
Richer harvests will rustle in the
fields, a higher style of literature will
turn its leaves in our libraries, nobler
men will adorn our state and nation
al legislature, and there will be Wash
ingtons and Hamiltons and Patrick
Henrys and John Marshalls and Abra
ham Lincolns in the future quite
equal to those of the past. And the
last day of the world's existence will
find our free American institutions
permanent as the mountains before
they begin to fall and glorious as the
seas before they begin to die.
What a world this will be when it
is weighed after its regeneration,
shall have taken place! Scientists
now guess at the number of tons our
world weighs, and they put the Appe
nines and the Sierra Nevadas and
Chimborazo and the Himalayas in the
scales. But if weighed as to its mor
als at the present time in the royal
balance the heaviest things would be
the wars, the international hatreds,
the crimes mountain high, the moral
disasters that stagger the hemi
spheres on their way through im
mensity. But when the Gospel has
gardenized the earth, as it will yet
gardenize it, and the atmosphere
shall be universal balm and the soil
will produce universal harvest and
fruitage and the last cavalry horse
shall be unsaddeled and the last gun
carriage unwheeled and the last for
tress turned into a museum to show
nations in peace what a horrid thing
war once was, then the world will be
weighed, and as the opposite side of
the scales lift as though it was light
as a feather the right side of tbe
scales will come down, weighing more
than all else those tremendous values
that St. Peter enumerated faith, vir
tue, knowledge, temperance, patience,
godliness, brotherly kindness, charity.
God forbid that it should ever be
written concerning us as individuals
or communities or nations as it was
written on the wall of Belshazzar's
banqueting hall the hour when Daniel
impeached the monarch and trans
lated the fiery words which blanched
the cheeks of the revelers and made
them drop their chalices brimming
with wine: "Thou art weighed in thm -balances
and found wanting."
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