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VOL. XXXIX-NO. 14.
BOLIVAR, TENNESSEE, FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 1904.
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lEe Wilderness Discipline
Why Jt Is Necessary and the Blessings That
Are to Be Found There
Sermon toy tb "Highway
Chicago, Sunday. . 1904
Text: 'To-morrow turn you, and get
you Into the wilderness by the way of the
Red sea." Numbers 14:25.
ACK to the wilder
ness instead of on
into the Promised
instead of bless
ing! P'ailure, in
stead of victory!
Suffering and pri
vation, instead of
comfort and plenty !
Sorrow, instead of
of the journey
' instead of rest
and peace of home! Doubtings and
fears, instead of confidence and hope
This was the penalty which fell upon
Israel because ff unbelief and rebel
lion. To-day they "might have gone
over into the Promised Land; to-morrow
they must turn back into the
wilderness. To-day the door of op
portunity stands open before them;
to-morrow it is shut and barred
against them. To-day that which
they left Egypt to obtain is within
their grasp; to-morrow that hope has
gone far down into the future.
Unbelief and rebellion could rob the
children of Israel of the blessing of
God, and unbelief and rebellion can
rob the children of God to-day. And
not only do they rob o. blessing, but
they deiay the realization of the
plans and purposes of God. Unbelief
and the rebellion resulting therefrom
pay the penalty of the wilderness jour
ney. it 13 weary discipline, the way
seems long and hard, but by and by,
when the discipline is complete, the
Lord leads out to the border of the
Promised Land again. In Israel we
find portrayed the experience of very
many of God's children. They are
faithfully led by God to the border of
a land of great opportunities and pos
sibilities. It is the will and purpose
of God that they should go up and
possess the land. God says: "Go
forward." But the walled cities look so
impregnable and the giants so mighty
and terrible that the heart grows faint.
unoenei taKes possession and urges
flight back to the Egypt of former
bondage. Self is chosen captain in
stead of God, and while rebellion Is
keeping the stubborn feet from going
on into the Promised Land, the op
portunity is lost, and the command of
God is then heard: "To-morrow turn
you, and get you into the wilderness
Then it is folly to attempt to rush on
into the Promised Land. Disaster lies
ahead; safety can only be found with
God in the wilderness behind. Let us
teek to learn with patience the lessons
God would there teach us.
THE purpose of this discipline was
three fold: Punishment, purifica
tion and preparation. And these are the
reasons why God to-day drives His chil
dren back into the wilderness. Their
sin of unbelief and rebellion must
be punished. The dross of unholy
desires and purposes must be burned
out of their lives even as the gold
is purified in the fire, and they
must be prepared anew for entrance
into the land of promise. Punish
ment for wrong doing is necessary
and wholesome. It is a wise and loving
parent who punishes his child for the
evil deed. Many a child is ruined for
time and eternity because the foolish,
misguided parent believes that indul
gence and the excusing and overlooking
of sin is love. So was it with the sons
of the Prophet Eli, a really godly man
but a weak and indulgent father. See
the awful fruitage of his lack of dis
cipline through punishment. Behold
David in anguish of spirit mourning over
his son Absalom. How could such a
godly man have such a wayward son?
Why was it that Amnon and Adonijah,
two others of his sons, wrought so dis
gracefully? Go back to the childhood
and youth of these men. Indulgence in
stead of discipline. David a truly great
and strong mail when ruling a nation,
but an indulgent and weak ft. .her. It
was not love, real love, which withheld
punishment. "He that spareth his rod
hateth his son; but he that loveth him
chasteneth him betimes." And delay
not the punishment, but "chasten thy
son while there is hope, and let not thy
soul spare for his crying." Wrong do
ing must be punished. Love finds ex
pression in punishment of evil. And so
God punishes because He loves. The
children of Israel must be punished for
their unbelief and rebellion. God's
children to-day must be punished for
sin. But "no chastening for the present
6eemeth to be joyous, but grievous;
nevertheless, afterward it yieldeth the
peaceable fruit of righteousness unto
them which are exercised thereby."
Punishment is part of the wilderness
PURIFICATION was another purpose
of the wilderness discipline. Israel
must needs be purified from the element
of unbelief before they could enter the
land of promise. During those forty
years of wandering one by one those
who in unbelief and rebellion had
thwarted the purpose of God perished in
the wilderness. Not one unbelieving
heart could possess the land. It Is so
with the child of God to-day. The wil
derness experience comes that the heart
and life may be freed from those things
which thwart God's purposes and plans.
One by one the fruits of unbelief and
self-will must be plucked off and perish
in the wilderness until the soul is free
from all that hindered the entering into
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end Byway" Preacher.
by J. M. Edon.)
the Promised Land at the first. Purifi-
cation is necessary. In our blindness
and hardness of heart we may not real
ize it. The children of Israel did not
realize it. The next day after their re
bellion when they awoke to the fact that
they had made a grievous mistake in
not going forward in faith and obedi
ence, they wanted to rush ahead. But
it was too late! The opportunity was
gone! The nation must now be purged
before it could enter the land. But the
people did not realize it. "They rose up
early in the morning, and gat
them up into the top of the moun
tain, saying: Lo, we be here, and
will go up unto the place which the
Lord hath promised; for we have
sinned." And despite all that Moses
could do they persisted, and great num
bers fell before the swords of the enemy.
ND in similar manner to-day God's
that sin has hindered a forward move
for God; but not realizing that purifica
tion is necessary before thej' can go
forward, they rush blindly ahead and
meet with disaster and defeat. If the
Lord is found now it must be in the
wilderness of discipline where He
commands His children to go. Back to
the wilderness where you may be puri
fied and prepared for the next opportun
ity of entering the promised land of
service! Every night and every day of
those long forty years in the wilderness
were needed for the preparation of the
children of Israel for entrance into the
promised land. Every mile of the Jour
ney had its purpope. Every experience
had its lesson which would prepare and
fit for the entering into the land. , And
so it is with the Christian to-day. The
wilderness disciplines may be long and
hard and grievous, but it is all blessed
preparation for the work and service
lying just ahead. Refusal to turn back
to the wilderness at God's command
means unpreparedness which brings de
feat. The wilderness discipline means
preparation so that the Jerichos shall
fall before our onward march and the
hosts of the enemy shall flee in terror.
It was sad indeed to see Israel refusing
to enter the blessed land of promise and
being turned back into the wilderness,
but after all the wilderness became a
blessedly helpful place because the Lord
THE wilderness with the Lord was
better than the Promised Land
without the Lord.
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manna which God gave was sweeter and
more wholesome than all the milk and
honey and fatness of Canaan without
the Lord's blessing
The journey wl;.b.
the Lord through the wilderness was far
better than to dwell in ease and com
fort in a land apart from God. The Lord
in the wilderness! Think of what that
means! I may not be proud because of
the sad necessity which brought me
there, but being there, how glad I am
that the Lord is there with me. Are you
in the wilderness, dear brother, dear
sister? Are you rebellious? Have you
shut your heart against God under His
discipline? In the wilderness many,
many rebellious souls perished because
they would not see God. The Lord was
there, but they would not believe it. In
your wilderness experience are you
shutting your eyes to the Lord Who has
been forced to lead you there for your
good? Are you refusing to believe that
He is with you in the suffering, the trial,
the weariness, the hardship, the danger?
Then remember the children of Israel.
oee now uo uiaue me wilderness a
blessing to them. Because His children
fail Him God does not banish them to
the wilderness alone. No, blessed be His
mercy and love and great faithfulness!
He goes into exile with us. He, tco,
turns His back on the land flowing with
milk and honey and abideB with us in
the wilderness until we are again ready
to enter the land. The Lord in the wil
derness with us means that the punish
ment will be no more severe or long
than is for our good; it means that the
miserable dross of unbelief and rebel
lion which barred the pathway to the
Promised Land will be purged away, and
that we shall be fitted anew for the op
portunity of entering when the door
shall again swing open.
UT perhaps, like Caleb and Joshua
and Moses, you are in the wilderness
not because of your own failure, or un
belief, or rebellion. You are the inno
cent sufferer for others' wrong doing.
Does it not seem hard that the. ihree
great men of faith and obedience should
have had to suffer so? It majL, seem
hard and unreasonable to you to have to
suffer because of what others have done,
but Moses and Caleb and Joshua were
needed In the wilderness, and so, too,
there may be a mission for you in the
wilderness. There are two reasons, I
believe, why these three men were glad
to go back into the wilderness: First
of all, because the Lord led thejway and
was to be found only in that place, and
second, because it was the place where"
they were needed most. Think you that
these three faithful servants of God
were idle during those forty years of
wandering? They had to encourage and
help and strengthen the people all about
them who had not so much faith as they
had, who had not the patience which
they possessed, who had not the cour
age and perseverance with which they
were endowed. And you, dear Christian,
may be in the wilderness with weaker
Christians all about you with a similar
mission to perform. The plan of God
is larger than any two or three f!hris-
tlans. For Moses and Caleb ani Joshua
to have gone Into the Promised Land
would .not have fulfilled the promisea
and purposes of God. These Included
Israel as a nation, and Moses and his
two faithful compatriots must remain
with Israel and wait Until the nation was
ready to move forward and take posses
sion of the Promised Land. And does
not this explain why so many times the
child of God Is shut up in the wilder
ness? He must wait until the large plan
of God which includes all of God's chil
dren can be realized. And as he waits he
has a ministry to perform In behalf of
the weaker brother. It is blessed for
even the Calebs and the Joshuas in the
wilderness, for the Lord is there.
HE wilderness discipline delays but
poses of God. God forgive us as Chris
tians because we so often by our con
duct, by our lack of faith, by our will
fulness, by our disobedience, delay the
working out of God's plans. The devil
Is responsible for a good deal in thi3
world. He never lets a chance slip to
hinder and prevent the will of God being
done in the hearts of men. But the
slow progress of the Gospel In the world
is not due wholly to his activity. The
Kingdom of Christ suffereth violence at
the hands of its friends. Christians
hinder the Gospel. They delay the pur
poses and plans of God. I say, It is sad,
Indeed, that such is the case, and our
hearts ought to breathe the prayer:
God forgive us! and help us to cease
such conduct." But it is a blessed
thought, and full .of encouragement,
that we cannot thwart God's plans. We
may fail God. We may even be so per
sistent in our rebellion that He will
have to set us aside as He did Saul and
choose a man after His own heart
through whom to fulfill His purposes,
but, blessed be God! not one jot or one
tittle shall pass from the purposes or
plans of God until all are fulfilled
Forty years in the wilderness! a long
delay. They might have been bet
ter spent in clearing the land
of the enemies of God and
cleansing it from the foulness and
filth of idol worship. But after all
they were only years of delay. The
Lord was victorious in the end through
His people. They wnt in and possessed
the land as God said they should. An
entire nation In rebellion, except the
two faith-inspired spies, was not sufti
cient to nullify those promises, or short
en the mighty arm of God. What God
had promised came to pass, even though
it took forty years longer to do It, and
the loss or every unbelieving ana re
bellious heart. God cannot be thwarted
in the glorious unfolding of His plans
The wilderness discipline marks delay
but not defeat.
OD has mighty and glorious pur-
-J poses to fulfill through His chil
dren to-day. Not all the powers of hell.
or the faithlessness of Christians, can
defeat those purposes. Ah, the promised
110spa and nianc 0f Ood alwava lies inst
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ahead. Are we as Christians, or is the
church of Jesus Christ, as made up of
Jng about tnrougn the wilderness of dis
cipline? Has delay come? Then look
not In discouragement and doubt upon
the dreary wastes about you, think not
of the weary way and the uncertain path
before you. but lift up your eyes until
they rest upon the unfailing promises
of God as they fill the distant horizon
with their glorious light and mark the
boundaries of that land of promise into
which God will lead when the discipline
of the wilderness is ended. Has God
said: "Turn you, and get you into the
wilderness." Ere long He will say to
you: "Go forward." The glorious
Gospel of Christ shall triumph. God
declared on the occasion when Israel
failed Him and He had to turn them
back into the wilderness In disgrace:
"But as truly as I live, all the earth
shall be filled with the glory of the
Lord." The full realization of that
promise Is yet in the future. "The earth
shall be full of the knowledge of the
Lord, as the waters cover the sea."
"In the dispensation of the fullness of
time (can you fathom all that means?)
in the dispensation of the fullness of
time, He shall gather togfther in one all
things in Christ, both which are in.
Heaven, and which are on earth; even
im Him." What glorious hope! When
you get into the wilderness of disci
pline keep your eye on the cloudy pil
lar of God's presence, and wait pa
tiently. Has God turned you back into
the wilderness? Do not forget that
"Jesus shall reign where'er the sun
Does his successive journeys run;
His Kingdom stretch from shore to shore
Till moons shall wax and wane no more."
Kf pins Krlrnl.
Friendship is worth taking trouble
about. It is one of the things about
which we should remember the Apostle s
command, "Hold fast that which is
good." Thoreau said: "The only danger
In friendship is that it will end." Cor
respondence and conversation and social
courtesies are the ways in which we
throw guards around our friendships
lest they end. A man who loses a friend
for want of a letter now and then is
like a man who loses his money for lack
of a pocketbook. He is losing a very
precious thing for lack of a very little
expense and trouble. How carefully
Jesois selected the- close circle of his
friends, and how watchfully he guarded
their mutual friendship after he had
selected them. The friend who sticketh
closer than a brother is always one who
has taken Eome trouhlein the matter of
his friendships. Let us be careful that
we do not go through life with holes in
our pockets through which our friend
ships slip. S. S. Times.
Cinematograph and Snrsery.
The cinematograph seems to have been
rather successfully used by Paris sur
geons for a very novel purpose, namely,
that of . exhibiting to medical students
bow typical surgical operations should
be carried out.
THE FOURTH DAY
OF THE FUNERALS
Uucatro bpends Another Day in.
Burying Remains of Iro
quois Fire Victims.
THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS CLOSED
AS TRIBUTE TO DA0 TEACHERS.
The School Iloarl Will Take Action
Looking to the extension of Aid
to the Families of the Teachers
So Suddenly Removed From the
Field of Activity.
Chicago, Jan. 4. To-day, the fourth
devoted to the funerals of the Iroquois
fire victims, were a repetition of the
scenes of previous days. Many funerals,
belated because of inability to secure
hearses and carriages, took place Mon
day. Althought the occasional sight
of the slow moving corteges, some
with more than one hearse at the head,
was a reminder of the pall of death up
on the city, there was no appreciable
cessation of business activity. The
public schools, however, were closed as
a tribute to 37 dead teachers, victims
of the fire. Members of the Chicago
Teachers' federation met In the socie
ty's office to hear memorial addresses
Supt. Cooley said the board would take
action Wednesday evening toward ex
tending aid to the families of dead
OTIIKR DEATHS lXli:d ISD.
Six. .More Anionic the Injured Xot
Eipeoteil to Snrvive.
Chicago, Jan. 4. Victims of the Iro
quois fire still living, but not expected
to survive, are Mrs. P. T. Kimball, Mrs
Rose Stafford and Frederick Patterson,
at St. Luke's hospital; Mrs. L. O.
Nelms and C. C. Berry ,at the Samaritan
hospital, and Mrs. Emily Van Ingle, at
the Presbyterian hospital.
Of those reported missing last week,
a number have been accounted for.
Amcng them are: Miss Anna Romaine
and James Prayer, Peoria, 111.
Fire Inspector FuIkerHon 'Will Make
41 it KxlinuMtive Iuqniry.
Chicago, Jan. 4. The investigation
Into the Iroquois fire horror has passed
beyond the stage of cause seeking to
that of fixing the responsibility for
cause. This responsibility has been
taken up by Fire Inspector Monroe
Fulkerson, who has the assistance and
co-operation of the chief of police and
of Coroner Traeger. Every employe of
the theater. Loth on the stage and in
the auditorium, are on the list sum
moned for investigation. Witnesses to
the number of 65 will be examined.
I'nys Holla Levied tpon.
Upon Treasurer John J. Noonan of
the Iroquois theater Chief O'Neill has
levied upon the payrools of the house,
giving the names of the employes.
From union officials other data con
cerning these employes has been
Although the police interposed no ob
jection when the members of the "Mr.
Bluebeard" company left for the east,
some of the actors may be brought
back to add their testimony to that of
the 10 members who have been arrest
I'ointM Determined l'un.
Inspector Fulkerson said: "I have de
termined that the fire originated from
the contact of a linen curtain with an
Intensely hot and inadequately protec
ted flood light. I have determined that
the curtain stuck because of a piece of
stage mechanism in normal operation
was directly in the path of the descent
of the fire shield. I know that the fire
was driven under the suspended curtain
by the rush of cold air into the stage
when someone opened the stage door.
The Xext Step.
"I have evidence that the automatic
skylights over the stage did not open
as they should have done and create a
Rue through which the smoke, steam
and heated air on the burning stage
could have found vent. It is apparent
that the exits were not adequate. The
next step is fixing the responsibility."
A Hemnrkalile Showing.
Chicago, Jan. 4. The nuaiber of
Iroquois fire victims who lived in
places elsewhere than this city is re
markable. The health department has
issued burial permits to the number
of 233 for the bodies of persons who
lived outside of Chicago.
I'orto Hicans ot Aliens.
Washington, Jan. 4. In an opinion
by Chief Justice Fuller the supreme
court of the United States has de
cided that citizens of Porto Rico are
not aliens of the United States and
that they are entitled to entr this
country without obstruction.
Given the Limit.
Helena, Mont, Jan. 4. Isaac Gra-
velle, convicted or" sending threaten
ing letters to the Northern Pacific
Railway Co., has been sentenced to
ter. years in the penitentiary and tti
l ay 1. fine of $5,000. This is the max
imum penalty for the crime.
Col. Hart Gibson.
St. Paul, Minn., Jan. 4 Col. Hart
Gibson, formerly one of Kentucky's
most noted breeders of thoroughbreds,
and a brother of the late Senator Ran
dall Lee Gibson, of Louisiana, died,
Sunday night, of heart disease.
Chicago, Jan. 4. Rufus Blanchard,
cartographer and historian, and for
many years one of the most widely-
nown citizens of Chicago, is dead at
is home in Wheaton, 111. Mr. Blanch
ard was 82 years old.
The Situation Between Russia and
Japan More Reassuring.
Negotiations Takins a Tarn Afford
ing Best Prospects For an Ami
Cologne, Germany, Jan. 4. The ten
sion between Russia and Japan has ap
preciably decreased and the situation,
in authoritative circles, is considered
quite reassuring, according to a special
to the Cologne Gazette from Sf. Peters
burg, "although the preparations and
strategic deployment of both armies
will not be immediately interrupted,'
says the correspondent, "pending tha
negotiations taking a turn affording
the best prospects of Russia coming
to a complete understanding with
Japan." The dispatch also says that
the Russian reply is expected shortly
and that Viceroy Alexieff will start in
February for St. Petersburg.
THE RUSSIAN ItEPLY.
It Is All Ready Except the Elabora
tion of the Details.
St. Petersburg, Jan. 4. The foreign
office is authority for the statement
that the Russian reply will be trans
mitted to Japan in a day or two. The
reply will not be merely "yes" or "no,1
but will be made up of reasoned prop
ositions. . The general basis of this
communication is already complete,
but the details are being elaborated.
A CORDIAL, CONFEHF.NCE.
Minister Knrlno and Foreign Min
ister Lnnsdorf Confer.
St. Petersburg, Jan. 4. The Japan
ese minister here, M. Kurino, has au
thorized the statement that he had
a cordial conference with Foreign
Minister Lamsdorf on Friday last, and
that he is convinced, by the Iatter's
sincere conciliatory attitude, that the
Russian government is disposed to
seek a peaceful settlement.
First Appearance of Rev. Kdwaril
Everett Hnle, the Xew Chap
lain of the Senate,
Washington, Jan. 4. Rev. Edward
Everett Hale pronounced the invoca
tion in the senate on the convening of
that body Monday. Dr. Hale was elect
ed chaplain of the senate just before
the holiday recess. He wore ecclesias
tical robes and in the invocation he
referred to the recent death of Mrs.
Hoar, and to the Chicago disaster as
"the city in tribulation and trial."
Mr. Lodge gave notice that he would
address the senate on the Panama
At 12:30 a message from President
Roosevelt was received by the senate
and its. reading begun.
At the opening of the house, the
chaplain prayed for peace between
Japan and Russia. The resignation of
Mr. McClellan (N.. Y.) was announced,
IOWA'S CAPITOL BURNING.
The Three Million Dollar Capitol
HaUding at Des Moinew, la.,
Des Moines, la., Jan. 4. Fire broke
out in the attic of Iowa's $3,000,000
capitol building at ten o'clock Monday
morning, and threatens destruction to
the entire structure.
Eleven companies of firemen are
fighting the flames.
Officials are endeavoring to save
their effects and are making prepara
tions to move to other quarters.
The ceiling of the house of repre
sentatives has fallen in and the flames
are spreading to the senate chamber.
The building is doomed.
It was erected twenty years ago at
a cost of nearly $3,000,000.
At two o'clock the flames were not
TO REPORT FAVORABLY.
The Senate Committee on Military
AITnlrs to Report the Nomination
of Gen. Wood Favorably.
Washington, Jan. 4. The senate
committee on military affairs, Monday,
decided to report favorably the nom
ination of Gen. Leonard Wood to be
major-general. The vote stood 7 to 2,
the affirmative senators being Proctor,
Warren, Foraker, Quarles, Alger, Cock-
rell and Pettus; the negatives, Scott
and Blackburn. Senator Proctor was
not present, but authorized his vote to
be recorded. Hawley and Bates were
FOR SECRETARY OF WAR.
The Nomination of Vm. M. Taft
Sent to the Senate The Succes
sion In the Philippines.
Washington, Jan. 4. The president
sent to the senate, Monday, the nom
ination of Wm. M. Taft, of Ohio, to
be secretary of war.
The president also nominated Luke
E. Wright, of Tennessee, to be civil
governor of the Philippine islands,
and Henry C. Ide, of Vermont, to be
vice-civil governor of the Philippine
Dowager Empress of Corea Dead.
Washington, Jan. 4. Minister Allen,
at Seoul, has advised the state depart
ment that the empress dowager of
Corea died on the morning of Janu
ary 2- x.
Fire at Overbrooke, Kan.
Over brook, Kas., Jan. 4. Fire, Mon
day, in the business portion of this
town of 1,000 destroyed five stores.
Japan is ready for war and calmly
The probable modificatioa of public
land laws is exciting interest at Wash
ington. The work of congress is to be expe
dited and adjournment may occur soon
after May 1.
Bloomington, 111., has an exciting
Sunday because of mob violence as an
incident of a street car strike.
The belief prevails at Washington
that no statehood legislation at pres
ent session of congress is likely.
The department of justice is to take
up the inquiry Into affairs in the In
dian territory the present week.
Fire destroyed St. Catherine's acad
emy at Springfield, Ky., with a loss of
$200,000. The young ladies lost all
their belongings. '
Chinese cruisers at Shanghai are pre
paring for active service. They are tak
ing on board ammunition and supplies.
They will remain there for orders.
Herman Schmidt, a well-known mu
sician of St. Louis, despondent over
long-continued ill health, committed
suicide by shooting.
Mrs. J. C. Elliott, of St. Louis, at
tacked a thief, who entered her home,
and recovered $150 worth of silverware
he had wrapped in a cloth.
Recent army orders are explained at
Washington as bearing simply on be
ing prepared for war, not necessarily
a trip to Colombia.
Friends of Rear Admiral Schley in
the Maryland legislature propose spe
cial legislation to enable him to vote
in political contests.
A committee meeting is to be held at
Washington, Wednesday, to fix a date
for taking up the Reynolds-Butler con
tested election case from St. Louis.
Chief of Detectives Desmond of St.
Louis arrived at Mexico city, Sunday,
on his way to Guadalajara to take into
custody Charles Kratz, the St. Louis
Sunday was a day of funerals in Chi
cago and, for the first time in the his
tory of the city, all people who desired
to bury their dead were unable to- do
Following its grief, Chicago is des
tined to be shocked by an infamous
scandal growing out of ihe work of
ghouls, who robbed the bodies of the
Three boys, about ten years of age,
two named Loundberry, and the third
named Duteher, were frozen to death
at Bay Port. Mich., during Saturday
night's terrific snowstorm. The boys
were fishermen's sons.
The Missouri, Kansas & Texas and
the Burlington railroad freight offices
at Main and O'Fallon streets, St. Louis,
were burned shorty after Sunday mid
night, and valuable books and papers
John W. Strong, for several years
commercial editor of the Chicago Trib
une, died, Sunday, in his berth on
board the Monon train a short time be
fore the latter reached Indianapolis.
Socialists' National Convention.
Chicago, Jan. 4. Chicago has been
selected as the site of the national so
cialist convention, May 1, 1904. Ar
rangements will be made for the ac
commodation of 500 delegates. The se
lection was made by referendum bal
lot. Fears of Typhoid Epidemic.
Kittaning, Pa., Jan. 4. Grave fears
exist that Kittaning may have an epi
demic of typhoid fever than will rival
Butler. A month ago there were but
four cases reported. Now there are 100
cases, and the disease is increasing
The Stage of the Rivers.
I Change Rainfall
Cine inn a ti 10.7 0.S
St. Louis 4.4 -K).5
Memphis 5.9 0.1
Cairo 12.3 0.1
New Orleans ' 4.1 0.0 j -
MONDA-Y, Jan. 4.
Grain and Provisions.
St. Louis Flour Patents. ?4.2;f; 4.35e;
other grades, J3.tV?M.20. Wheat No. 2 red,
S9M91c. Corn No. 2 mixed. -iS'c.
Oats No. 2. SASc. lfav Tlmottt v.
$9.Xf?12.50; prairie, $7,005 HUX; clover.
J10.WSj12.2d. Lard Choice stearn. Ji.rc
Pork New mees, $1X60. Bacon Clear rib,
T'feo. Butter Creamery, 2OJj20c; dairy,
13fg20c. Kggrs Fresh, 27c. Wool Tub
washed, 'AXri'&pAc; Missouri and Illinois
combing, 21(g21c; other Grades, 13&20l.tc.
Indianapolis Wheat No. 2 red. ?c:
No. 3 red, SSc. Corn No. 2 white, 4214c;
No. 2 yellow. 42lc. Oats No, 2 mixed.
87 Vic. Hay Timothy, $10.00 11.23.
Chicago Closing- quotations: Wheat
May, v6c; July, aiSlTic; September,
7y,ii75c. Com January. 4214c; March,
4oVic; May, 4H(a ISTfec; July, 4-t,4-'ji4tviJ,c;
September. 4ti!ic. Oats January. 3S;sc;
Oats January, 3-30; May. Ssl-i-fT'-'c;
July, 35Vfec Pork January, $13.272; May,
flXeiVx. Lard January, $6.50; May, $7.14'..
Short ribs January, $6.50; May, $6.S0.
Live Stock Markets.
St. Louis Cattle Fancy exports. $5.002
6.60; butchers'. $3.75S5.50; stockers, SZ.KK-O
3.75; cows and heifers, $2.50fa4.50. Hogs
Packers, J.iOTa.So; buu-hers", $4.i$y?i4.s.v.;
liKht, $4.304.80. Sheep Mutton sheep,
$3.25&3.50; lambs, $4.00&q,G0.
Indianapolis Cattle Good to prime
steers, $4.54j5.25. Hogs Good to prime
heavie $4.SS5.00; medium and mixed.
$4.C6'fi4.80. Sheep Good to choice sheep,
i3;gZ.Z0; lambs, $4.505.75.
Kansas City Cattle Native steers.
$3 5014.65: southern steers. $2.50&4X0;
southern cows, $1.50tg2.6o; native cows and
heifers. $2.4i.j3.85: stockers and feeders.
$3.25&3.75; calvep, $2.5r&5.60; western ste?rs,
$3.4tS4.00; western cows, $1.5oCi2.90. Ho?s
Heavy, $4.6rn4.80; packers, $4.504.70; pi?s
and light, 4. 4014. 7f. sneep Muuons,
64.3: lambs. J4.5io.t.; range wetneriS,
$3.604.10; ewes, $2.203.65.
Quotations for middlinjr range as fol
lows: St. Louis, 13Vic; New York, lZic;
Nfw York. Jan. 4. Money on cell
easier. 2V4(56 Der cent.: closing bid and
offered, 2V4l time loans, easier; Hzo for
all dates; prime mercantile paper, &V2'mo;
sterling exchange firm, with actual busi
ness In bankers' bills at S4-3orr4!4.43 for
demand and at 4S1.3v 4S1.40 for CO-day
bills: posted rates, 462 ana 4!'yi-;
commercial bills, 4sl1,4: "oar silver.
Mexican dollars. 432- Government bouus.
steady; railroad bonds, easy.
; Af, IMPROMPTU MEMORIAL
I r-. T TM A..;Ai-a Tni'n la
Singing "Nearer, My God,
Were Led by Rev. II. C. Consdon,
Chicago, as Memorial to Vic
tims of the Great Fire.
St. Louis, Jan. 2. An affecting
memorial service, said to have been en
tirely impromptu, for the victims of
the Chicago theater fire, took place at
the Century theater New Year's night
when the entire audience joined in
singing "Nearer, My God, to Thee."
The curtain had descended on the
second act of Ezra Kendall's play.
Holiday cheer, the joys of New Year's
day had been heightened by the humor
and wit of Mr. Kendall and his com
pany. The hum of merry chatter had
begun, just as the orchestra leader
raised his baton to direct some rollick
"Ladies and Gentlemen "
In a second the eyes of every one 1b
the crowded playhouse were turned to
ward a man who had arisen from his
seat and was speaking.
"In the midst of our pleasure," con
tinued the speaker, "I believe you will
all join me in devoting a moment's
thought to the frightful catastrophe
which befell a similar audience in Chi
cago a few days ago. Let us remem
ber the unfortunates."
Absolute silence marked the pause.
The throng, ueeply impressed and In
full sympathy, waited for a continua
tion of the simple speech.
Nearer, my God, to thee,
Nearer to thee. , '
The speaker, Rev. H. C. Cong-don,
had begun this hymn, familiar to every
At the second bar the orchestra took
up the air, and presently hundreds of
voices joined in the singing until the
sacred melody swelled and filled the
playhouse like the tones of a great
pipe organ in a cathedral.
When the last note ebbed tears were
to be seen in many eyes. .
Dowle Departs Front ZIon.
.Chicago, Jan. 2. John Alexander
Dowle, accompanied by four of the
leaders in Zion City, started on his
trip around the world Friday. Every
resident of Zion City turned out to see
The 3IcKinIey Memorial.
Canton, O., Jan. 2. The time limit
for the submission of designs for the
! McKinley memorial expired Friday.
Over 100 designs have been offered, six
of which are the work of foreign artists
Traaredy Cansed by Jealonsy.
Huntsville, N. J., Jan. 2. Oscar Dar
mody, a young farmer, shot his wife
' dead in the.ir hrm na.r thin vi 1 1 a-
Friday and fired a oullet throu hi
own heart. The motive of the crime is
said to have been jealousy.
Meeting- of American Hierarchy.
New York, Jan. 2. A special meet
ing of the American hierarchy of the
Catholic church has been called for
January 31 at Washington. A confer
ence of the trustees of the Catholic
university has also been ordered.
A valuable tin mine has been dis
covered in Alaska.
Street railway strikes are going on
at Bloomington and Normal, 111.
The Mexican finance commission has
reported in favor of adopting the gold
Matthew M. Flesh, for 50 years en
gaged in the painting business in St.
Louis, is dead.
Teachers and other attaches of New
York city schools are charged with
Nineteen Chicago theaters have
been closed until they are provided
with asbestos curtains.
Two men were incinerated in a fire
which destroyed a hotel and a church
at Mount Sterling, Ky.
Nine business houses and two dwel
lings were burned at Senath, Mo., with
losses aggregating $35,000.
The sentiment among congressmen
on the question of national aid in road
building is crystallizing along non
Subtreasurer Akins and Postmaster
Wyman at St. Louis formally assumed
charge, Friday, of the offices to which
they have been appointed.
A St. Louis fire underwriter asserts
that the theaters in that city are "ver
itable fire traps" and advocates instal
lation of protection devices.
The Danish crown prince acted In
behalf of his father at the New Year's
reception, King Christian's condition
being the cause of much concern.
Baptists do not' approve of Mr.
Rockefeller's methods, and it is re
ported that the denomination will ac
cept no more gifts of money from him.
Col. McClellan assumed office as
mayor of New York, Friday, and gave a
reception to thousands of enthusiastic
democrats who gathered at the city
Emperor William says he intends to
send to the World's fair, for exhibition,
the great silver service which was pre
sented to him on his accession to the
The department of agriculture Is pre
paring for an active war during the
year for the eradication of the cotton
boll weevil, and have great hopes of
Charles Morgan, 17 years old, was ar
rested at his home near Watson, Mo.,
for sending threatening letters to of
ficials of the Burlington railroad. The
A man standing in Kentucky shot
hi father-in-law across the state line
in Tennessee. A knotty problem has
arisen as to which state has jurisdic
tion to try the case,