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TALM AGE'S SE1M0N.
Watering-Piaco tifo, Its Tempta
tions and Dissipations.
fl Mil 11 T
It'llIN f,,r II... ,.,1a nia
tnuury f tMl sIO, ,,,, wh)re
Hcv. T. DoWitt Tnlmajo delivered
the following discourse on the "Abuso :
w Summer UnHorta" in the Brooklyn
Academy of Music. His text was: j
Conio y., yours.-lvrs apurt unto a dosorl
rme and rest uwhile. Murk i HI.
Hero Christ advises His disciplos to
take a vacation. They havo boon living
an excited as well as a usoful life, and
Ho advises that they got out into tho
country. I am jrlad that for longer or
Rhortor timo multitudes of our people
will havo summer vacation. The rail
way trains are being laden with passon
pors and baggage on their way to tho
mountains and tho soashoro. Multi
tudes of our citizens are packing their
trunks for a rostorativo absence.
Tho city heats are pursuing tho peo
plo with torch and fear of sunstroke.
The long silent halls of sumptuous
hotels are all abuzz with excited ar
rivals. Tho crystalline surface of Win
nlpisoogeo is shattered with the stroke
of steamer laden with excursionists.!
The antlers of Adirondack deer rattle
tinder tho shot of city sportsmen. The
trout mako fatal snaps at the hook of
adroit sportsmen and toss their spotted
brilliance into the game basket. Al
ready the baton of the orchestral leader
taps tho music stand on the hotel
green, and American life puts
on fostal array, and the'
rumbling of tho ten-pin alloy, and tho
crack of tho ivory balls on tho preen
l,aized tables, and tho jolting of tho
bar-room goblets, and tho explosive un
corking of champagne bottles, and the
whirl and tho rustle of tho ball-room
daneo, and tho clattering hoofs of the
race courses, attest that the season for
tho great American watoring places is
fairly inaugurated. Music flute and
drum and cornet-a-piston, and clap
ping cymbals will wake tho echoes of
(ilad I am that fagged-out American
life Sor the most part will have an op
portunity to rest, and that nerves
racked and destroyed will find a Bo
thesda. I believe in watering places.
Xt not the commercial Arm begrudge
the clerk, or tho employer the journey
mains, or the patient the physician, or
the church its paster, a season of inoc
cupation. Luther used to sport with his
children; Edmund Burke used to caress
his favorite horse; Thomas Chalmers,
in the dark hours of the church's dis
ruption, played kite for recreation as
1 was told by his own daughter and
tho busy Christ said to tho- busy apos
tles: "Come yo apart awhile into the
desert and rest yourselves." And I
have observed that they who do not
know how to rest do not know how to
But I have to declare this truth to
day, that some of our fashionable water- I
ing places are the temporal and eternal j
destruction of "a multitude that no
man can number," and amid the con
gratulations of this season and the ,
prospect of tho departure of many of
you for tho country I must utter a note j
of warning plain, carnost and unmis
takable. The first temptation that is apt to j
hover in this direction is to leave your
piety all at home. You will send the
dog and cat and canary bird to be well
cared for somowhoro else; but the
tomptation will be to leave your relig
ion in the room with tho blinds down
and the door bolted, and then you will
come back in tho autumn to find
that it is starved and sutTo
oated, lying stretched on tho rug
stark dead. There is no surplus
of piety at the watoring places I never
knew any ono to grow very rapidly in
jrrace at the fashionable summer resort.
It is gonorally the case that tho Sab
Lath is moro of a carousal than any
other day, and thoro aro Sunday walks
and Sunday rides and Sunday excur
sions. Elders and deacons and ministers , of
reMjjion who aro entirely consistent at
Lome, some times when tho Sabbath
dawns on them at Niagara Falls or the
White mountains take tho day to them
selves. If they go to tho church, it is
apt to bo a sacred parade, and tho dis
course, instead of being a plain talk
about tho soul, is apt to bo what
is called a crack sermon-that
is, some discourse picked out
of tho effusions of the year
as the ono most adapted to excito ad
miration; and in those churchos, from
the way tho ladlos hold their fans, you
know that they aro not so much im
pressed with tho heat as with the pict
uresqueness of half-disclosed features.
Four puny souls stand in tho organ-loft
and squall a tune that nobody knows,
and worshipers, with two thousand dol
lars' worth of diamonds on the right
hand drop a cent into the poor-box, and
then the benediction is pronouncod and
the farco is ended.
Tho air is bewitched with "the
world, the flesh and the devil." There
are Christians who in three or four
weeks in such a place have had such.
Urrible rents made in their Christian,
robes that they had to keep darning it
until Christmas to get it mended. ThOj
health of a great many people makes an
annual vHH to some mineral spring an
ttsoluto necessity; but tako your Bible
along with you, and tako an hoar for
secret prayer every day, though
iyou bo surrounded by guffaw and
'saturnalia. Keep holy tho Sabbath,
though they denounce you as a
bigoted 1'urituu. Stand oft from tho
institutions which propone to imitate on
this side of (he water tho iniquities of
olden-timo Baden-Baden. Lot
moral and your immoral hoalth
paco with your physical recuperation,:
land remember that all tho waters of
'Hathorne and sulphur and chalybeate
Springs can not do you ho much good asj
jtho mineral, healing, perennial flood;
that breaks from tho "Kock of Ages.";
This may bo your last summer. If so,"
make it a fit vestibule of Heaven.
Another temptation around noarlyi
all our watering-places is tho horse
racing businoss. Wo all admire tho
horso. There needs to bo a rodistribu
tlon of coronets among tho brute crea
tion. For ages tho lion has boon called
the king of beasts. I knock off its cor
onot and put tho crown upon the horso,!
in every way nobler, whether in shape,
or spirit of sagacity or intelligence, on
affection or usefulness. Ho is somi, & Parisian roue, tho heroine an unprin
human, and knows how to reason , on & cipled flirt chapters in tho book that
small scalo. Tho centaur of olden times,;' you would not read to your children at
part horso and part man, seems to bo a the rate of ono hundred dollors a linel
suggestion of the fact that tho horse is; Throw out that stuff from your
something moro than a boast summer baggage. Are there not
Job sets forth his strength, his boauty,! good books that aro oasy to read
his maiostv. tho pantins of his nostril." i books of congenial history, books of
tho pawing of his hoof and his onthusi 1
asm for tho battle. What Rosa Bon-;
heur did for the cattle, and what Land-?
seer did for tho dog, Job, with might
ier pencil, doos for the horso. Eighty-!
eight times doos tho Biblo speak
him. He comes into every kincrly pro
cession, and into every great occasion
and into every triumph. It is very
evident that Job and David, and Isaiah,
and Ezekiel, and Jeremiah, and John
wore very fond of tho horso. Ho came
into much of their imagery. A red horso
that meant war; a black horso that
meant famine; a pale horse that meant
death; a whito horso that meant vie-,
As the Biblo makes a favorite of the
horso, the patriarch and tho prophot
and the evangelist and the apostle,
stroking his sleek hide, and patting his
rounded neck, and tenderly lifting his
exquisitely formed hoof, and listening
with a thrill to the champ of his bit, so
all great natures in all ages havo spo
ken of him in ecomiastic terms. Virgil
in his tleorgics almost seems to pla
giarize from the description of Job. The
Duke of Wellington would not allow any
ono irreverently to touch his old war
horse, Copenhagen, on whom ho had
ridden fifteen hours without dismount
ing at Waterloo; and when old Copen
hagen died, his master ordered a mili
tary salute fired over his grave. John
Howard showed that he did not ex
haust all his sympaties in pitying tho
human race, for whon sick ho writes
home: "Has my old chaiso-horso bo
come sick or spoiled?"
But we do not think that the speed of
the horso should be cultured at tho ex
pense of human degradation. Horso,
races, in olden times, whore undor the
ban of Christian people, and in our day
the same institution has come up under
fictitious names, and it is called a
"Summer Meeting," almost suggestive
to positive religious exercises. And it'
is called "Agricultural Fair," sug
gestive of every thing that is improving
in the art of farming. But under these
deceptive titles are tho same cheating'
and tho same betting, tho samo drunk
enness and the samo vagabondage and
the samo abominations that were to bo
ound under tho old horso-racing sys
tem. I never know a man yet who could,
give himself to tho pleasures of tho turf
for a long reach of timo and not be bat
tered in morals. They hook up thoir
spanking team, and put on thoir sport-'
ing cap, and light thoir cigar, and tako,
tho reins, and dash down tho road to
perdition. The great day at Saratoga,
Long Branch, and Capo May, and near
ly all tho othor watering places, is tho,
day of tho races. Tho hotels aro
thronged, nearly every kind of equip
age is taken up at an al
most fabulous prico, and there
are many respectable peoplo'
mingling with jockeys, and tho gam-'
blors, and libortinos, and foul-mouthedj
men and flashy women. The bartender
Btirs up the brandy smash. The bots
run high. Tho greenhorns, supposing:
all is fair, put in their money soon
enough to loso it Throo weeks boforo
the race takes placo the struggle is de
cided, and the men in tho socrot know
on which stood to bet thoir money.
Tho two men on tho horses riding
around long boforo arranged who shall
Another temptation hovering around
the watering-placo is to tho formation
of hasty and life-long alliance. TW
watoring-placos aro responsible for1
more of tho domestic infolicities of this''
country than all tho othor thing com
bined. Socioty is so artificial there that
no sure judgment of character can bo;
formed. Those who form compan
ionships amid such circumstances;
go into a lottery whore there are twenty;
blanks to ono prize. In tho severe tug;
of life you want moro than gutter1
and splash. Life is not a ball-room, ;
where tho muslu decides tho stop, and'
bow and prance and graceful swing of:
long trial can
go among tho
of a summer
make up for strong,
You may as well
regatta to find war
go among the light-
vessels as to
spray of the summer watoring
find character that can stand
of th groat struggle of human life.
Ah, in the buttle of life you want a
stronger weapon than a lace fan or a
Croquet mallet. The load of life is so
hoavy that in ordar to draw it you want
a team stronger than one nude of a
masculine grasshopper and a feminino
Another temptation that will hovor
over tho watering-place is that of bane-
ful lltorature. Almost overy one start-
ing oil for the summer lakes some road-
lng matter. It is a book out of the li
brary or oft the book -stand, or bought
of tho boy hawking books through tho
cars. I really boliove thoro is more pos
tiferous trash read among tho intelligent
classes in July and August than in
all the other ten months of tho year.
Men and women who at homo would
not be satisfied with a book that was
not really sensible I found sitting on
hotol piazzas or undor tho trees read
ing books, the index of which would
mako them blush if they know that
you knew what the book was.
Would it not be an awful thing for
you to bo struck with lightning some
day when you had in your hand one of
those paper-covered romances tho hero
! pure fun, books of poetry ringing with
merry canto, books of . fine engravings,
I books that will rest the mind as well as
' purify the heart and elevate the whole
: life? My hearers, there will not bo an
Hour between this and the day of your
- 1 i A l rt i . .
uuawi wnen you can anora to roaa a
book lacking in moral principle.
Another temptation hovering all
around our watering-places is the in
toxicating beverage I am told that it
is bocoming moro and more fashionable
for women to drink. I caro not how
well a women may dress, if she has
taken enough of wino to flush her cheok
and put glassinoss on her eyes, she is
Intoxicated. Sho may bo handed
into a twenty-five-hundred-dollar car
riage, and have diamonds enough to con
found the Tiffanys sho is intoxicated.
She may bo a graduate of a great in
stitute, and tho daughtor of some man
in danger of being nominated for the
presidency sho is drunk. You may
have a larger vocabulary than I havo,
and you may say in regard to her that
sho is "convivial," or sho is "merry,"
or sho is "festive," or she is "exhil
arated." but you can not with all your
garland of verbiage cover up tho plain
fact that it is an old-fashioned case of
Now, tho watering-places are full of
temptations to men and women to tip
ple. At the close of the ten-pin or
billiard game thoy tipple. At tho close
of the cotillon they tipple. Seated on
tho piazza cooling themselves off, they
tipple. Tho tinged glasses corao around
with bright straws, and they tipple,
k'irst they take "light wines," as they
call them; but "light wines" are heavy
enough to debase the appetite. It is
not a very longroad botweenchampagne
at five dollars per bottle and whisky at
five cents a glass.
Whon a man goes down to destruction
Satan brings him to a plane. It is al
almost a lovel. Tho depression is so
slight that you can hardly soo it The
man doos not actually know that he is
on the down grade, and it tips only a
little toward darkness just a littlo.
And the first milo it, is claret, and the
! second milo it is sherry, and tho third
milo it is punch, and tho
fourth mile it is alo, and tho
fifth mile it is porter, and 'the
sixth milo it is brandy, and then it gets
steeper and steeper, and tho man gets,
frightened and says: "Oh, lot me get
off!" "No," says the conductor, "this
is an express train, and it does not stop'
until it gets to the grand Central Depot
of Smashupton." Ah, "Look not thou
upon tho wino when it is rod, and when
it givoth its color in tho oup, whon it
movoth itself aright At tho last it
bitoth liko a serpent and Htingetu like
Those are watering places accessible
to all of us. Wo do not havo a labori
ous packing-up before we start only
tho throwing away of our transgres
sions. No oxpennivo hotol bills to pay;
it is "without money and without price."
No long and dirty travol before we got
there it is only ono stop away. In
California in five minutes I walked
around and saw ton fountains, all bub
bling up, and they wero all different
And in five minutes I can go through
this Biblo parterro and find you fifty
bright, sparkling fountains bubbling up
into eternal life.
A chemist will go to ono of theso sum
mer watering placos and take tho water
and analyze it and toll you that it con
tains so much of iron, and so much of
limo, and so much of magnosia, I come
to this Gospel well, this living fountain,
and analyze tho wator, and I find that
its ingredients are poaco, pardon, for
giveness, hope, comfort, life, Hoavon.
"Ho, every one that thirsteth, come
yo" to this watering plaf el
Crowd around this Bethesda to-day!
Oh, you sick, you lame, you troubled,
you dying, crowd around this Bethesda!
Step in it! Oh, stop in it! The angel
of the covenant to-day stirs the water.
Why do you not step in it? Some of
you aro too weak to tako a stop in that
direction. Then we take you up in the
arms of our closing prayer and
plunge you clean undor tho wave, hopJ
Ing that the cure may bo as sudden and,
as radical as with Captain Naaman, who,
blotched and carbuncled, stepped into
the Jordan, and after the seventh dive
came up, his skin roseate-complexioned
as Ui'j flobh of a little child.
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