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LETTER
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in Utiricil Strain of That
Orovii Sons 0f Justico."
i:0UHLE IS STILL VERY BOPEa'L
ill,
Many Prominent Northern Men art
Cited f Condemning the Folly
cf Civil War Dill Flndi
a nift In the- Clouds.
Tho Constitution Rays thero Is a
trowing en.',n of Justice In the north
that will 1 trcaftor be heard from in
put! lug iHv.ro officials over southern
commudik's. Tho Tho New York
Hera! 1 ha3 opened a rift In tho clouds
J hy rebuking tho president, etc. Wo
-"hTO so, hut now that Roosevelt haa
air pointed a Boston coon to a high of-
1 . The Herald mav rhnnirn frnnt on
:y ha Is consistent. That growing
i ' rise of justice Is a chameleon of many
. colors. It was quite visible a little
vhlle after Grady made hi a charming
speeches In New York and Boston, but
tbe preachers withered It and Movln-
, , ey made more appointments and kept
making them as long as he lived. This
growing sense does not seem to flour
ish in many places. Tho fact is, wo
have almost despaired of ever Beelng
justice grow at the north. Lately I
have received three letters, from up
thero that Indicate the growing sense,
and I have read and re-road them with
comfort. One of these is from an old
Mexican veteran who says that of the
,.4,700,000 soldiers who fought against
. ilia 1 1 T 1 1 TV11H."iri f n 1 . 1
Infighting to free tho negroes, Grants
included. One million from tho west
flgLUog for the union and tho oiaer
7CQ.000 were the riff-raff and scum, the
flotsam and jetsam of all nations who
joined tho army for bounty and booty
find beauty, and they were the element
, iat Sherman employed to mane war
ell. He speaks of the war as unholy,
Unrighteous and unjust. Another let
f.r Js from Portland, Greg., and says
the writer recently got hold of one of
my letters which said that General
Grant was a slave holder and hired
I out his negroes up to the close of tho
I -war and lived off of their hire. He
raja. i uiuu I ueiieve n, out was ln-
i tiuceu o examine nis Diogrannv ana I
lound It was so." He says that nobody
' in that country ever heard of It and it
y3s amazing and astonishing that Lin
ctin would appoint a slaveholder to be
thehead of the army. The writer of
ihi's letter was brought up to believe
that the south brought all the negroes
from Africa. Another letter Is from a
iNTew Hampshire man, a veteran, who
-iays that he and seven others Irom
ils town joined a company In 18G2, and
Aly one besides himself got back. Ever
sitfe tfn'he has been reviewing his
folly aV jj? the folly of the war and is
ashanafed of his people and says that I
lo not score them in my letters as hard
as.' they deserve. He has Hinton Row
aa. Helpers' famous campaign book, in
which he says:
"We are going to free your slaves
and arm them with pikes and torches
and fcutcher your families and burn up
yewhomes."
T?his book is indorsed by sixty-seven
members of congress, including John
Shejrman. Appleton says that 167,000
cop'jes were sold In three monies and
It -precipitated the raid of John Brown,
...at whose execution all the church bells
of New Et gland tolled a requiem. And
r- T hrAlA P- . . n A ... 1.
mj i uiiic iuuiiu mice liui uutrl Ilcrs WI1U
) have tals growing sense and I have
heard of one more who is a suspect.
I am keeping a tally sheet and as soon
as I hear of any more growing sense
I will record It. My Oregon friend's
generation came up since the war and
never had time to bother themselves
about the history o the war or slavery.
The south was outslda of their con
cern a?d Jeff Davis was the area trait-
i or that itoosevelt told about in his his
, tory. Tuat Is all lie cared to know.
But he says your late letters have ex
cited our curiosity and if when your
book is out, you will let me advertise
and sell it in my own way, I will sell
100,000 copies north of the line. This
man is A big advertiser with head
quarters to. Chicago and sent to me a
big lot of h's cards and literature.
Well, Mr. Byrd will see about that,
but to my opinion his northern cus
tomers don't care a baubee about me
or Grantorhis niggers. They remind
me of tV eliers who went off to
camp me J bag, and as they were stand
ing by a f 'ilfe one of the brethren came
up and Tu cited them to go up to the al
tar and jine 'em in gittln' religion.
The men seemed somewhat indignant
nnd replied: "You must excuse us,
sir, we don't live in the county."
. '!ut I did find a rift in the clouds
X gafynuch comfort. In the
:'th h Xime of John Lord's "Beacon
hts .of History" I find a sketch of
ert H. Lee by Dr. E. Benjamin An
s, that is a loving tribute to that
;t soldier. Such a glowing tribute
! r,:!y to be expected from a
..crn source. Especially from one
burn In Kew Hampshire, educated at
mown university and who Joined tho
army while 18 years old and who lost
an eye at rctersburg. As an educator
ho rro rapidly in Ms profoHKlun and
became president of Ms alma mater.
Next he wan tailed to Chic ago to take
rhargfl of her public schools and later
on was chosen as chancellor of the
University of Nebraska, where he now
Is. Since- tho war ho has frequently
championed tbo causo of tho south
and became unpouular with our ma
lignant enemies. Of course as he
Joined the army no young and lost an
eye, we muRt let him keep his convic
tions, but ho is a big hearted, brain)
man or he would not havo dared to
have written that tribute. I wonder
how it happened that such men as An
drews and away back, such men as
Webster and Hawthorne and Emerson
and Story and Choato, could grow up
and mature among the noxious weeds
of Now England. I still recall with
much pleasuro a good speech I heard
in 1844, at Amherst college a com
mencement oration by Rufus Choate,
who was regarded as tho most bril
lant, eloquent and impassioned orato.
of America. I had a echoolmato there,
and my Boston uncle said he would
go with me, for ho had to look after
Mr. Choate, for he was an intimate
friend. I didn't know exactly what
that meant, but found out later.
The great hall was crowded with the
best people of New England. My un
cle was with others seated upon the
platform. Mr. Choate's face was all
nerves and muscles, his large eyes and
mouth conspicuous. For haif an hour
his voice was almost a monotone with
every word carefully and distinctly
uttered, but this was but the breathing
of a gentle wind before the storm.
Soon he seemed to lose control of his
own emotions and soared away among
the stars, and his features took on an
unearthly glow, his arms responded
to every sentence, his frail body sway
ed to and fro and his audience un
consciousl swayed with him and held
their breath for fear they would lose a
word or a motion.
No, I will never forget that speech.
He Btopped because he had to stop,
for with the last eloquent sentence he
became exhausted and was bodily lift
ed up by my uncle and others to the
ante room, where he was stripped and
rubbed down like an exhausted race
horse. In an hour or so ue was re
newed and revived. This was Rufus
Choate a bundle of quivering pas
sionate nerves whose eloquence no
audience could calmly listen to and no
Jury withstand. BILL ARP, in Atlan
ta Constitution.
. MARINATE OF MUTTON.
Order the mutton two or three days
In advance, letting it hang meanwhile
in the butcher's ice box. Have, it
skinned and the fat cut off and out be
fore it is sent home. With a fork
make small holes all over the meat and
rub well with salt and pepper. Make
a marinate as follows and use it cold:
Grate six onions of medium size, and
add juice of two lemons, a tablespoon
ful salad oil, with four tablespoonfuls
of any kind of sweet pickled small
fruit, with two tablespoonfuls currant
jelly. Pour this mixture slowly over
the meat and set in the ice bex, bast
ing with the liquid whenever it is ne
cessary to go to the refrigerator
through the day. Roast the mutton,
alowing ten minutes to the pound.
When the meat is put In the pan there
is enough liquid to baste with, and
the jelly soon melts on the meat. The
same marinate used in basting serve3
also for the gravy.
ALMOND FLAMMERY.
Soak half a box of gelatine In a cup
of cold milk for half an hour. Take
two ounces of almonds, one of sweet
and one of bitter, blanch and pound
them to a paste, adding gradually three
cups of milk. When the gelatine is
soft add the milk and almonds and put
the whole into a double boiler and
heat slowly. Then boil for ten min
utes and strain through a fine sieve or
piece of cheesecloth. Sweeten to
taste and flavor with a teaspoonful of
orange-flower water. Turn into a mold
wet with cold water and set in a cold
place to stiffen. Serve with sweeten
ed cream, custard or Devonshire
cream. Fresh fruit may be served in
stead of the sauces. Mash the fruit
and sweeten to taste and pour around
the cream.
"Doctor of Engineering will bo the
highest degree granted in the new
graduate school for engineering re
search to be established by the Massa
chusetts Institute of Technology.
German schools confer this degree.
Special research work will be begun at
the institute within a year." Civil,
sanitary, mechanical, electrical and
marine engineering, architecture, min
ing and metallurgy will be included in
the advanced courses.
Franchls Tax Law Void.
The appellate division of the New
York supreme court third department
handed down a decision Tuesday de
claring the special franchise tax law
unconstitutional.
A SERMON FOR SUNDAY
AN ELOQUENT DISCOURSE ENTITLED
"UPPER AND NETHER SPRINCS."
Il Ite. Dr. J, Wilbur Cliapman lies
n Old Teitament Mory a! a Parallel to
llluttral tlia Great MrtlnK. yra K
eel From Our Heavenly Father.
Nf:w YoitK ClTr. The following ser
mon is one ot a sorici prepared some time
since by the Kev. Dr. J. W ilbur Chapman,
U'ri (il;;inK'ihed evanje!iHt. It in entitled
II'G Lpper and the Nether Surm," and
wan preached from the text "And he Rive
her the upper ninnK and the nether
Bpnny." Joshua xv.: 11).
Half way between Hebron and IWrshe
la there onre stood the ancient city of
Deliir. It waa the city of brains and books
arid the centre of intellectual culture of the
olden day. At tho name point now may
be seen a rude aiwcmblage of atone hovels,
many of which are half fctaudmg, but the
others arc entirely broken down.
One of tho names given to this city,
bemgr transited, means the City of Urooks,
or ot learning-what Athens was to Greece
the city of Debir was to Southern rales
tine. It was 6unpon'.'d that all the record
of antiquity of the nation were stored
there. It was, indeed, a famous place.
Caleb, the son of Jiezron, of the tribe of
Judah, was very anxious to secure posses
sion of the city. It is this fact which gives
riae to the text. His name is very familiar
to us. lie was one of tho twelve spies
ent hy Moses over into Canaan, and lie
and Josihua were the only two born in
Lgypt who were given the privilege of en
tering Canaan, with the ponsible exception
of the Levites, and that, not only because
they had brought a truthful report e the
land they had explored, but were also will
ing to take God at His word, and put all
their trust in Him.
Forty-five years after, when the wander
ings were over, Caleb applied to Joshua
for t.heshare of the land whic'a had been
promised him, and among other portions
there was granted to him Debir, the city of
learning. It was still, however, the strong
hold of the giants of Canaan, and must be
captured to be possessed.
Caleb then made the proposition that he
would give his daughter Achsah in mar
riage to any one who was able to take the
city, and one Othniel, who had been much
of a warrior, for he had delivered the chil
dren of Israel from the Kins of Mesonota-
mia, marched against Debir. After a great
struggle the gates were broken down, the
giants were captured or driven away, and
the City of Books lay at the feet of the
con
oueror. When the victory was won
eh was as good as his word, and hia
Cal
daughter was given in marriage to the sol-
dier. With her he also gave as an inherit-
ance. a peculiar piece of property, knowrya
as "The South Land," valuable for some
reasons, out it was mountainous and slopeifV
southward toward the deserts of Arabia, t
iha Vif nrm.1,. r.C ,..u;u . i
the hot winds of which again and again t
rwepi, ucross n. .uerore Acnsan jelt ner
father's house she besought him for hu
blessing. The south land was not enough,
she would also have springs of water, una
Caleb responded at once, and gave her
more than she had asked, for we read in
the text: "He gave her the upper springs
and the nether springs." From an exceed
ingly fertile territory the land was chosen.
It contained no less than fourteen springs.
The valley was beautiful, for look which
way you would you could see them gushing
forth. Their presence in the field meant
not only a blessing for the field in which
they were found, but for all the country
around them.
I find in this beautiful story a goo'J-.illustration
of all that we receive frcA our
Father.
All that haa been bestowed upon us is as
sociated with victory, and that was won by
Him whose name was called in the pro
phets the Conqueror. It was for Him a
fierce struggle, but He came off more than
conqueror. Then, after that, He was called
the nridegroom of the church, which is to
be His bride, and with Him we have re
ceived not only the gift of salvation, but in
Him we are also blessed with all spiritual
blessings. Paul gives us this when he
writes to the Ephesians, "Blessed be the
God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who hath blessed us with all spiritual
blessings in heavenly places in Chrjst
Jesus."
I. God starts His children in thia world
is Caleb started his daughter, with an in
heritance. No one is so poor but God has
given him something.
Some have taken the inheritance and
treated it as the man with the five talents,
they have gained other five also; others
like the man with one talent, have wrapped
it in a napkin, and so they leave the world
as poor as when they, entered it. God has
been very good to us. He has given us this
world wHh all its beauty, its green pas
tures, its still waters, its rivers and its seas,
its starry canopy stretching out above.
The world is filled with forces of all kinds,
but man has seemed to gain control over
them, until to-day he stands himself like
a conquerer in the midst of them all.
But the inheritance is better than that,
ne has given us all the faculties of mind
and all the powers of body. The mind, the
heart, the hands, the feet no one is sent
into the world a pauper. God has thus
placed a fortune in the grasp of every
child of His. It is such a great thing to
have a mind, for with it man is able to
search the deen things of God and really
take hold of the thought of the Eternal.
The science of geometry was worked out
from a few simple principles by Euclid
and Archimedes, by pure reasoning out of
their minds, and on the sands of the floor
of the room where they were studying
Archimedes traced the curves In which, ac
cording to science, the heavenly bodies
must move. And long after, when the tele
scope was invented, the Galileos and the
Newtons beheld with reverent wonder that
the heavenly bodies were sweeping along
in the same curves described so long ago by
the great Mathematician. It is, indeed, a
wonderful thing to have a mind.
But if these things which I have men
tioned as our natural inheritance are all
what we possess, then, with the success
that mav be gained by means of them we
may still be of nil men the most miserable.
For they are like the south land of Acb
pah, they stretch off toward the deserts of
sorrow and care and darkness, and the hot
winds of despair come sweeping past us
again and again. The most miserable peo
ple in the world, sooner or later, are those
who have just the world and nothing e!.--e.
Men are born unto trouble as the sparks
fly upward, and this south land of the
world is a poor portion. It is beautiful; it
is the handiwork of God. But we mut
have more than that if the soul be satis
fied. "The stars are beautiful, but they
pour no light into the midnight of a
troubled soul. The flowers are sweet, but
they pour no balm into the wounded
heart." There are times when the hungry,
thirsty, fevered soul must have what the
natural inheritance can not give, and God
has made provision for that.
Man sihs with groatiinps which can not
be uttered for the infinite. If you put a
seashell to your ear vou will find in it
reminiscences of its original home, the roar
of the sea. the wail cf the wind, the trroan
of the dying wave, all diaerrnihle therein.
It lnu the wittiem in itnelf that it belong!
to the iiiiiihly dei p. And if you li(-n at
tentively to your own heart vou will find
constant proof of its destined abode. The
Righa, the yearnings, the dreams. th tears,
the ndiie4s, tho muHie. all testify that we
re inrula for (Jod, nnd that only God ran
atinfy our wants. And God knew this.
Mjid so, ns well ns giving in the south land
He has a!o given u the uprmifs of water
from wloch we tntiy drink and he satisfied.
God pit r the man who has failed to accept
th irn(Tered gift.
II. The springs of water were given to
Achsah because of her niarrianc with Oth
niel. and they arc a perfect illustration of
that which comes to us because of our
union with the Son of God. The springs
were a free gift, and to it the nether spring
nf the gospel, which has come to us. "For
by grace are ye saved through faith, and
that not of yourselves: jt u the B'ft of
uod."
And never a spring bursting from the
plains of Gerar, or from the mountains of
Ubanon, or from the valleys of Canaan,
perform such a minsion as this nether
spring of the gospel which is the gift of
our (Jod.
We have seen the fields in the time of
i drought looking parched and apparently
dead and worthless, and then suddenly,
almost in the night, the meadows were
clothed witri green, and the grain lifted
up its head rejoicing, all because the rain
had fallen. But in thia nether spring of
the gospel there is a more marvelous
)0er t.oan that he who rnmea to drink
of its waters goes away with new life, and
his whole nature is changed. The an
cients believed in the existence of a spring
in which, if a person bathed, he would
renew his youth and live forever. We
have found that spring to-day in the text,
for ''The gift of God is eternal life." "The
liible is all a-snarkle with wells and
springs, rivers and seas. They toss up their
brightness from almost every chapter. And
water is many times the type or figure of
that which enlivens, beautifies ana gives
new life."
K-lomon, refreshed by the story of
Cy.tfen, exclaims "As cold water to a
faty soul, so is good news from a far
C' yy." Isaiah, speaking of the blessed
ncTs of the children of God, writes, "They
stull spiVg as willows from the water
courses." The Dronhet. clowin with the
thought of the muienium, says, "Stream
shaf.l break forth from the desert."
The mission ater in this world is to
bless and s o , refresh and help. "But
all the v , that ever leaped in the tor-rents.-imed
in the cascade, or fell in
the- .er shower, or hung in the morn
ii.v . ;. have given no such comfort to the
tf J ,'ed heart, no such rest and refresh-
r "si to the sm-sick soul, as that. which
. be drawn by you and by me from the
i .'; iier spring of "the gospel."
J -t is a good type of illustration of the
spcl because of its brightness. Yet here
' fails of giving us perfect description or
aeai lor where can you find such bright
ness as gleams in this nether 6pring?
"T..:a 4- :a J-
David, unable to nut it into words.
plays it on his harp. Christopher Wren,
unable to put it into language, springs it
in the arches of St. Paul's. Bunyan, fail
ins to. present it iu ordinary storr. nut it
in the form of allegory, which lives on to
day with constantly increasing power.
Handel, with ordinary music unable to
reach the height and sound the depth of
the theme, thrills us with his oratoro."
O, the gladness, the brightness, the joy un
utterable in that life which is hid with
Christ in God. And this I may drink in
as I come to the nether springs.
There is no life on earth so happy as
the Christian's. Take the humblest child
of God you know, and whv shouldn't he
be happy? According to the Bible he is
all the time under the shadow of God's
wings. If he walks the ancnls bear him up;
if he sleeps they let down ladders from the
skies, up and down which the angels go
to and fro, bringing down blessings of
God. and bearing away his heavy burdens.
Why, to get within the door of the king
dom, to have a place, not the nearest, but
on the very outer circle, to bear the lowest
title of all the redeemed, to be the weakest
child of all the family of God, to be the
dimmest jewel in His crown of rejoicing,
to be the least, yea, less than least of all
the saints is a hope which sets the heart
a-singing. All this I find and more, a
thousand times more, as I stoop and drink
at the nether springs.
Water is also like the gospel in its power
to refresh. I remember the River Jordan
the day when Naaman came to its banks
with his leprosy. I see him going down
into its waters, once, twice, three times,
and then on until he had, according to the
instructions of the servant of God bathed
seven times, and then, marvelous change!
hia flesh became as it were the flesh of a
little child.
But here is a greater change for the sin
ful soul who will come to the nether
springy Here came Newton, and left be
hind him his sins which were as scarlet.
Here came Bunyan, cursing with every
step until lewd people rebuked him, and
he went away, so changed that he gave to
the world the book that stands in the esti
mation of some next to the Bihle for sweet
ness and power. Here came Magdalen and
the Philippian jailor, Zacchaeus, and the
poor trembling thief on the cross, and they
drank of the waters and stand to-day in
the company of the redeemed.
I stand "by the side of the waters to-day,
and with all the tenderness of a saved sin
ner, with all the assurance of a pardoned
child of God, with all the alarm of a friend
who sees his friends and neighbors going
down to death, away from the living wat
ers, I bid you come, come, come; "Whoso
ever will, let him come."
It is a marvelous spring of which I speak.
I recall the fact that when the Master met
the man who was blind from his birth He
anointed his eyes with clay and spittle and
then tod him to go wash in the pool of
Siloani; and when ne had washed he came
seeing. I imagine that first of all he saw
the face of the Master Himself. This is
the power of the nether spring of the gos
pel. The touch of its waters will cause the
scales to drop from our eyes, and we shall
be able to see the wondrous things written
in the book of God, and not only so, but
we shall have given unto us the vision of
the face of the Master Himself. It is not
strange that we are unable, in our sinful
condition, to see things as they are in the
kingdom of God, for we are bfind. But if
you will only come with your blindness to
the nether spring you shall go away re
joicing. It is like the pool of Bethesda.
It has healing power, and we are not only
saved from the guilt of sin, but we may
likewise be saved from its power. The
only difference ia that in the pool the sick
people must wait until the waters are
troubled before they may step in and be
healed, while in this nether spring the wat
ers are always ready. This is no new idea
so to represent the gospel of Christ, for I
read in the gospel of John these words:
"But whosoverer shall drink of the whter
that I shall give him shall never thirst.
But the water I shall give iiim shall be in
him a well of water, springing up into
everlasting life.' And in the Apocalypse
these words are found: "I am the Alpha
and Omega, the beginning and the end. I
..i.m i.: ii .i .! .
I fountain of the water o.; life freely." O
J thirsty sou's, come and d'i- .' .
ni ,iB uiihj iiuu mac is acnirst, ot the
I know wh.it ."riii(r of wtr f.v dcr.f
for the world, round m G,.rar lj l-'
they mak the field fruitful in abundance.
Bursting forth in Lebanon, they send then
water! down the mountain ule, and i
thy go through tho valley thry rnk it
the very synonym of fi uitfu!neM. Comely
akin to that ut wht the nether spring ot
the gonpel doei for u. No one kuowi thw
lulncH! of hi! own being until he it hllel
with the inliuenre and power of the gospel,
l ou walk, in the month of January, over
the must If rtilo place in a field or through
the foreiit, and you will ice the il!utrtori
of what nian U in hi! natural itate. The
earth ii full of root! and the treei are full
of bud, all of which are cloudy UndageJ
io that they can not expand, but when tlm
spring time come the rDoti in the ert!i
commence to pimh forward and the bud-i
on the treei begin to unfold, and in a very
littlo time all nature ii rejoicing. What a
marvelou! change, simply because the root
have been warmed by the sun and kisne !
by the light! and yet it ii not worthy U
bo compared with a change which might
lie wrought in you, if you will but come to
the nether spring and drink of it! hfe giv
ing waters, for there you will meet Him
who has said: "I am come that you might
have life, and that you might have it more
abundantly."
HI. I wish I might be able to make
plain to you all that there is to mucb
more to the ('hrintian life than simply
being saved. That is only the beginning.
J he whole experience stretches away froa
that point, and get! brighter and bright
as the days go by. With the hope that a
might learn the lesson together to-d.ty t
have brought before you these two spriugj.
Whether the strict exegesis of the text will
allow the interpretation or not, 1 am very
litre that all will agree that it is a perfect
illustration. To drink at the nether
spring is salvation, but to drink at the ii
per spring is a high privilege that ia of
fered to every child of God. I could brin
so many passages of Scripture to you
which would serve as an illustration of
what I mean. Take Ephesians i: 3:
"Blessed be the God and Father of our
Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed u!
ith all spiritual blessings in Christ Jesua."
Or, Col. ii: 12: "Buried with Him in bap
tism, wherein also ye are risen with Him,
through the faith of the operation of God,
who hath raised Him from the dead."
Or, take Col. iii: 1-3: "If ye then be risen
with Christ, seek those things which ar
above, where Christ Bitteth on the right
hand of God. Set your affection on thing
above, not on things on the earth, f or ye
are dead, and your life is hid with Chris:
in God." Or, take Phil, iii: 20: "For our
conversation is in heaven, from whence
also we look for the Saviour, the Lord
Jesus Christ."
I would that we might all drink at the
upper spring. What peace would then fill
our hearts! When wc drink at the lower
spring we come to be at peace with God,
but when we learn to drink also at the
upper spring we have the peace of God,
and there is a great difference between
the two. It is something like the differ
ence between a microscope and a telescope.
With the first we can sec things near, and
in a bulk not larger than a grain ot sand 1
can find a thousand million animalculae,
but with the latter I can see things afar
off. I can actually study the Milky Way,
which is removed from me thousands and
thousands of miles. At the nether spring,
first of all, I see myself and all my sinful
ness; then I see Christ in all His righteous
ness; then I hear Him say that though
my sins be like scarlet they shall be as
white as snow, and there at the nether
spring I am made whole, but with the up
per spring it is different. Like the tele
scope it is all about the things which are
above, and as I drink at its waters I find
myself being lifted above this world, and
mv conversation, not only, but my very
life, may be in the heavenlies.
And the way to this upper spring is
pointed out very plainly to us. I remem
ber the dream of Jacob as he was going
from Beersheba to Ilaran. It was of the
ladder which was set upon earth, the top
of which reached up to heaven.
This ladder is set for us. It reaches to
the very brink" of the upper spring. The
ladder is Christ; His feet rest upon the
earth. His brow is bound with the glory
of . heaven. The events of His earthly life
are the earthward end of the ladder; His
divinity, His finished Messiahship, His
perpetual priesthood the topmost end. In
a distant city a fire was raging. It was
thought that all the inmates had been
saved, when to the horror of the bystand
ers two children were seen standing at a
third-story window. It was before the
days of the almost perfect appliances for
the -saving of lives. Two ladders were
hurriedly 6pliced together and lifted to
the sine oi the building. There was '
shout of terror when it was found that
the ladder lacked six feet of reaching the
children. In a moment a brave fireman
was mounting the ladder; he reached the
topmost round, and then stood for a mo
ment balancing himself until he had caught
the window sill with his hand, and then
over his body, which supplied the gap be
tween the ladder and window the children
came slowly down until outstretched hands
reached them in safety. And this is what
the Lord Jesus Christ did for you and for
me! There was no way for us back to
heaven. We were estranged from God.
And then He came in His incarnation, and
cm the platform erected by the patriarchal,
legal and prophetic dispensation, He stood,
as it were, in His own body, reaching up
His hands, He took hold of God, and the
way was made complete. And so it' has
come to pass that not only in Chrst we are
sayed but it is also true that we mount by
Him into the very secret place of the Most
High. And thia ia drinking at the upper
spring.
Thus the secret of this great blessing; is
to be found by abiding in Christ. Dr. Gor
don used to tell a little circumstance which
came beneath his eyes in New England,
which presents to us a figure of it ali.
Two little saplings grew side by side.
Ihrough the action of the wind they
crossed each other. By and bv the bark
of each became wounded and the sap be
gan to mingle, until in some still day they
became united to each other. This pro
cess went on more and more until they
were firmly compacted. Then the stronger
began to absorb the life from the weaker;
it grew stronger while the other grew
weaker and w-eaker. until finally it dropped
away and then disappeared. And now
there are two trunks at the bottom and
oniy one at tne top. JJeath has tancn
away the one, life has triumphed in the
other.
Creed! and Doctrine!.
Creeds and doctrines are the attempts to
explain existing fact3. Creeds do not pro
duce the life. The creeds and opinions
may change, but the realities remain and
are unchangeable. They are the phenomena
to be explained. The creeds and doctrines
are the varying explanations. The events
and active forces are the evidences of the
life force. It is an intelligent personal
agency. He lives. He is the life of His
cause. By Him any man may come into a
Pew l,';. b.rough Iiim millions have
brought their hves ",nto tune with the uni-
IZZVa tTC af! WT.e we sha!1 ray more
work- Vrm t0 Hl9, Vi". to H,
WOIk and lllS pero-, f.,"

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