A SER5I0N FOR SUNDAY
A DISCCURSE ENTITLED "THE COS.
I'LL IN THE OLD TESTAMENT."
hm IU. Ir. .1. Wilbur liman Ki
llr OorV. AMIily to ( lrin I II
lunlr(Hl J,, lllB criMuU or tin
OM lliii, iit rlitur.
Nt.w Yoiuc City. Tin- following ncrnion
entitled, "Tlie (;,,spt. m tho Old Tc.i
merit," was preached by the famous cvan-f-'.iht,
lr. .1. Wilbur I '.'liiipmun, Irom the
t?t, "And when the fowls came dM i
Joii the tiiicasMn, Abvaru drove tlu-ui
ay." (,'i'ii'nM xv : 11.
In nil iHrtH of the word of Cod, both in
the Old .Testament Mini the. New, we nl
tJud'a provision made for cleansing tho
KiiiiMT. If, in tin' Ii,'ht of nil th.it ha
Ikcii sail we ici'l ourselves condemned
ami that if the day of awards came to
morrow we should Miller loss and lone o:ir
crown, though we slud be navcd, "yv't m
a by lire," tins thought should come to
lis a. an inspiration, that all our tons may
be blotted out and our transgressions for
given. It is of great cheer, therefore, for
u to study the subject now given. It is
fiot r-e.vn.-ary simply that we hIimuM f.v
rntli.nw our.cives with the New Testa
ment; t h J is, of eo'ir.-'e, essential; but if
would Know Cod's ability to cleanse
e.ot!:t to know the Old Testament
.iciiptures, with their types and cereino
ii'B. The birds of the. Bible form an interest
ing Kuhject tor investigation. The lir.st
mention of them in the Old Testament is
ii Or.cgis i: 21 "And God created great
rliii.cn, and every living creature that
rnovith, which the waters brought forth
anundaully, after their kind, and everv
winded fowl after bin kind; and Clod saw
that it was good." Since that time they
BJts to b.-! neen living through many of the
fctoriea of holy writ, filled with lessons of
sweetness und power. Their songs have
teen the sweetest, their plumage has been
the brightest, their teaching lias been the
test. The enjlc mounting up far above
the Mirth, and building its nest above the
clomhi, is a picture of Christian exhilara
. tion. Isaiah had it in mind when he paid:
"They that wait upon the Lord shall re
new their strength; they shall mount up
with wings as eagles; they shall run and
not be weary; they shall walk ar.d not
faiot." The same bird, preparing its nest
ati pushing out its little ones so that they
may learn to fly, offers a splendid illustra
tion of the providence of Cod, in thus
seeming severe, but with the outcome al
ways glorious. Every man who has come
to know Cod in Christ must certainly say,
with the apostle Paul, "All things work to
gether lor good, to them that love Cod."
When Elijah was at the. brook Cherith,
nod the waters had passed from his vision,
and be himself was on the verge of star
vation, tho birds fed him. Every little
sparrow that come flitting through the
air is a reminder of what Jesus paid: "Not
a fparrow falleth to the ground but your
Jheavcnly Father kroweth it."
But U3 we read the Old Testament slo
Txes we find that there are also birds ol
lrty. They, too, have their lessons, but
the stories they tell are not so bright and
liappy. This lesson in the text is along
Abrani is a wonderful study for the
Christian. In the reat events of bis life
he perfectly typilies the experience through
-- which every Christian has passed. When
Go! called him from Ur of the Chaldeca
lie was an illustration of our being called
from the land of sin and death. When he
separated himself from Terah, his father-in-law,
it emphasized what Jesus said, "A
matt must forsake father and mother and
his own life if he would be My disciple."
livery Christian, if he is to be used of God,
CiiiKt lorsalie the wor.d. In Abram s sep- j
ration fvom Lot he is a perfect illustration '
of the demand made in the New Testa
ment that we must, if we would be filled
with the Holy Spirit of God, separate our
jelves even from the flesh.
There is a great battle waging, as we find
when we read the connection of the text
with other verses of Scripture. It is writ
leu in Genesis xiv: 1-1-lC "And when
Abram heard that his brother was taken
captive he armed his trained servants,
torn in his own house, 318, and pursued
them onto Dan. And he divided himself
gainst them, he and his servants, by
night, and smote them, and pursued them
wnto Ilobah, which is on the left hand of
Damascus. And he brought Tback all the
Roods, and also brought again his brother
Lot, and his goods, and the Women also,
and the people."
It is here we find a real test of Abram.
Many a man has pone down just where
Abram stood. God is always giving us
test3 of character.
Head very carefully the twenty-first to
the twenty-fourth verses of the fourteenth
chapter of Genesis, and notice Abram'a an
swer: "And the king of Sodom said unto
Abram. Give me the persons and take the
trolls' to thyself. And Abram said to the
ting of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand
unto the Lord, the most high God, the
possessor of heaven and earth, that I
will not take from a thread even to a shoe
i'sachet. and that I will not take anything
'that is thine, lest thou shouldest say, I
have made Abram rich; save only that
M,lih the young men have eaten, and the
'.portion of the men which went w'ith me,
Auer, Kschol and Mamre; let them take
'their portion." It always pays to stand
for God as against men in this world.
Ibi3 is dearly taught in Genesis xv: 1 10
"After these things the word of the
Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying-.
Fear not, Abram; I am thy Btiield,
und thy exceeding great reward. And
Abram said, Lord God, what wilt Thon
ive me, seeing I go childless, and the
uteward of my house is this Eliezer of
Damascus? And Abram said, Behold, to
me Thou hast given no seed; and lo, one
born in my house is mine heir. And, be
hold, the word of the Lord came unto him,
saying, This shall not be thine heir, but
lie that shall come forth out of thine own
l.owels shall be thine heir. And II
"brought him forth abroad, and said. Look
r.ow toward heaven., and tell the utars, if
thou lie able to number them; and lie said
wnto him. So shall thy seed be. And be
believed in the Lord; and lie counted it
' to him for righteousness. And lie said
-Lmto him, I am the Lord that brought thee
the1 of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this
r id to inherit it. And he said. Lord God.
1,UTcby fhall I know that I shall inherit
"Xfe And lie .said unto him, Take Me a
!Rtfr of three vr?rs old, and a she coat
,. . ireo vears old, and a ram of three
" 1 '.old, and a turtle dove and a young
induce t And he took unto him all the?e.
led tbf vided them in the midst, and laid
were lcVrft 0,16 aKairst another, but the
, A Vided he not."
ways jr-, pvrr ,0Sf.rtg Hi, pcorile. He somc-
ever br tavs. but never forsakes, and there
rev 1 i.-.iVnise of bssin? which comes to
,u L" .. .!, .:'! .U, n:kti. W
M I know tliPt 1 shall inbi-vit
to pive a ii.e ;- of lli f i!;".l!;.Knt of l
pi)im-e, be "Mow 1 i r .4 I know?"
tiOil niiv. cr to Imii i a vi-ry tr;ing
c-ne -it i f i in n 1 in tin1 vi re flint follnv.H
"A'i'l lie Kid unto lnm, 'Like M b In ifd
of thiee vrar old, and a hIic goat of tliri
years old, ami a lam 'if three year old
und a turtle dovo mid ft youn pigeon.
Thus, Heated opposite the altar we lind
Abram waiting -a wondi-rful illust ratmr
f faith in Cod. It 14 ulill earlv in tin
inoriiing, nnd the oll'erings are before linn,
but Co l iloi not speak. Mill Abram be
lieve Cod, ami lb! routitu it to him for I
bliHMng. 1 here w-m no mgu of the nc
ceptaiire of the wrilioe nurh n one ou!(i
xpect, but he wavers riot; 1) i faith ii
lirm n the rocki Bround him. Sarah ma)
have ridiculed him, and the servant may
have looked at him curiously, n if lm
mind Win wandering, but Abram wait on.
I have no (juestimi but that ona of t tie
greatest blessings cf hi life came to him
while he waited.
We all of in have had our hours of wait
ing for the fiillilmeut of Ilia promises. Wp
have had niulits that have been sleepless;
we have climbed the hill hundred ot
times to see if there was a cloud the size d
a man's hand, giving us the token of the
coming of vi.'torv, nnd the world ha s'id
that all our faith and hope was in vain,
lbit not at all.
This is when the spiritual life grows. It
is also the time when the unclean birds
roine to discourage in and disturb us. Just
a they hovered about the olfering of
Abram, so they soar above us, seeking to
rob us of the best things of our life, of
11 that would make life worth living. lint
it is a possible thing for us to drive them
ill away, just as we lind Abram did in the
text with which we started: "And when
the fowls came down upon the carcasses,
Abram drove them away."
These offcrines arc the ame as those
!ommanded to Mo.ses, nnd if we put them
ill together we have a perfect illustration
)f the atonement of Jesus Christ, and of
:he power of His blood to make clean. 1
hall not consider the offerings in their or
der, but give them to you in this chapter
is they have impressed themselves upon
ny own mind.
"And he shall take two goats and pre
sent them before the Lord at the door of
the tabernacle of tho congregation. Hue
the goat on which the lot fell to be the
jcapegoat, shall be presented alive before
the Ixtrd. to make an atonement with him,
ind to let him go for a scanegoat into the
wilderness." Lev. :cvi: 7. 10.
Very few services in the Old Testament
Scriptures are more interesting in the past,
nd more powerful as we ;tudy them in
the present, became of the liu lit shed upon
the atonement, than the offering of the
jroata. There were two in number, and in
this there lies the very deepest thought of
fiod as touching sin. "What must I do to
be savd?" has been the heart-cry of manv
1 poo'' lost sonl, who no sooner utters it
than the cvii birds br;;in to fly about bis
head, suggesting all sorts of answers to the
One whisp?rs "Reform." ar.d the noor,
Umptcd one mal-cs an effort, but what a
struggle he lias, for be finds ihat when lie
has cut off one sin the slrcnfh of it
seems to go in the channel in which an
other has been flowing, and reformation,
sven if it be comp.ete (which it rarci.v is),
only touches the present, and possibly the
fnt-.re, and never for a moment makes pro
vision for one's awful pnst.
Another bird suggests that we simply
be good. One great evangelist savs, "Quit
your meanness;" another, equally great.
"Do right, and you will be a Christian."
With all due respect for these men, who
have been counted great, I submit that
they are 'vrone; for one might "quit his
meanness" to-day, but what about yester
day? And one may possibly do ristht to
morrow, but, who is to make provision for
th deeds of to-dav?
Man's way h is miserably failed. Let us
r.ow turn to God to seek the proper an
swer to the question.
The first goat was slain for the Lord,
and this side of man's sin must never be
foriotten. In the transgressions of man
God baa been dishonored, His truth hac
been scorned, His authority has been set
aside, His majestv has been slighted. His
law has been brolcen. His name has been
despised. No reformation of man can
ever make this wrong right. Thus, in the
Old T"sfiment the goat; was ottered tn
meet God's demands, which were just, aid
to satisfy His ho'v law. And thus in the
New Testament Jesus Christ came to suf
fer and to die. Nowadays there is much
teaching abroad, which magi-"Ai'"s the life
of Jesus, but the clear te;V syig of the
word of God is that only bv the shedding
of His blood is there remission of sins;
the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cieanseth
from all sins. Much is said to-day about
tfesiis being a teacher, but He said Himself
that the Spirit, when He is come, would
leach us all things. Jesus Christ came to
do just one thine, namely, to die. that
through His death an avenue might be
opened up for man to come back to his
God, reconciled forever unto God.
But this is not all. The second goat was
led forth, with a scarlet cord about his
neck, the hands of the priest were laid
upon his head, and then the sins of the
people were confessed, and by the hand
of a fit ncrson the scapegoat was led unto
a land that was not inhabited. In this Iip
becomes a prooer illustration of the Lord
Jesus Christ. "The Lord hath laid on Him
the iniquity cf us all," and He has carried
our sins away, as far "as the east is from
the west." it is an inspiration for u to
know that when Jesus Christ died on Cal
varv He not only died to set us free from
the nenalty of sin in the sight of God. but
by His death we are et free from the pow
er of sin in our own lives.
When one becomes discouraged and finds
that he of himself cannot keep from sin,
the evil bird comes to whisocr once again;
"You need expect it. You have been horn
with a tendency to sin. You hive been
cursed with an appetite. Your old nature
is still with you."
Ab of which we know and believe, if we
are faithful students of our own nature
?ind of the word of God. But this is no li
cense to fin, for if we confess our sm
Hod's word is out that He will be "faith
ful nnd just to forgive 11s our sins;" that
is. He will be faithful to Christ, who has
carried our sin away.
Tsaiah's picture in the hftv-third chapter
of his prophecy is a picture of Jesus Christ
ps tlie scapegoat, bearing through the wil
derness the weicht ot our sins.
For every evil bird that cot.cs to dis
courage us or to discredit Cod's word
there is a sure war by whi- li they may be
nriven from us. The word of Cod is cm
defense, and you have but to hob! up ic
?atan, whose "scents these evil birds are
the expression "It is written," and he will
"And the Lord spake unto Moses and
unto Aaron, sayine: And he that gather
eth the ashes of the heifer shall wash his
c-othes and be unclean until the even; and
it shall be unto the children of Israel, ami
unto the stranier that soiournelh anion
them, for a statute forever." Numbers
xiv: 1. 10.
ture with Sen) 'ure, he will barn t!i:it net
niilv H it one of the Hint intensely inter
iiti'n Ktudie in r.ll the Ibble, but that it
hnU light Upon the gospel l.,iy, nrl.l
in.il.i both plain and powerful one pliaf
n the work ' omplislied by our LlYsurd
Tin re was something in the. color of the
heifer, for it was not allowable to have out
mmle white hair-all niiit be red. .Smely
tan is just a little hint that in the siurili
ciitl life and death of Jesiis Christ then
was not one ningle bright ray.
The offering must be without bicniiKh;
if there was the least spot of weaknr-i
about it it was to be rejected. And II
was without spot or wrinkle, or any swh
thing, too alco'-utely perfect was the fon
of iod, our Saviour.
The red heifer was to be taken out ol
(he camp, and there put to death. Ami
Jesus was taken outside the ciiy and cru
cified upon the green hill which we call
When the heifer was burned, into lh
flan.es was cast scarlet, which (I suppose)
was used to typify the nins of Israel, foi
both theirs and ours are red like crimson,
Dr scarlet. Cedar wood und hyssop won
llso cast in. The cedar was the pioudesl
tree in the olden times, the king of th(
forest, while hyssop was the common.
f very-day plant which could be found mt
ide the door of every cottagB. 'lakmgtlu
hyssop on the one side and the cedar on
the other, all nature would be included ir
the sweep. Surely there must be r. hint
here as to the breadth of the atonement
provided by Jesus Christ, and also a clear
suggestion as to the power of Christ's
blood to cleanse.
In the sixth chapter of Numbers, first j
twelve verses, we have the law of the Nay-
arites. rrom this we learn that it the Naz
arite defiled himself in any way he must
Immediately be cleansed, or else step out
of fellowship with God, and that if he is
out of fellowship the days of his unclean
ness are lost with. Cod. In other words, if
there is in our hearts or lives any uncon
fessed or unforgiven sin, we may be saved
we will not argue that question but our
time is hist; it counts for nothing with
Cod, and for this loss of time we shall one
day be called to a strict account. How
many Christians to-day are absolutely
without power. Their voices were once
heard in the prayer meeting. Their testi
mony once rang out clearly in the church.
Their life in the home was without re
proach. And to-day they have lost their
testimony. It is when a man is in such .1
condition as this that the evil bird comes
Straight from hell to say to him:
"Ah, yes! You once accepted Christ
and made great professions. You once
joined the church and gave much promise
of usefu'ness. You were once prominent
in the Christian world. Rut now this is
past. You have lost it all, for your case
I have been told tint in the old-n days
there was a Puritan divine that followed
this custom: Kvery once in a while he
called the roll of the dead, called the pa
triarchs bv name, one by one, and then,
standing silent in the puipit waited for an
answer. The silence was voiceful. Then,
looking at his congregation these were his
"Rrethren. there is no response."
After eallinrr these names he would call
the names of kings, the names of apostles,
the names of famous historians, the names
of artists, of scientists, of inventors, ot
philanthropists, and after the roll call
caniH again and again the answer:
"Brethren, there is no response. These
men are dead."
I could call the names, too, if I would.
Here is the name of one who was once the
superintendent of a Sunday-school, and
who answered not at the roll call. Here is
another who once stood as an officer in the
church, but his voice is silent. Here is
another who was once honored in society
for his professed faithfulness unto Cod.
but there is no response to his name. And
oh, the sadness! here is another whose
name was once a household word as an
honored minister of the gospel, and there
is no response to his name. What is the
reason? Because, like the Nazarite, they
have come in contact with the dead. Their
old sins have come up again, like bones
from the erave, defiling their memory and
robbine them of their power. It is be
cause the very atmosphere they have been
obliged to breathe, like ours, is against
God and in enmity to Christ, and it is not
easy to keep unsnotted from the world.
The Jews counted every open vessel un
But one is still left to us. God is still
love. He still loves you. and, having loved
ycu will love you unto the end. His New
Testament provision is a far better one
than the old. "For if the blood of bulls
and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer
sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the
purifying of the flesh, how much more
shall the blood of Christ, who through the
Eternal Spirit offered Himself without
pnot to God. purse your conscience from
dead works, to serve the living God?
(Hebrews ix: 13, 14). We need not stay
out of fellowship, or be denr.ved of power
Cod is love, and He will eive us all things,
if we but fulfill His conditions.
"And thou shalt take the other ram,
and Aaron and his sons shall put their
hands unon the head of the ram. then
shalt thou kill the ram, and take of his
blood, and put it upon the tin of the right
car of Aaron, ana upon the tip of the
rizht ear of his sons, and upon the thumb
of their right hand, and upon the great
toe of their right foot, and sprinkle the
blood upon the altar round about." Ex.
xxix: 19. 20.
Another part of the offering of Abram
was the ram. This, like all the rest, sheds
built upon the gospel, and the understand
i"g of it is the secret of peace tor many a
When the blood was sprinkled on the ear
and the thumb and foot it was a sign thev
were henceforth to be separated from all
worldly purposes. In this we get a deep
lesson touching consecration. We have
been told that we must forsake all for
Christ, and some of us have done it. We
have been counseled to give up the things
that really we have eninyed, simoiy lie
cause they are questionable or contrary to
the teaching of God's word, and when we
have done this the evil bird comes to us,
"Yon have forsaken these tilings, but
what have vou cot in return?
Not infreauentlv we lind persons who
stand in this position, who are of all per
sons the most miserable. This is because
they have taker, only half the step. They
have separated themselves from something
but have failed to consecrate themselves
to anything. In other words, there are
two sides to the doctrine ot separation
We are to be separated from the world.
but we are at the same time to be separ
ated unto Christ, and tha place which
once the world filled is now to be occu
pied bv Christ Himse.f
It is to be noted that 'he blood was
placed upon the ear first. This is verv sig-
niticart to me. So manv pron,e cet an
idea that if they are converted they must
immediately do something for Christ, when
in point of fact service comes last. Thfc
,.' ' , I ' 'ic?d V'O" t'-c mr fi r-1 -. ''!': the
l as t.) riV li U". If wv c ml,! bn' r il t v,i : f
the habit of coin alone each .lav and 'it
ting tl!i j 1st roiiotniti" Willi Cud. what
a nourrc f ctrengtii it wouM be to
Cod only tells Hn ecrot t f!it- wlt
i-hut out the world, and thus cmie dose Ui
The blood was phced upon the hand
next, from which I Irani we are rmt
to hear what Cod has to gay to ti, but e
art? to reach out ami fake what lb? offers.
God lias promised us the Holy Ghot. lie
is n gift, lteaeh out and take tbo gift.
Tho blood was placed tipon the foot last.
This many stand for service, but notice the
We have reached a time when rules of
fcfrice are hardly necessary; when the
methods adopted for soul-winning, we feel
lure, must grieve tho Holy Ghost. In
point of fact, if one is to be used ot God
lie must rertainlv surrender to God, and
give Him the right of way m his life, and
then service comes naturally, and results
Tort In ml, Ore. is about to remodel
Its public parks.
Lust year was not a profitable one
for tho llritis-li cotton trade.
Disease bus broken out 1111011" the
foxes In North Cheshire, England.
Hotel rates are to be advanced when
the Grand Army mceU at San. Fran
The total enrollment In the demon-
fnry schools of New York City J.s -iol,'
The 10M h anniversary of tho birth of
Ibnlpli Waldo Knicrsca will be ob
served next May.
Chicago Ravings deposits show an in
crease of thh'tv-nlue per cent, within
about fLx months.
The Carnegie Institute has guaran
teed $100 to the Lick Observatory for
The St. Ives (Hnglandl School Board
lias sanctioned the purchase of n rock
ing horse for the use of Infant scholars.
The Government is being urged lo
hold the annual maneuvrcs between
Army and Navy 011 the Facilic Coast
Great veins of ore containing from
fifty to sixty per cent, of iron bav
been discovered in tho neighborhood of
Electricity is to be used for lighting
the bow. masthead and compass lamps
of the British torpedo boat destroyers
now being built.
A reproduction of King Solomon's
Temple on a large scale is to be one of
tho features of the Exposition at St.
Louis, Mo., in 190-1.
The promoters of the Jamestown Ex
position will ask the State of Virginia
for an appropriation of $'JOO,noo, pay
able in four annual sums of $."i0,000.
Among the German exhibits to lm
shown at the St. Louis Fair will be tho
nesthesiometer, an instrument widely
used in German schools for measuring
Emperor William is an enthusiastic
Bourke Cock ran intends to spend the
rest of the winter in Borne.
Charles If. Schwab, Tresident of the
Steel Trust, expects to return to the
United States soon.
M. Sipiagoin, the former Minister of
the Interior for Russia, banished, with
out trial, 01,000 persons.
J. Tierpont Morgan has contributed
largely to the foundation of an Amer
ican Academy of Arts at Rome.
Senator Allison is one of the only
two men who have served Continuously
in the Senate since 1S77. The other is
Thomas Toe, of Rushville, Ind., Is be
lieved to be the oldest magistrate in
the United States. He has held office
for forty-nine years.
The Tresidency of Boston University
has been resigned by Dr. William F.
Warren, who perfers a professorship
In the Theological School.
J. W.' Hutchinson, the last surviving
member of the once famous "Hutch
inson Quartet," has just celebrated his
eighty-second birthday in Boston.
General Rr.ssell Alger 1.. one of the
three living former Secretaries of War
now serving in the United States Sen
ate. The other two are Senators Elkins
Dr. Sven lied in, the explorer, says
that the valleys of Ihibet are higher
that the summit of Mont Blanc. Sev
eral of his companions died from the
effects of the rarelic i atmosphere.
John D. Rockefeller has been buying
up more land in Sleepy Hollow Valley,
near Tarry town, N. 1., and now oaviis
000 acres there. He may, It is said,
turn this tract into a private park.
Klnjr Oscar has contributed an arti
cle to the Swedish Authors' Union, in
which be discusses his own writings
In fiction and poetry. He states that
he loved verse from childhood, and
that ns a member of the royal navy be
was luapired.to attempt to produce it.
Invisible ink and "sympathetic" Ink
are beaten entirely by a new develop
ment in preparations of thi3 nature re
ported by the trade journal La Pape
terdle. This is nothing les3 than a
disappearing paper. The paper in
tended for this temporary ase is sub
mitted to the following process: It is
first steeped in acid (Bulphurlc acid
by preference), diluted according to
the lease of life Jt Is intended the ma
terial should possess. It is afterward
dried and glazed and the acid superfi
cially neutralized by means of am
moniac vapor. But the acid still re
mains In the pores, and that paper s
infallibly doomed after an existence
more or less prolonged aa the case may
be. It Li certainly a most useful inven
tion and should commend itself strong
ly to tho who Aanr.ot tr.t thei?
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fill Jon", h b
With uch h wondrous he,l
That bill will it ml around lt 1 .un
)aUBg tint he al I.
And n If wt do not im!K
Mil Uughn with all bis heart,
And my hi Is a lucky Dian
To a child 10 imart.
PUT Intnllom tticrn'a no diuTt;
)I doexn't mnn to blrk,
T'tit k pM on talking of his boy
Vhfn hnihoubl w to Work.
If that child holds bin humorous bea
A mournful fut h'll meet
Ills father won't do work enough
To earu the price ol incut.
Wlgg Old HappygoIucUy is pretty
well preserved, isn't he? I wonder
how he nianaj'.e it." Wagg I sup
pose he kwpa out of jars.
Sharpt? I w:ider why women ar
not admitted aa mcnibera In the Stock
Exchange. Whealton For practical
reasons. If ono came in a man would
te expected to give up bin $110,000 seat
"Young man," eald tho minister,
frave-ly, "you must choose between
tho narrow path and the broad road."
"Guesj I'll take the broad road," ro
rhd the rich man' eon. "I own an
"Am I to understand that you were
discharged from the army for a mere
breach of etiquette." queries the inter
ested friend. "Yes, fir," boldly as
serted Col. Blupher. "What was It?"
"Turning my back to the enemy."
Son of the Houses Won't you sing
something, Miss Murlal? Miss M.
Oh, I daren't after such good music as
we have been listening to. Son of the
House But I'd rather listen to your
singing than to any amount cf good
Jack (to lady, come out to lunch)
Are you coming with the guns this af
ternoon, Miss Maud? Mis3 Maud I
would, but I don't think I should like
to see a lot of poor birds shot! Jack
Oh, if you go with Fred, your feelings
will be entirely spared.
Merchant Yes, I've lost my entire
fortune. Our most trusted employe
robbed us of enough to force my com
pany into bankruptcy. Friend But
you Burely saved bumcthing from tho
wreck. Merchant No. We found the
receiver as bad as the thief.
"Reginald," she said to a wealthy
young dandy who had been paying his
attentions to her, "I would like to ask
you one very serious question." "What
is it, my dear?" he replied. "Would
you object to marry mamma, if I re
fused you? You see, we really don't
want to lose you."
"There is a history entitled 'Men
Who Bled for Their Country,'" said
the . enterprising book agen. "So I
see," remarked the prospective buyer;
"but you also have a volume contain
ing the lives of national politicians.
What do you call that?" " 'Men Who
Bled Their Country.'"
"Tell the truth, now. You are a pr?-u; "(
fessional beggar, are you not?" said
the keen-faced indivlduel who had been
braced. "I used to think I was," re
plied the weary wayfarer, "but since
13 cents and an exchange ticket are
all I have to show for a day's work I
am forced to the conclusion that I am
merely an amateur."
"Wasn't it a terrifying experience,"
asked hi3 friend, "when you lost your
foothold and went sliding down the
mountainside?" "It was exciting, but
extremely interesting," said the col
lege professor. "I could not help no
ticing all the way down, with what ab
solute accuracy I was followlug alonz
the line of least resistance."
IMienomenn In Anntrnlia.
A great deal of interest has been
created in scientific circles hero by tho
dispatches from Australia telling of an
extraordinary red dust storm that
broke over Melbourne, November 12,
and which afterward became general
over New South Wales.
One phenomenon in connection with
the storm was the falling of flreball&lr
which set fire to several buildings in
Melbourne. At midday the city was in '
darkness, people traversing the street
with lanterns. The superstitioua
thought that the end of the world was
about to come, and scenes of panic aca
described in some of the dispatches. 1
At the same time comes the nV'
that the Savaii volcano in Samoa is in
violent state of eruption, and that tho
villages in the neighborhood are cov
ered with ashes to a depth of two
inches. Sir Norman Lockyer, the a
tronomer, in an interview printed 'fT
The Daily Mail stated that firebafii
were constantly seen at the time of th
recent eruptions in the West Indies,)...
bo that it is possible that the phenom
ena in Australia may have been con
nected with the volcanic activity in
Samoa. ' . . , t.
The fireballs are generally described. f
as globular lightning. There are rec
ords of much damage having ','
caused by them. In 1S09 the Warren.
Hastings, a British warship, waa
struck on the masts by three fireballs
in quick succession. In 1SS1 an elec
tric ball entered a wooden dwelling in
a village of Auvergne. It exploded and
set fire' to the bouse, with the result
that a child was burned to death. For
eign CortCiiJondeac'; vf the New Ycr!;
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