LOCAL NEWS \OTES.
The Sunday school of the First Presbyterian
church held its Christmas exercises at 10:30
o'clock Sunday morning.
A watch party will be held at the residence
of Rev. and Mrs. A. D. J. Haupt Friday even
ing by the Luther league.
The first daneo of St. Paul Council No. 14C,
Northwestern Legion of Honor, will occur at
Odd Fellows' hall Tuesday evening next.
The Minnesota Society of the Sons of tho
American Revolution will hold their annual
meeting at 8 o'clock this evening at the cham
ber of commerce.
Don't hurry in the store. Salesmen are
paid to be patient. See. that you have the
right thing, and not a substitute, before you
hand over your money.
Division No. -, Daughters of Erin, has
drawn on the treasury of the division to the
amount of |25 to apply on a stained glass
window to : ; ;ii"t Bridget, in Saint Vincent's
William Smith was arrested by Officer Hen
parly this morning and locked up at
the central station en the rharge of disorderly
conduct Smith, it is alleged, was abusing hU
In their rooms, lii East Eighth street.
The police are looking for a stranger who
several <i:iys ago obtained employment at the
Crocus Hi. r ! dub. The man has left his place,
and a pair of trousers and a revolver belong
ing to the head porter ere :u o missing. Tho
supposed theft took p".ace Christmas day.
Prof. John A. Hartigan wiil have his office
as secretary of lh< Columbian schools at
.;>. Wi:-\, with Fred .!. Cropsey, on St.
Anthony avenue. The duties of the new office
v.-iil take bul a few hours of the professor's
time 'l'.:rin^ tin" w i '.-..
Pat Galvln writes from Ireland 'hat they
had a safs and pleasant voyage over the
ocean. I Is parents, both of whom are ever
eighty-five years, were pleased beyond meas
ure to see their son again. Mr. Calvin's pto
ple ■! '! ro( '.■■'■■ iw their son had bean to Kicn
d ! : lughl hi me a fortune.
\OTKS O\ AMUSEMENTS.
overwhelming Interest which is manl
f : d ■ r the appearance of Lillian Kus
i i'M:. i Fox and JeH Do Angelis shows
tn ■vh.i' high « great artists are
) id by the public. Never before In tho
) of theatricals i:i this city has such
curiosity been shown, and on Thursday
evening. when the curtain rises at
the Metropolitan, that handsome playhouse
will be crowdi i. This i.s the last appear
:' those stars jointly, as they have even
at this curly date made arrangements to in
dividually head their own companies next
hi ason. ["he Joint appearance in one pro
i of Li.'U'in Russell, Delia Fox and the
omnipi De Angelis naturally made
it most difficult for the management to obtain
a vehicle which was equally suited to their
different abilities, but "The Wedding Day."
which is the latest work by Stange and Ed
wards, was a happy si lection, and a work
which Immediately commended itself to the
tlieater-Koinu public. The company support
ing this great organization is by far tho
strongest ever Been in one production, and
Includes William Pruette, Lucille Saunders,
Albert McGuckln, Ada Bernard, Charles Al
lison. Tom Green, Samuel Slade and a chorus
of Beventy. The original production will be
brought to this city. The advance sale of
seats begins today.
■The Widow Jones," one of John J. Mc-
Nally's comedies, is to be-_ presented at the
Grand next week. "The Widow Jones" is
oi;<* of the cleverest comedies which has yet
Lted Horn the !•■ Q of that prolific writer
of plays of this order. The company which
Messrs. Rich and Harris have engaged to In
terpret "The Widow Jones" is headed by
that unctioua comedienne, Flo Irwin, who
brings to the part of the wily widow a most
pleasing pi rsonality. Others in "Tho Widow
Jones" cast are Walter Hawley, a light
comedian of great promise; George W. Bar
mi m 11. Daniel Kelly, Horace Newman, J.
J. Fisher, .Joseph Swickard, Robert McKee,
the only Ada Lewis, Ilattie Waters, Annie
Martel!. George Lawrence, Mabel Power,
Louise Temple and others. The musicdrf se
lections in •'The Widow Jones" are said to
be particularly enticing, inasmuch as the
material Is all new, and of that up-to-date
order which one carries away and hums at
A few price words — and
the wonder grows when you
fit the goods to the prices.
A pound for Pure Rendered Lard.
A can for 3-lb. cans of Apple Butter while
this lot lasts.
A pound for the very best Creamery BiMter.
A pound for good Dairy Table Button
For ten-pound bags of perfect Buckwheat.
This is not only pure, but pronounced by
everybody just perfect who has used it.
Per bag for Yerxa's Extra Patent Flour. Noth
ing better can be produced no matter what
A can for good Corn.
A can for Fancy Sliced Peaches for cream In
"%und for good, new Table Raisins in lay
-47e a box for same.
A very choice invoice of bright new Prunes
just received at:
Good ones, per lb Cc
Choice, per lb „ 8c
Fine quality, per lb 9c
Fancy, per lb 10c
A pound for good Crushed Coffee.
A pound for a fair quality roasted Rio Coffee.
A pound for a choice Golden Rio Coffee fresh
A pound for the Hilo brand Coffee, a splendid
blending of mild and strong coffee.
A pound for tho Milo brand of Java and
A pound for the famous Hoffman House Cof
A pound for good sweet, good strength Teas.
Variety as you wish it.
A pound for choice selected new crop Teas.
Tho teas you pay 50c for elsewhere have to
be fresh from the chest to equal these.
A can for Johnson's Sliced Pineapple*.
Bat avia Goods.
The demonstration of this pack of flno fruits
ftnd vegetables will start up fresh Monday.
Come and taste them. They are the very fin
est goods, and tho prices are not high.
Yerxa Bros. & Co,
REV. F. B. COWGILL'S CHRISTMAS
SERMON AT FIRST M. K.
MYSTERIES OF CHILDHOOD.
STORY OF THE NATIVITY WAS AC
CEPTED AS ALL, PROPERLY
LITTLE CHANGE SINCE THEN.
Old Story Still its True and Reason
n:>!«.- as It Was in Childhood
Rev. F. B Cowgill, pastor of the First
M. E. church, delivered his first Christ
inas sermon to the members of that
church yesterday morning. The music
was rendered by a special quartette
choir, consisting of Mies Grace More
house, soprano; Mrs. C. D. Hayes, con
tralto; Harry George, tenor, and C. H.
Bigelow Jr., baritone. The musical se
lections were the anthem, "Bethlehem,"
a duet, "I Will Magnify Thee," by Miss
Morehouse and Mr. George, and a solo
by Mr. George. Mrs. Russell R. Dorr
was at the organ.
The subject of Rev. Cowgill's sermon
was "Good Tidings of Great Joy," the
text being from St. Luke il., 10-11.
He said in part:
I hope that we have all had some pleasant
part in those festivities with which Christen
dom celebrates the birth of Christ. To most
of us there is no ether day in the year so
fragrant with holy memories as Christmas.
Something remains of that strong and holy
spell which this day exercised over our minds
In childhood, and which still consecrates the
day of our Lord's nativity, so that it is not
one of the common days of the year. If
wo could on ether days forget that eternal
summer of divine life and love which blooms
unseen above and about our world, we can
not forget it on Christmas day. Tho hillsides
aro clad with snow, and the trees stretch
their baro and frosty branches up toward
the cold gray heavens; bat we know that
warmth and gladness are not far away. Our
sullen sleep of worldliness becomes, under
the clanging of Christmas bells, an apocalypse
! of divine mercy In which we see the Son of
I God descending into our world on a stairway
i let down from heaven, while the angels of
God go to and fro. We have sometimes been
weary with our journey, and had stones for
our pillow, and have slept the sleep of spir
itual unfaith; but now we are sure that God
is in His world, and that His heaven is not
f fl F RVfRV
We remember the sweet and holy awe with
which In childhood we listened to the st. ry
of the nativity. How natural it seemed that
the Great Father should love his human chil
dren and should send his Heavenly Son to
put their wandering feet in the way of life.
How wonderful was the love of the t, ather
who sent His Son. and how wonderful was
the love of the Son who came. Of course
the Heavenly Father must feel toward His
human children as our eartnly fathers and
mothers feel toward us^ When He saw our
need or instruction and warning our^need
of some one better and wiser than we to
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Far M* sstV'Si
were o do and be was still a mystery; but it
was clear enough what Jesus camo for He
can'o to seek and save the lost, to make a
weary and wicked world know God and turn
away from its sin. Why other people shou.d
to born might be a question; but nobody
could ever have a better reason for being
born than Jesus had. It was easy to see how
the wortd could get along without almost any
body else; but It was clear that it could not
Be i\ a w O a n s g n:rs O trange SU that God should think
about this thing a good while before he got
it done It was not strange that the thing
should be talked about In heaven, Nor was it
strange that the precious mystery should leak
out of heaven by and by. and the wonder
ful story of what was going to happen get
started 'among men. Some angel, with or
without permission, would fly away to the
earth some day, and fold his unseen wings
beside some holy prophet, and whisper the
glad tidings In his ear. Then the prophet
would be so g'.ad he could not contain himself,
and he would go and tell others about It.
Those who heard would tell it again and so
the story would go. Thon in all their toll
md trouble men would think of the coming
Savior and coming glory, and take courage.
When it was about time for Him to be com
ing some good people ought to know about
it so they would understand what a wonder
ful person had been put during His tender
childhood into their keeping; accordingly the
divine messenger was sent to Joseph and
Mary And w^si the Savior was born, the
angels wanted the good news well started
among men; and so to shepherds on the hills
about Bethlehem they came with their glad
announcement. When one of them had told
tho wondering shepherds about the birth of
the Messiah prince, the whole anjrel choir 'be
came suddenly visible, and they filled the air
with a burst of song:
"Glory to God In the highest.
And on earth peace among men
In whom He is well pleased."
Now when I review these, my childish im
pressions of the story of the incarnation, I
do not see much difference between those
impressions and the views which I now hold.
I want to say distinctly that tho old story 13
still true and reasonable to me. I do not see
that all our history and scienco and philoso
phy have thrown any reasonable doubt on
the essential elements of the story. The prog
rass of knowledge has. In my judgment, douo
nothing to discredit faith in a personal God
who loves a sinful world, and works out the
gracious purposes of salvation through the
mission of His Son into the world.
What is there In this fundamental creed
of Christianity that anybody has found out
to bo untrue? Have we found out that there
is not a great divine personality, whose
thought, feeling and will are the guiding,
moving and creative force.a of tho universe?
The great men of the world have not yet suc
ceeded in showing us how things came to
be, and to be as they are. without God.
Philosophy has not yet banished God out of
It is not wonderful that man should be
the object of divine regard. Man's dignity is
written in the wonderful faculties that have
been given him. How wonderful are the pow
ers of the human mind! How wonderful aro
man's moral sensibilities! How regal in
its action ofttimes is the wll within him!
How tremendous are his capacities for grief
and pleasure! It seems not preposterous to
think of him as a partaker of the divine na
turo and an hoir to eternity. Why, then,
should it be thought a thing incredible that
God should come to him? But if He comes to
man In a manner comprehensible, He must
come and speak to man in terms of human
thought and e.rperlence. This means the In
Thero are some minds that easily believe in
marvels and miracles. There are others who
do not easily accept that which seems out
of the established course. My own belief is
that a deep and significant harmony obtains
between the marvels of Christianity, especial
ly the fact of the incarnation, and those
great laws and movements of nature which
claim the attention and confidence of the
man of science. I should say, for instance,
that if a man has come to be an evolutionist
he should be prepared by that philosophy of
the universe to believe in a great new move
ment of humanity of such character and im
port as the gospel presents to our contem
plation. The evolutionist asks us to contem
plate first a vast abyss in which God is not
manifest through any of His works. Next
In the vast void wo see the first mist ap
pear. Out of the first mist slowly come the
worlds. Out of the molten sphere the habi
table globe. In this habitable sphere the
lower forms of life. Out of these low forma
of life the higher constantly emerge. At the
summit of this pyramid of life man appears
at last. The eternal spirit working through
ages brings man into existence. Out of the
fire mist, out of the heaving oceans and
hurtling tempests, out of the surging seas
of bestial life man is flung at last upon these
shores of time.
Then a sublime evolution goes forward. Out
of the stress and toll of human life, out of
its joys and sorrows, out of savagery and bar
barism, out of tribal wars and national con
flicts come the great civilizations, each mak-
THE SAINT PAUI, GI^OBS: MONDAY, DECEMBER 27, 1837.
ing Ita contribution to the ultimate good of
the race. Out of these great nations come
one after another the bards and sages and
prophets of the race, in whom and through
whom are foreglimpses of a divine man and
a golden age to come. At last the perfect
man, the God-Man, comes — the type and
prophet and progenitor of a new race of
men. He organizes the divine kingdom on tho
earth. It Is a kingdom of men let through
the regeneration into a new and divine life.
The new man is God possessed and God in
spired. He Is the man of heart, the man of
conscience and sympathy and love. He lives
to minister and not to be ministered unto.
This new race of men is propagated after a
spiritual manner through the agency of the
Holy Ghost Here is evolution still working
out the progress of humanity through the sur
vival of the fittest The men of this new
kingdom of Jesus "Christ are the fittest who
survive through a selection that is natural in
a morally constituted universe. It Is only
through this life of the kingdom, this life of
tho Holy Ghost, this divine life that men can
survive in a God-governed universe.
You understand, of course, that I am not
advocating evolution. I am advocating the
doctrine of the incarnation. I am showing
that there is even in the philosophy of evo
lution a place for the great doctrine of the
But our most conclusive and practical as
surance of the incarnation Is the beauty and
power of Jesus Christ, His unique position
and immeasurable power in the vast reaches
and relations of history. The tremendous
scope and unutterable beneficence of His in
fluence bear witness to the divinity that was
in Him, and manifest while they interpret
the wonderful wisdom and love of God in
sending Him Into tho world. The triumphs
of Jesus Christ in history are the triumphs
of truth and goodness.
Nothing has been able to arrest the onward
sweep of Christ's truth and power In the
world. Kingdoms rise and fall, but the
church of Jesus Christ has In it the vitality
of eternal youth. The old Roman and Greek
civilization passed away in the dark ages,
but the church of Jesus Christ spanned with
its life the chasm between the old civilization
and the new. This divine movement in his
tory is an ocean that flows, but does not ebb.
It ebbs not because it embodies the eternal
purpose and exhaustless energy of the Infi
nite God. It bears us aloft and it bears the
race onward to a glorious de3tiny.
GREAT DAY FOR SKATING.
Crowds at Como and Elsewhere
That Good Ice Is Fclund.
L.<ike Como, with its large area of ex
cellent ice and the additional attraction
of fancy skating- by Miss Fanny David
son and John Davidson, yesterday at
tracted a crowd of pleasure-seekers
numbering fully 4,000. A four-minute
car service furnished by the street rail
way company served to comfortably
transport the crowd. As the afternoon
progressed the numbers on the ice in
creased until the unusually large tract
of skating surface, nearly five acres,
Avas black with an undulating mass of
humanity. Young and old alike took
part In the sport and weak-kneed
youngsters with their first pair of
skates tumbled about on the ice. The
young man with his best girl was there,
too, and every one seemed to thorough
ly enjoy th? vigorous exercise and
healhful amusement. The ice was in
good condition, save for several treach
erous cracks, incident to the freezing of
so large a surface, and for each there
Avar, ample opportunity for the particu
lar kind of skatir g most enjoyed. Here
and there knots of spectators gathered
about graceful whirling figures going
through some difficult fancy maneuver,
while on the edges of the cleared space,
the "speeders," with long, high-built
skates made splintered Ice fly In their
efforts at distancing the crowd of am
bitious imitators who followed in their
wake. Games were played on other
parts of the ice, and, four, six and eight
abreast, little companies of friends
spun over the smooth surface with a
keen enjoyment of the rare sport. Be
side the skaters there were many about
the lake merely as spectators. To thesa
the picture of animation and vigor
blended with the skill and grace of the
skaters was a genuine pleasure.
At 3:30 the exhibition of Miss David
son and her brother gathered the crowd
about an enclosed space of 100x150 feet
of the best Icej and for an hour the ex
perts executed the most difficult figures,
singly and together, with a skill and
grace that highly pleased the specta
tors. Mi=s Davidson is a particularly
clever artist on the ice and skates with
a freedom and ease rarely exhibited by
a woman, and it is a safe assertion that
she is unequaled in the Northwest on
the steel blade except by her sister,
Miss Mabel Davidson, whose health at
present prevents her appearance on tha
ice. Johnny Davidson is best known as
a fast skater, but has developed into a
fancy skater of sufficient ability to ably
assist his sister in some difficult double
figures. Both were in excellent form
yesterday and gave a decidedly clever
exhibition. There was also a large
crowd at the lake last evening, when
Miss Davidson gave another exhibition
of fancy skating.
The street railway company has ar
ranged for special entertainment for
the skaters at Como during this week
by engaging Miss Davidson and John
Davidson to give exhibitions every aft
ernoon and evening, including next
Sunday. A special car service will be
operated the entire week and an effort
made to keep the ice in the best possi
Besides the crowds at Como every
rink in the city was well patronized.
The Broadway rink was a crush both
afternoon and evening, while the ln
closure on the river below the Robert
street bridge also attracted many. Some
of the more adventurous of those on
the river started toward Fort Snelling,
but the snow covering the ice rather im
peded the skating, and most of the long
distance flyers returned after reaching
the high bridge. Numerous small ponds
on the outskirts of the city furnished
splendid skating facilities for the small
boy and everywhere this genus was
notably in evidence and enjoying the
AROUND THE nOTELS.
George F. Stone, of Seattle, Wash., Is
stopping at the Merchants*.
H. R. Elliott, of Duluth, registered at the
Merchants 1 yesterday.
A. B. Cundy, of Dickinson, N. D., was a
guest at the Merchants" yesterday.
N. P. Conant, of Mapleton, N. D., regis
tered at the Merchants' yesterday.
J. B. Collinls and wife, of Miles City, Mont,
aro at the Ryan.
C. A. Cotten, of Chicago, is stopping at the
H. C. nianey, of New York city. Is regis
tered at the Ryan.
B. C. Thayer, of New York city, was a
guest at the Ryan yesterday.
H. A. Rider, of Litt'.e Falls, Is at the Clar
J. Mullen, of Duluth, is registered at the
A. W. Fraiscr, of Wheaton, is at the Wind
A. F. Armstrong, of Windom, la at the
C. H. Graceson and wife, of Park Rapid 3,
are at the Windsor.
H. Greer, of Seattle, is a guest of the Met
Mr. and Mrs. L. P. Snyder, of Trenton,
N. J., are at tho Metropolitan.
W. MacKenzle, of Grafton, is at the Metro
Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Wh'taker, of Detroit,
are spending the holidays with Mr. and Mrs.
F. H. Hubbard, of 844 Selby avenue.
Smokers' Holiday Presents.
Call at Adam Fetsch's, Fifth and
Robert, for smokers' presents.
ST. LIRE'S READING CIRCLE.
Hon. J. W. Onnhan, Chicago, Expect
ed to Be Present.
The reading circle of St. Luke's par
ish will meet this evening at Father
McNulty's'house. A very large attend
ance is looked for. These meetings have
grown more and more in interest ever
since Judge Willis took up the work,
and great good to the members and the
movement will result from them. At
the last meeting papers of merit were
read by Misses Nora Gill and Isabel
Williams and Mrs. O. H. O'Neill. This
evening Miss Cunningham and Mrs. E.
Donohue will take a leading part in
the exercises. The Hon. J. W. Onahan,
of Chicago, is expected to be present.
We call the attention of our readers
to the special notice of The State Sav
ings Bank under announcement*.
PHOP?ECY OF ISAIAH
TRUTH OF HIS SAYING OF CHRIST
THAT HIS NAME
BE CALLED , WONDERFUL.
REV. A. B. MEIiDHIiM PREACHES AN
INTERESTING CHRISTMAS SER
MON ON THE) SUBJECT.
SON OF MAS AND HIS MISSION.
Out of All Cpntemplation of Him
Comes the Main,. Idea Wonder
Rev. A. B. Meldrum delivered the
Christmas sermon at the Central Pres
byterian church yesterday morning.
The speaker took for the text of his
discourse Isaiah ix., 6: "And His name
shall be called wonderful." He spoke
in part as follows:
Through the vista of nearly one thousand
years the prophet beholds the advent of one
in whose coming the prayers of forty centu
ries should be answered. We cannot read the
Old Testament scriptures with any degree of
attention without realizing that the genera
tions were centralized in one idea. From
Adam to Abraham, from Abraham to David,
from David to tho carrying away Into Bab
ylon, from Bablyon until Herod reigned in
Judea, there is a life far below the surface.
Ever and anon from behind the prophetic
veil or through it there glows the imago of
a man, stranger to everybody, yet friendly
to all. A marvelous image, so indistinct, yet
so positive; so gentle yet carrying awful
power, as the summer clcud carries light
ning; very near, yet distant as tho unseen
God. In coming along the Biblical line, wo
feel this, that almost any moment a man
might stand up in the very likeness and
majesty of God. As we read on, a strange,
fascinating spell binds us^ until having passed
the prophecies, we come to the star, the Vir
gin and the child. That child has been the
mystery of all our reading. There in infant
life lies the explanation, Itself a mystery of
all the tumultuous events and hopeful prom
ises, which made up the sum total of
prophetic history. He it is, and no other of
whom the prophet Jn anticipation and under
the direct inspiration or God, exclaims, "Unto
us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and
His name shall be called wonderful.
It Is indeed most fitting that at this season
of the year, when all of Christendom looks
back— even as Isaiah looked forward — to the
advent of Him, in whom centers hope and
faith and love, that we allow our minds to
dwell definitely uj>on that wondrous personal
ity. Let us, therefore, endeavor to contem
plate Him as He is set before us in the in
spired records, and as He has manifested
Himself in history. For wonderful indeed
must He be from whose lowly birth in the
manger of Bethlehem chronology now Is
reckoned. Wonderful indeed must be He.
who has so permeated history with His own
personal force that to leave Him out of reck
oning would be to destroy history itself. Won
derful indeed must be He, whose personal in
fluence has augmented with the passage of
centuries, and who swaya men's hearts and
minds today with Incomparable and peerless
supremacy. There are three aspects to which
I especially direct your attention at this time,
in which if we thoughtfully contemplate
Christ, we must find that there is but one
name that becomes Him. One name alone
that can but express our feelings towards
Him, and that is "Wonderful."
His personal character was wonderful. If
there is any one thing in the Bible which
comes to the world with all the glory of a
new discovery, aa original as It Is peculiar,
it is the idea of Immaculate virtue as em
bodied in the life and character of Jesus
Christ No character was ever drawn in
bolder, clearer lines. No person in history
stands forth more prominently to every eye.
Our Idea of Socrates, or Caesar, or Napo'.eon,
or Wellington, for distinctness of outline or
vividness of impression cannot be compared
with that of Jesus. It is as transparent as
tho light It Is as uni.quc as it Is transparent.
It is as radiant with moral beauty and sublim
ity as It is original. We cannot travel with
Him for a single day without feeling im
pressed with the conviction that we are in
the company of an extraordinary personage.
Wo are struck with the remarkable dignity
combined with humility. One supreme com
manding and universal motive appears in all
Ho does. In all He says, in all He suffers.
The glcry of God In the moral, spiritual and
eternal good of mankind absorbs Him wholly.
Not an action, not a word, not a pang, not
a privation through His whole life that does
not subserve the dominion of truth and the
highest good of man. Single-handed and
alone He stands forward before the world to
elevate and sustain, by the energy of His own
wisdom, by the purity of His own life, a
standard for dishonored virtue and outraged
truth and forsaken godliness while He
Himself presents the living image and per
fect model of all He enforces upon others. We
read indeed of gre.it characters of history,
but they were great only in some one depart
ment. They were great philosophers, heroes,
philanthropists, poets, or kings, or com
manders. Not one of them all is found with
out weaknesses, errors or defects. None are
great in all qualities. Persecution fronts Him
at every step, and at every turn as He goes
forward. Treachery delivers Him over to the
enemy. Death with all the lingering tortures
of crucifixion stares Him in the face, but
still He presses on until His last words of
prayer for His murderers seal the perfect,
beautiful and wonderful consistency of a life
devoted to God, glory and man's good.
Ho was wonderful as a teacher. The testi
mony of His enemi«3 was, "Never man spake
as this man." The civilisation of successive
and ever advancing centuries has produced no
man to speak like this man. Down into tho
depths of His thought we. still go for hidden
treasures of wisdom. Other men, it is true,
have been teachers as well as He. There h&Ye
been prophets sent 'of God with great truths
to preach. There have been philosophers in
advance of their age, enunciating principles,
I wonderfully grand and wonderfully pure, pro
| found and imperishable truth.
No wonder Jerusalem was stirred at His
coming, and cried out, "Who is this?"
"Whence hath this man his wisdom?" "Is
not this the carpenter's son?" "Can any
gocd thing come out of Nazareth?" Naza
reth was no Athens. There was no school
of philosophy In that despised Galileean
town. How came it about then that this
son of toil, with no advantages of learning,
no means of culture, flamed at once into
I the profoundest of the world's teachers,
struck fearlessly out into the realms of truth
—truth unguessed as yet by the wisest sages,
truth beautiful as the light, sublime as tho
heavens and as unchanging as God— truth
that takes hold upon eternnl things and opens
uo the volume of immortal destiny, truth
that dawns upon our night like a heavenly
morning and kindles the whole soul in all
its faculties to a new life; truth that seems
by ar^electric power to reach at once distant
continents and far off ages; truth that has
nations for an audience, and centuries to
echo its tones that ring on like the pealing
thunder along the hills till they loss them
selves in eternity; truth that does not sleep in
tho soul like dry logic or fruitless science,
but Is a seed, a leaven, a life within reno
vating the whole nature, casting out devils,
changing a man's whole being and restoring
him to himself, to his home, to his God?
Where among all the sons of genius and of
learning is there such a teacher? One whose
words work here transformation? Make fish
ermen apostles, change the persecutor into
the champion of chartty and righteousness,
burn into the hearts of thousands with such
intensity that the martyr's flames are un
heeded, that In some obscure dwelling sink
into the soul of tlfe hudgble occupant long
centuries after thar -were uttered, making
men of feeble andjinletteped simplicity and
women of timid andffdepeafleut natures calm
ly defiant of tyrannic po*#r, mightier in the
strength of their loyaliyfjpnd love to Jesus
than all the terrors of, wvereign and Intol
erant authority? k£ell.», ° ye men and
women of the worg|, whwe boast it is that
ye do your own th&kingtflthat ye form your
own opinions, thaf> ye walk according to
your own judgment— tell .me why is it that
whenever it is borflp in *fpon you that your
thoughts, opinions^tnd judgments are con
trary to the teachiws of the humble teacher
of Galilee ye know^vheteher ye acknowledge
It or not that you are wrong and He is right.
Tell me, ye men and women of care and
trouble and sorrow, why is it that, when
bowed down under the burdens and grief 3
of life, and all words of human sympathy
seem a hypocrisy and a mockery, that the
words of the gentle teacher of Nazareth
come to your grateful hearts like good news
from a far country, reviving your drooping
spirits and bracing you with new hope and
new life? Tell me, O ye who call Him sim
ply a good man — nay, the best man — tell me
why, after all these ages have passed since
He lived His life and taught His doctrine,
that His utterances are more pondered than
those of any philosopher %r poet or great man
before or since His time; that more than all
the teachings of all other teachers. His gen
tle sayings move to action in the line of all
that is best aid trtust r.r.d noblest; that the
grandest repr » entativea of cur race have
j invariably li-"td ard labor.'d under the inspi
i ration of His words, who spake as never
Wonderful teacher! Teacher seat of God,
Indeed! Thou art Indeed well named the
wosderful! But most of all was he wonder
ful /or the object of His coming. The world
has seen ambitious and grasping avarice and
self-seeking Intellect everywhere. It saw in
Christ no trace of these. His object was one
that lofty minds may have dreamed of, but
it towered above all that they could ever hope
to realize as the mountain above the mclc
hill. When we try to discover the subtle,
mysterious, Inexplicable something which
separates Jesus* Christ from all other men,
whether they be teachers, philosophers, re
formers or martyrs, we find it in the sub
lime conception embodied in His own won
drous declarations: "The Son of Man i 3
come to seek and to save the lost;" "I came
not to J"'dge the world, but to save the
world." "The -Son of Man 13 come
not to destroy men's lives, but
to save them." Regard it in any
light you choose, there Is no other
idea that can compare with this In point of
sublimity of goodness. If wg had met it In
any heathen writer we should have been con
strained to point it out as the most mar
velous conception of the human mind. The
father says: "Save the family." The citizen
says: "Save the city." The patriot says:
"Save the country." Yet when these voices
have ceased the Son of Man says: "The world
the world; save the world. I am come to
do it." Here Is the conception I say which
lifts Jesus out of the succession of merely
great men, and gives to Him a place of Ilia
own, in which He stands alone in sublime
and unapproachable grandeur. And to make
this conception a reality was the great pur
pose of His coming. His teaching and His
example. His doctrine and His life were all
subordinated to this, the saving of the world.
He came to shed His blood for the remis
sion of sins. Your sins and mine, the sins
of the world; He came to take upon Him
self the Iniquities of us all, that by His
stripes we may be healed. Therefore, wonder
ful as He seems to us as He goes about
doing good, wonderful as He seems to us as
Ho speaks words of wisdom and gracious
ness which the world shall never let die.
Bring all that is great into His presence ana
it becomes little; bring all that is gilorious
and it is eclipsed and lost; and the one word
that can Jn any way express our emotions
as we stand in His presence and contemplate
His ineffable love is: "Wonderful, wonder
ful." It is possible to plunge a jar into
mid-Atlantic deeper than ever soundings de
scended and to bring it up on deck as dry
inside as if it had been lying in an oven.
And it la likewise possible for men and
women, and I have them listening to me at
this moment, to live and move and have
their being in the sea of Christ's boundless
love and never to have let one drop of its
richest gifts into their hearts or lives. It
is possible amid all the joys of this festive
season to forget the love and the gift of
which it is the memorial. Amid all our giv
ing and receiving, we may still reject that
gift which means life. Therefore do I preach
to you this day Jesus Christ, the friend, the
Redeemer, the wonderful. Therefore do I
beseech of you to add to the joy of Christmas
tide by receiving Him as He comes to you
In the fullness "of His love and grace, arad
that you give to Him the gift He most de
sires of a loving heart and a devoted life,
saying once and forever, "I choose Him as
my good: I henceforth look to Him as my
wealth, and my content here and hereafter
And when your affections thus move, and
you stretch your empty hand toward Him, He
answers back, "I am yours." And while
"Angels sing glory to the new-born King.
Your own glad soul shall answer back the
Peace on earth and mercy mild,
God and sinner reconciled.
STREET RAILWAY OFFER
Will Be Discussed In Committee
Afvnln To ii i« ln.
The committee on streets from tho
board of aldermen will meet this even
ing- to consider street railway matters.
The members of the assembly commit
tee on streets have been invited to at
tond the session in order to keep posted
on the discussion and points made. An
invitation has also been extended to
President Lowry, of the company, to
attend the meeting, but that gentleman
has not yet accepted the Invitation.
The new ordinance presented by the
company will ba discussed and an ef
fort made by the friends of the Broad
way loop to have an agreement reached
by which the lower-town loop will be
At the last meeting of the committee
Attorney M. D. Munn stated, after an
executive session, that aside from thh;
ordinance submitted and the proposi
tion to build and operate the union de
pot loop, the company had nothing else
to offer. As to the Broadway loop, Mr.
Munn said, the council had passed an
ordinance directing the company to op
erate it and the company had a year
from the passage of the measure in
which to carry out the orders of the
council in this particular.
An adjourned meeting of the board
of aldermen is to be held Wednesday
night, the understanding being that
street railway matters would be so far
agreed upon by that time that the al
dermen could pass an ordinance chang
ing the cable to an electric line. A
nvmber of the aldermen, however, as
sert that it is not at all likely that the
meeting of tonight will be productive of
any satisfactory results. The assembly
will not have a regular meeting be
fore Jan. 6, but on that datp, if the or
dinance submitted by the company has
not been passed by the board of alder
men, it is understood the assembly will
pass the measure. This will bring the
ordinance squarely before the alder
men and the question of whether the
Broadway loop adherents will have
enough votes to prevent its passage will
MOZART CLUB CHRISTMAS.
One of tlie Interesting: Events of the
The St. Paul Mozart club celebrated
Christinas in a new and novel manner
at Mozart hall last night. The plan
was Inaugurated by President P. J.
Giesen. The Mozart club is now two
and a half years old and the plan for
the future is to have annually a Christ
mas reunion of the sons, daughters,
fathers and mothers of members of the
club and representatives of the leading
German families in St. Paul. Last
night's affair was made up of a mu
sical programme and Christmas tree
service. The programme opened with a
rendition of Adam's "Holy Night" by
members of the club, while the curtain
rose on a bed room scene, with a
bed containing two small children.
Tho children remained contented until
the appearance of an angel guardian,
who was afterwards followed by San
ta Claus. The scene, with the chorus
accempaniment, was a very pretty and
sympathetic one. This pleasant and
pretty scene was followed by the as
sembly of the members and full chorus
of the Mozart club, with President P.
J. Giesen in their midst. The president
and prime mover of the Mozart club In
a short address thanked not only the
members of the club, but also the Ger
man ladies and gentlemen who were
present for their loyal, generous and
noble support of the organization dur
ing the past two years, while they have
labored to give to the German public
of St. Paul all that was to be desired.
The president said that since its organ
ization the members had done all in
their power to place the Mozart club
in the foremost ranks of the musical
public societies of St. Paul.
He quoted their treatment of the New
York Arlon society' and other events as an
assurance of their sympathies and interest
In musical events. After the close of Presi
dent Glesen's remarks he railed upon Di
rector William Manner, of the Club, to ap
pear on the stage. On his appearance Presi
dent Giesen presented Prof. Manner with a
handsome hunting case goM watch on behalf
of the St. Paul Mozart club.
Prof. Manner said the surprise was so great
and so unexpected that he was too full for
utterance, but he would deliver his thanks
to the club at their next meeting next week.
The Fishers' chorus from Auber followed,
and was rendered In a most excellent man
ner. The duet selection from Bellllnl's "Pur
itan!" was sung by Messrs. P. V. Larsen
and Martin Giesen. and was rendered In a
most accevptable manner. The "Die Linde,"
sung by the chorus of tho society, was well
rendered. The baritone solo, "Di Provenzo 11
Mar," sung by Mr. H. Aronson, was one of
the features of the evening's entertainment.
Mr. Aronson Is possessed of a beautiful bari
tone voice, and was forced to respond to an
encore, and sang Schuman's "Ich Grolle
Nlcht." The male chorus of the society fin
ished the programme by Its rendition of
"Noch Sind der Tage der Rosen." This was
followed by a drawing for the prizes on the
Christmas tree. During tho drawing Theo-
Hamm won from the tree a small toy drum,
Henry Burger a small bottle of Hamm'a ex
tra Emile Treager a small rubber doll. Wil
liam Conradi a toy trick cigar, Peter The
wald a small toy key and Henry Koenlg a
box of soap. The Christmas tree drawing was
one of the features of the evening, and cre
ated a great deal of amusement. Dancing
followed, and continued until a late hour.
&%& "No," quoth the star, "my course is dear, ;
$&Q "You look so bright and seem so true, Q??i
§£ "Arc you alone, may I ask you?" &
Qj*£ Then the great star spoke as great things do: JL
''££' "My prett} 7 one > I appear to 30U
"Far greater than I really am, J>L
"Because 'cheap,' 'fake' and other stars are merely sham." &*
"The star of Truth, Ilonor'and Quality." fe^
wj I M^^^l Suits * $800 to $25 00 -
yiGTIIB Of A HOIiD-UP
ALFRED BRICSSOR SEIZED ny Tlfi;
THROAT AND HIS POCKETS
THREE MEN UNDER ARREST.
ROBBERY TOOK PLACE AT RICE
AXD IGLEHART STREETS LAST
THE MAN WAS ALSO ASSAULTED
After Everything «r Value IU» Car
ried Hud Been Taken Away
Alfred Ericsson, a railroad man liv
ing at 491 Wabasha street, was last
evening, shortly after 6 o'clock, the
victim of a hold-up at Rice and Iglo
hart streets. He was set up m by three
men, ons of whom throttled him, while
another went through his pockets and
secured 75 cents and an empty purse,
everything of value Eri< sson h:id
about his person. Releasing Ericsson,
the thug who held him dealt the young
man a powerful blow in th" face, when
the trio of highwaymen took to flight.
Ericsson hurried to the central police
station with the story of tho hold-up,
and Detectives Wells and Werricl;
were detailed on the case. In a saloon
at Rice street and University avenue
they arrested Charles Levy and James
Godbois, whom th 9 police claim answer
the description given by Ericsson of
his assailants. Tho prisoners were
locked up on the charge of highway
robbery, and later F. J. Trost, em
ployed in a local railroad office, was
arrested as the third member of the
robbers. He was booked for highway
robbery and transferred to the Ducas
street station to prevent communica
tion with the other prisoners.
Ericsson's story of the robbery Is
that he was returning from a call on
Rice street, and had just passed a sa
loon at Rice and Iglehart streets,
when three men came out of the place
and accosted him. He says he paid no
attention to their remarks, but that
they followed quickly after him until
beyond the glare of the lamplight,
when he claims one of them seized him
about the throat and held him while
another searched his pockets. Erics
son says he could not call for help be
cause the one who held his throat com
pletely strangled him, and that by the
time he recovered from the effects of
a blow he received as the highwaymen
ran away no one was in sight. The
prisoners will be arraigned in the po
lice court today.
Splendid Programme Rendered nt
the People's Cnnrch.
Last night a very large audience
gathered at the People's church to lis
ten to the extra musical song service
prepared for the occasion by W. Rhys
Herbert, the director of the choir. Dr.
S. G. Smith was present and conducted
the service, which was strictly a musi
cal programme. The full choir of thir
ty voices sang West's anthem, "Oh,
Come, Redeemer of Mankind," In a
most excellent manner. This was fol
lowed by a solo, "The Light of the
World," by M. O. Morris. Then came
another chorus anthem number, "Thus
Speaketh the Lord of Hosts," which
was followed by a duet, "The Lord Is
a Man of War," by Handel. The duet
was sung by Messrs. Mclntire and Grl3
wold and was beautifully rendered. The
anthem. Smart's "Angel Gabriel," fol
lowed, and was well received by the
audience. A feature of the programme
was the offertory number, "O Divine
Redeemer," which was beautifully sung
by Mrs. Yale, with organ and violin ob
ligato. Two other anthem numbers fol
lowed and closed the programme. The
musical work of the concert, under the
direction of Prof. Herbert, was mag
nificent, and the choir deserve special
praise for their work In the rendition of
all the anthem numbers.
Held at tlie Merrlnin Park Presby
Special Christmas services were held at th<s
Presbyterien church, Merrlam Park. Mr. Co
vert preached sermons appropriate to the oc
casion at both morning and evening ssrvice.
Special music was furnished by ;i quartette
choir, consisting of Mrs. D. L. Doub'.'Vlav,
soprano; Mrs. W. C. Covert, contralto; IS. p.
Smith, tenor, and D. W. Van Vl»ck, basso;
Miss Hattle Bishop, organist. In addition to
congregational hymns the programme of mu
sic for the morning was as follows:
Te Deum in F S-hilling
"O'er the Hills of Bethlehem" Shelley
D. W. Van Vleck.
"Faint From the Skies" Schnecker
In the evening a Christmas song service was
held, when the following festival niu3ic was
rendered by the choir:
"It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" Camp
"Oh, Ho'.y Night" Adams
"Calm on the Listening Ear of Night". Adam <
"My F«Jth Looks Up to Thee" Sobneekei ■
1, P. Smith, D. W. Van Vlev:k.
ST. PAUh'S VISITOR
MGR. MARTINELLI ViTi:\!)S ST.
FRANCIS DE >»!.i:s (HI ItCH 1^
HIGH MASS WAS CELEBRATED.
TODAY A KI'MBER OP lI,En«YMES
WILL PAY THEIR RESPECTS
ARCHBISHOP LASGEVIN (OMIKG.
A Winnipeg Special Says He la Oi»
Hia Way to !!»-«• t the AooMtolio
Mgr. Martinelli, thr- apostolic able
gate, spent a quiet Sunday in St. Paul
yesterday. At io:;m o'clock, accompa
nied !>y Archbishop [reland. i»r. Pace
and Dr. Rooker, was driver to St.
Francis de Sales' church, where pon
tifical high mass \ ted. Al ter
the services the d •' ■•■;..; ■ and the party
who accompanied him to the church
were the guests of Vicar General Star
iha, pastor ■>:' St. Francis church, at
Mgr. Martinelli returned to the resi
de nc of the archbishop at :; o'clock
;!ini spent the afternoon and evening
with the archbishop. T daj Mgr. Mar
tinelli will receive a number of visit
The reports that the delegate would
make a trip to the Dakotos before leav
ing St. Paul are said to be incorrect.
A telegram from Wlnnip g says thai
Archbishop Langevin left yesterday for
St. Paul on invitation of Archbishop
Ireland to meet Mgr. Martinelli.
EIGHT WOUNDS IN HIS HEAD.
Joint WUllama Arrested Ifter a
John Williams was locked up at the Rondo
street police station In a bloody and battered
condition .shortly after li o'clock last even-
Ing on the charge of disorderly conduct. ll<!
had eight cuts in his head and one hand was
also inj'ir<<l. Williams received lilh hurts
at the hands of Officer Griemann, it Is
claimed, while resisting arrest. It is al
leged that ho K"t Into some difficulty at llar
beck'a saloon. 1049 Rice street, and that, art*
being put out of tlu- place, created a dis
turbance on the street, which attracted Of
ficer Qricmann. The poi:. i Wil
liams under arrest, when It Is claimed the
prisoner began a vicious flght.wblch necessi
tated Officer Qrlemann bringing bis ■ ul> into
active play. Tho policeman and Wllllama
bad a desperate light, which only
•when Williams was linally pounded Into bud
uilssion. Williams Is a laborer, and lives
on Marion street. Dr. Lravitt was called to
the station and sewed up the eight wound*
in his head. Dr. Leavltt Beys Willlama is
not seriously hurt, as the cuts arc only
scalp wound's. According to Dr. Leavitt,
Williams was considerably under the influ
ence of liquor during the physl
ices at the station, l. 1 :' complained that be
had Riven no provocation for the ternblo
pounding he bad received. Officer Orlemann,
It i 3 suid, was not hurt In tho fight.
CHOKED BY TOBACCO.
Antdpsy Snovra John McDonnel Waa
A Sioux Falls, 8. D., tel ■ '■ tho
post-mortem examination of the body of
John McDonnel, the St. Paul man killed by
Gilbert Gilman Friday night, was I
Saturday afternoon, r
in liis windpipe of a chew of tobacco, and t.io
physicians now claim that instead of Id tug
killed by Oilman's blow he died ol Btrangu-
Whila Oilman admits that he knocked Mc-
Donnel down, it is thought by the Btat
torney that the result of the post-mortem ex
amination will clear him.
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Large Display of Present*.
See Adam Fetsch's large stock of
Old Quarantine Camp Burned.
SANDY HOOK. N. J., Dec. 26.— The office,
storehouses, stable and one of tho lodging
houses, all old wooden buildings, at Damp
Low, were consumed by fire early this morn
ing. Camp Low was established at the for
mer landing of the Sandy Hook boats. Dur
ing the cholera scare a few years ago tha
wharf and platform were enclosed and roofed
over and several hundred passengers were
kept in quarantine there. The nurine hospi
tal service abandoned the station last year,
and tho buildings were purchatt <1 by a con
tractor who used them as a large boarding
camp for tho men employed In building garri
son quarters at Fort Hancock. An >ver
heated stovo is supposed to have caused tho
Trade marks and labels of standard poods
are sometimes Ingeniously imitated. Rimeia
ber this when you go shopping.
i COUGH! COUGH! I
<\ It is the hacking caugh that ofteu J
:> ends in the most serious trouble, c
! LUIiG BALSAM f
<* for the complete eurp of i\ ooush. pnins *>
*, in tne chesti difficulty of broath itijr, is a
< , most valuable rcni'.'ily. < ►
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