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Boys All W. 8c.
Boys All Wool'iu. a $148.
Men's Sweaters 98c, 3u 0 and $3 50
Men's Knit Jackets 98c, $u . , $2 50 and $3
Closed Job of White Shirts, Colored Bosoms at 48s worth
White Shirts 48c, 75c ana 98c.
Oil Tan Knit top Gloves at 25c and 48c.
Nice Dress Dog Skin Gloves 48c to $1 25.
Best makes Collars, 2 for 25c. Cuffs, 13c pair 2 for 25c.
Great value in Quilted Burlap Stable Blankets at 75a
Street Blankets $1 25, $2, $2 50, $3.50, $3.98 and $4 98
J1H0A 1. 1889.
The Home Circle.
Too many stones or too much clay
Or too much " wet " or sand,
Will make a sorry thing, they say,
Of the bet road in the land.
And yev there's good in all ot these
It we Just know bow to fix them ;
They make a road that's sure to please
When properly we mix them.
- L. A. W. Bulletin.
Prophet's Reward.
Tt xt, "He tha recelveth a Prophet In the
name ol a Prophet shall receive a l'ropet's.'re
ward; and he that recelveth a righteous man
in the name oi a righteous man, shall receive
a righteous man's reward."
This Is most pithy teaching;. To be
hospitable to the prophets brings the
me reward as to be a prophet. A new
beatitude 1 Blessed are those that receive
prophets, (or they become as prophets.
That Is more than one would expect, and
yet it it not a bit more than the truth.
This is a universal truth ; it is not con
fined to prophets and righteous men,
though it it most important there. It is
true all around, he that recelveth a poet
shall receive a poet's reward ; he that re
celveth a musician shall receive a music
ian's reward. Generally, universally the
blessing that rests upon generous recog
nition and reception, is the same as that
which rests upon fruitful production. A
man may not be a genius, but If he have
the heart and willingness to understand
and receive a genius, the reward of gen
ius eomes unto him.
It is not necessary that we have the
greatest powers ; it is oaly necessary that
we be warm-hearted, broad-minded
enough to give genuine appreciation and
aiearty welcome to great powers ; then
hall we receive the reward, 1 A man
does not have to be a steam engine in or
der to have of its speed, all he needs Is to
have tense enough to appreciate and take
of ltt ttrength ; then its gifts are his.
Many a house that I myself eould never
build, will take me in and give me shel
ter. Nothing but a most false and fool
ish pride, which Is unwilling to recognize
the gifts of others, and receive from
them, can ever shut us put from the Joy
and blessing which the bounty of provi
dence or nature gives to any man for
himself, and for him to yield to at.
and every man In it to bring us of bis
best, if we are willing to step out of our
selves long enough to receive from
others. We can know the fruits, the re
wards of every great gift, if we lovingly,
reverentially receive those who have
re ti in Uluttration s
r;if' ret t"a V"Jlj to sit
us? We are stirred with passion, and
moved with the enthusiasm, and smitten
with the sorrow, and we laugh wltb
them that laugh, even as did the genius
who had the power to make these things
live and move amongst us. Very much
the same divine attlatus, if you would
so call It, comes to the one who reads ap-
preciatingly as was hia "whose eye, In a
fine frenzy roving, did glance from heav
en to earth,from earth to heaven sgaln,"
"Gave to airy nothing a local habitation and
a name."
Very much the same, we say, is the
pleasure of us who read, and the joy of
him who wrote. Every man knows the
burning of the fires of genius, and their
glowing heat within, who can truly re
ceiv, really read the writings of the
poets. Indeed, I am by no means sure
that there is not the greater measure of
the blessing upon him who receives what
others have created. The genius has the
enthusiasm, but he has also the toil.
"Genius is protracted patience," said
Buffon. ''Genius Is nothing but labor
and diligence," said Hogarth.
buc there is the travail, the struggle
against the unyielding narrowness ol
man's words, before that thought can
come to birth in language, xne poet
wrestles In agonies of prayer and labor
that God would give him words; his is
the labor. His reader fines an easy
oath. The enthusiasm does not have to
check itself to shape Itself in language,
That is already done. He goes on the
way unchecked. The path which the
master craftsman trod laboriously, word
by word, he skims over light as wing?
it it made so smooth and easy for him.
He hat his deep-moved feelings, and not
the toll of voicing them. He has receiv
ed a poet's reward, and that, too, with
out the poet's labor.
. And it Is so with the man who receiv
es the message which another man has
given him through the melody of the
throbbing brass, or of the marvelous
violin. Who shall eay that the heart of
him who rightly heart is not stirred even
the tame as that of him who harmonious.
ly creates? All the mystery, all the
wonder, all the beauty which music has
to reveal, or else to suggest, it has It for
him who heart and receives as truly as
for him who forms. Did Mendelssohn or
Bach ever more truly know all that mu
sic had to give, and all that it teemed to
withhold, than did Jean Paul Elchter,
listening to 'them and crying, "Away!
away! oh music; for tnou speakest to
me of things which in all my life I have
not found, and shall not find."
to the message of the artist's colors, he
shall know the glow ot the painter's soul
when he would dip his bruehvin sunset
shades, or In the blush upon a human
Tbit Is the truth ; one which reigns in
all the world, which Jesus pointed out
in this highest place of all its mission
when he tald that he who received
prophet in the name of a prophet, should
receive a prophet's rewari. It Is espec
in tme In these higher spheres. He
whose ears are open to God's ministers
of revelation, to his soul the same vis
ton appears as the prophet's eyes looked
npon when the heavens were opened.and
ar and we will commeBce the New Year right tor by
sy are in need ct anything ia our line, like
NVhitten Burdett& Co.'s clothing we
a bigger thing for our customers. We
k Down Sale ever held in this section.
brain, of the Lord Christ's heart and
Shakespeare's strain." As he received
their varied message, he partook of their
varied joys. I cannot write David's
Psalms or Iaiah's prophecies, but I can
read them, and as I do, and take their
word home to myself, it becomes my
word, and I can enter into the peace of
heart, into the comfort of the Lord, Into
the joy and hope and faith with which
David sang, and Isaiah prophesied. I
read how one of the psalmists of old
said, "I will say of the Lord, he is my
God," and the confidence of it teaches
me, and the inspiration of it inspires me,
and I, too, am lifted up in confident hope
and trust in God, and "I will say of the
Lora, he is my God." In receiving the
prophet's word, I have received the
prophet's reward. ,
But there is a word additional, and
that, too, somewhat conditional, slipped
into this text. It is given unto us how
we are to receive these prophets,, and
these righteous, that we
"He that recelveth a prophet in the
name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's
reward." What does this' mean? "In
the name of a prophet?" H)w should
we receive a prophet save in the name of
a prophet? how indeed? Alas! the
world has found ways enough. Fashion
casts its sickly eye upon the prophet, and
receives him because be Is the lion of the
hour. Vulgarity receives him because
the great have done so. Politics receive
him because he can be made a tool 5 his
word can promote an ambition, or save a
cause. Churches receive him because
he can draw a crowd and bring in an in
come. Mothers receive him because
they have marriageable daughters, and
prophecy is a respectable trade; and
fathers receive him in the hopes that,
without paying for it, they can get a
good deal of teaching out of him for
their sons. It might seem ill-natured,
indeed, to express all the suspicions
which ' people have as to the various
reasons which other people have for re
ceiving the prophets of the: age. Poor
Robbie Burns in his day, the centennial
of which we have ost remembered,
found many in whom there was no true
love of poetry, nor any real appreciation
of .his gOTlos. who yes opened tbeSr
purchased in Boston, when that firm was obliged to shut up shop,
have put the prices way down Jiat they are
Let us quote a few prices.
Men's All Wool Brown Suits at $5.50 worth $10.
Men's All Wool Blue Suits, $5 50 worth $10.
Men's Overcoats. $5 worth $7.50.
Men's All Wool Overcoats, $10, worth $15.
Men's All Wool Overcoats, $8 50 worth!$12
Men's Overcoats worth $18 and $20, now $15.
Men's Ouercoats worth $22, now $18.
Men's Ulsters worth $7.50, now $6.
Men's Ulsters worth $15, now $12.
Boys' Reefers from 3 years up, $2, $2-50, $3.50 and $4.
Boys' Suits, $1.98, $2 50, $3, $3.50, $4.50 and $5.
317.MA1N ST.,
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he, poor man, thought that he ws
petted and prized all because be had a
true gift of prophecy, and he despaired
when the coarse popularity was over as
if that meant that there was no longer
for him
Now, it were almost needless to say
that people who receive the poet, not
because they know and love true poetry,
but for some other, some more ignoble
and worldly reason, they can never re
ceive the reward. Tbat goes without
saying, It wakes, for instance, no an
swering fire of poetic genius in our
hearts to receive a poet because he hap
pens to be honored or rich ; we might as
well hare received a millionaire ; there
is for such reception no poet's reward.
We must receive the poet In the name of
a poet, as a poet. We must receive a
prophet in the name of a prophet, be
cause of the Inspiring prophecy. He to
whom Lord Tennyson's dignities and
wealth and honor amongst men were all
as nothing, but to whom the words of
"In Memeriam" come with their lofty
message, and he dwells on them, and re
joices in them, and Is exalted by them,
he thus receiving the poet as a poet, he
receives the poet's reward. And so he
who received - the - prophet, finding
Isaiah's noble birth, and David's kingly
place, and Ezekiel's priestly dignity,
finding these all as nothing, they do not
matter any more than the rough garb
and coarse food and homely manners of
Amos, the shepherd of the desert, or of
Hfcab, the lowly-born dweller In the
least of Judah's pities. He to whom
these are nothing ; the word tbat burned
with power tbat was everything, he who
met them thus as prophets and reoeived
their word, he received the prophet's re
ward. We read how Simon the Pharisee
received Christ, because he had aohieved
a certain prominence, and nine lepers re
ceived blm' because he could put away
their sickness j the multitude, because he
gave them bread, and Herod was even
willing to receive him, because he ex
pected to have some, marvelous work
wrought before him ; and Simon Magnus
was willing to receive bis Spirit because
It looked as if there was money In it;
and so it went, but these 614 not receive
Christ's reward and blessing. He that
reoftfvii I ' " r V v- c " ' . -
life and power came. Surely it was
needful tuar. in the Saviour's word this
ciausc was added ; the prophet must be
received in the name of a prophet if one
would have a prophet's reward.
Such is the remarkable, the suggestive
teaching of this text. There are two
ways of getting the reward of genius, of
power, or of inspiration. Qne is to be a
genius and an inspired man, and the
Other is to love such men, and to receive
their word and teaching.
Now, this lesson i the dQQrway to a
pew and noble dwelling for our lives, if
we take It rightly. It shows us how we
can go and live as those who are called
of God. I suppose that the most com
mon of all mortal complaints is discon
tentpeople are not satisfied with their
"We look before and after,
We sigh for what Is not,
And our sincerest laughter
Witti some pain Is iraught."
We mope, we brood, we envy others,
and falj into that rnost weak and Billy
habit of .pitying ourselves. Oh,;how ma
ny lives are miserable, not for anything
tbat they have of loss or burden, but
Just beoause of things that they do not
have. We think if we only had this gift,
or that power ; if only such a success
were granted unto us, then we would be
happy. One man thinks : If only I had
a poet's gift, so that the world must
stop and listen while f sing; another
says : If only I could hold entranced
throngs by weighty words of eloquence ;
another longs after wealth, aud another
after honors. Qt course there Is a thrill
of pleasure In success. The word we
spoke was fruitful In what we intended,
it makes us rejoice 5 the hymn was sung,
others delight to listen to It; in that is a
joy the scheme we had, it worked out
perfectly, tbat Is delightful ; and yet,
after all, ,
there 13 no permanent root of
hapAness in these ;
that Is all external, autside. We think:
it only my genius was appreciated, if
only my word was heeded by the multi
tude, If only I could Jbe a Whlttler in
poetry, a Holmes in prose, a Jenny Ljnd
In song, or & Lincoln In statesmanship,
then ( would be perfectly happy; but
we would not be perfectly happy ; If
'"-tit all we want, or can t ---'-':,
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Norwalk. Sole agents for
this city.
false.love, to him all the praise of men
and homage of the world would not
bring one touch of sweet and true re
ward, such as that which came to his
humblest reader, who knew in his own
life the truth and blessing of the true
love of which the poet sang.
Above all is thfe true of prophecy;
we long for the prominence which some
times is given to the prophet. God
forgive us! that i3 not the blessing, but
the spirit of righteousness and faith and
confidence which dwells with cbe
prophet; there is the blessing. It Is not
for us, by receiving the prophet, to have
the world cheer us as it does the proph-
nor (orowd .around us as it crowds
aronnd the prophet ; if la that were the
reward, the Saviour's word3 would fail
in truth; but the reward is that in re
ceiving the prophet's message we gain
the peace and trust which 'quiets the
prophet's heart ; we get the aspiration
which exalts his mind; so doing, we re-1
ceive what is the real and substantial re
ward, the best that the prophet himself
will ever gain or know. Not the proph
et's great honor,nor his great praise, but
the prophet's great heart, tbat shall be
our gift as we receive the prophet's
with a girdle of glory ? Who shall be
great, truly great, and we may not par
take of his greatness? Who shbll be
true, and we may not learn from his
truth? Who shall be wise, and we may
not grow by his wisdom ? "All things
sie ours, whether Paul, Appollos or
Cephas." What any man has that Is
truly great and good, that we may have,
as we learn to love and to receiye that
man, and to learn from him, Whatever
there be of beauty or of wisdom or of
inspiration that has made glorious a
mortal life, we, taking the word ot tbat
life, enter into an inheritance of its
beauty and its wisdom and its revelation
of the Lord.
We see the goqd and great of every age
pass before us on life's stage
Calmly and slowly In review."
Where, then, is the littleness of life?
Where Is its pettiness? Its sordidness?
Who shall talk pessimism to me? f Who
shall dare to say that we are shut out
from " any privilege 6f power, be our
condition what it may? "f here is no
king or genius, no wisev men or , strong
man that .can .be any happier than I
ought to be, or than you ought to be in
these our humble homes. There is not a
really great thing in all the world unto,
which there does not a, path lead up
right out of eqy study, or out of your
store or kitchen. Discontented? The
one of us who has time to he disconten
ted with love to cherish, and books to
read, and God to serve, thai one I sus
pect would n,ot he satisfied in heaven,
certainly could not be satisfied any
where on earth. . Our trouble Is tbat we
want the wrong things; we look for
happiness where it la not to be found.
W want the prophet's or the poet's re
ward, and we sigh for it; and then we
look for It in things which after all
have nothing at all to 6o with prophecy
or poetry ; we look at the esteem of men,
and the praise of the world at the for
tune acquired; we forget to look
to that prophetic and poetio sense which
the good God has put within the soul,
and that, too, a gift to every life;
tror-,i that we cn r- i C n r-
urcivui lines easy prices
take those here now. The finer 3
Kerseys ana meltons, otexclusivenesr
smartness, real tailor made o.
f i mnt i ' er
coais, mo ana are maw j S20-
the $18 and $20 kinds ar c A
The 'Home Ruler overcoat is still selling at the pop
ular price $10. Can't be sold for less because
they are made for us with an extra amount of over
coat merit. Worth more.
Some odd sizes in top coats for boys of from 3 to 8
years; prices were $6 and $7 breaks in the lines
knock prices to $5. Nobby garments.
Reefer prices suffer in the same way. Better chance
of a fit here for boys of from 3 to 15 years; every
size 'in various lines; $6 reefers are $5.
Open Monday, Friday and Saturday Evenings.
Of course not, except in the most second-
ary and subsidiary way, and yet it Is
the diamond and the truffles that the
world Iooes at. Thank God! the
"Angelus" has its word for us, and the
picture of the "Reapers" has its mes
sage of beauty, even if we havenoriegs,
and must live on baked beans and cod
fish. Let me eay to you, my daer friends
it there Is any ral reward of genius, any
real pleasure or fruit of power or of
learning, which you do not have, it is
because you will not take it. Here In
these common ways of ours, here in
these common days of ours, all beautiful
things, all true things, all that Is great
and good, may surely enter, and wll!
with us abide.
Yes, and here Is the best word ! even
the blessing of the righteous nan? the
blessing of him who has done good and
not evil all the days of his life, even the
blessing of that one comes into our
hearts, and is our blessing, as we learn
to love the righteous, and to receive
them and to long after their accomplish
ments of good. This is what we mean
by receiving Christ, and this being
blessed with the blessing of Christ.
We are weik and have failed. We have
done wrongly. We have touched evil,
and been defiled thereby. Christ comes
before us, the all pure and the all beau
tiful. We see In Him the real beauty of
holiness which we have missed. We
love it. We welcome the word of such
character into our hearts and into our
homes. We see and know that such is
none other than the revelation of God.
We in our unworthiness receive thus the
righteous one, and God breathes the
peace and the joy of those who are
righteous into our souls. We have been
unable to express our desires after
goodness, just as we have been unable to
express our thoughts of beauty;- here
is the poet of goodness, here the artist
ot righteousness who expresses our
thoughts of the best, the holiest and the
purest for us. As we receive his life
and word, we receive his blessing ; jnst
as when we receive the word which
Michael Angelo has to tell us of beauty
we receive Its blessing. Jesus Christ
was the prophet, the poet, the artUt of
our higher life. That better life then
we receive as we make outselves hos
pitable onto Him. Down here along the
shore of the Sound there are a great
number of clear, beautiful springs.
Sailing as a boy oyer Its waters we knew
where, at this place and at that one, we
could go ashore, and find plenty of fresh,
delightful water, hut sometimes the
wa,ter broke forth at too low a level be
low the line of the tides, then all Its
sweetness was pulluted and spoiled; the
spring was salt and blackish, all unfit
to drink ; then If yon went up the bank
4 little ways, and hollowed out basin
above the level of the ss.lt water, there
you were suje to find again the clear
fresh water. Something like that 1
Christ's message to our lives. We break
out so often at too low a level in onr
lives. Our life is distasteful, unpleas
ant, perhaps even bad and unhealthy;
we are down too low. Christ caused the
fountain ot life to break forth higher up,
above the line of w.irldllness, and so
above the line of bitterness and d it con
tent. He has led as nn to when lite Is
cause it is good he shall in no wise losc-l
his reward.
Soula that of Christ's goo i life partake
He loves as His own self; dew as His. je-
They are to Him: He'll never them Jors I
When they shall die, then God Hxuxuttf shal l
They live, they live In bleat eternity.
There is a most striking Incident in Urel
life of Dr A. J. Gordon of Boston, wbjctl
has j'i3t been issued. Dr Gordon, after
an evening service, was told that there!
was Bomebjdy in the lobby ot the
church who insisted upon seeing him at
once. He went out, a ad there was. a
coarse, debased 'man, bloated of form,
blQtohed. of face, who demanded rotghly
money for a lodging over night. Dr
Q 3rd on said he would help him,
took out a book to give him an order oa
the mission connected with the church I
far a night's lodging. This seemed to.
emoicter me man, and he broke oar ;r
the most profane and violent abuse 0
society, of the church, and of God Him
self; among other things he revealei
that he had just that day been dischargee
from state's prison. Meanwhile anotbet
man, whom Dr Gordon did not know,
stepped Into the vestibule, having hear!
evidently what was said, walked op tt
the time-expired man, laid his hands os
his shoulder, and looking him straight la -
the eye, oomaienced to tell in detail, 'jfca'
s.ory of the crucifixion of Christ lbs-
bitraya), the trial, the mocking, then of
the two thieves, how one of them abused;
Christ, cursed Hiaa, how the other re
pented and was forgiven. He then said,
do you know who that man was, tboot-
who was forgiven 1 "No." retorted the
other, "I never heard." "Well," said
the man, "it was I, it was L I was
thief, I was in prison. I had cursed my
God and man, yet Christ came to me;
His love followed me, even to a state's
prison cell ; He constrained me and I
yielded. I cried out. ' 'Remember mev
Lord Jesus, when thou coin est into Thy
kingdom;' I was that malefactor.'
There was a moment of 'perfect silence,
aid then the stranger said, "Yes and I
was the other." In the quietest, most
subdued manner, he turned and west
away. Such things are strange, Impres
sive facts. The purifying, softening
power of Christ when Hia story la truly ,
told; he that recelveth that message,'
even if it only be for minute, or if it.
be for a lifatime here, and an eternity to
come, he is changed by it, takes not
only of the message, hat of the Christ
who brings it, and that k the reward.
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