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Doesn't this Spring Weather make you think of
January 1, 1883. 610
Last Week. 3100
The Home Circle.
There are no men of mighty mludB,
We still sail on an unknown Bea,
With all his search man only find a,
llltnselt Involved In mystery 1
Wo cannot learn how much we know ;
Borne think they know It all,
Hut )ut a thought ol Oofl will show
That we are "Mighty Small."
This world Is but a little speck
With other worlds compared,
And while we walk upon It's deck,
There's nothing new declared ; ,
There's nothing but the mystf ry
That shrouds our lives while here
Thorn's "nothing In all history"
To make the mind seem clear. I Q. W. B.
Run, Speak to this Young Man.
Text Zech., 2 : 4.
"Run, speak to this young
Zecharlah was one of the prophets of
the restoration. Some 42,000 Jews had
been permitted Dy Cyrus to return to Je
rusalem from Babylon, and finding the
temple and city almost In ruins, they had
soon set to work tc repair the damage as
far as possible. The work was Interrupt
ed by the Samaritans, who were far too
Jealous of the Jews, to care to have Je
rusalem restored to Its former greatness.
But little was done for several years un
til Darius come to the throne, when, re
lying upon bis favor, the Jews began to
carry forward with vigor the work of re
building the temple and city. Carpen
ters, masons and surveyors, were to be
seen In all parts of the city. Under such
circumstances, we should expect that a
prophet who had a vision will see the
truth under those forms that meet hit
eyes every day. He Is vitally Interested
In rebuilding the city of his love, hie
message will almost of necessity have to
do with that work. As the passage be
fore ui shows, this Is exactly what took
pla;e. The prophet sees a vision of an
gels, but those angels were doing just
what the men were doing that he saw
every day. Sometimes it seems to us
that the angelic host are far away, and
our ears are closed to the harmonie ol
heaven. May this be a time when a vision
of angels shall bring some helpful truth
home to our hearts. Oar prophet sees a
man with a measuring line,, a surveyor,
who wishes to plumb some work of re
building. He Is the young man mention-
ed in the text, and we are led to sup
pose that he thought of putting np the
new structure on the old foundation. He
bas as yet, no idea of the city's future
growth and greatness. He does not re
alize that
of the old city will not answer for the
new. One can bat wish, when he is try
ing to find his way in Boston, that the
fathers might have bad some notion of
that city's probable growth. To this
young man thus employed another an
gel is directed to run and speak that he
may leave off such useless work. "Jeru
salem shall be inhabited as villages with
out walls by reason of the multitude ol
men and cattle therein." It would be as
foolish to seek to confine the city that is
to be, within narrow walls, as it would
have been for the Chicago of 1850 to
have placed walls about Itself .regardless
of the probable growth, which the pass,
log years have shown to be so wonder
ful. Iu this word to the augol . we may
We thought of it some time ago. Knew it would come, and when the first blue bird put in its appearance had ready to put on our counters
one of the best lines of Clothing we have ever shown. The past two days have been busy ones with us getting the goods ready to show, and
we are proud of them, proud of the quality and the low price we have been able to mark them at. Don't pass us by, this Spring, for we feel
we can please you better than ever before, if you want a
We are ready to show you erery attention, and would be pleased to have you
quote you some prices, but a better way is to come right to the store then you
reputation for square dealing is honestly earned. All the correct things in
see a command for ourselves. All about
us are young men with measuring lines,
planning the structure of their
lives. They may not be think
ing of building cities or even tem
ples, but they must occasionally think of
the homes they would like to have, and
cities are made up of homes. Then, too,
each home should contain an altar, and
the altar is the essential part of the tem
ple. The young man in the text while
making his measurements was probably
thinking of the appearance of the walls
and buildings which he supposed would
soon be erected.
by what he had seen, and by the know
ledge of the customs then prevailing in
regard to such structures. He was in
fluenced by the fashion of his time. We
all know how much fashion bas to do
witb the plans of houses. At a certain
time the Queen Anne style is in favor, at
other times not. Once a certain kind of
hall was deemed essential to a house,
while now many prefer a reception room.
There is also we must admit a fashion in
lives. Society exerts a tremendous pres
sure upon its members to make them
conform to its standards, and fall In with
its customs. In some countries it is an
unwritten law that the son must follow
his father's trade or profession. Almost
countless are the &tories of those, who,
gifted as musicians, poets or painters,
have had a hard struggle with parents
or friends before they could be permit
ted to leave the business with which the
family was connected, and mark out a
life for themselves in accordance witb
their gifts. The sons of the nobility in
Germany, many of them have a hard
time because so few employments are
open to them which can be pursued with
out losing caste, and these are greatly
overcrowded. Nowhere are young men
so truly the architects of their own fate
as with us, hence the importance of
knowing what ideas have controll
ing force, as they plan their
lives, and dream of what they
hope to be. What heroes do they wor
ship? Where do they find their hero? Is
he in the national senate, or on the bench
of the Supreme court? Is he a merchant
prince or a railroad king or an oil mag
nate? Will he be kfound in the editor's
room of one of the great dailies, where
may be felt the throbbing life of the na
tion, or does he speak from the pulpit of
the influential church ? Is be Longfellow
or Agasslz, Raphael or Angelo? He only
does well who finds bis hero among the
noblest. In our text tht young man was
planning for walls about the city of his
hope. Are our young men planning to
Is a walled town a picture of the truest
life? It is so natural for as to wish to
erect these walls of selfishness about our
selves. To think if we do not take care
of ourselves no one else will, and so we
gather in to ourselves all we may, and
build high the walla to.keep what we get.
Ought the family circle as we call it be a
closed circle, so that when the lamps are
lighted and the curtains down, we leel
that we have all we need for our comfort
and enjoyment In ourselves. We need no
help from outside, and we neither know
nor care, whether any one outside needs
us. A town with walls suggests hostil
ity on the part of neighboring tribes or
cities. A person who seeks to put a wall
about himself, shows that be regards life
as essentially a conflict. He will talk of
eut-throat competition, and believes In
the "survival of the fittest." Such a
self-centered life is far too narrow and
unworthy of these young men for whom
we hope the best things. This matter
gains additional importance from the fact
that our voung men hold the future in
their bands. The young man is the ar
biter of the worlds destiny. Society, the
church, the state, will be what he makes
them. A number of selfish individuals
can only form a se.'fish society, where
each one echenjes to surpass every other.
The church of the men of walled up lives
is very different from the "church of the
open door." You .will find there, per
haps, tine music, eloquent sermons and
a costly building, with a chilling exclus
iveness. All spiritual warmth and fervor
quickly disappear in such an atmosphere.
There is no vital interest in the salvation
of needy souls outside the congregation.
A young pastor safd such a church made
him think of the process of freezing
cream. The minister might get himself
into a fine glow by the exercise of turn
ing the crank, but the church kept grow
ing colder till at length it was frozen
so with the state. We cannot afford to
entrust the welfare of our nation to self
seeking politicians. We need statesman
ship of a broad and generous type, but it
is vainjto seek it from such a source. In
December, 1889, Chief Justice Fuller de
livered an address before the two houses
of Congress, in commemoration of the
inauguration of George Washington as
president of the United States. In that
address, speaking of Washington's fare
well address be says "This address was
one that rose above home, and state and
official place; that brought him near, not
simply to the people to whom it was im.
mediately directed, bu'.to that great com
ing multitude whom no man could num
ber, and towards which he felt the pa
thetic attachment of a noble and prophet
ic soul. If we turn to this remarkable
document and compare the line of con
duct therein recommended, with the
course of events during the century the
advice giyen with the results of experi
ence we are amazed at the wonderful sa
gacity and precision with which it lays
down the general principles through
whose application the safety and pros
perity of the Republic have been secur
ed." We ask ourselves how it was that
Washington came to
so closely resembling that of the inspired
prophets of old. We must answer it was
because of his entire freedom from self
seeking. He had erected no walls of sel
fishness about him to hide his view. Our
country needed great men to watch over
its Infancy, it needs them no less to-day
to guide its vigorous life in channels of
peace and prosperity. In order that
there may be no lack of men to meet this
need, we must do something. The text
plainly declares what it is. We mast run
and speak to this young man. We can
not permit bim to waste bis strength ; we
must not allow him to fritter his life
away. Observe the haste and urgency
of the command. Bun I There is no time
to be lost. There could probably- be
found a building in Wisconsin so situat
ed that the water falling on one roof
would go by way of the lakes and the
river to the gulf of St Lawrence, while
the water falling fust the other side of
the ridgeboard would go by the Mississ
ippi to the gulf of Mexico. Starting so
near together these water drops come out
upon the great ocean hundreds of miles
apart. It would bave been so easy to
kept these drops together at first,
but afterward it would . be prac
tically Impossible. It we would suc
cessfully direct : the course of any
thing, we must . take our, stand
at the beginning of that coarse.
Ban, speak to this young man. Even
now he Is at work upon the foundations
come and look us over even if you don't purchase. We would
can compare the cloth witb the price and satisfy yourself that our
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and it is a little late to change the plans
when the house is half-way up. The
passing years emphasize this word.
The young man will soon be the middle
aged man. His character and habits are
becoming more fixed each month. He
may gladly listen to you now. A year
from now he will tell you, you are too
late. Then too we are not sure of the
future for ourselves. I used to think
there was ample time to do all one would
care to do, but I find I was In error.
there is but one time to do it, and that is
now. Bare life is in these days a won
derful inheritance, for upon us are found
the accumulated treasures of the ages.
How can our young people wisely ad
minister the affairs of so great an estate
unless they come to appreciate to some
extent their responsibility ? Run, speak
to this young man. But what shall we
tell him? As we have seen the young
man of the text was told the good news,
that the city he was planning was to be
far larger than he thought. So we may
say to our young men, the life you are
planning may be far grander than you
dream. Lay broad foundations. Be
lieve in your possibilities. As some one
says, "A man's most usoful years to bis
family and to the community, are those
in which he has at command life's har
vest of wisdom, experience and tem
poral possessions." It is ours to benefit
young men by sharing that harvest with
them, any experience we may have had
that will be likely to prove useful in the
way of warning or inspiration :
Build thee more stately mansions, O my soul,
As the swift seasons roll;
Leave thy low vaulted past ;
Let each new temple nobler than the last,
Shot thee Irom heaven with a dome more vast.
As these lines occur to as, we wish the
spirit of them had taken possession of
our souls in youth, while we stood with
measuring lines in our hand?. We are
confident that then our lives would have
been nobler. This experience should
impel us to help our young men to form
the noblest ideals. Let us speak to this
young man of oar interest in bim, for
we have a great interest in bim. Let as
speak and show oar sympathy by speak
ing. Some of us have stood where he
stands to day, haye been tempted as he
is tempted,
as he needs It, it may be without receiv
ing it. Why cannot we do for him what
we should have been so glad to have
had some one do for us? Let us Bpeak
of our belief in him. He has faults, but
we will not allow them to hide all the
potencies for good In him. . Let us con
vince bim that we think as we do, that
he will not disappoint his friends, bat
that be will develop the best that is in
bim. Then when we are able to speak
to bis heart, let us tell him of that other
young man who can never grow old,
Jesus the Christ. It may be that as he
stands with a measuring line, ready to
lay out his life, be fails to see the im
portance of having Christ in it. He does
not realize Jthat much which be regards
as having always existed. Is really the
product of Christian life and work of
other days. . He may think of Jesus as a
negative force, helpful in helping one
back from sin, or as a repressive influ
ence tending to interfere with his full
enjoyment of life. The creed of Inger
soll may have some attraction for him.
He believes "that happiness is the only
good, reason the only torch, Justice the
only worshipper, humanity the only re
ligion, and love the only priest." Bef or j
accepting, this creed, let us urge our
young man to mark well the end, which
Ingersoll himself said at his brother's
grave, comes to those who hold it.
"Whether in mid-sea or among the break
ers of the farther shore, a wreck must
mark at last the end of each and all."
Will our young men be satisfied to mark
out for themselves a life that can only
end in a wreck. It cannot be possible.
Run speak to this young man.
that there is no gladness In all the world
so deep and pure as that which wells up
in the heart of a Christian ; that there is
no life so well living as that which
throws down or refuses to raise, any
walls of selfishness, and pours itself out
upon others in the very spirit of the
Master. Let us speak of the great need
of the world for pure, consecrated lives.
The spirit of heroism bas not all de
parted. Many can be found who are
willing to fight and die if necessary that
Quba may be free. There are other tyr
annies far worse than that of Spain. Run
speak to this young man that he may
prepare to fly to the relief of the op
pressed. How shall we speak? There
are many ways open to us. "A word
fitly spoken, how good is it." Some
times a letter will carry a loving message
we could not speak so well. But back
of the word whether spoken or written
must be the character. Woe unto us if
when we seek to obey the injunction of
the text, the young man answers in the
words of Emerson "What you are speaks
so loud I cannot hear what you say." It
ia the word that harmonizes with the
life that has power. Not that we are ex
cased from speaking unless our record is
flawless, for the woman of Samaria did
noble work for the Master, as soon as
the truth possessed her soul; but we
must at least be now trying to live the
life we recommended to others, or our
words will have little weight. To whom
shall we speak? Who is this young
man? He ia no stranger to as. We
often meet him. He may even be an in
mate of our homes. Sometimes we see
him at church, and again we meet him
on the street. We deal with him in
trade, and count him among our friends ;
yet somehow tho', we may have won
dered whether or not he was planning a
noble life for himself, we never bave
spoken directly to him about it. This is
the word I would I. would impress upon
your hearts and my own :
Thus we may help to answer the prayer
we offer. In the words of Dr Holland :
"God give us men. A time like this demands
Strong minds, great hearts, true iaith and
ready hands; ,
Men, whom the lust of office does not kill ;
Men whom the spoils ot office cannot buy;
Men who possess opinions and a will,
Men who have honor; men who will not lie
Men who can stand before a demagogue
And scorn his treacherous flatteries withont
'Call men sun crowned, who live above the
; ' log, .
In pnblio duty and in private thinking."
An International Affair.
' v
During the reign of the carpet-baggers
In Georgia a very black but brainy old
negro named Tunis G. Campbell came
down from the North and became one of
the leaders of bis race.
In the course of time Campbell, was
made a Justice of the Peace at the fort
of Darien. Then the trouble began in
earnest. .
Justice Campbell had no use for the
whites, because he knew they cordially
hated him.
, But he did not confine - his animosity
to Georgians or to Democrats. He em
ployed a number of negro constables,
authorized them to carry weapons, and
in a short time.made his court a terror
to the community.
So much by way of introduction. One
summer a British sailing vessel came to
Darien and took on a cargo of naval
stores. Before getting ready to sail the
captain settled everything due from him
and his crew that is, everything in the
shape of a just account. He secured his
papers, when several negro traders of
the lowest class unexpectedly put in
claims for goods that had never beer
These cormorants alleged that the
captain and his sailors were indebted to
them for meals, merchandise, lodging
and various other things.
It was evident that these claims were
fraudulent, and the captain continued
his preparations for his departure.
The afternoon he was to weigh anchor
Justice Campbell held a consultation
with a shyster lawyer.
"I want to hold that foreigner
here," said Campbell, "until he settles
these bills."
"In England," replied the lawyer,
"when you want to prevent people from
leaving the eountry you issue a writ of
ne exeat regnum."
Justice Campbell came near falling to
the floor.
"Just say that again," he said ex
citedly. "A writ of ne exeat regnum."
"I see-1 see," said Campbell. "Well,
I want you to draw up one and keep that
fellow here."
The shyster's resources were limited,
and he explained to his friend that
regnum meant , kingdom, and as this
country was a republic there would have
to be a change in the verbiage.
"Change it, then," commanded the
black j ustice.
The lawyer then admitted that he
knew very little Latin, and for that rea
son was somewhat embarrassed.
"This is a republic." he said.
'All right," was the prompt reply of
Campbell, "draw up a writ of ne exeat
"I am afraid it is bad Latin," objected
the lawyer.
"I'll make it stick," answered the
Justice. "I'll sign the paper and swear
in six special constables to enforce it.''
This was enough, and the lawyer pro.
ceeded to draw the most remarkable
document ever seen in America.
The writ covered twenty pages of fool
scap and ordered the Englishman under
the severest pains and penalties to remain
witb his ship at Darien until he settled
all claims against his crew.
It was a eultry August afternoon, and
the vessel was about .ready to depart,
when it was boarded by Justice Campbell
and six negro constables, armed with
The justice read the writ to the
captain, and after informing , him that
the constables would remain until the
matter was adjusted, the judicial tyrant
went ashore again.
The British fumed, fretted and swore,
but the six negro guards made them
selves at home, and kept their guns with
in reach.
Tbe captain retired to the cabin with
the mate and talked it over. '
Finally,-a plan of action was agreed
upon, and when tbe ship's officers reap
peared they were apparently in a good
humor. They told the constables that
they were welcome as the representa
tives of the law, and requested them to
enjoy tbe freedom of the vessel. .
The constables were overwhelmed
witb tobacco and cigars and an occasion
al dram until their suspicions vanished.
Then the captain and his crew display
The Smart
the conservative dresser, the retired Iive-on-his-money
man will find the Spring suit they hare in
mind somewhere in the afore. We're so certain
that it's here that "we ask you to come and help us
find it for you.
No trouble about a perfect fit; a journeyman tailor
.here to make alteration; like a regular tailor shop in
that. Cloths be as stylish and as good as the
tailor can buy; price much less than he will charge
Run the gamut of prices $10, $15, $18, $20. $22 JO
. and $25. Stop where purse and taste command
you. If the suit doesn't please you when you get
it home, "Your money back if you want it."
Not. a spring want in neckdress, in gloves, in under
wear, in shirts we cannot supply with the latest
Monday, Friday and Saturday Evenings.
ed still more hospitality, and the bottle
was freely passed around.
At midnight six negro constables were
in a drunken slumber, tbe effect of their
druggpd liquor, and the captain and his
men were wide awake and perfectly
The blacks were carefully deposited in
a boat and set adrift in the harbor, and
then the British sloop quietly weighed
anchor and left the port at an hour when
Tustice Campbell was dreaming of his
iew and wonderful writ of ne exeat re
publicum. The constables were picked up next
day and sent to jail for neglect of duty,
but the vessel was then beyond reach.
The British captain went straight to
Savannah, where he laid the case before
his consul, and demanded an apology
and an indemnity from the United States
The consul found it difficult to keep
his face straight when hebeardthe story.
"It is an outrage," he said to tbe
captain, "but it is a peculiar one, and of
a ludicrous nature. If 1 were you I
would not bold a friendly Government
responsible for the conduct of a few
ignorant persons, who had not been free
long enough to know their own rights
or the rights of others."
It required a good deal of talk to ap
pease the Englishman, bat after be bad
been wined and dined by tbe merchants
and had told his story a score of times
amid roars of laughter he began to re
gard the affair as a good joke and agreet
to let it drop.
And thus ended what threatened a seri
ous international complication. Chi
cago Times Herald.
Ten Years Of President Clark.
The present month completes the first
decade of President Charles Clark's man
agement of the New York, New Haven &
Hartford railroad. At the last meeting
of the directors Mr Clark presented a
statement of tbe expenditues on capital
account made under his administration,
which showed in round numbers an ex
penditure of $60,000,000 for the recon
struction, improvement and extension of
the railroad. This sum Includes the in
vestment in the New England railroad
company, but excludes tbe Investment in
the Old Colony and Boston and Provi
dence railroad systems, except for
advances made in connection witb Boston
Great changes have occurred under
President Clark's management. When
he took hold of the road it was a well
managed company, doing a good busi
ness, furnishing a satisfactory service
and yielding large dividends, bat in the
process of development ot railroad
systems in New England tbe road bad
either to branch out and absorb more
lines or run tbe risk of being pocketed
and placed at great disadvantage ;in the
race for tbe control of the New England
business. The road under President
Watrous was a Connecticut road. But
other forces were at work and and It be
came necessary to go ahead and branch
out or go backward. President Clark
advised branching out and the directors
agreed with bim".
The result is that instead of being
3" . -, Wholesalers and Retailers,
C2ITS" !g:E3r.AT Tr f y-
Try A Bottle of Their COUGH SYRUP, mite Pine and Tar,
For Coughs and Colds, 25c a Bottle.
Connecticut railroad tbe New York, New
Haven and Hartford is a New England
road witb two lines between New York
and Boston and tbe control of practi
cally all the business of Southern New
England. The roadbed bas been great
ly improved, the four-tracking between
New York and New Haven, and tbe
double tracking of tbe Shore Line being
tbe main improvements in that direction.
The introduction ot electricity Is as yet
in the experimental stage, but enough
has been dore to show that President
Clark does not me.n to be behind the
times. Tbe next decade will show
wonderful changes in connection with
All this has cost money and tbe stock
holders are not getting 10 per cent divi
dents, bur, on tbe other hDd, tbe
company is in every way better fitted to
go ahead and capture the business and
is immeasurably better off than it would
bave been bad a narrow, close-fisted,
ultra conservative policy been pursued
during the decade. President Clark Is
to be congratulated upon tbe results of
his ten years of service and achievement.
Hartford Post.
The largest assortment of sheet music
music folios and instruction books In tbe
state can be found at 63 Fairfield avenue
Bridgeport. They sell the best music for
10 cents a copy. There you win also
ind all kinds of musical instruments at
;he lowest prices. They frame pictures
o order and carry an immense stock of
framed and unframed pictures of all
kinds. They buy, sell and exchange sec
ond band school books and carry a fine
ineot blank bocks and stationery. They
sell day books and ledgers containing 600
pages for the small sum of 81. If yon
wish any visiting cards they will furnish
an engraved plate with 50 cards for 8 1.
If you have a plate they will furnish and
print 50 cards for 50c. Work and stock
guaranteed first class, and all The Bee's
readers are invited to call and examine
samples. Wedding invitations, announce
ments on cards, etc., can be ordered of
The Northrop Publishirg Co., G3 Pair
field avenue, Bridgeport, at prices that
will surprise you.
Den't allow the lungs to be impaired
by the continuous irritation of a cough.
It is easier to prevent consumption than
to cure it. One minute cough cure taken
early will ward off any fatal lung trouble.
E. F. Hawley, Newtown ; S. C. Bull,
Sandy Hook ; A. B. Blabeman, Botsford ;
B. Hawley & Co., Stepney.
Two year ago R. J. Warren, a drag-
gist at Pleasant Brook, ,N. Y., brought
a small supply of Chamberlain's Cocgh
Remedy. He sums op the result a fol
lows : "At that time tbe goods were un
known in this section : to-day Chamber
lain's Cough Remedy is a household
word." It is the same in hundreds of
communities. Whertever the good
qualities of Chamberlain's Cough item
ed y becomes known tbe people will have
nothing else. For sale by K. F. Hawley,
Newtown ; S. C. Bull, Sandy Hook ; W.
N. Hard, Stepney Depot.

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