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I - RATES $.0AjON S -Aw /A. -C. JONES,K Pub and Prpretr 1, a z,,7 Pt9e'VoLici I 7 No. 1C .k N .WY7 PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AT Neirberry. S. C. TERMS.-O.Ic year, $2; six month: $I; three months, 50 cents; two months 35 cents; one month, 20 cents; singli copy, 5 cents, payable in advance. Expirations.-Look at the printe< label on the paper; tl. date thereoi shows when the subscription expires Forward the money for renewal at leas one week in advance. Subscribers desiring the address o their paper changed must give both thi old and the new address. TERms OF ADVERTISING.--81.00 PC square the first insertion, and 50 ets. pe square for each subsequent insertion A square is the space of uine line of solid brevier type. Notices in local column 12jc. per im for each insertion for ,e month, longe at inch rates, w:Eh 25 percent added. A reasonable reduction made for ad vertisements by the three, six, or twelv months. A Letter from Congressmar Aiken. CoESBURY, March 22, 1886. Editor Press and Banner: Your issue of the 17th containet an article under the signature o: "Backwoods," in which I find the fol lowing expression: "Taxes are a, high now as they were in radica times." If the newspapers of the State aro to be credited, there is considerab< unrest amongst the majority class o: our citizens. Conventions, botl county and State, are advertised t< be held and the farmers at least pro pose by this means to right theii wrongs, if any there be; but, sir, i: these wrongs are of a kind suggestec by the remark quoted above fron "Backwoods," it would be far bettei that the farmers should not convene That writer either did not pay taxe in radical times, or be has lost hi radical tax receipts. I suppose I 10as not taxed differently from othei en, and yet my radical tax receiptf vaty from $254.00 under Scott tc $289.00 under Moses; whereas not s tax receipt since 1876 has gone be yond $110.00, whilst in all thesE years my taxable real estate has beer the same, and the personalty ha been changed but little. I think it well the farmers should meet in convention to make knowr their grievances; but let them do sc in calmness, and with truthful fact! before them. Let them consider the Lien Law, and see how an act con. ceived in charity has bee.i by long abuse executed in extortion. Let them inspect the Assessors book's and see whether taxes are equitably levied throughout the State. Let them estimate the amount and value of property which by law, justly o~ unjustly, is exempt from taxation. Let them investigate all the mino1 taxes, and see whether they do not in the aggregate amount to a griev one hurden. For instance, why should a farmer feed his cattle or cotton seed meal exempt from taxa tion, whereas, if he feeds his crops on the same article he is taxed fo: the privilege. Let the farmers look into the Agricultural Department of the State and learn whether or nol it is worth the money paid for it. -If it is not, make such necessary al terations in the administration of il as will ma'ke it an honor to the State. These and many other topics, pe culiarly agricultural, are legitimate subjects for investigation by farmers at the same time no other interest will be in the least antagonized. Foi the farmer to array himself agains other classes would be such fol' that 1 do not suppose that such step! will be'tolerated in any of the con ventions now soon to be held. Very respectfully, D. WAr-r AIKEN. Another Letter From H on. D Wyatt Aiken. COKESBURY, S. C-, March 25 80 Editor Press and Bantner: In addition to the questions, enu merated in my note to you last weel as legitimate topics of discussion by farmers in the State Convention, i appears to me that our commno schools afford another subject equally within the purview of such Cont en tion. We all know that a very larg amount of money is collected for th support c f these schools and we lear much money is monthly paid for first or second-class teacher, but question very Inuch whether thE Schol Commissioner or the Schoo /Trustees, or anybody else, can assen unequivocally, that this money is dis bursed in the most economical man SLet me illustrate, if I smn correctl: t rformed, any intelligent, beardles nth may secure by successful e3 amination. a first or secount grad teaclicrs certificate, and when the time comes, open up a free school composed of the children of his com munity. and teach them as long as the free school fund lasts. When that is exhausted, this teacher. perhaps, attends as a scholar some public school at the nearest depot, Court House, or elsewhere. whilst his former pupils are turned loose upon their parents for the next eight or nine montlis to grow up like noxious weeds without cultivation or care. t That this system does prevail in some r sections of the State, I am quite sure. and the question is, should it be al lowed, or can it not be improved? it appears to me that if these little shams upon anything worthy of being called a school, were disallowed. and these children encouraged to attend the nearest public school, these ag gregated pittances of salaries, going into the treasuries of said public schools, would so enhance the income of its~manager that he would be in duced to give a lo:ger term of tuition to these non-paying pupils than they can possibly get from the common schools. .rue, it would force a number of them to travel a much longer distance to reach the public school, and for this reason this questior is a vital one to the farmers, for it i- their chil dren, who from the very 7,ature of the case, would have to splash through mud and dirt and brave at all times wind and weather through these increased distances. -Imagine one of these little three or four months tuition schools situated two miles North, South, East or West of Abbeville Court House, each pa ing to his own teacher one hundred dollars; if they were all closed up and these four hundred dollars added to the treasury of the high or public school at Abbeville Court House, would it not secure for the pupils of these four small schools tuition for a session or perhaps a term? This is a question well worthy the consiC eration of the people and especially of the farmers of the State. Very respectfully, D. WYATT AIK:N. In Reply to D. W. Aiken. HON. A. P. BUTLER GIVES IIS VIE'S A*ND OFFERSSUGGESTIONS. COLUM131A, S. C. March 29, 188S0. .Editor' Press and Banner : I have just read Col. Aiken's comn munication in your last issue. Per mit me to say that like him I am strongly in favor of a farmers coin vention,-not one but many conven tions. Public meetings of the far mers will do more real good for their cause than all the buncombe speeches made in congress in a century. I heartily approve Col. Aiken's sugges tions concerning thie State depart ment of agriculture. I am prepared to say that any suggestions from an organization of farmers or from in dividuals, for the improvement of the department will be most gratefully received, but I trust that an investi gation of the work of the depart ment will show that it is already "an honor to the State." Col. Aiken sug gests that if the department is "-nOt worth the money paid for it" such alterations in its administration should be made as will bring it op to this standard. I also cordially endorse this patriotic sentiment. Col. Aiken asks "why should a farm er feed his cattle on cotton seed meal exempt from taxation, whereas if he feeds his crop on the same ar' tiele he is taxed for the priviliege. I will tell him. The~ Legislature passed an act authorizing the de partmnent of agriculture to analyz al fertilizers sold in the State. W .. cotton seed meal is "fed to the crops" it becomes a fertilizer and as such is subject to inspection, as it is liable to adulteration, and is conse quently taxable. As stock food it is not subject to inspection by this de partment. I fear Col. Aikens sugges tion in regard to this tax was in spired by the fact that he recently purchased a lot of meal that was not tagged in accordance with law. through his own or the manufac turers negligence, and he was some what inconvenienced thereby. It may -be wise to repeal all the laws of South Carolina p)assed for the pro tection of the farmers of the State. Iwhere they conflict with Col. Aiken's interest, but I must be p)ar(doned for saying that I do not think so. T he department of agriculture is not only Iwilling but anxious to be investi gated by the farmers of the State. It was created speccially to advance their interest and if it is not fullfill ing its purposes the farmers should know it. As it seems to be in order for every body to make suggestions -tthe convention which is to as semble in Coumna o1 the 29th i will exercise the same pri Ileg h others are taking anl nu rest to the farmers that they shou rennmcr that -,r Congressmen a ot out of reach of investigatio L,t tie work of these Riepresent L,ves be exmnined and let the fari e.is earn whether or not they ai wor'i the money pail for then a: . the,V are not nakc such alter tions in our Congressional deleg tion as will naake it an .onor to ti State A. P. Burr. Merting of the Y. M. C. A. ComaA. S. C.. March 25th, 188( To thi Assuem. --ms ie C:rolia TLe Ninth Annual Convention the (7oung Meu's Christian Associ tions of this StN wi!l be held in ti city of Columbia, openeing at S.C P. M. Thursday, April 15th, ISS and closing with farewell exereis( April 1Sth. The Associations of th State are earnestly requested to sen three or more delegates to this Ai nual Meeting. Towns having n Associations. but desirous to lear about the work with a view to o: ganizing an Association, are ri quested to send one or more deli 'ates. Associations should not oi ly send as delegates their exp< rienced men, but also some of thei members who are not so well a quainted with the work, but wh give promise of usefulness. I Entertainment will be provided fc the d(egates during the Conventio by the friends of the Associatior of the S.- C. Colleg' and of Colun bia. The nawes of those expect. to aitendl shoul be forwarded t Prof T. D. . Johnson, President Cit Y. M. C. A., Columbia, S. C. 2essr L. 1. Wishard, K W. Watkins an C. K. Ober, Secretaries of the Inte: national Coinmittee, and other Chri! tian Workers. are expected to b present with us on this occasion. You are earnestly requested t unite with us in fervent prayer ic the presence and guidance of tL Holy Spirit in the deliberations the Convention, that it may be a instrument of great good to tb young men of the State. Fraternally yours, J. M. McBryde, Chairman, Colun bia; A. C. Jones, Secretary, Colutr bia; Geo. W. Mciver, Charieston ; E G. Scudday, Anderson ; John . Carwile, Newberry ; F. S. Dibbhi Orangeburg ; BM E.Boaddus, Can den; Wmn. H. Lyles, Columbia; D). I Johnson. Columbia; L. B. Hayne: Columbia ;IL. C. Oliver, Spartanbur; Jas. Farie, Jr., Treas., Charleston. Hard Times. Even the chronic croakers are ge ting tired of harping on one string hard times and money scarce-anl are beginning to realize the fact the "it is better to be laughing than er: ing.'' They are about to find thU the dark cloud that has so long ove: shadowed them has a silver linin! that may involvc a bright side, chee: ig and refreshing to contemnplat Monev, as well as some other con forts and conveniences necessary the successfuil running of well reg: lated families, it must be acknow edged, is not always as convenientl in reach as we could wish, but til average man and woman, with tl cildren -thrown in. seem to war nothing. and are comprativ:ely happ and contented. Wec are speaking fc our town and immediate vicinity, an et we do not krnow that we ha, muah in the way of this wolds ble sings that the blneof the coun.a ges us wvith a ::ii. with herie an there an excep'tion: in somer mnorY bebeor or dsapp)ointed ofW:e seeke I d 'we have precious few of eithe A large: ~umber of onr ihs and ai igs are self intieted, and we are ti autboi s of our troubles, which v could avoid by accepting the situ tion as inevitable and making ti best of ourl surudns Wayvwai humanity is croo.ked and depraved: best, and disposed to go out ofi way to tread on corns and( run again sharp corners: yet our vanity is not var with truth when it prompts1 to say that Johnston has about little of that spirit which would I in the face of fate and "drag ange down" as any place of its size an opportunities. We care conservati' and law abiding, and determined mindL our own business, unless vited to help a neighbor who lh more than he can attend to, and out of our wayv to keetp on the rig side of everybody and everythin We do not use the word "wve,'in th connection, *eeiti snn nmumber senve. but as a collective pr noun, if there be such a thing. incl Iding the town ada community. Ti: much for -'Hard Times'' if we di wander a little from our text, f which we have high authority.-am illustrious examples.--Johnston Mc il/r 'f The Evangelsts' warew11 r. LAST DAY OF3100MY ANDSANKEY IN CIIARI.ESTON. 31ornina ser-vice, 9 A 31 The text of r. T1ood ys i was taken from the first eiLht of the 2th ehapter of Exodu. T. whi1ch ~te Lrk poke unto \I()ss. ayng i Uenk unto thLC Clil'dol of Israel. tiat they Orimr me an of-er ng, of every man that givctii it wil lin(rA A,t~ 11-, IQr. ~~slui L any o ffeIin. And this is the offr ing which ye shall take 0t them, goid and silver, am brass and blue and purple. and scarlet and fine inen. and aoats' hair. ani let them make mc a saTCtuary that I maIV dwell lamong them. e This chapter, said the s, eake. corresponds with the 25th chapter of Matthew, and the same idea brought s out in tile days of Moses was brought out by Christ at a later day. and d when the Lord spoke unto "Moses saying, Spea unto the children of ' Israel that they give ine an offering a le meant that they aive it willingly. C It mattered not whether it consisted of gold or silver or goats' hair, it was just as acceptable to God so long as - t it caine from their hearts. God wants the service of the heart. The r Almighty. in IIis wisdom, wanted every man, woman and child to take 0 part in the building of the tabernacle; 's and that, said the speaker, is just t r what is wanted here to-day. Every t man and woman here to-day shoubl t s take a hand and do what they can in building up God's kingdom. If meii and women are willing to call upon 0 Gwl for the strength to serve Him L Y they can aet it. o dL has the strength - of a lion, but Gos lion is a hamb. When Christ died le died as a lamb. but He rose as a lion. When we are lanibs God can use us. One drop of . c God's power is worth more than the wealth of the whole world. It was Sthils power of God that enabled Ioses r to deliver the children of israe! from e Egyptian bondage and conduct them in safety to the promised land. It, n enabled Samson to slay his ene:nies e with the jaw-bone of an ass, and helped Joshua to capture tie town of Jericho by blowing a rans horn. I If God could use the jaw one of - an ass or a ram's horn to accomplish what He wishes, IIe can use you sad me, continued the speaker, and in 6 working out IIis will all that we have - got to do is to do as 3Moses and . Sampson and Joshua did-use what -we hav-e got. TIhe church would be ~stronger to-nay if we could get tihe lukewarm and the doubters and the unbelievers out of the way. It is. they- who are keeping the cnurch back to-day. Why, some one has - told me that you have got over one a hundred saloons right iere. If you .t will only throw off indifference and punite against them and keep out of t them yourselves. we will soon close them up and make the people get out of their hellish business. Whyli, in .one place that I went to, said MIr. . Moody. I found a christian mau en .gaged in the liquor business. hut heI o said it didnt make any difference be .- cause lhe was in the whoiesaie busi l. ness. I told him that the manwh y retailed whiskey was like a man go e ing around with a big pistol shooting e people hlele and there, but that lie t hlad a great Gatling guni and was just sweep)in'g themi down right and left. r What we want is for the Church of God to advance in solid1 colun. Ibearing in mind God's promnise to G iieon. that one shall chlase ' thou atnd. tw o shiil put ten thousail t Ilih1t. That we w:nt is for tie p&o ple to look up and take what the have got. renmemb) eing that nothi is 'nmail that is done for God. Do-t b)e tatlinig about you cant do anyv .thing. D)o you believe that this e a christian in this Louse who could a not irinig a soul to Chlrist if lhe want ed to do it? If some or those w~ho e re here would begin now to brin~ dsouls to Christ there would be a thou. sandl converts in Charleston before long. Christ has left us down~ here ato represent Him. I have often ~fthought that if we had as poor a rep sresentative in heaven as IIe has on searth, we would have a very poocr Ly jintermediator there. Is I et us make up in the future for -our neglect in the piast. Let us a .owhat we can. never mind ho0w miai iisLet tihe young men offer 1i ii s elves a livina sacrifice to God, 'a o let themI unit.. with tihe old in saing,' IIere is my- body; I lay it upon the s alter of Jesus Christ; take me.' WXhatt joy ' What a blessinga it is to0 0be able to lead souls to Christ! Aftzrnoon service, 4 P. M. d wsy~: wonDs TO WoNiEN. nd the early part of the service .?r. ~Sankey sang two hymns of exquisite; au-ty and pats The first was, he cogregaion listcne terti -:-ing~~ th aigo his. song a nl S !losu sat as If spell bo.nd h irst song acte lil: de htu s.ell upon ti.L p l. he o. wssimply a revltion. --The n : nine" was Sung in the ricuuhural, 1,1,ll yester(lay as the )COPli o Charleston !ave never xnrd it su!g before. In thC first erso, as Mr. Sankey san tI words. ~AW.11 Gl 7.k 0 :4 I sl are," is - ic li eed ofl on :e word "away" and 'te muiec ealized whaa long ~i t? distune it Iielnit-Iow far away it w that th1 >st seCp had sVin:ye. cau?i ful hyn Mr aky eae Is origin. it night be interesting, e said. for those who love this hymn > know all about it. It was when -e were in Scotland 'in 1871. We -ere going from i asaw to in 11 1 - urgh, and I bought some papers and ooks to read on the train, and in ne of the papers I found this hymn. t was just what I wanted, so I ipped it out and p-ut it away in my ocket. I had no music to it, but Lat night at the meeting I just laid e clipping on the orgau anti I sang, The ninety and nine' as you hear to-dav. I found out who wrote it fterwars-a Miss Melrose-and lie was (lead then. but some of her iters heard it and they told ime af rwards how glad they were when l heard the hymn suqg which ieir dear sister had writtLn. God ssed that hymn. and 1 pray 1 im )less it again to-lay. .0ir. Moody's text, was taen from , ! th verse of the 4th Ciapk,r of ,c 1st Epistle of John. --Iie that veth not, knoweth not God ; for God love. I want to call your atten on to that one text, -God is love. do not think there are three words i th1e Bible that Satan is more anx is to blot out than those three. here is not a truth in the ;'. hole ible that lie is more afraid of, and i nothing has lhe been more success il than in making people believe .at God does not love. A great may people imagine that God lo-,es lyh d. But, my friends. hey never made a bigger mistake. f God Oil y loved good people. there ould not be many to love. God >ves us all, good C.nd bad. Ile loves s, and a great deal more than we an love Ilim. You love your chil ren, and when they do wrong they re just as clear to your heart as ever. 'OU hate the wrong. but you love *our child. Godi loves the sinful and will pun sh the sin, f'or sin is ihateful in the ight of God. but IIe loves the sinner 1 the same. Oh. that T could prove the world this fact. that Hie loves ! low any one can read and believe le Bible and yet doubt this truth is rat mystery to me. You might Lsk mec why God loves the unlovely, it I dont know. L.only know that Ii (oes. It's God's nature to love, Lud lie'll love to the end. JIesus oved IlIis disciples. and even on the iight that Peter swore he "did not ow the man," .Jesus gave him a ving look, and I believe that that's vhiat changed Peters heart. When [udas betrayed the Son of Man with kiss, I believe it was the loving, orowfti look that ,iesus gave him hat sent J1uidas Iscariot down to a uicdes grave. .Jesus loved Peter tud Judas a great deal more thani hey had ever loved lim h. No child ver loved its mother as its mother 8v:s it. Thle difference betweecn hu ani and divine love is rust thu rii' iloves forever: menf <ion-t. 'ads that you h:ie yeaers aoo ,o se:ireel y speak. to to-diay; you o love them now. r. Mioody then compllared God's ove to a mothers love. There is 1otingZ stronger than a mnothiers ove for her child. There arc a great riany thiings that will separate a man 'rom his wife. Brothers and sisters ay quarrel and separate, but there s noting in the world Chat can sep irate a mother from her child. Of ourse there are unnatural mothers n;others who have lost their reason. i may turn away from their own asrig But we are speaing of ru mothers; their love is imnmeas :ahe. So the prophet uses tins ar unt: -'Can a mother forget her ~ukig habe?" Yes, shn may, but 1 nevcr forget yo.)eep and pow rful as is a mothier's love. God's5 love is deeper and more enduuring. .ou may b)e the bilackest crimimal m earth. and y-our motheri would uove you still. The whole world mnay urn against you, but your mother will stand by you still. And God's love is deeper, broader. higher than ny mother's love. If I can only nak~e you -now and feel this fact, his will bea blesed meetinz. Oh, that (:o4 mayt open' ur ne:ts :iA;u 1 pour .1 iov e rgt in. iith re is a a woman in t is autlnce that ;oes la own TH gr-ve wihot tLis love. y it will be c s"" sc sp)urns God's love. No matter how far you have C strayed 'n.'nr, hone; no lmlatter Low a ilackened your life may be. i you'il h only come hone to-day. oh. how g1ad i God wil be Do Vol wu:Aler God nc will forgive you? Why.-n: inds, fo t":s just what Ie is writing (nd ti 1o:-in, to do. Ilenut --~e I won't iu colo and .. n aI Thec izither of tha.t wanering' chh su did not wait to b tol a bn.d 0on: al the wiCk ed1e :c ad wi been gui1:ly of. That Po- or.v a --Fatar I h E ga t f Iten is and in t1hy siglit." and that father su stopped him an( forgave hin before I lie gt int) the house. That father's hn heart only wanted to forgive his boy. th And if that earthly father could be N so glad, oh. what joy there will he in 'N I Ieaven when the last wandermin m children come home? w1 I pity the fatherless. but more the dr motherless. G od help tihe orphans ! pu My friends, if you want to make a or reat stir in heaven and give jo to tai the angels, colie homyle to-day. It Ti: Look more love for G od to scud m( Christ into the world to (lie for us trL than it did for Christ to die. You mi would rather sui'er yourself than to wi see your child suffer. Abraham ofl'er- th ig up Isaac was ju'st a background of lr CaIv ary; just an advance picture Ci: of the great sacri'ice. Abraham didn't know what prophetic words lie to was utAtering when he st.id. 'God willh prov,i-e limslf a lamb for the ofler iu." and how any one can (ro to be Cal ,r nd witness that scene and h.: :otubt God's love is a mystery to me. 'do What mere could God do to show du TJis love than IIe did? lie gave l is own dear Son to die for us. th Von't you let the'love of God come w(. into your heart? Ile loves the un- bi lovel v. He died for the ungodiy; by for the impure. not the pure; for sin- H, ners. not the rMghteous. My friends. os this is a wonderf.ul love; let us get tri the benefit of it. TLre. is no fact on that will bring nore comf(;rt to your re heart than the fact that God loves kr the unlovely. LIe loves me in spite te: of my sins, in spite of my failings, sh and I would sooner doubt my own ci existence than doubt the fact that w God loves ie. t I want to add another text to C that One. It is this: "Come unto me w< all ye that labor an1d are heavy laden, af and I will give yon rest." God th knows the sorrows and sins of each sp one of us. and, my friends, he knows lit that we want rest. You could not D) make a greater mistake than to shut hi Ilim out of youir hearts, and you ed could not do a wiser thling than to bt open your hearts to-day, and just ra take him in. d May the Spirit of God unite these w] texts upon tihe heart of each one of hi us. is At the close of the services a great II many stood for prayer, and after a n< short and earnest prayer meeting the Ii; congregation was dismissed. b: Night Service'. cc -TIIIF LAST Wo)IDS. p The closing~ meetingr of tile series w of revivals inaugaurated last-Wedlnes- it day was lheld last night, and was a w fttig endi to thme work~ which has m progressed with such increase of fer- E vor and earnecst enthuisiasmm. The li end crowned the work. The vast w~ conourse of citizens which assemn- at ied in Auricul:tural Illall on this last dU occasin shows bjeyond a doubt that el at least t wo-thris of th pele of t: theL .v :m. rOml Ine to time, II hear: theI fa:on pro c urs who have :I work i s.ical n-:0lers l. thle idist of . halve Zattended( theC whole series of pi ilctrings. Every audlien;ce was all m immlIense, one. and up to the last hour ti it was sident that tI e interest in theC tl: reat cause for whlich Mcssrs Moody ti and S3anker have endeavored to en- bi it thme sympathy of thle peCople here J< was perceptily gv~atheringa strength e: from day to day. It was expcted, . of course. thait the fact of the meet- b: in b,eing thie last to b e held in Char. J, leston would attract to thle IIall a ti tremenous crowd. No one's expec- B~ tation was disappointed. I 'The exercises last nighit were it opened with pray er by the Rev. Dr. ft WI F.ir.kin. iiii p)rayer was fol- ti ow;ed by two sol) hymns lby Mr. th wanke. Before entering upon his E ser'mon Mri. Moody took occasion to 1] addirs tihe young men and boys t< p)articlarly on the subject of the ne- a cesity of identifying~ themselves n' (jle On : 'i subjec .or. .Moody L said : Ii ; ou are not a Ch.ristian put a yoursel! it' t'e wvy where you can. be,' met by people who a're religiously- in- Iti tion is to flee from it. It is only mockery of God to pray to him to -ep off temptation when you throw murself in its way. l believe that the Young Men's ;ristian Association of this city is noble and useful organization, and s materially assisted in the success ticse meetings. I hope the busi ss m'en of the city will soon put up r them a substantial building of eir own. It is the place to which would advise the young men to go, U where they will be sure to be trounded by religious influences A out of the way of the seductive les of sin. The associaion has ne much to break down sectarian n. Tlbe young men of this city are bject to hundreds of temptations. ie saloons are gaping wide; the rlot walks the streets. I believe at it was rum that carried down >ah and the five cities of the plain. >w, if Noah was the only righteous in and succumbed to the rum devil, .at must the rest 4ave been? Chil en and young men must have a re religious atmosphere to breathe, they will become corrupted and uted by the surroundings of sin. at is a first essential towards >ral or religious education, and I ist that the good men, the true n, the noble men of Charleston l do al, in their power to further ,ir aims and increase the influence the Young Men's Christian Asso. 1tion. Mr. Goody then adJressed himselt the text which lie had selected for discourse. and which was as fol vs --And when Jesus saw that answered discreetly le said unto n. Thou art not far from the king. in of Cod. And no man after that rst ask him any question." In the chapter of Mark from which text is taken, said Mr. Moody, have the evidences of the com ned attack made upon Jesus Christ the Pharisees and Sadducees. e answered them, but the very fact His ability to meet their sophis es engendered in them for Him ly a deeper hatred and a thirst ,for venge. Ie knew that they did not ow the difference between the in. rnal and the external from the wor ip of God. They relied on the an mt prophets, but only upon the out ird form of their teachings, and is kind of religion at the time of irist was a characteristic of the rship of the Jewish doctors. But ter the colloquy between Christ and e. Pharisees the scribe spoke, and oke so much in accord with the re ion which Christ taught that the vine Master spoke to him and of m the words of the text as record. i by St. Mark. But why do we go ick two thousand years to point the oral of the text? There are hun eds, perhaps thousands, of men bo may be said to be just upon the rder land of salvation. The world full of them. Take, for instance, erod. I once believed that he had > just idea of the necessities of re ion, but my opinion was changed 7 the statement he made that he >uld find nothing evil in the life or -eaching of John the Baptist. There as something, indeed, very startling the preaching of John and there as much in his appearance that re nded the Jews of their old prophet ijah. lHe came announcing the indom of Christ. Yes, that Christ as at the door. I can imagine him idressing one of those ancient au ences swayed under his thrilling o1iuence like the tree-tops under me 1'orcem of the wind. I can imagine :ro driving up to such a meeting d the thought passing through >ns mmd that he. too, would be )vincelUd hy his preaching. I can tangne. too, the effect of John's eaching on Hlerod himself. What ust we believe from the statement at He rod --observed John and saw at he was a holy man." Little on did Hlerod believe that he would the instrument of the death of >hn. But Hlerod's spirit was not tirely cleansed. He had one sin, a he compromised with that. He ino one to tell him all his sins. hn was an uncompromising Chris an, and lie told the whole truth. ut it was a dangerous undertaking. can imagine those around him tell ig John that it would not be wise >r him to tell Hierod what he told e people when -he characterized em as a "generation ofi vipers." ut John openly and boldly told [erod that it was not lawful for him >live in adultery. Then Herod's imniration for him ceased. Ah!I hat might not the result have been ad not Herods secret sin dragged im down to hell! He might now be pith the apostles and the Lamb. here is a true saying to the effect hct every man has his price. Some men el1 their all, father, mothe brother, sister, all, all, for rum, and others for other things of this world. I believe that even Pontius Pilate was once on the verge of the King dom of God. Did not he say that he had examined into the case of Christ, and that he found in hini no sin; that he was a just man, but that he would chastise him? Has the world ever heard of such a decision as this? But Pilate wanted to be popular. He did not have the back bone to say, "I'll never let that man be crucified." And the Jews cried out, "His blood be upon us and our children." Oh, I would that that should be the cry all over the land. May his blood be upon us and our children! So again Judas. Is it possible to believe that he was not at some time near to the kingdom of Christ ? But he fell, and when he repented of his crime it was too late. Then, again, consider the case of Felix. We do not know what kept him back. I dodt think that Paul was ever so eloquent as when he pleaded with Agrippa, who inter rupted him to say, "Paul, thou al most persuaded me to be a Chris tian." Oh, how many of us are like Agrippa! We are "almost persuas ded !" But let us remember that life is short. Now is the time to ask who and what you are. Stand, if you please, and look back upon your lives, my friends. Do you not see there in them some spots, per haps one, two, three or more, when you were just on the point of giving K yourself to God ? It may have been at the bedside of a dying mother that you resolved to lead a better life, and perhaps when, time and again, you visited her grave to water -it. with the tears of sorrow and affee tion. Are you now as near the King dom of God, as at that time, my friends ? Or, perhaps, it was at the. grave of your child or your friend But what has become of all these resolutions ? Neglect to follow out such resolutions has hardened your hearts. Why is it that we are so often "almost persuaded ?" Why are there so many of us ike Felix and Agrippa ? How often are we cut off on the very threshold-of Heaven, just in the very bloom of. our life and religious aspirations! It is fearful to contemplate how thin the veil is that often has divided us from the'joys of eternity. Just a day, perhaps an hour, that might hav'e been utilized in theprer spirit, is the short space that killed our souls forever. But we should not forget that there is al-. ways hope and that that soul may be saved at even the last moment. Jesus Christ has often knocked3 q the doors of many a heart which has hardened, and then the sinners may. imagine that there is no use to pray. They think as they have abandoned ~ Christ that He has abandoned them. They live to realize the fact that the summer of life is gone, the harvest is passed, and yet we are not saved ' I beg, to entreat of you to affirm your. decisicons manfully, boldly. There is no time like th.e present, The spring time of life is alreafy gone. Let not the harvest pass. - Iimplore you to -see to it that you have not cause to repeat the lamentation of the prophet that, when the life which God may allot to you has been surrendered back to Him you hav "not yet been saved." War Horses. Speaking of war horses last week set -us to thinking and we regall the large grey which Gen. McGowan iode' at the battle of the Wilderness. Of necessity he was a horse that could carry weight. He was not so styliT as he was serviceable. On the second day of the battle Grant advancdj~ dawn and threw our lines into gr' confusion. As Gen. McGowan sat upon his giant steed in the middle of the plank road trying to hold the line firm it was a picture that fur nished a correspondent of the Lon don Saturday Morning Review with a subject for a magnificent letter. The sun was peeping through the trees as our position was reached. A solid line of blue pressed through the thick undergrowth and came on . in countless numbers. Pandemonium - was let loose but the rider and his. grey surrounded by our men stood. out in bold relief until the hostile " army was within twenty steps and9 the air was filled with the missiles of death. The grey was within a few .~7 of the death angle at Spottsylvasia when his master dismounted, lifted: Ben Chiles, shot through the bd~c~ into the saddle and sent him to te' rear. He was killed at Reams tion and Gen. McGowan replaced him with an artillery horse which he rode bare-back through the balance of the battle. Col. A. C. Haskell ro.de a trim built bay in the first fight when he' commanded cavalry. The horse was hit seven times but survived the war. At Fredericksburg a beautiful pointer dog followed at his heels through the battle and was nof hurt.