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Sermon to the People
BY THE REV G G BRUCE
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PRtSBYTLRlAN BILLBOARD
Better be smal and shine
than yreat and cast a shadov
\ little that a riirhteoi,
man hath is better than the
riches of many wit tied I’s
::: is
JESUS AND THE PROBLEM OF
SIN,
Ye must lie horn again" John
"Then is a pow. r In the world,
not ourselves, thr.t makes for right
eousness,' is the truthful utterance
of MattL. w Arnold, and can he ap
ple d to everything that is good
With your eyt s you cannot se? the
Invisible elet tricity. hut you ran
sit in a cat as this strange force
swiftly carries you from place to
place, or faster than the wings of
the wind wafts your voice to a
friend thousands of miles away No,
you .annot see the force, but yon
know it is doing its service in the
world. Even so there is a force
that makes for righteousness, with
out ourselves, and that force comes
from the Almighty Father who would
have ali of His children know and
low- Him. God wants men to traf
tic In goodness. You cannot see
electricity out you can buy and
-ell it; you cannot see gravity, but
you can use gravity You cannot
see righteousness, but you can use
that power that makes you good,
and kind, and obedient, and loving.
The ear stands still until the motor
man turns on the current, and vour
life will not advance In good things
until you open your heart to good
things and their invincible power
it you will permit these forces to
enter your life God’s wisdom will
make you a scholar, and His jtuie
ment will make you a patriot, arc!
l!i.~ law will make you a statesman,
and His love will make you a Chris
t iun.
Mere growth in the life is not
enough. Growth in the wrong di
rection is a great injury. The other
day a man found a little lump on
his son’s arm. When the doctor
saw the lump he shut h is lips
tightly and called the father aside
The father insisted that the child
would outgrow the spot, but the ex
perience of the doctor taught him
that that "spot" was the seed of a
great deal of harm, and that it had
I ttc-r be removed at cno-. If the
seed is a thistle seed it may cover
a continent. Once we had slavery
in the republic. Foolish men said,
"Let it alone; America will outgrow
slavery." Hut the little cub was a
furious beast, and when full-grown
leaped up to destroy the child Lib
erty. Growth did not change slavery,
it simply strengthened it. When a
boy learns to be selfish, and in hate
strikes his playmate he has within
him the seed that makes misers
and murderers, and when it grows
to completion there is a force that
makes for mischief. Growth can be
good only when the seed is good,
growth is ever bitter when the seed
is bitter. Yesterday the little boy
went to the orchard and ate too
many green apples, and came cry
ing to mother with a severe pain
in his stomach. Something had to
be done to change the sour acid
and relieve the suffering boy. Now
no true mother would try to cure
that pain on the inside by brushing
the dust from the coat on the out
side. So when a boy has in his
heart hate, or lies, or envy, it is
not growth that he needs, but ft
new heart, so that he will hate
what God hates and love what
God loves, and happiness will be
with him all the day lone. It was
a spark that grew and grew until
it burned the city of Chicago. When
Jesus talked to men about the new
life He told them that they mutt
have new hearts if they would ex
poet new lives.
Now not all the apple trees hav
sour apples. How well you remem
ber that sweet apple tree in the
orchard. There was a beaten path
that all the hoys knew, for the ap
ples were sweet, delicious, juicy
Sure, there were plenty of other
apple trees, but they bore sour ap
pies. Now where did that sweet
apple come from. The story is
simple and Interesting. Once there
was a little apple tree that had
very sour fruit, and the farmer
went to a sweet apple tree, and.
cutting a small branch grafted it
into the root of that sour apple
tree. Then the sap made sweet
apples just as a lump of sugar
makes the acid of the lemon sweet.
Mr. Burbank has taken many bitter
oranges and tasteless berries, and
by grafting has brought about what
he calls "the creative shock of a
new life." He said to the little
daisy, "You must be born again.”
And in the process that he found
in God he used in the life of the
little daisy, and now he gives the
Shasta daisy to the world for Its
praise and comfort and apprecia
tion. A "new heart" in the wild
rice has given us the golden fields
of wheat, and in the wild sloe the
!,n>' inw trims of luscious plums
.1" su- - i I to \t odemu.- You must
b horn ii-.uti and tins meant
a gn , t di al to the wicked men of
Ji sits <1 :i> Many of them were old
and may in sin. and they did not
want to tin uii their former evil
ways Hut those who did give them
P and took tin new life somehow,
on e way (mean to be happy, ami
do thing- they had never done be
fori It was being "born again"
i hat ( hanged a murderer named
saul into a great scholar and Chris
tian worker named Paul. Jesus
i true to tell men that they must be
horn again out of selfishness and
meanness Into the spirit of the
(holar. the hero, the lover.
Sometimes the mind is horn anew
Mo.-t of the days at school are iron
oi wooden days, but sometimes there
' .'u • - a gold' n day Once you met
a splendid teacher, or read a won
derful book and it began to change
tlie whole life. in that hour, your
mind seemed to be born anew You
did not like grammar, or rhetoric,
or reading, or geography, but now
these thing are a joy to study.
There lias been no change in the
hooks 'lie . Iiange lias beeu in you.
Now your knowledge will grow just
as the coral islands grow, and tier
i ells in the trees. At times it will
come slowly, then as the rose It
will open at once But there will
be long periods of preparation for
this development There was a
drunkard by the name of Bunyan
whose mind was changed to making
u bruie ol himself to making a
prince lor service to his fellow men.
Another by the name of McCauley
found that puson life was not good
for liis character in righteousness,
and he was 'born anew” for real
service worth while, and thenceforth
opened a place where h° might
teach other men how to he born
anew The mind grows slowly by
stud> and practice here a little
and there a little, and then sud
denly a new book, a new friend a
m w picture, a new crisis, and a
new heart wi 1 be born within, and
the whole life becomes rich like
the summer.
The new heart has changed many
men. Head about Jacob, selfish,
cunning, greedy, who one night
wrestled with an angel of God and
the next morning he was awake to
a new life, and a new blessing.
From that time forth he was called
a Prince in Israel. Read about
Moses, who unexpectedly met God
In the way, and though he could not
peak and was afraid of Pharaoh,
yet when he saw God’s power in
the burning bush he became brave
and although only a shepherd, he
braved a king in his palace. Then
lead the story of the beautiful shep
herd boy David who stole away
the hearts of the people with his
music and her ante an idol, cheered
by the people, yet later forgot Ins
high calling, forgot honor, betrayed
his people, helped kill a man, and
when he received a change of heart
and enlightenment, wrote the Twen
ty-Third psalm. His later years
wei. crowned with glory and honor,
and lie died beloved by all his sub
jects. Then notice how Jesus gave
a new heart to Peter, and how he
preached to the multitudes and they
forsook their evil ways. And how
He gave a new heart to John to
write his most blessed gospel. And
how He gave a new heart to David
Livingstone, who went to Africa
and changed an entire continent for
God. Yes. the new heart has chang
ed every man who would sur unit
to the change.
Your country, too. may experience
being born anew. Our grandfathers
tell us how they came to the shores
of America that they might have
liberty and happiness and peace.
Once in Egypt there lived a hand'ul
of slaves, and God, through Moses,
gave them a new heart of freedom,
ind these timid serfs became a na
tion, strong, compact and good. Many
years ago Commodore Perry sailed
tor Japan, and now these few dec
a'li s of years have given that na
ti n a new birth. China has lifted
hoi head from the sleep of ages, and
through the impetus of a Christian
man founded a republic. A coal
i miner nailed a paper on the door
of a church in Wittenburg and there
was a new day of freedom for many
people. Patrick Henry arose in the
name of liberty and called his com
rades to receive the new birth, and
today we celebrate on the 4th of
July the Declaration of Independ
ence that gladdens the heart of ev
ery patriot. There was a brave
man named Old Ironsides, a farmer
boy v- ho became a great King, and
when lie was dying said: "When a
man lias Ood under him he never
knows how high he will climb,”
The new heart comes slowly and
also suddenly. Let it be remem
bered tHat it is a long way back to
the cave, the stone weapon, the
j bellow leg and the bark hut. The
whole world has had a steady march
forward. Old things have passed
away, and all things have become
new. God has poured out His Spirit
upon men and we see the result of
their service. All ahe good things
have tome from the men who had
n« w hearts pnd all the evil i* ecu
tinned b> nun who haw evil heart*
When i ur bo>- (trow to manhood
the) will have much work to do and
heavy burdens to lift and they will
lift them with difficulty or easy Jus:
In proportion that they arc prepar
itiK their hearts to assist in the
! service As a nation we need a
new birth and this new birth will
come only as the boys and Kiris are
beitiK born anew The world of to
morrow is the boys and Kiris of to
' day Abraham Lincoln w a-, richt
when he prayed for liberty, and ho
was rittht when he worked for lit
erty He saw the results of his
labors but partially, but every faith
,ful resolve was by no means in
J vain. It took years to come, but
it came at lust You have a duty
j to do. so prepare with a new heart
MANY MATTERS
SUBJECTS OF DAY DISCUSSED
PRO AND CON BY OUR
CITY FATHERS.
Many matters of importance to the
residents of the town at large, as
well as to the municipality, were
discussed at the regular meeting ot
the city council held last Tuesday
ling. A new dog ordinance \va
introduced and the light question
was gone into at great length; the
health situation was taken up and
general »ftrtng cleanup of tv
ty was reviewed.
R D. Menzie, manager ot the
heat and light department of the
N C. company, appeared before the
council and explained the situation.
He explained the cost of meters
and the cost of keeping them up,
and showed to the satisfaction of
the council that the company is not
making more off of lighting the
houses o' Fairbanks than it is en
titled to make. The council there
fore voted to allow the light rates
to remain the same as last year.
The new dog ordinance provides
that the city shall pay monthly to
its dog catcher the sum of $1 for
each dog caught, released to its
owner. It also provides that the
owner of tire dog shall pay the
dog catcher $2.50 for the release
of his dog each time it is caught
and an additional $1 for each time
it is caught after the first time
within one year. The city also
agrees to pay the dog catcher the
sum of $2 for each dog he has to
kill the ordinance stating that the
poundmaster is required to keep the
animal but for five days. And the
city has no dog catcher yet.
The waterfront at the Independent
Lumber mill was also discussed
It was pointed out that something
should be done to stop the action
of the water there, fpr the reason
that the bank of the river at that
point is being washed away very
fast. Roy Rutherford, manager of
the lumber company, of'ers to fur
nish the piles and filling for rip-rap
ping. if the city will do the work.
It was decided to take the matter
up with other property owners in
that vicinity.
A committee from the Woman's
Civic club of Fairbanks visited the
council at the meeting, bringing a
letter from the secretary of the or
ganization relative to the curfew or
dinance, and asking that it be more
rigidly enforced. It was pointed
out that minors are attending dances,
etc , where they sliou'd not be. The
council instructed the city attorney
to draw up an amendment to the
ordinance wnicn would cover me
points named. The committee which
presented the letter was composed
of Mrs. J. A. Cambridge, Mrs. J.
K. Balton and Mrs. Ed Wickersham.
Johnny Kane’s cleanup contract
was talked over by the councilmen
and it was decided that Mr. Kane
does not have to remove refuse
other than garbage from the streets,
according to his contract. And the
word "garbage” was defined.
In order that some of the streets .
might be straightened out. it was ;
decided that a house on Second
avenue owned by Mrs. J H. Mann
will have to be moved back from
the street while another, on Seventh
avenue, owned by Isaac Dutton, will
also havj to he moved. It was also
pointed out at the meeting that
there are several fences which, it
moved back would be a matter of
civic Improvement.
CREEK COUPLE WED.
Last Wednesday evening at St.
Matthew's rectory Rev. H. H. Lump
I kin united in mariage Mr. Victor
| Anderson and Miss Anna Johnson
i botli of Chatauika. Mr. John Carl
j son and Miss Mary Englund acted
las attendants to the couple, Mr.
! and Mrs. A. Thies being the only
i other witnesses to the ceremony. A
wedding supper followed. Mr. and
Mrs. Anderson will make their home
at Chatanika, where both are well
known
Mrs, C. W. Adams, of Chenn, was
a city visitor during the past week.
Postmaster T. H. Deal is now
visiting the cities of the east, ac
cording to word received here dur
ing the past week.
Anti-Prohibition Movement Is Berated
oo oo oo oo
Correspondent Details Evils of Liquor
Editor Cltlxen
The News Miner has of late been
engaged In a most laudable effort
of educational propaganda No one
for a moment questions the News
Miner's sincerity or the altruism
that prompts it
With a prescience not generally
accredited a newspaper the News
Miner sees with political clairvoy
ance a disastrous catastrophe in*
pending which, if not thwarted and
averted, will result In dire calamity
to Alaska in general and to Fair
banks in particular
Before proceeding further the
writer tends his thanks and appre
elation to the News-Miner for its
timely warning and its manifest
interest in the public weal
We Fairbanksans have had trou
bles, disappointments and shame
'cupel upon ns aplenty recently,
therefore it behooves us to be on
tlie qui vive and be prepared to
successfully combat any contingency
that will harm us.
According to the New-s-Miner, the
menace of prohibition that confronts
us will assuredly injure us, and to
sustain Its contentions the New-s
Miner has elaborated upon its evils
with home made logic and Outside
prepared ammunition.
The Machiavellian enemy is at our
gates'—an insidious foe that desires
to destroy our every happiness, that
will close the schools and neglect
the sidewalks, dismiss the dogcateh
er and stop the only free moving
picture show in town and, shade?
of Bacchus, close the saloons the
remaining six days of the week.
Prohibition, your very name ap
pals us. Your record of late in san
guinaiy Europe and your power and
might displayed in the various states
convinces the writer that the News
Miner's fears are well founded and
duly apprehensive. A dry Fairbanks
—perish the thought. In that ca
lamitous event whatever will the
workers do with their money? and
how will the idle pass their leisure?
Picture to yourself the desolate look
the town will assume, and figure
also the decline in property values
and rents and the number of use
ful citizens thrown out of lucrative
employment, not to mention their
resultant social degradation, and
without saloons whereat to procure
the necessary morning "eye opene>,”
half the residents will continue in
quasi somnambulism. Those whose
vocations are so sedentary as to
require artificial inducements ’o
promote an appetite will surely
starve to death, and those exclusive
social festivals at which wine and
mustard harmonize will be by the
cruel decree ol prohibition no more,
and by the same token will be tie
stroyed the means whereby many
a useful vote is obtained and closed
will be those halls of lofty Inspira
tion and peaceful retreat to which
I hie our ambitious sleuths to pondi r
' over and elucidate the crimes so
| frequent and withal so perplexing
The clergy particularly are In
debted to the saloons for affordln ,
' them a subject so vulnerable to er
! clesiastical attack and at which to
hurl their theological thunderbolts
j of denunciation, furthermore should
they be grateful for the excuse it
gives and the support it affords a
i multitudinous army of temperance
j advocates and reformers
Should prohibition ensue, the pro
! fessional activities of the benighted
people would be perforce compelled
| to engage in some other and perhaps
less profitable endeavors
How embarrassing prohibition will
be to organized charity and philan
thropy. for without drink how can
these estimable Institutions find their
most adequate expressions? Under
prohibition from whence will corn"
their revenue? Prohibition appar
j ently is a boomerang that strikes
alike the evil and the good It is
a creation of the superficial social
reformer, and 'tls claimed will clear
the way that ieads to the millenium
in the distance.
Prohibition, like Wickersham’s lien
law, is difficult to comprehend, and
is likely to bestow upon us workers
similar benefits that in our own rg
i norance wre may not appreciate or
enjoy. It also relieves u« of tire
, responsibility of supporting fourteen
or more saloons, and it may destroy
the Incentive that encourages us to
cheerfully dig and wheel
i Under the present complacent
state of affairs we, the workers,
are benevolently excused the cares 1
and worries of territorial and muni
cipal government Pew, indeed, know
from what sources are obtained th *
revenues necessary to meet the ex
penses of government. It is a sur
prise to many to learn that the
schools are almost entirely depend
ent upon saloon benevolence ana
that the extravagances and expen
sive maintenance of the district
court is freely contributed to with
out question by Uncle Sam. (Here
permit a digression. If by the
profitable sales of intoxicating li
quors our schools are maintain'd.
why not legalize the sale of opium
and morphine, and have a university
whereat the beneficent advantages
resulting from alcoholic indulgence,
can be impressed upon the youthful
inmates?)
Perhaps this is a privilege of inde
pendent municipal govemmen*. and
which way should prohibition obtain
result iu the necessary enlargement
of the Garden Island school.
Prohibition, much opposition con
fronts yoq. Thn old reliable con.Ui
tution may land you a solar plexis
or some accommodating supreme
court judge of the Shares calibre
knife you ami send you to the morgue
Prohibition, we should worrv.
F. M ;
TANANA VALLEY I
RAILROAD PLANS i
IMPROVEMENTS!
NEW GAS CAR PLANNED—WILL
BE BROUGHT IN FROM
OUTSIDE SOON.
|
Wade H. Joslin. general manager
of the Tanana Valley railroad, is
now planning a scheme for handling
the passenger traffic on the railroad
which he thinks will far exceed any
manner in which it has been han
dled in former years. And to that
end he has ordered from the Out
side equipment for a new gasoline
car, and will, after the car arrives
here, handle all of the passenger j
traffic of the road with gasoline cars, j
It is expected that the new ser |
vice will be Inaugurated between ;
June IS and July 1, or after the j
equipment for the new car arrives j
here. The one big gasoline car, at :
present being operated by the com
pany, will lie used, and two trips j
daily through ;o Chatanika will he j
made. No freight will be carried j
on the cars, as the train will be
kept in operation for the accom
modation of all heavy traffic of that
aort.
The engine for such a car as Is
planned by Mr. Joslin la already
here. Therefore, all that has been
ordered from the Outside are the
trucks and iron framework, as it i3
the intention to have the car built
here.
Regular service through to the
creeks has now been resumed, as
the railroad track has been re
paired in all places where it showed
signs of being in bad shape. Since
the arrival of the Delta with a ship
ment of feed and other shortages, all
trains have been kept busy.
GILLILAND COMING.
Word received at the local land
office during the past week is to
the effect that Ralph H. Gilliland
timber cruiser of the land office, has
left Dawson for Fairbanks. Fe
comes here to take the place of
Special Agent Charles W. Ritchie, .
who will go Outside immediately I
after the arrival of Mr. Gilliland. The
timber cruiser may work his way
down the river, attending to busi
ness as he comes, but it is alto
gether probable that he will come
straight through.
LOCAL NEWS IN BRIEF.
V'olney Richmond, northern sup
erintendent o' the Northern Commer
i ini company who arrived in Fair
banks over the trail, has started on
his annual tour of the stations of
the company. He will be back in
Fairbanks to take the last boat for
the Outside or else go out over the
trail.
George Perrault has completed ar
rangements for the construction of
a three-stamp mill on his quartz
property on Pearl creek, a tributary
of Fish creek. The mill is to be I
located but a short distance from
the Johnson & Ewers tungsten mine
and it is therefore probable that
some of the tungsten ore will be
mi’led there.
U'oid has reached Fairbanks ot
the finding o' a tungsten ledge at
the head of Dome creek The ledge
is stated to have been traced for
the greater part of the way over to
Cleary creek. The strike is sup
posed to have been made by "Mis
bou" and a man named Rice
On one of the last mails from the
Outside, the secretary of the Com
merclal club received a letter from
two eastern ladles who desire to
come to Alaska on a lecture tour,
stating that they are open to en
gagements. Both are capable ot
lecturing on various subjects bene
ficial to humanity in general, ac
cording to the letter.
ARBOR DAY HERE.
Mayor R. R. Myers has designat
ed tomorrow, May SO as Arbor Day
The designating of the day is in
pursuance of a custom which pre
vails throughout the United State
in the matter of planting vines and
trees and otherwise beautifying the
landscape. It is therefore hoped
that Fairbanksans will do their part
toward helping the looks of their
premises and the city streets to
morrow
R C WOOD LUTHER C. HESS GEO HUTCHINSON.
President Vice Pi etident. Cashier
Cbr Jftrst Rational Bank
of Fairbanks. Alaska.
RESOURCES OVER $'50,000
UNDER SUPERVISION OF
UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT
GOLD DUST purchased and ass. yed We guarantee our assays to
check v ith the U. S. Mint
BANKING BUSINESS of every description transacted, and our fa
cilltles for transferring mone\ to all parts of tile world are ui.
excelled
PRINCIPAL FINANCIAL AGENTS Hank ol California. N \
San Francisco. Seattle, Port and Tacoma and Virginia City.
Nevada Chase National Hank. New York Continental and
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CANADIAN PACIFIC ‘ PRINCESS'’ STEAMSHIPS
———wh—ti nuira r r i i mi i—
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S. S. PRINCESS ALICE 3,100 Tons
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SAILS FROM SKAGWAY
7 P. M. EVERY THURSDAY
June 15 until November 9
Passengers arrive Seattle 10 P. M. every Monday
All two-berth rooms with double lowers. Stop
overs allowed. Baggage cheeked through.
Rail, sleeper and ocean tickets
issued to all parts.
Ask about our 3 month cheap Summer vacation trips
Any information cheerfully furnished by
F. F. W. LOWLE, General Agent SKAGWAY
FORMES TO
LOCATE HERE
J. T. (Happy Jack) Clifton, of
Fortymile, arrived here early in the
past week, Tour and one-half days
over the trail from Circle. Hi
brings the general news from both
Circle and Fortymile. It is his in
tention to locate here, his wife hal
ing come down from Fortymile on
the Deita
•Speaking of general conditions in
the Kortymile country, Mr. Clifton
stated that Captain J. J. Donovan
was well liked as commissioner in
the upper river precinct lie does
his work honestly and conscientious
ly, and consequently, has never had
any trouble in attending to the
wants of the miners in a legal way
The Kortymile district will not be
a great producer this season, ac
cording to Mr. Clifton. Consider
able work, however, will be done
on Jack Wade and American creeks.
Lower Jack Wade will be good, as
workable pay has been recently d:s
covered there. No pay was ever
known to exist on lower Jack Wadi
before.
Spring activity in the Circle dis
trict has already commenced, at
cording to Mr. Clifton Several hy
draullc outfits are already putting
the gravel through the boxes, and
it is expected that the big llerry
!
dredge will be in operation by a bold
i July 1
Short 1> before Mr Clifton left
Forty mile, a miner whose name he
does not remember lost his eyesight
; in a blast Me was taken to Daw
son for treatment. A man named
Davis, who froze his toes during the
holidays, is also in the hospital at
Dawson, having had to have seven
toes amputated as a result of his
terrible experience.
Temporary repairs on the bridge
at Fox were made during the past
I week by Territorial Road Overseer
M 11. Ross More substantial re
i
, fiairs will be made later
DR. MELVILLE G. EVANS
Physician and Surgeon
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