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Oowdln IjapliAUi, Editors ud Publishers. HELPING. MICHIGAN. The X. rays may prove the new wo tnsa haa a marble heart. The best corks come from Algeria. Inhere are 2.500,000 acres of cork forests In that country. After thirty years of secrecy Keely Is to hare the motor patented. Look But for vibratory engines. Two thousand bicycles were de stroyed In a Boston conflagration the Dther day. Scorchers, indeed. ENGLISH ANECDOTES. THE LATE INDIANIAN WAS RATHER ODD OLD MAN. Darin the Annotation of Teiaa the Foundation for Ilia Great Fortune Waa tld Ilia Charity Waa Always Silent U Oratory. The world didn't come to an end and neither did the comet strike us. Thus It is with many calamities that peo ple foolishly anticipate. In Mr. Astor's case Lady Henry Som erset has demonstrated that she Is "enough to make a man mad," while proving that she will not "drive him mad." Mr. John Jacob Astor has "sworn off" paying taxes this year to the ex tent of a trifle over two millions. That's the kind of leap year John Jacob says it is. With the approach of warm weather it does seem as If Mayor Sutro was right when he said that Collis Hunt ington would not carry away anybody's red-hot stove. Bismarck is superstitious, but we are not likely to hear that he is keeping any rfxtra number of black cats in order to inrure the success of the young Em percf 8 new navy. TJe weather bureau service costs the government $900,000 a year. Of course, It It a good thine, but it sometimes as if we ought to get better er for the price. Is perplexing to learn that the 'sh Government has promised safei, to Americans until Minister Ter" rell ruurns from his trip to the T d States. J Why should the promi. contlnuJyafter that? Feen wcat It The Tennessee centennla' Hon to be held in Nashville ne ille celebrating the 100th an he admission of the state , be national and in ts r. Every sta n 's Invited to -d Indianapolis Letter. ILLIAM II. EN glleh, one of the stalwart figures among Indiana's best men, Is gone, lie seems to have kept his lifo well squared. He was a lonesome-looking man, and was as lone some as he looked. He doubtless found good company In himself, for he was the sole counsellor of his own acts. Had he been less se cluded ho might have lived longer. He lodged and ate at a hotel on the Circle which he owned. It was there he fell sick, and there a few weeks later he died. To an old roan who has known tke minute attentions of home, sickness and death at a hotel are not ideal reali zations. When Mr. English's Illness was Incipient he Indulged the delusion of robust men that It was a trlflo, though warned not to do so. His only daughter lived but a couple hundred miles away at Chicago, though she was not sent for until her father's condition, I believe, was critical. Mr. English had ample fortune, of course, to keep a man sion and pay servants to wait upon him, but the ease and comfort of such a life were never a part of his calculations. Economy seemed to have grown Into a passion with him, and perhaps he prac ticed it to extremity. I don't know. Of late Mr. English had become stout, and yet with his Increase of rotundity from year to year he never outgrew that of absence as quickly as possible and went back home. There he drew on the town for all the money he could borrow, Dut the town was poor. One of the rich est men In It was a merchant who bad made a snug sum by swapping prints for produce, and who liked Bill English. He was asked for a liberal loan. He wanted time to consider. But time was money then or nothing. No golden dream had ever suggested to him a speculation in bonds, but on English's assurance he shelled out a thousand or bo. He knew that, make or break, it would be returned to Mm. That was in 1845. English went back to Washing ton and put every dollar he had in Texas bonds. The Lone Star Joined the constellation, the bonds went to par, and Mr. English made his pile. Like the peach, It grew, and It grew, and it grew. But some of it returned to the old merchant at Lexington. Enterprise had pushed him to the wall, he had made other loans that were lost, and the bank that held his money collapsed In a panic. He lived four years, surviving his wife six months, withr-it a shelter or a table of his own, and during all this time Mr. English cheerfully mp plled him with both. This was but one or tne millionaire's kindnesses that the world knew nothing of. He despised ostentation In charity, yet was greedy of fame. When Chicago burned down Mr. English gave a thou sand dollars to the relief of Its people, though it is believed he gave only ten. He wrote his name on a subscription paper for a round thousand. Though carelessness or inattention he put the last two ciphers In the cents column, or at least too. far to the right to be In line with the dollars. The subscription list was given to one of the newspapers with directions that proof-sheets be sent to the others. There were no subscriptions below a dollar, and only a few to vhlch cents were attached. So the editor eli minated the cents column, printing only the amounts in dollars, and away went Mr. English's last two ciphers. This represented him as contributing only ,o.uy clerk. A wealthy young man was very much taken with the face of one of them, and lost no time (knowing that delays are dangerous) in obtaining an Introduction. It Is now announced by telegraph that "the parents of the young lady have found that ho will make a desirable husband and have consented to the match." Girls, get your pictures in the paper. Some Idea of the terrors of a burst ing volcano may be gained from the account of the last eruption In Hawaii. The crater of the volcano was filled from COO to 1,000 feet deep with molten lava, which finally forced its way through a subterranean passage. It wa3 forty miles from there to the sea, yet this avalanche of molten rocks reached the waters In less than two days, destroying every thing In its track. It continued flowing for three weeks, heating the sea water twenty miles from shore. In 1891 the legislature of Nebraska passed a law forbidding the ownership of reil property in that state by any corporation not incorporated under state laws, and ordering all property so held forfeited to the state. The first suit under the law has been brought against the North Platte Land and Wa ter company, a corporation whose stockholders are principally English men, and which has not a Nebraska charter. This company holds about 20, 000 acres of valuable land, and before they give it up the supreme court of the United States will probably be asked to rule on the validity of this Nebraska law. A floating mining camp Is now being fitted up at Ellensburg, Wash., and next spring will ply up and down the Snake river. The camp will be perfectly ap pointed In every way with a full bat tery of mining appliances and quarters for the miners. It Is being constructed on an Immense flatbottorned boat es pecially built for that purpose. On the boat Is a big stationary engine and boilers, dredgers, and pumps of various sizes, and all the appliances for extract ing gold, end a boarding and lodging house that will accommodate at least 150 miners. The camp Is an experiment by a Chicago syndicate, and It will be moved up and down the r'er, working the banks and bed of the stream for gold. A wealthy Japanese gentleman who came to this country a few weeks ago to study its civilization has seen one lynching, "vatched a football game, at tended a meeting of the Chicago City Council, witnessed an afternoon fis sion of the Kentucky Legislature, and then started back to Japan. The De Castellanes have not parted. The controversy between George Gould nnd the New York tax department over the size of the estate has been explained satisfactorily, doubtless, to Mr. Gould's French brothcr-la-law. TAL MAGE'S SERMON. "GOOD AND BAD RECREATIONS." LAST SUNDAY'S SUBJECT. And It Come to Fata, When Their Hearts Were Merry, that They Bald, Cell for Kaniaon, that He May Make V PpoU" Judgea irl., S5. WILLIAM 11. ENGLISH. brown frock coat his tailor made him. forae seventeen years ago, for a visit to Samuel J. Tilden. It was In that coat pants and vest to match that he had the famous Interview with Mr. Tilden as to campaign expenses, and about which Mr. Walter Wellman has spun some If his wildest romance. Mr. English cer tainly did not get cheated In that coat, nj matter what price he paid for it. It must have been made of good material to have kept its dressy look so long, even if handled with the best of care. I should say, from observation at differ ent times, that the goods was north of England worsted. Mr. English seemed attached to the coat as an old friend; and, like Napoleon, he could never tolerate new faces about him. It wa3 all he retained of the campaign, and kept it as a relic, though he paid for It,' as he did for everything else he got at that time. I saw him last in the early Ofjs of December. Ho waa without an overcoat, after the manner of Hannibal Hamlin, which was very Injudicious, for the weather was Inclement. The brown frock was wide open In front. Possibly It was a little too tight to button then. In Indiana Mr. English was thought a rich man. He left an estate worth three millions, half of which goes to his son. It Is of fifty years' growth and be gan with the annexation of Texas. Mr. English was then 23 years old and clerking In a department at Washing ton. He was richer in character than In purse, and had his reputation at his home not been of the very best, that floodtlde In affairs that Shakespeare sings of would probably have dashed past him and been lost forever. He had seme money at Lexington, his native town, and had saved all possible from his salary of two years for Mr. English was a born saver, though not then domi nated by his genius for acquisition. The bends of the Texan Republic were at very low price not above seven or eight cents. Jesse 1). Bright, who an ticipated Texns becoming a state, was a friend to young English and told hlra that he might lay the basis of a fortune, If he had ambition that way, by buying Texas bonds. "But mind," said Mr. Bright by way of caution, "this Is only my opinion. You must not hold me en tirely responsible if annexation fails." Young English asked that the situation be more fully explained, which was done. He was then prepared ror the consequence of his own acts. Here was clearly his opportunity. Ho got leav ten dollars. It was a small sum for him, and gave people a wrong opinion of him. But he would not correct the error. The last time the Ohio river flooded Itw valley h gave a hundred dollars down and fifty each week while the destitu tion lasted. I know a man who assisted Mr. En glish In his third race for Congress, That was before he came to Indian apolis. They ate at the same table, slept In the same bed, fpoke from the same platform. Mr. English is not the only Indlanlan of renown that has been helped by thl3 man. He Is a big oak in the Intellectual forest of Indiana, and a great many twigs hang on him. He has made reputations at the price of his own, and In his old age says It 13 an un profitable business. As an orator for the people he laid Mr. English in the shade. He had a new speech for every HERE were three thousand people as sembled in the tem ple of Dagon. They had come to make sport of eyeless Samson. They were all ready for the en ter talnment. They began to clap and pound, impa tient for the amusement to begin, and they cried, "Fetch him out, fetch him out!" Yon der I see the blind old giant coming, led by the hand of a child Into the very midst of the temple. At his first appearance there goes up a shout of laughter and derision. The blind old giant pretends he ia tired, and wants to rest himself against the pillars of tho house; so he says to the Jad who leads him, "Show me where the main pillars are!" The lad does bo. Then the strong man puts his right hand on one pillar and his left hand on another pillar, and, with the mightiest push that mortal ever made, throws himself forward until the whole house comes down In thunderous crash, grinding the audience like grapes in a wine press. "And so it came to pass, when their hearts were merry, that they said, Call for Samson, that he may make us sport. And they called for Samson out cf the prison-house; and he made them sport." In other words, there are amuse ments that are destructive, and bring down disaster and death upon the heads of those who practice them. While they laugh and cheer, they die. The three thousand who perished that day in Gaza, are as nothing compared with the tens of thousands who have been destroyed by sinful amusements. But my first text Implies that there Is a lawful use of the world, as well as an unlawful abuse of It. and the difference between the man Christian and the man un-Chrlstlan 13, that in the former caso the man masters the world, while In the latter case the world masters him. For whom did God make this grand and beautiful world? For whom this wonderful expenditure; of color, this gracefulness of line, this mosaic of the ground, this fresco of the sky, this glowing fruitage of orchard and vineyard, this full orchestra of the tempest, In which the tree branches flute, and the winds trumpet, and the thunders drum, and all the splendors of vir.td L-atWio uUuJ,:iU.45 tiir'i -A, iA v "rZs V.lgr.t ..inj-purh. syh an institu- hoie Fr whom did God snrlne ' thoW T"f1 . " 'V ""T 1: 'ilcn, be benefited in their spiritual re- rnuslc at the start, there shall be music at the close. While this heavenly art has often been dragged Into the uses of superstition and dissipation, we all know it may be the means of high moral culture. Oh, it is a grand thing to have our children brought up amidst the sound of cultured voices, and amidst the melody at musical in struments. There Is In this art an Indescribable fascination for the household. Let all those families who have the means to afford it, have flute, or harp, or piano, or organ. As soon as the hand is large enough to compass the keys, teach it how to pick out the melody. Let all our young men try this heavenly art upon their nature. Thoso who have gone into it fully have found in it illimitable recreation and amusement. Dark days, stormy nights, seasons of 6lckness. business disasters, will do lit tle toward depressing the soul which can gallop off over the musical keys, or soar In Jubilant lay. It will cure pain. It will rest fatigue. It will quell passion. It will revive health. It will reclaim dissipation. It will strengthen the immortal soul. In the battle of Waterloo, Wellington saw that the Highlanders were falling back. He said, "What is the matter there?" He was told that the band of music had ceased playing, and he called up the pipers and ordered them to strike up an inspiriting air; and no sooner did they strike the air than the Highland ers were rallied, and helped to win the day. Oh, ye who have been routed In tho conflicts of life, try by the force of music to rally your scattered bat talions. I am glad to know that In our great cities there Is hardly a night In which there are not concerts, whtre, with the best musical instruments and the sweetest voices, people may find enter tainment. Patronize such entertain ments when they are afforded you. Buy season tickets, if you can, for the "Philharmonic" and tho "Handel and Haydn" societies. Feel that the dollar and a half or two dollars that you spend for the purpose of hearing an artist play or sing Is a profitable Investment. Let your academies of music roar with the acclamation of appreciative audi ences assembled at the concert or the oratorio. Still further, I commend, as worthy of their support, tho gymnasium. This Institution Is gaining in favor every year, and I know of nothing more free from dissipation, or more calculat ed to recuperate tho physical and men tal energies. While there are a good many people who have employed this Institution, there Is a vast number who arcs Ignorant of Its excellences. There are men with cramped chests and weak sides and despondent spirits who through the gymnasium might be roused up to exuberance and exhilara tion of life. There are many Christian people despondent from year to year, try." Yon push It up on the curbstone for him and pass on. He wonders who that well-dressed man was that helped him. You did a kindness to the boy, but you did a great Joy to your own soul. You will not get over it all the week. On the street to-morrow morning, you will see a sick man passing along. "Ah," you say, "what can I do to mako this man happy? He certainly does not want money; he is not poor, but he Is sick." Give him one of those twen-ty-flvo hundred cheerful looks that you bave garnered up for the whole year. Look Joy and hopefulness Into his soul. It will thrill him through and there will be a reaction upon your own soul. Go ing a little farther on, you will come to the 6tore of a friend who Is embarrassed in business matters. You will go In and 6ay, "What a fine store you have! I think business will brighten up, and you will have more custom after awhile. I think there is coming a great pros perity to all the country. Good morn ing." You pass out. You have helped that young man, and you have helped yourself. Colonel Gardiner, who sat with his el bow on a table, spread with all extrava gant viands, looking off at a dog on the rug, saying, "How I would like to change places with him; I be the dog and he be Col. Gardiner;" or, those two Moravian missionaries who wanted to go into the lazaretto for the sake of at tending the sick, and they were told, "If you go In there, you will never come out. We never allow anyone to come out, for he would bring the contagion." Then they made their wills and went In, first to help tho sick, and then to die. Which was the happier Col. Gardiner, or the Moravian missionaries dying for others? Was it all sacrifice when the missionaries wanted to preach the Gos pel to the negroes at the Barbadoes, and, being denied the privilege, sold themselves into slavery, standing side by side, and lying side by side, down in the very ditch of suffering, in order that they might bring those men up to life and God and heaven? Oh, there is a thrill In the Joy of doing good. It Is the most magnificent recreation to which a man ever put his hand, or his head, or his heart. But, before closing, I want to Impress upon you that mere secular entertain ments are not a fit foundation for your soul to build on. I was reading of a woman who had gone all the rounds of sinful amusement, and she came to die. She said, "I will dlo to-night at six o'clock." "Oh," they said, "I guess not; you don't seem to be sick." "I shall die at six o'clock, and my soul will bo lost. I know It will be lost. I have sinned away my day of grace." Tho noon came. They desired her to seek religious counsel. "Oh," she said, "it Is of no use. My day is gone. I have been all the rounds of worldly pleasure, and it is too late. I will die to-night at six o'clock." The day wore away, and it came to four o'clock, and to five MRS. ENGLISH, occasion, and his thoughts burst Int words with the strength and freshnesi that only new thoughts can. In ontllt tle town, where the people had deter mined on tn ovation, they gathered about the stand after speaking to com pliment the orators. It Isn't a tribute to their interest in political affairs to say that after Mr. English had been In congress four years they took the other man for the candidate. They did though, and wished him success. He explained to them that he was not tun ning. "Why," raid the spokesman with surprise, "Ben't you the congressman?" Most men do not knww opportunity when it stare3 them la the fat. bals? For whom did God spring tne arched bridge of colors resting upon buttresses of broken storm-cloud? For whom did he gather the upholstery of fire around the window of the setting sun? For all men; but more especially for his own dear children. If you build a large mansion, and spread a great feast after it, to cele brate tho completion of the structure, do you allow strangers to come in and occupy the place, while you thrust your own children in tho kitchen, or the barn, or the fields? Oh, no! You say, "I am very glad to see strangers in my mansion, but my own sons and daughters shall havo the first right there." Now, God has built this grand mansion of a world, and he has spread a glorious feast in it, and while thoso who are strangers to his grace may come In, I think that God especially In tends to give the advantage to his own children those who are tho sons and daughters of the Lord Almighty, those who through grace can look up anJ say, "Abba, Father." You cannot make me believe that God gives more advan tages to the world than he gives to the church bought by his own blood. If, therefore, people of the world have looked with dolorous sympathy upon those who make profession of religion, and have said, "Those new converts are going down into privation and into hardship. Why did they not tarry a little longer In tho world, and have some of its enjoyments and amuse ments and recreations?" I say to such men of the world, "You are greatly mis taken;" and before I get through 1 will show that those people who stay out of tho kingdom of God have the hard ships and self-denials, while those who come in havo the Joys and sati&iac Uons. In the name of the king of heaven and earth, 1 serve a writ of ejectment upon all the sinful and polluted who have squatted on the domain of earth ly pleasure as though it, belougtu io them, while I claim, in behalf of the good and the pure and tho true, the eternal inheritance which God haa giv en them. Hitherto, Christian philan thropists, clerical and lay, have busied themselves chiefly in denouncing sinful recreations; but I feel we have no right to stand before ncn and women In whose hearts there is a desire for rec reation amounting to positive neces sity, uenouiicing luis and liiat and tho other thing, when we do not propose to give them something better. God helping me and with reference to my last account, 1 shall enter upon a sphere not usual In sermonizing, but a subject which I think ought V bo presented at this time. I propose now to lay before you some of the recrea tions which are not only innocent, but positively helpful and advantr.eous. In the first place, I commend, among Indoor recreations, music vocal and instrumental. Among the firr,t thl.igs .aeated was the bird, so that the earth might have music at the start. This world, which began with so sweet a rrenade, U fl'.nlly to be demolished amidst tho r.nglng blasts of the arch angel's trumpet, o that as there was lations. There are Christian people who seem to think that It 13 a good sign to be poorly; aad because Richard Baxter and Robert Hall were invalids, they think that by the same sickliness they may come to the same grandeur of character. I want to tell the Christian people of my congregation that God will hold you responsible for your lu validism if it Is your fault, and when, through right exercise and prudence, you might be athletic and well. The effect of the body upon the soul you acknowledge. Put a man of mild dis position upon the nnimal diet of w hich the Indian partakes,' and In a little while his blood will change its chemi cal proportions. It will become like unto the blood of the lion, or the tiger, or the bear, while his disposition will change, and becorr.e fierce and unre lenting. The body has a powerful effect upon the soul. We shall have ihc smooth and grassy lawn, and we will call out people of all occupations and professions and ask them to join in the ball-player's sport. You will come Lack from these outdoor exercises and recreations with strength in your arm and color In your cheek and a flash in your eye and cour age In your heart. In this great battle that is opening against" the kingdom of darkness, we want not only a con secrated soul, but a strong arm and stout lungs and mighty muscle. I bless God that there are so many recrea tions that have rot on them any taint of Iniquity; recreations In which we may engage for the strengthening of the body, for the clearing of tho intel lect, for the Illumination of the soul. There is still another form of recrea tion which 1 recommend to you. and that is the pleasure of doing good. I have seen young men, weak and cross and sour and repelling In their disposi tion, who by one heavenly touch have awakened up ar.d become blessed and buoyant, the ground under their feet and the sky over their heads breaking forth Into music. "Oh," says some young man In the house to-day, "1 should like that recreation above all otherR, but I have not tho means." My dear brother, let us take an account of stock. You have a large estate, If you only realize it. Two hands. Two feet. You will have perhaps during the next year at least ten dollars for chari table contribution. You will have twenty rive hundred cheerful looks, If you want to employ them. You will have five thousand pleasant words if you want to speak them. Now what an amount that Is to start with! You go out to-morrow morning and you see a case of real destitution by the wayside. You give him two cents. The blind man hears tho pennies rattle In his hat. and he says, "Thank you, hlr; God bless you!" You pass down the street, trying to look Indifferent; but you feel from the very depth of your soul a profound satisfaction that you made that man happy. You go on still farther, and find a poor boy with a wheelbarrow, trying to get It up on the curbstone. He falls in the attempt. You say, "Stand back, my lad; let me o clocK, ana sueic. c'u-iuwut mrcwi. "Destroying spirits, ye shall not haVo me yet; It is not six, it is not six!" The moments went by, and the shadows be gan to gather, and the clock struck six; .. and while it was striking ner soul weni. The last hour of our life will soon be here, and from that hour we will re view this day's proceedings. It will be a solemn hour. If from our death pillow we have to look back and see a life spent In sinful amusement, there will be a dart that will strike through our soul, sharper than the dagger with which Vlrglnlus slew his child. The memory of the past will make us quake like Macbeth. The iniquities and riot ing through which we have passed will come upon us, weird and skeleton as Meg Merrlliles. Death, the old Shy lock, will demand and take the remain ing pound of flesh and the remaining drop of blood; and upon our last oppor tunity for repentence and our last chance for heaven the curtain will for ever drop. Ptrnth nl WfaknM. There Is as much kill In selfishness as there Is in poison. Love for God takes in everybody else. Too many people make the mistake of belonging to church without belonging to Christ. The devil makes every string pull to ward the saloon, from hunger to poli tlca. Any kind of a sinner can be saved to-day who will quit his mean ners and trust In Christ. The sun has spots on It, and yet some people ex pect every church member to be per fect. The man who Is anxious to serve God can begin right away. Whatever would have been wrong In Christ is wrong in any member of his church. in would not be co deadly if the devil had to fight in an open field. The man who is not doing his best for God is falling ehort of what God expects him to do. lUiu's Horn. 0 A Kay of tiunnlilne. "If anything unkind you hear About fome one you know, my dear. Do not, I pray you, it repeat When you that some one chanco to 4 ) meet: For such news has a leaden way Of clouding o'er a sunny day. But If you something pleasant hear About somo one you know, my dear. Make haste to make great haste 'twere well To her or him the same to tell; For such news has a golden way Of lighting up a cloudy day." The C. rot In a; Good of the World. The growing good of the world is partly dependent on historic acts, and that things arc not bo ill with you or me as they might have been Is half owV lng to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life and rest in unvislted tombs. Georgo ElioL The International character of Chris tian Endeavor is manifested anew byp the fact that the British National Coun- cil has Invited the International Con vention of 1900 to meet In the city oi London.