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Cowdln Vr Lnplmm, Editors anil Pablishers. ijelding. MICHIGAN. A Topeka xaan died from the H:o of drluking too much Ico water. The quarrel over pronouncing It has began, some saying It la Klone dyke. Havirg brought su.t for divorce, nothing remains fur Mr. Langtry bui to go on the stage. That experlei c.J gold hunter, Mar cus Aure'.lus Manna, at last accounts was prospecting In Ohio fields. After all It remained for a Chicago pol.cman to correspond clandestinely with a married woman and "remain, respectfully yours." President McKinley reviewed 6ome troops at PHUsburg, but as he had Just escaped from reviewing a wiOle army of patriots In Washington he was not deeply moved. Half of the aldermen of Virginia, 111., have resigned and left the c.ty, and there's no telling where the others "will pull up and go. No wonder the Virginia people are happy. Dr. Reynolds, city health commis sioner, Is about to seaich Chicago laundries for microbes. The good doc tor should keep a firm grasp on his buttons while In the presence of the steam manglera. That fellow with a wooden leg who Is going to the Klondike gold fields Is better off than most of the others, as the transportation companies can pull only one, and he can burn the other and keep from freezing to death right off. The admonition, "Look before you leap," has a special significance in he swimming season. There are two kinds of accidentia that should never occur, namely, los3 of life through a person unable to swim jumping Into deep water, and loss of life mrough a swimmer diving into shallow water. A writer has formulated a rule whereof the observance would spare many lives. It Is, Be sure of the water be fore you dive or leap into it." Following tne precedent set by Brown University, whose trustees hold that the president of a university should submit his views to the cor poration for revision before publica tion, the state school book commission of Kansas is carefully eliminating er rors In finance from the text books and supplying their places by truth as seen by the Demcc.ats. Hereafter It will be the proper thing for each state to revise its text books Immediately after the fall lprtloTia What Is said to be the greatest oil discovery ever made Is reported from Alaska. Some gold prospectors several months ago ran across what seemed to be a lake of oil. The lake was fed by Innumerable springs, and the sur rounding mountains were full of coal. They brought samples to Seattle, and teats proved it to be of as high grade as any ever taken out of Pennsylvania wells. A local company was formed and experts sent up. They have re turned on the steamer Topeka and their report has more than borne out first reports. It is said there Is enough oil and coal In the discovery to supply the world. It is close to the ocean, in fact the experts say that the oil oozes out.lnto the salt water. It Is said that theStandard Oil company has already made an offer for the property. The owners have filed on 8.000 acres, and are naturally very much excited over their prospects for fortune. "American Iron In Europe" Is the rubject of several reports from United States consuls, published by the de partment of state. Mr. George V, Parker, consul at Dlrmingham, Eng land, writes that for six months or more steel has been Imported from the United States Into Wales for use In the tin plate trade, and that In Jan uary 1,600 tons of steel billets were shipped from Philadelphia for deliv ery In Birmingham. Editorial articles in the Birmingham Post discuss the conditions which make the Importa tion of American steel possible. Among these conditions are the facts that In England for some time prices of Iron and steel have been steadily rising under the Influence of improved demand, and that in the United States they have been falling, due to tho commercial depression. There Is noth ing new, says the Post, in the Impor tation of American pig Iron, which can be produced now at prices with which England and Scotch smelters cannot pretend to compete. American pig Iron has lately been Introduced into the Triest (Austrian) market, accord ing to a report from Mr. J. O. Hag gard, the British consul at that port, at prices with which British Iron can not compete. After the Yukon and the Klondyke freeze up it Is believed that Dawson, N. W. Ter., Canada, will be the largest city in the world without a mayor and a police force. And everybody will get along Just as well If thty can get enough to eat. "If a man cannot mend the Publlcl; he should mend old shoes if he can do no bUttr," exclaimed Dean Swift near ly two hundred years ago. Has any commencement address better ex pressed the duty of the scholar In politic? ANIloUit JN A C1KCUS. HOW IT LOOKS IN THE DRESS ING ROOM, Ki Matter Uoxr Short the Tim, the Artltta ire Alweye ltenclr Kindly ml in pa the tic People Always Will ing to A U Others. (Special Letter.) USY bees are what the women per formers of a ciicus appear in the tent allotted to them as a dressing room. The active life of the ring docs not affect their Indus trious habits. In deed, It may only Intensify them, for when thej leavo the gaze of the ad miring anl applauding public some of them not Jnly have to rush to make a new tolle: for a new act, but they darn their stockings, mend their be spangled jowns and wash their pink tights like the most commonplace of housewives. But no matter how short a time they have In which to don the gorgeous raiment ia which they are to please? the hundreds of boys ?nd girls, there Is always plenty of time to lend a help ing hand to button up a frock which fastens in the back or to help tie sorao long string which keeps on one of the many daiaty white petticoats of the bareback rider. Eac'.i one helps her neighbor and they have them on each side, for esch woman's place Is In front of her big circus trunk. The two or three feet In front of It Is home. At least It Is for the most of her summer life, for these professional women so dearly love their life that they do not often care to wander far away from the tent. Many a society belle would wen der how these women could make the elaborate toilets they do, all In togeth er. Then their acts are on, they close their trunks. and there isn't a lot of gowns, ribbons, hats and shoes strewn about. No, indeed, the fond mamma, who has taken the greatest amount of pains with her daughter's education IN THE DRESSING BOOM. and bringing up would sigh ... she couk see that dressing room and wish sh had been as successful In teaching nea habits to her careless daughters Everything has a place and is In It They all sit on their trunks after fin lshing dressing for their acts and await their turns to go on. "We know when we are wanted by the music," answered Miss Ashton to the writer, aa she put one lace trim med skirt after another on her hand some figure. "We can tell from here everything that Is going on In me rinc by the music. We usually allow three acts to go by in which to get ready, so we readily tell time by what is go ing on In the ring instead of by a watch." As the women returned from the ring they talked of how their pcrform arco had gone and whether It had been satisfactory to them or not. Each one was interested in what had taken place to her companions, and if professional Jealousy existed the wom en kept It well out of sight. One told what a dear girl Jessie Miller, the cornetlst, was, and all agreed that Ella Ewing, the biggest woman who evr lived, was Just as nice as she could be. None of them had known this girl giantess before this summer, but when she wandered Into the dressing tent, accompanied by her nice looking mother, she was greeted on all sides. "How do you do, Mls3 Reld," asked tho big girl of the "countess," who sat before her trunk making Rome sort of a pretty neck dressing. "I came In to see If you were better." "Oh, I am much better, thank you," returned the great tandem driver. "I only felt badly for a few days. I don't think your mother looks well, though, and you ought to make her take some tonic." Then In the most unprofessional way these women discussed tonics, and later with tme feminine zeal, talked of whether pink face powder or white was most becoming. Near by the pretty Italian girl was turning somersaults, and every time would come up without a fine Mack hair out of place. She took up a little more room than was allowed her, but no one complained and all squeezed nearer to the trunks when passing by. The only "lady clown" on earth sat near by making herself look a3 funny as she really Is, but no amount of ugly red paint nor black crayon could spoil the beauty of her lovely brown eyes. THIS BAND IS A WONDER. Mexican Paper'a Description of NiUUe Musician' Triumph. A reporter, wandering into the bar racks of the ICth battalion, at the back of the palaco building, found the fin est military band of Mexico engaged in rehearsing an air from the grandioss creation, "Sampson and Delilah," says the Mexican Herald. This crack banl, formerly known as the 8th regiment and now as the presidential staff band, returned last Monday evening from Its tour through the United States. It has conquered everybody with Its match less music. Its first trip to tho United States, under the leadership of Capt. Encarnaclon Payen, that priicj of leaders, occurred In 1884: since then it returned thither In 1SS8, 1S91, 1893, 1S94 and this year as well. By special permission It played also In old Spain In 1892. and it was on that occasion that the queen regent of Spain con ferred upon Payen the order of Isabel the Catho'. c Capt. I ayen Is about 57 years of age, a native of this city and a first optain In military grade. Un fortunately he Is somewhat Indisposed ard is at present confined to his hom In San Pedro de los Plnos, Just beyonJ Tacubaya. During his sickness the baton is wielded by the assistant band master, Capt. (second) Lorenzo Santl b?.nez, a native of Guadlajara. 41 years of age, a consummate mus c an. It U little wonder that the common people in Mexio are so enthusiastic over music; they have It poured fnto their ears by the finest military bands In the world. At least th?t was the Im pression that fastened itself cn the newspaper man as he entered the bar racks of Col. Juan de Mata Echevesti and listened for the moment for thr magnificent music of the Bnnda de Estado Mayor. They were rehearsing in an immense room belonging to th bsirrc' s under the leadership of Cav Santibar.cz. It may be addd rleh here tlrat this hns been the first tri; to the United States made by Sinti b.mez, and Judging by hi3 enthusiast! appreciation of the wonderful sight and rc:aes he witnessed, it will not j his last, provided the opportunity aris es. He said that as yet Capt. Piye was not awnre of the Intentions of th' Mexican government respecting thi band. As to whether they would re urn to the United States on another cur within the next few months, he 'ould say nothing as nothing had been leclded. The costume of this band la liaracteristlc. It consists of a cap. :;lack In color, with a flaming red silk plume, a blue coat with triple bow if shining bras3 buttons, gamlshc' with yellow bands, a sliver lyre on the eft arm, also silver band3 on arm an'' shoulder; a leather pouc'.i suspended from the shoulder and cross ng the chest, and pantaloons of blue with a doublo stripe of red. A sword, In each case of finest steel, and when In service sharp-toothed spur and high top cavalry boots complete the ostume. They must have made quite an impression during their Amer can trip, with their brilliant costume, tnd their bright, beautiful muslr Several of the younger members of th. organization who were met by the newspaper man wore buttons of al. kinds from Paula Edwards buttons to McKinley buttons. Spruce Treea Glvlni Oat. Spruce trees are the law material o' wood pulp, and onsequently of a larpt proportion of the paper used In th printing trade. According to estimate! recently given out by the Forestry I) partment at Washington there Is onlj six years' supply of coniferous wood in sight If tho present rate of consump tion Is kept up, says the New Yor Times. Dealers in wood pulp nr somewhat skeptical regarding th!, statement, although they admit the in creasing scaicity of spruce in thlf country. There are thousands upor thousands of acres of untouched spruce forests In Canada, however, and tin Canadian lumbermen are contemplat ing with no small degree of Interes the prospects of a spruce famine in thr United States. The Stormy I'etrel. A bird Oi luuutuhe wing power l the tiny stormy petrel; It belongs tc every sea, and although so frail (ap parently). It breasts the utmost furj o! the storm. Skimming with incred ible vd( city the troughs of the v and gliding rapidly over their snowy crests, petrels have been observed 2,000 miles from nearest land. A frhcol teacher lately put the qti?n tlon: "What is the highest fotm of animal life?" "The giraffe!" rt. sponded a bright member of the cla.i TlLM AUK'S ShllMON. TORM AT DAY'S SEA LAST SUN SUBJECT. 'AM There Were Aluo with Illiu titer Little hhln. and There A roue i-Orext Storm of Wlud" Jt. Verte 30, From Murk $ IBERIAS, Galilee, Gennesaret three names for the same lake. No other gem ever had so beau tiful a setting. It lay In a scene of great luxuriance: the surrounding hills high, terraced, sloped, groved, so many hanging gar- SAW f It I dtns of beauty; the waters rumbling down between rochs of gray and red Ire es tone, flashing from the hills, and Ljunding Into the sea. On the shore verc castles, armed towers, Roman laths, everything atticclvc and beau tful; all styles of vegetation in short er space than in almost any other space "n all the world, from the palm tree )f the forest to the trees of a rigorous :limate. It seemed as If the Lord had launch ed one wave of beauty on all the scene, and It hung and swung from rock and iill and oleander. Roman gentlemen n pleasure boats sailing the lake, and countrymen in fish-&macns coming down to drop their nets, pass each other with nod and shout and laughter, or swinging Idly at their moorings. Oh, what a wonderful, what a beautiful lake! It seems as If we shall have a quiet night. Not a leaf winked in the air; not a ripple disturbed the face of Gen nesaret; but there seems t e a little exeittir snt up the beach, an-J we hast en to see what it is, and w& 2nd It an embarkation rrom the western shore a flotilla pushing out; not a squadron, or dead ly armament, nor clipper with valuable merchandise, nor piratic vessels ready to destroy everyth ng they could seize: but a flotilla, bearing messengers of life, and light, and peace. Christ is In the front of the boat. His disciples are In a smaller boat. Jesus, weary with much speaking to large multi tudes, 13 put Into somnolence by the noting of the waves. If there was ary motion at all, the ship was easily rifhted; if the wind passed from one 6ide. from the starboard to the lar board, or from the larboard to the star board, the boat would rock, and by the rentlenoss of the motion putting the Master asleep. And they extempor ized a pillow made out of a fisherman's cuat. I think no sooner 13 Christ pros trate, and his head touching the pll lcw, than he Is sound asleep. The breezes of the lake run their fingers thrcugh the locks of the worn sleeper. nd the boat rises and falls like a jleeplng child on the bosom of a sleep ing mother. I, T ha cn h Sort In th flrt r1s Im. jhres8es me with the fact that it is very important to nave (jurist in tne snip; for all those boats would have gone to the bottom of dennesaret If Christ had not been present. Oh, what a les son for you and for me to learn! What eer voyage we undertake, Into what ever enterprise we start, let U3 always have Christ in the ship. Many of you In these days of revived commerce are starting out In new financial enter prises: I bid you good cheer. Do all you cm do. Do it on as high a plane ns possible. You have no right to bo a stoker In the ship if you can be an admiral of the navy. You have no right to be a colonel of a regiment If you can comraaud a brigade; you have no right to be engineer of a boat on river-banks, or near the coast. If you can take the ocean steamer from New York to Liverpool. AH you can do with utmost tension of body, mind and soul, you are bound to do; but oh! have Christ In every enterprise. Christ In every voyage. Christ in every ship. There are men who ask God to help them at the start of great enterprises. He has been with them In the past; no trouble can overthrow them; the itorms might come down from the top of Mt. Hermon, and lash Gennesaret Into foam and into agony, but it could not hurt them. But here Is another man who starts out in worldly enter prise, and he derends upon the uncer tainties of this life. He has no God to help Mm. .After awhile the storm comes, and tosse3 off the masts of the ship; he puts out his life boat; the sheriff end the auctioneer try to help him off; they can't help him off; he must go down; no Christ in the ship. Here are young men Just starting out In life. Your life will be made up of sunshine and shadow. There may be In It arctic blasts or trop.cal tornadoes; I know not what is before you. but I know if you have Christ with you all shall be well. You may seem to get along without the religion of Christ while everything goes smoothly, but after awhile, when sorrow hovers over the soul, when the waves of trial dash clear over the hur r'cine deck, and the bowsprit Is shiv ered, and the halliards are swept into the sea, and the gangway Is crowded with piratical disasters oh, what would you then do without Christ In the ship? Young man, take God for your portion, God for your guide, God for your help; then all Is well: all 13 well for time, all shall be well forever. Blessed is that man who puts in the Lord his trust. He shall never be con founded. But ray subject also Impresses me with the fact that when people start to follow Christ they must not expect smooth sailing. These disciples got Into the small boats, and I have no doubt thy said, "What a beautiful day this is! What a smooth sea! What a bright sky this Is! How delightful Is e..lug in this boat; and as for the waves under the keel of the boat, why, they only make the motion of our lit tle boat the more delightful." But when the winds swept down, and the sea was tossed Into wrath, then they found that following Christ was not smooth sailing. So you have found it; so I have found It. Did you ever no tice the end of the life of the apostles of Jesus Christ? You would say that If ever men ought to have had a smooth life, a smooth departure, then those men. the disciples of Jesus Christ, ought to have had such a departure and Fuch a life. St. James lost his head. St. Philip was hung to death on a pillar. St. Matthew had his life dashed out with a halbert. St. Mark was dragged to death through the streets. St. James the Less was ueaten to death with a fuller's club. St. Thomas was struck through with a spear. They did not find following Christ smooth sailing. Oh. how they were all tossed in the tempest! John Huss In the fire; Hugh McKall In the hour of martyrdom; the Alblgenses. the Waldenses, the Scotch Covenanters did they find' it smooth sailing My subject also impresses me with the fact that good people sometimes get very much frightened. In the tones of these disciples as they rushed into the back part of the boat. 1 find they are frightened almost to death. They say: "Master, carest thou not that we perish?" They had no reason to be frightened, for Christ was in the boat. I suppose If we had been there we would have been Just as much affright ed. Perhaps more. In all ages very good people get very much affrighted. It is often so in our day, and men say, "Why, look at the bad lectures; look at the Spritualist.c societies; look at the various errors going over the Church of God; we are going to founder; the Church 13 going to perish; she Is going down." Oh, how many good people are affrighted by triumphant In iquity in our day. and think the church of Jesus Christ and the cause of right eousness are going to be overthrown, and are Just as much affrighted as the disciples of my text were affrighted. Don't worry, don't fret, as though in iquity were going to triumph over righteousness. A lion goes into a cavern to s!eep. He lies down, with his shaggy mane cov ering the paws. Meanwhile the spider3 spin a web across the mouth of the cavern, and say, "We have captured him." Gossamer thread after gossamer thread is spun until the whole front of the cavern Is covered with the spiders' web. and the spiders say, "The lion Is done; the lion Is fast." Af:er awhile the lion has got through sleeping; he rouses himself, he shakes his mane, he walks out Into the sunlight; he does not even know the spiders' web is spun, and with his voice he shakes the moun tain. So men come, spinning their sophis tries and scepticism about Jesus Christ?-tno.tn ha sleeplp e.They say, "We have captured the Lord; he will never come forth again upon the nation: Christ is captured, and cap tured forever. His religion will never make any conquest among men." But after awhile the Lion of the tribe of Judah will rouse himself and come forth to shake mightily the nations. What Is a spider's web to the aroused Hon? Give truth and error a fair grap ple, and truth will come off victor. But there are a great many good peo ple who get affrighted In other re spects; they are affrighted in our day about revivals. They say, "Oh! this is a strong religious gale; we are afraid the Church of God Is going to upset, and there are going to be a great many people brought into the Church that are going to be of no use to It;" and they are affrighted whenever they see a revival taking hold of the churches. As though a ship captain with five thousand bushels of wheat for a cargo should say, some day, coming upon deck, "Throw overheard all th? cargo;" and the sallor3 should say, "Why, cap tain, what do you mean? Throw over all the cargo?" "Oh." says the cap tain, "we have a peck of chaC that has pot Into this five thousand bushels wheat, and the only way to ?et rid of the chaff is to throw all the wheat overboard." Now, that is a jreat deal wiser than the talk of a great many Christians who want to throw over board all the thousands and tens of thousands of souls who hive been brought In throuch great awakenings. Throw all overboard because there Is a peck of chafT, a quart of chaff, a pint of chaff! I ray. let them stay until the last day; the Lord will divide the chaff from thp wheat. Oh, that these ga!es froa heaven might sweep through all our churches! Oh, for such dajs as Richcrd Baxter saw In England and Robert McCheyno saw in Dundee! Oh, for such days as Jonathan Edwards ss.w In Northamp ton! I have often heard myfather tell cf the fact that In the early jart of this century a revival broke out in Somer ville, N. J., and some people were very much agitated about It. They said, "Oh, you are going to brlni too many people Into the churchy at once;" and they sent down to New Brmswick to get John Livingston to stop the re vival. Well, there was no better soul In all the world than John Livingston. He went up; he looked at the revival: they wanted him to stop It He stood In the pulpit on the Sabbatl, and look ed over tho solemn auditcry, and he said: "Thi, brethren, U h reality the work of God; beware ho you try to atop It." And he was an oil man, lean ing heavily on his staff-a very old man. And he lifted the st;ff, and took hold of the small end of tie staff, and began to let It fall very sloviy through, between the finger and tht thumb, and he said: "Oh, thou iMptaltent, thou art falling now falling away from life, falling away from per and heav en, falling aa certainly as that cane Is falling throush my hand-falling cer tainly, though perhaps falling very slowly." And the cane kept on falling through John Livingston's hand. The religious emotion In the audience was overpowering, and men saw a type of their doom as the cane kept falling and falling until the knob of the cane struck Mr. Livingston's hand, and ho clasped It stoutly and aald, "But the grace of God can stop you, as I stopped that cane;" and then there was glad ness all through the house at the fact of pardon and peace and salvation. "Well." said the people after the serv ice, "I guess you had better send Liv ingston lipme; he is makfnr; th? revival worse." Oh, for the gales from heaven, and Christ on board the sh'p. The danger of the Church of God la not la revivals. Again, my subject Impresses me with, the fact that Jesus was God and man In the same being. Here he Is In the back part of the boat. Oh. how tired he looks, what sad dreams he must have! Look at his countenance; he must be thinking of the cros3 to come. Look at him, he Is a man bone of our bone, flesh of our flesh. Tired, he falls as!eep; he Is a man. But then I find Christ at the prow of the toat; I hear him say, "Peace, be still;" and I see the storm kneeling at his feet, and the tempests folding their wing3 in his presence; he is a God. If I have sorrow and trouble, and want sympathy, I go and kneel down at the back part of the boat, and say, "O, Christ! weary one of Gennesaret, sympathize with all my sorrows, man of Nazareth, man of the cross." A man, a man. But If I want to conquer my spiritual foes, if I want to get the vic tory over sin, dea'.h, and hell, I come to the front of the boat, and I kneel down, and I say, "O, Lord Jeus Christ, thou who dost hush the tempest, biuh all my grief; hush all my temptation, hush all my sin." A man, a man; a God, a God. I learn once more from this subject that Christ can hush a tempest. It did j?eem as if everything must go to ruin. The disciples had given up the Idea of managing the ship; the crew were en tirely demoralized; yet Christ rise3, and he puts his foot on the storm, and It crouches at his feet. Oh, yes! Christ can hush the tempest. You have had trouble. Perhaps It was the little child taken away from you the sweetest child of the house hold, the one who asked the most curi ous questions, and stood around you with the greatest fondness, and the spade cut down through your b'.eeding heart. Perhaps it was an only son, and your heart has ever since been like a desolated ca3tle, the owls of the night hooting among the falling rafters and the crumbling stairways. Perhaps it was an aged mother. You always went to her with your troubles. She was in ycur home to welcome your children Into life, and when they died 6he was there to pity you; that old hand will do you no more kindness; that white lock of hair you put away In -the casket, or In the locket, did not look as well as It usually did when she tntha.it wy from her wrinkled brow In the home circle or In the coun try church. Or your property gone, you said. "I have so much baryk stock, I have so many government securities, I have so many houses, I have so many farms" all gone, all gone. Why, all the storms that ever tram pled with their thunders, all the ship wrecks, have not been worse than this to you. Yet you have not been com pletely overthrown. Why? Christ hushed the tempest. Your little one was taken away. Christ says, "I have that little one; I can take care of him as well as you can, better than you can, O bereaved mother!" Hushing the tem pest. When your property went away, God sAid. "There are treasures In heav en, in banks that never break." There Is one storm Into which we will all have to run. the moment when we let go of this life, and try to take hold of the next, when we will want all the grace we can have we will want It all. Yonder I see a Christian soul rocking on the surges of death; all the powers of darkness seem let out against that bouI the swirling wave, the thunder of the sky, the screaming wind, all seem to unite together; but that soul Is not troubled; there Is no sighing, there are no tears; plenty of tears In the room at the departure, but he weep3 no tears, calm, satisfied, peaceful; all Is well. Jesus hushing the tempest. By the flash of the storm you see the harbor Just ahead, and you are making for that harbor. Strike eight bells. All Is well. into the haruor of heaven now we glide; We're heme at last, home at last. Softly we drift on its bright, sllv'ry tide. We're home at last, home at last. Glory to God, all our dangers are o'er. We stand secure on the glorified shore: Glory to God, we will shout evermore. We're home at last, home at last. Harry end Worry. We frequently hear of Christian workers breaking down from overwork, but nine times out of ten It was hurry and worry which brought them to th 3tate of enforced Inaction which they regret. Hurry and worry, which usual ly go together, ruin more lives than any amount of regular systematic labor. In deed, Inconsiderate exertion Is almost as bad In Its effects as Idleness. Why cannot we bear in mind that there !s always time enough to do well all that we are called upon to do? If we do more than this, we do Injustice both to our work and to ourselves. On the oth er nam If we waste the time entrusted ,o us, I? Is useless to attempt to get it back by extra haste. Good and Evil. It Is an Inherent und Inevitable necessity that man b free to choose or reject; that is human morality. Without the choice between good and evil we would be as the birds and tha beasts. Rev. R. Heber New ten. Episcopalian. Icw York City.