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Cowdln fc Lnphmn, lvlitora and Publishers. ItELDING. MICHIGAN. Tho individual who standi still Is sura to lose ground. When a man loses faith In humanity he hits himself a solar-plexls blow. Beauty Is but skin deep, but home liness measures twelve Inches to tho foot. Hobson has kissed a bride In Japan. The young man simply can't resist the temptation. The name of the new president of Franco Is pronounced as though it were spelled "Loobay." Gen. Miles is acting in a way that Justifies the national honor In regard ing him as a bold, horrid man. If the czar means business why does he not Incorporate his disarmament scheme under the laws of New Jersey? When Senator Billy Mason talks of a Lafayette for tho Philippines he for gets that Lafayette was a friend of this country. "What helped you over the great trials of life?" a successful man was onco asked. "The other trials gave nie a lift," he answered. It did not, however, require an of ficial note from Sampson to tell the world that Schley was there during the denavyizing of Spain. A prisoner escaped from the Toledo workhouse and took the bloodhound along with hlra. That man ought to be at the head of some trust. Meat is worth $1 a pound in Manila. This is probably due largely to the fact that most of the Manila butchers have recently gone into tho saloon business. Arthur Balfour is the latest English man to hint that John Bull is looking for a partner, preferably a tall man with a goatee and straps to his trou sers. Washington, It may bo remarked, was enough of an expansionist to crowd the British invaders off tho United States. We need a Washing ton right now. One of the dogs entered for the Chi cago bench show Is the possessor of gold-filled teeth, and therefore ha3 an intrinsic value which will remain even if he doesn't draw a prize. The sultan of Sulu is to be offered home rule under the American flag, but he will never be able to realize the full extent of his good luck until he hears from the dime museum man agers. The burdens of taxation laid upon liquor saloons are regarded with equanimity by the average citizen. The decision of tho commissioner of inter nal revenue requiring tho payment of a special tax by proprietors of rum sa loons who may employ an orchestra to attract customers will be accepted as Justifiable and exemplary. The per formance is held to bo a musical enter tainment liable to taxation. A source of misery may be protected by law, but its maintenance ought to be discour aged In all legal ways. An application has been made by S. ,L. Ilutchlns, John E. Patton and other leading colored citizens of Chatta nooga, Tenn., for a charter for the Na tional American Colonization Associa tion, the object being to organize branches In the southern states. The association Is formed with a view to colonizing negroes in the west and se curing from congress a concession to allow the colonies so formed the right .'of state government and representa tives In congress, etc. The plan was organized by S. L. Ilutchlns, a negro lawyer, who has given the question of "What to do with the negro?" a great deal of study. Ilutchlns was a circuit judge in North Carolina during the reconstruction days, and it Is said of him that he came nearer to giving sat isfaction to the whites In his circuit than any negro who ever held a like office. Ilutchlns gives a reason for :hls proposed colony that "the people of the United States should be given an opportunity to see whether the ne gro is capable of governing and hold ing office." The application for char ter says that "it is not fair to Judge of the negro's ability to conduct pub lic affairs, to judge him by the fail ures he has made in office in the south. Given an opportunity when they are altogether dependent upon themselves, the negro will solve the question speedily as to whether he Is worthy of citizenship and to be an in tegral part of the governing people." Ilutchlns claims that a number of the leading negroes of the south are in sympathy with him in the movement. At the dedication of an immense convention hall in Kansas City the other afternoon, somebody uttered a loud call for "Pryor," one of the solo ists with the Sousa band, which had been engaged for the occasion. The crowd of people present mistook the enthusiast's call for an alarm of flre and It was with great difficulty that a panic was prevented. As our civiliza tion advances and things become sys tematized it will, no doubt, be neces sary even to suppress old and honor able family names in the interests of public safety. TALMAGE'H SERMON. 'THE BUNDLE OF LIFE," SUN DAY'S SUBJECT. From First Hook of Samuel, Chap. SSl 20, Follow! : "The Soul of My Lord Shall be HoumJ la tho llundlo of Lire with tho Loid thr God. Beautiful Abigail, in her rhythmic plea for the rescue of her inebriate husband, who died within ten days, addresses David, the warrior, in the words of the text. She suggests that his life, physically and Intellectually, and spiritually, is a valuable package or bundle, divinely bound up, and to be divinely protected. That phrase, "bundle of life," I heard many times In my father's fam ily prayers. Family prayers, you know, have frequent repetitions, because day by day they acknowledge about the same blessings, and deplore about the same frailties, and sympathize with about the same misfortunes, and I do not know why those who lead house hold devotions should seek variety of composition. That familiar prayer be comes the household liturgy. I would not give one of my old father's pray ers for fifty elocutionary supplications. Again and again, in the morning and evening prayer, I heard the request that we might all be bound up in the bundle of life, but I did not know until a few days ago that the phrase was a Bible phrase. Now, the more I think of it, the better I like It. The bundle of life! It is such a simple and unpretending, yet expressive comparison. There Is nothing like grandiloquence in the Scriptures. While thero are many sublime passages in Holy Writ, there are more passages homely and drawing illustrations from com mon observation and every-day life. In Christ's great sermons you hear a hen clucking her chickens to gether, and see the photographs of hypocrites with a sad countenance and hear of the grass of the field, and the black crows, which our heavenly Father feeds, and the salt that is worthless, and the precious stones flung under the feet of swine, and the shifting sand that lets down the house with a great crash, and hear the com parison of tho text, the most unroet ical thing we can think of a bundle. Ordinarily it Is something tossed about, something thrown under the table, something that suggests garrets, or something on the shoulder of a poor wayfarer. But there are bundles of great value, bundles put up with great caution, bundles the loss of which means consternation and despair, and there have been bundles representing the worth of a kingdom. Bundle of hopes, and ambitions also, is almost every man and woman, es pecially at the starting. What gains he will harvest, or what reputation he will achieve, or. what bliss he will reach, or what love he will win. What makes college commencement day so entrancing to all of U3 as we see the students receive their diplomas and take up the garlands thrown at their feet? They will be Faradays in sci ence; they will be Tennysons in poesy; they will be Willard Parkers In surg ery; they will be Alexander Hamlltons In national finance; they will be Hor ace Greeleys in editorial chair; they will be Websters in the senate! Or 6he will be a Mary Lyon in educational realms; or a Frances Willard on re formatory platform; or a Helen Gould In military hospitals. Or she will make home life radiant with help fulness and self-sacrifice, and magnifi cent womanhood! Oh, what a bundle of hopes and ambitions! It is a bun dle of garlands and sceptres from which I would not take one sprig of mignonette nor extinguish one spark of brilliance. They who start In life without bright hopes and Inspiring ambitions might as well not start at all, for every step will be a failure. Rather would I add to tho bundle, and if I open it now It will not be because I wish to take anything from it, but that I may put into It more coronets and hosannas. Bundle of faculties In every man and every woman! Power to think to think of the past and through all tho future: to think upward and higher than the highest pinnacle of hecven, cr to think downward until thero Is no lower abyss to fathom. Power to think right, power to think wrong, power to think forever; for, once hav ing begun to think, thero shall be no terminus for that exercise, and eter nity itself shall havo no power to bid it halt. Faculties to love filial love, conjugal love, paternal love, maternal love, love of country, love of God. Fac ulty of Judgment, with scales so deli cate and yet so mighty that they can weigh arguments, weigh emotions, weigh worlds, weigh heaven and heil. Faculty of will, that can climb moun tains, or tunnel them, wade seas or bridge them, accepting eternal en thronement or choosing everlasting exile. Oh, what It is to be a man. Oh. what It is to be a woman! Sublime and infinite bundle of faculties! The thought of it staggers me, swamps me, stuns me, bewilders me, overwhelms me. Oh, what a bundle of life Abigail of my text saw in David, and which we ought to see in every human, yet im mortal, being! Know, also, that this bundle of life was put up with great care. Any merchant and almost any faithful householder will tell you how much depends on the way a bundle Is bound. The cord or rope must be strong enough to hold; the knot must be well tied. You know not what rough hands may toss that bundle. If not properly put together, thougn It may leave your hands In good order and symmetrical, before It reaches Its proper destination It may be loosened in fragments for the winds to scatter or the rail train to lose. Now.I have to tell you that this bun dle of life is well put together the body, the mind, the soul. Who but the Omnipotent God could bind such a bundle? Anatomists, physiologists, physicists, logicians, metaphysicians, declare that we are fearfully and won derfully made. That we are a bundle well put together I prove by the amount of journeying we can endure without damage, by the amount of rough handling we can survive, by the fact that the vast majority of us go through life without the loss of an eye, or the crippling of a limb, or the de struction of a single energy of the body or faculty of mind. I subpoena for this trial that man in yonder view seventy or eighty years of age, and ask him to testify that after all the storm3 and accidents and vicissitudes of a long life he still keeps his five senses; and though all the lighthouses as old as he Is have been reconstructed or new lanterns put in, he has in under his forehead the same two lanterns with which God started him; and though the locomotives of sixty years ago were long ago sold for old Iron, he has the original powers of locomo tion in the limbs with which God start ed him; and though all the electric wires that carried messages twenty five years ago have been torn down, his nerves bring messages from all parts of his body as well as when God strung them seventy-five years ago. Was there ever such a complete bun dle put together as the human being? What a factory! What an engine! What a mill-race! What a light house! What a locomotive! What an electric battery! What a furnace! What a masterpiece of the Iord God Almighty! Or, to employ tho anti climax and use the figure of the text, what a bundle! Know, also, that this bundle of lire will be gladly received when It comes to the door of the Mansion for which It was bound and plainly directed. With what alacrity and glee we await some package that has been foretold by letter; some holiday presentation; something that will enrich and orna ment cur home; some testimony of ad miration and affection! With what glow of expectation we untie the knot and take off the cord that holds It to gether In safety, and with what glad exclamation wo unroll the covering, and see the gift or purchase In all Its beauty of color and proportion. Well, what a day it will be when your pre cious bundle of life shall bo opened In the "House of Many Mansions," amid saintly and angelic and divine Inspec tion! The bundle may be spotted with the marks of much exposure; It may bear Inscription after inscription to tell through what ordeal It has passed; perhaps splashed of wave and scorched of flame, but all It has with in undamaged of the Journey. And with what shouts of Joy the bundle or life will be greeted by all the voices of the heavenly home circle! In our anxiety at last to reach heav en we are apt to lose sight of the glee or welcome that awaits us if we get In at all. We all have friends up there. They will somehow hear that we are coming. Such close and swift and constant communication is there be tween those up-lands and these low lands that we will not surprise them by sudden arrival. If loved ones on earth expect our coming visit and are at the depot with carriage to meet us, surely we will be met at the shining gate by old friends now sainted and kindred now glorified. If there were no angel of God to meet us and show us the palaces and guide us to our everlasting residence, these kindred would show us the way and point out the splendors and guide us to our celestial home, bowered, and foun talned, and arched, and Illumined by a sun that never sets. Will It not be glorious, the going In and the settling down after all the moving about and upsettlngs of earthly experience. We will soon know all our neighbors, kingly, queenly, prophetic, apostolic, seraphic, archangellc. The precious bundle of life opened amid palaces, and grand marches, and acclamations. They will all be so glad we have got safely through. They saw U3 down here In the struggle. They saw us when we lost our way. They knew when we got off the light course. None of the thirty-two ships that were overdue at New York harbor In the storm of week before last were greeted so heartily by friends, on the dock, or the steam tugs that went out to meet them at Sandy Hook, as we will be greeted in the heavenly world, if by the pardoning ar.d protecting grace of God we ccme to celestial wharfage. Wo shall have to tell them of the many wrecks that we have passed on the way across wild seas, and amid Caribbean cyclones. It will be like cur arrival some years ago from New Zealand at Sydney, Australia; people surprised that we got In at all, becaus? we were two days late, and some of the ships expected had gone to the bottom and we had passed derelicts and abandoned crafts all up and down that awful channel, our arrival In heaven all the more rapturously wei corned, because of the doubt as to whether we would ever get there at all. Once there It will be found that the safety of that precious bundle of life was assured because it was bound up with the life of God In Jesus Chrht. Heaven could not afford to have th.t bundle lost, because It had been sai l In regard to Its transportation and safe arrival, "Kept by the power of God through faith unto complete sal vation." The veracity of the heavens is Involved in its arrival. If God should fall to keep His promise to Just one ransomed soul the pillars of Jehovah's throne would fall, and the foundations of the eternal city would crumble, and infinite poverties would dash down all the chalices and close all the banqueting halls, and the river of life would change its course, sweep ing everything with desolation, and frost would blast all the gardens, and immeasurable sickness slay the im mortals, and the new Jerusalem fra come an abandoned city, with no chariot wheels on the streets and no worshipers in the temple a dead Pompeii of the skies, a burled Hercula neum of the heavens. Lest any one should doubt, the God who cannot lie smites His omnipotent hand on the side of His throne, and takes affidavit, declaring, "As I live, salth the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of him that dleth." Oh! I cannot tell you how I feel about It, the thought is so glorious. Bound up with God. Bound up with infinite mercy. Bound up with infinite Joy. Bound up with Infinite purity. Bound up with Infinite might. That thought is more beautiful and glorious than was the heroic Abi gail, who at the foot of the crags ut tered it "Bound in the bundle of life with the Lord thy God!" Now, my hearer and reader, appre ciate the value of that bundle. See that it Is bound up with nothing mean, but with the unsullied and the im maculate. Not with a pebble of the shifting beach, but with the kohlnoor of the palace; not with some fading regalia of earthly pomp, but with the robe washed and made white in tho blood of the Lamb. Pray as you never prayed before, that by divine ech ography written all over your nature, you may be properly addressed for a glorlcr.3 destination. Turn not over a new leaf of the old book, but by the graco of God open an entirely new volume of experience, and put into practice the advice contained In tne peculiar but beautiful rhythm of sone author whose name I know not: If you've any task to do. Let me whisper, friend, to you, Do It. If you've anything to say, True and needed, yea or nay, Say It. If you've anything to love, As a blessing from above, Love it. If you've anything to give, That another's Joy may live, Give it. If some hollow creed you doubt, Tho' the whole world hoot and shout, Doubt It. If you've any debt to pay. Best you neither night nor day. Pay It. If you've any joy to hold, Near your heart, lost It grow old Hold it. If you've any grief to meet, At a loving Father's feet. Meet It. If you know what torch to light, Guiding others In the night, Light it. Macanlay's Appalling Memory, The later Henry Reeve, for many years leader writer of the London Times, was dining one night at a house where the other guests included Ma caulay and Sydney Smith. Macaulay was at that time laying society wa3te with his waterspouts of talk. At length, dinner being over, Sydney Smith, Reeve and a few others went away by themselves and Immediately got on the overpowering subject of Ma caulay. "He confounds collloquy and colloquy," said Reeve. "He is a book in breeches," Smith declared. "The very worst feature In Macaulay's char acter Is his appalling memory," said Reeve. "Aye, indeed," said Sydney Smith; "why, he could repeat the whole 'History of the Virtuous Blue Coat Boy,' in three volumes, post 8vo., without a slip." After a pause, as if of consideration, the witty divine add ed: "He should take two tablespoon fuls of the waters of Lethe every morning to correct his retentive pow ers!" 1,1 no It Ilarbrrs Frlces. Though their party went to smash in the last election, there are still some populists In the Kansas senate. They are urging a bill which fixes the maxi mum prices that barbers shall be 'al lowed to charge for shaves and hair cuts. The bill Is believed to reveal a purpose among the populists to effect a change In the personal characteris tics by which they have long been rec ognized. It Is hinted that the popu lists Intend to amputate their whis kers and now their hair at Intervals of not less than a week, whereas they have heretofore been total stran?ors In barber shops. When they begin to take tonsorlal treatment business In the Kansas shops will be tremendous and will likely result in blockades, In which regular patrons will lose much valuable time. The natural thing to do under such circumstances would be to ral3e prices, and, foresee ing this, the populist senators are vig orously urging their bill to legally reg ulate them. Ilurglary In tho Fat are. "Curse my luck!" hissed the burglar, and fled Into the night. Bear in mind, if you please, that all crime was now disease merely, and all disease the work of germs. The burglar perceiv ed in the cellar window where he tried to enter one of the latest electric auto matic spraying devices, and endeavor ed to avoid it. But fortune was against him. A click in the dark, and almost before he knew It he was drenched with germicide and cured of his mal ady. Detroit Journal. California Artichokes. Quite a business has sprung up of late In California artichokes. It is said that the California variety has a bet ter flavor than that coming from France, besides being fresher. This fs very natural, as it takes but a week to get the vegetable here from California, while it takes at least two weeks to get the French supply to he market OUE BUDGET OF FUN, SOME QOOD JOKES. ORIGINAL AND SELECTED. A Variety of Jokes Gibes and Ironies Original and Selected Flotsam and Jnum from tbo Tide of II una or Witty Saying. At the Theater. Behold roe, The encore fiend! Gloating- over my triumphs. Past, present and to come. I am the man with the Large, spatulate bands And the ample, open mouth. Like a decorative wreath. When any one sings a song Or tells a story or Otherwise performs on the stage I clap and clap And clap Long after everybody else Has stopped. There's got to be an encore Or the show can't go on. I won't let It. I'll beat my big hands Together and stamp and Holler If I want to. If I get tired I lean One arm on the arm of the ssr And clap with slow, loud Claps Till I get my second wind. Then I let myself loose Again. I'm after my money's worth, and Usually I get It, And I don't care If people Do stare. There's another song flnlshedl Now watch me make 'em Do It all over Again! What! They won't? Oh, I guess yes! Just wait till I get my arms Loose and begin to Work. Just Watch! Different. 'You say he married a woman of In dependent means?" "No, I said he married an lnde pendent woman of means." Not a Sportsman. The other day a man of Hol?'" armed with a shotgun, was pursuing a poor lame quail, which had been limp ing leisurely along, about ten yards ahead. "Why, Wildejager," called out the farmer, who was watching the pro ceedings, "you're never going to shoot that darned little chicken walking?" "Donner und blltzen, neln! I no shoots him veil he valk. I vait until he zhstops," said the Dutchman, and he did, too. Tacoma Ledger. Wheels In Ills Toetry. The editor ran his eye critically over the manuscript the young poet had tendered. "It occurs to me," he said, "you use a faulty form of speech when you apostrophize the 'brave old years.' What Is there brave about the years?" "Well," replied the young poet, with some stiffness, "there are comparative ly few people who can make a century run." Chicago Tribune. Of Coarse They flare. Smith Did you notice that peculiar sign on the door we Just passed? Jones No; what was it? Smith Orphans' Court. Jones I fail to see anything pecu liar about tiat. Orphans have as much right to court as other people, haven't they? Chicago News. The Ittmedy. "I am In favor of giving the Filipinos independence," said one debater. "So am I," answered the other. "And I'm satisfied that the United States controls the only reliable brand, and that if we can get them to hold still and try it they will like it." Wash ington Star. English In Headlines. The Waterbury Republican laughs at the New Haven paper which allude3 pathetically to a "fatal drowning ac cident." This recalls the headline in an esteemed Hartford contemporary recently, which, with equal pathos, read: "Suicide His Last Act." Very probable. Hartford Courant. A Sure Sign. Mabel Do you know that Lord Fits monkey is about to visit us? Dorothy Yes; I heard yesterday that your father had signed a contract with him. Harper's Bazar. TWELVE HURT IN A WRECK, Passenger Train on Lake Shore Roe Collides with Switch Eogin. Dunkirk, N. Y., March 7. Train No, 10 on the Lake Shore road, due here at 12:10 o'clock this morning, collided with a switching engine at Westfleld. Doth engines were totally wrecked, but the engineers and firemen of both escaped without serious injuries. One mall car was overturned, but the clerks escaped serious wound3. The othef coaches of the train remained on th track, but the passengers were badly shaken up. Following is a list of the Injured: Gilbert Thompson, Buffalo, engineer, light engine. Harry Turner, Erie passenger en gineer. James Kirkland, Colllnwood, O., fire man, light engine. S. II. Hubbard, Toledo, baggageman. John Tltteringtcn, Cleveland, clerk in charge of postal car. L. L. Orlffln, Cleveland, postal clerk. Asa Perrln, Clyde, O., postal clerk. T. II. Mitchell, Walworth, N. V., postal clerk. It. S. Wilder, Erie, postal clerk. Henry M. Howey, New York, passen ger. Frank M. Jobson, Philadelphia, pas senger. E. A. Foster, Dunkirk, passenger. After a delay of four hours the train proceeded toward Buffalo, Belated Steamers Arrive. New York, March 7.There were eighteen ocean steamers in quarantine this morning, seven of which had ar rived during the night, and the oth ers had come in with the sunrise. Among them were several overdue steamers. Those whose long voyages had begun to cause most anxiety were the British steamer Algoa from Ham burg, via Sunderland, which had been out twenty-eight days from the latter port; the steamers Hero, from Ham burg and Langbank from Calcutta, both of which had called at St. Mich aels, Azores, and left there at the same time fifteen days ago. Arrest a Russian Nobleman. Winnipeg, Man., March 1. The Win nipeg police have arrested Vatcley Al exandrovlche Dudlnsky, a Russian no bleman, who Is wanted abroad for tho theft of 27,000 rubles from a railway company in 1S96. Dudlnsky went to New York with his plunder, where he was known for some time as Karl Tay lor. He then removed to Mattawa, One., where he assumed the name of Karl Russell. His means becoming exhausted he sought friends here, ar riving yesterday. He will fight extra dition. Wages Generally Restored. Manchester, N. H., March 7. In ad dition to tho Increase in wages in the great cotton mills of the city, J. A. V. Smith, the Flier manufacturer, has an nounced that the 10 per cent cut in wages in his factory wouid be restored. Word was also received from Suncook that the directors of the China, Web ster and Pembroke mills In that town have restored wages, which on Jan. 1, 1898, were reduced 11 per cent. This will affect 1,500 employes. Try to Prevent m Strike Denver, Col., March 7. W. V. Pow ell, grand chief of the Order of Rail way Telegraphers, and M. M. Dolphin, general counsel of the order, are in this city for the purpose of making a final eflort to secure consideration of a new schedule of wages for the oper ators of the Colorado and Southern Railway by the officers of that com pany. The latter have so far refused to recognize the order, and a strike may be ordered. Workmen Get More Wages. Philadelphia, Pa., March 7. The wages of all day laborers In the tin plate plants of the Newcastle district have been advanced from 5 to 10 per cent. The advance will affect between I, 200 and 1,500 men. The Reese-Hammond brick manufacturing company.at Jeannette, has advanced the wages of its 230 employes from 5 to 20 per cent, and the Wllliamsport nail company has made a 10 per cent advance. Art Works Destroyed by Tire. Omaha, Neb., March 7. The resi dence of Dr. George L. Miller, at Sey mour Park, a suburb, was burned early , today. The house and contents are j total loss. In addition to tho value of the building a large number of valu able art works, letters and documents collected during the doctor's long ca reer as editor of the Herald in this city were destroyed. The money loss will amount to 130,000. Will Dolld a Illg Taper MI1L Watervllle, Me., March 7. Garret Scheneck, Oliver H. Payne, A. G. Payne of New York, E. B. Haskell of Boston, R. H. Hayes of Chicago, A. II. Taget of New York and Charles B. Mullen of Oldtown have formed them selves into the Great Northern Paper company and will construct this spring at Mllllnockett the largest paper and pulp mill In the world. Qneen Is m Little lletter. Brussels, March 7. Queen Marie Henriette had the last sacrament ad ministered to her last evening, having suffered a relapse at noon yesterday, but there has been a slight Improve ment in her condition and there is hope of her recovery. The queen is suffering from broncho-pneumonia. She slept, a little last night. Jndgo Ambrose A. Ranney Dead. Boston, March 7. Judge Ambrose A Ranney, former congressman from the third Massachusetts district and a member of the law firm of Ranney & Clark, Is dead, aged 77 years. He served as a member of the forty-seventh, forty-eighth and forty-ninth congresses.