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THE BELDING BANNER
BELDIN6, MICHIGAN. The United Kingdom has colonies and possessions whose area is equal to more than twenty-seven times her own size. Among the ruins of Pompeii have been found chafing dishes of exquisite workmanship, which give undisputed proof of their uso In the city, which contained villas of many wealthy Ro mans. Northern Indiana farmers are ex perimenting In the domestication of quail. During the winter the birds are fed regularly, and on some of the farms they have become so tame that they roost with the barnyard fowls. The watchfulness of members of con gress is not always rewarded In a way anticipated. Two resolutions recently offered In the house requested the pres ident to return to that body two pri vate pension 'bills. A member of In quiring mind wished to know what was the defect In the bills. "There is no defect was the reply. "The bene ficiaries are dead." Quite a remarkable as the wrecking of the Pacific Mail line steamship Rio de Janeiro just at the entrance to San Francisco harbor on Feb. 22 Is the to tal disappearance of the wreck. Divers have explored large areas of the bot tom of the sea at the point where the wreck Is supposed to have occurred, but not the slightest trace of the ill fated shir has been found. One of the most prominent Baptist preachers in the vicinity of New York has made it a practice In all his pas torates to write his resignation within a week of his entrance upon a new. field, sign, seal and deliver It to the proper official with the remark: "There, now! Never ask me for my resignation. Whenever you want me to go Just break open the envelope write in a date to the document and offer it to the congregation." The recent appointment of General Chaffee as major-general is the first instance of a private attaining that rank in the regular army of the Unit ed States. "I should know that Chaf fee was not educated at West Point," commented a military visitor at the review of American troops in Chin;i last summer. "He is so unused to full dress uniform that lie has his sash over the wrong shoulder." It was true, and all the more honor to him for his success. A recent importation of foreigners against which no one will be likely to take exceptions, except, perhaps, the natives they have come to destroy, has been graciously received and welcomed by the quarantine officer of the Cali fornia State Board of Agriculture at San Francisco. The newcomers are a consignment of tachlna flies from the grasshopper tribe their wholesale exterminators, in fact, wherever found. They came as cold storage passengers and with them came a large number of ladybugs, for service in clearing the orchards of red scale the pest of fruit growers. The flics are to be release.! in May. They will make short work of the grasshoppers, which swarm at thr.t time. A college professor, reading Lor 1 Rayleigh's "Theory of Sound" a few years ago, became particularly Inter ested in that part which relates to tho vibration of cords. He began to study the waves which travel along a cord when one end is shaken, and then to experiment with cords loaded at in tervals with weights, and vibrating in air or water. What could he hone to learn from such investigations? What practical results wers to be looked for? He could not tell, nor could any one else have told. Yet he studied the sub ject for five years. The facts he dis covered make It probable that tele phone communication may take place under three thousand miles of sea, and the professor has sold his Invention for half a million dollars. The German army has furnished an other terrible Illustration of what duel ing means. An Infantry captain pres ent at an officer's dinner took offense at the Innocent but rough horse-play of an army surgeon, and struck him. He then retired to his quarters. In a little while two officers representing the surgeon appeared with a challenge. Before they could deliver it a brother of the surgeon entered and shot the captain dead. His excuse was that he sacrificed himself to save his brother, the surgeon, who had a wife and chil dren, and could hardly hope to sur vive a duel with the offended captain, a noted pistol-shot. Such an Incident must come home with peculiar force to the emperor, who has frankly com mended dueling in the army as the proper way for a soldier to protect his "honor." The name of Sing Sing, no far as the New York village Is concerned, U no more, having been changed to Oslnlng. Manufacturers brought about this change, the Impression having gone abroad that all good turned out in the village were prison-made. The village showed a decrease In the last census of 1,313 In population, though neighboring places showed uniform In crease. Sing Sins: was Incorporated In 1813 and the prion was erected eleven years later. The prison la still within the Tillage boundary TALMAGE'S SERMON. .RESURRECTION OF THE RE DEEMER SUNDAY'S SUBJECT "'w la ChrUt HUon from tt JDd and ISeoow tUm First Fruit of Them That Slept" First Hook CoriotbUu. Chapter Twenty Five, Twentieth Verse (Copyright, 1901, by JL.ouIg Klopgch, N. Y.) Washington, April 7. The great Christian festival celebrated In all the churches Is the theme of Dr. Talmage'a discourse; I Corinthians xv, 20,. "Now la Christ risen from the dead and be come the first fruits of them that slept." On this glorious Easter morning, amid the music and the flowers, I give you Christian salutation. This morning, Russian meeting Russian on the streets of St. Petersburg halls him with the salutation, "Christ la risen!" and is answered by his friend In salu tation, "He Is risen Indeed!" In some parts of England and Ireland to this very day there Is the superstition that on Easter morning the sun dances in the heavens. And well may we forgive such a superstition, which Illustrates the fact that the natural world seems to sympathize with the spiritual. Hall, Easter morning! Flowers! Flowers! All of them a-voice, all of them a-tongue, all of them full of speech to-day. I bend over one of the lilies, and I hear It say, "Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toll not, neither do they spin, yet Sol omon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these." I bend over a rose and It seems to whisper, "I am the rose of Sharon." And then I stand and listen. From all sides there comes the chorus of flowers, saying, "If God so clothed the grass of the field which to-day is and to-morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you. 0 ye "of little faith?" Flowers! Flowers! Braid them In to the bride's hair. Flowers! Flow ers! Strew them over the graves of the dead, sweet prophecy of the resurrec tion. Flowers! Flowers! Twist them Into a garland for my Lord Jesus on Easter morning, and "Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost ;as it was In the begin ning, is now and ever shall be." The women came to the Saviour's tomb, and they dropped spices all around the tomb, and those spices were the seed that began to grow, and from them came all the flowers of this East er morn. The two angels robed In white took hold of the stone at the Saviour's tomb, and they hurled It with such force down the hill that It crushed in the door of the world's sepulchre and the stark and the dead must come forth. Tle World' Jre-t Conquerors. If I should come to you and ask you for the names of the great conquerors of the world you would say Alexander, Caesar, Philip, Napoleon I. Ah, you have forgotten to mention the name of a greater conqueror than all these a cruel, a ghastly conqueror. IIo rode on a black horse across Waterloo and Chalons and Atlanta, the bloody hoofs crushing the hearts of natlon3. It is the conqueror Death. He carries a black flag and he takes no prisoners. He digs a trench across the hemis pheres and fills it with the carcasse3 of nations. Fifty times would the world have been depopulated had not God kept making new generations. Fifty times the world would have swung lifeless through the air no man on the mountain, no man on the sea, an abandoned ship plowing through immensity. Again and again has he done this work with all generations. He is a monarch as well as a conquer or; his palace a sepulcher; his foun tains the falling tears cf a world. IJlessed -be God! In the light of this Easter morning I see the prophecy that his scepter shall be broken, and his palace shall be demolished. The hour is coming when all who are In their graves shall come forth. Christ risen, we shall rise. Jesus, "the first fruits of them that slept." Now, around this doctrine of the res urrection there are a great many mys teries. You come to me and say. If the bodies of the dead are to be raised, how is this and how Is that? And you ask me a thousand questions I am incompetent to answer. But there are a great many things you believe that you are not able to explain. You would be a very foolish man to say, "I don't believe anything I can't un derstand." Why, putting down one kind of flower seed, comes there up this flower of this color? Why, put ting down another flower seed, comes there up a flower of this color? One flower white, another flower yellow, an other flower crimson. Why the differ ence when the seeds look to be very much alike are very much alike? Ex plain these things. Explain that wart on the finger. Explain the difference why the oak leaf Is different from the leaf of the hickory. Tell me how the Lord Almighty can turn the chariot of his omnipotence on a rose leaf. You ask me questions about the resurrection I cannot answer. I will ask you a thou sand questions about everyday life you cannot answer. SlitnlfUence or a Great Konnd. You have noticed, I suppose, In read ing the story of the resurrection that almost every account of the Bible gives the idea that the characteristic of that day will be a great sound. I do not know that it will be very loud, bu: I know it will be very penetrating. In the mausoleum where silence has reigned a thousand years that voice must penetrate. In the coral cave of the deep that voice must penetrate. Millions of spirits will come through the gates of eternity, and they will come to the tombs of the earth, and they will cry, "Give us back our bod- its; we gave them to you in corrup tion; surrender them now In lncor ruptlon." Hundreds of. spirits hover ing about the fields of Gettysburg, for there the bodies are burled. A hun dred thousand spirits coming to Green wood, for there the bodies are burled, waiting for the reunion of body and soul. All along the sea route from New York to Liverpool, at every few miles where a steamer went down, departed spirits coming back, hovering over the wave. There is where the City of Boa ton perished. Found at last. There is where the President perished. Steam er found at last. There Is where the Central America went down. Spirits hovering, hundreds of spirlts.hoverlng waiting for the reunion of body and soul. Out on the prairie a spirit alights. There Is where a traveler died In the snow. Crash goes West minster abbey, and the poets and the orators come forth; wonderful ming ling of good and bad. Crash go the pyramids of Egypt, and the monarch come forth. The Immortal liodr. "But," you say, "if this doctrine of the resurrection Is true, as prefigured by this Easter morning1, can you tell us something about the resurrected body?" I can. There are mysteries about that, but I shall tell you three or four things In regard to the resur rected body that are beyond guessing and beyond mistake. In the first place, I remark In regard to your resurrected body, It will be a glorious body. The body we have now Is a mere skeleton of what It would have been If sin had not marred and defaced It. Take the most exquisite statue that was ever made by an artist and chip It here and chip It there with a chisel and batter and bruise it here and there and then stand it out In the storms of a hundred years, and the beauty would be gone. Well, the hu man body has been chipped and bat tered and bruised and damaged with the storms of thousands of years the physical defects of other generations coming down from generation to gen eration, we inheriting the infelicities of past generations. But In the morn ing of the resurrection the body will be adorned and beautified according to the original model. And there is no such difference between a gymnast and an emaciated wretch In a lazaretto as there will be a difference between our bodies as they are now and our resur rected forms. There you will see the perfect eye after the waters of death have washed out the stains of tears and study. There you will see the per fect hand after the knots of toil have been untied from the knuckles. There you will see the form erect and elastic after the burdens have gone off the shoulder the very life of God In the I body. In this world the most impres sive thing, the most expressive thing, 13 tne human face, but that face Is veil e.d with the griefs of a thousand years. But in the resurrection morn that veil will be taken away from the face, and the noonday sun is dull and dim and j stupid compared with the outflaming : glories of the countenances of the j saved. When those faces of the right- j eous, those resurrected faces, turn to- ward the gate, or look up toward the ; throne, it will be like the dawning of a new morning on the bosom of ever- s lasting day. 0 glorious, resurrected ; body! But I remark, also, in regard to that body which you are to get In the res urrection, it will be an important body. These bodies are wasting away. Some- 1 body has said that as soon as we begin to live we beln to die. Unless we keep putting the fuel Into the furnace the furnace dies out. Tho blood ves sels are canals taking the breadstuff's to ell parts of the system. We must be reconstructed hour by hour, day by day. Sickness and death are at all times trying to get their pry under the tenement or to push us off the embank ment of the grave. But, blessed be ' God, In the resurrection we will get a body Immortal. No malaria in the air, no cough, no neuralgic twinge, no rheumatic pang, no fluttering of the heart, no shortness of breath, no am bulance, no dispensary, no hospital, no Invalid's chair, no spectacles to im prove the dim vision, but health, Im mortal health! O ye who have aches and pains indescribable this morning, ye who .ire never well, ye who are lac erated with physical distress, let me tell you of the resurrected body, free from all disease. Immortal! Immortal! In Heaven. Plenty of occupation In heaven. I suppose Broadway, New York, In the buslett season of the year at noonday is not so busy as heaven is all the time. Grand projects of mercy for other worlds. Victories to be celebrated. The downfall of despotism on earth to be announced. Great songs to be learn ed and sung. Great expeditions on which God shall send forth his child ren. Plenty to do, but no fatigue. If you are seated under the trees of life, It will not be to rest, but to talk over with some old comrade old times the battles where you fought shoulder to shoulder. Sometimes In this world we feel we would like to have such a body as that. There Is so much work to be done for Christ, there are so many tears to bo wiped away, there are so many burdens to life, there is so much to be achieved for Christ, we some times wish that from the first of Janu ary to the last of December we could toll on without stopping to sleep or to take any recreation or to rest or even to take food that we could toll right on without stopping a moment In our work of commending Christ and heaven to all the people. But we all get tired. It is a characteristic of tke human body In this condition; we must get tired. Is It not a glorious thought that we are going to have a body that will never grow weary? O glorious resurrection day! Gladly will I fling aside this poor body of sin and fling It into the tomb If at thy bidding I shall have a body that never wearies. That Is a splendid resurrection hymn that we have all sung: So Jesus slept. God's dying Son Passed through the grave and bless ed the bed. Rest here, blest saint, till from his throne The morning breaks to pierce the shade. The JtN.n Savior. 0 blessed resurrection! Speak out, sweet flowers, beautiful .flowers! While you tell of a risen Christ tell of the righteous who shall rise. May God fill you this morning with anticipation! 1 heard of a father and son who among otheis were shipwrecked at sea. The father and on climbed Into the rigging. The father held on, but the son after awhile Jost his hold on the rigging and wag dashed down. The father supposed he had gone hopeless ly under the wave. The next day the father was brought ashore from the rigging In an exhausted state and laid on a bed in a fisherman's hut, and after many hours had passed he came to consciousness and saw lying beside him on the same bed his boy. Oh, my friends, what a glorious thing it will be If we wake up at last to find our loved ones beside us, coming up from the same plot In the graveyard, coming up In the same morning light the father and son alive forever, all the loved ones alive forever, never more to weep, never more to part, never more to die. May the God of peace that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant make you perfect In every good work, to do his will, and let the associations of this morning transport our thoughts to the grander assem blage before the throne. The one hun dred and forty and four thousand and the "great multitude that no man can number," some of our best friends among them, we after awhile to join the multitude. Glorious anticipation! Blest are the saints beloved of God; Washed are their robes in Jesus' blood. Brighter than angels, lo, they shine, Their wonders splendid and sublime. My soul anticipates the day, Would stretch her wings and soar away To aid the song, the palm to bear, And bow, the chief of sinners, there. CURIOUS IDEAS OF CHINESE. lienor That Moil Should Not Hob An imals of Milk. A curious system of philosophy re garding eating Is evolved by some per sons, but the queerest "antl-pronuncia-mento in some time is that published in the Loa Chow Herald regarding the use by man of animal's milk. The eru dite Chinese who edit this journal of the twentieth century publish a proc lamation which says: "Man should not rob animals of their own proper food; and, of all animals, the cow is the most valuable to man. The sel lers of milk blacken their souls for gain; but those who drink milk do so in the foolish belief that it is good for them. Before taking any medicine, we should carefully Investigate its proper ties, and who docs so with milk? Milk is the natural food for babes and of young animals; but when adults drink it, do they not thereby endanger the life of the suckling calf, and arouse bitter resentment in the souls of the calf and its mother? Beasts have not the power of speech, and so cannot tell men that by drinking cow's milk they will become like quadrupeds. If men must have a strengthening draught, there are a thousand better things than milk, so why sleet that? Besides, the term of life Is foreordain ed and It cannot be prolonged by drinking milk. Everyone who reads this warning is especially enjoined to abstain from milk in the future. Chlld len whose parents will not allow them to drink milk will not be stunted in growth, but they will have their lives prolonged and be' Immune In epidemics. So it is proclaimed In the Hall of Good Counsel." Fun and I'atlio or 8tn? Sing:. Of all griefs, probably those are the hardest to bear which, while real and serious to the people who suffer them, are of a kind to excite unsympathetic smiles in everybody else. So it is no wonder that the residents of Sing Sing are eager to change the picturesque name of their village. They know per fectly well the, to the outside world Sing Sing means a big prison, and they have wearied of the jests to which the Identification of the title and the Insti tution exposes them. So they want to say that they live In Osslnlng Instead of In Sing Sing, and the desire is nat ural enough. But, unfortunately, It is also funny and possibly it would be wiser to endure their present 111 than to bring their sensitiveness to general attention by taking action for relief. And how long would it be, moreover, before the prison association fastened Itself upon Osslnlng? What Sing Sing wants to do Is to grow so big that It can win recognition for Itself. There is no other cure for Its wees, but a cultivation of a philosophical indif ference will do much to mitigate them, as It will for most other woes. New York Times. It Is the opinion of experts that tho opening of China and Siberia will dis close large deposits of gold and that Asia after a while will furnish a large part of the world's supply. sasasXsxsXsx xsXs) Uhe Latest BooOr One hears much just now of the supposed necessity of keeping up with the times, especially in the field of lit erature. There Is a real dread In many minds of not being familiar with the work of the latest authors who may be immortals, or mere passing en tertainersand people rush feverishly from book to book, apparently con tented if they can talk even superfi cially thereof. Nor Is this mere idlo curiosity. For men toll to acquire the latest information about current events and living men, and never seem to feel that they lose anything by de voting themselves exclusively to the quest of this new information. But they do lose a great deal. Leaving out of consideration the novel-reading i habit, the evils of which may easily be exaggerated, It seems pertinent to inquire whether it may not be well to give a good deal more attention than most of us do to what may be called old knowledge. Of course, a man can? not afford to be Ignorant of the things about him, but the point is that he can not really know these unless he knows something of the conditions cnit of which they grow, and of the causes of events with which he may be famil iar. It is a misfortune to be driven, through the paucity of one's resources, to use knowledge that Is too new. One can almost always tell when a man Is writing out of a mind specially filled for the occasion. There Is no depth to his work, no atmosphere about It, no background behind it. The knowledge which we are taught In our childhood to believe was power, 13 a great deal 53 5o Wants Japanese Farmers A novel experiment in colonizing is about to be made in the Argentine Re public. It has been found that the French, German and English Immi grants for the most part have selected the cities and larger centers of popu lation for their residences. In these places they have got control of many Industries and take a leading share In the commerce of the country. The Ital ians have been engaged heavily in riv er navigation, while the stream of Irish, which used to supply the de mand for agricultural labo.r, filled the ship yards, and supplied the labor of docks, flows no more. Some French, Swiss and German peasants have founded agricultural colonies and in certain places the Russians and Poles form the bulk of the rural population. But the Argentine government has decided that none of these nations sup plies in different numbers a rural population for the development of the Ways of the British PvrliLmert. Applause in the British House of Commons is strictly governed by pre cedent and practice. "Hear" Is the only token of approval permitted, and that repeated over and over again by a couple of hundred members pro duces the phenomenon known as "loud and prolonged cheers." In a new par liament it generally happens that in experienced members forget them selves and clap their hands. Some times strangers offend In this matter to them, of course, all applause Is for biddenand are promptly shown the door. The only occasion one remem bers when a stranger who clapped his hands was not removed was when Mr. Gladstone Introduced his first home rule bill. At the end of the great QUEEN AS A FARMER. Victoria Wat l'ractlc! and Sucrcsful In IUWIim Crop. Almost from the time of her mar riage her late Majesty Queen Victoria was a practical and successful farmer, says the London Spectator. Her "oc cupations," to use the business word, were not mere bits of the royal es tates, on which to produce butter and cream for the household. The farms which her late majesty held for the longest time, and which became wide ly known, were at Windsor. They are not large, considering the wonderful success of the animals bred there. One, Shaw farm, Is a grazing farm with only 120 acres of arable. The other, the Flemish farm, covers 400 aerts, of which 240 are arable. They are cul tivated "exactly as the shrewd and practical Prince Albert settled that they ought to be half a century ago." The whole management has been on a serious business system, and the queen Insisted that this, which was also arranged by Prince Albert, should be strictly adhered to. The land has been made to yield good crops, yet kept unexhausted, and so long as ara ble farming and corn were likely to pay this was made the main object. But It would not have been creditable had not the queen made htr farms profitable; and It was In the quick rec ognition of the necessity for making a change, and relying more on stock, breeding, that she again led the way among agriculturists. The prince eon sort was the actual tenant. Her ma jesty, on his death, took over the Ianar like any farmer's widow, but caused" the main attention of her tenants to be directed to the rearing U pedigree Danger of Reading Too i Much New Trash. more than mere Information. It Is a condition, a state of mind, a sort of habit of knowing. Almost no facts can be unimportant to one who ha made them a part of his real knowl edge. Even though he may never use them directly, they will greatly In fluence his method of handling practi cal facts and affairs. So it is that his torical study is so vastly important. It broadens the mind, widens the out look, cultivates the sympathies, ena bles one to see things In their true relations, and makes It Impossible for one to think of even the newest move ment or development as wholly new. Information Is of the greatest value, but It requires genuine culture to deal with it Intelligently and satisfactorily. This is specially true of the student of literature and political affairs. Sound ness and soberness of judgment, poise of mind, depth of character, and com prehensiveness of thought these come, not from hastily acquired In formation about what is now going on, but from patiently and slowly accum ulated knowledge of the great movements of history, knowiedge which has been pondered, and fully absorbed, and which Is really a part of the man himself. And this is true culture. To gain it one can well afford to pass by many, If not most, of the novels that are now being written, unless one have time to devote to them without sacrificing the greater good which comes from serious study of the past. New knowl edge, like new wealth, is almost cer tain to have Its vulgar side. Indianapolis News. Novel Colonization Ex periment to be Tried in Argentina.. country, and has decided to Import Japanese farmers. A great concession has been given In the province of For mosa for the first colony, and arrange ments have been made to bring over 20,000 Japanese farmers and settle them there. From the ' Portland Oregonlan. The Chinese residents of North Ya kima have many sacks of rice supposed to have been poisoned by the officials and missionaries in China. One mer chant has twenty sacks put away, and refuses to eat any or sell to the Chi nese. Those who claim to know say that at least $300 Is Invested in pois oned rice in that city. The rice Is sold to Americans, but . the Chinese purchase their supplies from local merchants. They say that six years i after eating the rice the victims die. The object of the poison, it I3 said, Is to kill off all the Chinese in the United St?.tC3. speech a young gentleman sitting in the front of the gallery vigorously ap plauded, and the doorkeeper pretended not to hear. It was the late Duke of Clarence. The methods of expressing dissent in a parliamentary manner are more varied. "No, no," Is the most common. "Question," too, Is a favorite mode of challenging a statement. "Shame" is not infrequently lnterj ct ed at moments of excitement, though it is doubtful whether this is strictly In order. The most approved method of interruption, however, is shouting "Divide!" or rather, "Vide!" This is generally effective in silencing a speaker, if the house is determined not to hear him, and is generally resorted to late at night. cattle. Her herds of Shorthorns, Here fords and Devons soon became famous. During the last eighteen years they have been among the most steady prize winners for all-round excellence of the herds of England; and In the show sea&on of last spring and summer they beat all previous records, the Short horns winning forty-eight first prizes ana iweniy-two cnampionsnips, and the Herefords twenty-eight first prizes) and seven championships; the Devonv won twenty-six first prizes. A lllglil nd Scotch Tradition. There Is an old tradition in the highlands of Scotland to the effect that the owner of Balmoral dies when the snow lies on a particular spot of Loch nagar, which is rarely covered even In the severest winters. In fact, ac cording to the local report, the snow has lain there this winter for the first time during the reign of her late ma jesty. It Is not generally known, either, that the custom of stopping the clocks at the moment when a "Laird"' dies and keeping them so until after the funeral was practiced at Balymoral castle, where the clock In the tower was stopped at the hour of Queen Vic toria's death, just as the flag waj at once lowered to half mast IJIrth of Nw Gfytr. A caretaker In Yellowstone Park reports m uircu. oi- a new geyser in the Fountain geyser basin. For an hour after II first burst forth through the earth it shot a continuous stream of hot water hundreds of feet Into the air.' It. now plays regularly every two. tour.