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THE GOSPEL ARK.
i Jf|» Dson of the Gospel Ark so aaflBigb Wide Jxm a World May fintu la and be 8aved. 4M they Swing Outward and Inward for Ingress and Egress. Thon and all Tby Home Into the Arit. A BROAD 008PBL. DES MOINKS, la., March 27.—The Rev. T. De Witt Talniage, D. D., preachoil in this city this morning to a tjast congregation. His text was Gen «ris vii, 1: '•Gome thou and all thy house Into the ark." The eloquent prcaclier said: We do not need the bible to prove the deluge. The geologist's Jiammer announces it. Sea shells and marine formations on the top of some of the highest mountains of the earth prove that at some time the waters washed Over the top of ihe Alps and the Andes. In what way the catastrophe came we know not whether by the stroke of a comet, or by flashes of lightning, changing the air into water, or by a Stroke'of the hand of God, like a stroke the ax between the horns of the oir, the earth staggered. To meet the catastrophe, God ordered a great ship built. It was to be without prow, for it was to sail to no shore. It was to be without helm, for no" human hand ahould guide it. It was a vast struc ture, probably as large as two or three Cunard steamers. It was the Great Eastern of olden time. J'he ship is done. The door is open. The lizzards crawl in the cattle walk in the grasshoppers hop in the birds fly in. The invitation goes forth to Noah: "Come thou and all thy house into the ark." Just one human family embark on the strange voyage, and I hear the door slam shut. Agreatstorm sweeps along the hills, and bends the eedaj's until all the branches snap iu the gale. There is a moan in the wind like unto the moan of a DYING WOULD. The blackness of the heavens is shattered, by the' flare of the lightnings that look down into the waters, and throw a ghastliness on the face of the mountains. How strange it looks! How suffocating the air seems! The big drops of rain plash upon the upturned faces of those who are watch ing the tempest. Crash! go the rocks in convulsion. Boom! go the bursting heavens. The inhabitants of the earth, instead of fleeing to house-top and mountain-top, as men have faileied, sit down in dumb, white horror to die. For when God grinds mountains to pieccs, and lets the ocean slip its cable, there is no place for man to fly to. See the ark pitch and tumble in the surf while from its windows the passengers look out upon the SHIPWRECK OP A KACE. and the carcasses of a dead world. Woo to the mountains! Woe to the «ea! I am no alarmist. When, after the ,20th of September, after the wind has for three days been blowing from the northeast, you- prophesy that the equi noctial storm is coming, you simply state a fact not to bo disputed. Neither am I an alarmist when I say that a storm is coming, compared with which Noah's deluge is but an April shower and that it is the wisest and safest for you and for me to get ^safely housed for eternity. The invitation that went forth to Noah sounds in our ears: "Come thou and all thy bouse into the ark." Well, how did Noah and his family come into the ark? Did they climb in at the window or come down the roof? No they went through tho door. And just so if we get into the ark of God's mercy, it will be through CHBI8T, THE DOOB. The entrance to the ark of old must have been a very large entrance. We know that it was, from tho fact that there were monster animals in the ear lier ages and, in order to get them into the ark two and two, according to tho Bible statement the door must have been very wide and very high. So the door into the mercy of God is a largo door. We go iu, not two by two, but by hundreds, and by thousands, and by millions. Yea, all the nations of the earth may go in, ten millions abreast. The door of the ancient ark was in the side. So now it is through the side of Christ—the pierced side, the wide-open aide, the heart side—that we enter. Aha! the. Roman soldier, thrusting his spear into the Saviour's side, expected only to let the QUt, but he opened the way to tito world in. Owhui i v blood let all BROAD qosret" to preach. If a man is about to give an entertainment, he issues one or two hundred invii.aions, carefully put up and directed to the particular persons whom he wishes to entertain. But God our Father makes a banquet, and goes out to the front door of heaven, and strctcties out his hands over land and sea, and with a voice thai pene trates ihe Hindoo Jungle, and the Greenland ice-castle, aud Brazilian grove, and English factory, and Ameri can home, cries out: ''Come, for all "things arc now rca "y." It is a wide tloor! The old has been taken treasures on days of great rejoicing. (jBo Christ, our King, comes and scat ters the jewels of heaven. Rowland Hill saiil that he hoped to get into heaven through tho crevices of tho door. But ho was not obliged thus to go In. After having preached the Gospel Ih Surrey Chapel, going up toward heaven, the gate-keeper cried: "Lift up your heads, ye everlasting gates, and let this man come in." The dying thief went in. RICHARD BAXTER AND ROBERT NEWTON went it. Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America, may yet go through this wide door without crowd ing. Ho, every one!—all conditions, all ranks, all people. Luther said that this truth was worth carrying on one's knees from Rome to Jerusalem but 1 think it worth carrying all around the globe, and all around the heavens, that "God so loved the world that Ho gave His only-begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." Whosoever will, let him come through the large door. ARCHIMEDES wanted a fulcrum on which to place his lever, and then he said he could move the world. Calvary is the fulcrum, and the cross of Christ is the lever and by that power all nations shall yet be lifted. Further: It is a door that swings both ways. I don't know whether the door of the ancient ark was lifted, or rollel on hinges but this door of Christ opens both ways. It swings, out to ward all our woes it swings in toward the raptures of heaven. It swings in to let us in it swings out to let our ministering ones come out. All are one in Christ—Christians on earth and saints in heaven. "One army of the living God, At His command we bow Part of the host have crossed the flood, And part are crossing now." Swing in, O blessed door! until all the earth shall go in and live. Swing out until all the heavens come forth to celebrate the victory. But, further, it is a door with fasten ings. The Bible says of Noah: "THE LORD SHUT HIM IN." A vessel without bulwarks or doors would not be a safe vessel to go in. When Noah and his family heard the fastening of the door of the ark, they were very glad. Without those doors we're fastened, the first heavy surge of the sea would have whelmed them and they might as well have perished outside the ark. The Lord shut him in." O, the PERFECT SAFETY of the ark. The surf of the sea and the lightnings of the sky may be twisted into a garland of snow and lire—deep to deep, storm to storm, darkness to darkness but once in the ark, all is well. "God shut him iu." There comes upon the good man a deluge of financial trouble. He had his thousands to lend now he cannot borrow a dollar. He once owned a store in New York, and had branch houses in Boston, Philadelphia and New Orleans. He owned four horses, and employed a man to keep the dust off liis coach, phaeton, carriage and curricle now he has hard work to get shoes in which to walk. The great deep of commercial disaster was broken up, and fore, and aft, and across the hurricane deck the waves struck hitu. But he was safely sheltered from the storm. "The Lord shut him in." A flood of domestic troubles fell on him. Sickness and bereavement came. The rain pelted. The winds blew. Tho heavens are aflame. All the gardens of earthly delight are washed away. The fountains of joy are buried lifteen cubits deep. But, standing by the empty crib, and in the desolated nur seiy, and in the doleful hall, once a-ring with merry voices, now silent forever, he cried: "The Lord gave, the Lord hath taken away blessed be the name of the Lord." The Lord shut him in." All the sins of a LIFETIME clamored to his overthrow. The broken vows, the dishonored Sabbaths, the outrageous profanities, the misde meanors of twenty years, reached up their hands to the door of the ark to pull him out. The boundless ocean of his sin surrounded his soul. howling like a simoon, raving like an euroelydon, But, looking out of the window, he saw his sins sink like lead into the depths of the sea. The dove of heaven brought an olive branch to the ark. The wrath of the billow only pushed him toward h'.aven. "The Lord shut him in." The a$me door fastenings that kept s, NOAH in keep the world out. I« am glad to know that whim a man reaches heaven all earthly tt»ubles are done with him. Here he m^pjfeave had it hard to get bread for his family there he will never hunger any more. Here he may Jiavc wept bitterly there "the lamb that is in the midst of the throne will lead him to living fountains of water and God will wipe away all tears from his eyes. Hero he may have hard work to get a house but iu my Fa ther's house are many mansions, and rent day never comes. Here there are many death-beds, and coflins, and graves taere no sickness, no weary watching, no choking cough, no con suming fever, no chattering chill, no tolling|bell. no grave. The sorrows of life shall come up and knock at the door, but no admittance. The per plexities of life sLall come up and knock on the door, but no admittance. Sitf'e forever! All the agony of earth in one wave dashing against the bul warks of the ship of celestial light shall not break them down. Howl oiy ye Winds! and rage, ye seas! TheLord— apart, and its two JMS itru stood up I the ark for the door-posts, so* far apart that all I Be sure that you bring your husband tho world can come is. Kings eoattorJ aod wife with ym, How woal4 Hwh The Lord shut him ip." O, what a grand old door! so wide, so easily swung both ways, and with such sure fastenings. No burglar's key can pick that lock. No swarthy arm of hell can shove back the bolt. I rejoice that I do not ask you to come aboard a crazy craft with leaking hulk, and broken helm, and uufpstened door but AN AJUC fifty cuty|s wide and |0O ieet long, and a door so large that the round earth, without grazing the posts, might be bowled in. "Come thou and all thy house into have felt if, when he heard the rain pattering on the roof of the ark, h# knew that his wife was outside in the storm? No she went with him- And yet some of you are on the ship "out ward-bound" for heaven, but your companion is unsheltered. You re member the day when the marriage ring was set. Nothing has yet been able to break it. Sickness came, and the finger shrank, but the ring staid on. The twain stood alone above a child's grave, and the dark mouth of the tomb swallowed up a thousand hopes but the ring dropped not into the open grave. Days of poverty came, and the hand did many a hard day's work but the rubbing of the work against the ring only made it SHIHE BRIGHTER. Shall that ring ever be lost? Will the iron clang of the sepulchre gate crush it forever? 1 pray God that you who have been married on earth may be to gether in heaven. Oh! by the quiet bliss of your earthly home by the BABE'S CRADLE by all the vows of that day when you started life together, I beg you to see to it that you both get into the ark. Come in, and bring your wife or your husband with you—not by fretting about religion, or ding-donging tnem about religion, but by a consistent life, and by a compelling prayer that shall bring the throne of God down into your bedroom. Better live in the smallest house in Brooklyn and get into heaven, than live fifty years in the finest house on Madison Square, and wake up at last and lind that one of you, for all eternity, is outside the ark. Go home to-night lock the door of your room take up the bible and read it together, and then kneel down and com mend your souls to Him who has watched you all these years and, before you rise, there will be a flutter ing of wings over your head, angel crying to angel: "Behold, they pray?" However many children we may have, we have none to give up. Which, of our families, can we spare out of heaven? Come, father! Come, mother! Come, son! Come, daughter! Come, brother! Come sister! Only one step and we are in. Christ, the door, swings out to admit us and it is not the hoarseness of a stormy blast that you hear, but the voice of a loving and patient God that addresses you, say ing: "Come thou and all thy house into the ark." And there may the Lord shut us in. But this does not include all your faimily. Bring the children, too. God bless the dear children! What would our homes be without them? We may have done much for them." They have done more for us. What a salve for a wounded heart there is in the soft palm of a child's hand. Did harp or flute ever have such music as there is in a child's "good night?" From our coarse, rough life the ANGEL'S OF GOD are often driven back but who comes into the nursery without feeling that angels are hovering around? They who die in infancy go into glory, but you are expecting your children to grow up in this world. Is it not a question then, that rings through all the corridors, end wind ings, and heights, and depths of vour soul, what is to become of your SONS AND DAUGHTERS for time and for eternity. ,-01" you say, "I mean to see that they have good manners." Very well. "Imean to dress them well, if I have myself to go shabby." Very good. "I shall give them an education, and I shall leave them a fortune." Very well. But is that all? Don't you mean to take them into the ark? Don't you know that the storm is coming, and that out of Chirist there is no safety? no pardon?' no hope? no heaven? How to get in? Go in yourself. If Noah had staid out, do you not suppose that his sons, Shem, Ham and Japhet, would have staid out? Your sons and daughters will be apt to do just as you do. Reject Christ yourself, and the probability is that your children will reject Him. On one of the late steamers there were a father and two daughters jour neying. They seemed extremely poor. A benevolent gentleman stepped up to the poor man to proffer some form of relief, and said: "You seem to be very poor, sir." "Poor, sir," replied the man "if there's a poorer man than me a troubling the world, God pity both of us!" "I will take one of your children and adopt it, if you say so. I think it would be a great relief to you." "A what?" said the poor man. "A re lief." "Would it be a relief to have the hands choppe.J. off from the body, or the heart torn from the breast? A relief, indeed! God be good to us! What do you mean, sir?" Pretty Picture of a Sister's Love. Mr. S. M. Clark in the Gate City: One of the prettiest things in this world is a sister's love. It is the most per fect form of what is now the fashion to call altruism. Here the love is wholly otherness and not selfness. lxrd, how she bothered you when you were youngsters. You could't have your own private little rogueries. She would not let you. You could easily have gone off fishing or swimming many a time and father and mother never known of it, but you could not get away from her. You had but fairly got safely and securely started you thought when here she came: "Wait for me! her little legs, arms and eyes all going with serene and trusting con fidence that you and she were wholly agreed and ready to make Rome howl if she found you weren't. How you wanted to pound her, and yet you would have fought, the biggest boy in America if he had touched her. When you stormed at her in your blustering way when she came up gleeful and panting she lsoked at you with great, surprised, loyal eyes, the tears in which didn't veil the wonder or the faith in them that she was not as indis pensible to you as with all her loyal little soul you were to her. An English vicar has been sentenced to imprisonment with hard labor for i i-iirhtcen mouths ior marrying a couple who had not procured a license or had Uw bans proclaimed. IRETMMA' (Zomev. THE VALLEY OF THE SHEHAHDOAH. Where the Strategists of the Civil War Met Face to Face-.Where the Confed erates Achieved Their First Success and Finally Their Crushing Blow. The Valley of Virginia, called also from the river that drains it, the Val ley of the Shenandoah, was the scene of operations from the very beginning of the war which exercised a powerful influence on every Virginia campaign. It was the field of constant confederate action whether on a large scale under Johnson, Jackson, Ewell or Early, or on a smaller one under Ashby, Imbo den, Gilmore and Mosby. It was a tempting field for the strategists of armies, but it was particularly advan tageous to the confederates. Running in a northeasterly course, its eastern wall was the Blue Ridge its western the North Mountains, forming a well protected avenue into the rich country of Maryland and Pennsylvania and to the roar of Washington. In several critical situations a confederate column in the Shenandoah had, by vigorous demonstrations, paralyzed the Army of the Potomac. In the campaign of Bull Run. Johnson, by moving his Shenandoah column swiftly to the aid of Beauregard, enabled the confeder ates to win the first pitehed battle of the war. In that valley Jackson began the campaign of 1862 and was at first beaten by Shields, but a few months later fully indemnified himself when he fell upon Shields at Fort Republic, de feated Fremont at Cross Keys, cap tured the garrison at Front Royal,drove banks across the Potomac, and so ter rified the government as Washington that the impending junction of. Mc Dowell and McClellan was broken up and Richmond freed from thru tuned capture. In was from the valley th it Jackson, repeating on a bolder circuit Johnston's movement to Bull Run in 1861, hurried to turn the federal right on the Peninsula. Lee used the Valley as his line of communications for the Maryland campaign, and captured at Harper's Ferry 11,000 men, 73 guns and 13,000 small arms and there he sought rest and supplies when retreating from An tietam. It was the confederate route of invasion after Chancellorsville, where several thousand men and a score of guns were captured from Milroy, and thither again Lee fell back after Gettysburg, preterving a resolute front along the line of the Opequan. So many disasters did the union forces suffer in this field that it came to be called the "Valley of Humilia tion," and it was not until itw as finally wrested from confederate control that the campaign against Richmond became successful. In the spring of 1864 the department of West .Virginia, which included the Shenandoah Valley, was under the.command of General Franz Sigel. It was in Grant's general plan that an aggressive movement should be made in this department at the same time and in co-operation with the movements elsewhere, and Sigel was accordingly directed to form two col umns, one under Generals Crook and Averill, to break the Virginia and Ten nessee railroad at New River bridge, and also, if possible, destroy the salt works at Saltville while the other col umn under Sigel himself was to pro ceed up the Shenandoah Valley and distract attention from Crook by mena cing the Virginia Central railroad at Staunton. Sigel's was primarily a de fensive department, designed to secure the north from invasion, but that attitude would not be changed by advancing columns threatening im portant lines of supply. The column under Crook and Averill ad vanced into West Virginia and accom plished a part of their task by destroy inga portion of the railroad, and the bridge at New River, but they found Saltville strongly held by John Morgan and his troops, and did not attack there. After a battle at Cloyd's Moun tain, in which Crook drove the confed erates, the railroad was further torn up and many military stores destroyed. Crook and Averill then withdrew across the Alleghanies, having achieved the principal object of their movement. The operations under Sigel's imme diate command did not prove quite so fortunate. In marching up the valley, his force numbering about six thousand men, a confederate force of about the same number under General Brecken ridge struck him a hard blow at New Market, on the loth of May, and sent him down the valley again. Grant then requested that Sigel should be re lieved and the department placed un der the command of General David Hunter, which was accordingly done. Hunter assumed command on the 21st of May, and, with re-enforcements that brought his command up to 8,500 men, pushed up the valley past the sceue of Sigel's defeat towards Staunton. On the 5th of June, at the village of Pied mont, some twenty miles northeast of Staunton, he encountered the confed erates under General Jones, and after a sharp battle completely routed them, capturing 1,500 prisoners and inflict ing a heavy loss. He now marched into Staunton, where on the 8th of June the forces under Crook and Aver ill joined him, bringing his army up to 18,000 men. A forward movement against Lvnchburg was now com menced, *»d the troops in high spirits sang the refrain: For we're going down to Lynchburg town To get de tobacco d&t Is down dar. Instead of moving by way of Char lottesville, as events demonstrated would have been the better route, Hun ter moved by way of Lexington, at \yhich place he burned the Virginia military institute, and also all tho property of John Letcher, the then governor of Virginia, who had called upon the people to rise and wage a guerilla warfare against the invader*. A quantity of military stores was also captured and destroyed. A number of circumstances combined to delay General Hunter at Lexington a day too long, and thus prevented the capture of Lynchburg. When lie moved on to that place, which he reached on the 17th pi June, Lc lujiftd it ^ongljr 1 fended by a large force under General Early, whom General Lee had sent to drive Hunter back. Crook and Averill promptly attacked the outworks of Lynchburg the evening of the 17th, but found them strongly held. Throughout the night Hunter heard trains moving, drums beating and con stant cheering, which indicated that Lynchburg had been succored, but he felt confident of taking It, providing the reinforcements were not a corps from Richmond. The next day Hun ter attacked in force, but without suc cess. Assured now that Early's corps had arrived, and that the town could not be carried, Hunter withdrew and commenced his retreat. Early started in pursuit the next day, and coming up with the rear guard under Averill had a sharp skirmish, in which the union forces suffered the most. Hunter was in a very bad position. His rations were nearly gone, he had not enough ammunition for a pitched battle, and he was 200 miles from his base of supplies. To return by way of the valley was impossible, except after a pitched battle, or, perhaps, several pitched battles. For this he was not prepared. He therefore resolved to retreat by way of the Kanawha valley into West Virginia. This he finally accomplished successfully, but in so doing he uncovered the Shenandoah valley completely. He finally came out on the Ohio river at Parkersburg, but was not able to bring into service again until long after Early had again become complete master of the Shen andoah. When Gen. Lee saw that Hunter's retreat had opened the Shenandoah valley he again attempted the maneu ver which had i o often proved success ful before in compelling the federal commander to relax his hold on Rich mond. Instead of recalling Early to his side he ordered him forward into Maryland, correctly surmising that this course, by striking terror at Washing ton, would cause troops to be sent to its protection from the Army of the Potomac, and thus relieve the pressure on himself. Early's army numbered about 17,000 men, with forty pieces of artillery. Rapidly sweeping down the valley, he reached Winchester on the 2d of July. From here he sent out his cavalry £o destroy the Baltimore & Ohio railroad, and attempted to dispose his forces so as to capture Sigel, who, with a small force, had been stationed at and near Maitinsburg, where there were large government supplies since Hunter's march up the valley. Colonel James A. Mulligan, with a brigade, was in command at Leetown. As soon as Sigel became aware of Early's ap proach he began sending off the gov ernment stores and thus saved much property. Tho confederate cavalry, under Bradley Johnson, sent out to cut off Sigel's retreat, encountered Colonel Mulligan at Leetown, and after a se vere tight was driven back. Mulligan then slowly withdrew, presenting an undaunted front and bringing off his wounded, thus completely foiling Early's project of capturing Sigel's forces, as Ewell had captured Milroy's the year before. Sigel, joined by his •small garrisons of Leetown and Darkt ville, withdrew the night of July 3 across the Potomac at Shepardstov-n, and established himself on Maryland Heights, where he commanded Har per's Ferry and prevented its occupa tion by Early. Early was now in possession *f the valley, and the rich agricultural regions of Maryland and Pennsylvania were at his mercy. His cavalry raiding in all directions, levied tribute on the towns and country. A requisition of $20,000 was levied on Hagerstown, and sup plies of all kinds were gathered for the support of the confederate, armies. When it was learned at Washington that it was General Early with a con federate army, and not a mere raid of troopers and guerrillas, that was thus harrying the northern borders, the authorities were greatly startled and alarmed. It would be days yet before Hunter could get around to be of use, and the only forces at hand for the de fense of Baltimore and Washington were home guards, militia men and a handful of troops under General Lew Wallace in command at Baltimore. By the 5th of July Grant become con vinced that Early was in the Maryland border, and he at once dispatched Rick ett's division of the Sixth Corps, and some dismounted cavalry to Harper's Ferry by way of Baltimore. This proved an opportune re-enforce ment to General Wallace, but it was not quite adequate. On the 7th of July Early reached Frederick, levied a contribution of |200,000 on the city, which was paid, and supplied himself with clothing, shoes, bacon and flour. By this time Wallace had gathered up such forces as he could obtain and taken up a strong position at Monocacy Junction, a few miles east of Frederick, to con test Early's further advance. Here on the 9th of July a severe engagement took place, resulting in Wallace's de feat, but not until be had inflicted con sideralbe loss on the enemy and seri ously delayed the advance on Washing ton. He withdrew to Elliott's Mills, and the next day, July 10, Early moved toward Washington. If he could have been a day earlier, he might have fair ly walked over the defenses of the caj, ital, so meagerly "fcere they defended. But while General Wallace was hold ing him at bay, the remainder of the Sixth corps, under General H. G. Wright, was sent from before Peters burg and arrived at Washington the afternoon of the 11th, just as Early was coming in sight of the capital. Early soon pereeivcd, after some skirmishes and attempts on the de fenses, that it was held by veteran troops, and he read the warning that it was time to be away. i night of the 12th of July he commenced Ins retreat, crossed the Potomac at Edward's Ferry, and again reached the valley by way of Lc "hnrg. O j. t..o 22d he reached Strasbui^, when his re treat came to an end. He had inflicted a great loss on the government, had obtained enormous supplies, and was the probable cause of prolonging the war another year, but the main result expected had not come to pass. Grant never for one moment gave up his grip on Richmond. [To be concluded.] —Herring-bone camel's hair fabric* ar soft and pliable, and in all the deairaute itartei tet& dsrk »jt& SOME QUEER LETTERS. People Who Write to Oongressmen—Eep MssaUtive Barnes, of Cteoxgia, Anuu* £#g Himself by Making a Collection of Curious Communications— The Things Which Men and Women Wast to Know. CMeago Herald: Congressman Barnes, of Georgia, the largest man in the Forty-ninth congress, went home with an interesting scheme partially developed. Mr. Barnes is the personi fication of the idea, "laugh and grow fat." He has just closed his first term, during which he developed a mild ma nia for collecting the queer letters of which every member receives more or less. Mr. Barnes got some of those letters in manuscript, others he heard read and stored in memory their con tents. His plan is to compile the best of them in a book with illustrations by Mat G'Bryan, the Georgia artist. The congressman is rich, and the question of gain doesn't enter into his plans. He believes he can produce something which will make people laugh, and, that accomplished, one of the chief aims of his life will be at tained. In pursuance of his scheme Mr. Barnes expects to send to all the members of the Fiftieth congress a cir cular inviting them to turn over the curiosities in their correspondence to him, promising to withhold names whenever it is desired. Talking about this plan, Mr. Barnes said: "The other day I received a let ter from a man in my district who is worth $20,000, a first-class business man who runs a large store, thanking me for a package of garden seeds which I sent bim. After expressing his gratitude he went on: 'The seeds were duly planted, came up all right with prospects of yielding the finest crop I ever saw but lo! my misfortune came. My wife let the chickens get into the garden they scratched up everything, and now I want you to send me some more of the same kind.' "That man," said Mr. Barnes, "lives three doors from a drug store where the best varieties of garden seeds are sold, but rather than spend 15 cents for them he stops his business to write me for that amount of seed, pays two cents on his letter, besides the cost of paper, ink and envelope." "Clements, of my state, told me of a letter from one of his constituents," Mr. Barnes continued, "saying he had a breastpin on which George Washing ton carved his name with his own hands. He thought as Clements was in Congress, associating with million aires, he might sell it for him and get a few thousand dollars for it." "But Candler beats that," said the Georgian. "One of his lady constitu ents recently wrote to ask him to call on the president and cabinet, the su preme court and fhe senators and rep resentatives, and ask cach one of them to send her an old cravat to be worked into a crazy quilt. She added: 'P. S. —Don't fail to ask Mr. Cleveland to send a piece of his wedding tie and a few pieces of Mrs. Cleveland's wed ding dress and a piecc of the bridal veil also, a piece of the dress his mother-in-law wore at the wedding.' Mr. Barnes also tells the following: A Catholic priest sent a letter to Speaker Carlisle, asking him if he would act as agent to dispose of tickets for a raffle at a fair. He thought the speaker's influence would induce many to contribute to a good cause. Mr. Hatch, of Missouri, while he was pushing the pleuro-pneumonia bill, got a letter from a lady who said she had read with great interest his work, but she could tell him that he was going to vote away millions of the people's money for nothing. She had a simple remedy, which would cure muriain, Texas' fever, pleuro-pneumonia, hog cholera and pips in chickens. If he would obtain the patent and secure congressional indorsement she would go halves with him, and they would make two fortunes. John M. Allen, the humorist of the house, received a request all the way from Mississippi to go to the National Museum and get a description of the cane Andrew Jackson used to carry. He was asked to have a photograph taken, and to send the length, size, color pnd kind of wood. The writer said he wanted to make a duplicate. An old lady somewhere in the Vir ginia mountains wrtte to Mr. Cabell that she had been told that he was a descendant of Pocahontas, and that the traces of aboriginal descent could be seen in his features. She wanted to know all about his family history, as she thought she could trace a kinship. A Brooklyn man informed Felix Campbell that he had invented a flying machine and wanted him to get an appro priation through congress to perfect it, and also to have the postoflice depart ment adopt it for the rapid and safe transit of the mails over the country, without danger from mail robbers, railroad collisions and fire. From a mountain district in Pennsyl vania a constituent penned his con gressman the following: DEAR SIR:—I am a snake hunter make my living by hunting rattlesnakes and gelling their skins and oil. I have discovered a rem euv which is proof agin snake bites and other pisln insects. I have been bit many times and have cured myself every crack, besides many of the reighbors. Now if you will ijet me a patent for my medicine, I ain't got much cash, but I will pay you in snake skins and oil, which I will put to vou at the lowest mar ket pricc. WlLI.lA ACKSOX, Allegheny snake hunter. A Minnesota member exhibited to Mr. Barner the following: My DEAR CONGRESSMAN —Will you do me the favor to ask Mr. Cleveland ll there is any chance to make good Investments in real es tate near his country place, and whether the boom has passed by. I have read in the papers that large fortunes have been made ll'itt vicinity on Ins judgment. 1 am not per sonally acquainted with htm, or I would write to him direct for his aavice in this matter. I have got $1,600 iu bank at Minneapolis, which' I would like to invest on the President's judg ment. •Just after making his famous speech against the Mormon bill about the close of the last session, Judge Bennett, of North Carolina, received several etters asking for his photograph. One pur* ported to be from two ladies, and i$ bore a written postmark. It conclude# as follows: Ss From reading the reports of your speeds we have been led to believe that you favor in' person Ring Solomon of old and that roar style is much like Cicero's. Your oplt i-.n« seem to be as unconventional an Lot Byron's, and we hope your habits are hue Paul's. Send us your photograph and a iot'K of your bair, if you are net bald aa we greatly suspect. Sincerely. LUCT AWD SAJXIS 8RAOB. The good offices of a Louisiana meu. ber were besought by a m:.n who hadl" invented a machine for bread making? w i o u a n y u s e o a n s a n a s o a cultivator. The writer wanted pat-, ents, but had no model or drawing toi send. He urged the congressman tr» call at the patent office and fix it for A him, adding by way of recommenda tion that he had always voted the dem ocratic ticket. An inventive Texan i.n Mr. Throck morton's district wrote. "Vote noi money for naval ships. I bare made af discovery by which I can destroy any: naval fleet that ever did or ever will* float on the sea, without firing a gun, at a distance of twenty miles. It is done by the concentrated powers otf. the sun's rays. The heat is so intense, that it will melt iron or steel, thus de stroying ships. Please pass a bill au thorizing mv system to be given a trial. If the United States doesn't want it England will." A Missouri member was asked to get a place in the geological survey by a man in that state claiming the power te show the whereabouts of valuable minerals by second sight. Mr. Felton, of California, was asked to obtain from Hindoostan the mano- wah plabt. The writer enclosed fl. and explained that he had been writing to the United States consul and oonMf get no reply. A Story from the Wild West Chicago Herald: "Talking abort the west," said a commercial traveler," "my business calls me a good deal t» Colorado and New Mexico, and I have many acquaintances and friends out there. One of my friends is a littl« fellow named McDermott, editor of a mining camp paper. He is not mucb larger than a pint of cider, but he ha* a tremendous nerve. He is as quick as lightning with a gun, and is not afraid of the best man that walks. He was telling me of one experience he* had a few months ago. A big, tough fellow walked into his sanctum one evening and announced that he he hadl come to do up the editor. He had a six shooter in his hand, and advanced with it cocked. It happened that my friend had just sent his revolver out to be repaired, and he was without a weapon. He tried to palaver with th® desperado and talk him out of his pas sion, in order to gain time. But th® more he talked the fiercer the caller became. Suspecting that the editor was unarmed, he took fiendish delight in Covering his victim with his revolv er, and telling him that he had only six minutes to live. But my friend's* brain was working at a lively rate all this time, and while he talked he held his pen in the flama of the gas jet over his desk. With out the desperado's suspect-^ ing what he was up to he suecccded in.: getting his pen red hot—it took only a few seconds—and then he made a jump for his assailant so suddenly and with such cat-like quickness that, before the rufiian, taken cf his guard by the sup position that the editor was unarmed, could fire a shot, the little man had thrown one arm around the big fellow'd neck, and was jabbing his red-hot pen into his face at the rate of 100 stroke*" to the minute. Imagine the wounds that big, sharp, red-hot pen must havt made, held securely in a strong cellu loid holder, and driven by the arm of a man fighting for life. Think of the sufferings that desperado, must have.' endured in the the few brief seconds before his agony conquered his eourw" age, and caused him to throw his re** volver to the floor as a token that h# gave up the battle. That ruffian—hv •vas drunk on the occasion—is now on# of the best friends the little editor has» though his face is badly scarred by thfs| wounds inflicted on him. Over th#. desk of my friend now hangs a pen^ still covered with blood-stains its whol#: length, and over it is a placard, writte#, in the blood that formed upon it ius* after the battle: s THE PKK IS MIGHTO* THAN THE SIX-SHOOTE* •, Books. Every one should read an hour two every day. It is very easy for on# to say that one hasn't the time, bu# there are few persons who will rea| this that cannot make the time. Giv#, up running around town with th# boys after the store closes at night an# go to your room and read some itvs structive book for an hour or more* You will sleep better for it and youfc life will always seem brighter, n* matter how hard your lot may be, fof good reading will -produce pleasant thoughts, and there is nothing on thfc face of the earth that can make a ma|T happier than pleasant thoug-hta. Reading will make you an intelligcdfc man, and, no matter what you rea4» provided it is not low or vulgar read ing it will improve you. There isn't man living that an hour's reading Jay for a year will not noticeably in» prove. Read books that interest yoif. Never read a book just to be able t» say that you have read it. It will you no good as is a waste of time, f* you give it no thought or attention. Easily Accounted For. Omaha World: Bill collector Sea here, I have written you a dozen let 1 ters about that bill you owe my firm and you haven't even recognized thein. Country editor-Was they writtu* on both sides of the sheet? Of course.'' "Ail such communication g* kite A#' waste basket without reading." —In Kej Went, Fla the other night, a ate the tail off a mui« aud e*oaped alive. n