Newspaper Page Text
NEWS AND CITIZEN, THURSDAY, JULY 19, 189.
7 THEMAXAYIIOLAUGIIS REV. DR. TALMAGE CN THE LAUGH TER OF THE BICLE. hnh'i Laugh and Iavlil. bintle The Mer rlmrnt of Diuipation The I-angh of Tri mph and the Laugh of Prom Skrptl cttm, Exultation anil Triumph. Brooklyn, July 13. Rev. Dr. Tal tnago, xrho is now in Australia on Lis round the world journey, h:w selected as the subject for his pcrnion through the press today "Laughter," tbo text being taken from Psalm exxvt, 2, "Then was our mouth filled with lanph ter," and Ftsalin ii, 4, "Jla that Bittotli in the heavens Khali langh." I Thirty-eight times dex's tho Bible, moko reference to this configuration of the features nud quick expulsion of breath which we call laughter. Some times it is born of the Fuiikhine and sometimes tho midnight. Sometimes it stirs tho sympathy of nngcls and some times the cachinnatiou of devils. All healthy people laugh. Whether it pleases the Lord or displeases him, that de pends upon when we laugh and at what we laugh. My theme today is tho laugh ter of the Bible namely, Sarah's laugh, or that of skepticism; David's laugh, or that of spiritual exultation; the fool's laugh, or that of sinful merriment; God's laugh, or that of infinite condem nation; heaven's laugh, or that of eter nal triumph. Yarloua Kinds of Lauchter. Scene, an oriental tent The occu pants, old Abraham and Sarah, per haps wrinkled and decrepit Their three guests are three angels, the Lord Al mighty one of them. In return for the hospitality shown by tho old people God promises Sarah that she shall be come the ancestress of the Lord Jesus Christ Sarah laughs in the face of God. She does not believe it She is affright ed at what she has done. She denies it She says, "I did not laugh." Then God retorted with an emphasis that silenced all disputation, "But thou didst laugh. " My friends, the laugh of skepticism in all ages is only the echo of Sarah's laughter. God says he will accomplish a thing, and men say it cannot be dona A great multitude laugh at the miracles. They say they are contrary to tho laws of nature. What is a law of naturo? It is God's way of doing a thing. Yon or dinarily cross a river nt one ferry. To morrow you change for one day, and you go across another ferry. You mado the rule. Have you not the right to chango it? You ordinarily come in at that door of tho church. Suppose that next Sabbath you come in at the other door. It is a habit you have. Have yon not a right to change your habit? A law of nature ia God's habit his way of doing things. If he makes the law, has he not a right to chango it at any time ho wants to change it? Alasl for the folly of those who laugh at God when ho says, "I will do a thing," they responding, "You can't do it. " God says that the Bible is true it is all true. Bishop Colenso laughs, Herbert Spencer laughs, Stuart. Mill laughs, great German universities laugh, Harvard laughs softly. A great many of the learned institutions, with long rows of professors seated on the fence between Christianity and infidel ity, laugh softly. They say, "We didn't laugh." That was Sarah's trick. God thunders from the heavens, "But thou didst laugh!" The garden of Eden was only a fable. There never was any ark built, or if it was built it was too small to have two of every kind. The pillar of fire by night was ajily the northern lights, the 10 plagues of Egypt only a brilliant specimen of jugglery. Tho sea parted because the wind blew violently a great while from ono direction. The Bun and moon did not put themselves out of the way for Joshua. Jacob's lad der was only horizontal and picturt&ino clouds. The destroying angel smiting the firstborn in Egypt was only cholera in fantum become epidemic. The gullet of the whale, by positive measurement, too small to swallow a prophet. The story of the immaculate conception a shock o all decency. The lame, the dumb, the blind, tho halt, cured by mere hu man surgery. The resurrection of Christ's friend only a beautiful tableau, Christ and Lazarus and Mary and Mar tha acting their parts well. My friends, there is not a doctrine or statement of God's holy word that has not been de rided by the skepticism of the day. Skeptics and the Bible. I take up this book of King James' translation. I consider it a perfect Bible, but here are skeptics who want it torn to pieces. And now, with this Bible in my hand, let me tear out all those por tions which the skepticism of this day demands shall be torn out What shall go first? "Well, " says r.ome one in tho audience, "tako out all that about the creation and about the first settlement of the world." Away goes Genesis. "Now," says some one, "take out all that about the miraculous guidance of (the children of Israel in the wilderness. ' ' Away goes Exodus. "Now," says some one else in the audience, "there are things in Deuteronomy and Kings that are not fit to be read. " Away go Deu teronomy and the Kings. "Now, "says someone, "the book of Job is a fable that ought to come out." Away goes the book of Job. "Now," says some ono, "those passages in tho New Testa ment which imply the divinity of Jesus Christ ought to come out." Away go the evangelists. "Now, " says some ono, "the bouk of Revelation how prepos terous I It represents a man with the moon under his feet and a sharp sword . in his hand. " Away goes the book of Revelation. Now there r.re a few pieces left What shall we do with them? "Oh," says some man in tho audience, "I don't believe a word in the Biblo from one end to tho other. " Well, it is all gono. Now you have put out tho last light for the nations. Now it is tho pitch darkness of eternal midnight. How do you like it? Bat I think, my friends, we had bet ter keop the Bible a little longer intact It has done pretty woll for a good v.-".t years. Then there are i.!d p-x.;.lc v.hu find it a comfort t hive it i.a their laps, and children tho btorit in it Let a keep it fur a curiosity anyhow. If tho Bible is to 1 thrown out of the school and out of the courtroom, so that nen no more swear by it, and it is to bo put In a dark corridor of the city li brary, the Koran on one 6ido and tho writings of Confucius on the other, then let us each ono keep a copy for himself, for we might have trouble, and we would want to bo under the delusions of its consolations nd wo might die, and wo would want tho delusion of tho ex alted residence of God's right hand, which it mentions. Oh, what an awful thing it is to laugh in God's face and hurl his Revelation back at himt After awhilo tho day will come when they will 6ay they did not laogh. Then all the hypercriticisms, all the caricatures and all tho learned sneers in tho quar terly reviews will be brought to judg ment, and nmid the rocking of every thing beneath and amid the flaming of everything above God will thunder, "But thou didst laugh 1" I think the most fascinating laugher at Christian ity I ever remember was a man in New England. He made tho word of God seem ridiculous, and ho laughed on at our holy religion until ho came to die, and then he said: "My lifo has been a failuro-T-a failure domestically. I have no children. - A failure socially, for I am treated in the streets like a pirate. A failure profesionally becauso I know but one minister that has adopted my sentiments. " For a quarter of a cen tury he laughed at Christianity, and ever since Christianity has been laugh ing at him. Now, it is a mean thing to go into a man's house and steal his goods, but I tell you the most gigantic burglary ever invented is tho proposition to steal these treasuers of our holy re ligion. Tho meanest laughter ever ut tered is the laugh of tho skeptic. David's Laugh. The next laughter mentioned in the Bible is David's laughter, or the expres sion of spiritual exultation. "Then was our mouth filled with laughter." Ho got very much down sometimes, but there are other chapters where for four or five times ho calls upoi the people to praiso and exult It was not a mere twitch of tho lips it was a demonstra tion that took hold of his wholo physical naturo. "Then was our mouth filled with laughter." My friends, this world will never be converted to God until Christians cry less and laugh and sing more. Tho horrors aro a poor bait If people are to bo persuaded to adopt our holy religion, it will be because they have made up their minds it is a happy religion. They don't like a morbid Christianity. I know there are morbid people who enjoy a funeral. They come early to see the friends tako leave of tho corpse, and they steal a ride to the ceme tery, but all healthy people enjoy a wedding better than they do a burial. Now, you make tho religion of Christ sepulchral and hearselike, and you make it repulsive. I say plant the rose of Sharon along the church walks and columbine to clamber over the church wall, and have a smile on the lip, and have the mouth filled with holy laugh ter. There is no man in the world, ex cept the Christian, that has the right to feel an untrammeled glee. He is prom ised everything is to be for the best here, and he is on the way to a delight which will take all the processions with palm branches and all the orchestras harped and cymbaled and trumpeted to express. "Uh, you s-jy, "l have so much trouble." Havo you more trouble than Paul had? What does he say? "Sorrowful, yet always rejoicing. Poor, yet making many rich. Having noth ing, yet possessing all things." Tho merriest laugh I think I have ever heard has been in the sickroom of God's dear children. When Theodosius was put upon the rack, he suffered very great torture at the first Somebody asked him how he endured all that pain on tho rack. Ho replied; "When I was first put on the rack, 1 suffered a great deal, but very soon a young man in white stood by my side, and with a soft and comfortable hand kerchief he wiped tho sweat from my brow, and my pains were relieved. It was a punishment for me to get from the rack, because when the pain was all gono tho angel was gone." Oh, rejoice evermore! You know how it is in the army an army in encampment If to day news comes that our side has had a defeat, and tomorrow another portion of the tidings comes, saying we have had another defeat, it demoralizes all the host But if the news comes of vic tory today and victory tomorrow tho whole army is impassioned for tho con test. Now, in the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ report fewer defeats tells us tho victories victory over sin and death and hell. Rejoice evermore, and again I say rejoice. I t elieve there is more religion in a laugh than in a groan. Anybody can groan, but to laugh in the midst of banishment and persecution and indescribable trial, that required a David, a Daniel, a Paul, a modern hcro ina The Laugh of a Fool. The next laughter mentioned in the Bible that I shall speak of is tho fool's laughter, or the expression of sinful merriment. Solomon was very quick nt simile. When he makes a comparison, we all catch it. What is tho laughter of a fool like? He says, "It is tho crac kling of thorns under a pot. " The kettle is swung, a bunch of brambles is put under it, and the torch is applied to it, and there is a great noise, and a big blaze, and a sputten, and a quick extin guishment. Then it is darker than it was before. Fool's laughter. Tho most miserable thing on earth is a bad man's fan. There they are 10 men in a bar room. They have at home wives, moth ers, daughters. Tho impure jest starts at ono corner of the barroom, and crac kl5, crackle, crackle it goes all around. In 000 such guffaws there is not one item of happiness. They all feel be moaned if they have any conscience left. Have nothing to do with men or women who toll immoral stories. 1 ha o Go coufi'leuoe either in their Christian character or their morality. So all merriment that springs out of the dv f.-ct.s of others' caricature of a lamo f ,t, or a curved Fpinc, or a l!;,i.! , lye, or a deaf car will be met with t'.w judgment of God, either upon you or upon your children. Twenty years ago I knew a man who was particularly skillful in imitating the lameness of a neighbor. Not long ago a son of tho skillful ruimio had his leg amputated for tho very defect which his father hud mimicked years before. I do not say it was a judgment of God. I leave jhu to make your own inference. So all .merri ment born of dissipation, that which starts at tho counter of tho drinking res taurant or from the wineglass in tho home circle, the maudlin simper, the meaningless joke, the saturnalian gib berish, the paroxism of mirth about nothing which yon sometimes see in the fashionable clubrooni or tho exquisite parlor at 12 o'clock at night, aro the crackling of thorns nnder a pot Snch langhter and such sin end in death. When I was a lad, a book came out en titled, "Dow Junior's Patent Sermons. " It made a great stir, a very wido laugh, all over the country, that book did. It was a caricature of tho Christian min isty, and of tho word of God, and of tho day of judgment Oh, we had a groat laugh! The commentary on tho whole thing is that the author of that book died in poverty, shame, debauchery, kicked out of society and cursed tt Al mighty God. The laughter of such men is the echo of their own damnation. The Laugh of the Almighty. The next laughter that I shall men tion as being in the Bible is the laugh of God's condemnation, "Ho that sit teth in the heavens shall laugh. " Again, "The Lord will laugh at him. " Again, "I will laugh at his calamity. " With such demonstration will God greet ev ery kind of great sin and wickedness. But men build up villainies higher and higher. Good men almost pity God be cause he is so schemed against by men. Suddenly a pin drops out of the machin ery of wickedness or a secret is revealed, and the foundation begins to rock. Final ly the wholo thing is demolished What is the matter? I will tell you what the matter is. That crash of ruin is only tho reverberation of God's laughter. In the money market there are a great many good men and a great many fraud ulent men. A fraudulent man there says, "I mean to have my million. " He goes to work reckless of honesty, and ho gets his first $100,000. Ho gets alter awhilo his $200,000. After awhilo ho gets his ?500, 000. "Now,' ho says, "I have only ono more move to make, and I shall have my million. ' ' He gathers up all his resources. Ho makes that one last grand move, ho fails and loses all, and he has not enough money of his own left to pay the cost of the car to his homo. People cannot understand this spasmod ic revulsion. Some said it was a sudden turn in Erie railway stock, or in West ern Union, or in Illinois Central; somo said one thing and some another. They all guessed wrong. I will tell you what it was. ' 'He that sitteth in the heavens langhed. " A man in New York said he would be the richest man in the city. He left his honest work as a mechanic and got into the city councils some way and in 10 years stole $15,000,000 from the city government Fifteen million dollars ! Ho held the legislature of the state of New York in the grip of his right hand. Suspicions were aroused. The grand jury presented indictments. The whole land stood aghast The man who expected to put half the city in his vest pocket goes to Blackwell's island, goes to Ludlow street jail, breaks prison and goes across the sea, is rearrested and brought back and again remanded to jaiL Why? "He that sitteth in the heavens laughed." Rome was a great empire. She had Horace and Virgil among her poets; she had Augustus and Constautine among her emperors. But what mean the defaced Pantheon, and the Forum tumedv into a cattle market, and tho broken walled Coliseum, and the architectural skeleton of her great aqueducts? What was that thunder? "Oh, "you say, "that was the roar of the battering rams against her walls. " No. What was that quiver? "Oh," you say, "that was the ti'amp of hostile legions." No. The quiver and tho roar Were the outburst of omnipotent laugh ter from the defied and insulted heav ens. Rome defied God, and he laughed her down. Thebes defied God, and he laughed her down. Nineveh defied God, and he laughed her down. Babylon de fied God, and he laughed her down. There is a great difference between God's laugh and his smile. His smile is eter nal beatitude. He smiled when David sang, and Miriam clapped tho cymbals, and Hannah made garments for her son, and Paul preached, and John kin dled with apocalyptic vision, and when any man has anything to do and docs it welL His smile 1 Why, it is the 15th of May, the apple orchards in full bloom; it is morning breaking on a rippling sea; it is heaven at high noon, all tho be) hi beattag tho marriage peal. But hi;i laughter may it never fall on us I It is v condemnation for our sin; it is a wasting away. The Scoffers at Truth. We may let the satirist laugh at us, and all our companions may laugh al ns, and we may bo mado the target foi the merriment of earth and hell, but God fofbid that we should ever come tc the fnl'filhneut of the prophecy against the 'rejecfijrs of tho truth, "I will laugh at yemr calamity. " But, my friends, all of us. who reject Christ and the pardon of tlio gospel must come nnder that tre mewilons .bombardment God wants us all to repeat He counsels, ho coaxes, he iairpfjrtTtnes.and ho dies for us. He comes down out of hoaven. Ilq puts all tfie vorfcl's sin on one shoulder, he puts all the world's sorrow on tho other shoulder, a?id then with that Alp on one feifle-. and that Himalaya on the other ho Starts up tho hill back of Jeru salem to ncMero our salvation. Ho puts the piflm of his Tight foot on ono long spif e, and hj puts tho palm of his kit foot on another long spike, cud then, with hi hands spotted with his own blood, he gesticulates, saying: "Look, look and live. With the crimson veil of my sacrifice I will cover np all your sins; with iry dyiig pr;iii I will swal low up till ycr groans. Lonk! Live!" But a tliou.-aud of you turn your back on that, and then this voice of invitation turns to a tone divinely ominous, that sobs like a simoom through the first chapter of Proverbs, "Because I have Called and yo refused, I have stretched out my right hand, and no man regard ed, but ye have set at naught all my counsel and would none of my reproof, L also, will laugh at your calamity." Oh, what a laugh that is a deep laugh, a long, reverln-rating laugh, an over whelming laugh. God grant we may never hear it But in this day of merci ful visitation yield your heart to Christ that you may spend all your lifo on earth under his smile and escape forever the thunder of hhe laugh of God's indig nation. The Laugh of Triumph. The other laughter mentioned in the. Bible, tho only one I shall speak of, i9 heaven's langhter, or the expression of eternal triumph. Christ faid to his dis ciples "Blessed are yo that weep now, for ye shall laugh." That makes tab know positively that we are not to spend our days in heaven singing long meter psalms. Tho formalistio and stiff no tions of heaven that some people have would mako me miserable. I aim glad to know that tho heaven of the Biblo is not only a place of holy wor ship, but of magnificent sociality. "What," say you, "will the ringing laugh go around the circles of tho saved?" I say yef pure laughter, cheering laughter, holy laughter. It will be a laugh of congratulation. When we meet a friend who has suddenly come to a fortune, or who has got over somo dire sickness, do we not shake hands, do we not laugh with him? And when we get to heaven and see our friends there, some cf them having como up out of great tribulation, why, we will say to one of them, "The last time I saw you you had been suffering for six weeks under a low intermittent fover, " or to another we will say: "You for 10 years wero limping with tho rheumatism, and you were full of com plaints when we saw you last I con gratulate yon on this eternal recovery. " We shall laugh. Yes, we shall congrat ulate all those who have come out of great financial embarrassments in this world because they have become mil lionaires in heaven. Ye shall laugh. It shall bo a laugh of reassociation. It is just as natural for us to laugh when we meet a friend wo havo not seen for 1C years as anything is possible to be nat oral. When we meet our friends from whom wo havo been parted 10 or 20 or 80 years, will it not bo with infinite con gratulation? Our perception quickened, our knowledge improved, we will know each other at a flash. We will havo to talk over all that has happened sinco we have been separated, the one that has been 10 years in heaven telling us all that has happened in the 10 years of his heavenly residence, and we telling him in return all that has happened during the 10 years of his absence from earth. Yo shall laugh. I think George Whitefield a.:d John Wesley will have a laugh of contempt for their earthly collisions, and Toplady and Charles Wesley will have a lauph of contempt for their earthly misunderstandings, and the two farmers who were in a law suit all their days will have a laugh of contempt over their earthly disturbance about a line fence. Exemption from all annoyance. Immersion in all gladness. Ye shall laugh. Christ says so. Ye shall laugh. Yes, it will be a laugh of tri umph. Oh, what a pleasant thing it will be to stand on the wall of heaven and look down at satau and hurl at him defiance and see him caged and chained and we forever free from his clutches! Aha! Yes, it will be a laugh of royal greeting. Five Prayerful Wishes. You know how the Frenchmen cheered, when Napok'ou came back from Elba; you know how the English cheered when Wellington came back from Wa terloo; you know how Americans cheered when Kossuth arrived from Hungary; you remember how Rome cheered when Pompey came back vic tor over 900 cities. Every cheer was u laugh. But, oh, the mightier greeting, tho gladder greeting, when the snow white cavalry troop of heaven shall go through tho streets, and, according to the book of Revelation, Christ in the red coat, the crimson coat, on a white horse, and all the armies of hoaven fol lowing him on white horses! Oh, when we seo and hear that cavalcade we shall cheer, we shall laugh ! Does not your heart beat quickly at the thought of the great jubilee upon which we are soon to enter? I pray God that when wo get through with this world and aro going out of it wo may havo seme such vision as tho dying Christian had when he saw written all over the clouds in the sky the letter "W," nud they asked him, standing by his side, what he thought that letter " W" meant "Oh, " he said, "that stands for welcome." And so may it bo when we quit this world. "W" on the gate', "W" on the ioor of tho mansion, "W" on tho throne. Welcome! Welcome! Wel come! I have preached this sermon with five prayerful wishes that you might seo what a mean thing is tho laugh of fkepticism, what a bright thing is tho laugh of spiritual exultation, what a hollow thing is tho laugh of sinful mer riment, what an awful thing is the laugh of condemnation, what a radiant, rubicund thing is tho laugh of eternal triumph. Avoid tho ill; choose the right. Bo comforted. "Blessed are ye that weep now ye shall laugh; yeshaW laugh." Speaks the Truth. Mrs. Holsc'on of Haverhill N. II., says ; "I know wheriof I speak when I say Dr. Kennedy's Favorite Femedy is a positive cure for salt rl e nr, eczemi, boils and sores. It ctrad me o? an ul cerated scrj leg." VICTORS are The standard price of Victor Bicycles is $ 125.00. No deviation, and Victor riders are guaranteed against cut rates during the current year. OVERMAN BOSTON. NEW YORK. PHILADELPHIA. CHICAGO. SAN FRANCISCO. Iang &, Campbell, Mark-Qnwn Bale Now Dq We propose to reduce stock to the lowest possible figure.. Doesn't this prove it ? BaT 23 and 35-cent DRESS GOODS marked down to 19 cents. IS" OUTING FLANNELS, 12-cent goods, only 8 cents. I All our STANDARD TRIXTS, 5 cents. JST Ladies' and Children's JACKETS AND CArES at less than Cost. t&" We haven't the time to tell you half we are doing. 1ST JUST CALL AND SEE if this is not the place to get a BARGAIN. G. K. Currier, Boston Cash Store, " There was and old woman She had so many children The Crowded Quarters of the aforesaid old woman, as she is seen pictured, expresses very nearly the way we look in our New Quarters at the place we formerly occupied at No. 17 Main St. The place certainly is not handsome outside and is chuck full inside, and so we have more goods than room. We shall close out many of our goods at a liberal discount. VVe hope sometime to have better quarters. Meanwhile we do not have large rent to pay and will sell All Our Goods at Lowest Prices I Thankful for past patronage, we ask a continuance of the same. MRS. Mere Mention, Just to Jog Your Memory. CLOTXXXXTC. XT J . 1 J T . I! iuw uc par uiicui unu jum uuv v. uiiviwu anu ou tj vv j uu viuuiu uaiut iiuiivt the cost. 1500 Outside Shirts from 19c to $2.00, and still the band plays Onion Solos the prices are so low. Cent's Furnishing Goods. Hats and Caps. You will save money by buying of us when in need. BOOTS AXTD SHOES. Ladies Kid, Si. 00, 1.25, 1.50, 2.00, 2.50, 3.00 and 3.50. All styles in Children's Misses' and Ladies.' Men's and Boys' Tennis Goods. Men's Shoes $1.25 to $3.75. Don't fail to notice our nice line of Oxfords and Slippers. FHT7IT. Oranges, Lemons, Bananas, Pineapples, Cocoanuts, etc GROCERIES. Having made special arrangements for the best Teto select coffee. I am the only agent in this county, price 35c per pound. Best Canned Corn 10c, 3 cans 25c; best German Brlk Pickles only 10c per pound; Lard, Cottolene and Hams, Ox Tripe 4c per pound, sliced Dried Beef 20c lb., 3 lbs. Raisins 25c, and still low prices continue. Flour, Grain and Feed of all kinds on hand. Lime, Hair and Cement, Kerosene Oil, etc., etc. All kinds of House Paints for inside and outside work. Wall Papers and Bor ders, Curtains, etc. STOVES. We sell the celebrated Gold Coin Cook Stove, best wood stove on the market sold for cash or on the install ment plan. Call and see them. 0. E. HASKELL, - Wolcott, Vt,. Standard Value. WHEEL CO. DETROIT. DENVER. Agts, Morrisville. STOCK-TAKING COMES the last of This TVTonth ! who lived in a shoe, she didn't know what to do I" C. S. WILDER.. iiiuvcu in. juctit'si line we