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NEWS AND CITIZEN, THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, 1894.
7 31IIE IDOL OF FASHION EV. DR. TALMAGE DEPICTS THE TRAGEDY OF DRESS. tile Says t!i Milm or I'axhloa Ilaa lie come a Itrral of the Lord of Heaven and , EarJi An Kluqurnt IlnronrM on the EriliorDrfu, : Brooklyn, Aug. 6. Rev. Dr. Tal raago, who i9 now in Jlulbonrno on Lis round tbo world tour, has chosen as tho subject of his sermon today through tho press "The Tragedy of Dress," tho test selected being I Peter iii, 3, 4, "Whoso pdorning let it not bo that outward adorning of plaitiug tho hair and tho wearing of gold or of putting cn of ap jparel, but let it bo tho hidden man of the heart." That we should all bo clad is proved Jby tho opening of tho first wardrobe in paradise, with its apparel of dark green. fl?hat wo should all, as far as our means Lillow us, bo beautifully and gracefully appareled is proved by tho fact that God aiever madoawavo but ho gilded it with Igoldcn sunbeams, or a tree but ho gar landed it with blossoms, or a sky but ho studded it with stars, or allowed even the smoke of a furnace to ascend but he columned and turreted and domed and scrolled it into outlines of indescribable gracefulness. When I see tho apple or chards of tho spring and the pageantry of the autumnal forests, I come to tho conclusion that, if nature does ever join the church, while sho may be a Quaker in the silence of her worship, sho never will be a Quaker in the stylo of her dress. Why the notches of a fern leaf or the stamen of a water lily? Why, when the day departs, does it let the folding doors of heaven stay open so long when it might go in so quickly? One summer morning I saw an army of a million spears, each one adorned with a diamond of tho first water I mean the grass, with the dew on it When tho prodigal came home, his fa ther not only put a coat on his back, but jewelry on his hand. Christ wore a beard. Paul, tho bachelor apostle, not afflicted with any sentimentality, ad jmired the arrangement of a woman's 'hair when he said in his epistle, "If a Iwoman have long hair, it is a glory un- Itoher." There will be a fashion in heaven as on earth, but it will bo a different kind of fashion. It will docido the color of the dress, and tho population of that country, by a beautiful law, will wear Iwhite, I say these things as a back ground to my sermon to show you that I have no prim, precise, prudish or cast iron theories on tho subject of human apparel. But tho goddess of fashion has set up her throne in this world, and at tho sound of the timbrels we are all ex pected to fall down and worship. Tho Old and New Testament of her Eiblo are the fashion plates. Her altars smoke with the sacrifice of tho bodies, minds and souls of 10,000 victims. In her temple four people stand in tho organ loft, and from them there conies down a cold drizzle of music, freezing on the lears oi ner worsmpers. mis gouuess . it i i mi i t of fashion has become a rival of tho Lord of heaven and earth, and it is high time that we unlimbered our batteries against this idolatry. When I come to count the victims of fashion, I find as many masculine as feminine. Men make an easy tirado against woman, as though ;she were the chief worshiper at this idolatrous shrine, and no doubt some men in the more conspicuous part of tho ipew have already cast glances at tho more retired part of the pew, their look a prophecy of a generous distribution. My sermon shall be as appropriate for one end of the pew as for the other. Men are as much tho idolators of fash- lion as women, but they sacrifice on a different part of the altar. With men the fashion goes to cigars and clubrooms and yachting parties and wine suppers. In tho United States the men chew up and smoke $100,000,000 worth of to bacco every year. That is their fashion. In London not long ago a man died who started in life with $750,000, but ho ate lit all up in gluttonies, sending his agents to all parts of the earth for some rare delicacy for the palate, sometimes one plate of food costing him $300 or $400. He ate up his whole fortune and had only a guinea left With that he bought a woodcock and had it dressed in the very best style, ate it, gave two hours for digestion, then walked out on Westminster bridge and threw himself into the Thames and died, doing on a large scale what you and I have often keen done on a small scale. But men do not abstain from millinery and elabora tion of skirt through any superiority of humility. It is only because such ap pendages would be a blockade to busi ness. What would sashes and trains 8 wards long do in a stock market? And Wet men are the disciples of fashion Must as much as women, borne of them Wrea.T boots so tight they can hardly walk in the paths of righteousness. ADd 'there are men who buy expensive suits of clothes and never pay for them, and who go through the streets in great stripes of color like animated checker boards. I Bay these things because I want to show you that I am impartial lin my discourse, and that both sexes, in the language of the surrogate s office, fehall "share and share alike. " As God inay help me, I shall show yon what are the destroying and deathful influences lof inordinate fashion, The first baleful influence I notice is in fraud, illimitable and ghastly. Do torn know that Arnold of the Revolu, tion proposed to sell his country in or der to get money to support his wife's wardrobe? I declare here before God ind this people that the effort to keep pp expensive establishments - in " this country is sending more business men to temporal perdition than all other causes combined. What was it that sent Oilman to the penitentiary,' and Phila-. delphia Morton to the watering of stocks. and the life insurance presidents to per-; jured statements about their assets, and has completely upset our American finances? What was it that overthrew tho United States secretary at Washing ton, tho crash of wluso fall f !:'..jl; tho continent? But w! y should I goto these famous defaalti::;;s to hhow what men will do in order to keep up prut homo stylo and expensivo wardrolio when yon and I know scores of men who are pt.t to their wits' end nnd are lashed from January to Decc.nber in tho attempt? Our politicians may thoorizo until tho expiration of their terms of oflico as to tho best way of improving our monetary condition in this country. It will bo of no use, and things will bo no better un til wo can le:;rn to put on our heads and barks and feet nnd hands no moro than wo can pay for. There nre clerks in stores and banks on limited salaries who, in tho vain uttempt to keep tho wardrobo of their family n3 showy as other folks' ward robes, aro dying of muffs and diamonds and shawls and high hats, and they have nothing left except what they givo to cigars and wine suppers, and they die beforo their time, and they will ex pect ns ministers to preach about them as though they were tho victims of ear ly piety, nnd after a high class funeral, with silver handles at tho sido of tho coffin extraordinary brightness, it will be found out that the undertaker is cheated out of his legitimate expenses. Do not send to mo to preach the funeral sermon of a man who dies like that I will blurt out the whole truth and tell ,that ho was strangled to death by his wife s ribbons. Uur countries are dress ed to death. You are not surprised to find that the putting up of ono public building in New York cost millions of dollars moro than it ought to have cost when yon find that tho man who gavo out tho contracts paid moro than $5, 000 for his daughter's wedding dress. Cashmeres of a thousand dollars each are not rare on Broadway. It is estimat ed that there are 10,000 women in these two cities who have expended on their personal array $4,000 a year. What nre men to do in order to keep up such homo wardrobes? Steal? That is the only respectable thing they can do I During the last 15 years there have been innumerable fine businesses ship wrecked on tho wardrobo. Tho tempta tion comes in this way: A man thinks more of his family than of all tho world outside, and if they spend the evening in describing to him tho suporior ward robo of tho family across the street that they cannot bear the sight of tho man is thrown on his gallantry and on his prido of family and without translat ing his feelings into plain language ho goes into extortion and issuing falso stock and skillful penmanship in writ ing somebody clso's namo at tho foot of a promissory note, nnd they all go down together tho husband to tho prison, the wifo to tho sowing machino, tho children to be taken care of by thoso who wero called poor relations. Oh, for some new Shakespeare to ariso nnd write tho tragedy of human clothes 1 Will you forgivo mo if I say in ters est shapo possiblo that somo of tho men have to forge and to perjuro and to swindlo to pay for their wives' dresses? I will say it whether you forgive mo or not ! Again, inordinate fashion is tho foo of all Christian almsgiving. Men and women put so much in personal display that they often have nothing for God and tho cause of suffering humanity. A Christian man cracking his Palais Roy al glove across the back by shutting up his hand to hide the cent ho puts into the poorbox. A Christian woman, at tho story of tho Hottentots, crying co pious tears into a $25 handkerchief and then giving a 2 cent pieco to tho collec 'tion, thrusting it under the bills so peo ple will not know but it was a $10 gold pieco. Ono hundred dollars for incense to fashion; 2 cents for God. God gives us 00 cents out of every dollar. The other 10 cents by command of his Bible belong to him. Is not God liberal ac cording to his tithing system laid down in tho Old Testament? Is not God lib eral in giving us 90 cents out of a dollar when he takes but 10? Wo do not like that. Wo want to haw 99 cents for our selves and 1 for God. Now, I would a great deal rather steal 10 cents from you than from God. I think one reason why a great many peo ple do not get along in worldly accumu lation faster is because they do not ob serve this divine rule. God says, "Well, if that man is not satisfied with 90 cents of a dollar, then I will take the whole dollar, and I will give it to the man or woman who is honest with me." Tho greatest obstacle to charity in the Chris tian church today is the fact that men expend so much money on thei table, and women eo much on their dress, they have got nothing left for the work cf God and the world's betterment In my first settlement at Belleville, N. J., the cause of missions was being presented one Sabbath, and a plea for the charity 'of the people was being made, when an bid Christian man in the audience lost his balance and said right out in the jmidst of the sermon, "Mr. Talmagn, how are we to give liberally to these brand and glorious causes when our families dress as they do?" I did not answer that question. It was the only jtimo in my life when I had nothing to Bay. Again, inordinate fashion fs distrac tion to public worship. You know very well there are a good many people who tome to church just as they go to the taces to see who will come out first hat aflutter it, makes in cnurcn when lome woman with extraordinary display f fashion comes inl "What a love of bonnet!" says some one. "What a jperfect fright 1" say 600. For the most merciless critics in the world are fash ion critics. Men and women with souls to be saved passing the hour in wonder ing where that man got his cravat or what store that woman patronizes. I In many of our churches the prelim nary exercises are taken up with the (discussion of wardrobes.' It is pitiabla Is it not wonderful that the Lord does ot - strike the - meeting houses -with lightning? -What distraction of public worship! Dying men and women, whose bodies are soon to W, turned' into. dust, yet before three worlds strutting like (raeocks, tho awful question of tho Etml's destiny submerged by the ques tion of navy bl no velvet and long fan train skirt, long cnonj;li to drag r.p tho church aisle, tho husband's Ftor?, offi'-p, shop, factory, fortune nnd tho admira tion of half tho peoplo in tho building! Men and women come lato to church to show their clothes. Peoplo sitting down in a pew or taking up a liymnbook, all abiiVt as th eamo tiino in personal array, to sin j: KM, rorsoul, and stretch thy nines; Thy better portion truce. RL-e from transitory thinus Towaril heaven, thy native place. I adopt tho Episcopalian prayer and say, "Good Lord, deliver us!" Insatiate fashion also belittles tho in tellect Our minds nro enlarged or they dwindle just in proportion to tho im portance of tho subject on which we constantly dwell Cm you imagine any thing moro dwarfing to tho human in tellect than tho study cf fashion? I seo men on tho street who, judging from their elaboration, I think must havo taken two hours to arrango their ap parel After a few years of that kind of absorption, which ono of McAllister's magnifying glasses will bo powerful enough to mako tho man's character visible? They all land in idiocy. I have seen men at tho summer wa tering places, through fashion, tho mere wreck of what they once wera Sallow of cheek. Meager of limb. Hollow at tho chest Showing no animation save in rushing across a room to pick up a lady's fan. Simpering along tho corri dors the same compliments they sim pered 20 years ago. A New York law yer at United States hotel, Saratoga, within our hearing, rushed across a room to say to a sensiblo woman, "You are as sweet as peaches!" The fools of fash ion nre myriad. Fashion not only de stroys the body, but it makes idiotio the intellect Yet, my friends, I have given you only the milder phase of this eviL It shuts a great multitudo out of heaven. The first peal of thunder that shook Si nai declared, "Thou shalt have no other God before me," and you will have to choose between the goddess of fashion and the Christian God. There are a great many seats in heaven, and they aro all easy scats, but not ono seat for the dev otee of fashion. Heaven is for meek and quiet spirits. Heaven is for thoso who think moro of their souls than of their bodies. Heaven is for those who have more joy in Christian charity than in dry goods religion. Why, if you, with your idolatry of fashion, should some how get into heaven, you would bo for putting a French roof on tho "house of many mansions." Give up this idolatry of fashion or give up heaven. What would you do standing besido the Count ess of Huntington, whose joy it was to build chapels for tho poor, or with that Christian woman of Boston who fed 1,500 children of the street at Faneuil hall on New Year's day, giving out as a sort of doxology at the end of tho meet ing a pair of shoes to each ono of them, or those Dorcases of modern society who have consecrated their needles to tho Lord, and who will get eternal reward for every stitch they take. Oh, men and women, give up tho idolatry of fashion! The rivalries and the competitions of such a lifo aro a stupendous wretchedness. You will al ways find somo One with brighter array and with moro palatial residence, and with lavender kid gloves that make a tighter fit. And if you buy this thing and wear it you will wish you had bought something else and worn it. And the frets of such a lifo will bring the crow's feet to your temples before they are due, and when you come to die you will have a miserable time. I have seen men and women of fashion die, and I never saw one of them die well. Tho trappings off, there they lay on tho tumbled pillow, and there wero just two things that botliered them a wast ed lifo and a coming eternity. I could not pacify them, for their body, mind and soul had been exhaustod in the wor ship of fashion, and they could not ap preciate the gospel. When I knelt by their bedsi'tV, they were mumbling out their regrets and saying: "O God! O God!" Tlieir garments hung up in tho wardrobe, never again to be seen by them. Without any exception, so far as my memory surves mo, they died with out hope and went into eternity unpre pared. The most ghastly deathbeds on earth are the one where a man dies of delir ium tremens and the other where a woman dies after having sacrificed all her faculties of body, mind and soul in the worship of fashion. My friends, we must appear in judgment to answer for what we have worn on our bodies as well as for what repentances we have exercised with our souls. On that day I see coming in Beau Brummel of the last century, without his cloak, like which all England got a cloak, and without his cane, like which all England got a cane, without his snuffbox, like which all England got a snuffbox ie, the fop of the ages, par ticular about everything but his morals, and Aaron Burr without the letters that down to old age he showed in pride to prove his early wicked gallantries, and Absalom without his hair, and Marchioness Pompadour without her titles, and Mrs. Arnold, the belle of Wall street, when that was the center of fashion, without her fripperies of vesture. And in gaeat haggardness they shall go away into .eternal expatriation, while iamong the queens of heavenly society will be found Vashti, who wore the modest veil before the palatial bacchana jlians, and Hannah, who annually made a little coat for Samuel at the temple, and Grandmother Lois, the ancestress of Timothy who imitated her virtue, and Mary, who gave Jesus Christ to the jworld, and many of you, the wives and mothers and sisters and daughters of the present Christian church, who, through great tribulation, are entering into the kingdom of God. Christ announced who would make up the. royal family of heaven when he said, "Whosoever do eth. the:' will of God, the same is my brother, my sister, my mother." ODDS AND ENDS. If tb d x'tor orders bark, bar not th ! p:;ticr.t a riglit to prowl? A l.ou: r.t Cantor;, Conn., that wa: built ia ITfiOij htill i itupilaa dwell lug. Tho roso of Castilo h tho national flower of tho swarthaiid fiery Span iard Tie first fam'rw Cicrmaii IrcwtT was nerr Knausten, w IO wrote a handbook on his art in 1575. Horses aro so plentiful in Chili and Buenos Ayres that it is not uncommon for beggars to ride. True modesty avoids everything thai Is criminal, falso modesty everything that is unfashionable. Tho real happiness cf lifo cannot bt bought with money, and the poor may .havo it as well as tho rich. There is talk of runuing trolley ob servation cars across Niagara falls sus pended 50 feet abovo tho water. Imitation may bo tho sineerest flat tery, but an up to date girl doesn't think so when sho is presented with a paste diamond Racine often said that the suffering he endured from one adverse criticism more than outweighed all tho pleasure ho enjoyed from tho publio applause. Pope owed his accuracy and polish of stylo to a hint from a miserable poet named Walsh that tho English poetry of that day was deficient in elegance. A bomb was recently found near the Roman coliseum. "While stands the coliseum Rome shall stand, " said By ron, "and when Rome falls the world." Raynaud, a very voluminous author, persuaded a publisher to issue a 20 vol ume edition of his works. It was done and ruined tho publisher, who died in a poorhouso. Scarron was for many years a victim of acute rheumatism. Ho could use on'y his tonguo and his hands. All his bril liant works wero written on a portfolio placed on his knees. Vondel was tho Dutch Euripides. Most of his tragedies are on subjects drawn from tho Scriptures. In the "De li verauco of the Children of Israel" the principal actor was tho Almighty. 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