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TO »K AN K\CI:I.I.I:NT sunsri
Be\TAl %VI»J*H
a Farm of tlio Vont.
It Tatics Thorough ami S.vntiMiml Ic Work,
Mu-cp iiml Cat11» Winter Well ou Thln
tli-s if Curc-il While Tender,
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C. Mori/rov. In Dakota Fanner.
As iny experience with the Russian
tli-stle may be interesting to some of
your readers should you see fit to pub
lish it I would say:
If we wish to clean the land of foul
v\ cods wc must stop sowing them. The
farmers of this country alone are v*«
nnisciously sowing hundreds of bushels
of Russian thistles every year. How
tin they do it? Well, a friend said to
tin- last fall. "I am cleaning my land of
th:«,tl»s inline shape.'' When nsked
how he was doing it he said. "I am go
ing over it with a four horse drag and
lliat takes up every one of .thein as
Soon :is they are loose the wind blows
them away and leaves the land as clean
ns a house floor." 1 "smole" and went
u'ong thinking that, with his way he
not only thoroughly seed his
land, but also every spot of plow
i'! land around him. Again, standing
.mi the street one day last month, 1 saw
farmer at work in his wheat lield
timing thistles, lie hail a pitch-fork
and passing from one thistle to another
lie would loosen them from the ground,
'"vs them in the air, and as the wind
is blowing quite hard, away they
onld go across his land knocking out
the seeil continually, and on across his
neighbors land, seeding, seedingevery
\i.here, they went, and the men who
eican their land in this way, look over
it .ind doubtless thank Gocl they will
have no further trouble with the foul
need, not once thinking of the mill
ious of seeds they have planted for
another crop. Suppose you ask them
about the seed they have sent over to
•. their neighbors, they reply, "Am I my
brothers keeper? let him take care of
.In- and 1 will take eare of mine."
There is an old saying "chickens will
it'cme home to roost." and so will the
.....Russian thistle. I am not much of a
,. farmer, but 1 believe that whatever is
worth doing, should be done well.
have often been askeil to tell
ttirough some pape.r what I knew
-about the Russian thistle. Well, first,
1 know that, the way it is now handled,
it is a great curse to the farmers, but,
if attended toas it should be.it will
Mirely prove a blessing in disguise.
In 1 S'.i:t I sowed flax upon 30 acres of
old gronnd it came up nicely and 1
thought surely I would have a good
crop. but, soon the thistle made its
appearance and for a while it was quite
si question which would come out
iiliead. but tinally the llax seemed to
-ay just what 1 have many times said
in regard to other matters. "Life is too
short for me to quarrel with these fel
low s.".so it gave up the struggle and
let the thistle get to the front, and 1
yot no Hax. Not knowing'at that time
'He value of my crop of thistles and
•flax, 1 let it stand until the spring of
•1891, then in order to use the laud 1
"vus obliged to get rid of that immense
crop of old thistles, but how could it be
done? I decided to try my hay bucker,
I soon found they would unload them
httlves and all I had to do was to stand
on the machine and drive on and on
until the thistles would extend so far
in front that they would begin to roll
under, and soon all would be left bo
innd e-\eept what remained on the
teeth, and these would rub or drag
along on the ground cleaning up every
kind of a weed. My man followed with
pitchfork and matches, throwing to
gether and burning everything I left.
When we were through we thought
"«'t had done a splendid job, and so
*AC had, but. like the others I have
npoken of, we did not think of the seed
we had left all over the ground. .Soon
after I seeded all but 10 acres of that
ground with black barley. 1 put it in
v. ith a press drill and in four days it
•was up and looking as fine as any
tjrain 1 ever saw. It grew until it was
:i bout 4 inches high and bv that time
the ground had become so dry that the
barley would not grow it seemed to
stay right there for about two weeks.
In the meantime the thistles had come
•ip so thick that the ground looked as
Uiough it was coated over with green
moss, and dry weather only made that
•grow the faster. It seemed to iust
Jiigli at the barley because it could
not grow without rain it shot right
past it leaving it almost out of sight.
The latter part of .luly Iliad about L'O
acres of thistles with a little barley
mixed with it standing 20 inches high,
arid 1 did not know what to do with it.
Realizing that 1 must some time clean
otT the land in order to get another
frop, 1 went at it with the mowing
machine and cut the whole of it down,
raked it up, drew it home and stacked
it. thinking 1 would see if it could be
used as fodder. I made my stack 18
teet wide and 04 feet long. Not stack
ing it as soon as I should after cutting,
1 found it almost impossible to work
upon it, so we piled it up in the best
hi ape we could from the wagon until
it was about in feet high. By this time
I was disgusted with the thistle, but
still more so at what people said about
my fine stack of hay, as they callod it
KO I leftseveral loads in the field, think
ing I would burn that when I got time,
but my stock got the start of me and
ate it all up. After having built my
stack as before stated, I topped it out
with about a dozen loadsof coarse hay,
tied it down and left it, thinking per
haps I had fooled away my time and
My stock and hay yard is about i.i
feet square. My sheds and stacks are
so arranged that they break off the
north and west winds. My yard is di
vided into seven different yards, with
gates so arranged that 1 can throw
all into one, or keep each by itself.
My feed racks are in the yard along
side the stacks. One of tiiese yards
contained the stack of thistles. My
horse yard was uprn the north side of
it and the cattle yard on the
south side,
with gates leading from each of these
into the thistle stack yard. I have
wintered 32 horses and 15 head of cat
tle, taking care of them alone. At
night I would open the srate from the
horse yard and allow the horses to run
to the thistle stack until morning, then
,1 put thein back in their yard, gather
•up whatever may have gotten down,
Minder th'-ir feet, putting it into their
racks and let them finish it up through
the day. After doing this 1 turn the
cattle into the stock yard and the first
tiling theyde is to lapup ai! the lliibtle.
seed lie horses have s'at tere I on the
giotind. 'l'licy leave it, asclean as tliev
would a box that had had grain in it.
lie thistle had settled so firmly in the
stuck that, the cattle could only pull
out a mouthful at a time, so they wast
ed but very little. My stock all ran
loose in the yards, going into the sheds
when they choose, but have not been
shut up or tied up one night during the
whole winter. They have had no grain
except what they got from the thistle,
but have kept in good condition and
are looking well. I am comfident
there has not been 200 pounds of the
thistle wasted during the winter, I
think 1 may have fed about 5 tons of
hay besides the stack of thistles.
To sum up my idea of the "curse of
our state" it is about like this. Fire
and water are excellent servants, hut
hard masters, so also is the Russian
thistle. A few years ago the buffalos
were running wild over these broad
prairies, but their value was not fully
known until they were ruthlessly ex
terminated. So also now is the Russian
thistle running wild and choaking out
our fields of grain, and nearly all vege
tation, and when it does not go fast
enough to suit some farmer, he takes
his drag or his pitchfork and starts it
along and virtually says, "multiply and
replenish the earth," whereas he
should tnke the mower, liorse-rake and
hayrack and gather it into his barns,
or stack it to be fed to his stock
through the long winter months.
Our wild upland hay is for growing
stock, second to none'that grows, but
the thistle, if properly cut, cured and
stacked, is in my opinion worth at
least percent more than this hay for
feeding. Add to this the fact that there
are thousands of acres all around us,
upon which we can cut from three to
five times more per acre than we can
hay upon the prairie, and is it not fol
ly for us to continue to talk of its be
ing such a curse to our state? Let it
be cut early and often. Let every far
mer do his best to get a few head of
cattle or sheep to eat what he has
saved. Let every road master enforce
the law in his district in regard to
novious weeds. Let there be a law
passed making it a misdemeanor for
any person to clean his land of foul
weeds iu any manner that shall en
danger or cause the spread and dis
tribution of seed on adjoining lands,
and in 10 years time we shall hear the
same talk about the Russian thistle
that we now hear about the wanton
destruction of the buffalo. We shall
also be able to convince outside parties
who are doing so much against us by
telling that the thistle is driving every
body out of the state, that we have one
of the best stock countries to be found
on earth. That we know a good thing
when it is thrust upon us and are abun
dantly able to use and take care of it.
Toniuto (innviiig,
Mrs. J. SYKEM. In liakota farmer.
Is it. too late this spring to give a
little of my gardening experience?
After ten years experimenting, 1 have
conic to the conclusion that the best
cabbage for Dakota is "All Seasons''
and the "Sure Head," and have found
nothing better in tomatoes than "Car
dinal" and "Dwarf Champion." They
are both fairly early and we have no
use for late tomatoes here. The fruit
is smooth, round and solid, and just a
nice size for canning whole. I ma.y
tell some time how I came to have
them but now is the time to talk about
growing them.
If plants are not already started, sow
seed at once in box or pan quite thick
ly, cover soil a few days with woolen
cloth or paper, keep warm and moist.
When the little plants begin to crowd
each other, take stiff brown paper cut
in strips 1 -.j by 3 inches, pin the ends
together, making bottomless cups, set
them closely in shallow boxes on a
couple of inches of mellow soil. Wet
the soil in pot of plants thoroughly so
break the roots in taking
l'ut a plant in each paper
cup, fill them with dirt, water and put
dry dirt on top to keep
baking. Do not put in
as not to
them out.
cup, fill tli
a little more
the soil from
sunshine the day of
After that the more fresh air and
shine the better. When they are too
large for the paper cups, have ready a
lot of old tin cans. Throw them in the
stove to melt out top and bottom and
open the seam. Tie them with old
binding twine to hold them in shape,
set in large boxes of prepared earth in
some shclterad place where they need
not be moved. Now lift the little
plants carefully in their paper cups,
putting one in each tin can. till up with
earth and let them stay till time to go
in the garden. Shelter thein with
boards if it should storm, and old car
pets or any thing at niglit to keep from
freezing. With a little care they can
be lifted can and all and set in the
garden without lossening the soil
about the roots. The growth is not
checked by transplanting, and by leav
ing a couple of inches of the can above
the ground they are protected from cut
worms. And the cans being unsoldered
can be taken off when the plants are
too large to slip the cans up over the
Try my way and see if it is not easier
than the old way of transplanting.
At the first time, it can all be done sit
ting down and the plants are not so
apt to die.
Feeding Wheat.
Foster & Thompson, Huron, S. D.,
write us:
"As so many are interested in the
feeding of wheat, we will give some
of our experience. We sold the best
of our thorough bred Poland Chinas to
our customers for breeding purposes'
and fed nine of the "culls" remaining
until they were nearly ten months old
and sold them, at which time the nine
weighed 3000 pounds, or an average of
333)5 pounds each. Some of them were
from very young sows and were smaller
than the others, while two or three
weighed about 400 pounds each. They
had no milk or corn and no special care,
and during three weeks of the worst
weather their house was so cold that
they made but little growth if any.
We fed fine ground soft wheat twice a
day and then let them run in a large
lot. When not too cold we soaked
meal twelve hours.
We have had good luck disposing of
Shorthorn bulls, but hare a few left
that will be in good shape for service
any time now and they are nice ones
too, all red and hardy. Our young,
calves by Kentucky bull are indeea
things of beauty.
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(.Oil's lOlllllMI TO IVOA1I TO KX
Tlilt THE AllK.
floor "of (ioil'n
The floor «t (ioiI'M Mnnnion Wlilo
Open for All—Culvnry tile Fulcrum
••ml (lie CroNN llir I.cver l- Which
All Xntlonn Shall lie Llftril.
New York, Special.—Although Ills
oratory is at nil times magnetic nnrt
eloquent, fhoro is one theme with
which, whenever ho makes It the
groundwork of his sermon, Dr. Tal
hnge never fails to commuuii'iito to
his auditors the enthusiasm lie him
self feels. That theme is the Gospel
invitation: and when, this afternoon,
he look for Ills subject "The Gospel
Ship," the great audience that crowd
ed the Academy was In full sympa
thy. The text selected was Genesis,
vi, IS "Thou shalt come into the ark.
thou and thy sons and (hy wife and
thy suns' wives with thee."
In this day of the steamships I,u
cania, and Majestic, and the Paris, 1
will show you a ship that in some re
spects eclipsed thein all, and which
sailed out, an ocean underneath and
an ocean falling upon it. Intidel
scientists ask us to believe that in
the formation of the earth there have
been half a dozen deluges yet they
nren ot willing to believe the Bible
story of the deluge.
In what way the catastrophe came
and bends the cedars until all the I
branches snap in the gale. There is
lyunii in the wind like unto the
ill convulsion. Doom! go the bursting
heavens. The inhabitants of the earth
instead of flying to the housetops and
the mountainu ps, as men have fan
cied, sit down in dumb, white horror
we know not whether by the stroke would have whelmed them and they
of a comet, or by llashes'of lightning '"'"lit n« well have perished outside
changing the air into water, or by a
stroke of the hand of God, like the
ax between the horns of the ox. To
meet the catastrophe, God oidered a
great ship built. It. was to be without
prow, for it was to sail to the shore.
It was to be without helm, for no liu- 'lnrkness but once in the ark, all is
man hand should guide it. It was a well. "God shut him in."
vast structure, probably as large as There comes upon the good man a
two or three modern steamers. It 'IPIHJ-'O of financial trouble. lie had
was the Great lOnstern of olden times. thousands to lend now he can
The ship is (lone. The door is open. borrow a dollar. lie once owned
The lizards crawl in. The cattle walk I
ill. The grasshoppers nop in. The lenses iu Huston, I'hiladelphia and
birds fly in. lie invitation goes Orleans. He owned four horses
forth to Noah: "Come thou and all !lII' employed a man to keep the dust
thy house into the ark." .lust one
upon the ship­
wreck of a race, and the carcasses of
a dead world. Woe to the mountains!
Woe to the sea!
1 am no alarmist. AVlien. on the
20th of September, after the wind 1ms
for three days been blowing from the
northeast, you prophesy that 'lie
equinoctial storm is coming, you sim
ply state a fact not to be disputed.
Neither am I an alarmist when I say
that a storm is coming, compared
with which Noah's deluge was but an
April shower nnd tlint it is the wisest
nnd safest for you nnd for me to get
safely housed for eternity. The invi
tation flint went forth to Noah sounds
iu our onrs: "Come thou and nil thy
house into the nrk."
Well, how did Noah nnd his family
come into the ark? Did they climb In
at the window, or come down the
oof? No they went through the door.
And just so, if we get into the nrk
ot God's mercy, it will be through
Christ, the door. The entrance to ihe
ark of old must have been a verv large
entrance. We know that it was. from
the fact tlint there were monster ani
mals In the earlier ages and in order
to get tliem into the nrk two and two,
according to the Hible statement, the
door must have been very wide and
very high. So the door into the mercy
side of Christ—the pierced side, the
wide-open side, the heart side—that wo
enter. The Homan soldier, thrusting
his spear into tlie Savior's side, expect
ed only to let the blood out, but lie
opened the way to let all the world In.
Oh wlint a broad gospel to preach!
If a mnn is about to give an entertain
ment, lie issues 200 or 300 Invitations,
carefully put up and direKed to the
particular persons whom he wishes to
entertain. But God. our Father, makes
a banquet, and goes oilt to the front
door of heaven, and stretches out his
hands over land and sea and, with a
voice thnt peuetrates ie Hindoo jun
gle, nnd the Greenland ice castle, anj
Brazilian grove, niul English factory,
and American home, cries out, "Come!
for all things nre now ready!" It is a
wide door! The old cross has been tak
en apnrt, nnd its two pieces nre
stood up for the door posts, so far
apart that all the world can come in.
Kings scatter t-easures on days of re­
Rome to Jerusalem but I think" its
worth carrying all around the globe,
and all around the heavens, that "God
so loved the world, that lie gave his
only begotten son, that whosoever
believeth iti him should not perish but
have everlasting life." Whosoever
will, let him come thiougli the large
door. Archimedes wanted a fulcrum
on which to place his lever, and then
he said that lie 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 do not know whether
the door of the ancient ark was lifted,
or rolled on hinges but this door of
Christ opens both ways. It swings
out toward nil 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 iu heaven.
One army of the Living God
At his column ml we bow
Fart of the host have crossed me
And part are crossing now.
Swing in, blessed door! until all
the earth shall go in and live. Swing
out until all the heavens come forth
to celebrate the victory.
Hut, further, it is a door with fast
enings. The Hible says of Noah.
"The Lord shut him in." A vessel
without bulwarks or doors would not.
a safo
human family embark in the strange fiirrit'Ie now he has hard work to get
voyage, and 1 hear the door slam shut, "I'yfs In which to walk. The great
A great storm sweeps along the hills
moan of a dyinir world. The black- s'orni. "The Lord shut him in." A
liess of the heavens is shattered by the
flare of the lightnings, that,
Into the waters, and throw a ghastli
ness on the face of the mountains,
llow strange it. looks! flow suR'ocnt
ing the air seems! The big drops of
rain begin to splash upon the up
turned faces of those who are watch
ing lip? tempest, f'nisli! go Die
vessel to go in. When Noah
tUo 'l ou f' t'h
Ti'k' Vi'0
of God is a large door. We go In, tnnee. Safe forever! All the nironv ne I"'l-V. that you who
the door of the ark, they were very .-i'l'
glad. I'nless these doors were fasten
ed, the first heavy surge of the sea
the ark as inside the ark. "The Lord
shut them in." Oh, the perfect safety
of the ark! The surf of the sesi and the
lightning of the sky may be twisted
into a garland of snow and fire—deep
to deep, storm to storm, darkness to
hurricane deck, the waves struck him.
Hut he was safely sheltered from the
tlood of domestic trouble fell oil him.
Sickness nnd bereavement came. The
rain pelted, the winds blew. The
heavens are aflame. All the gardens
of earthly delight are washed away.
The mountains of joy nre buried fif
teen cubits deep. Hut stnnding bv
the empty crib, and in the desolated
nursery, and in the doleful hall, once
a-ring with merry voices, now silent
forever, ho cried: "The Lord gave.
the Lord hath tal^n awav blessed be I
shut h?in in." All the sins of a Pf«
ocean of his sin surounded his soul,
howling like a simoon, raving like a
enroclydon. Hut, h.oking out of the
window, lie saw his sins sink like lead
into the depths of the sea. The dove
of heaven brought an olive branch to
the nrk. The wrath of the billow onlv
pushed him toward heaven. "Tli'e
Lord shut him In."
The snme door fastenings that kept
Noah in keep the troubles out. I nin
"lad to know that when a man reaches
heaven all earthly troubles nre (Tone
with him. Here he mny have had It
hard to get bread for his family
there he will never hunger any more.
Here lie ma.y have wept bltterlv- ore
"the lamb thnt Is in the midst o- the
throne will load him to ihine foun
tnins of water, nnd Go.l win
away nil tears from his eyes." Here
lie may have hard work (o get house
but in my Father's house there nre
many mansions, and rent day never
comes. Here there are deathbeds,
and coffins, and graves: there no sick
ness no weary watching no choking
cough, no consuming fe
Icring chill, no tolling hell 'no irnve
The sorrows of life shall co'me up -md 'V!
knock nt tho door, but no admit-
swung both wavs, and with
sure fastenings. No burglar's
P'ck thnt lock. No swarthy
arm of hell enn shove back thnt bolt.
I rejoice thnt I do not nsk you to
come aboard a crazy craft with lonk
ing hulk, and broken helm, nnd un
fastened door but an ark 50 cubits
wide and 300 cubits long, and a door
so large that the round earth, without
grazing the post, might be bowled in!
Now, if the ark of Christ is so grand
a place in which to live, and die, and
triumph, come into the ark. Know
well that the door that shut Noah In
shut others out and though, wheirtlie
pitiless storm came pelting on their
joicing. So CI' -1st, our King, comes get a little older we will enjoy our nre often driven back but who conies
and scatters fie jewels of heaven.
Rowland said tiiat he hoped to get to
heaven throur'i the crevices of the
door. But he was not obliged thus to
go in. Surrey Chapel, going up to
ward heaven, the gatekeeper cried,
"Lift up your heads, ye everlastljg
gates, and let this man come in!"
The dying tnief went in, Kichard
Baxter and Robert Newton went in.
Europe, Asia. Africa, North and South
America may yet go through this wide
door without crowding. He! every
one—all conditions, all ranks, all peo
ple! Luther said that this truth was
worth carrying on tfie'a knees from
farm a little longer." But meanwhile
the storm w» brewing. The foun
tains of heaven were filling up. The
pry was being placed beneath the
foundations of the great deep. The
last year had come, the last month,
the last week, the last day, the last
ales. They will wait until (hey get
older. They say, "You cannot expect
mail of my attainments nnd of im
position to surrender myself just now.
Hut before the storm comes I will go
in. Yes, I will. I know wlint 1 am
about. Trust me!" After awhile, one
night nhout 12 o'clock, going home, he
passes a scaffolding just as a gust of
wind strikes it, and a plank' falls.
Dead! And outside the ark! Or,
riding in the park, a reckless vehicle
crashes Into him, and tils horse be
comes unmanagable, and ho shouts,
"Whoa! whoa!" and takes another
twist in the reins nnd plants his feet
against the dnslibonrd, and pulls back.
Hut no use. It is not so much down
the avenue he Hies as on tlio way to
eternity. Out of the wreck of the
crash his body is drawn, but his soul
is not picked up. It tied behind a
swifter courser into the great future.
Dead! and outside the ark! Or. some
night lie wakes up with a distress
Hint momentarily increases until lie
shrieks out in pain. The doctors come
in, and they give him twenty drops,
but no relief forty drops, urty drops,
sixty drops, but no relief. No time
for prayer. No time to rend one of
the promises. No time to get a single
sin pardoned. The whole house is
aroused in alarm. The children cry.
'I ne wife faints. The ptilses fail. The
heart stops. The soul flies. Dead!
and outside the ark!
I have no doubt that derision kept
many people out of the ark. The
in New York, and had branch
'.lis '"i"eh, phaeton, carriage, and
eotnniorcinl disaster was brok-
f,)ro -''nil aft, nnd across the
"H-'iVn manning for The
Why, there will be no deluge.
If there is one that miserable ship
will not weather it. Alia! going into
the ark! Well, that is too good to
keep. Here fellows, have you hoard
the news? This man is going into the
ark." Under this artillery of scorn
the man's good resolution perished.
And so there nre hundreds kept out
by the fenr of derision. The young
man asks himself, "What would they
say nt the store to-morrow morning
if I should become a ChristianV When
I go down to the club house they will
shout, 'Here conies that new Chris
tian. Suppose you will not have any
thing to do with us now. Suppose you
are praying now. Get down on your
knees and let us bear you pray. Come,
now, give us touch. Will not do it.
eh? I'retty Christian, you nre!" Is it
not the fear of being laughed at that
keeps ?iu out of the kingdom of God?
Which of these scorners will help you
at the last? When you lie down on a
dying pillow, which of them will bo
there? In the day of eternity, will
they bail you out?
My friends and neighbors, cnnie in
riulit away. Come in through Christ,
the wide door—the door that swings
oilt toward you. Come in and be
saved. Come in and be happy. "The
Spirit and the Hride say. come." Iinum
in the ark! Iioom in the ark!
Hut do not come alone. The text In
vites you to bring your family. It
says. "Thou and thy sons and lliy
wife." You cannot drive them in. If
the name of the Lord'" "Th« lord V"s
!,:u tn,,(
lnt ,hl ark ho wou,1
4! I OlltS ni*P lint U-fk-a l\rtl, 1 fl.lnna
drive your children into the nrk. You
can draw your children to Christ lint
you cannot coeice them. The cross
was lifted, not to drive, but to draw.
"If 1 be lifted up. I will draw all men
unto me." As the sun draws up the
drops of morning dew so the sun of
righteousness exhales the tears of re
pent once.
He sure that you bring your hus
band and wife with you. How would
Noah have felt If, when he heard the
"MI pattering on the root' of the nrk.
lie knew that his wife was outside
the storm? No she went with liini.
And yet some of you are on the ship
for hpavon
co,np nnio ls
,nembor the
™slieltered. Vou re-
when the marriage
ring was set. Nothing lias yet been
able to break It.. Sickness came, and
the linger shrank, but ihe ring staid
on. The twain Btood nlone 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
y,S wol',k
1)Ut 1,10
knock at the door, but no admittance ^vi?''-.,*1"!" "''V
The perplexities of life shall con un 'V*
fa,] ','llsh
heads, they beat upon the door say- our homes be without them? We may
ing, "Let me in! let. me in!" the door
did not open. For 120 years tiiey
were invited. They expected to some
in but the antediluvians said, "We
must cultivate these fields we must
be worth more flocks of sheep and
herds of cattle we will wait until we
hour, the last moment. In an awful liclghts. and depths of your soul, what
dash an ocean dropped from the sky, 's to become of your sons arid daugh
and another rolled up from beneath ters for time and for eternity? "Oh,"
and God rolled the earth and sky into y°u say. "I mean to see that they
one wave of universal destruction. liave good manners.", Very well. "I
So men now put oft going into the mean to dress them well, if I have
ark. They say they will wait twenty myself to go shabby." Very good. "I
years first They will have a little "ball give them an education I shall
longer time with their worldly uaocl- leave them a fortune." Very well.
of tlle
the ring only made it
ri v,
01 11,0
forever? I
ho have been
Come in nnd hring your wife or your
husband with you—not by fretting
about religion, or ding-donging them
about religion, but by a consistent
life and by a compelling prnyer that
shall bring the throne of God down
into your room. Go home nnd tnke up
the Hible and read it together, and
then kneel down and commend your
souls to him who lins watched you all
those years and before you rise there
will be a fluttering of wings over your
head, angel crying to angel, "Behold!
they pray!"
But this does not Include nil your
family. Bring the children, too. God
bless the dear children! What would
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 linrp or
flute ever have such music ns there is
in a child's "good niglit?" From -r
coarse, rough life the angels of ool
iuto the nursery without feeling that
angels are hovering around? They
who die in infancy go straight Into
glory, but you are expecting your chil
dren to grow up in this world. It tb
a question, then, that rings through
all the corrlders, and windings and
Hut Is thnt all? Don't you mean to
take them into the ark? Don't you
know that tho storm is coming, and
that out of Christ there is no safety?
no pardon? no hope? no heaven?
IIow to get them in? Go in your
self. If Noah had staid out, do you
not suppose that his sone—Sli'em,
Hnm nnd .Tnplieth—would have staid
out? Your sons and daughters will be
npt. to do just as you do. Iteiect
Christ yourself, and the probability,
is that your children will reject him.
An account was taken of the relig
ious condition of families in a certain
district. In the families of pious par^
ents two-thirds of the children were
Christians. In the families where the
parents were ungodly only one-twelfth
of the children were Christians.
Which way will you take your chil
dren? Out into tho deluge, or into the
nrk? Have you ever made one earn
est prayer for their immortals souls?
What will you sn.v in the judgment,
when (Sod asks. "Whore is George, or
Henry, or Frank, or Mary, or Anna?
Where are those precious souls whose
interests I committed into your
A dying son said to his father,
"Father, yon gave me an education,
nnd good manners, nnd everything
that the world could do for me but,
father, you never told me how to die
.'md now my soul is going out in the
oh. ye who have taught your chil
dren how to live, have you aiso taught
them how to die? Life here is not so
important as the great hereafter. It
is not so much the few furlongs this
side of the grave as it is the unending
leagues beyond. O eternity! etenfy!
Thy locks white with ages! Tlij|t
voice announcing stupendous destiny!
Thy arm reaching across all the past
and all tho future! O eternity! eter
Go home and erect a family altar.
You may break down in your prayer.
Hut never mind. God will take what
you mean, whether you express it in
telligibly or not. Hring all your house
into the ark. Is there one son whom
you have given up? Is lie so dissi
pated that you have stopped counsel
ing and prnying? Give liini up? How
dare you give him up? Did God ever
give you up? While you have a sin
gle articulation of speech left, coascj^
not to pray for the return of that
prodigal. lie may even now be stand*
ing on the beach at Hong Kong or
Madras meditating return to his
father's house. Give liini up? Never
give liini up! Has God promised to
hear thy prayer only to mock tliec?
It is not too late.
In St. Paul's. London, there is :i
whispering gallery. A voice uttered
most feebly at one side of tho gallery
is heard distinctly at the opposite
side, a great distance off. So every'
word of earnest prayer goes all around
the earth, and makes heaven a whis
pering gallery. Go into the ark—not
to sit down. but to stand In
the door, and call until all tho family
come in. Aged Noah, where is .Tap
helh? David, where is Absalom?
Hnuiiah where is Samuel?
On one of the lake steamers lliero
were a father and two daughters jour
neying. They seemed extremely poor.
A benevolent gentleman stepped up
to tho poor man to proffer some form
of relief, and said: "You seem to be
very poor, sir." 'Toor, sir," relied
the mnn, "if there is a poorer ma0tv
than me a troublin' the world God
pity both of us!" "I will tnke one of
your children and ndopt It, if you say
so." "A what-" said tlie poor man.
"A relief! Would it be a relief to have
the hands chopped off from the body,
or the lienrt. torn from the breast? A
relief indeed! God lie good to us!
What do you mean, sir?" However
many children wo hare, we have nons
to give up. Which of our fnmilies car
we afford to spare out of heaven? Will
it lie the oldest? AVill it lie the young
est? Will it lie thnt one tlint was sicjn
some time ago? Will it be the hus
band? Will it be the wife? No! No!
We must have them all in. Let us
take the children's linnds nnd start
now. Leave not one behind. Come,
father! Come, mother! Come, son!
Come, daughter! Come, brother! Come,
sister! Only one step, and we are in.
Christ, the door, swings to admit iis
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, saying: "Come thou
and all thy house into the ark." And
there may the Lord shut us iu!
Incident In tlin f.lfe of a Veteran^'*
The death of Col. W. C. Coup, the
veteran showman, was noted recently.
While in his bed at the Carleton Hotel,
.lacksonvilie. Fin., last week, the old
vhuwniiin iold a correspondent how
happened to lose so heavily in the
Aquarium venture iu New York City,
in 1879.
He and Henry Reiche, the foreign
animal dealer, were partners in the
concern, nnd ench lind more than? 300,
000 cash tied up in it. For the first
few months of the Aquarium was a
big success. Then the subject of open,
ing on Sunday led to a bitter figWf*
against it by the clergy of New York.
Reiche wanted to keep it open and
Coup opposed it. They could not agree
so Coup suggested that they dissolve
partnership. But this was no easy
matter, anil finally Coup said:
"Let's flip up a penny the winner
gets the whole layout the loser gets'
It was agreed. All Coup's money
was In this thing, and Reiche didn't
have a dollar outside of It. The throw
of a penny mount poverty to one and'
a big loacl to carry for the other.
Coup took the penny from his pock
et and told Reiche to call it while hf
the air. Then Coup tossed it.
Reiche called "beads."
The copper fell to the floor and spun
around -for a few moments, while boih
men stooped eagerly over it. They
were the only witnesses. Finally the
penny began setting with the "tails,"
side underneath, and Coup saw that
he had lost.
"I didn't wait for the copper to stop,"
said the old man, "but told Reiche he, 1
had won fairly. Then I picked up the
penny and 'got out,' as per agreemen£'i£g
But have carried that penny In my
pocket ever since. It tangs there ln ,—
my trousers now. I wouldn't part 35
with it for $1,000—Philadelphia Rec- 1
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