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The Madison daily leader. [volume] (Madison, S.D.) 1890-current, June 26, 1890, Image 4

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I^Hp-Otl) C»»*»•«•••
«f Thrilling
^Ullli «T (»|y»*w
•**. /^l El
.v itieic capital of T*t-
the pride of the people ?he R«n)
Ual v««
Itagth by tin
tfcf citv Juti at tb*« d»w« of day
fea the **'*r meiDor^iWe morning of .Ian. 1,
lib:',, at a titrnai from the cotton-clad
laet. a ^nr«nU»t and vigoroan attack was
•Mdi- upors th« Federal j»o*ition thf i«ad
farce* and vee«ei» of war all onWMa»fio«a
impending danger 'I'her made a
worthy of a U tter e»ne«, bat the itupetn
aait\ of the Confederate attack w» trra
tiatinie, and the enemy warn finally crar-
red and forced to enriMider the
heavy on both aide# ot par
ticularly «o on the Federal »id« Tbe
fniit of thin splendid victory wan tbe
eajptur of th« f^tire Feder 1 army and tie
Vfcxt gtcre* and ua*y, not one man or v#«.
•al escaping, except one war «hip which
"violated tbe truce and eat apod to eea in
oonfuxion of tbe hoar, and the flag
•kip Weetneld, which wae blown np by
her commander with every toal on board,
fan order, a* wa* l*eliered, to eacape an
ipnomiuionfl turrend^r under eirotttB
£ute« of tbe deepont dt«gTa^«.
The following l»eaiiufnl poem, referring
|a tbia brilliant achievement, wae written
la cam] yu uaivoeio lat&nd, nuoii after
Ito reo ,i)orti. b* the gifted *oldi«r-poet
Ooioaef A. M. liobbv It ia truthfully
•aid that *po»'t« are sot made, but born
Oolond Hobby although during the war
Wtwaett the States in deed* of
t^mi.ii i. t^o nnle* from thf mainland
glTirgmia l'trtnt an fifty rni^s by rail
frotis the dtv of {leuston. i*¥ ^•*a
natation ob Buffalo Bsyon, In W»2
the Federals csptnred and occupied tbe
oiir With a. Urge fore® of infantry aad
•rtillery, protected hy some frfteeil ^no
bouts and" UftB-ijiortn. which Uv iu fanciftd
MeoritY at thi whan They were a
MDiUuit menace tifc efltu*
wa« not known at what
Mnu a formidable invasion might U
attempted Thft onfederste commander.
General J. bankhead M*«ruder, had his
kaad quarters and mamtuned A large
fate* at Unuaton wherwnll the railways
t» thr Ktgta Q«U i4 o termini in
constant m*dm4K» to retel any attempted
lavas ion at an* point on the lex** ct»"»t.
Th- Confederates held possession of the
Galveston Hallway bridge, the ofllv eve
in of commuxiiliOD witi the mainland,
small vesaela Most of the
e)|ii«Di of Gab had fled on ap
proach of the «n*my, l.#roming exiles in
the interior of tbe State, leading their
beautiful vineclad hemes vacant and in
the potii«oio:i of the foe. These were
dftaeiraied »nfl in many case# destroyed,
thf most beautiful and eoiMy
ponrerted. into •table* fot thoir
iMveea, and barrack" for their noidmry,
aad the lovely orange and oleander
waovft^ wer* ltlerally c*tirp.»ied. (ienpral
Magr'JfW'r couwlTnil lli« bold aud har.snl
01# #cfit»snf of wojitunug the Inland
City- .•fended ax u ww y a utrouR laad
fnroe aud a g»e*i navy of powerful
Ml* of War. A half dozen *o»ail bayott
•Min mnni hal eeeaf«-d nj BnOaioe Bavtw,
•a the«M were ooti*erted into wtton-clad
nnboat*, ampU jrotec*tt •'Xi'ept their
halU ielow wlter line bv cottonJ»nl«a.
Th«»y w«.re providedgvith t?r»ppltng-iraBa
asd manned r6#olot« Bhart»»ilioot«ni.
Ob the ntybt of 1 »fr. 31, u y eiowly
aS#i Caationalv moT'i'd on th« doornad
rfty. TtiV CoBfedemtv land force# in
aatap at Virginia Point ct»ni««k1 the waffled
ralSwaT bridge and took position
wtoteh hnkel hU name
fal imperishable renown with the moat
of modem times, was
Hit «vitH to occasional lliance with
lk. mttee. and but Ofttc eoatributio&a
lank with the sweetent gems preferred in
tfce Kagliah lw»gaa*e.
This writer «enad with htm in the
BuitL 1 ^iiiKUtur. .-f Teiaa. dviac tbs
llormy see#.on of i 1. where hi* orill
—Ia*t »w®e4,
Hon Mxieareil him to all hj« olleagaaa
•id »itiO'iste« where h«* *m conKpicuoue
biK pure and grateful oratory and his
to the principle* of CITII libf-rty
atiu local eel (-government, wbieb ware
flten being u* w- believed at that timet
•0 fiercely a«nsiled by oar Northern
brethren. Col Hobbv died a fort Hai
Ion, New Itaxioo, Feb.
Doeen r*
Tl«»" I •!.
r»KO. p. ALFOBD.
i the fhs" arrt mast ft be
khali «av far«a«ll u Hketbinaf
tK i't-ly «ntl lw matin tkA all 1 »ef
iv r.w*« giaJtian tt»e**ejw« of uUnet
iuei.'.. li not all 11**y»i Timifti,
tx^-w »ari turn
cutiiluK saee-
iia tli iwOaii
|nhai« tte «w^tr»a»» ..f tlj«
tato a (flue** by day 1«m Utiiuv glaea.
#Ur« t* a uiiUlnva* in tbe wuhyr braath
what Aoeta viluptuon*ly mB MMI warm
That ii^akt not to tbr. IWwir« of iibQI or death,
hor brilliant a^laa liat- UUaa Ktvit birth to
Al! ti»' ran i-l«aae in riiuiata. or can lorn.
ha|pin«»», l»v nature i «aeru* batii
tow«d i« iiattv.- iw-r*- thr ptlgri'n aaith
iriteak t»f eooliu^ lirw»« fan!jel,
liOtt t*tf' IT j^r^le bealtl
ewellijie '«AM
Ber* sj^rin, liiwagb UaaMac skies ftnt pofate
ku»r fllf htL
In fWcy iiniid* wart-d on by
«)M arl(«t»r draw* apace at lace so bright
A Be! eeaaatul, tareaibaaa eMllakmf
hii! «*r'b i- (taltitwl lirtght a# ttb*- «how
aauujr titourn, adoruiu* hoaae and awta,
IWhfl* jiallid tid* *r..w rrlma«n ia tt»* light,
jjaftrir^ a|T«a1it Iter gartuerit umr hill aiirl dale,
,AtxJ h«-r fragrant twaatli upoit tbe aeeat
ed tfat«
put tboK aft cbangsd. bri«bt ot
tby walks.
«A&d sadif ehangai, afeee ftra« 1 tiMt
"UM'r«- »ft aitd waaitb atul baant
»tllVii*4e. or .ia,l»r Oily atalkS.
,AIM tby hM*i»aa •aiiaii nhiktreii tslkl
iVkh" ton-isv ilrta»itr^ »f thy aauin. above,
'li, -.. v forget iba! ii vara roll twtw««e.
SAttd 4reaui »at tiq» art rij*n»uii, of
.,Aa «ix«i iU
i'umm Ut b*&ml
iTby becMM are tmilal*. aai eUeBeedee*
jBruod* utidtatojl^d *TrV', ft •y^^rr4Maane,
'WMic rwatlee* h*t k n, en.y» «m .Uv «t)p,
4~«l a|'r«s«i tto»er r.eU tuon^ th. araOa,
The wind, a xptri: V*'l ••H'
la whiefw*** «fs
i H-
aM rw aiili proudly i «w ati i«t tb. rlutai.
OrasMB «ytut"»b Uuj i—Ji-ir i -treusui and
kofiMt aabowed.
tik? ifini
#ei i h*"t **nr«t «)u»ii
ftnMu v km t. i frisd aro
Hi- uv

tti*f thi* t* Kroand,
..ii-iiKac.' t. hi*
t!) tbe
A Moi furnishes n«
ith tli© followlug
grajhic account
the of
t»alt ntoo »nd the
e» u 11 11 poom
written *x« after
bv oat of IU tie
,X«kci liw«
U* lo»K "Crtiif siw«
itliM fit
Ooaiiiuiaiii« ttih* no*i draw*
A* J"1''
lileetliiK ud
An4 sball thf eoo* T** pa»e«d UIMIOMMKI IMT^
Wh..N (lende \«4«r are a uaiiois arid-*
W1h» inan-B«NL to i»e»t the V*. en»
Y«t tin fir*' «hoc4 '4 baHi« -ei»w» at«l »4A.
H\ *itti T.-»»u tfi'.sth^ri -u+rht and
aia* ur»
i- tt
u« iinw
But f)Flbc t"ad atlll fkw« ttw tu«»o»aaut VMMTI
Queen City »'«r tlwir ht»aT«r«*1 aetMM bow,
fcr tbey i*Hli «kirtou* deeni* have wreatbudi thy
)xcauie"u« Nmw
An fame bet$ »epnl'ihjred the mlnlit y dMfl I
Tt»«»y »Ire) tlse lonfi that kuuwi iw w artn«
Wraji il In their gory tftr ui* cu louor Vn»J.
Tti y hood sot «U«taot liattlee' (bandar
feel the shaddMiag eartb lie aaewev noak
TliHr fNnlkw ouTy their *|irlt* »tni
Kid^ iti th t'rfceee fhnr« «i tur aruilw r—d,
Tt«'ii U* *U hr
u» it
Atxl akl mw
The lo*»1y#t?of
C§alv«mton, the mta-
Thy (IOHOM naive to
•oul* *ilti wmr
at .. All,
ehwutfUi u.
end of
thf sea»-." is situated o® the
.ton Island twenty-eght miles
rage of S Bl'lfl and halt
Itaked w*H tkoae
Iiui!MrlaT Uafct !t!i» i-2 r»*»ver Ml-At.
Fur Uttm ww' frwti our siitry'» fciea—
Thv Kalllti^ i haliik «nijck off •, tniffb^—
A *tm nf
ii.lor nfHiti thy »l^tt.
And with ft* rt»e tiw tyrant luinion*fell
What *uu.i
tbe ttlgbt
Tb» ntry eald lis imt tbe ocean wviik
a last and luag we-
Botteet nvT-maoUed skies ttbe itorn of war
•ill h«»rt:i£
ii, txkttte gran'1 array
Tb*" *tenily fortu IwrAai li h. uiuratt»f *tag.
Anil watt th»at earning on lln» lm\.
Tin ntiiu .lt}|ui tan aak, twithUrm, WUalHe
Their thunder aaswera, aawl tkakr ttghtatac's
rc«H 1 ath tbi" battV ra#p« flrrw mr.it irUd,
J"lli l»rkn»«» I Ihp u»^r»l»n{ -a/
Ah mother i er l»*i lost l»ut IM V» -t.mji.i hii.L
Along the bluahlo* .asl lh yi-«r fieijwnt
Old (Vwari lay* Ms tfcy breast
ead a pos ts)
Hie throMrtn# palse dwaoGi ftha hmn
HI- Jeakloun »f tin UIIM fotnl]', pr^AAI'4,
ALIU ii thv ln»otit tils briny tears,
Tlwt uji*tj*ji lover of & tb"tifcaiti veam
TI,mKh -iui»t««t, ever riia.ighitf in hta UHK|4
billowy ctrife, aoJ wllt unr« *t
Ali't th'.u il(«t Wide U MW UiyiMHlf thus »Miad,
To tbi» great heart tiiroh then •igbln^, stek,
Ubil IttHi.
Bat now (wr*«»U to Ooean aad bis brtie
Marew«ll. irt«bt skies, and Mrds,
Ing flutftn I
We fe«*l, »hA» ec tn-marnw may t«Skts.
Our I-IVM art* tblne, tt» meoiorf of
Ia MnlMd wHii tboee who vreaUw wttli naUee
aiMl flow«r»
War tr-.•!•. Imit, and
stilt bis
eare twigtillert
U4 i.fitou- wnuian tratda at safltoriiw'K pitlo
AikI liln' an angel o'er
tbe Bisk eoaea smtlee:
lovetteat of an
Caro I i n i a u
talk ft very
SlQU"iug eto
rr in ominec
wilL the
in e tl s
v i are
Tonttd in the
lurpe n i ii e
il 1 h.
]uring (ieu
a e
tuan'H faroous
I inarch fa the
H«.», A
M»1I I
itart of
the Twenti
e A
nertion of thie
for the
Curpfr was haitt-Hl
forent, aad preywred to camp
night. The eoidiera were aomewtiat
mystified at finding mi large a retell
of smooth,
rock, but «-ongratulated
th*'nis«»lvea that they would not have to
bivouac in the mud.
Knapsacks were nnalong, goartin
J»«:re tnounied, aud fire* were kindled
at different [Kinte, aud the tired and
weary veterans we
re preparing to aet
tie down for a comfortable reat The
heat of the tirea aofteued the rotin.
First it liegan to sputter, then great
black clouds of imoke b-gan Ui ae
cend, and auddenlr huge columns of
fire ahot up, aeetuiugly ixjiu the very
bowel* of the earth.
The whole camp wa*~ft pom motion
th«* men 1 at a precipitate retroat. and
aoon the whole wae a seething,
n»ar1ng maiu»of ilanie One of the aol
diera. ae he grabbed hie gun aud atarted,
shouted a warning to hia eoiuradea:
"ikm* We've atrtuih h—A."
/TL ATE in thft fall
On our way down to tbe boat we met
a young man on horseback, dressed in
Confederate uniform. Our order* ware
capture any one prisoner that looked
like Conb'dorate, ao we took him in
He said 1^ did not have anything to do
with the army, but wa-* going to the
shoemaker to get liia shoes ftieil but
it was "no go" he had to go with u»
When we got to where he lived his
mother eame out and naul he was all
the support she had and brgged
On our way w? brother.
u fellow that
oetly it.ud-
TVtnagh vis:.«kw-# iattlee te \rl. k«*p
let hi in go, but our officer told her
he would havn to take htui to h«*a!quar
tars and perhaps the Oeneral would
let him go Hhe lollow ad ua to the
txat. but she failed to get him reluaaad,
and had to go back alone.
with us, named
Furbush, Iregau to feel that we wantwi
Nome fresh meat, so we ealled al I
hen bmse. arid
looking over thf
fowl* saw a targe rooster that seemed
to he in the way th«r*, we took huii
.A •.
into camp
The ue&t thing oa the
.^B^, isafitf^S-iffr-
wan how tlrana hi in and not
Vaugitt, for
ufncr of th« lien ltoa«
wax dure k' t»a around thv next* da
aud if tbe thief was found he wouli
(*y thv iHHinlty in thv guard hdaa*
Afi«f holdii\g oooaaltaiiou, eon
Isidcd to tak' hiriJ the- One Hq(i
«!r«dth New York ^uartorn hur.
thcrn and thi-n (apt* l»a«k and ctVhk him
Thi« we did, and the moater m«die u
maai. The next morning up can,.
Ihe farmer to fUid lit®
went to the officer* about it, thet ttd!
hint they did not think the r-ouUera
took him. but he naid he knew thov
did. he went through our camp,
hut oould not find
AH thing
of th
et«len i%hi«'ken. Theu he want to an
other regimeut, aiui did not Audit, but
when li»- can^e W» th« One Hnndredith
New York liehold, there w»re the
feathera, and that moat be the guilty
I art v. eo thkt (k»inj»anv K, iw.» ain
gle man would owft to the theft, had
spend the day in the guard home
bill the rooster aat juat aa well on our
.-itoniachs, and ro^ brother prenervaa to
thi* day a* a relic. the wiafcboue that
came out of that hiekao.
If thw should oom« to ilia «^aa of
anT of that New York oompany, they
witl find out they weije puninhi^ lor
the sin« of thr**' Company K t»yj^
.wm ...
Otts»A»rrk. -Pseeiith Ma|n«L*
mm lhath* ftsfeet
i &
HK armieennde'
Lee and Meade
K*upi«d the op
jio-nng iinee tf
Hiegc work at
Peter-bfirg, Va
on hristman
lay of I mi. I
had ridden over
from Oeneral
Warren'a head
.{tiartwre to eat
inv hdiday
:ner with aa old
.notnrade. Will
(iildat. who af
terward becatme famoun a« an Aretn
traveler. 1 found him and OMierai
Kgan in a l«uib proof ti»ar tort Hell
on the Jerusalem plank road, and ei
joved a hearty meal amid the shrink
a hell and loud detonations of artiUat"
After dinner and a jteswefui pipe M«
ior (hlder and I paid a visit W the out*':
line of jucketK, tMmg obliged to ©raw i
on our lianda and knee* for two hut
dred yard* to avoid the imlletH whit
were tyonatantly whistlmg over on
headn Finally we reaafhed the pt«k s
line, having given to a brother officer
]ortion of the gtmd things we had been
diHcusiing A® the Captain tini»hr«!
hia dinner there waa a jteroeptibi
slacketahg in the artillery aud ants
ketrv ft re. until a deep ail^no* fell
ujjon the long linea of trencher.
"The Johnniee h*re howf*nl ft flftg.
air," said a sergeant, ft* he MMHt^d
from a pit near by
"What for den»an«"l«-d tl»- r*&ptaii>
"Well, they aay itChn«tmae Iay
Mid think we have wasted enough an
Looking «w the «dgw of ow hrmrt
work* I saw that the enemy's H*e waa
searoelr one hundred yard* away and
along it* ragged edge were ranged
thirt v or forty heads of the Confeder
ate soldiers, our own line liemg alao
alive owing to the implied trace
"Hay, Yanks," oned a tall, sua
burned Houthemer, "what did yer htr
for yer Chrintmaa dinner?"
"Turkey apple-sauce, cake and r^ft
ina," replied oue of the
I the F.leventh
it i n e Itefpiment
w a in eamp in Yu
a *ilk a titer
regiments that oom
l«'ed the Tenth
.a C-orp*.
ne night aa pld
ky came into
ip witli tha re
p*Hi that some nine
or ten miles up the
Matthews CountV,
Mt a large niftnulactory that
nalt for the whob«
utherii arr'y W«» tliought
if we oould destroy that the Johnnies
Would soon give up for want of the all
important article. The next morning
1* i got orders to start for the "job" that
%»'ould end the war The most if not
fill of our regiment (the Eleventh
Maine' want along We boarded a
gunboat, went up the river «m« five
or six miles, landed, marched alsut
three miles, ftnd came to the "great
work* There were a few old kettles
that **howed no higfte of having baeri
lined for aome time. We broke them
in piaoea. reoounoitfttwd awhile, than
start«'d back.
"That aouadalftke old tiaMft. Idid»*t
know there
days. Hay,
left over
any turkeya no
Yanka, Wr j»r 4nythii»«
With one
aprang u.
do%eu men
impulse half ft
the top of the
embankment, their hands full of good
thiogs to eftt.
"Come over"* ahouted ft oorporal
w1K akMxi at the elbow of thf entrench
ment. "Guess we've got enough left
to give aome of you a Chn«tm»» lia
ia battMUUt eftftaaber«A
over thi+r pnrtbwnrka and wet ottr m«n
as they advanced over the debatable
ground between the lines. To our *mr
prise the Federal* oftme bftek with ft
gtxtd supply of toliftooo, which
quickly distributed.
"Bay, Yanks," said the Confelw»t®
who had opw^sd tha conversation,
iah una ft Merry 1 hi u4
we una wi
Haute to ytm,* w« ftll ahoutftd l»*ek,
and there was no more sliot ot nh«Il
along that part of the line during the
rwjoaauier of fehftt tku iaat
dfty of the w»».
N 1K64 our Comimny
of the :xnh Wia
asin regiment w
«s4tioned at Fort
not Mo u tan
i itor y. o n
I'amCKros Wi*.
ouite early,
ii e guard* called,
Turn out The
diftue were making
a dash by the fort
^to »tamiede w®#
^horses that we had
picketed near by. We were eomewhftt
in a hurrv to gftt the ft rat crack at
them. A comrade by the name of
Charlie Brow n in Ills hftate forgot to
pull out the totnjHon in the mtis*le of
his gnu, and taking aim he fired. He
saw. after tiring that the noi/./ie waa
swelled somewhat. The ludiai
a dftsh bv the fort, and we foliowftd
them atwut* mile, whew they turned
on tis and made a ntftod. After a ahtrrt
skirmish they Hel In kxikiug for the
dead and wounded, we found one
Indian with the tompion buried ia
flash juat below the collar bone,
IMili f«»w U th*
Away down deep in every mftn'« soul
is th tirni belief that he knows soul#
things letter than any other man that
breathes, and one of the*« is thai thft
eountry will gi to the lsw wows faatef
thWQ ft wisniat. oars s{entl mone^. s.f M§
ow* sliticftl ofMuiofia do not inoot*
The Ham'9 Horn.
a\fti. A?!
Tike Brvaklyn IMvt»« Olvea AaotHer K»l
ftwae «f Mia Cbnlw LA tka LMMWI 8SW
Xtanawa &»• th« JBaaft of Kutb SlLa ftar
ni- la falL
Dr. Taima«e gave ftaetitor avidftnee M«
wenius in hi* e» rm«n at Brooklyn, on Run
day, Juno Sa, Thf Book of Huth haw fur
nished tbe sub) for many styrmous, )tit
tby have natuVally l«H»n 'n*ertSfd with
tho c.-ntral v»biu a-'tcr u( ihn! bt«iitiful Ktory
U r^tiialtted for the popular lirooktyn d'l
Tiu* to flmt In the charai'ivr .rth.- kss
nplcuous widow aial*rtal for spiritual ho»-
His text was Kuih i. 14 "And th«y
Hft. up their voi.-«' aod w»pt again, and
«Orpah kissed her mother in law hut Huth
clavf unt her F..JU'wing is tbo acrnion
wae a heathen laud
l« i»|...ut
tis Uav» Is and into the land of Hethl«»
b«m Hhe ha* two daughters-in-Law, Huth
tuol Ospah, who onrlud.-1 go witli h»r.
Naomi -1 let th'in they had hotter not leave
their native land and und«*rtak tbo hard
ships of the journey. Imt they will not be
p»-r*uaded. They all thr*»« start out on their
loiit ney. After awhile Naomi, although she
hlghlv orlitod the company of h« two
daughtere-in -law. attempted again to per
»ua»Te them to go back. In+eau»e tf the hard
#hip* and «e!f denial through which they
would be obligedto |ft
Ruth rt*spond« in th« words from which I
once discoursed to you "Entreat mo not to
leave the-), nor to return from following after
thee, for where thou lodjreet will bulge thy
people ahatl )e my j»"ple and thy CI'KI my
Gon wher^thou dient will I die. and there
will I be buried 'the l-ord do so to me and
more «ts If aught but death part thee and
mi'." Not so with her aister Orpah. H««r
detfrmination had already l«»eu shaken.
The length Htui peril of the journey began to
appall her. and she bad worshiped the god*
of Moah e« long that it was hard to give
them up. From that point Or] ah turned
hack, the parting l»elng «U'«»erlled in the
wordsofmv U xt, And they lifted up their
voice arid wept again, and Orpuh kissed her
mother-in law but Rutls clave unto her.
Learn from this story of Orpah that some
of those who do not Icsve the H! of their
Iniquities are persons of fine unweptibillty.
It was eomnaasion for Naomi in berwidow
homl and sorrow that l-d Orpah to start witli
her towanl Itethlehem It was not because
of any lack of affection for her that she
turned back. W« know th» from the grief
exhibited at parting I do not know but that
she had a« much warmth and ardor of ua
turea* Huth, but she lacked the courage and
persistence of her wistcr. That there are
many with as tine nuai-eptiblbty ae Ornah
who "will not take up their and follow
t'hrist Is a truth wbieh needs but little dem
onstration. Many of those who have lw
rome the follewer* of JemiH'have hut very
little natural impressibility. Orace often
takes hold of the harde«t heart and the most
unlovely character and transforms It. It is
a hammer that break r»ck«.
In this ChriHt often shuwc his power. It
want« buf little generalship to conquer a
flat country, but might of artillery aud hero
ism to take a hrt manned and ready for
raking cannonade. The great Captain of
our**ah at ton has forced HI* w&y into many
an armed ca*tle. I doubt not that 'hri-o
could have fouudmanv a lUhermaii uatut nilv
more noble hearted than Htmon l'eter. but
tbeie waa no one by whose conversion he
could mortt gloriously hav«- magnified Hi«
gra^e. The -otivers!on of a score of Johns
would not have illustrated the power of tbe
Holv Ghost a$ much as the conversion of
one l'et*r. It would have been easier to
drive twenty lambt* like John In!" the fold
tban to tame one lion like Feter Ood has
often made »om« of His moat efficient serv
a nts out or men naturally unimpression
able As men take stiff and un wieldly tim
bers. and under huj* hand«»i machinery
bend them into the bulk of great ship#,thus
God hat» often *bap*«d and l«nit liiio His serv
iee tue jaost unwieldlyt natures, while
thnae natnnilly lti»pre*sionaiie are still in
their unchanged *tate
Oh how many like Orpah have warm af
fection* ami vet never be»ome Christians!
Like Ornah they know bow to weep but
they do not know how to nray. Their flne
nn»» of feeling leads them into the friend
ships of ilu* world, but not into communion
with i.*L They can love everybody but
Him..who t» altogether lovely. Al! other
sorrow rends their heart, but they are un
touched by the woes of a dying hrist.
Good ne w a fill* them with excitement but
the gla1 lidlng" of great joy and salvation
stir not their soul. Auxlous to do what is
right, yet thev rob G«H1. Crrateful for the
tihiihtest favore they make no return to
liim who wrung out tlm last drop of blood
from His heart to deliver them from going
down to the pit They would weep at the
door of a pnson at the sight of a wicked
captive In chains, but have no compassion
for their own .ul». over which Katan. like a
grtm jailer, holds the lock ittni key. When
repulsive, gapping, unsympathetic natures
resist the st^ry ot a t+a-rtftt»r,!» krve it dnm
unt excite our (surprise but it is among the
reate*t of woudurs that*." many who ex
Orpah s susceptibility alxo exhlMt Or
pah's lmpenllency.
We are no' surprised that there Is bar
retmcss in a de*»ert bat a strange thing Is
It that .»-metiuie» the Roue of Hharon will
not grow In a garden. On a »unnner morn
lng we are not surprised to Hnd a rock
without any dew on It, but if going among a
flook of lilies we saw in them no glittering
dr pn we would say "What foul sprite ha«
been robbing these *««isr We are n
Silt prl-e 1 that fferod rttd not beromr tr
Christian, hat how strange that tbe young
mm Jet.ii- loved for hi* swwtti"** of tem
le s' ahould not have |o\ed the ll 'd«emer.
Hard-hearted Felix trembled proud Nebu
ahatuer.sar repented and cruel lianas»eh
turned unto the Lord but many a nature,
affect to n ate and gentle, has fought suc
cessfully a«nitist divlrw influenee»». Many
a dov-e haa refused to eom« to tbe window
of the «frk. although Hading na rest for the
at'ie «f her foot.
Again the hNtorv of Orpah impresses
upon lie the truth that there are many who
•sake urood star!in*, but after a while
change their mind* and turn b»ek When
these three urnern «tart from their home
In Moai. thert is as much probability that
Opah will reach Bethlehem a» that her sis
ter Buth and her mother-in-law Naomi will
arrive there Hut while these continue In
the journey they commenced Orpah after a
while, gets discouraged and turn* back,
Thi* is the history of many a soul. 1'erhaps
it. wae dsiriiiK a revival of religion they re
solved upon a Christian life and made prep
arations leave Moah. Before that they
were indifferent to the sanctuary churehe*
were necessary evils. The minister almost
aiway* preached p*©r sermons, beeuune
th"v hie I not tfle heart to hear them. They
thought the bread was not good, because
their appetite was poor. Iieligion did very
well fot Invalids and the aged, but they had
n de««ii for it
Huddejily a eiuuige came upon their soul.
They found that something must be done.
15 very night there was athorn In their pillow.
There was a all in their wine. They found
that their pleasures wore only faUe light*
of a swump that risen out of decay and
death loelug their seH-eootroi thev were
atari led by their own prayer, "Owl be mer
ciful itie a "inner They did not nuspect
U but the Holy Uho*t was In their aoul.
Without thiujdnif what thev were doin«
they bnisfWd the dust off the
temllv The ground did
not feel a* nrm under them, nor did tbe
u4r aeeai a^ bright. They tried to .him back
the Rood of their emotions, but the attempt
failed, and they confessed their auguUh of
aoul before they mattet U». The secret was
oat: They wanted to know what they must
4o be saved
With Ruth and Ntfoml weeping Orpah
Started for the land of Bethlehem. They
longed the Habbath to come. Htraighl
aa an u.-row to the mark the sermon struck
them. They thought the minister must
h.»*e heard of their and was pre«rblog
rtfht them. They lbought the sermon
#4# very slfbrt nor did Uiey once coil them
s«l*«• up i« tfi»fir p"w with their eyef» #hut
ait4 heftd-avert'eil with an air of unmoved
.i.yaUy They began to pray with an ear
o#-*t«e*ii that Mtoniahed themseivea aad
.ftfttonishftd others. Shovln# fhe plane, or
th»' Htrnot
thr.tt min i
wr'.ifiit up H.-c-uute, or walkl
WU'-U V-..'. uoghi have tboug
entirely upou 'he world, they were saying
within themselves. "Oh. that 1 w«r« aOhris
tiaa!" Orpah it fully started on the road to
Bethlehem brmtlan frieuds observing
the religion* anxiety of the awaken**! *oul
say "Ha 0wst certainly bt» a Christian
There Is ftaetlo-r coblier in t'hrlst rank*,
another one has baen cured
leprosy.* Tha »baerv«r» turn their alien
lion anotlimn
Thev say -Orpah is safe
enough she has gone i. Bet hie it em .*
Alan! Aliw' Hiiuliug out for heaven is a
very different tkintf from arriving there.
Kenicmbar Lot's wife. Hhe looked fea* k
with lotitfing to tha plane fr on which she
came, and wa« destroyed. Half way b«
twecn Kodoin and tha olty of liefu«e that
strange storni come
aud brimstone gatb
til they »re »o HtiffHiied she cannot proceed,
nor can she He down bec»oa»« of this dread
ful wrapping around her garments and
limbs, and long after her life has gone she
till standi* there so covered «e by the
al range torm that she la called a ldllar of
salt a« .me sailor on ship's deck In tbe
wintry tempest stand* eovered with a mail
of lee.
Ten thousand time* ten thousand men
have been destroyed half way between Ho
dom and the City
Refu«e. Orpali might
as well never have started as afterward to
turn back. Yet multitude* have walked in
her footrttep». Go among thoae tbe least
lnt« r»*"«tel fn saered things and yon will
I find that they were once out of the land of
i Moc.b Rvery one of them prayed right
heartily and studied their Bible* and fre
quented the sanetuary, but I»t's wife
looked ba«'k wistfully to Hodotn and Orpah
retreated from the company of Huth and
Naomi. It is an impressive thought that
after Orpah had gone ~o far aa actually to
look over into the land of Bethlehem she
turned back and died in Moah
Again, let our subject imprest* upon us
I the truth that tho*e who have once felt It
their duty to leave their natural state can
not give up their duty and go back to hard
nest* of heart without a strogg le. After
Orpah had thoroughly made up ber mind to
go back to the p!ac.« from which she started
ahe went through the «MM1 scene of parting
with Huth and Naomi My irxt says "Tbey
lifted up their voice and wept Ah. jnv
hearer, it rejulrefi more uecialon and wr
aeveran«e to stay away from the Kingdom
of iod than to enter li. Although she did
not know it Orpah paused through a greater
struggle in turning back Into the land of
Moah than would have been necessary to
take her clear through to Bethlehem Hup
pose you that those persons who have re
mained In their evil ways have had no
struggle Why, they have been obliged to
fight every inch of their way The r. -ad to
death is not such caay traveling ae some
ministers have been accustomed to taacrlbe
From beginning to ead it Is lighting
against the sharp sword of the Hplrlt. It IK
over the crost*. It is wading through the
deep blo»d the Hon of God. It is scaling
mountain* of privilege.^ It is wading
through lake* of borrow It i* br«*»king
over communion tablesand baptismal tonts
and pulpit» and Bible*. It lw wei|(in|{ one'e
self through t»etweeri ptoux kindred who
stand Itefore and press us back and bold on
to us by their prayers even after we have
paaaed them in our headlong downward
career. No man ought to think of under
taking to go back Into Moah after having
come within night of Bethlehem, unieaa he
have a huart that cannot le made to quake,
aad a nun- foot that will not slip am.'Utf in
finite perils, and art arm that can drive
back the Hon of God. who stands In the
center of the broad road spreadlaff out his
arms and shouting into the ear of the
thoughtless pilgrim. "Mlop! atop!"
We talk about taking up the erosa and
following Jesus, but that eroiMi is not half
so heavy MM the burden which the sinner
carries It i* a very solemn thing to N
Christian, but it l» a more solemn thing not
to IH' a t'hrisiian. There nre multitude*
who, afraid of the self-dental* of the Chris
tian, ruMh Into the harder self-denials of the
unbeliever. No yoke but Christ's, however
tight and galling' Orpah goes back to her
idolatries but she return* weeping and all
who follow her will Hnd the »*me aorr«.w»
Just in proportion an gowpei advantages
have Been numerous, will be the disturb
ance of the heart that will not come to
The Bible says In regard to the plaee
when.-Christ wa« buried: "In the midxt of
the garden there wan a sepuleher and In
the mlds! of the most flowery anloymant*
of the unpardoned there lw the chilHne** of
death. Although they mny pull out the ar
row K that strike their aoul from the Ai
mik'tityquiver there remains a sting and
a xuotrting If men wrench themselves
awav from hrtnt, they will l»ear the mark
of His hand by which He would have re»cu»^|
them 'fhe pieaaurett of the worhl may give
temporary relief from the upbraid lags of
conscience,4jut are like stupefying druff*
that dull the uain only temporarily.
Adub has a great kingdom, and you would
think he oaghf to be happy with his
courtiers and chariot* and palace*, vet he
goe* to l»ed aiek leeause Nai«»tlt will not
He!! him his vineyard. Hainan is prime
mtftiwter rrf tin* greatest nation in Gte wr»rid,
and yet one poor man who will not bow his
head make* him utterly miserable. Herod
monopolize* the maii of tbe world'* houor.
and yet i» thrown inb a rage t^ ause they
say a little child l» born In Bethlehem who
may after a while dispute bin authority,
Itypm comiuercd tbe world with his |M»n
and yet said that he felt more unhappineiwi
from the criticism of the most Illiterate
reader than he experienced pleasure from
the praise of ail the talented.
Again, this nubjeet teaches that a relictons
choice And the want of it frequently divide
farm Ije. H'idi find 1
»rpab afel Nat 'Sii
tenderly attached Thev were al! widows,
and their life bad l»'eti c.,ni»«»crattd by a
baptism of tear* In the fire of trial their
affections had l»«rcn forged. Together they
were so pleasantly united you can hardly
imagine them Heparaunl. Yet a fatal Une la
drawn di vidlng tliem from eaoh other, |er
hat«« forever Naomi cannot live in a
heathen country. She must go Inb. Beth
lehem, that ther among the pious she may
worship the true God Huth makes a sim
liar choice, but Orpah re el*. "And they lifted
nn their voice and wept again mid Orpah
kissed her mother in law, nut Huth clave
unto her." The history of thi* family of
F.lmeiei 1m tha history of many families of
thi* day.
How often It la that in fteircle of reiativea.
while they look alike anl walk alike and
talk alike there ia a lrei»|ttidoti« difference
Outwardly united in the affcctiouai relations
of this life, they are «epirated i& the moat
important respects. Home now are the
children oj^hght »mi others the children of
dark nets """Theae an
th o»e are deal In sin.
Bethlehem. Orpah in
alive In Clirlat and
Ruth iu the land of
Moab. Of the same
family are David and Solomon, woirshlper*
of the most high God. and Ad nijah and
Absalom who live an«l do- the en«niien ,f i
all rigliteoiianesm Belonging to the same
family was. the holy and devout Kit and the
ri-cklesa PhlneaM and Hophnl. Jonathan
Edwards, the good and Plerrepont
This In the very reason why
person* never be«on»« iMirtsilane. They
cannot beat t« giv» up theii gods. Buei
i»«as in the American Jutftfcruaut that
erushe* io«re men than the great ear of the
Hindoo* fo it thev «ay their morninK and
evening praye.rs A. lit ic of ffansi'tt religion
may creep into the Habbath. but Monday^
Tuesday Wednesday Thursday. Friday,
and H*titrda* are the lays" devwticd to this
t»f the American kitd. Every hoar tlMM U a sac
riib-e the altar. Home Antta*. health of
bwly. m«:sy «tr«n«t). and tiwesig,! affee
tlon« muni nii tuim in this hoioeaBirt, Men
aet as though thev could take their boads
wid mort«agiH »nd saws and trowels and
axes aae day books with thea late
ipon her. add lis aalt «»»elif«s to thei? worldly oecupatloa* with a
n her garments un ruinous intensity. Men of thf stock a*
wanU. the bad. belonging to the same
family. Aaron Burr, the dissolute, had a
moat excellent father. Dying vet immortal
hearer, by the solemnity of the parental and
filial and conjugal relation, by the sabred
ne** of the familv hearth, by the honor of
the family name by the memory of tie
parted kindred" 1 point out this parting of
Ruth and orpah.
Again this subject suggest* to me two of
the reun.m- why jfopls refuse the Kingdom
of Christ There may have been many
other reasons why Orpah left her sister and
mother in-law and went back home but there
were two reason* which 1 think were more
rifomi.'ictit than the real. Hhe had been
brougnt up in idoUarie.s, Hhe loved the
heathen gods which her anceatorf. had wor
ahlte and tle-ugh these bloekn of wood
and Htoue could not hear she thought they
could hear and though they could not see,
she thought they could see. and though
£t»ey could not feel, she thought they could
feel. A new religion had been brought to
her attention. She hail married g.Mtly
man. Hhe mast often have heard her
mother in-law talk of the God of Israel.
She was so much shaken lrs her original be
lief that she concluded to leave her idola
tries, but eomiag the margin of Bethle
hem her determination failed her and
speedily ik« returned to her god#.
But there are others who. while their
worldly occupation has no particular
fascination over them, are
entirely absorbed
in the gain* thai come to that occupation
This i» the worship of Mammon. The ring
of dollars and cents is the only litany they
ever utter Though in thelsat day th earth
itself will not b» worth a farthing, a heap of
ashes scattered In the whirlwind, they are
n»w giving their time and u tmty the
acquisition of so much of It as you might as
last hold ID the hollow of one hand.
The American Indian who gave enWgh
land to make a H(al» out of for a String of
beads made a princely bargain compared
with the speculation of that man who gains
the yrbole world and loses hi# own soul.
How much comfort do the men take who
died iirforgiven ten years* ago leaving
larg^ fortune# to their heir*' Do they ever
come up to count the goUi they hoarded or
walk through the mansions they ballt
Though they could have bought an empire,
they have not now aa much money ae you
have this moment in your pocket. Holomon
looked upou his palace and the grounds
surrounding it. pooSf rimmed with gold
and circling roads along which at times
rushed h!» fourteen hundred chariot*,while
under the outbranchlag sycamore* and
cedars walked the at*-* and peacock* which
by the navy of Hiram hail been brought
from TarahUh and from the window cur
tains with embroidered gold and purple
through which c«uue out the thrill of harps
and psalteries mingling with the song of tne
Whets Holomon saw that all these lux
uries of flight, and sound had been pur
chased by hie wealth, he broke forth in the*
exclamation "Money answereth all things."
But we cannot receive It aa literal. It can
not still tbg voice of conscience. It cannot
drown the Born.** of the soul. It cannot
put a bribe iu the hand of death. It cannot
unlock the gate of Heaven. The tower of
ftiloam (ell and klllad eighteen of Its ad
mirers but thi* Idol to whose worship the
ex -banger, and banks and custom houses
of the world have been dedicated, will fall
and crush to death its thousands. But I
cannot enumerate tbe idolatries to which
men give themseivea. They ar« kept by
tio ui from a religious lif». "Ye cannot
»crve God and Mammon," and the first
tiling that Christ doe* when he comes into
the temple of tbe soui is to drive out J.he
But it was not only tbe gods of Moab that
made Orpah leave U«r alalar and motfmr
in law, Hie doubtless had a dread of the
hardship to which thev would be expoaed
on the journey to Bethlehem, and Orpah
wa* not alone In the fear. Doubtless some
of yoa have been appalled and driven back
by the self-denial* of the Christian life The
taunt of the world tbe charge of hypocrisy,
which they sometime# would be ••bfig«d to
confront, ha* kepi many awav from tha
land of Bethlehem They »p- »id their life in
counting the coat. and because a Christian
life demands »o much courage and faith
they dare not begin to build I'erhap* they
are courageous in every other respect.
They are not timid In presence of any dan
ger except that of trusting in the infljuie
mere* of Christ.
The sheep are more afraid of the ahepberd
than of the wolves. They shrink away from
the presence of Christ a* though He were a
tyrant rather than a friend who stieketh
closer than a brother. They feel more safe
In the rank* of the enemy .where they must
suffer Infinite defeat, than In the army of
Christ, which *hall b*« more than c-suquerors
through Him that hath loved them. Men
shiver and tremble before religion as though
they were commanded to throw their life
away. a» though It were a surrender of
honor aud manliness, and reason and
Kingdom of ll*-a\» u
T?»erc are many who have ao unholy
i thirst for gold y«t who are devoting them-
men of the yard-stick, men of the
saw men of tbe trowel, men of the dfty
book, what will become of you, if unfor*
ven. in 'h« great day when there ar« no
I to build, and no goods to sell and
n bargains to mak'»' It is possible t« de
vote .ii-.e'r self even to a lawful .-ailing until
It i.ernltas alnful. There l» Rw fl'UM On
aarth or under tha earth for the n«gl«it of
our deathleaw spirit. Lydla waa a seller of
purpl« yet she did not allow her ei tensive
oeeiiptitlon to keep her from baeomlo^ a
Christian. Daniel was Heeretary of Htata
and Attorney-General in Babylon, and yet
three times a day he found titn* to pray
with his face towanl Jerusalem The man
who ha- no time to attend to religion will
have DO time t" enter heaven.
reaped, and all thatts worth keeping.
What has God ever done that His nterey
should tw doubted Was there ever aTBor
row of Hi- frailest child that He did not
pity W a* there ever a son that He left un
helped in the darkneaa there ver a
martyr that He did not strengthen in the
ttaiiiew"' Was there ever a dying man to
whoso- relief He did not come «t the cry of
o e U e e i v e y a A y e y
soul, what ha* M1 douc that sv baaely
thou hast doubted Him* Did He make the
whole earth a desert And all the aklen
dark and stortn *wept 1 la life all *ick
Tft rti'" Btr nti p4agu" Aee w--4.h i»g bih
rodn and acorpion* aud furnat'eMV God
knew h• w many oiw|dci..na and unl»ellef*
men would entertain In regarx! to Him. and
therefore, after making a multitude ofphiin
and precious pronii»e«. He place* Hi* hand
«.i, III- own heart and swear* by His own ex
Isteiim* "As I live, sallh the L.rd liuil. I
have pleaaure In thv death of hint that
Why,then.fight against Ctod? Thla day
the battle rages. Thou art armed with thy
tins thy Ingratitude, thy neglectaand Christ
l* armed against thee, but Hi« weapons are
tear*, are dying agonlea. are calls to foeri-y,
and th« battle iy which He thi* day *«nds
over thy soul aa Vie rushes toward thee is,
"Have thee from going down to the pit, for 1
hkvc found s ranaofn." 1 would not *nvy
thy victory, O hearer. If thou dost conquer,
for what wilt thou do with the weapou*
thou hast anatehed from the armed Re
en». what with the te%rs.J|what with Hi*
(lying agonic* what with Hi* call* to mercy V
Would God that Orpah would get tired of
Muab- W.jtjid God that »rp »i go tsj
IttkMMftI li­
ft Wei say*
"While I was in Knglftnd with Bur
num," aftys Ttsiv Hamilton, "the dry
dk»k iaVKvrem strike wae on and ther#
wae great distress among the j»ot»r, so
much that meetings were oallad to d«
viac ways am! means^sf alleviating their
coriditioti. 1 attendel one of the^
meetings ami luite'ietl attentively while
an aged lord explained th# distreee of
the joor in the moat hftrrowtng terms.
'Thev are,' he sakl,
aw a amal!.
hmh bweakfft»»t to b#
fwMhiag.' Now that k
i philanthropy."
spirita and they awake in the morning
to face with gloom and deepair the
chtHrU«s* dav that follow* the feverish
night We would like to hear some
euggest torts aa k the ndief of MMPH» in v
o u n a e
A iot dliag IMM rom with high
«!lar and a siEgle baTrmed speetaoje
and hem and hftw'd a minute. He
said 'If- aw 1 aw might
mitied »w aw I wonid aay that uu
dah wueh eircumstanv***
aw I hav«
i wine
wh»t I eftll
no*s diffiefttt tagk to d.seover
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