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.THAT BETTER TIME.
Liess Speculators
gamblers
0v.
ami Stock
Will Haw
to
Walk tlic
Plank.
Lamer of Crimes Will Disappear,
|a„,j the Churclies Will Not Ac.
commodate the Mritltades.
T. DeWitt Talmage, D.D..
his subject "T»« Victory," and for
,st Znehariah vin. 6: "And the streets
(1,ty
shall be (nil of boys and girls
the streets thereof." He said:
iiitnvso of our cijjeB redeemed. Now
flTui girls who play in tie streets run
rjRkf'thnt
multitudes of tfaem end in
but in the coming tiuie vpoken of
Icitios will be HO moral that lads and
Lf «h«ll be as safe in (be public thor
[blare as in the nursery.
lor tb« purpose of rousing the people to
I
work to be done I have preached some
Lor.s about the dark shadows of the
L'nlpit and printing-press for the
kt part in our day are busy in discussing
[condition of the cities at this time but
L]d it not be healthfully encournging to
Cbiistian workers and to all who are
to make the world better if we
[S3 this morning, for a little while, look
to the time when our cities shall be
Joint ionized by the Gospel of the Son of
nutl all the darkness of sin and
U],. and crime and suffering shall be
from the sky.
Ivory man has pride in the city of his
.IT or residence, if it be a city dis
jiiielif'l for any dignity or prowess.
boasted of his native Rome, Virgil
|}!nntua, Lycurgus of Sparta, Demos.
|ws of Athens, Archimedes of Syracuse,
Paul of Tarsus. I should have sua*
lion of base-heartedness in a man who
c'special interest in the city of bis
or residence—no exhilaration' at the
of ils prosperity, or its artistic
[[olliebments, or its scientific advance
tot.
have noticed that a man never likes a
whore he has not behaved well! Swar
II did not like New York, nor did Park
in like Boston, and people who have a
[t ride in the prison van never like that
pthat. furnishes the vehicle. When
1 Arsos and Rhodes, and Smyrna trying
I prove themselves the birthplace of
(imer I conclude right away that Homer
haved well. He liked them and they
ed bini. We must not war on laudable
pride, or, with the idea of building our
Bv.'s up, at any timo try to pull others
fun. Boston must continue to point to
|}'aneuil Hall and to it* Common, and
its superior educational advantages.
|iiladciphia must continue to point to its
,, -pcndence Hall, and its Mint, and its
Irani College.
[if 1 should find a man coming from any
laving no pride in that city, that city
ivinp been the place of his nativity, or
hw being the place of his residence, I
loula fool like asking him right away:
mean thing have you been doing
what outrageous thing have you
ken guilty of that you do not like the
p\f Vork is a goodly city. It is on both
Idef of the rivet, the East River only the
artery of its great throbbing life. We
hw children will live to see two or three
lidees spanning that river, and more and
loro as the years go by we will be one so
|tiTii 1 say in my sermon New York I mean
ou to two millions population, and
lerything from Spuyteu Dnyvil Creek to
lowanus. That which helps one city will
Jelp another that which blasts one city
•ill blast the other. Sin is giant, and
Ihen it comes to the Hudson or the East
liver it steps across it as easily as you
let) across a figure in a carpet. God's
Jpgol of blessing has two wings, and one
|ing hovers over that city and the other
ng hovers over this city.
In infancy our metropolis was put down
•y the banks of the Hudson. It was as
Wn.'j as Moses in the ark of bullrnshes
the Nile, and like Miriam there our
Isiiicrs stood and watched it. The royal
Ipirit of American commerce came down
»bathe. She took it up in her arms and it
s.'.ed strong, and foreign ships brought
lolii and silver to its feet, and it has
Blotched itself up into a great metropolis,
looking up to the mountains and oft' upon
Ihc sea, the mightiest energy in American
|:vilizalion.
Every city is influenced by the character
If die men who founded it. Romulus irn
I'.'used his life npoii Rome. The Pilgrim
lather* will never relax their grasp from
Vew England. William Penn left a legacy
fcf fair dealing and integrity to Philadel
phia, and you can now, any day, on the
pU-.-.jts of that city see his customs, his
pumers, his morals, his hat, his wife's
fcounet and his meeting-house. So the
Hollanders, founding New York, left their
•mpresBion ou all the following genera
pioce.
What Southern thoroughfare waB ever
•fttitten by pestilcnco, and our physicians
Itlid cot throw themselves on the sacrifice?
•What foreign nation was ever struck with
(famine, and our ships did not put out laden
•with breadstuffs? What national struggle,
loud our citizens did not pour their blood
linto the trenches? What street in Damas
Iras, or Beyrout, or Madras, has not re
bounded with the step of our missionaries?
1 What gallery oif art, and our painters have
loot hung in it their pictures? What de
partment of science or literature, and our
[scholars have not '. ode to it contribu
|tlOU6?
1 Deed not talk to you of our Public
Schools, where the children of the cord
I wriiner, and the mechanic, and the glass-
I
Mower
Bit
u'"Offi.
ll9
side by side with the favored
I sons of millionaires and merchant princes.
I Nor need I tell you of the asylums for the
I
insane ou these islands, where those who
I
tut themselves among the tombs come
I forth clothed in their right mind. Nor
I need I tell you of the asylums for the
I
blind, the deaf, and the dumb, and the
orphans, the widows, the outcast,
1 thank God for the place of our resi
dence,
and while there are a thousand
things that ought to be corrected, and
wauy wrongs that ought to be overthrown,
while I thank God for the past, I look for
ward
this morning to a glorious future. I
tiiink we ought— and I take it for granted
.you
are all interested in this great work of
evangelizing the cities and saving the
world—we
ought to toil with the sunshine
'H our faces. We are not fighting in a
miserable Bull Run of defeat. We are on
yur way to final victory. We are not fol
lowing
the rider on the black horse, lead
'PS tie down to death, and darkness, and
but the rider on the white horse with
Joe moon under his feet and the stars of
teaven for his tiara. Hail, eonquerer, hail!
1 know there are sorrows and there are
and there are sufferings all around about
but as in some bitter, cold, winter day,
*hen we are threshing our arms around
•bout us to keep our
thumbs
lhink
ft.'!ght
from freezing,
of the warm spring day that will
a while come, or in the dark winter
P.'^ht wo may look up and see the northern
'tints, the windows of heaven illuminated
some great victory—just so we look up
rom
the night of suffering, and sorrow,
8ou wretchedness in our cities, and we see
streaming through from the other
c-'»
and we know we are on the way to
'"ornina more than that, on the way
a
horning without clouds."
'^MS,
we toiiing"for° ChriBt^hot' tbi
80
hell win "v
lt-„ t[f
tll°rongh
J0,i
eoir0L ln„ ,he8.e
fnitl?
Kreat towns is
that not a man ou
ani?s
'n heaven or a devil
^.dispute it. How do I know? I
If ««rtainly as God lives
fun Of u18 i?Vrulh."
The
toiling on toward a de­
feat or toiling on toward victory.
^°w\m this municipal elevation ot which
nrosnpHiu ^Te
W,U 1x3
Skater Jmnncial
ospenty than our cities hove ever seen,
home people seem to have a merbid idea
«Li .. millennium, and they think when
001,168 to onr
c'ties
In our great cities the churches are not
to-day largo enough to hold more than a
fourth of the population. The churches
that are built comparatively few of thein
are occupied, l'he average attendr.nce Ja
the churches of the United States to-day is
not four hundred. Now, in the glorious
time of which I speak, they are going to
be vast'churches, and theyj are going to be
all thronged with worshipers. Oh, what
rousing songs they will sing! Oh, what
earnest sermons they will preach! Oh,
what fervent prayers they will offer! Now,
in our time, what is called a fashionable
church is a place where a few people, hav
ing attended very carefully to their toilet,
come and sit down—they do not like to be
crowded, they like a whole seat to them
selves—and "then, if they have any time
left from thinking of their store, and from
examining the style of the hat. in front of
them, they sit and "listen to a sermon, war
ranted to hit no man's sins, and listen to
music which is rendered by choir war
ranted to sing tunes that nobody knows.
And then, after an hour and a half of in
dolent-yawning, they go home refreshed.
Every man feels better after ho has had a
sleep.
In many of the churches of Christ in our
day the music is simply a mockery.
I have not a cultivated ear, nor a culti
vated voicc, vet no man can do my singing
for me. I have nothing to say against ar
tistic music. The $2 or $5 I pay to hear
any of the great queens of song is a good
investment. But when the people assem
ble in religious convocation, and the hymn
is read, and the angels of God step from
their throne to catch the music on their
wings, do not let us drive them away by
our indifference. 1 have preached iu
churches where vast sums of money were
employed to keep up the music, and it was
as exquisite as any heard on oarth, but 1
thought at the same time, for all matters
practical, I would prefer the hearty, out
breaking song of it backwoods Methodist
camp-meeting.
Let one of these starveling fanrv songs
sung iu church get up before the throne of
God how would it look standing amid the
great doxologics of the redeemed! Let the
finest operatic air that ever went up from
the Church of Christ get many hours the
start, it will be caught and passed by the
hosanna of the Subbiith-scuool children.
I know a church where the choir did all the
singing save one Christian man, who,
through perseverance of the saints, went
ri»lit on, and afterward a committee was
appointed to wait on him and ask him if
he would not please to stop singing, as he
bothered the choir.
"Let those refuse to sins
Who navor knew of Cod
Bat children ol" the Heavenly KiuK
SLkuM speak their joys abroad.
"Praise ye the Lord let everything with
breath
praise the Lord." In the glorious
time coming in our cities and in the wor
mm
wh
°w W &
the nation is to «o saved, of
mSws'a,L•V«leB
nl'6
feator /^t
to,e8nved. It
difference with you and *ith
We
ar!
and the
vorld people will give their time up to
psalm-singing and the relating of their
religious experience, and, as all social life
will be purified, there will be no hilarity
and as all business will be purified, there
be no enterprise. There is no ground
lor such an absurd anticipation. In the
time of which I speak where now one
fortune is made there will bo a hundred
fortunes made. We all know business
prosperity depends upon confidence be
tween man and man. Now. when that
time comes of which I speak, and all
double dealing, all dishonesty, and all
fraud are gone out of commercial circles,
confidence will be established,
and there will be a better business done,
and larger fortunes gathered, and mightier
successes achieved.
The great business disasters of this
country have come from the work of god
less speculators and infamous stock gam
blers. The great foe of business in New
York and Brooklyn is crime. When the
right shall have hurled back the wroug,
and shall have purified the commercial
state, and shall have thundered down
fraudulent establishments, and shall have
put into the hands of honest men the keys
of business, blessed timo for the bargain
makers. I am not talking an abstraction I
am not. making a guess. I am telling
you God's eternal truth.
In that day of which I speak taxes will
be a mere nothing. Now, our business
men are taxed for everything. City taxes,
County taxes, State "taxes, United States
taxes, stamp taxes, liconse taxes, manu
facturing taxes—taxes, taxes, taxes! Our
business men have to make a small fortune
every year to pay their taxes. What fastens
on our great industries this awful load?
Crime, individual and official. We have to
pay the board of the villains who are in
carcerated in our prisons. We have to
take care of the orphans of those who
plunged into their graves through beastly
indulgence. We have to support the
municipal governments, which are vast
and expensive just in proporlion as the
criminal proclivities are vast and tremen
dous. Who supports the almshouses and
police stations and all the machinery of
municipal government? The taxpayers.
And I tell you Republicans and you
Democrats that if you do not let down the
taxes and let the people up, we will form a
new party, anti-excessive taxation, anti
ram, anti-monopoly, an ti-abomination,
and you who have been fattening on the
public spoils and reckless of the public
virtuo shall not have so much as the wages
of a street-sweeper.
portlr^ ho«vy )oadsof many thousand toon
0
ll,
hozanna will meet hozanna, and hallelujah
hallelujah.
In that time, also, of which I speak, all
the haunts of iniquity and crime and
squalor will be cleansed and will be illumi
nated. How is it to be done? Yon say,
perhaps, by one influence. Perhaps I suy
bv another. I will tell you what is my
idea, and I know I am right in it. The
Gospel of the Son of God is the only
agency that will ever iiccoinplish this.
Mr. Ecsler. of England, had a theory
that if the natural forces of wind and tide
and sunshine and wave were lightly applied
and rightly developed, it would make this
whole earth a paradise. In a book of great
genius, and which rushed from edition to
a
4
"Fellow-men, I promise to show the
means of creating a paradise within ten
vears, where everything desirable for hu
man life may be had by every man in
sunerabundance without labor and without
'•—where Hje whole face of nature shall
be changed into the most beautiful farms,
and man may live in Ihe most magnificent
unlaces, in all imaginable refinements ot
luxury, and in the most delightful gardens
Inlmr
—wiiere he mav accomplish without labor
in one year more than hitherto could be
done in thousands of years, and may level
vallevs, create lakes, drain lakes and
swamps, and intersect the land everywhere
with beautiful canals, and roads tor trans-
thousand miles in
tw my-four hours.
*"J.''tom the houses to be built will be
afforded the most cultured views to bo
fancied. From the galleries, from the roof,
and from the turrets, may be seen gardens
as far as the eye can see, full of fruits and
flowers, arranged in the most beautiful
order, with walks, colonnades, aqueducts,
cunals, ponds, plains, amphitheaters, to-.
races, fountains, sculptured works, pa
vilions, gondolas, places of popular amuse
merit to tire the eye and fancy. All this '.o
be done by urging the water,"the wind, and
the sunshine to their full development."
Ho gees on and gives plates of the ma
chinery by which this work is to be done,
and he says he only needs at the start a
company in which the shares shall be $20
each, and $100 or $2,000 shall be raised just
to make a specimen community, and then
this being formed, the world will see its
practicability, and very soon §2,000,000 or
5*3,000,000 can be obtained, and in ten
years the whole earth will be emparadised.
The plan is not so preposterous as some I
havo heard of! But I will take no stock in
that company! I do not believe that it. will
ever be done in that way, by any mechanical
force, or by any machinery that the human
mind can put into play. It is to be done
by the Gospel of the Son of God—the
omnipotent machinery of love and grace
and pardon and salvation. That is to" em
paradise the nations. Archimedes destroyed
a fleet of ships coming up the harbor. You
know how he did it? He lifted a great
sun-glass, history tells us, and when the
fleet of ships came up the harbor of SyraV
cuse he hrousht to bear this sun-glass and
conveyed the sun's rays upon those ships.
Now, the sails are wings of fire, the masts,
fall, the vessels sink. Oh! my friends, by*
the sun-glass of the Gospel converging the
rays of the Sun of Righteousness upon the
sins, the wi'ckedness of the world, wo will'
make them blaze and expire.
In that day of which I speak do you
believe there will be any midnight carousal?
Will there bo any kicking off from the
marble steps of shivering mendicants?
Will there be any unwashed, unfed, un
combed children? Will there be any blas
phemies in the street? Will there be any
inebriates staggering past? No. No wine
stores. No lager beer saloons
No distilleries where they make
the three X's. No bloodshot eye
No bloated cheek. No instruments p*
ruin and destruction. No list-pounded
forehead. Tho grandchildren of that
woman who goes down the street with a
curse, stoned by the boys that follow her,
will be the reformers and philantrophists,
and tho Christian meu and the honest
merchants of New York and Brooklyn.
Then, what municipal governments, too,
we will have in all the cities! Some cities
are worse than others, but in many of our
cities you just walk down by the city halls
and look in at some of tho rooms occupied
by politicians, and see to what a sensual,
loatli3ome, ignorant, besotted crew city poli
tics is often abandoned. Or they stand
around the City Hall picking their teeth,
waiting for some emoluments of crumbs to
fall to their feet, waiting all day long,
and waiting all night long.
Who are those wretched women taken up
for drunkenness and carried up to the
Courts and put in prison, of course? What
will you do with the grog-shops that mado
them drink? Nothing. Who are those
prisoners in jail? One of them stole a
pair of shoes. That boy stole a dollar.
This girl snatched a piir*o. All of them
Crimes damagiug society less than S20 ov
$30.
But what will you do with the gambler
who last night robbed the young man of
$1,000? Nothing. What shall be done
with that one who breaks through and de
stroys the purity of a Christian home, and
witli the adroitness nnd perfidy that boats
the strategy of liell flings a shrinking,
shrieking soul into a bottomless perdition?
Nothing. What will yon do with those
who fleece that young man, getting him to
purloin laige sums of money from his em
ployer—the young man who came to an
officer of my church and told the story,
and frantically asked what he might do?
Nothing. Ah! we do well to punish small
crimes, but I have sometimes thought it
would bo belter in some of onr cities if the
officials would only turn out from the jail
the petty criminals, the little offenders,
the ten-dollar desperadoes, and put in their
place some of tho monsters of iniquity,
who drive their roan span through the
streets so swiftly that honest men have to
leap to get out of the way of being run
over. Oh, the damnable schemes that
professed Christian men will sometimes
engage in until God puts the finger of His
retribution into the collar of their robe of
hypocrisy and rips it clear to the bottom!
"llut all these wrongs are going to be
rifilited. I expect to live to see the day.
I think I hear in the distance the rumbling
of the King's chariot. Not always in the
minority is the Church of God going to bo,
or are good men going to be. The streets
are going to be filled with regenerated
populations. Three hundred and sixty
(bells rang in Moscow when one Prince was
married but when Righteousness and
Peace kiss each other in all tho earth, ten
thousand times ten thousand bells shall
strike the jubilee. Poverty enriched.
Hunger fed. Crime purified. Ignorance
enlightened. All the cities saved. Is not
this a cause tforth working in? Oh, you
think sometimes it does not amount to
much! You toil on in your different
spheres, sometimes with great, discourage
ment. People have no faith and say: "It
does not amount to anything you might
as well quit that." Why, when Moses
stretched his hand over the
Red Sea it did not seem to
mean anything especially. Peo
ple came out, I suppose, and said: "Aha!"
Some of them found out what ho wanted
to do. He wanted the sea parted. It did
not amount to anything, this stretching out
of his hand over tho sea! But after awhilo
the wind blew all night from the east, and
the waters were gathered into a glittering
palisade on either side, and tho billows
reared on either side as God pulled back
on their crystal bits! Wheel into line, O,
Israel! march, march! Pearls crashed
under feet. Plying sprav gathers into
rainbow arch of victory for tho conquerors
to march under. Shout of hosts on the
beach answering the shout of hosts amiil
the bea. And when the last lines of the
Israelites reach the beach the cymbals clap
and tho shields clang, and the waters rush
over the pursuers, and the swift-fingered
winds on the white keys of tho foam play
the grand march of Israel delivered, and
the awful dirge of Egyptian overthrow.
So vou and 1 go forth, and all the people
of God go forth, and they stretch forth
their hand over tho sea, the boiling sea of
crime, and sin, and wretchedness. "Is
don't amount to anything," people say.
Don't it? God's winds of help will after a
while begin to blow. A path will be
cleared for the army of Christian philan
thropists. The path will be lined with the
treasures of Christian benilicence, and we
will be greeted to the other beach by the
clapping of all heaven's cymbals, while
those who pursued us and derided us
and tried to destroy us will go
down under the sea, and all that will bo
left of them will be cast high and dry upon
the beach, the splintered wheel of a char
iot, or thrust, out from the foam, the breath
less nostril of a riderless charger.
IT is a great deal easier to builil
castles in tho air when you are young,
than it is to live in tliem when you aic old.
A NATIONAL PROBLEM.
Liquor Traffic and Enforcement of Law
Discussed by the Head of the
Law and Order League.
Passionate Argument for Popular Eegula
tion of the Trade—The Law
Enforcement Tide Eiaing.
lit CHART.1IS CAKKOLL, BONJJEV.
The enforcement of the laws is the
supreme, question of the day. There is
widespread and indignant complaint at the
delay, the uncertainty, and the expense of
judicial administration, and the practical
failure in thousands of cases of remedial
justice. Here and there throughout the
country mob violence breaks forth and
executes summary vengeance on supposed
perpetrators of crimes. Criminal conspira
cies are almost openly formed iu the great
commercial centers to control the necessa
ries of life, or the supply of labor, or its
compensation. The dangt rous classes of
the great cities trample under foot the laws
enacted for the protection of elections, and
for the honest conduct of nublic works.
For years these great evils have gone onj
growing more and more powerful and defi
ant, and now their champions I oldly and
openly claim the right, not only to exist un
harmed, but to exercise a full share of the
powers of government.
Meantime the good and upright people
of the country, recoiling from a hand-to
hand fight with these malignant enemies of
the general welfare, have zealously devoted
their energies to money-getting and
church-building, while they have carefully
neutralized their political power by quar
reling with each other over some party
dogma of no more practical importance
than the weather predictions of a last year's
almanac.
But, at last, the earthquake is here. The
red flag mocks at justice in American
cities anarchy perpetrates murder with
dynamite in American streets armed and
drilled conspirators seek the control of
American factories and commerce. At last
"the better classes" are aroused. At last
they are crying out like the prison-keeper
who fell down before Paul and Silas,
"What must we do to save our banks, and
stores, and factories, and churches and
homes from the destruction that threatens
them?" The question has been a long time
in coming, but it is making up for its delay
by tho urgency with which it now demands
a reply.
There is but one answer. The good peo
ple must make the faithful discharge of
their duties to the Government a regular
and permanent matter of business, or they
must suffer all the evils of rabble rule. The
lawyers and legislators must sweep away
the causes of the present delay, uncertain
ty, and excessive expense of legal proceed
ings, and secure to the people, especially
to the weak, the friendless, and the poor,
speedy and substantial justice, without
conditions and burdens that cost more than
the results sought inre worth or mob out
breaks will become more frequent, and the
regular administration of justice' suffer a
further decline in the public esteem.
In the light of recent events, the need of
reform will readily be admitted. In the
presence of a great peril, many will stand
readv to make sacrifices for the public
good, and ask what they can do, with a sin
cere desire to perform their duty in the
emergency.
The Law and' Order Leagues have an
swered that question. They have proved
in numerous eases throughout a wide ex
tent of country that the laws can be en
forced by the agencies and in ihe methods
provided by the laws themselves, if only a
few good citizens in any locality have the
-requisite faith and courage, and will give
the matter tho necessary attention.
"One thing at a time'and the worst thing
first." is a maxim for the council chamber
and a war cry for the battle field, under
which thousands of substantial victories
have been achieved. Any citizen who knows
that a violation of the law has been com
mitted can make a complaint and institute
a prosecution and there are few, very few
public) officers who will refuse to obey the
law, when a resolute asfociation of the'peo
ple .stands ready to applaud a duty done,
and to censure, and, if that be not enough,
proceed to impeachment and punishment
for a violation of law and a betrayal of a
public trust.
The laws are a standing army of a free
people. They are always ready to act, if
their aid be properly invoked." A deter
mined call of the people inspires them with
irresistible power, and when summoned in
the appointed mode, and for a just cause,
thev smite the wron^-doer and protect, the
oppressed with an efficient hand. The
proof is at overy man's door. He may try
ihe experiment, in his own neighborhood,
and verify the truth that the laws can be
enforced.
It is now universally known aud gener
ally admitted that the liquor traffic is
everywhere an obstruction to the enforce
ment of the laws. It is so, in the nature of
things. It is so dangerous that it must be
restricted, and so greedy and arrogant that
it constantly seeks to evade or overrides the
restrictions. From Matthew Hnle to Noah
Davis there is an unbroken line of judi
cial testimony that from three-fourths to
four-fifths of the violations of the criminal
law are committed under the influence, of
intoxicating drinks. Aud this voice of the
lust two centuries only repeats the story of
th'' former generations.
Political corruption has its birthplace,
home, and fortress in the liquor saloon. It,
is only under the influence of strong drink
that human beings can be debased to mere
"voting cattle," and led into the commission
of wholesale perjury and fraud. Sober men
fear the law. Drunken men defy it. The
laws generally command the closing of liq
uor saloons on election day, aud the sa
loon keepers generally defy the law. There
are doubtless exceptions, but it will hardly
be denied that the rule is correctly stated.
The open violation of one law by those who
dislike its provisions, is a direct and strong
encouragement to others to disregard other
laws which clash with their interests.
Hence, there is a rapidly growing public
opinion that if any traffic will not yield obe
dience to such regulation* as the people
may see fit to impose it should be wholly
removed, as an iusuperable obstruction to
good gewerument. This is not a conclusion
of sentiment or passion, but of that "sober
second thought of the people," which, a
President of the I.Hiteit States once said, "is
always right."
The right to regulate and restrain, or
altogether prohibit the liquor traffic, or any
other trade or occupation deemed incon
sistent ith tho general welfare, has long
6ince passed from the field of debate. It
is as certain as any rule of law can be.
Even the most worthy of pursuits may be
regulated by law. Just weights and meas
ures may be required, and every species of
fraud and unfair dealing prohibited. Such
regulations are made under what is
termed the "police power."' It is the
authority of the people to protect them
selves against every kind of internal evil
as efficiently as by the power to make war
they moy defend themselves against
•sternal assailants. This power is inalien
able and perpetual. No Legislature
can barter it away or retrain ite future.es-
ercise. It is not a subject of contract, nor
can privileges or franchises be granted free
from its operation. The degree of its exer
cise must depend upon the circumstances,
and vary with the exigency which demands
the exercise of tho power. Under the police
power "the welfare of tho people is indeed
the supreme law," subject only to such lim
itations as the people have imposed by con
stitutional provision on their law-making
representatives.
A great revival of law seems to have
dawned and to he spreading like the light of
a new day over all the land. Under this re
vival government should rise to new digni
ties and achievements. It should protect
society with a strong haud against, tl.e evils
that assault it. And as it confines or puts
to death an individual who willfully violates
the law, it should, with equal justice, re
strain or suppress every tiatlic or organiza
tion that defies its authority or proves an
tagonistic. to the general welfare.
Whatever breeds corruption or 'fosters
crime, whatever promotes disorder or pro
duces woe, should be removed. If the
liquor traffic would be protected and hon
ored, let, it prove to the American people
that it is consistent with industry, virtue,
peace, prosperity, political purity, and pub
lic order. If it would be tolerated and
suffered to continue, let it meekly ,-r.cept
and obey whatever restrictions and regula
tions the laws may impose. That is all.
But if it would be swept from the country
by a whirlwind of popular indignation be
fore the dawn of tho twentieth century, let
it be rebellious, arrogant, and aggressive.
There are not many Prohibitionists now.
How many there will be in five or ten years
the most astute and far-seeing politician
cannot tell. But. a very ordinary vote
seeker can perceive, if lie will, that there
is a new and rising public opinion on the
subject of law-enforcement, and that the
laws must be obeyed.
Upon the supremacy of the laws the fu
ture of the republic clearly depends. Be
tween a despotism of anarchy and a des
potism of autocracy, tho latter is to be
preferred a thousand fold for it may be
possible to satisfy the rapacity of one ty
rant, but that of a myriad is insatiable.
"The reign of the common people" is
possible, only as a "reign of law." There
is no other mode. He who makes war on
law and order makes war on the common
people. Let the voting masses ponder
these truths, A great change is impending
—either anarchy followed by empire and a
standing army, or a higher and grander en
forcement by the people of the laws enact
ed in their name and by their authority, to
promote the general welfare. The laws
will not enforce themselves. Their ene
mies will not enforce them. They must be
enforced, if at all, by those who believe in
them. Law enforcement must not be left
to scheming political adventurers. It must
be intrusted by the people to competent
and faithful hands, so upheld and support
ed that they can build for posterity, and
not merely for the passing hour.
More than four-fifths of the American
people, including those of foreign birth,
as well as the native-born, are deeply in
terested iu the cause of law and order.
United, they can control every department
of government, from the country school
district to the purse and sword of the na
tion. Why do they suffer themselves to be
divided? When will they unite? In the
midst of present perils, these are practical
questions, and under the pressure of com
ing events they are not likely to remain
unanswered.
"Saloons."
No matter what a man's opinions may be
about, the feasibility of prohibition or" the
physical or moral effects of alcoholic
drinks, he can not deny that "saloons" are
the curse of American polities and society
that none of them, whether Democratic or
Republican, are entitled to any "protection"
whatever that if they could be all shut up,
it would be a great thing for the country
ami that even if they can not be all shut
up, they can be at least diminished in num
ber and made less mischievous. For pass
ing judgment on them no particular views
ou the liquor question are necessary. The
teetotaler, the moderate d?inker, the high
lieense man, and the prohibitionist can all
unite against them.
To say that, the saloons are ail over the
country nurseries of vice and crime, is to
repeat a commonplace. In this respect
they receive plenty of denunciation from
reformers and philanthropists of all shades
of opinion. But their effect on polities
iloes not receive half enough attention. It
is they, more than any other single agency,
which make the problem of municipal gov
ernment in America so formidable. They
give political power and importance in all
cities to probably the worst class of men in
America. All party managers are almost
compelled to accept the services of liquor
dealers as captains of fifties, aud captains
of hundreds, aud having accepted them,
the party becomes dependent on the liquor
interest and bound to conciliate it. The
saloon is not simply a place to which men
resort for society an.l exhilaration. It is
almost invariably a political club, of which
the. liquor-dealer is the head, and he goes
into polities for precisely the same reason
for which he sells liquor. All his political
influence is corrupting. Everything that
he tells bis customers of what i"
going on in politics confirms thei" in
the belief that it is simply a p-.caus of
robbing the taxpayer. When they put
him in office it is for the avowed purpose
of plundering and sharing with them.
Whatever he may ..be in polities, too,
whether alderman or school trustee, hie
voice is always raised oil the side of cor
ruptiem and disorder. We have had in
numerable liquor dealers in office in this
city during the past forty years, but we
doubt, il' anybody can recall a single case
in which oiie. of them raised a linger or
said a word on the side of good govern
ment, and did not stand as far an he could
in the way of every attempt at purification
and improvement., or failed to till his
pockets with public money whenever he
got a cham-e.
There never has been, in fact, in any age
or country, a trado so distinctly marked
out for legal reprobation and discourage
ment as liquor dealing in the United States,
in our time. Whatever be the merits' or
demerit of alcoholic drinks, the man who
sells them seems always prone to become a
social nuisance, and his shop a fountain of
evil. Whatever cuts down the numbers of
the i-lass, or diminishes us power aud im
portance, is good legislation, whether it
diminishes the actual consumption
liquor or not.—Arei/j York font.
"Old Windy."
In this county there is a man named Wil
son, familiarly known as "Old Windy Wil
son." How this name came to be applied to
him we elo not know. Once he was a respect
able man, and his wealth reached up into
hundreds of thousands. Iu olden times he
had many slaves, wide acres of fertile land,
nnd the horses that drew his carriage were
always the finest and fastest that could be
bought. He was counted among the leael
ers of olel Southern aristocracy, and no
one would have predicted anything save a
life of influence and usefulness. He was
tall and exceedingly handsome in person,
and is said to havo been a favorite among
Jhe ladies.
But notwithstanding his position in so
ciety, his wealth, or his fine physical pow
ers,'he began to drink. Perhaps he was
one of those who could "drink or let it
ftlono." At any rate he did drink, bnt never
let it alone. He drank and drank, and soon
his riches took wings and flew away. Once
a mar. of pleasing and perfect speech, when
the horrible fiend of intemperance coiled
closely abont him, paralysis seized his
tongue, and never again could ho utter a
plain syllable, but doled out iu a weak and
wheezing voice the words that he could
only half say. We have known him to come
to town and get drunk, and then lin iu an
alley like a brute, unable to call or even
ask for help to get him oi: hij
poverty-stricken horse. Then disease
began to work upon his limbs.
The once powerful arms dangled loose
ly at his sides, his trembling hands could
hardly grasp the staff lie carriea, and his
tall body became a burden too great for his
tottering legs. But now and then lie would
drag himself to town and drink until
stupor overcame him, when he would fall
in ditch or fence comer and lie until some
would take pity on him and send him
home.
For several years we have not seen him
on the streets, and had almost forgotten
that he ever lived, but our recollection of
him was revived by an overheard conversa
tion among some men the other day.
"Old Windy, 'saitl oue, "has become so
weak that he cannot move himself. When
he gets across his ro mi ho must be carried.
He lives out near Perote. At the head of
his bed, where he can get his hands to tho
faucet, to turn it off and on, he keeps &
keg of badt whisky, and sells it by the drink
to whoever will buy and while his busi
ness is prohibited there, no one will re
port bini,'because of his deplorable con
dition."
"Old Windy" will not drink or handle
much more whisky. It has been a black
shadow over his life, and will follow him to
the end. He is only one of the men around
here for whom alcohol has done its worst.
—A labama Proh
ibitionist.
She Sails by the Stare.
We call especial attention to the follow
ing poem, written by Mrs. Lide Merri
wether, President of the W. C. T. U. of
Tennessee. We have seen nothing better
from any pen. We learn that whan Miss
Frances Willard heard it first she pro
nounced it "An inspiration, and rejoiced
that it was written by a Southern woman."
,And., when Mrs. Merriwether was intro
duced to the National W. C. T. U. Con
vention at St. Louis by Miss Willard, she
said: "And, ladies, this is Lide Merriwether,
who wrote "She Sails by the Stars.' And
for a whole week Mrs. M. was the recip
ient of thanks and congratulations for
"the inspiration." Miss Willard has ar
ranged with the Chicago Temperance Pub
lication House to have it set to music of
the best order and brought out in first
class style, and we predict a large sale aud
good results from its use. Here is the
poem:
Slie J» launched on the wave—tho good ship
Prohibition,
Tho wave of humanity, boundless and free
Around her stanch yunwalo in fierce ebulli
tion
1'tie mad waters foam slie heads out. to sea
White floats her canvu,-, with brink breezes
fanning her,
Straight Hteerx her rudder, with strong sinews
manning hor,
Safe shall her voyage be—cool courage jilauninc
her.
"Goel an,l our country," her watchword shall
be.
Wtui' .:W8 she sail by, the ship Prohibition-?
lion meet the breakers, the shocks anti
jars
Howe-vfely steer off the reefs of sedition!'
How slum thewebergtliat shatter* aud mn.-.-s?
.hiGtice, her guiding star, shines throuuh the
darkest night,
Peace atid* prosperity lend her their lambent
light,
Health, hope, and hapmueas shine ou her ever
bright,
Truth is her compass— she sails by th-. stiirs.
What does she carry, the ship Prohibition,
Under her breastplate of strong iron bars?
What treasure rare does she hold in transition.
Guarded by strong uruu of veteran tars
Hope for the hopeless, now weeping so wen."-}?.
Help for the helpless, whose bauds bung
drearily,
Homes for the homeless—glad news, ringing
cheerily—
She carrieu good tidings, who sails by tnf.
stars.
She is out on the sea—the good ship Prohio tion,
•t'lie treacherous sea of political wars
Sweet baby bands fold in childish petition.
Mad woman eyes wai- uing her broad stream
ing bars
Their souls' deepest, sympathies seawar,! an.
wending,
Their sod supplications in unison blending,
Their earnest boseooliinys to hnaveu amending,
"CoJ speed the sailors who sail by tliy stars."
Bo! send out your pilot! the ship l'rohiiiii.ion
Has sighted the land, coming back ftxm the
wars
Troiid floats her pennant above compptiiion,
Ijotid i'ug the choers from her jubilant tors
A hub are stretched seaward from waiti""
hearts yearning,
Sou!» lilted upwaed with high purpose l.-ul
I fstory sails with hor, homeward retu
li-iiVa beaoons guiuo her—slm -.'ll
stars I
by the
TI:JKPI:KAN" NOTES.
[Compiled by MC.
T.
TUKKU *v0 counties in Illinois where
in no wpior is sold, at least none is sold
lnw'uily
't'ilKKK are but fifteen anti-Proliibition
ifcts among the members of the newly elect
ed Georgia Legislature.
fin: Clara Barton Training School for
nurses, lias been opened in connection with
the National Temperance Hospital.
HON. AT.BEUT GRIFFIN, Chief Organ
izer of
the
Republican Anti-Saloon move­
ment, is to enter the lecture field iu push
ing em the cause.
THU New Vork Central and Hudson
River Railroad Company has issued an
order that no liquors shall be sold ut any
restaurant on its lines.
THE Gooel Templars of New South
Wales, Australia, sent a deeply sympa
thetic letter of condolence by special mes
senger to Mrs. John B. Gough.
b'lvn THOUSAND members of the League
of the Cross, a total abstinence society,
paraded the streets of Cork, Ireland, to
celebrate the birthday of Father Muthew.
JUSTIN MOCABTHV, the great Irish
Home "Rule'aelvocate, will make his first
public appearance in Chicago under th?
auspices of the Central Woman's Christian
Temperance Union.
THU Illinois W. C. T. U. numbers 9,000
members. This entitles her to thirty-one
delegates in the National Convention, which,
is tho largest representation from any one
State in the Union.
TnK Rock River M. E. Conference, at
its late session in Evanston, passed strong
resolutions favoring Prohibition—personal,
State, and national. The work of the W.
O. T. U. was heartily indorsed.
THE restaurant recently opened at 408
South Clark street by the Central Union of
Chicago is doing a brisk business, and
supplies a long-felt want in that neighbor
hood. Clean and wholesome food is served
nt prices so low that it is within reach of
the poorest.
THU W. C. T. U. of Quiiicy, ill., peti
tioned the commissioners of the now Sol
diers' Home, which is located in that city,
to prohibit the establishment of saloons
near that institution. They at once for
bade the opening of saloons within one
half mile of the Home. The ladies intend
to labor on until, as General Sherman ad
vised, they "remove the saloon not only
one-half a mile but ton miles."
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