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., •„ " "'"/ i- THE UPPE& DES MOItfES: ALGQNA, toWA, OCTOBER 4 f ABEHNACLE PULPIT, DR. TALMAGE ON THE DEPARTING CENTURY, world s'nouid tell what Christ had done for hospitals and the assuagement of human pain, and when ( hristian lawyers declare what Christ has done for the establishment of good I laws, and Christian conquerors ; should tell what Christ had 'done in the conquest of .nations, and Christian rulers of the earth would tell what Christ had done in the government of earthly dominion's. I Thirty days of such celebration would do more to tell the world who Christ "•>•- \ is than any thirty years. Not a land BnooKi/rN, Sept. 34,1893.-Afc the nfook- ! on earth but would hear of it and dis- lyii tfthernncle this foroyoon. ROT. Dr. | cuss it. JN 7 ot an eye so dimmed by the 'ia.'miige preached n sermon of unusual in- j superstition of ages but would see the lere«t m a vast audience, tlm subject being illuminat on. The difference of Christ's "Too Nineteen Hundredth ^jiuiverBary; A : re ijgi on from all others is that its one • f tli8semina tion is by a simple Thinks Christian Nation* of the Earth ShemUl join in n Crept f.ovi J-ettUt *t the Death-Bed of th i JTIajUenth Century- Propo-ition Concerning ID." The text was taken from Isaiah U:0; ''To us a ct-lld is born." That is a tremendous D.ov.r m the histoiyof any family vrhen 0.11 immortal spirit is incarnated. Ouf, of a very dark cloud there descends n, very bright morning. One life spared and another given. All the bells of gladness ring over the cradle. 1 Know not why any one should doubt that of old a star pointed down So the Savior's birthplace, for a star of joy ( points down to every honorable nativity. A new eternity dates from that hour, that minute. Beautiful and appro- pr ate is the custom of celebrating the anniversary of such an event, and clear on into the eighties and the nineties, tho recurrence' of that day of the year in an old tns.n'a life causes recognition and more or less congratulation. So, also, nations are accustomed to celebrate the anniversary of iheir birth and the antiiversary of the birth of their great hernc* or deliverers or benefactors. The 22d of February and the Fourth of July are never allovsd to pass in our land without banquet and oration'and bell ringing nnd cannonade. But all other birthday anniversaries are tame compared with the Christmas festivity, winch celebrates the birthday described in my text. Protestant and Catholic and Greek churches, with all the power of music and garland and procession and dox- ologv, put the words oi my text into national and continental attd hemispheric chorus: "T«» us a child is born." On the 25th of December each year that is the theme in St. Paul's and St. Peter's and St. Mark's and St. 1 saac's and alI the dedicated cathedrals, chapels, meeting houses and churches clear round the wprld. We shall soon reach tho nineteen hundredth anniversary of that hapnicst event of all time. This century is ciying. Only seven more pulsations and its heart will cease to beat. The fingers of many of you will write at the head c.Jyour letters and tho foot of your important do 'Uinents, "1900." It will be a physical and moral sensation unlike anything else you have before experi- 'enced. Not one hand that wrote "1801" at the induction of this century wi 1 havo cunning left to write "1901" at tho induction of another. The death of one century and the birth of •another'ccntury will be sublime and • suggestive and stupendous beyond all estimate. To stand by the grave of one century and by tho cradle of another will be an opportunity such as whole generations of the world's inhabitants never experience. I pray God that- there may be no sickness or casualty to hinder your arrival at that goal, or to hinder your taking part in the valedictory of the departing century and the salutation of the new. But as that season T»ill be the nineteenth hundredth anniversary of a Savior's birth, I now nominate that a great international jubilee or exposition be opened in this cluster of cities by the sea coast on Christmas Day, the" 25th of December, li*00, to be continued for at least one month into the year 1901. This century closing Dec. 31,1900, and tho new century beginning Jan. 1, 1901, will it not be time for all nations to turn aside for a few weeks or months from everything else and emphasize the birth of the greatest being who ever touched our planet, and could there be a more appropriate time for such commemoration than thiscul- niiuat on of the centuries which are dated from his nativity. You know that all history dates either from before Christ or after Christ, from b.'c. or a. •!. It will be the ye;ir of our Lord 1900, passing into the year 1901. We have had the Centennial at Philadelphia, celebrative of tho one hundredth anniversary of our nation's birth. Wa have had the magnificent expositions at New Orleans,and Atlanta,and Augusta and St. Louis. We have the present World's Exposition at Chicago, cele- briitive of the four hundredth anniversary of this continent's emergence, and there are at least two other great . -celebrations promised for this country, and other countries will have their 'historic events to commemorate, but the one event that has most to do with the welfare of all nations is the arrival of Jesus Christ on this planet, and all the enthusiasm ever witnessed in London or Vienna or Paris or any of our American cities would bo eclipsed by tho enthusiasm that would celebrate the ransom of all nations, the first steps towards the accomplishing of it being taken by an infantile foot one winter's night, about live miles from Jerusalem, when the clouds dropped the angelic cantata: "Glory to God in the highest, anrt on esj'th, peace, good will to men." Tho three or fouir questions that would be asked me conceining this nomination of t'lme and place 1 proceed to answer. . What practical use would come of such international celebration? Answer: The biggest stride the world ever took toward the evangelization of all miMons. That \s, a grand and wonderful coUcocat'i^u, the religious congress at Cincago. It will put intelligently before the world the nature of false religious which have been brutalizing the nations, trampling womanhood into the dust, enacting way ._.... "te'lling;" not argument, not skilful exegesis, polemics or the science of theological fisticuffs, but "telling." "Tell ye the daughter of Zion, behold, thy king Cometh." "Go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead." "Go home to thy friends and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee." 'When ho is come, he wi',1 tell us all things." A religion of "telling." And in what way could all nations so well bs told that Christ had come as by such an international emphasizing of his nativity? All India would cry out about such an affair, for you know they have their railroads and telegraphs: "What is going on in America?" All China would cry out: "What is that great excitement in America?" All the islands of the sea would come down to the gang planks of the arriving ships and ask; "What is it that they are celebrating in America?" It would be the mightiest missionary movement the world has ever seen. It would be the turning point in tha world's destiny. It would waken the slumbering nations with one touch. Question the second: How would you have such an international jubilee conducted? Answer: »11 art should be marshalled, and art in its most attractive and impressive shape. First: architecture. While all academics or music and all churches and all great halls would be needed, there should be one great auditorium erected to ho'd such an audience as has never been seen on any sacred occasion in America. If Scribouious Curio at the cost of a kingdom could build the first two vast amphitheaters, placing them back to back, holding great audiences for dramatic representation, and then by wonderful machinery could turn them round with all their audiences in them, making the two auditoriums one amphitheater, to witness a gladiatorial contest, and Vespasian could construct the Colosseum, with its eighty columns and its triumphs in three orders of Greek architecture and a capacity to hold eighty-seven thousand people, seated and fifteen thousand standing, and all for purposes of cruelty and sin, cannot our glorious Christianity rear in honor of our glorious Christ a structure large enough to hold fifty thousand of its wor-hipers? If we go groping now among the ruined amphitheaters of Verona, and Pompeii, and Capua, and Pnzzuoli, andTarraco, and then stand transfixed with amazement at their immense sweep that held from fifty to a hundred thousand spectators gathered for carousal and moral degradation, could not Christianity afford one architectural achievement that would hold and enthrall its fifty thousand Christian disciples'.' Do you say no human voice could be heard throughout such a building? Ah! then you were not present when at the Boston peace jubilee Parepa easily with her vo'ice enehautel 50,000 auditors. And the time is near at hand when in theological seminaries, where our young men are being trained for the ministry, the voice will be _developed, and instead of tho mumbling ministers, who speak with so low a tone you cannot hear unless you lean forward, and holdyour hand behind your ear, and then are able to guess the general drift of the subject, and decide quite well whether it is about Moses or Paul or some one else—instead of that you will have coining from the theological seminaries all over the land young ministers with voice enough to command the attention of an audience of fiO,000 people. That is the reason that the Lord gives us two lungs instead of one. It is the divine way of saying physiologically, "Be heard!" That is the reason that the new testament in beginning the account of Christ's sermon on tne mount, describes our Lord's plain articulation, and resound of utterance by saying, "He opened his mouth. 1 ' In that mighty concert hall and preaching place which I suggest for this nineteenth hundredth anniversary, let music crown our Lord. Bring all the orchestras, all the oratories, all the Philharmonic and Handel and Haydn societies. Then give vs Haydn's oratorio of the Creation, for our Lord took part in universe- building and "without him," says John, "was not anything made that was made," and Handel's "Messiah," and Beethoven's "Symphonies" and Mendelssohn's "Elijah," the prophet that typified our Christ, and the grandest compositions of German and English and American masters, living or dead. All instruments that can hum or roll or whisper or harp or flute or clap or trumpet, or thunder the praises of the Lord, joined to all voices thaii can chant or warble or precenti.r multitudinous worshipers. What an arousing when 50,(1UO join in Autioch or Coronation or Ariel, rising into Hallelujah, or subsiding into an almost supernatural Amen! Yea, let sculpture stand on pedes- uils all around that building, the forms of apostles and martyrs, men and vvoiucin, who spoke or wrought, or suffered by headsman's ax or lire. Where the 'horrors of infanticide, kin Iling ' is my favori'e of all arts, this art of funeral pyres for shrieking victims, j sculpture that it is not busier for Blld rolling juggernauts across the | Christ or that its work is not juggernauts across wangled bodies of their worshipers. Hut no one supposes that any one will be converted to Chri-1 by Jiearing Confucianism or Uudci- liism or any form of heathenism euloffiya. That is to be d"iio afterward. A ad ho iv can it so well bo done as by >•. celebration of many weeks of the birth tmd character and aeluev/imsnts of the wondrous and un- preuuduiite.1 Christ" To hueh an ex- poMiiuii t ho kings and queens of tho eurth would wot scud tlioir representatives, they \fould come themselves. Tin-*toi'j <>f 'i t>a\ ior's advent could wot, be told without telling the sto;;y oi his mission. All the world would en , \yl.iv this aoo, this universal demuunti'atioa? \Vhat a vivid presentation it would be, when, at such a ? wf tU.~ Christ or that its work is not better appreciated? Let it come forth at that World's Jubilee of Nativity. Wo waut :> second Phidias to do for that new temple what tho first Phidias did far tho Parthenon. Let tho marble of Currant, como to resurrection to cele brato our Lord's resurroutiori. i>ot sculptors set up in that auditorium of i were Christ'* celebration bas-relief and in- tag'lio descriptive of tho battles won for ov.r holy religion. Where are the Cttnovas of tho nineteenth century 1 .' Wherj are the American Thornwaldscns and Chant- reys? Hidden somewhere, I warrant you, Let sculpture turn that yilace into another Acropolis, but more glorious by as much as our Christ is strong/r than Hercules, and has more tidoJnth the sea than their Nop- t l» fi i m^d ruis'. 1 : greater harvests than their Ceres and rouses more music ifl the heart of the world than their Apollo. "The godi of the heathen ar'e nothing but dumb idols, but o«r Lord made the heavens." In marble pure as snow celebrate him, who came to. us to make us "whiter than enow." Let the chisel as well as pencil and' pen be put down at the feet of Jesus. Yea, let painting do its best. Tho foreign galleries will loan for such a jubilee their Madonnas, their Angt-los, their Reuben*, their Ranhaels, their "Christ at the Jordan," or "Christ at the Last Supper," or "Christ Coming to Judgment," or "Christ on the Throne of Universal Dominion," and our own Morahs will put their pencils into the nineteen hundredth anniversary, and our Bierstadts from sketching "The Domes of the Vosemite"-Will come to presentthe domes of the world conquered for Emmanuel. Added to all this I would have a floral decoration on a scale never equalled. The fields and open gardens ould not furnish it, lor it will be winter, and that season appropriately chosen, for it was into the frosts and desolations of winter that Christ immigrated when he lame to our world. But while the fields will be bare, the conservatories and hothouses within two hundred miles would gladly keep the sacred colosseum radiant and aromatic during all the convocations. Added to all, let there be banquets, not like the drunken bout at the Metropolitan opera house, New York, celebrating the centennial of Washington's inauguration, where tho rivers of wine drowned the sobriety of so many senators and governors and generals, but a banquet for the poor, the feeding of scores of thousands of people of a world in which the majority of the inhabitants have never yet had enough to eat; not a banquet at which a few favored men and women of social or political fortune shall sit, but such a banquet as Christ ordered when he told his servants to "go out into the highways and hedges and compel them to come in." Let the mayors of cities and the governors of states and the President of the United States proclaim a whole week of legal holiday, at le ist from Christmas day to New Year's day. Added to this let there be at that international moral and religious exposition a mammoth distribution of sacred literature. Lot the leading ministers of religion from England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Germany and the world take the pulpits of all these cities, i'.nd tell what they know of him whose birth we celebrate. At those convocations let vast sums of money be raised for churches, for asylums, for schools, for colleges, all of which institutions were born in the heart of Christ. On that day and in that season when Christ gave himself to the world, let the world give itself to him. Why do 1 propose America as the country for this convocation? Because most other lands ha,ve a state religion, and while all forms of religion may be ! tolerated in many lands, America is the only country on earth where all evangelical denominations stand on an even footing and all would have equal hearing in such an international exposition. Why do I select this cluster of seacoast cities? Answer: By that time, Dec. 25, 1900, these four c ties of New York, Brooklyn, Jersey City and Hoboken, by bridges and tunnels, will be practically one, and with an aggregate, population of about 6,000,000. Consequently no other part of America will have such immensity of population. Why do I now make this nomination of time and place? Answer: Because such a, stupendous movement cannot be extemporized. It will take seven years to get ready for such an over- towering celebration, and the work ought to begin speedily in churches, in colleges, in legislatures, in t on- gresses, in parliaments, in all styles of national assemblages, and we have no time to lose. It would take thiee years to make a program worthy of such a coming together. Why do I take it upon myself to make such a nomination of t me and nlace? Answer: Because it so hap- pans that, in the mysterious providence of God, born in a farmhouse and of no royal or princely descent, the doors ol communication are open to me every week by the secular and religious printing-presses, and have been open to me every week for many years, with all the cities and towns and neighborhoods of Christendom, and indeed in lands outside of Christendom, where printing-presses hive been established, and 1 feel that if there is anything worthy in this proposition, it will be heeded and adopted. On the other hand, if it be too sanguine, or too hopeful, or too impractical, I am sure it will do no harm that I have expressed ray wish for such an International Jubilee, ce'ebrative of the birth of our Immanuel. My friends, such a birthday celebration at the close of one century and reaching into a new century would be something in which heaven and earth could join. It would not only bo international, but interplanetary, interstellar, intercoustellation. If you remember what occurred on the first Christmas nig'ht, you know that it was not a joy confined to our world. The choir above Bethlehem was imported from another world, and when the star left its u-ual sphere to designate the birthplace all astronomers felt the thrill. If there bo anything true about our religion it is that other worlds are sympathetic with this world and in communication with it. The glorified of heaven would join in such a celebration. The generations that toiled to have the world for Christ would take part in such jubilation and prolonged assemblage, Tho upper galleries of liod's universe would applaud the si'ene, whether wo heard the clap of their wings and tho shout of their voices, or did not hear them. Prophets who predicted tho Messiah, and apostles who talked with him. I and martyrs who died for him, wou d take part in tho scene, though to our poor eyesight they might be invisible. The old missionaries who died in the malarial swamps of Africa, or were, struck down with Egyptian typhus, or were butchered at Lucknow, or slain by Bornesian cannibals, would como d'.'WU from their thiones to roioice that at last Christ had been heard of, and so speedily in all nations. At the first roll of the first overture of tho first day of that meeting all hduveii would cry: "Hear! Hear!" Aye! Aye! I bethink myself suoh a va^t procedure as that might hasten our Lord's coming, jtnd that the expectation of many millions of Christians, who believe in the second advent, might be realized then ap that conjunction of the nineteenth ttm\ twentieth centuries. 1 do not say it would be, yet who knows bur, that our blessed and adored Muster, pleased with SiH-h a plan of world-wide observance, might say, concerning this wandering and rebellious p ;het: "That world, at last, show n a nispo- sition to appreciate what 1 .have donr for it, and with one wav.) of my Scarred hand, 1 will b.ess and reclaim and save it." That such a celebration of our Lord's'birth. kept tip for days and months, would please all the good of earth, and mightily speed on the gospel chariot. and p'easa all the heavens, saintly, cherubin, seraphic, archangelic, and Divine, is beyond question. Oh, get ready for the world's greatest festivity! Tune your voices for the world's greatest anthem. Li it the arches foi the world's mightiest procession. Let the advancing standard of the array of years, which has inscribed on one side of it "1900" and on the otherside "1901," have also inscribed on it thu most charming name of all the universe — the name of Jesus. Before the crossing of time on the midnight between Dec. 31, 1900, and the first of January, 1901, many of us will be gone. Some of you will heai the Clock strike 12 of one century and an hour after it hear it strike 1 of another century, but many of you will not that midnight hear either the stroke of the city clock, or of the old timepiece in the hallway of the homestead. Seven years cut a wide swath through churches and communities and nations. But those who cross from world to world before Old Time in this world crosses that midnight from century to century will talk among the thrones of the coming earthly jubilee, and on the river bank and in the House of Many Mansions, until all heaven will know of the coming of that celebration, that will fill the earthly nations with joy and helf augment the nations of heaven. But, whether here or the' e, we will take part in the mtasic and banqueting, if we have made the Lord our portion. Oh, how I would like to stand at my front door some morning or noon or night and see the sky part and the b.essed Lord descend in person, not as he will come in the last judgment, with fire and hail and earthquake, but in sweet tenderness, to pardon all sin, and heal all wounds, and wipe away all tears, and feed all hunger, and right all wrongs, and illumine all darkness, and break all bondage, and harmoniza all discords. Some think he will thus come, but a' out ihat coming I make no prophecy, for I am not enough learned in the scriptures, as some ol my friends are, to announce a very positive opinion. But this I do know, that it would be well for us to have an international and an interworld celebration of the anniversary of his birthday about the time of the birth of the new century, and that it will be wise Deyond all other wisdom for us to take hi-n as our present and everlasting coadjutor, and if that darling of earth and heaven will on<y accept you and me, after all our lifetime of unworthiness and sin, we < an never pay him what we owe, though, through all tho eternity to come, we had every hour a new song and every moment a new ascription of homage and praise. For you see we were far out among the lost sheep that the gospel hymn sa pathetically describes: Out in the desert he heard its cry, Sick and helpless and ready to die; But all through the mountains, thunder- riven, And up from the rocky steep, There rises a cry to the gate of heaven "Rejoice, I have found my sheep 1" And the angels echo round the throne "Rejoice, for the Lord brings back hit SO MEN OF SCIENCE SAY. The silkworm's web is only the five thousand three hundredth part of an inch in thickness, and some of the spiders spin a web so minute that it would take 00,000 of thorn to form a rope an inch in diameter. A league has been formed to study the cancer disease. Probably the most eminently suggestive views on the subject recently made public are those of MM. Verneuil of Paris and Roux of Lausanne, who attribute cancer to the improper use of meat, especially pork. It is claimed that the prize for patience must be awarded to the scientist who recently compiled a catalogue containing lists of the various kinds of insects which are to be found in the world, According to him there are 750,000 distinct species, not including parasitic insects. It is popularly supposed ffcai tho sudden downpour which usually lol- lows a bright flash of lightning is in some way caused by tho flash. Meteorologists have proven that this ig not the case, and that, exactly to the contrary, it is not only possible but highly probable that tho suddon increased precipitation is tho real cause of the flash. The London Optician, in describing the remarkable progress that has been made of lato years in tho treatment of eye diseases, says that with tho ophthalmoscope and ophthalmometer there are very few problems with regard to the functions and diseases oi the human eye that can not be determined by an expert in a very few moments of time. , GALLANT FRANCIS I. now lie fteconntfnotort Ancient Building* Into the Modern FontAlnebloan. : The modern Fontainebleau dat68 from the gallant knight errant Francia I. A giant among his courtiers, a graceful horseman, an expert wrestler, a dexterous swordsman, Francis was hailed as tho glass of fashion and the mirror of chivalry, says the Edinburg Eeview. Succeeding to tho throne at a moment when the young nobility of France were wearied of the economies of "Le Bon Koi Louis Douze," he enjoyed the means as well as tho opportunity of indulging his love of lavish display. Deeply read in chivalric romances, he had framed to himself an ideal of a knightly king, mid, in the opinion of his flatterers ho united tho lovo of glory and highbred courtesy of Roland with tho virtues of the most constant of lovers, Amadis do Gaule. It was Francos and the brilliant Pleiad of artistr, whom ho gathered around him who wore tho true creators of tho modern Fontainebleau. everywhere his salamander appears upon tho walls, ceilings and woodwork, commemorating 1 tho victories of tho king—to whom had yielded the boar of tho Swiss, tho eagles of tho Germans, tho snake of Milan. '•UrsesI utrox, nquiloxiuo loves, ct tortlllis nnzuls , ., Cessovunt flammas jam, SalaminilM, turn It was Francis I. who reconstructed the ancient buildings and uddod tenfold to their extent and decorative splendor. Vast sums of money wore expended on tho paluco which ho called "mon Fontainobleau," his bo- loved "Chez Moi," and which was now transformed from a feudal castle into "la vario mdison des Hois," to quote the words of Napoleon L, "la do- meure des sieclos." All the forces which had revolutionized society wero reflected in the changes effected at Fontaino- bleau. Italian influences, graco and refinement of manners, reverence for classical antiquity — everything, in short, that inspired tho renaissance movement — are imprinted on the stylo and tho form of tho architecture and the decoration. Hurrahing In Many Lands. It is not generally known that few words can boast of so remote and widely ox tended prevalence as "hurrah." In India and Ceylon "ur-re!" which seems to be a form of "hurrah," is used by the mahouts and attendants on the baggage elephants. Tho Arabs and camel drivers of Egypt, Palestine and Turkey cncourago their animals to renewed effort by cries of "ar-ro, ar-ro!" The Spanish Moors uso something of the same expression. In France the sportsman excites tho hounds by his shouts of "Hare, bare!" and wagoners turn their horses by crying "Harbauh!" Irish and Scottish herdsmen shout "Hurrish, hurrish!" to their cattle. The exclamation is thought to bo a corruption of tho old Norso battle cry "Tur-aio" (Thoraid.) Electricity .In Farm Work. An interesting example^* of electricity as applied to farm work is now in operation at a Scotch farm. The whole of the usual farm, machinery, such as threshing 1 , sowing, corn threshing and the like, are hero driven by an electric motor. The electricity is generated by water power, tho turbine wheol whicli drives tho dynamo being about 1,000 yards from tho farm. The electric current, is conveyed by underground wires to tho house and barn, in oaoh of which a storage battery is placed. Those supply the electric current for lighting and motive purposes when tho machinery is not working. The whole of the mansion is illuminated by electric light, and an electric motor is provided for pumping the water for domestic purposes. Wise Chickens. Little Dot—Chickens is pretty smart, isn't they? Mamma—In what way? Little Dot—Why, papa and other folks always says a blessing before beginning to eat) but chickens don't own anything, and isn't sura what they'll get, so they don't say uuy blessing till they gets through •siting and begins to drlnkt fehu Is All TUorc. A woman 29 years old, living on the headwaters of Grassy Creek, Kentucky, has been gaining in flesh rap- Idly for the past four years, and novv weighs G05 pounds. She is the wife of Kumuel Gamble, and when marrle.l, ten years ago, only weighed 106. They have two children 7 years of age that weigh 100 and 103 respectively. A well-known bicycle firm, in giving one of its wheels recently for a nvej meet, stipulated that it should be given as a pri/o in the novice. race, so tha| none of the well known racers would get it. "Deaf us an Adder." The expression quoted in the head- lino is from the Psalms of David, (Psalm Iviii., fourth and fifth versos,) where it appears in tho following form: "Their poison is like the poison of serpents; they are liko tho deaf adder that stoppeth her ear which will not hearken to tho voice of charmers, charming ever so wisely." Bruce, Wakoman, Stirling, and other East Indian travelers tell us that there is a widely prevailing supposition in tho East to tho effect that both tho vlpor and the .asp stop their ears when tho charmer is uttering his incantations or playing his music, by turning one ear to the ground and twisting 1 the point of tho tail into tho other. An Kleotric Stump-Puller. Space for a fort on a hill near London ia boing cleared of tree stumps by an electric root grubber or stump puller. The dynamo fa: 1 supplying the current is about two miles from Iho hill. The current is taken by overhead wires on telegraph poles to the motor on the grubber carriage. By means of bolting 1 and suitable pouring 1 tho motor drives \\ capstan upon which are coiled a fo\v turns o wire rope. A heavy chain is attachoc to the tree roots, and as tho rope ox- orts its force the roots oomo ur quietly ono after tho other. Swiss Tologntplis and Telephones, The telegraph and telephone lines of Switzerland are owned and operated by tho government. There are 1,411 telegraph offices and 12,595 telephone offices. The profits derived fron them amount to more than $250,DUO yearly. I.uoky for Him It Wasn't Twins. Turver—Mrs. Kiploy has a terrible temper. Maason—How terrible ? Turver—Tho other day she go angry and throw' the baby at Eoi 'Lusband. A Matter of Health. Housekeepers faintly realize the danger of an indiscriminate use of the numerous baking powders nowadays found upon every hand, and which are urged upon consumers with such persistency by peddlers and many grocers on account of the big profits made m their sale. Most of these powders are made from sharp and caustic acids and alkalies which burn and inflame the alimentary organ, and cause indigestion, heartburn, diarrhcoal diseases, etc. Sulphuric acid, caustic potash, burnt alum, all are used as gas-producing agents m such baking powders. Most housekeepers are aware of Ihe painful effects porduced when these chemicals are applied to the external flesh. How much more acute must be their action upon the delicate internal membranes! Yet unscrupulous manufacturers do not hesitate to usa them, because they make a very low-cost powder, nor to urge the use of their powders so made, by all kinds of alluring advertisements and false representations. All the low priced or so-called cheap baking powders, and all powders sold with a gift or prize, belong to this class. Buking powders made from chemically pure cream of tartar and bi-carbonate of soda are among the most useful of modern culinary devices. They not only make the preparation of finer and more delicious cookery possible, but they have ndded to the digestibility and 'wholesomeness of ouv food. But baking powders must be composed of such pure and wholesome ingredients or they must be tabooed entirely. Dr. Edson, commissioner of health of New York, in an article in the "Doctor of Hygiene," indicates that the advantages of a good baking power and the exemption from the dangers of .bad ones in which tho harsh and caustic chemicals are used, are to be secured by the use of Royal Baking Powder exclusively, and he recommends this to all consumers. "The Royal," he says, "contains nothing but cream of tartar and soda relincd to a chemical purity, which, when combined under the influence of heat and moisture produce pure carbonic, or leavening, gas, The two materials used, cream of tartar and soda, are perfectly harmless oven when eaten, but in this'preparation they are combined in' exact compensating weights, so that when chemical action begins between them in the dough they practically disappear, the substance of both having been taken to form carbonic acid gas." Hence it is, he says, ihat the Royal Baking Powder is the most perfect of all conceivable agents for leavening purposes. It seems almost incredible that any manufacturer or dealer should urge the sale of baking powders containing injurious chemicals in place of those of a well known, pure and wholesome haracter simply for the sake of a few cnts a pound greater profit; but since hey do a few words of warning seem. o be necessary. Surly Days In CulUornlu us ITeinciii- borocl by n Itotiiuer of tlio Kartl). "I was in California during tho stir- ng days of 1851-2," said an old, tall, auk minstrel ru:in, who had been in Australia for the last twenty years, and vho had recently returned to this jounlry to die, boing; jtfliicted with au ncurable disease. He is now at tho Dundee house. "I was 14 years old or so," he went on, "anil a hanger-on at uy uncle's mining camp. Wo ran into San Francisco frequently, anil I shall lever forget the attractions which two ival hotels ofl'ercd to tho public to eclipse the other's patronage. One of hem was known as tho Clean Shirt incl the other as the Golden Eagle. The Clean Shirt stalled with a small, one-lioi'so brass-bund concert on tho Balcony every evening, and clruw big rowils, including about all of the JoUleti Eagle's guests. Pretty soon lowover, the Clean Shirt begun to lose icr boarders by the score without any apparent cause. The proprietor cii- arged his brass-band and polished up lis bar without efl'ect. It didn't take lim long to find out that tho Golden Esigle was having nightly cockiiig- nains and dog-fights for the exclusive jonelit of her guests. Then the Clean Shirt got back part of her custom by ntroditcing prize-fights ami slngging- nalches. It's a fact, gentlemen, that when minors and and others had personal dilforaiice.s to soUlo they used to oiler their services to the proprietor of tho Clean Shirt, who paid well for a ight, tho money going to tho winner. l)f course these exhibitions were Driven n pr.vato quarters, and none" but quests and their friends wero admitted, Tho Golden Eagle next e_iH>!incetl its attractiveness by knocking out one onil )f her dining-room and building on a stage and a green-room and other like itccossorios, mid had vuriovy-purforni- unces at every meal. Women were scarce in that part of tho country, unil tho Golden Eagle's half-clozon sorio- «mics, which oiuno on from tlio Lord knows where, proved a great oiml, a bettor ono than tho Clean Shirt with its ingenuity could play. Ono day, however, a desperado wont into tlio Dleun Shirt ami shot a bartoiuier, a phenomenon which made her famous iiiul placed her far ahead of tho Golden Eagle in the estimation of tlio traveling public. But tho proprietor of the Eagle was au ingenious, enterprising cuss, and saw his opportunit}-. Ho headed a gang which went out anil captured Iho murderer, and bringing him back strung him up on tho dining^ room stage ono evening at supper, 'ami all tho guests, transient and permanent, wero accorded tlio privilege of firing tlioir revolvers at his dangling body. That was a great day for Iho Golden Eagle. Ono'shot accidentally wont through the head of a waiter, unil the eutortainmontfar exceeded tho proprietor's most sanguine expectations." — tiyrumse Standard. Utterly Useless. "Why don't you go to woz-k?" askocl the benevolent woman. "Well," replied Dismal Dawson n a voice mingled with tears and mo, "I tried keopin' a hotel oncot, and 1 tried runnin' a newspaper oncot, and both of 'em fmlod So I jist glvo it up. I knowod that a man who couldn't get rich in any one of them businesses wasn't meant to got along in the world." livery wife occasionally wishes she couli vindicate hej self by letting some woman her husband praises have him for a few

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