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'' •' • " '** '"v 5 '\?"' v* l ••'''' '' ' ' ' ' ''" '*• '" ** i •,>¥ i APPttttAcM OP" NIOHT .And all tbo dewy arrows 6f the night Shot out from n quivering spare: 'While every little lauf and tender flower Bent to receive the sweet baptism of grace And till the parish lights of day Fled backward to n fleetinp cloa-H; -And every winged thing o> e.irt.h Was hushed to soft and slumbrous breath Then. from somewhere out the skies, There stole upon n waiting world "The soft sweet peace of paradise From out the great unseen t'was hurled — Inter-Ocean. The Actor's Story, BY JOHN t CHAPTER XII— ' As ft 1 " mail rattled through Bir- tningh., that night it passed within a stone's throw of a pauper lunatic asylum, where a worn and wasted mail lay, making one continual moan: "Ah. my loved! My lost love! If you only knew—if you only knew!" Could the Inmates of that coach have heard that piteous prayer even then it might not have been loo late! Alas! ,: CHAPTER XIII. i Waiting.on the Other Side. When they got back to Edinburgh Elora rallied a little, but she had a presentiment that the end was near, and sho wished to close her eyes thoro •whore they ha'l first seen the light, so ;after a rest of a few months she prepared to return home. The season being over in Edinburgh Jamieson arranged to play a short •engagement in Aberdeen, and they journeyed north together. Her relations bavins' espoused her 'father's views on the subject of her •connection with Curly, a total estrangement had ensued between them. Except tho family doctor and Jeannie and Willie, she had not a friend in the world. It was not to be wondered At. therefore, that sho urged the latter •to occupy her father's rooms during his visit. Considerations of decorum induced him to pause, but when Jenn- ni\e added her entreaties lo those of hot- mistress, and when Dr. Miller as- •sured him that it was absolutely nec- •essary that some one in whom she •could confide should be always near ihor, why ho snapped his lingers at, "Mrs. Grundy," and look up his abode at Gairloch house. From the first Flora did not deceive herself, so one day while Jamieson Was at rehearsal she sent for Mr. JVl'Crawley Giltins. the family solicitor, and made her will. This genlle- 'tnan demurred in carrying out her in- .-Btructions. but she was peremptory nnd there was nothing for it but to •obey. The will was executed and attested by the gardener and coachman. Then she gave the document to tho •doctor (whom sho had constituted one •of her truslees) for security. Tho lawyer did not IOOK overpleased, nnd -took his departure somewhat abruptly. At length Jaminson's engagement •was over, and he was enablud 10 tie- votp more time and attention to the invalid. Kvery day about noon she -usually tottered into the room, sup- poi'ted by Jeannio; then he would assist her lo the sofa placed outside tho •drawing-ioom. in the garden overlooking the sea, where thoy would sit for hours together reading or lalking •of her lost love She never believed that he was dead. At length came ihe time when she •could no longer leave her room. Willie became more and more anxious, and never left the house. Every now -and then Jeannie reported that the invalid was sleeping, or, perhaps, that she was reading Curly's letters, •or weeping over his portrait. As Jamieson's anxiety increased ho would lie awako half the night reading. One night especially, he had a presentiment of evil, which kept him •awake till daybreak. He read, or tried to read, far into the morning, ••until it was fair daylight—indeed, al- .most time for him to get up. At last he fell off into f. stupor of sleep. He :bad barely slept half an hour when .Jeannie came to his bedside and touched him on tho shoulder. In a •moment he was awake. "Coma" she ;said. He looked at her pale face and iknew what sho meant. The tirno had •come. He remembered long afxer that it was the twelfth of May—the isecond anniversary of the fatal day at the ferry. When ho entered Flora's •chamber tho largo French windows •were opea wide, the sweet smell of tthe flowers, the fresh breath of the •sea. the rippling of the waters washing tho shore below at tho foot of the pardon, the bud. the leaf, the flower, and the young day leaping into life, the joyous carol of the lark ascending to the gates of heaven. God's glorious sunshine filling the room—all these raudo it seem as if death could never come where all this busy, beauteous life abounded. There she lay. in Ihe light of the dawning day, decked as if for a bridal. She was clad in a while lace •pelgnor—flowers still fresh with Ihe "morning dew were around her and About her. the grayness and the gloom iiad gone, the bloom of youth had returned to her cheeks, her eyes glistened with a humid, tender light •—•the sea breeze toyed softly with her beautiful hair as it fell in tangled masses op her shoulders. To the left of tho bed stood Curly's (portrait, long since finished. The jpoor lad was attired in his cornet's •uniform—the dress he had worn the when they first met at the ball. f Sbe was smiling upon the picture. ". Jarniesoa thought the picture was smiling upon her. Soft aa bis footfall fell she heard it. Turning toward him. gbn spoke in a low. soft voice. The words and •the melody a yell in bis memory as aa be Jived. iVilHe," sbo s#id—she had never aim by that name before— i call you soP" wb{«h be strove to keep <h,0te4 him, and h.e could only MlJI4«li|}f4W9, '" hand la her baby fingers, as she continued. ' • 'You were always a friend — always, you have been very good to me. When all this Is but a;memory, I hope you'll meet some woman worthy of Jrou, and if children should come to bless your home, call them after him — after him and — me. " Then sho kissed his hand. After a pause, sho inquired, "Do you remember what day tlvis is?" Again he bowed his head, While flfto continued in the same sweet, gentle voice: "This day, two years ago, they killed our young lives, but they could never kill our love — that will lite when wo are dead! Hush! you are a man — a brave one. Don't, cry for mo, dear — I am happy nowi Ho will come back to you some dny — 'I'm sure he will. Tell him I loved him always — tell him I have Waited for him here as long as I could, now I shall wait for him there! My poor Curly!" C IlATfERXVl. -^ Man to Man. The relatives came down like a horde of locusts at the funeral. They were all Presbyterians and Flora was u Roman Catholic, so they left the cortege at the gate of tho burial . ground. Tho chief mourners were the doctor, Jeannie and Willie. ! When they approached the grave there stood beside "it a gigantic ma whom Willie instantly recognize from Elspeth M'Diarmid's descrip lion. There was no mistake abou ihe "corbie's beak and tho evil eon. 1 now bloodshot and inflamed. Th very sight of this loathsome c.'eatun set Jamieson's blood on lire, and hi nid the greatest difficulty in restrain ng himself from taking tho law into us own hands there and then. A ingo white horse, a vicious looking beast with a tremendous Roman nose, jlood tied up without tho gate. jhampiug fretfully at the bit. As oon as tho coffin was lowered, with an impatient gesture Deempstei timed away, leaped on the horse. ;ave him tho spur, and was out of ight in a moment. "After all," muttered Willie, be- ween his teeth, ' it is best it should 30 so. I c;in wait, I can wait!' On returning to the Gairloch house after the funeral ho and the doctor found the relatives in solemn conclave in the dining room, paying their re- sipects to the "funeral- baked meats, " The general buzz of conversation Ofiasecl as Jamieson entered. Without ceremony Dr. Miller proceeded to read the will. With tho exception of certain legacies, such as iivo hundred pounds to the doctor's daughter, five hundred pounds to tho lawyer, two hundred a year to Jeannie. and various smaller sums to tho servants, the whole of tho estate, real and personal, moneys invested in stock, etc., amounting in the aggregate to something like twelve thousand pounds a year, was bequeathed lo Jamieson in trust for Curly (if he should be alive). failing this Willie was to inherit everything absolutely, without let, hindrance, or control, be.ng constituted residuary legatee and joint executor with Dr. Miller. When tho will was read a dead nilence ensued. Evidently the family circle had been already prepared for this intelligence. and their plan of action had been arranged. Every one turned round and looked at tho lawyer, who rose, and clearing his throat with a iflasa of sherry, said: "Ahem, my friends. I am already acquainted with your views, and it Anly remains for me to carry out my instructions. Ahem! Dr. Miller. J beg to inform you and yonder young man that my clients bore assembled will resist to tho uttermost tho carrying out of this will and, in fact, legal proceedings have this day been commenced, praying Ihe court not to errant probate on tho grounds of insanity on tho part of tho testatrix and undue influence on tho part of tho residuary legatee. Acting under advice. tho seal of tho procurator- fiscal has been placed upon all documents, valuables, etc., belonging to tho estate. and as we are do facto in possession (which, as you are doubtless aware, is nine points in law) on behalf of the next of kin, nothing remains for me but to request the so-called executors and tho woman Jeannio McPherson to quit this house with as little delay as possible. As wo do not wish to behave ungenerously, wo will allow you half an hour to clear out. Wo have left nothing to accident and the police are hero should it bo found necessary lo have recourse to them in aid of iho process of ejectment. " Here was a deadlock. The doctor and Jamieson took stock of the situation, found the enemy held every card except the will, and, desirous of avoiding scandal, left the house immediately without a word. Not so poor Jeannie, She gave the enemy a hot time of it, but in the end even she had to succumb to the rough logic of facts. Jamieson accompanied the doctor to his solicitor, and gave instructions for the defense of their rights under tho will, and so commenced the litigation in the famous case of "Jamieson and Miller vs. M'Allisler and Others." Fortunately for Jeannie. the doctor, who was a widower, wanted a housekeeper to look after his daughter Maggie, and he installed Jeannie at once. Jamicsou had an engagement oN fered him for Glasgow, and there was nothing lo detain him further, except to "have it out" wilh Mr. Deempster. S'-rath minus is about six milosfi-ora ^byrdee*. but that was nothing 1 to Wiille. so he walked over one fine morning after breakfast On arriving ftt the lodge he inquired if tho laird was about? Tho lodge-keeper replied, "He is gone out lo have a wee bit rabbit shooting. You'll find him in the glen yonder, about a mile and a butock awa'." A mile and a bittock means two good English miles QJ? m,Qr& Still it WHS all in tho day's walk. At length 'lb* ' at tn6 othon wilh his 'gun aftd his dog, a pretty black pointy. As the two men approached each' dthe'£ tho dog came bounding fdtfward and licked Jamieson's hand. • The laipd pulled himself up stiffly, and growled out "Now then, what do you WantP! 1 "I want you, Dan'1 Deempster. Do you know me?" : • "Oh, ay, I ken you well enough. You're the play-actor fellow that was at the funeral the other day; but you're no' in tho klrkyard the nbo, you're trespassing on my grounds, so you'd better make yourself scaico.' 1 '•Not till I have settled my account with you." • -Me? Is the fellow mndP" "Take care that you keep a civil tongue in your head. Mr. Deempster, or it will be the worse for you. I'va waited for this two years or infare, but now the time has come." "Well, now that it has come, onca more I ask,' What do you want with rneP" "I want to tell you that when you gave Donald Campbell that foul blow, out below the hill by Dudhope Ferry, you murdered two lives, and because the law can take no cognizance of your crime you think you can escapa with impunity!" ••Impunity!" roaied Deempster; "is it impunity to have that baby- faced blockhead, with his great glittering eyes, his white face, and fair hair streaked with blood, standing by my bediand board by day and night! J-iut there— Clear out, or I'll riddle your hide wilh buckshot? You won't? Then by" and with tho word he lifted his gun, and let fly at Willie. Fortunately his eye was quicker than tho other's hand, and he cast himself full length on tho grass as TABERNACLE JPtJLMT, DR. TALMACE PAYS HIS RESPECTS TO POLITICIANS. Democrat iiud Jlcpubllonn About In Christian Virtues About Thl» Tlmd Every Yenr—A Political Ilouso Clean- Ing Needed. tbo charge flow harmlessly over him. The next instanc he was at his would- be assassin's throat, had snatched the rillo from him, smashed the stock and barrel over his knee, and hurled it a hundred paces away. The pointer stood still and trembled. Then tho tragedian said, in a stern, quiet voice. -i don't wish to have blood on my soul—not even the blood of such a skunk as you are. But I am going to thrash you as long as [ can stand over you. "So put up your hands, and don t let me take you at a disadvantage." "You take me at a disadvantage— you?" "Don't talk, but put up your hands, tell you." [TO KK CONTINUED.] ALAS FOR HER. Flic Slid, Sad ,TaIc of ii Cubic Kido and l!r:ililM of* oft Htiir. A sad, sad tale is floating about the circumambient atmosphere about a sweet young girl, says the Louisville Commercial, who went out a summer evening with her best young man. Jer toilet was simplicity and good taste itself. Arrayed in vestal white, with white lilacs in her hat, and her gloves and boots most unoxception- ible, she was a "maiden fair to see." iVhy, a man would know as. soon as 10 looked at her that she was sweet- iess and modesty itself. Nothing strained nor artificial about her. She vas a human daisy, a violet, with no cnowledge of the arts and shams oj vomon who have been in the hollou. irtificial world. Her young man waa all attention. He placed her upon » ront seat in the car and proceeded to lo the devotion act thoroughly. And ho shyly blushed and sweetly smiled n an enchanting manner as sho in- lined her fair young head toward him o catch his murmured words. All vas going on beautifully when no of the two young men who at just behind them called the at- ention of his companion to some- hing about the head of the young girl. The other fellow grinned, and lion a woman across the aisle smiled, vhich attracted the attention of other eoplo on the! car, and they also ookod and seomod amused. The host oung man detected these glances find aw that something was wrong, and o proceeded to lake a look himself at tho back hair of the one dear to him. Of course, her hair was arranged in just tho pretty, natural way one would expect in a girl like lfe»t—• just a simple braided knot of silken tresses. Hut out of the center of tho knot, where an unkind fate liad caused a hairpin to give way, there protruded the end o( a switch of falso hair, to which was appended the hairdresser's ticket^ with the price of th<j braid upon it. And if it had not been for those horrid young men it would never have been seen. And it was just too mean, loo! .So there, now! l'er|)c'tual Holy Cedemus makes mention of a lamp, which, together with an image oi Christ, was found at Kdessa, during the reign of tho Emperor Justinian. It was set over a certain gate, and sealed so as to exclude all ai'r. The seal testified that these details were carried out soon after the crucifix on. When opened by the soldiers of Cos- roes, king of Persia, it was found to be burning as brightly as when first inclosed, over 500 years before. Tlia Persian forces broke down the shrine and poured out the oil that was still in tho lamp, an act which is said to have been followed by a great plague. At the time the old jponasterie* of England were demolished a lamp was found in a tomb which was supposed to have been burning since about tho year SCW A. i). How these things were accomplished is a mystery, but it is supposed that the Romans understood bow to resolve gold into an oil a few ounces of which would su'lieo to burn a thousand years. If such an art was over understood it is now '.••• retrievably lost,—Philadelphia Pi-ess. A Iforweklioe or (owlilde. A very elastic and durable horseshoe is juade >n France by compressing cowhide in a bteel mold an<J tbea s,ub- jeciiasr it to a chemical proaeos, It if said to lajt longer than iron, ftp. is pleased with his land of perpetual snow: if the lioman thought that the muddy Tiber was tho favor* d river in i he sight of heaven, and if the Laplander shivers out his eulogy of his native climate, and if iho Chinese have pity for anybody born outside the "iiowery kingdom," shall not we, born under these fair skies, and standing day by day amidst these glorious civil and religious liberties, be public spi ited? 1 propose to tell the people very plainly what I consider to be their Christian duty at the ballot box. First, set yourself a.'ainst all politi- ••al falsehood. The most monstrous lies ever told in this country are during the- elections. 1 stop at the door of a democ-ratic meeting 1 and listen nnd hear that the republicans are liars 1 stop at the door of a repub- ican meeting and listen, and hear ihiit the democrats aie scoundrels. • •UP public men ruicroscopized and the irutli distorted. Who believes a tenth part of what he reads or hears in tho autumnal elections? Men who .it other seasons of the year ar^ very careful ii) their speech pjeyine peddlers of scandal. In tho far east there is a place yea*, tuey lej tb§ BROOIU,Ts, N. Y., Nov. 5.—In his sermon this forenoon Rev. Dr. Talmage touched on a topic which Is just now uppermost, while the agitation in political circles is raging in all parts of tho laud. The sermon Is pertinent and useful, and Is based on the text: Apts, xix:33. "Some therefore cried one thing and some another, for the assembly was confused and the more part kt ew riot wherefore they were come together. And they drew Alexander out of the multitude, the Jews putting him forward! And Alexander beckoned with the hand and would have made his defense unto the people But when they knew that he was a Jew all with one % oioe about the space of two hours cried out, "Great ia Diana of the Ephesiaus." Ephesus was upside down. It was about tlie silver question. A manufacturer of silver boxes for holding heathen images had called his laborers together to discus< the behavior of oce i'aul, who had been in pub ic places a-saulting image worship, and consequently very much damaging that particular business. There was great excitement in the city, i'eople stood in knots along the streets, violently gesticulating and calling each other hard names. Some of the people favored the policy of the silversmith; other people favored the policy of i'aul. There were great moral questions involved; but these did not bother them at all. The only question about which they seemed to be interes ed was concerning the wages and the salaried positions. The silversmith and his compeers had put up factories at great expense for the making of these silver boxes, and now, if this new po'icy is to he inaugurated, the business will go down, the lab u-ers will be thrown out of employment, and ihe whole city will suffer. Well, what is to be done'? "Call a convention," says some one; for in all ages a convention has been a panacea for public evils. The convention is called, and, as they want the largest room in the city, they take the theater. Having 1 there assembled, they all want to get the lioor, and they all want to talk at once. You know wh:it excitement that always makes in a convention, where a great many people want to talk at, once. Home cried onethin.7, .some cried another. Some wanted lo denounce, same wanted lo resolve. After a while a prominent man gets the floor, an i he begins to speak: but they very soon hiss him cl >wn, and then the cou- 1'us on rises into worse uproar, and they begin to shout, all of them together, and they keep on until thc-y are red in face and ho;irse in the throat, for two long hours crying out, '•Groat is Diana of the liphesians! Gre.it is Diana of the Ephesians:' 1 Mho whole scene remi els me of the excitement we have almost every autumn at the elections. AVhile that goddess Diana has 1 st her worshipers, and her temples have gone into the dust, our American people want to sjt up a god in place of it, and they want us all to bow down before it; and that god is political party. Considering our superior civilix.'tion, I have ti declare to you that the Ephcsian idolatry was less offensive in the sight of God than is this all-absorbing American partisanship. While there are honest men, true moil, Christian men, whos'and in both political parties, and who come into the autumnal i lecti ns resolving to serve their ciiy or their state or the nation in the be t possible way, 1 have noticed also that with many it is a mere contest between tho ins and the outs—those who are trying to stay in and keep the outs out, and tho e who are out trying to get in and thrust tho ins out. And 0110 party cries, "Great is Diana of the Ephesians!" and the other party cries, "Great is Diana of the Ephesi'ans!" neither of them honest enough to s ly, "Great is my pock- otbook!" Onco or twice a year it is my custom to talk to tho peoplo about public affairs from what I call a Christian Eitnndpoint, and this morning 1 have chosen for that duty. I hope to sav a practical word. History tells us of a sermon once preached amidst tho Highlands of Scotland—a sermon two hours long—on the sin of luxury, where there were not mure than tluve pairs of shoes in the audience; and during our last war a good man went into a hospital distributing tracts, and gave a tract on "The Sin of Dancing" to a man both of whose legs had been amputated! l'.ut I hope this morning to present an appropriate and adapted word, as next Tuesday, at the ballot box, grout affairs are to be settled. Hev. Dr. Krnmons, in the early history of our country, in Massachusetts, preached about the election of Thomas Jefferson to the Presidency. l!ev. Dr. Mayhew of Uoslon, in early days of our republic, preached about the repeal of the stamp act. There are times when ministers of Christ must look off upon public affairs and discuss them. We need go back to no example. Every man is, before God, responsible for his own duty. If the Norwegian boasts of his home of rocks, and the Siberian th y please, and the place Is full of upioar, misrule-and wickedness and they,call it the-"Devil's day." The nearest approximation to that in this country has been,the first 'luesday in Novetube?. The community at suuh times seems to say, ''Go to, now; le us h'ave a good time at lying.'' Pi OKI inent candidates for office are do nounced as unprincipled and reno gade. A smart lie will start in the corner of a country newspaper, and keep on running until it has captured the printing presses of the whole continent. What garbling of speeches! What misrepresentation of motives! What misrepresentation of individual antecedents The trouble is that WP have in this country tw.i great manu factories—manufactories of lies—the republican manufactory of lies and the democratic manufactory of lies— and they are run day nnd night, and they turn out half a dozen a dav all equipped and ready for full sailing. Large lies and small lies. Lies private and lies public and lies prurient. Lies cut bias and lies cut diagonal. Long- limbed I'es and'lies with double-back action. Lies complimentary and lies defamatory. Lies that some people believe, and lies that nobody believer. Lies with humps like camels and scales like crocodiles and necks as long as storks, and feet as swift as an antelope's, and stings like adders. Lies raw and scalloped and panned and stewed. Crawling lies and jumping lies and soaring lies. Lies' with attachment screws and rumors and braiders and ready-wound bobbins. Lies by Christian people who never lie except during elections, and lies by people who always lie. but beat themselves in a political campaign. 1 confess I am ashmned to have a foreigner visit this country in these times. I should think he would stand dazed, and dare not go out nights! What will the hundreds of thousands of foreigners who come here to live think of us? What a disgust they must have for the land of their adoption! The only good thing about it is that many of them can not understand the English language. But 1 suppose the German, arid Italian, and fciwedish, and French .papers translate it all, and peddle out the infernal stuff to their subscribers. .Nothing but Christianity will ever stop such a flood of indecency. The Christi.m religion will speak after a while. The billingsgate and low. scandal through which we wade almost every autumn must be rebuked by that religion which speaks from its two grout mount tins, from the one mountain intoning the command, "Thou shalt not bear false wit- ne-s aga nst ihy neighbor," and from the other mount making plea for kindness and love and blessing rather than cursintr. O, Christian men! frown upon political falsehood! Remember that a political lie is as black as any other kind of a lie. God has recorded all the falsehoods that have been told at the city, si ate or national elections since tue foundation of this government; and, thtmsfh the perne- tralors and their victims may have gone into the dust, in the last clay judgment will be awarded. ,The lalsehoods that Aaron Burr breathed into the ear of Blennerhasset, the slanders that Lieu ten ant-General Gage proclaimed about George Washington, the misrepresentations in regard to James Monroe, are as fresh on God's book to-day as the lies that were printed last week about our local c mdidates. "And all li;irs shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire iind brimstone: which is the secocd death." Again, I counsel you as Christian men to set yourselves against the misuse of money in political campaigns Of the thousands of dollars already spent this autumn, how much of the amount do you suppose has been properly used? You have a right to spend money for the publishing of po iiical tracts, for the establishment of organizations for the carrying out of what you consider to bo the best; you have a right to appeal to the reason of men by arguments and statistics and by facts. 1'rinting aiul renting of public halls and political meetings cost money, but he who puts a bribe into tin 1 hand of a voier, or plies weak men with mercenary and corrupt motives, commits a sin against God and tho nation. Bribery is one of the most appalling sins of this country. God says, '•Fire shall consume the tabernacles of bribery." Have nothing to do with such a sin, O Christian man! Fling- it from the bailot box. Hand over to the police tho man who attempts to tnm- per with your vote, and remember that elections that can not be carried without bribes ought never to be carried at all. Again 1 ask yor as Christian men to set yourselves against the dissipations that hover over the ballot box. Let me say that no man can of six weeks'a^o had HO more religion tiian you ought to have, and after teii elections are ov&t, 'to calculate hotv much religion you have left will be •* sum in vulgar fractions. Oh, th* pressure is tremendous! How mtany mighty intellects haffl gone down under the dissipation of politics! I think of ohe who came from the west. Me Was able to stand out against the whole American senate. God had given Kim faculties enough to govern a kingdom, or to frame a constitution. His voice was terrible to his country's enemies and a mighty inspiration in the day of national peril But twenty glasses of strong drink a day were his" usual allowance, and he went down into the habits of a confirmed inebriate. Alas for him!. Though a costly monument has been reared over his resting place, the young men of this country shall not be denied the awful lesson that the agency by which the world was robbed of one of its mightiest intellects, and our country of one of its ablest constitutional defenders, was the dissipation of political life. You want to know who I nvan? Young man, ask your father when you get home. The adverse tide is fearful, and I warn you against itl Yoii need not go Jar off to find the worn-out politician. Here he is stumbling along the highway, his limbs hardly able to hold nim up. Bent over and pale with exhaust ng sickness. Surly to anybody who recasts him. tlis last decent article of apparel pawned for strong drink. Glad if, wnen going by a grocery, some low acquaintance invites him in to take a sip of ale, and then wiping :iis lip with bis greasy sleeve. Kicked off the steps by men who once were jroud to be his r.onstitu nts. Man- :iood obliterated. Lip blistered with a curse, t-'cars of brutal assault on cheek and brow. Foul mouthed. A coughing, staggering, wheez- ng wretch. No friends. No God. No hope. No heaven. That '' is /•our worn-out politician. That is ,vlmt some of you will become unless by this morning's warning 1 , and the mercy of God, your steps are arrested. Oh, there are no words enough potent, enough portentous, eno-ngh consum- ng, enough datnning, to describe the lorrible drunkenness that has rolled over this land, and that has bentdown he necks of some of the mightiest in- ellects, until they have b en corn- jelled to drink out of the trough of jestiality and abomination! I warn oung men against political life, un- ess ihey are teetotalers and conse- jrated, Christian men. Again, I counsel you that, when you jo to the ballot box at the city or the tate or the national elections, you recognize God, and appeal to him for his blessing There is a power higher than the ballot box, than the gubernatorial chair, than the Presidential wnite house. It is high time that we put les > confidence in political platforms and more confidence in God. See what a weak thing is human foresight. How little our wise "men seem to know! See how, every autumn, thousands of men who are clambering up for higher positions are turned under. God upset-, them. Every man, every party, every nation, has a mission to perform. Failing to perform it. down he goes. God said to the House of Bourbon, "Remodel France, and establish equity." House of Bourbon would not do it. Down it went. God said to the House of Stuart, "Make the English people free, God-fearing 1 , and happy." House of Siuart would not do it. Down it went. God says to the political parties in this day, "By the principles of Christianity remodel, govern, educate, save the people." Failing to do that, down they go, burying in their ruins their disciples and advocates. God can spare all the political intriguers of this day, and can raise up another generation who shall ao justice and love mercy. If God could spare Luther before the Reformation was done; and if lie could spare Washington before free government had been fully tested; and if he could spare Howard before more than one out of a thousand dungeons had been alleviated: and if he could spare liobert M'Cheyne just as Sco land was gathering to his burning utterances; and if he eould spare Thomas Clarkson while yet millions of his fellowmen had chains rusting to tho bone— then he can spare any man, and he can spare any party. That man who, through cowardice or blind idolatry of party, forsakes tho cause of righteousness, goes down, and the armed battalions of Go 1 march over him. O, Christian men! take out your bible this afternoon, and in the light of that word make up your mind as to what is your duty as citizens. Re- memher that thn highest kind of a patriot is a Christian patriot. Conse- afford to go into political Hfe who is j crate yourselves first to God, then you not a teetotaler. Hot political discussion somehow creates an unnatural thirit, and hundreds of thousands of men have gone down into drunkenness through political life. After an exciting canvass through the evening you must "take something;" and rising in the morning with less animation lhan usual, you must "take something;" and going off among your comrades through the forenoon, you meet political friends, and you must "take something;" and in the afternoon you meet other political friends, and you must "take something;" and before night has come something has taken you. There are b it few eases will know how to consecrate yourselves to your country. All these political excitements will be gone. Ballot boxes and gubernatorial chairs and*' continents will smoke in the final conflagration; but those who love God and do their best shall come to lustrous dominion sifter the stars have ceused their shining and the ocean has heaved its last billow, and the closing thunder pf the judgment day shall toll at the funeral of a world I Oh, prepare for that day! Next Tuesday questions of the state will he settled; but there comes a day when the questions of eternity will be decided. You may vote right, and get where men have been able to stand up the victory at the ballot box, and yet affainst the dissipations of nnhHnal „„«„„ «i-,,,..,,,i ,i,,*.,...i A^...-'. _.. , J * against the dissipations of life. Joseph was a politician, but he maintained his integrity. Daniel was a politician, but he was a teetotaler to the last. Abraham was a politician, but he was always characteri/cd as the father of the faithfu . Moses was a p 'Uticiati, the grandest of them; but he honored God more than he did the Pharaohs. And there are hundreds of Christian men now in the political parties, maintaining their integrity, even when they are obliged to stand amidst the blasted, lecherous, and loathsome crew that sometimes sut-iound the ballot box; these Christian men doing their political duty, and then com ng 1 back to the prayer-ineetin'gs and Christian -circles as f lire as when they went out. But that is not the ordinary circumstance; that is the exception. How often you see men coming back from the political conflict, and their eye is glazed and tueir cheek has an unnatural flush, and they talk louder than they usually do and at the least provocation they wid bet, und you say thev are convivial, or they are exceedingly vivacious, op yon ftppjy sojne other e to them; but ^od knows ' '""' suffer eternal defeat. After > ou have cast your last vote, where will you go to? In this eo mtry there are two parties. You belong t > the one or ihe other of them. Likewise in eterniiy there will be two parties and only two. "These shall go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into life eternal." To which party will you belong? God grant that, while you look after the welfare of the land in which Go-1 has graciously cast your lot, you may not forget to look after your soul—blood bought, judgment bound, immortal! God sava t.he people! _^ ODDS AND ENDS. Sixty thousand people in Ireland speak Irish only. The catalogue of tho books in the library of the British museum occupies 2,000 volumes. A horse thief was run down and captured by policemen, mounted on bicycles, at Bloomsburg, P-i., recently. Ex-Mayor J. W. Kitchens of Fayetteville, Georgia, stands sis feet four Inches, in height and weigfcf 54ft

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