The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on January 24, 1894 · Page 6
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Algona, Iowa
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THE TTPP^R MS MOlMDHt ALaONA, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY f ABMNACLE PtILMT, \ "**• ASM 6N THE PRESENT RfeLtttlOUS REVIVAL. <*'Arm ot the Lord. Awake, Awakef i'ut rfrt — "ftlft t.oi-rt Arm." H*lt< n* «Ji«lte" n»te Hi* _ ri , ttini. 21; 18U-I.—-fl'I ,, Appropriate and impressive was the old gospel hymn as it was sung this morning by the thousands of Urooklyn tabernacle led on by cornet and organ: Arm of the Lord, awake, awake! Tut oh thy strength, the nations shake, .lie.?. Dr. Talnuigc took for his subject, "The Hare Arm of (Sod," the text being Isaiah fi3 : x, "The Lord hath mnde bare Tlis holy arm." If almost takes our breath away to road some of "the bible imagery. There is such' boldness of metaphor in my .text tha.t 1 have been for some time getting uiy courage up to preach from it Isaiah, the evangelistic prophet, is ,,,spunding the Jubilate of our planet redeemed, and criws out, "The Lord hath made bare his holy. arm." What overwhelming suggcstivefKwferin thu.t figure of speech, "The bare arm ftf- <5otl!" The people of Palestine to this day wear much hindering apparel, and when they want to run a special race, or lift a special burden, or light a special battle, they put oft the outside apparel, as in our land, when a man proposes a special exertion, he puts off Tiis coat and rolls up his sleeves. Walk •through our foundries, our machine shops, our mines, our factories, and yon will find that most of the toilers . have their coats off and their sleeves rolled up. Isaiah saw that there must be a tremendous amount of work done before this world becomes what it ought to be, and he foresees it all accomplished, and accomplished by the Almighty; notga-s we ordinarily think of him, but by the Almighty with the sleeve of his robe rolled back to his shoulder: "The Lord hath made bare his holy arm." Nothing 1 more impresses me in the 'bible than the case with which Hod does most things. There is such a reserve 1 , of power, lie has more thunderbolts than he has ever flung: more light than he has ever distributed: more blue than that with which he luis over-arched the sky, more green than thai with . which he has cmer- nldcd the grass; more crimson than that with which he has burnished the sunsets. J say it with reverence: from all I can .sec, God hus never half tired. You know as well as I do that many of the most elaborate and expensive industries of our world have been employed in creating artiliciullight. llnlf •of the time the world is dark-. The moon and the stars have their glorious -uses, but as instruments of illumination they arc failures. They will not -allow you to read a book, or stop the ruffianism of your great cities. Had Tiot the darkness been persistently fought back by artificial means, the most of the world's enterprises would , liave. halted half the time, while the •crime of our grcatniunicipalitics would for half the time run rampant and nn- rcbuked. Hence, all the inventions for creating artificial light, from the flint Mi uck against steel in centuries past, to the dynamo of our electrical manufactories. What uncounted numbers of people at work the,year round in making chandeliers, and laiiips.aiul fixtures, and wires, and batteries when; light shall be made, or along which light shall run, or where light shall poise! How many bare arms of human toil—.-and s.ome of those bare arms are very •th-efl—in. the creation of light and its .apparatus: and after all the work, the ."•reutor part of the continents and Iiemisphcrcs at night have no light at sill, except perhaps the fire-flies Hushing their small lanterns across the swamp. But sec how easy <!od made the light. He did not make bare his arm; he did not even put forth his robed «rm: he did not lift so much as si fin- £-cr. The flint out of which he struck the noonday sun was the word, "Light." "Let there be-light!" Adam <lid not sec the sun until the fourth •day, for, though the sun was created on'the first day, it took its rays from the first to the fourth day to work- through the dense muss of fluids by which this earth was compassed. Did you ever hoar of anything so easy us that'.' So unifiueV Out of a word came the blazing sun, the father of flowers, and warmth, and light? Out of a word building a fireplace for all the nations of the earth to warm themselves by'. Yea, seven other worlds, five of them inconceivably larger than our own, 4Vud seventy-nine asteroids, or worlds <m a smaller .scale! The warmth and light for this great brotherhood, great faisU-rhood. great family of worlds, eighty-seven larger or smaller worlds, jill from that one magnificent fireplace inside out of the one word—"Light." 'ihe sun 880,000 miles in diameter. I ilu not know how much grander a solar system God could have created if he li'sid put forth his robed arm. to say nothing of an arm made bare', liut thi.s 1 know: that our noonday MIII was si optirk struck from the anvil of one >vord, and that word—"Liu-lit." "Hut," says some one, "do you not think" that in making the machinery of the universe,, of which pur solar system ife comparatively a small wheel working into mightier wheels, it must liave trust God some exertion? The upheaval of an uroi, cither robed, or an arm m:id,e bare'. 1 " No: we are distinctly told otherwise. The machinery of :ti universe-.liod uiudc simply with his •tjiii»i-t> i'avid, iuspirwl in a wight Jsi'jjg, s-OAfs W»: "A\ hen 1 consider thy lieuveu&' the work oi thy linger^." A .«cotti*U clwgywn told me a few week-, ago of dyspeptic Thomas , with v friend pne said, ''What a splendid'SltyP* Mr. Carfylc replied, as he glanced upward, ; ".Sad sight, *ad sight!" Not so thought David as he md-tho great scripture of the night heavens. 1t was a. sweep of embroidery, of vast tapestry, God manipulated. That'is the allusion of the Psalmist to the woven hangings bl tkpcstry, as they were known long before David's time. Par back in the ages what enchantrtieftt of thread and color, the Florentine velvets of silk, and gold and Persian carpets woven of goat's hah-I If you have been in the Gobelin manufactory ot tapestrv in Paris—alas! now no more —you .,nosscd wondrous things, as you saw. the wooden needle or broach, going back and forth and in and out; you were transfixed with admiration at the patterns wrought. No wonder that Louis XIV bought it and it became the possession of the throne; and for a long while none but thrones and palaces might have any of its work! What triumphs of loom! What victory of skilled fingers! So David says of the heavens, that Clod's fingers wove into them the light; that Clod's fingers tapestried them with stars; ^thsit God's fingers embroidered them with worlds. How much of the immensity of the heavens David understood 1 know not. Astronomy was born in China twenty-eight hundred years before 'Christ was born. During of lloang-Ti astronomers ^,o death if they nuide wrong- calculations about the heavens, .lob understood the refraction of the sun's rays, and said they were "turned as the clay to the seal." The pyramids were astronomical observatories, and they were so long ago built that Isaiah refers to one of them in his nineteenth chapter, and calls it the "Pillar at the border." The first of all tho sciences born was astronomy. Whether from knowledge already- abroad or from direct inspiration,it seems to me David had wide knowledge of the heavens. Whether he understood the full foroe of what he wrote. 1 know not; but the. Clod who inspired him knew, and he would not let David write anything but truth; and therefore all'the worlds thsit the telescope ever reached, or Copernicus, or Galileo, or Kepler, or Newton, or Laplace, or Hcrschcl, or our own Mitchell ever saw were so easily made that they were made with the fingers. As easily as with your fingers you mold the. wax, or the clay, or the dough to particular shapes, so he decided the shape of our world, and that it should weigh sixsextilllon tons, and appointed for all worlds their orbits and decided their color—the white to Sirius: the ruddy to Aldebaran; the yellow to Pollux; the. blue to Alfair; marrying some of the stars, sis the IJ.-100 double stars that- He.i-Hchcl observed; administering to the whims of the variable stars as their glance becomes brighter or dim. preparing what astronomers culled, "The Girdle of Andromeda," and the nebula in the sword-handle of Orion. Worlds on worlds! Worlds under worlds! Worlds above worlds! Worlds beyond worlds! So many that arithmetics are of no use iu tlie calculation! lint he counted them us he made them, and ho made them with his fingers! 'Reservation of power! Suppression of omnipotence!' Resources as yet untouched! Abnighti- ness yet niiiloiuonstrsited! Now I ask. 1'or the benefit of all disheartened Christian workers, if God accomplished so much with his fingers, what, curi he do when he puts out all his strength? and when he iinlimbi-rs all the batteries of his Omnipotence? The bible speaks agii-in and sigain of God's outstretched iu-iii. but only once, and that- in the. text, of the bare arm of God. My text ma lies it plain that the rectification of this world is a stupendous undertaking-. It takes more power to make this world over again than it took- to make it, at lir.>l. A word was only necessary for tho iirst creation, but. for the new creation the unslcevcd and unhindered forearm of the Almighty! The reason of that I can understand. In the. shipyards of Liverpool, or Glasgow, or New York a great vessel is constructed. Tho architect draws out the plan, the length of the beam, the capacity of tonnage, the. rotation of wheel or screw, the cabins, the masts and all the appointments of this great, psilaco of the deep. The architect finishes his work without any perplexity, and the csirpeiiters and the artisans toil on the craft «o many hours u day. each one doing his part, until with flags flying, and thousandsof people hux/.aingon tho docks, the vessel is launched. Hut out on the sea that .steamer breaks her shaft, and is limping slowly along toward harbor, when Caribbean whirlwinds, those mighty hunters of the dee]), looking out for prey of ships, surround that wounded vessel and pitch it on a rocky coast, and she lifts and falls iu the breakers until every joint is loose, arid every spar is down, and every wave sweeps over the hurricane deck as she parts midships. Would it not require, more skill and power to get that splintered vessel off the rocks and reconstruct it than it required originally to build her? Aye! Out- world that God built so beautiful, and which started out with all tho flags of Kdcnie foliage and with the. chant of .paradisiacal bowers, has beep.sixty centuries pounding in the Skerries of sin anil sorrow, and to get her Out, and to get her off, and to get her on .the right way again, will require Omnipotence than it required to build her siud launch her. .So, 1 am not surprised that though in tVic dry. dock of one. word our world was m^de,' H >vill take the unslcevcd arm of God to lift her from the rocks and-put Ijcr on the right course again. It is .cyidcut from my text, and its comparison with other texts, that it woftH not be so great sin undertaking to« make u \\holc constellation Of woflds,, and a whole galaxy uf Nyorld;?, %£.d a' whole astronomy Of wor}g§>' pi>4<-tWMM? th.em iu their tbib ftifJt %vorld, this destfrojf ed Wofld, and irlaito it as gottd as whett Jt started. Now, jtwt look the oil Ihf,dried, difficulties'it> th« wfty, the removal of which, the overthrow of which, seem to require the bare right at* of Omnipotence. There stands heathenism, tv'ith its 8fiO.000.000 victims. 1 do Hot care whether you call them Brahmins, or Buddhists, Confucians or Fetish idolaters. At the World's Fair in Chicago last summer those monstrosities of religion tried to make themselves respectable, but-the long- hair and baggy trousers and trinketed robes of their representatives Can not hide from the world the fact that those religions are the authors of funeral pyre, and Juggernaut crushing-, and Ganges infanticide, and Chinese shoe torture, and the aggregated massacres of many centuries. They have their heels on India.on China, on Persia, on Borneo, on three-fourths of the acreage of our poor old world. I know .-that the missionaries, who arc the most sacrificing itnd Christ-like men and women on earth, are making steady and glorious inroads upon those built-up abominations of the centuries. All this stuff that you see in some of the newspa- p»»s about the missionaries as living in. luxury and idleness is promulgated by corrupt American or English or_,Scotch merchants, whose loose behavior in heathen cities has been rebuked by the missionaries, and these corrupt merchants write home or tell innocent sind unsuspecting visitorsiu India or China or the darkened islands of the sea, these falsehoods about our consecrated mis- sionsu-ies who, turning their -.backs on home and civilization and emolument and comfort, spend their lives in trying to introduce the mercy of the Gospel among the. down-trodden of heathenism. Some of those merchants leave their families in America or England or Scotland, and stay for a few years in the ports of heathenism while they are mnking their'fortunes in the tea or rice or opium trade, and while they are thus absent from home, give themselves to orgies of dissoluteness, such peri or tongue could, without the abolition of; all decency, attempt to report. The presence of the missionaries with their pure and noble households in those, heathen ports,.is,u constant rebuke t<> such debauchees' and miscreants. If Satan should visit heaven, from which he was once roughly, but justly, expatriated, and he should write -homo to the realms pandenioniue, his correspondence published in Diabolos Gazette, or Apollyonic News about what he had seen, he would report the Temple of God and the Lamb us si broken-down church, sind the house of many mansions sis u disreputable place, sind the cherubim sis suspicious of morals. Sin never did like holiness, and you had better not depend upon satunie report of the sublime and multipotent work of our missionaries in foreign hinds. But notwith standing all that these men and women of God have achieved, they feel, and we all feel that if the idolatrous lands sire to bo Cliristiuni/ed, there needs to be si power from the heavens that hsis not yet condescended, and we feel like crying out in the words of Charles Wesley: Arm of the Lord, nwake, nwako, Put on Thy strength, tlienaUoussliahe! is not only the Lord's arm- that i.s needed, the holy arm, the- outstretched iirni. but the bsire.arm! There, too, stands Mohammedanism- witlrits 17(1,OOO.OOI) victims. Its bible is the Koran, si book not quite as large sis our new testament, which w;is revealed lo Mohammed when in epileptic fits, and resuscitated froim these fits, he. dictated it to scribes. Yet it is read to-day by more people thsm any other book ever written.- Mohammed, the founder of that religion, si polygamist. with superfluity of wives, tho first step of his religion on the body, mind sind soul of woman, and no wonder thsit the heaven of the Koran is an everlasting Sodom, tin infinite seraglio, about which Mohammed promises that each follower shall have in that place seventy-two wives, in addition to all the wives ho had on earth, but that no old woman shall over enter heaven. When a bishop of Kngland recently proposed thsit the best way of saving Mohammedans was to let them keep their religion, but engraft upon it some new principles from Christianity, he. perpetrated sin ecclesiastical joke, at which no man can laugh who has ever seen the tyranny stud domestic wretchedness which always appear where that religion gets foothold. It has. marched across continents, and now proposes to set up its filthy sind accursed banner in America, sind what it hsis done for Turkey it would like to do for our nation. A ri ligion that brutally tresits womanhood ought never to bo fostered in our country. lUit there never was a religion so absurd or wicked that it did not get disciples, and there are. enough fools in America to make u large discipleship of Mohammedanism. This corrupt religion luis been making steady progress for hundreds of years, and notwithstanding all tin. splendid work done by the .lessuns and the Goodells, and the Ulissas and the Van Dykes and the Posts and the Misses liowen anil the Misses Thompson, and scores of other men and women of whom the world was not worthy, there it stands, the giant of sin, iMohummedunism,- with one foot on the heart of woman and the other on the heart of Christ, while it mumbles from its minarets this stupendous blasphemy: "God is .groat, and Mohammed is his prophet." 'Let the Christian printing presses at Hcyroiit and Constantinople keep on with their work, and the men and women of God in the mission fields toil until the Lord crowns them-, but what we arc y,U hoping- for is something supernatural from the heavens, as yet unseen, bomcthuig stretched down out ot the skies, something like ij.n arm uncovered, the byre arm of tho God of Nations! .stands also tho Arc'i Demon , Its throne is gt Oft one side 1 of thjti throne of skulls tneels in dbeisanco and worshij). Democracy* and tin the other Hide Tie 1 - publicanlsm. and the'one that'kisse* ihe cancerous and gangrened 'foot of ihls despot the oftenest gets the most beneiliciions. There Is a Hudson river, an Ohio, a Mississippi of strong drink rolling through this nation, but is the rivers from which I take my igure of speech enipty into the Atlantic or tlie Gulf, this mightier 'flood of sickness, and insanity, and domestic ruin, and crime, attd bankruptcy, aiid woe, empties into the hearts, and the iioirics, and the churches, and the time and the eternity of a multitude beyond all statistics to number or describe. All naitiotis are mauled and scarified with baleful stimulus or killing narcotic. The pulque of -Mexico., the ashew of Bra/.il, the hasheesh of Persia, the opium of China, the gimvo of Honduras, the wedro of Russia,' 1 the soma of India, the aguardiente of Morocco, the arak of Arabia, the 'mastic of Syria, the raki 1 of Turkey, the beer of Germany, the whisky of Scotland, ;,he ale of ; England, the all-drinks of America are doing their best to stupefy, .nflame, dement, impoverish, brutalize iri'd slay the human i-acc. Human power unless reinforced from the heavens can never extirpate the evils 1 mention. Much good has been accomplished by the heroism and fidelity of Christian •eformers, but the fact' remains that there arc more splendid men and magnificent women this moment going- over the Niagara abysm of inebriety than at any time since the first grape was turned into wine and the first head of rye begsui to soak in si brew- cry. When people touch this subject ih'ey arc apt to give statistics as to how many millions arc in drunkards' graves, or with quick tread marching on toward them. The land is full of isilk of high tariff and low tariff, but what sibout the highest of all tariffs in this country, the tariff of $000,000,000 which rum put upon the United States in IflOl, for that is what it cost jus'. You do not tremble or turn.pale when Issiythat. .The fact is ,wc have become, hardened by statistics . and they msike, little 1 impression. Hut if some QTIC could gather into one mighty lake ill the tears that have been wrung out of. orphanage and widowhood; or into one organ disipuson sill the groans that have been uttered 'by the suffering victims':pf this holucaust; or into one whirlwind all the sighs of centuries of dissipsition; or from the wicket of one immense prison have look upon us the glaring eyes of all those whom •strong drink hsis cndungcoivcd, we might perhaps realize the appalling desolation. But, no, no, the sight would forever blast our vision; the sound would forever stun our j souls. Go on with your tern- j perunce literature; go on with your | temperance platforms; go on with I your temperance laws. Buit we are all hoping for something from above, and while the bare arm of suffering, and the bare arm of invalidism, and ihv bsire arm of poverty, and the bare arm of domestic desolation, from which rum hath torn the sleeve, are lifted up in beggary sind .supplication and despair, let the bsirc arm of God strike the breweries, and the liquor stores, and the corrupt politics, and the license laws, and the whole inferno of grog-shops sill around the world. Down, thou accursed bottle, fronit he throne! Into the dust, thou king of the demijohn! Parched be thy lips. thou wine cup, with fires that slit." never her quenched! I'.ut 1 have no time to specify tlip msunifold evils that challenge Christianity. And 1 think I have seen in some Christians, and read in some newspapers, sind heard from some pulpits, it dishesirtment, as though Christianity were so worsted that it is hardly worth while to attempt to win this world for God, and that all Chris- tisui work would uollapso, b<«ttef than we can ftt tin? Htfht day attd tile right hotii> aU h'en'vcn'wlU optfa its batteries ofl 6iYf side, and the co'ftimandcr of the hosts of tmrlghteoUshess with all his followers -xviU , > surrender, and it wil take ' eternity to fully celebrate tlie universal victory through, our LoM Jesus Christ. "Our eyes are unto the llills." tt is so certain to be accomplished that Isaiah in my text looks do^yh through the field-glass of 'prophecy, and speaks of it as already accomplished, and I take my stand where thp prophet took his stand, and .look at it as all done. "Hallelujah, 'tis done." See! Those cities without a tear! Look! Those continents without a pang! Behold! Those hemispheres without a sin! Why, those deserts, Arabian desert, American desert, and Great Sahara desert, are all irrigated into gardens where God walks in the cool of the day. The atmosphere that encircles our globe floating not one groan. Alt tlie irivers and lakes and oceans dimpled with not one falling tear. The climates of the earth have dropped out of them the rigors of the cold and the..blasts,.of 'the, heat, antljt is universal spring! Let us change the old world's name. Let it no more be called the earth, as when it was reeking with everything pestiferous and malevolent, scarlcted with battlefields and gashed with graves, but now so changed, so aromatic with gardens, and so resonant with tong. and so rubcRcent with beauty, let us call it Immanuers land, or Bculah, or Millennial Garde'ns, or Paradise regained, or Heaven! And to God the only wise, tlie only good, the only great, bo glory forever. Amen QUESTION "AND ANSWER, Floru~Do you know that a tree gels ft new..ring- every year? Prunella— Kvory year? Why I got one every few weeks.- . , Jonas Aycede, during the flirtation —Would yon ' rather have me 'tall, 'Tildy? Matilda, blushing—I'd rather have you 'round, .lonas. Bluster—Do you mean to say that T am a liar. Blister—I hope that I could not do so ungentlemanly n thing. But I see you catch my, idcdi,' "Do you enjoy holidays'. 1 '' sakl Johnny's uncle. "Yes, sir." "Wlr*t do you enjoy most about them?' 1 ' •'•Bein''a'blo'to"stay'home from school without bein' sick." "And you really consider it good luck to find a horseshoe, then?" "Certainly. They're worth two cents apiece at any junk dealer's, and every little helps these hard times." .Johnny Muggs — Pop, git mo a bi- cyclev won't yer? Pop—Hain't got no money to waste that way. ,'lohnny— Well, git me a bull-dog wot 1 kin train to bite other fellers wot'sgot bicycles. "•Wlrat. <i lovely new bonnet!" Mrs. Potts—It's funny tho way I got it, too; li insisted on having mv has- j band 1 explain all about the now tariff i bill. He talked for about five min! utes and then compromised on this." •*A;\v—have you such a thing as—as a full-dwess cigah?" inquired l.'Vocl- dy, who was ott his way homo from a. reception, "i think not, sir," said the tobacconist reflectively, "bat wo have some m very elcg.-int wrappers." "Do you like to look at the hogs?" said Farmer- Iliehland to his little? nioce. from the city. "Yes, indeed, uncle," replied the- intelligent child, "but I can't maku out yet which pi,",' it is which n-ivcs the boneless bacon." The lady hud given tho small buy an applo and he had said nothing in recognition. ''\Vhat do^s a. little boy sav when ho gets any thing?" asked the lady insinuatingly. He hesitated a moment. "Some little boys,' 1 hi; said, "says 'thank you,' some savs 'much trad 14 U 4f Mf, /OS?* ^ ftd th» apple." HIGHWAY 'AND BYWAY. Chinese-, and Africa than world; it is obliged,' and souio just keeps thliikin' sind that it j how much better an orsingo is than tin is no use for yon to teach si Sabbath class or distribute tracts, or exhort, iu j prayer meetings, or preach in si pulpit, ; sis Satiin is gaining ground. To rebuke | that pessimism, the gospel of smashup. i I preach this sermon, showing that j you arc on the winning side. Go i ahead! l-'ight on! What 1 want to j make out to-day i.s thsit our aminuni- j tion is not exhausted; thsit sill which ! hsis been .accomplished hsis been only the skirmishing before the great ; Armageddon; that not more than one j of the thousand fountains of beauty in i the king's park hsis begun to play; that j not more than one brigade of the in- j numerable hosts to be marshaled by i the rider on tho white horse hsis yet , taken the field; thsil whatGod has done ' yet hsis been with arm folded in flowing robe; but that tho time, is coming : when he will rise, from his throne, sind ' throw off that robe, siud come out of I l!OUist hm " the palaces of eternity, and come down ! The Syracuse salt works, tlie stairs of heaven with all conquor- He tfft. MnleaW^~f*tire, thrift that Ifttfi Jimmy ( t6fffi»m*t<»f in two and "Sootor-^Yas, my deAr madAtn, it i*,. the b'oyis dead. , .. Mrs. M«lcahey-8hore, doctor, and « were a cold day for .Timtny, poor by*, whin the mercury *ent dowh. Doctor— Yes, madam, he died by degi*e«. Succeeded. She wa« a fair Yale devotee and He was A handsome Harvard senior. . "I Am true bllie 1" she eiclaimed. "You cdnnot convert me.-' "May I try," he aslced. , "Oh' yes," she replied, disparagingly, "jrou may. try." "I lovo you," he cscluimed. And she blushed crimBon. .. ..: Rank Stupldfty. Mrs. Iteene— "My servant gh-Lwas tell- inK me this morning that your\ei>vant girl is the stupkiist she ever meWn lies life. ' Mrs. Busy— "How aoes sne make that Chrysan the mums sire reached Kurope in 1700. Cosil is dearer in South any other part of the , cheapest in Chi mi. Gambling debts arc recoverable by ! law in France, Spain, Yeii/ucla sind i sometimes in Gcrrusiny. j Pious IJ.ussisius do not oat pigeons, because of tlui sanctity conferred on. the dove by the scriptures. A Roumanian lady is, at her own. expense,. constriuting a railway from cue of her estates to HIP ncar.est. town. England is ssiid to hsivo more lighthouses than any other country. There- is one for every fourteen miles of, its exte-nsive in the United the- most Status,, have ing step, and halt in the presence of j an evaporating surface of over- :.— "She nads that your, .girl has been with you three months .and rtoesn t yet know any of your family secrets. Helping Him Out. 'I hear Parker 1ms written a novel." 'Yes." 'Successful?" . 'Very. . Whole edition sold in twohoiirs." •Indeed 1" That's fi be." •• 'Oil, no, His father-in-law bought it in for his daughter's salic.'' -v _ Flv« Famous Ktclilnt** Tb* Passenger Department of the N«-*r York Central has just issued aseriesof flv« beautiful etchings, which artistiCally.out- rank any thliig of the kind ever issued by • rafjroad company, while the absence of any advertising feature rendersHhem suitable for hanging in your office, library or home. A brief description of each, with aglanc* at their titles, is all that is necessary to obtain a fair Idea of the pictures. No. 1 is "Washington Bridge;" which spans the Harlem River at 181at Street- one of the finest bridges in the world, and a marvel of engineering. In the distance is Hlgbbritige, the Croton Viaduct. In th« foreground a characteristic river scene. that will be recognized by anv one at ail familiar with the locality. No. a— "Rock of A«es, Niagara Falls," from a photo by William H. Jackson & Co., Denver. A view that has been act- mired by every one who has seen it. Th» soft tones in which it is printed nod greaily to the effect of the falling waters and y 0i 8_»Old Spring at Wen* Point," also from a photo by William H. Jackaon & Co., Denver. A romantic scene, recalling o£ summer day* at the famou» military academy. No. 4 -"999 and tbo DeWitt Clinton." The famous Empire State Express Engine "H99 1 ' which oecr.-.ioned such widespread comment at ibe World's Fair, occupies th» top half of the card, and below appears- tha old "DeWitt Clinton." affording a truly re' expectant nations, and flashing his omniscient eyes across tho work to be done, will put back the sleeve of his right arm to the. shoulder, and roll it up there, and for the world's final and complete, rescue make bare his arm. Who can doubt the result when according to my text Jehovah does his best: when the- last reserve force of Omnipotence takes the field: whoa the last sword of eternal miijlit leaps from its scabbard? Doyou know what decided the buttle of Sedan? Tho hills a thousand feet high. Klevcn hundred cannon on the hills. Artillery on the heights of C»ivo»ne, anil twelve Gcrmaii butteries on the •heights of L* Moncello. Th,e crowu prince of Saxony watched tho scene from the. heights of Wairy. Between a quarter to six o'clock in the morning and one o'clock in tin? afternoon of Sept. 2d. 18'iti, the hills dropped the shells that shattered the French host in the valley. The French emperor and the 8(5,000 of his army uipturcd by the hills Bo in this coii- Jlict now raging between holiness and sin "our eyes arc unto' tho hills '' |)o\\u licre HI the valleys of earth wo xuu&t be viijiant soldiers of the cross, but, tuu pojjjmaRclej.- of qur Ij-Qbt, wi^ks tfeei,sceije fjwr road science in the past filfey years. No. 5— "Rounding the Nose-, Mohawk Valley."' One' of the handsomest railroad pictures ever made: The scene: is just below Little Falls. These- etchings are all printed 1 oa fi'n« plate paper, ',4x32 inches, suitable for framing. Copies o£ either of them can b« procured a-fc the office of W. B. Jerome, 97 Clark street, Chicago, for 50 cents each, oi will bo mailed in stiff tube, secure from in- iury, to any address, jiost paid, for 7ff cents, in currency, stamps, express ot postal money order,, upon-* application t« George "H. Daniels, general pa«sengei ogont, Grand Central station. New York. The man who hasn't" fattem do\vn so this' winter-is beginning to- boast of! it tore it is really wiso. 000 square feet. Tho presents received by I'lto Russian admiral, Avelan, and life officers, while in France are estimate-.l 1u* be worth I),000,000 francs. A rule has been put in IIMMMJ-at the new Metropolitan opera house in New York forbidding the missing of any flowers over the footlights. In Oklahoma there are uli-cudv es- tiblished 111") Methodist, .'.'."> Baptist* 21, i.'5 Itoman Catholic, :M Presbyterian uii.l a Upiseopuli congregations. A Salem, Muss., savings bank cashier,: turned up missing a few days ftiro apd tho bank officers had his rooms searched. In one of his trunks were found :.',00!) poker chips. Maria .Tamet, the poor peasant girl who f (Jim.lad the order of the Little Sisters oi: tho Poor, died recently in Brjttany at the age of seventy-four. Tho order has now :J53 houses, sheltering -1,000 sisters. Tho department of the Salvation army's "Darkest England" scheme known as the '"bridge," a bureau for helping discharged prisoners, reports failure in 'scarcely seven per cent of received. fai b'o. ISulslnjr ill .Nebraska. There are four bip markets within a half day's haul by freight of the hog-pro- duolnp territory, and two of those, Omaha and Kansas City, are among the largest packing points in the United Htates. At all of them the usual prices are those current the same day m Chicago, less the actual freight bill, and often the difference is less than that. The farmer with a car of hogs can go with them to the yards, sell them, pocket his cash, and reach home by »• fast passenger train in from six to eighteen hours, from almost any point in the state, no matter how distant. The selling price in Omaha to-day (January 10th) is (fi.30 pr. cwt. And on several occasions within a year it has exceeded $6.00. Onco it touched fB.To. Don't such figures admit of a good, wide margin of profit' Hog raising (aud a hundred other items of interest to farmers) is treated of in "Ureat Opportunities In Nebraska.' '• Send for a copy. It's free. J.. Francis, General Passenger Agent, Burlington Route, Omaha, Neb. The world's herring catch every year i« ;i',!0,OI)D tons, which is all consumed bufOM- the next sejisoii. __ 1S-1 to. <Ualifornlni This is our Bleeping Car Rate- om tli* Phillips-Hook Island. Tourist Excursion* froui Chicago to fjos-Atigeles or San. Francisco, via the Scenib- Route- and QgdeUk You can go witn Phillips, the best of all Kxoursion Managers, for he has each party accompanied by a special agent who goes the entire trip with, patrons. These personally conducted Excursions leave Chicago twice a week, Tuesday arid' Thursday, i We have-also » daily tourist car norvlce-, via our Southern Route, through' the-beau- tif ul Indian Territory and Ft. Worth, to- Los Angeles and San Kranoisnoi The- Tourist car rate via< this, route, the sntue-: Apply at Rock Island ticket office,. 10* Clark Street. .1XO. HKBAH't'lAN, G< P: A., C. R. L. & P. R'y, Chit-ago. b« In. Kimuc.o (ir percent oC Wto- poopla- on-ryo bread', only ii3: per eonb Git \vile»t bneiidl. How's This? A'Ve-effisi-Oue Hundred Dollars for any case of Catarrh that uiuiuo* cured by Hall'k tJatarrh Ciw«. Ji\. J. CHENUY & CO., Proprs.v Toledo, O. We-, the inodei'bigned. have known F. J. Cheney for Sue last 15 years, and believe him perfectly honorable lu all t>osiiie89 transaction mul financially able to carryout any obligation made by their firm. W F.ST & t'liUAJ:, Wholesale Druggists, Toledo. O. \VAi.oisii. KJXNAX & Mutvix, . Wholesaler Druggists, Toledo, O. Hull's Cutarrh. Cure is. taken internally, •ctiug directly upon the blooci and mucous surfare:i of the system. Price 7'5c per bottle. Sold by all" druggists. Testimonials free. Many a rnau ill bo kept out of heaven yardstick WHS too short. whose prayers were long, because his 310IU T .S.8 I.U-i. OATS l'KO.11 ON10 BUS, sunn. This remarkable, til most uulieard-of, yield was reportetl to the .loan A. Sal- /.er Seed Co., La C'rossc, Wis., by Fvank Winter, of Moutvuiu, who planted one bushel of (treat Northern.' oats, carefully tilled and irrigated same, and believes that iu 1 SIM he can grow front one bus. of tjvvut Northern Oats three hundred bushels, it's a wonderful oat- U Vou u 111 cut 'IliU Out gun -uiul it With Sc postage to the above firm you will receive sample package of above oats and their farm seed catalogue. \y Some girls are not particular about sitting iu the lap of luxury ; another lajj wljl do. i j \ 1 c~" , •f _ The tax of two ceats tax, cwd/ '

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