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Algona, Iowa
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MQMML ALfiQNA, • IOWA, WB0NJBSAlr, 14, PULPIT, tALMAOfe PREACHES WISDOM'S WORT H< *Wii»<tttm 1* Itettot tt»el« g : II—KcllKlon Ih* Onrf |(I»R|» of Ilninnn Society—Dearth Strmh llaiintliijf Hie Death-Tied. Tt}iooKf,YN, Feb. 11, 18<M.~-In the tabevnncle this forenoon Kcv. Dr. Talmnge prenched to :t crowded ntidi- •Ctice that filled the great building to •overflowing, the subject of his sermon bfeiug "Rubies Stirpttsscdf" and the text: Proverbs 8 : ii: "Wisdom is bet- icr than Rubies." You have nil seen the precious stone commonly culled the ruby. It is of deep red color. The Bible makes much of it. It glowed in the first row of the high priest's breast plate. Under another name it stood in the wall of heaven. Jeremiah compares the ruddy •eheek of the JNaznritcs to the ruby. JSsiekiel points it out in the robes of '• the king of Tyre. Four times docs • fiolcyion use it as a symbol by which to extol -wisdom, or. ..religion, always setting' its value as better Hum rubies. The world docs not agree as to how the precious stones were formed. The iincients thought that amber was atiade of drops of perspiration of the •£odda*s- C.'o. The tlinnderstonc wns •supposed to have dropped from 11 storm- «lond. The emerald wus said to have ween made of tin-. fire-fly. The lapis isiy.uli was thought to have been born s>( the cry of an Indian ffiiint. And nmdern mineralogists say that the precious stones were innde of gases and Vquid.s. To me the ruby seems like a sspjirk from the anvil of the setting BUD. The home of the genuine ruby is J!iirmah, and sixty miles from its capital, where lives and reigns the ruler, Ciillcd, "Lord of the Uubies." Under n careful governmental guard are. *hcse valuable mines of ruby kept. 3{arc'y has any foreigner visited them. IVhen a ruby of large value wus discovered it was brought forth with -elaborate ceremony, a procession was •formed, and with all bannered pomp, military guard and princely iittcn- <lants, the gem was brought to the Icing's palace. Of great value is the ruby, much more so than diamond, as lapidaries sind jewelers will tell you. An expert •on this subject writes: "A ruby of i'perfect color weighing five carats is •worth at the present day ten times us much us it-diamond of equal weight." It was a disaster when Charles the '.Hold lost the. ruby lie w;is wen ring at "the 'I tattle of 0 raiulKon. 11 wax a grea t si.lThicnco when Rudolph the Second of , .Austria, inherited a. ruby from his •sister, the Queen Dowager. .It was ftliought to have had much to do with •the victory of Henry the Fifth, as he wore, it into the J tattle of Agincourl:. 2t is the pride of the Kussian court to •own the largest ruby of sill the world, /presented by Gustavns the Third to the IHlissian empress. Wondrous ruby! It has electi-ic characteristics, and there are lightnings compressed in its double six-sided prisms. What shall I call it? It is frozeii fire! It Is petrified blood! Un all the world there is only one Ailing more valuable; and my text makes 'du- comparison: "Wisdom is bettor rubies." Kut it is impossible to compare two things -together unless there arc some ipoints of similarity as well as diJt'er- •cnee. 1 am glad there is nothinghick- ing here. The ruby is more beautiful in the night and under the lamplight il; day. It is preferred for even- in ir adornment. How the rubies glow, 11 the hail on her finger it ruby that fairly jhinlcrne'd the night. Sir John Mandc- -raDi'. the celebrated traveler of -100 ago, said that the emperor of ••-•' burn, and Hash as the. lights lift darkness! Catherine of Arragon •l hiiii!, had a ruby that made the night :i)N bright as the day. The probability is Hi at Solomon, under some of the . lumps that illumined his cedar palace i|iy iii'-fht, noticed the peculiar glow of •.the ruby as it looked in the hilt of a isw'orJ, or hung in some fold of the up- htils.ery, or beautified the lip of some «^hal ice, while he was thinking at the •KIIIIUS time of the excellency of our '.Jialy religion as chiefly seen in the might of trouble, and he cries out, •M Wisdom is better than rubies." Ol>, yes, it it; a. good thing to huvoru- Uigion while the sun of prosperity rides ••high and everything is brilliant in .fortune, in health, in worldly favor. Yet you can at such time hardly tell iliow much of it is natural exuberance Eiind how much of it is the grace of God. I5ut let the sun set, and •the shadows avalanche the plain, and •.the thick darkness of sickness, or uoyerty, or persecution, or mental exhaustion fill the soul, and fill the 'house, -and fill the world; then you sit •Uown'by the lamp of God's word and • under its light the consolations of the gospel come out; the peace of CJod •which passeth all understanding ap- ipeat'fa. You never fully appreciated 'their power until in the deep night of -trouble the divine lump revealed their •<jxc|uisiteness. Pearls and amethysts (for the day.-bnt rubies for the night. All of .the books of the Hible attempt ; i * some way the assuagement of misfortune. Of the 150 Psalms of David »t 'east ninety allude to trouble. " r i'hcre are sighings in every wind, and •tears, iu every brook, and pangs in i«very heart. It was originally pro;posed to call the President's residence .ftt Washington, "The Palace," or "The Kxt'cutive Mansion," but after it was (destroyed in the war of IS14 and re- ilmilt, it was painted white, to cover up the warlis of the smuke and fire that had blackened the stone walls. lienee it was called "The White JJJpji&fi." Most ot the thing's now -white with attractsvonessj were once '•Wa«lt with disaster. What the world 'need* is the consolatory, and here it comosi our holy relig-iori, With- both hands full of anodynes, and sedatives,- nncl balsnms, as 5n Baniel's lime to stop mouths leonmc; as in Shndrach's time to cool blast furnaces; as in Ezckiel's time to console captivity; ns in St. John's time to un— Pro- i-oll an apocalypse over rocky desolations, llcar its soothing 1 voice as it n t declares: "Weeping may endure for a, night, but joy cometh in the morning;" "The mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but my loving kindness shall not depart from you;" "Whom the Lord loveth ho chastcneth;" "They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more, neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat; for the Lnmb which is in the midst of the throne shall lead them to living fountains of water, and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes," The most wholesome thing on earth is trouble if met in Christina spirit. To make Paul what he was it took shipwreck, and whipping on the bare back, and penitentiary, and pursuit of wild mobs, and the sword of decapitation. To make David what he was it took all that Ahithophel and Saul and Absalom and Goliath and all the Philistine hosts could do against him. it took Robert Chambers' malformation of feet to make him the literary conqueror. It was bereavement that brought William llaworth of Wesley's time from wickedness to an evangelism that won many thousands for heaven. The world would never have known what heroic stuff "I! hi ley was made of had not the fires been kindled around his feet, and, not liking their slow work, bo cried, "I can not burn: let the fire come to me; I can not burn." Thank God that there are gems that unfold their best glories tind'or the lamplight! Thank God for tho ruby! Moreover, I am sure that Solomon mis right in saying that religion, or wisdom, is better than rubies, from the fact that a thing is worth what it will fetch. IJcligion will fetch solid happiness, and the ruby will not. In all your observation did you ever find a person thoroughly felicitated by an encriistinent of jewels'. 1 As you know more of yourself than any one else, arc you liappicr noxv with worldly adornments and successes than before you won tlicrnV Does the picture that cost you hundreds or thousands- of dollars on your wall bring you as much satisfaction as tho engraving that at tho expense, of five dollars was hung upon the wall when you first began to keep house'.' Do all the cutlery and rare plate that glitter on your extension iluiing-table .surrounded by .Oath-ring 1 guests contain more of- real bliss than the pliiin ware of your first (able, at which sat only two'. 1 Does a wardrobe crowded with costly attire give you more satisfaction than your first clothes- closet with its four or five pegs 1 . 1 Did not the plain ring set on the third finger of your left hand on the day of your betrothal give more gladness than the ruby that is now enthroned on the third linger of your right hand 1 .' If in this journey of life we have learned anything, wo have learned that this world neither xvith its emoluments nor gains can satisfy the tsoul. Why, here come as many witnesses as I wish to call to the stand to testify that before high heaven and tlie world, in companionship with .I esiis Christ and a good hope of heaven, they feel a joy that all the resources of their vocabulary fail to express. Sometimes it, evidences itself, in ejaculations of llosanna; sometimes in doxology; sometimes in tears. A converted native of India, in a letter said: '-Ilow I long for my bod, not that I may sleep; I. lie- awake often and long, but to bold sweet communion with my God." 1C so mighty i.s worldly joy that .Julius .It, hearing his armies were triumphant, expired; and if Talva hearing that t lie Koiiuin .senate hail decreed him an honor, expired; and if IMonysius iind Sophocles' overcome of joy. expired, and if a shipwrecked purser waiting on the coast of Guinea, in want mid .starvation at the sight of a vessel bringing relief, fell dead from shock of delight; is it any .surprise to you that ihu joys of pardon and heaven rolling over the •soul should sometimes be almost too- much for tho Christian- to endure ami live? An aged aunt said to me," DeWitt, three times 1 have fainted dead' away under too- great-Christian joy. It wsis in all three, eases at the. holy communion." An eminent Christian man while in prayer waid, "Stop, Lord, J can not bear any more of this gladness; it is too much for mortal. Withhold! Withhold!' Wo have heard of poor workmen or workwomen, getting a letter suddenly tolling them that a fortune had boon left them, and how they were almost beside themselves with glee, taking tho first ship to claim tho estate. But, oh, what it i.s to wake up out of tho stupor of a sinful life and through pardoning grace find that all oiu-earth- ly existence will be divinely managed for our best welfare, and that then all heaven will roll iu upon tho soul. Compared with that a spring morning- is stupid, and an August sunset is inane, and an aurora has no pillared splendor, and a diamond bus no Hash, and a pearl no light, and a beryl 110 aquamarine, and a ruby no ruddi- -V.V. gracious Lord! J\ly glorious (iod! My precious Christ! Itoll over on us a fow billows of that rapture. And now 1 ask you as fair-minded men aixd women, accustomed to m,ukc comparisons, is not such a joy as that worth more than anything one can have in a jeweled casket? Was not Solomon right when ho said, "Wisdom is better than J-UT of all colors hath the ruby, ftolomofe, the author of my fast, knew all o.bout the sacrifice of lamb and dote on the altars of the teipple, and ho knew the meaning of sacrificial blood, and what other precious stone could lie so well Use to symbolize it as the ruby? Red, intensely red, red as the blood of the greatest martyr of all time—Jesus of the centuries! Drive the story of the crucifixion out of the Bible and the doctrine of the atonement out of oUr religion and there would be nothing of Christianity left for our worship or our admiration. Why should it be hard to adopt the Bible theory that our redemption was purchased by blood? What great bridge ever sprung its arches; what temple ever reared its towers; what nation ever achieved its independence; what mighty good was ever done without sacrifice of life? The great wonder of the world, the bridge that unites these two cities, cost the life of the first architect. Ask the shipyards of Glasgow and New Vork how many carpenters went down under accidents before the steniner was launched: ask the three groat trans-continental railroads how many in their construction were buried under crumbling embankments, or crushed under timbers, or destroyed by the powder blast. Tabulate the statistics of how many mothers have been martyrs to the cradle of sick children. T.cll us how many men sacrificed nerve, and muscle, and brain, and life in the effort to support their households. Tell me how many men in England, in France, in Germany, in Italy, in the United States have died for their country. Vicarious suffering is as old as the world, but the most thrilling, the most startling, the most stupendous sacrifice of all time and eternity, was on a bluff back rapturous music, of Jerusalem when one being took rapturous anisic, upon himself the sins, the agonies, the perdition of a great multitude that no man can number, between 12 o'clock of a darkened noon and 3 o'clock in the afternoon, purchasing the ransom of a ruined world.- Dive in all the seas; explore all the mines; crowbar all the mountains; view all the crowned jewels of all the emperors, and- find me any gem that can so overwhelmingly symbolize that martyrdom as the ruby. Mark you, there are many gems that are somewhat like the ruby. So is the cornelian; so is the garnet; so is the spinel; so is the bahis: so the gems brought from among the gravels of Ceylon and New South Wales; but there is' only one genuine ruby, and that comes from the-mine of Bnrmah. And there is only one Christ, ami he comes from heaven. One Redeemer, one Hansom,one Son of God: only "one name given under heaven among men by which we can be saved." Ten thousand times ten thousand beautiful imitations of that ruby, but only one ruby. Christ had no descendant. Christ had no counterpart. In the liftcd-up grandeur, and glory, and love, and sympathy of his character he is the Incomparable, the Infinite One! "The Only Wise God, our Savior." Let all hearts, all homes, all times, ii.ll eternities bow low before him! Let his banner be lifted in all our souls. In olden times, Scotland was disturbed by freebooters and pirates. 1 o ing again in another state of existence. He la through with this life anil is sure of no other. The ruby on the mantel and the ruby on the wasted finger of the departing one say nothing of the ransoming blood which they so mightily typify. So far as giving solace or illumination to a departing spirit, they are a dead failure. Midnight of utter hopelessness drops on all the scene. Another room of mortal exit. Ite- ligion and no rubies. She never had money enough to buy one of these exquisites. S metimes she stopped at a jeweler's showwindow and saw a toy of them incarnadining the velvet. She had keen taste enough to appreciate those gems, but she never owned one of them. She was not jealous or unhappy because others had rubies while she had none. But she had a richer treasure, and that was the grace of God that had comforted her along the way amid bereavements, and temptations, and persecutions, and sicknesses, and privations, and trials of all sorts. Now she is going out of life. The room is bright, not with pictures or statues, not with upholstery, not with any of the gems of mountain or of sea, but there is a strange ana vivid glow in the room; not the light of the chandelier, or star, or noonday sun, but something that outshines all of them. It must be the presence of supernaturals. From her illumined face I think she must hear sweet voices. Yea, she does hear sweet voices—voices of departed kindred; voices apostolic and prophetic, and evangelic, but all of them overpowed by the voice of Christ, saying, "Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom." From her illumined face, I think she must hear Yea, she does hear HO\V soft as sgHos, now thunderous as orchestras; flow a saintly voice alone, now the hundred and forty and four thousand in concert. From her illumined face, I think she must breathe redolence. Yea, she docs inhale aroma-from off the gardens whose flowers never wither, and from the blossoms of orchards, every tree of which bears twelve manner of fruit. From her illumined face I think she must see a glorious sight. Yes, she sees the wall that has jasper at the base, and amethyst at the top, and blood-red rubies between. Goodby, sweet soul! Why should you longer stay? Your work all done; your burdens all carried; your tears all wept! Forward into the light! Up into the joy! Out into the grandeurs! And after you have saluted Christ,and your kindred, search out him of the palaces of Lebanon cedar, and tell him that you have found to bo gloriously true what thousands of years ago he asserted in this morning's text: "Wisdom is better than rubies. In those burnished palaces of our God may we all moot. For I confess to you that my chief desire for heaven is not the radiance, or to take the suggestion of the text, not the rubescencc of the scene. My one idea of heaven is the olaec to meet old friends, God our best friend, and our earthly friends already trans- CARRY sdous II l» Contrary to l.lirt l,m» unit fttity There is also something in the deep eariniuc of the ruby that suggests the sacrifice on which our whole system of religion depends.. While the emerald wrests the meadows, and the sapphire the skitSj and the opul the sea, the ruby suggests the blood of sacrifice. The most emphatic and startling rid the seas and ports of these desperadoes the hero, William Wallace, fitted out a merchant vessel, but filled it with armed men, and put out to .sea. The pirates, with their Hag inscribed of a death's head, thinking they would get an easy priy.o, bore down upon the •Scottish merchantman, when this armed muii of Wallace- boarded the craft of tlie pirates- and put them in chains, and then sailed for port under the Scotch Hag flying. And so our souls assailexl of sin and death and hell throwgli Christ rescued, and the black- Jlag of sin is torn down and the striped tlag of the cross is-hoisted. Blessed be God for any sign, for any signal, for any precious stone that brings to niiiul the price paid for such a rescue. ] like the coral, for it scorns the solidified j'oum of breakers; and I like the jasper, for it gathers seventeen colors into its bosom; and I like the jet, for it com presses 'the. shadows of many midnights; and I like the ehrysopraso, because its purple is illumined with a small heaven of stars; and I like the chrysolite, for its waves of color which seem on fire. But this morning nothing .so impresses me its th picts, it typifies, it suggests, "The blood of desiis Christ that clcunscth from all sin;" "Without the shedding of .blood there is no remission." Yea, Solomon was right when in my text he said; "Wisdom, is butter than rubies." To bring out a contrast that will illustrate my text, I put before you two last earthly scenes. The OMB is in a room with rubies, but no religion, and the other in. a room with religion but no rubies. You cuter the first room, where an affluent and worldly man is about to quit this life. There is a ruby on the mantel, possibly among the vases. There is a ruby in the head -dress of the queenly wife. On the finger of the dying man. there i.s a ruby. The presence of these rubies implies opulence of all kinds. The pictures o-u the walls are heir-looms, or trophies of European travel. The curtains arc from foreign looms, rugs are from Damascus or Cairo, sofus are stuffed with ease quietude. The rocking-chairs backward and forward on ported. Aye! to moot the millions whom I have never seen, but to whom bys. The pillows arc exquisitely embroidered. All the appointments of the room are a peroration to a successful commercial or | professional life, liutthu zuau had no j religion; never has had, and never j professed to have. There is not a j Bible or one religious book in the J room. The departing man feels that j his earthly career is ended, and noth ing opens beyond. Where land stepping off from this mystery, or whether he will land at all. for it may be annihilation. Ho has no prayer to offer, and he djo<-' a not know haw to pray. No hope pf meet- 1 have administered in the gospel week by week through journalism- on both sides of the sea, and throughout Christendom, and through many laiir's yet .scini-barbii7'ic. For the last tiventy- three years every blast of injustice against me has multiplied my readers all the world over, and the present malignancy printed and uttered because our church is in financial .struggle after having two groat structures destroyed by fire, and we compelled to build throe large churches—1 say the present outrageous injustice in sonne quarters .will multiply my audience in all lands if I ca.n keep in good humor and not fight back. A gentleman tapped me on the shoulder summer before last on a street in Edinburgh, (Scotland, and said. "I live in the Shetland islands, North Scotland, and I read your sermons every Sabbath; to an audience of neighbors, and my brother lives in Capo Town, South Africa, and ho reads them every Sabbath to an audience of his neighbors." And I hero and now say to the forty millions-of the earth to whoso eyes these words will come, that one of my dearest anticipations is to meet them ruby, for. it tie- | j n heaven. Ah! that will be better than rubies. Coming up from different continents, from different hemispheres, from opposite sides of the earth to greet each other in holy love in the presence of the glorious Christ who made it possible for us to get there. Our sins all pardoned, our sorrows all banished, never to weep, never to part, never to die! I tell you that will bo better than rubies. Others may have the crowns, and the thrones, and the scepters; give us our old friends ba-k again, Christ, "the friend who stickoth closer than a. brother," and all the kindred who have gone up from our bereft households, and all our friends whom we have never yet seen, and you may' have all the rubies, for that will bo "better than rubies." Instead of the dying kiss when they looked so pale and wan and sick, it will be the kiss of welcome on lips jubilant with song, while standing' on floors paved with what cxquisiteness, under ceilings hung with what glory, bounded by walls facing- us with what splendor, nuiid gladness rolling over us with what doxology. Far better, infinitely better, everlastingly better than rubies. ~~CH AFF. "A man bettor iiavo a live rattlesnake in his pockot than a counterfeit, dollar carried as a pockot piece," said Inspector Law re nee of the treasury department, to a Minneapolis Journal man when talking 1 about the carrying of coins or bills which one knows to bo counterfeit. "A great many men don't know the danger they run in this thing 1 ," ho said. "Suppose, for instance, that a man has a counterfoil dollar which he has had for years, one that he has picked up-somowhero and carries as a pocket piece. Ho goes into a store one day to get something or other and gote a lot of silver coin in change, lie goes from the st-oro say to a saloon, whore ho buys a drink, or to some drug store to get something or other — -it matters not where he gfoos provided thorc is one of these ; 'smart" young fellows bphind the counter always ready lo take somebody up on something or othor. '-Paying for his purchase with one of tho dollars, the man behind tho bar. or tho counter, as the easo may be, flings tho dollar bade with the remark that it is counterfeit. The purchaser, somewhat abashed. und not liking the eyeing of the crowd around, begins to mako excuses to the effect that ho did not know that it was counterfeit, and so on, and the clerk, who is anxious to mako a record as a counterfeit detective, suddenly calls in the police and'tho man is arrested and searched. On his person is found tho othor counterfeit dollar, and the possession of two is prim a facie evi- denco that ho intended to pass both of them, and that man hasn't got enough friends in tho world to keop him out of tho penitentiary. True, it .looks hard, hut tho man had no business carrying around a counterfeit coin for a pocketpicco or any othor reason. It is a plain violation of tho law to carry counterfeit money about you, something which many pooplo do not realize. "Suppose 1 happen to know that a man, a cashier in one of tho well- known banks of Minneapolis or St. Paul for in.3tauco, has u $20 bill in his possession. I go iuto that bank and I call him by name and ask him for that bill. Ho says ho hasn't got it. 'But,' I rejoin, 'you did have such a bill yesterday in your possession, for I have the testimony of two reputable man that they saw you show it around to some parties. Now 1 want that bill; you have no business with it.' He demurs and makes various excuses and does not give me any satisfaction. What do you suppose I dor' I go out and got a search warrant and I go through every dollar in that bank, dollar by dollar, or bill by bill, until 1 find that counterfeit $20 bill, and thoii I confiscate it. There used to bo no law against this sort of thing, but there is ono now, and the public generally ought to know tho facts in tho case. 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A certain young 1 lady undertook the liberty of taking; exception to this head-gear, and asked him why he wore it Mr. A— looked at her reproachfully. '-I dress aa well as 1 can afford to," lie answered. The young- lady did not know his real financial status, and was- conscience-stricken. Hut in a week or so she found it out, and determined to* be aronjjod. Her opportunity came after their return to town. Mr. A— was to be her escort to some function, and when she came trailing clown tlie stairway in a fetching ovcning'-gown, ho made some remark that gave her the long-- dosirod opo-ninjj. There was a touch of'triumph, mingled with reproach, in. her tone, aa she- answered: "I dress as well as I can, afford to." But tho triumph was of short duration. Tor Mr. A—• only answered softly: "Yes, you bet you do."—Argonaut. Consumptive^ who have vretik IIITIC stomor—Send a barrel of sugar un y house and eliarg-e it. Grocur— Customer- tomy JDxcusc me. Tuesug-ar trust is busted. 1'rofessor—What a pity that this young lady has both her arms. .Sho ho will | would otherwise bo q> real Venus of life is a ,' J W°Mazey—Do you believe it possible to tell fortunes with cards? Pipkin — Don't see why it shouldn't lie; plenty have l\eeu lost that \VHY". It Wns Mrs. Smith. "The following," writes a/ correspondent, '-is an actual occurrence in a near-by public school." Teacher—Give me a sentence with, tho word 'healed' iu it. Scholar—A lady— Teacher—Stop-right there; Begin* again. What was th,o lady's-names' Scholar—The lady J mean has no name. Teacher—What! A lady with. uo. name! Give her a name then. Scholar—Mrs. Smith to-itchodi Christ's garment and was healed, (Collapse of teacher.) Conventions in Olileu Times. When Winifred of Devonshim(OSl)- 754 A. D.) went to Germany to convert the heathen his first act was to fell a sacred oak which had been dedicated to Thor. A great storm assisted him in laying the giant prone upon the earth, and the heathen, regarding it as a miracle, were converted by hundreds. Well-Planned. Mis-s C'apron—I'd liko to h ave you do me up an empty five-pound box. Put this gentleman's card in it and send it to mo to-night at !) o'clock. I want to make Mr. Long jealous Truth. His Honor Corrootud. Judge—Po you mean to tell rna you haven't been drunk since July? Prisoner—Have been, your honor; bave V ee » is what I COCOA and CHOCOLATE Highest Awar</ ) (Mi-iinl3 and Diplomas' j World's Columbii / Exposition. On the following nrtiJlea, namely:. BItlMMT COCOA, nmm so. i GERMAN SWEET CHOCOLATE, VAX1LLA' CHOCOLATE, COCOA. BllTTEK, For "purity of material," "excellent fliivor,"'iiml "uniform oven composition." BOLD BY GROCERS EVERYWHERE. WALTER BAKER & CO~DDRCHESTER, MASS. flre you Ooino Soutli THis Winter? IF SO KTAKE YOUR ARRANGEMENTS TO QO VIA THE BIG FOUR ROUTE, Whether in pursuit of health or pleasure, no portion of the country offers so many and varied attractions at this season as thfr Sunny South. Tlie Orange Groves of Florida, redolent with the perfume of sweet blossoms, wave their branches in hearty welcome to the tourist fro*n the Snow-clad Nwrthland and the mellow breezes of the Southern Sea woo the invalid from the Blizzards of the Fro-en North, there is one line to Florida "The Big Four Route 1 ' which on account of its excellent train service, perfect conneciioiis in Union Depots and absence of transfers, forms the "Tourists' Ideal Line to Florida." From all points north of the Ohio River the Big Four Route, in connection with the Through Car Lines from Cincinnati, will be found to offer the Best Time, Bts. Service and Best Equipment to r.ll Southern Points, and if you desire to travel with comfort and ease be sure your tickets read via the Big Four Route. E. Q- MoCormlck, Q. B. Martin, P»ss'r Traffic Mgr. Q w 'l p a85 v AgU CJKCINNATI, 0.

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