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Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, November 9, 1898
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M01NE1& ALGQNA IOWA, WEBNB8PAY v KOTEMBEIi 9, 18SB ITALMAOT/S SMtMON, THE WRESTLERS f HE SUBJECT SUNDAY. "We wrestle Not Against flesh and Olood but Against PrlneipailttM, Against Powers, Against of Darkness." the Rulers Squeamishness and fastidiousness were never charged against Paul's rhetoric. In the war against evil he took the first weapon he could lay his hand on. For Illustration, he employed the theater, the arena, the footrace, and there was nothing in the Isthmian game, with its wreath of tine leaves; or Pythian game, with its Wreath of laurel and palm; or Nemean game, with its wreath of parsley; or any. Roman circus, but he felt he had a right to put It In sermon or epistle, and are you not surprised that in my text he calls upon a wrestling bout tot suggestiveness? Plutarch says that wrestling Is the most artistic and cunning of athletic games. We must make a wide difference between pugilism, the lowest of spectacles, and wrestling, which is an effort in sport to put down another on floor or ground, and we, all of us, indulged in it in our boyhood days, if we were 'healthful and plucky. The ancient wrestlers were first bathed in oil, and then sprinkled with sand. The third throw decided the victory, and many a man who went down In the first throw or second throw, in the third throw was on top, and his opponent under. The Romans did not like this game very much, for it was not savage enough, no blows or kicks being allowed in the game. They preferred the foot of hungry panther on the breast of fallen martyr. In wrestling, the opponents would 'bow in apparent suavity, advance face to face, put down both feet solidly, take each other by the arms, and push each other backward and forward until the work began In real earnest, and there were contortions and strangulations and violent strokes of the foot of one contestant against the foot of the other, tripping him up, or with struggle that threatened apoplexy or death, the defeated fell, and the shouts of the spectators greeted the victor. I guess Paul had seen some such contest, and it reminded him of the struggle of the soul with temptation, and the struggle of truth with error, and the struggle of heavenly forces against apollyonic powers., and he dictates my text to an amanuensis, for all his letters, save the one to Philemon, seem to have been dictated, and as the amanuensis goes on with his work I hear the groan and laugh and shout of earthly and celestial belligerents; "We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers,' against, the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." I notice that as these wrestlers advanced to throw each other they bowed one to the other. It was a civility, not only in Grecian and Roman games, but 'In later day, in all the wrestling bouts at Clerkenwell, England, and in the famous wrestling match during the reign of Henry III., in St. Giles' Field, be- twe'en men of Westminster and people of London. However rough a twist and hard a pull each wrestler contemplated giving his opponent, they approached each other with politeness and suavity. The genuflexions, the affability, the courtesy in no wise hindered the decisiveness of the contest. Well, Paul, I see what you mean. In this awful struggle between right and wrong, we must not forget to be gentlemen and ladies. We are in the strength of God to throw flat on its back 'every abomination that curses the earth, but let us • approach biir mighty antagonist with suavity. Hercules, son of Jupiter and Alemene, will by a precursor of smiles be helped rather than damaged for the performance of his "twelve labors." Let us be as- wisely strategic in religious circles as attorneys in court-rooms, who are complimentary to each other in the opening remarks, before they come into legal struggle such as that which left Rufus Choate or David Paul Brown triumphant or defeated. People who get 'into a rage' In reformatory work accomplish nothing but the depletion of their own nervous system, There is such a thing as having a gun BO hot at the touch-hole that it explodes, killing the one that sets it off. There are some reformatory meetings to which I always decline to go and take part, because they are apt to become demonstrations of bad temper. I never like to bear a man swear, even though be swear on the right side. The very Paul who in ray text employed in illustration the wrestling match, behaved on a memorable occasion as we ought to behave. The translators of the Bible made an unintentional mistake when they repre- gented Paul as insulting the people of Athens by speaking of "the unknown god whom ye ignorautly worship," Instead of charming them with lg- "norance. the original indicates he com- pUjnented them by suggesting thai they were very religious; but SB they confessed that were some things they did not understand about God, he proposed to say pome things concern- Ing Him, beginning where they had left oil. The same Paul who said in one place, "Pe courteous," and who had p^ced the how, preceding the Mpb, b^e exercises suavl? he proceeds practically to , , the ro&y »W« • °* the 'Acropolis tlje whole Parthenon of idolatries, -Minerva and Jupiter smashed up with tfce flBst'Pt them. Jjj this holy lara* polish^ riflea w|U do njpre execution than tau.nd'ej'bu.sses, Let wrestlers how a* they gP iato 'down, the our struggle which will leave all perdition under and all heaven on top. tteinetnber also that theee •trefttlefs went through severe and continuous course of preparation for their work, they were put upon such diet as would best develop their muscle. As Paul says, "Every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things." The wrestlers were put under complete discipline—bathing, gymnastics, struggle in sport with each other to develop strength and give quickness to dodge of head and trip of foot; stooping to lift each other off the ground; suddenly rushing forward; suddenly pulling backward; putting the left foot behind the other's right foot, and getting his opponent oft his balance; hard training for days and weeks and months, so that when they met it was giant clutching giant. And, my friends, if We do not want ourselves to be thrown in this wrestle with the sin and error of the world, we had better get ready by Christian discipline, by holy self-denial, by constant practice, by submitting to divine supervisal and direction. Do not begrude the time and the money for that young man who is in preparation for the ministry, spending two years in grammar school, and four years in college, and three years in theological seminary. I know that nine years are a big slice to take off of a man's active life, but if you realized the height and strength of the archangels of evil in our time with which that young man is going to wrestle, you would not think nine years of preparation were too much. An uneducated ministry was excusable in other days, but not in this time, loaded with schools and colleges. A man who wrote me the other day a letter asking advice, ae he felt called to preach the Gospel, began the 'word "God" with a small "g." That kind of a man is not called to preach the Gospel. Illiterate men, preaching the Gospel, quote for their own encourage- men the scriptural passage, "Open thy, mouth wide and I fill it." Yes! He will fill it with wind. Preparation for this wrestling is absolutely necessary. Many years ago Doctor Newman and Doctor Sunderland, on the platform of Brigham Young's tabernacle at Salt Lake City, Utah, gained the victory because they had so long been skillful wrestlers for God. Otherwise Brigham Young, who was himself a giant in some things, would have thrown them out of the window. Get ready in Bible classes. Get ready in Christian Endeavor meetings. Get ready by giving testimony in obscure, places, before giving testimony in conspicuous places. Your going around with a Bagster's Bible with flaps at the edges, under your arm, does not qualify you for the work of an evangelist. In this day of profuse ga'r, remember that it is not merely capacity to talk, but the fact that you have something to say, that is going to fit you for the struggle into which you are to go with a smile on your face and illumination on your brow, but out of which you will not come until all your physical and mental and moral and religious energies have been taxed to the utmost and you have not a nerve left, or a thought unexpended, or a prayer unsaid, or a sympathy unwept. In this struggle between Right and Wrong accept no challenge on platform or in newspaper unless you are prepared. Do not misapply the story of Goliath the Great, and David the Little. David had been practising with a sling on dogs and wolves and bandits, and a thousand times had he swirled a stone around his head before he aimed at the forehead of the giant and tumbled him backward, otherwise the big foot of Goliath would almost have covered up the crushed form of the son of Jesse. * * Notice also that in this science of wrestling, to which Paul refers in my text, it was the third throw that decided the contest. A wrestler might be thrown once and thrown twice, but the third time he might recover himself, and, by an unexpected twist of arm or curve of foot, gain the day. Well, that is broad, smiling, unmistakable Gospel. Some whom I address through ear or eye, by voice or printed page, have been thrown in their wrestle with evil habit. Aye! you have been thrown twice; but that does not mean, oh! worsted soul, that you are thrown forever. I have no authority for saying how many times a man may sin and be forgiven, or how many times he may fall and yet rise again; but I have authority for saying that he may fail four hundred and ninety times, and four hundred and ninety times get up, The Bible declares that God will forgive seventy times seven, and if you will employ the rule of multiplication you will find that seventy times seven is four hundred and ninety. Blessed be God for such a Gospel of high hope and thrilling encouragement and magnificent rescue! A Gospel of lost sheep brought home on Shepherd's shoulder, and the prodigals who got into the low work of putting husks into swines' troughs brought home to jewelry and banqueting and hilarity that made the rafters ring! Three sketches of the same man; A happy honie, of which he and a lassie tajten from a neighbor's house are the united heads. Years of happiness roll on after years of happiness. Stars pointing down to nativities, And whether announced in greeting or not, every morning was a "GoocJ Morning," and every night a "Good Night." Cbrlstma.s trees and May Queens, and birthday festivities an& Thanksgiving gatherings around loaded-tables. But that husband and father forms an un- fortupate acquaintance who leads him in circles too convivial, too late- houred, too scandalous. After awhile, his money gone and not ,&Me tQ bear his P^rt of the expense, be is gradu* ally shoved out and ignored and pushed away. Now, what a dilapidated home is hist A dissipated lite alwayi showa itself In faded window curtains, and impoverished wardrobe, and dejected surroundings, and in bre&en palings of the garden fence, and the unhinged gate, and the dislocated doorbell, and the disappearance of wife and children from scenes among which they shone the brightest, and laughed the gladdest. If any man was ever down, that husband and father is down. The fact is, he got into a wrestle with Evil that pushed and pulled and contorted and exhausted him worse than any Olympian game ever treated a Grecian, and he was thrown. Thrown out of prosperity into gloom. Thrown out of good association into bad. Thrown out of health into invalidism. Thrown out of happiness into misery. But one day. while- slinking through one of the back streets, not wishing to be recognized, a good thought crosses his mind, for he has heard of men flung flat rising again. Arriving at his house, he calls his wife in and shuts the door and says: "Mary, I am going to do differently. This is not what I promised you when we were married. You have been very patient with me, and have borne everything, , although I would have had no right to complain if you had left me and gone home to your father's house. It seems to me that once or twice, when I was not myself, I struck you, and several times, I know, I called you hard names. Now I want you to forgive me." "Help you?" she says; "blees your soul! of course I will help you. I knew you didn't mean it when you treated me roughly. All that is in the past. Never refer to it again. Today let us begin anew." Sympathizing friends come around and kind business people help the man' to something to do, so that he can again earn a living. The children soon have clothing so that they can go to school. The old songs which the wife sang years ago come back to her memory, and she sings them over again at the cradle, or while preparing the noon-day meal. Domestic resurrection! He comes home earlier than he used to, and he is glad to spend the evening playing games with the children or helping them with arithmetic or grammar lessons which are a little too hard. Time passes on, and some outsider suggests to him that he is not getting as much out of life as he ought, and proposes an occasional visit to scenes of worldliness and dissipation. He consents to go once, and,, after much solicitation, twice. Then his old habit comes back. He says he has been belated, and could not get back until midnight. He had to see some Western merchant that had arrived and talk of business with him before he got out of town. Kindness and geniality again quit the disposition of that husband and father. The wife's heart breaks in a new place. That man goes into a second wrestle with evil habit and is flung, and all hell cackles at the moral defeat. "I told you so!" say many people who have no faith in the reformation of a fallen'man. "I told you so! You made a great fuss about his restored home, but I knew it would not last. You can't trust these fellows who have once gone wrong." So with this unfortunate, things get worse and worse, and his family have to give up the house, and the last valuable goes to the pawnbroker's shop. But that unfortunate man is sauntering along the street one Sunday night, and he goes up to a church door, and the congregation are singing the second hymn, the one just before sermon, and it is William Cowper's glorious hymn.— There is a fountain filled with blood Drawn from Emanuel's veins; And sinners plunged beneath that flood Lose all their guilty stains. BASE BALL GOSSIP. CURRENT NEWS AND NOtES OF THE GAME. Some of th* Heroc* of the Season Recently Closed—"Many Are Called but Few Are Chogen"—Suggestion ot a School for Professional flayers. ERHAPS there is no calling, vocation, profession— call it what you will — which produces so few skilled artisans as professional baseball. Comparati v e 1 y, there are mighty few of the many who go in for the national game, either for recreation or with the Intention of making it a means of livelihood, who attain to a sufficient degree of skill to obtain and retain employment in the big league —the National League. But most of the men in the National League are high-cla£i3 players, else they wouldn't be there. There ought to be a school for professional baseball players, just as there is for acting; for it requires Intelligence, mechanical skill and unremitting application to bring about the best results. And yet professional baseball, so far as the general ability of the player is concerned, is progressing. There are more good ball players than there used to be. True, there are no catchers now like "Buck" Ewing, nor any Mike Kellys; but there are Collinses and Robinsons and McGraws and Burketts and Nicholses and Rusies and Jenningses and Hamlltons and Longs and Keelers and Dele- hantys and Dahlens and Davlses and Clarks and Ohlldes and Tebeaus and others too numerous to mention who may not shine out in their company, as did those green-diamond heroes of the past, but who are none the less capable. The baseball standard averages higher now; therefore, the prominent figures stand out less conspicuously now than in the days of a decade ago. Yet there is hardly a team in the National League this year that does not contain in its ranks at least one ball player who has become famous; but, on the other hand, with one or two exceptions, there is hardly a team that contains in its ranks more than two or three really great ball players. There are what are known professionally as "beauts" and "lobsters" on all the league teams; but such is the uncertainty of baseball and the fickleness of baseball crowds that the "beaut" of today may be a "lobster" tomorrow, and vice versa. The player who, when the returns are all in, is unanimously voted a "beaut," his few descents into the "lobster" class having been forgotten, is the true baseball hero, and with him this article .has to do. Before going further it should be understood now that no attempt will be made here to name all the baseball heroes of 1898, only some of them. That relentless condition, lack of space, necessitates leaving out some of them. New York's Giants, disappointments though they may be, contain one or two names that baseball posterity may well mention lovingly and with reverence. There's Amos Rusie. Did ever a greater pitcher face an opposing batsman? Was ever the atmosphere lacerated with such scorching speed as his, or were there ever such sweeping curves as emanated trom his mighty arm? Baseball pos- into the league last spring. His curves may be bucolic, but they are none the less puissant. "Si" Seymour of the New Yorks, he of the cannon-ball speed and whiplash curves; Clark Griffith of Chicago, iceberg and owner of the greatest slow ball in the business; Jesse Tannehill, the swarthy southpaw of the Pitts- burgs; Johnny Powell of Cleveland, who left the boiler factory to become a high-class curve artist; All Maul of Baltimore, whom Ned Hanlon resurrected from the past and made into one of the most successful pitchers in the league, and Hughee, the Californian, who jumped into prominence at the start, are among the most notable performers of '98. "Red" Donahue Then there are of Philadelphia, Catarrh Cured Blood Purified by Hood's 8ai-saj>4< rllla and Health Is Cood. * I was a flnfieret from catarrh. Onft oj my neighbors advised me to take Hood's Sarsaparilia and 1 did so. A few bottlej purified my blood and cured me. I havj remained in good health ever since." J^g T. AuKms, AthensviHe, Illinois. Hood's Sarsaparilia la America's Greatest Medicine. fci; six tor $5, Hood's Pills cure all Liver Ills. 35 cents. Thornton of Chicago, and that old war horse, Breitenstein of Cincinnati, who are entitled to a place on the roster of heroes, If for no other reason than because they shut out opposing teams without a hit—a truly heroic feat in baseball. There's an unassuming little bit of a man down In Louisville over whom not much fuse Is made, but who is a cracking good pitcher, nevertheless. His name is Cunningham. He is a veteran at the game. Age has not withered nor custom staled his infinite variety. He has been especially good this year. George Davis of the New Yorks Is such a good ball player that he's bound to be prominent. It may be said of Davis that he has been conspicuous through his absence this year. This only shows how good a player he is. Whenever he doesn't play the team strikes a losing streak. He is one of ODD RESULTS OF THE WAR. Blonoy Belts Have Ileen In Greater Demand Than for Many Years, In the past six months there has been a greater demand for'money belts than has existed before in the memory of any local dealer In that unpretentious but useful article. The unusual Inquiry has In great part come from one or other of the new possessions which "manifest destiny" has thrust into United States domain. It is true that the summer is always the best season for such things, because of the great amount of vacation travel, but this year the number made and disposed of has been larger than usual. One Philadelphia firm, which has agents in this city, has filled several government orders for money-belts, to be used by officers of the army. These belts were of the same pattern that is commonly seen—flat pockets about two feet long and three and a half or four Inches wide, divided Into several compartments for the different sizes of the money. The flaps of these compartments button down securely over them, and when the belt is fastened around the waist, by means of stout tapes attached to the ends of it for that purpose, there is no possibility of having its contents drop out. The belts are all of about the same pattern, varying only in the arrangements and sizes of the compartments. They come in several kinds of leather—chamois, calf, soft-finished seal and buckskin. Tlielr Nevf*TjSn(Uin; Warfare. Friend—Did you see this article? The profoibitiopists are on the warpath again. Druggist—What's the trouble? Friend—They complain that the drug' stores in this town are being run wide open,—Puck. Juterent In tUe Papa—Poor little fellow! It's his teetli that mafcfB him «'y that way. Friend—HJs. teeth, eh? What do you 49. for that? Have 'em flUed or exr WILLIAM KEELER, (Right Field, Baltimore.) terity, if it knows its business, will answer "No!" He's a sort of perpetual hero is Amos, for he has nearly always been great, and his fame will be lasting. History will add lustre to his name, just as it will to that of Charles, better known as "Kid"—we are wont to assume an air of familiarity with our baseball heroes—Nichols of the Bostons. All baseball has never produced two more eminent figures than Rusie and Nichols. Both of these peerless twlrlers are products of the boundlees West, Russie, like Ben Harrison, hailing from Indianapolis, and Nichols from Kansas City. Pitchers are especially conspicuous on the diamond this year because of the light batting that has character- lined the pennant fight. Philadelphia unearthed a chap named Piatt, a left- hander, who has a mighty potent "whip," and is probably the best pitching "find" of the year. Platt was rer ferred to ae *'llube" when he broke A clergyman left n notice to be read by the preacher with whom he exchanged, and the preacher astonished the congregation by reading a postscript, intended for the preacher only, as follows: "You will please cotne and dine with me at the parsonage," The invitation was widely accepted, Divorce is simply arranged in Burma. When a couple has decided tx> separate, two candles of equal size are produced and lighted. One candle represents the husband, the other the wife The one whose candle burns out first at once leaves the bouse, and all the property in it belongs to the other partner. Do Yon Want to Live In a fine, mild and healthy climate, where cyclones and blizzards are unknown, where good, rich lands can be bought at low prices, near cheap transportation and with educational and industrial advantages? Homeseekers' excursions to Virginia via the "Big- Four Route" and the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway. Write for descriptive book of Virginia, list of farms for sale, excursion rates, dates, time-cards, etc. J. C. Tucker, G. N. A., 234 Clark street, Chicago. 111. _ The race is not always to be swift, and it is never to the loafer. Lane's Fnmlljr Medicine. Moves the bowels en h lay. In order to be healthy this is i ec^ssary. Acts gently on the liver and kidneys. Cures sick'headache. Price 25 and 50c. But few people who are born fools ever succeed in living it down. It is said that if the "voice" of an elephant were ns loud in proportion as that, of a nipli ting-ale his trumpeting could be heard around the world. Established 1780. "RED" DONAHUE, (Pitcher, Philadelphia.) the best hitters in a pinch that ever swung the willow. "Cap" Dahlen of Chicago, always a great player, has played wonderful ball at shortstop this year, and so has Tommy Corcoran of Cincinnati. Jones of Brooklyn need doff his hat to nobody. He is a fast man in all departments, even though he is with a team that is not noted for rapidity. Another fast and valuable outfielder is "Billy" Hamilton of the Bostons; likewise "Willie" Keeler, one of the smallest men physically and biggest in ability in the business. The player who outbats these two skilled performers this year Is likely to lead the league in batting. Big "Ed" Delehanty of Philadelphia is another great hitter and star. He is a base stealer par excellence. Van Haltren, Burkett, McAleer, Joe Kelley and Patsy Donovan, the efficient leader of the Pirates, are other high-class outfielders. The easy-going, nonchalant Frenchman, Napoleon Lajoie, called "Larry" by his intimates, of Philadelphia, is one of the wonders of the season. He is a terrific hitter. Asked once,what sort of balls he preferred to hit at, he replied, "Anything I can reach." He was a great first baseman last year and is just as great a second baseman this year. Jimmy Collins of the Bostons, by many experts considered the best third baseman that ever guarded the position, is a player of surpassing excellence. He is as graceful as a dancing master—a finished artist, indeed. Wallace of Cleveland isn't far behind him as a third baseman, and, like the gentleman from the American Athens, has played better ball this year than ever before. He must be fleetfooted indeed who bunts successfully on Collins or Wallace, and bunting is one of the hardest problems with which the third baseman has to do, "Wild Bill" Everltt of Chicago' is a hard-hitting, aggressive player, who has been one of the leading lights of the national game this year. Fred Clarke of Louisville is another, and so is little Charley Dexter of the same, team, who more than once has listened to the sweet music of applause bestowed upon him by admiring rooters for some wonderful catch in the outfield. Everitt, Clarke and Dexter, as well as others mentioned in this article, are comparatively young bloods. We can go to the other extreme and find knights of the diamond who are worthy to be ranked in the hero class because of praiseworthy achievement in their vocation. ' Out in Cincinnati nobody is held in higher esteem than "Bid" McPhee, the veteran second baseman. He was playing ball when some of his contemporaries of today were in their swaddling clothes. McPhee is a "credit to his call and to all his native land"; and so is another war-worn veteran, Jim McGuire of the Washington team. Full many a year has McGuire stood the incessant pounding that conies to a catcher but he stands there today stanch 'and sturdy as ever. W. B. HANNA. 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