tJJWPMH 1)18 MOINM3: ALOONA IOWA, TALMAGJE'S SEEMON H t,.ME BUNDLE OF LIFE," 'bAV'S SUBJECT* Vrbm First Book of Samuel, Chap. 2ft 20, HI Follows! "Tun Son! Of BIy Lor Shall be Bound In the Bundle of Life with the Lord thr God. Beautiful Abigail, in her rhythmic i>Iea for the rescue of her inebriate husband, who died within ten days addresses David, the warrior, in the •words of the text. She suggests tha his life, physically and intellectually and spiritually, is a Valuable package or bundle, divinely bound' up, and to be divinely protected. That phrase, "bundle of life," 1 heard many times in my father's family prayers. Family prayers, you know y have frequent repetitions, because day by day they acknowledge about the same blessings, and deplore about the same frailties, and sympathize with about the same misfortunes, and I do not know why those who lead household devotions should seek variety of composition. That familiar prayer becomes the household liturgy. I would •not give one of my old father's prayers for fifty elocutionary supplications. Again and again, in the morning and evening prayer, I heard the request that wo might all bo bound up in the bundle of life, but I did not know until a few days ago that the phrase •was a Bible phrase. Now, the more I think of it, the 'better I like it. The bundle of life! It is such a simple and unpretending, ^••et expressive comparison. There is nothing like grandiloquence in the Scriptures. While there are many sublime passages in Holy Writ, there are more passages homely and drawing illustrations from common observation and every-day life. In Christ's great sermons you hear a hen clucking her chickens together, and seo the photographs of hypocrites with a sad countenance and hear of the grass of the field, and the black crows, which our heavenly Father feeds, and the salt that is •worthless, and the precious stones flung under the feet of swine, and the shifting sand that lets down the house with a great crash, and hear the comparison of the text, the most unpoet- ical thing we can think of—a bundle. Ordinarily it is something tossed about, something thrown under the table, something that suggests garrets, or something on the shoulder of a poor wayfarer. But there are bundles of great value, bundles put up with great caution, bundles the loss of which means consternation and despair, and there have been bundles representing the -worth of a kingdom. * * * 1 Bundle of hopes, and ambitions also, :ls almost every man and woman, especially at the starting. What gains -he will harvest, or what reputation he will achieve, or what bliss he will reach, or what love he will win. What makes college commencement day so • entrancing to all of us as we see the • students receive their diplomas and take up the garlands thrown at their feet? They will be Faradays in science; they will be Tennysons in poesy; they will be Willard Parkers in surg- •ery; they will be Alexander Hamiltons in national finance; they will be Horace Greeleys in editorial chair; they will be Websters in the senate! Or she will be a Mary Lyon in educational realms; or a Frances Willard on reformatory platform; or a Helen Gould in military hospitals. Or she will make home life radiant with helpfulness and self-sacrifice, and magnificent womanhood! Oh, what a bundle of hopes and ambitions! It is a bundle of garlands and sceptres from which I would not take one sprig of mignonette nor extinguish one spark of brilliance. They who start in life without bright hopes and inspiring ambitions might as well not start at all, for every step will be a failure. Rather would I add to the bundle, and if I open it now it will not be because I wish to take anything from it, but that I may put into it more 'coronets and hosannas. Bundle of faculties in every man and every woman! Power to think—to think of the past and through all the future; to think upward and higher than the highest pinnacle of heaven, or to think downward until there is no lower abyss to fathom. Power to think right, power to think wrong, power to think forever; for, once having begun to think, there shall be no terminus for that exercise, and eternity itself shall have no power to bid it halt. Faculties to love—filial love, conjugal love, paternal love, maternal •love, love of country, love of God. Faculty of judgment, with scales so delicate and yet so mighty that they can weigh, arguments, weigh emotions, weigh worlds, weigh heaven and hell. Faculty of will, that can climb mountains, or tunnel them, wade seas or bridge them, accepting eternal enthronement or choosing everlasting exile. Oh, what it is to be a man. Oh, what it is to be a woman! Sublime and infinite bundle of faculties! The ^bought of it staggers me, swamps me, ••stuns me, bewilders me, overwhelms me. Oh, what a bundle of life Abigail of my text saw in David, and which we pugbt to see in every human, yet Immortal, being! Know, also, that this bundle of life was put up ' with great care. Any werchant and almost any faithful householder will tell you how much depends on the way a bundle is bound. The cord or rope must be strong «nough tp hold; the knot must be well tied- Ypu know npt what rough may toss that bundle. If not put together, though it may your hands in good order and f> *•' 'symmetrical, befpre it reaches its !•* proper destination it may be loosened, " l» frasmepts for the winds to scatter c? (be rail train to lose. Now.I have to tell you that this bundle of life la well put together—the body, the mind, the soul. Who but the dmhlpoteht God could bind such a bundle? Anatomists, physiologists physicists, logicians, metaphysicians declare that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. That we are a bundle well put together I prove by the amount of Journeying we can endure without damage, by the amount of rough handling we can survive, by the fact that the vast majority of us go through life without the loss of an eye, or the crippling of a limb, or the destruction of a single energy of the body or faculty of mind. I subpoena for this trial that man in yonder view seventy or eighty years of age, and ask him to testify that after all the storms and accidents and vicissitudes of a long life he still keeps his) five senses; and though all the lighthouses as old as he is have been reconstructed or new lanterns put in, he has in under his forehead the same two lanterns with which God started him; and though the locomotives of sixty years ago were long ago sold for old Iron, he has the original powers of locomotion In the limbs with which God started him; and though all the electric wires that carried messages twenty- five years ago have been torn down, his nerves bring messages from all parts of his body as well as when God strung them seventy-five years ago. Was there ever such a complete bundle put together as the human being? What a factory! What an engine! What a mill-race! What a lighthouse! What a locomotive! What an electric battery! What a furnace! What a masterpiece of the Lord God Almighty! Or, to employ the anticlimax and use the figure of the text, what a bundle! * * * Know, also, that this bundle of life will be gladly received when it comes o the door of the Mansion for which t was .bound and plainly directed. With what alacrity and glee we await ome package that has been foretold )y letter; some holiday presentation; omething that will enrich and orna- nent our home; some testimony of admiration and affection! With what glow of expectation we untie the knot mcl take off the cord that holds it to;ether In safety, and with what glad exclamation we unroll the covering, and see the gift or purchase in all its icauty of color and proportion. Well, vhat a day it will be when your pre- ious bundle of life shall be opened in he "House of Many Mansions," amid aintly and angelic and divine inspec- ion! The bundle may be spotted vith the marks of much exposure; it may bear inscription after inscription 0 tell through what ordeal It has assed; perhaps splashed of wave ami corched of flame, but all it has with- n undamaged of the journey. And vith what shouts of joy the bundle of ife will be greeted by all the voices of lie heavenly home circle! In our anxiety at last to reach heav- n we are apt to lose sight of the glee r welcome that awaits us if we get n at all. We all have friends up there, 'hey will somehow hear that we are orning. Such close and swift and onstant communication is there be- ween those up-lands and these low- ands that we will not surprise them y sudden arrival. If loved ones on arth expect our coming visit and are t the depot with carriage to meet us, urely we will be met at the shining ate by old friends now sainted and dndred now glorified. If there were 10 angel of God to meet us and show is the palaces and guide us to our verlastlng residence, these kindred vould show us the way and point out he splendors and guide us to our elestial home, bowered, and foun- ained, and arched, and illumined by 1 sun that never sets. Will it not be glorious, the going in and the settling :own after all the moving about and ipsettings of earthly experience. We vill soon know all our neighbors, ungly, queenly, prophetic, apostolic, eraphic, archangelic. The precious bundle of life opened amid palaces, and grand marches, and acclamations. They will all be so glad we have got afely through. They saw us down lere in the struggle. They saw us vhen we lost our way.- They knew when we got off the right course. None of the thirty-two ships that were overdue at New York harbor in the storm of week before last were greeted so heartily by friends, on the dock, or he steam tugs that went out to meet :hem at Sandy Hook, as we will be greeted in the heavenly world, if by he pardoning and protecting grace of 3od we come to celestial wharfage. We shall have to tell them of the many wrecks that we have passed on he way across wild seas, and amid Caribbean cyclones, It will be like cur arrival some years ago from New Zealand at Sydney, Australia; people surprised that we got in at all, because we were two days late, and some of :he ships expected had gone to tne bottom and we had passed derelicts and abandoned crafts all up and down :hat awful channel,—our arrival In heaven all the more rapturously welcomed, because of the doubt as to whether we would ever get there at all. Once there it will be found that the safety of that precious bundle of life was assured because it was bound up with the life of God in Jesus Christ. Heaven could not afford to have that bundle lost, because it had been saH in regard to its transportation and safe arrival, "Kept by the power of God through faith unto complete salvation." The veracity of the heavens Is involved in its arrival. If God should fail to keep His promise to just one ransomed soul the pillars of Jehovah's throne would fall, and the foundations of the eternal city would crumble, and infinite poverties would dash down All the chalices and close all the banqueting halls, and the river of Ufa wpuld change Its course, sweep- Ing everything with desolation, and frost would blast all the gardens, and immeasurable sickness slay the immortals, and the new Jerusalem De- come an abandoned city, with no chariot wheels on the streets and no worshipers in the temple—a dead Pompeii of the skies, a buried Herculaneum of the heavens. Lest any one should doubt, the God who cannot lie smites His omnipotent hand on the side of His throne, and takes affidavit, declaring, "As I live, salth the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of him that dleth." Oh! I cannot tell you how I feel about it, the thought is so glorious. Bound up with God. Bound up with infinite mercy. Bound up with infinite joy. Bound up with Infinite purity. Bound up with infinite might. That thought is more beautiful and glorious than was the heroic Abigail, who at the foot of the crags uttered It—"Bound in the bundle of life with the Lord thy God!" Now, my hearer and reader, appreciate the value of that bundle. See that It is bound up with nothing meah, but with the unsullied and the immaculate. Not with a pebble of the shifting beach, but with the kohinoor of the palace; not with some fading regalia of earthly pomp, but with the robe washed and made white In the blood of the Lamb. Pray as you never prayed before, that by divine chirography written all over your nature, you may be properly addressed for a glorious destination. Turn not over a new leaf of the old book, but by the grace of God open an entirely new volume of experience, and put into practice the advice contained in tno peculiar but beautiful rhythm jf some •uithor whose name I know not: If you've any task to do, Let me whisper, friend, to you, Do it. If you've anything to say, True and needed, yea or nay, • Say it. If you've anything to love, As a blessing from above, Love it. If you've anything to give, That another's joy may live, ' Give it. If some hollow creed you doubt, Tho' the whole world hoot and shout. Doubt it. If you've any debt to pay, Rest you neither night nor day, Pay it. If you've any joy to hold, Near your heart, lest it grow old Hold it. If you've any grief to meet, At a loving Father's feet, Meet it. If you know what torch to light, Guiding others in the night, Light it. niacnulny'ft Appalling Memory. The later Henry Reeve, for many years leader writer of the London Times, was dining one night at a house where the other guests included Macaulay and Sydney Smith. Macaulay was at that time laying society waste with his waterspouts of talk. At length, dinner being over, Sydney Smith, Reeve and a few others went away by themselves and immediately got on the overpowering subject of Macaulay. "He confounds coliloquy and colloquy," said Reeve. "He is a book in breeches," Smith declared. "The very worst feature in Macaulay's character is his appalling memory," sai'd Reeve. "Aye, indeed," said Sydney. Smith; "why, he could repeat the whole 'History of the Virtuous Blue- Coat Boy,' in three volumes, post Svo., without a slip." After a pause, as if of consideration, the witty divine added: "Ho should take two tablespoonfuls of the waters of Lethe every morning to correct his retentive pow- Limit 15urbers- VrlccH. Though their party went to smash in the last election, there are still some populists in the Kansas senate. They are urging a bill which fixes the maximum prices that barbers shall be allowed to charge for shaves and hair cuts. The bill is believed to reveal a purpose among the populists to effect a change in the personal characteristics by which they have long been recognized. It is hinted that the populists intend to amputate their whiskers and now their hair at intervals of not less than a week, whereas they have heretofore been total strangers in barber shops. When they begin to take tonsorial treatment business In the Kansas shops will be tremendous and will likely result in blockades, in which regular patrons will lose much valuable time. The natural thing to do under such circumstances would be to raise prices, and, foreseeing this, the populist senators are vigorously urging their bill to legally rag- ulate them. Burglary In the Future. "Curse my luck!" hissed the burglar, and fled into the night. Bear in mind, if you please, that all crime was now disease merely, and all disease the work of germs. The burglar perceived in the cellar window where he tried to enter one of the latest electric automatic spraying devices, and endeavored to avoid it. But fortune was against him. A click in the dark, and almost before he knew it he was drenched with germicide and cured of his mal ady.—Detroit Journal. California Artichokes. Quite a business has sprung up of late in California artichokes. It is said that the California variety haa a better flavor than that coming from France, besides being fresher. This fs very natural, as it takes but & week to get the vegetable here from California, while it takes at least two weeks to get the French, supply to the market- NOTES OF THE WHEEL. MATTERS OF INTEREST TO DEVOTEES OF THE BICYCLE. Racing Center Shifting—European Interest Panics from England to the Continent — Major Taylor Landed— Cycling In the Wont Indies. Center I* Shifting. Commenting on the past season's racing one of the daily papers of Paris attributes the loss of interest in racing in England to the bickerings between the amateurs and professionals and to the larger prizes offered In the other European countries. While two years ago England was foremost in racing affairs, the center of interest shifted across the channel to France, thence to Germany, where $25,000 was given in prizes last year, and now seems to bo concentrating in Russia. Bourillon Is singled out as being the best and most notable European rider, as no man since Zimmerman's time in Europe has shown such extraordinary form for so long a time.defeatlng every man of prominence on the European path and winning the great prizes of Italy, France, Germany, Belgium, Russia, etc. General regret is felt because he did not compete in the world's championships in Vienna, where it Is believed he would have won great laurels for his country. After Bouril- lon, only one other rider in Europe is felt to have proved himself a great rider—Paul Albert, the German amateur champion of the world. After these come Jacquelln and Deschamps, and then In about the same class Meyers, Broka, Grogna, Protln, Parlby, Pontecchi, and Verheyen. Comparison with the American riders is impossible, since none of the best Europeans visited the United States and none of our top-notchers went abroad last year. Major Taylor, however, is proclaimed a phenomenon and is felt to stand above all other Americans. The Frenchmen think him a most extraordinary man and predict that he will be the wonder of the nineteenth century among riders, and that he will have an incomparable season this year. They express a great desire to see him ride in Europe, believing, that he is a worthy successor of the great Zimmerman. Harry Elites is also conceded worthy of being classed among the notable men of the past season. Cycling In West Indies. Cycling is widely popular In Trinidad and the neighboring islands of the West Indies, and is securing a constantly increasing number of devotees. Nearly everyone who can afford it possesses a bicycle; even a bishop in full canonicals is frequently seen. The roads in some of the islands are excellent in the dry season, and an early morning spin up one of the lovely valleys in Trinidad, shaded by arches of giant bamboos, is a happy contrast to the weary plough through the dust and glare which must be encountered in less favored localities. Of course, for the century rider these islands afford little scope, but even he, after a few hours' trial of a tropical sun, would be glad to join the peaceful little army that' haunts the valleys and more sha'cle,d roads, with the prospect very often of a delicious plunge in some cool, clear mountain stream at the end. The "scorcher," of course, exists, but he is mostly confined to the irresponsible Portuguese and negro, who take ad- vrntage of the present want of legislation with regard to lights and pace and rule of the road to do their best to make such legislation, when ft comes, harsh and unsatisfactory. Spiral Gear Mechanism. The application of spiral gears and pinions "is affected in this invention by placing the spiral driving gear in the same position as that occupied by the front sprocket in an ordinary chain driven machine. Brackets depending from the crank hanger and the right rear fork end support, on ball bearings, a tubular spindle on the ends of which are mounted spiral pinions, engaging respectively the driving gear in front and the spiral gear on the rear hub of the machine. A stationary rod inside of the hoUow spindle clamps the two pinion-supporting brackets to- ether and braces the constructiop. An obvious advantage of this form of driving gear over other patterns of chain- less gears is that the driving pinion at the rear hub and its casing do not extend laterally outside of the rear end lug of the frame. The invention's principal claim for the mechanism is that the teeth of the gears, which are all pitched to the same angle and in the same direction and are practically short sections of screw-threads of quick pitch, will properly mesh with, each other through the gears and pin- Ions be thrown out of their normal alignment. The friction involved in the use of spiral gears is principally due to the great amount of end thrust on the pinions, says the inventor, and attempts to demonstrate that in his construction the thrusts are made to neutralize each other in such a manner especially strong frame construc- MARCH 8. 1899. tion is made unnecessary. Nothing is claimed for special contact surfaces of the gear cams or means for cutting them, but it seems to be the intention that the pinions shall be so generated as to avoid all sliding friction between the pinions, leaving the end thrusts to be absorbed in the ball-bearings. Price Catting Will B« Prevalent. Profits in 1899 will be affected by price cutting. There has been overproduction. Firms with big factories must keep their works going, and to do so are prepared to reduce the profits to a very small margin. Other firms are in the unfortunate condition of having large stocks and no working capital. To turn the stocks into working capital, they will sell even at a loss. Worse still will be the effect caused by the inevitable liquidation of a number of the mushroom concerns floated during the boom year or of those that were launched with such absurdly small working capital that they cannot continue in business. These concerns also have stocks which must be disposed of at less than cost price by forced sales either under the auctioneer's hammer or otherwise. Then there will be the competition of new firms possessing no good will, who will only seek to malic a profit, say of 10 per cent on the actual cash invested. Cnm Acting Sprocket. The front sprocket instead of being mounted on the crank axle revolves on a row of balls in a periphery race in a disk fastened to the crank bracket but eccentrically arranged to the axle. The shaft carries a ring which is of smaller diameter than the sprocket and which has on its inner face neat the circumference a series of—say, six—roller-studs. These rollers travel in an equal number of semi-circular cam ways cut around the inner circumference of the sprocket rim. The same system of sprocket mounting and driving Is applied to the rear wheel, the roller studded wheel, which here carries the sprocket teeth, being revolu- bly mounted in the frame and the cam rimmed ring being secured to the rear hub. The inventor's claim for this construction is that the diameter of the front sprocket can be considerably increased' without lessening the ratio between crank length and sprocket radius as the power is applied near the rim of the sprocket. It is supposed that the friction in the driving chain joints will be thus greatly lessened. " Only the First Step is Difficult*» The first step in Spring should be to cleanse Nature's house from Winter's accumu* lations. Hood's Sarsaparilla does this work easily* It is America's Greatest Spring Medicine. It purifies the blood f as millons of people say* It makes the weak strong, aa nervouk men and women gladly testify. It cures all blood diseases, as thousands of cured voluntarily write. It is just the' medicine for you, as you will gladly say after you have given it a fair trial. Bad BlOOd-" Although past 70 years of age I am thoroughly well. It was three bottles of Hood's Sarsaparilta that made me so after spending over $60 In medical attendance. My trouble was a raw sore on my ankle." Mns. LOUISA MASON, Court • Street, Lowell, Mass. Running Sores-" After worrying four months I gave my children Hood's Sarsaparilla and it cured them of running sores. Hood's Pills cured me of dyspepsia and constipation." Mns. KATE E. THOMAS, 31 Governor St., Annapolis, Md. Consumptive Cough-"Five years ngo I had a consumptive cough which reduced me to a skeleton. AVas advised to take Hood's Sarsaparilla which I did and recovered normal health. I have been well ever since." MATILDA BBIDGEWATEB, Cor. Pearl and Chestnut Sts., Jeffersonvllle, Ind. Hood's l'lll» rure liter Illn, tlio non-lrrltatlng and tlie uiilyVatliartlc to take with Hood> Sarnaparllllu The Name for It. "My new dog-refuses to make friends >vith me " "Dogged indifference, 1 suppose." Deafness Cannot Be Cured oy local applications, as they cannot reach the diseased portion of the ear. There Is only one way to cure Deafness, and that is by constitutional remedies. DsafneSB Is caused by an inflamed condition of the mucous lining of the Rustachlan Tube. \Nheu tins tube is inflamed you have a rurnblingr sound or imperfect hearing 1 , and when it is entirely closed Deafness ia the result, and unless the inflammation can be taken out and this tube restored to its normal condition, hearing; will be destroyed forever; nine cases out of ten are caused by catarrh, which Is nothing but an inllamed condition of the mucous surfaces. We will Rive One Hundred Dollars for any case of Deafness (caused by catarrh) that cnnnot be cured by Haul's Catarrh Cure. Send for circulars, free. F. J. CHENEY fi COi, Toledo, O. Sold by Druggists, 75c. Hall's Family Pills are the best. Itotef.tloii of Beslfjng.' Manufacturers who contemplate making an exhibit at the Paris exhibition in 1900, but are concerned lest their designs may be copied with impunity by French manufacturers because they have no manufactory in France themselves, as, according to a recent decision of the court of appeals, geems to be required by the French patent laws, may be completely reassured on the subject. As a matter of fact, a law for the protection of the foreign designs exhibited is invariably passed before each world's show conies off; and it is stated on the highest authority that at the present date the exhibition officials and the ministers of commerce are engaged in drawing up a bill to this effect. It is certain that the decision of the appeal court will be provided against in the new law. Moreover, a measure for the extension of protection to industrial designs in general has lately been adopted by the senate, and will be discussed by the assembles. Therefore there is not the chamber of deputies when parliament slightest doubt that designs will be fully protected at the forthcoming exhibition. A Wife's Tact. Some husbands are proverbially forgetful when they proceed to business. The Christian Advocate tells a story which is worthy of reproduction. A merchant's wife, smarting from experience, one morning handed her husband a sealed letter as he was going to his office, begging him not to open it until he had reached his place of business. With some' solicitude he broke the seal at the proper time, and read: "I am forced to tell you something that I know will trouble you, but it is my duty to do so. I am determined you shall know it, let the result be what it may. I have known for a week that it was coming, and kept it to myself until to-day, when it has reached a crisis, and I cannot keep it any longer. You must not censure me too harshly, for you must reap the results as well as myself. I hope it will not crush you." Here he turned, tlte page, his hair slowly rising. ' "The' v flouY is out. Please send me &ome this afternoon. I thought that by this method you would not forget it." The flour was sent. Paid Choir Slugera. Two New York women are the highest paid choir singers in the world- they receive respectively $4,500 and $3 000 a year. The men in the choir of Westminster Abbey receive salaries ranging from ?400 to ?5QO • How lie Spoiled 1 It. "That was a g'ood sermon that Dr. Kinks preached this morning." "•IDxcellent. It would liave been li/lniosfc perfect if the doctor hadn't interpolated a few sentences-of his own. 1 * WILL KEEP YOU DRY. fl B Don't be fooled with a mackintosh or rubber coat. If you wants coat that will keep you dry in the hardest storm buy the Fish Brand Slicker. If not for sale In your town, write for catalogue to A.J. TOWER. Boston. Mass. There's Only One Standard of Quality . in Athletic Goods— "Spalding." Accept no sustitute. Handsome Catalogue Free. A. G. 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