Sterling Standard from Sterling, Illinois on March 25, 1897 · Page 10
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Sterling, Illinois
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'WsMWSsWieiWi!'! C-QR Sy WDAY'8 SUBJECT. t»* T«tt: "Wlthotit »*><><).;;•>" of Th**« X* So Remission ef Has" rj-2 — A That In Practiced bjf OHN O. W M'l T- TIER,thelastof the great school of American poet? that made the last quarter of - a century brilliant, asked me in the White Mountains one morning after prayers, in which I had given out Cowper's famous hymn about "The Fountain Filled with Blood," "Do you really believe there is^a literal application of the blood of ^Christ to the soul?" My negative reply then Is my negative reply now. The Bible statement agrees with all physicians, and all physiologists, and all scientists, In saying that the blood is -the-llfe.-andJn^the: Christian religion it means simply that Christ's life *as given .for our life. Hence all this talk of men who say tho Bible story of blood Is disgusting, and that they don't want what 'they call a "slaughter house religion," ohly shows their incapacity or unwillingness to look through the figure of speech toward the thing signified. The blood that, on the darkest Friday the world ever saw, oozed, 'or trickled, or poured from the brow, and the side, and the hands, and the feet of the illustrious sufferer, back of Jerusalem, In a few hours coagulated and dried up, and for- eVer disappeared; and if men had depended on the application of the literal blood of Christ, there would not have been a soul saved for the last eighteen centuries. In order to understand this red word of my text, ; We only have'to" exercise "as" much_cpmmon_Huise^-i^^^ ^p in everything else. Pang for pang, lunger for hunger, fatigue for fatigue, tear for tear, blood for blood, life for life, we. aee «very day Illustrated. Tho .act of substitution is no 'novelty, although I bear -men talk as though the idea of Christ's suffering substituted for cmr suffering wore something abnormal, something distressingly odd, something wildly eccentric, a solitary episode in the world's history; when I could take you out Iu this city, and before sundown point you to five hundred .cases of substitution and voluntary suffering of one In behalf of an' At 2 o'clock tomorrow atternoon go among the places of. business or toll. It will be no difficult thing lor you to find men who, by their looks, show you that they are. overworked. They are prematurely oM. They arc hastening rapidly toward their'decease. They have gone through crises In business that shattered their nervous system and pulled on the brain. They have a 'shortness~of"hreath~arid ~a~pain~ in~the~ back of the head, and at night an insomnia that' 1 alarms them. Why are they drudging at business early and be~dlffl- it-ouE^bf that exhaustion. Because they are avaricious? In many cases no. . Because their own personal expenses are lavish? No; a few hundred dollars would meet all their wants. The simple fact Is, the ntan Is enduring all that fatigue and exasperation, and wear and tear, to keep his home prosperous. , • There Is an Invisible line reaching from that store, from that bank, from that shop, from that scaffolding, to a quiet scene a few blocks away, a few miles away, and there Is the secret of that business endurance., He is simply the champion of a homestead, for which he . .wina .bread, and wardrobe, and education, and prosperity, and In such ..battle ten thousand men fall. Of ten 1 business'men whom I bury, nine die of overwork for others. Some sudden disease fln'ls them with no power of re' • fllstance, and they are gone. Life for life. Blood for blood. Substitution! .At 1 o'clock tomorrow morning, the hom\.when slumber Is most, uninterrupted and most profound, walk amid the dwelling-houses of the city. Here and there you will find a dim light, be- 'causo it is the household ..custom to keep a subdued light burning; but most of the houses from base '. to top are as dark as though uninhabited. A 'merciful God has sent forth the archangel of sleep, and he puts his wings over the city. But yonder Is a clear light burning, and outside on the window casement Is a glass or pitcher containing food for a sick child; the food is aet in the fresh air. This is the sixth night that mother has eat up with that sufferer. She has to the last point l 'obeyed the physician's 'prescription, sot giving a drop too u much or too Ut- tle fc or a moment too soon or too late. She is very anxious, for she has burled three children with the game disease; &ad sb,e prays and weepa, each prayer asd sob ending wit£ a kiss of the pale , cheek. ' By dint of kindness she gets - the little one through the ordeal. After it is all over, the mother is taken JJrala or nervous fever sets In, she leaves the. convalescent £hild with a mother's blessing, and goes up to Join the three in the kingdom of heaven. Life for life. Substitution! The fact ia that there are an uncounted number of mothers who, „ after they have navigated a large family of children through ,all the diseases .$t tefttuey, aacf got them fairly started the flowering giope of boyhood and [i, h^ve o^ly strength, enough die, They fade away; some call goose <i»Jl it iifcjrvoua soffit; c«ill it iatArmittent BdifiposiEioQ; bat I c&ll Jt sf I$K> <k>£M$tfe etMe. Life tor blood, II " : -'', H'o-tt hiti. Rut n*"» go««r right on, leaking earpf-.iHy ftfter hi« apparel, re- n-.ernberirig his birthday with soro® tn«- ir.ftnto. -and when he Is brought home 'vorn out with dissipation, nuraos him 'ill fee gets well and starts him again, and hopes, and expects, and prays, and counsels, and suffers, until her strength gives out and she fails. She la going, and attendants, bending over her pillow, ask her if she has any message to leave, and she makes great effort to say something, but out of three or four minutes of indistinct utterance they can catch but three words: "My poor Boy!" Tie simple fact is she died for him. Life for life. Substitution! About thirty-six years ago there went forth from our northern' and southern homes hundreds of thousands of men to do battle for their country. All the poetry of war soon vanished, and left them nothing but the terrible prose. They waded knee-deep in mud. They slept in snow-banks. They marched till their cut feet tracked the earth. They were swindled out of their honest rations, and lived on meat n°L_flt for a dog^^Thcy^hadtjawa.alh -fraeturedfttnd "eyer'igxilngulsh'ed'," and limbs shot away. Thousands of them cried for water as they lay dying on the field the night after the battle, and got it not They were homesick, and received no message from their loved ones. They died in barns, In bushes, In ditchca, the buzzards of the summer heat the only attendants on t*elr obsequies. No one but the infinite God who knows everything, knows the ten thousandth part of the length, and breadth, and depth, and height of the anguish of the Northern and Southern battlefields. Why did these fathers leave their children and go to the front, and why did these young men, postponing the marriage day, start out into the probabilities of never coming back? For the country they died. Life for life. Blood for blood. Substitution i .„__ tMt monument in Greenwood? It Is to the doctors who 'fell in the Southern epidemics. Why go? Were there not enough sick to be attended in these Northern latitudes? Oh, yes; but the doctor puts no few medical books in his valise, and some phials of medicine, and leaves his patients here in" the hands of other physicians, and takes the rail-train. Before he gets to the infected regions he passes crowded rail-trains, regular and extra, taking the flying and affrighted populations. He arrives in a city over which a great horror is brooding. He goes from couch to couch, feeling of the pulse and studying symptoms, and prescribing day after day, night after night, until a fellow-physician says. "Doctor, you had better go home and rest; you look miserable." But he cannot rest while .so many are suffering. On and on, until some morning finds him in a delirium, in which he talks of home, and _then_rlses-aud~-8ayB~h0-must-go-and- look after those patients. He is told to lie down; but he fights his attendants until he falls back, and is weaker and -Weaker, he had no klnghlp, and far awayjrgm Tils own family, and IB hastily put away In a stranger's tomb, and only the <flfth part of a newspaper line tells us of his sacrifice—his name Just mentioned among five. Yet he has touched the furthest height .of sublimity in that three weeks of humanitarian service. He goes straight as an arrow to the bosom of him who said: "I was sick and ye visited me." Life for life. Blood for blood.'Substitution! » » » • '. • . What _ an exalting principle this which leads one to suffer for another! Nothing so kindles - enthusiasm—or awakens eloquence, or chimes poetic canto, or moves nations. The principle is the dominant one In our religion—Christ the Martyr, Christ the celestial Hero, Christ the Defender, Christ the Substitute. No new principle, for it was as old as human nature; but now on a grander, wider, higher, deeper and more world-resounding scale! The shepherd boy as a.cham- pion for Israel with a sling toppled the giant of Philistine braggadocio In the'dust; but here is another David who, for all .the armies of churches militant and triumphant, hurls tile Goliath of perdition Into defeat, the crash of his brazen armor like an explosion at Hell Gate. Abraham bad at God's command agreed to sacrifice his son Isaac, and the same God just in time had provided a ram of the thicket as a substitute; but here Is another Isaac bound to the altar, and no hand arrests the sharp edges of laceration and death, and the universe shivers and quakes and recoils and groans at the horror. All good men have for centuries been trying to tell whom this Substitute was like, and' every comparison, inspired and uninspired, evangelistic, prophetic, apostolic, and human, falls short, for Christ was the Great Unlike. Adam a type of Christ, because he came directly'from God; Noah a type of Christ, because he delivered hia own family from the, deluge; Melchiaedec a type of Christ, because he had no predecessor or successor; Joseph a type of Christ, because he was cast out by his brethren; Moses a type of Christ, because he was a deliverer from bondage; Samson-a type of Christ, because of his strength to slay the lions and carry off the iron gatea of impossibility; Solomon a type of Christ, in the affluence of his dominion; Jonah a type of Christ, because of tae stormy sea Jn which he threw himself for the res- cua of others; but put together Adam cl Noah and Jrlelchlsedee an<J Joseph and Moses aud Joshua aud gjaiasen and j SoloaiOtt »B4 Jonatt. aud they wouia \ aef, m$ks » tos,gB»ai si a Cfcrist, a' Iff 1 **''^ r "'sk ^ * -% i Y-FV o*'rt «'it » . ^ on M" OT« fr.fttsrsn-tl HA ram" from th« top of g?ory tn th« MHom of humiliation, and chans«l a circumference seraphic for a circumference diabolic. Once wnited on tfy angels, now higsied at by brigands. From afar nnd high tip he came down; past meteors swifter than they; by starry thrones, himself more lustrous; past larger worlds to ntnaller worlds; down stairs of firmaments, and from cloud to cloud, and through tree-tops and into the camel's stall, to thrust his shoulder under our burdens and take the lances of pain through hia .vitals, and wrapped himself In all the agonies which we deserve Tor our misdoings, and stood on the splitting decks of a foundering vessel, amid the drenching surf of the sea, and passed midnights on the mountains amid wild beasts of prey, and stood at the point where all earthly and Infernal hostilities charged on him at once with their keen sabres —our: Substitute! • » * • The most exciting and overpowering day of one summer was the day I spent on the battlefield of Waterloo. Starting put ..with, the^morning-train- front Bnia- :^}BpBeIgium71^'arriYea^a^b^ur5n hour on that famous spot. A son of one who was In tho battle, and who had heard from his father a thousand times the whole scene recited, accompanied us over the field. There stood the old Hougomont Chateau, the walls dented, and scratched, and broken, and shattered by grape-shot and cannon-ball, There Is'the well In which three hundred dying and dead were pitched. There is the chapel with the head of the infant Christ shot off. There are the gates at which, for many hours, English and French armies 'wrestled. Yonder were the one hundred and sixty guns of the English, and the two hundred and fifty guns of the French. Yonder the Hanoverian Hussara fled for tho woods. Yonder was the ravine of Chain, where the- French cavalry, not knowing there was a hollow awful mass of suffering, hoof of kicking horses against brow r,nd breast of captains and colonels and private uol- dlers, the human and the beastly groan kept' up until, the day after, all was 1 shoveled under because of the malodor arising in-that hot month of June. "There," said' our guide, "the Highland regiments lay down on their faces waiting for the moment to spring upon the foe. In that .orchard twenty-five hundred men were cut to pieces. Here! stood Wellington with white lips, and up that knoll rode Marshal Ney on his elxth ; horse,-.five having been shot under him. Here the ranks of the French broke, ..and Marshal Ney, with 'his boot slashed of a sword, and his hat off, and his face covered with powder and blood, tried to'rally his troops as he cried: 'Come and see how a.marshal of France dies on ' the battle-field.' From yonder direction Grouchy was expected for the French ~re-enfoFce^ -ment7-butrho^aine~notr^AT6und"Those~ woods Blucher was looked for to re- enforce the 'English, and just in time he came up. Yonder is the field where 'mf^'a " f " brldls, sane, trying \o go back." Scene from a battle that went on from twenty-flvf minutes 'to twelve o'clock, on the eighteenth of June, until four o'clock, when the English seemed defeated, and their commander cried out: "Boys, can you think of giving wayT Remember old England !' r and the tide turned, and at eight o'clock in the evening the man of destiny, who was called by his troops Old 'Two Hundred Thousand, turneS away with broken hgart, and the fate of centuries was decided". —No wonder-a great mound has been jeared-there,~b.undreds of-feet-blgh— a mound at the expense of millions of dollars and many years In rising, and on the top Is the great Belgian lion of bronze, and a grand old lion It ia. But our great Waterloo was in Palestine. There came a day when all hell rode up, led by Apollyon, and the Captain of our salvation confronted them alone. The Rider on the white horse of the Apocalypse going,, out against the black horse cavalry of death, and the battalions of the'de- moniac, and the myrmidons of darkness. From twelve o'clock at noon to three o'clock in th,e afternoon, the greatest battle of the universe went on. Eternal destinies were being decided. All the arrows of hell pierced our Chieftain, and tho battle-axes struck him, until brow and cheek and shoulder and ban 3 and foot were incarnadined witii oozing lijc; but he fought on until t.e giv.* a flnr.l stroke and the commander-in-chief of hell and all hia forces fell back In everlasting, ruin, and the victory is ours. And on the' mound that celebrates the triumph we plant this day two figures, not in bronze.or Iron or sculptured marble, but tv/o figures of living light, the lion' of Judah's tribe and the Lamb that was slain, ...... fcf fj ADOPTS THE GOLD STAND- After Tour Tears of Investigation Japan Decides to Discard Bllver. On ilarch 1 it was cabled from Yokohama that Japan had decided. to adopt the gold standard at a ratio of 82% to 1, tho now standard to go into operation in October. This act, on top of many previous ones, moves Japan completely out of the ranks of tho eemi-clvllized and into thoso of civilized and progressive nations. It vran not taken hastily, but after two years' consideration of an exhaustive report made by tho Japanese currency commission, appointed in 1898. This commission found that, while certain capitalists, especially thoso employing many laborers, \vero benefited by the falling silver standard, tho wage earners were injured . from, tho fact that their wages did not rise as fast as did the prices of what they hod ~to~bny. — Tho^cpgyt^pQintctLigut- rationM trader "Ought ~ to know — that n silver stan'clnrd country can trado aiid conipeto with gold standard countries only after paying tho loss on exchange iu forc.ign trado. However, as .tho greater part of Japan's trado was with China and India, tho two countries of Asia still using the silver standard, tho disadvantage on this .account was not considered great. The silverites' have lost with Japan- Borne of their best capital. Of course they will tell us how "British gold" was used to bribe the government into betraying its people into the .hands of tho money power. They cannot, however, mnch longer- tell us that wo are unable to compete with Japan because she uses the silver standard. The truth is that Japan got tired of being a second rate nation and of working with second rate tools, and, after careful investigation, concluded to get rid of free coinage at ordinary ratios, .which drives gold_outj3lJ;ho^country'as -f tost -as it-can— b0-coinod~and^whichrre^ suits in tho single silver standard, and ? to adopt tho gold standard at a ratio with silver which will permit tho UBO of both metals in her trade. It is a wise BteprrJapan ia only ono of - four or five nations which have adopted the gold standard during the last 18 months. Wlud-Driveu Bicycles. . No less than three attempts to cause the wind to aid the bicycle-rider in driving his machine have recently beea made by inventors; one American and two Preach. In the case of the American and one of the French inventions, the apparatus constructed on the plan of a toy windmill is attached to the machine, and geared to the fron£ wheel in such a nianner that the force of the wind can be utilized in turning the wheel. The third contrivance also acts on the principle of the windmill, but its motor, Instead of having fans all facing one way, is shaped like an empty piuapkla-sliell, -with tie' seg- glJgiitly separated and inclined in'wsr4. The practical u&efujaes* o£ $svieaa rliaaias to be The Souud Money Propaganda, The decision of the silver men to continuo their fight for tho- CO cent dollar, despite tho emphatic verdict of the people in November, is appropriately followed by the organization in Now York of a sound money league, which ia to bo national in Us, character .and ' in tho scope of its work From this time on till the next presidential election 'the dissemination of money facts and cor- ^oTyleWs as_to money is to be contin- ued. ', ' '. ' " '...I:-''''' -."' ' The most' efficient agency of the last campaign was tho sound currency committee- of tjie New York Reform club, and its publications, each given to some one phase pf the currency que's- t|on, were invaluable to speakers and writers. A sound basis for currency reform was thus laid in the minds of thousands who were groping after tho trnth. These publications, it is stated, are to* continue. An effort is to -be made to widen tb.6 field of . operations^ by a class of writings of a more popular character. In the south and west particularly honest thinkers are to be supplied with material for progressive thought toward sourid conclusions on' the money question. ...,.' Much was done in six months of 1805 to uproot the erroneous ideas planted in five years of populist agitations, Errors had flourished simply because they had not been confronted with fact. Now monetary truth is to be as systematically inculcated as fallacy was, .and the result cannot but be most wholesome,— Baltimore Sun. The Question of Branch Banks, If Brnall national banksjare _to ."be~on^ cburaged " In tho* more sparsely settled portions of the country, tho question arises whether they should be purely local organizations or branches of tho great metropolitan banks. Tho old United States bank had branches which, by virtue of their connection with a large central institution, had some advantages over tbo local banks with which they competed, but were in" Jnoro than one instance the objects of adverse state legislation. This spirit of local hostility to a bank located in another city, and perhaps another state, left memories which still survive and which account iu part for tho opposition to branch banks. But the experience of England and Scotland, Canada and Australia, is strongly and uniformly in favor of largo central banks with many branches. Tho banks of Canada aro'nblo to maintain a singular uniformity in tho rates of in- and in tho remote agricultural regions because tho batiks of Montreal and Toronto havo their branches in Manitoba and tho Pacific region and can transfer tho surplus capital of one locality to meet the deficiency in another as it cannot bo done by wholly independent banks. Tho conditions in Canada are very much like those of the United States, and tho success of. tho Canadian banks in doing what wo recognize tho importance of haying done is entitled to great weight in our considerations. In Scotland it is well known that tho branch system has greatly favored, thoso agricultural interests wJiich in onr own country are so mnch in need of financial accommodation. • ' • The preponderance of financial testimony is decidedly iu favor of the branch system, most of the opposition to which comes,' or would come, from local financial interests, jealous of strong outside competition. There is a feeling of dis- _trjastjQf^all_bank8^whioh^:}S .born, of r ignorance. It increases rapidly with tho increase of a bank's capital and the extension of its operations, which are supposed to prove tho bank to bo a monopoly. — Iron Age. " . Bryan In the Mr, William Jennings Bryan is going about the country preaching the same doctrine that he preached during the campaign iu which he figured as a iiom- inee for the presidency of the United States. The activity of the free silver forces is not to be winked at They are good and persistent fighters. They re- 'nlize the f acfc that new nxen are entering into citizenship every year and that some of them'may be won over to their side of the currency question. They propose to hold the ground they have oud to Becoro more if they can. Tho free silver advocates should be met more than half way ia this fight that did not end with the victory won by. the sound inoiiey forces last November.-- Trenton Gazette. •-...•-' < • An Aucluut Mark Ltowu Sale. Hewitt— Cattle were ones used as currency. -'..'• Jo\vitt™Aud r I jjuppows when you to a mavk dowu e^le you saw & card rettdiBg: "Marked Down Oalf, Fame? Pr&a Oift Guw. " Bryan's Mistaken Policy. Aren't IJryan and his frie: a greal mistake by continuing the discussion of the silver question at this time? It is nearly four years until the next presidential ejection, and the people can learn a whole lot about silver, and tho effect of cheap njoney npon wages and savings in fon? years, They learned mnch that Bryan didn't want them to know during the four short months of tho lasTcampaign. It is noticeable that in the states where the question was inos$ discussed the majorities jagauiflt -Bryan were heavy of lais majorities were taexpeotedly small Zl the sUveHtea will think of tho great amount of work done la tho BtalCff 1 K p SsT; of Pennsylvania* ca^fc of Colorado and north of Tennessee and reflect upon the result of the election, they will, if they are wise and want to win in 1900, conclude to drop educational work and to proceed on some less dangerous line. If Bryan and his friends would stop talking about silver for three years, itwoulfl b9 difficult for the "goldbngs" to get people to listen to their convincing arguments. If our hard times should unfortunately continue, Bryan might step out a few days before the 1000 election and say, "I told you so," and a majority of the voters, without having given the matter inp.oh thought, might conclude that perhaps the "crime of 1878" was responsible for the lack of prosperity. Bnt if they study the. question for four whole years they will be certain that •neither silver nor any kind of cheap money ever broughtr prosperity to any country, though they have of ten brought hard times. The wage earners will nn^ derstand that 16 to I is an underhanded scheme to lower wages and the farmers that theyjjannot, by juggling with cheap money, get any advantage of tho rest of tha world in the matter of prices of farm, products. This educational work must b§_.stopped short,. or .the causa of silver is lost. No Free Silver Bimetallism. The free and nnlimi ted ..coinage of eil- ver, when it cloes not preserve its^parity with gold, cannot be a condition, ia truo bimetallism because in its effects it ia directly 'antagonistic to the system, Whenever practiced, it always results iu monometallism, and eilver at that Such is the case now in all silver countries, as Mexico arid China, aud sucli %yas the casein the United States in tha 40 years prior to 18U4. ' Currency, Bueak Thief Sum — Pity 'twnz erbout Jimmy) Hawass mskiug big money, and the perlice broke liiuii all up, Footpad Sim—Big moiitsy, -wu» bo? wazs bid lay? f Colony. An Illinois colony Is b^ifg to settle on Grain, Frnlfe atj$ Dftlty . farms in the famed Wilamette Valley of Oregon. , - Ft aifc Orchard Tracts from firs acrea op. Grain and Dairy Farms, sizes to suit. Lands gently rolling, soil very rich.'Timber and water abundant Winters BO mild grass Is green and flowers bloom every month in the year. Within sixty miles of Portland, tvith 100,000 inhabitants, and the best market on the Pacific Coaa't, Join iherGoIony.^ For full pBrtlculare, Write. Oregon Fruit and Farm Homes Colony, dermanta Life BIdg., St. Paul, Minn., Or Powell, Ho worth & Dee, McCoy, Oregon. Attorneys at :Law, A. A. .Wolferspcrper, ATTORNEY AT LAW AND JTi. SOLIOITOU IN OI1ANOEHY.' Offlce over Sterling National Bank, Sterling, 111. DR. J. A. BISHOP, SPEOIAIjIST. ,^ £J ose Scientiflc Optical "Work. Dr. Gait Block, STir,m.iNa, II/L. SO YEARS' ' EXPERIENCE. . irifli TRAOB MARKS, . DB89QN8, OOPYRIQHT8 &o.< !? t ^?SL b l°v!!??? munlcatlon8 strictly Hunn A Co. reoelra SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, ' it«»n_ in . »_^ • .._..» * ***Vi"'" D * «H 13 ^ 1 ** J «u COplfiB ana j ON PATENTS «ent free. Addrew MUNN & CO.. 3G1 Broadway, Now York, Elwpo'd, J. Pittman, AUCTIONEER. Dates can be procured at this office or with, me at my home In Hopkins township. • .• i in • i > ^01 &u Job Pfiotini,s &U kinds ot JobPrJut go to the STAHDAHP .... e. Orders by mall tot _ Letter Heads.Now Heads, Btatementu, Envelopes, Sa.promptly eiecnted, »tregular ratea. Addnua THR. STANDARD. Sterling, 01, FeedSheds —I own the- on Tliiiil Street; where I shall be glad to see all my friends, Don't let your Team Stand Out in the Gold, BUT PUT IT IN My SHED and let.It eat hay. It only costs you 10 cents. OILIER, STERLING, ILL. I tags, AUG Tallow, Furs, and Metal ot till |ciuda,ut IbUNHMSSHMf to FM«>

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