Sterling Standard from Sterling, Illinois on April 22, 1897 · Page 11
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"Ta^ptsssfciifaswjass^fi^pss TAUfAOK'S "A RFSUPnr.CTIOM MISTAKE" RASTER SUNDAY SUBJECT, JProtn the fs-st: "Sit*, Supposing Him to B* the Gardener, Sulth Unto Biro; Tell Me Wh«r« Thou ItBftt IjUd Him nnd 1 Wilt Take Htm Away"— John SO.-1S. •W«l«»*!«-»'™'W*VfW5« SWW !f^^ ERE are Mary Magdalen and Christ, just after his resurrection. For four thousand years a grim and ghastly-tyrant-had beenr killing people and dragging them Into his cold palace. He had a passion for human skulls. For forty centuries he had been unhindered In his -work. He had taken down Icings and queens and conquerors, and t^tose without fame. In that cold palace there were shelves of skulls, and pillars of skulls, and altars of skulls, end even the chalices at the table were made of bleached skulls. To the skele- . ton of Abel had_been added the skeleton Of all .the agesTahd no one Md disputed ibis right until one good Friday, about eighteen hundred and sixty-seven years ago, as near aa I can calculate It, a mighty stranger came.to the door of that awful place, rolled back the door, and went In, and seizing the tyrant ttirew him to the .pavement and put upon the tyrant's neck the heel of triumph. Then the mighty stranger, exploring all the ghastly furniture of the place, and walking through the labyrinths, and opening the dark cellars of mystery, and tarrying under a roof the ribs of,which were made of human • ibones—tarrying for two nlghte and a day, the nights very dark and the day Tory dismal, he seized the two chief pil- -lars of that awful palace and rocked them until it began to fall,-and then laying hold of the ponderous front gate fiolst/ed it from-lta htngG3,-andjnarched_ —foftlrerylnEr"! nm the-Rosurrectionl'i tfjiat even£ . we celebrate this Easter morn, Handellan and Beethovean miracles of sound added to this floral decoration which has set the place abloom. There are three or four things which the world and the church have not noticed In regard to the resurrection of Christ; First,' our Lord In the gardener's attire. Mary Magdalen, grief- struck, stands by the rifled sarcophagus of Christ, and turns around, hoplpg she can find tho track of the sacrilegious resurrectionist who haa despoiled the • v grave, and efte flnds^some one In work- Ing apparel come forth as If to water, the flowers, or uproot tho weeds from the garden, or to set reollmblng the fallen vine—some one In working apparel, his garments perhaps having the sign of the dust and dirt of the occupation. Mary Magdalen, on her face the rain , of a fresh shower of weeping, turns to _'ti.lB2workman;_an<l charges him with the desecration of thlTt6mb;~whenlo! the stranger responds, 'flinging .his ,.whole soul into one word which trembles with all tho sweetest rhythm of earth and heaven, saying, "Mary!" In t-peculiarlty-of-aeeentuatlon-all-the 1 Incognito fell off, and she found that Instead of talking with an humble gar- idener of Asia Minor, she was talking • 'with Him wfao owns all the banging gardens of heaven, Constellations the clusters of forget-me-nots, the sunflower the chief of all, the morning sky .and tho midnight aurora, flaring terraces of beauty, blazing like a summer " wall with coronation roses and giants of -bottle. Blessed and glorious mis- • • take of Mary Magdalen. "She suppos- « ing him to-bo the gardener." What 'does'that mean? It means that we Jiave an every-day Christ for every-day work ^n every-day apparel. Not on Sabbath morning in our most seemly apparel are we more attractive to . • Christ than we. are In pur every-day •work dress, managing our merchandise, smiting our anvil, ploughing our -fl,eld, tending? the flying shuttles, mend- ingf the garments for our household, providing food for our families, or tolling with weary pen, or weary pencil, or weary chisel. A working-day Christ ' in workingijday apparel for us In our every-day toll. Put it Into the highest strain of tiila Easter anthem, "Supposing him to lie the gardener." • If Christ had appeared at daybreak with a crown upon his head, that would have seemed to suggest especial sympathy for monarchs; If Christ had appeared In chain of gold and with robe Jjedlamonded, that would have seemed to be especial sympathy for tie affluent; If Christ had appeared with soldier's sash and sword dangling at his Bide, that would have seemed to Imply especial sympathy for warriors; but when I find Christ in gardener's habit, then I spell It oui that he has hearty and pathetic understanding wtta everyday work, ~%nd every-day anxiety, and ! every-day fatigue. Roll It down in comfort all through these aisles. A working-day Christ in working*day apparel. Tell It -In the darkest corridor of the mountain to the poor miner. Tell It to the factory, maid in most unventilated establishment at Lowell or Lancaster. Tell It to the clearer of roughest new ground in the • western wilderness. Tell It to the BOW* ing woman., a stitch In the side for every stltok In the garment, some of their cruel employers having no right to thick thajt they will get throngfh the door of heaven any more than they could through the eye of a broken needle wblch haa Just dropped on the bare floor from the pricked and bleedr ing fingers of the consumptive sewing- fid. Away with your talk about hy- postatio union, au< eoteriology of tfe$ Couaeli of Treat, apJ ttoa metaphysics ef religion wMeli would fwasa praetl- «*! CfartJsUsnity out of the world; fra^ sag tli§ gWtleiiw'8 coat **> fill t&ttt ^&ff" may totieli the '* Oh, that fs vrhat Iifilp*?d Wedgwood, toiling amid/the heat the-dust of the potteries, until he could make for Queen Charlotte the first royal table service of English manufacture. That was what helped James Watt, scoffed at and caricatured,' until he could put on wheels the thunderbolt of power which roars by day and night !n every furnace of the locomotive engines of America, That is what helped Hugh Miller, tolling ainld the quarries Of Cromarty, until every rock became to him a volume of-thfr world's-biography, and he found, the footsteps of the-Creator In the old red sandstone. Oh, the world wants a Christ for the office, a Christ for the kitchen, a Christ for the shop, a Christ for the banking- house, a Christ for the garden, while spading and planting and Irrigating the territory. Oh, of course, we want to see Christ at last in royal- robe and bedlamoned, a celestial equestrian mounting the white horse, but from this Easter of 1897 to our last Easter on earth we most need to see Christ as Mary.. Magdalen saw him at-tho-day- brc^k, "supposingrhlmrtor berargari dener." i , Another thing which the church and the world have not noticed In regard to the resurrection of Christ Is that he made his first post-mortem appearance to one who had been the seven-deviled Mary Magdalen. One would have supposed he would have made his first posthumous appearance to a woman who had always been illustrious for goodness. There are saintly women who have always been saintly, saintly In girlhood, saintly In Infancy, always saintly. In nearly ail our" families there have been saintly aunte. In my family circle It was aunt Phebe; In yours saintly aunt Martha or saintly aunt Ruth. One always saintly. But not so with the one spoken of In the text While you are not to confound .her _wlthjthe_repugnant-courtesah_wlhQ_tad_ towel at Christ's footwashlng, you are not >to forget that she was exorcised of seven devils. What a capital of 'demonology she must have been. What a chorus of all diabolism. Seven devils —two for the eyes, and two for the hands, and two for the feot, and one for .the tongue. Seven devils. Yet all these are extirpated, and now she is as good aa once she was bad, and Christ -honors .her. with the first posthumous appearance? What doth that mean? * * * ' There Is a man seven-deviled—devil of avarice, devil of pride, devil of hate, devil of indolence, devil of falsehood, devil of strong drink, devil of Impurity. God can take them all away, seven or seventy. I rode over the new cantilever bridge that, spans Niagara— a bridge 900 feet long, 850 feet of chasm from bluff to bluff. I passed over It without anxiety. Why?,, Because twenty-two locomotives —and twenty-two cars laden-wlth-gravel-had- tested the bridge, thousands of people standing on the Canadian side, thousands standing on the American side to applaud the achievement. And however^ long" the"train of^our ImmoftaT'lri^ terests may be we are to remember that God's bridge of mercy spanning the chasm of sin has 'been fully tested by the awful tonage of all the pardoned eln of all ages, church militant standing on one bank, church triumphant standing on the other bank. Oh, It was to the seven-deviled Mary that Christ made His first post-mortem appearance. ' There Is another thing that the world and the church have not observed In regard to this resurrection, and that is, It was the morning twilight. If the chronometer had been Invented and Mary had as good a watch as some of the Marys of our time have, she would have found It was about half-past 6 o'clock a. m. Matthew says It was In the dawn. Mark says It was at the sunrlslng; Luke says it was very early In the morning; John says it was while it was yet dark. In other words, It was twilight. That was the o'clock at which Mary Magdalen mistook Christ for the gardener. What does that mean? It means there are shadows over the grave unlifted, shadows of mystery that are hovering. Mary stooped down and tried to look to the other end of the crypt. She gave hysteric outcry. She could not see to the other end of the crypt. Neither can you see to the other end of the grave of your dead. Neither can we see to the other end of our grave. Oh, if there were shadows over the family plot belonging to Joseph of Arimathea, la it strange that there should be some shadows over our family lot? Easter dawn, not Easter noon, Shadow of unanswered question! Why, were they taken away from us? why were they ever given to us^lf they were to be taker BO soon? why were they taken so suddenly? why could they not have uttered some farewell words? why? A short, question, but a whole crucifixion of agony in it. Why? Shadow on the graves of good men and women who seemed to die before their work was done. Shadow on all the graves of children because we ask ourselves why so beautiful a craft launched at all if it was -to be wrecked one mile outelde of the harbor? But what did Mary Magdalen have to do In order to get more light on that grave? She had only to wait. After a while the Easter sun rolled up, and the whole place was flooded with light. What have you and I to do in order to get more light on our own graves gnd light upon the graves of our dear loved ones? Only to wait. '..-»**' , After Christ's interment every cellular t^sue fcroke down, and nerve a»d irtery and brain were a pityelological ivrtck, and yet lie coiaes up swarthy, fUbieu&4 gad 'Well. Wbea X @&e alter euoli riUWaat a»- thfr ,Tf cHiis; t'.n th" rnr drum n-vibinto. th<* whole body lifted up, without its weakness and worldly «iBes for which there Is no resurrection. Come, Is it not almost time for us to gt> out to meet otir reanimated dead? Can yon not hear the lifting of the rusted latch? Oh, the glorious thought, the glorious consolation of this subject wh«n I find Christ coming up without any of the lacerations, for you must remember He was lacerated and wounded fearfully In the crucifixion—coming tip without one. What does that make me think? That the grave jvlll^get nothing of as except our woundsulind "ImperleeUong, Christ went Into the grave exhausted and bloddless. All the currents of His life had poured out from Hla wounds. He had lived a life Of trouble, sorrow, and privation, and tihen He died a lingering death. His e,ntlre body hung on four spikes. No Invalid of twenty years' suffering ever went Into the grave so white and ghastly and broken down as Christ, and yet here He comes up so rubicund and robust she supposed Him to be the gardener. ', Ah! all the side-aches, and the headaches L and the back-adhes, and the-leg- aches, and Use heart-acherwe will leave where Christ laft His. The ear will come up without its heaviness, the eye will come up without Its dimness, the lungs will come up without oppressed respiration. Oh, what races we will run when we become Immortal athletes? Oh, what circuits we will take when all earthly imperfections subtracted and all celestial velocities added we shall set up our residence In that city which, though vaster .than all the cities of thla world, shall never have one O'MC-.VIV! Standing tMs morning round the shattered masonry of our Lord's tomb, I point you to a world without hearse, without muffled d-um, without tumulus, without catafalque, and without a' tear. Amid all the cathedrals of the blessed no longer tt»e "Dead March In Saul," but whole libretti of "Hallelujah ChoruB^~Oh T -put_trumpet_to_llp_ajd against the bosom of a risen Christ. Hallelujah, Amen. Hallelujah, Amen! CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR. The Junior Society of Christian Endeavor was thirteen years old on March 27. On March 20 there were enrolled on Secretary Baer's books 11,537 .societies, with 348,110 members. The first society was organized In Tabor, Iowa, by Rev. John W. Cowan. The .first signer of the Junior pledge is now a clergyman. "She hath done what she could." The members of the Christian Endeavor society in the Indiana state prison at Michigan City have no money to 'contribute toward state Christian Endeavor work, but the other day the state treasurer received from this society fifty-two stamped envelopes. One of these envelopes is Issued to each pris- 6ner~every'twcr wee ks~and an extra one is given instead of a ration of tobacco. By abstaining from the luxury of correspondence, and from the .use of tobacco, the men were enabled to fulfill their pledge. _.________•. — An-endeayor- after-apostollc-fadhion Is recorded of a native Christian Endeavor society in Shaingay, West Africa. The young men of the society setout, two by two, . to preach the gospel throughout all their district, a region forty 'by seventy miles in extent. They held 238 services and reached 4,572 hearers, and all without a penny of expense. The. young men had many interesting experiences. One of them philosophically remarked, when deterred from crossing a river by the alligators in the stream, "The Lord sent us to preach the gospel, not to feed fellows, 1 ! __ _ ^ •• • _______ A company of Endeavorers from the Broadway Baptist church, Cambridgeport, Mass., hold weekly meetings in a rescue mission in Boston, providing a free lunch for the men, in opposition to a free lunch saloon in the neighborhood. These meetings have resulted in many conversions* and in several iccessions to the church. The Endeavr jrers unake it a practice to secure employment for the converts wfoen possible. . • ._ The Endeavorers in the State of Washington have made earnest efforts to secure temperance, and Sabbath observance legislation. A temperance bill was recently before the legislature and the Endeavorers prompted prominent representatives to personally visit tho capitol, while about five hundred telegrams were sent from all parts of the state to the senators and representatives. Mass meetings, were also held in many districts, all with the aim of properly influencing legislation. The first year of Christian Endeavor In Tremont Temple Baptist church, Boston, has been a fruitful one. Several, members of the society have unit- id with the church. One of the . first 3eeds of the society was the publication of a sermon on baptism by Dr. Lori- tner. Two more of the pastor's sermons were published during .the year, a total of : eight thousand copies. The Instruction committee of the society has maintained a Bible history class under the direction of the assistant pastor, and it has also ' provided two courses of university extension lec- .ures. Since Tremont Tomple is 'very peculiarly situated in the business district, the society haa made every effort to apply business enterprise to ita methods, and at the beginning of the year it issued for general distribution i beautiful calendar, advertising the :hurch aud society and time of meet- Ings. /p§ /-T-, 7^^^ '^T^IlSi M)/Jif |'%'](^ ly^'Vf- 5 '; f 1 "^ F-^^-o^ ^^j^M^i^m^ j»fe(i* £>eer«?ni*d Stock* of Chrcuc. Win. D. Grartt writes as follows to UUca Produce Review: .Below I hand you estimates of the stocks of cheese compiled from my own observation, with the assistance of reliable and valued correspondents. You 111 note the striking deficiency in stocks compared with Jan. 1,1896. The large export movement from the States and Canada from the 1st of January, 1806, until the 15th day of May, 1896, certainly proves that the actual stocks of cheese on this side of the Atlantic were underestimated by fully 460,000 boxes. Possibly you will recall to mind that the decided Improvement which set In in Liverpool and London in April, 1896, was 'very short lived, on account of tha very large and unexpected shipments of old cheese which went forward from Atlantic ports at that time, and which completely paralyzed the trador;Taklng Into consideration the conceded shrinkage of 25 per cent In the English make from the total production of 3,000,000 boxes (750,000), which is undoubtedly correct, on account of the exorbitant prices now being paid for English Cheddars and Cheshlres, and adding the shortage as given below, 667,000 boxes for America and Canada, makes a total shrinkage of 1,417,000 boxes. In addition to this enormous shrinkage, the trade will also receive a decided benefit from the non-production of lard cheese in the State of Illinois, which was estimated for last season by the government Internal revenue department at 15,000,000 pounds, equaling 428,571 boxes of 35 pound average cheese. It is reasonable to expect that in this filled cheese district there will possibly bo made the coming winter months 15,000 to 20,000 boxes- of half'skltns. Not-slnco the- year" 1879 has the total crop of cheese been so deficient and it is reasonable to expect 12% cent cheese in New York and 60s. cable In Liverpool before the 1st of April, 1897. Latest advices from Now, Zealand state that the cheese crop of that country Is estimated at 25 por cent short of last season, the shortage being explained by the fact that producers have been discouraged by the low prices ruling the past few years. 1897. 1806. New York City...... 65,000 154,000 New York State..... 30,000 ' 125,000 Canada 190.000 425,000 London .... ,....130,000 Liverpool 65,000 Afloat 30,000 Chicago 25,000 Wisconsin .......... 20,000 Ohio 30,000 Boston (Including other large cities , LMn Mass.) 22,000 _65,000 Philadelphia ........ 12,000 . 37,000 Baltimore (mostly picnics) 10,000 Pittsburg 6,000 140,000 126,0,00 43,000 65.000 40,000 40,000 16,000 22,000 Potal 035,000—1397.000- A Critical Time. As a recognition of the 'good work done by the Estivation Army in Detroit lu relieving distress among the poor, the cStlsjena have contributed 174,000 to purchao« the buiitliag used by ttxe SU*iny as beadyuairtura. Under the above heading the Creamery Gazette has some timely and sound advice regarding co-operative creameries: A number of new cooperative creamery companies have been organized the past season and the critical time for many of them will soon be here.- In many cases these companies have been organized and the creameries equipped through the influence and under the auspices of-some supply companies, and perhaps before the community was really ready for the undertaking. Such companies are always weak for the first year or two, and a season like the present one, when the products of the dairy sell at very low prices, is an unusually hard,one for them to tide over. We sincerely hope, however, that none of the new converts will become discouraged. Dairying will. Inevitably become the greatest of Iowa's industries; it is the only way out for. the average Iowa farmer.' All that is necessary is for him to study it, put his mind to it, learn how to select and feed and care for the best dairy cows, how to market the products of the dairy in a businesslike manner and how to utilize the by products to the greatest advantage. Get these co-operative companies on a business basis as quickly as possible. Hire a flrst-class buttermaker and put the management in the hands of two or three men who can be trusted and are shrewd in business matters. Then let the other members of the company devote themselves to building up good herds and producing large quantities of milk and getting it to the creamery in good shape. If this is done the en< terprise will be successful. Dairy School Elbow Grease.—An amusing Incident recently occurred among the students at the Madison Dairy School. Great stress ia laid on keeping everything neat and clean and a certain number of students are detailed each afternoon to'scrub. Printed Instructions are given each boy, and among other, sentences occurs this one, "Use warm water and plenty of elbow gresase." One of the boys, on receiving his sheet of Instructions, read it over very carefully and then asked, in an anxious sort of way, where would he find the can of elbow grease?—Ex. There are 10,000 creameries and 25,- QOO cream separators in operation in the United States. The factory laakea it possible for butter to bo made as successfully in the south jut in. the north. [Above Cut represents the Wertman monument erected In Nachnsa Cemetery by m» 219-221 East Third St, Sterling, . Illinois. The leading Monument house in the County—Over 100 monuments to select fram. Reseivoir Iron Vases For LAWN and CEMETERY Decoration. Call and see thorn—you need one for your lawn. DECORATION DAY wilFsoorFbe ~ her*;arid" you want your monumental work done before that time, and you should remember that I have the Largest Stock of Monuments, Markers' and Cemetery Supplies ever displayed In Whiteside County, and will be sold at the very lowest living prices consistent with first-class stock and work, I want your order, if square dealing and honest work will secure it. Sole agent for the Red flontello Granite, the hardest granite in the United States, and shows lettering better than any granite used. Remember the place—come and see me. , • ••• W. J MOORE. THE STERLING STANDARD, Job Printing and Book Binding. Work Unexcelled. Prices Reasonable. Office Thoroughly Equipped for all Classes of Work. The Sterling Standard, Sterling, Ills. FOB EVERY member of EVERY family on EVERY farm, in EVERY village, in EVERY State or Territory... FOR Education, FOR Noble Manhood, FOR True Womanhood, IT GIVES all important news of the Nation IT GIVES all important news of the World. 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