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IMF RRFAD QUESTION" LAST SUNDAY'S SUBJECT, £&,%•* •Trails tho Text "Aft* «IB R*T*nii Blih Brena *ad Flpnh la th* , ana Bire»<t Una FlenJi in the J. Klnc» 17i9. HE ornithology of the Bible Is a very Interesting .study. The stork 'which knoweth' her ait pointed time. The common sparrows teaching the lesson of God's providence. The ostriches of the desert, by c&relees , Illustrating the recklessness of parents who do not lake 'enough pains with their children. The eagle symbolizes riches which take wings and fly away. The pelican em- Iblemlzing Bolltade. The bat, a flake of the darkness. The night hawk, the «S8lfrage/-the cuccoorths lapwlagr^he osprey, by the command of God In JLevitlcUs, flung out of the world's bill of fare. JncubaUon, Jil« liked to have been with Audubon as he went through the woods, with gun and pencil, bringing down nnd Bketching the fowls of heaven, his unfolded portfolio thrilling all-Christendom. What wonderful creatures of Qo'd ; the birds are!' Some of them, this morning, like the songs of heaven let loose, .bursting through the gate's of heaven. Consider their feathers, which are clothing and conveyance at' the eamo time; the nine vertebrae o£ the neck, the 1 three eyelids to each eye, theHhlrd eyelid an extra curtain for. graduating the light of the son.. Some of these birdS scavengers and some of them orchestra. Thank God .. for quail's whistle, and lark's carol, and the twitter of the wren, called by -^thojmclents th^-kjng_ot^bjrjs^hccaujjoj: —WBea^tfio-^cowlB^oi^ heaven winfTInttr a contest as to. who should fly the highest, and the eagle swung nearest the sun, a wren on the back of the eagle, .after the eagle was exhausted, sprang 'up much higher; and BO was called by the ancients the king of birds. Consider those of them that have golden crowns and crests, showing them to be - feathered imperials. And listen to the humming bird's serenade in. the car of the honeysuckle. Look at the belted .kingfisher,' striking like a dart from the sky to water. Ldsteh to the voice of tho owl, giving the key-note to all croakern. And behold the' condor among the Andes, .battlirife with tho reindeer,! do not know whether an aquarium or aviary Is the best altar from which to worship God. / -There Is'an incident In my text that baffles all tho ornithological wonders of the worldY The jrain crop had been cut oft Famine T was In: the land. In a cave by the brook of'Cherlth sat f ^n}\ f •%V f- tnr.U -•" l'*7- -HJJ 7^fflIialflteT~oriaoari!lijah, waiting for something to eat Why. did he not go to the neighbors? There were no neighbors; It was a wilderness. Why did he not pick some of the berries? ". - There -ware they would have been dried up. Seated one morning at the mouth of his care, . .the prophet sees a flock of birds approaching. 'Oh, If they were only partridges, or if he only had an arrow with which to bring them down! But as they come nearer, he finds that they are not comestible, but unclean, and the eating of them would be spiritual death. The strength of their beak, the length of their wings, the blackness of. .'. their color, their,loud, harsh "crock! ~cruck!' ? prove them to be ravens. -— They whirr around about the proph- • et'a headi, and-then they come on fluttering wing and pause on the level of his lips, and one of the ravens brings bread, and another raven brings meat, and after they have discharged their tiny cargo they wheel past, and others come, .until' after awhile the prophet has enough, and these black 'servants of the wilderness table are gone. For six months, and eome say 'a whole year, morning.and evening, a breaki fast and a supper bell sounded as these ravens rang put on .the air their "cruek! eruekl" Guess where they got the food from. The old rabbins say they got it from the kitchen of King Abab. Others say that the ravens got their food from pious Obadlah, who was In the habit of feeding the persecuted,' Some say that the ravens brought their food to their young in the trees, and that Elijah, had only to climb up and get It Some say that the whole story Is Improbable; for these were carnivorous birds, and the food they carried was the torn flesh of living beasts, and therefore ceremonially unclean; or It was carrion, and would not have been fit for the prophet Some say they were not ravens; at all; but that the word translated "ravens" In-my text ought to have been translated "Arabs;" so it' would have r*ad: "The Arabs brought bread and flesh in the morning,. and _br«a4 find Aeah ln.lhe evening."- Anything but admit the Bible to be true. Hew away at this miracle,until all tho miracle Is gone. Go on with the ' depleting process, but ,kaow, my brother, that you are •robbing only one man—and that Is yourself—rof one 1 of the moat comforting, beautiful, pa- ttjotle and triumphant lessons In all the ages. I can tell you who these purveyors were—they were ravens.. I «san tell you who freighted them with iwesvialons—-God. I can tell you who launched them—God; . I caa tell you who taught them which way to fly-— <Jod, I ea& tell-you who told them »t what cave to ewoop—God. I e&v, tell you who Introduced raven to prophet aust .prophet to r^vea—God. There Is I jtill wWs&w Ja yon? lor f woylfl Bat want to- utter it \ R?,"!r hi" n"T» n~> f f P *»M f.tif of the H ">!y f'i»v - \VbiJp, *!>(>n, "ST. irfaf.vh (he r,av<?ns fWflhig Eiijah, Iftt this swift dove of God's spirit sweep down the Rhy with divine food, and on outepread wing pause dt the lip of every sotil hunger- Ing for comfort. On the banks of what rivers have been the great battles of the world? While you ate looking over the map of the world to answer that, i will tell you that ths great conflict to-day Is on the Potomac, on the Hudson, on the Mississippi, on the Thames,' on the Savannah, on the Rhine, on the Nile, :on-the: Ganges, cm-the -Ho*ng-Hb.~- It Is a battle that has been going on for six thousand years. The troops en? gaged In It are sixteen hundred millions, and those who have fallen by the way are vaster In number than those who march.. It is a battle 'for bread. . Sentimentalists sit In a cushioned chair, In their pictured study, with their slippered feet on a damask ottoman, and say that this world Is a great ecehe of avarice and greed, , "H does not seem so to' me./ If it were not f or r -U)0-&bBolute/- necessities - of -;thc cases, nine-tenths of the stores, factories, shops, banking houses of the land would be closed to-morrow. Who Is that man delving In the Colorado hills? or tolling In a New England factory? or going through a roll of bills in the bank? or measuring a fabric on the counter? He is a champion sent forth in behalf of some home-circle that has to be cared for, in behalf of some church of God that .has to be supported, In behalf of some asylum ot mercy that has to bo sustained. Who Is that woman ^bonding over the sewing machine, or carrying the bundle, or sweeping the room, or mending the garment, or sweltering at the washtub? . That IB Deborah, one " of the Lord's heroines, battling- against Amalekltlsh want, which comes down with Iron chariot to crush her and hers. The great question with the vast c^ay4s^ there" shaTT tie Tiny home to rule; not one of tariff, but whether there shall be anything to tax. The great question with -the vast ma-' jorlty of people is, "How shall I support my^famlly? How shall I meet my notes? How shall I pay my rent? How shall I give food, clothing and education to those who are dependent upon mo?" Oh, if God would help me to-day to assist you In the solution of that problem the happiest man' In- this house would be your preacher! I have > gone out on a cold morning with eX- pert sportsmen to hunt for pigeons; I have gone out on the meadows to hunt for quail; I have gone out ou the marsh to. hunt for reed birds; but to-day 1. am out for ravens, Notice, in the first place In the story of my text, that these winged caterers came to Elijah direct from God. "I have commanded the ravens that they feed thee," we find God saying In .anlladjolnlng— passage,- — They— dld-^-not- < tr< CtflPfp-i s come out of some other cave. They did not just happen to alight there. God freighted them, God launched them, and, God told them by what cave an*! pray find ri!g. How dons that pM- Kapi go? "Th*-> mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but my loving kindness shall not fail." . If your merchandise. If your mechanism, If your husbandry fall, looft out for ravens. If you have in your despondency put God on trial and condemned Him as guilty of cruelty, I move today for a new trial. If the. biography of your life Is ever written, I will tell you what the first chapter, and the middle chapter, and the last chapter If It 1» written— a<v ; curately. The first chapter about mercy; the middle chapter about .mercy, the last chapter about mercy. The mercy that hovered over your cradle. The mercy that will hover over your grave. The mercy that will cover all between. Again, this story of the text impresses me that relief came to this prophet with the most unexpected and with seemingly Impossible conveyance. If it had been a robin-redbreast, or a musical lark, or a meek turtledove, or-^a sublime albatross -that- had~ brought the food ,to'Elijah, it would not have been so surprising. But, no. It was a bird so fierce, and Inauspicate that we have fashioned one of our most forceful and repulsive words out of it —ravenous. That bird has a passion for picking out the eyes of men and of animals. -It loves to maul the slok and tho dying. It swallows with vul- turous guzzle everything it can put Its beak on; and yet all the food Elijah gets for six months or a. year Is from ravens. So your supply is going to come from an unexpected source. You think some great-hearted, generous man will come along and give you his name on the back of your note, or "he will go security for you in some great enterprise. No, he will not.' God will open the heart of some Shylock toward you. Tour relief will come from the most unexpected quarter, which, je^mei-pmlnpuiu will Tfe to you more than that which seemed auspicious. It will not be a chafilnch with breast and wing dashed with white and brown and chestnut; It will be a black raven. Here is "'here we all maks pur mistake, and that Is In regard to the color of God's providence. A white providence comes to us, and we say, "Oh, it is mercy!" Then a black providence comes toward us, and we say, "Oh, that is disaster!" The white providence comes to you, and. you have great' business success, and you have a hundred_ thousand dollars, and you get proud, and you get Independent of God, and you begin to feel that the prayer, "Give me this day my dally bread/' Ms inappropriate for you, for you. have made provision for a hundred years. Then a black providence comea, and 'It sweeps everything away, and then you begin to pray; and ( you begin to feel your dependence, 'and be- 1 11 - i I X i , Ti_j.r * sv-iae- f. - •* 5 * Itrvnst* In fowl*. The ordinary view on this subject Is that tbls.d'cformity is hereditary, write? F. C. Smith In British Dairy Farmer. A more erroneous view does not exist, though a lot of strange notions prevail on poultry ailments. I have reared many thousands of fowls. I have examined every bird I got hatched, but a crooked-breasted chicken I never BW~Wneu "hatcTi e3~ th ey " a IF come oil t as right as they can possibly be. I on«e got a sitting of Leghorn eggs from a famous English breeder. I reared six birds, and every OPQ had a crooked breast. The cause was a towel rail that happened to be In their house with chickene^nd the lively little creatures perched on It when -their bones were soft, and this caused the deformity. As usually happens, the best pair were the most deformed. I was not afraid, however, to breed from them, though the fact that the whole brood looked like aii-heredl-: gln to be humble before-God—and-your Is go,ing to supply you. He is your Father. You wouJd have to make an elaborate calculation before you could tell mo how many pounds of food and how many yards of clothing would be necessary for you and your family; but God Knows .without any calculation. You have'a plate at His table, and you are going to be waited upon, unless you act.like a-naughty child, and kick, nnd scramble, and pound saucily the phite- and try to upset ^ GodniTinfinlteriir resource; When tho city of Rochelje wasjjeseiged and the inhabitants ~w~efe ^ dying of the famine the tides washed up on the beach as never before and as never 'since, enough shellfish to feed the. whole city. God is 'good. Then* Is no mistake about that. History tells us that In 1GB5 in England there was a great drought.' crops failed; but In Essex, onlhe rocks, In a place where they had neither sown nor cultured, a great crop of peas grew until they filled a hundred measures; nnd there were blossoming vines, enough, promising.as much more. ' But why go so far? I can give you a family incident. Some generations back there was a great drought in Connecticut, New England. The water disappeared from the hills, and the farmers living on the hills drove .their cattle toward- the valleys,, and had them supplied at the. wells and foun ; tains of the neighbors. But these after awhile began to fail, and the neighbors said to Mr. ,,BJrdseye, of whom I shall speak, "You must not send your flockH and herds down here any more; our wells are giving out", Mr. Birdseye. the old Christian man, gathered jits family at the altar, and with his family he gathered the slaves of the houser acid—for bondage was then In vogue In Connecticut—and on their knees before God they cried for water; and the tamilyj story is, tbuat there was "weeping and great sobbing at that altar that the family might not perish for. lack of water, and that the herds and flocks might not perish. The family rose from the altar. Mr, Birdseye, the old man, took his staff and walked out over the hills, and In a pl&ea where he had been Bcprea'of .Imes, without noticing anything particular,, he saw the ground was very dark, and he took his staff and turned up the ground, and water started; and he beckoned to his servants, and they came and brought pails and buckets until all the family and all'the Hocks and the herds were cared for; »nd :hen they made troughs reaching f rora ,hat place down to the feouse aud ba«, And tba water flowed, and H {* a living jtraadfatlier cry out for treasures in heaven. The black providence brought you salvation. The white 'providence brought you ruin. That which seemed to be Jharsh and flerce....and_dlflBQnant-i-was- tary weakness. I reared about forty chlcltens from the pair. The chickens came all right. I left them this time in a house with nothing but straw to sit on, and 'the breasts of every ono of them kept as straight as they could be. Turkeys arc very subject to this deformity; the g^od ones are particularly so. and people object to a male bird with tiro slightest tendency in that way. Some ye&rs ago 1 lost a good deiU by it. Tho very best of the flock wero those usually affected, 1 adopted a very good plan. I prepared a turkey house* with divisions 12 ft. by 4 ft. for eajtih brood. These were 3 ft. high, covered over with wire netting, and tho floor Is concrete. I put In straw for nests, and when they gel larger I cover the floor with straw, which is taken out every day and shok' en and returned. I leave the young _blrdB_.ln_thosQ pens -tlH-about-^pteJn-. ber. I then remove the wire netting, and put a 3 in. lath on top of the divisions, on which I nail strips of old carpet, and pack with hay, forming a cushion. I have worked pn this plan for a number of years, and never had a single, case of crooked breast. . Coat of Curclobsncss. A little carelessness in a dangerous thing. I have found this out to my coat. There la no reason why a person should permit their fowls to get sick with the roup, except by downright carelessness; at least this is my view of It. A short time -ago, about "three weeks, one of the panes of glaas In the poultry house was broken. I knew that the position of the window indicated that when the wind was in a certain direction it would blow through the aperature onto tho hens oaloep on the roost. I knew this, but kept neglecting the needed repairs from day The Hayes Planters, ,The TJbiomas Disc, ] The Sattley Spring Lift Biding Cultivator, ^ The Corn Queen and MaiSea Cultivator^ The Hummer Bulky- and G-ang, , The-Hnstler Sulky mM Hang, * The Superior Force Feed Seeder, The Gale Steel Lever Harrow, The Weber Wagon, The Aermptor Windmill, ' The Meyer's,Pumps and Cylinders, And a full line of Buggies, Carriages and ~ -Road-Wagons^:—_-. -. . . ——'. ; HIGHEST CRADE-SBOi • Are recognized laajlhe.money-makers of the. year. The successful bueineas in'97 will be done with a high-grade machine listed at a popular price, and Patee Bicycles fill the bill. They have all np- to-date improvements, narrow tread, large balls, internal clamp and adustment of handle-bar, thorough reinforcements, beautiful finish in five'colors and are absolutely guaranteed. List $60.00. Tandems $100.00. WRITE FOR CATALOGUE AND TERMS Vo AGENTS. ' ;.*•* -'si to day. None 1 of my fowls had ever -tind uo I had ltttlg-frntr-of Tour-greatest mercy. It was a raven. There was a child born in your house. All your friends congratulated you. The other children of the family stood amazed looking at the new-comer, and asked a great many questions, genealogical and chronological. You said—and you said-truthfully—that a white angel flew through the room and -left' the little one there. That little one stood with its two feet in the very sanctuary of your affection, and with Its two hands It took hold of the altar, of .your.souLBuLoneJaylthere_ came one oj the three scourges_of_children—scarlet fever, of croup, or^dlph;- theria—and all that.bright scene vanished. The chattering, tho strange questions, the pulling at the dresses as you crossed the floor—all ceased. Mrs, Jane Plthey, of Chicago, a well- known Christian wbman, was left by her husband a widow with one half dollar and a cottage. She was palsied, and had a mother ninety years of age to support. The widowed soul every day asked God for all that was needed In the household,' and the servant even A few days -ago I was surprised, in going Into the pen in the morning, to find that one of my hens had her head swelled up and the water running -fmm hap flyfta. I promptly sequestered wae astonished at the precision with which God answered the prayers of that woman, item by. item, item by item. One day, rising from the family altar, the servant said, "You have not asked -for coal, and the coal Is out." . Then they stood and prayed for the coal. One hour aft^r that the servant threw open the door and said, "The 'coal has come." A generous man, whose name I could give you, had sent •^-as never before and never since—a supply of coal. You cannot understand It. I do. Ravens! Ravens! ': to-day, Now I «ftti Unit ;ola »ad I can tliat , Jupaneio In Hawaii. The little republic of Hawaii, is em- barasaed by an extraordinary influx of Japanese Immigrants, stimulated by. immigration societies working with the encouragement if not actually as agents of the government of Japan. The Japanese In the Islands already are more numerous' than the people of any other nationality, except the native Hawaii(ma. Various fqrms of restriction imposed by the Hawaiian, government were evaded by the-immigrants, until at last the government forbade the landing of a ship load of Japanese, and ordered them sent-back, Japan claims the privileges of free immigration under an old treaty, and appears to be using them to carry out a plan of virtual colonization. A (task! Word for Joiiuuy. Mamma~-S», Johauy! y^y must not interrupt^ papa la the middle, of & geu- ' H«" never Yerfe •H« dossflt't. lets me get as fat- her. The next morning another was found in the same shape. I put her "also in quarantine. Then I fixed the window. If the fowls die It will be the direct result of negligence on my part. This leads me to remark that most of our.poultry troubles are caused bywant of proper care of the fowls or their surroundings. This word of caution may do some 'reader of the Farmers' Review good, hence I give it. As to the fowls, I tried a remedy that I have seen recommended, but which may bo a_llttle.hardlj)njtheLfowl8. I made- a solution of alum and mixed with it about one-third its quaptlty of vinegar. I bathed the heads of the fowls with this, being careful that it got Into their nostrils. I call it hard on the fowls, for any one knows, or should know, that alum water In the eyes is of the birds are swelled shut it may not .be so very painful. At last reports one of the birds had .her eyes open and the swelling was going down. I wish the readers of the Farmer^ Review would tell me what'they do in casesi of this kind.. Of course I know what the books say, but what is the practical experience? • Evidently Hoop. . Can you tell me what to do for my chickens? They seem to be choked up, their eyes swell and combs turn dark. It is not on account of the cold, as they have a warm house. I feed them red pepper and sulphur in meal and give copperas la the water they drink. Please answer through th Farmers' Review and oblige,—Mrs. n. * . * * The birds are evidently affected with roup, which, by the way, is a more genera] term than is commonly supposed. It Is applied to all such cases as the above where the fowla have colds in the head and swelled heads. In a recent number H. C. Hunt wrote -on roup, in which-hesaid in part:— "For treating the birds now sick, make a mixture, mostly lard with a little carbolic acid, and red pepper in H. Grease, their heads every day for three or four days, that Is, the sick ones. Put a little of thla mixture in the roof of the mouth, (by means of a small oil can' that has a good spring bottom that will throw It up into their heads. Then keep a little carbolic acid in their drinking water. Let them all run together, and all that can see to eat and are able to.do so will be well in a week or two.'"" We are certainly of the opinion that the surroundings of the birds are responsible for their condition. 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