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\ AtfttJSA. IOWA, WfiMBSfiAf, ffifi. S 1W8. LAND OF VALENTINES. ENNY STOOD looking 1 into the windows of the valentine shops. Such lots and lots 1 of lovely valentines as Mr. Simpson showed! There were fat little gilt Cupids and bleeding hearts transfixed with arrows; beautiful leaves of very pink roses with very green leaves, and stars and 1aros and true lovers' knots galore! Benny looked and admired, and Jghed and debated. He had 25 cents, flow many of these glories, he wondered, would 2f) cents buy? Benny was a generous little chap. He wanted t.i buy a valentine for everybody he knew, and then again for everybody who wanted a valentine, and he felt sure that it would take more than 25 cents to do that! "If it would only rain valentines on Valentine's day," thought Benny. "Or if valentines grew on trees,and I could pick as rnauj' as I liked. Or if they grew up like the grass, or I could dig them out of the ground like stones. Then," sighed Benny, "I could get all I wanted." But they didn't seem to do that way ii« the neighborhood of Mr. Simpson's shop. At last Benny went in and bought three. One had a bouncing- Cupid on it, one had a wreath of red roses and one was some very loving Terses with little stars around the border. ''That's for mamma, Mr. Simpson," Confided Benny. The thought of the rain of valentines haunted him all day. So when he woke up in the middle of the night and found it. really was raining valentines he was not at all surprised. He slipped out of the bed softly and ran out. A few valentines fluttered down out there, then the rain stopped, but the ground was covered with them. They were prettier and gayer IT WAS BAINIJTO. VALENTINES. than any of Mr, Simpson's. The first one Benny opened read: "With W love a wreath I send. Like my love, it has no end." "That's very prettv," said Benny "and here't* another:" "As we Journey day by day> Sweet, your eyes shall light the way." "They're prettier than the ones J bought," sighed Benny. "I should have waited for the rain. But how could I teli it really would rain, even though I wished it. And now'WBe: »y's eyes looked big—"I don't "believe I know folks enough to send so wany to." valentines than people to give them to! That? was a funny situation, like a little boy having too dinner or too many Christmas presents! '" " here's another," cried &enn lots of hearts on it. And gStens hearts together wifcha, ettfeen Benny studied this one admiringly for some time. Then he raised his eyes. "Oh!" he cried in surprise. Opposite to him stood a stately tree, with broad spreading branches. And up and down its boughs, like leaves, were hundreds of fluttering valentines! Dainty lace and pink papers with liearts and shafts and Cupids covering bl*em according to the approved valentine style. Benny had grown critical in valen- Lines. He threw down those in his hand, and started eagerly to pluck the more showy ones growing upon the ;ree. He seized a pink tissue beauty, ,vith fringed and gilt edges. And in- iide he read the prettiest verse yet: 'Darling sweetheart, tell me, do, Wilb thou be forever true? Well thou know'st my heart is thine, hoosenie for thy valentine." Then Benny tried another one. This one had stars shining on pale blue gauze and it read: The stars of heaven look down to see How I love you and you love me!" "Beautiful!" sighed Benny. "Now \ ON ITS BOUGHS WERE HUNDREDS OF VALENTINES. if Mr. Simpson only kept such pretty ones as this and sold 'em three for 25 cents!" Then Benny wandered along, and he plucked valentines out of the grass and off the bushes. And every valentine was lovelier than the last, and every motto written upon it more tender and affectionate. He picked up a little palegreen, lace paper one from, the grass and the motto upon it was: "Faithful is the love and true Valentine has brought to you." And another white one in the shade of a heax't declared: "Sweetest heart, forever thine, Is the heart of Valentine." "They're very lovely," cried Benny, glowing with admiration. "Every thing is lovely and loving here," cried a little voice over his head, "for this is St, Valentine's land!" And then, over the branches of the tree overhead, Benny saw a curious sight. Hundreds of little gold Cupids witfl gilt wings and little bows and arrows slung over their shoulders were swinging and swaying back and forth. How pretty ttjey looked and how the light fluttered'over their wings, an<3 flickered over Benny's hair> as he stood looking up at the frolicsome Cupids! And suddenly a sorrowful thought struck JJenny, a,nd right in the, midst of all this wealth of valentines he s&t do wn-»M cried! "Dear! dear! dear!" he sobbed; "and toTmorrowit won't fee Valentine's day any more!" ^lamina, shook him and woke him up. "What» pity." Benny repeated; "to-jnorrow it won't be Valentine's day any wore!" Then lie told her all about it and she coaxed him and cuddled him and told him to go to sleep again and bring some of the valentines of St. Valentine's land ba.ck with, biw tp save fot nest St. Valentin?'? <Jay. EVA THE TA1MA(JE SERMON SHEfeP tHAT A*1E CHURCH f HE feting Thorn In and Put cm their Bel mots, Their Sandals And thfelf Btoa*t- plAtfeS — *h« feftttlefteld Is the fight la Oh. theth in flafcnels, klhdllng Are for them se&lftg that they got plenty of foo'd*? Ah, /days ere ot ' of tfeofce »in oti tfte feeacfi, wrajjirfhgfl fia^e ta tell *on Ifeat theS- win , I fcfreadn tfte Gtofepei &nd on comhiuMoft around eonSe6rated brsad, he knew that there were others who' acceptable to everybody because of wxmld do that. Me says: "iToftder are v their holy lite and their consecrated men and women freezing in the rigging J4ERJB IS MO MO nopniy Itt religion The grace of God IS hot a little property that tve ftiay fence off and have all to ourselves. It Is not asking's park at w*h 1 c h we look through the barred gateway, wishing we might go in and see the deer and the statuary, and royal conservatory. No, it is the Father's orchard and everywhere there are bars that we may let down and gates that we may swing open. In my boyhood, next to the country school house, there Was an orchard of apples, owned by a very lame man, who, although there were apples in the place perpetually decaying, and by scores and scores of bushels, never would allow any of us to touch the fruit. One day, in the slnfulness of a nature inherited from our first parents, who were ruined by the same temptation, some of us Invaded that orchard; but we soon retreated, for the man came after us at a speed reckless of making his lameness worse, and cried out: "Boys, drop those apples, or I'll set the dog on you!" Well, my friends, there are Christian men who have the church under severe guard. There is fruit in this orchard for the whole world; but they have a rough and unsympathetic way of accosting outsiders, as though they had no business here though the Lord wants them all to come and take the largest and ripest fruit on the premises. Have you an idea that because you were baptized at thirteen months of age and because you have all your life been under hallowed influences, that therefore you have a right to one whole side of the Lord's table, spreading yourself out and taking up the entire room? I tell you 'no. You will have to haul in your elbows, for I shall place on either side of you those whom you never expected would sit there; for, as Christ said to his favored people long ago, so he says to you and to me: "Other sheep I have which are not of this fold." MacDonald, the Scotchman, has four or five dozen head of sheep. Some of them are browsing on the heather, some of them are lying down under the trees, some of them are in his yard; they are scattered around in eight or ten different places. Cameron, "his neighbor, comes over and says: "I see you have thirty sheep; I have just counted them." "No," says MacDonald, "I have a great many more sheep than that. Some are here and some are elsewhere. They are scattered all around about. I have four or five thousand in my flocks. Other sheep I have which are not In this fold." So Christ says to us. Here is a knot of Christians and there Is a knot of Christians but they nrnke up a small part of the flock. Here \B the Episcopal fold, the Methodist folfl, the Lutheran fold, the Congregational fold, the Presbyterian fold, the Baptist and the Pedo- Baptist fold; the only difference between these last two being the mode of sheep washing; and so they are scattered all over; and we come with our statistics and say there are so many thousands of the Lord's sheep; but Christ responds: "No, no; you have not seen more than one out of a thousand of my flock. They are scattered all over the earth. 'Other sheep I have which are not of this fold.'" Christ, in my text, was prophesying the conversion of the Gentiles with as much confidence as though they were already converted, and he is now, in the words of my text, prophesying the coming of a great multitude of outsiders that you never supposed would come in, saying to you and saying to me: "Other sheep I have which are not of this fold.' In the first place, I remark, that the heavenly Shepherd will find many of his sheep among the non-church goers. There are congregations where they are all Christians, and they seem to be completely finished, and they remind one of the skeleton leaves which, by chemical preparation have had all the greenness and' verdure taken off them and are left cold and white and delicate, nothing wanting but a glass case to put over them. The minister of Christ has nothing to do with such Christians but to come once a week and with ostrich feathers dust off the accumulation of the last six days, leaving them bright and crystalline as before. But the other kind of a church is an armory, with perpetual sound of drum and fife, gathering recruits for the Lord of Hosts, We say to every applicant; "Do you want to be on God's side, the safe side and the happy side? If so, come in the armory and get equipped. Here is a bath Jn which to be cleansed. Here are sandals to put upon your feet, Here is a helmet for your brow. Here is a breast plate for your hea.rt. Here is a sword for your right arm, a.nd yonder }s the battle field. Quit yourselves like men!" There are some here who say; "I stopped going to church ten or twenty years ago." My bi'other, Is it not sti-ange that you Should be the first man I should talk to to-day? I all your case; I know It very well. You have not been accustomed to come into religious assemblage, but I have a surprising announcement to make to you; you are going to become one of the Lord's sheep. "Ah," you say, "it Is im possible. You don't know how far I am from anything of that Wind." know all about it. I have wandered up and down the world and I understand your case. I have a still more startling announcement to maHe in regard to you; you are not only going 1 to become one of the Lord's sheep, but you will become 9ne to-day. You will stay after this service to be talked with about your soul. People of God, pray fop that man! Tb.at te th 6 wly use for you here. I shall not break off so much as crumb for you, Christians, Jn this ser* mon, for ? SRI g9JPg tp give Jt ail to the outsider?, "Other sheep J have which are not of this fold." When tM' A UanM9 went tQ Pieces OR $jarr Rock, anfl the people clambered upon the be^fih, why 4i<| not that heroic tf.tb* awpe*« o* of that wreck. Boys, launch the boat!" And now 1. see the oar blades bend under the strong pull; but before they reached the rigging a woman was frozen ahd dead. She was Washed off, poor thing! But he says: "there is a man to save;" and he cries put: "Hold oil five Jninutes longer and t will Save you. Steady! Steady! Give tee your hand. Leap into the life boat, i thank God he Is saved!" So there are those here to-day who are safe oft the shore of God's ihercy. 1 will not spend any time tvith them at all; but 1- see there are some who are freezing in the rigging of siti ahd surrounded by perilous storms. PUll away, my lads! Let us reach them. Alas! one is washed off and gone. There is one more to be saved. Let us push out for that one. Clutch the rope. Oh! dying man, clutch it as with a,death grip. Steady, now, on the slippery places. Steady there! Saved! Saved! Just as I thought. For Christ has declared that there are some still in the breakers who Shall come ashore. "Other sheep I have which are hot of this fold." Christ commands his ministers to be flshernien, and when 1 go fishing I do not want to go among other churches, but into the wide world, not sitting along Hohokus creek, where eight or ten other persons are sitting with hook and line, but, like the fishermen of Newfoundland, sailing off and dropping net away outside, forty or fifty miles from shore. Yes, there are non^church goers here who will come in. Next Sabbath they will be here again, or in some better church. They are this moment being swept into Christian associations. Their voice will be heard in public prayer. They will die in peace, their bed surrounded by Christian sympathies, and to be carried out by devout men to be burled, and on their grave be chiseled the words: "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints." And on resurrection day you will get up with the dear children you have already burled and with your Christian parents who have already won the palm. And all that grand and glorious history begins this hour.' '"Other sheep I have which are not of this fold." Again' I remark, that the heavenly Shepherd is going to find a great many sheep among those who have been flung of evil habit. It makes-me sad to see Christian people give up a prodigal as lost. There are those who talk as though the grace of God were a chain of forty or fifty links and after they had run out there was nothing to touch the depth of a very bad case. If they were hunting and got off the track of the deer, they would look longer among the brakes and bushes i'or the lost game than they have been looking for that lost soul. People tell us that if a man have delirium tremens twice, he can not be reclaimed; that after a woman has sacrificed her integrity, she can not be restored. The Bible has distinctly intimated that the Lord Almighty is ready to pardon four hundred and ninety times; that is, seventy times seven. There are men before th* throne of God who have- wallowed in every kind of sin; but, saved by the grace of Jesus and washed in his blood, they stand there radiant now. There are those who have plunged into tine very lowest of all the hells in New York, •who have for the tenth time been lifted up, and finally, by the grace of God, they stand In heaven gloriously res- ued by the grace promised to the chief of sinners. I want to tell you that God oves to take hold of a very bad case. When the church casts you off and when the club room casts you off and when society casts you off and when Dusiness associates casts you off and when father casts you off, and when mother casts you off and when every body casts you off, your first cry for help will bend the Eternal God clear down into the ditch of your suffering and shame. The Good Templars can not save you, although they are a grand institution. The Sons of Temperance can not save you, although they are mighty for good. Signing the temperance pledge can not save you, although I believe in it. Nothing but the grace of the Eternal God can save you, and that will if you will throw yourself on it. There is a man in this house who said to me: "Unless God helps me I can not be delivered. I have tried everything, sir; but now I have got in the habit of prayer and when I come to a drinking saloon I pray that God will take me safe past and I pray until I am past. He does help me." For every man given to strong drink there are scores of traps set; and when he goes out oh business to-morrow he will be in infinite peril, and no one but the everywhere present God can see that man through, Oh! they talk about the catacombs of Na< pies and the catacombs of Rome and the catacombs of Egypt—the burial place under the city where the dust of a great multitude lies; but I tell you New York has its catacombs and ton its catacombs and Philadelphia its catacombs. They are the underground restaurants, full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness. Youg man, you know It. God help you. There is no need of going Into the art gallery to see the skillful sculpture that wonderful representation pf a man and his sons wound around with serpents, There are families represented Jn this house that are wrapped in the martyrdom of fang and scale and venom— a living Laocoon of ghastliness and horror, What are you to do? I am not speak' }ng into the air. I am talking to hun^ dreds of men who must pe saved by Christ's gospel or never saved, at all, -What are you going to do? ' Po not put your- trust in bromide g\ potassiumi or in Jamaica ginger, or in any thing that apothecaries. can mix Put your trust only *n the Eternal Got an4 he will see you through, Some o" you do not have temptations every, day. It is a periodic temptation t,hft every elx, weeks or every three i, when it seems as if the powers of darkness kindle around fippowt youj th,e firei? of the pit/ Jt Js wei; ft t pyoh n liro.e f as some Qf y° u 40, to seek medical PQ .. , first aM most importunate cry must fee to ctod; If the fiends wjn drag you te the slaughter* make jhenj $% i\ gn your knees- Oh, firo4* p,f thirst IP 9Qjning agajn U P . O JJ iftant help Mm'- FllM h#e£ lots f&e oi'hejl the tlend that assayUs moment. Qh< my heart fcofceg te behavior. The Lord is going to save you. Your home has got to be rebuilt. Your physical health hag got to be restored. Your worldly business has got to be reconstructed, 'the church of God is going to rejoice over your disciple* ship. "Other sheets t have Which are hot of this fold." While 1 have hope for all prodigals* there are some people In this house Whom 1 give Up. I mean those Who have been church goers all their life. Who have maintained outward morality but Who, notwithstanding twenty, thlr^ ty, forty years of Christian advantages, have never yielded their heart to Christ. They are Gospel hardened. I can call their harries how and if they Would rise up they Would rise Up in scores. Gospel hardened. A sermon has no more effect upon them than the shining moon on the city pavement. As Christ Says: "The publicans ahd harlots Will go Into the kingdom of God before them." They have resisted all the im* portunity of Divine mercy, ahd have gone, during these thirty years, through most poWerfUl earthquakes of religious feeling and they are further away from God than ever. After a while they Will lie'down Sick, and some day it will be told that they are dead. No hope! But I turn to outsiders with a,hope that thrills through my body and s'oul. "Other sheep 1 Have which are not of this fold." You are not Gospel hardened. You have not heard or read many sermons during the last few years. As you came in to-day everything was novel and all the services are suggestive of your early clays. How sweet the opening hymn sounded in your ears and how blessed is this hour. Everything suggestive of heaven. You do not weep, but the shower Is not far off. You sigh, and you have noticed that there is always a sigh in the wind before the rain falls. There are those here who would give anything if they could find relief in tears. They say: "Oh, my wasted life! Oh, the bitter past! Oh, the graves over which I have stumbled I Whither shall I fly? Alas for the future! Everything is dark—so dark, so dark! God lielp me! God pity me!" Thank the Lord for that last utterance. You have begun to pray, and when a man begins to petition, that sets all heaven flying this way, and God steps in and beats back the hounds of temptation to their kennel, and around the poor wounded soul buts the coverlet of his pardoning mercy. Hark! I- hear something fall. What was that? It is the bars of the fence around the sheep fold. The shepherd lets them down and the hunted sheep of the mountain bound in; some of them their fleece torn with the brambles, some of them their feet lame with the dogs; but bounding in. Thank God! "Other sheep I have which are not of this fold." Pure FLYINF MACHINES. They May Bo Perfected, But Man Himself Will Never Bo Ablu to Fly. Mr. Hiram Maxim, the inventor of the famous gun which bears his name, is a firm believer in the possibility of so fa.r perfecting- flying machines that they may be used in warfare. He has been explaining his views- on this subject to a contributor to Cassell's Saturday Journal, who has been to see him at his English residence at Bexley. Mr. Maxim thinks that ^highly civilized nations, able to make and use first-rate machinery, will in the near future utilize flying machines in theJr armies. This mode of warfare, he belives, could be carried on in spite of armaments xnd weapons of war as we; unders'tand hem now, and if one civiized nation used flying machines -in such a way, ithers would be .compelled to follow uit, At the same time, he has no faith n navagable balloons, the whole thing being inherently wrong. In France, especially, attempts have been made o navigate balloons, and vast sums of money have been spent upon them: but no balloon has ever been navigated against even a very light wind. Another point, Mr. Maxim thinks, is this, that man will never be able to fly by energy derived from his own muscles. 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