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Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, March 17, 1897
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"There Is a notionifl most people's mlttils that St, Patrick was originally an'.lflflh peasant boy who suddenly tlame into eminence andfetfflMl his title ma MftTOttM! Al/iONA. IQWA^WBPMEHDAY. MARCH TALMAGE'S SERMON, killing off 'deadly reptiles with a wave of his hand, Shorn of the fiction, the story of St. Patrick's life is one of deep interest, •St. Patrick was bora in. France; or, flS it Was then called, Gaul, At least, the first authentic history of him begins there. It is too bad to have to upset the popular belief that he was by birth a Scotchman, but cold, historical truth compels it. According to the established laws of that day, young Patrick should have been one of Ireland's bitter enemies, for he was early in life captured by the Scots, who ruled Ireland, and was taken from France, his 'native place, to the Green Isle, where he was for many years a slave. St, Patrick was born an aristocrat. His father, Calphumlus, was. It is thought, a prominent member of the upper crust of Roman society. His mother, Gonchessa, ,was,nearly related to St. Martin of Tours'. Patrick, the boy, first came into historical' prominence • in Gkul, one of the Roman provinces. But the'glory of Rome was fading, and dark days' were closing in on the great empire. It was only a heathen empire. The, Emperor Constantino had. It la true, seen the error of his pagan ways, and had thrown the idols out of the temples,' and after him came Theodo- eius, who ruled as the first Christian emperor. But Rome gave up heathen- ST. PATRICK. (From the only authentic portrait.) ism too late to> escape the wrath of Providence, and her legions were driven back in all directions, until they were glad to intrench themselves in tho city of Rome. All efforts to rally the legions proving vain, the armies had been compelled gradually to concentrate in a smaller and smaller compass, abandoning province after province, until at last the gradually lessening circle had become very small and the barbarian armies were thundering at the Very gates of Rome, This meant, of course, that all tho outlying possessions had to be abandoned, and among them the province la which young Patrick's parents had made their home. Many of the colonists had followed the retreating- legions of Rome, as people now gather in Havana. But Patrick's parents clung to the homestead, and when the fierce Irish came upon them like an avalanche, the little family succumbed. Young Patrick, with his sisters, was gathered in and sold into slavery, and ails parents were killed. So Patrick be• gan'bis'eareer.'as a^brokeu^hearted.boy, He was carried to Ireland, where for sis years he was slave to a chief named Mllcho, of Antrim, who employed him chiefly in tending sheep. And hero begins tbo miraculous part of his career. At night, it is said, he received many visits from angels and planned the great work that ho afterward carried out so successfully. At the end of. six years young Patrick made his escape, . »nd, reaching tbe coast, a seaport town Called Benum—a name that still survives.—he managsd to get aboard a ship, whose captain it is thought was Induced,,by' divine power to take the •jpyiaboard, After a slow journey, for • ivhieh .fbo^queer, traveling .facilities of ''40'time -were-cblefly to blame, Patrick "^.iBst found himself back at bis old 'sbc-de with his relative, St. Martin, at " Mai-pop t^rel, Tbo spot where be • eypsjed tbe Riw Loire is still marked vyjth'ft slgn/awd it is held in great rev- by tba people of the vicinity. ^bH'ty years affer this young ,p£trtcir'studied and worked, preached, " pilgrimages and.' fitted bltnself .tbe great work be had mapped a in tbo epnversion of idoln- for Ireland thon wo,r? He ttlws^yg kept this At tbe end of this, \yas macje a bishop jstjjje a,nd sent pn the § to Jjinj ( 0 jnig Iftk-e. £Ju'tetJa»Hy to tbe mmi S' P»Uad|u.s £ad preceded MHut' fare they were, too, and their code of morals, which gave them fugged health, was perhaps as much to be credited with this result as their valor In the fields, St. Patrick landed itt Meath. His first convert was Benignus, a boy at the house of whose parents the Saint stopped. The next convert was Prince Diclut, who, hearing of the landing of St. Patrick, came down to tho coast to drive him and his religion into the sea, But Dichu's sword-arm became Igld as "marble when he attacked St, t'atrlck, and the Prince, finding he was leallng with some one above the human, accepted Christianity and was baptized. St. Patrick's great ambition was the conversion of his old master, Milchu. He traveled north in the direction of Milchu's castle, but when he came In sight of it a great red light n the sky caused him to halt in won- !er. He soon learned the cause of the glare. His fame as a converter of men had preceded him. Something made the old warrior, Milchu, feel, when he heard that St. Patrick was traveling to his castle that he would be led to desert the gods of his fathers. Milchu determined to prevent such a humiliating fate by dying as he had lived. So he sot fire to his ancestral home and perished in the flames sooner than be converted by St. Patrick. From the funeral pyre of his old master, St. Patrick turned with a new and brilliant idea In view. The court of King Laeg- haire, son of Nial, of the Nine Hostages, was about to meet to celebrate the festival of tho Fes of Tara. Here all the priests and dignitaries gathered to worship In the national fashion, and St. Patrick determined to strike a blow at tho fountain head at once. The sequel showed how wise a determination it was. When ho approached tho vicinity of the palace, St. Patrick lighted a fire to camp for the night. This was a grave offense, for no fires were allowed to bo lighted until the sacrificial fire of the following morning was ignited. The King saw the rebellious blaze In the distance, and sent to find out who had kindled it. St. Patrick was discovered sitting'as bold as a lion at his fireside on the plain, in company with a few followers. The King, who knew well with whom he had to deal, ordered St. Patrick to be brought, to .the idolatrous .celebration on the following morning, to pit his supernatural powers against those of the court magicians and high priests. At daylight, therefore, behold tho Druidical high priest and St. Patrick arrayed against each other, King Laeghaire and court and jieople looking on expectantly. The Druids had first inning. Their miracles went all awry. They made snow fall to the depth of several feet, but they couldn't get rid of the nuisance. They caused black darkness to cover the land, but when they called for'light the light declined to come. So they had to suffer the ignominy of accepting the proffered assistance of St. Patrick, who caused snow and darkness to disappear in a twinkling. Then St. Patrick challenged the chief priest to a trial that looked all in favor of the latter. He proposed to have the priest placed on a pile of greon wood, and the boy, Benignus, who accompanied the party, placed on a pile of dry wood and a test made to see whose God would protect his own'from flames. The priest accepted, with the result that he was was no spot left untouched by the new religion. In the year 443, elven years after his arrival ift Ireland, St. Pat* rick was a member ot the council appointed to remodel the laws of the land oil a dhHsttafi basis. For nearly -sixty years St. Patrick continued his work, Rome sending help, and the work was consolidated ahd built up into a firmly established religion. He was in a place called tJladh -when he was warned that death Was near. The Saint proceeded toward Armagh.where he Wished to be buried, but he was told Itt a dream to return to the prov* tnce of Uladh, which was the scene of his first triumphs. When he arrived at Saul he .took .to his bed, and on the mh of March, A. t>. 492, sixty years after his arrival in Ireland, attd at the ige of 120, the patron saint of Ireland oreathed his last, surrounded by converts of his ministry. He found in Ireland 3,000,000 of pagans, and in sixty rears he had changed the religious aspect of affairs so completely that there was not an idol to be found in all the land. That was how St Patrick cleared Ireland of snakes. (The worship of serpentine idols of clay had Tor centuries been the religion, of Ire- 'anrt.) BANNfeRS HOiSffeD FCm SUNDAY'S SUBJECt. *o*t: "W the Satnfe ot Oed tV« Will Siii tp tlic Knflhei- ot **iitii *«i«l ItlsiitisotigneM atnl *««>* ot Atftrlce ami Jtl«ii<*"—Psnlms 30:R, On thn H1H of Tara. Through the rain—the skies seem al- .vays to weep over Tara Hill—you can »ee the ruins of Bective Abbey, founded by the saint; you passed the splendid arches of Mellifont near Slane; YOU 'remember the sculptured crosses Df Monasterbolce; tomorrow you will iee tho ivied wall of numberless and lameless holy "edifices 'at Trim, where '.he ill-fit church of the Boyne Valley ;vas blessed by the patron saint; you vill see St. Columb's house at Kells, within whose walls of solid masonry •.hat have stood for 1,300 years was nade that wonderful Illuminated copy 3f the' gospels, "The Books of Kells." HATE war! In my boyhood we may have read the biography of Alexander or of some revolutionary hero until our young heart beat high and we wished we had been bofh over a hundred years ago, just for the striking down a Hessian. glory of For rusty OLI iniug \f\j rw»i «*• •*•- * swords hung up on the rafters and bullets cut out of log houses In which they were lodged during the great strife we had unbounded admiration, or on some public day, clothed in our grandfather s soldierly accoutrements, we felt as grave as Garibaldi or Mlltladea. We are wiser now, for we make a vast distinction between the poetry and the prose of war. The roll of drums and the call of bugles, and the champing of steeds foaming and pawing for the battle; a hundred thousand muskets glittering among the dancing plumes; "God Save the King" waving up from clarionets and trumpets and rung back from deep defiles or the arches of a prostrate city: distant capitals of kingdoms illuminated at the tidings: generals returning home under flaming arches and showering amaranths and the shout of empires: that is poetry. Chilled and half-blanketed, lying on the wet earth: feet sore with the march and bleeding at the slightest touch: hunger pulling on every liber of flesh or attempting to satisfy itself with a scanty and spoiled ration: thirst licking up the dew or drinking out of filthy and trampled pool: thoughts of home and kindred far away while just on the eve of a deadly strife, where death may .leap on^him from any one of a hundred bayonets: the closing in of «,>' (troys ' W'j&Hpefl, H<?teaclfa8tly ' HE WAS BURNED UP. Every foot is holy ground. The Bpyne Itself furnished the water for the first public baptism in Ireland, when, on the Wednesday after Easter, a host of converts followed the missionary into tho water and were baptized and blessed. Verily this new man with the golden speech and message of peace took his long, crooked staff and plucked the flower of the men of Erin from' their high places and set them to work for tl>e church. For the region blossomed for hundreds of years with religious palaces, prelates were more powerful than Princes, and the church was at all times a sanctuary within which no man could seek the blood of his enemy. Trim, Telltown, and Kells were evangelized within a week. Hero he left a Bishop to found a church, there a nun to gather a community of women together; in another place a scribe in a cell. Then he marched against the plain of adoration to break up the Idols, This was undoubtedly the Irish Stonehenge, simply a vast monument Df astronomical significance. It lies in County - Cayen. Only a few pillar stones are now standing, and its desolation is the monument to St. Patrick. A stroke of his staff is said to have sunk the inner circle into the ground and they have never been unearthed. a .. •fifft yett»?<J witlwwf Jea.vjng' ^ HIS ARM BECAME RJGJP. burned up and the flames did pot injure the boy at all. Then King Laeg- hairo, with rage in his heart and. a •smile on his lips, invited S>t, Patrick to cjome (.0 his place op the following day. -Armed men wera stationed oo the way to kill the missionary ao4 bis followers, but |hey saw only a few i}eer pass then? in the wight. Then. tlje King played 'bis last card. A cup 3f poisoned w}ne was given to St. Pat' rick when fee reached tbe palace, but §ajjjt I'll seek a, fouHeaved shamrock In. all the fairy dells, And if I find the charmed Jeaf, Oh, how I'll weave my spells! f would not waste my magic might On diamond, pearl, or gold, For treasure tires the weary sense — Such triumph is but cold; But I will play the enchanter's part, In casting bliss around; Oh ! not a tear, nor aching heart, Should in the world be found. To wwth I would give honor, I'd dry, tbe mourner's tears, And to tbe ,palH4 lips recall The smile of happier years; And hearts that had been long estranged, And friends that bail grown cold, ^bould meet again like parted stream?, And wtoisio as of old. Ob! thus I'd play the enchanter's In casting bliss around; b! not g tear, nor aching heart, Should in tbe world be found. two armies, now changed to a hundred thousand maniacs: the ground slippery with blood and shattered flesh: fallen ones writhing under the hoofs of unbridled chargers maddened with pain: the dreadfulness of night that comes down when the strife is over: the struggle of the wounded ones crawling out over the corpses: the long, feverish agony of the crowded barrack and hospital, from whose mattresses the fragments of men send up their groans, the only music of carnage and butchery: desolate homes from which fathers and husbands and brothers and son? went off: without giving any dying messags or sending a kiss to the dear ones at home, tumbled Into the soldiers' grave trench, and houses in which a few weeks before unbroken family circles rejoiced, now plunged in the great sorrows of widowhood anil orphanage: that is prose. But there is now on the eartU a kingdom which has set itself up for conflicts without number. In its march it tramples no grain fields, it sacks no cities, it impoverishes no treasuries, it fills no hospitals, it bereaves nq families. The courage and "victory of Solferino and Magenta without carnage. The kingdom of Christ against the kingdom of Satan. That is the strife now raging. We will offer no armistices: we will make no treaty. Until all the revolted nations of the earth shall submit again to King Emahucl, "In the name of God we will set up our banners." Every army has its ensigns. Long before the time when David wrote the text they were in use. The hosts of Israel displayed them. The tribe of Benjamin carried a flag with the inscription of a wolf. The tribe of Dan a representation of cherubim, Judah a; lion-, wrought; into the groundwork of : White, jpurple, ci'Jrns.on, and blue. S3uch flags from their folds shook 'fire into the hf:t,rts of such numbers as were in the field when Abijah fought against Jehoram, and there were twelve hundred thousand soldiers, and more than five hundred thousand were left dead on the field. These ensigns gave heroism to such numbers as were assembled when Asa fought against S5«rah, and there were one million five hundred and eighty thousand troops in the battle, The Athenians carried an inscription of the owl, which was their emblem of wisdom. The flags of modern nations are familiar to you all, and many of them so inappropriate for the character of tho nations they represent it w.ould l;e 'impolitic to enumerate them: These ensigns are streamers borne on the point of a lance and on the top of wooden shafts, They are car- l-Jed in the front and rear of armies. They unroll from the main-top-gallant- mast-head ot an Admiral's flagship to distinguish it among other ships of tho same squadron. They are the objects of national pride. The loss of them ou the field is ignominious, The three Owners of the Lord's hosts aye the banner of proclamation, the banner of recruit, and! the banner of victory. When a nation feels its rights infringed or its honov insulted, when Its citi?ens have in foreign climes been oppressed and no indemnity has been to tbe inhabitants pf the -republic pr kingdom, a proclamation of war uttered, On the top of batteries and ' and cuatoui nouses and rev- flags a.rp immediately out, AH wbo 1Q01? upon tbew God, I see in it yet the Great Father lineaments. Though tossed and driven by the storms of six thousand years, she sails bravely yet, and as at her launching in the beginning the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy, so at last, when coming into the calm harbor of God s mercy, she shall be greeted by the huzzas of glorified kingdoms. It is not the world against which we contend, but Its transgressions. Whatever is obstinate in the Will, degrading ia passion, harmful in custom, false in friendship, hypocritical in profession— against all this. ..Christ makes onset, From false profession he tfould tear the mask. From oppression • he would snatch the rod. From pride he would rend off the plumes, From revenge he would exorcise the devil. While Christ loved the world so much he died to save it, he hates sin so well that to eradicate the last trace of Us pollution he wilt utterly consume the continents and the oceans. At the gate of Eden the declaration of perpetual enmity was made against the sofyent. The tumult rotin- about Mount Sinai was only the roar and flash of God's artillery of wrath against sin. Sodom on fire was only one of God's flaming bulletins announcing hostility. Nineveh and Tyre and Jerusalem in awful ruin mark the track of Jehovah's advancement. They show that God was terribly in earnest when he announced himself abhorrent of all iniquity. They make ua believe that though nations belligerent and revengeful mav fcign articles of peace and come to an amicable adjustment, there shall bo no cessation of hostilities between the forces of light and the forces of darkness until the kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord. Affrighted by no opposition, discouraged by no temporary defeats, shrinking from no exposure—every man to his position, while from the top of our schools and churches and seminaries and asylums, "In the name of God we will set up our banners." Again, It was the custom In ancient times,, "for the purpose of gathering armies, to lift an ensign on the top of some high hill, so that all who saw it would feel impelled to rally around it. In more modern times the same plan has been employed for the gathering of an army. Thus it is that the Church of Christ lifts its flag for recruits. The Cross of Jesus is our standard, planted on tho hill, of Calvary. Other armies demand that persons desiring to enter the lists of war shall be between such and such an age, lest the folly of extreme youth or the infirmity of advanced age be n clog rather than an advantage. But none are too young for Christ's regiment: none can be too old. The hand that is strong enough to bound a bail or trundle a hoop is skilled enough to fight for Christ, while many a hand trembling with old age has grasped the arrow of truth, and with a dim eye close to it, taking aim, has sent its sharp point right; through the heart of the King's enemies. Many of you have long ago had your names written on the roll of celestial troops, and you .like the service well, although you -now bear the scars of multitudinous conflicts and can recount many a long march, and tell of siege-guns opened on you that you thought never would be spiked. But there-may be some who have not yet enlisted. Your being here implies that you .are seriously thinking about it, and,your attention makea me hope you are only looking for the standard to be hoisted. Will you not, a hundred of you, with all the aroused enthusiasm of your nature, come bounding into the ranks, while "In tin name of God we set up our banners?" Through natural modesty do you hold back and say, "I will be of no advant- The enurch makes no assault upon the time possessed of ^ defiis, «,.w T ,in not believe that God ever instances it eeehlfi as though Si a betU worm tnan this. It is , sion only tit of those evil .. magnificent in ItTruihs. Let us stop cast out, while there, ftmaiftft tnikine so much against the world, in the heart, the devil of ftvi _. Ood nronou "ed it very good at the be- devil of tost, of the devil of pttde. Ood pronoun^ean wandering child of of the world, if you would .he , ,. ^_.^4. •pftfv.ov'a formed and elevated by the the gospel, now is the time to _^ It is ho mean eftsign 1 lift this hottf. ft is a tiire-honored flag. It has tie'li is terrific battle, braggled itt the " ' a Saviour's humiliation to Calvary. Rent by hell's onset, \ spears of a maddened soldiery, and \ mercy she shall be greeted ay i"« hands of the meii who said, "Let h "' ' ' be crucified." With this ensigft in ; bleeding hand the Saviour sealed 1 . heights of out' sin. With this heinbttfiU I ed the walls of perdition, and ainid iti' very smoke, and flame, and blasphetoy' he waved his triumph, while howled With defeat, antt heaven Thronged his chariot Wheels And bore him to his throne; Then swept their golden harps sung, The glorious work is done. it Is thftt the tbe.cjs.0n fe.U put agd, vanished, d^ajns oj Joye, aj} jeajquj |pj a.u4 few 9 b <*n age to Christ; I am too awkward to learn the, step of the host, or to be of any service J .n the shock of battle?" To you 1 make the reply, Try it. One hour under Christ's drill, and you would so well understand his rules that the first step of your march heavenward would make the gates of hell tremble on thoir hinges. We may not bo as polished and trim as many Christians we have known, and we may not aa well understand sharp-shooting, but there is rough work which we can all accomplish. We may be axe-men, and how a pathway through the forests. We may be spadesmen, and dig the. trenches or throw up the fortifications. We do not care where, we do not care what— if we cun only help in the cause of our King and shout as loudly as any of them at the completion of': the conquest. There are non-professors who have a very correct idea of what 'Christians ought to be. Yon have seen members of the church who were as proud us Ahab and lied as badly as Ananias, and who were as foul hypocrites as Judas. You aUior all tha,t. You say followers of Christ ought to bo honorable, humble, and self-denying, and charitable, and patient, and forgiving. Amen! So they ought. Come into tho kingdom of Christ, my hearer, and be, just that glorious Christian that you have described. Every church has enough stingy men in it to arrest its charities, and enough proud men In It to grieve away the Holy Ghost, and enough lazy men in it to hang pn behind til} Us wheels, like Pharaoh's chariots, drag heavily, and enough worldly men to exhaust tho patience of tjie veyy elect aj»cl enough snarly'men t? make ap» pj'opriate tbe Bib^o warning, "Beware of dogs," u a.ny of you 'jneu ou the pui8id.e of tlw kingdom OXD9et to . such as that, we do not We go not alone to the field. 'W* have invincible allies in the dumb elements of nature. As Job said, W6 are iti league with the very stones of the field. The sun by day and the moon by night, directly or indirectly, shall favor Christianity. The stars in their counts are marshaled for us, as they fought against Sisera. The winds of heaven are now as certainly acting in favor ot Christ as in reformation times the invincible Armada, in its pride, approached the coast of England. Ar that proud..nayy directed their gum.'.l against the, friends of Christ and re-j,' Hgious liberty, God said unto his winds, "Seize hold of them," and to the sea, "Swallow thorn." The Lord, with his tempests, dashed their hulks together and splintered them on the rocks until the flower of Spanish pride and valor lay crushed among the waves of the sea beach. All are ours. Aye! God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost are our allies. The Mohammedans, In their 'struggle to subjugate tho world, had passages from the Koran inscribed on the blades of their scimiters, and we have nothing to fear if, approaching the Infidelity and malice that oppose the kingdom of Christ, we shall have glittering on our swords the words of David to the giant, "I come to thee in the name of the Lord of Hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou has defied." Now the Church goes forth bearing precious seed, but after'awhile it will be the sheaf-binding, and reaper angels shall shout the harvest home. Now it is tents and marching and exposure, but then in the ranks of prostrate iniquity and on the very walls of heaven, "In the name of God we will set up our banners. * * * You know in ancient times elephants were trained to fight, and that on one occasion, instead of attacking' t;he enemy, they turned upon'their owners and thousands were crushed under the stroke of their trunks and the mountain weight of their step. These mighty.op- portunities .of work for Christ may accomplish great things in overthrowing the sin of the world and beating to pieces its errors, but if we do not wield them aright these very advantages will, in unguarded moments, turn terribly upon us and under their heels of veh-' geance grind us to powder. Rejected blessings are seven-fold curses. We cannot compromise this matter. We cannot stand aside and look on. Christ has declared it: "All who are not with me are against me." Lord Jesus, we surrender. The prophecies intimate that there shall before the destruction of the world be cne great battle between truth and unrighteousness. We shall -not probably sec it on earth. God grant that we may see it, bending from the battlements of heaven. On tho side of sin shz 11 be arrayed all forms of oppression and'',cruelty, .Jed on ' by Infamous klug^; : and generals. ;'T,he\yo)a'. ries of Paganism,' led' "on ''bytheir ; priests. The subjects of Mohammed' ism, following the command of their shleks, And gluttony and intemperance and iniquity of every phase shall be largely repiesented on the field. All the wealth and splendor and power and glory of wickedness shall be concen- tered on that one decisive spot, and maddened by ten thousand previous defeats, shall gather themselves up, for one last, terrible assault., With hatred to God for their cause and blasphemy for the battle-cry, they spread out over the earth in square beyond square, and legion beyond legion, • while in some overhanging cloud' 'of • bjaek'nees foul spjjrits of hell watch t^is'.last of Vin~a*ncl darkness-for 40mlnlna. Scattered by the blasts of, nostrils, plunder, and sin, and force shall quit the field. An tbe roar of the conflict sounds through tbe universe all world:* shall listen. The air sbajl be full of wings pf heavenly, cohorts, The wai;J?,}s done, and in^ltf presence of a w^rld reclaimed for tbS crown of Jesus, and amid the crumbling of tyrannies and the defeat of Sat98l c force, acd amid the sound of heavenly acclamations, the church shall rise up in the image of our Lord, and with; tbe crown of victory OR fter head the scepter of dfijniploo. In bey " in the name of Qod eh^U set up a JBUUfjn Ha* ,w« ft t«Q. many pf just «r 'T 1 ? **(|W»V awMftMH iw» «&•» *• «M58 ilfeia'Wmaiial, • . T*'" banners. Then Himalaya shftl} Mount gion, and the Pyrenees and tbe oceans the walking place fi{ him trod tho wave"creet9 o| lee, and tbe great heavens becp^e, sounding-bparjj wbteb ^b.» the BQWd. jD*jJ*ttlta.M9*J» It, rewound, again Almlgltfy. of fly! fly! for who" will §t»nj in. jfte ' country a ft fSSS ll ^ l ,i^'"rT!'T«.''f»E"?T! #. if;T

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