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THE OLD SPITE LANE.
Spite Lane runs along the line
Siocum'B farm and ours.
A narrow space between 'each fence
notUlns grows but flowers.
Tbe relic of a Billy feud that smoldered many
That caused harsh words between the men and
roused onr mothers' fears:
A country quarrel long ago, a quarrel firm and
Here where Uvea are narrow and people won't
We children keep the quarrel not, although Its
mark Is plain.
For there between our meadows green still runs
the old Syite Lane.
Sometimes Trhcn father
sits about, at peace
with aU the world.
The country paper on his knee.
wreaths 'bout him curled,
X drop a hint on foolish spues that run to cruel
And how much nicer It would be If neighbor all
Ee'U cBip out: -Xo: I'll fichtitout: Them
Slocums can't beat tut!"
But he ain't as hearty In It now as what he
used to tc:
TVhen 'cross the line he'd shake his fist and
fairly almost bwear.
While ol' man Slocum with his men would
holler: "Jest you dare '."
But. then, those times, I think, are pone; tliey'll
never come a;."aiu
And Borne bright day we'll tear away the silly
old Spite Lane.
Tor, often la the eventide, when at the pasture
The cowbells tinkle In the dusk beneath the
Sweet Laura Slocum steals away to meet me
Xo aarry wurds can then he heard across the
old Spite Lane.
Old feu Js, oil hates, o'.d quarrels harsh, young
hearts can end them thus.
The fences mark a lovers' lane just wide enough
The Spite Lane runs along the line 'twlxt
feiocum's farm and ours:
Tt marks a path of sullen wrath but naught
grows there save Cowers:
Koy L. McCardeil. In Puck,
A PLOT SPOILED.
ImjX. Willousiibv Didn t Get a
7i5h9d for Loan.
The sun hud just dipped behind the
Etee!y surface of the frozen river; the
chi.l of coming twilight sent a tremu
lous shiver through the woods, tinkling1
the icicles like a string of fairy bells as
"Good, seasonable weather," thought
Squire .uerriforJ. as he came out to
look at the big thermometer that al
ways hung, summer and winter, beside
the perch door. "Halloa, Steele! Is
"Y"s, squire, it Is I, said Milford
Steele. "is Josephine at home?"
"She's at home, but the fact is
she's pre tty considerably, engaged just
"That means, I suppose, that Leslie
Willoughby is calling'?"
Squire Merriford made no direct an
swer, but fctared hard at the thermom
"Perhaps," went on the merciless
cutechist, "you could let me have the
money you promised toward the church
debt, this evening'? There i a vestry
meeting the day after to-morrow.
The squire coughed dubiously.
"Well, the fact is," said he, "it am t
convenient just at present. The
-church'll have to wait- I'm makin' ar-
Tanjements to let out all the cash 1 can
ppare now on bond and mortgage. A
roan don't tret such an opportunity
everv day, Steele, you know."
"1 should think not," said Steele,
dryly. "Nine per cent, seems like
very nice little arrangement, but sup
pose the question of usury is raised?"
"It won't be, said the squire, confi
dently. "It's between friends, vou
"I need not ask who this liberal-
hearted friend is," said Mr. Steele;
"Mr. Willoughby. of course."
"Suppose it is! cried the squire test
ily; "what ther.?"
"Mr. Merriford." said Steele, earnest
Iy, you are an older man tuau l am.
yet I cannot forbear from entreating
you to pause and reflect before you in-
Test your whoie property in such an
unsafe speculation as this. What
do you kaoiv about this Leslie Wil
loughby?" "I know lie's Chief Justice Chapman's
"lie says so."
"And he owns four thousand acres of
land out west."
"According to his own account,"
"And he might be a member of con
gress if he chose. "
"Gather improbable that."
"And he owns a lot o' property in
the upper part of the city of New
"Pardon me, but I -do not credit all
this. I sincerely believe that he is de
ceiving both you and your daughter."
The squire grew very red in the face.
"1 wasn't born yesterday, and it ain't
for you to set up to dictate to me. And
if Josephine fancies him more'n the
"She is quite welcome to her prefer
ence," sharply interrnptel Steele.
"Good evening, Mr. Merriford."
He walked quickly away down the
Biowy road, the blood boiling in his
veins. lie loved Josephine Merriford
teartily he respected the good-hearted
old squtre, but just now lie felt that
le was almost banished from their
"If I could but prove all that I sus
ject," murriured he to himself as he
crossed the little bridge that spanned a
A hand fell on his shoulder at the
"Hallo, Sprowle! Fm punctual to the
econd, you aee."
Steele stared round,. without irninedi
ttely answering to this unexpected
"Well, then. Mr. Leslie Willoug-hby,
Jsq., if you like that better," cried
flie stranger, with a burst of laughter.
Have you raised that sum of money
et? That's what I want to know,
because old Samuels is getting crusty,
.a d The deuce!"
Just at that moment, looking full
nto his face, the stranger discovered
"I am not Leslie Willoughby," said
Steele composedly, "but I can tell you
vhere he is. Just at present he is
paking love to Squire Merriford'
tltKri It' It'll
daughter, and trying to induce the old
man to lend him money."
"That won't do, you know!" cried
the mail, who was evidently a little the
worse for liquor. "Nohow you can fix
it, that won't do. No lovemakingl
'Cause he's married to my sister Eliza,
Peter Sprowle is! I don't blame him !
for riot livin' with Eliza she's got a
temper like vinegar; but he ha'n't no
business to make love to another girl
not while I'm around."
"You have arrived just in time then.
Perhaps you wouldn't mind letting the
young lady know that your friend is
"I'd just Lke to put a spoke in Pete
Sprowle's wheel! I believe in honor
among thieves; but I'm hanged if I
don't think Pete means to do me this
Josephine Merriford was n. very pret
ty girl, cherry cheeked and dimpled.
with innocent hazel-dark eyes and a
red, laughing mouth; and the fire-light
made a fair picture of her as she sat by
the great, old-fashioned hearthstone,
with Leslie Willoughby suspiciously
close to her.
"It's easily done," coaxed Mr. Wil
loughby, stroking his long, waxed
mustache. "Just to step down to the
nearest parson's and, whew! we're off
to New York, mau and wife, by the
"But poor papa, Mr. Willoughby!"
"lie won't mind, once it's over. I
can easily telegraph to him from New
York. By Jove, won't that meddling
old beau of vours Steele is Lis name.
isn't it? stare?"
And Leslie Willoughby indulged in a
hearty laugh at the idea; but Josephine
colored, and then grew pale.
"Don't Leslie," she replied: "Mil
ford Steele has always been a good and
true friend to me."
'I dare sav, I dare sav. WelL Josie,
just you get your father to advance
that one hundred dollars and we'll
give 'cm all the slip. We'll take the
eight train "
"No, you won't not if I know it," i
interrupted a gruff voice. "For my
6ister Eliza, your lawful wadded wife,
Pete Sprowle, you know she ain't
neither dead nor divorced. And you're
no more Justice Chapman's nephew
than I'm stepfather to Queen Victoria
and 3'our name ain't Willoughby
and you're a confounded scoundrel and
a villain, Pete Sprowle that's what
And Leslie Willoughby. struggling
to Lis feet with a face of wrath and
confusion, found himself face to face
with his respected brother-in-law and
coplotter and Milford Steele.
"Slanderer! this is your work!"
gasped he, aiming a blind blow at the
"And I am proud cf it," declared
Steele: "or, rather, I shall be, when
I've kicked you out of this house."
Word and deed were simultaneous,
and in another second Josephine and
Steele were ulone in the room.
"Oh, Milford!" she faltered, "can this
be true? or am I dreaming?"
"It is true. Josie, that you are saved
that yonder miscreant is a married
man, as well as an unprincipled ad
venturer." "Dear Milford, how can I ever thank
you?" 6he murmured, lifting' her soft
brown eyes to his face.
"I will tell you, Josie one of these
Squire Merriford could hardly be
lieve his own ears when he heard the
"I came precious near being an old
fool," observed he sagely, and there
was some truth in his remark. Chica
DIZZIED DY SUCCESS.
Ludicrous Antics of a Great Man tpon a
James Iiinton, the celebrated aurist
and essayist, was one of those men who
are absolutely oblivious to the impres
sion maJe upon the world by their oivn
eccentricities of demeanor, lie was an
odd little man. As some one once said
of him: "There never lived a man
with a whiter soul, a warmer heart or
a shriller voice." He wrote a book that
set the world talking, and also leaped
at once into a fine medical practice.
One day J. C. Jeaffreson was walking
along a London street, when he heard
Lis own name uttered in a high treble,
""Turning quickly round, I saw a
little, fragile man dancing about the
pavement in high excitement, to the
considerable inconvenience of way
farers. It was James Uinton. Jump
ing up to me, he shook my hand, gvith
convulsive tigs, as he ejaculated:
T am so very glad, so inexpressibly
glad to see you! I have so often wished
to fcee you and tell you all that has hap
pened" "Having, by this time, shaken my
hand with more than sufficient cor
diality, he stepped back a few paces
and, in doing so, blundered against a
stout lady, and knocked a. smali boy
down into the gutter. After viewing
me in the right perspectire, he danced
up to me again, .nd then danced before
me, ejaculating La the highest notes of
his shrill voice:
I am so delighted to see you! There
is so auch for us to talk about! So
many things hare happened that I
want to 111 you about! Do you know,
1 ani a .successful man, a very success
ful man? I became a success all in a
minute. Isn't it ludicrous? You never
expected me to be a EU'iessful man.
No one tiiought it in the least degree
possible that I should be a success. No
one! uo one! no one! See! that's my
carriage! Those are my horses! Is it
not absurd? Do. my dear fellow, say
it is absurd that I should drive about
London in my own carriage!
"Having thus, in complete innoeence.
entertained a London crowd by his an
tics, he stepped into the wonderful car
riage and drove away, beaming."
During the most of the sixteenth
century the English people called the
Bible the Bibliotheca, or the Library,
this word being limited in its applica
tion to the Scriptural writings.
The "Vinegar Bible" is so called
from an error in Luke 1:0. "Parable of
the Vineyard" appeared as "Parable of
the Vinegar." It was printed by tin
Clarendon Press in 1717.
IDetnllo o 1 A tA ViQtra luion m aria V -
A CALAMITY HOWL
Harrison's Pmrroty l'alaver on the Bean
ties of I'rotction
To the republicans of Indiana in
convention assembled ex-President I
Harrison said: "Our people became so I
rich" under the benign operation of re- j
publican tariff laws, "labor was so uni- ;
versally employed at good wages, that !
men ceased to appreciate the danger i
and the disaster that was involved in .
an abandonment of protection princi-
Yes. "our teorle" became rich. The
beneficiaries of the protective tariff be- 1
came rich. They waxed fat, and lubri- j tee on finance, and therefore cannot
cated the republican machine with j state of my own personal knowledge
their fatness to their own great advan- ! what has occurred in any other con
tage. But did the people become rich? j ferences that may have taken place.
Did they become rich collectively or in ; It is true that an effort is being made
proportion to their numbers faster j to agree upon such changes in the pend
under the republican system of com- I ing bill as will secure for it the united
mercial and industrial restriction and and active support of all the democrats
bondage than they did under the dem- in the senate. The indications now
ocratic system of comparative freedom? ; are that this support can and will be
The census returns tell a different i secured without making radical changes
story. They show the true valuation
of all real and personal property in
millions of dollars (OOO.OJO omitted) in
the years named, the increase per cent,,
the value of property per capita and
the increase per capita, as follows:
True val- Increase Value per Increase
... 3 I.MS
7b J 51.70
S70 1 1 . M
1.U39 Is. 42
While it is true that these figures are
not conclusive, it is also true that so
far as they are trustw-orthy they show
a vastly greater percentage of increase,
both in aggregate wealth and wealth
per capita, during the low tariff decade
from 1S50 to 1S(J0, than in any of the fol
lowing high tariff decades. If we
should make allowance for the exag
geration of wealth in 1S70, due to de
preciation of the currency, the differ
ence would be still more striking. The
increase of wealth per head of popula
tion in the average for the three
decades of protection was not much,
if any, more than one-third as great
per cent, as it was during the decade
of comparatively free trade.
"Labor was so fully employed at
cood wages" under protection, says
air. Harrison. That gentleman is old ;
enough to know that there was com- j
paratively little discontent among ;
working people during the 6o-calied j
free trade period. He is old enough to ;
know that the Btrike evil and the :
tramp disease are almost wholly de
velopments under republican tariff pro- j
; tection. I
Without directly referring to the !
'. Coxey craze Mr. Harrison strongly en- i
courages it. He lays the industrial de-
; pression from which the county- is i
: slowly recovering entirely to the pros- ,
pective reduction of the tariff. He !
i tells the people that they owe their
' prosperity not to their own intei- !
! ligence, skill and industry, but to gov-
j eminent- He tells them that the gov- :
eminent is the source cf prosperity j
j when it is in the hands of his party 1
! and the source of adversity when it is 1
. in the hands of another party. He tells
; them that "the cause of this present dis- j
; astrous depression" is to be found "in j
; the attempt to wipe out protection leg- !
isiation and to substitute for it the doc- j
trines of a revenue tariff." Congress, 1
! he tells them, is to blame, and iu so i
j doing he encourages them to organize
i their "peace armies" and march on j
i Washington and demand that congress
! restore prosperity.
His teaching is calculated still fur
i ther to undermine the self-reliance of
! the American people and to inculcate
the belief that they are dependent upon '
government. It is calculated to incite :
the people to make utterly unreasona- 1
ble demands and enforce them by vio
lence. And yet he talks glibly about
"calm and temperate discussion of :
great public questions!" j
This "calm and temperate" ex-pres- ;
ident would have people believe that '
the existing depression is altogether ;
due to the prosxect of some little relief !
from tariff burdens and exactions. But '
he knows perfectly well that no panic ;
ever occurred that was not followed ,
by depression more or less severe and j
prolonged. He knows that there was !
neither panic nor depression until near '
the end of last June, although reduc-
tion of the tariff was just as well as- j
Mired nearly eight months before as it ,
has been at any time since. lie knows I
that the panic originated in fear of a, j
collapse to the silver basis under the
operation of an net passed by a repub- j
lican congress and signed by his own
hand. He knows that there was a
panic in 1S73 which was quite as disas
trous as that of lb03, and which was
followed by a distressing industrial de
pression continuing for a period of five
long years. He .knows that that panic
occurred soon after the republicans
had won a presidential election by an
overwhelming majority, and when
tbere was no possibility of any tariff
reduction for at least four years.
And yet, knowing all these things,
Mr. Harrison utterly ignores them, and
seeks to make people believe that the
punic of 1 S'J3 and the depression follow
ing -were wholly due to the attempt to
wipe out tariff legislation. The truth
of the matter is that the depression,
wtich had its origin in the silver scare
brought on by republican legislation,
has been made more severe by the bene
ficiaries of protection from selfish mo
tives, and is now being prolonged and
deepened by republican filibusters in
the senate who are actuated by like mo
tives. And the "calm a.nd temperate"
cx-president sees t to encourage both
in their unpatriotic course. Chicago
It is reassuring to note that many
ofth e pension cranks in the country
are being brought to hook for their of
fenses. It is a little diSicult to recon
cile the fact that republican orguns
deny the existence of pension frauds,
yet applaud the punishment of these
men who have leen doing nothing but
a fraudulent business for years. De
troit Free Press.
The Indiana republicans patri
otically denounce the "hauling down
the American flag at nawaii," despite
the fact that the good republican pres
ident, vrlio "disavowed" the action of
his minister in raising it. was present
In the convention. N. Y. Post.
-nl -" jmxlirily" A m i r.i a
A CHANGE NEEDED,
Secretary Carlisle Seta Forth tbe Tariff
Poller of the Democrats.
Secretary of the Treasury Carlisle
has authorized the following statement
in reply to an inquiry by an Associated
Press reporter as to whether it were
true that he had taken part in the con
ferences which it has been said were
being held for the purpose of agreeing
upon certain amendments to the pend
ing tariff bill:
"I have had no conference upon this
subject with anybody except the demo-
cratic members of the senate commit-
in the rates of duty or material altera
tions in the form or structure of the
taaiff schedules as, they were passed by
the house of representatives. In fact,
I regard most of the changes now un
der consideration as quite unimpor
tant, while the remainder are not of I
such a character as substantially to j
affect the merits of the bill as a meas- j
ure for the reformation of the worst
features of existing legislation upon
this subject. I do not think we ought !
to permit differences of opinion upon
mere matters of detail, or in regard to
small increases or reduction of rates in
the bill as it now stands, to prevent the ;
redemption of our pledges to the peo
ple, and therefore I am in favor of se- :
curing, if possible without any surren
der of principle, and without abandon- ;
ing any part of the democratic policy
of tariff reform, such mutual conces
sions upon these points as will consoli
date our strength and pass the measure
at the earliest possible date. So far as
the proposed amendments relate to '
duties upon important articles of con
sumption now 'subject to duty, he
rates suggested as the basis for adjust
ment are all much lower than in the
present law. while there are only a few
instances in which they are higher than
in the bill reported by the senate com
mittee. "By far the most important single
article upon which a change of duty is
now proposed is sugar, raw and re
fined, and it is strenuously contended
by persons interested in the production
of this article that the specific rates al
ready in the bill as reported by the
senate committee are higher than the
ad valorem rates which it is now pro
posed to insert Whether this is cor
rect or not depends on the price of
sugar in the foreign markets from
time to time, and therefore it is not
possible to make an exactly accurate
statement upon the subject; but I am
satisfied that the difference, if any, be
tween the specific rates heretofore pro
posed and the ad valorem rate now un
der consideration is so small as to be of
no material consequence either way.
At any rate, I think that differences of
opinion upon this question, which have
always been troublesome and vex
atious, should not be allowed to defeat
the passage of the tariff bill, and I be
lieve this is the opinion of all intelli
gent and sincere advocates of revenue
"The repeal of the McKinley act and
the substitution of a more just and
equitable measure in its place are of
vital importance to the prosperity of
the country, and the people have a
right to expect that all who are really
in favor of a reduction of tariff taxa
tion will make such reasonable conces
sions to each other's views as will cer
tainly accomplish these results. If the
country is to wait for tariff reform
until a measure is devised which is en
tirely acceptable in all its parts to
every senator and representative whose
vote is necessary to pass it our prom
ises will never be kept"
The Natural Result of Taxin
Ex-Iresident Harrison in a public
reference to the Coxev army says: "I
believe that if the republican policies
of administration had not been threat
ened we should not have witnessed this
sad, almost appalling manifestation."
It is by such utterances as this that the
cx-president makes it almost impossible
for intelligent men to preserve that re
spect for him that his position in life
entitles him to.
Ever since the McKinley bill became
effective the industrial distress through
out the country has been increasing.
Near ly- two years ago the disconten t in
cident to it took the form of riot and
murder at Pittsburgh. Pa., and, though
the strikers were subdued by military
force and workingmenin other sections
were restrained b3 fear of similar
treatment, the condition proceeded
from bad to worse, until it finally dis
closed to Coxey the mohod which the
ex-president deprecates in such solemn
But the change of policies of admin
istration from republican to democratic
is not responsible for it. It is the
natural and logical result of taxing
poor and patient people to the extent
of hundreds of millions annually that
the favored few in the sugar trust, the
steel combine and the organizations of
aggregated capital might multiply
their millions and continue to control
elections by bribery and corruption.
Kansas City Times.
The meanness of the tactics by
which Mr. Heed won his vindication in
the juorum-counting business should
not escape atteution. He filibustered
persistently over petty affairs and de
liberately stopped the course of the
house, with no great public issue at
stake, for merely selfish reasons largely
personal to himself. He and his party
have not gaineJ in the respect of the
people by such a course. But the dem
ocrats, unable to maintain a quorum
with a great majority to draw from
how contemptible they appear!
Springfield (Mass.) Republican (Ind.).
The Pennsylvania riots are the
direct results of MclCinleyism. Tariff
laws that protect capitalists in the im
portation of cheap labor always pro
duce such results. N. Y. World.
i.ti T"fr,gfrVo'-.r.n wa Bomewnat 1 Tuflrrp Areher is attending tne
FOR SUNDAY READING.
O, my Father, be my stay
In tbe dark and cloudy day,
Whfn the sunlight lades and chill winds
When all earthly comforts fails,
When no earthly hope avails.
Let me lean on Tliee, on Thee alona.
When oppressed t-y care and grief,
I am lonKlng for relief
Ever seeking rest, and finding none,
O. my Father, then in love
Every earthly prop remove.
Let me lean on Thee, on Thee alone.
O. my Father, be my stay
In the bright and sunny day.
When the shades of prief and care have flown.
Lest I then forcet to bless
Thee. Source of my happiness.
Let me lean on Thee, on Thee alone.
By the comfort Thou dost lend,
liy Thy mercies without end.
Teach me still with grateful heart to own
'Tls a blessed thing for me
Thus to feel my need of Thee,
Thus to lean on Thee, on Thee alone.
Alice Kapalje. In N. Y. Ooserver
and the Reward of Work
Working for God is the vocation of
the Christian. That work lies within
two spheres, one sphere usually involv
ing the other. Work for God is oftenest
work for our fellows. Sometimes it is
work for ourselves in the effort to sub
due wrong states of the heart, or to
build up right states of feeling. Often,
however, the effort to create right
states in ourselves is best promoted in
direct ly by active efforts directly for
the good ot others, so that we may al
most say that our entire work for God
is working for others. Now, in thia
work for others God demands our best,
and we should not be satisfied with any
Those only are artists who feel that
their best is constantly required of
them. Every artistic production is a
partial manifestation of someone's
mind. It is more or less noble accord
ing to the elevation and grandeur of
that mind, and according to the felicity
and truthfulness of its outward expres
sion. The Christian life is an artistic prod
uct in the highest sense of the word.
It is the best possible outward mani
festation of an inward conception of
God. It may be marred by an intrinsic
deficiency in the idea, or by the un
skillful manner of the expression of
the idea, or bv both. But Christian
living always demands our very high
est powers, and the verv best we can
God is too wise and kind a master to
require less than our best. He has
given us a task that might fill the
scope of an archangel, and the task is
the pledge of the enlargement of our
powers to fill it- This task is. to
show day by day and hour by hour, as
much of Christ, both in act and in
spirit, as we are aide to manifest How
; shall we crowd more of the loving acts
of Jusus into our lives, how concen-
I trate more of II is sprit into each mani
festation of our inner spirit?
If an artist must give the strongest
: possible effect to the picture as a
i whole, or, in other words, must have
; this highest possible concentration in
' the manifestation of his idea, so a
I Christian needs to concentrate his
; energy on Wing a Christian, and
on living like a Christian. The best
work of an artist is not haphazard and
, accidental, nor is it the result of his
I meaning well in general as a painter;
' but the pictures of the master-painter
; are the converced, concentrated ener
: pies of his mind, manifested in the very
best terms of his especial art. The
! Christian has the noblest picture tode
! lineate for the world's critical yet ap
: preciative eye: namely, the manifested
. Christ. Let him do it with the great
1 est possible consecration in its manifes
i Such effort as this will reveal our in
j ward deficiency in the knowledge of
j Christ- As a man can not write poetry
j who is destitute of the poetic impulse
j or ideal, so a Christian can not show
j Christ, in his external acts, who has
j not Christ within him in far larger
! measure than even his best acts can
The outer manifestation
will fall away when there is no inner
Doing our best for Christ will show
n that our best is not god enough to
take us to Heaven; and the better we
try to do. the more vitality we use our
powers for God the very limit of
our ability, the more we shall be con
strained in joy to confess that the way
of being saved by grace is the best way.
tVe only way. and we shall see how
reasonable it is (yet how delightful for
1 us) that the stress of laboring to save
ourselves is removed, in order that we
may work with such elasticity, free
dom and rapture as a true artist feels
whet he is released from undue anx
iety, and can give himself unrestrain
edly to his work. God gives us this
leautiful freedom in working for Him.
Our thoughts need not revert to self.
God has put all our labor for Him on a
higher plane than that of securing our
Doing our lest for God insures joy,
and casts a wonderful light over life.
It is said again of Leonardo da Vinci
that he seemed to see nature in con
stant holiday brightness. No doubt
there was a distinct connection be
tween his loving to do his best, and
this ever-present brightness, in the na
ture for him. Joy comes with the de
termination to do each day our best
for God. S. S. Times.
rba Story of na Incident in the Life of Vol
taire. Voltaire parsed the years between
1726 and ITiH in England. He declared
that this visi. was the most important
erent in bin life; yet it is a period
which Lad been passed over his biog
raphers in s-ilence, until Archibald
llallantvne recently wrote upon "Vol
taire's Visit .o England." !
Voltaire jnst failed to see Sir Isaac ;
Nevrton, whose funeral he attended in
Westminster abbey; but lie consoled
himself by seeking the acquaintance of i
Dr. Samuel Clarke, who was Newton's j
Dr. CTarke at first refused to meet
Voltaire because of his religious unbe
lief. It happened that the distin
guished Frenchman met a friend of
Dr. Clarke, who asked him to make
one of a party to which the doc
tor also was invited. Voltaire kept
the appointment, and seated himself
near the doctor, expecting to hear the
good man talk; but he remained silent
Hoping to force him into conversation,
Voltaire, in general conversation with
other persons present, gave expression
to the wildest statements that his im
agination could suggest against reli
gion. At last Dr. Clark turned about, and
looking him steadily in the face with
the keen eagle eyes for which he was
"Sir, do you acknowledge that two
and two make four?"
Voltaire made but a bare reply, and
the subject was dropped. He after
ward showed great respect for Dr.
Clarke, and several interviews fol
lowed. But that which apparently made the
greatest impression upon the great
skeptic's mind was this: he noticed
that Dr. Clarke never pronounced the
word "God" without an air of contem
plation and respect. He confessed the
unusual impression which this had
made upon him, and asked:
'How is it that you habitually speak
so reverently of the Deity?"
'I have insensibly taken the custom
from long association with Newton,
answered Clarke, seriously.
'A custom," Voltaire adds, "which
really ought to be that of all men."
He drew a correct conclusion. If we
believe in God and in the sacredness of
religion we should treat them rever
ently. Most men do not. measure the
impression they make in speaking of
the things they hold as sacred. Flip
pancy here seems like insincerity. If
Voltaire in his thorough skepticism
be touched by a reverence rare in his
day, how much more in these times
must the casual seeker after truth be
shocked by a lack of it !
It is said that a few months after
meeting Dr. Clarke, Voltaire wrote to
a Quaker friend ot his undoubtedly
his only profession of faith: "In
short, good sir, I believe in God."
This may have been the influence of
Newton's belief through a friend up
on this great man. The great philoso
pher Leibnitz, while dying, cried out,
"Thou God of Newton! Have mercy
It was a startling thought, and one
not too familiar to us, that we are re
sponsible not only for the way in
which we ourselves look at God. but for
what we make Him tto our friends.
(living to the Poor.
"Such as I have I give thee." It is
becoming quite fashionable to give to
the needy. It always has been fash
ionable among the true followers of
the lowly Nazarene, but too many of
us want to wait until we have what
we think to be worth giving, and
while we are waiting needy ones are
perishing. Peter did not wait, but
gave such as he had, and it was the
most valuable gift that could have
been bestowed. Ilev. Julius P. Graham.
TERSE AND EPIGRAMMATIC.
Some of the Boiled-Down Wisdom of
God's best friend is light.
Gold is never so brignt as when it
doing the will cf God.
The wisdom God gives takes with it
all other gifts.
Every profane man has the devil's
name written on his tongue.
The moment a sinner comes to him
self lie wants to come to God.
We show that we love Christ when
we are praying to be like Him.
The love that "suffereth Jong and is
kind" is not the love of self.
There is as much kill in a selfish
heart as there is in a musket
To voluntarily go in bad company is
to court the society of the devil.
It is impossible to tire the man who
has the rest of Christ in his hearL
The sound of an oath hurts a Chris
tian more than a blow in the face.
A warm-hearted preacher will gen
erally find a way to warm up a cold
Claiming to love and shedding no
blood for the good of men is hypocrisy.
Do as much good as j-ou can. and
God will see to it that you can soon do
A preacher's usefulness is 'not meas
ured by the size of his salary.
Before Adam was turned out of his
paradise, God promised to give him a
The man who knows that he has
God"s love, will always believe that he
has His help.
One good positive and decisive step
toward God will put the devil behind
Make pure thoughts welcome in your
mind, and God will be sure to come
into your life.
It is God"s design that every window
in Heaven shall be a door of blessing;
to the pure in hearL
The fear of punishment may keep
men from doing evil, but it can not
make them love the good.
One of the biggest fools in the world
is the man who thinks the devil's husks
can make him fat
No man ever expects to go more than
a quarter of a mile on the Jericho road
when he first makes the start-
The devil has a claim on the soul of
the man who is willing for any kind of
a sin to remain in his hearL
The man who will swear before a,
child is mean enough to do anything
else that the devil requires of him.
The man who will take a dollar that
is not his own would steal the throne
of God if he had the power to do iL
The preaching that a worldling likes
is that which will permit him to keep
on livinc in sin. and still feel that he
i is safe.
One reason why
get religion is b
some people do not
cause they do not
want to get enough
to spoil them for
When you go to church to pray for
the conversion of the heathen, don't
expect tEe missionary to go at his own
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