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THE GREATEST SOLDIER OF ALL
TIME, THE TEXT.
"There Shall Not Any Man Be AM to
Stand Before Thee All the Dajs f
Thy Life Joahoa 1:5 To the
ROOKLTN. N. T..
May 26. In the
church a large au
this evening to
listen to the annual
sermon of Chaplain
T. DeWitt Talmage
of the Thirteenth
Regiment. N. G. S.
N. T. The members
of the regi
ment occupied the body of the
church. Dr. Talmage chose fcr his
ubject: "The Greatest Soldier of All
Time." the text being Joshua 1:5:
There shall not any man be able to
stand before thee all the days of thy
The "gallant Thirteenth." as this
regiment is generally and appropriate
ly called, has gathered to-night for the
worship of God. and to hear the annual
eermon. And first I look with hearty
salutation into the faces of the vet
erans who, though now not in active
service, have the same patriotic and
military enthusiasm which character
ized them when. In 1S53, they bade
farewell to home and loved ones, and
started for the field, and risked all they
held dear cn earth for the re-establishment
of the falling . United
States government. "All that
a man hath will he give for
his life." and you showed yourselves
willing to give your lives. We hail
you! We thank you! We bless you.
the veterans of the Thirteenth. Noth
ing can ever rob you of the honor of
having been soldiers in one of the most
tremendous wars of all history, a war
with Grant, and Sherman, and Han
cock, and Sheridan, and Farragut on
cne side, and Lee, and Stonewall Jack
son, and Lonstreet, and JoSuiston on
the other. As In Greek assemblages,
when speakers would rouse the audi
ence, they shouted "Marathon!" so If I
wanted to stir you to acclamation. I
would only need to speak the words.
"Lookout Mountain," "Chancellors
villa." "Gettysburg." And though
through the passage of years you are
forever free from duty of enlistment,
tf European nations should too easily
and too Quickly forget the Monroe
doctrine, and set aggressive foot upon
this continent. I think your ankles
would be supple again, and your arms
would grow strong again, and your
eye would be keen enough to follow the
tars of the old flag wherever they
And next. I greet the Colonel and his
staff, and all the officers and men of
this regiment. It has been an eventful
year in your history. If never before,
Brooklyn appreciates something of the
value of the armories, and the Impor
tance of the men who there drill for the
defense and safety of the city. The
blessing of God be upon all of you, my
comrades of the Thirteenth Regiment!
And looking about for a subject that
might be most helpful and inspiring for
you, and our veterans here assembled,
and the citizens gathered to-night with
their good wishes, I have concluded to
told up before you the greatest soldier
cf all time Joshua, the hero of my
He was a magnificent fighter, but he
always fought on the right side, and
fcet never fought unless God told him
to fight. In my text, he gets his mili
tary equipment, and one would think
It must have been plumed helmet for the
brow, greaves of brass for the feet,
habergeon for the breast. "There shall
not any man be able to stand before
hee all the days of thy life." "Oh."
you say. "anybody could have courage
with such a backing up as that." Why,
ray friends. I have to tell you that the
God of the universe and the Chieftain
cf eternity promises to do Just as much
for us as for him. All the resources of
eternity are pledged In our behalf. If
we go out In the service of God. and
no more than that was offered to
Joshua. God fulfilled this promise of
my text, although Joshua's first battle
was with the spring freshet; and the
next with a stone wall; and the next,
leading on a regiment of whipped cow
ards; and the next battle, against
darkness, wheeling the sun and the
moon Into his battalion, and the last,
against the King of Terrors, Death
five great victories.
For the most part, when the general
of an army starts out in a conflict he
would like to have a small battle tn or
der thai he may get his courage up and
he may rally his troops and get them
drilled for greater conflicts; but this
ilrst undertaking of Joshua was great
er than the leveling of Fort Pulaski, or
the thundering down of Gibraltar, or
the overthrow of the Bastille. It was
the crossing of the Jordan at the time
of the spring freshet. The snows of
Mount Lebanon had Just been melting
and they poured down Into the valley,
and the whole valley was a raging tor
rent. So the Canaanltes stand on one
bank and they look across and see
Joshua and the Israelites, and they
laugh and say: "Aha! aha! they can
not disturb us until the freshets fall:
tt is impossible for them to reach us."
But after a while they look across the
water and they see a movement In the
army of Joshua. They say, "What's
the matter now? Why, there must be
panic among these troops, and they
are going to fly, or perhaps they are
going to try to march across the river
Jordan. Joshua Is a lunatic." But
Joshua, the chieftain of the text, looks
at his army and cries: "Forward,
march!" and they start for the bank
at the Jordan.
One mile ahead go two priests carry
ing a glittering box four feet long and
two feet wide. It is the Ark of the
Covenant. And they come down, and
no sooner do they Just touch the rim of
the water with their feet, than by an
Almighty flat, Jordan parts. The army
of Joshua marches right on without
getting their feet wet, over the bottom
of the river, a path of chalk and brok
en shells and pebbles, until they get to
the other bank. Then they lay hold cf
the oleanders and tamarisks and wll
cooner have they reached the bank
thirty or forty feet high, and having
gained the other bank, they clap. their
ehields and their cymbals, and sing the
praises of the God of Joshua. But no
eooner have they reached he bank
than the waters begin to dash and
roar, and with a terrific rush they
break loose from their strange anchor
age. Out yonder they have stopped,
thirty miles up yonder they halted. On
this side the waters roll off toward the
salt sea. But as the hand of the Lord
God Is taken away from the thus up
lifted waters waters perhaps uplifted
half a mile as the Almighty hand Is
taken away, those waters rush down,
and some of the unbelieving Israelites
aay: "Alas, alas, what a misfortune I
Why oould not those waters have
stayed parted T Because per
haps we may want to go
back. Oh. Lord, we are engaged
In a risky business. Those Canaanltes
may eat us up. How If we want to go
back? Would It not have been a mora
complete miracle If the Lord had part
ed the waters to let us come through
and kept them parted to let us go back
if we are defeated?" My friends. God
makes no provision for a Christian's
retreat. He clears the path all the way
to Canaan. To go back Is to die. The
same gatekeepers that swing back the
amethystine and crystalline gate of the
Jordan to let Israel pass through, now
wing shut the amethystine and crys
talline gate of the Jordan to keep the
Israelites from going back. I declare It
in your hearing to-day, victory ahead,
water forty feet deep In the rear. Tri
umph ahead, Canaan ahead; behind
you death and darkness and woe and
hell. But you say: "Why didn't those
canaanltes. when they had such n
splendid chance standing on top of
the bank thirty or forty feet high, com
pletely demolish those poor Israleltes
down in the river. I will tell you why.
God had made a promise and he was
going to keep it. "There shaM not any
man be able to stand before thee all
the days of thy life."
But this Is no place for the host to
stop. Joshua gives the command,
"Forward, march!" In the distance
there Is a long grove of trees, and at
the end of the grove Is a city. It Is a
city of arbors, a city with walls seem
ing to reach to the heavens, to buttres
the very sky. It is the great metropo
lis that commands the mountain pass.
It Is Jericho. That city was afterward
captured by Pompey. and It was after
ward captured by Herod the Great,
and It was afterward captured by the
Mohammedans; but this campaign the
Lord plans. There shall be no swords,
no shields, no battering ram. There
shall be only one weapon of war, and
that a ram's horn. The horn of the
slain ram was sometimes taken and
holes were punctured In It. and then
the musician would put the instrument
to his Hps. and he would run his fin
gers over this rude musical Instrument,
and make a great deal of sweet har
mony for the people. That was the
only kind of weapon. Seven priests
were to take these rude rustic musical
instruments, and they were to go
around the city every day for sis days
once a day for six days, and then on
the seventh day they were to go around
blowing these rude musical Instruments
seven times, and then at the close of
the seventh blowing of the ranis' horns
on the seventh day the peroration of
the whole scene was to be a shout at
which those great walls should tumble
from capstone to base.
Joshua's troops may not halt here.
The command Is: "Forward, march!"
There Is the city of AI; It must be tak
en. How shall It be taken? A scouting
party comes back and says: "Joshua,
we can do that without you; It is going
to be a very easy Job; you Just stay
here while we go and capture it." They
march with a small regiment In front
of that city. The men of Al look at them
and give one yell and the Israelites run
like reindeers. The northern troops at
Bull Run did not make such rapid time
as these Israelites with the Canaanltes
after them. They never cut such a sorry
figure as when they were on the re
treat. Anybody that goes out In the
battles of God with only half a force.
Instead of your taking the men of A!
the men c f Al will take you. Look at the
church of God on the retreat. The
Bornesian cannibals ate up Munson.
the missionary. "Fall back!" said a
great many Christian people "Fall
back, oh church of God! Borneo will
never be taken. Don't you see the Bor
nesian cannibals have eaten up Mun
son. the missionary T' Tyndall delivers
his lecture at the University of Glas
gow, and a great many good people
say: " Fall back, oh church of God!
Don't you see that Christian philosophy
Is going to be overcome by worldly phil
osophy? Fall back!" Geology plunges
its crowbar Into the mountains, and
there are a great many people who say:
"Scientiflo investigation Is going to
overthrow the Mosaic account of the
creation. Fall back!" Friends of God
have never any right to fall back.
Joshua falls on his face In chagrin.
It is the only time you ever see the back
of his head. He falls on his face and
begins to whine, and he says: "Oh. Lord
God. wherefore has thou at all brought
this people over Jordan to deliver us in
to the hand of the Amorites, to destroy
us? Would to God we had been content
and dwelt on the other side of Jordan! '
For the Canaanltes and all the Inhab
itants of the land shall hear of it. and i
shall environ us round and cut off our
uamc iiuui cat LI1. j
I am very glad Josuha said that. Be- j
fore it seemed as if he were a superna- !
tural being, and therefore could not be ;
an example to us; but I And he Is a
man, he is only a man. Just as some
times you And a man under severe op
position, or in bad state of physical
health, or worn out with overwork, ly-
lng down and sighing about everything '
being defeated. I am encouraged when
I hear this cry of Joshua as he lies in !
God comes and rouses him. How does
he rouse him? By complimentary apos
trophe? No. He says: "Get thee up.
Wherefore Hest thou upon thy face?"
Joshua rises and I warrant you, with
a mortlAed look. But his old courage
comes back. The fact was. that was not
his battle. If he had been In it he would
have gone on to victory. He gathers
his troops around him and says: "Now
let us go up and capture the city of Alj
let us go up right away.
hey march on. He puts the major
ity of the troops behind a ledge of rocks
in the night, and then he sends a com
paratively small battalion up in front
of the city. The men of Al come out
with a shout. This battalion in strat
egem fall back and fall back, and whsn
all the men of Al have left the city anl
are in pursuit of this scattered, or seem
ingly scattered, battalion, Joshua
stands on a rockI see his locks flying
In the wind as he points his spear to
wards the doomed city, and that is the
signal. The men rush out from behind
the rocks and take the city, and It is
put to the torch, and then these Israel
ites In the city march down and the
flying battalion of Israelites return, and
between these two waves of Israelltleh
prowess gain the victory; and while I
see the curling smoke of that destroyed
city on the sky, and while I hear the
huzza of the Israelites and the groan
of the Canaanltes, Joshua hears some
thing louder than It all, ringing and
echoing through his soud: "There shall
not any man be able to stand before
thee all the days of thy life."
But this Is no place for the host of
Joshua to stop. "Forward, march!"
cries Joshua to the troops. There is the
city of Glbeon. It has put itself under
the protection of Joshua. They sent
word: "There are Ave kings after us:
they are going to destroy us; send
troops quick; send us help right away."
Joshua has a three days' march more
than double quick. On the morning of
the third day he is before the enemy.
There are two long lines of battle. The
battle opens with great slaughter, but
the Canaanltes soon discover some
thing. They say: "That is Joshua; that
Is tha man who conquered the spring
freshet and knocked down the stone
wall and destroyed the city of Al. There
Is no use fighting." And they sound
a retreat, and as they begin to retreat
Joshua and his host spring upon them
like a panther, pursuing them over the
rocks, and as these Canaanltes with
sprained ankles and gashed foreheads
retreat, the catapults of the sky pour a
volley of hailstones Into the valley and
all the artillery of the heavens with
bullets of Iron pounds the Canaanltes
against the ledges of Beth-horon.
"Oh!" says Joshua, "this Is surely a
victory." "But do you not see the sun
is going down? Those Amorites aw
going to get away after all. and they
will come up some other time and bath
er us. and perhaps destroy us." See. th
sun Is going down. Oh. for a longer day
than has ever been seen in this climate!
What Is the matter with Joshua? Has
he fallen In an apoplectic fit? No. He
Is in prayer. Look out when a good man
makes the Lord his ally. Joshua raises
his face, radiant with prayer, and looks
at the descending sun over Glbeon. and
at the faint crescent of the moon, for
you know the queen of the night some
times will linger around the palaces
of the day. Pointing one hand at the
descending sun and the other hand at
the faint crescent of the moon. In the
name of that God who shaped the
worlds and moves the worlds, he cries i
"Sun. stand thou still upon Glbeon;
and thou moon. In the valley of AJa
Ion." And they stood still. Whether it
was by refraction of the sun's rays, or
by the stopping of the vrhole planetary
system. I do not know, and do not
care. I leave it to the Christian scien
tists and the infidel scientists to settle
that question, while I tell you I have
seen the same thing. "What!" say
you. "not the sun standing still?" Tea.
The same miracle is performed nowa
days. The wicked do not live out half
their day, and the sun sets at noon.
But let a man start out and battle for
God. and the truth, and against sin,
and the day of his usefulness Is pro
longed, and prolonged, and prolonged.
But it is time for Joshua to go home.
He is a hundred and ten years old.
Washington went down the Potomac,
and at Mount Vernon cloned his days.
Wellington died peacefully at Apsley
House. Now, where shall Joshua rest?
Why, he is to have his greatest battle
now. After a hundred and ten years
he has to meet a king who has more
subjects than all the present population
of the earth, his throne a pyramid of
skuUa. his parterre the graveyards and
cemeteries of the world, his chariot the
world's hearse the King of Terrors.
But If this Is Joshua's greatest battle.
It is going to be Joshua's greatest vic
tory. He gathers his friends around
him and gives his valedictory, and it
what they are going to do; old men tell
what they have done.
Dead, the old chieftain must be laid
out. Handle him very gently: that sa
cred body Is over a hundred and ten
years of age. Lay him out. stretch out
those feet that walked dry shod the
parted Jordan. Close those lips which
helped blow the blast at, which the
walls of Jericho fell. Fold the arm that
lifted the spear toward the doomed
city of Al. Fold it right over the heart
that exulted when the five kings fell.
But where shall we get the burnished
granite for the headstone and the foot
stone? I bethink myself now. I imag
ine that for the head It shall be the sun
that stood still upon Glbeon. and for
the foot, the moon that stood still in
the valley of AJalon.
MEN AND WOMEN.
John J. Ingalls Is going to be a can.
tfldate for the senate against Peffer.
Mrs. Annie Louise Cary Raymond
was thrown from a bicycle in Portland
the other day and rather painfully In
jured. Senator Cal Brice has announced his
opposition to free silver, but, as Mr.
Toots would say, "It's of no conse
quence." Mrs. Ann Damn, who died last week
at Philadelphia, was present at the
coronation of Queen Victoria. Mrs.
Dafiln was born In Hull. England, in
1806. and came to this country In 1S3S.
President Angell of the Humane So
ciety offers a prize of J".0 for the best
collection of Instantaneous photographs
of docked and over-checked horses,
with the names and addresses of their
Dr. Siemens, the electrician, has his
residence in Berlin fitted from cellar to
roof with electric appliances, and the
dining-room, kitchen and wine cellar
are connected by an electrlo railway
A snowstorm which raged In Lan
caster, Pa., and vicinity on March 1,
1892, brought down thousands of min
ute, amber colored worms.
The Central Railway of Peru crosses
the Andes at a place 15.635 feet above
sea level, an elevation equal to that of
the summit of Mount Blanc.
Tha barracks built for European sol
diers are generally far better than the
bouses of the peasantry. Chelsea bar
racks, in England, cost 245 per man.
Silk Is so cheap in Madagascar that
the poorest people wear clothing made
It Is estimated that the annual sales
of German toys In England amount tt
The weight of the earth Is calculated
by Professor Boys at 5.832.064.000,000,
It Is claimed that there are fifty-five
dogs In the United Kingdom to every
Most of the black pearls In existence
come from the dark-tipped oyster ot
IS A DEEP. THINKER.
CLARENCE S. DARROW FAVORS
The Great Chicago Scholar Sees In It
the Redemption of the Wage Earn
ing Classes New Lights on the
It would perhaps be Impossible to de
termine why gold and silver are used
for money. The so-called civilized na
tions of the earth in this, as in most
other customs, followed the barbarous
nations, which had generally come to
regard these metals as the best for
purposes of exchange.
In ancient times they circulated as
they do to-day, because of the intrinsic
value of the coins. It required a com
paratively large amount of labor to
produce the metals; they were not
found in so great a quantity, and there
fore they were valuable as compared
with most of the other metals and prod
ucts of the earth. In early days all
exchange was barter, and all business
was done for cash. When goods were
sold an equivalent was given. It was
therefore necessary to have some "uni
versal solvent" that could b exchanged
for any commodity the purchaser might
desire. Gold and silver gradually came
to be regarded as this "universal sol
vent." ami when commodities were
bought and sold they were simply ex
changed for so much of those metals
as were equal to the value of the goods.
In those days when commodities were
rare, when business was limited, when
transactions were all made In cash. It
was supposed or assumed that the gold
and silver of the world were for some
unknown reason of about the right
quantity to do the work. In these days,
when production is Infinitely greater,
when distribution and exchange is the
principal business of the world and in
comparably more than then, when all
business is done in a different manner
than in primitive times, it Is still as
sumed that there is substantially the
right amount of gold and silver to do
the business of the world. No one
has ever attempted to show how much
money business needs or what are the
natural laws that govern the use of
money In the exchange of g;oods. It Is
assumed to-day, as It was a thousand
years ago, that the so-called precious
metals are found and can be found in
the right quantities to satisfy the re
quirements of trade, and also to fulfill
the other functions for which these
metals are employed.
It is claimed and conceded on all
hands that gold and silver circulate be
cause of their Intrinsic value; that
these metals are money, and that all
other forms of currency are promises to
pay money; that in the last analysis
all debts and all exchanges must be
paid in coin. It must follow from this
that the greater the amount of coin
the les3 Is its value per ounce or pound.
and that it is always to the Interest of
the debtor to Increase the volume of
money, and to the Interest of the cred
itor to diminish the amount. How the
volume of currency affects those who
are neither debtors nor creditors Is a
matter of pure speculation, as no one
has ever proved, or seemingly tried to
prove, how much coin is required to do
the business of the world. The chief
equities In the controversy over gold
and silver are between the debtor and
It is practically undisputed that from
the formation of the government up to
1S73 sliver held at least an equal place
before the law as the legal money of
the land. All debts were payable In so
many ounces of silver or so many
ounces of gold, as the debtor might
elecL All the gold and silver that could
be obtained either by exchange or by
digging In the earth was available for
the liquidation of indebtedness.
It Is claimed that the Increased pro
duction of silver and the demonetiza
tion of this metal by other nations so
added to its volume as to make It no
longer fitted to perform the function of
money, at least equally with gold.
The value of gold and silver, like that
of all other commodities, is governed by
the law of supply and demand. A lit
tle more than half the gold and silver
of the world Is used as money; the rest
is used for otaer well-known purposes.
A great Increase In silver without an
enlarged demand must decrease its
value. And. equally, diminishing the
amount of the circulating medium with- i
out decreasing its use must increase
its value. If silver could be shoveled
out of the earth as easily a3 sand it
would ber.ome cheaper. Under free coin- j
age the owner of 412V2 grains could go
to the mint and have a dollar mark
placed upon his coin and it must be
taken to liquidate a dollar's worth of
debts. As silver grew cheaper, the j
prices of all commodities would neces
sarily rise. On the other hand, if the
United States, using both gold and sil
ver as money, should determine that
silver should no longer be coined, but
that gold must fill the place of both,
then gold would necessarily rise and
the price of all other commodities pro
portionately fall. The full measure of
this change would not be realized at
once, but gradually the law of supply
and demand would enhance the value
of the article that in this manner was
compelled to do double duty until the
prices had adjusted themselves to the
decreased volume of circulating me
dium. Prices did not fall Immediately upon
the demonetization of bilver In 1S73.
Land and commodities have a certain
value that has been gradually given
then by the laws trade. To change rec
ognized values in the absence of a panic
is a slow process, and the full effect of
decreasing the volume of money could
not be reached for years after the
cause had commenced to operate. Shut
ting off the steam in a locomotive does
not stop the loaded train at once. This
change has been constantly going on
for twenty years. Every year in this
time the creditor has been able to de
mand more thanbe debtor agreed to
pay. It will go on until the adjustment
If it be assumed that the increased
production of silver and its decreased
use by other nations has cheapened the
commodity to the detriment of tha
creditor, does It make it honest to de
monetize silver and demand par !
If a note was given to be paid in
wheat and In the year the note came
due the production of wheat had
doubled so that the note could be paid
more easily than either the debtor or
the creditor had reason to expect,
would it not ctlll be Just to pay in wheat
and should not the debtor profit by the
increased production of the commodity
In which he agreed to pay? Should the
creditor be allowed to change the con
tract by demanding "spring" wheat or
"fall" wheat for his debt? If the pro
duction of money Increased after the
debt was made. Is It not right that
the debtor should profit by this In
crease? If the production of money
had decreased, would the creditor have
asked to change the law to include cop
per or Iron In the circulating medium,
because gold and silver were too scarce?
He would still have demanded his
"pound of flesh." If It Is easier to pay
than It was then supposed, he has no
right to demand more than the pound.
Whether silver is cheaper because of
Increased production in America or be
cause of the smaller use in Europe can
not effect the equity of the case. When
gold and silver were made money tho
debtor had the right to get them any
where on the earth as cheaply as he
When It Is contended that the In
crease of silver makes money cheaper.
It must be admitted that destroying
silver and leaving gold to do the work
makes money dearer.
It Is deliberately contended that gold
alone should pay debts, and yet it is
nowhere proposed that the debts should
be discounted to make up for the in
creased value of gold.
The talk of "international agree
ment" is only a delusion and a snare.
To urge that an international agree
ment should be had is to concede the
whole case, and admit that the blmet
allist is right. This controversy is be
tween the use of gold alone and the use
equally of gold and silver, and neither
Internationalism nor ratio has any
bearing on the case.
If the American sends his wheat to
Europe he will not take silver unless the
silver Is worth more than the wheat.
If silver becomes plenty prices will rise,
but this is the only effect, and this Is
certainly no reason why both gold and
silver should not continue to be the
money of the land. Silver is a valu
able commodity used in every country
of the world, and one of the chief prod:
ucts of the United States. There Is no
more danger that America can have too
much silver than that she can have too
much gold or too much iron.
The question of ratio has nothing to
do with the controversy. So long as
money circulates because of its com
modity value all kinds of money should
be of about the same value. Gold anil
silver have remained of nearly the same
relative value for nearly 100 years. It
Is possible that over long periods of
time It Is desirable that the ratio
should be changed. The exact ratio at
which two articles will exchange Is a
question not of theory, but of practice.
To enlarge the use of silver would nec
essarily Increase Its value. It would
likewise necessarily decrease the value
of gold, as both commodities would
then be used to perform the nev- work
now done by gold alone.
Up to 1S73 silver and gold were
coined on a ratio of 16 to 1; they should
be restored to that basis. If it is then
found by experiment that the ratio is
not the proper one, as governed by the
laws of trade, the ratio should be
changed for convenience until they
float together, but in making the
change neither the debtor nor the cred
itor should be asked to bear all the loss.
The silver dollar should be made larger
and the gold dollar proportionately
smaller until they circulate together.
It Is, however, not necessary that
they should be of equal value. Sup
pose the cheaper money does drie out
the dearer what of it? Not a dollar's
worth of gold will leave America with
out a full equivalent in something.
This is the law of trade. If it should
all go to Europe we would get some
thing worth more to U3 than the gold
we sent away, and with this some
thing and the productions of the coun
try we can buy it back if it must be
had. If silver should be cheaper prop
erty would be sold and debts contract
ed on the basis of this money, and no
harm could result. That some con
tracts have been made in gold only
shows how the powerful nullify the
law. To restore silver so that it will
equally perform the function of money
will increase the supply of money and
thus make It cheaper. It will make
gold cheaper while it enhances the
price of silver.
In the history of the country gold has
sometimes been cheaper and silver has
sometimes been cheaper, but business
was done the same. Man does not live
by gold alone, whatever Its advocates
In this issue there ought to be no
chance for men to be deceived; those
who are not for bimetallism are for
gold. If we are to wait for England
we must wait forever, and all financiers
know it well. Both common sense and
a moderate degree of national pride
and independence ought to show the
folly of waiting for England. England
owns the bonds and credits of the
world; the scarcer the money the more
she is able to demand. If we are bound
to follow England in dropping silver
and taking gold she might equally com
pel us to drop gold and take diamonds.
For America to wait for England to
consent to bimetallism could only have
been paralleled by the slaves In the
south waiting for tho masters to con
sent to freedom.
CLARENCE S. DARROW.
THE SUNDAY SCHOOL
LESSON X. JUNE 9 "THE WALK
The Golden Text:
lie Opened to Cs
the Scriptures" Lake XIV: 13-32
Jesas Reveals Himself to His FoV
Introductory: Jesus appeared thivt
times in the morning of the first Easter
day, and then left the disciples to be
come gradually accustomed to the ac
of His resurrection. Emmaus was a vil
lage seven or eight miles from Jerusa
lem. The name means "warm water,"
probably for baths. The site is uncer
tain. I. An Afternoon Walk, verses 13-11.
13. In the afternoon of that same day"
he appe'ared to "two of them." One
was Cleopas (an abbreviation of Cleo
patras), of whom we know nothing, for
the name is not the same as Clopas
(John xlx.: 23:) Cambridge Bible. The
other one's name Is unknown.
14. "And they talked together of all
these things." Their conversation nat
urally turned on the all-a'orbir.g
question of the hour.
II. Jesus Joins Them, verr.es 1C-2I.
15. "While they communed," Talked
together "Jesus Himself drew near."
Jesus was already walking with them
when they observed Him. Vincent.
16. "Hut their eyes were holden." In
what way is not said, but a partial ex
planation Is given in Mark xvi.:12.
where it Is said that he appeared in
17. "What manner of communications
are these?" Implies that they were dis
cussing with some earnestess.
15. "And Cleopas said unto Him."
Literally, "Dost Thou alone sojourn at
Jerusalem and not know?" Have You
Just come, and so not heard? or do You
live wholly alone, and hence do not
19. "And He sail unto them. 'What
things? " In order to draw out their
opinions. "A prophet, mighty In deed
and word before Cod." However. th3
death of Jesus had made them doubt
His Messlashlp. they had no doubt that
He was a prophet.
20. "Our rulers have cruci
fied Him." Treated Him as a malefac
tor. 21. "But we trusted." Rather. we
hoped. "That It had been Me which
should have redeemed Israel." The de
liverance from Home, a new kingdom of
Israel. "And beside all this, to-day is
the third day." Referring either to the
length of time as extinguishing all
hope, or to a reminiscence of the prom
ise of Jesus that he would rise on the
third day, and the reports may be tru?
and there is hope.
III. Jesus Opens the Scripture, 25 27:
25. 'Then he said unto them. O fools."
Not "fools" in the sense In which it is
now used. Lack of personal. Indepen
dent thought. Reluctance to receive
truth which Is opposed to time and pre
judice. 'To believe alL" They believed
a portion of what the prophets taught,
and rejected many things they could
not reconcile with what they did be
lieve. IV. Jesus Reveals Himself, verses 23
32: 2S. "The village." Emmaus. Prob
ably the home of one of then. He
made as though he would have gone
further." He certainly would have gone
had he not been invited.
23. "Hut they constrained him."
Pressed him with urgent entreaties.
"To tarn with them." His personal
friendship and love, his words and wis
dom and help, are some of the blessings
that flow from the abiding presence of
30. "Sat at meat." Reclined at the
table. "He took bread." or the loaf,
thus assuming the position of master.
"Blessed it," Gave thinks.
31. "And their eyes were opened."
Whatever had hitherto held their eyes
was taken away. Confirmed by th.3
fact that "He vanished out of thir
sight," like one of supernatural power.
"His place is empty, but His love is
32. "Did not our hearts burn within
us?" Glowing with feeling and Inter
est, kindling with desires after a better
life, with love and joy and hope. "While
He opened to us the Scriptures." The
Old Testament, their entire Scriptures.
Soon after Jesus left them, they has
tened back to Jerusalem, to report tha
wonderful Interview to the disciples.
Count Tolstoi has another book, callea
"Priceless Wealth and the Trouble At
tached to It."
The Scotch banks have reduced the
rates of interest on deposits to 1 per
cent, the lowest rate known.
A new symphonic poem by Siegfried
Wagner, based on Schiller's "Sehn
sucht," will be performed this spring
For a charity festival In Brussels re
cently the sculptors got up a novel ex
hibition of statues executed in snow In
one of the parks.
Forage made up in the form of bricks
is being tried by the French war office.
The bricks are made of hay, oats and
bran In cakes as hard as a board and
can be handled easily.
Berlin proposes to have an Interna
tional art exhibition next year. The
Association of Berlin Artists, with An
ton von Werner, the painter, at Its
head, has the matter In charge.
Alluvial and reef gold has been dis
covered In Madagascar at Antinahaka,
north of Antananarivo. A thousand
ounces were taken by native workers
from a strip of ground twenty feet by
M. DIeulafoy, who. with his wife, ex
plored the ruins of Susa, has been elect
ed to the French Academle des In
scriptions. Mme. DIeulafoy not only re
ceived the Legion of Honor for her
share in the work, but also the tight
to wear men's clothes In public.
CHIPS AND SHAVINCS.
It Is claimed that the Grand falls on
the Hamilton river In Labrador have
a drop of 300 feet.
The Chicago police have a modern
Fagin" who paid boys 50 cents for
stolen gold watches
As vast as Alaska Is, and as Incal
culable as is Its M-ealth, we paid Rus
sia for it less than half a cent an acre.
A white-headed vulture captured in
the year 170S and taken to the aviary
at Schoenbrunn castle, Vienna, lived
until 1S26 US years.
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