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December 12, 1895
New Series ol
Consolidation of the
Farmers Alliance and Xeb. Independent.
The Wealth Makers Publishing Company,
1120 U Bt, Lincoln, Nebraska.
Okorhs Howard Gibsoii Editor
j. h. 11 r ATT.. ......w-.. ....... -.Business Manager
'N. I. P. A.
"If any man mnt fall tor me to rise,
Then seek I not to climb. Another's pain
I choose not for raj good. A golden cbaln,
A rob of bonor, le too good a price
To tempt my hnsty band to do a wrong
Unto a fellow man. This life hath woe
Sufficient, wrought by man's sataDlc foe;
And who that bath a heart would dare prolong
Or add a aorrow to a stricken soul
That seeks a beallng balm to make It whole?
My boaom own the brotherhood of man."
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ter of this story, which alone is worth
much more than the dollar to renew for
one whole year ,
The president is out hunting game; the
people are out huut'mg jobs.
The Secretary of War recommendsthat
the size of the standing army be increas
ed one-sixth.
Senator Chandler has introduced a
bill providing for the unlimited coinage
of cold and silver at the ratio of 1 to
15 when similar laws hare been enact
ed bf England, France and Germany.
Secretary IIoke Smith in his report
says the Pacific Railroad debt, now ma
turing, may be in part saved by taking
up the first mortgage bonds, $G4,G00,
000, the property being worth vastly
The Secretary of the Navy calls for in
creased appropriations to get our navy
rendy to fight the nations of Europe.
What for? To distract attention and
make the oppressed classes lose sight ol
the injustice of our own government?
Eua nb V. Debs is the logical People's
party ididate for president in '96. No
other ,an could poll half tlie labor votes
he would. Let the people honor with
their suffrages the man imprisoned with
out jury trial, without law, by a judicial
despot, a tool of the corporations.
To Debs will remain the honor of lead
ing the first sympathetic strike. Had all
organized workers been sufficiently un
selfish to likewise sympathize with their
fellowworkmen the strike could not have
failed. Henry D. Lloyd at the great
Debs reception in Chicago, said to the
assembled thousands: "A sympathetic
strike is orthodox thnstiauity in ac
tion." '
Some P. M's. are offering to send the
renewals of our subscribers, and without
their knowledge take from each dollar
twenty-five cents commission. This
comes out of us, in such cases, and does
not benefit our patrons. It is not three
minutes work to enclose ones own sub
scription aud it will save us a fourth of
a year's subscription, in many cases.
Remember this, frieuds.
Senator Stewart has introduced
free silver bill. Mills has offered a bill to
coin all the silver in the Treasury
into subsidiary coin, to issue non-interest
bearing legal tender treasury notes to
meet revenue deficiencies, and providing
that when gold in the Treasury exceeds
1100,000,000 notes shall be redeemed in
either gold or silver, but when the reserve
falls below that figure notes shall be re
deemed in silver only.
The New York World reports that the
Vauderbilts.Thornleys, Ex-Mayors Hew
itt and Grace, Frank Rockefeller aud F,
B. Squire of the Standard Oil company,
and Herman Frasch of Cleveland, Ohio,
havi formed a combination of million
aires to work the sulphur mines of Cul
casieu i'arisn, ia. liy a new process
these mines sulphur is pumped to the
surface at a very small expense and they
win e anie to control the world s mai-
. fcet.T)wT will own the sulphur in this
Representative Dolliver, the Republican
orator or Iowa, writing in the December
North American Review, says:
"From the Republican point of view
nothing is needed to restore normal busi
ness ronditionsexcepta full treasury, and
a sjwedy return to favorable trade rela
tions with the world,"
The leu ding Republican idea is, in other
words, take more out of the pockets of
the people, enough to keep the public
treasury lull.
Doesn't that sound good? More taxes
to save us from bankruptcy, mortgage
foreclosures and pauperism!
"And a speedy return to favorable
trade relations with the world."
What does that moan? Isn't that idea
Democratic claptrap? What but tariff
and lack of money stand in the way of
enlarging our trade with the world?
And does the Republican party propose
to reduce the tariff and increase or equit
ably distribute our supply of money?
Neither, my son. It isn't built that
way. The Republican party is made up
of three elements, viz., iguorance, greed
and hypocrisy.
It is wickedly ignorant of the cause of
periodic hard times. What caused the
panic and hard times period in the '70s,
when the Republicans had been in power
twelve years and more? Was it low
taxes and the Republican established
trade relations with other nations?
Is this nation suffering because we can
not sell goods to the people of other na
tions, or because our own people cannot
buy what they need? What we want is
legislation that will put a stop to en
forced uuder-coneumptiou on the part of
the producing classes of our own people.
We are being robbed, under cover of Re
publican and Democratic legislation, and
cannot buyout of the market the equiva
lent of what we all produce and pour in
to it. That is what causes dull markets,
falling prices, business paralysis, millions
unemployed, the steady concentration of
wealth and spread of poverty. Yet the
politicians of both old parties, the con
trolling spirits, shut their eyes to this
truth and go on accusing the opposite
party of some inconsequent or compara
tively unimportant legislation as the
great cause of evil. The blind are lead
ing the blind, and there is not one honest,
enlightened, fearless legislator in fifty.
The great bulk of our lawmakers are
professional, hypocritical, self-seeking
politicians. Their principal labor is to
deceive the masses of the people, not to
serve them. They serve the corporations
and themselves. If we had had no laws
passed in the last quarter of a century
and saved the enormous expense, we
would have been very much better off.
But with no new radical laws to cut off
wealth concentration, laws which will re
duce the flow of interest, the "profit" of
capital aud the rent of land, we shall in
a few years more see the basis of liberty
such portion of it as is left bought
from under us, and shall be plunged into
the pit of hopeless poverty and slavery,
So says the Supreme Court in the case
of the State vs. Kx-Treasurer Hill, decid
ed last Saturday. No man is legally
liable for the steal of $236,000, is the
court pronouncement, aud the state will
have to stand the loss. The Republican
officials whose business it was to exam
ine the bonds given as security for the
state funds deposited by the Republican
state treasurer, did not investigate the
security, did not look into thenotorious-
ly rotten affairs of Outcalt and Mosher;
but as they were Republican officials
they could not be impeached or punftued.
And, after all, what is the little matter of
a quarter of a million dollars to the tax
payers of the great and glorious state of
Nebraska? The rotten Republican ring
got the money. It was distributed
among the men who run the state politi
cal ft. o. p. machine; aud didn't the Re
publican party save the nation? Why.the
nation, the people and all they possess,
belongs to the Republican party, world
without end. Who cau question it, in the
light of the great war history? Steal,
tax, and plunder foreverinore, and don't
feel obliged to make any excuses at all,
for the saved country necessarily belongs
to its savior.
God's kingdom is spiritual, industrial,
The family has preserved among men
the idea of the world that should Do, a
world where love rules. In many fanii
lies the ideal unity of love, making happi
ness, is realized so far as it can be realiz
ed by the limited number of the home
circle. Industrial sacrifice in the home
circle is sweet, is not loss, but gain, and
allarebouud together by it. But we
have not accepted this law of love, of
sacrifice, as binding on us beyond the
circle ol wile and children, family is
arrayed against family in industrial
competition and commercial struggle,
and this trartsmutes family love into sel
fish motive and makes the homo circles
units of selfishness. We fence off a little
fold for the family, but make, after all,
only wolf dens, pluces where the selfish
retire to live lovingly with wife and child
ren. This is not Christianity. Nor can
charity or philanthropy, no matter how
lavish the gifts, make the commercial
struggle, which precedes charity, just or
Christian. Itis not true that all business
is done by what has been called
"Ths simple role, tbe good old plan.
Tig trm-jutt) yhQ p as the powsr,
Even those who wish to do only good
are, by each sale aud purchase they make,
involved in the selfish business system
which by commercial struggle and mono
poly power decrees unjust wages and
prices, and so spreads poverty and de
pendence on the one hand, and concen
trates wealth and power on the other.
We share in this sin, out of which spring
nil other sins, making it the source of
about all the evils in the world, until we
tuke ourselves out of the system and no
longer sell and buy our services. Charity
that is content to shore in and continue
the commercial struggle, the respectable
selfishness of the market place, is itself a
sin against equal love and justice.
With the exception of here and there a
minister, or an "unlicensed layman, the
church does not condemn the respectable
seitinhness of the every da business
world. It cannot, so long as it continues
to practice the same thing. Its preachers
and teachers, with some exceptions, are
not alive to the fact that this universal
unrebuked selfishness Bbown in buying
and selling aud the pursuit of private
property, is the rejection of God's law
and Christ's example, and that out of its
activities flow all the social evils and
multiplied temptations which afflict man
kind. It kills love between man and man,
and fills the world with all the unhappy
and miserable consequences of selfish
ness. We no longer have in the churches
and few realize that it is necessary to
have labor communion, the perpetual
seven-days-in-the-week Christian sacra
ment, of equally dividing with and unre
servedly serving one another. And the
church Is blind to the fact that her com
munion with God is cut off, is made for
mal and unreal, because we have refused
communion with our brothers, the com
munion of week-day constant service.
Communion with God ceases when we
cease to love one another as we love our
selves. The communion of words and
emblems is a lie, a mere formality, be
cause the communion of labor is, by self
separation and self-exaltation, cut off.
Talk does not cost much; labor is love's
measure. It Is not tne mere story oi
Christ that saves, but the Christ-life
lived today. Men cannot be reached by
mere words on Sunday; neither will God
hear and forgive us when we then cease
for the twenty-four hours the selfish
struggle, 'though we bestow all our
goods to feed the poor;' for almsgiving
The Painful Reality
How sad, how evil Is the sight,
When those who "love the Lord,"
On Monday still for mammon fight,
And bo destroy his word!
Each 'seeks his own,' and counts as fair
Whata'er the world allows; ' '
He grasps, who can, the larger share, .
Nor heeds his Christian vowsl
In fact, the law of equal love
Is skipped In business life;
And can It be that Ood above
Objects to selfish strife?
A brother's trembling words and sighs
On Sunday move the heart;
But moans, and groans, and fainting cries,
Are drowned In Monday's mart.
The selfish rob, and brothers need
A neighbor's strength and earn;
But those who pass propose a creed,
And, Sunday, offer prayer,
Gkobgk Uowahd Gibson.
can never Dnoge over ana unite tne
hearts which week-day selfishness sepa
rates. Despite our professions, the prac
tical assumption that we own our
selves and that the property we can
command justly belongs to us, except
perhaps what we should give to pay
preachers for talking, leaves us little save
words and charity with which to
commune with others, and our week-day
selfishness digs impassable gulfs between
us. Charity repels all except beggars,
and words that are not backed by un
mistakably nnselfish deeds are as sound
ing brass.
The basis or means of communion to
unite men's hearts is not knowledge, or
culture, or charity, but labor. It is not
by words, but by labor, that we com
mune with or come in to the life and love
of God, the good things which support,
develop and enrich our lives being all by
labor obtained. It is by labor alone
that we may know God, grasp the good
of His gifts, distribute them to meet all
wants, and bind all hearts together and
to him. The labor of the humblest is
trunsmutable into the life of the highest,
or most developed. And the joy of the
greatest, is the joy of service, of pouring
out. Labor is the one common human
power, and both the divine and human
ife-mediurn. But there are two kinds of
labor, the free and the hired, or purchas
ed. The labor that is bought and sold
brings no union, no spiritual communion,
calls forth no love on either side.
Tuade is a device that separates. Ser
vice must be free, voluntary, unpriced.
We must labor for the joy of serving. All
must labor or be unloved.
Trade began, as Sir Henry Maine tells
us, not within the family or community,
but without. Its first appearances are
on the borderland between hostile tribes.
There, in time of peace, they meet to
trade, and think it no Bin that "the buy
er must beware, since the buyer is an
enemy. Trade has spread thence, carry
iug with itself, into the family and the
state, the poison of enmity. From the
fatherhood of the old patrichical life,
whjre father and brother sold each other
nothing, the world has chaffered along
to the anarchy ol a "free" trade, a com
mercial Ishmaelitism, which sens every
thinir. "One thinu after another has
out from ths
regime ot brotiier-
1 A :
"When Lamennals said, 'I love my
family more than myself, my village more
than mv family, my country more thuti
my village, aud mankind more than my
country' he showed himself uot only a
good lover, but the only good arithmeti
cian," says the author of Wealth Against
The individual has no right to be self
centered. The family has no right to be
self-centered. The co-operative commu
nity has no right to be self-centered. The
nation or commonwealth has no right to
be self-centered.
The family, into which children are
born, was planned to be the training
school of love, where they should be
taught the delight of unselfishness and
be prepared to practice it as the rule of
life, in the labor and service exchanges
which should constitute the entire life of
the community of which the single family
is, or should be, an organic part.
The church of Christ was instituted to
command repentance of selfishness, to
require equal love to our neighbor, aud
so to gather together the property
divided, contending, self-centered fami
lies, making them one communal family,
one industrial organism. The church
into which theselflsh should be regenerat
ed, is, properly, and should make itself,
the growing family, community and
kingdom of industrially organized un
selfish families. The church must teach
as Christ taught, that the property and
labor of each, the entire personal endow
ments and acquirements, must be coin
munized, justas the disciples were "added
together" and had "all things common."
It must be reorganized, that it may labor
to supply all wants, and not merely talk
pray and give alms; so it must make its
members actually members one of anoth
er, a body whose interests in production
and exchange of services cannot be sepa
rated. As the human body cannot be
divided, so the Christian body divided
cannot be a body, cannot exist with
divided contending interests.
Whatl Can the eye struggle in the
market place with the hand, contending
as to to price of service, or the terms of
exchange? May Christ's members sell
their services and compare eye, ear, hand
and brain values, contending for gain
and service one of another?
Such acts are prostitution and profa
nation. It dismembers the Christ, drives
his Spirit from among us, and sacrifices
his broken body upon the altar of Mam
A Beautiful Dream
"How sweet, how heavenly Is the sight,
When those who love the Lord,
In one another's peace delight,
And so fulfill his wordl
"When each can feel his brother's sigh,
) And with hira bear a part! ,
When sorrow flows from eye to eye.
And Joy from heart to heartl
When, free from envy, scorn and pride,
Our wishes all above.
Each can bis brothers-fallings hide,
And show a brother's lovel
"When love. Id one delightful stream.
Through every bosom flows,
When nnlon sweet, with dear esteem,
In every action glows.
"Love is the golden chain that binds
The happy souls above;
And he's an heir of heaven who finds
His bosom glow with love."
W. H. Haverqal.
This world cannot be made any better
under the present each-for-himself com
mercial struggle and the church sanction
of private property. In the degree that
wealth is concentrating the world is grow
ing worse, more Belfish, more miserable,
The churches must awake, must hear the
volceof God and repent of their divisions
and family separations of property inter
ests, or they are apostate. It cannot be
denied that about all the evils which
afflict men are bred and nourished by the
each-for-himself commercial struggle for
gain, for power to command service, and
that theaccepted system makes Ishmael
tes of us all.
The day the young man (or woman)
leaves home and enters the world of busi
ness he finds its atmosphere, its controll
ing spirit, to be the opposite of the home
spirit. In the business world men are
ruled by a cold, hard, grasping, cruel
selfishness. Love cannot live in it, can
not breathe its breath. This is not say
ing that in it men do not freely, without
price, sometimes helpeach other, incident
ally, but that is not "business." It is
selfish force that runs business, rules
commercial relations, settles the price of
products, the wages of labor, the scale of
each man's living, their social positions,
the grade of wealth or poverty which
each enjoys or suffers. Each from the
start, (if his parents are not of the rich,
ruling class) is left to fight his own way;
he must fight under a system of private
property; and if he succeeds it is in large
degree at the cost of others who fail.
"Success," so-called, is measured by mo
ney, the amount acquired. To be grasp
ing, to gain in exchange all one can and
give as little as one must, to care daily
and hourly only for one's own family
and wring tribute from others by mono-
no! v tower. is to win success anil the re-
specfc of the wealth-worshiping world
From the beginning to the end of bum
uess life selfishness must be cultivated,
social good indulged in only incidentally,
after business hours, and costly genero
sity suppressed, or delayed till after
death, that a sufficient accumulation of
property may insure ones life against
possible losses and consequent needs
In the each-for-himself business system
of the present, whole classes must fail
rvimmon laborers must work hard and
alwavs be poor. Mechanics can rarely
eir neeas.
Farmers never
they do it by some otlier means than
farming. Ninety-five per cent of the mer
chants fail. And the overcrowded ranks
of the learned professions keep a con
siderable percentage of the lawyers, doc
tors, and ministers in poverty and press
ing need.
Tbe aggressive corrupting power of the
selfish business standard is a fact that
should fill us with a great fear. For sel
fishness in being universally accepted as
the law or ruling impulse in the business
world, acquires such a respectability
that it proceeds forthwith to play the
hypocrite and so run the political world;
and religion not having interfered with
it in business, of course has no influence
worth mentioning against it in its
schemes of legislation, and selfish or
class legislation does not wait for the
hell of another world, but creates hell
hereall aboutus, and issinking us deeper
and deeper into it all the time. If wo re
ject the law of heaven as impracticable,
we have for our sole alternative the law
of hell; and we plunge ourselves and our
posterity into misery with the fool notion
that it is the only practicable thing to
We heard a minister say in his sermon
Doc. 8th, last, that, notwithstanding the
hard times, his people, and the church as
a whole, were not doing a tenth part
what they ought to do, might do, to
spread "the gospel."
Well, why? (The man who said this is,
as of the best of those who
are struggling to make people Christ-like
under the old each-for-himself comrner
cial system.)
The reason is plain, to the social, ethi
cal student. If it is right and necessary
to be selfish, self-centered, to care only
for ones own family six days in the week,
it must be right and necessary to hold
on to what one has so accumulated on
Sunday. So there is always a most la
mentable religious coldness when the
contribution box is passed. The churches
(except those where the rich monopolists
worship) are always financially straiten
ed, appealing hard for funds, and never
getting a tenth part of what they ought
to get, according to their own state
ments. The missionary boards and reli
gious colleges and seminaries are also
always greatly hampered by lack of
means, by the spirit of selfishness
which gripes the pure strings of com
municants so-called. The selfish, pri
vate-property-seeking standard of the
commercial world, universally accepted
by the church, thus chokes the life out of
religion and reduces it to a dead form, to
beautiful words and ceremonies, or to a
sickly life of compromise with oues
partly enlightened conscience.
The selfish business system with its
aggressive, liberty-absorbing "property
rights" leads straight on to revolu
tion. Politics, permeated with the each-
for-himself immoral standard or principle
of business, cannot be purified. The
church, allowing this selfish standard of
might to rule and herself using it six
days out of the seven, has practically
surrendered the standard of Jesus, of
Jehovah, and there is no salvation for
either the church or the world, unless the
selfish business code is repented cf and
the opposite principle of love, equal love
to our neighbor, is en throned above it to
govern us
It is unquestionably true that the
Christ taught communism or labor
communion of the apostolic church
was according: to the will of God, the
Holy Spirit, and the will orjaw of God
has not changed, cannot change., The
Holy Spirit is the uniting, harmonizing
Spirit of the whole, the all; and breathed
upon Christ's disciples it united their
divided hearts and minds and property
interests. It began to overcome sin,
separation, selfish strife, commercial
anarchy and social chaos by organiz
ing the hitherto self-centered individuals
into a society for all mutual service,
Families ceased to be selfish as families;
the lawof equalizing love was recognized
and manifested by them. And that first
Christian organism, the social body of
Christ, filled with the divine Spirit, was
not ill-advised, unnatural, or in any wise
a failure. Persecution broke it up, and
as the disciples wherever they went met
with persecutions, it was not possible
for them in those times to stay organized
as communes and live openly in unob
structed helpfulness. Life, nevertheless,
depends on contact, association, ex
change of services. So it was in the power
of enthroned selfishness to scatter the
disciples, suppress their freedom, divide
their forces, destroy their uncorrupted
leaders, and crowd them back into the
old commercial habits and the weakness
of individual isolation. But, when firet
scattered, wherever they went they held
up Christ as the world's example and
preached the law not alone of Christ's
sacrifice, but of mutual and universal
sacrifice as the means of salvation. It
was not an invisible, internal, individual
gospel merely, but a manifest, selfishness-destroying
social gospel. It was
not possible to make a good profession
and slide into the church unnoticed, while
keeping back part of the price, as two
tried to do. The primi'tive gospel was
not mystical, or metaphysical, or ob
scure, but simple love, that poured itself
out to save men from the conditions and
spirit of selfishness. It was both spiri
tual and material, material things being
the recognized medium of the spiritual,
were therefore of very great importance.
Paul emphatically taught that first fun
damental law given to man, that each
, .t,,.-,,.! ffkjT! prrW to he, honest, in
order to be helpful, "tat your own
bread." "If any will not work neither
let him eat." And do you think Paul or
Christ would say, the question of what is
our bread may be settled by either com
petitive or monopoly force? Yet these
are the forces which make all prices and
establish the market values today.
The best, most advanced minds of Lin
coln haveorganized a Social Science Club
to discuss the pressing questions of the
day. ' Prominent men will each Sunday
evening address the club on subjects of
their own individual choosing, thirty
minutes to be occupied, and the remain
ing time will be occupied in discussing
the paper or speech. Judge Cornish
speaks next Sunday evening, and the
editor of The Wealth Makers on tbe
following Sunday. All are welcome. A.
O. U. W. Hall, 1114 0 St.
Cleveland says, "The governmeuthas
paid in gold more than nine-tenths of its
United States notes and Btill owes them
all." A false statement. Whom were
tiie greenbacks first paid to as money to
discharge a debt? To the soldiers. And
if they were good money to pay the sol
diers for fighting to preserve the nation
they are good enough for all other
classes. There was no government debt
incurred for them except to the soldiers,
and they were by them accepted as can
celling the debt. Cleveland has made
himself the mouthpiece and tool of the
bankers to utter their falsehoods and
financial sophistries.
Do the Fopulists of this state prefer a
characterless company of professional
politicians, traders, tricksters, drunk
ards, whore-masters and self-centered
timeservers to conduct a state paper for
them, rather than the sort of men who
have for two years and more published
The Wealth Makers? An effort is be
ing made by a few fellows to start a
paper that will, they hope, kill The
Wealth Makers and leave them undis
turbed in their efforts to work the Popu
list party for their own benefit.
A Christian civilization, did you say?
What is there Christian, or Christ-like
about it? It is a civilization built upon
the business maxim, "each for himself. ,r
In politics and legislation it is the same,
n religion the great thing impressed is
self-security, the need to "save your own
soul," from future punishment. A Chris
tian civilization would exercise faith in
Christ's teaching, that 'It is more blessed
to give than to gain.' Each would be
eager to serve, instead of to gain power
to command service.
Do you want to read the new story to
be begun in The Wealth Makers next .
week? Then renew your subscription at
once, we cannot anord to send you tne
paper unless you pay for it. The story
will cost us many times the price of your
subscription for one whole year. Send in
the dollar at once.
The two Populist members of the Ken
tucky legislature hold the balance of
power and can elect a U. S. senator. The
Republicans have 58 men, the Demo
crats 58.
There is great danger of "a holy war,"
we are told. What kind of a war?
The Review of Reviews for December,
in its "Progress of the World" depart
ment, plunges as usual into the discus
sion of important current topics. The
assembling of the Fifty-fourth Congress,
at home, and the disturbed condition of
Turkey and some of the European pow
ers at this moment present questions
which call for exteuded comment this
month. The editor also devotes several
paragraphs to the boundary dispute be
tween Great Britain and Venezuela, and
the result of the recent elections in the
various states are reviewed and sum
marized. But this department of the
Review is by no means confined in its
range to political or governmental
affairs; it "covers" such subjt-cts as the
foundation of the Luther League of
America, the doings of Schlatter, the so
called "Healer," in Denver, noteworthy
events in the educational world (Mr.
Rockefeller's latest gift to the University
of Chicago, the inauguration of a new
president at Colgate University, etc.,)
and biographical notes on important
men aud women who have died during
the month (Eugene Field, Signor Bough
and others.)
The Century for December comes to
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us in holiday uress ana is mil oi gouu
things. Its distinctive Christinas fea
tures are, a paper by Edith Coues on
Tissot's "Lifo of Christ," with twelve
illustrations, one by Annie S. Peck, on
"The Passion Day at Vorder-Thiersee,"
and a Christmas Btory, "Captain s
Bust Ear," by Frank H. Stockton. "Oue
Way Out," a paper by Jacob A. Riis,
describes a farm sdhool established in
Westchester county, N. Y., for the train
ing of children from the slums of the
city, which promises to be a means of
creat good. Other attractions are
"Glamour," hy Edith M. Thomas, "The
Brushwood Boy," by Itudyard Kipling,
chapter first of Tom Grogun, by F. Hop
kin son Smith, and the continuation of
"SirGoorgeTressady," by Mrs. Ward,
and Prof. Sloane's "Life of Napoleon."
There are otlier short articles and poems
and the usual departments.
The December Arena marks anew de
parture with this greatest of ethical,
sociological and literary magazines. The
price Is reduced from $5.00 to f 3.00, but
there is no reduction in the size of the
magazine or in the quality of its con
tents. Among its valuable articles for
December are: Prof. Herron's "Oppor
tunity of the Church in the Present So
cial Crisis;" "Government Control of the
Telegraph," by Prof. Kichard T. Ely and
Judge Walter Clark, LL. D. a supreme