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HARKISON, NEBRASKA, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14, 1893.
HE AGAIN DISCUSSES A SEASON
The Clark af tba Sportaaa 'a liu-ICul-In
the Ualas of taw WarM aUUatea la
IMrlaiaa; Ike a poll -A Bcattaf
Tfca Art af Hastta
In the forenoon service at the Brook
lyn Tabernacle Sunday ltev. Dr. Tal
mage took (or his subject a mart Heav
aoneble one. "A Hunting Scene," the
text being Ueneis xllx, 27, "In the
morning be shall devour the prey, and
at night he shall divide the spoiL"
A few nighU ago 800 men encamped
long the Ing Inland Kail road no as
to be ready for the next morning,
which wax the first "open day" (or
deer hunting. Between sunrise and
2 o'clock in the afternoon of that day
fifteen deer were shot. On the 20th of
October our woods and forest resound
with a shock of firearms and are
tracked of pointer and setters, be
cause the quail are then a lawful prize
for the sportsman.
On a certain day In all Knglana you
can hear the crack of the sportsman
gun, because grouse hunting has be
gun, and every man that can afford
the time and ammunition and can
draw a lieud starts for the fields.
Xenophon grew eloquent in regard to
the art of hunting. In the far Eat
people, elephant mounted, cnase the
tiger. The American Indian darts his
arrow at the buffalo until the fright
ened herd tumble ov.n- the rocks.
Kuropt-.an nobles are often found in
the fox chase and -at the stag hunt.
Francis I. was called the father of hunt
ing. Moses declares of Nirarod, "He
was a mighty hunter before the Ixird."
Therefore, in all ages of the world, the
imagery of tny text ought to le sug
gestlve, whether it means a wolf after
a fox or a man after a lion.
Old Jacob, dying, is tolling tne for
tunes of his children, fie prophesies
the devouring propensities oi Benja
min and his descendants. With his
dim old eyes he looks otT and sees the
hunters going out to the fields, rang
ing them all day, and at nightfall coin
ing home, the game slung over the
shoulder, and reaching the door of the
tent the hunters begin to distribute
the game, and one takes a coney, and
another a rabbit, and another a
"In the morning ho shall devour
prey, and at night he shall divide the'
spoil." Or it may be a reference to
the habits of wild beasts that slay their
prey, and then drag it back to the cave
or lair, and divide it among the young.
thm WorM's Gala.
I take my text, in the first place, as
descriptive of those people who in the
morning of their life give themselves
up to bunting the world, but after
ward, bv the 'grace of (Jod, in the even
ing of their life divide among them
selves the spoil of Christian character.
There are aged Christian men and
women in t his house who, if they gave !
testimony . would K-ll you that in the
morninE-of their life they were after
the world as intense as a hound after a
hare, or as a falcon swoop upon a
gazelle. They wanted tne world's
plaudits and the world's gains. They
felt that if they could get this world
they would have everything. Home of
them started out for the pleasures of
the world. They thought that the
man who laughed loudest was hap
piest. They tried repartee and conun
drum and biirleiqtie ami madrigal.
They thought they would like to be
Tom Hoods or ( Diaries Limbeor Kdgar
A. i'oet.. They mingled wine and
music: and the spectacular. j, hey
wfin ufii'Mhiiiortt n: lhA httr huiinn. unn
the Merry Andrew, and the buffoon, i
and the iester. iJfo was to them foam j
and bubble and cachinntitlon and
roystering and grimace. The were
so full of glee they eouid hardly
repress their mirth even on solemn
occasions, and they came near
bursting out hilariously even at
the burial because there was some
thing so dolorous in the countenance
of the undertaker.
After awhile misfortune struck thom
hard on the back. They found there
was something they could not laugh at.
Under their lute hours their health
gave wav. or there was a death in the
v i.. . . , . , t
nouso. oi every green tning meir
soul was exfoliated. They
that life was more than a joke. From 1
the heart of God there blazed into
their soul an earnestness they had
never felt before. They awoke to their ,
sinfulness and their immortality, and
here they sit at sixty or seventy years
of age, as appreciative of all Innocent
mirth as they ever were, mil iney are
bent on a style of satisfaction which In
early life they never hunted -the
evening of their days brighter than the
morning. In the morning they de
voured the prev, but at night they , rauroaa collision, or inesi amuoa., un
divided the spoil ' plosion, or the slip on the Ice, or the
Then there are others who started ladder or the sudden raid, nut
out for financial success. They see " nd to their opportunities. hey
h. limU. th rim nf man 'a hat. U
when he bows down before some one
transpicuous. They felt thev would
like to see how the world looked from
the window of a W.IMI turnout. They
thought tbey would like to have the
morninir sunlight tangled in the head
gear of dashing span. They wanted
1.-1,1.. l t k. in .....nA
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under the raUpbai Jof Weir swift hoofs,
.i . im K.M.I.. .a ,
thoy started on tne dollar hunt. T bey
chaied it up one street and abased ft
down another. They loiiowea it wnen
It burrowed in the cellar. They treed
it la the roof.
Wherever a dollar was expected to
be, they wore. Tbey chased It across
thai nniisa Thev phased It across the
laou. They stopMHl not for the night,
Heating that aouar oven in im aar
not thrUlod tbW as an Adtraodnek
wrtR to thrtilni at mldalffet ty
loon lct-h. Tier e-Mt tfc.4 felta
to tint--17 tawa. iMy cbnsM It
to tht CTwrrawat . Tvmimj. Tfcrj
roiitod U fa-osa Ksiar C AU
tt kensj w t-c.l vUaUnl
and thy setters. They leaped the
bodges for that dollar, and they cried:
"Hark away! A dollar! A dollar!"
And when at last they came upon ,it
and had actually captured it their ex
citement was like that of a falconer
who had successfully flung his first
In the morning of their life, oh. how
ther devoured the prey! But there
came a better time to their aouL They
found out that an immortal nature can
not live on bank stock. They took up
a Northern Pacific bond, and there was
a hole in it through which they could
look into the uncertainty of all earthly
treasures. They saw some Ralston,
living at the rate oi t25.0O0 a month,
leaping from San Francisco wharf be
cause he could not continue to live at
the same ratio. They saw the wizen
and paralytic bankers who had changed
their souls into molton gold stamped
with the image of the earth, earthy.
Tbey saw some great souls by avarice
turned into bomuncull. and they said
to themselves, "I will seek after
A roar Thlaf to Haal
From that time they did not care
whether they walked or rode, iiC'hrist
walked with them; nor whether they
lived in a mansion or in a hut, if they
dwelt under the shadow of the Al
mighty: nor whether they were robed
in French broadcloth or in homespun,
if they had the robe of the Saviour's
righteousness: nor if they were san
daled with morocco or calfskin, if they
were shod with the preparation of the
Gospel. Now you see peace on their
countenance. Now that man says:
"What a fool I was to he enchanted
with this world! Why, 1 have more
satisfaction in five minutes in the serv
ice of God than 1 had in all the first
years of my life while I was gainget
ting. I like this evening of my day a
great deal better than f did the morn
ing. In the morning I greedily de
voured the prey, but now it is even
ing and I am gloriously dividing the
My friends, this world is a poor thing
to hunt, it is healthful to go out in
the woods and hunt. It rekindles
the luster of the eye. It strikes the
brown of the autumnal leaf into
the cheek. It gives to the rheumatic
limbs the strength to leap like a roe.
Christopher North's pef gun, the
muukie-mou'd Meg, going on in tne
summer in the forests, had its echo in
the winter time in the eloquence that
rang through the university halls of
Kjiinlmt irh. - It i health v to Co hunt-
7J?Tn(T I" the fields, but I tell you it is be-
iltuing and beawariing ana nciaming
i for a man to hunt this world. The
hammer comes down on the gun -cap,
and the barrel explodes and kills you
Instead ot that which you are pursuing.
When you turn out to bunt the
world, the world turns to hunt you,
and as many a sportsman aiming his
gun at a panther's heart has gone
down under the striped claws, so while
you have been attempting to devour
this world the world has been devour
ing you. So it was with Lord Byron.
So it was with Coleridge. So it was
with Catherine of Russia. Henry II
went out hunting for this world, and
it lances struck through his heart.
Francis I aimed at the world, but the i
assassin's dagger put an end to his am-;
onion ana nis me wnn one
Mary Queen of Scots wrote on the win-
dow of her castle:
From the top of all my trust
Mishap hath Uld ma In the dust.
The Queen Dowager of Navarro was
offered for her wedding duy a costly
und beautiful jair of gloves, and she
put them on, but they were poisoned
gloves, and they took her life. Better
a bare hand of cold privation than a
warm and poisoned glove of ruinous
success. "Oh," says some young man
in the audience, "l believe what you
are preaching. I am going to do that
ry thing. In the morn:
m froinff to devour the
in the morning oi my nie
prey, and in
the evening I shall divide the spoil of
Christian character. I only want a lit
tle while to sow my wild oats, and then j
I will bo good."
Young man, did you ever take the
census of ail the old peopled How
many old people are there in your
house? One. two or none? How many
In a vast assemblage like this? Only
here and there a gray head, like the
patches of snow here and thero in the
fields on a late April day. The fact is
that the tides of the years are so strong
that men tio down
under them before
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iney get 10 oe . yvnu u you. my
young brother, resolve now that you
will spend the morning of your days in
devouring the prey the probability is
that, vnn will mvr divide the stwifl in
the evening hour. He who postpones
until old age the religion of Jesus
Christ postpones it forever.
Where are the men who.'to years ago
resolved to become Christians in old
age, putting it off a certain number of
years? Thev never got to be old. The
. . r . . .
nave never nan an op jurtumiy ainctv
and thev never will have an opportuni
ty again. They locked the door of
heaven against their soul, and they
threw away the keys. They chased
t he world, and they died in the chase.
The wounded tiger turned on them.
They failed to take the came they
Mounted on a swiit courser,
j thy leaped the hedge, but the courser
! fell on them and crushed them. Pro-
Don in? to barter their soul for the
world, they lost both and got neither.
DIvlaHaf I ha MamM. .
While this Is an encouragement to
old people who are still unpardoned. It
la no encouragement to the young who
are putting off the day of grace. This
doctrine that the old may be repentant
t Is to be taken cautiously
It is medi
cine that kills or cures. The same
medicine given to different patients, In
one oaos it saves li'e and in the other
It destroys It This possibility of ro
ran kino at the dose of life may cure
the eUntM while it kills the young.
OBtttioua la taking lb . , .
Again, say subject la descriptive of
those who come to a sudden and a radi
cal change. You have noticed how
short a time it is from morning to
night only seven or eight hours. You
know that the day has a very brief life.
Its heart beat twenty-four times and
then it is dead. How quick this trans
ition in the character of these- Benla
mites! "In the mi-rning tbey shall de
vour the prey, and at night they shall
divide the spoil." Is it possible that
there shall be such a transformation in
any of our characters? Yea. A man
may be at 7 o'clock in the morning an
all devouring worldling.and at 7 o'clock
at night he may be a peaceful, dis
Conversion is instantaneous. A roan
passes into the kingdom of God quicker
than down the sky runs zigzag light
ning. A man may be anxious about
his soul for a great many years; that
does not make him , a Christian. A
man may pray a great while; that does
not make him a Christian. A man
may resolve on the reformation of his
character and have that resolution
going on a great while; that does not
make him a Christian. But the very
instant when he flings his soul on the
mercy of Jesus Christ, that instant is
lustration, emancipation, resurrection.
Up to that point he is going in the
wrong direction: after that point he is
going in the right direction. Before
that moment he is a child of sin: after
that moment he Is a child of God. Be
fore that moment devouring the prey;
after that moment dividing the spoil,
live minutes is as good as five years.
My hearer, you know very well that
the best thing's you have done you have
done in a flash. You have made up
your mind in an instant to buy, or to i
sell, or to Invest, or to stop, or to start.
If you had missed that one chance, you
would have missed it forever. Now,
just as precipitate and quick and spon
taneous will be the ransom of your
soul. Some morning you were making
a calculation. You got on the track of
some financial or social game. With
your pen or your pencil you were pur
suing it. That very morning you were
devouring the prey, but that very
night you were In a different mood.
You found that all Heaven was offered
you. You wondered how you could get
it for yourself and for your family.
You wondered what resources it would
give you now and hereafter. You are
dividing peace and comfort and satis
faction and Christian reward in your
soul. You are dividing the spoil.
One Sabbath night at the close of the
sermon I said to some persons. "When
did you first become serious about
your soul?" And they told me, "To
night." And I said to others, "When
did you give your heart to God?" And
they said, "To-night." And I said to
still others, "When did you resolve to
serve the Lord all the days of your
life?" And they said, 'To-night.' I
saw by the gayety of their apparel
that when the grace of God struck
' them they were devouring the prey:
I but I saw also in the flood of joyful
I tears, and in the kindling raptures on
their brow, and in their exhilarant and
transporting utterances that they were
j dividing the spoil.
i If you have been in this building
' when the lights are struck at night,
I vnti Irnnw thiil. with nnn tmtf'h of
electricity they are all blazed. Oh, I
would to God that the darkness of your
, , ht te broken up and that by
, overwhelmin, instantane-
ous flash of illumination you migt be
brought into the light and the liberty
of the sons of God!
You see that religion Is a different
thing from what some of you people
suppo.-ed. You thought it was a de
cadence. Vou thought religion was
macerat ion. Vou thought it was high
way robbery: that it struck ono down
and loft him half dead; that it plucked
out the eyes; that it plucked out the
plumes of the soul: that it broke the
wing and crushed the beak us it came
j clawing with its black talons through
the air. No. that is not religion.
What is religion? It is dividing the
sioil. It is taking a defenseless soul
and panoplying it for eternal conquest.
It is the distribution of prizes by the
king's hand every medal stamped
with a coronation. It is an exhilara
tion, an expansion. It is imparadisa
tion. It is enthronement. Religion
makes a man roaster of earth, of death
and hell. It goes forth to gather the
medals of victory won by Prince
Kmanuel, and the diadems of Heaven,
and the glories of realms terrestrial
, ni-.tUi .ml then attr rnBW
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splendent, it divides the spoil,
What was it that James Turner, the
famous Kngllsh evangelist was doing
i when in his dying moments he
"Christ Is all! Christ is all!" Why,
he was entering into light. He was
rounding the Cape of Good Hope. He
was dividing the spoil. What was the
aged Christian Quakeress doing when
at HO years of age she arose in the
meeting- one day and said
of my departure is come. My grave
clothes are railing on." ne was divid
ing the spoil.
Mi. longad with wlnga to fit Sway
And mix with that atornal day.
What Is Daniel now doing, the lion
tamer? And Klijah. who was drawn by
the flaming coursers? And Paul', the
rattling of whoso chains made kings
ouake? And fall the other victims of
flood and wreck and guillotine--where
are they? Dividing the sitoil.
Ian thousand tttnaa tan thouaaud,
In parkltng ralmant bright,
To atmloa of tba raaaoroari aalnta
Throng op tha ataaai ot light. .
Tla Unlihad, all la flniabM.
Ttaatr fight with daatta and ata.
IJtt high your gold as gat
And fat tba victors. '
Oh, What a grand thing it is to be a
Christian! We begin now to divide
the spoil, but the distribution will not
be completed to all eternity. There la
a poverty struck soul, there is a busi
ness despoiled soul, there Is a sin struck
soul, there la a bereaved soul why do
you not cone and get the spoil of
Christian character, the comfort, the
joy, the peaoe, the imitation that I aaa
setti to o9er to yon la my Masters
Though yovr knees knock together
in weakness, though your hands
tremble in fear, though your eyes rain
tears of uncontrollable weeping come
and get the spoil. Best for all the
weary. Pardon for all the guilty.
Rescue for all the bestormed. Life
for all the dead. 1 verily believe that
there are some who have come in here
downcast because the world is against
them, and because they feel God is
against them, who will go away saying:
1 came to Jasua as I vi.
Wear sod worn and tad ;
1 found In him a mating placa,
And bo has mada uio glad.
Though you came in children of the
world, you may go away heirs of
Heaven. Though this very autumnal
morning you were devouring the prey,
now, all worlds witnessing, you may
divide the spoil.
A Fhjratrlaa t'oa.Dlted oe ThU Subject to
Sicily,-the classic haunt of brigand
age, seems ambitious of showing that
highway robbery docs not quite ex
haust her methods of breaking the
eighth commandment Some days
ago, in Palermo, a well-dressed,
pleasant-mannered young man was
ushered, into the presence of one of
the leading alfeoists and proceeded,
on p.iinfullv matter-of-fact lines, to
state the obiect of his visit. Ills
dear wife had during the few months
since their marriage developed the
! mo.it distress: na. most, incorrigible.
habit of kleptomania. Not only In
public shop and in private visits, but
even in her own house, she could not
keep her hands off othei people's
proiierty, which, however, on coming
to her real self some hours after
wards, she invariably returned to
tbeir owners. Medical treatment
bad hitherto failed to wean her from
the habit, and In his despair he be
thought blni of the Palermitan ex
perl, whose success in such cases had
come to his knowledge. The consul
tant, having put a few questions
which were intelligently answered,
expressed bis willingness to take the
young lady in hand, and appointed an
hour on the following day when her
husband was to bring her to him.
r True to time the pair arrived, and
the lady had hardly been introduced
to the consultant when her beauty
and frank, engaging manner impart
ed a quite peculiar interest to her
case. During the interview she con
ducted herself like a high-bred woman
of the world, except for the unfortun
ate failing she labored under of pock
eting articles of value when she
thought she was unobserved. Among
these the vlgilaut eye of the con
sultant missed a photograph framed
in brilliant (the gift of a patrician
patient), and also a beautifully mod
eled statuette of pure gold. He also
remarked that just at the moment of
bidding him good-day she relieved
him In the quickest and most grace
ful manner possible of a valuable
cravat pin which became "secreted
about her person" with the sudden
ness of magic "You see yourself,"
groaned the attlicted husband in an
aside to the consultant, "how pos
sessed she is with the thieving in
stinct. Oh, my poor, unfortunate
wife! I will bring you back air the
j missing articles to-morrow at any
hour you may appoint, wnen you will
I kindly give me your opinion of the
j case and advise me what to do," To
1 morrow came and with it the ap
! pointed hour, and the consultant
! waited and is still waiting for the
1 "well-dressed, pleasant - mannered
j young man" and hi; stolen goods. He
j was as cleverly swindled as Gil Bias
was by Hon Raphael and Camilla,
i "niece of the Governor of the Span
ish colonies in the Philippine Is
lands. "--London Lancet.
How Judge Bedford Kept His Word.
Gunning S. Bedford, ex judge, who
was buried recently, wai one of the
most popular lawyers in New York
with newspaper men. The reason
was that he always told the truth
and never broke a promise. Judite
Bedford was once offered a check for
$'.,000 bv the representative of a cer
tain New York editor to tell to blm
the storv whl h he had given to an
other man and promised that the
other man should have that story ex
cluslvely. Judge Bedford explained
the circumstances and declined to be
interviewed. Then It was that the
j representative ot the editor offered
him the money, and immediately
after it happened that Judge Bed
ford knocked a man down. New
Koine Familiar Nutnes.
Siberia signifies "thirsty."
is "the country of grapes."
donia means "a high bill."
signifies "In the middle," from the
fact that ancient geographers thought
It between Europe and Africa. Italy
signifies "a country of pitch," from
its yielding great quantities of black
pitch. Hibcrnla is "utmost" or "last
habitation," for beyond this to the
westward the Ph enlclans ueverVx
tended the r voyage Hr ta n 'the
country of t n," great qnant tie be
ing found In it The Greeks call it
Alb on, which guifles e ther"wh te"
or "h gh," from the whiteness of iti
bores or the high rocks on th riV
Am exehaaa contains o arUol
entitled: -Why do people aare poor
teeth?" It It probably because ther
cannot afford to boy good ones.
B. E. Brkwbtui,
D. H. GRISWOLD, Cashisr.
. AUTHORIZED CAPITAL. $50000.
Transacts a General Banking Business.
American Exchange National Bank, New York,
U.vtkd States National Bank, Omaha,
First National Bane, Cbadroa.
Interest Paid on Time Deposito.
tST"DRAFTS SOLD ON ALL PARTS OF EUROPE.
J. E. PHMNEY, Proprietor.
Pure Drugs, Medicines, Fainto,
Oils and Varnishes.
HT ARTISTS' MATERIAL.
Prescriptions Carefully Compounded
Day or Night.
SDNS & SMILEY,
Real Estate Agents,
Have a number of bargains in
choice land in Sioux county.
Parties desiring to buy or sell ro)
estate should not fail to
call on them.
leased, taxe3 paid for
non-residents; farms rented, eta
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C. F. Corm,
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