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The Sioux County Journal,
HARKISON, NEBRASKA, THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 1894.
AN ELOQUENT DISCOURSE ON
"OUT OF THE BRICK KILNS."
Mora J 07 In Una Drop of Christian SatU
fmrtloo Thn la Riven of Sinful IJllht
-Nkpoleou. Voltaire and the Aportla Paul
Dancer In Delay.
The Tabernacle Pulpit.
In the Brooklyn Tabernacle Sunday
forenoon Hev. Dr. Talmage preached
to a crowded audience on a subject of
unusual I Die runt, as illustrating the
sustaining power of religion to thoe
who are in daily contact with the
world, lie trials and temptations. The
text chosen was Psalms lxvili, l.'i,
"Though ye have lain among the pots,
yet shall ve be as the wings of a dove
covered with silver and her feathers
wilh yellow gold."
1 suppose you know what the Israel
ites did down in Kgyptlan slavery.
They made brick. Amid the utensils
ot the brickkiln there wero also other
utensils of cookery the kettlys, the
pots, the pans, with which they pre
pared their daily food, and when those
Boor slaves, tired of the day's" work,
Jay down to rest, they lay down among
the Implements of hard work. When
they arose in the morning, they found
their garment covered with the clay,
and the smoke, and the dust, and be
smirched and begrimed with the uten
siU of cookery. lio after while the
Lord broke up that slavery, and He
took these poor slaves into a land
where they had better garb, bright
and clean and beautiful apparel. No
more bricks for thorn to make. Let
Pharaoh make his own brick. When
David, in my text, comes to describe
the transition of these jxor Israelites
from their bondage amid the brick
kilns into the glorious emancipation
for which God had prepared them, he
says, "Though ye have lain among the
pots, yet shall ye bo as the wings of a
dove covered with silver and her
leathers with vellow gold."
Hlu a Hard Tankinaater.
Miss Whately, tho author of a cele
brated book, "Life in Egypt," said she
sometimes saw people in the East
cooking their food on the tops of
houses, and that she had often seen,
just before sundown, pigeons and
doves which had during the heat of
the day been hiding among the kettles
and the nans, with which tne food was
prepared, picking up tho crumbs that
they might find. Jut before the hour
of sunset they would spread their
wings and fly heavenward, entirely un
settled br the region in which they bad ,
mored. for the pigeon la a very cleanly
bird. And as the pigeons flew away
the sotting sun would throw silver on
their wings ana gold on their breasts.
Bo you see it is not a farfetched simile
or an unnatural comparison when
David in my texi saVs to these eman
ciivitd Israelites and says to all those
who are brought out of any kind of
trouble into any kind of spiritual joy,
"Though ye have lain among the pots,
yet shall ye 1k as the wings of a dove
covered with sliver and her leathers
with yellow gold."
Bin is the hardest of all taskmasters.
Worse than Pharaoh. It keeps us
drudging In a moot degrading service,
but after awhile Christ comes and He
ays, "Let my people go." and we pass
out from among the brickkilns of eijt
Into the glorious liberty of the gospel.
We put 00 tne clean robes of a Chris
tian profession, and when at lat we
oar away to, the warn! nest which
God has provided for us in Heaven; we
shall gaJatrer than a dove, Its wings
covered with silyer and ito feathers
with yellow gold,
, I am going to preach something
Which some of you do not believe, and
that Is that the grandest mwsible
adornment Is the religion of Jesus
Cnrlxt. There are a great many peo
ple who suppose that religion is a very
different thing from what it realv is.
The reason men condemn the Bible is
because tnoy do not understand the
Bible: they have not properly exam
ined It Dr. Johnson said that Hume
told a minister in the bishopric of Dur
,ham that he had never particularly
.examined the New Testament, yet all
this life wan warring against it. Halley,
the atronomer. announced bis skep
licintn to Sir lraac Newton, and 8ir
Isaac Newton siiid: "Now, sir, I have
examined the subject, and you have
not, and I am ashamed that you, pro
fessing to be a philosopher, consent to
oendemn a thiag you never have ex
amined." And so men reject the re
ligion of Jesus Christ because they
really have never Investigated it.
They think it t-omethlng undesirable,
omutbing that will not work, some
thing Pecksniflian, something hvo
eritical, something repulsive, when it
Is ko bright and so tcautiful you might
compare it to a chaffinch, you might
compare It to a robin redbreast, you
might compare it to a dove. ltt wings
covered with silver, and its .eathora
with yellow gold.
Putin of Peace.
But how Is It if a young man becomes
a Christian' All through tho club
rooms whore he associate, all through
the business circles where he Is known,
there is commiseration. They say:
"What a pity that a young man who
bad such bright prospects should so
have been despoiled by those Chris
tians, giving up all hi worldly pros
pect for something which is of no par
ticular present worth!" Here Is a
young woman who becomes a Chris
tian; her voice, her face, her manner
the charm of the drawing-room. Now
til tbroufh the fashionable circle the
whisper foes, "What a pity that such
t bright I if ht should have been ex
tinguished, that such a graceful gait
should be crippled, that such worldly
proa pent should be obliterated!" Ah,
my friends, It can bo shown that re
lit Ion ' way are ways of pleasantness,
Mid that all her paths are peace; that
religion, Instead of being dark and
fateful and lachrymose and repulsive,
is Wight and beautiful, fairer than a
dove, its wing covered with silver and
its feathers with yellow gold.
See, in the first place, what religion
will do for a man's Heart I care not
how cheerful a man may naturally be
before conversion, conversion brings
him up to a higher standard of cheer
fulness. I do not say he will laugh
any louder; I do not say but he may
stand back from some forms of hilarity
in which he once indulged, but there
comes into his soul an immense satis
faction, A young man not a Christian
depends upon worldly success to keep
hia spirits up. Now he is prospered,
now he bad a large salary, now he has
a beautiful wardrobe, now he has
pleasant friends, now he has more
money than he knows how to spend
everything goes bright and well with
him. But trouble comes there are
many young men in the house this
morning who can testify out of their
own experience that sometimes to
young men trouble does eorne his
friends are gone; his salary is gone;
his health Is gone; he goes down,
down. He becomes sour, cross, queer,
misanthropic, blames the world, blames
society, blames the church, blames
everything, rushes perhaps to the in
toxicating cup to drown his trouble,
but Instead of drowning his trouble he
drowns his body and drowns his soul.
But here Is a Christian young man.
Trouble comes to him. Does he give
up? No! He throws himself back on
the resources of Heaven. Ho says:
"God is my Father. Out of all these
disasters I shall pluck advantage for
my souL All the promises are mine;
Christ Is mine: Christian companion
ship is mine; Heaven is mlno. What
though my apparel be worn out:1 Christ
gives me a robe of righteousness.
What though my money be gone? I
have a title deed to the whole universe
in the promise, 'All are yours.' Wliat
though my worldly friends fall away?
Ministering angels are my bodyguard.
W'hat though my fare bo poor, and my
bread bo scant? I sit at the king's
Fairer Thun the Uove.
Oh, what a poor, shallow stream is
worldly en oymont compared with the
deop, broad, overflowing river of Go.i's
peace, rolling midway In the Christian
heart. Sometimes you have gone out
on the iron bound beach of the sea
when there had been a storm on the
ocean, and you have seen the waves
dash Into white foam at your feet.
They did not do you any harm. While
there you thought of the chapter writ
ten by the psalmist, and perhaps you
recite it to yourself while the storm
was making commentary upon the pas
sage: "Cod is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in time of trouble.
Therefore will I not fear, though the
earth be removed, and though the
mountains be carried into the midst of
the sea. though tha -waters thereof
roar and be troubled, though the
mountains shake with the swelling
thereof." Oh, how independent the
religion of Christ makes a man of the
worldly success and worldly circum
stances! Nelson, the night before his
last battle. Bald: "To-morrow I shall
win either a peerage or a grave in
Westminster Abbey." And it does
not make much difference to the Chris
tian whether he rises or talis In
worldly matters. He has everlasting
renown anyway. Other plumage may
be torn in the blast, but that soul
adorned with Christian grace Is fairer
than the dove, its wings covered with
silver, and its feathers with gold.
Nnolciii, Voltaire, and I'aul,
Oh, doyou know of anything, my hear
ers, that Is more beautiful than to see
a young man start outforChrist? Here
is some one falling; he lifts him up.
Here is a" vagabond boy; he introduces
him to a mission school. Here is a
family treezing to death: ho carries
them a scuttle qt coal. Thore an IWO,
QW,M perishing In heathyj dafli nefi";
by all ;ossjbl(5 tucans tie Fries to send
them the gospel. He may bje laugb'jd
at,fand he iSy bo sneered at, and he
may be caricatured, but ho is not
ashamed to go everywhere, laying: 1
afn not ashamed of the gospel of Christ.
It Is the power of God and the wisdom
of God unto sa'vation." Such a young
man can go through everything.
There Is no force on earth or in hell
that can resist Mm. 1 show you three
Spectaclo the First - Naoleon passes
by with the host that went down with
him to Kgypt, and up with him through
Russia and crossed the continent, on
the bleeding heart of which he set his
iron heel, and across tho quivering
flesh of which he went grinding the
wheels of his gun carriages in his
dying moment asking his attendants
to put on his military roots for him.
Spectacle the Second Voltaire,
bright ana learned and witty and elo
quent, with tongue and voico and
stratagem infernal, warring against
God und ixiisoning whole kingdoms
with his fidelity, yet applauded by the
clapping hands of thrones and empires
knu continents - his lust words, In de
lirium Btipiiosing Christ standing by
the bedsiclo his last words, "Crush
Spectacle the Third-Paul Paul,
insignllicano in person, thrust out from
all roli nod association, scourged, spat
on, hounded like a wild beast from
city to city, yet trying to make the
world good and Heaven full; announcing
resurrection to thoso who mourned at
tho barred gates of the dead: speaking
consolations which light upthe eyes of
widowhood and orphanage and want
with glow of certain and oternal re
lease; undaunted before those who
could take his lifo. his cheek flushed
with transport and his eye on Heaven;
with one hand shaking defiance at all
the foes of earth and ail the principal
ities of hell, and with the other (beck
oning messenger angels to come and
boar hlin away as he savs: "I am now
ready to be oilorod, and tho time of my
departure Is at hand. I have fought
the good fight: I have finished my
course: I have kept the faith. Hence
forth there is laid up for me a crown
of righteousness which the Lord, the
rlghtous judge, will give."
A Throne of the Tempert.
Which of the three spectacles doyou
most admirer When the wind of
death struck the oonquoror and the
infidel, they were tossed like seagull
in a tempest, drenched of the wave
and torn of the hurricane, their dis
, mal voices heard through the
j everlasting storm, but when the wave
ana tne wina ol ttie earta struck Pau
like an albatross he made a throne of
the tempest and one day floated away
into the calm clear summer of Heaven,
brighter than the dove, its wings cov
ered with silver, and ito feathers with
yellow gold. Oh, are you not in love
with such a religion a religion that
oan do so much for a man while he
lives, and so much for a man when he
comes to die?
I suppose you may have noticed the
contrast between the departure of a
Christian and the departure of an infi
del. Diodorus. dying in chagrin be
cause he could notf compohe a joke
equal to a joke uttered at the other
end of his table; Zeuxlg, dvingin a fit
of laughter at the sketch of an aged
woman -a sketch made by his own
hand; Mazarin, dying playing cards,
his friends holding his hands because
he was not able to hold them himself.
All that on one side, compared with
tho departure of the Scotch minister,
who said to his friends: "I have no in
terest as to whether I live or die: if I
die, I shall be with the Lord, and if I
live the Lord will be with me." Or
the last words of Washington: "it Is
well." Or the last words of Mclntoen,
the learned and great, "happy!" Or
the last words of Hannah More, the
Christian poetess, "joy!" Or those
thousands of Christians who have
gone, saying: "Lord Jesus, receive,,
my spirit! Come, Lord Jesus, come
quickly!'' "O death, where is thy
sting? O grave, where is thy victory?"
Behold the contrast. Behold the
charm of the one; behold the darkness
of the other. Now, I know it is very
popular in this day for young men to
think there is something more charm
ing in skepticism than in religion.
They are ashamed of the old fashioned
religion of the cross, and they pride
themselves on their free thinking on
all these sub ects. My young friends,
I want to tell you what I know from ob
servationthat while skeptl' ism is a
beautiful land at the start, it is the
great Suhara desert at the last. ;
The Dyltlg infidel.
Years ago a minister's son went off
from hoitie to college. At college he
formed the acquaintance of a young
man whom I shall call Ellison. Kill
son was an infidel. Ellison scoffed at
religion, and the minister's son soon
learned from him the infidelity, and
when he went home on his
vacation broke his father's heart by
his denunciation of Christianity. Time
passod on, and vacation came, and the
minister's won went off to spend the
vacation and was on a journey and
earn to y hotel. The - hotel kocpei '
said: "I am sorry that to-night I shall
have to put you in a room adjoining
one where there is a very sick and dy
ing man. I can give you no other ac
commodation." "Oh." said the young
college student and minister's son.
"that will make no difference to nie
except the .matter of sympathy with
anybody that is suffering! " The young
man retired to his room, but could not
sleep. All night long he heard the
groaning of tho sick man or tho step
ol the watchers, and his soul trembled.
He thought to, himself: ''Now, there
is only a thin wall between me and a
departing spirit. 'How if Kllison
should know how l feel? How if Eilbon
should find out how my heart flutters?
What if Ellison knew my skepticism
gave way?" He slept not. In the
morning, coming down, he said to the
hotel keeper, "How is the sick man.?'1
"Oh," said the hotel keeper, "he is
dead, poor felloVl The doctors told uh
he could hoi last through the night."
"Well," said the young mah, "what
was the sick one's n.ame. Where is ho
from?" "Well." said the feotel keeper,
"he! is from Providence College'
''Providence College! Wrhat Is his
name?" "Ellison." "ElUsop!" Oh,
how the VQiing man was blunged! It
was his old college mate -dead with
out any hope,
It was mffhy hours before the young
man could leave that hotel. He got on
his horse and started homeward, and
all the way he heard something saying
Jo him: "Dead! Lost! Dead! Lost!"
Ha came to no satisfaction until he
entered the Christian life, until he
entered the Christian ministry' until
he became . one of the most eminent
missionaries of the cross, the greutest
Baptist missionary the world hus ever
seon Bince the uays of Paul no sujerior
to Adonlram Judson. Mighty on earth,
mighty in Heaven Adoniram Judson.
Which do you like tho best, .ludson's
skepticism or Judson 'a Christian lifo,
Judson's sufforing for ChriHt's sake,
Judson's almost martyrdom' Oh,
young man, take your choice between
these two kinds of lives. Your own
heart tolls you this morning the Chris
tian lifo is more admirable, more
peaceful, more comfortable, and more
King nnd Qneens Forever
Oh, if religion does so much for a
man on earth, what will it do for him
In Heaven? That is tho thought that
comes to mo now. If a soldier can af
ford to shout "HuzlZa!" when he goes
into battle, how much more jubilantly
he can afford to shout "Huzza!" when
he has gained the victory! If religion
is so good a thing to huve here, now
bright a thing It will bo in Heaven! I
want to see that young man when tho
plorios of Heaven have robed and
crowned him. I want to hear him sing
when all huskiness of earthly colds is
gone, and he rises up with the great
do.xology, I want to know what stan
dard he will carry when marching
under arches of pearl In tho array of
banners. 1 want to know what com
pany he will keep in the land where
I they are all kings and queens forever
ana ever, u l nave lnaucoa ono or
you this morning to begin a liottorllfe,
then I want to know it. I may not in
this world clasp hands with you In
friendship, I may not hear from your
own Hps the story of temptation and
sorrow, but I will clasp hands with you
whan the sea is ; passed and the gates
That I might woo you to a better
life, and that I might show you the
glories with which God clothes His
aear children In Heaven, I wish I could
this morning swing back one of the
twelve gates, that there might dash
upon your ear one shoatof the triumph,
that there might Came upon your eves
one hloM) of the splendor. Oh, when
I speak of that good land, you involun
tarily think of someone there that you
loved father, mother, brother, sister,
or dear little child garnered already.
You want to know what they are doing
this morning. I will tell you what
they are doing. Singing! , You want
to know what they wear. I will tell
you what they wear. Coronete of tri
umph! You wonder why oft they look
to the gate of the temple and watch
and wait. I will tell why they watch
and wait and look to the gate of the
temple. For your coming! I shout up
ward the news to-day, lor I am sure
some of you will repent and start for
Heaven: "Oh, ye bright ones before
the throne, your earthly friends ae
coming. Angels poising midair, cry
up the name. Gatekeeper of Heaven,
send forward the tidings! Watchman
on the battlements celestial, throw
lAmU) Phlllppe'i Mlxtoke.
"Oh," you say, "religion I am going
to heve. It is only a question ol time."
My brother, I am afraid that you may
lose Heaven the wav Louis Philippe
est his Kmpire. The Parisian mob
came around the Tuiierios. The Na
tional Guard stood in defense of the
palace, and the commander said to
Louis Philippe: "Siiull I fire now?
Shall I order the troops to fire? With
ono voilcy we can clear the place. "
"No," said Louis Philips, "not yet"
A few minutes panscd on, and then
Louis Philippe, seeing the case was
hopeless, i-ald to the General, "Now is
the time to tire." 'No,'' said the Gen
eral, "it is too lute now. Don't you
see that the soldiers ar exchanging
arms with the citizens? It is too iate."
Down went the tiirono of Louis
Philippe. Away from the earth went
the house of Orleans, and all because
the King said, "Not yet, not yet!" May
God forbid that any of you should ad
joun this great subject of religion and
should pustX)ne assailing your spirit
ual foes until it Is tio late, too late
you losing a throne in Heaven the way
that Louis Philippe lost a throne on
Wbtm the Judge dent-ends in might,
Clothod In majesty and ;;nia;
When the eartb shall quake with fear,
Wbere, oh, where, wilt thou uipeur?
MLss Kate ! ield related at some
length an ex erien -e which she had
in trying to sleep in a hotel In a Utah
mining town, where the partitions
between the rooms, were of boards
merely, and quite innocent of lath
and plaster.' The ordinary going and
com ng of the early part of the night
and the scoring of the later hours
were bad enough, hut toward morn
ing, when at last she had fallen
asleep, a loud voi e hhoutcd from her
"Smith! Sm th!"
As her name was not Smith, she
made no re! onse,
"Smith!" came the sbout again.
"It's vinie to skip!"
"My name Is not Smith," she than
"What is your name then? If it
alnt Smith, it ought to be. You're
down on tho register as Smith."
1-rom across ttie ball came the call of
the day clerk, who occupied the room
"iSo, thai. alnfSmlth. Smith's at
the end ofthe hall."
"Well, this is tho end of the hall,"
came from tho neighborhood of the
koyhole again. It was the voice of
"Ain't there two ends to the hall?
It's the other end, you blockhead!"
bo waata Smltb?" came a sharp
voice Tro'th the distance. "Trffl
'VVhat's the matter? I'm Smith,"
cauTo stTu another voice.
"Well, whichever smith wants to
get up at fouro'clock, him1 theonel"
growled tho porter
Both these Smiths slammed their
doors with a vehement protestation
that they didn't want to get up
"It's Smith in Number One!"
screamed the day clerk.
The r ght Smith has nob been
waked at all. ko the porter found
No. 1, and pounded on the door so
hard that everybody In the house who
had not already been waked was
aroused, and several 4 people rushed
out Into the hall, thinking there was
The porter went down complacently
to the oillce on the floor below.
"Well," he said to the night clerk,
"I waked him up, anyhow!"
Oleomargarine Is a French Inven
tion. It is said that It originated in
the desirt to the French government
to provide the poorer classes with a
chear substitute for butter. M. Mege
was employed, by tho govern
ment to make experiments In
this line, and the original process of
making olen Is his work. But
France has very t-trlct laws regulat
ing the sale of oleo. I ndcr statutes
for the "repression of frauds in the
sale of butter," it is absolutely for
bidden to offer for sale, Import or
export under tho name of butter, oleo
or any other butter substitute, under
penalty of line and imprisonment, con
fiscation of the articles and publica
tion of the convictions. The sale,
transportati on, and importation of
butter substitutes are permitted only
whan they are In packages legibly
labeled with their true name. As far
as French law can go, the oleo tub
must stand on Its own bottom.
A woman likes to be a heroine to
one man: a man has an ambitlou to be
a hero to a hundred romen.
BL & BOWSTUt,
CL F. Coma,
Vi -Pin slim,
D. EL QRISWOLD, Cashisr.
AUTHORIZED CAPITAL. $50 000.
Transacts a General Banking Business.
Exchange National Bank, $ew York,
Ut.TXD Statu National Bank. Omaha,
Foot National Bank, Chadroi
Interest Paid on Time Deposita.
OTOHAFTS SOLD ON ALL PARTS OF EUROPE.
J. E. PHINNEY, Proprietor.
Pure Drugs, Medicines, Paints,
Oils and Varnishes.
Prescriptions Carefully Compounded
Day or Night,
Simons & SBHLEY,
Real Estate Agents,
Have a number oi bargains in
choice land in Sioux county.
Parties desiring to buy or soil ical
estate should not fail to
call on them.
leased, taxes paid for
non-residents; farms rented, eta
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