The Sioux County journal. (Harrison, Nebraska) 1888-1899, December 06, 1894, Image 1

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    TheSioux County Journal
Harrison, Nebraska.
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ineacta a General Banking Business.
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Interest Paid on Time Deposita.
cmurrs sold on all pasts or tutor,
J. I PHINNEY, Proprietor.
Pare Drugs, Medicines, Paints,
Oils and Varnishes.
School Supplies.
JvcHptians Carefully Compounded
Day or Night.
Simons & smiley,
Harrison, (.ebraska.
Estate Agents,
Havo a number of bargato
bo land in Sioux county.
itto desiring to buy or can
estate should not fail to
call on them.
School Lands
leased, taxes paid for
-residents; farms renwa,
unfertile t I ills I ha World to Rhw the
Way t Hlfhrr Joys Spirit oaj Happt-
a attaint Through a Humble Spirit
-Moral Upna,
Tha flek OeaeraL
Rev. rr. Talmage chose a. tbe subject
f lt Sunday's Tinon throuf h the pre.
" be Kirk General," the te it sulected bo
ng 11. Mugs, T. 1, "He waa a leper."
Here we bare a warrior aick n.t lth
h'unsie or rheumatisms or eonaump
'iont, but with a disease worse than all
:bee put together. A red mark baa come
ut od the forehead, precursor of com
pete disfigurement aud dissolution. I
late something awful to tell you. Gen
eral Naaman, the commander in chief of
ill the Syrian firrex. Las the lr,ror'
It i on Lib hand, on ui facei 00 j,ia
on hi. entire ncra,.n Th l.i,r..u,-1
H out of the way of the rietilence! If
lis brftuth strike you. you are a dead man.
rhe commander in chief of nil the forces
( Syria! And yet he would he alsd to
xchauge conditions with the boy at his
"tirrup or the hostler that blai.ket his
'hargcr. The news goes like wildfire all
hrotigh the renlm, an. I the r'llo' are
lympaihetie, arid they cry out, "la it pos
lible that our (treat hero, who slew Ahab
nd around w hom we came with such vo-
ifiTRtion when he returned from victo
"ious battle can it be possible that our
rrand and glorious Naaman has tho lep-
Kverybody ha. something he
wishes he had not David, an Absalom to
liesrrace him; I'aul, a thorn to sting him;
Job, carbuncle to plague him: Sain-
on, a Dililuh to shenr him; Ahab. a
Naboth to deny him: Human, ft Mordo-
-ai to irritate him; George Wash
ington, childlessness to alllict him;
John Wesley, a termagant wife to pos-
ter him; Iah, wcuk eyes; Pope, a crixk
d ba-k; Ityron, a club foot; John Mil
Ion, blind eyes; ('buries Lamb, an In-
ane sinter; and you and you and yon
and you something which you never bar
gained for and would like to get rid of.
The reason of this is that (lod does not
want this world to be too bright. Other
wise we would alwnys want to stay and
eat these fruits and lie on these lounge
and shake band, in this pleasant society.
At tha Iloor of the lam pin.
It 1. to push you on anil to push you up
toward something grander and better
that God sends upon you, a he did upon
(Jeneral Naaman something you do not
want. Seated in his Syrian man. ion, all
the walls glittering with the shield which
b bad raptured in battle, the corridor!
rrowded with admiring visitors who Just
wanted to see him mice, mnaic and mirth
tnd banqueting filling ail the mansion
from tessellated floor to pictured cell
ing, Naaman would bare forgotten that
there wa. anything better and would
hT been glad to stay there 10,000
years. Hut, oh, how the shields dim, and
how the visitors fly the hall, and how the
music drop, dead from the string, and
bow the gate, of the mansion .lam ahut
with sepulchral bang, as you read the
closing words of the eulogium: lie wave
leper! He was a leper!'
There wa. one person more .ytnpe.tb.etlc
Ith GeneraJ Naaman than any other
person. .Naaman s wire waias tne noor
wringing her hand, and trying to turns'
what .he can do to alleriate her hus
band', .offering. All remedies hae fail
ed. The surgeon general and the doc
tor, of the royal staff hate met, and they
have shaken their heads, as much aa to
y, "No cure, no cure!" I think that
the office seekers had all folded up their
recommendations and gone home. Prob
ably moat of the employes of the estab
lishment had dropped their work and
were thinking of looking for somo other
situation. What .hall now become ot
poor Nsaman's wife? She must have sym
pathy aomewnere. in ner acspair sue
goe. to a little Hebrew captive, a ser
vant girl in her house, to whom she tells
rie whole story, a. sometimes, when
overborne by the sorrows of the world
and finding no sympathy anywhere else,
you have gone out and found In the sym
pathy of some humble domestic Hose or
Dinah or Bridget a help which the world
could not give yon.
What a .cene it was! One of the
grandrat women In all Syria in cabinet
.uuuril with a waiting maia over tne ae-
lining health of the mighty general. I
know something, .ays the little captive
maid, "I know sometnlng, as she bouuds
her bare feet. in tne mnu rrom
which I wa. stolen there is a certain
prophet known by the name of KlUha,
wbo ran cure almost anything, and I
ihouldn't wonder if be could cure my
nnnler. Send for him ngnt away, 'on,
bush!" you 7- 11 ,nfi n1K,,1,l meoicai
'aUnt in all the land cannot cure that
leper there is no need of your listening to
toy Ulk of -rvant girl." But do not
ff, do not sneer, i ne uuk-i i
tie captive maid Is poinung in me ngui
A l.lttl. th'1"1 Them.
And how ohen it is that the finger of
childhood h p' ,
he right direction; w, v, -"
7of .ln? Von m,. t me see. It
be 6ve yars now." Piveyear..
aiu.t ne u i . .,,-,.
tt ho was it tnni liom.
pbyl'ii"i? "oh
i. .1 a in tt fir
"l ambernl up on my knee, and looked in
Zi fs.'e and s.ked me why I didn't be
11 and H th. time strok-
?Olue a - i,l't r, unirrr In.
knowing wny i umn i u
ri I .i trwm tiHtistr.
fT lho h. been brought to Christ by
V bttU. grsmlehiUlren. There are
, f ?hrWlB mother, who had
bnndred. of Christ d
ZTlhMrn How did you get rid
their little rbildr-n nd
'nr .m, oh Id n,yPdyin, child, with
'00 "''i 11Z finger, pointed that way.
B and wmi n;r; p 0 MT -that
Oh. I ?' "':V0: thcrlb that aw.
M I" .. " . h.M. hard, Tery hrfl,
vbtl ii ,. . iH had
Its uj
you say, it was my
Kred or Charley that
ng my
listed upon
..! nla-htl
not pointed me to Christ I don't think I
erer would have got rid of my leprosy."
Go into the Sabbath school any Sunday
and you will find hundred ot little fing
ers pointing in the same direction, toward
Jeau Christ and toward heaven.
Years age the astronomer calculated
that there must be a world hanging at a
certain point in the heaven, and a large
prise waa offered for aome on who could
dlaoaver that world. The Uleacopee from
the great obserratorie were pointed la
vain, but a girl at .Nantucket, hfaaa,
fashioned a teleeeope, and looking
through It discovered that star and wo
the prise and the admiration ef all the as
tronomical world that atood amaxed at
her gtnlns. And se tt I often the rswe
that grown people raaaot the light,
while some little child behold the star of
pardon, the star of hope, the star of con
solation, the star of Bethlehem, the
morning star of Jeans. "Not many
mighty men, not many wise men, are
called, but God bath chosen the weak
things of the world to confound the
mighty, and base things and things that
are not to bring to naught things that
are." Oh, do not despise the prattle of
little children when they are speaking
about God and Chriat and heaven. You
see the way your child is pointing. Will
you take that pointing or wait until. In
the wrench of some awful bereavement,
God shall lift that child to another
world, and then it will beckon you up
ward? Will you take the pointing, or
w:!! ysa wait for the beckoning? Bless
ed be God that the little Hebrew captive
pointed in the right direction. Blessed
le God for the saving ministry of Chris
tian children.
Keeking the Prophet.
No wonder the advice of this little He
brew captive threw all Nnaman's man
sion and Ben hadad's palace into excite
ment. Good-by, Naaman! With face
scarified and ridged and inflamed by the
pestilence and aided by those who sup
ported him on either side, he staggers out
of the chariot. Hold fast the fiery cours
ers of the royal stable while the poor sick
man lifts his swollen feet and pain-struck
limbs into the vehicle. Bolster him up
with pillows, and let him take a lingering
look at his bright apartment, for perhaps
the Hebrew captive may be mistaken,
and the next time Naaman comes to
that plnce he may be a dead weight on
the shoulders of those who carry him, an
expired chieftain seeking sepulture amid
the lamentations of an admiring nation.
Good-by, Naaman! Let the charioteer
drive gently over the hills of Hermon,
lest he jolt the invalid. Here goe the
bravest man of all his day, a captive of
a horrible disease. A the ambulance
winds through the streets of Damascus,
the tears and prayer of ail the people go
after the world-renowned Invalid.
How the countrymen gaped a the pro
cession passed! They had seen Naaman
go paat like a whirlwind in day gone by,
and stood aghaat at the clank of hi war
equipments. Dot now they commiserate
him. They aay: "Poor man! He will
never get home alive. Poor maa!"
General Naaman wakea up from a
reatiea deep in the chariot, and he ay
to the charioteer, "How long before we
shall reach the Prophet EliahaT" The
eharloUer say t a wyelder, "low far
U ft to Kllsha' house If4 lie gays,
"Tw mile." "Two ml!er Then they
whip up the lathered and fnged-ot
bone. The whole procession brighten
up at the praapect of speedy arrival.
They drive up to the door of the prophet.
The charioteer shout "Whoa!" to the
borsea, and tramping hoof and grinding
wheel ceaae shaking. the earth. Come
out, Kli.hs, come out You have com
pany. The grandest company that ever
came to your bouse ha come to it now.
No stir inside Klisha's house. The fact
was the Lord had Informed Ellsha that
the sick captain waa coming and just
how to treat him. Indeed when you are
sick, and the Lord wants you to get well,
he always tells the doctor how to treat
you, and the reason we have so many
bungling doctors is because they depend
upon their own strength and instructions
and not on the Lord God, and that al
ways make malpractice. Come out,
Elisha, and attend to your basine,
rated Dp with raids.
General Naaman and hi retinae
waited and waited and waited. The fact
wa. Naaaian had two disease pride
and tertroey. The one waa a hard to
get rid f a the other. Ellsha sit qni-
etly in hi house and doe not go out.
After awhile, when he thinks be ha
hurabU-d this proud man, he say to a
servant. "Go out and tell General N sa
in a su to bathe seven time in the river
Jordan out yonder five miles, and he
will get entirely well." The message
comes out What! says the Command
er-in-chief of the Syrian force, his eye
kindling with an animation which it had
not shown for week and his swollen
foot stamping on the bottom of the
chariot regardless of pain. "What
Isn't he coming out to ee me? Why, I
thought certainly he would come and ut
ter some cabalistic 'words over me or
make some enigmatical pauses over my
wound. Why, I don't think be knows
who I am. Isn't he coming out? Why,
when the Shunamlte woman came to
him, he rushed out and cried: 'Is it
well with thee? I it well with thy hus
band? I it well with thy child?' And
he will treat a poor unknown woman like
that and let me, a titled personage, sit
here in my chariot and wait and wait? I
won't endure it any longer. Charioteer,
drive on! Wash in the Jordan! lis! ha!
Tbe slimy Jordan, the muddy Jordan,
the monotonous Jordan! I wouldn't be
seen washing in ucb a river as that
Why, we watered our horses in a better
river than that on our way here the
beautiful river, the jasper-paved river of
I'harpar. Beside we have in our coun
try another Damascene river, Abana,
with foliage bank and torrent ever
swift and clear, under the flickering
shadow of sycamore aud oleander. Are
not Abana and I'harpar, rivers of
Damasctia, better than all the water of
Israel?". , i
1 suppose Naamnn felt very much a
Americans would feel if, by way of med
ical prescription, some one should tell us
to go and wash in the Danube or the
Rhine. W wooM anawr,"Are not th
Connecticut and th Hudson just as
good' Or as an Bajdlahmaa would fed
If k wn toM, ny way of medical pre-
scription, he must go and wash la th
Mississippi or the St Lawrence. He
would cry out, "Are not the Thame and
the Shannon just as well?" Tbe fact was
that haughty Naaman needed to learn
what every Englishman and every Amer
ican needs to learn that when God tells
you to do a thing you must go and do it,
whether you understand tbe reason or
net Take the prescription, whether you
Has It or net One thing is certain. Un
less haughty Naaman does as Elisha
command him he win die of hi awful
sickness. And unless yon do as Christ
command, yen you will be seised upon by
an everlasting wasting away. Obey and
live; disobey and die. Thrilling, overarch
ing, uudergirding, stupendous alterna
tive! ElWlfca A a per. Kasman.
Well, General Naaman could not stand
the test Tbe charioteer gives a jerk to
the right lime until the bit snaps in tho
horse's mouth, and tbe whir of the wheel?
and the flying of tbe dust show the in
dignation of the great commander. "He
turned and went away in a rage." So
people now often get mad at religion.
They vituperate against ministers,
against churches, agninnt Christian peo
ple. One would think from their irate be
havior that God had been studying bow
to annoy and exasperate and demolish
them. Wbat has be been doing? Only
trying to cure their death-dealing leprosy.
That is all. Yet they whip np their
horses, they dig in the spurs, and they go
away in a rage.
So, after all, it seems that this health
excursion of General Naaman is to be a
dead failure. That little Hebrew captive
might as well have not told him of the
prophet, and this long journey might as
well not have been taken. Poor, sick, dy
ing Naaman! Are you going away in
high dudgeon and worse than when you
came? As his chariot halts a moment his
servants clamber up in it and coax him to
do as Elisha said. They say; "It's easy.
If the prophet had told you to walk for a
mile on sharp spikes in order to get rid of
this awful disease, you would have done
it. It Is easy. Come, my lord, just get
down and wash in the Jordan. You take
a bath every day, anyhow, and in this cli
mate it is so hot that it will do you good.
Do it on our account, and for the sake of
the army you command, and for the sake
of the nation that admires you. Come,
my lord, just try this Jordanic bath."
"Well," he says, "to plense you I will do
as you say." The retinue drive to the
brink of the Jordan. The horses paw and
neigh to get into the stream themselves
and cool their hot flanks. General Naa
man, assisted by his attendants, gets
down out of his chariot and painfully
comes to the brink of the river and steps
In until the water comes to the ankle and
goe on deeper until the water comes to
the girdle, and now, standing so far down
in the stream, jnst a little inclination of
the head will thoroughly immerse him.
He bows once into the flood and comes up
and shake th water out of nostril and
eye, and his attendants look at him and
say, "Why, General, how much better
you do look!" And be bow a second time
into the flood and comes np, and the wild
stare is gone out of hi eye. He bow the
third time into tbe flood and comes up,
and the shriveled flesh ha got smooth
again. He bows the fourth time into the
flood and comes np, and the hair that had
fallen out is restored in thick locks again
all over tbe brow. He bows tbe fifth time
Into the flood and comes up, and the
hoarseness ha gone out of his throat.
He bows the sixth time and comes up,
and all the soreness and the anguish
ha gone out of the limbs. "Why," he
says, "I am almost well, but I will make
a complete cure," and he bows the sev
enth time into the flood, and he comes up,
and not so much as a fester, or a scale, or
an eruption as big a tbe bead of a pin is
to be seen on bim.
He steps out on the bank and says, "Is
it possible?" And the attendants look and
say, "Is it possible?" And as, with the
health of an athlete, be bounds back into
the chariot and drives on there goes up
from all his attendants a wild "Huzza!
Huzza!" Of course they go back to pay
and. thank the man of God for his counsel
so fraught with wisdom. When they. left
the prophet's house they went off mad.
They have come back glad. People al
ways think better of a minister after they
are converted than they do be rose con
Humility Necessary.
Now, my hearers, yon know that this
Generul Naaman did two things in order
to get well. The first was, he got out of
his chariot. He might have stayed there,
with his Bwollcn feet on the stuffed otto
man, seated on that embroidered cush
ion, nntil his last gasp, he would have nev
er have got any rellef.He had to get out
of his chariot, and you have got to get
down out of the chariot of your pride if
you ever become a Christian. You cannot
drive up to the cross with a conch and
four and be saved among all the span
gle. You seem to think that the Lord is
goiug to be complimented by your com
ing. Oh, no, you poor, miserable, scaly,
leprous sinner, get down out of that! We
all come in the same haughty way. We
expect to ride into the kingdom of God.
Never, until we get down on our knees,
will we find mercy. Tbe Lord has un
horsed us, tincharioted us. Get down
out of your pride. Get down out of your
self-righteousness and your hypercriti
cism. We have all got to do that. That
Is the journey we have to make on our
knee. It is our infernal pride that keeps
us from getting rid of the leprosy of sin.
Dear Lord, what have we to he proud of?
Proud of our scales? Proud of our tin
cleanness? Proud of this killing infec1
tion? Bring us down at thy feet, weep
ing, praying, penitent, believing sup
pliants. For sinners, Lord, thou cam'st to bleed,
And I'm a sinner vile indeed.
Iord, I believe thy grnce Is free,
Oh, magnify that grace In me.
But he had not only to get down out
of bis chariot. He had to wash. "Oh,"
you ay, "I am very careful with my
ablutions. Every day I plunge into a
bright and beautiful bath." Ah, my hear
er, there is a flood brighter than any
that ponra from these hill. It Is the
flood that break from the granite of the
eternal hill. It I the flood of pardon and
peace and Ufa and heaven. That flood
started Id the tear of Christ and tha
sweat sf Uethaeman rolled on.
l M
ceumclating flood until all earth aad,
heaven could baMie i it Zscharlah
called it tbe "fountain open for sin and
uncleanness." William Cow per called h
the "fountain filled with blood." Yoni
fathers and mother washed all their
sins and sorrows away in that fountain.
Oh, my hearers, do you not feel like
wading into it? Wad down bow into
this glorieu flood, deeper, deeper, deep
er. Plunge once, twice, thrice, four times,
five times, six times, seven times. l
will take as much as that to core yonr
soul. Oh, wash, wash, wash and be
I suppose that was a great time at Da
mascus when General Naaman got back.
The charioteers did not have to drive
slowly any kstiger, lest they jolt the to
valid, but as the horses dashed through
the streets of Damascus I think the
people rushed out to hail back their chief
tain. Naaman's wife bardJy recognized
her husband. He waa so wonderfully
changed she had to look st him two of
three times before she made out that it
was her restored husband. And the lirtfe
captive maid, she rushed out, clapping
her hands and shouting: "Did he cure
you? Did he cure you?" Then music
woke up the palace, and the tapestry of
the windows was drawn away, that the
multitude outside might mingle with the
princely mirth inside, and the feet went
up and down in the dance, and all the
streets of Damascus that night echoed
and re-echoed with the news: "Nnaman's
cured! Naaman's cured!" But a gladder
time than that it would be if your soul
should get cured of its leprosy. The
swiftest white horses hitched to the king'
chnriot would rush the news into the
eternal city. Our loved ones before the
throne would welcome the glad tidings.
Your children on earth, with more emo
tion than the little Hebrew captive,
would notice the change in your look and
the change in your manner, and would
put their arms around your neck aud say:
"Mother, I guess you must have become a
Christian. Father, I think you have got
rid of the leprosy." O Lord God of
Elisha, have mercy on us!
Queen Klizabcth's Wardrobe.
The wardrobe of Queen Elizabeth
muttt have been about the most varied
and extensive ever recorded In royal
annals, to judge from a list of her
wearing apparel recently gathered
from tbe state papers. When the
maiden Queen wan 68, and might
therefore have been supposed to have
outlived some of her youthful vanity,
she possessed 99 complete onicial i os
tumes, 102 French gowns. 100 robes
with trains and t7 without, 12ti an
tique dres ea, 136 bodieeH, 1:5 tunics,
not to mention such trifles as 96 man
tles, K5 dresses, and 21 fans. With all
these dressei, however, It is curious to
note that Queen Bess only owned nine
pairs of shoes. When she died in
1603 3,0.10 articles of apparel wera
found in her wardrobe duly catalogued.
Neglected Women Deserve Nejrlec.
It is her own fault if a woman is un
loved and neglected. This is a harsh
statement to make, but is a fact Mor
tal man is a weakling' who can no
more resist kindness than a rose can
resist the sun. it is weak, helpless
woman's duty to make herself attrac
tive and pretty in the verv teeth of
defeat, and to make herself agreeable
to every one in the very face of dis
couragement. Call it hypocrisy, tact,
finesse, or by any other term, but she
must turn in the edges, and make allies
instead of antagonists of the people
about her. Spotless neatness, becom
ing feminine attire, truth, kindness,
cheerfulness, love and the loyalty that
restrains her from speaking ill of hew
neighbors will make any woman lovely,
even though she lacks beauty. .
Why the Dog Turns Round. i
Have you ever thought why it is
that a dog turns around and around
when he jumps up on his cushion or
starts to settle himself anywhere for a
nap? Now you are reminded you can
recall that you have seen a dog do it
many times, can't you? This habit is
about all that is left to our tame little
doggies of the days long ago, when
they were a race of wild animals and
lived ki the woods. Their beds then
were matted grass and leaves, and it
wsb to trample enough gras? and prop
erly arrange the 1 -aves that the dog
always trod around a narrow circle be
fore he would lie down. The dog of
to-day keeps up the same old habit, al
though there is no longer apy need
tor it. and, of course, the animal has
no notion why he does it ,
The Way to Walk. i
Try and be quiet when you walk,
says a physical culturally; d n t wab
ble, don't beat the air, don't shuffle the
shoulders; don t fancy yourself a
whirligig. Keep to a' narrow base
when walking, and not by any
"breadth" or sidewise movement inter
fere with other pedestrians. How
tired all those people look! Their
faxes are haggard and drawn; their
backs ache; their nerves are unstrung,
and their brains are muddled. All
this is the result of mal-polse and
waste of nerve force through misdi
rected locomotive action, walking on
scientific principles with unimpeded
hip and leg action, and otherwise a
conservation of energy, is a joy alike
to the walker and the on-looker.
Natural Gas.
The banner natural gas year for th
United States was 18x, when its prod
uct reached the value of zi',00 i,(K)0. .
Last year the product was worth less
than 15,000,000.
That handy illustration for rhetori
cal discourse, the germination of wheat
buried with a mummy thirty centuries
or so ago, is unfortunately a flight of
imagination beyond the dream of Mun
chausen. At a recent meeting of the
Royal Botanio Society of England, the
secretary said that fifteen yoai s was
as long as he had undoubted evidence)
of a teed retaining its power of germi
nation. Sir B. W. Richardson said
that he had planted many seeds found
with mummies, but none of them had
ever developed.
To prevent lamp chimneys from
cracking put them into a kettle of eolU
water, gradua'ly heat it t.ll It boils,
and then let It as gradually sooi.
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