The Sioux County journal. (Harrison, Nebraska) 1888-1899, January 23, 1896, Image 1

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Sioux County Journal,
NU31BER 20.
New LlfhU on Familiar Btory Th
Blcheat Bin Ever Flashed on the
Via ton la That Which Our Fathar
FaU on a Forgiven 6ouU
A Hlng on Hia Hand.
In hit sermon Sunday Her. Dr. Tal
mage took for bit subject the return of
the prodigal son. The text chosen wi
Luke xv., 22, "Put a ring on his band."
I will not rehearse the familiar story of
the faat young man of the parable, You
know what a splendid home he left. You
know what a hard time be bad. And you
remember bow after that season of vaga
bondage and prodigality be resolved to go
and weep out bia sorrow i on the boaom of
parental forgiveneaa. Well, there U great
excitement one day in front of the door of
the old farmhooae. The servants come
rushing up and says "What's the mat
ter? What la the matter'" But before
they quite arrive the old man cries out:
"Put ring on bia hand." What a
seeming absurdity! What can such a
wretched mendicant as this feriow that
la tramping on toward the bouse want
with a ring? Oh, he is the prodigal son.
No more tending of the swine trough!
No more longing for the pods of the carob
tree! No more blistered feet! Off with
the rags! On with the robe! Out with
the ring! Even so does Ood receive ev
ery one of us when we come back. There
re gold rings, and pearl rings, and
emerald rings, and diamond rings, but
tke richest ring that ever flashed on the
vision is that which our Father puts upon
a forgiven soul.
I know that the Impression Is abroad
among some people that religion Demeans
aad belittle a man; that it takes all the
sparkle out of bis soul; that he bas to ex
change a roistering independence for an
ecclesiastical straitjackeU Not so. When
man becomes a Christian, he doe not
g down; he starts upward. Religion
multiplies 1 by 10,000. Nay, the multi
plier Is In infinity. It is not a blotting
out; It I a polishing. It is an arboreacence,
it la an efflorescence, it la an irradiation.
When man comes into the kingdom of
God, he la not sent into a menial service,
hat the Lord God Almighty from the pal
ace of heaven rail upon the messenger
aagels that wait open th throne to fly
aad "put a ring on hia hand." In Christ
are th largest liberty, and brightest joy,
aad highest honor, and richest adorn
ment. "Put a ring on hi hand."
A Kins; of Adoption.
I remark. In th lint place, that when
Christ receive a soul into bis love h put
apoa kirn tke ring of adoption. Whll in
aay church In Philadelphia ther came th
representative of the Howard mission of
New York. He brought with him eight
r tea children of the street that he had
picked up, and he was trying to And for
tkem Christian home, and a the little
one stood on th pulpit and aang our
hearts melted within u. At the close of
th services a great-hearted wealthy man
' ram up and said, "I'll take this little
bright-eyed girl, and I'll adopt her as on
of my own children." And he took her
by th hand, lifted her into his carriage
and went away.
Tk next day, while we were In th
ebtrrk gathering up garment for the poor
of New York, this little child cam back
with bundle under ber arm, and she
aid: "There's my old dress. Perhaps
Home of th poor children would like to
have It." while ahe herself was in bright
and beautiful array, and those who more
Immediately examined her said she had a
nag on her hand. It was a ring of adop
tion. There are a great many person who
pride themaelve on their sncestry, and
they glory over the royal blood that poor
through their arteries. In their lln there
was a lord, or duk, or a prim minister,
or a king. . But when th Lord, our
Father, puts upon u th ring of hi adop
tion w becom th children of th Ruler
. of all nations. "Behold what manner of
love the Father hath bestowed upon u
that w shook) bo called th sons of Ood."
It matter not kow poor our garmnt
may bo la tkia world, or bow scant our
bread, or kow mean the km w live In, If
we hav that ring of Christ's adoption
a pea our hand, we an assured of eternal
Adopted! Why, than, we are brother
and sisters to all th good of earth and
beavanl w bar th family nam, th
family drew, th family key, the family
ward rob. Th Father looks after us,
rob defend us, blissss we. W bar
royal blood la ear vela, and ther ar
crswa la our Hoc. If w ar hi children,
thea prince and princesses. It is only a
a, section of time when w get our coronet
Adopted! Then wo hav th family e
rrets. "Th secret of th Lord 1 with
I heat that fesr him." Adopted! Then
wc have th family Inheritance, and In
th day when our Father shall divide the
riches of heaven we shsll take our share
of th mansions and palaces and temples.
Henceforth let us boast no more of an
earthly ancestry. The Insignia of eternal
glory la our coat of arms. This ring of
adoption puts upon us all honor and all
privilege. Now we can take the words of
t'harles Weley, that prince of hjnin
nakers, and sing:
"t'otne, let us join our friends above
Who hav obtained lb prise,
And on th eagle wings of love
To joy celestial rise.
"14 all lb saint terrestrial sing
With those to t'ory gone,
For all ths servanta of our King
la heaven, aad earth arc one."
I hav ba told that when any of the
member of aay of th great secret socie
ties of thi country ar in a diataat city
aad ar la any kind of trouble aad ar act
apea by caoailM they hav oaly to give a
eertaia signal, aad th member of that
ergaaleaUae will bock arouad for dsfsaaa.
And wkaa aay nun helena to tkU groat
Christian brotherhood. If M gets la liva
ble, la trial, la perseeatiea, la reasptadoa,
be ksw oaly to show this riai of Christ's
adoption, aad all the a mod cohort f
asaven will cosa t k4g raarao.
A Marrlare Klaa--
Still further, when Christ takes a soul
Into his love, he puts upon it a marriage
ring- Now, that Is not a whim of mine
llosea ii., 19, "I will betroth thee unto
me forever yea, I will betroth thee unto
me in righteousness, and in Judgment,
and In loving kindness, and In mercies."
At the wedding altar the bridegroom puts
a riug uxiii the hand of the bride, signi
fying love and faithfulness. Trouble may
come upon the household, and the carpets
may go, the pictures may go, the piano
may go everything else may go. The last
tiling that goes is that marriage ring, for
it is considered sacred. In the burial hour
it is withdrawn from the hand and kept
In a casket, and sometimes the box is
opened on an anniversary day, and as you
look at that ring you see under its arch a
long procession of precious memories.
Within the golden circle of that ring there
is room for a thousand sweet recollections
to revolve, and you think of the great con
trast between the hour when, at the close
of the "Wedding March," under the flash
ing lights and amid the aroma of orange
blossoms, you set that ring on the round
finger of the plump band, and that hour
when, at the close of the exhaustive
watching, when you knew that the soul
had fled, you took from the hand, which
gave back no responsive clasp, from that
emaciated linger, the ring that she had
worn so long and so well.
On some aniversary day you take up
that ring, and you repolish It until all the
old luster comes back, and you can see in
it the flash of eyes that long ago ceased
to weep. Oh, it is not an unmeuning
thing when I tell you that when Christ
receives a soul into his keeping be puts
on it a marriage ring! He endows you
from that moment with all his wealth.
You are one Christ and the soul one in
sympathy, one in affection, one In hope.
There Is no power on earth or hell to ef
fect a divorcement after Christ and the
soul are united. Other kings have turned
out their companions when they got
weary of them and sent them adrift from
the palace gate. Ahasuerus banished
Vashti, Napoleon forsook Josephine, hut
Christ Is the husband that is true for
ever. Having loved you once, he loves
you to the end. Did they not try to di
vorce Margaret, the Hcotch girl, from
Jesus? They said: "You must give up
your religion." She said: "I can't give
up my religion." And so they took her
down to the beach of th sea, and they
dmv In a stake at low water mark, and
they fastened her to It, expecting that as
the tide came up her faith would fall.
Th tid began to rise and came up higher
aad highter, and to the girdle, and to the
Hp, and in th last moment, Just a th
war wa washing her soul Into glory,
she shouted the praises of Jesus.
Oh, no, you canont separate a soul from
Christ I It la an everlasting marriage.
Rattle and storm and darkness cannot do
it It la too much exaltation for a man,
who 1 but dust and ashes like myself, to
cry out thi moment, "I am persuaded
that neither height nor depth nor princi
palities nor powers nor things present,
nor things to come, nor any other creature
hall separate m from th love of Ood
which Is in Christ Jmus, my Lord!"
Glory be to Ood that when Christ and
the aonl ar married they ar bound by
a chain, a golden chain, If I might aay
so a chain with on link, and that on
link th golden ring of God' everlasting
A Bias; of Festivity.
I go a step further and tell you that
when Christ receives a soul Into his love
be puts on him the ring of festivity. You
know that it bas been ths custom in all
age to bestow ring on very happy occa
sions. Ther i nothing more appropriate
for a birthday gift than a ring You de
light to bestow such a gift upon your chil
dren at such a time, ft means Joy, hilar
ity, festivity. Well, when this old man of
the text wanted to tell how glad he was
that his boy had got back, he expressed It
in thi way. Actually, before he ordered
sandals to be put on his bare feet, before
he ordered the fatted calf to be killed to
appease the boy's hunger, he commanded,
"Put a ring on hi hand."
Ob, It is a merry time when Christ and
the soul are united! Joy of forgiveness!
What a splendid thing It Is to reel that all
Is right between my God aad myself.
What a glorious thing It I to hav God
Just take op all th sins of my llfs abd
pat them In on bundle, and than fling
thm Into th depths of th sea, never to
rise again, never to b talked of again.
Pollution all gone; darkne all Illumined:
God reconciled; the prodigal hornet "Put
a ring on hi hand!" '
Every day I And happy Christian peo
ple. I And som of them with no second
coat, eom of them In hut and tenement
house, not on earthly comfort afforded
thm, and yet they are as bappy a happy
can be. They ing "Rock of Age" as no
other people la the world sing it. They
never wore aay Jewelry in their life but
one gold ring, and that wa th ring of
God's tfndytng affection. Oh. how happy
religion make us! Did It make you
gloomy and sad ? Did -yea go with your
head cast down? I do not think you got
religion, my brother. Thst Js not the
effect of religion. True religion I a Joy.
"Her way are way of pleasautness, and
all her paths are peace."
Why, religion lightens all our burdens;
it smooth all our way; It Interpret all
our sorrows; it changes the Jar of earthly
discord for the peal of festal bells. In
front of th flaming furnace of trial It sets
the forge on which scepters are hammered
out. Would you not like this hour to
cine tip from the swine feeding aad try
tliis religion. All the Joys of heaven
would come out and meet you, aad Ood
would cry from the throne, "Put a ling
on bis hand!"
Uncertainty far Abearance.
Yon ar not bappy. I a It There la
no peace, aad sometime you laugh wbea
you feel a great deal more like crying.
The world I a cheat It Irst wear yon
down with Ra follle; thea It kick you
out Into darkaeas. It cornea back from
tk massacre ef 1,000,000 soul to attempt
tke deotroctloa of your soul to-day. No
paac out of God, bat bare la th fountain
that can shaks th thirst. Hsr to tk
harbor where you earn drop safe saober
afe. Weald you not Ilk, I ask yea aat per
faactorily, bat aa om broth' might talk
teaasihsr weald few act Hk w hav a
sfl1w i rest to pat year head ? Aad
would you not like, when yon retlr at
night, to feel thHt all is well, whether you
wake up to-morrow morning at 0 o'clock
or sleep the sleep that know no waking?
Would you not like to exchange this awful
uncertainty alxiut the future for a glori
ous assurance of heaven' Accept of the
Lord Jesus to-day and all is well. If on
you way home some peril should cross the
street and dHsh your life out. It would not
hurt you. You would rise up immediately.
You would stand in the celestial streets.
You would be atnid the great throng that
forever worship and are forever happy.
If this night some sudden disease should
come upon you, it would not frighten you.
If you knew you were going, you could
give a calm farewell to your beautiful
home on earth and know that you are go
ing right Into the companionship of those
who have already got beyond the tolling
and the weeping.
You feel on Saturday night different
from the way you feel any other night of
the week. You come bom from the bank,
or the store, or the office and you say,
"Well, now my week's work is done, and
to-morrow is Sunday." It is a pleasant
thought. There are refreshments and re
construction in the very idea. Oh, how
pleasant it will be if, when we get through
the day of life, and we go and lie down
in our bed of dust, we can realise, "Well,
now the work Is all done, and to-morrow
Is Sunday an everlasting Sunday."
"Oh, when, thou city of my God,
Khali I thy courts ascend.
Where congrgations ne'er break up
And Sabbaths have no end?"
There are people in this house to-day
who are very near the eternal world. If
you are Christians, I bid you be of good
cheer. Hear with you our congratulation
to the bright city. Aged men, who will
soon be gone, take with you our love for
our kindred in the better land, and when
you see them tell them that we are soon
coming. Only a few more sermons to
preach and hear; only a few more heart
aches; only a few more toils; only a few
more tears. And then w hat an entrance
ing spectacle will open before us!
"Beautiful heaven, where all is light;
Beautiful angels, clothed in white)
Beautiful strains that never tire,
Beautiful harps through all the cholrt
There shall I Join th chorus sweet,
Worshiping at the Savior's feet."
And so I approach you now with a gen
eral invitation, not picking out her and
there a man, or here and there a woman,
or here and there a child, but giving you
an unlimited invitation, saying, "Come,
for all things are now ready." We invite
you to the warm heart of Christ and th
lnrlosure of the Christian Church. I
know a great many think that the church
does not amount to much; that It la obso
lete; that it did Its work and Is gone now,
so far as all usefulness Is concerned. It
I th happiest place I have ever been la,
except my own home.
The On Teat.
I know there are some people who say
they are Christians who seem to gat along
without any help from others, and who
culture solitary piety. They do not want
any ordinances. I do not belong to that
class. I cannot get along without them.
There are so many things In this world
thst taks my attention from God and
Christ and heaven that I want all the
helps of all the symbols and of all th
Christian associations, and I want around
about me a solid phalanx of men who love
God and keep his commandments. Ar
there any her who would like to enter
Into that association? Then by a simple,
childlike faith, apply for admission Into
the visible church, and you will be re
ceived. No questions asked about your
past history or present surroundings.
Only one test do you love Jesus?
Baptism does not amount to anything,
aay a great many people, but the Lord
Jesus declared, "He that believeth and is
baptised shall be saved," putting baptism
and faith side by side. And an apostle
declares, "Repent and be baptised every
one of you." I do not stickle for any par
ticular mode of baptism, but I put great
emphasis on the fact that you ought to be
baptised, yt no mors emphasis than th
Lord Jesus Christ, th great Head of the
church, put noon It,
Bom of you hav been thinking on this
subject ysar after year. You hare found
out that thi world I a poor portion. You
want to be Christians. Yon have com
almost Into th kingdom of God, but ther
you stop, forgetful of th fact that to be
almost saved la not to be aaved at all. Oh,
my brother, after having com so near to
the door of mercy, If you turn back, you
will never come at all. After all you have
heard of th goodness of God, if you turn
away and die, It will not be because you
did not hav a good offer.
"God's spirit will not always strive
With hardened, self destroy Ing man.
Ye who persist hi love to grieve
May never bear his voice again."
May God Almighty this hour move upon
your soul and bring you back from th
husks of the wilderness to the Father's
house, and set you at the banquet, and
"put a ring ou your hind."
Why He Wasn't Interested.
James Payn relates a curious colnol
cldence: "A young engineer was de
scribing to the occupant of a railway
carriage a late experience on an en
gine; 'We were making up time be
tween two stations, and going at a
great rate, when we suddenly sighted
an old gentleman walking quietly In
front of ua along the lln. W screech
ed and whistled, but lie waa vry deaf,
and w could not attract hia attention.
An old lady, horrified by the situation,
and hoping there waa same wa out of
It, her exclaimed: 'Bat on didn't hart
him? We war down upon him,
ma'am, Ilk on o'clock! Hurt htm, In
deed! Did you ver hear such a ques
tion, airr addreaalng a young man la
dp mourning, who had maintained a
melancholy atlsnee. 1 bar heard th
story before,' h replied, la axpla na
tion f hia want of latere; it waa ray
fata.' "
Wls-Thata a shocking bad ha
reamweartag, Jeaes. Jooea Yea) bat
I fa ft m mm mr wtfa ef law
of r taat mrrhW M.
According to Example that Seem to
Bet the Face She la to Be Vary Fat,
Frightfully Homely, and to Dreea
Principally In Hideouanesa.
Ootham Faahlon Gossip.
Mw fork correspondence:
K.N the poster
craze, which Is
now making Itself
felt In women's
dress, does not
bring more of ug
liness than does
the American dow
ager, who la, con
s I d e r e d from a
fashion's stand
point, an equally
new development.
To be a dowager
In correct form,
according to the
few examples that are asserting them
selves and setting the pace, Is to be very
fat, frightfully homely, and to dress
with a magnificent regard for all that
U hideous. No longer able to attract
by charm of any kind, this new type
of dowager triumphantly fixes the af
frighted attention and with a victo
rious assault on all your senses of
beauty, blasts your recollection with an
unfading image of her. This person
ha long been a pillar of British so
ciety, but she la only Just beginning to
appear here, and only thla season bas
she been planned for by swell dress
maker. She has a lot of wraps, and Is usually
done up In elegant furs. These furs ex
tend In long tabs In front, and the tabs
take a toboggan down the front like
that on the back, only It la not so long
and I a little more abrupt She always
seems to be in a frightful temper, and
If she really Is a fish of any alae In th
social pond, ber hostess will be In per
fect anguish unless everything seems
to ault her, while the beet-looking man
In th room will drop the prettiest girl
In th place at the summons of the
dowager's fan.
If you haven't seen this new type, all
thla will seem strange to you, but there
Is no exaggeration In It as applied to
the Individual. It really looks as If
well-to-do women of advanced yean
and receded charm had planned to
surrender absolutely, and to be as ugly
as they can be. Or It may tie that th
dressmakers, who were always most
sinfully neglected of theae women, have
cboaen the easiest way out of It and
on In for elaborate ugliness, giving up
striving to disguise defect. But no
matter bow stylish the dowager may
become, no sensible woman will con
sent to take after ber. In loose house
dressea particularly there is no excuse
for It, for In such gowns the middle
aged and pudgy woman can compete
with youth with considerable siK-ceaa,
and In other aorta of drees she should
bully her dressmaker Into doing th
best possible for her. An exceptionally
handsome house drees that will serve
her well Is shown In these first two
sketches. It Is of silver-gray velvet
laufLT at on or aica STurrs.
opening over a vet of straw-colored
Ilk. ThefrontUge4brd toaBOsAre,
law aoTscafl yoke, which la In on with
aaoDar that will swegoet a neck what
MM not. WkJU aatia Mae tk toon
velvet fronts, a rich drapery of lace
depends from either shoulder, aud nar
row strips of gable show on collar, yoke
and wrists. One of the chief advan
tages urged for the ugly manner of
gowning for these women Is that they
are, enabled to dress as richly and
spend as much money on their ward
robes as they could possibly wish to,
but there is richness enough here and
beauty, too. That any woman may
dress herself so as to make herself less
beautiful Is strange doctrine.
A house dress that Is hardly less ele
gant is next shown, but the absence of
lace or other elaborate adornment from
Its make-up leaves the violet velvet of
Its fitted back and 'loose sides, and the
white silk figured with faint gold flow
ers of Its front breadth, to asert their
richness through their simplicity, aa It
were, which they do with entire suc
cess. The bloused front droops over
a narrow ribbon belt, velvet glvea the
aallor collar and la trimmed with gold
galloon, two gold buttons holding the
gold cord strap, and the figured silk
gives the bishop sleeves.
Figured silks and flowered satins are
found In many of the prettiest house
dressea, and for many reasons are to
be preferred to velvets. A dress in
white pompadour satin figured with
pink rose appear In the fourth pic
ture, and Is eloquent of what can be ac
complished with auch stuffs. It Is made
princess, and has a front panel of pink
satin covered with accordion pleated
white nioussellne de sole, which fastens
on the left alda. In the skirt the pom
padour edges next to the panel ahow
cascades of chiffon. The full sleeves
end In long chiffon ruffles, and a chiffon
fichu Is draped about the shoulders.
The stock collar with Its bow In back,
and the belt, are of rose pink satin rib
bon. A change of front Is practically
a necessity with such a dress, and It
Is an excellent idea to have them quite
different, one from the other. One of
lace would prove particularly handsome
for this dress.
Miss Demurity can be depended ou to
get herself up In many extremely at-
rorTiHO MABUBBsa or rim tbabs
tractive ways, but here's a new trick
for her In this last picture, a device that
will lie difficult to equal for quaintneas.
This simple blouse waist Is finished at
the neck with a plain collar band, and
attached to this Is a collsr of white
stiffened mull, much like the tu tiding
collars worn by men sixty yenre ago.
The cravat of those times Is too severe
for women to copy, so a liow Is put at
the front, Its ribbon going around the
neck. A plain ribbon forms the belt,
the material of the whole being brown
Of the simple house dresses that lend
an air of domesticity to their wearers,
aprons are an Important factor, and
these are now plain, th day of the
dainty beruffled apron being gone.
Htich aprons are now on the bargain
counters, which means that they are
no longer fitted to the latest wrinkle.
Th right apron looks dellgbtfull do
mestic. It Is ao stiff that It crinkle,
and baa a wide hem and wide strings
that tl In a big, crisp knot, so stiff that
It la a regular challenge. Ita bib la an
other challenge, enough to make a man
fl that somebody ought to hug Ita
wrr Just to tak a little of th starch
at of that Mb. Bach an apron backa
np all th BtorUa an woman can tall
about biscuits aad pt craft, va with
at th corrobo ratio of th things ah
hag eookad,
A New Clothea-Uorae.
The two Illustrations represent tn
folded and open position, a light and
strongly-made clothes horse or rack,
designed to occupy In either position
the least apace necessary for a thor
oughly practical article. Within th
central post slides a rod conveniently
adjustable at the desired height, and
carrying on Its upper end a series of
plvotally connected umbrella-llka
clothes-supporting arms, each arm be
ing separately adjustable to an out
wardly extended position.
Plvotally connected to the central
post are also folding frames with horV
aontal bars, forming a clothes horse at
rack at each side for supporting larg
pieces of clothing. Each side fram is)
Independent of the other, so that slthet
one or both of them ma be used at a
time or both of them ma be books
up and held In a raised position,
on! the umbrella-like clothes-snpporw
ing arms at the top, and leaving a clear
space all around to the floor, these fea
tures rendering the device very advan
tageously adjustable where It Is desira
ble to economize space and where larg
placea hare also to be bandied.
Oeraaiuma la Winter.
A correspondent of Success With
Flowers describes her management ef
geranium for winter bloomers, says
the Independent. It Is a little late for
practice this fall, but la worth r mem
baring: You cannot expect to hav the
same plant bloom both In summer and
winter therefore, Starr and neglect
the geraniums in pots; let them get
rootbound tn summer; pinch off every
bnd; In September repot la flT-lach
pots, using rich mold, with good drain
age. Sprinkle and wet once a week
with a tablespoonful of ammonia la a
gallon of water; set the plant In the
snn, and keep moderate that In the
room, and there will be blossoms la
profusion. The writer bad thirteen va
rieties, every one In blossom since No
vember 10th, none without two trasses,
and most of them with four or Ave
trusses of lovely bloom. The red, scar
let, pink, solferlno and white, la varied
shades, make a window exhibition that
passers-by stop to admire.
Deviled Kaa.
Boll the eggs for twenty minutes,
shell and cut In halves. Take out the
yolk, and mix to a paste with mus
tard, pepper, salt and vinegar to taste,
using only enough melted butter to
make the paste smooth and of a proper
consistency. Tress back Into the egg
halves; chill before serving on lettuce
leaves. If the lunch-basket baa to be
packed some time before using, the
eggs keep more moist If the halves are
put together after being filled and
daintily wrapped In para (line paper.
Clean plaster of parts ornaments with
wet starch. Brush off when dry.
The torn pages of a book ma be nice
ly mended wHh white tissue paper.
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