The Sioux County journal. (Harrison, Nebraska) 1888-1899, August 13, 1896, Image 10

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    WE ut together in the veran
da at shepheard's Hotel.
Cairo lay beneath and
around us Cairo filthy, uiulti-colored.
and malodorous, but always pictur- cloth, two flowers marigolds. 1 tliitiki
esfjue. Suddenly an Arab ly came i witii only the head remaining, a brick
around the corner, and with a salaam j from the walls, ami, lastly, au iron af
Of the deepest, handi-d souie mail to j fair, which I at once recognized as the
Grimshaw. Then he squatted down j point of one of thos; sticks with which
e-n the veranda tioai'ds, with his great j camels are urged onward,
black eyes fixed on my companion's "Gcu. Gordon lost no time in uitrav
face, waiting for further orders. eliug the mystery of this missive. The
"Your !. Captain'?" I asked
"Yes," replied Grimwhaw, "but a good
deal more than that,
la the Soudan now
I should lie buried
II It were not for
Ibrahim yonder."
'Tell me al-out it, please." I asked,
rather eagerly; for this small Arab iu
the clear, white tunic, and brilliant tur
ban interested rue mightily.
Oriuisha w sottk-d himself back in the
bungalow chair and began:
"You know, of course," he sa'uL "that
I was In Khartoum with Gordon, l
did not regularly 1 long to the Gener
al's forces, but I had volunteered as
one of his aides-de-camp. Well, we
were shut up In tl at death trap City of
Khartoum, surrounded on every side
by the fore s of the Mahdl myriads of
fanatical Soudanese Arabs following
that high priest of bloodshed. We Ku- ,
KliKh were but a mere handful of men;
the auxiliar- force were w retchedly
small. Our only botie was aid from)
Egypt; and. as the whole world knows,
that never came. Poor Gordon was al
lowed to fall a victim to the Mahdi's
sword, and most of the garrison were
slain. With the exception of SIntin
Bey, who became a Mussulman, I think
I was the only European who got out
of the doomed city with his life.
I did so was due to Ibrahim.
Here the Arab ly hearing his name
mentioned looked up and smiled,
showing a row of teeth except ionally
even and white.
"A few days after we entered Khar
toum," continued Grlmsliaw, "I was
patroling th - town under G n. Gordon's
order, when we came across a great
rabble of lioys, hallooing and shouting
at a desfeni.ig rare. I sent an Egyp
tian soldier to discover the cause, and
he reported that the young 'f uzzv-wuz-
i.ies' (it is so that Private Atkins of her
Majesty's troops denominates the Sou
danese; were 'having fun' with one of
their number. I was then, as now. in
tensely .interested in native manners
and customs. Halting my men, I cn-
, tered the lioistcrous cordon of boy to
determine the reason of their tumult.
"The little rascals were teasing one
" of their number. Tensing.' Indeed, in
this case. Is too mild a wnl. They
beating and stoning the lad, who
, "ay bruised and half-blinded in the gut
ter. H's turban was off. and his al
ready scant clothing had leen torn to
shreds. I sprang the middle of the
mob and demanded the cause of such
brutal treatn - nt. At first they affect
ed not to understand my Arable, and
went on beating their victim, hut when
I had soundly cuffed one or two and
summoned my interpreter to my aid,
I succeeded in making them answer,
"He is the renegade's son." mi id a
ringleader 'Hassan, the renegade's
sou. Stone him, in the name of the
'Then I understood. The poor Isiy's
father hud taken service with Gordon,
leaving his offspring to suffer all the
cruelties which the Khartoum chil
dren, egged on by their elder, were
sure to Inflict upon him. I lost no time
in calling up a few men and sending
that park of youthful fanatics to the
right about. They went away, vowing
dire vei,gi;.uoe ou the 'renegade's
brat and I raised my protege from the
dust. He had fainted from pain and
loss of blood, but one of our surgeons
soon brought mm to. When he opened
his eyes and saw me he smiled like a
little coffee-colored angel and wanted
there and then to give me his liest
salaam. Of course I made him lie down
again, but he blurted out his gratitude
for preservation so vigorously that he
tame near fainting again.
"Next day his father, Hassan, one of
'Gordon servants, came to see him.
The two had a long talk, nd Anally
Hassan announced that for his son's
sake he had decided to leave the Gen
era! and go hack to his cobbler's stall
In the bazaar. Ibrahim for the lad
whom I had helped to rescue was the
same one now sitting liefore you
noon recovered, thanks to his native,
tough constitution. He left my hut,
absolutely refusing to touch any of
the money which I offered him. s
'"Protector of the poor,' he said in
his quaint, grandiloquent Eastern way,
'yon have saved your servant's life.
Did not the mouse once repay the lion
that had been Ins benefactor? Do!
I am the mouse, effendi; and you are
the lion. Perhaps somo day I may re
pay you. Salaam, friend? Then he
backed out of my hut, and I saw him
not for many days.
. II.
"One evening, while hurrying through
the bazaar on my way to Gen. Gordon's
quarter, a boy sprang out of a eob-
MeT's Mali ami handed me a tiny bnn
nUllppinir away into the dark new
before I bad time to do more than rec
vfuise him as Ibrahim, son of Ha Man.
1 carried the bundle to the General,
and together we undid It fastenings.
Hare yon ever deciphered an Oriental
object letter? I mean a letter which
U not written upon paper, bat of which
SM Mwe I conveyed bjr objects flow
" ad tlte like. The boodle handed (
me by Ibrahim was Just such a connim
nieation. It contained a. queer collee
tion of articles. They were: A piece
of broken knife blade, a wrap of grwa
i green cloth,' he said, means the Mahdl.
If -cause his sacred Hag Is green. The
j knife blade stands for a sword, and tiie
; decapitated flower mean
that our
heads are going to lie cut off. The
bri- k, I take it, hint of treachery In
side the walls. The camel-spike ad
vises you to fly from Khartoum imme
diately. Where did you get this'?
"When I told him the source of my
Information he was Inclined to pooh
pooh Ibrahim's letter. 'It Is a 1-oy'a fear
and fancy he said. 'We shall !e re
lieved In a few weeks.'
"Hut the Mahdl'f men formed an
Impenetrable circle around the town
a circle that grew narrower and nar
rower. Day after day we scanned the
desert horizon for some sign of the ex
pected relief, but without avail. Iay
after t ay the Impression grew stronger
umit each and all of us that we were
"I Hiring an earlv morning walk Ibra-
him a crusted me as suddenly as he had
done ix-fore. 'Fly. effendi,' he whisper
ed. 'The city is lietrayed. My father
and other Mussulmans have decided to
let the Mahdl within the gales. Dis-
! guise yourself and
fly In-fore it Is too
"I slxsik my head, for duty kept tne
in Khartoum; and Ibrahim retreated
with tears in those big, honest eyes of
'The very next night his warning
was fulfilled. It would be Idle, my
friend, to tell you over again all the
horrors of the capture, or rather Im
trayal. of Khartoum. The Mahdi's sol
diers, were like fiends incarnate. Spent
with fatigue and slender fare we could
not stand before them. Gordon, poor
fellow, was slain, and a remnant of us
was driven, fighting for life, from hut
to hut across the city. Finally, with
empty revolver and broken sword, I
found myself in the stairway of a rude
minaret, waiting for the death which 1
felt would be inevitable. It is all very
well to meet death boldly ou the field
of battle, with comrades and friends
mound one, but to sit down In a dark
stairway and count the minutes until
; Its coming might make the bravest man
1 in the world feel uncomfortable. All
! around I heard the hideous sounds of
j slaughter and watched through a tiny
! loop-hole in the wall the red flames
j shooting across the sky (for it was mld
j night, and a starless midnight to boot i.
A sick feeling stole over me. To re-
main cooped up thus seemed Intolera
: ble. I had Just resolved to rush Into
the thick of the Soudanese and sell my
life as dearly as possible when a foot
fall on the stairs below arrested me.
"It was the sound of a naked foot,
and as I peered, every sense on the
ah-rt, into the half-light by the minaret
doorway, 1 vaguely distinguished a
) dark form ami two shining eyes. Was
! it one of the Mahdis iu search of hu
j man prey? I gripped my broken sword
; tighter and prepared for action.
" "Effendi" whispered a voice, 'is it
you, protector of tie; poor';'
"The voice was that m Ibrahim, son
of Hassan. My heart gay a leap for
gladness and I answered him that It
was. Indeed, myself.
" 'It is good.' he exclaimed. 'My
lord, I have come to save you. Hasten
down and don these garments which I
have brought you. They belong to the
old blind priest who lodged with my
father. He died last night, but nobody
knows of it yet. ' You can pass as the
old priest and escape. Make haste, sa
hib, make haste!'
"I saw the chance nnd seized it. Re
fore you could have repented the pro
verbial 'Jack Robinson" many times I
had pulled those baggy Mohammedan
clothes over my soiled and bloodstained
uniform. A turban took the place of
my khaki helmet, and around my face
I draped the white hood which the
Soudanese Arabs wear. Then, Is-fore
I could protest, Ibrahim eoolly seized a
handful of mud and lilieraliy daubed
my face.
" The sahib Is too white he explain
ed. 'The olu Wind priest, was always
black and dirty so kick off your boots,
sahib, and let me daub your feet.' Off
went my Itoots; and In a minute or two
my legs from the knee down were as
brown (and as dirty) as they well might
"You are all right, now, effendi,'
ald Ibrahim, 'let iw make for the Cairo
With ail my heart I thanked the boy;
but lie would listen to no thanks. 'You
wived my life; I'll save yours he said.
Kemeuiber, effendi, ttie mouse and the
lion. Let us hasten to the state."
'But you are not coming 1 le-
gan; when my protest was interrupted
by a troop of black Mahdlsts surging
Into the little bystreet where we stood.
Xerer shall I forget the sight they pre
sented, In I he false light of the burning
city, with their huge piles of hair,
their ferocious faces and their spears
and sclmefer a-drlp with blood. I bad
given myself over for lost, when I bra
him, gripping m band, led me onward,
calling In sing song tones: 'Room for
the blind priest. Room for Anied. sou
of All, the soothsayer. The light of
Allah is upon the blind priest
"Taking the hint I plucked up cour
age enough to shout the war-cry of the
Mahdl. Tne 'fuzzy-wuzzie entirely
deceivc.1, joined in my cry. 'Hide your
time, holy father said one of thein;
'we'll five you plenty of Christian bead?
later on.' . . . Then they left us
whooping like demons down the street,
but Ibrahim plucked at my sleeve and
mechanically I followed him. Many
times we met parties of the Mabdiists,
but In the darkness our ruse succeeded
beautifully, and we reached Cairo gate
in safety.
"Around the gate, despite the con
fusion, a strong guard had been posted.
In the open space without many scores
of camels were spra wllng.
"'A camel for the Mahdi's messen
ger: cried Ibrahim in his shrill voice.
'Ho, brothers' A amel for th- blind
soothsayer. Arm-d, son of All. who lsars
the Mahdi's defiance across the desert."
"A dozen dusky warriors surrounded
us, and as many awkward camels were
prodded to tneir feet. One of these un
gainly beasts ws made to kneel, while
Ibrahim made a great show of helping
the supix-tHcd blind priest to a seat tijsin
his back.
"Just then a tall fuzzy-wuzzv clear
ly an officer--rushed forward. 'Who Is
this?" he d-manded. -When does this
man go? The orders are that no man
shall leave the gates before daybreak.'
"My heart sank, but fortunately for
us the natural superstition of the Arab
came to our aid. 'Have a care" cried
one of the soldi. -rs. 'It is a blind priest
a soothsayer. He may curse you.
The offlircr stepped back involuntar
ily, eying me with fear. 'Give us your
blessing, holy father." cried a dozen on
lookers. "Here wa a new predicament. I
could not renicm!er enough Arabic at
the moment to give the desired blessing;
but a whisper from Ibrahim recalled to
my mind a simple form of words,
which, eked out by discreet mumbling",
on my part and the loud responses of
the lsiy, suited the Arabs well enough.
They prostrated themselves the olil
cer with the rest amid a great crv of
, "Allah Ackbar.' Then Ibrahim smote
our earned soundly, and away we went,
through the ous posts, speeding fast
from the gory City of Khartoum.
"The perils and adventures of the
Journey were p, numerous to lie told
at one sitting, but it was nearly a
month after that awful night that our
amel limpej into Cairo, carrying on
h's back two emaciated fugitives who
had once la-en an officer of the line and
an Arab lioy.
"Ibrahim has I wen all around the
world with me since, and will probably
continue to lie my comrade until one of
us twain depart this life forever, eh,
Ibrahim, old friend?"
The Arab lad sniitei. and spread out
his hands, "My fate is thine, effendi'
he said, "you saved my life."
"On that score. Ibrahim," answered
Capt. Grimshaw, "I think we are quits.
Kcmember Khartoum." Atlanta Con
stituticu. Si'alucs of Corpses.
The pleasing jsmsibility of transform
ing the dear decellv,.( nt0 . iiJ(-lde.
like statue that may In set in a niche
or on a pedestal was suggested to the
members of the Academy of Sciences
of l'uris recently by Mr. Motrin, who
read a paper detailing his discovery of
a pr icess of converting animal matter,
before di-comjiositiou ki-:s iii. into a
substance tei.cmbiing marble, l'ing
Hlfficielttly Lard to allow of jis
sculptured. He called the attention of
the society to the possibility of his in
vention, which he has taken the pre
caution to patent, being utilized to fire
serve hiiniau bodi.-s after death. Inas
much as this marble-like substance can
be sculptured, it is possible to
little physical ! fi ti- that, unnoticed or
at least not obtrusive in life, might de
tract from the attract Ivettess of a stat
ue. This proce is a step ahead of the
St. Louis silver-plater who for ten years
has l-en experimenting upon a plan
to succeed embalming by hermetically
plating iu gold, silver' or nickel the an
cestors of such people as are willing t.
undergo the expense of having them
decorated for future Inspection.
Imitation Keed 1'ackajcc.
There seems to be no end of trouble
to the Agricultural Detain motir frmn
the distribution of seed this year The '
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urtmi iaii-ai uas learned mat requests
i,.,... i . , , , .
hava lieen mnde nn cuin o,ore!n 1 wnA. i
men for seed put up in papers similar
to those used by the Government and
printed in simulation thereof. Acting
Secretary Dabney has sent out notices
to a large number of seedsmen in re
gard to the matter, stating that the
department cannot permit the Govern
ment seed contractors or any seeds
men to sell sods in packets bearing the
name of the Department of Agricul
ture, or any words which might cause
the receiver of the packet to believe
tl at It was a part of the Government
seed distribution. No seed can be dis
tributed free of postage through the
mails except that delivered upon the
orders of members of Congress by the
Department of Agriculture, or sent out
directly from the department. The act
of March 3, 1875, confines the franking
of seeds by niemlMtrs of Congress to
those seeds which they receive for dis
tribution from the Department of Agrl
Flower Perfnines.
It is claimed that the perfume of
flowers disappear as soon as the starch
in the petal is exhausted, and it may, it
Is said, be restored by placing the dower
In a solution of sugar, wben the forma
tion of starch and the emission of fra
grance will be at on re roauined.
Lawyer Do you think that yon are
capable of tilling the position, young
man? Boy Capable! Why, my last
dom said I knew more than be did.
That is why I had to leave. Va nit.
Bat, No Matter What Our Birthright
May Be, W Can He Font and Dauiih
tera of God and Heira of Immortality
A Glorious Inheritance.
Power of Heredity.
This wrmon by Her. Dr. Talmage om
heredity will bring all the family records
into requinition and lead people to mudv
their on proclivity toward gixsl or evil.
The test cbonen waa I. Samuel, xvii. S,
'Whoae son art thou, thou young lima?"
Never there more um-qual fight
fban that bet wen Havkl and Goliath;
Oavid 5 feet higll, Goliath 1; David
shepherd boy brought up amid rural
scene, GoiiHta a warrior by profeaaion:
Goliath a mountain of braggadocio. I.-t-vid
a marvel uf hiiinitiiy ; Goliath armed
with an iron spear, David armed wbli
a siing with smooth stem- from the
brook. Hut you an- not to decpim- the
latter eiMii. ...
A Mighty Weapon.
There Has a regiment of shiigers in the
Assyrian army, and a regiment of slinn
ers in the Kgypiian army, and they made
terrible execution, and they could cost
a atone with h much accuracy mid for, ..
a now can be senf hot or shell. Tin
Greek in their army had tdintiers who
would throw leaden plummets imcriled
with the irritating words, "Take this!"
So it was a mighty weapon David em
ployed in that famous combat. A Jewish
rabbi s.'tys that the probability is that
Goliatb nag in such contempt for David
that in a paroxysm of laughter he threw
his head back and his helmet fell ofT.
and David saw the uncovered forehead,
and his opportunity bad come, ami inking
t&is sling and swinging it around hi
heitd two or three times and aiming it at
that uncovered forehead crushed it in
like an eggshell. The buttle over, liehoH
the tableau: King Saul sitting; little
David standing,, liis lingers clutched into
the hair of decapitated Goliath. As Saul
sees David standing there holding in his
hand the ghastly, reeking, staring trophy,
evidence of the complete victory over
Gd's enemies, the king wonders what
parentage was honored by such heroism,
sad la my text he asks David his fw-di-gn-e,
"Whose son art thou, thou young
The king saw- what you and I sec, thai
this question of heredity i a mighty u mo
tion. The lunger 1 live the more I believe
in blood - gmd hiood, bad blood, proud
blood, humble blood, honest hloivi, thiev
ing blood, heroic blood, cowardly blood.
The tendency may skip a generation or
two, but it is sure to conic out, as in s
litttle child you sometime see a similarity
to a great-grandfather whose picture
hangs on llie wall. That the physical and
mental and moral qualifies are inheritable
is patent to any one w ho k.-ejw his eyes
open. The similarity is so striking some
times as to be amusing. Great families,
regal or literary, are apt to r ve the
characteristics all down through the gen
erations, and what is more in
such families may lie seen on a smaller
scale iu all families, a thousand years
have no power to obliterate the different'.
The large lip of the house of Austria is
seen in all the generations and is .al'ed
the Hnpshnrg bp. The bouse of Stuart
always means iu all generations cruelty
and bigotry and sensuality. Witness
Queen of Scots, witness Charles I. niul
Charles II.. witness Jaiuea I. and James
II. and all the other scoundrel of that
line. Scottish blood means rsi-tem-e.
Knglish blood means reverence for the
ancient, Welsh blood mean religiosity,
Danish blood means fondness for the sea,
Indian blood means roaming disunion,
Celtic blood means fervidity. Human
Wood means conquest. The Jewish facil
ity for accumulation you tuny trace clear
back to Abraham, of whom the lljblo
say "he wa rich in silver and gold and
cattle," and to Isaac and Jacob, who had
tfte same characteristics. Some families
are charaeierixed by longevity, nnd they
have a tenacity of life positively Metlms-
elisli. Gibers are characterized by Goli
athian stature, and you can see it for one
generation, two generations, hve genera
tions iu all the generations.
V igormiN theology runs down in the line
"" -icMiuoeis. i ragcuy runs on in
the family of the Kembles. Literature
runs on in the line of the Trollom-s. Phi
lanthropy runs on in the line of the Wil-
tM-rforces. Statesmanship run on in the
line of the Adamses. Voti see these .cu
uarines in all generations. Henry and
t stlierme of .nvgrre religious, all their
fnniilie religious. The celebrated family
of the Casini, ail mathematicians. The
celebrated family of the Medici, grand-
rattier, son and t athcrme, ail retnsrkubk
for keen intellect. The celebrated fam
ily of (.iistavus Adobhus. all warriors.
This law of heredity asserls itself without
rf'f"r""' 1,1 ""''' political condition,
i"r yoa sometimes find the iifiiobie in hk'li
,,',. ,;,i ,i, i .. . ,, , ,
piiue and the honorable in obscure place
, , , .... .
A descendant of Kdward III. a doorkeeo
er, A descendant of the Duke of North
umiH-niuiii a truiikmaker. Home of the
mightiest families of Lngland are ex
tinct, while some of those most honored
in tne peerage go track to an ancestry of
hard knuckles and rough exterior.
Wboac Hon Art Thou?
This law of heredity is entirely inde
Iiendeut of social or political conditions.
Tlien you find avarice and Jealousy and
sensuality and fraud having full awing
in some families. The violent tenijsT of
Frederick William Is the inheritance of
Frederick the Great. It is not a theory
founded by worldly philosophy, but by
divine authority. Do you not reniemls-V
how the Jtihle sstik of a chosen genera
tion, of the generation of righteousness,
of the generation of vipers, of an unto
ward generation, of a stuhlsrn genera
tion, of the iniquity of the fathers visited
upon the children unto the third and
fourth generation' So that the h'xt
comes to-day witn the force of a projectile
hurled from mightiest catapult. "Whose
son are thou, thou young man?" "Well,"
says some one, "that theory discharges me
from all responsibility. Hon) of sancti
fied parents, we are Ismnd to lie good, and
we en-mot help otirselvea. Horti of un
righteous parentage, we are bound (
he evil, and we cannot help ourselves."
Two inaccuracies. As much as if yon
should say, 'The centripetal force in na
ture has a tendency to bring everything
to the center, snd therefore sll come to
the center. The centrifugsl force In
nature has a tendency to throw every,
thing to the periphery, and therefore ev
erything will go out to the periphery."
Von know ss well as I know thst yoa
tsn uinke the ceulripelsl force overcome
the eentrifiigsl, sad you can mse the
centrifugal overcome the reittripcts!, ss
w hen there is s mighty tide of go.d io s
family that may t overcome lJf deter
mination to evil as in the case of Asron
Burr, the libertine, who had f-r father
President Burr, the consecrated; ss io
the case of l'icrreponl Edwards, the
scourge of New York society eig!;y yesr
ago, who had i Christian ann-stry w hile,
e-n the other hand, some of the best men
and women of tbis day are ilioe who
have Come of an ancestry of which it
would not l courteous to sis uk in their
presew-e The practical and useful ob
ject of this sermon is to show you that,
if you have come of a Christian ancestry,
then you are solemnly bound to preserve
and develop the glorious inhcniaui-e. or,
if you have come of depraved ancestry
then it is your duty to brace yourself
ataiimt the evil tendency by sll prayer
and Christian determination. And you
sre to find out the family frailties, nnd iB
arming the castle put the strongest guard
at the weakest irate. With these slii'Sith
stone from the brook I h-iie to strike
yon. not where David struck Goliath, in
the head, but when- Nathan struck Da
vid, in tin- heart. "W hose son art thou,
th;y youjig man?"
'l'lie re is something in all winter holi
day to tiring up the old folks. I think
many f on:- i tfous."hi at uch limes are
set tii tne tuTie'of "Auld Lang Sync." The
old folks were so busy at such time iu
making us happy, and perhaps on less
resource made their sons and daughters
happier ihan y.oi on larger resources are
able to make oiiir sons and daughter.
The snow lay two fee! alic their graves,
hut they shook off the while blankets and
mingled in the holiday festivities the
same wrinkles, the same stoop of shoulder
under the weight of age, the same old
style of drcs or com, the amc smile, the
same tone of voice, i hi' you remcinls-r
them bef,,r,- they went away. If not, I
hoie there arc those who have recited to
you what they were, and that there may
be in your house some article of dress or
furniture with which you associate their
memories. I want to arouse the most s.i
cred memories of your heart while I make
the impn-siotiist interrogatory in regard
to jour pedigree, "Whose son art thou,
thou young man
First, 1 accost those who arc descended
of a Christian ancestry, I do not ask if
your parents were jierfect. There are no
perfect people now, and 1 do not suppose
there were any perfect people then. Per
haps there was sometimes too much
blood in their eye when they chastised
you. Hut from what i know of you, yon
got no more than you deserved, and per
haps a little more chastisement would
have lieen salutary. Hut you are willing
to acknowledge, 1 think, that they wn tiled
to do right. From what you overheard in
conversations, and from what you saw at
the family altar snd at neighisirhood
otiwefjtiifs, you know that they had invited
God into their heart and their life. There i
nn something that sustained those old
l-op;e suNTnaturnlly. You have no
doubt about their destiny. You expect if
you ever get to heaven to meet them as
you e3Ej-ct to meet the Iord Jemis Christ.
That early sssociation has been a charm
for yon. There was a time when yon
got right up "from a house of iniquity and
walked out into the fresh air because you
thought your mother was looking at you.
You have never tn-en very happy in sin
l-cause of a sweet old face that would
present itself. Tremulous voice from
the past accosted yon until they were
seemingly ifudib'e, and yon looked around
to see who spoke. There was an estate
not mentioned In the last will and testa
ment, a vast estate of prayer and holy
example and Christian entreaty and glori
ous memory. The survivor of the family
gathered to hear the will read, and this
was to lie kept and that was to be sold,
and it was "share and share alike,"
But there was an unwritten will that
read something like this; "in the name of
God. Bitten. I, Ix-iiiff of sound mind, be
queath to my children all my prayers
for their salvation. 1 henueslb. to them
all the n-sults of n lifetime' toil. be-
queath to them the Christian religion
which has ls-en so much comfort to me.
and I hope may he olaiy for them. 1
quealh to fhern a hope of reunion when
the partings of life are over. 'Share and
share alike' may they inherit eternal
riches. I bequeath to them the wish that
they may avoid my errors and copy any
thing that may have been worthy. In the
name of God. who made me, and the
Christ, who redeemed me, and the llo-y
Ghost, who sanctities me, I make this my
last will and testament. Witness all you
host of heaven. Witness time; witness
eternity. Signed, scale.! and delivered in
this our dying hour. Father and Mother'
You did not get that will proved at the
surrogate's office, but 1 take it out to-dny
and I read it to you. I take it out of the
alcove of your heart. I shake the dust
off it. 1 ask if you will acis-pf that in- j
lieritnnce, or win you break the will?
h. ye oft hrlstian aiicestryl You have
a respotisiliiiity yHt beyond nil measure
ment, i, sl will not let you off with just
ts-ing as good a ordinary people when
you had such extraordinary advantage.
Hugh! hot yon, my brother, to l better!
noting nao i iirisiian nurture, than the
man who can truly say this morninc
"The 6rt word I rx-memlsT my father
speaking to nie was an oath; the first time
1 retnenils-r my father taking hold of me
was in wratti; i never saw a Bible till I
was JO years of age, end then I was fold it
was a puck of lies; the first twenty years
of my life I was associated with the
vicious; I seemed to be walled in by sin
and death";"
Now, my brother, ought you not I leave
If as a matter of fairness with yon-ought
yon not to lie better than those who had
no early Christian influence? Standing
as you do between the generation that Is
past snd the generation that is to come,
are you going to pas the blessing on, or
are you going m )iTe jour life the gulf In
which that tide of blessing shall dron out
of sight forever? yu are the trustee f
piety in that ancestral line, and are you
going to augment or squander that solemn
trust fund? Are you going to disinherit
your sons and daughters of the hclrWin
wnieti your parent left you? Ah. thtit
cannot lie possible-it cannot be possible
that you sre going to take such a position
a that! You are very careful alsmt the
life Insurance, and careful about the
deed, snd careful about ihe mortgage,
and careful shout the title of your prop
erty, because when you step off the stage
you want your children to get it sll. Are
you making no provision that they shall
get grsndfstner's or grandmother's re
ligion? Oh, what a Isst will and tei.
ment you sre making, my brother! "In
the same of God, amen. I, being of sound
mind, make this my lsst will and test,
ment. I bequeath f0 my children sll the
money I ever imide and sll the house I
9, 1) it 1 disinherit them. I rob ' .,e; 4
the aui'i-stral grsi-e a'-d tin- Cirisilai, VT,
fhieme that 1 inherited. I hue piX
nVred that on my worMlines. Sfia-
Slid share alike liinsl they ir the niif.,t.
tune snd the everlasting outrage. S.gi1(j
sealed and delivered in the present 0j
God and nu n and sngels and devil, r,j
all the generations of earth and tesveg
snd hell, July, l!i."
Ihe Il!e-1 Mother.
Oh, ye of highly f.ivorc l :i: stry. ak
up this morning to a etic t your opo.
timlty snd responsibility; I tii. i.k there
must tie an old cradie or a fragment of
cradle somewhere that could lc!l a story
of midnight supplication iu your ls-luiif.
Where is the old rucking chair in whirli
you were sung to sleep with the holy
nursery rhymes? Where is the old cldc
that ticked away the moments of liut
sickness on that awful night when tliTs
were but three of you awake yon irrl
Gid snd mother? Is there not an o'4
staff in some close!? We beg you to tura
over a new leaf this very day.
(Ill, the fiower of ancestral piety. !)
illustrated by a young man of New- Yorfc
who attended a prayer meeting one nig'd
and asked for prayer and then went home
and wrote down these words "Twenty
five year ago 10 night my m it her went
to heaven, niy tsuntiful, blessed mother,
and I have lieen alone, tossed up and
dow n upon the billow of life's tempestu
ous ocean. Shall I ever go to heaven? Sh,
told me I must nn-et her in henveu. Wh-a
she took my hand in hers and turned her
gentle, loving 1 yes on n.e, and gazed earn
estly and long into my face, and th
liftisl them 1.1 heaven in that last prd"a
she prayitl Unit I might meet her ill heaW
en. 1 wonder if 1 ever shall? My moth
er's prayers! Oh, my sweet, blessed
inotlier's prayers! Did ever a loy hav.'
such a mother as J had? For twenty-fir,,
years I have not heard her pray until t -night,
I have beard all her prayer over
again. Tfe y have had, iu fact, a terrib.e
resurrection. Oh, how she was wont to
pray: f-be prayi-d a they prayed to-nig-it
so eariu-st, so importunate, so believing.
Shall 1 ever bo a C-hristiari? She wa a
Christian. Oil. how bright and pun; an I
happy was her life! Stic was a cheerful
and happy Christian. There is my moth
er's Bible. 1 have not opened it for years.
Did she believe I cotild ever neglect her
precious Hiine.' hhe surely thought I
would read it much and often. How
often has she road it to me! How did she
cause me to kneel by my little bed and
put my little builds up in the attitude of
prayer; How has he knelt by me and
over me, and I have felt her warm tear
mining down ufsm my hand and face!
'Blessed mother, did yon pray in vain
for your Isiy? It shall not I? in vsln.
Ah, no. no; it shall not Is- In rain! I wiil
pray for myself.. Who has sinned against
much instruction I have against
so many precious prayers put up to beat
en for me by one of the most lovely, ten-
r, pious, confiding, trusting of neither
in her heavenly rather s care and grace?
She never doubted. Hhe believed. Him
slwsys prayed as if she did. My Bible,
my mother's Bible and my conscienco
ics'b what I am and what 1 have made
myself, on. the bitter pang of an accus
ing conscience! I need a Saviour mighty
to save. I must -ek him. I will, 1 m
on the sea of existence, and 1 can never
get off from it. 1 am afloat. No anchor,
no rudder, no compass, no l-Kiok of instrWA
tions, for I have put them all away from
me. Saviour of the js-rishing, save or !
perish;" Do you wonder that the next
day he arcs., in prayer meeting arid said;
"My brethren, I stand before you a Mon
ument of God's amazing mercy and good
ness, i-orevcr blessed ts his holy name!
All 1 have 11 ml all I am I consecrate t i
Jesus, my Saviour and my God." Oh,
the power of ancestral prayer! Hear it:
fb-ar it!
Heirs of Immortality,
Hill 1 turn for 11 moment to those who
had evil jKireiiiage, and 1 want to tell you
that the big hoi thrones in heaven and tin
mightiest triumphs and the brightest
crowns will be for those who had evil
parentage but who by the grace of God
i-onqueri-d conquered. As good, as use
ful, as splendid a gentleman as I eve;
knew had for a father a man who died
blaspheming God until the neighbors bad
to put their fingers in their ears to ship
out the horror. One of the most conse
crated nnd useful Christian ministers of
to-day was the son of a drunken horss
jockey. Tide of evil is tremendous la
some families, it is like Niagara rapids,
snd Jet men have clung t r(K., ,)
been rescued.
If this world is ever to lie I-Me nixed
and it will be all the infected families
of the earth are to be ri-Kenenu..,! rul
there will some one arise iu each fumily
line and ojs-h a new geiiealogk-nl lahle
There will Ih, some Joseph p arise in tint
line and reverse the evil influence of I
bolwiitji, and there will lie soim- Marv tu
arise iu the line and reverse the crtl fit.
tliicnce of BathshebH. J'erlian the itsr
of hope may faiint down to your manger .
IVihaps you arc to In- the hero or iieW
heroine that is to put down the brake ah
slofi (hat long line 0f genealogical ten
dencies ami witch it off 011 another track
fiuin that ou which li has been ruunin
fur a century. You do that, and 1 will
promise yon as fine a palace a the archi
tect of heaven can build, the archway in
scribed with the word "More than con
queror.", But whatever your heredity, lei
me say you may Is' sou and daughters ol
t..e Iyord God Almighty. Kstrnnged chil
dren from the homestead, conic bscs
through the open gate of adoption. Then
Is royal bhsel In iiur veins. There art
crowns 011 our escutcheon. Our Fathei
Is king; our Brother is king; we may U
kings and queen unto God forever. Com
and sit down on the ivory bench of tin
palace. Come and wash in the fountain'
that fall into the basin of crystal and ala
baster. Come and look out of the up
holstered window upon gardens of azalea
and amaranth. Hear the full burst ot
the orchestra while you banquet with po
tentate and victors. Oh, when the text
sweep backward, let it not stop at Hit
cradle that rocked the first world! And
Wueii the text sweeps forward let it not
stop t your grave, but at the throne 0(
which you may reign forever and evee
"Whose son art thou, thou young man?"
Son of God, heir of .immortality, taki
your Inheritance!
Malaga, Uuevlii, Cadiz, Tarragrma,
and other maritime provinces of Hpalt
are trying to emulate the example ol
Seville and Barcelona and to collect '
money to liny a warship each to present
to the Kovernmeiit In order to have 1
powerful Spanish fleet as soon as possi
ble. Some people are uevcr contented ua
less In controversy. Like the stormj
petrel, they arc erer flying Io search
a tempest.