The Sioux County journal. (Harrison, Nebraska) 1888-1899, September 03, 1896, Image 8

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Indictment, the Tentimony, the
mint Va and the Jndcment
Graphic Ucport of a Trial for the
-te of a Soul.
In the Courtroom.
The illustrations of this sermon arp from the scene in a court room,
with which Ut. Talnutge became familiar
when he was studying law, before he
toadied for the ministry. The text ii L
Jofcn, ii., 1, "We have an advocate with
the Father, Jesus Christ, the righteous. '
Standing in a court room you say to
ywaraelf, "At this bar crime has often
been arraigned; at this witness stand tbe
baa often been taken; at this jurors
to verdict baa been rendered: at
this ja due's desk sentence hag been io
ttoonced." But I have to tell you to-day
f a trial higher than any oyer and ternw
er or circuit or supreme or chancery. It
la the trial of every Christian man for
the life of hia soul. This trial is differ
t from any other in tbe fact that it is
both civil and criminal.
The issues at stake are tremendous, and
I ahull ia my sermon show you first what
n the grounds of complaint, then who
Are the witnesses in the cause and lastly
wtio are the advocates.
When a trial is called on, the first thing
ia to have the indictment read. Stand up
then, O Christian man, and hear the in
dictment of the court of high heaven
against thy soul. It ia an indictment of
ten counts, for thou hast directly or indi
rectly bnrken all the Ten Commandments.
You know how it thundered on Sinai, and
when flod came down how the mountain
rocked, and the smoke ascended as from
a smoldering furnace, and the darkness
gathered thick, and the loud, deep trum
pet uttered the words, "The soul that
stirwieth, it shall die!" Are you guilty or
no guilty? Do not put in a negative plea
oo qirck, for I have to announce that
"all have sinned and come short of the
sslwy of iod. There is none that doeth
pood. No. not one. Whosoever shall
keep the whole law, yet offend in one
point, he is guilty of all." Do not there'
fore be too hasty in pronouncing yourself
not guilty.
The Lawsuit.
This lawsuit before us also charges you
with the breaking of a solemn contract.
Majiy a time did we promise to be the
Lord's. We got down on our knees and
aid, ') Lord, I am thine now and for
ever." Iid you keep the promise? Have
yon stood up to the contract? I go back
to your first communion. You remember
it as well as if it were yesterday. You
know how flie vision of the cnws rose be
fore yon. You remember how from the
bead, and the bands, and the side, and
the feet there came bleeding forth two
words. Rememlter me." You recall how
the cup of communion trembled in your
hand when you first took it, ami as in a
washoll you may hear, or think you hear,
the roaring of the surf even after the she'.l
baa been taken from the beach, so yon
lifted the cup of communion and yon
beard in it the surging of the great ocean
of a Saviour's agony, and you came forth
tmm that communion service with face
thiiiinir ns thomch vou had been on the
mount of Transfiguration, and the very
air seemed tremulous with the love of
Jetras. and the woods and the leaves and
the grass and ihe birds were brighter ami
sweeter voiced than ever Itefore, and you
aid down in the very depths of your
noul, "Lord, thou knowest all things
thou knowest that I love thee. Have
yon kept tbe bargain. ( Christian man
Have you not sometime faltered when
tni ought to have been true.' Have you
not ?been proud when you ought to have
tieen humble? Hare you not played the
toward when yon ought to have been the
hero? I charge it upon you and 1 char:
it upon myself we have broken the con
.Still further. This lawsuit c'.aims dam
aces nt your hands. The groitcst slain!
on the Christian religion is air inconsist
ent .professor. The Bili.e says religion i
one tbiirg. We, by our inconsistency.
religion is some other thing, and what is
snore deplorable about it is that peopl
t-nn fault in others while they cannot
nee set in themselves. If you shn.l
time find some miserable old gossip,
with iuijierfeetion from the crown of her
bead to the sole of her foot, a perfect
Ukitch of sin herself, she will go tattling,
tatl'ing. tattling nil the years of her lif-
about the inconsistencies of others, nuv
' inz wo idea that she is inconsistent her
wuf. rod save the world from tbe gos
nip, leroale and male! I think the male
re the worst. Now the chariot of Christ's
sJvation goes on through the world, bu
ll is our inconsistencies, my brethren,
ohv-k lip the wheels, while all along th;
line there ought to have Iwen cast nothing
bat palm branches, and the shout shou'd
bare been lifted, "Hoaanna to the Son of
Nw you have heard the indictment
read. Are you ready to plead guilty or
not guilty? Perhaps you are not ready
yet to plead. Then the trial will go on.
Tlie witnesses will be called, and we shall
bare the matter decided. In the name of
tlod I now make proclamation: Oye.,
yez, oyez. whosoever hath anything fo
nsTer in this trial, in which Uod is the
plaintiff and the Cbrisitian soul the de
sfeaVlant, let him now step forth and give
tjssfttaoiiy in this solemn trial.
The reatimonjr.
The first witness I call upon the stand
Sa Ijebalf of the prosecution is the world,
all rrbtical and otwervant of Christian
character. You know that there are is
le around you who sTis'tuaIly bampiet
on the frailties of God's cUiWren. You
-it know, if you huve lived in tlie conn-
tnr. that a crow cures for nothing so much
an carrion. There are those who imagine
that eot of the faults of Christians they
can make a bridge of boats across tn
naneani of death, and they are going 'o
irr It: but ala for tbe mistake! W heu
tt set midstream, away will go the
WAa, and down will go their souls to
a-M-tiiiM O work! of tbe greedy eye mi
Cm fcnrl heart, corn on the stand now
in tabalf f the prosecution
ttbh Christina soul on trial. Whs
4 t mm kasrw a boat tola Christian man
CV m MrMt "I now k1
bMt htm. Ha tofts about putt Inn
I nhm hi hancea, but he is tho
' L wt aatn ta nanW 1 ever knew. - He
-fri Wnni M beHeva that be is a
lf QeL hat h ht Jwt Ml of Imper-
f Tnv 1 4o not taow bat I an irsat
' ' I 1 Itdtr than he hi tw. Often tlae
, t vbtasaqr mtir. ha Wlka so llttW
t ' Oriat Ml wuh about hlaweW.
I am very glad to test! fy that rhia is s
bad man."
Stop, O world, with the greedy eye and
hard heart I fear yoa are too much inter
ested in this trial to five impartial evi
dence. Let all those who hear tbe testi
mony of thia witness know that there is
n old family quarrel between these two
parties. There always has been a vari
ance between the world and the church,
and, while the world on tbe witness stand
to-day has told a great deal of truth about
thu Christian man. rou must take it all
with much allowance, remembering that
they still k-ep tbe old grudge good. O
w-ld of the greedy eye and the bard
heart, that will do. You may sit down.
Tbe second witness I call in this case is
conscience. no art Uiou. w conscience s
What is your business? Where were you
tiorti? What are you doing here? "Oh,'
says eonsTenee. "I was lorn in heaven. I
came down to befriend this man. I have
lived with him. I have instructed bim. I
have warned bim. I showed him the right
and the wrong, advised him to take the
one ami eschew the other. I have kindled
a great light in his souL With a whip of
scorpions I have scourged his wicked
ness, and I have tried to cheer bim when
doing right, and yet I am compiled to
testify on the stand to-day that he has
sometimes rejected my mission. Oh. how
many cu of life have I pressed to b:s
ips that be dashed down, and how often
has he sto! with bis hard heel on the
bleeding heart of the Son of God. It
pains me very much that I have to Unu
fy against this Christian man. and yet I
must in behalf of him who will in no wise
lear the guilty say that this Christian
man has done wrong. He has been world
ly. He has lsen neglectful. He has
done a thousand things be ought not to
bave done, and left undone a thousand
thiikgs be ought to have done." That will
do, conscien'e. You can sit down.
The third wlrness 1 call in the case is
an angel of Jod. Bright and shining ime.
what doest thou here? What hast thou
to say against this man on trial? "Oh."
says the angel, "I have -been a messenger
to him. I have guarded bim. I have
watched him. With this wing I have de
fended him, and oftentimes, when he
knew it not, I led him into green pastures
and beside the still waters. I snatched
from him the poisoned chalices. When
bad spirits came upon him to destroy him,
I fought them back witb infinite fierce
ness, and yet I have to testify to-day that
ne has rejected my mission. He has not
done as he ought to have done. Though I
came from the sky, he drove me back.
Though with this wing I defended him.
and though with this voice I wooed him.
1 have to announce his multiplied imper
fections. I dare not keep back the testi
mony, for then I should not dare to ap
pear again among the sinless ones before
the great white throne."
There is only one more witness to be
called on behalf of the prosecution, and
that is the great, the holy, the august, the
otuniixitent Spirit of !od. We bow down
Is-fore him. Holy Spirit, knowest thou
this man? "Oh, yes," says the Holv
One, "I know him. I have striven with
him ten thousand times, and though some
times be did seem to repent he fell back
again as often from his first estate. Ten
thousand times ten thousand has he griev
ed me, although the Bible warned him.
saving: 'Grieve not the Holy Ghost.
Quench not the Spirit.' Yes, he has driv
en me buck. Though I am the Thirl
I'erson of the Trinity, be has trampled
on my mission, and the blood of the atone
ment that I brought with which to cleanse
his soul he sometimes despised, I came
from the throne of God to i-onvert and
comfort and sanctify, and yet look a
that man and see what he is compared
with what, unresisted, I would have
made him."
The Rehattal.
Tbe evidence on the part of the prosecu
tion has closed. Now let the defense
bring on the rebuttal testimony. What
have you. O Christian soul, to bring in
reply to this evidence of the world, of th
conscience, of the angel and of the IJoIy
Ghost? No evidence? Are all these
things true? "Yes. Cm-lean, uruiean."
says every Christian soul. What? I
you not begin to tremble at the thouit
of condemnation?
We have come now to the most interest
ing part of this great trial. The evidence
all in, the advocates speak The profes
sion of an advocate is full of responsi
bility. In England and the i'nited States
there hnve arisen men wbo in this calling
have been hos.orcd l-.y their ra-e and
thrown contempt upon those who in the
profession have been guilty of a great
many mealinesses. That profession will
be honorable as long as it bas attached
to it such names as Mansfield and Mar
shall and Story and Kent and Southard
and William Wirt. Tbe court room has
sometimes been the scene of very marvel
ous and thrilling things. Some of yon
remember the famons Girard will case,
where one of our advocate pleaded the
ause of the Bible and Christianity in
masterly Anglo-Saxon, every paragraph
a thunderbolt.
Some of you have read of the famous
trial in Westminster hall of Warren Has
tings, the despoiler of India by splendid
talents, by courage, by brilies. by gigantic
dishonesty. The whole world hail rung
with applause or condemnation. Gathered
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in V estminsier uaii, a place in h mcu iior-
ty kings had been inaugurated, was oih
of the most famous audiences ever gath
ered. Foreign ministers and prince sat
there. Peers marched in, clad in ermiue
and gold. Mighty men and women from
all lands looked down upon the sceie.
Amid all that pomp and splendor, and
amid an 'excitement such as has seldom
been seen in any court room, Edmund
Burke advanced in a speech which will
last as long as the Knglish language, con
cluding with this burning charge, which
made Warren Hastings cringe and cower:
i impeach him in the name of the com
mons house of parliament, whose trust he
lias betrayed. I impeach him in the name,
of the English nation, whose ancient
honor he has sullied. I impeach him in
the name of the people of India, whose
rights he has trampled on and whose
country he has turned into a desert. And
lastly, in the name of human nature, in
the name of both sexes, In the name of
every age and rank, I impeach him a
the common enemy and oppressor of all.
But I turn from the recital of theae
memorable occasions to a grander trial
and I have to tell yon that in this trial of
the Christian for the life of hi soul the
advocate are mightier, wiser and more
eloquent. The evidence all being in,
vera and stern jnstl-e rises on behalf of
the prosecution to make hi plea. With
the Bible open ia hi band, he read the
law, stem and Inflexible, and the penalty.
"The anal that ahmeth, H shall ue.
The he Sara: "O thoo Jadge and Law
cirer. thia ia tbiae own statate, and. all
thn evidence hi earth and heaven agree
that the man baa sinned against theae en
actments! Now let the sword leap from
its scabbard. Shall a man go through tbe
very flames of Sinai uusinged? Let the
law be executed, i Let judgment be pro
nounced. Let him die. I demand that
he die!"
O Christian, does it not look very dark
for thee? Who will plead on thy side in
so forlorn a cause? Sometimes a man
will te brought into a court of law, and
he will have no friends and no money, and
the judge will lMjk over the bar and say,
"Is there any one who will volunteer to
fake this man's case and defend bim?"
And some young man rises up and says,
"I will be his counsel," erhaps starting
on from that very point to a great and
brilliant career. Now, in this matter of
the soul, as you have nothing to pay for
counsel, do you think that any one will
volunteer? Yes, yes; I see one rising, lie
is a young man, ouly 3.'! years of age. I
see his countenance suffused with tears
and covered with blood, and all the gal
leries of heaven are thrilled with the
spectacle. Thanks lie unto God, we
have an advocate with tbe Father, Jesus
Christ the righteous."
O Christian soul, your case begins to
look better. I think, perhaps, after all,
you may not have to die. The liest advo
cate in the universe has taken your side.
No one was ever so qualified to drfeud
you. He knows all the law, all its de
mauds, all its penalties. He is always
ready. No new turn of the case can sur
prise him. and he will dead for you for
nothing as earnestly as though you
brought a world of treasure to his fi-et.
Besides that, he has undertaken the case
of thousands who were as forlorn as you.
and he has never lost a case. Courage, O
Christian soul! I think that, after all.
there may be some chance for you. for the
great advocate rises to make his plea. He
says: "I admit all that his been proved
against my client. I admit all these sins
aye, more but look at that wounded
hand of mine and look at that other
wounded hand and at my right foot and
at my left foot. By all tbesetwounda I
plead for his clcarawc. Count all the
drops of my blood. By the humiliation of
Bethlehem, by the sweat of Gethscmane.
by the sufferings of the cross, I demand
that he go free. On this arm he hath
leaned, to this heart he hnth flown, in my
tears he hath washed, on my righteous
ness he hath depended. Iet him go free;
I am the ransom. I-ct bim escape tlu
lash; I took the scourgings. Let the cup
pass from him; I drank if to the dregs.
Put on him the crown of life, for I have
worn the crown of thorns. Over against
my throne of shame set bis throne of tri
umph. Judgment
Well, the counsel on both sides hav
sooken. and there is only one more tliiiu
now remaining, and that is the awarding
of the indgmeut. I f you have ever been
in a court room, you know the silence and
solemnity when the verdict is about to f
rendered or the judgment about fo be gir
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. 't in i. l. lost? Attention.
above, around, beneath! All the universe
cries, "Hear, hear!"
The judge rises and gives his decision,
never to be changed, never to be revoked.
"There is. therefore, now no condemns
tion to them who are in Christ Jesus.
The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for
I will not, I will not. desert to his foes.
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im so.,., ..,.... -
la sunnr-.
Ill never; no, never; no, never, forsake.
But. my friends, there is coming a day
of trial in which not only the saint, but
the sinner must appear. That day of trial
will come very suddenly. The fanner will
lie at the plow, the merchant will be in
the counting room, the womlman will be
ringing his ax on the hickories, the weav
er will bare his foot on the treadle, tin-
manufacturer will be walking amid the ,..,r1I(,u exclaimed warmly, ."and t ex
hnfhT": ?vr mr surprise a, his darln to
i linn i j, "r .- i
pleading the law. flic minister may be in
the pulpit pleading the gospel, the drunk- J
ard mav be reeling am:il Ins cups, anil the linn is io ne iierneu irom mis .I'ucu
hlasphemer with the oath caught between I l.,.js game. I told him, and then come
his teeth. to me to abet .von In such fully, but not
Lo, the snn hides! Night comes down) t j j j xl,on."
at midnoon. The slurs appear at noon to- j
day. The earth shudders and throbs, j
There an enrthnmike opens and a city j
sinks as crocodile would crunch a child.
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Jlouninins too in n-r. . . ,,., rr. ,.,
down their granite cliffs in avalanche of i
rock. Rivers pause in their chase for the
sea, and ocean uprcaring cries to flying
Al and Himalaya. Beasts bellow and
moan and snuff up the darkness. Clouds
fly like flocks of swift eagles. Grest
thunder best and boom and hurst. Stars
shoot and fall. The Almighty, rising on
Lis throne, declare that time shall be no
longer, and the archangel's tramp re
peats it till all the living hear and tbe
continents of dead spring to their feet,
crying. "Time shall be no longer!" Oh,
on that day will you be ready?
I bave shown you how well the Chris
tian will get off in his trial. Will yon get
off as well in your trial? Wilt Christ
iilwu! on vour side or against rou? Oh
what will you do in the Inst great assise team ""sienco one io uielr g.wuun
if your conscience is against you, and the slum with all possible speed; they had
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world is against you, and the angels of
heaven are against you, and the Holy
Spirit is against you, and the Lord God
Almighty is against you? Better this
day secure an Advocate.
Rbort Strnonn,
Itellgion and Silence. Religion la the
knowledge of life, science Is systematic
knowledge. Religion ia separated from
science ouly in the oiwe that you can
speak of religion and sculpture or re
ligion and history being distinct Ite
llgion Includes all knowledge In the
world, so far as that knowledge Is ee-
ewwiry for the worship of God or th
bottonnent of humanity. Religion Is
not morality, although it inelud. it
Religion ta not science, but it does not
deny the uefui!ies of sclence.-Rev.
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Wealth Our PerlL-TIie peril of Amer-
lea to-day is hs enormous wealth. We.
are becoming so alwoTbed iu the pur-,
suit after tlie material orospemy umt
we are neglecting our mnenmnce ana
allowing tlte country to become a Ix-
bed of secular license ana lawlessness. ( trftck neilreBt hm ne MUgbt sight of
God ta drummed out of poHtlcw; the ( one train ,,! down npon him. and
Bible la out of the Beboota from which ( he now, nUkKgmi back and was about
must pome our future crUgens. We are , t() p)ung, front of the other down
ao far from being good Chrlatiami that COIn)ng express, when auddenly some-
we are not even gooo jrww. meaocnu
and political regtilaOooa or tinlay are
not even an approacn to me ivo uotn
tmutdmenM, wnlcn fc in) rnixiamen
tnl law of tbe moic ewnomy. iter.
Dr. Mag ruder, Memoaist, t-incinnau.
T WAS a great cross to Mr. and
Mrs. Bartlett that Hoger was ap
parently finite devoid of any
worthy ambition. Their two older
boy, were so utterly different. Cred
had been graduated from Yab- with
highest houors, and Horace wa mak
ing remarkable progress at the Sci
entific School; in fact, they were both
exceptionally fine students, which
made tbe contrast all the moro strik
ing. For Koger was sadly unlike Ms
brothers. He seemed to lalior under
the Impression that he bad ben n,-nt
to college simply and solely for the
purpose of learning to play foot ball.
Apparently nothing else had jsiwer to
kindle the slightest enthusiasm In his
sluggish breast, and bis futhr and
mother argued and expostulated wltU
him In vain.
"You are frittering away your valu
able time," they argued agiiu and
again, "and are letting slip golden op
portunities which, once gone, III never
come back to you; and what have you
to show for it all but a broken nose
and a fractured collnr-lone?7
"Is there any prospective benefit to
be derived from these hours ss-nt In
scrambling after a foot ball?" his fa
ther questioned, severely; to whtc'j
Itoger merely responded In bis usual
.iff hand style: "Why knows bnt I
may be elected captain of the 'vnrslty
team next year?"
"Is that the height of your ambi
tion?" his parent returned bitterly. "I
m terribly dlaapjsdiited in you. sir.
Are you to go ou playing foot ball for
ever and ever, or what do you propose
to make of your life? Perhap you
think that your reputation as a foot
ball player 111 prove an "open sesame'
to all desirable positions? Io you sup
pose that anyone wants a fellow wli'
lias willfully wasted his best opjsii tunl
ties? I had hoped to make a profession
al mati of you, not a professional atl
l'-tP. and had even aspired to seeing
you some day In our leading law nfrict
with my old friend, Wilkinson Suiiil
Iey, but it's no use. Small -y want,
only young men of the highest prom
ise," and Mr. Bartlnt sighed wear
ily. "It does no good to lalk to R'icer."
be confided to his wife afterward, "for
hardly ten minutes had elapsed niter
j ,tw,n r,.mollHl rating
with him
alwMlt the evils of foot bail before he
Imjilired If 1 wouldn't bring you down
to see the game on Satunhiy. and in
formed me that he had saved two tick
ets for us."
Mrs. Bartlett regarded lier .iusImik!
helplessly, - "What did you suy to him
then?" she queried.
"I told film Vortaiiilr nut'" Mr.
MK'U a
blstlng benefit
suggest Mich a thing. Show me some
t, or any abiding 'vsl.
And so Mr. and Mrs. Bartlett failed
lo witness that memorable giim? In
which their youngest son gained for
himself such euvllble laurels. Oinv
in the Held, Itoger was like uv- t-ans-f
or ined. Keen, alert, cool, rlshi'; splen
didly to every emergmicy. iio one would
have known him for the sum? slow,
Indifferent, easy-going specimen of hu
ijinnity who grieved the ambitious sonls
of his parents by Uls small aptitude
for Greek.
Not that Itoger-wag by any means a
dunce, for his cIams standing was fair
ly good, bnt wont pained his father
and mother wir the recognition of
what he might have accomplished has!
It not been f'r the ajrvll-enc'niy, foot
The great game over, the vlctorian
some little distance to go, as the gym
tmsiur.i was not very near the ball
grounds, so that la order to reach It
they were obliged to traverse the cen
ter of the towa and cross the rail
road truck.
Roger, who had been detained a mo
ment or so longer tban tlie othera.
readied the station a short time after
they had crossed, and found the plat
forms crowded with people who were
retornlng from the game, mingled with
those who were alighting from Incoin
ing trains. As he stepped upon the
platform he became conselou that
something ununal was going on, and
j he Immediately perceived that the eye
f the multitude were riveted upon a
fre half-way acros tne track, a n
Thorn's a train eomlnir enah way;
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...mofkAtv tpmmtxitA' "urhv iinaint lift ffi
TJr ;7..,Vi,V.
T,ie' ilaton a(fpnt and one or tw0
other official were shouting loudly.
he who WM ol(j and t.ry
df ttppparwi thoroughly daged. As
hp wm preRr,ng t0 Btep 0l0n the
ti,lnf TerT uneipected happened.
, A tne crowd 0f bystanders shrank
- t)ack wtrn horror stricken faces, con
- , rncej that they were about to wltneas
horrible fata which tnuat Instantly
overtake the old man, a figure lu
uiucb-liegrluied canvas Jacket sprang
out from among them, and clearing
the tracks at a bound alighted beside
the swaying form of the other.
A shudder, and a wave of pitiful re
gret swept over the motionless crowd.
"He can never drag him bavk In time."
fliey breathed; "they will both be kill
edoh, the pity of It!"
But our football man bad no thought
of dragging the unsteady figure In front
of either approaching engine. In an
instant he bad tackled the man and
thrown him flat niton the ground be
tween the tracks, for all the world
quite as If be bml been an opponent on
the football Held; then he dropped light
ly on top of him and lay there motion
less, while the two trains thundered
past on each side of them, and the
crowd stissl waiting spell bound.
In much less time than It takes to de
scribe the episode It was over, and
what might have been a tragedy bad
proved to be only a bit of melodrama
after all; yet as Roger Jumped up and
pulled the old man on to hi feet, ap
plause and cheers louder than any
that bad greened him on the football
field rang In Ills ears.
Abashed and quite overwhelmed by
such an ovation Roger made haste to
elbow his way through the crowd, and
In so doing nearly overthrew his own
brother Fred, wbo happened to be
standing directly In his path.
"For heaven's sake was that you,
Roger?" he cried, confronting him In
"IK let me get out of this," his
brother responded Impatiently, "they
needn't make such a fuss because I
knocked the old duffer over," and he
tsilted In the direction of the gymna
sium. .
Saturday night generally brnnght the
scattered memljers of the Bartlett fam
ily together, ns the collegians always
made a point of coming home to spend
Sunday tinder the parental roof tree.
On this particular Sunday evening
all were assembled before Itoger came
In. Fred was all agog to describe the
scene that he had witnessed, but he un
selfishly held his tongue. "Ill not
spoil his story for bim, but will give
him a chance to do Justice to It," he
mentally ejaculated, as he watched his
limthpr swallowing his soup with un
ruffled composure.
But Roger said nothing; about the
vital subject, and Fred looking at him
with Increasing surprise as be Judi
cially set forth the rcsoctIve merits
of the opposing football tennis, and
called attention to their most vulner
able points.
"I'll turn In early to-sight, I think."
he yawned, as he withdrew from the
dining riMim. "I put pretty Kolld work
into the last half of tluit gnme," and
lie leisurely wended his way upstairs.
"t wish that Roger would put a little
solid work Into something else," his
father volunteered. Jus he disappeared
from tike room.
At tills Fred- who bad In times past
repeatedly scoffed at his brother's ath
letic proclivities. Instantly fired ap.
"Father," he burst forth, "you're
making a big mistake about itoger.
He's got more geuuiue stuff In him
tliaa all the rest of us put together, and
If lts football that's dose It, the smb-
er w all go In for the- game the bet
tor;" and then he proceedeil to give
a graphic account of the afternoon's
experience, ' which caused Ms father
t blow his nose loudly and repeatedly
while Ills eye glistened with happy
pride, and sent his mother weeping in
search of the sleepy athlete, who
couldn't understand) what he bad done
that was worth making sncti a fuss
A few day Inter Mr. Bartlett re
ceived a note frmn bis old friend Wil
klnson Stnalley, which ran somewhat
as follows:
Pear Burnett l bear that your
Roger Is going In for tlie lnw, and If so,
want Uim. When be gvts through
with the law school you can hand him
over to me, for he' Just the material
that I'm on the lookout for, and you
may well be proud of him.
He senrefl me out or a years
growth tbe other afternoon, at the
station, the yonng rascal, but lu splto
of that, I wish you would tell hlin to
come round and take dinner with me
some night, for I want to talk to him
With kind regards to Mrs. Bart
lett, believe nie, ever yonr friend,
When Roger came home the follow
ing Saturday, his father handed hlrn
the note, remarking: "I'm nfrald
haven't appreciated your football, old
man, but I'm going to do lietter In fu
ture; and, by the way, Roger, I hen
that you're to play In the gnme at
Springfield next week; Is that so?"
Roger nodded.
"Very well, then," Mr. Bartlett con
tinned, "your mother and I would like
to have you get ns the bet seats that
can be bought fr we've set our heart
upon going up to see you make ttio first
touchdown." Toledo Blade.
Watt Been reading anything about
these Cuban atrocities? I'otts No.
I've got a box of them at home yet
that my wife bought three month ago
from an alleged smuggler. Cincinnati
No wonder beea are profitable; they
steal all they eat from tbe neighbors.
One Ho Longer Hear Inc tinner ana
the Castanets
Another time we went down to a fete
In the I'la Nueva, the square in rroni
of the governor general palace at tbe
foot of the bllL It was held arter oara,
which wa an Inducement for us to
go. Tbe waiter, from whom we got
all the gossip we ever heard, said that
it had something to do with Columbus;
It might bo the little affair of the egg,
the discovery of America, or hi own
death, or anything else, for all they
knew or cared. Tbe celebration itself
did not help to explain matter. lan
terns hung from every tree In the plaza.
There was a crowd of water-carricra,
and donkeys, and women, and priests,
and children, and soldiers, and men
selling big round cakes that looked like
undersized New England plea with noth
ing Inside. Rockets were let off at
rare Intervals, and a baud, all drums
and cymbals, played with Juat such a
brazen, barbarous beating and clashing
as tbe Moors must have made as they
marched past to one of their periodical
muster lu the Vlvarrambla, That was
all, so that tbe connection with Colum
bus was not veryobvlous.
But tbe prettiest part of tl pageant
was on our way back, when at tbe top
of tbe t'alW de los Gomcres, we saw
a group of girls In the gateway, a
white barricade against the darkness'
of the wooiL They broke away, danc
ing us we came, and we followed them
up the steepest of the three parting
rood lu pursuit of a distant sound of
muxic. The wt-ue held out promise of
the traditional Spanish night attuned
to the ( lick of castaueta and the thrum
ming of guitars. But within the Al
hii mbrii's luclomire we found nothing
more romantic than a man with an ac
cordion, and a few couples waltzing
under the trees.. Far tbe national dance
it ml song the stranger must go to thn
show held by guides and gypsies some
where on the Albiiyclu; it Is supposed
to be Improper, though It Is at the most
only stupid, and for this you must pay
In iicsetiu.
But never once In Granada's open
streets and courts, or In those of any
other Andaluslau tow n, did we hear tho
nHtnnets nnd guitars that play so
ductlvelv through the Andnlusln of
romance ii ml Murray. That they should
111 tie expected really show s how hard
rndltlon dies. "Am I, then, come In-
o Spain to hear hiimstrum and htinly-
urdlos?" Bockford nsked Indignantly
hundred years ago. Bnt every new
traveler goes to the country, sure that
for bim. at least, there will Is- the sweet
tramming nnd mad fandango all tho
mg Southern night unilur the stars.
Freaks of Photography.
I have read, with the comment there
on, the account of the spirit photograph-
US of a child's foot upon a window
lass. I have something equally strange
to offer My father In-Utw, J-.manucj
Uvder, lives a trifle over two miles
orth and east of here. He and bU
fn mlly are stanch splriruallHtR. In the
fall of lTD they had a valuable horse
culled Nellie, which was tjuite a favor
ite. It took sick with colic, I think, and
Just before It died sat upon Its haunch-
with the forelegs liutiglng down, then
nipped over dead. Although the day
was clear tne sun uni in kiuii- on mni
the west) side of the housn, a few rods
from which, in front oi a window, the
horse died.
Alsjut live months afterward the low
er right-hand paw of glass In the lower
sh of that window began to look
smoky, and when thn-sun slsine direct
on the glass the correct picture of the
horse was depicted In the sitting pos-
ure mentioned. This remained so for
en years, in tne rati ot isra me glass
became clear and the picture faded
away, and in plaor were five diagonal
inc. which remained atHiirt six months
and disappeared; The glass begun to
look cloudy or smoky asralu. and tha
profile of the horse appeared as before.
urn! Is there to tills day. It doe not
look like a flaw hi the fciass, bnt ns If
pictured In the glass. When tbe sun
does shine In a direct line on the glass
the Image cannot be seen, but In tho-
night. If a light Is held against the win
dow. It can Ik.- seen by person on tho
outside, and vice versa. This picture
hits been seen by huDttreds and Is ap
parently a mystery to everyltody. The
fact of this, phenomenon remains Just
the same, but the query Is open for an
swer: How, why aad by what was tno
picture of that dying horse photograph
ed on that window nn lie? Nye, Ore.,
letter to the rrogretwlve Thinker.
Why Hontbern Towns 1H Not Flour it h
"Southern towns do not flourtah, In
a great many Instances, merely en ac
count of a selfish and old-fashioned
government," snys the West Point
Forum, and It contends that rity offi
cers should comprise the most vigorous
ly progressive business men of a town-
men who realize that anything that la
a public benefit Is readily appreciated
by an Investor, eowequently enhancing
the value of all properties In the entire
community. Many Southern towns are
ten years behind what they should tie,
merely because officials try to bo econ
omizing, and are not of sufficient brain
capacity to realize that a few hundred
or thousand dollars spent would he a
most economical measure.
A Projected Hallway.
The survey of the volcano Potoente
petl, Mexico, for the purpose of deter
mining tlie beat location for an uerlal
cable railway to tlie timmlt, has Just
linen completed. This new railway will
be a great attraction to the tourtats,
who will now be able to make the as
cent to tlie summit 18,0(10 feet above
the sea, and also descend to tbe crater,
where tbe procea of extracting sulphur
U being carried out
The woman can always Dud some
ruse for the alna of gallant man.