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THE FLAGS HOISTED.
DR. TALMAGE PREACHES A VIVID
AND APPROPRIATE SERMON.
HeSijiHe Hate War-Bat He Ad-
iru the Higbt Kind of -Mart at
Spirit WorJa of Glowia: and Pici
Our Waahinjfton Pulpit.
At this time, when our nutioual capital
tan for ten days been ablaze with our
natioi.al flag, the imagery of thin sermon
of lr. Talniage seems very vivid and ap
propriate. 1 lie text Is 1 'tubus ti., 5. " Id
the name of God we will bet up our hau
liers." I fcaie war. Ia mr boyhood we niay
have read the biography of Alexander or
of some Revolutionary hero until our
young heart heat high and we wished we
bad been bora over lm year ago. just for
the glory ot striking dow n a Hessian. For
rusty swonlg bung up on the rafters and
bullet cut out of log bouses in w hich they
were lodged during the great strife we had
unbounded admiration, or on some public
duy, clothed in our grandfather's soldierly
a.-couterments. we felt as brave as Gari
baldi or Miltiades. We are w iser now, fur
we make a vast distinction between the
poetry and the prose of war. The roll of
drums and the call of bugles and the
champing of steeds foaming and pawing
for the battle. Pxi.iXM) muskets glittering
among the .dancing plumes, "God Save the
King" waring up from clarionets aud
trumpets and rung back from deep defiles
r the arches of a prostrate city, distant
capitals of kingdoms illuminated at the
tidings, generals returning home under
naming arches and showering amaranths
and the shout of empires that is poetrv,
Chilled and half blanketed, lying on the
wet earth; feet sore with the march and
bleeding at the slightest touch; hunger
pulling on every hber of flesh or attempt
ing to satisfy itself with a scanty and
spoiled ration; (hirst licking tip the dew
or drinking out of filthy and trampled
pool; thoughts of home and kindred far
away while just on the eve of a deadlv
strife, where death may leap on him from
any one of a hundred bayonets; the closing
in of two armies, now changed to BxVM)
mamni's: the ground slippery with blood
and shattered Mesh; fallen ones writhing
under the hoofs of unbridled chargers
maddened with pain; the drendfulness of
night, that comes down when the strife is
over; the struggle of the wounded ones
crawling out over the corpses; the long,
feverish agony of the crowded barracks
and hospital, from whose mattresses the
fragments of men send up their groans,
the only music of mm age and butchery;
'desolate homes, from which fathers and
husbands anil brothers and sons went off;
.without giving any dying message or send
ing a kins to the dear ones at home, tum
bled into the soldiers' grave trench, and
houst in which a few w eeks before un
broken family circles rejoiced, now plung
ed in the great sorrows of widowhood and
orphanage. That is prose.
But there is now on the earth a king
dom which fans set itself up for conflicts
without number. In its march it tram
ples no grainfields, it sacks no cities, it
impoverishes no treasuries, it fills no hos
pitals, it bereaves no families. The cour
age and victory of Kolferino and Ma
genta without carnage. The kingdom of
Christ against the kingdom of satan. That
la the strife now raging. We will offer no
armistices. We will make no treaty. I'n
til all the revolted nations of the earth
shall submit again to King no tn atj. l'n
til ail the revolted nations of t!e earth
shall submit again to King Fmiununel "in
the name of God we mill set up our ban
ners." The Knsisrn.
Every army has its ensigns. Long be
fore the time w hen David wro the text
they were in use. The hosts of Israel dis
played them, the tribe of Benjamin car
ried a flag with the inscription of a wolf,
the tribe of Dan a representation of cheru
bim, Judah a lion wrought into the
groundwork of white, purple, crimson anil
blue. Such Hags from their fold shook
nre into the hearts of such ninnliers as
were in the lield when Abijuli fought
against .lehoram, and there were
0JO soldiers, and more than .VMl.tSHi were
left dead on the field. These ensigns gave
heroism to such numbers as were assem
bled when Asa fought against Zcrah. and
there were 1,.",S0,(Hi troops in the battle.
The Athenians carried an inscription of
the owl. which was their emblem of wis
dom. The Hags of modern nations are
familiar to you all. and many of them so
inappropriate for the character of the na
tions they represent it would be impolitic
to enumerate ihcin. These ensigns are
streamers borne on the point of a lance
and on the top of wooden shafts. They
are carried in the front and rear of ar
mies. Tl'ey unroll from the main top gal
lant masthead of an admiral's flagship to
distinguish it among other ships of the
same squadron. They are the objects of
national pride. The loss of them on the
field is ignominious.
The three banners of the fiord's hosts
are the banner of proclamation, the ban
ner of recruit and the banner of victory.
When s nation feels its rights infringed
or its honor insulted, when its citizens
have in foreign climes been oppressed and
no indemnity has been offered to the in
habitant of the republic or kingdom, a
proclamation of war is tittered. On the
top of batteries and arsenals and custom
booses and revenue offices flags are im
anediatcly swung out. All who look noon
tfcem realize the fact that uncompromising
war is declared. Thus it is that the church
f Jesus Christ, jealous for the honor of
its sovereign and determined to get back
those who have been carried off captive
lata the bondage of satan and intent upon
the destruction of those mighty wrongs
which have so long cursed the earth and
bat upon the extension of the Saviour's
fign of mercy, In the name of God sets
9 its banner of proclamation.
The -church makes no asssult npon the
world. I do not believe that God ever
sssde a better world than this. It is mag
nificent in its ruins. Let ns stop talking
lunch against the world. God pro
Bounced it very good at the beginning.
Tfcongh a wandering child of God, I see
In It yet the great father's lineaments.
Tavmgh tossed and driven by the storms
f 6,0110 years, she Mil bravely yet, and
a at her blanching In ths beginning to
ling stars sang together and all the
of God shouted for Joy, so at last,
i . cooiing Into the calm harbor of
CM's merVy. shf'soan' be greeted by tbe
tiksaas of gtovrWd btoffoVma. It to not
f waald waiast wale w etontewa. btx
t tmmmmtkmJ' Waatew to watsMt
VC!iJaWs( teaaa to sWaastaawpj lyaarwapai
Proa tatoa awfiaatoi aw
! would tear the n:ak. l"rorn oppression he
j would match the n.. I'r-iu pride he
I would rend oil the pinnies. 1'rouj reei;e
he w.u!d exor.-ie the .le il. While CbrM
loved Hi,, world ko mil. h ti- died to save it,
he bates kin so well that to era.li.ate tie
last tra.-e of its pollution he will utterly
consume the con'iiietits and the -caus.
At the gate of Kden the declaration of Jx r
Ktt'al enmity was made against the ser
l nt. 'I he tumult roundaUoit Mount
Sinai was only the roar and tiah of osl's
artillery of wrath against sin. S.si..iu on
fire was only one of God' flaming bulle
tins announcing hostility. Nineveh and
lyre and Jerusalem in awful ruiu mark
the track of Jehovah's advancement. They
show that God was terribly iu earnest
when he announced himself abhorrent of
all iniquity. They make us believe that
though nations Iteliigereiit and revengeful
may sign articles of peace and come to an
amicable adjustment, there shall be no
cessation ol hostilities lietweeu the forces
of light and the forces of darkness until
the kingdoms of this world have Ikm-ohic
the kingdoms of our Ird. Affrighted by
no opposition, discouraged by no tempo
rary defeats, shrinking from no exposure
every man to his position, while from
the top of our schools and churches and
seminaries and asylums ""in the name of
God w e w ill wt up our banners."
A Glorious standard.
Again, it was the custom in ancient
times for the purpow of gathering armies
to lift an ensign on the top of some high
hill, so that all who saw it would feel mi
pelled to rally around it. In more modern
times the same plan has been employed
for the gathering of an army. Thus it is
that the church of Christ lifts it Hag for
recruits. The cross of Jesus is our stand
ard, planted on the hill of Calvary. Oth
er armies demand that persona desiring to
enter the lists of war shall be between
auch and such an age. lest the folly of ex
treme youth or the infirmity of advanced
age be a clog ratber than an advantage.
But none is too young for Christ's regi
relent; none ran be too old. The hand that
is strong enough to bound a ball or trundle
a hoop is skilled enough to fight for Christ,
while many a hand trembling with old
age has grasped the arrow of truth, and
with a dim eye close to it, taking aim, has
sent its sharp point right through the
heart of the King's enemies. Many of you
have long ago had your names written on
the roll of celestial troops, and you like
the service well, although you now bear
the scars of multitudinous conflicts and
can recount many a long march and tell
of siege guns opened on you that you
thought never would be spil.cd. But
there mi"" lie sou., i, baw c ; yet en
listed, v,,, r being bete implies that you
are seriously thinking about it, and your
attention makes me hoe you are only
looking for the standard to be hoisted.
Will you not. of you, with nil the
aroused enthusiasm of your nature, come
bounding into the ranks, while "in the
name of iod w e set up our banners'.'"
hat if arsenals and navy yards do not
belong to the church? We do not want
hem. The weapons of our warfare are
not carnal, but spiritual and mighty
through God to the pulling down of
strongholds. The world and satan have
no idea of the strength and heroism which
God will yet let out against the forces of
darkness. As yet they have had only one
round fiom the first regiment. The Ijord
of Hosts will soon appear in the field at
the head of his troops. Depend upon it,
that when God inspires the soul with a
new life he puts in it the principle of
never give up." In all ages of the church
there have been those who have had a
faith that was almost eijual to sight, look
ing through persecution and reverses with
as much expectation as through palpable
achievements. There have been nu n for
Christ who have acted as did the favorite
troops of firien. attacked by Fitzpatre k
if Ossory. The wounded soldiers begged
that they might enter the light with the
otii-rs. i'l-ey said, "let stakes be stuck
in the ground and suffer each of us, tied
to and suplMirtf'd by one of these stakes,
to battle in the ranks by the side of a
sound man." It is said that i or Hih)
men. pale and emaciated from former
wounds, and thus supported by the stakes,
struggled through the combat. Thus has
it been that multitudes of the children of
(iod. though feeling themselves weak and
wounded, perhaps in Itody, perhaps in es
tate, perhaps in soul, supported by the
staff of God's promise, have warred it up
to the hilt in the subjugation of a world of
We are mighty in this cause, for we
have the help of the pious beHd. Mes
sengers of salvation from high heaven,
they visit the fold. They stand behind us
to keep us from ignominious retreat. They
go before us to encourage us in the strife.
The McCheyncs, the I 'ay sons, and the
Mnrtyns. and the Brainerds. an uncounted
multitude of the glorified, are our coadju
tors. Although wp have already much to
encourage us iu the work of the world's
evangelization, yet we must confess that
much of our time has been consumed in
planting our batteries and getting ready
for the conflict. We have not yet begun
to preach. Wp have not yet begun to
pray. We have not yet begun to work.
(In the coasts of heathendom are mission
ary stations. They havp scarcely yet
begun to accomplish what they promise.
It takes some time to dig the trenches ami
elevate the standard and direct the great
guns. From what I hear I think they
are about ready now. It but the great
Captain wave the signal and the ringing
of celestial weaponry shall quake every
dungeon of hell and sound tip among the
thrones of heaven. Pagodas and temples
shall tumble under the shock, and besot
ted nations flying from their idols and
superstitions, shouting like the confound
ed worshipers of Baal: "The ford. he is
the God! The Ird, he is the God!" We
go not alone to the field. Aye, God the
Father, God the Son and God (he Holy
Ghost are our allies!
The Mohammedans, in their struggles
to subjugate the world, had passages from
ths Koran Inscribed on the blades of their
scirniters, and we have nothing lo fear if,
approaching the infidelity and malice that
oppose the kingdom of Christ, we shall
have glitterin'on our swords the words of 1
David to the giant. "I come to thee in the
name of the: Iord of Hosts, the God of
the armies of Israel, whom thou hast de.
Now the church goes forth Is-nring pre
cions seed, but after awhile it will be the
sheaf binding, and reaper angels shall
(-boat the harvest borne. Now it Is tents
and marching and exposure, but then, In
the ranks of prostrate iniquity and on the
very walls or heaven, "hi the name of
God we wtl. set np oar banners."
' Tb aarlb asoda up Its long, deea areaa
of pUn and ciaaka U-great chains ml Ita
boaWtoa-e an eftaa by the vic of ast
bwaiflfUar awd aky. "Haw War. O Lord, bww
4oMr - Tkara waa a 4twHttoa -tg
ottof aid wf tka water that Ik aaacatar
of Ur waa transformed tMa a Mt af Uto
sir. and that -iie wan ler.-d for hcudreda
of years over r ver and lake until u;B ar.
rival of Chr .:.uii. asd that t the
! r..Le of the ! i -t lathe'.al l-ll her i-pmc
I was freed I ui-ouriteii millions of ... r
i raif, by the uert.f sin and satan, he
! been transformed into a stale of wretch-
eduess. and they wander like the nm.r
, daughter of IJr. but they shall after ;
i awhile f reb awd. When the great'
j church of Christ shall iu those dark' ii.nl
lauils Iroiu its tower ring out the glad tid
ings of the goKwl. then millions u( wan
dering souls shall fin. I rest m a Saviour's
aim u is.niours love, transported
iroiu the kingdom of satau into the kiue-
By and by you would hardly know the
earth if you faw it. The world as a w hole
shall be as greatly improved as the indi
vidual heart by conversion. Fraud, leav- ,
ing its trickery, will gu to work for an j
honest living. Knavery shall l g;n to
make righteous bargains. I'assion shall i
answer to the control of reason. Scoffer j
shall te hang, d into worshipers and skep-
tics into Bible lovers, t 'hrist shall liegiu
his reign on earth. Whether he shaii de
scend on to the earth iu person and estab
lish a Government at Jerusalem, I can- i
not say. But it ill I. an ,.ra of more
solelolor Tlmt is elioi'irh
Know ing this, we can never air Itnt
as we see the church of Christ ixittinir on
her Iwautiful garments and arising to
' .ne w w ill say, w ith the enthusiasm of
Oliver Cromwell, who. standing before
Lis sick and famine stricken soldiers at
Duni.ar, saw the sun rising out of the
morning mist and, pointing to it with his
sword, uttered a prayer which hurled his
men upon the crushed foe like a sky full
of thunderbolts: "Arise, () God! U-t thine
enemies tie scattered." With the ear of
faith 1 catch the sound of the latter day
glory. Church of Christ, nnsheath thy
sword and this mouieut into the battle!
In the name of Christ, march on! I'pon
every school and hospital, upon every
banker's desk ami merchant's counter,
upou every chemist's laboratory and as
tronomer's tower, usm shepherd's hut
and woodman's cabin, iis,n ship's deck
aud sailor's hammock, far out on the sea
and high up in the mountain, before the
gaze of nations, under the applaudita of
heaven, "in the name of (iod we will set
up our banners."
Kasicns and Colors.
My subject has taught you that in this
contest we are not without ensigns and
colors. All we want now is men to carry
them. Before 1 sit down I must pros.se
to each of you this great honor, lb-coming
a Christian is not so ignoble a thing
a many have thought it. "It makes a
man stoop," you say. I know it, but it is
only the stoop of an heir of royalty, who
on his knees is to receive a enwii of do
minion. We want standard bearers iu all
pulpits, iu all places of business -every
where. 1 do not ask you how old vim are.
nor how young, how weak or how strong,
how dull or how sharp, nor what your
home, nor who your ancestors. Without
any condition, w ithout any reserve, in the
name of the God of Israel, I offer vou the
nor of carrying the church's ensigns.
Do :iwt be afraid of the assaults of a world
w hose ranks you desert, nor of devils who
will oppose you with infernal might. It
were u.ore blessed to fall here than stand
any w here elw. It were more of an honor,
engaged with Christ, to be trampled tin-
dorfoot with this army of banners, than.
plM.smg Christ, to be buried, like Kd-
witrd I., in Kgyptian porphyry.
The prophecies intimate that there shall
before the destruction of the world be one
great battle between truth and unright
eousness. e snail not probably see it on
ear h, Cod grant that we may see it,
b ailing from ti e battlements of heaven,
"n the side of win shall be arrayed all
rta of oppr. ssion and cruelty, led on by
iu'aiuous kings and generals; the votaries
f paganism, loil on by their priests; the
subjects of Mohammedanism, followiLg
the command .t their sheiks. And irliit-
tony and intemperance and iniquity of ev
ery phase shall lie largely represented on
the held. All i he wealth and splendor and
power and gl
ry ol wickedness shall be !
.:i that one decisive sjHit, i
by I'i.ihs) previous defeats, ;
i.tnsclves up for one last ,
shall gather I
terrible assault. With hatred to God for
their cause and blasphemy for the battl
cry. they spread out over the earth in
s.juarc- behind sunre and legion beyond
egioii. while m some overhanging cloud
of blackness foul spirits of hell watch this
last struggle of sin and darkness for do
minion. Scattered by the blasts of Jehovah's
nostrils, plunder an I sin and Satanic force
shall cu it the field. As the roar of the
oiitliil sounds through the universe all
worlds shall listen. The air shall be full
of wings of heavenly cohort. The work
is done, and in the presence of a world
reclaimed for the crown of Jesus, and
amid the crumbling of tyrannies and the
defeat of sataiiic force, and amid the
sound of heavenly acclamations, the
church shall rise up in the image of onr
Iord, and with the crown of victory on
her head and the scepter of dominion in
her hand in the name of God shall set up
her banners. Then Himalaya shall 1
come Mount Zion, and the Pyrenees Mo
riah, anil the oceans the walking place of
him who trod the wave crests of Galilee
and the great heavens become a sounding
1 .l .. I.1..1. l...ll t-iLA l,ns.b .t. .l . . !
exultation to the earth till it rebound
again to the throne of the Almighty. An
gel ot the Apocalypse, fly, fly! For who
will stand in the way of thy might or re
sist the sweep of thy wing?
War. History shows war to be tise
lewi. The great dynasties built on con
quest have gone to ruin. Spain at one
time dominated the earth, but It pro
gram was conrjuest, and to-day Its last
American colony in alia king off Its rule.
The dominion of the Mohammedans,
nctivrlred by force, la at present held
together only by tbe sufferance of Eu-
rope. Grant waa right when he sold
there never waa a war which could not
have been avoidedby settlement aorae
other way. Rev. Frank Crane, Metho
dist, Chicago, 111.
Good and Brll. B7II la liorn in in;
good tmiat be acquired. If we cheris
a single evil tendency It la an re tn be
come predominant, for man Is so con
stituted rbat fitter good or evil rnunt
alwaya be uppermost, and where evil
baa the advantage of hereditament, It
mvast be aortled no other encourage,
ment. Hence tttere can Te do compro
mise, nothing leaa than war of rater
trHuaHon. Ref. g. 8. Reward, Sweden.
borfUn, New Tort City.
i ii . i .
Tba blfbaat lata hi ted apot In tba
woekl to a tuiaUofcamp Id Um A.o4aa
14198 feet above aea ktvel wbwra am
100 BUtti Ur la food beajta aj fc
V s "T'TMrVT? CLJPT ( T
f (jt, 1 1 1 1 O ll Hi I Ul"
T was iu a little bouse on
treet of a l!t:!e Nebraska
the Town of Bubble.
The little woman was crouched up
on the carpet loifa in a limp heap. She
looked ill. but sanguine exhausted,
but relieved. The remains of the mid
day tneal were on the table. There
were traces of ashes al .ut the stove.
i 1 '' b 'l'.VS goH Il
bibv's gown was begrimed In
i Rpite of thi-se fact the niisirew of th
inodi-st home sinil
j "Well." exclaimed her visitor, one
'comprehensive glance embracing the
unwonted tiegh-ct of the place. "I heard
I you were not feeling well, but I did
j not know you required assistance w ilb
! your housework. I supposed, of course,
! rolir frien.l Mrv Mys.n u-a with r.n "
The little woman looki-d up with a
sparkle In her eye.
"O, I'm well enough. I was sick
enough up to bst Tuesday. I've been
get tin' better ever since. I'll have the
table red o(T an' things straightened be
fore Tom gets home. If I find lik it
now I can let things be. There ain't
ho one to notice. Mrs. Mason, she don't
come over. Truth is. we've got shet
of Mary Mason. We Jujt," in emphatic
rejietitlon. "hud to get shet of Mary
The visitor was sympathetic. The lit
tle woman was confidential.
"Me an' Tom," she explained, "have
lived on farms all our lives. So when
we reuled the farm and moved Into
town. I thought the change was fine.
'MjT I nays to Tom. 'ain't It nW to
live in a large place. I never before
suspicion!! bow comfortable It was to
live reel near to folks, an' have them
rolks neighborly. Oiu'n the half -tlon
we might be two weeks 'ithout see
In' a lody to ssiik to. An' here we've
got .'!si people In this towu, an' two
trains a day-not to mention the
j freight an' houses all round us. It's
i awful nice," I says to Tom, 'but what's
j nicest Is Mrs. Mason. Why, she comes
; In lhat often I ain't got a lilt of time
to be lonesome for the stock. There's
j only herself an' her husband, ho her
J work don't count. She cun'l read or
J write only Boliemy, an' he ain't got
"o use for that language since she mnr
j ried out'n bet folks. Take it altogeth-
er, she's wlllin' to neighbor lots, an'
I that," 1 say to Tom, 'will be mlgbiy
; perkln' for me!" "
"Yes," scented her visitor, with a
rising Inflection on the monosyllable,
j "Tom. he didn't say much. He's kind
I of slow-like. He Jest said, 'What suits
'you, Kliza. suiiji me!' Well. Mrs. Ma
I son she come. She kept coiliiu'. Some-
times, if ho got Kit my el off early, she
come In before our breakfast. She al
: Ins come iu before 1 got the dishes done
i up. An' she slave.). She stayed all j
even wash iiioniiu's. Some-
. jukui aioug ne Kept
nioldin. Sometime 'twas a bit of
cheese, or a couple of c rackers, or a
brink of spice gingerbread, or the ton
off n jar of Jell. 'I can't bear von when
I'm a-riibblii'.' I'd say. That never
mattered a bit to her. She'd wait till
I got through rubbln' an' was a bllin'.
But whether she talked or whether she
didn't nlie alius come, sure as the day
light did, she alius kept a nibblln", au'
she alius stayed."
The narrator treated lierseir to a tea
spoonful of medicine- out of a bottle on
the window-sill before she proceeded.
"Our girls get home from school at
12," went on the prostrated chatelaine,
"an' I alius have lunch for 'em then.
Sometimes It's reel jr.xH. Sometimes
It's only scraps. Anyhow, It's the best
me an' Tom can afford." Don't you
think she stayed for every one of them
lunches? My, ye. She don't have to
get dinner tor tsam.vel till j, an' sJie
'lowed that she most generally got K-ck-Isli
about noon. So she'd wt down w ith
the children rcg lar, an then go across
home to get dinner. Una of times
they d be Just a snag of pork, or a
f u'l frled I'"1''. or as mtu li
Jam leavln' as you'd mime at. 'There
a la t nothiu here. Mrs. Mason, to ask
you to naie a ime or,' l says to her
often. '( laws,' ahe answers, 'what'a
good enough for you U good enough
forme!" An' she sets down."
Her visitor ''ied aoftly.
"Then she would stay all afternoon.
She was alius here when Tom come
home 10 attpper. Her husband took his
supper at the hotel, ao she used to Jlne
lis. Samyel never got bnck from the
store before II, to aC'd suiy at our
house to pass the tir. Tom, he'd go
for the mall, an' cor" back, an' there
she was. 'Head thg fiaos!' she'd soy.
Tom, who Is natchU'.v pellte, 'ud read
it. . He'd read, an' read, an' read!
'Land's sake!' Mary Mason ud put
in, 'go on! I could Jest set here nil night
an' listen." An' she didpretty near!"
There waa a mournful silence.
"On the farm." continued Mrs. Kob
Inson, "me an" Tom allns went to bed
at S. How waa we to go to bed even
nt 10, with Mary Masnn a-alttln' thetw?
'Ijind o' the lviuT irlie'd say, seel n' roe
n-patchin'. 'I'm glad I ain't got eon
children to keep a-slavln' fer they do
take auch a slew of work! But when
I got throngh the metidln"', an' Tom fcavd
'read every -word in tbe paper, even ta
advertJawatenta thera aba wasf Ton
ha pmw ut yaw. 'I'd un aa kw
f waa dead beat, not tartar m uaB
alMf tlw aajfht batW wMb tfea baby
''UaM waa croopyi "Cta
to bear, By'm by, Tom, he'd go into
our U-droom that's off the wilin'-rooiu,
an' he'd haul off his shoe, an' sling 'em
on the Moor real hard. That didn't stir
her. It was awful provokiu'."
"It must have !ecu!" her visitor ac
qtileixvd. "Then they was the borryin'. Not
that Mary Mason called it bony in". She
said she hadn't a bit of use for folks
that borryed. She said when she want
e.1 anything from a perwou she neigh
Imred with that she Just went in au'
took it. reel friendly like. That's how
our gns eries kept a tneltin", "Taln't
worth while me buyin' a package 0
yeast that costs Jj cents,' she'd say
'when half a cake will make a bakin
for me and Samyel. I'll take a bit of
your'u.' The next time she come
'twoud be tiavorln'. 'No use of me get
tin' a whole bottle of Vaniller," she'd
say, when 1 only make a cake once
a week. A teasrKion '111 do me.' Then
there was tea. Samyel drank only cof
fee, an' ' 'twould le extravagance for
me," she says, "to buy half a pound of
tea for myself. 'I'll take a pinch of
jours.' So she took a pinch-most ev.
ery day. I'lmlnn make ui!id
enough of "em. Tickles." she often ob
served. 'I'm mit especially fond of,
but Samyel says they rust out the linen
of a Insiy's stomach. So I've made up
my mind I'll eat mine over here, an
men tie won t know if the imin o my
stomach is rusted out or not." I wish."
feebly concluded Mrs. Robinson, "lhat
you'd look at that row of empty Jars
on top of the kitchen press!"
A depressing and significant silence
Me an loin, said tlie protesting
volte, "wanted to talk It over, but
twits only between 12 at night an' (!
In the mornin" we got a chance. 'Tom
I says to him one night after she'd been
In an' Isirryed our last half-dozen of
eggs, sarin' she'd return 'em when they
got ilieajMT. Join, we got to get shot
of Mary Mason!' I out says, 'I don't
know how we're goln' to do it unb-ss
w e move back on the farm." "
"But you couldn't well do that!"
"Not real easy. So I begun to giv
her hints. I give her all kind of bints.
I said as how I'd never been Used to
su-xsiety, an' that much of it made my
head ache. I said ns how Tom just
loved solltoisl - that the re wasn't any
thing he liki-d better than sjH'tullug his
evenings alone wltli me an' the chil
dren. I s.ud late hours Was fearful
wearin' on our eonstltootlons. an' that
after ilils we was going to bed not
later'n !J o'clock. I said I couldn't re
turn her vlnlt because Tom hadn't no
ue for women that was alius ga-blln'
-an' besides it wouldn't be no use for
tne to go over s.-eiu' she was never
home. Them, an' lots other gentle hlri!
I gave her. She only says, '(, stullln'!
I ain't one to make a fuss because a
body can't keep up with the rules of
cttirqiiftte! I don't mind if you never
come over. I Won't get mad. I ain't
that pr.md sort. Gin I'll take a bit
of tlmt roly-poly over for Samyel's din
ner It'll save me makin' sass." It was
that way right along. When she got
through en tin" she was sure to want
sometbln' to take home for Sittjiyel.
'You Jest put an extry tablespoon of
coffee in the Kt," ehe'd say, 'an' I'll run
over with Samyel's cup. That'll save
me makin' some." Well, when I told
Tom that thein mild say-In' of mine
'ml no more mix into her mind than
yon could make sulphur blend w ith wa
toT, Tom says. 'Tell her we're goln' to
move back on the farm. Maybe then
she'll Iwgin to neighbor with the folks
that has just got married across the
"That very day 'twas: a quarter 10
1, a week ago yesterday she come
a-walklu' into the kitchen (she never
knocked), a big plate In her hand. Like
usual she had a whole big Welcome
for herself. 'I knowed." she says, 'you
was aimln" to have a tilled dinner to
day, au' I thought I'd Jest rnn over
and get enough, for Samyel an' nie out'r
the pot while it was hot." Ho up she
tiKirches to the stove, aud take the lid
ofTn the kettle, au" begins a-apcarln'
out the salt Mrk, the turnips, an' the
cabbage. 'Hake's alive!" she say, prod
din' round, 'there ain't no carrot. Why
ain't yet got some cat rots? Me an'
Samyel we're reel fond f carrots.'
" '.Maybe,' says I, kind of sarcastic
like, 'we'll have lota of 'em mum. That
Is, If we move back on tbe farm, like
w e're talk in' of doin'."
"Tom thought that'll ls a knockdown
blow. So did I. Hut 'twasn't. We
didn't know Mary Mason. She smiled
" 'Gracious me!' she snys, 'If that
alu't luck! I told Hatnyel this mornin'
I was clean beat out bousekeepln" an'
would like A chance to recooperale.
Here It Wi! I'll go out to the farm with
you an' elay for three months!"
"Then I knew tlmt niy Inst tint had
fall'n flatter'n the breakfast puffs you
make from a newspaper prlae recipe.
I had felt my family peace 1-10:11', I
had suffered my own health a goln'
an' I aeen my dinner a-goln', too. So,
I ria In my wrath.
I aaya, 'yon ain't comln'-for
you ain't goln' to be aaked.'
Kn baat out a laffln'.
'"Merer mr aha aaya. 'What a mi
yow artfor Ib"f f MrargW 0m Nat
t you, Mai' Bob'aoa. I aia't ae awful
pertickler that I wait for folks to ask
"Then my temper rise. It come up
like lolik a b Mis'. You rl.itl't know lt'
near the top till I: runs over. 'I ain't
Jokiii'.' I s,iys. 'If we more back on
the farm 'twi'l ) lo get shet of you."
"What's that?" she m.ivs, an' elands
there a ganpin'.
"'It'll be to g.-t slut of youT I re--atel
reel deliberate. 'This Is the last
bint I'll give ye. Mary Mason!" "
"Kid she take iff" the visitor queried.
A faint smile of triumph illumined
the face reKsiug ou the patchwork pil
low. ". es, she took It -along w ith tbe
b'.Iil dinner. She said, though, that
her faith in human natur' was shook.
She said she'd never again try to nelgh
lr with a woman who didn't appre
ciate the frieiufllnew of (M'rsons moro
accustomed to sassiety. She 'luwed
she never hail much use nohow for
folks who couldn't tell Andootilckle
"So your ordeal is at an end?"
"We believe so," the little woman
said iniofiilly. "It's a week since we
had the Idled dinner niost of which
we didn't have. She ain't come over
since. I'm gettin' my health back.
Tom an' me is llvln' happy an' peaceful
again. We go to bed at half past 8.
The children gets all their share at
rneal times, I red up when I feel will
In'. Tom says It's too good to lust
He ways she'll come back one of thee.
days. Do you think she will?"
"( , surely not!"
"I hope not," returned the little wom
an, smiling brightly. But the next In
stant she cast toward the door a fur
tive glance that w-ns dark with dread.
"We've got shet of Mary Mason I know,
but will we stay shet?" Chicago Trib
A FREAK AMONG FLOVERS.
Venus' klr Trap and Its Almost
Now ami again, In exploring Ameri
can woods and swamps. Isitaiilbtx havo
come across floral curiosities that al
most bridge over the great gulf that
divides the animal and vegetable king
doms, wiys the lb-signer. One of these,
to be met with nowhere ill the world
save in North Carolina, la scientifical
ly classified as dloiiocii musclpula, but
is colloquially known as "Venus' fly
In appearance the extraordinary
plant Is prettily but unassumingly the
b-atli s flower stem, running from six
to eight inches 111 height and sur
mounted by a cluster of live pctallcd
blossoms, rising erect like a rosotte
like bed of leaves. It Is iu the edge of
the leaves that the death-dealing ap
paratus Is set-for this inislcst little
plant, which is so delicate that It dies
of the slightest Injury to root or stem,
sustains its life by footing upon tbo
unwary Insects that ilmnee to alight
upon Its h aves, enticing them to their
destruction by exuding from tbe edges
of Its fata traps a viscous fluid, some-
w hut resembling honey.
I be traps consist of two soft, vel
vety b.-ivcM, fringed w ith delicate hrls-
Ib-K lilnl hinged together on one side.
The unsuspecting llv lured br tbe
hoj.ey. alights on these bristb s In an
ticipation of u feast, but Ht the first
touch of Its feet the hinges close, the
two leaves come together, the bristles
Interlock, ami tbe hapless Insect Is Im
prisoned In a cell from which escape
t'ndor the stimulus of the lctlm'l
struggles the tiny glands with which
the Inner walls of the trap are iurnlsh-
ed pour forth a secretion which Iar-
win nnnl.v7.ed as n vegetable gastric
Juice, resembling that which insures
digestion iu anliiiiil life. L'tuler the In-
flui tice of this curious fluid, the fly is
actually digested alive, and lis Juices
isnng extracted the trap door are re
opened and the skeleton is flung out.
1 lie scieiitlsis declare that the plant
unquestionably lives upon the lube.
of Its victims, but otto or iw,. t.,H
florists take exception to this state
ment. It Is worthy f note that, al
though the habit of the plunt is car
nivorous, experiments have proved
that it lives longer and thrive better
When so Inclosed tlmt I10 Insects can
reach It- 11 superabundance of Its fa
vorite diet apparently rendering It
even more delicate than It Is bv na
ture. Jl,e w.t musci,. controlling
Its leaves are said to resemble those
of the human eyelids.-New York Her.
A Cur (tun Wooden H i U:h.
The most curious timekeeper Per.
Imps, that has ever U-cn made In this
ountry was the work of one Ylctut
Itorlot, who lived at Bristol, Term
alMitit twenty years ago. This rvldltv
wus nothing more or less than a vood
n watch. 1 tie case waa made of briar
rot and the Inside works, except three
of the main wheels and the springs
wiucn were 01 metal; were made from
a piece or an old lsxwood rule. The
face, which was polished until It look
ed like H slab of finest Ivory, was Hindu
from Ilia shoulder blude of an old cow
that bad Is-eu killed by the cars, "Ho.
riot'a queer watch," aa It waa called,
was an open-faced affair, with a glass
crj'atal, aud waa pronounced flne
piece of work by all the wniehtu.taeri
In Eaat Tennessee.
. A Latch y "Spec,"
Several days ago tbe achooner Hob
ert I. Carter alnick on Alden'a lUck,
and to all appearance waa a total om.
Nautical experta agreed that she would
leave bar bones there, and her owners
stripped ner aud sold tbe bulk t
Charles Harriett, of tbla city, who
bought It for f 70 on "apee." Laut nlght't
wind and tide floated tbe schooner off,
and, to the amacament of tne aalta, aba
cam drifting- np tba harbor. Rartlett
had bar to wad In.'' ftha la worth ftt.OOu
and baa beaidea a oarfo of 1,300 toiia of
coal,' moat af wtOea to aaiabU.-Port-la&4
Of ) apacfej Inm HaiaM.
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