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About The Sioux County journal. (Harrison, Nebraska) 1888-1899 | View Entire Issue (April 28, 1898)
THt HlL.- )F GOD.
We JouniT.d through the lowland shad
Through tli- I' M. dull mist and rain;
Oh, chilling tin logs of the marshes
And the winds from the lonely plain!
And our hearts grow sick with longing
For the besutjful patlis iintrod.
For we know that kwhj above us
Stretch the gla 1 green i tills of God.
Our feet are chained to the valley.
We plow and we ' vv and reap;
There are strifes and lulls for the noon
day. And a grim- l' re at night we shs'p.
Ilut a something speak., within n:
"I(.ok away 1 r-ysn the spade and tie
O sonl. look tip f r thy birthright,
And away to t 1 ; lldis of Cod;
"In the wind tint sweep their sun. tods
Is. healing for ml thy ills;
Vp. tip! till i t.ou feid the current:
Tin re is help, there is help in the bills.
Iyf-t darkless aid sere disaster
Hut sunder 1 1 ! i- f'p.m the sod,
A ml know ihou sbsT.t thr.ve in the em. light
1 hat crow net ti the llnls of God."
When Silas Ityan, the proprh tor ami
and manager of K.vuu's ranch, set bis
employes at work, fencing In a large
Vidy of the Inst Government land In
Southern Kansas, h" stirred up a good
i'zed hornet's ticsl, and brought the
Insects buzzing angrily about bis Intnl.
lie bad no shadow of right to the land,
and naturally the settlers and home
seekers rc.-ented his cool appropria
tion of It to his own use. There were
men who waiil-d It for homes, and
who were entitled to It under the laws,
and these men looked upon Hyatt's
conduct km a base infringement on
their rights and were not sparing In
tie-ir denunciation of bim and bin or
der. Near Ityiin's iam b there was a little
town known as Prairie City. It was
an Insignificant place, with less than
'Ml population, but It (rave promise of
great things in the future. Its Inhab
itants, and the settlers on the prairie
about it, believed that in time Prairie
City would become one of the leading
tow n of Kansas, t'lifortimately, how
ever, tin- hope of sliosc people were
never to U realized. A railroad was
Boon after built through that part of
the country and It missed Prairie City
by just, two miles. The result was a
new town on the railroad and the
death of the old one. Prairie City
went the way of hundreds of other
Kansas town-', its population took up
their possessions, im hiding their hous
es, and moved acre,.' the prairie to the
In Prairie City's halcyon days, bow
ever, It blasted of a newspaper, the
Prairie City liable. It was not itiii'b
of a paper, being -mall and poorly
printed, but It was unite a.s good as Us
patronage ju-tili.d. lis subscription
list was extremely limited, and lis ail
vcrt!ing business was dwarfed to one
coiiimn of display matter and a few
lines of pay locals.
The Fugle, as a matter of course,
stood by the town people ami the set
tlers, and when Ryan set bis men to
fencing in tin- public lambs for grazing
purposes, it came out with a strong ed
itorial uVtiotiueliifj hi ni In the seven-si
terms. It pronounced bis action dis
honest, as be was stealing the people's
rights. It went further and said thai
It whs the lowest and most contempt
ible species of dishonesty, since by it
he was stealing the homes from poor,
struggling men and their wives and
children, tbeteby robbing them of a
chance to earn an honest living.
"It Is the dutj of the home.see kers,"
It Went oil, "to prnlecl. - themselves
against the eucioachmciils of this
greedy cormorant, v. bo, for the Kik" of
adding to bis lll-yo'Ieii wealth, would
starve even the innocent, unconscious,
helpless babe in it, mother's arm.s. It
Is the duty of tin; .- tilers to band
themselves together, to take the law In
their own bands, imd cut the wire that
shut them out of their own. Tear
down the fence, drive off or kill the
nti ItK A l 1 III. Alll.fi.l: TO II 1 I.JIIU IM RS.
UMtu-K-r"8 rattle nml give bim to under
stand that If the Government won't
protect you, j on can and will protect
A copy of the paper containing this
editorial fell Into Ryan's bauds, lie
read It and boiled over with wrath and
Indignation. lie was forced to admit
that there was much truth In the ar
ticle, but It was none the more pal
atable to him for that. II" swore ven
geance against ttif l.agle and Its ed
itor, and vowed that not another issue
of the paper bboiild be published.
At dinner time be read the article to
hi employen an they at at the table.
They were tdx In number, recently em
igrated from a ranch down In Texas,
and had a reputation for being the
hardest and tuost reckless dare devils
that ever rode the range. When Hynn
tial finished reading hp said:
" "What do yon think of that?"
"I think it's blamed big crowing from
mighty little rooster," one of the cow-
I. IJJil; I
" ' '1 ! , , -a vi'b
I boys replied.
J "If the settlers want to take that ed-
Itor'i iAe and try It on about cut
another said, "Just let
flud before tky get
through with It that they've got Into
the hottest and most unhealthy Job
thy ever tackled."
"Then you boys will stand by me?"
"uf course we will," one of tiem an
swered. "We're paid to work for you,
and we've not got any love for settlers.
We ll see that jour fence is not cut and
that your cattle are not bothered."
"That's all right," Ityan said, "but
there Is something else I want you to
"What Is it?"
"I want this paper squelched."
"We'll soo.-b b It."
"I want, you to ride over to Prairie
City to-night and clean the thing out
root and branch. Burn the ollice,
f-mash up the old press and chasu the
editor out of the country."
"We'll do it."
,liisl lifter .-upper that night the row
boys loaded iheir pistols carefully and
buckled tin m about their waists. Then
they brought out their horses, saddled
ami mounted them, and rode away In
the direction of Prairie City at a mad
gallop. Just before they reached the
town they came to a halt. One of tbeiu
"Now, boys, we don't want to take
any reckless chances in this business,
j so we bad better be a little cautious. 1
jguess that eiliior is a spindle-shanked,
! goggle-eyed old rooster from the Kast
! who'd drop dead at the sight of a pis
I tol, but still lie may be a varmint of a
'different color, for all we know be
I may turn loose and go to pumping lend
Into us at the rate of about sixty bul
i lets a minute, it will be safest to kind
' of slip up on bim and take him un
The others agreed to this proposition,
and accordingly they rode quietly into
town, dismounted and tied their horses,
and noiselessly .approached the Kagle
ollice. A light was shining through a
w indow of the little one story box
building, and by one common Impulse
the cowboys stole cautiously forward
to this window with a view to peeping
Into the room to see how the land lay.
On one side of the room they .saw a
rickety old typestand containing a half
dozen cases of type. On the other side
stood an old press, while In the center
there was a zinc-covered goods 1k)x
which answered In the place of an Im
posing stone. Cp at the end of the
room was a small table at which was
seated a woman.
The woman's elbows rested on the
table and her face lay between her
bauds. She was sitting directly In front
of the window, apparently looking
straight at. It, so the cowboys bad a
good, square view of her features.
They saw that she was young and
pretty, tint much more than a child
and very sad. There was a deeply
troubled expressloii on her face, and
once they saw her brush tears from her
"The editor's wife or daughter, I
reckon," one of the cowboys whisper
ed. "Gtiesjs so," one of the others replied;
"and like as not the old whelp's been
"I'm going In and tall; to her," the
tifst. speaker announced. "You chaps
wail outside lill I come back."
"A good Idea," another agreed. "We
want to see a little more into this busi
nes before we do anything rash."
The cowboy walked around to the
door and entered the ollice. lie passed
across the door and stopped just before
the little table at which the woman was
sitting. He took off his hat, made an
a'. kwanf bow and said:
"Good evening, lady. I hope I find
, ; on well."
I A shade of fear passed over the
; woman's face and a startled look came
! to her eyes when she saw the man's
i huge pistols and noted bis cowUry nt
! tire. Still, she answered calmly and
I "I am quite well, thank you. Is there.
i anything 1 can do for you?"
i "Why. 1 don't know. 1 reckon mny
! be I'd like to .sis' the editor of this pa
J l r."
"I am the editor."
J "Well, but I want to see the man
' your father or husband, or whoever he
"There Is no man here. I am all
"You don't mean that you are run
i nitig this paper all by yourself!"
"Yes, sir, except for the help of n boy,
I who manages the press for me."
The cowboy whistled, then stood
'staring at the woman In amazement
! At last be ejaculated:
"Well, if that don't stump me. A'
i woman running a paper till alone, with
I no men folks to help her! Gee, but It
inii-t be lots of hard work!"
"It is. but I don't mind that. I'd be
. willing to work night and day If I
could just manage some way to keep
! the paper going."
"You're not figuring on stopping It,
' are you ?"
j "Yes, I'll have to slop It. I can't get
j enough money to buy any more paper.
My mother Is sick and 1 have to liny
medicine and things for her. Poor
, mother! I don't know bow I shall pro-
vide for her now."
j The gbi voice trembled and her
'eyes tilled with fears. The cowboy
! looked on a moment, then paced rapbl
i ly two or 1 1, ice fluies across the room,
j finally be . aid:
"You wait lu re for me. I'll be back
In a few minutes."
j lie hurried out to bis companions.
who were waiting at the door. He
drew them away to n safe distance
from the office, and then told them all
he bud discovered. Tin y heard him to
",So that woman," one of them said,
"wrote that piece about Ityan?"
"Then If we kick up n fuss with any
lsidy It's got to be with her."
"In that case I guess we won't kirk
tip nnv fuss."
"Not If I can help It. U'a all right
(oiih to pile onto a man ami squelch
hire), but l's a different thing wben It
comes to a poor lone woman strug
gling bravely to support her slk
"TJie paper is going to quit, any
how," some one remarked, "so It's all
right to let It alone. It can't do any
The man who had come from the
room was silent and thoughtful for a
moment, then he said:
"I reckon the paper's not going to
quit, either. I've got money enough to
tide it over a few weeks, and "
"I've got enough to tide It over a few
more weeks," another said, and be was
promptly followed by the cithers with
like propositions. 'J'be upshot of the
matter was that a minute biter a roll
of money was put Into the girl's hands,
and before -he bad recovered from her
astonishment I he cowbuvs were on
their way back to the ranch.
"Womb-r what Ityau will think!" one
of them remarked as they rode along.
"Iion't matter what be thinks," an
other replied. "We didn't hire to him
to make war on women.
Thanks to tin aid given by the cow
boys the C'igle lived; and when Prairie
City moved to the new town the Kagle
went with If, and there it grew and
"(iOOll MORNING, I. ADV."
prospered and In time became a prom
inent paper. Hut the editor never
knew the true object of the night's vis
it that was paid iter by the cowboys
of Ryan's ranch. Whether she would
have thought any the less of them If
she had known Is a matter of doubt.
Naturally Ityan was displeased with
the action of bis employes, the more es
pecially since the Kagle kept up its
fight on bim. Hut there was nothing
be could do save submit, since be had
contracted with his employes for a
year, and he could not discharge them
for refusing to do an unlawful act
He was entirely helpless and when tho
settlers cut bis fence and took up
claims on his ranch be had to quietly
give way to them and seek grazing
lands elsewhere. Ullca Globe.
A young whale weighing about 2mIO
pounds was captured the other day off
P.iddeford Pool, Me.
Some sheep were frigh.eiied by dogs
at Grenoble, France, and '-'12 blindly
"followed their leader" over a preci
pice 1,"0 feet high.
A remarkable eel has been discover
ed in the I'ljl Islands, It has a pecu
liar formation in Its throat, which
causes it to whistle when In an ex
cited slate. The eel Is fifteen feet long,
and several Inches lit girth.
In the markets of II rax II one often
sets live snakes a species of boa
from ten to fifteen feet long. They are
emplo.M'd In many bouses to bunt rats
at night, being otherwise perfectly
I, armies-. They become attached to a
house line a cat or a dug.
Mrs. I'litch. of Itenver. Colo., drives
im c-;nch, behind which she rides In
p light wagon. She Is the only woman
In the world who owns a zoologic:i!
garden, and manages It herself. The
animal Isn't guided by the reins, but
by a long whip, with which the drWor
bits It on the feathers.
Certainly a 'llile or "Distinction."
Not long ago an Indian general, who
had reiUirned home on 'tie expiry of h s
term of service, was ilivilii to "dine
aiwl sleep" ai Windsor, lie took ad
va.utage of h!s proximity to Kton to
walk ovit to the famous public school,
lie there calliil on the house masiter of
n young Indian prince, the son of a
Itijah w ho had fhnllfh; It well to send
his sun over Ui Ktudalid to be cducausl.
i no general lnfmm-d the house master
that he had, before leaving India, prom
ised the Itajah to deliver a massage to
bis son's mastfer. It was that the Itajah
desired that bis son should receive no
exceptional treatment In the m-1ik1 on
account of bis exalted birth, and thai
his fellow KludojitH should not lie en
couraged to wbow him any special de
ference. The bouse master baMteried to
iwssure the Kajah's messenger.
"lYay tell the Itijnh that there Is no
reiason to be ilarim! Unit his son will
receive bo great deference. You may
assure bis hlgbnms that In this school
his son answers to the name of 'Nigger,'
and among his Intimates he Is common
ly ralbsl 'CoiJ-SclHtJe.' "
He I. used and Won,
Tom That friend you Introduced at
the club last night si-cms to be a mel
ancholy sort of fellow. W hat's the
matter with him?"
Jack Iils.ipo!iiled In love, I Ixrtlere.
Tom Too bad; got the mitten, I sup
pose? Jack Oh, no; he got the girl.
The long-headed clergymeui preache
the shortest sermon.
Talk Is cheap, but somehow goaat)
alwaye gain currency.
fT 1 1 V. spirit ef hnzM nl
I is a rra igned by I r.
in this sermon
the downward path of the gamester
Is plaiidv p.iinicil mit; text, Aeis i.. 1!'.
field of I
The moijc.i that , Indus gave for surren
dering Christ was used to purchase a
graveyard. As the money was blond
nnmey, the ground bought by it w as called
In the Syriae tongue Aceldama, iiieaicng
"the field of blood." Weii, tho-c is i tie
word I want to w rite to day over every
race course where wages are slaked anil
every poolroom njd every gambling saloon
and every table, public or private, where
men and women bet for sums of money,
large or sarinl!, and that is a word inrar
dinafed with the life of innumerable vic
The gsmhliiift spirit, which is at all
times a stupendous evil, ever and iinon
t weeps over the country like an epidemic,
prostrating uncounted thousands. There
bus never been a worse attack than that
from which nil the villages, towns and
cities are now suffering.
While a uiong my hearers and readers
are those who have passed on into the
afternoon of life and the shadows are
lengthening and the sky crimsons w-ith
the glow of the setting sun, n large num
ber of them are in early life, and the
morning is coming down out of the clear
sky upon them, and the bright air is redo
lent with spring blossoms, and the stream
of life, gleaming and glancing, rushes on
between flowery banks, making music as
It goes. Some of you are engaged in mer
cantile concerns as clerks and bookkeep
ers, and your whole life is to be passed in
the exciting world of trafllc. The sound
of busy life stirs yon as the drum stirs the
fiery war horse, utliers are in the me
chanical arts, to hammer and chisel your
way through life, and success awaits you.
Some are preparing for professbuml life,
and grand opportunities are before yen
luiv, seine of von a!read have buckled on
the armor. Hut, w hatever your age and
calling, the subject i.f (.'ambling, about
which I speak today, is pertinent.
A Worldwide Kvil.
Some years ago when an nshoointion for
the suppression of gambling was organized
flu agent of the association (nine to a
prominent citizen anil asked him to pat
l'oni'.e the s.it iet y, He said: "o: I can
have no interest in such nn organization.
1 am in nowise affected by the evil." At
that very lime his son, who was bis part
ner in business, was one of the heaviest
players in a famous gambling establish
ment. Another refused his patronage on
the siinie ground, not knowing that his
first bookkeeper, though receivings salary
of only f,ioti, was losing from .foil to
Jbiti per night. The president of a rail
road company refused to patronize the
Institution, saying, "That society is good
for the defense of merchants, but we rail
road people are not injured by this evil"
hot knowing that at that very time two of
bis conductors were spending three nights
of each week at far-' tables in New York.
I)irecti. or indirectly this evil strikes at
the whole world.
Gambling is the risking of something
im re or less valuable in the hope of win
ning more 1 1 1 ii 1 1 you hazanb The instru.
mi nts of gaining may differ, but the prin
ciple is the same. The shullbng and ileab
uy of cards, however full of temptation,
is hut gambling unless stakes are put up.
while on the other hand gambling may
be carried on w ithout cards or dire or bil
liil'ds or a tenpin alley. The man who
beis on hor-cs, on elections, en battles,
tin man who dials in "fancy" stocks nr
cot duets n hiisitu -.-.h which haza.ds e!ri
cainiil er gees into transactions without
foptubi t ion. but dependent upon what men
Clip lllclc, ,s n g.,;nliler,
V'h.itcvir you expit to get from your
nel'hbor without i.nVrltur an eotiivaient
In noney or time is either the product
licit or gaming, i.oiiery tickets ami
Fit 1 cy policies come into the saioe
got-'. iPizaars for the found. i -.; of 1
fait, schools mid churches, i onducP
the lulling jv-triii, come under the
den iiiiina t ion. I o not, therefore, a-so-'::-1
gambling ncce-'iirily w ilh nnv iu
Sl ri lueiil or game or time or place or think
the principle depends up' n whether yen
pity tor a glass of wine or list shuns of
rail 'ad flock. Whether you pntroiiiste
n c ' ii pools, French muluiils or book
le.i! i -'. ' 1 I In r you em. ley faro or lul
I, . v . ronon and keno, curds or bagatelle
the i cry idea of the :hing is ilish.n
it professes to in-slow upon yott a c
W hi h you give no equivalent.
The Cnr-e of i't-nl m-ii .
Tl is crime is no newborn -prib
haggard tl iinsgreion that comes snigger
ing down under a mantle of curses
through ninny centime. Ail nations, har
I'lareiis and civil, zed. I. live been addicted
Ilut not I lie laws of the whole civilized
world denounce the system. Fi.aei ineiiis
have been passed, but oniy partially en
forced, and at times uol enforced at ah.
'1 he men interested In gaining houses and
In jockey clubs wield such influence by
their numbers and tililuciire that the
judge, the jury and the police olllcer must
be hod indeed who would array llieiu
ehes against these infamous establish
ments. The house of eoniiiious in Fn
glaml actually adjourns on Herby
that members may attend the races, and in
the best circles of society in Ibis country
to day arc many hundreds of professedly
respectable men who are acknowledged
Hundreds of thousands of dollars In this
land are every day being won anil lost
through theer gambling. Hays a traveler
(lirougli the West, "I have traveled 1,(MK
miles at a time upon tho Western waters
anil sen gambling at every waklrjt mo
aient from the commencement to tf ter
mination of the Journey." The Vntttli
uat ut this ouutry reeke with tbis sin.
)'' - - h V 'I.
In some of those citifs every third or
fourth biiti-e in many of the streets is a
gaming phne, and it may be truthfully
averred that, each of our cities is enr.-ed
with ihi- evil.
Men wishing t" ;.'uiuble will find places
jitM suited in their capneity not only in
the uiiib-turoimd ovster cellar or at the
tahle bin k of the curtain, covered with i
.-."easy cards, or in the steamboat smk
ng caiiin. where the bloated wretch with
riiiL's in his ears d"a!s out his pack and
ninl.s ill the unsuspecting traveler, pre
riding free drinks ail around, but in gi'J
ni parlors and amid gorgemis surround
ings. This sin works ruin first by pro
viding im unh'-altl.fu! stimulant. Incite
ment is pleasurable. I'ndcr every sky
and in every iikc men have soiiL-ht it. We
must at times have excitement. A thon-
aiid'siind voices in our nature demand it. It
is rigid. It is healthful. 1 1 is inspirit ing.
It is a c-'sire God iriveii. Hut niiytliing
that 11 r.
gratifies this appetite ami hurls !
a terrilic read ion is ih pl'.rable j
d. Look out for the agitation j
a rough musician, in bringing '
out tiie ume plays so hard he breaks down -
the instrument, tied never made a man
strong enough to endure the wear and
tear of gambling excitements.
TIip Koinl to Unill.
A young man having suddenly inheriieil
a large properly sits at the hazard tables
and takes up in a dice box the estate won
by a father's lifetime's sweat and shakes
it and fosses it iiwny. Intemperance soon
stigmatizes its victim, kicking him out, a
slavering fool, into the ditch or sending
him, wilh the drunkard's hiccough, snig
gering up the street where his family
lives. Hut gambling does not in that way
expose its victims. The gHtubler may be
eaten up by the gambler's passion, yet
you only discover it by the greed in his
eyes, the hardness of his features, the
nervous restlessness, the threadbare coat
and his embarrassed business. Yet lie is
on the road to ruin, and no preacher's
voice or startling warning or wife's en
treaty can make him stay for a moment
his headlong career.
The infernal spell is on him, a giant is
aroused within, and though you bind him
with cables they would part like thread,
and though you fasten him seven times
around with chains they would snap like
rusted wire, and though you piled up in
his path heaven high I'.ihles, tracts and
sermons and on the top should set the
cross of the Son of God, over them nil the
gambler would bap like a roe over the
rocks on his way to perdition. "Aceldama,
the field of blood:"
Something for Notliins.
Any trade or occupation that is of use is
ennobling. The street sweeper advances
the interests of society by the cleanliness
effected. The cat pays for the fragments
it eats by clearing the house of vermin.
The fly that takes the sweetings from the
dregs of the cup compensates by purifying
the air and keeping baA' the pestilence.
Hut. the giinibler gives not anything fir
that which he takes. I recall ihal sen
tence, lie does make a return, but it is
disgrace to the man that he tierces, de
spair to his heart, ruin to his business, an
guish to his wife, shame to bis children
and eternal wasting away to bis soul. He
pays in tears and blood and agony and
darkness and woe.
What duil work is plowing to the farm
er w lieu in the village .saloon in one night
lie makes and losi s the value of a summer
harvest! Who will want to sell tapes and
measure nankeen and cut garments and
weigh sugar when in a night's game he
makes ami loses and makes again and
loses again the profits of a season?
John Borack was sent as a mercantile
agent from P.remen to Ilngland and this
country. After I wo years his employers
mistrusted that all was not right. He was
a der,mlfer for !? ST.lHXi. It was found that
he bad lost in Ixunbard street, Loudon,
S'JIUrtU); in Fulton street. New York, $10.
(MMi, and in New Orleans K He was
imprisoned, lit afterward escaped and
went into the gambling profession. He
died in a lunatic asjlum. This crime is
getting its lever under many a mercan
tile bouse in our cities, anil before long
duw n w ill come the gt'ent es n Id ishnn nt.
crushing reputation, home comfort and
immortal souls. How it diverts ami sinks
capital may he inf, -rivd from Mini' authen
tic statement In fore us. The ten gaining
loupes thii' once w ere authorized in Paris
jpnss, ,) t b n
the banks yearly l;,i,IM10,-
Source of Idhom-st y,
rthermnre, this sin i the source of
itiesiy. The game nf hazard itseif i
a cl.eal. II ow many tricks and de
ons in th" dealing of the cards! The
:, cut's tin tid is oi'ti'nie.s found out by
e designn led
ior have tie
from the b.-e
bei n found loaded w Ii h pia ;
ilollhlels color lip i-yery f.!l!c.
ire introduced by tl
ed by the honest men
iilo tli" plav, and this a
ivi't i for
j the fact that '.I'd out of Ion who gamble,
t how e er w ea It h v w ben tin y In ga u. at the
end are feucd to be poor, miserable, hag
: gard wretches, that would not now he, n I
i low ed to sit in the doorstep of the house
! that they once ow ned,
j In a gaming house in San I''ralo(sio a
j young man having just conic from the
j mines depo-lted a iarge s,im up m the ace
. and won S'J'j.iinii, I tut the tide t urns. In-
tense ntlXletV comes Upon the eounte-
! miners of all. Slowly Ihe cards went
i forth, livery eve is tixed. Noi a sound
; is heard uulil the ace is revealed favorable
to the bank. 'I here arc shouts of "Foul!
I Foul!" but the keepers at the dibit's pro
I diiee their i :-'ols, and the uproar is si
1 leiiced. ami the bank has won S!l,"i,iwH.
1 1 o you e:i!l this ii game of chance'; There
! i no chain e about it.
I Not ice also the effort of this crime upon
I doioesta1 happiness. It has sent its rillh-
b ss piov, share through hundreds of fain
lilies, until the wife sat ill rags and the
' daughters were disgraced, and the sons
, grew up to the same infamous practices or
took a short cut to destruction across the
j murderer's scaffold. Home has Ion Hll
charms for the gambler. How I nine are
! the children's caresses mid a wife's devo
j lion to the gambler! llow drearily the
! hre burns on the domestic hearth! There
i must be louder laughter and something to
win and something to lose, an excitement
to drive the heart faster, lillip the blootl
vid fire the Imagination. No honi, bow
ever bright, can keep back the gamester.
The sweet call of love botiuds back from
liii iron soul, ami all endearments are con
nmed la the fire of Mi fixsion. TTie
Lfsmiiy Bible will go after all other treat-
ures are lost; and if his rrowa in lo-area
were put into his band be vuubi eijl
"I!er pnpn-nne more came, my boys!
On this one throw I stake tay crown of
Ilmtroycr of Youth.
A young man in London on coming of
sire received a fortune ef $120H), and
through guiubrlug In three years wai
tlirnWT oa his mother for support. An
only son went to New Orleans. He was
rich, intellectual snd elegant in manners.
His parents gae him on bis departure
from homo their last blessing. The sharp,
ers gat bold of him. They nattered him.'
Tin i hired him to the gaming table and
m win almost every time for a good
while and patted him on the back ami
said, "First rate player." Hut, fully in
their grasp, they fleeced bim. and biaf
.s'"0.Oi was lost. I. list of all, he put up
his watch and !o.-t that. Then lie beganj
to think of his home, and of his old father
and mother, and wrote thus: ,
"My beloved parents, you will doubtless
fool a momentary joy nr the reception of
this letter from lie- child of your Ihisoih,'
on w hom you have lavl lied ail the favors
of your declining yen . Hut should a
Veling of jcy for a n.iiuient spring up ia'
jonr hea' ls, w hen ;, ci sl.oi ld have re
ceived this from me. cherish it not. I have
fallen deep, never to rise.
hairs that I should have lion
teoteii I shall firing down in
ri ll and pro-'
irrow to the
I w ;ll not i in -so my liestrover but,
G.'d, avenge the wrongs and im-
s i no tleed i: imn
ed l imn the unwary in
that shall best i lease hinil This,
ir ia rents, is tic last letter you
will ever receive from me. I humbly pray
your forgiveness. It is my dying prayer.
Long before you will have received this
from me the cold grave will have closed
upon me forever. Life to me is insupporti
able. I cannot nay, I w ill not suffer tba
shame of having ruined you. Forget and,
forgive is the dying prayer uf your unfor
The old father came to the isistollice,
got the letter and fell to the floor. They1
thought iie was dead at first, but they,
brushed back the white hair from hia
brow and fanned him. lie had only faint
ed. "Aceldama, the held of blood!"
When things go wrong at a gaming ta
ble, they shout: "Foul! Foul!" Over all
the gaming tables of the world I cry out:
"Foul! Foul! Infinitely foul!"
CiimlillnK in Churches.
"Gift stores" are abundant throughout
the country. With a book or knife or
sewing machine or coat or carriage there
goes a prize. At these stores people get
something thrown in with their purchase.
It may be a gold natch or a set of silver,
a ring or a farm. Sharp .way to get off
unsalable goods. It has filled the land,
with fictitious articles and covered up our
population with brass finger rings and
despoiled the moral sense of the com
munity, and is fast making us a nation of
The church of find has not seemed will
ing to allow the world to have all the ad
vantage of these games of chance. A
church bazaar opens, and toward the close
it is found that some of the more valuable,
articles ar unsalable. Forthwith the eon-
doctors of the enterprise conclude that
they will raffle for tenie of the valuable
articles, and under pretense of anxiety to
make tlieir minister a present or please
some popular member of the church fas-,
ciiiating persons are dispatched through,
the room, pencil in hand, to ''solicit
shares," nr perhaps each draws for bis
own advantage, and scores of people go,
home with tlieir trophies, thinking that
it is all right, for Christian ladies did the
embroidery and Christian men did the
raiding, and the proceeds went toward a
new communion set. But yon may dc-
pond on it that as fur as morality is con-!
certied you might as well have won byj
the crack of the billiard ball or the turn of
the dice box. Io you wonder that
churches built, lighted or upholstered by
such processes as that come to great finan
cial and spiritual decrepitude? The devil
says, "1 hclpisl to build that house Of
worship, and I have as much right there
as you have," and for mice the devil is
right. We do not read that they had a
lottery for building the church at Corinth1
or at Antioch or for getl'ng up an em-!
broidered surplice for St. Paul. All this I
style ecclesiastical gambling. More than
one man who is destroyed can say that his
lirst step on Ihe wrong road was when he
won something at a church fair.
A Pernicious I'liHtoitt.
The ga milling spirit has not stopped for
and indecency. There transpired in Mary
land a lottery in which pi ople drew for
lots in a biirviiig ground. The modern
habit of belling about everything is pro
ductive of immense mischief. The most
healthful and innocent amusements of
vaehting and baseball pla.v ing have been
the occasion of putting up excited and ex
travagant wagers. That which to many
has been advantageous to body and mind
has been to others the means of linanctal
and moral loss-. The ciisioin is pernicious
in the extreme where scores of men in re.
sped. -tide life give themselves up to bet
ling, now on this boat, now on thai: now
j on this ball club, now on that. Helling
that once was chiefly the accompaniment
' of the race course is fast becoming a na
i tioital habit, and in some circles any opin
ion advanced on finance or politics is ae
1 cristcd with the inlerrogation, "Hqw much
w ill you bet mi that, sir?"
I This custom may make no appeal to
j slow, lethargic temperaments, but there
I are in the country tens of thousands of
i quick, nervous, sanguine, excitable tem
j peranienfs, ready to be lifted upon, and
j their feet will soon take hold on death
For some months, and perhaps for years,
they w ill linger in the more polite and ele
gant circle of gamesters, but after awhile
their paihvvay will come to the fatal
'lake warning! You are no stronger
than tens of thousands who have by this
practice been overthrown. No young man
in our cities can escape being tempted.
Hevvare of the lirst beginnings!' This
mud is a down grade, ami every instant
increases the momentum. Launch not
upon this treacherous sea. Splint liulUn
strew the beach. Fvcriasting storms howl
up and dow ii, tossing unwary craft into
the Hell Gale.
Servant Girls. God bless the servant
girls of America, whose years are nofh
Ing but hard, bluer, hopeless drudger
ies. Horn In an unknown home, to b
buried In an unknown grave. Itcv. F,
Dow il l Till wage, Presbyterian, Ohloa
Man's Kvils. Never fau any man'a
evils so that they shall consume him,
but Inflame every man's gootls until
they shall master hkm. Rot. W. L.
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