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    TALMAOE'S sermon.
^rnm Toit, a, \>>r«r 4. no
Follow*; “jtelinld Also the Ntil-m"—A
Uovlew of Our Naval llvroe* and
Iluae of Olhur .'ailoim.
If this exclamation wa3 appropriate
about eighteen hundred and seventy
two years ago, when it was written
concerning the crude fishing smacks
that sailed Lake Galilee, how much
more appropriate in an age which has
launched from the dry ducka for pur
poses of peace the Oceanic of the
White Star line, the Lucanla of the
Cunard liua, the Kaiser Wilhelm der
Grosae of (ho North German Lloyd
line, the Augusta Victoria of the llaui
hurg-Arnerlcan line; and In an age
which for purposes of war has launched
the screw-Bloops like the Idaho, the
Hhonandoah, the 03slpee, and our Iron
clads like the Kalamazoo, the Roan
oke nnd the Dunderberg, and tho.-c
which liave already be en buried in the
d<i.p, like the Monitor, the Housatonlc
and tho W’eehawkcn, the tempests ever
since sounding a volley over their
watery sepulchres; and tho Oregon,
and the Brooklyn, and the Texas, and
the Olympia, tho Iowa, the Massachu
setts, the Indiana, tho New York, the
Marietta of tho last war, and the
’ Biarred veterans of war shipping, liko
the Constitution, or the Alliance, or
the Constellation that have swung into
the naval yards to spend their last
days, their decks now all silent of the
.feet that trod them, their rigging all
■Bent of tho hands that clung to them,
their portholes silent of tho brazen
throats that once thundered out of
I them. If in tho ilrst century, when
war vessels were dependent on tho
oars that paddled at the side of them
for propulsion, my text was sugges
tive, with how much inoro emphasis
and meaning and overwhelming remi
niscence we can cry out, as we seo the
Kearsarge lay across the bows of the
Alabama and sink it, teaching foreign
nations they had better keep their
hands off our American fight, or as
we see the ram Albemarle of the Con
federates running out and in the
Roanoke, and up and down the coast,
throwing everything into confusion as
no other craft ever did, pursued by tho
Miami, the Ceres, tiie Southfield, the
Sassacus, the Mattabesett, the White
head, the Commodore Hull, tho Loulsi
ana, the Minnesota and other armed
vessels, all trying in vain to catch her,
until Capt. Cushing, 21 years of age,
and his men blew her up, himself and
only one other escaping; and as I seo
the flagship Hartford, and the Rich
mond, and the MonongaheU, with
r other gunboats, sweep past the batter
ies of Port Hudson, and tho Missis
sippi flows forever free to all northern
and southern craft, and under the fire
of Dewey and his men the Spanish
ships at Manila burn or sink, and the
fleet rushing out of Santiago harbor
are demolished bv our guns, and the
brave Cervera surrenders, I cry out
with a patriotic emotion that I cannot
suppress if I would, and would not if
I could, "Behold also tho ships.”
Full Justice has been done to the
men who at different times fought on
tho land, but not enough has been said
of those who on ship’s deck dared and
suffered all things. Lord God of the
rivers and the sea, help me In this
sermon! So, ye admirals, command
ers, captains, pilots, gunners, boats
wains, sailmakers, surgeons, stokers,
messmates and seamen of all names,
to use your own parlance, we might
ns well get under way uud Wand out
to sea. Let all land lubbers go ashore.
Full speed now! Four bells!
Never since the sea fight of Lcpanto,
where 300 royal galleys, manned by
f 50,000 warriors, nt sunrise. Sept. 6,
1 1571. met 250 royal galleys, manned by
120,000 men, and lu the four houis of
P battle 8,000 fell on one side, and 25,0o0
on the other; yea. never since the day
when at Actlum, thirty-one years be
fore Christ. Augustus with 260 ships
scattered the 220 ships of Marc An
tony, and gained universal dominion
ns the prize; yea, since the day when
nt Sulamis tho 1.20J galleys of the Per
sians, manned by 500.000 men. were
crushed by Greeks with less than a
th‘rd of that force; yea, never time
the time of Noah, the first ship cap
tain, has tho world seen such a mirac
ulous creation as that of the American
navy in 1861.
There were about svo available s**a
nti'ii tu all tbs naval stations an«l rs
relvtng ships, and hers and there an
old vwuteL tel orders were given to
blockade S.&00 miles of sea.oaet -
greater than the whole roaat of Eu
rope- and besides that the Ohio, Ten
lieeatw, ('urntiei Und. Mississippi. sa l
o<hir great rivers, covering an esteut
of 1,000 miles, were tu be patrolled
js’u wonder the whole civilised world
buret into guffaws of laughter at the
seeming Impossibility. Hut the work
was done, done almost Immediately,
d<>ne« thorough!?, sat d»as with a
epe-d and rogsummsl* ekt.l that
eclipsed all the hlstoev of naval arvhl
lecture. What brilliant mhlevsmebts
are suggested br the mere m« niton of
the names of the rear- tdmlrsle! It
all lhe? did should he silttea. every
one I m >, «i tlist ms the world
Hoslf t"Uld a<>t toniala the i-* hs that
should Is vrllhs Hut tin •* names
have received the hmet due The
■MM of them nil to their graves
under the rtssasul* of nil the forts,
navy yards sml m, n of wsr. Ihs B ,g*
>4 all the shipping and capitals at U I
I re*Its to dsr the deeds >*f <m* naval
heroes, mass of whom have ad ysi
tsmsHed app'Ogrtate im»gwui a. H#
hold also the ships.” Ah we will ne'ver ]
know what our national prosperity is
worth until we realise what It rout, I
recall the unrecited fact that the men
of the navy in ail our wars ran espe
cial risks. They had not only the
human weaponry to contend with, but
the tldw, toe fog, the stortn. Not like
other Mips could they run Into harbor
at the approach of an equinox, or a
cyclone oy a hurricane, because the
harbore were hostile. A miscalcula
tion of a tide might leave them on a
bar, and a iog might overthrow all the
plans of the wisest commodore and ad
miral, and accident might leave them
not on the land ready for an ambu
lance, but at the bottom of the sea, as
when in our civil war the torpedo blew
up tho Tecumtch In Mobile bay, and
nearly all on board perished. They
were at the mercy of the Atlantic and
lJadflc oceans, which have no mercy.
Such tempests as wrecked the Spanish
Armada might any day swoop upon tho
squadron. No hiding behind the earth
works. No digging lri of cavalry spurs
at the sound of retreat. Mightier than
all the fortresses on all the coasts is
(he ocean when it bombards a flotilla.
In tho cemeteries for Federal and
Confederate dead are the bodies of
most of those who fell on the land.
Itut where those are who went down
in the war vessels will not he known
until the sea gives up Its dead. The
Jack tars knew that while loving arms
might carry the men who fell on the
land and bury them with solemn lit
urgy and tho honors of war, for the
bodie!i of those who dropped from the
ratlines Into the sea, or went down
with all on board under the strqke of
a gunboat, there remained the shark
and the whale and the endless tossing
of the sea which cannot rest. Once u
year, in the decoration of the graves,
those who fell on the land are re
membered; but how about the graves
of those who went down ut sea? Noth
ing but tho archangel s trumpet shall
reach their lowly bed. A few of them
were gathered Into naval cemeteries of
the land, and we every year garland
the sod that covers them; but who will
put flowers on the fallen crew of the
exploded Westfield and Sh&wsheen,
and the sunken Southfield and the
Winfield Scott? Uullets threatening
In front, bombs threatening from
above, torpedoes threatening from be
neath, the ocean, with its reputation
of C,000 years for shipwreck, lying all
around, am I not right in saying it
required a special courage for the navy
In 1803, as it required < special courage
in 1808?
It looks picturesque and beautiful to
see a war vessel going out through
the Narrows, sailors In new rig sing
"A life on the ocean wave,
A home on the rolling deep!”
—the colors gracefully dipping to pass
ing ships, the decks Immaculately
clean, and the guns at quarantine
firing a parting salute. Hut the poetry
Is all gone out of that ship as It comes
out of that engagement. Its decks red
with human blood, wheelhouse gone,
the cabins a pile of shattered mirrors
and destroyed furniture, steering
wheel broken, smokestack crushed, a
hundred-pound Whitworth rifle shot
having left Its mark from port to star
board, the shrouds rent away, ladders
splintered and decks plowed up, und
smoke-blackened and scalded corpses
lying among those who are gasping
their last gasp far away from home
and kindred, whom they love as much
as we love wife and parents and chil
O, men of the American navy re
turned from Manila and Santiago and
Havana, as well as those who are sur
vivors of the naval conflicts of 1863
and 18C4; men of the western gulf
squadron, of the eastern gulf squad
ron, of the south Atluutlc squadron,
of the north Atlantic squadron, of the
Mississippi squadron, of the Pacific
squadron, of the West India squadron,
and of the Potomac flotilla, hear our
thunks! Take the benediction of our
churches. Accept the hospitalities of
the nation. If we had our way we
would get you not only a pension, but
u home and a princely wardrobe and
an equipsge und a banquet while you
live, and after your departure a cata
falque und a muukolium of sculptured
| marble, with a model of the ship la
which you won the day. It is consid
ered a gallant thing when, in a naval
fight, the flagship with Its blue eusigu
{ goes ahead up a river or into a bay.
Its adrotrsl standing in the shrouds
watching and giving orders, llut I
have to tell you. O veterans of the
AmerU'au navy! If you are as loyal
to Chrlet as you were to the govern
ment. there Is a flagship sailing ahead
of you, of which Christ Is the admiral,
and he watches from the shrouds end
the heavens are the blue ensign, and
he leede you toward the harbor, and
I all the broadsides of earth and hell
! rannot damage you, and ye whaee gar
j nients were once red with your own
. blots! ehell have a robe washed and
1 made white la tbs Idraal of tbe Umb
Then strike eight belle! High noon in
i heaven!
Uuii<4*«Uit« lt« M»ltar patriot* Ju*l bow
1 r«turii*4, *« uo» turgM It* *»i
*rau« ol It* *a*f in nwfiiw fc.<«
yltala. at a^MMltNI u!4 «1*y* i*
lh*lr U«r« *•» lt*lr tklMraa • fc»m*
•»»*4* lit. >• I rt*rg* »ui4
l**ar uj> m>t«r it* *<b*« uwl »**t«
RMtN lb«t |rw* U II tarry (rata it*
: war liatt Ih« at* M u
M fuu m '«I4 ta«* **» t il fc>r lt*l
tiiuut ar*U **4 f>ir ife*t uinli • «
r>*«it Ul *«*ry act* *»4 |*ai« la
•I*a4 of itaiiJ pan ul
I r«*ur 114*411» Tt* daklHi It* \V«*
lAVktA *« « ill! UUmJ I*# I lit).
| ih a »r*t*ft, lit* »*• aj« >.*
lire. The sea was aot rough. But !
Admiral Dahlgren, from the deck of
the liag steamer Bhlladelpliia. saw her
gradually sinking, and finally she
struck the ground, but the flag still
floated above the wave In sight of the
shipping, n was afterward found that
she Bank from weakness through In
juries In previous service. Her plates
had been knocked loose to previous
times. So you have in nerve, and mus
cle, and bone, and dimmed eyesight,
and difficult hearing, and shortness of
breath, many intimations that you are
gradually going down. It is the oerv
i<e of many years ago that is telling
on you. Be of good cheer. We owe
you just bk much ns though your life
blood had gurgled through the scup
pers of the ship in the Red river ex
pedition, or as though you had gone
down with the Melville off Matt eras.
Only keep your flag flying, as did the
illustrious Weebawken. Good cheer,
my boys! The memory of man Is poor,
and all that talk about the country
never forgetting those who fought for
It Is un untruth. It does forget. Wit
ness how the veterans sometimes had
to turn the hand organs on the street
to get their families a living. Witness
how ruthlessly some of them were
turned out of office that some bloat of
a politician might take their place.
Witness the fact that there Is not a
man or woman now under forty-live
years of ago who has any full appre
eiutlon of the tour years’ martyrdom
of 186L to 1865, inclusive. But while
tn< n may forget, God never forgets.
He remembers the swinging hammock,
lie remembers the forecastle. He re
members the frozen ropcB of that Janu
ary tempest. He remembers the ampu
tation without sufficient ether. He re
members the horrors of that deafening
night when forts from both sides
belched on you their fury, and the
heavens glowed with ascending and de
scending missiles of death, and your
ship quaked under the recoil of the one
hundred pounder, while all the gun
ners, according to command, stood on
tiptoe, with mouth wide open, lest the
concussion shatter hearing or brain.
He remembers it all better than you
remember it, and in some shape re
ward will be given. God is the best
of all paymasters, and for those who
do their whole duty to him and the
world, the pension awarded is an ever
lasting heaven.
Frequent interruptions by peddlers
and agents of all sorts are naturally
looked upon by busy men with any
thing but equanimity. Over the door
of a lawyer’s office in Boston huriga a
skull and cross-bones, and underneath
is the simple inscription: "This was a
book agent.” It is said that the hint
has been of value to many subsequent
visitors. When a man has acquired m
national reputation, the unwished-for
demands upon his time assume alarm
ing proportions. The persistence of
unwelcome guests seems to recognize
no obstacle. Mark Twain once told
Uudyard Kipling an amusing story of
one of the worst of his persecutors,
end Mr. Kipling has given it to Ameri
can readers in his recent volume,
"From Sea to Sea.” "I spend,” said
Mark Twain, "nine months of every
year at Hartford, and people come in
and call at all hours. The fifth man,
one day, was the only one in the
crowd who had a card of his own. He
sent up the card, ‘Hen Koontz, Hanni
bal, Missouri.’ 1 was raised in Hanni
bal. Ben was an old schoolmate of
mine. Consequently I threw the house
wide open and rushed, with both hands
out, at a big, fat, heavy man, who was
not the Ben 1 had known, nor any
thing like him. "But It is you, Ben,* I
said; ‘you’ve altered in the last thou
sand years.' The fat man said: ‘Well,
I'm not Koontz exactly, but 1 mat him
down in Missouri and he told me to be
sure and call on you, and he gave me
his card, and'—here he acted a little
scene for my benefit. ’If you can wait
a minute till 1 get out my circulars. I
am not Koontz. exactly, but I am trav
eling with the fullest line of lighting
rods you ever saw.’ i shut the door.
He was not Ben Koontz, exactly, not
my own schoolfellow, but I bad shaken
him by both bands. In love, and I had
been bearded by a llghtnln*»-fod man
in my own house.”
I |> •<> Hut Mushroom's Month.
One of the storied of the lute Victor
Cherhultei. the French-Swine mu«j of
letters. Illustrate* I'.nely the true spirit
of the publisher. Ilulos. the editor
of the Hevue ilea Deux Monties, one*
hud at his country bouse In Savoy a
numerous company of literary people,
one of whom was fher built* t'her
bullea contribute.) regularly, every
other year, a novel to tbe columns of
tbe Itrvue. and a story of hta was at
that time running In the periodical.
Tbe guest* had been out for a walk,
and bad amused themselves with gath
ering musbrnoma, which were cooked
for dtnuer, As the company were alt*
ting down. It occurred to one of the
party that undoubtedly s- me of the
people who had taken part in gather*
tug the mu brooms knew nothing
about them, and that there might be
pot *wuue fungi In the collection This
reflection so affect* I the compaay that
nil the people present elih the e«ep*
lion of Ckertvlb declined to partake
of the dish lie atone attached It, with
gusto There up^ n I lulus showed and
den and tnlenee alarm. * Vherhultea'
Chef bull eg! Uui ».e » t am d‘" he
• iclalined “Its member that low
haven't heisto I tour slurp in the Me
sue!'* tlreatly to hi* relief, the mush*
rims turned out to he in a.*<ca, and
the etuef flhlnhed
th* vc-»» si kiais*
\\->tt>ea do two mm o* tVdomhhn
Nv I U wilt at • »stl nipeet tag ig
in tweed t« nas* la tn.t n. «rdt«a I
bee a-tee In s, u. ,n Uhtea M *-e lip
««rl of eUvsn
Some Learn Trom tbe Kt-cord of Testi
mony in tic Bartley Case.
ir is that or tin rx-Govtrwion
4 Oreal I.null In the Hint* That Might
lluve ISei it 4«nlil«tl I'.lliitf of 4|>|ieiil
In tlie (')■>« of tlic Stale Aeiilniit tli«
Hurtit) lliiiiilniiii’ti lli'ulli Seme Inter*
<»tluj; I .ict*.
The filing of the appeal In the su
preme court a few nays ago, says u
J,inroln correspondent, of the (use or
the state of Nebraska against the
bondsno n of ex-State Treasurer Joseph
Hartley ha*, revived pubtlr Interest in
the tram action;-' In the defaulting state
treasurer and has caused many people
to Inquire into the curly history of the
case, Some rather Important and pe
culiar t>- simony was given by Govern
or Holcomb 111 the first trial of the
case In Douglas county which, for
some reason, was r.ot repeated at tins
ubsequent trial of the case, notwlth*
standing the governor testified at each.
Th» failure of Governor Holcomb to
make a proper settlement with Hartley
and hie acceptance of a worthless
bond, whereby the slate lost half a
million dollars, Is a matter of record.
Holcomb was elected governor In the
fall of lSiM. Joh pli Hartley had then
served two years as treasurer und
there was a suspicion In the minds of
some that Ills accounts were In bad
shape. The governor-elect was warned
that the treasurer was a defaulter and
thut very careful accounting should
be made to protect the utate from pos
nible loan through a careless settle
ment. In spite of this warning and in
spite of the law, the new governor, ap
parently by bin own carelessnes, al
lowed Hartley to defraud the state.
After a long and private consultation
with tfir* state treasurer, he accepted a
new bond upon which most of the old
and already accountable bondsmen
qualified for fabulous sums. Accord
ing to Holcomb's sworn testimony no
attempt war inaue to examine Into the
real worth of the bond. On the wit
ness stand Holcomb admitted that he
knew very little of the transaction and
could not even tell the dote of the
acceptance of the bond.
One of the bondsmen was the presi
dent of a bank which held over $20(1,
000 of the stale money. Tho bank was
not a depository and therefore the de
posit was unauthorized und illegal.
Governor Holcomb accepted this bank
president as bondsman, who qualified
In the sum of $200,000 "over and above
all debts and liabilities.”
The worst part of the deal was the
pretended settlement with the treas
urer. The transcript of Holcomb's ev
idence In the Omaha trial is the best
proof and It is accessible to the public.
Af fording to tills testimony Holcomb
first held a private consultation with
Hartley and then they both entered
the treasurer's office, where the re
mained about two hours. The govern
or testified that he looked over a ledg
er, or some such book, in which there
were some accounts. Then Hartley
produced a cigar box containing some
slips of paper, representing what
I should have been about $460,000 in
cash. He also produced $50,000 in cash.
The law1 required It to be all cash,
but according to Holcomb's testimony
"the law was a farce and a sham."
This testimony Is a matter of record.
The governor aid not examine the
slips of paper closely. He admitted on
the witness stand that he did not know
positively whether they were genuine
or not. He knew that the bank which
was not a legal depository was repre
sented In the cigar box by a slip call
ing for over $200,000.
The story of the settlement Is best
told In the exact words of the record.
The case was tried before Judge Clin
ton N. Powell and a jury In Omaha
during the month of February, 1898.
The following extract from Governor
Holcomb's sworn testimony is from
pages 617 to 02.1 of the certified record,
bill of exceptions, filed with tho ap
peal of the (use In the supreme court
last year, testimony being given on
cro.(-examination by .1. C| Cowin:
y.—I ask what he was i haregable
*;»a(j,uuu or 11 i
ber lightly; that included the money
In suspended hanks.
Q. I understand. There was about
44T.OOO only in cash?
\ in the treasury vaults; cither
that or 457.000.
y There was nhour 0241,000 that
was tied up in suspended banks, was
there not?
A —Yes, sir; I think so.
Q -That would leave about 1713,00'i
loose money ?
A.—In that neighborhood; I was
thinking it was about $15,000; I muy
not have the exact figures.
y I will ask you again, w hat It was
• e brought these paper that you rail
eertifhates of de'.etslt out In?
A Wall, as 1 remember It was a lit
tle hoi
Q <'l|ar bos?
A Somethin* of that shape I
rouId not say it was u ti*ur tan, but
something—-It was stnoiar in idle, the
general shape
q Of the halanee of th *.«. outside of
the $47.MO he produ 'd none of it In
lash, or if it was $5T.0M> you may say
It maye he?
A No. sir, no different (mm what
I -aid Mob-emu had tgatlffed to os« a
honor Mission and the t lamination
y He opened this hil that •»*
like a rigar hot, did he *buw you Huh
paper* he had*
A I do not remember that it had
*».> rioer
y Aa«i th«a tooh ooi paper* that
he tailed rkoU and rertithates u! «i«
poett did he*
f • lie “ have lain 4
few > He» ha
y Mate fug a Itat •*# the *■*
A So, air
y Yon k«yl no memorandum si
Mom, did tnsf
A him *»r I did sot
y Sow 4si la the only time yon
•«er saw IImm* wa* It not* too never
ggw them attefWerda*
A Mil, gi , vo me knoaitdga.
Here followed some questions cover
ing the same ground, and the examina
tion couc!'Jo«d as follows:
Q.—And then he brought out a Tv*",
that looked like a cigar box, from
which he took a lot of papers that he
railed certificates of deposit, amount
ing from $440,000 to $140,000?
A,—1 do not know whether he
railed them certificates of deposit or
not; they were certificates of deposit
mostly. There may have been some
banks checks.
Q.—He showed you the papers?
A.—lie showed me the certificates of
Q.—You looked them over and took
no list of them?
A.—No, sir; l took no list of them. ,
A.— He* had a list of them.
if — You took no memorandum of '
A.— No, 1 took no memorandum of
1}.—And you turned them ba< k to
him and he put them hack in the cigar
I box and went off with them—is that
A. lie put them in the vault.
Q.—Did you see him put them In the
1 vault?
A. T will not say positively that 1
Q.—And that was the end of the ex
A.—-Yes, that was the end of it.
Cam ll«* DkIikIv tli#» l’eople.
Omaha Bee:: One* of the claims put
* forwiird In behalf of Silas A. Hol
comb's candidacy for supreme Judge
In the recent address of (he populist
state cbmmlttee rests upon htu "con
servatism und eminent fairness In hi >
j every act, both public and private.”
Aa a matter of fact no person oc
i copying the executive office of Ne
braska ever displayed such rank par*
tlsanshlp and manifest unfairness aa
did Governor Holcomb, especially
from t!in time he secured the support
of an administration of his own po
lltical faith. In no case could he se •
I further the lines of his own party or
j recognize such a thing as fairness to
political opponents.
The most glaring examples of hia
hidebound subserviency to the un
scrupulous political machine In con
trol of his party organization is to
found in his cowardly inaction when
the pictorial ballot bill was presented
to him ior Ills approval end he al
lowed It to become a law by lapse of
time without his signature. After hav
ing denounced the pictorial ballot in
vigorous language in bis message l>
the legislature, and Imvlng advocated
the retention of the law as it then
existed with a few modifications, Gov
ernor Holcomb silenced his own con
victions at the behest of the stat'*
house gang and helped put on the
1 statute hook a law designed ns a
: fraud upon the people in the interest
| of the tripartite political alliance. Ho
partial and so partisan was this lav
that legislature Governor Holcomb's
populist successor saw no other course
than to Join the republicans In wiping
it out of existence und substituting
for it a measure fulr to all.
The same blind partisanship was
clearly demonstrated in almost all of
Governor Holcomb's official acts. In
bis appointments to office where the
law required the recognition of dif
ferent political parties ho persisted in
selecting men who voted the same
ticket under the flimsy pretext that
they satisfied the conditions of the
law by masqnerading under different
party iubels. Not once, but repeatedly,
was the law thus evaded upon such
technicalities with the palpable pur
pose of promoting partisan ends and
manufacturing party capital.
Cun a man who as governor has
showed himself so partisan and unfair
| be expected on the bench to be non
partisan and Impartial? Can a mail
who in the executive chair has played
the willing tool of the state house
sham reformers be expected as su
preme judge to be Independent of the
machine's pressure? How then can
he hope to delude Nebraska voters with
promises of doing better if they will
only give him a vindication by elect*
, lug him again to another office?
(iiiiinniiil oporrMic
Lincoln Journal: "Very long will b;
the way. very hurd the hills to climb
with Slippery Si Holcomb weighing
down the popocratlc bund wagon In
Nebraska." These prophetic words
from ii part of nn editorial that ap
peared in the Papilllon Time* shortly
before the late convention of the al
lied forces of reform. They were the
spontaneous utterances of a man who
has long been recognised as one of
the foremost lighters In the serried
ranks of popocracy. They were spoken
before the party lush had been swung
by the bosses over the heads of those
who would dissent from ring rule.
Howard Is silent now. because Bryan
demands It. Ilut, Is Silas Holcomb
any less slippery than when those
i lines were written? If he was dishon
est then. Is it likely that he le hottest
l now, or will be by av' by?
KprntlliiK l l«r >1 -him,
Deputy Iat ml Commissioner I-?. W
Nelson Is defrauding the state out of
his salary these days, sajs the Lincoln
Journal, l>y spending bis time at the
headquarters of the populist state ecu- j
Hal committee, ('alters at the office
of laind CouimUsloner Wolfe who in
quire for Mr. Nelson have to be told :
that be la at the end of the political |
machine instead of earning his sal- I
ary which the state pays, this sub- i
Jett Is considered 01 for another tu- 1
veeUgatlou when the aest legislature ;
meets. If Mr Nelson were able to do
any good la the fusion headquarter* it ,
• mild md he so hail but a emaltua
on salary from the stale under pretest
of t»ing able tu help reform la m
along reform lines so mush preashed
by | rof.esi aal tvfurmsra.
Its Its eat lie | i|ri*l«i
It-*, trege tlt iir llul. ofuH la ua
the stump huatlag for oia for su
preme )*iw It mbtht he aeii fur 1
him tu hta lusmilua with
that ta 110.04 twuutt iMMtbhia and 1
lb# * he ate to nail enough ftaudu- I
l>at halted# tu seat hi* uid partner ua I
the leytell." bene h la Stew of hi* ,
1#tear t# it nay aoa-ter that area aueh
a staunch fthsartl as Ktga* Howard I
HHm of the l*i|oll.a Vltoi s 10 hi Id
ta a At of tadigastiiMt salt him “lUip .
p«r t ill * I
8: 21-32.
t'rr.fnurnry In Jnrimnlrtn - "T.ic Ilmxl
ttf (iiiil U tin All of Tlirm fur (iotrt
Time 1‘Cfk llltn” r'jtra Till: %i.—Tbn
Work of Cent.
*1. MAt the river Ahava." Tin* place U
unknown, but it wan jinib'ibly one of
tin- < final* near Hahylon, flowing Into tho
Kuphratf',*. "Then 1 proilalrnfil a fast."
b acting, a* a religious .id, would stoni
to havt 1 tn bn*|:< in (1) n gr lot over Kin
m ileep and Intent* that nil ijeulro for
food In taken away. <2) In the aid to de
votIon furni^hci) j»y u body unburdened
with food, hi a* lo leave ihe mind and
In art In their nu> t active and frea cotidi
tlon. <3i it i* the natural expression of
deep sorrow fnr aim It in not enough for
tin heart to feed deeply; it need* to ex
t»te*H its feeling*, though the proof that
(lie finding I* sincere lie* in foraaklng tho
Htn repented or and doing deed* of rlght
I he object w;i (!> "that we might ;if
f!ic t lv»- < t)» fore nur Oo«l,M ft wae
an expression of repentance for Kin, of
***** °ut all obstacles from wrong mo
tive* or disobedient heart* which would
lender it impossible for Clod to give them
KUeeeHH in their Journey. It meant nub
rub.don. eonse ration and repentance. *2)
"To neck of him a right way.*’ The fant
ing wan uecompanied by prayer (v. 28)
and was u**ed "us the TiKMiiK of Inton*!
Tying r< liglouw fervor in prayer through
the restraint laid upon physical appetite."
I'rofeKKor I>avldMon. It wax itl*o tha
natural mean* of elurfTying their own
minds «o that they could reeeivo and
recognize the wisdom God would bestow
upon them.
11. I* or I was ashamed to require of
the king. etc. There were many danger*
on that four mouth** Journey, particu
larly from "the robbers and Bedouin* of
the dealt, who might easily inflict dam
age upon a large caravan by robbing
at Higglers and harassing the line of
inarch. Oavidson. For they had a large
amount of treasure with them. Kara had
told the king that God was with his peo
ple. and against their enemies; and,
therefore, to ask n guard of soldiers
might seem to the king to contradict his
assertions, and bring disgrace on Godcj
n.3. And he was entreated of us." TCzra
had the assurnnco that his prayer had
been heard.
The Treasure 24. "| separated twelve/*
etc. lie committed the treasure Into the
hands of twenty-two persons, tw*1v*
chief priest* and ten Invites. of whom
the first l wo are named. These men
would lake special charge ami bp reapon
'ilblo for ihp safe keeping of tho treaa
or-' Resides. || would relieve Ezra of
aH possible urnndal In regard to It.
2B- “And unto them the ell
vor." Ptr. Up may gather from this that
tlip sliver and Bold were In bars or Ingots,
nrd no! in coined money. The Persians
had rolr.Pd money at this time, but the
treasury kept the bulk of Its stores in
bars (llerml.. III.. 96).—Pulpit Com. Tho
weighing Implied accurate accounting,
Mi<h us should always be secured for
public money.
96- “Six hundred and fifty talents of
silver A talent of silver wns about $1,
600. "Of gold a hundred talents.” Gold
Is usually worth about sixteen times as
much ns silver. The whole treasure was
worth *4,000,000 or *,ooo.
97. "Drams." Da rim. worth about an
r.nfftlsh sovereign, or $5.00;
2H. . "A freewill offerlnff unto the T,ord
God. ' Tho money was for religious pur
poses, and weald be a great help to tho
people at Jerusalem as well as smooth tho
way of Ezra to the needed reforms.
29. "The i bombers of the house of the
Ixird” are the roi tis placed on either side
of the main hulldlnff (see I Kings 0: 6).
partly as chambers for Ihe priests, partly
as store rooms (nee Neh. 13: 6).
The Journey. 31. "Departed ... on
the twelfth day of the first month.” Nl
snn, about the time of the Passover, on
our Master, In March nr April. "Tho hand
of our Oid.” Ills power; his care.
3Z "And we ramo to Jerusalem.” On
the first day of the fifth month (7: 9) In
Tho Work of Ezra.—(1) He brought tho
Rook of the I .aw Into prominence. (2)
He reinforced the ritual of the temple
and tho order of tho priests. (3) Tho chief
reform of Ezra was the abolishment of
m'xed marriages with tho surrounding
hen!hen. After fasting and prayer, at a
public solemn mooting, the nobles, tho
priests, and the people put away their
heathen wives. It was a very solemn and
a very sad occuslon. For this Ezra lias
been called a stern, narrow Puritan, "bit
terly Intolerant.” marked with "a spirit
of exclusive patriotism,” a “total ab
sence of human tenderness,” u "pitlleua
A In I'/ raovcmnce.
From the Lincoln (Neb.) News: It
seems like an extravagant tale to tell,
but it is a fart that ran be proved. A
flork of English sparrows actually
worked at the large stone chimney on
the north aide of C. M. Wysong's resi
dence until they picked It to pieces.
A portion of It had to bs torn down and
rebuilt. The chimney was made of a
soft sandstone, and the birds used the
pickings for digestive purposes, and
little by little picked the large pieces
of stonework literally to pieces, de
stroying the chimney far th» purposes
for which it was bulk. At times tho
entire flock of birds would be at work
on the chimney.
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Retort from Ike Wltoeu Monti.
A certain doctor had when
only a beginner in the me.Ural profes
sion. to attend a trial aa a witness
The opposing counsel. In cross-eiam
Ining the young physician, made sev
eral earrastif remsrhe, doubting the
Ability of so youag a man to under
stand his business Finally he asked
"[Hi )iii know tke symptoms of con
curs ton of (he kialsf*' “Ido." replied
the il.Ktor." "H ell," continued the at
toraey, “suppose my lr«rn* t friend.
Mr Itsgiag. sod myself were to bans
our heads together, should we get cos
eu sibii of the krais'*' “Your .earned
friend, Mr Hagisg, might," said the
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