The Loup City northwestern. (Loup City, Neb.) 189?-1917, August 31, 1900, Image 2

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BENIinlflTER 4k GIRHON, Eds and P«l»
Tbe Austrian government has In*
Iroduced the eight-hour day in all
workshops conducted by the stats.
There are between 250,000 and 800,001
pounds of garlic annually consumed
by Italian. French and other foreign
residents of the United Statese.
In India the theaters are all free.
The curtain rises at 9 in the evening
and the plays usually last till 5 a. m.
The people like dramas presenting
the exploits of some mythological
Frank Burke, aged thirteen years,
who died recently in Anson la, Conn.,
had been delicate from birth. Shortly
before his death the discovery was
made that his heart was on his wrong
Snakes of all sizes abound in the
Sumatra jungles. Monster lizards are
there, measuring six and seven feet.
The house lizard is about twelve
Inches long and makes a noise like the
bark of a toy terrier.
The detonations of heavy artillery
are extremely Injurious to the ear. An
expert physlsian examined the ears of
ninety-six soldiers before and after a
battle in South Africa, and found
marked changes in forty-four, or near
ly llfty per cent. In seven cases he
found small hemorrhages In the ears,
and the firing caused the edge of the
enr drum to become red in thirty-seven
The night toilette of a French wo
man is as carefully made as If she
were going to a reception, Instead of
to bed. Whether she be old or young,
a well-bred daughter of France brush
es and arranges her hair, cleans her
teeth, rinses her mouth with some
pleasant antiseptic wash, dons a dain
ty night dress, and prepares herself for
sleep with the care and deliberation
of a girl attiring herself for her first
A love romance with a decidedly
novel turn comes from Debreczln,
Hungary. A young man was rejected
by his sweetheart because he was bow
legged. He went to a hospital and was
Informed that to straighten his legs
the operating surgeon would Just have
to break and then reset them, and
that the chances of success were slim.
The young man insisted on the opera
tion; it proved a success, and in two
months he returned to his sweetheart,
and now they are married.
Carlyle speaks of the folly of the
man who complains because he might
begin his work In a small field. The
recent patriotic celebration at Three
Oaks, Michigan, is a fresh and strik
ing reminder of the importance of the
obscure village. In the modern rush
to the great cities, we too often forget
that hamlets and villages are still the
reservoirs of a nation’s best life. In
honoring Three Oaks a few weeks ago,
the people of the United States grate
fully honor every other place, how
ever humble, where, with loyalty and
public spirit, men arc living honest
and patriotic lives.
The cost of a railroad is usually
reckoned by the mile, hut London has
just completed an underground road,
six miles long, which cost forty dollars
an inch. It is worth notin" that the
locomotives and passenger coaches are
all of the American type and the loco
motives are of American construction.
The rolling stock Ls fitted with Ameri
can air-brakes, and is driven by an
American electric plant, the power for
which is furnished by a steam-engine
designed by one American firm and
constructed by another. It is none the
less worth noting that these con
tracts were awarded to American*
largely because British mechanics
were then on a strike, and therefore
the British manufacturer could not
undertake to deliver the goods on
Stil the earth continues to shrink
In the theoretic if not in actual di
mensions. The new steamship
Deutsc hland has reduced the record
for a maiden trip across the Atlantic
to five days, fifteen hours, and forty
six minutes. The first steamship
which crossed the ocean without the
aid of suits and wind was the Royal
William, which occupied twenty-two
days in making the short voyage from
Nova Scotia to tendon It took Ma
gellan three years to circumnavigate
the globe, and Drake alsmt the samp
time The story of Jules Verne's hero,
who made the Journey in eighty
days, was pronounced Unpo«*dble, yet
hi* record has almost been surpass* l
by a* tua! travelers, and when the
great Siberian railroad Is complete,
the time wll be reduced to thirty three
days. Not smh a very Urge world,
after aill
An appalling surprise taunt to Mr.
and Mrs. John 1C tklbry of Uu>b«rt<
*,l!e N J 1 h* > were about to r«*t re,
anil on turning d wn the b*dvloth>4
Mrs Thlbty was hor rifted on behold*
lag IS the b** I a leu fsit pilot snake.
The reptile was kill# I with a garden
I the. and th* n t*. lady « ■# r*d a com
plete vo*iap»<
The men an*l a -men of i* Uni ara
III every reape* t political equals I he
petifp, whl h number* hb*><it tu ts 4
people, In governed by r»b*e Utttetlves
me- ted by tana sad women isirib'l
Prirate House and Oface Rent Paid in
Groceries Taken
Old Soldlera Crowded Out to Make Hoorn
for Relatives au«l Friend* of Official*
How Ntate Fund* Are Uselessly Squan
dered by Populist Officials*
Without a doubt the most open and
flagrant corruption practiced In any
of the state Institutions is practiced
at the Soldiers' and Sailors’ Iiouie at,
Officials of the Home have gone so
far as to appropriate public property to
their private use; as to pay private
bills, Buch as house and office rent,
with groceries and provisions bought
with state funds; as to dispose of pub
lic property and not properly account
for the same; as to purchase clothing
and fancy furnishing goods for rela
tives and have them put on the books
is groceries and pay for them out of
moneys belonging to the state; and as
to fill the building with relatives and
friends and furnish them with bed,
board and lodging at the expense of
the state. In short, there Is scarcely
an offense associated with the saving
and obtaining of money fraudulently
that has not been committed by some
one or another connected with the
James Fowler succeeded Captain Cul
ver as commandant, of the Home about
four years ago. From the time he
assumed control up to the present he
has kept both hands on the public
teat. After getting his own name on
the pay roll at $900 per year, with
bed and board, he set out to have his
wife's name placed there also, and he
finally succeeded In causing the re
moval of Matron Ferguson and the
appointment of his wife, who is now
on the pay roll as matron at $480 per
year, though at this time there is not
a femalo ward In the building.
Though drawing $40 per month for
performing the duties of matron. Mrs.
Fowler, wife of the commandant, has
spent a goodly portion of her time
visiting relatives and friends in other
parts of the state. At one time she
left the Home and was gone for several
weeks, while the only female Inmate of
the Home, Sarah Prime, the aged and
helpless widow of an old soldier, lay
on her sick hel and had to be at
tended by the old soldier Inmates. Mrs.
Fowler remained away, and, finally,
feeble, sick and penniless, poor old
Sarah Prime was hauled to the depot
and left on the platform with only
$3 in her possession and no place to
go or lay her head.
Nor did Commandant Fowler con
tent himself with placing his wife's
name on the pay roll. He went fur
ther and converted the Home Into a
family boarding house. At various
times he has had htm-self, his wife,
his two sons and their wives, his two
daughters, and a grand child, all sleep
ing ami eating at the Home at the ex
pense of the state. Half of the entire
second story Is occupied by the com
mandant and his relatives and friends.
It Is charged, and, presumably on
good authority, that fancy linen, laces
and material for female nether ap
parel have been purchased for the
daughters and daughters-in-law of a
certain official at the expense of the
state. In making these purchases, ru
mor says that the bills and vouchers
were made out for groceries, provisions
or other material, so as to cover up
the transaction. The fact that the
commandant has purchased oysters
and other eatables of a luxurious char
acter and had the bills and vouchers
made out as butter and other staples
in the grocery and provision line is
a fact which he himslf can not truth
fully deny. Nor is it likely that he
will or dare deny that he has per
mitted Dr. Tracy, the physician in
charge at the Home, to take flour,
sugar, cofTee aud canned goods from
the store room of the Home—goods
paid for by the state and ostensibly
bought for the Home, and pay house
and office rent with them.
The physician in charge at the Home
Is Dr. S. P. Tracy. Shortly after Fow
ler was appointed commandant he Is
sued rations to Dr. Tracy, something
which hail never before been done, and
which is clearly in violation of law.
This was kept up for some time un
til finally, to avoid threatened expos
ure, It was to all outward appear
ances stopped by order of the Hoard of
Public Lands and Buildings.
It was a rad day for Tracy when this
edict was promulgated. For Dr. Tracy
had a very nice thing of it. He not
only received rations, hut he had ac
cess to the store room, with the op
portunity of helping himself. It was
while this condition of affairs pre
vailed that he hit upon the plan of
paying his house and office rent In
groceries and provisions.
He rented an office from an aged
widow named Dlantha Brown When
asked If It were true that Dr. Tracy
paid his rent In groceries, Mrs. Htown
ve*. i»r i racy, on aivera cx-eaaiona,
brought me flour, sugar. canned goods
tea and the like. He told me he got
the article* from the Soldiers' Home.
I a*ked him to give me aome coal,
hut he aabl he could not do It, a* they
■lid not give hint mm h of that. I
think the last groceries he gave me
*m In l*M lie moved out of nty
building owing me |5u ba< k rent and
I have hi* note for |5n at thl* time for
rent, whbh h« owe* only I to of whbh
baa been paid I don't remember just
how tnui h grtxerie# he gave me in all
I remember at one time he brought
me a whole aat k of floor “
Mil. Itr«wn l* a widow and t» hi
years of age. She Is an old cttlaeu of
I Milford and ha* a largo nono«*r of
| relatives residing In that vhlglty all
j of whom stand h’th in public »*teem
l»r Tracy haa f>>) sit y- *ra *» * opted
a hi*u»e owned by J I• I'nnnitign tm
Mr ronuingham was a*k I «> t
what her l« Trwcv **«r paid any p>*r
• >11 of bis ten* .1* *. ‘ * I ■ . o! pi o
vtaiona II* aald
V*a | have received aunt* ««f tb«
rant In that •»* Ha bn* given m<
•our, gr». sites and vanned goods I
cannot say just how much It all
amounted to. He is owing me back
rent now. but I have reduced his rent
tnd have required him to pay part of
the back rent each month, so that ha
is catching up. As for groceries. I
cannot say where he got them. A11
I know is that he brought them to my
house and gave them to me in pay
ment of rent."
An old soldier who was formerly
connected with the home, in such a
position as to speak authoritatively,
and whose name is not mentioned
herein, through fear of his expulsion
from the Home, stated that he had
seen Dr. Tracy go to the store room,
unlock the door and go in and help
himself. He had a key and was priv
ileged to take what lie wanted. On one
occasion, this authority states, he took,
among other things, a whole sack of
Dr. Tracy has his horse pastured at
the expense of the state, but whether
he Is still receiving an allowance of
rations, nobody outside the Home ap
pears to know to a certainty.
Dr. Tracy has considerable profes
sional practice outside the Home, hut
the druggists of the town say that he
has very few private prescriptions
filled by them. This may explain in
part the depletion of the ‘drug and
surgical instrument” fund of the
Home, in faeo of the fact that there
has been little sickness at the Home
within the l ist eighteen months.
The manner in which the funds are
being manipulated aproaches and re
flects criminality. The last legislature
appropriated for the Home 937,474.
Of this, $500 was for furniture and
bedding. This fund is practically ex
hausted, and the vouchers that should
be drawn against it and against no
other fund, have been drawn against
other funds. In one instance a vouch
er for nearly $10 was drawn on the
‘clothing and maintenance” fund for
carpets, fringe and window shades.
Of the funds received from sale of
state property, such as stock and prod
ucts raised on the grounds of the
Home, timber cut and sold, and the
pasturing of stock, little is known of
their disposition. None of this money
has ever been paid into the treasury,
and no report of it has ever been made
to the auditor. It is kept by the com
mandant for "emergency'’ purposes,
though the receipts amount to mo-re
than $300 per year. The commandant
reports the amount of money received
to the governor semi-annually. The re
port for the first half of the present
year should have been filed with the
governor June 1st, but up to July 27
no report was on file. Inquiry at the
governor's office elicited the Informa
tion that "The report had been offered
for filing, but It contained errors and
was sent back for correction.”
About $1,500 worth of timber was
cut from the grounds several months
ago. Much of it was sold, but thus
far no complete report has been made
of It. About a dozen head of cattle
and horses have been pastured at the
Home all spring and summer, but there
is nothing In the reports on file which
account for anv part of this money.
In the last year fully 200 chickens were
disposed of In one way and another,
yet the reports account for less than
half that number. Other property has
passed through the hands of the offi
cials, hut neither the records at the
Horae nor the reports on file with the
governor, disclose w hat has been done
with the proceeds.
In rutting the timber much damage
was done the ground from a pictur
esque point of view, and. while the
commandant affected to make It appear
that the foliage was not destroyed
through ulterior motives, there is ev
ery reason to believe that the primary
object was to swell the "emergency”
The “labor" fund Is exhausted, the
employes not having received any pay
since June 1st. thus making a large i
deficiency in this fund inevitable. June <
30 there remains in the Furniture and
Redding Fund only $8.72; in thp Drug
and Surgical Instrument Fund only
$29.75; in the Fuel and Light Fund,
$251.10: Maintenance and Clothing,
for which $8,000 was appropriated,
$2,068: Stock, Feed and Farm Imple
ment Fund, $63.13; Visiting and Ex
amining Board Fund, $81.80.
It will he seen by the foregoing
that there is scarcely a fund whose
condition is not such at this time as
to foreshadow a deficiency at the end
of the year.
In connection with this it may be
well to cal! attention to the fact that,
while the law requires Commandant
Fowler, among other things, to make
a report December 1st, of each year
to the Commissioner of Public Lands
and Buildings, setting forth the num
ber of inmates admitted and dis
charged, receipts, disbursements and
expenditures of money or other funds
(see section 4984 Revised Statutes,
1899). he has never in the four years
of his Incumbency made such a re
port. This statement is made on the
authority of attaches of the department
of Public Lunds and Buildings.
There is at the Home, a young man
who has only recently crossed the
threshold of his majority His name
is J. II. Perkinson, and lie occupies
the Important position of udjutant.
The law distinctly and explicitly
says that: "The commandant shall
perform the duties of adjutant and
quartermaster, or have therm duties
performed without expense to the
state" Lee See. 4968 Revised Statute*.
1899). yet J. H Perkinson is adjutant
at the Home and draw* a salary of
1 $2' per mouth and board, wasntnr
l and lodging In the official reports of
| the Home and ill hit official duties he
! is known ontr as adjutant. To evade
' the lawr In making nut voucher* for hi*
pay however, he Is made to appear
as * Com mi osar jr Sergeant." Thu* In
' the records at the Home and In the I
I official report* he Is one thing an t in I
I the voucher record In the auditor" 1
* off!'» he I- another I n ter n**ithe i
■ title |* It lawful for him to dots uvolfv j
from the *• a'c V. hen Captain Culver j
| *h com ms iota at. under a republican !
I adiiilnt’tr vtlou he had bis >uA p-rt • nt |
I the duties of adjutant, but h neve. :
: t hr titled any pay (or him and none as
j ever allowed
IM11 \ I * \ THE I t MEN r tip
Report* of inhuman treatment of aid
I soldier* at the It .me ar« hoM'd»n*
I Only those who have been there and
left the Home, however, dare wt'er a
I protect Curnmaodivi.t r • ■ * , < . i ... ■
( with • hand of lyrauar, and an* out
who dares to complain of treatment re
ceived at the Home, or say anything
reflecting on the management. Is under
pain at once of summary discharge
for "disgraceful conduct"
A few weeks ago an old soldier
named Martin V’. BeVard was dishon
orably discharged from the Home, and
his only offense was that some time
before that he protested to the gov
ernor against an unlawful assessment
that was being levied upon the in
mates uy tne commannam.
l^cst year, for six months, the com
mandant levied an assessment of 60
cents per month on all the pensioned
inmates to raise funds for “'help'’ in
the dining room. All told, about $36
per month was collected, there being
about sixty inmates. Out of this fund
four inmate received $f> per month
each as waiters in the dining room.
Where the remaining $16 went to no
body but Commandant Fowler appears
to know. Prior to this it was custom
ary to detail inmates for tills class of
work, and, to all appearances, it had
been satisfactory. BeVard was one of
those who had th erourage to protest
against tlie tax, but this protest count
ed for nothing. Finally, the Inmates
raised $1 to pay BeVard's expenses to
Lincoln and he went there and laid
the facts before Governor Poynter.
Governor Poynter was not disposed to
interfere, but when informed by Be
Vard that the matter would he laid
before the authorities at Washington,
he said he would see that it was
stopped immediately. From that day
until a few weeks ago, when BeVard
was dishonorably discharged, Fowler
made It anything hut pleasant for him.
Finally, a few weeks ago BeVard,
without any other cause, was dishon
orably discharged and, against his ap
peals to permit him to remain another
week until he got his pension, was
turned out on the world among strang
ers, a penniless and helpless obje< t of
charity. Another old soldier named
Gresham, who has scarcely a crumb of
bread to spare, finding BeVard lying
in the weeds and suffering from a run
ning sore in the leg and moaning from
rheumatic pains, took him in and gave
him something to eat. From the 3rd
to the 10th of July BeVard ate at
Gresham's litle cabin, but, as there
was only one bed and one room, be
had to look elsewhere for lodging.
Poverty-stricken, sick, helpless and
alone the old veteran wandered about
in the night until he found a shed,
almost in the shadow of the Home
where he crawled in and slept. For
seven nights ho slept there on the
hard plank floor, with no companion
but the stars and nothing to shield
him from the storms and the elements
but the will of Providence. Exposure
and dampness, both incentives to asth
ma and rheumatic afflictions, had fur
ther impaired his health, and, when
he got hia pension and left Milford,
his suffering was so intense that tears
coursed down his cheeks.
BeVard had a splendid war record,
having served four years as a Union
soldier, part of the time in the famous
brigade commanded by General Mulli
gan. He enlisted as a private in Bat
tery L. First Regiment, Illinois Volun
teer Light Artillery. For eighty days
he was a prisoner of war in Libby
Prison, having been captured while
gallantly defending a vantage point
known as Four Mile Ford on the Po
tomac. He 1h well known among the
railroad men of Nebraska, having
worked on the various railroads off
and on for about twenty-eight years.
Speaking of the treatment accorded
old soldiers at the home. William G.
Gresham, a former inmate, said:
“The fact is, Fowler despises the
Grand Army of the Republic. I know
whereof I speak, when I say he hates
old soldiers. 1 myself, spent some time
at the Home.
I nave taken my discharge twice
from the Home since ho has been
there. I tried to put up with the
abuses but could not.”
“T have beard Harry Fowler's wife.”
continued Mr. CJresham, "call old sol
diers ‘Yankee Bummers’ and ‘Yankee
Rebels' right to their face. Now, it is
harsh under any conditions to apply
any such names to old soldiers, and
when yon eonsider that she was the
daughter of a notorious confederate,
who was a lieutenant in Quantrell’s
army you can readily realize the mag
nitude of the insult. The old hoys
knew who and what she was, but she
was the daughter-in-law of the com
mandant and we had to put up with
her jeers, snubs and insults and say
"Now, there is Porklnson. Think
of putting a young man scarcely old
enough to vote in as adjutant where
he exercises authority over a lot of
men three times his age.
"I took my second discharge some
time- ago and I hope to lie aide to make
a living for myself and mother, doing
such work as I can get around town
for the rest of our days. Mother
(meaning Ills wifc-i was discharged
from the Home shortly after I left
because Fowler did not like me. She
is ('-» years old and I am ♦»♦». She was
there two years, and in that time whs
allowed only two calico dresses, worth
about 50 c ents each, and two pairs of
cheap shoes, amounting in all to lens
than 110 The government allows $ ‘J 5
per year for clothing and shoes for
euc h inmate, licit that is all mother
could get.
‘‘There is do use talking, the Home
Is shamefully mismanaged I, for one.
have seen the commandant In a condi
tion that convinced me (hat he was
under the Influence of liquor. At one
tint* I remember he had to lx- assisted
up the stairs, mid I was that near to
him that I delected the odor of whis
■ I'hen there Is that man Benton, the
steward He draws l.'u per month and
tionrcl and lodging, tcestdes money he
| makes on the side He Is ri- h and
; owns lots of property, hut he ts the
• tew.<rl (hough there ts no more need
j of a steward than there ts for twu
I governors a* t in- oin
"I -to not wl«h to present myself in
! the l.ght of an outlaw, hut h-t nee
i tell you that we wet* iceing ->> badly
11• a- -1 at the Itc-oc- at uni time that
a to e * os pot« • With a v v to
I dl li-i-iiicg -c l •< a og an • t-*
of (Mo o, mere of the olh tain I have
| the cop# is so fro owe at the prem-st
j tin,* t| was an! -t-• I foe that pm
I uue hot it i a ate very near being
M| wish some of the aM< g --I veterans
who arw sending out appeals for vat**
Ifr fusion • wold corns here and «*e
what fusc io haw ciuaw fur th* vetsrwaa.
Mr. Gresham was a mcraner <n twan
pany B, Ninetenth Iowa Infantry, and
saw four years' of terrible service,
having been wounded three times
Theae are the type of men Command
ant Fowler's daughter-in-law called
Yankee Rebels. Could any affront b#
more wanton and cruel?
When Fowler came to Milford it if
reported that he wore a Grand Army
button In the lapel of his coat. Some
time afterwards it disappeared. When
asked by one of the veterans outside
of the Home where it was. he said:
“I really am not entitled to wear
it Besides, 1 am not much of a G. A.
R. man anyhow.*
Within the last, year an addition has
1 ben built to the Home at a cost of
$5,000. The contract for brick and
stone work was let to a fusion con
tractor at Lincoln, as was also the
contract for plumbing. The brick and
mason work Is far short of a first-class
job. Very little cement was used In
the foundation, and the outer layer In
the walls reveals the fact that a very
large number of broken brick and
brick-bats was used In constructing
the building. Much of the brick work
was done by stone masons, presuma
bly because the wages of stone masons
are lower. The construction of the
building was not supervised, and the
contractors followed the plans and
specifications in a way to suit them
selves, The work was so poorly i>er
formed that even a thick coat of red
paint fails to thoroughly disguise it.
A fusionist named Make from Lin
coln had the ouilding contract and he
left the town owing a hoard bill for
his men at tho Grand hotel of $58, and
labor bills aggregating $75.
Loose business methods prevail at
tho Home. Not an article delivered
from the stores at the Home Is
weighed. Seldom are the goods
checked over to see If the delivery Is
In accordance with bills rendered.
In connection with this it Is reported
that tobacco is bought at the state's
expense and again "old at the Home.
No positive proof of this could be
found, though there are people who
say that it is true. It has been cus
tomary for certain of the officials to
keep tobacco on sale at the Home, and
rumor has It that some of the tobacco
purchased at the expanse of the state
lias found its way int* such private
sources. Considerable tobacco is used
at the Home. The Inmates are al
lowed to smoke in the assembly room
and there only, but the commandant
may be seen at almost any hour going
all through the building puffing smoke
like a six-wheled ' mogul" going up
grade. He breaks ills own rules with
impunity. If any of the inmates would
dare to atempt to pxercise like priv
ileges they would bo "dishonorably dis
charged" instanter.
Perhaps the most palpable fraud on
the taxpayers is the so called “Visit
ing and Examining Board.” This
committee pays a visit to the Home
once a month, ostensibly t» audit the
books, but in reality to have a pleasure
trip without cost to themselves. The
members are allowed $1 per day each
and their expenses. One woman from
Lincoln, who is a member of the com
mittee, Invariably leaves Lincoln after
supper time and waits until site gets to
the Home before dining. She reaches
there about 8 o'clock In the evening,
and a sumptuous spread is laid for
her. Her train does not leave Lin
coln until after 6 o'clock, giving tier
ample time to have supper, or 6 o'clock
dinner at home before she starts.
Between fraud, loose management
and needless expense, the cost per
capita the last few years at the Home
has been greater by 15 per cent than
formerly. The state would actually
save money by paying the board and
lodging of the veterans at good hotels
and in addition giving them a reason
able allowance for clothing.
Some steps should be taken to sup
press foraging by fusion olficials and
their friends. At the Home. S. A.
Langford and wife are on the pay roll
for doing the laundry work at $22 per
month, board and lodging. This work
was formerly done by inmates. The
change was made to make room for
the Langfords who are populists.
Three inmates were shifted out of j
their quarters to make room for the ]
Adjutant rermnson occupies quar
ters formerly occupied by four In
It is charged that Superintendent
Edwards has practiced false economy,
In that she has gone so far as to solicit
prices from firms or business houses
as far away as Chicago, and at the
same time has put the state to the
loss of ten times the amount she
would thus save by keeping relatives
and friends at the Home at the state’s
expense. The voucher record at Lin
foln shows a slight jugglery of the
funds of this Institution, newspaper
subscription in one instance having
been charged up to the "burial" fund.
One Improvement might be made,
and thut Is, In putlng a atop to the
practice of permitting the ateward of
the Soldiers’ Home to come to the In
stltutlon and pose as a minister of the
gospel and collect money from the in
mates for performing that service.
There are ministers of the gospel In
Milford, schooled In Klhllcal lore, who
would no doubt for the asking cheer
fully perform the nervlce without tax
ing the unfortunate Inmates, rpon the
whole, however, the management of
this Institution Is far better than the
Only recently Mrs. Kenton wife of
the hospital steward, paid a protract
ed visit to the Home Hhe was ac
companied bv a lady friend from Crete
who also remained at the Hume for a
considerable length of time
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1_HS 17-20.
Golden Text—"The Harvest Is Truly
Great, But the Laborer* Few"—I.nke
lO: * - The Seventy Sent Forth on a
Missionary Tour.
1. "After these things the Lord ap
pointed seventy others, and sent them
two and two before his fare into every
eltv und place, whither he himself would
come.” Besides the twelve apostles who
had been sent out once on a similar mis
sion through Galilee (9:1-6). 'The king
dom of Christ uggresslve, progressive, ex
pansive. First, twelve apostles; 'hen
seventy preachers; then five hundred
brethren; then thousands!"—Van Boren.
2. "And hr said unto them. The nar
vest truly !» great, but the laborers are
few: pray ye therefore the laird of the
harvest, that he would send forth la
borers Into his harvest," Great multi
tudes of people were to be won to
Christ, and they were lit ft condition to
be won; that Is the special significance
of the word "harvest.” The seed hail
been sown. There were numbers of peo
ple In whom the good seed had been
ripening, so that when the Lord come to
cull them they would receive the word
and become his disciples.
2. "Go your ways." To the places
where you arc to work. "1 send you
forth as lambs uinortg wolves." I 'Harm
ed, defenseless, and Innocent as lamb*
did these disciples go forth among their
foes, cruel, crafty, and malicious as
wolves the leaders of the Jews, the urm
cd Romans, the rye k I ess populace.
4. “Carry neither purse." A small
leather bag for carrying money. "Nor
si rip,” Traveling bag. or haversack, the
word signifying a leather bag or wallet,
used for carrying provisions when travel
lug. "Nor shoes." In addition to the
sandals they were wearing. "The shoes
were of softer material than sandals
made for use in the house, always of
bright colors, and frequently richly em
broidered." "And salute no man by the
way." “The Jewish salutations, like
those common in the Orient to-day. were
elaborately formal, and occupied so much
tune as to la- a serious hindrance when
there was reason for haste."
5. "And Into whatsoever house ye en
ter." The law of hospitality allows a
traveler to stay three days In a house
to which he comes for entertainment,
without disclosing even ids business.
"First say, Reace he to this house.” The
common formula of salutation among the
Jews, with whom "peace" comprehended
all blessing and welfare.—Bliss. They
were to use the utmost sincere courtesy.
6. “And If the son of peace he there."
That Is. one Inclined to peace, one wish
ing you and your cause peace and pros
perity. "Your peace shall rest upon It."
Your coming will bring new peace and
blessing to that home, like the ark tn the
house of Obed Kdotn. "If not, It shall
turn to you again.” If they are unwill
ing to receive It, the peace you bring can
do them good.
7. "In the same house." Where you
have been welcomed. "Eating and drink
ing such things as they give." "What
the entertainers provide. They are
to consider themselves as members of
the family, not as Intruders; for their
food and shelter are salary not alms."—
Int. Crlt, Com. "For the laborer is wor
thy of his hlr'’." And you bring to the
house much more than you receive from
It, for God will bless them through you.
"Go not from house to house.” The rea
son Is very obvious to one acquainted
with Oriental customs.
s. "And Into whatsoever city ye en
ter." The same principles are to apply
here as to a private house.
H. "Arid heal the sick that are there
in.” They were to do as Christ had done
— give a visible proof of the beneficence of
the gospel, and attract men to Its spir
itual blessedness by means of Its tem
poral effects. “And say unto them, The
kingdom of God Is come nigh unto you.”
"Conquerors take away kingdoms; the
heralds of Christ offer a kingdom."—Van
10. "And they receive you not.” Refuse
to listen, rob and persecute you. "Go
your ways." Because you have not time
or strength to contend with them.
11. "Even the very dust of your city,
which cleaveth on us, we do wipe off
against you." A symbolic act, expressing
not anger or revenge, but a warning. (!»
They clear themselves of all responsibil
ity for the great loss accruing to those
citizens. (2) They express their sense of
the greatness of the ruin and loss by
being unwilling to partake of It even in
the smallest degree. “Notwithstanding
tie ye sure of this." Even as they depart
they repeat the Invitation. The last word
is one of mercy and invitation.
17. "Anil the seventy returned." To the
company'of Jesus and tils disciples. How
long they wen? gone lx unknown, prob
ably some weeks, while Jesus was fol
lowing them up and taking advantage of
the Interest they had awakened. "With
joy," at the success of their work; the
Joy of preaching t'hrist. the Joy of doing
his will, of helping others, of the exercise
of their new powers. "Even the devils
are subject unto us through thy name.”
It Is a great Joy to sec the powers of evil
overthrown, and to know that the gospel
id Jesus can complete their overthrow
ID. "I beheld Satan as lightning fall
from heaven.” It was a vision of what
Jesus was to accomplish through his gos
pel. At the time HatHii seemed to reign
supreme In the world; but the beginning
of his end was at hand.
19, "Fsholil. I give unto you power to
tread on serpents and scorpions.” Tin*
types of the most virulent and deadly
forms of evil, sometimes physical harm,
as In the ease i f I'anl and the viper, still
more the power to make physical harm
work out good. “Over all the power of
the enemy." Every form of violence, cor
ruption, appetite, temptation, worldliness,
selfishness, nml every force which thu
> nemy of man can bring against the gas
pi I and Its disciples "Nothing shall by
any means hurt you " Bo In Ilom C; S'
It Is promised that all things shall work
together for good to them that love Hod
31 “Notwithstanding in thU rejoice not.
that the spirits are subject unto you ”
Ther< wa» danger In letting their
thoughts real upon outward victories amt
gifts of power, even In u good eaus*
"Hut rather rejoice la . sub.- your names
to written In heaven It was the an* custom that eltlxens in any common*
wraith should to- enrolled In a hook
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weather, Mrs .•'pangler'"
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