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Aaked a childish voice one day,
At I aoted the click or my lastraaest
With its message from far sway.
At it cessed. I tersed: at ray elbow.
Stood tke merest scrap of a boy.
Whose childish face was all aglow
With tbe light of a klddea Joy.
Tke geleea ends oa bis forehead.
Shaded eyes or tbe deepest blue.
At if a bit of tbe summer sky
Had lost n them iu hoe.
They seamed my office rapidly.
From ceil a? down to Boor.
Thea turad en nine their eager gut,
Atke asked tke qoestioa o'er:
"Is this tke tel'rrapa office J"
"It Is. my little mu."
I said, "pray tell me what yoa waat
Aai ril help yoa if I can."
Thea the t lee eyes grew more eager,
Aad the breath came thick and fast;
aad I saw within the ebubby hands.
A folded Baser grasped.
Nsrte told me." he said. "that the light
wae oowa oa the wires, some day;
Aad my mamma has gone to Heaves.
And rm lonely since the is away.
For my papa it very busy.
Aad han't much time for me.
So I thought I'd write her a letter.
And I've brought it for you to tee.
Tee printed It big. to the angel
Could read out quick, tbe name.
And carry it straight to my mamma,
And tell her how it came;
And now. won't you plcaie to take.lt,
And throw it up goo 1 nnd strong.
Against the wire in a f under shower.
Aad the lightning will take it along."
Ah! what could I tell tbe darling?
For my ejot were tiling fait:
I turned away to hide tbe tears.
But I cheerfully spoke at last !
Til do tbe best I can. my child,"
Twa all that I could ay ;
Thank you." be said, then scanned the sky,
-De you think it wiU funder to-day i"
But the Mae any smiled in answer.
And the tun shone dazzling bright,
Aad hit face as he slowly turned away.
Lost some of its gUdsome light.
'Bat nurse." he said, "if I stay so Ion?.
Won't let me come any more :
fAgoed-bre. I'll came and see you agaia
Might after a funder shower."
How Ha Got Even with the Two
What's that over thar, Bill!" asked Joe
sScsgga, pointing towards an object that had
anade its appearaaco on the prairie, a mile
to the south. Hill Bantam looked in the di
'A house, or I'm a Hvin' liar!" exc'iimod
Bill, with etaphasis. "An' on Dick Berber's
claim, tea!" he continued, with a gestsre of
"Do ye suppose he's goin' ter jump Dick's
claim!" asked Joe.
'I dunno," answered Bill. "I guess bo's
set stoppin' out thar fer his health. If he
is, I'm thinkin' he'll soon go 'way on the
same arrant, won't he. Joe!"
-You bett" sanctioned Joe. "But tbe
way ter find out is ter go over an' see; an'
while ye air coekia supper, I'll ride over an'
interview the stranger."
With this, ho walked from the door of tbe
hair-board, half-dugout shanty, where the
two bad been standing, and approached a
small barb-wiro corral near by, where bo
aounteda powerful cayuso. and galloped
way across the stretch of wind-swept
prairie that soparatcd him from the distant
shanty on the prairie to the south.
A few moments' ride brought him to the
front of a little dug-out shanty that nestled
la the side of a little hill at the edge of a
small ravine. Just around the slight eleva
tion in the prairio stood a covered wagon.
or "prairie-schooner," as they are familiarly
termed la tho West.
A pair of sorrel mules, tied to the rear
nd of the wagon, were busily engaged in
eating their evening meal of corn and dry
grass eut of the wagon-box. A man came
oat of the shanty with a frying pan in his
aad, and held it over a fire in front of the
"Hello, thar!" exclaimed Joe, angrily.
"What in the blares air ye doin' hyari"
Tbe stranger turned and looked at the
visitor a moment, aad then said, quietly:
Joe's eager rose. "O. ye air, atrye! Wal,
as ye seem ter bo so smart, mebby ye ken
tell me whose claim ye air squattin' on I"
"I reckon I ken; h'it's mine."
That's the way h'it looks ter me.-
"Look hyar. stranger!" said Joe Beans.
clinching hie 1st. "me an' my pardner over 1
thar," jerkiae; his thumb over his shoulder
in the direction ef his owa shanty, "air
fcoldlB' this yero claim fer Dick Barber,
who'a oamia' ewt hyar la the spring from
Injlaay.aa' we'll jist give ye tell ter-morrer
"Taia't long enough time," said the
stranger, deliberately turning over a liberal
slice of 'muddling" that smoked in the frying-pan.
"How long aw ye want!" questioned Joe,
his wrath somewhat mollified by the
stranger's evident intention of leaving.
"Hew long does a man have ter lire on a
claim before be ken get a deed for h'lt!"
was the reply f the stranger.
"Five years," replied Joe.
"Wal, then," continued the stranger,
"asakefc'it five years, an' h'it'sabarg'in."
"You Impudent skunk!" roared Joe. now
thoroughly aroused by the stranger's cool
manner, "fer a cent I'dwallup tho ground
"Yas, ye might undertake h'it fer a cent,
but ye'd never lay up any money at h'it."
was the answer, as he set the frying-pan
down and coaXroated Joe Scagga.
Joe now moved his hand towards his
pistol, bat hesitated.
"Look hyar," said the stranger. "You
order me ter leave this claim. Is h'lt
"No. aot exactly mine; but we're holdin'
h'it fer a friend, me an' my pardner air.
We'vogotthetwolyln' north o' this, an'
we're holdin' this fer Dick Barber, an'
we're gola' ter hold h'it."
"All right," he answered. "I guess h'it
won't seed much holdin'. H'it'll be hyar
when yere friend comes so will I. If h'it
is yere claim. I'll git off; but ye can't hold
h'it fer somebody else. I know tho law."
"Yea, ye aaay know the law, but ye don't
know ear law. We've made a special law
fer sich fellers as ye, an' we're gola' ter go
by that, an' doa't ye fergit h'lt."
"Wal. when ye force me ter go, I'll go
Angry words rose to Joe's lips, bat he
hesitated. The cool. Indifferent manner of
the claim-jumper puzzled him.
He was aboat to speak, when the tramp of
horse's feet sounded la the grass behind
feiat, aad Bil Haraum rode up, a Winchester
"eiteewaBg across his saddle.
"Thought asebbe ye'd have trouble." he
expteised, that I'd come over an' see
"Bill." said Joe, gaining courage at the
arrival of reiaforcementt, "he saya he
h,aiat-KOa ter leave."
"Weather' Bill answered, bringing his
Winchester down oa the stringer. "Now.
e leed up yer trans aa' git."
All right," he answered, doggedly.
Yea've got ther advantage o me. rllge,
amtrHcttereawlthye sometime, see KI
4Mn;"a4hebca tumbling his elects
iSlaai Jm watched aha while he piled
tatBBiaiBe It wages.
JS aI B4U. "weeWt waat ter
fer yer little shanty, aeeln' as yc can't take
"No, h'it ain't worth nothln'," was the
antwer. "I don't mind givin a good neigh
bor a little thing like that."
"WaL Bill," said Joe. "h'it's gittin' late,
an' we'd better be gittin' ter the shanty and
lookin' after our supper."
"Supper"' exclaimed BilL Thar h'aln't
DOtbin fer supper, nor brerkfertt either,
unless that ocerycuss gits back from Atticy
"Don't say that," answered Joe. "H'it
makes me hungrier 'an a bar ter hear ye
speak like that. H'aln't wo got nothin ter
"Io, nothin but a few pieces of bard
bread an' a bite or two o' meat. That onery
cuss. Jobs Biggs, that we sent after grub
to Atticy, '1! git drunker 'an a b'iled owl,
and not come back till we go after him, like
With this they turned their horses around,
and rode away in this direction of home,
leaving tbe stranger standing la silence
looking after them.
Ike Dover for such was the stranger's
name turned and entered his shanty.
"Wal, h'it means pull out, I reckon," he
muttered ; 'but I'll jlst stay hyar till raora
in' aay way."
The sun had gone down behind a bank of
tawny, purple clouds, aad an atby pallor
overspread the sky.
"Goin' ter have bad weather." observed
Joe Scaggs, as they rode through the fast
Late that night Bill punched Joe in tbe
ribs with his elbow, and said:
"Joe, h'it's gittin' colder 'an all git out.
We've got ter git up an' find some more
covers. Gee wbiz ! listen ter that wind !"
Bill got up and struck a light and put on
The weather had tuddenly grown intently
cold, and tbe wind was roaring across the
paririe, and sweeping through tbe dead
grass with a sharp, hissing sound.
Bill opened the door and looked out.
A great gust of wind swept into tbe room,
whirling a cloud of snow-flakes with it
and extinguished the light.
"A blizzard!" exclaimed Bill, slamming
tho door and relighting the lamp.
Joe bad also got up and was putting on
"We must see ter tbe bosses," he said,
drawing on his heavy boots. They'll freeze
ter death in that shed if they h'aln't blank
eted." Ho opened tbe door and went out, and In
a few moments returned.
'The bosses air gone!" he exclaimed,"
"broke loose and been driven away by tbo
'One uv us must go after 'em," exclaimed
BilL "H'it won't do to low 'em. They'l
die in this storm if they don't find shelter."
"Yes. an' you'd die a dozen times 'fore
ye'd find 'cm in this atorm."
"Poor animals!" exclaimed Bill, "but h'it
can't be helped."
Bill kindled a fire in tho little sheet-Iron
stove in tbe corner.
Tbe air was growing colder and colder
every moment, and tbo circle of beat around
the stove grew smaller and smaller with
each surge of the wind as it shook the roof
and seat the sleet and snow hissing through
The two men drew their chairs near the
stove after replenishing tbe flame from a
pile of coal in the corner of the room.
Morning came at last, gray and desolate,
with blinding clouds of snow and sleet
sweeping across tho prairie. The storm
showed no signs of abating, but was increas
ing in its fury.
"Joe," said Bill, breaking the silence, "no
body can't come from Atticy ter-day; and
thepervisious! thars nothin' in the house
Joe got up and looked out at the small
"H'it's as yer say. Bill ; thar can't nobody
come from Atticy ter-day " And then,
huskily: "H'it may be a week 'for they
Tho two men looked at each other, and
each read the other's thoughts.
"Thar can't nobody git nowhar now, and
mebby not for a week. Bill, we air in a bad
Bill mode no reply, but filled a large black
pine, lit it sat down by the fire and began
puffing awav in silence.
Joo brought mora fuel from tbe corner
and filled up tho stove.
The day passed and night came down,
and still tbe storm raged and tbe snow fell
in blinding clouds.
It was at the close of the fifth day, and
neither Bill nor Joe hud tasted food for four
days, and as they looked out across the
desolate, snow-covered plain, their hearts
sunk within them.
"Bill," said Joe, huskily, we can't hold
out much longer. H'it'll be more 'ah a
week 'fore any one could git hyar or we
could git away."
"Yas, an' that will be too bite," answered
Bill, an ashy pallor overspreading his thin
The next morning Joe arose, kindled tbe
fire in tho little stove, and sat down in
Bill did not get up. but remained in bed'
a pinched look settling over his features.
It was gutting late in tbe afternoon when
he called Joe to the bedside.
"Joe," he said, feebly, "I h'aln't got much
longer ter stay with ye. This yere cold is
freezta' my thin blood; aa' I'm gittin' weaker
"Come, come, Bill!" said Joe, a great
lump rising in his throat. "Cheer up; meb
by som'thin' '11 turn up; mebby "
"'Taln't no use, Joe. We're all got ter
eo sometime. 'Taln't no use in hopin' when
thar b'sin't nothin' ter expect."
Joe made no reply. Stooping down pres
ently he drew a little box from under the
bed and took out a small piece of dry, hard
bread and laid it by the side of BilL
"I saved h'it fer ye, B1!L" he said, turning
"Xo-nol" said Bill; "h'it's better fer one
uv us ter go 'an both uv us. Mebby, as ye
say, somethln' '11 turn up. an "
A muffled sound like footsteps in the snow
came frost the outside, aad something like
the sound of a human voice mingled with
tho hissing wind.
Joe listened, but the sound was not re
peated. He opened tbe door and looked out.
A few feet from tbo threshold, half buried
in the drifting snow, was the prostrate
figure of a man, a large bundle of some
thing at his side. A moment, and Joe was
stooping over the prostrate figure. He
hook him. bat he did not speak. Then, by
a series of heroic efforts, he dragged the
unconscious man into the dug-out. At he
did so a bundle that was strapped about the
shoulders of tbe unfortunate became de
tached and rolled over on the floor, display
ing a small bag of flour aad a chunk of
"H'it's John Biggs come back !" exclaimed
Joe; "an he's brought enough pervisions
ter carry as through, thank Godl but, pore
feller, he's almost done fer!"
He hurriedly stirred up the fire in the lit
tle stove, and then turn lag to tte uncon
scious man, he brushed the snow from his
"Bill." he said, starting with surprise,
"h'it ain't John Bigg Vit't the claim,
jumper. He's saved our lives. Bill, aa' after
we was goin' ter rua him away."
"My Godl" exclaimed Bill, straggling
feebly out of the bed, new strength coming
to his feeble frame. "We must save him.
Joe. If he h'aln't already dead. WeavuhVt
let him die.
The two men. shivering with cold aad
weak from hunger, worked as they sever
worked before. Br their eombiaed efforts.
they lifted the poor frosts squatter from
the floor aad laid him tenderly ea their osly
He oseaed his eyes aad muttered sosse
thisg ia aa iaesherent maiaer. The two
ten beat ever him aad listeaei.
"H'it ain't much farther," he ststtered.
"I heard 'eat say they didst have aetata te
eat over thar aa Ike Xhvver. hit's yer
doety ter help 'eat No ae they
ter na a
ter raa bm ear h'tt east
a If I eeale eel sates a Mahal a
ia his own. They were frosen as hard as
Icicles! He looked at Bill, aad uttered a
"He can't live, Bill," he said, chokingly.
Bill bent over the bod, bis face close to
that of tho dying man,
"Pardner," he said, bis voice husky with
emotion, "you've throw'd away yer life fer
us that didn't deserve nothin' but yer bate.
You've froze tbem pore hands fer as onery
wolves that would 'a' driv' ye away from
yer claim. O, If ye could only live ter tell
me bow mean an' onery I've been ter ye
" Here Bill broke down and wept like
Presently the dying man muttered: "H'it's
all right 1 see h'it now thar is tbe cabin,
right ahead " And with these words his
For a longtime the only sound that broke
the stillness of that desolate prairie home
was tbe sobbing of the two men and the
hissing of the winter wind. Will Llsenbee,
in Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper.
THE NATION'S "EXECUTIVE.
Aa Kaplaaatlon of the Rights sad Powers
of the Presides t.
Perhaps no other feature of the gov
ernment has provoked such general
criticism, or been so widely misrepre
sented and misuuderstood, as has the
office of President of the United States.
Its creation was tho subject of singular
comment among tiioso who framed
the Constitution; it was violently de
nounced when that instrument was put
before the people for their approval;
it has been the tariret for savage and
persistent assault from that time to the
present And in regard to no other
feature of the government, it may be
added, havo the diurnal forebodings of
skeptics been so strangely disappointed
by the results of experience and prac
tice. In theory, it may be true that, as the
making and enforcement of laws is the
great function of government, the
power that executes tho laws should
be in perfect harmony with the power
that makes them and be directly under
its control the executive being thus
simply the arm of tho legislature, act
ing promptly and implicitly iu obedi
ence to its supreme will. This idea,
though to-day observed in the work
ings of other governments, was not ac
cepted by our forefathers. In lodging
the executive power in the hands of
one person, the Constitution aimed to
secure energy and precision in the ex
ecution of the laws; but in establishing
the Presidency as an independent
branch of the government, removed as
far as possible from the meddlesome
influence of Congress, and endowing it
with important siecial powers, it sug
gested to many timid folk a vision of
royalty in Its most frightful shape.
Nor were these thoughts quieted by
events that followed in the history of
the government. Indeed, our third
President has given it as his opinion
that Washington himself bcliovcd the
Republic would end in something like
a monarchy, and that in adopting his
stately levees and other pompous cere
monies he sought, in a measure, to
prepare tho people gradually for tho
change that seemed possible, in order
that it might come with less shock to
the public mind, 'jjjiis remarkable
statement we need not take without
proof. Whatever may havo been
Washington's secret fears, certain it is
that his devotion to the Republic
shielded it from such a fate; and had
some of his successors in office, or their
advisers, been nearly as wise and as
true to the spirit of the Constitution,
they would have avoided acts which
served to strengthen, rather than sub
due, the popular distrust.
That tho actual power of the Presi
dent exceeds that of some of the
crowned dignitaries of earth is univer
sally conceded. The Constitution did
not Intend that he should bo a mere
figurehead, or "ornamental cupola,"
to the government. It not only con
fided to him the execution of the laws,
but it armed him with a power over
tho making of laws which he might
deem improper. By this, we meati the
provision that every measure passed
by Congress shnll be presented to him
for his approval and signature, and
that, if disapproved by him. he may
return it with bis objections, in which
case it shall not become law unless
again passed by the vote of two-thirds
(instead of a majority, as in the first
instance) of each House of Congress.
Whether this power was given to him
solely as a weapon to defend his own
office or the integrity of the Constitu
tion itself from attack by Congress, or
whether the Constitution designed that
ho should in this way have a voice in
the making ot all laws, of whatever
nature, is one of the questions still un
settled. The weight of opinion and the
practice at the beginning of the gov
ernment seem to sustain the former
view; the strict language of the Con
stitution is in favor of the latter. Tho
frequent exercise of the power in re
cent years, in marked contrast with its
rare use by earlier Presidents, has
aroused harsh feeling on the part of
Congress and some very sober think
ing on the part of philosophers; it ia
plain, however, that the present Ex
ecutive has no doubt upon the subject.
The power is certainly monarchical in
its nature, and at ftrst sight appears
out of place in a Republic where the
will of the people, as expressed by
their representatives, should be the
law. But here comes in the deliberate
device of the Constitution. The execu
tive branch of the govcrameat was
purposely so shaped at to act as a
check against rash behavior by the
legislative branch. The President is
not the arm of Congress; he does not
owe his office to that body, nor is he
directly responsible to it for bis ac
tions. He is elected, as is Congress, by
the people; and. like Congress, he is
answerable to the people. Unlike a
member of Congress, he is chosen not
by the people of a particular State or
district, but by the people of all the
States. He is! therefore, as an indi
vidual, the only representative of all
the people, and if, in their Constitu
tion, they saw fit to give to him. as
their great national representative, this
great influence over national legisla
tion an influence equal to the votes of
one-sixth of all the members of Con
gressthere is nothing ia it contrary
to the principles of republican govern
Bseat. Edstaad Alton, ia St Nicholas.
Use carbolic acid ia all the white
wash that aaay be applied, aad waite
waaa the lateriaraf the stables as eft
as 1 aa U dee, as is
Or. Talma? on the Mysterious
Ways of tbe Deity.
Why tht Good Ar Takes and the Bad
pared aartinatioa Through Troabl
Trials If ere tiring Greater ste
In a late sermon at Brooklyn Dr.Taltuaz
preached on the subject: "Dark Savings
on a Harp." Trxt Fsalms xltx. 4: "1 will
open my dark say lug upon the harp." Ho
The world U full of tbe Inexplicable, th
impassably the unfathomable, the iniur
mountabl. Wo can not go thre steps in
any direction without coming up against
a bard wall of mytry. riddles, paradoxes,
profundities, labyrinths, problems thatw
can not solve, hieroglyphics that we can
not decipher, anagram we can not spell
out, sphinxes that will not speak. For
that reaKOti, David la my text, proposed
to take up some of those orub?r and dark
things and try to set tbem to sweet music:
"I will open my dark saving upou tbe
So I look off upon society and find people
in unbappv conjunction of circumstances
and they do not know what it means, and
tbey have a right to ask why is this? and
why is that!' and I think 1 will be doing a
good work by trying to explain om of
these strange things and make you more
content with your lot, and I ball only be
answering questions that have often been
asked me. or that we have alt asked our
selves, while 1 try to set these mysteries
to music and open my own dark sayings
on a harp.
Interrogation the first: Why does God
takeout of this world thoe that aro use
ful und wbom we van not spare and leave
alive and in good health many who are
only a nuisance or a positive injury to the
world? I thought I would b?fcn with the
very toughest of all the seeming inscrut
able. Many of tbe most useful men and
women die at thirty or forty years of age,
while you often Und useless people alive at
sixty and seventy and eighty. John Care
less wrote to Bradford, who was oou to be
put to death, saying: "Why doth Got
suffer me and such caterpillars to live that
can do nothing but consume tbe alms of
the Church, and take away so tnanv
worthy workmen in the Lord's vioeyard?"
Similar questions are often asked. Here
are two men. The ono is a noble character
and a Christian man; he chooses for life
time companion one who has been tenderly
reared, and she U worthy of him and he Is
worthy of her; a a merchant, or farmer,
or professional man, or mechanic. or artist,
he tolls to educate nnd rear his children;
b is succeeding but he has not yet estab
lished for his family a full competency; he
seem absolutely indispensable to that
household, but one day before he hat paid
off the mortgage on his houe he is coming
home through a strong northeast wind and
a chill strikes through him and four days
of pneumonia end his earthly career and
the wife and children go into a strugtrle
for shelter and food. His uext door neigh
bor is a man who, though strong and well,
lets his wife support hitn; he is round at
the grocery store or some general loafing
place in the evenings while bi wife sew;
his boys are Imitating hit example and
lounge and swagger and swear; all tbe
use that man ia in that home is to rave be
cause the coffee is cold when he comes to
a late breakfast, or to say cutting thing
about bis wife's looks when he furnishes
nothing for her wardrobe. Tbe best thing
that could happen to that family would
be that mau's funeral; but he declines to
die; he lie on an I on and on. Ho we
have all noticed that many of the meful
are early cut off w bile the parasites of so
ciety have great vital tenacity.
I take up thia dark saying on my harp
and give three or four thrums on the string
in tbe way of urniising and hopeful
guess. Perhaps the uef ul man was taken
out of the world, Lecauin he and his
family were to constructed that they could
not have endured soiae great prosperity
and might have gone down in tbe vortex
of worldliness which every year swallows
up 10,00) households. And so he went
while be was humble and consecrated and
they were by the severities of life kspt
close to Christ snd fitted for usefulness
here and high aeats in Heaven; and when
tbey meet at last tiefore the ttiroae, tbey
will acknowledge that, though the furnace
was hot, it purified them and prepared
them for an sternal career of glory and
reward, for which no other kind of iife
could have fitted them. Oa the other
hand, the useless man lived ob to fifty, or
sixty, or teveaty years, because all the
ease he ever can have he must have
ia thit world, aad you oaght aot, there
fore, begrudge him bit earthly longevity.
In all the ages there has not a single loafer
entered Heaves. There is bo place there
for him to hang around. Sot in the tem
plet, for they are full of the most vigor
ous, alert aad rapturous worship. Not on
tbe river bank, for that it the place where
tbe conquerors recline. Mot la the gates,
because there are multitades entering, aad
we are told that at each of the twelve
gates there it an angel, and that celestial
guard would not allow the place to l
blocked np with idlers. If the good ami
atelul go early, rejoice for them that tbey
have so soon got through with ha man life,
which at best is a straggle And if the
atelets and bad stay, rejoice that tbey
may be out ia the world's I re ah air a good
many years before their final incarcera
tion. Interrogation the second: Why do to
many good people have ao much trouble,
sickness, bankruptcy, persecution, the
three black vultures sometimes putting
their fierce beaks into one set of jangled
serves? I think now of a goo I friend I
once bad. He was a consecrated Christian
man, aa elder la the church and as pol
ished a Christian gentleman aa ever
walked Broadway. First his general
health gave out aad be hobbled around oa
a cane, aa old man at forty. Afterawaiie
tbe paralysis struck him. Having by poor
health been compelled tuddenly to quit
betlaess, he lost what property he had.
Thea his beautiful daughter died. Thea
a soa became hopelessly demented. An
other son, splendid of mind and command
lag of presence, resolved that he would
take cere of hit fstber's household, but
ander the swoop of yellow fever st Fer
aandina Fla., be suddenly expired. So
yon know good bb and women who have
had enough troubles, yoa think, to crash
fifty people. Mo worldly philosophy coaM
take such a trouble aad set it to mulc, or
play it oa viol la or fate or dulcimer or
sackLur, bat I dare to open that dark say
ing on a gospel harp.
You wonder that very consecrated peo
ple have trouble? Did you ever kaow say
very coasecrated asan or woman who had
aot bad great trouble? Xrr. It was
through their troabive sanctified that ther
were made geed. If you find ant where
la this city s tnan who hat sow aad al
ways has had perfect heeltL. and never
lost a child, aad has always bera popalsr.
sad aever had badness straggle or mis
fortune, who it distinguished for good
aes. pell year wire for a telegraph ases
seager boy aad send me word and I will
drop every thiag aad go right aay to look
st hiav There aever has been a man like
that, and aever will he.
Who are those arrogsat, aelf-coaciti
creataree who move about withoet sympa
thy for others aad who think more of a
St. Bernard dog. or aa Alderney cow, or a
Soethdewa tests, er s Berkshire pig thee
otaatsa. They aever bad aay trees!,
er the tremble was aerer ttsettaed Was
was tietea wish stsOst eyes
tell taeea ef ssjaTera-isad wse save
bt shear veira aad a kaseaeae fat
Ther are the men who have graduated at
tbe Hoyal Academy of Trouble and they
have the diploma written on their owe
countenances. My! mv! What heartaches
they have, had! What tears they
have wept! What Injustice they
have suffered! The mightiest in
fluence for purification and salva
tion is trouble. No diamond fit for a
crown until It is cut. No wheat fit for
bread twl it Is ground. There are only
three things that can tresk off a chain a
hammer, a file or a fire and trouble is all
three of them. Tbe greatest writers, ora
tors and reformers get much of their force
from trouble. What gave to Washington
Irving that exquisite tenderness and
pathos which will make his books favorites
while the English language continues to
be written and spoken ! An early heart
break that be never once mentioned; and
when, thirty years after the death of Ma
tilda Hoffman, who was to have been his
bride, her father picked up a pteco ot em
broidery and said: "That Is a piece of
poor Matilda's workmanship." Washing
ton Irving sank from hilarity into silence
and walked away. Out of that lifetime
grief the great author dipped his pen's
mightiest reinforcement. "Calvin's Insti
tutes of Religion." than which a more
wonderful book was never written by hu
man hand, was begun by the author at
twenty-five years of age. because of the
persecution by Francis, King of France.
Faraday toiled for alt time on a salary of
&)ayesr and candles. As every brick of
thewsiiof Babylon is stamped with the
letter N, standing for Nebuchadnezzar, so
every part of the temple of Christian
achievement is stamped with the letter T,
standing for trouble.
When in olden time a man wat to be
honored with knighthood he was struck
with the flat of tbe sword. But those who
have come to the honor of knighthood in
the kingdom of God were first struck not
with the flat of tbe sword but with tbe
keen edge of the cimeter. To build his
ratgnificence of character, 1'aul could not
have spared one lash, one prison, one ston
ing, one anathema, one poisonous viper
from the band, one shipwreck. What is
true of individuals it tiue of nations. The
horrors of the American revolution gave
the country this side of the Mississippi
river to independence, aad the conflict
between England and France gave th
most of this country west of the Missis
sippi river to the United States. Franc-
owned It, but Napoleon, fearing that En
gland would take It, practically made a
present to the United States for he re
ceived only 1 5.0U0 OuJ of Louisiana, Mis
souri. Arkansas Kansas. Nebraska. Iowa,
Mianetota. Colorado, Dakota, Montana,
Wyoming and the Indian Territory. Out
of th fire of the American revolution came
this country east of the Mississippi, out
of the European war csme that w est of the
Mississippi river. The British empire roe
to ita present over-towering grandeur
throuich gunpowder plot, and Guy Fawkes'
conspiracy, and Northampton insurrec
tion, and Walter Raleigh's beheading, and
Bacon's brilery. and Cromwell's dissolu
tion of Parliament, and tbe battles of Edge
Hill, and (irantbam, and Newberry, and
Marston Moor, snd Naseby, and Dunbar,
and Sedgemoor, and execution of Charles
I., and London plague, and London fire and
London insurrection ami Hyehouse plot,
and tbe vicissitudes of centuries. So th
earth Itself, before It could become ap
propriate and beautiful residence for the
human family had, according to geology,
to be washed by universal deluge, and
scorched ami made incandescent by uni
versal fires, anil pounded by sledgeham
mer of icebergs, and wrenched by earth
quakes that split continents and shaken
by volcanoes that tosied mountains, and
passed through catastrophes of thousands
of years tiefore paradise became possible
aad the grows could shake out their green
banners and the first garden pour out its
carnage of co'or between the tiihon and
the Iliddekel. Trouble a good thing for
rock, a good thing for nations, as well as a
Kood thing for Individuals.
So when you push against me a sharp
interrogation point, why do the good uf
fer? I open the dark saying on a barm and
though 1 can neither play an organ, or
cornet, or hautboy, or bugle, or clarionet.
I have taken some lesnons on the gospel
harp, and if you would like to hear me I
will play you these: ''All things work to
gether for good to thos? who love Mod."
"Now no chastening for the present seem
etb to be joyous, but grievous; neverthe
less afterward It yleldeth all possible
fruits of righteousness unto them which
are exercised thereby." -Weeping may
endare for a night, but joy comet h In the
moralng." What a sweet thing is a harp,
snd I wonder aot that la Wales, the
country of my ancestors, th harp has be
come the national instrument, and that
they have festivals where great prises are
offered In the competiiion between harp
and harp; or that weird Sebastian Erard
was moch of his time bnt over this
chorded and vibrating triangle, and was
not satisfied until he had given it a com
pass of six octaves from E to E. with all
th semitones, or that when King Saul
was demented the ton of Jesse came be
fore him and putting his fingers among
th charmed strings of the harp played
thdtil out of th crated monarch, or
that in Heaven there shall be harpr
harping with their harps. So you wit:
not blame m for opening the dark saying
on tae gospel harp.
Your harps, je trembling suinls.
Down from the willow take.
Loud to tbe praise of lore divine
Hid every strtrc awake
Interrogation third: Why did a good
God let sin and trouble come Into th
world when He might have kept them out?
My reply is. He had a good reason. H
had reasons which He has never given us.
He had reasons which H could no more
make us understand In our finite state
than the father starting oat on some great
aad elaborate enterprise could make th
two-year-old child in its armchair com
prehend it. On was to demonstrate
what grandeur of character may be
achieved on earth br conquering erll.
Hail there been no evil to conquer and no
troub'e to console, then this snlvers
would never have known an Abraham or
a Motes or a Joshua or an Etekiel or a
Faul or s Christ or a Washington or a
John Milton or a John Howard, aad a
million victories which have been gsinI
by the consecrated spirits of all ages
would never have been gained
Had ther been so battle there
would have been no victory. Nine-tenths
of the anthems of Heaven would never
bare been sung. Heaven could never
have b-n s thousandth part of he
Heaven that It is. I will not say that I
am glad that sin and sorrow did enter, bat
I do say that ! am glad that aftr Gol has
siven all his reasons to as assembled uai
vers He will b more boaorwd than if sin
an i sorrow had never entered, and that
the un fallen celestial will I outdoes aad
will pat down their truspeteto list, asd
it will be in Heaven wben thoee who have
conquered s.n aad orrtnr shall ester. It
would bt ia a small sinxlng ecbool oa
earth if Tha'bsrg savl (JotiscsaJk asd
Wagser asd B thovem and Rheisserger
and tcjprsann should all at esc aster.
Th iamortals that hav ha caaatiar
ten tnouteaa yers telort tM uroM m
say, as they cioae their libretto. Oh. If
w could osly sing like that!" Bat God
will say to taos who have avr fsll
say to tho sio nave avr tsiles i
sad coasreBtly hav sot sswa re- j
derated; 'Yon most Is i(st ow; yoa
hav sot th qsallaeatioa for tats aatheas."
so ther tit with cicd lip sad f 044
heads sad sinners saved by gracw take sp
tae haraKay. for the B.U my " assa
eoald leans that tat th kaastred aad
forty sal foer theiaa which ware r
sVesesed frees tae
A great sriaae
ear wfcisw wka aer eeies. t
good singer, but a certsin note she could
nvr reach "And then." she said, "I
went to work and studied and practiced
for years until I did reach it." But th
sojg of the sinner redeeine.L th Bib.
says, th exsltrd harmoa-sts who hav
nevr sinned could not reach and avr
wiL reach- Wojld oj lik to hear m la
a very poor way play a snatch of thst
tune?" I can giv "you only on bar of ths
music of this gospel harp: "Unto Hint
that bath loved us and wshe-i us from our
sins in His own blood and hath mad us
K n?s and priests unto God and th Lamb,
to Him t glory and dominion for vr sad
ever, amen." But twfore leaving this ia-terroi-etory.
Why did Gd 1st sin com
into the world? Je: me say that great
battles seem to b nothing but suffering
and outrage at th time of their occur
rnc.yrt after thev have been a long time
pait we can see that it was better for them
to hav been fought.
But now I come nearer home and put a
dark saying on th gopel harp, s st le of
Question that Is asked a million times
every year. Interrogation the fourth:
Why do I have It so hard white others hav
it so easy? or, why do I have so much diffi
culty in getting a livelihood wh le others
go around with a full portemonnale? or.
why must I wear these plain cltthes while
others must push hard to get their ward
robes closed, so crowded are they with
brilliant attire? or, whv should I havo to
work so hard while others have three hun
dred and a.xty-Mve holidays every year?
They are all practically one question. I
answer tbem by saying. It U because tbe
Lord has His favorites and be puts extra
discipline upon you. and extra trial, be
cause He has for you extra glory, extra
ntbrouement and extra felicities. That
it no guess of mine, but a divine say so:
"Whom the Lord loveth He chasteaeta."
"Well." ay some one. "I would rather
have a little less lu Heaven and a little
more here. Discount my heavenly rob
ten per cent, and let me now put on a fur
lined overcoat; put me In a less gorgeous
room of the house of many mansions and
let me have a house here In a better nelgh
lrbood." No. no; (Sod is not going to
rob Heaven, which Is to be your residence
for nine hundred quadtllllon of vars, to
fix up your earthly alo le, which you wilt
occupy at most for less than a century,
and where you may perhaps stay only ta
year longer, or on year, or perhaps a
month more. Now you had belter care
fully let God hav His way. for. you sea.
He has bea taking care of folks for near
7,t0 years, and knows bow to do It, aad
can sex what Is best for you better than
you ran yourself. Don't think you are too
insignificant to be dultiely care,! for. It
was said that Diana, the goddess, could
not be present to keep hrr temp's at
Ephesus from burning Iwcause she was
attending upou the birth of him who was
to be Alexauder the Great. But I tell you
that your God and my God U so great In
small thing as well as Urge things that
He could attend the cradle of a Ismbe and
at the same time the hunting of a world.
And God will make it a I right with yu.
SSSSSSS SSI"!" SB 11TT WSPUSfc fc 1 1 a 1 IIU Wilt BIIIJC
every hour jour first ten year, lu Heaven.
and the refrain of ihst song will le "I
am so glad God did not let me have It my
ami - i as ne. ...s e e .iu .
own way." tour rase will he all tiled up tn
Heaven and there nil b such a reversal
of conditions that w can hardly tlndesih
other for some time. Some of us who have
lived in first rate houses hrre and In first
rat neighborhoods w.ll Im found, twrause
of our lukewarnin-Ms of earthly srvlc
living on one of the bark streets of the
celestial city nnd clear down at the end of
it at No. i! or lA or 1V, while some
who had unattractive earthly af"le. and
cranied one at that, wl 1 in tbe heavenly
city l lu a house fronting the royal plat.
ri;:ht by th imperial founts n or on the
height oterlooklng the Klver of Life, the
chariots of salvation hslting at your door
while those visit yon who ar more than
conquerors and thosn who are kings and
queens unto Gol forever. You. my
hroth-tr, and you. my sister, who
hate It so hard htr will hav
It so line aid gland there that you
will hardly know yourself and will feel
disposed to dispute j our own identity, and
the first time I see you there 1 wlil cry
out: "Didn't I tell you so when you sal
down there In thellrooklvn tabernacle and
looked incredulous l.ecause you thought It
too good to letrue'' and you will answer:
"You were right, the half was not told
me!" Ho this morning I open your dark
saying of despondency and complaint on
mT gospel harp and give you just one tsar
of music, for I do not p'"tend to t much
of a plaver. "lb Umli which is In th
midst of th throne shall lead them to liv
ing fountains of water, and God shall
wlp away all tears front their ."
But I must confeis I am a I.ttle prpli!
how tome of you good Christ ans are go
ing to get through the gate, leM-aue ther
will be so many there fo greet yoa and
they will all want to shake hands with
you at one and will all wantth Brsl kiss.
Amid th tussle and rump of reunion 1
tell you whose hand of welcome you had
better first clasp and whose cheek is en
titled to th first kiss. It is the band of
Him without whom vou would never hav
got there at all, the Lrd Jesus, th dar
ling of the skies, as He cries out. "I hav
lovd thee with an everlasting love and
th fires could not burn It and th floods
could not drown It." Then yij. my dear
people, having no more us for my x""
harp on which I used to upn jour dark
sayings and shis chords som-tlmes snap
ped.dcspoillngthesvniphony, you will take
down your own hart front th willow
that grow by th eternal water "oore
and play together those ceiil airs,
some of the names of which r tiMlld.
The King in His fWauty." 'The Land Thst
Was Far Off" -Jerusalem, tb Golden."
Hrni Aga n." The Gran I March of
God." Th Ltf Kterlasilns " And a
the Ust iiark curtain of roys'rry is forever
lifted it will be as tboi a.l tbe oratorios
that were ever heard had len rolled ltiV
one. and -Israel In Kgypt," and "J'j.Jjths's
Isnght" and VeethoTn' "Overtar in
C" an I Hitter's f!rt sonata In I) minor
and the "Creation" sod th "Mes.Uk" bad
I en Mown from the lips of on trumpet
or been Invoked by th sweep of oa b7W
cT hsd drop;"! frtss the vitraUag choc Is
of oa harp.
Hat here I mast slow ap Jest Is trying te
solve mysteries I add to the tnvstery that
we hav already wondered at. aaraely:
Why the preachers sbcretd keep oa after
all the hearer are tlrs Ho I gather sp
Inte on great armful all the why, savl
hows, and wherefores of yc-or life aed
tin which w hav not had tins er th
ability to answer, and writ oei tWsa th
words, 1dj'md to eternity. " I rejoiew
thst w do not a'Jersfnd ail th tigs new,
for If w dil wbat weald w
learn In Hesvm If we kaw it
at; dTwn here la the frhisan ssvd
enphatanre class, whst tnVl b fa
as of o3T go4g ap tn stand awi the
jsators aad eJors? If wecoatd tsstdows
one eg of tbe rvespaa aad with the o-tke
weep a circle cier armad ail th
cmUt't, If w enqtd UtX esrlitll Stew?-
yards aad weigh the tares ef th nmip
oteot. If w cvoti w,t tear trrt 4y
oock mrm eternity, what wesstd 1st
left for heavenly jssltoe. Jy I sew
hut t efcewfillr svifewr what Is
j taryoiad nwr
irnrdiag to 1
' dr ike Grs
eassiwTshsssvsv. suvd a a
RbJlia. th i. VUa, AUtsa-
Ar ih Great, haviag t4Xai the srotl
rasket ia whxh Dsrras had yt hi rare
r.rf ,.. .d taat aUc casket her.
Sftsr tn kt his favorite mey
ia. sad calld taw lor., tfesrwfor.
"dutlaecs tawce. at sight ae
pt th casket aad his rsrord asvtsw has
etUsew. as I ym the slay lata the srf i
rasket ef yestr rlchssst
A lazy genius in MaryUstd ha In
eaul an automatic Bthin,? !o!i
which, by the aid of stout spiral
springs ynnka out the unwary deni
zens of th. stream whlli tho fisher-
man smoke and reads In ponce
It wa from a quart or two of rlv j
from Mnd.iffnsc.tr. which. tirt planted
on a marsh on, East Bay. Charleston.
S. C. h.u since grown Into ono of the
chief products of tho Jvxith alonff tho
tlulf State and added to much to ths
food of the world.
The yield of corn In the Tnlted
State for 1 wu '.Msl.(Xs;) 000 bush
el, or 32 bushels per head for every
man. womaa and child In th country.
One hundred yeir aco the United
States did not more than barely supply
hor own demand for food; now tho
dominate the market of the world.
"When a man die suddenly, with
out havlnff been attended by a doctor.'
ay a jtopular guide to the law. the
coroner ha to be called In and an In
quest held to ascertain the cause of
death. But," add the writer, when
he die after having been attended by
a doctor. everU.Iy know why he
died and an Inquest it not necry.
Walk I tic stick are now being made
that are useful aa well a ornamental.
From onea silk umbrella can ho drawn
and screwed to the cane; another ha
a receptacle for nickel and cent, and
is convenient for thoe who ride on
stres'tcar and other city car and enw
ferries, another contain a measure for
the height of horse, and lias a eplrit
leel attachment; and still another ha
a gHd little watch set In th" crystal
There wn a poplar tree at Clyde
Station. IIawHKl County. N. i. o
large that It made plank enough to
build a church fifty feet lotiff and thirty
eight feet wide, twelvo feet high, and
supplied wcathcrboardlng. celling nnd
flooring From the same tree a fence
wa built on three-quarters of an acre
around the church, and there wer
three loc left over. The remaining
three log are enough to build another
church of the sunn dimension ae
- There l a deed on record In thn
Clerk's office nt (!alncllle. tin., which
convey to the purchaser all tlte land
south of tho grantor's door Th
grantor or maker llel near Clarke's
t'reek t'hurvh, and the detsl eoer all
I the nurfnco of tho rarth south of that
Jlnt. If the heir of the purchaser
t 1 1 I & t iS
tU,d hoW f conveys!, th
' KolliM-hlMs, atulerbllt and Ooulda
I would U? the veriest beggar compared
A distinguished forolner catae to
America alxnit thirty year ago nnd
merely announced hi Intention to r
oomo an American citlirn. Returning
to KuroN, lu was arrostod at a Medit
erranean seaport. Imprisoned, and his
life endangered. A Yankc skipper
hltig tn harbor thero restored that
j prospeelhe American eitlen to liberty
by training his gun on the rlty and
demanding the Instant ndrae of
Ko-.Ua. I'ho American twgre votd
the thnnU of the republic to the Yiaa
ke aklpir - Washington m.v
A big leopard on exhibition In
llo.tou acted queerly lor enteral days,
tiriil. as it veined to Ihi lu great ain,
nn examination was made, which re.
caled a good'slxnd piece of wimm
wedged lietwfsnn two of the animal's
teeth. 'Hie sliver" penetrated th
gum, nnd Boston's dog eiecullonr
was called Into nrvleo to remove) It.
He laeeiMMl the Itoast. and after qultn
an effort tuccwdd, by tho aid of a
pair of forep. in removing the winxl
The leopard nm Improved, ami at last
account was as well asr ever
AN EXCELLENT MAXIM.
Mas s Ties nr a very Thlas. as4 tsst
tsevf TMwa la tie Ttswsv
'T er thing ther l e& v u
to ererr pqrprrae nailer live keesee
Nevrr was saying lrur than this;
nover one of mors? universal applica
tion, never one th disregard of which
would cans more dire csafuaoa. "A
tlrno for rrry thing and ivry thing la
it time." should be th companion
rnaslm to "a place for -mry thing ami
every thing la It plars." and If It
were made or i of th ruin fur living
how much taori could be accomplished
in a etahed period than If dutle we cm
Performed and various pursuits !.
urabltf or rtherwe. followed without
regard to th- fact that there, Is "a tln
to every purpose under tbe heaven,"
Such, however. U th p-rvrslly of
human natur". that we am perpetually
taken -seeslon of by a demon of
longing to do a certain teak or nuj
certain ptvmr la the tlm that we
arc TevlUve). hwyond djM. should hss
eevotfal to mom- rthr pune. Who
ha not hewn the, victim of this strong
dlre to do at a rwrtain time 'that
which h ought Htil to do. and to tav
undoes that which h ought to do? It
ems Uvt. rtseUase. that the mom
inslgniScant th duty of th tawm-at
the stronger th aversion to doing it
Just then. th mim powerful the? temp
tation ui pnt It off until o &
time W- hav Wt grWesJ hsrond
ra-ursj at the? thought of pottlag two
or threes r,rdd tack la a carpsH. !
have actoall pertalttswj ajrvesi to
defer doing it not owl Wnek but
months. We fasoy ttUsi lifted la
horror at this frank rvrtsfeswU. b-.t to
tho Who lift thea W0 WOSjU2 je jm
him that It without !a cat ll Sret
mnrnC ssvjfc r tt. Utu. wis wrwild urg"
to girt t hacks threes tissue dally that
thej arj sj. a tAhr ava ara.
Christian at Work.
Hew the Area Make Tea.
Th- aieifws tA tJh tei, piarisf a
large, kettle oa thw rm. wJp-4 nr
foil- with a hunm'm tail. 5Ud h m
water, aad tfcrv-w a rm trmnm !-a
aad a liuhs !. Wjs tfcS su nr
lie- point of hoillar h , th tr
aWit with a We lJIj -sUJ tJMt vrjtx
rtt very brwws. sat) O-a It ,
pwrd oa lato sawthtr . Ceeaa.
isg the ktJ a hworw, Ifc wo-aa art
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aga-a. ae aft liasw f, sis U-w
atesre wsnre ae4Vss tea
taw tern teafhtst lata Ussv afcis
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