The McCook tribune. (McCook, Neb.) 1886-1936, April 02, 1897, Image 3

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Hfi CHAPTER IV ( Contimued. )
HK "Now , Richard , think very carefully ,
yifl Y speak of the missing finger joint.
At l We doctors know how many people
BmVJK persuade themselves Into all sorts of
fcJF tilings. Tell me , did you notice the
H jjEf likeness before you saw the mutilated
Hk § finger , or did the fact of the finger's
B/JA. being mutilated bring the likeness to
H p .your mind. "
bv \ "Bless the man , " I said. "One would
HyTr. , think I had no eyes. I tell you there
Hftf { Is no doubt about this man being the
PqH i original of the photo. "
E Vl ' "Never mind answer my question. "
Hk Jv "Well , then , I am ashamed to con-
B v " tfess it , but I put the photo in my
B A .pocket , and forgot ah about it until I
ijT had recognized the man , and pulled out
fti * 'the likeness to make sure. I didn't
Hft " \ -even know there was a printed descrip-
H V lion at the foot , nor that any member
H f ) j -was wanting. Contound it , Brand !
BlJk I'm not such a duffer as you think. "
WwB V Brand did not retaliate. He turned
\M to his friend and said gravely , "To mew
w * , the matter is inexplicable. Take your
H tti ) own course , as I promised you should. "
E. 'Yr 1 ' 'Then he sat down , looking dcliciously
Hkju' crestfallen , and wearing the discon-
Eff\ tented expression always natural to
K b him when worsted in argument.
Hr * * • 'Ip It was now Carriston's turn. He
V ' " \ . PHed me with many questions. In
K " % " " ' fact > * save him the whole history of
gjm my adventure. "What kind of house is
i ? ) it ? " he asked.
KK | ' "Better than a cottage scarcely a
HfPX farm-house. A place , I should think ,
Htj J& with a few miserable acres of bad land
| T\ belonging to it. One of those wretched
HL little holdings which are simply curses
H to the country. "
Hl\ \ He made lots of other inquiries , the
K purport of which I could not then di-
K < vine. He seemed greatly impressed
V when I told him that the man had
K > > never for a moment left me alone.
H ? He shot a second glance of triumph at
Hft Brand , who still kept silent , and
v * * looked as if all the wind had been
| K taken out of his sails.
V "How far is the place ? " asked Car-
V9k riston. "Could you drive me there
LM after dark ? "
Hk At this question the doctor returned
K to life. "What do you mean to do ? "
Hj ! he asked his friend. "Let us have no
V Kv nonsense. Even now I feel sure that
BjQl Fenton is misled by some chance re-
H K semblance "
Bl $ "Deuce a hit. old chap , " I said.
K * * * "Well , whether or not , Ave needn't
H do foolish things. We must go and
Hf' ' swear information and get a search
Ht warrant , and the assistance of the po-
| H lice. The truth is , Richard , " he con-
HK tinned , turning to me , "we have rea-
Kv son to believe , or I should say Carris-
Ww\ ton persists in fancying that a friend
Brabr of his has for some time been kept in
Rf' durance by the man whom you say you
Hg I recognized. "
k ! > ) "Likely enough , " I said. "He looked
\ villain enough for anything up to niur-
B | * er. "
HK "Anyway , " said Brand , "we must do
S ) everything according to lav. . "
H [ "Law ! I want no law , " answered
Bl Carriston. "I have found her as J
Bf > knew I should find her. I shall simply
H& . fetch her , and at once. You can come
n > with me or stay here , as you like , doc-
Hk tor , but I am afraid I must trouble your
fjjl friend to drive me somewhere near the
yB7 place he speaks of. "
Kr Foreseeing an adventure and great
H\ fun moreover , not unmoved by
Vfr thoughts of revenge I placed myself
B&V entirely at Carriston's disposal. He
H&f expressed his gratitude and suggested
HP' that we should start at once. In a few
| B minutes we were ready and mounted
ft. the dog cart. Brand , after grumbling
HXjf loudly at the whole proceeding , finished
HS up by following us , and installing hini-
M self in the back seat. Carriston placed
H . a parcel he carried inside the cart , and
Hj away Ave went.
Rf It was now nearly dark , and raining
Hp very heavily. I had my lamps light-
HLt ed , so we got along without much dif-
fBfJt ficulty. The roads were deep with
| j9f $ mud ; but by this time the snow had
Hwk been pretty nearly washed away from
Kk everywhere. I don't make a mistake in
Ep-x a road twice , so in due course we
[ .ITl reached the scene of my upset. Here
Hrf / * I drew up.
Bj [ "The house lies about five hundred
kf 3-ards up the lane , " I told Carriston ;
H "we had better get out here. "
K "What about the horse ? " asked
mY Brand.
fiftft "No chance o * any one passing this
RXL way on such a aight as this , so let us
2 | put out the lamps and tie him up
BW& somewhere. "
M\ We did so , then struggled on afoot
QLl - atil we saw the gleam of light which
| Ek ( - * ad been so Avelcome to me two nights
MMtf' \ before.
B , V It was about as dark as pitch ; but ,
Hj. / guided by the light , we went on until
H ' we stood in front of the house , where
F a tuff bank and a dry hedge hid us
B from sight , although on such a night
II we had little fear of our presence being
Lr -discovered.
V "What do you mean to do now ? "
K -asked Brand , in a discontented whis-
V , per. "Yon can 't break into the house. "
H - Carriston. said nothing for a minute ,
If then I felt him place his hand on ray
igf t shoulder.
Ivvi "Are there any horses , any cows
HL \ J- mahout the place ? " he asked.
HX ' I told him I thought that my surly
H ' i -friend rejoiced In the possession of a
H horse and cow.
I "Very well. Then we must wait.
I He'll come out to see them before he
I eoes io bed , " .said Carriston , as de-
i ? *
M I.I. W . , W..ii.
< sgwy > W > MrT
cidedly as a general giving orders just
before a 'battle.
I could not see how Brand expressed
hl6 feelings upon hearing this order
from our commander I know I
shrugged my shoulders , and , if I said
nothing , I thought a deal. The present
situation was all very well for a strong
ly interested party like Carriston , but
he could scarcely expect others to rel
ish the prospect of waiting , It might be
for hours , under that comfortless
hedge. Wo were all wet to the skin ,
and , although I was extremely anxious
to see the end of the expedition , and
find poetical justice meted out to my
late host , Carriston's Fabian tactics
lacked the excitement I longed for.
Brand , in spite of his disapproval of
the whole course of action , was better
off than I was. As a doctor , he must
have felt sure that , provided he could
survive the exposure , he would secure
two fresh patients. However , we made
no protest , but waited for events to de
velop themselves.
: - . . . v-
JJ7 ff ORE than half ant
wia\1 * iour went ° y- i
( feilwSvy//\l\ / \ \ was growing
JWyinCg / jll numbed and tired ,
/fflG J&TK va } and beginning to
* j & S / think thai we were
/f ) making asses of
I / % jy
fr r © . U ourselves , when I
\ kji\rp \ % heard the rattle of
% /yijy a chain , and felt
N S p' Carriston give my
arm a warning
touch. No doubt my late host had
made sure that his new door fastenings
were equal to a stronger test than that
to which I had subjected the former
ones , so we were wise in not attempt
ing to carry his castle by force.
The door opened and closed again. I
saw the feeble glimmer of a lantern
moving toward the outhouse in which
my horse had been stabled. I heard a
slight rustling in the hedge , and ,
stretching out my arm , found that Car
riston had left my side. In the ab
sence of any command from him I did
not follow , but resumed the old occu
pation waiting.
In a few minutes the light of the lan
tern reappeared ; the bearer stood on
the threshold ofvthe house , while I won
dered what Carriston was doing. Just
as the door was opened for the boor's
readmittance , a dark figure - sprang
upon him. I heard a fierce oath and
cry of surprise ; then the lantern flew
out of the man's hand , and he and his
assailant tumbled struggling through
the narrow doorway.
"Hurrah ! the door-is won , anyway ! "
I shouted as , followed closely by the
doctor , I jumped over the hedge and
rushed to the scene of the fray.
Although Carriston's well conceived
attack was so vigorous and unexpected
that the man went down under it ; al
though our leader utilized the advan
tage he had gained in a proper and
laudable manner , by bumping that
thick bullet head as violently as he
could against the flags on which it lay ,
I doubt if , after all , he could have done
his work alone. The countryman was
a muscular brute and Carriston but a
stripling. However , our arrival speed
ily settled the question.
"Bind him ! " panted Carriston ; "there
is cord in my pocket. " He appeared
to have come quite prepared for con
tingencies. While Carriston still em
braced his prostrate foe , and Brand , to
facilitate matters , knelt on his shoul
der , sat on his head , or did something
else useful , I drew out from the first
pocket I tried a nice length of half inch
line , and had the immense satisfaction
of trussing up my scowling friend in
a most workmanlike manner. He must
have felt these turns on his wrist for
days afterward. Yet when we were
at last at liberty to rise and leave him
lying helpless on his kitchen floor , I
considered I exercised great self-de
nial in not bestowing a few kicks upon
him , as he swore at us in His broadest
vernacular in a way which under the
circumstances , was no doubt a comfort
to him.
We scarcely noticed the man's wife
while we rendered her husband help
less. As we entered she attempted to
fly out , but Brand , with the prompti
tude which , Lam glad to record , inter
cepted her , closed the door , turned and
pocketed the key. After that the
woman sat on the floor and rocked her
self to and fro.
For some moments , while recovering
his breath , Carriston stood and posi
tively glared at his prostrate foe. At
last he found words.
"Where is she ? Where is the key ,
you hound ? " he thundered out , stoop
ing over the fellow and shaking him
with a violence which did my heart
good. As he received no answer save
the un recordable expressions above
mentioned , we unbuttoned the wretch's
pockets and searched those greasy re
ceptacles. Among * the usual litter we
did certainly find a key. Carriston
snatched at it , and shouting "Made
line ! Madeline ! I come , " rushed out
of the room like a maniac ; leaving
Brand and me to keep guard over our
I filled a pipe , lit it , and then came
back to my fallen foe.
"I say , old chap , " I said , stirring
him gently with the toe of my boot ,
"this will be a lesson to you. Remem
ber , I told you that civilitj- costs noth
ing. If you had given me Christian
bed accommodation instead of making
me wear out my poor bones on that
infernal chair , you could have jogged
along in your rascality comfortably ,
bo far as I am concerned. "
He was very ungrateful so much
so that my desire to kick him was in
tensified. I should not like to Bwear
I did not to a slight degree yield to
the temptation.
"Push a handkerchief in his mouth , "
cried Brand suddenly. "A lady Is com
ing. "
With right good will I did as the
doctor suggested.
Just then Carriston returned. I don't
want to raise home tempests , yet I
must say he was accompanied by the
most beautiful creature my eyes have
ever lighted upon. True , she was pale
as a lily looked thin and delicate ,
and her face bore traces of anxiety and
suffering but for all that she was
beautiful too beautiful for this world ,
I thought , as I looked at her. She was
clinging in a half-frightened , half-con
fiding way to Carriston , and he happy
fellow ! regardless of our presence ,
was showering down kisses on her
sweet pale face. Confound it ! I grow
quite romantic as I recall the sight of
those lovers.
A most curious young man , that Car
riston. He came to us , the lovely girl
on his arm , without showing a trace
of his recent excitement.
"Let us-go now , " he-said , as calmly
as If he had been taking a quiet even
ing drive. Then he turned to me.
"Do you think , Mr. Fenton , you
could without much trouble get the
dog cart up to the house ? "
I said I would try to do so.
"But what about these people ? "
asked Brand.
Carriston gave them a contemptu
ous glance.
"Leave them alone , " he said ; "they
are but the tools of another him I
cannot touch. Let us go. "
"Yes , yes. But why not verify our
suspicions while we can ? "
Just like Brand ! He's always want
ing to verify everything.
In searching for the key we had
found some papers on our prisoner.
Brand examined them , and handed
to Carriston an envelope which con
tained what appeared like banknotes.
Carriston glanced at it. "The hand
writing is , of course , disguised , " he
said carelessly , "but the postmark
shows whence it came. It is as I al
ways told you. You agree with me
now ? "
"I am afraid I must , " said Brand ,
humbly. "But we must do something
about this man , " he continued.
Hereupon Carriston turned to our
t prisoner. "Listen , you villain , " he
said. "I will let you go scot-free if
you breathe no word of this to your
employer for the next fortnight. If
he learns from you what has happened
before that time , I sweai * you shall
go to penal servitude. Which do you
choose ? "
I pulled out the gag , and it is need
less to say which the fellow chose.
Then I went off and recovered the
horse and cart. I relighted the lamps ,
and with some difficulty got the dog
cart up to the house. Carriston must
have exactly anticipated the events of
the night. The parcel he had brought
with him contained a bonnet and a
thick warm cloak. His beautiful
friend was equipped with these ; then ,
leaving the woman of the house to un
tie her husband at her leisure and
pleasure , away we started , the doctor
sitting by me , Carriston and the lady
We just managed to catch the
last train from C . Not feeling
sure as to what form inquiries might
take tomorrow , I thought it better to go
up to town with my friends , so , as we
passed through Midcombe , I stopped ,
paid my bill , and gave instructions for
my luggage to be forwarded to me.
By six o'clock the next morning we
were all in London.
Turning ; Diamonds Into Graphite.
Elementary chemistry teaches us
that , as far as the nature of the sub
stance composing them is concerned ,
there is almost no difference between a
brilliant white diamond and the black
graphite forming the core of a lead-
pencil. Both are simply forms of car
bon , and if we could readily turn one
into the other , the diamond would cease
to rank as the king of gems. In fact ,
very minute diamonds have recently
been made in this way by Monsieur
Moissan , the French chemist. Graphite
can be dissolved in molten iron , and
when the iron cools the graphite
crystallizes. By performing this
operation in a particular man
ner , which has heretofore been
described in this column , Monsieur
Moissan gets microscopic crystals , not
of graphite , but of diamond. Curiously
enough , now that we know how
graphite can be turned into diamond ,
it has also been discovered that diamond
mend can be changed into graphite.
This is effected by placing a diamond
in an exhausted Crookes tube. In such
a tube it is believed that invisible
molecules of matter are continually
darting about , and these molecules pro
duce a ceaseless bombardment on the
surface of the diamond. After a time
the effect becomes visible in a black
stain , or crust , covering the diamond.
On examination this is found to be
composed of graphite.
Staying Powers.
Gentleman "Has your horse good
staying powers , cabby ? " Cabby on
rank ( with grim humor ) "Stayin' pow
ers ? Well , I should say so , guv'nor.
'E ain't moved from this blessed spot
for five hours. " Fun.
"Wilkes is a most absurd somnambu
list. " "WThat's he done now ? " "He's
just come back from a yachting holiday ,
and last night he sat down in a bath
and baled it out until it flooded the i
whole floor. " Tit-Bits. j
From the Text : "I Am Debtor Uoth to
the Greeks and to the Itarlmrlaus"
Kotnans 1:1-1 Thermopylae ami liuulf-
cr Hill.
% - n T this time , when
) Ofmjl tnat behemoth of
rr i ' JRH | I abominations , M o-
CJKy Sr ? nammea"ansm a * *
jj BmOs ter having gorged
/L ( < < mHh sD Itself on the carK -
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/J7 / 0pw ) ) thousand Armen-
/ ! & / 4fO lans' Js trylnS t0
MaI put its paws upon
wone of the fairest
of all nations , that
of the Greeks , I preach , this sermon
of sympathy and protest , for every in
telligent person on this side of the sea ,
as well as the other side , like Paul , who
wrote the text , is debtor to the Greeks.
The present crisis is emphasized by
the guns of the allied powers of Eu
rope , ready to be unlimbered against
the Hellenes , and I am asked to speak
out. Paul , with a master intellect of the
ages , sat in "brilliant Corinth , the great
Acro-Corinthus fortress frowning from
the height of.sixteen hundred and eigh
ty-six feet , and in the house of Gaius ,
where he was a guest , a big pile of
money near him , which he was taking
to Jerusalem for the poor. In this let
ter to the Romans , which Chrysostom
admired so much that he had it read
to him twice a week , Paul practically
says : "I , the Apostle , am bankrupt. I
owe what I cannot pay , but I will pay
as large a percentage as I can. It is
an obligation for what Greek literature
and Greek sculpture and Greek archi
tecture and Greek prowess have done
for me. I will pay all I can in install
ments of evangelism. I am insolvent
to the Greeks. " Hellas , as the inhabi
tants call it , or Greece , as we call it.
is insignificant in size , about a third
as large as the state of New York , but
what it lacks in breadth is makes up
In height , with its mountains Cylene ,
and Eta , and Taygetus , and Tymphres-
tus , each over seven .thousand feet in
elevation , and its Parnassus , over eight
thousand. Just the country for mighty
men to be born in , for in all lands the
most of the intellectual and moral
giants were not born on the plain , but
had for cradle the valley between two
mountains. That country , no part of
which is more than forty miles from
the sea , has made its impress upon the
world , as no other nation , and it today
holds a first mortgage of obligation
upon all civilized people. While we
must leave to statesmanship and di
plomacy the settlement of the intri
cate questions which now involve all
Europe , and indirectly all nations , it
is time for all churches , all schools , all
universities , all arts , all literature to
sound out in the most emphatic way
the declaration , "I am debtor to the
Greeks. "
In the first place , we owe to their
language our New Testament. All of
it was first written in Greek , except the.
Book of Matthew , and that , written in
the Aramean language , was soon put
into Greek by our Savior's brother ,
James. To the Greek language we owe
the best sermon ever preached , the
best letters ever wri'ton the best vis
ions ever kindled. All the parables in
Greek. All the miracles in Greek. The
sermon on the mount in Greek. The
story of Bethlehem and Golgotha and
Olivet and Jordan banks and Galilean
beaches and Pauline embarkation and
Pentecostal tongues and seven trumpets
that sounded over Patmos , have come
to the world in liquid , symmetric , pic
turesque , philosophic , unrivaled Greek ,
instead of the gibberish language in
Vv'hich many of the nations of the earth
at that time jabbered. Who can forget
it and who can exaggerate its thrilling
importance , that Christ and heaven
were introduced to us in the language
of the Greeks ? the language in which
Homer had sung and Sophocles drama
tized and Pluto dialogued and' Socrates
discoursed and Lycurgus legislated and
Demosthenes thundered his oration on
"The Crown ? " Everlasting thanks to
God that the waters of life were not
handed to the world in the unwashed
cup of corrupt languages from which
nations had been drinking , but in the
clean , bright , golden lipped , emerald-
handled chalice of the Hellenes.
Learned Curtius wrote a whole volume
about the Greek verb. Philologists
century after century have been meas
uring the symmetry of that language ,
laden with elegy and philippic , drama
and corned- , Odyssey and Iliad ; but
the grandest thing that Greek language
ever accomplished was to give to the
world the benediction , the comfort , the
irraditation , the salvation of the Gos
pel of the Son of God. For that we are
debtors to the Greeks.
And while speaking of our philologi
cal obligation , let me call your atten
tion to the fact that many of the in
tellectual and moral and theological
leaders of the ages got much of their
discipline and effectiveness from Greek
literature. It is popular to scoff at the
dead languages , but 50 per cent of the
world's intellectuality would have been
taken off if , through learned institu
tions our young men had not. under
competent professors , been drilled in
Greek masterpieces. Hesiod's "Weeks
and Days. " or the eulogium by Simon-
ides of the slain in war , or Pindar's
"Odes of Victory , " or "The Recollec
tions of Socrates , " or "The Art of
Words , " by Corax , or Xenophon's Ana
From the Greeks the world learned
how to make history. Had there been
no Herodotus and Thucydides , there
would have been no Macaulay or Ban
croft. Had there been no Sophocles in
tragedy , there would have been no
Shakespeare. Had there been no Ho-
tner , there would hnvc been no Sfllton.
The modern wits , who are now or have
been out on the divine mission of mak
ing the world laugh at the right time ,
can be traced back to Aristophanes , the
Athenian , and many of the Jocosities
that are now taken as now hail their
suggestions twonty-threo hundred years
ago in the fifty-four comedies of that
master of merriment. Grecian mytho
logy'has been the richest mine from
which orators and essayists have drawn
their illustrations and painters the
themes for their canvas , and although
now an exhausted mine , Grecian mythology
elegy has done a work that nothing
else could have accomplished ; Boreas ,
representing the north wind ; Sisyphus ,
rolling the stone " up the hill , . only to
have the same thing to do over again ;
Tantalus , with fruits above him that
he could not reach ; Achilles , with his
arrows ; Icarus , with his waxen wing3 ,
flying too near the sun ; the Centaurs ,
half man and half beast ; Orpheus , with
his lyre ; Atlas , with the world on his
back , all these and more have helped
literature , from the graduate's speech
on commencement day to Rufus
Choate's eulogium on Daniel WcbBter
at Dartmouth. Tragedy and comedy
were born in the festivals of Dionysius
at Athens. The lyric and eleglac and
epic poetry of Greece five hundred
years before Christ has Its echoes in
the Tennysons , Longfellows and Bry
ants of eighteen and nineteen hun
dred years after Christ. There is not an
effective pulpit or editorial chair or
professor's room or cultured parlor or
intelligent farmhouae today in America
or Europe that could not appropriately
employ Paul's ejaculation and say , "I
am debtor to the Greeks. "
The fact Is this , Paul had got much of
his oratorical p * ewer of expression from
the Greeks. That he had studied their
literature was evident , when standing
in the presence of an audience of Greek
scholars on Mars' Hill , which overlooks
Athens , he dared to quote from one of
their own Greek poets.either Cleanthus
or Aratus , declaring , "As certain also
of your own poets have said , 'for we
are also his offspring. ' " And he made
accurate quotation , Cleanthus , one of
the poets , having written :
"For we thine offspring are. All
things that creep
Are but the echo of the voice divine. "
And Aratus , one of their own poets ,
had written :
"Doth care perplex ? Is lowering dan
ger nigh ?
We are his offspring , and to Jove we
fly. "
It was rather a risky thing for Paul
to attempt to quote extemporaneously
from a poem in a language foreign to
his , and before Greek scholars , but
Paul did it without stammering , and
then acknowledged before the most dis
tinguished audience on the planet his
indebtedness to the Greeks , crying out
in his oration , "As one of your own
poets has said. "
Furthermore , all the world is obli
gated to Hellas more than * it can ever
pay for its heroics in the cause of lib
erty and right. United Europe today
had not better think that the Greeks
will not fight. There may be fallings
back and vacillations and temporary
defeat , but if Greece is right all Eu
rope cannot put her down. The other
nations , before they open the port-holes
of their men-of-war against that small
kingdom had better read of the battle
of Marathon , where ten thousand Ath
enians , led on by Miltiades , triumphed
over one hundred thousand of their
enemies. At that time in Greek council
of war five generals were for beginning
the battle and five were against it ,
Callimachus presided at the council of
war and had the deciding vote , and
Miltiades addressed him. saying :
"It now rests with you , Callimachus ,
either to enslave Athens , or by insuring
her freedom , to win yourself an immor-
of Marathon , where ten thousand Athe
nians , led on by Miltiades , triumphed
danger as they are at this moment. If
they bow the knee to these Medes , they
are to be given up to Hippias , and you
know what they will then have to suf
fer ; but if Athens comes victorious out
of this contest , she has it in her power
to become the first city of Greece. Your
vote is to decide whether we are to
join battle or not. If we do not bring
on a battle presently , some factious in
trigue will disunite the Athenians and
the city will be betrayed to the Medes.
but if we fight before there is anything
rotten in the state of Athens. I believe
that , provided the gods will give fair
field and no favor , we are able'to get
the best of it in the engagement. "
That won the vote or Callimachns ,
and soon the battle opened , and in full
run the men of Miltiades fell upon the
Persian hosts , shouting. "On ! Sons of
Greece ! Strike for the freedom of j-our
country ! Strike for the freedom of
your children and your wives , for the
shrines of your father's gods , and for
the sepulchres of your sires ! All. all
are now staked on the strife. " While
only one hundred and ninety-two
Greeks fell , six thousand four hundred
Persians lay dead upon the field , and
many of the Asiatic hosts who took to
the Avaressels in the harbor were con
sumed in the shipping. Persian oppres
sion was rebuked , Grecian liberty Avas
achieved , the cause of civilization was
adA-anced. and the western world and
all nations have felt the heroics. Hail
there been no Miltiades , there might
have been no Washington.
Also at Thermopylae , three hundred
Greeks , along a road only wide enough
for a wheel track between a mountain
and a marsh , died rather than surrend
er. Had there been no Thermopylae ,
there might have been no Bunker Hill.
The echo of Athenian and Spartan he
roics was heard at the gates of Luck-
now , and Sebastopol , and Bannock-
burn , and Lexington , and Gettysburg.
English Magna Charta , and Declare-
Hon of American Independence , and if A
the song of Robert Burns , entitled , "A | | ll
Man's a Man for a * That , " Avoro enl ; 3 jjl
the long-continued rovcrbcration oi .JI , jjI
what was said and done twenty ccn M SI
turles before In that llttlo kingdom 9 § |
that the powers of Europe nre now lm- M II
posing upon. Greece having again and | II
again shown that ten men In the right m kil
are stronger than a hundred men in m I
the Avrong , the heroics of Leonldas and * J I
Arlstidcs and Themistocles will not fl I
cease their mission until the last man ! _ - I
on earth is as frco as God made him. < ? ! I
There Is not on either side of the Atlantic - I
lantic today a republic that cannot I
truthfully employ the words of the text " I
and say. "I am debtor to the Greeks. " I
But there is a better way to pay I
them , and that Is by their personal I
salvation , which will never come to ,
them through books or through learned
presentation , because in literature and
intellectual realms they are masters. H
" *
They can out-argue , out-quote , out- *
dog < natize you. Not through the gate
of the head , but through the gate of the
heart , you may capture them. Whoa
men of learning and might are brought ' H
to God they are brought by H
simples story of what religion can ,
do for a soul. They have lost children. I ' H
Oh , tell them how Christ comforted % H
you when you lost your bright boy or H
blue-eyed girl. They have found Hfo - H
a struggle. Oh , tell them how Christ H
has helped you all the way through. H
They are in bewilderment. Oh , tell H
them with how many hands of joy H
heaven beckons you upward. "When M
Greek meets Greek , then comes the M
tug of war , " but when a warm-hearted M
Christian meets a man who needs pardon - M
don and sympathy and comfort and M
eternal life , then comes victory. If you M
can , by some incident of self-sacrifice. M
bring to such scholarly men and worn- M
en what Christ has done for their eternal - H
nal rescue , you may bring them in. . H
Where Demosthenic eloquence and Homeric - H
meric imagery would fail , a kindly ' H
heart-throb may succeed. A gentleman H
of this city sends me the statement of H
what occurred a few days ago among H
the mines of British Columbia. It seems H
that Frank Conson and Jem Smith. H
were down in the narrow shaft of a H
mine. They had loaded an iron bucket H
with coal , and Jim Hcmsworth , standing - |
ing above ground , Avas hauling the < |
bucket up by windlass , when the windlass - < |
lass broke and the loaded bucket was i M
descending upon the two miners. Then . M
Jim Hemswortb , seeing what must bo M
certain death to the miners beneath , ( |
.threw himself against the cogs of the M
whirling windlass , and though his H
flesh Avas torn and his bones were H
broken , he stopped the whirling windlass - H
lass and arrested the descending bucket H
and saved the lives of the two miners H
beneath. The superintendent of the H
mine flew to the rescue and blocked the |
machinery. When Jim Hemsworth's H
bleeding and broken body was put on |
a litter and carried homeward , and |
some one exclaimed : "Jim , this is awful - |
ful ! " he replied : "Oh , Avhat's the dif- j H
ference so long as I saved the boys ! " |
What an illustration is was of suffering |
for others , and what a text from which |
to illustrate the behavior of our Christ. |
limping and lacerated and broken and |
torn and crushed in the work of stopping - |
ping the descending ruin that would H
have destroyed our souls ! Try such a | |
scene of vicarious suffering as this on |
that man capable of overthrowing all |
your arguments for the truth , and ha |
will sit down and weep. Draw your illustrations - , |
lustrations from the classics , and it is |
to him an old story , but Leyden jars |
and electric batteries and telescopes H
and Greek drama will all surrender to j H
the story of Jim Hemsworth's , "Oh , H
what's the difference so long as I saved . |
the boys ? " _ r M
Then if your illustration of Christ's |
self-sacrincedrawn from some scene of j H
today.and your story of what Christ lias H
done for 3-011 does not quite fetch him H
into the right way. just say to him , H
"Professor Doctor Judge ! Why was H
it that Paul declared he was a debtor | |
to the Greeks ? " Ask your learned |
friend to take his Greek Testament |
and translate for you. in his own way. 1
from Greek into English , the splendid HH
peroration of Paul's sermon on Mars |
Hill , under the power of which the HH
.scholarly Dionysius surrendered , namely - |
ly : "The times of this ignorance God |
winked at : but now commandeth all H
men everywhere to repent : because he |
hath appointed a day in the which he M
will judge the world in righteousness , |
by that man whom he hath ordained ; H
whereof he hath given assurance unto fl l
all men , in that he hath raised him 1
from the dead. " By the time he has |
got through the translation from the H
Greek I think you will see his lip tremble - H
ble and there will come a pallor on his H
face like the pallor on the sky at day- H
break. By the eternal salvation of H
that scholar , that great thinker , that H
splendid man , you will have dona H
something to help pay your indebtedness - H
ness to the Greeks. And now to God H
the Father. God the Son. and God the |
Holy Ghost , be honor and glory , and |
dominion and victor/ and song world H
without end. Amen. |
No Tito H
There never were two true religions. H
Every true Jew is at heart a Christian. H |
The word Christ is only another form |
of the Hebrew word Messiah. Both |
mean the anointed. All Hebrews who |
believe in the Messiah may be called 1
if I may make a word Messiahans , | |
which is just another word for Chris- |
tians. Judaism is the gray dawn of |
the morning ; Christianity , properly |
understood , is the sun at noonday. | |
Rev. R. S. MacArthur. |
The Labor Problem. M
There will be no relief from growing |
poverty and distress until millions now | |
shut away get back to the soil and become - |
come producers. The solution of the |
labor problem lies at the end of thi3 |
road. Rev. A. J. Wells. |