The McCook tribune. (McCook, Neb.) 1886-1936, July 09, 1897, Image 3

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HI - CHAPTER XIV , ( Coirrih'CED. )
HA " 'What a streak of luck for you , my
Hi' * oed brother , " ho observed , when the
HI -table was over. "If you had gone to
Hi Paris , you would have played dick-
Hi luck-drake with the whole consign-
Hfe .ment in three months. Your own
Hf would have followed ; and you would
? * > have come to me in a procession like
H $ the last time. But I give you warning
H\ Stasie may weep and Henri ratioci-
H \ nate it will not serve yod twice. Your
H J -next collapse will be fatal. I thought
H | " I had told you so , Stasie ? Hey ? No
l | .sense ? "
H-T The Doctor winced and looked fur-
H § , lively at Jean-Marie ; but the boy
mM seemed apathetic.
HI "And then again , " broke out Casi-
Hj I mir , "what children you are vicious
Wi ( children , my faith ! How could you tell
Hi | the value of this trash ? It might have
H . f been worth nothing , or next door. "
Hf \ "Pardon me , " said the Doctor. "You
HI ) have your usual flow of spirits , I per-
HJ ceive , but even less than your usual
A / -deliberation. I am not entirely igno -
H rant of these matters. "
a ? "Not entirely ignorant of anything
C -ever I heard of , " interrupted Casimir ,
m\ \ bowing , and raising his glass with a
h ' sort of pert politeness.
* . " " Doctor "I
"At least , resumed the ,
I r' .gave my mind to the subject that you
I .may be willing to believe and I esti-
B .mated that our capital would be dou-
1\ "bled. " And he described the nature of
rJ Tthe find.
I | , "My word of honor ! " said Casimir ,
I "I half believe you ! But much would
r > depen < i on the quality of the gold. "
M\ "The quality , my dear Casimir ,
B was " And the Doctor , in default
/ ' .of language , kissed his finger tips.
m I "I would not take your word for it ,
M J jny good friend , " retorted the man of
n i business. "You are a man of very rosy
| j. \ views. But this robbery , " he contin-
I ! 1 ued "this robbery is an odd thing.
If ± Of course I pass over your nonsense
| [ # • .about gangs and landscape-painters.
I % For me , that is a dream. Who was in
I .the house last night ? "
\ "None but ourselves , " replied the
jbt .Doctor.
M "And this young gentleman ? " asked
lL Casimir , jerking a nod in the direction
M .of Jean-Marie.
§ "He too ? " the Doctor bowed.
f "Well ; and , if it is a fair question ,
\ who is he ? " pursued the brother-in-
\ .law.
j& "Jean-Marie , " answered the Doctor ,
Mf " "combines the functions of a son and
% .stable-boy. He began as the latter , but
1 he rose rapidly to the more honorable
.rank in our affections. He is , I may
v -say , the greatest comfort in our lives. " '
"Ha ! " said Casimir. "And previous
\ -to becoming one of you ? "
\ "Jean-Marie has lived a remarkable
( .existence ; bis experience has been em
inently formative , " replied Desprez.
"If I bad to choose an education for my
.son , I should have chosen such another.
Beginning life with mountebanks and
thieves , passing onward to the society
.and friendship of philosophers , he may
be said to have skimmed the volume
• of human life. "
"Thieves ? " repeated the brother-in-
Jaw , with a meditative air.
The Doctor could have bitten his
tongue out. He foresaw what was coming - ,
ing , and prepared his mind for a vig
orous defense.
"Did you ever steal yourself ? " asked
IX Casimir , turning suddenly on Jean-
Marie , and for the first time employing
-a single eyeglass hich hung round his
"Yes , sir , " replied the boy , with a
-deep blusb.
jf * ASIMIR turned to
/ ? & the others with
| 7"7 / / ly pursed lips , and
' $ them
J [ /JfS / nodded to
faSblVS * / meaningly. "Hey ? "
\ 3 4 i "Jean-Marie is a
* * 8sP # teller of the truth , "
} § / II returned the Doc-
* } l rS * J tor , throwing out
, - his bust.
1 "He has never told a lie , " added ma-
I dame. "He is the best of boys. "
I * \ "Never told a lie , has he not ? " re-
I mfleeted Casimir. "Strange , very
I J | -strange. Give me your attention , my
\ young friend , " he continued. "You
I knew about this treasure ? "
3 "He helped to bring it home , " inter-
\ ' , jposed the Doctor.
* "Desprez , I ask you nothing- but to
hold your tongue , " returned Casimir.
* -"T-fnean to question this stable-boy of
1 yours ; and if you are so certain of his
innocence , you can afford to let him
+ t answer for himself. Now , sir , " he re-
. . 4 ' sumed , pointing his eyeglass straitJP'c
.at Jean-Marie , "you knew it could be
\ -stolen with impunity ? You knew you
' could not be prosecuted ? Come ! Did
you or did you -not ? "
i * , " 1 did , " answered Jean-Marie , in a
/ -miserable wbisper. He sat there
I -changing color like a revolving pharos ,
twisting his fingers hysterically , swal
/ lowing air , the picture of guilt.
"You knew where it was put ? " resumed -
% sumed the inquisitor.
* \ " " Jean-Marie.
g\ "Yes , from -
* * | . "You say you have been a thief be
ll m fore , " continued Casimir. "Now , how
m em I to know that you are not one
LJP still ? I suppose you could climb the
mmf green gate ? "
Wm "Yes. " still lower , from the culprit.
II -"Well , then , it was you who stole
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these things. You know it , and you
dare not deny it. Look me in the face !
Raise your sneak's eyes , and answer ! "
But in place of anything of that sort
Jean-Marie broke into a dismal howl
and fled from the arbor. Anastasie , as
she pursued to capture and reassure the
victim , found time to send one Par
thian arrow "Casimir , you are a
brute ! "
"My brother , " said Desprez , with the
greatest dignity , "you take upon your
self a license "
"Desprez , " interrupted Casimir , "for
Heaven's sake be a man-of the world.
You telegraph me to leave my business
and come down here on yours. I come ,
I ask the business , you say 'Find me
this thiefr Well , I find him ; I say
'There be Is ! ' You need not like it ,
but you have no manner of right to
take offense. "
"Well , " returned the Doctor , "I grant
that ; I will even thank you for your
mistaken zeal. But your hypothesis
was so extravagantly monstrous "
"Look here , " interrupted Casimir ;
"was it you or Stasie ? "
"Certainly not , " answered the Doc
"Very well ; then it was the boy. Say
no more about it , " said the brother-in-
law , and he produced his cigar-case.
"I will say this much more , " returned
Desprez ; "if that boy came and told me
so himself , I should not believe him ;
and if I did believe him , so implicit
is my trust , I should conclude that he
had acted for the best. "
"Well , well , " said Casimir , indul
gently. "Have you a light ? I must be
going. And by the way , I wish 3'ou
would let me sell your Turks for you.
I always told you , it meant smash. I
tell you so again. Indeed , it was partly
that that brought me down. You never
acknowledge my letters an unpardon
able habit. "
" " the Doctor
"My good brother , replied
tor blandly , "I have never denied your
ability in business ; but-I can perceive
your limitations. "
"Egad , my friend , I can return the
compliment , " observed the man of
business. "Your limitation is to be
downright irrational. "
"Observe the relative position , " re
turned the Doctor with a smile. "It
is your attitude to believe through
thick and thin in one man's judgment
your own. I follow the same opinion ,
but critically and with open eyes.
Which is the more irrational ? I leave
it to yourself. "
"Oh , my dear fellow ! " cried Casimir ,
"stick to your Turks , stick to your
stable-boy , go to the devil in general
in your own way and be done with it.
But don't ratiocinate with me I can
not bear it. And so , ta-ta. I might as
well have stayed away for any good
I've done. Say good-bye from me to
Stasie , and to the sullen hang-dog of
a stable-boy , if you insist on it ; I'm
off. "
And Casimir departed. The Doctor ,
that night , dissected his character be
fore Anastasie. "One thing , my beau
tiful , " he said , "he has learned one
thing from his lifelong acquaintance
with your husband : the word ratioci
nate. It shines in his vocabulary , like
a jewel in a muck-heap. And , even so ,
he continually misapplies it. For you
must have observed he uses it as a sort
of taunt , in the case of to ergotize , im
plying , as it were the poor , dear fel
low ! a vein of sophistry. As for his
cruelty to Jean-Marie , it must be for
given him it is not his nature , it is
the nature of his life. A man who deals
with money , my dear , is a man lost. "
With Jean-Marie the process of re
conciliation had been somewhat slow.
At first he was inconsolable , insisted
on leaving the family , went from par
oxysm to paroxysm of tears ; and it was
only after Anastasie had been closeted
for an hour with him , alone , that she
came forth , sought out the Doctor , and
with tears in her eyes , acquainted that
gentleman with what had passed.
"At first , my husband , he would hear
of nothing , " she said. "Imagine ! if he
hid left us ! what would the treasure
be to that ? Horrible treasure , it has
brought all this about ! At last , after
he has sobbed his very heart out , he
agrees to stay on a condition we are
r * . to mention this matter , this in
famous suspicion , not even to mention
the robbery. On that agreement only ,
the poor , cruel boy will consent to re
main among his friends. "
"But this inhibition , " said the Doc
tor , "this embargo it cannot possibly
a jply to me ? "
"To all of us , " Anastasie assured
"My cherished one , " Desprez protest
ed , "you must have misunderstood it.
It cannot apply to me. He would nat
urally come to me. "
"Henri , " she said , "it does ; I swear
to you it does. "
"This is a painful , a very painful cir-
cumstasce , " the Doctor said , looking a
little back. "I cannot affect , Anastasie ,
to be anything but justly wounded. I
feel this , I feel it , my wife , acutely. "
"I knew you would , " she said. "But
if you had seen his distress ! We must
make allowances , we must sacrifice our
feelings. "
"I trust , my dear , you have never
found me averse to sacrifices , " returned
the Doctor very stiffly.
"And you will let me go and tell him
that you have agreed ? It will be like
your noble -nature , " she cried.
So it would , he perceived it would
be like his noble nature ! Up jumped
his spirits , triumphant at the thought'
"Go , darling , " he said nobly , "reassure
him. The subject is burled ; more I
make an effort , I have accustomed my
will to these exertions and It is for
gotten. "
A little after , but still with swollen !
eyes and looking mortally sheepish , '
Jean-Marie reappeared and went os
tentatiously about his business. He
was the only unhappy member of the
party that sat down that night to sup
per. As for the Doctor , he was ra
diant. He thus sang the- requiem of
the treasure :
"This has been , on the whole , a most
amusing episode , " he said. "We arc
not a penny the worse nay , we are
immensely gainers. Our philosophy5 ,
has been exercised ; some of the turtle
is still left the most wholesome of del
icacies ; I have my staff , Anastasie has
her new dress , Lean-Marie is the proud
possessor of a fashionable kepi. Be-j
sides , we had a glass of Hermitage last ?
night ; the glow still suffuses my mem
ory. I was growing positively niggard
ly. Let me take the hint ; we had one
bottle to celebrate the appearance of-
our visionary fortune ; let us have a second
end to console us for its occupation.
The third I'hereby dedicate to Jean-
'Marie's wedding breakfast. "
i pi n HE Doctor's house
\ t/ 1 7 has not yet received
A \ \ tne compliment of
X\ \ //wj , / - a description , and
\ \ \ ' | * ] it is now high time
l\ W that the omission
L j rs = _ were supplied , fori
0P ; mx ; r tne house is itself
fe SllLx an actor in the sto-
-TJ" _ . ry , and one whose
part is nearly at an
end. Two stories in
height , walls of a warm yellow , tiles
of an ancient ruddy brown diversified
with moss and lichen , it stood with one
wall to the street in the angle of the
Doctor's property. It was roomy ,
draughty , and inconvenient. The large
rafters were here and there engraven
with rude marks and patterns ; the
handrail of the stairs was carved in
countrified arabesque ; a stout timber
pillar , which did duty to support the
dining-room roof , bore mysterious
characters on its darker side , runes ,
according to the Doctor ; nor did he fail ,
when he ran over the legendary histo
ry of the house and its possessors , to
dwell upon the Scandinavian scholar
who had left them. Floors , doors , and
rafters made a great variety of angles ;
every room had a particular inclina
tion ; the gable had tilted toward the
garden , after the manner of a leaning
tower , and one of the former proprie
tors had buttressed the building from
that side with a great strut of wood ,
like the derrick of a crane. Altogether ,
it had many marks of ruin ; it was a
house for the rats to desert ; and noth
ing but its excellent brightness the
window-glass polished and shining , the
paint well scoured , the brasses radiant ,
the very prop all wreathed about with ,
climbing flowers nothing but its air
of a well-tended , smiling veteran , sit
ting , crutch and all , in the sunny cor
ner of a garden , marked it as a house
for comfortable people to inhabit. In.
poor or idle management it would soon
have hurried into the blackguard
stages of decay. As it was , the whoie
family loved it , and the Doctor was
never better inspired than when he
narrated its imaginary story and drew-
the character of its successive masters , *
from the Hebrew merchant who had
re-edified its walls after the sack of ,
the town , and past the mysterious en
graver of the runes , down to the long
headed , dirty-handed boor from whom
he had himself acquired it at a ruinous - !
ous expense. As for any alarm about
its security , the idea had never present
ed itself. What had stood four centuries - '
ries might well endure a little longer.
The Yankee's Gay Method of Working
Off His Nervousness.
The right of a person to whistle , to
the paralysis of other persons' nerves ,
is becoming almost as burning a ques
tion as the right of persons to smoke
to the mental and bodily detriment of
others , says the Boston Transcrip. We
Americans are probably , next to our
own colored people in the southern
towns , whom we have educated in the
art. the most addicted to whistling. -
There are apparently two reasons for
this. One is that we are the most
nervous of people we ; have got to be
doing something , we can't go down 1
stolidly at our work like Europeans or
sit silent and contemplative , so we
work off our fidgets with whistling. 1
The other reason is that we are really
a cheerful and expressive people , in
spite of all that has ever been said to
the contrary. The national whistling
habit has resulted in the production of
a great number of really skillful and
musical whistlers. With one consideration
ation and another there is a tremendous -
ous amount of whistling. It seems
cheerful and sometimes , to the whistler ,
it is really cheerful. Now , undoubted
ly this would be very nice if every
one's whistling was heard only by him
self. It would be a blessed way of
working off one's nervousness , too. 1
What about that ? An ordinary
whistler's performance gives absolutely
no pleasure to any one but himself.
Very Small.
"Now , George , " said Mr. Minor , pouring - ;
ing out a finger ot whiskey and hand
ing it to the aged darky , "this is the
finest stuff in the world. You have
never tasted anything like it It is 18 ,
years old. What do you think of it ? * ' ,
After George had rolled it over his
tongue and sucked it between his few !
remaining teeth , then swallowed it
slowly and reflectively , lifting his eyes
to heaven , he replied : "Mars John ,
hit pow-ful little fur e' age. " New } \
York Press.
From the Test : : zekcJ , Cliuptrr XXVII ,
Verse 3 , a Follow * : "O Thou That
Art Situate at the Kntry of the Sea"
Metal I.epro y the Drj troyer.
< § 5jss > HIS 13 a part of an
WJ impassioned apos-
trophe 'to the city of
? • ! > Tyre. It was a beau-
9tiful ' city a majestic -
tic city. At the
east end of the
Mediterranean it
sat with one hand
beckoning the in
land trade , and
with the other the
commerce of foreign nations. It
swung a monstrous boom across its
harbor to shut out foreign enemies ,
and then swung back that boom to let
in its friends. The air of the desert
was fragrant with the spices brought
by caravans to ber fairs , and all seas
were cleft into foam by the keel of her
laden merchantmen. Her markets were
rich'with ' horses and mules and camels
from Togarmah ; with upholstery , and
ebony , and ivory from Dedan ; with
emeralds , and agate , and coral from
Sj'ria ! with wine from Helbon ; with
finest needlework from Ashur and
Chilmad. Talk about the splendid
state rooms of your Cunard and Inman
and White Star lines of international
steamers why , the benches of the state
rooms in those Tyrian ships were all
ivory , and instead of our coarse canvas
on the masts of the shipping , they had
the finest linen , quilted together and
inwrought with embroideries almost
miraculous for beauty. Its columns
overshadowed all nations. Distant em
pires felt its heartbeat. Majestic city ,
"situate at the entry of the sea. "
But where now is the gleam of her
towers , the roar of her chariots , the
masts of her shipping ? Let the fisher
men who dry their nets on the place
where she once stood ; let the sea that
rushes upon the barrenness where she
once challenged the admiration of all
nations ; let the barbarians who built
their huts on the place where her pal
aces glittered , answer the question.
Blotted out forever ! She forgot God ,
and God forgot her. And while our
modern cities admire her glory , let
them take warning of her awful doom.
Cain was the founder of the first city ,
and I suppose it took after him in mor
als. It is a long while before a city
can ever get over the character of those
who founded it. Were they criminal
exiles , the filth , and the prisons , and
the debauchery are the shadows of
such founders. New York will not for
two or three hundred years escape from
the good influences of its founders the
pious settlers whose prayers went up
from the very streets where now banks
discount and brokers shave , and com
panies declare dividends , and smugglers
swear custom house lies ; and above the
roar of the drays and the crack of the
auctioneers' mallets is heard the ascrip
tion , "We worship thee , 0 thou al
mighty dollar ! " The church that
once stood on Wall st. still throws Its
blessing over all the scene of traffic ,
and upon the sips that fold their white
wi gs in the harbor. Originally men
gathered in cities from necessity. Jt
was to escape the incendiary's torch
or the assassin's dagger. Only the
very poor lived in the country , those
who had nothing that could be stolen ,
or vagabonds who wanted to be near
their place of business ; but since civili
zation and religion have made it safe
for men to live almost anywhere , men
congregate in cities because of the
opportunity for rapid gain. Cities are
not necessarily evils , as has sometimes
been argued. They have been the
birthplace of civilization. In them pop
ular liberty has lifted up its voice. Wit
ness Genoa , and Pisa , and Venice. The
entrance of the representatives of the
cities in the legislatures of Europe was
the death blow to feudal kingdoms.
Cities are the patronizers of art and lit
erature architecture pointing to its
British museum in London , its Royal
library in Paris , its Vatican in Rome.
Cities hold the world's scepter. Afri
ca was Carthage , Greece was Athens ,
England is London , France is Paris ,
Italy is Rome , and the cities in which
God has cast our lot will yet decide the
destiny of the American people.
At this season of the year I have
thought it might be useful to talk a lit
tle while about the moral responsibility
resting upon the office bearers of all our
cities a theme as appropriate to those
who are governed as the governors.
The moral character of those who rule
a city has much to do with the charac
ter of the city itself. Men , women and
children are all interested in national
politics. When the great presidential
election comes , every patriot wants to
be found at ballot box. We are all in
terested in th3 discussion of national
finance , national debt , and we read the
laws of congress , and we are wonder
ing who will sit next in the presiden
tial chair. Now , that may be all very
well is ver3' well ; but it is high time
that we took some of the attention
which we have been devoting to na
tional affairs and brougbt it to the stu
dy of municipal government. This it
seems to me now is the chief point to be
taken. Make the cities right , and the
nation will be right. I have noticed
that according to their opportunities
there has really been more corruption
in municipal governments in this coun
try than in the state and national leg
islatures. Now , is there no hope ?
With the mightiest agent in our land ,
the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ ,
shall not all our cities be reformed , and
purified , and redeemed ? I believe the
day will come. I am in full sympathy
with those who are opposed to carrying
politics into religion ; but our cities will
never be reformed and purified until
we carry religion into politics. I look
over our cities and I see that all great
interests are to be affected in the fu-
! !
ture , as they have been affected In the
past , by the character of those who In
the different departments rule over us ,
and I propose to classify some of those
interests :
In the first place 2 rpmarfc : Commer
cial ethics are nlwr.ys affected by the
moral or Immoral character of those
who have municipal supremacy. Offi
cials that wink at fraud , and that have
neither censure nor arraignment for
glittering dishonesties , always weaken
the pulse cf commercial honor. Every
shop , every store , every bazaar , every
factory in the cities feels the moral
character of the city ball. If In any
city there be a dishonest mayoralty , or
an unprincipled common council , or a
court susceptible to bribes , in that city
there will be unlimited license for all
kinds of trickery and sin ; while , on the
other hand. If officials are faithful to
their oath of office , if the laws are
promptly executed , if there is vigilance
in regard to the outbranchlngs of crime ,
there is the highest protection for all
bargain making. A merchant may
stand in his store and say : "Now , I'll
have nothing to do with city politics ;
I will not soil my hands with the
slush ; " nevertheless the most Insig
nificant trial in the police court will
affect that merchant directly or indi
rectly. What style of clerk Issues the
writ ; what style of constable makes the
arrest ; what style of attorney issues
the plea ; what style of judge charge the
jury ; what Etyle of sheriff executes the
sentence these are questions that
strike your counting rooms to the cen
ter. You may not throw it off. In the
city of New York , Christian merchants
for a great while said : "We'll have
nothing to do with the man
agement cf public affairs , " and they
allowed everything to go at loose ends
until there rolled up in the city a debt
of nearly $120,000,000. The municipal
government became a hissing and a by
word in the whole earth , and then the
Christian merchants saw their folly ,
and they went and took possession of
the ballot boxes. I wish all commer
cial men to understand that they are
not independent of the moral character
of the men who rule over them , but
must be thoroughly , mightily affected
by them.
So , also , of the educational interests
of a city. Do you know that there
are in this country about seventy thou
sand common schools , and that there
are over eight millions of pupils , and
that the majority of these schools and
the majority of those pupils are in our
cities ? Now , this great multitude of
children will be affected by the intelli
gence or ignorance , the virtue or the
vice , of boards of education and boards
of control. There are cities where edu
cational affairs are settled in the low
caucus in the abandoned parts of the
cities , by men full of ignorance and
rum. It ought not to be so ; but in
many cities it is so. I hear the tramp
ot coming generations. What that
great multitude of youth shall be for
this world and the next will be affected
very much by the character of your
public schools. You had better inultiply
the moral and religious influences
about the common schools rather than
abstract from them. Instead of driving
the Bible out , you had better drive the
Bible further in. May God defend our
glorious common school system , and
send into rout and confusion all its
sworn enemies.
I have also to say that the character
of officials in a city affects the domestic
circle. In a city where grogshops have
their own way , and gambling hells are
not interfered with , and for fear of los
ing political influence officials close
their eyes to festering abominations
in all those cities the home interests
need to make imploration. The family
circles of the city must inevitably be
affected by the moral character or the
immoral character of those who rule
over them.
I will go further and say that the re
ligious interests of a city are thus af
fected. The church today has to con
tend with evils that the civil law ought
to smite ; and while I would not have
the civil government in any wise relax
its energy in the arrest and punishment
of crime , I would have a thousand-fold
more energy put forth in the drying
up of the fountains of iniquity. The
church of God asks no pecuniary aid
from political power ; but does ask that
in addition to all the evils we must
necessarily contend against we shall
not have to fight also municipal negli
gence. Oh , that in all our cities Chris
tian people would rise up , and that
they would put their hand on the helm
before piratical demagogues have
swamped the ship. Instead of giving
so much time to national politics , give
some of your attention to municipal
I demand that the Christian people
who have been standing aloof from
public affairs come back , and in the
might of God try to save our cities. If
things are or have been bad , it is be
cause good people have let them be bad.
That Christian man who merely goes
to the polls and casts his vote does not
do his duty. It is not the ballot box
that decides the election , it is the po
litical caucus ; and if at the primary
meetings of the two political parties
unfit and bad men are nominated , then
the ballot box has nothing to do save
to take its choice between two thieves !
In our churches , by reformatory or
ganization , in every way let us try to
tone up the moral sentiment in these
cities. The rulers are those whom the
people choose , and depend upon it that
in all the cities , as long as pure hearted
men stand aloof from politics because
they despise hot partisanship , just so
long in many of our cities will rum
make the nominations , and rum con
trol the ballot box , and rum inaugurate
the officials.
I take a step further in this subject ,
and ask all those who believe in the
omnipotence of prayer , day by day , and
every day , present your city officials be
fore God for blessing. If you live in a
city presided over by a mayor , pray for
him. The chief magistrate of a city
is in a position of great responsibility.
Many of the kings and queens and em
perors of other days hav # no such do m
minion. With the scratch of a pen h m
may advance a beneficent lnntltutlon ffl
or balk a railway confiscation. By ap- .1
polntraenta he may bless or curse every | j
hearthstone In the city. If In tbyEpls- J ]
copal churchcK. by the authority of the | j
Litany , and In our non-Episcopate tj
chtirche3. wo every Snbbath pray for | j
the president of the United States , why ij
not , then , be just as hearty In our supplications - ! |
plications for the chief magistrates of | |
cities , for their guidance , for their | |
health , for their present and everlaat- JJ
ing morality ? jl
My word now Is to all who may como | |
to hold any public position of trust in jl
any city. You are God's represent- | l
tlves. God , the king and ruler and jl
Judge , sets you In his place. Oh , bo fl
faithful in the discharge of all your § 1
• iiitics , bo that when all our cities are jl
in. ashes , and the worlfl Itself Is a red Jl
scroll of flame , you may be , In the jl
mercy and grace of Chrlst.rewarded for II
your faithfulness. It was that feeling II
which gave such eminent qualifications | l
for office to Neal Dow , mayor ot Port- jl
land , and to Judge McLean , of Ohio , fl
and' to Benjamin F. Butler , attorney- | fl
general of New York , and to George 11
Briggs , governor of Massachusetts , and jl
to Theodore Frelinghuysen , senator of 11
the United States , and William Wll- • '
berforce , member of the British parlla- |
ment. You may make the rewards of -M
eternity the emoluments of your office. I
What care you for adverse political I
criticism If you have God on your side ?
The one , or the two , or the three years .
of your public trust will pass away , and
all the years ot your earthly service , I
and then the tribunal will be lifted , >
before which you and I must appear. I
May God make you so faithful now that
the last scene shall be to your exhll- H
aration and rapture. I wish now to , fl
exhort all good people , whether they
are the governors or the governed , to < l
make one grand effort for the salvation , I
the purification , the redemption of our I
American cities. Do you not know
that there are multitudes going down I
to ruin , temporal and eternal , dropping I
quicker than words from my lips ? jH
Grogshops swallow them up. Gambling - H
bling hells devour them. Houses of A
shame are damning them. Oh , let us H
toil , and pray , and preach , and vote H
until all these wrongs are righted. H
What we do we must do quickly. With. H
our rulers , and on the same platform , H
we must at last come before the throne H
of God to answer for what we have H
done for the bettering of our great |
towns. Alas ! if on that day it will be H
found that your hand has been idle and M
my pulpit has been silent. Oh , ye who M
are pure and honest , and Christian , go J
to work and help to make the cities M
pure , and honest , and Christian. M
Lest it may have been thought that M
I am addressing only what are called M
the better classes , my final word is to M
some dissolute soul to whom these M
words may come. Though you may be M
covered with all crimes , though you M
may be smitten with all leprosies , M
though you may have gone through the M
whole catalogue of iniquity , and may M
not have been in church for twenty M
years , you may have your nature entirely - M
tirely reconstructed , and upon your M
brow , hot with infamous practices and M
besweated with exhausting indulgen- M
cies , God will place the flashing coronet - | H
et of a Savior's forgiveness. "Oh , no ! " |
you say , "if you knew who I am and M
where I came from , you wouldn't say M
that to me. I don't believe the Gospel - |
pel you are preaching speaks of my M
case. " Yes , it does , my brother. And |
then when you tell me that , I think of |
what St. Teresa said when reduced to |
utter destitution , having only two > |
pieces of money left , she jingled the |
two pieces of money in her hand and LH
said : "St. Teresa and two pieces of |
money are nothing ; but St. Teresa and |
two pieces of money and God are all M
things. " And I tell you now that |
while a sin and a sinner are nothing , a |
sin and a sinner and an all forgiving M
and all compassionate God are every- M
Who is that that I see coming ? T |
know his step. I know his rags. Who M
is it ? A prodigal. Come , people of M
God ; let us go out and meet him. Get | H
the best robe you can find in all the M
wardrobe. Let the angels of God iilL M
their chalices and drink to. his eternal M
rescue. Come , people of God , let us go M
out to meet him. The prodigal is coming - M
ing home. The dead is alive again , M
and the lost is found. | H
Pleased with the news , the saint below M
la songs their tongues employ ; M
Beyond the skies the tidings go , | H
And heaven is filled with jov. M
Nor angels can their joy contain , H
But kindle with new fire : H
"The sinner lost is found , " they sins , H
And strike the sounding lyre. H
Joy Versus Sorrow. . H
No human being can come into the H
world without increasing or diminishing - H
ing the sum total of human happiness , H
not only of the present , but of every H
subsequent age of humanity. No one H
can detach himself from this connec- H
tion. There is no sequestered spot in H
the universe , no dark niche along the H
disk of non-existence to which he can H
retreat from his relations to others , H
where he can withdraw his infmence of H
his existence upon the moral destiny of H
the world ; everywhere he will have H
companions who will be better or worse H
for his influence. H
.Not to Ulame. H
"You know you think more of a rich. H
man than a poor one , " said the outspoken - H
spoken friend. "I can't deny it , " said H
the stateman sadly. "But how can I H
help it ? Ever- poor man I meet H
wants me to help him get a governfl
ment job. " Indianapolis Journal. H
Corset Saves Her Life. H
A steel of a corset saved the life of H
Mrs. David R. Evans , at Wilkes-Barre , H
recently. Her husband discharged a H
pistol at her , and the bullet struck her H
corset steel , lacerated the flesh and fell H
to the floor _ H
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