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iJ. H. ESTILL Editor and Proprietor. (
PAYIS AND THE FLAGS.
CONGRESS ALONE ABLE TO ORDER
The State Troops of the North In the
Federal Service, and Their Trophies,
Therefore, Government Property—
A Letter Published in Chicago Pro
nounced a Forgery.
New Orleans, June 36.—The following
note from Mr. Davis was published this
Beauvoir, Miss., June 24,1867.
To the Managing Editor of the New Or
Dear Sir— ln your issue of this morning
there is copied from the Chicago Inter-Ocean
what purports to be a letter written by me
to Col. Phoeeen Howe, of Danville, 111.,
from Beauvoir, Miss.. June 30. The letter
above described Is a barefaced forgery, the
author of which did not qualify him
self for his fraudulent purpose by learning
from persons in tho neighborhood of Dam
* ville, from which place it appears he wrote,
facts as might have enabled him to
his fiction less palpably incredible.
. fiftase give this place in your next issue and
a marked copy to the Inter-Ocean that
imposition practiced upon it may be ex
posed where it was put in circulation.
MR. DAVIS’ VIEWS.
Mr. Davis stated in an informal conversa
tion with a reporter of the Picayune, and
not. for publication, that the views expressed
in this spurious letter are precisely the re
verse of those actually entertained by him.
The troops in the Union army were all mus
tered into the Federal service. The States,
as such, had no troops in the war, and con
sequently all the military stores and trophies
.captured became the property of the general
government, and subject to the control and
at the disposition of Congress only. Con
federate flags had from time to time been
returned to Southern States by Northern
legislatures and various military associa
AUTHORITY FOR THE RETURN.
'WtK we was in reality no authority under
Wr Aw for these acts of courtesy, but the
i..- i not considered of material im
portance and the question was never raised
until the issuance of the recent order by Mr.
Cleveland. Mr. Davis declared that he had
resisted all'attempts of newspaper men to
interview him on this subject, and would
have remained silent but for this remark
able and unique swindle, which he de
nounced over and over, in general and in
detail, as false in every respect.
A Denial of the Truth of tho Story
Printed by the “Star.”
June 26.—Civil Service
ia,ioner Oberly said to-night that
¥*• v,as no truth in the story published in
. . shington Star yesterday to tho effect
ti.jt in the recent examinations for promo
tion in tho Quartermaster General’s office,
only 10 out of 38 clerks had passed, that the
questions asked would not show a clerk’s
efficiency or that any of the clerks, especially
women, were sick or hysterical on account
lr Sfthe examination.
There were thirty-seven clerks in the
second and third classes of the Quarter
master General's office examined,” said Mr.
T>berly, “and of that number thirty-four
Stf>jfd and only three failed. Among those
’(■flnined was but one woman, and she
went into hysterics nor exhibited any
■■filament whatever. She was cool anti
■Maid, and passed with a higher jiercontage
most of the men. The three gentle
ii n who failed to pass the examination
failed upon the very matters that were of
practical every day importance in the offices
in which they were serving. The clerks
were agreeably surprised at the character of
the examination, and they all agreed that
the questions asked were of a practical
working nature.” He also denied the story
that some of the clerics who thought they
had not passed good examinations were
helped up by their superior who gave them
good marks for efficiency, and said the
efficiency marks were all sent in before the
examination was begun.
LUTHERANS AND SOCIALISM.
The Denomination Declarer in Favor
of Individual Liberty.
Chicago, Juno 20.—The Lutheran Synod,
the representative body of the Lutheran
church in North America, which has been
in session here for a week past, promulgated
to-day the following resolution: That with
reference to Anarchists, Socialists and
affiliated workingmen’s societies, we
ns the Evangelical Lutheran Synod
affirm the principle that the Christian,
social and political lilierty of hh individual
is one of the most precious rights of every
man, which we deem it our duty to defend
by all lawful means, and that we therefore
most earnestly warn our members against,
joining or in any wise supporting such
association, of whatsoever name, which op
press their members by regulations pre
scribing conditions under which they shall
work, buy or seR.
r SHARP’S DISTRESS.
He Passes a Restless Night and Moans
New York, June 20.—At the urgent re
quest of Counsellor Stickney Judge Barrett
has modified the order relating to the con
finement of Jacob Sharp in Ludlow street
jail. Mrs. Sharp and her haughter, Mrs.
Delmar, were allowed to remain last night.
My. Sharp passed n bad night. He was
restless, moaning almost constantly. He
evidently suffered much pain. The pris
oner has not eaten much of anything for
several days. Mrs. Sharp report* his con
dition daily to his physician, who prescribes
In accordance. The prisoner did not leave
his room to-day.
Suicide in tho Park.
New York, Juno 26.—An unknown sui
fide was found in Jerome Park to-day.
When the Coroner investigated the case he
found that the man had tried to
bang himself with a heavy string,
which broke. As lie fell his
loot caught in the crotch of the tree ami his
bead struck the trunk in his fall, causing
hemorrhage at the mouth. He hung sus
pended by his foot until discovered. A
letter was found addressed “M. M. A. Mar
ket, Edgefield C. H., 8. C.,” with $5 in
money. He was not dressed like a laboring
Death of an Infant-
Knoxvii.lt:, Tenn., June 26.—David, in
.antson of Mrs. Baklie Hickey, sister of
.Jig*. F. E. McArthur, of Savannah, died
32s afternoon after a protracted illness of
seven weeks, during which limn the
Mle one was hourly expected to pass a way.
■ older chord wa.. snap] • I at 4 or!"o;.
* *utiers 1 services will take place from the
•t-. uce of lion. D. Richards to-morrow
fternoon at- 3:30 o'clock.
Death of a Prominent Mason.
Virginia Midland Junction, Va., June
16.—Peyton 8. Coles, Past Grand Master
ind grand lecturer of Masons, died at tin
igo of 61 at his his homo in Albemarle, at
Ui early hour Uus morning.
uJje Morning |mb&
$1,250,000 LOST BY FIRE.
Part of a Monster Packing Establish
ment Burned at Chicago.
Chicago, June 26. — Early this morning
one of the employes of the Chicago Packing
and Provision Company discovered fire in
the tank room. In a few minutes one of the
tanks exploded, scattering burning lard
over adjacent buildings, and a dozen sepa
rate fires were soon burning. The destruc
tion of the immense establishment was
nearly complete. Though the fire was under
control this evening, fourteen and a haS
hours after it started, embers are still smol
dering. The loss is $1,250,000.
a monster establishment.
The Chicago Packing and Provision Com
pany’s works occupy about six acres of
ground, but the fire was kept within the
district bounded by Fortieth street, Centre
avenue, Forty-second street and the railroad
tracks a block west of Centre avenue. This
territory contained four large buildings.
The main building was 500x477) feet. In it
a portion of the killing was done and the
hanging, cutting, packing, curing and other
work incidental to a slaughtering establish
ment, Except the curing room, in which
were 19,000,000 pounds of short ribs, the
main building and its contents are a total
the curing room.
The curing room, 100 by 150 feet, and four
stories high, lost its roof, but stonp fire
walls saved its contents, a portion of them
in roasted condition. On the east side of
the main building was a warehouse, 125 by
400 feet with four stories and basement.
The two upper floors at the south end were
used for killing purposes. In the
warehouse were 17,000 barrels of mess pork
belonging to Armour & Cos. The building
and much of the pork was wholly destroyed
About 3,000 live hogs were in the building
when the fire started but the company’s
employes succeeded in getting most of them
out. Between 600 and 700 hogs were burned
alive in the building. Back of the main
building was a fertilizing factory 100 feet
square and an engine house 50 by 60 feet.
Both structures were burned completely.
no wind blowing.
The fact that no wind was blowing when
the fire started was probably the only cir
cumstance that saved the entire stock yards
from destruction. No person seems to
know the origin of the fire. Several saw
the blaze simultaneously as it went through
the roof of the tank house. The flames be
gan rapidly to eat their way directly
across the main building. Though the lire
department was quickly at the scene the fire
had gained volume that no amount of
water could reduce. Huge sweeping circles
of flames were whirling upwards with a roar
that could be heard for blocks. Twenty
engines and every reserve in the yards were
soon brought into play. All the efforts of
the firemen and hundreds of the stock yards
employes were bent toward keeping the con
flagration confined to the works of the Chi
It was at this juncture while one little
squad of firemen were standing in a freight
car playing on the burning tank room when
the tanks exploded. A heavy beam
crushed through the car smashing pipeman
Baker’s ankle and knocking Elliott uncon
scious. Soon afterwards the walls of the
warehouse tumbled to the ground, dis
closing great heaps of mess pork. P. D.
Armour immediately set 100 men to work
removing the meat." Charred barrels of it
were rolled out and carted away. The little
army tramped over huge piles of loose pork
and carried big chunks of it out on the rail
road tracks where it was thrown in heaps.
CARTING IT AWAY.
Two-wheeled carts and big four-wheeled
truck? were loaded from these heaps like
garbage wagons from the gutter. Mr.
Armour ruefully watched the mess of pork
and cinders being cleared away, while his
manager stood on an elevation of mess pork
and superintended the work. In the debris
were the carcasses of hogs roasted whole.
Charred bodies shriveled into helpless masses
of cinders, were mingled with piles of brick,
blackened beams and incinerated barrels.
After the flames had consumed most of the
woodwork of the building, the fire still held
its way in the great mounds of burning
Smoke thick with the fumes of tons of
roasting pork rolled over the stock pen and
drove into tho eyes of the firemen. Falling
walls filled the air with particles of brick
dust, blinding and suffocating men. They
were at times compelled to leave their hose
and plumre their heals into buckets of
water. Then they sat In turns with hand
kerchiefs dipped in water on their swollen
eyelids or butned their blistered cheeks with
AN EXCITING SCENE.
Perhaps the most exciting scene of the
day was presented when the men who were
attempting to drive through the covered
run ways, the live hogs in the upper stories
were forced by the flames to desist. Below
were scores of workmen^ rolling out barrels
of pork. Down on the crowd pell mell
leaped dozens of affrighted animals from
windows or sprang through the
open hatchways. The men who
had braved the flames fled
from the falling hogs and at a distance
watched for glimpses of the squealing brutes
that crazed with pain were rushing madly
about in their tall prison of fire. About
200 barrels of pork were saved before the
hogs commenced jumping.
During the afternoon the firemen gave
their attention to saving the short ribs in
the curing room. While a number of men
were inside tho main building one of the di
vision walls fell, seriously injuring J. A.
Heater. Thomas Murphy, W. W. Hue, Capt.
Nichols and Thomas Elliott.
armour gets out even.
Mr. Armour valued his 1,700 barrels of
pork at $86,000. He said that with the
salvage and insurance ho would come out
even. He was unable to give the amounts
of his insurance. The plant of the Chicago
Packing and Provision Company was mi
ned at $300,0.m and the stock at $700,000. A
large part of the stock in store belonged to
other parties, and the loss will be sustained
by them. About half of the Chicago Pack
ing ami Provision Company’s 2,000 employes
will lie thrown out of work. Fireman
Thomas Murphy died to-night.
Locks Turned on Loyalists.
Dublin, June 36.—County Sheriff Hamil
ton called a meeting of Loyalists for to day
to be held in Green street court house,
Which lielongs to the city. Hamilton and a
party of friends having entered tho btuld
ng the City Sheriff locked them in, prevent
ing the audience from entering. Sheriff
Hamilton appeared at an upper window, and
amid much laughter, explained the predica
ment and announced that the meeting
would lie held in the Court of Queen s
Bench The Loyalists accordingly pro
ceeded to the place named, and held their
The Waterspout's Victims.
Paris June 26,—The bodies of nine more
persons 8 who had lost their live, by the
bursting of the waterspout at Toulouse
have been recovered.
A Baron Excommunicated.
London. June 26.-The Archbishop.of
Cologne has excommunicated Baum Bale
-11 mcrier for challenging Baron Schorlemer
to fight a duel.
SAVANNAH, GA., MONDAY, JUNE 27, 1887.
France Warns the Sultan Not to Sign
London, June 26. —The time set for sign
ing the Egyptian convention expires to
morrow. It is asserted that if the Sultan
does not sign the document Sir Henry
Drummond Wolff, special British envoy,
will depart from Constantinople instantly.
THE SITUATION ACUTE
The Morning Post says: “The Egyptian
negotiations have reached an acute stage.
France threatens to break off diplomatic re
lations with the Porte and resume her
claims regarding the protection of the Ori
ental holy places if the conven
tion be ratified, while Russia
demands recompense in the direction of
Erzeroum. The Porte, therefore, asks Eng
land whether in the event of the ratifica
tion of the convention Turkey can rely
upon effective fulfillment of the conven
tion relating to Cyprus. The reply to this
note has not yet been received at Constanti
FRANCE TRIES TO INTIMIDATE.
Constantinople, June 26.—The French
government has sent a note to the Sultan in
which it distinctly refuses to accept
tho situation which will result from
the signing of the Egyptian Conven
tion and says that if the Convention
be ratified France will take the measures
necessary to protect her interests which
will be endangered by disturbance
of the equilibrium of the Mediterranean.
On the other hand, France offers formal
assurance that she will protect and guaran
tee the Sultan against whatever conse
quences may result, if he will refuse to rat
ify the convention. By so doing, the
note says, the Sultan will strengthen
the ties of friendship between
France and Turkey, and protect his country
from tho encroachments and ambitions of
England. Upon receipt of this note acoun
cil of Ministers was summoned, and a note
to the powers wa? drafted, complaining of
French interference in the internal affairs
of Turkey. The note will be submitted to
the Sultan for approval. It is rumored that
Russian troops are advancing from Kars as
a menace to Turkey.
A FATAL WALL OF FIRE.
Four Occupants of a Tenement Meet
London, June 26.—Fire broke out in a
tenement house off Oxford street, London,
this • morning, and the flames spread so
rapidly that several inmates were unable to
make their escape. Several frightful scene*
were witnessed by the enormous crowds of
people that had bren attracted to the spot.
One youth jumped from the top story to the
ground and was instantly killed. His mother
followed him. In her descent she struck
upon railings in front of the house, and re
bounded on the heads of the crowd. She
was conveyed to a hospital. Another
woman appeared at §, Window holding a
child in her arms. A moment later she fell
backward into the flames. The charred re
mains of herself and two children were
The Geneata’s Great Victory.
London, June 26.—The yacht Genesta,
which is lending in the jubilee race, passed
Ventnor at 10 o’clock this morning.
The Seline and Gwendoline passed Lizard
Point at 7:30 o’clock this morning.
Provided the head winds continue the
Genesta will arrive about forty hours ahead
of the others.
The Genesta passed Beachy Head at 7:30
at her pier.
London, June 27,5:30 a. m.— The Genesta
arrived at Dover at 5:15 o’clock this morn
ing. She trusted chiefly to the tide in enter
ing Dover and missed her pier, having to
make two small tacks. The sea was perfect
ly calm. A light wind was blowing.
London, June 27, 4 a. m.—At 4 o’clock
this morning the Genesta was two miles off
Dover in the direction of Boulogne.
Jubilee Services at Windsor.
London, June 26. —Crowds of royal per
sonages were present at the Windsor jubilee
service in St. George’s chapel to-night.
Nearly all tho members of the royal family
attended. The Queen was not present.
Dr. Lipscomb Preaches Before the
Lucy Cobb Girls.
Athens, Ga., June 28.—The commence
ment sermon of the Lucy Cobb Institute
was preached this morning in the Seney-
Stovall chapel by Dr. A. A. Lipscomb, of
Athens. Notwithstanding the feeble health
of this much beloved old man, he held his
congregation spell bound by his eloquence
for over an hour. The singing for the occa
sion was unusually fine, being furnished by
the young ladies" of the institute, assisted
bv severel fine voices from the city. On
Friday night tho Indian Society gave a
nnfet delightful banquet to the friends and
the alumnae of the institute.
The programme for the week is as fol
Monday morning at 11 o’clock Longfel
low day, by sophomore and freshman
classes. At’l2 o’clock contest for children’s
medal in elocution.
Monday evening at 8 o’clock calesthenic
exercises and children’s play.
Tuesday morning at 11 o’clock Dickons
day, by junior class.
Tuesday evening at 8 o’clock annual con
Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock, contest
for elocution medal At 13:30 alumnm
address by Miss Florrie Carr; after, which
will be the annual alumnw banquet.
Wednesday evening at 8 crelock, gradu
ating exercise*. Delivery by Mr.
Pleasant A. Stovall.
Delivery of diplomas Lamar
COMMENCEMENT AT THOjl^^mLLK.
Thomakville, Ga., com
mencement sermon of Georgia
Agricultural College wilJ preached this
morning by Rev. A. W. Clisky, of Macon,
to a large congregation. Chancellor Mell
has arrived. The city is crowded with visi
tors, and a highly enjoyable commencement
is expected, lion. P. W. Meldrim. of the
Board of Trustees of the State University,
arrived to-dav. He will deliver an address
MERCER’S GRADUATION WEEK.
Macon, Ga., June 36. —The exercises of
Mercer commencement ware continued to
day in the First Baptist church. The house
was packed to hear the baccalaureate ser
mon, which was delivered by Dr. F. M.
Ellis, of Baltimore. It was an ablo and elo
quent discourse, and made a deep impres
sion. To-morrow morning the trustees moet
at the university, and to-morrow evening
tho sophomore prize declamation takes
place. A largo crowd is in attendance and
the interest is great.
A Cylinder Head Blown Out.
New Orleans, June 26. —A Natchez
special says: The Hteamer Paris C. Brown
blew out her cylinder head and cracked her
shaft just below here, necessitating her re
turn to New Orleans. She landed her pax
sengers here and they proceeded to their des
tination by rail.
ARCHERS FOR THE LORD.
TALMAGE TELLS HOW THE MIGHTY
NIMROD MAY BE OUTDONE.
Hunting Down and Destroying the
Evils of Society Greater Work Than
Slaying Wild Beasts-The Arrow of
the Gospel a Very Effective Weapon
—The Churches Should Unite In Hunt
ing Down Sin.
Brooklyn, June 26. —Meny of the fami
lies belonging to the church of which the
Rev. T. DeWitt Taimage, D. D., is pastor,
have gone to the country for the summer,
but still the great throngs of people that for
eighteen years have been seen in and around
Brooklyn Tabernacle on Sabbath days are
found there. It is estimated that about
300,000 strangers have visited this church
during the past year. The hymn sung this
“Salvation, O, the joyful sound!
’Tis pleasure to our ears;
A sovereign balm for every wound,
A cordial for our fears.”
Dr. Talmage’s tqxt was: “He was a
mighty hunter before the Lord.”—Genesis,
x., 9. He said:
In our day, hunting is a sport; but in the
lands and the dimes infested with wild
beasts, it was a matter of life or death with
the people. It was very different from go
ing out ou a sunshiny afternoon with a
patent breech-loader, to shoot reed birds on
the flats, when Pollux and Achilles and Dio
medes went out to dear the land of lions
and tigers and bears. My text sets fortli
Nimrod as a hero when it presents him with
broad shoulders and shaggy apparel and
sun-browned face, and arm bunched with
muscle—“amighty hunter before the Lord.”
I think he used tho bow and the arrow, with
great success practicing archery.
I have thought if it is such a grand thing
and such a brave thing to clear wild beasts
out of a country, if it is not a better and
braver thing to hunt down and destroy
those great evils of society that are stalking
the land with fierce eye and bloody paw,
and sharp t usk and quick spring. 1 have
wondered if there is not such a thing as
Gospel hunting, by which those' who have
been flying from the truth may be captured
for God and heaven. The Lord Jesus in
Ilis sermon used the art of angling for an
illustration when He said: “I will make you
fishers of men.” And so I think I have
authority for using hunting as an illustra
tion of Gospel truth; and 1 pray God that
there may be many a man in this congrega
tion who shall begin to study Gospel archer v,
of whom it may, after awhile, be said: “lie
was a mighty hunter before the Lord.”
How much awkward Christian work
there is done in the world! How many
good people there are who drive souls away
from Christ instead of bringing them to
Him! Religious blunderers who upset more
than they right. Their gun has a crooked
barrel, and Ricks as it goes off. They are
like a clumsy comrade who goes along with
skilltul hunters; at the very moment lie
ought to be most.quiet, he in cracking au al
der or falling over a log aud frightening
away the game. How few Christian people
have ever learned the lesson of which 1 read
at the beginning of the service, how that
the Lord Jesus Christ at the well went,
from talking about a cup of water to the
most practical religious truths, which won
the woman’s soul for God! Jesus in
tho wilderness was breaking bread
to the people. I think it was
good bread; it was very light bread,
and the yeast had done its work thoroughly.
Christ, after he had broken the bread, said
to the people: “Beware of the yeast, or
of the leaven, of the Pharisees f” So natural
a transition it was; and how easily they all
understood Him! But how few Christian
people who understand how to fasten the
truths of God and religion to the souls of
men! Truman Osborne, one of the envange
lists who went through this country some
years ago, had a wonderful art in the right
direction. He came to my father’s house
one day, and while we were all seated in the
room, he said: “Mr. Taimage, are all vour
children Christians?” Father said: “Yes,
all but DeWitt.” Then Truman Osborne
looked down into tho fire-place and began
to tell a story of a storm that came on the
mountains, "and all the sheep were in the
fold; but there was one lamb outside that
perished in the storm. Had he looked me
in the eye I should have boon angered when
he told me that story; but he looked into
the fire-place, and it was so pathetically and
beautifully done that I never found any
peace until I was sure I was inside the fold,
where the other sheep are.
The arehere of old times studied their art.
They were very precise in the matter. The
old books gave special directions as to how
the archer should go, ar.d as to what an
archer should do. He must stand erect and
firm, his left foot a little in advance of his
right foot. With his left hand he must take
hold of the bow in the middle, and then
with the three lingers and the thumb of his
right hand he should lay hold of the arrow
and affix it to the string—so precise was the
direction given. But how clumsy we are
about religious work 1 How little skill and
care we exercise! How often our arrows
miss the mark I Oh, that we might learn
the art of doing good, and become “mighty
liiffiters before the Lord.”
In tho first place, if you want to be effec
tual in doing good, you must bo very sure
of your weai>on. There was something very
fascinating about the archery of olden
times. Perhaps you do not kno w what they
could do with the bow and arrow. Why
the chief battles fought by the English
Plnntagenets were with the long bow. They
would take tho arrow of polished wood, and
feather it with tho plume of a bird, and
then it would fly from the bow-string of
plaited silk. The brood fields of Agincourt.
and Sol way Mo*, and Neville’s Cross, heard
the loud thrum of the archer’s bow-string.
Now, my Christian friends, we have
a mightier weapon • than that. It
is the arrow of the Gospel; it is a
sliarp arrow; it is a straight arrow; it is
feathered from the wing of the dove of
God’s Hpirit; it flies from n lx>w made out of
the wood of the cross. As far as I can esti
mate or calculate it hus brought down four
hundred million souls. Paul know how to
bring the notch of that arrow on to Unit
bow-string, and its whirr was beard through
the Corinthian theatres, and through the
court room, until the knetsof Felix knocked
together. It was that arrow that stuck in
Luther’s heart when he cried out: “Oh, my
sins! Oh, my sins!” If it strike a man in
the head, it kills bis skepticism; if it strike
him in the heel, it will turn his step; if it
strike him in the heart, he throws up bis
hands, ns did ono of old when wounded in
tho battle, crying: “Oh, Galilean, thou hast
In the armory of the Earl of Pembroke,
thore are old corselets w hich show that the
arrow of the English used to go t hrough the
breastplate, through the body of the war
rior, and out. through the backplate. What
a symbol of that Gosjiel which is sharper
than a two-edged sword, piercing to the
dividing asunder of soul ana tssly, and of
the joints and marrow I Would to God we
bad more faith in that Gospel! The hum
blest man in this house, if lie had enough
faith in him, could bring 100 souls to Jesus
--perhaps 500. Just In proportion as this
age seems to believe leas and less in It, I be
lieve more aud more in it. What are inen
about that will not accept their own deliv-
erance! There is nothing proposed by men
that can do anything like this Gospel. The
religion of Ralph Waldo Emerson is the
philosophy of icicles; the religion of Theo
dore Parker was a sirocco of the desert,
covering up the sou! with dry sand; the re
ligion or Renan is the romance of believing
nothing; the religion of Thomas Carlyle is
only a condensed London fog; the religion
of the Huxleys and the Spencers is merely a
pedestal on which human philosophy sits
shivering in the night of the soul, looking
up to the stars, offering no help to the na
tions that crouch and groan at the base.
Hell me where there is one man who has re
jected that Gospel for another, who is
thoroughly satisfied, and helped, and con
tented in his skepticism, and I will take the
car to-morrow and ride 500 miles to see him.
The full power of the Gospel has not yet
been touched. Asa sportsman throws up
his hand and catches the ball Hying through
the air, just, so easily will this Gospel
alter awhile catch this round world flying
from fc.s orbit and bring it back to
the heart of Christ. Give it full swing, and
it will pardon every sin, heal every wound,
cure every trouble, emancipate every slave
and ransom every nation. Ye Christian
men and women who go out this afternoon
to do Christian work, as you go into Hie
Sabbath schools, and tho lay preaching sta
tions, and the penitentiaries, and the asy
lums, I want you to feel that you bear in
your hand a weapon, compared with which
the lightning lias no speed, and avalanches
have no heft, and the thunderbolts of
heaven have no power: it is the arrow of
the omnipotent Gospel. Take careful aim.
Pull the arrow clean back until tho head
strikes the bow. Then let it fly. And may
the slain of the Lord be many.
Again: If you want to tie skillful in spir
itual hunting, you must hunt, in unfre
quented and secluded places. Why does the
hunter go three or four days in the Penn
sylvania forests, or, over Raquetta Lake,
into tho wilds of the Adirondack ? It is the
only way to do. The doer are sliy, and one
“bang” of the gun clears the forest. From
the California stage you see, as you go over
the plains, here and there a eayote trotting
along almost within range or the gun—
sometimes quite within range of it. No
one cares for that; it is worthless. The
good game is hidden and secluded. Every
hunter knows that. So, many of the
souls that will lie of most worth
for Christ, and of most, value to
the church, are secluded. They do not
come in your waj\ You will have to go
where they are. Yonder they are down In
that cellar; yonder they are up in that gar
ret: far away from the door of any church.
The Gospel arrow has not been pointed at
them. The tract distributor and the city
missionary sometimes just catch a glimpse
of them, as a hunter through the trees gets
a momentary sight of a partridge or roe
buck. The trouble is, we are waiting for
tho game to eome to us. We are not good
hunters. We are standing in Hchennernorn
street, expecting that the timid antelope
will come up and eat out of our hand. We
are expecting that the prairie-fowl will light,
on our church steeple. It is not their habit.
If the church should wait ten millions of
years for the world to eome in and be saved,
It will wait in vain. The world will not
come. W hat the church wants now is to
lift their feet, from damask ottomans and
put them in the stirrups. We want
a pulpit on wheels. The Church wants not
so uiuch cushions as it wants saddle-bags
and arrows. We have got to put aside the
gown and tho kid gloves, and put on the
hunting-shirt. We have been fishing so
long in the brooks that run under the
shadow of the Church that the fish know us,
and they avoid the hook, and escape as soon
as we come to tho bank, while yonder is
Upper Haranac and Big Tapper's Lake,
where the first swing of the Gospel net
would break it for the multitude of the
fishes. There is outside work to lie done.
What is that I see in the backwoods! It is a
tent. The hunters have made a clearing
and camped out. What do they care it
they have wet feet, or if they have nothing
but a pine branch for a pillow, or for the
northeast storm ? If a moose in the dark
ness steps Into the lake to drink they hear it
right away. If a loon cry in the mid
night, they hear it. So in the
service of God we have exposed work. We
have got to camp out and rough it. We
are putting all our care on the seventy
thousand people of Brooklyn, who, they say,
come to church. What are we doing for
the seven hundred thousand that do not
come? Have they no souls? Are they sin
less that they need no pardon ? Are there
no dead in their houses that, they need no
comfort? Are they cut off frorp God, to go
into eternity—no wing to bear them, no
light to cheer them, no woloome to greet
them? I hear to day surging up from the
lower depths of Brooklyn a groan that
comes through our Christian assemblages
and through our Christiun churches; and it
blots out all this scene from my eyes to
day, as by the mists of a great Niagara, for
the dash and tlie plunge of these great tor
rents of life dropping down into the fathom
less and thundering abyss of suffering and
woe. I sometimes think that just as God
blotted out the Church of Thyatira and
Corinth and Laodicea, because of their sloth
and stolidity, he will blot out American
and English Christianity, ami raise on the
ruins a stalwart, wide-awke, missionary
church, that can take the full meaning of
that command: “Go into all the world, and
preach the Gospel to every creature. He
that believeth and is baptized shall be save?!,
and he that believeth not shall lie damned.”
I remark, further, if you want to succeed
in Gospel hunting you must tiave courage.
If the hunter stand with trembling hand or
shoulder that flinches with fear, instead of
his taking the catamount, tho catamount
takes him. What would become of the
Greenlander if. when out hunting for the
!>ear, he should Stand shivering with terror
on an iceberg? What would have become
of Du Chaillu and Livingstone in tho Afri
can thicket, with a faint heart and a weak
knee? When a panther comes within twen
ty paces of you, and it has its eye on you,
and it has squatted for the fearful spring,
Courage, O ye spiritual hunters! There
are great monsters of iniquity prowling all
around about the community. Shall we not
in the strength of God go forth and eombat
them? We not only need more heart, but
more backbone. What is the Church of
God that it should fear to look in the eye
any transgression? There is the Bengal
tiger of drunkenness that prowls around,
and instead of attacking It, how many of us
hide under the church pew or the com
munion table! There is so much invested in
it we are afraid to assault it; millions of dol
lars in Imrrels, In vats, in spigots, in cork
screws, in gin palaces with marble
floor* and Italian-top tables, and
chased ice coolers, anu in the strych
nine. and the logwood, and the tartaric acid,
and the nux vmnica, that, go to make up our
“pure" American drinks. 1 looked with
wonderiug eyes on the "Heidelberg tun.”
It is the great liquor vat of Germany, which
is said to hold eight hundred hogsheails of
wine, and only three times in a hundred
years hus it been filled. But, ns I stood and
looked at it, I said to myself: “That is
nothing—eight hundred hogsheads. Why,
our American vat holds four million
five hundred thousand barrels of strong
drinks, and we keep three hundred thousand
men with nothing to do but to see that it is
filled." Oh, to attack this great monster of
intemperance, and the kindred monsters of
fraud nnd uncleanness, require* you to rally
all your Christian courage. Through the
press, through the pulpit, through the plat
lonn. you must assault it. Would to God
thnt nil our American Christians would
band together, not for crack-brained fanati
cism. but for holy Christian reform. I think
it was in 1793 that there went, out from
Lucknow, India, under the sovereign the
greatest hunting party tbit whs ever pro
jected. The. o were ten thousand armed
men in that hunting party. There were
camels, and horses, and elephants. On some
princes rode, and royal ladies, under ex
quisite housings, and live hundred coolies
waited upon the train, and the desolate places
of India were invaded by this excursion, and
the rhinoceros, and deer, and elephant, fell
under the stroke of the sabre and bullet.
After awhile the party brought hack tro
phies worth 50,000 rupees, having left the
wilderness of India ghastly with the slam
bodies of wild beasts. Would to God that
instead of here and there a Straggler going
out to fight, those great monsters of iniquity
in our country, the million membership of
our churches would band together and hew
in twain these great crimes that make the
land frightful with their roar, and are
fattening upon the bodies and souls
of immortal men. Who is ready
for such a party as that? Who will lie a
mighty hunter for the Lord?
I remark again: If you want to lie suc
cessful in spiritual hunting, you need not
oply to bring down the game, but. bring it
in. I think one of the most beautiful pic
tures of Thorwaldsen is his “Autumn.” It
represents a sportsman coining home and
standing under a grapevine. He lias a staff
over his shoulder, and on the other end of
that, staff are hung a rabbit and a brace of
birds. Every hunter brings home the game.
No one would think of bringing down a
reindeer or whipping up a stream for trout,
and letting them lie in the woods. At, even
tide the camp is adorned with the treasures
of the forest—U'ak, ami tin, and antler.
If you go out, to hunt for immortal souls,
not, only bring them down under the arrow
of the Gospel, but tiring them into the
Church of God, the grand homo and en
campment, we have pitched this side the
skies. Fetch them in, do not let them lie
out in the open field. They need our prayers
nnd sympathies, and help. That is the
meaning of the Church of God—help, o
ye hunters for the Lord! not only bring
down the game, but bring it, in.
if Mithridates liked hunting so well that
for seven years he never went indoors, what
enthusiasm ought, we to have who are hunt
ing for immortal souls, If Domitian prac
ticed archery until he could stand a toy
down in the Roman amphitheatre, with a
hand out, the lingers outstretched, and then
the King could shoot an arrow between the
fingers without wounding them, to what
drill and what, practice ought not we to
subject ourselves in order to become spirit
ual archers and “mighty hunters liefore
the Lord?” But let, me say, you will never
work any better than you pray. The old
archers took the bow, put one end of it
down liesidc the foot, elevated the other end,
and it was the rule that the bow should be
just the size of the archer; ifcit were just
his size, then he would go into the battle
with confidence. Let mo say that your
power to project good in the world will cor
respond exactly to your spiritual stature.
In other words, the first, thing in prepara
tion for Christian work is personal conse
“Oh! for a closer walk with God,
A calm and heavenly frame;
A light tn shine upon the road
That leads me to the lamb."
I am sure that there are some here who at
some time have been hit by the Gospel ar
row. You felt the wound of that convic
tion.and you plunged into the world deeper;
just as the stag, when the hounds are after
it, plunges into Scroon Lake, expecting in
that way to escape. Jesus Christ is on your
track to-day, impenitent man; not in wrath,
but in mercy. Oh, ye chased and panting
souls! here is the si ream of God’s mercy and
salvation, where you may cool your thirst.
Stop that chase or sin to day. By the red
fountain that lca|*l from the heart, of my
Lord, I bid you stop. There is mercy for
you —mercy that pardons; mercy that
heals; everlasting mercy. Is thero in all
this house anyone who can refuse the offer
that comes from the heart of the flying Son
There is a forest in Germany, a place they
cal) the “Deer Leap" —two erags aliout,
eighteen yards apart, between a fearful
chasm. This is called the “Deer I.eap,” tie
cause once a hunter was on the trnck of a
deer; it came to one of these crags; there
was no escajie for it from the pursuit of the
hunter, and in utter despair it gathered it
self up and, in the death agony, attempted
to jump across. Of course, it fell, and
was flashed on the rocks far beneath. Here
is a path to heaven. It is plain; it is safe.
Jesus marks it out for every man to walk in.
But here is a man who says: “I won’t walk
in that path; I will take my own way.”
He comes on up until he confronts the
chasm that divides his soul from heaven.
Now, his last hour has come, and he resolve*
that he will leap that chasm, from
the of earth to the heights of
heaven. Stand back, now, and give him
full swing, for no soul ever did that success
fully. Let him try. Jump! Jump! He
misses the mark, arid he goes down, depth
below depth, “destroyed without, remedy."
Men! angels! devils! what shall we call
that place of awful catastrophe? Let it be
known forever as “The Sinner’s Death
It is said that when Charlemagne’s host
was overpowered by three armies of the
Saracens in the Pass of Roneesvalles, his
warrior, Roland, in terrible earnestness
seized a trum|*it and blew it with such ter
rific strength that the opjiosing army reeled
back with terror; but at the third blast, of
the trumpet it broke in two. I see yolir
soul fiercely assailed by all the powers of
earth and hell. I put the mightier trumpet
of the Gohjjo! tn my lips and I blow it three
times. Blast the first—" Whosoever will,
let him come.” Blast the second—“ Seek ye
the Lord while He may be found.” Blast the
third—“ Now is the a/'cepted time; now is
the day of salvation.” Does not the host of
your sins fall Imck ? But the trumjjet does
not, like that of Roland, break in two. As
it was handed down to us from the lips of
our fathers, wc hand it down to the lips of
our children, and tell them to sound it when
wo are dead, that all the generations of men
may know that our God is a pardoning God,
a sympathetic God, a loving God; and that
more to Him than the anthems of heaven,
more to Him than the throne on which he
sits, more to Him than are the temples of
celestial worship, is the joy of seeing the
wanderer putting his hand on the door-latch
of his Father’s house. Hear it, all ye na
tions! Bread for the worst hunger. Medi
cine for the worst sickness. Light for the
thickest darkness. Harbor from the worst
Dr. Prime, in his book of wonderful in
terest entitled “Around the World,” de
scribes a tomb in India of marvelous archi
tecture. Twenty-thousand men were twen
ty-two years in erecting that nnd the build
ings hround it. Standing at that tomb, if
you speak or sing, after you have ceased
you hear the echo coming from a height of
one hundred and fifty feet. It is not like
other echoes. The sound is drawn out in
sweet prolongat ion, as though the angels of
God were chanting on the wing.
How manv souls here to-day in the tomb
of sin, will lift up the voice of ;ieniteuco
and prayer! If now they would cry unto
(Jod, the echo would drop from afar—not
struck from the marble cupola of on earthly
mausoleum, but sounding back from tlvj
warm heart of angels, flying with the news;
for there is joy among the angels of God
over oue sinner that repenteth.
I PRICE Ain A YEAR.
1 4 CENTS A COPY.
CONDITION OF THE CROP?
THE SIGNAL OFFICE TELLB WHAI
THE WEATHER HAS BEEN.
An Excess of One to Two Degree*
Over the Normal Temperature Ret
ported in the Cotton Belt—No Chang*
in the Condition of the Ripening
Winter Wheat Crop.
W ashington, June 30. —The signal oflic*
lias issued the following weather crop bullo
tin for the week ending June 35:
During the week the weather has beta
slightly cooler than the average for tht
week in the agricultural districts east of th<
Rocky Mountains, while it has been warnaai
than usual on the Pacific coast. In Um
States of the Upper Mississippi aiK
Missouri valleys and Upper Lake
region, the daily average tempera*
ture ranged from 3* to T below normal,
while on the Atlantic const, south of New
England and in the cotton and tobacco r
gions the temperature differed but slightly
from normal. In northern California, Ore
gon Hnd Washington Territory, the averag*
daily excess of temperature for the week
ranged from 4" to 10’. The exoess of tem
perature for the season, from Jan. I to June
35, amounting to a daily average of from 1*
to 3’ continues over the cotton region, th
central Mississippi valley and theuce west
ward to the Rocky Mountains, while in all
other agricultural districts, except.at isolate*)
stations, the average daily temperature for
the season differs leas than l' from normal.
During the week the rainfall has been in
excess in all the States on the Atlantic coast,
along the immediate east gulf coast and in
Western Missouri nnd Eastern Kansas the
heaviest rainfalls occurring along the Mid
dle Atlantic coast In tho Mississippi, Ohio
and Missouri valleys there was less rain
than usual, the deficiency amounting to
about an inch in the Htutos of the Missis
sippi valley. A large seasonal deficiency of
rainfall, exceeding ten inches, continues
over the cotton region and a seasonal defi
ciency exceeding five inches exist* In Illi
nois, Wisconsin nnd lowa. In all other sec
tions the rainfall for the season differ*
slightly from normal.
The weather during the week has been
fenerally favorable for the principal crops.
'he rains in the South Atlantic State*
doubtless improved the condition of stapis
crops in that region. More rain is needed
in the cotton region, and the indication*
this morning are that rain will occur in
the Lower Mississippi and Ohio valley* by
The weather has been favorable for har
vesting in the wheat region, there having
lioon an excess of sunshine and very little
rain. In the corn region the weather ha*
I ieen generally favorable, although in some
localities more rain is needed, and the cooler
weather of the fast week must have slightly
retarded the growt h of the <-om crop.
In New England where haying is now in
progress, the conditinnr have lieenespecially
favorable to the hav crop. All the crop*
in this section anil the middle Atlantia
States have lieen improved by rains, al
though in the northern portions of New
England and New York there has been less
than the usual amount of sunshine, attended
with cool weather.
June art.—'The Farmers' Re
view this week will say: Although no
change has taken place in the condition of
tho ripe and fast ripening winter wheat
crop since our report of last week, it i*
gratifying to note that no material dnmag*
is being done to the crop by rust. Harvest
ing operations are progressing rapidly and
the weather is everywhere favorable for th*
Growing crops are in need of rain in Illi
nois and tne TV astern States.
The hay crop is very light.
Corn prosjiects are excellent.
Fruit prospects are fair.
The condition of wheat in the different
States is as follows:
Many Wisconsin counties report an aver
age condition of 88 per cent.
Thirteen counties in lowa place the aver
age condition at 86 per cent., with littl*
damage by bugs.
Eleven report an aver
age, of 79 per cent.
Nino counties in Nebraska plaae the aver
age at 89 per cent.
The crop is in good condition in Dakota.
The oat crop lias been generally damaged
by drought and insects. Indiana, Michigan
and Ohio alone report th* crop in good con
General Speed’s FuneraL
Louisville, Kv., June 26.—The funeral
of Gen. Jumcs Speed took place this after
noon at 4 o’clock from the Church of th*
Messiah, ill this city. The services wer*
conducted by Rev. C. J. K. Jone*. The re
mains were interred in Cave Hill Cemetery.
The burial was private. At a
meeting of the members of
the Louisville bar, which was largely a*
tended, yesterday, a committee was ap
pointed to draft suitable, resolutions. Th*
deceased wns not only a successful and dis
tinguished lawyer in Kentucky, but stood
in the front rank of his profession in tn*
The Color Line North.
New York. June 36 —The action of ex-
Mayor James A. Bradley, of Aibury Park,
in excluding colored people from the privi
lege of the pavilion, board walk and beach,
has caused great indignation among the
negro population of New York. Rev. Jess*
8. Cowles, of Zion African Methodist
church. Rev. Dr. Derrick, of the Bethel
church, and other colored ministers-to-day
protested in energetic language against Mr.
Washington, Jtina 36.—Senator Col
quitt, of Georgia, nrrivod here to-day. He
is regarded as likely to be appointed Secre
tary of the Interior if Secretary lamar is
appointed to the Supreme Court. The
President seems disposed to take a Senator
for this place in case Mr. Lamar i> trana
ferred to the Supreme Court. There is an
effort to make Assistant Secretary Muldrosr
the Secretary, but it is not likely to succeed.
Mourning a Clergyman.
Portsmouth, Va., June 36.—Rev. J. D
Blackwell, D. D., pastor of the Monumental
Church of this city, died early this morn
ing. after a brief illness, of peritonitis. Dr.
Blackwell was 66 years of age. and was a
very prominent minister in the Southern
Methodist Church. He was on the street
two days ago, and his sudden demise is *
great snock to the community.
Pour New Caaee of Fover.
Key West, Fla., June 36.-There have
boon four new mse of fever since yeeter
ilnv t>ut no deaths. The record now stand*:
Total case* to (late. 43; total deaths, 18; sick
now, 14; discharged cured, 10.
A Virginia Commencement.
Virginia Midland Junction, Va., June
:Ks.—tCommencement exercises began here
to-night with a sermon before the Young
Men’s ( 'hristian Association by Rev. H. M.
i Jackson, of Richmond, Va.