The Mineola Monitor (Mineola, Tex.), Vol. 12, No. 2, Ed. 1 Saturday, October 6, 1888 Page: 2 of 8

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A VIVID ILLUSTRATION1.
Who Maketli th^ Cloud3 Eis
Chariot."
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Tp m ig« Pours Hib U ua F.owof K > quer o i
I.no th" Gaping and 8 rain«cl Kirn of an
Attf*ntiT > Audi* lie -II B autitu'ly aud
Graphically D scrib • th * Unfold (,'onten?*
of tli : H r z n-A Mythical Iu pjiation is
Q ▼nn t o T;io '• c,i a Sinful Mood.
biiooklvn Hi'i't., 1)1). —The hymn aunor nt
the openlinr of tliu Mi'Tlcu* hi tlie Urooklyu
Vabeiiiuc e thin iiiumini; huh:
• Weliiotnu, hw nt diiy of riiit,
'illUE MIW till! Lord nrl u,"
After czi*jiiinlliiir ueprupriutu pimmirM of
•crlpluru, iho ltuv. T. DuVVitt 'i n iiiuije 1). I).,
look tlm tcxi j I'suiui civ. ill "Wlio linilU'ili
llii! cloud i lint chariot," lit. 'i'liimnire sui■ I;
biuii!« urn con*trui'tt'il so iih tu ion ; iIiim ii
Tliosi! imrtbly cruatuiuH Unit liuve wIiiub wiiun
•liny rl-u from tlie eurUi htill look down, niiil
liio Buirlu senic.liim for inlco in tiui K'un mil
liiu riivi.'ii for CiIX'uhbus in tliu fluid. Alan
•lone Is mu le to look U|i. To Inducu lilm lo
look iipljoil inak«h the oky a plclui'it khIicI',,
a Duamddorf, a Louvre, a l.uxtiinhourir, a
Vatuiin tliiit eclipse* all tiial (inruiuii or
French or Italian urt ever iiccoiupllglied. But
Kud lian liaa fulled so far iu attract tile at-
tention of mut of nit liy tliu ncuiuiry of tlie
iky. VVe u<> into ruptures over flowers In tliu
•oil, but liaTe little or no appreciation of tlio
"muriilng Klorlua" that bloom on tlie wail of
Utu «kr at nunrlee or tlie dahlias In tlie clouds
at hum net. We are In ecslades over a gobolln
tapestry or a bridal veil of rare fabric, or a
•uowlmuk of exquisite curve, but see not at
■II, or seo wlliio it emotion, ilie bridal veils
•f mist tbat cover the face of the C'litskllls,
•r tlie swaying upholstery around the couch
vl the ilyiii(j duy, or the snow banks of Vapor
tilled up iu Ihe lieavnus.
My text bids us lilt our chin three or four
Inches and open tlie two teiese.opiis winch
■iidur the loreliead are put on snivel easily
turned unwind and see that the clouds nre
■ot merely UiiinleiestliiK sl^ns of wet or div
Weather, but tlint limy are embroidered cano-
pies ofnliaile, that they are tbecoiiHervntories
•1 the sky, that they nre thrones of pomp,
Hist they are ehrvstaliiuu bins, ilint they urn
ji'ilnlin«8 In water color, tiial. tliev urii the
• libels of tlie mis', that tlioy* lire ureal, cutlpi-
tiraln or Hi;lit with broad aisieo for anprelic
feet to walk thi'mi^li and iiow at nltars of
amber mi l alabaster, that they are llie moth-
ers of the dew, that they lire ladders for
asceudlnu uuil desccud'Hi; itlories. Gotopax*
of bleaebliiK il ine, Niagaras of color, Ilia'
they are the iiiaglerpiece.-i of tlie Lord Ood
Alinlnlity. Tlie clouds area fuvorllc 111 Ij u
■untie and the sacred writeis nave maile much
nse ol them. Alter the deluge (iod liuni; on
■ cloud in couceiilrlc builds the colors of the
•pectrutu sayiuu: "1 do set my how iu the
cloud " As a mountHlu is 8oin t lines entire-
ly hidden by the vapors so, sa>.s God, "I have
"lotted out as a thick cloud thy triiimuies-
•loes." David measures the divine goodness
■lid found it so high he apoitronlnzed: "Tbv
faithfulness rcacbeth unto the clouds." As
■oinetiiiica there are thousands of lleeces of
Jipor scurrying across the heavens, so, snvs
Isaiah, will be tlie converts in the millennium
"a* clouds and as doves." As in the wet
leatou no (noiier does Ihe sky clear than
th ere comes another ohscuni'tlon, so, *a> a
fcolomon, one ncliu or ailment of old folks bus
Bo more than gone than another puln conns
"as clouds return in the rain." A column ol
fllutnined cloud led the Israelites across
the wlidernesa. In the book of Job Elltiu,
vatcliiuir the clouds, could not under-
stand why they did not fall or why they
4ul not all roll together, the lawa of evapor-
ation and condensation then not. being uudcr-
■tood. and he cnea out: "Dost thou know
the balaucluu of the clouds!" When I read
■iV text It su/tfests to me that the clouds are
the Creator's equipage, and their whirling
niasaea are the wheels, and the touKue of the
cloud la the pole of the celestial vehicle, and
the winds are the harnessed steeds, and Ood
Is tbo Koyal occupant and driver "who
waketli the clouds Ills chariot."
To uaderstand the psaiuilsi.'a mean ntf Iu
the text you must know that the chariot of
old was aoiiietimos a sculptured brilliancy
made out of Ivory, sometimes of solid silver,
■ud rolled on two wheels which were fastened
to the axle by stout pins, and the awful de-
feat of OeiiomaiiB by 1'elops wna caused by
Ihe fact thut a traitorous charioteer had In-
serted a llnch pin of wax instead of a llncli
plu of Iron. Ail of tlie six hundred chariots
el Pharaoh lost tbeir llnch pins Iu the Kcd
bea, for the Bible sava: "Ihe l.ord took oil
their wheela." Look at the long flash of
Solomon's fourteen bundreil chariots, and the
kiilrtv thousand chariots of the Philistine*. If
Tou have ever Visited the buildings where a
king or queen keeps I hi' coaches of state, as
I have, vou know that kluiis and queens have
■real varieties of turn-ut. The keeper tells
fou: "This Is the at tc carnaue anil used
•illy on great occasions." "This is the coio-
latlou carriage and In it tlie king rode on the
■ay he took the throne." "Iu tills the que'U
went to open purlin men'." "Tills is tlio
coach in which the Osar and Ihe Hultan rode
■u the occasion of their visit." All costly
■ml tesaelated and enriched ami emblazoned
ire they, and when the driver takea the reins
Bf Ihe ten white horses Iu Ills hands,
■nd amid mounted troops and bands in
lull force souiidlnir the nation il air, the
splendor starts and roll* on under arches en-
twined with banners, and amid the hu/.sa of
kundrcils of thousands of spectators Ihe scene
Is memorable. Kul my text put* all such oc-
Cas ons into Insiitiilllcance. as It represents
Ihe King of the Universe coming to the door
•f Ins palace, and the gilded vapors ot the
leavens rolling up to Ills feet, and lie stcp-
fiitie In and taking the reins of the galloping
Winds In His hands stnrta Iu triumphal ride
Snder the arches of sapphire, and over the at-
Siospberlc hlirbw.iys of opal and chrysolite,
the clouds His chariot.
My hearers, do not think that God belittles
ll>tnself alien lie takes such conveyance.
Do you know thai ihe clouds are among the
siost wondrous and majestic tlilnus in tlie
• hole universe! Do you know tbat thov are
I lug lakes and rivers and oceans! God
saved Ills hand over them and said; "Come
an hltrberl" anil titer obeyed the mandate.
That cloud Instead of being, a* it seems, a
tmall gathering of vapor a few vards wide
•ml high Is really seven or eight miles across,
sml is a mountain, from Us liase to Its top,
Ift ceil thousand feet, eighteen thousand feet,
Iweutv thousand feel, and cut through vvltli
laviues live thousand feet deep. No, David
lid not make ' fratrlle or unaoriliy repre-
lelltstiotl ol Gist in llie text nhen be spoke
•f llie clouds as his chariot. Hut as I sua-
{csted In tlie case of an cart lit v king, lie has
lis mornihir cloud H arlot and Ills evening
•loud chariot—the cloud chariot in which He
Hide down to Sinai to open the law, and the
•loud chariot In hich Me rode down to Ta-
l.ir to honor the gospel, and the cloud chariot
Ii which He will come to Judgement,
When He rides out in II.s morning chariot
Si tills soason, about six o'clock, lie
flits golden cornets on the dome of cities,
Hid Silvers tlie rivers, and out of the dew
Hakes a diamond rlni for the linger of everv
• rasa blade, and bids good cheer to Invalids
Who lit tlie night said: "Would God it were '
(i> rnlnsr." From litis morning cloud chariot '
le distributes light light for the earth and ;
ki'ht for the heavens, light for the land and
Igltt for the sea, treat bars of It, great j
•reallies of It, grea* columns of It, a world I
hill of II. Hail II nt In worship ns everv I
Horning He drives o.t in II is chariot of
•lornitig cloud, tuid crv wllli David: '.Mv i
10 ce sliidt Thou bear In the morning, In the
horning wt I I direct my pra.er unto Thee ;
11 I look ui'." I reji ic • in these Scr'ptnre
tji.dilations. "Joy com tit In lit mortiin
•M. soul wftltoth for Thee more tliatt they >
lisl watch for tit;' morning," "If I lai.e the
ling of the morning," his 'T llie
n il 11 iIt' ; ' ' file llhtrn'llg COIIh't !i'W io is
Hie tiial lookotll lorili a< the tit ii n:fC'
^1! s go It foit Is rcj'aieii ns the morn-
ii •' \ ■ the mornilt: siitvad on llie in mi
lilns;" "That ttioii sltoil ds' Visit liitn every
(ortuug." What a mlchtv thou.' the K ng
liroWs from Ills chariot when be throws u<
lie uiorntngl
Yea; He lias his evening cloud cb irlot,
} is made ouf of tlie sslTron ami gold and
lie purple and tl r ortn-re and the vermllloa |
■nd ii|isho flame iif iliesuusi'i That Is the ]
lace where the splendor* that have marched 1
llirotizh the day, having ended the proces
s on, liirow down tliuir torche* and set Ilia
heavens on lire. Thut Is the only hour of,the
day Hlien the almos here Is clear nnougli to
let us see the wail of the beavenlv City
with Us twelve maiilii r Of precotis stones, Irotn
foundation of jisner to middle strata
of aardm* and on up to the cop.
ing of a me tli at. At that hour with-
out tiny of Kilobit's supernatural vision
u Feu horses ol lira und chariots of llr • and
baiiiicrs of H o mi I ships of lire an I c ties of
llie, i-ea-* o? lire, and IL seems as If the last
conflagration hud begun and there Is a world
on lire. When God makes these clouds Ills
chariot let all kneel. Another day frist, what
have we done with II! Another da dead and
ami tlila is i a gorgeous rata alqtte. Now
Is the time for what JJavid cal eJ I lie "evcli-
Iiik aactlli'-e,"or Daniel culled "evening obla-
tion." jh! ohl what a eh riot made out of
evening cloud I Have you bung over the tall-
rail ou the oc an and seen lb s cloudy yehnie
rollover lite pavement* ol a caiiu suinm r
sea, the u heels dripping with tlie iii'ignili-
ceiic ! Havyou trom lite ton of lien Lo-
mond or tlie Cord Her is or the Berkshire bibs
s-eii llie div pblowed lor tlie night, and
yet had no uHiilration of praise and homage!
Olt, what a rich (io I .l e bay i that ile can put
on one evening sky p elures tliat excel .Midi
ii el A ngelo's 4 L isi. Juilgiuent"atid lihlrlnil-
jo's ''Adoration of the Magi" and whole gal-
leries of Mif Illinois, and lor only an hour,an I
then tiiro . tbum awat, anil the next evening
put on the sume sk something that excels
all that the liapliaels and the Titans and the
lt"mbrandt* and the Corrcgios and tl'e
L'onarilo da Vincls ever cxecnted, anil then
draw a curtain of mist over theui never again
lo be exhibited! How rich God must be to
huve a new chariot of cloud* every uioru-
lugl
llut tlie Bible tells us that our King also
has a black chariot. "Clouds and durkuess"
we are told, "are round nbout him" That
chariot is cloven out of night, and tbat night
Is trouble. When He rid.-s forth in that black
chrrlot pestilence and earthquake and fam-
ine and hurricane and wou attend Him.
Then let the earth tremble. Then let tialions
pray. Again and again He has ridden
lorili In that chariot of black clouds, across
England and France and Italy and Itusnia
and America hiiiI over nil nations. That
which men took for the sound of cannonad-
ing at Hcbistopol. at Sedan,at Gettysburg, at
Tel el-Kebir, at Bunker Hill, were only the
rumblings of the black chariot of the Al-
mighty. Aye, It is llie chariot ofstorm cloud
armed with thunderbolt*, aud neither man
nor angel nor devil nor earth nor hell nor
heaven can resist Him. On those boulevards
of blue tills chariot never turns out for
anything. Aye, no one else drives there.
Under one wheel of that chnrot Babylon
was crushed aud Btialheck feel dead and the
lioinan empire was prostrated ami At Ian t In, a
whole continent thut once connected Europe
with America, sank clear out of sight so that,
the longest anchor of ocean steamer cannot
touch the top of Its highest mountains. The
throne of the Caesars was less than a pebble
under the right wheel of this chariot, and
the Austrian despotism less than a snow
flake under the left wheel. Aud over de-
stroyed worlds on worlds thut chariot has
rolled without a J ir or Jolt.
This black chariot of war cloud rolled up
to the northwest of Europe in 1312 and four
hundred thousand men marched to take
Moscow, but that chariot of clouds rolled
back, and only twenty-live thousand out of
tlie four liundi'fd thousand troops lived to
return. No great suow storm like that had
ever before or has ever since visited Uussia
A c, the chariot of the Lord is Irresistible.
There Is only ono thing that can halt or turn
any of His" chariots, and that Is pruyer.
Again and again it has slopped It, wheeled it
around, aud the churiot of black clouuds un-
der that sauclliled human breath has bios-
sotned into such brightness and color that
men and angels -had to veil their
faces from Its brightness. Mark you, the
ancient chariot wliicu Duvld uses as a sym-
bol In my text had ouly two wheels, aud that
was that tiiey might turn quickly, two wheels
taking less than half the time to turn that
four wheels would have tai>en. And our
Lord's churiot has only two wheels, and thai,
means Instant reversal, and Instant help, aud
instant deliverance. While the comhlne'n
forces of the universe in battle arruy could
not stop his black chariot, a second or diverge
it an Inch, the driver of that chariot sava;
"C ill upon me In the day of trouble and I will
deliver thee," "While they are yet speaking I
will hear." Two-wheeled chariot, one wheel
Justice and the other wheel mercy. Aye, they
are swift wheels. A cloud, whether It be-
longs to the clrrhus, the clouds that float tlie
highest; or belongs to the stratus, the central
ranges; or to the cumulus, the lowest ranges,
seems to move slowlv along the sky if it moves
at all. But many of the clouds go at a speed
that would seem lethargic a vestibule limited
lightning express train, so swift Is the chariot
of our God; yea, swifter than the storm,
snifter than the llglic. Yet a child ten lears
old has beeft known to reach up, and with the
hand of prayer take the courser of that
chariot by the lilt and slow It up, or stop It,
or turn It aside, or turn It back. The boy
Samuel stopped it Elijah stopped It. Hexu-
klali stopped it Daniel (topped It Joshua
stopped it. Esther stopped It. Ruth stopped
it. Hannah stopped It. Mary stopped It.
Mv father stopped It. My mother stopped It.
M.v sister stopped It. We have In our 9ah
bath school* children who (gaiu and again
and ugalu have stopped It.
Notice that these old-time chariots
which my text uses for symbol,
had what we would call a high
dash board at the front, but wore open be-
hind. Aud the king would stand at the
dash-board and drive with his own hands.
And I am glad that He, whose chariot the
clouds are, drive* H insult. He does not let
fate drive, for fate is merciless. But our
Father King drives himself, ana he puts Hi*
loving hand on the reius of the flying courser*
and lie has a loving ear open to the cry of all
who want to catch his attention. Ob, I am
sii glad tbat mv Father drives, and never
drives too fast, and never drives too slow,
and never drives oil the precipice, and that
He couirols by a bit that never breaks, the
wildest and most raglug circumstances. I
beard of a ship captain who put out with his
vessel with a large number of passengers from
Bullalo on Lake Erie, very early In the season
and while there was much ice. When they
were well out the captain saw to his honor
that llie ice was closing In on him from all
sides, and he saw no wav out from destruc-
tion and death. He oiled into the cabin the
passengers and all the crew Mi at could be
spared from their posts, and told them that
tlie ship must lie lost unless God interpoted,
and although he wns not a Christian man he
add: "bet us pray," and they all knell ask-
ing God to come for their deliverance. They
went, back to the deck, and the man at the
wheel shouted: "Al1 right, cap's, lis blow-
ing nor' by uor' west now." While the prayer
was go ng on In the cabin the wind changed
and blew the Ice out of the wav. The mate
asked: "Bliall I put on more sale, cap'ut"
"No!" responded the captain.
"Don't touch her. Some one else Is m inag-
Ing this ■lilii." Oh, men and women, thut
In on all sides hv lev troubles and
mlsfrolunes, in earnest prayer put all yotir
alT.iirs In the bauds of ' God. Y >u will
come out all right. Some one else is m n-
aglng the slilpl It did not merely happen so
tbat when Lcvden was besieged, aud the
Duke of Alva felt sure of his triumph, sud-
denly the wind turned, and the swollen
waters compelled him to stop the siege, and
the eltv was saved. God tlint night drove
along the coast of the Netherlands in a black
chariot of slorin cloud. It did not merely
happen so that Luther rose from the place
where he was sitting jusl in time to keen
from being c it lb e ■ I by a stone that the In-
stant after fell on the very spot. H oi lie not
escaped wli re would have been the Reforma-
tion! it ill I not merely happen so tlint Col-
umbus wis saved from drowning brim or
tint was float ng on the waters. Otlicrw se,
who would have unveiled Atner Ca! it did
not merely happen so that, when George I
U a-lnngtoti w as In llrooklyn a great fog i
settled
chill ell
11 IWtl
lis,
all
•.It s
froi
i 11111
the place wlicre
oer all tliis end of I
i ll r that f ig lie and ii s
ili i lutcli! s of Generals
In ii chariot ol til St.
tin* God of Am rlcan liidepeti-
hIo11i here Oi that plll ia of
my head to sleep at
that solid foundation I hulld
when I see this nation In political parol-sm
every fo ir years, not because they care two
cents atmnt whether It Is high tariff, or low
t irliT, or no tar fl at all. but only whether the
Democrats or Kepubl cans shall have the sal
arled oillcea Yea, w hen European nation*
■re holding their breath, wondarlug vhatliv
Island, n I
aviiiv escape
Howe and
and cl ill I
deuce r "le
CO isolation I pill down
ii gilt. On
Russia or Germany w.il launch a war tlia
nl Incarnadine a c uituicut, 1 fall buck on
the fuilb tbat my Father drives. Yes,
I cast tli * as aii anchor, and plun tlds
us u column of ttrungln. und lift this
as a telescope, and bul d th * as
u fortress, aim propose without any
pTtuibniioii to launch upon an unknown Iu-
turn trluni hunt in tliu f cl I bul my Futlier
drives. Y s. lie dr ves very near. I know
Him many of the clouds that vou see Iu sum-
m< r lire lar oil, the Inisld of some of theui live
miles ah ve the earth llii^li on Ihe highest
peaks of the All ies travellers have seen
clou is fur higher thull where the/ hciii
s anding. Gay Lussac, after he bad risen In
a balloon twoulythree thousand feet, still
saw c oiids above liiin.
lint there are clouds thut touch the earth
ami discharge their rain, and, though the
clou Is out of which (jo I'* chariot is made
inn sometime* lie far away, often they ure
i l i f It,, und they touch our shoulders, and
they touch our homes, and tliev touch us nil
nV'r. I have read of t o r! lea that the Lord
took in two different chariot* nf clouds, uud
or another that He will talve. One day, iu a
churiot of clouds that were a mingling of log
and smoke and lire. God drove down lo the
top of a terrible crag lifieen hundred feet
liiga, now called Jcbci-.Muau, then called
Mount S.uai, and he stepped out of Ills
chariot among tlie split slielviugs of rock.
The mountain shook as with an ague, aud
there were ten volley* of thunder, each of
the ti ll em: hasiislng a tremendous "I'lion
hlialt," or "Thou slialt not " Then the Lord
rfsuiiifd II a chariot of cloud and Uroye up
the hills of heaven. They were dark and
portentous clouds that made that chariot at
the giv ng of the law. But one day He took
another ride, and this time down lo .Vouut
Tabor, the clouds out of which HI* chariot
was made bright clouds, roseate clouds, illu-
mined clouds', and music rained from all of
theui, aud the music was a m ngllng of carol
aud chant and triumphal marcli: "This is
My beloved Son, in ImmI am well pleased."
Transfiguration chariot I
"Oh," say hundreds of you, "I wish I could
have seen those chariots—tlio black one that
brought tlio Lord lo Jahel-Musa at the giving
of Ihe law, and the white one tbat brought
Him ilowu to Tabor." Never mind, you will
see something grauder than that, and it will
be a mightier mingling of the soinbreaud the
raid hint, and the pomp of it will be such tbat
the chariots in nliich Trajan, and Diocletian,
and Zcnobia, and Ciusar, and Alexander, and
all Ihe conquerers of all the ages rode will be
unworthy oi mention; aud what stir* me the
most Is that when ho comes Iu that chariot of
cloud aud goes back, 11c will ask you uud me
to ride with Him both wuys. How do I know
that the judgment chariot will be made out of
clouds) Revelation i, 7: "Behold he couieth
with clouds" On, He will not thcu ride
through the heavens uloue as He does now.
He Is going to bring along with him escort, of
ten full regiment*. Inspiration says: "He-
llo d the Lord Cometh wlili ten thousand of
his saints." But. these Ii Hires sluiulv meau
that there will be a great throng. Aud as we
shall probably through the atonement of
Christ be in heaven before that, I hope that
we can come doivu Iu that escort of chariot.
Christ is the centre chariot, but chariots be-
fore Him lo clour the way, and chariots be
bind llini, and chariots on either side of Him.
Perhaps the prophets and patriarchs of the
old dispensation ma y ride ahead each ope
charioted—Abraham anil Moses and Ezekiei
and David and Joshua, who foretold his first
culli ng. On either side of the central churi-
ot apostles.and martyrs who lu the same or
aproxiuiato centuries suffered for Him—Paul,
Stephen anil Ignatius aud Polycarp aud Jus-
tin Martyr and mu titudes who went up iu
chsrlot of lire uow coming in chariot of cloud,
while In Ihe rear of the central chariot slia 1
bo the multitudes of later days and of our
own time who have tried to i-erve the Lord,
ourselves 1 hope among them "Behold the
Lord cometh with ten tbousan' of His saints."
Yes; although all unworthy of luch com-
panionship we want to come with Him on
that duy to see tbe lust of this old world
which was once our resld> nee. Coming
through the skies in-, riads of < liarloti rolling
ou and rolling down. By t>iat time how
changed this world will be. It* deserts all
flower*, Its rocks all mossed s id lichened. lts
poor houses.all palaces, its sorrow* all Joys,
Its sin* all virtues, and In the same pasture
field lion and calf, uud on the lime percli
hawk aud dove. Now the chi.rloti of cloud
strike the earlh, filling all the valley*, and
covering all the mountain sides, and halting
Iu all the cemeteries and gravevards and over
the waters deep where tbe dea>) sleep In coral
sarcophagus. A loud blast of the resurrec-
tion trumpet Is given and the bodies of tbe
dead ri*e and Join the spirit* from which
thoy have long been separated. Then Christ
our Kiug, rising In the centre chariot of
cloud, with His scarred bands waves tbe sig-
nal, und the chariots wheel and come Into
line for glorious usceilt. Drive on I Drive
upl Chariot* of cloud ahead of the King,
chariots of cloud on either sido of the King,
cburlots of clouds following the King. Up-
ward and apast starry host*, aud through im-
mensities, and across infinitudes, higher,
higher, higher, unto tbe gates, the shining
gates. Lift up your heads, ye Everlasting
Gales, for Him who maketh the clouds His
chariot, and who through condescending and
uplifting grace invites us to mount and ride
with Him I
A PICTURE DRAWN BY FIRE.
A rrettjr Vxpertment for a Young
Scientist, liulci for Drawing Fire
1 ortralta.
Here is an entertaining experiment
Unit any boy or n rl m:iv try:
Take a saturated solution of nitrate
of potiwh (saltpetre), and with a quill
pen or tine brush draw an v picture, de-
sign or words upon a piece of white,
absorbent paper. The lines should be
ktipt away from eaclt other, anil the
ent re subject coarsely drawn in out<
line. When dry the lines will be near-
ly invisible; but if one of thorn be
touched with tlie glowing end of an
extinguished match a spark of fire will
run through the paper, following
the lines already tracod, and cutting
out the design as if with an invisible
knife.
This experiment is explained by the
chemical constitution of the saltpetre.
The salt contains a larjje amount of ox-
ygen. so loosely combined that it read-
ily leaves the nitrogen and potash, and
unites with the carbon of the paper
when heated to the point of ignition.
Tlie lieal developed by the combustion
is not siiUieient to ignite tlie paper, ex-
cept where it has been saturated with
the oxygen-giving salt; and so the
spark of tire, which is really otil,* an
inilieation of a violent chemical reac-
tion, follows the lilies previously
traced. If an actual flume was brought
in contact with the paper, of course
tlie whole wmiM be consumed; but the
heat of the glowing charcoal is just
fniMcient to start the combustion by
tlie aid of tlinnx gen iu the saltpetre.
—Mitil a ml Expre* .
Truth Judder Tlmu Fiction.
Yesterday afternoon tlie wife of
IIIrry Fisher, a member of the Park
Theater Company, died in Jersey City
ilu was tillable lo liinl a substitute to
take his part in "Waddy Gongan,"
which was proline "I for the iiest time
in the Park Theater 1 mt liijlit. lie "as
obl.ged, therefore, lo le ve his w fn's
ileal it bed for lit" stage. His s IVerings
during the performance, though not
apparent to the and once, were pitiable.
At llie close of eaeli scene iu which ho
look part, he burr ed to Ii s room and
cried like a child.—Sew York /);«•
pitch.
A SOLDIERS STORY.
James Franklin I'itts, ill Chicugo.
I
I believe it happened in the second
year of the war. The memories of
that time are becoming confused;
names and dates nre escaping us,
even places and situations are get-
ting mixed. The strange incident
which I am to tell would not g-.'itw
interest if my name and tlie names
of till connected with it were to be
st ated. So my preface will end with
the statement that the story speaks
of the year 1NG2, nnd of v loL-ulity
somewhere in Virginia.
Our division lay well back from the
front; too far back, these occur-
rences proved. I was a sergeant in
an infantry regiment. We had lain
there a week, and everything seemed
peaceful and quiet.. Such soldiering
was fun, we used to say. Good and
plentiful rations, drills and parades,
plenty of time to smoke, to play
cards, to criticise McClollan, and tell
each other how the war should bo
conducted—and plenty of leisure to
write letters home to the girls.
Those who were given to grumbling
said that this was more holiday work;
that, we had seen little enough o
real war, so far. and was not likely
to see more. Such impatience gave
Max, the veteran of our company
who hhd -een war in Europe, the op-
portunity to sny, "0 you vaits.boys,
you vuits. You see him quickenough
and close enough, mine Gott, you
do"!* "
The eh inge canto in the night, the
dead of night. The sleepers were
roused with the words, "Get ready;
we march nt once." There was a stir
a murmur all through thfe camps.
We did not know what had happened
only tlio very air was full of stir and
at tion. Within the half hour we were
in line, in column. This shadowy
battalion, made up of dark figures
laden with muskets and accoutre-
ments, joined other regiments, also
under arms and moving; indistinct
shapes of men on horses went by;
without loud words of command, with
nothing more than a "forward?"
uttered under the breath by the cap-
tains, our brigade in tlie lead took up
the route-step and plunged into the
night in the direction of the front.
1 was young in the stern experiences
of soldier life;noneof us were veterans,
saving Prussian Max. The good
blood of soldiers of 1776 and 1812
was in my veins, find I had the ardor
and strength of soul that belongs to
the youth of 20. Looking back now
at the events of those hours, it does
not seem to me that I was at any
time unduly excited. Yotit washard
for me to make wha t was passing be-
f'oro me, I being part of it seem real.
The call had come so suddenly, the
movement was so prompt, so rapid
and silent, the night was so obscure
clouds for the most part hiding the
■'flint stars, that some ghostly qual-
ity seemed to invert it. Not from
the first had I heard a loud order
given, a loud word spoken. The bur-
den of quick-coming terrors lay upon
thousands. The men, usually so
talkative and jovial, were hushed in-
to a silence that was almost painful.
Mnivhing in my place in the line of
tile-closers at the right, nownnd then
it wliisjier in the ranks camo to me,or
a few low-spoken words; once I heard
the man next the captnin ask, "Do
you think it's a battle, cap?"and the
brief reply—"U, 1 dou'tkuow—I don't
know."
For three hours wo marched thus
across the country, ranks well closed
up, no straggling. Then the depths
of a dense wood swallowed the
column as it filed sharply to the left.
A short cut, we afterward learned,
h.td boon found, aud a guide to show
t l.c way. It was apparently a cow-
p.itli, or at the best a cart-path,
t hrough the forest; four men abreast
tilled it. For miles, now, we went on
almost, in the dark, everything black
to tlio right and left,only the muffled
s jund of the moving of this host,
like an army of phantoms, the beat-
ing of many 'bet on tho ground, the
subdued whispers, clank of canteen
on a bayonet sheath. Above the
tree tops we sometimes saw a ray of
starlignt.
"Then, as we marched—and wehad
been moving nix hours, but with a
single brief unit—a noiseoame faintly
out of the distance like a far-off peal
of thunder. Another came, and still
another. The sound set the blood
tingling in my veins. As we pressed
on, the noises grew louder and more
frequent, like the striking of enor-
mous clocks; further on they were
blent into what seemed to be an un-
remitting roar, out of which came at
times sharp and short explosions.
Something seemed to crowd the
files to the right and left; I dimly saw
a mounted figure riding nt a walk
down through the center of the
column in the interval thus made;
ninl I heard a voice quietly nnd earn-
estly, but without excitement, ut-
tering the words: "Push ahead,
men! pusli nltead!"
' The General," I hoard somebody
say.
Tho incident blended strangely
with the scene. Still there was no
shouted order, tin ouliis, no no'sy
net ion: only n shadowy figure riding
slowly through quietly uttering a tew
earned "• ords. II" had gained many
paces to the rear before I ceased to
hear these words repeated again and
again (for all around was stii!)
••Push ahead, men! push ahead!"
The sua wim up when we came out
into the open. The great plain was
obscured with drifting smoke, rent
here and there with red flashes; invis-
ible masses of iron shrieked and
whistled over our heads. A burning
house and a barn off to thelelt show-
ed us disjointed lines of blue and
gray. Directly in our front tho
woods, the houses, the stone walls
vomited fire nnd lead. Orders came
out immediately. The genera
and his horse were found dead mid
way between our pickets and thost
ot the enemy, both riddled with bul-' ILv
lets. There had been a brave effort
to reach our line before horse and
rider sank down and expired togeth-
gp. i
It was in 18G2; and for three years < *
more I was marching, fighting and
in blue. How
battle.
n.
I did not mean to describe the
battle. There wore some thousands
of women made widows that day,
and many thousand of children made
orphans, and I am informed that the
great generals who write books about
fast then! We doubled-quicked into|ftti;mS with the boys in uiue now
line; we were in tlie awful maw of ls- T know not; but the visions ol
those times that oltenest disturb my
sleep are those of the incidents here
reluted. A shadowy army marches
again and again through my dreams,
as it marched through that forest; I
hear the low stern voice of the Gen-
eral riding through the column—
"Push ahead, men!—push ahead!"
the war have said that this battle j ond out from the fog and hanging
might just as well not have been ! Binoke bursts a phantombrownstoa
fought; that it had no influneee on white ince, wild eyes, and bridle
on
tlio campaign. 0, the pity of jt! It
was my first battle, and to me it was
a lurid* dream. For hours I was en-
veloped in fire, smoke nnd shouting.
I saw men all about me with the
frenzy of fighting in their eyes, their
nerves all strung. I saw familiar
faces staring in the rigors of death
up at the skies, and saw brave men
sorely smitten going to the rear.
But it was all a nightmare to me.
We held our line, we fell back into
the woods, we advanced again, cheer-
ing; thus the long day passed. Noth-
ing touched me—though after the
battle I found bullet-lioles in my
blouse. I suppose I did my part: 1
really don't know. It is all like a
dream.
Atnightfall there was a lull. Theene-
my's lines were considerably with
drawn. We talked about fighting
again tlie next day, and how we should
likely whip them. Our regiment was
near the ground wehad fought on. The
orderly of our company called the
roll; more than a dozen did not ans-
wer; most of them would never ans-
wer ugain. We took our guns down
from tho stacks and laid them under
the rubber blankets beside us,to pro-
tect them from the night dew; we
chewed our hard-tack, talked, and
slept. Soon we were roused up. A
detail for picket was made. Our
captain was officer of the picket; I
and three men were taken from the
company.
• A few hours later on the reserve,
tlie captain fainted away. He was a
little slip of a fellow who left college
to recruit this company. He was
weak in body, but with a soul ot fire
in it. When he came to I said to him
"Captain, you're sick; you must go
in and get relieved." He was too
feeble to speak, but pointed to his
shoulder. I examined it, and what
do you think? There was an ugly,
ragged wound, still bleeding, from a
minie ball that was in his blood that
minute, and he Baid nothing about
it.
I made him as comfortable as I
could with blankets, and sent in one
of the men to ask for an ambulance
or a stretcher to take him back.
There was no other officer with the
reserve; I was in command. The
hour was past midnight; the pickets
ought to be visited from the reserve
before the field officer came round, to
seo that they were on the alert. I
went out on the line.
They were all vigilant. At one
post i stopped; our Prussian Max
was there. We stood talking, when
two horsemen approached from the
direction of our lines. The picket
sharply halted them. One dismount-
ed and came forward leading his
horse. It was an orderly; he said
that the (ieneral was at hand. Max
called out "Correct—advance!" and
the other horseman rode up.
He stayed there a few minutes and
asked many questions. From me he
learned where the reserve lay, what
officer was with it, and why I was on
the line instead of he. He asked
Max if he had seen any signs of the
enemy's picket in our front, and the
soldier pointed out some places where
before dark he had seen suspicious
appearances.
The General looked thoughtfully
and long into the haze that covered
the field. The night was almost
cloudless, but everything below was
murky and dim. Objects could not
be distinguished beyond a few rods.
"I'll ride a little way out and see
for myself. "Orderly, go back to
the reserve and wait. Two of ub
might attract attention."
The familiar brown horse with a
white face disappeared out at the
front; the orderly wrote back. Max
shook his hedd.
"That's not prudent," was my
remark.
"Big general, big fool," was the
Prussian's blunt comment.
Some hidden influence held me
there for ten minutes. Never since
have I been so affected by the un-
seen. Something bade me Btay
there a little.
We heard a faint crackle of musket-
shots fa rout to the front. The picket
grasped his gun; both of us looked
and listened intently.
Out from the misty, smoky ob-
scurity a horse camo madly charging
right upon us. There was but an
! instant's glimpse; but my comrade
j and I have always agreed perfectly
about it. A brown horse, with a
' white Inco nnd wild eyes, bridle flying
' about the fore feet, gnlloping
straight upon us.
So suddenly the tiling came that
we should have been ridden over
before we could stir. Why were we
not? Because, as quickly as it had
eome.it vanished into tlie air, into
the ground, without noise of liooi
beat.
"(loot Gott's tnercy!" cried Max."
"'Tis the doppelgunger—the ghost
of the horse!"
I hurried back to the reserve, and
sent in a report to heud<|uarters. A
stron'f cavalry reeonnoisance weurt
whipping its forefeet; I awake with a.
cry of terror as it threatens to ride
mo down.—James Franklin Pitts in
Chicugo Inter-ocean.
Girls Must ATot Chew Gum.
"Girls, if you would have plump
and rosy clieeks don't chew gum,
are the opening words of a lecture
just issued by a distinguished profes-
sor on tlie evils of chewing gum, a
habit which just now has taken a
strong hold on the girls of the land.
The fashionable young lady consider*
a package of dantily arranged chew-
ing gum aB a very necessary part of
her wardrobe, and when the "in-the-
swim young man" wantBto make his
best girl a present he gives her a little
silver box, more dainty even than
the gum itself, and from this the miss
is pleased to hand around her gum
to her afternoon callers. A young
lady and her tulu are inseparable.
On the beach and in the bath it is
with her, and even in the folds of her
scant evening dress it may always be
found. The gum habit has spread
over the entire land, and the Califor-
nia girl uses it, ns does also the New
York belle, for Dame Fashion has de-
creed it.
Tlie gum comes in attractive pack-
ages tied in delicate ribbons, and con-
tained in each bundle of one dozen
pieces is a neat card setting forth the
advantage of gum from a sanitary
standpoint. It reads: "Dyspepsia,
which is so prevalent in America, is
caused solely by a lack of saliva as-
similated with the food, due to the
fact that Americans eat too much
and too rapidly. The act of chewing
gum stimulates the salivary glands,
and, by giving to the food taken its
proper quota of Baliva, greatly aids
igestion and positively prevents
Boston. New York and Phfl-
Ipliin, and the entirely daily pro-
tion is between five and six tons.
The lecture published by the emi
nent scientist quoted a bove refutes the
statements of the chwing-gum mak-
er, and asserts that this dainty mor-
sel is a dangerous enemy to woman-
kind, almost as great an evil as rum
is to mankind. Fair maidens ara
turned into human wrecks, and ir-
reparable damage to the system is
done by the constant use of chewing-
gum. Bosy cheeks are made hollow
and sallow, and cute dimples are
transformed into wrinkles wnile deep
lineB are drawn around the ones
beautiful eyes. The lecturer says:
The constant exertion of the mes-
setee muscles hardens it and removes
the fatty substance which conduces
to roundness. . Not only is the tidi-
ness ot the cheek destroyed, but
there is a great tendency to wrink-
ling of the skin, a natural result of
the falling away of the parts be-
neath it."
The doctor uses many other argu-
ments equally convincing, and when
they are placed before ladies proper-
ly the demand for gum will be cut off
very materially.
The output of chewing gum is said
to be very large. One New York
house turns out daily in Bmall pack-
ages of one dozen pieces a quantity
that in bulk would make nearly three
tons. This house makes the brand
which meets with special favor in the
eyes of society people. There are
many smaller manufacturers, all lo-
cated in ~ "
adelt
ductn
Quite as Strange as Fiction.
What a story of a real treasure
Island is that which the Japan Week-
ly Mail reports. Two million sterling
in doubloons, with no end of jewels
and plate, catched somewhere m the
Pacific by a practical English lieu-
tenant, wno cut out the brig contain-
ing the treasure and stowed away
his booty in a safe place on an un-
named island of the Marainne group.
The pirates quarreled; the lieuten-
ant, two officers, and a cabin boy
fired the ship and fled in a ship's
boat. One of the officers was mur-
dered before reaching land. Ths
cabin boy was clapped into prison as
a pirate. The lieutenant and the
surviving officers chartered a schoon-
er and went off for the treasure. The
officer tipped the lieutenant over-
board, and then, being threatened
with punishment unless he revealed
the place of the treasure, the solitary
survivor filled his pockets with lead
and iron and dropped into the sea,
leaving as the only clue a handful or
his hair, plucked out in an effort to
save him from drowning, and a chart
of tlie unnamed, unknown treasure
island. The Spanish authorities hold
tlio chart, tlio island holds the treas
ure, nnd an effort to discover it made
by an English captain, who believes he
lias a cluetotliesecret, has just had a
mysterious termination. The cap-
tain on landing to look for the treas-
ure was deserted by his men, who
carried off the ship. The wholestory
looks like a variant on Mr. Steven-
son's story by somo Japanese journ-
alist of genius. But it may be true
for all thut, and if so, we shall not
have long to wait before hearing of a
fresh expedition.
L
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