North Carolina Newspapers

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Forjnie XVatcnman-
sitting alone wntchinjr the rain pats
mn the trindow sill, string the gashes
3 vivid lightning, hearing peals of hoarse
Led distant thunder in a coming storm,
, 'w pleasant it is to remember Our 1 ather
wideband all villi veil. The highest au
thority sa vs "take no thought for the mor
row" for the morrow shall take thought
for the things of itself." How few of us
ioDreciate tliia most merciful command
wWit bids us to enjoy the present nod
U not too solicitous for the world s future.
If it be well to-day, it is unwise to make
the iireseut miserable by fearing it- may
bo ill to-morrow. Enjoy the blessings ef
this dav, if God sends them, and its evils
besrr patiently. He that enjoys the pre-Mu-fV
srootlenjoys nit much as pos
tible. But in enjoying the present we
must not cto time, but should glean up
its golden dust, save the brokeu frag-
ments. those leaving ui u.y
nauts of hours, which so mauyure sweep
ing out1nto the vast waste of existence.
Truthfully the poet saugi
The years that pass come not again,
The Uiinestliat die no life renew, y
' v t e'en from the rust ol his cankering chain
A Kf.lden truth is gllmmertn? through;
That to hlai who learns Irom errors past
Awl turns away with btrengtH sublime,
And makes each year outdo the last,
There Is no vanttd Time.
Itutalas! how many ill-spent yester
.Iivh jii-h weiirhinff unou.the hearts of
t;...'u nf.uVnr-iiB. The aired are the
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tiiir crlTilTl '
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grOWtll'OI IliaUV yCSeiUiJo ni4v ri.j
the soul with marks of weal and woe.
Can it le true the spirit has scars as well
as the flesh t If so, the youthful should
take heed; for Harrow says, "The dead
sea that swallows up all virtue, and the
self-made sepulchre of a living man, is idle
vets. Then if industry is no more than hab
it, it Is at least a desirable one. Our Maker
does not expect every one. to do some
great thing. He only asks us to be faith
ful in our sphere; to honor him in our
dnilv life, to be dad, grateful, temperate,
to cherish" the present, ami prize it, and-:
'l,.r if nor po until it bless us" with the i
" O
of shrinking from
naught
that we can do to restrain ourselves from
sin; then shall remembrances le sweet
unto the soul when memory attends us
through the vast hall of Eternity,
I LA NCI IK.
110X011 TO THE DEAD.
The monument of Thomas Jefferson is
to be repaired. That erected in Chicago
to the memory of Stephen 4. Douglas is
nearly completed. Kentucky has appro
priated $5,000 to build a monument to
Gen. Zachary Taylor. General Wool is
-to' have a $50,000 monument to be paid
for out of fuuds he left. "Stonewall Jack
son that hero of great genius is -honored
with a lieautiful statute made at the ex
pense of appreciative and sympathetic
'.Knglishmenpand fasltioned by the plastic
skill of the great English sculptor, Foley,
lialleek, the author of some line poems,
has a statute in Central Park, New York.
Manv others might be named that have
Wen reared within a few years. We
mention these that we may ask a ques
tion or two. lias North Carolina jio great
men? Has North Carolina no State pride?
Has North Carolina no appreciation of
geniusno gratitude for services render
ed! Where arc the men of the Revolu
tion 1 Have we no memory of what Davie
and Davidson, Caswell and Lillington,
-Harnett aud others wrought! What
4ther State with such a naval hero as John
ston Blakeley would not have had por
trait or bust or statute of him in its capi
tal ! Then, too, we have men of great
"civic fame. We have lawyers and divines
and jurists who were great men in their
day, and vhoretlected undying fame up
on our annals.I Henderson, Gaston, Uad
jjer, Graham, Bragg, Beit ton, Hawks,
; and other great men we boast of were
ornaments to their race, and shed great
glory upon our Stated. Were none of these
worthy of the chisel or the brush ?
Among our fallen heroes in tlie late war
we have two names that are worthy to le
forever cherished, and well worthy of the
painter's art aniTthe sculptor's skill. We
refer to Pettigrcw and Pender.
"What constitutes a State ?
Not high-raised battlements or labor'd
mound,
' Thick wall or moated gate ;
Not cities proud with spires and turrets
crowu'd ;
Not bays and broad arniM ports,
Where, laughing at the storm, rich navies
ride : -
No: Men, high-minded men.
Who know their rights, and, knowing,
daro maintain,
These constitute a State.''
CURE FOR RHEUM ATISM.
The New England Farmer recommend
the following receipt as a simple and in
valuable remedy for rheumatism. Take
a pint of the spirits of turpentine, to
which add half au ounce of camphor, let it
stand till the camphor hasdissolved; then
lubit onthe parts affected and it will
never fail to remove the complaint. Flan
nel should be applied after the part is
bathed with turpentine. Repeat the ap
plication morning and evening. It is
said to be equally available for burns,
scalds, bruises and sprains, never failing
of success.
As you pass along the street you meet
with a familiar face say good-morning
as though you felt happy, and it will
work admirably in the heart-of your
neighbor. Pleasure is cheap who will
not bestow it liberally T If there are smiles
and sunshine all about its, let us not
grasp them with a miser's fist, and lock
them up in onr hearts. Rather let us take
them and scatter them about us.
Out of 2,500 cases of measles in Mont
gomery, Ala., there was not a death.-
THE SILVER KING.
There is a man alire at this present
moment who, if he were so minded, could
give his daughter a marriage portion of
one hundred and fifty million dollars. He
would then hare about fifty million left
for himself. He lives half way up a
mountain side in Xavada, and his daugh
ter lives with him. Seven years ago he
was a poor man, to-day he is the silver
king of America. He has dug two hundred
million dollars' worth of silver out of the
billheislivingon,and has about two hun
dred million more yet to dig. If he lives
throe years longer he will be. the richest
man in the world His name is James Fair;
he is the manager, snperintendant, chief
partner, and principal shareholder in the
con sol ida ted, Virginia aud.rCaliforn i Sil
ver Mines, known to men as the "big
bonanzas." He has an army of men toil
ing for hjni day and night, down in the
very depths of the earth, digging, picking,
blasting ami crushing a thousand tons of
rock every twenty-four honrs. He works
as hard as any man of them. The man
who, by his own unaided exertions, can
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unit ia ilium .uuning uvuiviuiujjuuTruv.
jt jg wortu while to hear how such a fabu-
lous fortune can be accumulated. - -
Several years ago there were two little
Irishmen in the city of San Francisco,
keeping a driuking-bar of very modest
pretentions, close "to one of the principal
business thoroughfares. Their customers
were of all kinds. Among them was an
unusually large proportion of stock and
share dealers, mining-brokers and the
like, who, in tlie intervals of speculation,
rushed out of the neighboring exchange
five or six miles a day fordrinks. Whis
key being almost the religimKpf Califor
nia, and the two little barkeepers being
careful to sell nothing but the best arti
cle, their bar soon became a place of pop
ular resort. Aud as no true Californiau
could ever swallow a, drink of whiskey
under any circumstances without talking
about silver minesor gold-mines or shares
in mines, it soon fell out that, next to
the stock exchange itself, there was no
place in Sari Francisco where so much
mining-talk weut on as in the saloon of
Messrs. Flood & O'Brien, which were the
names of the two little Irishmen. Keep
ing their ears wide open, and sifting the
mass of gossip that they listened to every
day, these two gentlemen picked up a good
many crumbs of useful information, be
sides getting now and then a direct con
fidential tip ; and they turned some of
them to such good account bya few quiet
little speculations, that they shortly had
a comfortable sum of money lying at their
bankers'. Instead of thrownis; it awav
headlong in wild extravagant ventures.
which was the joyous custom of the aver
age Californiau in those davs, thev let it
lie where it was, waiting, with commen
dable prudence, till they knew of some
thing good to put it iuto. The j' soon
heard of something good enoujrh. On
Fair's advice they bought shares in amine
called the Hale and Norcross, aud were
speedily taking out of it fifteen thousand
pounds sterling a month in dividends.
This mine was the property of a com pan y,
and though it had at one time paid large
and continuous dividends, it was now
supposed to be worked out and worthless.
Mr. Fair, however; held a different opiu-,
ion ; and when he came to examine it care
fully, he found just what he expected to
find a large deposit of silver-ore. There
upon he and Flood and O'Brien together
bought up all the shares they could: lay
their hands upon, and obtained complete
control of tlfe mine. It was immediately
put under Fair's management, and it pros
pered, and the three partners waxed very
rich.
Mr. Fair, being an experienced and
clever practical miner, spent most of his
time down in the mine, laying out and
directing the work for his men. It was
necessary that he should know all there
was to be known, and see all there was
to be seen, about the property ; and he
made such constant and thorough'explora
tions of it, that he very soon got it by
heart? In a little time there was not an
inch with which he was not thoroughly
acquainted, not a trace of mineral in shaft
or tunnel of which he was not personally
aware. By and by, being a reflective
kind of man, who noticed everything and
forgot nothing, he took to thinking over
things, and pntting odds and ends of ob
servations together, and comparing notes,
and rummaging in old out-of-the-way
corners of the mine, and making all sorts
of examinations in all sorts of abandoned
places, and generally carrying in on a cur
ious way, until he finally persncd him
self that somewhere, close by the Hale and
Norcross, there ran a gigantic rein of
silver-bearing ore, whose value he could
only calculate in figures that frightened him
tolook at. "Week after week he hunted
for this vein without success, and under
difficulties that would have disheartened
an ordinary man ; but he stuck to the
search and ultimately found a clue. He
followed it wp for ten days, aud then
struck the bonanza, a huge sheet of glit
tering stephauite, one hundred feet w ide,
of unknown length and depth, aud of tlie
estimated valae of six hundred millions
of dollars the mightest fortune that ever
dazzled the eyes of man. In a Week he
and his partners were the absolute own-
ers of three-fourths of it, the prospective
possessors of four bundled aud fifty mil-
lion dollars f Figures like these stun tlie
imagination.
In the excitement cansed by this as
tounding discovery it is scarcely more
than the hard truth to say that San Fran -eisco
went raving mad. The rein in
which the bonanza was' found was known
to run straight through the consolidated
Virginia and California mines, dipping
down as it went, and could not be traced
any farther. Bat that fact was nothing
to people who were bent on having min
ing stock ; and, vein or no vein, the stock
they would have. Consequently they
bought into every mine in the neighbor
hood, good and bad alike, sending prices
up to unheard-of limits, and investing
millions in worthless properties that have
never yielded a shilling in dividends, and
sever will. When , Flood'liad bought a
large quantity of tlie bouauza stock, and
had assured to himself "and his partners
the controlling interest in the mines, he
recomriiended all his friends to buy a lit
tle, and O'Brien did the same. Those
who took the advice are now drawing
their proportionate share of dividends,
amounting to about two million five hun
dred thousand dollars a mouth. The
majority of thoso who bought into other
mines, in Californian partance, "busted."
What these three men and their, latest
partner, Mackay, are going to do with
their money is a curious problem, the
solution of which will be watched with
great interest in a year or two to come.
The money they are holding now is yield
ins them returns so enormous- that their
maddest extravagances could make no
impression on the amount. Every year
they are earning more, saving more, and
investing more. They have organized a
bank with a capital of ten millions of
dollars ; they control nearly all the min
ing interests of Nevada and California ;
they have a string grip on the commer
cial, financial, and farming interests
aloug the Pacific slope ; and by a single
word they cau at any moment raise a dis
astrous panic, and plunge thousands of
men iuto hopeless ruiu. It will be an in- .
teresting thing to wait and watch how
this terrible power for good or evil is to
be wielded. Home Journal.
From the Lutheran Obsenx-r.
SIGHTS IN ROME.
MY PROF. V. L. COXKAD.
MAKIOLATUV.
Persons who have not visited Roman
Catholic countries cau scarcely form an
adequate idea of what Mariolatry really
is, or of the extent to which it prevails as
a practice among the people. In all the
cathedrals and churches of such-countries !
there are statutes or paintings of the Vir
gin and Child, which are the objects of
special homage from those who worship
there, and persons can frequently be seen
"crossing themselves'' or dropping upon
one kneo for a moment, as they pass the
image; while others remain kneeling for
some time, gazing upon the statute with
expressions of the deepest devotion.
Along the public highwa3s, also, and
sometimes iu or near villages, plain or
rude shrines containing a coarse painting
or statute of the Virgin may be seen.
These are often located on the spot where
some special accident, deliverance, cure
or recovery is said to have occurred
"through the interposition of the Holy
Virgin Mother," and the faith and devo
tion of the simple villagers and peasantry
are thus promoted.
But to see Mariolatry in its highest de
velopment, one must go to Rome. There
it has not only blossomed aud matured,
but has actually goue to seed, as it were,
under the special efforts and fostering
patronage of the late pope.
THE DECREE OF IMMACULATE CONCEPTION.
Ill order to relievo Romanists from the
just charge of idolatry for paying divine
homage to the Virgin Mary, Pius IX,
called a general council in 1854, and had
it adopt the decree of the Immaculate
Conception. This was a sort of practical
apotheosis of Mary, aud elevated her to a
divine or semi divine rank, and thereby
reudered her worthy to receive the hom
age and worship of all faithful Romanists
throughout the world. This decree was
promulgated under circumstances of great
pomp and pageantry, and like the chief
official acts of other popes, it is commem
orated on the walls of one of the galleries
of the Vatican by immense and brilliant
paintings in fresco of the council, the
scene at the promulgation of the decree,
and various allegorical representations of
the event.
This decree furnished another special
dogma to the Roman Church with which
to inspire the devotion of the faithful, and
the late pope employed it with signal suc
cess. With his express approval, his su
bordinates iu all countries encouraged
Mariolatry in various ways, and it be
came one of the chief features of his pon
tificate. Miraculous appearances of the
Virgin were manufactured to order iu
different countries aud at secluded out-of-the-way
places, where none but priests,
girls aud sickly women could testify about
them; aud these were trumpeted abroad,
certified as true, and pilgrimages of the
faithful by thousands every year were
made to the places where these marvel
ous apparitions of the Virgin were said to
have occurred. The grotto of Lourdes in
in France, and Marpingen, in Rhenish
Prussia, are among themore recent and
fatuous localities ; at which such appari
tions and pilgrimages have been made. 4
POPULAR MADONNAS .
Roman churches have their fashions to
attact the multitude, just as some sensa
tional and spectacular Protestant churches
who feebly imitate them, have.: One of
these is, to get up a popular madonna in
some of their large city , churches. The
usual method is, to attribute ' some re
markable cures of sick persons, made in
answer to prayers offered to an image of
the V'irgin in some cathedral or 'church.
Sometimes the cures are real, and are ouly
attributed to the -wrong ; cause; ibu the
actual cure is sufficient; it is attributed to
the kind and loving Virgin Mother of our
Lord, and her imago in the .church - thus
becomes an object of special no4nug!Cand
worship to the multitude. This is the
way some madonnas become popular, and
the churches in which they are, attract
more worshipers lhau others.
A FASHIONABLE MADONNA.
The most popular and fashionable ma
donna in Rome at the present time, is
that of Giacomo Tatti, in the church of
St. Augustine. It is a group of the Vir
gin and Child, and has loug since super
seded in popular favor the famous madon
na of Loreuzetto, at the tomb of Raphael
in the Pantheon. This statute is believ
ed to possess superhuman power, and to
have caused miraculous cures in answer
to prayers. The walls of the church are
hung, with pictures representing such
wonderful recoveries from sickness, and
protection aud deliverances from danger
and accidents. The image is arrayed iu
a gorgeous robe, which is literally cover
ed with necklaces, bracelets, rings, chains,
watches, and all kinds of costly jewelry,
all of which are votive, offerings from per
sons who have sought or received benefits
attributed to this madonna. So numer
ous are these offerings, that the bracelets
clasped around the arms, for instance,
cover them entirely from the shoulders to
the hands, and some aic even clasped
doubly over others, while other gifts are
pinned and otherwise fastened on the
dress, which glitters with gold and gems
of all colors from head to feet. The statue
stands in a niche sufficiently high to ena
ble devotees conveniently to kiss its foot,
which is covered with metal to preveut
its being worn off by the frequent contact
with the lips of the multitudes who thus
pay their homage from day to day and
year to year. Near the foot is a money
box to receive the gifts of the worshipers,
and before it hang silver lamps which are
kept constantly lighted.
KISSINt; A MADONNA S TOE.
On the floor lefore the image of this
madonna, devotees may nearly always be
seen kneeling, and during" tho fifteen or
twenty minutes in which we examiued
the statute, and observed the worshipers,
one day last summer, we counted over
thirty who bowed, crossed themselves,
fell tin their knees before the image, and,
after praying a few moments, rose and
kissed its toe ! Most of these jersons
were richly dressed ladies in silk and
jewels, who daintily wiped the toe of the
madonna with their embroidered hand
kerchiefs before kissing it, and then
"crossed themselves," bowed again, and
departed. But some were poorly-clad
and sickly-looking woman, who brought
their dirty, ragged, sore-eyed children
sometimes a baby in arms aud these
kissed the sacred too without wiping, and
lifted their children to do the same. Then
they dipped their fingers into a small box
of holy oil beside the statue, aud annoint
ed the ey-es of their little ones, crossed
their foreheads, bowed again in homage
and withdrew, doubtless believing that
the holy oil, and the intercession of the
madonna, would soon cure them aud the
eyes of their children.
Ou the portico of the church, photo
graphs, rosaries, pictures, and all manner
of cheap but holy charms and mementoes
are kept for sale, and for a penny we pur
chased a tawdry little colored picture of
this fashionable madonna and Child,
framed with pasted paper aud glass, with
a loop attached, to be worn as an amulet
against disease. Many of these are pur
chased by the poor to be hung up in their
dwellings, or worn on their persons, to
secure the favor of the madouna, and to
protect them from harm.
Such is Mariolatrv in Rome, as it
blossomed under Pio Nono, and as we saw
it exhibited there in the year of grace,
1877.
Recent reports from Rome, however,
seem to indicate that the new pope Leo
XIII. does not intend to encourage Mari
olatry after the manner of his predeces
sor. If so, it is well that even Romanism
should be relieved from the shame of such
disgraceful and pitable exhibitions of im
posture, practised upon tlie credulity!, of
the people iu the name of Christiauty.
There are so many rules, regulations,
restrictions and orders issued and enforc
ed by the Commissioner of Revenue at
Washington, that we are almost surprised
that any honest mau will engage in the
manufacture of tobacco, cigars, &c. The
manufacturer is Ijable. even when he is
trying to deal honestly with the govern
ment, to have his property seized and put
to heavy expense to get released from the
clutches of Revenue officers. The whole
Internal Revenue system should be abol
ished as a nuisance almost unendurable
by good citizens. Char. Denwrat.
GRIST FOR BLAIR'S MILL.
Ttco Florida Eadteah Turn
State's
Fri-
aence Against Their Fellow
i btctndlers.
Elettoral
Jacksonville, Fla April 23. The
Daily San and Press announces that Mc
IJn, Secretary of State under Governor
Stearns, and L. G. Dennis, the little giant
of Alachua county, have made a confes
sion in writing of frauds in 1876 by which
Florida was carried for Mr. Hayes. Den
nis covers all the details of the Archer
precincts frauds, which played so impor
tant a part befare the returning board.
He says that 214 names were put ou the
returns of . Archer after tlie voting. Mc
Lin's confession is said to cover all the
transactions before tlie State canvassing
boanL; These confessions were ,put 4n
the hands of the "present Secretary of
State, Bloxham, and have been forwarded
to Washington. After Dennis made his
confession, eleven indictments against
him for fraud in Alachua and Levy coun
ties were nol prossed. McLin, it is said,
was rewarded, but how is not known.
The Sun and Press to-morrow morning
will close au editorial as follows : "These
gentlemen have unbosomed themselves,
and their written statements have gone
to Washington. The Archer fraud is ful
ly developed, and the little crookedness
in Baker is laid bare, and also the secrets
wf the State canvassing board at Talla
hassee." THE DEATH OF A GENERATION.
Popular Science Monthly.
A writer in an English magazine stud
ies from birth to death the march of an
English generation through life, basing
his remarks on the annual report of the
registrar-general. The author singles
out,, in imagination, a generation of one
million souls, and finds that of these more
than one-fourth die before they reach five
years of age. During the next five years
the deaths number less than one-seventh
of those in the first quinquennium. From
ten to fifteen, the average mortality is
lower than at any other period. From
fifteen to twenty the number of deaths
increases again, especially among women.
At this period, the influence of daugerous
occupations begins to be seen in the death
rate. Fully eight times as many men as
women die violent deatlis- The number
of such deaths continues to rise from
twenty to twenty-fivf, aud keeps high for
at least twenty years. Consumption is
prevalent and fatal from twenty to forty
five, and is responsible for nearly half the
deaths. From thirty-five to forty-five
the effects of wear and tear begin to ap
pear, and many persons succumb to dis
eases of the important internal organs
By fifty-five the imagined million has
dwindled down to less than one-half, or
421,113. After this, the death-rate in
creases more rapidly. At seventy-live,
there remain 1(11,124, and at eighty-five,
3S,56o. Only 202 reach the age of one
hundred. At fifty-three, the number of
men and women surviving is about equal,
but from tiftv-fivo onward tlie women ex
ceed the men.
AN OUTSIDE VIEW OF NORTH CAR
OLINA POLITICS. .
Washington Special to Baltimore Sun.
Washington, April 23. North Caro
lina politics are attracting some attention
here at this time. The Democratic con
vention to nominate candidates for judi
cial offices, &c, will meet in June. For a
month or two there has been a discredit
able squabble in progress between several
of the aspirants for judicial position,
which has threatened the harmony of the
Democratic party of the State. This has
had the effect to stir up hopes in the Re
publicans of regaining some, at least of
their hist ground, aud some of the more
prominent of them have come on to Wash
ington to consult with the Republican
leaders as to what means shall be used to
take advantage of the situation. One re
sult of this consultation is said to be the
understanding that both orators and mou
ey can be supplied from here if the out
look should continue sufficiently promis
ing to justify it.
Tho Democratic Congressmen from
North Carolina, while admitting that the
quarrel over the judicial offices has not
lieen beneficial to tho morale of their par
ty, are of tho opinion that it will not have
any serious effect upon Democratic pros
pects at the approaching election. An
other element which will make the can
vass of unusual interest is the senatorial
succession. Tho contest will be between
Judge Merrimon, the present Senator, and
Govt Vance. The great point attempted
to be made against Judge Merrimon is
that he was elected tothe seat which he
now holds in the Senate by the vote of the
Republican members of the Legislature,
aided by a few Democrats who would not
vote for Gov. Vance, who at the time was
the Democratic caucus nominee.
If you have an enemy act kindly to him
aud make him your friend. You may
not win him over at ouce, but try again.
Let one kindness be followed by another,
till you have conipaseed your end. By
little and little, great things are comple
ted; ami so repeated kindness will sotten
the heart of stone.
Fight hard against a hasty temper.
Anger will come but resist it strongly.
A spark may set a house on fire. A fit of
passion may give you cause to mourn all
the tlays ol your inc.
injury.
A NARROW ESCAPE FROM DROWN
ING. A very distressing accident happened
at the residence of Mr. C. II. Schnlken,
residing on Walnut, between Third and
Fourth streets, on Sunday afternoon, and
one which culminated in one of the nar
rowest escapes from death we have ever
heard of. It seems that Mrs. S. was ab
sent, and Mr. S. was sitting on the steps
of his back piazza, while . his little baby
boy, aged about seventeen months, was
playing about in the yard. The little fel
low finally got beyond the range of his
vision, and remained so perhaps about
three or four minutes, when he missed
hira and commenced looking around for
him, but still anticipating nothing wrong,
until suddenly iie was horrified. bevond
description hy seeingthe feet of the little
fellow protruding from a duck trough on
the premises, consisting of the half of a
lard barrel sunk iuto the ground and
nearly filled with water, his head and
body submerged in the dirty, filthy pool.
uickly lifting him from this perilous im-
sitionjie found him to be apparently cold
and lifeless, and was sure at the time that
the vital spark had entirely left the body.
rhe neighbors were seut for, however, and
after rolliug him upon the floor and using
other meaus of resncitation for some time,
the little fellow finally commenced show
ing signs of returning life and conscious
ness, and at last accounts.-we are irlad to
learn, had so far improved that all danger
was considered to be past. Mr. Sehulkcn
says,and we can readily lielievo it, that
his seusations upon beholding the little
feet of hischild protruding from the trough
were almost enough to freeze his soul with
horror, and that the impression then made
upon his mind will never be entirely
erased as loug as his life shall last. If he
had been ouc minute later in discovering
his wherealM)uts, his death would have
been certain. 1VH. Star.
NO MORE QUESTIONS FOR HIM.
From the Kochester Express.
The Rev. Dr.. Ritchie, of Edinburg, al
though a verj clever man, has met his
match. When examining a student as to
the classes he had attended, he said :
"And you attended the class for math
matics t"
"Yes."
"How many sides has a circle V
"Two," said the student.
"What are they ?"
What a laugh in the class the student's
answer produced when he said : "Au iu
side and outside."
But this was nothing compared with
what followed. The doctor having said
to this student :
"And you attended the philosophy
class, also !"
"Yes."
"Well, you would hear lectures on sub
jects. Did you ever hear one on cau so
and effect ?"
"Yes."
"Does an effect ever go before a
cause ?"
"Yes."
"Give me an instance."
"A man wheeling barrow."
The doctor then sat down, and propos
ed no more questions.
Atheism in Politics. Belief in
some sort or degree of religion on tlie
one hand, and in nothing like religion
on the other hand, are so widely di
vergent standpoints in regard toal
questions of right and wrong, that it
becomes a problem of ever increased
difficulty and magnitude how a state
can bo governed harmoniously by
Christians and atheists in common.
In the State of Mississippi the con
stitution for thirty years before the
year 18G8 provided that no person
who denied the existence of God, or a
future state of reward or punishment
should hold any office in the civil de
partment of the State. Then, how
ever, that part of the constitution was
changed, and this law was set aside
A few years, however, have passet
away, and the workings of things
have been such that it is now propos
ed to restore the law. This is well
With the State and the individua
alike, the beginning of wisdom is the
fear of God, and it is only in acknowl
edging him that any can expect to be
let! in right paths.
Canada is a convenient place of refuge
for rascals. Every diity fellow who has
committed a robbery flees to the Domin
ion of the Queen and thinks himself safe
from the clntches of the law. The other
day General Smalley stripped across the
Itorder, and now II. II. Skimpton, the
fiscal agent of South Carolina in Jfew
York, has fled, aud is said to be iu Can
ada, without beard and with a new name
Gov. Hampton is anxionsly inquiring his
whereabouts, but Skimpton is ufraid-o
Southern malaria, and is craving to sip
his mint juleps this summer with his legs
dangling over the Canada side of Niagara,
i Fulls. Star.
DEATH OF ISRAEL G. LASH.
(From the Salem Press.) L
Hou. Israel G. Lash died at his
deuce, in this place, on Wednesday morn-"
ing, after a protracted illness. He had
reached tlie average age of 67 years and &
J -'
months.
Mr. Lah was born at Bethauia. For- Z
syth county, (then Stokes) on the 18th of ' 4
August, 1810, and worked on his father '
farm until 1830, when he engaged iu tho
mercantile business, and subsequently
commeuced, with his brother, an extend"
sivercigar manufactory. ' 't
In 1847 he WameTPrcsideiit of tho j
Bank of Cape Fear at Salem which f- '1 1
fice he held to the cud of the "war. ' "". ' '
After the war. he. with others, started '
and satisfactorily conducted the 4 First"
NationaVBankorSnlem; vet f fifiucces r
fol operation. .: " 't "
He was electeil to Jilje State Convention
18C5 with Judge D. H. Starbuck. The
deceased also represented tlijs District in
the 40th U. S. Cougrcss of 1867-'U3 and
was re-elected to the 41st Congress 'of
13(39-70, as a Republican.
1 ue deceased was a maij of large wealth.
and in this State and beyond its limits,
was well known to the world of finance;
which specialty he shone pre-cminen-
tly. -
A Word to Infidels.
A writer in the Mdhoditt has the follow.-
ing pertinent remarks to skeptics :
Avoid boastful scofliiag, Su& conduct
awakens the pity or the contempt of those
whom you Wftuld bring over to your own
way of thinking. . Upon your own showing
there is something about tjje Christian relir
gion which ctjlh fqr your r.ospect.. It is cm-
braced by multitudes of those whom you
admit to have a fair share of virtue and of .
intelligence. It has inspired iiijen to do and.
to suffer great things ; it has advanced civil
liberty; it is an important factor in mod
ern civilization, and is a living power in tho
world. No man can write history and omit
to notice the progress of the Christian rli-
gion, for its truths are in the social system
as are the iron atoms in the blood. And
do you really think, 4) infidel, that you aro
the youthful David that is going to slay
this mighty Goliath ? Put away your mock
ing and scoffing spirit, for that is not tho
temper with which you are to fight the
giant. You .had better lay him-low before
you indulge in ridiculous lioasting. "With--in
a hundred years," said an infidel in my
hearing, ''Christianity wilfc'ease. to be."' To
which the only reply it was necessary to
make was this, "All men arc not J rue proph
ets." Such a prophecy as that has been
uttered, and in the flight of time has Jjeen
refuted again and again. "I am living in
the twilight of Christianity," j;aid Voltaire,
who was the mostbrilliant Frenchman of
the eighteenth century. Well, Ypltajre,
seventy years have shown that it was the
twilight, not of the evening, as you thought,
but of the morning, which is R owing
brighter and brighter unto the perfect day.
Many an infidel injures his own cause and
excites disgust by his boast, "I pan pull
down with one hand the temple . which it
took the hands of the twelve Apostles! $
lifetime to build." With this thought he
obtrudes himself upon the public gae, and
begins not to argue, but to grin, and utter
witticism", and to lash himself into a strange
kind of indignation. That is not the way
to draw followers. An infidel -shouhlbe in:
tensely seriousif it is a possible thing for
him to be so.
It is. a safe assertion to make that the
man who takes his pickaxe and goes to the '
base of the Alleghauies, and resolves to uii:
derminc those mountain ranges an4 level
them with the plain, his a long and rather
serious task lefore him. Loukers-pn may
think that he will fajj. But if he honestly
thinks he will accomplish his task, let him
by his conduct show that he has a long and
a serious work to do. Let hiurnot be forever
smiling and joking, as though he was out
on a holiday's sport.- The trouble with
many an infidel is that he does not realize,
what a serious work' he is about, lie is
trifler, and sometimes a babbler. Esrth,
heaven and hell are gazing npon him, am
if he levels the mountain ot Christian truth,
as he is now trying to do, he will change
the destiny of the human raee forever. Let
him realize what his work means. Of alj
men tin the face of the earth lie ought, on
his own reasoning, to le tlie most i-prtous
and the most consecrated.
The papers are laying down platforms
for the candidates for the next Legisla
ture. We have met with several, and
we are glad to see that in each that a tax
on all dogs is the leading plank. Father
Evansjvants the dog tax To be applied to
the public school fund. This is a gool
idea. The Biblical L'ecorder cputajns an
excellent article from the jen of llev. Dr.
Pritohard, upon farming in North Caro
lina, that should be widely read. Ho far
vors strongly the dog tax. II". Star, -
A very cute fellow was he who advised
that no direct attack should be made on
the dog because he has numerous friends
wjiq will fight for him to the bitter eud.
On the contrary the female cants is geii:
erallv without friends. Tax 7cr, saya the
wise one, heavy ten or twenty dollars
a;i I let a man have as many as he is wil
ling to keep at the pi ice. The dogs wilj
soon die out, aud under the oppeiation of
such a law tlie numlier will din'iinihh aut
the breed will be improved.
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