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Book of A=es, Cleft for life! The great hymns of the world that have touched the hearts of many thou- sands have usually been the expression of a vital individual experience. They have not been written as mere pieces of literary composition; they have been the crystallizing of personal sor- row, personal faith, or personal reali- gallon. They have been the summing up of years of hope and struggle, focused in an instant of expression, as the century plant stores up vitality for decades to be evidenced at last in a sudden towering. The circumstances that inspired some of our great devo- tional hymns must deepen the interest in both the song and the singer and reveal that mighty kinship of human souls, that divine sympathy, that con- fers deathless fame on a few simple verses, soul-biographies living in song. This greatest of hymns was written in 1775 by Rev. Augustus Toplady, a very learned English divine, who died at the early age of thlrty-eight. The hymn has the rare, wondrous spiritual ecstasy he revealed in his daily life. In his last illness he said: "I cannot tell the comforts that I feel in my sofll; they are past expression, It will not be long before God takes me; for no mortal man can live after the glories which God has manifested to my soul." The marble tablet over his grave says: He Wrote "Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me." The Sweet ]L;y and By. In 1867 this hymn. known as "The Sweet By and By," was written at Elkhorn, Wls., by S. Fillmore Bennett, who was as- .!~i s ociated with J. P, Webster in arranging a new collec- tion of hymns,Web- ster was nervous, sen- sitive a n d easily dis- sours g e d. O n e day, when very blue, h e went i n t o " ~ B e n nett's o~ce, and when asked "What's the matter, now?" answered "It is no matter, it will all be right by and by." The idea flashed into Bennett's mind, as he then expressed it, was " 'The Sweet By and By!' Why wouldn't that make a good hymn?" Turning to a table he at once Wrote the words; Webster Jotted down the mnsie as if inspired. Half an hour inter two musical friends entered the room and it was sung by the quartet. Neme0r, ~y G~, to Thee. Of the many hymns written by Mrs. Sarah Flower Adams, the only one that has survived is this hymn, based on tlie Bible story of Jacob's vision at Bethel, the Imagery of which narrative it follows most faithfully. It first ap- Peared in a volume called "Hymns and Anthems," published in 1841. The chief criticism made against this hymn is that it does not mention a Savior, Rev. A. T. Ruesel added a stav~a covering this lack, but the new" lines are rarely used and they never became popular. JelgiK' Lover of MY ~I* " One day Charles Wesley was Sitting by an open window, looking over the beautiful fields, when he saw a little btrd pQ~sued by a hawk. The poor thing, w~ak and frightened, in seeking to escape from its enemy, flew into the room and found refuge in ~Wesiey's bosom. As the poet was then in great trouble a~d needed the safety of a ~ef- u~e, the consolatio~~ of help from a higher power than his own, the inci- dent ~emed to him a divine message, and, thus lns~gired, he wrote the fa- mous hymn. Hold the" Fort, for ]C Am Co~a|ng, In October, 1864, Allatoona Pass, a defile in the Mountains of Georgia, was guarded by General Corse with 1,500 men. It was a strong strategic point and, moreover, a million and a half of rations were stored there. Fresich, the southern general, with 6,000 men, attacked the garrison and drove the defenders into a small fort on the crest of the hill. The battle was fierce; the northern soldiers fell in such numbers that further fighting seemed folly. But one of Corse's ofllrers caught sight of a white signal flag fluttering in the breeze on the top of Kenesaw Moun- tain, across the valley, fifteen miles away. The signal was answered, and then came the inspiring message from mountain to mountain: "Hold the fort; I am comlng.--W. T. Sherman." Cheer after cheer went up, and though hopelessly reduced in numbers they did hold the fort for hours until the advance guard of Sherman's army came to their relief. Six years later, P. P. Bliss, the evangelist, heard the story in all its vivid detail from a soldier friend, and then wrote the words and music of this famous hymn. From Greenland's Icy l~[ountalnq. On What Sunday, 1819, Dr. Shipley, an English clergyman, was to preach a missionary sermon. On the day pre- ceding, Dr. Shipley requested his son- in-law, Bishop "Reginald Heber, to write "sornethtng~or them to sing in the morning.-- --' H~ber retired from the table, around which a group of friends were assembled, and in a corner of the room wrote this hymn at one sitting. Artificial SUk. The manufacture of artificial silk, it is reported, has become quite a thriv- ing industry in Germany, although it seeems there are only certain purposes for which if can be used, but still these are very numerous. The output of the Elberfield district alone, it is said, amounts to $125,000 monthly. Certain disadvantages connected with the product, among which is its highly in- flammable character, having acted as a deterrent to its manufacture, but an improvement in the process has re- cently come,into use in France which av0ids m o~t~P~:these disadvantages. According;t~S method dl, y nitro- cellulose, ~bber solution and a salt of tln,,,~ef~rably~tnnous chlor- ide, are m~ed'~t0gether in the propor- tions of 100 pounds of the first to 7 pounds of the second and 5 pounds of the lasL To this a suitable solvent, like benzine, is added in such quantit~ as will bring the mixture to the de- sired consistency. LemoQ Jutoe of Barroom~ Now that the sale of a bogus lemon- ade has been forbidden by law, it would be interesting to know what ac- tion would follow an investigation of the compound used as lemon juice in many of the barrooms that pretend to be of the first rank and are entitled ,to a place in that category so far as their price~ can put them there. The mixture commonly used in drinks re- quiring lemon juice possess~ only one quality of the real thing. It is sour, but it su~ests the fruit In no other particular and tastes sf foreign in- gredients too strongly to deceive the most inexperlenced.~New York Sun. Allow Till for PI!Iy. The all work and no pl~y woman ~oon becomes scarcely more than a machine, a machine that too often runs with~ the wheels being greued~in a hard, grinding, squeaking way, re* qutrlng much more strength and time than if a little lubrication had been a~nVen in the sb4~0 Of oe~asiox~l pleas- t mome~ anatch~l by the w~YS, asys the Jacksonville Tlme~-Un~n.' There is try great desire .for, than to so wear our- selves out ~ody and spirit in their at- tainment that we loa~ the .~ow~r of en- L Joyment, too tired t~ c~re for anyt~hing. So the wise woman, though, like the woman in the Bible, she rises "while it te yet night," she yet makes su~ of a little time every day--perhaps not more than a half hour~whicl~ is her very own, and with which stranger or friend "lntermeddlsth not," FOOLS an~ ~ensible men are eqmttly lnneeUou~..It is in the bldf fools and half wim~ that the i~-eater danEer 11~. -~the, +4~++++ 4+++ ++++ ++++++ ++++++ [ Current Topics ![ "-~'ather of Eighf-Hour ~Daj/.'" Organized labor, particularly in New England, is greatly interested in the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the connection of George E. Mc- "Neill of Boston with the movement. Fifty years ago 1 Mr. McNeill began agitating in favo~ .~*~ of the eight-houi , work day, and h~ ~~ /~'~.~,~ has been active in !~ that direction eve~ ~, ~ since. He was th~ first field agent ol the Eight - Hour / league, and ha~ won the title ol "Father of the Eight-Hour Day." Beginning life as a bobbin boy in a woolen mill, he has devoted half a century to forwarding the cause of organized labor. He has written several books on labor sub- ~ects, and in 1886 was the labor candi- date for Mayor of Boston. In 1885 he was chosen as arbitrator of the greal Boston street car strike, and by his in. fluence succeeded in settling it. He was born in Amesbury, Mass., in 1837, and his father was a great friend oi the poet Whittier and of other antl- slavery leaders. In honor of his fiftieth anniversary as a labor leader a grand banquet will be given in his hono~ either in New York or Boston, the date and place not having been yet selected. It is assured that hundreds of men[ prominent in the work of organized labor will be present to honor the patrlarch. ~rur~eon Who X~illed Him,elf. JVO 'A:BLE,5" TO Prominent larnogologist and army surgeon who smrted the "embalmed beef" investigation in 1898, commltted suicide last week at Pittsburg. Another ~v Call. There is a new revelation of faith science. It comes "from a Denver Dlon Boucicault has been followed by prophet of occult influences. He brings the statement that the wedding will a gospel for the lazy. He has a new not take place until autumn. plan of physical cu)ture. He calls itI The announcement of the engage- ment of Miss Irene Van Brugh to Mr, the actress began when both were playing in .Arthur Wing Pinero's com- edy, "Trelawney of the Wells," three years ago. Miss Van Brugh was the Rose Trelawney and Mr. Boucicault Since then they have never been hers of the same company. Miss V~n Brugh is the sister of other well kn@wn actress, Brugh, Mrs. Arthur Bourchter, but not come from a theatrical She went upon the stage in 1888, a young girl. For several years she played a round of small parts. Her first appearance in a part of large im- portance was in that of Lady Rosa" mend in "The Liars," in 1897. Her after rise was rapid, Mr. Pinero choOS* ing her the following year to create role of Sophy Fullgarney in Pinero's "The Gay Lord Quex." reason of her American tour with Mr. Hare's company, her lmpersona~loc also won her international reputation. Dion Boucicault is the son of the Irish actor-dramatist of that name. H~ is older than his future wife, tieing now about 40 years of age. He wa~ born in New York and made hie first appearance on the stage as Dauphl9 in "Louis XI." at Booth's theater, New York, in 1880. He went to Lcn" ~don a few' years later, and today i known as an excellent actor of char" The romance between the actor and the Sir William Gower of the cast. acter and eccentric parts, "mental gymnastics." He exercises _ - - - __-____________w his subjects by telepathy, or sugges-] The Au,~traltan ,A~t~;ndle#. ment" is gone beyond recovery and had War been declared between Orea~ tion. He says: "They don't have tc{ The victims of a great goid mining that the market value of the $350,- Britain and the Boer republics tha~ exercise at all--simply to think and speculation in Australia have taken it 000,000 in stock for which they paid Mr. Baker duplicated his offer to th@ by the power of my mind I can de- velop their .nuscles. I follow theiint their heads that they can get more than par is $30,000,000. They British government, giving them the use of the steamship Maine. Mr. Baker some of the money back. It appears same plan with women as with men."] that the promoters sold shares to the. Nothing could be more simple. Ample amount of $350,000,000 in the aggre- physical exercise can be taken by sin-! gate to people in Australia and Eu- ply thinking that you are walking a rope, whose haste to get rich made long distance or running a footrace or them too credulous. Now these peo- turning double somersaults, All that ple' or some of them, hope to find you ha'~e to do is to "think"~the pro- part of their lost cash through an in- professor of mentzl gymnastics does veetigation by the parliament of the the rest. It is-a big thing, new Australian federation. They ad- are out for the remainin~ $250,000,000, alleging that the promoters got the money from them by false representa- tions. From tMs we learn that they are still credulous. All they can get back from the swindling promoters will not help them much. Possibly, however, if they do not hunt with a brass band they may have the s~ttis- faction of seetng some of the swindl- "'Holy '~Rollera,'" "Rial~r of"h- yah" ~owte. "Elijah" Dowie and the healing hosts of Zion have a formidable rival in "Bishop" Eastman and the "Holy Rollers," who are now causing great excitement in central New York. The "Holy Rollers" are so called from their practice of rolling upon the ground in spasms of religious ec- stasy. Often the "saints" of t h e church, after so rolling, become ap- parently lifeless and lie for hours i n a cataleptic s t a t e. "Bishop" Eastman, the head of the "Holy Roll- ers," was a country teacher when, ten years ago, he became a religious de- votee and organized the strange church which now has several thousand members. Their services are usually held out of doors, and preferably on a hill top, and are marked by much shouting, leaping, and kissing among the men. They practice "divine heal- ing," and claim to have made most re- markable cures. At.almost all of their meetings people who claim to be help- lesS paralytics and bed-ridden rheu- matics are prayed over and annointed with oil, afterwards throwing away their crutches and rising from thel~ beds to Join in the wild shouting and leaping which go on all around them. The "Holy Rollers" have many strong churches in the rural communities of New York and Pennsylvania, and are fa~t spreading into other states. They have also organiezd a Canadian branch. .No# a Hra~ ,7~a~.e-O//." Hartford, Conn., Times: The "rake- off" of the state of New Jersey from the outside corporaUone it has char- tered is $1,616,129 for the year 1901. These companies are no less than 8,944 in number. The charge to even the largest of them is very small. Thus, the great Standard Oil company, with its capital of $100,000,000," on which a dividend of $80,000,000 was p~td last year, is annually taxed 0nly a.iittle more than $8,000 by the Jet* ~m@mea for the privileges which the state gives to ths company in its charter. nit that $70,000,000 used in "develop- ers behind the bars. 23al(er to Ri al SchWab. B. N. Baker of Baltimore will, in all probability, soon be to the steam- ship business what Charles M. Schwab is to the iron a~d steel trade--the head of the largest syndicate of its kind in the world. Mr. Baker is president of the Atlantic Transport line. Before the two return to America it is expect- ed that the Atlantic Transport Ley- land and several other big steamship lines will have been consolidated into one company, with a capital of $150,000,000, and'with Mr. Baker at its head. Mr. Baker is a hustling financier of the highest type. Not only has he built up a great steamship line, but he has done a number of good deeds that should, and probably will, secure him a place in American history. When the Spanish-American war broke out Mr. Baker gave to the United States government theuse of thebig steamer Missouri, free of all cost. The Missouri was used as a hospital ship and oper- ated for nine months by the regular ofl~eers and crew at an expense to Mr. Baker of $5,000 a month. No sooner is a comparatively young man, beln~ several years under 50. ~R~uit of .4,dvJ~fiM~. "Wanted--A young French woma~ to give lessons to an American g~utl~ man. Apply Hotel , 10 o'cloC Friday," The foregoing advertisement print ed in a Paris paper, almost caused riot at the hotel at the hour named, The American gentleman was Wel~,~ ste4 Jones of San Francisco. Mf'i Jones left orders that he would r~:il ceive applicants in a room at the hW tel, and they might he admitted to the corridor, pending his arrival. Wh~ he got there he found a line the re, ached out into the street and extend ed all the ~ay to the Place Vendo~l~, Five hundred dashing Parisian ladAei were clamoring for a sight of the "American gentleman." They wer~ unanimously resolved to give him 15# sons. JoShes was ~alyzed at the sigh~ and fled, leaving the hotel people to, get out of the scrape as best tha~il might. The managers and cler!~.:2 argued in vain. The ladles wcul~ not be pacified. They clamored f~r | sight of the evasive American. Th~ police were called. The women we~ put out, but more women kept coml~ all day. The hotel was under poli~ protection for twenty-four hour~ Jones fled to another hotel, a wiset~ and, perhaps a better man. He is no~ convinced that people read adverti~ ments, but he has retired from tl~ buslness.--Paris Messenger. J~eW J;r or~C~r ~$~.ampiet~ ~Par~Y~ | Walter Page of New York has o~:! ganized a party to walk through .~!| mo~t romantic parts of the mountain] of North Carolina th!,s summer. An _oI~l negro---"Uncle Isaac, a former slave~| the Page family--wiLl act as guide a~d!| drive a strong pair of mules to a Wag on which is to contain the tents a~ provisions. There are to be fifteen t the Party, and they will tramp for [ days. The young sultan of Johore spend the.summer in Europe and now in Paris with ~ large party. ~: sultan was born in 1875 and succeed to the zultanate ou the d~ath of father six year~~ ago. Hs is fond sport and has a l$~*ge string of rs~ horses, his colors being wel! known the courses in Slngapo~ and "Cal~t~ In a special" workshop In ConsLa~ tlnople mo~e thaa ~ft~ pleyed in the v~r~uus cuts. ~t~s and ~netim~ tlons.