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TIIE MORNING OREG ONI AN, TUESDAY, MAT 2T, 1919.
PATIVIDS TOPAZ ISLE
SET IH SAPPHIRE SEA
Island of St. John Ten Miles
jong, Five Miles Wide.
REVELATION SITE NOTED
William T. Ellis Writes Interestingly
-of Place AYhere Disciple Read in
Jsature Mind of Creator.
Copyright, Canada, by the New Tork
(Copyright by the-Xew York Herald Com
pany. Published by Arrangement.)
BY WILLIAM T. ELLIS.
BY THE. ISLAND OF PATMOS, IN
THE AEfJEAN SEA Here is -where the
skies were opened to the eyes of John
the Seer and the man received his.
clearest revelation of the new heaven
and the new earth.
All about, set in a sea of glory, are
the islands sung by poets ever since
first Greece erected a civilization that
has kept its shaping- hand upon the
centuries until now. It is not of these
that I must muse as our ship passes
among them, upon a radiant day in
March, the effulgence of which brings
our variegated passengers from be
tween decks up into the sun to talk
and sleep and sing and pursue their
Even this near panorama of the hu
man life of the east loses its thrall for
the moment; for yonder, to our left,
and showing with cameo clearness as I
lift my eyes from my paper, is Patmos,
the island of St. John and the Revela
tion. 'What Patmoa Looks Like.
Shining white in the sun' upon the
topmost peak of Patmos is the monas
tery of St. John the Divine. Lower, out
of tight, is the monastery of the Apoca
lypse, with its cave where John is said
to have heard the Voice saying, "Write
the things which thou hast seen and
the things which are and the things
"which shall be hereafter."
Hard by, a thing of beauty at this
distance, is the ruined Hellenic acropo
lis of an ancient day. There is no
green of'forest or vegetation upon the
slopes of the mountains, but the bar
renness is softened by the distance.
Patmos is a. topaz island set in a
Of the Greek inhabitants, who live
by collecting sponges, there is no trace;
their homes are on the other side of
the island. There is no running water
and only three or four wells. Ten miles
long is Patmos, somewhat crescent in
shape, five miles wide at its greatest
width and almost divided into two by
the waters, its continuity being pre
Kerved by narrow isthmuses. It is an
island of mountains, whoe bare, steep
sides have been torn and eroded by
many a storm and whose feet are
washed by the waters of the Aegean.
Very lovely in the sunlight is it from
the deck of our shop and I envy the
French artist aboard who is sketching
it. though he is more interested in the
adjacent island of Samoa for its mem
ories of Samos wine. "So near, yet not
a bottle to be had," he sighs.
Banc of One, Boon of All.
Clouds, fleecy and fleeting, as grace
ful as the gulls that swing and circle
about the rocks, and of ever-changing
shape and suggestiveness, hang over
Patmos: and in the distance they wrap
the head of Samos' highest mountain
like an Egyptian woman's nebulous
veil. What forms and similes did the
clouds suggest to the lonely compan
ion and most intimate friend of Jesus,
' as in his old age he waited in banish
ment upon these heights? After he had
become John the aged he had been sent
hither by the Roman emprorer Domi
tian for preaching the gospeU and
what was meant for his punishment
became the whole world's boon. Here
were written by John's pen the words
of comfort which are spoken at every
Christian funeral the world around.
The lonely island became a place of
outlook and uplook, where, above the
dashing of the surf against the rocks,
"the voice of many waters," the ven
erable exile, whose body had wasted
while his soul grew great, heard the
messages of another world.
Not until the island is seen does the
place-character of the book of Revela
tion appear. Set amid these colorful
waters, with the endless charm of tint
and motion, it was inevitable' that the
apostle's book should abound in allu
sions to the sea, "a sea of glass," "a
sea of fire" that at sunset surely
and then because the waters were the
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walls of his prison, beyond which his
soul soared in longing for his flock on
yonder shore, he conceived of the New
Jerusalem as a place where there shall
be "no more sea."
Prison Becomes Shrine.
One man's present vision becomes
another age's shrine; we mako pilgrim
age to the homes of our dead poets and
starve or break the hearts of the liv
ing; so Patmos contains several build
ings dedicated to traditional associa
tion with its seer. The monastery
which marks the site of his experience
of the Revelation covers a cave where
he sat at the time. We reject "the tra
dition. Those refulgent images of the
Apocalypse that bewildering wealth
of daring figures, the teeming phrase
pictures, the spaciousness of it all
come not from an underground cave,
but from a mountain top, with sea and
sky and cloud unrolled as a scroll be
fore his transported vision. John had
been taught in the school of a master
who loved the heights and the birds
and the open air. He read in nature
the mind of nature's Creator.
Pictures of the venerable, white
bearded, luminous-faced disciple, as he
sat at evening on a craggy height,
come to mind as we gaze upon Patmos
itself. Was it on this grayest, gaunt
est peak that he used to tarry oftenest?
Or did he choose the more central, soft
er one, rounded like Mount Tabor, be
cause of the memories of the mountain
that was daily in the eye of the Master
and his company as they walked the
flowery paths of Galilee? Whatever
John's favorite spot. It commanded the
ever-changing aspect of sea and sky,
with the Hellenic Islands, which were
associated in thought with the pagen
deities, destined to fail before the name
of him whom the seer, in exultation of
rapt vision, called "King of kings and
Lord of lords."
Even Rome, whose prisoner John was,
had not been able to conquer the gods
of Grece, but had taken them over into
its pantheon. Greater than Rome was
the New Jerusalem, whom the rapt dis
ciple saw, with prophetic vision, com
ing down from heaven. Though a soli
tary exile, he bore ever with him the
sense of conflict which his environment
Geography of Revelation Here.
This place sense is clearly shown in
the Apocalypse by the addresses to the
seven churches. Readers of the Bible
ordinarily look upon the seven churches
of the Revelation as being as other
worldly and as spiritual as the seven
stars and the seven vials and the seven
angels. To John, alone with his
thoughts, they were real and tender
memories. Every one of them was an
actual company of disciples, many of
whom he knew by. name, in cities lying
a short distance across the water, on
the mainland of Asia Minor. His feet
had trodden the streets of every one of
the cities. Because their Christians
were his personal flock, they were, in a
way, all the world to him.
The traveller today may visit every
one of the cities of the seven churches
of Asia; I myself have been in most
of them Ephesus first, John's own
dear Ephesus, now a mighty ruin with
a church bearing his name; Smyrna,
still a great city, and much in the dis
cussions of the peace conference; Phil
adelphia, a living community amid
ancient debris, built about a wonderful
spring; Sardis, where Princeton Uni
versity conducted excavations before
the war; Laodicea, Pergamos and Thy
atira, ruins with squalid Turkish vil
lages hard by. Even the inspired writer
of Revelation could not escape the in
fluence of his personal associations and
affections. The shepherd note sounds
wistfully in his book's messages to the
From Patmos to Paris Told.
Because In the light of the eventide
of his life a life so spiritual that It
was deemed worthy to have a clearer
glimpse into the supernatural realm
than had been vouchsafed to him In
young manhood, along with Peter and
James and Jesus, on the' mountain of
Transfiguration John saw a new
heaven and a. new earth" commenta
tors and preachers and teachers have
dwelt for centuries only upon the reve
lation of a new heaven. Nowadays we
accept also the vision of a new earth
which he envisaged. Because Chris
tians look for heaven they work for
With the zest of a new apprehension
of truth the church and her children
have leaped -to the task of creating a
new earth, one that shall be free, safe,
just and? happy. In that faith and for
that goal a great war has been fought
and won; and even more difficult-tasks
in the realm' of statecraft and human!
tarianism are being faced and accom
plished. The connection between Pat
mos and Paris is not difficult to trace.
John's dream has been long in coming
to realization, but it is on the way.
As I sit and ponder and lean on the
ship's rail painting the picture of re
ceding Patmos on my memory strange
thoughts and recollections crowd into
my mu'ngs. This island, one of the
precious sites of all the world, repre
sents far more than certain shapes and
substance any other island hereabouts
is quite as interesting from the gen
ealogical or scenic or historic stand
point. Patmos means a man and a
vision; and one man's vision has "ever
since the world began been a greater
thing than soil or cities or armies or
events. Is not the deepest cry of our
own perplexed day for a seer, a prophet,
a man to whom there has been given
a vision of a new heaven and a new
What the Saltan Related.
It was but a few days ago that the
sultan of Turkey, himself the accepted
spiritual head of 00, 000. 000 Moslems
throughout the world, told me of his
yearning for a prophet to come from
God to lead aright the stumbling feet
of the- world. In this he was but one
of a dozen with whom I have conversed
since leaving New York harbor a
much-decorated British general in a
high administrative post confessing
himself baffled unless there shall rise
a great spiritual leader for the race;
Venizelos, the one man who is Greece's
greatest asset, speaking wistfully of a
spiritual rebirth; another, a romantic
figure from the desert, a hero and a
champion, talking not of battles, but
of whence and how we may expect a
new interpreter of the Eternal; another.
a powerful and wealthy business man
with whom I dined in Paris, freely de
claring that the social tangle of the
times cannot be unraveled unless there
shall come a clear Voice calling to the
spirits of men. "This is the way, walk
ye in it"; others, American officers in
France, ripened by their own great
deeds, musing upon the possibility of
Personality who may merge the dis
tracted and divergent minds of men
into one common purpose of good will;
still another, himself a soldier saint.
troubled in soul because in his America
there had arisen no great spiritual
leader to call in prophet tones the na
tion back to God.
It would be less than honest journal
ism did I fail to report that amid the
welter and turbulence and discordance
of world politics which is my present
assignment I find among thoughtful
men of every creed and country a de
cided note of spiritual wistfulness and
expectancy. We are too serious now
for the mercenary and mechanical
methods of a noisy evangelist uttering
only safe and remunerative sensation
alism; we want a man from some Pat
mos who can say, "Thus saith the
Lord." As democracy and its limita
tions spread the world's need of the
one King becomes greater. y
. WALLACE LOYAL
TO EVERGREEN STATE
Ambassador to France Wel
comes Washington Man.
DIPLOMAT FACES TRIALS
Xew French-American Treaty to Be
Negotiated One of the Many
Tasks Lying Ahead.
BT J. NEWTON CALVER.
PARIS. April 29. (Special.) Ambas
sador Hugh C. Wallace granted me an
audience the other morning at 6 Rue
du Chaillot, the American embassy.
Did you ever visit an American embassy
in a foreign land? Did you ever view
the bending, functionaries, the suave
solemnity of those foreign servants who
put on the manner of their diplomatic
polish as if it were a cloak? If you did
3'ou would have appreciated, as I did.
the square-shouldered, level-eyed ma
rine guard. He did hot approach, rub
bing his palms and wearing a manufac
tured smile, the upper half of his body
bent at an angle of 30 degrees and
My assurance that I had an appoint
ment, made by telephone with his sec
retary the day before, with the am
bassador between 11:30 and 12, met
with a slight bending of the head and
very matter-of-fact, business-like but
'Yes, sir. Take a seat In that room
for a few moments, sir."
I might have been theprince of Tokio,
a brewer, archbishop of a great area.
or plain John J. Smith, for all this big,
handsome marine cared.
Wait Not Lone One.
And I waited in a large, but unore-
windtentious anteroom, hight ceilinged.
warmed by a crackling fireplace and
lighted by those rare, high French windows.
Not many minutes and I was in the
hands of a tiny French guide, who
piloted me up another flight of stairs
and through more doors, till I was
before the ambassador's secretary. He
was a tall, young fellow, in the uniform
of a captain of the American signal
corps. He speaks fluent French as I
learned while waiting, when the phone
rang and I heard one end of a con
versation that was only meagerly in
telligible. He hung up the phone and
greeted me as if I were a United
States congressman instead of an ob
scure purveyor of news from a far-off
The ambassador said I was the first
newspaper man in France to whom he
naa granted an audience and further
that he was seeing me on the fourth
day of his accession to office. Then
he indulged in a warm eulogy of the
great state that he and I came from.
We chatted a few moments of the
men and cities and institutions of the
great northwest, with which we were
familiar, and the ambassador made me
feel that he was glad to see someone
from the state of Washington.
Ambassador Faces Tasks.
I did not expect to be able to quote
the new representative of the United
States to France on the momentous
events of .the hour.- I knew tnat ne
had come to France under trying con
ditions. And he was hardly more than
comfortably" seated at his desk when.
the lid blew off with a bang at the
conference de la Paix and the Italian
delegates left for their own land.
These, you knew, were not his prob
lems, and if they were, all the more
reason why he could not discuss them.
So I turned the talk toward what I
knew would be one of his heaviest
tasks, the new commercial treaty, and
I may put in my own words a few of
the points of that discussion, the reader
understandign that the ambassador
could not be quoted in the first person.
In March France denounced all her
treaties, expecting that they could be
renewed within three to six months.
Her treaty with America had existed
since 1882, nearly 100 years. The
denunciation in March made this fa
mous treaty inoperative after a period
of six months. In other words, in Sep
tember there will no longer be any
treaty to bind America and her great
New Treaty Now Necessary.
The establishment of a new treaty
for the American government is by no
means an Inconsiderable task. The sen
ate is a party to that treaty, which
needs its ratification.
Among the many complications of the
new commercial treaty is the fact that
one of France's chief exports is wine.
That is all cut off now as far as Amer
ica is concerned and may never again
be renewed. France will lose that great
revenue from America.
Another cpmplication. perhaps less
serious, is the fact that France will not
permit her actual currency to leave the
country. If her merchants import goods
from foreign lands they must have
long-time credit, one or more years. An
economic commission of the American
government was handling that matter,
One thing the ambassador discussed
freely was his visit, only a few days
before, to the trenches, dugouts and
battlefields of Lens, Arras, Peronne
Chaulnes and Koyon. He greatly
pleased the French by making this
visit within three days after the pres
entation of his credentials, a quick
concession to the wounded spirit of
France. This -was the first of a series
of visits the ambassador intends to
make to the ruined regions.
Work of Fiends SnCEested.
"We shuddered as we gazed. Could
this be the work of men or fiends?
Can such wounds be healed? Can the
beings who inflicted them ever obtain
These were t he queries that ex
pressed the dominating impressions of
his visit. He continued:
"No more poignant emotions can grip
the human soul than those inspired by
the scenes we beheld. Here men fought
for France and left their mark on na
ture. The ruined villages, this tortured
earth, this awfub desolation stretch
ing league after league unite in show
ing what men will do when they put
on the livery of imperial militarism.'
The ambassador is living at 14 Ave
nue Eylau and at this time he and Mrs.
Wallace are happy in the presence of
their son. Captain Melville Weston Ful
ler Wallace, of the 65th infantry, who
is on duty at the Paris base.
For more than 30 years Mr. Wallace
lived in Tacoma. He was chairman of
the first democratic state convention of
Washington In 18S9, immediately after
the accession to statehood, and was
state chairman during the memorable
campaign of 1916.
HUN DELEGATES GLOOMY
COXFEREXCE AT SPA ADMIT
Despite Protests Impression Gained
Leaders Less Inclined to
BY LINCOLN EIRE.
(Copyright by the New Tork "World. Pub
lished by arrangement. )
VERSAILLES, May 25. (Special Ca
ble.) "It was not a pleasant Journey."
This phrase, uttered in grim tones by
one of the secretaries, was the only
commentary upon the Spa conference
vouchsafed by the German peacemak
ers upon their return here yesterday.
There is a general impression anong
those . coming into contact with the
delegation, however, that Count Brock-
dorf f-Rantzau and his fellows are less
Inclined to reject the allied terms than
before the meeting with Philip Scheide-
Modifications envisaged by the big
four in certain phases of the treaty.
notably in the Saar valley clauses, may
give the bitter pill a coating sufficient
ly sugary to warrant the Germans
Although rigorous secrecy has been
thrown around the concessions made to
Germany In the Saar valley question,
the answer to which is being released
tomorrow, there is reason to believe I
that the main point concerns the meth- j
od whereby Germany may more cer
tainly recover the region at the expira
tion of 15 years.
As it stands now the treaty makes i
its recovery of the region extremely
dubious, because the Teutons are re
quired to pay in gold, which they will
scarcely be able to do under the obli- j
gallon . imposea ay ino reparation
clauses. By a compromise they can i
pay for the mines in commodities and
thus make easier the reunion of this
section with the fatherland than was
at first provided.
There are Beveral other changes deal
ing with the commercial details calcu
lated to make the operation smoother.
There are other changes in the air. but
nothing definite Is in sUrht. except the
evident desire on the part of the allies
to reduce German dissatisfaction with
Friday and Saturday the experts
talked the treaty over, and the allies
find that the Germans are beginning
to take a more encouraged view of the
situation, but this must not be taken
to mean that their signature Is any
Scheldemann and his foreign minis
ter already show signs of claiming
a diplomatic victory, although the
changes in the conditions will probably
affect only the shadow and not the
substance of peace.
With the exception of Menchior. who
is remaining another day at Spa, all
the plenipotentiaries returned yesterday.
PRISON SENTENCE UPHELD
Circuit Court of Appeals Rules
Goldstein Verdict Proper.
SAN FRANCISCO. May 26. Sentence
of three years" imprisonment of Robert
Goldstein, Los Angeles motion picture
producer, for violating the espionage
act in the making and presenting of a
film entitled "The Spirit of 1776," was
affirmed today by the United States
circuit court of appeals.
I Read The Oregonian classified ads.
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WALLACE. Idaho. May IS. (Spe
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soldiers, sailors and marines perma
nent organization of the Sons of Democ
racy was completed and the following
officers elected: President, Charles E.
Horning; vice-president, Stephen F.
Heitfeld: secretary, C. H. Craig; treas
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Pratt. Welfare, civic and entertain
ment committees were named and
preparations are being made for a mili
tary ball. The organization plans to
secure permanent clubrooms.
Lady Tree of England declares that
"beyond the function of motherhood
man does everything better than
woman: she must fulfill that function
and must be content to leave the eco
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