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Now hi this jocularity of infidel thinkers
I cannot join, and I propose to give you
aome reasons why I cannot be an infidel,
and so I will try to help one of this present
condition any who may have been struck
with the awful plague of skepticism.
First, I cannot be an infidel because in
fidelity has no good substitute for the con
solation it proposes to take away. You
know there are millions of people who get
their cbiel consolation from this book.
What would you think of a crusade of this
aortr Suppose a man should resolve that
lie would organize a conspiracy to destroy
all the medicines from all the apothecaries
and from all the hospitals of the earth.
ine worK is done, rne medicines are
taken, and they are thrown into the river,
or the lake, or the sea.
A patient wakes up at midnight in a par
oxysm of distress, and wants an anodyne.
"Oh," says the nurse, "the anodynes are
all destroyed; we have no drops to give
you, but instead of that I'll read you a
book on the absurdities of morphine and
on the absurdities ' of all remedies."' But
the man continues to writhe in pain, and
the nurse says: "I'll continue to read you
aome discourses on anodynes, the cruelties
( of anodynes, the indecencies of anodynes,
the absurdities of anodynes. For your
groan I'll give you a laugh."; ;
ALASl FOR THE SORROWING.
Here in the hospital is a patient having a
jrangrened limb amputated. He says: "Oh,
for ether I Oh, for chloroform!" The doc
tors say: "Why, they are all destroyed; we
don't have any more chloroform or ether,
bat I have got something a' great deal bet
ter. I'll read' you 'a- pamphlet against
.James Y. Simpson, thediscovererof chloro
form as an" anaasthetic, and against Drs.
' Agnew and Hamilton and Hosack and
Jdott and Harvey and Abernethy." ;"But."
says the man, "I must have' some anaes
thetics." "No," say the doctors, "they are
all destroyed, but we have got something a
great deal better." "What is -that!'"
"Fun." Fun about medicines. Lie down,
all ye patients in Bellevue hospital, and
"top your groaning; all ye broken hearted
of all the cities, and quit your crying; we
have the catholicon at lastl
" Here is a dose of wit, here is a strength
ening plaster of sarcasm; here' is a bottle
of ribaldry that you are to keep well shaken
op and take a spoonful of it after each
meal, and if that does not cure you here is
a solution of blasphemy in which you may
bathe, and here 1b a tincture of derision.
Tickle the skeleton of death' with a repar
teel Make "the King "of Terrors cackle!
For all the agonies of all the ages a jokel
Millions of people willing with uplifted
band toward heaven to affirm that the
goepel of Jesus Christ is full of consolation
for them, and yet infidelity proposes to
take it away, giving nothing absolutely
nothing, except fun. Is there any' greater
height or depth or length or breadth or im
mensity of meanness in all God's universe?
Infidelity is a religion of "Don't know."
Is there a God r Don't know! Is' the sou!
immortal? Don't know! If we should
neet each other in the future world will we
recognize each other? Don't know! A re
ligion of "don't know" for the religion of
"I know," "I know in whom I have be
lieved," "I know that my Redeemer liv
th." Infidelity proposes to substitute a
religion of awful negatives for our religion
glorious positives, showing right -before
ma a world of reunion and- ecstasy and high
companionship and glorious worship and
stupendous victory, the mightiest joy of
earth not high enough to reach to the base
of the i Himalaya .of uplifted splendor
awaiting all those who bn wing of Chris
tian faith will soar toward it.
- Have you heard of the conspiracy to put
out all the lighthouses on the coast? Do
you know that on a certain night of next
month, Eddystone lighthouse. Bell Rock
lighthouse, Sherryvore lighthouse, Mon
taok lighthouse. Hatter as lighthouse, New
laondon lighthouse, Barnegat lighthouse,
and the 640 lighthouses on the Atlantic
- and Pacific coasts are to be extinguished?
Oh,)' you say" what will become of the
ships on that night? What: will be the
fate of the one million sailors following the
sea? What will be the doom of the mil
lions of passengers? Who will arise to put
down such a conspiracy?" Every man,' wo
man and child in America and the-world.
Bnt that is only a fable. That is what in
fidelity is trying to: do put out all the
lighthouses on the coast of eternity, letting
the soul go up the "Narrows" of death
with no light, no comfort, no peace all
that coast covered with the blackness of
darkness. Instead of the great lighthouse,
a glowworm of wit, a firefly of jocosity.
Which do you like the better, O voyager
for eternity,' the firefly or the lighthouse?
What a mission infidelity has started onf
The extinguishment of lighthouses, -the
breaking up of lifeboats, the dismissal of
all the pilots, the turning of the inscrip
tion on your child's grave into a farce and
a lie. Walter Scott's "Old Mortality,"
chisel in hand, went through the land tc
cut out into plainer letters the half obliter
ated inscriptions on the tombstones, and it
was a beautiful ' mission; but infidelity
spends its time with hammer and chisel
trying to cut out from the tombstones of
your dead all the story of resurrection and
heaven. It is the iconoclast of every vill
age graveyard and of every city cemetery
and of Westminster Abbey. Instead of
Christian consolation for the dying, a freez-
ing sneer. Instead of prayer a grimace.
Instead of Paul's triumphant defiance of
death, a going out jbu know not where, to
stop you know not when, to do yon know
ot what. That is infidelity. '
. - THB FALSE PLEAS OF INFIDELITY.
i Furthermore: I cannot bean infidel, be
cause of the false charges infidelity is all
tne time malting against the Bible.- Per
haps the slander that has made the most
impression and that some Christians have
not been intelligent enough to deny is that
the Bible favors polygamy. Does the God
f the Bible uphold polygamy, or did he?
A -How many wives did God make for Adam?
He made one wifej. Does not your common
sense tell you when God . started the mar
riage institution he started it as he want
. ed it to -continue? If God hod favored
polygamy he could have created for' Adam
five wives' 6r ten wives or' twenty wives
Just as easily as he made one.
At the very first of toe Bible God shows
himself in favor of monogamy and antago
nistic to polygamy., Genesis U, "There
fore shall a man leave bis father and
mother," and shall cleave Unto' his wife:
Hot, his wives, but' bi"wifor" How many
wives did God spare tor Noah In the 'ark?
Two and two ihebjrds; two and two the
cattle; two and two the lions; two and two
the human race. If the God of the Bible
-had favored a multiplicity of wives he
would 'have I Bpared a 'plurality of wives.1
When God first launched the human race
he gsvs - Adam- one I'wife. t At the second
launching of -the human race he & pares fot
Xoah one wife, for Ham one wife, for Shem
ne wife, for Japhet one wife. Does that
look as though God favored polygafny?
In Leviticus xviii, 18, God thunders his
prohibition of more than one wife.- -
God permitted, -polygamy,. Yes; just as
be permits today's murder 'and' theft" and
arson and all kinds of crime. He permits
hese tbings,-s-yoTj'weiP-know;'but he
does not sanction them.'' Who woulo dare
to say he sanctions them? Because the
presidents of the United States have per
mitted polygamy in Utah, you are not,
therefore, to conclude that theypatronizeii
it, 'that they approved ' It,"' Wbeh, 6n tlie
contrary, they denounced it.- All of God's
ancient Israel 'knew that the God of the
Bible was against polygamy, for in the
four hundred and thirty years of their
stay in Egypt there is only one case of
polygamy recorded only one. All the
mighty men of the Bible stood aloof from
polygamy except those who, falling into
the crime, were chastised within an inch
of their lives. Adam. Aaron, Noah, Jo
seph, Joshua, Samuel, monogamists. But
you say, "Didn't David and Solomon favor
polygamy?"; ;Yes and did they' not get
well punished for it? . '
Read the lives of those two men and
you will come to tbe conclusion that all
the attributes of God's nature were against
their' behavior; ' David suffered ' for ' his
crimes in the caverns of Adullam and Mas
sada, in the wilderness of Mahanaim, in
the bereavements of Ziklag. The Bedouins
after him, sickness after him, Absalom af
ter him, Ahitbopel after him, Adonijah af
ter him, the Edomites after him, the Sy
rians after him, 'the Moabites after him,
death after him, the Lord God Almighty
after, him.1 The poorest 1 peasant in all the
empire married to the plainest 'Jewess was
happier than the king in his marital mis
behavior. How did. Solomon get along
with polygamy? Read ' his warnings in
Proverbs; read his self disgust in Ecclesi
astes. He throws up his hands in loath
ing and cries out, "Vanity of vanities, all
is' vanity." -"' His seven hundred wives
nearly pestered the life ont of him. Solo-
omon got well paid for his crimes well
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I repeat that all the mighty men of the
Scriptures were aloof from polygamy, save
as they were pounded and nailed and cut
to pieces for their insult to holy marriage.
If tbe Bible is the friend of polygamy why
is it that in all - the lands where the Bible
predominates polygamy is forbidden, and
in the lands where there is no Bible it is
favored. Polygamy all over China, all
over India, all over Africa, all over Persia,
all over heathendom, save as the mission
aries have done their work, while polyg
amy does not exist 1d England and the
United Staras, except in defiance of law.
The Bible abroad, God honored monogamy.
The Bible not abroad, God abhorred polyg
amy. - -
THE GLORY OF CHRISTIAN WOMANHOOD.
Another false charge whichinfidelity has
made against the Bible is that it is antago
nistic to woman, that it enjoins her degra
dation and belittles her mission. Under
this impression many women have been
overcorue of this 'plague - of infidelity." Is
the Bible tbe enemy of woman? Come
into the picture gallery, the Louvre, the
Luxembourg of the Bible, and see which
pictures are the more honored. Here is
Eve, a perfect woman; as perfect a Woman
as could be made by a perfect God. Here
is Deborah, with her womanly arm hurling
a host into battle. Here is Miriam, lead
ing tbe Israelitish orchestra on the banks
of the Red sea. Here is motherly Hannah,
with her own loving hand replenishing tbe
wardrobe of her son Samuel, the prophet.'
Here is Abigail,' kneeling at the foot
of the mountain until the four hun
dred wrathful men, at the sight of her
beauty and prowess halt, halt a hurricane
stopped at' the'slght' of "a water lily, a dew
drop dashing back Niagara. Here is Rut h
putting to shame all the modern slang
about mothers-in law as she turns her
back on' -her -home and her country, and
faces wild beasts' and exile and death" that
she may be with Naomi, her husband's
mother. Ruth, the queen of the harvest
fields. Ruth, the grandmother of David.
Ruth, tbe ancestress of Jesus Christ. The
story of her virtues and her life sacrifice is
the ' most beautiful ' pastoral ever Written:
Here is Vashti defying the bacchanal of a
thousand 'drunken lords, and Esther will
ing to throw her life away that she may
deliver her people. And here is Dorcas,
the sunlight of -eternal fame gilding her
philanthropic needle, and the woman with
perfume in a box made from' the hills of
Alabastron,-pouring the1 holy chrism on
the head of Christ, the aroma lingering all
down tbe corridor of the centuries. Here
is Lydla,' the merc'hantess of Tyrian purple
immortalized for her Christian behavior.
Here is the widow 'with two mites, more
famous than the' Pea bod ys and the Len
oxes of all the ages, while here comes in
slow of gait and with careful attendants
and with especial honor and high favor,
leaning on the arm of inspiration, one who
is tbe joy and pride of any home so rarely
fortunate as to have one, an old Christian
grandmother, Grandmother : Lois. ' Who
has more worshipers today than any being
that ever lived on earth except Jesus
Christ? " Mary. For What purpose did
Christ perform his first miracle upon earth ?
To relieve the embarrassment of a woman
ly housekeeper at the' falling short of a
beverage. 1 Why did ' Christ break up the
silence of the tomb, and tear "of! the shroud,
and rip up the rocks? '" It was to stop the
bereavement of the two Bethany sisters.
For whose comfort was Christ most anx
ious in the hour of dying excruciation ?
For a woman, an old woman, a wrinkle
faced woman,- a woman who in other days
had held him in her arms, his first friend,
his last friend, as it is very apt to be, his
mother. - All the pathos of the ages com
pressed into one utterance, "Behold thy
mother." Does the Bible antagonize wom
an? . ' -
' A CALL FOR THE WITNESSES.
' If the Bible is so antagonistic to woman,
how do you account for the difference in
woman's condition in China and Central
Africa, and her condition in England and
America? There is' no difference exceDt
that which the-Bible makes,. In lands
where there is no Bible she is bitched like
a beast of burden to the plows, she carries
the hod, she submits to indescribabje indignities.'--
She must be'- kept inr a private
apartment,, and if she come forth she must
be carefully hooded and religiously veiled
as though-it were a shame to be a woman.
Do you not ' know that the very first
thing the - Bible does when it -comes
into a - new country is to strike -off
the-, shackles of woman's serfdom? O
woman, where are your chains today?
Hold up both; your arms and. let us see
your handcuffs. Oh, we see the handcuffs.
TLey are ' bracelets' - of' gold bestowed by
husbandly or fatherly or brotherly or sis
terly or' I6veiiy "affection." "Unloosen" the
warn robe " from yout-- neck, O woman,
and let"uS see thrf yoke, of; your bondage.
Oh,' I find the yoke a carcenet of silver, or
i string of oarnelians, oracluster of pearls,
that must gall you very much. How bad
you must tell have it. ..T,fr ... i :
Since you put the-Bible on your stand in
the sitting room, has the Bird been-coyou,
O woman, ' curse or a blessing?- ?Why is
it that a woman when she i. troubled will
go to her worst enemy, the Bible? Why
do you not go for comfort to some of the
great Infidel. books,' Spinoza's "Ethics," or
Hume's ."Natural History of Religion,"
or Paine's "Age of Reason." or Ddro's
Dramas, tor any one 'of 'the 280 volumes of
Voltaire? No, the silly, deluded woman per
sists in hanging about tbe Bible verses, "Let
not your 'heart ' be troubled," "All- things
work together for good,'" ."Weeping may
endure for-a night,''. "I am the resur
rection," "Peace, be still." , .
Furthermore, rather than invite I resist
this plague of infidelity because it has
wrought -no positive good for the world
and is always a hindrance. I ask you to
mention tbe names of the merciful and the
educational institutions which infidelity
founded and is supporting, and has sup
ported all the way through institutions
pronounced against God and the Christian
religion, and yet pronounced in behalf of
suffering humanity. What are the names
of them? Certainly not the United States
Christian commission, or the sanitary com
mission, for Christian George H. Stuart
was the president of the one, and Christian
Henry W. Bellows was the president of the
other. . . . -
COMPARE THE HOSPITALS AND COLLEGES.
Where are the asylums and merciful in
stitutions founded by infidelity and sup
ported by infidelity, pronounced against
God and the Bible, and yet doing work for
the alleviation of suffering? Infidelity is so
very loud in its braggadocio it must have
some to mention. Certainly, if you come
to speak of educational institutions it is
not Yale, it is not Harvard, it is not Prince
ton, it is not Middletown, it is not Cam
bridge or Oxford, it is hot any institution
from which a diploma would not be a dis
grace. Do you point to the German uni
versities as exceptions? I have to tell you
that all the German universities to-day are
under positive Christian influences, except
the University of Heidelberg, where the
ruffianly students cut and maul and man
gle and murder each other as a matter of
pride instead of infamy. Do you mention
Girard college, Philadelphia, as an excep
tion, that college established by the will of
Mr. Girard which forbade religious in
struction and the entrance of clergymen
within its gates. My reply is that I lived
for seven years near that college and knew
many of its prof essors to be Christian in
structors, and no ; better Christian - influ
ences are to be found in any college than,
in truaru vuutsge. . t -
There stands Christianity. There stands
infidelity. Compare what they have done.
Compare their resources. There is Chris
tianity, a prayer on her lip; a benediction
on her brow; both hands full of help for
all who want help; the mother of thou
sands of colleges; the mother of thousands
of asylums for the oppressed, the blind, the
sick, the lame, the imbecile; the mother of
missions for the bringing back of the out
cast; tbe mother of thousands of reforma
tory institutions for the saving of the lost;
the mother of innumerable Sabbath schools
bringing millions of children under a drill
to prepare them for respectability and use-,
fulness, to say nothing of the great future.
That is Christianity,
Here is infidelity; no prayer on her lips,
no benediction on her brow, both hands
clenched what for? To fight Christian
ity. That is the entire business. The com
plete mission of infidelity to fight Chris
tianity. Where are her schools, her col
leges, , her asylums of mercy? , Let me
throw you down a whole ream of foolscap
paper that you may fill all of it with the
names of her beneficent institutions, the
colleges, and the asylums, the institutions
of mercy and of learning, founded by in
fidelity and supported alone by infidelity,
pronounced against God and the Christian
religion, and yet in favor of ' making the
world better. "Oh," you say, "a ream of
paper is too much for the names of those
institutions." Well, then, I throw you a
quire of paper. Fill it all up now. I will
wait until you get all the names down.
"Oh," you say. "that is too much." Well,
then, I will just hand you a sheet of letter
payer. Just fill up the four sides while we
are talking of this matter with the names
of the merciful institutions and the educa
tional institutions founded' by infidelity
and supported all along by infidelity-, pro
nounced against God and the Christian
religion, yet in favor of humanity.
WHERE ARE YOtoB FRUrTS, ' AGNOSTICS?
"Oh," you say, "that is too much room!
We don't want a whole sheet of paper to
write down the names." ' PerhaDS -I' had
L better tear out one leaf from my memoran-
aum dook ana as& you nil up both sides
of - it with' the names of Buch institu
tions. "Oh," you say, "that would be
too much room. I wouldn't want so
much room ' as that:" '" Well, then sup
pose you count them on your ten fin
fiers. "Oh," you say, "not quite so much
as that." ' Well, then, count them on the
fingers of one hand. "Oh," you say, "we
don't want quite so much room as that."
Suppose, then, you halt and count on one
finger the name of any institution founded
by infidelity, supported entirely by infidel
ity, pronounced against God and the Chris
tian religion, yet toiling to make the world
better, - Not one! Not one!
Is infidelity so poor, so starveling, so
mean, so useless? Get out, you miserable
pauper of the universe! Crawl into some
rathole of everlasting nothingness. In
fidelity standing today amid the Buffering,
groaning, dying nations, and yet doing ab
solutely nothing save trying to impede
those who are toiling until they fall ex
hausted into their graves in trying to make
the world better.' Gather np all the work,
all the' merciful work, that infidelity has
ever done, add it all together, and there is
not so much nobility in it as in the small
est bead of that sister of charity who last
night went up the dark alley of -tbe town,
put a jar of jelly for an invalid appetite on
a broken stand, and then knelt ou the bare
floor-praying the mercy of Christ upon the
Infidelity scrapes no lint for the wound
ed, bakes uo bread for the hungry, shake!
up no pillow for the sick, rouses . no com
fort for the bereft, gilds no grave for the
dead. While Christ, our Christ, our
wounded Christ, our risen Christ, the
Christ of this old fashioned Bible blessed
be his glorious -name forever! our Christ
stands this hour pointing to the hospital,
or to the asylum, saying: "I was sick and
ye gave me a couch, I was lame and ye
gave me a crutch, I was blind and ye phy
sicianed my eyesight, I was orphaned and
ye mothered my, soul, I was lest on tbe
mountains and ye brought me home; inas
asmuch as ye did it to one of the least of
these, ye did -it to me."!. ' r; -: -. r.."J
But I thank God that this plague of in
fidelity will be stayed. . Many of those who
hear me now by tbe Holy Ghost' upon their
hearts will cease to be scoffers and will be-'
come disciples;" ami the day will ' arrive
when all nations will accept the Scriptures.
The book ia going ' to keep right "on : until
the fires of the last day are kindled. Some
of them' will begin on one side and some on
the GiAerside of-toe old book. They will
not find a bundle of loose manuscripts eas
ily consumed like tinder thrown into the
fire. When the fires of the last day . are
kindled, some will- burn' bn this side,' from
Genesis toward Revelation, and others will
bum on this aide, from Revelation toward''
Genesis, and in all tbeir way they will not
find a single, chapter1 or a single' verse out
of place. That will be the first time we
can afford to do without the Bible. .
Whit will be the use of the book of Gen
sis; descriptive of how ths world1 was
will be the use of the prophecies when thev
are all fulfilled? What; will be tbe use of
the evangelistic or Pauline description of
Jesus Christ when we see him face to face?
What'wilt-"be the-use of his photograph
when we have met him 'in ' glory? What
will be the use of the book of Revelation,
standing as you will with your foot on the
glassy sea, and your hand on the ringing
harp, and your forehead chapleted with
eternal coronation, amid, the amethystine
and twelve gated glories of heaven? ' The
emerald dashing its green against the
beryl, and the beryl dashing its blue against
the sapphire, and the sapphire throwing
its light ion the- jacinth, and the jacinth
dashing its fire against the chrysoprasus,
and you and I standing in the glories of
ten thousand sunsets. "
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It is the supply city, for an extensive and rich agri
cultural an '. grazing country, its trade reaching as
far, south as Summer Lake, a distance of over twe
hundred miles. ' . - ' - - ,. .
'" THE LARGEST WOOL MARKET.
The rich grazing country along the eastern slope
of the the - Cascades furnishes pasture for thousands
of sheep; theT 'vropl from'hich finds market here. .
The Dalles is the largest original -wool shipping
point in ' America, abotit 5,000,000, pounds being;
shipped last year.; - ' " ' ;.
r V" . ' r J ' ' ITS PRODUCTS.
The salmon fisheries are the finest oh the Columbia,
yieldwthisyeSa revenue! br$l;500,Q00. -which can'
and Will be; 'more than double iu the?; iearfutui:. .'
7 Tiie productsjbf the beautiful Klickital ' valley fijjd
market' here, and ' tha c hn ntrv son th n.n rl n st. h a i o
year, filled the "warehouses,
' ITS WEALTH .
It is the. richest city 'of fts size on the coast, and its
money is scattered over and is iTeiiig, used to, develop,
more farming! country than is tributary to any other
city in Eastern Oregon. ' ' ; ! r '' "" '
'""Iia situatiQn M' unsurpassed! Its climate delight
ful!" Its pbssibilities icalculablve.!; ' Its rsoTes'Tin
limited!' And on these corner.. stones she stands. ' : .'
and all available storage