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"Pop, what is promptness?" "Promptness? Well, it is a bad habit of always being on time and getting tired to death waiting for people who are not."-Chicago Record.

Mamma-Johnny, I fear you were not at school yesterday. Johnny-H'm! I'll bet the teacher told you. A woman never can keep a secret.-Boston Transcript.

"Still doing hack work?" asked the Obnoxious Person, with a bland smile. "Oh, no," said the Literary Lady, with a smile still more bland; "I have bought a pencil-sharpener."-Indianapolis Journal.

Beggar (who has just received a piece of bread)-Begging will soon become bad business; why, half the time, when I ask for a piece of bread nowadays, they give me a piece of bread-Fliegende Blaetter.

Parson Goodman-Is there anything you would like to do before you die, Brother Jones? Brother Jones-Yes, parson; I would like ter go an' sit in th' parlor fer one night before I die. I've got ten daughters, yer know, an' I hain't hed a chance at thet parlor nights fer over twenty years.-Judge.

Apropos of the disinclination of the English courts to recognize such a mental infirmity as kleptomania, it is recalled that many years ago counsel in a similar case, addressing the late Justice Byles, said: "You know, your lordship, that the medical profession now generally recognizes kleptomania as a definite nervous disease." "Yes," responded the judge, "and I am sent here to cure it."-Boston Herald.

There was a little boy whose mother had made a little Lord Fauntleroy of him, training his hair in long curls and dressing him in black velvet knickerbockers and jacket, ornamented with white lace. One day a large girl thought to frighten the picturesque little chap by rushing toward him, brandishing a large pair of scissors, and exclaiming, "I'll cut off your curls!" The little Lord Fauntleroy was not frightened. He merely replied in a shrill little voice," Wish you would !"-Pittsburg Chronicle-Telegraph.

"Gentlemans," said the chairman of the district council, a great sanitary authority, who had a reputation for eloquence both in Welsh and English, "it shall be quite plain to you that the death-rate haf been very busy among us. If it was not for that and the statistics that play havoc with the vitals, perhaps we should feel pretty well. But I must tell you that during the past year people haf been dying throughout the distric' as never died before in any year whateffer. Well," cheerfully, "we must take care that they neffer shall die so much again."-Household Words.

"You see, gentlemen," said the counsel for the defendant, complacently-it was a compensation case-"I have got the plaintiff into a very nice dilemma. If he went there, seeing that the place was dangerous, there was contributory negligence, and, as his Lordship will tell you, he can't recover. If he did not see it was dangerous, neither could my client have seen it, and there was no negligence on his part. In either case I am entitled to your verdict." The jury retired. "Well, gentlemen," said the foreman, "I think we must give him £300." All agreed except a stout, ruddy gentleman in the corner, who cried hoarsely: "Give him another fifty, gemmen, for getting into the dilemma." Verdict accordingly.-Household Words.

Bishop Williams, of Marquette, was recently invited to serve his Alma Mater, Cornell University, as university preacher. He did so, coming straight from the Synod of the Canadian Church at Winnipeg, and bringing this story with him: "There was a missionary Bishop there," said Bishop Williams, "who had been six weeks in coming, most of the way by canoe. He rose and began by saying that he would speak for himself and for a brother Bishop who, unfortunately, could not be present. He was sorry to say that his brother's diocese had gone to the dogs! A general gloom followed these words. He went on to say that the Bishop had found so many inquirers after religion among the Esquimaux north of Hudson Bay that he had to build a

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While traveling in Switzerland, the elder Dumas one day arrived in a lonely village with only one inn, at which the famous novelist was compelled to put up for the night.

When the landlord, who only spoke German, came to inquire what he would take for supper, Dumas tried, but in vain, to make him understand that he wanted some mushrooms, and was on the point of giving up, with a bad grace, all hope of enjoying his favorite dish, when he hit upon the idea of taking a piece of charcoal and tracing on the wall what purported to be the correct outline of a mushroom.

The landlord went out, and Dumas was congratulating himself on the success of his happy expedient, when a few moments afterwards he heard the Swiss coming up the stairs. The mushrooms could hardly have been prepared in so short a time, but this thought did not occur to our great novelist.

The footsteps came nearer; there was a knock, and in walked the landlord-with an umbrella.-Tit-Bits.

"Pearl top," "pearl glass," "tough glass," "no smell," and "best light," are great big things. "Macbeth" includes them all, if you get the chimney made for your lamp. Let us send you an Index. Geo A Macbeth Co

Pittsburgh Pa

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Aid for Armenia

It seems as if the interest of the American people in Armenian relief is failing, while the necessity is becoming greater and greater. There is little cessation in the general atrocities in that country, while what has already been done has left tens of thousands of orphans unprotected, unhoused, and unfed all through that country. The missionaries in visiting different cities write, in terms which appeal to the hardest heart, of the condition of the orphans and the necessity of immediate help to keep them from starving or from going into the homes of Moslems. We know full well from the past that the Turks will make every endeavor to bring these children into their homes in order to secure them for the future. It is very apparent that the Lord is opening the way for immediate missionary effort along the line of protection for the orphans of that country. The general evangelistic work has been hampered; many of the schools are broken up; but here is a work, broader than anything which the missionaries have engaged in hitherto, lying ready to be taken up. Germany is sending in some funds, but exceedingly inadequate for the immediate demand. From my personal experience and knowledge of the country, I have estimated that from twenty to twenty-five dollars would be sufficient, per capita, to collect these orphans into households where they would have Christian training and schooling, together with clothing and food, for an entire year. Of course a smaller sum would save their lives, but the larger sum would be necessary, I should judge, for a comfortable and satisfactory organization of the work. There would be no need of renting buildings; the houses which belong to Christians now left unoccupied, or occupied solely by destitute widows, could be utilized, and the widows could take charge of the work under the general direction of the missionaries. It would be of great value if the papers of large circulation and influence would start contributions for this purpose. The funds could be sent out by telegraph and be at once available for the work. I have no doubt that this line of relief will appeal to many who have not contributed simply to save the Armenian people from starving; it would appeal also to many who will not give for mission work. This is a plan of relief which combines the mission work with the humanitarian in a marked degree. We are perfectly willing to have our missionaries engage in it, and to have the buildings owned by the Board, so far as they are available, used for this purpose. JAMES L. BARTON.

American Board of Commissioners
for Foreign Missions,
Congregational House, Boston.


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No man knew Gen. Grant more intimately than his aide and friend Gen. Horace Porter. He has been engaged for many years on this series of articles giving his recollections of Grant as a man and a soldier, and containing a series of striking pictures of campaign life and scenes enlivened with anecdote and flashes of characteristic humor. In this November number are first chapters of A Great Novel of the American Revolution,


Sometime Brevet Lieut.-Colonel on the Staff of his
Excellency General Washington."


Illustrated by HOWARD PYLE.

THIS powerful novel, Dr. Mitchell's masterpiece, is a

story of the American Revolution and of Philadelphia

society from 1753 to 1783. Washington, Franklin, Lafayette and other famous men, figure in it. It is safe to say that readers of this story will obtain from it a clearer idea of the people who were foremost in Revolutionary days and of the social life of the times than can be had from any other single source. It is not only historically accurate, but it is a most interesting romance of love and war. The hero serves on Washington's staff.

The November Century

now ready, contains first chapters of these serials and of Marion Crawford's new novel "A Rose of Yesterday," written especially for THE CENTURY. New features will be announced from time to time. Do not miss this November number,- sold everywhere; 35 cents. Yearly subscriptions (which should begin with this issue), $4.00. All dealers take subscriptions, or remittance may be made to


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Religion: Silver and Gold

To the Editors of The Outlook:

Three years ago in Denver nearly all the banks were closed, many of the largest business houses had failed, big hotels were shut up, the mining exchange was deserted, and the town seemed to have been pinched literally black and blue. This condition was attributed to the repeal of the Sherman Law requiring Government purchases of silver, and it constituted Denver's share of the so-called "bankers' panic" of 1893.

One Sunday night I went into the largest church, Trinity Methodist Episcopal, where an audience of several thousand had gathered, and listened to a sermon by an eloquent preacher, from the text, "Lord, save, or we perish." The application of the text to the panic situation was novel to me, in substance this: "The ship of state is in a storm which will last until silver is restored to its rightful place beside gold as a money metal. We suffer first-the rest of the country will learn by suffering-but we can afford to suffer in order to educate the country up to the point where it will recognize its own best good. Meanwhile, I can preach to you in jeans and the women can come to church in calico, if necessary. Frown down all talk of secession; the Civil War taught us, once for all, that this is and is to be one country. We must be patient for our country's sake, and look for comfort and guidance to that Helper who can save nations as he can save individuals from the gravest perils."

Silver religion was a kind of religion that fairly shocked a newcomer, but one could not doubt its forceful prevalence among a congregation whose approval of the doctrines preached was plainly manifest.

This year condition's verged on a panic in New York. Business was ominously stagnant; numerous failures were reported. Banks were not willing to make loans, and the stock exchanges have been unusually dull. This condition was attributed to the culmination of the silver" craze" in a candidate for President. In this crisis we were exhorted to save our country from sectionalism, repudiation, dishonesty, dishonor, ruin. I go to a leading Presbyterian church and hear a famous clergyman insist that it is folly to attempt to change the existing gold standard, that the Almighty himself could not make a dollar worth one hundred cents out of fifty-three cents' worth of silver. I enter the foremost Baptist church in town to learn that the silver movement is a combination of "lungs, larceny, and lunacy," and that a series of prayer-meetings is being held for the National honor and safety. Inevitably a second application of the Denver text is brought to mind"Lord, save, or we perish."

One cannot doubt the forcefulness of this gold religion, shocking though it may be, for the congregations unmistakably approved the doctrines preached. Somebody must be wrong. 'Lord, have mercy on us miserable sinners !" F. C. B. Denver, Colo.



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Union Theological Seminary

700 Park Avenue, N. Y. SPECIAL LECTURES


CHRISTIAN WORSHIP The seventh lecture of the course (of ten) will be given by the Rev. Principal ALLAN POLLOCK, D.D., of Halifax, N. S., in the Adams Chapel, Friday, Nov. 20th, at 12 M. Subject, The Book of Common Order and the Directory for Worship.

The Commercial Week

The Business World

To the large number of mills which on the news of the election had started up the week previous, last week saw the addition of nearly 200. We learn that about 130 other industrial establishments have increased working forces. It is supposed that over 30,000 unemployed men have found work since November 6. During last week notable price advances were made in corn, oats, sugar, lumber, lard, petroleum, wool, print-cloths, leather, and shoes. Only in some instances are prices higher for iron and steel; those for cotton and cotton goods remained unchanged. There is only a slight decline to offset the foregoing, the decreases in price reported being those for coffee, turpentine, and pork. The present is the largest crop of corn which we have ever raised. The exports of corn followed the lead of those in wheat, and were 1,500,000 bushels more than last week, and nearly 2,000,000 bushels more than in the corresponding week last year. The three preceding years showed much smaller totals; hence November exports have advanced progressively. We learn from "Bradstreet's" that there were 258 business failures reported last week-35 more than the week before, but 21 fewer than in the corresponding week one year ago, 22 fewer than in the like week two years ago, and 112 fewer than in the corresponding week of 1893.

The most remarkable advance in price last week was that of wheat, both cash and December wheat reaching the highest quotations for the year. The report that "dollar wheat is now in sight" seems to be well founded. Not only was the rise in price phenomenal, but the exports (including flour) from both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the United States and from Montreal reached the highest total since September, 1893. There was an increase of no less than 1,200,000 bushels over last week, of more than 1,300,000 bushels over the same week a year ago, of more than 1,700,000 bushels over that of 1894, of more than 2,000,000 bushels over that of 1893, and of more than 700,000 bushels over that of 1892. These

"Dollar Wheat in Sight"

extraordinary shipments of wheat, some of which have gone to India, call attention to the decline in India's wheat exports. Five years ago Great Britain received from India 13,000,000 cwt. of wheat; in 1892, 500,000 less; in 1893, only half as much, and in 1894, nearly 1,000,000 cwt. less than in 1893. In 1895 export from India to England rose to 8,800,000 cwt., but for the three-quarters of this year it has not reached 2,000,000 cwt. The total imports into Great Britain of wheat and flour are nearly 100,000,000 cwt. a year. The rains have damaged much of the English wheat harvest, and not only are the crops short in India, but also in Russia, in the Argentine, and in Australia.

Stocks and Bonds, Especially Bonds

Last week the stock and bond market was considerably depressed by reports

over $16,000,000, as against nearly $15,000,000 last week, and $9,000,000 for the corresponding week a year ago. Government bonds were higher, from 4 of 1 per cent. to 1 per cent. Foreign exchange rose sharply during the early days of last week on the news of a sale of $4,000,000 United States Government bonds in the New York market for London account. The sale is reported to have been due to the high rates for money prevailing in London, namely, 4 per cent., while the price realized for the bonds was on a basis of only 3 per cent.; there was also a profit in the transaction. Other similar transactions have been made by foreign holders, but have been offset by the large takings. There has now been a decline in the foreign exchange rate. The week's imports of gold amounted to $1,375,000.

Bank Clearings Advance One-fifth

One of the best indications of the general market is the weekly report of bank clearings, and last week's report was a remarkable one, the advance over the previous week being no less than one-fifth. The gain is even greater than this when contrasted with the average weekly total during October. True, the increase is only 12 per cent. compared with the corresponding week last year, but contrasted with the second week of November in 1894 and 1893 there is an increase of 17 per cent. in each case. When we get back to 1892 we find a surprisingly large total, and last week's aggregate, compared with it, shows a decrease of 11 per cent. As to the money market, the rates have been increasingly easy. Call money has been abundant from 21⁄2 per cent. to 5 per cent. All kinds of loans averaged 1 per cent. or more below the rates of the previous week. The demand for mercantile paper has been continually greater, but the supply has been inadequate. The weekly statement of the New York City banks surpasses all records of recent years in its prodigious increase of reserve, no less than $12,600,000 in specie and legal tenders having been added to the resources of the banks. The week's gain in surplus reserve amounts to $8,600,000. The minimum discount rate of

the Bank of England remains unchanged at 4 per cent. Silver was slightly lower last week, and the market was controlled largely by the condition of Eastern exchanges. The price of silver is now at the lowest point ever reached in India. Exchange there has risen to the highest point reached in many years. The Bank of Bombay has raised its discount rate from 7 per cent. to 8 per cent.

New York City Bonds

Eleven Times

The sum of the bids for the issue of $16,000,000 of municipal bonds, on which we commented in our last issue, turns out now to be more than twice as great as was then known. It is over eleven times the amount of the loan placed on the market. The bonds were awarded by the Sinking Fund Commission to Messrs. Vermilye & Co., whose bid was 104.71, covering the total amount adver

Their plan has been to receive the award and then have some rich man pay a bonus for the same. At the request of the Commissioners, Corporation Counsel Scott advised the Board to award the bonds to the highest average bidders for the whole sum, with the understanding that the successful firm should turn over to the highest bidders, should they come forward within three days with the money, the amount of bonds coming to them under such bids. Messrs. Vermilye & Co. entered into this stipulation.

The Atchison Trouble

in Kansas

Last week a receiver was appointed for the Kansas lines of the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fé Railway by the Kansas courts, an appointment which elicited much comment. It is claimed that there is an act upon the Kansas statute-books providing that no corporation, more than onefifth of whose stock is held by aliens, shall

hold real estate in Kansas. It is said that if real estate is held in violation of its provisions, such real estate shall be forfeited and sold by the sheriff in parcels not exceeding 160 acres in each. The Atchison system owns no land in the State of Kansas except such as is necessary for the operation of its road. Moreover, it is contended by some that the statute was not intended to apply to railways at all. The motion for the appointment of the receiver seems to have been granted by a local judge on an ex parte application by a local attorney. Receivership appointments on ex parte applications have been generally condemned. It is claimed that the statute in question was never legally enacted, and a Federal judge has already granted an order restraining the receiver from interfering in any way with the affairs of the road pending a hearing on a motion to have the receivership annulled.

The German

Textile Industry

Last week the report of Consul Sawter was made public by the State Department-a report which covers the growth of the textile industry in the German Empire. Over 1,000,000 persons are employed in that industry, and the interesting fact is noted that there has been a yearly decrease of male and a corresponding increase of female employees. It is equally interesting to note the improved sanitary surroundings and the comfort provided for the employees. Better labor is, of course, secured by this means, and also far greater contentment. Wash-rooms and lockers for non-working apparel are provided, and diningrooms where coffee and potatoes are roasted or boiled. There are also separate lunchrooms for whole families employed in the factories, where they can distribute food from the family basket, and enjoy together the recreation which the noonday meal affords. At some of the larger factories there are buffets where, at nominal prices, beer, sausages, rolls, coffee, cakes, etc., may be purchased.

On the New York Central you travel in perfect security, protected every foot of the way by Block Signals.


of possible hostilities with Spain, yet the tised for sale. The firm will pay the city in AMERICAN FIRE

average stock-list advanced 14 cents a share all round. Another element of unrest was the disorganization of the Kaffir mining speculation in London. This disorganization was due to a report that the South African Republic had demanded an indemnity of $5,000,000 from the British South Africa Company. Hence the suddenly increased activity in the London market for American securities was as suddenly checked. A third item of unrest was the heavy selling by our own manipulators to take profits, both for home and foreign account. In spite of these disorganizing elements, however, 1,800,000 shares were recorded on 'Change as against the phenomenal total of over 2,000,000 last week, and of 1,300,000 for the corresponding week in 1895. Much more indicative of the upward trend in general business were the advances both in volume and in quotations of the bond market, and from the more conservative character of that market these indications gave proportionately increased satisfaction. The total transactions in bonds amounted to the enormous sum of

premiums on the issue over $755,000. The earning power of the bonds at the purchaseThe rate will be about 3 1-5 per cent. a year. bonds all bear 31⁄2 per cent. interest, and their average life is twenty-three years. There were 185 bids filed, but some of them were not regarded as given in good faith. An investigation was made, since it has not been unusual for irresponsible bidders to put in offers.

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