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XTTILLIAM FINLAY, Dealer in Import- W ed and Domestic Dry Notions. 53 Main Goods and street, Mrs. Simpson's block, Thompsonville, Ct. Attorney at Law. JOHN HAMLIN, Attorney and Counselor at Law. 3Irs. Simpson's block, Main St„ TliompsonTJlle,Ct. ggjip" Collections made in all parts of the United States, Canada, England and France. gggp* Pensions obtained and Government Claims prosecuted. £ggp» Iowa Mortgages sold. Hotels, Halls, andLirery. rnHOMPSONYILLE HOTEL, BENJ. F. X Lord, Proprietor. Also, proprietor of Franklin Hall. Good Livery and Feeding Stable connected with hotel. Main street, Thompsonville, Conn. HAZARDVILLE HOTEL, WILLIAM WILLIAMS Proprietor. This hotel has been thoroughly renovated and refurnished throughout, and is now open for the reception of the traveling public. The best efforts of the proprietor will be put forth to make it in all respects a iirst-class hotel. The hotel is located on Main street, Hazardville, Conn. House Furnishing Goods, Etc. WILLIAM MULLIGAN, Dealer in Stoves, Furniture, Crockery and General House-Furnishing Goods. Paints, Oils, Varnishes, Paper Hangings, Etc. Undertaking promptly attended to. North Main St., Thompsonville, Conn. N. 7., IT. H., and Hartford Bailroad. -LOCAL TIME-TABLE.- GOING NORTH. Leave 6.41, 8.52, 10.08 a. m.; 12.14, 2.19, 5.22,7.04,10.09,11.53 p. m. ENFIELD BRIDGE—Deduct five minutes from above time. GOING SOUTH. Leave 6.01, 7.18,8 ex, 9.43, a. m. ; 12.09, 2.43, 4.48, 6.18, 8.08 p. m. ENFIELD BRIDGE—Add five minutes to above time. SUFFIELD BRANCH. SUFFIELD TO WINDSOR LOCKS. 9.30 a. m.; 1.40, 4.30, 6.10 p. m. WINDSOR LOCKS TO SUFFIELD. 10.12 a. m.; 2.04, 5.08, 6.50 p. m. For connections see posters stations. 7.10 8.15, at Hats and Bonnets In all the New Shapes, at Mrs. A. J. Smith's, 95 MainStreet, Thompsonville, Conn. N. P. PALMER, PHOTOGRAPHER, Thompsonville, - Conn. PI0TUEE PEAMES OF ALL KINDS. Views of Eesidences made to order. Copying, Enlarging and Finishing in Ink, Water Colors and Crayons a specialty. Lightning, and later processes used daily at my studio. Sittings made weather. in cloudy or rainy WILLIAM MULLIGAN, Practical Undertaker, Gives his prompt, personal, and careful attention to Undertaking in all its branches. He Carries ixx Stools. Unquestionably the finest assortment of Casket Robes, Shrouds, Linings,.etc., that can be found in this section. And he is at your service at any hour of the Day and Night. Warerooms, 5 North Main street, Residence, Pearl street. and Fish Markets. from the best New Yo*k makers, kept constantly on hand. All kinds of Meats in their season at lowest cash prices. Main street, Thompsonville, Conn. Music, Etc. IHA p. ATiTjEMT, Teacher of Is^nsio, ENFIELD, CONN. The latest and most approved methods used, and careful attention given to forming the technique. I am agent for several First-class Piano and Organ makers, and offer their instruments on favorable terms. DEjN SLOW KING, —TEACHER OF— Piano-forte, Organ Playing & Harmony. Address P. O. Box 462, Thompsonville, ----- Conn. HORACE L. ABBE, —DEALER IN— Pianos, Organs, Music Books, Organ and Piano Stools, Sheet Music, Etc. " Agent for several first-class Pianos. Lessons given on the Organ. Thompsonville, Conn. Groceries and Provisions* LL PERSONS liable by law to pay u town* tax in the Town of Enfield, flaid opon the list of 1886, and^cpmmuta- Office in the Freight Depot, in Thompsonville, on THURSDAY, March 24th, from 8 o'clock a. m. until 6 o'clock p. m. Jit Johnson's Store, in Scitico, on THURSDAY, April 7th, from 9 o'clock a. m. until 11 a. m. Jit the Post-O ffice, in Hazardville, on THURSDAY, April 7th, from 12 o'clock m. until 5 p. m., And at the Post-office in Enfield Street, WEDNESDAY, April 20th, from 2 o'clock p. m. until 4 o'clock p. m. to receive said taxes. All persons having taxes unpaid May 1st, 1887, will be charged interest at the rate of nine per cent, (or three-quarters of one per cent, per month) according to law. All taxes on list of 1886 became due March 1st, 1887, and payable at the Collector's office, in Thompsonville. HUT DM, Oil®. Enfield, Conn., Feb. 24th, 1887. RD, SPENCER.—"The North Store." • Dealer in Choice Groceries and Provisions, Clothing, Hats, Caps, Boots and Shoes. Select stock of Dry and Fancy Goods. Farmers' Produce bought and sold. Corner of Pleasant and Whit-worth streets, Thompsonville, Conn. Printers and Publishers. rpHE PARSONS PRINTING COM- 1 pany, Steam-Power Printers, and Publishers of THE THOMPSONVIIXBPKKSS, opposite the depot, Thompsonville, Conn. Miscellaneous. C1HARLES E. PRICE, AGENT.—Dealer / in Wood and Coal. Wood a specialty— Chips for sale. Moving and heavy teaming done on reasonable terms. Thompsonville, Conn. JAMES WATSON. GRAIN, MEAL and Feed for sale at reasonable prices. Custom grinding done at the usual rates. A ftall supply always on hand. Main 3treet, Thompsonville, Conn. EPHRAIM POTTER, MANUFACTU-rer of Wagons, Sleighs, Trucks, Sleds, Plows, Harrows, Road Scrapers, etc. Horse-Shoeing, General Jobbing, Carriage Painting and Trimming done at short notice. Also, a general assortment of GROCERIES. Enfield, Conn. Moir Brothers, PRACTICAL DYERS and SCOURERS of ladies' end gents' wearing apparel of cotton, silk or woolen mixed goods, also velvets, ribbons and feathers. Hot pressing of shawls and dress goods a specialty. A great reduction in prices. No 69 So. Main st., near Freshwater bridge, Thompsonville, Conn. l^oney To Lend.! mo RELIABLE PERSONS, ih sums of X #26.00 and less, payable in weekly installments. For further particulars,rap-aly to, or address, , „ <• UNION BANKING CO., 248 Mdlti St., Boom 3. P. O. box 1050, Hartford, Ct. •$> '0or agent can call on application. All ' 'Easiness strictly confidential [The following is a genuine letter written by the wife of a Connecticut legislator from R , Ct., April 19th, 1887, to her husband in Hartford.J ' Husband, dear husband, comc home to me now, From Hartford, its cares and its harm: 'TIs lonely without you, why do you not come And see to the things on the farm ? You told me, when you were elected last fall, If I would but once let you go, Tou surely would come ere the winter was gone: Of course I believe it was so. Husband, dear husband, come home to me now, I'm sniffing the odors of spring; You've stayed long enongh in the Capitol there, You're much safer under my wing; Old Molly is pawing in the stable like mad, The dog's in a terrible stew— The farm work is suffering for want of»a head, And the cattle are bawling for you. Husband, dear husband, come home to me now; I'd like to observe what you're at I When will you get thro' with your bills and resolves And speeches by this one and that ? Your mileage is paid by the longest way 'ronnd, But take the short cut when you come. The voice of yonr Lizzie is calling you, dear- It's nearly the time to make soap— And some of the women are saying, my love, I'm giving you quite too muoh rope! They say there is desperate flirting up there With widows and maids not a few ; I haven't been kissed since the morning you left, But John, how is it with you ? Come home ! Come home I You hear me, you rascal ? Come home I Storg, The Master Blacksmith, THE THOMPSONVILLE PRESS. *•» Published every Thursday Evening, by THE PARSONS PRINTING COMPANY. THE THOMPSONVUJJS PRESS is an eight column folio weekly, filled with interesting reading—New England, local and general news, and well-selected miscel-lany. TERMS: $1.50 a year in advance; six months, 75 cents; three moflthSJ 40 cents. Postage prepaid by the publishers. 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THE THOMPSOHVIIAE PBESB will be for sale at John Hunter's, and by news boys, eVery Thursday evening. Copies folded ready for mailing can also be had at Hunter's or at this office. AT EMRKIID ST., the Press will be for sale at the Post office. AT HAZARDYIWUB, at Gordon Brothers' store. ,Y /t' * *• *' AT WINDSOR LOCKS, at J. H. Adams & CO.'B news room, and by news boya. THE THOMPSONVTLLE FBESJ You woulc^ never have imagined it from the turn of his lips. They were a very ordinary pair indeed when in repose, which, to. tell the exact truth, was not often; but this morning they were puckered up in the most comical manner, wrinkling his ruddy cheeks and giving his whole physiognomy a distorted and distressed appearance painful to behold. But he was . an excellent whistler. Of that there was not the smallest doubt. Clear, resonant, trilling up and down the mazy labyrinths of two octaves with never a false note; his hands in his pockets, his tattered straw hat thrown back on hia curly head, his sturdy feet, brown and bare, kicking little clouds of dust in the road which wound along the base of a stony hillside almost at a white heat beneath the rays of the noonday sun. Suddenly the music ceased. Evidently our musician had whistled himself out of brown study into some sort of a decision, for he stopped, picked up a pebble, and tossed it over the fence with a jerk. "Yes, I'll do it. I don't like it, but she'll never find it out. I'm pretty n wnwv iytf^bfainkin^^ But it's over With at last; Sin'tTglad of it, though!" With quickened footsteps he now turned to the right and ascended the hill, entering a small cottage surrounded by a well kept lawn, bordered by a choice collection of annual flowering plants, now in the heighth of their beauty. "Well, mother,"—to a slender pale-faced woman who stood at an ironing table—"I've decided. It's all..right. Gadford's got me. Thought it all over, just as you said. I'll begin with him tomorrow if he says so." "You're sure now, my son—very sure it's your own will and choice?" replied his mother, anxiously. "Dead sure," returned the lad, stoutly. "Of course ablacksmith's apprentice can't put on so many high-toned airs as if he was studyin' medicine but that ain't anything, you know—is it?" "Have you ever put on any airs, Jerry, or have you ever desired to!" answered the good woman, laughing. "No, no, of course not"—a little impatiently. "But in the eyes of other folks, you know, 'Doctor Atman' would —would sound more dignified-like than 'Jerry Atman, blacksmith'—wouldn't it, now?" "The trade your father followed, and the reputation he earned as a good workman and honest man," returned the widow with sparkling eyes, "sounded as well in the ears of this community as that of Dr. Fields, who has so kindly offered to take you in his office. You might make an excellent physician1—that remains to be proven; but as a blacksmith you are sure of success from the start." "Oh, yes, any one can learn that trade," retorted Jerry, a little bitterly, so much so he strove to disguise the tone with a feeble whistle. "By no means," returned Mrs. Atman, quickly. "Master blacksmiths are rare. To shoe a horse well is in itself an art. Why not begin with the determination of becoming an artist in iron? You inherit your father's talents. Don't be ashamed of them. Remember, my son, you need not, if you will not, remain chained to the forge for life." Jerry sprang to his feet with a shining face and tossed his hat across the room. "God bless you for saying that mother! If I am man enough to make the chain, I can cut the links wheii I want to, can't I! Hurrah! Hurrah! Gadford forever! Blaketon was a small village nestling among the hills in the southern part of Ohio. ^| Among til i village, which gave it name and fame throughout the county, was a long, low, rambling structure, black with the smoke of fifty years. Here the fires in two forges were constantly ablaze, and the merry ra&sic of hammer and anvil could be heard at all seasons of the of wind and • weather||§ f The presiding spirit of this establish' ment was an eccentric, middle-aged man/ with' a tongue ever' wagging over the small gossip of the.neighborhood, which he benevolently dispensed to the group of idlers who seldom failed to give him more or less of an audience. This fact being recognized, some unkobwn party had dubbed,the "savagfS r^)6iffd6r?w59: on his ToHf he thought of his mother. In spite of 1$ ... narrowness, his master was kind, and ah "rented the old Sadlet shop, and will start ^rnony insit^ds #tiiis name it had held and honored for many years. It was a cold, frosty morning in November. Mr. Gadford had begun work. For a wonder, he was alone. A circumstance so - unusual apparently had its effect, for he dropped his hammer and went to the door. "I wonder what's the matter with Jerry self—nothin' at all: and look at me now! I don't think there's a horse in the state I can't shoe to the notch, nor any work in iron I ain't up to. Solid worth is what takes the lead, but «stuckupitiveness, never! I guess I'll have to drop this 'prentice of mine a peg or two. A11 I hope is they won't be no broken bones!" and he turned to his forge with a chuckle. Considerably out of breath, Jerry Atman bounded into the shop, tossed off his coat, and was into his leathern apron in a jiffy. "Conldn't help it, Mr. Gadford. Mother's sick. My aunt is there now, sir, and I guess I'll be on time after this," as he took a'shovelful of coals from his master's forge to light his own. 'No excuse needed in a case like this," replied the blacksmith, slowly. "No fault to find with you on that score, Jerry." "Any fault to find anywhere, sir?" queried his apprentice, the roar from the bellows almost drowning his voice. "Not gene'lly, not'tickerly, boy; but still I might say, in a fatherly kind of a way, that you're gittin' just a'little too smart fer a cub!" " 'Too smart for a cub'—what do you mean sir?" cried our hero with a flushed face. "What do I mean?" replied his master, with a loud laugh—"why, jist what I've said, of course. What have I been doin' these thirty years. Tendin' to my trade, haven't 1? When I worked as a 'prentice I acted like one. You don't, you see. Who ever heerd of a feller in your place studyin' grammar, and borrowin' books to read after night? When you go home, do like I did—keep your mind on your bis'- ness. Don't think of nothin' but that. I won't be drawed into no talk unless its related of to some eddicated thing or ;in chorus. 'nother. You're soarin' too much, young man. I don't like it. Nobody else does. Now git to work and quit it! Je^a^ stood, for one moment irresoluT! for them on the spot. The clerk made the sale, and Mr. Upton, busied with his books, looked up with a perplexed countenance, scratched the bridge of his nose reflectively, and was lost again. "I tell you he's above his bis'ness!" exclaimed Mr. Gadford, one bright May morning, to a group of his old cronies, who lounged about the Harbor,' engaged this morning?" he muttered, as he filled in idle conversation. "There's no doubt his pipe and squinted up and down the about that in my mind. A pretty black-long street. "First day he's been off time smith he is, to be everlastin'ly readin' and since he started in. Somethin's up or studyin'! He isn't one of us, that he isn't. I've tried my. best to reform him, but boy so. bent on gittin' at a trade in my 'tain't no use. He's in a manner—in a life, but fee's tryin' to move with it a leetle manner, I say, a disgrace to the trade,and fast for a beginner. Some says conceity I'm ashamed of him!" and the outraged folks is the kind what wins. I wonder if blacksmith kicked a piece of iron spite-they do? I never thought nothin' of my- fully one side with his heavy boot, and began filling his pipe as a solace for his ruffled thoughts. "He learned the trade, anyhow, didn't he?" queried old John Oliver, a superannuated wagon-maker, who, presuming on his age and infirmities, often' asked disagreeable questions. "I don't say as he hasn't," retorted Mr. Gadford, moodily. "He served his time, and I don't turn out no poor workmen— no, not if I know it, I don't; but learnin' and blacksmithin' won't mix, no more nor oil and water. Why I know it for a fac' that he's got a library—a library, gentlemen"— here the speaker spat on his hands and grasped his hammer as if desirous of demolishing it forthwith — "and reads everything, associates' with Preacher Banks, changes books with him, you know, and talks over theologies and things, just as if—as if, he wasn't a blacksmith. Where'd I have been to-day if I had started out by puttin' on airs and gittin' above my business? But I didn't. I stuck to my trade, and now where am I? Where am I, eh?" "Right here, Sammy, right here," replied Mr. Slabton, a near and dear friend, who acted in the capacity of village sexton. "Yes, right here, as a fixture and a success, anyone dispute that?" The awftal silence which followed this query was its only answer. "Now, how'd I do it?" continued Mr. Gadford, in a slightly mollified voice. "By mindin' my bis'ness and lettin' the fine arts alone. Jerry Atman '11 never build up a character in this country. He's a-dividin' himself too much; and a house, as the Scriptures plainly say, divided agin' itself will great be the fail thereof!" "Reckon you haven't heard the news? don't want no scholard here for a cub,nor inquired Mr. Cliver, who did not appear no one that stands off ft-om the crowd and particularly overpowered. . . . . I I 1 ! ! . - 1 ". .N% - Po . WT T T h1 . a _ 1t . new-s?0 »"> fJ .r om the Harbor excellent workman heel and whistled. So he. turned on his 'as soon as he can get things together. Mr. Gadford glared This is all. I'll be around to-morrow, as at him savagely out of the corner of his usual," and the old man limped slowly eye, and had it on his lips to order the music stopped, but thought better of it, and pounded his thumb with the hammer instead. Blaketon could boast of but one dry-goods store, but that was an unusually large and extensive one for so small a place. Mr. Silas Upton, the proprietor, had done a thriving business that pleasant April day and he watched the sun declining behind the hills with no particular regret. But trade was not done yet, apparently, for no less a personage than our friend Jerry Atman entered and advanced toward the counter. "And what can Ido for you,my friend?" inquired the merchant, rubbing his hands and smiling blandly. "But a very little, sir; hardly worth your time and trouble; only a pair of suspenders, and not very expensive ones either." "Here they are^strong as a rope and as elastic as—as you are, I take it," glancing at the young man's well-knit frame. ~ . "They look like good ones, that's a jact. You'needn't mind doing them up. I will pay you Saturday dfght when I get my wages." . "i. With a dteft movement, Mr. Upton snatched the suspenders from the purchaser's hands and tossed them back into the box, "with the words: "Don't begin in that way, young man ! Don't start out in life by asking credit! Come, let me give you a lesson. Pay as you go. If you don't pay, don't buy! It's the only way to begin. Don't spend your money before you get it. That's my advice, and you'll thank me» for it some It is needless to inform the reader that our friend Jerry was somewhat astonished, not to say embarrassed^ at the turn affair,? had takenJSyBe knew well enough, disguise it under the form of advice as he. might, that the merchant hesitated to trust him even for so small a sum. He had never before felt so lowered in his own estimation. This did him good. His thoughts flew fast. Suppose he should act on the advice so finely given? It was sound enough. Let him show no ill-will a^nd bear it like a man. This resolution taken, be held out his grimy hand with the words ggj "You have hit me hard, Mr. Upton, and should lie to you if I said it didn't hurt. But I think it'll do me good. I am pretty sure I shall never forget it. Will you shake hands, sir?" perplexity. It is very likely he would hand, and winced as he' felt the firm pPea- -x ain c no snape w ua* Ihre of the fingers against his owk Hid you, Jerry Atman," he answered stiffly. well , of advice being pumped dry, he had "Got his patent yesterday. Told me ill about it. Something new, too—a >low-liarrow; that is, a harrow so made Lt it can be attached to any plow, and rned ove State a!?enny ays he will manufacture himself. He' away, Silas Upton was a good business man. Not only was he convinced of this himself, but the community at large held the §ame opinion. But good busiuess men sometimes make mistakes. Mr. Upton had done so. Such a simple thing, too. He had only written his name below that of a friend, merely to comply with a matter of form. His friend had unfortunately failed in his enterprise and left the country ; and Mr. Upton woke up one morning to find himself called upon to pay a note of several thousand dollars. This he did in his usual brusque, business-lik* manner, fully aware that he would have nothing left—that he would be a ruined man. Everybody wondered "how he was going to get along now." They shook hands mournfully with him, and in a dejected manner, with the cheerful suggestion that, after all, "it might be worse, you know," which was very comforting indeed.;: Jerry Atman, blacksipith, was making a success of his business. He had got all the capital he wanted by selling some territory, and no more was for sale at any price. He had turned, manufacturer himself, and was pushing things with a rush. But he was still scheming, and this was what brought him down to Gadford's Harbor so early in the morning. The proprietor of that resort was hard at work, and he greeted our hero with a sullen nod. ^Jerry didn't seem to notice his cold reception at all. , He was too full of business for such small matters. "I have come to make'you an offer," he said, deliberately. \ "I don't^lntnd offfer!" replied his old master, intent upon his Work. "I'll make it any way. My patent is a su'ccess||j|l never expected so simple a thing to meet the approbation of every body. Orders are coming in so rapidly I cannot fill them. Now I want to let out the contract for the iron work to some man master of his business. You are that mans J If I prove to you that acceptance of thfs contract will net you three dollars to the one you now receive, will you take hold of it?" ftS Mr. Gadford laid down his hammer,took off his hat and scratched his bald head in a feeling- manner, as he glanced" with a dismayed look at his former apprentice. H<| saiy his opportunity. The voice of the community was too strong for him , , no«g:He ^n^iV this youh^man was a, It was now the merchant's turn to stiow power~ and he felt it. Had he dealt fair|/ w JFiCAiwj • - .'.'AK • m '-'..- . .J '. r* ly with the yJ oungster? No,* he hadn't. have preferred losing the whole .box of Then why should the youngster deal fair suspenders to such hearty acceptance of ly with him? This was his religion. It his fatherly counsel. With an embar- was a very poor one, but it was the best rassed smile he took the outstretched he had. stf *.'>$>•- ^ a s k f a v o r s o f j'Why, I'm not conferring a favor, I'm ndthing more to add as his would-be cos- asking one, Mr. Gadford. Little do I tomer touched bis hat and departed. T . card' what yota have said. It's a sigh of At precisely half-past eix o'clock Sat- smalt timber to bead befdf^very blasti urday night Jerry entered the store and <?ome, now, 161W figure a littler aod atf nnvfthofiM) a fuifr' vrf ftiiflncwdAttt. naviticr von aire pretty"good in that line, pUoyeme wrong if yorf can!" Mr. Silas Upton had almost made up his mind to move to the county seat. He had the offer of a clerkship at a very small salary, but that was better than nothing. A loud knock at the door roused him from his half formed decision. He opened it, and in walked Jerry Atman. ' "I called to pay you a debt of gratitude, sir," he said in his blunt way. "Debt of gratitude. I do not understand," replied Mr. Upton, as he handed his visitor a chair. "I stand your debtor, nevertheless," returned our hero, as he unrolled a small package and produced a pair of suspenders. "Do you recognize them, sir?" "I—I think I do," stammered the merchant, with a painful flush. "'These are the very ones I bought and paid for on that memorable Saturday evening after I received my week's wages of two dollars. I never wore them. I took them home and laid them away. When I felt like asking credit in any enterprise since then I have looked them up before coming to a decision, and they have always carried the day. Whatever of success I have made .or will make dates from the time I purchased this simple article. Now, I need a man to travel in the interest of my patent and to sell to the trade. I want you. I cannot afford large wages to begin with, but if seventy-five dollars a month and expenses paid will suit ^ou, you may begin to-morrow if you like." "Oh, Jerry, Jerry,«you cut me to the heart!" cried Mr. Upton, the tears standing in his eyes. "To think that my lack of confidence in you—" "That has nothing to do with it," interrupted the manufacturer, with a nervous laugh. "Will you, or will you not—that is the question?" It is needless to state that Mr. Upton did not need much persuasion, and entered upon his duties with alacrity and vim. Gadford's Harbor suddenly developed into a three-story brick, and a great many idle craft that formerly moored in its waters set sail in the employ of the owner. In Jerry's office, directly above the desk, a pair of cheap suspenders hang in an elegant frame; Mr. Gadford, foreman of the shops, and Mr. Upton, the traveling salesman, now stockholders in the concern, are alone in the secret of what is the cause of much wonderment to the gossips of the neighborhood. For The Press. « Elias Shall Oome. Jeremy Taylor, oijg of the greatest of English divines, said long since, " The churches have troubled themselves with an infinite variety of questions, and divided their precious unity, and destroyed charity; and instead of contending against the devil and all his crafty methods, they utilC) tliui,1 a-a& nathemetiZ^^^HKffned one other; and no man is betterTifter all, but most men are very much the worse; and th'e churches are in the world divided about questions that commenced twelve ©r thirteen ages since, and are like to be so forever, TILL ELIAS COME." A greater than Jeremy Taylor, even the prophet Malachi, said "Behold I will send you Elijah the prophet, before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord; and he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse." He who spake as never man spake, said, " Elias shall indeed first come, and restore all things (Mat. 17: 11). Who is this Elijah (or Eljas, as his name is called in the Greek of the New Testament) who shall turn the hearts, of the fathers and children to each other, and restore all things ? His personal history is familiar to all Bible readers. When the Israelites had almost wholly turnfed away in heart from Jehovah, and were infatuated with idolatry, he appears in the midst of thein filled with divine power and discernment and consummates his work by rebuilding Jehovah's altar, and calling upon all the people to engage in His true worship. He turned the hearts of the people to their fathers, to Moses and Aaron and those who had walked in the fear of Jehovah. He wrought his work amid the greatest discouragements, at one time thinking that he was the only faithful worshipper in all Israel. Like Enoch, and as a reward of his faithfulness, and as a type of those whoj when our Lord comes, shall be caught up to meet Him in the air, he was caught up in a fiery chariot. We have the highest authority for saying that Elijah, a true Elijah Ministry, appeared again in the .person of John the Baptist. Though he wrought no miracle, he came, truly " in the "spirit and power of Elijah." The Holy Spirit spoke through him to the consciences of all who had an ear to hear. The Jews, though devout and scrupulously religious, had-gone far from Jehovah; though they thought themselves the favorites of heaven, and were filled With coiiceit of their own wisdom, yet they were fttrmal rather than real worshippers of Jehovah, and could be itaade ready to receive the Messiah only by such a prophet as John, who exposed their sins and showed them to be a generation of vipers., In John, Elijah, had indeed- come and exposed their false ways and shoWed them what the Lord wished. Many heard his words, some pondered them/ and the path he made to the Messiah was trodden by a few teachable souls, and they found Him to the joy of their hearts. After John the Baptist had .been beheaded, our Lord said, "Ellas shall indeed first come, and restore all things." Are we then to look for Elias ? Surely, if we give heed to our Lord's words; and if not for Elias in person, certainly for an Elias ministry/ which shall be to the church what that of John the Baptist was 46 the JeWfl. Nothing is more certain to the church to be ready for that glorious event, that great time of blessing for the world. Before that great and notable day Elias shall come, and restore all * things. Is there any need for such' a ministry in the church ? Many with the same conceit which the Jews had when our Lord came in humility say, No; never was the church so prosperous, never had it so much learning, never was it in so high favor with the world. But there are others who, while seeing the divine life in the church, and the measure of blessing she contains, see also that Christians as a whole are as eager for the world as the Israelites of Elijah'? time were for Baal; that the zeal of party in portions of the church is as great as it was among the Pharisees of John the Baptist's time, and of the same sort; that the indifference of the Saddu-cees of that day is more than matched by the indifference of multitudes now who wear the Christian name withmjt at all believing that their life is really hid with Christ in God. The characteristic of Christians is not now that ihey are crucified to the world by the cross of Christ, and the world to them. Their highest earthly joy is not in Christian worship. Many even of those who go' to church go to hear the eloquent, or earnest, or dist i n g u i s h e d p r e a c h e r , or to l i s t e n to t h e fine music, and enjoy the decorous ways of the worship, and mingle in the crowd of well-dressed people. Few go to join with Christ the Head and with all of frhe members of His body in adoring, joyful worship and deep intercession for every member of the One Church, divided into a thousand superstitions and semi infidel fragments, and to pray with an overflowing heart for the blessing of God on all men. . Surely, if there was need of Elijah to rebuild the altar of Jehovah that had fallen down, if there was need of John the Baptist to show to the Jews their hollow-hearted ness, there is need, now for Elias to come and show Christians the perfect worship onr Lord is engaged in above, and to lead them to be occupied in it with Him. Surely the Church is no more ready for our Lord's coming in glory than the Jews were for His coming in humility, and every Christian should' penitently confess the sins of the One Church and pray that Elias may come and restore all things and make the Bride ready for the Bridegroom. K-ISEAEL IN EGYPT: EXPLANATORY NOTES BY S. I. CUR-TISS, PH. D., D. D. - Lesson V of the International Series (Second Quarter), for Sunday, May 1. Text of the Lesson, Ex. i, C-14—Gol-tfeii'Text, 1*3. cv, 34. Tlii-,''5 is no attempt in the Bible to record hi>t::i'3' lor 'Is own sake. Hundreds of years intervi :!<• I> : wen iho events described in the wo j!iv i.Y'rociKTtl in the early chapters of Ex"<i!! i j;ji, 40). While the story of those years wou.il bu interesting, as would the ac-cou::' u ot v.iiufc our Lord did before hiseif-tranu c:i Ilia ministiy, yet it would doubtless he without significance for the history of redemption. THE LESSON. The Rapid Increase of the Israelites—In the cix'Ji verso the oinl of tho history in Genesis is reproduce:! as a fitting introduction to what id to I'oihnv. Joseph and till his brethren and all Ihac ^ ni ration die, hut ever increasing multitudes rise to take their places. V. 7. Tho same laiiguago is used here as in the first chapters of Genesis, where the author wishes to set forth tho rapid increase of animal life (Gen. i, 20; viii, 17). They are even spoken of as swarming, and it is said that tho land was filled with them. Tho land to which allusion is made is none other than the land of Goshen. Wo learn from other sources of the wonderful increase of the inhabitants of Egypt. 1 he New King (v. S)—Meanwhile the dynasty of shepherd kings, who, as we have seen, were of a kindred race because of their Semitic origin, had come to an end. The Hyksos kings had been expelled from the country, and a native Egyptian dynasty had taken their place, who did not know Joseph, or if they knew him had no regard for liiin or his people. Wo do not know who this new king was, although it is pretty generally supposed that Ramses II was the Pharaoh of the oppression. Vs. 8, 0. It could not have been absolutely true that the Israelites were more numerous than tho Egyptians, for the Egyptians are supposed to have numbered about 7,000,000, and at a later period the Israelites could hardly have numbered more than 3,000,'300 or 3,000,000. Still the rapid increase of a strong, hardy race, who were probadlj much superior in physical strength to the Egyptians, must have been very alarming. Zoan (v. 10)—The capital of the king at that time was in Zoan, or Tanis, in the land of Goshen. This was chosen because it was necessary, as Ebers says, for Ramses II to stand with one foot in Egypt and the other hi Syria. He was therefore in the very midst of tho Israelites. Their rapid increase, therefore, could not escape his observation or the danger arising therefrom. As we have remarked, Goshen was tho northeast district of Egypt It was therefore oh the high road to the land of the Hittitea, the Assyrians and the other peoples of the east. - Ramses II carried on war for years with the Hittites. If he was the king, therefore, intended in this chapter he could very readily see how the Israelites might form an alliance with the enemy and easily escape £rom Egypt. Tho Store Cities (v. ll)—The king therefore sought to break the spirits of the people with hard labor. The Egyptians were tha greatest builders of antiquity; But then- pyramids and temples, which excite the wonder of men to-day, were built with the forced labor of their subjects. The king placed over the Israelites foreign taskmasters, who doubtless beat them cruelly. They were engaged in building store cities, perhaps whero provisions for the campaigns in the east could be s: ored. An exploration society called "The Egypt Exploration Fund" is making interesting excavations in Egypt. It is believed that the true site of Pithom htui been discovered. In it extensive storehouses have been found. The true location of Ramses still remains to be found. Israel Kept Increasing (v. 12)—All these efforts to break down the spirit of the people and to diminish their numbers were to no purpose. The more the Egyptians oppressed tho Hebrews the more they increased, so that the Egyptians were distressed befoi-e them. Vs. ia, 14. The Egyptians, therefore, renewed their efforts. They made, their service as painful as possible, thus embittering their lives, in the construction of buildings aikl iu their work in the fields. All these oppressions, however, as the result will show, wera of no avail, for lstael was God's coye-uaut people (Gen. xvii, 7, etc.). 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