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kept them in tune, thrilled the listeners in rounded shoulders, sunburned skins, the room far above it all.
loosely fitting clothes, broad-brimmed hats, The Stadium is the center of interest tell of fields and barns; there a group of daily; contests of all kinds are held here. Japanese in American clothes, over yonder Bicycle races, ball games, tennis, foot a group of Chinese with hands crowded races, all draw the people. It seats 12,000. into pockets, stand huddled apart from On Army Day, when General Miles was the crowd. There on a bench sit four the guest of the Exposition, three times Turks in bagging trousers, fezes, and goldthis great arena held over 15,000 people. trimmed jackets. Here stands a man Tier on tier around the great expanse the carefully dressed, whose every movement people waited. When the soldiers ap- bespeaks power. College girls, workingpeared, what a roar of applause! It broke girls, soldiers, cadets, officers, and hunout again and again. When, in the late dreds and thousands from the ranks of afternoon, the cadets from West Point American men and women are gathered entered the arena for dress parade, the waiting. The few lights on the posts enthusiasm of the multitude was a tribute have disappeared, and semi-darkness ento the Nation that produced such men velops the scene. Pink dots appear For that multitude had been observing the everywhere. The Tower is softly lumi“ West Point boys.” They had seen the nous, the light coming from within; arches, gray uniformed figures escorting about domes, roofs, windows, columns, capitals, the grounds proud, hard-working fathers statues, are outlined by those pink dots and mothers, and happy, proud sisters. of light. Softly but clearly the notes of the Fathers and mothers had made sacri- Star-Spangled Banner float on the air. fices to fit the “boys” for the place they The people sitting rise, hats are removed; were now occupying. Each youth repre- here and there a head is bowed; one feels sented a contest in which he had come the thrill of thousands of hearts moved out victor; each one maintained his place by one great emotion. The dots of pink by hard work, for one of the strongest of have now become lines of soft radiance the educational exhibits at the Pan-Ameri- growing whiter each minute. Strong and can Exposition is the day's work required full are the notes of a song that, under from these cadets. It was all this that the influence of the time, is a nation's added a new note to the enthusiastic anthem. So perfectly timed is this wonwelcome accorded them on Army Day at der of light that its fullest radiance is the Exposition.
reached as the last note of music dies The Temple of Music is another Mecca away. for the people. The building holds hun- But the spell is not broken. The thoudreds during each of the two daily con- sands stand transfixed. Was there ever certs, while hundreds more, from lack of such a sight as this wonder of light and time, leave regretfully between the num- beauty and comradeship? Night after bers of the programme. This is possible night the same miracle is wrought. North without interruption, as the doors are and South, East and West, and the land closed through the rendering of each beyond the seas stand together patriots number of the programme.
and brothers, each conscious that a spark The climax of the day for every one is of that Genius of Man that has made this eight o'clock in the evening. As early as moment possible lies within himself, that seven o'clock the crowds begin to gather he is a contributor to the moment. Each in the Court of the Fountains, the Espla- goes forth a man of wider sympathies, nade, on the Triumphal Bridge. The band with a clearer comprehension of the spirit from the Carlisle Indian School takes its of the civilization of which he is a part. place in the East Stand on the Esplanade. Many men of many nations stand here The light of day dies out of the sky. together. Each will be a better citizen The soft gray of evening falls over the under whatever flag he claims protection, Tower, domes, and turrets; with it voices because he has had born within him a grow soft and low. Who can picture that new conception of what it is to serve his multitude? There a group of swarthy country as one in the brotherhood of men and women tell of southern suns; nations made visible at the Pan-American there a group, tired, worn, but alert, with Exposition.
that have made and divided political par- The spirit of homogeneity developed is ties, putting off the day of universal peace. perhaps best in evidence in the programme Peace hath her victories
of one evening entertainment at the buildNo less renowned than war,
ing of one of the Western States. A resiand the Pan-American is one.
dent of a Southern State gave two dialect On the human side of the Pan-Ameri- stories and a negro sermon, the daughcan Exposition the State buildings are, on ter of one of the Commissioners for Honthe whole, the most interesting centers. duras a piano solo, as did also a señorita In these buildings people gather with a from Porto Rico. A flute solo was given sense of ownership. You can distinguish by a resident of San Domingo, in addition the aliens by the way they enter one to music and an address by residents of of these buildings. The early morning the State. One afternoon the people in is the most interesting time. The travelers this part of the Exposition grounds gathby the night trains have arrived. Parcels ered till verandas, rooms, and the grounds and lunch-boxes are checked, toilets made, about were crowded with people listening and then people register. These registers to a lady singing. She had sat down at are in three columns, “ Name,”
," " Birth- the piano to gratify a friend who had not place,” “ Present Address.” As the home heard her sing in many years. They visitor turns these pages after registering, were almost alone in the room when she there are exclamations of delight, invari- began. The hush that fell on the crowds ably, “ Why, So-and-so is here. I haven't on the piazzas of the buildings near by, seen him since I went to school.” “There! the silently gathering crowds who stood I am so glad, So-and-so was here last in the room and outside until the singing week, and he or she lives at - I'll ceased, after the singer had responded to write at once." Each State building pro many encores, the keen enjoyment corvides post-office facilities, and the broken dially expressed to the singer, made an threads of friendship are soon knitted impromptu musicale attended by friends. together. Then the unexpected meetings! The Midway is interesting always, but Scarcely a quarter of an hour passes that especially so in the evening. Its incondoes not reveal old friends in unexpected gruity is perhaps its chief charm. Here, meetings. Sometimes two will watch each amid surroundings that suggest everything other for several minutes, and one then but America, wander people of every age decides to ask, “ Are you not So-and-so?” and condition of life. Darling old ladies usually followed by quick grasping of whose lives are devoted to the church and hands. The sights and sounds of the mo- its missions saunter from show to show, ment are forgotten, and the two, or groups not missing an audible or visible evidence to which the two belong, are living over of the foreign lives imitated so well here. again the days of childhood and youth. Sitting in the restaurant of one of the
In one of the State buildings every foreign villages on the upper floor just as evening a special effort is made to draw the sun was sinking, the ear and heart together the people of the State who are were stirred by the sweet silver tones of a visiting the Exposition ; this is due to the cornet. “Abide with Me" floated out efforts of one of the State Senators present on the evening air.
on the evening air. The Midway was who is deeply interested in the Exposition. crowded. The hideous “barkers ” had Hurried invitations were sent out one ceased for a moment. The crowds stood noon to a barn dance to be given in the still. The accompaniment was softly and State building that evening. Gray hair, sweetly played by a string orchestra. age, and care forgotten, neighbors and “ Rock of Ages " followed. The player friends long sundered, young men and was a woman in the dress of a Japanese maidens, sons and daughters of these in the balcony of that village. One friends, were introduced, and the barn seemed a part of a dream. Below, Turk dance under electric lights was a success. and Caucasian, Indian, African, EskiThe building is admirably designed for mo, and imitators of all, could be seen. purposes of entertaining. A large room As the sunset gun was fired from Fort with smaller rooms adjoining, broad bal- Niagara “ America was played, and the conies and veranda, provided for quiet hum of thousands of voices, modulated so conversations as well as dancing.
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The Man from Glengarry
By Ralph Connor
Author of " Black Rock," “ The Sky Pilot," etc.
COPYRIGHT, 1901, FLEMING H. REVELL COMPANY
Chapter XIV.—The Bible Class only by report. The younger and more
untraveled portion of the community F Mrs. Murray was not surprised to thought of them with a certain amount of
Macdonald Dhu and Yankee awe and fear. walk in on Sabbath evening and sit It was no wonder, then, that Yankee's down in the back seat, her class was. appearance in Bible class produced a senIndeed, the appearance of these two men sation. It was an evening of sensations, at the class was considered an event so ex- for not only were Macdonald Dhu and traordinary as to give a decided shock to Yankee present, but Aleck McRae had those who regularly attended, and their driven up a load of people from below the presence lent to the meeting an unusual Sixteenth. Ranald regarded his presence interest and an undertone of excitement. with considerable contempt. To see Macdonald Dhu, whose attendance • It is not much he cares for the Bible at the regular Sabbath services was some- class, whatever," he confided to Don, who thing unusual, present at a religious meet- was sitting beside him. ing, which no one would consider it a duty But more remarkable and disturbing to to attend, was enough in itself to excite sur- Ranald than the presence of Aleck McRae prise; but when Yankee came in and sat was that of a young man sitting between beside him, the surprise was considerably Hughie and Maimie in the minister's pew. intensified. For Yankee was considered He was evidently from the city.
One to be quite outside the pale, and indeed could see that from his fine clothes and in a way incapable of religious impression. his white shirt and collar. Ranald looked No one expected Yankee to be religious. at him with deepening contempt. “Pride" He was not a Presbyterian, knew nothing was written all over him. Not only did of the Shorter Catechism, not to speak of he wear fine clothes and a white shirt and the Confession of Faith, and consequently collar, but he wore them without any sign was woefully ignorant of the elements of of awkwardness or apology in his manner, Christian knowledge that were deemed but, indeed, as if he enjoyed them. But necessary to any true religious experi- the crowning proof of his “pride" Don ence.
noted with unutterable scorn. It was rumored that upon Yankee's first “ Look at him !” he said: “splits his appearance in the country, some few years head in the middle !" ago, he had, in an unguarded moment, Ranald found himself wondering how acknowledged that “his people” had be- the young fop would look sitting in a pool longed to the Methodists, and that he of muddy water. How insufferable the himself “leaned toward” that peculiar young fellow's manners were! He sat sect. Such a confession was in itself quite close to Maimie, now and then whisenough to stamp him in the eyes of the pering to her, evidently quite ignorant of community as one whose religious history how to behave in church. And Maimie, must always be attended with more or less who ought to know better, was acting uncertainty. Few of them had ever seen most disgracefully as well, whispering a Methodist in the flesh. There were back, and smiling right into his face. said to be some at Moose Creek (Moos- Ranald was thoroughly ashamed of her. crick, as it was called), but they were known He could not deny that the young fellow. was handsome, hatefully so, but he was him up with a vigor and enthusiasm that evidently stuck full of conceit, and as he carried him along and inspired him to let his eyes wander over the congregation his mightiest efforts. Wonderful singing assembled, with a bold and critical stare, it was, full-toned, rhythmic, and well balmaking remarks to Maimie in an under- anced. tone which could be heard over the church, With characteristic courage, the minRanald felt his fingers twitching. The ister's wife had chosen Paul's Epistle to young man was older than Ranald, but the Romans for the subject of study, and Ranald would have given a good deal for to-night the lesson was the redoubtable an opportunity to “take him with one ninth chapter, that arsenal for Calvinistic hand."
champions. At this point Ranald's reflections were First, the verses were repeated by the interrupted by Mrs. Murray rising to open class in concert, and the members vied the class.
with each other in making this a perfect * Will some one suggest a Psalm ?" she exercise; then the teaching of the chapter asked, her cheek, usually pale, showing a was set forth in simple, lucid speech. slight color. It was always an ordeal for The last half-hour was devoted to the disher to face her class ever since the men cussion of questions raised either by the had been allowed to come, and the first teacher or by any member of the class. moments were full of trial to her. Only To-night the class was slow in asking her conscience and her fine courage kept questions. They were face to face with her from turning back from this her path the tremendous Pauline Doctrine of Sovof duty.
ereignty. It was significant that by At once from two or three came re- Macdonald Dhu, his brother, and the sponses to her invitation, and a Psalm was other older and more experienced members chosen.
of the class the doctrine was regarded as The singing was a distinct feature of absolutely inevitable and was accepted the Bible class. There was nothing like without question, while by Yankee and it, not only in the other services of the Ranald and all the younger members of congregation, but in any congregation in the class it was rejected with fierce resentthe whole county. The young people ment. The older men had been taught that formed that Bible class have long by the experience of long and bitter years since grown into old men and women, that above all their strength, however but the echoes of that singing still rever- mighty, a Power, resistless and often berate through the chambers of their hearts inscrutable, determined their lives. The when they stand up to sing certain tunes younger men, their hearts beating with or certain Psalms. Once a week through conscious power and freedom, resented the long winter they used to meet and this control, or, accepting it, refused to sing to John " Aleck's " sounding beat for assume the responsibility for the outcome two or three hours. They learned to sing of their lives. It was the old, old strife, not only the old Psalm tunes but Psalm the insoluble mystery; and the minister's tunes never heard in the congregation wife, far from making light of it, allowed before, as also hymns and anthems. The its full weight to press in upon the memanthems and the hymns were, of course, bers of her class, and wisely left the quesnever used in public worship. They were tion as the Apostle leaves it, with a statereserved for the sacred concert which John ment of the two great truths of sovereignty ** Aleck” gave once a year. It was in the and free will, without attempting the imBible class that he and his fellow-enthusi- possible task of harmonizing these into a asts found opportunity to sing their new perfect system. After a half-hour of disPsalm tunes, with now and then a hymn. cussion she brought the lesson to a close When John “ Aleck,” a handsome, broad- with a very short and very simple presenshouldered six-footer, stood up and bit tation of the practical bearing of the great his tuning-fork to catch the pitch, the doctrine. And while the mystery remained people straightened up in their seats and unsolved, the limpid clearness of her prepared to follow his lead. And after thought, the humble attitude of mind, the his great resonant voice had rolled out the sympathy with doubt, and, above all, the first few notes of the tune, they caught sweet and tender pathos that filled her