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Klopseh, 1900.) who is still tray- Europe, has for- report of a atters helpful words in alleviating shows how such at the last; text, the w~idows stood ~'howing h,im the Dorcas nmde city of the floated the from which the were built, Solo- gs through the 500 prisoners magnificent was started in a woman with name ill- meficence of the Yonder home. around about the where she sits the poor. She she pities their them, she to suit woman and on his a coal: tO to that one. prayers and Then on the street she has blessed, women, that you attend to tile first, last and greatest duty of your life--the seek- in~ for God atnl bein~ at peace with him. When the tvumpct .Mmll sound, lhere will lie lilt lll}l'(tar End a wreck of Inountain and continent, and no hllUlah flrnl can hell) you. Amid the rising of the dead and amid the boiling of yonder sea and amid the live, leaping thundot~ of the flying heavens calm and plae~.d will be every woman's heart who hal:h put her trust in Christ--cahn notwithstauding all the tumult, as though the rite in the heavens were only the gild)ass of an autumnal sunset as though tL-e peal of the trumpet were only the harmony of an orchestra, as though the awful voices of the sky we,re but a group of friends bursting through a gateway at event)me with laughter and shouting. "Dorcas the disciple!" Would God that every Mary and every Martha would this day sit down at the feet of Jesus! Praise of the NeedIe. Further. we see Dorcas the benefac- tress. His'tory has tohi the s,.ory of the crown; epic poet has sung of the sword: file pastoral poet, with his verses full of the redolence of clover tops and a-rustic with the silk of the corn. has suug the praises of the plow. I tell you the praises of the needle, From the fig leaf robe prepared in the garden of Eden to the last stitch taken on the garment for the poor the needle has wrought wonders of kindness, generosity and benefaction. It adorned the girdle of the high priest, it fashioned the curtains in the ancient tab- ernacle, it cushioned the chariots of King Solomon it provided the robes of Queen Elizabeth. and in high places and in low places, by fhe fire of the pioneer's back- log'and under the flash of the chandelier, everywhere, it has clol'hed nakedness, it has preached the gospel, it has overcome hosts of penury nnd want with the war- cry of "Stitch. stitch, stitch!" The op- eratives have found a livelihood by it, and through it the mansions of the em- ployer are constructed. Amid the greatest triumphs in all ages and lands, I set down the conquests of tile needle. I admit its crimes: I admit the cry is its cruelties. It has had more nmrtyrs The sick than the arc it has punctured the eye; it her fbce" as she has pierced the side; it has struck weak~ brow, and ness into the hmgs; it has sent madness SXart up with into the brain; it has filled the potter's gentle voice, as field: it has pitched whole arnfies of the them, and suffering into crime alr(t wretchedness half put out and woe. But now that i am talking of a halo of lightDorcas and her ministries to the poor, I trail of glory in shall speak only of the charities of the a half paid needle. This woman was a represents- hill and reaches tire of all those who make garments for boy well clad the destitute, who knit socks for the bare- L~se ~el0thes come footed, who prepare bandages for the has lacerated, wile fix up boxes of clothing t)lace a woman for missionaries, who go into tile asylums bought Om of the suffering atnl destitute, bearing a family that had that go.~pel which is sight for the blind many weeks are has brought pause in that say: '%Vhere is seen her for Dorcas?" And goes up and the mystery the pal- of a kilt*.-'s Y Waited for than Alas. That which has the poor is had poured wretchedness mists that go for- lerever there wherever 3n, ll heart and no looks and gesticulations who t'lace, name of the stands i~ the stand vho show the woman l~d cannot be want~ to Will not do it and hearing for the deaf. and which makes.f he lame man leap like a hart and brings the dead to life. immortal health l)ounding in their pulses. What a con- trast between the practical benevolence of this woman and a great deal of the charity of this day[ This woman did eel spend her thne idly l)hmning how the liner of the city of Joppa were to be re- lieved: she took her needle and relieved them. She was not like fllose persons who sympathize with imaginary sorrows. and go out in the street and laugh at the boy who has upset his b'lsket of cold vic- tuals, or like that charity, which makes a rousing speech on the beuevolent plat- form and goes out to kick the beggar from the step, crying, "Hush your miser- able howling!" Sufferers of the world want not so much theory as practice: not so much tears as dollars: not so much kind wishes as loaves of I)read; not so much smiles as shoes; not so much "God bless yous!" as jackets and frocks. I will put one earnest Christian man. hard working, against five thousand mere tile- orists on the subject of charity. There- are a great many who have fine ideas about chm'ch architecture who never in their life helped to build a church. There are men who can give you the history of Buddhism and Mohammedanism who never sent a farthing for evangelization. There! are women who talk beautifully about the suffering of the world, who never had the courage, like Dorcas, to take the needle and assault it. Woman's Benevolence. I am glad that there is not a pa~;e of the worhl's history vdfich is not a r~cord of female benevolence. God says t*~ all lands and people, Come now and hear the widow's mite rattle down into 'the poor box. The Princess of Conti sold all tmr jewels that she might help the famine stricken. Queen Blanche, tim wife of Louis VIII. of France, hearing tilat there were some persons unjustly incarcerated in the prisons, went out amid the~ rabble and took a stick and-struck the door as a signal that they might all strike it, ar.d so he orders cleared. The The Oh, hen and fori,:~ of i dcwn went the prison door, and out caUSe the prisoners. Queen M-rod. the wife of Henry I., went down andd the pc~,r arise!,, There and washed their sores and alLministered life; the to them cordials. Mrs. Retson, at Ms- the chee~k tagorda, appeared on the battlefield whiie up! the missiles of death were flying arched and cared for the wounded. Is there a man or woman who has ever heard of the There was not mm~e turmoil and upturn- ing in the Mediterranean sea. dashing against the wharfs at that seaport, than there were surgings to and fro of grief because Dorcas was dead. There are a great many who go out of life and are unmissed. There may be a very large funeral, there may be a great many car- riages anti a plumed hearse, there ma~ be high sounding enlogiums the bell may toll at the cemetery gate. there may be a very fine nlarble sliaft reared over the resting place, but the whole thing may be a falsehood and a sham. The church of God has lost nothing, the world has lost nothing. It is only a nuisance abated. Ft is only a grumbler ceasing to find fault, it is only an idler stopped yawn- ins. It is only a dissipated fashionable parted from his wine cellar, while on the other hand no useful Christian leaves this world without beinff missed. The church of God cries out Hke the prophet, "Howl. fir tree, for tlm cedar has fallen!" "Widowhood comes and shows the garments which the departed had made. Orphans are lifted up to look into the cahn face of the sleepin~ bene- factress. Reclaimed vagrancy comes and -kisses the cold brow of he$ who charmed it away from sin, and all through the streets of Joppa there is nlourning--tnourning becaltse Dorcas is dead. Resurrection of Dorcas. I speak to you of Dorcas the resur- rected. The apostle came to where she was and said, "A.rise. and she sat up!" In what fl short compass the great writer put that "She sat up!" Oh. what a time there must have been around that town when the apostl~ brought her out among her old friends! tIow the tears of joy mqs[,.have started! What a claw ping of hands therc must have been! What singing! What laughter: Sound it all through that lane! Shout it down that dark alley! Let all Joppa hear it] Dorcas is resurrected! You attd I have seen the same thing many a time; not a dead body resusci- tated, but the deceased coming up again after death in the good accomplished. If a man labors up to 7)0 years of age, serv- ing God, and then dies we are apt to think that his earthly work is done. No. ttis influence on earth will continue till the world ceases. Services rendered for Christ never stop. A Christian woman toils for the uplifting of a church through many nnxicties, through many self-denials, with prayers and tears. and then she ,lies. It is fiftecu years since she went away. Now the spirit of God desecn(ls Ul)On that church, hun- dreds of Sollls stand up and confess the faith of Christ. Has that Christian wom- an, who went away fifteen years ago, nothing to do with these things? I see ti~e flowering out of her noble heart. I hear the echo of her footsteps in all the songs over sins forgiven, in all the tiros- perity of the church. The good that seemed to 1)e buried has come up again. Dorcas is resurrected! After awhile all these womanly friends of Christ will put down their needle for- evtr. After making garnlents for others some one will make a gat.nlent for them; tile last robe we ever wv:tr--~he rohe for the grave. You will have heard the last cry of lmin. You will have witness(~t tlm last orphanage. You will have c~)me in worn (lilt fronl your last round of lnerey. I do ll~,t know where you will sleep, nor wimt your epitaph will be. but there will bc a Inn)l) bnrning at that torah, and an angel of God guarding it. and through all the long night no rude foot will dis- turb the dust. Sleep on. sleep on! Soft b~d. pleasant shadows, undisturbed re- te.rse! Sleep on! Askep in Jesus! Blessed sleep From which none ever wake to weep! The Victory ~,Von. '[~aen one day there will be a sky rend- ing and a whir of wheels and the flash of a pageant, a rlnies marching, chains clanking, banners waving, thunders boom- i~]g, and that Christian woman will rise from the dust, and she will be suddenly surrounded--surrounded by the wander- ers of the street whom she reclaimed ~nrrorluded by_ the wounded souls to whom she had administered. Daughter of God, so strangely surrounded, what means this? rt means that reward has come, that the victory is won, that the vrown is ready, ~hat the banquet is N~read. Shout it through all tile cram- bliug e~rth. Sing it tbrough all tim fly- ing heavens, Dorcas is resurrected! Ia 181~5, when scale of the soldiers came back from the Crimean war to Lon- don. the Queen of England distributed among them beautiful medals called Cri- mean medals. Galleries were erectetl for, the fwo houses of parliament and the roy- al family to sit in. There was a g,'eat audience to witness the distributlml of the medals A colonel who had lost both feet in the battle of Inkermann was pull- ed in on a wheel chair; others cam~ in limping on their crutches. Then fl~e Que,.~n of Ehgland arose before thexr in the name of her government and utt~ed words of covamendation to the officers and men and distritmted those instills, insr~ribed with the fear great l)attlefllds --Aama, Balaklava, Inkermat*n and Se- vastopol. As the queen gave these to the wounded men and the wounded offi- cer,~ the bands of music struck up the na- t~onM air, and the people, with streaming eyeL joined in the song-- God save our gracious queen! Long live our noble queen! civil war in America who has not heard God. save the queen! 0f the wonv.,n of the sanitary and Chris- tian commissions or the fact that before An{] then they shouted, Huzza, huna. the smoke had gone up from Gettysburg Oh, it was a l)roud (tay for those return- and South Mountain the women of theed -warriors! But a brighter, better and AIRY, GAUZY GOWNS, SUMMER COSTUMES APPEAR IN GREAT VARIETY, Cool V~ather Delayed Their Coming Some~vhat, but for lhe Remainder of the Heated Season 1'hey Will Be :Much in Evidence Everywhere. New York corrosl)Ot]dt'll('t': E F O R E autumn s chills come t h e r e should be a deal of gen- nimqy summery weath- er, else a great injus- tice will have been done to fashionable w o In e n. The new gowns are now appear- ing in bewildering daintiness, but warm days were late in com- ing and there still ale a lot of frocks laid away in trunks, though some have brought these out at the first opportunity in reck- lessly swift succession. For the rest of July and for all of August there will be an especial run of, embroidered transparen- cies. From solid "all-overS" to the filmi- est painted and lace woven gauzes, ew, ry- thing will be of the "see-through" type. Robes of painted lace are made princess, the painting is done after the gown is ins run about with buttonholing of deli- cate color either in silk or mercerized cot- ton. This material may be had in rutting to match, and some lovely gowns consist of a skirt ruffied"from the sheath hips and a bodice all elbow sleeves and a wonder- ful fichu. There is a crispness about linen that lends itself to this style of making. The frills are wonders of open work edgery, and a sash to match the fichu is a finishing touch. These linens are in pleasing variety, but the number of current sorts isn't great enough for fashion leaders. & brand new sort that a few advanced dressers are exploiting is a plaided weave that makes up with a striking look of newness and originality. The gown of the accompanying~ initial picture was in this fabric, the colors of the plaid being rod, white and yellow, the foundation being white 'lawn. &s if the goods was not enough to prove that the dress was just off the griddle, a new and glorious wrinkle was displayed in its skirt pleat. The picture explains this novel feature. Its facing was white, o{ course, inner sleeves and turn-over cuffs matching. & linen gown that was more conventional and also more typical of what is being generally worn was the left-hand model in the second picture. Ito~ color was pale blue, the dottiug being in corn color. Ecru embroidery and black lace insertion furnished its band trimming, pleated white mull gave the V and yoke and collar were mull banded with insertion. The deep collar was ecru lace. Organdies come in for their usual favor, and the season's new weaves are beau- ties. This is hardly more than a hint of ~ ~ N A TRIO OF ELEGA2 T TIL~N,SI~,~RENCrES. made, and the design is so skillfully run aver seams that the dress appears made on the wearer, never to come off unless removed like a banana skin. This type of gown follows all the lines of the fig- ure an closely as possible. The gauze ~s made heavy and clinging by embroideries of flos.~, and is mounted on princess foun- dati,m of mull over silk. The secret of the lovely cloudy effect presented is that the foundation is In layers. For dresses not cut princess this scheme m ,varied slightly. The second gown of the first large picture was an example of this modification. In it the dots only were painted, the remaining ornamentation be- ing lace applique. The goods was white what is being done with diaphanous fab- rics, for it seems as if all their possibili- ties were brought out or being developed. Brief description of the dresses in the remaining illustration will be further evi- dence of the prevailing variety. The first gown of this trio was-whi~ linen lawn. Its trimmings were black velvet ribbons caught with crystal buttons, yoke and collar of ivory lace. silver buekles for bolero and skeeves and white satin for the belt. Next this is a white total embroid- ered in pale lavender. A front panel of plain mull was banded with white lace, the plaiu mull also appearing in gathered collar and revers. Last comes a pale green dotted Swiss. Yoke, collar, sleeve Be- north met the women of the south on the gla&ler day will come when Christ shall of this ] battlefield, forgetting all their animosities gather those who have toiled in his ser- .____ her rosen- while they bound up the wounded and vie, good soldiers of Jesus Christ. He -'- shMl rise before them, and in the pres- et lift closed the eves of the slain? Dorcas, the eric., of all the glorified of heaven he will I benefactress. i eome now to speak of Dorcas, thesay! "Well done, good and faithful ser- ,~r ,~,,r~o ,,~x ,, .......... , ........... :~ '* - -he he ~ill distribute the o~v,.~o .txx~J. ~.~ Nt~N~r~w.~=~'x ur lamented. When death struck down that vant~ ann t n . ' . ~ ....... , ,, . :: .... good woman, oh) how much sorrow there models of eternal rectory not mseribed I - .t ..... _=, ........... lace n' side --. ~=t_ 1 ~[allzei ~ne UOtS W~lr~ $~-,:~tt auu t~tt: was in the town of J0ppa! I suppose with works of mgnreousness wmca we haw done, but with these four great bat' I wa~ black, Black was the color of the [~ ~ ~ .! there were women there with larger for- tlefields dear to earth and dear to hea tt i velvet bodice belt. ~nes, perhaps, with h~nd~omer .-B~-hlehem* Nazar~th~ Gethse~, I L4aen is wdV~tn transparent material taet , Cal l .... ! and 1 1 work de tl F