The Daily Transcript (Norman, Okla.), Vol. 4, No. 29, Ed. 1 Wednesday, July 12, 1916 Page: 3 of 4
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NORMAN DAILY TRANSCRIPT
The Preller Murder Case
Stories of the Greatest
Cases in the Career of
Thomas Furlong, the Fa-
mous Railroad Detective,
Told by Himself
Copyright by W. O. Chapman
The conviction of the murderer of
Clarence Preller, a man named Hugh
M. Brookes, was one of the hardest
pieces of work ever performed by me.
1 he true story, which 1 have never
before disclosed, has a remarkable
psychological Interest, in that I kept
my assistants in ignorance of the part
that each was playing, while my own
recompense consisted only In a con-
tused eye and a number of scratches,
bumps and bruises.
The Preller murder occurred In the
summer of 1885, In one of the rooms
of the Southern hotel, St. Louis. Clar-
ertfc Preller was a young Englishman,
representing important commercial
interests. Brookes, the murderer, was
also an Englishman, of respectable
parentage, but a criminal past. How-
ever, until he met Preller on the
steamship which conveyed them to
America, his worst crime had been the
theft of some property belonging to
fellow-studentB at a law school.
BrookeB, representing that he was
a man of title, succeeded in Ingratiat-
ing himself with Preller during the
course of the voyage. They Journeyed
to Boston together, and Preller, who
was en route for New Zealand, by
way of San Francisco, proposed that
they should reunite at St. Louis.
Brookes, passing under the name of
Maxwell, engaged a double room at
the Southern hotel, and was there
Joined by Preller a day or two later.
Brookes, or Maxwell, had learned
that Preller had in his possession
seven one-hundred-dollar bills, and
Dad already resolved to murder him.
On the Sunday after the reunion,
ifter dinner, Preller complained of
itomach trouble. Maxwell, claiming
o have some knowledge of medicine,
tdministered a hypodermic Injection
>f morphine, giving his victim enough
lo kill. Just as Preller was breathing
The body was discovered, the de-
tectives got on the trail of the mur
derer, and he was arrested on the ar
rival of his ship at Auckland and
brought back to St. Louis. While In
Jail he employed two lawyers to de-
fend him, and It was then that 1 came
Into the case.
A few days after Brookes had been
lodged in Jail Mr. Ashley C. Clover,
circuit attorney of St. Louis, and his
assistant. Marshall F. McDonald, drove
out to my residence. I was then spe'
cial agent for the Missouri Pacific
Railroad company, and my visitors
were well known to me.
"Furlong," said Mr. Clover, "it
looks as though Brookes will go free.
"How Is that?" I asked.
"Because," replied the other, "while
there is scarcely any doubt that Max
well caused the death of Preller by
chloroform, yet he may have done It
innocently, and if such is the case
he could not be convicted of the mur-
der. Now, Tom, I want you to get
the facts in this case for m .
I asked for a day to think the mat-
ter over, to which suggestion they
agreed. When my visitors returned
'Gentlemen, I have be«n thinking
about the case In question, and have
become satisfied that there were but
two persons who knew the whole facts
connected with the case. One of these
persons Is now In Jail, and the other
is dead. In my opinion Maxwell Is
the only living person who knows the
facts, and therefore he is the only
person from whom these facts can be
obtained. I believe I can get these
facts from him. 1 shall be glad to do
anything that I can to assist you in
unraveling this case, -with the under-
standing that I am not to receive any
compensation for what I do myself,
but I expect you gentlemen to pay
Sis last the murderer poured a quan- j the operative that 1 may use In this
:lty of chloroform upon Preller's lips, work the same amount of salary that
Mmpleting his work. When the man we are paying him, and his actual ex-
who had trusted him was dead, Max-1 penses."
well stripped the body and placed a f This being agreed, 1 telegraphed to
suit of his own underwear on it. Max-1 Philadelphia for a man in my employ
well was short in stature, being only
ibout five feet five inches in height,
while Preller was much larger, about
six feet tall. Maxwell's clothing was
marked with the name of Hugh M
Brookes, and his obvious design was
fo have it appear that he had com
mitted suicide, or had been murdered,
leaving the police to search for the
dead man as the murderer.
Brookes emptied out the trunk be
longing to Preller and thrust the body
Into it. Then, strapping and locking
t, he put his own, as well as Preller's
•ffects, Into his own trunk and retired
or the night.
The next morning he paid his bill,
itating to the clerk that Preller had
Tone out of town for a few days, but
vould return shortly, and that he de-
.ired the room to be held for him, as
lis trunk and effects would remain
here until he called for them. He
idded that he had to leave that morn-
ng, but expected to rejoin Preller
ater in another city.
Brookes had already made that fun-
Jamental error which all murderers
eem to make. He planned to leave
bis own effects behind him and to
ship the trunk containing the body to
a distant place, where the dead man
would simply be known by the marks
on the underclothes. But he had given
wrong Instructions to the porter, or
else the porter made a mistake, for
the trunk brought down was his own
and not that containing the body.
Brookes became very much alarmed.
He took a ticket for Sar F'ancisco,
and thence sailed for Auckland, New
Zealand, to which spot Preller had
been bound, apparently still trying to
carry out the substitution of identities.
there named John McCulloch, a truth-
ful, honest man, but a little thick-
headed: Just the man who would in-
terpret his instructions to the letter,
and carry them out in this way—
which was what I wanted.
I began by obtaining possession of
a few blank checks from the office of
1). S. H. Smith, who was local treas-
urer of the Missouri Pacific Railroad
company in St. Louis. My chief clerk
was a good penman, and I set him to
practice until he could not only imitate
Doctor Smith's signature, but could
imitate it just badly enough to arouse
suspicion in the mind of a bank cash-
ier. I next had my clerk fill out a
blank check for the amount of
$1,188.10. This check I gave to Mc-
Culloch, Instructing him to present it
to the paying teller of the Mechanics'
bank, which was then on Fourth
street. I had received a genuine
check from Dr. Smith a few days be-
fore, and had purposely held this out,
and was waiting across the street
from the bank when McCulloch, who
is now to be known as Frank Ding-
felter, entered to cash the forged
check. As soon as Dlngfelter entered
the bank I followed him.
The paying teller examined the
check curiously, and then, seeing me,
excitedly motioned to me to come
to the window. As I approached, the
teller, in an excited voice, commanded
me to arrest Dingfelter. "He has pre-
sented a large fake check bearing the
name of Dr. Smith, for nearly twelve
hundred dollars," he said. "Why, you
know Dr. Smith's signature."
"Yes. Here is one of Dr. Smith's
checks," I answered. "I know this is
genuine, for I saw the doctor sign it."
MAXWELL TURNED ASHEN PALE AND COLLAPSED.
The two checks were compared by
me, and I continued:
"While I Mm not an expert on hand-
writing, 1 oo not believe that Dr.
Smith wrote that signature."
"Where did you get that check?"
demanded the teller of Dingfelter.
"I got it from Dr. Smith," was the
"Will you go with me and see Dr.
Smith?" I asked.
"Well, 1 don't know whether I will
or not," Dingfelter answered. "Are
you ail officer?"
"I am the chief special agent for the
Missouri Pacific Railroad company,"
"Oh, well, that is different. I will
go with you and see Dr. Smith," said
We started for Dr. Smith's office ac-
cordingly. At the corner of Sixth and
Pine streets I gave Dingfelter the pre-
arranged signal, which was for him to
hit me a good, stiff punch in the face.
A large, clumsy policeman, wearing
a raincoat, was standing under an
awning near the corner Baloon. Ding-
felter hit hard, as he had been in
strutted, and struck me above the eye,
knocking me down and inflicting a
severe contusion. Dingfelter stum-
bled and al«o fell, and the clumsy po
liceman made a dash for him. In the
ensuing fight the policeman lost most
of his uniform, and all three of us
went down in the mud and were cov-
ered with filth before Dingfelter was
Dingfelter was taken to headquar-
ters and searched. In an inside pocket
was discovered a letter directed to
some person in San Francisco, togeth
er with a large sum of money. The
letter seemed to implicate the pris-
oner in a series of bank swindles
which had excited the people of the
Pacific coast. The newspapers had
printed a good deal about this gang,
and the St. Louis detectives felt that
they were on the trail of the robbers.
The afternoon newspapers censured
and ridiculed me for having failed to
discover this letter.
However, I was not disconcerted.
for it had taken me about two hours
to compose and write the same epistle.
The St. Louis papers devoted to
Dingfelter a good deal of the Bpace
that they had been devoting to Max-
well, much to the disgust of the lat-
ter. The two men met in the "bull
ring" in the jail, and Maxwell hast-
ened to make the acquaintance of so
notorious a swindler as Dingfelter
seemed to be. The more the latter
held himself aloof, the more anxious
Maxwell appeared to be to cultivate
"You are Dingfelter, I believe," said
Dingfelter replied that he was, and
"They seem to have a strong case
"You will have to excuse me, sir,"
answered Dingfelter. "I don't want
to eeem impolite, but I must decline
to talk to anyone in this place about
my case, as you call it. I don't be-
lieve it would be a good thing for me
or any other person to talk about a
charge that is pending against him in
a place of this kind. Besides, I don't
"I am Maxwell," replied the other.
"I am the fellow who is charged with
the murder of that man Preller, whb
was killed in the Southern hotel, and
whose body was found in a trunk. I
was arrested at Auckland, New Zea-
land, and brought back here to St.
Louis to stand trial, but I have been
assured by my attorneys that I will be
acquitted. They have no case against
me, and Just as soon as I can get
a trial, why, of course I will go free.
'1 have been reading in the papers
about you," answered Dingfelter, "and
if you will pardon me for saying so,
it seems to mo that you have already
been talking too much about your
case. If you are not guilty of the
crime with which you stand charged
you ought to be acquitted, and I hope
you will be."
Dingfelter was In Jail for forty-
seven days, during which time Max
well never let the opportunity pass
without talking to him. Meanwhile
Dingfelter was making daily reports
to me. Maxwell, who seemed to have
implicit confidence in Dingfelter, ad-
mitted that he had killed Preller to
obtain the seven hundred dollars
which the latter possessed.
Maxwell also told Dingfelter that he
had used morphine, which had not
hitherto been suspected, owing to the
presence of the chloroform. The
body was at once exiumed, and
traces of morphine were found, the
examining doctors guarding the secret
faithfully until the trial.
After this information had been ob-
tained from Maxwell it was unneces-
sary to keep Dingfelter in Jail any
longer, and it was accordingly ar-
ranged to have him released on bail.
When Dingfelter told Maxwell that
he was about to leave the prison he
added that if there was any way in
which he could assist him he would
be glad to do so.
"You can do a whole lot for me,"
answered Maxwell, "by getting two of
your friends to come here when my
trial is called and have them testify
that they met Preller and myself in
Boston, and that they accompanied us
to the depot when we were leaving
Boston; that at the depot I proposed
that the party take a parting drink;
that Preller, these two men, and my-
self went to a cafe, and that when I
paid I displayed a roll of seven one-
hundred-dollar bills; that I explained
that I wanted to change one of these
bills so that I might have smaller
bills with which to pay my expenses
on my way to St. Louis. If they will
testify to this it will account for the
six one-hundred-dollar bills that I
took from Preller."
"Are you sure that your lawyers
will not get these friends of mine Into answered.
trouble or let the pollre get next to
them if I can get them to couie?"
Maxwell assured Dingfelter that his
friends would be perfectly safe in com-
ing to St. Louis, aud that the police
would not get next to them, provided,
of course, that they were uot already
known to the police.
It was about five o'clock in the eve-
ning when Dingfelter was released
from jail on bond, and at that hour
the courts in the building had ad-
journed for the day, and the news-
paper correspondents and all others
had left the building except for the
few attaches who were on duty. Thus
Dingfelter left the Jail unobserved.
He took a circuitous route to my
house, where he remained until a late
hour, when I sent him to New York.
I had instructed him to open a corre-
spondence with Maxwell from that
city, so as to get positive instructions
from Maxwell as to what the wit-
nesses were to testify to when they
took the stand in his defense. He car-
ried out these instructions to the let-
ter. The correspondence was kept up
through the medium of Maxwell's at-
torneys, copies of the letters sent, and
the originals that came back, coming
into my hands. When the trial was
called Dingfelter, or McCulloch, as he
may now be known again, returned to
St. Louis, his presence there being
unknown to anyone except myself and
Messrs. Clover and McDonald.
At the trial Maxwell took the stand
in his own defense and testified that
he had administered chloroform to
his friend Preller on the fatal evening
at the Southern hotel, for the purpose
of alleviating his pain. He saw fit to
mention a certain disease as the cause
of Preller's sufferings, whereupon a
second autopsy was made, which
showed conclusively that Maxwell's
statement on this point was untrue.
Dingfelter was among the nrst wit-
nesses to be called by the prosecution.
After being duly sworn, he took his
seat on the witness stand. Maxwell
shot one glance at him, turned ashen
pale, and collapsed. He hurriedly
communicated to his attorneys the
fact that he recognized Dingfelter,
which caused consternation among the
party for the defense. The following
questions were then put by the as
sistant circuit attorney, Mr. Marshall
F. McDonald, and were answered as
Q. What is your name? A. John F
Q. Where were you born? A. Wil
Q. How old are you? A. Thirty
Q What is your business? A. De-
Q. By whom are you employed?
A. Thomas Furlong.
Q. Do you know the defendant in
this case (pointing to Maxwell)?
A. Yes, sir.
Q. When did you first become
quainted with him? A. In the city
Q. Were you a prisoner in the jail?
A. Yes, sir.
Q. What were you charged with?
A. I believe it was forgery.
Q. When and where were you ar*
rested? A. I was arrested at the Me-
chanics' bank on the corner of Fourth
and Pine streets, this city, by Thomas
Furlong, who was afterwards assisted
by a police officer, whoso name I do
Q. Why did Furlong arrest you?
A. He wa? commanded to do so by
the paying teller of the Mechanics'
Q. Why did the teller cause your
arrest? A. Because I had presented a
check bearing what was purported to
be the signature of D. S. H. Smith,
local treasurer of the Missouri Pa-
cific Railway company. The paying
teller told Purlong, in my presence,
that the signature was a forgery.
Q. Did you know it to be a forgery?
A. I did not
Q. WThere did you get this check?
A. Mr. Furlong gave me the check and
instructed me to present it at the
bank, as I did, and told me that he
would be at the bank when I presented
Q. Was Mr. Furlong there? A. Yes,
he came into the bank while I was
at the teller's window. That was
when Mr. Warner, as I believe the tel-
ler's name is, told him to arrest me.
Q. Then you do not know whether
the check was a forgery or not?
A. No, sir. I was only obeying the
instructions of my employer, Mr. Fur-
long. I guess he can tell you all about
More consternation, but this time
among the police, who had been con
fldent that Dingfelter was one of the
leaders of the bank robbers on the
Pacific coast. The moment Dingfelter
stated that he was a detective one of
the city detectives rushed out of the
court to the office of 4\e chief of po-
lice, who was in the opposite end of
the building, and informed him what
had occurred. The chief rushed into
the court room, and from that time
consternation prevailed among all the
authorities around the building.
For two days Dingfelter was kept
upon the stand. After ho had been
excused I was called. Having been
duly Bworn, I was told by the prose-
cuting attorney to state to the court
and jury how I had been approached
by Mr. Clover and himself, and what
I had done in connection with the
case. 1 gave a detailed account of my
work from the beginning. When I
had finished my direct testimony the
counse. for the defense began to
"Where did you get this check?" he
asked, exhibiting the check which
Dingfelter had presented.
"This is one of the blank checks
that I took from Dr. Smith's office
in the manner already described," I
Excuses for Not
By REV. JAMES M. GRAY, D. D.
Dean of th« Mc*>dy Bible Institute
KNOCKING ME DOWN AND INFLICTING A SEVERE CONTUSION.
"Then you stole this check from Dr.
Smith's office?" was the next ques-
"I took that blank check from Dr.
Smith's office without his knowledge
Q. Who filled out this check and
signed Dr. Smith's name? A. That
check was filled out by one of my
employees I stood alongside of him
while he filled it out. He did it under
my instructions, and if he had refused
to do It I would have discharged him
and he knew it; and if the law has
been violated in any way 1 am respon-
sible for it."
"You knew that it was a forgery,
and that forgery is a crime under the
law?" inquired the opposing counsel.
To which 1 replied that, inasmuch as
intert is the essence of crime, and as
there was no intent to obtain money
or other valuables by means of the
check, I did not believe I had been
guilty of forgery. I pointed out, fur-
thermore, that I had been at the bank
on the morning when McCulloch pre-
sented the check, for the purpose of
preventing the teller from cashing it,
in case he had failed to perceive that
the signature was not genuine.
Almost every person in the court
room had been of the opinion that I
had got myself into serious trouble j given it Dr. Smith would have
by obtaining the blank checks and obliged to state the facts on the Wit-
causing one to be filled out and signed
and presented. But after my explana-
This is what a good many people
are saying in their hearts if not with
their lips. They
know the Gospel
plan of salvation.
They know they
must believe on
the Lord Jesus
Christ in order to
be saved, and
they know that
when they do be-
lieve on him with
their hearts they
will follow him in
their life and con-
The latter is
do not wish to do
because it means
a turning away from things in which
they now find profit or pleasure.
They do not reckon on the fact that
when they truly believe on the Lord
Jesus Christ they will reeeivo a clean
heart and have renewed within them
a right spirit. When a man is thus
regenerated he no longer wishes to
do the things he used to do and finds
it easy to follow Christ.
In their struggle to put off the day
of decision they frame various ex-
yourself, compelling you, furthermore, fuses, like the man of the text who,
to go around for several days with when our Lord said unto him: "Fot
your right eye and one side of your low me," replied: "Lord I will fol-
face discolored?" low thee, but let mo first go bid them
I knew that Maxwell was enjoying farewell, which are at my home."
the notoriety which the newspapers Ordinarily there could be no objection
were giving him. I knew, also, that to a man's doing that, but on this
the public was growing tired of read- occasion the command of Christ was
ing about him, and, therefore, believed peremptory, and the man's action
that if I eould paint my assistant at would determine at once whether he
a more desperate criminal for the time preferred his family to Christ. There
being, by the notoriety which he, in comes a time in every man's life when
turn, would gain through the news- he must decide this question, and de-
papers, it would have the effect of termine in the presence of his own
a trading Maxwells attention to him, Boul and in the presence of ( od
so that he might bask in the light whether God comes first or not.
which was shed upon McCulloch. I u . .. ..
considered It necessary to have Mc- , oHyP0crlte* ln the church- v
Culloch slug mo and the police office, 1;,S0'"0 "8y '^re are so many hyp-
in order to allay any suspicion tha, T th° church' for8ettln8 thal
might have arisen in the mind of thf there are many hyP°crltes the
chief of police or any of his men The b,Islness or Profession by which they
chief was an alert and experienced earn thelr llvellhood' and yet the
officer, and if he had for a moment do not renouncB that business or pro
suspected that McCulloch was not ,esslon-
what he represented himself to be or ^ good way to meet this objection
that he. was connected with me,' he ls to aBk whether they think hypo,
would undoubtedly have exposed the crltes wi" heaven? As they
will certainly answer, no, then it
might be asked whether they them-
selves can go to heaven without
Chri3t. As they must reply to this
question, as well as to the other, ln
the negative, they will be brought
to see that they must dwell with hypo-
I could have obtained the blank
check from Dr. Smith for the asking,
but Dr. Smith would, of course, have
j wanted an explanation, and if 1 had
tlon it was evident that I had
mained well within the letter of the
The testimony was overwhelming
against Maxwell, and the jury quickly
returned a verdict of murder in the
first degree. It is satisfactory to add
that Maxwell, or Brookes, paid the
penalty of his crime by hanging.
The psychology of this case makes
It unusually interesting. "Why," I
have been asked many times, "did
you cause McCulloch to knock you
down and strip the policeman and
BIG MIX-UP AT CONVENTION
Alternate and Proxy-Holder Insist on
Voting While Delegate Himself
A southern black-county convention
was In progress, and the hall was
crowded. Among rows upon rows of
the dusky sons of toil an occasional
white delegate stood out like a flake
of snow on a coal car.
The chairman was calling the roll.
One by one the delegates answered
yea or nay till the name of James
Levy was called. Up Jumped a burly
negro, as black as Ink. "I'se his proxy,
and I votes yea." Prom across the
hall came another voice: "Mr. Cheer-
man, Mr. Cheerman, I'se his alternate,
an' I votes nay."
"I'se de gem'man entitled to dis yar
vote, and it's yea."
"Don' you listen to his talk, Mr.
Cheerman. De alternate's got do say
so, an' de vote Is nay."
lack and forward, forward and hack.
the alternate and proxy of James Levy
wrangled, while the chairman vainly
pounded for silence. A third man in
the hall stood up, and endeavored to
make himself heard above the tumultu- ; looked up at the windows they found
ous voting. The chairman caught sight
of him, and leaping to his feet, ho
shouted above the din:
"Mr. Proxy an' Mr. Alternate, If you
all don' stop dat rumpus I'se gwine use
dis hyar gavel on you' halds, an' dat's
de truf, I'se tellln' you. Now," he con-
tinued as the rivals quieted down, "we
gwine hyar what the gem'man standln'
up in de back of do hall's got ter say."
"Please, suh, Mr. Cheerman," the
person addressed questioned, "I wants
ter ax what fo' all dis noise 'bout.
Dar's James Levy hisself sittin' down
yonder. Why don' ho do his own vot-
ness stand when called before the crItes throughout eternity unless thej
grand Jury, and this would have been becomo saved.
fatal to the plan. By keeping my Tlle ln1uiry brings to mind the cas«
plans and motives profoundly secret °' a ce|,taln man who was always giV'
I produced this result: that each per lng this reason for not accepting
son told the truth, as he believed it Christ. And yet his faithful wife
to be. j heard him cry ln the night more than
As there was no city fund for the once: "God, bo merciful to me, a
payment of the expenses of outside de Binner." It is a sad thing for a soul
tectives, Mr. Clover paid McCulloch under conviction of sin, to cast away
out of his own pocket, the total aum the hope of Balvation for so flimsy a
expended amounting to about six hun- reason as the presence of hypocrltet
dred dollars. I got, as my compensa 'n the visible church.
tion, the above-mentioned black eye, [ Giving Up or Taking On, Which?
!LSjW?_.™ ^aw' an(i a number of bump J 2. Others hesitate to accept Christ
because they think they will have so
much to give up. But they are Ig-
norant of the fact that the Christian
life is from every point of view a gala
rather than a loss. You give up sin,
but you take holiness. You give uj
sorrow, but you take Joy. You give
up death, but you take life. You give
up self, but you take God.
D. L. Moody used to tell of a soap
SOME TWENTY YEARS AFTER
J. P. Morgan Took Lively Interest In
Sound Money Demonstration
Had His Boys Marching.
"This preparedness parade remindi _. _ ,
me strongly of the sound money pa manufacturer who was under convio-
rade which took place Just about tlon of sin, but hesitated to accept
years ago and ln which Wall Christ. He pressed him for a rea-
street was Just as keenly interested son, and at last he said It was hig
as It is in today's parade," Bald ar business that kept him back. "That
old-timer in the financial district, ao- soap," said he, "will do everything I
cording to New York Sun. "One oi j claim for it, but the fact ls it will de-
the features of the sound money pa, stroy the clothes. Now If I accept
rade was the interest the father ol Christ, I must give it up."
the present J. P. Morgan took ln it. 1 Here was a plain issue which many
had occasion to go Into the old Drexol another man has had to face, but
building late In the afternoon on sev what folly It is to heBitate a moment
oral days previous to the parade and which way to decide! Moreover,
I found that Mr. Morgan had 'hie many a man has given up his business
noys marching up and down the floor for Christ and found afterward that
of the old building. He was Just aa Christ had a great deal better busi-
Interested in the showing the men
from his office were going to make as
any one of the clerks who were to
march under the banners of tha firm.
On the day of the parade the line
formed at the lower end of Broad
street and as the 'J. ?. Morgan' boys
came marching up the Btreet and
ness to give him than he had ever
dreamed of; for, as the Bible says.
"Godliness Is profitable unto all
things, having promise of the lifo that
now is and of that which Is to come."
3. "I am afraid I won't hold out,"
Is another very common excuse. But
the mistake here lies in tho fact that
I - — , the man is thinking of his own
mil waving a big white silk handker- strength instead of the strength of
< lief at them while his k«ien eyes ran tho Savior.
over everyone of his men in tiie line. Thero ls a Latin motto on tha
From the interest which the big men facade of a Y. M. C. A. building In
of the street are taking in today's pa- New England that sets this truth be-
rade I am convinced that the spirit of fore us very tersely and beautifully,
patriotism and unity In tho country The words are "Teneo et teneor,"
is Just as ^strong today as It was 20 j which means, "I hold and am held."
years ago.' ( Jt Buggest8 the picture of a strong
man with a child in his arm ascend-
ing a dangerous cliff. The child la
of the thrifty ant and the mendicant
^es; the grasshopper, having sang
all summer, was invited to dance."
"And then what happened?"
A Catastrophe. "Well, if the grasshopper was any
'They say soap la scarce tn Berlin." j good as a dancer, it ought to have
Then what will they do when it is I made enough money to make th ant
clean gone?" | feei like small change."
Following Up a Fable.
"Of course, you remember the fable j clinging to the man, but it is because
the man is holding the child that th®
1 latter makes the ascent with safety.
In like manner tho faith of the belier-
! er causes him to cling to Jesus Christ,
hut it is Jesus Christ that keeps and
saves him to the end.
I^et us not bo afraid to accopt him
as our Savior and follow him as our
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Burke, J. J. The Daily Transcript (Norman, Okla.), Vol. 4, No. 29, Ed. 1 Wednesday, July 12, 1916, newspaper, July 12, 1916; (gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc113255/m1/3/: accessed December 17, 2017), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.