The Peoples Voice (Norman, Okla.), Vol. 9, No. 52, Ed. 1 Friday, July 19, 1901 Page: 8 of 8
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HIS BROTHER'S KEEPER;
Or, Christian Stewardship.
BY CHARLES *M!' SHELDON,
Author of "In His Steps," "The Crucifixion o£ Philip Strong," "Robert Hardy's
!■ Author of "In His Steps," "The Lrucihxion ot rnitip btrong," "KODen naray s |
! Seven Days," "Malcom Kirk," Etc. 1
COfTHlOUT, 1696, T cowmKUTiomi HI (ONDAT KHOOL TOBLI8IHN0 BOCItTI. 1
"Do you niMii that the church had
grown so mean ami useless that the
array had to be organized to do what
the church ought to have done?" asked J
Eric, with a smile.
"No. I menu of course that the
Christian men and women who organ
ized the army had their nurture and
training iu the church. She was theii
mother. They went out from hei
home to do a work they never could
have done if they had not been trained
and taught at her feet."
"Is not the Salvation Army as much 1
the .church as any other form of or j
ganization where Christian disciples
get together in Christ's name?" asked
"Yes, I think so," replied Andrew. !
"I mean to prove it by joining both,' ]
said Stuart, looking at Rhena.
"You can't join the army without
giving up your own wishes and obey-
ing the orders of your superior officer,"
said Ithena slyly.
"It's one of the rules of the army
also. 1 understand," added Andrew.
with a twinkle, "that a private cannot
even marry without asking the consent
of the commanding officer. Isn't that
so. Miss Rhena?" i , , , . . ,
asked it and obtained it," said "P"ued lt' and' looklne sald
"I mean to prow It by joining both,"
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time when you go down town your
j wife will want you to bring home a
I mouse trap and a lemon squeezer or
a barrel of pepper or something. Eric,
1 If you try to stop me I'll throw you
through the window."
The doctor rushed out of the door
and slammed It shut. The nest minute
Stuart. "The commanding officer says,
'Get married as soot) as you recovei
from your present illness.' "
"She doesn't, either," said Rhena
hastily. Then, as Andrew and Eric
began to laugh, she blushed and said,
to hide tli# confusion: "We are getting
away from our original question.
Stuart wants to know how to speud |
his money. It seems too bad if we
can't any of us tell him how."
"I can tell him how to use several
thousand," said Eric, who, after ex
pressing his own mind on the church
question, was once more the calm,
thoughtful, even attractive, man he
really was. Eric had great powers,
but they were uot developed.
"Well, go ou!" cried Stuart.
"The miners need new houses In
Cornishtown What could he a better
way to invest $10,000 or $20,000 than
to put up a hundred substantial houses
that would really be homes?"
"What do you think of that?" asked
Stuart, turning naturally to Rhena.
"It ought to be done." sb« answered
softly, "and a good deal more. I am
not thinking of the houses alone, but of
the men, women and children who live
in them There is uo doubt they have
had all these years the most miserable
quarters. What can be expected of a
family living in a cabin of only three
rooms at most? How much refinement
and civilization can come out of such
surroundings? Stuart, you must drain
the settlement and"—
"I'll drain the whole neighborhood!"
cried Stuart. "And the houses shall be
built at once. Why have you let tne
lie here oil this time like a useless
thing when so much is needed to be
.Tust then Or Saxon came in. lie
entered as usual the minute he had
rapped n peculiar knock known by
every one in Champion, stopping out-
side only long enough to say, "It's the
Thi> minute he appeared Stuart be-
gan to abuse him for not getting him
"I'll never pay you. Doc. unless you
give me something that will let me out
of this in a day or two, or else I'll sue
you for malpractice!"
"If you do. I'll sue the company for
half a million dollars' worth of prac-
tice done on the miners since the strike
and the fire. I'm going to retire after
this winter if I can law the company
out of what they owe rue. But you
can get out again In a day or two. The
only thing that alls you now is heart
trouble, and I can't cure that. You
are in a very dangerous condition."
The doctor looked at Rhena, and so
did Stuart, and then, after a moment
of sober thoughtfulness, the doctor
smiled. It was a rare smile and made
his rugged, storm beaten face almost
handsome He was already moving
toward the door to go out. He was in
a great hurry that morning for a wou
der, he said, an<f simply stepped in on
his way up the hill to see how Stuart
"Stop him!" cried Stuart to Eric.
"Say, doctor, don't go yet. We need
your advice. We want your help In
making plans for the relief"—
"Oh, get out for plans for relief! I
have no sympathy with them! The
mote you give those ungrateful, obsti-
nate old— I tell you, Stuart, you'd
better keep your money. You'll need
If you mean to do nn.vthing
worth while about the drainiug or
building new houses, I'll give you a
hint or two when I get time."
The next minute he was gone, and
Stuart could see from the little window
a vision of Ajax and the cutter as they
tore up the bill.
"I wonder if the doctor will ever
get time?" said Andrew. "I wonder
what he will do when he gets to the
other country, where there is to be no
more pain nor crying uor death?"
"I declare it puzzles nte to guess
what he'll do. I can't imagine him
sitting on the edge of a rose colored
cloud taking it easy," replied Stuart.
"I have no doubt there will be some
arrangements made for his special
"Do you think we shall all be as
busy there as we are here?" asked
"Of course," Andrew answered.
"Only we shall have plenty of time
to do things as we want. I love to be-
lieve that I can raise roses of all sorts
and have, say, a thousand years to ex-
periment ou new varieties without
feeling nil the time that 1 ought to be
making that parish call or writing that
sermon or getting ready for that com-
"You don't believe there will be
roses in the other world, do you?" in-
quired Eric quizzically.
"I don't?" exclaimed Andrew.
"What would heaven be without roses
and little children?"
"I'm not quarreling with your idea.
I like it." replied Eric. "I hope there
will be roses there without the thorns.
Meanwhile we are living in the town of
Champion, where tlie thorns outnum-
ber the roses two to one. If we make
this little spot on earth more like
heaven, perhaps we'll be in a condition
to enjoy tlie other place better when
our turn comes to go to it."
"Them's no doubt of it!" Stuart
spoke, with an emphasis that meant
a world of action. "As certain as the
Lord raises me up from this weakness
in body I will render him an account
of my stewardship. Eric, you and
Andrew can arrange the details of this
work. Our duty is Imperative. It is
as clear as light to me. Those houses
shall he built as fast as money can do
it. aud the other cabins shall be torn
down and new ones put up in their
"How about that hall dedicated to
the interests of labor?" asked Eric,
"Up It goes as soon as we can get
at it. 1 don't like the idea of calling
it a hall for labor interests. I tell you,
Eric, the rich need preaching to more
than the poor. They need to be taught
their duties and privileges. The hall
will lie built, but it shall be called the
Hall of Humanity. It shall be dedi-
cated to the entire community, and
whatever is said or preached or sung
in It shall be for the union of men,
for their good as members of the hu-
man family. Every unselfish, Christ-
like word and deed we can think of
shall be given a place within its walls.
Oh. I've done some thinking since I
began to get well! But first to the
bouse building. Rheua, you can help
us iu the details of this important
Stuart never spoke a truer word.
Rheua entered into the plans for the
building with all her enthusiasm. She
outlined the most satisfactory nnd sen-
sible arrangement for the structure of
S the new houses, and during the next
j few weeks she was the life of the
project, her great common sense and
practical knowledge of the needs of the
occasion assisting Eric and Andrew
wonderfully as the entire work grew
under their hands.
Two days after this conference in
Eric's cottage Stuart was able to go
home. The evening of the day he re-
turned was the scene of a conversation
between him aud Aunt Royal and
Louise that is necessary to relate.
Both his aunt and Louise had been
several times to see him while ho was
at Eric's. It was clear to Stuart that
no course he could take on the lines
now laid out by his new definition of
life could possibly meet with the ap-
proval of these women.
The conversation started with a
statement Stuart made concerning his
"We shall be married as soon as Miss
Dwight can get ready." Stuart had
reference to her Salvation Army du-
ties and the work necessary to the
building of the houses,
"I suppose she is ordering her trous-
seau from I'aris? I should love to see
a Salvation Army gown made after
the latest European style," said Louise,
with a sneer.
"Do you expect to be married in the
army hall?" asked Aunt Royal, with
a frigid look at her nephew.
"My wife," said Stuart, with a dis-
tinctness that ignored all this, but
made one point very plain, "will be
the undisputed mistress of this house.
She is the peer of liny woman living
iu education, accomplishment and
grace, and she is the superior of most
of them in her spiritual refinement and
"Are you going to bring her here?"
asked Louise, with a curious look.
"Where else should I bring the wo-
man I marry?" asked Stuart, turning
"I didn't know but that Miss Dwight
would prefer to live in a humbler fash-
ion after all her talks and prayers
about giving up this and that and the
other. But of course if she decides to
enjoy the sinful luxuries of life after
her roughing it in army halls you
know what I shall do?"
Stuart did not answer. Aunt Royal
watched him closely.
"I shall simply leave, that is all,"
continued Louise. "I don't live under
be those of his own household." The
division line had been drawn the mln
nte he chose to follow Jesus Christ, and
the separation of necessity had gone
on widening between him and the old
life, still represented by Louise and his
aunt. lie did not blind himself in the
least as to the cause. It was very
plain. He could not be a Christian and
walk hand in hand with them nor they
with him. The two ways led in exact-
ly opposite directions.
But all this was only a part of the
testing of his manhood. He had a far
more severe choice to make nt the end
of the week.
Matters were in this condition. The
building of the new houses was going
on with as much rapidity as circum-
stances would permit. A big storm
had interrupted the workmen. The
immense snows were a serious hin-
drance. Added to all the rest was the
difficulty of getting workmen during
the cold weather. The miners who had
been burned out were quartered all
over the town. The hotel had arranged
for accommodation, Stuart providing
all the expenses there. The Salvation
life and do no good l>y It."
Rhena did not say a word. Stuart
looked over at Andrew as if half hop-
ing lie would second Eric's request.
But Andrew was silent. Then he turn-
ed toward Rhena again. He bad never
loved her so much as at that moment.
"Rhena," he said in a low tone, "I
feel as If I ought to go over to De Mott.
I am sure Eric exaggerates the danger.
If I am the only man with enough in-
fluence to prevent an outbreak, I am in
duty bound to exert it."
"No; don't go!" cried Rhena, and
then she stopped. She had taken one
step toward Stuart. He was not look-
ing nt her. but seemed to be hesitating
She spoke again. "I would not have
you a coward to please me. If you
"I must." replied Stuart. "God bless
and keep you." He leaned over nnd
kissed her, and without another word
to either Andrew or Eric he stepped to
the door and threw it open.
"I'll send over to the hotel barn for a
horse!" cried Andrew. Just at that
moment Dr. Saxon drove up.
"He is just in time," said Stuart.
Army did its share and more too. But | calull ag jje had been expecting
the discomfort nnd crowding and suf- .
He told the doctor in a few words
that he must go to De Mott at once.
The doctor understood.
"Get in. then! This means more gun-
shot wound practice for me maybe."
He whispered to Rhena. who had come
the same roof with Rhena Dwight as
dictator over me."
Stuart was about to say something,
but Louise interrupted hint. "I shall
be able to care for myself. You
needn't plau for anything different, for
I have made tip my mind. Aunt Royal
will let me stay with her until 1 am
married. 1 shall be glad to go to New
York, anyway. I'm getting tired of
the winter up here, with all this gloom
and sacrifice and suffering so promi-
nent. So don't put off the happy wed-
ding day on my account, Stuart."
"Louise, I want to speak to you alone
a few minutes. Aunt," continued
Stuart, politely, but plainly, "will you
kindly excuse mo if I take Louise into
"Oh, by all means," replied Aunt
Royal, who was outwardly cool aud
placid, but inwardly a raging fire.
So Louise went with Stuart, al-
though she said at first she would not
go. She was under his dominion when
he exerted his will.
"Louise"—Stuart stood facing the
pretty countenance, and a look of pity
and love crept over his own—"I cannot
bear to think that we are going to
have this misunderstanding to sep-
arate us. Cannot you and Miss
Dwight be friends?"
"No. It is out of the question," re-
plied Louise shortly. She was think-
ing of the lie she told Rhena, and she
knew that, no matter if Rhena was
ready to forgive it, now that she was
going to be Stuart's wife, there was
a gulf of difference between tliem,
and, besides, she was out of sympa-
thy with all of Stuart's present plans
"Then if that Is out of the question,
Louise, there is another matter I must
speak of again, I refer to your prom-
ise to marry Vasplaiue. Be patient
with me when I tell you, Louise, dear,
that, out of the love I have for you
I would almost rather see you
than married to that"—
"Is this what you called me In here
for?" cried Louise furiously, raising
her voice. "I will not listen to it.
You are a coward to attack him so,
behind his back."
"Louise," interrupted Stuart, who
was deathly pale, "it is out of love for
you that 1 speak. I forgive your mis-
understanding of my motive," he add-
ed as he heard Aunt Royal uearing the
door. "If the time should ever come,
dear, when you feel the need of my
love, my heart and home will always
be open to you."
How little as he spoke Stuart thought
of the meaning of those words, even if
he did look with some certainty into
the future. Louise turned from him,
and their Interview ended. It was only
one more part of the evidence, daily
growing stronger in Stuart's mind, of
the great difference between his old life
and the new. He realized now, as he
never had thought to know, the mean-
ing of those words, "A man's foes shall
ferlng were of such a nature that even
money, lavishly as Stuart was willing
to use it, could not much more than
provide a temporary and partial relief.
He was down at the Salvation Army
hall one afternoon at the close of the
week trying to make some arrange-
ments for better accommodations. Rlie- |
ua was at work with some of the wo- |
men at the other end of the hall when j
Erie came in hastily. He was followed
in a few minutes by Andrew.
"News from De Mott is serious," said
Eric. "The men down there are threat- i
ening to pull up the pumps again. They I
are at the end of their provisions and
"I can't feed the entire mining conn j
try, Eric!" said Stuart a little sharply.
"I know it." Eric sat down on a
bench and put his face between his
hands. At once' Stuart repented him
of the sharp word.
"Forgive me, Eric. I spoke angrily.
I will do all in my power."
"It isn't that," replied Erie in a muf-
fled voice. "The men have refused to
listen to me any longer and say they j
mean to act on their own account. My
authority is all over!"
"Nonsense!" But Stuart saw that i
Eric spoke the truth. | 0U(; tfoe side of the cutter, pale and
"It's so." Eric spoke with bitter- , trembling: "Don't you fear, lass. The
ness. "No one is quite so ungrateful ! j,on| protects drunkards and fools
as a mob of workingmen when it turns j wlien fliey ,ion-t know enough to stay
on its leaders. My day is over." 1 ftt jlome nights. Whoa now, Ajax!" he
It was just at that moment that An- j yPii,,j at his horse just long enough to
drew came in. "Have you heard the j anow stuart to say goodby to Rhena.
Ih wlUtpered to Wa nn, who stood nt the
Hide of the cutter.
news?" he asked. "They say the De
Mott men are going in a body to the
Queen mine to pull up the pumps and
then to the Royal and so on until they
have ruined every mine on the range.
They have given the companie. two
hours to give in."
Stuart was very thoughtful. "It they
do so serious a thing as that, it will
lead to an appalling loss of life. The
troops at Hancock have been kept in
readiness by the Cleveland owners,
The next instant Stuart had leaped
Into the cutter, aud Ajax was flying
over the road to De Mott. Andrew and
Eric and Rhena stood at the door of
the Hall watching.
Finally Rhena said, "Let us go inside
Andrew and Eric followed ber, and
Andrew comforted her as they went.
But Eric sat down moodily and was si-
lent. While Rhena nnd some of the
other women and Andrew were pray-
, ! ing together he went softly out of the
who have been anticipating some such nn(, aftcr ,ook,ng arouml tlie
gathering dusk he finally started in a
move. It is folly for the men to think
the owners will yield at this late day
to their demands."
"It will be the deathblow io labor
and the workingfnan's cause for all
time if they do as they say," said
Eric, with a groan, "and I am as help-
less as a child. I"— Eric completely
broke down and actually cried. lie felt j
that his reign was over.
Andrew looked gravely at Stuart, j
The short winter day was fast drawing
to an end. Stuart still stood there,
thoughtfully looking at the bowed
form of Eric.
"There is one man who still has j
great influence over all the miners in ] ter mostly for traveling show com-
Champion and De Mott," said Andrew pauies.
gently. It was packed tonight with the mln-
Stuart started. Over at the other j ers. The union waS in session, aud
brisk walk and gradually increased it
to a run. He followed the track of the
doctor's cutter and was soou running
with all his speed over the Do Mott
When Stuart and the doctor swept
Into De Mott after a fierce ride be-
hind the foaming Ajax, they found al-
most the entire population gathered
around the postoffice block, iu which
wns a large hall, used during the win-
end of the hall he could see Rhena.
She had just left her task and was
coining toward him. Life was very
sweet to him now. Why should he
risk it in a possible—yes, probable —
danger by going over to the scene of
this new difficulty? Was he his broth
"That oue man is yourself," contin-
"You think I ought to go?" asked
dead i Stuart calmly.
] "I cannot answer for you," Andrew
made reply slowly.
"What are you talking about?" asked
Rhena as she came up.
"Rhena," said Stuart, "it may be nec-
essary for me to go to De Mott to-
night. It looks now as If the strike
had reached a crisis, nnd before morn-
ing something will probably occur to
change the situation that has held all
Rheua looked steadily at the throe
"You are keeping back something,"
she said at last.
"Y'es!" exclaimed Erie, lifting his
head. "The men at De Mott are going
to pull up the Queen mine pumps. I've
lost my influence over them. If Stuart
goes over there to prevent the men, he
will risk his life. I know the men
when they are drunk are devils. They
would kill any one, even Christ him-
self. If he went over there tonight.
Don't let him go, Miss Dwight. It's al-
most sure death. He will only lose his
every man who could find a foothold
Inside was there. The rest were wait-
ing outside to hear a final decision.
Not a man of them but believed the
result had already been determined
and that before morning every pump
on the range would be pulled out and
the companies would lose millions of
dollars' worth of property iu a few
hours. It would be a grim revenge
of labor over capital. It would strike
capital at its most sensitive spot. It
would be a real satisfaction for the
great suffering and want of the win-
ter. And many and many a hollow
faced miner in the crowd around the
hall was thinking of a little child lying
dead under the snow in the great
burial place on the slope of the range,
and he grasped his stick tighter and
cursed the rich in His palace of com-
fort that, bitter night.
Stuart never felt more helpless. He
looked at the faces around him, and
his heart sank as he realized how great
was the force of a mob bent on doing
its own pleasure. He felt as if any in-
fluence he might possess in Champion
was au empty breath in De Mott. Sure-
ly Andrew had beeu mistaken when
he said Stuart could influence such men
as these at such a time as this.
He was roused from all this by the
doctor, who spoke short and sharp.
"Now, then, let's make a break for
the hall! We'll leave Ajax right here."
[to be continued.]
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