Britton Weekly Sentinel. (Britton, Okla.), Vol. 1, No. 18, Ed. 1 Friday, July 10, 1908 Page: 3 of 8
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It is well that Agra Is deep in the
heart of India, and that the traveler
from either East or West, bent on
really seeing something of the land,
must perforce tarry at many places
ere he reaches the old Mogul capital.
The country's wonders are thus seen
in their proper order—the lesser ones
first. The architectural glories of the
city are many, but it is the Taj Mahal
that makes of Agra an Indian Mecca.
One enters among the charming for-
malities of its old Persian garden in
pensive mood, for it seems of another
world than ours—the garden of a land
of dreams. Here all sounds are si-
lenced; the air is heavy with the fra-
grance of the shrubs, the flower-beds
and the cypress trees. Even the gen-
tle plash of the fountains does not of-
ten disturb the soft peace encompass-
ing this shrine—sanctuary of the fair-
est romance of Hindustan. Perfect in
its proportions, almost unearthly in its
beauty, it is no monument raised for
arrogant self-aggrandizement, but is
the mirror of a king's heart.
It is the reflection of a husband's de-
votion to a dead wife's memory; it is
the enduring record, enriching both
art and romance, of the love story of
one who held the best the world had
to offer as scarcely good enough to
consecrate the lifeless clay of her who
bore him seven children, and had been
his wife for fourteen happy years.
The Taj enclosure is therefore hal-
lowed ground, and the story of the
shrine runs as follows: The Mogul
emperor, Shah Jehan, stricken with
grief at the death of his beautiful Per-
sian queen, Mumtaz-Mahal, the Cho-
sen of the Palace, vowed he would
erect over her body a mausoleum
which should be pure and beautiful as
his dead queen's heart; the fairest
building that ever adorned the earth,
just as she had been the fairest wom-
an that ever trod it. This exquisite
creation in marble is witness to the
sacredness of his word.
It was Bishop Heber who said "the
Moguls designed like Titans and fin-
ished like jewellers." They were the
greatest of all Mahomedan builders,
and in this respect at least Shah Jehan
was the greatest of the Moguls. The
Emperor Akbar was a Titan indeed.
Had he built nothing but the town of
Fatehpur-Sikri, that long-deserted pile
of temples, palaces and towers, his
name would live for ever; but many
other are the marvels that bear trib-
ute to his fearlessness and vigor.
When this Mogul jeweller conceived
the idea of the Taj Mahal, the whole
world was searched for materials and
the finest talent of Europe was enlist-
ed to beautify the work. In 1630, the
year following the death of his queen,
the foundation stones were laid.
Many thousands of laborers and arti-
sans were employed, and seventeen
years later this love story in marble
and precious stones received the final
touches from the artists who had
created it. We met at Delhi a Floren-
tine artist who, with a staff of lapi-
daries, was engaged in the restoration
of the mosaics of the Diwan-i-Khas in
the palace. He it was who told us of
the stones to be found inlet in the
Jeypore marble of the Taj Mahal.
There are agates of every conceiv-
able hue from many lands of Europe,
chalcedor. from as many more, green
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ion, abaster of various hues, mother-
of-pearl, malachite, gold stones and
tiger stones. Rubies, sapphires and
emeralds, if ever they were really
used, have long since disappeared, for
the Taj has been ransacked more than
once, the Jats denuding it of most of
its riches, including the massive stiver
doors which originally barred the en-
Shah Jehan was deposed by his son,
Aurungzeb—that mischievous vandal
who wantonly destroyed so many of
India's architectural beauties, and
left but one indifferent building, the
mosque at Benares, to bear his name
to succeeding generations—in the year
lti38, and imprisoned in Agra Fort un-
til his death eight years later. It is
said that it was Shah Jehan's inten-
tion to have erected a companion mon-
ument of black marble, but of less,
magnificence, on the opposite shore of
the Jumna river to receive his own re-
mains. If this be true, by the usurpa-
tion of the throne a great work of art
was lost to India; thus, also, was Aur-
ungzeb's evil influence felt, not only
In the destruction of works his father
had actually accomplished, but of
those he might have accomplished. As
we drew nearer to the shrine, the
riches that lay embedded in its walls,
arches and spandrels revealed them-
selves to view. They emblazoned Its
facade with floral designs and scrolls
and with precepts from the Koran,
and each opening admitting light and
air was of delicate fretted marble. We
went through a gateway pierced in a
traceried marble screen, thence
through another beyond into the in-
most recesses of the Taj—the Cham-
ber of the Tombs. It was long before
the eyes, blinded by the reflected
glare of the setting sun, became ac-
customed to the gloom; but as vision
slowly penetrated it, there emerged
from the shades an octagonal fillgreed
screen of exquisite workmanship, a
filmy floral web of marble, which, as
the darkness melted, became opales-
cent with Inlaid stones of the richest
and liveliest of colors. Silently we
passed through the clasp of this em-
broidered girdle—most precious of
such forms of ornament In India—and
stood before the cenotaphs, embedded
with inlays in floral wreaths and clus-
ters, of Queen Mumtaz and the faith-
ful consort for whom she had waited
here so long. These, however, were
but the show tombs, for there are
somewhat similar, but plainer, cask-
ets In a vault below, level with the
ground, where these royal lovers, unit-
ed in death, rest side by side in the
deep sleep of All Eternity. And now
the chamber wa3 flooded with a soft
and mellow light, in which every de-
tail of its embellishment was distinct-
ly to be seen.
What skill and art! that could tem-
per the fierce glare of the Indian sun,
by filtering it through double screens
of delicately pierced marble, placed
far apart, to this dim, religious twi-
light. There are four such openings,
one on each side of the building, fac-
ing the cardinal points; and there are
four smaller ones above them. This
central chamber, 80 ft. or so In height,
is thus illumined with an indescribable
softness and beauty. Its repose and
tranquility are overwhelming. One
scarcely dares to move; to speak
would seem a sacrilege. Every move-
ment made, every soflnd breathed,
awakes the quavering echoes—the
echoes of the Taj Mahal, most won-
derful In all the world. Even a one
whispers the slightest sound one's Hps
can frame, that whisper is repeated
a myriad times, ascending higher and
higher from wall to wall until It trem-
bles away through the trelllsed open-
ings of the marble grilles above. And
when the watchman, who had been
standing motionless as a statue In the
shadows, chanted a few notes in a rich
tenor, what countless other voices
sprang to life. It was as if the very-
walls were singing For long the
and white and variegated jade from
China, columbino from Italy, rare-col \ voices quavered in the vault
ored pebbles from Africa, lapis lazuli length, like the last trembling diniln-
from Russia and Persia, turquoise uendo of a beautiful song, they fol-
from Thibet, jasper from Northern
India, urabrl, a lovely green and red
stone, from Florence, cornelian from
Persia and Arabia, topaz and ame-
thysts from the Alps, cora! from Cey-
iowed the whispers through the mar-
ble traceries to the heavens above.
Again that awful silence, the silence
of the tomb, llut who shall tell with
jujtice of the Taj Mahal J
I FARMERS' EDUCATIONAL
I OF AMERICA ==J
To Use Waste Cotton.
Abilene offers as a candidate for
the State Senate this year W. J.
Bryan, who was formerly a Repre-
Mr. Bryan is now going over his
district, talking up a novel proposi-
tion which he says he will support, if
be gets a chance, and that: is a cot-
ton mill under control of the State
Penitentiary Board, to utilize the labor
of female convicts in making cotton
bagging from cotton waste.
Mr. Bryan declares that the jute
bagging is manufactured by a foreign
trust, which extorts millions of dol-
lars from the South each year, and b j
believes that a cotton mill adjunct to
the penitentiary could utilize the
cheaper grades of cotton and make
a satisfactory bagging that would be
more protection to the cotton bale
than the Jute bagging, less unsightly,
and at a saving of several millions of
dollars to the farmers of Texas every
Jute bagging costs nearly a dollar
a bale, and if 35 cents could be saved
to the farmer it would amount to a
million dollars a year. Then there
would be nearly two millions more
kept within the State for the raw ma-
terials, skilled labor, provisions fort he
convicts working in the mill. Such
a mill could be built by the State
upon the principle on which the State
bought and operated the Cunningham
sugar plantation—the profitable em-
ployment of convict labor in such a
way as not to compete with the citi-
zen labor. Mr. Bryan believes the idea
a good one, practical, and would like
to see it put in operation by the next
Legislature. — Dallas (Texas) Demo-
Siva Good Sted.
! You can save the seed of turnip^
beets, carrots, cabbage and collards
by bedding during the winter and set-
ting out the next spring. Most of
the other garden vegetable seed cau
| be saved during the season. The seed
you save yourself, get good seed, and
it is very profitable for the time and
I trouble taken. It takes little time
to save the seed. Have a mouse-proof
box to put your seed in, gather them,
label them and put them in the box.
If you keep account of the money you
spend for seed you find that It amounts
to several dollars a year, which could
be saved. Besides you get a good
stand, and do not have to cultivate
an acre to get a half acre of stuff.—
Jacksboro (Tex.) News.
The "California Mixture."
The lime-sulphur formula for scala
which has given such good results in
California, is as follows:
j Salt 10 pounds, sulphur 20 pounds.
| lime 40 pounds, with water to make 00
| gallons of spray material ready for the
i tVee. The lime and sulphur remedy was
discovered by California people and
after many experiments this formula
I was decided upon as being the best
i for practical use. This formula was
! adopted by many states and has been
I the popular remedy for many years;
however, experiments were constantly
blng made to lessen the cost or find a
When properly cooked and applied
this mixture will kill every scale that
Sunday School Lesson for July 12,1908
Specially Prepared for This Papar
1 Samuel 10:17-27.
"Il« that ruleth over
ruling hi the fear of
How to Tie Wool.
Do not tie your wool with sisal or
binder twine. Woolen manufacturers
are up in arms against this practice,
and are more and more refusing to ac-
cept from wool dealers wool that is
tied with sisal or binder twine, and
the time has come when the buyer of
wool must discriminate against this
kind of twine, for the reason that in
untying the fleeces It Is impossible to
remove sisal or binder twine without
leaving some of the fibre in the woo),
and this causes a defect in the goods
when made, to the annoyance and ex-
pense of the woolen manufacturer,
who has has to put such pieces of
cloth among his defective goods.
In Ohio the tying up of tags in a
fleece of wool is a criminal offense,
and if discovered Is punishable by im-
prisonment or fine, or both, at the dis-
cretion of the judge trying the offense.
It is In the power of the wool grow-
ers to improve the value of their wool
by proper tying and tagging, using the
hard-twisted twine instead of the loose
bound, wiry sisal. It is barely possi-
ble that the wool dealers and manu-
facturers will refuse to accept wool
tied with sisal except at a discount
from a merchantable price.—Southern
Keep a Stiff Upper Lip.
Dont become impatient because the
Farmers' Union has not yet estab-
lished a perfect system of marketing.
It took years to build up the great
gambling system which now controls
prices, and as perfect as it is in its
power to rob the producer, the Farm-
ers' Union has made inroads against
it the past four years which have
amazed the world. Don't fret because
you have not overthrown the system.
You are building mudh more rapidly
than your enemy builded, and much
more solidly, for he built upon greed
and plunder, while you are building
upon "justice, equity and the golden
"Poets may sing of the glory of the
eagle, and artists may paint the beau-
ties of birds of plumage, but the mod-
est American hen Is entitled to a
tribute for her industry, her useful-
ness, and her productivity. The Amer-
ican hen can in three months produce
wealth equal to the capital ■took of
all the banks of the New York clear-
ing house, and have a week to spare.
In less than sixty days she can equal
the total production of all the gold
mines of the United States. The
United States proudly boasts of all
its enormous production of pig iron,
by far the greatest of any country In
the world, and yet the American hen
produces as much in six months as tho
Iron mines of the country produce in a
year.-In one year and ten months she
could pay off the interest-bearing debt
of the United States."
Memory Vera*. J4
men muKt be Junt.
Uod."—2 Bam. JS:X
TIMK Immediately following the lant
lemon. H C\ about low (I'Mlier).
<" >1'N'TRY. -Southern Kpliralm and
llenjamln. I Sum. J t 9:1.
Comment and Suggestive Thought.
Dr. Newman, one of the subtlest anil
acutest nf preachers, "after attemptlnK
three times to preach on Saul, Is com-
pelled to confess that Saul's character
continues to he obscure to him, and
he warns us thai we must be exceed-
ingly cautious while considering Saul'it
so obscure character." And yet the
story Is a truer mirror of human na
His Native l'rlde.- He belonged to
one of the smallest tribes, at one time
nearly extinct (Judges 20), but sit
uated between the two greatest dl
visions, Kphralm and Judah, which
facts removed all grounds of jealousy.
His rejection by some, even after his
election (1 Sam. 10:27), shows how
great the danger was, especially from
Kphrlam or .hulah, the rival tribes.
His Personal Fitness.—Saul was a
choice young man In the height of his
personal attractions for a leader.
"There was not among the children of
HEALTH BRINGS HAPPINESS.
Invalid Once, a Happy Woman Now.
Mrs. C. R. Shelton, Pleasant Street,
Covington, Tenn.. says: "0«ce I
seemed a helpless In-
valid, but now I en-
Joy the best of health.
brought me down ter-
aches and pains made
every move painful.
The secretions were
disordered and my head ached to dis-
traction. I was in a bad condition, but
medicines failed to help. I lost ground
dally until I began with Doan's Kidney
Pills. They helped me at once and
soon made me strong and well."
Sold by all dealers. 50 cents a box.
Foster Milburn Co., lluffalo, N. Y.
The Doctor's Wife—Well, Jane, bo
your poor husband's gone at last?
Didn't you give hint his medicine prop-
Jane—Ah, poor dear, how could IT
Doctor said as how It was to be took
in a recumbent position, an' I 'adn't
one. I asked Mrs. Green to lend me
one. She said she 'ad one, but It was
broke! So it were no good.—The
"Nails are a mighty good thing-
part lculariy linger nails—but I don't
believe they were intended solely for
scratching—though I used mine large-
ly for that purpose for several years.
I was sorely afflicted and had it to do.
Israel a goodlier person than he; from Qne application of Hunt's Cure, howi
Buying Small Farms.
There has been a very noticeable
increase in the demand for small
farms the past winter, mainly from
city men who have been thrown out
of employment. In some sections
they have bought up practically all
the small farms in the market, paying
good prices for them, and generally
making the entire payment in cash.
Most of the purchasers are American-
born mechanics and tradesmen who
have had a farm bringing-up. They
have saved a little money and now,
when their source of livelihood has
stopped, they naturally turn back to
the land where they know a com-
fortable living rewards honest, intel-
ligent effort. This class of of citi
zens is a large gain to any comnni-
nltq.—Farm and Home.
A negro farmer in Kansas knows
how to raise potatoes. His name is
J. G. Groves, and, It is said, he raises
more potatoes every year than any
other individual grower in the world.
Last year on hi* farm he produced
72,150 bushels of white potatoes, be-
sides several hundred bushels of the
sweet variety. The former crop aver-
aged 245 bushels to the acre, and Is
about his average yield. He began
farming less than thirty years ago
without a cent, as a day laborer at 40
cents per day, and now owns 500 acres
of land valued at $150 per acre. His
potatoe crops have made him wealthy.
There is something In knowing how.
his shoulders upward he was higher
than any of the people. He had a
splendid body and a stately gait, and
the very sins of his soul had a certain
lurid grandeur about them also."—Al-
exander Whyte. "Before the invention
of firearms, personal strength was es-
sential in a leader, as indeed it is still
among the Arabs."—Int. Crit. Com.
We see the same need In some of our
sports, as. for instance, football. S«tu)
was "every inch a king."
Saul had the natural characteristics
which made it possible for him to be
a great and useful king. He possessed
self-restraint, he was master of him-
self, the first essential. He was mod-
est, not conceited. He had tho mili-
tary instinct, a capacity for generalship,
a shrewd mind, patience that could
wait, "the unflinching nerves, the
quick eagle eye, the generosity to un-
worthy opponents which makes suc-
cess so graceful and imperial com-
mand so easy to endure."—Wllber-
force. And he had that indescribable
personal magnetism which made him a
He was specially prepared by the
Influences of God's spirit. After Sam-
uel had anointed Saul to the kingdom,
we come upon this very obscure Scrip-
ture: "And it was so that when Saul
had turned his back to go from Sam-
uel, God gave Saul another heart, and
the Spirit of God came upon Saul, and
he prophesied" (1 Sam. 10:10). He
was "turned into another man" (1
Sam. 10:6). And he immediately
joined himself to the religious
guild of his people, and had the out-
ward form at least of prophecy In Its
wilder and more ecstatic moods, such
as sometimes occurs now to certain
temperaments in times of great ex-
"The children of Belial."
ever, relieved my itch and less than a
box cured me entirely."
J. M. WARD, Index, Texas.
The Tangled Web.
Charley is the white haired negro
man employed by a southern family on
Charlotte street. And Charley is cau-
tious about lending anything. The
other day a man new to the neighbor-
hood appeared at the door and asked
if he could borrow a spade.
"No, sir," said Charley. "Ain't got
j no spade."
"Haven't you any sort of a shovel
I could use to dig fish worms with?"
"No, sir, ain't got no shovel."
The stranger hesitated a moment
and then asked:
"I)o you suppose the folks next door
have a spade they'd lend me?"
"No, sir," replied Charley, promptly,
"they's all tho time a borrowlu' our'n."
—Kansas City Times.
Hurt a Convict's Pride.
A church missionary had a letter
recently from a convict begging him
to reform the writer's wife, who wai
also in prison.
The convict—who is serving a long
term—was very anxious about the
matter, because, as he said: "It. was
no credit to him to receive letters
from such a place as prison."
Another convict, in the course of a
letter to his brother, a pauper, re-
marked: "Well, Jack, thank goodnes®
I have never sunk so low as the work-
house yet."—London Dally News.
Wouldn't Go Alone.
At a recent entertainment In a
Colored church of Washington the
master of ceremonies made this un-
1 usual announcement:
Belial Is "Miss Bolter will sing 'Oh, that I
not a proper name. It means 'worth ha(1 wings like a dove, for then would
I fly away and be at rest,' accon>
panled by Rev. Dr. E. F. Botts."
i-iusDand Finally Convinced.
Fruit Jars are mighty cheap now,
compared to the cost of doctors, to
say nothing of the comfort of a well-
Get This into Your Noodle.
The farmer was in a store one rainy
day. He had made a purchase, and
as he put some change back into his
pocket a nickel fell to the floor and
was rolling tinder a table when he
suddenly slapped his foot on the coin
and stopped It where he could get
It. That was a very sensible thing to
The same farmer keeps quite a
bunch of cattle and hogs. That same
rainy day there was a large manure
pile back of his barn and some of it
was being washed down the hill into
a gully and carried off to the river
Not only a nickel, but many dollars
were tolling down the hill every time
it rained, and he never attempted to
stop the loss. Could he afford thi
loss? No, though his farm was by
no means in need of commercial fer-
Don't think of any such a foolish
thing as completely quitting cotton
Cotton Is one of the best crops the
entire South ever planted. It is the
abuse of the cotton system, and not
the planting of this great crop, tha:
has been all wrong. The way to '1 >
it Is simply this: Plant plenty of other
things to run the place and have sonn
for the market; then plant all thi
cotton you can reasonably care for.
Every good Union man's place Is a
little better kept than that of the
non-union brother. This is one of
the signs you know them by.
Talking Unionism Is all right, and
it is necessary for the propogation
of Its good teachings, but, as In ev-
erything else, remember that It Is by
exemplification that the highest teach-
ing can be done.
The cotton fight on the part of the
speculators is a fight of life and death
with them. Is It any wonder that
they have stirred heaven and earth
to take care of a system of getting
a living without work which has taken
nearly a century to build up and per-
fect? Don't be discouraged because
ill of the financial world Is helping
the speculators, for they all get a
small "rake-off" in some form or oth-
It is a good plan to save handles
when they break out of tools. I ho
hard wood comes in good use In
many places. It should be put where
it can be found easily. 1 he same
may be said of irons of all kinds. No
one can tell when just such a piece
may save a trip to the shop.
lessness" or "wickedness" (Cheynel
They were the rabble, the wicked, the i
base. These treated Sattl with con
tempt, as an inexperienced young man I
from the country, untrained in both j
statesmanship and war. "He held his ■
peace." He was wise, self controlled
and patient. „ , . . ,
, | Some men are wise enough to try
How to I reat Insults. -A young man j aew foo,js an(j beverages and then gen-
who had been badly Insulted came to .Jr0Uf) e h tQ ,V(J 0[il0ra tho bone.
father (.raham hot with anger and ' flt ()f thoir experlence.
bent on immed ate revenge. "Wait,' A "conservative" Ills. man.
said bather Graham; an Insult is like how ,et g00„ wlfe flnd„ut foP
mud; it wll brush off much better herse,f whut a ble8alnB Pogtum ls to
when It Is dry. The young Mn ^ who tre distressed
waited, and the very next day the in i
suiting person came to beg his for
j "No slave In chains, it seemed to
The Coronation.—After his victory nie waa more helpless than I, a coffeo
over the Ammonites, Saul's popular captive. Yet there were innumerable
ity among the people was very great, warnings—waking from a troubled
and Samuel saw that the time was 8]eep with a feeling of suffocation, at
ripe for a hearty national conflrma times dizzy and out of breath, at-
ti on of the step taken at Mizpeh by of palpitation of the heart that
the national assembly. The prophet ! frightened me.
therefore called th« people together at "Common sense, reason, and my
Gilgal, between Jericho and the Jor- better judgment told me that coffee
•Ian This ancient renter ot the He- drinking was the trouble. At last my
brew religion was the most suitable nervous system was so disarranged
place for the coronation of Saul and that my physician ordered 'no moro
the ratification of the kingdom. Thus I coffee.'
Edward VII was crowned more than
ways, by drinking coffee,
Facts do the best talking; show that
the I'uiou is making a better man of
There doubtless will come a time
when there will be no more clear
ing of farms, but it will be consid-
ered the poorest kind of manage
ment to destroy young trees which
will soon grow into merchantable
timber, and the land will be as profit-
able in trees as in any other crop.
Manure never contains a larger
amount of fertility than when it i9
fresh. The sooner it is carried out
| and applied the better.
a year after he became king.
Here the previously divided and un-
certain people, with one voice con-
firmed the new king in his authority,
and the New Era of the United King-
dom was begun.
He still had the advice and counsel
of Samuel. He thus entered upon a
career that might have ended in un-
told usefulness and blessedness. Won-
derful and beautiful possibilities
were spread out before him, like the
promised land before Moses on Pisgah.
The morning of his kingdom rose al-
God calls all men to his service in
much the same way as he called Saul.
There is a secret call, manifested in
the nature and inherent fitness of the
man. There is also the outward
call of opportunity, a vacant situation,
an invitation from an employer, what
the world calls "a good chance." Hut
it is not chance, though it seems so;
it is all of God's ordering.
There will come a time to everyone
who is prepared, when he can prove to
the world what he is fitted to uu
There lie in everyone of us almost
"He knew he was right and he knew
I knew it, too. I capitulated. Prior
to this our family had tried Postum,
but disliked it, because, as we learned
later, it was not made right.
"Determined this time to give Post-
um a fair trial. I prepared it accord-
ing to directions on the pkg.—that is,
boiled it 15 minutes after boiling com-
menced, obtaining a dark brown liquid
with a rich snappy flavor similar to
coffee. When cream and sugar were
added, it was not only good but de-
"Noting Its beneficial * ffects in me
the rest of the family adopted it—all
except my husband, who would not ad-
mit that coffee hurt him. Several
weeks elapsed during which I drank
Postum two or three times a day,
when, to my surprise, u\y husband
6aid: 'I have decided to drink Postum.
Your improvement is so apparent—you
have such fine color—that I propose
to give credit where cre<ut is due.' And
now we are coffee-slaves no longer."
Name given by Postum Co., Hattle
Creek, Mich. Head "The Road to Well-
vllle," in pkgs. "There's u, Reason."
Ever read the above letter? A new
one appears from tine to time. They
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Vincent, Zilpah M. Britton Weekly Sentinel. (Britton, Okla.), Vol. 1, No. 18, Ed. 1 Friday, July 10, 1908, newspaper, July 10, 1908; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (https://gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc142352/m1/3/: accessed July 23, 2021), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, https://gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.