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Carpets, Oil Cloths THE COURIER, Staple and Fancy Groceries

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P. S.-Ladies' Bath Rooms entirely separate Portraits in India Ink with a French Crayon Finish from the barber shop.

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a Specialty.




No. 53 South Main St., ANN ARBOR.




26 South Main Street.


Stamping and Embroidery done
to order.





Perfectly Noiseless. Light Running. Easily Operated.
Does away with side drafts to under thread.

W. A. GROOM, Agt., 11 N. Main St., ANN ARBOR.



No. 46 South State St.,





Attorney and Counselor

Particular attention given to the Law of
Real Property and Collections.

46 Main St. South, ANN ARBOR.



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Paper Hanging, Glazing and Calcimining.

No. 4 W. Washington St., ANN ARBOR.


Real Estate Insurance

Office, No. 5 North Main Street.



Particular Attention given to Carriage and Bus Loads.
Good Horses-safe for Ladies to drive.

17 & 19 N. 4th St., E. Side of Court House,



General and Builders' Hardware,

Furnaces, Mantles, House Furnishing Goods, Stoves,
Agricultural Implements, Guns, Iron, Glass, Cut-
lery, Pumps, Rubber and Leather Belting.
Manufacturer of Tin, Sheet Iron and Copperware.
23 & 25 MAIN STREET.




Leading House in the County,





Fresh, Salt and Smoked Meats BREAD, CAKES, PASTRY

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VOL. 1.






tists in Ann Arbor.

No. 6.

A Word to Unconnected Bap- are to remain here. Especially is
this the proper step for those who
are somewhat young in Christian
Such need the con-

This word is of course to those not connected with the Ann Arbor church. Some of you are connected with other churches perPaul Snauble, W. H. Dorrance, V. M. Spalding, haps, and it is of your privilege and duty that we wish to speak.


No. 36 Thompson Street.

J. B. Cady, W. H. Freeman, C. M. Stark.


The Deacons and Prof. W. W. Beman, Prof. J. G. Pattengill, H. B. Dodsley.


Prof. W. W. Beman, No. 19 S. Fifth Street.

W. H. Dorrance, Jr.


Superintendent, C. M. Stark; Assistant Super

intendent, Dr. G. W. Lacea; Secretary and Trea

surer, Prof. H. N. Chute: Assistant Secretary

and Treasurer, Alvin H. Dodsley; Librarians, W. H. Dorrance, Jr., John Dowdegan; Chorister, J. R. Sage; Organist, Miss Jennie Bird.

Senior Bible Class, Prof. V. M. Spalding, Teach

er; Students' Class, Prof. W. W. Beman, Teacher; Normal Class, Mrs. Dr. Stevens, Teacher. Students' Classes, Professors Beman and Demmon; H. S. Class, Prof. J. W. Pattengill.


Music Committee-Dr. G. W. Green, Prof. H. N.

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Second Sunday in June subscription for Minister's Home, payable first Sunday in July.

Second Sunday in September, subscriptions for
Second Sunday in November, subscription for

State Missions, payable first Sunday in October.

Home Missions, payable second Sunday in December.

Second Sunday in January, subscription for

Foreign Missions, payable second Sunday in
Second Sunday in March, subscriptions for Min.

isterial Education, payable second Sunday in

Last Sunday in each Month, collection for expenses of the Sunday School.

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stant influence of a church home. It is an utterly false notion that the placing of a student's membership in Ann Arbor has any necessary tendency to cause him to neglect

There are probably three classes of Baptists in our city who for the closest proper application to different reasons are not connected his studies. Where students have with us. There are the Baptist need of the influences of a church students who hold membership in home, this church will always enthe churches from which they deavor to provide for them. come. Some of these are near the home church, able to return a number of times during the year. Their home church is not strong, and the help they can give when at home, together with the fact of been long absent. their membership and interest,

our church and its work for their

There is a third class of Baptists in Ann Arbor as in every other city and town, who have held membership in some other church and place from which they have now When they

first came to Ann Arbor they did they are of so much more impor- not feel certain of remaining long, tance to the home church than and accordingly did not bring their they can be to the Ann Arbor letters here. The matter has church, that these students do not drifted for months and perhaps for bring their letters. We think years. Perhaps they have formed. their decision is a right one. We friendships in another church here, welcome them to the privileges of but without uniting anywhere. To this class we can unhesitatingly say: "Seek church membership in own sakes, and we hope that their Ann Arbor immediately." If your presence and the inspiration of sympathies are with another church their association with the church and your convictions are not espehere may make thein still more cially Baptistic, unite with that church. If feel that you canyou abundantly useful to their home not be anything but a Baptist, by churches. all means be an Ann Arbor Baptist. For your own sake, for the sake of your families, for the sake of the cause of our Master, put yourself where you will do the most good.

Then, there are others, both stu

Preaching Services-Sunday, at 10:30 A. M. and dents and otherwise, who have

7:30 P. M.

Sunday School-At Noon.

Young People's Meeting-Sunday at 6:30 P. M.

P. M.

General Prayer Meeting-Wednesday, at 7:30
Covenant Meeting-Wednesday evening preced-
The Lord's Supper-First Sunday of each
Ladies Missionary Society-Second Friday of

ing first Sunday of each month.


each month, 3 P. M.

The pastor will gladly receive at his home or

visit at their homes those wishing counsel upon

religious matters, or those in trouble or affliction,

or strangers, whether members of the church or afternoons and evenings usually devoted to call

not. His mornings are reserved for study; his

ing or to the meeting of appointments at his home.

come to Ann Arbor for an indefi-
nite period of time, not knowing
that they will ever return to their
former homes for permanent resi-
dence, and not expecting to return
frequently even for a visit. It
Would seem to be the plain duty of
such to connect themselves by mem-
bership with this church for as

long or as short a period as they

The pastor has a goodly list of Baptists whom he has found in Ann Arbor, or who have come since his coming. The greater number of these have put letters into our

church or have sent for them. We hope to see all who ought to be with us actually with us soon.

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A Message From God.

BY REV. JOHN CUMMING, D. D. "I have a Message from God."

nounces every doctrine it teaches mandate, feared, and hated the
God stood on Mount Ebal,
-every prospect it unfolds-are more.
the pure rays of truth, radiated out- and pronounced the curse on all
ward to the world's circumference, him to his face in return.
that would not love, and man cursed


It is not necessary, on the present from Christ-the truth. "Thus length He stood on Mount Calvary, occasion, to refer to the peculiar saith the Lord," the strongest of all scorned, condemned, and crucified circumstances under which the arguments, and the close of all dis- between two thieves, "ent off, but words placed at the beginning of putes, commences and concludes not for himself;" all pity within this chapter were originally utter- the message of God. It is a great the midst of his awful agonies he him, and none for him; and from ed. We prefer to look at these and joyful fact that there is truth asked, and in the message that words in their absolute rather than in this world of fiction and sem-records them he still asks, "Lovest in their relative aspect. We may blance. thou me?" and many a response use them as an epitome of all that It is not a fable- or a beautiful has come, and will come, from many is addressed by God to mankind. romance-or a tale of enthusiasm a heart melted into tenderness by so touching an appeal, "Lord, thou We may venture, in this chapter, to or a saying of man; it is a reflec- knowest all things, thou knowest regard them as substantially the tion of the brightness of God-a that I love thee." The sacred promessage of the gospel intrusted to mirror that collects and concen- cess on which Christianity, with the every ambassador of God, and ad-trates the splendor of the skies blessings of the Holy Spirit, defor the instruction of earth; it is pends for victory, and the success dressed to every sinner upon earth. the portrait of the Infinite-the of that process, are both laid down Dear reader, give me your atten- apocalypse of eternity. It shows in these words, "We love him betion. Let wandering affections be man as God made him-as sin has cause he first loved us." Our apcalled home; let earthly cares be left him-as grace can restore him. prehension of his love to us, and banished; let every faculty of the "Thy word is truth." Thy word is truth." To have this alone, will create love in us to soul be disengaged; let an open ear, this truth is to have a central col- him. A ray of that love will strike un planted upon earth, on which the heart sf the sinner, as the mornand an unobstructed heart, receive we can lean and look calinly on the ing beam of old struck the fabled now, reverently and obediently, "a vicissitudes and changes of the statue of Memnon, and drew out message from God unto thee." world. the tones of no perishable jubilee. It is, I assure you, from its A MESSAGE OF LOVE. Its It is a message of love, meant to nature, its author, its effects, author and its subject are love, as awaken love. It speaks to us as a well as truth. "God is love." parent does to his child-it goes worthy of all acceptance. What-« God so loved the world that he down into the silent recesses of the ever of majesty reposes on the gave His only begotten Son, that soul as the voice of affection itself. throne on which He sits-whatever whosoever believeth in Him might IT IS A MESSAGE OF PEACE. of mercy shines from the cross on not perish, but have eternal life." author is the Prince of Peace; its which Jesus died-whatever of reThis love pursued the sinner fruit is peace. It is fitted to allay sponsive love is due to the words through the fiery cherubim and far exasperated passions-to harmonize sponsive love is due to the words beyond the walls of Eden, and laid the jarring and discordant feelings of a Father-whatever of reveren- on him its restorative and trans- of men-to lay the accusations of tial submission belongs to the re- forming touch; and opened up a conscience and the fears of wrath— script of a legislator,-all these elo way of return for him in the incar- and to spread over heaven and earth quently urge your instant attention; nation, death, and atonement of the an atmosphere of peace. It is not, Son of God. The gospel is the however, the peace of the world— and yet greater love, and loyalty, record of its striving to extinguish hollow, transient, fallacious. "My and obedience than these imply, the suspicion natural to man's heart, peace I give unto you; not as the ought to be given to "a message and to fill its depths with trust and world giveth, give I unto you." It confidence in God. Were it only is peace, the fruit of principle-the TRUTH. truth, it would merely convince the result of conflict. It is not self-in"What is truth?" was once asked judgment; but it is also love, and dulgence, but self-sacrifice; not therefore it captivates and melts acquiescence in sin for the sake of by one who waited not for a reply. the heart, softly and surely reclaim- quiet, but opposition to sin, and God's word is truth. No fact in ing to their primeval direction the maintenance of truth, for the glory history, no phenomenon in science, crushed and drooping affections of of God. It is the message of the no proposition in mathematics is, or humanity. This exhibition of love" 'peace of God, that passeth all can be, more true. Its Author, its is God's great and last process for understanding;" of "the God of the restoration of sinners. All peace," "the Prince of Peace," subject, its words are eternal, irre- others have wholly failed. God" the Spirit of peace;" and the versible truth. Every promise it sat on Mount Sinai and said, "Thou hearts and homes into which

from God."





embosoms every threat it de-shalt love," and man heard the enters with its transforming power

become the habitations of peace. It makes man to be at peace with God and with all that love him.

years ago-for age does not waste, is to bid the patient become the and application does not exhaust physician-the bankrupt the credits virtue. itor and the worm soar with the IT IS A MESSAGE OF RECONCILIA- Self-deception alone can explain eagle's wings. The light of nature TION. It is its great and paramount our disclaiming sin or denying our in any of its phases is Cimmerian design to reconcile man to God-guilt. But if we confess our sins darkness. It reveals the danger, to dissolve the enmity of his nature and seek forgiveness through the but proposes no means of rescue;-the fears of his conscience-the death and intercession of Jesus, the it indicates the disease, but offers suspicion of his heart. "We are message is, God is not only willing no adequate remedy. To see the ambassadors for Christ, as though and merciful, but He is in Christ extent and character of the fruits God did beseech you by us; we "faithful" to His promises and of natural religion, as it is called, pray you in Christ's stead, be ye "just" to us, or rather to our sub- let us summon to our presence the reconciled unto God." A main stitute and representative, to "for- priests of. Woden, the Fakirs of element in this message is: "God give us our sins" freely and fully, India, Inca, Menue, or Zoroaster, is in Christ reconciling the world and for ever; "and to cleanse our or peruse their grim Leviticus, and to himself, not imputing their tres-hearts and consciences from dead this will convince us how strong is passes unto them." "Through this works, and from lusts that war our need of "a message from God." inan is preached unto you the for- against the soul, to serve the living The gospel alone is the message giveness of sins.” God." humanity thirsts and pines for; it alone meets the breath, and depth, and multitude of its necessities.

ages it reveals to babes and wayfaring men.

Such, in a few words, is the This message is the only pharmacharacter of the message from God copoea from which prescriptions for to thee. Blessed message! it be the soul and for immortality are IT IS SUITED TO THEE It is suited guiles toil of its fatigue, pain of its taken. It alone can sustain the tot- to our ignorance. The most mosting, and affliction of its fears. It tering steps of age, and temper the mentous subjects had remained unis going round the world from fervors of youthful feeling. It house to house, and from spire to alone brings supplies from afar to been writter. explained, if the gospel had not It makes wise spire, like sweet music, from the the fainting soul, and kindles the unto salvation." It alone casts the Black Sea to Eastern India; and altar-fires of heaven where all was clear light of noon upon the perthe earth, nearly blind with weep- otherwise cold. It is night emIt is might em- plexities of the present and the ing, and deaf with the noise of bracing weakness-mercy meeting effulgence of glory on the obscuristrife and the din of battle, lifts up guilt-love overleaping all res- ties of the future. It turns from her eyes to the speaker, and opens traints, and overflowing the crush darkness to light. It brings near her ears to the message, and is ed and bleeding spirits of the the distant and makes plain the difinade glad. But we have the guilty. Hear this happy message, ficult, and the mysteries hid from Spirit's own exposition of it at way-worn and weary humanity. length in 1 John i, 5-10: Hear it, weeper in the home of This then is the message we mourning. Welcome it, sinner in have heard of Him and declare unto the dungeon of despair. Rise, each, It is suited to man's sin, expiyou, that God is Light, and in Him and rejoice in its splendors ere they ating its guilt by the blood of the is no darkness at all. If we say shine uselessly upon your graves. cross and extirpating its power by that we have fellowship with Him IT IS NEEDED BY THEE. Man the spirit of Jesus, so that its curse and walk in darkness, we lie and finds himself a wanderer and feels cannot crush nor its pollution op"What the law could do not the truth; but if we himself a sufferer. He is conscious, press us. walk in the light, as he is in the in his own soul, of a severance be not do, in that it was weak through light, we have fellowship one with tween it and God. He is conscious the flesh, God sending His own another, and the blood of Jesus of the curse of sin, and fears its Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, Christ, His Son, cleanseth us from consequences, even when he dares and for sin, condemned sin in the all sin. If we say that we have no not say so. He asks-and generaflesh." By His cross the condemsin, we deceive ourselves, and the tions gathered to their tombs have nation of sin is put away, and by truth is not in us. If we confess asked again and again-Where- His sceptre the empire of sin is our sins, He is faithful and just to with shall I come before the Lord, broken. He is a Priest and King. It is suited to man's misery. It forgive us our sins, and to cleanse and bow myself before the High us from all unrighteousness." God?" To this vital question who removes the root of his unhappiSuch is a summary of the mes shall reply? No earthly oracle can ness, from which all his miseries sage of God. A message transpar- give a satisfactory reply. Heathen-shoot forth, by removing his sin; ent with light and warm with love ism, whether it broods on the shores and casts into Nature's Marah the -the bond of union and the ground of the Mediterranean or on the isles sweetening branch that neutralizes of communion between God and of the Pacific, can give no real solu- all its bitterness. It makes man us, and of one with another. It is tion. Dodona's oak and Pythia's happy by restoring his suspended the disclosure of atoning blood-tripod are silent. Philosophy hears intercourse with the Fountain of the efficacy of which is so great that the inquiry with closed lips and Life, and reuniting the broken it cleanseth from all sin; and this drooping head. To bid man save bonds of primeval love and divine it does to-day, as it did a thousand himself is only to tantalize him; it fellowship.

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How Petroleum is Produced. gold would reach in value the enor- artificial, and, therefore, unsatismous sum of $126,000,000. The factory. The best definition of a gravel is much richer in gold than tree we have seen, and one that the clay, but there is not so much goes a long way towards answering of it. Undoubtedly $200,000,000 this perplexing question, was preworth of gold lies within fifteen sented by Mr. B. E. Fernow to the feet of the surface and still cannot Botanical Club of the American be used.--Philadelphia Times.

"The theory is held by Prof. Mendeleef," says Iron, "that petroleum is produced by water, which penetrates the earth's crust, and comes in contact with glowing carbides of metals, especially those of iron. The water is decompo ed into its constituent gases, the oxygen uniting with the iron, while the hydrogen takes up the carbon, and

Montana's Title Clear.

The population of Montana is estimated by Governor Leslie at

Association, at its recent meeting
at Columbus. "Trees are woody
plants, the seed of which has the
inherent capacity of
capacity of producing ·

ascends to a higher region, where 140,000, a figure slightly below the naturally, within their native limits,

one main erect axis, not divided near the ground, the primary axis

Our Public Domain.
Among the many advantages

part of it is condensed into mineral present unit of proportionment of oil, and part remains as natural gas, Representatives, but with an estito escape wherever and whenever mated growth of 10,000 a year, the continuing to grow for a number of it can find an outlet. If this population will fully equal that fig-lateral axis, and the lower branches years more vigorously than the assumption is correct, and a suffi- ure by the time the machinery of a dying off in time," is Mr. Fernow's cient store of metallic carbides is State Government can be set in op- definition of a tree, and it is a contained in the earth's interior, eration. The rapid development sound and philosophical one. petroleum may continue to be of the Territory in every essential formed almost indefinitely, and of prosperity is a proof that its yield a supply of fuel long after growth is likely to be steady and of coal has become exhausted. Prof. a permanent character, and without served by Presidential messages is Mendeleef supports his views by the sudden ebb of population some- the compelling of public attention producing artificial petroleum in a times seen in a mining country. It to great National questions which, manner similar to that by which he is true that mining is, as it has been, because they are not immediately believes the natural product is the leading pursuit, but the mineral pressing, are liable to dangerons product is constantly increasing. neglect. Very suggestive is the remark made in the late message that years ago the annual output was estimated at $7,000,000; now over eighty million acres have been it excedes $31,000,000. There is arrested, by the vigilance and activabundant evidence, moreover, of a ity of the Government, from illegal rapid advance in agriculture and usurpation, improvident grants, and the world. This is a fact. The kindred pursuits, and a liberal and fraudulent entries and claims. These only difficulty is that the field cannot be worked. Nearly the whole intelligent provision for education, indicating a healthy growth in all that goes to make a State.-Tribune.


A Gold Mine That Cannot Be

The ground on which Philadelphia is built is one of the richest in


What is a Tree?

large figures have upon the mind an opening, an expanding influence. city is underlaid with clay to the The reclamation of eighty million depth of about ten feet-an area acres gives us an idea of the enorsay ten miles square. A cubic foot mous extent of our country. How of clay, weighing 120 pounds, taken Forest and Stream says that this vast must be the area which could from a depth of fourteen feet when question, though often asked, is allow of such invasion, fraudulent the cellar of the Twelfth street mar- not easily answered. It adds or otherwise! What a magnificent ket house was excavated, was prac- There are shrubs so tall and so vig. expanse of country yet invites octically demonstrated to contain orous that they may well be consid-cupation, industry, and civilization! We have no reason to complain of seven-tenths of a grain of gold, or ered trees, and there are trees so our growth, in the course of a hunone pound in 1,224,000. The experi- low and of such feeble growth that dred years. Sixty millions is a large ment was repeated with about the they hardly deserve the name of population; but when compared same results with clay taken from a trees. Really there is no hard and with our almost boundless extent of brick yard in the suburbs. Sup- fast line which separates a tree territory, sixty millions seem nothing. What we now are posing the whole mass of clay to be from a shrub, and any classification know; but what we are to become 5,180,000,000 pounds (and it is real- of plants which attempts to separate we can but dimly conjecture.-Mail ly much greater), the amount of trees from shrubs must be purely and Express.



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