by T. De Witt Talmage

T. DeWitt Talmage
Ex. 31:13

While the evangelical denominations put especial
emphasis upon the sanctity of the Sabbath, I am glad
to know that the wisdom of resting one day in the
seven is almost universally acknowledged. Men have
found out that they can do more work in six days than
they can in seven. The world has found out that the
fifty-two days of rest in a year are not a
subtraction, but an addition. It has been demonstrated
in all departments. Lord Castlereagh thought he could
work his brain three hundred and sixty-five days in
the year, and he broke down and committed suicide; and
Wilberforce said in regard to him: "Poor Castlereagh!
this comes from non-observance of the Sabbath." A
prominent merchant of New York said: "I should long
ago have been a maniac but for the observance of the
Sabbath." The nerves, the brain, the muscles, the
bones, the entire physical, mental, and moral
constitution cry out for Sabbatic rest.

What is true of man is true of beast. Travelers have
found that they come sooner to their destination if
they stop one day in the seven. What is the matter
with some of these horses attached to the street cars
as the poor creatures go stumbling and staggering on?
They are robbed of the Sabbatic rest. In the days of
old, when the sheep and the cattle were driven from
the far West to the sea-coast, it was found out by
positive test that those drovers got sooner to the
seaboard who stopped one day in seven on the way. They
came sooner to the seaboard than those who drove right
on. The fishermen off the banks of Newfoundland have
experimented in this matter, and they find that they
catch more fish in the year when they observe the
Sabbath than in the year when they do not observe the

When I asked a Rocky Mountain locomotive engineer, as
I was riding with him, "Why do you switch off your
locomotive on a side track and take another?" -as I

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