Politics Clipping from Boston Sunday Post, Sun, Dec 10, 1899.

Clipped from US, Massachusetts, Boston, Boston Sunday Post, December 10, 1899

MILLIONAIRE HOW GIVESHIS MONEY TO THE POORAND LIVES AMONG THEM.TheRemarkable Life Plan ofWealthy Man.aVery4When Jesus Christ was on earth he met a young man and loved him lor his excellent character and life. The young man looked with favor on the teachings of Christ, but he looked with a greater desire upon his money. He came to Christ and asked what morehe could do to inherit the kingdom of life. To him Christ said! One thing thou lackest; go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven; and come, take up thy cross and follow*ne. . ,The sacred record is that the young man was sad at that saying and went away grieved, for he had great posses-slons.”There is now living in St. Louis ayoung man who is making a living by interpretation of the injunction of Christ to the young man of Jerusalem. James Eads How has spurned his inheritance of ti.000,000 so that he mayobey the command of Jesus.Other rich men sit in their cushioned pews of Sundays and listen to high-salaried ministers explain how Christ did not mean just what he said when he advised the wealthy young man to give his all to the poor. James Eads How isn't that kind of a Christian. He holds that Jesus either meant what he said.or he did not. If the Saviour was In earnest there Is only one road open to the rich man. If he was not in earnest then the words are mere empty sounds. In fact, says Mr. How, no Ingenuity, however stimulated by a desire to blind one's eyes to the truth for the sake of gold, can extract from the verses In Mark any meaning but the one meaning which was clearly In the mind of the redeemer.GRANDSON OP ENGINEER EADS.Mr. How is the grandson of James B. Eads, that Incomparable engineer who built the great Mississippi bridge thatbears his nawhOrleansthe deep bet-oms of the world’s commerce. His father was the late J. P. How, vice-president of the Wabash railroad, rhe young man’s share of the family estate Is $1,000,000. By one word he could command the hixur’es of the world’s work and live in all the delights of the flesh. But the versus In Mark are burned Into his brain, and he follows in the footsteps of Jesus as closely as it Is possible for mere man to do.He refuses to touch a penny of his immense inheritance. “It la not mine, ’ he says. “I did not earn It. One day not long ago he walked into the office of Mayor Zlegenhelm and tendered that official $100,000, which he wished should he given to the poor. Mr. Zlegenhe m t early fell off his chair. He questioned Mr. How and four d out that his visitor meant business. Then the Mayor rang his bell for Sergeant McGrew, the Cerberus of the executive office. When that giant came in the Mayor, who is not a pigmy himself, felt safer. The upshot of the interview : was that Mr. How was escorted to Dr. Starkloff, the health commissioner, with the request that he examine the mmlon-tire for his sanity. Dr. Starkloff pronounced the man perfectly sane. Then Mr. How renewed his offer. But the Mayor couldn’t get over hla first fright and wouldn’t touch the money. Mr. How oame to tho cvn duslon that the influence of Christ’s words was pretty dead In St. Louis. He had forgotten that he was the only man in town who takes the New Testament seriously.TAKES UP HIS CROSS.Balked at the very threshold of his noble purpose by an economic and sordid age, Mr. How determined to live up to the second part of the Saviour's Injunction. He would take up his cross and follow Christ. He went to live among tho poorest people he could And, to teaoh them, to minister to them, to lead them toward the light whfch he himself saw or fancied ho saw. He founded a mission at Washington avenue and Ninth street and her#iMILLIONAIRE JAMBS BADS BOW!expounded the gospels after Ion. His dress Is that of T fare ae simple as that oago to attend a meeting of the Brotherhood of Dally Life, an association which he himself founded. He visited an old friend who was a college chum of his at Harvard. The chum sat down with Mr. How to a fine breakfast. But the rich young man declined to eat the sumptuous fare. Instead, he walked to the Medical Mission in Brooklyn and paid 3 cents for a breakfast of pea aoup, bread and coffee.CHRISTIAN OR BUDDHIST.and willing band at odd Jobs. And he finds he can give some #f his earnings even to his beloved poor, besides the Interest on his fortune, for his needs arefew. He Is a strict vegetarian, and hisapparel Is as simple «6 waa that of his divine model.A visiting mi asked hdm wht he was doing.Trying thefrom the Christ and the churoh that you ;preach and practise,’* Mr. How replied. And it la the hardest thing I have to do.The minister stained. Are you not a Unitarian? he asked.rNt Then you are not I think I am more Christian. tho selansweredSometimes I thinkI am more of a Christian than a Buddhist. and again more of a Buddhist than , a Christian. I don’t Just know which.”The minister turned uncomfortably red ip the face and walked away sorely grieved. This Kind of literal Christianity he was not accustomedfornTon^’That man, the pr^achersa^l puazled, la actually doing what Jesus has told him to do.WORKS FOR HIS LIVING.Mr, How has another crotchet strangely out of Joint with the commonly accepted practice of Christian minister*. He does not believe in the wisdom of the I saying Thdy who preach the gospel ■■■■live by the gospel. Now, this Is£v«n the Salvation Army fol-[lows the universal produce. BprtiMr. How Ipreechas the gospel and supports himselfby the labor of ms own hands. He Isapt at many trades, and te an excellentHow was tootj:Pown fash-1 and Ms life is ordered in every way™ lowliest, his | help on his hope of regenerating mankind.This modernthe apostles,aims tieHIS BROTHERHOOD.This anomaly among men entertains no fool’s dream that other rich men will follow his example. He is only trying to do the best that is in his power to so live his own lift* that it will comport with tho unequivocal command of Jesus. But ho believes that the example of his brotherhood will stimulate other wealthy men to be more careful of the public good. It men will not be so anxious to accumulate wealth the division of wealth wid be more equal, he thinks, and poor men will be given an opportunity of doing goodotherwise impossible. If «i rich man s son would consent to drive a dray—werehe unfitted for better occupation—thepoor man's son might become a Judge. Tho purpose of the brotherhood is to encourage a feeling of sympathy, and to induce men to help and to love one another. L#oving one another is the supreme teat set by Jesus of men's merits, and the fruits of that neighborly love are the standards by which Christians ere to ne known. AM the members of the brotherhood earn their bread with their own bands.Mr. How has n'rt the appearance of afanatic. Ho Is fanatic in no sense of the wordi He is convinced that his only hap-Biness can bo found in Just th*) v\lt;ty or fe he hus chosen. His ascetic, or at least, abstemious, habits have given him a somewhat gaunt look, but his face, with its beararom and its strong humility, is more OhrlstKke than half of the Christ.-» heads painted by the masters. Prominent cTttiens have taken him up, and will see that his interest money is judiciously bo-jo;stowed upon the poHow's dearest wish.