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A Bis Prophecy.

The Rev. Mr Baxter, editor of the 'Christian Herald,' has been trying to terrify the people of Birmingham. In the Grand Theatre, in which he lectured on a Sunday afternoon to a crowded audience of i both sexes, the drop scene is stated to have j been decorated with a painting of an enor-1 mous winged dragon, "with ten horns and j many heads." In the centre was another j picture pourtraying "the woe of demon scorpion locusts stinging men for twice five months " ; and, adjoining this, was a representation of "the woe of two hundred million fire-breathing demon horsemen slaying a third part of mankind," while to the right appeared a picture showing the people of the earth worshipping images with a scaffold in the background, on which Christians were being guillotined. Besides these stirring symbols, " horrible images of black horses spreading famine and desolation," and white horses mounted by skeletons, ornamented other portions of the house. Nor did the discourse fall short of the rich promise of these displays. Mr Baxter made his hearers prepare for stupendous things preparatory to the millennium, which he was good enough to fix at the conveniently early date of 1901. The leading item in the fateful bill of fare appears to have been a " tremendous tragedy in Europe," in which Bismarck, Moltke, Boulanger, the King of Italy, and the Czar will oe prime movers. All the European nations arc to be ultimately involved. Austria is to lose all her Danubian provinces, and Great Britain will only be let off with the loss of India and Ireland. At the same time Mr Baxter was careful to warn " Parnell, Tim Healey, and Michael Davitt" that separation would not be attributable to them, "butto the fact that Ireland did not form part of Cupar's Roman Empire." Up to this point the lecturer's hearers appear to have been thrilled and attentive; but unluckily Mr Baxter went on to describe, in rather minute detail, "the horrors that are about to overtake mankind," whereupon his hearers are reported to hare given vent to " loud expressions of disapprobation." The report concludes with the significant observation that "in the evening he continued his lecture before a very diminished audience."

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A Bis Prophecy., Evening Star, Issue 7913, 22 May 1889

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A Bis Prophecy. Evening Star, Issue 7913, 22 May 1889