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Prudence Carlyle picked her wa:
daintly, yet with a certain stiff air o
determination, across the wet sand
to within speaking distance of th(
only other visible human being.
"Laetitia!" she called.
The damsel so addressed was, t<
all appearance, engaged with purell
Infantile implements in a purely in
"Hullo!" she responded with un
femnie brevity, and without look
lug up from her digging.
nhre's a man at the top of the
clift. and he's been staring at you foi
Miss .aetitia Carstairs, B. Se.
dropped her spade where she sat
nud. clasping her bear arms rounc
he' cqually bare ankles, complacent
ly .urveyed the score or so of patches
W dishevelled sandthat bore evidenc(
of her diligence.
"Haven't I dlone a lot. Prue?" shE
clernded. ignoring the informatior
:iusr conveyed to her. "I ought tc
tome on him soon, if I've any luck.'
'Eut," pursued Prue. "there's tha
nia:., and that bathing dress of your;
-'n not at all sure that it's-well
Leury rose slowly, and her gray
y traveled demurely down to her
bare pink toes.
I've heard," she observed, "that
ii- -well-'deuced becoming.' "
"Oh! he didn't know I heard him,'
explained that damsel airily.
"Ie" ejaculated Prue.
"Even he," mimicked the girl,
a ith a gay little laugh. "For you
s? . my dear Prue, there are such
thirgs as men in existence, and one
occasionally comes across them, even
on sien Oh! did you see him?'
She was down on her knees in an
instaut. driving a rod into the yield
'Certainly not," said her compan
'n, severely; "if I had"
"There!" interrupted Laetitia tri
i:rcphantly, as with a quick deft
movement she hauled up her rod.
'sn't he a beauty?"
"Good gracious, child! I thought
yo:: r"eaut the man'"
"What man?" inquired Laetitia
absently, as she carefully placed her
laitest treasure in the bucket by her
"'The man who made quite unnec
essary comments on your get-up."
Letty glanced casually over her
shoulder at the offending male.
"There's three hundred feet be
tween us." she observed serenely.
"*'3 can't see much."
"If." said Prue, witheringly, "you
are referring to your garments, that's
true. They can't be said to be exact
2y voluminous. Really, your al:pear
"That;" interrupted Letty, shak
tng back the red-brown curls from
'her' sun-kissed cheeks, "is my mis
fortune, not my fault. And P rue,"
she added, teasingly, "there's noth
ing like science for the complexion.
It keeps you out in all weathers, you
*see. and gives you plenty of exer
"It does that," admitted Prue rue
Eully, letting hei' gaze wander up the
three hundred feet of precif.itous
tliff that she been "morally com
l)elled." as she herself expressed it,
to descend. "What I really car2e to
-say was, how much longer are you
going to be?"
Laetitia seized upon jger bucket
and spade and executed a pas seul,
looking more like an embodimeat of
mischievous childhood than a young
woman who had earned the right to
t he magic letters B. Sc. after her
"Prue," she declared breathlessly.
'when she had finished. "I'm going
to find that Balanoglossus 01' die for
i. Give me another hour, and then
But barely half the time had
c-lapsed before a shout mentally des
ignated as "Red Ind-ian" by P?rue,
startled the stillness of the cove, and
Laetitia, waving her arms frantically,
came dancing shorewards.
"Prue," she cried. "I've found
him. Oh, I could just:shout!"
"You're doing that alread:-," coin
imented Prue dryly.
"So would you!" retorted Lae
"Nc', 1 shouldn't, my dear. In the
lirst place, I shouldn't spend a whole
glorious summer day digging about
for a miserable"
"He's the missing link." began
"Oh. go and get into your missing
garments," besought Prue.
Letty dived obediently into a cave,
reappearing in something under five
minutes. "clothed, and in her right
mind," as she laughingly declared;
and together they commenced the
ascent. It was by no means an easy
climb, for, besides being very steep
in places, the rocks had an uncom*
fortabie trick of crumbling away
even beneath their light weight. Ar
rived at last to within ten feet of
The road above, they came to a stand
'Oood gracious!" ejaculated Prue,
y' hoe Laetitia merely whistled.
The man above raised his cap.
'!'ve been waiting to help yoti
t:p.' h e.xplained; "if you'll allow
Prue regarded the smooth, steer
inc'line of rock with a blank s:are;
thlen turned wrathfully to Laetitia.
-We-er--slid down," began thai
young woman, a delicious dimpl3 ap
perin g in the small uplifted chin.
"E~xactly," agreed the young man
his blue eyes twinkling; "but yot
--o"adm:itted Prue, after a long
p :."What do you propose tC
'c wung hiZself over the railing
:'e.garded ther unwary from tray
-ei aito another world, and clinging
enlit one hand reached down a~
''-"s he conld with the other.
,'v.'h directed., "go back a~
eras.on c"n and get a bit of
run..c.nd'l catch: your nand anl(
, B. Sc., AND ANOTHER.
-a Alexander. !6N,ARE%EfB
"You'll have to leave that-thing
whatever his name is, behind," an
nounced Prue, with a touch of de
lightful malice in her tones.
"I'd sooner leave myself," asserted
Letty indignantly. "Have you got a
bit of string?' 'she asked.
He felt obediently in all his pock
ets, and finally produced a boot-lace.
"Please be very careful." she
pleaded, as she fixed the dangling
end to the bucket. "and whatever
you dio, don't spill it."
Geoffrey Forsyth assured her earn
estly that he would sooner spill his
life's blood, but owing to his watch
ing a pair of gray eyes and a little
dimpled chin to the exclusion of ev
erything else, the precious bucket
bumped against a projecting rock.
and lost a large proportion of its con
Letty's face was a study of min
gled indignation and dismay.
"Oh," she cried, "I do hope the
Balanoglossus hasn't gone! If it has
-please help me up at once!"
She stepped back, and running a
little way up the smooth incline
caught his .brown. hand with hers.
The f:.ct that his clasp was closer
than was absolutely necessary was
lost on her as she seized upon her
When Prue arrived on the scene
she was greeted by a wail of dis
"It's gone! Oh!"-this furiously
to her rescuer, "I'll never forgive
He came towards her, looking
about as crestfallen as a man well
"I'm awfully sorry," he began
"Sorry," she echoed wrathfully,
"what's the good of being sorry?"
"Letty!" expostulated Prue.
"Well! I-I-Oh! its' too oad.
And the professor's coming to"
To the young man it seemed im
probable, almost incredible even. but
there really was something curiously
suggestive of tears in the fresh young
"Laetitia!" said Prue, attempti~g
to be severe, "you seem to forget
that we might have been left down
there all night, but for Mr."
"Forsyth," he prompted, dejected
Letty tossed her head.
"I'm very much obliged to you,
Mr. Forsyth," she said chillily.
"Good evening," and picking up her
bucket and spade she. walked off.
leaving Prue to "do the grateful,"
as she mentally ejaculated.
And Geoffrey Forsyth, who had
been thanking his lucky stars for
this unexpected chence of making the
acquaintance of his "gray-eyed di
vinity," was left inwardly cursing all
things. Then the usually reitcent
Prue did a strange thing, for she ob
served, as she shook hands with the
dejected knight errant:
"We are going to explore the caves
on Friday-in search of more mon
"Thank you so much," he sa'd
with straightforward candor. And
Prue, despite her thirty years,
blushed. Possibly she was dimly
conscious of ulterior motives. Any
way, she omitted mentioning to Letty
that the young man possessed that
particular piece of information.
"Hullo, Uncle! What in the world
are you doing here?"
"Come to that," said the professor
genially, "what are you doing here?"
As a matter of fact, he was not
particularly interested in what his
nephew might or might not be doing,
f>ut he was unused to subterfuge,
and the consciousness that. he was
not, as usual, altogether on science
bent, gave a distin :t twinge to his
"Specimen hunting, I suppose?"
queried the young man.
"Why, yes," admitted the profes
sor. "Care to join me? That is, if
you've nothing.better to do."
"Fact is,'' pursued the professor,
with a would-be nonchalance that in
stantly aroused the suspicions of his
keen-sighted nephew, "fact is,
there's a former studenit of mine
,here, a Miss Carstairs. I'm expect
Iing to meet her to-morrow. We pro
Ipose to explore the Gullot Caves f.or
Forsyth siirveyed the professor
from under his lids with a sudden,
new interest. It was true that he
Iwas forty-five, and she was probably
two or three and twenty, but
"I don't think I can come to-mor
row," was all.he said, and he strolled
out into the garden of the little hotel
and had a very bad, and rather long,
quarter of an hour.
But the morning sunlight brought
a ray of hope. It might be all a
mistake on his part, and any way
there was nothing to prevent his
On rounding a corner in ti?e semi
darkness of the Guliot Caves he ran
into Miss Laetitia Carstairs--and
alone, a fact he found peculiarly
"I beg your pardon," said both si'
multaneously, and presently she
added with frank unconventionality,
as he lingered near
"I suppose you're Actinia-hunting,
too? There are some awfully rare
"I should be delighted if I might
She turned swiftly at the sound of
"Oh!" she said icily, "it's you."
"ant I help you?" he asked
To lose them?" she suggested
cruelly 'No, thank you. I wouldn't
think of troubling you," and with
her small head very erect she
She was quite awar'e that he was
standing watching her, and fired with
the determination to make a digni
fled retreat, she forgot that in the
Guliot Caves it behooves one to fol
low the advice of the Apostle, and
walk circumspectly. A momen1
later there was a plunge, a little hiss
as her' candle spluttered out in the
water. a smothered. inarticulate cry
and t.hen: a cheery "I'm coming!"
.'Tnat's twir," she s:aid crossiv'
when at length he had succeeded im
dragging her out of the pool. whose
smooth. slippery sides would. shE
knew, have defied her unaided ef
"I apologize," he replied gravely,
as he wrung some of the water out
of her dripping garments.
"Don't be absurd." she snapped.
Then, after a pause. "Of course. I
ought to thank you."
"Not at all," he said imperturably, I
and, taking a leaf out of her book,
remained serenely silent. well aware A
that she could not descend from her 1t
perch without his aid, and deter- 0
mined not to proffer it. A
"Well-thank you." she said at A
last, almost meekly: then flashed out A
Illogically, "Though it was all your I
fault. And now would you mind I
helping me down"" B
"On one condition." he laughed: c
"that you let me follow you around
and see that you don't make any
further attempts on your life." And
she had no choice but to assent. tl
Half an hour later he was won
dering, as he obediently held the g
candle and watched the deft, skil- e
ful movements of her white fingers, t1
what his next step should be in the
thawing of this scientific icicle, when d
Fate kindly intervened and took the
step for him. ,
"Where's the professor?" he asked. tl
(He had already e:plained the rela- tl
tionship between them.)
"Oh, somewhere about," she an
swered vaguely. "He's on the look- a
out for. a"
"Spare me, please," he laughed. tl
And at that very moment, as they
turned another corner in the intrica
cies of the wonderful caves, the pro
fessor's voice came echoing back to
i them: "Dearest Prue, you must know ,
I love you."
"It seems," said Letty roguishly,
and. the dimples came back into her
face as if by magic, "it seems he was
on the lookout for-a wife."
Then she doubled back into the
cave they had just quitted, and, sit- c
ting down on a rock, laughed im
moderately. Geoffrey Forsyth, with
a sigh of intense relief, sat down be
side her. But in the midst of her
laughter her eye was caught by a
small, shining object on the dark,
dark wall of the cave.
"Why," she cried, springing to her
feet, "how could I have missed him!
There's the very mesemb"
"The mesemb-whatever its end
may be, can wait," he said firmly,
drawing her back on to the ledge be
She was so surprised at this sud
den masterfulness in one hitherto so
meek that she actually did sit down.
"It's my turn now," he asserted:
"you've been hours pottering round
after creatures with impossible
names, and I've been a miracle of pa
tience. Now I want to talk about
something I understand."
"And what may that be?" she in
quired, a trifle sarcastically.
"I want to make love to you," he
"But," she objected. after the first
gasp of surprise at his audacity, "but
I don't want to be made love to-by
"That," he asserted, "is because
you don't know me."
She laughed in spite of herself.
"Modesty will never be you!' ruin,
"I don't want it to be," he ad
mitted candidly. "Now tell me, just
as a matter of cui'iosity, what kind
of a man do you like?"
"One who knows what he wants
and gets it," she said succinctly, -
thinking of the professor and the s
trick he had played on her, a trick f
her sense of humor caused her to re- b
gard with infinite amusement. n
"Well," replied her' companion, I:
"I know what I want." and he looked
at her so expressively that she al
promptly ejaculated- be
"I imagine you won't get it." ti
"Do you think nct?" he inquired B
regretfully. "It was luncheon I was a
referring to." b<
"Oh!" she said, and then added te
scornfully-"I might have known al
that. Men are always thinking q
about things to eaf."
"Except when they are thinking a:
about the woman they love," he sup- n
plemented. To which she deigned a
"May I begin now?" he asked e
"How can you be so absurd?" she h
demanded. "Why, you've only h
known me a week.' a:
"But a week of this is equivalent I<
to a year of ordinary 'knowing,' " he w
reminded her. 1
"I suppose," she said with a sigh,a
"it's no good asking you to leave off."
"Not a bit," he returned cheer- d
fully, "and as my knowledge of 0
human nature leads me to imagine
you'll see no more of the professor a
and Miss Carlyle for the rest of the S
day, you'd best make up your mind t
to be content with me." b
"And are you going to make love
to me all day?" she asked in dismay. ~
He dropped into sudden gravity, S
and for a moment she saw the real ~
man, and was startled. c
"D)earest," lhe said gently, and his b
very voice seemed to have changed, r
"dearest, I love you. But just be- ~
cause that is so, I am not going to do ~
anything to vex you. I am not even
going to speak of my love, only I t
want you not to quite forget it. Will
But Letty for once had nothing to '
say. He took her hand and kissed it,
then relapsing into his normal gen. s
iality, said quite simply and natural- '
ly, "Now, shall we go out and ex- e
plore? There are some quite fascin- t
ating 'bits' in this dot of 'an island. a
Come along." reassuringly, "we are
going to be just pals, aren't we?" a
And Letty, for some inexplicable
reason, sighed softly. '
But he kept his word rigorously,7
and was all day no more than a quite
delightful pal-the adjective was
At the end of it. as thy .stood to
gether in the gathering dusk, he ~
asked, looking .down on her: 1
"Well, wvhat's the pr'oz:ami for to- t
morrow.? You-r can't spoil sport, you ~
know'.. so shall it he science--or' me?"
For an instaint she hesitated, and i
he caught lher' hands tr'iumpl)hantly
in his ownl.
"She who hesitates is lost," he
quoted gayiy "l'!l come for you atd
ten sharn "--Thc Sketch.
THE WAY OF A BOY.
hen mother sits beside my bed
t night, and strokes and smooths my
nd kisses me. I think some way
ow naughty I have been all day;
how I. waded in the brook.
nd of the cookies that I took.
nd how I smashed a window-light E
-rassling--me and Bobby White
nd tore my pants and told a lie;
almost makes me want to cry
hen mother pats and kisses me;
n just as sogv as can be.
it I don-t ten her so-no. sir.
te knows it all; you can't fool her.
-M. C. Watson, in Good Housekeeping.
A LITTLE BIRD TOLD HIM.
Little Mrs. Bird built her nest in
ie apple tree near the kitchen door; t
rid before her children were half I
rown Mr. Thomas Cat ate them t
rery one. Mrs. Bird fluttered among
e-leaves of the apple tree, and cried' r
)r a whole. day. Then she went I
own into the corner of the orchard t
id built another nest. But Master
ommy Spratt found it, and took all
ie eggs away.. Mrs. Bird cried over
e 'mpty nest all- day. Then she
'ent far, far away into the woods,
id built another nest in a thorn tree.
One morning, while she w%s sitting
eacefully on-her.eggs in. the nest in
ne thorn-tree, she heard footsteps
n the stones below. She looked
ver the edge of the nest with
tartled eyes. At first she did not
now whether to be afraid or not.
he creature she saw had on a very
hort dress, but it also wore a small,
>und straw hat and short hair. Mrs.
ird did not know whether it was a
irl or a boy. Girls were harmless
reatures, she knew. Suddenly the
reaure jumped over a log and
"Oh me! oh, me: It is a boy"
WHERE S.TH SU
3rieked poor Mrs. Bird. She sprang
om the nest and darted through the,
anches around and around her
est, screaming and .scolding furious
Foolish Mrs. Bird! Why, almost
y boy in the world would have
en sure, from the noise she made,
iat -she had a -nest hiddenA there.
t this boy did not know it. He was
very young boy, far too young to
wandering in the woods alone. To
1 the truth, he had run away; and.
Lthough he did not know it, he was
The boy walked on past the tree;
d, after a little. Mrs. Bird lost sight
I+him, and settled quietly down
gain. After a long time she heard
queer noise, and, peeping over the
Ige of the nest she saw the boy corn
g back again. His hat was gone, I
is feet were covered with mud, his 3
ands and face scratched with briars, I
rid he had discovered that he was 1
st, and was 'sobbing bittei'ly. He
'as so tired and blinded with cry
ig that he tottered as he walked;
ad, when he had reached the tree4
'here Mrs. Bird had her nest, he
ropped in a weary, muddy little hea p
the dead leaves, and fell asleep.
Mrs. Bird screamed and scolded
d darted about the tree, swooping
low that her wings almost brushed
te boy-s head; but he did not hear
Presently poor, distracted Mrs.
ird heard other strange sounds.
e heard voices calling. "Harold'
:arold! Harold!" and the echoes
ught up the words and tos:=(d them
ck and forth until the :-ees and
cks seemed to be crying, "H-arold!
[aroid!" too. But Harold did not
ear. H-e was too sound asleep.
oon two figures appeared in the dis
"More boys! more boys:" shrieked
[rs. Bird. "Oh, my poor eggs.
that shall I do?"
They were very large boys. We
tould have called them men, but
rn. Bird did not know the differ
ace. She was afraid of anything
at wore trousers and short hair and
small, round straw hat.
Suddenly one of the men stopped
nd caught the other,by the arm.
"Listen, Charlie:' he cried. "Do
u hear that bird scolding down
onder in the thicket?"
"Yes, what of it?" said the other.
"~Something has disturbed her. It
iay be the boy. Let us see."
"P-papa, how d-did you know;
here 1 was?" asked Harold, sieep
y, when he awoke a moment later
> find himself safe in his father's
"Oh. a little bird told me,"~ an
verd papa, lau~'ghing.
"R~airced Jack." who v-as without
.oub zh moe+ mraeled dog in the
ountry, was chloroformed this morn
ng at Lindy's stables, this step being
ecessary owing to his infirmities.
Ie was nineteen years old, and up to
ve years ago his life had been spent
n traveling about the country on
ailroad trains. He was known to
very railroad man throughout the
Jack was started on his travels
Lbout seventeen years ago by Station
,faster John Kelly. In speaking of it
his morning Mr. Kelly said: "He
vas the most knowing animal I ever
aw. He would jump into a bag
,age car and ride to Saratoga. He
vould stay around Saratoga for a
ime and then take a train to Round
,ake, where he would stay over Sun
lay, returning here Monday morning.
ext he would be on the train run
iing to Albany, where he would
>oard a West Shore train and ride
:o Weehawken. He would cross on
:he ferry to New York and go to the
3rand Central station, where he
would jump into the baggage car of
L New,.York Central train -bound for
"He never missed getting on the
ight train, no matter where he was.
le traveled from Troy to Boston,
;ometimes going through and at
)ther times stopping off at various
tations. Jack would go as far as
7ashington and return over the
Pennsylvania Railroad. He always
cnew where he was going. One of
ts favorite rides was from Albany
:o Binghamton. It must be five
rears ago since Jack gave up travel
ng on the railroads, for he was then
,etting quite old."
Since his retirement from railroad
ife Jack has been taken care of by
?mployes of the Westcott Express
-- BrooklynDail Eae
3mpany. It is said that Jack had
risited almost every State in the
nion. The exact truth was known
mly to the traveler himself, and he
lid not include the gift of articulate
;peech among 'his other accomplish
The Only Opening.
The story is told of two Trenton
ne who hired a horse and trap for
Elittle outing not long ago. Upon
'eaching their destination the horse
ras unharnessed and permitted
eacefully to graze while the men
Ished for an hour or two.
When they were ready to go home
Sdifficulty at once presented itself,
nasmuch as neither of the Trenton
ans knew how to reharness the
orse. Every effort in this direction
net with dire failure, and the worst
)roblem was properly to a&iust the
>it. The horse himself seemed to re
ent the idea of going into harness
Finally one of the friends; in great
lisgust, sat down in the road.
'There's only one thing we can do,
311." said he.
"What's that?" asked Bill.
"Wait for the foolish beast to
Gulls Destroying Grasshoppers.
The great flock of sea gulls tbat is
learing luka township of grasshop
es is much appreciated by the peo
le up there. While driving in that
ownship Sunday we saw at some dis
ance what seemed to be a big lot of
uew tin cans stretched across a quar'
er section of land. Presently we dis
~overed there was life and activity in
he white objects glistening in the
unlight, and then we discovered it to
>e countless thousands of sea gulls
tretched across the fields and catch
n: hoppers and bugs. They were not
vild, as one could drive with a few
'ods of them and not disturb them in
he least.--Pratt Union.
Why She Wanted Rain.
"That was a tender-hearted .y ung
ady who stopped and spoke to me
fter the services to-day," observed
he rector. "She seemed to be filled
rith sympathy for the farmers, for
;he asked me to pray for rain.''
'Who? That Vibbers girl?" asks
he rector's wife. "If she isn't the
ypocrite! Why. I saw her buying
ancy silk hosiery at a bargain sale
-esterday. And she wants you to
)ray for rain. "--Detroit Free Press.
When a woman has reached the
ie of focrty-five in JIapan and is un
rarrd the authorities pick out a
isand for' her and compel them to
;;arry. This plan red'uces the r-ure
er of old r.:aids, but forczs many
EPI OI1I L[AGE LESSONS
SUNDAY. DECEMBER 2.
Temptations and How to Meet Them.
Matt. 4. 3-11.
The sphere of temptation.-1 John
2. 15, 16.
How they work.-James 1. 13-15.
A cheering promise to -e tempted.
-I Cor. 10. 13.
How to endure to the end.-Ileb.
The snare of plenty.-Deut. S. 11
Do not choose bad companions.
Prov. 1. 10-14.
Topic-Temptations and How to
Meet Them.-Matt. 4 3-11.
It must be that temptations come.
It is in the case, essentially. Temp
tation grows out of our moral free
dom, which is the supreme attribute
of human nature. Without this en
dowment, as says Dr. Austin Phelps,
"a man would have no right to say I.
Without it a humming bird is his
e'qual: with it he is kindred of the
angels." Further, he says: "Few men
can stand cn the summit of a lofty
tower without a momentary sense of
peril in the consciousness of power to
plunge himself headlong. A special
police guard the Column Vendome, in
Paris. to prevent that form of suicide.
.So fascinating;, often, As..the.power .to
do an evil deed." Temptation is
solicitation to exercise this godliVe
power of choice in ways forbidden by
highest wisdom, by God himself.
There are two main sources of evil
prompting and solicitation. "A man
is tempted when he is* drawn away
of his own lusts." James said. That,
of course, is true. "I fear most of all,"
said Luther (was it?), "the great
pope inside. Myself." There is, ac
cording to Scripture, from. Genesis to
Revelation, another source of temp
tation: namely, the evil personality
we call the devil, or Satan. "He goeth
about like a roaring lion seeking whom
he may devour." "He has many
wiles, even appearing as an angel of
light, sometimes. perhaps oftenest so
-at least when he tempts people who
mean to do right. Besides this evil,
Invisible personality there are multi
?udious sources of temptation in the
world. Evil persons tempt us to do
wrong. The pressure of life's neces
sities,, or its fancied needs, is heavy
upon us. Men lie, steal, forge for
CHIISTIAN [NEAVOR NOTES
Courage or Cowardice-Which?-Luke
12:4, 5; Gal. 1:9-12; Jer.
'Iuch fighting-among men and na
tions-is simply because men are too
cowardly to stand by the principles of
peace (Luke 12:4).
"He's not afraid of- anything," we
say In admiration; but a well-bestow
ed fear is one of the most valuable
human qualities (Luke. 12:5).
Pleasing men is well enough if It is
a by-product of our lives, and not' the
main product (Gal. 1:10).
Consciousness of God's presence Is
the bad man's prison and the good
man's fortress (Jer. 1:S).
The word "courage" comes from the
Latin word cor, heart. Whatever the
appearance, a man is courageous if
his heart 'is brave.
The most valiant exercise of cour
age is n:anfully to grapple with one's
dearest sins and tear them out of
No one is likely to have the true
courage if he admires the false cour
Spiritual courage is helped by phy
sical courage, but physical gourage
cannot endure at all without spiritual
"Your face is pale," sneered one
soldier to another. "Yes," he ans
wered; "if you were as much afraid
as I am, you would have run long
A Quaker often shows more courage
by refusing to go to war than a sol
dier in the hottest battle.
Peter, who whipped out his sword
in Gethsemane, shrank from a wo
man's tongue in the high priest's
Perhaps Paul's most courageous act
was in contiiuing his jom'ney to
Jerusalem in spite of his friends'
prayers, well knowing what fate
awaited him there.
Am I afraid of the right things?
Am I bold where Christ wants me
Is my courage firmly based upon
Courage consists not in blindly
overlooking danger, but in seeing it
Courage without discipline is near
er beastliness than manhood.-Sir
Courage is always greatest when
blended with meekness.-Chapin.
God is the brave man's hope and
not. tbe coward's excuse.-Plutarch.
Oddest of All Preserves
Perhaps the oddest of all jams
(some of which is imported into this
:ountry) is made from a red pulp
btained from the seed-ressels of the
:ommon wild rose of Europe. It is
rick-red in color and, as might be
imagined, i-s in flavor entirely unlike
any other known kind of preserve.
In parts of the South what is known
s "peach leather" Is made from
peach juice, which is put int bright
pans and dried in the sun. In the
ry state it looks a good deal like
eather, and is eaten without further
preparation, keeping for an indefinite
There is commonly manufactured in
-'urkey a similar product from grapes,
he juice !being evaporated to the con
stency of molasses. Some flour is
:ixed with it, and the stuff is spread
in thin sheets upon muslin, being
hen exposed to sunshine for a couple
In the same Oriental country wal
auts are commonly strung upon twine,
and after- coating them with a mix
ture of grape, molasses and sugar are
dried. Travellers bound on long
journeys frequently carry these
trings of nuts, which afford much
nourishment in concentrated shape.
in California a delicious syrup is
made from orange juice, which, of
-ourse. is quite rich in sugar. And
in Virginia watermelon syrup, which
is said to be particularly delicious, is
-z unknown as a local product.
THE SUNDAY SCHOOL.
INTERNATIONAL LESSON COM.-,
MENTS FOR DECEMBER 2.
Subject: Jesus Before Pilate. Lu ke
xxiii., 13-23--Golden Text, L 2
xxiii.. 4-Memory Verses, 20
1. Pilate endeavors to release ntius
(vs. 13-17). 13. "Pilate." P t and
Pilate belonged to an r.cie led to
knightly Roman family. - "C e rulers
gether." Pilate summons t one that '
and the people. 14. "As as taught
perverteth." As one that . religion.
doctrines injurious to you the first
"Having examined." At t could be
trial he had heard all thf"N fault."
brought against Him. 've a s:ngle
They had failed to pg
charge. - Christ had
15. "Nor yet Herod. Galilee and
traveled extensively ir charge. "He
yet Herod brings no ' (R. V.) This
sent Him :ack un' u cquittal. "Is
i'volved a distinct /Nothing worthy
done unto Him." ' one by iim. -
'f death hath been
R. V. - jim.'' John bays
16. "Cha"'i:e esus and scourged
that Pilate took . note done until a
Him; but this release Him."
little later. "- w.efn they saw
Pilate hol. -d th,hey would be satis
Je-us scourged 'they were clamoring
fied, but not so; d .nuthing short of
for His blood, a ould satisfy them.
' th on a cross ase one." This
3 7. "Must re the Revised Ver
verse is omitted in 1arallel accounts.
sion. But gee' fnc f the Jews (vs.
Ii. Thie clauo-s ried out." The
18-23). 18. "They people (Mark
chief priests moved th An insurrec
15:11). "Barabbas." murderer.
tionist, a robber and a Insurrection.
19. "Sedition." celebrated
Matthew says he was cripts he :s
prisoner. In some mann
ca.led Jesus Baraboas. -sus.'' It
20. "Willing to release e that the
was probable at this ti "ate's wife
me -i",er caie from Pi release of
(Matt. 2:: 19) urgidg thee proposal
Jesus. Pilate repeated t
of verse 16. Him G1e
21. "Crucify Him." L possible.
the most ignominious death cording
Had the Jews executed Him a ophets
tc their law against faise p .ve
and blasphemers they woul y at
stoned Him, as they repeated '.ith
tempted to do, and as they did -on
Stephen. His prophecy of cruci He
was practically a prophecy that l
siould be put to death, as He actu n
ly was, on a charge of high treas
against the Roman government.
can hardly be. supposed that /these
people who were crying, "Crucify
Him," were the same people who had
brought Jesus into the city the Sun
day before with shouts of hosanna.
This was a Jewish mob urged on by
the authegities; that was no doubt
largely a Galilean crowd
22. "What evil hath He done."'
How many and what various persons
bear testim'ony to the innocence of
the Holy One - Pilate, Herod, Pi
late's wife. the thief on the cross, and
the centurion at the crucifixion. "And
let Him go." Pilate is laboring hard
to release Him: he could have ended
this whole matter with one word. It
was at this juncture that Pilate
asked, What shall I do then with
Jesus, which is called Christ? -This
Is a question every person must an
swer. 1. Every person must accept.
or reject Him. 2. Rejecting Christ
is the great sin of the world. 3. If
we reject Him here we shall be re
jected by Him hereafter.
23. "Instant." Insistent, urgent.
"Prevailed." The reason why he fin
ally yielded seems to have been the
one given in John 19.12, "If thou let
this man go, thou art not Caesar's
friend." 7Bu Pilate gained nothing
even with Caesar. for he was soon
recalled, degraded and banished to
Gaul. where he committed suicide.
III. Pilt.te pronounces the death
sentence (vs. 24, 25). 24. "Pilate
gave sentence.' Before Pilate pro
nounced the sentence he took water
and washed his hands publicly, thus
expressing in acts. what he uttered in
words, "I am innocent of the blood of
tl:is just person; see ye to it" (Mat
27:24). The people accept the re
sponsibility and cry. "His blood be on
us, and on our children." That blood
was upon them,. not as vengeance,
'but as a natural consequence of their
conduct. Within forty yeas the city
which defy description. No history
can furnish us with a parallel to the
calamities and raiseries of the Jews
at that time. There was rapine, mur
der, famine, pestilence and all the
horrors of war. The account given
by Josephus is heart-rending. Pilate
again ascends the judgment seat,
which was set up in a raised place in
the open souare, and delivers his final
decree. 25. "He delivered Jesus to
their will." Jesus Is now mocked the
third time, about 8 o'clock, Friday
morning, in the court of Pilate's pal'" '
ace. See Matt. 27:26-30; Mark 15:
15-19: John 19:1-3. When Jesus is
brought out before them. Pilate
makes one last effort to release Him
(John 19:4-15). Now it is that he
permits JTesuis to be scourged, hoping
that will satisfy them; but the cry Is
still. "Crucify Him," and He is taken
back into the court and His own
clothes are nut noon Him. It was
at this time that Pilate said. "Behold,
the man!" And well may we stop
and behold Him. He was "a man of
sorrows, and acquainted with grief''
(Isa. 53:3). In Him we see a .per
feet exhibition of meekness and :ove
and a perfect example for us to fol
low. He was the God-man and as 9
such made the great atonement for
the redemption of mankind.
There's a deal of difference be
twee"n using the ~Bible as a text-book
of life and as a book or texts.
PROLONGING TiOMiATO SEASON.
Here's a capital idea for prolonging
the tomato season 'that may profitably
be pasted in - the scra-p-book of re
minders for next-season. It is quite
another principal of cutting up sweet
corn that happens to be overtakien by
frost and stacking it away in the shed
where it will continue to supply the
home table after the season proper
hats closed. The tomato idea is sug
geste'd by' a writer -in "Country Gent
lemnan," who says:-J
"An -old neighbor told us how to
save our 'tomatoes after the frost. SoU
last year we -planted some a bit later
than usual, and just before frost we
pulled all, taking care to knock off as
few tomatoes as possible. These
plants were hung in the stable on,
poes where the sun shone on 'them
for an hour or so a day. We hung
ten large plants. and picked enough
fruit for a family of four up to
Liondon's population dcuties in
about forty-f.ve years.