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*LF-CONFIDENCE IS WEAKNESS
Matthew 26:31-35, 69-75-December 4
-Let him that thiizkethL he stanideth take heed
zcs: ic fau.--I Cor. 10:1.
T. PETER has proven to be one I
- of the most helpful of Christ's <
twelve Apostles. and the secret 4
of his assistance lies in the Scriptural
revelation of his human nature, its
strength and its weaknesses. He was
the first of the twelve Apostles to ac
knowledge the Master as the Messiah,
the Sent of God; he was the first of the I
twelve to deny him. He was the only
one of the twelve who drew his sword t
iL the Master's defense and the only I
one who, later, swore that he never I
knew him. By Divine arrangement, to i
him were given the keys with whichj
sed e a-/ & O
.Sea>/VeX: &&>r the rod cko &gii /w
he e-tee hle Mes/er
to open the door to the High Calling
to the Kingdom. At Pentecost he used
one of the keys of power and boldly pro-j
claimed to the Jews the opening- of theI
way to g-lory, honor and immortality.
A little Inter. at the 'appointed
time, he opened the door to the same
High'Calling- for the Gentiles when, by
his preaching, Cornelius, the first Gen
tile acceptable to God, was received
and begotten of the holy Spirit. this
fact giving' evidence that the middle
wall oftarttion previously separat
don litt, lafter all ths apned
subsmequene thsebldo to the sextn
Hfighnoring fo' rao the Gentiles nb
and begttufficientl disciitthisb
ing Jew and Gentile, had beenbro en I
eqandlspial opretunm N
SBut in all these experiences St. Peter f
displayed the fact that his heart, at .,
its core, was loyal to God, to truth, to a
ig~hteousness, and that the weakness- o
-es, 'the faults, the btemishes of his p
-character were of his flesh and not of tl
'his real heart 'intention. For his de- -
-nial of the Master he wept bitterly. D
* .And for his' failure to recognize the t l
tientiles he made full reparation most
~KThe same exhibition of human na- I
I Utze which' makes the Apostle Peter c
-tataneds that which made David.
the Prophet and king of Israel, at
tractive. He was not so -saintly that
* he could not make a mist -ke. He was
- not so far above the remainder of
humanity that they could not realize
in him a fellow-creature. Yet withal
he was not so debased as to make him
abhorrent. His weaknesses were fully
offset by the abundant evidence of
his heart-loyalty to God and to right-g
- eousness. His very ~ experiences Inj
stumbling and recovery have so 'sat
urated his Psalms that they touch a
responsive chord in nearly every heart
which is loyal to God and which has
had ang degree of experience with sin
and weakness-Its own and those of
H ow Others Saw St. Peter
Peter remains even today the most.
fascinating of that band of men who
surrounded our Lord in the days -of
his earthly pilgrimage. G. C. Morgan
said 'of Peter: "Now I am convinced
that in Peter we have the greatest hu
man revealcd in the New Testa
ment. I do not say the greatest man
in his achievement or in one particu
lar capacity of his being, but the most
wonderful revelation of human na
ture. This man of intelligence,. was '1
perpetually making blunders. This1
man of emotions was guilty of such
impulse that he worked harm in the1
very cause he desired to help."
.Of St. Peter Southouse says: "Peter
was an average man, and for this rea
son .he comes nearer to us than some
of his colleagues do. But average
meni have their splendid moments,
such as when St. Peter tried to walk
on the water, for in this action he
tried to do a thing for whj~eh he seem
ed to have no abilities. lie set out to
do something of which he had no ex
Dr. Davis said about St. Peter:
"Peter was intellectual. He asked
Jesus more questions than any other
of the Apostles. The capacity for ask
ing Questions is a revelation of the
Intellectuai. It may also be a revela
tion of ignorance; but the man who
never asks a question is certainly de
ficient in his intellectuality. * * * Peter
was a man of heart, sobbing and im
petuous. His virtues and his faults
had their c-ommon root in his enthu
siasti-- disposition., It is to his praise
that alongr with the weed of rash
has there grew more strougly into
pirt f sun mnd Cricofc
heir wisdo isr not: to benerly the~
elis id, wichi woud oo put fo
Iso h ive i iZo:e- for te ies
>frit of a surd iiiuad. for the inter
owers are exhorted u e a fie as
elpea-ts anld ilaruiciss dovs.
rheir wisdh is hot to Le mrey the
elfish kind, which wuuld look out for
t ow iterysins. but of thi benero
snd f me ioks out for the iteiest
f all, and particularly for the inter
sts otte Lords cause and for any
hare therein which he may entrust
0 US. tI
In the course of his instruc tions,9
resus had said to his disciples, in ad
*ance of the trying hour of his be
rayal- all ye shall be offended be
ause of 'me this night; for it is writ -
en (in theProphets), Iwill site the
ghepherd and the sheep of tre fock
haill be scattered abroad But after 7
m risen again I will go before youF
nto Galilee."-Iatlz 2:31, 3 .
Then spoke the impulsive Peter,
'Though all shall be offended because
f thee, yet will I never be offended."
T. 33) Alas! how little did this cou
Lgeous man understand the niature of, r
he trials and difficulties immediately
nefore him, or realize the weak ants
f his own impulsive nature. Yet if
ve are grieved with his denial of the
aaster, we must rejoice to note hisc
'aith. and love and zeal, as iKanifested
nhis acknowledgment of Jesus as the!
fessiah and his latir declaration that,
iothing should ever shake his loyalty. t
However, it is the specially loyal and a
rdent that the Adversary seeks most
ersistently to entrap. Thus Jesus, on g
his very occasion, explained to St. c
Peter, "Satan hath desired to have
bee that he might sift thee" (Luke
2:31); that' he might separate you
rom your loyalty to Christ and dis
ourage you from discipleship, over- A
vhelming you with fear and with your
svn weaknesses. The Master 'added,
'But I have prayed for thee that thyI1
aith fail not." We may well under- C
tand that the same loving Master still t1
tssists all of his true, warm-hearted F
ollowers, whatever their weaknesses o
if heredity. We may well understand,
oo, that he is able to develop all such h
nto strong characters, if they abide in
tis love, continuing in their zeal. b
"Before the Cock Crow"
The Master discerned the danger of a
tis loving but impetuous follower, and
ttered a warning word, that before
ock-crowing he would deny his Mas
er. How improbable this seemed to
t- Peter! How he courageously de
lared, "Though I should die with tfie.
et will I not deny thee." And so said
11 of the eleven- Their hearts were
od. And the Lord looketh upon the
Our study now passes to verse
9. The Master had been arrestedl.
'he scattered disciples had fied. St.
ohn. because of an acquaintance with
e high priest's family, penetrated
rther into the palace than St. Peter. r
'ho stood in the court-yard- A maid 0
the palace recognized St. Peter as ii
ae of Jesus' disciples and so declared g
blicly. Fearful that he might share
e fate of the Master, St. Peter denied
is identity, declaring that he knew sa
othing about the matter. A little T1
ter another declared the same. el
Peter emphasized his denial with an 19
ith, declaring that he knew not Jesus. 11
ater the word spread throughout the
urt-yard and many took it up, decla- ~
~that theyv believed wvhat the maid
TA-4eo.w/oys~ oes >iyCrd
dhwhih oork hisrgme.
aid and that St. Peter had the Gali- o
can dialect, anyway- To emphasize
:he denial St. Peter began to c-urse, -
nd to swear that he knew not the
nan. Directly after, cock-crowing be
;an. Then St. Peter remembered the -
words of his Master, "Before cock
~rowing thou shalt deny me thrice-"
Alas! he had been too sure of his own
stability, too confident of his loyalty
Ele was entrapped by the Adversary
along the very line of his boasting.
¬her account says that Jesus turned
nd looked at Peter! That look was
sufficient. It spoke volumes to St. Pe
ter's loyal heart. It was not a look of
1sdain, nor one of anger, we may be
sure. It was a look of loving sym
pathy. It melted St. Peter's heart.
e went out and wept bitterly. The
ofolowers of the Master today. beset by
weaknesses and fralities and temptIa
tions of the Adversary, have the lesson
of St. Peter's experience as a warning
to be confident in the Lord and to look
to him for assistance, rather than to
be self-confident. And those who fail
today have St. Peter's experience as a -
lesson of the Lord's sympathy and pity.!
They. to, should weep bitterly for
transgressions and repent and profit
;- thir exnerience
,veen U e srevenuo
nd city \c ' rul
ounding of Deputy R1evenue Collectr
homas H. Baker and John CarL.
The whole affair was a ease o? r:i
tken identity and of the effort of thE
Xo posses to capture the occupant ol
shanty boat wanted for the violatior
f both federal and state laws. !a
er and several special deputies werE
a guard about the boat whcnu
ves Shea and Nolan, on the same
tission, ran into their ambuscade.
eneral fusillade followed, and before
lentities were established Baker anc
Le boy had been wounded. Their in
nries are not serious.
ennsylvania Roads and Steel Co. Con
victed on Rebating Charge.
The UfIted States district court at
hiladelphia has refused to grant a
ew trial to the Philadelphia and
'eading railway, the Lehigh Vally
ailroad and the'Bethlehem Steel Com
any, recently convicted on cfiarge,
There are a large number of counts
t the indictments against the thre
ompanies, and if the maximum penal
r were imposed against each defend.
nt, the Bethlehem Steel Company
ould have to pay a fine of $3,200.000
te Lehigh Valley ra road $2,500,00(
nd the Reading railway $1,740,000.
The jury, in rendering its verdict c!
uilty, however, recommended thf
ompanies to the mercy of the court.
FOUR IMN KILLED IN WRECK,
nd Several Others Are Badly In
Norfolk & Western passenger trail
1. 16, eastbound from Columbus
hio, to Norfolk, Va.. was wrecked ii
innel No. 6, near Williamson, W., Va
'our men were killed and severa!
All the dead were mail clerks and
The engine. tynder, mail.; car anr
aggage car were derailed. The traii
>ad people say the track is choked
ad it is not known when it will i.
It is said no passengers were in
IN.THE Patrick Flaherty, the
PORTING veteran twirler, will be
WORLD. given another chance
[anager Fred Tenney has decided t(
t Pat show what he can do in at Bos
n uniform. Boston secured the vet.
an twirler, who was with Atlanta lasi
A Milwaukee dispa~fch says thal
ck Johnson has agreed -to fight if he
~ceives $30,000 for his end-win, lose
draw. He made this announcement,
is said, in reply to a question in re.
rd to when he intended to get bacd
Lto the fighting game aagin.
Graitland Rice, formerly of Atlanta
d more recently sporting editor of
e Nashville Tennessean, has accept
I a position as sporting editor of The
ew Yor10 Evening Mail at an attract
e yearly salary.
Gygli, the first baseman of the Mom
bis team, who was secured by Mem
bs from Birmingham last season, hu
een sold to New Haven, Conn., in the
'ew England League.
Catcher Tonnemanl, with Toronte
st season -and with Nashville ir
09, announces thiat he has signec
Ith the Boston Nationals for 1911.
Two or three Cincinnati players havi
tached their signatures to anti-booz4
Lauses in their contracts.
Abe Attell gets a $2,000 guarantee
r boxing Billy Allen ten rounds al
yracuse January 23.
obert Lee Hedges' salary as plesi
nt of the St. Louis Browns was
10,000 a year.
Dan McGann amassed $40,000 hI
'elve years' playing ball, it is said.
Precept and Example.
"Colonel, that was an admirable
)eech you made at the club the other
rening -on the obligations of citizen
ip. I've been intending to tell you
Sever since I beard it. We need
sore of that kind of talk nowadays.
ut what are you looking so gloomy
bout this morning, colonel? No bad
ews. I hope."
"Dash it all, yes: I've been drawr
Sa jury!"-Chicalgo Tribune.
etters on Poorly Printed
Stationery 6o Into the
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t cass lo~kng eter eadwis ate
cas looming o letter nderinath
We Print\That Kind of Stationery
e Are Ready to Print Yours
above other c
to-day; the n
Factories to si
We want you to use one o
)OLIVEiR IMPROVED TCRN
to do so we will CUT 'THE P
If you need one com( in
canI- you. If you are si
Moon. Wade Chastain, Petty F:
ers, who , ave bought and are
If you break the standard
we will replace it tree ot charg<
b the manutacturer- -he is beh
WE ARE GIVING ONE
LOWS AWAY, FREE! Yi
ash purchase you make at our
hance at the plow. There ar<
he second prize is a nice set ca
he third prize~ is a 24-pound sa
We carry-all the necessary
an Plow which was sold by Mr
It is time to start farming
uarters for what y ou will wa
Shovels, Hoes, Rak'-s, Hames
ands, etc., etc. WVe can fit yo
In our Grocery Departmne'
lete and we can "put the ratid
it" so that you can rn-ke .a goo<
Yom's for a happy and pro
ickens, S. C.
This is a true saying in
n the job is doing his duty.
play as there stands up before I
e wants done than he can pc
merchant who wants to pleas
trade. There is always somneti
Now, most of the SH OE
now it will not be long till th4
eeded. so we have filled in si
the Good Old RELIABLE KI
These cold rainy days that r
for the ladies to piece up qudi'
SCRAP BUNDLES at NINE'
Don't forget that many u
from our BARGAIN COUNT
Come to see us for your v
-z-- 0'n ft a s u .c
believed That succ
of Fedizr who wo
nsd ns, TiI-s W
seven years ago and
Wsult has been that ii
ipply the demand for RC
S. ROYSTER GUANO COMJ
FACTORIES AND SALES OFFICES.
'A. TARBORO, N. C. COLUMBIA, S. C. SPA
COLUMBUS, GA. * MONTGOMERY& ALA4
ai in Price,
F ite Celebrated WILLIAM 1.
PLOWS, and to induce you
RICE on them until
o f marh
.nd see how close a price we
:eptical about them ask Ross
-eeman, WI. A. Edens, and oii-,
well picased with th-s plow.
r frog through the point holes
. eare required to do- this
iid this p~low" with a guarantee.
OF T HESE CELEBlRATED
)U get a ticket with each dollar
store which entitles \ Ou to a
also two other prizes offered.
f Table Knives and Forks and.
:k of CAPITOLA Flour.
repairs and points for the Vul-,
.Peek, and also for the Oliver.
peralionls and we are the head-:
nt and need. Piows, Stocks,
Coliars, Trace Chiains, Back
u out and please you in~ pricM..
t you will find our stock comn
s and tools to you till you feel
cotton and corn c rop.
dl lines of business if the man
The farmer finds no time to
imn at all times more work that.
~ssiby do. Same way with the
: his customers and get more
ing to be doing.
STOCKS are broken. We
: second pair of shoes will be~
~es and are ready I' om .s 'it.
ND at reasonable prices.
rc vet to come are good tim-s~
F.lave iust received a lot of
Y-EIG H T cents each.
seful articles can be purchased
RS at reasonable prices.
-at;we will try to please you.
h Me on ants..
-RADE. M P
ess awaited the
uld place quality
as Mr. Royster's
this is his idea
S f'.UT OF :SOUTl CA ItoL N.
Cou:iLy of -cxent
Cou.L Of C011mon1 Views..
- : : r-~Complain. Served
.5 M.I. !!u bbar< Defendants
To the dfet:* )oir: :tm l:
Yre :re Ier:,y Strumulurie.d ad requir
waie.n.aey i., !erewi served! u,
anld t bCVCii Ia.)py of your :n '4-er t
comul on the u ibe at their
Plicsens. Souith. %trolia:t. w:lntwent
after the service hereoi. exe!usive of t
of su:a ..e. ie: .Lzud if yu fail to ar,
complaint within the tim-i :foresaid. the
tilf in this nt: a .i . ili ...:ly to the Co
the relief demaniale.1 in tue complazinL
Dated Decr. :th .\. D). 19110
C. C. P.
a.i. \l. ltt bard.
Yu are hereoy notizled that the^
tlo'DEtt'i.idalM s e o Pic
ens county 17 day of! Dec. 1910.
lBoggs & Find! y,
Plaintiffs Atto ers
'1 'r.m. r t~kn 'he r-iurna for
and closee February 20th, 1911.
T'w Xu.wr .. a' w~ *it s *ill be at
th. hjiarulw~ie. iat~ s to take return<:
'to- i.'r. TP --. -tWl- 17 & '8.
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Maison ic-A. F. & A. M. meets
Saturdw. nights on or before.
the fuall moon
Chapter-R. A. M. meets Fri.
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K. of P. -- Meets, every Mon
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and third Tuesday nights.
City Council meets Tuesday
nights after first Mondays.
Notice to Debtors and Cregrs.
A.aL u suns ho;.Jun claims tgausgt
the est:--e of the. late Udy M. Miller
must presenft the~ s-umi duly proen on
0 biuI-- t.-- 1] yf Februaty 1911
be - :arra~u pu' m.i n and all ,ersonls
deb e- to sni- ino -. muy m.,4 -epa
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