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STORY ABOUT A' CHINAMAN
In a house in San Diego last Thursday in a room almost packed with
flowers lay a Chinaman in a cofHn. Six well-known white citizens were
there as pallbearers. As people, coming in from the great crowd outside,
passed the coffin and looked upon the corpse, many of them wept. Even
those-called "our best citizens" were there to pay their last respects to the
dead Chinaman, and .everywhere you could hear people saying that he was
"a good citizen," fair; square man," of Jia man just and square in all his
dealings," or-"I know"that once he came to the rescue of So-and-So's widow
and children." ' It was evident that people of all creeds and colors honored
and mourned the dead Chinaman lying there in the coffin. y
Ah Quin came to this, country 30 years ago, poor, ignorant of our ways
and, of course; despised, being that he was a "Chink." Ah Quin became a
Christian, poor, despised, yellow, but a Christian.
We all profess Christianity. We begin to get it at the cradle. From
the first faint understandingof it in theSunday school, up through the
years to the funeral sermon over us, we feel that we are Christians. . Many
of us learn pur Christianity as we do our mathematics, and use it as we do
our clothes. 1 Many of us think we have a mortgage on heaven simply be
cause we are born and bred Christians. But, with Ah Quin it was different.
The .heathen Ah Quin, was born of a nation that makes practical ap
plication ofreligion in the public and individual life. Ah Quin was made
to understand, what Christ said and did, and Ah Quin said to himself that"
the preachings-and deeds of Jesus were good. Believing these, things to be
good, Ah Quin faithfully practiced them, feeling, in his heathenish way,
that a very good thing musf be of high practical use.
Ah Quinn opened, a store. He "did not' misrepresent. . He gave full
value fof-hisrices.'. Jb. gained great reputation as a square man. He
obeyed the laws. He helped the orphan. He loved all iheri. He stood the
supreme test-of sincere Christianity i-Heaven help us educated Christians!
by honestly listing his property for taxation. He became father of twelve
children whom he put into our Christian schools and colleges. He be
came rich. '
Now, why do you think that those big crowds turned out to show re
spect for him at that funeral? It was nof because he died rich, for even
the very rich dead rarely get such great and sincere regret of their demise.
Was it not because he had lived a rare life? Was it not because, amongst
all those thousands of professed Christians, a poor Chinaman had lived, as
nearly as he could, as Christ would have all us Christians live? Was it not
because Si. Quin was a sermon, an example, an inspiration. They buried
Ah Qiiin. They did riot bury his splendid, demonstration of the glorious in
fluence of Christianity or his splendid demonstration of the fact that the
lowliest man may rise to 'prosperity and honor through living in Christ.
And mankind needs such practical demonstrations.
CLEVER SCHEME '
HE LIKED IT SO
"I gave Walter a -beautiful necktie
of my own make for a New Year
present," said Mabel. .
"Was he pleased?"
"Oh, yes; -he said its beauty shall
be for no other eyes than his own.
Wasn't that lovely of him?"
First Jeweler Aren't you afraid to
leave those diamonds in a front win
dow at night?
Second Jeweler 'Not with my
scheme. ' Just before I go home I
put in a little sign on 'them reading,
"Anything in this window ten cents."