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ALL CHILDREN IN
SCHOOL OF PRAYER
Topic-"Getting the most from pray
er." Psalms 34:1-22.
A mystery, a reality-such is pray
er. The wise men write learned
books, endeavoring to explain prayer's
processes and power on psychological
grounds, but we turn from these un
satisfied. By a sense beyond explan
ation we know that prayer is not mere
ly some higher science, some subli
mated law, some psychological reac
tion. Prayer is best understood in
'simplest terms. We grasp its reality
most clearly when our minds are most
childlike. Prayer is just asking God
for what we need, and expecting him
:to answer our prayers according to his
igreater wisdom. The Jesus prescrip
tion for prayer is sufficient: "Ask.
and ye shall receive."
The warrant for human prayer is
found in the character of God.
They get most from prayer who put
most into prayer, of time, interest,
faith and knowledge.
Affection understands what is mys
terious to science. Loving trust Ands
none of the difficulties In prayer which
stagger the learned critics. To the de
voted heart it is perfectly clear that
the great God who loves his own,
prizes their confidence and delights to
fulfill their requests. Because God is
God, and cares for his children with a
love passing that of an earthly parent,
he fulfills to them ali of the offices of
"Blind unbelief Is sure to err.
And scan his work in vain;
God is his own interpreter,
And he will make it plain.
"Judge not the Lord by feeble Bense,
Bot trust him for his grace;
Behind a frowning providence,
He hides, a smiling face."
Ordinarily, they get the most from
prayer who are most in prayer.
The platform of prevailing prayer ls
labeled, "Thy will be done." A sense
of God's sovereignty, and of his right
to decide what ls best, and of the wis
dom of all of his decisions, muse un
derlie all approach to the throne of
grace. The Gethsemane garden cry,
"Not my will, but thine, he done," is
fundamental to the entire Christian
idea of prayer. Stubborn self-will
can command no favors from heaven.
In the school of prayer the great
life lessons are learned. There it is
that a sense of relations and propor
tions is acquired, so-that life is not dis
torted, with the nonessentials first and
the essentials last. It ls a profound
.education for any soul to gVasp the
truth that God is on the throne of the
universe. Then all lesser truths and
facts fall into proper relationship. A
sense of humility and teachableness
follows naturally. One is brought in
to spiritual fellowship with all the
family of God's praying children as he
kneels before the^throne; prayer is a
real school of brotherhood. The elu
sive peace which the world so vainly
pursues becomes the possession of the
.one who enters often into the prayer
closet. Strength, wisdom, content
ment, power, all await the pupil in the
school of prayer.
"There is a spot where spirits blend,
Where friend holds fellowship with
! Through sundered far; by faith they
. Around tho common mercy seat
"There, there on eagle wings we soar,
;And time and sense seem all no more,
And heaven comes down our souls to
. And glory crowns the mercy seat."
Poise of soul ls acquired In the
school of prayer.
Every growing life needs periods of
detachment. "Come ye apart," is the
master's word to all his disciples.
Freedom from dependence upon and
entanglement with the world ls won
.by him who goes apart to pray. Ir.
this experience of isolation arid medi
tation he realizes himself, as well as
God.' George Herbert's Injunction is
"By all means use some times to be
Salute thyself, see whst thy soul
!Dare to look within thy chest, for it
ls thine own,
> And tumble up and down what
thou findest there."
The Good Shepherd.
"The Lord is thy keeper."-Ps. cxxl,
5. We may Ho down in peace, and
sleep in safety, because the Shepherd
of Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps.
No foe or thing of evil can ever sur
prise our ever-watchful Guardian, or
overcome our Almighty Deliverer. He
has once laid down bis life for sthc
sheep; but now he ever liveth to care
for them, and to insure to them all
that is needful for this life and for
that which is to come.-Rev. J. H.
r?LL SHOULD MARRY YOUNG
I At Least That ls the Advice Dr.
Eliot of Harvard Gives the Com
Doctor Eliot of Harvard declares
that postponed marriage is a great
modern evil in educated society. His
belief is given in full in Harper's
Bazar, a cheerful message to the
coming generation, in the course of
which he says: "You will hear some
young man say: I cannot invite a
girl, who has been brought up, to do
nothing for herself, and to have every
luxury provided for her, to marry me,
until I can earn an income which
will enable her to live with me in that
way. I have two remarks to make
about that doctrine-that if a girl has
been brought up In that manner, the
sooner she has a chance to live dif
fereLtly the better for her; and, sec
ondly, that it is only fair for a young
man who loves a young woman to con
sult whether or not she wishes to
marry him before he can earn a large
"The young woman has a clear
right to say a word on that subject
to tbe man she loves and not to be
.obliged to wait till he is thirty-five
years old before he asks her to marry
him. This is a matter of looking
ahead at a critical point in your lives.
You are not in the habit, perhaps, of
contemplating this event of marriage.
It would be wiser to do so. The
sooner you begin to think about it the
better-first, because it will be think
ing about the most important event of
your lives in respect to the develop
ment of your ,wn characters and to
the happiness not only to yourselves,
but of the women you will marry,
and of the family life which will nor
SOLDIERS ARE POORLY PAID
Men Who Fight in Greek Army Have
Imposing Titles, but Draw Small
Aside from fighting the Turk, about
all that commends a commission ic the
Greek army is the length of the titles
borne by the officers. The pay is far
less imposing, an average American
workingman making more in a year
than a Greek captain.
In Greece the minister of war re
ceives an annual salary of $1,800, just
$100 more than is paid a second lieu
tenant in the United States army. A
brigadier general is called a hypos
trategos and draws $1,416. The same
grade in this country carries a salary
A colonel is called a syntagmatarchis
and is paid $1,392, against the $4,000
an American colonel gets. A lieu
tenant-colonel labors under the name
of an autisyntagmatarchis, for which
he is paid a scant $1,172. An officer
of the same rank In the United States
army receives $3,500. A major,
known as a tagmatarchis, is paid $1,
056, whereas here he would get $3,000.
Grades in the line are much less
remunerative. A lochagos, or captain,
is paia $720 a year, while an Ameri
can of similar rank receives $2,400.
A first lieutenant, whoso title is
hypolochagos, draws $432, and here ho
would be paid $2,000. An American
second lieutenant's pay is $1,700.
while the equivalent rank in the
Greek army is known as anthypolocha
gbs, the renumeration of which is
$382. Also in the Greek army is the
rank of adjutant, or anthypaspistis,
the pay of which is $2C4.
Up On the Roof.
People in Los Angeles didn't love
the cat that got in the organ's works.
Er pecially the organist didn't. But
away at the other side of the contin
ent hal' a town waa troubled about the
welfare of a cat.
It was in Pawtucket, R. L A cat
had been chased by a dog or a boy
or maybe its own fears and had
crawled out of an attic window to the
roof of the house. Then, as often hap
pens, it was afraid to t?y the descent.
It howled and was miserable, and the
police were called and could do noth
ing. "?iey had to call in the fire de
partment after two days, nd tho fire
men put up their ladders to tho roof
and rescued the cat, who was not in
the least grateful.
"Taylor" Day in the Rifles.
F company, First King's Royal
Rifles, became noted in Pietermaritz
burg as the "Taylor" company, having
no fewer than seven Taylors in its
ranks-probably a record for any com
pany in the army. On the outbreak
of the Boer war they were ordered to
Dundee, Natal, and their first conflict
with the Dutchmen occurred at Glen
coe. The casuality list that night,
read as follows:
"Lieutenant Taylor, killed; Color
Sergeant Taylor, severely wounded;
Sergeant Taylor, killed ; Corporal Tay
lor'killed; Bandsman Taylor, severe
ly wounded; Pioneer Taylor, severely
wounded; Private Taylor, killed."
Truly a sorry day for the Taylors.
Caring for Blind Babies.
Mrs. Cynthia Westover Allen, presi
dent of the International Sunshine
society, was the first person to public
ly ask permission to take blind babies
out of the homes for defectives and to
try to have them brought up in homes
like other children. Tho Sunshine
society is now making th? mothering
of blind babies one of its departments
of work. She established a private
home for the blind hables of New York
and then asked the board of education
to take on the work, and after many
disappointments she had the satisfac
tion of seeing institutions for blind
children established by acts of legis
lature in New York and New Jersey.
"One of ihe first things that was j
told me when I landed in the state of
Massachusetts, in my vacation from
the territory of Hawaii, was the story
of a little girl in the Sabbath school.
The class wa3 asked by the teacher
what heathen was. Several girls gave
answers, and finally *his little ono put
up her hand, shaking it most vigor
ously, and the teacher asked her, and
this was the d?finition she gave:
'Heathen is anyone born outside the
state of Massachusetts.' "-Exchange.
Football has always had its enemies.
In "The Anatomie of Abuses," publish
ed in 1583, the game is houndly abused.
Its author describes football as "a
bloodle and murdering practice." "For
doth not everyone lye In waite for his
adversaurie," he argues, "seeking to
overthrow him or to picke him on his
noso, though it be upon hard stones?
in ditch or dale, in valley or hill, or
what place souer it be, he careth
not, so jie have him down?"
Making Others Happy.
If the individual should set out for
a single day to give happiness, make
life happier, brighter and sweeter, not
for himself, but for others, he would
find a wondrous revelation of what
happiness really is. The greatest of
the world's heroes could not by any
series of acts of heroism do as much
real good as any individual living his
whole life in seeking from day to day
to make others happy.-William
The Dead Past.
A young man was complaining to an
experienced man of affairs the other ,
day about an old grievance he had j
against somebody. "Forget it," said j
the older man. "The past is mighty
dead. I have noticed that men who
are always bemoaning their past mis
takes or bloviating over what they
have done don't get very far. They
overlook their present opportunities." I
"Comin' this way ag'in?" asked the
justice of the peace after he had fined
Jlmpson $50. "I'm afraid I'll have to,"
said Jimpson, ruefully. "Wa-al," said
the justice, stroking his chin whisker
reflectively, "perhaps I'd oughter tell
ye that we sell a return fine ticket for
$75, "utitlin* ye to immunerty from
arrest on th#? way back."-Judge.
Admiral Hawke's Ambition.
vVhen Admiral Hawke "was a boy,
about to go to sea for the first time,
his father gave him much good ad
vice, ending up with the words, "I 1
hope to live to see you a captain." "A I
captain!" answered the boy; "if I ??fcS
not think I should one day be an ad
miral I would not go to sea at all."
Quite a Simple Thing.
Young Lady-"What is the secret
of your happy life with both your
husbands-two such different men?"
Old Lady-"Why, I guess I wasn't
fussy over trifles. And then I let
them have their own way sometimes.
They thought they always did."
Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Degrees of Vocabulary.
Shakespeare produced all his plays
with about 15,000 different words; Mil
ton's range comprised about S.OOO, and
the Old Testament's limit is 5.642. A
person ol' good education seldom ex
ceeds 1,000, while many people are lim
ited to about 300.
No Chance for Him.
Mr. Lobstock-"Yo' wife and yo'
gets along fine togedder, 'peahs to
me, Brudder Shindig." Mr. Shindig
"Yessah! She kin /ell louder'n I kin,
io save ni uh life; and dar ain't no fun
uh-quah-lin' wid a pusson dat kin out
An Early Error.
"When Eve ate of the Tree of
Knowledge of Good and Evil, she did
not eat largely enough. We recognize
Good and Evil, but we miss the finer
shades."-"Grit Lawless," by F. E.
About the Same.
"Edkins is a terrific worker, is he
not?" said Binks. "Just wedded to
his pen, eh?" "I don't know about
his pen, but I do know he's married
to his typewriter," said Harkaway.
Market for Broken Glass.
Broken glass has a market. Some
of it is ground in fine, powder-like
particles and used for various pur
poses. At other times it is remelted
and made into new glass objects.
Few men would worry today over
the mistakes of yesterday if it were
not necessary to keep on paying for
Then It's Dun.
Unlike most workers, the mosquito
presents his bill before he does the
The man who goes out to meet
trouble never happens to take the
For Love ls Blind.
If Jack is in love, he is no judge
of Jill's beauty.-Proverb.
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