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H FAITH IN GOD
SEEMING HINDRANCES IN THE
END ARE FREQUENTLY RE
VEALED AS HELPS.
ALL who think deeply upon the
subject of God's providences
must exclaim with St Paul, "O.
the depth of the riches, both of
the wisdom and knowledge of God:
how unsearchable are his judgments,
and his ways past finding out" God's
ways are indeed often inscrutable to
us. Sometimes we misinterpret his
dealings; sometimes we allow our
selves to doubt whether God's hand is
concerned hi this or that occurrence,
and we cannot see how. things which
he allows to obtain are compatible
with his justice.
- Let me say th?t we Bhonld be care
ful not to interpret God's providence
In fragments. This evil which to us
seems overwhelming, may bs only
temporary, may be only a link m a
chain of a great and a permanent
good. So the reverses and humilia
tion of a nation are often the prelude
to the greater development and the
higher manhood or its citizens. In
adversity the material of men and na
tions is made manifest. Human chi.
acter must go through fire before it
becomes steel. Forty years ago our
land passed through a great crisis
Its consequences are not yet worked
out, but they are far greater than the
mere abolition of slavery. God works
not out his purposes rn a day, or a
year, nor in 100 years. Four hundred
years Israel was in Egypt, and then
It pleased God to raise up the emanfci
ator. A thousand years the world
waited for the Lord's salvation, and
then came the fullness of time. Let
us remember that in our lives, and
lt would lighten many a burden and
put a silver lining to many a cloud
that God's providence is not to be in
terpreted by this or that occurrence,
but that these are only links in the
golden chain of his goodness.
And Paul a Prisoner.
Now we come to the story of our
text Piuil is ti prison in Rome.
That in i'self ls strange. Paul' the
ambassador of Jesus Christ in prison)!
Can the work he has been doing be
God's work? Would God allow it to
be thus hiudered? Can Paul be a
true servant of Jesus Christ? Think j
of the effert it would have upon the
poung, struggling churches when they
heard that. Fri al the great missionary
was in prison. Would they not be
tempted to give up the unequal strug
gle and disb:'.::d? These questions
and others night have presented
themselves to many men in those
days, and to-d:ty many would think
. the same.
What does Paul say about lt all?
With his missiciiary enthusiasm we
would expect to Ind him in despair
at being shut up in prison. But on
the contrary he writes to the Philip
pians, "I would ye should understand,
brethren, that the things which hap
pened unto me have fallen out rather
to the furtherance of the gospel."
How was that possible? "My bonds
In Christ are manifest in all the pal
ace, and in all other places." His
circumstances are conducing to the
spread of the gospel in Rome. His
rcry imprisonment, which was intend
ed to put an end to his activity, ls in
Itself a mission. Its connection, not
with political or social causes, but
with ChFist. is well known through
out the imperial guard, and to the
Romans in general. Moreover, the
Roman Christians have felt a spiritual
Impetus, and his captivity has nerved
them to bear a bolder v\ : mess In the
eyes of their heathen neighbors.
Lesson Worth Learning.
It ls a lesson worth learning which j
St Paul learned in that prison; that
hindrances are often helps; that cir
cumstances most untoward may be
advancing the kingdom; that faith
placed in the goodness, purpose and
helpfulness of God is never misplaced.
Oh. that we could learn that lesson
to accept God's providences as they
come with a quiet mind, firmly be
lieving that all things shall work out
for good to them that love him.
Note here also that moral and spir
itual things are always higher than
what ls individual and personal. Pani
was in prison, but the gospel was not
bound. Paul's liberty was restrained,
but the gospel had free course. Re
member that your spiritual nature is
above any physical circumstances,
that your mission to the world is
above any physical well-being. Paul
lost his life In the struggle, but the
gospel went on. So it has ever been.
The consecrated cobbler of England.
William Carey, gave his life to India,
and hosts of men and women have fol
lowed in his steps Livingston died
In the African jungle, and it meant
the opening of the Dark continent to
the gospel. "Blessed are the dead
which die in the Lord, and their works
do follow them."
We also gather from our text that
the spread of the gospel depends on
no one man. That is z wonderful
comfort It does not depend on this
or that imperfect Christian, on you or
on me. It did not even depend on the
great apostle St. Paul. Let us remem
ber that In our congregational life or
In the church at large, when good and
great men are taken away, and let us
thank God that the work of bis king
dom depends on no man, but on the
living power of the word, and upon
the work of the holy spirit and upon
the living presence of our savior.
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VIEWS OF EX-SALOONKEEPER
Former Owner of Many Dramshops
Details Some of His Experiences
Drunkard is Idiot
Ben Parker, at one time the owner
of many saloons in Des Moines, backed
heavily by the brewing interests, who
afterward gave up the business, says
of his former experience:
"I defy any man to present one
single argument that will stand the
acid of criticism in favor of the liquor
game. I have wltneessed the working
man spend for drink the money that
ought to have bought shoes for hie
children; have watched the business
man spend money over the saloon bar
that belonged to other people, and 1
have been particeps criminis to more
woe than the bubonic plague ever
spread in its most aggressive form.
I tell you that the drunkard is more
to be pitied than censured. He is a
helpless, weak-brained idiot, and it
fostered in his prostration by the evils
of his surroundings. If all men were
strong-minded the saloon would soon
go out of business, but unfortunately
most men are weaker than their en
vironment and fall before the allure
ments of vice. It is the absolute rre
moval of these surroundings that witt
assure the betterment of society, and
the way to do it is to stamp out the
saJoon, the brewery and the distillery.
It will require the united effort of the
strong to bring about the desired end."
SALOONS MISSED HIS WAGES
Entombed Miner Was Glad One Pay
Day Passed Without Saloonkeep
ers Getting His Pay.
In one of the mines of Pennsyl
vania there was a cave-in which Im
prisoned a miner named Jack Thorn
ton. The accident happened on Fri
day afternoon, and the fellow-labor
ers of the entombed man set to work
at once to dig him out It was not
until Sunday morning, however, that
they reached his prison chamber, and
by this time they were wondering
whether he had been suffocated or
starved to death. One of them stuck
his head through the aperture made
by the picks of the rescuers and call- ;
"Jack, are you all right?"
"All right," came the reply, and
then, after a pause, "What, day is
"Sunday," answered the friend.
"Gee!" exclaimed Jack. "Pm glad
of that That was one Saturday night
when those saloonkeepers didn't get
BACK DOOR TO THE SALOON
Made Use of by Liquor Dealers ta
Cast Out Those No Longer Profit
able to Their Trade.
It ls said that it is better to have
the "front doors" of a saloon open
than its "back doors." Many of u9
think that it is much better that
any business which tends to the de
moralization of a community, should
be done on the sly, and In violation
of law, and amid conditions tending
to disgust and repel, rather than un
der the sanction of law, and with sur
roundings calculated to attract cus
tomers. But, however that may be,
the "open door" saloon (that ls, the
saloon that pretends to observe the
restrictions In a license law) ls al
ways attended by Its "back door" sa
tellites, or those saloons that cater
to the poor creatures who have been
first lured to ruin by the "open door,"
and then cast out as no longer fit to
be served at no-called decent bara.
Col. Fred K. Dow.
Its Subtle Influence.
It 1B because of the narcotic nature
of alcohol, which paralyzes first the
highest and noblest functions of tho
brain, then gradually the nerves and
muscles, and finally consciousness,
that the drinker thinks himself better
than before, while he is gradually
losing the ability to locate himself and
to take note of the serious distur
bances going on In the machinery and
substance of his body-Dr. W. Pfaff.
Claim of Saloon Keeper.
Thn claim of saloon keepers to free
don: in their trafile ls the claim to
spre; .: disease, sin and pauperism. Ed
ucation, the elevation of the masses,
lil ert. -all that the age admires-is
set at -aught by this dreadful evil.
The ii:;';vidual conscience is the first
arm i.>: opposing it, but thc individ
ual conscience has to be strengthen
ed am] npplemented by brw.-Arch
'The Cl ristian Endeavorers aim to
wipe out ?he saloon by July 4, 1920.
Would lt not be better to Influence
the men t-^ that they would use the
saloon temperately?"-Both Sides
"Well, dear 'B. 8./ we have been try
ing that kind of thing for many a day,
but as soon as we get the men Just
about 'learnt' they slide Into the slams
or are 3ent to the penitentiary or slip
their necks into the hangman's noose!"
-The Northwestern Patriot
\ EVERY UNDERTAKING FOR SO
j CIAL BETTERMENT MUST FIND
HER DEEPLY INTERESTED.
IHAVE been asked about my opin
ion of the relation of the church to
specific undertakings for social bet
terment. Let me say that today
every movement for commercial im
provement asks for the church's back
ing and frequently seeks to be tak
en up as the church's own work. Un
discriminating critics often protest:
"Why are not the churches investi
gating the milk supply, providing
playgrounds, grappling with the social
evil?" eta There ia need for a clear
definition of the church's distinctive
It is not its task to supply a whole
some recreation, or to rurnish sani
tary dwellings, or to sell cheaper gro
ceries, or to provide education for a
community, or to take up the scale
of wages in shops and. factories.
There may be-there undoubtedly are
-circumstances ande?* wuich it be
comes necessary for the church to do
such things, because no other agency
ia meeting au imperative need. A
man lying wounded at the roadside
has cl; iras on priests and L?vites, al
thong. first aid to the injured is not
their specific vocation. But the
church's proper task, like her Lord's,
ia to hold up the ideals, furnish the
motive3, and convictions, and provide
the devoted men and women who.
through the state or private compa
nies or benevolent societies shall fen
der this social service.
And the church's function is to in
spire, not to direct. The mediaeval
church undertook to control every de
partment of human life, crowning and
uncrowning kings, decreeing what rate
oi interest was legitimate and what
was usurous, and the like. The church
of today, with voices on every side
summoning her to undertake this, that,
and the other program of social prog
ress, must remind herself of the
strict limits within which her Lord
Duty af the Church.
Tho church has quite enough to do,
bas the hardest and biggest of all
tasks to fulfill in furnishing the world
with religion, with principles and
faith, the principles and faith of the
Son of God. The precise methods by
which they shall be embodied in the
structure of society it is not for her
to say, for she ha? not been told. She
will be sympathetic with every at
tempt to incarnate Christian ideals;
but her unique function is to proclaim
the ideals, train the men and women
who espouse them, and supply in the
person of her Lord the compelling
power and guiding wisdom for their
Tho social unrest of today dei*?&?ft*
! of her intelligent and daring Chris
j Uan leadership. This unrest is large
ly materialistic in that it is primarily
interested in a juster distribution of
wealth; but even so, it is dominated by
a fine ethical idealism. It is the
church's duty to sympathize with and
then spiritualize this discontent -to
make people restive because existing
relations are cramping and ruinous to
the consciences and souls of men; to
hold forth plak'ly the social princi
ples of Jesus Christ, and above all to
proclaim the living God as the only
adequate architect and builder of the
holy city of our aspirations.-Rev.
Henry Sloane Coffin, D. D.
Revealing the Secret Thoughts.
It ls a curious thing that a speaker
win taken an audience into his confi
dence to a degree impossible with
even the closest friend. If we want
to know a man's inmost mind on the
highest subjects fn the world, we have
to go to his books or hear some dis
course of his. There ls a reserve that
seems to tighten the nearer we ap
proach each other, and release itself
when we are In the presence of our
fellow-creatures. To this anomally
we owe the fact that the injunction
of Jesus aa to secrecy In prayer may
be fulfilled in public worship. In tho
presence of a common humanity bent
on the same purpose the secrets of
men's hearts have been brought into
prayer. "Enter into thy closet." be
comes a spiritual direction, and in the
public sanctuary men find themselves
praying in secret aa nowhere else.
What lifelong intimacy will not bring
la realized in what friends hear from
one, though a stranger, who apealo* of
things too private for personal con
verse, bat true to what is in the com
mon heart Association brings oat
what isolation hides. "Where two or
three are gathered together in my
name," Jesus said, "there ara I in the
midst of them."-Christian Register.
What Failure Means.
Have you t*?er felt that all your ef
forts have been of no avail? and that
however hard you have tried, you
must know at last that you have
failed? But when there comps a time
when you can be alone with God. have
you not seen that he can bring again
from thc dead all our decayed hopes
and stupefied ambitions? and cause
to bloom again the flower of unself
ish achievement? He has come "walk
ing in the cool of the day"; he tar
ries long after the fevered conditions
of life's exacting sun haTe made their
inroads, and when the sh^ows of
evening fall. He Is there tb say if
we have risen from failure to meet
him coming to us. that it is well, and
that though we have been cast down,
?re "shall not utterly fail."
The real tragedy of life ts not In
being limited tc one talent, but In
the failure to UBe the one talent
Ed*ar w. Work.
DR. J. S. BYRD,
Dec tal Surgeon
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We aro now prepared to till youi
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TO ONE AND ALL:
I will have by May
the public in repairincr
Also will have a first
Dam Mills, and will c;
my planer mill stand.
I also have a compli
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Call and se
The State of South Carolina, Coun
ty of Edgefield.
By W. T Kinnaird, Probate Judge.
Whereas, J. C. Adams baa made
suit to me, to grant him Letters of
Administration of the Estate of
. and effects of Wm. J. Adams.
These Are Therefore to cite and
admonish all and singular the kin
dred and Creditors of the said Wm.
J. Adams, deceased, that they be
and appear before me, in the Court
of Probate, to be held at my office
? at Edgefield C. H., S. C., on 9th
day of May next, after publication
thereof, at ll o'clock in the fore
noon, to show cause, if any they
have, why the said Administration
should not be granted. toi?
Given under my Hand this 22nd
day of April A. D., 1918.
Published on the ?3rd and aoth
April and 7th dav of May 11)13 ia
the Edgefield ^Advertiser.
W. T.jKinnaird, J. P. E. C.
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cause they have quality. Let us
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need in garden seed. Mail or.ders
wih have our prompt attention
W. E. Lynch & Co.
Ice Cream Delivered in
We are now prepared to fill or
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ders sent in SaturdaV for Sunday
will be delivered Sunday morning.
We can funvsh all of tho popular
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r I solicit your stock for pasture.
i Have 500 ?ores under wire on
, Horn's Creek, will give stock my
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