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The Influence of Flowers.
TjBy Margaret Phillips Page, Toront
"Yes, flowers bave tones. God ga
A language of its own,
.And bade the simple blossom tea
Wherever its seeds are sown."
What beauty one sees coverii
the earth in mid-May! The tend
leaves have all the freshness
Easter clothes. The meadows ai
lawns wear their brightest livery i
emerald green. The flowers, .
. their working garb of spring, frin
ed and dyed with the tints of t
rainbow, spread their brilliant hu
over all the landscape. Wi
all the fresh beauty around ns, <
we ever stop to think what inf
enees these thoughts of God shou
have on our lives?
Can one conceive what hernani
would be if it did not know t
The mission of the flower
Christ-like, in more senses than on
lt points to God and surrenders i
life in so doing, while breathing o
its brief existence in ministering
joan, From the buried seed a ne
Incarnation springs. It grows ar
expands joyously, under the infl
onces of sunshine and rain, unt
it is cut down in its perfectic
.and it ends its pure beautiful life.
So innocent and sweet is the mil
Istry of the flowers that every hea
must own its sacred influence. Tl
ministry of beauty is one of un
versal sway. All hearts confess i
aod why should we not believe th<
the most beautiful things, and tl
mest winsome that we have ev?
looked upon, have been in God
thoughts, intended for purpose
more blessed than our thoughtles
hearts have known.
<xod might have bade the eartr.
Enough for great and small,
The oak-tree and the cedar-tree
Without a flower at all.
But He did not. He knew tha
these tender messengers wei
.friends in disguise, and that th
heart of many a wretched sinne
would be touched and perhaps le
np to better things through them
There is something inexpressibl,
touching in the thought, tha
through the ages of the past, sum
mer and winter have come and gone
and inevitably with the burstiDj
forth of spring have come back th
familiar faceB of the sweet flowers
Spring linds them where winte
lays them down, thus, good deed
are the flowers of human life. Sea
cons shall wax and wane, but thc
good that men have done shal
?pring up anew. For a little while
indeed, adverse forces may seem ti
succeed in quenching the influence
for good; for a little while winte:
may hide away the seed, but Gud'i
hand shall wheel on the course o:
time when the ages shall have ri
pened. The old Song of Solomoi
shall be heard again upon the air ol
spring: ''The winter is past, the
rain is over and gone, the flowen
appear upon the earth."
The flowers speak to us of tht
Father's love. How delicately eact
petal is fashioned. All are beauti
fully made after an invisible pat
tern in the Gardener's heart. Must
not the Father love the world tc
make such exquisite things to beau
tify and adorn it? If God careth
*o much for a tiny flower, how
much more does He care fer us.
Wherefore, wherefore were they
All dyed with rainbow light,
To comfort man, to whisper hope,
Whene'er his faith is dim;
For who so careth for the flowers
Will care much more for him.
This beautiful manifestation of
Jife in the flower speaks to the sore
hearts of the tender care the Fath
er has over all. Its beauty and
-perfection reminds the poor wan
derer of all he has missed and si
lently beckons him back to his
Father s house.
Who has not been touched at the
sight of a cluster of roses crowded
close together. Surely this cannot
help but teach U9 the lesson of kind
ness. The flowers never quarrel.
They are always at peace. They
are not jealous of each other's beau
ly or fragrance, but each one looks
its best in its own place, and all
togethei make the garden beau
They speak of the Father's ten
derness. The flowers are not afraid
-to bloom alone in the dark woods,
far away from the homes of men.
Thev are not afraid to bloom on
the edge of a wild and lonely crag,
for the Divine Gardener cares for
them. This lesson of implicit
trust in God of every flower of the
spring, comes to human hearts. If
God lavishes such ceaseless care
opon a flower, what may He
not do for his own innocent chil
dren. May we trust even as the
Sometimes they meet with hin
drances. The ground is too hard
or too dry, the sun too hot, but they
keep right on blooming as well as
they may, striving to make the
world cheery with their presence.
No voice of complaint is heard in
the grove, no sigh of discontent in
the garden. Sometimes a flower
falls to the ground and is crushed
by the foot of a passer-by. Does
it cry out with indignation? Oh,
no! It just fills the air with fra
grance. So we, when wronged,
should not seek revenge, but
rather give back some of heav
en's sweet fragrance of forgive
Then, too, how the flowers love
the light. The sun gives them
their life and beauty, so they turn
their faces up and smile back its
warmth and light. Christ is the
light of the world. His love
is the light of the soul. We should
ever turn our hearts to Him with
the same love and trust thai the
God has thought it worth while
to sweeten our lives by surrounding
us with all the beauty of the flow
ers. How can we better show our
thanks than to take them to the
poor unfortunates who have not
these smiles of God. Perhaps in
the lowly garret or squalid base
inert, perhaps in prison cells a
bright flower may suggest hope of
heaven to some forlorn soul.
After the Election.
The sovereign people" . of Flor
ence county have decided to retain
1. It may be of some interest to
note the fact that only 108 votes
were cast against the sale of alcohol
as a beverage in the precinct of
Florence. Perhaps ninety of these
are members of the churches in
the city. There are more than
409 possible voters who are mem
bers of the city churches, so that
there are more than 300 church
members who either voted for the
dispensary or failed to vote at all.
This means that less than twenty
five per cent of the enfranchised
church members took a positive
stand for prohibition in the election.
The responsibility for retaining the
dispensary lies at the door of the
churches. The further meaning of
this result is that either the sale of
alcohol as a beverage is right or
else there ie a low standard of mor
als in the churches of Florence.
The result of the election wa? de
termined by the ch arches of Flor
2. As true patriots, real prohi
bitionists can rest under quiet
consciences, having given their
conscience the benefit c?f the doubt
'as between economics and strict
morality, apparent pecuniary gain
and humanity and social welfare.
As "the love of money is the root
of all evil," so the use of alcohol is
the mother of crime. Dividing
mankind into two classes prohi
bitionists need not despond, for
right is right and in the end will
prevail against might. Remember
the cloud of the Hebrews and Egyp
3. Now that rum sellers have
won, what will be their attitude to
wards the enforcement of the laws
controlling the sale of alcoholics.
The dispensary is the mother of
(common) blind tigers-the source
of their supply. Would it not be
natural then for its friends to be in
different toward the suppression of
its faithful patrons? Hence lax and
ndifferent enforcement of law. The
more blind tigers the more 1 dispen
sary profit?." The more lawless
ness and disorder the greater evi
dence of a profitable liquor busi
ness. The "gentlemen" blind ti
gers, though not patrons of the dis
pensary, yet being proprietors, they
will not be disturbed by officers of
4. But what will be the attitude
of prohibitionists towards the en
forcement of law? If they are actu
ated by principle and a desire to
promote human welfare, they will
not give up any more than Chris
tianity gives up because of sin, des
pite its efforts in evangelization
Nay, there is encouragement even
in defeat since the Webb law stands
for progress. There is need for or
ganization and orderly effort. Law
and Order Leagues for enforcement
of law and the W. C. T. U. for
education of public sentiment are
in order. It was by organization of
temperance forces and public senti
ment that the old barroom syBtem
was removed, though politicians
appropriated the spoils to their own
use. It is a little strange that men
who were then enraged at the great
moral institution ire becoming its
staunchest supporters. Why? Fora
similar reason, personal gain at the
sacrifice of princijple. .It was theft
then; it is now theft of the coun
trymen's wealth and human happi
Let the anti-liquor leagues every
where oall to better organization
and co-operation under Law and
Order Leagues. There are four
years during which national and
state progress may become marked.
Renewed and redoubled efforts
should be-will be-made under
the motto, "For God and Humani
ty."-T. N. Rhodes, in Baptist
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HIS MYSTERIOUS NOTE
BY ARTHUR W. PEACH.
Marion Leighton looked tip from her
book, a little amused and puzzled at
the attitude of the maid, who after
'thoroughly arranging the misplaced
articles, dusting, and polishing, still
"Well, Corley, what's the matter?
Something you want to ask for? Go
ahead," she suggested kindly.
"It isn't about me," the girl an?
?wared hesitatingly, "and I don't
know as I ought to say anything about
lt; bot I do like yon, and I don't, waa?
yon to-" .
"TeD me, Corley,*' the othe^ oaid,
laying: down the book.
tell you just what lt ie. Mr.
Shani er, who comes here, and whom
you are engaged to-M
"Not quite yet, Corley; I havant
made np my mind/' Miss Leighton
"It's about him; be bas been writing
love-letters to a girl-wonderful love
v The words were a sudden shock to
the listening girl. It was true she had
Dot given her promise to Sh ale er, but
that she loved him she could not deny.
It needed but a moment to make her
feel that the maid was mistaken.
"But you can't know, Corley,
whether he bas or not," she said.
The girl shook her head. "Yes, I
do," she said with firmness. "I've seen
the letter, read it with my own eyes!
It?s written to a girl whose name is
Ruth; it's a wonderful love letter!"
"I don't see how it could come Into
"It didn't," the girl answered, her
head drooping. "A friend got it He
works at the Frazer Company with
Mr. Shafner. I don't know how he
got It; hut I'll get the letter from him,
and show you."
"That-that would be beet-I am
sure," said MIBS Leighton.
It seemed hardly plausible that a
letter of his could be secured, yet he
might write in an idle moment in his
office, and such a letter might be
found-it might be among his waste
paper, put there because of some flaw.
There was a chance, a small one-the
chance that human hearts must al
ways take into consideration though
there are a thousand against it,
Later in the afternoon, the maid
came In, a little fearful, because she
was in love herself with the bearer
of the note to her, of what effect it
might have on the beautiful girl she
One glance told the story to Miss
Leighton. Tt was the same even, char
acteristic hand with which she had
?.been 'amiliar. It began with "Dearest
Ruth," and went on into a tender love
letter, brief but full of meaning, and
made an offer of an engagement for
the following night
It was perfectly plain: It was his
letter. He was in love with some onG
unknown to her; he was even meeting
her, as the proposed engagement
"Go, Corley," she said. 'T?o wait;
did you ask-where this-was found?"
"Yes, Fred found it in the waste
paper basket. It was crumpled a little
and there was a slight mark oi it-"
"I see; thank you. Go, Corley,
please," si. e said.
With that note crumpled in her
hand, she sat down to think, to en
deavor to plan some way to let him
know-that she knew. He was to call
that evening; he must not
She went to the telephone and
called the office, but as she expected,
he had gone with the rest of the men.
She found him at bis rooms, and his
cheery voice answered her question
over the wires.
"Robert. I don't want you to come
tonight; I will tell you why in a note
I shall write you. With it, I shall en
close another. Good-bye."
"But Marion, wh-"
She hung up the receiver, cutting
off his answer.
She bravely went to her desk and
drew paper in front of her but her
courage failed under the stress she
had put upon it She thought of him,
her love for him, her dreams cf him
and with him.
She was aroused by a step In the
room, and turning, thinking lt was
one of the family, she saw him, toss
ing his hat into a chair.
"Your mother said to come up, so I
have, Marion. I want to know what
you meant by what-" He came up
to her, and sho rose drawing away
from him; but he was taller, and
stronger than she, and she felt piti
fully weak in her defiance. "By what
you said to me?"
"Read this, and you'll see what
ground I had," she answered in a low
voice, holding out to him the note.
He took it, read, it started at her,
smile, and laughed. Then he caught
her in his arms, and held her. "Listen,
dear, I know now. But you are mis
taken. I wrote that note for this rea
son. One of the lads in the depart
ment I diecovered trying to write a
letter to his sweetheart during the
noon hour. He was having a hard
time of it, and I offered-kidlike-to
help him, give him a form to use. So
I wrote that out. He wanted to make
a date with her, he said, and I put It
in, too. Some one brought you my
sample copy of a love letter. That's
all, dear. Were you hurt by thinking
that I cared for anyone but you?"
"Don't you think it would be best If
you gave me your promise now, so
that I shall never really write such a
note, thinking that after all you care
nothing for me?" be asked.
She nodded. ?
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