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?The Character of Our Sowing De
ir termines the Quality of
"They that sow In tears shall reap
in joy."-Ps. 120:5.
Harvest joy does not come from the
tears which accompany our seedtime,
hut from the faithfulness with which
we sow even in tho midst of sorrow.
Sheaves do not grow from tears but
It is important that we hold fast to
?the truth Just stated, for we are prone
ito withhold our hands in the days of
sorrow. Such days are frequent.
Clouds are everywhere. It seems that
(the sun will never shine again. Hope
?of harvest has almost died away.
'"What's the use?" we say, and we are
tempted to make no further effort.
'Blinded by discouragement, weakened
by disappointment, we sit down and
bemoan the fate that has befallen
'us. Thus we postpone or make Im
possible the joyful day which might be
ours, the day of rejoicing in nn abun
dant harvest which grew from faith
The Day of Sorrow.
Not so the Jews in Babylon. Groat
?was their sorrow and distress. Upon
the willows by the rivers they hung
their harps, those musical instruments
by means of which they expressed
their joy, for they could not sing their
national hymns in a strange land; yet
In their deep sorrow they began to sow
seeds of desire, seeds of resolute pur
pose, seeds of righteousness, that they
might be flt for communion with Je
hovah in their own beloved land. In
Babylon they remembered Zion and
how their own willfulness and sin had
been the means of sending them as ex
iles; but Instead of giving up in de
spair they began to prepare for a new
life as a restored people in a restored
fatherland. So they made possible the
jubilant songs of deliverance.
The Reason for Joy.
It was not the tears ift Babylon
which brdnght them their rejoicing.
It was hecause they had turned from
their folly and discovered the truth
which had been stated to them so
often, that "his salvation Is nigh them
that fear him." What blessings come
out of these days of tears if only we
make wise use of the sorrows that
come to us! Headstrong and dis
regarding Cod In the pride of their
own strength, calamity had come upon
them ; but we can almost see these
sorrow-stricken people encouraging
one another t<? turn again unto thc
Lord, teaching their children the truth
which they had neglected to follow,
and. as a consequence of such sowing,
they were rejoiced to s?e that "truth
sprlngeth out of the earth; and right
.cousness hath looked down from
There is a sowing In joy-or that
which is called joy-that yields a harv
est of tears, a sowing to the wind that
yields the whirlwind. Dut the sowing
of right thoughts, right purposes, right
desires, even though lhere is no joy at
the time, always yields the peaceable
fruits of righteousness and fills the
mouth willi laughter and the tongue
with singing.-Kev. James E. Clark,
An Incident In France.
Two thousand men had paraded nt
* one of our great base camps previous
to going "up the line." Thc Inspection
was complete, .'ind in a few minutes
the order. "Quick March." to the rail
way station would be given. Just at
that moment, while all stood at "at
tention," fully equipped, a voice begau j
JVPUS. the very thoutrht of Thea
With gladness nils my breast
And like a wave of melody the song !
passed from rank to rank, until every j
"man seemed to be singing. The hymn |
was sung right through to the last j
verse the ot?cers, meantime, looking
on In silence. How many of these
men have already looked into the face
of him of whom they sang? There
was a Christian association hut In that |
camp at which this hymn was a great
favorite with th" men-surely much
better than tho senseless "Tipperary."
-D. J. Findlay in The Christian.
It Is eminently desirable that wo
should emphasize the moral obligation
which rests upon every child of God to
cultivate the spirit of thanksgiving and
to manifest that spirit in its full beau
ty and power In till t!u> relations of
life. The thankful spirit reveals itself
in a broad and true sympathy with otb- '<
ors who are less fortunate than our
selves. It delights to remember thc'
widow and the orphan and strives to
carry the message nf joy and gladness
into tho homes of the sick and the sor
rowing nf Thanksgiving Day. lt looks
unto Ced as the author of every grtod
and perfect gift, ami insists on shar
ing the blessings which he has bestow
ed with those who ?ire needy and in
Our Life a Prayer.
If wo can learn how to control our
thoughts by trying tn r<il<>c-t God's
thoughts, then our whole life will lie- 1
rome a prayer, and by elegroi s the
panie mind will be in us that was also
in Christ Jesus.-E. V. H.
Mena San na in Corpore Sano.
Ile::!.h ?S one of l'ie results of right
thinking-the knowing cf the truth
about God and .man. Purification of
thong":? ,s necessary to the right un
derstanding of (?ml and man.-Lillian
' Rise above small things. The worn
an who lets small things worry her
will bo completely undone the first
time she meets with a really big prob
lem. It is disintegrating to your men
tal and nervous condition, not to men
tion your physical condition, to worry.
You needn't be resigned to fate nor
slip your troubles off; as the old friend
duck's back throws water. But you
can meet troubles with a will to con
quer them or adjust them-and, after
that, "they should worry," but not you.
Boys Drowned, Cat Escaped.
The tables were turned in a tragic
manner at Port Elizabeth, South Af
rica, recently when two young boys
who attempted to drown a cat-at the
request of the animal's owner-were
themselves drowned in a small bay
about three miles from the city. The
cat struggled when the lads tried to
hold its head under the waves and be
fore the boys realized their danger
they were swept out to sea by the out
going tide. The cat escaped from the
water and returned to its old home.
Utilizing Rice Hulls. .
Experiments have been made with
rice hulls in combination with differ
ent binding agents, but while the re
sulting briquets gave every satisfac
tion from the standpoint of heating,
yet the initial cost of the various bind
ing agents made their cost too high
for practical purposes. The experi
I monts, however, are being continued,
j and it is hoped that in the futuro a
I briquet can be manufactured thai will
I be satisfactory from an economic
A Leaking Faucet.
When the faucets i-n the bathroom
or kitchen leak or do not allow the
water to flow freely they need a new
washer, and " the washers cost five
cents each. To put on the washer,
turn off the water, the rod is usually
under the sink or in the basement, and
unscrew the faucet ; take off the worn
out washer and slip on a new one and
turn your water on again and presto !
the work is done and no repair bill to
Make Windows by Hand.
In. making stained-glass windows ev
ery bit of the work is done by hand,
and it is amazing to realize how many
times each piece of glass must be han
dled. An operator tells of counting up
j one day and finding that no less than
! twelve times were necessary. All the
j leadwork is done by hand too, even the
? opening of the little slots into which
j the glass is fastened.
Record Floods in China.
Tho Celestial kingdom has been the
scene of some of the most terrible
Hoods on record, observes London Tit
Bits. In 1801 the Yellow river over
flowed and destroyed nearly 2,000 vil
lages and towns and 5,000,000 people.
I Two years later there were great inun
! dations in Mongolia, caused by ty
I pinions, resulting in a death roll of
Do Your Work Properly.
Make up your mind that you will
do what you have to do the very best j
you know how. There is very little j
work that is really difficult, lint all I
good work is painstaking. If you put
your whole soul Into your work, you
will learn to enjoy ?t, and you will ;
I become constantly better and more
I worth while.
Cupid Makes Early Call.
An American professor who has'
spent his life investigating and has'
collected tho evidence of 1,703 young1
j people, declares that both sexes start
i being wounded by Cupid's darts nt the i
! age of three and that n woman's love
! reaches maturity at twenty-two and & ?
' man's at twenty-four!
Velvet was developed and originated 1
from fur in China. Thence velvet- ?
'making was introduced into India, and '
In the fourteenth century into Italy,
where that sort of fabric especially
appealed, and where thc art of velvet
making reached its height.
The potato was first introduced into
Spain by Hieronymus Cardan, a monk,
in "I.".").';; iiito England by Sir John
Hawkins and Sir Francis Drake inj
1563, and Into Ireland by Sir Walter
Raleigh in 1?30.
Fertile Land Untouched.
The mountain regions of Cuba In
elude many ridges and valleys ol' ex
tremely fertile land, nearly all tmtoueh- j
cd, and existing practically as they did
before the time of the Spaniards.
As the World Moves.
"Love makes the world z<> round,"
quoted the Parlor Philosopher. "Ves, j
bul marriage generally squares things,"
added the Mere Mun.-Town Topics.
Pleasure conies through toil and not
by self-indulgence and indolence. When
one gels to love work, his life is a
Sir Oliver Lodge's Faith.
"I will not believe that it is given
to man to have thoughts higher and
nobler than the real truth of things."
Only Those Redeemed by the
Blood of Christ Can Enjoy
This has been the uppermost topic
In my mind, and my constant medita
tion, and the theme of several Bible
studies, during these past summer
days, and I can thick of nothing so
glorious while we Sojourn in these mor
j tal bodies. Such a life is the privilege
of every true believer, and gives a fore
taste of heaven even here on earth.
We cannot begiu this walk, this heav
enly life, till we are redeemed for the
spirit through Micah, when he exhorts
to do justly, love mercy and humble
ourselves to walk with God, is speak
ing to those who had been redeemed,
Micah G:4, 8. It ls impossible for
? those who are not redeemed by the
j precious blood of Jesus Christ, ns
Israel was saved from death by the
blood of the Passover lamb in Egypt,
to walk one step with God. It ls the
height of folly and unbelief to''think
or talk of serving God, or worshiping
him. or holding communion with him,
unless we have been born from above
and become children of God by faith
In Christ Jesus. The sad thing ls that
so few of his redeemed ones seem to i
want to walk with him, for It is so
costly, and the way is so narrow, yet he |
is ever looking and longing for such,
that he may show himself strong on
j their behalf, and be glorified in them,
II Chron. 1G :9. It is written of Enoch,
; Noah and Levi, that they walked with
God, Genesis 5:24; G:9; Mal. 2:G; but
If we consider the cost of it to each of
them, und that the whole world still
lieth in the evil one, the prince and
god of this world, and that fellowship
j with the world means enmity with
God (T John ?:19, lt. V.; John 14;30; ;
j II Cor. 4:4 ; Janies 4:4), lt may help us
I tn understand why. though ninny are ?
? called, few are willing to be his choice J
j ones. It means constant living with :
I him, walking as he walked, walking in
love, much study of his purpose as re- ?
vealed through the prophets, full
agreement with him about everything
and every detail of his plans, no will i
of our own about anything, sincere and
conti mini abandonment of our whole
I being to him, that he mny work in us
I to will nnd to do all his good pleas- !
ure, and that we desire In all things |
' and nt nil times only his approval (I !
Thess. n :10 : I John 2:0; Eph. 5:1;!
! Luke 24:25 : Amos 3:3, 7 ; John fi :3S ; I
:8:.r.O; Romans 7:1. 2; Phil. 2:13; I
Thess. 2:4). It implies patient con
tinuance in well-doing till absent from
the body or caught up to meet him In
the air. not thinking of any set time on
which he may come, but wholly occu
pied \Vj'h himself, nwt! ready to fill any
appointment of service or suffering if
j only he may be glorified in us.^wltev.
i D. M. Stearns in Kingdom Tiding
; KOW TO LOVE IN GOD'S WAY j
The Infinite Everlasting Never Failing
Love of God i? Our Perfect
Love that depend?) on circumstances
is not love. Love that grows deeper
and better under the loved one's re
sponse is noi love. Perfect love, so ;
perfect that it cannot be improved up- j
on, alone is real love. God loves us
with that unimprovably perfect love;
and we can love others with the same
love. To have God's own actual life
as our literal life is the secret; and
God's perfect love offers to us his only
son Christ, who is God, to be not only
our Savior but our life and our love.
When we accept God's gift in entire
faith in him, then "God abidetb in us,
nml his love is perfected in us" (I
John 4:12). H. G. Guinness has de
scribed this perfect and perfected
love: "There is therefore a love which
is infinite in Its measure ! There ls a
love which is everlasting in its dura
tion : which is omnipotent in its power,
which is unchangeable in its character,
which ls all pervading In its presence, j
which passeth knowledge! There ls a
love which lins creation for Its theater. ?
earth for its footstool, Heaven for its
chief abode, its everlasting home! Of
nil created love lt is the source, and of .
nil blessings it ls the giver!" And It is
with exactly tins supernatural love
that God asks and enables us to love
others,-"because as he ls. even so are
we In this world" (I John 4:17).-S.
If I must force mys,-If to do a thing,
then I am only partly adjusted to my j
true self. Th" ultimate will or law j
ol' tbe universo is harmony. There is
n way of thinking, a way of doing nnd I
being, which will spare us the fric
lion of life-an easiest, happiest way.
. . . Eut, just because it is the
easiest and simplest way, it Is Hie j
hardest to find, and the one which man .
ti; slowest to atlopl ; for it culls upon 1
each Individual soul to do the hardest:
possible deed; namely, to conquer self,
t? let go, to trust, to become recep
tive.-Horatio W. Dresser.
The Spiritual Attitude.
Nothing is so important as the for
mation of spiritual habits. Practice
dally and hourly the presence of God,
so that you can at all times hear lils j
voice speaking to you and through you. '
-E. V. II.
Momentum of Power.
Only those who arc rifted up from
the earth draw men unto them. The
world is possessed by those who arc
Sot pi.v?Si*s.sed by it. ?The momentum
i.f love i's ibo source ol power.-Frau-,
?is G. Peabody.
rou should use
tonic, for your troubles,
have been shown in
thousands of letters from
actual user? of this medi
cine, who speak from
personal experience. If
the results obtained by
other women for so many
years have been so uni
formly good, why not
give Cardui a trial?
Hie Woman's Tonie
Mrs. Mary J. Irvin, of
Cullen, Va., writes:
"About ll years ago, I
suffered untold misery
v/ith female trouble, bear
ing-down pains, head
ache, numbness ... I
would go for three weeks
almost bent double ...
My husband went to Dr.
- for Cardui . . .
Arier taking about two
bottles I began going
around and when I took
titree bottles I could do
all my work." E-80
-F o r
J. T. BARLING
Bank of Edgefield, S. C.
Light Saw, Lathe and Shin
gle Mills, Engines. Boilers,
Supplies and Repairs, Porta
ble, Stettin and Gasoline En
gines, Saw Teeth, Files. Holts
and Pipes, WOOD SAWS
GINS and PRESS REPAIRS
GEO. F. MIMS
Eyes examined unc? p.t?ses fitted \
only when necessary. Optical
work of all kinds.
EDGEFIELD, S. C.
All persons owning property of any j
kind whatsoever, or in any capacity, as i
husband, guardian, executor, adminis
trator or trustees ore required to make
returns of the same to the Auditor |
under oath within the time mentioned
below and the Auditor is required by
law to add a penalty of 50 per cent tu
ell property that is not returned on or
before the 20th day of February in any
All male citizens between the ages ol
21 and (?0 years except those exempt
by law are deemed taxable polls. The
6?I per cent penalty will be added for
failure to made seturns.
For the convenience of tax payers, I
or my representative will be at the fol
lowing appointed places on the dates
mentioned to receive tax returns.
Ropers, Monday, Jan. Nth, 1917.
Meriwether, (at Joe Thurmond's
Store), Tuesday, Jan. 15th, IBIS.
- Colliers. Wednesday, Jan. 16th, 1918.
Ked Hill, Thursday, Jan. 17th, 191&
W. li. E. Winn's Store, Friday, Jan.
Cleora, Saturday, Jan. 19th, 1918,
Pleasant Lane, ' Tuesday, Jan. 22th,
Meeting Street, Wednesday, Jan.
Johnston, Thursday, Jan. 2!th, 1013.
li erin,s Store, Friday, Jan. 25th,
Trenton, Saturday, Jan. 26th, 1918.
The office will be open to receive re
turns from the first day of January till
tho Um h day of Feb. 1!;1S, as prescribed
J. R. TI .MM ER M AN,
Auditor, E. C. S. C.
Fertilizers for 1918
We beg to announce that we are
now ready to deliver fertilizers for
this season, having secured a liberal
supply which we have on hand in
our warehouses ready for delivery.
Haul your fertilizers now while you
can get your supply. Do not wait until
there is congestion of freights, when you
cannot get goods shipped.
Armour, Swifts and Eoyster our spe
cialty. Mixed goods with potash, mixed
goods without potash. 1(J per cent, acid;
26 per cent, acid, cotton seed meal.
The Edgefieid Mercantile Co.
Fifty laborers wanted at once
for chalk beds. Good wages.
Edgefieid, S. C.
RRETT & COMPANY
OFFICERS: J. C. Sheppard, President; B. E. Nicholson, vice-President
E. J. Minis, Cashier; J. H. Alien. Assistant Cashier.
DIRECTORS : J. C. Sheppard, Thoa. H. Rainsford, John Rainsford, B. E
Nicholson, A. S. Tompkins, C. C. Fuller, E. J. Minis, J. H. Allen