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ANGRY CLOUD KING.
"Go on, little rain-drops," said the
Bang of the Clouds.
"Hurry up, Nurse Fog, give the Mist
grandchildren an airing. Let them see
the earth for a time, and let them
keep the earth people from seeing far.
You must help them with that,-Nurse
Fog. There is no one who can do that
work better than you," ended the King
of the Clouds.
"Yes, sir," said Nurse Fog, "I've al
ways been pretty famous for the way
I manage the Mist grandchildren and
the way I look after my business.
When I get to work people can't see
far. They say, 'Isn't the fog terrible
this morning? We can hardly see
across the street.'
"Yes, I like to do my work well. It
. gives me a great deal of pleasure. And
it makes no difference whether the
earth people can see or not when
there is a fog, though I really am glad
they can't, when I can see perfectly.
It's so easy when one is the fog one
self." Aud Nurse Fog looked very
happy. Only the King of the Clouds
and his friends would have known
though that Nurse Fog was so happy
for the others could not have seen her.
But the King of the Clouds was wear
ing his magic fog glasses which make
the fog quite clear to him. Imagine a
fog being clear to anyone! It shows
how magic are his glasses!
"Go on, little grandchildren, do just
as your good old Nurse Fog suggests
every time. We've had her in the fam
ily always and we're not going to lose
her, so mind her. grandchildren, mind
her," the King of the Clouds said.
"And do more work, rain-drops." he
continued. "Yes, all of you work and
play for all you are worth. I want to
have a good storm, I do."
Just then some people down on the
earth looked out of their windows and
said, as the rain-drops spattered right
on their heads :
"Oh dear, the rain still keeps up,
Well, wasn't the King of the Clouds
mad then ! /
"Did you ber cnat, Nurse Fog?" he
"Did you hear that rain-drops, my
fine army, my mist grandchildren?"
And they all spattered and said, "We
heard it, Your Majesty."
"Then just punish them for that,"
the King of the Clouds said. "That's
a pretty thing to say about my work.
Just twisting it all upside down-up
side down." he muttered crossly.
"Why did that make you so angry?"
asked the array of rain-drops. "Aren't
you used by this time to hearing such
things from the earth people? We
thought it didn't make you angry any
"You don't understand," said the
King of the Clouds. "You don't real
ize how they insulted my work. They j
. "We'll Give Them a Good Storm."
did insult it, yes they did, and I'm an
gry, I'm absolutely furious."
They were all raining harder than
ever. They had become so excited.
"Tell us just what made you so es
pecially angry, King of the Clouds,"
"Didn't you hear those people saying
that the rain was still keeping up?"
"Yes, we heard that," they said.
"You are used to such things now we
thought, as we've said before. Why
did you mind that?"
"Because," said the King of the
Clouds, "they were insulting my work.
They were saying that the rain was
keeping up. Now everyone knows that
the rain goes down; it doesn't keep
up. How can it keep up when it's rain
"They did not stop to think and sc
they insulted my work. The very idea
of my doing things upside down. No,
when it rains, it rains down, and it
doesn't keep up. That's too absurd to
even talk about As if it could keep
up when it's raining down," he scolded
"You said the right thing when you
said it was too absurd to talk about,"
said the army of raindrops, "but we'll
give them a good storm as a punish
"My fine army," said the King ol
the Clouds, who was happier now. And
a good storm they certainly gave the
No Boy's Job.
TJe was a new member of the harbor
board in a seaside town, and was at
tending his first meeting. The board
was discussing a proposal to place two
buoys at the entrance to the harbor for
the guidance of mariners. "I beg to
propose as an amendment," said the
new member, "that one man should be
placed i'nere instead of two boys, as
the bitter are too young for such a
Appealing to the
By REV. JAMES M. GRAY, D.D.
Dean of Moody Bible Instit J tc.
TEXT-Ch Israel, return unto the Lori
thy God, for thou hast fallen by thini
Iniquity. Take with you words and turi
to the Lord; say unto him, take awaj
our iniquity and receive us graciously: s<
will we render unto thee the calves of ou?
I will heal their backsliding. I will lovt
them freely ; for mine anger ls turnee
I.-Backsliding In a religions sense Ii
falling away from one's profession
even though it i!
not always visiblf
to the eyes of men
A Christian need
nor commit mur
der, nor theft, not
adultery, to be o
need only exalt lr
own reason above
the Word of God,
or neglect tho
house of Ged, OT
begin to fellow
ship with t h ?
people who do not
know God, to
make him a back
slider. Backsliding imperils the sal'
vation of the soul, for although th?
Bible teaches the perseverance of the
saints it also teaches the perseverance
of the sinners. While Christ teaches
that the sheep whom the Father hath
given him shall never be plucked out
of his hu nd, yet the evidence that we
are his sheep Ls that we hear his voice
and follow him.
The backslider not only imperils the
salvation of his soul, but also makes
havoc of his peace from day to day,
for gloomy thoughts and self-reproach
and an uneasy conscience possess him.
This must be so because even if he
does not doubt his salvation at the
last, he must know that the building
he is erecting on his foundation is one
of wood, hay and stubble, that cannot
stand tht test of the fire which is to
try every Christian's work of what
sort it is in the day of reckoning that
The backslider ls a serious menace
to other Christians and a great ob
stacle In the way of those that are
unsaved. Lord Byron is on record as
dating his earliest feelings against
Christianity from having witnessed
how little some of its votaries were
actuated by the spirit of love they pro
fessed ; and David Brainerd, the great
missionary to the American Indians,
tells how the savages In Delaware re
fused to listen to him because of the
bad treatment they had received from
some who called themselves Chris
II.-But for the penitent backslider
there is encouragement and hope. His
is not an unpardonable offense, since
God is ever calling upon his people tb
return to him on the ground of the
reconciliation which Christ made for
them on the cross. In the text he is
doing that in Israel's case, reminding
them that they had net been thrust
away by him. but that they had fallen
by their own iniquity. It was their
own fault, and yet he tells them how
they might come back, "Take with you
words," he says, "and turn to the
Lord." He even puts the words in
their mouths telling them just what to
say. They are to say, "Take away in
iquity and receive us graciously." And
they are to promise him that Ihey will
render him the praise and gratitude of
their hearts, for that really is what is
meant by "the calves of our lips."
It is not the works of our self-right
eousness that God desires in order to
bring about our restoration, but rather
broken and contrite hearts. Our worts
will follow our words rf the latter ate
Sincere and true. In other words, God
commences where man would end. Man
would want to recall his former life be
fore he would return to God. But God
would have him return first and then
he will find that his former life has
already been recalled.
Oh, Is there someone in whose heart
this touches a responsive chord?
Some Christian whose life has been
crusted over with the cares and pleas
ures of this world, but with whom
God's Spirit is now pleading! Let him
venture wholly on the love of God in
Christ who will not "quench the smok
ing flax n?r break the bruised." We
say unto him rn the language of the
prophet, "Come, return unto the Lord
ior he hath torn and he will heal you ;
he hath smitten and he will bind you
III.-But let not this exhortation be
eoneluued without a loving word of
waining to those who are not back
slidden, but who may be. You have
stood by the sea and watched the
waves break upon the shore. For a
while they all seemed to touch the
same point At first it was Impossible
to say whether the tide was going out
or coming in. You had to watch close
ly for a while to determine. By and
by the ebbing waters told the tule.
It Is so with backsliding and back
sliders. The process of declension Is
very gradual. No Christian ever sub
stituted vice for virtue by a sudden
resolution of mind. The slipping away
began underneath, while the surface
appearance remained unchanged.
Prayer became formul, the eye of faith
grew dim, self-indulgence gained
ground, and at last men could no
longer take knowledge of him that he
had been with Jesus! Oh, watch and
.pray, that ye enter not into tempta*
TO DISTRIBUTE GARDEN CROPS
Disposition of Vacant Lot Produce fri
Cities Will Be Systematized This
In every city where the vacant lot
gardening movement received atten
tion the past summer-and the num
ber is represented most accurately hy
an atlas of the ?nited States-there
has been in full sway a movement hav
ing in view the preservation and con
servation and wise distribution of the
abundant crops produced. Demon
strattons in drying, canning and pre
serving of fruits and garden produce
were given all summer from one end
of the land to the other, so there seems
little danger of the wastage or loss of
the city land's abundance. And that
is not all.
City officials and civic organizations
have actively concerned themselves
with plans for next year. Fall plow
ing was provided for. Needed enrich
ment of the soil and the securing and
proper distribution of fertilizers are
being considered. More systematic and
more thoroughgoing methods for the
direction and handling of the city gar
dening movement are being worked
out In a word, the thought nnd in
tent of the city dwellers of the United
States are for a still more abundant
harvest, next season from the vacant
lots and waste places of the congested
The men and women of American
cities, Joining hands with the men an
women of American farms, are quiet
ly and consistently setting about to
prove that it is not yet possible to
starve the civilized world, much less
America, while soil and rain and sun
shine last.-Mac Lean Libbey in Col
LET SHEEP GRAZE IN PARKS
Good Idea Both From Financial Stand
point and in Improved Appear
ance of the Grass.
For many years European cities
have turned out flocks of sheep, muni
cipally owned to graze in their parks
The sheep is on? of the best of lawn
mowers. It crops closely, yet not too
closely, Insuring that smooth-shaven
effect which delights the eye. And
grazing sheep, as well as well-trim
med lawns, are highly ornamental.
The city of Denver, keenly aware of
the necessity for the utilization of all
available land In the production of
foodstuffs, has decided to purchase no
fewer than 3.000 sheep to mow Its
park lawns next year. The agricul
tural experts have decided that where
tlie grass is heavy and well rooted
three sheep to the acre can be easily
maintained. They will buy ewes ready
for lambing, according to plans, and
will make a handsome profit upon the
mutton and wool.
There are 150 cities In the United
States with populations in excess of
50,000, and practically every one of
these cities has hundreds of acres of
park land. Those park acreages, the
government believes, could easily
maintain 150,000 sheep each summer.
Public Health Too Much Neglected.
Public health work in this country
is still in Its infancy. All tests applied
showed the health departments in the
smaller cities to be weaker than those
in the larger cities. Perhaps the most
surprising finding is that the Southern
and Pacific cities have better devel
oped municipal health departments
than the Northern cities from the
Rockies to the Atlantic. The Central
Northern cities stand at the foot of
the Hst A recent report concludes
that the appropriations granted most
health departments in this country
are grossly inadequate for the new
functions modern science requires
them to perform. It is stated that
health departments should be allowed
a "minimum wage" of 50 cents per in
habitant per year, as compared with
the present average allowance of 22
The stranger in Cleveland accosted
a mun whom he judged to be an old
"Have you lived in Cleveland long?'
asked the stranger.
"About twenty years," acknowledged
.Ts the climate here salubrious?'
"Is the climate here-? Say, yon
can just bet it i.s. And would you
mind putting that word down on a
piece of paper for me? I can use lt.
I've used all the cuss words I know of
on this doggoned climate, and that
sounds like a new one. How do you
spell it? Yes, slr; I'll bet this ls the
most salubrious climate this side of
hello, where are you going?"
But the stranger had learned all ho
wanted to know.-Cleveland Leader.
Knowing What You Want
The girl who always knew what she
wanted would be too wise for her
years. Often when she is surest il
she were left to follow her owu path
it would mean bitter disappointment.
It ls well for a girl if she has faith
enough in those who have her welfare
at heart, to believe what seems rather
hard oa '.he face of it, that they know
what she wants better than she knows
we in vi
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"CARDIFF GIANT" PURE FAKE
Had Its Origin !n Hoax Which IG Un.
dsrstood to Have Had Its
Inception at Chicago.
Andrew D. White gives some of the
particulars of the "Cardiff Giant" ID
t book entitled "The True Story of a
Remarkable Deception." The Cardiff
giant was the huge stone image of a
man which Farmer Newell of Cardiff,
N. Y., claimed to have unearthed while
digging a well in the autumn of 1S69.
After lt had been sold to a joint-stock
company formed to exploit the wonder
for show purposes, Barnum tried to
buy it for his own museum, but his of
fer was declined. The showman then
had an imitation made, with the result
that two Cardiff giants were on exhi
bition at the same time, the duplicare
being shown to the pnblic as "the only
and original." Doctor White attributes
iho exposure of the fake to Professor
Marsh of Yale; in another account lt
IV:IK Dr. John V. Boynton of Syracuse.
N. Y., who laid bare the fraud. The
original Cardiff giant was carved or
chiseled out of a gypsum block in a
stoneyard in Chicago and was trans
ported thence hy rall and wagon to
Cardiff. According to Doctor White,
scientists as well ns clergymen wore
mich impressed with the colossal lig
ure. Dr. James Hall, state geologist,
Issuing a statement in which he de
scribed the giant as "the most remark
able object brought to light in this
?otmtry" .md as "deserving the atten
:Ion of archaeologists."
REFUGEES IN RICH ATTIRE
English Writer Describes Grotesque
Figures He Saw During the
Amid all the chaos of the Italian re
cent one kept on meeting utterly ln
.ongruous figures, for alongside of
jthers rond-worn, shabby and dirty, to
ie clean and well dressed is to be
Amid this multitude of haggard, un
vashed, unshaven, dead beat males,
[ noticed two Italian ladles treading
lellcately over the rough ballast of
:ho railway track. They had naturally
?rought with them in that flight the
most valuable of their possessions,
.vb I ch were of a kind conveniently car
oled on their persons. Against this
?ray background of mud and rubbish
ind a disbanded .army their two flg
ires glittered with n brilliance that
[vould have been conspicuous in the
Rue de la Paix.
Heavy sable furs and muffs almost
Mwed their shoulders ; each finger had
two or three rings that flashed in the
light; round their necks were gold
:halns hung with pendants, and yet
Instead of the air of self-satisfied os
tentation that might well have gone
with a display so lavish, they were only
two pathetically little, frightened, per
plexed faces, and an uncertain gait
that did not promise much further
progress along that ankle-wrenching
.nllway line.-G. Ward Price in the
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