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MAKING THE SABBATH THE
BEST DAY OF ALL.
Uthal Vincent Wilcox.
Thousands of mothers, and fath
ers, too, in endeavoring to maintain
the sanctity pf the Sabbath, are seek
ing to restrain and repress their chil
dren, thus making it a day of dread.
Such a-course is likely to engender a
?deep seated dislike for religion,
?when the parents ought to make the
Sabbath a delight by having some
' thing that growing boys and girls :
can do that will be interesting and at
the same time beneficial and in har
mony with the fundamental and God- j
given plan for the sacred day.
One mother after thinking over the
problem for a time, studying the
Scriptures that relate to the observ
ance of the day and noting the pas-j
sage in Isaiah 58:13, about "making]
the Sabbath a delight," formulated,
(a successful plan.
The family was an average one.
Father and mother were church mem
bers and preserved a form of rever
ence for the Sabbath and its keeping |
as they had been taught to believe.
There was a "form of godliness.
The plan that was chosen made the
Sabbath day that was looked forward
to with delight by each member of
the family. The day became a favor
ite. It increased the love of religion
and the Bible, it made better boys and
girls by giving all something to do.
The tasks of the day were reduced
to a minimum. All the cooking possi-|
hie was done on the day previous.
After Bible School and the church
service, dinner was riot had later than
1 o'clock, and while the dishes and
things were cleared away father took
the nap that was to him as the breath,
Then there was an afternoon out
.of doors. The family went for a tramp
to the woods, to a lake, to a river, or
to visit some construction going on
nearby; or it was merely a hike down
the long road. "Best" clothes were
discarded for that which would make
the walk pleasant and easy. The hikes
were not meaningless either.
One week, according to the season
and the weather, it would be a hunt
for some kind of tree of flower, moss
or odd stones. Another time it would
be a study of buildings, architecture;
of houses, windmills; of balance and
design in the laying out of the yard
and the surroundings of the house.
As they walked they talked about
God in nature and His great power;
the intellect and ability that men have
in making use of their God-given fac
ilities to make the world better to
live in. It se?m?d to be this family's
3cey-note to look on the positive side
.of everything, to emphasize the best
rather than to dwell on the bad.
When the weather prevented go
ing out of doors, interesting times al
ways were planned for inside. They]
would play what they called their
""suggestion game." For instance, a
leaf might be suggested as a thing]
to talk about. Someone would men
tion, perhaps, the fig leaf. That would
suggest the beginning of dress and
Eve's first garment. Mention would
then be made of Joseph's coat of
many colors, the white raiment of
the angel visitors, the robes of the
priests, the Babylonish garments, the
gorgeous apparel of King Solomon,
the strange attire that was prohibited,
with its "round tires like the moon,"
and its "crisping pins;" the camel's
hair of John the Baptist; the seamless
coat of Mary, the mother of Jesus,
and so on. There was no end to the
interesting discussions and sugges
tions; the broad fields of knowledge
and of history and the sciences that
was open to the family.
There was never any attempt made
to hold the talk to hard and fast lines.
Humor and witty comments always
were permitted. The suggestions were
not to be sermons or preachments.
The only rule was that th? suggestion
itself should originate from the Bi
ble. The Bible came to be held in
higher esteem when its vast store
house of knolwedge was understood
better.. The parents rightly felt that
in using the Bible as the starting
point there would be little danger of
going wrong. By the help of a con
cordance new subjects were injected
into the talks; there was never any
lack of variety. There were house
keeping topics, chariots of war, trees,
plants, geology, and all the sciences,
precious stones, rivers, seas, sun, rain
Besides such games, there were
stories read aloud of the thrilling ex
periences of missionery life. Then
there was the simple, yet entertaining
card games of the question-and-ans
wer type, featuring Bible characters.
This was oftentimes used.
But it is the walks that are most
enjoyed by any normal family. On
Sabbath the car can well be left be
hind. Walking will provide just as in
teresting times as will the drive at a
high rate of speed.
Another family where the children
are younger go for the Sabbath day's
walk in every kind of weather when
it is at all possible to be out of doors.
Some new place of interest is chosen
each week. The neighbors' children
are oftentimes invited to go along.
This not only shows the watchful pa
rent what kind- of children their own
are associating with, but it soon shows
how their boys and girls act when
Here are a'few "stunts" that were
indulged in by this family on their
Sabbath afternoon walks:
All would be ordered to stand still
for a few moments with eyes shut
and told to listen intently, then tell
what was heard. Another time and ?t
another place all would look intently
in all directions, close their eyes and
tell what was seen. Someone would
ask another to name objects such as
seeds, flowers, twigs, etc., by touch,
and with the eyes closed. All the ma
ple Jtrees, then all the pepper trees,,
and other trees, according to the walk
and the country.
For adding human interest to a
ride when going farther away, all
would be requested to jick out the
houses as they were passed and tell |
which ones were the homes of chil
dren. This would mean careful ob
servance of the front and back yard;
the clothes-lines, the toys left about
the premises and the general condi
tion of the property.
A walk by moonlight or at sunrise
is of interst to' everyone and will re
veal many new things that most fam
ilies never appreciate or even behold.
It will help greatly in developing the
sense of beauty in nature. Such oc
cupations as were used by these fam
ilies make Sabbath the key day of the
week. It quickly becomes the best day
of all. Father, mother and each child
obtains something of help and benefit
and real enjoyment out of the day. It
is truly a day of delight. Children of
such families will soon think more of
the church and of religion and gain a
greater respect for the Bible after
several afternoons talking over its
One of the fathers after discussing
the keeping of the Sabbath in the new
style, remarked: "It is rather a busy
day, but it's ever so much better than
attempting to make the children
'keep quiet.' " It is quite needless "to
say that his wife most heartily agreed
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By CLARISSA MACKIE
((S 1921, by McClure Newspaper Syndicate.)
It was the large advertisement In
Brown's window that was Tom Fish
er's undoing. He was a young man
with large ambitions and small in
come and he lived In confident hope
that some day the Income would equal
the ambition, but for a while lt seemed
Impossible for the income to keep pace
with his ambition and his appetite.
"A man must eat," he told himself
ruefully as he finished his breakfast
and went down the street toward his
little laboratory where his wonderful
invention was taking form. "A man
must eat and sleep and wear clothes
and have socks!" At this moment he
saw the sign in Brown's window. "Silk
Socks-specially priced, 59 cents pair"
-"Lisle Socks-bargain, 29 cents a
"The invention will be set back by
29 cents," he decided, entering the
He found the socks presided over by
a very demure damsel in a dark blue
dress. There was a little white frill
about her throat that made her look
very young and she had delightful
shining hair that wanted to curl and
"Socks? Silk or lisle-fifty-nine or
twenty-nine?" she asked in a birdlike
"Why do bargains always run in
nines?" he asked irreverently.
She flushed. "I'm sure I don't know,
but they do-and sevens and threes
"Nine is a magic number," he said.
"I'll take a pair of nines."
"Fifty-nine or twenty-nine?" she In
. "Which are the cheapest?" Tom, the
Inventor, the mon of science, was los
ing his wits, just because a girl had
"Nine ls a Magic Number."
such tender blue eyes and hair that al
most did not curl.
..Twenty-nine," she said patiently,
without smiling. "These are lisle
"I'll take two-two pairs," he ?aid,
"Oh-anything-anything, just as
long as it's black," and the wretched
youth flung himself out of the store
without walting for his change. He
told himself afterward that he needed
that forty-two cents change-he might
have bought another pair!
'That night he tried on the socks and
found they were too small. He was a
^blg young man and generously propor
tioned. The socks must go back again.
He wondered if the girl would be there
-hoped she would and hoped she
wouldn't, and she was.
She looked quite blankly at Tom,
just as If her heart hatfn't quickened
at sight of him-he did not recognize
her but she had gone to public school
with him three years ago; she secret
ly admired him.
"I'm sorry, but these socks are too
small," said Tom, as he stopped be
"You said nines," she remarked, as
she pulled out a red bax.
"I meant tens," he explained.
"You also forgot your change," che
said, taking some money out of a
stunning little box. "Forty-two cents."
"Thanks," said Tom, dropping it Into
She took down another box, picked
out two pair of black socks and
wrapped them up.
"Thank you," said Tom dizzily, and
walked out of the store. At his labora
tory he opened his bundle and found
two pairs of black silk socks, fl*
smiled rapturously. "I'll have to take
those back," he muttered with a mis
erable attempt at vexation.
It wa? lunch time then, and he
stopped at a nearby cafeteria for n*
bite. Tom's appetite was robust and
he picked up various plates of delecta
ble viands on his way to a vacant table.
As he set down his tray he saw that
a girl h?? sat down. The Girl, with a
tray containing crackers, a bowl of
milk and a small cake. "Bless her dear
hear,i; sneV starving norseif;" he wur
irieu as,he hastu'y sv;allowed his meai.
After a day or two he went back to uie
The girl was there. She was wearing
a little blue ruffle around her throat,
and one strand of her bright hair had
really managed to curl. She blvshed a
little when she saw him.
'Tm sorry," he declared mendacious
ly. "But these socks are silk-I bought
lisle, you know."
"I made that mistake," she admit
ted, as she substituted another pair for
the silk ones. "It is too bad you had
io come again." ,
"I did not mind-not at all," he said
emphatically, and this time she smiled
at him, and when she smiled as she
turned around to put the red box back
on the shelf he was reminded of school
boy days and a little curly-haired girl
facing the blackboard, reaching up to
write something. The chalk had
dropped from her fingers, and he re
called the frightened look on her face
as' it dropped. But his deft hand
caught it in midair, and her bird-like
voice had whispered a thank you.
Now he leaned across the counter
with glowing face. "Say," he said,
"you're Nannie Lane, aren't you?"
She gave him a startled look, but she
nodded. "Nancy Lane, now," she
"Remember the chalk?" ,
She dimpled a little and nodded
"Live in the same house?"
"I'm coming to see you ! I know your
"All right," she said in quivering
voice, and he shot out of the store,
nearly upsetting a rigidly smiling floor
walked, and at the same time apologiz
ing to a wax figure wearing a palm
beach suit and minus a head.
Of course you want to know how it
turned out. Tom married Nancy Lane,
and of course the invention was a suc
cess, and Tom's income expanded to
meet every expense that came along.
The Fishers trade exclusively In
Brown's department store, for Tom
says jovially: "Wonderful bargains
there-got my wife there; yes, siree!"
MOUNTAIN GOAT WAS READY
And Eagle Knew Better Than to Force
the issue With Such an
"The writer once witnessed a fight
between a golden eagle and a full
grown mountain goat. This fight took
.place on a high divide In the Bull
river country In British Columbia,"
says Charles S. Smith in an article In
Boys' Life, entitled "The Rocky Moun
tain Sheep at Home."
"I was stalking the goat at the time
for the pnrpnsfta of taking some photo
graV-?? as Hose up as I could get, and
was \--"rklng my way cautiously from
rock to rock, ke?ping-concealed from
the goat, who was feeding on a little
flat space on the top of the mountain.
As I peered r,round the projecting
pc4nt of a crag I saw the goat sudden
ly wheel and look toward a small point
sticking up on top of the ridge and
there, coming over the top of the
point was a very large golden eagle,
flying just above the surface of the
ground and coming directly at the
goat. The goat stood with head low
ered and when the eagle came within
about ten feet of him, it suddenly
swooped Into the air about fifteen or
twenty feet high, turned completely
over and dropped like a plummet at
the goat. I wondered what the goat
would do, but evidently he had lt all
figured out. for as the eagle descended
he reared on his hind feet, stood
straight up and slashed his head from
side to side, his horns describing a
circle in the air, their sharp nolnts up
ward; the old eagle evidently knew
better ihan to try to drop on a thing
of that sort or to try to seize lt, so
he caught himself in his swift descent
and volplaned over the side of the
ridge; here over a deep, dark canyon
he circled several times, the poat
standing watching until he disappeared
over the shoulder of the mountain."
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That a use has been found for the
knot hole, which is regarded generally
by hinibermen ns of about as much
value as the ?queal of the hog, is
vouched for in a story published by
the American Lumberman.
Chicago packing houses are said to
use all of the hog but the squeal, hut
a Yankee has gone this one better
Taking a piece of board one inch thick
which has been cut off In some fac
tory because of the knot hole which
the piece contains, the Yankee squares
the pieces with the knot hole centered,
sets it upon a one-half Inch wooden
base, glues the two together, smooths
the surfaces of the piece and gives lt
a bath of varnish. ?Behold, the piece
ls a wooden novelty suitable for the
desk as a receptacle for paper clips,
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who knew her.
One day, to a niece who was a fre
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I am the most even-tempered woman
in the world."
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world, 'cause Tm as mad as the devil
all the time."
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